Various sources on the Internet this morning report that the first worker from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant died Saturday.

The company operating the plant said, marking the first casualty during the ongoing effort to stabilize the tsunami-battered facility.  The cause of death remains unknown.

Tepco said that man, a subcontractor in his 60s, had begun work at the plant only a day earlier. He was exposed to 0.51 millisieverts of radiation on Friday, and a further 0.17 millisieverts on Saturday — in all, roughly four time the dose one gets from a chest X-ray — and no radioactive material was found on his body.



On World Conditions

This is a statement on the world conditions, not only in Japan, but everywhere:  What does it say to us that we live in a world where people in their 60?s must hire out as a subcontractor to corporations like Tepco to work at hard labor under dangerous and unsafe working conditions?

Even if the man did not die of radiation poisoning, he died from the neglect and greed of  the managers and the wealthy investors of Tepco nonetheless.

Too bad there are no reports on how much the man was being paid by the corporation who was subcontracting his human labor to Tepco.


On the Questions that Journalists Ask these days

It seems that few are willing to ask the hard questions.  Perhaps it is that they are simply not allowed to.  But in either case, it appears that the upper 1% are controlling the conversation.  If the majority are to gain the upper hand, we must take back the control of all important conversations so that the whole truth of all stories will be told.




Liz Berry

Liz Berry