By David Robb, Hollywood Today, 2013/11/3
Australian documentary Fallout about the making of the 1950s Gregory Peck film On the Beach and book of the same name is part of the invitation-only Kat Kramer screening series, premieres on November 13th at the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood.
“On The Beach was a pivotal event in my life, both reading the book and viewing the film by Stanley Kramer,” says Dr. Helen Caldicott. “The images of the beautiful, elegant streets of Melbourne, where I lived, bereft of life and silent, as a blind gently flapped in the breeze, indicated the end of life on earth.”
“Use your head, Cindy” Dr. Helen Caldicott on Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox (PODCAST 11/03/13)
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox hosted a community conference call with Dr. Caldicott who called in from Australia to share her knowledge and wisdom with us.
Cindy Sheehan and the Soapbox have been calling for a comprehensive and energetic response to the disaster at Fukushima since it happened.
To the Editor, New York Times:
Re “Taming Radiation Fears” (Op-Ed, Oct. 22):
David Ropeik, a specialist on risk perception and risk communication, plays down the mass of scientific and medical literature that amply demonstrates that ionizing radiation is a potent carcinogen and that no dose is low enough not to induce cancer.
Large areas of the world are becoming contaminated by long-lived nuclear elements secondary to catastrophic meltdowns: 40 percent of Europe from Chernobyl, and much of Japan.
Frances Lamberts, 29 Oct 2013, Herald & Tribune
For a recently published book, Dr. Helen Caldicott interviewed the Danish director of a documentary about the Onkalo repository in Finland, which is to “hide” the spent-fuel waste from that country’s nuclear power plants.
Titled, “Into Eternity,” the film details the bunker-like underground structure, begun in 2004, whose completion and sealing is expected to take 120 years.
“Global warming is the issue that can change everything – we know this from the irrational right-wing response to climate change,” according to former ALP leader Mark Latham.
Mr Latham was speaking to a big, sell-out public dinner hosted by the Bermagui Institute last month.
“The Industrial Revolution created two pervasive institutions: market based capitalism and carbon-based production,” he said.
By Susie Madrak, Crooks & Liars, 30 September 2013
Nicole Sandler interviewed Dr. Helen Caldicott this morning about what’s going on at Fukushima.
She tells Sandler Units 1, 2 and 3 have indeed melted down, possibly through the steel core and into the earth, and that reactor No. 4 is “on a knife edge.”
She says the nuclear power industry is reluctant to help because they don’t want people to know just how bad it is.
Einstein –“The splitting of the atom changed everything save man’s mode of thinking, thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophe.”
This subject has perplexed me ever since I was a young girl and read “On The Beach” when I lived in Melbourne. It became obvious to me that unless men could restrain themselves and not fight and kill each other that sooner or later these hideous weapons which were pioneered by Einstein and Oppenheimer would be used.
In fact it amazes me that to this day we are still living and breathing on this beautiful planet of ours.
As the escape of radiation at Fukushima seems virtually unstoppable, there are still steps that governments all over the world should take to prevent worst case consequences. One of them would be canceling the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Scientific estimates predict that the radioactive plume travelling east across the Pacific will likely hit the shores of Oregon, Washington State and Canada early next year. California will probably be impacted later that year. Because the ongoing flow of water from the reactor site will be virtually impossible to stop, a radioactive plume will continue to migrate across the Pacific affecting Hawaii, North America, South America and eventually Australia for many decades.