Welcome to Part 6 of the long-awaited Nuked Radio Special on The Wigner Effect, with Leuren Moret and Laurens Battis. We are now more than half-way through the series of articles and videos that address the following question from a multitude of perspectives:
Is Fukushima Radiation causing problems with aviation and infrastructure?
Part 1 in the series introduced my guests, and gave an overall view of what the Wigner effect is, and how entropy figures in when we are discussing the escalation of flight emergencies and radiation, from both an engineering and data collection standpoint.
Part 2 in the series (2 videos) addressed metal and glass – from nuclear reactors to aircraft – and the historic evidence of radiation-induced damage known in the field of materials science.
Part 3 in the series discussed the recent viral story about American Airlines flight 2293, whose cabin walls began ripping apart after takeoff. We also revisited a nuclear story of the past, when weapons testing pitted car windshields from coast-to-coast; and perhaps even more importantly, how authorities dealt with public perception.
Part 4 in the series explained what radiation does to humans at a cellular level – and what pilots, flight crews, and frequent fliers can expect to see from repeated exposure when flying through fallout. Leuren also explained how Gulf War Syndrome became one of the largest cover ups in the history of the U.S. Armed Forces from the illegal use of Depleted Uranium during the Gulf War, the Invasion of Iraq, and the ongoing Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
In Part 5 (2 videos plus the 1st in a new Wigner series), Leuren explains how Wigner dust was formed in the high temperature events that occurred during the initial accident at Fukushima, in both the reactors and the spent fuel pools. She also explains the difference in particle releases between new fuel and spent fuel, and what is continues to be released to this day, almost 4 years since the Great Tohoku earthquake in Japan. We also detail aircraft incidents and crashes that occurred in just the 8 days prior to our interview.
In part 6, we bring in two final yet important pieces of the Wigner puzzle, which are key ingredients in order to fully comprehend what is occurring in aviation: the static electricity that builds up on aircraft, and the aggregation kinetics of radioactive fallout. But first, let’s take a look at some incidents that have happened in just the past few weeks.
On February 4th the world watched in horror as videos surfaced of TransAsia flight GE237 as it crossed a highway along its doomed path of descent. ATC recordings were posted online of the pilot calling “Mayday Mayday – engine flame-out” a mere 20 seconds before landing upside-down in the Keelung River near Taipei. Of the 58 on-board, there were 51 adults, two children, and five crew members. As of this posting at least 38 were confirmed dead, 8 are still missing, and only a handful of people survived. Surprisingly the plane was less than a year old, and had also recently passed a maintenance inspection on January 26th, just 9 days prior to the crash.
Yesterday, as reported on The Telegraph’s Live Blog, there were stunning new claims that the captain, Liao Jiangzhong, had complained of “engine abnormalities” and requested an urgent inspection of the plane shortly before its final take-off, but was rebuffed.
An unnamed “whistleblower” told Taiwan’s Liberty Times newspaper that Mr Liao had also requested a thorough inspection of the plane after noticing “engine abnormalities” during its previous flight. It is not known at this time what specific abnormalities he had noticed, or why these issues were not properly addressed.
A flame-out refers to the run-down of a jet engine caused by the extinction of the flame in the combustion chamber. It can be caused by a number of factors, including fuel starvation, compressor stall, insufficient oxygen, foreign object damage (such as caused by birds, hail or volcanic ash), severe weather, mechanical failure, and very cold ambient temperatures.
If you have been following the Wigner series than you have already seen several recent videos of flames shooting out of engines during flights, and in some cases accompanied by loud bangs or violent shaking of the plane. On the same day as the TransAsia crash, a new video was posted on YouTube of yet another engine-fire anomaly: “A plane of the Colombian airline VivaColombia was forced to turn around and rest on the Bogota International Airport following an engine problem moments after takeoff. The plane, an Airbus A320, took off around 19:00 local time when a few moments later, passengers heard a loud explosion coming from the right engine, followed by sparks and flames.”
On Friday, at a press conference with Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council, it was revealed that the TransAsia Airways flight actually went down because not just one but both engines lost power. The web forum Airliners.net posted images of cockpit data flow charts which seem to show that although the initial problem occurred in engine#2, the fuel line was also halted in engine#1. An investigation into what caused the engines to lose power is continuing, and it could be months or even a year before final conclusions are reached. Current speculation is that the pilot may have mistakenly killed the fuel line to the wrong engine. But before you casually dismiss the possibility of multiple failures in different aircraft systems on the same plane, you may want to read this article: “Japan Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Honolulu” from March of 2014.
“It’s only the third day so we can’t say too much,” Taiwan’s top aviation safety official Thomas Wang said at the news conference. “We haven’t ruled anything out.”
Although it is possible in a moment of extreme confusion for a pilot to shut off the wrong engine, fuel line anomalies also seem to be occurring with an unusual frequency. Less than 2 weeks ago, two small planes both ‘ran out of fuel’ and crash-landed into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii on the same day, with one drifting down to the water beneath a massive parachute. The pilot of at least one of the planes indicated his instrumentation seemed to be malfunctioning prior to the low fuel indicator. The NTSB is now investigating both incidents, which is not something they usually do for planes that run out of gas.
So are pilots just pushing the wrong buttons and grossly miscalculating fuel requirements more than ever before? It is possible, especially with what we know about how flying through fallout will affect the brain. Perhaps it is a combination of both aka the force multiplier, but either way this does not bode well for the aviation industry, or the anxiety levels of frequent fliers for that matter.
Concurrent to this latest plane crash is the newest upload of The Wigner Effect interview. In this segment, we just happen to be discussing the dreaded engine flame-out, and an exquisite explanation is given by Laurens Battis of how jet engines work, as well as how radiation interferes with their function. As much as one may have learned so far in this series, this newest upload is absolutely crucial to understanding the Wigner-related aviation problems, and will provide the listener with important insight to pull all of the information together in order to form a complete picture. In essence, the potential for planes to be affected by radiation in the upper atmosphere occurs because of the buildup of static electricity on an aircraft during flight, and the known aggregation kinetics of radioactive particles that exist in a contaminated air column. The planes are basically scavenging the rads out of the sky, like snowflakes are known to do because of their electrical charge (similarly effects occur in the ocean since clay particles are highly charged and act as scavenging agents for radioactive particles suspended in water). As I previously discussed in the article “Wigner Weather: The Crash of AirAsia 8501” aviation in this region of the world has likely been hard hit by this years monsoon season, as the intense storms are generated out of an area in the Pacific with known Fukushima contamination. There are also several other mitigating factors in regards to both military jets and helicopters and their ability to attract rads, as you will soon learn from our discussion in “Wigner8: Flying in a Rad Magnet.”
Fukushima Deja Vu
This latest plane crash has certainly generated a lot of press about aircraft accidents, and especially with TransAsia GE237 happening right on the heels of AirAsia QZ8501. But with The Powers That Be continually hiding the radioactive releases, health consequences, and the ongoing clusterf*ck of the Fukushima Accident, connecting the dots between Fukushima and escalating aviation anomalies is going to be fairly impossible without the input of pilots, aircraft engineers, and the astute observations of aviation mechanics. But like anything negative about nuclear, the lid will just be locked down tight and the key thrown away. You will see Airworthiness Directives issued for metal fatigue, entire plane fleets being retired, and pieces of them falling off in flight….but no mention of Fukushima’s possible contribution. You will hear of frequent fliers getting aggressive cancers, wrong buttons being pushed before crashes, even fist-fights between pilots and engineers in cockpits…but the known health consequences of flying through fallout will be ignored. You will hear of celebrities bleeding from throat tumors, singers breaking bones during mid-flight brawls, and even spoiled brats screaming how we are all just “peasants” to the elite…and yet no one will connect these incidents together and try to figure out why they are occurring. What is so ironic is that above-mentioned events have already happened, and all of them just in the past 3 months. You will likely be seeing a lot more of this in the future too, which is why I decided to start the “Ten weeks of Wigner” series. These will be short films highlighting recent anomalies in aircraft, aerospace, and infrastructure. This series will also include passengers doing bat-sh*t crazy things due to poor self-control, something we already know happens after rad exposure as well, thanks to the historic research of Dr. Ernest Sternglass during bomb testing, by tracking the escalation of violent crime statistics in cities downwind from nuclear test sites.
If you are new to the catastrophe of Fukushima or even worse: just starting to realize the massive and ongoing cover up surrounding it – you have now have had a taste what many of us Fuku-followers have been dealing with for almost 4 years now on a daily basis. A mind-numbing, surreal, and intensely disgusting experience wrought with one massive disappointment after another, it has been at times the worst thing that has ever happened to any of us, but with the potential to also be one of the greatest. Let me try to explain.
Why is it the worst? On some days, death would be kinder. Rather than Deja Vu, which has this romantic connectation that you might have ‘been here’ before, Presque Vu is the intense feeling of being at the constant brink of an epiphany or breakthrough: an extremely frustrating experience – and one where you are left hopelessly dreaming the truth will someday be revealed. Presque Vu has been an affliction of Chernobyl researchers since 1986, and for the Three Mile Island activists, even longer. Sometimes you get really close to a feeling like “This is it, now everyone is gonna know” – and then nothing happens. And then nothing happens again. And again and again and again. The Pacific Ocean is now loaded with dead, dying, and decaying animals and yet no one seems to be able to bring themselves to face the truth of what has been brought upon us from the land of the rising sun. “Fuku-what?” Seabirds are dying in huge numbers, something also observed and studied in the U.S. during Chernobyl. Seals wash up in greater numbers than ever before in the history of the west coast, some losing fur and others with bleeding lesions and tumors found during necropsy. Every possible avenue is discussed and expounded upon, except for the most obvious one – the three ongoing meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan. Frustration doesn’t even begin to describe it. Epically-and-massively-frustrating-til-you-almost-want-to-go-on-a-murderous-rampage comes a wee bit closer maybe, or perhaps that’s just my rad-brain talking. But for the most part it is a proliferating sadness, the sudden and profound realization that the people who are in charge really, really don’t give a sh*t about us, and there is not much we can do about it. And then there is the general public, lapping up the lies like its truth-milk, when in reality it is a rancid and toxic poison. And I am not just talking about Fukushima here, I am talking about EVERYTHING. At what point did we become so sedated, complacent, and accepting of our fate? Is this a remnant from bomb testing as well? Fluoride in the water supply? Toxic foods and environments? EMF from Smartmeters, too much TV, and iPhones glued to our hand or plugged into our ears 24/7? Or perhaps we have trusted the mainstream media just a little too much to tell us the truth (#BrianWilliams)?
One thing is for sure: we will never come up with solutions on the scale needed if we stop talking about it. With all that said then, how can Fukushima possibly be the greatest thing that has ever happened to us? Because necessity truly is the mother of invention, and there is no greater motivator for change then when truly faced with your own mortality and demise. Out of the ashes of disaster can arise something much greater, a chance to do things right the next time around. The reality of Fukushima causes one to completely reassess their priorities. No one wants to get a nasty cancer. No one wants to see their kids suffer from some terrible disease that could have been prevented with diet or filtered water. No one wants to be on a plane that falls out of the sky, and certainly not be the pilot of one still clutching his joystick when his body is finally found. I for one, and those I care about who also understand this horrific problem, live our lives differently now, realizing they may be much shorter than we anticipated. Health is a priority. Happiness is a priority. We get more sleep, and educate ourselves about everything that goes into our bodies. We cherish and care for the people who are close to us, in a way that didn’t seem possible before. Our relationships with others carry a greater weight in our hearts, knowing the saying “life is short” has greater meaning than ever. Things we always thought we would have time to do in the future, we do now instead.
Where the problem really exists, whether it’s in regards to your health or your brain function or the next plane you get on…is realizing we are at that precipice already, and may have already passed it. You don’t have months and years to ponder how this accident may affect you. The question needs to be, how has this disaster already affected you. Think really hard about this, if you haven’t already. Chernobyl was bad, Three Mile Island was bad, and so were the 90+ other nuclear accidents or incidents over the past half a century. But nothing, NOTHING even comes close to what Fukushima has done, and what it is still doing to this day. And there is no shutting it off, not even 100 years from now. Now add in all the uranium mines and nuke plants and bomb testing and fuel processing and bomb making and bomb dismantling and radioactive waste and all the areas that have contaminated by these things already…and your problems suddenly go from pretty epic – to extraordinarily gargantuan. Then factor in the force multipliers, and now you truly have gone nuclear. Our past inaction has unleashed monsterous problems. If there is a way to fix any of these things, then we really do need to reasses our priorities, the people in charge, and do so with the greatest of urgency. Live like you already have cancer…and yeah, it’s ok to be angry about it.
The biggest hurdle to trying to explain radiation to people is that it’s invisible, and the instruments required to measure it, expensive. You almost have to wait until the signs of damage start showing up before you can even get anyone’s attention. It takes years and years and years to compile enough data to show what we know is happening, and by then you have missed out on years of opportunity to fix it. Finding mutated plants here and there or waiting for endless FOIA requests to confirm cancer increases takes too long; by then, everyone is already sick. Conversations with physicians who I know personally, or from those who have reached out to me, reveal everything I need to know to forge ahead, and make significant changes in every aspect of my life. But nothing, and I mean nothing, gets people’s attention like planes falling out of the sky, especially when it starts happening on a regular basis. And reports of extreme turbulence. And cargo doors falling off. And broken yaws. And smoke in the cockpit. And busted water pipes. And cabins depressurizing. And slides blowing up in the plane. And weird anomalies in aviation that are constantly prefaced with the statement “In my _____ years of flying, I have never seen ______ happen like it did today” when they are later interviewed about yet another baffling problem that has occurred.
We have 4 more video segments left in The Wigner Effect interview. If you have made it through videos 1-8 and still, STILL can’t wrap your head around what is going on, take a short trip deep into a metal alloy – in this case steel – to see what atomic structure is all about. Now visualize a sprinkle of some hot MOX on top of it all and you can see we have a real party going on in there. Unfortunately that Wigner-party may be happening in the wing of the next plane you fly on, bridge you drive over, or the axle underneath your car (more on that in a future segment) which is why we need to figure out ways to deal with this now, rather than wait til a few more commercial planes to come crashing down around us. Although in a way, the world already has (come crashing down). At least, the one you thought you lived in.
Just as in the health effects of radiation exposure, there are always going to be force multipliers that compound the end result even faster and further than just one thing alone would have done. As I said in Pt 1 and have said repeatedly since, planes were never designed to fly through the high radiation fields that they are encountering now. Even Spaceweather.com has warned about this recently. It’s not just “Houston – we have a problem” anymore, it’s “Everywhere – we have a problem.” And what can we possibly do about it? Fortunately for us, Leuren and Larry may have some ideas. More about that soon.
Next in the Series: Solutions for Aviation: New-School vs Old-School
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