Salida, Colorado (USA) – Sept. 4, 2015
BREAKING: (Yahoo News, Sept. 3, 2015): “60,000 Antelopes Died in 4 Days — And “No One Knows Why“, by Tia Ghose.
“[…] Bacteria clearly played a role in the saigas’ demise. But exactly how these normally harmless microbes could take such a toll is still a mystery, Zuther said.
“The extent of this die-off, and the speed it had, by spreading throughout the whole calving herd and killing all the animals, this has not been observed for any other species,” Zuther said. “It’s really unheard of.” […]”
In other words, 3 entire months have gone by, and they are still exactly where the stood on the matter when half the global Saiga herd perished in May 2015: “clueless”.
Interesting timing, no? Again corresponding with widespread data gaps on radiation monitors all over Europe and the USA… (More examples of recent radiation data, below in this post. See also my Nuclear Blog Post Archive)
!!!-> For context details see my extensive June 18 2015 post,
The “Mysterious” mid-May 2015 Kazakhstan Saiga Antelope Die-Off – aka “Do Not Mention Radioactive Fallout…”
Quoted from the Yahoo article (my emphasis added): “[…] The females, which cluster together to calve their young, were hit the hardest. They died first, followed by their calves, which were still too young to eat any vegetation. That sequence suggested that whatever was killing off the animals was being transmitted through the mothers’ milk, Zuther said.
Tissue samples revealed that toxins, produced by Pasteurella and possibly Clostridia bacteria, caused extensive bleeding in most of the animals’ organs. But Pasteurella is found normally in the bodies of ruminants like the saigas, and it usually doesn’t cause harm unless the animals have weakened immune systems.
Genetic analysis so far has only deepened the mystery, as the bacteria found were the garden-variety, disease-causing type.
“There is nothing so special about it. The question is why it developed so rapidly and spread to all the animals,” Zuther said. […]” — from the same article @ http://news.yahoo.com/60-000-antelopes-died-4-days-no-one-122940463.html, with my emphasis added. And also:
“A similar mass die-off of 400,000 saigas occurred in 1988, and veterinarians reported similar symptoms. But because that die-off occurred during Soviet times, researchers simply listed Pasteurellosis, the disease caused by Pasteurella, as the cause and performed no other investigation, Zuther added.“
Within a few years after Chernobyl, and then ‘mysteriously’ again… after four years of non-stop leaking from Fukushima. Hm… Coincidence? Perhaps. I don’t know. But I still dó find it unfortunate that this avenue of scientific forensic investigation is not persued aggressively, though. My email, mentioned in the previous blog post on this matter has remained unanswered, and ALL mainstream reporting thus far has remained completely devoid of mentioning even the possibility of a link with nuclear fallout. This being Kazakhstan, the Soviet era equivalent of the Nevada Test Site in the US, that’s double-odd…
Sept 4, 2015, 5:30 pm – ADDED after posting INSERT:
And what if… symptoms right before before those mammals actually died included some of those known to also be part of ‘acute radiation poisoning’, such as a bloody nose? Coincidence?
- Smithsonian Magazine, August 13, 2015, “What Killed Over 134,000 Endangered Antelopes? – Experts are closer to an answer“: “[…] The saiga succumbed to something that left their corpses with swollen bellies and blood in their noses and mouths, reports Dinara Urazova for Tengrinnews. […]” and back then, a few weeks ago, they could still broadcast the anticipation, “[…] The experts also preformed necropsies — animal autopsies — to see if they could find the cause of death. While the nature of the infection has been agreed upon, the experts still haven’t concluded which bacteria is responsible. […]”, now that they know that bacteria is not a deadly one… “the mystery” remains:
What could possibly have weakened their immune system?
Could there be some “clues” to be found in reports such as…
- “Low Level Radiation and Immune System Damage: An Atomic Era Legacy“, by Joseph J. Mangano ?
- Nuclear News: “Effect of ionising radiation on immune system“
- How about some evidence from the bomb tests in the Pacific Ocean? @ “Hemic and Immune Systems: Advances in Research and Application: 2011 Edition” ?
- NUCLEAR RADIATION & THE DESTRUCTION OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, by Mitchell Cohen
Get my drift?
Somehow… it seems possible fallout REALLY is a factor…
Now… Isn’t it darn peculiar this topic is entirely avoided by the “experts” and all mainstream media?
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Some more radiation data graphs from Radnet (USA) and EURDEP (Europe)
Be aware that the data has usually not been ‘validated’ and both the EPA’s and EURDEP’s disclaimers make it overly clear that even if the data looks alarming, it’s not. EVER. I have a DISCLAIMER too: I insist you think for yourself. So please don’t take my word it that there may be a causal link between these two (still possibly unrelated) phenomena.
I started off with a couple WEEK data (pre-Sept 4, 2015):
It’s only a relatively small sampling, but all-in-all it appears not all thát unusual, except, of course… for the major data gap in Colorado Springs, coinciding with some brief spikes elsewhere, which could hint of something from higher up just briefly making ground-level contact with some monitors. Hard to say. Not enough info from Radnet’s surreal-pathetic barely-a-network to draw conclusions from, in my opinion. But perhaps the provided info can be part of someone else’s investigation? (Please drop me a link if you take this much further than I have. Tx.)
Back to Europe:
I switched to MONTH data (pre-Sept 4, 2015):
Last Icelandic monitor still reporting. All other 3 are off-line:Greenland data is unusually unsettled for such a pristine region, with 2 massive spikes at the onset of ‘disturbances’ that are most likely part of precipitation deposition. I suspect this is falling as snow, as the overall dose rate drops amidst the spikes. The reason I don’t think the super-spikes are all calibrations is because of the disturbances following right after. For two monitors I plotted it twice: once to see the low-dose changes and once to see how high the spike went: The first major spike COULD be a calibration, but the second one clearly isn’t:
Back to Europe: Note the region, plotted time periods (x-axis) and gamma radiation dose rate level (in nanoSievert/hour) and how not all y-axis values are graphed the same. Notice how the data gaps often correspond with super-high glitch dots or disturbances elsewhere.
The other day I mentioned the data delay from Germany (screenshot of the EURDEP map in (Sept. 1, 2015) “Data Gaps accross EURDEP, amidst Odd Spikes in Luxembourg and Greenland“, which thís post is basically an elaboration on. Most of the data has been filled in, now revealing the exact time of what remains concealed:
Sure breathing 700 µSv/hr particles from contaminated air will have no health effects over the coming decades??? Anyone? “Radon Progeny”, you think? Really? For more, see options on my page, Online Radiation Monitors. For help with the units, see Radiation Units & Conversions. Latest News, check Nuclear News Links.
I also quickly checked back in time for a few monitors, here showing two examples of data for 6 MONTHS.
See any trends? :-/
Herenhoek’s, The Netherlands: (added red line @ 0.160 µSv/hr):
I hope that my efforts to make it easier to glance all these data examples in a blog post (rather than you spending the many hours I spent to retrieve these data sets on notoriously crash-prove government systems) is somehow helpful.
I don’t really have a conclusion anymore:
I vacillate between pure scientific curiosity, vast unspeakable sadness, and an undercurrent of bewilderment, wondering if perhaps, for purely selfish denial-based comfort reasons, I better ignore this situation…
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