Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously. She is committed: first, to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; last to not only fighting for personal privacy & the freedom of information, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to exhorting others to do the same. She is a poet, always. All these efforts find representation here: "ah, Mephistophelis" is so named after the last line of Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, whose heretical success flouted the censor for a time.

TCHERNOBYL: Guess What Percentage
Of Children From Belarus

A comment over at Energy News hipped me to this. (If you haven't spent some quality time below the 'Related' suggestions on an Energy News page, you don't know what you're missing, unless you are an asshole or a troll, or a paid shill, which is both, in which case, what I want you to please understand is instead this: they are all a bunch of wankers, and you should do yourself a favor and don't even waste your time, there or here.  In fact, if you are an asshole, or a troll, or a paid shill – or just curious – hold on a sec... okay, here, click below, and you will see the paragraph with which, for you, this blog ought more properly have opened.)

In fact, I have some texts you might find more to your liking: a couple from the Wall Street Journal, and one from Forbes, dating back to mid 2011. Click on this next button, and you can stay up here and reread them, while the rest of us go on and finish the post. Try not to fight amongst yourselves, please don't hack any widgets, and when you're done, remember to turn off the light and mouseover the marquee above the header (to turn off the scrolling) on the way out.

Anyway, where were we?
Oh yes. Reread the title: now guess. Permanent genetic damage, kids in Belarus today. Go ahead.... guess.




Here's a hint. According to Wikipedia, "about 60% of the fallout [from Tchernobyl] landed in Belarus."

Now how much would you guess? 


50%?  That would be alarming, wouldn't it? 

60%?  Correlation coefficient approaching +1 with that fallout statistic?  

Isn't that too high for an area from which not everyone was evacuated?  I would have thought so, in a sane world.

How about 85%?


Don't believe me?  That's all right, it is fully understandable. I didn't believe it either.  My research led to this post.  It was very preliminary; it consisted of a search, and the viewing of the result.  Here's the search string, and a few choice hyperlinks it retrieved:

Now think a moment about Fukushima.  All those families being told it was safe to go back to their homes.  All those kids made to clean and decontaminate their schools.  All those people shamed into eating Fukushima produce.  All that skipjack tuna – remember that 80% of the world's miso soup is made from the tuna caught off the NE of Japan – all that prime skipjack which was not allowed to live its contaminated life in comparative peace. All that tuna which should not have been caught and sold and eaten, but which, by hook and by crook, by stealth and subterfuge, most certainly was.

Which, at least in 2011, was all of it.

And that was then.  That is not now.  

Now, just today, I have seen the most unnerving headline I have seen yet at Energy News, and still do not know even where to start.  It happened again:  Tepco at the wheel: dear us, oh look, dear dear, we really do not understand how this could be happening, oh well.

Apologies to parents, whether they hail from Belarus or not, for my ranting: if I came across as insensitive, it was not my intent.  Far from it.

Be seeing you.


  1. Me thinks the lady protests too much. And is off her rocker.

  2. as you wish; your right to think it. more like a little html therapy, with perhaps humourous intent. whatever.

    since your comment posted twice and they are duplicates i will be deleting one.

  3. "An opposing position was voiced by Secretary-General Kofi Annan: Chernobyl is a word we would all like to erase from our memory. But more than seven million of our fellow human beings do not have the luxury of forgetting. They are still suffering, everyday, as a result of what happened... The exact number of victims can never be known. But three million children demanding treatment until 2016 and earlier represents the number of those who can be seriously ill... their future life will be deformed by it, as well as their childhood. Many will die prematurely. (AP, 2000) "

    "Prior to 1985 more than 80% of children in the Chernobyl territories of Belarus, Ukraine, and European Russia were healthy; today fewer than 20% are well. In the heavily contaminated areas it is difficult to find one healthy child (Chapter II.4). We believe it is unreasonable to attribute the increased occurrence of disease in the contaminated territories to screening or socioeconomic factors because the only variable
    is radioactive loading. Among the terrible consequences of Chernobyl radiation are malignant neoplasms and brain damage, especially during intrauterine development (Chapter II.6). "
    page 2
    “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment"
    by Alexey Yablokov, Vasily Nesterenko and Alexey Nesterenko
    NY Academy of Sciences, Volume 1181, 2009.
    5,000 Slavic language studies reviews, over 1,400 cited.
    hard copy now available at Greko Printing P:734.453.0341;