Saturday, April 11, 2009

The official story works for officials. The official story works for officials to the extent that they are official. It may not work for them as humans.

I went to a demonstration against Lawrence Livermore Lab sponsored by Tri-Valley Cares, among other organizations.

There I met a special ed teacher in the Livermore school district who thought that the district had a high percentage of special ed kids because the lab had radioactive materials, carelessly handled.

The Livermore Lab was one of the two nuclear bomb designing labs the US had during the Cold War, the other being Los Alamos, where the first atomic bomb was designed.

The Livermore story had been, "Oh, we just think. We don't have nuclear material here, or not hardly any, anyway. Go away. Your job as member of the public is to not think."

Tri-Valley Cares, an organization of people living near the lab, discovered that the lab had quite a bit a radioactive material and handled it sloppily. I mean,if you're saying it doesn't exist, that is not going to lead to handling it well, right?

The Livermore special ed teacher said if you mentioned to parents Livermore's high percentage of special ed kids, you could watch them leave their bodies. It was like their eyes rolled back in their heads, sometimes literally.