Crashing Sites and Crossing Borders

Well, it’s been an interesting week.

Our previous post on Fukushima, (remember here), went viral a few hours after being posted. It quickly became the most read Sprinter Life post of all time

It was shared, clicked, and liked on facebook over 85,000 times. This created hundreds of thousands of unique visitors, which subsequently crashed our site for 24 hours.

 

We received hundreds of comments, some over a page long. This further overloaded the site and created a situation where I couldn’t possibly read and address each one, so ultimately I turned the comments off.

Some of the comments were hostile. Most were concerned and supportive. The main topic of debate centered around how dangerous Fukushima really is. At the end of the day, due to the well documented cover-up which nobody disputes, we still don’t really know the answer.

Here is what I do know. If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck… well… guess what. It’s probably a duck. They used to tell us x-raying embryos in pregnant women was safe. NOT. And that spraying neighborhoods with DDT was safe. NOT. In the early days of global warming, many scientists told us that there was no imminent danger. Today most of us know that’s just not true. After Chernobel, there were plenty of scientists who came forward and said there was nothing for the public to worry about. Years later we know that the effects and death were FAR worse than projected, or reported.

And today there are some people telling us that Fukushima poses no real threat to our health, even though it is considered far worse than Chernobel. Quack F#cking Quack.

Look, there is always going to be opposition, which is why it can be hard to hang yourself out there. Nobody likes to be called an “ignorant idiot,” myself included. Having said that, I honestly think the same of the people writing these comments…

Comment From Fukushima post   –   “Yo, elementary physics dropout, Shame on you.  Be aware I’ve reported your blog post to the authorities and the NSA for good measure – for unnecessary fear mongering.  There is a price for freedom of the press, and you’re screaming fire in a crowded theater.”

So I’ve been labeled an “Alarmist”. I guess I can live with that, especially in this day and age. Stevie and I believe the conversation is more important than the potential social backlash. We welcome fact checkers and pray for more intervention and testing, so we can ALL learn the truth about Fukushima.

In the mean time, people are free to draw their own conclusions and make their own decisions. If you want to eat fish that recently swam through nuclear waste, well then, go for it.

At the end of the day, one way or the other, I’m glad that we created a viral blog post on Fukushima.  It’s drawn the attention of hundreds of thousands of people. AT A MINIMUM, this has created awareness about the situation. And with awareness comes pressure on the parties responsible to contain this toxic and volatile situation in Japan. I just hope our media and government step up and give this the attention it deserves.

Crashing site – Enough said.

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On to Crossing Borders.

While all this has been going on, we’ve been working our way back to Argentina. I’m not gonna lie to you. It’s been a hell of a trip back.

We started by packing an impossible amount of toys, clothes, and gear. Much easier said than done, trust me.

“Hey everyone, check out my shiny new red shoes! Thanks Tanta Alsy”

I had a grip of new climbing equipment to bring back in anticipation for a trip into Northern Patagonia this February. Thanks La Sportiva, Mountain Hardwear, and Outdoor Research for the hook ups!

Stevie has also decided to give climbing a try this fall, so we got her a little rig as well. She’s pretty fired up.

And of course I got Soleil her first climbing harness. It’s a tiny fully-body harness designed for toddlers. She’ll be walking soon and it should fit by mid-winter. She’s already become an insane crawl-climber and has over a half dozen on-sight ascents of staircases in 3 countries. 

I managed to get everything into 6 pieces of luggage and we headed off. We left on a redeye from LA to Lima, Peru, where we enjoyed a lovely 24 hour layover. It was nice to see the footprints of our other nomad friends in the Hostel we stayed at.

After that we flew to Santiago, Chile where we had left the van and Kiki. As usual, Sol was a total champ on the flight.

Back in Chile we reconnected with our good friends Martyn and Kate and their son George. These awesome people have been taking care of Kiki and the van while we’ve been gone. Sometimes when you’re out on the road you meet exceptional people who just really stand out from the crowd. These are them. 

Thanks so much guys for taking care of Kiki and for being such wonderful people.

 

Our next move is to drive across the Andes back to Mendoza , Argentina–the land of super groovy street jugglers, cheap empanadas, winos, fanged carnivores, and daytime nappers–and hopefully get some rest. It’s been a long 5 weeks.

-TREE

 

Comments

  1. Ding ding. Alarmist on baby. So glad you continue to bring it. Miss you guys tons already.

  2. Ding dong…….love you guys. Miss you. Keep it up and never let the naysayers get to you.

  3. Sarah Leith Bahn says:

    The real question is – is this the first time you’ve been reported to the NSA? That comment was just too comical to be real – right?

    • Sarah,

      I’m pretty sure my first time making the NSA list occured back in 1994 with Sam Drevo, Eric Southwick, and our friend Al. We were smashed, rolling on fake IDs, heading back from Georgetown to my apartment in Great Falls. Drevo announced that he had to puke, so Al, our designated driver, took the first exit off the parkway he could find. Within seconds of driving up the road we were surrounded by cops, guns pulled. These guys came out of the bushes, no joke. How were we suppose to know it was the entrance for Langley, CIA headquarters? They pulled Al out of the car and while they were questioning him, Drevo puked out the window. After a while they took all of our names and told us to get out of there. True story.

      I suppose I’m still on the NSA list today, by association with my radical wife. Every time we travel, I’m surprised she is not on the do-not-fly list. And I’m sure this blog post doesn’t help either. We might be down her for a long, long time. Oh well. Wanna come visit us? -TREE

  4. Madrigal Madri says:

    Muy lindas las mujeres de la casa !!! Un fuerte abrazo !!!

  5. lindo verles,los espero

  6. Alarmist, laughable. Eff the NSA! Good on you, I’ve been sharing that post all over. Reality is scarier thn fiction nowadays. Sadly, some of my surfing coworkers didn’t know crap about any of it. Fight the good fight!

  7. Aunt Debby and Uncle Barry says:

    Ha! I think you started people asking questions and now word of Fukushima is coming out on the local and national news. Of course after they tell you how bad things are the “Pretty, Smiling, News reporter” tells you all that toxic waist will dissipate to safe levels…So no need to worry! Hummm! call me an Alarmist but i don’t trust her information!

  8. Luc Fortier says:

    Hey Guys,

    Keep on keeping on. There are kooks everywhere. The more famous you become, the more you’ll attract.
    And they told us thalidomide was safe for pregnant women!

    • Hey Luc,
      There are indeed kooks everywhere! And the older I get, the quicker I seem to be able to identify them. Or is it me…

      In any case, thanks for reading. Cheers,

  9. Wow!! Agree or disagree no reason for hate and name calling…

  10. I loved your post on Fukushima. Scary shit, but certainly worth ones attention.

    Keep up the good fight.

    -Sam

  11. Arlene Burns says:

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/9/1/spike-in-radiationlevelsatfukushima.html

    at least these guys are talking about it! btw, the noaa map with the red was tsunami vs radiation so a bit misleading.. though i am sure that water could go the same way as shock waves, but that doesn’t account for current.. ill bet the garbage patch is irradiated..

    amazing how ignorant people lash out when faced with facts they would rather not know!!

    love you guys.

    contacts to come.. give me a headsup when you think you might head more south, so i can give my friends a heads up.. you might tire of big city life..

  12. Jeesh . . . your whole adult life I keep hearing the stories of thing you did as a kid that I didn’t know about. . . .
    oh you just wait Tree – little Sol will curl your hair with her antics someday, and I will just . . . (as Uncle Mick says) – I’ll just “grin!”. . . .

  13. Carry on
    – Little lava

  14. Madena Bennett says:

    THat is so awesome…I kept seeing it on other friends pages 🙂

  15. Tree – speak what is on your mind – you guys are one of a kind – never change
    how did it go with Aduanas in Lima? I hate that part
    I am always packing tons of stuff through there and hate the red light
    JIm

  16. Is this a flight that you are on where the baby is on the floor.

  17. wow, her little teeth have really come in!

  18. You guys rock-love how I can enjoy your blog and get informed about what’s killing this planet….there is a guy in WA trying to get folks to sign his petition…thought you might be interested:
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/intercede-immediately-fukushima-nuclear-crisis-and-lead-global-effort-contain-poisoning-earth/xPd5tbbf

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