Sunday, July 31, 2011

10 pins

people i know are dying like 10 pins.

the relatives of 2 colleagues of mine died just this week - one from cancer of the lung, the other, of the liver.

another colleague is now undergoing treatment for lymph node cancer.

who's next, i wonder? the waiting is akin to a game of russian roulette. we used to be in the dark concerning the cause of cancer, but now we know better. cigarette smoking, human papilloma, hepatitis B & Ebstein-Barr viruses,& Helicobacter bacterium are all known causes. but what about our lifestyle, the food & water we consume & the air we breathe?

the movies Erin Brockovich & A Civil Action are stark real-life reminders of the health hazard in our environment when we get careless or indifferent. remember Bhopal & Chernobyl? Germany is considering shutting its nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima tragedy & so, you wonder, do we really need a rare earth plant in this country? no wonder the people in kuantan are up in arms at the decision.

in the meantime, the trigger-pulling continues.....

15 comments:

Unicorn Girl said...

this is really , really scary - death !

bengbeng said...

It is no secret both sides know each others' arguments. It is all about vested interests.

Anonymous said...

Testing

missyc said...

therefore, enjoy each moment of the day & not take life too seriously :D

pity the children who are inheriting an uncertain future because of egoistic, greedy & selfish ppl.

doc said...

UG,

for all of us, it's just a matter of time. have you made peace with God?

doc said...

Beng,

$$$$$$$

doc said...

MissyC,

easier said than done, & i agree, the future generation will not have it so easy!

Yvonne Foong said...

The possible conseuqneces of a nuclear fallout and meltdown is very scary. The effects will alter the genetics of generations.

doc said...

Yvonne,

i just don't think m'sians are ready for nuclear power, neither can the authorities handle the proper management of such an enormous task.

we have a stadium with collapsed roof, parliament building with persistently leaking roof, a flyover with cracked support beams, etc.

no, we can't even put up a proper concrete building.

Yvonne Foong said...

Maintaining a nuclear power plant requires expert and strict commitment, as we could see how the Japanese took care of their power plants in times of crisis. A lot of hard decisions to make too, decisions that can alter the future. It does require a lot of maturity. Malaysia is used to mediocrity and delibering half-hearted jobs.

doc said...

Yvonne,

we're better off depending on coal-fired power or even the bakun.

Yvonne Foong said...

Safer, huh?

doc said...

Yvonne,

oil spill or coal-mine explosion probably cause less deaths than a nuclear meltdown.

so, yes, lesser of two evils.

reanaclaire said...

I am also very alarmed at the high rates of cancer these days.. even my sibling is not spared.. but thank God he is under remission as of now...

doc said...

Claire,

this is only the tip of the iceberg & it can only get worse.