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Bruce Cockburn, writer of the song "Radium Rain," appeared in my dream last night.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – In the aftermath of the April 1986 nuclear meltdown at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the USSR, Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn was on tour in Germany.

In my dream, I’m aboard a houseboat. We are in a canal linked to San Francisco Bay. It’s full of wood and debris and the boat is going through it. A friend I can’t recognize is taking a group of us to San Francisco. Aboard is Cockburn. I shyly ask about the song “Radium Rain” featured on his 1988 album Big Circumstance. (We reviewed his 2011 album Small Source of Comfort here).

I then asked  Cockburn (looking as he did in the 1980’s) if he was concerned, spending a lot of time in British Columbia and on the west coast, if he was concerned about Fukushima and the damage it was causing to Japan, the Pacific Ocean and to human and marine life. He replied that he was concerned and that he intended to write a song about that very subject.

This dream coincided almost exactly – to the hour - with the 61st anniversary of the Castle Bravo test on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands – March 1, 1954. I wrote just the other day how Marshallese in Northwest Arkansas were observing Nuclear Remembrance Day on that sad anniversary. I also had a strange sync event regarding Bikini in my recent post "Astral plane crash."

This is quite interesting to me in that it was on March 11, 2011 that I had the dream involving catastrophic events that turned out to be echoing what was going on at that very moment involving the earthquake and tsunami that led to the destruction – and continued leaking – at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. I noted it in my post "The Cheshire moon."

It would seem that the Earth, via synchronicity and my dream state is trying to send a message that we are about to get hit with an ecological sledgehammer if we don’t quickly change our ways and stop using nuclear power and actually follow through with our national promise of nuclear disarmament.

Back on March 19, 2014, I wrote a piece headlined “Getting hit with a sledgehammer.”

I talked about the Peter Gabriel pop hit “Sledgehammer” and how it premiered on Friday, April 25, 1986 just as the dire situation at Chernobyl – in Pripyat, Ukrainian S.S.R. were rapidly heading towards criticality.

“As the steam explosions continued and the brave firemen fought the radioactive fires and plumes of radioactive smoke billowed into the Ukrainian night sky, the first words of “Sledgehammer” were heard for the first time by many: “You could have a steam train / If you’d just lay down your tracks / You could have an aeroplane flying / If you bring your blue sky back …”

At the time I was syncing with both the radioactive steam related to Chernobyl and the mysterious disappearance of Malayasian airliner (the “aeroplane flying”) MH370 – which to this day was never found.

Ukraine, of course, is syncing a lot, as the U.S. and NATO seem to search for any opportunity to attack Russia on behalf of Ukraine and that fascist regime and start World War III!

And regarding Bruce Cockburn, I noted the song “Radium Rain,” which synced with Gabriel’s “Red Rain,” also on the So album, which featured “Sledgehammer.”

As I wrote at the time: “Cockburn went to perform in Germany right after the Chernobyl accident and recalled what was going on there in the aftermath. ‘(I)t was a very interesting experience, and, uh, quite frightening in some respects and funny in others. The extremes that people went to. The extremes that governments went to try to sort of suppress people’s anxiety about the whole thing and it became ridiculous at a certain point, you know?’”

And it was out of that experience that Cockburn wrote the dirge-like “Radium Rain.” A song that resonates today, particularly with radiation still pouring into the sea and marine life dying on the western coast of North America. And do scientists point to Fukushima? Of course not! And that's where we are.

Here we are, nearly 29 years after the Chernobyl catastrophe and nearly four after the Fukushima disaster. What have we learned? Why aren’t we doing more to prevent these planetary tragedies from occuring again and again?

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