Toxic War Wednesday


Women’s basic training against atomic radiation at Fort Dix, NJ. May, 1980 © Jean-Pierre Laffont


Two memories stand out to Terrine Crooks from her arrival at George Air Force Base in the summer of 1980. One is the sense of apprehension she felt at seeing for the first time the broad, flat, barren expanse of the base on the skirt-tails of the Mojave Desert. “I was like, ‘oh my God.’ I was a New Hampshire girl who’d left a beautiful green land.”

The second, she said, was how she was told by in-processing personnel not to get pregnant while stationed there.

“I was young, I didn’t question it,” she said. “I already had a daughter.”

Crooks quickly settled into life at George. She met her future husband there. And toward the end of 1981, she did indeed become pregnant. In April of the following year, however, her son Brian arrived 13 weeks prematurely. Within his first few months of life, Brian suffered multiple brain hemorrhages, and eventually developed an array of ongoing health conditions and disabilities, including cerebral palsy. Then, when Crooks turned 30, her own health began to deteriorate.

She had a hysterectomy at 31, after suffering for years with endometriosis, uterine fibroids and heavy bleeding during menstruation. When she turned 40, she had a bilateral mastectomy.



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9 Responses to Toxic War Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    People seem to forget that once you sign up for the Military you basically give them your life to do with as they please, you become Government Property.

    It is with that I repeat what I have maintained all along; STOP VOLUNTEERING!


  2. Den says:

    Toxic air as of April 18, 2016 near Mexico City with the fierce eruption of Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano:


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Toxic chemical story.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Up to 80 °F today. With the boil water order I bought some potable water at the grocery store. They set up an entire half aisle, one side, for bottled water and seem to have sold about half of it already.


    • David B. Benson says:

      The standard up to TVD and back in 46 minutes. A magpie. A field rabbit. A black bird. Chi’CA-go. Some small birds. A Swainsen’s hawk making a 2 point landing in a tree top. On the way home a few more small birds, the rabbit again and the hawk finding a thermal.

      Along with ordinary water I bought a Pellegrino. Tasty after that sweaty stick walking.

      Day 4: 172+46=218 minutes.


  5. º¿carol says:

    Comment sections on articles about the new face for our $20 bill are as expected.

    Coolish day but we had sun for most of it. I didn’t do anything outside, cooked instead.

    A friend from where we used to work has been working on my little Mantis tiller, trying to get it to start. He took the carburetor out and soaked it in something at work, it helped, it will start but the minute I tip it any which way it stalls.

    Next step, get the Mantis a new carburetor, Bob found it on Amazon. Hope that is the answer, I have a lot to use it one. Have to widen flower beds around the house, and garage.

    Jeff said since the fuel is a mix of gas and oil I have to empty it every fall. He said the 2 stroke engine oil rots the engine, the tubes.

    And now I’m going for my walk.


  6. Den says:

    Walk with the LLamas, this way…


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