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Conspiracy theories for expats: Putting the wanna in wannabe, an important tip, and the worst reason for a plan-B in Cuenca

I’m Asian, and I didn’t want to end up in a camp — they’ve done it before,” after a second glass of wine, a Cuenca expat is quietly telling me why she left California.chl scott logo

I worked in the industry. We left Seattle as soon as we saw the video and understood what happened at Fukushima,” from my chat with a young couple holding their toddler in a Cuenca restaurant.

In America, the food supply is dangerous. There’s not much there I want to eat,” a comment heard at a Cuenca cooking class.

I lost my job and house in Florida, then I lived in a tent for three years. I’ll never go back to the states. Here, I can afford some dignity,” on a Cuenca bus, an American economic refugee tells me her story.

When we got here, he was in a wheelchair and barely responsive. Right away our Cuenca doctor took him off all the prescriptions. Now, he’s walking and improving daily,” an American expat describes her husband’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Sooner or later, they’re gonna get us nuked,” a retired lawyer in Cuenca describing how U.S. foreign policy helped motivate his move.

The decision to leave your home country may be the most difficult one you ever make. Only a tiny percentage of Americans ever consider it. Even fewer actually have the means, opportunity or resolve. For those who are able, the psychological stress can be traumatic. Big changes mean big risks. The expat literature is full of advice that concurs on one major point – your reasons for leaving should be positive. For the best expat results, don’t just be escaping to somewhere. Cultural attractions, learning a new language, adventure in retirement, meeting other expats, finding yourself — all are incentives that pull travelers away from home to see the world.

However, for modern North Americans, we all now know there’s more to it — much more. Often undisclosed are a boatload of other motives. These are the negative persuaders, the leave incentives, the two hands pushing you in the back. Curious minds quietly wonder, ultimately, is the U.S. still a friendly place to retire? To raise a family? Is it safe? Healthy? For anyone with a smidgen of awareness, sadly, these doubts seem to be steadily mounting. The trend is not our friend. More and more, wannabes are seeing it clearly — time to get the hell out of Dodge.

Call it voting with your feet, or fulfilling a lifelong dream to travel. It’s a fine line between a gung-ho tourist expatriate, and a premeditated refugee. Either way, more Americans are stirring. Cuenca’s gringo population shows it and frank conversations with expats reveal some deeper motives. For better or worse, others are bound to follow.

Maybe the private wannabe decision has been made and you’re now a committed future expat. You get it, you’re the ballsy type, reality is staring you in the face and it’s time to bust a move.

Here’s where it gets interesting.

Be aware. At that point, you have subtly, but undeniably, assumed oppositional status against the U.S. system.

Have no doubts. Your expat wannabe behaviors may now be considered semi-suspicious. Nobody wants you to leave the U.S, not your government, not your bank, not your insurance company, not your medical syndicate. For the overseers, there’s no money made with a smaller flock of sheeple. We’re a nation of immigrants, not expatriates. Guard dogs are eyeballing the restless masses. As natural as breathing, policy controllers will move to dissuade wandering. Bad information, real news ignored, and blatant propaganda are what make up the fences. Future expats should take heed. The information you need may be distorted — or totally fabricated. If allowed, others will covertly decide what you should know. It’s true regarding Ecuador, Latin America, and foreign travel in general. Real, valid reasons justifying a true escape from America? Those are totally unheard of in the U.S. press.

And the pundits say foreign cultures are complicated.

Or maybe it’s all just a conspiracy theory.

Because they can kill anybody they want to, anytime,” a long time Cuenca expat describes why his friend, a prominent microbiologist, exited U.S. academia for a remote life somewhere in southern Ecuador.

Are the relaxed U.S. expats who casually stroll among Cuenca’s quaint streets still affected by a 50-year-old American political assassination and propaganda effort? How about wannabes back home making critical decisions? I say yes, but maybe it’s because suspicion seems to grow with age, like the hair in my ears.

It was April of 1967 when the CIA put together the two most famous words in the history of modern social control: conspiracy theory. The now unclassified document 1035-960 was authored as a strategy dispatch to control criticism of the Warren Commission investigation into the Kennedy assassination. It ignored evidence, but detailed tactics on how to ridicule and intimidate questioners. Wielded by a cooperating media, the phrase’s success shocked even the authors. A half century later, it’s almost impossible to say one word without the other — like “band aid” or “malt liquor.”  Conspiracy theory, or “CT” issues are now pre-defined for us. No one has to ask what subjects are off limits. CT means proceed at your own risk, or better yet, just STFU. Most people who use the CT phrase have no idea of its origins. It’s the easy, default, slam dunk closer to any modern American controversy. Subjects targeted range from vaccines to election fraud to U.S. foreign policy. Also covered, are why citizens may consider expatriation. When the “CT-scan” shows red, and the phrase flashes like a stop light, it screams for wannabes and expats to be wary. Someone is messing with you, and all is not as it appears.

Yes Virginia, even the term conspiracy theory was, itself, the result of a conspiracy. Funny world, ain’t it?

To read about CT history, click here.

In America, we pride ourselves on having a big selection of everything. Now, reasons for leaving is no exception. Which to choose? It’s like picking fruit at a Cuenca market. There are always more and fresh ones seem to arrive daily. Here’s just two of my favorites, nice and ripe. You may have your own.

An impressive selection of reasons to be a wannabe.
An impressive selection of reasons to be a wannabe.

That’s just conspiracy theory. Everything is fine, don’t worry. It’s what they tell us to say,” smiling comments from a nuclear engineer flying into Cuenca to look at retirement penthouses.

I’ve saved the worst for first. If you know nothing of what follows, I apologize for any discomfort. If you are anxiety prone, want to avoid brutal modern reality or have a paralyzing weak spot for the planet, please read no further. Suffice it to say, a plan-B in Ecuador is sounding good.

This topic will red line the CT-scan like few others. Fukushima is a non-subject in the U.S. press, academia or within any government sources. It’s covered by a tiny group of courageous journalists who are systematically attacked for telling a story no one wants to hear. If only it WAS just a conspiracy theory.

Graph of Fukushima radiation moving from Japan to North America. The trend is not our friend.
Fukushima radiation moving from Japan to North America

As my wife Dee and I casually stroll through our favorite Cuenca market, the Mercado 12 de Abril on Avenida Guapdondelig, we stop at the impressive seafood section. Regular delivery days, good variety, friendly vendors and quality fish fresh from Ecuador’s coast – all equal to the massive and more chaotic Feria Libre. These are the first shrimp we’ve considered eating since March, 2011, when four nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan collapsed into a radioactive heap – the greatest industrial accident in human history. “Pelar los camarones”?  The merchant offers to peel our shrimp, a rare courtesy in the states. Prepared with spices and grilled, they tasted incredible. Still, it was a solemn meal in some ways. The fresh sea flavor was my palates version of a long lost friend, one who may be leaving again forever.

No one has to tell me what happened at Fukushima,” comment from a retired nurse living in Cuenca.

Photo by Yoshi Shimatsu. Beached pelagic red crabs at Crystal Cove, Orange County California, May 2016
Beached pelagic red crabs at Crystal Cove, California, May 2016

Please research further on the links provided. But be cautious, too much wanna can panic a wannabe.

Is it possible to kill an entire ocean? Incredibly, the General Electric Corporation appears to have done it. They built the much feared Mark I type of reactors at Fukushima, Japan in the early 1970’s. Four of them are now radioactive rubble, have been for five years, and are permanently flushing massive amounts of radiation into the Pacific Ocean – every day, for all time. Six hundred tons of smashed fuel rods are burning in a permanent nuclear fire, somewhere under the site. Nothing will ever stop it. Within a week of the meltdown, airborne contamination reached North America. Federal radiation monitoring stations across the US were dismantled and the news blackout started. Ocean currents now permanently deliver radioactivity to the west coast of North America, where it will forever exist at levels hazardous to human health. The risks will perpetually increase. Radioactive elements are carried in ocean water and sea spray, deposited on the beach and blown inland. Fukushima radiation is now an everlasting threat. Hope will never change that. All you can do is leave.

Dosimeter reading of red crab, .7 points above human safety limit.

Need more wannabe motivation?  Read it and weep. I have.

Jeff Rense at has covered Fukushima from the beginning. His website has the complete story with all the radioactive details, if you can take it. Too painful to read?  Download the free mp3 reports and panel discussions. Start with a stiff drink before you listen – preferably in a Cuenca bar.

Brave journalists, with sincere danger warnings, publish reports at Yoshi Shimatsu is a science writer who studies radioactivity and its effects on the environment. To read his latest Fukushma report, click here.

Dana Durnford is a Fukushima researcher who studies the Pacific coast from a canoe, has been arrested as a terrorist, and will melt your conspiracy theory scanner from being constantly attacked as a noisy alarmist. Tragically, he is now connecting Fukushima radiation to several large fish kills in Chile. El Nino was blamed. These were the first such observations south of the equator. Let’s hope he’s wrong.  His website says it all.

California crab season was cancelled due to a “neurotoxin”. Radiation was the real cause, which was later acknowledged. Read about it here.

Blue fin tuna, caught south of San Diego, were contaminated with radioactive cesium. It only took two years to make the results public: click here.

New studies show cumulative harmful effects of low level radiation: click here.

Need more news on what some are calling an extinction level event? tracks all the official Fukushima cover-up blather coming out of Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

The only thing missing on these Fukushima news sites is a link for booking a flight to Cuenca.

How could it get worse? All nuke plants in North America are old and leaking — about 112 of them. And then there’s the dissolving underground waste tanks at Hanford on the Columbia River, currently adding to the Pacific coastal contamination.

Startling levels of radiation, now seemingly permanent, are being measured nationwide by citizen volunteers led by Bob Nichols. I check regularly for my hometown.

Don’t let your mind go too far with this stuff or you might start thinking about a depopulated US west coast, the Pacific Ocean gone as a food source, collapsing everything and waves of environmental refugees.

At this point, I’m still calling them wannabes.

From the tragic to the absurd…

Are you just getting started on your wannabe adventure? Do you have a U.S. passport? If so, is it about to expire? You may want to take action before the upcoming American presidential election. Otherwise, you could be answering questions like this:

Excuse me sir, but have you been circumcised? Could you please provide details on any accompanying religious ceremony? Also, you’ve left off the dates of your mother’s pre- and post-natal medical appointments.

When the new “Biographical Questionnaire” was proposed by Hillary Clinton’s State Department in 2011, it was so preposterous the majority of public comments asked if it was a joke. People refused to believe it. Many thought it was satire from The Onion. Of course, it was also called a conspiracy theory. Several copies were leaked out. Now the proposed document has been made public and it was no joke. The “long form” is a revised application reflecting a whole new government attitude about what is required to establish identity and entitlement for a U.S. passport. Estimated time to complete the form is 45 minutes. Excuse me? Is it even possible for the average retired expat or wannabe to “List all current and former places of employment — with addresses and supervisor’s phone numbers?”

Of course it isn’t, but it shows you where their head is. The entire point is that incomplete or misleading answers are grounds for denial, or revoking any approved passport at any time. Thinking of leaving freedom-loving America? Here is the possible new leash. The prospects for abusing this policy are obvious. Your signature is your oath, under penalty of perjury. Now, once again, “What was the address of your mother’s place of employment at the time of your birth?” Someday, answers to questions like these may determine where you spend your retirement.

Proposed passport application with a sensitive question.

In late 2012, enough people woke up and this absurdity went viral. The proposed questionnaire was quietly recalled for revision. A slightly less intrusive version was later released, with zero coverage by any major U.S. media. Most recently, the subject has moved back into the world of conspiracy theory. There has been no mention of it in the presidential campaign. Is anyone confused? The intent seems clear. In the future, international travel for Americans could become a granted privilege, no longer a fundamental right.

Read about the proposed passport application.

It’s enough to make some people cry — but I’d rather laugh. There are some very compelling, even life threatening reasons for leaving the USA. At the same time, expatriation is openly discouraged, and gradually becoming more difficult. It now seems that for U.S. expats and committed wannabes, any absurd obstacle can be expected. Where does it stop, if getting a U.S. passport someday depends on bizarre questions about circumcision?

If that’s not a warning — it’s at least an important tip.


Scott Fugit retired in 2015 to study leisure, travel writing and Ecuador. His goal is to bring real experiences and entertainment in hand crafted articles that are relevant to expat life. He, and his photographer wife Dee, are Cuenca wannabes.

To read Scott’s other articles, click here.

Photo credits: Beached crabs and dosimeter photos by Yoshi Shimatsu.


  • Cousin Back

    Yeah, lots of toxic food for thought, i live less than 40 miles from the Indian point nuclear power plant, matter of fact i worked there in the early 90’s and it was old an falling apart then, can’t believe it’ s still allowed to run. The fight is on to close it, but the damage is done, read a story where it’s leaking small amounts of radiation into the river, you would think it’s a no brainer to close the place, but Noo the powers that be is hell bent on running it into ground, no pun intended, as for me I’ll continue to make plans (fantasize) to move to South America, the sooner the better, great article to read on a nice cool Sunday morning by the beach in NYC.

    • Demsrule

      I also worked at the Indian Point plant. I was part of a crew that was resleeving the leaky generator,we had NO experience and were simply recruited off the streets and told we would be flown back east put up in a motel fed and work 12 hours a day most of it on standby watching tv and playing pool.When I arrived at the motel the guy who worked for the company that recruited me was doing lines of coke.I was there for about 15 days worked a total of 15 minutes before I reached the max allowable amount of radiation.They were just looking for lots of bodies because the radiation causes a huge turnover of people. Quality?? Ha.The street guy caught on quicker then many of us they understood if you did good work that the company would use you more often and your earnings would be limited,if you were a screw up they saved you to be used last so you stayed on the job longer

  • Wannabe Expat

    Passport bio is proposed to prove citizenship if you have no birth certificate. They ask about baby baptism or circumcision so the religious certificate can prove birthdate/place. It says this in the Fed Register where proposed laws are published. Perfect example of how conspiracy theories use partial info and lack of context to spread misinformation.

    • ecbound

      Just because it says that federal register doesn’t make it true or the complete story.

  • Judita Jessica Kosorinec

    The best article I read on Cena Highlife. I moved from Europe to Usa in 1990 and could not wait to get out after few years.

  • George M Forgues

    Very good article.

  • Malcolm Reding

    Unfortunately Scott is a conspiracy theorist of the worst kind, so he should know one when he sees or reads about one.

    • Greg Caton

      Conspiracies and governance go hand in hand. If you don’t have criminal conspiracies, you don’t have real government. Government was CREATED to hide criminality, as German sociologist, Max Weber, so clearly articulated a century ago.

      Scott is not a conspiracy theorist “of the worst kind.” He’s a realist of the best kind.

    • BDev

      MR – Didn’t you read the article?
      It’s coming round full circle. The original intent of the phrase “Conspiracy Theorist” is changing to mean Conspiracy Fact. Nowadays, the more people like you who say CT, the more people will take notice and smell the propaganda… and also come to not trust those who speak condescendingly of CTs.

  • LadyLee

    Nobody can escape the new world order – anywhere – but, why not live in Paradise while you can?

    • Edgeof2

      Think the ‘old world order’ might be the real problem. How do you define ‘ new world order ‘ ?!

    • StillWatching


  • Richard A Mageau

    Wow, this is truly hard to believe coming from a country which has always been seen as the very epitome of freedom! I would however like to point out that “modern North Americans” is wrong in this context. We, Canadians (and Mexicans and other Central Americans) , are “modern North Americans”. We strongly object to being included in this absurd scenario. We wish you luck in fighting this attack on your basic freedoms!

    • ecbound

      I have a friend in Canada who says some of these things are going on there, too. In fact, he is also planning a move to Ecuador because he says they are spraying chemtrails every single day where he is.

      • wmateri

        I am Canadian. Your friend is spouting nonsense. There are no chemtrails in Canada…because there are no chemtrails anywhere. There. First hand not second hand info. Facts not fear.

        • StillWatching

          Thank God for someone who is rational

        • paw76

          You say “There are no chemtrails in Canada” because you are Canadian?

          Then it only stands to reason that there is no immigration issues going on in the EU because I am German.

          • wmateri

            No, because the first source was secondhand. I’m stating the opposite first hand. Who would you rather listen to, someone who’s lived there or someone who says they know someone who’s lived there? I’d believe your direct opinion on EU immigration issues over those of someone who claims to know you.

        • paw76
        • Jonathan Graham

          I wonder of their friend who is telling them about chemtrails every single day mentions the tripods. The mechanized creatures that rule our land.

      • Devon_Nullman

        2 drops of bleach mixed with 2 crushed almonds and 2 drops of redwood oil each day makes you immune to chemtrails.

        • ecbound

          Aren’t you a funny guy….

          • StillWatching

            When you are presented with something as nonsensical as chemtrails, sometimes the best approach is to dismiss it with disdain and not give it an ounce of credibility by debunking it rationally.

            Chemtrails are pure bunk. I have posted links in these discussions to information proving their non-existence many times, yet the lunatic fringe goes on believing that they are real and are some sort of conspiracy to poison the planet. You can ask any chemtrail nut any rational question about them you want and you will not get a rational answer, so instead of wasting ones time with such dolts, sometimes it is just easier and better to mock them as Devon has done.

  • Frank Penny

    Everyone here has at least one compelling reason to be here, or else, they wouldn’t have come down here. Call their reasoning what you may, they are still reasons, and that person has a right to believe them.

    • nards barley

      And most people’s stated reasons are often different than their actual reasons.

      • Frank Penny

        That’s not my problem. And definitely your problem for trying to psychoanalyze everything people say. It must be exhausting trying to second-guess other people’s thoughts and opinions. If someone gives you a reason for moving, you stay up at night trying to see if they’re untruthful? You must have plenty of time on your hands.

        • nards barley

          Most expats I know have plenty of time on their hands which probably has to do with the fact they are retired. As to your question, don’t most conspiracy theorists spend their time questioning the truth about anything and everything, to the point it consumes most of their time?

      • StillWatching

        Good obsrrvation.

    • StillWatching

      Finally. An intelligent comment from john g

  • Sam

    I remember when, as a boy, the Smothers Brothers were joking about President Johnson’s attempts to keep people from leaving the US.

  • EcuBananas

    Too much fear mongering for me to give the author much credibility.

    • Greg Caton

      I’m sure there were a lot of Jews in Berlin in the 1930’s who said essentially the same thing. Your comment equates realism with fear mongering, and confuses observation with advocacy — which is, of course, a “non-sequir.” I have noticed that this a trait among all government shills who attempt to marginalize indisputable observation with the “conspiracy theory brush.”

      • StillWatching

        But Greg, when is a conspiracy threory puré garbage? You seem to believe al of them are true even the ones that pure crap.

        • Greg Caton

          A “conspiracy theory” is pure garbage only when the underlying, determinable facts just aren’t true.

          • StillWatching

            Agree completely but facts seldom disabuse True Believers that the nonsense they spout isn’t true. They simply counter with the response that the facts you present are just a conspiracy to suppress the nonsense they believe. Chemtrails are a perfect example. They have been debunked a million times but the lunatic fringe still insists they exist.

  • ecbound

    It’s kind of amazing to me that just the use of the term “conspiracy theory” makes otherwise intelligent people disregard even the most compelling evidence. It’s a very effective tool for any establishment engaged in destructive behavior or with something to hide. I think it’s especially effective in the United States, because citizens there have the unique distinction of believing for a whole generation (appropriately or not) that they belong to the most wonderful, powerful, and free country there is. We’ve grown up thinking that government control, oppression, and crimes against humanity only happen in other, “lesser” countries–never here. It’s unfathomable to many that our government could not be protecting us, let alone working against us. And the media is a very big part it. The total blackout on many issues affecting us today is even more powerful than the dialogue used by media which is often dictated by government, and not based on fact. In America, if you don’t hear it on the news or read it in the paper, then it’s not happening. Combine that with the term “conspiracy theory,” and it’s very easy for most people to write off upsetting information and go on with their happy lives.

    • StillWatching

      And the contrapositive is equally true. All you have to do to get a conspiracy nut to believe ANY conspiracy is to say the press or government is covering it up. They will believe nonsense from chemtrails to the idea that Monsanto wants to kill all of its customers. If I wasn’t typing on one of these crappy smartphones I would give you a complete list of all of the ones that are the food of fools.

      • BDev

        Never taking action?

        • StillWatching


          • BDev

            Your moniker

            • StillWatching

              In that case, how presumptuous. You have no idea what action I may or may not take.

  • ecbound

    I’d like to ask the author how he knows the seafood in EC is safe? I hope that’s true, but why would Fukushima not affect all seafood, especially on the Pacific coast? And, I’m curious as to whether he knows about other toxins that might affect seafood there, like the oil spill. I haven’t been able to find anything online about the safety of seafood in EC except an article about shrimp there, which was not favorable. Please prove me wrong, because I would be thrilled!

    • Greg Caton

      There is someone here — whose name I will not disclose because he’s well-known — who has testing equipment to test the environment for radio isotopes that a Geiger counter won’t pick up. Here’s the short response to his findings : there is now no such a thing as fish from the Pacific Ocean that’s safe to eat. It doesn’t exist. Those days are over. Sure, some areas, relatively speaking, are better than others. But there is no corner of the Pacific Ocean that Fukushima has left untouched. It’s very sad.

      • ecbound

        Not even Alaskan salmon? Is there any clean meat there?

        • Greg Caton

          Oh sure, there is.

          There are plenty of salmonids that are being raised in freshwater environments, and depending on the fishery, they should be safe.

          Example :

          The Atlantic Salmon Trust

          BTW . . . I grow my own trout and I did look into bringing Arctic Char into Azuay, which would theoretically do well, though the eggs have a “chill factor” that must be observed. See :

          What killed the project were regulations that involve extensive rules and paperwork. It was just too onerous.

          • ecbound

            I have always thought that the safest salmon were from Alaska, and that Atlantic salmon weren’t as clean. What about clean beef, chicken, and pork there?

            • Greg Caton

              I’m a semi-vegetarian, so I’m the wrong one to ask on that one

          • ecbound

            By the way, I’ve heard a million times that farm-raised salmon wasn’t safe either.
            Do you sell your trout? What do you feed them?

            • Greg Caton

              We may sell some, but they are primarily for our community. Their main diet is quinoa and oats.

      • StillWatching

        And my friend Larry has an acquaintance who swears he knows a guy that has a device that proves beyond a scintilla of doubt that all of the fish in the ocean is radiation free. Of course the FDA and the MSM are suppressing this information.

    • StillWatching

      That is the beauty of conspiracies. You are free to add any ridiculous notion you want and there will always be some idiot that will believe it. Science and actual proof means nothing to such people

      • Greg Caton

        Everything I’ve said is supported either by firsthand observation or the use expensive, recognized scientific equipment. SW, you are either completely immune to clear and convincing evidence, or you get a certain sociopathic relish out of being a contrarian.

        I can’t figure out which.

  • Greg Caton

    This is the best, most truthful article that Cuenca High Life has ever produced. However, anyone who has followed the work of Professor Guy McPherson, Lauren Moret, or Dane Wiggington, knows that it’s just scratching the surface.

    Additionally, I regret to inform the uninformed, however, that being in the Southern Hemisphere will NOT get you away from the radiation. I wrote about that last summer :

    More relevant to expats in Ecuador are the three weaponized “Rod of God” nukes that the U.S. dropped on April 16th to cause our most recent 7.9 M earthquake. I’ll accept that THIS is conspiracy theory if anyone has a credible alternative explanation for all the radiation burns that Ecuadoreans in the area started having right after the quake. See Dr. James McCanney (M.D.)’s complete explanation at :
    [ The action begins at 9:10 ]

    McCanney was here during and after the earthquake and conducted his own private investigation. He’s not only a medical doctor. He’s a nuclear physicist . . . with multiple degrees from Tulane University.

    • ecbound

      Why do you stay there? Where is it safe?

      • Greg Caton

        Both fair questions :

        I stay here because I love the Cuenca area. I love the climate, the people, the culture, the history, the architecture, the flora. I’ve been to something like 30 countries in my lifetime, and Cuenca is my favorite city — (though I loved it more before the Transvia project tore up the city). This has nothing to do with radiation. As Edgar Cayce once said when asked where it is safe to live when the earth changes come, he replied, “It is not so important where you live as how you live . . . ” What he meant was, beyond a certain point, it’s about spiritual preparation.

        Secondly, there is no “safe place” on this planet. I realized this in really studying the work of Dr. Guy McPherson, who discovered that there is a 40 year lag between what we do macroeconomically and the ecological impact. Forget what government officials around the world say. They’re just actors. The fact is that if we all acted perfectly and we could wave a magic wand and get rid of industrialization — living in small ecological footprints like all of our ancestors, our actions would not have an impact for another 40 years. It’s too late. It’s “checkmate” and over 99% of humanity is oblivious to it.

        Like Dr. McPherson, I, too, mourn for my planet and the many lifeforms that fill its varied habitats. I mourn that 99% of my species is too intellectually obtuse to truly grasp what we’ve done and what is before us.

        I was on the phone with Dr. Faust, a biologist friend of mine from Oregon, and he told me that there are members of his scientist community who feel that the safest places are SOUTH of 15 degree S. Here in Cuenca, we are not quite at 3 degrees South. Despite how compelling his argument is, I’m not moving to southern Chile or Argentina.

        It may seem off-topic to bring this up, but I feel it is very germane. As a child, I went to Catholic school in the Los Angeles area. I remember a moment where we were reading the Book of Matthew (24:22) and we came across that line “except those days be shortened, no flesh would be saved . . . ”

        Such words seemed like utter nonsense to me then.

        I understand them completely now.

    • StillWatching

      Here is how the tinfoil hatters work. If they present one bit of information that another conspiracy nut believes they have credibility on everything they utter going forward. Thus if you swallowed Cantons nonsense about radiation in fish, you are likely to believe this utter nonsense about the earthquake. I have no doubt LadyDolt bought this hook line and sinker

      Of course the press is suppressing this information about the radiation burns and you will never meet a
      single person who has them because secret teams from the Agenda 21 Army has kidnapped all of them and has them confined in FEMA internment camps in the US whose location is known only to Alex Jones, the Head Nut.

      • paw76

        Your assumptions, you’ve repeated, ad infinitum, about “True Believers”, (a.k.a, conspiracy theorists) is breathtakingly arrogant and void of of critical thinking.
        Critical thinking, of course, takes REAL work to objectively analyze information and facts from many different sources and doing YOUR OWN investigation.

        The “True Believers” I’ve come across accept things based on assumption and almost always assume that someone knows what they are talking about if the subject matter supports their own already established biases……like yourself, for example.

        • StillWatching

          First off, you have adequately described the lunatic fringe in your last paragraph.

          Continuing, you point your finger at me calling me arrogant and all I can do is laugh. I don’t deny my own arrogance in certain areas where arrogance is certainly a valid response, but one thing I believe I never am is a hypocrite and you can’t make the same claim. Why do I say that? Because you give me a lecture about critical thinking and doing my own investigation of things, without knowing a singe thing about me.

          In reality, I have more academic credentials than a South American General has medals and I spent 45 years as a real investigator (unlike you who thinks reading articles in Natural News and Infowars is investigating) and the results of my work were all published in respected peer reviewed journals where they were scrutinized by the finest minds in my field. True investigators are truth seekers, thus when some of my work or reasoning was faulty or incomplete, I readily accepted the criticism with alacrity because it got all of us closer to the real objective, which was discovering the truth.

          Yes, I’m as guilty as you are of making assumptions but at least I make mine on empirical evidence, unlike yours that come from whole cloth. My observations lead me to suspect that you are a poorly educated man that knows nothing of science nor the scientific process. That leads you to the proverbial point of being a man who brings a knife to a gunfight.

          • paw76

            By the way, Troll, you stole your “proverbial point” from the 9 second mark of ‘World’s greatest internet troll explains his craft’

            Which only proves that switching one word, “banana” for “knife”, still makes you an unoriginal plagiarist kind of a troll.

            And your having “more academic credentials than a South American General has medals” was LOL hilarious.
            Nothing like showcasing your pathetically arrested development, troll.

    • Lee Wright

      Correct me if I am wrong, but, “Rod of God” weapons are not nukes but are instead large rods of tungsten that weigh around 9 tons and impact at mach 10 producing an equivalent force of a small nuclear bomb but without any radiation. How do you get radiation burns from a kinetic energy weapon?

      • StillWatching

        How dare you challenge Caton with facts, logic and reason? Those rods were dropped at night when nobody could see them and earlier that day everyone was given Kool Aid that made them deaf for 12 hours so they heard nothing. Then they sprinkled radioactive dust around when nobody was looking.

      • Greg Caton

        Correct you if you’re wrong?
        Ok, you’re wrong. Initially, “Rod of God” were designed to work as you indicate : on the basis of nuclear-free kinetic energy. Only later were they further weaponized with nukes, which is not to say that all those that are currently in service are so weaponized. I’m sure the ratio is classified. I would ask you that listen to Dr. James McCanney’s in-detail interview — something that “StillWatching” refuses to do. The radiation burns in the area are real, as is the eyewitness testimony of the visuals from the rockets after impact.

        • StillWatching

          jajajajajaja Even though my post mocking you was sheer sarcasm, you don’t address the factual, common sense questions it poses. Why are there no witnesses that saw these things, heard them or know people suffering from the effects you allege?

          Caton, you truly are a nut case, but this is the most outrageous one out of you yet. I’ll bet you can’t top it, either.

    • Devon_Nullman

      It wasn’t nukes, it was HAARP. The symmetrical shape of the burns proves that.

  • nards barley

    I much prefer discussing the existence of alien life over chem trail, nuclear, and new world order conspiracies.

    • Greg Caton

      Facts that are uncomfortable or cognitively dissonant doesn’t make them any less truthful. As it turns out, they tend to be all that more important and worth paying attention to. Nobody ever became more enlightened, or educated, or intelligent, or transformed because they “toed the party line” and stuck to the propagandistic “common narrative.”

      No one becomes a better human being because they choose to remain ignorant and keep their head in the sand. Ben Franklin once said that democracy is two wolves and a sheep, voting on what’s for dinner. Just because you choose to grow up and stop being a sheep doesn’t mean you have to be a wolf.


  • wmateri

    I know it won’t matter to many because you’re already convinced the world is going to hell. And I know it won’t make me any friends among the “believers” but I guess I don’t care. The Fukushima nonsense propagated by the scientifically ignorant is an appalling example of how we are all being taught and told to fear everything. This article is the worst kind of pseudoscientific nonsense.

    Sure, fish caught off the coast of California had increased amount of radiation, but: “The amount of Cesium 134 and 137 detected in the fish “didn’t come close to exceeding safety limits,” Madigan said, noting that what was in the fish, per gram, is lower than the amount of naturally occurring radioactive potassium found per gram in a banana.” [source:

    As for those scary pictures of radiation in the Pacific that keep being shown around, have a look here [] for what they really represent and how they are being abused to scare you.

    Manipulation of public opinion is rampant these days. And this is a fine example of it. Educate yourself with FACTS not FEAR. If it doesn’t come from a peer-reviewed scientific article; if it’s hearsay (a friend told me); if it’s from Natural News, David (Avocado) Wolfe, or any number of conspiracy websites, it’s likely unsupported innuendo.

    There is a group of sane, evidence-oriented people in Cuenca. If you want to be among friends, request to join Cuenca Freethinkers on Facebook (private group). We always welcome debate; we just insist on evidence.

    • Greg Caton

      Do the members of “Cuenca Freethinkers” think like you do? Is this like Orwellian “double-speak” where “ignorance is sanity and politically-incorrect observations are not evidence-based”? Thanks for the heads up, so I know what to avoid.

      So . . . trust only “peer-reviewed” articles, huh? . . . Really? . . . Is that why the former editors-in-chief of both Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine are on record for telling the public that you can’t trust the studies they publish? . . . See opening quotes and references at :

      Let me get this straight : I put out actual photographs of the Identifinder (a $35,000 piece of equipment) showing unsafe levels of radio isotopes in the Cuenca area — all of it showing up since Fukushima, and you are going to dismiss it because major medical journals refuse to publish this kind of data? ( See : )

      I have no words for this . . .

      Probably because I’m sure CuencaHighLife would never reprint what I really think about this kind of unbridled, willful stupidity.

      • wmateri

        Let’s try to deal with your claims one at a time.
        1) The posted pictures in your linked article show radiation doses (for neutrons) of under 1cps/nv (thermal neutron detected per square centimeter per second). Now neutron detection is very tricky and it is easy for the machine to confound photons (visible light, etc.) with neutron radiation [source:
        2) At any rate, the sensitivity of the FLIR R400 (aka the IDENTIFinder 2: for neutron radiation is 2.6 cps/nv. Fewer counts per second are not registered properly. I suspect the device is warning of a mis-read.
        3) The measured radiation is at 0.02 microSieverts per hour (uSv/hr), yet the total dose (over an unspecified time) was 85.64 uSv. This would require 4,282 hours to accumulate at that rate. I suspect operator error or machine malfunction.
        4) These are not particularly large doses of radiation. If you knew any science or could use the internet, you would find that The World Nuclear Association [source: ] says: “Backscatter X-ray scanners being introduced for airport security will gives exposure of up to 5 microsieverts (μSv), compared with 5 μSv on a short flight and 30 μSv on a long intercontinental flight across the equator, or more at higher latitudes – by a factor of 2 or 3 [e.g. up to 90 uSv on one flight from New York to London]. Aircrew can receive up to about 5 mSv/yr from their hours in the air, while frequent flyers can score a similar increment.” That 5 milliSv/yr is 40 times greater than the dose indicated in your picture (which required half a year to collect by my calculations). And aircrew get that EVERY year.

        Also note that if you pass through a single X-ray scanner you get 5 uSv of radiation. At 0.02 uSv/hr (shown in the picture) you would require 250 hours of exposure here (wherever ‘here’ was) to receive as much as one pass through airport security.

        5) All of this is to say that the radiation doses indicated are either unreliable or lower than we encounter in many aspects of regular life. Any machine is only as good as its operator, and I don’t think this guy knew what he was doing. As this article says [], radiation levels from Fukushima, though elevated, are still safe: “Because even the exclusion zones of Chernobyl and Fukushima aren’t as radioactive as the inside of a smoker’s lungs… seriously.”

        Finally, I note that the site you linked to is not as objective as one might expect (no surprise) as it tries to sell supplements to “detox.”

        As an actual scientist, I find you are the farthest thing from the voice of reason. You are propagating fear by taking advantage of people who do not have the background knowledge to verify the validity of your claims. I am disappointed that CuencaHighLife would permit this kind of “reporting” but I guess fear sells.

        • Greg Caton

          You use references, like Snopes, which are well established propaganda fronts. You remind me of that oft-quoted line by historian, Gary North : “Always beware respectable people, because they are beholden to the institutions that are the source of that respectability.”

          You are completely ignorant of the massive evidence coming in right now that supports the damage being created by Fukushima.

          I know people in the aviation industry who are losing their hair and experiencing radiation sickness and are retiring early because of the additional exposure at high altitudes.

          I run an alternative health care business with many thousands of customers in 15 time zones, where I’m routine getting radiation sickness reports from the U.S. West Coast, something that I NEVER got prior to 2013.

          I don’t know whose payroll you’re on or if you’re just deft, but there is nothing in what you say which comports with what I am witnessing firsthand.

          And as for the IdentiFinder, the man operating it is a world-class scientist who knows how to calibrate and operate the machine. He’s is seeing neutron and gamma ray bursts from the U.S. down to Uruguay as well as high radionuclide counts as I mentioned in my article. When you suggest it’s broken, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

          • wmateri

            The only reason I used that Snopes article is because I know David Schindler personally and I remember when that picture was used to show how bad oil sands development was (

            Here’s the original article from Superstation95:

            The Schindler photo is about a third of the way down; it’s been clipped so you can’t recognize David’s face but it’s clearly the same photo. In my opinion any organization that will mislead the public like that by using unrelated photos to instill fear, has no credibility. Look at the photos and the articles with your own eyes. The linked article is using false data to its own fear-inspiring purposes.

            Don’t believe everything you read just because it agrees with your biases and beliefs. This is simply bad reporting. There’s a reason why we still say “conspiracy theory.”

          • StillWatching

            How does one even respond to arm waving and obfuscation. Why am I stupid enough to even address idiots like caton? I’m going to think about that for a while

        • StillWatching

          There you go again wmateri confusing Caton with facts.

    • StillWatching

      God bless you. The voice of reason has finally arrived.

    • Humanity

      Pseudoscientific nonsense?
      Dear bro, you use this term and reference Snopes as your scientific citing? Do we not remember the recent detentions and arrests of the CEO couple running snopes for fraud and bribery?
      And though the Fukushima incident and its explorations were quite some time ago, i recall reading reputable information concerning the immediate-after Raising of ‘safe’ ‘government’ limits pertaining to radioactivity and human ingestion.

      What i also remember was that Chief Nuclear Scientist for the U.S (Arnie Gundersen- stating something to the effect of the U.S. gov. suddenly raising their human safety levels which he equated to having our highway speed limits suddenly raised to 800-mph which now declared them “Legal and Safe”- because the Gov. said so?
      And Gundersen further offered that All U.S and Canadian gov. sites monitoring radioactivity on their westcoast were suddenly ordered to shutdown with no explanation given to his colleagues working at these sites.

      The point of this article seems to be: Can we trust ‘our’ gov. and their corporate-scientists to tell us the truth? And snopes…?? Yikes.

      • Greg Caton

        God bless you, Humanity. A voice of reason has arrived.

        • StillWatching

          No, just more Lunatic Fringe pseudoscience and pure lies. The stuff written about Snopes has been debunked a million times yet you will trot it out forever and gullible fools will believe it because it confirms their scanning bias.

    • Devon_Nullman

      Snopes is controlled by the Federal Reserve, which is controlled by the Vatican – hardly a trustworthy source.

      • wmateri

        I can’t wait to hear your sources on that. I thought the Fed was controlled by the Rothmans. Or do they control the Vatican too? I have a hard time keeping up with who controls whom.

        • StillWatching

          Because all contextual clues such as facial expression, body language, tone of voice and intensity are lost via this medium and because Devon has forgotten to use the font, I will tell you just so I am sure you understand, Devon is being completely facetious and is mocking Caton.

          • wmateri

            Thanks. After writing my response, I was pretty sure Devon was being sarcastic. The problem in a thread like this is there are so many people posting equally crazy, unsubstantiated nonsense that it’s no longer possible to distinguish exaggeration and sarcasm from the serious claims. If Devon’s hilarious claim isn’t believed by someone here yet, I bet they’ll soon start saying “I heard it on CuencaHighLife that the Fed was controlled by the Vatican.”

            • StillWatching

              You nailed it. If we ever meet in person, remind me to tell you about The Paul Lee Knowles Society, the greatest hoax ever perpetrated in the history of the earth. Don’t bother even googling it. It is so deep a secret that it has been suppressed on every search engine and I’m the last remaining survivor that knew about it first hand. Oh, how I suffered for my involvement…

  • Sue Tjernlund

    I share the sentiments of this article. I left the US in search of clean air and water, and a more sane and simple lifestyle–as I was getting disgruntled with the quality of life there and rather than continue to complain, I felt ethically I should just remove myself! I’m totally in love with my life here…maybe it’s not any safer, but sure feels good to have some distance from what felt like a snake pit. I pray for my friends and family and life to be safe there, and at the same time certainly would encourage people to look for options.
    When I started my research 4 years ago (been gone 3 years) most blogs essentially said “You have no idea how great it is living in SA” and I was looking for a way to be more in harmony with nature and sustainability and getting away from consumerism. I feel the new peaceful me has bloomed in many ways since being here, a tribute to the wonderful people and environment of Ecuador. I have come to believe that people who argue that the conspiracy theory’s are all hoaxes, need to justify not dealing with the issues by calling those who do negative labels, but maybe they simply don’t have the ability or inclination to reflect on life and who they are in it, so having that point of view is putting themselves in the perfect place for them. If you’re thinking of moving I would say don’t make it complicated, just envision a comfortable life on little income and the freedom to really enjoy your life. 🙂

  • Nguoinuocngoai

    Excellent article.

  • Cheryl Pomeroy

    I agree that expat websites say that desire for adventure and attraction to new destination should be motivator for emigrating; when in fact, primary motivator is a desire to leave country of origin. This my personal experience at any rate.

    Even though I knew Ecuador well in 70s and 80s, I never thought to retire here. It was my Illinois job situation that soured and got me to thinking.

    Having been a Cuenca wannabe for a 2+ yrs and having just arrived in country a week ago, I generally feel safer, healthier, and almost stress free in Ecuador. Petty crime, high noise level, and increased levels of skin cancer are among negatives in Ec but are far outweighed by numerous positives.

    While I don`t subscribe to conspiracy theories mentioned, I do appreciate the information about Fukushima radiation in the Pacific. I will share. Gracias.

  • BDev

    Heck, I was just looking for the perfect climate. Found it! 🙂

    Meanwhile, everyone who moves to EC from wherever will most definitely bring their ego identity with them. And they didn’t even need extra luggage for it! (For most, if they did need to pack it in their luggage, it would have immediately exceeded the luggage weight limit… Hmm, maybe a shipping container would hold it?)

    • StillWatching

      I admire a lot about you, including humorous candor like this.

  • Linda

    One agenda of the authors: “Hillary Clinton’s State Department”….then proceeds to lie about the passport application. I find that I cannot believe anything else he says.
    Is it not possible that we are living in a lovely country that has no scientific testing of the waters and food so “ignorance is bliss?”

  • Humanity

    Dear Scott-dude,

    I salute your daring in a well-expressed article scraping the surface of what most existing in mainstream-consciousness have yet to discover. In this i wish to speak to a person’s capacity to entertain such expansive darkness filled with terror.

    We know the term as “cognitive dissonance” which in simple terms speaks to one’s incapacity to absorb realities beyond their spectrum of established ‘truth.’ Anything beyond these entrained limits- especially realities bearing Greater fear- cannot be cognized and therefore must be denied because truly… they don’t exist.

    Cognitive Dissonance is predicated on fear. If a peaceful, promising, less fearful reality, for example, was presented, Minds would easily open.

    i would like to share two possibilities (out of many) poisoning the mainstream mind-scape which may be fueling this cognitive dissonance disorder :

    1. Many U.S. ex-pats are baby-boomers who grew-up with good vs evil, Judaeo-Christian beliefs sprinkled with John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe (subconscious) representations towards ideal masculine/feminine characteristics. Decency, accountability, macho & sexy with a trust in Gov. to take care of us. Afterall, if you couldn’t trust the gov. or the media, who could you trust? Too fearful to consider otherwise.

    The more fear introduced into our collective psyche, i.e. commun-ism, social-ism, radical-ism, etc, etc, the more ‘we’ surrendered our power to question and discern with a fear-reliance on gov. to keep us safe. And many if not most coming from these conservative generations of fighting ‘noble’ wars would not be able to suddenly entertain the idea that banking cartels (with others) created and manipulated the entire mayhem. What would that say about their lives, their ancestors, their honor, ‘their’ government? Nooooo- never! How dare you ‘dishonor’ their memories. This conspiracy-nut must die!

    2. Fact: Mass mainstream media is now completely corporate-owned and co-opted- with emphasis on deeply-trusted, time-honored news periodicals (with their iconic writers) and yet even greater emphasis on tee-vee and Hollywood ‘entertainment.’ To those who have broken away from ‘soundbites’ representing truth, tee-vee has become a weaponized tool towards fomenting social, mind-controlling mass behaviour. Even the more-aware often say, “there’s good & bad on the tube; one has to pick and choose.” Afterall, who wants to give up their x-files or snappy criminal investigation series? Check out this site to see what you don’t see… filling your subconscious with your innocuous, discerning choices:

    Click on “Mnemonic Mind Control FYM3 Conference”

    Dare to see for yourself… tee-vee’s fear-weaponry broken down in fine detail.

    ‘Tee-vee’ (no judgment here- 🙂 has been designed to fill our mental coffers ‘to the brim’ with FEAR which delivers us into Cognitive Dissonance. In other words, we are collectively so stuffed with fear that we literally have no room left in our psyche survival baskets to entertain one more serious exposure. We MUST deny it.

    For those trying to get the word out, you are nobly pushing against an over-swollen collective consciousness nefariously and brilliantly designed. It seems it will be the younger generations who will first awaken- since they grew up sensing the lies drenched in mayhem, greed and darkness.

    My 0.12

    • StillWatching


  • Joanne Bee

    Here is the biographical form, apparently required now if your information supplied is not convincing.

    It is from a .gov website. “This form is intended to supplement an application for a U.S. passport in the event insufficient evidence of entitlement is provided.”

  • Joanne Bee

    My theory about conspiracy theories is this: We are continually lied to or cannot get straight information from our government. The media seems to “miss” a lot. We are humans, thus intelligent and curious animals that need to know about our environments in order to survive. For want of the truth, we fit together the pieces available, giving them the spin our particular ideological persuasion provides. The result is probably as true as we get from the government and the news. Much of it is silliness. Too much is not. I don’t know anymore who is more credible, the man with the tinfoil hat, or the US government and media. It’s a crapshoot, but I can be fairly sure I cannot trust information from the government.

    • StillWatching

      Interesting take. Worthy of thought.