Thursday, January 16, 2014

Fukushima exploded; State says never mind


"Radiation Raining Death" in the US (Hagmann & Hagmann Report)
 
California's last big disaster
Dr. Len Horowitz and Jim Lee discuss the public relations side of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear meltdown in long form radio interview (or see longer video). Judging by the plume at the time of the earthquake, tsunami, and meltdown disaster, there was an nuclear explosion. What are the implications of the massive contamination of Japan with radioactive caesium? What about ten years of Fukushima radiation crossing the Pacific Ocean? What are the 10 Most Radioactive Places on Earth? The best way to find out about nuclear reactor leaks around the world is by live radiation monitoring.

Fukushima update: January 2014
Nuclear energy experts Scott Portzline, Arnie Gundersen, and Kevin Kamps (C2C, 1-6-14)
Hiroshima and Nagasaki are Japanese cities. US war crimes extended to dropping nuclear bombs over noncombatant civilian populations for the first time in history (kootation.com).
  
Three experts discussed the status of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, the cover-ups of scientific data, and general issues about nuclear waste and power. 
 
How much fallout is too much? (CR)
Last week there was a spate of reports about Fukushima's Unit 3 having new radiation plumes. The reports of steam emissions and people living on the West Coast of the US needing prepare for evacuation were false, according to Scott Portzline. It was a hoax, but the climate of uncertainty is very real. It has been created by the lack of truth from TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company), the US government, and the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), he explained. "In my opinion, Fukushima is a Level 8 on the international nuclear event scale; the levels normally only go up to 7," Portzline emphasized. He continued: There are multiple sources of radiation, and the situation requires international assistance and monitoring.
"Yes we scan!" Obama to help NSA (dw.de)
Arnie Gundersen concurs. Fukushima is a dire situation -- in contrast to Chernobyl (USSR) and Three Mile Island (USA). The "spigot" isn't turned off yet, and radiation continues to leak into the Pacific Ocean. Fish are picking up extraordinarily high levels of radioactive materials. Gundersen claims he will not eat any fish that comes from the West Coast. In Japan, "the epidemiological data that will develop over the next 30 years [will show that] somewhere between 100,000 and 1 million new cancers will develop as a result of this." But the nuclear industry can hide behind the fact that a high percentage of people get cancer anyway, he points out. Stressing the importance of stopping the groundwater contamination with radioactive waste, Gunderson suggests building a trench of zeolite to absorb the radiation surrounding the plant.

Kami in Shinto (mondojapan.net)
Kevin Kamps points out that 72,000 gallons of contaminated water a day is flowing into the ocean. That radioactivity adds up over nearly three years since the accident. Making matters worse, Kamps explains, Unit 4 may be on the brink of collapse. Some countries, such as Germany, are wisely phasing out dangerous  and expensive nuclear power entirely after the lessons of Fukushima and Chernobyl, Kamps explains. As an alternative, wind power is being tapped as having a great deal potential. And the first offshore floating wind turbines were just installed in the Gulf of Maine, which could provide as much electricity as five atomic reactors, Kamps asserts.

Zen Buddhism will live on. But this may be the end of Japan as a country. Inhabitants will die off or emigrate off the island nation and leave it to the kami (the pre-Buddhist shapeshifting mountain monsters of Shinto Japanese lore).
 
 
Living in a Police State
Part 4: Chase Madar (pasadenaweekly.com), edited Wisdom Quarterly
David Brooks smoked illegal cannabis (Tom Tomorrow/thismodernworld.com)

Snowden: fake controlled-disclosure for NSA?
There is digital over-policing. For a time the Internet was new territory, free of overly aggressive law enforcement. Not anymore. The late Aaron Swartz, a young Internet genius and activist affiliated with Harvard University, was caught downloading publicly subsidized scholarly articles from an open network on the nearby campus of MIT. Swartz was federally prosecuted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for violating a “terms and services agreement.” It was a transgression that anyone who has ever disabled a cookie on a laptop has also committed, technically. Swartz committed suicide earlier in 2013 while facing a possible 50-year sentence and up to $1 million in fines.
 
The NSA has a message for the world.
(Why? That is how the corporations wanted it; it sends a message). Recently, thanks to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, we have learned a great deal about the way our country's NSA “stops and frisks” us. It apparently does the same to other citizens -- stealing copies of all digital communications (encrypted or not), 200 million texts a day, emails, telephone calls, meta-data, every and anything electronic in nature. The security benefits of such indiscriminate policing are zero, despite the government’s pretense that that is why our spies are allowed to violate laws and international agreements. What comes into sharper focus with every volley of new revelations is the emerging digital infrastructure of what can only be called a police state.  More
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