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April 12, 2011

Eye of The Storm Series #12: Pushing Ahead No Matter What!

Hello everysoul!

It has been 12 days since my last March 30 compilation, and it shows it the length of this one. There are so many different things for you to discover below, that I'm quite sure you'll find something that is of interest to you. Of course, I could focus your attention here on the change of status of the Fukushima nuclear disaster (now at 7 on a par with Chernobyl) and on all its long term repercussions (luckily for our peace of mind, Suzy got a reassuring message from Hatonn on this as you see at the top of the LATEST UPDATES ON THE GLOBAL NUCLEAR CRISIS section) or on the many ongoing bloody insurrections in the Middle East where those seeking greater freedom often encounter stiff resistance from their governing tyrants. You'll find also many petitions to sign and great ideas and initiatives worth celebrating.

But of all the things you'll find below, the one that struck me the most was a magnificent documentary on French alpinist Catherine Destivelle that I watched on TV and which you can discover in part through some clips featured in the "Nuggets of Special Interest" section and right HERE which I suggest you check right away. Jump at 1 min into this video (with a French soundtrack), click to have the full screen experience and marvel as I did at the stunning courage of this amazing soul ascending an incredibly perilous mountain with her younger sister (let in play and you'll see them both and make sure to also jump near the end at 7 min 45 to watch another breathtaking excerpt).

In addition to the spectacular photography of this documentary and dazzling feat of courage of surefooted Catherine, this is for me a wonderful metaphor for what we are collectively going through right now as we are taking part to the birth of a New Reality, being pushed willy-nilly to overcome mighty challenges amidst a perilous ascension out of the morass of millennia dominated by fear and violence, in nearly complete disconnection from Source. Like her, if we just trust our inner resources and deep-seated soul abilities, we will manage to overcome the extreme odds we face and successfully reach the summit of the goals we have all set for ourselves - as One with All That is - prior to incarnating in this terrestrial theater of life in physicality.

There is no telling how profoundly elating and blissfully exhilarating the feeling will be once we have reached this metaphorical summit, but one can be sure that, as for when Catherine reaches a seemingly unattainable mountain peak, the vista will be absolutely splendid and the Love for Creator Source in us all will be indescribable...

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

The normal and special features in this compilation are...



1. Global Geo-Terrorism Update
2. Japan's Apocalypse
3. Highly Contagious AIDS-Like Disease Spreading in China
4. Libya — The DC/NATO Agenda and the Next Great War
5. The Truth About Libya
6. Exposed: The US-Saudi Libya deal
7. Feedback on the thorium reactor and more
8. Libya: dragged away for reporting rape
9. Tax Time? Not for Giant Corporations
10. Human Polar Bear says no to Shell damaging our water supply
11. Obama’s March Madness
12. Fluoride spill at water facility literally burns holes in parking lot cement
13. Why No Nukes? The Real Cost of U.S. Nuclear Power
14. An airline with a sense of humor

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"Once again, it's me thanking you! You are such a valuable part of my attempts to stay both current and balanced. There are very few sources that provide opportunities for both, and Earth Rainbow Network is the best I've found! Because you compile so much that's often painful, fearful, or difficult to read, knowing it's presented to us in the purest light helps keep us - at least me - centered and in touch with our own highest selves in the face of what sometimes feels overwhelming. But we must continue to shine our light, send our love and gratitude, and hold onto compassion. Not always easy. So thank you for being an important piece of our growth and awakening. Seeing your address, I Google Earthed you and am in awe of the beauty of your area! You are truly blessed to be surrounded by such abundance and natural wonders. But you know that!"

- Pamela Wyeth

"As women, we have given ourselves away and have engaged sexually for jobs, money, relationships, or because we wanted to be wanted or needed, or were lonely. We have been victims of abuse, shame, and guilt, and dis-honored over and over again by ourselves first and then by each other. Our biggest abuse is what we have done to Gaia, our precious Mother Earth. We know that because of all the mixed messages from the media or the twisted view points from our religions and cultures, there is rampant pedophilia, selling of our children, date rape, and drinks still being spiked in social settings, just to name a few. It is time for us to take back our power: the power of being human and loving our bodies. All of it — not just some of it. We cannot heal with the planet and move into our ascension until we love and heal our sexuality, and become totally truthful and honest with how we feel about it. This is the first step."

Cynthia Olivera de Kapp -- Taken from The Black Madonna OR: What's Up From The Waist Down? - Check also Women on Fire, an event that will be held in London next 23rd of April, and which is recommended by long-time ERN subscriber Joanna Kossak (joanna@gaiavita.co.uk) - More info HERE


Note from Jean: Sofia Aldunate (zadquiel1965@gmail.com), a long-time ERN subscriber from Chile, has offered on April 3 to write down and send me some teachings that she received over a period of several years from the Christ Consciousness that, she feels, can be helpful with regard to the radiations leaking from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. As you'll read this, you'll see it is a perfect complement to the Special Global Healing Envisioning featured in the Meditation Focus #222 which you received recently. As Sofia suggests below, it would be a great idea to use the method she describes to connect with the various radioisotopes so as to render them harmless.

"I have to make clear to you and to anyone reading them that the teachings came to me during meditations, so, I have the information but even though I have worked to applied them into my life, I am no expert, and sometimes fail to do so. The reason I am telling you this is that I am no master of these teachings and I feel they should be open for discussion too. These teachings started coming to me in the early years of 1988. It was after I helped to organize the First Harmonic Convergence here in South America...

The Christ Consciousness Teachings

There are a lot of teachings on this subject. One of the most important from my point of view regarding today's situations could be this one: I was taught that everything in the universe is alive and that would include everything in this planet. Objects we call 'dead', like tables, walls, metallic stuff, glass, anything you can imagine is ALIVE. The molecules and atoms that form everything are alive and possess a consciousness. It is not like our consciousness but, we can interact with it. The only way to interact with it which is correct I was taught, is not to try to impose ourselves over matter. It is not a question of "dominating" matter, but a question to ask for cooperation from matter. The way to do this is to sit and visualize a yellowish and golden light shining in our Chakra heart, then visualize this light coming down through our arms and then going into our hands until reaching the tip of the fingers. Then you direct this light to the object you want to influence (could be a radio that is malfunctioning for example) and gently, through this light, ask for the molecules forming the radio to cooperate with you and get the radio working right again. This has to be done also with a great feeling of love, because what you are really talking to is God, acting as a radio. I was taught that everything is is God. The plants, the cars, the houses we live in, the streets we walk over everyday... Imagine anything and that is God or Universal Intelligence acting "as if" a Plasma TV set, a couch, cloth, anything you could think of. It is God experiencing Itself through EVERYTHING, and as Mellen-Thomas Benedict (I really identified with what he received during his NDE experience) said, we are the "Human part of God". So, have I tried this? Yes I have, with good and neutral outcomes. I have taught people to move very heavy objects together (in group, it works always the best and the quickest) like a secretary full of heavy books that started floating slightly over the floor so it could be moved, other people and me have moved tables, glass objects, etc. I have not done this for a long time now (5 years). The neutral outcome was not to be able to connect with the object and not being able to make it respond to our request. So where do I go with this? Well, the Fukushima problem, God manifesting Itself as the Fukushima plant in problems, and God manifesting Itself as radiation coming from the plant, God spreading Itself as a radiation cloud over the world... While the others that are also Itself (we the humans, and animals, and plants, and everything else) feel we are in danger. As I said every particle of God has consciousness, but different from us. Let me suggest to get in touch respectfully and lovingly with the radiation particles with a group of people as large as possible, it does not matter if this is time-coordinated (time really does not exist) or not and it will be OK if you do it on your own time. So, let's talk to the consciousness of the particles, the consciousness of the materials composing the Fukushima plant, and let's see if we can convince them lovingly that we are all part of the same Consciousness, so there should be no harm done. Maybe Jean, you are going to be able to organize this meditation if you feel up to it and phrase it in a better way.... Please while doing this, do connect with Love towards everything, or specifically with the matter conforming the Fukushima plant and the Fukushima radiation, so we can ask respectfully from them what we want them to do to cooperate with us.

Dear Jean, I hope this could help... How much I do not know? It all depends on our own consciousness regarding the fact that EVERYTHING is a manifestation of God. I have been with this teachings for a long time now, and in the beginning I felt they were so radical that it was difficult for me to accept all this information, and some other I was given."

On April 11, Sofia also added: "I forgot to add about the teachings on how to influence matter that when it is a solid object (which actually is frozen light), you should place your hands lightly touching the object, and that way it is easier to start the contact. You have to touch it with your fingertips, without forcing the object to move. In this case, since we are talking about radiation that is not at all necessary, but for the people who want to practice this with some other objects, they have to start that way. There is work also to be done regarding the mental barriers we have to break to believe we are capable of doing this. It was said to me that in times of catastrophe this would be a very handy skill, because if you work seriously trying to achieve results this could help to rescue people (moving big stones for example and making them lighter, a lot lighter), like in an earthquake situation."

Note from Jean: Sofia has LOTS of other material that she received, while in meditation, from the Christ Consciousness (a group consciousness not an individual soul) and I've encouraged her to share more of it with us. So there will be more to come from her... Prior to receiving all of this above, Sofia did also share with me the following message which she heard – while washing the dishes! – on March 8, three days before the earthquake in Japan.

"I started to understand what this message was all about only after the earthquake and failure of the nuclear plant. Here is the exact message I received: "Sofia, March 11th..." As I had never received a date before in my whole life, I thought the voice was reminding me of the anniversary of the London attacks, so I got confused. Immediately, I received a very strong "No! It's not that Sofia!! March 11th! Mark that date in your mind! On that date an event is going to happen, a very grave one that is going to set in motion a series of events that are going to affect the whole planet! The message was repeated two more times again, I think because I felt full of doubts, and then it stopped there, leaving me all agitated and not knowing what to think... So, I decided to call one of my best friends, Felipe, to let him know about the message in order to have somebody as a witness. I also decided that I was not going to send the children to school that day. So I talked to them and explained what had happened. Also, during the summer I had a vision of the sea rising on the coasts of Chile. I didn't take the time to find out why, but advised strongly my friends not to be near the coast during February and March. Even though we did not have loss of lives, with the tsunami coming from Japan, we did have again a lot of material loss, exactly in the same places where the first tsunami had hit us before. So we had houses that were being rebuilt again completely destroyed, boats going some kilometers inland, electric energy cut off, roads near the coast partially destroyed, etc. After the earthquake I was told again that the production chain for a lot of things was going to be interrupted and this voice has insisted on the same message to save things, and also to buy food to have in storage. Anyway I know there are survivalist groups that are already doing that all over the world, so I do not think that this message is going to come as a surprise to anybody. Unfortunately I have not received any details as to what else might happen due to this catastrophe in Japan. If I happen to receive some more info I will send it to you ASAP."



Earthquake and Volcano UPDATE and outlook --- USA, Asia, and Europe (4/10/2011)
Puerto Rico is now experiencing swarms of earthquakes in a very similar fashion to the trends shown in Japan prior to their big quake a month ago, both in numbers and in magnitude... HAARP?? IS IT BECAUSE PUERTO RICO WANTS TO SECEDE?

Some important facts to know about the situation in Libya (Much more on Libya in this compilation!)

Michel Collon about the intervention in Libya (April 4, 2010) With English Subtitles - This man spoke the truth on French TV. Everyone - especially in Europe and in the US - should watch this...
This is a short video taken from Michel Collon's appearance on a French television. Michel Collon speaks about the intervention in Libya, the media-lies applied to the wars and the difference between a good Arab and a bad Arab - and MUCH MUCH MORE! Son site est le http://michelcollon.info/ -- Check also Qaddafi Unplugged and Uncensored - Recollections Of My Life - Mu'ummar Qaddafi (April 9, 2011) Sheer propaganda! AND Gaddafis' hidden billions: Dubai banks, plush London pads and Italian water AND Tony Blair our very special adviser by dictator Gaddafi's son AND Libyan Investment Authority - Libya: How Gaddafi became a Western-backed dictator AND European Union Prepares to send Ground Troops to Libya (April 11, 2011)

Former CIA Analyst schools CNN host
The Former CIA Counter-terrorism analyst Michael Scheuer strongly opposed the Obama's administration actions in Libya on CNN this morning. Scheuer believes that there isn't a strong case for America's intervention especially at a time when the country hasn't even recovered from the recession. Also, Scheuer had doubts if the rebels that we are arming would really be any better than the Gadaffi regime: "I'm not sure that the opposition, if it takes power, is going to be much better than was Gadaffi." Moreover, Scheuer argues that the US involvement in Libya would serve as a recruitment tool for extremists. "In the muslim world, this is Americans killing Muslims again, and it looks like its for oil."Scheuer also suggested the rationale behind US involvement in yet another war "at a time when we're nearly bankrupt." to which the CNN host, Christine Romans, expressed disagreement suggesting that Libya and US economy are two distinct issues. Scheuer protested "they are not separate issues, ma'am, you're just carrying the water for Mr. Obama." Check also UN Praised Libya's Human Rights Record. Washington Attempted to Block Release of UNHRC Report and Libyan rebels say ready for conditional ceasefire and Libya says open to reforms, but Gathafi must stay - MANY MORE RELATED NEWS HERE

Dennis Kucinich identifies next U.S. target for Democracy building (APRIL 4, 2011)
Dennis Kucinich highlights the cost of the various wars we are fighting in the middle east "Expanding wars expands the Pentagon costing more than 700 billion dollars this year. That's 50% discretionary spending. The United States funds 25% of NATO's military expenses. All these wars cost trillions". Kucinich also expands on the amount of money we have spent so far on each of these nations individually: "As of today, we would have spent $ 805 billion to bring democracy to Iraq, $ 433 billion to bring democracy to Afghanistan. Perhaps, a billion dollars already to bring democracy to Libya. I have an idea: Let's bring democracy to America"."Instead of cutting programs for the poor, the children, pregnant women, or shutting down the Government, let's shut the wars down. Build bridges at home. Don't blow them up abroad. Bring democracy to America. Jobs for all. Education for all. Health care for all. Retirement Security for all. End the Wars" said Kucinich. Watch also Dennis Kucinich - End the Wars NOW MUST WATCH!!! HIS FIERY PASSION TO SPEAK THE TRUTH IS EXTRAORDINARY!


If you are a Canadian and wish this country to finally take a turn to a brighter future, then vote for the NDP next May 2... They have a good fighting chance this time to trounce the inept Liberal and extremist Conservative parties to at least form a minority government or have enough seats to lead a coalition against Harper, the profligate servant of the oil industry (he worked for the oil and gas industry before becoming a politician) and of the military industrial complex who wasted $1 billion to hold the G8 Summit in Toronto.

Jack Layton/NDP's commitment to protect Canada's environment
- Adopting the Climate Change Accountability Act
- Ensuring Canada Becomes a World Leader in Renewable Energy
- Establishing Green Bonds to Fund Research and Development
- Strengthening Public Transit for Liveable Cities

Check their entire platform at http://www.ndp.ca/platform

Layton to cancel Harper oil subsidies (MARCH 31, 2011)
MONTREAL — NDP leader Jack Layton has vowed to cancel some $2 billion in subsidies to oil producers and invest that money into renewable-energy projects and green jobs. "Under Stephen Harper, every single Quebecer is sending roughly $75 a year to subsidize dirty fossil-fuel producers," he said in Montreal during a visit to Insertech Angus, a company that teaches underemployed young people how to recycling computer equipment. "The result of this subsidy is an increase in the greenhouse gases pumped out in Canada and a competitive disadvantage for businesses looking to build clean solutions and the new energy economy."Under Layton's plan, $1 billion will go toward projects like providing Aboriginal communities with solar hot-water heaters and helping bring clean technology ideas to market. Another $500 million will go toward job-training for renewable energy researchers, technologists, designers and energy auditors, leaving a surplus of $500 million. Layton slammed the Conservatives for failing to end the subsidies as promised during the 2009 G20 meeting and cancelling the highly successful ecoEnergy retrofit program. He also blamed unelected Conservative Senators for defeating the NDP's Climate Change Accountability Act that was twice approved by the elected House of Commons.


US Homeland Security Requirements Imposed on Canada: U.S. Dictating North American Air Travel Security (April 12, 2011)
Without much fanfare and overshadowed by Canadians heading to the polls on May 2 for the fourth election in seven years, a controversial bill that would further comply with U.S. aviation security practices became law. The measure supports plans for a North American security perimeter and illustrates how the Canadian government is more interested in appeasing U.S. interests than protecting the privacy and freedoms of its own citizens.In November of 2007, the Conservative government expressed concerns over privacy implications associated with the U.S. Secure Flight Program and filed objections with the Department of Homeland Security. They were urging an exemption on a measure that would require Canadian airlines to turn over information on passengers flying over the U.S. en route to other destinations. Despite their grievances being dismissed, they eventually caved in to U.S. demands. In a move to further bring Canada in line with American air travel security rules, Bill C-42, An Act to amend the Aeronautics Act was introduced in Parliament on June 17 of last year. With little media attention, it passed through the House of Commons on March 2, 2011, by a vote of 246 to 34. On March 23, it received royal assent and became law. Under Bill C-42, Canadian airlines are required to send traveler information through the Secure Flight Program 72 hours before departure. The Transportation Security Administration checks the data against security watch lists which could result in passengers receiving extra screening or even being barred from boarding their flight. In an Action Alert from December 2010, the Council of Canadians described how Bill C-42, “requires that a large amount of your personal information be transmitted to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security even if your flight only passes through U.S. airspace. It's not just name, gender, age and destination as government sources claim. Any and all information contained in your travel records will be transmitted to U.S. security officials, who may use it for whatever purposes they see fit.” CLIP



To President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates:

"We call on you to immediately end the torture, isolation and public humiliation of Bradley Manning. This treatment is a violation of his constitutionally guaranteed human rights, and a chilling deterrent to other potential whistleblowers committed to public integrity."

Date: 08 Apr 2011
From: "Emma Ruby-Sachs - Avaaz.org" (avaaz@avaaz.org)
Subject: Tortured for Wikileaks Leak

Dear friends,

Right now, Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning is being tortured in a US military prison. Manning is subjected to utter isolation that can drive many people insane, with short periods each day where he is stripped naked and abused by jeering inmates.

Manning is awaiting trial for releasing secret military documents to Wikileaks – including a video of US soldiers massacring Iraqi civilians. And his brutal treatment appears to be part of an intimidation campaign to silence whistleblowers and crack down on Wikileaks. The US government is split on this issue, with diplomats publicly criticizing the military for Manning's treatment, but President Obama has stood aside so far.

Obama cares about the US's global reputation - we need to show him that it's at stake here. Let's build a massive global call to the US government to stop torturing Manning and uphold the law. Sign the petition below -- our message will be delivered through hard-hitting ads and actions in Washington DC as soon as we reach 250,000 signatures:


On paper the United States opposes torture. The US Constitution forbids “cruel and unusual punishment". And, along with almost a hundred other countries, the US has signed an international convention promising to treat all prisoners “with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person”. But today, Bradley Manning is utterly isolated in a cell without sheets, not allowed to exercise and is being subjected to brutal humiliation that is causing serious mental harm. This violates US and international law.

Bradley is being held under 'prevention of injury' status despite 16 reports from military mental health professionals that he should be removed from these severe conditions. His lawyers are trying to enforce his basic Constitutional and international human rights in court, but so far the military tribunal responsible for Bradley’s fate has ignored his suffering.  

There has been a crack down on Wikileaks since the explosive revelations of US military crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many speculate that this brutal pressure on Bradley is intended to force him to implicate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But Obama promised Americans and the world that he would protect, not persecute, whistleblowers:

"Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled."

Bradley's cruel treatment does the opposite and sends a chilling message to others who may want to expose important information. Let's act quickly to put massive international pressure on the United States government to honor its commitment to human rights and the protection of whistleblowers and end the shockingly cruel treatment of their own citizen. Sign the petition below:


Bradley Manning claims he is a patriot and has admitted to releasing information that he felt the world had a right to know. While reasonable people can disagree about the approach of Wikileaks and the the rights or wrongs of those who delivered information to them, the illegal torture of Bradley Manning, who has yet to receive a fair trial or be convicted of any crime, is a shameful violation of human rights and human dignity.

With hope and determination,

Emma, Ricken, Pascal, Janet and the rest of the Avaaz team


Check out Obama's statement on the importance of whistleblowing released on his official website http://change.gov/agenda/ethics_agenda/

PJ Crowley resigns over Bradley Manning remarks, The Guardian

Soldier's inhumane imprisonment, LA Times

US: Explain Conditions of Bradley Manning’s Confinement, Human Rights Watch

Stripped naked every night, Bradley Manning tells of prison ordeal, The Guardian

WikiLeakers and Whistle-Blowers: Obama's Hard Line, Time

The Implications of the Inhumane Treatment of Bradley Manning, Huffington Post

U.S. Pledges Rights Improvements, New York Times

Bradley Manning: charge sheet


From: http://www.earthaction.org/2011/04/what-would-you-do-with-15-trillion.html

What Could We Do With $1.5 Trillion?

April 07, 2011

What could the world do this year with $1.5 trillion? This is what the nations of the world spent in 2009 on military budgets. On April 12th citizens around the world are taking action to tell governments where they would like to see this money directed—towards alleviating poverty, hunger, providing education and health care, and addressing environmental issues.

You, your organization, and your communities are invited to be a part of the April 12th Global Day of Action on Military Spending. This Day of Action is being organized by the International Peace Bureau and the Institute for Policy Studies, to coincide with the April 12th release date of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) new annual report on world military expenditures. The Day of Action will focus public, political, and media attention on the costs of military spending and the need for new priorities.

Go to Global Day of Action on Military Spending for information and resources you can use, including fact sheets, and for US citizens interactive tax day materials, that you can print and modify. You can also find an event near you.


The Amazing Exuberance of Youth (Watch in HD full screen) filmed on April 4 in BC, Canada.
That's some school project!!! Watch Embryo in HD Full screen (available in 25 languages + 16 other short videos to check)
Human history can be divided into three major periods in very much the same way that the development of a human embryo consists of three trimesters. All throughout our past, we’ve been expanding, conquering, building, destroying, restructuring, and rebuilding again as we’ve continued evolving. Humanity continued to spread throughout the world, until finally, we conquered everything. A human fetus reaches this condition in the 38th week of its development. CLIP - Those in Russia who've produced these videos and had the entire website translated in 25 languages went through a lot of trouble to offer this to the world (in 2009). Over 136,000 watched the first one (embryo) but just a couple thousands watched the other ones...

Dear Woman (March 22, 2011) - Long overdue apologies and commitment ... Extraordinarily moving!! (In case you missed it)
Gay Hendricks, Arjuna Ardagh and a group of Conscious Men from around the world offer apologies to women for thousands of years of imbalance between masculine and feminine energy, as well as vision of a new era of co-creation. More though http://www.consciousmen.com/ - Note from Jean: I received several positive reactions on this video such as "This video should go viral. It's so heartening to actually see that the consciousness is rising." AND "It's one of the most moving things I've experienced for a long time." MANY more comments HERE. What they say in the video is posted online in A Manifesto for Conscious Men - This video seen by over 136,000 people in less than 4 days has triggered a storm of reactions, many of them highly abusive or offensive, as explained in this Globe and Mail article - Check also Where does a Conscious Man find real Feminine Energy? Arjuna Ardagh and Gay Hendricks discuss where a conscious man can find real Feminine Energy: in himself or in a woman? - Check also We’ve been naughty. Very, very naughty: Feminist men atone for gender in video apology (April 7, 2011)

Our Deepest Apologies To Man - A manifesto from the feminine written a year ago by Chameli Ardagh and Stella Fairbairn
“Women have been sacrificed throughout history, yet we women are today sacrificing the feminine on a large scale within. And then we are blaming the masculine. We want to offer our deepest apologies to man for all the hurt we have caused you. We carry anger for past abuse, and unconsciously we are punishing the masculine even when you show up as love. We lead you on and reject you sexually. In our wounds we don’t see and honor you sexuality as sacred and beautiful. In this way we are feeding into the cycle of wounding between the genders. We have denied our power, given it away, blamed you for taking it and we have forgotten to embrace our femininity. Through various conditioning of society and not following our hearts, wombs and intuition to flourish and blossom, through our forgetfulness and avoidance we have denied both men and women liberation. In our bitterness and feminine starvation we empower ourselves by making you small and ridiculous. We speak of the masculine with contempt and disrespect and instead we took it upon ourselves to compete with men, when this was a futile competition to start with. We want to loudly and clearly commit to supporting each others as sisters to break these destructive patterns so that we all, both men and women can re-member, re-integrate, re-marry, and re-unite with awakening love to create the balance and harmony on Earth we all so deserve. Now is the time.”

Catherine Destivelle - amazing solo climb in Mali
Another sublime climb from Catherine the great. Check also (in full screen) the trailer of BEYOND THE SUMMITS (version française ICI - better picture - other excerpts from this movie HERE where we see here climbing with her sister - poorer footage quality though - Voir aussi Rencontre avec Catherine Destivelle et Rémy Tezier qui contient d'autres extraits de ce film absolument magnifique, époustouflant!) with some of the best moments of this amazing movie. Catherine Destivelle is recognised and admired as the most adventurous and exciting female climber in the world today. Her daring accomplishments as a solo climber in scaling the most difficult and dangerous peaks without the use of safety ropes, support or back-up is legendary. Her passion and desire to conquer the most challenging mountain faces in the world satisfies her emotions and her thirst for adrenaline, keeping her at the forefront of climbing and ahead of her time. This extraordinarily brave woman is an accomplished speaker in both English and French. She gives inspirational presentations where she challenges and inspires her audience to re-focus their goals to achieve success by sharing her visions and startling achievements. Check also Catherine Destivelle solo à Devil's Tower - Amazing un-roped solo climb... Astounding courage! Finally check this revealing English interview with her.

European ban on herbs - URGENT - All European subscribers should watch this. Petition to sign...
Important informations on a crazy new European directive against natural health and herbal remedies that is set to come in force on April 30. But there is hope. Watch this video...

Defend Free Speech on the Internet
The House recently passed a “Resolution of Disapproval” that would strip the FCC of its authority to protect our right to free speech online. The resolution would not just bar the FCC from enforcing its already weak Net Neutrality rule, but also from acting in any way to protect Internet users against corporate abuses. We can kill the resolution in the Senate by getting 51 members to stand up for online freedom. Sign this letter to demand that your senators protect our right to an open Internet, and we will deliver it to their offices in Washington.

Save the Grand Canyon (29 March 2011)
The Grand Canyon, one of America's greatest treasures, is threatened by a huge wave of Uranium mining -- and the deadline for public comment is almost over. For two years, a hard-won moratorium on mining has protected the Canyon, but the ban is now set to expire. If the federal government doesn't renew it, a "Uranium Rush" of mining would permanently scar the face of this unique and priceless land, devastate local communities, and endanger water supplies for millions who live nearby.Lobbyists are right now pushing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to open the floodgates for mines, but a 20 year ban is on the table. A public outcry helped secure the embargo last time and if enough of us raise the alarm again we could ensure the Canyon is mine free -- this time for decades. The deadline for public comment is April 4th -- Let’s flood the public consultation with messages to save the Grand Canyon! Send a comment now, and tell everyone to do the same: UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming public response, the Bureau of Land Management has extended the public consultation period through May! Send your comment today and tell everyone you know. Check also Uranium “Yellow Monster” Threatens Grand Canyon and The Grand Canyon Uranium Rush

PIT MINE 1/3 SIZE OF TORONTO RIGHT IN OUR BACKYARD - Another potential environmental horror story through a treacherously sneaky land-grabbing scheme implemented by a large US Hedge Fund in Ontario
The Highland Companies, owned by a US based Hedge fund operation with offices in Boston, has advised they will file for an aggregate licence imminently upon their completion of technical studies. The application will be for a quarry with extraction approximately 200 feet below the water table. The Highland Companies has indicated that their initial application will be for an extraction license covering some 2,400 acres, which would make this one of, if not the, largest below the water table mining operation in Canada.The Highland Companies has amassed landholdings in Melancthon and Mulmur Townships, in the County of Dufferin, of over 7,000 acres of prime agricultural land. When amassing their land holdings, they had previously stated that they wanted to be the biggest potato farming operation in Ontario. However, evidence of significant core sampling, well testing, tree cutting, archaeological and other studies that have been conducted on the lands have all been consistent with pre-testing for aggregate/limestone extraction. The Highland Companies is presently clearing the land on a daily basis, burning and removing homes and barns that have been in place for generations. The Highland Companies have demolished and/or have permits to demolish structures on 28 properties and the total assessment on these properties is $6,951,751.00 million. The landscape is truly altering already.
(...) Not only are ratepayers going to be paying for this, but the repercussions of this mine could seriously and adversely affect the water, the landscape, the community, surrounding agriculture land use, and with the potential to cause disastrous environmental scenarios for decades. The effect on deer, wild turkeys, migratory birds and other native wildlife will be irreversible. This open pit mine will take some of the best agriculture land in Ontario out of production and is in a location that is recognized as one of the primary sources for water recharge feeding the Nottawasaga and Grand Rivers . The repercussion of tampering with this water could affect over a million people that are downstream from and served by these watercourses.
Recommended by long-time ERN subscriber Andrea Hansen (andreannahansen@yahoo.com) who wrote: "Yesterday evening I attended a meeting hosted by the North Dufferin Agricultural & Community Task Force to stop the proposed open pit quarry for Shelburne, ON. - IT WILL BE THE 2ND LARGEST IN NORTH AMERICA, SLATED TO BECOME THE LARGEST. We have only a few weeks to respond to over 4 years of strategic planning by a major U.S. Hedge fund that is sitting on an estimated investment of a hundred million, with billions of profit at stake (limestone and water resources). This pit mine 1/3 the size of Toronto right next to Mono Mills will give us blasting, dust, monster trucks 24/7, and the destruction of a major headwater system of Southern Ontario, not to mention its negative impact on property values all the way up to Collingwood. WHAT WE MUST DO: As concerned citizens of Southern Ontario, we must organize and get the word out. Support the Mayor and farmers of Shelburne, meeting tomorrow, 10 AM - see http://www.ndact.com WRITE YOUR LETTER which must adhere to strict guidelines in order to be deemed relevant by Highland Companies legal team. MAKE YOUR PHONE CALLS - TELL EVERYONE." More info HERE and HERE and in Limestone quarry threatens prime farm land

The memo that 'proves aliens landed at Roswell'... released online by the FBI (9th April 2011)
With pictures of one of the aliens autopsied in 1947
A bizarre memo
that appears to prove that aliens did land in New Mexico prior to 1950 has been published by the FBI. The bureau has made thousands of files available in a new online resource called
The Vault. CLIP Check also the Animal mutilation files in the Unexplained phenomenon files

SUPER MASSIVE coronal mass ejection (CME) from sun ON 4-3-2011
More stunning sun activity through http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/selects.shtml

Tsunami video - Miyako City, Iwate

2011 JAPAN TSUNAMI hits Kesennuma port in Miyagi - My incredible escape

Japan Tsunami shocking live footage

Japan Volcano Sakurajima Erupts

Amazing UFO Fleet Over Fukushima Japan March 26, 2011 - Incredible Footage!

Defiant Japanese boat captain rode out tsunami
Check also Japan earthquake: 30 pictures of boats and ships swept ashore by the tsunami

Japan fixed this quake-damaged road in just six days (Mar 24, 2011)
Japan's world-class transportation infrastructure couldn't withstand this month's 9.0-magnitutde quake, but their construction teams are still amazing. This stretch of highway was repaired in just six days by a Herculean road crew. This is the triumph of Japanese engineering. CLIP

UFOs At Fukushima Reactor Tragedy? HD (March 14, 2011)
This footage apparently shows two UFOs swooping in as the explosion at Fukushima takes place. Could they have prevented a nuclear disaster? The person who sent us this footage claims it has been through a series of filters and enhancement programs, as the original TV footage shows little or nothing of the craft. He also claims the original TV footage has been altered to conceal the UFOs intervention. The jury's out on this one guys, as always you decide if its real or fake. Thanks. Follow ADG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ADG_UK

And unexplained... Notice the twinkling lights around the falling missile...

ESA says Japan is slipping to the EAST - 20,000 foot drop off - confirmed (March 30, 2011)
Details at http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM9PL6UPLG_index_1.html#subhead2

YELLOWSTONE has 4.1 magnitude earthquake (4/1/2011)
Current earthquake status at http://www.isthisthingon.org/Yellowstone/daythumbs.php

Ancient Greek Computer Had Surprising Sun Tracker (April 1, 2011)
The world’s oldest astronomical calculator is famous for having intricate gear systems centuries ahead of their time. But new work shows the Antikythera mechanism used pure geometry, as well as flashy gears to track celestial bodies’ motion through the heavens. The device, a 2,000-year-old assemblage of gears and wheels that matched 19th century clocks in precision and complexity, was salvaged from a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901. Called the Antikythera mechanism, the machine gracefully kept track of the day of the year, the positions of the sun and the moon, and perhaps the other planets. It also predicted eclipses and kept track of upcoming Olympic games. CLIP

Ed Jor-El Elkin Conscious Evolution
Evolution as revelation & revolution and conscious evolution adventure interactive performance art theatre video from Maui July 2004. Ed Elkin (edelkin@gmail.com) - one of the 15+ co-founders to the Earth Rainbow Network - is a Transpersonal Gestalt practitioner who can do workshops and trainings anywhere. More on his through http://www.jor-el.org/

Angels at the post office - A touching true story! (According to SNOPES)
Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words. (Read the rest above - with a picture)

Global Zero - A World Without Nuclear Weapons
(...) Why is a GLOBAL ZERO world more secure? Whatever stabilizing impact nuclear weapons may have had during the Cold War, any residual benefits of these arsenals are now overshadowed by the growing risk of proliferation and the related risk of nuclear terrorism. The world is nearing a ‘proliferation tipping point’ when nuclear weapons spread beyond the capacity of any effort to rein them in and the danger increases that they will be used by a country in conflict or by accident, or by a terrorist group that cannot be deterred. As long as nuclear weapons exist they will continue to spread. The only real solution to this global security crisis is the elimination of all nuclear weapons—global zero. CLIP - Between April 8 and 10, hundreds of young leaders from around the United States will convene in the nation's capitol to chart a course for the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide - GLOBAL ZERO.

Nous y sommes de Fred Vargas (7 novembre 2008)
Nous y voilà, nous y sommes. Depuis cinquante ans que cette tourmente menace dans les hauts-fourneaux de l’incurie de l’humanité, nous y sommes. Dans le mur, au bord du gouffre, comme seul l’homme sait le faire avec brio, qui ne perçoit la réalité que lorsqu’elle lui fait mal. Telle notre bonne vieille cigale à qui nous prêtons nos qualités d’insouciance. Nous avons chanté, dansé. Quand je dis « nous », entendons un quart de l’humanité tandis que le reste était à la peine. Nous avons construit la vie meilleure, nous avons jeté nos pesticides à l’eau, nos fumées dans l’air, nous avons conduit trois voitures, nous avons vidé les mines, nous avons mangé des fraises du bout monde, nous avons voyagé en tous sens, nous avons éclairé les nuits, nous avons chaussé des tennis qui clignotent quand on marche, nous avons grossi, nous avons mouillé le désert, acidifié la pluie, créé des clones, franchement on peut dire qu’on s’est bien amusés.On a réussi des trucs carrément épatants, très difficiles, comme faire fondre la banquise, glisser des bestioles génétiquement modifiées sous la terre, déplacer le Gulf Stream, détruire un tiers des espèces vivantes, faire péter l’atome, enfoncer des déchets radioactifs dans le sol, ni vu ni connu. Franchement on s’est marrés. Franchement on a bien profité. Et on aimerait bien continuer, tant il va de soi qu’il est plus rigolo de sauter dans un avion avec des tennis lumineuses que de biner des pommes de terre. Certes. Mais nous y sommes. A la Troisième Révolution. Qui a ceci de très différent des deux premières (la Révolution néolithique et la Révolution industrielle, pour mémoire) qu’on ne l’a pas choisie. « On est obligés de la faire, la Troisième Révolution ? » demanderont quelques esprits réticents et chagrins. Oui. On n’a pas le choix, elle a déjà commencé, elle ne nous a pas demandé notre avis. C’est la mère Nature qui l’a décidé, après nous avoir aimablement laissés jouer avec elle depuis des décennies. La mère Nature, épuisée, souillée, exsangue, nous ferme les robinets. De pétrole, de gaz, d’uranium, d’air, d’eau. Son ultimatum est clair et sans pitié : Sauvez-moi, ou crevez avec moi (à l’exception des fourmis et des araignées qui nous survivront, car très résistantes, et d’ailleurs peu portées sur la danse). CLIP

Après son livre « Pour sauver la planète, sortez du capitalisme », Hervé Kempf approfondit ses analyses et leurs conséquences, en publiant chez Seuil, au début de cette année, « L’oligarchie ça suffit, vive la démocratie ». En identifiant les puissants de ce monde, leurs intérêts et leurs caractéristiques, Hervé Kempf apporte une précieuse contribution dans la discussion stratégique sur les voies de la transformation sociale et sur les obstacles que cette dernière rencontrera. À LIRE CET EXCELLENT RÉSUMÉ D'UN LIVRE FORT RÉVÉLATEUR... À voir aussi, la Plate-forme d’adhésion de Presse-toi à gauche! (une tribune pour la gauche québécoise) qui a mis en ligne ce résumé de L'oligarchie ça suffit, Vive la démocratie - Voir aussi Comment les riches détruisent la planète

How The Rich Are Destroying the Earth by Hervé Kempf - This book got rave reviews!
A best seller in France, and already translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, and Korean, Hervé Kempf’s How the Rich Are Destroying the Earth now appears in its first English edition. Bringing to bear more than twenty years of experience as an environmental journalist, Kempf describes the invincibility that many of the world’s wealthy feel in the face of global warming, and how their unchecked privilege is thwarting action on the single most vexing problem facing our world.In this important primer on the link between global ecology and the global economy, Kempf makes the following observations: First, that the planet’s ecological situation is growing ever worse, despite the efforts of millions of engaged citizens around the world. And second, despite environmentalists’ emphasis that "we’re all in the same boat," the world’s economic elites—who continue to benefit by plundering the environment—have access to "lifeboats" that insulate them from the resulting catastrophes. Societies have not been able to effectively combat the expanding ecological crisis because it is intimately linked to the social crisis in which the ruling form of capitalism has been organized to impede democratic initiatives. This link explains the failure to make progress against the greatest emergency of our time, because in this relationship the oligarchy plays an essential and destructive role. For this reason, solving the ecological crisis depends on disrupting the power of the world’s elite. We cannot understand the entwined ecological and social crises, Kempf argues, if we don’t see them as the two sides of the same disaster—a disaster that comes from a system piloted by a dominant social strata that has no drive other than greed, no ideal other than conservatism, no dream other than technology. But Kempf also calls for measured optimism: "Despite the scale of the challenges that await us, solutions are emerging and—faced with the sinister prospects the oligarchs promote—the desire to remake the world is being reborn."

World banks run on cocaine cash (April 6, 2011) Short Excerpt
To watch the whole 25 min report: Keiser Report: Cocaine Makes World Go Round

It's a plutocracy, stupid (4 April 2011)
AIPAC is only part of a widely corrupt US political system which is based on wealth-driven interests, analyst argues. (...) The American democracy we learned about in school no longer exists. It has been sold to the highest bidders. And the highest bidder is not, as the Tea Partiers like to say, "we the people". Bill Moyers, the highly respected longtime PBS commentator and President Lyndon Johnson's lieutenant in creating Great Society legislation like Medicare and the Voting Rights Act, calls the American political system of today a "plutocracy" - that is, one that is governed by the few and for the few. Last November, Moyers delivered a speech at Boston University (the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture) explaining how this plutocracy was created. Suffice it to say that it was no accident. (You should read the Moyers speech here or watch it here. It is simply the best explication by anyone of how we got to this miserable moment in our history).

Keiser Report: Fed's Reign of Terror (Russian Today) - Time for a regime change in the US!! (Feb 22, 2011)
Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, talk about the Fed's reign of terror and an economist's warning of revolution in America as Obama's budget robs from the poor to give to the rich. In the second half of the show, Max talks to William D. Hartung, author of Prophets of War, about the cost of corporate welfare to the U.S. military industrial complex and the role of this welfare in the current Middle East unrest. -- All the other Keiser Reports through this LINK - Keiser is advocating a popular insurrection against the bankers. Check also Ron Paul: "I Swear, Ben Bernanke Is A Puppet For The District Of Criminals!"

Keiser Report: Virtual Pigs Eat Dirty Cash - US $75 trillions in the hole!!

GE Pays No Taxes, $59,490 Bill for One Ultrasound, War on Drugs a Failure, More

Amazing Fur Coat

Dancing with Sharks

Stunning equilibrium trick

Obama Major Brain Surgery? An Obot? Massive Head Scars (4-4-11)
What is up with these scars and why haven't they received any major news attention? Is this why Obama's medical records have been sealed? I have inverted some of the photos to accentuate the wounds. (Surgical scars?)

Water Car Inventor Murdered (August 11, 2010) Old story presented in context of a larger pattern
The people who sell oil would have gone out of business if the oil was replaced by water so this man could easily been put to death by a professional killer. People with the amount of money that these huge businessmen have would have their own judges and police chiefs and ways to cover up a murder to keep them in business. Check also Water Fuel-Cell Inventor Murdered by Government

Car that runs on nothing but water unveiled in Japan. No gasoline, no battery recharging and no emissions (March 26, 2011) WITH VIDEO
Water-fuel car unveiled in Japan (June 20, 2008)
Japanese company Genepax presents its eco-friendly car that runs on nothing but water. The car has an energy generator that extracts hydrogen from water that is poured into the car’s tank. The generator then releases electrons that produce electric power to run the car. The electric powered car can run on any type of water (you can even use tea and soda…etc). The car can run for an hour at about 50 miles per hour on just a liter of water; about 2 cans of soda worth. Genepax, the company that invented the technology, aims to collaborate with Japanese manufacturers to mass produce it.Unlike other electric cars, the Genepax car does not require that batteries be recharged and has no emission. The water electrical generator is located in the back of the car and when water is poured it is then broken down in order to create electricity to power the car. Imagine what such a generator could do to the oil industry, the nuclear plants and the electrical grid. That story broke in 2008. Today Japan is producing hydrogen fueled cars – the Honda FCX Clarity. Combine the technology of Genepax with the technology of the Honda FCX Clarity and you have a full production vehicle that uses no gasoline. No gasoline combustion means zero emissions. In 2010, it is reported that there are a total of 50 FCX Clarity available for lease in the U.S with a target to have 200 available world-wide. The Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell-electric vehicle has been chosen to be the pace car for the opening race of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series, from 25-27 March 2011. This is the first-time a hydrogen-powered vehicle will pace an IZOD IndyCar Series race in the United States. Propelled by an electric motor that runs on electricity generated in a fuel cell, the FCX Clarity’s only emission is water and its fuel efficiency is three times that of a similar-sized petrol-powered automobile. The FCX Clarity’s performance and acceleration are comparable to a 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder engine with an EPA certified range of 240 miles. The compact and powerful Honda V Flow Fuel Cell Stack allows for unprecedented spaciousness and a futuristically stylish, low-slung design and spacious interior. Since the vehicle’s unveiling there were nearly 80,000 people around the world who expressed interest in owning a FCX Calrity. 80,000 people who won’t be buying any more gasoline once they take possession.

Epic Discovery: China's National Radio-Astronomy Observatory Announces Monitoring of 'Dark' Satellite in Orbit Around Saturn -"Transmitting the Universal Genetic Code" (1 avril 2011)
China's Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) announced Thursday that the National Radio Astronomy Observatory has been monitoring signals from a previously unknown "dark" satellite in orbit around Saturn for the past 90 days. According to government officials, the signals appear to be the first verified transmission from an alien civilization. China's leading astrobiologist, Dr. Xi Chang, a graduate of MIT, told Xinhua that "the signal repeats itself continuously in 2 minute long sequences and appears to be the four bases of the genetic code A, G, U and C that ribosomes must convert mRNA sequences into proteins and the twenty different amino acids that proteins are comprised of." Dr. Rosie Redfield, the newly appointed director of the Astrobiology Program at NASA Headquarters, Washington, confirmed China's discovery this morning. In a press release Redfield said that "China's discovery has monumental consequences, and has been shared with the world's premier scientific institutions for vetting and peer review. If confirmed this will be the first proof of extraterrestrial life in the universe and confirmation that our DNA basis for life may be universal throughout the known universe." CLIP - Note from Jean: This was clearly an April's fool's joke. At the bottom of the article at dailygalaxy.com it says...

['Daily Galaxy' Readers: Internet sites in the USA have a long tradition of great April Fools' Day stunts, including media site such as Google, Huffington Post, and TechCrunch to name a few. Google has a tradition of creating April Fools' Day jokes. For example, Google MentalPlex allegedly featured the use of mental power to search the web. In 2007, Google's Gmail page displayed an announcement for Gmail Paper, allowing users to have email messages printed and shipped to them. In 2010, Google jokingly changed its company name to Topeka in honor of Topeka, Kansas, whose mayor actually changed the city's name to Google for a short amount of time in an attempt to sway Google's decision in its new Google Fiber Project In 2011, Google's April Fool's Joke announced Gmail Motion, an interactive way of controlling Gmail and your computer with body movements via the user's webcam. We hope you've enjoyed ours! The Daily Galaxy staff.]

Yet it has been reposted in over 200 websites... Check also Earth's True Shape Revealed for 1st Time and Invisible Dark Matter May Create Habitable Zones for Life

Sign petition to indict the leaders of the US, French, UK and Canadian governments for crimes against humanity and war crimes.
(...) We the undersigned demand the immediate cessation of all unlawful armed attacks against the territorial integrity and political independence of Libya and that indictments be filed immediately against the above named political leaders of France, the US, the UK, and Canada for: 1. Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of a crime against peace 2. Planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression and other crimes against peace 3. War crimes 4. Crimes against humanity

Chicago Flashmob
Chicago Activists Mark Palestinian Land Day with Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Flash-Mob -- On March 30th at 5 pm, a group of social justice activists held a "flash-mob" in downtown Chicago. The demonstration was organized as one of hundreds of demonstrations held around the world to mark the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Global Day of Action, an annual event designed to call attention to the movement to boycott the apartheid policies of Israel. Demonstrators performed a choreographed dance to an original song called "BDS," a parody of "ABC" by the Jackson Five. (...) Before this performance at "The Bean," the flash mob was held outside of Chicago Cultural Center, home of the Chicago Sister Cities International office. For the last two years, activists with PSG-Chicago have pressured the city of Chicago to end its relationship with its Israeli sister city, Petach Tikva. Petach Tikva, an officially segregated city, is the first Jewish-only settlement in historic Palestine and the site of the primary detention center where Israeli forces abuse and torture Palestinian political prisoners. Human Rights group Amnesty International dubbed Petach Tikva "Israel's Guantanamo." More info through http://www.bdsmovement.net/ and http://www.boycottisrael.info/

Traditions and spiritual movements walking for peace and fraternity. August 10 - 28.

5.8 million Israelis Get 100 Billion In US Tax Dollars While American States Are Falling Apart

Dr. Paul Connett - New Studies Yet Again Confirm Fluoride LOWERS IQ In Children

Firefighters Radiation Cancers “Off the Scale” (April 4, 2011)
Firefighters who recovered bodies at Ground Zero are developing cancer at a faster rate than those who worked before the atrocity, medical officials have revealed. (...) Steve Cassidy, president of the firefighters union, said Ground Zero’s ‘toxic stew’ has proven lethal. He said: ‘It’s a fact that New York City firefighters are dying of cancer in record numbers.‘We have buried 10 firefighters in just the last 15 weeks, seven with cancer. On Sept. 10, 2001, they were young, healthy firefighters.’ In 2007, doctors at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, which monitors World Trade Center rescue workers, noted blood cancers like multiple myeloma, which normally strikes in the 60s or 70s, were being found in relatively young officers. The New York state Health Department has confirmed that 345 Ground Zero workers have died of various cancers as of June 2010.

Photos of a Mexican Drug Lord's Home After Being Raided (28 Photos)
The money and valuables found in this one house alone, would be enough to pay for health insurance for every man woman and child in the U.S.A. for 12 years! There are believed to be approximately 27 more of these houses in Mexico alone not to mention the ones in other countries who are enriching themselves in the drug trade. Their money can buy the best politicians, the best cops, the best judges, whatever they need they just throw down stacks of cash and it is theirs


The Good Earth Singers - Healing the Planet Through Song
Congratulations. You’re in. In fact, we’re all in. Every human being is a member of The Good Earth Singers. We’re not an ensemble in the traditional sense of the word. We are a global movement, and we're growing every day. We are your family, friends, the gas station clerk in Los Angeles and the professor in Bangkok, the farmer in Ghana and the painter in Sweden. We are internationally-renowned humanitarians, leaders in the environmental movement and the new thought movement, pioneering scientists, Grammy-award winning musicians, and your next-door neighbor. The strength of our movement is the breadth of our voices, united by a common vision, a common call: to celebrate through song the birth of a new humanity on our new (Good) Earth. By doing so, we heal the relationship between our human family and this beautiful planet we call home. All through singing? Yes. Learn more and join us HERE. Join the global choir... 15 million strong by 12.21.2012! One Song... One Planet... One Future! Make sure to check The Good Earth Songline Project and Operation SOS [ Save Our Songs ] The song they will sing is a West African (Yoruba) song called Ise Oluwa and the lyrics... "Ise oluwa, kole bajey o." mean "That which the creator made can never be destroyed." You can hear the song HERE.

Cook for Peace - The Food Not Bombs Movement
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Food Not Bombs shares free vegan and vegetarian meals with the hungry in over 1,000 cities around the world to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. With over a billion people going hungry each day how can we spend another dollar on war? -- NEW FOOD NOT BOMB HANDBOOK OUT THIS APRIL!! Cooking For Peace With Food Not Bombs Cultivating Community, Reaping Revolution - "The richest 2 percent already own over half the world's wealth and resources. And they seem to want more even though nearly a billion people go hungry each day. Are we really prepared to allow our last penny to be delivered to the ruthless destroyers of our future? While writing this book we saw unprecedented disasters stemming from the public's cooperation with a mad political and economic system. We let the billionaires lead us to this point. Too many of us bought their products and their philosophy. The owners of BP continue to live in spender after they commanded one of the world's worst oil gushers as do the Wall Street executives that plunged millions into unemployment, homelessness and hunger. These mad men claim owner- ship of billions of suffering animals farmed in factories, the genetics of our food seeds, acres of ancient forests, gallons of fresh water, oil, gas and minerals all treated as products to be sold to a world of consumers. Now we are a world of consumers without money, shelter, food or dignity. Consuming war, radioactive fallout, near slavery and toxic "food." What near apocalyptic event or poverty inducing theft is in our future?"

Note from Jean: Here is the beginning of a letter sent by long-time ERN subscriber Chris Gruener (chris.gruener@comcast.net) to all his contacts. If you'd like to find out more and/or help him raise funds to build the Wanyange Community Center for orphaned kids in Uganda, please contact him directly to get the rest of his letter.
"Hello friends, The race is on! There is a Good Heart buried in our collective unconscious. That Good Heart is in a race with our species' determined effort to destroy itself and our planet as well. Like the battle for working people's rights in Wisconsin) the ultimate outcome is not yet clear. But you and I can cast our vote for planetary healing every day by how we live our lives. Here is an opportunity to cast your vote for a world of Peace and Plenty. On Monday, April 18th, I will again be completing the Boston Marathon as a fund raiser for two Planetary Healing Organizations that are near and dear to my heart. The first one is Plenty, a small NGO doing micro-development work in Belize and elsewhere. I have spoken with you about Plenty on multiple occasions. You may recall that my wife and our son traveled to Belize in 2009, with our son's buddy and his parents, to participate in a Plenty sponsored ecotourism program.  We also went to Belize to get a firsthand look at the school vegetable gardens and hot lunch programs which the two boys had helped flourish through their part in creating and maintaining a recycling project in Newton. Surprise - this letter is NOT a pitch for you to donate to Plenty. I am raising $1,000+ for Plenty door to door, asking my neighbors to sponsor my Marathon Hike. But this letter IS a request for you to race me in a little friendly fund raising competition by donating to the Uganda based Global Village Children's Project! So now let me tell you a bit about my amazing friend Anne Muyanga, executive director of GVCP, and her incredible project…" CLIP

The Big Idea: Perennial Grains
Annual grains feed the world, but they create problems. Perennials are thrifty. Their long roots hold on to soil, water, and fertilizer, which means less pollution -- Humans made an unwitting but fateful choice 10,000 years ago as we started cultivating wild plants: We chose annuals. All the grains that feed billions of people today—wheat, rice, corn, and so on—come from annual plants, which sprout from seeds, produce new seeds, and die every year. "The whole world is mostly perennials," says USDA geneticist Edward Buckler, who studies corn at Cornell University. "So why did we domesticate annuals?" Not because annuals were better, he says, but because Neolithic farmers rapidly made them better—enlarging their seeds, for instance, by replanting the ones from thriving plants, year after year. Perennials didn't benefit from that kind of selective breeding, because they don't need to be replanted. Their natural advantage became a handicap. They became the road not taken.

Today an enthusiastic band of scientists has gone back to that fork in the road: They're trying to breed perennial wheat, rice, and other grains. Wes Jackson, co-founder and president of the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, has promoted the idea for decades. It has never had much money behind it. But plant breeders in Salina and elsewhere are now crossing modern grains with wild perennial relatives; they're also trying to domesticate the wild plants directly. Either way the goal is crops that would tap the main advantage of perennials—the deep, dense root systems that fuel the plants' rebirth each spring and that make them so resilient and resource efficient—without sacrificing too much of the grain yield that millennia of selection have bred into annuals.

We pay a steep price for our reliance on high yields and shallow roots, says soil scientist—and National Geographic emerging explorer—Jerry Glover of the Land Institute. Because annual root crops mostly tap into only the top foot or so of soil, that layer gets depleted, forcing farmers to rely on large amounts of fertilizers to maintain high yields. Often less than half the fertilizer in the Midwest gets taken up by crops; much of it washes into the Gulf of Mexico, where it fertilizes algae blooms that cause a vast dead zone around the mouth of the Mississippi. Annuals also promote heavy use of pesticides or tillage because they leave the ground bare much of the year. That allows weeds to invade.

Above all, leaving the ground bare after harvest and plowing it in planting season erodes the soil. No-till farming and other conservation practices have reduced the rate of soil loss in the U.S. by more than 40 percent since the 1980s, but it's still around 1.7 billion tons a year. Worldwide, one estimate put the rate of soil erosion from plowed fields at ten to a hundred times the rate of soil production. "Unless this disease is checked, the human race will wilt like any other crop," Jackson wrote 30 years ago. As growing populations force farmers in poor countries onto steeper, erodible slopes, the "disease" threatens to get worse.Perennial grains would help with all these problems. They would keep the ground covered, reducing erosion and the need for pesticides, and their deep roots would stabilize the soil and make the grains more suitable for marginal lands. "Perennials capture water and nutrients 10 or 12 feet down in the soil, 11 months of the year," Glover says. The deep roots and ground cover would also hold on to fertilizer—reducing the cost to the farmer as well as to the environment.

The perennial wheat-wheatgrass hybrid now growing at the Land Institute can already be made into flour. Yields are too low to compete with annual wheat in Kansas—but maybe not in Nepal, which has steeper slopes and a harsher climate, and where a researcher is now testing perennial hybrids in small plots. Amber waves of perennial grain may be decades away, but the emergence of cheap DNA sequencing is allowing plant breeders to work much faster than they used to. Buckler thinks that for a tiny fraction of the billions spent annually on corn research, one could create field-testable perennial corn in as little as ten years. "I think we should take a shot at revolutionizing agriculture," he says.


Note from Jean: After receiving on April 6 a review copy of the content of much of the following material, Suzy Ward has consulted with Hatonn – as I mentioned in my March 24 compilation and as indicated HERE, he is "commander of an intergalactic fleet" – who had the following reassuring observations to offer:

"Hatonn here. Yes, radiation is worrisome to you, and to us too because of the fear this is creating. Remember, the dark ones are feeding on your fear! We understand that right now the situation to many of you seems too serious to be corrected, but we assure you, it is not! The direst reports coming from the United States are with instruments that aren't perfected to our standards and are registering higher levels than the actual. It doesn't make sense that the level of radiation that has blown across the ocean is the same level as near the reactors. And yes, we are containing those as much as possible from our ships and also we're reducing the radiation as much as possible in conjunction with the small crew near the facility. Of course our efforts would be much more effective if the ships' technology could be used on site, but mercenary troops under dark control are being alerted for readiness "for alien attack" and we can't risk your safety or the ships' crews by public landings.

I want to mention the positive effect of this situation that's especially sad for Japan, and for your entire world. The reign of nuclear power there is over. In the hands of third density minds it always has been dangerous and it has no place whatsoever in higher densities. But it is not our prerogative to shut down your facilities or prevent construction of new ones, it is yours, and only your collective demand for that could make it happen. Replacement energy sources already are there, they've just been suppressed because they aren't money-makers like nuclear and fossil fuels are. You will see those "hidden" technologies starting to emerge, again by your forcefulness.

Another factor in the fearful projections is that the scientists aren't aware of our assistance or that when we are able to be on the ground in numbers that our technology can dematerialize the reactors and nuclear waste as well as purify the air, soil and water. Also, it's not known that Earth is orbiting in frequencies where radioactivity is fractured, and her phenomenal healing abilities aren't recognized either. With the help of our technological assistance, she can restore her health in months rather than the centuries you calculate as "half lives" of radioactive elements. So look forward with positive attitude -- don't underestimate the power of your thoughts, or call them prayers, for Earth to be in full radiance in the near term. A great deal has to be and WILL be accomplished in the time remaining before the end of next year."

PS Note from Jean: Let us remember that if they can shut down missiles - see CNN - Larry King: UFOs shut down missiles - they can certainly minimize radiation levels as claimed above. The Earth definitely needs all the help they can bring right now, but we also have to do our part and ensure from our end that all nuclear plants around the world are shut down and decommissioned as quickly as possible and that construction stops immediately at all 62 sites where new nuclear plants are currently being built. And if I may dare to suggest, if that's allowable now, it would greatly help if Hatonn's forces would also be more forceful in neutralizing any further such dangerous attempts at de-stabilizing the world by the Illuminati cabal operatives... We are certainly grateful for this assistance! Please keep it up!

Japan to Raise Nuclear Alert at Troubled Plant to Highest Level, Equal to Chernobyl (April 11, 2011)
TOKYO -- Japan's nuclear regulators raised the severity level of the crisis at a stricken nuclear plant Tuesday to rank it on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, citing the amount of radiation released in the accident. The regulators said the rating was being raised from 5 to 7 -- the highest level on an international scale overseen by the International Atomic Energy Agency. However, there was no sign of any significant change at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.The new ranking signifies a "major accident" with "wider consequences" than the previous level, according to the Vienna-based IAEA."We have upgraded the severity level to 7 as the impact of radiation leaks has been widespread from the air, vegetables, tap water and the ocean," said Minoru Oogoda of Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.NISA officials said one of the factors behind the decision was that the cumulative amount of radioactive particles released into the atmosphere since the incident had reached levels that apply to a Level 7 incident. (...) Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, is still estimating the total amount of radioactive material that might be released by the accident, said company spokesman Junichi Matsumoto.He acknowledged the amount of radioactivity released might even exceed the amount emitted by Chernobyl. (...) Aftershocks on Monday briefly cut power to backup pumps, halting the injection of cooling water for about 50 minutes before power was restored. A month after the disaster, more than 145,000 people are still living in shelters, and the government on Monday added five communities to a list of places people should leave to avoid long-term radiation exposure. A 12-mile (20-kilometer) radius has already been cleared around the plant. The disaster is believed to have killed more than 25,000 people, but many of those bodies were swept out to sea and more than half of those feared dead are still listed as missing. CLIP

Japan Considers Raising Nuclear Disaster from Level 5 to 7 Based on Extremely High Radiation Readings http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=24272
(...) A study was conducted by a team of experts from Kyoto University and Hiroshima University ... found cesium-137 at levels between about 590,000 and 2.19 million becquerels per cubic meter [outside the 30 kilometer evacuation zone]. After the Chernobyl nuclear accident in the former Soviet Union in 1986, residents who lived in areas where cesium-137 levels exceeded 555,000 becquerels were forced to move elsewhere. CLIP Check also Extremely High Radiation Levels in Japan: University Researchers Challenge Official Data

Are Japanese Authorities Covering Up Further Damage to the Fukushima Reactor from the Aftershock ? (April 11, 2011)
The Japanese government and Tepco nuclear plant operator said that the leaking Fukushima reactors suffered no additional damage in the aftershock last week. But NHK news reports:The plant operator says a strong aftershock on Thursday night did not damage any facilities of the compound, but the surface temperature of the Number 1 reactor rose sharply immediately after the tremor that hit northeastern Japan minutes before midnight. The reading stood at 223 degrees Celsius at 7 PM, but it rose nearly 40 degrees just after the quake. The temperature had fallen back to 240 degrees at 6 AM on Saturday.Moreover, the Japanese government reports radiation levels in the number 1 reactor of at least 100 sieverts per hour: In contrast, radiation levels were apparently about 300 sieverts per hour - 3 times higher - right after Chernobyl exploded. However, reactor 1 might not even be in as bad shape as some of the other reactors at the Fukushima complex, the total amount of radioactive material at Fukushima dwarfs that at Chernobyl, and it might take years to solve the crisis.Indeed, Tyler Durden reports that the Japanese government stopped reporting radiation data after levels hit 100 sieverts per hour.This isn't entirely unexpected. As the New York Times notes: The public authorities have sought to avoid grim technical details that might trigger alarm or even panic. “They don’t want to go there,” said Robert Alvarez, a nuclear expert who, from 1993 to 1999, was a policy adviser to the secretary of energy. “The spin is all about reassurance.” Confidential reports paint a much less optimistic picture of the crisis. See this and THIS.

Secret Weapons Program Inside Fukushima Nuclear Plants? (April 12, 2011)
U.S.-Japan security treaty fatally delayed nuclear workers' fight against meltdown -- The smoke and mirrors at Fukushima 1 seem to obscure a steady purpose, an iron will and a grim task unknown to outsiders. The most logical explanation: The nuclear industry and government agencies are scrambling to prevent the discovery of atomic-bomb research facilities hidden inside Japan's civilian nuclear power plants. A secret nuclear weapons program is a ghost in the machine, detectable only when the system of information control momentarily lapses or breaks down. A close look must be taken at the gap between the official account and unexpected events.
(...) Meanwhile in 2009, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a muted warning on Japan's heightened drive for a nuclear bomb— and promptly did nothing. The White House has to turn a blind eye to the radiation streaming through American skies or risk exposure of a blatant double standard on nuclear proliferation by an ally. Besides, Washington's quiet approval for a Japanese bomb doesn't quite sit well with the memory of either Pearl Harbor or Hiroshima.In and of itself, a nuclear deterrence capability would be neither objectionable nor illegal— in the unlikely event that the majority of Japanese voted in favor of a constitutional amendment to Article 9. Legalized possession would require safety inspections, strict controls and transparency of the sort that could have hastened the Fukushima emergency response. Covert weapons development, in contrast, is rife with problems. In the event of an emergency, like the one happening at this moment, secrecy must be enforced at all cost— even if it means countless more hibakusha, or nuclear victims.Instead of enabling a regional deterrence system and a return to great-power status, the Manchurian deal planted the time bombs now spewing radiation around the world. The nihilism at the heart of this nuclear threat to humanity lies not inside Fukushima 1, but within the national security mindset. The specter of self-destruction can be ended only with the abrogation of the U.S.-Japan security treaty, the root cause of the secrecy that fatally delayed the nuclear workers' fight against meltdown.

Lack of Data Heightens Japan’s Nuclear Crisis (April 8, 2011)
TOKYO — Nearly one month after Japan’s devastating nuclear accident, atomic energy experts, regulators and politicians around the world are still puzzling over a basic question: How much danger is still posed by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant? That depends to a considerable extent on how hot the uranium fuel rods at the power plant remain, and whether fuel has escaped its containment, or might still do so. Yet remarkably little is known for sure about what is really happening inside the reactors because some areas remain far too radioactive for workers to approach, and some instruments have malfunctioned. The paucity of data and the conflicting estimates of what the available information really means have prompted a series of confusing analyses and a rift between officials in Japan and those overseas — and even between one member of Congress and the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The commission speculated this week that the nuclear fuel in the core of one of the stricken reactors had probably leaked from its thick steel pressure vessel, its most important protective barrier. If that proved to be accurate, it would raise the prospect of continuing fuel leaks and high levels of radioactive releases that would vastly complicate containment and the cleanup. But Japanese officials said there was no evidence of a compromised pressure vessel, and they wondered why they were reading about it in the newspapers.

(...) American officials are also concerned that mounting stresses on the reactors’ containment structures as they fill up with radioactive water used in emergency cooling make them vulnerable to rupture in an aftershock from the March 11 earthquake. Japanese officials have played down that concern, and on Friday they said a sizable aftershock that struck overnight had caused no further damage at the plant.The rift also highlights the difficulty of a debate in which both sides are forced to extrapolate possible situations with little access to crucial readings from inside the reactors.Much of the automated measurement equipment in the reactors has been damaged, either by explosions in the early days of the crisis or by intense radiation since then. Damage to the reactors, as well as high radiation, has prevented technicians from making detailed assessments. The Pentagon has provided airborne surveillance drones that can help monitor ground-level radiation at the plant. It is possible that American officials are basing their analysis on data they have collected independently, though Obama administration officials say they have shared their information with the Japanese.

(...) Industry experts are split. Yoichi Kikuchi, a Japanese nuclear engineer who helped design the containment vessel at one of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors, agreed with the Americans that a fuel leak was possible. He said that the pressure vessel at Reactor No. 2 was especially vulnerable because of openings at the bottom where control rods are inserted. If the fuel were melting, the metal welding around those openings would easily give way, allowing the fuel to travel into the drywell, he said. The fuel could then react with the water in the suppression chamber, setting off a vapor explosion and a huge release of radiation into the air, he said.Shuichi Iwata, a nuclear fuel expert at Tokyo University, said that he thought a leak of fuel was probably occurring, but that the consequences might not be great. “The worst case is not happening, I think,” he said. But Toshihiro Yamamoto, an associate professor in nuclear engineering at the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, said the nuclear agency’s explanation was more likely. He said that it was water, not fuel, escaping from the same openings, or perhaps from a damaged circulation pump higher in the vessel. Masashi Goto, a former Toshiba nuclear power plant designer, said that Japanese officials appeared to have decided that they gained nothing but panic from predicting outcomes. “They will never speak about the worst-case scenario,” he said. “They will never predict.”

Fukushima Forecast: Large radiation cloud nearing California on April 11
Check also what they had forecasted for April 1 and 2 (It was quite bad)

Coverup! California, Northwest, B.C. Canada under radiation as high as Japan (April 4th, 2011)
Independent scientist Leuren Moret, MA, PhD (ABT) has stated in exclusive April 4, 2011 interviews with reporter Alfred Lambremont Webre that the effects of the tectonic nuclear war against the populations and breadbaskets of North America (Canada, United States, Hawaii, and Mexico) are being intentionally covered up by the administrations of Barack Obama in the United States and Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Canada. The radiation effect of this false flag global radiation war intensified this week as radiation maps produced by the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) now confirm that the Midwest of the United States, all of California, the Northwest including the states of Oregon and Washington and the western part of Canada are under a radiation threat with radiation levels as high as that in Japan in areas adjacent to the six units of the Fukushima nuclear power plant that started in melt-down on March 11, 2011. View exclusive April 4, 2011 interviews with independent scientist Leuren Moret - Part 1 HERE - Part 2 HERE

(...) Ms. Moret stated that the same “Disaster Capitalism Footprint” exists at the false flag operation of Fukushima as was present at the false flag operations of September 11, 2011, the Katrina Hurricane (2005), and the BP Gulf oil “spill” (2010). Among the objectives of the controllers of the Fukushima quake/nuke false flag operation on Japan were the crippling of Japan and the rendering of at least 1/3 of Japan radioactive in order to cripple the Japan détente with China since former Prime Minister Koizumi went out of office. The Fukushima false flag operation has intentionally created substantial destruction of Japan’s economy, agriculture, and fisheries. In the same way that Russia was intentionally crippled by the radiation from the Chernobyl false flag operation, the negative impact on the health of Japan of the radiation will include a substantial reduction in productivity, as occurred in Russia after Chernobyl.

(...) False Flag Target: Northern Hemisphere - In her interview, Ms. Moret sets out the impacts of the Fukushima quake/nuke false flag operation on the Northern Hemisphere. Ms. Moret notes that the radiation steered into the Northern Hemisphere will result in contamination from the Arctic to the Equator (radiation from Fukushima is already being measured in Colombia). The long-lived radioactive isotopes will continue to cause environmental and health damage. Ms. Moret states that humans in the Northern Hemisphere will now be exposed to cumulative radiation from atmospheric testing, nuclear power plants, Chernobyl, depleted uranium (DU), and now Fukushima. Leuren Moret notes that the public health impact of radiation from the Fukushima quake/nuke false flag operation on the northern hemisphere population will include negative impacts on mental health, chronic illnesses, birth defects, lowered fertility, as well as a long-lasting environmental impact.

False Flag Target: Humanity - In her interview, Leuren Moret traces the origins of the Fukushima quake nuke radiation war as rooted in intentional genocide of the human population and a depopulation plan developed by the ideologies of Malthus, Cecil Rhodes, the Rockefellers, and implemented as official U.S. policy when Henry Alfred Kissinger was U.S. Secretary of State. Ms. Moret recalls a quote from Labyrinth of the World that underlies the policy behind false flag operations like Fukushima. “Destroy the environment, public health, degrade quality of life, destroy mental ability, it all destroys spirituality – that is the will to live and to thrive and to be creative.”

False Flag Target: Ecosphere/biosphere - Leuren Moret notes that the genome of human life and all life that has developed over 4.5 billion years of evolution is now being destroyed in 100 years by radiation wars. Ironically uranium facilitated evolution, and now it is ending life as we know it on Earth.

Who Is Doing This? In her interview, Leuren Moret identifies an international war crimes racketeering organization led by blood lines such as British Monarchy (the largest uranium deposit and landowners on the planet) and British aristocracy, the Houses of Rothschild and Rockefeller as being the original architects of the false flag operation system of disaster capitalism and depopulation. Collectively, these have been identified as DOPE, INC., an international syndicate that controls GOD – Gold, oil, and drugs on this planet.- CLIP -- Check also Rothschilds Stage Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt To Kill Islamic Banks In Emerging North African Markets

Alfred Webre's introduction: "Radioactive iodine 131 in rain water samples near San Francisco is 18,100 times above drinking water standards. This information is being withheld from the public by the US and Canadian governments... So we have an ongoing false flag operation on the order of September 11, 2001, the 2005 Katrina hurricane" and the other false flag operations including the BP Gulf oil spill. President Barack Obama has made no declaration so far, even though we now have maps, which I'm going to ask Leuren Moret about, showing that the radiation levels are as high on the West coast of California and Canada as they are in Japan. (...) Scientists have now declared the northern one third of Japan uninhabitable and recommended that it be evacuated." According to Leuren Moret... "Any map or dispersion pattern for a particular isotope like iodine 131 or zenon or plutonium or whatever it is represents in reality over 1300 radioactive isotopes that are fission products from the fission or uranium and/or plutonium. (...) This is a nuclear war Alfred. It's a global nuclear war that is confined in the northern hemisphere now, but within a year it will be completely mixed globally in the entire atmosphere of the whole planet. All living things will be affected, the bacteria, plants, animals, humans, everything... the fish in the seas, the whales... It's everyone, everywhere is being poisoned. The severity of the nuclear war depends on the weather. So where it rains out and where the snow collects up radioactive particles on them... the sharp edges or the pointed tips of the snowflakes... that's a more efficient scavenger of radioactive particles... It will be in our rivers, in our lakes, in our oceans and wash up on the shorelines, where these particles are lofted into the air..."

“Blinding”Blue Light/ Flash Seen During Earthquake In Japan, Nuclear Plant Loses Power (April 7th, 2011)
The Onagawa nuclear power plant has lost power and is currently running on back up generators after another huge quake rocked Japan. “At 12:23 a.m. the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, an arm of the Japanese government, began holding an emergency press conference. An official said external sources of electricity have been cut to both the Higashi-Dori nuclear power plant in Aomori Pref., in northern Japan and the Rokkasho nuclear recycling plant, which I wrote in the latest issue of Forbes magazine. Both plants are reportedly operating normally via on-site emergency generators," wrote Yas Idei, writing for Forbes in Japan. Reuters has reported that officials have restarted the cooling systems at the Onagawa nuclear plant. So far it is impossible to tell what is actually going on as it seems a media blackout is under way in regards to the possibly damaged nuclear power plants. During the earthquake a strange blue light was observed which has yet to be explained. Earthquakes have spiked throughout the world yet our corporate media continues to downplay the dangers, while our president has openly canceled the United States Earthquake early warning detection system. A video has appeared on Youtube that seems to indicate that earthquakes are being deleted off the USGS website and that back to back earthquakes actually hit Japan. (See THIS VIDEO)

Excerpt from a press conference of a Japanese government representative detailing the laughable and utterly inept measures being taken to perhaps eventually stop the dispersion of radioactive material from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
CHECK ALSO Fukushima Is Horrifically Worse Than You Have Been Told<BR>
Radioactive rain causes 130 schools in Korea to close — Yet rain in California had 10 TIMES more radioactivity (April 8, 2011)
The Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) said radioactive iodine and cesium were found in rainwater collected in the early morning at a checkpoint on the island. The concentration level of iodine-131 was 2.02 becquerels per liter (Bq/l), that of cesium-137, 0.538 Bq/l, and that of cesium-134, 0.333 Bq/l. … Following the news that minuscule radioactive substances were detected on Jeju, people in all parts of the country carried umbrellas to work or school even though the rainfall was light.Parents had their children not only use umbrellas but also wear raincoats, rubber boots and even masks. Some of them gave their children a ride to school, with streets near schools congested.In Gyeonggi Province, about 130 pre-, elementary and middle schools were closed after the regional educational office allowed school heads to close them if they deemed it necessary. More than 40 others shortened school hours. …Read the report here.

Radiation Levels Up to 1,000 Times Higher than Current "Safety Levels"
The U.S. federal drinking water standard for radioactive Iodine-131 is 3 picocuries per liter, but levels exceeding that by as much as 181 times have been detected in rainwater sampled in California, Idaho, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts." (...) Many epidemiologic studies show that extremely low doses of radiation increase the incidence of childhood cancers, low birth-weight babies, premature births, infant mortality, birth defects and even diminished intelligence. Just two abdominal x-rays delivered to a male can slightly increase the chance of his future children developing leukemia. By damaging proteins anywhere in a living cell, radiation can accelerate the aging process and diminish the function of any organ. Cells can repair themselves, but the rapidly growing cells in a fetus may divide before repair can occur, negating the body's defense mechanism and replicating the damage. Comforting statements about the safety of low radiation are not even accurate for adults. Small increases in risk per individual have immense consequences in the aggregate. When low risk is accepted for billions of people, there will still be millions of victims. New research on risks of x-rays illustrate the point. Radiation from CT coronary scans is considered low, but, statistically, it causes cancer in one of every 270 40-year-old women who receive the scan. Twenty year olds will have double that rate. Annually, 29,000 cancers are caused by the 70 million CT scans done in the US. Common, low-dose dental x-rays more than double the rate of thyroid cancer. Those exposed to repeated dental x-rays have an even higher risk of thyroid cancer. CLIP - CHECK ALSO Japan Nuclear Radiation Found In Idaho, Washington and Canada Drinking Water

EPA to raise limits for radiation exposure while Canada turns off fallout detectors (April 05, 2011)
The mass radioactive contamination of our planet is now under way thanks to the astonishing actions taking place at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan. As of last night, TEPCO announced it is releasing 10,000 tons of radioactive water directly into the Pacific Ocean. That 2.4 million gallons of planetary poison being dumped directly into the ocean. This water is being released because they have run out of places to keep it on land. It's too deadly to transport anywhere else, and all the storage pools around Fukushima are already overflowing. So they're dumping it into the ocean, then calling it "safe" because they claim the ocean will "disperse" all the radiation and make it harmless.But because there's more radioactive water being produced every day at Fukushima, this process of releasing radioactive water into the ocean could theoretically continue for years, easily making Fukushima the worst nuclear disaster in the history of our world.Quick, fudge the numbers before anybody notices! Fukushima, you see, is doing to the Pacific Ocean what BP and the Deepwater Horizon did to the Gulf of Mexico last summer. Except that in the case of Fukushima, that radiation doesn't just disappear with the help of millions of gallons of toxic chemicals. Nope, that radiation sticks around for decades. So what to do? If you're the United States Environment Protection Agency, there's only one option: Declare radiation to be safe!Yes indeed, friends, we have reached a moment of comedic insanity at the EPA, where those in charge of protecting the environment are hastily rewriting the definition of "radioactive contamination" in order to make sure that whatever fallout reaches the United States falls under the new limits of "safe" radiation. The EPA maintains a set of so-called "Protective Action Guides" (PAGs). These PAGs are being quickly revised to radically increase the allowable levels of iodine-131 (a radioactive isotope) to anywhere from 3,000 to 100,000 times the currently allowable levels.The group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is all over this issue, having obtained internal emails from a FOIA requests that reveal some truly shocking revelations of the level of back-stabbing betrayal happening inside the EPA. For example, under the newly-revised PAGs, drinking just one glass of water considered "safe" by the EPA could subject you to the lifetime limit of radiation. (http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=1325) "In addition," PEER goes on to say, "it would allow long-term cleanup limits thousands of times more lax than anything EPA has ever before accepted. These new limits would cause a cancer in as much as every fourth person exposed." These new PAGs would also vastly increase the allowable levels of radiation in soil and food, too. That way, when the radioactive fallout from Fukushima's massive release of raw radioactive water begins to rain down upon the West Coast, the EPA can officially announce that all the radiation is "below accepted limits." That's very comforting to many people, you see. And why is it below the limits? Because the EPA just raised the limits by as much as 100,000 times!
(...) Canada tries to out-stupid the USAAh, the fascination of watching this tragic comedy of errors unfold in the U.S. government almost cannot be exceeded. But Canada is sure trying. Its own nuclear monitoring network has simply been shut off, and its website now reads "Please note that as of March 25, 2011, the frequency of data collection by NRCan using the mobile surveys has been decreased due to the low levels of radiation being detected." Seriously, see the bottom of the page. Yep, since they're detecting low levels of radiation, this is apparently justification for turning off the monitors altogether, which of course is the kind of brilliant early warning plan that could have only been dreamed up by a brain-dead bureaucrat. CLIP - CHECK ALSO Fukushima is now the radioactive Deepwater Horizon of the Pacific - "the Pacific Ocean is not a giant swimming pool, and the water isn't all "churned up" and homogenized. In fact, the circulation of the water in the Pacific is actually limited to some surprisingly narrow channels. For example, most of the deep water in the Pacific Ocean hasn't seen the surface of the planet for thousands of years. There is a very long cycle of water movement at work in the ocean, and any assumption that somehow a massive dump of radiation into the ocean is magically and instantly going to be dispersed across tens of trillions of gallons of ocean water is just pure lunacy." AND Media is wrong on the danger of Radiation - "Radiation is now being detected in Russia, imagine what it must be like for the poor Japanese who live within 500 miles." AND Fukushima dumping of radioactive water into Pacific Ocean violates international law - "Fukushima has become the "dirty bomb" of the Pacific, releasing huge quantities of radiation on an ongoing basis, directly into the environment with no end in sight. The global damage this could cause over the next few decades is incalculable."

Japan's Nuclear Disaster: Part of the Sad History of Humans Used as Guinea Pigs
Are we being used as human guinea pigs? The recent breakdown and radiation release at Japanese nuclear reactors after a massive earthquake raises this question. How much are government and business risking our lives and health with dangerous technologies like nuclear power, genetically modified foods, inadequately tested vaccines, and other even worse "experiments"? Remember that the American Medical Association and many doctors sided with the tobacco industry long after the harmful effects of smoking were proven. Some scientists also once believed radiation had little danger, putting volunteers at risk to prove this. Below is a list depicting the rampant use of humans as guinea pigs in government, military, and medical experiments over the last century. Links to reliable sources are provided to confirm the information on each item presented. There are still today officials in the government, military, and even business leaders who sadly feel no need to inform us when we are used in potentially hazardous experiments. CLIP

PART 1: Radiation Protection and Detox Solutions (03-23-2011) SEEMS LIKE EXCELLENT SUGGESTIONS!
Due to the large amount of emails and questions I have received in the past week I have compiled this list of recommendations after researching various sources. I have done my best to include local sources. Part 2 in subsequent posting includes detox baths and iodine sources. CLIP Check also ELEVATED (full mid-range) RADIATION -- soon to arrive on west coast USA (4/9/2011) It will hit the West coast on Monday and Tuesday. Recommended by Judith (brightlightbeing@comcast.net) who wrote: "May be good to stay inside."


From: http://bigthink.com/ideas/37705

Hanging by your Fingernails - The Fukushima Meltdown

By Michio Kaku -- April 4, 2011

The situation at Fukushima is relatively stable now, in the same way that you are stable if you hang by your fingernails off a cliff, and your fingernails begin to break one by one.... 

As we mentioned, the accident so far in Fukushima is progressing in three acts. The first act was the earthquake and tsunami, which immediately wiped out all emergency cooling systems simultaneously at all three reactors and all hell has broken loose.

Act II was the enormous damage done to the cores of these three reactors. With the loss of cooling water, temperatures began to rise rapidly, causing the hydrogen gas explosions and fuel melting. We know that about 70% of Unit 1's core was damaged, and that 33% of Unit 2's core was also damaged. All computer simulations done by various laboratories all show the same thing, that we came perilously close to a full scale metldown at all three reactors, including a spent fuel pond accident in Unit 4.

Against the wishes the utility, the Japanese government ordered flushing the entire reactors with seawater, which temporarily halted the accident from progressing to a full blown tragedy. This stabilized the accident, at present, from going into free fall (but reduced the three reactors to pieces of junk.) Meanwhile, radiation keeps flowing out of the reactors and into food, agricultural products, the oceans, the soil, etc. Now we are entering Act III. With the cores covered with seawater and fresh water, the workers are desperately trying to hit rock bottom, so they can begin recovery operations.

Unfortunately, they have not yet bottom. Its like death from a thousand cuts. Leaks of radiation are being found everywhere. The crucial thing is that the workers do not know precisely where this radiation is coming from. The primary suspect is that there is a direct contact between melted uranium (called "corium") and the cooling water, probably caused by a pipe break or, more ominously, a pressure vessel that has completely melted through. 

So the utility is like the little Dutch boy, trying desperately to plug up one leak, only to find another. But until they find the primary source of this leak, there will be damaging reports of radiation being found in more and more places. Time is not on their side. The longer they take to hit rock bottom, the more the danger of evacuations of workers and damage to the economy of the area. Also, secondary earthquakes and pipe breaks can cause the accident to start up all over again with the loss of precious cooling water. It's also a Catch 22 situation. They need to flood the cores with water, but this water becomes contaminated and flows out to the environment. So they are damned if they do, and damned if they don't.

One solution is to put a special TV camera into the contaminated water to actually photograph the bottom of the reactor vessel, which is underwater, to see precislely the nature of this leak, whether its just a simple crack or a full blown melt-through of the reactor pressure vessel. If its just a crack, then it might be possible to drain the water and then weld the crack shut. But if it is a melt through, then it is much harder to seal up the hole. Either way, robots or suicide squads of workers will be necessary to seal up the leak. In  best case scenario, the situation continues on for months and years. At TMI, it took years before a camera was finally able go underwater to photograph the state of the core. There, the reactor vessel was not damaged. But at Fukushima, it is likely that the pressure vessel is cracked or partially melted through, which makes clean up much more difficult. Workers have a long, long way to go. For example, although electricity was been brought onto the site, a great disappointment is that the pumps cannot be turned on, because they are broken, or there is too much hydrogen gas, or it is too radioactive to make repairs. Until the pumps are turned on, workers have to use the Stone Age method of using fire men to shoot hose water into the reactor. (This is a problem if radiation levels continue to rise due to the failue to find the leak in the reactor.)

I get a headache just thinking of all the measures that have to be taken just to reach rock bottom and then begin clean up operators. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking. Let's hope there are no more secondary earthquakes, or pipe breaks, or full scale evacuations of workers, which could start up the nightmare all over again.

Lets hope no more fingernails crack.


Why is Japan dumping radioactive water into the ocean? (April 4, 2011)
(...) The problem now is that TEPCO does not have enough storage tank capacity at the site in which to store contaminated water. That is why the Japanese government Monday authorized Fukushima workers to release 10,000 tons of wastewater containing low-level radioactivity directly into the sea.Dumping this water should free up space for TEPCO to pump highly contaminated water out of reactor No. 2’s basement and tunnels, potentially putting an end to the leakage problem. “The fact that they’re encountering ... these large sources of contaminated water – and still are unable to say exactly where it’s coming from – is troubling,” said Edward Lyman, a senior scientist in the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, in a briefing for reporters late last week.Treating radioactive water – if contained – is easy enough, noted Dr. Lyman. Reprocessing plants could boil off pure water, concentrating the radioactivity into a denser waste solution. Filters can also remove some contaminants.
(...) The Japanese government said it is becoming increasingly concerned about the amount of radioactivity that has already leached into surrounding waters.Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says the disposal of the low-level waste is an emergency measure and that it will increase monitoring of water and sea life in the surrounding area to ensure levels of radioactive iodine do not spike too high.“Even if they say the contamination will be diluted in the ocean, the longer this continues, the more radioactive particles will be released and the greater the impact on the ocean,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano at a press conference. “We are strongly urging TEPCO that they have to take immediate action to deal with this.”

Fukushima Daiichi Radioactive Seawater Model, Spent Fuel Rods DID Explode Into Atmosphere (April 6th, 2011)
ASR Limited, a marine consulting and research firm has released a radioactive seawater model that seems to confirm that radiation will spread throughout the pacific ocean. Remember, US and Japanese officials have gone on the record with their belief that radiation in the Pacific will not hurt sea life. “On Monday, TEPCO began discharging 11,500 tons of contaminated water into the surrounding water – a serious development in the ongoing containment issues and release of radioactive material at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant,” wrote ASR Limited in an article released Tuesday.Meanwhile, a confidential document released by The New York Times has confirmed multiple aspects of this disaster that we reported from the beginning. “Perhaps the worse news is confirmation that radioactive fragments and particles, including the deadly Plutonium “MOX” fuel, has been shot high into the atmosphere during the hydrogen explosions,” wrote Alexander Higgins, a blogger and frequent Intel Hub Contributor. A quick rundown of the problems that are now admitted confirms what some in the alternative media have reported from the beginning. CLIP

A slow, agonizing death...
Ace Hoffman's Nuclear News Blog for April 5th, 2011
(...) There are radioactive "hot spots" all over the reactor site. And why are they dumping 350,000 barrels of radioactive water into the oceans when an empty tanker could have been brought nearby during the past few weeks, and the water could have been put there and held for decades or filtered of large particles and left long enough to let the fast-decaying products emit their deadly particles and rays, before releasing to the oceans? An old tanker wouldn't cost all that much! Of course, then they'd need another... and another... and another...
(...) We need to all pull together on this. Improving safety won't be good enough. Oh sure, it's a good idea. But it won't suffice. Shut-down might not even suffice, but it's much, much more likely to keep us all safe. The odds are currently approximately 100% that this will happen again and again. The arrogance of the pro-nuclear side right now, less than a month into this tragedy, proves it. It doesn't require an earthquake plus a tsunami plus poor design plus the arrogant indifference of key people on the ends of the phone lines. All those are just the triggers THIS time. Davis Besse almost melted down in 2002 without any of THOSE triggers, it was just an overlooked leak that went on for a surprisingly short amount of time, which almost cost America half of Ohio. (Maybe more. There is an incredible amount of spent fuel stored there, as at every reactor.) What it really takes for a meltdown is just public indifference. If the plant near you isn't shut down, then it will melt down sooner or later. Might it make it to the end of its license? NO! Because its license WILL BE EXTENDED. There is a 100% track record on license extensions so far. These plants won't be shut down by their operators. They won't be shut down by the regulators.If there is one "lesson to be learned" that we can all take away already, it's that the nuclear power plant operators will stop at NOTHING short of meltdown. Consider that dozens of exactly-similar nuclear reactors to the ones in Fukushima, in at least as dangerous and as populated areas, are still operating 24/7 all around the world, it's obvious that the next reactor to be shut down permanently will probably do so of its own accord, on its own schedule, whenever it pleases. Damned reactors.

GREENPEACE Measures EXTREME RADIATION 40KM From Fukushima - Why No Evacuation?
Maximum Annual Dose In Few Days!Regardless of what anyone thinks about GreenPeace and their stance on fraudulent man made warning, this video clearly shows that levels at least 40km from the plant are EXTREMELY high!People NEED to be evacuated from the area. The Japanese government is involved in a CRIMINAL cover up that possibly extends to the IAEA and various other governments who are openly lying about the situation. Check also...
Greenpeace radiation team pinpoints need to extend Fukushima evacuation zone
Need to protect pregnant women and children - Press release - March 27, 2011
Greenpeace radiation experts have confirmed radiation levels of up to ten micro Sieverts per hour (1) in Iitate village, 40km northwest of the crisis-stricken Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear plant, and 20km (2) beyond the official evacuation zone. These levels are high enough to require evacuation. “The Japanese authorities are fully aware (3) that high levels of radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have spread far beyond the official evacuation zone to places like Iitate, yet are still not taking action to properly protect people or keep them informed them about the risks to their health”, said Greenpeace radiation safety expert Jan van de Putte. “It is clearly not safe for people to remain in Iitate, especially children and pregnant women, when it could mean receiving the maximum allowed annual dose of radiation in only a few days. When further contamination from possible ingestion or inhalation of radioactive particles is factored in, the risks are even higher.” “The authorities must stop choosing politics over science and determine evacuation zones around the Fukushima nuclear plant that reflect the radiation levels being found in the environment. In addition to coming clean on the true dangers of the current nuclear crisis, the smartest move for Japan and governments around the world is heavily invest in energy efficiency, and redouble their efforts to harness safe and secure renewable energy sources.”

Japan Nuclear Radiation 4 Times Chernobyl Levels OUTSIDE Evacuation Zone (9 April 2011)
Independent scientists find radiation levels beyond Japan evacuation zone are 4 times higher than Chernobyl levels beyond the 30km evacuation zone and higher than official government reported numbers. The Japanese New Service Asashi reports that radiation levels measured by a collaboration of independent scientists from Kyoto University and Hiroshima university refute the official radiation levels released by the Government of Japan. Radiation levels 400 times normal are expected to remain in communities beyond the 30km evacuation zone. The scientists pointed out the official Government radiation levels included only two types of radioactive isotopes. Scientists from the university say they have detected 6 radioactive isotopes and have provided new estimates with showing higher levels of radiation being released based on the inclusion of the additional isotopes detected. CLIP

Fukushima beyond point of no return as radioactive core melts through containment vessel (March 30, 2011)
(NaturalNews) The battle to save the Fukushima nuclear power plant now appears lost as the radioactive core from Reactor No. 2 has melted through the containment vessel and dropped into the concrete basement of the reactor structure. This is "raising fears of a major release of radiation at the site," reports The Guardian, which broke the story. A former General Electric nuclear expert told The Guardian that Japan appears to have "lost the race" to save the reactor. The only feasible interpretation from this analysis is that radiation emissions from Fukushima could suddenly become much greater. It is also now obvious that the radioactive fallout from Fukushima will last for decades, if not centuries. Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan last night admitted the situation at Fukushima remains "unpredictable." Meanwhile, the presence of plutonium in soil samples is proof that the nuclear fuel rods have been compromised and are releasing material into the open atmosphere.

(...) So what happens now that the fuel core from Reactor No. 2 has burned its way through the containment vessel and dropped to the concrete floor? It follows the laws of physics, of course: The super-heated nuclear fuel reacts with the concrete material in the floor, producing highly radioactive gas which now runs the risk of escaping into the atmosphere if it gets through the outer containment wall.But that's precisely the problem, you see. The outer containment wall was partially destroyed by the original hydrogen gas explosion that rocked Reactors 2 and 3. So we may be looking at a situation right now where there is nothing in the way of a massive release of radioactive gas from Fukushima. It all has the makings of a ticking (dirty) time bomb.

(...) Although Fukushima doesn't look likely to suffer a large, one-time radiation explosion like Chernobyl, it's now clear that the Fukushima nuclear complex is going to emit radiation for a very, very long time. It now seems almost certain that Japan must bury the facility under millions of tons of concrete and sand. How do you bury Fukushima for good? The problem is that there's not even enough concrete in Japan to handle the job. To accomplish such a task, Japan would have to import not only thousands of pieces of industrial concrete-handling trucks and machinery; it would also have to import concrete materials by the ship-load. We're talking about millions of tons of concrete materials, shipped in by ocean, from all over the world. Has anybody done the math on how long that will take to coordinate? Just getting the materials shipped to Japan within 30 days would be a miracle. And you can't just plop down concrete and hope it sticks: You have to engineer the concrete effort so that it can resist future tsunamis and earthquakes. Normally, this would be at least a five-year project. Essentially, you have to build a whole new massive concrete containment structure on top of the existing nuclear complex. And remember: It was the corruption and cover-ups from the first such engineering project that helped cause this situation in the first place! That's why this situation in Fukushima looks a lot more like Fubar than Fukushima. Fubar, of course, is an endearing snippet from American slang which means "don't worry; the government is here to save you!"

The expanding "dead zone" around Fukushima Daiichi... (March 30, 2011)
Unit Two at Fukushima Daiichi is now presumed to be a molten pile on the concrete floor of its Reactor Containment Vessel. Radiation levels in water near the plant were measured at 1250 times normal a few days ago. Yesterday readings were 1,800 times normal levels. And today? 3,000 times normal levels. And things can still get much worse. For example, the containment vessel could explode from hydrogen gas released by any zirconium cladding that's left on the fuel pellets. Zirconium reacts with the concrete, according to Dr. Helen Caldicott.
(...) Any number of things can happen. None of them are good. If The Blob achieves criticality, it will produce even vastly greater quantities of fission products than have already been released. If it has any zirconium cladding on any of the fuel pellets that are left, they will burn / melt oxidize off. One more way The Blob could achieve criticality is, of course, if the spent fuel pool high above it were to collapse onto it, adding greatly to the total mass of uranium/plutonium. I'm not saying it's inevitable or anything but it seems possible to this writer, gravity being what it is. And, all the steel holding the uranium has undoubtedly already burned away or melted, vaporized, oxidized, or perhaps merely been washed away. But much of the uranium and the plutonium -- much denser -- has probably remained. Everything that was used to keep it apart and only come together a little bit -- the fuel assemblies, the zirconium cladding -- it's all gone. So if/when criticality is achieved again, it could be very violent. Meanwhile, radioactive liquids and gases continue to pour out. CLIP

Town near nuclear plant rejects Japanese utility's 'token' offer (April 6, 2011)
Tokyo (CNN) -- Acknowledging the toll the unrelenting nuclear crisis has had on people's lives and livelihoods, the owner of Japan's stricken nuclear plant has offered money to some of those in the radiation's reach -- an offer that one city decided to refuse. An official with Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, said Tuesday that the utility made a "token" offer to residents in 10 communities near the plant. (...) The company called the initial offer "payment for their troubles," and would not detail how much money is being offered to each community. But Kousei Negishi, who is the manager of general affairs for Namie, said that it was 20 million yen -- about $12 for each of Namie's roughly 20,000 residents. That amount of cash, said Negishi, is "not enough." And it is logistically difficult to force local governments to distribute the money, which he said should be Tokyo Electric's responsibility.
(...) One week ago, a report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch estimated Tokyo Electric will face compensation claims of 1 trillion Japanese yen (about $12.13 billion) if the recovery effort takes two months, the financial company's Tokyo spokesman Takayuki Inoue told CNN. That figure would rise to 2.4 trillion to 3 trillion yen if the process takes six months, and up to 10 trillion yen if the recovery takes two years, according to the report. Most likely, tens of thousands of people will have a legitimate claim to this cash. They'll include those who haven't been able to work, who have been forced out of their homes or who otherwise have had their lives turned upside down in the problem-plagued, complicated struggle to contain the emission of radiation into the air, ground and water from the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The government ordered about 78,000 people who lived within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the plant to evacuate, due to high air and ground radiation readings in those locales. Another 62,000 lived within 20 to 30 kilometers (12 to 19 miles) -- the so-called exclusion zone, where people have been told to stay indoors -- an official from Kan's office said. Namie is located just outside this 30-kilometer radius. Thousands of others have been affected by the crisis. They include fishermen, who have been told not to go within 20 kilometers of the plant and are facing consumers skeptical about the safety of local seafood, especially after authorities announced plans to dump 11,500 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. Farmers, too, have been hit hard by restrictions on the sale and distribution of certain crops because of radiation readings exceeding government limits. Tokyo Electric itself has suffered as well. The company has admitted it's been inundated by 40,000 public complaints daily coming into its offices, its stock has plummeted and its faced several protests, including one Sunday in downtown Tokyo that drew about 250 people. Last week, Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata acknowledged the financial difficulties and reports that Japan's government is considering nationalizing the company."(But) we want to make every effort to stay a private company," he said. CLIP

Fishing Halted in Japan’s Ibaraki After Radioactive Water Contaminates Sea (April 6, 2011)
Fishermen in Ibaraki prefecture, Japan’s fifth-largest seafood producer, halted operations after tainted fish were detected south of Fukushima where radioactive water from a stricken nuclear plant contaminated the sea. About 96 percent of fishing off the coast of Ibaraki was suspended after sand lance contaminated with higher-than- acceptable levels of cesium were discovered yesterday, said Tomoki Mashiko, assistant director at the fishing policy division of the prefectural government. Fishermen from Ibaraki’s southern port of Hasaki weren’t allowed to ship their products to a market in neighboring Chiba prefecture, he said. Sushi restaurants and hotels, including Shangri-La Asia’s luxury chain, dropped Japanese seafood from their menus because of radiation fears. A fishing industry group in Fukushima yesterday asked Tokyo Electric Power Co. to stop releasing radioactive water into the sea. Japan exported 565,295 metric tons of fish and other marine products worth 195 billion yen ($2.3 billion) last year. CLIP

Japan nuclear crisis: Fukushima radiation leak stopped (6 April 2011)
An accidental leak of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean from Japan's damaged nuclear plant has been fixed. -- Workers used chemical agent injections to solidify the soil near the cracked pit from where the radioactive water has been leaking at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan. The leak has resulted in soaring levels of radiation contamination in sea samples from the surrounding Pacific Ocean, with reports of more than 7.5 million times the legal limit of radioactivity at its peak.Fixing the leak is likely to be a major relief for Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operators of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan, who have been battling around the clock to contain the growing nuclear crisis. The injection of 400 gallons of the chemical agent sodium silicate was the latest in a string of increasingly desperate measures taken to stem the leak of radioactive water. Sawdust, newspapers and concrete had earlier been used by workers without success in an attempt to stop the highly contaminated water from leaking into the Pacific Ocean. However, the situation at the nuclear power plant is far from fixed: investigations continue into the source of further leaks, with pools of contaminated water continue to gather inside the complex. Four reactors at the six-unit power plant were severely damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, with workers also working tirelessly in increasingly challenging conditions to restore crucial cooling systems and regain control. CLIP

Full meltdown in full swing? Japan maximum nuclear alert (30 March 2011)
In Japan, radiation levels in the seawater near the Fukushima plant continue to rise. They're now more than 3.5 thousand times higher than normal. Radioactive material has also been detected in soil at the facility. Japan's government described the situation as serious and unpredictable. Workers have been unsuccessfully trying to restore the plant's cooling system, in what is now the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl. There's been some debate over whether there are any similarities between the two events. RT talks to Professor Christopher Busby, of the European Committee on Radiation Risks. Dr. Chris Busby says that at least one reactor melted down from the beginning, which agrees with what Leuren Moret says, that any reactor goes into meltdown after only 90 minutes without water. He states categorically that this is WORSE than Chernobyl by a long shot, in part because of the the massive population in the vicinity who have ALREADY BEEN EXPOSED. More is coming, as plutonium leaks out and the sea is contaminated. Dr. Chris Busby's findings... 417,000 cancers forecast for Fukushima 200 km contamination zone by 2061 as shown at http://www.llrc.org/

Discovery of Plutonium Leakage and Highly Radioactive Water (March 29, 2011)
Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer of Fairewinds Associates, discusses the recent finding of plutonium in the soil at five locations around the Daiichi power plant. He also addresses the discovery of highly radioactive water found in trenches which appear to be draining into the ocean.

Newly released TEPCO data provides evidence of periodic chain reaction at Fukushima Unit 1 (APRIL 3, 2011)
Alaso by Arnie Gundersen - New data released by TEPCO indicates that even though Fukushima Unit 1 was shut down during the March 11 earthquake, it appears to have "gone critical" again without human intervention. The detection by TEPCO of short-lived radioactive isotopes substantiates the existence of this inadvertent criticality.

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Hi-Res Photos

Fukushima Is Horrifically Worse Than You Have Been Told (April 4, 2011)
(...) Here's how bad it really is. There are up to 1,000 dead bodies in the countryside around the Fukushima nuclear reactors that can't be collected, because the corpses are too radioactive. The caesium fallout levels now rival the levels recorded when the Soviet nuclear reactor at Chernobyl exploded in 1986. As of this past week, three of the reactors at Fukushima are in a state of melt down, and if they can't be stopped, the radioactive result may be “permanent dead zones” in Japan. It may take many years, perhaps as much as 50 to 100 years, to bring the reactor cores back under control. The Japanese government is bringing in the world's largest concrete pump from the USA, to spray water on the melting-down nuclear reactors. Even the Japanese Prime Minister admits that the Japanese government is in a state of “maximum alert.” As well he might, given reports that, “Various embassies in Japan are passing out potassium iodide tablets... “ to their citizens . That suggests that the embassies know that harmful radiation is spreading more widely from the reactors. CLIP

Discussion of High Level Radiation Releases and the Previous "Worse Case Scenario" Planned for by The Industry (March 31, 2011)
Gundersen describes the Fukushima plant as stable, but precarious. In this update, he discusses the high levels of radiation (2 Million disintegrations/second being found on the ground as far as 25 miles from the plant site.) He also addresses a New York Times report of hundreds of tons of water being put into the reactors each day. Gundersen points out that all of the water going in to the reactors is being irradiated, leaking out, and polluting the Ocean. He concludes by discussing the differences between the accident scenarios that the nuclear industry previously planned for and what has actually happened.

Nuclear Free Planet - Many videos with those who fight the nuclear hydra
Nuclear Power, Weaponry and Waste that spread radioactivity devastating for billions of years, combined with the corporate-driven global permanent war economy, threatens the survival not only of our species, but of the entire biosphere and the planet itself. We depict those working to stop and contain the ongoing nuclear threat from weapons and waste."

FUKUSHIMA FALLOUT - Lessons from Chernobyl
Dr. Dave DeSante is the founder of the Institute for Bird Population in Point Reyes, California. After the radioactive cloud from Chernobyl passed over the U.S. West Coast in the spring of 1986 his research uncovered a severe die-off of young birds. Later, researchers Gould and Goldman duplicated his results with human mortality data from both the U..S. and Germany. The young, the old, and those with weak immune systems were the main casualties - an estimated over forty thousand in all.

(...) The human costs of the Chernobyl accident are still disputed, but are horrific by any estimate. Even the most conservative figures suggest that 4,000 people died prematurely from radiation, in addition to the dozens who died in the immediate aftermath. Other studies put the figure in the hundreds of thousands. There are incidences of genetic mutations, children born lacking organs, and dramatically elevated thyroid cancer levels in local children, who drank milk contaminated with radioactive iodine in the years after the accident. "About 600,000 people were involved in mitigating the consequences of the accident," said Vladimir Holosha, the Ukrainian government official in charge of the exclusion zone the size of Luxembourg, a radius of 30km (19 miles). "About 300,000 of them were Ukrainians. Out of those, 100,000 are disabled now."Inhabitation is banned inside the exclusion zone around the plant. The land has become a ghost country, save 200 pensioners who have defied the ban and returned to their homes, and the few thousand employees at the plant, who are moved in and out by bus.Villages lie abandoned; the roads are lined with decaying gingerbread bungalows, embraced by the wild, snaking branches of trees that have grown out of control, their pathways hidden under metre-high grass. They have no future. Mr Gramotkin said it would be 20,000 years before vegetables in the area would be safe to eat. Perhaps even more chilling than the site of the destroyed reactor is the town of Pripyat, a few kilometres away, Already, morbidly curious tourists can organise day-trips here, and the Ukrainian government has said certain routes inside the exclusion zone may be opened up to larger-scale tourism. Along the main thoroughfare, called Lenin Avenue of course, abandoned high-rise Khrushchev-era apartment blocks stand decaying.Some of them are topped with Soviet slogans meant to inspire: "Glory to the Workers!" says one or, at least, that is what it said before several letters fell off. There is nothing there. Everything of value was pilfered long ago by looters who defied radiation warnings and army checkpoints. But echoes of the life that once abounded here are everywhere. The evacuation was so sudden – and people were so sure that they would return – that Pripyat has become a Soviet Pompeii. Textbooks filled with squiggly writing litter the floors of school classrooms; a charred abacus lies among shards of glass in what 25 years ago was a grocery shop. CLIP

'Suicide squads' paid huge sums amid fresh fears for nuclear site (30 March 2011)
The radioactive core in one reactor at Fukushima's beleaguered nuclear power plant appeared to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel, an expert warned yesterday, sparking fears that workers would not be able to save the reactor and that radioactive gases could soon be released into the atmosphere.Richard Lahey, who was a head of reactor safety research at General Electric when the company installed the units at Fukushima, said the workers, who have been pumping water into the three reactors in an attempt to keep the fuel rods from melting, had effectively lost their battle. "The core has melted through the bottom of the pressure vessel in unit two, and at least some of it is down on the floor of the drywell," he said. The damning analysis came as it emerged that workers at Japan's stricken nuclear plant are reportedly being offered huge sums to brave high radiation in an attempt to bring its overheated reactors under control. The plant's operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, is hoping to stop a spreading contamination crisis which could see another 130,000 people forced to leave their homes. CLIP

Japan radiation detected in at least 15 states and in milk samples in Washington state (March 30, 2011)
(NaturalNews) Radioactive isotopes unique to the Fukushima disaster are now being detected in at least 15 US states, according to recent reports from CNN. And the Associated Press (AP) has issued a report claiming that milk samples taken in Washington state have tested positive for low levels of the same radioactive component, Iodine-131, raising concerns about the true widespread effects of the Fukushima nuclear fallout. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and various state and local authorities continue to repeat the same empty reassurances that all detected levels of radiation -- whether they be in air, water, or food -- are far below levels of concern, and that people do not need to worry or do anything in response. But is this sound advice? Earlier in the week, several nuclear facilities in North and South Carolina, as well as in Florida, reportedly detected low levels of Iodine-131 in the air. That same radiation has also been detected across the West Coast, as well as in northeastern states like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, which clearly indicates that Fukushima radiation has made its way throughout the US, at least in very low levels.
(...) Based on Japanese guidelines for radiation safety, Iodine-131 is the least of our worries. Cesium, uranium, and plutonium all have much lower maximum "concern" thresholds, with plutonium being the most serious. A Bloomberg report explains that just one Bq/kg of plutonium is enough to cause major concern if found in water or milk. Are authorities testing for plutonium and the other serious radioactive particles that we know have escaped from the Fukushima plant? The mainstream media has mostly abandoned the Fukushima incident in favor of the newly-instigated war in Libya. And yet reports are still continuing to trickle in -- though mostly without much fanfare -- concerning Japan radiation popping up across the US in air, water, and now food. But all the while, the EPA and others repeatedly dismiss the situation as being no big deal, despite the fact that conditions at Fukushima have basically reached a frightening dead end. CLIP

A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 - by Isao Hashimoto
Lest we forget this is NOT the first time humanity is exposed to widespread nuclear bombs fall out... (Not to mention Chernobyl!) and we survived, albeit with an ever increasing cancer rate...
Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea's two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto (website), who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing"the fear and folly of nuclear weapons." It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming. Check also TSAR BOMB RUSSIAN BIGGEST NUCLEAR WEAPON 57,000,000 TONS

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MOX Fuel - Insanity
As most people who are following the news, stories, interviews, videos in all the media formats related to the meltdown of Reactor No. 3 at the Fukushima Planet in Japan know - this reactor is the one that was using the MOX fuel. So I began to want to know what is Mox fuel and more about it. And started coming up with more and more questions related MOX fuel as I started my journey. I guess you can say I was standing at the edge of the MOX fuel rabbit hole and decided to take the plunge and begin the slow decent downwards and outwards. I have not gotten far, but as usual at the edge of one of these rabbit holes, I often wish I didn't want some answers, some truth, some realization of what is going on, what it is all about, or be as curious as I am.
(...) Q: What is MOX fuel? Mixed oxide fuel, commonly referred to as MOX fuel, is nuclear fuel that contains more than one oxide of fissile material. MOX fuel contains plutonium blended with natural uranium, reprocessed uranium, or depleted uranium. MOX fuel is an alternative to the low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel used in the light water reactors that predominate nuclear power generation. For example, a mixture of 7% plutonium and 93% uranium reacts similarly, although not identically, to LEU fuel. One attraction of MOX fuel is that it is a way of utilizing surplus weapons-grade plutonium, which would otherwise be stored as nuclear waste and might be stolen to make nuclear weapons. On the other hand, some fear that normalising the global commercial use of MOX fuel and the associated expansion of nuclear reprocessing will increase, rather than reduce, the risk of nuclear proliferation.
(...) Q: How deadly is this plutonium? "...a millionth of a gram of plutonium, if ingested, causes cancer." Video of interview with Dr. Michio Kaku... (MUST WATCH! - really frightening...)
(...) In 1999, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) signed a contract with a consortium, now called Shaw AREVA MOX Services, LLC to design, build, and operate a Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility. This facility will be a major component in the United States’ program to dispose of surplus weapon-grade plutonium. The facility will take surplus weapon-grade plutonium, remove impurities, and mix it with uranium oxide to form MOX fuel pellets for reactor fuel assemblies. These assemblies will be irradiated in commercial nuclear power reactors.The design of the facility is based on AREVA’s MELOX and La Hague MOX facilities in France. The French have used MOX technology for almost two decades and currently supply MOX fuel to over 30 reactors worldwide. The facility will be built at the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken, South Carolina. It will be located in F Area in the center of the 310 mi2 NNSA reservation.
(...) "Our understanding is, they are preparing to go to next phase and it will require a lot of concrete," Ashmore said, noting that the 70-meter pump can move 210 cubic yards of concrete per hour. Putzmeister equipment was also used in the 1980s, when massive amounts of concrete were used to entomb the melted core of the reactor at Chernobyl. In addition to the equipment now at Fukushima and the two 70-meter pumps being moved from the U.S., a contractor in Vietnam has given up a 58-meter pump so it can be diverted to Japan, and two 62-meter pumps in Germany were loaded on Wednesday for transport to Tokyo. Ashmore said officials have already notified Shaw AREVA MOX Services, which is building the MOX plant for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, that the pump was being moved and will not be returned because it will become contaminated by radiation. "It will be too hot to come back," Ashmore said. The MOX complex, scheduled to open in 2016, is designed to dispose of 32 metric tons of plutonium from dismantled nuclear bombs by blending small amounts of the material with uranium to make nuclear fuel for commercial power reactors. Its design calls for 170,000 cubic yards of concrete strengthened with 35,000 tons of reinforcing steel bars. CLIP

Little-known U.S. Fault Lines Cause For Seismic Concern About Potential Earthquakes
Quake in the Midwest Would Have Catastrophic Consequences -- Bob Nations, Jr., the Director of Shelby County Office of Preparedness, says that since the lack of preparation exposed by Hurricane Katrina, he is "preparing for the catastrophic event" in his six-county jurisdiction.Nations admitted that after a major quake, Tennessee's infrastructure and response capabilities "would get overwhelmed fairly quickly."There are 15 nuclear power plants in the New Madrid fault zone -- three reactors in Alabama -- that are of the same or similar design as the site in Japan experiencing problems. The USGS report predicts that a major quake would create horrific scenes like something out of a science fiction movie, potentially cutting the Eastern part of the country off from the West in terms of vehicular traffic and road commerce. "The older highways and railroad bridges that cross the Mississippi River, as well as older overpasses, would likely be damaged or collapse in the event of a major New Madrid earthquake," according to USGS.In September, FEMA's associate administrator for Response and Recovery, William Carwile, told a Senate panel that FEMA has five regional groups planning for possible earthquake responses, but a major quake along the New Madrid fault line could displace 7.2 million people and knock out 15 bridges. The response would require 42,000 first responders from local firefighters to the Pentagon.Another study by the Mid-America Earthquake Center last year estimates that nearly 750,000 buildings would be damaged, 3,000 bridges would potentially collapse, 400,000 breaks and leaks to local pipelines and $300 billion in direct damage and $600 billion in indirect losses would occur. CLIP

Obama Scrapped Program that Would’ve Provided Early Warning for Earthquakes (April 5, 2011)
According to a March 28, 2011 article in the Executive Intelligence Review, a senior U.S. intelligence official stated that the decision by President Obama to cancel the DESDynI-LIDAR and RADAR satellites was made by the president’s top science advisor, Dr. John P. Holdren. This is contrary to the way that it was originally described by the administration as being cut by the Office of Management and Budget. DESDynI-LIDAR is an early warning system that would have tracked earthquake and volcanic activity from space.
(...) The unnamed intelligence official also stated that, despite growing evidence that the Pacific Coast of the United States is facing major seismic eruptions during the next several years, there is no mobilization of resources and no preparedness. He said that the response is bureaucratic and gradual and that there is certainly not a mobilization, even in California, where there is a higher level of preparedness for seismic activity than anywhere else in the United States. Many scientists have gone on record as saying that there is a higher probability of seismic activity during a solar maximum than during a solar minimum. The solar maximum is the period of greatest solar activity in the 11 year cycle of the sun. That means increased sunspots, solar flares/storms or coronal mass ejections that directly affect the earth’s electro-magnetic field. On March 9, 2011, just two days before the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, an X class solar flare/storm was detected heading directly for earth. An X class solar storm is the most powerful type of flare on the scale that measures solar storms. Solar storms generally take two to three days before they hit earth. Logic dictates that there is a correlation between solar flares and seismic activity. Combine that solar phenomenon along with the lunar perigee-syzygy or ‘supermoon’ of mid-March and no wonder there were news reports mentioning the possibility of earthquakes two weeks before the devastating event happened in Japan. By making the decision to scrap one of the most advanced early-warning systems that detects earthquakes and cutting almost all of the first responder and evacuation programs of the Pacific coast states, Obama and his science board are acting criminally negligent by willfully putting Americans lives at risk. CLIP

Radiation Found In San Francisco, CA Tap Water — Rainwater Radiation 18,100% Above Drinking Water Limit (April 1, 2011)
Despite countless reassurances that no harmful levels of radiation from the Japan nuclear fallout would hit the US from the EPA, the University of Berkeley in California is now reporting that rainwater in San Francisco water has now been detected at levels 18,100% above federal drinking water standards. Again, with just about all other news of the radiation hitting the US, the news is once again reported to the public over a week after it was first detected. CLIP

Fukushima: Mark 1 Nuclear Reactor Design Caused GE Scientist To Quit In Protest (March 15, 2011)
Thirty-five years ago, Dale G. Bridenbaugh and two of his colleagues at General Electric resigned from their jobs after becoming increasingly convinced that the nuclear reactor design they were reviewing -- the Mark 1 -- was so flawed it could lead to a devastating accident. Questions persisted for decades about the ability of the Mark 1 to handle the immense pressures that would result if the reactor lost cooling power, and today that design is being put to the ultimate test in Japan. Five of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which has been wracked since Friday's earthquake with explosions and radiation leaks, are Mark 1s."The problems we identified in 1975 were that, in doing the design of the containment, they did not take into account the dynamic loads that could be experienced with a loss of coolant," Bridenbaugh told ABC News in an interview. "The impact loads the containment would receive by this very rapid release of energy could tear the containment apart and create an uncontrolled release." CLIP

Japan, in wake of nuclear crisis, orders summer energy cutbacks (April 9, 2011)
TOKYO – The Japanese government ordered businesses and residents last week to cut their energy use by up to 25 percent this summer to avoid power outages following the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a decision lawmakers acknowledged could have economic ramification. Since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the Daiichi facility, large swaths of Japan’s main island, including Tokyo, have endured rolling blackouts as the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) rations electricity. Government leaders say they would like to end the blackouts but remain concerned about overtaxing the electrical grid during the summer months, when energy consumption spikes because of air-conditioning usage. Under the government’s plan, large businesses would be required to reduce consumption by 25 percent or face financial penalties, said Renho, a member of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) who goes by one name. Lawmakers will ask smaller businesses to cut back voluntarily by 20 percent and residential households by 15 percent, she added.
(...) The emergency has even called into question Japan’s ability to achieve its international pledge to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said. Renho, the DPJ lawmaker, argued that Japan’s industrial sector could use this situation to take the lead in producing revolutionary green-energy technology. She pulled out a brochure from a company that produces a special white exterior paint that uses sunlight to help make buildings more energy-efficient. “Companies must change the way they work, using less energy while creating something of equal quality,” she said. “Our government stance is to support that, and it’s a challenge worth taking on.

Signez la pétition pour fermer Gentilly-2 - Date limite: 30 juin 2011- Très peu de gens l'ont signé jusqu'ici!!
Nous vous invitons à signer la pétition sur le site de l'Assemblée nationale qui exige la fermeture de la centrale nucléaire de Gentilly-2. Pas de Fukushima ou de Tchernobyl au Québec! Merci! Texte de la pétition:
Considérant que la centrale nucléaire Gentilly-2 arrive à la fin de sa vie utile et qu’Hydro-Québec a décidé de procéder à la réfection complète de cette centrale à des coûts avoisinant les 2 milliards de dollars; Considérant que l’exploitation de l’énergie nucléaire constitue un danger permanent pour la santé humaine et l’environnement comme nous le rappelle la récente catastrophe de Fukushima au Japon; Considérant enfin que le Québec se trouve actuellement en surplus de production d'électricité et que les besoins énergétiques du futur pourraient être comblés autrement que par le nucléaire; Nous, Québécoises et Québécois, demandons au gouvernement du Québec qu’il renonce au projet de réfection de Gentilly-2 et qu’il procède immédiatement à la fermeture définitive et à l’élimination des déchets radioactifs de cette centrale nucléaire. Signez maintenant! Merci! Suivez les dernières nouvelles de Fukushima. - Voir aussi Une coalition sans précédent demande la fermeture de Gentilly II ET Nucléaire: le courage lucide de madame Marois EXTRAIT: « En fait, parler de « réfection » du réacteur nucléaire Gentilly-2 est une mauvaise utilisation du terme, car il ne s’agit pas d’une réparation majeure, mais bien de la construction d’un nouveau réacteur (appelé CANDU-6), et qu’on devrait désormais appeler Gentilly-3. La seule raison pour laquelle l’industrie nucléaire parle de « réfection » c’est pour éviter une consultation publique sur le réacteur CANDU-6 qui est aussi controversé que les précédents. Parler de « réfection », c’est comme dire que vous allez « réparer » votre vielle voiture en changeant le moteur, la carrosserie, les roues, le châssis, les sièges, le volant, les freins, etc. au prix d’une nouvelle voiture!Donc, bravo à Pauline Marois et au PQ pour leur position sur Gentilly-3! » ET 1,8 milliard de $ pour Gentilly-2 ou pour de l'éolien? ET Les voix s’élèvent à travers le monde pour dire non au nucléaire EXTRAIT: « Les échos de la crise de Fukushima se font entendre partout dans le monde, à mesure que les plans de construction de nouvelles centrales nucléaires sont mis au défi. La sûreté des centrales en opération est questionnée. Selon les projections, le coût de la production nucléaire va augmenter, et le marché de l’uranium s’est effondré. Voici un bref aperçu de ce qui est en train de se passer alors que l’incertitude sur le sort des réacteurs de Fukushima ennuage le futur du nucléaire. »

Fukushima, Tchernobyl : « L'OMS répète les chiffres de l'AIEA » (06/04/2011)
Un ancien de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé dénonce des liens malsains avec l'Agence internationale de l'énergie atomique.

The Lesson From Japan For PM Investors (04/01/2011) - A monetary storm is following the winds that are bringing radiation to the west
(...) And the warning is this: We saw how supply dried up and premiums skyrocketed during the market meltdown of 2008. Europe saw the same result when Greece imploded. We’re now seeing it happen in Asia due to Japan’s woes. We keep seeing this picture repeat. While no one wants to bet on calamity, is the U.S. really immune from trouble? Are you? Even if no natural disaster strikes North America, there’s a certain hazard that’s inescapable at this point. The abuse being heaped upon the U.S. dollar has not fully played out. Sooner or later the decline of the mighty greenback will affect almost every area of your life. In fact, what does your day involve that doesn’t require money? Eating, showering, driving, working, shopping, entertainment – all of these will be grossly impacted by the demise of the currency unit used in this country. The monetary base continues to explode. With no fanfare, it set another new record last week – $2.35 trillion. It’s up 18.7% just since New Year's eve, and 39.2% since December 2008. These actions will have consequences. They will lead to a monetary earthquake. Your heart went out to the people of Japan when you saw the pictures of the devastation from the earthquake. Will you be ready when the currency earthquake hits here? One of these days it’ll strike, and then it will be too late to buy. I hope you have sufficient asset protection to withstand the monetary storm that’s building off our coast.

(...) The Japanese government is the world’s largest debtor. It had a $6.3 trillion debt in December 2005, compared to $4 trillion in the United States. In November 2009, government debt reached ¥864 trillion (about $9.5 trillion). It reached a record ¥838 trillion at the beginning of 2008. By some calculations the debt continues to rise by about $100,000 every minute. (...)  Foreign reserves hit $1.07 trillion in November 2009, rising from around $200 billion in 1996. Foreign reserves reached $1.02 trillion in March 2008, the first time they topped $1 trillion. Currently Japan holds the world’s second largest foreign reserves after China. (...) Japan holds more foreign assets than any other country. It held about $6 trillion in foreign assets in 2007, the most of any country for the 17th straight year. Japanese possesses so many foreign assets in part because yields on investments and assets in Japan are so low. CLIP

When This Happens, Most Nuclear Power Plants in the World Could Melt Down (April 9, 2011)
Are All Nuclear Power Plants Vulnerable? Much of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex has experienced difficulties because the earthquake knocked out the main power, and then the tsunami destroyed the backup diesel generators. Of course, many other reactors are built in seismically active areas. But that’s not my point. Nasa scientists are predicting that a solar storm will knock out most of the electrical power grid in many countries worldwide, perhaps for months. See this, this, this, this and this. Indeed, the Earth’s magnetic field protects us from the sun’s most violent radiation, and yet the magnetic field fluctuates over time. As the Telegraph reported in 2008: Large hole in magnetic field that protects Earth from sun’s rays … Recent satellite observations have revealed the largest breach yet seen in the magnetic field that protects Earth from most of the sun’s violent blasts. I’m not predicting some 2012 Mayan catastrophe. I am simply warning that a large solar storm – as Nasa is predicting – could knock out power throughout much of the world, especially if the earth’s magnetic field happens to be weak at the time. What would happen to nuclear power plants world wide if their power – and most of the surrounding modern infrastructure – is knocked out?Nuclear power companies are notoriously cheap in trying to cut costs. If they are failing to harden their electrical components to protect against the predicted solar storm, they are asking for trouble … perhaps on a scale that dwarfs Fukushima. Because while Fukushima is the first nuclear accident to involve multiple reactors within the same complex, a large solar storm could cause accidents at multiple complexes in numerous countries. If the nuclear power companies and governments continue to cut costs and take large gambles, the next nuclear accident could make Fukushima look tame. I’m not saying this will happen in 2012, or 2013 (although Nasa appears to be hinting at this). But a large solar storm which knocks out electrical grids over wide portions of the planet will happen at some point in the future. Don’t pretend it is unforeseeable. The nuclear power industry is on notice that it must spend the relatively small amounts of money necessary to prevent a widespread meltdown from the loss of power due to a solar storm. Note: Future generations of nuclear reactors will presumably run at lower temperatures and will store spent rods in a safer manner. But most current reactors are of a similarly outdated design as the Fukushima reactors, where the cooling systems require electricity to operate, and huge amounts of spent radioactive fuel are housed on-site, requiring continuous cooling to prevent radioactive release.

Recommended by Kaia Nightingale (light@kaia.ca) who wrote: "This is an excellent piece of research on alternative ways of clearing out radiation if you’ve been exposed (even mildly). Skip the early part if you don’t want to read the gory details about what radiation will do. I’m surprised how much we can do – if you have the right seaweeds, clays etc. Also to say that I read somewhere that those who survived Hiroshima were the more calm, and the ones who ate macrobiotic diet with no sugar."



Ouattara urges peace after Ivory Coast rival held (APRIL 11, 2011)
ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast's internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara called for peace after his rival was arrested with the help of French forces, but he faces a huge task reuniting a country shattered by civil war.Ouattara, who won a November presidential election according to UN-certified results, can finally begin asserting his authority over the West African country after Laurent Gbagbo was captured on Monday — ending more than four months of stand-off that descended into all-out conflict.Gbagbo, who had refused to step down after 10 years in power, was arrested after French forces in the former colony closed in on the bunker where he had been holed up for the past week, and placed under the control of Ouattara's forces.That leaves Ouattara as the sole leader in charge of the country, although many analysts say it may not be enough to end the fighting that has bloodied the world's top cocoa grower over the past few weeks."I call on my fellow countrymen to abstain from all forms of reprisal and violence," Ouattara said in a speech on his TCI television late on Monday, calling for "a new era of hope.""Our country has turned a painful page in its history," he said, urging marauding youth militias to lay down their weapons and promising to restore security to the battered nation.Ethnic violence has festered during Ouattara's lengthy tug-of-war with Gbagbo, particularly in the west of the country, with hundreds of people killed as both sides to the conflict committed atrocities against civilians, aid groups say.Ouattara said Gbagbo, his wife and aides who have been detained will face justice. But he also promised a South African-styled Truth and Reconciliation Commission to shed light on all crimes and human rights abuses. CLIP - More related news HERE

Rebels in Libya Reject African Peace Plan as Defector Urges Talks (April 12, 2011)
BENGHAZI, Libya — Rebel leaders here rejected a plan presented Monday by the African Union for a cease-fire and an end to the eight-week-old conflict in Libya, saying it did not meet their basic demand that Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, his sons and his inner circle leave immediately.The rebels also faulted the proposal for calling for reform within the current Libyan political system. The rebuttal coincided with an unusual intervention in the crisis from London, where Moussa Koussa, a senior former intelligence chief and foreign minister, who defected to Britain almost two weeks ago, issued his first statement since leaving his country, urging all-party negotiations to prevent his country from becoming a “new Somalia.” (...) His words, however, seemed to echo a call by the African Union, accepted by Colonel Qaddafi, for a cease-fire and a political settlement between the adversaries in the country’s conflict. “I ask everybody to avoid taking Libya into a civil war. This would lead to so much blood and Libya would be a new Somalia,” Mr. Koussa said in a translation from Arabic provided by the BBC. (...) But, in Benghazi, the rebels seeking Colonel Qaddafi’s ouster insisted that the Libyan leader could not play a role in the country’s future or in negotiating a settlement.“We will not negotiate with the blood of our martyrs,” said the rebel national council chairman, Mustafa Abdul Jalil. “We will die with them or be victorious.”The visit by the African Union negotiators came hours after the delegation had left meetings in Tripoli with Colonel Qaddafi, who said he accepted what they called a “roadmap” for a political settlement involving a cease-fire and the suspension of NATO airstrikes.But as the delegates arrived in Benghazi, they faced a chilly reception, as hundreds of protesters implored the rebel leadership not to accept anything less than the departure of Colonel Qaddafi and his family. CLIP

Syrian Protests Are Said to Be Largest and Bloodiest to Date (April 8, 2011)
CAIRO — Dozens of communities across Syria erupted in protest on Friday in what activists said were by far the largest and bloodiest demonstrations against the iron rule of President Bashar al-Assad. While the number of protesters, said by some opposition activists to be in the hundreds of thousands, could not be independently confirmed, the size of the protests and their level of coordination suggest that Syria’s fragmented opposition movement is reaching new levels of coherence and organization. The deadliest clashes were in the southern city of Dara’a, where security forces opened fire on demonstrators, witnesses said. A Syrian human rights activist said 21 deaths had been confirmed, but that figure was likely to rise. The government, meanwhile, said its security forces had been fired on by armed groups in Dara’a. The Interior Ministry said 19 police officers and members of security forces were killed, in addition to several civilians, the government news agency, Sana, reported. It was the first time the government had made a substantial claim of deaths.The numbers reported by either side were difficult to verify. Foreign news media have not been permitted to travel outside Damascus, the capital, and state security forces have cordoned off the towns and suburbs where the largest protests took place. There were also protests on Friday in Damascus, in a suburb where at least 15 protesters were killed by security forces last Friday, and in Kurdish towns in the east.In Washington, President Obama condemned what he called “the abhorrent violence committed against peaceful protesters by the Syrian government today and over the past few weeks.” He also condemned “any use of violence by protesters.”Ausama Monajed, a London-based political activist who is in frequent touch with protesters in Dara’a and other cities, said that the protest movement had gained enormous momentum and confidence over the past week. Though Syria lacks a natural mass gathering point like Tahrir Square in Egypt, he said, he estimated that across Syria, total numbers of protesters might add up to hundreds of thousands.He called the attack on protesters in Dara’a “a massacre.” He feared that the government might be trying to make an example of Dara’a, where the protests began three weeks ago after a group of teenagers was arrested for writing antigovernment graffiti, as it did with Hama in 1982.“What happened is that after Friday Prayers, the marchers started to chant, ‘Freedom! Freedom!’ and security forces opened fire”, Mr. Monajed said in a phone interview. “When the protesters tried to collect the dead and wounded, the security forces opened fire again.” There were reports that security forces had closed the hospitals, possibly to forestall further protests at funerals on Saturday, Mr. Monajed said. According to Islamic custom, the dead are buried as soon as possible, and the funerals of protesters in recent weeks have turned into political demonstrations. Ammar Abdulhamid, a Syrian dissident who lives in Maryland and has helped organize the protests, said that according to his contacts in Dara’a, 100 may have been killed there and as many as 500 wounded. Though Syria’s protest movement is far more decentralized than it has been in Egypt and Bahrain, Mr. Abdulhamid said, its strength is growing. “Each community has its own uprising,” he said. “Every week the regime is being forced closer to its endgame.” CLIP

Fresh violence breaks out in Syria (April 9, 2011)
CAIRO — Syria’s government threatened Saturday to take firmer measures to rein in protests challenging President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, even as new clashes broke out during funeral services for some of those killed in demonstrations Friday. Human rights groups and residents said that at least 37 people have been killed in Syria since the latest round of violence began with protests after midday prayers Friday in several cities, including Damascus, Daraa, Homs, Harasta, Latakia, Baniyas and Tartous. “We are dying,” said Razon Zaitonah, a human rights lawyer in hiding in Damascus, the capital.Citing reports from contacts across the country whom she had reached by phone, Zaitonah said security forces had fired on marchers attending funerals of slain demonstrators in Homs and in Daraa, the southwestern city where Syria’s almost month-long uprising began. (...) In a stern statement issued Saturday, the Interior Ministry suggested that authorities are prepared to crack down harder on the protests challenging the Assad dynasty’s four-decade-long grip on the country.The statement, carried by the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, said there was “no more room for leniency or tolerance” toward disorder. But the ministry’s statement also sounded a note of frustration that previous gestures by the government had failed to pacify opponents. In recent days, Assad has dissolved the cabinet, repealed laws denying citizenship to ethnic Kurds and promised to ease restrictions on civil liberties.The ministry blamed the continuing unrest on unidentified foreign plotters, outside satellite news channels and “spiteful individuals.” President Obama issued a statement Friday condemning the violence and calling on the Assad government to heed Syrians’ demands for a more responsive and open government. The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, also condemned the violence and urged the government to respond to calls for reform. Qurabi said Saturday that his group has estimated that about 200 people have been killed since the revolt began. CLIP

Assad's exiled cousin warns Syria risks civil war (2011-04-05) http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=45340
MADRID - A cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad living in exile warned Monday that Syria risks descending into a civil war if the government does not bow to demands that it carry out democratic reforms. The Syrian president is facing unprecedented pressure on his 11-year rule as protesters demand greater freedoms and test his family's four-decade grip on power. He has made a string of gestures hinting at change but has failed to assuage protesters who are demanding greater freedom and political reforms. "The government is trying to buy time," said his cousin Ribal al-Assad, the head of the London-based Organization for Democracy and Freedom in Syria."But we are going to keep up pressure because if we give it up, they will let things remain as they have been for the past 40 years," he said. "We are not going to stop until they listen to the people and I think this way we will achieve change. We have to hope that it is possible to have change with Bassar al-Assad in power," he told Spain's radio Cadena Ser."If he does not put in places changes today, the situation can very easily turn into a civil war and we don't want that. There are people in the government, in the secret service, in the security apparatus that are trying to create a conflict."Ribal al-Assad, 35, is the son of Rifaat al-Assad, the brother of late president Hafez al-Assad and the uncle of the current head of state. He went into exile in 1984. "People in Syria also want change but it is a bit different than in Tunisia and Egypt because there are many different ethnicities and religions," he said, referring to countries where protests toppled veteran leaders earlier this year. "If change does not happen peacefully, it could be a disaster," he said. "Everyone in Syria has seen what is happening in Arab countries but in Syria there are many minorities. Everyone has arms and everyone will want to defend their own people. It is like what happened in Iraq."Activists estimate more than 130 people have been killed in clashes with security forces in Syria, mainly in the cities of Daraa and Latakia. Officials put the death toll at closer to 30.

Yemen death toll mounts, Saleh under pressure (2011-04-05)
Over 24 pro-democracy protestors killed in Yemen as 'gap' between president, people widens. -- Pressure mounted on Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Tuesday to stand down as least 24 people were killed in as many hours and Gulf states sought to mediate a deal with the opposition.A spokesman for Yemen's main opposition coalition, in an initial reaction to an offer by the Gulf Cooperation Council, said Saleh's foes were ready for a conditional mediation. (...) "We welcome any effort that would lead to (Salleh's) immediate departure, but we haven't received anything to discuss yet," said Mohammed al-Sabri, another top opposition official. Meanwhile, the European Union urged Saleh to begin a political transition "without delay," a day after Washington pressed him to negotiate a peaceful handover, warning that Al-Qaeda stood ready to benefit from a power vacuum. (...) More than 100 people have been killed in Yemen's crackdown on protesters who launched nationwide demonstrations in late January to unseat Saleh, in power for the past three decades. Washington, which has considered Saleh a key ally in its "war on terror" but expressed fears of Al-Qaeda taking advantage of a prolonged political crisis, is now pressing him to negotiate a transition of power. CLIP

Egyptian protesters defy military, return to Tahrir Square (April 9, 2011)
CAIRO — Angry anti-government demonstrators returned to Tahrir Square late Saturday, some declaring that they were ready to face martyrdom, less than a day after Egypt’s military rulers used force to break up a protesters’ camp in the place where their revolution began. Protesters again chanted slogans calling for the removal of the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, likening him to ousted president Hosni Mubarak. Others prayed or read from the Koran. Many appeared mindful of the council’s warning earlier in the day that troops would use force again, if necessary, to clear the square.The bloody pre-dawn crackdown Saturday followed weeks of rising tensions between the pro-democracy movement and the military leadership that has run the country since Mubarak’s ouster in February. At first, protesters welcomed the military’s intervention, seeing it as protection from the security apparatus and paid government thugs. But the euphoria quickly faded, and accusations mounted that the military was shielding Mubarak and doing his bidding. The death toll from the raid on the protesters’ encampment remained in dispute late Saturday. Witnesses said that at least two people had been killed, while the Health Ministry said one person had died.Hundreds of troops, firing into the air and attacking protesters with electric batons, swarmed the center of the square to expel several hundred people who had defied a 2 a.m. curfew after a large but peaceful protest Friday.Among those who had joined the overnight protesters in the camp were about 20 uniformed soldiers who had broken ranks to demand that the military council move faster to try Mubarak and former members of his regime on corruption charges. CLIP

Bahrain: Saudi Forces at Forefront of Brutal Repression (April 10, 2011) WARNING! EXTREMELY GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING PICTURE!!
Thirty-year-old Ahmed had the misfortune of going to refuel his car at a petrol station on the outskirts of his hometown, Sitra, when it came under attack from heavily armed troops belonging to the Bahraini Defence Force and Saudi army. The soldiers, backed by armoured cars and tanks, were firing live rounds and raiding homes in the mainly Shia town in northeastern Bahrain – military operations that have become a daily event here in towns and villages across Bahrain.“There were other customers at the petrol station, but the soldiers noticed that Ahmed had a Bahraini flag in his car,” recalled a close friend.“Because of this, they saw him as a protester against the regime. They shot him first with shotguns while he was sitting in the car. Ahmed got out of the car and tried to run away, but the soldiers fired at him and hit him in the head. Then as he lay on the ground bleeding, a Saudi soldier walked up to him and shot Ahmed in the head with a high-velocity weapon.” (...) Nearly four weeks after the arrival of the Peninsula Shield forces, the military crackdown against Bahrain’s pro-democracy movement appears to be intensifying, with Saudi troops at the forefront of the assault on mainly Shia villages and districts within the capital, Manama. Some 31 people have been killed since the uprising began on February 14, two-thirds of them since the Saudi-led forces entered the country, according to the Bahrain Centre of Human Rights. More than 20 persons remain missing. The latest victim was named yesterday as Ali Essa Sager (31), from Sihlaa, who died in detention, believed to have been tortured. Over 600 people, including politicians, doctors and lawyers, are reported to be unlawfully detained in unknown conditions – the vast majority having been arrested since the Saudi forces came to Bahrain.In what appears to be a further sinister twist to the repression, several Shia mosques have reportedly been attacked by Saudi forces. Pro-democracy sources say the attacks on mosques are an attempt to incite sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni communities to provide a political cover for the authorities to escalate the crackdown against the pro-democracy movement and further tighten the state of emergency that was declared on March 14.The Shia represent 60-70 per cent of the Bahraini population and have been most prominent in calling for a democratically elected government to replace the Sunni ruling monarchy. As well as constitutional overhaul of the Persian Gulf island state, the Shia majority also complain of decades of discrimination in jobs and housing – grievances that are all the more amplified given the oil wealth of the tiny country of some 700,000 indigenous inhabitants.

Gaza: Israel Announces the Start of "Operation Scorching Summer" (April 8, 2011)
Israeli apache helicopters open fire at Palestinian houses in the heavily populated neighbourhood of Shuja’eya east of Gaza. There are also reports of Israeli military boats firing at houses. Palestinian sources say that an ambulance was hit in one of the strikes. Five people have been killed, one a man of 50 by an Israel tank shell and the latest victim is Saleh Tarabin (38). Some 30-40 people have been wounded. Israeli warplanes are opening fire on Khan Younis city, south of Gaza, but so far no casualties have been reported. Heavy shelling in Rafah and tunnels being targeted. Bombs are falling on the border between Gaza and Egypt. F-16s over Gaza City now. Israeli airtsrikes have targeted two high voltage electricity converters in Khan Younis and Gaza City causing power outages. All hospitals in Gaza have now declared a state of emergency. UN staff have been evacuated from Gaza. (Occupied Palestine Updates)

Eshkol official: ‘It’s Cast Lead all over again for us' (04/09/2011) http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=215857
Palestinians report one killed in IAF strike in northern Gaza; Aharonovitch: There is no immunity for anyone in Gaza. -- Police in the south said on Saturday evening that over 50 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since Saturday morning. The central Negev region was hit with 28 rockets in tot Police bomb squad officers found 13 rockets in that region. A number of homes were damaged in the attacks. The Lachish region, in the western Negev, was hit with 22 rockets. Police found four rockets during searches. The farming communities of the Sha’ar Hanegev and Eshkol regional councils have been subjected to continuous mortar and rocket attacks throughout the day. Speaking to The Jerusalem Post on Saturday evening, Eshkol Regional Council head Haim Yalin said, “We’ve been under attack for three days. The number of rockets we are dealing with is the same as during Operation Cast Lead. The feeling is that we are in the midst of a real escalation.“As far as we’re concerned, this is Cast Lead all over again. CLIP

Israel 'will observe Gaza truce if Hamas stops firing' (10 April 2011)
Israel says it is willing to observe a ceasefire after days of military exchanges in Gaza, if Palestinian militants there end rocket attacks. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Sunday: "If they stop firing on our communities, we will stop firing."A spokesman for Hamas, which runs Gaza, said militants were not interested in escalation and calm could be restored. At least 18 people have died in Israeli air strikes, which it says have been in response to militant rocket fire. Mr Barak made the ceasefire offer on Israeli public radio, saying: "If they stop firing in general, it will be quiet, it will be good."But he added: "We cannot tolerate firing... We will act along the lines of what happens on the ground."Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told the Reuters news agency: "If the Israeli aggression stopped, it would be natural for calm to be restored." Although three mortar shells were fired by Palestinian militants overnight this was a sharp drop from previous days.The latest round of violence followed a Hamas anti-tank rocket attack on a school bus near the Nahal Oz kibbutz last week. A 16-year-old boy suffered serious injuries and the driver was also wounded. Several civilians were among those killed in the following Israeli air strikes. Dozens of people have been wounded. Israel's strikes and the dozens of rockets and mortars subsequently fired by militants across the border represent the worst violence in Gaza in two years.

Defense officials: Conflict with Hamas likely to escalate (04/12/2011)
IDF sources predict cease-fire will be limited in time; soldiers to remain on high alert along Gaza border; despite caution, on first day of shaky truce, thousands of trucks carrying goods allowed into Gaza.

Preparations for new Gaza flotilla 'on track': organisers (Apr 11, 2011)
ATHENS (AFP) – A flotilla of ships is preparing to sail to Gaza to mark the first anniversary on May 31 of a deadly Israeli raid against a similar convoy, organisers said Monday. "Preparations are on track, adequate conditions for the departure of the ships will be met by the end of May," Vaggelis Pissias, an organiser of the Ship to Gaza mission, told a news conference in Athens. Dubbed "Freedom Flotilla II", the mission will bring together participants from 50 countries in a bid to break Israel's blockade of Gaza. Israeli troops raided a previous flotilla last May 31 in a controversial operation that left nine Turkish activists dead and drew international condemnation.For security reasons, organisers said they would not disclose the number of ships taking part this year or their point of departure, although they have previously said 15 ships could participate, compared with six last year. Organisers said in a statement that the Israeli government was threatening to attack the new flotilla and they "called on their respective governments, the international community and the United Nations to not bend" in the face of what they called "Israeli terrorism".This year's flotilla will carry "construction materials and pharmaceutical products" among other goods, Greek activist Dimitris Plionis said. Speaking to European representatives earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called plans for a new flotilla a "provocation" and said it was in the common interest of Israel and Europe for the flotilla to be stopped. Netanyahu has also called on UN chief Ban Ki-moon to help stop the flotilla. Israel imposed its blockade on Gaza in June 2006 and Israeli restrictions on imports and exports were tightened a year later when Hamas seized power in the territory of 1.5 million people, ousting loyalists of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas. In the face of international condemnation of its raid on the flotilla, Israel eased some of its restrictions on goods entering and leaving Gaza. But it maintains tight restrictions on items it says could be used by Hamas, including some building materials, and continues to control Gaza's airspace and sea access.

Shares Slip as Oil Prices Jump on Libya Tensions (April 8, 2011)
Stocks slipped as oil prices climbed further on Friday, with traders betting that the conflict in Libya could disrupt oil production there for longer than expected. Crude prices have surged as the fighting in Libya, an OPEC member, has appeared to turn into stalemate, analysts said. “What you really have is fear and the unknown running ahead of the facts,” said Mark Routt, a senior staff consultant with KBC Advanced Technologies, a consulting firm. On Friday, crude oil for May delivery rose $2.49, or 2.3 percent, to $112.79 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude jumped $3.98, or 3.2 percent, to $126.65. A weaker dollar also kept prices elevated, and energy shares on Wall Street closed higher. But the biggest driver of oil prices was a growing perception among traders that the conflict in Libya might not end any time soon, KBC said in an energy outlook. Blake Hutchinson, an oil field services analyst at Howard Weil, said that the markets had “written off” Libyan production. Reports of damage to oil fields have heightened fears that output could be disrupted for longer than initially forecast, possibly for years. “When you kill an oil field, sometimes you kill it for good,” Mr. Hutchinson said. “You have gone from production offline” to production that might never exist again. Mr. Routt of KBC said that “until we get a technical assessment of the damage, we are not going to know what the impact is going to be, and until we get that knowledge the markets are running ahead of themselves.” Since the beginning of the turmoil in Libya, Saudi Arabia, along with its gulf neighbors, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, have raised production to offset the loss of Libyan oil exports. But the increase has done nothing to dampen oil prices, the KBC analysis said, because traders are worried about the political stability of many Middle Eastern states, which are among the largest producers in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. CLIP

The Libya Intervention Has Started a Dialogue on Military Spending -- Now Let's Examine the More Expensive, Never-Ending Afghanistan War (April 7, 2011)
Congress, the media, and the public are rightly asking whether America should be spending $1 billion or more on the intervention in Libya at a time of fiscal austerity. One member of Congress has even proposed that the mission be offset dollar for dollar by cuts in domestic programs (leaving the Pentagon and related security programs off limits). While this newfound attention to the costs of U.S. global military operations is welcome, focusing on Libya alone misses the mark. The $1 billion in projected spending on Libya is just one tenth of one percent of the over $1 trillion the United States has spent so far on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Looked at another way, the likely costs of the Libyan mission are the equivalent of less than four days of spending on the war in Afghanistan. And that's the point. Those genuinely concerned about war costs need to go where the money is -- Afghanistan. The Pentagon has asked for $113 billion to fight the war there for this year, roughly two and one-half times what has been requested to support the United States' dwindling commitment in Iraq. That gap will only increase as troop numbers in Iraq continue to fall. To put this in some perspective, the entire Gross Domestic Product of Afghanistan is about $29 billion per year, which means that annual U.S. expenditures on the war are nearly four times the value of the entire Afghan economy. That number would obviously change if the drug economy were taken into account, but it is stunning nonetheless. The tax dollars being spent on Afghanistan are enough to offset the $100 billion per year that House Republicans are seeking to cut from next year's budget, or enough to fill the projected budget gaps of the 44 states that expect to run deficits in 2012. In other words, if the Afghan war ended and the funds allocated for it were returned to the states, no state in America would run a deficit next year. This would save millions of jobs of teachers, police, firefighters and other public employees while holding the line on basic services like Medicaid and income support for families in poverty. This would in turn be good for the economy as a whole. Military spending creates fewer jobs than virtually any other form of expenditure, from education to housing to transportation. So shifting funds away from war spending will result in a net increase in jobs nationwide. CLIP

Obama's Libyan folly by Richard Falk (4 April 2011)
The NATO led intervention in Libya is hampered by a lack of foresight and clearly defined objectives, scholar argues. -- The outcome in Libya remains uncertain, but what seems clear beyond reasonable doubt is that military intervention has not saved the day for either the shadowy opposition known as 'the rebels', and certainly not for the people of the country.It has seemingly plunged Libya into a protracted violent conflict with the domestic balance of forces tipping decisively in favour of the Gaddafi regime despite a major military onslaught managed by the American-led coalition, which in recent days has been supposedly outsourced to NATO. But since when is NATO not an American dominated alliance? The best that can be hoped for at this stage is a face-saving ceasefire that commits the Libyan leadership to a power-sharing scheme, but leaves the governing process more or less as it is, possibly replacing Gaddafi with his son who offers the West the trappings of liberal modernity. President Barack Obama has chosen Libya as the place to draw a line in the sand, although it is a rather wavering and fuzzy line.It was finally drawn in response to what was being called two weeks ago an imminent atrocity about to be inflicted upon the people of Benghazi, although the evidence of this prospect of dire bloodletting was never present much beyond the bombast of the dictator. Obama stopped what the more ardent interventionist in his camp were derisively calling his "dithering". Heeding these criticisms, Obama on March 28 came out clearly in support of military action, although carefully circumscribed in scope and nature by reference to its supposedly narrow humanitarian undertaking of protecting Libyan civilians. The futility of preventing a Gaddafi victory on the ground by establishing a no-fly zone, even as inappropriately expanded to become a 'no-drive' zone, should have been obvious to anyone conversant with the course of numerous political struggles of recent times being waged for the political control of a sovereign state. What the world actually witnessed was mainly something other than an effort to protect Libyan civilians. It was rather a an unauthorised attempt to turn the tide of the conflict in favour of the insurrectionary campaign by destroying as many of the military assets possessed by Libya's armed forces as possible. The campaign and character of the opposition has never been clearly established. It is still best described as a motley gathering of opposition forces vaguely referred to as 'the rebels'.
(...) This middle path is littered with contradictions: to convince the Security Council, and avoid a Russian or Chinese veto, it was necessary to portray the mission in the most narrow humanitarian terms as being only for the protection of civilians, while to protect the rebels (who are not 'civilians' as legally understood) required a much more ambitious scale of attack than is implied by establishing a no-fly zone; beyond this, if the unconditional goal was the elimination of the Gaddafi regime, then the intervention would have to go far beyond the boundary set by the Security Council decision. It would have to tip the balance in the conflict. As has become clear, the approved military objectives have been dramatically exceeded in the flawed effort to protect the rebels and help them win, but seemingly to no avail.Such disregard of the limits of the UN Security Council authorisation, awkwardly reinforced by the failure of the Security Council to play any subsequent supervisory role to ensure that its approval of force did not go beyond what had been agreed, has once again weakened the UN as a body operating within the constitutional framework of the UN Charter.It makes the UN in the peace and security area appear to be more an agent of geopolitical forces in the West than an objective body seeking to implement the rule of law in relation to the strong and weak alike. CLIP

US Embassy in Baghdad to Double Staff: This is NUTS! 16,000! Sixteen THOUSAND staff! (April 4, 2011)
The US Embassy in Baghdad, already the largest in the world, is expected to double its staff after American forces pull out of the country later this year."We'll be doubling our size if all of our plans go through and if we receive the money from Congress in 2011 and then again in 2012," James Jeffrey, the US ambassador in Iraq, said. "This will be an extraordinarily large embassy with many different functions," James Jeffrey, the US ambassador in Iraq. He also said a private security force some 5,500 strong will protect the large US diplomatic presence in Iraq. He said the staff would increase "from 8,000 plus personnel that we have now to roughly double that by 2012," adding that US forces would make up only a very small part of that number.* "This will be an extraordinarily large embassy with many different functions. Some we took over from USFI (United States Forces in Iraq) and some of them continuation of the work we are doing now." Mr Jeffrey said that US military advisers and trainers would stay or be added to support the Iraqi military with US-made equipment such as M1A1 tanks and other weaponry. He said the added personnel would not include combat troops. Fewer than 50,000 US troops are currently in Iraq, down from a peak of more than 170,000 and ahead of the planned full withdrawal in late 2011. Jeffrey and Lieutenant General Lloyd Austin, the commander of US military forces in Iraq, told members of the Armed Services Committee in February that the embassy would be well protected after the withdrawal. A private security force some 5,500 strong will protect the large US diplomatic presence in Iraq, Jeffrey told the lawmakers.He and Austin said they were confident that the force was adequate, and that Iraq will remain stable once US troops have departed. They said that in 2012, the American presence in Iraq will consist of up to 20,000 civilians at sites that include two embassy branches, two consulates, and three police training centres.The figure includes armed private security personnel, support staff and diplomats. Currently there are 2,700 armed security contractors in Iraq, Jeffrey told the senators.

Permanent Occupation: Gates Admits US Troops To Remain In Iraq Beyond 2011 (April 8, 2011)
The world’s media reacted with a collective shrug of the shoulders today as Defense Secretary Robert Gates admitted that US troops are likely to stay in Iraq beyond 2011, making another scheduled withdrawal date nothing more than an empty meaningless promise.There will be no withdrawal, because a permanent military occupation was agreed long ago.The date for the final pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq keeps being pushed back further and further. Obama campaigned in 2008 on the promise that he would “immediately” withdraw troops from Iraq, then that was put back to June 2009, then it became August 2010, and now the date has been pushed back to the end of 2011. Every time a deadline gets close, the Obama administration simply insists that the situation is too unstable for withdrawal and the date is pushed back again.Nevertheless, last August, with much sickening fanfare, the corporate media announced the “official” end to the occupation of Iraq. “The last American combat troops left Iraq today, seven-and-a-half years after the US-led invasion, and two weeks ahead of President Barack Obama’s 31 August deadline for withdrawal from the country,” the London Guardian reported on August 19. Buried in the recesses of such coverage was the fact that over 50,000 troops would remain behind to make up a “transition force”. Even that number was misleading, however, given that the US still has over 100,00 contractors in Iraq. In reality there is no plan to withdraw the military from Iraq, far from it, the plan is to stay there… forever. In 2008 details of that agenda leaked to the media. It was revealed that the globalist neocon cabal in control of the government was actively seeking permanent occupation of the country, along with the construction of over 50 permanent bases and the right to launch pre-emptive military strikes on any country from inside Iraq.
(...) The military and both the Bush and Obama administrations have consistently denied any plans for permanent bases in Iraq, yet the Pentagon continues to spend billions on the construction of permanent bases. Of course, they are not referred to as “permanent”, rather they are “enduring” bases. The push to permanently occupy Iraq did not subside with the election of Obama, who sent a special envoy last September to meet with senior Iraqi military and civilian officials to carve out a secret deal to keep troops in Iraq beyond 2011. The U.S. has around 1,000 bases and military installations in 156 countries scattered around the world. The Pentagon does not plan to “drawdown” its presence in these countries anytime soon. In fact, it is continually looking for excuses to expand its presence, as we have seen with the recent incursion into Libya. Obama’s two-faced con in announcing that there will be a full withdrawal from Iraq while in reality tens of thousands of troops and contractors will remain as an occupying force for years if not decades strikes at the root of Obama’s hypocrisy and the fact that, while posturing as a peace advocate, he is firmly in the pocket of the military-industrial complex.

Rothschilds Stage Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt To Kill Islamic Banks In Emerging North African Markets (Feb 9 2011)
Background: Tunisia has undergone increasing economic liberalization over the last decade: In the 2010-2011 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, it was ranked as the most competitive country in Africa, as well as the 32nd most economically competitive country globally. North Africa’s large Muslim populations are a vast business opportunity for Islamic banking and other businesses. Jacob Rothschild, senior member of the British branch of the Rothschild dynasty. Contrary to popular belief, the world’s finances are controlled by privately-owned “central banks” masquerading as federal government banks in nearly every country in the world [The U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, ruled that The Federal Reserve (U.S.' central bank) was privately owned in 680 F.2d 1239, LEWIS v. UNITED STATES of America, No. 80-5905]. Though it is a carefully guarded secret, the Rothschilds and their associates own most the shares in the central banks (Federal Reserve Directors: A Study of Corporate and Banking Influence, Committee on Banking, Currency and Housing, House of Representatives, 1976, Charts 1-5) (Mullins, Eustice Secrets of the Federal Reserve 1983). With extremely little government input, the economies of Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, and Algeria are strictly controlled by the Rothschild’s central banks and their International Monetary Fund. -- THE MOTIVE: FOLLOW THE MONEY -- Islamic banks have been eating into Rothschild profits in the Middle East because: they don’t charge interest (Shariah Law), they are growing very rapidly among the world’s exploding Muslim populations, and (in these catastrophic economic times) they are more stable than western banks. While it is a very good thing that people are freed from the tyranny of dictators, they also need to be freed from the tyranny of economic control and serfdom. The relevant moral question is: Do the means justify the end?. CLIP - VERY interesting research by the PuppetWorld Post - Deep Journalism About Who really Runs the World... CHECK ALSO Soros and U.S. Trained Activists in Libya Egypt Bahrain Syria Tunisia Etc To Kill Islamic Banking AND Wikileaks Is a Rothschild Operation: Rothschilds Use Wikileaks To Wound Rival Bank, Julian Assange’s Bail Posted By Rothschilds’ Sister-in-law, Many Other Links (review the comments there to find out a bit about who is behind the PupperWorld Post)


How the Pharmaceutical Industry is Monetizing the Female Orgasm (April 5, 2011)
The documentary 'Orgasm, Inc' delves into the big business of women's pleasure... and the myth of female sexual dysfunction -- Director Liz Canner (Deadly Embrace: Nicaragua, The World Bank and International Monetary Fund) spent almost ten years working on Orgasm, Inc.: The Strange Science Of Female Pleasure. A synopsis of the film from her website: “In the shocking and hilarious documentary ORGASM INC., filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos for a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first Viagra drug for women that wins FDA approval to treat a new disease: Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD). Liz gains permission to film the company for her own documentary. Initially, she plans to create a movie about science and pleasure but she soon begins to suspect that her employer, along with a cadre of other medical companies, might be trying to take advantage of women (and potentially endanger their health) in pursuit of billion dollar profits. ORGASM INC. is a powerful look inside the medical industry and the marketing campaigns that are literally and figuratively reshaping our everyday lives around health, illness, desire — and that ultimate moment: orgasm.” Canner’s original goals of creating a film about science and pleasure led her to the creation to a documentary about the the medicalization of pleasure. What I found interesting, although sadly I was not surprised about, is that many doctors, researchers, and pharmaceutical companies see the big “prize” in women’s sexual health being billions of dollars in income... NOT the fact of women experiencing or increasing sexual pleasure. CLIP

Criticizing 'Science' - Illusions Of Objectivity By Rupert Sheldrake (4-2-11) http://rense.com/general93/crit.htm
PARADIGMS AND PREJUDICES Many non-scientists are awed by the power and seeming certainty of scientific knowledge. So are most students of science. Textbooks are full of apparently hard facts and quantitative data. Science seems supremely objective. Moreover, a belief in the objectivity of science is a matter of faith for many modern people. It is fundamental to the worldview of materialists, rationalists, secular humanists, and all others who uphold the superiority of science over religion, traditional wisdom, and the arts. This image of science is rarely discussed explicitly by scientists themselves. It tends to be absorbed implicitly and taken for granted. Few scientists show much interest in the philosophy, history, or sociology of science, and there is little room for these subjects in the crowded curriculum of science courses. Most simply assume that by means of "the scientific method," theories can be tested objectively by experiment in a way that is uncontaminated by the scientists' own hopes, ideas, and beliefs. Scientists like to think of themselves as engaged in a bold and fearless search for truth. Such a view now excites much cynicism. But I think it is important to recognize the nobility of this ideal. Insofar as the scientific endeavor is illuminated by this heroic spirit, there is much to commend it. Nevertheless, in reality most scientists are now the servants of military and commercial interests. Almost all are pursuing careers within institutions and professional organizations. The fear of career setbacks, rejection of papers by learned journals, loss of funding, and the ultimate sanction of dismissal are powerful disincentives to venture too far from current orthodoxy, at least in public. Many do not feel secure enough to voice their real opinions until they have retired, or won a Nobel Prize, or both.

(...) The tendency to publish only the "best" results and to tidy up data is certainly not confined to famous figures in the history of science. In most if not all areas of science, good results are likely to advance the career of the person who produces them. And in a highly competitive and hierarchical professional environment, various forms of improving the results are widely practiced, if only by omitting unfavorable data. This practice is indeed normal. Apart from anything else, journals are disinclined to publish the results of problematical or negative experiments. Little professional credit results from unclear data or seemingly meaningless results. I know of no formal study on the percentage of research data that are actually published. In the fields I know best from personal experience -- biochemistry, developmental biology, plant physiology, and agriculture -- I estimate that only about 5-20 percent of the empirical data are selected for publication. I have asked colleagues in other fields of inquiry, such as experimental psychology, chemistry, radioastronomy, and medicine, and come up with similar results. When the great majority of the data are discarded in private processes of selection -- often 90 percent or more -- there is obviously plenty of scope for personal bias and theoretical prejudice to operate both consciously and unconsciously. The selective publication of data creates a context in which deception and self-deception become a matter of degree. Moreover, scientists usually regard their research notebooks and data files as private, and tend to resist any attempts by critics and rivals to go through them. True, it is usually assumed that a researcher will, within reason, make his or her data available to any colleague who might express a desire to see them. But in my own experience, this ideal is far from the reality. On the several occasions I have asked researchers if I may see their raw data, I have been refused. Maybe this says more about me than about prevailing scientific norms.

(...) Scientists generally feel the need to preserve an idealized self-image, not just for personal and professional reasons, but also because this image is projected on to them by others. There are many people who put their faith in science rather than religion, and need to believe in its superior, objective authority. And to the extent that science replaces religion as the source of truth and values, then scientists become a kind of priesthood. As with priests in general, there is then a public expectation that they will live up to the ideals they preach: in the case of scientists, objectivity, rationality, and the quest for truth. "Some scientists, in their public appearances, can be noticed playing up to this role, which seems to invest them as cardinals of reason propounding salvation to an irrational public." There is also a strong disincentive for them to admit that there is anything fundamentally wrong with the beliefs and institutions that legitimize their own position. While it is relatively easy to admit that individuals may err, and to purify the community by expelling them, it is much harder to question the beliefs and idealizations on which the whole system depends.

(...) So far in this discussion I have considered the general problems caused by the illusion of objectivity. In the following two chapters I outline experiments to investigate the nature of experimental research itself. In chapter 6, I consider the doctrine of uniformity, which biases scientists against seeing unexpected patterns or irregularities in nature. Even the constancy of the "fundamental constants" turns out to be a matter of faith. These constants, as actually measured, fluctuate. Treating variations as random errors enables the data to be smoothed out, concealing underlying variations behind a uniform facade. I suggest a way in which these observed variations can be investigated empirically. In chapter 7, I turn to the influence of the expectations of experimenters on experiments themselves. These may well include subtle influences, perhaps including paranormal effects, on the system under study. How much do experiments tell us about nature, and how much do they merely reflect the expectations of the experimenter?

A Deadly Spill For Cetaceans?
Scientists are struggling to measure the full effect of the BP oil spill. A new study says the impact on marine mammals has been greatly underestimated. And as the government builds its case against BP, it wants scientists to stay quiet about what’s killing dolphins. Living on Earth’s Jeff Young reports.
(...) KRAUS: The animals that come up on the beach are animals that happen to float after death. They also happen to be carried by currents or winds toward shore. So the occurrence of a whale or a dolphin on a beach is serendipitous in many ways. So stranding data may capture 2% of all mortality in a wild population - it may underestimate actual mortality by 50 times. YOUNG: Fifty times the body count during the spill would mean as many as five thousand fifty dead whales, dolphins, and porpoises. For sperm whales, a highly endangered species, Kraus and his coauthors conclude as many as 29 deaths would be plausible. But the study’s main point is: no one knows the real numbers. And highlighting those that happened to wash ashore can give a false impression of the spill’s impact.
(...) YOUNG: Another mystery surrounds the high number of animals washing ashore in recent months. One hundred thirty four dead bottlenose dolphins, mostly calves, have been found so far this year - many times the average from years past. Scientists are analyzing carcasses and tissue samples to see if there’s any link to the oil spill. However, the public might not learn what those scientists learn. The government sent a letter asking scientists not to talk about their findings. The reason: dead dolphins could become evidence in a potential criminal case against BP. NOAA public affairs officer Ben Sherman says that requires some secrecy. CLIP - Check also Impact of Gulf Disaster Greatly Underestimated

Stink bug epidemic spreads as 33 U.S. states now report infiltrations of the smelly pest (31st March 2011) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1371748/Stink-bug-epidemic-spreads-33-U-S-states-report-smelly-pests.html
Few of us ever come to terms with the idea of bed bugs infesting their house and home. But now a new threat is on the rise that is arguably worse - stink bugs. Sightings of the brown marmorated stink bug have been reported in 33 states so far this year, a rise of eight since fall alone. The pest appears to be spreading from its traditional home in the mid-Atlantic coast throughout America, experts said. The only areas to escape the epidemic are the Rockies and the Plains but everywhere else homeowners have found thousands of the dime-sized creatures infesting their homes in beds and in sofas.Stink bugs are named after the smell they emit whenever they are squashed or crushed. Like bed bugs they do not transmit disease and are not poisonous. They do however bite you, eat your plants and vegetables and emit an appalling stench when they are squeezed that resembles decaying garbage. They are also almost impossible to get rid of and have wings which means they fly off when you try to catch them. CLIP

The Acid Sea (April 2011)
(...) Since the start of the industrial revolution, enough fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—have been burned and enough forests cut down to emit more than 500 billion tons of CO2. As is well known, the atmosphere has a higher concentration of CO2 today than at any point in the past 800,000 years and probably a lot longer.What is less well known is how carbon emissions are changing the oceans too. The air and the water constantly exchange gases, so a portion of anything emitted into the atmosphere eventually ends up in the sea. Winds quickly mix it into the top few hundred feet, and over centuries currents spread it through the ocean depths. In the 1990s an international team of scientists undertook a massive research project that involved collecting and analyzing more than 77,000 seawater samples from different depths and locations around the world. The work took 15 years. It showed that the oceans have absorbed 30 percent of the CO2 released by humans over the past two centuries. They continue to absorb roughly a million tons every hour.For life on land this process is a boon; every ton of CO2 the oceans remove from the atmosphere is a ton that's not contributing to global warming. But for life in the sea the picture looks different. The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Jane Lubchenco, a marine ecologist, has called ocean acidification global warming's "equally evil twin."
(...) The acidification that has occurred so far is probably irreversible. Although in theory it's possible to add chemicals to the sea to counter the effects of the extra CO2, as a practical matter, the volumes involved would be staggering; it would take at least two tons of lime, for example, to offset a single ton of carbon dioxide, and the world now emits more than 30 billion tons of CO2 each year. Meanwhile, natural processes that could counter acidification—such as the weathering of rocks on land—operate far too slowly to make a difference on a human time-scale. Even if CO2 emissions were somehow to cease today, it would take tens of thousands of years for ocean chemistry to return to its pre-industrial condition.
(...) In 2008 a group of more than 150 leading researchers issued a declaration stating that they were "deeply concerned by recent, rapid changes in ocean chemistry," which could within decades "severely affect marine organisms, food webs, biodiversity, and fisheries." Warm-water coral reefs are the prime worry. But because carbon dioxide dissolves more readily in cold water, the impact may actually show up first closer to the Poles. Scientists have already documented significant effects on pteropods—tiny swimming snails that are an important food for fish, whales, and birds in both the Arctic and the Antarctic. Experiments show that pteropod shells grow more slowly in acidified seawater.Will organisms be able to adapt to the new ocean chemistry? The evidence from Castello Aragonese is not encouraging. The volcanic vents have been pouring CO2 into the water for at least a thousand years, Hall-Spencer told me when I visited. But the area where the pH is 7.8—the level that may be reached oceanwide by the end of the century—is missing nearly a third of the species that live nearby, outside the vent system. Those species have had "generations on generations to adapt to these conditions," Hall-Spencer said, "yet they're not there.

Ozone layer depleted by record 40 per cent over Arctic (April 05, 2011)
It’s been more than 22 years since the international community imposed tough new rules designed to stop the use of ozone-destroying chemicals, but they are continuing to wreak havoc on the layer of gas that protects the Earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Lingering chemicals in the atmosphere are being blamed in part for the largest-ever depletion of ozone over the Arctic this past winter, the United Nations said Tuesday. The World Meteorological Organization said the layer was depleted by 40 per cent as of late March; the largest loss previously recorded was 30 per cent. The measurements were taken using both weather balloons and satellites. Cold temperatures combine with various chemicals – including chlorofluorocarbons and halons – to eat up the ozone. This past winter saw extremely cold air in the stratospheric layer of the atmosphere, which triggered the record depletion. The depletion of ozone is caused by a chemical reaction that happens when temperatures fall below -78C and sunlight reflects off ice crystals. CFCs and halons, which were used in refrigerators and aerosol cans, were all but banned by the Montreal Protocol, which came into force in 1989. However, such chemicals take so long to dissipate that they are still present in the atmosphere. The level of ozone over both poles fluctuates seasonally, meaning the layer will recover from the 40-per-cent drop. Overall ozone levels have declined by a smaller amount over the years. Antarctica's annual ozone loss is better known, as it occurs regularly every year. The process in the Arctic is less predictable because the weather varies more and it is generally warmer. Some winters, for instance, there is no ozone loss at all over the North Pole. The ozone layer outside the polar regions is not expected to return to its pre-1980 levels for at least another 20 years. It will take even longer to recover in the Arctic and the Antarctic. “The Arctic stratosphere continues to be vulnerable to ozone destruction caused by ozone-depleting substances linked to human activities,” WMO secretary-general Michel Jarraud said in a statement. “The 2011 ozone loss shows that we have to remain vigilant and keep a close eye on the situation in the Arctic in the coming years.” Scientists also warned that those living in polar regions should take extra care when going outside. UV rays can cause health problems such as skin cancer. The thin section of the Arctic ozone layer has travelled over Greenland and Scandinavia.

Expanding ozone hole highlights folly of Methyl Bromide (6 April 2011)
News that the hole in the ozone layer over the Arctic has increased to unprecedented levels highlights the urgent need for New Zealand to phase out our use of the highly potent ozone depleting fumigant Methyl Bromide, said the Green Party today. “The most recently available figures show that in 2009, New Zealand used 271 tonnes of Methyl Bromide and destroyed around 136 tonnes of ozone. This is scandalous,” said Green Party toxics spokesperson Sue Kedgley. New Zealand signed the 1987 Montreal Protocol, which commits us to, “refrain from the use of methyl bromide and to use non ozone depleting technologies wherever possible,” yet figures show that New Zealand’s Methyl Bromide use has steadily increased since then. “Incredibly, our use of Methyl Bromide has increased by 500% in the past decade, said Ms Kedgley. “It is short sighted and foolhardy for NZ to continue to use a substance that destroys the ozone layer—the shield that protects life on earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays. CLIP

Methyl bromide gets reprieve (10/15/2007)
The Montreal Protocol bans chemicals that deplete the ozone layer. Of its three exemptions, listed below, the pesticide faces the most debate. In May, environmentalists cheered a decision by the state to drastically reduce the amount of pollution-causing fumigants used on agricultural crops, including the long-maligned methyl bromide."I was hopeful that tide might turn," said Mary Haffner, a Ventura pesticide-control advocate who has been fighting fumigant pollution for years. But much like every effort in the 15-year fight against methyl bromide, the victory for the environmentalists was short-lived. Last month, the California Air Resources Board, in conjunction with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, gave farmers an extra four years to greatly curb pollution from methyl bromide and other fumigants. Now farmers have until 2012 to gradually meet standards mandated in a court order, instead of Jan. 1, 2008. Silver bullet among farmers - Methyl bromide is blamed for creating smog, which leads to lung diseases, as well as depleting the ozone layer. It was scheduled to be phased out of use by 2005. Instead, it has been given yearly exemptions under the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty designed to ban chemicals that cause ozone-layer depletion. Another exemption is currently under review. The only other exemptions granted under the Montreal Protocol are for a chemical used to clean O-rings on the space shuttle and another used in asthma inhalers.Critics claim just about every other industry has found new ways to do the job of chemicals that have been banned by the Montreal Protocol. "The methyl bromide industry has behaved differently," said David Doniger, the climate policy director with the Natural Resources Defense Council, who has been working on the issue since 1990. "They never have come to accept that you need to get rid of methyl bromide."Methyl bromide is considered the silver bullet among farmers: a chemical that denudes the soil of pests and disease before planting, greatly increasing the chances of a high yield crop. In Ventura County, where strawberries are a $386 million-a-year industry and the high price of land demands a high-value crop, it is viewed as essential by many. Power of the industries - Though the phase-out under the Montreal Protocol has resulted in about a 75 percent decline in methyl bromide use compared to 1991, it is still relied upon by agriculture and other industries through the exemptions.
(...) The Environmental Protection Agency recently approved use of methyl iodide on crops, which is as controversial, if not more so, than methyl bromide. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation, which is often more stringent than the EPA, still has to approve use of the known carcinogen. Until then, farmers are likely to continue leaning on methyl bromide. In 2005, a little more than 1 million pounds were used on crops in Ventura County, slightly less than was used in 1991. Use of the chemical peaked in 1999 at more than 2 million pounds. CLIP - CHECK also The US Bromine Market to Reach 323.5 Thousand Metric Tons by 2015 and Alternatives Eyed for Methyl Bromide (Mar. 16, 2011)

Our Lives Are Under Threat From Some of the Most Powerful and Richest Entities -- Here's How We Can Fight Back and Win (April 8, 2011)
We need to rebuild the kind of mass movement that marked 1970: bodies, passion, and creativity are the currencies we can compete in. It's not impossible. -- Last month in the House, the newly empowered GOP majority voted down a resolution stating simply that global warming was real: they've apparently decided to go with their own versions of physics and chemistry.This week in the Senate, the biggest environmental groups were reduced to a noble, bare-knuckles fight merely to keep the body from gutting the Clean Air Act, the proudest achievement of the green movement. The outcome is still unclear; even several prominent Democrats are trying to keep the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. And at the White House? The president who boasted that his election marked the moment when 'the oceans begin to recede' instead introduced an energy plan heavy on precisely the carbon fuels driving global warming. He focused on 'energy independence,' a theme underscored by his decision to open 750 million tons of Wyoming coal to new mining leases. That's the equivalent of running 3,000 new power plants for a year. Here's what we think is going on, in the broadest terms. CLIP

March in review: Tsunami, slow loris trafficking, palm oil
A review of mongabay.com's March 2011 stories.

Google Earth reveals stark contrast between Sarawak's damaged forests and those in neighboring Borneo states (March 28, 2011)
Images from Google Earth show a sharp contract between forest cover in Sarawak, a state in Malaysian Borneo, and the neighboring countries of Brunei and Indonesia at a time when Sarawak's Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is claiming that 70 percent of Sarawak's forest cover is intact. Google Earth images from GeoEye, TerraMetrics, Tele Atlas, Europa Technologies, and other providers show logging roads snaking across Sarawak's forest areas. Forests across international borders are substantially less impacted, as viewed on Google Earth. The images seem to lend support to claims from environmentalists that Sarawak's forests have been heavily logged. Some groups estimate that Sarawak has lost 90 percent of its primary forest cover. Most of what remains is forest that has been selectively — but heavily — logged two or three times in the past 30 years. Some forest areas have been converted for timber, wood-pulp, and timber plantations. CLIP

Bats worth billions (April 03, 2011)
US agriculture stands to lose billions in free ecosystem services from the often-feared and rarely respected humble bat. According to a recent study in Science bats in North America provide the US agricultural industry at least $3.7 billion and up to a staggering $53 billion a year by eating mounds of potentially pesky insects. Yet these bats, and their economic services, are under threat by a perplexing disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) and to a lesser extent wind turbines. According to co-author Gary McCracken, head of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, his study's estimate is actually quite conservative. "These estimates include the reduced costs of pesticide applications that are not needed to suppress the insects consumed by bats. However, they do not include the downstream impacts of pesticides on humans, domestic and wild animals and our environment," said McCracken. "Without bats, crop yields are affected. Pesticide applications go up. Even if our estimates were quartered, they clearly show how bats have enormous potential to influence the economics of agriculture and forestry." According to the study 150 big brown bats in Indian eat just under 1.3 million insects annually. Yet US bats are facing unparalleled threats, especially white nose syndrome, a disease only identified in 2006. White nose syndrome causes hibernating bats to develop a whitish fungus on their faces and wings. Although it is still unclear why the disease is fatal, it appears to impact bat hibernation patterns, leading to starvation. The disease is potent: populations suffer 75 to 100 percent mortality rates. In five years time more than a million bats have already succumbed to the disease and researchers fear some regions will lose bats altogether. Wind turbines are another bat killer although likely less severe overall than white nose syndrome. The researchers estimate that by 2020 wind turbines will have killed between 33,000 to 111,000 bats in the Central Appalachian Mountains of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Researchers don't yet know why bats are attracted to wind turbines. According to researchers action is needed now to save bats, and their ecosystem services, from extinction. "Not acting is not an option because the life histories of these flying, nocturnal mammals—characterized by long generation times and low reproductive rates—mean that population recovery is unlikely for decades or even centuries, if at all," explains McCracken.

Japan disaster to put logging pressure on rainforests in Indonesia, Malaysia (April 5, 2011)
The tragic earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last month is likely to boost wood imports into the recovering nation, adding increased pressure on the already imperiled rainforests of Southeast Asia. Even before the disaster, Japan was the world's number one importer of wood chips and plywood and the second largest importer of logs. Japan usually imports plywood from China, Malaysia, and Indonesia, however the forests of Southeast Asia are facing tremendous loss due to logging and clearing for industrial-scale agriculture, such as palm oil. According to a press release from Wood Resources International LLC, the Japanese government has already requested 30,000 prefab temporary houses for disaster victims over the next two months. Demand for imports is expected to increase once infrastructure has been repaired and power restored. "Over the next 6-12 month, it can be expected that there will be a rise in demand for both lumber and plywood. This will result in increased importation of processed products and of logs to supply domestic Japanese mills," reads the press release from Wood Resources International LLC.
(...) Both Malaysia and Indonesia have become targets of conservation and environmental groups for their deforestation rates. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Malaysia lost 140,200 hectares of forest every year from 2000-2005, while Indonesia lost 485,000 hectares of forest annually during the same period of time. However, other studies have found even higher rates of forest loss in Indonesia. Deforestation in the region produces vast greenhouse gas emissions, threatens thousands of species, and produces conflict with local and indigenous people over land.

Vanishing mangroves are carbon sequestration powerhouses (April 05, 2011)
Mangroves may be the world's most carbon rich forests, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience. Measuring the carbon stored in 25 mangrove forests in the Indo-Pacific region, researchers found that mangroves forests stored up to four times as much carbon as other tropical forests, including rainforests.
(...) Mangroves provide a number of other ecosystems benefits beyond carbon sequestration. The coastal forests serve as nurseries for a variety marine fish, underpinning global fisheries and providing additional food for coastal communities. In addition, recent studies have found that mangroves buffer human populations and property against tropical storms. During the devastating 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, regions with mangroves suffered less damage than those without. Prior to today's study regarding carbon sequestration, it estimated that mangroves provide at least $1.6 billion in ecosystem services annually. Yet despite their importance, mangroves are being felled at stunning rates. An imperiled forest -- According to a recent satellite analysis, 35% of the world's mangroves were destroyed in 20 years, from 1980 to 2000. Around 50% of the world's mangroves have likely vanished in the last half-century. Mangroves are being lost to a variety of impacts, including coastal developments; agriculture and aquaculture, such as shrimp farms and rice fields; and rising sea levels due to climate change. "Mangroves are being destroyed at an alarming rate. This needs to stop. Our research shows that mangroves play a key role in climate change mitigation strategies," said Daniel Murdiyarso, Senior Scientist at The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a co-author of the paper on mangroves and carbon sequestration. According to the study mangroves account for 10% of the world's carbon emissions due to deforestation, even though they make up less than 1% of the world's forests. "There is a lack of awareness of the full implications of mangrove loss for humankind," Murdiyarso adds. "There is an urgent need for governments to acknowledge their importance and develop better policies to ensure their protection." Currently, less than 7% of the world's mangroves are under legal protection.

Indigenous group claims Ecuadorian government complicit in 'genocide' (April 06, 2011)
Ecuador's paramount indigenous organization has filed a legal complaint against the government, including President Rafael Correa, for allegedly participating in 'genocide' against indigenous people in the Amazon. The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) is arguing that expanding oil exploration and mining is imperiling the lives of uncontacted tribes that have chosen voluntary isolation known as the Tagaeri and the Tarmenane, reports the AFP. The legal complaint argues that industrial exploitation of the Amazonian region in Ecuador is causing a "cultural and physical disappearance [of indigenous tribes], which amounts to the crime of ethnocide or genocide". The move by CONAIE is unprecedented in Ecuador. CLIP

Study: Gas from ‘fracking’ worse than coal on climate (04/10/11)
Cornell University professors will soon publish research that concludes natural gas produced with a drilling method called “hydraulic fracturing” contributes to global warming as much as coal, or even more. The conclusion is explosive because natural gas enjoys broad political support – including White House backing – due to its domestic abundance and lower carbon dioxide emissions when burned than other fossil fuels. Cornell Prof. Robert Howarth, however, argues that development of gas from shale rock formations produced through hydraulic fracturing – dubbed “fracking” – brings far more methane emissions than conventional gas production. Enough, he argues, to negate the carbon advantage that gas has over coal and oil when they’re burned for energy, because methane is such a potent greenhouse gas.“The [greenhouse gas] footprint for shale gas is greater than that for conventional gas or oil when viewed on any time horizon, but particularly so over 20 years. Compared to coal, the footprint of shale gas is at least 20% greater and perhaps more than twice as great on the 20-year horizon and is comparable when compared over 100 years,” states the upcoming study from Howarth, who is a professor of ecology and environmental biology, and other Cornell researchers. The Hill obtained a pre-publication version of the study, which is slated to run in the journal Climatic Change. It is drawing immediate pushback from industry-aligned experts, who question key assumptions. The environmental effects of producing gas from shale rock formations – in states including Pennsylvania, Texas and Arkansas – is drawing careful scrutiny as development booms. The Energy Information Administration – which is the Energy Department’s statistical arm – estimates that shale gas will account for 45 percent of total U.S. gas supply in 2035, up from 14 percent in 2009. The study concludes that shale gas developed through fracking carries a higher greenhouse gas footprint because the “fugitive” methane emissions at the fracking sites are greater than releases from conventional gas wells. Fugitive methane from other steps in the development process – transport, storage and so forth – are comparable to conventionally produced gas, the study states. In essence, the Cornell study argues that methane emissions from these shale gas projects mean that shale gas ultimately brings climate consequences comparable to coal over a century, and worse than coal over two decades. That’s because the potent methane emissions in the production process more than compensate for the fact that burning natural gas for power brings far fewer carbon dioxide emissions that burning coal. The study also notes that, depending on the estimates used, conventionally produced gas may add more to climate change than coal over the 20-year horizon. CLIP

Fracking Bill Snuck Through, Destroying America's Water (4-10-11)
While you were being DISTRACTED with the hokum of a budget ... THIS bill was passed with NO media coverage. Check to see if hydro fracking is taking place in your STATE! While the media went on and on and on about arguments having to do with a BUDGET due last year - HR 1380 was quietly slipped in place. NO media coverage on this destruction affecting OVER 34 states. All under the guise of energy blah blah - being free (please) of foreign oil. We're NOT talking (per days of old) vertical drilling for gas - but a new 'super-improved' technique that is destroying private wells - entire aquifers across the nation/ including great emissions of METHANE gasses killing fish/ birds etc. This horizontal hydro fracking put in place under CHENEY'S secret energy policy ---drills horizontally / fracturing the earth. In some areas there are now swarms of earthquakes. Cheney saw to it that this toxic drilling was EXEMPT from any and all oversight/ regulatory control. There are approximately 593 Chemical used in this drilling process/ including - ethyl benzene - vylene - hydrocarbon methanlphosphete - etc. INDUSTRY (imagine) refuses, even in the case of citizen in distress (ER nurse - A.Behr - ) who nearly DIED just administering aid to a worker! Ashley ended up in Intensive Care. Natural GAS much more toxic than coal. T. Boone Pickens had the audacious gall to state on several TV shows that decades of hydro fracturing shows no impact on the environment! He neglected, and hosts, obviously ignorant didn't confront him -----is that VERTICAL vs HORIZONTAL are apples and oranges. No comparison. Pickens under the guise of goofy wind farms - is grabbing up hundreds of thousands of acres in several states - using eminent domain - SUCKING up water that he doesn't own - selling it off to large cities! He's done this under the radar with the focus being on wind farms which need coal plants KEPT on line due to the fact that wind is not dependable - it needs to be at a certain velocity and MANY of these turbines are found to be defective (made in China) seizing up etc. Pickens has received millions in subsidies/ tax credits. Cows grazing near a drilling site in La all dropped dead after drinking from a nearby pond - polluted with migrating chemicals!
(...) I was shocked noting the sponsors and 70 co-sponsors of this bill. Many of them from states suffering toxic poisoning of wells etc. DID they even bother to research the subject? Did they watch the Academy Award nominated GASLAND - that shows what's happening? Apparently - like the Health INSURANCE bill they didn't. And this bill was only 27 pages - NOT 2,700! I almost feel that our nation is being given over to total destruction what with destruction of the Gulf - toxic waste sludge on farmland - toxic mining sludge ponds (1,200) - pesticides by the bushel on crops - growth hormones to cows - toxic incineration - mega dumps polluting ground water/ rivers - nuclear reactors with NO disaster plan - water takings etc. We have NO oversight or regulatory controls over the most egregious polluters. Christie Whitman not only gave the all clear for workers (many sick and dying now) of 9/11 but was involved in the exemption of hydro fracking (2005 - Energy policy by Cheney). Who is protecting the country, the people's health?

Fracking Insiders Score Big in New Gas Bill. Americans Not Told the True Costs of Massive Drilling Plan (April 8, 2011)
Corporate insiders peddling the claim that drilling for methane gas will solve America's energy needs just scored big in Washington -- and for these insiders fracking for gas is very lucrative business. House Resolution 1380, given the feel-good moniker of the "New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act " or "NAT GAS Act," was announced on Wednesday, April 6, in the U. S. House of Representatives. The bill is 24-pages long and rewards the fracking industry with tax credits and products to help "drive" consumption. The bigger the vehicle, the more tax credits given. This initiative to expand the controversial fracking process -- which has already resulted in contaminated wells and rivers and even ignitable tap water for some -- is being spearheaded in Congress by Reps. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma), Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma), John Larson (D-Connecticut), and Kevin Brady (R-Texas). The bill has 77 co-sponsors, with 40 Democrats in support, and 37 Republicans, from 33 different states.But, perhaps its most powerful supporter or potential supporter is President Barack Obama. Just two weeks ago, he alluded to being a strong supporter of a bill of this nature in a speech on March 30 on "America's Energy Security" at Georgetown University. In that address, he specifically mentioned T. Boone Pickens's name when discussing legislation to support expanded fracking for methane.
(...) Will there be any public hearings that will let people like Josh Fox and others who have documented concerns about fracking be allowed to testify before Congress? The Center for Media and Democracy plans to keep digging into this troubling proposal and its details in the coming days and months ahead.

"Gasland" Up for Best Feature Documentary At Oscars (January 25, 2011)
Gasland, the documentary produced and directed by Josh Fox, is up for an Oscar for Best Documentary in the Feature Category. The film put the harms associated with natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale in the national limelight and begat a propaganda campaign by Energy in Depth (EID). EID, for those who have not heard of it, is a pro-oil-and-gas drilling industry front group formed by the American Petroleum Institute. Like their "Debunking Gasland" campaign, thoroughly debunked by Kevin Grandia of DeSmogBlog as an absurd misinformation campaign, EID is at it again, this time in the form of an idiotic smear campaign.In response to the announcement of Gasland's appearance on the ballot, EID had this to say: While it’s unfortunate there isn’t an Oscar category for propaganda, this nomination is fitting, as the Oscars are aimed at praising pure entertainment among Hollywood’s elite. Without doubt, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated Gasland for its work in the field of art, not science. Of course, those on the right side of this issue can see through the lies and know exactly who's propagating propaganda. Here's a hint, though, just in case: it's not Josh Fox. - MUCH MORE ON THIS ISSUE THROUGH http://www.facebook.com/gaslandmovie

Debate stirred over 1st major US tar sands mine (April 10, 2011)
SALT LAKE CITY – Beneath the lush, green hills of eastern Utah's Uinta Basin, where elk, bear and bison outnumber people, the soil is saturated with a sticky tar that may soon provide a new domestic source of petroleum for the United States. It would be a first-of-its kind project in the country that some fear could be a slippery slope toward widespread wilderness destruction.With crude prices surging beyond $100 a barrel, and politicians preaching the need to reduce America's reliance on foreign supplies, companies are now looking for more local sources. One Canadian firm says it's found it in the tar sands of Utah's Book Cliffs. Alberta-based Earth Energy Resources Inc. aims to start with a roughly 62-acre mine here to produce bitumen, a tar-like form of petroleum, from oil-soaked sands. For decades, other Utah operators have used oil sands as a poor-man's asphalt, and Canada has been wringing oil from the ground for years, but nobody has yet tried to produce petroleum from U.S. soil on such a scale. And it could be just the beginning. The company has over 7,800 acres of Utah state land under lease, with plans to acquire more, and estimates its current holdings contain more than 250 million barrels of recoverable oil. "This is not just a 62-acre project that will last seven years. We are looking at a 30,000-acre project that will destroy the environment in this area over many years," said John Weisheit, a Colorado River guide and founder of the Moab, Utah-based environmental group Living Rivers. Weisheit worries that shortsightedness and the rush to feed America's insatiable appetite for oil could trump reason at the expense of other precious natural resources. The Bureau of Land Management says Utah has an estimated 12 to 19 billion barrels of oil buried in its tar sands, mostly in the eastern part of the state, though not all of that would be accessible. Weisheit says if Earth Energy is allowed to mine the land, he fears others may not be far behind."We used hear that it's not lucrative to extract oil from tar sands unless oil prices were above $60 barrel," he said. "But now that prices have risen, we're definitely seeing companies take advantage of the situation."Living Rivers is challenging this project's approval and contends it would dig up fragile topsoil, destroy limestone plateaus formed over thousands of years and pollute groundwater downstream that flows into the Colorado River. The group claims the Utah Division of Water Quality didn't accurately assess the potential for widespread environmental damage from the PR Springs mine. A hearing is set for May 25.While tar sands projects are relatively new in the U.S., Canada has been a major producer for years, and in doing so, has become the No. 1 foreign supplier of oil to America. Alberta's sprawling oil sands deposits are the second largest oil reserves in the world outside of Saudi Arabia. The region produces about 1.2 million barrels of oil a day with an estimated 174 billion barrels in reserve. But it comes at a cost. The oil sands operations, including extraction and processing, are responsible for up to 4 percent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions, and that's expected to triple to 12 percent by 2020. CLIP

Whole Foods Market Caves to Monsanto (January 28, 2011)
After 12 years of battling to stop Monsanto's genetically-engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation's organic farmland, the biggest retailers of "natural" and "organic" foods in the U.S., including Whole Foods Market (WFM), Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farm, have agreed to stop opposing mass commercialization of GE crops, like Monsanto's controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa. In exchange for dropping their opposition, WFM has asking for "compensation" to be paid to organic farmers for "any losses related to the contamination of his crop." Under current laws, Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) are not subject to any pre-market safety testing or labeling. WFM is abandoning its fight with biotech companies in part because two thirds of the products they sell are not certified organic anyway, but are really conventional, chemical-intensive and foods that may contain GMOs and that they market as "natural" despite this. Most consumers don't know the difference between "natural" and "certified organic" products. "Natural" products can come from crops and animals fed nutrients containing GMOs. "Certified Organic" products are GMO-free. WFM and their main distributor, United Natural Foods, maximize profits by selling products labeled "natural" at premium organic prices.

Full signal: The Hidden Cost of Cell Phones - trailer - Watch this entire 52 minute documentary HERE
The film the cell phone industry does not want you to see! As the number of people using mobile phones continues to grow, more and more base stations are being installed to meet the demand. Faced with the mounting conflict over the damaging health effects of artificial electromagnetic fields from HF microwave radiation, and the drop in property values where phone masts have been set up, the phone networks have found an emergency solution by disguising relay antennas in real or artificial trees, fake chimneys, etc. But however they try to hide it, this is the most serious worldwide health scandal in the beginning of the 21st century.Full Signal gives the chance to speak out to scientific experts working on the health problems arising from mobile phone and phone mast radiation, also to campaigners battling against the presence of relay antennas in residential areas, to the electrosensitive (EHS), to government health authorities and to lawyers, who are obtaining more and more favourable verdicts in cases brought against the phone companies.Through interviews with a widely representative range of people, this documentary highlights a growing awareness in the international community, who are finally beginning to pay attention to the problems arising from the proliferation of relay antennas, and becoming concerned about the now proven health hazards arising from this new form of serious environmental pollution.

EMF-Omega-News 2. April 2011
Autoimmune Process after Long-Term Low-Level Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields - Cell Phone and Tumors - Cellphones and the Brain: Faith, Hope and Calamity - Italy Medicine and cancer and pollution alert - Health risk assessment of electromagnetic fields - The Dangers of using Wi-Fi in Long-Term Care Homes - Handheld Hazards - Sensitivity to wireless frequencies a real pain - Trial Lawyers Gear Up for Attack on Cell Phone Industry - Non-thermal language added to cell phone warning label bill - Health concerns arise from Smart Meters - Investigation of the Students’ Cancer Cluster at St. Michael Catholic School - Activists call for stricter regulations on cellphone radiation labels - Consuming less, a way to live a healthy urban life - Residents' anger after mobile phone mast erected in city street - Families win fight over phone mast on eyesore water tower - Pub phone mast 'is overbearing' - Appeal to U.S. Senator (Minnesota) Amy Klobuchar

EMF-Omega-News 9. April 2011
Increasing melanoma: too many skin damages or too few repairs? - Science Update March 2011 - Taming the Microwave Dragon - California bill requiring mobile phone warning labels - APPEAL TO WHO FOR THE RECOGNITION OF ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESSES: MCS AND EHS - Student deaths leave Queen’s struggling for answers - Our frogs are dying - Mast protest - Opposition to ABC5 tower persists - Join the fight against smart meters - Awareness of the issues related to Wifi, cell phones, cell towers etc. - Phone mast just 15ft from house is 'far too close' - Hydro powers dirty side


From: http://geo-terrorism.blogspot.com/2011/04/global-geo-terrorism-update-jeff.html

"GLOBAL GEO-TERRORISM UPDATE" by long-time ERN subscriber JEFF PHILLIPS (therockist@yahoo.com)

NOTE FROM JEFF: In the week since I posted my comprehensive "Geo-Terrorism and ‘Technotronic’ Warfare" article, more information has provided even greater evidence of recent ‘natural disasters’ being “not so natural”, that is, being the result of weaponized geo-engineering. Abundant ‘signature’ patterns of HAARP-related weather modification technologies are being seen daily all around Australia, with mysterious “beams” visible on radar emanating from several locations, some of which correlate with known military bases; these beams are associated with highly unusual weather patterns, for example, massive rainfall all across south-eastern Australia. In New Zealand, reports keep coming in of massive chem-trail spraying over the southern part of the north island, even at night. We even saw a massive chem-trail over Lake Te Anau two days ago…obviously NOT a ‘contrail’ as NO plane could emit such a huge quantity of vapour. The massive plume gradually dissipated to cover half the sky, creating a swath that spread from the eastern to the western horizons. Two or three hours later it was still there, and a grayish mist could be seen in the west illuminated by the setting sun. This is NOT a populated area; this is remote south island New Zealand.

With respect to the quake/tsunami/nuclear scenario in Japan, it’s increasingly clear not only that this was the result of ‘tectonic warfare’, but also that other elements were at work to exacerbate the quake/tsunami damage, and to guarantee a “global poisoning event.” It’s no coincidence that an Israeli firm called Magna was running ‘security’ at Fukushima; Israeli ‘security’ firms were operating at Logan International Airport when 9/11 happened, and a company called Securacom handled ‘security’ at the World Trade Centres up until a few days before 9/11; Marvin Bush, brother of the former president, was the company’s director. Researcher Leuren Moret points out that the Mossad and CIA jointly developed a computer virus called Stuxnet which was designed to take out a specific kind of control system for nuclear reactors manufactured by Siemens, a system used by most civilian reactors globally. Moret tells us that nuclear reactors and their control complexes are never connected to the internet, to avoid “virus” contamination, BUT that Stuxnet could easily be “installed” via a simple memory stick in the right place…something any ‘security’ operative could easily do. Moret goes on to explain that the Stuxnet virus first appeared in Japan last October, only a month after a popularly-opposed decision was made to start using the plutonium-based MOX fuel in some of the Fukushima reactors.

Moret notes the astronomical improbability of back-up cooling systems in three different reactors failing simultaneously after the quake/tsunami, plus numerous anomalous problems with other control functions like valves opening. This is AFTER emergency power had been restored to the reactor control systems.

The radiation clouds travelling east from Japan appear to be being ‘steered’ via HAARP’s ability to create high-pressure zones which can deflect atmospheric wind patterns and cause massive amounts of rain to fall, which has been on-going over the eastern Pacific ocean and the entire west coast of North America for the past two weeks.

The situation in the U.S.A. is astoundingly bizarre; that anyone can take President Barry “Robama” Soutero more seriously than a superficially likable “self-help” guru/real estate agent is totally beyond me. I am totally serious: if “Obama” said on tv that the FDA had officially verified that eating shit was good for you, millions of people would start scarfing, with zest, especially after listening to their panel of brown-lipped “experts.” Unfortunately, what he is saying is actually far more dangerous than this, because ingesting plutonium particles is going to create much more serious health consequences than merely ingesting some fecal matter. Shit may clog your digestive system; its presence is lawfully allowed in many “food” products anyway. Some crap, moreover, isn’t going to destroy your DNA, deform your next several generations of off-spring, if they are even born, and give you cancer.

The amounts of ionising radiation in the form of over 1300 radio-nuclides emitted by fission reactions already exceed Chernobyl; Chernobyl was one reactor that exploded…Fukushima has three in advanced melt-down already, a spent fuel pool that has exploded (a scenario long known to be FAR more dangerous than even a melt-down), AND the likelihood exists that TEPCO has completely lost control, meaning that it’s just a matter of time until the three reactors in melt-down consume the other six reactors at the Fukushima site. Huge atomic-weapons explosions would then be possible, and MASSIVE amounts of radiation released into the environment, on the order of the equivalent of hundreds of thousands or even millions of single nuclear blasts.

“In 1986 technicians at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor tried an unauthorized experiment, without proper safety equipment on-line. An explosion of the hydrogen and oxygen that had built up occurred, as well as a partial core melt. An estimated 10 billion Curies of radiation was released. Thyroid cancer rates in the surrounding area are dozens of times normal, and many other cancer rates are also elevated.”

This paragraph from The Code Killers tells the story of Chernobyl in a nut-shell, and provides even more evidence that this “accident” could have been the result of sabotage. An “unauthorized experiment” being conducted in the evening when all the primary personnel were gone, resulting in contamination of the Ukraine, the primary “bread-basket” of the Soviet Union, and this happening under the renewed Reagan-Bush “cold war.”

Plutonium is being detected in many locations. Plutonium is THE most deadly substance known to exist, and it only exists as the result of human activity. One gram is enough to cause lethal cancer in a million people. Only a few kilo-grams is enough to kill everyone on the Earth. Because of the MOX fuel rods which contain plutonium before they are used, AND the fact that the fissioning of uranium produces plutonium as a result, an unbelievable amount of plutonium itself exists at Fukushima alone. ONE fuel rod alone may contain more than enough to kill every person on Earth; over 600,000 fuel rods are believed to exist at the four reactors.

A spent fuel pool fire is FAR more dangerous than ‘just’ a melt-down…or two or three…”because there is often 30 or 40 times more fuel in the pools than in the reactor. A significant portion of the full load of many of the most dangerous fission products still remains in the fuel.”

AT LEAST ONE SPENT FUEL POOL IS KNOWN TO HAVE BURNED UP, and possibly three. According to Ace Hoffman, Dr. Richard Webb not only pointed out that the radioactive emissions from Three Mile Island actually went OFF THE CHART for a period of time, but that the strip-chart “stopped” for two critical hours. The NRC lied, saying the readings were “on” chart.

More importantly, Webb calculated the hazards of a spent fuel accident…WHICH HAS ALREADY OCCURRED AT FUKUSHIMA:

“160,000 square miles rendered uninhabitable by Cesium-137 alone; 338,000 acres of land ruined agriculturally because of Strontium-90 fall-out; 200,000 square miles ruined by plutonium contamination alone – a lung cancer dust hazard. Since performing those calculations he has also concluded that radiation is a lot more harmful than he had assumed, and that in the first two days after a reactor accident, 30 to 100 million people would be seriously damaged (or killed) by radiation fall-out.”

Contamination of the ocean is a MAJOR issue that is hardly being talked about. Massive amounts of highly radioactive water are pouring into the sea at Fukushima, and it’s not coming from the surface. Researchers believe that the water is coming from tunnels beneath the reactor complex; it is likely a combination of the sea-water pumped to try to cool the reactors leaking out below, as well as reactor coolant water leaking from damaged seals. All of this is returning to the sea, to be distributed globally by the local and trans-Pacific thermal conveyors.

And the massive rains that have been falling over the eastern Pacific and west coast of the USA are dropping a lot of the fall-out directly into the ocean. The negative health impacts on all oceanic life-forms are incalculable. This massive influx of radiation is going to destroy the marine food-chain and eco-systems.

In total honesty, this situation unfolding now is even worse than what scientists like Dr. Carl Sagan feared as an actual “nuclear war” in which thousands of war-heads would explode; the Fukushima scenario is releasing even greater amounts of radiation but less explosively. There are not yet any massive fire-works but the amount of nuclear material in a war-head of many megatons is contained in only a small number of fuel rods. Leuren Moret estimated that the actual ionising radiation already released equals that of literally millions of nuclear explosions.

Finally, because even the highest levels of radiation are essentially undetectable by our senses, the amounts that can kill or cause lethal effects are invisible, and the genetic damage resulting in birth defects and cancers may not show up for years or even generations. With the U.S. government telling everyone NOT to prepare for a nuclear emergency, that radiation is actually a nutrient…I would say that, barring direct intervention by angelic extra-terrestrials, there is no hope for the future of human life on this planet. Fukushima has already sealed that fate. And it may just be starting. Ironically, in the same way that Nazi exterminators targeted the most fragile and vulnerable of humans, the elderly and the very young, so it goes with ionising radiation.

If someone were holding a gun to your head, you would feel threatened and be concerned. Since 1945 the gun has been to our heads, but our heads have been buried in the sand. With the Fukushima quake/tsunami, the trigger was pulled; the nuclear ‘bullet’ has already been fired and is currently travelling towards us…every one of us, human and non-human. Even someone fast enough to dodge the proverbial bullet cannot dodge ionising radiation.


The “war in Libya” just happened to coincide precisely with the Japan geo-terrorism attack. This is by no means accidental, but the product of deliberate design. Sure, it’s a ‘real’ war just like the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan; but it’s the same story of the CIA-backed “evil doer” starring as (yet another) “public-enemy-number-one”, giving the appearance of a “freedom-hating regime” that needs toppling. Yes, by the way they have lots of oil and other natural resources. With this “war”, Libya’s store of “natural resources” will increase with the addition of all the “depleted uranium” munitions being deployed there.

Below is the section from the original “Geo-Terrorism” article where I provide significant evidence that not only the recent Japan quake but also other recent ones, like the one that destroyed Christchurch, were man-made.

CLIP - To follow what Jeff publishes on his blog, check http://geo-terrorism.blogspot.com/ from time to time. Now he wants to research information on two topics: 1) how the radiation is being distributed in the ocean and concentrated at different depths, and in life-forms; and 2) what is called "mixing times" of atmospheric and oceanic currents = how long/in what way the clouds disperse into the southern hemisphere, etc. He also recommends the book by Dr. Yablokov, Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment - available for free HERE (pdf) in which he "extensively documents the effects of Chernobyl on hundreds of different life-forms. The same info will apply to now, only this time it's far worse."


Related videos and articles:

UN Report -- HAARP can cause 'HEAVY NUCLEAR TYPE EXPLOSION' (4/3/2011)
REVIEWING A UN TEXT POSTED AT http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2007/gacol3160.doc.htm The HAARP patent papers also stated that the invention could “simulate and perform the same function as performed by the detonation of a heavy type nuclear device”. Much more from Adepto Perfectus = dutchsinse through http://www.youtube.com/user/dutchsinse WATCH ESPECIALLY A day of rings -- 24 to 48 hours from now -- severe weather will hit ring effected area

HAARP Magnetometer data shows Japan earthquake was induced (March 15th, 201) http://presscore.ca/2011/?p=1624
(...) We know for a fact that the Japan earthquake lasted only a few minutes so why was the earthquake signature frequency (2.5 Hz) being recorded for 10 hours on the morning of March 11, 2011? Because a HAARP phased array antenna system was broadcasting (transmitting) the 2.5Hz ULF frequency and it triggered the Japan earthquake and ensuing tsunami.If you go to HAARP’s official website you can see for yourself that the 2.5 Hz ULF frequency wasn’t only being broadcated for 10 hours, it was constantly being broadcasted for 2 days prior to the earthquake. Broadcasting began on March 8, 2011, just before midnight as you can see on HAARP’s website page. Click on the Next Day link to see that the earthquake inducing 2.5 Hz ULF frequency was being broadcasted for the entire days of March 9, 2011 and March 10, 2011. Even though the signature frequency of an earthquake was shown throughout March 9 and March 10 there were no constant earthquakes occurring off the east coast of Japan. What is the significance of a 2.5 Hz ULF broadcast? The natural resonance of an earthquake is 2.5 Hz. Scientists working for the United States military discovered this using the phased array antennas at the HAARP facility in Alaska. HAARP’s own charts suggests that earthquakes occurred constantly for 3 days. We know for a fact that they haven’t.The HAARP magnetometer data provides proof that the Japan earthquake was not a naturally occurring quake – it was triggered. This data shows us that a HAARP military installation was broadcasting the known earthquake signature frequency in order to trigger a major earthquake. The broadcast was most likely being transmitted from a floating HAARP system like the floating Sea-Based X-Band Radar platform that can be moved anywhere in the Pacific or Atlantic ocean under the protection of a carrier strike group – like the USS Ronald Regan. Where was the USS Ronald Reagan on the morning of March 11, 2011? According to a Stars & Stripes March 9, 2011 report – Reagan carrier group steams toward South Korea to join exercise. Is this evidence or just a bunch of nonsense attached to a baseless conspiracy theory and recklessly made public by a crackpot? The above image is of the HAARP Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) platform which does exist (CHECK phased array antenna – a key component of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) GMD system – clearly not a conspiracy theory. The military vessel includes power plant, a bridge, control rooms, living quarters, storage areas and the infrastructure necessary to support the massive X-band radar. The SBX radar is the most sophisticated phased array, electro-mechanically steered X-band radar in the world – according to Boeing claims. The phased array antenna consists of thousands of antennas driven by transmit/receive modules. The radar is designed and built by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems for Boeing, the prime contractor on the project for the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Boeing, Raytheon and MDA exists – also not a conspiracy theory. CLIP

HAARP TPTB Japan Earthquake Tsunami Attack. (2011/03/11) FICTION!
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From: http://www.opednews.com/articles/Japan-s-Apocalypse-by-Stephen-Lendman-110402-994.html

Japan's Apocalypse - by Stephen Lendman

Despite a disaster multiples worse than Chernobyl, major media reports all along downplayed it. Now they largely ignore it, moving on to more important things like celebrity features and baseball's opening day, besides pretending American-led Libya bombing is well-intended when, in fact, it's another brazen power grab - an imperial war of conquest, explained in numerous previous articles.

The horror of all wars aside, waged solely for wealth and power, never humanity, Japan deserves regular top billing, given its global implications and potential millions of lives affected. Ignoring it is scandalous, yet it's practically disappeared from television where most people get news, unaware only managed reports are aired omitting vital truths.

Over three weeks and counting, Japan's crisis keeps worsens. Radiation levels in Fukushima's underground tunnel water reached 10,000 times above normal and rising. In nearby seawater, they're 4,385 times too high. Heavy rainfall exacerbates the problem. Food, water, air and soil contamination is spreading. 

On March 31, New York Times writer Henry Fountain headlined, "Cleanup Questions as Radiation Spreads," saying:

At issue is "how to clean up areas that have been heavily contaminated by radioactivity," stopping short of suggesting they're dead zones that may affect all northern Japan, an area comparable to Pennsylvania, potentially making it uninhabitable.

On March 31, the IAEA (the industry's global promoter) "said a soil sample from Iitate, a village of 7,000 about 25 miles northwest of the plant, showed very high concentrations of cesium-137," a harmful gamma ray-producing isotope, contaminating air, water and soil for decades.

Levels found are "double" those in Chernobyl's dead zone, raising concerns about extending Japan's evacuation, not done so far. Moreover, they're rising daily and will continue for months, perhaps years, creating permanent contamination combined with uranium, plutonium, and other hazardous toxins.

On April 1, Al Jazeera headlined, "Japan nuclear evacuation will be 'long term,' " saying:

"Residents of evacuated areas....have been warned that they may not be able to return to their homes for months," if ever, given increasing hazardous contamination levels. Cleanup will take decades and fall far short of making areas toxin-free. 

Experts call conditions "unchartered territory," wondering what, if anything can be done. The nuclear genie is out of the bottle. The imponderables are huge, and potential implications staggering.

On March 25, Helen Caldicott highlighted "a medical problem of vast dimensions," saying "the situation has grown increasingly grave." A week later, it's worse with no end of crisis in sight, Caldicott calling nuclear power's harm "the greatest public health hazard the world will ever see."

On March 31, physicist Michio Kaku said "three (Fukushima) raging meltdowns" plus one or more (melting) spent fuel ponds opened to the air are ongoing, adding: 

"This is huge," involving "uncontrolled radiation releases into the environment," including plutonium, the most toxic substance known. "A speck of plutonium, a millionth of a gram, can cause cancer if ingested." Moreover, if the plant site is abandoned, "we could be in free fall." Before it ends, Kaku believes it may far exceed Chernobyl. Perhaps it already has, though no one's admitting it or knows for sure.

Every Radiation Dose Is an Overdose

Experts like Harvey Wasserman agree. On March 27, he headlined, " 'Safe' Radiation is a Lethal TMI Lie,"

-- No amount of radiation is safe; they're harmful, cumulative, permanent and unforgiving;

-- It's why pregnant women aren't x-rayed;

-- "Any detectable fallout can kill;"

-- Fukushima's "serious danger" requires everyone to "prepare for the worst;"

-- "Fukusima is deadly to Americans;"

-- Minimally, "it threatens countless embryos and fetuses in utero, the infants, the elderly, the unborn who will come to future mothers now being exposed;"

-- There's "no defense against even the tiniest radioactive assault;"

-- "Science has never found such a 'safe' threshold, and never will;"

-- "All doses, 'insignificant' or otherwise, can harm the human organism;"

-- Three Mile Island (TMI) victims experienced "cancer, leukemia, birth defects, stillbirths, sterility, malformations, open lesions, hair loss, a metallic taste and much more....;"

-- Pennsylvania's Department of Agriculture also documented the farm and wild animal death and mutation rate;

-- TMI was minor compared to Fukushima; its radiation is "pouring into the air and water;" operators reported levels "a million times normal, then retracted the estimate to a 'mere' 100,000;"

-- Most frightening is what's unrevealed; coverup after TMI and Chernobyl was scandalous;

-- All North America and Europe are affected, especially by rain, increasing soil and water contamination;

-- "Fukushima's worst may be yet to come," by far the worst ever environmental and human disaster;

-- "The response of the Obama Administration has been beyond derelict," claiming Americans face no threat; he lied and now remains silent; saying:

-- " 'Impossible' accidents continue to happen, one after the other, each of them successively worse."

What will it take to stop this monster? Because of enormous industry profits, perhaps it will take ending human life to convince skeptics.

Candidate v. President Obama

In 2008, candidate Obama was skeptical about nuclear power, telling NBC Meet the Press host Tim Russert on January 15, 2008:

Unless a "safe way to produce (and store) nuclear energy (is found), then absolutely we shouldn't build more plants."

At a January 13, 2008 town hall meeting, he said:

"Nuclear is bad because we don't know how to store it. And it poses security hazards."

On December 30, 2007, he said:

"....(N)uclear energy is not optimal so I am not a nuclear energy proponent....I am much more interested in solar and wind and bio-diesel (to produce) clean energy and (new) jobs....I have not ruled out nuclear (but) only so far is it is clean and safe."

Earlier he said:

-- "Nuclear power is not working for us right now;"

-- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is "a moribund agency that needs to be revamped, and it's become captive of the industries that it regulates and I think that's a problem."

He also called storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain "a bad idea." Nuclear power "has a host of problems that have not been solved," and "I don't think there's anything that we inevitably dislike about nuclear power. We just dislike the fact that it might blow up....and irradiate us....and kill us. That's the problem."

Even candidate Obama was less than candid. On July 4, 2007, CounterPunch co-editor Jeff St. Clair and contributor Joshua Frank called him "another automaton of the atomic lobby" in their article headlined, "Barack Obama's Nuclear Ambitions," saying:

During the 1990s, "the atom lobby....had a stranglehold on the Clinton administration and now they seem to have the same suffocating grip around (Obama's) neck, (the Democrat's) brightest star...."

It showed (and still does) in generous industry contributions. As of late March 2007, he "accepted $159,800 from executives and employees of Exelon, the nation's largest nuclear power plant operator." They previously funded his 2004 Senate campaign, contributing $74,350. 

In return, he helped kill an amendment to stop large industry loan guarantees "for power-plant operators to develop new energy projects the public will not only pay millions of dollars in loan costs but will also risk losing billions of dollars if the companies default."

In 2005, Nuclear News praised him for "keeping an open mind" on nuclear power. In other words, for supporting it despite the unforgiving hazards. "The atom lobby must certainly be pleased." Why else would they help elect him president.

A previous article explained Obama's longstanding industry ties, including with Chicago-based Exelon. Its web site says it operates 17 reactors at 10 stations in Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, providing 20% of US nuclear capacity.

In addition, Obama's former top political aide, David Axelrod, once lobbied for Exelon, and Rahm Emanuel, his former White House chief of staff (now Chicago's mayor-elect), profited handsomely as an investment banker, arranging mergers that created the company.

In his proposed budget, Obama includes $36 billion in industry loan guarantees for new facilities - free money. He's committed to jump-start new construction, halted since Three Mile Island in 1979. Already takers are lining up, 20 or more applications pending before the NRC.

In fact, he and Energy Secretary Steven Chu downplay Fukushima, ignoring industry hazards, including 23 US nuclear plants at 16 locations using the same failed GE-designed Mark 1 containment vessels. Earlier, the NRC called them susceptible to explosions and failure because of cost-cutting design features. 

Its 1985 study warned that failure within the first few hours after a core meltdown was very likely. Its top safety official at the time said it had a 90% probability of failing if an accident caused overheating and melting. When reactor cooling is compromised, the containment vessel is the last line of defense. However, GE's design is hazardous and unsafe.

Today, Obama supports the NRC, the same agency Karl Grossman calls "an unabashed promoter of nuclear power," the one candidate Obama called "moribund, (a) captive of the industries it regulates." The one with a perfect record - never having denied applicants new plant licenses. The one now dangerously extending operating lives of aging, poorly maintained plants with deplorable safety records to 80 years, assuring multiple likelihoods of trouble.

It now says no new regulation or oversight is needed. No moratorium on new construction or old plants will be instituted, and, in fact, Vermont's trouble-plagued Yankee plant (using the same type Fukushima reactor) got a 20-year extension instead of being shut down.

That in spite of recent reports highlighting serious industry "near misses," safety violations, failures to reveal legally-required information regarding defective equipment, electrical supply system inadequacies, and other examples of industry mismanagement and criminality, risking an American Fukushima disaster.

According to nuclear technician Tom Saporito:

"The administration, including the president of the United States, is recklessly endangering the population by promoting the construction of nuclear plants and by not taking affirmative action to deal with known safety problems."

In fact, shutting the industry down is crucial, especially as Grossman, a longtime industry expert, says:

"Safe, clean, renewable energy technologies fully implemented can provide all the power we need - and energy that we can live with" safely, unlike the hazardous nuclear roulette played each day these ticking time bombs operate.

As president, however, Obama fronts for Wall Street, war profiteers, Big Oil, Big Pharma, other corporate favorites, and his nuclear industry friends, risking a major disaster to assure generous 2012 campaign contributions for another four years to complete wrecking America and other nations globally. That's his "change we can believe in" plan, not the one sold to constituents.


Related article:

Fukushima fears chill Obama's atomic ambition (23 March 201)
The president is a big supporter of the US nuclear industry – and it's mutual. But public opinion after Japan's disaster is otherwise -- The recent tsunami in Japan and the subsequent, ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant have prompted concerns that a similar series of events could occur in the United States. After all, there is no country on earth more familiar with nuclear power than the United States: its 104 commercial plants make it the world's largest provider of nuclear power. Yet, for an industry with such well-documented risks – albeit risks that have laid dormant for more than a decade – nuclear energy has enjoyed a great deal of support from the Obama administration. Obama's endorsements of alternative, renewable energy have always been qualified by his inclusion of nuclear power "in the mix". Even with the most recent news that heightened levels of radioactive iodine have been detected in Tokyo's water supply, Obama has followed the US nuclear industry's cues, insisting that we have nothing to fear and that nuclear power remains a key to our energy future. How are we to make sense of this seemingly unshakeable commitment? By insisting that the Fukushima crisis is simply an unfortunate result of the tsunami rather than the seismic activity in the region, the US nuclear industry hopes to quell potentially costly anxieties that such an event could happen here – or that nuclear energy might be fundamentally hazardous. CLIP


Note from Jean: This nightmarish new disease - which don't seem to be deadly though - appears to be absolutely true and is going TOTALLY unreported by the mainstream media around the world - I found just ONE other article in New Zealand mentioning no detail on this! Many alternative news websites have picked this news though. I google translated the original Chinese article on this and it fully confirms this alarming new development while giving even more graphic descriptions of the terrible health consequences and on how quickly and easily it is spreading... Many interesting comments HERE

From: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china/highly-contagious-aids-like-disease-spreading-in-china-53864.html

Highly Contagious AIDS-Like Disease Spreading in China

By Chen Yilian -- March 30, 2011

In a small hotel across from the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a reporter from New Express Daily, dressed in an isolation suit, interviewed a dozen “unusual” patients from different areas of China. Their symptoms are painful and debilitating, and AIDS-like, but repeated tests for HIV have come up negative.

Lin Jun, one of the patients interviewed in the March 24 New Express Daily report, said he used to be chubby, but now he is skin and bones, and his joints have become all deformed.

Lin is referred to in the group as “big brother” for his kindness and giving fellow patients hope when they feel hopeless, with some having considered suicide.

In 2008 Lin’s mother received a blood transfusion at a hospital. Afterwords, she experienced frequent night sweats, numb limbs, aches all over, creaking joints, rashes on her hands, and weight loss.

In May of that year, Lin accidentally became infected through contact with his mother’s blood. Fourteen days later, he fell ill with swollen lymph nodes on his neck, sore knees that made clicking sounds, and pain all over his body. He also started vomiting after every meal, and the left side of his face swelled up. In half a year, his weight dropped from 82 kilograms (181 lbs) to 52 kilograms (115 lbs).

Three months later, his wife and child developed the same symptoms.

Lin said he went to every major hospital in Shanghai, but could not get a definite diagnosis. He has taken the HIV test eight times, and each time the test turned out negative.

Then he found an Internet blog called “The Negative Group,” which he learned stands for “HIV negative.” He realized that writing on this blog were all people like himself, with the same kinds of symptoms, desperate to find a cure.

Several Chinese media have recently reported that the Department of Health of Guangdong Province has confirmed that people in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong have fallen ill after being infected with an unknown virus. The patients think they have AIDS, but they test negative for HIV.

Guangdong has organized clinical experts, epidemiologists and psychologists to work together on these cases. The Health Ministry has also selected six provinces with more patients, including Beijing, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Hunan, Jiangsu and Guangdong, to conduct epidemiological studies, but there are no results yet, the reports said.

In most of the 30 cases investigated by New Express Daily for its March 24 report, people said their relatives and friends are also infected. Most of the 30 patients were infected through sexual contact. Some experts diagnosed them as having AIDS phobia.

However, the disease seems to be highly contagious and can spread by contact via any bodily fluid—through kissing, shared utensils, sweat, and even protected sex. Once infected, the immune system appears to be attacked, which results in a decrease of white blood cells and the body’s ability to defend against infectious disease and foreign materials.

In the past, official health agencies have only conducted HIV tests on these patients and have not checked for other, similarly pathological viruses. With HIV results coming up negative, many patients then stopped taking protective measures with their relatives. Subsequently, all their relatives and friends were infected, many have said.

One infected man told The Epoch Times that the disease is highly infectious and hard to prevent. His wife and two-year-old child both appear to have it. The child has lip and skin blood spots, he said.

A retired officer in his 40’s told The Epoch Times for a previous June 16, 2010 report that he had been infected with a disease with similar symptoms in 2009, at a get-together at a friend’s house. “I thought it was just a cold at the time, so I still participated in all kind of gatherings. Consequently, over 100 of my comrades in the army, relatives and friends were infected by me,” he said.


Related article and comments:

China under the Grip of Highly Contagious AIDS-like Disease (03/31/2011)
Infectious diseases’ rate is growing alarmingly in China and regarding which the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office IX conducted their 1st Infectious Disease Summit in Region 9 yesterday morning at Grand Astoria Hotel. The aim of the summit was to focus on the measures that should be taken to control the spread of the infectious diseases in the region to save people and the country from the diseases. Regarding the situation, DOH 9 Regional Director Dr. Aristides Tan said, “The purpose of the summit is to create more awareness and provide more information to our colleagues on the latest trend on how to control infectious diseases. The theme for the summit is: Connecting partners on the fight against TB, HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other infectious diseases”. CLIP

Among the comments posted at...
"These are biological weapons tests on the people of China. SARS was a bio weapon, as is this new disease. They are created in laboratories only to be released on the public as an experiment for future use. Soon, the Middle East, Europe and North America will be next when it comes to viruses like Marburg and Ebola."

Among the comments posted at...
Looked around for info regarding this not linked to the epochtimes. com. http://sites.google.com/site/newhivaidslikeviruschina - "The incubation period for this virus appears to be around 2 to 3 days (this is the time it takes for the first symptoms of this disease to appear after the initial exposure to the virus). Around 7 to 14 days after the initial exposure to the virus, many of the disease symptoms will have manifested. Often the symptoms in male patients are more severe than those in females patients. One year after the initial exposure, the majority of patients' symptoms will improve to a degree, and become relatively mild. Reports from China about this mystery HIV-like disease are often uncorroborated and anecdotal. It is almost certain is that this virus is not a new HIV strain, and is very unlikely to be a new retrovirus. This is because human retroviruses do not generally transmit by saliva." May post more if I can find anything in peer reviewed scientific literature.


Note from Jean: I have the nagging feeling that Paul Craig Roberts is right about his conclusion that this could lead to World War III or at least to renewed tension between the hegemonic US and the rising China

From: http://www.opednews.com/articles/Libya--The-DC-NATO-Agenda-by-paul-craig-roberts-110405-868.html

Libya — The DC/NATO Agenda and the Next Great War

by Paul Craig Roberts -- April 6, 2011

In the 1930s the US, Great Britain, and the Netherlands set a course for World War II in the Pacific by conspiring against Japan. The three governments seized Japan's bank accounts in their countries that Japan used to pay for imports and cut Japan off from oil, rubber, tin, iron and other vital materials. Was Pearl Harbor, Japan's response?

Now Washington and its NATO puppets are employing the same strategy against China.

Protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Yemen arose from the people protesting against Washington's tyrannical puppet governments. However, the protests against Gaddafi, who is not a Western puppet, appear to have been organized by the CIA in the eastern part of Libya where the oil is and where China has substantial energy investments.

Eighty percent of Libya's oil reserves are believed to be in the Sirte Basin in eastern Libya now controlled by rebels supported by Washington. As seventy percent of Libya's GDP is produced by oil, a successful partitioning of Libya would leave Gaddafi's Tripoli-based regime impoverished.

The People's Daily Online (March 23) reported that China has 50 large-scale projects in Libya. The outbreak of hostilities has halted these projects and resulted in 30,000 Chinese workers being evacuated from Libya. Chinese companies report that they expect to lose hundreds of millions of yuan.

China is relying on Africa, principally Libya, Angola, and Nigeria, for future energy needs. In response to China's economic engagement with Africa, Washington is engaging the continent militarily with the US African Command (AFRICOM) created by President George W. Bush in 2007. Forty-nine African countries agreed to participate with Washington in AFRICOM, but Gaddafi refused, thus creating a second reason for Washington to target Libya for takeover.

A third reason for targeting Libya is that Libya and Syria are the only two countries with Mediterranean sea coasts that are not under the control or influence of Washington. Suggestively, protests also have broken out in Syria. Whatever Syrians might think of their government, after watching Iraq's fate and now Libya's it is unlikely that Syrians would set themselves up for US military intervention. Both the CIA and Mossad are known to use social networking sites to foment protests and to spread disinformation. These intelligence services are the likely conspirators that the Syrian and Libyan governments blame for the protests.

Caught off guard by protests in Tunisia and Egypt, Washington realized that protests could be used to remove Gaddafi and Assad. The humanitarian excuse for intervening in Libya is not credible considering Washington's go-ahead to the Saudi military to crush the protests in Bahrain, the home base for the US Fifth Fleet.

If Washington succeeds in overthrowing the Assad government in Syria, Russia would lose its Mediterranean naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus. Thus, Washington has much to gain if it can use the cloak of popular rebellion to eject both China and Russia from the Mediterranean. Rome's mare nostrum ("our sea") would become Washington's mare nostrum.

"Gaddafi must go," declared Obama. How long before we also hear, "Assad must go?"

The American captive press is at work demonizing both Gaddafi and Assad, an eye doctor who returned to Syria from London to head the government after his father's death.

The hypocrisy passes unremarked when Obama calls Gaddafi and Assad dictators. Since the beginning of the 21st century, the American president has been a Caesar. Based on nothing more than a Justice Department memo, George W. Bush was declared to be above US statutory law, international law, and the power of Congress as long as he was acting in his role as commander-in-chief in the "war on terror."

Caesar Obama has done Bush one step better. Caesar Obama has taken the US to war against Libya without even the pretense of asking Congress for authorization. This is an impeachable offense, but an impotent Congress is unable to protect its power. By accepting the claims of executive authority, Congress has acquiesced to Caesarism. The American people have no more control over their government than do people in countries ruled by dictators.

Washington's quest for world hegemony is driving the world toward World War III. China is no less proud than was Japan in the 1930s and is unlikely to submit to being bullied and governed by what China regards as the decadent West. Russia's resentment to its military encirclement is rising. Washington's hubris can lead to fatal miscalculation.


Paul Craig Roberts, a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, has been reporting shocking cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. A new edition of his book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, co-authored with Lawrence Stratton, a documented account of how Americans lost the protection of law, has been released by Random House.


From: http://rense.com/general93/truth.htm

The Truth About Libya

By Stephen Goodson -- 4-1-11

Colonel Muammar Gadaffi is frequently referred to in the media as a "mad dictator" and "bloody tyrant", but do these allegations accord with the facts?

Libya consists of over 15O tribes, with the two main groups, the Meghabra living in Tripolitania in the west and the Wafallah living in Cyrenaica in the east. Previous attempts to unite these tribes by the Turkish (1855-1911) and ltalian {1911-43) colonial rulers failed and the country was split in two for administrative purposes.

Oil was discovered in Libya in 1959, but King ldris of the Senussi tribe allowed most of the oil profits to be siphoned into the coffers of the oil companies. The coup d'etat on 1 September 1969 led by Colonel Gadaffi had countrywide support. He subsequently married a woman from the royal Barqa tribe and adroitly unified the nation.

By retaining Libya's oil wealth for the benefit of all its people, Gadaffi had created a socialist paradise. There is no unemployment, Libya has the highest GDP in .Africa, less than 5% of the population is classified as poor and it has fewer people living below the poverty datum line than for example in Holland. Life expectancy is 75 years and is the highest in Africa and I0% above the world average.

With the exception of the nomadic Bedouin and Tuareg tribes, most Libyan families possess a house and a car. There is free health care and education and not surprisingly Libya has a literacy rate of 82%. Last year Gadaffi distributed $500 to each man, woman and child (population 6.5 million).

Libya has a tolerable human rights record and stands at 61 on the International Incarceration Index, comparable with countries in central Europe (the lower the rating, the lower the standing - the USA occupies the no.1 spot!). There is hardly any crime and only rebels and traitors are dealt with harshly.

Anyone who has read Gadaffi's little Green Book will realize that he is a thoughtful and enlightened leader. Libya has been accused of having committed numerous acts of terrorism in the past, but many of these have been perpetrated by foreign intelligence agencies as false flag operations - the Lockerbie bombing being a prime example.

The CIA and MI6 and their frontmen have been stoking up dissent in the east of the country for almost 30 years. Libya produces exceptionally high quality light crude oil and its production cost of $1 a barrel, compared to the current price of $115, is the lowest in the world.

Riba (usury) is not permitted. The Central bank of Libya is a wholly-owned by the Libyan Government and is run as a state bank, issuing all government loans free of interest. This is in contrast to the exploitative fractional reserve banking system of the West. The no-fly zone and the bombing of Libya have nothing to do with the protection of civilians. It is an act of war a blatant and crude attempt by the oil corporations and international bankers to steal the wealth of Libya.


From: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MD02Ak01.html

Exposed: The US-Saudi Libya deal

By Pepe Escobar -- April 2, 2011

You invade Bahrain. We take out Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. This, in short, is the essence of a deal struck between the Barack Obama administration and the House of Saud. Two diplomatic sources at the United Nations independently confirmed that Washington, via Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave the go-ahead for Saudi Arabia to invade Bahrain and crush the pro-democracy movement in their neighbor in exchange for a "yes" vote by the Arab League for a no-fly zone over Libya - the main rationale that led to United Nations Security Council resolution 1973.

The revelation came from two different diplomats, a European and a member of the BRIC group, and was made separately to a US scholar and Asia Times Online. According to diplomatic protocol, their names cannot be disclosed. One of the diplomats said, "This is the reason why we could not support resolution 1973. We were arguing that Libya, Bahrain and Yemen were similar cases, and calling for a fact-finding mission. We maintain our official position that the resolution is not clear, and may be interpreted in a belligerent manner."

As Asia Times Online has reported, a full Arab League endorsement of a no-fly zone is a myth. Of the 22 full members, only 11 were present at the voting. Six of them were Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, the US-supported club of Gulf kingdoms/sheikhdoms, of which Saudi Arabia is the top dog. Syria and Algeria were against it. Saudi Arabia only had to "seduce" three other members to get the vote.

Translation: only nine out of 22 members of the Arab League voted for the no-fly zone. The vote was essentially a House of Saud-led operation, with Arab League secretary general Amr Moussa keen to polish his CV with Washington with an eye to become the next Egyptian President.

Thus, in the beginning, there was the great 2011 Arab revolt. Then, inexorably, came the US-Saudi counter-revolution.

Profiteers rejoice

Humanitarian imperialists will spin en masse this is a "conspiracy", as they have been spinning the bombing of Libya prevented a hypothetical massacre in Benghazi. They will be defending the House of Saud - saying it acted to squash Iranian subversion in the Gulf; obviously R2P - "responsibility to protect" does not apply to people in Bahrain. They will be heavily promoting post-Gaddafi Libya as a new - oily - human rights Mecca, complete with US intelligence assets, black ops, special forces and dodgy contractors.

Whatever they say won't alter the facts on the ground - the graphic results of the US-Saudi dirty dancing. Asia Times Online has already reported on who profits from the foreign intervention in Libya (see There's no business like war business, March 30). Players include the Pentagon (via Africom), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Saudi Arabia, the Arab League's Moussa, and Qatar. Add to the list the al-Khalifa dynasty in Bahrain, assorted weapons contractors, and the usual neo-liberal suspects eager to privatize everything in sight in the new Libya - even the water. And we're not even talking about the Western vultures hovering over the Libyan oil and gas industry.

Exposed, above all, is the astonishing hypocrisy of the Obama administration, selling a crass geopolitical coup involving northern Africa and the Persian Gulf as a humanitarian operation. As for the fact of another US war on a Muslim nation, that's just a "kinetic military action".

There's been wide speculation in both the US and across the Middle East that considering the military stalemate - and short of the "coalition of the willing" bombing the Gaddafi family to oblivion - Washington, London and Paris might settle for the control of eastern Libya; a northern African version of an oil-rich Gulf Emirate. Gaddafi would be left with a starving North Korea-style Tripolitania.

But considering the latest high-value defections from the regime, plus the desired endgame ("Gaddafi must go", in President Obama's own words), Washington, London, Paris and Riyadh won't settle for nothing but the whole kebab. Including a strategic base for both Africom and NATO.

Round up the unusual suspects

One of the side effects of the dirty US-Saudi deal is that the White House is doing all it can to make sure the Bahrain drama is buried by US media. BBC America news anchor Katty Kay at least had the decency to stress, "they would like that one [Bahrain] to go away because there's no real upside for them in supporting the rebellion by the Shi'ites."

For his part the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, showed up on al-Jazeera and said that action was needed because the Libyan people were attacked by Gaddafi. The otherwise excellent al-Jazeera journalists could have politely asked the emir whether he would send his Mirages to protect the people of Palestine from Israel, or his neighbors in Bahrain from Saudi Arabia.

The al-Khalifa dynasty in Bahrain is essentially a bunch of Sunni settlers who took over 230 years ago. For a great deal of the 20th century they were obliging slaves of the British empire. Modern Bahrain does not live under the specter of a push from Iran; that's an al-Khalifa (and House of Saud) myth.

Bahrainis, historically, have always rejected being part of a sort of Shi'ite nation led by Iran. The protests come a long way, and are part of a true national movement - way beyond sectarianism. No wonder the slogan in the iconic Pearl roundabout - smashed by the fearful al-Khalifa police state - was "neither Sunni nor Shi'ite; Bahraini".

What the protesters wanted was essentially a constitutional monarchy; a legitimate parliament; free and fair elections; and no more corruption. What they got instead was "bullet-friendly Bahrain" replacing "business-friendly Bahrain", and an invasion sponsored by the House of Saud.

And the repression goes on - invisible to US corporate media. Tweeters scream that everybody and his neighbor are being arrested. According to Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, over 400 people are either missing or in custody, some of them "arrested at checkpoints controlled by thugs brought in from other Arab and Asian countries - they wear black masks in the streets." Even blogger Mahmood Al Yousif was arrested at 3 am, leading to fears that the same will happen to any Bahraini who has blogged, tweeted, or posted Facebook messages in favor of reform.

Globocop is on a roll

Odyssey Dawn is now over. Enter Unified Protector - led by Canadian Charles Bouchard. Translation: the Pentagon (as in Africom) transfers the "kinetic military action " to itself (as in NATO, which is nothing but the Pentagon ruling over Europe). Africom and NATO are now one.

The NATO show will include air and cruise missile strikes; a naval blockade of Libyia; and shady, unspecified ground operations to help the "rebels". Hardcore helicopter gunship raids a la AfPak - with attached "collateral damage" - should be expected.

A curious development is already visible. NATO is deliberately allowing Gaddafi forces to advance along the Mediterranean coast and repel the "rebels". There have been no surgical air strikes for quite a while.

The objective is possibly to extract political and economic concessions from the defector and Libyan exile-infested Interim National Council (INC) - a dodgy cast of characters including former Justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, US-educated former secretary of planning Mahmoud Jibril, and former Virginia resident, new "military commander" and CIA asset Khalifa Hifter. The laudable, indigenous February 17 Youth movement - which was in the forefront of the Benghazi uprising - has been completely sidelined.

This is NATO's first African war, as Afghanistan is NATO's first Central/South Asian war. Now firmly configured as the UN's weaponized arm, Globocop NATO is on a roll implementing its "strategic concept" approved at the Lisbon summit last November (see Welcome to NATOstan, Asia Times Online, November 20, 2010).

Gaddafi's Libya must be taken out so the Mediterranean - the mare nostrum of ancient Rome - becomes a NATO lake. Libya is the only nation in northern Africa not subordinated to Africom or Centcom or any one of the myriad NATO "partnerships". The other non-NATO-related African nations are Eritrea, Sawahiri Arab Democratic Republic, Sudan and Zimbabwe.

Moreover, two members of NATO's "Istanbul Cooperation Initiative" - Qatar and the United Arab Emirates - are now fighting alongside Africom/NATO for the fist time. Translation: NATO and Persian Gulf partners are fighting a war in Africa. Europe? That's too provincial. Globocop is the way to go.

According to the Obama administration's own official doublespeak, dictators who are eligible for "US outreach" - such as in Bahrain and Yemen - may relax, and get away with virtually anything. As for those eligible for "regime alteration", from Africa to the Middle East and Asia, watch out. Globocop NATO is coming to get you. With or without dirty deals.

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His new book, just out, is Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com

To follow Pepe's articles on the Great Arab Revolt, please click HERE.


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Chinese Newspaper Calls Obama’s Libya Speech ‘Worrisome to Mankind’ (Mar 30, 2011) ... AND TO THE HEGEMONY OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OVER CHINA...
The voice of China’s establishment intelligentsia has spoken out strongly against President Obama’s March 28 speech on Libya, asking “Who authorized you to play such a special role in global security?” The Guangming Daily, a Communist Party-owned publication aimed at intellectuals, joined the chorus of denunciations in Chinese state media against the West, particularly the United States, for their bombing raids on Moammar Gadhafi’s forces in Libya.Obama had given his speech, the first since the Libyan mission began on March 19, at National Defense University.The tone of the Guangming Daily rebuttal was decidedly reproachful.“Before he had even finished speaking, the audience was trembling with fear, full of dread,” it said. “Obama spoke bluntly, saying that America plays a special role in world security… We can’t help ask, does this special role mean using military force to bombard a sovereign country and kill innocent civilians?” the March 29 article asked.A partial translation was published by Chinascope, a media research group in Washington, DC, while The Epoch Times translated other parts. “He made no mention of how America hopes for peace,” the article said. “His mouth was full of how America is this and that… full of talk about military force being the American responsibility, it was simply a raping of public opinion.” The author condemned the speech as “showing the hateful face of United States hegemony.” “The United States practice is extremely despicable, according to either the international community's acknowledged rules or the common sense of human rights,” the article continued. Communist Party media have been engaged in rhetorical sorties of this kind since China abstained from the United Nations Security Council vote to implement a no-fly zone in Libya, on March 17. While the public statements have focused on concern for human causalities, experts interviewed by The Epoch Times say that these are covers for more realpolitik concerns: not setting a precedent for international intervention against strikes on civilians protesting against a repressive government.Domestic Chinese propaganda against the intervention has been particularly vigorous, as the Party seeks to make sure the Libya case does not become an object lesson for the Chinese people in democracy via popular revolt, assisted by the West through force.

Why is the Fed Bailing Out Qaddafi? (APRIL 1, 2011)
Barack Obama recently issued an executive order imposing a wave of sanctions against Libya, not only freezing Libyan assets, but barring Americans from having business dealings with Libyan banks.So raise your hand if you knew that the United States has been extending billions of dollars in aid to Qaddafi and to the Central Bank of Libya, through a Libyan-owned subsidiary bank operating out of Bahrain. And raise your hand if you knew that, just a week or so after Obama’s executive order, the U.S. Treasury Department quietly issued an order exempting this and other Libyan-owned banks to continue operating without sanction. CLIP - Check also The Battle for Libya's Oil Fields & Letter To Russia


From: "PJ Chudleigh (mdidesign@shaw.ca)
Subject: Re: The Writing on the Wall Series #68: Looks Like the Mother of All Crisis is About to Erupt
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011


RE: The reactor that saves itself: safe nuclear does exist - China leads the way with thorium

Why oh why do you continue to support contributors whose object goal is to continue promoting centrally served and controlled power generation and distribution? Who in their right mind wants to enter the new age consciously dragging old baggage and servitude behind?

If electrical power is centrally served from a corporate owned design everyone will AWAYS be paying the man. You know, I'm sick of paying out more than $2,000.00 each and every month just to say, "I live here."

EVERYONE needs to refocus and begin investing thought and time into generating their own power and heat onsite for their own home. OMG, no meltdowns, no monthly bills, no threat of being cut off. Just pure independence. And all for a fraction of the cost for any centrally generated energy anywhere, ever (well at least until captains of industry are long gone and buried).

There are many amazing, low cost solutions, e.g. a local business in Saskatchewan Canada has built a vacuum tube that ties into a circulating water system to heat your home and provide hot water. Mounted in a light capture box on the roof, half a dozen of these tubes, about 60 cm long and 15 cm in diameter will heat a 1,500 sq. ft. home. During a sunny winter day with ambient temperatures of -40C water in the tubes was typically sampled at +65C!

Now try and tell me this is NOT the way of our future. Simple. Affordable (typically $5-10K). Easy to install. A permanent life time solution.

Let's get it together, Jean. If you're going to promote and disseminate, please pay diligent attention to high value solutions. It's easy, just focus on decentralized answers. Maybe you should pick up the book, The Starfish and The Spider and give it a read as well.

While I appreciate your commitment and effort, your focus on negativity does not serve the greater good.




Hi PJ !

I agree that much of what I've networked lately isn't upbeat news, but I'm not creating them and part of my "job" is to circulate information that is mostly unreported by the mainstream media.

The fact that an alternative has existed all along to uranium reactors was unknown to me. The following excerpt from this article is mainly why I felt it was important to network it:

"US physicists in the late 1940s explored thorium fuel for power. It has a higher neutron yield than uranium, a better fission rating, longer fuel cycles, and does not require the extra cost of isotope separation. The plans were shelved because thorium does not produce plutonium for bombs."

I should probably have put a caveat at the top of this article explaining that I certainly don't favor centralized power generation, but decentralized clean and eternally renewable sources of energy like solar and wind power. To correct this, I've included your letter and this reply in my next compilation. Thanks for introducing me to this super tube-based Pressurized Solar Water Heaters - Technical info HERE and video HERE - which looks indeed like a fascinating and possibly affordable solution. Apparently... "The WSE47 panel will produce 2200 BTU per hour. This is equivalent to 586 watts of heating power per hour. In Saskatoon we receive 2328.45 hours of sun per year and we pay 10 cents per kilowatt-hour for power. If the WSE47 panel produces 586 watts for 2328.45 hours per year that is 1364.17 kilowatt-hours of power per year. At 10 cents per kilowatt-hour that is equivalent to $136.45 per year. This means the panel could pay for itself in less than 3 years."

3 years for payback time looks reasonable to me, although I'm sure many other costs are not factored in this estimate, like buying a new set of batteries every 5 years of so. Personally, I've opted so far for biomass heating - with a wood stove - as it is well adapted to our rural, amply forested area here, plus electricity from Hydro-Quebec which is still relatively affordable (8 cents per kilowatt-hour, fixed charge and taxes included)... but I might be interested at some point to do away with Hydro-Quebec if they try to force upon me a 'smart meter' which I definitely don't want.

Thanks also for introducing me to the book The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations - I'm including below an Editorial Review from Amazon and one of the reader's review, both of which give a good idea of this book's content.

All my best to you


Brafman and Beckstrom, a pair of Stanford M.B.A.s who have applied their business know-how to promoting peace and economic development through decentralized networking, offer a breezy and entertaining look at how decentralization is changing many organizations. The title metaphor conveys the core concept: though a starfish and a spider have similar shapes, their internal structure is dramatically different—a decapitated spider inevitably dies, while a starfish can regenerate itself from a single amputated leg. In the same way, decentralized organizations, like the Internet, the Apache Indian tribe and Alcoholics Anonymous, are made up of many smaller units capable of operating, growing and multiplying independently of each other, making it very difficult for a rival force to control or defeat them. Despite familiar examples—eBay, Napster and the Toyota assembly line, for example—there are fresh insights, such as the authors' three techniques for combating a decentralized competitor (drive change in your competitors' ideology, force them to become centralized or decentralize yourself). The authors also analyze one of today's most worrisome "starfish" organizations—al-Qaeda—though that group undermines the authors' point that the power of leaderless groups helps to demonstrate the essential goodness and trustworthiness of human beings.

A handbook for world changers, October 16, 2006 By Kathleen Hawk

"No matter how you identify yourself in the human ecosystem -- worker bee, sheriff, manager, capitalist, entrepreneur, politician, healer, parent, activist or consultant -- this book is going to turn on lights in your brain. It's that multi-layered. It's also that packed with the kind of simply brilliant insights that are totally familiar, and you wonder why you didn't remember that you knew that. The Starfish and the Spider is about the power of individuals coalescing in groups of common interest and goals. It is about people doing things because they are important and meaningful to them. And how, under these circumstances, hierarchical control just isn't necessary. Using an eclectic group of examples that range from the guerrilla tactics of the Apaches against the colonial Spanish army to the network of independent AA groups to a variety of Internet-driven modern companies, the book distills some clear principles about the structure, roles and ultimate "unstoppability" of healthy starfish organizations in surviving, growing and getting things done. Promoted as a business management book, this book has just as much value in many other realms. Specifically, it leads to interesting ideas in psychology, religion and spirituality, government, social activism, global diplomacy, and certainly no less, to individuals who are poised to become more active in their communities, local and global.

The fundamental concepts are not new. The tribal system of collaboration and cooperation, based on trust and kinship, undoubtedly predates the emergence of power-based heirarchies. The effectiveness of grassroots movements is well known. The achievements of these organizational systems -- often against heirarchy-based organizations with massively more wealth and power -- are detailed throughout the book. However, the authors offer some new interpretations and suggestions about these laterally networked human systems can be used. To improve business performance in conventional, heirarchically organized firms. To achieve social change. And even to fight other laterally organized systems. The overwhelming messsage of the book is the goodness of people, their willingness to step up and help better a situation. The only "dark" spot is the section about Al Qaeda and the stresses it creates not only on foreign nations it targets for terrorism, but on its home communities. The discussion in that section about ways to weaken the incentives for hate-based groups and then a story about what one community did about its embedded terrorists are sobering and fuel for debate.

Today, the ease of bringing together people and sharing information and plans is dramatically facilitated by the Internet and wireless telephones. That is also the message of this book. Starfish organizations are coalescing all around us, both in formal intent and casual happenstance. If the authors are correct about the goodness and inherent compassion in human nature, there has never been a time when there was so much potential to change the world for the better. For individuals looking for inspiration and support, this is a crucial takeaway from this book. There is no excuse for complaining anymore about almost anything, because it is possible to gather people of like minds and do something about it. It requires learning to speak up. If requires learning to trust each other. It requires believing that things can be different. After that, the almost magical nature of these groups kicks in, and what can be accomplished is often more than anyone expected. Sound too airy fairy? It's not. It's the most practical treatise on change management and individual empowerment I've ever read. It's also a quick read and very entertaining. Read the book. You won't be sorry."



Your thoughtful analysis of my comments is much appreciated, very professional indeed. When you can watch water boiling inside the vacuum tube on the WSE website, stimulated only by sunlight, and at -25C ambient temperature can you please tell me why we would ever need $xxb investments to support an inevitably polluting and onerous structure?

We are indeed a mad civilization having been offered many appropriate solutions only to turn away in ignorance or greed. And for those of us who have but the simple choice to exercise an opinion and demand a real change, do it!

Or, you can silently choose to always pay just to survive, to disrupt future generations with the burden of our stupidity, to potentially glow in the dark whenever nuclear goes wrong, and to baaaa like the blindest of sheep. It's simple, really.


Date: 01 Apr 2011
From: "Stephanie B - Avaaz.org" (avaaz@avaaz.org)
Subject: Libya: dragged away for reporting rape

Dear friends,
Last Saturday, a young woman lawyer named Iman al-Obeidi burst into a Tripoli hotel and pleaded with foreign journalists for help, showing bruises and crying that she had just been gang-raped by 15 of Qaddafi's men. She screamed as she was dragged away by Libyan agents and has not been seen since.

Words cannot express the courage Iman showed in speaking out -- and we can only imagine the terror she must be facing right now in the hands of Qaddafi's infamous thugs. Her life is in danger, but we can help, if we act fast.  

Qaddafi will ignore most international outrage, but he listened to the Turkish government when they asked him to release foreign journalists. Let's urgently raise a massive global call to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to help save Iman -- sign the petition and forward this email to everyone - it will be hand-delivered to the Turkish consulate in Benghazi, and through ads in Turkey, as soon as we reach 500,000 signatures:


Iman said she was stopped at a Tripoli checkpoint and detained for two days, enduring rape and beatings by 15 state security men before managing to escape. She said other women were still being held by the regime thugs.

The men who raped Iman probably thought she would never dare to openly challenge Qaddafi's terror-apparatus, or endure the shame of publicly admitting rape in a conservative society where all too often the woman is blamed for such crimes. But she has dared to break the silence that surrounds so many victims of Qaddafi's brutality and of sexual violence everywhere.

The regime has called her a prostitute and promised to charge her with defaming government forces. But Libyans have demonstrated on the streets in force to stand with Iman and support her, and Turkish influence with Qaddafi could still be enough to free her. Let's stand with Iman al-Obeidi, who dared to stand up to her tormentors and cry out for truth and justice – sign below to call on Turkey's Prime Minister to act, and forward this email widely:


Right now a brave young woman has risked everything for the values we all share, and is facing terrifying consequences. Let's do all we can to save her.

With hope and determination,

Stephanie, Pascal, Alice, Rewan, Mohammad, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz team


Woman's rape claim opens rare window into regime (including Video of the incident), The Independent

Turkey helps free Guardian journalist in Libya, Guardian

Turkey saves New York Times journalists in Libya, Todays Zaman

Libyan woman who alleged rape still missing, Al Jazeera

Libyan government offered money to appease Iman al-Obaidi, woman in rape-claim case, mother says, Washington Post

Fight as Libyan woman dragged from press by Gaddafi forces, Telegraph

Thorough investigation urged over Libya rape case, Amnesty International

Libya: Immediately Release Woman Who Alleged Rape, Human Rights Watch



From: http://sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=67562604-8280-4d56-8af4-a27f59d70de5

Tax Time? Not for Giant Corporations

March 27, 2011

Sanders Calls for Shared Sacrifice

BURLINGTON, Vt., March 27 - While hard working Americans fill out their income tax returns this tax season, General Electric and other giant profitable corporations are avoiding U.S. taxes altogether.

With Congress returning to Capitol Hill on Monday to debate steep spending cuts, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations must do their share to help bring down our record-breaking deficit.

Sanders renewed his call for shared sacrifice after it was reported that General Electric and other major corporations paid no U.S. taxes after posting huge profits. Sanders said it is grossly unfair for congressional Republicans to propose major cuts to Head Start, Pell Grants, the Social Security Administration, nutrition grants for pregnant low-income women and the Environmental Protection Agency while ignoring the reality that some of the most profitable corporations pay nothing or almost nothing in federal income taxes.

Sanders compiled a list of some of some of the 10 worst corporate income tax avoiders.

1) Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009. Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings.

2) Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion.

3) Over the past five years, while General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States, it received a $4.1 billion refund from the IRS.

4) Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009.

5) Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build 179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year.

6) Valero Energy, the 25th largest company in America with $68 billion in sales last year received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS and, over the past three years, it received a $134 million tax break from the oil and gas manufacturing tax deduction.

7) Goldman Sachs in 2008 only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department.

8) Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits but paid no federal income taxes. It received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury.

9) ConocoPhillips, the fifth largest oil company in the United States, made $16 billion in profits from 2007 through 2009, but received $451 million in tax breaks through the oil and gas manufacturing deduction.

10) Over the past five years, Carnival Cruise Lines made more than $11 billion in profits, but its federal income tax rate during those years was just 1.1 percent.

Sanders has called for closing corporate tax loopholes and eliminating tax breaks for oil and gas companies. He also introduced legislation to impose a 5.4 percent surtax on millionaires that would yield up to $50 billion a year. The senator has said that spending cuts must be paired with new revenue so the federal budget is not balanced solely on the backs of working families.

"We have a deficit problem. It has to be addressed," Sanders said, "but it cannot be addressed on the backs of the sick, the elderly, the poor, young people, the most vulnerable in this country. The wealthiest people and the largest corporations in this country have got to contribute. We've got to talk about shared sacrifice."


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Corporate Profits At All-Time High As Recovery Stumbles
NEW YORK -- Despite high unemployment and a largely languishing real estate market, U.S. businesses are more profitable than ever, according to federal figures released on Friday. U.S. corporate profits hit an all-time high at the end of 2010, with financial firms showing some of the biggest gains, data from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis show. Corporations reported an annualized $1.68 trillion in profit in the fourth quarter. The previous record, without being adjusted for inflation, was $1.65 trillion in the third quarter of 2006. Many of the nation's preeminent companies have posted massive increases in profits this year. General Electric posted worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, while profits at JPMorgan Chase were up 47 percent to $4.8 billion. Corporate profits steadily increased last year as companies continued holding onto record amounts of cash and other liquid assets while cutting costs, laying off workers and wringing more productivity -- defined as the amount of output that comes from an hour of work -- from remaining staff, even as the recession eased. To put that in perspective, said Lynn Reaser, the chief economist at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, it's important to note that companies were able to bring production back up to pre-recession levels without hiring any more workers. "We have now recovered all of the output lost in the recession, but we are still down by 7.5 million workers," she said. In addition to layoffs, some companies continued to cut wages and benefits last year. Sub-Zero, the freezer and refrigerator manufacturer, told workers last year that factories in Wisconsin would have to be shut down, with 500 employees losing their jobs, unless staff took a 20 percent pay cut, The New York Times reported. Workers were expected to put in more hours without overtime pay, while staff facing fewer hours of work due to furloughs were expected to do as much as they would have in a full workday, according to NPR. CLIP

You Thought the Koch Brothers Were Bad? Turns Out They're Even Worse Than You Thought (April 5, 2011)
You knew they were big. You knew they were evil. From the union-busting actions of their minions in Wisconsin and Ohio to their war on health-care reform, to their assault on the environment and their attacks on the science of climatology, Charles and David Koch have earned their place as the focus of progressives' scrutiny in the age of the Tea Party -- the destructive and regressive movement they bankroll. But a new report from the Center for American Progress Action Fund shows that, as bad as you thought the Kochs were, they're actually worse. And their reach into virtually every aspect of political, economic and physical life on the planet is probably greater than you thought possible. In The Koch Brothers: What You Need to Know About the Financiers of the Radical Right, author Tony Carrk, policy director of the CAP Action War Room, lays out a case that is breathtaking in its scope, showing how the Koch brothers are using their billions with the aim of reshaping the global economic system in such a way as to enrich themselves and their heirs at the expense of most other inhabitants of the planet. CLIP - CHECK ALSO The Koch Brothers' Tangled and Far-Reaching Web AND Koch Brothers "Prank" No Laughing Matter

We Don't Need to Shut Down the Government: Tax the Wealthy and Deadbeat Corporations to Close Budget Gaps (April 7, 2011)
If corporations and households with $1 million income paid at the same levels they did in 1961, the Treasury would collect an additional $716 billion a year. -- Before any government shutdown–or drastic state and federal budget cuts –we should reverse huge tax cuts for the wealthy and deadbeat corporations.When you hear politicians lament that “we’re broke,” consider this fact: If corporations and households with $1 million income paid at the same levels they did in 1961, the Treasury would collect an additional $716 billion a year – or $7 trillion over a decade.Our communities are facing mammoth state and federal budget cuts because Congress has, in large part, failed to sufficiently tax America's millionaires and billionaires or prevent aggressive tax avoidance by multinational companies. The rest of us are paying to pick up the slack in budget cuts and future taxes.

There are two primary explanations behind our current budget “squeeze.” First, income and wealth have become extremely concentrated in the hands of the super-rich. The richest 1 percent of households own over 35.6 percent of all private wealth, approximately $20 trillion. The number of households with incomes exceeding $1 million has grown from 15,753 in 1961 to 361,000 today, adjusted for inflation. Meanwhile the middle-class standard of living is collapsing and poverty rates are at a 15-year high. Second, we’ve dramatically reduced taxes on the super-rich and global corporations. A new report by the Institute for Policy Studies, “Unnecessary Austerity, Unnecessary Shutdown” (which I coauthored), chronicles 50 years of tax shifts off of the wealthy and multinational corporations onto middle-class taxpayers and small businesses. The report’s finding include: Households with incomes over $1 million in 1961 paid an average 43.1 percent of their incomes in federal income taxes. Today, households with $1 million income pay 23.1 percent, almost half as much, adjusting for inflation.If households with income over $1 million today paid their federal income taxes at the same rate that comparable households paid taxes in 1961, we would this year raise an additional $231 billion. If U.S. corporations paid at the same effective tax rate that they paid in 1961, the additional tax revenue would total $485 billion. In 1961, small business owners and individuals paid twice as much in federal income taxes as large corporations. By 2011, small business owners and individuals will be paying nearly five times in taxes what corporations pay.

Congress and special interest lobbyists have made mincemeat of our tax code, losing hundreds of billions in revenue. Worse, lawmakers have averted their eyes as corporate lobbyists drill new tax loopholes and extract new corporate welfare subsidies. That’s how a profitable company like General Electric aggressively avoids taxes. Since 2006, General Electric has reported over $26 billion in profits, yet paid not one penny in U.S. taxes. Other huge global companies such as Verizon, Boeing, ExxonMobil, and Federal Express also pay no or very low taxes. These artful tax dodgers use accounting gymnastics to move money to overseas tax havens like the Cayman Islands or Ireland. They pretend to earn their profits offshore and then report their paper losses here in the United States—reducing their responsibility to Uncle Sam. CLIP

Deal at Last Minute Averts Shutdown; $38 Billion in Cuts to Spending This Year (April 8, 2011)
WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders and President Obama headed off a shutdown of the government with less than two hours to spare Friday night under a tentative budget deal that would cut $38 billion from federal spending this year. After days of tense negotiations and partisan quarrelling, House Republicans came to preliminary terms with the White House and Senate Democrats over financing the government for the next six months, resolving a stubborn impasse that had threatened to disrupt federal operations across the country and around the globe.Speaker John A. Boehner, who had pressed Democrats for cuts sought by members of the conservative new House majority, presented the package of widespread spending reductions and policy provisions and won a positive response from his rank and file shortly before 11 p.m.Both Democrats and Republicans proclaimed they had reached a deal and would begin the necessary steps to pass the bill and send it to Mr. Obama next week.Democrats said that under the agreement, the budget measure would not include provisions sought by Republicans to limit environmental regulations and to restrict financing for Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortions. But Mr. Boehner said in a statement that the agreement included a restriction on abortion financing in Washington.“This has been a lot of discussion and a long fight,” Mr. Boehner said as he left the party meeting. “But we fought to keep government spending down because it really will in fact help create a better environment for job creators in our country.” Speaking from the White House after the Republican meeting ended, Mr. Obama said that both sides gave ground in reaching the bargain and that some of the cuts accepted by Democrats “will be painful.”“Programs people rely on will be cut back,” said Mr. Obama, who said Americans had to begin to live within their means. “Needed infrastructure projects will be delayed.” The announcements capped a day of drama as lawmakers and members of the federal work force waited anxiously to see whether money for government agencies would run out at midnight. CLIP

Aid is certain to be a casualty of US federal budget cuts ( 8 April 2011)
Whatever the outcome of this year's federal budget struggle, bigger battles over aid will come this summer -- (...) Though the dust will take time to settle, whatever the outcome, one of the casualties will almost certainly be US foreign aid, which constitutes less than 1% of the federal budget. According to the US Global Leadership Coalition, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief programmes would be cut down by 41%, food security and food aid programmes would be slashed by 30% and multilateral contributions would drop by 40%, under budget proposals put forward by congressional Republicans.Meanwhile, resources for global health programmes would fall by 11%, including a 43% reduction to US contributions for the Global Fund to fight Aids, TB and Malaria. Also on the chopping block is former president George Bush's global Aids programme, PEPFAR.Republican budget proposals also aim to reinstate the Mexico city rule, which would block federal funding to family planning programmes in developing countries if they give help, or advice, on abortions.Many of these proposed cuts have come as a surprise, particularly as global health and food security have traditionally garnered substantial bipartisan support. The head of USAID, Rajiv Shah, a former medical doctor, warned Congress last week that the proposed spending cuts would lead to the deaths of 70,000 children: 30,000 from the scaling back of malaria control programmes and 24,000 from the lack of US support for immunisations; another 16,000 children would die at birth. "I believe these are very conservative estimates," Shah said.In a separate congressional testimony last Wednesday, Shah pushed the argument that development assistance is a cheap and effective way to win friends abroad and establish markets for the future. "Our work in promoting national security is not just limited to active zones of conflict," he said, referring to Afghanistan, where the aid agency works side-by-side with the military. "Throughout the world, USAID is deploying development specialists today to strengthen democracies, rebuild livelihoods and build strong health and education systems so that we do not have to deploy our troops tomorrow." CLIP

Greedy Corporations and the Wealthy Fatten Themselves on the Rest of Us -- Join "We Are One" Rallies to Stop the Freeloaders (April 3, 2011)
The rich have been sucking the economic lifeblood from the middle class for decades. Today, "We Are One" rallies are happening all over the country. -- The nation’s greedy corporations and insatiable wealthy are fattening themselves on workers. There’s no trickle down. It’s the opposite; the rich have been sucking the economic lifeblood from the middle class for decades. When reckless Wall Street banksters get taxpayer-funded bailouts, billionaires get tax breaks and gigantic corporations like GE and Bank of America pay absolutely no federal income taxes, they’re getting for free the very public services that enable them to make massive profits in this country – the courts, the roads, the trade regulators, the patent enforcement.The middle class doesn’t get those big time special deals and loopholes. Workers pay their taxes. As a result, it’s workers footing the bill for the government services that enrich the rich. Greedy corporations, their CEOs and the right-wing politicians they buy with tens of millions in campaign cash are freeloaders. It’s time workers stood up to the freeloaders.
(...) The nation’s largest corporation, General Electric, earns tens of billions in profits from the labor of its workers but refuses to share the benefits with them. GE is expected to demand that its 15,000 unionized U.S. workers accept benefit cuts. So they’ll pay more for their retirement and health care and have less money to live and to pay taxes. Meanwhile, the share of national income captured by the richest one percent rose from 8 percent in 1975 to 23.5 percent in 2005. Under Dwight D. Eisenhower, the president in the 1950s, the nation’s richest paid an effective tax rate of 70 percent after loopholes. Today, it’s 16 percent – significantly lower than the 25 percent forked over through payroll deductions by individual workers earning between $34,500 and $83,600 a year.
(...) Right now, right wingers are trying to cut $51.5 billion from the federal budget – demanding elimination of programs essential to the middle class and poor such as subsidies for home heating for the impoverished. But if the wealthy paid their share, say hedge fund manager John Paulson who earned $2.4 million an hour in 2010 – then those cuts would be unnecessary because the federal government would have an extra $69.5 billion in revenue. CLIP

Unions Rally, Linking Their Cause to Dr. King (April 4, 2011)
Labor unions and civil rights groups held hundreds of rallies and teach-ins on Monday to defend collective bargaining and to tie it to the cause the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fighting for in the days before his death exactly 43 years ago. The sponsors of the “We Are One” rallies, held in all 50 states, repeatedly noted that when Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968, he was planning to march with 1,300 striking sanitation workers. The rallies and 175 teach-ins were organized largely to protest the Republican-led efforts in Wisconsin and Ohio to curb bargaining for public employees. The rallies sought to build on the union protests in those states and to warn labor’s adversaries in state capitals and Washington that unions remain an important force. The rallies’ sponsors also said they wanted to protest federal and state budget cuts that they said were hurting the most vulnerable Americans. “What we are witnessing is nothing but an ideological assault on Dr. King’s vision for a more economically just nation,” said Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, said several million workers were going to stop business as usual at work or after work to join vigils, community rallies or marches at statehouses. “We’re putting all employers and all elected officials on notice that we’re mobilizing as we haven’t in decades,” Mr. Cohen said.Wisconsin and Ohio have enacted legislation to severely limit collective bargaining for public-sector workers, saying that was needed to help balance their budgets and rein in what they said were overly generous benefits. Richard Trumka, the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s president, said, “The immense activity this week is a direct result of the backlash provoked by overreaching governors and legislators.” On Monday, several thousand labor supporters rallied in the rain in Memphis, many carrying “I Am a Man” placards like those the sanitation strikers carried in 1968. In Madison, Wis., a “Memphis to Madison Rally” ended with a candlelight vigil. - CHECK ALSO Live Reporting from the Wisconsin Protests

Rallies for Workers Rights (April 7, 2011)
Virginia, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) A march was held in Virginia this evening in a show of solidarity for worker rights. The march was just one of hundreds of events nationwide...focusing on what some see as an attack on working class people. Several states including Wisconsin have reduced or targeted collective bargaining rights for public workers to balance budgets. As Minnesota faces its own budget problems...Iron Range Labor assembly officials say it's important for union members in Minnesota to stand with members across the nation. "If we don't stand up together and fight together as Wisconsin is starting to go down hill, we could see the other states around us going down, so we're starting now. With the budget the way it is working, we have to be on top of it and make sure everyone pays their fair share of taxes." Another 'We Are One' event... was held earlier this afternoon in Duluth. Demonstrators gathered on the steps of City Hall in solidarity with Wisconsin workers upset about losing many of their collective bargaining rights. Organizers of the march say though the protests have calmed down, their message is still clear. Stacy Spexet, Steelworkers Local 9460: "We're still fighting for worker's rights. We're still here, we're still fighting. It's not just about wages and trying to make more money, it's about safe workplaces and having a voice in the workplace." More than a thousand rallies, vigils, and silent marches were held today nationwide. AND YET PRECIOUS FEW NATIONWIDE LAMESTREAM MEDIA HAVE APPARENTLY REPORTED ON THIS AMAZING EVENT...

Canadian and American unions show solidarity at British Columbia border
Between 1,500 and 2,000 union members from Canada and the United States gathered at the Peace Arch border crossing on April 2 to show their support for Wisconsin public sector unions, who are facing wage cuts and the loss of many collective bargaining rights in a budget cutting bill. CLIP - Check also Labor ralliers begin to gather at state capitol for "We Are One! Put People First!" event - More related news HERE


Note from Jean: POWERFULLY MOVING SPEECH! Here in Quebec, people have been up in arms for the past 6+ months and raising a ruckus against this terminally idiotic scheme that oil companies have already begun implementing with over 50 exploratory wells drilled so far in populated rural areas where people are fully dependent upon their aquifer for their drinking water and everyday water use. Despite the wholesale support of our corrupted and brain-dead Liberal provincial government, this folly has been temporarily slowed down because of the deep popular opposition to it, but there is no certainty yet that this filthy industry won't get its way as it does all over the world. In the United States, Barack Obama's Administration has once again flunked the most basic IQ test through continuing to remain unreservedly supportive the environmentally insane gas shale industry, despite its claimed desire of "improving transparency about natural gas fracking and begin developing recommendations for safe shale extraction" --- See also Energy Output From Shale Rock Could Match 20th Century Oil Boom AND Obama Echoes The American Petroleum Institute Mantra AND Obama Discovers the Virtues of Natural Gas, NGI Reports in which we can see he pursue the unattainable dream of environmentally safe hydraulic fracturing which is inherently unsafe as proven by the track record of this brazenly arrogant and extremely polluting industry: "The president cautioned, however, "we've got to make sure that we're extracting natural gas safely without polluting our water supply. That's why I've asked [Energy Secretary Steven] Chu to work with other agencies, the natural gas industry, states and environmental experts to improve the safety" of hydraulic fracturing." --- ... as well as with the now totally discredited and apocalyptically dangerous nuclear industry - "President Obama himself was a recipient of nuclear power campaign contributions, which might help explain his continued support of nuclear power despite rising concerns about nuclear safety since Fukushima." as quoted from Fission for trouble: Recent events in Japan should cause skeptical reactions to the potential for nuclear energy - See also Obama Doubles Down On Dirty Energy, Continues To Call Nukes ‘Clean,’ Ignores Clean Air Act - ... not to mention his blind support of the 'smart' meter electromagnetic plague - "the US is adopting “smart meters” in homes that show the real-time cost of electricity as it is consumed" taken from Obama's latest vision on energy security

What we should be praying is that people and governments around the world wake up to the sheer folly and extreme risk of using uranium and, in some case, the plutonium from decommissioned nuclear weapons (the infamous MOX) to boil water to produce steam to produce electricity to run - after a large portion of it is lost in transit through the power lines - our energy inefficient gizmos and all kinds of needless things... all in the hope that nuclear plants are shut down as Germany is set to do and quickly replaced with decentralized in-situ means (solar, wind, geothermal, etc) of energy generation. Meanwhile, Obama the Great Deceiver, is still supporting the idea of using taxpayer money - or, most likely, borrowed money - to pay for new nuclear plants when not a single investor wants to touch this, thus doubling down just when the Fukushima horror show clearly demonstrates just how foolish nuclear power energy actually is. Oh! yes, he received $10 million in campaign contributions from the US nuclear industry. He needs to pay back his nuclear friends to be sure they continue sending him cash...

From: http://jbaynews.com/2011/03/31/human-polar-bear-says-no-to-shell-damaging-our-water-supply/

Human Polar Bear says no to Shell damaging our water supply

Lewis Pugh has swum in -1.7 degree water and he has swum in a lake on Mount Everest simply because he shouldn’t have have been able too. Areas that should have been covered with ice are no longer, enabling Pugh to swim in true life-threatening conditions.

Global warming and environmental damage is a reality and Pugh has come out strongly against the proposal by Shell to use a controversial method called fracking to extract gas from the Karoo in South Africa.

Standing up to Goliath - Lewis Pugh joins the call to prevent Shell from damaging our environment.

This is a speech he made at the public hearings held regarding Shell’s proposals.

Ladies and gentlemen, thank for the opportunity to address you. My name is Lewis Pugh.

This evening, I want to take you back to the early 1990’s in this country. You may remember them well. Nelson Mandela had been released. There was euphoria in the air. However, there was also widespread violence and deep fear. This country teetered on the brink of a civil war. But somehow, somehow, we averted it. It was a miracle!

And it happened because we had incredible leaders. Leaders who sought calm and leaders who had vision. So in spite of all the violence, they sat down and negotiated a New Constitution. The rights contained herein, made us one. I remember thinking to myself – never again will the Rights of South Africans be trampled upon.
We all have the Right to Life. And our children have the right to a basic education. These rights are enshrined in our Constitution.

Also enshrined in our Constitution, is the Right to a Healthy Environment and the Right to Water. Our Constitution states that we have the Right to have our environment protected for the benefit of our generation and for the benefit of future generations.

Fellow South Africans, let us not dishonour these rights. Let us not dishonour those men and women who fought and died for these rights. Let us not allow corporate greed to disrespect our Constitution and desecrate our environment.

Never, ever did I think that there would be a debate in this arid country about which was more important ? gas or water? We can survive without gas. We cannot live without water.

If we damage our limited water supply — and fracking will do just that — we will have conflict again here in South Africa. Look around the world. Wherever you damage the environment you have conflict.

Ladies and gentlemen, that is what is at stake here today: Our children’s future. And that of our children’s children.

There may be gas beneath our ground in the Karoo. But are we prepared to destroy our environment for 5 to 10 years worth of fossil fuel and further damage our climate?

Yes, people will be employed — but for a short while. And when the drilling is over, and Shell have packed their bags and disappeared, then what? Who will be there to clean up? And what jobs will our children be able to etch out?

Shell will tell you that their intentions are honourable. That fracking in the Karoo will not damage our environment. That they will not contaminate our precious water. That they will bring jobs to South Africa. That gas is clean and green. And that they will help secure our energy supplies.

When I hear this ? I have one burning question. Why should we trust them? Africa is to Shell what the Gulf of Mexico is to BP. Shell, you have a shocking record here in Africa. Just look at your operations in Nigeria. You have spilt more than 9 million barrels of crude oil into the Niger Delta. That’s twice the amount of oil that BP spilt into the Gulf of Mexico.

You were found guilty of bribing Nigerian officials ? and to make the case go away in America – you paid an admission of guilt fine of US$48 million.

And to top it all, you stand accused of being complicit in the execution of Nigeria’s leading environmental campaigner — Ken Saro-Wira and 8 other activists.

If you were innocent, why did you pay US$15.5 million to the widows and children to settle the case out of Court? Shell, the path you want us to take us down is not sustainable. I have visited the Arctic summers in a row. I have seen the tundra thawing. I have seen the retreating glaciers. And I have seen the melting sea ice. And I have seen the impact of global warming from the Himalayas all the way down to the low-lying Maldive Islands. Wherever I go, I see it.

Now is the time for change. We cannot drill our way out of the energy crisis. The era of fossil fuels is over. We must invest in renewable energy. And we must not delay!

Shell, we look to the north of our continent and we see how people got tired of political tyranny. We have watched as despots, who have ruled ruthlessly year after year, have been toppled in a matter of weeks.
We too are tired. Tired of corporate tyranny. Tired of your short term, unsustainable practices.

We watched as Dr Ian Player, a game ranger from Natal, and his friends, took on Rio Tinto (one of the biggest mining companies in the world) and won. And we watched as young activists from across Europe, brought you down to your knees, when you tried to dump an enormous oil rig into the North Sea.

Shell, we do not want our Karoo to become another Niger Delta. Do not underestimate us. Goliath can be brought down. We are proud of what we have achieved in this young democracy — and we are not about to let your company come in and destroy it.

The Karoo is a natural sun farm and should be used for solar energy.

So let this be a Call to Arms to everyone across South Africa, who is sitting in the shadow of Goliath: Stand up and demand these fundamental human rights promised to you by our Constitution. Use your voices – tweet, blog, petition, rally the weight of your neighbours and of people in power. Let us speak out from every hilltop. Let us not go quietly into this bleak future.

Let me end off by saying this... You have lit a fire in our bellies, which no man or woman can extinguish. And if we need to, we will take this fight all the way from your petrol pumps to the very highest Court in this land. We will take this fight from the farms and towns of the Karoo to the streets of London and Amsterdam. And we will take this fight to every one of your shareholders. And I have no doubt, that in the end, good will triumph over evil.


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From: http://www.eurasiareview.com/ralph-nader-obamas-march-madness-oped-31032011/

Obama’s March Madness

Written by Ralph Nader - March 31, 2011

President Obama’s pick of Kansas to win the “March Madness” collegiate basketball tournament ended with their defeat by Virginia Commonwealth University this past Saturday. He must know how the Jay Hawks are feeling because he is entangled in his own March Madness that will continue after this month ends.

The expanding nuclear meltdown disaster from Japan’s cluster of nuclear plants gets worse by the day, yet President Obama continues to reassure the nuclear industry that he supports more plants guaranteed by the U.S. taxpayers because Wall Street otherwise will not risk loaning billions of dollars per plant.

Mr. Obama, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and their atomic power allies say that they’ll learn from the Japanese failures and make the U.S. plants safer. That puts off the urgency to act for an indefinite period.

What Mr. Obama should realize is that Japan’s human and economic catastrophe was a gigantic wakeup call to stop playing Russian roulette with the lives of millions of Americans and swing into action. First, he should shut down any plants near large population centers where untested evacuation plans are tragic farces. That means San Onofre and Diablo Canyon in California and the troubled Indian Point plants 26 miles from Manhattan that are near active seismic faults. That means closing all aging nukes as recommended by Russian scientist Alexey Yablokov (a member of the prestigious Russian Academy of Sciences), who had a news conference in Washington last Thursday (ignored by the major newspapers and network television but covered by CNN and C-SPAN) regarding 5000 scientific papers in Slavic languages on the consequences of the 1986 meltdown at Chernobyl (See his report HERE) He estimated at least one million lives have been lost since.

Third, there should be an immediate analysis of substitute electric generating capacity and the many ways to reduce energy waste so as to close out the uneconomic, unnecessary and unsafe nuclear industry forever. (See: RMI.org)

Corporations must not be allowed to jeopardize the habitability of American land and the lives of the American people with a technology that’s only purpose is to boil water to produce steam. An area half the size of New Jersey around Chernobyl is uninhabitable with abandoned towns and villages. The Japanese, with reactors manufactured by General Electric (whose $14.2 billion in profits escaped taxation last year and got $3.2 billion in tax benefits) are in the early stages of figuring out how many square kilometers will have to be abandoned by families and workers.

Yesterday, New York Times reporter George Johnson wrote: “With radiation, the terror lies in the abstraction. It kills incrementally—slowly, diffusely, invisibly. ‘Afterheat,’ Robert Socolow, a Princeton University professor, called it in an essay for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, ‘the fire that you can’t put out.’”

Professor Socolow works on energy conservation and renewable energy. He and hundreds of other experts know that efficient renewable technologies and conservation can substitute more safely and more efficiently far more megawatts than 104 nukes are producing now from their deadly hot radioactive nuclear cores.

It is way past time to end this government guaranteed, corporate Mutational Madness once and for all.

On Capitol Hill, President Obama still is surrendering to House Republican extortions in return for them agreeing to extend every three weeks the budget resolution so as to avoid a government shutdown. The President simply doesn’t know how to throw the Republican know-nothings on the defensive by discrediting their craven inebriating ideology of fact-starved abstractions. He prefers to do his fighting overseas.

While on the other side of the world, the wars of Obama have added Libya, notwithstanding his Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressed disinclination to start this latest attack, before it started. Again, no end strategy and no candor to tell the American people and their Congress that the no-fly zone is moving into a full fledged attack, under NATO cover, with ground forces aided by U.S. special forces already in Libya. So much for our Constitution’s allocation of authority.

Long ago, humanitarian interventions should have been initiated by an independent United Nations standing military capability pursuant to the appropriate UN resolutions. After all, over 190 countries—just about all the countries of the world—are members of the UN and adhere to the UN Charter, which has the force of international law upon signatory countries. You would think that King Clinton, King Bush and King Obama would have advanced this concept to relieve the American Empire of some of its burdens. Then our government could pay more attention here to saving lives and advancing health by reducing the millions of preventable deaths, injuries and diseases from toxic pollution, occupation perils, hospital malpractice and infections, product defects and poverty. Imagine real healthcare for all!


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Interview with Dr. Alexey Yablokov co-author of "Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment" recorded March 27, 2011. Dr. Alexey Yablokov is a prominent Russian scientist, environmentalist, former member of the USSR parliament, and environmental advisor to former Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the Gorbachev administration. Dr. Yablokov has been a leader in efforts to reveal conservation and pollution challenges in Russia such as illegal whaling and radiation contamination, particularly in marine ecosystems and the biology of marine mammals.


From: http://www.naturalnews.com/031892_fluoride_corrosive.html

Fluoride spill at water facility literally burns holes in parking lot cement

By Ethan A. Huff -- March 30, 2011

A recent chemical spill at a water treatment facility in Rock Island, Ill., required the assistance of an emergency relief crew decked in the very same type of hazmat suits being worn by workers at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant in Japan. Except instead of radiation, the leaked chemical at the water plant was actually hydrofluorosilicic acid, a chemical fluoride component commonly added to drinking supplies for the stated purpose of preventing cavities. This fluoride chemical is so hazardous that it actually began to burn through parking lot cement in Rock Island before emergency crews arrived on the scene.

According to reports from WQAD News 8 in Moline, a tanker truck delivering the fluoride began to overflow, leaking the chemical directly onto the parking lot where it spilled down towards the street. And before emergency crews arrived on the scene in full hazmat suits and gas masks, the fluoride had actually begun to burn a hole right through the concrete.

"It's a corrosive agent that the water treatment plant uses," said Rock Island assistant fire chief Jeff Yerkey, concerning the spilled fluoride. He explained that the crews had to use earthen berms, dirt, sand, and commercial broom equipment to stop the leak. Yerkey also added that there was no "inhalation hazard" from the incident, and no evacuation of local residents was required.

Ssee the full WQAD News 8 video report of the incident, which includes footage of hazmat workers being hosed off after the incident to ensure that no fluoride residues remained.

What is truly amazing about the incident is that this very same fluoride, which fire chief Yerkey specifically called a "corrosive agent," is deliberately added to drinking water supplies across the nation. This highly-toxic chemical that, when spilled, requires similar protective equipment as does a radioactive fallout situation, is being added to millions of Americans drinking water supplies every single day in the name of promoting health.

In reality, the events surrounding this fluoride spill are more than enough proof for any rationally-minded person that adding this poison to water supplies is a bad idea. Anything that requires the use of a protective suit and gas mask in order to handle -- and that burns a hole directly through concrete -- simply cannot be good for the body when ingested.

To learn more about where the chemical fluoride additives pumped into water supplies actually come from, check out the NaturalNews.TV video The Fluoride Deception

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Why No Nukes? The Real Cost of U.S. Nuclear Power

By Michael Grunwald -- Mar. 25, 2011

The chaos at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant — explosions, fires, ruptures — has not shaken the bipartisan support in partisan Washington for the U.S.'s so-called nuclear renaissance. Republicans have dismissed Japan's crisis as a once-in-a-lifetime fluke. President Obama has defended atomic energy as a carbon-free source of power, resisting calls to halt the renaissance and freeze construction of the U.S.'s first new reactors in over three decades.

But there is no renaissance.

Even before the earthquake-tsunami one-two punch, the endlessly hyped U.S. nuclear revival was stumbling, pummeled by skyrocketing costs, stagnant demand and skittish investors, not to mention the defeat of restrictions on carbon that could have mitigated nuclear energy's economic insanity. Obama has offered unprecedented aid to an industry that already enjoyed cradle-to-grave subsidies, and the antispending GOP has clamored for even more largesse. But Wall Street hates nukes as much as K Street loves them, which is why there's no new reactor construction to freeze. Once hailed as "too cheap to meter," nuclear fission turns out to be an outlandishly expensive method of generating juice for our Xboxes.

Since 2008, proposed reactors have been quietly scrapped or suspended in at least nine states — not by safety concerns or hippie sit-ins but by financial realities. Other projects have been delayed as cost estimates have tripled toward $10 billion a reactor, and ratings agencies have downgraded utilities with atomic ambitions. Nuclear Energy Institute vice president Richard Myers notes that the "unrealistic" renaissance hype has come from the industry's friends, not the industry itself. "Even before this happened, short-term market conditions were bleak," he tells TIME.

Around the world, governments (led by China, with Russia a distant second) are financing 65 new reactors through more explicit nuclear socialism. But private capital still considers atomic energy radioactive, gravitating instead toward natural gas and renewables, whose costs are dropping fast. Nuclear power is expanding only in places where taxpayers and ratepayers can be compelled to foot the bill.

(See pictures of the worst nuclear disasters.)

In fact, the economic and safety problems associated with nuclear energy are not unrelated. Trying to avoid flukes like Fukushima Daiichi is remarkably costly. And trying to avoid those costs can lead to flukes.

The False Dawn

In 1972 a federal safety regulator, worried that GE's Mark 1 reactors would fail in an emergency, urged a ban on containment designs that used "pressure suppression." His boss was sympathetic but wrote in a memo that "reversal of this hallowed policy, particularly at this time, could well be the end of nuclear power" and "would generally create more turmoil than I can stand thinking about." Four decades after this bureaucratic pressure suppression, Fukushima Daiichi's Mark 1 reactors seem to have failed as predicted. And while newer reactors don't have those problems, 23 Mark 1 reactors still operate in the U.S., including a Vermont plant that was relicensed for 20 more years the day before the disaster in Japan.

When Karl Marx, who would have appreciated nuclear economics, wrote that history unfolds first as tragedy, then as farce, he got U.S. nuclear history backward. America's initial experiment was a cartoonish disaster, with construction timelines doubling and costs increasing as much as 1,000% even before the Three Mile Island meltdown. In the 1980s, the industry required bailouts before bailouts were cool. But the U.S. industry has matured and learned from its mistakes. It still runs the world's largest nuclear portfolio, and it hasn't had a serious accident since 1979. Meanwhile, global-warming fears have positioned nuclear power as a proven alternative to fossil fuels that works even when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing, producing 20% of our electricity and 0% of our emissions. No-nukes outrage has burned out, with a recent poll registering 71% support.

The result has been an extraordinary political coalition. Right-wingers who don't accept climate science and didn't even want the word french in their fries now wax lyrical about French reactors that reduce French emissions. Left-wingers who used to bemoan the industry's radioactive waste and corporate welfare now embrace it as an earth saver. So Congress has approved lucrative subsidies for construction, production, waste disposal, liability insurance and just about every other nuclear cost. It also approved "risk insurance" to compensate utilities for regulatory delays, even as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has worked closely with the industry to streamline its licensing process. And nuke-friendly states have required ratepayers to front the costs of any new construction — even if the reactors are never turned on.

Nevertheless, investors refuse to bet on nukes. The steady increases in electricity demand that were supposed to justify new reactors have been wiped out by the global recession, and energy-efficiency advances could keep demand flat. Natural gas prices have plummeted, Congress appears unlikely to put a price on carbon, and the U.S. still lacks a plan for nuclear waste. It also turns out that building safe places to smash atoms is hard, especially after such a long hiatus. The U.S. has lost most of its nuclear manufacturing capacity; it would have to import Japanese steel forgings and other massive components, while training a new generation of nuclear workers. And though industry lobbyists have persuaded the NRC to ease onerous regulations governing everything from fire safety to cooling systems, it's still incredibly tough to get a reactor built.

New nukes would still make sense if they were truly needed to save the planet. But as a Brattle Group paper noted last month, additional reactors "cannot be expected to contribute significantly to U.S. carbon emission reduction goals prior to 2030." By contrast, investments in more-efficient buildings and factories can reduce demand now, at a tenth the cost of new nuclear supply. Replacing carbon-belching coal with cleaner gas, emissions-free wind and even utility-scale solar will also be cheaper and faster than new nukes. It's true that major infusions of intermittent wind and solar power would stress the grid, but that's a reason to upgrade the grid, not to waste time and money on reactors.

Anyway, there aren't many utilities that can carry a nuclear project on their balance sheets, which is why Obama's Energy Department, a year after awarding its first $8 billion loan guarantee in Georgia, is still sitting on an additional $10 billion. A Maryland project evaporated before closing, and a Texas project fell apart when costs spiraled and a local utility withdrew. The deal was supposed to be salvaged with financing from a foreign utility, but that now seems unlikely.

The utility was Tokyo Electric.

Another Perfect Storm

Pundits keep saying the mess in Japan will change the debate in the U.S., but the BP and Massey disasters didn't change the debates over oil drilling and coal mining. And the nuclear debate seems particularly impervious to facts. Obama wants to triple funding for the already undersubscribed loan guarantees, but Republicans still accuse him of insufficient nuclear fervor. So don't expect the U.S. to copy German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who just shut down seven aging plants. GOP Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma has already rejected the idea of "a nuclear problem," suggesting that "once in 300 years, a disaster occurs." That's true if you don't count Chernobyl and you're sure nothing will happen for the next 250 years.

The industry's defenders may ignore Fukushima Daiichi, but the industry will not. It's serious about public safety, and meltdowns are bad for business; no company wants to lose a $10 billion reactor overnight. But additional safety measures cost money: in 2003 industry lobbyists beat back an NRC committee's recommendation for new backup-power rules that were designed to prevent the hydrogen explosions that are now all over the news.

It may sound unrealistic to require plants to withstand a vicious earthquake and a 25-ft. tsunami, but nobody's forcing utilities to generate power with uranium. One lesson of the past decade, in finance as well as nature, is that perfect storms do happen. When nukes are involved, the fallout can be literal, not just political.


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The incalculable cost of nuclear power (3 April 2011)
(...) If the costs and benefits of nuclear power are so attractive, where are the investors? At least with wind and solar power, it is possible to see the cost curve dropping to the break-even point in the near future. Nuclear power, by contrast, may never be able to convince investors to put their money down without government guarantees.The prospect of cost overruns, waste disposal and extended shutdowns are daunting enough. But mostly, it is the potential cost of catastrophic failure that scares away investors. Large-scale disasters, however rare, are colossally expensive, as well as dangerous. The first estimate of entombing the Fukushima plant is $12bn. And this doesn't include the other liabilities that could force the Japanese government to nationalise the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco).Several years ago, I heard Jeff Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, say that commercial nuclear power won't be developed in the US without federal liability or financing guarantees. The risks, however remote, are so expensive that investors don't want to take them on, no matter what the return. CLIP


From: http://www.mylocalmag.co.uk/ARTICLES/SEPT11th2010-Kulula%20Airways/KululaAirwaysOct2010.html

An airline with a sense of humor


Kulula is an Airline with head office situated in Johannesburg.
Kulula airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight "safety lecture" and announcements a bit more entertaining.

Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:

On a Kulula flight, (there is no assigned seating, you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced, "People, people we're not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!"


On another flight with a very "senior" flight attendant crew, the pilot said, "Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants."


On landing, the stewardess said, "Please be sure to take all of your belongings.. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have."


"There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane."


"Thank you for flying Kulula. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride."


As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Durban Airport , a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella. WHOA!"


After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in the Karoo , a flight attendant on a flight announced, "Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted."


">From a Kulula employee: " Welcome aboard Kulula 271 to Port Elizabeth . To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public unsupervised."


"In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child travelling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are travelling with more than one small child, pick your favourite."


Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Kulula Airlines."


"Your seats cushions can be used for flotation; and in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments."


"As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.."


And from the pilot during his welcome message: "Kulula Airlines is pleased to announce that we have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!"


Heard on Kulula 255 just after a very hard landing in Cape Town : The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, "That was quite a bump and I know what y'all are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendant's fault, it was the asphalt."


Overheard on a Kulula flight into Cape Town , on a particularly windy and bumpy day: During the final approach, the Captain really had to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to The Mother City. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what's left of our airplane to the gate!"


Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing:

"We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal."


An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying our airline. He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment.

Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said, "Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?"

"Why, no Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it?" The little old lady said,

"Did we land, or were we shot down?"


After a real crusher of a landing in Johannesburg , the attendant came on with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we will open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.."


Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement: "We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today.. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of Kulula Airways."


Heard on a Kulula flight. "Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing.. If you can light 'em, you can smoke 'em."


A plane was taking off from Durban Airport . After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, non-stop from Durban to Cape Town , The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight.. Now sit back and relax... OH, MY GOODNESS!" Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!" A passenger then yelled, "That's nothing. You should see the back of mine!"


The Jewish bra

A man walked into the Lingerie Department of Macy's in New York City. He tells the saleslady, "I would like a Jewish bra for my wife, size 34B."

With a quizzical look the saleslady asked, "What kind of bra?" He repeated "A Jewish bra. She said to tell you that she wanted a Jewish bra, and that you would know what she wanted."

"Ah, now I remember," said the saleslady. "We don't get as many requests for them as we used to. Mostly our customers lately want the Catholic bra, or the Salvation Army bra, or the Presbyterian bra."

Confused, and a little flustered, the man asked "So, what are the differences?"

The saleslady responded. "It is all really quite simple. The Catholic bra supports the masses. The Salvation Army lifts up the fallen, and the Presbyterian bra keeps them staunch and upright."

He mused on that information for a minute and said: "Hmmm. I know I'll regret asking, but what does the Jewish bra do?"

A Jewish bra," she replied, "makes mountains out of molehills."


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