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NKorea claims strength after removal of “filth” – First steps to peace?

 

“Many times over the past 30 or 40 years, the two sides have started dialogue by agreeing to stop slander of the other,” Carlin said in an email. “It’s a relatively easy (and verifiable) first step.”

 

In comments that mirror past North Korean propaganda, Kim also warned of an accidental conflict that could trigger “an enormous nuclear catastrophe,” which would threaten US safety.

 

 (Associated Press) |

http://www.philstar.com/world/2014/01/02/1274362/nkorea-claims-strength-after-removal-filth

SEOUL — Kim Jong Un boasted yesterday that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of “factionalist filth” — a reference to the young leader’s once powerful uncle, whose execution last month raised questions about Kim’s grip on power.

 

Kim’s comments in an annual New Year’s Day message, which included a call for improved ties with Seoul but also a warning of a possible “nuclear catastrophe,” will be scrutinized by outside analysts and governments for clues about the opaque country’s intentions and policy goals.

 

Already widespread worry about the country has deepened since Kim publicly humiliated and then executed his uncle and mentor, one of the biggest political developments in Pyongyang in years, and certainly since Kim took power two years ago after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il.

 

North Korea’s “resolute” action to “eliminate factionalist filth” within the ruling Workers’ Party has bolstered the country’s unity “by 100 times,” Kim said in a speech broadcast by state TV. He didn’t mention by name his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, long considered the country’s No. 2 power.

 

But Kim included rhetoric that some analysts saw as a first step to renewing dialogue with rival Seoul. Kim called for an improvement in strained ties with South Korea, saying it’s time for each side to stop slandering the other and urging Seoul to listen to voices calling for Korean unification.

 

That language, which is similar to that of past New Year’s messages, is an obvious improvement on last year’s threats of nuclear war, though there is still skepticism in Washington and Seoul about Pyongyang’s intentions.

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Nuclear power: China promises $6.5b inexpensive loan for dual plants to Islamabad

…The premier pronounced a supervision was executing a multi-pronged plan to finish energy outages, though he did not give any timeframe….

China is providing a concessionary loan for K2 and K3 chief energy plants carrying total era ability of 2,117 megawatts.

http://heights.com.pk/story/3017

ISLAMABAD: 

China has committed $6.5 billion to dual chief energy plants being assembled in Karachi and efforts are underneath proceed to serve lower civil-nuclear cooperation, pronounced Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif whose supervision is struggling to cope with strident energy shortages.

He was addressing on Wednesday a special cupboard assembly on a state of a economy, which, distinct a past, was not hold behind sealed doors though in a participation of media.

Sharif pronounced China was providing a concessionary loan for K2 and K3 chief energy plants carrying total era ability of 2,117 megawatts. The amends duration will be 10 to 20 years. Talks with China for some-more loans for energy projects are also underneath way.

The premier pronounced a supervision was executing a multi-pronged plan to finish energy outages, though he did not give any timeframe.

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Bill Waters: Eliminate nuclear weapons

http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/20140101-bill-waters-eliminate-nuclear-weapons.ece

January 01, 2014

In his Dec. 31 Commentary piece, F.W. de Klerk states that: “Unfortunately South Africa is still the only state that has ever voluntarily dismantled its entire nuclear weapons capability.” Unfortunate indeed!

The first international conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons was hosted by Norway last March. In November, 125 countries at the U.N. General Assembly adopted a joint statement on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons asserting that: “The only way to guarantee that nuclear weapons will never be used again is through their total elimination.”

Most unfortunately, the nuclear powers, including the United States, have not supported these multilateral efforts.

The next international conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons will be hosted by Mexico next month. Hopefully, the United States will become a vigorous partner in the international effort to achieve a global treaty banning nuclear weapons. Is there anything more important to the future of the human race?

Bill Waters
East Providence

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Japan to set new policy for nuclear waste disposal

1 January 2014

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140102_03.html

The Japanese government plans to revise a basic policy for disposing of nuclear waste so that it can play a more active role in selecting disposal sites.

The industry ministry says starting early this year it will act on proposals submitted in November by a panel of experts.

The government plans to store highly-radioactive waste from nuclear power plants deep underground. It has been asking local governments to come up with candidate sites under a law that came into effect in 2000.

But no municipalities have stepped forward, and the government has still not secured any candidate sites.

Under a new policy, the government plans to draw up a list of locations that are deemed scientifically suitable for disposal, and ask relevant municipalities to agree to the project.

The government hopes to pave the way by the end of this year for finding sites for the disposal of nuclear waste.

But some experts are calling on the government to handle the issue more carefully. They say the public has not fully accepted the idea of storing radioactive waste underground, or in their localities.

They are concerned that trying to proceed with the new policy in a haphazard way could cause doubts among the public, and make the disposal issue harder to resolve.

Assistant Professor Kota Juraku of Tokyo Denki University, who was a member of the advisory panel, says he doesn’t believe the public has reached full agreement on nuclear waste disposal.

He says it will take time for the government to regain public trust and support for the use of nuclear power.

Juraku calls on the government to listen closely to people’s opinions and change the policy if necessary.

Jan. 1, 2014 – Updated 17:59 UTC

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Japanese citizens Fukushima soil samples seized by Ukrainian State – No Fukushima testing allowed in this country?? IAEA lapdog??

h/t ; http://robinwestenra.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/carrying-radioactive-samples.html
Voice of Russia,
1 January, 2014
The luggage of a Japanese citizen flying from Frankfurt to Kyiv exceeded the acceptable radiation levels more than twice. It turned out that the man was carrying a mixture of clay and soil taken from the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the nuclear disaster.
The radioactive luggage was found at the Borispol airport, the press service for the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service reported.
An inspection of the luggage yielded two plastic containers with a mixture of clay and soil weighing a total of 12 kilos. The radiation levels in the containers exceeded the acceptable levels more than twice.
The Japanese man said the mixture of clay and soil was taken on the territory of the Fukushima nuclear power plant during the nuclear disaster. He said he was carrying it to the Zhytomyr National Agroecological University.
The containers have now been seized and will be provided to representatives of the state-run enterprise Radon for further tests and disposal.
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Just a quick bit of dot connecting here… Arclight2011

Plans of Ukraine on Management of Disused Sealed Radioactive

www.iaea.org/…/NE/…/1.3_Ukraine_DSRS_management_Eng.pdf

IAEA, Vienna. State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management. 1.3 SSE. “Ukrainian State. Corporation. “Radon”. Ukrainian radiological training.

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Gundersen: Very visible steam at Fukushima Unit 3 is from constant radioactive releases — Coming from hot rubble, not related to new explosion

http://enenews.com/gundersen-very-visible-steam-releases-at-fukushima-unit-3-are-radioactive-coming-from-hot-rubble-not-new-meltdown-or-explosion

Published: January 1st, 2014 at 4:21 pm ET
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Fairewinds Energy Education, Jan. 1, 2014: [...] the Internet has been flooded with conjecture claiming that Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 is ready to explode. Fairewinds Energy Education has been inundated with questions about the very visible steam emanating from Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3. [...] Hot water vapor has been released daily by each of the four Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants since the accident. We believe that is one of the reasons TEPCO placed covers over Daiichi 4 and 1. [...] radioactive rubble (fission products) was left in each unit [...] heat from this ongoing decay of radioactive rubble is constantly releasing moisture (steam) and radioactive products into the environment. [...] [Unit 3] is still producing slightly less than 1 megawatt (one million watts) of decay heat [...] it is creating radioactive steam [...] hot radioactive releases [...] have occurring [sic] for the entire 33 months [...] The difference now is that the only time we visibly notice these ongoing releases is on the cold days [...]

The Ecologist reported on this unsubstantiated rumor which was then used as a source by ‘Gizmodo. The Ecologist has now changed their original report without any notice or explanation. Here’s the original ending: “The Turner Radio Network is advising people on the West Coast of North America to”prepare for the worst” in case a meltdown of the waste fuel is in fact commencing. No official warnings have been released on either side of the Pacific.”

Here’s how it ends now: “According to a Fairewinds Energy Education posting on Facebook, the reactor is currently producing about 1 MW of heat, equivalent to 1,000 1KW electric fires, so enough to produce plenty of steam. This would provide the least worrying explanation for the steam, in that as the radioactivity continues decline so will the heat production and the volume of steam produced. If this explanation is correct, there is no reason expect any catastrophic outcome. However the steam is carrying considerable amounts of radiation into the atmosphere and represents an ongoing radiation hazard.”

See also: Gizmodo Report Claims: “Fukushima could be in the middle of another meltdown” — 300th most popular website in U.S. publishes “unsubstantiated rumor”

Check for contamination here ; http://map.safecast.org/ Nothing widespread showing

January 1, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Pandora’s Poison – Ebisu Studios – A documentary style, dystopian glimpse of a nuclear future.

Andrew Ebisu

Published on 1 Jan 2014

Pandora’s Poison, part 1 of 2 [On Fukushima Beach 4 remixable]

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America dumped radioactive trash on the ocean floor

wastes-1Nuclear Waste Sits on Ocean Floor U.S. Has Few Answers on How to Handle Atomic Waste It Dumped in the Sea   By JOHN R. EMSHWILLER and DIONNE SEARCEY  WSJ Dec. 31, 2013 More than four decades after the U.S. halted a controversial ocean dumping program, the country is facing a mostly forgotten Cold War legacy in its waters: tens of thousands of steel drums of atomic waste.

From 1946 to 1970, federal records show, 55-gallon drums and other containers of nuclear waste were pitched into the Atlantic and Pacific at dozens of sites off California, Massachusetts and a handful of other states. Much of the trash came from government-related work, ranging from mildly contaminated lab coats to waste from the country’s effort to build nuclear weapons.

Federal officials have long maintained that, despite some leakage from containers, there isn’t evidence of damage to the wider ocean environment or threats to public health through contamination of seafood. But a Wall Street Journal review of decades of federal and other records found unanswered questions about a dumping program once labeled “seriously substandard” by a senior Environmental Protection Agency official: Continue reading

January 1, 2014 Posted by | oceans, Reference, wastes | 2 Comments

New book: Fukushima And The Privatization Of Risk

Book fukushima-and-the-privatization-of-riskThe book unfolds in three stages:
- A concise history of the nuclear weapons and energy project which exposes the fatal link between the two ventures and how Japan’s nuclear power program emerged from that context;
- A coherent time line of the chaotic and complex events that occurred during the March, 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster;
- Radiation risks from Fukushima and other sources and how they will affect human, wildlife and environmental health and integrity.

The reactor buildings themselves are unapproachable by human workers.

Book Review ofFukushima And The Privatization Of Risk by Majia Holmer Nadesan Richard Wilcox, Ph.D.   Activist Post 30 Dec 13 “……… Given that the genome is the building block of life the pervasive disruption at that level from ongoing nuclear disasters will reverberate in biogeographical and transgenerational dimensions, and cause lasting damage to the viability of our descendants. ……..

In Tokyo where I live, I recently had a conversation with a reputable Canadian university professor who questioned whether further research into the Fukushima disaster wasn’t beating a dead horse. If only that were true. A year earlier at that same university………a different and particularly snooty British professor chastised me for writing articles about Fukushima. Apparently criticizing Japan is not good for the university image! At another university where I work most professors are mum on the topic — their policy is simply to ban articles on Fukushima from their in-house journal: blatant censorship. What a bunch of incredible hypocrites and cowards.

Enter Majia H. Nadesan, communications professor in the area of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, an exception to the rule of bought and paid for academicians, a person of honesty, wisdom, no little amount of courage and a holistic understanding of nature.

Her newest book, Fukushima And The Privatization Of Risk, is a strong reminder that the Pandora’s Box of nuclear gremlins released into the world during the past two centuries is damaging the genomic integrity of homo sapiens and other species. Though you and I might survive Fukushima’s radiation (or die younger than we should have), future generations of humans and earthly organisms may suffer transgenerational mutations that could ultimately lead to extinction. Of course, humanity has already triggered the Earth’s sixth great extinction episode due to habitat destruction, poaching, pollution, war, etc………. Continue reading

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Eastern Japan near Fukushima hit by 2 earthquakes

Two Earthquakes Strike Eastern Japan Near Fukushima Nuclear Site International Business Times, By  | December 31, 2013  Two shallow earthquakes have struck eastern Japan near the Fukushima nuclear disaster site.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded 80km southwest of Fukushima and was shortly followed by a 3.6 magnitude earthquake in the same area, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The tremor was 9.9km deep, the US Geological Survey said, adding it took place 13km North West of Takahagi.

There were no reports of any damage but it was strong enough to shake high-rise buildings in the capital, AFP reported…….http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/two-earthquakes-strike-eastern-japan-near-fukushima-nuclear-site-1430706

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Surprising court sentence for anti nuclear activists in Kansas

judge-1Trial of anti-nuclear activists ends with unusual sentence National Catholic reporter  Megan Fincher  |  Dec. 30, 2013 KANSAS CITY, MO.  Defense attorney Henry Stoever meekly approached the bench of Presiding Judge Ardie Bland Dec. 13, complaining that security had refused to let him bring certain pieces of evidence into the courthouse: a full-sized wooden door with a banner proclaiming, “Open the door to a nuclear weapons free world!”, as well as an array of picket signs.

Stoever was representing eight nuclear protesters on this unlucky trial date, and Bland, who had sentenced other nuclear activists to jail just two years prior, was the inauspicious icing on the cake.

Bland’s eyebrows rose at Stoever’s odd request and the packed courthouse tensed for the inevitable ridicule.

“Well, I permit it!” Bland said.

With that statement, Bland set the tone for the next three hours, as protest songs, jokes about national security and even the elderly reveries of Oblate Fr. Carl Kabat, 80, and Franciscan Fr. Jerome Zawada, 76, were permitted in the Kansas City municipal courtroom.

The eight activists were pleading not guilty to charges of trespassing onto the relocated National Nuclear Security Administration’s Kansas City Plant July 13……..

On July 13, around 80 people gathered outside the plant’s new location, including priests, sisters, Catholic Workers and local activists. They came to protest nuclear weapons stockpiling, as well as the environmental destruction and exorbitant cost of the plant’s relocation. Twenty-four people were arrested after they walked through a full-sized wooden door (the same door that Stoever ultimately hefted into the courtroom) and onto plant property…….

 the courtroom was assailed with Louis Armstrong loudly singing: “I’m gonna lay down my sword and shield/Down by the riverside/Ain’t gonna study war no more.”

People in the gallery glanced at one another in surprise, and when Bland did not tell Stoever to turn off the video, the courtroom filled with whispers, and then outright laughter.,,,,,,,,,

Bland announced the sentence, shocking the courtroom.

“I want each one of you to write a one-page, single-spaced essay on each of the following six topics,” Bland said. “Your responses will be attached to the court record, which is a public record. They will exist as long as Kansas City exists. My way will give you a chance to say what you want to say.”…… http://ncronline.org/news/peace-justice/trial-anti-nuclear-activists-ends-unusual-sentence#.UsJK3aW9kiU.facebook

January 1, 2014 Posted by | Legal | Leave a comment

UN official shocked at exploitation of homeless men working at wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant

exclamation-UN Official ‘Astounded’: Homeless are taken to work in Fukushima, ready to die — Pastor: “At end of month, they’re left with no pay” — Police: They end up in debt to employers after food and housing fees deducted (VIDEO) http://enenews.com/un-official-astounded-homeless-are-taken-to-work-in-fukushima-theyre-ready-to-go-die-pastor-at-end-of-month-theyre-left-with-no-pay-police-they-end-up-in-debt-to-employer

Reuters, Dec. 29, 2013: SPECIAL REPORT- Japan’s homeless recruited for murky Fukushima clean-up [...] Some say better homeless than going into debt by working [...] Gangsters run Fukushima labour brokers [...] Sendai, the biggest city in the disaster zone, has emerged as a hiring hub for homeless men. Many work [...] cleaning up radioactive hotspots [...] Seiji Sasa, 67 [recruits] homeless men at the Sendai train station to work in the nuclear cleanup. [...] homeless men ended up in debt after fees for food and housing were deducted, police say. [...] a shelter funded by the city [...] sent other homeless men to work for him [...] 55-year-old homeless [...] worker’s paystub, reviewed by Reuters, showed charges for food, accommodation and laundry were docked from his monthly pay equivalent to about $1,500, leaving him with $10 [...] The problem of workers running themselves into debt is widespread.
Kenichi Sayama, general manager at subcontractor Fujisai: “If you don’t get involved (with gangs), you’re not going to get enough workers [...] The construction industry is 90 percent run by gangs.”

Yasuhiro Aoki,, Baptist pastor and homeless advocate: “Many homeless people are just put into dormitories, and the fees for lodging and food are automatically docked from their wages [...] Then at the end of the month, they’re left with no pay at all.”

Shizuya Nishiyama, 57 years old: He now sleeps on a cardboard box in Sendai Station [...] [For decontamination work, an employer] offered him $90 a day [...] he was made to pay as much as $50 a day for food and lodging. He also was not paid on the days he was unable to work [but] would still be charged for room and board. He decided he was better off living on the street than going into debt. “We’re an easy target for recruiters [...] if we haven’t eaten, they offer to find us a job.”

Mr. Anand Grover, Esq., United Nations Special Rapporteur, , published Oct. 24, 2013: (at 15:30 in) “These workers told me, ‘Do you know we are actually living in a shanty town?’ I can show you the photographs — literally on the pavement, in the non-used pavement between the railway station there were plastic huts where people were living, in Japan, in Tokyo — not Bombay. It actually astounded me that these things were happening. Then they told me that people come take them, give them ‘X’ amount of money [...] They’re ready to go into the fire and die. Other people are not ready to do it.”

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7 January meeting on Radioactive Thorium cleanup at West Chicago

Radioactive Thorium Among Contaminants at West Chicago Cleanup Site A public informational meeting has been tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, to review this application for a $200,000 Brownfield Cleanup Grant to develop the site for a future town square.  by Rick Nagel (Editor) , December 24, 2013   http://geneva.patch.com/groups/public-safety/p/radioactive-thorium-among-contaminants-at-west-chicago-cleanup-site

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Doctor warns on nuclear famine

Nuclear-Winter-Editorial: A doctor’s grim diagnosis: nuclear famine  Gazettenet.com, December 31, 2013  A Northampton doctor has been out on the road ministering to a sickness that lies in wait like a dormant virus. In February, Dr. Ira Helfand will join with representatives of 100 nations in Mexico to continue to explore what would happen on the planet after even a relatively small exchange of nuclear weapons.The United States won’t be there. U.S. officials did not attend a gathering last March in Oslo, either, where a number of non-nuclear nations heard Helfand present the findings of a new report and to discuss the humanitarian consequences of a small nuclear war.

The report, funded in part by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, was commissioned by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Helfand, a doctor in private practice, is its author.

A limited nuclear war between Pakistan and India, the first draft of the report concluded, would put so much soot into the atmosphere from fires that crop yields would fall dramatically and 1 billion people would face death by starvation — a syndrome known as nuclear famine……..

Helfand and representatives of the physicians groups are working behind the scenes to awaken Congress and the White House to the threat of nuclear famine.

We’ve passed the Cold War era of “mutually assured destruction,” but as Helfand’s work illustrates, the consequences of a smaller nuclear war would indeed be global.http://www.gazettenet.com/home/9944652-95/editorial-a-doctors-grim-diagnosis-nuclear-famine

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Iran and West close to implementing nuclear deal

Movement on Deal to Implement Iran Nuclear Accord TEHRAN, Iran December 31, 2013 (AP) By NASSER KARIMI abc news, Iran and Western negotiators on Tuesday reported they were nearing an understanding on the details of implementing the landmark interim nuclear accord reached between Tehran and world powers in November.

The nuclear accord puts strong limits on Iran’s uranium enrichment program in return for an easing of some international sanctions on Tehran for six months while a permanent deal is negotiated…….http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/report-iran-deal-reached-nuclear-details-21379226

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