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See photos of The Radioactive Man Who Returned To Fukushima To Feed The Animals

see-this.wayPhotos The Radioactive Man Who Returned To Fukushima To Feed The Animals That Everyone Else Left Behind Bored Panda 20 Mar 15 The untold human suffering and property damage left in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan has been well-documented, but there’s another population that suffered greatly that few have discussed – the animals left behind in the radioactive exclusion zone. One man, however, hasn’t forgotten – 55-year-old Naoto Matsumura, a former construction worker who lives in the zone to care for its four-legged survivors.

He is known as the ‘guardian of Fukushima’s animals’ because of the work he does to feed the animals left behind by people in their rush to evacuate the government’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone. He is aware of the radiation he is subject to on a daily basis, but says that he “refuses to worry about it.” He does take steps, however, by only eating food imported into the zone.

See more about his work and what he has seen in the exclusion zone below!…….http://www.boredpanda.com/fukushima-radioactive-disaster-abandoned-animal-guardian-naoto-matsumura/

March 20, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Nuclear reactors are not needed for medical isotopes

nuclear-medicineFor a long time, the nuclear lobby has been touting nuclear medicine a big  the reason for having nuclear reactors .

It is not simple nor cheap to set up non nuclear methods of producing medical isotopes . However, it can be done, and in the long run, is less expensive than managing  the radioactive waste debt to be passed on to future generations.

The “nuclear medicine” rationale is just a fig leaf tacked on to this dangerous  industry

 

Hear-This-wayAUDIO: Reactors avoided in production of medical isotopes http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/reactors-avoided-in-production-of-medical-isotopes/6315814 14 March 2015

TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. The facility conducts experiments in subatomic physics, develops new particle detector technologies, and produces isotopes for medical imaging. Tom Ruth describes the basics of nuclear medicine and how his group is focused on advancing current nuclear medicine technology to ensure a supply of non-reactor based technetium-99m (Tc-99m) for Canada and beyond. This important isotope is used worldwide in tens of millions of medical procedures each year for diagnosing diseases in the heart and bones, and elsewhere in the body.

March 16, 2015 Posted by | health, Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Video: ‘Nuclear power and humans cannot coexist’

see-this.wayFukushima, Japan four years on: ‘Nuclear power and humans cannot coexist’ – video  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2015/mar/10/fukushima-japan-nuclear-video     , Michael Condon,and ,

 On 11 March 2011, the strongest earthquake in Japan’s history caused a giant tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people along the country’s north-east coast. It also triggered a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that will take four decades to clean up at a cost of tens of billions of dollars. As Japan prepares to mark the fourth anniversary of the 3/11 disaster, the Guardian talks to key figures from the most critical days of the Fukushima crisis and to some of the tens of thousands forced to evacuate their irradiated communities and who continue to live in nuclear limbo

,, Michael Condon,and ,theguardian.com On 11 March 2011, the strongest earthquake in Japan’s history caused a giant tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people along the country’s north-east coast. It also triggered a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that will take four decades to clean up at a cost of tens of billions of dollars. As Japan prepares to mark the fourth anniversary of the 3/11 disaster, the Guardian talks to key figures from the most critical days of the Fukushima crisis and to some of the tens of thousands forced to evacuate their irradiated communities and who continue to live in nuclear limbo

March 11, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Crying Earth Rise Up! – the uranium documentary

FilmIt’s Mother Earth vs. Father Greed in New Pine Ridge Uranium Documentary, Indian Country Natalie Hand 3/3/15 The emotionally charged documentary Crying Earth Rise Up! was showcased to a full house at this week’s Sedona International Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona.

Filmmaker Suree Towfighnia and film editor Sharon Karp were on hand for the screening.  “This is the fourth screening of the film,” Towfighnia said. ” We literally finished production just last week.  So I feel a sense of relief and accomplishment.”

The film, narrated by Tantoo Cardinal, focuses on two Oglala Lakota women on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  One is Elisha Yellow Thunder, a young mother with a daughter, Laila, who was born with cloacal abnormalities that causes internal organs to be connected.  Laila’s only functioning kidney fails at age 8.  Elisha’s quest to determine the cause of her daughter’s birth defects leads her to the water on her homeland.  Majoring in geology, she is mentored by Dr. Hannan LaGarry, a geology professor and author of 5 year study on hydrology the Ogallala Aquifer who teaches her to study water and uranium outcroppings on her homeland as a possible cause of the high number of birth defects and stillborn babies on Pine Ridge.  “My little girl’s story is too big not to tell,” Yellow Thunder said.

Water brought Elisha together with Debra White Plume, a frontline activist who is challenging Canadian mining giant Cameo, who operates the Crow Butte uranium mine near Crawford, Nebraska, near the Pine Ridge reservation.  White Plume filed an intervention opposing Cameo’s 10 year renewal license and application to expand their mining operation in December of 2007.  She is the only individual intervener in this case against Cameo.  In the film, White Plume attributes the in-situ leach mining operation at Crown Butte for contaminating the aquifer that flows under her homeland.  Dr. La Garry serves at the expert witness in White Plume’s defense.

“Without water, there is no life,” White Plume says in a quote that is featured onthe film’s website. “It’s like Mother Earth against Father Greed.​ ​You’re either for uranium or against it. There is no middle ground.”

“This work is about protecting precious water, for all of us, for Mother Earth and our coming generations,” White Plume said at the Sedona screening. “This film will help tell our truth to the world, all over the world water is in shortage, there are droughts or floods, or water is so contaminated it cannot be ingested by humans. We tell our truth based on our love of our generations.” Her words earned a standing ovation from the crowd………

For more information or to host a screening,visitCrying Earth Rise Up!on Facebook.

Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/03/03/its-mother-earth-vs-father-greed-new-pine-ridge-uranium-documentary-159451

March 4, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Review: an apocalyptic nuclear film with a strangely pro nuclear spin

After the Apocalypse: The anti-nuclear film that wasn’t, Nuclear Free by 2o45? by Dennis, 27 Feb 15 

As the fourth anniversary of the earthquake-tsunami-meltdown syndrome approached, I looked back at an example of pro-nuclear spin that appeared in the media in the spring of 2011. Ironically, the pro-nuclear message discussed here is a film about the horrors of atomic weapon blasts in The Polygon, the sacrifice zone in Kazakhstan where the Soviet Union detonated hundreds of nuclear and thermonuclear bombs. I’m timing this article to also commemorate the birth of the Nevada-Semipalatinsk anti-nuclear movement which is marked every year in Kazakhstan on February 28th.

After the Apocalypse [1] is a one-hour documentary that takes place in Semipalatinsk, a town in north-eastern Kazakhstan where the USSR detonated 456 nuclear weapons, many of them large-yield megaton hydrogen bombs. The camera goes to radioactive craters where herders still take their animals to graze. It goes to a museum where the pickled corpses of deformed babies sit in jars. However, the horror show of the past is not the main attraction. The film concentrates on the fierce struggle that still goes on today over the reproductive rights of the Kazakhstan hibakusha. The director, Antony Butts, follows a pregnant woman, Bibigul, whose wide-set eyes suggest chromosome damage. She wants to give birth despite the protestations of Toleukhan Nurmagambetov, a doctor who talks of the deformed, and too often abandoned, babies in the region as “monsters.” Continue reading

February 28, 2015 Posted by | Kazakhstan, Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Film: Nuclear Nation 2

Berlin Film Review: ‘Nuclear Nation II’ The devastating fallout of Japan’s nuclear disaster shows little sign of improvement in Atsushi Funabashi’s follow-up to ‘Nuclear Nation.’

Variety, 

@maggiesama 15 Feb 15

A less hard-hitting follow-up to “Nuclear Nation” (2012), Atsushi Funahashi’s latest documentary dwells in the stasis of its dispossessed subjects — residents of Futaba, where the Fukushima meltdown took place on March 12, 2011. Yet while the sense of frustration and impotence weighs heavily on viewers, it doesn’t reduce the significance of “Nuclear Nation II, which forces one to acknowledge that the crisis remains unresolved, and chillingly hints at a new debacle in the form of nuclear contamination. Like its predecessor, the film is being distributed in France by Wide House and should enjoy a strong presence in Europe, particularly on smallscreens.
Four years since the nuclear fallout, Japanese are still grappling with, or evading its consequences. While documentaries and quasi-fictional films flood the scene, many of them adopt a scattershot style, and are either too elliptical or emotional in their account of events. Funahashi’s approach, though hardly subtle or groundbreaking, maintains a singular focus on the evacuees, whose injustices suffered at the hands of the government are related with blunt clarity. The onscreen text at film’s close says it all: “They continue to live as refugees in their own country.”……

February 16, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Book “The Globalization of War” by Michel Chossudovsky

see-this.way“The Globalization of War” by Michel Chossudovsky http://tv.globalresearch.ca/2015/02/globalization-war-michel-chossudovsky
Michel Chossudovsky
James Corbett
Michel Chossudovsky joins us to talk about his new book, “The Globalization of War.” We discuss the threat of nuclear warfare, NATO’s use of proxy terrorist armies to destabilise sovereign nations, and how people can fight back against the US-NATO war agenda.

Buy the book here: https://store.globalresearch.ca/

From the outset of the post World War II period to the present, America’s s global military design has been one of world conquest. War and globalization are intricately related. Militarization supports powerful economic interests. America’s “Long War” is geared towards worldwide corporate expansion and the conquest of new economic frontiers.

The concept of the “Long War” is an integral part of U.S. military doctrine. Its ideological underpinnings are intended to camouflage the hegemonic project of World conquest. Its implementation relies on a global alliance of 28 NATO member states.

In turn, the U.S. as well as NATO have established beyond the “Atlantic Region” a network of bilateral military alliances with “partner” countries directed against Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. What we are dealing with is a formidable military force, deployed in all major regions of the World.

February 11, 2015 Posted by | resources - print, Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

AUDIO: Fiji nuclear veterans’ payout small win in huge battle

Hear-This-wayAUDIO: Fiji nuclear veterans’ payout small win in huge battle http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/fiji-nuclear-veterans-payout-small-win-in-huge-battle/1411753 3 February 2015,

The Fijian government’s decision to compensate the remaining members of the Fiji Nuclear Veterans Association will bring some relief while a legal battle with the British government is still dragging on after nearly a decade in the courts.

Some 70 Fijian soldiers were deployed to what is now Kirbati back in 1958 to take part in Britain’s nuclear testing program on Christmas Island, and more than half a century later, only 24 survive.

The Fijian government payout of FJD$9,985 is designed to cover medical costs which the British government has steadfastly refused to cover.

Journalist and writer Nic Maclellan is co-author of a book on the Fijian nuclear veterans called Kirisimasi.

He says although the veterans will be helped by the payment from Fiji, the real fight is still with the British government.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Nic Maclellan, Journalist

February 4, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

AUDIO: problems with USA-India nuclear deal

Hear-This-wayAUDIO: Critics Worry Nuclear Reactor Deal With India Has A Dark Side http://www.npr.org/2015/01/27/381783115/critics-worry-nuclear-reactor-deal-with-india-has-a-dark-sideThe administration says the reactors are good for the climate, good for American industry and for strengthening ties with India. But some worry the deal also has a dark side.

January 27, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

VIDEO: France’ s nuclear dream sours

(VIDEO) French Nuclear Cycle Crash http://www.fairewinds.org/french-nuclear-cycle-crash/#sthash.Gbfawk8d.dpbs November 20th, 2014 France has been a world leader in nuclear power, deriving almost 80% of its produced electricity from nuclear reactors. Following the 1974 oil shock, France embraced nuclear power by building 58 nuclear reactors in an effort to be energy self-sufficient. Where do the French see themselves as energy consumers and producers today and what is the future trend for the French after a 40 year investment in production of nuclear power?
From one expert to another, Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education interviews independent international energy and nuclear policy consultant Mycle Schneider to get the scoop on the French nuclear scene. A resident of Paris, Mycle has provided nuclear energy consulting services to countless international institutions, governments and NGOs. In an informative Q and A, Arnie and Mycle debunk the perfected nuclear power fantasy and expose the French réalité.

Video chat technology courtesy of Skype and Call Recorder.

– See more at: http://www.fairewinds.org/french-nuclear-cycle-crash/#sthash.Gbfawk8d.dpuf

January 20, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

New resource for renewable energy information – REsource, from IRENA

logo-IRENAIRENA Unveils REsource — “Google” For Renewable Energy Information Clean Technica, January 13th, 2015 by Zachary Shahan  The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)* is about to launch an awesome new tool called REsource. While we here at CleanTechnica do what we can to be the world’s leading source of cleantech information, we are always happy to see others to do a great job in this space. IRENA has long been one of the top places I go for renewable energy information, but its resources have gotten better and better in the past couple of years. REsource takes that to another level. ……

“The rapid growth of the renewable energy industry outpaces the information available to monitor and analyse the sector,” IRENA writes. “To date, renewable energy information has been scattered, and is perceived as less accessible, less detailed and less accurate than the information on conventional energy. This lack of information has created a falsely uncertain environment for investors and fuelled misperceptions in public opinion.”

Indeed, if you go looking for some renewable energy fact, there are dozens of organizations where you have to consider searching for it……..

REsource will be launched at IRENA’s 5th Assembly next week. We’ll publish an update at that time.

Also keep an eye on IRENA’s Twitter and Facebook pages. Also keep an eye on #REsourceIRENA — IRENA is going to be releasing a number of reports in the coming weeks and will tag them with #REsourceIRENA on Twitter and Facebook. http://cleantechnica.com/2015/01/13/irena-launches-resource-google-renewable-energy-information/

January 14, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

New book – Towards a World War III Scenario

Book-towards-WW-3The Dangers of Nuclear War http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-dangers-of-nuclear-war/5422597 By Prof Michel Chossudovsky Global Research, January 02, 2015 While one can conceptualize the loss of life and destruction resulting from present-day wars including Iraq and Afghanistan, it is impossible to fully comprehend the devastation which might result from a Third World War, using “new technologies” and advanced weapons, until it occurs and becomes a reality.

The international community has endorsed nuclear war in the name of world peace.

“Making the world safer” is the justification for launching a military operation which could potentially result in a nuclear holocaust.

Nuclear war has become a multibillion dollar undertaking, which fills the pockets of US defense contractors. What is at stake is the outright “privatization of nuclear war”.

The Pentagon’s global military design is one of world conquest. The military deployment of US-NATO forces is occurring in several regions of the world simultaneously.

Central to an understanding of war, is the media campaign which grants it legitimacy in the eyes of public opinion. A good versus evil dichotomy prevails. The perpetrators of war are presented as the victims. Public opinion is misled.

Breaking the “big lie”, which upholds war as a humanitarian undertaking, means breaking a criminal project of global destruction, in which the quest for profit is the overriding force. This profit-driven military agenda destroys human values and transforms people into unconscious zombies.

Book   NEW: Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War https://store.globalresearch.ca/store/towards-a-world-war-iii-scenario-the-dangers-of-nuclear-war/

January 3, 2015 Posted by | resources - print, Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Arizona region’s renewable energy sources shown in new website

text-websiteWebsite highlights renewable energy resources R & D, 18 Dec 14  A team from the University of Arizona and eight Southwestern electric utility companies has built a pioneering web portal that provides insight into renewable energy sources and how they contribute to the region’s electricity grid.

University of Arizona researchers and a group of partners have developed a tool that will help utility companies better understand the long-term impact of renewable energy on the power grid and provide insight on how to integrate these resources in the future in the most cost-efficient and reliable way for consumers.

The tool — a web portal — gathers, analyzes and displays real-time data from eight Southwestern utility companies, painting a broad picture of energy sources and use across the region. The information will help companies determine what actions to take for backup power planning over the next several years as the percentage of renewable energy usage grows……..http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/12/website-highlights-renewable-energy-resources

December 19, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Naomi Klein on nuclear power

“It isn’t just nuclear, this is the same argument the fracking industry in now using – that it’s a bridge, that it’s lower carbon, etc. This is a line that was developed by the fossil fuel industry in the late 1980’s that was then adopted by some parts of the environmental movement. It’s an argument that is still around, even though the bridge is burning.”

“The thing to stress is that there is really good research out there that shows that we can switch to 100 per cent renewables by 2030 or 2050. There is a great team out of Stanford lead by Mark Jacobson I look at in my book. It is not technology that is holding us back any more. So if we can do it with renewables, why are we doubling down on gas, why are we talking about nuclear – which is way more expensive and obviously massively higher risk.”

“I think it is happening because this is a very profitable model for our elites, and it’s a lot easier for them to wrap their heads around switching from oil to gas, or switching from fossil fuels to nuclear. I mean these are often the same companies. It’s a highly centralized, corporatist industry that also consolidates wealth and power.”

Book-Naomi-Klein

“I think we should be viewing the climate crisis as a message that our economic system is deeply, deeply flawed. We are facing not just a climate crisis but a crisis on so many levels. And it comes back to that extractivist mindset that it’s always required that somebody else eat the risk. That’s one of the biggest issues I have with nuclear – who is going to eat the risk on this? I understand how people like George Monbiot, who I have a huge amount of respect for, are coming to this desperate conclusion. In the absence of the kind of social movement that I’m talking about, that is true. It is only a social movement on a huge scale that can achieve the just kind of transition that we want.”

“I think we can do this without nuclear, it’s just that it’s less challenging to our current political structures to do it that way. This is the society that we’ve created and we’ve got a lot of transformation work to get off that path.”

(From a Guardian webcast from October 2014 discussing her new book This Changes Everything with Owen Jones)

December 15, 2014 Posted by | resources - print, Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

AUDIO: growing movement to shut down Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors

Diablo nuclear power plantHear-This-wayAUDIO: Anti-Nuke Activists Fight to Close Diablo Canyon http://ecowatch.com/2014/12/11/close-diablo-canyon-nuclear-plant/  | December 11, 2014 California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors are surrounded by earthquake faults they were never designed to withstand. They are riddled with design flaws and can’t meet basic fire safety standards. They dump huge quantities of hot water into the ocean in defiance of state water quality standards, killing billions of sea creatures.

Their operating costs are soaring beyond renewables, an energy source transforming the California ecology and economy. They continue to pile up huge quantities of deadly radioactive wastes that have no place to go. And that’s just the start of it.

Fortunately, a powerful grassroots movement is rising up in California to shut these reactors and make the state nuke-free. More demonstrators have been arrested at Diablo Canyon than any other nuke site in the U.S. Green Power activists recently won a landmark victory by shutting the two nukes at San Onofre, between Los Angeles and San Diego, leaving just the ones at Diablo to plague the state.

Two key players in that fight are Damon Moglen, from Friends of the Earth, and Linda Seeley from the Mothers for Peace of San Luis Obispo, which sits 9 miles downwind. They were gracious enough to appear this week on my Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show atprn.fm. If you want the inside scoop on how we will shut Diablo, take a listen:

December 13, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

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