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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

Drone photography shows the decayed Chernobyl area

see-this.wayA drone’s-eye view of CHERNOBYL: Eerie footage reveals a city left to decay after devastating nuclear disaster, Daily Mail Australia 28 Nov 14 (Incl video and photos) 

  • Pripyat was just miles from the Chernobyl plant which exploded in 1986
  • Drone footage was captured by Devon-based filmmaker, Danny Cooke
  • He used a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter, a Canon 7D camera and a GoPro3+
  • It shows haunting views of abandoned fairground rides and buildings 
  • ‘There was something serene yet disturbing about this place,’ said Cooke

By ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD FOR MAILONLINE, 28 November 2014 |

A frozen Ferris wheel, poisoned forests and paint sloughing off an empty swimming pool; these are the remains of a city devastated by a nuclear disaster nearly 30 years ago.

Pripyat in Ukraine, once home to a population of 50,000, was just a few miles from the Chernobyl power plant which exploded in 1986.

Now, a Devon-based documentary maker, Danny Cooke, has captured the area in decay by flying  around the abandoned area using a camera attached to a drone

The footage shows Pripyat being taken over by nature. Eerie views of rusted bumper cars and scattered papers are placed alongside golden flowers and trees growing among buildings.

While many images have emerged of Pripyat since the disaster, this footage is the first to provide a drone’s-eye view of its abandoned remains……….http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2851

November 28, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Are you ready for the Solar Revolution?

Book-Solar-RevolutionThe Solar Revolution: Why bottled sunshine is the fuel of the future http://guardianshorts.co.uk/the-solar-revolution-why-bottled-sunshine-is-the-fuel-of-the-future/
Steve McKevitt & Tony Ryan £1.99/$2.99

The sunshine that hits the Earth in a single hour could meet the world’s food and energy demands for an entire year. If only we could make use of it that is. Solar power is not just about turning sunlight into electricity – we also need a way of capturing and storing it, of moving it around to where it’s needed. Of providing power during the night. In short, we need a way of bottling sunshine so that we can have as much of it as we want, wherever and whenever we like. Solve this, and we will welcome the solar revolution.

Our current coal, oil and gas energy supplies rely on sunshine captured long ago by plants and animals long since fossilised. Harnessing the sun directly would open the way to a future free from the side effects of burning carbon. But that’s not the only reason to look to the sun. By 2050, the world’s population is predicted to rise to some 10 billion individuals. Our energy requirements will nearly double over the same period. Today we are burning through 20 million years of fossil record every year. We use this energy to stock our supermarkets, light our homes and run our businesses. In the long run, we’re going to need to find a new way of powering our lifestyles.

In ‘The Solar Revolution’, Steve McKevitt and Tony Ryan explore this energy problem and the solutions on offer. From nuclear to wind, fossil fuels to sunshine, they look at where our energy comes from and what the issues are with producing it this way or that. They delve into the science that underpins it all as well, explaining exactly how the sun’s rays might be turned into a new liquid fuel to power the world.

This Guardian Short is a companion to a longer work by the authors, The Solar Revolution: One world. One solution. Providing the energy and food for 10 billion people., published by Icon Books. Expanding on some of the issues and science covered in the Guardian Short and delving into new areas, it is available in paperback from the Guardian Bookshop

October 27, 2014 Posted by | resources - print, Resources -audiovicual | 1 Comment

VIDEO: Obam to spend $1 Trillion on nuclear weapons upgrades

see-this.wayVIDEO: Obama Promised a “World Without Nuclear Weapons,” but May Now Spend $1 Trillion on Upgrades
Friday, 24 October 2014 By Amy GoodmanDemocracy Now! | Video Interview We are on the road in the historic city of Vienna, Austria, not far from the Czech Republic where President Obama gave a major address in 2009 that called for a nuclear-free world. His disarmament efforts were cited when he won the Nobel Peace Prize, but since then advocates say little progress has been made. A recent New York Times investigation found the United States is on pace to spend as much as $1 trillion over the next three decades to modernize its nuclear arsenal and facilities. This week, more than 150 countries at the United Nations signed a joint statement calling on nuclear powers to attend the third major conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons scheduled this December in Vienna. The United States has yet to attend one of the meetings. We are joined by Elena Sokova, executive director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.

TRANSCRIPT:…….http://truth-out.org/news/item/27033-obama-promised-a-world-without-nuclear-weapons-but-may-now-spend-1-trillion-on-upgrades?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TRUTHOUT+(t+r+u+t+h+o+u+t+%7C+News+Politics)

October 25, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Hear this audio interview with the renowned Dr Helen Caldicott

Hear-This-wayCaldicott,H1AUDIO: GREEN POWER AND WELLNESS – DR. HELEN CALDICOTT – 10/14/14  http://prn.fm/green-power-wellness-dr-helen-caldicott-101414/ October 14th, 2014 by Archivist

The great DR. HELEN CALDICOTT joins us for a thorough excursion into the insane, life-threatening world of atomic energy.

Since 1971 Helen has been leading the charge to rid the planet of the nuclear power and weapons technologies that threaten all life on Earth.  She has studied the impacts of the accidents at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima and has thoroughly documented the biological destruction the atomic power industry continues to do to us all.

Helen also experienced the ultimate hair-rising White House meeting with Ronald Reagan, then in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, to discuss the future of nuclear weapons—an epic moment that has impacted us all.

Her new book, CRISIS WITHOUT END (New Press), documents her recent conference on nuclear health impacts just as she is organizing yet another top-level conference on nuclear weaponry, to take place in February.

Hear all about it at this immensely important excursion in the necessary world of a nuke-free Solartopia….

October 18, 2014 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

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