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Long term cancer, brain damage, risks from overdose of radiation scanning

the radiation overdoses were larger and more common than previously known–involving about 400 patients at eight hospitals, including six in California. And experts believe that patients may face long-term risks of cancer and brain damage.

Brain Scan Radiation Overdoses More Widespread Than Previously Known, FAIR WARNING, By Elise Craig, August 2, 2010 Within the last few years, some patients across the country who underwent sophisticated brain scans to determine if they had suffered strokes began to experience odd symptoms, including a stripe of baldness running around the backs of their heads, memory loss and confusion.

Eventually, doctors discovered that the problem stemmed from accidental radiation overdoses from the analytical procedure itself, known as a CT brain perfusion scan.An investigation by The New York Times, however, has found that the radiation overdoses were larger and more common than previously known–involving about 400 patients at eight hospitals, including six in California. And experts believe that patients may face long-term risks of cancer and brain damage.

Brain Scan Radiation Overdoses More Widespread Than Previously Known | FairWar

August 7, 2010 Posted by | health, USA | , , , | Leave a comment

Russian efforts to save nuclear weapons plant from wildfires

Russian troops have dug a eight kilometre long canal to keep wildfires away from a nuclear arms site. Radio New Zealand News,  2010 : 08 : 08 Forest and peat fires in Russia, caused by a heatwave, have killed at least 52 people and destroyed thousands of homes.Smoke from the wildfires has blanketed the capital, Moscow, forcing people to wear surgical masks to filter out the smog.

A Russian radio station says army troops have excavated a canal around the Sarov nuclear arms facility, 350km east of Moscow, which is ringed by forest……..Radio New Zealand News : Stories : 2010 : 08 : 08 : Russian troops dig canal to protect nuclear site

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Legal action to stop ‘backscatter’ airport radiation scanning

Backscatter technology emits low-dose X-ray radiation to take images that help detect weapons and explosives hidden under clothing, ……, who is there to calibrate them and make sure they are only given the correct amount of radiation?”

Lawsuit Filed Over Airport Scanner Privacy, Health Concerns,  Body-Scan Technology | TechNewsDaily, By Samantha Murphy,  06 August 2010 A public interest group has filed a lawsuit against the federal government demanding the suspension of the full-body scanners increasingly being used in airports nationwide. Continue reading

August 7, 2010 Posted by | Legal, USA | , , , | 3 Comments

Hiroshima atomic bomb survivors bear witness today

It was a black rain with big drops……

This It How It Feels To Be Under A Nuclear Attack | Gizmodo Australia, By Akiko Takakura and others on August 6, 2010 “………..Since Hiroshima was completely enveloped in flames, we felt terribly hot and could not breathe well at all. After a while, a whirlpool of fire approached us from the south. It was like a big tornado of fire spreading over the full width of the street. Whenever the fire touched, wherever the fire touched, it burned. It burned my ear and leg, I didn’t realise that I had burned myself at that moment, but I noticed it later….

The whirlpool of fire that was covering the entire street approached us from Ote-machi. So everyone just tried so hard to keep away from the fire. It was just like a living hell. After a while, it began to rain. The fire and the smoke made us so thirsty and there was nothing to drink, no water, and the smoke even disturbed our eyes. As it began to rain, people opened their mouths and turned their faces towards the sky and try to drink the rain, but it wasn’t easy to catch the rain drops in our mouths. It was a black rain with big drops……

This It How It Feels To Be Under A Nuclear Attack | Gizmodo Australia

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How the Whitehouse’s solar panels were quietly removed

.In 1986 the Reagan administration quietly dismantled the White House solar panel installation

Where Did the Carter White House’s Solar Panels Go?, Scientific American, By David Biello, August 6, 2010, “…… The White House itself once harvested the power of the sun. On June 30, 1979, the Carter administration installed 32 panels designed to harvest the sun’s rays and use them to heat water. Continue reading

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“Peaceful’ nuclear power inextricably linked with nuclear weapons

nuclear power is tightly linked with nuclear weapons, and contrary to current groupthink, its technology is neither “clean” nor “safe.” Thus, proposals to eliminate nuclear weapons while expanding nuclear power plants are a contradictory and doomed strategy for renewable, clean energy production and international security………

August 6 and 9: Perils and Possibilities, t r u t h o u t,  06 August 2010 by: H. Patricia Hynes and Jeff Napolitano, August is a month of memorial and actions for a nuclear free-world. August 6th and August 9th mark the 65th anniversary of the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which many believe was an unnecessary act for Japan’s surrender and one which killed hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians. It also launched the perilous era of nuclear weapons and power plants. Continue reading

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Cancers will increase as young Hiroshima victims live on

Those exposed to A-bomb radiation in early adolescence or at a younger age have shown a higher rate of cancer than those exposed to the radiation as adults. Most of the survivors living now were adolescents or younger at the time of the blast. Many more cancer patients are expected to emerge — probably 70,000 to 80,000 new cases by 2040………

Disease and regret weigh on atomic-bomb survivors By NANAO KAMADA, M.D., chief director of the Hiroshima Atomic-bomb Survivors Relief Foundation. The Japan Times Aug. 6, 2010 “……Among the survivors, various types of malignant tumors developed over time because of their exposure to atomic radiation. The occurrence of leukemia started to increase three years after the bombing, thyroid gland cancer eight years after, breast and lung cancer 10 years after, and stomach and colon cancers 15 years after. Continue reading

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China accuses USA of double standards in nuclear deal with Vietnam

…The US is used to employing double standards when dealing with different countries … as a global power that has promoted denuclearization, it has challenged its own reputation and disturbed the preset international order,

China shaken by US move to sign nuclear deal with Vietnam The Times of India, 6 Aug 2010, BEIJING: China, which has recently dominated the security situation in North Asia, appeared shaken by a surprise move by the US administration to begin negotiations for a civilian nuclear deal with Vietnam…. Continue reading

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U.S. Republican Senators concerned over airport radiation scanning

We have not seen TSA address the issue of airport and airline personnel who work at the airport and therefore could receive multiple doses of radiation every work day,”
Citing Radiation Concerns, Republicans Request Full-Body Scanner Review; Talk Media News,  AuthorJustin Duckham DateFriday, August 6, 2010 Three Senate Republicans have sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration asking the government entities to review the health effects incurred by the use of full body scanners at airports.

Issued by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.) and signed by fellow GOP Senators Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Richard Burr (N.C.), the letter focuses on concerns surrounding the radiation emitted from the machines and its effects on both passengers at TSA workers.

“We have not seen TSA address the issue of airport and airline personnel who work at the airport and therefore could receive multiple doses of radiation every work day,” the letter states. Citing Radiation Concerns, Republicans Request Full-Body Scanner Review

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Hot weather furthering solar energy in Germany

better-than-expected progress in harnessing the power of the sun on these hot summer days. Much earlier than expected, solar, wind and water power are expected to cover Germany’s total energy demands.

Renewable energy technology developing faster than expected, Germany | Deutsche Welle | 05.08.2010,  Ben Knight,   Germany is a world leader in developing solar power technology. The Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Technology has reported a marked progress in the capacity of renewable energy in Germany. But this could mean the country is running into a supply conflict with nuclear power. Continue reading

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The ‘nuclear renaissance’ – a bailout to prevent nuclear industry bankruptcy

The “nuclear renaissance” is simply a bailout, not unlike the Wall Street bailout, for nuclear power companies who face bankruptcy without a massive government infusion of tax-payer funds.

August 6 and 9: Perils and Possibilities, t r u t h o u t,  06 August 2010, by: H. Patricia Hynes and Jeff Napolitano, Not Economically Feasible The economics of nuclear power is as trouble-ridden as the technology. The nuclear industry is underwritten with taxpayer money in the form of tax subsidies and limited liability and, in a free market, would not exist. Continue reading

August 7, 2010 Posted by | business and costs, USA | Leave a comment

Today 130,000 Hiroshima like bombings are possible

Today we live in a world with over 23,000 nuclear bombs wired to destroy life many times over. These weapons have the combined firepower of over 130,000 Hiroshimas.

Scope of nuclear war today is unfathomable, Joplin Independent: Hastings   2010-08-06 16: by Robert Dodge, M.D.Sixty five years ago this week, the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed in a flash. Continue reading

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Pont Lepreau nuclear plant – yet another setback

N.B. nuclear plant another year behind schedule, August 6, 2010 CBC News Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. has informed the New Brunswick government and NB Power that the $1.4-billion refurbishment of the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station is another year behind schedule…….

Election hot potato

The new delay comes just as the campaign for the Sept. 27 provincial election starts up. The Liberals were quick to point out that the contract with AECL for the refurbishment of Point Lepreau was signed by the Progressive Conservative government of Bernard Lord in 2005. CBC News – New Brunswick – N.B. nuclear plant another year behind schedule

August 7, 2010 Posted by | Canada, politics | , , | Leave a comment

Utah to suffer again the fallout from nuclear weapons testing?

there simply is no military requirement for new nuclear weapons capabilities that might require the resumption of U.S. nuclear testing.

Nuclear Weapons Testing is Back on the Table in Utah, Blog for Iowa, Editor’s Note, 6 Aug 2010, Nuclear weapons testing is back on the election agenda in Utah, the reddest of red states, home of many “downwinders” who suffered cancer from the fallout of our previous regime of nuclear weapons testing in Nevada. Continue reading

August 7, 2010 Posted by | USA, weapons and war | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Electric cars – not pollution free, not cheap

Electric cars just aren’t economical,  cleveland.com.August 04, 2010

“…….Until the cost comes down, electric vehicles are going to be a very tough sell to anyone with basic math skills.And, electric vehicles aren’t pollution free. The pollution is moved from the tail pipe of the car to the smokestack at the power plant. Nuclear energy pollutes where the spent radio active fuel rods are buried. If there’s a power failure for any reason, we’d have to walk too……

Electric cars just aren’t economical: Business Comment of the Day | cleveland.com

August 7, 2010 Posted by | ENERGY | | Leave a comment