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Nuclear plants can get double whammy from Stuxnet computer worm

“It appears that warhead one and warhead two were deployed in combination as an all-out cyberstrike against the Iranian nuclear program,”….

Worm Can Deal Double Blow to Nuclear Program, New York Times, By JOHN MARKOFF, November 19, 2010 The German software engineer who in September was the first to report that a computer worm was apparently designed to sabotage targets in Iran said Friday that the program contained two separate “digital warheads.” Continue reading

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USA urged to stop subsidising fossil fuels, and switch to renewable energy

Bacon also recommended that the federal government end all tax breaks and subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and redirect them to renewable energy.

U.S. must switch to renewable energy faster, expert says at WestConn,  NewsTimes, Vinti Singh, November 19, 2010 DANBURY — The United States will run out of all its domestic oil reserves in three years if oil use continues at current rates, while the world has about 40 years left until all of the oil is gone, environment expert Drury Bacon said Thursday. It’s time to seriously begin looking at alternate energy sources, Bacon said. Continue reading

November 21, 2010 Posted by | ENERGY, USA | , , , | Leave a comment

China’s crooked nuclear power chief gets life sentence, rather than death penalty

raises the possibility of the Chinese government protecting him just as the Pakistan government is protecting its rogue nuclear salesman A Q Khan……

The curious case of China’s former nuclear power chief’s life sentence news, domain-b.com,  20 November 2010 The former chief of China’s civilian and military nuclear programmes and the prime facilitator of Pakistan’s Chashma Nuclear Power Project, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Chinese court yesterday for accepting bribes. Continue reading

November 21, 2010 Posted by | China, secrets,lies and civil liberties | , , | Leave a comment

Airline travellers’ choice between ionising radiation and ‘pat-down’

the relationship between ionizing radiation  is  cumulative. The time you spend on an airplane + the time you spend getting dental or medical x-rays……….accumulates, every hour of it increasing the probability of tumor formation.

What full body scanner radiation means to you –  Examiner.com, 20 Nov 10, “………..The equipment creates images of your body by scanning a narrow beam of x-rays across your body. The x-rays either penetrate your skin and propagate through your body, the same way as hospital or dental x-rays, or are bounce off your skin, back toward a detector. These back-scattered x-rays are the ones from which the image is built. Continue reading

November 21, 2010 Posted by | technology, USA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

European security depending on START nuclear weapons deal

“If the START treaty is not ratified, it would be a real setback for European security,” said Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen. “We urge and hope that the U.S. Congress will be able to ratify the START treaty as soon as possible.”

Obama, Medvedev urge Senate to ratify START | Reuters, By Ross Colvin, LISBON | Sat Nov 20, 2010 – President Barack Obama used the international stage Saturday to press his Republican opponents in Congress to ratify a new nuclear arms deal with Russia.Russian President Dmitry Medvedev also urged U.S. lawmakers to approve the START treaty swiftly and six European foreign ministers echoed the appeal in a joint appearance at a NATO summit in Lisbon. Continue reading

November 21, 2010 Posted by | politics international, USA | , , , , | Leave a comment

repeated heart radiation imaging causes cancer risks

Heart test hikes long-term cancer riskStudy highlights danger of repeated radiation doses   CHICAGO SUN-TIMES,  November 16, 2010 BY MONIFA THOMAS A common imaging test that’s used to detect coronary artery disease has exposed many heart patients to extremely high cumulative doses of radiation over a 20-year period, putting them at higher risk for cancer, Continue reading

November 21, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Osama bin Laden called the use of nuclear weapons a ‘religious duty’

By 1992, Al Qaeda was already dabbling in the nuclear black market…….Although Osama bin Laden had no authority to issue a fatwa, he embraced an opportunity to seek “God’s approval” for the decision to escalate the conflict to the next stage…..bin Laden made it a religious duty for his followers to pursue Weapons of Mass Destruction. ……

Al Qaeda’s Religious Justification of Nuclear Weapons”, THE HUFFINGTIN POST, Rahim Kanani:, 19 Nov 10, “….. Bin Laden would develop an idea that would breathe life back into Zawahiri’s dreams: the United States must become the target of the jihad. Continue reading

November 21, 2010 Posted by | MIDDLE EAST, Religion and ethics | , , , , | Leave a comment

North Korea shows off new nuclear complex

Experts caution, however, that true hydrogen bombs are quite difficult to make, so it seems unlikely that North Korea would succeed in that step anytime soon.

North Koreans Unveil Vast New Plant for Nuclear Use, NYTimes.com, By DAVID E. SANGER  November 20, 2010 WASHINGTON — North Korea showed a visiting American nuclear scientist last week a vast new facility it secretly and rapidly built to enrich uranium, confronting the Obama administration with the prospect that the country is preparing to expand its nuclear arsenal or build a far more powerful type of atomic bomb…….. Continue reading

November 21, 2010 Posted by | North Korea, weapons and war | , , , , , | Leave a comment