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Russia’s natural resource oversight body to keep mum on catastrophes from now on Anna Kireeva, Charles Digges, 16/08-2012 […] Now, all information requests sent to Rosprirodnadzor’s press service will be subject to scouring by the special commission before it is released to the public  – a decision greeted by some of Kirillov‘s subordinates as anti-democratic and needlessly complex.

 Rosprirodnadzor is one of the Russian government’s most important sources of information about environmental conditions in Russia

How to manipulate the Internet  by  1 September 12,  Below, are quotes from some articles that are looking at issues of internet blocking and manipulation of searches etc..

I live in the UK, and recently discovered that Uk government requests to access peoples personal data was much lower than other countries. This was because laws passed last year allow authorities to hack anyone of interest…..

they do not need to apply to the courts any more, they have to put them on the recently renamed DOMESTIC EXTREMIST DATABASE (DED) office. The DED now have no name so as to deter data protection requests from a concerned public. As you will see below, other countries also censure/manipulate data to suit local needs and some countries are more open than others..

I wanted to cover censorship and manipulation in Japan and the USA after the Gulf Oil Spill and Fukushima tragedy but the PR company (OGILVY and MATHER, WPP) that smoothed over the disasters would need its own article.

For now here are some examples of how the manipulation works.

Irradiated Russian region moves to manipulate its Internet image Charles Digges, 29/07-2011[…] Authorities in Chelyabinsk have announced that they will pay the equivalent of $13,000 in order to try to alter the region’s “online footprint” so that people looking for information on Chelyabinsk on the internet read “positive or neutral evaluations of the ecological situation” there. Continue reading

September 1, 2012 Posted by | media, secrets,lies and civil liberties, Spain | Leave a comment

Japanese online summary tampers with radiation report

The significance of this difference of expression relates to the fact that dose ranges below 0.20 Gy (200 mSv) are being ignored.

Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) “alters” a Japanese summary of their research paper  http://fukushimavoice-eng.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/radiation-effects-research-foundation.html

 RERF published a research paper earlier this year, “Studies of the Mortality of Atomic Bomb Survivors, Report 14, 1950–2003: An Overview of Cancer and Noncancer Diseases.”
http://www.rrjournal.org/doi/pdf/10.1667/RR2629.1RERF released a 4-page Japanese summary of the study in the spring.  It was recently revealed that the content of the Japanese summary has been tampered with. Continue reading

September 1, 2012 Posted by | Japan, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Japan’s nuclear industry in the grip of the criminal yakuza

The Nuclear Mafia Derails Democracy in Japan Dissident Voice, by Richard Wilcox / August 31st, 2012

End of the day, factory whistle cries, Men walk through these gates with death in their eyes.
– Bruce Springsteen, “Factory

Bring us the living dead. People no one will miss.
– Fukushima official’s request to Yakuza

TEPCO’s involvement with anti-social forces and their inability to filter them out of the work-place is a national security issue … Nuclear energy shouldn’t be in the hands of the yakuza. They’re gamblers and an intelligent person doesn’t want them to have atomic dice to play with.
– Japanese Senator1…. The exploitation of labor at nuclear plants depends on the tools of social engineering, of government, mass media and schools. This is the hidden and shameful side of today’s materialist society and belies our complicity in a criminalized culture.

Inefficient and corrupt employment practices at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) are prolonging the disaster. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) outsources 90 percent of the work to subcontractors, mainly utilizing Japan’s criminal syndicates, “the Yakuza.” Japan is still a middle class society and most people will not volunteer for nuclear work. Japan risks running out of workers who have not exceeded their legal radiation limits.

Considered to be “Japan’s largest organized crime group” — who are on the radar of the US Treasury Dept. (another big crime group) — the Yakuza offer a service to society by sopping up its losers and giving them a dodgy occupation….. These short video interviews offer a useful introduction into how the Yakuza operate. Tepco’s relationship with the Yakuza is a cesspool of corruption from the highest to the lowest levels in its organization. “A senior National Police Agency officer, speaking on grounds of anonymity said, ‘TEPCO has a history of doing business with the yakuza that is far deeper than just using their labor.’  Continue reading

September 1, 2012 Posted by | Japan, politics, Reference | Leave a comment

Nuclear power and its threat to fresh water supplies

According to a 2011 report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, water withdrawals vary widely from one type of power plant to another: “On average in 2008, plants in the US nuclear fleet withdrew nearly eight times more freshwater than natural gas plants per unit of electricity generated, and 11 percent more than coal plants.

 When water efficiency is factored into the equation, alternative energy sources, like wind turbines and solar cells, compare more favorably to coal, gas, and nuclear power. 

Treading water, BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS, BY DAWN STOVER | 22 AUGUST 2012 In 1954, Lewis Strauss, then chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, gave a speech in which he famously predicted that “our children will enjoy in their homes electrical energy too cheap to meter.” Whether he was talking about fission reactors or a secret fusion project is unclear, but he was wrong in either case. What did turn out to be too cheap to meter, however, was water.

Unless you have a private well or spring on your property, you probably don’t enjoy free water in your home. But it’s a different story if you’re running a power plant or drilling for oil: The biggest water consumers pay the least for every gallon, and most power plants pay almost nothing at all. Perhaps that’s why so little research and funding is devoted to saving water — far less than is spent on energy efficiency.

This year’s drought, however, is a painful reminder that water is not an unlimited resource. According to the National Climate Data Center, moderate to exceptional drought currentlycovers 64 percent of the contiguous United States. A new study in the journal Nature Climate Change predicts that severe and widespread droughts will continue during the coming decades……

A June 2012 report from the watershed-protection group River Network found that, for every gallon of water used in an average American household, five times as much water is used to provide that same home with electricity.

It takes water to make energy. Coal, gas, and nuclear power plants generate electricity using steam-driven turbine generators. They withdraw surface water from rivers, lakes, or other bodies and use it to cool the steam. Thermoelectric power production has been the largest category of water use in the United States since 1965, and it is currently the fastest-growing user of freshwater.  Continue reading

September 1, 2012 Posted by | Reference, USA, water | Leave a comment

USA voters like Obama’s renewable energy policies, not Romney’s renewable rejection

Voters Favor Obama over Romney on Energy  http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Voters-Favor-Obama-over-Romney-on-Energy.html  By Jen Alic, 28 August 2012 US voters apparently favor President Barack Obama’s energy policy over the energy independence plan unveiled by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to two new polls conducted this week.

According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, 49% of registered voters surveyed preferred Obama’s energy policy, while 41% preferred Romney’s. Voters were specifically asked who they trust more to come through with a successful energy policy.

In the same poll that considered adults who are both registered voters and non-registered voters, 49% chose Obama’s energy plan, while 37% chose Romney’s.

In a separate poll conducted by USA Today/Gallup, 53% of those surveyed preferred Obama’s energy plan, to 40% for Romney. This particular poll was conducted before Romney unveiled his energy independence plan.

On Thursday, Romney unveiled his much-talked-about energy plan, a 21-page white paper that focuses on drilling and makes no mention of climate change and only a vague mention of renewable energy efforts.

Obama’s policy is nearly the flip side, focusing on supporting renewable energy at the  expense of fossil fuels, though it is described as an “all-of-the-above” strategy to expand domestic energy production.

September 1, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

‘I saw rebels beheading men for religion’ – Syrian cleric

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iogH78kXccU&feature=player_embedded

Published on Aug 30, 2012 by 

RT talks to Mother Agnes Mariam, founder of monastery in Qara in Syria and witnessed what the people went through when the first sparks of trouble ignited the war.

Syrian Christians living in fear and insecurity

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

[…]

The Melkite Greek-Catholic Carmelite was in Dublin to meet the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown on Sunday as well Bishop Noel Treanor in Belfast, and representatives of the Bishops Council for Justice and Peace.  She warned that the insurgents are targeting religious minorities and executing moderate Sunnis such as journalists, researchers, doctors and engineers in order to pressure their families and communities into supporting an Islamist state.

Mother Agnes Mariam warned that this campaign of violence is, “destroying the delicate religious and ethnic balance,” in Syria.  She appealed to the international community to stop supporting these violent militias, which she said are linked to al-Qaeda and other extremist groups, and are guilty of, “atrocities,” against innocent Syrian civilians.

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http://www.cinews.ie/article.php?artid=10648

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‘Politically motivated’ IAEA report timed to derail Iranian influence’

http://rt.com/news/iran-iaea-report-suspicious-082/

Published: 31 August, 2012, 23:02
Edited: 01 September, 2012, 04:22

Qoute..

Seyed Mohammad Marandi: Yes, because the Iranians are producing enriched uranium at 20 per cent, for facilities in Tehran, which then produce medical isotopes. Roughly 800,000 to 900,000 people in Iran need this medicine; many of them are cancer patients. And the fact that the United States and the Europeans tried to prevent Iran from obtaining the fuel in the past meant that they were taking Iranian cancer patients hostage, which was, in the eyes of Iranians, inhuman.

 

The Iranians felt they were forced to produce their own uranium at 20 per cent. The irony here is that the Iranians at the beginning had no intention to produce uranium at 20 per cent and then produce nuclear fuel. But the Americans and the Europeans, by taking Iranian citizens and ill people hostage, forced Iranians to take that step.

 

Iran has dismissed as “politically motivated” a recent IAEA report accusing it of ramping up uranium enrichment. The director of the University of Tehran’s Institute for North American and European Studies told RT the report’s timing is no surprise.

Iranian lawmakers were quick to reject the highly critical International Atomic Energy Agency report – released Thursday – which was published just as Tehran was hosting representatives from some 120 nations for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit. Iranian lawmaker Kazem Jalali said the report was intended to “overshadow the meeting in Tehran.”

“It seems that this report is a scenario for psychological warfare, because Iran was able to show its authority and international position at the NAM summit,” Jalali, a member of Iranian Parliament’s national security and foreign affairs committee, added.

The IAEA report says Iran’s stockpile of uranium that’s been enriched to 20 per cent – the threshold for “weapons-usable” quality – has jumped from 159 pounds to 255 pounds since May.

Continue reading

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Breaking-Iran’s Bushehr power plant fully operational

Published: 01 September, 2012, 00:02

(RT)

[…]

Iran’s first nuclear power plant is now operating at full capacity. The unique project demanded equipment and buildings originally made by Germany to be refitted for Russian nuclear technology.

The reactor of Bushehr nuclear power plant’s Unit 1 was brought up to 100 per cent of its projected capacity at 18:47 local time on August 30,” Atomstroyexport, an engineering company within Russia’s Rosatom, said Friday. Continue reading

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Audio: Republican Party dropping support for renewable energy

In election, Republicans drop support for renewable energy incentives 08/31/2012 Free Speech Radio News    http://fsrn.org/audio/election-republicans-drop-support-renewable-energy-incentives/10814    “……An expiring tax credit for wind energy has become a focal issue highlighting differences between the Obama and Romney energy policies. Although the Republican party supported a tax credit for renewables in 2008, that support has been dropped from its 2012 platform. President Obama and other supporters of the credit argue that it is needed to save jobs and level the playing field as the nascent industry is developing. FSRN’s Jim Pullen has the story…”

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People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy will take anti nuclear fight to Supreme Court

People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy to appeal in apex court
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/Peoples-Movement-Against-Nuclear-Energy-to-appeal-in-apex-court/articleshow/16097343.cms TNN | Sep 1, 2012,  MADURAI: People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) had decided to appeal in the Supreme Court against the Madras high court verdict giving the go ahead for the Kudankulam nuclear plant. PMANE coordinator S P Udayakumar, expressing disappointment over the verdict said that the high court judgment will be challenged in theapex court. “We will continue our fight for justice,” he said.

Villagers of Idinthakarai village wore a dejected look as the information about the judgment by a bench comprising Justices P Jyothimani and M Duraiswamy dismissing the batch of petitions against Kudankulam nuclear plant reached them. The villagers have been protesting against the nuclear plant for more than a year. Besides rallies and slogan shouting, the villagers were on a relay fast for the past several months.

“We had placed all our hope on the high court. Now, the only recourse for us is the Supreme Court. We will approach the Supreme Court,” said Udayakumar.

September 1, 2012 Posted by | India, Legal | Leave a comment

Court sanctions Kudankulam nuclear plant, but PMANE will not give up the fight

Our struggle against the plant will continue,” said SP Udayakumar, convenor, People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, which has been at the forefront of the anti-plant protest

Kudankulam plant gets HC nod; activists protest , Hindustan Times Chennai, August 31, 2012 The Madras high court on Friday gave all-clear to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tirunelveli, 650km from Chennai, Continue reading

September 1, 2012 Posted by | India, Legal | Leave a comment

Russia planning UNMANNED long-range nuclear strategic bombers.

Russia’s Unmanned Strategic Nuclear Bomber Is A Really Terrible Idea http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/09/russias-unmanned-strategic-nuclear-bomber-is-a-really-terrible-idea/

 1 Sept 12,  AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE COMPANY TUPOLEV IS DEVELOPING A NEW STEALTH PLANE THAT WILL REPLACE RUSSIA’S MIGHTY BUT AGEING NUCLEAR STRATEGIC BOMBER FLEET. CALLED THE PAK-DA BOMBER, IT WILL ENTER SERVICE IN THE MID-2020S, JUST IN TIME TO FACE THE USAF’S NEW STEALTH STRATEGIC NUCLEAR BOMBERS. BUT THAT’S INOFFENSIVE COMPARED TO WHAT’S COMING NEXT.

The PAK-DA would be a standard nuclear bomber, with a on-board human crew controlling it. The next step, however, opens a potentially lethal and morally questionable Pandora’s Box. Lt General Anatoly Zhikharev — the commander for that branch of the Russian Air Force — says that they are thinking about a sixth generation to enter service “around 2040-2050″: unmanned long-range nuclear strategic bombers.

Somehow, the idea of having those birds in the sky makes me extremely nervous. You know, long range planes capable of flying for hours with a few nuclear bombs in their belly, with their wireless communication links ready to be intercepted and deciphered by hackers. Sure, the latter would be hard, but when it comes to computer security, there’s nothing impossible.

But regardless of potential accidents or security issues, I just can’t see the point of these or any other strategic bombers right now. Just like Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was saying before being slapped by Putin, “these aircraft will not get anywhere. Not ours, not theirs [the Americans]. With modern air defence systems, these targets will be destroyed on the way.”

He’s right. While a country like Iran can’t defend itself against stealth bombers, you can be sure that both the Russians and the Americans would be able to intercept any air attack. Which is precisely why the USAF is trying to develop ultra-sonic scramjets that could be silently launched as an alternative to easily-detectable Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles launches.

And if none of the two superpowers — well, there’s China there, quickly ramping up but still behind US and Russian military technology — are going to attack each other, what’s the point of keeping up with this stupid soft armament race, anyway? [RIA Novosti  via DEW Line ]

September 1, 2012 Posted by | Russia, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Climate Change is affecting nuclear power plants

How Climate Change May Affect Nuclear Power Plants http://theenergycollective.com/node/107461?utm_source=tec_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter    August 29, 2012 Many nuclear power plants rely heavily on access to nearby sources of cold water to keep the system cool. Many of these power plants were built several decades ago and some of them are not well prepared for the warmer weather we are now experiencing.

At a twin-unit nuclear power plant in Illinois , temperatures exceeded what is allowed with current regulations by four degrees Fahrenheit.

Craig Nesbit a spokesman for Exelon, which owns the plant, stated the following about the recent incident:

“I’m not a climatologist. But clearly the calculations when the plant was first operated in 1986 are not what is sufficient today, not all the time.”

The cooling pond consists of a 2,500-acre (10 square kilometer) lake. For a cooling system like this to function properly, the heat dumped into the pond eventually has to move somewhere else. The warmer the weather the more saturated the air becomes, which means less energy is transferred away from the cooling pond. In a typical situation, cooling ponds loose their heat during the night, but because the temperatures these days have stayed above 90 degrees, the plant`s cooling system has been compromised.

The permitted level that originally was 98 degrees has now been increased to 100 degrees in order keep the power plant up and running.

The safety argument “is likely solid and justified,’’ stated David Lochbaum of the Union of Concerned Scientists, but “it is tough to argue (rationally) that warming water conditions are unforeseen.’’ That is a predictable consequence of global warming, he said.

Drought and water shortages, also caused by the change in weather, could potentially become a problem for nuclear power plants in the near future as well. A nuclear power plant`s cooling could become less efficient by water-shortages in much the same it does with increasing temperatures. Georgia, Alabama and similar states have to be extra careful with this in the coming years.

September 1, 2012 Posted by | climate change, USA | Leave a comment

Human caused Climate Change is real – American Meteorological Society

American Meteorological Society confirms Climate Change and Man’s Role http://www.enn.com/pollution/article/44884 Gina-Marie Cheeseman,  August 31, 2012  Weathercasters in the U.S. not only tend to not ever mention climate change, but the majority of them do not even believe it is human-caused, as an article I recently wrote shows. However, that may change.
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) released an official position statement on climate change this week which not only said that it is occurring, but it is human-caused. What is so great about the statement by the AMS is that it includes so much information about climate change, including that there is scientific consensus. The AMS makes it clear that the statement is “based on the peer-reviewed scientific literature and is consistent with the vast weight of current scientific understanding.”
The statement details how the climate is changing, both in the U.S. and around the world. The changes listed include increases in globally averaged air and ocean temperatures, the widespread melting of snow and ice, and the rising of globally averaged sea level. As the statement puts it, “Warming of the climate system now is unequivocal, according to many different kinds of evidence.” That is not good news for the world’s population, but it is good news that the AMS is acknowledging that climate change is real and is occurring.

The statement goes in to detail about the effects of climate change, which include temperature increases. All of the 10 warmest years in the global temperature records up to 2011 have occurred since 1997, and 2005 and 2010 were the warmest years in more than a century of global records. Most of the observed warming in the U.S. has occurred in the West and in Alaska, but for the country as a whole there have been twice as many record daily high temperatures  compared to record daily low temperatures in the first decade of the 21st century. Read more at ENN Affiliate, TriplePundit.

September 1, 2012 Posted by | climate change, USA | 1 Comment

Radioactive waste question bungled by Lynas rare earths company

The radioactive residue produced is the responsibility of the company and if necessary, it will be returned to its place of origin.

And what might be the place of origin’s attitude?

“National legislation stipulates,” the WA minister for mines and petroleum has stated, “that Australia will not accept responsibility for any waste product produced from offshore processing of resources purchased in Australia such as from iron ore, mineral sands, and the rare earths produced by Lynas Corporation”.

“The Malaysian finding that Lynas must take the radioactive waste back to Australia may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back with the Lynas effort. This slight detail requires the governments of both Australia and the state of Western Australia to acquiesce in taking the waste from a plant that should have been built in Australia in the first place but wasn’t

LAMP going out for Lynas, 9 News, by Greg Peel, As recent FNArena articles on the subject of the rare earth metals space have noted, the global race to compete with China on rare earth element (REE) production has now come down to a mere handful of names including two stand-outs, and a big chunk of daylight to third. (See, for example: Rare Earths Done And Dusted? No, It’s Xeno-Time). Those two companies are Molycorp in the US and Australia’s own Lynas Corp . A year ago, it looked like Lynas had moved ahead of Molycorp.

According to research and opinion from REE specialist Hallgarten & Company, that is certainly no longer the case. Indeed, Lynas shareholders may be in some trouble.  Continue reading

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