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Limiting information might help governments, but does not serve the public good

When disaster strikes, let information slip through the net Canberra Times September 20, 2012 Nigel Snoad, “…..Google’s search data show almost anywhere in the world, when a disaster strikes, people head online for information – warning alerts, recommended actions, evacuation routes, the state of essential utilities, social services, shelter and access to food.

Tragically, this information isn’t always there. This can be for a variety of reasons: sometimes the information simply isn’t online, or it is in a format that is hard to share on the internet or view on mobile. Official sources such as government websites can buckle under a surge in traffic…..

There’s almost no justification for authorities withholding information. At a recent
disaster-information conference in the Japanese city of Sendai, participants – from non government organisations to government agencies – unanimously agreed that limiting information does not help calm people.

That consensus followed criticism of authorities for sitting on the release of nuclear contamination data for more than month because it was considered “not reliable enough” for the public, yet good enough to share with international agencies.

In an information vacuum, social media such as Twitter registers problems minutes after they occur; the information is soon in the hands of people who need help, as well as in the hands of people who want to help. Our rule of thumb is that the more information is
shared, the better it gets. Limits on information cause anxiety…..

It’s cliche to say collaboration helps us survive a crisis. What that means today is that information isn’t worth anything unless people are taking that information, adapting it, consulting it and getting it to the people who need it.


September 20, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, media | Leave a comment

Success for nuclear lobby, as Japan backs down on phasing out nuclear power

Japan, Under Pressure, Backs Off Goal to Phase Out Nuclear Power by 2040  NYTBy HIROKO TABUCHI  19 Sept 12 TOKYO — In an abrupt turnabout, the Japanese government on Wednesday stopped short of formally adopting the momentous goal it announced just last week — to phase out nuclear power by 2040 — after the plan drew intense opposition from business groups and communities whose economies depend on local nuclear power plants
The cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda  said it would “take into consideration” the 2040 goal, but formally endorsed only a vague promise to “engage in debate with local governments and international society and to gain public understanding” in deciding Japan ’s economic future in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima. Energy policy will be developed “with flexibility, based on tireless verification and re-examination,” the cabinet’s resolution read.

A day earlier, the chairmen of Japan’s most prominent business associations, including the influential Keidanren group, called a rare joint news conference to demand that Mr. Noda abandon the 2040 goal. On Wednesday, they praised the cabinet’s decision. Continue reading

September 20, 2012 Posted by | Japan, politics | Leave a comment

Facts: Thorium fuel not clean, not safe, not commercially viable

 One reason reprocessing thorium fuel cycles haven’t been successful is that uranium-232 (U-232) is created along with uranium-233. U-232, which has a half-life of about 70 years, is extremely radioactive and is therefore very dangerous in small quantities: 

Thorium Fuel: No Panacea for Nuclear Power,     By Arjun Makhijani and Michele Boyd A Fact Sheet Produced by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and Physicians for Social Responsibility
Thorium “fuel” has been proposed as an alternative to uranium fuel in nuclear reactors. There are not “thorium reactors,” but rather proposals to use thorium as a “fuel” in different types of reactors, including existing light-water reactors and various fast breeder
reactor designs. Continue reading

September 20, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, Reference, technology | Leave a comment

USA Dept of Energy funds shonky science promoting radiation “hormesis” and “adaptive response”

the agency [USA Dept of Energy]  gave a $1.7 million grant to MIT, last month that will address among other things, the “difficulties in gaining the broad social acceptance” of nuclear power. MIT has also received millions of dollars from Tokyo Electric
Power Co (TEPCO), which is responsible for the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Since the turn of the century the US DOE has aggressively pushed the concepts of hormesis and adaptive response. It has spent a lot of money funding research around the world. 

A Radioactive Conflict of Interest Robert Alvarez on the Conflict of Interest inherent within US DOE radiation research,b=facebook “……..Observations based on radiation-exposed humans have long been considered of greater scientific importance, [than those conducted on mice] some which were obtained with a callous lack of ethics. In March 1954, after the U.S. exploded an H-bomb in the Marshall Islands that released a roughly comparable amount of cesium-137 as the Fukushima accident, Japanese fishermen and Marshallese were exposed to life-threatening doses of radioactive fallout while forcing Japan to confiscate four million pounds of fish.

Two years later, medical advisors to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission  (AEC now DOE) secretly recommended returning the Marshallese people to their homes after being told they would be living in “by far the most contaminated place in the world.” At the meeting an AEC expert stated,” it would be very interesting to go back and get good environmental data… when people live in a contaminated environment… Continue reading

September 20, 2012 Posted by | Reference, secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA | Leave a comment

Don’t believe the lies that Thorium reactors are clean, safe, and cheap

 nuclear weapons are involved at the very BEGINNING of thorium reactors,  because you cannot get the thorium reactor started without mixing the thorium  with some weapons-explosive material — either plutonium or highly enriched uranium.

Thinking About Thorium  by Gordon Edwards, Ph.D., President of CCNR, September 16 2012 On CBC’s “Quirks and Quarks” radio program aired on Saturday, September 15, 2012, there was an enthusiastic endorsement of “thorium  reactors” as a nearly miraculous form of nuclear energy that will avoid all  of the major problems now associated with uranium-based nuclear power.
I have been asked by several people to give my own personal opinion of  this prospect, and accordingly have written the following:
When nuclear power was first presented to a credulous public, fully conditioned to respect science and admire scientists, people were quick to believe that nuclear power was safe, clean, cheap and inexhaustible — just because scientists said so.  It was also said that “peaceful” nuclear power had nothing whatsoever to do with atomic bombs and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. It took decades for people to realize that these are all lies.

I can’t believe that people are now so eager to swallow the hype about thorium  with all its over-the-top claims of being safe, clean, cheap, inexhaustible,  unrelated to nuclear weapons, and even a miraculous way of solving the nuclear  waste problems created by the previous generation of — what? — safe, clean,  cheap, inexhaustible, unrelated to nuclear weapons, nuclear reactors. Continue reading

September 20, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, Reference, technology | Leave a comment

Chinese news reports increased exposure to radioactivity as one cause of birth defects

Consumption of prohibited medicine, increased exposure to radioactivity and drinking have also contributed to the increase, experts said.

900,000 Chinese born with birth defects every year Beijing News.Net   12th September, 2012 Around 900,000 babies are born with birth defects in China every year, the health ministry said Wednesday.
This constitutes about 5.6 percent of the total number of newborns, Xinhua reported.

The ministry report for 2012 on prevention and treatment of defects in newborn babies said birth defects — at 19.1 percent — have become the second-biggest cause of infant deaths in China.
Birth defects are a serious problem in China’s rural areas. Continue reading

September 20, 2012 Posted by | China, health | Leave a comment

VIDEO – Fukushima whistleblower

GE Nuclear Plant Inspector/Whistleblower Kei Sugaoko Speaks About Fukushima, GE &  Obama Electric nuclear plant inspector Kei Sugaoka was one of the inspectors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2000. He noticed a crack in the steam dryer which he videotaped. He was later ordered by Tokyo Electric Power Company TEPCO to edit this part of the tape which is illegal in the United States. He went public and some TEPCO managers were fired. He thought that things would change but they have not. Additionally, as a result of being a whistleblower he was also laid off by General Electric and has been struggling to get the truth out about these dangerous plants. Sugaoka has inspected plants throughout the world including in Taiwan and Europe.

This interview was done on May 5, 2011.…
Production of Labor Video Project
2011 (c)

September 20, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Attack on Iran the “stupidest idea” says former Mossad chief

Meir Dagan, Former Mossad Chief, Says Attack On Iran ‘Stupidest Idea’ He’s Ever Heard (VIDEO)  The Huffington Post  |  By Mark Hanrahan, 17 Sept 12,  Meir Dagan, a former head of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad, says that an attack on Iran would be the “stupidest idea [I’ve] ever heard.”

Speaking to ’60 Minutes’ Dagan said: “An attack on Iran now before exploring all other approaches is not the right way how to do it [sic].”

Dagan, a man who Iranian authorities reportedly claim has dispatched assassins, computer viruses and faulty equipment in a bid to delay the country’s nuclear program, appears to have developed a surprising appreciation for the Islamic Republic’s regime – which is a sworn enemy of Israel.

“The regime in Iran is a very rational regime,” according to Dagan. Asked if he felt the regime in Iran was capable of backing down from an escalating crisis over the country’s nuclear program, he replied: “No doubt that the Iranian regime is not exactly rational based on what I would call ‘Western Thinking,’ but no doubt they are considering all the implications of their actions.”

Dagan’s interview is in stark contrast to the opinions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who appeared on ‘Meet The Press’ earlier. Netanyahu said that supporters of the policy of ‘containing’ Iran and its nuclear ambitions “set a new standard for human stupidity.”

September 20, 2012 Posted by | Israel, politics international | Leave a comment

Britain’s ‘Supporters of Nuclear Energy’ (SONE) giving up on new nuclear power

SONE wants their power stations to be directly funded by the Government. 

 the effective demise of the British nuclear construction programme will probably not be recognised by the Government itself in its public relations output.

British nuclear supporters issue surrender notice, Dave Toke’s green energy blog , 17 September 2012 Supporters of British nuclear power have effectively surrendered in their efforts to secure a new programme of building nuclear power stations.

Sir William McAlpine, a member of the McAlpine family which founded the major construction company of that name, has written to the British Chancellor, George Osborne, to ask that Government proposals to subsidise nuclear power should, in effect, be abandoned.
He has written as the Chair of the ‘Supporters of Nuclear Energy’ (SONE) group, which provides much of the lobbying inspiration for nuclear power in the UK. This is also a very significant move since the McAlpine group are among the companies who are most likely to
benefit from contracts given to build new nuclear power stations. Continue reading

September 20, 2012 Posted by | politics, UK | 3 Comments

Cattle with strange skin lesions near Fukushima Diiachi

Skin lesions, LIvestock, a few Kms from Fukushima Diiachi

Translation of salient text by KM (Japan):

“Spots in the hair of cattle appeared
“I have never seen like this symptoms before” Mr.Yoshizawa said. 10 of
380 cattle in the Ranch have similar to a little less symptoms.
Diagnosis by veterinarians is mycosis with no identification of
bacteria. While a year and half, cattle pasture in Namie have been
grazing and drinking from groundwater

We require strongly detailed examination of this disease.
Our ranch farm is 14km(about 9miles) from Fukushima Daiichi nukes
plants and cesium measured in the air is 3~4mS/h now at here.”
Screen captures from website:……

September 20, 2012 Posted by | environment, Fukushima 2012, Japan | Leave a comment

UN Security Council and status of world’s nuclear weapons

UN Security Council Vows No Nuclear Attack on Mongolia, Council on Foreign Relations by Micah Zenko  September 19, 2012  On Monday, the five permanent members (P5) of the UN Security Council reaffirmed  their promise not to attack Mongolia with nuclear weapons. In 1995, each of the P5 pledged not to use nuclear weapons against nonnuclear weapons states that signed and ratified the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT); this was solidified when the Security Council voted 15-0 to pass Resolution 984 .  In October 2000, the P5 specifically extended this “negative security assurance ” to Mongolia  when it declared its nuclear weapons-free status…..

To learn more about the world’s nuclear powers, the Federation of the American Scientists maintains this useful chart , which draws on data provided by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Nuclear Notebook  and Stockholm International Peace Research’s Yearbook …..

September 20, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, weapons and war | Leave a comment

And down down again goes the price of uranium

Uranium Recovery Postponed as Price Drops to 2-Year Low Bloomberg, By Christopher Donville – Sep 19, 2012  Uranium’s recovery from the Fukushima nuclear accident may take one or two years longer than analysts estimated as stockpiles in Japan  and Germany  keep prices low and cause mining companies to defer new development.

The price of uranium for immediate delivery declined to $47 a pound as of Sept. 17, its lowest in two years, according to Ux Consulting, a Roswell, Georgia-based uranium information provider.BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) and Paladin Energy Ltd. (PDN) have slowed or deferred development this year of some projects to produce the raw material in nuclear reactor fuel……

BHP, the world’s largest mining company, last month put on hold an expansion that would make its Olympic Dam project in Australia  the biggest uranium mine.

Cameco Corp. (CCO), the world’s third-largest producer, said in July that its Kintyre uranium project in Australia would need a $67 uranium price to be economical. The company sold uranium for $42 a pound during the second quarter..

… Paladin, an Australian company that mines uranium in Africa , is delaying a feasibility study on phase four of its Langer Heinrich mine in Namibia , the company said on a conference call in May….Dustin Garrow, Paladin’s executive general manager of marketing.: “You’d have to see $85 uranium on a sustained basis to justify construction of new mines ..”

September 20, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, business and costs, Uranium | Leave a comment

Secrets and lies in Virginia’s uranium mining shemozzle

Intrigue in the fight over Va. uranium mining, WP.  18 Sept 12,  By  For months, Pittsylvania County near the North Carolina border has been embroiled in controversy over a proposal by Virginia Uranium, backed by local and Canadian investors, to develop a 119-million pound deposit of uranium near the small town of Chatham. The battle has taken a new turn. It involves a late-evening telephone call by Virginia Sen. Bill Stanley, a fast-rising Republican politician and ally of Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, to a county supervisor — who happened to tape-record the call……. Continue reading

September 20, 2012 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA | Leave a comment

Thorium reactors – the latest dishonest spin from the nuclear propagandists

   “thorium reactors” — a very old idea that is now being dressed up in  modern clothes and made to seem like a major scientific breakthrough, which it is not.
Thorium Reactors:  Back to the Dream Factory by Gordon Edwards, Ph.D., President of CCNR, July 13, 2011 The Nuclear Dream Factory Every time a nuclear power reactor idea doesn’t work out, and ordinary people get down-hearted and even start to doubt the magnificence andbenificence of  nuclear energy, the nuclear proponents rush back to their well-stocked dream  factory to fetch another idea — one that is sufficiently unfamiliar and sufficiently  untested that ordinary people have no idea whether it is good or bad, safe or dangerous, feasible or foolish, or whether the almost miraculous claims made about it are true or false.
Just a few years ago, nuclear proponents were pushing Generation 3 reactors — enormous plants that would generate huge amounts of electricity, yet be cheaper  and faster to build than earlier models, as well as being safer and longer-lived.
Then Areva ran into a blizzard of problems trying to build one of these behemoths in Finland Continue reading

September 20, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, Reference, spinbuster, technology | 1 Comment

USA developing computer malaware, Stuxnet, Flame etc

Cyber clues link U.S. to new computer viruses–finance.html? By Jim Finkle  18 Sept 12 BOSTON (Reuters) – Researchers have found evidence suggesting that the United States may have developed three previously unknown computer viruses for use in espionage operations or cyber warfare. Continue reading

September 20, 2012 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA | Leave a comment