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William Shatner to attend ceremony to retire nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise

By: The Associated Press

Posted: 10:55 AM

NORFOLK, Va. – Captain James T. Kirk will be on hand when the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise is officially retired.

A publicist for William Shatner tells the Daily Press ( ) that the actor will attend the ship’s inactivation ceremony Saturday at Naval Station Norfolk. Shatner is scheduled to perform Friday in Newport News.

Shatner played Kirk at the helm of the starship Enterprise in the “Star Trek” television series and several movies.

The world’s first-nuclear powered aircraft carrier returned to Norfolk from its final deployment earlier this month. Saturday’s inactivation will be its last public ceremony.



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Ending UK nukes ends housing problems: Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Press TV – November 29, 2012

British anti-nukes campaigners are pressuring the government to change course on replacing its Trident nuclear weapons system at an annual cost of £3 billion and rather spend the money on housing.

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) said £3 billion is enough to build 30,000 homes in Britain every year that would fully eliminate the country’s need to build extra homes for social housing while creating 60,000 new jobs each year.

“Around 30,000 extra homes need to be built in the UK every year to meet the need for social housing. This would cost about £3 billion annually. £3 billion is what this country is currently spending every year on nuclear weapons,” the campaign group said.

“It’s a straight swap, homes or bombs. That’s why we’re calling on the government to get rid of Trident and build homes instead,” it added.

The CND has also launched a letter-writing campaign to British Chancellor George Osborne ahead of the December 5 parliamentary announcement on the way forward for the economy to pressure him to change policy on Trident.

This comes as Britain is pushing full steam ahead with a Trident replacement plan that the CND earlier estimated to cost the country more than £100 billion.

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AP’s dangerous Iran nuclear hoax demands an accounting and explanation

Evidence proves that the graph trumpeted by AP as evidence of Iran’s nuclear weapons program is an obvious sham


An article published by Associated Press about Iran’s nuclear program has sparked controversy (screen shot of AP story)

It’s important to return to the story about AP’s nuclear Iran “exclusive” which I wrote about yesterday. Although it was intuitively obvious that the graph trumpeted by AP as scary and incriminating of Iran’s nuclear program was actually a farce, there is now new, overwhelming, very compelling scientific evidence that is the case. Whether as victim or recklessly culpable participant, AP helped perpetrate a dangerous hoax, and owes an explanation and accounting for what took place, including identifying the “officials from a country critical of Iran’s atomic program” who made false claims about what this is.

To begin with, the graph AP touted as reflecting some sort of nefarious, highly threatening and complex nuclear calculation is, in fact, widely available all over the Internet in the most innocuous places. Just consider this side-by-side comparison of the AP graph on the left, with the graph on the right on this harmless site designed to teach beginner users how to use Microsoft Excel:

iran apAt the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS), Yousaf Butt and Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress on Wednesday night wrote: “Graphs such as the one published by the Associated Press can be found in nuclear science textbooks and on the Internet.” Similarly, Prof. Muhammad Sahimi, a professor of chemical engineering at USC and expert in Iran’s nuclear program, told Richard Silverstein of Tikun Olum that “too many graphs like this can be generated by a competent undergraduate student.” So what AP presented to the world as some sort of highly complex, specialized document was, in fact, nothing more than a completely common graph easily found in all sorts of public venues.

Even worse, the calculations reflected on this graph are patently ridiculous. Butt and Dalnoki-Veress document that the graph “does nothing more than indicate either slipshod analysis or an amateurish hoax” [emphasis added]. That’s because, they explain, “the diagram features quite a massive error, which is unlikely to have been made by research scientists working at a national level”; namely:

“The image released to the Associated Press shows two curves: one that plots the energy versus time, and another that plots the power output versus time, presumably from a fission device. But these two curves do not correspond: If the energy curve is correct, then the peak power should be much lower – around 300 million ( 3×108) kt per second, instead of the currently stated 17 trillion (1.7 x1013) kt per second. As is, the diagram features a nearly million-fold error.”

This error is patently obvious to anyone versed in nuclear physics. Nima Shirazi yesterday spoke with Dr. M. Hossein Partovi, who teaches coursesin thermodynamics and quantum mechanics at Sacramento State, and he echoed the BAS scientists:

“[Dr. Partovi], noting that the graph is plotted in microseconds, explains that ‘the graph depicted in the report is a nonspecific power/energy plot that is primarily evidence of the incompetence of those who forged it: a quick look at the energy graph shows that the total energy is more than four orders of magnitude (forty thousand times) smaller than the total integrated power that it must equal!'”

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Gaddafi promised Kazakhstan billions of dollars for nuclear weapons’ maintenance

ASTANA. November 29, 2012, 20:52.


The former head of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi sent a letter in 1992, which pledged billions of dollars for the maintenance of nuclear weapons in Kazakhstan, the UN Deputy Secretary K.Tokayev said at Nazarbayev’s readings today.

The UN Deputy Secretary Tokayev remembered this fact of the political history of the young Kazakhstan today at the First Nazarbayev’s readings “I clearly remember several episodes of the dramatic history of the young state. In the beginning of 1992 Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry received a letter for Kazakhstan President from the leader of Libyan revolutioner Muammar Gaddafi, who called (Kazakhstan) to keep its nuclear arsenals at the territory of the country as ‘the first Islamic nuclear bomb’ and promised to provide a multi-million aide for its maintenance. This message must be somewhere in the archives and in my view it would be better to disclose it, so that our people and future generations and researches get a better picture of the dynamics of that difficult time,” Mr. Tokayev said.
“Such generous promises from a rich country’s leader could seem very attractive for any irresponsible politician, especially since Kazakhstan was facing very complicated economic problems after the collapse of the Soviet Union generous promises of rich nations could seem very attractive, but a real statesman is different from a common politician because he does not think in terms of immediate opportunistic benefits. He is governed by strategic considerations. Our nation’s leader has a political long-sightedness, he looks forward and sees a lot,” the UN Deputy Secretary said.



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Arctic -Russia’s most militarized waters need several improvements for safe shipping of nuclear material.

“The plan is to ship away some 21,000 spent nuclear fuel elements that today are stored in bad condition at the storage in Andreeva bay. The spent fuel comes from the reactors of Soviet subs and were placed there in the 70`s and 80`s.”

November 26, 2012

 “It is our assessment that efforts related to a safe shipping lane between Andreeva bay and Murmansk is an important contribution to the safety of the entire operation,” says Norway’s top nuclear safety official Ole Harbitz.

Simultaneously as Russia deploys several new multi-billion nuclear submarines near its Arctic border to the west, Norway is analyzing how to upgrade the shipping lane inside territorial waters outside the coast of the Kola Peninsula.

The aim of the project is to improve sea safety for transport of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste from Andreeva bay in the west, via the Saida bay to Atomflot base in Murmansk. This is the very same coastline where all of the Russian Northern fleet’s nuclear powered submarines are based, from Litsa to Severomorsk.

Norway’s Foreign Ministry granted the first NOK 200,000 (€27,300) to this project in May this year. The money comes via the long-lasting Norwegian grant program for improvements of nuclear safety in Russia.

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Nuclear Event in Iran on Thursday, 29 November, 2012 at 14:08 (02:08 PM) UTC.

[NOTICE!!! This information not confirmed!] Iranian nuclear officials are being secretive about the nature of an incident in the Iranian Isfahan nuclear plant that sent many staff members to nearby hospital emergency rooms Wednesday. The head of Iran’s Medical Emergency Agency told reporters that staff members of an Isfahan Nuclear plant “have observed some symptoms.” He stressed that all medical emergency units in Iran should be ready to “confront nuclear incidents.” “Those who have been around UCF Isfahan, have shown symptoms and are receiving treatment,” said Gholamreza Masoumi to Iranian state-run news agencies. He did not mention a specific time for the incident nor did he volunteer any details about the nature of it. “We have not yet had any incident outside nuclear designated areas,” he said. Masoumi said that the agency has been training the medical emergency unit staff on providing treatment for nuclear incidents. Masoumi told Mehr news agency that recently the Iranian government has formed a “Nuclear Emergency” task force to provide services that would be needed following nuclear incidents. Furthermore, Nuclear Emergency centers in provinces where nuclear sites are located will receive a boost. Masoumi stressed that there has never been an incident of nuclear leakage at any Iranian nuclear plant. Radio Free Europe reported that following the publication of this incident, Mehr news removed the article from its website, however, on June 28, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Freidoon Abbasi, tried to play down the incident. “Any kind of incident may occur in any plant,” said Abbasi to Iranian Fars News. “However it does not mean that such events lead to spread of radioactive material.”

Workers of Iran’s Isfahan nuclear facility experience health problems

Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 28 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

Some of the workers of Iran’s Isfahan uranium conversion facility (UCF) have been experiencing some health problems at work, the head of Iran’s emergency services, Gholamreza Massoumi said, Mehr reported on Tuesday.

Massoumi did not specify what kind of health problems the workers experienced.

There has also been no announcement made from the Isfahan’s facility itself.

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Insight – France’s love affair with nuclear cools -Reuters

“There is at the parliament a powerful group of parliamentarians and senators who are pro-nuclear, with some formerly from EDF,” she said, referring to the state utility that is Europe’s biggest electricity producer. “They are so close to the (nuclear) lobby that they are called ‘EDF allies’.”

By Muriel Boselli
PARIS | Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:26am GMT

(Reuters) – For decades, the elite engineers turned out by Paris’s grand Corps des Mines academy were faithful followers of the pro-atomic creed that transformed their country into the most nuclear-reliant nation in the world.
But a new generation of Mines graduates is starting to question that policy. It is a change of mindset that could aid efforts by President Francois Hollande to cut reliance on nuclear power from 75 percent to 50 percent of the electricity mix by 2025.

“Noone at the Corps des Mines questions the need for nuclear power in the energy mix, however the younger generation is more concerned about the environment and leaving room for other energy sources,” said Francois Bordes, a 40-year old Corps des Mines graduate who advises businesses on energy efficiency.

Bordes is part of a generation of Mines engineers who believe atomic energy has a role to play – but not the dominant one given it by elders who helped build the world’s second-largest nuclear programme after the United States.

“There is a generation gap between Mines members who had key jobs during the three booming post-war decades and those who started out in the past 15 years,” Bordes added.

The Corps des Mines was founded in 1794 to turn France’s now-exhausted coal mines to the advantage of Europe’s industrial revolution. But after World War Two it won a new raison d’etre when Corps des Mines engineer Pierre Guillaumat worked with De Gaulle to create the state-funded CEA nuclear research body.

It became an example of French post-war “dirigisme” – the policy under which the state seeks to direct the economy – determining how nuclear energy was used for civilian and military purposes, with the development of France’s atomic bomb.


The construction of 58 nuclear reactors prompted successive French governments to investmassively in electric heating to absorb the supplies. France became the world’s top electricity exporter.

Now some Mines graduates say the heavy dependence on one energy form means France struggles to cope with seasonal demand spikes.

“We believed for too long that nuclear energy was cheap and that we could, for example, massively develop electric heating as a result. This is nonsensical,” said Vincent Le Biez, a 27- year-old Mines graduate.

Alumni include Anne Lauvergeon, ex-head of nuclear giant Areva, current head of France’s nuclear energy watchdog ASN, Pierre-Franck Chevet, his predecessor Andre-Claude Lacoste, and Jacques Repussard of the IRSN nuclear safety institute.

The nuclear industry’s image was tainted in the eyes of the French public after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, when the nuclear watchdog insisted radioactive contamination from the accident had not spread to French territory.

In fact it released vast quantities of radioactive material over the whole of Europe and France was no exception. For many French, the episode created the perception of an invisible pro-nuclear lobby pushing its interests against those of the nation.

France’s nuclear lobby is hard to pin down because it is intricate. Its critics tend to be anti-nuclear NGOs or green politicians with no ministerial experience. A rare exception is Corinne Lepage, former ecology minister under Alain Juppe’s government between 1995 and 1997.

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