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Pathological consumption is destroying our Earth

The fatuity of the products is matched by the profundity of the impacts. Rare materials, complex electronics, the energy needed for manufacture and transport are extracted and refined and combined into compounds of utter pointlessness. When you take account of the fossil fuels whose use we commission in other countries, manufacturing and consumption are responsible for more than half of our carbon dioxide

 This is pathological consumption: a world-consuming epidemic of collective madness, rendered so normal by advertising and by the media that we scarcely notice what has happened to us.This boom has not happened by accident.

 When every conceivable want and need has been met (among those who have disposable money), growth depends on selling the utterly useless.

Father-Christmas-consumerTrashing the planet for a talking piggy bank http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/trashing-the-planet-for-a-talking-piggy-bank-20121212-2b9vh.html#ixzz2F4vYvlY2 December 13, 2012 George Monbiot There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered waving queen; a silver-plated ice cream tub-holder; a ”hilarious” inflatable Zimmer frame; a confection of plastic and electronics called Terry the Swearing Turtle; or – and somehow I find this significant – a Scratch Off World Map.

They seem amusing on the first day of Christmas, daft on the second, embarrassing on the third. By the 12th day of Christmas they’re in landfill. For 30 seconds of dubious entertainment, or a hedonic stimulus that lasts no longer than a nicotine hit, we commission the use of materials whose impacts will ramify for generations.

Researching her film The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard discovered that, of the materials flowing through the consumer economy, only 1 per cent remain in use six months after sale. Even the goods we might have expected to hold on to are soon condemned to destruction through either planned obsolescence (wearing out or breaking quickly) or perceived obsolescence (becoming unfashionable).

But many of the products we buy, especially for Christmas, cannot become obsolescent. The term implies a loss of utility, but they had no utility in the first place. An electronic drum-machine T-shirt; a Darth Vader talking piggy bank; an ear-shaped iPhone case; an individual beer can chiller; an electronic wine breather; a sonic screwdriver remote control; bacon toothpaste; a dancing dog. No one is expected to use them, or even look at them, after Christmas day. They are designed to elicit thanks, perhaps a snigger or two, and then be thrown away. Continue reading

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December 14, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, ENERGY | Leave a comment

Nuclear company Exelon requests its 20,000 employees to lobby against wind power

eyes-surprisedTaking the letter a step further, Exelon wants its employees—almost 20,000 of them—to lobby Congress to end the tax credit.

Exelon to Employees: Tell Congress to End Wind Tax Credit National Journal, Influence Alley, By Amy Harder  //  December 12, 2012  Nuclear power giant Exelon is telling its employees to lobby Congress to end the production tax credit for wind power, which will expire at month’s end unless lawmakers vote to extend it.

In a letter dated Nov. 28 and obtained by the Alley on Wednesday, Exelon’s corporate communications office explains to employees how the PTC is hurting the company and encourages employees to tell Congress to end the tax credit. Continue reading

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Fukushima reactor No 2 – leaking highly radioactive water

text ionisingAsahi: Tepco can’t find where huge amount of highly radioactive water is leaking at Reactor No. 2 — ‘Fractures’ in containment vessel suspected http://enenews.com/asahi-tepco-find-huge-amount-highly-radioactive-water-leaking-reactor-2-fractures-containment-vessel-suspected  December 12th, 2012
 Title: TEPCO unable to locate source of leak in Fukushima reactor
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: December 12, 2012
TEPCO unable to locate source of leak in Fukushima reactor
The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is grappling to locate the source of a leak of highly radioactive water in the crippled No. 2 reactor […]
A remote-controlled robot is now scouring the basement of the reactor building […]
TEPCO suspects the radioactive water is leaking from fractures near the pressure suppression chamber [lower part of containment vessel].
It was the first detailed inspection near the chamber. […]
A huge volume of highly radioactive water, used to cool down the fuel, has since been leaking from the reactor, TEPCO said.

December 14, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | 2 Comments

UK new Trident nuclear submarine fleet an insane waste of money

Harvey said it would be cheaper for the government to give every worker £2m “so they could go an live in the Bahamas”.

Trident-nuclear-submarineSea-based nuclear deterrent expensive and ‘insane’ – ex-defence minister Former armed forces minister Sir Nick Harvey urges need for Trident alternatives in evidence to Nuclear Education Trust Nick Hopkins guardian.co.uk,   13 December 2012  Keeping a constant sea-bound nuclear deterrent is “complete insanity” that costs too much and is militarily illogical, a former defence minister has said.

Sir Nick Harvey, who was armed forces minister until September, said the UK had to properly consider other options before any decisions were taken about whether to replace the Royal Navy’s four ageing Trident submarines. Continue reading

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Malawi protest against uranium mining company called off. Why?

Malawi group gets Paladin’s K0.9 million to publicize aborted protest  The Maravi Post-14/11/2012 Malawi group gets Paladin’s K0.9 million to publicize aborted  MZUZU–Paladin (Africa) Limited has provided funds amounting to K900, 000 … subscribers only

Paladin accuser recants threat allegation; Kyungu’s point man ... The Maravi Post-26/11/2012 MZUZU–Karonga Youth for Justice and Development (KYJD) has recanted the allegation made against Paladin (Africa) Limited, owners of subscribers only  http://www.maravipost.com/malawi-news/society/2331-paladin-accuser-recants-threat-allegation-kyungu%E2%80%99s-point-man-praises-mining-firm.html

December 14, 2012 Posted by | Malawi, secrets,lies and civil liberties, Uranium | Leave a comment

Youtube: proximity of Waterford 3 Nuclear Power Plant to Louisiana Sinkhole

YouTubeWaterford 3 Nuclear Power Plant is only 60 Miles from the Louisiana Sinkhole http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGgfGf6vsTo&feature=youtu.be 4 Dec 2012 Waterford 3 Nuclear Power Plant is only 60 Miles from the Louisiana Sinkhole bayou corne 1.5 million barrels liquid butane flammable breach of well catastrophic sinkhole growing size hiroshima bombs earthquake tremors louisiana sinkhole usgs record louisiana earthquake explosion explosive Homeland security at louisiana sinkhole louisiana sinkhole video news update december 2012

December 14, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | 1 Comment

Is Australia “The Ugly Australian” in Africa – aid money going to mining companies?

AID MONEY USED TO SUPPORT MINING CSR PROJECTS http://acan.org.au/2012/10/aid-money-used-to-support-mining-csr-projects/ A group of Australian and international civil society groups, lead primarily by AID/WATCH, have written an open letter to Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, expressing concern that Australian aid money is supporting the CSR initiatives of Australian mining firms, particularly in Africa. Continue reading

December 14, 2012 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Video: USA food and japan’s tsunami debris

see-this.wayNBC: Japan tsunami debris may be impacting U.S. food supply (VIDEO) http://enenews.com/nbc-japan-tsunami-debris-be-impacting-food-supply-video
December 12th, 2012
Title: Troubling signs in paradise  
Source: NBCNews
Author: Miguel Almaguer
Date: December 11, 2012
Last month we showed you what [the wave of debris coming ashore in the U.S. after the tsunami in Japan is] doing to one of the most spectacular coastlines in this country, creating the world’s dirtiest beach in the big island in Hawaii. Tonight from the same spot, the impact it’s having on wildlife and perhaps next on our food supply […]

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Global decline in electricity from nuclear power, as renewables rise

nukes-sad-[In China, Russia, South Korea, and India] Some reactors have been listed as “under construction” for over two decades

Plagued by cost overruns, construction delays, and a dearth of private investment interest, the world’s nuclear reactor fleet is aging quickly as new reactor connections struggle to keep up with retirements.

In contrast to the decline in nuclear power, electricity generation from the wind and the sun has grown 27 percent and 62 percent, respectively, per year since 2006

highly-recommendedWorld Nuclear Electricity Generation Down 5 Percent Since 2006 Tree Hugger, Lester Brown,  December 13, 2012 By J. Matthew Roney World nuclear electricity-generating capacity has been essentially flat since 2007 and is likely to fall as plants retire faster than new ones are built. In fact, the actual electricity generated at nuclear power plants fell 5 percent between 2006 and 2011. In 2011, following Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, 13 nuclear reactors in Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom were permanently taken offline. Seven new reactors, three of them in China, were connected to the grid. The net result was a two percent reduction in world nuclear capacity to 369,000 megawatts by the end of 2011. In 2012, the world has added a net 3,000 megawatts of nuclear capacity, with new additions in South Korea and Canada partly offset by more U.K. shutdowns.
The United States, with 104 nuclear reactors generating some 19 percent of the country’s electricity, leads the world in nuclear generating capacity. Continue reading

December 14, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, business and costs, Reference | 1 Comment

Cree Nation stand against uranium mining in Quebec

many concerned groups and individuals are now joining the Crees in urging the Quebec government to conduct an independent and comprehensive assessment of the long-term environmental, social and ethical challenges presented by the uranium industry

When the mining is done and the profits have been taken, these tailings will be left behind in my people’s backyard, where we have lived for thousands of years, and where we hunt, fish and trap, raise our children and bury our dead.

It is indisputable that these uranium tailings will remain radioactive and highly toxic for hundreds of thousands of years.

The Cree Nation will not be intimidated or silenced

 Quebec should support Cree moratorium on uranium mining http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Opinion+Quebec+should+support+Cree+moratorium+uranium+mining/7695600/story.html By Matthew Coon Come, Montreal Gazette December 13, 2012 This summer, my people, the James Bay Cree Nation, enacted a permanent moratorium on uranium exploration, mining, milling and waste emplacement in our territory on the east shore of James Bay, Eeyou Istchee. I was

mandated to take all necessary steps to ensure full recognition of our stand. Continue reading

December 14, 2012 Posted by | Canada, indigenous issues, Uranium | Leave a comment

Litvinenko radioactive poisoning – UK inquiry to begin in May

Russian agent killed by radiation poisoning worked for U.K. spy agency MI6 National Post, Sylvia Hui, Associated Press | Dec 13, 2012 LONDON — Russian Alexander Litvinenko was a “registered and paid” agent working for Britain’s foreign intelligence agency when he died after being mysteriously poisoned, a lawyer representing his widow told an official hearing Thursday.

Another lawyer said the U.K. has evidence that the Russian government was behind Litvinenko’s death.
Britain is investigating the demise of Litvinenko, who died in November 2006 after drinking tea laced with the rare radioactive isotope polonium-210 at a London hotel. The case has badly strained relations between the United Kingdom and Russia, which denies poisoning the former Russian agent-turned-Kremlin critic.

Thursday’s session aimed to set out the scope of a public inquest into Litvinenko’s death. Judge Robert Owen said the inquest is expected to start in May…….
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December 14, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

How objective is the International Atomic Energy Agency? Regulatory capture?

in-bedThe Anti-Lynas movement: Are we being unreasonable? – Jeyakumar Devaraj, The Malaysian Insider , 13 Dec 12  Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj is a PSM central committee member and MP for Sungai Siput.”……..The IAEA is fully behind the drive to build nuclear reactors. They say that these are safe. That we have the technology to ensure that nothing goes wrong. But we have had accidents inSellafield (UK), the Three Miles Reactor (USA), Chernobyl (USSR), and this was the worst until Fukushima (Japan) occurred! How safe are they really? But the IAEA is still all for Malaysia embarking on building 2 nuclear reactors – at a cost of more than RM 20 billion! How objective is the IAEA? Continue reading

December 14, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, RARE EARTHS, secrets,lies and civil liberties, Uranium | Leave a comment

Safer ways to generate jobs – we don’t want uranium mining

The handful who stand to gain financially want us with farms, homes, businesses, and families to turn a blind, trusting eye as they play Russian roulette with all that could be negatively affected.

The risks far out-weigh any possible benefit to the general public here, and others surrounding us, as well as future taxpayer expense.
There are safer ways to generate jobs, and tax revenue for this county.

Uranium mining not worth risks  http://www.wpcva.com/opinion/article_0ddf499a-4475-11e2-86de-001a4bcf887a.html , December 12, 2012 
To the editor,     We would like to sincerely thank Mr. Ben Davenport, certain members of
the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors, the water control at Virginia Beach, Virginia tourism industry, and many others for their stand on keeping the moratorium on uranium mining. We appreciate their efforts to bring to light the many risks involved in such an operation.

Those who stand to reap a substantial financial windfall want to convince the innocent public, who count on our elected officials to protect us, that they have everything under control, and allow them to move forward without opposition.

We simply do not believe it is possible for this group, which formed in 2007, to be that certain. How much mining experience do any of them have prior to this? Continue reading

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Danville/Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce oppose uranium mining

Chamber of Commerce Takes Stance on Uranium Mining http://www.wset.com/story/20340605/danville  Dec 13, 201 By Tola Adamson   Danville, VA– The Danville/Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has now taken their stance on uranium mining.

They released a statement on Tuesday saying they believe the moratorium on uranium mining and milling should not be lifted.Their decision came after the board of directors read studies and went to the public forums.

The Chamber said they did consider the possible economic benefits. However, the board said there are still unanswered questions about safety. They are also concerned it could negatively effect businesses.

“The Chamber is a pro-business, pro- economic development organization,” Chamber president Laurie Moran said. “We wanted to make sure we protected the jobs that were here as well as the future jobs that might come here.” In the statement the Chamber also said they
oppose the development of a uranium permitting program and anything that would help end the ban.

December 14, 2012 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, Uranium, USA | Leave a comment

Japan’ s trading houses look towards a non nuclear Japan

Sojitz Sees Beyond Rare Earths to LNG, Solar in Non-Atomic Japan, Bloomberg by Yuriy Humber & Ichiro Suzuki – Dec 13, 2012   Sojitz Corp. (2768)Japan’s top trader of rare earths, plans to tap into the nation’s shift from nuclear power by setting up its own liquefied natural gas business and building solar plants, said Chief Executive Officer Yoji Sato. Continue reading

December 14, 2012 Posted by | business and costs, Japan | Leave a comment