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Okinawa a refuge for Fukushima evacuees fleeing radiation

text ionisingrisks are several times higher for children and even higher for
fetuses, and may not appear for years.

flag-japanJapanese flee Fukushima in fear of nuclear radiation, Mail and Guardian,
22 DEC 2012   – YURI KAGEYAMA, Okinawa is about as far away as one
can get from Fukushima without leaving Japan, and that is why Minaho
Kubota is here.Petrified of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima
Dai-ichi nuclear plant that went into multiple meltdowns last year,
Kubota grabbed her children, left her sceptical husband and moved to
the small southwestern island.

More than 1 000 people from the disaster zone have done the same
thing. “I thought I would lose my mind,” Kubota told The Associated
Press in a recent interview.

“I felt I would have no answer for my children if, after they grew up,
they ever asked me, ‘Mama, why didn’t you leave?'” Continue reading


December 24, 2012 Posted by | Japan, social effects | Leave a comment

High rates of birth defects in Iraq, where depleted uranium was used

Fallujah-babyin Iraq, and Afghanistan, too, the idea of sicknesses related to depleted uranium does not seem in much doubt, from what we can tell. In Iraq, as we have reported many times, doctors are even advising women in certain areas not to have children because the chances of birth defects are so great

Depleted Uranium Receives More Attention , The Daily Bell
December 21, 2012
Mystery in Iraq – Are US Munitions to Blame for Basra Birth Defects? … The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently assembling a report on DU ammunition. It will reflect the current state of research on the issue, but it will hardly provide any new insights. With the help of the University of Greifswald, a cancer registry has been developed for the Basra region and will serve as the basis for all future study. Still, even as further research is needed, if only for the children’s sake, it will come too late for many. The guns have been silent in Iraq for years, but in Basra and Fallujah the number of birth defects and cancer cases is on the rise. Locals believe that American uranium-tipped munitions are to blame and some researchers think they might be right. – Der Spiegel

Dominant Social Theme: US munitions are harmless except to the bad guys.

Free-Market Analysis: The WHO (see above) is finally getting around to seeing if depleted uranium weapons used by NATO and the US are responsible for the many birth defects in Iraq. From what we can tell, the outcome will be a preordained “no.”

US officials, military or otherwise, have already ruled out the idea that depleted uranium dust could possibly be responsible for these birth defects or for US ailments that are much in dispute – having to do with immune deficiencies, etc. Continue reading

December 24, 2012 Posted by | depleted uranium, health, Iraq, Uranium | 1 Comment

Doubts on uranium market’s future add to environment fears in Virginia

Charles Ebinger, the director of the energy security initiative at the Brookings Institution, a research center in Washington. thinks, though, that the United States is moving away from nuclear energy as cheap natural gas and flat electricity demand make nuclear power less competitive. That makes it tougher to argue in favor of the mine, said Ebinger, who’s a supporter of nuclear energy

water-radiationProposed Coles Hill uranium mine: Buried treasure or hidden threat? By Sean Cockerham and John Murawski | McClatchy Newspapers
CHATHAM, Va. 23 Dec 12
  — “….. pitting neighbor against neighbor and North Carolinians against Virginians. North Carolina is only about 20 miles from the proposed uranium mine and residents, public officials and lawmakers there worry that a catastrophic release of radioactive waste could poison Kerr Lake, the drinking water source for more than 118,000 North Carolinians, as well as contaminate the fishing- and recreation-rich Roanoke River as far east as Pamlico Sound.

“My concern is the catastrophic impact it could have on North Carolina’s water, and it could be major,” said state Rep. Mitch Gillespie, a McDowell County Republican. “This is brand new for North Carolina.” Continue reading

December 24, 2012 Posted by | Uranium, USA, water | Leave a comment

Official data now estimates Chernobyl death toll at 1.5 million

Death toll estimate from Chernobyl now around 1.5 Million -Expert (VIDEO)
December 22nd, 2012 
 Title: Pr A.Yablokov and Pr C.Busby on Fukushima victim estimations 
Uploaded by: radioactivebsr
Date: April 6-8, 2011
Description: Interview by an unidentified Austrian radio reporter
h/t Nuclear_Problem

Prof. Alexey Yablokow, PhD, Centre for Russian Environmental Policy, N. K. Koltzoff Institute of Developmental Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences:

9,000 additional deaths from cancer, nothing more – This is official data from so called Chernobyl Forum, by International Atomic Energy Agency and World Health Organization. […]

And when I calculate this, of course it’s not precise. But level of death toll was more than 1 million. If you not only for 15 years, but for 25 years, maybe to close one and a half million – than 9,000 deaths which I mentioned before.

December 24, 2012 Posted by | health, Reference, Ukraine | 2 Comments

Human caused climate change is pretty clear – except to Americans

Only in the United States, among industrial nations, is the reality of
global warming or its causes questioned by large segments of the

climate-change2012 was a tough year for planet Columbus Dispatch 23 Dec 12This year
has brought plenty of concern to nature appreciators, those who
realize that, as nature goes, so eventually goes humankind:

Devastating storms erupted last spring in the wake of a mild winter,
drought and heat baked the land throughout the spring and summer, and
an epic November blow assaulted population centers. Weather-related
deaths reached 349 in the United States. The repair bill, the federal
government reported, will be the second-highest since 1980, behind
2005, a year that spawned four mainland hurricanes, including Katrina.

The upper Great Lakes and the Mississippi River have had news-making
low-water problems in the wake of widespread drought more intense than
anything seen since the 1930s.

The year is expected to go down as the warmest or second-warmest since
data has been recorded. The warmest occurred in 2008. Continue reading

December 24, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change | Leave a comment

Coles Hill uranium decision depends on Virginia legislature

Virginia alone can’t approve the mine. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a federal agency, also would have to sign off on it. The agency would do an environmental impact statement that might take more than two years.

When asked, Larry Camper, the head of environmental protection for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said he wasn’t aware of his agency ever fully rejecting such an application. So the mine’s fate might rest entirely on whether Virginia lifts its moratorium on uranium mining.

Proposed Coles Hill uranium mine: Buried treasure or hidden threat? By Sean Cockerham and John Murawski | McClatchy Newspapers
CHATHAM, Va. 23 Dec 12

Opposition in North Carolina has spread from towns near the potentially affected areas to the state capital. Eighteen towns, counties and economic groups have passed resolutions in opposition, including Henderson, Creedmoor and the Roanoke River Mayors Association. Continue reading

December 24, 2012 Posted by | politics, Uranium, USA | Leave a comment

Keep the ban on uranium mining in Virginia

Feeling The Heat On Uranium Mining In VirginiJessie Thomas-Blate, Coordinator, Most Endangered Rivers December 21, 2012 Uranium mining is a hot topic right now in Virginia.  You might remember that American Rivers listed the Roanoke River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2011 due to a proposed uranium mine.  Since that time, the Virginia legislature has been talking about whether or not to lift a 30-year ban on uranium mining in Virginia. 

Recently, the Virginia Pilot’s Editorial Board issued a clear and concise summary of recent activity with this issue.  Their ultimate conclusion is key— that the local taxpayers will ultimately have to shoulder the burden of maintaining the radioactive waste from this mine in perpetuity.  Thirty years or so of mine production is not worth thousands of years of radioactive waste maintenance.  The Roanoke Times Editorial Board agrees.……

The fight is not over.

  • If you are a resident of Virginia, tell your legislator that you care too much about the Roanoke River and the water it supplies to thousands of area residents to allow the ban on uranium mining to be lifted!  Also, you can sign this petition from Keep The Ban to retain the momentum on this important issue.

If you would like to have more information before forming your own opinion on this issue, Keep The Ban has compiled a list of scientific studies to examine the issue of uranium mining in Virginia.

December 24, 2012 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, Uranium, USA | Leave a comment

High level nuclear waste will not be stored in Utah

Plan to store high-level nuclear waste in UT dead
Seattle Pi December 23, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Top elected officials in Utah are hailing the
official death of a plan to store the nation’s high-level nuclear
waste in Tooele County.

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, a vocal opponent of the plan, told The Salt
Lake Tribune ( ) he’s grateful that a consortium
of utility companies has abandoned the effort once and for all.

Private Fuel Storage has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Agency to end
its license for a 100-acre area for radioactive waste containers on
the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation…….

December 24, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Depleted uranium brings illness to Gulf war veterans

 “A 2002 study at the University of Bremen in northern Germany found that chromosomal changes had occurred in Gulf war veterans who had come into contact with uranium ammunition.”

the very weapons that soldiers depend upon to bring them victory are sowing death for themselves and others long after the fighting is finished.

Depleted Uranium Receives More Attention , The Daily Bell
 December 21, 2012“…….Jawad al-Ali has worked as a cancer specialist at the Sadr Teaching Hospital (formerly the Saddam Hospital), housed in a sinister-looking building in Basra, since 1991. He remembers the period after the first Gulf war over Kuwait. “It isn’t just that the number of cancer cases suddenly increased. We also had double and triple cancers, that is, patients with tumors on both kidneys and in the stomach. And there were also familial clusters, that is, entire families that were affected.” He is convinced that this relates to the use of uranium ammunition. “There is a connection between cancer and radiation. Sometimes it takes 10 or 20 years before the consequences manifest themselves.”

Uranium ammunition comes with cores of “depleted,” (weakly radioactive) uranium, which has a high density, allowing it to pierce the armor of enemy combat vehicles, especially tanks.

People inhale the fine dust from exploded munitions, especially near tanks. Continue reading

December 24, 2012 Posted by | depleted uranium, USA | Leave a comment

What future for USA’s nuclear weapons complex?

Whither the nuclear weapons complex
ABQ Journal By John Fleck , Dec 23, 2012

In addition to its effort to force continued work on a new plutonium
lab building at Los Alamos, which I wrote about last week, the FY2013
congressional defense authorization bill has some potentially
far-reaching language regarding future governance of the US nuclear
weapons complex. The language, sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM and
others, would create an advisory panel to review the question of how
the federal government should go about managing its unwieldy nuclear
weapons complex, which includes Sandia and Los Alamos labs here in New

In the latest Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, former Department of
Energy official Bob Alvarez looks at one widely discussed option:
ending the historical approach of having the weapons program managed
by a civilian agency (the DOE) and moving it under Pentagon

December 24, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

 Verdi man recalls ‘Operation Crossroads’ nuclear tests of
1946 and ‘unsinkable’ USS Nevada, Guy Clifton:, 23 Dec 12…..Larson was a
19-year-old sailor assigned to the carrier USS Independence. In July
1946, he was part of the crew that sailed the Independence to Bikini
Atoll in the south Pacific, where it and other aged naval vessels —
including the USS Nevada — were targets in Operations Crossroads, a
series of tests conducted by the U.S. to investigate the effect of
nuclear weapons on naval ships. Continue reading

December 24, 2012 Posted by | history, OCEANIA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Putin’s India Visit and Varied Agendas

Monday, December 24th, 2012 | by 

By Rohit Bansal

Exactly a year ago, a news-break by IANS rocked the Indian parliament about an imminent legal ban on the Bhagvad Gita, Hinduism’s revered text and philosophical treatise, in Russia, forcing Moscow’s intervention. The crisis blew over and the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon), the official name of the Hare Krishna Movement, continued to exercise the right to distribute the Gita’s Russian translation.

A year later, a bigger crisis looms. A cocktail of religious idiosyncrasy and byzantine municipal laws is leading to Iskcon’s eviction from its only temple in Moscow Jan 15.

The socio-religious group with following across the world, including top business leaders of Indian origin, has now invoked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take the matter up when President Valdimir Putin visits New Delhi for the 13th India-Russia Annual Summit Monday.

Putin, on his part, has a woe list of his own, ranging from Russian telecom major Sistema’s $3.2-billion investment in India that is stuck in litigation and the stalled nuclear plant in Kudankulam.

In a letter addressed to Pulok Chatterji, Principal Secretary to the Indian Prime Minister, and backed by dozens of legal documents and translations, Iskcon has urged that their plight be heard, the imminent destruction of the temple on Jan 15 is red-flagged and the Russians told in clear terms that eviction from the makeshift premises – an iron shack constructed after the main temple was razed in 2004 – would be unacceptable to India.

A chilling video of devotees of Lord Krishna braving the minus-18-degree Moscow temperatures, a few still pictures and a petition have also been shared with Chatterji and other interlocutors, including External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.

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December 24, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Contaminated Foods Found In Aizumisato Fukushima

December 24th, 2012

The good news first, most of the routine garden produce like tomatoes, apples and cabbage showed with no detectable radiation. AizuMisato sits in the further west region of Fukushima.

Where the radiation contamination was showing up frequently was in soybeans, autumn buckwheat, shiitake mushrooms grown indoors and a variety of wild vegetables and mushrooms.

Autumn Buckwheat that showed contaminated ranged from .29 to 14.58 bq/kg

Soybean that showed contaminated ranged from 5.55 to 21.16 bq/kg

Koshiabura was the highest reading on the list at 166.3 bq/kg

The entire list in English: Aizu Misato – emergency monitoring inspection on agricultural products2012

Original page in Japanese:,11191,124.html


December 24, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Resident to Mayor on NHK: Fukushima plant spewed across Japan, don’t you dare make promises about safety — I don’t want to listen anymore, you’re wasting my time (VIDEO)

Published: December 23rd, 2012 at 1:13 pm ET

Title: Coming Home; A Mayor’s Quest to Revive a Fukushima Village
Source: NHK Documentary
Author: MissingSky101
Date: Dec 22, 2012

Kawauchi Mayor Yuko Endo: Well we will make sure decontamination is safe every step of the way. Even when it rains, I promise you nothing will seep out.

Resident: I don’t believe in promises. Mr. Mayor you can’t promise me anything. We agreed to the nuclear plant after Tepco promised it would be safe. Look at what happened. Not even 40 years after it was built, the plant spewed out something invisible across Japan. Don’t you dare make promises.

Endo: Well safety will be our top priority while we proceed with the work to be sure the nuclear accident…

Resident: Enough already. I don’t want to listen anymore. You’re wasting my time.

December 24, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Book review The cost of going nuclear

Reviewed by Bina Shah 

A collection of essays, Confronting the Bomb: Pakistani and Indian Scientists Speak Out, edited by Pervez Hoodbhoy focuses on the ramifications — political, historical, and moral — of the nuclear bomb in India and Pakistan. Essays by dissident Indians and Pakistani scientists outline how, while the rest of the world has recognised both the futility and fatality of the nuclear arms race, the politicians, generals, and oligarchs of India and Pakistan have yet to realise that amassing bombs in the region can only lead to disaster, not military triumph. Hoodbhoy recognises the controversial nature of such a project, as he warns his readers in the introduction that “this will not be a popular book,” but it is an absolutely necessary one.

In the prologue to the book, John Polyani, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1986, delivers the unequivocal message in his preface that nuclear bombs are a man-made plague on the earth; while Hoodbhoy in his introduction describes how Pakistan acquired the bomb for deterrence but continues to milk it like a cash cow, threatening Western countries that if they don’t continue to bail Pakistan out financially, our weapons could “go missing” and that would be a much higher price to pay.

The strength in the book played out many times is not just Hoodbhoy’s technical expertise of the physics that go into making a bomb, but his knowledge of the military mindset and psychology vis a vis the bomb. He’s also well-placed to expound on the historical and political backdrop to the bomb: he discusses the effects of wide-ranging topics such as economic sanctions, the ‘war on terror’ and the killing of Osama bin Laden on Pakistan’s sense of self-image as a nuclear power, with rival India breathing down its neck next door.

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December 24, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment