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Noam Chomsky: The responsibility of privilege

“… the drone assassination campaign is a perfectly good example, I mean it’s just a global assassination campaign.”…”

“…In what should come as no surprise to anyone following the unconscionable chronicle of the never-ending drone war, there is no word as to the identity of either the targets or the victims. The New American

“The number of ‘high-level’ militants killed as a percentage of total casualties is extremely low — estimated at just 2% [of deaths]”, according to a Stanford/NYU report….”

Al-Jazeera video interview with article

Talk to Al Jazeera Last Modified: 12 Jan 2013

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2013/01/201311294541129427.html

 

Mon Jan 14, 2013

PressTV article

MIT professor and activist Noam Chomsky slammed U.S. President Barack Obama for using aerial drones to kill suspected terrorists.

In a video published by Al Jazeera English on Saturday, Chomsky said that a black activist had recounted a story in which a group of African American women visited the president following his inauguration in 2009. After the meeting, the disappointed women told the black activist, “this man has no moral center.”

“I think they’re right,” Chomsky said. “If you look at his policies, I think that is what they reveal. Just some nice rhetoric here and there. If you look at the actual policies, they’re pretty shocking. The drone assassination campaign is a perfectly good example. I mean, that’s just a global assassination campaign.”

Critics of the use of drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Pakistan and Yemen worry the practice violates international law and kills civilians.

The well-known leftist activist also downplayed Obama’s efforts to block Israel settlements into Palestinian territory. Though the Obama administration has repeatedly criticized Israel’ssettlement activity, they had not imposed any actual penalties, unlike previous presidents, Chomsky said.

“In fact, Obama is actually the first president who hasn’t really imposed restrictions on Israel,” he added. Raw Story

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Cesium near Fukushima now 10 times higher than previous highest measurement

Cesium-137Over 1,000,000 Bq/kg of cesium near Fukushima plant — 10 times higher than highest measurement in prior soil survey 
http://enenews.com/1000000-bqkg-cesium-fukushima-plant-10-times-higher-highest-reading-prior-soil-survey
  January 12th, 2013
 Environment Ministry’s radioactive monitoring in Fukushima with summary translation by Fukushima Diary:
http://www.env.go.jp/jishin/monitoring/result_pw130110-1.pdf
Soil sampled on Oct. 25, 2012 from beside an reservoir in Okuma

Cs-134 : 400,000 becquerels per kilogram (Bq/kg)
Cs-137 : 650,000 Bq/kg
Combined Cs-134, -137: 1,050,000 Bq/kg
Nikkei’s report on the monitoring says the highest t reading was 96,000 Bq/kg of Cs-134 and -137 during last summer’s research, detected in soil from a reservoir in Namie.

January 14, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013 | Leave a comment

Nuclear Regulatory Commission rushing report so as to relicense reactors?

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After the Court of Appeals decision, NRC chair Allison Macfarlane decided that the NRC would produce a full environmental impact statement in response to the ruling, as opposed to a less rigorous environmental assessment.

Watchdogs say NRC rushing nuclear waste report Rutland Herald, By DAVID McCUMBER Hearst Newspapers | January 13,2013 WASHINGTON — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is rushing a court-ordered evaluation of the risks of storing spent nuclear fuel at the country’s nuclear plants, according to two dozen watchdog groups.

In detailed public comments solicited by the NRC, the groups together contended that the agency’s two-year timeline for an environmental impact statement on the spent-fuel risks is inadequate.

The NRC “would be well-advised to slow it down, quite apart from anybody’s position on nuclear power … They just don’t have the data,” Continue reading

January 14, 2013 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Time to move nuclear wastes to dry cask storage

nuclear-cooling-pond as the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan draws near, some members of Congress say it is time to reduce the risk posed by spent fuel by moving some of it to dry casks.
Come January, Another Try on Nuclear Waste, By MATTHEW L. WALD, NYT, December 18, 2012 The incoming chairman of the Senate Energy Committee suggests that the Energy Department should stop billing utilities more in waste disposal fees than the department is actually spending on addressing nuclear wastes. And he wants the department to pay for moving some of the wastes out of spent fuel pools at the nation’s highest-risk reactors and into dry casks.

Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, will take over as the committee’s chairmanwhen Congress begins its new session next month. In an interview on Monday, he pointed out that the department collects about $750 million a year in waste disposal fees at the rate of one-tenth of a cent per kilowatt-hour generated by the reactors that feed those utilities. Yet the government is spending nearly nothing, he noted……

Mr. Wyden said the committee would have to take a broad look at the issue of the Energy Department’s nuclear waste fund. “The utilities are obviously unhappy they’re paying the money,’’ which is being “hijacked” for other purposes, he said — namely, deficit reduction. The fund now has a balance of $25 billion. “There is a lot of frustration” about the money and the lack of progress, he said. Continue reading

January 14, 2013 Posted by | USA, wastes | Leave a comment

Shortage of workers at Fukushima nuclear plant resulted in high radiation exposure

Worker shortages revealed at nuclear plant after disaster
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T130113003104.htm   14 Jan
A manager’s calls for reinforcements to help contain a series of
crises at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power
plant were ignored, newly released TEPCO teleconference footage has
revealed.

Although Masao Yoshida, then manager of the plant damaged by the March
11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, repeatedly asked TEPCO headquarters
in Tokyo to send more workers, the request was not met in a timely
manner. As a result, the plant’s workers suffered extreme fatigue and
heightened radiation exposure, the footage showed. Continue reading

January 14, 2013 Posted by | - Fukushima 2011, employment, Japan | Leave a comment

VIDEO Lives slipped away – Fukushima nuclear victims

YouTubeFukushima; NHK Documentary “Lives Slipped Away” http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=cfsevdMsfHg#t=2747s  NHK Fukushima

Special: “We may not have much time left until the next catastrophe occurs” (VIDEO) http://enenews.com/nhk-fukushima-special-we-may-not-have-much-time-left-until-the-next-catastrophe-occurs-video

January 12th, 2013
Title: Fukushima; NHK Documentary “Lives Slipped Away”
Source: NHK
Uploaded by: MissingSky101
Date: Jan 12, 2013

Yasushi Kamada, NHK Reporter: What should we do to save the most vulnerable among us in the event of a disaster?

How far should we risk our lives to save others?

We may not have much time left until the next catastrophe occurs.
Watch the 50-minute special here

January 14, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Dispelling the myths that nuclear weapons are necessary or even useful

On the uselessness of nuclear weapons  Scientific American By Ashutosh Jogalekar | January 13, 2013 Two foundational beliefs have colored our views of nuclear weapons since the end of World War 2; one, that they were essential or at least very significant for ending the war, and two, that they have been and will continue to be linchpins of deterrence. These beliefs have, in one way or another, guided all our thinking about these mythic creations. Ward Wilson who is at the Monterey Institute of International Studies read-this-waywants to demolish these and other myths about nukes in a new book titled “5 Myths about Nuclear Weapons“, and I have seen few volumes which deliver their message so effectively in such few words. Below are Wilson’s thoughts about the two dominant nuclear myths interspersed with a few of my own.

“Nuclear weapons were paramount in ending World War 2″.

This is where it all begins. Continue reading

January 14, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, resources - print, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Nuclear power: films at Central University of Jharkhand

logo-uranium-film-festivalSpotlight on ‘nuclear world’ at film festival  By Ammi flag-indiaKumari, TNN | Jan 14 RANCHI: International Travelling Uranium Film Festival will begin here on January 15 to spread awareness on nuclear issue and engage people in developments related to nuclear energy.

The three-day festival will screen some of the world’s best videos, documentaries, fiction filmsand animation movies covering various facets of the issue.

The festival started in Delhi on January 4 and travelled to Shillong. Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and other cities, which hosted the event.

“The response of the audience was good in these cities. People wanted the movies to be screened in the rural areas also to create awareness among them,” said Shriparaksh, the Indian co-coordinator of the film festival…..

Shriprakash said a variety of films would help in creating a total picture, bring to light the pros and cons of nuclear energy and help people take a stand on the issue…… Some movies like ‘Radioactive Wolves’, a 52-minute film directed by Klaus Feichtenberger basically talks about the aftermaths of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on the animal population 25 to 30 years after it took place.

‘Into Eternity’ directed by Michael Madsen got the best feature documentary jury award in 2011, which talks about the underground space being built by Finland to preserve the nuclear wastes and the challenges they face while doing it.”

The inauguration will be held at Central University of Jharkhand. Next day the film festival will be held at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sceinces which will conclude with the ‘Synergy Fest’ going at RIMS…… http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/Spotlight-on-nuclear-world-at-film-festival/articleshow/18011985.cms

January 14, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear waste for the beautiful Lake District National Park?

waste-lake-Emmerdale-CumbriLake District National Park may host nuclear waste site BBC News 13 Jan Sellafield already stores a large amount of radioactive waste earmarked for disposal

Campaigners have called for the Lake District National Park to be excluded from a search for an underground nuclear waste repository in Cumbria.

Councils in the west of the county have expressed an interest in taking waste from the Sellafield reprocessing plant.

But at a public meeting in Keswick the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) was urged to rule out the national park….http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-20998160

 

January 14, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

The world’s white elephant – nuclear weapons

Fortunately there are renewed calls for the elimination of these outdated weapons. The risk of possible use of nuclear weapons by terrorists calls for completely new strategies and does nothing to justify the growth and preservation of existing strategic arsenals by new and aspiring nuclear states.

On the uselessness of nuclear weapons Scientific American By Ashutosh Jogalekar | January 13, 2013 “……..The future   Nuclear weapons are often compared to a white elephant. A better comparison might be to a giant T. rex; one could possible imagine a use for such a creature in extreme situations, but by and large it only serves as an unduly sensitive and enormously destructive creature whose powers are waiting to be unleashed on to the world. Having the beast around is just not worth its supposed benefits anymore, especially when most of these benefits are only perceived and have been extrapolated from a sample size of one.

Yet we continue to nurture this creature. Much progress has been made in reducing the nuclear arsenals of the two Cold War superpowers, but others have picked up the slack and continued to pursue the image and status – and not actual fighting capability – that they think nuclear weapons confer on them. Continue reading

January 14, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

South Dakota: precious water endangered by “in-situ” uranium minng

as for water quality, we know from the history of in situ leachwater-radiation
uranium mining that the groundwater will be contaminated. Leaks and
spills are common. Every in situ uranium mine has them. And at the end
of the process — when things have supposedly been “cleaned up” — the
groundwater has always been left polluted with radioactivity and with
things like arsenic, selenium and lead.

FORUM: In situ uranium mining will pollute water
http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/opinion/forum-in-situ-uranium-mining-will-pollute-water/article_ecc53035-6f34-5293-8d5f-08b0e619bee0.html
  January 12, 2013 Plans to mine uranium north of Edgemont remain
controversial — and with good reason. The company involved, Powertech
Uranium, is a foreign corporation that has never mined anything. They
want to use 9,000 gallons per minute of our water. And they will leave
the water contaminated with radiation and other things — like every
other “in situ” leach uranium mine in U.S. history.

In-Situ-Leaching

In situ leach mining involves pumping a solution underground, where it
loosens the uranium from the rock, and then pumping the uranium-filled
solution back to the surface. Continue reading

January 14, 2013 Posted by | Uranium, USA, water | Leave a comment

Nuclear wastes problem: let’s not forget MILITARY nuclear wastes

wastes-1Come January, Another Try on Nuclear Waste, By MATTHEW L. WALD, NYT, December 18, 2012, “……..As for the search for a permanent burial site, Mr. Wyden said the government should be looking for volunteers but that the site would have to be technically suitable. He also said he would like to explore separating the military wastes from the civilian wastes, and perhaps sending them to the Waste Isolation Pilot Project, which is in a salt deposit near Carlsbad, N.M. The repository is now used for plutonium-contaminated materials but not high-level waste.

The military wastes have been dear to Mr. Wyden’s heart for 30 years: many of them are in leaking tanks at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington, across the Columbia River from his home state, Oregon. But those wastes would have to be solidified before they could be buried, and the Energy Department has had great difficulty doing that.

Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, a Democrat who is head of the committee until the end of the lame duck session, has already introduced a bill to reform the process of picking a site, but action is unlikely this year. The lame duck session has failed so far to deal with its central task, a budget and tax compromise. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/18/come-january-another-try-on-nuclear-waste/?smid=fb-share

January 14, 2013 Posted by | USA, wastes, weapons and war | Leave a comment

USA Nuclear industry forced to adapt – not cost effective!

“the U.S. nuclear sector is going to focus largely on its progress as a nuclear technology exporter.”

The article points to interest in India and China in more nuclear technology, which will likely be a focal point of the industry.

January 14, 2013 12:10 am
By Ivan Penn / Tampa Bay Times

New nuclear power plants don’t have much of a near-term future in the United States.

Who says?

The nuclear construction industry.

An article in an industry publication last week noted that low natural gas prices and the sputtering economy reduce the need for new nuclear plants. It said four new reactors — two in Georgia and two in South Carolina — are likely to be the only ones the nation will see for the rest of this decade, possibly longer.

“Four new reactors will be added to the grid, but a fifth could be pushing it,” said K. Steiner-Dicks, a journalist reporting for the nuclear plant construction industry publication Nuclear Energy Insider.

The free market is also frowning on nuclear power.

Dominion Power announced last year that it would close its 556-megawatt Kewaunee nuclear plant in Wisconsin because it was no longer economically viable.

Platts, a global energy provider, reported last week that several other nuclear plants face early shutdown because of economics, including Entergy’s 838-megawatt James A. FitzPatrick plant in New York, and its 605-megawatt Vermont Yankee plant.

Even with the shifting landscape in the power industry, millions of Floridians in the areas served by Duke Energy (parent company of Progress Energy Florida) and Florida Power & Light continue to pay in advance for new nuclear plants that critics believe will never be built.

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The hidden secrets of Chernobyl 2012 – Video investigation series

I must return to chernobyl… call for donations and introduction to the video series

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Published on Aug 4, 2012

I heed the call of Chernobyl – i must return at all costs.

It’s where i belong – basking in atom’s glow, blinding YOU with the truth.

My return to Chernobyl is planned for September 2012 – but i’m still a few hundred dollars short.

So… if you can help out, i’d be more than grateful –

THANK YOU for making this possible!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyWzVNu8TOM

Chernobyl 2012 II: the deja vu series (now in HD) Part 1

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6.03 mins

Published on Oct 1, 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvkwikZ3Odk

Chernobyl 2012 II: the kindergarten of копачи (kopachi) (deja vu)

Published on Oct 3, 20125.41 mins

копачи was a small village near Chernobyl. it was entirely torn down as it was heavily contaminated… only the kindergarten – which was too solid to tear down quickly – remained…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlWFRXeNpQg

Chernobyl 2012 II: the red radioactive forest (Рудий ліс) (deja vu)

Published on Oct 4, 2012

5.04 mins

For the mobile phone used to get a dose reading, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNe1UBfJvoo !

The pine trees in this forest turned brown as they died from the intense levels of radiation after the Chernobyl disaster.

The whole forest was torn down; now, fresh trees are growing on the still quite radioactive grounds, seemingly without problems.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQrLpqgxSBw

Chernobyl 2012 II: up to the rooftops of pripyat (Припять) (deja vu)

Published on Oct 7, 2012

6.27 mins

Lost places from above; the city of Pripyat, the nuclear power plant… and duga-3, the russian woodpecker.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3timSIFkswU

Chernobyl 2012 II: Pripyat harbor and wildlife in the zone of chernobyl (deja vu)

Published on Oct 11, 2012

6.12 mins

At first glimpse, everything seems abandoned and dead – except for the trees and plants… but nature is reclaiming the zone, and the animals are just hidden – but they are there! we’ll take a look at a few of them…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOtMu59KnMk

Chernobyl 2012 II: the highly radioactive graphite crane claw (deja vu)

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