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“Nuclear Power Is Dead” Jeremy Rifkin

Published on Mar 1, 2013

Let’s Hope Jeremy Rifkin is Right (with the Exception of building MORE nuclear power plants)! BUT, the NEXT QUESTION IS: WHAT THE HELL are we going to DO with all the current fuel they have accumulated Thus FAR? There IS NO SAFE PLACE TO STORE THE WASTE! There Never Has Been! ***see below link***

Q&A with Jeremy Rifkin on nuclear power
Wermuth Asset Management, 5th Annual Investors Event
Question: What would be your view on nuclear energy? […]
Jeremy Rifkin*: […] Frankly, I think from a business perspective, it’s over. I think it’s over. Let me explain why. There may be a lot of ideological issues, but from a business perspective here’s the situation […]
*CNN: “Internationally renowned economist”; Forbes: “Economist and energy visionary […] advisor to the European Union and to heads of state around the world.”


March 2, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This week in nuclear news

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Fukushima is in the news – much as the nuclear lobby and mainstream media like to forget it, or pretend that it’s all over.  Public protests in Tokyo express the concern of Japanese people about Fukushima radiation, and about the danger inherent in the nuclear industry.   Never mind, Japan’s Prime Minister Abe is determined to restart the nuclear reactors, and many are worried that the industry might somehow circumvent Japan’s new safety regulations.

The World Health Organisation has released its Health Risk Assessment on the Fukushima nuclear accident. The WHO report acknowledges the likelihood of increased cancer incidence and mortality from radiation exposure from the Fukushima disaster

  1.  It pulls together lots of information on radiation exposures from the Fukushima disaster.
  2.  It uses information / estimates on radiation exposure to predict increases in cancer incidence risks

What the WHO report does NOT do The WHO report does not consider cancer incidence and mortality statistics to see if there is a significant increase that can be attributed to Fukushima.  Because of the way it is framed,   it is not possible from this WHO study to come to any estimate as to the total number of cancer deaths that could arise from the Fukushima disaster.

What the WHO report finds − cancer incidence estimates   for people in the most contaminated location, the estimated increased risks over what would normally be expected are:

  • all solid cancers – around 4% in females exposed as infants;
  • breast cancer – around 6% in females exposed as infants;
  • leukaemia – around 7% in males exposed as infants;
  • thyroid cancer – up to 70% in females exposed as infants

I am happy to be going to  the New York Symposium on The Medical and Ecological Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident To Be Held at the New York Academy of Medicine .  Still hoping that some other Australians will join me – to hear this most impressive array of international scientists and doctors .


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Court martial of Bradley Manning, for telling the truth, and being humane


I am the type of person who likes to know how things work. And, as an analyst, this means I always want to figure out the truth

Bradley Manning’s personal statement to court martial: full text highly-recommendedGuardian UK , Alexa O’Brien 1 March 13“…..The fact neither CENTCOM or Multi National Forces Iraq or MNF-I would not voluntarily release the video troubled me further. It was clear to me that the event happened because the aerial weapons team mistakenly identified Reuters employees as a potential threat and that the people in the bongo truck were merely attempting to assist the wounded. The people in the van were not a threat but merely “good samaritans”. The most alarming aspect of the video to me, however, was the seemly delightful bloodlust they appeared to have.

The dehumanized the individuals they were engaging and seemed to not value human life by referring to them as quote “dead bastards” unquote and congratulating each other on the ability to kill in large numbers. At one point in the video there is an individual on the ground attempting to crawl to safety. The individual is seriously wounded. Instead of calling for medical attention to the location, one of the aerial weapons team crew members verbally asks for the wounded person to pick up a weapon so that he can have a reason to engage. For me, this seems similar to a child torturing ants with a magnifying glass.

While saddened by the aerial weapons team crew’s lack of concern about human life, I was disturbed by the response of the discovery of injured children at the scene. In the video, you can see that the bongo truck driving up to assist the wounded individual. In response the aerial weapons team crew – as soon as the individuals are a threat, they repeatedly request for authorization to fire on the bongo truck and once granted they engage the vehicle at least six times. Continue reading

March 2, 2013 Posted by | Legal, USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Ties to International Atomic Energy Agency constrain World Health Organisation’s Fukushima radiation report

IAEA-and-WHO“Shameless”: New World Health Organization report shockingly downplays health risks after Fukushima — “WHO and other organisations must stop hiding the impact”
  Title: World Health Organisation Downplays Health Impacts of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Source: Greenpeace
Date: February 28 2013
Greenpeace today criticised the World Health Organisation for releasing a flawed new report that hides crucial information on the health impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

“The WHO report shamelessly downplays the impact of early radioactive releases from the Fukushima disaster on people inside the 20 km evacuation zone who were not able to leave the area quickly,” said Dr. Rianne Teule, Greenpeace International nuclear radiation expert.

“The WHO should have estimated the radiation exposure of these people to give a more accurate picture of the potential long-term impacts of Fukushima. The WHO report is clearly a political statement to protect the nuclear industry and not a scientific one with people’s health in mind.”

The people inside the 20 km zone have possibly been exposed to significant radiation doses of hundreds of mSv, according to the work of German nuclear expert Oda Becker. She used modelling based on the data from Fukushima plant operator TEPCO on radioactive releases to calculate potential doses for people 10, 15, 20 and 40 km from the reactors.

The WHO report and its PR spin shockingly downplay the likelihood that thousands of people are at risk of cancer from the Fukushima disaster. They hide the cancer impacts by emphasising small percentage increases in cancers. Those small percentages actually translate into thousands of people being at risk.

“The WHO’s flawed report leaves its job half done,” said Teule. “The WHO and other organisations must stop downplaying and hiding the impact of the Fukushima disaster and call for more emphasis on protecting the millions of people still living in contaminated areas.”

The WHO only releases reports on the impact of radiation releases on a population with the approval of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
See also: Film: World Health Organization beholden to nuclear interests — Physician: “Like having Dracula guard the blood bank” (VIDEOS)

March 2, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, health, Japan | Leave a comment

Fukushima ‘s radiation cancer link confirmed in World Health Organisation report

radiation-warningFukushima cancer headlines appear all over mainstream media
 February 28th, 2013

AAP: Fukushima cancer risk near plant: WHO

AFP: Fukushima raised cancer risk near plant: WHO

AP: WHO: Small cancer risk after Fukushima accident

BBC: Fukushima disaster ‘increased cancer risk’

Bloomberg: Fukushima Radiation Increases Cancer Risk for Girls: WHO

GlobalPost: URGENT ¥¥¥ Fukushima raised cancer risk near plant: WHO

Reuters: Higher cancer risk after Fukushima nuclear disaster: WHO

Update: “Shameless”: New World Health Organization report shockingly downplays health risks after Fukushima — “WHO and other organisations must stop hiding the impact”

See also: WHO beholden to nuclear interests — “Like having Dracula guard the blood bank” (VIDEOS

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VIDEOS on casualties due to Chernobyl nuclear disaster

YouTubeChernobyl: AA Million Casualties  24 Mar 2011

A million people have died so far as a result of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant accident, explains Janette Sherman, M.D., toxicologist and contributing editor of the book Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment. Published by the New York Academy of Sciences, the book, authored by Dr. Alexey Yablokov, Dr. Vassily Nesterenko and Dr. Alexey Nesterenko, examined medical records now available–which expose as a lie the claim of the International Atomic Energy Commission that perhaps 4,000 people may die as a result of Chernobyl.
Enviro Close-Up # 610 (29 mintes)

  Film: World Health Organization beholden to nuclear interests — Physician: “Like having Dracula guard the blood bank” (VIDEOS)   February 28th, 2013

(In light of today’s news from the WHO this report from last May is being reposted) Continue reading

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Lest we forget – UN prediction of 3 million children’s health affected by Chernobyl nuclear accident

chernobyl3 million children require treatment because of Chernobyl, many will die prematurely -U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2000
February 28th, 2013
AP, April 26, 2000:
The United Nations released a new assessment of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear meltdown Tuesday, saying the worst health consequences for millions or people may be yet to come. […]
“Chernobyl is a word we would all like to erase from our memory,” said U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a foreword.

But, Annan added, “more than 7 million of our fellow human beings do not have die luxury of forgetting. They are still suffering, everyday, as a result of what happened.” He said the exact number of victims may never be known, but that 3 million children require treatment and “many will die prematurely.”

“Not until 2016, at the earliest, will be known the full number of those likely to develop serious medical conditions” because of delayed reactions to radiation exposure, he said.

Nearly 13 years  later: “Shameless”: U.N. agency’s report shockingly downplays health risks after Fukushima — “WHO and other organisations must stop hiding the impact”

March 2, 2013 Posted by | health, Ukraine | Leave a comment

USA taxpayers being ripped off again, for small nuclear reactors boondoggle

Small-modular-reactor-dudMini Nuclear Reactors Earn Golden Fleece Award For Government Waste  Clean Technica, February 28, 2013 Jeremy Bloom  Are mini nuclear reactors the future of high-end energy development — or a wasteful  government boondoggle?

While it may or may not be great that profitable companies like Babcock & Wilcox and Toshiba are researching these mini or even micro reactors (don’t worry, they won’t fit in a suitcase, or even in your basement), the group Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) has dinged the program as its recipient of the 2013 Golden Fleece Award, for sucking down potentially half a billion dollars in taxpayer money.

“The nation is two days away from the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration,” notes Ryan Alexander, president of TCS. “But at the same time we are hearing the Department of Energy and the nuclear industry evangelizing about the benefits of small modular reactors. In reality, we cannot afford to pile more market-distorting subsidies to profitable companies on top of the billions of dollars we already gave away.”

Indeed, at a time when that much money could pay for some substantial  progress in growing fields like biofuels or solar power, you have to wonder why companies like Babcock & Wilcox need any help from the government at all……the TCS says the possible drawbacks are legion:

  • The energy they generate just won’t be cost-effective.
  • And that’s at current estimates — nuclear companies are notorious for over — estimating benefits and under-estimating costs.
  • Before anything can be built, it’ll take years for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to evaluate these new designs.
  • Each of these new reactors would be a potential terrorist target, multiplying the security nightmare.
  • And we still have no way of dealing with nuclear waste.

“The nuclear industry has a tradition of rushing forth to proclaim that a new technology, just around the corner, will take care of whatever problem exists,” says Autumn Hanna, senior program director for TCS. “Unfortunately, these technologies have an equally long tradition of expensive failure. If the industry believes in small modular reactors and a reactor in every backyard – great – but don’t expect the taxpayer to pick up the tab.”

March 2, 2013 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

Britain snubs international conference on humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapon use.

flag-UKBanning Nuclear Weapons: UK to Snub Discussions on Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons –, 1 Mar 13, 

The UK has said today that it will not be participating in next week’s international conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapon use. The meeting will look at the immediate and long-term impacts of nuclear weapon detonations, as well as international capacities to respond to such incidents. The UK’s decision to line up with its P5 colleagues and refuse to take part in evidence-based discussions on these effects shows its disdain for the interests and concerns of the wider international community. Continue reading

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Taipei: “Terminate the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, take to the streets everyone,”

text-Please-NoteActivists announce anti-nuclear parade http://www.taipeitimes.flag-Taiwancom/News/taiwan/archives/2013/03/02/2003556085 2 March 13, NATIONWIDE:Civic groups plan to take to the streets and make their voices heard in the capital, Greater Kaohsiung, Greater Taichung and Taitung City next Saturday afternoon By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter Civic groups yesterday announced a nationwide anti-nuclear parade next Saturday, calling on members of the public to stand against unsafe nuclear power plants. Continue reading

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Urgency of the radioactive pollution disaster unfolding at Hanford Nuclear Reservation

When stacked against other environmental issues – timber clear-cutting, setting aside wilderness areas, and even plastic waste floats larger than Texas, the risk of radioactive contamination to our environment is infinitely more catastrophic

It is not too late. We have the ability to alter the impending disaster by placing pressure on responsible government agencies, legislators, community leaders, and contractors to safely increase the pace of the cleanup operations—and to tell Congress to shift all $2.46 billion in nuclear weapons “modernization” funds to cleanup—or at least what’s left after sequestration. Now.

Hanford-waste-tanksBetrayal of Trust on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Radioactive Columbia River Imminent Without Action by GINA MASON MARCH 1-3, 2013

Living with radiation sickness is not on my bucket list and I would hazard that it isn’t on yours either. Nor is it what I have in mind for my children’s future. Yet our government continues to manufacture nuclear materials and unsafely store radioactive waste in clear violation of the public trust. Nowhere is this more visible than at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the most radioactively contaminated site in the western hemisphere, where we now know radioactive sludge is leaking badly from at least six underground tanks. While Hanford is technically in Washington State, the management of this catastrophe is vitally important to the rest of the nation—indeed, the biosphere. Unfortunately, environmental disasters do not stop at city, state, or national borders. Continue reading

March 2, 2013 Posted by | USA, wastes | 3 Comments

Full text transcript of Bradley Manning’s statement to court martial

Manning,-BradleyBradley Manning’s personal statement to court martial: highly-recommendedfull text Guardian UK , 1 March 13,

In the absence of a full official copy of Manning’s statement, journalists have had to rely on their own note-taking from court Bradley Manning read out a personal statement to the court in Fort Meade, Maryland, at a pre-trial hearing over his prosecution for leaking the largest trove of state secrets in US history. It provides the first account in his own words and under his own name of how he came to download hundreds of thousands of classified documents and videos from secure military databases and transmit them to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

The US government has refused to publish contemporaneous transcripts and documents from the Manning court martial, prompting legal complaints from open government groups. In the absence of a full official copy of Manning’s statement, journalists covering the case have had to rely on their own note-taking from the courtroom.

Here the Guardian publishes a transcript compiled by independent journalist Alexa O’Brien, who has been covering the pre-trial hearings. It provides the most comprehensive and accurate account of a highly significant statement. This transcript was compiled by O’Brien from her contemporaneous notes, not from a recording nor from an official document. Inevitably, it may contain errors…..

March 2, 2013 Posted by | Legal, USA | Leave a comment

Author Cecile Pineda to speak on nuclear power, Port Huron 13th March

text-Please-NoteAnti-nuclear activist to speak in Port Huron, The Voice, by Jim Bloch March 01, 2013“.In recognition of the [Fukushma] catastrophe, anti-nuclear activist Cecile Pineda will speak in the auditorium of the Port Huron Municipal Office Building, 100 McMorran Blvd., on from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13. In addition to many works of fiction, Pineda is the author of “Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step.”….. Continue reading

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For economic reasons, USA’s nuclear power may simply disappear

terminal-nuclear-industry current market forces challenge the economic viability of existing nuclear power plants, with new reactors representing an extremely unattractive investment prospect.
Allowing existing reactors to simply run out their licensed lifetimes in the current scenario, nuclear power may simply disappear

US May Face Inevitable Nuclear Power Exit Science Daily, Mar. 1, 2013 — In a 2012 report, the Obama administration announced that it was “jumpstarting” the nuclear industry. Because of the industry’s long history of permitting problems, cost overruns, and construction delays, financial markets have been wary of backing new nuclear construction for decades.

The supposed “nuclear renaissance” ballyhooed in the first decade of this century never materialized. And then came Fukushima, a disaster that pushed countries around the world to ask: Should nuclear power be part of the energy future? In the third and final issue in a series focused on nuclear exits, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE, turns its attention to the United States and looks at whether the country’s business-as-usual approach may yet lead to a nuclear phase-out for economic reasons. Continue reading

March 2, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, USA | Leave a comment

Bradley Manning revealed disturbing airstrike incident in Afghanistan

Manning,-BradleyBradley Manning’s personal statement to court martial: full text Guardian UK , 1 March 13“”…….I reviewed the incident and what happened. The airstrike occurred in the Garani village in the Farah Province, Northwestern Afghanistan. It received worldwide press coverage during the time as it was reported that up to 100 to 150 Afghan civilians – mostly women and children – were accidentally killed during the airstrike.

After going through the report and the [missed word] annexes, I began to review the incident as being similar to the 12 July 2007 aerial weapons team engagements in Iraq. However, this event was noticeably different in that it involved a significantly higher number of individuals, larger aircraft and much heavier munitions. Also, the conclusions of the report are more disturbing than those of the July 2007 incident.

I did not see anything in the 15-6 report or its annexes that gave away sensitive information. Rather, the investigation and its conclusions were and what those involved should have done, and how to avoid an event like this from occurring again……….

March 2, 2013 Posted by | USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment