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North Korea ramps up its nuclear weapons ambitions

N Korea vows to raise nuclear arms Sky News, April 1, 2013 North Korea has vowed to strengthen its nuclear weapons, a day after announcing it is in a ‘state of war’ with South Korea, and says it will never trade its atomic deterrent for aid….. http://www.skynews.com.au/world/article.aspx?id=85941

 

April 3, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Sea levels, extreme weather, and the effects of climate cahnge

It turns out if you add up all the rain that occurred there, it is equivalent to taking 2.5mm out of the global ocean and dumping it on Australia. The consequence was there was a big lake that was formed in the middle of Australia which you call Lake Eyre. This is pretty remarkable that you can actually lower the global sea level by this amount just by dumping so much water on land.”

Trenbeth on extreme weather and its links to climate change

The lecture is well worth watching in full as Trenbeth explains changes in the climate system and impacts on extreme weather events.

Kevin Trenbeth on the 2011 sea level bump and Australia’s wettest 2 year period,Indymedia 1 April 13“……….Here is what Trenbeth had to say on the sea level bump and Australia’s rainfall in 2010 and 2011:

“…….sea level goes up with warming both because the ocean is expanding and because there is more ice on land melting going into the ocean to fill the ocean up. Overall it is going up at a rate of 3.1mm per year. So a steady rise overall for this record.”

“Something like 55mm since the record began and this is when we launched into space a series of satellites in the different colours here that are looking down making measurements of the global sea level to millimetre accuracy using an altimetre…….

“What actually happened in this period. Looking now at January to April of 2011 versus 2010…. all this rain that occurred in Australia. Continue reading

April 3, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change | Leave a comment

Nuclear lobby getting jittery?

Half-Hearted Nuclear Energy Cannot Continue, Leaders be “All In Energy Collective, Rod Adams, 31 Mar“…..leaders need to be “all in”; they cannot engage in a half-hearted attempt to make nuclear somewhat competitive by following all of the existing rules and making only marginal changes in heat source and heat engine designs that work well when the fuel is coal, oil, or natural gas. They also need to make friends with others who have made the same basic technical choice and not engage in destructive competition against other nuclear energy entrepreneurs who do not have much market share to take anyway….

[quoting Helm] “after a decade of unprecedented mergers and acquisitions—coupled with a good dose of financial engineering—most of the big players are in poor shape to do much investing anyway.” Helm is not talking specifically about nuclear here, but I think that the thought process applies. ……  They must be willing to use new paradigms and techniques and to adopt good ideas that may have been invented somewhere else.

The leaders must also recognize the political aspects of the technology and be unafraid to take advantage of skillful marketing that takes direct aim at the long line of dark grey suits that represent the established energy industry. ….

Focused leaders who have a deep understanding of nuclear technology, politics and human nature need to be willing to throw hammers that may result in some blowback. They must keep pressing forward to develop the energy supply products that their customers want – even if they don’t yet know it….

[again quoting Helm[ ” a revealing commentary on solar energy as a scam that is making a certain type of investor rich] . -.. http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/203536/dieter-helm-nuclear-saga-cannot-go-leaders-must-push-happy-ending

April 3, 2013 Posted by | marketing | Leave a comment

Dumping Radioactive Waste at Sea (Radiation Legacy)

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Uploaded on 8 Nov 2011

Uploaded by 007bratsche on Nov 8, 2011
This is a report about the nuclear waste that was dumped into the sea around Europe between 1967 and 1982.
All 114.726 tons are still there – thousands of barrels, corroding or even rusted through by now.
It was broadcast on Nov.1, 2011

For informations about Schacht Asse, have a look at wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schacht_…

Interesting how this information is JUST NOW being reported on… do you think it has anything to do with FUKUSHIMA? What are the chances? Thank the IAEA next time you see them.

April 3, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Nuclear Board Warns of Hanford Tank Explosion Risk – Video

 ….The problems identified by the board show that the plant schedule will be delayed further and the cost will keep rising, Wyden said, adding: “There is a real question as to whether the plant, as currently designed, will work at all.”…..

 

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By SHANNON DININNY Associated Press
YAKIMA, Wash. April 2, 2013 (AP)

Underground tanks that hold a stew of toxic, radioactive waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site pose a possible risk of explosion, a nuclear safety board said in advance of confirmation hearings for the next leader of the Energy Department.

State and federal officials have long known that hydrogen gas could build up inside the tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, leading to an explosion that would release radioactive material. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board recommended additional monitoring and ventilation of the tanks last fall, and federal officials were working to develop a plan to implement the recommendation.

The board expressed those concerns again Monday to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who is chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and had sought the board’s perspective about cleanup at Hanford.

The federal government created Hanford in the 1940s as part of the secret Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb. It spends billions of dollars to clean up the 586-square-mile site neighboring the Columbia River, the southern border between Washington and Oregon and the Pacific Northwest’s largest waterway.

Federal officials have said six underground tanks at the site are leaking into the soil, threatening the groundwater, and technical problems have delayed construction of a plant to treat the waste for long-term safe disposal.

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Against the odds! Birgitta Jonsdottir will attend Art exhibition in support of Bradley manning!

[NEW YORK, NY]  On Friday, April 5, 2013 Icelandic Parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir will host an evening of art and dialogue in support of jailed Iraq war whistleblower, Pfc. Bradley Manning, at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Sq. South MAP). A 6pm benefit informal art auction & film screening will be followed by a panel discussion at 8pm.

http://www.sparrowmedia.net/2013/04/birgitta-jonsdottir-visit-to-the-usa-despite-wikileaks-grand-jury-investigation/

Birgitta Jonsdottir

The panel discussion will feature Jonsdottir in conversation with Alexa O’Brien and Kevin Gosztola, journalists who each have provided extensive coverage of the Manning pretrial proceedings at Ft. Meade, MD, along with Peter Hart, a critic with the media watchdog group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting. The panel will be moderated by Sam Seder, host of the political talk show, The Majority Report.

Jonsdottir’s visit comes on the heels of a February 2013 revelation by Iceland’s Justice Minister that, in August 2011, Icelandic lawmakers expelled several FBI agents from the country. An Alexandria, VA Grand Jury Probe is seeking information about Jonsdottir, among others, in relation to Wikileaks, its developers and managers, and Pfc. Bradley Manning. Despite advice from the Icelandic Government not to visit the US until the closure of the Grand Jury, Jonsdottir has chosen to schedule her visit amidst this still-active Grand Jury, citing the urgency of Pfc. Manning’s plight. As Manning’s court-martial trial is scheduled to begin on June 3, 2013, he faces a potential life sentence, if convicted on all counts.

Jonsdottir was instrumental in facilitating Pfc. Manning’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, both in 2012 and again in 2013, with wider support. “I nominated Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace prize for the first time in 2012 ,with a couple of fellow MPs from Iceland,” said Jonsdottir, “In 2013, I did it again with the same MPs, members from the European Parliament and a former Minster from Tunisia. It is very encouraging to see the growing support for Manning around the world, but most importantly, within the USA.”

Jonsdottir is also suing president Barack Obama over the indefinite detention powers within § 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). In September 2012, Judge Katherine Forrest of New York’s Southern District Court enjoined the President from using § 1021(b)(2) in a landmark ruling in favor of Jonsdottir and six other plaintiffs, citing that their work in activism, academia, and journalism could potentially put them at risk of detention under § 1021(b)(2). The Obama administration is currently appealing Judge Forrest’s ruling.

Bradley Manning Print by Molly Crabapple

Limited-edition 17″ x 22″ giclée prints by celebrated social justice artist and illustrator, Molly Crabapple, will also be sold as part of the benefit. For those who want to support the benefit but cannot attend the New York City event on April 5th.  Crabapple’s prints are currently available online to bid upon HERE.  The first 200 highest bids will receive these prints.

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Russian NGOs undergoing unprecedented Kremlin sweeps! Report from a worried Bellona, NGO

http://www.bellona.org/articles/articles_2013/weeklong_ngo_crackdowns

Charles Digges, 02/04-2013

Bellona

stalin-dance

“…..Churchill himself wrote in 1935 that “[History] is replete with examples of men who have risen to power by employing stern, grim, and even frightful methods but who, nevertheless, when their life is revealed as a whole, have been regarded as great figures whose lives have enriched the story of mankind. So may it be with Hitler.”……”   🙂

Image and quote ; http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2009/12/03/stalin-bashing-the-new-orientalism/

Russian authorities are raiding non-governmental organizations to make sure they comply with a law intended to stem foreign meddling in Russian politics, President Vladimir Putin said last week, eliciting cries from the US State Department that the Kremlin’s repressive new regime in on a “witch hunt.” 

Abduction victim: I was bound, gagged and told ‘if you don’t answer our ­questions, your children will be killed’

Image and quote ; http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/vladimir-putin-crackdown-is-like-a-return-1403193

The swoops on NGOs began on March 19, when Bellona’s St. Petersburg office, the Environment and Rights Center (ERC) Bellona, was the focus of a so-called unannounced inspection by an array of officials from the Russia Prosecutor General to the health department and fire officials.

The Prosecutor General gave ERC Bellona a mere three days to produced requested documents that would have taken months to assemble ranging from financial documents, the groups honorary titles, medals, and certificates of merit, as well as documents on whether ERC Bellona employees receive regular chest x-rays. On Wednesday, ERC Bellona’s director, Nikolai Rybakov, will appear at the Prosecutor General’s office in St. Petersburg, where it is hoped he will learn of ERC’s status following the raid.

The participation of the fire, labor and health departments in many reported checks beginning with Bellona ­– groups with no affiliation with the NGO ­– baffled Pavel Chikov, a member of the presidential human rights council, he said in an interview with Bellona Tuesday.

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Letter From Hiroshi Hoshi the Japanese man arrested for helping animals from radiation!

(Source)
https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-hachiko-coalition-page/letter-from-hiroshi-hoshi/542703292441060

Friday, 29 March 2013

(PETITION) The Hachiko Animal Federation       
Image source ; http://hachiko-coalition.org/post/6966960429/the-australian-activist-hiroshi-hoshi-defies-fallout

http://www.change.org/petitions/free-hiroshi-hoshi-and-leo-hoshi-fukushima-animal-rescuers  

This letter is from Hiroshi Hoshi who  wanted to share it on Facebook

Image source ; http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article2946282.ece

“….We were transferred from Nihonmatsu police station to the Fukushima prison custody section on March 21, 2013. Our trial will start on March 27th.

It is involuntary for us but we will admit what we have done but we will also defend the legitimacy of our activities. 

We heard that there was somebody, who had worked with Hoshi family before, who said that “the Hoshi’s were arrested because of their own fault”.

I am shocked  by this person’s comment who had worked with the Hoshi family.  It is something comparable to abandoning a comrade. It is not only about Fukushima, but I feel many Japanese people are in a fog about many issues. 

Image source ; http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/adv/wol/dy/opinion/society_101012.htm

 

We are very grateful to the people who signed the petition (more than 2500 people), to those who donated to us and to those who made a supporting group. The custody section has no heating system and it is very cold,  but we want to thank our supporters here.

(P.S. The Hachiko team does the best in translating from Japanese to English considering time factors and volunteers in translating. If you find we missed something in translation, by all means email us.  Thank you.)

Original letter appeared in FB page Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Animals.

Here is the Japanese Version:

星 広志氏からの手紙です。FBに公開するよう要望がありましたのでお知らせします。

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3/21に二本松警察署から福島刑務所拘置区に移動になりました。1月末に逮捕されてからもうすぐ4月になろうとしていますが、3月27日から福島地裁で裁判が始まります。私達親子にとって不本意な裁判ですが、罪状を認めながらも、その行為の正当性は主張するつもりです。

私 達親子が逮捕されてから、FBでは、「星親子は勝手に捕まったんだから自業自得だ」と発言があったと聞いております。しかもそれを言うのが、以前一度は星 ファミリーと行動した人が言っているのですから、なおさら驚きます。もしこれが戦争ならば戦友を平気で見捨てるという事です。福島の問題に限らず、この国 の民の多くが天然ボケなのでしょうか。

星親子が逮捕された事を知り、既に2500名以上の方が釈放のためのサインや募金を下さっていると聞き、星親子を支える会を立ち上げてくださった有志の皆さんには大変感謝しております。暖房もない寒々とした拘置所の中からではありますが、皆様の応援にお礼申し上げます。

星 広志

 (Reference)
http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/free-hiroshi-hoshi-and-leo-hoshi.html

http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/police-arrest-animal-rescuers-inside.html

April 3, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment