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Omnia – Pagan Folk Lore (OT but for my dear friend Christina, plus a mystery friend and all you wonderful caring people! )

Enjoy! 😉 especially “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe 🙂

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Uploaded on 10 Jan 2012

In the West Country, ravens are saluted by the raising of the hat, and anyone who robs a raven’s nest is said to be punished by the death of a baby in his or her home village. Similarly, the Cornish warn against harming a raven, explaining that the bird may be the reincarnation of King Arthur.

Tracklist:

01. Intro/Bealtaine
02. Wytches’ Brew
03. Richard Parker’s Fancy
04. The Raven
05. Alive!
06. Dil Gaya
07. Entrezomp ni Kelted
08. Fairy Tale
09. Saltatio Vita

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April 14, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Fukushima Rad News 4/14/13: Mag 5.2 Quake Jolts Fukushima; 490 Bq/Kg of Strontium-90 Near Plant

MissingSky101

Published on 14 Apr 2013

M5 jolts Fukushima — Day after powerful Intensity 6- quake hit Japan — No confirmed damage so far at nuclear plant
M5.2 quake jolts Fukushima, vicinity […] An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 5.2 jolted Fukushima Prefecture and its vicinity Sunday evening, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. […] no damage was confirmed at the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear power plants so far, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co.
http://enenews.com/m5-quake-jolts-fuk…

IAEA sends experts to damaged Fukushima plant
A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency is on its way to Japan to review the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Team leader Juan Carlos Lentijo left Vienna, Austria, for Tokyo on Saturday. Lentijo is director of the Agency’s division of nuclear fuel cycle and waste technology.
He will be joined by 12 experts, including several specialized in reactor decommissioning.
They are scheduled to visit the Fukushima plant from Wednesday through Friday. The team will assess decommissioning work at reactors 1, 2 and 3, which suffered core meltdowns.
Before departure, Lentijo said the team will look closely at how plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, is dealing with leaks of contaminated water from underground tanks.
He said he wants to confirm that TEPCO staff and organizations are working effectively to address the problem.

Apr. 13, 2013 – Updated 16:45 UTC
Fukushima police officers were among the first to enter the zones devastated by the tsunami and nuclear accident of March 2011, some of which remain off-limits today. They searched for missing people and evacuated stranded residents, while gathering photos and video of the events as they unfolded. This report retraces the experiences of a police helicopter pilot and a lieutenant in the immediate aftermath of the crisis.

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Lawsuit seeks evacuation of Fukushima children
TOKYO (AP) — Their demand: The right to live free of radiation. The plaintiffs who started the legal battle: 14 children.

A Japanese appeals court is expected to rule soon on this unusual lawsuit, filed on behalf of the children by their parents and anti-nuclear activists in June 2011 in a district court in Fukushima city, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) west of the crippled nuclear plant that spewed radiation when a massive earthquake and tsunami hit it more than two years ago.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/105247/…

DOE finalizing plans to dump man-made uranium in Nevada
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/…

San Onofre to the Public: DROP DEAD!
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ignored critical questions from two powerful members of Congress just as the Government Accountability Office has cast serious doubt on the emergency planning at the San Onofre nuclear plant.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013…

State’s new nuclear agency gets cloak of secrecy
Virginia is creating a new agency to support development of nuclear power — a move that has upset environmentalists and open-government advocates, because the entity won’t have to comply with the state’s Freedom of Information Act and other laws.
http://www.dailypress.com/news/politi…

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Toyo ITO 伊東 豊雄 – Brings beauty and comfort to Japans dispossessed!

 

……“An architect is someone who can make such places for meager meals show a little more humanity, make them a little more beautiful, a little more comfortable.”….

 

Image source ; http://www.lvmh.fr/lvmh-news/news#/news/878

Published on 8 Mar 2013

http://www.yonaoshi311.com
Architecte /建築家/Architect
Less than two months after the catastrophe, Toyo Ito, at the Sendai Mediatheque, was explaining that we ought to rethink our architecture from scratch by taking nature in account. He endured a real shock. One year later, he is awarded the “Golden Lion” at the Venise architectural biennale for his “Home for all” project, community living centers for refugees from tsunami striken areas into temporary housings. The first “Home for all” were built in Sendai, then at Rikuzen Takata in association with other architects.

Image source: Dead Link
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Moins de deux mois après la catastrophe, Toyo Ito expliquait à la Médiathèque de Sendai qu’il fallait repenser toute l’architecture à zéro en tenant compte des paramètres de la nature. Il avait subi un véritable choc. Un an plus tard, il reçoit le Lion d’or à la Biennale d’architecture de Venise pour son projet de “Maisons pour tous”, des lieux de vie communautaires pour les réfugiés en logement temporaire dans les villes dévastées par le tsunami. Les premières “Maisons pour Tous” ont été construites à Sendai puis à Rikuzen Takata en collaboration avec d’autres architectes.

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日本を代表する建築家、震災2ヶ月後、建築家伊藤豊男は仙台のメディアテークで、再建­築はゼロからと提唱した。仮住まいを余儀なくされている避難者の憩いの場所として”み­んなの家”を設計し建てた。その年、ヴェネチア・建築ビエンナーレで伊藤豊男は金獅子­賞を授与された。
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Interview conducted by Keiko Courdy for 霧の向こう*AU-DELA DU NUAGE°Yonaoshi 3.11_ Japan Webdoc project in Tokyo on March 08, 2012
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Architectural Iconoclast Wins the Pritzker Prize

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/arts/design/toyo-ito-wins-the-pritzker-architecture-prize.html?_r=0

…..But Mr. Ito is also proud of the building’s significance as a project that was meant to withstand an earthquake. (It won a Golden Lion Award at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.) A video of the inside of the building taken by someone under a table during the earthquake in 2011 went viral.

“The building shook and swayed violently; everything cascaded from shelves and desks onto the floor,” the architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable wrote in The Wall Street Journal. “Ceiling panels appeared to swing drunkenly overhead. But the Mediatheque did not collapse. It stood firm against the massive seismic forces that were tearing other buildings apart; the basic structure did not fail.”

Mr. Ito has been active in the recovery effort. He recruited three young architects to help him develop the concept of Home-for-All, communal space for survivors. In his book “Toyo Ito: Forces of Nature,” edited by Jessie Turnbull and published last year by Princeton Architectural Press, Mr. Ito writes, “An architect is someone who can make such places for meager meals show a little more humanity, make them a little more beautiful, a little more comfortable.”

The citation said Mr. Ito consistently couples his personal creative agenda with a sense of public responsibility. “It is far more complex and riskier to innovate while working on buildings where the public is concerned,” the jury said, “but this has not deterred him.”

Though perhaps not as well known as architects like Rem Koolhaas or Frank Gehry, Mr. Ito rose to prominence with the completion of his stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, built for the World Games in 2009.

And he has received his share of awards, including, in 2010, the Praemium Imperiale, which recognizes lifetime achievement in areas of the arts not covered by the Nobel Prizes.

But Mr. Ito said he doesn’t worry about status or architecture competitions. “We cannot predict what we will win or we won’t win,” he said…….

Governor of Fukushima: Continue housing support for Fukushima refugees!

Please sign this petition (h/t Mia http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/ )

http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-of-fukushima-continue-housing-support-for-fukushima-refugees

April 14, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nuclear Is NOT a Low-Carbon Source of Energy – Dick Cheney lied!

….The bottom line ….. is that scientists pushing nuclear to combat global warming are misinformed.  (True, nuclear industry lobbyists may be largely responsible for the claim that nuclear fights climate change. Indeed, Dick Cheney – whose Halliburton company builds nuclear power plants, and which sold nuclear secrets to Iran – falsely claimed that nuclear power is carbon-free in a 2004 appearance on C-Span…..

Why Do People Claim that Nuclear Power is a Low-Carbon Source of Energy?

Page added on April 14, 2013

Even well-known, well-intentioned scientists sometimes push bad ideas.   For example, well-known scientists considered pouring soot over the Arctic in the 1970s to help melt the ice – in order to prevent another ice age.  That would have been stupid.  Even Obama’s top science adviser – John Holdren – warned in the 1970′s of a new ice age … and is open to shooting soot into the upper atmosphere. That might be equally stupid.

In other words, scientists – even prominent ones – sometimes fall prey to hairball theories and dangerous proposals. (Remember, doctors used to bleed patients to remove the “bad humors”.)

Similarly, some scientists are under the mistaken impression that nuclear power is virtually carbon-free, and thus must be pushed to prevent runaway global warming. (If you don’t believe in global warming, then this essay is not aimed at you … although you might wish to forward it to those who do.)

But this is a myth.

Amory Lovins is perhaps America’s top expert on energy, and a dedicated environmentalist for close to 50 years.  His credentials as an energy expert and environmentalist are sterling.

Lovins is a former Oxford don, who taught at nine universities, most recently Stanford.  He has briefed 19 heads of state, provided expert testimony in eight countries, and published 31 books and several hundred papers.  Lovins’ clients have included the Pentagon,  OECD, UN, Resources for the Future, many national governments, and 13 US states, as well as many Fortune 500 companies, major real-estate developers, and utilities.  Lovins served in 1980-81 on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Research Advisory Board, and in 1999-2001 and 2006-08 on Defense Science Board task forces on military energy efficiency and strategy.

Lovins says nuclear is not the answer:

Nuclear plants are so slow and costly to build that they reduce and retard  climate protection.

Here’s how. Each dollar spent on a new reactor buys about 2-10 times less carbon savings, 20-40 times slower, than spending that dollar on the cheaper, faster, safer solutions that make nuclear power unnecessary and uneconomic: efficient use of electricity, making heat and power together in factories or buildings (“cogeneration”), and renewable energy. The last two made 18% of the world’s 2009 electricity, nuclear 13%, reversing their 2000 shares–and made over 90% of the world’s additional electricity in 2008.

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Lawsuit seeks evacuation of Fukushima children

AP April 14, 2013 8:46PM

THEIR demand: The right to live free of radiation. The plaintiffs who started the legal battle: 14 children.

A Japanese appeals court is expected to rule soon on this unusual lawsuit, filed on behalf of the children by their parents and anti-nuclear activists in June 2011 in a district court in Fukushima city, about 60 kilometres west of the crippled nuclear plant that spewed radiation when a massive earthquake and tsunami hit it more than two years ago.

The lawsuit argues that Koriyama, a city of 330,000, should evacuate its children to an area where radiation levels are no higher than natural background levels in the rest of Japan, or about 1 millisievert annual exposure.

In a culture that frowns upon challenging the authorities, the lawsuit highlights the rift in public opinion created by the baffling range in experts’ views on the health impact of low dose radiation. Although some experts say there is no need for children to be evacuated, parents are worried about the long-term impact on their children, who are more vulnerable to radiation than adults. Consuming contaminated food and water are additional risks.
After the Fukushima accident, the world’s worst since Chernobyl, Japan set an annual exposure limit of 20 millisieverts for determining whether people can live in an area or not. The average radiation for Koriyama is far below this cutoff point, but some “hot spots” around the city are above that level.

“This is the level at which there are no major effects on health and people can live there,” said Keita Kawamori, an official with the Japanese Cabinet Office. “Academic experts decided this was the safe level.”

A prominent medical doctor in charge of health safety in Fukushima has repeatedly urged calm, noting damage is measurable only at annual exposure of 100 millisieverts, or 100 times the normal level, and higher.

A lower court rejected the lawsuit’s demands in a December 2011 decision, saying radiation had not reached the 100-millisievert cutoff. The International Commission on Radiological Protection, the academic organisation on health and radiation, says risks decline with a drop exposure, but does not believe there is a cutoff below which there is no risk.

An appeal filed is still before Sendai High Court in nearby Miyagi Prefecture more than a year later.

After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which emitted more radiation than the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, the Soviet government made it a priority to evacuate women and children from within a 30-kilometre radius of the plant, bigger than the 20-kilometre no-go zone around the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.

The number of children behind the original lawsuit dwindled to 10 for the appeal, and is now down to one as families left the prefecture voluntarily or the children grew older. Legally in Japan, a city has responsibility for children only through junior high (7th-9th grades), since high school is not compulsory.

But the case serves as a precedent for other Fukushima children.

Toshio Yanagihara, one of the lawyers, criticised the government as appearing more worried about a population exodus than in saving the children.

“I don’t understand why an economic power like Japan won’t evacuate the children – something even the fascist government did during World War II,” he said, referring to the mass evacuation of children during the 1940s to avoid air bombings. “This is child abuse.”

After Chernobyl, thousands of children got thyroid cancer. Some medical experts say leukemia, heart failure and other diseases that followed may be linked to radiation.

In Fukushima, at least three cases of thyroid cancer have been diagnosed among children, although there’s no evidence of a link with the nuclear disaster. There are no comparative figures on thyroid cancer in other areas of Japan.

The children in the lawsuit and their families are all anonymous, and details about them are not disclosed, to protect them from possible backlash of ostracism and bullying.

“Why is Japan, our Fukushima, about to repeat the mistakes of Chernobyl?” wrote a mother of one of the children in a statement submitted to the court. “Isn’t it up to us adults to protect our children?”

The trial has attracted scant attention in the mainstream Japanese media but it has drawn support from anti-nuclear protesters, who have periodically held massive rallies.

Among the high-profile supporters are musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, manga artist Tetsuya Chiba and American linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky.

“There is no better measure of the moral health of a society than how it treats the most vulnerable people within it, and none or more vulnerable, or more precious, than children who are the victims of unconscionable actions,” Chomsky wrote in a message.

A 12-year-old, among those who filed the lawsuit but have since left the area, said she was worried.

“Even if I am careful, I may get cancer, and the baby I have may be hurt,” she said in a hand-written statement.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/world/lawsuit-seeks-evacuation-of-fukushima-children/story-fnhrvhol-1226620328382

Takashi HIROSE 広瀬隆

Published on 8 Mar 2013

http://www.yonaoshi311.com
Journaliste activiste /Anti-nuclear activist&journalist / 作家, 反原発運動家
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Former engineer and journalist, Takashi Hirose warns about nuclear dangers and its industry in numerous publications. In Japan everyone knows his name and several of his works became best-sellers like “the time bomb”.
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Ancien ingénieur et journaliste, Takashi Hirose dénonce les dangers du nucléaire et de son industrie dans de très nombreux ouvrages. Au Japon, tout le monde connait son nom et plusieurs de ses ouvrages sont devenus des “best sellers” comme ‘la Bombe à retardement”.
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作家、反原発運動家、原子力の危険に着いての多くの本を書いている。ベストセラーの一­冊に『原子炉時限爆弾』など
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Interview conducted by Keiko Courdy for 霧の向こう*Au-delà du Nuage °Yonaoshi 3.11_ Japan Webdoc project on March 3, 2012 in Tokyo.
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Message for the Evacuation Trial Team: Katharine Hamnett

Published on 13 Apr 2013

Katharine Hamnett, fashion designer

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Japan’s Ministry of Environment has money for KILLING “radioactive” boar, but no money for removing Fukushima animals.

April 14, 2013

http://dedicatedtothemysterysurroundingthe2tsunamidogs.com/2013/04/14/government-of-japan-budget-funds-death-projects-vs-removal-of-fukushima-left-behind-animals/

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The Japanese Ministry of Environment or MOE has budgeted money for KILLING “radioactive” boar.  The boar will be trapped in cages so that they can be EASILY SHOT by the “hunters”.  It’s called HUNTING, Ministry of Environment style.  The “hunted” boar will then be sent off for Radiation Researchers to examine at 25,000 yen per boar.  BUT, the same Ministry of Environment HAS NO FUNDS budgeted for removal of the Fukushima Left Behind Animals.

 

If you would like to contact the Japanese Ministry of Environment to “compliment” their budgeted boar hunt, here is the link:

 

https://www.env.go.jp/en/moemail/

 

The Government of Japan’s Fukushima wild boar kill has been budgeted. The wild boar are accused of helping spread radiation and causing damage. The Ministry of Environment will budget 30,000,000 yen for this planned “kill” event. They will use hunters to trap and shoot the boar. The hunters will “make” 25,000 yen per boar killed.

 

Article: (2013年1月11日16時13分 読売新聞)「イノシシばっこの福島第一原発周辺、駆除へ」
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/news/20130110-OYT1T01531.htm

http://dedicatedtothemysterysurroundingthe2tsunamidogs.com/2013/04/14/government-of-japan-budget-funds-death-projects-vs-removal-of-fukushima-left-behind-animals/

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Not just for Whale hunts, reconstruction money is used to FUND Fukushima Animal KILL Studies

April 8, 2013

http://dedicatedtothemysterysurroundingthe2tsunamidogs.com/2013/04/08/not-just-for-whale-hunts-reconstruction-money-is-used-to-fund-fukushima-animal-kill-studies/

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Canada to ship Uranium to India

April 11, 2013

New Delhi: Around 40 years after India used plutonium from a Canadian heavy water reactor to carry out its first nuclear test in defiance of world opinion,Ottawa is set to resume nuclear commerce with New Delhi.Earlier this week,India and Canada vaulted the final hurdle in dismantling sanctions imposed after the Pokhran I test by signing an Appropriate Arrangement Agreement (AAA) that will allow Canada to ship uranium to India.

The agreement was signed between Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and India’s Department of Atomic Energy.Canada is home to the second most significant uranium mining industry in the world after Kazakhstan.

France and Russia have supplied some quantities of uranium,but Canada did not,after the nuclear embargo imposed by the developed world on India.

An agreement with Australia has been inked,but a safeguards framework is still being negotiated.Nuclear cooperation with Canada has high symbolic significance for India as it marks a change,as PM Manmohan Singh himself earlier put it,in international realities.

Ottawa has stopped all such cooperation after India used plutonium from the Canadian reactor to built its first atomic bomb.India and Canada had signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement in 2010 that allowed them to initiate negotiations for supply of uranium,or the AAA.

Canada’s insistence on having a stringent monitoring mechanism for use of its uranium by India led to a stalemate in the talks.Canada,however,seems to have relented when PM Stephen Harper declared during his highly successful visit to India last November that both countries have concluded negotiations.

The AAA still needed to be signed,though.Government sources here said Canada will use nuclear watchdog IAEA’s safeguards already in place to ensure its uranium is not used for advancing India’s nuclear weapon programme.India had maintained all along during the negotiations that its safeguards agreement with IAEA – signed in February 2009 – was enough to take care of Canada’s concerns over nonproliferation and how New Delhi was going to use its uranium meant only for civilian facilities.The US,which yanked India out of nuclear isolation,was the driving force behind the safeguards agreement – approved by the IAEA in August 2008 – that paved the way for a special waiver from Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) allowing New Delhi to indulge in nuclear commerce despite not having signed NPT.The Indian government believes Canada,with its large and high-quality reserves of uranium,could become an important supplier for India’s ambitious nuclear power programme that envisages 30,000 MW of nuclear power by 2030.

India’s current nuclear power production stands at a paltry 5,000 MW.According to experts just producing 200 MW of nuclear power can require over 30 tonnes of uranium.SOURCING URANIUM To meet uranium shortfall India has signed civil nuclear cooperation deals with some of the most important uranium producing countries like Canada, Kazakhstan, Australia, Namibia and Mongolia.France and Russia are already supplying uranium to India,but with Australia it is having to negotiate a uranium safeguards agreement.

India wants to increase nuclear power to over 20,000 MW by 2020.This is four times the current production and involves an annual increase in uranium demand by 1,500 tonnes.India currently produces 450 metric tonnes of uranium and its reserves are modest: 61,000 tonnes of recoverable metal.
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http://www.powerengineeringint.com/news/2013/04/12/canada-to-ship-uranium-to-india.html

Bhutto rejected Indira’s offer of nuclear technology

April 11, 2013
The Nation Monitoring
….The cables also say Indira Gandhi was evasive about nuclear weaponisation. The cables quote her as saying, “If our scientists have the basic know-how, without which they couldn’t have done this, then any government could have directed them to make a bomb if they had so desired.”…
Bhutto rejected Indira’s offer of nuclear technology

NEW DELHI – US Embassy cables released by WikiLeaks have revealed that late Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi offered to share information on nuclear technology with Pakistan, reported Times of India and PTI on Wednesday.

According to WikiLeaks, Gandhi had written to the then Pakistan prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1974, in the wake of India’s first nuclear test in Pokhran, offering to share information if proper conditions for trust were created. But he rejected the offer, said the cable.
As per US cables, revealed by WikiLeaks, former prime minister Gandhi was quoted as saying, “I have explained in my letter to Prime Minister Bhutto the peaceful nature and the economic purposes of this experiment and have also stated that India is willing to share her nuclear technology with Pakistan in the same way she is willing to share it with other countries, provided proper conditions for understanding and trust are created. I once again repeat this assurance.”

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The end of nuclear Britain?

Hitherto the future of nuclear in Britain has hinged around whether the French nuclear behemoth, EDF (Electricite de France), can find a partner to help bear the cost of new nuclear plants – currently some £14bn apiece. And, not entirely unrelated, whether EDF can squeeze the British government where it hurts into agreeing a ‘strike price’ at nearly twice the current costs of electricity generation, using the blackmail that if the government does not agree, EDF will walk away and there will be no nuclear generator left willing to step into the breach.

At that point the government’s much vaunted new nuclear build programme collapses like a pack of cards. Indeed the chances of this happening are rising by the day. But now another bombshell has been thrown into the mix (if that is not an unfortunate metaphor). EDF is close to bankrupt.

EDF’s stock value has plunged by up to a staggering 85% since 2007 and its indebtedness has grown rapidly from €29bn in 2011 to €39bn now. To put that into perspective, this very level of debt now amounts to more than half its turnover of €73bn. In addition, France’s nuclear fuel company, Areva, is also in free fall. It made a loss of €2.5bn in 2011, but that has now exploded (again, not quite the word) to €100bn in 2012. It also is stricken with very high debt, amounting to €4bn on a turnover of just over €9bn. It too has suffered a catastrophic fall in its stock value of no less that 88% since 2007.

Now Areva has suffered two further highly damaging blows. It has been down-rated by the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s to BBB – one notch off ‘junk bond’ – and its stand-alone credit profile has been downrated to BB- which is one notch off ‘highly speculative’. As if that does not say it all, it has now just been announced that Areva’s chief finance officer is jumping ship and taking up a post in Canada.

The significance of all this is that these were the two companies lined up by DECC for building the first new nuclear plant at Hickley Point in Somerset. The options available for the government are now beginning to close rapidly. As they will soon discover, if you live by the market (one of Thatcher’s legacies), you also die by the market. There will soon be little alternative but to try to make the Treasury cough up the £35bn necessary from taxpayers and electricity bill payers to subsidise the twin reactors planned. It’s beginning to look longer odds than winning the Grand National.

http://www.leftfutures.org/2013/04/the-end-of-nuclear-britain/

Another Thatcher legacy..

How Thatcher gave Pol Pot a hand

Almost two million Cambodians died as a result of Year Zero. John Pilger argues that, without the complicity of the US and Britain, it may never have happened.

…..The Cambodian training became an exclusively British operation after the “Irangate” arms-for-hostages scandal broke in Washington in 1986. “If Congress had found out that Americans were mixed up in clandestine training in Indo-China, let alone with Pol Pot,” a Ministry of Defence source told O’Dwyer-Russell, “the balloon would have gone right up. It was one of those classic Thatcher-Reagan arrangements.” Moreover, Margaret Thatcher had let slip, to the consternation of the Foreign Office, that “the more reasonable ones in the Khmer Rouge will have to play some part in a future government”….

….We even gave them psychological training. At first, they wanted to go into the villages and just chop people up. We told them how to go easy . . .” The Foreign Office response was to lie. “Britain does not give military aid in any form to the Cambodian factions,” stated a parliamentary reply. The then prime minister, Thatcher, wrote to Neil Kinnock: “I confirm that there is no British government involvement of any kind in training, equipping or co-operating with Khmer Rouge forces or those allied to them.” On 25 June 1991, after two years of denials, the government finally admitted that the SAS had been secretly training the “resistance” since 1983….

http://www.newstatesman.com/node/137397

22 Nov 2011 00:02

POL Pot’s right-hand man finally went on trial yesterday charged with crimes against humanity.

Almost two million Cambodians died as a result of Year Zero. John Pilger argues that, without the complicity of the US and Britain, it may never have happened.

POL Pot’s right-hand man finally went on trial yesterday charged with crimes against humanity.

Nuon Chea, known as Brother Number Two, helped orchestrate the genocide that claimed 1.7 million Cambodians. He was joined on trial by the regime’s former head of state Khieu Samphan and foreign minister Ieng Sary.

As the tribunal hearing opened, court spokesman Lars Olsen described it as a “major milestone”, saying: “Many people never thought it would happen.”

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Government, media colluded to promote nuclear power in Japan

 
…..Oe, awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature and whose novels include “A Quiet Life”, was speaking to reporters ahead of what activists say is expected to be one of the biggest demonstrations in Japan of the last two decades….
 
Nobel-winning author Kenzaburo Oe voices the anti-nuclear power sentiment of many Japanese in the wake of a nuclear disaster.

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Agence France Presse
Thu, Jul 12 2012 at 1:26 PM

 

Kenzaburo Oe

Japanese Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe speaks at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. (Photo: AFP, Kazuhiro Nogi)

Nobel-winning author Kenzaburo Oe said Japan’s post-war government and media colluded to give nuclear power a stranglehold, as activists readied for what they hope will be the biggest rally in decades.
 
The 77-year-old laureate with anti-nuclear views said the media magnate who controlled mass circulation Yomiuri Shimbun had used his newspaper to promote atomic power, in concert with one-time Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone.
 
“(Nakasone) said because this country does not have resources, Japan would need to find a new source of energy, which the United States had already invented,” Oe told reporters in Tokyo.
 
Nakasone had pushed for nuclear power in the 1950s, and held a number of ministerial posts before becoming prime minister in 1982.
 
“The United States offered the know-how, the machines and the fuel — which became the very first bit of nuclear waste now causing a big problem for us — for free to Japan.”
 
Yomiuri tycoon Matsutaro Shoriki — who had briefly led the government’s science and technology agency — “jumped at this opportunity” and unquestioningly promoted the technology, Oe said.
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Gensuikyo Calls for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Dear friends, Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo) issued the following “Letter to the Heads of the Five Nuclear Weapon States,” when the second PrepCom of the NPT is just around the corner. The letter was addressed to US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Chinese President Xi Jinping. We visited the embassies of P5 in Tokyo on April 5, 8 and 9, 2013 and handed it over to them. The copy of the letter was also sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on April 10. We sent the letter in the hope that P5 will take initiatives to achieve an agreement for a total ban on nuclear weapons at the forthcoming Second NPT PrepCom or at the sessions of the UNGA and the UN Security Council, so that the 2015 NPT Review Conference will become a place to launch actions for definitely attaining the “peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”

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Letter to the Heads of the Five Nuclear Weapon States

Decision and Action Now for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons
April 2013 
Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs

It will soon be the 68th summer since Hiroshima and Nagasaki were obliterated by two atomic bombs.

With call of the survivors who witnessed the “nuclear hell” for “No more Hiroshimas, No more Nagasakis, No more Hibakusha” and mounting public support for them, a historic momentum is building up to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The NPT Review Conference of May 2010 agreed to “achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons” and declared, “all States need to make special efforts to establish the necessary framework to achieve and maintain a world without nuclear weapons.”

gensuikWith the 2015 NPT Review Conference approaching, the governments and civil society must take actions in unison to bring this goal to a reality. So far, although three years have elapsed since then, the path to reach this goal is not yet in sight. True, a certain number of nuclear weapons, including those dealt between the U.S. and Russia, were cut down, but still some 19,000 nuclear warheads are stockpiled or deployed. Even such moves as acquiring nuclear weapons are continuing, as seen in the current tension on the Korean Peninsula. Whether intentional or accidental, the danger of nuclear weapons actually being used remains real.

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$1 Billion for a Nuclear Bomb Tail

The U.S. Air Force plans to spend more than $1 billion on developing a guided tailkit to increase the accuracy of the B61 nuclear bomb.

The cost is detailed (to some extent) in the Air Force’s budget request for FY2014, which shows development and engineering through FY2014 and full-scaled production starting in  FY2015.

The annual costs increase by nearly 200 percent from $67.9 million in FY2014 to more than $200 million in FY2015. The high cost level will be retained for three years until the project decreases after production ceases in FY2018. Some additional funding is needed after that to complete the integration and certification on (see graph).

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Production of the guided tailkit is intended to match completion of the first new B61-12 bomb in 2019, a program that is estimated to cost more than $10 billion. Although the number is a secret, it is thought that the U.S. plans to produce roughly 400 B61-12s.

The expensive guided tailkit is needed, advocates claim, to make it possible to use the 50-kiloton nuclear explosive package from the tactical B61-4 bomb in the new B61-12 against targets that today require the 360-kiloton strategic B61-7 bomb. By increasing accuracy, the B61-12 becomes more useable because it significantly reduces the amount of radioactive fallout created in an attack.

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Prof. Chris Busby at the European Parliament 2013 Video – Europeans should sign this petition as the web site is now back up!

 

The Nuclearjustice website is now back up if you were interested in signing the petition to put the ICRP boys and girls on the spot! In a legal setting! We shouldn’t make it easy for the proponents of lax safety science! Arclight2011

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Published on 18 Mar 2013

Prof Chris Busby was invited to make an Intervention by the Green Group in the European Parliament on 29th January 2013 over the proposals to the European Parliament by the Commission to adopt the new Basic Safety Standards Directive, which replaces the old Directive 96/29 which is currently Member State law. Prof Busby points out that the new Directive explicitly bases itself on the obsolete and dangerously inaccurate ICRP risk model.

He draws attention to a Petition sent by hundreds of individuals to the European Parliament Petitions Committee to ask the Parliament to force a re justification of all practices involving exposures. Details of the Petitions are on the website www.nuclearjustice.org where the powerpoint that he is referring to will also be posted soon.

Those people who sent the petition should get on to the Petitions Committee and ask what has happened. At least one individual has been informed in writing that their petition has been accepted and the matter transferred to the Environment Health Directorate for Action.

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    Urgent appeal to stop misuse of the medical based “radiation dose model” after nuclear accidents.

    The  ICNJ  (International Commission on Nuclear Justice) has been appealing to the European population to sign up to a petition to challenge the ICRP dose model on permitted doses of radiation to the public.

    This campaign was contrived and developed during the convention in Berlin 2011 and The “Alternate World Heath Organisation” Geneva 2012

    For the independence of W.H.O.

    «The World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) is failing in its duty to protect those populations who are victims of radioactive contamination.»

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    http://independentwho.org/en/

    A short video of all the main players here..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDclUdedZcs

    And out of those meetings of minds was born this organisation

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    The International Committée on Nuclear Justice was formed on the 7th of December 2011 by the attendees of the international conference of environmental NGOs and scientists in Vilnius, holding three day seminars in the houses of Lithuanian Parliament and Vilnius Municipality. The original 24 committee members were doubled after the Independent WHO Conference in Geneva 12-13th of May 2012, now collecting a full scope of globally acknowledged scientists fr Japan, UK, Switzerland, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Sweden, USA etc and environmental NGO leaders from France, Germany, Sweden, Finland…

    Chairman, ICNJ:                        Pr Georgij Lepin, Belarus

    Vice Chairman, ICNJ:               Nikolai Ulasevich, Belarus

    The current steering committee of the ICNJ is:

    Chair:  Georgy Lepin, Belarus

    Vice Chair: Nikolai Ulasevich, Belarus

    Scientific Secretary: Christopher Busby, UK

    General Secretary: Ditta Rietuma, Sweden

    Committee Member: Roland von Malmborg, Sweden

    Committee Member: Richard Bramhall, UK

    Pr A.Yablokov

    Talks here about the realities of measuring nuclear contaminated lands against the “dose model” used by the IAEA and ICRP supported Chernobyl Forum group..

    Early in the video Prof Yablokov states that he uses real data against mathematically derived data and that is how he can get a real estimate of damage done to the point where the data has stopped 2006 (approx)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYgBgkZCobQ

    first three minutes approx

    Alexey Yablokov press conference 25.03.2011 in US – watch on C-Span

    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Chernob

    Co-author of “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment”

    (http://www.strahlentelex.de/Yablokov%20Chernobyl%20book.pdf )

    published by New York Academy of Sciences

    A personal plea here from Prof. Chris Busby for Europeans to sign the petition before the end of August 2012 to get the case moving.. he gives a clear explanation of the procedure!    UPDATE ..The deadline has been extended..

    Published on Aug 6, 2012 by  (12 minutes long)

    A quick breakdown here

    http://www.nuclearjustice.org is the site dedicated to a new project to force the governments of the world to realise that the radiation risk model of the International Commission on Radiological Protection is unsafe. This will stop further nuclear contamination of the environment and show the military use of Uranium to be illegal. The first part of this is to use existing legislation in Europe, the terms of the EURATOM Basic Safety Standards Directive. What we want you to do is to download the Petition asking for re-Justification from the website, sign it and post it to:

    European Parliament
    The Petitions Committee of the European Parliament
    Rue Wiertz
    B-1047 BRUSSELS
    Belgium

    EDITORS NOTE: Please note that little marketing is possible with this campaign as the IP`s seem to have some way of blocking links etc to this campaign pages so please pass around far and wide .. if we get this done in Europe it will be possible to get it done in Fukushima too! the children of Fukushima and Chernobyl are relying on us Europeans to do the right thing.. I sincerely hope we do..

    thank you for your attentions!

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UK – Planning advice is ignored over building near nuclear sites

Louise Barton, of Lydd Airport Action Group, described the failure to rein in development near nuclear facilities as “reprehensible”. She said: “The recommendation was made to save lives. What right has Mr Pickles to sacrifice public safety for the sake of growth?”

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Concern grows as Lydd airport, near Dungeness, is given the green light for expansion despite warnings

Ministers have chosen to ignore warnings that residential and commercial property should not be built too close to the UK’s nuclear plants.

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that the government rejected advice from the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), regarding the lessons to be learned following Japan’s Fukushima disaster.

The regulator recommended restricting development near nuclear plants, advice that was overridden last week when the government approved the expansion of Lydd airport in Kent, a couple of miles from Dungeness nuclear power station.

Mike Weightman, HM chief inspector for nuclear installations, wrote a report for the government about the lessons to be learned from the Japanese meltdown, which said: “In light of the events at Fukushima, we consider that it is timely for the relevant government departments in the UK to examine the existing system of planning controls for developments in the vicinity of nuclear sites and consider the need for improvements.”

Weightman felt that the current planning control system did not go far enough. His argument was then backed by the ONR, which recommended to the Department for Energy and Climate Change that there should be “a review of the adequacy of planning controls governing the construction of residential and commercial developments near nuclear power plants”.

The regulator demanded that the constraints should be incorporated into the National Planning Policy Framework, the government’s new overarching document which determines development and has proved controversial with some heritage and environmental groups because of what they perceive to be its “pro-build” ethos.

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Radiating Remnants: Nuclear Waste barrels litter English Channel!

Nightmare: Nuclear Waste (2009)

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Published on 31 Mar 2013

Nightmare: Nuclear Waste (german, english subtitles) http://youtu.be/xDNGWKCS39M

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Déchets: le cauchemar du nucléaire http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535557/

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An intact barrel of radioactive waste found just kilometers off the French coastline by SWR.

An intact barrel of radioactive waste found just kilometers off the French coastline by SWR.

German journalists have discovered barrels of radioactive waste on the floor of the English Channel, just a handful of thousands dumped there decades ago. It was previously thought the material had dissipated. Now politicians are calling for the removal of the potentially harmful containers.

Some 28,500 containers of radioactive waste were dropped into the English Channel between 1950 and 1963. Experts have assumed that the containers had long since rusted open, spreading the radioactivity throughout the ocean and thus rendering it innocuous. But a new investigative report from the joint French-German public broadcaster ARTE has concluded that the waste is still intact at the bottom of the sea.

As part of an investigative report set to air on April 23, affiliated German public broadcaster SWR sent an unmanned, remote-controlled submarine into the canal’s depths, where they discovered two nuclear waste barrels at a depth of 124 meters (406 feet) just kilometers from the French coast.

Jettisoned by both the British and the Belgians, the containers hold some of the estimated 17,224 metric tons of low-level radioactive waste dumped in the English Channel’s underwater valley known as Hurd’s Deep, just north of the isle of Alderney, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The British barrels are estimated to have contained 58 trillion becquerels (units of radioactivity), while the Belgian barrels held some 2.4 trillion bequerels. By way of comparison, the European Union’s limit for drinking water is 10 becquerels per liter.

“We think that there are still many more undamaged barrels below,” SWR journalist Thomas Reutter told SPIEGEL ONLINE, adding that it was very unlikely that the broadcaster’s expedition uncovered the only intact containers in existence.

‘High Potential for Danger’

In response to the discovery, members of Germany’s environmentalist Green Party have called for the barrels to be removed from the channel, SWR reports. “I believe that at such shallow depths these barrels pose a high potential for danger,” Green Party parliamentarian and nuclear policy spokesperson Sylvia Kotting-Uhl told the broadcaster. “And it’s not for nothing that dumping in the ocean has been forbidden for 20 years.”

Hartmut Nies, a German oceanic expert for the IAEA, is also in favor of removing the waste. “If it’s not too complex, then of course they should be removed,” he told SWR.

In response to a parliamentary inquiry from the Green Party in August 2012, entitled “Final Disposal Site Ocean Floor,” the German federal government stated: “The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), as part of its radioactivity monitoring in the North Sea, regularly carries out monitoring runs, which went into the British Channel Most recently in August 2009. The monitoring data contained no indication of emissions from dumping areas.”

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NUCLEAR MATTERS: Update on nuclear emergency evacuation planning

….And although it’s good to know, it’s unsettling to realize that we will be trapped on Cape Cod during a nuclear accident…..
By William Maurer
Posted Apr 13, 2013 @ 08:01 AM

The 1979 Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Station accident demonstrated that radiological emergency evacuation planning was needed.

FEMA contracted a company named KLD to develop the software to formulate evacuation traffic management planning for a 10-mile radius around nuclear power stations. These plans first get approved by KLD and the power station owner (Entergy in the case of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth), then by FEMA, and are then passed along to the state emergency management agencies for final approval. In our state this is the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) for Pilgrim. Currently, the plans developed in 2004 are in place and are being updated with the 2010 census data.

Emergency management directors in the towns (Plymouth, Carver, Kingston, Duxbury and Marshfield) located within a 10-mile radius of Pilgrim – also known as the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) – get a chance to review and comment on the plan. Towns outside of the 10-mile EPZ considered to be in the Ingestion Pathway Zone (IPZ) are not included in the review process and are excluded from preparedness training and information distribution. Cape Downwinders – a group of local activists – obtained a copy of the 2004 “KLD Associates Inc., Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, Development of Evacuation Time Estimates” and brought it to the attention of emergency management directors on Cape Cod.

The Cape Downwinders’ review of the 2004 KLD plans, relative to Cape Cod safety and preparedness, revealed many disturbing facts:

· A mislabeled rotary at the Bourne Bridge

· An omitted rotary at the Bourne Bridge

· Ignored traffic choke points at the mainland side of the Sagamore and Bourne Bridges

· Language masking the physical and enforced closure of the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges to Cape evacuation traffic (Bottom line: If you are on Cape Cod during a severe accident at Pilgrim, you are trapped on Cape Cod.)

· In peripheral towns, evacuation traffic control points have been established without the knowledge or notification of the emergency management directors, police, etc., in those towns.

· The Bourne State Police barracks is using the outdated 1999 edition of the evacuation plans.

· Emergency management directors on Cape Cod had never seen the plans since their conception or did not know the bridges would be closed to Cape Cod evacuation traffic.

Challenging these issues by the Cape Downwinders provoked the Oct. 3 presentation to the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) by MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz, which served as an introduction of the risk to Cape emergency management professionals. The Cape Downwinders’ research also instigated a number of meetings (ongoing) with MEMA officials and Cape Cod emergency management directors. Currently, MEMA has committed to working with Cape Cod emergency management directors to improve communication and develop another traffic study specifically addressing a nuclear accident at Pilgrim. The BCREPC, under the chairmanship of Chief George Baker from Mashpee, has also begun work on a Pilgrim task force subcommittee to develop and coordinate nuclear event preparedness on Cape Cod.

Although the process is extremely slow, support and genuine concern has certainly grown in the Cape Cod emergency management community. The emergency management directors in Bourne, Sandwich and Mashpee now know how the traffic in their towns will be rerouted, and Cape Codders are just beginning to realize that the bridges will be closed. And although it’s good to know, it’s unsettling to realize that we will be trapped on Cape Cod during a nuclear accident.

William Maurer is a retired construction project manager, a Falmouth resident and member of Occupy Falmouth.

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