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Former NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko was forced out of the NRC by Congress for not adequately supporting the nuclear industry. The NRC claims all nuclear plants are still safe, but how are they doing their math?

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Straight line earthquake cluster in Iran and at least 10 dead in Pakistan due to connected earthquake!

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…..According to reports of the US Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the quake was 86km from the city of Khash. It had a depth of 15.2 kilometers. At least 10 people have been reportedly killed in Pakistan…..

 

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Earthquake

Event date: 16.04.2013 14:08:46
Country: Pakistan
State: Province of Balochistan
Location: – [The area was not defined.]

 

Pakistan’s Nuclear Facilities

Pakistan Nuclear Facilities Map
 
 

Chagai Hills

Pakistan’s nuclear test site. First used on May 28, 1998.

Golra

Possible uranium enrichment R&D facility/pilot plant. Like many other sites in Pakistan, it is not subject to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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Huge attack on WordPress sites could spawn never-before-seen super botnet

Ongoing attack from >90,000 computers is creating a strain on Web hosts, too.

by Apr 13 2013, 2:10am BST

Security analysts have detected an ongoing attack that uses a huge number of computers from across the Internet to commandeer servers that run the WordPress blogging application.

The unknown people behind the highly distributed attack are using more than 90,000 IP addresses to brute-force crack administrative credentials of vulnerable WordPress systems, researchers from at least three Web hosting services reported. At least one company warned that the attackers may be in the process of building a “botnet” of infected computers that’s vastly stronger and more destructive than those available today. That’s because the servers have bandwidth connections that are typically tens, hundreds, or even thousands of times faster than botnets made of infected machines in homes and small businesses.

“These larger machines can cause much more damage in DDoS [distributed denial-of-service] attacks because the servers have large network connections and are capable of generating significant amounts of traffic,” Matthew Prince, CEO of content delivery network CloudFlare, wrote in a blog post describing the attacks.

It’s not the first time researchers have raised the specter of a super botnet with potentially dire consequences for the Internet. In October, they revealed that highly debilitating DDoS attacks on six of the biggest US banks used compromised Web servers to flood their targets with above-average amounts of Internet traffic. The botnet came to be known as the itsoknoproblembro or Brobot, names that came from a relatively new attack tool kit some of the infected machines ran. If typical botnets used in DDoS attacks were the network equivalent of tens of thousands of garden hoses trained on a target, the Brobot machines were akin to hundreds of fire hoses. Despite their smaller number, they were nonetheless able to inflict more damage because of their bigger capacity.

There’s already evidence that some of the commandeered WordPress websites are being abused in a similar fashion. A blog post published Friday by someone from Web host ResellerClub said the company’s systems running that platform are also under an “ongoing and highly distributed global attack.”

“To give you a little history, we recently heard from a major law enforcement agency about a massive attack on US financial institutions originating from our servers,” the blog post reported. “We did a detailed analysis of the attack pattern and found out that most of the attack was originating from [content management systems] (mostly WordPress). Further analysis revealed that the admin accounts had been compromised (in one form or the other) and malicious scripts were uploaded into the directories.”

The blog post continued:

“Today, this attack is happening at a global level and WordPress instances across hosting providers are being targeted. Since the attack is highly distributed in nature (most of the IPs used are spoofed), it is making it difficult for us to block all malicious data.”

According to CloudFlare’s Prince, the distributed attacks are attempting to brute force the administrative portals of WordPress servers, employing the username “admin” and 1,000 or so common passwords. He said the attacks are coming from tens of thousands of unique IP addresses, an assessment that squares with the finding of more than 90,000 IP addresses hitting WordPress machines hosted by HostGator.

“At this moment, we highly recommend you log into any WordPress installation you have and change the password to something that meets the security requirements specified on the WordPress website the company’s Sean Valant wrote. “These requirements are fairly typical of a secure password: upper and lowercase letters, at least eight characters long, and including ‘special’ characters (^%$#@*).”

Operators of WordPress sites can take other measures too, including installing plugins such as this one and this one, which close some of the holes most frequently exploited in these types of attacks. Beyond that, operators can sign up for a free plan from CloudFlare that automatically blocks login attempts that bear the signature of the brute-force attack.

Already, HostGator has indicated that the burden of this mass attack is causing huge strains on websites, which come to a crawl or go down altogether. There are also indications that once a WordPress installation is infected it’s equipped with a backdoor so that attackers can maintain control even after the compromised administrative credentials have been changed. In some respects, the WordPress attacks resemble the mass compromise of machines running the Apache Web server, which Ars chronicled 10 days ago.

With so much at stake, readers who run WordPress sites are strongly advised to lock down their servers immediately. The effort may not only protect the security of the individual site, it could help safeguard the Internet as a whole.

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I was seeing heavy failed logins (I run Limit Login Attempts on all WP sites and it’s been blocking a ton of addresses the last few days).Sucuri has some great coverage on this on their blog:
http://blog.sucuri.net/2013/04/protecti … tacks.html
http://blog.sucuri.net/2013/04/mass-wor … ality.html
http://blog.sucuri.net/2013/04/brute-fo … ences.htmlOn most sites also run CloudFlare and/or mod_security. Those got updated yesterday I think for this attack signature.

Also, this is a good post on setting up mod_security for apache:
http://halfelf.org/2013/wp-login-protection-modsec/

Source material for above article
Thanks to UK column for some dedicated investigative journalism that alerted me to this. Heres the whole program looking at a range of topics including changes to policing in the UK.

Anonymous Blogging with WordPress & Tor

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Gold Bullishness Toned Down in 2013? And Uranium mining woes near the Grand Canyon National Park!

….On Monday, a US federal appeals court upheld the governments decision to allow uranium production at Energy Fuels (TSX:EFR) Arizona 1 mine near the Grand Canyon National Park…..

 

…..The ending of a moratorium on uranium mining in Greenland, host to the worlds fifth-largest uranium deposit, stands a better chance, according to recent news. The government of Denmark is expected to vote soon on lifting a uranium mining ban in Greenland, reported MINING.com, and the majority of the Danish parliament seems amenable to the proposition. Greenland is a former Danish colony, and its government, which is in favor of allowing mining and exports of the nuclear fuel, must first seek the approval of the Danish government as the decision concerns security and defense…

 

…Russia is prepared to provide Belarus with a $10-billion loan for the construction of a nuclear plant that will have two 1,200-MW units, the first of which is scheduled for commission in November 2018….

Reported by crusherella | April 16th, 2013 @ 05:50 AM

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The uranium spot price bounced up $1.50, to $43.75 per pound U3O8, in the last week of January, although some transactions are fetching $44 per pound, TradeTech reported. Important factors at play in supply/demand fundamentals going forward include recent production cutbacks and the political crisis crusher grinding millng plants sale for quartz sand powder production line and military contingent in Mali and the recent news regarding stringent new safety measures proposed by Japans new Nuclear Regulatory Authority, according to the consultancy firm.

An extremely destructive storm in the Sozak region of Kazakhstan last month led to a temporary suspension of uranium mining in the area, reported World Nuclear News. This week, state-owned nuclear company Kazatomprom announced that it may take up to six weeks to restore power to a key power line, which includes several of its uranium mining operations. However, the company limited the power cuts impact by installing temporary power systems within four days of the storm.
Kazkhstan is the worlds leading uranium producer, with about 37 percent of global output.

The Nigerian government is in talks with Frances AREVA (EPA:AREVA) to glean a bigger piece of the profits that the miner reaps from its uranium mines in the African country, reported Reuters. Niger is the worlds third-biggest producer of uranium, but is extremely impoverished with an estimated 2011 GDP of about $6 billion. AREVA is currently working on a bringing its third Nigerian uranium mine, Imouraren, into production; it could reportedly produce 5,000 metric tons (MT) of yellowcake annually.

Virginia Energy Resources (TSXV:VUI) and Virginia Uranium, its subsidiary, experienced a huge setback last week in plans to bring the Coles Hill project into construction. Citing insufficient support, Senator John C. Watkins withdrew the bill that  if passed  would have essentially lifted the uranium mining ban in the state of Virginia, reported The Wall Street Journal.

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French activists protest on nuclear fuel to Japan

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Apr. 16, 2013 – Updated 03:45 UTC

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Dozens of French activists have staged a protest ahead of a nuclear fuel shipment to Japan.

The shipping was halted after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident forced most of Japan’s nuclear plants to shutdown.

About 50 activists gathered at the northwestern port of Cherbourg on Monday.

A French energy firm has been producing the MOX fuel, a mixture of plutonium and uranium. The Kansai Electric Power Company ordered it for use at its Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture, Central Japan, which is currently off-line.

A cargo ship loaded with the fuel is scheduled to leave the port as early as Wednesday.

The activists wore headbands with the Japanese slogan saying “Stop MOX” and called for a halt to the delivery.

A spokesperson for the activists said France is pressuring Japan by sending the fuel over when the country is trying to decide on new energy policies.

The activists say the fuel would be brought from a facility about 20 kilometers away from the port and loaded onto 2 vessels.

Apr. 16, 2013 – Updated 02:18 UTC

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New campaign for the evacuation of the Children from contaminated Areas

Campaign!!

Campaign for Evacuation of the Children from the Highly Contaminated Areas
Can you Help us Send Messages to the Court from All Over the World?
Let's save the children from radiation
Appealing at UN Human Rights Council
Can you help us send messages to the court from all over the world? We are collecting messages to judges from international celebrities and campaigners. The Japanese authorities tend to be vulnerable to criticism from abroad. In order to show the strong international interest and support for the trial, the trial support team would like to film as many video messages as possible to the judges from all over the world. If you sympathise with our struggle, please do get in touch. Do let us know if you have a contact with any international celebrities, politician or well-known campaigners who are prepared to give us a short message. Volunteers from the trial support team will make an arrangement with them and decide when and where filming can take place. Please contact: fukuchima-picture@song-deborah.comMr. Yves Lenoir, President of NPO Children of Chernobyl Belarus

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Fukushima emmissions update? The new source term obtained in this study is a first guess value

…….The new source term obtained in this study is a first guess value; therefore, these results contain uncertainty. Various types of models that include physical processes and parameters, resolutions, and regions in addition to environmental data are needed to determine the probable source term. Detailed source term estimation obtained using the coupled atmospheric and oceanic dispersion simulation remains a topic for future research…….

…..However, the simulation results for the eastern North Pacific showed a tendency of underestimating observed sea surface concentration of 134Cs. We believed that this tendency resulted from an underestimation of the initial source term. Therefore, the source term of the atmospheric release of radionuclides, hereafter the new source term, was refined to reduce the underestimation of observed sea surface concentration of 134Cs collected from the Pacific Ocean. This refinement of the source term is a first effort to feed oceanic dispersion analysis results back into atmospheric dispersion analysis……

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology

Volume 50, Issue 3, 2013

Source term estimation of atmospheric release due to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident by atmospheric and oceanic dispersion simulations

Fukushima NPP Accident Related

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DOI:
10.1080/00223131.2013.772449

Takuya Kobayashia, Haruyasu Nagaia, Masamichi Chinoa & Hideyuki Kawamuraa
pages 255-264
Publishing models and article dates explained
Received: 29 Nov 2012
Accepted: 18 Dec 2012
Version of record first published: 15 Mar 2013

The source term of the atmospheric release of 131I and 137Cs due to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident estimated by previous studies was validated and refined by coupling atmospheric and oceanic dispersion simulations with observed 134Cs in seawater collected from the Pacific Ocean. By assuming the same release rate for 134Cs and 137Cs, the sea surface concentration of 134Cs was calculated using the previously estimated source term and was compared with measurement data. The release rate of 137Cs was refined to reduce underestimation of measurements, which resulted in a larger value than that previously estimated. In addition, the release rate of 131I was refined to follow the radioactivity ratio of 137Cs. As a result, the total amounts of 131I and 137Cs discharged into the atmosphere from 5 JST on March 12 to 0 JST on March 20 were estimated to be approximately 2.0 × 1017 and 1.3 × 1016 Bq, respectively.

1. Introduction

A large amount of radionuclides was discharged into the atmosphere by the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP1) accident in Japan, which was caused by the great east Japan earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. The radionuclides released from the FNPP1 were transferred eastward by a strong jet stream and reached the west coast of North America within four days [1]. A portion of the airborne radionuclides was deposited into the Pacific Ocean by a dry/wet deposition process. Moreover, water used to cool a damaged nuclear reactor leaked into the ocean.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) estimated that 4.7 × 1015 Bq of radioactive materials including 131I, 134Cs, and 137Cs were released directly into the ocean from a pit of the Unit 2 reactor during April 1–6, 2011 [2]. In addition, TEPCO confirmed the following accidental/intentional direct releases into the ocean: (1) an intentional discharge of 1.5 × 1011 Bq of low-level wastewater during April 4–10, (2) an accidental release estimated at 2.0 × 1013 Bq from the Unit 3 reactor on May 11, and (3) an accidental leakage of 2.6 × 1010 Bq from a desalination plant on December 4.
Assessment of the accident’s influence on the marine environment should include a fundamental understanding of the actual conditions of radionuclide release into the ocean through direct and atmospheric pathways. Numerical simulations of radionuclide migration near the coastal region attributed to the FNPP1 accident have been performed by several authors [3–6].
In addition, long-term climatological simulation models that include 10–30 year forecasting results for the entire Pacific region have been reported [7,8]. These studies performed atmospheric dispersion simulations of the radionuclide release into the ocean through the atmospheric pathway on the basis of the source term estimated by previous studies [9–12]. However, it should be noted that while the source term for the period in which the plume flowed over land in Japan is reasonable, that for the period in which the plume flowed into and deposited over the ocean could not be verified [12]. Therefore, it is important to validate the source term of atmospheric release through measurements of the seawater collected from the Pacific Ocean.
In this study, as a first step toward a better understanding of radionuclide dispersion in the Pacific Ocean due to the FNPP1 accident, the source term of atmospheric release estimated by a previous study [12] was validated by coupling atmospheric and oceanic dispersion simulations with 134Cs observed in the seawater collected from the Pacific Ocean.

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A step away from destruction – Phillip Knightley

 

…..Gribkov said, the Soviet field commanders in Cuba had authority to use these tactical nuclear warheads against American invading forces without clearance from Moscow.

The American delegates at the conference were appalled. Such an act would have quickly led to nuclear retaliation and if true would alter our whole understanding of the crisis….

 

 

Phillip Knightley (One Man’s View) / 16 April 2013

The 50th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s first march is coming up and the air is heavy with learned articles in the newspapers and magazines trying to decide what it all meant and whether is made any difference.

 I was at that first protest march myself so I found myself the other day trying to answer some of the crunch questions. Well no one has dropped an atomic bomb since Hiroshima, so that’s a good start but whether that has been the result of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s work is unprovable.

So I looked back on what I had written about atomic matters over those 50 years to see if anything stood out. One fact did. Throughout the Cold War nuclear confrontation, we were constantly reassured by our leaders that there was absolutely no danger of nuclear war by accident. Politically, they said if things hot there were safeguards in place to make sure that a decision to use the bomb would be taken only at the highest level. The man with his finger on the button would be the leader of the Western world advised by the finest political and military minds of the day. All wrong or misleading nonsense!

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, military leaders of both the old Soviet Union and the West thought it would be interesting and instructive to get together and discuss the Cuban Missile crisis. They hoped to learn what their opposite numbers were thinking in response to moves by the West or the old Soviet Union, as the case might be. “Why did you do so-and-so? Who took the decision to do such-and such?”

It may have been an instructive conference for those taking part but for those reading about it was terrifying. No one seemed to be able to agree on what had happened during those days in October 1962 when a Soviet force was steaming towards Cuba in spite of an American warning that if it continued it would mean war.

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Two US Nuclear Plants Tighten Security After Boston Bombings

(Monday, April 15th, 2013)

nukeNuclear power plants in Massachusetts and New Hampshire have increased security after two bombs exploded in Boston on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens. The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the Seabrook Station in Seabrook, New Hampshire, heightened checks of vehicles, materials and individuals entering the plants.

Pilgrim, about 45 miles south of Boston, was already shut down for refueling when the explosions occurred. Seabrook is about 45 miles north of Boston in Seabrook, New Hampshire.

Eliot Brenner, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said federal officials have not ordered changes in security at other US nuclear reactors in the wake of the Boston explosions.

http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/General+News/164168/Two-US-Nuke-Plants-Tighten-Security-After-Boston-Bombings.html

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A Voice from Fukushima at the UN

 

A girl in grade 7:

30 October 2012

 

After the accident at the nuclear power plants, as I watched TV and heard someone talking about it, I became a little bit worried that I might become ill in 10 years or so, but wasn’t very cautious.

 

 

But, now I’ve learnt and I have 3 things I am worried about.

 

 

No.1. I’m worried if I can have a healthy baby like a normal woman when I grow up and get married. My mum looks after me very well. She asks my school to keep me indoors during PE lessons. As much as she can, she buys food from far way places in Japan and abroad. She is so thoughtful. But, I think I already have a bit of radiation inside of my body. So, maybe my body is more polluted than a normal person’s. I think of the possibility of my baby to be born with some defects. If I’m not lucky enough, maybe, my womb is damaged, and I might not be able to have a baby at all. So, I’m ready for giving up having a baby when I get old.

 

 

No.2. I’m worried about what will happen to Fukushima in the future. I love my mum and dad very much. They live in Fukushima. My friends, Grandma and Grandpa live in Fukushima, too. I really want all of us to move to somewhere else far away from here, but we can’t. My Mum is so kind that she sends me to the rest and recuperation programmes, but many of my friends don’t go because their mums don’t allow them. I’m worried about my health. I am worried even more about the health of my friends’ and that of the people who are important to me. I’m worried the most about my mum. She’s been trying very hard to keep me safe. Recently, I had a dream where people in Fukushima die in a few years because of radiation. This scares me a lot. These scary thoughts keep me awake at night. I hope this dream won’t come true.

 

 

No.3. although the people in the government know we are suffering, but they don’t do anything. I’m passed feeling sad and now feel very angry about them. They don’t protect our lives. People in Fukushima are suffering because of the nuclear power plants making electricity for the people in Tokyo. And, I think it’s wrong the government doesn’t do anything to help us and pretend they don’t know anything about us. Not only the government, but the Fukushima local government also doesn’t do anything. I want to tell them, “you pretend you are a victim, but actually you are guilty too”.

 

 

Lastly, people from all over the world are thinking of us, but I say, they don’t know much about the danger of having nuclear power. I want to tell them about the danger of radiation and ask them never to repeat the same mistake.

 

 

I am grateful to the things I learnt. It helped me think through these things.

http://www.save-children-from-radiation.org/2013/01/23/letters-from-fukushima-children-read-at-un/

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