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Itemising radiation experiments on people by USA government

eyes-surprised  Humans Used For Radiation Experiments: A Shameful Chapter in US History  http://www.citywatchla.com/4box-right/5005-humans-used-for-radiation-experiments-a-shameful-chapter-in-us-history  EXPOSE REVISITED  2 May 13– This year marks the 20th anniversary of the declassification of top-secret studies, the “Human Radiation Experiments,” done over a period of 30 years, in which the US conducted radiation experiments on as many as 20,000 vulnerable US citizens.

text-history Victims included civilians, prison inmates, federal workers, hospital patients, pregnant women, infants, developmentally disabled children and military personnel — most of them powerless, poor, sick, elderly or terminally ill. Eileen Welsome’s 1999 exposé The Plutonium Files: America’s Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War details “the unspeakable scientific trials that reduced thousands of men, women, and even children to nameless specimens.”

The program employed industry and academic scientists who used their hapless patients or wards to see the immediate and short-term effects of radioactive contamination — with everything from plutonium to radioactive arsenic. The human subjects were mostly poisoned without their knowledge or consent.  Continue reading

May 11, 2013 Posted by | civil liberties, history, radiation, secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA | Leave a comment

Criminals continue to sustain Japan’s nuclear industry

the dirty secret that yakuza-linked workers and companies have long sustained Japan’s nuclear industry — Criminalalong with yakuza members themselves, ex-convicts, wanted criminals, and drug addicts working there — is now public knowledge.

most of their members are sociopathic felons who would commit theft, assault or murder to make a little money. And if you consider the black-market value of a little plutonium, you may feel a tad uneasy knowing such people have long had access to it — and can still get their hands on nuclear materials.

 Of course, why take action when you can spend more time debating about taking action?

 it seems more and more likely that criminals have been running the plants for a very long time — they just don’t all have tattoos

flag-japanYakuza links put nation at added nuclear risk  JAPAN TIMES, BY JAKE ADELSTEIN, 5 MAY 13 On April 15, two alleged terrorists in Boston killed three people, injured more than 170 others and terrified a nation — for about $100 it cost them to modify pressure cookers into bombs. We should be glad they didn’t come to Japan, where they may have been able to explode a ready-made nuclear dirty bomb, kill untold thousands, render huge swaths of the country uninhabitable — and get paid by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) in the process.

 I wish I were kidding. Japan has more than 50 gigantic nuclear “pressure cookers” ripe for exploitation by terrorists. And they wouldn’t even have to lay siege to the facilities. Instead, they could just walk into a nuclear plant and leave with enough weapons-grade plutonium for a small atomic device — which later could be detonated wherever they chose. How?

In Japan, getting access to a nuclear power plant is very simple: fill out a job application. Continue reading

May 11, 2013 Posted by | Japan, safety | Leave a comment

USA’s new big bomb targets Iran’s nuclear site

nuclear-missile-readyAmerica’s New 30,000-lb MOP Bomb Is Specifically Geared For Iranian Nuclear Site 4 MAY 2013  

 Wikipedia CommonsThe 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) is the largest bomb in the U.S. arsenal, and its new design is tailored specifically for striking Iran’s Fordow nuclear enrichment complex.

Adam Entous and Julian Barnes at The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report that not only has the MOP been refined for an Iranian strike, but it’s also being used to assure Israel the U.S. can keep Tehran from acquiring a nuclear bomb….. http://au.businessinsider.com/mop-bomb-massive-ordnance-penetrator-modified-for-iran-fordow-nuclear-site-2013-5

May 11, 2013 Posted by | USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Hackers attack researchers on nuclear radiation issues

Department of Labor website reportedly compromised to target nuclear weapons workersThe Verge, By Dieter Bohn on May 3, 2013  Two computer security software firms are reporting that a US Department of Labor website was compromised with malware designed to target employees in the Department of Energy — likely nuclear researchers. According to Invincea, a zero-day exploit targeting Internet Explorer 8 was discovered on the DoL’s “Site Exposure Matrix Database,” a site meant to provide information on the heath risks associated with exposure to radioactive materials. That site contained a redirect which secretly installed malware that could communicate witha remote server, according to Alien Vault……..http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/3/4298782/department-of-labor-website-reportedly-compromised-to-target-nuclear

May 11, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear junk science from James Hansen

nuke-bubbleJames Hansen’s nuclear junk science http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53989 May 4, 2013 By Jim Green Hansen has continued with his nuclear power advocacy, indeed he has become more strident.

James Hansen resigned from his position as director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in April to devote more time to campaigning to cut global carbon emissions.

In addition to his scientific research on climate change, Hansen has been arrested several times in recent years at protests against coal mining and tar sands mining.

Bravo James Hansen — precious few scientists and academics live and breathe their politics as he does.

But when it comes to proposing solutions, Hansen is on less solid ground. A loose parallel can be drawn with Tim Flannery, described by Clive Hamilton as a “talented science populariser” but a “policy flake”.

I met Hansen at an IQ2 debate in front of 1200 people at the Melbourne Town Hall in September 2010.

He was on the pro-nuclear side of the debate, I was on the other side. The audience was polled before and after the debate and many were deeply unimpressed by Hansen’s nuclear advocacy — 32% of the audience switched from pro-nuclear or undecided to anti-nuclear over the course of the debate, with the final poll showing 34% in favour of nuclear power, 58% against. Continue reading

May 11, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, spinbuster | Leave a comment

Many occasions of lost radioactive materials in UK

UK watchdog admits losing nuclear materials dozens of times Raw Story, By Terry Macalister, The Guardian, May 5, 2013 Radioactive materials have gone missing from businesses, hospitals and even schools more than 30 times over the last decade, a freedom of information request to the UK’s health and safety authorities has revealed. Continue reading

May 11, 2013 Posted by | safety, UK | Leave a comment

Share price before safety at Indian Point nuclear reactor

reactor-Indian-PointEntergy says no to NY plan for nuclear waste storage http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=893794#.UYhtw6JwpLs by Laura Hand  05.05.2013 Stockholders give overwhelming no vote

Entergy’s Fitzpatrick and Indian Point nuclear plants are at the center of a proposed change for nuclear waste storage
 A proposal by NY’s comptroller to change storage of nuclear waste has gotten an overwhelming no vote from Entergy shareholders. The plan would have affected both the Fitzpatrick Plant in New Haven, and downstate’s Indian Point.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, speaking as trustee of the state’s pension fund, which has about $49million worth of Entergy stock, suggested cutting back on spent fuel pools, and instead storing the waste in dry-casks.  DiNapoli says putting spent, cooled nuclear fuel in steel containers surrounded by inert gas is safer.

Entergy’s board said the proposal would limit company flexibility, and shareholders apparently agree.  A preliminary count shows only 5% approve the change.

May 11, 2013 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Government collusion with nuclear industry disinformation

liar-nuclear1Time for a nuclear phase-out?, Le Monde, 10 May 13, by Adam Chimienti “…….Attempts to mislead  Governmental collusion with the nuclear industry may have led to considerable threats to human health and environmental safety. We have seen extensive attempts to mislead and cover up. Japanese nuclear power operators and vendors, including TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company), the owner of Fukushima’s plants, knew well in advance that many reactors were not prepared to deal with major earthquakes, according to US State Department documents and the company’s own spokespeople. Yet this awareness only led to collusion with METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) in an effort to downplay or ignore legitimate concerns only a few years before the March 11, 2011 earthquake. The pro-nuclear forces in the country did everything in their power to dismiss the urging of experts warning of a major disaster in the years prior to the meltdowns. The Japanese government also overturned a court order for the closure of a plant in Kanazawa in Western Japan that was considered unable to withstand a major earthquake (2). Continue reading

May 11, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

How radiation travelled from Bikini atom bomb test to San Franciso

Here’s how radiation from this atomic bomb test got to San Francisc0, 109,  ESTHER INGLIS-ARKELL, 10 May 13,  This nuclear blast went off in 1946 at Bikini Atoll in Micronesia. How did some of the radiation get back to the United States? Why, we imported it, of course! Has the radiation from nuclear testing abroad come back to haunt the United State via ocean currents and wind patterns? Probably. But we found a more direct way of getting it back home. If you look at the picture above, you’ll notice that there are a lot of boats grouped around the central cylinder of the blast. That close, they are tucked under the cloud.

Bikini-atom-bomb

Although it resembles a mushroom cloud, the sprawling cloud in the picture isn’t caused by the same forces. It’s actually the result of ionizing radiation moving through the atmosphere. The radiation ionizes the particles in the atmosphere, which then attract particles of water and cause large amounts of condensation – an actual cloud. The cloud and the radiation then rain down on the ships. (They are also exposed to direct radiation.)

 Some of those ships were so undamaged that it was thought they could be saved. They were taken back to America – where they docked in Hunter’s Point, San Francisco. Many of them, it turned out, could not be saved. They were irretrievably contaminated, among them theUSS Independence. Although some reports say that the ships were dumped hundreds of miles from the coast, some locals say they could see the ships being sunk from shore.  Via The Devil’s Teeth and Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

May 11, 2013 Posted by | history, USA | Leave a comment

UK: Prime Minister Cameron appoints climate change sceptic as adviser

exclamation-flag-UKClimate change sceptic to advise David Cameron on foreign policy, , environment correspondent The Guardian,   10 May 2013  Appointment of Peter Lilley, one of only four MPs to vote against Climate Change Act, criticised by green campaigners One of the government’s fiercest climate change sceptics has been appointed to advise the prime minister on key foreign policy issues, in a move that has angered green campaigners. Peter Lilley, a former minister under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, was one of only four MPs to vote against the Climate Change Act, and has been a frequent contributor to climate-sceptic forums, as well as being vice-chairman of oil company Tethys Petroleum. He will work on the new No 10 Downing Street foreign policy board, headed by Jo Johnson…. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/may/10/climate-change-sceptic-peter-lilley

May 11, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

UK government loses energy advisors- grim outlook for climate change action

climate-changeflag-UKExodus of energy experts from ‘greenest’ government as funding for renewables is held up on grounds of cost Blow to fight against climate change as CO2 in the atmosphere hits record high THE INDEPENDENT, PAUL BIGNELL Author Biography , OLIVER WRIGHT 11 MAY 2013 THE GOVERNMENT IS FACING AN EXODUS OF SENIOR ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADVISERS AMID GROWING CONCERNS THAT DECISIVE ACTION TO TACKLE GLOBAL WARMING IS FALLING VICTIM TO TREASURY INTRANSIGENCE.

It emerged that Ben Moxham, David Cameron’s respected adviser on energy and the environment, had quit No 10 after reportedly becoming frustrated at the slow pace of progress.

His departure follows that of Ravi Gurumurthy, a key architect of the Energy Bill which is currently going through Parliament. He stood down from his role as head of strategy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) last week.

Also departing is Jonathan Brearley, director of energy strategy and futures for DECC, who has also handed in his notice and will leave the department in July. All three men were key proponents of the Government’s strategy  of subsidising new offshore and  onshore renewable electricity projects to decarbonise Britain’s energy market by 2030.

But the proposals are being held up by the Treasury on cost grounds. Critics claim it is attempting to delay investment – particularly in offshore wind – and instead concentrate on exploiting shale gas reserves. …… http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exodus-of-energy-experts-from-greenest-government-as-funding-for-renewables-is-held-up-on-grounds-of-cost-8611631.html

May 11, 2013 Posted by | politics, UK | Leave a comment

USA Safety Issue – Nuclear Missile Launch Crews

Overlooked Story of the Week: ‘Rot’ and ‘Crisis’ For Nuclear Missile Launch Crews,  The Nation, Greg Mitchell on May 10, 2013   “…..Sadly overlooked, however, was an exclusive from the Associated Press. Oh, no big deal. Just “rot” and “crisis” and a wave of firings in one program you especially don’t want to witness this in: Our nuclear missle launch program.

At Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota the commander confirmed, as the story put it, “the willful violation of safety rules—including a possible compromise of launch codes—was tolerated.”  Seventeen members of launch crews have been fired, an unprecedented action in its scope……

As I’ve done for, oh, the past thirty years, in numeous articles and three books, this is where I remind readers that the US still has a first-strike nuclear policy, and thousands of nuclear weapons, more than two decades after the end of the Cold War—and that we have used nuclear weapons before, setting (and for most Americans, defending) a precedent.

read-this-wayGreg Mitchell’s new book is “Hollywood Bomb.”  His previous books on this subject were “Atomic Cover-up” and, with Robert Jay Lifton, “Hiroshima in America.”

The New York Times is again pushing for war in the Middle East, while McClatchy news outlets are again advising caution, Greg Mitchell writeshttp://www.thenation.com/blog/174272/overlooked-story-week-rot-and-crisis-nuclear-missile-launch-crews#

May 11, 2013 Posted by | resources - print | Leave a comment

Nine world premieres at Rio Uranium Film Festival

nine world premieres, including “Abita, Children from Fukushima,” an animated short from Germany about children in Fukushima who can’t play outside, “High Power,” a documentary about the thousands of people displaced by the construction of India’s first nuclear power plant, and “Caetité, Suffering in Shades of Grey,” a documentary about the status of Brazil’s second uranium mining operation in Catité, Bahia.

logo-uranium-film-festival3rd Uranium Film Festival Returns to Rio http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-entertainment/uranium-film-festival-returns-to-rio/# May 7, 2013   by  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Just three months after the Brazilian government started discussing the construction of a third nuclear reactor in Angra dos Reis, the International Uranium Film Festival will return to Rio de Janeiro starting Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 26. The third installment of the festival will take place in the Cinemateque of the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) and will include fifty-two films from twenty different countries about the nuclear fuel chain, radioactivity, and nuclear war, as well as an international roundtable on uranium mining and a photo exhibition showing the harmful effects of the controversial mining process in Jadugoda, India.

Since its 2011 inception in Rio de Janeiro, the International Uranium Film Fest has expanded to four countries and over twenty cities. In February of this year, festival organizers completed their first journey to India, where they brought more than forty films to ten different cities. Continue reading

May 11, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Band-aid patch not good enough for Palisades Nuclear Power Plant

Palisades nuclear plant needs permanent fix, says director of Union of Concerned Scientists’ nuclear safety project, Michigan Live, By Yvonne Zipp | yzipp@mlive.com 

on May 10, 2013 at 12:48 PM, updated May 10, 2013 COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI — “Patch and restart” is not an effective solution to leaks at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, said David Lochbaum, director of the nuclear safety project at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

In an “issue brief” released Friday, Lochbaum called for a permanent repair to the leaking safety injection refueling water tank that caused a shutdown at the Covert Township facility May 5.

Palisades remained offline Friday as inspectors and employees worked to locate the source of the leak and repair it……. Lochbaum is not the only voice calling for a permanent repair to the SIRW tank. U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, called for Palisades to remain offline until such a solution is found. He plans to tour the facility Monday along with one of the NRC’s commissioners.

“The NRC must take steps to ensure that a federal regulation developed to protect public health and safety is consistently being met rather than consistently being violated. ‘Patch and restart” may be great for generating revenue, but it is very bad for public safety,” Lochbaum wrote. “The community does not deserve another Palisades patch. It deserves an effective repair.”http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2013/05/palisades_nuclear_plant_needs.html

May 11, 2013 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

USA army going for renewable energy in a big way

US Army steamrolls $7bn in renewable energy projects  REneweconomy, By   10 May 2013 CleanTechnica The U.S. Army has just launched the first in a series of renewable energy contracts that will eventually total $7 billion by the end of this year, using power purchase agreements along with a standard procurement tool that is expected to crush any obstacles that are put in its path. That includes the notorious budget sequester as well as any objections from the anti-renewable energy crowd in Congress, which has already used the budget as an excuse to sink the Navy’s biofuel initiatives. So, let’s see what kind of firepower the Army has on its side.

The Army Renewable Energy Initiative Continue reading

May 11, 2013 Posted by | renewable, USA | Leave a comment