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Bradley Manning – a martyr for truth

“Bradley Manning Has Become a Martyr”–WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange on Guilty Verdict  Democracy Now, 31 July 13, The sentencing hearing for Army whistleblower Bradley Manning begins today following his acquittal on the most serious charge he faced, aiding the enemy, but conviction on 20 other counts. On Tuesday, Manning was found guilty of violating the Espionage Act and other charges for leaking hundreds of thousands of government documents to WikiLeaks.

In beating the “aiding the enemy” charge, Manning avoids an automatic life sentence, but he still faces a maximum of 136 years in prison on the remaining counts. In his first U.S. television interview since the verdict, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange discusses the Manning “show trial,” the plight of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, and the verdict’s impact on WikiLeaks.

 

“Bradley Manning is now a martyr,” Assange says. “He didn’t choose to be a martyr. I don’t think it’s a proper way for activists to behave to choose to be martyrs, but these young men — allegedly in the case of Bradley Manning and clearly in the case of Edward Snowden — have risked their freedom, risked their lives, for all of us. That makes them heroes.” According to numerous press reports, the conviction of Manning makes it increasingly likely that the U.S. will prosecute Assange as a co-conspirator. During the trial, military prosecutors portrayed Assange as an “information anarchist” who encouraged Manning to leak hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents. TRANSCRIPT…….HTTP://WWW.DEMOCRACYNOW.ORG/2013/7/31/BRADLEY_MANNING_HAS_BECOME_A_MARTYR

 

August 3, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual, secrets,lies and civil liberties | 1 Comment

Like Eisenhower, Edward Snowden warns against the military-industrial complex

military-industrial-complexDaniel Guerin warned in his 1936 book Fascism and Big Business warned to be vigilant against ”an informal and changing coalition of groups with vested psychological, moral, and material interests in the continuous development and maintenance of high levels of weaponry, in preservation of colonial markets and in military-strategic conceptions of internal affairs.”

President Eisenhower updated this message with a similar warning to fear the rise of the “military-industrial complex.” Edward Snowden has updated the message that Americans must fear the rise of the “military-intelligence complex.”

Snowden Warns Americans: Fear The Military-Snowden,-EdwardIntelligence Complex The Testosterone Pit, By Chriss Street 2 Aug 13, : “….. the latest
depressing revelations about the rise of the military-industrial complex from whistleblower/traitor Edward Snowden as he accepted political asylum in Russia today.

Snowden’s latest bombshell is the outing of the NSA’s XKeyscore software that is vacuuming up “nearly everything a typical user does on the internet.” The top secret program allows civilian contractors in the U.S. to troll vast databases containing emails, online chats
and the browsing histories of millions of individuals around the world. The NSA boasts in training materials that XKeyscore is its “widest-reaching” system for developing intelligence from the internet.

Snowden was already the “most wanted person on earth”, but after today’s disclosures, he must be on the Obama Administration’s secret double most wanted man in the universe list. With his newly-awarded legal status in Russia, Snowden cannot be legally handed over orkidnapped by the CIA. Snowden remains a very “marked man” and will need to stay in the public eye to avoid accidentally beingassassinated in some lonely hideout. Consequently, I believe that he will continue to talk to the international press………… Continue reading

August 3, 2013 Posted by | Canada, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Nuclear war came so close in 1983

It is frighteningly revealing that, as in the previous Whitehall scenario conducted two years earlier, the war game predicts that NATO would use nuclear weapons first

the Queen never got to make that awe-inspiring and terrible address to her people. Instead, it disappeared into the files, to become a chilling curiosity of our recent history – and also a constant reminder of what could happen.

BigRead: what if nuclear war had happened in Europe in 1983 by: Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Mail August 02, 2013   AS the sun rises over London, it reveals a city scarred and bloodied beyond recognition. It is March 1983, and for days Soviet bombs have rained down on Britain’s capital.

Thousands of houses lie shattered and abandoned. Broken bodies litter the streets. The air hangs heavy with dread.

Downing Street has been obliterated and Buckingham Palace stands smouldering. The Queen, who broadcast so movingly to the nation a few days ago, has not been seen for days.

Despite calls for her to be evacuated to Balmoral, she refused to leave the capital, insisting that like her father George VI during World War II, she would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of London.

QUEEN’S SPEECH: The speech she never had to deliver

But even as Britain burns, a much bigger horror is unfolding far away to the east.

Above the cities of the Soviet Union’s Eastern European satellites, nuclear mushroom clouds are rising. Faced with defeat on the battlefield, the West has fallen back on its last hope: a nuclear attack on the Communist Empire itself.

It sounds like something from a science fiction film. But this terrifying scenario comes from newly-declassified government documents, released earlier this week by the UK’s National Archives agency under the country’s Thirty Year Rule. Continue reading

August 3, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, history, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Fight to stop Nuclear Regulatory Commission overriding the Supreme Court

justicehighly-recommendedAttorneys General Fight for Public Access in Nuclear Issues http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roger-witherspoon/san-onofre-nuclear-issues_b_3691767.html Roger Witherspoon 08/02/2013 The Attorneys General of New York and Vermont have joined the fight against California’s San Onofre nuclear power plant in an effort to stop federal regulators from erasing all record of a judicial ruling that the public has a right to intervene before major amendments are granted to an operating license.

If the five-member Nuclear Regulatory Commission grants the request of their staff to vacate the ruling of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board and expunge the record, it will eliminate a precedent that affects power plant operations and regulatory practices around the country. In particular, it will affect the six-year fight in New York to shut the Indian Point power plants 25 miles north of New York City; and Vermont’s ongoing effort to shut the Vermont Yankee power plant.

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The cross-country battle now being waged by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell is an uphill fight against one of the most powerful professional staffs in the US government and an agency that has a unique view of its own independence.

“The Commission has stated that it is not bound by judicial practice, including that of the United States Supreme Court,” stated Schneiderman and Sorrell in a brief filed June 24 with the NRC challenging the staff request. Continue reading

August 3, 2013 Posted by | Legal, USA | Leave a comment

Japanese island resisted nuclear bribery for 31 years

bribery-1it is unfair to push the islanders against their will into something they have strived so hard all these years to steer well clear of. 

Japanese island that has refused nuclear money for 31 years pushed into a highly-recommendedcompromising situation  http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/08/03/japanese-island-that-has-refused-nuclear-money-for-31-years-pushed-into-a-compromising-situation/ After the explosion at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant back in 2011, the subject of nuclear power has become a very delicate and complicated flag-japanissue for the Japanese. While there is an element of danger associated with the creation of nuclear energy, many towns have also benefited from the large sums of compensation, known as “nuclear money”, that have gone into creating jobs and strengthening the prosperity of areas that have agreed to home such power plants.

Despite pressure from surrounding groups and the mainland, a small island off the coast of Yamaguchi Prefecture has for years refused to have anything to do with nuclear money, and has firmly opposed plans to build nuclear power stations in the area. But all that may be about to change.

Iwai island is a Japanese island that lies out to sea opposite the site where Kaminoseki Nuclear Power Plant is expected to be built in the Yamaguchi Prefecture, and home to around 500 people. What makes this island markedly different from mainland Yamaguchi Prefecture is the determination with which the islanders have fought off “nuclear money” for over 31 years in attempt to preserve a safe, clean environment. While the prefecture’s local government has been accepting nuclear money for many years and pushing for the completion of Kaminoseki power plant, a staggering 90 percent of Iwai islanders are against plans for the power plant being built so close to where they live.  Continue reading

August 3, 2013 Posted by | civil liberties, Japan | Leave a comment

40 feet below Fukushima nuclear reactor, radioactivity becomes greater

Fukushima-reactor-6Revealed: The deeper they check underneath Fukushima plant, the higher contamination levels get http://enenews.com/revealed-the-deeper-they-check-underneath-fukushima-plant-the-higher-contamination-levels-get-now-sampling-over-40-feet-below-surface

Title: Cesium levels in water under Fukushima No. 1 plant soar the deeper it text ionisinggets, Tepco revealsitle: Cesium levels in water under Fukushima No. 1 plant soar the deeper it gets, Tepco reveals
Source: JIJI, Kyodo
Date: Aug 1, 2013
Cesium levels in water under Fukushima No. 1 plant soar the deeper it gets, Tepco reveals […]
Tepco found 950 million becquerels of cesium and 520 million becquerels of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances, including strontium, in the water from 13 meters [~43 feet] underground.Water from 1 meter down contained 340 million becquerels, and a sample from 7 meters down contained 350 million becquerels.
[…] Cesium, a metallic element, is subject to gravity. […]  also: Official reveals contamination levels at Fukushima plant are likely higher outside reactor units than inside

August 3, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013 | Leave a comment

Strange highly radioactive objects found on Fukushima coast

secret-agent-SmTEPCO sources said they were considering asking an outside agency to conduct a detailed analysis, citing limitations on what the utility could investigate

Mystery objects with high radiation found on Fukushima coast Asahi Shimbun, By SHUNSUKE text-radiationKIMURA/ Staff Writer August 03, 2013 In a coastal area long silent due to the Fukushima nuclear accident, the only sounds of human activity on June 18 were from workers removing rubble and continuing their decontamination efforts. But soon, their supervisor discovered something that broke up the monotony of the work and added to the eeriness of the atmosphere.

After a call to the Environment Ministry, Takeshi Kato, 55, a ministry specialist, immediately headed to the location about 15 kilometers south of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

As he slowly walked around with a dosimeter, he reached a hot spot where radiation levels nearly doubled those of the surrounding areas. Using a fallen branch to clear away dirt, Kato uncovered a grayish pile about 3 centimeters long, about 1.5 cm wide and about 0.5 cm thick.

The surface of the pile, which looked like soil, had gamma ray readings of about 85 microsieverts per hour. The total reading, including beta rays, came to 1 millisievert per hour.

It was the first of four mysterious objects with high radiation levels found near the mouth of the Idegawa river in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture. Continue reading

August 3, 2013 Posted by | environment, Fukushima 2013, Japan | Leave a comment

Taiwan’s parliamentary nuclear fight becomes physical

Taiwan MPs brawl over nuclear plant SMH, August 2, 2013  Taiwanese MPs exchanged punches and threw water at each other ahead of an expected vote to authorise a national referendum on whether to build a fourth nuclear power plant on the densely populated island of 23 million people.

Nuclear power has long been a contentious issue in Taiwan and became more so following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011. Friday’s fracas pitted the pro-referendum forces of President Ma Ying-jeou’s ruling Nationalist Party against strongly anti-nuclear forces affiliated with the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party….. DPP MPs occupied the legislative podium late on Thursday night amid vows to disrupt the referendum vote, tentatively scheduled for noon local time on Friday.

With a large Nationalist majority in the 113-seat legislature, the referendum bill is expected to pass easily.

Physical confrontations broke out Friday morning. http://www.smh.com.au/world/taiwan-mps-brawl-over-nuclear-plant-20130802-2r44p.html#ixzz2awihmRlU

August 3, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Secrecy in South Africa, as government mulls subsidies for nuclear power

nukes-hungryRegardless of how the financing will be structured it is clear that most of the money will come from debt, which South Africans will ultimately pay for through higher electricity tariffs or increased taxes. The details of these financing structures are also unlikely to be transparent.

flag-S.AfricaSA still in the dark over nuke money, Mail and Guardian, South Africa 02 AUG 2013  NEWS ANALYSIS LYNLEY DONNELLY Vendor financing is a possibility, but questions remain over the country’s finances. The government appears intent on hitching its star to a big nuclear wagon, despite serious misgivings within its own ranks over whether the need for nuclear power is as urgent as once believed, the possibility of emerging alternatives and the continued opposition from business and civil society.

Chief among the reasons for a rethink of South Africa’s nuclear ambitions is the ability to pay for it, according to energy experts and economists, although there are international financing models.

The state has so far refused to pronounce on the cost, but it is estimated that it will be between R400-billion and R1-trillion. Continue reading

August 3, 2013 Posted by | politics, South Africa | Leave a comment

Uranium glut pile rises, with doubts over Japan’s much-touted nuclear restart

.All but two of Japan’s 50 reactors remain idle due to the Fukushima disaster and must meet stricter safety standards set by the NRA before they can be restarted………The reactor review process is likely to take six months for each one, Deutsche Bank said in a July 15 note, citing NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka. An evaluation of all of Japan’s reactors may take more than three years

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Slow reactor restart process rattles energy markets as uranium piles up, Japan Times,  BLOOMBERG AUG 2, 2013 MELBOURNE – Uranium prices are showing little sign of recovery after sinking to their lowest levels in more than seven years amid a glut of the radioactive metal and speculation Japan will delay restarting its reactors……….. Uranium has averaged $40.94 so far in 2013 after sliding to $34.50 in July, the lowest price since November 2005.

While Japanese power producers including Tokyo Electric Power Co. are seeking to restart reactors as soon as possible as the cost of other fuels escalates, operations may not resume until next year, according to Deutsche Bank AG.

That’s threatening to delay a rebound in demand for uranium, hurting miners such as Australia’s Paladin Energy Ltd. as supplies outstrip demand. There is about 60 million pounds of surplus uranium around the world, according to Cantor Fitzgerald LP.

“The process for restarts is clearly going to take some time,” said Jonathan Hinze, a senior vice president at Ux, which provides research on the nuclear industry. “Japanese utilities are unlikely to require any new fuel until 2014 at the earliest. There is a realization that the uranium demand from Japan is unlikely to dramatically change anytime soon, especially this year.”

Uranium for immediate delivery has dropped as much as 21 percent this year, extending a 17 percent decline in 2012, according to data from Ux. Prices slumped 12 percent in July, the biggest monthly loss since March 2011. They climbed as high as $152 in June 2007.

“The weakness in uranium prices is partially attributable to uncertainty surrounding the timetable for reactor restarts in Japan,” John Borshoff, the chief executive officer of Australia-based Paladin Energy, said in the company’s quarterly production report July 16…..All but two of Japan’s 50 reactors remain idle due to the Fukushima disaster and must meet stricter safety standards set by the NRA before they can be restarted………The reactor review process is likely to take six months for each one, Deutsche Bank said in a July 15 note, citing NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka. An evaluation of all of Japan’s reactors may take more than three years…..Deutsche said.http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/08/02/business/slow-reactor-restart-process-rattles-energy-markets-as-uranium-piles-up/#.Uf2iE9Jwo6I

August 3, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, Japan, Uranium | Leave a comment

South Africa’s poor will not be able to afford nuclear electricity

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Direct and associated coal, nuclear and other fossil fuel costs continue to rise, while solar and wind costs continue to drop………… Through smart planning and a move away from energy-intensive economic sectors, South Africa can decouple electricity demand from economic growth.

This will enable us to replace coal, fossil fuel-based and nuclear power plants as they retire with renewable energy technologies.

New power plan jeopardises electricity access for poor 02 AUG 2013  Mail and Guardian, South Africa ROBERT FISCHER The cost of electricity is the subject of talks around every table in every home in the country.

These costs are heavily influenced by the cost of generating electricity.

Now the Mail & Guardian tells us that President Jacob Zuma is pushing ahead with plans for nuclear plants, “despite uncertainty about the affordability of nuclear energy and the availability of sufficient expertise” (“Zuma slips into nuclear driver’s seat”, July 25). Eskom told the National Energy Regulator of South Africa that it “need[s] to recover the cost of producing electricity, which includes operating costs as well as the costs of financing new capacity,” through its tariffs. An extremely expensive nuclear programme could seriously jeopardise the crucial social investment of providing electricity.

When you consider that the poorest households spend 32% of their income on electricity, housing, water, gas and other fuels (excluding transport), turning on the lights becomes an expensive option. Continue reading

August 3, 2013 Posted by | politics, South Africa | 1 Comment

Sale of Namibian uranium mine cancelled, prices way too low

Paladin shares plummet after mine sale cancelled Proactive Investors,  by Fiona MacDonald   2 August 13,  Paladin Energy’ s (TSE:PDN) (ASX:PDN) stock lost 15 cents on the Toronto Stock Exchange Friday from prior close of 92 cents to fall more than 16 per cent on the back of the news that the uranium miner had terminated negotiations with all parties for the sale of a minority interest in the Langer Heinrich Mine.

The announcement, released after the close of North American trading Thursday night, sparked intraday trading that saw share prices dip as low as 65 cents, marking a new bottom for the Subiaco, Australia-headquartered miner’s 52 week range.

The mine, located in Malawi in southern Africa, is owned 100 per cent by Paladin and was taken off the table as a result of low uranium prices – a legacy of the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi atomic power plant after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami — undercutting the company’s chances of collecting the pay day it had in mind….. It is a long fall for the miner, which was trading at $1.00 per share as recently as a week ago. http://www.proactiveinvestors.com/companies/news/46789/paladin-shares-plummet-after-mine-sale-cancelled-46789.html

August 3, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, Uranium | Leave a comment

Australian uranium miner Paladin’s share price tumbles

Shares of uranium miner Paladin dive after cancelled sale  Reuters, Aug. 02 2013,  Shares of Australian uranium miner Paladin Energy Ltd. fell as much as 29 per cent in Toronto on Friday after the company cancelled plans for now to sell a minority interest in an African mine, and instead raised funds through a private placement of shares. Paladin said it ended negotiations with a potential investor on Thursday and all other parties for a stake in its Langer Heinrich mine in Namibia. The company said it was unlikely to get the price it wanted because of low uranium prices….. Trading of Paladin stock was halted in both Canada and Australia on Thursday, pending news.

Paladin’s stock was down 28 per cent, or 26 Canadian cents to 66 Canadian cents in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/shares-of-uranium-miner-paladin-dive-after-cancelled-sale/article13572589/

August 3, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, Namibia, Uranium | 1 Comment

Radioactive trash from Oak Ridge and NASA to be dumped in Nevada

Energy Department Plans More Nuclear Shipments to Nevada http://news.yahoo.com/energy-department-plans-more-nuclear-shipments-nevada-160203634.html  A cache of aging, weapon-usable uranium is not the only atomic material the Energy Department wants to ship from Tennessee to Nevada, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Wednesday. DOE officials plan in 2015 to send additional amounts of unwanted uranium from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and plutonium power supplies from NASA are also on the docket for eventual interment at the Nevada National Security Site, Representative Dina Titus (D-Nev.) said on Tuesday.

“This is not just a couple of trucks,” Titus said. “This is a long-term project they have in mind.”

The lawmaker said a plan to ship the material under the Energy Department’s Secure Transportation Officemeans that Nevada officials will not receive any information on the timing or route of the transfers.

That “takes away any oversight, any decisions, any information out of the hands of the state,” Titus argued. “It is totally secure but they can’t tell us where it is going. That means it could come through the heart [of Las Vegas].”

Until Nevada politicians protested plans for the initial uranium transfer, the Energy Department believed the arrangement had been finalized last year.

“The delay now is costing us quite a bit of money,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said at a Senate hearing on Tuesday. He refused to specify the exact amount.

August 3, 2013 Posted by | USA, wastes | Leave a comment

Reneweable energy raising investment funds

Surge in renewable energy IPOs as investors hunt yields The Age, August 3, 2013 –  Wind and solar companies are tapping the stock market for cash at the fastest pace in two years, led by three initial public offerings in London luring investors with dividends that beat returns on government bonds.

Clean-energy companies raised $US3.8 billion in IPOs in the second-quarter, double the pace of the first three months of the year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The Renewables Infrastructure Group Ltd. raised 300 million pounds ($US460 million) and began trading July 29. Its intention, to pay a 6 per cent yield, compares with a 2.31 per cent yield on the U.K. government’s 10-year gilt.
The offering was the biggest of three London IPOs this year by renewable companies taking advantage of investors’ thirst for income as the Bank of England keeps interest rates at record lows. Surging share prices have revived stocks as a source of funds, allowing companies that traditionally rely on banks and private equity to tap deeper pools of capital at lower costs.
“There’s really nothing out there that has more predictable cash flows than a solar farm contracted by an investment-grade utility,” said Brandon Blossman, an analyst at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. in Houston. “Everybody likes a yield vehicle that has growth potential.” http://www.theage.com.au/business/carbon-economy/surge-in-renewable-energy-ipos-as-investors-hunt-yields-20130803-2r5t3.html#ixzz2axPOWBq6

August 3, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, renewable | Leave a comment