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Support the growing number of imprisoned activists in the USA by sending books – Ploughshares


Editor’s Note: Here is a request from TNP supporter Marion Ward.  Please note that with sentencing coming up later this month, there is still time to write to Judge Thaper on behalf of Greg, Megan and Michael (see Marion’s note below).  Also, the book Marion attempted to send (that must have appeared too “subversive” to the prison staff) is a very worthy read.

 I highly recommend “Blood on the Tracks”!

Hmmm… I wonder what other books would be banned from the infamous Irwin County Detention Center??? Perhaps we can come up with a list???

I have been corresponding with Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed who are awaiting sentencing in the Irwin County Detention Center for their action at Oakridge, Tenn . I have not heard as often from Sister Megan. Greg is requesting books … at one time he said they pretty much only had Westerns in their library. Michael and Greg share books….I have had books shipped from independent book sellers and they have all been accepted with one exception – the book, Blood on the Tracks, by Brian Willson.

It was sent by an independent book seller through Amazon which gave me credit for the refused book. I also use Abe Books and they have been delivered without incident. It is important that books be sent from an independent source although Greg did say some paperbacks from individuals are getting through (no guarantee about that, however)

Greg is asking for more books and my budget is fairly limited. Can anyone send a book or two to Greg ? I know he would appreciate it and will share with Michael.

Greg Boertje-Obed
Irwin County Detention Center
132 Cotton Dr.
Ocilla, GA 31774

People are being asked to write Judge Thaper on their behalf.  Talking points and addresses are all listed on the following website:


September 12, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Modern Heroes – Sister Megan Rice and Friends. NOT FORGOTTEN!!

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I make no apologies for reproducing this article from the New York Times in full.  It’s about Sister Megan Rice and her friends.  Looks like I’ve found more heroes…   :-D Modern Heroes blog link above

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Published: August 10, 2010.  She has been arrested 40 or 50 times for acts of civil disobedience and once served six months in prison.  In the Nevada desert, she and other peace activists knelt down to block a truck rumbling across the government’s nuclear test site, prompting the authorities to take her into custody.
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Sister Rice is one of three people arrested in a break-in at a the Oak Ridge nuclear reservation.

She gained so much attention that the Energy Department, which maintains the nation’s nuclear arsenal, helped pay for an oral history in which she described her upbringing and the development of her antinuclear views.

Now, Sister Megan Rice, 82, a Roman Catholic nun of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and two male accomplices have carried out what nuclear experts call the biggest security breach in the history of the nation’s atomic complex, making their way to the inner sanctum of the site where the United States keeps crucial nuclear bomb parts and fuel.

“Deadly force is authorized,” signs there read. “Halt!” Images of skulls emphasize the lethal danger.

With flashlights and bolt cutters, the three pacifists defied barbed wire as well as armed guards, video cameras and motion sensors at the Oak Ridge nuclear reservation in Tennessee early on July 28, a Saturday. They splashed blood on the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility — a new windowless, half-billion-dollar plant encircled by enormous guard towers — and hung banners outside its walls.

“Swords into plowshares,” read one, quoting the Book of Isaiah. “Spears into pruning hooks.” The plant holds the nation’s main supply of highly enriched uranium, enough for thousands of nuclear weapons.

The actions of Sister Rice, a New York native who grew up on a prosperous block in Morningside Heights, and her companions, ages 57 and 63, are a huge embarrassment for President Obama. Since 2010, he has led a campaign to eliminate or lock down nuclear materials as a way to fight atomic terrorism. Now, the three — two of whom, including Sister Rice, are free and are awaiting trial in October — have made nuclear theft seem only a little more challenging than a romp in the Tennessee woods.

In interviews this week, Sister Rice discussed her life — somewhat reluctantly at times — and kept emphasizing what she called “the issue.”

“It’s the criminality of this 70-year industry,” she said. “We spend more on nuclear arms than on the departments of education, health, transportation, disaster relief and a number of other government agencies that I can’t remember.”

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September 12, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Dishonesty of Japan’s Prime Minister’s pretense that the Fukushima nuclear plant is under control

Japan Nuclear Expert: I was “flabbergasted” by Olympic speech — Fukushima reactors are actually destroyed and constantly leaking in ocean — Contamination dumping into sea — PM: “It’s contained in 0.3 km² area of harbor”
Title: Fukushima far from solved, say Abe’s Games critics

Source: AFP
Date: September 10, 2013

[…] “Contaminated water has been contained in a 0.3 square-kilometre area of the harbour,” [Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe] added in a question-and-answer session. […]

Critics at home and abroad say Abe’s gloss on the disaster at Fukushima, where a tsunami swamped cooling systems and sent reactors into meltdown, is bordering on the dishonest.

logo-Tokyo-Olympics“I was flabbergasted by Abe’s speech,” said Hiroaki Koide, an associate professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute.

“The problem of contaminated water is far from being solved. This problem has been going on all the time since the reactors were destroyed. Contaminated water has been leaking into the ocean ever since.” […]

Groundwater flows out to sea, taking along anything it has picked up and dumping it in the ocean. […]

ee also: Japan Prime Minister’s Fiction vs. Fact: Fukushima contamination has never done any damage to Tokyo; Radioactive water at plant was “blocked” — Study: Tokyo was contaminated — Experts: Radioactive water is constantly flowing out to sea and almost impossible to stop

September 12, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Appeal to United Nations to awaken the world to the Fukushima nuclear crisis

Help Educate Decision Makers About Fukushima Risks!

Dear Mr. Secretary-General,   I am extremely worried about the lack of the sense of crisis in Japan and abroad,as regards the worsening situation at the Fukushima Daiichi.

The international community is required to prevent the Fukushima accident from developing into the ultimate catastrophe of the world, a possibility the collapse of the Unit 4 by a mega earthquake could turn into a reality.  It could happen at any moment! Faced with this unprecedented crisis, the mobilization of human wisdom is required on the widest possible scale. The full assumption of responsibilities by the Japanese Government is urgently needed.

The present abnormal lack of the sense of crisis is due to the fact that inconvenient truth is not disclosed. The international community has the duty, for example, to grasp correctly the precise volume of the continuous release of radiation from Fukushima.

In this connection, the official numbers published by Tepco, 10milliom BQ/H, unchanged for the last year and half, could hardly be trusted. They remain unchanged even after the revelation by Tepco that, since the accident in 2011, 400 tons of contaminated water daily leaked into the sea. Now the Government admits that 300 tons daily [60,000 gallons] flow into the sea.

The situation is worsening. And no solution in sight !

The so called international strategy to consider that Fukushima accident did not happen, as some papers writes, is doomed to failure. This strategy is evidenced by the continued promotion of nuclear reactors worldwide, and their restarting and exporting by Japan..Even if it succeeds to hide the head, it cannot hide the tail that is the contamination of the ocean on a planetary scale.

Conscientious citizens are now calling for the withdrawal of the invitation for Olympic games by Japan. Allow me to count on your understanding and support.Yours truly,

Mitsuhei Murata
Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland

September 12, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013 | Leave a comment

“Unpardonable corruption in South Korea’s nuclear industry

corruptionS. KOREA EX-VICE MINISTER CHARGED IN NUCLEAR GRAFT PROBE The probe by public prosecutors followed an order from President Park Geun-Hye to eradicate what she called “unpardonable” corruption in the industry.

So far 97 people have been charged with offences.

Despite concern over how the nuclear sector is run, the government has vowed to push ahead with plans to build an additional 16 reactors by 2030.  SEOUL (AFP) – A former deputy minister has been charged with taking bribes as part of a corruption probe into South Korea’s nuclear industry which has already indicted nearly 100 people, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Park Young-June, a former vice minister in charge of energy, stands accused of accepting 50 million won ($45,000) bribes in 2010 in return for favouring a constructor bidding for a nuclear reactor contract.

The 53-year-old is also charged with taking backhanders from Kim Jong-Shin, the one-time chief of Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, the state-run company which oversees nuclear power plants.

South Korea has 23 reactors which are meant to meet more than 30 percent of electricity needs.
The sector is currently undergoing a crisis of confidence following a series of shutdowns and a scandal involving parts provided with fake safety certificates

Last year, officials said eight suppliers were found to have faked warranties covering thousands of items used in a number of reactors. The scandal further undermined public confidence already shaken by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and its ongoing repercussions. The probe by public prosecutors followed an order from President Park Geun-Hye to eradicate what she called “unpardonable” corruption in the industry.


September 12, 2013 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, South Korea | 1 Comment

Trans Pacific Partnership an ugly attack on workers and countries other than USA

texy-TPPThe Trans-Pacific Partnership and Its Critics: An introduction and a petition The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 36, No. 3.

Sachie Mizohata and the Association of University Faculties See the petition in English and Japanese– See more at:

  The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Its Critics: An introduction and a petition –  The TPP agreement affects not only trade issues, but also non trade matters that immensely impact lives of citizens in all participating countries.5  The areas at stake include, for example:
  • domestic court decisions and international legal standards (e.g., overriding domestic laws on both trade and nontrade matters, foreign investors’ right to sue governments in international tribunals that would overrule the national sovereignty)
  • environmental regulations (e.g., nuclear energy, pollution, sustainability)
  • financial deregulation  (e.g., more power and privileges to the bankers and financiers)
  • food safety (e.g., lowering food self-sufficiency, prohibition of mandatory labeling of genetically modified products, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease)
  • Government procurement (e.g., no more buy locally produced/grown)
  • Internet freedom (e.g., monitoring and policing user activity)
  • labor (e.g., welfare regulation, workplace safety, relocating domestic jobs abroad)
  • patent protection, copyrights (e.g., decrease access to affordable medicine)
    • public access to essential services may be restricted due to investment rules (e.g., water, electricity, and gas)

Although the TPP negotiations have been held in the name of the people, the draft texts have been shrouded in secrecy  from the public, thereby precluding public scrutiny and public input.  Reportedly, the countries have signed up not to reveal the contents of the agreement for four years after the signing of the agreement. 6  All public information comes from leaked texts.

Bizarrely, the TPP makes a special exception to “a group of some 600 trade ‘advisers,’ dominated by representatives of big businesses.”7 The TPP is a Trojan horse, branded as a “free trade” agreement, but having nothing to do with “fair and equitable treatment.  In reality, it is precisely “a wish list of the 1% ―a worldwide corporate power.”8  “Only 5 of its 29 chapters cover traditional trade matters, like tariffs or quotas.”9  “The other chapters enshrine new rights and privileges for major corporations while weakening the power of nation states to oppose them.”1 – See more at:

September 12, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, politics international, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

The secretive Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP): what is it?

texy-TPPTrans Pacific Partnership Agreement What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)? Electronic Frontier Foundation The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold:

(1) IP chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples’ abilities to innovate.

(2) Lack of transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.

The twelve nations currently negotiating the TPP are the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam. The TPP contains a chapter on intellectual property covering copyright, trademarks, patents and perhaps, geographical indications. Since the draft text of the agreement has never been offically released to the public, we know from leaked documents, such as the February 2011 draft US TPP IP Rights Chapter [PDF], that US negotiators are pushing for the adoption of copyright measures far more restrictive than currently required by international treaties, including the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement(ACTA).

 The TPP Will Rewrite Global Rules on Intellectual Property Enforcement

All signatory countries will be required to conform their domestic laws and policies to the provisions of the Agreement. In the US, this is likely to further entrench controversial aspects of US copyright law (such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act[DMCA]) and restrict the ability of Congress to engage in domestic law reform to meet the evolving IP needs of American citizens and the innovative technology sector. The recently leaked US-proposed IP chapter also includes provisions that appear to go beyond current US law……

September 12, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Plymouth residents suspicious of Entergy’s nuclear waste plan

spent-fuel-rodsMany experts believe that storing spent fuel assemblies in dry casks is safer long-term than continuing to store them in Pilgrim’s over-crowded spent fuel pool. However, it is important to note that Entergy plans to keep the spent fuel pool full until Pilgrim stops operating, and to move the minimum number of spent fuel assemblies into dry casks.

“We, in fact, support dry cask storage,” said one of the petitioners. “We just want to make sure Entergy is doing it as safely as possible, and not at our expense. Long after Entergy is gone Plymouth will be stuck with a toxic nuclear waste dump.”

OF NUCLEAR INTEREST: Radioactive waste storage facility being built in Plymouth   By Sara Altherr Wicked Local Plymouth
Sep 11, 2013 Last year, without fanfare, Louisiana-based Entergy Corporation started work on a nuclear waste storage facility, using “dry casks” to store radioactive spent nuclear fuel at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS). Various estimates put the cost of the facility between $165 million and $400 million. In Pilgrim’s reactor, nuclear fuel assemblies heat water to make steam that turns turbines to create electricity. Pilgrim’s reactor holds 580 fuel assemblies. After a few years, the fuel is “spent,” and needs to be replaced. However, the spent fuel is highly radioactive and will remain dangerous for thousands of years. Continue reading

September 12, 2013 Posted by | USA, wastes | Leave a comment

Virginia Uranium still bribing politicians, yet uranium market has collapsed

bribery handshakeFlag-USAWhatever Happened to Virginia Uranium? By Peter Galuszka , 11 Sept 13, A big effort to mine uranium in Southside Virginia seemed stymied when the General Assembly failed to end a moratorium on such activity in the last General Assembly.

It would seem that exploiting a large deposit of ore in Pittsylvania County by a wealthy local family and some obscure Canadian investors had fallen away.

Two developments underline the uncertainty of the venture, which has been wrought with political turmoil involving expenses-paid trips for legislators to Paris and allies of Gov. Robert F. McDonnell making late night phone calls to twist local arms for the project.

First, Virginia Uranium keeps giving donations. According to the Virginia Public Access Project, the firm has given $53,500 to state politicians this year. It is part of a whopping $324,650 in donations the firm has given since it ramped up in 2008.

The other noteworthy item is a story in today’s Wall street Journal that paints a very bad picture for the future of nuclear power. Uranium prices are at their lowest levels in eight years, trading at about $34 a pound Tuesday. For the Virginia project to work, they have to be well above $65 a pound.

What’s more, the Journal says, the market for the fuel hasn’t recovered since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, which is still causing trouble. In the U.S., cheap and plentiful shale gas from fracking has priced nukes out. Germany is shutting its off by 2022 and even nuke-happy France plans on reducing its nuke load from 80 to 50 percent.

So, one might ask, why is Virginia Uranium still doling out dough?

September 12, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, Uranium | Leave a comment

Cost of renewable energy has halved since 2008

Analysis: 50% Reduction In Cost Of Renewable Energy Since 2008  Clean Technica, 11 Sept 13 (Very good graphs).  Renewable energy becoming more cost-competitive with fossil fuels isn’t news – as technology improves and more clean power generation comes online, electricity without emissions gets cheaper. But one new analysis reveals just how shockingly cheap it’s gotten.

The levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) from wind and solar sources in America has fallen by more than 50% over the past four years, according to Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis 7.0recently released by global financial advisor and asset manager firm Lazard Freres & Co.

Lazard’s analysis compared the LCOE for various renewable energy technologies to fossil fuels on a cost per megawatt hour (MWh) basis, including factors like US federal tax subsidies, fuel costs, geography, and capital costs.

Utility-Scale Solar, Wind Lead LCOE Charge Continue reading

September 12, 2013 Posted by | renewable | Leave a comment

Iran keen to restart nuclear talks for a ‘win win’ resolution

diplomacy not bombs 1flag-IranIran to restart nuclear talks in New York The Age, September 12, 2013 – Kambiz Foroohar and Yeganeh Salehi Iranian president Hassan Rohani said his government plans to restart nuclear talks with world powers in New York, where he will attend the United Nations General Assembly this month.

The “serious talks” should help lead to a “win-win” final outcome in the dispute over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program,Mr Rohani said in an interview on Iranian state-run television yesterday. The negotiations will involve the International Atomic Energy Agency and the so-called P5+1 group, made up of the five permanent UN Security Council members in addition to Germany, he said.

“The nuclear issue will be resolved soon if the other side is serious,” he said. “The final result should be a win-win. We are ready for it.”…… Mr Rohani plans a six-day visit to New York starting September 22. The European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton plans to meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York, the EU said.

September 12, 2013 Posted by | Iran, politics international | Leave a comment

Transferring spent nuclear fuel rods to dry casks does not increase worker danger

Radiation from Accelerating the Transfer of Spent Fuel from Pools to Casks, Union of Concerned Scientists co-director and senior scientist September 11, 2013

 Contrary to claims by some in the nuclear industry, accelerating the transfer of spent fuel from cooling pools to dry casks would not pose a significant risk to workers from increased radiation exposure, and does not outweigh the benefits of such transfers.

To see this, consider the results of an August 2012 study by the Energy Power Research Institute (EPRI), “Impacts Associated with Transfer of Spent Nuclear Fuel from Spent Fuel Storage Pools to Dry Storage after Five Years of Cooling, Revision 1,” which estimates the increase in radiation dose to workers loading fuel into casks in scenarios of accelerated transfers.

The EPRI Study…….

September 12, 2013 Posted by | USA, wastes | Leave a comment

Nevada board extends contract for Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump license

Yucca Mountain nuclear waste license renewed Carson City, NV (KTNV) — The fight over Yucca Mountain rages on. A Nevada board has extended a contract with a Washington, D.C. law firm to continue the proposed nuclear waste dump just 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

$5 million has been approved to continue the contract; money they said will go quickly when it runs out.

Officials said the federal government only has $11 million left in its nuclear waste licensing account A Nevada board has extended a contract with a Washington, D.C. law firm to continue the proposed nuclear waste dump just 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

$5 million has been approved to continue the contract; money they said will go quickly when it runs out.

Officials said the federal government only has $11 million left in its nuclear waste licensing account.So far, the Department of Energy has already spent $670 million on licensing.

September 12, 2013 Posted by | USA, wastes | Leave a comment

Sweden’s Social Democrats call for scrapping of nuclear power

Scrap nuclear power in Sweden: Social Democrat The Local 11 Sep 2013  A leading Social Democrat has emphasized her party’s wish to abolish nuclear power in Sweden in favour of greener alternatives, a move critics say would be “devastating” for the Swedish industrial sector.  

“We think that nuclear power should be abolished and replaced with renewable energy sources,” Magdalena Andersson, economic policy spokesperson for theSocial Democrats told Swedish business daily Dagens Industri (DI).

Party leader Stefan Löfven was previously a strong supporter of nuclear power in his role as chairman of the IF Metall trade union. However, since becoming the leader of the opposition last year, Löfven has changed his stance on the issue. ……

September 12, 2013 Posted by | politics, Sweden | Leave a comment



Dr. Tatsuhiko Kodama, Tokyo University Radioisotope Center



“Meanwhile, gene studies are accurate.  Among thyroid cancer patients in Chernobyl contaminated areas, their chromosome 7q11 become three pieces, which cannot be observed among other types of thyroid cancer patients.” (11 minute)


“Epidemiology and statistics research results come only after people got victimized by radiation.  In order to protect children and pregnant women, we cannot wait for epidemiological research results.” (13 minute)

The evacuation of Fukushima children is the most pressing issue.


I really do not understand why the world organizations such as UN, etc are not making any move.
(On the contrary, I heard that the UN is now preparing a report to convince the public that there have been no health damages due to Fukushima radiation!)

Today, on twitter, I just heard that many kids who went through surgery in Fukushima were found to have not only thyroid cancer but also metastasis in his/her lymphs though their thyroid cancer size were reported to be small.

There had been some information that there was metastasis in the child’s lung, but actually, it was metastasis in his/her lymph. As a matter of fact, as far as my acquaintace knows, there are two children who already got metastasis in their lymphs.


It is a matter of urgency to evacuate children from contaminated areas as soon as possible.
また、県立福島高校では、事故のあった年に2人の突然死が出ました。(TVユー福島 -TUFというローカルな放送局の報道局長の大森真氏が、騒ぎを鎮静化するため、なんとツイッターで一人は交通事故死であったという嘘をばらまきました。 TUFは大森氏の虚偽の発信を認めたものの、謝罪はしていません。)
In Fukushima Prefectural High School, two students died of illnesses (one was sudden death) in the year of the accident.  (However, TUF-TV You Fukushima, local TV station’s broadcasting chief Mr. Makoto Omori, tweeted a lie saying that the second student died due to traffic accident to calm down the case. TUF admitted that Mr. Omori lied on the twitter but never apologized for it.)


In this August, two students were found to have thyroid cancer out of total number of 959 students in the same school!

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September 12, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments