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Japan’s nuclear regime slides towards fascism

Wasserman, HarveyJapan’s New ‘Fukushima Fascism’ Eco Watch, 12 Dec 13,   Fukushima continues to spew out radiation. The quantities seem to be rising, as do the impacts.

The site has been infiltrated by organized crime. There are horrifying signs of ecological disaster in the Pacific and human health impacts in the U.S.

But within Japan, a new State Secrets Act makes such talk punishable by up to ten years in prison.

civil-liberty-2smTaro Yamamoto, a Japanese legislator, says the law “represents a coup d’etat” leading to “the recreation of a fascist state.” The powerful Asahi Shimbun newspaper compares it to “conspiracy” laws passed by totalitarian Japan in the lead-up to Pearl Harbor, and warns it could end independent reporting on Fukushima.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been leading Japan in an increasingly militaristic direction. Tensions have increased with China. Massive demonstrations have been renounced with talk of “treason.”

But it’s Fukushima that hangs most heavily over the nation and the world. 

spent-fuel-rodsTokyo Electric Power has begun the bring-down of hot fuel rods suspended high in the air over the heavily damaged Unit Four. The first assemblies it removed may have contained unused rods. The second may have been extremely radioactive.

But Tepco has clamped down on media coverage and complains about news helicopters filming the fuel rod removal.

secret-agent-SmUnder the new State Secrets Act, the government could ban—and arrest—all independent media under any conditions at Fukushima, throwing a shroud of darkness over a disaster that threatens us all.

By all accounts, whatever clean-up is possible will span decades. The town of Fairfax, CA, has now called for a global takeover at Fukushima. More than 150,000 signees have asked the UN for such intervention.

As a private corporation, Tepco is geared to cut corners, slash wages and turn the clean-up into a private profit center.

safety-symbol-SmIt will have ample opportunity. The fuel pool at Unit Four poses huge dangers that could take years to sort out. But so do the ones at Units One, Two and Three. The site overall is littered with thousands of intensely radioactive rods and other materials whose potential fallout is thousands of times greater than what hit Hiroshima in 1945.

Soon after the accident, Tepco slashed the Fukushima workforce. It has since restored some of it, but has cut wages. Shady contractors Criminalshuttle in hundreds of untrained laborers to work in horrific conditions. Reuters says the site is heaving infiltrated by organized crime, raising the specter of stolen radioactive materials for dirty bombs and more.

Thousands of tons of radioactive water now sit in leaky tanks built by temporary workers who warn of their shoddy construction. They are sure to collapse with a strong earthquake.

Tepco says it may just dump the excess water into the Pacific anyway. Nuclear expert Arjun Makhijani has advocated the water be stored in supertankers until it can be treated, but the suggestion Pacific-Ocean-drainhas been ignored.

Hundreds of tons of water also flow daily from the mountains through the contaminated site and into the Pacific. Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen long ago asked Tepco to dig a trench filled with absorbents to divert that flow. But he was told that would cost too much money.

ice-wall-FukushimaNow Tepco wants to install a wall of ice. But that can’t be built for at least two years. It’s unclear where the energy to keep the wall frozen will come from, or if it would work at all.

Meanwhile, radiation is now reaching record levels in both the air and water.

The fallout has been already been detected off the coast of Alaska. It will cycle down along the west coast of Canada and the U.S. to northern Mexico by the end of 2014. Massive disappearances of sea lion pups, sardines, salmon, killer whales and other marine life are being reported, along with a terrifying mass disintegration of star fish. One sailor has documented a massive “dead zone” out 2,000 miles from Fukushima. Impacts on humans have already been documented in California and elsewhere.

Without global intervention, long-lived isotopes from Fukushima will continue to pour into the biosphere for decades to come.

wind-turbine-oceanThe only power now being produced at Fukushima comes from a massive new windmill just recently installed offshore.

Amidst a disaster it can’t handle, the Japanese government is still pushing to re-open the 50 reactors forced shut since the melt-downs. It wants to avoid public fallout amidst a terrified population, and on the 2020 Olympics, scheduled for a Tokyo region now laced with radioactive hot spots. At least one on-site camera has stopped functioning. The government has also apparently stopped helicopter-based radiation monitoring.

A year ago a Japanese professor was detained 20 days without trial for speaking out against the open-air incineration of radioactive waste.

Now Prime Minister Abe can do far worse. The Times of India reports that the State Secrets Act is unpopular, and that Abe’s approval ratings have dropped with its passage.

censorshipBut the new law may make Japan’s democracy a relic of its pre-Fukushima past.

It’s the cancerous mark of a nuclear regime bound to control all knowledge of a lethal global catastrophe now ceaselessly escalating.

Visit EcoWatch’s NUCLEAR page for more related news on this topic.

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December 12, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, Japan, politics | 2 Comments

Refuting Gwyneth Cravens – (of the flop film Pandora’s Promise)

Book-PandoraReportCoverSputtering Spurious Pseudo-Science from Pandora’s Dying Embers Last Gasps of the Nuclear Evangelists http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/11/last-gasps-of-the-nuclear-evangelists/ by LINDA PENTZ GUNTER Pandora’s Promise, the pro-nuclear propaganda film whose billionaire backers ensured a prolonged distribution campaign, is finally fading from view. Its ignominious dispatch was helped along by the recent pronouncement by World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, that nuclear energy would have no part in the bank’s goal to bring electricity to all people by 2030. Not only did the bank reject nuclear energy due to its security risks, it also preferred renewables from an economic standpoint. “We will show investors that sustainable energy is an opportunity they cannot afford to miss,” Kim said.

This effectively silenced one of the Pandora promoters’ favorite sound bites: that the developing world needs electricity and that the best and only way to bring it to them is with nuclear energy.

Undaunted, however, one of the Pandora protagonists, Gwyneth Cravens, is still sputtering spurious pseudo-science from the dying embers of this box office flop. Continue reading

December 12, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, spinbuster | 2 Comments

Japan’s expensive problem – 132,738 tonnes of radioactive soil

wastesflag-japanJapan to spend $970 mn on nuclear soil store Phys Org News 12 Dec 13 Japan is planning to earmark 100 billion yen ($970 million) for a storage facility for tens of thousands of tonnes of soil contaminated with radiation from the Fukushima disaster, a report said Wednesday.

The government will set aside the cash to buy some 3 to 5 square kilometres (1.2 to 2 square miles) of land somewhere near the crippled plant, the Asahi Shimbun reported.

But finding a candidate site for the facility, which the government envisages using for 30 years, is a political challenge as no local authority has so far raised its hand.

Tokyo would like to use land in three heavily contaminated towns near the plant, said the paper, adding environment minister Nobuteru Ishiara will speak with local officials this weekend.

The mayors of the towns—Futaba, Okuma and Naraha—along with the governor of Fukushima prefecture Yuhei Sato, are believed to be concerned that the temporary site could easily become permanent………No one from the environment ministry was available for comment on the report.

As of the end of August, the total amount of  and debris collected through decontamination efforts, in which the top layer of soil is stripped from the land, stood at 132,738 tonnes, about 80 percent of which is from Fukushima prefecture.

This  is currently stored at waste incineration plants,  and agricultural and forestry facilities nationwide.

Experts say a more long-term solution needs to be found because storage capacity at these facilities is reaching its limits. http://phys.org/news/2013-12-japan-mn-nuclear-soil.html#jCp

December 12, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, Japan, wastes | Leave a comment

Russia keen to sell nuclear reactors to USA

Russian-BearMegatons to Megawatts 2.0: Russia eyes new nuclear project with US energy industry Rt.com  December 11, 2013 “……..Rosatom enters US nuclear energy market Marking the end of the HEU-LEU agreement signed in 1993, the head of Russia’s Rosatom Kiriyenko--tsarnuclear energy corporation, Sergey Kiriyenko, has met with his American counterpart in Washington, the US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and his deputy Daniel Poneman.

The parties “compiled a list of mutually interesting projects” Kiriyenko told journalists on Tuesday. The head of the Russian nuclear energy industry named one such project: an international fast-neutron reactor, but refrained from specifying the others.

Kiriyenko said that the HEU-LEU agreement has become “unique experience” which paved the way for future Russia-US cooperation in the nuclear energy sphere.

Rosatom has already signed more than $5.5 billion worth of direct contracts, with US nuclear power generators outside the framework of the HEU-LEU agreement, Kiriyenko acknowledged.

“It is the basis that allows our companies to discuss further cooperation options after the completion of this project,” Kiriyenko said…….. http://rt.com/news/heu-leu-agreement-over-037/

December 12, 2013 Posted by | marketing, Russia, USA | Leave a comment

Full investigation by EU into Britain’s subsidies to nuclear power companies

flag-UKBrussels to probe UK nuclear power plant deal, By Guy Chazan and Alex Barker ,Ft.com 11 Dec 13 Brussels is to launch a full investigation into whether the contract for Britain’s first nuclear power plant in a generation offers illegal state support, casting the project into doubt until at least next summer. Continue reading

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

Edward Snowden – Guardian Person of the Year

Snowden,-EdwardSnowden wins Guardian Person of Year, boosts Targeted Individuals’ credibility  Deborah Dupre Human Rights Examiner 12 Dec 13, Whistleblower Edward Snowden has beenawarded the Guardian Person of the Year 2013 on Monday for exposing some of what every targeted individual survivor wants the world to know regarding surveillance human rights privacy abuses, but not that 24/7 surveillance is used to terrorize millions of innocent corporate-government victims.

“For the second year in a row, a young American whistleblower alarmed at the unfettered and at times cynical deployment of power by the world’s foremost superpower has been voted the Guardian’s person of the year,” reported Lori Price of Citizens for Legitimate Government……….Targeted individuals, however, are far from “few.” Everyone of them knows first-hand about surveillance issues.

As one such targeted person, Katherine Moore, points out, a2009 Department of Justice survey revealed that 5.9 million Americans are targeted individuals. These innocent Americans are victims of surveillance “targeting” by large corporations, extremist groups, and/or outlaw factions of state, local, and federal law enforcement, according to Moore.

Those innocent targeted individuals have known and unsuccessfully reported to media and human rights groups for years what Snowden finally did in a way that media could no longer dismiss……….http://www.examiner.com/article/snowden-wins-guardian-person-of-year-boosts-targeted-individuals-credibility?CID=examiner_alerts_article

December 12, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, civil liberties | Leave a comment

Consumerism, endless growth brings unhappiness

an economic model based on perpetual growth continues on its own terms to succeed, though it may leave a trail of unpayable debts, mental illness and smashed relationships. Social atomisation may be the best sales strategy ever devised, and continuous marketing looks like an unbeatable programme for atomisation.

Materialism: a system that eats us from the inside out  Buying more stuff is associated with depression, anxiety and broken relationships. It is socially destructive and self-destructive   The Guardian, Tuesday 10 December 2013 “……There has long been a correlation observed between materialism, a lack of empathy and engagement with others, and unhappiness.

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But research conducted over the past few years seems to show causation. For example, a series of studies published in the journal Motivation and Emotion in July showed that as people become more materialistic, their wellbeing (good relationships, autonomy, sense of purpose and the rest) diminishes.As they become less materialistic, it rises……. Continue reading

December 12, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, Religion and ethics | 1 Comment

Senator Rockefeller opposing new sanctions on Iran

Don’t Risk Peaceful Elimination of Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Capabilities by Imposing New Sanctions HUFFINGTON POST,  12/11/2013 Sen Jay Rockefeller Today I spoke on the Senate floor about preventing Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapon. Below is full text of the speech. Video is available on my YouTube channel.…….

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sen-jay-rockefeller/dont-risk-peaceful-elimin_b_4428492.html

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

Nuclear Hotseat #129: US Sailors Vs. TEPCO Attorney Charles Bonner

December 10, 2013

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INTERVIEW:  Attorney Charles Bonner, one of the team representing sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan in their lawsuit against TEPCO for the health damages they sustained from Fukushima radiation during Operation Tomadachi, the humanitarian aid mission to Japan immediately after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. 

 

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NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:  Japanese government PR stunt feeds radioactive Fukushima rice to workers and executives in a Tokyo government office complex, while the farmer who grew it can only visit his fields, not live there because the area is still too contaminated for resettlement.  

 

20131209_32_v_s2Japanese Ministry officials chowing down on Fukushima Rice grown by farmers who can’t live near their fields because it’s too radioactive.

 

PLUS:

 

  • RadCast w/Mimi German – the nuclear radiation “weather report”

 

 

 

994665_10152027198309431_350484941_nFistfights break out in Japanese Diet during PM Abe-baby’s ramming through of state secrets act.

 

  • Japanese citizens demonstrate, organize against state secrets act;
  • How Japan ignored Chernobyl in setting nuclear safety standards;
  • Explosion and fire in Arkansas nuke facility, more demands for radiation testing for food and the ocean;
  • AARP going after Florida “advance fee” law;
  • And who knew Mexico had a National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards? 

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