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Limited study shows Fukushima kids’ cancer risk raised, especially amongst 1 year old females – Plus link to report methodology

 Kouji H. Harada et. al. “Radiation dose rates now and in the future for residents neighboring restricted areas of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant” PNAS 2014 ; published ahead of print February 24, 2014, doi:10.1073/pnas.1315684111

The external radiation exposure was measured using personal dosimeters, while the internal exposure was determined through examination of what the test subjects ate and the measurement of atmospheric dust.

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The researchers found the annual average exposure, excluding average natural doses in Fukushima Prefecture before the March 2011 nuclear accident, was 2.51 millisieverts for Tamano district residents, 1.51 millisieverts for Haramachi district residents and 0.89 millisieverts for residents of Kawauchi village.

The study estimates that residents of the Tamano district, starting from the age of 1 in 2012, will be exposed to 42.8 millisieverts by the time they turn 89, the highest of the three areas.

The study said the radiation exposure in the Tamano district would raise the risk of cancer by 0.71 percentage points for men and 1.06 percentage points for women compared with normal levels.

About 44 percent of men and 32 percent of women develop tumors in their lifetime.

Exposure study: 1-year-old girls face slight hike over lifetime

In Tamano, the rate was 0.82 point higher than average for 10-year-old girls, 0.71 point higher for 1-year-old boys and 0.59 point higher for 20-year-old women.


The lifetime risk of developing cancer has risen slightly among 1-year-old girls in an area affected by the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, according to a study published online in a U.S. science journal Monday.

The assessment was based on an August-September 2012 study by Japanese researchers conducted about a year and a half after the March 2011 nuclear disaster started. The study checked the radiation exposure of around 460 residents living near the crippled plant.

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Western intelligence agencies use the Internet for character assassination

How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations, The Intercept, By 24 Feb 2014,One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”…….


I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself. Continue reading

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Refuting the exaggerated claims of the thorium nuclear lobby

Thorium and Nuclear Weapons – By Gordon Edwards There are many exaggerated claims made by promoters of thorium-based nuclear reactor technology as an alternative to the present generation of uranium based reactors.

 One of those claims is that the use of thorium “fuel” instead of uranium fuel eliminates the threat of nuclear weapons proliferation because “thorium-fueled reactors” do not produce plutonium as a by product.

This claim is profoundly misleading. Continue reading

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More information on the harmful effects of depleted uranium

depleted-uraniumFOIA: DoD Documents On Health Effects Of Exposure To Depleted Uranium Weapons
By:  Tuesday February 25, In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Firedoglake on the health effects of exposure to controversial weapons that use depleted uranium, the Department of Defense sent a series of studies and agency memorandum concerning the health effects on US personnel after they were exposed to depleted uranium. Depleted uranium (DU) weapons have become a controversial issue as claims have emerged that citizens of Iraq have suffered increased rates of cancer and birth defects due to the use of the weapons in their country.

Dr Salah Haddad of the Iraqi Society for Health Administration and Promotion told Al Jazeera that ”My colleagues and I have all noticed an increase in Fallujah of congenital malformations, sterility, and infertility,” he said. “In Fallujah, we have the problem of toxics introduced by American bombardments and the weapons they used, like DU.”

DU weapon exposure in Fallujah was the subject of a much noticed study by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health which suggested the use of DU weapons led to “genetic damage.” The theory being that during bombardments of Fallujah with DU weapons toxic levels of DU polluted the city and remained for some time leading to long-term exposure to inhalation of depleted uranium particles by people in the area.

The Institute for Health at the University of Albany notes that “If DU is inhaled and lodges in the lungs, it can remain there for years and cause radiation damage to nearby cells.As it dissolves, it can be carried to and damage the lymph tissues, kidneys and developing fetuses. It can affect the function of the brain and neurological system, the bones, and the reproductive organs. ” Current federal regulations limit the allowance of DU to be emitted based on concerns for toxic inhalation that could cause cancer and water pollution that could damage the kidneys when DU polluted water is ingested.

The studies performed by the Department of Defense submitted under the Freedom of Information Act do not involve civilian populations of Iraq or other areas where exposure to DU weapons have occurred. Instead, DoD focused on their personnel who were exposed at various levels to DU weapons, primarily through accident and being in an enclosed area such as the M1 Abrams tank that fires DU weapons.

The studies range from different deployments in Iraq where DU weapons were used including the first Gulf War which includes a fire that occurred in Kuwait where some DU weapons were apparently compromised. Also included is analysis by the Veterans Administration which sought to understand the health effects of DU weapons exposure for evaluating disability categories for veterans. Much of the focus seemed to be on DoD personnel who were charged with ordinance removal.

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AUDIO: nuclear survivors and young Marshall Islanders remember the atomic bombing

Hear-This-wayAUDIO: Youth gather in Marshall Islands for Nuclear Survivors project 28 February 2014,  Tomorrow marks 60 years since the Castle Bravo nuclear test which contaminated four of the atolls in the Marshall Islands.

 Youth gather in Marshall Islands for Nuclear Survivors project (Credit: ABC)

The fall out from the blast impacts on the health and wellbeing of the Marshallese to this day.

To mark the anniversary, youth representatives from other nuclear-affected areas including Japan and Kazakhstan will join the young people of Marshall Islands for a week of digital storytelling workshops centred around Nuclear Survivors Day.

Rico Ishi, is co-ordinator of the youth delegates attending the Nuclear Futures workshop. Presenter: Richard Ewart Speaker: Rico Ishi, Youth Delegate Co-ordinator at Nuclear Futures

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US State department smooths over Fukushima – “views without restriction” or lies without end? with added links

2013 Human Rights Reports: Japan

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
February 27, 2014

Section 2. Respect for Civil Liberties, Including:    

a. Freedom of Speech and Press

The constitution provides for freedom of speech and press, and the government generally respected these rights in practice. An independent press, an effective judiciary, and a functioning democratic political system combined to promote freedom of speech and press.

Censorship or Content Restrictions: The media expressed a wide variety of views without restriction. Some NGOs continued to criticize press clubs for encouraging similar news coverage by fostering close relationships among media personnel, officials, and politicians.

Libel Laws/National Security: Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced in July that he would sue current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for defamation related to an article written by Abe that called into question Kan’s role in the supervision of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Former Prime Minister Kan demanded 11 million yen ($112,000) in compensation, and the deletion of the article from Prime Minister Abe’s website.

A plaintiff suing journalist Minoru Tanaka for 67 million yen ($680,000) in damages for defamation and court fees following the publication of an article linking him to questionable activities in the nuclear industry dropped the lawsuit in August prior to cross-examination of the plaintiff.

Internet Freedom

There were no government restrictions on access to the internet or credible reports that the government monitored e-mail or internet chat rooms without appropriate legal authority. The internet was widely accessible and used.

Academic Freedom and Cultural Events

The Ministry of Education’s approval process for history textbooks continued to be a subject of controversy, particularly regarding its treatment of certain 20th-century topics, such as military history.

The national anthem and flag continued to be controversial symbols. Administrators reprimanded public school teachers for refusing to stand and sing the national anthem in front of the flag.

There were no government restrictions on cultural events.

b. Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association

The law provides for freedom of assembly and association, and the government generally respected these rights in practice.

d. Freedom of Movement, Internally Displaced Persons, Protection of Refugees, and Stateless Persons

The law provides for freedom of internal movement, foreign travel, emigration, and repatriation, and the government generally respected these rights in practice. The government cooperated with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and other humanitarian organizations in providing protection and assistance to internally displaced persons, refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, and other persons of concern.

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

The government generally provided adequate shelter and other protective services in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima Prefecture and sought to provide permanent relocation or reconstruction options. The press criticized the National Reconstruction Agency, citing administrative disorganization or slow progress in housing reconstruction and decontamination of radiation-affected areas. On July 30, the National Reconstruction Agency announced that 35 percent of its fiscal 2012 budget slated to rebuild areas affected by the disasters was unused. According to agency statistics as of August 12, out of the approximately 290,000 evacuees, there were 105 persons in evacuation centers while approximately 274,000 continued to live in nonpermanent housing.

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Bikini atoll – 60 years since the biggest nuclear bomb

Castle Bravo: The Largest U.S. Nuclear Explosion ,  March 1 marks the 60th anniversary of Castle Bravo, the largest thermonuclear device ever detonated by the United States. The test was part of a larger operation for testing high-yield nuclear devices, known as Operation Castle, conducted by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and Department of Defense. The operation took place at Bikini Atoll, part of the Marshall Islands, used by the U.S. military beginning in 1946 for nuclear weapons testing research. While the test advanced thermonuclear weapons design, miscalculations about the yield resulted in the largest U.S. nuclear contamination accident.


The United States tested its first thermonuclear device, known as Ivy Mike, two years earlier in 1952, also in the Marshall Islands. In the wake of the Ivy Mike test, U.S. scientists rushed to create a set of deliverable thermonuclear designs. Continue reading

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A pro nuclear writer has second thoughts

if it is a choice between nuclear and renewables, the choice is much less clear. Few things would be worse than going big on nuclear, only to abandon the endeavor halfway over political considerations.

The political instability of nuclear power power may be a relatively clean source of energy. But it can be politically toxic. By Ryan Cooper, 27 Feb 14 Nuclear power occupies a weird space in American politics. Environmental types tend to dislike it, despite the fact that it’s almost entirely carbon-free. Conservatives love it, even though, with its heavy reliance on government funding, it’s the most socialist power system imaginable.

But there’s one aspect of nuclear that gets comparatively little attention: its inherent political vulnerability. Continue reading

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Now Abe says Japan will cut reliance on nuclear power

Abe,-Shinzo-nukeAbe Repeats Japan to Cut Nuclear Reliance as Much as Possible, Bloomberg,  By Masumi Suga  Feb 26, 2014  Japan will reduce its reliance on nuclear power, while also seeking to promote conservation and clean energy sources, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated in comments to parliament today.

“We will work to promote an energy conservation society and introduce renewable energy,” Abe said. “On that basis, reliance on nuclear power will be cut as much as possible.”…..

Some regional utilities in Japan have applied to the Nuclear Regulation Authority, the nuclear regulator, for safety checks following the Fukushima nuclear accident almost three years ago.

The regulator has declined to give any dates for approving safety improvements at reactors or naming plants that are further along in the safety assessments. It has said that no approvals will be given this fiscal year, which ends March 31….

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USA OK with Vietnam enriching uranium, but not OK with Iran doing so?

US To Sell Nuclear Fuel To Former Foe Vietnam, Will Permit Uranium Enrichment Zero Hedge, Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/25/2014 There was a time when Vietnam was America’s staunchest proxy war foe. This is not those times which explains why yesterday the president signed a landmark, controversial and not to mention hypocritical deal with Vietnam in which allows the U.S. to sell nuclear fuel and technology to its former foe, which will then be allowed to further enrich it. Why (because there is always a reason when the US does something so unexpected, and especially when nuclear power is involved)? Simple: as the Hill explains, the US “aims to help guarantee Vietnams’ energy independence as China asserts a more prominent role in the region.” Of course, the last time the US sought to prevent Vietnam’s affiliation with a foreign superpower, the results were quite disastrous. One can only hope this time it’s different……

And here is hypocrisy 101: “the deal aims to get Vietnam to import the fuel it needs for its reactors instead of producing it domestically. But it doesn’t bar the country from conducting its own uranium enrichment, raising concerns about nuclear proliferation.”

In other words, what the US allows Vietnam to do, just because it serves its own set of interests of Chinese sphere of influence containment, it will not allow Iran to do, just because Israel is still on the fences about whether the intentions of its latest weapons client are pure. “The agreement is also seen as a potential complicating factor in the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran. Iran has repeatedly accused nuclear powers, and the United States in particular, of a double standard in terms of which nations are allowed to run nuclear programs that are allegedly for civilian purposes only.”

Then again, all is fair in Realpolitik, as the world return to a multi-polar theater, and in which the US is increasingly losing its superpower relevance.

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Covert agents use the Internet to destroy reputations

OT: New Snowden docs reveal gov’t agents “attempting to manipulate & control online discourse with… deception & reputation-destruction” — “Deliberately spreading lies on internet” — Using “‘false flag operations’ & emails to people’s families, friends” (GRAPHICS)

Glenn Greenwald, , Feb 24, 2014 How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations– From the Snowden archive

Western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction
[The ‘Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group’ a previously secret unit of the UK’s ‘Government Communications Headquarters’] document […] entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations”
Agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself
Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable

Tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums
GCHQ describes the purpose of JTRIG [as] “using online techniques to make something happen in the real or cyber world,” including “information ops (influence or disruption)”
These surveillance agencies have vested themselves with the power to deliberately ruin people’s reputations and disrupt their online political activity
Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein, a close Obama adviser and the White House’s former head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, wrote a controversial paper in 2008 proposing that the US government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-”independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites, as well as other activist groups
These GCHQ documents are the first to prove that a major western government is using some of the most controversial techniques to disseminate deception online and harm the reputations of targets
The state is deliberately spreading lies on the internet about whichever individuals it targets, including the use of what GCHQ itself calls “false flag operations” and emails to people’s families and friends
Claims that government agencies are infiltrating online communities and engaging in “false flag operations” to discredit targets are often dismissed as conspiracy theories, but these documents leave no doubt they are doing precisely that

See also: Leaked emails show British gov’t worked with nuke companies on PR campaign to downplay Fukushima — Degree of collusion “truly shocking”

And: British gov’t deeply involved in blatant conspiracy designed to manipulate the truth — Very effective attempt to ‘calm’ reporting of true story of Fukushima

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Geoengineering is likely to bring climate chaos

Geoengineering: Path Towards Further Climate Chaos New study reveals that widely discussed climate engineering strategies could bring little benefit, ‘potentially severe side effects’

By  | February 27, 2014 Geoengineering—deliberate large-scale human manipulation of the climate as a way to mitigate soaring CO2 emissions—is a technological path towards further climate chaos with potentially disastrous consequences, a new study warns.

Researchers from Germany’s Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel published the findings, which echoother studies‘ warnings of geoengineering, in the journal Nature Communications.

Using computer simulations to look at the long-term global consequences of several climate engineering methods, the researchers found that these methods could provide only minor benefits to reducing global warming but could spark severe side effects.

The study looked at five widely discussed strategies: reducing incoming solar radiation through atmospheric aerosols or mirrors, ‘greening’ large desert areas in North Africa and Australia by wide-scale tree planting, and three different ways to manipulate the ocean including ocean alkalinization.

“All of the methods have unintended side effects,” the authors found, and are relatively ineffective—less than 8 percent—at reducing warming in comparison to the expected trajectory of CO2 emissions.

The afforestation technique, in fact, could make warming worse.

“The forests removed carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but at the same time the earth’s surface became darker and could store more heat,” lead author Dr. David Keller explained.

Other problems could occur if a climate engineering method was stopped.

While they found that reduction of solar radiation could slow down warming significantly, if that measure were suddenly stopped after 50 years, for example, that could spark a several-degree global warming increase in just a few decades, and “This change would be much faster than the current rate of climate change, with potentially even more catastrophic consequences,” said Keller.

In all their simulations, atmospheric CO2 “still reaches more than twice the current level by the end of the century,” the authors write.

The best way to deal with climate change, the authors conclude, is to mitigate CO2 emissions

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No specific targets or figures in Japan’s energy plan

Govt energy plan fails to give specific targets or figures The Yomiuri Shimbun, 27 Feb 14, The final draft of the government’s newenergy policy clearly states that nuclear power is “an important base load power source” and nuclear power plants should resume operations after their safety is confirmed, but the draft fails to mention specific goals or figures concerning the use of nuclear power…….Other than nuclear power, sources of power include coal, hydropower and geothermal power generations.

The Liberal Democratic Party’s ruling coalition partner, New Komeito, insists that nuclear power generation must be stopped immediately, and it opposed to a draft compiled previously by the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry’s expert panel in December, claiming the description in the draft that nuclear power is a “fundamental and important base power source” leans too much on the dependence on nuclear power. Therefore, the word “fundamental” was eliminated from the final draft…….. the government’s draft is expected to be approved by the Cabinet in March. The draft is expected to support the use of nuclear power plants and power companies’ efforts to reactivate them, in contrast to the zero nuclear power policy by the former administration led by the Democratic Party of Japan.

According to the Nuclear Regulation Authority, there is no clear prospect for completing the safety screening necessary to restart nuclear power plants, including those operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Kansai Electric Power Co……..

The government will begin discussing the power source composition, which may face rough waters as the government has to consider the opinions of political parties and the public.

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Korea can manage very well without nuclear power

‘Koreans can live without nuclear power’
By Ko Dong-hwan

Kim Ik-jung, a microbiology professor at Dongguk University, has expressed concerns that South Korea may face the same kind of fiasco as Japan’s Fukushima meltdown, which took place in March 2011 in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami.
The biggest challenge for Kim is to persuade Korea not to take the same path as Japan. He noted that the Gori nuclear power plant turns 35 this year, while the plants in Fukushima are all aged over 30.

Being a commissioner at the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission ( in Jongno, Seoul, apart from his teaching tenure, Kim has given anti-nuclear seminars to universities, Catholic-affiliated committees and media outlets over 530 occasions in the past three years. He was also invited to Kyoto by Japan’s anti-nuclear committee to give lectures

to doctors and local citizens in 2012.

“Koreans have been brainwashed by false knowledge that nuclear energy is clean, futuristic, cheap and safe,” Kim said in a recent interview with The Korea Times.

He criticized the Korea Nuclear Energy Promotion Agency for pushing to modify school textbooks so they are “nuclear-friendly.”

Kim said the agency is only part of the invincible “nuclear industry conglomerate” represented by the government, education authorities and powerful firms, including Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power and its affiliates like Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction and Samsung C&T Corporation.

Kim argued Koreans can still live without nuclear power by doing a couple of things: controlling electricity demands and expanding sustainable energy output.

“Korea, which is poorer than most European countries, uses more electricity than them, which is nonsensical,” said Kim. He emphasized the nation is the only country with rising domestic electricity demands and sustainable energy output of less than one percent of the whole.

He said nuclear power has offered literally zero influence to the goodness of humanity — it’s invisible, odorless, cancerous and lethal, as well as expensive to manage. Kim wrote a book, “Hanguk Talhaek (Korea Out of Nuclear Energy).” Published in November, it purports to be an anti-nuclear energy textbook for all Korean citizens..

“After all, I’m a university professor teaching microbiology and immunology in Gyeongju,” Kim added. “I do the anti-nuclear campaign when I don’t have classes. Call me an amateur activist.

Moist Japanese people still don’t realize, or ignore, the seriousness of Japan’s “doomsday clock” that started ticking after the accident, Kim claimed.

He forecasts that the Japanese government, endorsing strong ultra-conservatism which puts the world at vigilance, will drive the country to danger as the government and parliament are firmly gearing toward embracing nuclear power.

The professor said he was disappointed over the results of the recent Tokyo governor’s election on Feb. 10 where another ultra-conservative lawmaker, Yoichi Masuzoe, won over nuclear-conscious candidate Morihiro Hosokawa, the former prime minister who promised to ditch nuclear power.

“Eighty percent of Japanese don’t want nuclear power plants and yet they elect nuclear-friendly politicians. Should we feel sorry for them?” Kim said. He also noted Japanese voters aren’t aware of the truth thanks to the nation’s unilateral journalism and insidious politics.

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