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2nd time my emails got blocked and i LOVE for letting me know whilst Gmail failed!!

Would you believe it? Last week my emails got blocked whilst i tried to send the hotel i was in an email to sort out the rent.. The hotel computer and wireless system was screwed for a day or so and i had to use another system to access the Internet at all.. Now last week at least returned with an “access denied” message whilst gmail did not let me know that the message got blocked ( i had to contact the receiver face to face to find out that the gmail was never received)

So I recommend as a great email service!!  Well done for letting me know!! 🙂

I will post the 2 emails that i wanted to send below here (deleting the name on one as to preserve anonymity)

You will see why the powers that be wanted to block these emails as you read them..

I had a cunning plan..  🙂

Those of you who know me and my research would expect me to come up with some crafty angle to get around a digital Blockade , so here is what the security services of the UK wanted to stop from a poor beleaguered blogger exiled to Ireland..

I got a reply from this guy as i tried to send him this email.. he wanted to see if i knew anyone who had a bank account who he could deposit some money in for me..


Hi (tryh)
I have had a cunning thought.. i have just opened a bitcoin wallet..  i will not be using an exchange to hold it but will have my own wallet

here is the address

i used this url to set up the wallet

I will transfer to an exchange when i want to pay for a service so as to minimise the risk of losing money to hackers or to exchange fraud..  as i researched this it would appear that it is likely that bitcoin will at the very least remain at its present value but could increase in value relative to the paper currencies, especially if the economy finally takes a dive as the cash printing bubble bursts.. I dont know why i didnt think of this before..

i think i will have a roof over my head for a few weeks more as i found somenone who might be able to put me up for a couple of weeks while i contact human rights people to garner support for housing.. so a smaller amount of euros than you were going to offer will be adequate fir now as i just need money for some rice, fruit and some protein..  a healthy diet and i have lost most of the ribs that were showing..  thanks to you bro!

another reason for using bitcoin is so the banks that are really corrupt will not make much money on them if any at all..
I feel like a salesman for bitcoin now..

for people to donate i only have to give then the “address” shown above and i am good to go.. small amounts can be excepted..  i will let my personal network in on this for now and later as i am a bit more settled i can publisise the address or another address on an another account to gain small donations..

i am feeling a bit less kettled now..  i will see how my trial of bitcoins will work out.. i will let you know how the experiment works out..   take care
talk to you soon
regards sean


And then i tried to send that sexy blogger christina mac phearson my cunning plan so as to ease her worries and as quick that too was blocked


hi christina

i had a bloomin brainwave

the governments hate bitcoin, the banks hate bitcoin and both also hate me..  so   🙂  wait for it :…

i opened a “wallet” here

i took about 3 minutes

then i got my address with which bitcoin could be sent too!


If my bitcoin is hacked i will be able to give that as good evidence that it must be the security services a s they would be the only ones with the technology to hack a bitcoin wallet..  good evidence for Jennifer Schweppe and others that are trying to help me.. 😉

I have asked my donor if he might put some bitcoin in and will ask others also..  some people like libbe halevey asked for the option to give smaller donations..

as Iori from Fukushima Diary had his pay pal closed like the wikileaks thing (he has all his money in it and has to wait 180 days to get a refund) i wasnt going to go there even if i could have opened a bank account or similar.. the halifax bank (bank of scotland)  stitched me up and broke an agreement that they had set up in the UK (the reason i got made homeless btw )

i wish i had thought of this sooner..  at least i should be able to get at some cash to by the essentials in life and may even be able to rent a more affordable room or something.. i could also save any future potential earnings from a job in there too! it looks like bitcoin will increase in value against the boom and bust currencies..

well thats all for now..  take care and i will let you know when i am settled.. i think i have a temporary place to stay on Thursday for a few weeks while i sort something more permanent out..

big hugs

I hope tryh gets this and Chrisstina also..

What a carry on!!  huh?

Must have been the human rights posts as fb blocked me on them as well! maybe ??



May 5, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Secrecy over recent explosion at Hanford plutonium site

secret-agent-Smexclamation-SmNBC Right Now: Explosion at U.S. nuclear site — Kept secret from public — Happened in plant where plutonium was manufactured — “One of the most hazardous buildings” in America — Workers: “Flames shot out… big, loud bang like a shot gun” (VIDEO)

NBC Right Now (Yakima, WA), (Yakima, WA), May 1, 2014 (h/t Stock): Hanford union workers tell NBC Right Now there was an explosion at the plutonium finishing plant cleanup site weeks ago, but the event wasn’t shared with the public. The Hanford union representative says it happened when workers were cutting some pipe as part of the demolition of the Plutonium Finishing Plant [PFP]. The union representative wants to remain anonymous and says workers are concerned management isn’t putting worker safety first. […] Workers describe the explosion as a spark then flames that shot out of a pipe and a loud bang […] We’re told it happened two weeks ago […] Workers say they think the contractor is playing down the explosion and possible safety concerns to protect themselves from fines and work delays. […] The union representative says management wants to keep experienced workers quiet.

Hanford Union Representative: “: “Having a pipe explode at probably the most contaminated facility in the United States. This is one of the most hazardous buildings in the U.S. […] Management continues to call it a small pop even though the workers say no this thing was a big, loud bang like a shot gun blast […] People bring up concerns and they fall on deaf ears, especially at this facility. It’s like they’re dumbing it down because if this becomes a big concern, then they’re not going to be able to remove the pipe in a timely manor. Well, that’s not the concern. I could care less about your time frame and how much money you’re going to make when you get that pipe out. My concern is the people cutting the pipe in the first place and that doesn’t seem to be their concern. […] PFP is not wanting to use experienced individuals anymore because we’re bringing up too many concerns in this plant. They want to bring in the guy that’s not going to ask any questions and they’ve started to do so.”

Department of Energy:: “The Department of Energy is overseeing the contractor’s response and will continue to evaluate their investigation into the cause of the event and corrective actions.”

KVEW (ABC),, May 2, 2014: Investigation Underway Following Pipe Explosion at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant — An investigation is underway following a pipe explosion last month at the Hanford site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant. A spokesman for the CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company says the employees were cutting a pipe on April 17th when they heard a loud bang and witnessed a small flame emit from the end of the pipe.

Watch the NBC broadcast here

May 5, 2014 Posted by | incidents | 1 Comment

Rebutting the nuclear spruiker, James Conca



A Rebuttal to the January 11, 2013 Article by James Conca, “Like We’ve Been Saying — Radiation is Not A Big Deal,” Posted on Forbes Website


 In the January 11th Forbes article titled “Like We’ve Been Saying–Radiation Is Not A Big Deal,” the author, James Conca, claims that “the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) has finally admitted that we can’t use the LNT (linear no-threshold dose) hypothesis to predict cancer from low doses of radiation.”

Continue reading

May 5, 2014 Posted by | Reference, spinbuster | 3 Comments

New York Times Editorial inadvertently delivers an epitaph for the nuclear energy industry

dead-duck-nuclearIf the New York Times wants to anoint Chernobyl’s unfinished second shroud as the prime symbol of today’s atomic industry, then this editorial is indeed a fitting epitaph.

NY Times Editorial Board Delivers a ‘Prudent’ Message of Nuclear Abandonment by Harvey Wasserman May 4, 2014

In support of the dying nuclear power industry, the New York Times Editorial Board has penned an inadvertent epitaph.

Appearing in the May 2 edition, The Right Lessons from Chernobyl twists and stumbles around the paper’s own reporting. Though unintended, it finally delivers a “prudent” message of essential abandonment. Continue reading

May 5, 2014 Posted by | media, USA | Leave a comment

Uranium Film Festival starts May 14 in Rio de Janeiro

logo-uranium-film-festivalMarcia Gomes de Oliveira Executive Director International Uranium  Film Festival Rio de Janeiro 5 May 14 In a few days will start the IV International Uranium Film Festival Rio de Janeiro 2014.
Between May 14th and 25th more than 60 movies, documentaries and animations
from over 20 countries about nuclear power, uranium mining and radioactive risks
(From Hiroshima to Fukushima) will screen in the Cinema of Rio’s Modern Art Museum.
Rio de Janeiro’s Uranium Film Festival is the world’s biggest showcase of eye opening filmsabout nuclear energy. It’s the “Atomic Cannes”.
“It is not easy to find financial support for nuclear films, and its even more difficult to find a festival or
TV station that screens these films – especially if it is a critical nuclear film”, says festival director
Norbert G. Suchanek: “The International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) is one of the few
independent film festivals that is dedicated to all nuclear films, movies and documentaries and that screensthese films not only in Rio de Janeiro but also at the travelling Uranium Film Festivals in other countries
and cities around the globe.”

May 5, 2014 Posted by | ACTION | 2 Comments

Open Letter to Evo Morales about nuclear energy

This post is also available in: Italian, Spanish

Posted date: 04 May 2014

Dear Evo Morales,

First of all we would like to emphasize that those who sign this letter consider themselves to be friends of the Bolivian people. We applaud what your government has done over the years for the welfare of the people of Bolivia, for the recovery of control over your natural resources as well as for social justice and the redistribution of wealth. We also support the strong stance you and your government have taken on the protection of the environment, with the institution of the Day of Mother Earth and the acts against the exploitation of food resources for purposes other than the nourishment of the people. Moreover, we have been fighting for years, in our countries and internationally, against military and civilian nuclear energy.

In this light, as friends, we have been surprised by the announcement of your government’s plans to start the process of building a nuclear plant in Bolivia.

We believe this to be a move in the wrong direction and we wish to explain why in the following few points. We also hope that this debate can be continued with the participation of the entire Bolivian society. We therefore welcome positions different from ours and are always available to participate in an open discussion with further contributions.

1) That for nuclear energy is a choice without return, and no visible end! No one knows precisely what it costs to dismantle a nuclear power plant, but it is likely to be comparable to the cost of constructing one; no durable solution for the disposal of radioactive wastes has yet been found. These wastes constitute a heavy legacy that is expensive to store and remains deadly for thousands of years.

2) The idea of acquiring autonomy and independence by the use of nuclear energy is illusory and false: uranium is a finite resource (the most optimistic forecasts count with its depletion in about a century) and supplies of nuclear fuel are held by a handful of rich countries.

3) The costs of a nuclear programme are much higher than those of any other form of energy production; the budgeted cost for nuclear power reactor is around US$8-10 billion and building times are unpredictable. Besides there are huge costs involved in adjusting the connected infrastructure – industrial, technical, medical, etc. – and in training the staff only to make them extremely specialised and in this sector only.

4) The safety of a nuclear plant is a myth, fuelled by industry supporters and industrialists, but clearly denied by the facts: the last half-century shows that we must expect an extremely serious accident every few years. The consequences of a major nuclear accident are worse than those of any other accident. The legacy of the Fukushima accident alone will last for decades to burden Japan and the world!

5) Nuclear energy is a vulnerable target to terrorist attacks and leads to a militarization of the surrounding territory.

6) For all these reasons, the production of energy by nuclear means is in steep decline all around the world and is likely to continue that way; it is reasonable to expect that the construction of new nuclear power plants and their total number will decrease in the future.

7) Nuclear power on planet Earth represents the quintessential “anti-nature” form of energy production. Nature uses nuclear reactions in the creation of new worlds in stars. That however is fusion, not fission; on Earth its use is purely episodic and marginal.

8) There is a tight bond between civil and military nuclear energy production. The materials and basic techniques are the same, with plutonium – the ‘explosive’ material ideal for nuclear power generation as well as nuclear weapons – resulting as a by-product during the chain reaction.

We believe these arguments to be sufficient to dissuade any government from investing a nation’s resources and scientific potential in the nuclear industry, and we wish to see the Bolivian people take a more constructive way forward, prioritizing those renewable forms of energies of which your country is richly endowed. Such a choice and development path would generate infinitely more energy on a sustainable basis, thus bringing more welfare, autonomy and jobs than any nuclear project.

We are ready to provide the scientific details of our statements to your government and we warmly embrace you with love and esteem.

Anna Polo, World without Wars and Violence, Italy

Olivier Turquet, chief editor Pressenza Italy

Angelo Baracca, Professor of Physics, University of Florence, Italy

Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, Ireland

Tony Robinson, International spokeperson of World without Wars and Violence

Carlos Vassaux M.D., USA

Dr. Jouni Ylinen, Finland

Ira Helfand, MD, USA, co-President International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize

Claudio Giangiacomo, Italy

Nnimmo Bassey, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Nigeria

Roberto Renzetti, Professor of Physics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Roma 3 and essayist, Italy

People for Nuclear Disarmament, Australia

Human Survival Project, Australia

Dr. Scilla Elworthy, Founder of Oxford Research Group, Founder of Peace Direct, Councillor of the World Future Council, UK

Giorgio Parisi, Professor of Physics, University of Roma I, La Sapienza, Italy

Romi Elnagar, author of “Fukushima: Meltdown on the Ring of Fire” in Green Horizon, USA

Alice Slater, Global Council of Abolition 2000, USA

Dr. Anthony Gronowicz, Green Party, USA

Salvatore Fanara, USA

Jane Milliken, USA

Rachel Clark, Interpreter, Global Coordinator, Language instructor, USA

Bruce K. Gagnon, Coordinator Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, USA

Pauline Tangiora, Member of the World Future Council and the Earth Council, New Zealand

Gerson Lesser, M.D., USA

Debbie Peters, J.D., USA

Prof. Francesco Bottaccioli, Founder and President of the Italian Society of Psiconeuroendocrinoimmunology. Direction and Teaching Master Degree in “PNEI and science of integrated care”, University of L’Aquila, Italy

Roberto Romizi, President of International Society of Doctors for the Environment – ISDE, Italy

Tahia Devisscher, UK

Yukari Saito and Gerard Blaylock, Founders of the Documentation Center “Seeds beneath the snow” Pisa, Italy

Prof. Jürgen Renn, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany

Dr. Celestino Panizza, President ISDE Brescia, Italy

Paola Manduca, ISDE, Italy

Paul Larudee, Free Palestine Movement, USA

Giuseppe Masera, ISDE, Italy

Giuseppe Miserotti, ISDE Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Pedro Portugal Mollinedo, director of Pukara magazine, Bolivia

Pol D’Huyvetter, Mayors for Peace, Brazil

Giorgio Ferrari, Italy

Paolo De Santis, Professor of Physics, University of Roma 3 – Alternativa, Italy

Luisa Memore, president ISDE Torino, Italy

Giuseppe Vitiello, Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Salerno, Italy

Antonio M. Calabrò, Aerospace Engineer Researcher, Italy

Marco Caldiroli, Luigi Mara, Chiara Rodeghiero, Fulvio Aurora, Maurizio Marchi, Patrizia Gentilini,
Antonio Valassina, Medicina Democratica, Italy

Kate Hudson, General Secretary of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), UK

Patrick Boylan, NoWar-Rome, Italy

Pax Christi Metro New York, USA

Nelson Arias Ávila, Physic, PhD, Colombia

Takao Takahara, Professor of International Politics and Peace Research, Faculty of International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan

Gabriella Filippazzo, ISDE Palermo, Italy

Lee Hsiujung,  Vice Secretery General of Taiwan Environmental Protection Union, Taiwan

May 5, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Marshall Islands takes on Nuclear Establishment in legal case

goliath-&-Marshall-IslesNuclear WMD states sued – by the Marshall Islands  Robert Dodge 4th May 2014

 The US threatens to attack Iran if it tries to build a nuclear bomb, yet the US and other nuclear WMD states have ignored their treaty obligation to work toward nuclear disarmament, writes Rober Dodge. Now the Marshall Islands has gone to court to enforce compliance.

Historic lawsuits have been field by the tiny Republic of the Marshall Islands against the US and the eight other Nuclear Weapons States (NWS) to meet their treaty obligations to disarm.

Since 1970, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has obligated nations to negotiate in good faith for complete disarmament – a world without nuclear weapons.

Forty-four years later, with no negotiations in sight, the world has become a more dangerous place with stockpiles of more than 17,000 nuclear weapons.

$1 trillion to spent on nuclear WMD over the next decade Four more nations now have nuclear weapons, and the original five continue to invest in and modernize their nuclear forces with expenditures expected to be in excess of $1 trillion over the next 10 years.

But one small nation has stood up to say “enough is enough”. The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has taken action in the International Court of Justice and in the US Federal District Court to compel the nine nuclear weapons nations to comply with their obligations, under the NPT and customary international law, and begin negotiations for nuclear zero.They suffered a 12-year blitz of nuclear bomb tests

The Marshallese people know first-hand about the destructive consequences of living in a world with nuclear weapons. From 1946-1958, the US conducted 67 nuclear weapon tests in the Marshall Islands, the equivalent explosive power of one-and-a-half Hiroshima bombs detonated daily for 12 years.

They seek no compensation through these legal actions. Rather they act for the seven billion of us who live on this planet, to end the nuclear weapon threat hanging over all humanity.

For the past year, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) has served as a consultant to the RMI in support of this courageous initiative to fulfill the world’s nuclear disarmament obligation.

They understand, as do the people of the Marshall Islands, that the only way to keep our loved ones safe is to relentlessly strive for the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

The issue is human survival

This is not a partisan issue, it is a survival issue. As a variety of world leaders have made clear, including former US Secretary of State George Shultz:

“The nuclear club should be abolished and anybody who has a nuclear weapon is the enemy of mankind.”

And Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate:

“The failure of these countries to uphold important commitments and respect the law makes a more dangerous place. This is one of the most fundamental moral and legal questions of our time.”

As a physician, I recognize nuclear weapons pose the greatest existential and public health threat to our world. There is no adequate response to nuclear war. Prevention is essential and abolition of these weapons is the only way to accomplish that goal.

May 5, 2014 Posted by | general | 1 Comment

Wind power and energy storage bringing 100% renewable power to Denmark

flag-Denmark1wind-turb-smCarbon Dioxide and Denmark’s Plan for 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050 bSara Watson on May 3, 2014. Studies have shown that levels of carbon dioxide currently in the atmosphere are at an all time high. The time for change regarding energy choices is now. One nation has already taken up the charge to change the way we create and use energy. Denmark is leading the world in making changes regarding energy sources. The nation has a plan to be 100 percent dependant on renewable sources by 2050. This will create new jobs, decrease dependency on international resources and increase their exports to other nations. Continue reading

May 5, 2014 Posted by | Denmark, renewable | Leave a comment

Iran’s President Rouhani up against hard-liners, over nuclear talks

RouhaniHassan Rouhani faces growing criticism in Iran over nuclear talks,  in Tehran,, Sunday 4 May 2014

Rightwing activists claim negotiators are ignoring national interests and that west has not shown the same honesty as Iran The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, is facing growing criticism from a broad array of political hardliners and rightwing opponents who say his government is being duped by the US in an over-hasty attempt to clinch a nuclear deal with the west and end economic sanctions.

At a meeting at the former American embassy building in central Tehran on Saturday, a newly formed group of MPs and rightwing activists calling itself “We’re Worried” claimed Iran‘s negotiating team was ignoring national interests in the nuclear talks, which resume on 13 May in Vienna.

“The whole nation believes the main intention of the United States is to fully halt the Iranian nuclear programme,” said Fatemeh Alia, a central committee member of the hardline Islamic Revolution Resistance Front, previously allied to the former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad…….

The US and Britain have expressed guarded confidence that a final nuclear deal with Iran can be reached by the deadline of 20 July, describing the talks as “very substantive”.

Rouhani and his chief negotiator, Mohammad Javad Zarif, have echoed those sentiments. “Iran is optimistic about the results of the talks and has taken great steps to reach a comprehensive deal and aims to achieve a win-win result,” Rouhani told Iranian television last week.

Rouhani hit back angrily at his critics. “Through lies and hype some people are trying to derail the government from its path, and this is against national interests and the leader’s order … Iran does not compromise on the people’s interests,” he said………

May 5, 2014 Posted by | Iran, politics international | 1 Comment

Ukraine crisis highlights the very real peril of nuclear war

atomic-bomb-lAnother View: Ukraine crisis puts focus on danger of nuclear waDes Moines Register By Ira Helfand May 3, 2014 The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has made it clear that the danger of nuclear war is still with us and may be greater than at any time since the height of the Cold War. What does that mean for United States nuclear policy?

There are today more than 15,000 nuclear warheads in the world. The vast majority, more than 95 percent, are in the arsenals of the United States and Russia. Some 3,000 of these warheads are on “hair-trigger” alert. They are mounted on missiles that can be fired in 15 minutes and destroy their targets around the world less than 30 minutes later.

During the Cold War, there was a widespread understanding of what nuclear weapons could do.

That is not true today.

Those who lived through the Cold War have put this painful information out of mind, and a generation has come of age that never learned about the terrible effects of nuclear war. This must change if we are to make rational decisions about nuclear policy. Continue reading

May 5, 2014 Posted by | 2 WORLD, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Russia tried floating nuclear plants – costly and risky

reactors-floatingRussia’s Plans for Floating Nuclear Power  Motley Fool, By Maxx Chatsko  May 4, 2014 |  “………. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have proposed building a floating nuclear power plant roughly five to nine miles offshore. Huh? Is that even possible?

I’m all about American innovation, but the idea was not originally conceived by MIT researchers, although their designs are novel. The original idea for floating nuclear power plants was actually developed in Russia. More surprising is that its more than just an idea — designs are being constructed and commercialized as you read this article. Is the world really ready for floating nuclear power?

Russia’s plans
The Russian designs for floating nuclear power plants were created by Rosatom, which originally planned to build up to eight facilities by 2015. Those plans were proven overly ambitious, but the first two reactors were installed (non-operable) last October and are expected to be deployed in Pevek. Each power plant will consist of two nuclear reactors ranging from capacities of 35 MWe to 325 MWe each and boasting a lifetime of 38 years. The plan is to tow the facility back to port every 12 years for one year of maintenance and fuel reloading. Some will produce power exclusively for the grid in remote locations lacking access to Russia’s abundant natural gas reserves and extensive pipeline network through underwater transmission cables, while others will act as cogeneration facilities capable of feeding the grid and desalinating large quantities of seawater. Meanwhile, the ship hulls are being constructed in Russia, although South Korea and China have been rumored to be possible partners in future facilities.

It’s not difficult to imagine the ambitious and pioneering projects experiencing cost overruns — and that’s exactly what has happened. Planned facilities have been canceled, moved, sold, bought, and resold in their relatively short existence. Whether the floating nuclear power plants can produce power economically remains to be demonstrated, although the cost is expected to drop with each new facility………

The potential risks are numerous,….Unfortunately, the risk increases for unproven and unverified designs. There would be unique threats such as terrorists, pirates, or stray tankers, as well as familiar threats such as equipment malfunctions…. environmentalists would be sure to interpret proposed designs as humanity’s disregard for marine life,

May 5, 2014 Posted by | Russia, technology | Leave a comment

US Senators wait for an answer from NRC on nuclear emergency plans

safety-symbol-SmFlag-USASenators fight to keep nuclear protection zones in place decomissioning power plants BRATTLEBORO, Vt. —U.S. senators from Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and California are calling on the federal regulators to stop reducing or eliminating emergency preparedness zones around decommissioning nuclear power plants.

    Sen. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders of Vermont have signed a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission along with Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports that the senators are concerned that lessons learned from the nuclear disaster at Fukushima in Japan show that offsite emergency planning should continue while nuclear waste is stored in a spent fuel pool.
    Vermont Yankee in Vernon is scheduled to be closed at the end of the year.
    The NRC says it will review the letter and provide a timely response.

May 5, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

America’s nuclear radioactive trash just piles up, with no solution in sight

Oscar-wastesWeird trick to cure nuclear waste problem  Augusta Chronicle Damon Cline | Sun, May 4  “…….The government still has no Plan B, but it keeps collecting waste fees at a rate of $750 million a year (the current repository fund balance is $31 billion). And the nation’s nuclear power plants churn out 2,000 tons of new high-level waste each year.

 Georgia, home to the Vogtle and Hatch nuclear plants, holds more than 2,700 tons of it; South Carolina, home to four plants, is sitting on more than 4,900 tons. Combined, the two states have shoveled more than $2 billion down the Yucca Mountain hole.

 Ironically, Obama’s home state of Illinois ranks No. 1 in nuclear waste, with more than 9,000 tons.

 WITH USED-FUEL POOLS full, plant operators started to free up pool space for newer, “hotter” fuel assemblies by moving the oldest ones to “dry-cask storage” containers –150-ton steel-and-concrete “casks” that sit above ground. The air-cooled caks are designed to be earthquake-proof, hurricane-proof and capable of withstanding an attack from conventional weapons.

 Southern Co.’s Plant Vogtle, one of the nation’s youngest plants, has just now hit its pool limit and is transitioning to a dry-cask system at a cost of about $200 million. That’s on top of the estimated $14 billion Vogtle’s co-owners are spending to build Units 3 and 4…

May 5, 2014 Posted by | general | 1 Comment

Africa’s powerful future with renewable energy

logo-IRENARenewable energy will power Africa’s ambitious future Adnan Amin May 3, 2014  It’s time to prove wrong the widely held stereotype about renewable energy only being for rich countries.

As a native of Kenya, I am fortunate to have personal experience of how renewable energy can transform a country that is developing fast. Energy sources in Kenya have diversified since 2000, when renewable power capacity contributed 5.4 per cent of the country’s total energy mix. By 2012, this figure had grown to 16.2 per cent.

With smart planning and prudent investment, all African countries can reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and leapfrog into a sustainable future. And, as Africa makes the transition to renewable energy in the coming years, new projects will provide much-needed jobs and power economic growth………Irena’s initiative encourages the deployment of hydro, geothermal, biomass, wind and solar options from Cairo to Cape Town to increase capacity, stabilise the grid, and reduce fossil fuel dependency. It is a regional approach, promoting international cooperation across countries of the eastern and southern African power pools to develop vast energy resources, optimise the energy mix and attract more investment. The plan identifies development zones to cluster renewable plants in areas with high potential, resource planning, new financing models and knowledge and capacity building.

This week, as we convene for the Abu Dhabi Ascent, we are welcoming many African ministers who have engaged with us on this project.

The Africa Clean Energy Corridor is one of the many concrete steps needed that offer a cost-effective, economically viable solution to the climate challenge that lies ahead of us.

With the right combination of policy, investment and rapid deployment, we can make substantial progress in decarbonising the world’s energy mix while generating growth and employment.

May 5, 2014 Posted by | AFRICA, renewable | Leave a comment

Monitoring report on the results of observation of the rally “Chernobyl Way march 2014”

Under the stated number of participants up to 950 people, at the venue of the event there have been only about 510 people; about 420 people participated in the action on the way to the Druzhby Narodau Park and 30 people took part in the rally.

[Arclight notes that there is no update on this situation ; ]


On the anniversary day of the Chernobyl disaster, 26 April 2014, an authorized rally was held in Minsk. The event is traditional for the Belarusian opposition and non-governmental environmental organizations. During the action a public observation by RHRPA “Belarusian Helsinki Committee” and Human Rights Centre “Viasna” was conducted by 10 observers. The observers filled unified observation charts in order to assess objectively the nature of the event as well as to note the possible human rights violations during it.

According to the information from these charts the course of the mass event and the actions of the law enforcement officers and the participants has been noted. Certain aspects of the results of observation, analysis of compliance with international standards of mass action in the sphere of freedom of peaceful assembly, as well as recommendations for governmental officials and organizers are noted in the following report.

I. Conclusions:

1 –  Peaceful nature of the mass event (“if its organizers have professed peaceful intentions and the conduct of the assembly is non-violent”) should be noted during the whole action.
2 – There were cases of limitations of the right to peaceful assembly as one of the organizers was denied to hold the mass event, the time and the route were arbitrary changed and excessively unreasonable security measures have been taken;
3 – The special concern is caused by the cases of arbitrary detentions: preventive ones (8 persons – the names are provided in the list above) as well as detentions after the event (cases of detention of Yury Rubtsou, Leanid Smouzh, Mikalai (the surname is being specified) and other three activists are known), which can be considered as the gross violation of the rights of these persons;

3.1. The detentions of the participants of the mass event were illegal by its nature and were aimed at intimidation of the protesters as well as continuation of the practise of political repressions against political opposition and civil activists.

 4 – Inability to identify the law enforcement officers should be noted as most of them are not wearing the uniform and even those who do are not having the ID cards on them.

Besides, it is important to note that regulation of the order of holding mass gatherings by the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Mass Events in the Republic of Belarus” adopted on 30 December 1997 (as amended by 8 November 2011) is not consistent with the international standards. The joint opinion of the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR(CDL-AD (2012) 006) notes: “The Law on Mass Events is characterized by a detailed over regulation of the procedural aspects of holding assemblies. The Law creates a complicated procedure of compliance with a rigid and difficult authorization procedure, while at the same time leaving administrative authorities with a very wide discretion on how to apply the Law. This procedure does not reflect the positive obligation of the State to ensure and facilitate the exercise of freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.” Besides, the UN Committee on Human Rights has repeatedly documented violations of the freedom to peaceful assembly from the Belarus side (Art. 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights).

II. Context of the mass event

An application for conducting the mass event was filed on 8 April 2014 on behalf of three organizers – Yanukevich A.A., Chairman of BPF Party, Khomich M.U., head of the youth wing of BCD Party) and Dabratvor I.N., political activist. It was originally planned to gather the participants around 11.30 a.m. at the area at the entrance of “Kastrychnik” cinema and then hold the demonstration along the route Khmelnitskaha street – Y.Kolasa street – Lahoiski trakt street – Mirashnichenka street – Kurapaty tract (followed by a rally there). However, Dabratvor I.N. was rejected as an organizer of the mass event by the decision of Minsk city executive committee № 4-3/776 of 17.04.2014 on the grounds that he is responsible for the violation of the law on mass events (24.03.2014 – Art.23.34 of the Administrative code of the Republic of Belarus) and therefore under the Art.4 of the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Mass Events in the Republic of Belarus” adopted on 30 December 1997 (as amended by 8 November 2011) “cannot be organizer of the mass event, act as an organizer or on behalf of organizers in media, global internet network and other information networks”. Besides, Minsk city executive committee has changed time and venue of the mass event by its decision of 17.04.2014 г. № 4-3/775. The organizers had to obey to this decision.

We consider these decisions as restricting in the context of realisation of the right to freedom of assembly which should not take place in a legal state and do not have a legal basis according to international standards.

It worth mentioning, that previous to this mass event 8 persons were detained: Maksim Viniarsky, Illia Dabratvor, Aliksandr Stsepanenka, Uladzislau Siargeyeu, Dmitry Dashkevich, Aliaksandr Frantskevich, Anatoly Mirashnichenka and Uladzislau Zapasau. Detentions and administrative arrests were carried out on fabricated charges in petty hooliganism and other groundless reasons. These detentions can be classified as arbitrary. Internal affairs bodies as well as courts practically exercise practice of unlawful detentions under fabricated charges, which not only violate national laws, but also international obligations.

III. Conduct of the mass event

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