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Japan’s shock as Manga art depicts the reality of Fukushima radiation and health

flag-japanJapanese Manga Stirs Up Fukushima Nuclear Controversy http://kotaku.com/japanese-manga-stirs-up-fukushima-nuclear-controversy-1573381718 (Manga pictures on original article) 8 May 14 A famous Japanese food manga takes on the “truth about Fukushima.”

The Japanese manga, Oishinbo (美味しんぼ) is a long-running food manga that has been ongoing since 1983. In his latest chapter that was recently published in the magazine Big Comic Spirits, author Tetsu Kariya depicted the manga protagonist, Shiro Yamaoka, as he returned from a visit to the nuclear-disaster-suffering prefecture when he suddenly has a random nosebleed.After the incident, there is a discussion with another character who says that he, too, has suffered from such unexplained nosebleeds and fatigue, finishing with the comment, “There are a lot of people in Fukushima who suffer from the same symptoms. They just don’t talk about it.”

This depiction managed to stir up the hornet’s nest. According to Japanese news site Ebisoku, soon after the magazine hit the racks, the publisher, Shogakukan, was flooded with complaints and criticism that the manga was showing Fukushima in an exaggerated negative light.

The town of Futaba-machi wrote an official complaint, stating that there was no truth to the claim that “lots of people suffer from nosebleeds and other symptoms” and that the manga was damaging the image of Fukushima that they were trying hard to rebuild. The complaint notes that ever since the manga came out, there have been cancellations of visits and product orders and that Fukushima residents were afraid that the manga was cultivating discrimination against the prefecture and its residents.

Shogakukan has responded, saying that the depictions in the manga are based on real-world coverage by the author and that the manga had been published respecting the author’s expression.

The latest chapter of the manga seems based on personal experience by Kariya that he noted in an interview with Nichigo Press earlier this year. In the interview, Kariya talked of how the damage from the 2011 earthquake and subsequent nuclear disaster was much worse than he had imagined.

In response to the negative criticism against his manga, Kariya stated that while he expected some backlash, the extent of the response has surprised him. In a statement covered byNetarika, Kariya warned that there are still 2 more chapters to come and that he plans on writing harsher things. “People who are in an uproar about a nosebleed might go berserk.” Kariya stated. However, Kariya remains firm in his stance, saying that people are trying to sugar-coat the disaster with euphemisms and falsely positive language to hide the truth – something he hates more than anything else.

The author of Oishinbo recognizes that a lot of people will not like what he has to say, however, he maintains his position and has said that he will release his rebuttal after the last chapter is published.

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May 9, 2014 Posted by | Japan, media | 1 Comment

Two ex-PMs launch Japan Assembly for Nuclear Free Renewable Energy

flag-japanJapan’s ex-PMs team up for anti-nuclear drive, Channel News Asia, 8 May 14 Two former Japanese prime ministers — Morihiro Hosokawa and Junichiro Koizumi — have teamed up to increase the pressure on incumbent Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to stop the resumption of nuclear power in the country. TOKYO: Two former Japanese prime ministers — Morihiro Hosokawa and Junichiro Koizumi — have teamed up to increase the pressure on incumbent Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to stop the resumption of nuclear power in the country.

A new organisation, called the “Japan Assembly for Nuclear Free Renewable Energy”, has been launched with the main objective of calling for a nuclear free Japan, and promoting the development and use of renewable energy — and it has been getting a lot of media attention………Heading the group is Mr Hosokawa, who recently ran for Tokyo governor on an anti-nuclear platform.

He was backed by another former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who also plays an important role in the organisation.

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“First, we are against the restart of Japan’s nuclear reactors. We want to transfer nuclear power to natural energy, build an economy that can capitalise on it and build a society where we do not have to worry about radiation,” he said.

Mr Koizumi said: “All nuclear plants have stopped, not only for 3 months, or 6 months, but for almost a year. Has Japan been unable to survive without nuclear power? We have prevailed.

“People may say I am a person of the past. But I will, with the generation of the future, work towards creating a country without nuclear power.”

Joining them in the anti-nuclear drive is a long list of celebrities, including actors, authors, people from the music industry and local authorities……the group said it plans to hold regular meetings and forums, to generate momentum and pressure the government to stop the generation of nuclear energy in Japan.  

May 9, 2014 Posted by | Japan, politics | 1 Comment

Uranium truck set on fire in India

exclamation-flag-indiaMaoists set truck carrying uranium for UCIL ablaze, DNA , 8 May 2014 Maoists torched a government-owned truck in a uranium mining area close to Jamshedpur.

The truck was carrying materials for the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) and was engaged at the Bagjata Mines.

From last few weeks, posters with instructions for drivers to stop ferrying uranium ore from the Bagjata Mines have appeared on trucks at regular intervals, instilling fear and tension among transporters.

Maoist leaders have threatened transporters with dire consequences if they continue to do business with UCIL.

The banned outfit had been demanding permanent jobs for locals in the company as compensation for acquisition of their lands in Bagjata.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Jamshedpur Amol Venukant Homkar said the incident took place early this morning, and added that 15 unidentified armed persons pulled the driver down from the vehicle and then set it ablaze. Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) plays a very significant role in India’s nuclear power generation programme……….http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-maoists-set-truck-carrying-uranium-for-ucil-ablaze-1986317

May 9, 2014 Posted by | China, incidents | Leave a comment

USA’s Mixed Oxide Fuel Farbrication (MOX) boondoggle stopped

thumbs-upFlag-USAOutsmarting the MOX POGO, By: Lydia Dennett 9 May 14 The Project On Government Oversight is pleased to note that in the President’s FY 2015 budget, released this week, a Department of Energy billion-dollar boondoggle has been put on “cold-standby.” This particular boondoggle would be the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication (MOX) Facility at the Savannah River Nuclear Site in South Carolina…

…A confidential study recently conducted by the Energy Department reports that yet another cost increase may have been the final nail in the coffin for MOX. The construction costs alone could be as high at $10 billion over the next five years, while operations costs could be an additional $34 billion over the next 15 years.

This astronomical cost increase, in addition to the $4 billion that has already been spent on construction of the facility, is all for a project that doesn’t have a single customer…..http://www.pogo.org/blog/2014/03/20140307-outsmarting-the-mox.html

May 9, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

US Democrats lose bid to monitor costs of nuclear weapons

boys-with-toysHouse Democratic Bid to Question Nuclear Weapons Plan Fails in Panel Vote National Journal, By Douglas P. Guarino, 8 May 14 House Democrats on Wednesday sought to include in the annual defense authorization bill requirements for formal studies and reports on the necessity of various nuclear weapons and how much it would cost to maintain them.

The minority party in the House Armed Services Committee, however, had to settle for more narrow provisions requiring only less formal, oral briefings from the Obama administration on these issues. The Republican majority rejected Democratic amendments that went any further.

The Democratic effort followed a January report by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies that asserted the current U.S. plan for modernizing the nation’s nuclear arsenal is so expensive that it could not realistically be implemented.

Congress and the executive branch do not yet fully know the cost of the plan’s various components, said the report. Its sole recommendation was for lawmakers to require the administration “to annually produce an integrated nuclear deterrence budget” that projects the full cost of each system in the nuclear arsenal.

The version of the defense authorization bill that the House committee approved on Wednesday does not include provisions that would require anything so broad and detailed, though……..http://www.nationaljournal.com/global-security-newswire/house-democratic-bid-to-question-nuclear-weapons-plan-fails-in-panel-vote-20140508

May 9, 2014 Posted by | USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

New York Times quoting false propaganda on Germany’s move to renewable energy

text-renw-GermanyNew York Times Gets Big, Red “F” On Germany’s Renewable Energy Transition, Clean Technica, 8 May 14“.…….I’m going straight for the key BS points one by one as they appear in the NYTimes article. Not wanting to further impress some BS myths onto your minds, each section below starts with the counter-point rather than the message the NYTimes‘ Melissa Eddy and Stanley Reed provided.

Energiewende (the German plan to cut off nuclear and fossil fuel energy and replace it with clean, renewable energy) is running extremely well. Yes, there is a very popular talking point right now that claims Energiewende is running into problems (something like our congressional GOP’s “global warming action would hurt the economy” meme, which is actually completely false). In other words, this first key point from the NYTimes is total BS. Energiewende has come along and changed Germany in exactly the ways it was intended to. Changes to the country’s feed-in tariff policies have been implemented as solar and wind power grew and their costs came down, as was always planned. The initial investment costs money, but the payoff in terms of a cleaner environment and green jobs is paying off. As a result, there is still very broad support for Energiewende.

The “problems” the NYTimes references are basically manufactured problems created by big utilities, dirty energy companies, the think tanks they fund, and the politicians in their pockets. Continue reading

May 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thirsty nuclear facilities steal precious fresh water

nuke-tapNukes thirst for Savannah River water, savannahnow, by Mary Landers on Wed, 2014-05-07 That sucking sound you hear? That’s Georgia Power and its partners preparing to pull 74 million gallons of water a day out of the Savannah River to cool the nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. That’s in addition to the 127 million gallons per day the existing reactors are permitted to draw.

“For downstream users like Savannah there’s going to be a bigger straw in their river and it’s Vogtle,” said Sara Barczak of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

The new nuclear reactors, for which you’re already paying if you live in Savannah and use electricity, aren’t expected to be in operation until 2017 or later. (It keeps getting later.) The state issued a draft water withdrawal permit in January that allows for the maximum daily pull of 74 million gallons per day or a monthly  average of 62 million gallons per day.

For comparison, the city of Savannah takes out a maximum of 55 million gallons a day from the river for drinking water. (EPD provides a link to a list of all withdrawals here.)  And if you think Vogtle will return most of the water to the river after using it for cooling, think again: the consumptive use is estimated at 71 percent on average. Worst case scenario is that the cooling process will send 88 percent of the water into the atmosphere through evaporation. ……http://savannahnow.com/share/blog-post/mary-landers/2014-05-07/nukes-are-thirsty#.U21McYFdWik

May 9, 2014 Posted by | USA, water | Leave a comment

THe significance of the Marshall Islands lawsuit against the 5 nuclear weapons nations

 the importance of the lawsuit is based on its ability to highlight the emergence of a new politics of nuclear disarmament, a politics that challenges the very legitimacy and legality of nuclear weapons possession.

justiceThe import of the Marshall Islands nuclear lawsuit Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Avner CohenLily Vaccaro 8 May 14, The tiny Republic of the Marshall Islands recently filed an extraordinary lawsuit at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, suing all nine nuclear weapons possessors for failing to eliminate their nuclear arsenals. The legal basis of the case is derived from Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which obligates the five nuclear weapons states under the treaty (the United States, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, France, and the People’s Republic of China) “to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament.” 

The lawsuit also charges the four nuclear weapons states outside of the NPT—including one, Israel, which has never even acknowledged possessing nuclear weapons—with violating international customary law. But is this lawsuit more than a publicity gimmick? How seriously should it be taken? What does it tells us about current international nonproliferation regime?

It is easy, of course, to dismiss the lawsuit as an exercise in futility, or at best an act of moral inspiration that will have almost no political impact on the real world. Continue reading

May 9, 2014 Posted by | OCEANIA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

First lawsuit against TEPCO by a worker exposed to radiation

justiceflag-japanFukushima worker sues TEPCO for exposure to radiation http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201405080045 A worker at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant who was exposed to high levels of radiation in the early days of the disaster is seeking compensation from plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. and other parties.

It is the first such lawsuit by a Fukushima worker, according to the man’s lawyers. Their client’s identity was withheld.

“I wish (the utility) had informed us of possible risks in advance,” the 48-year-old man said at a news conference in Tokyo on May 7. “I want (TEPCO) to create safer conditions for workers because the decommissioning of the reactors will not finish anytime soon.”

Arguing that he was unnecessarily exposed to high levels of radiation due to slipshod instructions from TEPCO, the man is seeking 11 million yen ($107,000) in compensation. The lawsuit was filed at the Iwaki branch of the Fukushima District Court.

Just 13 days after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, the man was among the six workers from TEPCO’s original contractor and its subcontractor who entered the basement of the No. 3 reactor turbine building, which had been flooded by tsunami, to install cables.

Three of the workers waded through contaminated water up to their ankles and were exposed to up to 180 millisieverts of radiation. They were later hospitalized.

According to the man’s complaint and other documents, he did not enter the radioactive water, but worked near a puddle of contaminated water for 90 minutes. He estimated that he received a radiation dose of at least 20 millisieverts at that time. The man argued that TEPCO should have been aware of the risks of working in the basement because it had previously discovered highly contaminated water around the No. 1 reactor on March 18. The man insists that the utility, however, told the six workers that the basement was safe to work in.

“That is a breach of responsibility to ensure safety,” the man said. “(The utility) put us in a position of being exposed to high doses of radiation unnecessarily.”

So far, the man has suffered no health issues.

“After carefully examining the contents of the demand and his arguments, we will sincerely respond to the claim,” TEPCO said in a statement issued the same day.

May 9, 2014 Posted by | Japan, Legal | Leave a comment

Exploding the lie that nuclear power is “low-carbon”

Nuclear Is NOT a Low-Carbon Source of Energy  April 14, 2013 by WashingtonsBlog   Why Do People Claim that Nuclear Power is a Low-Carbon Source of Energy?…. some scientists are under the mistaken impression that nuclear power is virtually carbon-free, and thus must be pushed to prevent runaway global warming. …But this is a myth.

Amory Lovins ……      Nuclear plants are so slow and costly to build that they reduce and retard  climate protection.

Here’s how. Each dollar spent on a new reactor buys about 2-10 times less carbon savings, 20-40 times slower, than spending that dollar on the cheaper, faster, safer solutions that make nuclear power unnecessary and uneconomic: efficient use of electricity, making heat and power together in factories or buildings (“cogeneration”), and renewable energy. The last two made 18% of the world’s 2009 electricity, nuclear 13%, reversing their 2000 shares–and made over 90% of the world’s additional electricity in 2008.

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Those smarter choices are sweeping the global energy market. Half the world’s new generating capacity in 2008 and 2009 was renewable. In 2010, renewables except big hydro dams won $151 billion of private investment and added over 50 billion watts (70% the total capacity of all 23 Fukushima-style U.S. reactors) while nuclear got zero private investment and kept losing capacity. Supposedly unreliable windpower made 43-52% of four German states’ total 2010 electricity. Non-nuclear Denmark, 21% wind-powered, plans to get entirely off fossil fuels. Hawai’i plans 70% renewables by 2025.

In contrast, of the 66 nuclear units worldwide officially listed as “under construction” at the end of 2010, 12 had been so listed for over 20 years, 45 had no official startup date, half were late, all 66 were in centrally planned power systems–50 of those in just four (China, India, Russia, South Korea)–and zero were free-market purchases. Since 2007,nuclear growth has added less annual output than just the costliest renewable–solar power –and will probably never catch up. While inherently safe renewable competitors are walloping both nuclear and coal plants in the marketplace and keep getting dramatically cheaper, nuclear costs keep soaring, and with greater safety precautions would go even higher. Tokyo Electric Co., just recovering from $10-20 billion in 2007 earthquake costs at its other big nuclear complex, now faces an even more ruinous Fukushima bill………

An International Forum on Globalization report – written by environmental luminaries Ernest Callenback, Gar Smith and Jerry Mander – have slammed nuclear power as catastrophic for the environment:

Nuclear energy is not the “clean” energy its backers proclaim. For more than 50 years, nuclear energy has been quietly polluting our air, land, water and bodies—while alsocontributing to Global Warming through the CO2 emissions from its construction, mining, and manufacturing operationsEvery aspect of the nuclear fuel cycle—mining, milling, shipping, processing, power generation, waste disposal and storage—releases greenhouse gases, radioactive particles and toxic materials that poison the air, water and land. Nuclear power plants routinely expel low-level radionuclides into the air in the course of daily operations. While exposure to high levels of radiation can kill within a matter of days or weeks, exposure to low levels on a prolonged basis can damage bones and tissue and result in genetic damage, crippling long-term injuries, disease and death.

See this excellent photographic depiction of the huge amounts of fossil fuel which goes into building and operating a nuclear power plant……….

The bottom line – as discussed above – is that scientists pushing nuclear to combat global warming are misinformed.  (True, nuclear industry lobbyists may be largely responsible for the claim that nuclear fights climate change. Indeed, Dick Cheney – whose Halliburton company builds nuclear power plants, and which sold nuclear secrets to Iran – falsely claimed that nuclear power is carbon-free in a 2004 appearance on C-Span. But there are also sincere environmental scientists who are pushing nuclear because they have only studied a small part of the picture, and don’t understand that there are better alternatives. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/04/nuclear-is-not-a-low-carbon-source-of-energy.html

May 9, 2014 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change | Leave a comment

UNSCEAR`s lies spread to Wikipedia and Beyond!

 

…In short, as the Wikipedia entry does mention, the Insurance industry does not expect any major losses. I think that is the most honest statement within the Wikipeadia entry that actually speaks in volumes to us…..

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Op Ed by Arclight2011part2

Date 8 May 2014

Posted to nuclear-news.net

Main reference is from the program “Contact”, hosted by “Our Planet TV”, Japan.

Four months after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daichi NPP, the presenter Hajime Shiraishi interviewed Mika Noro who was the president of The Bridge to Chernobyl and who also founded the National Parents Network to Protect the Children From Radiation in Japan in response to the nuclear disaster there.

Because she was engaged in bringing children from Chernobyl to Hakkaido before Japans own nuclear disaster, she noticed that symptoms being reported concerning the children of Fukushima seemed to resemble the symptoms that the Chernobyl children suffer from.

Miss Shiraishi noted on the program that the media in Japan were not documenting these health effects. As a result of this Miss Noro organised pediatric doctors and with Our Planet TV`s help set about trying to get more data on this phenomena.

By Mid June 2011 they were ready to check out 500 children. Some of the health effects they found were;

“Torrential nosebleeds”

“Continuing Diarrhea”

“Irritation of the throat”

“Severe Fatigue”

“Swollen Lymph Glands”

Interestingly, they noted that it was not only children that had these symptoms.

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Then Dr Masamichi Nishio who was chief of the Hokkaido Cancer Centre responded to these findings by saying that:

“If this many people are having these symptoms, I think doctors need to recognise these as new clinical symptoms of low dose radiation exposure”

In response to the Fukushima Hospitals response to the concerns of the Parents he said;

“I don`t think they can simply dismiss them as symptoms of a mere cold”

Both Doctors Yablakov and Nesterenko found that, in Chernobyl, these combined symptoms were likely due to a “considerable amount of radiation exposure”. And four months after the disaster CRIIRAD of France showed the high levels still existing in the general area of Fukushima city in a dramatic way;

CRIIRAD shows heavy radiation levels not accepted by UNSCEAR and the ICRP in this video.

(…Radiation rates are given in counts per second (c/s). With this device, normal values should be about 50 to 150 c/s depending on natural radiation.
The powerful gamma radiations emitted by radioactive caesium deposited on the ground of the parking located in front of the building give a radiation rate about 10 times above normal values inside the building (at the centre of the office), and 15 times above near the window. This radiation will decrease only very slowly. After one year, the decrease should be about 23 % only….)

Of course the World Health Organisations 2013 report underpinned by the UNSCEAR findings  show that only 4,000 people are expected to get cancer throughout the whole of Europe as a result of Chernobyl. However, Dr Ian Fairlie recently analysed UNSCEAR`s own contrived figures and actually found the number of cases, based on their own contrived figures to be actually 40,000 cancer deaths as a result of Chernobyl.

Dr Fairlie also projected the figures that UNSCEAR used to come up with what Nature.com  reported as being as a result of the Fukushima nuclear disaster as;

“Very few cancer cases would be expected as a result of accumulated radiation exposures” G. Brumfield 2013 ( Who even  had the temerity to state that this was “Good news” ).

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/05/world-health-organization-weighs-in-on-fukushima.html

Dr Fairlie`s findings showed that the actual figure, using the contrived figures of the Japanese nuclear lobby, would be 1,500 cases as a result of the Japanese disaster.

http://www.ianfairlie.org/news/new-unscear-report-on-fukushima-collective-doses/

If you go to the wikipedia entry for the Fukushima disaster you will see that they do not give actual figures for the section entitled “Risks from radiation” but give percentages. These percentages include the whole population of Japan and the beginning of this section starts of with G Brumfiel`s quote above. This gives a very reassuring complexion on the disaster and with the evidence I have submitted above, a very distorted and biased view emerges.

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May 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Explosion near Iran’s nuclear facility

exclamation-SmHuge blast reported near secret Iran nuclear site; City of Qazvin closed  WorldTribune.com, 8 May 14, NICOSIA — Iran has been rocked by huge explosion near a nuclear facility.The Iranian media have reported an explosion in the northern Iranian city of Qazvin. The blast, reported on May 6, was said to have taken place near a secret nuclear enrichment facility in Abyek.

“The explosion took place in a storage facility,” Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency, which reported at least 50 injured, said.

Officials said nobody was killed in the explosion. But they acknowledged a huge fire that was sweeping the industrial city, about 130 kilometers north of Teheran “Firefighters are trying to prevent the spread of the fire at a car oil storage facility,” Qazvin civil defense director Ali Ahani said.

Iranian opposition sources said scores of people were killed in the blast. They said Iranian Army and security forces closed much of Qazvin,
with a population of 1.1 million.

“It is not certain whether Abyek was the target,” an opposition source said. “But this incident will hamper access to the facility in the short-term.”

The opposition said Iran’s nuclear facilities have been repeatedly
targeted by Israel and the West……..http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/05/07/report-50-injured-blast-iran-nuke-site-storage-facility/

May 9, 2014 Posted by | incidents, Iran | Leave a comment

‘Useful’ nuclear meeting at UN between Iran and 6 world powers

EU: 6-party nuclear talks with Iran were ‘useful’, PhilStar By Edith M. Lederer (Associated Press) |May 9, 2014  UNITED NATIONS — Nuclear experts from Iran and six world powers had “a useful meeting” in New York ahead of political talks next week aimed at reaching an agreement to limit Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons, the European Union said late Wednesday.

An EU spokesperson said the talks were aimed at “further deepening” knowledge on the issues, and contributed to preparations for the high-level political negotiations on a comprehensive agreement in Vienna starting May 13. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the talks.

Iran’s U.N. Mission said the two-day experts meeting ended Wednesday. Hamid Baeidinejad, the Foreign Ministry’s director for political and international security affairs who led the Iranian delegation, did not comment on the talks.

While hopes are rising that an agreement can be reached, the toughest issues must still be negotiated, and any deal could still fall apart.

Russia, the U.N. nuclear agency, and outside experts tracking negotiations agree that the Iranians are cooperating, answering questions that they previously avoided, and appear to want an agreement that ends crippling sanctions.

In another positive sign, Iran said Sunday that international nuclear inspectors plan to visit a uranium mine and a uranium-thickening facility in Iran in the coming days, which would fulfill demands made by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog…….. The two sides are working toward a permanent agreement by July 20 that would cap Iran’s enrichment program, reduce its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium and turn some of it into a solid form which is less usable in bomb-making, and curb other atomic activities in exchange for lifting all sanctions. http://www.philstar.com/world/2014/05/09/1321134/eu-6-party-nuclear-talks-iran-were-useful

May 9, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Hacking into US navy details by former US Navy sysadmin

Nuclear reactor sysadmin accused of hacking 220,000 US Navy sailors’ details We did it ‘out of boredom’ says alleged perp The Register, By Jasper Hamill, 7 May 2014
A former US Navy sysadmin who worked in an aircraft carrier’s nuclear reactor department has been charged with hacking into government networks using the USN’s own computers.

Prosecutors have alleged that Nicholas Paul Knight, 27, of Chantilly, Virginia, and his co-accused, 20-year-old Daniel Trenton of Salem, Illinois, were leading members of a blackhat group called Team Digi7al.

Court papers seen by The Register describe Team Digi7al as a “criminal association organised to hack protected computers, steal sensitive and private information, make unauthorised public disclosures of that stolen… information and commit various other crimes related to its hacking activities”…….According to the Wall Street Journal, the charges were contained in a document known as a criminal information, which usually indicates the defendants are going to plead guilty.

A trial date has not been set.http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/07/us_navy_sysadmin_accused_of_hacking_220k_sailors_details/

May 9, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Wacky ideas dept – Flying 3D Printers to deal with nuclear waste

Flying 3D Printers Could Help Seal Off Nuclear Waste,Gizmodo
GEOFF MANAUGH 8 May 14 A quadcopter outfitted with an on-board 3D printer could be used to seal off and transport nuclear waste, or even to build structures in the middle of nowhere, according to its inventor, Mirko Kovac of University College, London. “In effect, it’s the world’s first flying 3D printer,” New Scientist writes. “One day such drones might work together to help remove waste from nuclear sites or help patch up damaged buildings.”…….http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/05/flying-3d-printers-could-help-seal-off-nuclear-waste/

May 9, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment