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Senator Bob Corker says  President Donald Trump Could Bring About World War III

 President Donald Trump Could Bring About World War III, Senator Bob Corker Charges |

TODAY‘Reckless’ Trump threatens World War III, says US Senator The New Daily, 10 Oct 17, Donald Trump is treating the US presidency like “a reality show” and making reckless threats that could put the world “on the path to World War III”, according to the chairman of the US foreign relations committee.

In an extraordinary condemnation of Mr Trump, Republican Senator Bob Corker said the President acts “like he’s doing The Apprentice or something.”

“He concerns me … he would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation,” Mr Corker told The New York Times in a 25-minute phone interview following a day-long Twitter spat between the two former friends.

At the height of that spat, Mr Corker said Mr Trump had turned the White House into “an adult day care centre”.

But he went much further in the Times interview, alleging senior White House officials spend most of their days trying to rein in Mr Trump’s worst instincts.

“I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him,” the Times quoted the Senator as saying.

He accused the president of undercutting Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and his attempts at finding a diplomatic solution to the North Korea crisis.

“A lot of people think that there is some kind of ‘good cop, bad cop’ act underway, but that’s just not true,” Mr Corker said of the relationship between the president and Mr Tillerson.

The president had undermined diplomatic efforts with his heavy-handed use of Twitter too.

“I know he has hurt, in several instances, he’s hurt us as it relates to negotiations that were underway by tweeting things out,” Mr Corker said.

The Times reported that while Mr Corker wouldn’t directly answer when asked whether he thought Mr. Trump was fit for the presidency, he did say the commander in chief was not fully aware of the power of his office.

“I don’t think he appreciates that when the president of the United States speaks and says the things that he does, the impact that it has around the world, especially in the region that he’s addressing,” he said. “And so, yeah, it’s concerning to me.”

The White House refused to comment on Senator Corker’s attack. Mr Trump had made no direct response on Twitter by Monday morning, but did reiterate an earlier position on North Korea…..http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2017/10/10/donald-trump-work-war-iii-bob-corker/

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October 11, 2017 Posted by | politics, politics international, USA | Leave a comment

Donald Trump’s complicated plan to address the Iran nuclear agreement

Trump’s plan for the Iran nuclear deal runs straight through a diplomatic minefield

  • President Donald Trump is expected to tell Congress that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the country’s national security interest.
  • The Trump administration will try to coerce Iranians and Europeans back to the negotiating table to secure a tougher deal and address other issues.
  • Some say American financial might will allow Trump to prevail, while others say he has slim odds of getting what he wants and risks inadvertently blowing up the deal.

CNBC  11 Oct 17 Tom DiChristopher

President Donald Trump has made up his mind about how he will seek to toughen an historic international accord to limit Iran’s nuclear program, according to the White House.

“The president’s reached a decision on an overall Iran strategy. He wants to make sure that we have a broad policy to deal with that, not just one part of it,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Tuesday.

Trump will elaborate on details of the plan later this week, Sanders added. The Washington Post previously reported the president will deliver his decision on Thursday.

 According to multiple reports, Trump will refuse to certify to Congressthat the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal remains in the U.S. national security interest. Yet he is expected to stop short of encouraging lawmakers to immediately reimpose sanctions, and instead try to coerce Europeans and Iranians back to the negotiating table……. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/10/trumps-iran-nuclear-deal-strategy-runs-through-a-diplomatic-minefield.html

October 11, 2017 Posted by | politics international, USA | 1 Comment

North Korea ‘has ballistic missile with a range of 3000km’ 

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/10/10/north-korea-has-ballistic-missile-range-3000km-russia    : Russia North Korea’s leadership has told Russian lawmakers that it possesses a ballistic missile with a range of 3,000 kilometres that will be able to reach US territory after modernisation, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. Interfax cited Anton Morozov, a lawmaker and member of the lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee, who visited Pyongyang from October 2 to 6.

North Korea aims to increase the range of its ballistic missiles to 9,000 kilometres, Morozov was quoted as saying.

“There was no talk about the deadline (for solving this task),” he said.

October 11, 2017 Posted by | North Korea, weapons and war | Leave a comment

In fact, nuclear power plants are a cause of climate change, generating Krypton-85

Krypton-85: How nuclear power plants cause climate change https://thesenecaeffect.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/krypton-85-how-nuclear-power-plants-cause-climate-change/

Nuclear power is often referred to as a low-carbon source of energy, implying that it would be a good idea to replace our fossil fuel based energy system with one based on nuclear energy. This is part of a dog and pony show, where the problem of climate change is reduced to its current main contributor, human carbon dioxide emissions. The problem with this approach is that replacing fossil fuel based energy with other energy sources is not a solution, if these other energy sources cause climate change through different mechanisms.

This brings us to the nuclear industry’s dirty little secret, known as Krypton-85. Natural processes generate small amounts of Krypton-85. This leads to an equilibrium concentration in the atmosphere of 0.009 PBq. However, nuclear power plants generate Krypton-85 as well. When spent fuel is recycled, Krypton-85 is released into the atmosphere. As a result, Krypton-85 concentrations in the atmosphere have risen dramatically. The concentration in 1973 was estimated at 1961 PBq. In 2000, the concentration was estimated at 4800 PBq, by 2009, this had increased to 5500 PBq.1

Why should we be interested in the Krypton-85 concentration in our atmosphere? Krypton-85 has a number of interesting effects. As a beta-emitter, Krypton-85 is capable of ionizing our atmosphere. This leads to the formation of ozone.2 In the stratosphere, we’re quite happy to witness the formation of ozone, as it protects us against harmful radiation from the sun. On the other hand, in the troposphere, the layer of the atmosphere beneath the stratosphere, the formation of ozone is a big problem. Unfortunately, Krypton-85’s ozone formation in the stratosphere is minor compared to that by cosmic rays.

In the troposphere on the other hand, Krypton-85 is believed to have a significant role in ozone formation compared to cosmic rays. This is especially significant at night, because normally ozone is not generated during the night, as it requires the presence of sunlight. Krypton-85 generates tropospheric ozone, during the day as well as during the night. Normally, Ozone concentrations in the troposphere drop to near zero during the night.3 In the presence of Krypton-85 however, ozone can be created at night as well.

What are the effect of this? Not a lot is known yet, unfortunately, despite the estimated eight orders of magnitude increase of ozone in our atmosphere. What is know about ozone however, reveals a cause of concern. Besides the fact that tropospheric ozone functions as a greenhouse gas, ozone damages plants. It is believed that ozone causes relatively more damage when trees are exposed to it at night, when concentrations are normally very low due to the absence of sunlight.4 Other worrisome effects of Krypton-85 are expected as well. In a 1994 study it was suggested that “there are unforeseeable effects for weather and climate if the krypton-85 content of the earth atmosphere continues to rise”.5 In its global atmosphere watch measurement guide, the World Meteorological Organization warned:

If 85Kr continues to increase, changes in such atmospheric processes and properties as atmospheric electric conductivity, ion current, the Earth’s magnetic field, formation of cloud condensation nuclei and aerosols, and frequency of lightning may result and thus disturb the Earth’s heat balance and precipitation patterns. These 85Kr-induced consequences call for 85Kr monitoring.6

Fortunately, there is good news as well. Thanks to the ongoing global phase-out of nuclear energy, global atmospheric Krypton-85 concentrations are estimated to have peaked back in 2009. If on the hand, a nuclear renaissance occurs after all, we could expect global atmospheric concentrations to continue to increase. It remains to be seen what the subsequent effects of this would be.


1 – http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0265931X12001816?np=y

2 – Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases: Why and How to Control? Proceedings of an International Symposium, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 13–15 December 1993

3 – http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/ChemistrySunlight/chemistry_sunlight2.php

4 – http://treephys.oxfordjournals.org/content/15/3/159.full.pdf

5 – http://www.opengrey.eu/item/display/10068/255704

6 – http://www.empa.ch/plugin/template/empa/*/7530

7 – http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2012.07.006

October 11, 2017 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change, Reference | 4 Comments

Nobel Peace Prize winners say that the UN Treaty is the “beginning of the end for nuclear weapons”

UN Treaty ‘beginning of the end for nuclear weapons,’ say Nobel Peace Prize winners http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57844#.Wd0tKY-CzGg 9 October 2017 – Speaking to journalists at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York, representatives of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner – International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) – urged countries around the globe to eliminate nuclear weapons.

The award represents a special recognition for the efforts of the “new generation” of campaigners – “people who grew up after the Cold War and don’t understand why we still have the [nuclear] weapons,” said Beatrice Fihn, the Executive Director of ICAN.

In particular, she highlighted that it is also a huge recognition of the efforts of the Hibakusha(the Japanese word for the surviving victims of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) in realizing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Adopted on 7 July at a UN conference in New York, the Treaty is the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament in two decades.

Quoting Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, Ms. Fihn added: “7th of July marks the beginning of the end for nuclear weapons.”

Also at the press conference, which was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations, was Ray Acheson of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, an ICAN member organization, who said diplomacy for dialogue and cooperation is all the more necessary right now given rising tensions in many parts of the world.

“I think it’s more important than ever for us to be emphasizing the importance and the utility and the practicality of working together,” she said, recalling the partnership between the civil society, governments and the UN in the realizing the Treaty.

At the press conference, the speakers outlined the dangers of by nuclear weapons as well as the rising tensions, including due to the nuclear weapons development programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the discussions over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concerning Iran’s nuclear programme.

Expressing that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons offered an alternative – a world without nuclear weapons – Tim Wright, the Asia-Pacific Director of ICAN, hoped that the Nobel Peace Prize win will help ICAN to get countries to sign and ratify the Treaty.

“We’ll be working over coming weeks and months to persuade governments to do just that,” he added.

October 11, 2017 Posted by | 2 WORLD, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Email to Hawaii University – ‘In the event of a nuclear attack’ 

Ominous email: ‘In the event of a nuclear attack’ http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36557009/ominous-email-in-the-event-of-a-nuclear-attack  October 11th 2017,  By HNN Staff MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) –

University of Hawaii students and staff probably did a double take at the subject line of an email that arrived in their email inboxes Monday.”In the event of a nuclear attack,” it said.

The email is part of a broad state campaign to better prepare residents and visitors for the unlikely but not impossible threat of a nuclear missile attack that North Korea poses to the islands.

“In light of concerns about North Korea missile tests, state and federal agencies are providing information about nuclear threats and what to do in the unlikely event of a nuclear attack and radiation emergency,” the UH email said.

The email also told students and faculty to be aware of emergency sirens and to follow instructions on “sheltering in place.”

The informational message comes amid rising tensions with North Korea, and as the president indicates that diplomatic efforts may have stalled.

October 11, 2017 Posted by | USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Still more delay in Finland’s Olkiluoto-3 nuclear power plant

French-backed Finnish nuclear plant delayed again https://www.ft.com/content/99922334-acc8-11e7-aab9-abaa44b1e130  High-profile power station likely to start production more than a decade late 
OCTOBER 9, 2017 by Richard Milne, Nordic Correspondent A high-profile French-backed nuclear power plant in Finland has been delayed yet again, meaning it is likely to start production more than a decade late. Western Europe’s first new nuclear power station for more than two decades will now start production in May 2019 rather than at the end of 2018 as previously announced, according to the Finnish consortium behind the Olkiluoto-3 plant.

Using a similar European pressurised reactor to the one envisaged for the UK’s controversial Hinkley Point plant, the Finnish project — led by French reactor manufacturer Areva — has been regularly beset by delays and huge cost overruns. Olkiluoto-3 was originally meant to start production in spring 2009 and cost €3.2bn but the last price estimate was almost three times as high. “We are very disappointed by this additional delay. There is still substantial work to be accomplished in the project and it is essential that all the necessary technical, human and financial resources are allocated to the project,” said Jouni Silvennoinen, head of the Olkiluoto-3 project at operator TVO.

TVO is particularly concerned about the reorganisation of the French nuclear industry under which utility EDF has taken over the lead role for the development of Hinkley Point. The Finnish nuclear plant operator is worried that France will prioritise another much-delayed project locally in Flamanville over Olkiluoto. “The restructuring of the French nuclear industry must not compromise [that enough resources be directed to Olkiluoto],” Mr Silvennoinen said. TVO took the unusual step last month of complaining to the European Commission that French state aid for Areva was not enough.

Areva, along with its one-time partner Siemens, and TVO have sued each other for billions of euros in a long-running arbitration dispute. The International Chamber of Commerce tribunal made a partial award in TVO’s favour last year but did not specify how much the Finnish group might receive.
The most recent delay is only the latest in a series of problems behind nearly all new nuclear reactors being built in western Europe. Operators complain about a lack of expertise after few reactors were built following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
Another Finnish project, Fennovoima, took the decision to go for Russian nuclear technology as manufacturer Rosatom has continued building power plants. But Fennovoima was forced this year to admit a delay of a year in obtaining its construction licence, an embarrassing setback for a project that had touted its ability to learn from the problems at Olkiluoto-3.
Flamanville is running at least six years late and three times over its original budget while Hinkley Point is under scrutiny both for its elevated and rising cost of £20bn and a guaranteed price for electricity that is well above the current wholesale level. TVO said Areva-Siemens had told it the first connection to the grid at Olkiluoto-3 would take place in December 2018 with the start of regular production forecast for May 2019.

October 11, 2017 Posted by | business and costs, Finland, politics | Leave a comment

The danger in France’s nuclear spent-fuel pools


France’s nuclear spent-fuel pools major security risk: Greenpeace,
Geert De Clercq, 10 Oct 17, PARIS (Reuters) – The spent-fuel pools of French utility EDF’s nuclear reactors are highly vulnerable to attacks, Greenpeace said in a report published on Tuesday.

Written by a group of nuclear experts and delivered to French authorities, the report says that spent-fuel pools, which typically contain the equivalent of one to three nuclear reactor cores, have not been designed to withstand external aggression.

An attack leading to a loss of cooling water could spark a spent-fuel fire that could contaminate areas as far as 250 kilometers away, Greenpeace’s Yannick Rousselet said.  “EDF must address this issue and reinforce its spent-fuel pools,” he said.

EDF, which operates 58 reactors, denied its spent-fuel pools are at risk and said they have been designed to withstand earthquakes and flooding as well as terror attacks. “Our nuclear fleet is safe and EDF,  in close cooperation with the authorities, permanently evaluates the risk of terror attacks,” and EDF spokeswoman said.

 Once uranium fuel is burned, the waste – which remains radioactive and very hot for years – typically is cooled in pools 2-3 years before being shipped to processing plants.

Greenpeace experts estimate the cost of upgrading the pools’ safety at about one billion euros ($1.2 billion) per reactor.The group said that since France has built many nuclear plants right by its borders, citizens of Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Germany and Luxembourg are at risk.

“Nuclear facilities could be an attractive target for a terror organization,” said German nuclear expert Oda Becker.

Becker said the biggest risk is a complete loss of cooling water, which could happen if the building’s walls are hit by an airplane, a helicopter loaded with explosives or wall-penetrating rocket-propelled grenades.

Areva’s La Hague plant is seen as particularly vulnerable. “With the equivalent of about 114 reactor cores in its pools … La Hague is the nuclear facility that presents the highest risk in Europe,” said Yves Marignac, one of the experts….. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-autos-carbon/exclusive-eu-plans-carbon-credits-not-quotas-for-electric-vehicles-idUSKBN1CF1QX

October 11, 2017 Posted by | France, safety | Leave a comment

Trump’s presidency a ” reality television show” – leading to World War 3 ?

Bob Corker Gives Trump A Taste Of His Own Medicine: A Twitter Insult

Republican Bob Corker: President Trump Could Start ‘World War III’  http://theantimedia.org/world-war-iii-alarm-sounded-bob-corker-trump/  Leading Republican Senator says Trump is treating the presidency like a reality television show. (ANTIWAR.COM) 10 Oct 17, — Top ranking Republican Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed concerns Sunday that President Trump’s reckless threats toward other countries “could set the nation on the path to World War III.”

Trump spent the better part of the weekend on Twitter angrily condemning Corker, accusing him of being behind the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, and saying he’s not running for another term in office because “he doesn’t have the guts.”

Corker said that top administration officials are constantly trying to protect Trump from his own interests, and much of the work of today’s White House is “a situation of trying to contain him.”

Corker went on to say Trump’s irresponsible outbursts should be concerning to all Americans, and that he’s treating the presidency like it’s a reality television show. He also said Trump’s Twitter outbursts have in several instances harmed diplomatic efforts of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

While Trump has yet to respond to Corker’s latest comments, the last thing he’d said earlier in the day was that he expects Corker to “be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda.”

Sen. Corker’s comments are an unprecedentedly public rebuke of Trump from his own party, but are seen as reflective of some other Republican leaders who are uncomfortable with Trump’s volatile behavior. It may also be a bigger problem than Trump expects if he’s totally alienated Corker, as the Republican majority in the Senate is small, and losing a top leader’s public loyalty could easily cost him some close votes.

October 11, 2017 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

South Wales petition calls for reviewing the dumping of radioactive mud off coast of Cardiff

More than 5,500 sign anti-dumping petition, Ian Craig, -South Wales, Argus, 9 Oct 17,   MORE than 5,000 people have signed a petition calling for a stop to plans to dump waste from the nuclear power station off the coast of Cardiff.

The petition was launched after it was revealed EDF Energy had applied to be allowed to dredge 300,000 tonnes of mud from near Hinkley Point in Somerset and dump it off Cardiff Bay.

Although some have claimed the mud could be radioactive, both EDF and the Welsh Government have denied this is the case.

A petition launched by South Wales Central AM Neil McEvoy calling for the plans to be reviewed has been signed by more than 5,500 people, meaning it must be debated in the Assembly.

Mr McEvoy, who was suspended from Plaid Cymru for the second time this year last month and is currently sitting as an Independent AM, said: “This isn’t just about radioactive mud, even though that’s bad enough.

“This is about Wales’ future.

“We’re not here to have the things other people don’t want being dumped on us, whether that’s potentially radioactive mud from a nuclear reactor or mass numbers of prisoners.”

To view the petition visit tinyurl.com/ybqnvaax.

October 11, 2017 Posted by | UK, wastes | 1 Comment

Football in a Russian town, in the shadow of a huge and dangerous nuclear complex

Guardian 7th Oct 2017, If England are looking for self-reflection and meditation, this sleepy
Russian town where they will train during the World Cup next summer could
fit the bill. The 10-minute drive north from their modest accommodation in
the village of Repino, 19 miles from St Petersburg, cuts through birch and
pine forest, the view occasionally punctuated by a large steak restaurant
or a glimpse of the Baltic Sea.

An invisible nuclear threat could be
lurking among the tranquillity, warn scientists and researchers. Across the
Gulf of Finland lies the town of Sosnovy Bor, home to the largest nuclear
cluster in the Baltic Sea region.

Next year, upgrades to the Leningrad
nuclear power plant, as well as the completion of a new nuclear facility,
are expected to go on stream. While they pose no immediate threat to
residents, neither have undergone environmental impact checks, says
physicist Oleg Bodrov, who sits on the board at the Public Council of the
South Coast of the Gulf of Finland, a non-profit organisation concerned
with the local environment.

“If an accident happens, it will take one and
a half hours to reach Repino,” said Bodrov, adding that Russia’s
state-run atomic industry has forfeited safety for economic gain. “Fifa
should take this into account.” https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/07/russia-2018-world-cup-england-base-gareth-southgate

October 11, 2017 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Russia enthusiastic at the idea of selling nuclear technology to the Algerian nation

Russia Ready to Offer Nuclear Technologies to AlgeriaRussian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia is ready to offer Algeria its technologies and technical solutions if a decision is made to establish a national nuclear industry as well as to develop cooperation in other spheres.MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia is ready to offer Algeria its technologies and technical solutions if a decision is made to establish a national nuclear industry, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the Algerian news agency APS ahead of his visit to the country.

Russia is already preparing nuclear industry specialists for Algeria, the prime minister noted.

“At the same time, we are willing to discuss clean energy projects, namely wind and solar farms,” Medvedev added….. https://sputniknews.com/africa/201710091058060153-russia-offer-nuclear-algeria/

October 11, 2017 Posted by | marketing, Russia | 1 Comment