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Black and Bloom Ramps up Reflectivity Research

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Black and Bloom is a UK based, multi-year project that will probe deeper into the interactions of Greenland ice with black carbon, dark algae, and increased melting.

Joe Cook is a key researcher in the effort. I interviewed Joe in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, and also on the ice as the team was putting in on July 12.

For more, check out the interview with team member Chris Williamson the other day.

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The beast that will not die

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650 Figure 1: Is Hinkley C really Brexit proof?

Often a big news event is the time people try to bury bad news. Here’s a few you might have missed. However another story that some may have missed is that the DECC has raised its estimate for the cost of Hinkley C to be just short of £37 billion. This is more than double their previous estimate. Hinkley C is in fact now on course to become the most expensive object on earth.

It means that the installed kW cost of Hinkley C is now likely to exceed £11,000 per kW against £1,250 for solar. Yes Hinkley is now 9 times more expensive than a similar installed capacity of solar (and yes the capacity factor of solar is lower, but its not going to be 9 times lower!). Hinkley is now almost certainly going to be…

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Bancopalypse 2.0 – Some Disturbing Figures From The Looming Financial Crisis

Submitted by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, In early 1870, the Kingdom of Prussia and French Empire were about to go to war. It was one of countless conflicts between the dozens of European king…

Source: Bancopalypse 2.0 – Some Disturbing Figures From The Looming Financial Crisis

Terrorized by Police Raids and Mass Displacement, Rio Prepares for Olympics

“We are seeing an increased militarization of the city, in the context of a violent and racist security policy that particularly impacts Black youth who live in working class neighborhoods and favelas.”

Source: Terrorized by Police Raids and Mass Displacement, Rio Prepares for Olympics

AP: Officials “admit deadly Fukushima meltdown coverup” — TEPCO President: We lied about meltdowns, “It was a cover-up… This is a grave issue” — “It’s an unprecedented nuclear disaster… about as bad as it gets” — Revealed “unpardonable breach of trust” (VIDEO)

Source: AP: Officials “admit deadly Fukushima meltdown coverup” — TEPCO President: We lied about meltdowns, “It was a cover-up… This is a grave issue” — “It’s an unprecedented nuclear disaster… about as bad as it gets” — Revealed “unpardonable breach of trust” (VIDEO)

Highly radioactive ‘glass’ rained on Tokyo — Fukushima nuclear fuel with 500 Trillion Bq/kg found — “Significant consequences for human health” — Scientists: This changes understanding of disaster… Extreme importance… Our ideas of health implications should change… Do not discuss on social media

Source: Highly radioactive ‘glass’ rained on Tokyo — Fukushima nuclear fuel with 500 Trillion Bq/kg found — “Significant consequences for human health” — Scientists: This changes understanding of disaster… Extreme importance… Our ideas of health implications should change… Do not discuss on social media

“Like the plot of a summer horror flick”: All along Canada’s Pacific coast, mussels are dying… Bodies are swollen by cancerous tumors — Unprecedented mutations allowing cancer to spread from one species to another like a virus — Scientists: “It’s beyond surprising” (VIDEO)

Source: “Like the plot of a summer horror flick”: All along Canada’s Pacific coast, mussels are dying… Bodies are swollen by cancerous tumors — Unprecedented mutations allowing cancer to spread from one species to another like a virus — Scientists: “It’s beyond surprising” (VIDEO)

No buyer for Kuskokwim salmon, so no commercial salmon fishing – fisherynation.com

For the first time since 1960, for as long as the state has managed fisheries, a season’s worth of salmon will travel up rivers in the Kuskokwim Delta this year with no opportunity for local residents to catch them commercially. With no fish buyer signed up for the Kuskokwim region, the usual infusion of millions of dollars into this part of job-poor Southwestern Alaska isn’t happening. Nearly 450,000 salmon of various types have been caught on average commercially in recent years. Not this year. The state says those unharvested fish could overload spawning grounds and hurt future runs. The sole local buyer in recent years, a branch of Coastal Villages Region Fund, isn’t operating its $40 million fish processing plant in Platinum, on the Bering Sea coast in Southwest Alaska. Coastal Villages Seafoods isn’t buying any salmon from village residents at all. Read the rest here 09:05

Source: No buyer for Kuskokwim salmon, so no commercial salmon fishing – fisherynation.com

CDC Executive Resigns After Being Caught Scheming With Coca-Cola | Collective-Evolution

We have two choices when it comes to food. We can either feed disease or we can fight it. Unfortunately, many of us are electing for the former, and our eating habits, ingrained from childhood, aren’t helping. Sugar continues to be named among the worst disease-promoting culprits, and yet from a young age, we crave (and are […]

Source: CDC Executive Resigns After Being Caught Scheming With Coca-Cola | Collective-Evolution

NASA Allegedly Shuts Down ISS Video Feed AGAIN As UFO Enters Earth’s Atmosphere

We recently came across a publication stating that “UFO believers are accusing NASA of cutting the International Space Station’s live feed to cover up a mysterious object entering the E…

Source: NASA Allegedly Shuts Down ISS Video Feed AGAIN As UFO Enters Earth’s Atmosphere

The Rising Tide of Neo-Nazi Politics in Croatia

The Rising Tide of Neo-Nazi Politics in Croatia
By Global Research News
Global Research, July 13, 2016
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central balkansThe Ustasha and the Rising Tide of Neo-Nazi Politics in Croatia
By Nenad Dumanovic and Daniel Jankovic, July 13 2016

Over the past several years, analysts have noticed a rising tide of domestic support for the Croatian homegrown Nazi movement of the Second World War, the Ustashe, which actively exterminated Serbs, Jews, and Roma in the territory it controlled from 1941-45.

Shame – Fourth Nation Issues Travel Warnings to America

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Shame – Fourth Nation Issues Travel Warnings to America

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*The following is an opinion column by R Muse *For some people, the concept of shame escapes them when it comes to their native country despite national actions that should embarrass them mercilessly. Americans, typically, are so full of hubris when it comes to anything related to America that they appear incapable of being ashamed of anything that happens no matter how despicable, including not being capable of protecting its own citizens.

It is probably true that in an effort to protect their citizenry, every country on Earth’s government issues warnings and advisories to stay clear of dangerous areas. The United States government, although incapable of protecting its citizens from gun violence and rogue authorities on domestic soil, is quick to warn its citizens to steer clear of nations known to have civil unrest, war zones or police or military forces prone to violence. In fact, just…

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South China Sea Tensions Surge After Taiwan Deploys Frigate, China Warns Of “Air Defense Zone”

Following the much anticipated ruling by the international court which found yesterday that China does not have a right to claims on the South China Sea, an unexpected supporter for China’s p…

Source: South China Sea Tensions Surge After Taiwan Deploys Frigate, China Warns Of “Air Defense Zone”

U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Committing War Crimes, Torture, Abductions; Imposing Harsh Sharia Law: Report

Syrian rebel groups backed by the U.S. and its allies “have committed serious violations of international humanitarian law, including abductions, torture and summary killings,” according to Amnesty…

Source: U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Committing War Crimes, Torture, Abductions; Imposing Harsh Sharia Law: Report

Political Dirty Tricks for the Digital Age. “Taking Gerrymandering to a New Level”

Like prestidigitation, while we’re all watching the media circus that is our presidential election, the House of Representatives is being usurped using the most sophisticated mapping and digital so…

Source: Political Dirty Tricks for the Digital Age. “Taking Gerrymandering to a New Level”

FBI Director Comey was board member of HSBC – Clinton Foundation & Drug Cartel ‘bank of choice’

Much has been made recently about the FBI and the Department of Justice letting off favored presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for admittedly mishandling classified information and using her ow…

Source: FBI Director Comey was board member of HSBC – Clinton Foundation & Drug Cartel ‘bank of choice’

UK Parliamentary Report Finds US Allies Are Covertly Funding ISIS

A British parliamentary report released on Tuesday has concluded there is “historical evidence” the Islamic State (IS) group received funding from within Arab Gulf states.In evidence submitted to the foreign affairs select committee, the Ministry of Defence said: “[There] is historical evidence of financial donations to Daesh [IS] from within Gulf states. Furthermore, it is understood that family donations are being made to Daesh, through the unregulated Alternative Value Transfer Systems (AVTS).”AVTS include ways of globally transferring money that includes little information about the individuals involved in the transaction – examples include the open source online currency Bitcoin.The MoD cited as evidence an incident in September 2014 when an IS official was sanctioned by the US Treasury Department after receiving a $2m donation “emanating from the Gulf”.The MoD also said in its evidence that private donations to IS are “minimal” compared to its other revenue streams, which include oil and taxation.

Source: UK Parliamentary Report Finds US Allies Are Covertly Funding ISIS

Bernie Sanders Sold Out; Keep The Revolution Going: Jill Stein for President

We the undersigned urge your support – including your voice and your vote – for Jill Stein for President on the Green Party line as an essential, urgent step to continue building a true American revolution.

A movement for democracy and justice is sweeping the planet – from Occupy Wall Street to the Arab Spring to the Black Lives Matter movement. People are rising up to halt the neoliberal assault, calling for an America and a world that works for all of us. While our movement is winning important victories – notably for living wages and against fossil fuel infrastructure – the economic elite have only tightened their grip. People are realizing that if we want to fix the rigged economy, the rigged racial injustice system, the rigged energy system and more, we must also fix the rigged political system.

The toxic 2016 Presidential election is yet another manifestation of the desperate need for deep change. Many have flocked to the banner of socialism and equality raised by the Sanders campaign, while conservative voters have rejected the illusions peddled by Republican elites. Meanwhile the two corporate parties have anointed the two most disliked politicians in the country to be their standard bearers this November.

Jill Stein’s Power to the People agenda reflects many of the domestic policies of the Sanders campaign – income equality, climate justice, free public higher education, Medicare for All, immigrant rights, racial justice and an end to mass incarceration. In other areas, Stein goes much further than Sanders, calling for the cancellation of student debt, full public financing of elections, and the creation of public banks. Her rapid transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030 makes wars for oil obsolete, enabling a 50% cut in the dangerously bloated military budget which has made us less safe, not more safe. Stein offers a foreign policy based on international law and human rights, not economic and military domination that has proven so catastrophic.

While support for the Sanders campaign surpasses that of all other campaigns, the elites of the Democratic Party have stacked party rules to sabotage his campaign, like principled and powerful grassroots candidates before him. The Democratic Party is proving once again that you can’t have a revolutionary campaign in a counter-revolutionary party.

Each time a challenger such as Jesse Jackson, Dennis Kucinich and Sanders inspired hope among progressives for change, Democratic Party leaders sabotaged the effort. All the while, the Democratic Party has continued to march to the right, becoming more corporatist, imperialist and militarist in spite of its inspired progressive electoral campaigns. The party’s trajectory has been to fake left, but go right.

http://www.jill2016.com/keeptherevolutiongoing

 

Why would Bernie Sanders support Hillary Clinton, after all of the dirty tricks played on him in the primary elections, with millions of votes never counted? Why would he support her, with the DNC never adopting a single platform he proposed? Why would he support her, knowing that as an Independent, he commands the largest single political party in the US? Independents are approximately 50 percent of the registered voters now, way ahead of either the Democrats or Republicans who share the leftover remainder of fearful voters, who end up voting for the ‘lesser of two evils’ rather than a pure uncorrupted political candidate.

 

Latest nuclear and climate news

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a-cat-CANCLIMATE – ho hum – according to the mainstream media, well, climate just wasn’t an issue in the recent election. We face the prospect of another Liberal government toeing the line of its vehement climate denialist members.  Australia takes quite a part of the blame in the disgraceful global web of climate denialism.

NUCLEAR – a South Australian special. The Weatherill Labor government organised 4 days of a so-called “Citizens’ Jury”. It was run by small South Australianall-female firm DemocracyCo.  They probably shouldn’t have taken the job on, seeing that it was firmly set that this would not be any kind of a real jury. The job of the Citizens’ Jury was to make no verdict, no recommendations, but just to produce a summary of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission’s recommendations .

Which they did. Premier Weatherill is now touting their report as if it were the decisions of…

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israel’s war on Palestine’s food supplies

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Israeli soldiers invade farmlands in southern Gaza

11 Jul
9:38 AM

Several Israeli military vehicles invaded, on Monday at dawn, Palestinian agricultural lands, east of Khan Younis city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said four Israeli tanks, and three bulldozers, advanced more than 150 meters into the Palestinian lands, bulldozed some of them, and installed sand hills, close to the border fence.

They added that the Israeli vehicles came from the Kissufim military base, across the border fence, and fired many smoke bombs during the invasion.

The invasion is part of repeated Israeli violations targeting the Palestinians and their lands in border areas, in the northern and eastern parts of the coastal region.

The soldiers frequently prevent the farmers from working on their own lands, in addition to constant violations against Gaza fishers in Palestinian territorial waters.

On Monday at dawn, the army invaded ‘Aida refugee…

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Dr. Jill Stein EXCLUSIVE Op-Ed: “The Revolution Continues; Plan ‘B’ For the Bernie Movement.”

From The Hill.com:The revolution continues: Plan ‘B’ for the Bernie movement By Jill SteinMillions of hearts were breaking today, as Bernie Sanders delivered his long expected endorsement of Hillary Clinton, with notably less enthusiasm than the passion of his usual stump speech that followed.Though Bernie urged his supporters to forget the past and focus on the future, we’d forget the past at our peril. We cannot forget the triumph of Bernie’s campaign, and the hunger of the public for an economy that works for working people, not just the billionaires.My campaign offers people hope. Our Green New Deal is a plan to create 20 million living wage jobs while solving the climate crisis. Our call to abolish student debt provides millions of young people trapped by debt that failed to produce the jobs they promised. We can finally make health care a human right.Within hours of Bernie’s endorsement, thousands of supporters have joined us on Facebook and $27 dollar contributions have surged as Sanders supporters refuse to be “berned” by a Democratic Party that hopes to absorb their revolution into a campaign that represents the opposite of what they and Bernie Sanders have fought for.The consistent efforts of the Democratic Party to minimize, sideline, and sabotage the Sanders campaign are a wakeup call that we can’t have a revolutionary campaign inside a counter-revolutionary party.The policies Ms. Clinton has fought for — along with her partner Bill Clinton — were the foundations of the economic disaster most Americans are still struggling with: the abuses of deregulated Wall Street, rigged corporate trade agreements, racist mass incarceration, and the destruction of the social safety net for poor women and children.The Democrats for decades have increasingly campaigned on the politics of fear, of promoting a lesser-of-two-evils strategy for voting because “the Republicans are even worse.” But that politics of fear has brought us everything we were afraid of.

Source: Dr. Jill Stein EXCLUSIVE Op-Ed: “The Revolution Continues; Plan ‘B’ For the Bernie Movement.”

Japan’s Only Operating Nuclear Power Station May Be Shutdown After New Governor Elected

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In Japan, Kagoshima’s former Governor Ito ignored the will of the people and re-opened Sendai Nuclear Power Station. They booted him out and instead elected former journalist Satoshi Mitazono who promised to suspend operations at Kyushu Electric’s Sendai Nuclear Power Station.
14 to 15 April 2016 Japan earthquake swarm
Yellow pins are volcanos; orange spots are recent earthquakes; circles show the magnitude radiating out from VII at the epicenter. Locations of the two closest nuclear power stations are included.

Opponent of nuclear power elected governor of Kagoshima
KYODO JUL 10, 2016 “Mitazono demanded that plant operations be temporarily suspended for safety checks in the wake of a series of strong earthquakes that hit central Kyushu in April, while Ito argued that the plant’s safety had been secured.” Read the rest of the article here: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/10/national/politics-diplomacy/nuclear-free-society-advocate-set-win-kagoshima-governor-race/

In April: “Second deadly quake hits southern Japan, rescuers race against timePosted:Sat, 16 Apr 2016 03:39:50 -0400
TOKYO…

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Japan Court Upholds Takahama Nuclear Shutdown in a Blow to the Nuclear Industry: Safety Concerns; Sanity Rules

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Anti-Nuclear Power Plant Rally on 19 September 2011 at Meiji Shrine Outer Garden Released to Public Domain via wikipedia
Sixty thousand people marched in central Tokyo on 19 September 2011, chanting “Sayonara nuclear power” and waving banners, to call on Japan’s government to abandon nuclear power, following the Fukushima disasterhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-nuclear_power_movement_in_Japan

Japan court upholds reactor shutdown in new blow to nuclear industry
Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:13am EDT
TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese court on Tuesday upheld an order to keep two reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power closed, the utility said, helping keep efforts to get the country’s struggling nuclear industry up and running in limbo.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/GGONGR45S30/us-japan-nuclear-court-idUSKCN0ZS0IA According to the article Kansai Electric will challenge the decision in the Osaka High Court. However, an appeal may take around a year.

In June: “Japan court upholds injunction to halt reactors in blow to nuclear power industry,
Thu Jun 16, 2016 TOKYO (Reuters) A Japanese court on Friday upheld an order to keep two…

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Letting Go Of Attachment: 6 Reasons To Let Go

“Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached” – Simone Weil

The Buddha taught that attachment, which is the desire to hold on to a permanent state or keep a thing or person, generates craving, wanting, and insecurity, and he believed it is one of the main causes of human suffering.

Non-attachment, on the other hand, aims to cultivate a mind free from these limiting desires. Once we do this we can then move towards a mind of oneness, which involves compassion, clarity of vision, and an understanding of impermanence.

Not only do humans become attached to physical objects or things, but also to relationships, ideas, opinions, and success and failure. Most the of problems we face as a species and planet are a direct result of our attachment to one or more of these things.

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Source: Letting Go Of Attachment: 6 Reasons To Let Go

South Australian Labor’s push for nuclear waste importing is unravelling already

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The case presented by the nuclear dumpsters is dissolving. Outspoken opposition from traditional owners is exposing, as a racist charade, the government’s attempts to manufacture “consent”.

The people of the upper Spencer Gulf cities will not be reconciled to having trainloads of lethal wastes rumbling past their doors for the next century. And the economic case for the dump scheme would merit an “F” in any respectable business course.

Royal Commission bubble burstNuclear waste dump case unravels, World News Report, 13 July 16 , Green Left By Renfrey Clarke Armed with the findings of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission, South Australian Labor Premier Jay Weatherill is pressing ahead with plans to import as much as a third of the world’s high-level nuclear reactor waste and store it in the state’s outback.

There are compelling reasons to reject it. The project, it now emerges, could go ahead only over resistance from Indigenous traditional…

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Record hottest 9 years in a row

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global-warming1We just broke the record for hottest year, nine straight times http://www.skepticalscience.com/broke-hottest-year-record-9-straight-times.html  11 July 2016 by dana1981 

2014 and 2015 each set the record for hottest calendar year since we began measuringsurface temperatures over 150 years ago, and 2016 is almost certain to break the record once again. It will be without precedent: the first time that we’ve seen three consecutive record-breaking hot years.

But it’s just happenstance that the calendar year begins in January, and so it’s also informative to compare all yearlong periods. In doing so, it becomes clear that we’re living in astonishingly hot times.

June 2015 through May 2016 was the hottest 12-month period on record. That was also true of May 2015 through April 2016, and the 12 months ending in March 2016. In fact, it’s true for every 12 months going all the way back to the period ending in September 2015, according…

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