Large numbers of Belgians to get potassium iodide pills


potassium-iodate-pillsBelgium Considers New Steps to Confront Nuclear Radiation Fears More people near nuclear plants could receive potassium iodide pills under government plan, WSJ, By NATALIA DROZDIAK April 28, 2016, BRUSSELS—Belgium is considering handing out potassium iodide pills to large swaths of its population to help protect them from diseases caused by radioactivity in the event of a nuclear accident, a spokeswoman at the health ministry said on Thursday.

The review comes as neighboring countries including Germany and the Netherlands have complained about the poor safety standards at Belgium’s nuclear plants.

Concerns have centered on the discovery several years ago of thousands of tiny cracks in the steel walls of pressure vessels in some of Belgium’s reactors.

Potassium iodide pills can minimize radiation risks, including preventing thyroid cancer, the most common serious outcome of a major nuclear accident.

The Belgian federal government is considering recommendations by the national health council this year to expand the radius…

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What are the true medical effects of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe?


highly-recommendedThe Medical Implications of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Thirty Years Ago, April 1986 By Helen Caldicott Global Research, April 25, 2016 The following text by renowned scientist Chernobyl_Disaster complexand physician Dr. Helen Caldicott on the impacts of the 1986 Chernobyl will be followed in a subsequent article by an analysis of the medical implications of the Fukushima disaster

The only on-site medical and epidemiological data gathered after Chernobyl was released in a report published by the New York Academy of Medicine in 2009 titled “Chernobyl – Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment,” which was gleaned from over 5000 papers published largely in Russian and translated into English.

These studies were gathered mainly from populations residing in the heavily irradiated zones in the Ukraine, Belarus and European Russia. However the Russian government classified all the relevant medical data for 3 years.

The Chernobyl 1986 catastrophe has…

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Submarines to Australia – the Australia-France “contract of the century”


In a possible signs of things to come, France’s ambassador to Australia, Christophe Lecourtier, said future ties would not just be limited to submarines.

Australia-French relations: from nuclear villains to submarine purveyors, AFR, 28 Apr 18,  “……France winning, against hefty odds, the $50 billion contract to supply 12 French-designed submarines for the Australian Navy. State-controlled defence contractor DCNS won out over Germany’s ThysennKrupp Marine Systems and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to build 12 conventional submarines in Australia, a coup hailed by the French media as “the contract of the century”……

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Alert: Tell the President to go to Hiroshima, but with a purpose!


The Cenotaph at ground zero in Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped the first nuclear bomb 71 years ago The Cenotaph at ground zero in Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped the first nuclear bomb 71 years ago

There is still time before he leaves office for President Barack Obama  to reduce the danger of nuclear weapons, as he advocated in his Prague speech in 2009.

Working with our Japanese colleagues, Peace Action has called on the president to go to Hiroshima, but not just for symbolic sake. We call on President Obama to visit with Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) to learn from their powerful witness, and to take further steps toward nuclear disarmament, including:

-further nuclear reductions in the U.S. arsenal, in concert with Russia;
-initiating negotiations for the verifiable global elimination of all nuclear weapons, as the U.S. and other nuclear states are required to do by Article VI of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty;
-canceling the 30 year, $1 trillion planned boondoggle to completely overhaul the U.S. nuclear…

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Evergreene Digest: The Privatization of War: Mercenaries, Private Military and Security Companies (PMSC)

Rise Up Times

Private military and security companies (PMSC) are the modern reincarnation of a long lineage of private providers of physical force: corsairs, privateers and mercenaries. Mercenaries, which had practically disappeared during the XIXth and XXth centuries, reappeared in the 1960’s during the decolonization period operating mainly in Africa and Asia. Under the United Nations a convention was adopted which outlaws and criminalizes their activities. Additional Protocol I of the Geneva Conventions also contains a definition of mercenary.

Jose L. Gomez del Prado, Global Research <;

April 09, 2016 | These non-state entities of the XXIst century operate in extremely blurred situations where the frontiers are difficult to separate. The new security industry of private companies moves large quantities of weapons and military equipment. It provides services for military operations recruiting former militaries as civilians to carry out passive or defensive security.

However, these individuals cannot be considered as civilians, given that…

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7.0 Quake Off Fiji – Tsunami Maybe Not Happening

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Possible tsunami after 7.0 earthquake near Fiji


Tsunami report says the threat window has passed.

This morning the NOAA Tsunami page had nothing recent listed while this should have been listed.  Also the USGS quake map page was down –

Meanwhile in Japan . . .

1,000 quakes recorded in two Kyushu prefectures in two weeks since initial jolt

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Urgent need to end $7.7 Billion Fossil Fuel Subsidies


fossil-fuel-industry$7.7 Billion Fossil Fuel Subsidies ‘Like Being In Bed With Big Tobacco’ , New Matilda, By Thom Mitchell on April 26, 2016 Calls for an end to fossil fuel subsidies are growing louder in the lead up to Treasurer Scott Morrison’s May 3 budget, with a diverse coalition of advocates demanding an end to the $7.7 billion free ride they claim the fossil fuel industry gets each year.

At a press conference in Canberra this morning academics, religious leaders, renewable energy interests and unionists said it was illogical and counter-productive for the government to continue to subsidise fossil fuels if it’s serious about transitioning to clean energy.

“Continuing to fund polluters when we know the damage being done to the environment is unforgivable intergenerational theft,” said Luke Stickels, from the Australian Education Union.

“It is grossly foolish and unfair. Developing our nation’s future is foremost in the minds of educators…

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Climate Change Depleting Ocean Oxygen

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

New study profiles decreasing oxygen levels in oceans.

Above, scientists tell us about what’s happened in Earth’s deep past  when the process went to extremes.

Washington Post:

The oceans are getting warmer — they are, after all, where 90 percent of global warming actually ends up. And when they warm up they expand, because that’s what warm water does. This raises our sea levels, but it also has another effect — it reduces the amount of oxygen dissolved in the water. That’s simply physics: Warmer water contains less oxygen.

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Climate Change Emerging as Election Issue

Climate Denial Crock of the Week


New polling from Yale and George Mason University. Not good news for science denying politicians.

As the election year develops, we can also expect more headline making extreme events that will make a repetitive drumbeat for campaign messages. Should be interesting, and I hope to take part.

Joe Romm at Climate Progress:

A new public opinion survey finds that “Americans across political lines, except conservative Republicans, would support a presidential candidate who strongly supports taking action to reduce global warming.”

The survey of 1,004 registered voters by the Climate Change Communication programs at Yale and George Mason University yielded a number of important findings consistent with earlier polling this year by Gallup.

The new survey found a growing number of registered voters understand global warming is happening: “Three in four (73%, up 7 points since Spring 2014) now think it is happening. Large majorities of Democrats — liberal (95%)…

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Cumbria Life – “Chernobyl The Cloud Lingers On”

Cumbria Life 1996 - Chernobyl 10 years on

Cumbria Life and Chernobyl…a hard hitting article from 1996…

The lifestyle magazine, Cumbria Life, is not where you would expect to find a hard- hitting article on Chernobyl and the nuclear industry. But that is exactly what was published in this Cumbrian coffee table magazine in 1996. ….

(the article is in the public domain but not online – any mistakes in transcript are mine)


The cloud lingers on

Ten years ago a cloud washed over the Cumbrian fells, coating the grass, trees, heather, bracken and rocks with a film of radiation. It came from Chernobyl, a ruptured nuclear reactor in the Ukraine, several thousand miles away. Early, confident predictions that the heavy Cumbrian rain, that brought down the radioactive Caesium in the first place would now wash it from the uplands, were quietly buried. No amount of rain was every going to wash away the poison from Chernobyl…

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