World’s Biggest Pension Fund Loses $51 Billion in Stock Rout – Bloomberg

The world’s biggest pension fund posted the worst annual performance since the global financial crisis, with losses exacerbated by unfavorable currency moves and a foray into equity markets.QUICKTAKEJapan’s Pension WarJapan’s $1.3 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund lost 3.8 percent in the year ended March 31, or 5.3 trillion yen ($51 billion), the retirement manager said Friday in Tokyo. That’s the biggest drop since the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009. GPIF lost 10.8 percent on domestic equities and 9.6 percent on shares in other markets, while Japanese bonds handed the fund a 4.1 percent gain.

Source: World’s Biggest Pension Fund Loses $51 Billion in Stock Rout – Bloomberg

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Fukushima in New York? This Nuclear Plant Has Regulators Nervous.

Meeropol spoke to National Geographic about her journey into the central reactor of the nuclear debate, why nuclear power puts aquatic wildlife in danger, and just how scared New Yorkers should be about Indian Point.

Source: Fukushima in New York? This Nuclear Plant Has Regulators Nervous.

Ireland jails three top bankers over 2008 banking meltdown | Reuters

REUTERS/CLODAGH KILCOYNEleft1 of 2right left2 of 2right left1 of 2rightThree senior Irish bankers were jailed on Friday for up to three-and-a-half years for conspiring to defraud investors in the most prominent prosecution arising from the 2008 banking crisis that crippled the country’s economy.

Source: Ireland jails three top bankers over 2008 banking meltdown | Reuters

From Socialist Utopia To Slave-Nation – Venezuela Unveils Shocking “Forced Labor” Law | Zero Hedge

While we here in the United States debate pressing issues in the wake of the upcoming Presidential election, like the urgent need for gender-neutral bathrooms, the people of Venezuela remain entrenched in a food crisis that continues to sow widespread unrest which has become increasingly violent in recent months (see our post here).  So what do you do if you’re the President of a Socialist government with mounting civil unrest and growing political opposition seeking your ouster via a recall referendum?

Source: From Socialist Utopia To Slave-Nation – Venezuela Unveils Shocking “Forced Labor” Law | Zero Hedge

World’s Largest Nuclear Station – UK’s Hinkley C plans stalled! « Antinuclear

The British government astonished the nuclear industry late last night by refusing to go ahead with plans to build the world’s largest nuclear plant until it has reviewed every aspect of the project.The decision was announced hours after a bruising meeting of the board of the giant French energy company EDF, at which directors decided by 10 votes to seven to go ahead with the building of two 1,600 megawatt reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset, southwest England………

Source: World’s Largest Nuclear Station – UK’s Hinkley C plans stalled! « Antinuclear

Turkish prosecutor claims CIA, FBI trained coup plotters — RT News

HomeNewsTurkish prosecutor claims CIA, FBI trained coup plottersPublished time: 29 Jul, 2016 23:31Edited time: 30 Jul, 2016 00:34Get short URL Turkish soldiers surrender their weapons to policemen during an attempted coup in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, Turkey, July 16, 2016. © Murad Sezer / ReutersAddThis Sharing Buttons811A Turkish prosecutor has claimed that the CIA and FBI provided training for the followers of powerful US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the coup attempt earlier this month.The indictment, prepared by the Edirne Public Prosecutor’s office and accepted by the local Second Heavy Penal Court, seeks the harshest possible punishment for 43 suspects that have allegedly been linked to the failed coup attempt on July 15, including the coup’s supposed mastermind, Fethullah Gulen, the arch-nemesis of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Source: Turkish prosecutor claims CIA, FBI trained coup plotters — RT News

Electricity industry in a panic about renewable energy’s success « Antinuclear

The fear that SA may soon be an even bigger exporter of cheap wind power is what is behind the recent “debate”. Their best chance to protect their profits is to ensure that the “market regulations” restrict the growth prospects for their main competitors. Rules matter. After years of getting the rules they wanted by arguing that they simply wanted “free markets” Australian rent seekers are now forced to win public debates about why we should give them the rules they want. It’s not going well for them.

Source: Electricity industry in a panic about renewable energy’s success « Antinuclear

General Dunford Rushes to Turkey Over Accusations of US Coup Involvement | Veterans Today

The situation deteriorated further on Friday following a filing by a Turkish prosecutor alleging that the FBI and the CIA trained and equipped members of the so-called Gulenist Terror Organization (FETO), leading to an explosion of activity on social media among Turkish speakers calling for the execution of ‘American traitors’ and for the immediate closure of NATO’s Incirlik Air Base.

Source: General Dunford Rushes to Turkey Over Accusations of US Coup Involvement | Veterans Today

US Plutonium Expert, Buesseler, Forgets Expertise; 212 Times More Plutonium from Fukushima than Global Fallout in Japan says German Research | Mining Awareness +

Anyone who knows about US academics knows that institutions are not supposed to keep their own Ph.D. students, as MIT-WHOI did Ken Buesseler. It is considered academic incest and when it happens, as with Ken Buesseler, eyebrows should be raised and questions asked. Ken Buesseler wrote his Ph.D. on testing for Plutonium at MIT-Woods Hole (WHOI). He works for WHOI. What seems to be his only and brief foray outside of WHOI was to the US Nuclear lab-bomb plant, Savannah River Site, to study (test for) plutonium there. He even studied plutonium at the Hanford site. His dissertation was about testing for plutonium in the North Atlantic from weapons fallout. Although we found it ages ago elsewhere, he pridefully and conveniently placed it on the WHOI web site too, for everyone to see. Pride cometh before a fall, they say. One can but hope.

Source: US Plutonium Expert, Buesseler, Forgets Expertise; 212 Times More Plutonium from Fukushima than Global Fallout in Japan says German Research | Mining Awareness +

Few Britons (or anyone else) has ever heard of ocean acidification | Environment | The Guardian

If you’ve heard of ocean acidification, you’re in the minority. If you know that ocean acidification is caused by carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels and cutting down rainforests, you’re practically a scholar. A new poll published in Nature Climate Change finds that around 80% of the British public has never heard of ocean acidification.

Source: Few Britons have ever heard of ocean acidification | Environment | The Guardian

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