Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush’s Radioactive War on Iraq
Indeed, the problems at DoE nuclear sites and the contamination of its workers and contractors have been well-known since the 1980s. A 1991 Energy Department memo reports: “during the process of making fuel for nuclear reactors and elements for nuclear weapons, the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant… created depleted uranium potentially containing neptunium and plutonium”
But such excuses in the absence of any action to address the situation are growing very thin indeed. Doug Rokke, the health physicist for the US Army who oversaw the partial clean up of depleted uranium bomb fragments in Kuwait, is now sick. His body registers 5,000 times the level of radiation considered “safe”. He knows where to place the blame. “There can be no reasonable doubt about this,” Rokke told Australian journalist John Pilger. “As a result of heavy metal and radiological poison of DU, people in southern Iraq are experiencing respiratory problems, kidney problems, cancers. Members of my own team have died or are dying from cancer.”
Depleted uranium has a half-life of more than 4 billion years, approximately the age of the Earth. Thousand of acres of land in the Balkans, Kuwait and southern Iraq have been contaminated forever. If George Bush Sr., Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Bill Clinton are still casting about for a legacy, there’s a grim one that will stay around for an eternity.
via Counterpunch Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush’s Radioactive War on Iraq
Hidden danger: Radioactive dust is found in communities around nuclear weapons sites – Los Angeles Times
Studies by a Massachusetts scientist say that invisible radioactive particles of plutonium, thorium and uranium are showing up in household dust, automotive air cleaners and along hiking trails outside the factories and laboratories that for half a century contributed to the nation’s stockpile of nuclear weapons.
The findings provide troubling new evidence that the federal government is losing control of at least some of the radioactive byproducts of the country’s weapons program.
Marco Kaltofen, a nuclear forensics expert and a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, said he collected samples from communities outside three lab sites across the country and found a wide variation of particle sizes. He said they could deliver lifelong doses that exceed allowable federal standards if inhaled.
via Hidden danger: Radioactive dust is found in communities around nuclear weapons sites – Los Angeles Times
Measurement of radioactive dose rates in fine sediment that has recently deposited on channel bed-sand provides a solution to address the lack of continuous river monitoring in Fukushima Prefecture after Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant (FDNPP) accident. We show that coastal rivers of Eastern Fukushima Prefecture were rapidly supplied with sediment contaminated by radionuclides originating from inland mountain ranges, and that this contaminated material was partly exported by typhoons to the coastal plains as soon as by November 2011. This export was amplified during snow melt and typhoons in 2012. In 2013, contamination levels measured in sediment found in the upper parts of the catchments were almost systematically lower than the ones measured in nearby soils, where as their contamination was higher in the coastal plains. We thereby suggest that storage of contaminated sediment in reservoirs and in coastal sections of the river channels now represents the most crucial issue.
via Scribd ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING HYDROLOGY fresh sediment deposits along coastal rivers draining Fukushima contamination plume | Radioactive Contamination | Sediment
Japan wants Fukushima evacuees to go home. They’re not so sure. – CSMonitor.com
About 160,000 people left their homes in 2011, after an earthquake and tsunami triggered the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Today, the government says it’s safe for many to return. But regaining residents’ trust remains a challenge.
via Japan wants Fukushima evacuees to go home. They’re not so sure. – CSMonitor.com
Why is there always enough money for war and huge corporate welfare/entitlements, but never enough for green energy, education, or healthcare, much less housing the homeless or feeding hungry children?
The way to grow the largest number of permanent jobs that cannot be outsourced to Communist China or Vietnam is to create clean energy jobs in wind, solar and mass transit infrastructure. PACE can help fill in the need for investment dollars to accomplish this goal.
via Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program; Bottoms Up Community Based Clean Energy Program Helps Businesses And Residential Homeowners Save Money, Pays For Energy Efficiency, Solar, Wind, Renewable Energy Systems With Zero Money Required | A Green Road Journal
In Major Victory for Progressives, Democratic Leadership Abandons Tax Rule That Would Have Made Bold Agenda Impossible
In a major victory for the growing Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and everyone who supports popular solutions like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and tuition-free public college, the House Democratic leadership on Tuesday ditched plans to impose a widely denounced right-wing tax rule that would have made a bold agenda impossible to fund.
“We are pleased to announce that the rules package for the 116th Congress will not include the 3/5 supermajority tax provision promoted by House Republicans in recent years,” the CPC wrote on Twitter. “The removal of this harmful provision will help progressives pass college for all, Medicare for All, and other bold proposals that will deliver meaningful relief for working familie
via Common Dreams In Major Victory for Progressives, Democratic Leadership Abandons Tax Rule That Would Have Made Bold Agenda Impossible
Trump Wants to Reclassify Radioactive Waste from Nuclear Weapons to ‘Low Level’ so Disposal Is Cheaper
The Department of Energy intends to relabel high-level radioactive waste left over from the production of nuclear weapons as low-level, the Associated Press reported.
via Newsweek Trump Wants to Reclassify Radioactive Waste from Nuclear Weapons to ‘Low Level’ so Disposal Is Cheaper
This is the worst idea ever, and this idiot has not idea what the heck he is doing. He has no idea of the radioactive monster he will unleash on the public if he changes high level nuclear waste to low level nuclear waste.
Do not be afraid to experience the depth of your emotions, Dear Ones, for they are the very things that demonstrate your humanity and your divinity and both aspects of you are equally glorious to behold. It is the combination of it all that makes you so beautifully and uniquely you. ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Young
via Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Tuesday December 11, 2018
More Than a Thousand Arrested as Yellow Vests Protests Over Economic Frustration Rage on Across France – The Anti-Media
(CD) Some 1,220 people were arrested in France on Saturday as more than a hundred thousand took to the streets—leading to a lockdown and armored vehicles pouring into Paris—as part of the “Yellow Vests” or “Gilets Jaunes” movement that initially came as a response to French President Emmanuel Macron’s attempt to raise taxes on gasoline and diesel, which critics warn would primarily impact the working- and middle-class.
The movement’s name comes from many supporters wearing the yellow high-visibility vests that all drivers in France are required to keep in their vehicles. Although Macron’s centrist administration announced last week that it was suspending fuel and electricity hikes for six months, outrage over growing inequality across the country has continued to produce massive protests.
via More Than a Thousand Arrested as Yellow Vests Protests Over Economic Frustration Rage on Across France – The Anti-Media