Patients-Nuclear Reactors Routinely Release Radioactive Iodine into Sewers/ Environment

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Potassium iodine is what is often handed out to those living near nuclear reactors to take in the event of a nuclear accident. It is to protect against dangerous radioactive iodine (and cesium) for a short time. Much mentioned is Iodine 131, with a half-life of 8 days, which still means that it stays in the environment for several months. Less mentioned is the long-lived (15.7 million year half life), and actually more dangerous, Iodine 129 spewed into air and water by nuclear reactors, and still in the environment from nuclear weapons testing and use.
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Nuclear reactors legally release radioactive iodine, including iodine 131 and 129, into the air and water, even without an accident. It is legal to put radioactive iodine, and other radioactive materials, into US and UK (sewer) drains, as well. In the US there is no limit, but rather concentrations, which allow dilution, misleadingly given as…

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The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism

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The Terror Factory reveals shocking information about the criminals, con men, and liars the FBI uses as paid informants…as well as documenting the extreme methods the FBI uses to ensnare Muslims in terrorist plots, which are in reality conceived and financed by the FBI.

The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism

By Trevor Aaronson goodreads.com

A groundbreaking work of investigative journalism, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism exposes how the FBI has, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, built a network of more than 15,000 informants whose primary purpose is to infiltrate Muslim communities to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots so that the Bureau can then claim it is winning the war on terror.

An outgrowth of Trevor Aaronson’s work as an investigative reporting fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, which culminated in an award-winning cover story in Mother Jones magazine, The Terror Factory reveals shocking information about the criminals…

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Legal ivory sale drove dramatic increase in elephant poaching, study shows | Environment | The Guardian

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Damian Carrington, Monday 13 June 2016:  Research shows the legal sale in 2008 catastrophically backfired – but two African nations want to repeat the stockpile sell-off.

A huge legal sale of ivory intended to cut elephant poaching instead catastrophically backfired by dramatically increasing elephant deaths, according to new research.

The revelation comes just months before a decision on whether to permit another legal sale and against a backdrop of more African elephants being killed for ivory than are being born. In 2015 alone, 20,000 elephants were illegally killed.

The international trade in ivory was banned in 1989 but, in 2008, China and Japan were allowed to pay $15m for 107 tonnes of ivory stockpiled from elephants that died naturally in four African nations. The intention was to flood the market, crash prices and make poaching less profitable.

But instead, the legal sale was followed by “an abrupt, significant, permanent…

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Chris Hedges | We Must Understand Corporate Power to Fight It

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The reach and effectiveness of corporate propaganda dwarfs even the huge effort undertaken by Adolf Hitler and Stalin. The layers of deception are sophisticated and effective. News is state propaganda. Elaborate spectacles and forms of entertainment, all of which ignore reality or pretend the fiction of liberty and progress is real, distract the masses.  

By Chris Hedges truthdig.com  June 12, 2016

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is seen on a television monitor addressing her supporters, as reporters file their stories after a June 7 news conference by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. (Mary Altaffer / AP)

In the winter of 1941, a Jewish gravedigger from Chelmo, the western province of Poland, appeared in Warsaw and desperately sought a meeting with Jewish leaders.

He told them the Nazis were rounding up Jews, including the old, women and children, and forcing them into what looked like…

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Another Legal Win for Michael Mann

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

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It’s not mandatory that you be following the legal to-and-fro behind the scenes between climate scientists and deniers.  But this is humorous enough that it merits an update.

Daily Kos:

If you’re reading this, odds are that you’re interested in the war on science. In that case, you’ll probably be interested in the new book on The War on Science. Media Matters beat us to the punch with a nice review and summary (though we’ll probably write one too…)

If there’s one mann with the most first hand knowledge of the war on science, though, it’s Dr. Michael Mann. While the deniers’ organized attacks on scientists are a method of intimidation designed to discourage scientists from speaking out (a topic he documents first hand with The Hockey Stick and Climate Wars), Dr. Mann has opted to fight back.

One of the fronts in the Climate Science Wars is Dr. Mann’s lawsuit against the National Review Online…

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Did the Press Take Down Bernie Sanders?

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The rebellious nature of the Vermont senator’s presidential bid didn’t fit the mainstream media’s predetermined scenario.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to members of the media as his wife Jane looks on after an Oval Office meeting with President Barack Obama. June 9, 2016, in Washington, DC. Sanders met with President Obama after Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination for president. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, even before Hillary Clinton’s primary victory in California assured her the Democratic presidential nomination, the Associated Press had already declared her the presumptive nominee. Bernie Sanders and his supporters were sore, and they had a right to be.

Although the AP defended its decision, saying that Clinton’s crossing the delegate threshold was news and they had an obligation to report it when they did (the…

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June 13 Energy News

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Opinion:

¶ “The World Nears Peak Fossil Fuels for Electricity” • The way we get electricity is about to change dramatically, as the era of ever-expanding demand for fossil fuels comes to an end, in less than a decade. That’s according to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [Bloomberg] (More articles about this below.)

World:

¶ The French Ecology Minister announced the 33 winners at a 52-MW solar power plus storage tender for France’s overseas departments and territories. The projects will have a feed-in tariff of €204/MWh, which is competitive for islands not connected to the mainland grid. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Taiwan Power Co is planning to invest NT$400 billion ($12.37 billion) developing renewable energy over the next 15 years, spending more than 80% of that on wind power. Green energy is one of the five key industries in President Tsai Ing-wen’s economic policy…

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Guest Blog: Why Stop Moorside? – from one of NuGen’s close neighbours

Sellafield from Moorsidea

A view of the Sellafield site from the north.
The farmland in the foreground includes where they are proposing to dig to install Moorside.   Note Black Combe and Corney Fell in the background;  round to the left are the lakeland fells and some of the highest mountains in England, including Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Lingmell, with the Langdale Pikes also visible.

The following is a Guest Blog from a close neighbour of the proposed Moorside Project.

Seven years ago we were horrified to learn that RWE, with the backing of DECC and the government, were planning on building a nuclear power plant on fields immediately behind us.  We were even less impressed to find that we had just two weeks to formulate a response which might help protect us.  Despite having no knowledge we did it. We even stood up to the bullying MPs of the Select Committee…

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‘It’s past unbelievable’ – Residents aggravated by Windsor hum say it’s reached its highest volume in years

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June 2016MYSTERY HUMThe volume got cranked up on the Windsor Hum Sunday night. A Facebook page for hum haters and rumble recorders exploded as person after person said the pulses, pounding and vibrations were some of the worst in years. “It was disastrous last night,” west-end dweller Mike Provost said Monday. “It’s past unbelievable. I have never heard it like that in six years that I’ve been recording. Never have I ever heard it like that.”
Resident devoted thousands of hours to stopping mysterious ‘Windsor Hum’ that is loud ‘enough to drive you insane. Provost, a retiree whose back yard on Hillcrest Boulevard faces towards Zug Island, stressed the hum is not back. It’s always there and becomes more persistent and annoying at times, he said. Provost described it as a thunderous roar or rolling thunder that he said was reported to be felt or heard…

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The terrible cost of Washington’s wars

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  • The vast resources wasted and the incalculable human suffering inflicted by the bloated US military and intelligence apparatus pose the urgency of building a genuine mass movement against militarism and war.
  • Sequester Cuts

Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site <http://www.wsws.org>

3 April 2013 | Harvard University’s new report estimating that the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will end up costing as much as $6 trillion is another indication of the terrible price paid by working people the world over for the crimes of imperialism.

This is the latest in a series of studies done by Harvard’s senior lecturer on public policy, Linda Bilmes, together with economist Joseph Stiglitz. Each successive study has raised the estimate of the wars’ long-term costs, due in large measure to the rising and sustained costs of caring for and compensating hundreds of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have returned…

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It Is Against The Law To Cure Cancer In America — Dublinmick’s Breaking News

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Why raw almonds are illegal in the US:

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Forbidden Fruits: Whatever Medicinal Foods The F.D.A. Forbids Written by Sarah C. Corriher Category: Reports Published: November 28, 2009 “Drop the almonds! NOW MISTER!” Vitamin B-17, Raw Bitter Almonds, and Apricot Seeds In 2007, bitter almonds were becoming popular throughout alternative medicine for their vitamin B-17 (laetrile) content. Health food stores had stopped selling B-17 in the form of apricot seeds in 2002, due to armed raids. The F.D.A. openly banned apricot seeds and laetrile extracts, because they had been published as a cure for cancer. Curing cancer is illegal in America. The British government followed suit, and did the very same things during 2002. Innocent people in both countries were arrested and wrongfully charged as criminals for merely selling apricot seeds, a carrier of vitamin B-17.

Bitter almonds were later discovered to be the highest source of this vitamin. Vitamin B-17…

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The Private Spook Behind Iraq’s Death Squads

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James Steele: America’s Mystery Man in Iraq

BBC (2013)

Film Review

The main purpose of this documentary is to expose the paramilitary death squads Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld created in Iraq. Their ultimate was to suppress the Sunni insurgency which formed in early 2003 to oppose the US occupation.

The film goes a long way towards debunking the propaganda Bush and the corporate media dispensed to the American public that the US enemy in Iraq was an international terrorist organization called al Qaeda. The military force responsible for suicide bombings and roadside IEDs (improvised explosive devices) was actually a spontaneous uprising in response to the US invasion and occupation. It was largely organized by Sunni troops and public servants who served in Saddam Hussein’s government and were stripped of their occupations and careers by Bush’s disastrous de-Baathification program.

Cheney and Rumsfeld knew the guerrillas fighting the occupation represented a…

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Water Activists, Your White Privilege Is Showing

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As a Black woman, I know that battling a white supremacist structure and working to eliminate white privilege from decisions is exhausting. The result sometimes is that communities of color are either silenced by white supremacy, a structure not meant to protect them, or by white privilege, where well-meaning individuals can offer unhelpful solutions for dire problems.

By Abre’ Conner, Truthout | Op-Ed  June 8, 2016

A youth rinses his toothbrush with bottled water, getting ready for the school day in Flint, Michigan, on January 20, 2016. (Brittany Greeson / The New York Times)A youth rinses his toothbrush with bottled water, getting ready for the school day in Flint, Michigan, on January 20, 2016. (Photo: Brittany Greeson / The New York Times)

We are witnessing a national catastrophe: Innocent people are fighting for their lives because officials at all levels have been derelict in their duties to protect Flint, Michigan, residents from environmental harms and have deliberately silenced community voices. Could this Flint toxic water disaster occur anywhere else? Yes, and it is, even in California…

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June 12 Energy News

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Science and Technology:

¶ Solar Impulse 2, the largest solar-powered aircraft in the world, landed early Saturday in New York City. It is the 14th stop and the final US destination in its year-old trek around the world. It flew past the Statue of Liberty before landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport. [CNN]

Solar Impulse 2 flies above the Statue of Liberty. Solar Impulse 2 flies above the Statue of Liberty.

World:

¶ The heat of the sun is already scorching the era of oil and coal in the Philippine energy sector. A host of factors, including reduced prices of solar panels, new government policy, and growing reliability of solar power plants, is leading the increasing shift to renewable energy. [The Standard]

¶ Vast rainforests, which once covered more than half of Panama’s land surface, are shrinking, eaten away by development. In response, seven indigenous tribes, whose members live in autonomous zones, have…

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CARCINOGENIC GLYPHOSATE DISCOVERED IN 93% OF URINE SAMPLES | UCSF STUDY

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From myeclinik.com

In 2015, the University of California – San Francisco started conducting a study about glyphosate in humans after it has been classified as carcinogenic by the United Nations.

The results, as published only last month, indicated that at least 93% of urine samples, tested in the early phase of the study, contain certain levels of carcinogenic glyphosate.

The question now is: are these field exposure levels of the chemical fall within the safe levels previously published?

Is there really a true level of safety when it comes to manmade chemicals?

The Results

Glyphosate was found in 93% of the 131 urine samples tested at an average level of 3.096 parts per billion (PPB). Children had the highest levels with an average of 3.586 PPB.

The regions with the highest levels were the West and the Midwest with an average of 3.053 PPB and 3.050 PPB respectively.

Glyphosate residues…

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What is #ExitPollGate?

The Writing of John Laurits

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What is #ExitPollGate?

Greetings, my brothers, sisters, & others — I have something special for you all today! As I’ve already explained with the last two articles (here & here), it is of the utmost importance that we shed as much light as we can on the dishonesty & corruption of the DNC, the Clinton-Machine, & the corporate-media. We are also fighting for as many delegates as we can get at the convention-level & there are many different groups that are pursuing legal actions to undo the rampant voter-suppression that has occurred in many places, too.

We all have things that we can do for the movement and I urge all of you to find out what those things are that you, yourself, can do — ask yourselves, “What is the most effective thing that I can do to help Bernie Sanders continue fighting for us?” Then, do that!

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Australian Labor Party Policy opposed to nuclear industry

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2015 National Policy Platform states:

  1. Labor will:
  • Vigorously and totally oppose the ocean dumping of radioactive waste; 
  • Prohibit the establishment of nuclear power plants and all other stages of the nuclear fuel cycle in Australia; 
  • Fully meet all Australia’s obligations as a party to the NPT; and 
  • Remain strongly opposed to the importation and storage of nuclear waste that is sourced from overseas in Australia.

It would be good if people could contact Butlers office and welcome this comment. And as many as possible contact Labor contacts, candidates and connections to make them aware of this and call for them to echo it.

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Australia’s uranium industry foundering – ?nearly dead

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Australia’s uranium industry is also struggling just to stand still. The industry accounts for just 0.2 percent of national export revenue and less than 0.01 percent of all jobs in Australia. Those underwhelming figures are likely to become even less whelming with the end of mining and the winding down of processing at the Ranger mine in the NT.

Uranium on the rocks http://onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=18236&page=0

By Jim Green , 17 May 2016 Indicative of the uranium industry’s worldwide malaise, mining giant Cameco recently announced the suspension of production at Rabbit Lake and reduced production at McArthur River/Key Lake in Canada. Cameco is also curtailing production at its two U.S. uranium mines. About 500 jobs will be lost at Rabbit Lake and 85 at the U.S. mines. A Cameco statement said that “with today’s oversupplied market and uncertainty as to how long these market conditions will persist, we need to focus our…

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Humungous amount of nuclear waste targeted for importing to Australia

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Nuclear Waste Brief by David Noonan, Independent Environment Campaigner.  3 June 16   An un-declared Australia port is targeted to receive a globally unprecedented scale of high level nuclear waste transport and shipping, facing some 100 000 tonnes of SNF waste over a circa 33 year period of proposed peak Nuclear port operations from project Year 11 to Year 45 (Jacobs MCM, Executive Summary, Figure 3 Timeline of spent fuel transfers, p.5).

This is some 25 per cent higher than the global total of 80 000 tonnes of SNF waste shipped around the world in a 45 year period since 1971 according to the World Nuclear Association report “Transport of Radioactive Materials(Sept 2015) and the Jacobs MCM consultancy (p.152).

A total of 30 000 tonnes of high level nuclear wastes were shipped to the UK Sellafield reprocessing facility and a total of 40 000 tonnes was shipped to…

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A critical assessment of the thorium nuclear dream

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Thorium: new and improved nuclear energy?  https://wiseinternational.org/nuclear-energy/thorium-new-and-improved-nuclear-energy

There is quite some – sometimes tiresome – rhetoric of thorium enthusiasts. Let’s call them thor-bores. Their arguments have little merit but they refuse to go away.

Here are some facts:

  • There is no “thorium reactor.” There is a proposal to use thorium as a fuel in various reactor designs including light-water reactors–as well as fast breeder reactors.
  • You still need uranium – or even plutonium – in a reactor using thorium. Thorium is not a fissile material and cannot either start or sustain a chain reaction. Therefore, a reactor using thorium would also need either enriched uranium or plutonium to initiate the chain reaction and sustain it until enough of the thorium has converted to fissile uranium (U-233) to sustain it.
  • Using plutonium sets up proliferation risks. To make a “thorium reactor” work, one must (a) mix the thorium with plutonium that…

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Russia’s Mayak radiation pollution horror

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Russia’s nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river,  http://www.concordmonitor.com/Russia-s-nuclear-nightmare-flows-down-radioactive-river-1834751  Monitor, By KATHERINE JACOBSEN Associated Press. Friday, April 29, 2016  At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime’s exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to the muddy riverbank.

Some 30 miles upstream from Dambaev’s crumbling village lies Mayak, a nuclear complex that has been responsible for at least two of the country’s biggest radioactive accidents. Worse, environmentalists say, is the facility’s decades-old record of using the Arctic-bound waters of the Techa River to dump waste from reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, hundreds of tons of which is imported annually from neighboring nations

At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing…

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Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe – its lingering medical effects

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The Medical Implications of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-medical-implications-of-the-1986-chernobyl-nuclear-disaster/5521671 Thirty Years Ago, April 1986 By Helen Caldicott Global Research, April 25, 2016 The following text by renowned scientist
and 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.

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Bankers will beat activists in ending nuclear power

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Central Bankers Stimulate Nuclear End That Evaded Activists  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-25/central-bankers-stimulate-end-for-nuclear-that-evaded-activists  Jonathan Tirone April 26, 2016 — 

  • Interest rates near record lows cut funds for decommissioning
  • Industry faces $1 trillion of liabilities from retiring plants
  • Central banks may accomplish what a generation of anti-nuclear activists have failed to do: Force operators to finally decommission almost 150 reactors now sitting in limbo across the globe.

    The plants have been shut down, either because they’re too expensive to run or because of concerns about their safety or age. They can’t send electricity to the grid, and they’ll need the special funds saved over decades for formal decommissioning and clean-up of radioactive waste.

    In the past, many operators delayed decommissioning to allow growth in the clean-up funds. As the global economy weakened, however, and central banks kept interest rates low, the principal in some of those funds shrank. Last year in the U.S…

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Uranium industry: close to its death throes?

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Uranium on the rocks http://onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=18236&page=0

By Jim Green , 17 May 2016 Indicative of the uranium industry’s worldwide malaise, mining giant Cameco recently announced the suspension of production at Rabbit Lake and reduced production at McArthur River/Key Lake in Canada. Cameco is also curtailing production at its two U.S. uranium mines. About 500 jobs will be lost at Rabbit Lake and 85 at the U.S. mines. A Cameco statement said that “with today’s oversupplied market and uncertainty as to how long these market conditions will persist, we need to focus our resources on our lowest cost assets and maintain a strong balance sheet.”Christopher Ecclestone, mining strategist at Hallgarten & Company, offered this glum assessment of the uranium market: “The long-held theory during the prolonged mining sector slump was that Uranium as an energy metal could potentially break away irrespective of the rest of the metals space. How true they were…

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Santa Susana Field Nuclear Laboratory’s toxic secrets revealed – investigative journalism

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LA’S NUCLEAR SECRET http://data.nbcstations.com/national/KNBC/la-nuclear-secret/

You really need to go to the link above and read the original article. It makes it easy for you to follow up aspects and find details

Years of mishandling dangerous radioactive materials and chemicals has also left a toxic legacy for generations of people living near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.  BY JOEL GROVER AND MATTHEW GLASSER

Tucked away in the hills above the San Fernando and Simi valleys was a 2,800-acre laboratory with a mission that was a mystery to the thousands of people who lived in its shadow. In a place called Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), there was a secret collaboration between the U.S. government and private companies to test the limits of nuclear power.

For decades, scientists and staff at SSFL experimented with new types of nuclear reactors, advanced rocket systems and futuristic weapons. While this…

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How the Pentagon hides extent of its spending

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The Pentagon’s War on Accountability: Slush Funds, Smoke and Mirrors, and Funny Money Equal Weapons Systems Galore By William D. Hartung, Tom Dispatch, Reader Supported News, 24 May 16  “……..Now you see it, now you don’t. Think of it as the Department of Defense’s version of the street con game, three-card monte, or maybe simply as the Pentagon shuffle.  In any case, the Pentagon’s budget is as close to a work of art as you’re likely to find in the U.S. government — if, that is, by work of art you mean scam.

The United States is on track to spend more than $600 billion on the military this year — more, that is, than was spent at the height of President Ronald Reagan’s Cold War military buildup, and more than the military budgets of at least the next seven nations in the world combined.  And keep in…

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$70 billion just the tip of Pentagon’s spending labyrinth

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The Pentagon’s War on Accountability: Slush Funds, Smoke and Mirrors, and Funny Money Equal Weapons Systems Galore By William D. Hartung, Tom Dispatch, Reader Supported News, 24 May 16 Slush Funds Galore

“………If smokescreens and evasive maneuvers aren’t enough to hide the Pentagon’s actual priorities from the taxpaying public, there’s always secrecy.  The Secrecy Project at the Federation of American Scientists recently put the size of the intelligence portion of the national security state’s “black budget“ — its secret spending on everything from spying to developing high-tech weaponry — at more than $70 billion. That figure includes a wide variety of activities carried out through the CIA, the NSA, and other members of the intelligence community, but $16.8 billion of it was requested directly by the Department of Defense.  And that $70 billion is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to secret spending programs…

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Pro nuclear’environmentalists’ shills: Hansen and Shellenberger exposed

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How low can they go? Hansen, Shellenberger now shilling for Exelon Green World,  Michael Mariotte
April 6, 2016 “…….Enter the pro-nuke “environmentalists.”

Specifically, renowned climate scientist Dr. James Hansen and industry-oriented Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute, came to Illinois this week to weigh in on the Exelon bailout debate.  And no, they didn’t support renewables or other clean energy technologies. They didn’t question whether the nation’s largest electric utility really needs to gouge Illinoisans for another $300 million to keep aging, money-losing reactors open. Their message was pretty simple: in an open letter to Illinois legislators they, and several dozen others (most of whom are long-standing nuclear advocates) urged them to “do everything in your power to keep all of Illinois’s nuclear power plants running for their full lifetimes.”

Sometimes Dr. Hansen just makes you wonder if he isn’t undertaking some bizarre experiment to see how far he…

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Chernobyl and Fukushima radiation seriously damaging wild life

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At Chernobyl and Fukushima, radioactivity has seriously harmed wildlife, The Conversation,  Timothy A. Mousseau April 25, 2016 “…..Radioactive cesium from Chernobyl can still be detected in some food products today. And in parts of central, eastern and northern Europe many animals, plants and mushrooms still contain so much radioactivity that they are unsafe for human consumption…….

 in the past decade population biologists have made considerable progress in documenting how radioactivity affects plants, animals and microbes. My colleagues and I have analyzed these impacts at Chernobyl, Fukushima and naturally radioactive regions of the planet.

Our studies provide new fundamental insights about consequences of chronic, multigenerational exposure to low-dose ionizing radiation. Most importantly, we have found that individual organisms are injured by radiation in a variety of ways. The cumulative effects of these injuries result in lower population sizes and reduced biodiversity in high-radiation areas.

Broad impacts at Chernobyl

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Chernobyl: a nuclear threat for 3000 years

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Ruined Chernobyl nuclear plant will remain a threat for 3,000 years  @mattschodcnews  BY MATTHEW SCHOFIELD mschofield@mcclatchydc.com , Miami Herald, 24 Apr 16, 
30 years since Chernobyl may seem like a long time, but it’s really just the start  
Below reactor’s ruins is a 2,000-ton radioactive mass that can’t be removed 
How do you protect a site for as long a time as Western civilization has existed?

“…………When the steam burst through the roof of Reactor Number 4 in 1986, it took with it 5 percent of the enriched uranium. That means 10 tons vanished. It also means 95 percent, or 190 tons, remained. They’re still there.

After the blasted reactor partially collapsed into the nuclear material, it created a radioactive blob of uranium, concrete, steel and assorted junk weighing about 2,000 tons. Ideally, Ukraine would remove the material. Sergiy Parashyn grabs a pen and paper as he talks about…

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What ionising radiation does to our bodies

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Developing foetuses are, of course, incredibly susceptible to radiation
Inhaling or swallowing radioactive material delivers the source of radiation directly to your cells, increasing the risk of cancer developing in the tissues where they accumulate.
In adults, strontium accumulates mainly on the surface of bones, but in children it can be incorporated into the growing bone itself. The beta radiation given off as the radioactive atoms decay into more stable forms can damage the bone marrow and lead to bone cancer.
What does radiation from a nuclear disaster actually do to our bodies? ABC Science 
By Bernie Hobbs , 25 Apr 16, “……..long-term exposure to low doses of radiation increase the odds of getting cancer, while a single high dose will quickly cause immediate damage to cells and tissues — a process used effectively to kill tumour cells in radiation therapy.

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Exposing nuclear lobby disinformation about renewable energy

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Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2987577/renewable_energy_versus_nuclear_dispelling_the_myths.html Mark Diesendorf 19th April 2016 

Don’t believe the spurious claims of nuclear shills constantly doing down renewables, writes Mark Diesendorf. Clean, safe renewable energy technologies have the potential to supply 100% of the world’s electricity needs – but the first hurdle is to refute the deliberately misleading myths designed to promote the politically powerful but ultimately doomed nuclear industry.

Nuclear energy and renewable energy (RE) are the principal competitors for low-carbon electricity in many countries.

As RE technologies have grown in volume and investment, and become much cheaper, nuclear proponents and deniers of climate science have become deniers of RE.

The strategies and tactics of RE deniers are very similar to those of climate science deniers.

To create uncertainty about the ability of RE to power an industrial society, they bombard decision-makers and the media with negative myths about RE and positive…

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Timeline of Chernobyl’s nuclear nightmare

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Chernobyl: Timeline of a nuclear nightmare http://www.wtsp.com/news/nation-now/chernobyl-timeline-of-a-nuclear-nightmare/138536883 Kim Hjelmgaard and USA TODAY ,  April 17, 2016  

Timeline of a disaster

February 1986:  

Ukraine’s Minister of Power and Electrification Vitali Sklyarov tells Soviet Life magazine that the odds of a meltdown at Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant are “one in 10,000 years.”

April 25, 1986:

The plant’s operators prepare to conduct a special test to see how an emergency water cooling system would fare in the event of a complete loss of power.

April 26, 1986:
The test begins at 1:23.04 a.m.

Fifty-six seconds later, pressure builds in the reactor No. 4 in the form of steam. This causes an explosion that lifts a 1,000-ton lid that covers volatile fuel elements. Radiation is immediately released into the air.

As oxygen pours into the reactor, a graphite fire begins. A chemical reaction causes a second explosion, and burning debris lands on the roof of reactor…

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Nuclear lobby’s slick salesmanship – conning us with “New Nuclear”

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Thorium reactors Some enthusiasts prefer fueling reactors with thorium – an element 3x as abundant as uranium but even more uneconomic to use. India has for decades failed to commercialize breeder reactors to exploit its thorium deposits.

But thorium can’t fuel a reactor by itself: rather, a uranium- or plutonium-fueled reactor can convert thorium-232 into fissionable (and plutonium-like, highly bomb-usable) uranium-233. Thorium’s proliferation [8], waste, safety, and cost problems differ only in detail from uranium’s: e.g., thorium ore makes less mill waste, but highly radioactive U-232 makes fabricating or reprocessing U-233 fuel hard and costly.

‘New’ nuclear reactors? Same old story, Ecologist, Amory Lovins 12th April 2016 The nuclear industry is forever reinventing itself with one brilliant ‘new’ idea after another, Amory Lovins wrote in this classic 2009 essay. But whether it’s touting the wonders of future SMRs, IFRs or LFTRs, the reality never changes: the reactors they are building right now…

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Wasting time and money: the EPR nuclear reactor

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Nuclear power and climate change Too little, too late
According to the International Energy Agency, to avert catastrophic climate change the world has only until 2017 to stop investments in fossil-fuelled power plants and start reducing global emissions of heat-trapping gases. A single new nuclear power plant takes more than a decade to go from inception to operation. Building a thousand large new reactors, as suggested by some scenarios put forward by the International Energy Agency, would take at least four decades and yet only cut global CO2 emissions by a mere 4.5%. 
This means new nuclear reactors will make zero contribution to meeting the climate change deadline, but nuclear investments would divert money and time from renewable energy and energy-saving technologies — the technologies that can deliver more solution per dollar, and do it much faster

 The EPR nuclear reactor A dangerous waste of time and money NIRS Briefing…

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USA ready to abandon dangerous Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) plan

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Radioactive Pork Finally on the Chopping Block Project On Government Oversight.  By: Lydia Dennett 9 Feb 16 A “Sensitive But Unclassified” document from the Secretary of Energy, obtained by the Project On Government Oversight, indicates that the Department is concerned that parochial interests in Congress may thwart their plans to kill the MOX program.

The Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) is the result of a bilateral agreement with Russia in which both countries agreed to dispose of 34 metric tons of nuclear weapons grade plutonium. In 2002 the U.S. decided to construct the MOX facility to convert this dangerous material into fuel for commercial nuclear power reactors. But now, 14 years later, the MOX program is almost 3,000 percent over budget, lacks even a single potential customer for the fuel, and could actually be putting our nuclear material at risk.

The November 2015 memorandum from Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz…

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Maralinga atomic bomb tests have left their genetic fallout

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New generations of Australian families suffering deformities and early deaths because of ‘genetic transfer’,news.com.au MARCH 10, 2016 [EXCELLENT PHOTOS] PEOPLE who worked at Australian atomic bomb test sites claim they have produced generations of children with severe deformities and suffered a high number of stillbirths.

Documents obtained exclusively by news.com.au show hundreds of children and grandchildren of veterans exposed to radiation were born with shocking illnesses including tumours, Down syndrome, cleft palates, cerebral palsy, autism, missing bones and heart disease.

One veteran, who was posted to the Maralinga nuclear test site in South Australia in the 1950s as part of the British Nuclear Test (BNT) program, says the radiation contaminated his sperm and is to blame for the death of a child he never got to know.

But he is not alone, with the documents detailing a litany of miscarriages and stillbirths that has allegedly passed the devastation…

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June 11 Energy News

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Opinion:

¶ “US Carbon Tax ‘Close To Inevitable,’ Conservative Leader Proclaims – Moral Disgrace Of Ignoring Global Warming Too Strong” • Some Republican congresspeople have taken the time to learn about global warming. They don’t want their party’s legacy to be denial supporting corruption. [CleanTechnica]

George Shultz, Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, has long been an outspoken supporter of a carbon tax. George Shultz, Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, has long been an outspoken supporter of a carbon tax.

World:

¶ TenneT Holding BV presented a plan for building an island in the North Sea to connect over 30 GW of offshore wind farms and deliver power to countries in the region. The transmission system operator says the most suitable location for that island will be the Dogger Bank. [SeeNews Renewables]

The island. Image by Tennet (www.tennet.eu). The island. Image by Tennet (www.tennet.eu).

¶ Costa Rica is finishing up the largest hydroelectric power project in Central America, as the last generators come on line. The Reventazon dam…

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Three Certainties: Death, Taxes, and a Warming Planet | Climate Denial Crock of the Week

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GR:  Lost habitat and wildlife are not even included in the costs.

Take what you want and pay for it, says God. – Spanish Proverb

Peter Sinclair.–As the damages from a changing climate mount up in areas from Texas to Miami Beach, citizens of Planet Earth will be faced with greater and greater damages from coastal flooding, extreme storms, and other signals of a warming planet.While a favorite climate denier talking point is to rail against sensible taxes on fossil fuels, its an illusion to think we are not already paying the costs – in damage to infrastructure, homes, agriculture, health, and economic activity. A sober view of what we face in the real world is unfashionable in the Trumpiverse, but some communities will go ahead and face it anyway.  Continue reading:  Three Certainties: Death, Taxes, and a Warming Planet | Climate Denial Crock of the Week

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Utility to seek restart of reactor inundated with seawater in 2011 — The Asahi Shimbun

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” NAGOYA–Chubu Electric Power Co. plans to restart a nuclear reactor west of Tokyo that was swamped with “an unprecedentedly” large amount of seawater in 2011 that caused problems to hundreds of parts.

The damaging seawater flowed into the No. 5 reactor of the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, two months after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami destroyed coastal areas of northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. The Nagoya-based utility believes that repairs and upgrades can make the reactor operational again.

“We will use designs to meet the new safety standards and apply (to the Nuclear Regulation Authority),” Chubu Electric Power President Satoru Katsuno said June 7. “We completed our checks and concluded that it is sufficiently possible to use the reactor if we change some parts and implement some repairs.”

The actual application to the NRA, the country’s nuclear watchdog, is expected in 2017…

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Woman breaks silence among Fukushima thyroid cancer patients — The Seattle Times

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” KORIYAMA, Japan (AP) — She’s 21, has thyroid cancer, and wants people in her prefecture in northeastern Japan to get screened for it. That statement might not seem provocative, but her prefecture is Fukushima, and of the 173 young people with confirmed or suspected cases since the 2011 nuclear meltdowns there, she is the first to speak out.

That near-silence highlights the fear Fukushima thyroid-cancer patients have about being the “nail that sticks out,” and thus gets hammered.

The thyroid-cancer rate in the northern Japanese prefecture is many times higher than what is generally found, particularly among children, but the Japanese government says more cases are popping up because of rigorous screening, not the radiation that spewed from Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.

To be seen as challenging that view carries consequences in this rigidly harmony-oriented society. Even just having cancer that might be related to radiation carries a stigma…

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Evergreene Digest | The Global War on Terrorism: The Fight for Truth Continues

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From the attacks of September 11, 2001 to the war on Syria — how did we get to this point? Global Research offers you several important resources and encourages you to get the facts and share them with others.

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May 17, 2016 | The events of 9/11 played a pivotal role in launching the Global War on Terrorism, which has for the last 15 years brought about mass militarization on an unprecedented scale, by turns ravaging sovereign nations, creating further instability and breeding fear and hatred.


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As Michel Chossudovsky wrote in 2013:

“A major transition in US counter-terrorism doctrine is unfolding. While Barack Obama, following in the footsteps of George W. Bush, remains firmly committed to waging a…

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The US Military’s Best-Kept Secret — Dozens of US Bases

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In the shadows of what was once called the “Dark Continent,” a scramble has come and gone. If you heard nothing about it, that was by design. But look hard enough and—north to south, east to west—you’ll find the fruits of that effort: a network of bases, compounds, and other sites whose sum total exceeds […]

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CIVIL LAWSUIT FILED AROUND CALIFORNIA PRIMARY ELECTION

CIVIL LAWSUIT FILED AROUND CALIFORNIA PRIMARY ELECTION from a distanceJune 11, 2016 Re: Lawsuit to be Filed re: votes In about eleven states, there has been noted a significant difference between the exit polls and the electronic vote totals presented on the morning after the primaries. These differences show votes appear to be shifted from Bernie … Continue reading CIVIL LAWSUIT FILED AROUND CALIFORNIA PRIMARY ELECTION