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Les Nouvelles Internationales est un site alternatif pour les gens qui veulent mieux comprendre ce qui se passe dans notre monde et pour mieux connaître notre histoire.

Ce site se veut un moyen de résister à la manipulation de la pensée par la désinformation et la propagande de masse.

Une population éduquée n`est pas manipulable. Cessons de nous faire violer psychiquement, protégeons-nous mentalement. Les ploutocrates dépensent des milliards pour contrôler notre pensée. Fermons la TV!

L’Autre Monde 28 mars 2011: Partie 1 – Actualité & Libye sous une guerre « humanitaire » à l’uranium appauvri

mardi 29 mars 2011 13:02

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L’Autre Monde 28 mars 2011: Partie 1 – Actualité & Libye sous une guerre « humanitaire » à l’uranium appauvri


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L’Autre Monde 28 mars 2011

120 min / Radio de l’UQAM, CHOQ FM

Diffusion en direct : Lundi à 15:00h

Animation : François Marginean
Réalisation: François Marginean
Chronique : Stéphane Poutoire

Archives d’émission
2011-03-28 2011-03-21 2011-03-14 2011-03-07 2011-02-28 2011-02-21 2011-02-14 2011-02-07 2011-02-03 2011-01-27 2011-01-20 2011-01-13 2010-12-16 2010-12-09 2010-12-02 2010-11-25 2010-11-18 2010-11-04 2010-10-28 2010-10-21 2010-10-14 2010-10-07 2010-09-30 2010-09-23 2010-09-16 2010-09-09 2010-09-02 2010-08-26 2010-07-29 2010-07-22 2010-07-15 2010-07-08 2010-07-01 2010-06-17 2010-06-10 2010-06-03 2010-05-27 2010-05-20 2010-05-14 2010-05-13 2010-05-06 2010-04-29 2010-04-22 2010-04-15 2010-04-08 2010-04-01 2010-03-25 2010-03-22 2010-03-11 2010-03-04 2010-02-25 2010-02-18 2010-02-11 2010-01-28 2010-01-21 2010-01-14 2010-01-07 2009-12-17 2009-12-11 2009-12-03 2009-11-26 2009-11-19 2009-11-12 2009-11-05 2009-10-29 2009-10-22 2009-10-15 2009-10-08 2009-10-01 2009-09-24 2009-09-17 2009-08-13 2009-08-06 2009-07-30 2009-07-23 2009-07-16 2009-07-09 2009-07-02 2009-06-25 2009-06-25 2009-06-18 2009-04-30 2009-04-23 2009-04-16 2009-04-09 2009-04-02 2009-03-26 2009-03-19 2009-03-12 2009-03-06 2009-02-26 2009-02-19 2009-02-12 2009-02-05 2009-01-29 2009-01-22 2009-01-15 2009-01-08 2008-12-18 2008-12-11 2008-12-04 2008-11-27 2008-11-20 2008-11-13 2008-11-06 2008-10-30 2008-10-23 2008-10-09 2008-10-02 2008-09-25 2008-09-18 2008-09-11 2008-09-04 2008-08-28 2008-08-21 2008-08-14 2008-08-07 2008-07-17 2008-07-10 2008-07-03 2008-06-26 2008-06-19 2008-06-12 2008-06-05 2008-05-29 2008-05-22 2008-05-15 2008-05-08 2008-04-17 2008-04-10 2008-04-03 2008-03-27 2008-03-20 2008-03-13 2008-03-06 2008-02-28 2008-02-21 2008-02-14 2008-02-07 2008-01-31 2008-01-24 2008-01-17 2008-01-08 2007-12-16 2007-12-09 2007-12-02 2007-11-25 2007-11-18 2007-11-11 2007-11-04 2007-10-28 2007-10-21 2007-10-14 2007-10-07 2007-09-30 2007-09-23 2007-09-16 2007-09-09 2007-09-02 2007-08-26 2007-08-12 2007-08-05 2007-07-29 2007-07-22 2007-07-15 2007-07-08 2007-07-01 2007-06-24 2007-06-17 2007-04-22 2007-04-15 2007-04-08 2007-04-01 2007-03-25 2007-03-18 2007-03-11 2007-03-04 2007-02-25 2007-02-18 2007-02-11 2007-02-04 2007-01-28

Au programme cette semaine, 28 mars 2011:

Suite du dossier Japon et des centrales nucléaires hors de contrôle et de l’agression de la Libye et actualité mondiale.

C’est en rendez-vous le lundi dès 15h pour l’émission la plus écoutée de CHOQ FM, la radio officielle de l’Université du Québec à Montréal !


***Hyperliens vers les sources des informations discutées sur l’émission d’aujourd’hui:


Actualité:

At least 70 killed in Myanmar quake

More than 70 people have been killed and 100 injured after a strong earthquake struck northeastern Myanmar near its border with Thailand, officials said, adding, the toll may rise.

The 6.8-magnitude quake shook buildings as far away as the Thai capital Bangkok, almost 800km from the epicentre, on Thursday night.

Canada no-confidence vote fells Harper government

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has fallen after a no-confidence vote passed in the parliament. The vote, engineered by the opposition Liberal Party and backed by two other opposition parties, triggers an election expected in early May. The vote stems from a ruling on Monday that the minority government was in contempt of parliament.

But the Conservatives are thought likely to keep power in a May election.

Canada Government Collapses on No-Confidence Vote

The Conservative government in Canada was toppled on Friday after a vote of no-confidence passed in the parliament by 156 to 145.

The vote, supported by the opposition Liberal Party and two other opponent parties, caused an election expected to occur in May.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to ask Governor General David Johnston to dissolve parliament on Saturday.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Dear Canadian readers. Use this opportunity to scrub your government of those politicians more loyal to a foreign government than to Canada. Learn from the mistakes the American people made. No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel cannot serve you!

Canada’s Parliament passed a bill to establish a national Holocaust monument, just hours before the government fell.
[non c’est pas pour l’holocauste des Amérindiens. C’est encore pour ces foutus juifs exhibitionnistes narcissiques.]

FBI center takes on $1 billion ID project

Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Clarksburg FBI complex is taking part in a $1 billion project that will enable law enforcement agencies to identify criminals and terrorists by physical characteristics more quickly and accurately, an FBI official said Monday in Charleston…

Five-mile wide suspected oil slick spotted just north of Deepwater Horizon explosion site

A suspected oil slick has been spotted around 20 miles north from the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

Several people reported seeing a rainbow sheen on the surface of the water several miles long just off the coast of Louisiana, to the National Response Center.

Source of latest Gulf oil spill determined

Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners issued a statement last night expressing « surprise » that what it claimed was a minor leak from a well that’s been out of use for some time could have produced miles-long slicks that garnered national media attention. The company has been in the process of permanently plugging the well — located in a shallow area about 30 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La. Anglo-Suisse owned a cluster of five platforms in that area that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

They are not even bothering to try to make the lies believable.

Shell wins approval to drill new Gulf of Mexico deepwater wells

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/8397157/Shell-wins-approval-to-drill-new-Gulf-of-Mexico-deepwater-wells.html

Royal Dutch Shell has won approval to drill the first new deepwater oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico almost a year after a spill by rival BP halted the industry’s expansion.

Radioactive tobacco

Cannabis is often compared to tobacco, with the damage caused by smoking tobacco given as a reason to prohibit use of cannabis. Yet most of the harms caused by tobacco use are due not to tar, but to the use of radioactive fertilizers. Surprisingly, radiation seems to be the most dangerous and important factor behind tobacco lung damage.

Radioactive fertilizer


Des scientifiques australiens mettent à jour l’origine humaine du virus H1N1 (Bloomberg)

21 mars 2011

Agence Bloomberg

Article de 2009

Le virologue Adrian Gibbs, qui avait déclaré au mois de mai dernier que le virus de la « grippe porcine » s’était « échappé d’un laboratoire », vient de publier ses conclusions aujourd’hui, relançant ainsi le débat autour des origines du virus pandémique.

La nouvelle souche H1N1, qui a été découverte au Mexique et aux États-Unis en avril 2009, est le résultat du regroupement de trois virus provenant de trois continents différents, dont les gènes auraient été recombiné dans un laboratoire ou dans une usine de fabrication de vaccins, indique Adrian Gibbs et ses collègues scientifiques australiens, qui viennent de publier un travail de recherche dans le Virology Journal.

Les auteurs de cette étude ont analysé la composition génétique du virus et confirment que son origine s’expliquerait d’avantage par une manipulation humaine que par une coïncidence de la nature.

Leur étude est actuellement discutée par d’autres scientifiques, un débat commencé il y a six mois alors que A. Gibbs avait demandé à l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) d’examiner ses hypothèses, en vain puisque que l’institution internationale basée à Genève avait refusé d’entrer en matière, se bornant à confirmer la version de « l’origine naturelle » du virus, niant ainsi toute origine humaine de la mutation.

« Il est important que la source de ce nouveau virus soit claire, si l’on veut à l’avenir éviter de future catastrophes, plutôt que de s’entêter à en minimiser les conséquences, comme on le coit aujourd’hui, après qu’il ait émergé » indiquent Adrian Gibbs et ses collègues John Armstrong et Jean Downie dans leur rapport.

Adian Gibbs et John Armstrong sont professeurs titulaires à la faculté émérite de l’Université Nationale Australienne de Canberra et Jean Downie est affiliée au « Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Laboratory Services » de l’hôpital Westmead, à Sydney.

« Explication la plus simple » Bien que les oiseaux migrateurs ont manifestement agi comme un intermédiaire crucial pour la convergence des différents virus, la participation de l’homme dans leur regroupement est « de loin l’explication la plus simple », a déclaré aujourd’hui Adrian Gibbs dans un entretien téléphonique. M. Gibbs a été à l’origine de plus de 250 publications scientifiques sur les virus au cours de sa carrière, ces 39 dernières années, pour le compte de l’Université australienne, selon les renseignement du ministère de l’éducation.« Connaissant le sérieux d’Adrian Gibbs, je sais qu’il aura étudié toutes les hypothèses possibles avant d’en arriver à cette conclusion », indique le professeur Lance Jennings virologue clinicien des « Laboratoires Canterbury Santé Christchurch » de Nouvelle-Zélande. « D’autres scientifiques ne tarderont pas à confirmer ou réfuter sa thèse ».

Traduction : Spencer Delane pour Mecanopolis

Source:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=ajw2AS.d1wK8

U.S. Supreme Court Gives Total Liability Shield to Big Pharma

In a 6-2 decision, the Court majority voted to reject substantial evidence that current law was fully intended to protect an American’s right to sue a pharmaceutical corporation for injuries that could have been prevented if the company had elected to make a safer vaccine.

The court decision leaves parents with no way to hold vaccine makers accountable and no feasible way to get compensation for the injuries suffered by their children; furthermore, the decision removes all financial incentive for multi-national drug companies to make vaccines as safe as they can be.

CDC: “Superbug” Speads To 35 States; Kills 40% Of The People Who Come In Contact

The CDC and LA Times reports a “Superbug” that kills 40% of the people it comes in contact with has hit 35 US States and is now being spread through California medical facilities.

I would love to know what government lab this was engineered in.

Knesset Passes Bill Prohibiting Nakba Commemoration

The Israeli legislature has passed a bill that will require the state to fine local authorities or state funded bodies that commemorate the Palestinian Nakba Day.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

For how long has Israel used the Holocaust to justify their crimes? For how long has the epithet « Holocaust Denier » been hurled by Zionists at anyone who didn’t see Jews as the uniquely unfortunate victims of history, whose suffering must be acknowledged as greater than all others’?

Now the Israelis have made it illegal for Palestinians to commemorate their own Disaster, their banishment from their own homes and villages suffered at the hands of Israel.

And if Israel is willing to use the courts to re-write the history of 1948, then clearly they must be presumed to have used the courts to re-wrote the history of WW2!

Israel passes new Nakba Law

Reuters , Wednesday 23 Mar 2011

Knesset passes new Nakba Law to punish public institutions for any reference to the Israeli occupation of Palestine in 1948 as a catastrophe or ‘nakba’

Total War and interventionism’s Sacred cow WWII and the H word Broken

Senior officers and troops side with protesters as envoys, editors, party chiefs and governors call on President Saleh to step down

In no way am I supporting the Nazi party or Hitler, Fascist Italy, or Imperial Japan or crimes from either side in WWII. I am simply pointing out that where as the losing side is rightly demonized, the same type of crimes by the allied powers are excused, blamed on their enemies, or omitted. And this allows for current powers to continue the total war mentality TODAY. After seeing this video you will understand why they had to make it illegal to question the holocaust. You may investigate it, but you can’t publish your results unless they agree with the official story otherwise you can go to jail.

I’d like to mention that in the 10 thousand pages in combined Memoirs of Western WWII Leaders Eisenhower, De Gaulle, and Churchill there is no mention of a holocaust or gas chambers. « These men all knew what transpired at Nuremberg. They saw the concentration camp photos, and actually visited some of the sites. They had access to the most confidential information available. And yet: no extermination camps, no ‘6 million’, no gas chambers, no Auschwitz—only beatings, starvation, and assorted brutalities. One could almost be forgiven for thinking there was no ‘Holocaust’ at all.  » This isn’t racist to bring up. It’s just a fact. These historians and scientist don’t gain a thing by this in fact they it’s to their own detriment to tell the truth. There weren’t any lethal gas chambers.

Merkel chides Netanyahu for failing to make ‘a single step to advance peace’

Webmaster’s Commentary:

… and today her helicopter falls out of the sky!

A Deepening Rift Between Germany and Israel

On Feb. 18, Germany did something unthinkable. It voted in favor of a U.N. Security Council resolution calling the Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory illegal and demanding the immediate halt of all settlement activity.

The resolution did not pass — the United States, the only one of the Security Council’s 15 members to vote against it, vetoed it. That did not stop the German vote from opening a serious rift between Germany and Israel.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

And today German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s helicopter almost crashes when both rotors fail simultaneously!

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/German-Chancellor-escapes-chopper-crash/articleshow/7751562.cms

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel narrowly escaped a helicopter crash while travelling to attend an election rally, a news report has said.

The chancellor travelled in a VIP helicopter of the federal police to Oldenburg in the state of Baaden Wuerttemberg to attend an election campaign rally of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on Wednesday evening.

After dropping her in Oldenburg, the helicopter left for Oberschliessheim, near Munich with its three-man crew on board and just a few minutes into the flight and at an altitude of about 1,600 metres, both rotors of the Superpuma 332 chopper broke down.

It fell from the sky like a stone and the pilots succeeded in restarting the engines and stabilising the machine only a few hundred metres above the ground, Bild newspaper reported in its Sunday edition.

She was informed about the near-crash of her helicopter after she completed her campaign assignment in Oldenburg and from there she took a car for the next lap of her journey.

German authorities are not suspecting any attempts of sabotage in the incident.

Nevertheless, they are investigating how both rotors of the powerful 21-seat helicopter broke down simultaneously.

It was a brand new helicopter taken into the service of the federal police only in December, last year, Bild said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/German-Chancellor-escapes-chopper-crash/articleshow/7751562.cms

UN investigator: Israel engaged in ethnic cleansing

U.S. academic Richard Falk spoke to UN Human Rights Council as it prepared resolution condemning settlement building in East Jerusalem and West Bank; Israeli, Palestinian UN envoys clashed during discussion about murder of family in Itamar.

Netanyahu: Israel ready to act with full force to stop missiles

Israel is ready to act with full force to stop missile attacks launched from the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday.

In addition to a drastic increase in rocket fire, a bomb detonated in Jerusalem on Wednesday that killed one and injured over 30.

Before meeting with Gates, Netanyahu promised a « tough reaction » to the bombing attack, adding that Israel would act « responsibly and wisely. »

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Translation: while world attention is diverted elsewhere, with the events at the Japanese reactors at Fukishima and the war against Libya, the Israeli government and military are getting ready to launch a Cast Lead 2 in Gaza.

Israeli tank shell hits Gaza home, five hurt: medics

(Reuters) – Israeli tank fire struck a house in the Gaza Strip Tuesday, injuring at least five people, Palestinian medics said.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the report, but said 4 rockets had been fired at Israel during the day from the enclave, which is ruled by the Islamist Hamas group. Israel launched a series of air strikes in Gaza

Gaza Strip: Israel launches air strikes

Among those wounded in Monday’s air strikes were seven children, Palestinian medical officials said.

Israel kills 8 in Gaza in deadliest day in months

(Reuters) – Israeli air strikes and shelling killed eight Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, medical officials said, in the deadliest day of conflict in the enclave in months. Palestinian medical officials said three youths aged 12, 16 and 17 who were playing football and an adult relative were killed by Israeli shelling, and four militants were killed later in an air strike elsewhere in the Gaza Strip.
Tuesday’s death toll was the highest for a single day in months, provoking calls from militants for revenge, condemnation by a U.N. official and a demand from a Palestinian leader for foreign intervention to stop the violence.

Dan Rather’s crew ‘humiliated by Israeli security’

A crew for Dan Rather was harassed and humiliated by Israeli security officials, a producer for his show has said, accusing them of forcing the staffers to drop their pants for a strip search before seeing a Cabinet minister.

Mr. Rather said that in his career, he had never seen a crew forced to strip prior to an interview — including the one he conducted with Saddam Hussein, » Glazer wrote.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Welcome to « every day normal » for Palestinians, Dan Rather!

IDF to track foreign anti-Israel groups

Israel‘s Military Intelligence has launched a new section that will be responsible of tracking foreign organizations located overseas, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which aim to delegitimize the State of Israel.

The IDF was planning to form the new section, inside the Research Department, headed by an officer in the rank of a major, prior to the Gaza-bound flotilla last may, with the intention of collecting information on the Turkish group that organized the sail.

The new section will not track Israeli leftist organizations such as Breaking the Silence and Machsom Watch, which regularly criticize the IDF and government policies, and will not engage in active investigations or summon interrogees to Israel.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

There are many, and grave reasons for reasonable criticism of Israel to be heard. Let’s start with the siege of Gaza, and the predilection for always blaming the Palestinians for everything which goes wrong.

Let’s turn to the torture of Palestinian kids to get them to « confess » to crimes either they or people they know allegedly committed. Let’s turn to the use of white phosphorous on innocent school children during « Operation Cast Lead »; let’s turn to the gunning down of unarmed aid workers on the Mavi Marara last year, including one American citizen; and let’s turn to the utter destruction of Palestinians’ cropland by settlers living on illegal settlements.

Everything I have mentioned is true, and corroborated by extensive evidence and documentation. So the moral question for the Israeli government and people has to be this; when does telling the truth about Israel’s actions become a crime in the eyes of the Israeli government?!? Because if this becomes institutionalized, which appears to be happening, Israel will simply be delegitimizing itself without any outside help.

And the second thing Israelis have to be concerned about is its government’s promise that it will not track any internal political moments which might be critical of Israel.

I would almost be willing to bet a falafel that this promise will not be kept!

‘Repugnant’: U.S. army apologises for graphic photos of soldiers with civilian corpses as violence is feared in Afghanistan

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1368314/German-newspaper-publishes-suppressed-photos-U-S-soldiers-posing-partially-naked-Afghan-corpse.html

Gruesome: The photos, in Der Spiegel’s March 21 issue, are seen here

The U.S. Army has been forced to apologise over what they have deemed as ‘repugnant’ photographs of grinning American soldiers standing over bloodied and partially-naked Afghan bodies they had allegedly killed.

The pictures were published by German news organisation Der Spiegel and were among 4,000 they have obtained.

Meanwhile, commanders in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for a public backlash and possible riots over the ‘trophy’ photographs, especially since it has been alleged that the Afghan civilians were unarmed and innocent.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

The US army is not ashamed of their members shooting down innocent civilians in cold blood; they are only ashamed of it having been caught on camera.

As reported today at:

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23813

« If anyone had doubted that it was possible to out-Herod Herod in surpassing his predecessor George W. Bush’s record of waging military aggression internationally, that illusion should be finally laid to rest. The Obama administration has increased American troop strength in Afghanistan (which has become the longest war in U.S. history on Obama’s watch) to 100,000, with another 50,000 foreign forces serving under NATO’s International Security Assistance Force.

It has also massively escalated unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) strikes in Pakistan, killing nearly 2,000 people in the last 26 months, including over 80 civilians slain in 12 missile strikes, the deadliest on a tribal meeting, in North Waziristan only two days before the attack on Libya was launched. The U.S. is a far better candidate for an international no-fly zone than any other nation in the world. »

The Obama government has launched cruise missile strikes and run special forces operations in Yemen and conducted a deadly helicopter raid in Somalia.

It has also acquired the use of seven military bases in Colombia to assist the decades-long counterinsurgency war in the country and to threaten neighboring Venezuela and Ecuador. »

In the thinking of the men who perpetrated these atrocities, what are a couple of mutilated corpses compared to all the death and destruction Obama has visited upon innocent people all over the world under his watch, while he let the banks rob American citizens of their homes to cover the fraudulent derivative mortgage scheme losses?

That kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?!?



Libye:

Global Protests & Uprisings Maps Time-Lapse

Pas qu’une zone d’exclusion aérienne : feu vert à la nouvelle guerre humanitaire

Et en avant, on fait chauffer les moteurs et on part pour la Libye. Et pour une autre belle « guerre humanitaire » de l’Occident, après l’Irak (deux fois), la Serbie, la Somalie et l’Afghanistan.

Car il est inutile de se cacher derrière la feuille de vigne humanitaire. Il ne s’agit pas que d’une action d’interdiction -« no fly zone- mais d’une véritable guerre, et déclarée. De fait, selon l’ébauche de résolution lue par le ministre des affaires étrangères britannique William Hague, le texte impose « le cessez-le-feu immédiat, la fin complète de la violence, l’interdiction de tous les vols dans l’espace aérien libyen à l’exception des vols humanitaires » : avec l’interdiction concomitante pour les avions libyens de décoller, atterrir ou survoler le territoire de tout autre Etat membre de l’ONU (donc pratiquement du monde entier). Ce n’est pas tout. L’ébauche de résolution prévoit aussi, a rappelé Hague, l’adoption de « toutes les mesures nécessaires exceptée une force d’occupation », naturellement avec le noble motif de « protéger les civils ». Si Juppé et Hague, Sarkozy et Cameron, la France et l’Angleterre, sont les plus fervents dans le soutien d’une action militaire contre la Libye, (de nouveau ensemble comme en 1956 quand ils intervinrent de concert avec Israël contre l’Egypte de Nasser), les développements de ces dernières heures ont été déterminés par ce que l’agence Reuter définit comme « le rapide changement de ton » des USA. Jusqu’ici, il semblait que l’administration étasunienne fût très prudente et peu encline à une nouvelle aventure militaire dans une zone aussi explosive que l’Afrique du Nord arabo-musulmane (et pétrolière) ; en particulier dans une phase où les Etats-Unis sont déjà engagés lourdement (et avec peu de perspectives de victoire ou de désengagement à brève échéance) sur des théâtres de guerre ouverte come l’Afghanistan et l’Irak, puis, maintenant sur le théâtre d’une immense catastrophe naturelle comme le Japon. L’administration, disait-on, était divisée entre, d’un côté, Obama et le Pentagone avec son ministre Robert Gates réticents à l’action militaire directe, et de l’autre le Département d’Etat et son chef Hillary Clinton (appuyée aussi par son mari Bill), favorables eux à l’intervention. A la fin, à ce qu’il semble, les époux Clinton l’ont emporté. Et hier le sous-secrétaire d’Etat William Burns a dit que les USA voulaient une résolution ONU qui permette non seulement la zone d’exclusion aérienne mais aussi des raids aériens contre « les tanks et l’artillerie lourde libyens » et l’usage « de toutes les méthodes à l’exception d’une force d’occupation sur le terrain » (« no boots on the ground », a dit Burns).

L’objectif est de protéger les civils libyens de la violence de Kadhafi (et des probables « atrocités » qui selon Human Rights Watch suivraient la reconquête aussi de Bengazi) et, comme l’a précisé le porte-parole de la Maison Blanche Jay Carey, « d’aller vers une situation où Kadhafi ne soit plus au pouvoir ». En clair vers un de ces nombreux régimes de transition dans lesquels se sont engagés les USA, non seulement ceux de Bush mais aussi ceux d’Obama (se souvient-on du marginal Honduras ?).

Une des conditions posées par Washington pour le « tournant rapide » était l’engagement direct « des Arabes » dans la guerre humanitaire anti-Kadhafi. Qui, avec la demande de zone d’exclusion aérienne venue et de la Ligue Arabe et du Conseil de coopération du Golfe, n’aillent pas s’imaginer qu’ils pouvaient s’en laver les mains. Sitôt dit sitôt fait. Hier est arrivée la confirmation que « peut-être » au moins le Qatar et les Emirats arabes unis, et « peut-être » aussi la « démocratique » Jordanie du roi Abdallah sont prêts à y participer avec le consentement de l’utilisation de leurs bases et le survol de leur espace aérien (sec refus par contre de l’Egypte, malgré l’avertissement de madame Clinton, de Tunis où elle est en visite, déclarant que le maintien de Kadhafi au pouvoir, « causerait des problèmes pour le Caire et Tunis et qui que ce soit d’autre »).
Aucun problèmes si les compagnons de route humanitaires arabes sont ceux-là même qui ont demandé il y a quelques jours l’aide fraternelle des troupes saoudiennes et des policiers des Emirats pour écraser dans le sang la « protestation pacifique » au Bahrein.
Il y a intervention humanitaire et intervention humanitaire.

Libye : Obama, le prix Nobel de la paix « des guerres justes et humanitaires ».


L’hypocrisie et la trahison de l’ONU : le cas de la Libye

– par Felicity Arbutthnot – 2011-03-21

Le bombardement de la Lybie a commencé… le pays sera détruit – ses écoles, son système éducatif, son eau, ses infrastructures, ses hôpitaux… avec de nombreuses « erreurs tragiques » et autres « dommages collatéraux » de mères, pères, enfants, bébés…

« Si vous voulez une image du futur, imaginez une botte écrasant – pour l’éternité- le visage d’un homme. »
George Orwell

Le bombardement de la Libye va commencer le jour – ou à un jour près – du huitième anniversaire du début de la destruction de l’Irak, le 19 mars, en Europe. La Libye aussi va être détruite – ses écoles, son système éducatif, son eau, ses infrastructures, ses hôpitaux, ses buildings municipaux. il y aura de nombreuses « erreurs tragiques » et autres « dommages collatéraux » de mères, pères, enfants, bébés, grands-parents, écoles pour les sourds et muets, etc… etc… Et les merveilleux vestiges romains et les ruines encore plus anciennes qui ont résisté au temps et à tous les remous de l’histoire et ont fait l’admiration de tant de monde comme ceux d’Irak, l’histoire de cette nation – et son humanité, à l’instar de l’Irak et de l’Afghanistan, disparaîtront pour toujours.

Les infrastructures vont être détruites. l’embargo restera en place ; et rendra la reconstruction impossible. L’Angleterre, la France et les USA décideront que le pays a besoin d’être « stabilisé », qu’il faut « l’aider à reconstruire ». Ils arriveront et prendront la direction des installations et des champs de pétrole ; au début les Libyens seront un problème accessoire puis ils deviendront vite « l’ennemi » des « insurgés », on leur tirera dessus, ils seront emprisonnés, torturés, victimes de toutes sortes d’abus -et un « gouvernement » fantoche ami des USA sera mis en place.

Les envahisseurs accorderont à leurs firmes des contrats pour la reconstruction, l’argent -qui sera sans doute prélevée sans compter sur les actifs gelés- disparaîtra et le pays restera largement en ruines.

Et ceux qui applaudissent de toute leurs forces, comme pour l’Irak, vont se mettre à courir d’un station de télévision ou de radio à une autre, à Londres, en Europe et aux USA, avant de retourner dans leurs maisons bien protégées et de retrouver la sécurité de leurs emplois bien payés en Europe, Grande Bretagne et USA, certains qu’aucune bombe ne risque de leur tomber sur la tête. Leurs enfants ne seront pas pris de tremblements incontrôlables et ne feront pas dans leurs culottes de terreur en entendant s’approcher les avions.


Reasons and False Pretexts: Why are They Making War on Libya?

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23983

Reason Number One: Regime change.

This was announced as the real objective the moment French president Nicolas Sarkozy took the extraordinary step of recognizing the rebels in Benghazi as « the only legitimate representative of the Libyan people ». This recognition was an extraordinary violation of all diplomatic practice and principles. It meant non-recognition of the existing Libyan government and its institutions, which, contrary to the magical notions surrounding the word « dictator », cannot be reduced to the personality of one strongman. A major European nation, France, swept aside all those institutions to proclaim that an obscure group of rebels in a traditionally rebellious part of Libya constituted the North African nation’s legitimate government.

Since factually this was clearly not true, it could only be the proclamation of an objective to be reached by war. The French announcement was equivalent to a declaration of war against Libya, a war to defeat Qaddafi and put the mysterious rebels in power in his place.

False Pretext Number One: « to protect civilians ».

The falsity of this pretext is obvious, first of all, because the UN Resolution authorizing military action « to protect civilians » was drawn up by France – whose objective was clearly regime change – and its Western allies. Had the real concern of the UN Security Council been to « protect innocent lives », it would have, could have, should have sent a strong neutral observer mission to find out what was really happening in Libya. There was no proof of rebel claims that the Qaddafi regime was slaughtering civilians. Had there been visible proof of such atrocities, we can be sure that they would have been shown regularly on prime time television. We have seen no such proof. A UN fact-finding mission could have very rapidly set the record straight, and the Security Council could then have acted on the basis of factual information rather than of claims by rebels seeking international aid for their cause.

Instead, the Security Council, now little more than an instrument of Western powers, rushed ahead with sanctions, referral of alleged present or expected « crimes against humanity » to the International Criminal Court, and finally an authorization of a « no-fly zone » which Western powers were certain to interpret as a license to wage all-out war against Libya.

Once the United States and its leading NATO allies are authorized to « protect civilians », they do so with the instruments they have: air strikes; bombing and cruise missiles. Air strikes, bombing and cruise missiles are not designed to « protect civilians » but rather to destroy military targets, which inevitably leads to killing civilians. Aside from such « collateral damage », what right do we have to kill Libyan military personnel manning airports and other Libyan defense facilities? What have they done to us?

Reason Number Two: Because it’s easy.

With NATO forces bogged down in Afghanistan, certain alliance leaders (but not all of them) could think it would be a neat idea to grab a quick and easy victory in a nice little « humanitarian war ». This, they can hope, could revive enthusiasm for military operations and increase the flagging popularity of politicians able to strut around as champions of « democracy » and destroyers of « dictators ». Libya looks like an easy target. There you have a huge country, mostly desert, with only about six million inhabitants. The country’s defense installations are all located along the Mediterranean coast, within easy reach of NATO country fighter jets and US cruise missiles. Libyan armed forces are small, weak and untested. It looks like a pushover, not quite as easy as Grenada but no harder than Serbia. Sarkozy and company can hope to strut their victory strut in short order.

False Pretext Number Two: Arabs asked for this war.

On March 12, the Arab League meeting in Cairo announced that it backed a no-fly zone in Libya. This provided cover for the French-led semi-NATO operation. « We are responding to the demands of the Arab world », they could claim. But which Arab world? On the one hand, Sarkozy brazenly presented his crusade against Qaddafi as a continuation of the democratic uprisings in the Arab world against their autocratic leaders, while at the same time pretending to respond to the demand of… the most autocratic of those leaders, namely the Gulf State princes, themselves busily suppressing their own democratic uprisings. (It is not known exactly how the Arab League reached that decision, but Syria and Algeria voiced strong objections.)

The Western public was expected not to realize that those Arab leaders have their own reasons for hating Qaddafi, which have nothing to do with the reasons for hating him voiced in the West. Qaddafi has openly told them off to their faces, pointing to their betrayal of Palestine, their treachery, their hypocrisy. Last year, incidentally, former British MP George Galloway recounted how, in contrast to the Egyptian government’s obstruction of aid to Gaza, his aid caravan had had its humanitarian cargo doubled during a stopover in Libya. Qaddafi long ago turned his back on the Arab world, considering its leaders hopeless, and turned to Africa.

While the Arab League’s self-serving stance against Qaddafi was hailed in the West, little attention was paid to the African Union’s unanimous opposition to war against the Libyan leader. Qaddafi has invested huge amounts of oil revenues in sub-Saharan Africa, building infrastructure and investing in development. The Western powers that overthrow him will continue to buy Libyan oil as before. The major difference could be that the new rulers, put in place by Europe, will follow the example of the Arab League sheikhs and shift their oil revenues from Africa to the London stock exchange and Western arms merchants.

Libya’s Slippery Slope

Gadhafi has promised “a long war.” Is the US prepared for that? For – make no mistake – it is the Americans who will be asked to take up the main burden of what is bound to degenerate into an extended “peacekeeping” operation. Our European allies just don’t have the military capacity, and none of the Arab countries, for all their bluster, are up to the job, either.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

This military misadventure will continue just as long as necessary for the US to control the oil in this country.

But the question of troop strength and material should have been better considered before Obama took the action he did. It is interesting to note that last Friday,right after the passage of the UN resolution creating a no-fly zone over Libya, Congressman Rangel reintroduced the « National Service Bill », which is simply a fancy name for a draft. I do not believe that the timing of this act was accidental.

What Obama has done, while most of Congress was on vacation, was to unilaterally declare that he had the sole authority, under the UN Resolution and the US’s War Powers Act, to work with our newly minted « coalition of the Willing » ,creating a no-fly zone, without ever going to Congress, (which now, apparently, only theoretically) is the only body in the US actually capable of declaring war. Under the War Powers Act,

Obama’s got only 30 days to pursue this course before having to go to Congress ask for a continuation of these operations. I would not bet against him getting that continuance for these operations from Congress.

We are also making noises to Brazil about buying much more Brazilian oil. (The Brazilian government should be grateful that the US is talking about buying, rather than bombing, to secure their oil)

These two movements by the White House, taken together, may be signaling a potential attack on Iran, as both moves are necessary to secure the moment for a US/Israeli led attack against Iran.

Oil rises sharply as West continues Libya assault

Oil rose sharply on Monday after continued air strikes on Colonel Gaddafi’s military sites in Libya increased fears of a supply disruption.

Garry White
Telegraph

Brent crude for May delivery leapt $2.21 to $116.14 by the afternoon as Gadaffi vowed to repel attacks from UN-mandated nations using missiles and warplanes against military installations…

War Zone Reporter Cut Off As He Begins To Talk About NUMBERS Of Civilian Deaths

Gaddafi compound hit by missile as dozens die in coalition strikes – RT


Bombardements alliés: 48 civils tués, la Russie et la Chine protestent


Kadhafi prédit une longue guerre victorieuse, plus de 90 tués à Benghazi

MARK GLENN WRITES: It is no accident that the destruction of Iraq and now Libya coincided with the Jewish festival of revenge known as Purim, where Jews worldwide celebrate the murder of 75,000 Persians as a result of the unholy sexapades and maneuvering of the Jewish heroine Esther. Until people in the west begin the process of understanding the tribal cult of Judaism and what kinds of backwards ideas it imposes upon its captive people, the world will continue to see murder and mayhem taking place on a mass scale as we all now witness in the Middle East.

‘Haredim stabbed me in head’
Christian Arab assaulted near Safed says ‘Jews’ hatred, racism against us threatens our lives’
Violence anti-Goyim et anti-chrétiens durant la fête de Pourim! Ça arrive même à Montréal (hassidiques fauteurs de troubles à MTL durant la fête de Pourim) Ils se saoulent, profanent nos symboles religieux, pissent sur des croix, attaquent les chrétiens et des goyim sans discrimination (mais surtout les chrétiens) et célèbrent leur haine des Goyim! Mais les crachats et les violences conter les chrétiens arabes, ça se limite pas à Pourim bien sûr: c’est toute l’année!


Libya No-fly zone supporters demand UN vote

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – France, Britain and the United States pressed for a UN Security Council vote on Thursday on a no fly zone to halt Moamer Kadhafi’s attacks on rebels.

While China, Russia, Germany and other members of the 15-member council have expressed opposition or doubts about military action in Libya, the United States said even stronger measures than a no-fly zone may be needed.


U.N. Authorizes Military Strikes on Libya


VIDEO –
UN imposes no-fly zone on Libya


Tiens donc, une nouvelle guerre au MO juste à temps pour la SANGLANTE fête juive de Pourim! Quelle « surprise »! (NOT!) Ne vous ai-je pas rappelé à plusieurs reprises récemment cette tradition des guerres au Moyen-Orient initiées par les Juifs sionistes contre leurs ennemis durant la période des festivités de Pourim, LA FËTE DE LA VENGEANCE JUIVE? Les guerres en Irak ont été
déclarées autour de la fête de Pourim. Des chefs d’État mal vus par les juif ont aussi été tués à Pourim (ex: le tzar Nicolas I, comme d’autres tzars Alexandre III, etc., ont été assimilés à Haman, qui est rituellement mis à mort dans le très satanique Livre d’Esther sur lequel se base la fête de Pourim). Sur Pourim, fête sanglante: BLOOD PASSOVER, RECKLESS RITESintro.; Pâque sanglante de 1475: de l’histoire de Saint Simon de Trente à la pérestroïka vaticanesque) Allez voir sur jpost.com, ynetnews.com et haaretz.com et vous verrez que c’est la fête de Pourim en ce moment même. La « no fly zone » a été approuvée par le CS de l’ONU hier soir (jeudi 17 mars), soit au tout début de la fête de Pourim).


U.N. Authorizes Military Strikes on Libya

The United Nations Security Council authorized military force Thursday against Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s security forces, opening the way for airstrikes within days.

The U.N. action, pushed aggressively by France and the U.K., came as Col. Gadhafi’s security forces continued their assault toward Benghazi, the de-facto capital of rebels trying to end his 42-year rule.

European and American officials argued on the Security Council floor that an international campaign to stop Col. Gadhafi’s forces was required immediately to stave off a potential massacre of opposition forces and civilians.


U.S. says five-nation coalition launching Libya strikes

U.S. launches air attack on Libya

At least 110 missiles

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military attacked Moammar Gadhafi’s air defences Saturday with strikes along the Libyan coast that were launched by Navy vessels in the Mediterranean.

A senior military official said the assault would unfold in stages and target air defence installations around Tripoli, the capital, and a coastal area south of Benghazi. That’s the rebel stronghold under attack by Gadhafi’s forces.


U.S. Launches Cruise Missiles Against Qaddafi’s Air Defenses

The U.S. Navy fires the first U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles against Libyan leader’s Muammar al-Qaddafi’s air defenses Saturday, a military source tells Fox News.

The U.S. military strikes clear the way for European and other planes to enforce a no-fly zone designed to ground Qaddafi’s air force and cripple his ability to inflict further violence on rebels, U.S. officials said.


US begins assault against Libyan air defenses

There are a lot of Marines off the shores of Tripoli right now!
110 cruise missiles from U.S. and British warships so far!

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military attacked Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses Saturday with strikes along the Libyan coast that were launched by Navy vessels in the Mediterranean.

A senior military official said the assault would unfold in stages and target air defense installations around Tripoli, the capital, and a coastal area south of Benghazi. That’s the rebel stronghold under attack by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.


US sending more warships to Mediterranean

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States is deploying additional warships to the Mediterranean to support possible United Nations-approved military action in Libya, the US Navy said Friday.

The USS Bataan, a helicopter-carrying amphibious assault ship, and two other vessels were deployed ahead of schedule, the navy said after the UN Security Council approved action to stop Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s offensive against rebels.


US officials: Libyan operation could last months

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S.-led military action in Libya has bolstered rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, but the international operation could continue for months, the Obama administration says.

Ahead of President Barack Obama’s national address Monday to explain his decision to act against the Libyan leader, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in appearances on the Sunday talk shows that the intervention had effectively rendered Gadhafi’s forces defenseless against air attacks and created the conditions for opposition advances westward.

In interviews taped Saturday, Gates and Clinton also defended the narrowly defined U.N. mandate to prevent atrocities against Libyan civilians and said the U.S. had largely accomplished its goals.


Chossudovsky: Libya no-fly zone means war

A nine minute RT video with Chossudovsky about the war against Libya.

Obama’s new war

From No-Fly to Bombing

In between rounds of golf and handicapping
the NCAA basketball tournament, Bushbama
has started a new war.

For humanitarian reasons of course.

Doesn’t seem to be concerning anyone who
provides commentary on the boob tube, but
this may not be a great idea.

Video:

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/1060.html

I don’t get it.

Did Libya attack us?

Did Congress declare war on Libya as the Constitution demands?

Whatever the answers are to those questions, if you’re a US citizen, you’re paying for it.

Dennis Kucinich « A U.S. Imposed NO-Fly Zone Is A Decision For Congress To Make! »

Nigel Farage: EU has no legitimacy or consent to take military action

« It’ll be the first thing that I do. I’ll get our troops home, and bring an end to this war. » — Barack Obama, Oct. 27, 2007


America’s Project of Conquest: All-Out Blitzkrieg on Libya

The 7 minute RT interview of Prof Michel Chossudovsky

Turkey blocks no-fly zone role for NATO

France has proposed that a new political steering committee outside of NATO be responsible for overseeing military operations over Libya to enforce a UN-backed no-fly zone.

The announcement came after Turkey, a member of the NATO, warned on Tuesday that it could not agree to the military alliance taking over the enforcement of the no-fly zone if their mission went « outside the framework » of the UN decision.

Alain Juppe, the French foreign minister, said the new body would bring together foreign ministers from participating states, including Britain, France and the US, as well as the Arab League.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Translation: The US used the UN and NATO to legitimize an invasion of Libya, and now the UN and NATO are to be removed from the process.

China intensifies condemnation of Libya air strikes

The Middle East is an important source of oil for China. On the weekend, Saudi Arabia’s Aramco announced its latest proposal to supply crude to a refinery in the southwest of China, where Beijing is building an oil pipeline that slices through Myanmar.

About half of China’s crude imports last year came from the Middle East and North Africa. China wants to diversify supplies, but Arab countries and Iran hold so much of global reserves that they are sure to remain major suppliers

Webmaster’s Commentary:

China has every reason to be profoundly annoyed by this move.

As reported on 9 March, 2011 at:

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/09/business/la-fi-china-oil-20110310

In Libya, the world’s 12th-largest oil exporter, China has emerged as a major investor and financial partner of strongman Moammar Kadafi. China is now the third-largest buyer of Libyan crude behind Italy and France. European and American oil firms have worked in Libya for years, but their governments have long sought to punish Kadaffi for terrorist ties. Meanwhile, China has stuck to a hands-off policy it has dubbed « non-interventionism. »

China has every legitimate reason to be concerned about their development deals with Libya, post « regime change » in this country, and what it will mean in terms of China’s economic development.

China calls for immediate cease-fire in Libya

BEIJING – China called Tuesday for an immediate cease-fire in Libya where the U.S. and European nations have launched punishing airstrikes to enforce a U.N. no-fly zone.

All parties must « immediately cease fire and resolve issues through peaceful means, » Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regularly scheduled news conference, citing unconfirmed reports that the airstrikes had caused civilian deaths.

Germany pulls out of NATO operations

Germany has pulled out of NATO operations in the Mediterranean due to the disagreement over the forces’ mission in Libya.

The German defense ministry said on Tuesday that Berlin pulled out of any military operations in the Mediterranean following the Western military alliance’s involvement in the Libya conflict, DPA reported.

A ministry spokesman said two frigates and two other ships with a crew of 550 would be reverted to German command.

Some 60 to 70 German troops participating in NATO-operated AWACS surveillance operations in the Mediterranean would also be withdrawn, according to the ministry.

Following the disputes among NATO members over the military intervention in Libya, they met in Brussels to mend differences over what role the alliance should play in Libya.

West in « mediaeval crusade » on Gaddafi, Putin says

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Monday a U.N. resolution authorizing military action in Libya resembled « mediaeval calls for crusades » after Western forces launched a second wave of air strikes.

As diplomatic tempers over the campaign flared, officials in Tripoli said a missile intended to kill Muammar Gaddafi had destroyed a building in his fortified compound, which was heavily bombed in 1986 by the Reagan administration.

« It was a barbaric bombing, » said government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim, showing pieces of shrapnel that he said came from the missile. « This contradicts American and Western (statements) … that it is not their target to attack this place. »

Webmaster’s Commentary:

So, they have missed him twice and killed a lot of the other people standing around. When Reagan bombed Qaddafi (tricked into it by Israel) they blew up Qaddafi’s five-year old daughter.

Bombing Libyan territory could mean large-scale conflict: Russia

“Any foreign military intervention will give Libya legal grounds to defend itself. We should do our best to avoid this highly dangerous scenario,” said Konstantin Kosachyov, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament.

“You and I understand what ground operations mean: they probably mean the beginning of war, and not civil war but war involving international forces,” Mr. Medvedev said after a draft resolution to impose a no-fly zone was circulated in the Security Council.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Kosachyov may well be right on this.

Unfortunately, however, there are those in the bowels of power in DC who think this is a really grand idea.

This has nothing to do with the safety of Libyan civilians, and everything to do with the control of Libya’s oil. But in order to sell such actions to the American people, such acts of aggression have to be carefully wrapped in the flag of « humanitarian relief ».

However, the cold hard reality is that any military intervention here cannot possibly bring « humanitarian relief » to the people Libya by bombing them into bloody bits.


Propaganda sways US opinion of Libya

A 5 and 1/2 minute RT video about how we are being lied into war again..

Here We Go Again (Sadam No 2): « Gaddafi’s KNOWN Chemical Weapons »


Allied forces strike Gadhafi compound – CNN.com


Allied forces strike Gadhafi compound; leader’s whereabouts unknown

CNN

The heart of Moammar Gadhafi’s compound in Tripoli lay in shambles Monday following bombing by the United States and its allies, prompting a debate about whether the allies were trying to kill the Libyan leader…

Air forces from France, Spain, Italy, Denmark and Britain flew missions to maintain a no-fly zone over Benghazi, Ham said.

Actions on Monday were focused on extending the no-fly zone to al-Brega, Misrata and then to Tripoli, a distance of about 1,000 kilometers (more than 600 miles).

Canadian and Belgian forces joined coalition forces Monday, he said, and aircraft carriers from Italy and France have added « significant capability » in the region.

Canadian General to Lead NATO Mission in Libya

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23968

Global Research Editor’s Note

The appointment of a Canadian Commander to lead NATO forces implies that the Pentagon will essentially oversee the operation via its close bilateral military ties with Canada’s Department of Defense.

It is worth noting in this regard that Lieutenant General Charlie Bouchard is currently in charge of a bilateral US-Canada command as Deputy Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Bouchard has close ties to the US Air Force. He is a de facto US appointee.

Michel Chossudovsky, March 26, 2011



« the Canadian government refused to comment on reports that it had also moved elements of its elite commando unit JTF-2, the Canadian equivalent of British SAS, to the region…. »

Ottawa – A Canadian Air Force general will take over command of the NATO mission in Libya, Canadian officials confirmed Friday morning.

Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Lt Gen Charles Bouchard, deputy commander of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, has been designated head of the alliance’s military campaign in Libya.

Bouchard, a former combat helicopter pilot, will work with his naval and air component commands to enforce both the no-fly zone…in Libya. …. Last week, Canada dispatched six CF-18 Hornet fighter jets to Italy, in addition to the Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Charlottetown, which was sent to the waters off Libya in early March.

Canada‘s current deployment in Libya comprises 435 personnel, mainly stationed at air bases in Italy and on the HMCS Charlottetown.

The fleet of six CF-18s and two refuelling planes grew on Thursday to include two CP-140 Aurora reconnaissance aircraft. Armed with sophisticated surveillance equipment, the reconnaissance planes will patrol the Mediterranean….

The Canadian government refused to comment on reports that it had also moved elements of its elite commando unit JTF-2, the Canadian equivalent of British SAS, to the region. …. US President Barack Obama and Defence Secretary Robert Gates have both said that American command of the operations would last only a few days.

MacKay urged NATO to take over the command.

NATO to take charge of Libya’s no-fly zone, but not ground attacks

NATO announced late Thursday that it would take over enforcement of a United Nations-mandated no-fly zone over Libya, but doubts remained over whether the alliance would take full control of military operations there.

« We have taken on the responsibility for the no-fly zone, while the coalition still continues its activities, » NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday.

« This means right at this moment you will have two operations, » he added, indicating that discussions would continue on putting NATO in charge of both operations, « but that decision has not been made yet. »


Des pilotes canadiens refusent de bombarder des cibles en Lybie par peur de créer des dommages collatéraux (morts de civils)

23 mars 2011

Ces pilotes méritent une médaille de bravoure et un prix Nobel de la paix!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwxZRAIfKkA&feature=feedf

Des pilotes lybiens ont aussi refusé d’obéir aux ordres de Gaddafi, un geste honorable.


Obama threatens military intervention in Libya

US president Barack Obama said yesterday that the United States and its Nato allies are considering military intervention in Libya in the strongest warning yet to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi that the world will not stand by as the embattled Libyan leader attacks his own people.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Obama threatens, he talks, he considers, he ponders, he consults, he declares, he discusses, but in the end he will do nothing. Israeli media is today confirming the story that Israel has sent hired mercenaries to Libya to support Qaddafi, and neither the United States nor Great Britain will ever stand up to Israel. They will stay back out of Libya while Israel tries to bring an end to the global revolt against the global bankers, while Obama preens in front of the cameras trying to pretend that the United States is still a nation that believes in democracy and the will of the people. But again, he will not actually do anything at all to challenge Israel’s goal of keeping Qaddafi in power.


Operation Adyssey Dawn: Libya to get the « Kosovo Treatment »

President Barack Obama has now made the exact same speech Bill Clinton made on network news back in 1999 – promising « no ground forces » in the next American-led war of aggression. UN and NATO actions against Gaddafi’s Libya are signs of imperialist designs for Libya, including its enormous oil wealth. Moammar Gaddafi has rightfully called these attacks « colonial » and « crusader. »

Webmaster’s Commentary:

This move on the part of the US and UN has absolutely no real outcome planned to allegedly « protecting the people of Libya »: this is about controlling Libyan oil, most practically as a prelude to a potential invasion of Iran, for which Israel has been advocating for years.

US: No Timeline for Libya War

Though President Obama and other officials were talking up the possibility of the new war in Libya scaling back, that does not mean it is going to be short. Speaking today during a visit to Cairo, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates confirmed that the war in Libya is open-ended.

Gates pointed out that UN Security Council Resolution 1973, upon which the US-led war is predicated, is “not time-limited” and that he therefore thought it wasn’t reasonable to set a timeline for when the war would actually end.

Obama rules out ‘land invasion’ in Libya

President Barack Obama Wednesday categorically ruled out a land invasion to oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as coalition forces launched a fifth day of air strikes against government military targets in the North African nation.

And Obama said the U.S. this week will be pulling back from its dominant role in the international campaign aimed at preventing Gadhafi from attacking civilians.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Considering the track record this man has in terms of keeping his promises to the American people and the world, I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one.

He will find something else to call it, but if the air campaign is not successful (and it wasn’t in Vietnam), what other tactics does he have available to finish the job?!?!?

The short answer is, none. Having grounded Gaddafi’s air force does not account for dealing with the not inconsiderable amounts of « boots in the ground » Gaddafi has at his disposal, along with money with which to hire mercenaries.

The situation in Libya is way past dialogue at this moment and some kind of negotiated settlement, with tensions running at fever pitch in both the pro-Gaddafi and anti-Gaddafi camps.

Obama is keeping his peace prize

Costs of Libya Operation Already Piling Up

With U.N. coalition forces bombarding Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi from the sea and air, the United States’ part in the operation could ultimately hit several billion dollars — and require the Pentagon to request emergency funding from Congress to pay for it.

The first day of Operation Odyssey Dawn had a price tag that was well over $100 million for the U.S. in missiles alone.

Des bombes à l’uranium appauvri pleuvent sur la population libyenne

Depleted uranium: a strange way to protect Libyan civilians

In the first 24 hours of the Libyan attack, US B-2s dropped forty-five 2,000-pound bombs. These massive bombs, along with the Cruise missiles launched from British and French planes and ships, all contained depleted uranium (DU) warheads.

DU is the waste product from the process of enriching uranium ore. It is used in nuclear weapons and reactors. Because it is a very heavy substance, 1.7 times denser than lead, it is highly valued by the military for its ability to punch through armored vehicles and buildings. When a weapon made with a DU tip strikes a solid object like the side of a tank, it goes straight through it, then erupts in a burning cloud of vapor. The vapor settles as dust, which is not only poisonous, but also radioactive.

Des bombes à l’uranium appauvri pleuvent sur la population libyenne

« Pluie de missiles Tomahawk en Libye »

Source :
http://www.rtl.fr/actualites/international/article/pluie-de-missiles-tomahawk-en-libye-kadhafi-menace-7669800263


Il sera opportun qu’en Libye dans les zones touchées par plus de cent missiles de croisière Tomahawk, on adopte des mesures de protection de l’uranium appauvri. De fait dans les empennages des missiles Tomahawk se trouvent des barres d’uranium appauvri de 300 kilos. Si l’on pense qu’un projectile anti-char construit avec du métal d’uranium appauvri en contient environ 30 gr. seulement, on peut imaginer la quantité de poussières d’uranium qui se répand dans l’atmosphère dans les zones d’impact… Là-dessus le silence est total. Dans l’attaque de missiles contre la Yougoslavie on n’utilisa que 15 missiles de croisière qui firent des cratères de 6m2. Les Libyens ne possèdent pas de mesures de protection appropriées. C’est donc un geste humanitaire que l’on doit à la population libyenne qui est à proximité des zones frappées d’envoyer de matériel de protection. L’Italie connaît les graves conséquences produites sur les personnes des zones exposées sans mesure de protection. A présent les cas de malades (des autres campagnes, NdT) sont plus de 1.000. L’Italie a encore à solder une dette morale envers les populations libyennes : nous ne devons pas oublier qu’en 1930 les avions de Italo Balbo détruisirent, en employant de l’ypérite, d’entières tribus libyennes sans armes. La page peut-être la plus noire de notre colonialisme.

Costs Of Libya Operation Already Piling Up; $150 Million On Day 1; Will Reach Several Billion Within Weeks

With U.N. coalition forces bombarding Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi from the sea and air, the United States’ part in the operation could ultimately hit several billion dollars — and require the Pentagon to request emergency funding from Congress to pay for it.

Gold key to financing Gaddafi struggle

The international community has hit Muammer Gaddafi with a raft of sanctions and asset freezes aimed at cutting off his funding. But the embattled Libyan leader is sitting on a pot of gold.

The Libyan central bank – which is under Colonel Gaddafi’s control – holds 143.8 tonnes of gold, according to the latest data from the International Monetary Fund, although some suspect the true amount could be several tonnes higher.

Those reserves, among the top 25 in the world, are worth more than $6.5bn at current prices, enough to pay a small army of mercenaries for months or even years.

Ground operation in Libya could start in April – Russian intelligence

The international coalition force is planning a ground operation in Libya that could start in late April, a high-ranking Russian intelligence service source said on Friday.

« Information coming via different channels shows that NATO countries, with the active participation of Britain and the United States, are developing a plan for a ground operation on Libyan territory, » he said.

350 British special forces already deep inside Libya

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1369763/Libya-Proof-winning-MoD-footage-airstrikes-Gaddafi-tanks.html

While Chancellor George Osborne repeated that UK ground troops would not be involved, the Daily Mail can reveal there are an estimated 350 already mounting covert operations.
In total it is understood that just under 250 UK special forces soldiers and their support have been in Libya since before the launch of air strikes to enforce the no-fly zone against Gaddafi’s forces.
The troops in Libya were drawn from a squadron of SAS and SBS personnel, some who have been in the country for a month and are being re-supplied with water, food and ammunition via airdrops from Cyprus.

US May Escalate Urban Strikes in Libya, Pentagon Confirms

Though the UN mandate for Libya was primarily about the “no-fly zone,” and additional warplanes from various nations mean the US role in this is declining somewhat, it does not mean the US role in the war is shrinking. Rather, Pentagon officials say, they are planning escalations in other areas.

In particular the Pentagon appears keen on moving more specialized aircraft, and helicopter gunships, into Libya to launch attacks on ground troops, and to engage in fights in and around the major cities being contested by the rebels and the Gadhafi regime.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

It’s just a matter of time before the US has boots on the ground in Libya, no matter what Obama has vowed he will not allow to happen.

There is nothing else to do when airstrikes fail to accomplish their agenda, which is bringing Gaddafi either down (or out) and seizing control of Libya’s oil and water resources; also it is highly unlikely that air strikes alone will bring about that outcome.

Those in the bowels of power in Washington, in Paris, and in London, who do not understand the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them, and this is precisely the case with this military misadventure which may well go regional, if not global, plunging the world into an all-out war.


14 Potential Justifications For An Invasion Of Libya By The U.S. Military That Are Currently Being Floated In The Mainstream Media

The following are 14 potential justifications for an invasion of Libya by the U.S. military that are currently being floated in the mainstream media….

#1 “We Can’t Stand Aside And Watch Gaddafi Kill His Own People”

#2 “It Would Just Be A Humanitarian Mission”

#3 “Libya Is Torturing Prisoners“

#4 “The Libyan Rebels Will Not Be Able To Take Down Gaddhafi With Our Help”

#5 “U.S. Interests Are Being Threatened”

#6 “Gaddafi Is Crazy”

#7 “Gaddafi Has Weapons Of Mass Destruction“

#8 “Gaddafi Will Use Chemical Weapons If We Don’t Stop Him”

#9 “Gaddafi Has “1,000 Metric Tons Of Uranium Yellowcake“

#10 “European Energy Companies Are Deeply Invested In Libyan Oil And Gas Fields”

#11 “Millions of Dollars Worth Of Infrastructure Will Be Destroyed If We Don’t Intervene”

#12 “The Crisis In Libya Is Bad For The Global Economy”

#13 “Someone Has To Protect The Oil”

#14 “We Have Got To Go Into Libya To Keep Al-Qaeda From Getting A Foothold”

Is Libya being bombed by bloody U.S. Zio thugs because Gaddafi wants to introduce gold dinar?

The present World Economic Crisis has forced a number of governments to consider introduction of an interstate gold currency, writes a minor Russian oligarch Sterligov on his blog.

Since gold yuan coinage was announced by China, talks about the gold standard had been brought up in the Middle East. The main initiator of non-payment in dollars and euros is the Leader and Guide of the Revolution in Libya, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. He called on Arab and African world to adopt a single current – the gold dinar.

If You Don’t Think Libya Is About Oil, Read This

The Treasury just put out a statement concerning various companies owned by Libya’s National Oil Corporation that are subject to sanctions. Most intriguing is this part of the statement:

TREASURY IDENTIFIES 14 COMPANIES OWNED BY LIBYA’S NATIONAL OIL CORPORATION AS SUBJECT TO SANCTIONS

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today identified 14 companies owned by Libya’s National Oil Corporation, as subject to sanctions pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13566.

The National Oil Corporation is the centerpiece of Libya’s state-owned oil apparatus, and controls a network of companies involved in oil exploration, production, and sale. E.O. 13566 blocks all property and interests in property of the Government of Libya and its agencies, instrumentalities and controlled entities within U.S. jurisdiction, whether specifically identified by OFAC or not. U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in business with any Libyan state-owned entity. Today’s identifications are intended to aid financial institutions in meeting their obligations under E.O. 13566.

Treasury will continue monitoring the National Oil Corporation’s operations in Libya. Should National Oil Corporation subsidiaries or facilities come under different ownership and control, Treasury may consider authorizing dealings with such entities.


Reason for war? Gaddafi wanted to nationalise oil

The Libyan leader proposed the nationalisation of U.S. oil companies, as well as those of UK, Germany, Spain, Norway, Canada and Italy in 2009.

These statements have worried the main foreign companies operating in Libya: Anglo-Dutch Shell, British Petroleum, U.S. ExxonMobil, Hess Corp., Marathon Oil, Occidental Petroleum and ConocoPhillips, the Spanish Repsol, Germany’s Wintershall, Austria’s OMV , Norway’s Statoil, Eni and Canada’s Petro Canada.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

This was the same reason in 1953 that the CIA overthrew Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran.

Chávez’s purchase of $15 billion in weapons causes concern in Latin America

With the acquisition of hundreds of tanks, helicopters and bulletproof vehicles as well as submarines and missile networks, Venezuela is arming itself at a speed unprecedented in the history of the South American country.

Experts consulted by El Nuevo Herald have said that Hugo Chávez’s has created unrest in the region with purchases to expand its military that total more than $15 billion.

he list includes 92 mid-size T-72B1V tanks, about 240 bulletproof infantry vehicles (BMP-3 and 8×8 BTR-80), nine submarines, nearly 50 vessels of different sizes, dozens of Sukhoi Su-30MK2 fighting airplanes, an undetermined number of Chinese J-10 fighter airplanes, and close to a hundred Russian helicopters, a good part of which were designed for combat operations.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Cesar Chavez is many things, but he is nobody’s fool.

He understands full well that elements in the US government would very much like to orchestrate a « regime change » in Venezuela, particularly because of its vast oil reserves.

As reported on 16 January, 2011, at:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/41101601/Venezuela_Says_Oil_Reserves_Surpass_Saudi_Arabia_s

« Venezuela has overtaken Saudi Arabia as the world leader in oil reserves with certified deposits leaping to 297 billion barrels at the end of 2010, President Hugo Chavez’s government said Saturday. »

« Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez told Reuters that the new reserves, which pushed the total 41 percent higher than the previous year, were booked in the South American OPEC member’s vast Orinoco extra heavy crude belt. »

Cost of military campaign in Libya could wipe out GOP’s spending cuts

U.S. military operations in Libya could wipe out a significant chunk of the budget cuts won by congressional Republicans in recent weeks, defense analysts say.

GOP leaders have trumpeted enacted spending reductions that amount to more than $285 million per day since the beginning of March.

But defense analysts say the Pentagon could be burning through more than $100 million per day in Libya, putting those budget savings at risk.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

….ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS A DAY?!?; While homeless Veterans sleep in our streets, peoples’ jobs keep getting outsourced, and our infrastructure is collapsing around us?!?

« Cui bono » – who benefits from this? The large oil companies, at the end of the day, cronies of the people who control this country; that’s who. This is another flagrant example of a publicly funded war ultimately for private profits.

And to that absurd statement by Ben Rhodes that “It’s important to have a model where the international community bears a cost … of these actions going forward, because the United States alone can’t bear the burden of these costs over time,” ; Ben, don’t hold your breath for foreign financial support of yet another illegal and immoral war. The US may literally be on its own this time. Germany has already pulled out of the coalition, probably with a number more to come when the leadership of those countries originally enthusiastic about such a war realize that the endgame may well not be close at hand.

Airstrikes force Gadhafi to fall back from key western city; NATO ships patrol Libyan coast

International airstrikes forced Moammar Gadhafi’s tanks to roll back from the western city of Misrata on Wednesday, a local doctor said, giving respite to civilians who have endured more than a week of attacks and a punishing blockade. In the east, rebels tried to organize politically and militarily as civilians fled another strategic city.

As the international air campaign appeared to weaken Gadhafi’s forces even in the western region that has been his stronghold, Western diplomats neared an agreement to let NATO assume responsibility for the no-fly zone and its warships began patrolling off the Mediterranean coast. Both they and rebels, who took tentative steps toward forming a government in the east on Wednesday, appeared to be preparing for a battle that could last some time.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

No country on earth can begin to justify the killing of civilians with the lame excuse that you are « killing them in order to save them. »

This has absolutely nothing to do with « humanitarian response » to uprisings here, and everything to do with seizing and controlling Libyan oil.

From the American military perspective, this war cannot go on for a long period of time, because it has neither the troop strength nor the material resources to fight a protracted war, in light of the fact that American manufacturing has been pretty well off-shored.

Gaddafi fully understands this, so is doing his utmost to make sure that this military confrontation is as drawn out as possible;, although, with so much of Libyan military infrastructure damaged, it is questionable as to how long his loyalists will be able to withstand this assault.


Wall Street Journal – U.S. Wavers on ‘Regime Change’

After weeks of internal debate on how to respond to uprisings in the Arab world, the Obama administration is settling on a Middle East strategy: help keep longtime allies who are willing to reform in power, even if that means the full democratic demands of their newly emboldened citizens might have to wait.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

I hate being right all the time.

Israel decides they want Qaddafi to stay in power and hires mercenaries (with US taxpayer money) to crush the freedom movement, so President Pussy, as I predicted he would, drops all pretense about Democracy and « Will of the people » and bows to his Israeli masters to keep a tyrant in power.

For over 200 years, young Americans have risked and lost life and limb fighting for the principles of Democracy and freedom this nation was founded on, and to please their Israeli masters the US Government has just lightly cast aside everything those soldiers were crippled and killed to preserve. Obama and Israel’s lackeys in Congress just spit in the face of every man and woman in uniform who joined the military to preserve the principles of Democracy, and now may find themselves ordered to protect a dictator.

« We have always been at war with Eastasia » — 1984

If the US Government is willing to turn their backs on Democracy in other nations when Israel commands it; do you think they will hesitate to turn their backs on Democracy in this country when Israel demands it?

Please share this treason against the founding principles of the United States with everyone you know. I am going to keep this story at the top of the page for a while today.


General Petraeus jokes with Robert Gates about attacking Libya

Robert Gates, the US Secretary of Defence, has been caught joking with General David Petraeus about bombing Libya while on a visit to Afghanistan.

Apparently unaware of an open microphone, Gen Petraeus greeted Mr Gates at Kabul airport joking: “Welcome back, sir, flying a little bigger plane than normal … you gonna launch some attacks on Libya or something?”
The US Defence Secretary responded to the comment by laughing and replied, “yeah, exactly”


Oil installations ablaze in Libya as battles rage

RAS LANOUF, Libya (AP) – A giant yellow fireball shot into the sky, trailed by thick plumes of black smoke Wednesday after fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi set two oil installations ablaze and inflicted yet more damage on Libya’s crippled energy industry.

In the west, Gadhafi claimed victory in recapturing Zawiya, the city closest to the capital that had fallen into opposition hands. The claim could not immediately be verified; phone lines there have not been working during a deadly, six-day siege.

State TV showed a crowd of hundreds, purportedly in Zawiya’s main square, shouting « The people want Colonel Gadhafi! » but the location of the rally could not be independently confirmed.

Libya rebels control oil port – AJ English

Plane Shot Down by Rebels in Eastern Libya, F24 06.03.2011


British Troops Caught in Libya

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Given that Israel is supporting Qaddafi with mercenaries, and given that the British soldiers were captured by the rebels, it may be that Great Britain has quietly changed sides under orders from Tel Aviv and was sabotaging the revolution, possibly including the explosion of the ammo dump. Recall that the very start of the invasion of Iraq, two SAS men were caught wearing Arab clothing and driving around in a car full of explosives, engaged in false-flag bombings.


8 British troops captured in Libya

According to a report published by The Sunday Times, the unexpected presence of a British special forces unit along with the diplomat « angered Libyan opposition figures, who ordered the soldiers to be locked up on a military base. »

The Britons have reportedly been taken to Benghazi in eastern Libya. The diplomat they were protecting had wanted to contact the anti-government forces.

The British newspaper added that anti-government forces “fear Muammar Gaddafi could use any evidence of Western military interference to rally patriotic support for his regime. »

Webmaster’s Commentary:

If the SAS were truly there to help the revolution against Qaddafi, there is no reason for the rebels to take them prisoner. It simply does not make sense given that it would alienate an entire nation which on the face of it is on their side.

Therefore, if the SAS were captured by the rebels, it means the UK is fighting in Qaddafi’s side, which I predicted would be the case after it came out that Israel was sending hired mercenaries to help Qaddafi crush the revolution.

It is worth recalling that at the start of the invasion of Iraq, SAS soldiers were captured dressed as Arabs with a car full of explosives.

Which side is the UK really on?

After all the talk about freedom and democracy, how will Obama sell the American people on switching sides and supporting a tyrant by crushing the Libyan freedom movement?


GORDON DUFF: SUNDAY MORNING March 6, 2011

The SAS team, theoretically with a “diplomat,” a term the US has damaged beyond repair, is said to have been on a hunt for WMD’s in Libya when it was taken into custody. Yesterday’s explosion, a kart load of shotgun shells that flattened half a kilometer seems to have gotten some attention. This is an intel leak from Britain. They are never accidental. I am just passing it on.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

The story is already changing. Yesterday they were trying to contact the revolution and today they are hunting for WMDs.

Israeli paper confirms Netanyahu ordered African mercenaries and now Gaddafi’s son visits Israel


Report: Israel company recruiting Gadhafi mercenaries

The news site said the head of the company recently met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Israeli intelligence chief Aviv Cokhavi. It added that the officials all approved the company’s recruitment of mercenaries to help Gadhafi.

U.S. rescue chopper shoots six Libyan villagers as they welcome pilots of downed Air Force jet

Six Libyan villagers are recovering in hospital after being shot by American soldiers coming in to rescue the U.S. pilots whose plane crash-landed in a field.

The helicopter strafed the ground as it landed in a field outside Benghazi beside the downed U.S. Air Force F-15E Eagle which ran into trouble during bombing raid last night.

And a handful of locals who had come to greet the pilots were hit – among them a young boy who may have to have a leg amputated because of injuries caused by a bullet wound.


Gaddafi forces rout rebels in eastern Libya

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/13/gaddafi-forces-rout-rebels-brega-east-libya

Rebels driven out of town of Brega under heavy bombardment as pro-regime forces advance towards Benghazi

Webmaster’s Commentary:

ISRAEL KEEPS THE WORLD UNDER THE YOKE OF DICTATORSHIP!

In Palestine, in the attack on the aid flotilla, and now with Israel’s mercenaries in Libya, Israel shows its true face to the world. The nation once claimed to be the only Democracy in the Middle East is now working to crush Democracy everywhere across the globe through covert action, subversion, and outright intervention; to bring the world into a global dictatorship to serve the hellish doctrine that one group of people has a God-given right to all of life’s blessings and everyone else should be forced to live on the scraps that drop from Israel’s table.

We see Israel for what it truly is.

Do not let Israel get away with hiding behind the tragedy of the quake and tsunami, Please link the above video everywhere it being reported that Qaddafi is defeating the Democracy movement in Libya, because Qaddafi isn’t doing it; Israel is, and Qaddafi in the aftermath will be as much a slave to Israel as the US Government.


WHO is recruiting / funding the 50,000 Pro-Gaddafi mercenaries to spill Marine blood. (You’ll never guess!)

The revolution is now ACTIVELY being undermined
by these pro-Gaddafi African mercenaries.
They are being secretly imported at $200/day by the thousands.

But consider the ‘strange’ US demand,
that ‘all mercenaries’ shall be given UN immunity from prosecution.
Who’s funding this? Who’s coordinating this? Who’s REALLY demanding the immunity?

If I said ‘the Bankers’… I’d be right.


RAW, Libya, Benghazi, Today, 50,000 demonstrators led by women against the Gaddafi regime

Great Manmade River

The Great Man-Made River (GMR, ????? ??????? ??????) is a network of pipes that supplies water to the Sahara Desert in Libya, from the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System fossil aquifer. It is the world’s largest irrigation project.[1]

According to its website, it is the largest underground network of pipes and aqueducts in the world. It consists of more than 1,300 wells, most more than 500 m deep, and supplies 6,500,000 m³ of fresh water per day to the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi, Sirt and elsewhere. Muammar al-Gaddafi has described it as the « Eighth Wonder of the World. »[2]

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Now, who in the Middle East is desperate to steal other nations’ water?

Tiens donc, une nouvelle guerre au Moyen-Orient juste à temps pour la sanglante fête juive de Pourim! Faut-il rappeler cette tradition des guerres au Moyen-Orient initiées par les Juifs sionistes durant la période des festivités de Pourim, LA FETE DE LA VENGEANCE JUIVE? Les deux guerres atlanto-sionistes en Irak tombaient comme par hasard aux alentours de la fête de Pourim. Et la guerre en Libye n’échappe pas à la règle….

  • Tempête du Désert (Desert Storm) « guerre du Golfe » Irak, Koweit: terminée le 28 février 1991, premier jour de Pourim

  • Liberté irakienne (Iraqi Freedom) en Irak: commencée le 19 mars 2003, deuxième jour de Pourim

  • Odyssée de l’Aube (Odyssey Dawn) en Libye: commencée le 19 mars 2011 (les attaques ont débuté en après-midi, Pourim commençait au crépuscule)

Voir This War is for Us, by Ariel Natan Pasko

Voir aussi: « U.S. War on Iraq Timed To Coincide With Jewish Holiday Purim! »— Prof. King Faysal


Lorsqu’on parle de Pourim, c’est un peu compliqué d’éviter l’accusation de « blood libel », car ça touche au coeur même du « blood libel », c-à-d des accusations de
crime rituel et récupération du sang et autres organes. (Israël ressort cette marotte sans arrêt pour faire taire ses critiques, notamment à l’époque de l’Organgate). Voir BLOOD PASSOVER, du professeur italien renommé Ariel Toaff.

Grosso modo, la fête de Pourim commémore un récit légendaire (pas du tout historique) du Livre d’Esther dans lequel les lobbyistes juifs Esther (camouflée en non-juive donc « crypto ») et Mardochée réussirent à sauver la communauté juive de Perse, alors que le ministre du roi Ahasvérus, le méchant Haman prévoyait les exterminer. Cela se termine avec le massacre de 75000 Perses aux mains des juifs, alors que la dépouille de Haman est pendue, de même que celle de ses dix fils (nombre symbolique qui reviendra au procès de Nuremberg). S’en suit une grande célébration incluant un festin, une mascarade, une beuverie, de la débauche, et même des attaques à main armée contre des non-juifs (parlez-en à la police d’Outremont à Montréal). Le récit fait de Haman un descendant d’Amalek et il est dit dans l’Ancien testament que Dieu a commandé le peuple d’Abraham d’exterminer Amalek pour toujours, et que cette guerre devrait durer de génération en génération (Exode 17)… jusqu’à l’avènement du Messie!

Le réformiste Martin Luther a sévèrement condamné le livre d’Esther pour sa soif de sang – on accuse même Luther d’avoir donné naissance à Hitler et aux chambres à gaz. « Comme les Juifs aiment le Livre d’Esther, qui correspond si bien à leur appétit de vengeance, à leurs espoirs meurtriers! Le soleil n’a jamais brillé sur un peuple plus assoiffé de sang, plus vindicatif que celui-ci, qui se prend pour le peuple élu afin d’avoir licence d’assassiner et d’étrangler les Gentils. Il n’y pas de créatures, sous le soleil, plus avides qu’ils sont, ont été, et seront – il n’est que de les voir pratiquer leur maudite usure. – Ils se flattent de l’espoir que lorsque le Messie viendra, il rassemblera tout l’or et tout l’argent du monde et le leur partagera». (Martin Luther dans « Des Juifs et leurs mensonges »-pdf 1543)

L’historien révisionniste David Irving a été qualifié de « Amalek » par nulle autre que Deborah Lipstadt, une sioniste juive rabique. Cela revient pratiquement à mettre sa tête à prix, car il y a des groupes extrémistes enragés (ex: Bétar) qui prennent sur eux de pourchasser sans répit et de détruire « Amalek » sous toutes ses formes.

Des chefs d’État mal vus par les juifs ont été assimilés par eux au mythique Haman: le Pharaon, Jésus (l’effigie de Haman est non seulement pendue et brûlée, mais parfois aussi crucifiée et identifiée à Jésus!), les chrétiens en général (arméniens, mais surtout les catholiques romains, des tzars dont Alexandre II et Nicolas I, Hitler, les 10 pendus du procès de Nuremberg (« Purimfest 1946 » furent les dernières paroles de Streicher), Staline, JFK et le clan Kennedy, Arafat, Nasser, Saddam Hussein, Ahmadinejad, etc.). Parmi eux, le tzar Alexandre II (13 mars) et le tzar Nicolas I (2 mars), Staline (5 mars) ont été tués durant la fête de Pourim ou autour de cette date, qui varie d’une année à l’autre.

Lire l’introduction du livre Reckless Rites, ou alors le compte-rendu du livre, en langue française.

20 mars 2011: Un colon sioniste armé tente de pénétrer dans la mosquée sainte d’al-Aqsa Il voulait probablement imiter le massacre de Pourim dans une mosquée de Jérusalem commis par le fanatique juif Baruch Goldstein en 1994.

Voir aussi ce documentaire sur le massacre de la Pourim (29 morts, incluant femmes et enfants) dans une mosquée de Jérusalem, commis par un médecin kahaniste Baruch Goldstein. (Kahane a fondé la JDL, qui est bannie dans plusieurs pays, incluant en Israël et aux USA et qui est considérée par le FBI comme la plus importante organisation terroriste aux États-Unis. Ils ont notamment incendié la maison d’Ernst Zundel et les bureaux de l’Institute for Historical Review. J’ai reçu leur lettre de sommation de cesser immédiatement mes activités sur ma chaîne youtube veilledruide à l’hiver 2007.)

HAMAN REVIENT TOUJOURS SOUS UNE AUTRE FORME…

L’Exemple de Saddam est des plus illustres.


03/26/03
This War is for Us
by Ariel Natan Pasko
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/2125

[Traduction: Arrêtez-vous et réfléchissez un moment: la dernière Guerre du Golfe en 1991 s’est terminée le jour d’erevjuste avant – Pourim . La présente Guerre en Irak a débuté le jour de motzei – juste après – Shushan Pourim.]

Stop and think for a moment: the last Gulf War in 1991 ended erev – just before – Purim. This Gulf War began motzei – just after – Shushan Purim. Get the picture? In between, « The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honor. » (Book of Esther 8:16)

Of course this war against Iraq and Saddam Hussein is for us. Even the anti-Semites, like Patrick J. Buchanan and Congressman Jim Moran know it. (…)

However, we already knew that this war is for us – i.e., the Jews and Israel. Chazal – our sages – throughout the ages have explained the Torah, telling us that everything that happens in the world is for the benefit of the Jewish People.

(…)Read the Purim story in Megilat Esther again, it is a rags to riches story on a national scale. Haman, the proto-typical anti-Semite, plans mass murder of the Jews and in the end pays with his life, the life of his ten sons – all hanged – and the Jews kill 75, 800 members of the anti-Semitic – i.e. Nazi – party of the time.

This is not so different from the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, when 23 Nazi war criminals were tried. Originally 11 were to have the death penalty imposed if found guilty. Everybody in those days thought that they would be shot – as is customary in military executions – or get the electric chair – as was common in the United States. But when the judges announced the verdict of guilty, they also said that hanging would be the method of execution. Two hours before the execution, they found Hermann Goering dead in his cell. He had committed suicide. That left only 10 Nazis to execute.

There is more to this story than meets the eye. In Megilat Esther (9:7-9), when it describes the execution of Haman’s ten sons, their names are listed in a vertical column. If you look at the Hebrew closely, you’ll notice extra-small letters in three of the names. The first name, Parshandata, has a small tav. The seventh name, Parmashta, has a small shin. The tenth name, Vayzata, has a small zayn. Hebrew letters are also used as numbers, as well as for dates in the Jewish calendar. Tav, shin, zayn numerically means 707, corresponding to the year 5707, which began with Rosh HaShanah – the Jewish New Year – on September 25, 1946. On October 16, 1946, as foreshadowed in the names of Haman’s ten sons, ten Nazi leaders were hanged as war criminals. And if that doesn’t impress you, out of nowhere, with the rope around his neck, Julius Schtreicher – editor of Der Sturmer, the Nazi propaganda newspaper – shouted out with flaming hatred in his eyes, just as the trap door opened, « Purimfest 1946! » It was reported in the international press of the day.

As I said earlier, of course this war is for the Jews and Israel, and instead of hiding from the accusation, or crying, « anti-Semitic slur », we should gratefully acknowledge what the Master of the Universe is doing to our enemies for us. Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat, Bashar Assad, Osama Bin-Laden, and the other dictators, terrorists and mullahs of the region, are the modern day Hamans and Hitlers.(…)

Yes, the war is for the Jews. But it is also for all decent, peace-loving and freedom-loving people. Just as when the Jews were saved from Egyptian slavery, liberated, given the Torah at Mt. Sinai, and brought into the Holy Land, the world now has a great opportunity to rid itself of the Hamans, Hitlers, and Pharaohs who want to kill or enslave them today. (lire la suite…)

Rabbis: Purim, Iraq war linked
by Joe Berkofsky · March 18, 2003
http://jta.org/news/article/2003/03/18/10067/Forrabbisit8217
(…) Blu Greenberg, an Orthodox feminist leader based in New York, supports the Bush administration’s campaign against Iraq as a “preventive war,” much as the ancient Jews defended themselves against Haman’s plot to destroy them.(…)
Rabbi Martin Weiner of San Francisco, outgoing president of the Reform movement’s rabbinical union, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, used Shabbat Zachor to draw a line from Amalek to Hitler to Saddam. A modern-day Amalek, Saddam has attacked four of his neighbors, gassed tens of thousands of his own people and pays stipends to suicide bombers, Weiner said, so “it’s terribly important to remove him.” Last September, Weiner was among those who backed a resolution from the Reform movement’s Union of American Hebrew Congregations urging a pre-emptive strike against Iraq, if Congress supported it and U.N. backing was sought. But for Reform Rabbi Don Rossoff, of Temple B’nai Or in Morristown, N.J., Amalek casts a very different shadow. Rossoff said he has refrained from publicly sermonizing this Purim about the war, which he opposes, because he is “haunted by Baruch Goldstein, who called the Arabs Amalek.” Goldstein, a doctor in an Israeli settlement near the West Bank city of Hebron, shot to death 29 Palestinians praying in Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarch on Purim Day in 1994. Saddam is “a tyrannical, murderous dictator” who “ would probably wipe out Israel if he could,” Rossoff added. “But he’s not the only one around. His name just starts with ‘H,’ ” like Haman.(…)

La Libye juste avant de frapper l’Iran? Ahmadinejad dépeint sous les traits d’Haman:


Arabie Saoudite:


Saudi King rushes home; announces $10.7b new benefits

The steps include funding to offset high inflation and to aid young unemployed people and Saudi citizens studying abroad, as well the writing off some loans, media reports said.

The move comes as governments in the region scramble to deal with pro-democracy uprisings sparked by youth unemployment and political repression.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

I THINK WE HAVE THE BASTARDS SCARED! KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!


The Saudi King Just Unveiled A Big List Of Bribes So That His Citizens Don’t Revolt

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-saudi-king-just-unveiled-a-big-list-of-bribes-so-that-his-citizens-dont-revolt-2011-3

Saudi King Abdullah just gave a very brief speech to the country, as he hopes to avoid the winds of revolt.

Sultan AL Qassemi has a list of some of the bribes he’s offering his people:

A two month bonus to all state employees.

A two month bonus to all higher-ed students.

More benefits to the unemployed.

A higher minimum wage.

500,00 new housing units will be built.

A new anti-corruption organization is being established.

More housing loans will be made avaialble.


Protests Spread To Saudi Arabia

While the biggest threat to the Middle East region is the possibility that the population of Saudi Arabia may try to imitate what has been happening in the area, thereby bringing total chaos to the established regional geopolitical and more importantly, energy, structure, the first protests in the Saudi Arabia city of Jeddah are already in the books.


Saudis mobilise thousands of troops to quell growing revolt

Saudi Arabia was yesterday drafting up to 10,000 security personnel into its north-eastern Shia Muslim provinces, clogging the highways into Dammam and other cities with busloads of troops in fear of next week’s « day of rage » by what is now called the « Hunayn Revolution »…


SAUDI ARABIA King orders firing on Pro Democracy Protestors 10 March 2011


Saudi police open fire at protest

Saudi police opened fire Thursday to disperse a protest in the mainly Shiite east, leaving at least one man injured, as the government struggled to prevent a wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world from reaching the kingdom.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

When a government opens fire on their own people, it proclaims its failure to the world. There is no going back after you cross this line.


Saudi Arabia Mobilises Troops: Provinces in Revolt as the Empire Declines

Saudi Arabia was yesterday drafting up to 10,000 security personnel into its north-eastern Shia Muslim provinces, clogging the highways into Dammam and other cities with busloads of troops in fear of next week’s « day of rage » by what is now called the « Hunayn Revolution ».

Saudi Arabia‘s worst nightmare – the arrival of the new Arab awakening of rebellion and insurrection in the kingdom – is now casting its long shadow over the House of Saud. Provoked by the Shia majority uprising in the neighbouring Sunni-dominated island of Bahrain, where protesters are calling for the overthrow of the ruling al-Khalifa family, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is widely reported to have told the Bahraini authorities that if they do not crush their Shia revolt, his own forces will.


Saudi Arabia’s stock market tumbles on fears of civil unrest

Fears of sectarian uprisings in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have set off the first serious wave of investor flight from the Gulf, compounding market turmoil as civil war in Libya pushes Brent crude over $116 a barrel.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Telegraph

Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul stock index has tumbled 11pc in wild trading over the past two days, led by banks and insurers. Dubai’s bourse has hit a 7-year low…



Bahreïn:

Top EU official defends Bahrain crackdown

A senior advisor to EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has defended Bahrain’s security forces after they opened fire on protesters with live ammunition last week.

Speaking to MEPs in the foreign affairs committee in Brussels on Tuesday (22 March) after visiting Bahrain, Robert Cooper, Ashton’s top advisor on the western Balkans and the Middle East, said the island is normally « a rather pleasant, peaceful place. »

Webmaster’s Commentary:

« Hey, killing innocent civilians because Britain and Europe wanted the resources – or access to those resources -over which they had the misfortune to live, has never been a problem for us before! » – Official EU souse.


Saudi Arabian forces prepare to enter Bahrain after day of clashes

The Crown Prince of Bahrain is expected to formally invite security forces from Saudi Arabia into his country today, as part of a request for support from other members of the six-member Gulf Co-operation Council.

Thousands of demonstrators on Sunday cut off Bahrain’s financial centre and drove back police trying to eject them from the capital’s central roundabout, while protesters also clashed with government supporters on the campus of the main university.


The Proxy Battle in Bahrain

For Saudi Arabia, the issue in Bahrain is less whether Bahrain will attain popular rule than whether Iranian and Shiite influence will grow.

Now, after a decade that seemed to tilt the regional balance toward Iran, Saudi Arabia decided that Bahrain was the place to put its thumb more heavily on the scale. It sent troops under the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council to help crush pro-democracy demonstrations because most of the protesters were Shiites challenging a Sunni king.

“If the political opposition in Bahrain wins, Saudi loses in this regional context,” said Mustafa el-Labbad, director of Al Sharq Center for Regional and Strategic Studies in Cairo. “Saudi is regarding itself as the defender of Sunnis. And Iran is trying to defend Shiites in the region.”

Webmaster’s Commentary:

This situation could probably be better characterized as a proxy war between the US and Iran, perhaps as the initial prelude through which to create a « justification » for a US military strike against Iran.


‘US move on Bahrain to secure Israel’

The US has asked Saudi Arabia to intervene in Bahrain as such a move would benefit Israel and other unpopular regimes in the Middle East, says a former US Senate contender.

“I think… there was an agreement between [US Defense Secretary Robert] Gates and the Saudi regime that they would carry this out either at the behest of the United States or the bare minimum with a green light from the United States to proceed,” Mark Dankof told Press TV on Thursday.

Dankof said that the American foreign policy in the Middle East was ultimately about three things, namely « supporting Israel at all costs; supporting international central banking interests at all costs… and then of course, the natural gas and oil consortiums. »


Plan for martial law in Bahrain

A parliament group has asked Bahrain’s king to impose martial law after a month of unrest which has left the tiny Gulf nation sharply divided between minority Sunni Muslims backing the ruling system and Shiites demanding sweeping changes.

There was no immediate response from Bahrain’s monarch, but authorities have expressed increasing frustration that opposition groups have not accepted offers to open dialogue aimed at easing the crisis.


RAW, Bahrain, state police being forced back by anti-government protesters

Webmaster’s Commentary:

« Quick! Have Israel send in more mercenaries before this idea of freedom and democracy can spread any further!!!! Then write me a speech about how the USA supports freedom and Democracy. I gotta go placate the serfs in Wisconsin. » — Official White Horse Souse


Saudi and UAE troops enter Bahrain to save regime

MANAMA, Bahrain, March 14 (UPI) — Saudi and United Arab Emirates troops entered Bahrain Monday to shore up the beleaguered regime, the state news agency said.

The opposition called intervention by the region’s Gulf Cooperation Council « an overt occupation of the kingdom of Bahrain and a conspiracy against the unarmed people of Bahrain. »

The move was confirmed by the government’s Bahrain News Agency.


Martial law declared in Bahrain

Ralph Schoenman at presstv.com

Following the deployment of armed mercenaries, confirmed use of nerve gas, and the compliance by al-Khalifa to allow Saudi and GCC troops and tanks to enter Bahrain in order to supposedly restore order, the Bahraini government has declared Martial law.


Youtube Removes PressTV Video of Saudi Troops Firing on Bahraini Demonstrators

The footage posted on the website on Tuesday afternoon was removed hours later, reportedly under Saudi Arabia’s pressure.

The removal seems to be aimed at forestalling further outrage against Riyadh, which has dispatched 1,000 military forces to Bahrain.

The Saudi contingent was deployed along with hundreds of army forces from member states of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council to help Manama crackdown on protesters who are seeking a constitutional monarchy and greater liberties…


Protestors Being Shot At Point Blank Range By Bahraini Police


Bahrain cracks down on protesters – RT


EVIDENCE Nerve gas used on Bahrain protesters – YT Censorship underway

Running battle with YT censorship underway. Watch this while you can.


Bahrain: U.S. Backs Saudi Military Intervention, Conflict With Iran

On March 14 Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Cooperation Council partner the United Arab Emirates deployed 1,000 troops, 500 security personnel and armored troop carriers across the 25-mile King Fahd Causeway to Bahrain to shore up their fellow monarchy after a month of protests against the Al Khalifa dynasty. The following day the Bahraini government declared a three-month state of emergency and authorized the military « to take necessary steps to restore national security. » On March 16 government security forces staged a violent crackdown against protesters in the nation’s capital with tanks, armored personnel carriers and helicopters, killing at least two people and injuring hundreds.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

So it appears that the geopolitcal/military assets to have been put into place.

One has to wonder if these people are insane enough to actually be contemplating a military conflict against Iran, particularly in light of the nuclear catastrophe in Japan, and its implications for the rest of the world.


US Fleet Commander Met Head of Bahrain Defense Forces Before Crackdown

There is no transcript or official statement from this meeting, but it’s beyond sense to think that the arrival of the Saudis and GCC forces and the plan to crackdown was not a topic. There’s even a nice photo of them having their chat, which you can view here.

There is, however, no mention of the visit or similar photo on the Fifth Fleet’s webpages.

I guess such a friendly meeting with the leader of the forces who attacked the peaceful protesters at Pearl, laid siege to the Salmaniya hospital and attacked multiple villages in the last few days is a bit too embarrassing.


Bahrain Protests: More Than 100,000 March Through Capital As Helicopters Circle Overhead

Bahrain‘s king ordered the release of some political prisoners Tuesday, conceding to another opposition demand as the embattled monarchy tries to engage protesters in talks aimed at ending an uprising that has entered its second week.

The king’s decree – which covers several Shiite activists accused of plotting against the state – adds to the brinksmanship on both sides that has included a massive pro-government rally Monday, an opposition march in response and the planned return of a prominent opposition figure from exile.

It’s unclear how many prisoners will be freed, said government spokeswoman Maysoon Sabkar.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

One has to admire the courage of these protestors.

I have a sense that that their demands will be met. But one thing is certain; their fear of what the Bahraini government may do to them is gone.


Roughly 1/5 of Bahrain’s Population Out in Protests

The island nation of Bahrain’s Pearl Square Roundabout has been the site of major protests for more than a week, but today they were an absolute mass of people, with over 100,000 protesters, fully 1/5 of the island’s population, massed to protest against the regime.


Bahrain: Uprising Against the US-backed Regime Gains Critical Mass

Bahrain’s uprising against the US-backed ruling elite is gathering critical mass, with the Persian Gulf island state seeing the biggest demonstration ever last night. Some 200,000 people took the main highway leading to the financial district in the capital, Manama, shouting in unison for the regime to go.

Their protest is now firmly established at Pearl Square, where tents have been erected and basic amenities installed to cope with the thousands who now camp there nightly. In deliberate replication of the demonstrations at Tahrir Square in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, the protesters in Bahrain are saying that they are not moving until their demands are met.


IDEX: DCI Crowd-Control Specialists Work With Bahrain Army

ABU DHABI – Defense Conseil International (DCI), a French state-owed training company, has three crowd-control specialists acting as advisers to the Bahrain Army, chief executive Jean-Louis Rotrubin said at the IDEX trade show.

The advisers, drawn from the French Gendarmerie Nationale and elite GIGN special forces unit, are part of a program to train Bahrain special Zforces in non-lethal crowd control and the avoidance of the use of deadly force, he said. The program is just beginning.
The program aims « to develop a new approach to how manage crowds in cities, » Rotrubin said.


Bahrain forces fire on protesters

Soldiers opened fire Friday on thousands of protesters defying a government ban and streaming toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising to break the political grip of the Gulf nation’s leaders.

Officials at the main Salmaniya hospital said at least 50 people were injured, some with gunshot wounds. Some doctors and medics on emergency medical teams were in tears as they tended to the wounded. X-rays showed bullets still lodged inside victims.


Saudi Arabia says it’s ready to help Bahrain’s rulers

Saudi Arabia said Sunday that it stands ready « with all its capabilities » to shore up Bahrain’s ruling royal family if a standoff with the Shiite-led opposition is not resolved soon, underscoring the kingdom’s deep concern about its neighbor’s ongoing political crisis.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Memo to Saudi Arabia’s Kind Abdullah, Crown Prince Sultan (and the US Pentagon): any kind of military incursion into Bahrain may well trigger revolt in Saudi Arabia, as well as inflaming and enlarging the revolt in Bahrain.


Eyewitnesses: 30 tanks spotted en route to Bahrain from Saudi Arabia

Bahrain–Eyewitnesses have reported seeing an estimated 30 tanks being transported into Bahrain from Saudi Arabia on Monday night at around 6:45pm local time. The tanks were sighted along the King Fahd causeway, which links the small island-nation of Bahrain to Saudi Arabia.

Commuters traveling along the 25-km causeway were held up due to the presence of “15 tank carriers carrying two tanks each heading towards Bahrain.” Civilian eyewitnesses could not, however, confirm whether the tanks belonged to the Saudi military.

The presence of Saudi military hardware in Bahrain is considered highly unusual.


The U.S. Military Empire Meets Dictatorship in Bahrain

The widespread protests in the Middle East are bringing the ugly reality of U.S. foreign policy into the consciousness of the American people. While most Americans are sympathizing with the people who are risking their lives in resistance to tyranny, Americans are also having to face the discomforting fact that their very own government is, in large part, responsible for the tyranny that those people are opposing. Through a combination of U.S. foreign aid and U.S. foreign military bases, the U.S. government has been partnering with, cozying up to, training, and supporting the tyrannical regimes that foreign citizens are now rebelling against.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

What those in the bowels of power in DC pathologically fail to factor into their geopolitical calculations is very simple: when peaceful evolution is impossible, violent revolution is almost always inevitable.

One would think that those formulating US foreign policy would have understood this by now, but apparently, they do not; they are deaf, blind, and dumb to the unintended consequences of supporting any of the many tinpot dictators we have supported in the Middle East, because they are « our thugs » in the region.


Bahrain protesters take control of main square

Thousands of protesters poured into a main square in Bahrain’s capital Tuesday in an Egypt-style rebellion that sharply escalated pressure on authorities as the Arab push for change gripped the Gulf for the first time.

Security forces have battled demonstrators calling for political reforms and greater freedoms over two days, leading to the deaths of two protesters and the main opposition group vowing to freeze its work in parliament in protest.


2 killed in anti-government protest in Bahrain

The recent wave of popular upheaval in the Middle East has spread to Bahrain. Anti-government demonstrators clashed with riot police in the Arab Gulf state on Monday, leaving at least 2 citizens dead.

In Bahrain, a Sunni Muslim minority rules over a Shia majority who account for 70 percent of the population.

Discontented Shia citizens used the Internet to call for the demonstrations. Up to several thousands of people demonstrated in the outskirts of the capital Manama and elsewhere.

Security police fired teargas and rubber bullets to break up the demonstrations.

Reuters news agency reports that at least 2 citizens have been killed and more than 20 wounded in the clashes.


Tanks in Bahrain block ambulances

Tanks in the Bahraini capital, Manama, prevent ambulances from taking the victims of clashes to hospitals, as the pro-democracy uprising in the country has entered its fourth day, a report says.

The report also added that Bahraini security forces attack and beat medical workers who are helping the victims on Thursday.

Pro-democracy uprising in Bahrain has entered its fourth day, as protesters, inspired by revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, have taken to the streets to protest against the government’s dictatorial policies.

More than a dozen army tanks and several military ambulances and trucks are seen in a main highway in the central Manama.

According to witnesses, the nearby roads have almost been cleared of civilian traffic.


US Faces New Test Over Bahrain Violence

Both Clinton and Pentagon chief Robert Gates called their Bahraini counterparts Thursday to urge restraint on the part of the government’s security forces.

« I called my counterpart in Bahrain this morning and directly conveyed our deep concerns about the actions of the security forces, and I emphasized how important it was that, given there will be both funerals and prayers tomorrow, that that not be marred by violence, » Clinton told reporters. Describing Bahrain as a « friend and an ally, » she stressed that « all people have universal rights, including the right to peaceful assembly. »

Webmaster’s Commentary:

The US cannot have it both ways here.

The US can either support popular democratic movements, or support the tinpot dictators which have created « stability » at a huge financial and political cost to their own people (which is most generally funded with US taxpayer dollars).

And for Hillary Clinton to have made the comment that « all people have universal rights, including the right to peaceful assembly » demonstrates that she is one of the most venal, outstanding hypocrites of her generation in US government.

Please note that she had the nerve to make that statement after she had noted and respected peace activist Ray McGovern hauled out of the university building in which she was speaking and beaten up for having had the temerity to stand up during her address, and face the other way, silently.

EMERGENCY Bahraini doctor pleads for help too many casualties to count hospitals can’t cope


Massacre in Bahrain: Hospitals FULL, Doctor Urges World To Help!

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. Regardless if this is a NWO sponsored revolution or not, we must not let these ruthless thugs get away with this open murder!


Bahrain’s army deliberately kills peaceful protesters with live rounds ( automatic weapon )

Webmaster’s Commentary:

The Bahrain version of the Amritsar Massacre!

PLEASE REPOST THIS EVERYWHERE!


Bahrain forces fire on protesters

the clash came hours after funeral mourners and worshippers at Friday prayers called for the toppling of the Western-allied monarchy in the tiny island nation that is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, the centerpiece of the Pentagon’s efforts to confront Iranian military influence. Some members of Bahrain’s Sunni ruling system worry that Shiite powerhouse Iran could use Bahrain’s majority Shiites as a further foothold in the region.

The White House has expressed « strong displeasure » about the rising tensions in Bahrain.

Day by day, the crisis in Bahrain has deepened.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

If the Bahraini government thought for one second that this tactic was going to work, they have another thing or two coming.

There may be a point where all the military suppression in the world is not going to work, and the Bahraini ruling monarchy may just want to consider the possibilities of « getting out of Dodge » while this is possible with all their body parts in tact.

The US cannot come in militarily on the side of the government; that would be reckless and clumsy in the extreme.

But the US cannot have this situation both ways; it cannot continue to support the dictatorship when it encourages peaceful freedom of assembly for the Bahraini people.


Bahrain royal family orders army to turn on the people


The Telegraph

As protesters attempted to converge on Pearl Roundabout, a landmark in the capital Manama that has become the principal rallying point of the uprising, soldiers stationed in a nearby skyscraper opened fire…


Four dead, 60 missing in Bahrain

At least four protesters have been killed and about 60 gone missing after Bahraini security forces storm a protest camp in capital Manama.

Bahraini police broke up a protest camp in Pearl Square in downtown Manama on Thursday and fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the protesters, a Press TV correspondent quoted an unnamed opposition lawmaker as saying.

Bahraini protesters have renamed the square as Tahrir Square, after a square with a similar name in Egypt, which became the center of pro-democracy protests.

Four people were killed during the clashes, bringing to seven the total number of those killed since the protests began on Monday.


Police launch “brutal” operation in Bahrain

It was the early hours of the morning in Bahrain when the security forces launched a major operation to clear a camp of protesters in the capital, Manama.

Men, women and children ran for their lives. Witnesses say it was a brutal assault. Most people were asleep when the police arrived in force, armed with tear gas and rubber bullets. The opposition say three people have been killed. Dozens are thought to have been injured.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Big mistake. The government is now seen as declaring war on its own people, which makes returning to normal relations almost impossible now.

The fastest way to bring down a dictatorship is to force it to act like one where everyone can see it!


Bahrain government concerned about collapsing

A call has been made by the Bahraini king for a national dialogue with the people.

With Bahrain’s military continuing to clash with demonstrators, killing several and wounding hundreds, the king’s offer has already been rejected by the main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq.

Al-Wefaq’s leaders have said the government must first resign and troops must withdraw from the streets.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

When pushed into a corner, all government will say they are willing to listen to the people. but of course, their decades-long failure to listen is why they are in that corner.


U.S. Backs Bahrain Royalty, Varying Playbook on Revolt

The U.S. is stepping up its support for Bahrain’s beleaguered ruling family, throwing a lifeline to a key ally and signaling Washington’s willingness to vary its approach depending on its strategic interests and the willingness of autocratic leaders to respond to popular protests.

The show of U.S. support for the ruling family follows a lobbying push by Bahrain and its main ally in the region, Saudi Arabia, the officials and diplomats said.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Translation; as has consistently been the case, the US only supports grass-roots « democracy » when the outcome of such democracy movements is guaranteed to be to the US government’s liking.

And if you don’t believe that, remember what happened what Hamas was voted into power in 2006!


The Arsenal Against Democracy: US Arms Fuel Bahraini Crackdown

A tiny nation with no real security threats, one would have likely been puzzled up until this week at the massive military spending of Bahrain, and its stockpiling of US-made weapons. The crackdowns of the past few days make it clear: these arms were meant to target the public, not some foreign enemy.

Over the years the US has sold Bahrain an enormous collection of weapons, including the F5 Freedom Fighter warplanes that are in the skies now, literally fighting freedom. The tanks that roll through the streets of Manama are M60A3 tanks, made in Detroit in the 1990s, with an historical market out front lauding the plant as the Arsenal of Democracy. The arsenal, it seems, turned on democracy at some point.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

The people of Bahrain don’t « hate us because we are free »; they hate us because nearly every bullet, tank, and gun being used against them is stamped « Made in the USA »!

Arms used in Bahrain crackdown ‘made in UK, sold recklessly’


‘Victory’ chants resonates in Bahrain

Reports say thousands of pro-democracy protesters, chanting “victory, victory,” have forced out police and snipers from a central square in The Bahraini capital, Manama.

Thousands have start marching towards Pearl Square, which has become the symbol of the ongoing revolutionary movement.

Protesters retuned to the epicenter of demonstrations shortly after riot police fired tear gas and shotgun rounds before leaving, Maryam Khawaja with the Bahrain Center for Human Rights told Press TV.

Live footage show that protesters are removing roadblocks and barbed wire barricade from main roads reaching the square.

Khawaja said protesters were in high spirits and chanting slogans such as ‘victory, victory.’


‘Saudi Arabia sending troops to Bahrain’

Saudi Arabia is sending troops to Bahrain in a move to crack down on pro-democracy protesters who took to the streets in the capital Manama, a political analyst says.

The analyst told PressTV on Tuesday that Riyadh is sending its troops in an attempt to help King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa to crack down on the protesters.


Bahrain protests a worry for US and its fifth fleet

The US will be watching developments in Bahrain anxiously as it is the headquarters of the US navy’s fifth fleet, which operates at least one aircraft carrier in the Gulf at all times, along with an amphibious group of ships with marines aboard.

The fleet’s presence is aimed at ensuring the free flow of oil through the Gulf, as well as monitoring Iran and deterring piracy.

US navy officials have said there is no sign that crowds intend to direct their hostility toward the roughly 4,200 service members who live and work there.

L’Autre Monde 28 mars 2011: Partie 2 – Japon et le désastre nucléaire

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L’Autre Monde 28 mars 2011: Partie 2 – Japon et le désastre nucléaire


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Au programme cette semaine, 28 mars 2011:

Suite du dossier Japon et des centrales nucléaires hors de contrôle et de l’agression de la Libye et actualité mondiale.

C’est en rendez-vous le lundi dès 15h pour l’émission la plus écoutée de CHOQ FM, la radio officielle de l’Université du Québec à Montréal !



***Hyperliens vers les sources des informations discutées sur l’émission d’aujourd’hui:

Japon & nucléaire:

Good Sources on Fukushima

These sites are providing very useful, timely information on the situation in Japan:

-The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is posting periodic updates from

-Jeffrey Lewis at armscontrolwonk is posting daily updates from the Washington DC Office of the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (FEPC) .

-The Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) is posting updated status charts on the Dai-Ichi and Daini nuclear plants.

MORE LARGE AFTERSHOCKS ROCK JAPAN

Magnitude-6.5 quake off Japan; small tsunami alert

(AP) — A magnitude-6.5 earthquake shook eastern Japan off the quake-ravaged coast on Monday morning (Japan time), the U.S. Geological Survey reported, prompting Japan to issue a tsunami alert.

TEPCO Knew But « Didn’t Want To Hear About Tsunami Risks »

A series of investigative articles reveal the Japanese power company TEPCO repeatedly ignored several warnings and scientific research showing an earthquake as small as 7.5 could produce tsunami capable of causing a complete nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW: Seismic researcher says owner did not consider threat 2 years ago
  • Tokyo Electric Power Company, appeared to ignore the warning, said seismologist Yukinobu Okamura.
  • « I found that odd so I really wanted to speak out and let people know about it, » Okamura said. « No one reacted in any way. »
  • Instead, committee members discussed a 1938 earthquake in the region that killed only one person.

Nuclear Meltdowns 101

What is the difference between radiation and radioactivity? This is a basic enough distinction, but, listening to the news coverage, I have observed a great deal of confusion. (Some of it seems intentional, if not malicious: I heard some nuclear expert/twit (a retired Oxford don, I think) on NPR explain how « wadiation » can be « thewapeutic » and never once did he mention « wadioactivity, » and it made me quite mad.) Do not use the two terms interchangeably unless you want to sound like you don’t know what you are talking about. Radiation, of a non-lethal kind, is what you get from a light bulb, an X-ray machine, at the beach or in a tanning booth. Radioactivity, or radioactive contamination, is what you get when a nuclear bomb or a nuclear power plant explodes, and it stays around and produces radiation for years. Both radiation and radioactivity are invisible and hard to measure, but that’s where the similarity ends. Radiation consists of subatomic particles that generally go in straight lines at close to the speed of light. Given enough radiation, initially non-radioactive materials can in turn become radioactive. Radioactivity, on the other hand, is caused by radioactive materials, which decay into other materials, some also radioactive, some stable, plus some radiation, at some rate, either quickly or not so quickly. Uranium and plutonium hang around for many thousands of years. Radioactive substances can be pulverized and carried up into the atmosphere by explosions (not necessarily nuclear ones) in which case they drift with the wind for thousands of kilometers and pollute huge stretches of land and ocean. Exposure to excessive levels of radiation causes radiation poisoning, from which people can fully recover, while the various radioactive elements pollute the environment and are taken up by living organisms in a wide variety of ways, many of them not yet understood by science, poisoning them and causing a wide assortment of cancers and genetic defects. Some may be flushed out, while others become lodged in the lungs or in the bones for the life of the individual, where they remain radioactive, weakening immune systems, causing cancers and birth defects and shortening lifespans.

What do people mean when they say that nuclear power is “safe” when compared to planes, trains and automobiles? What they mean is that the nuclear power industry has so far killed many fewer people per unit time. They have no data on how many people it will kill eventually, although by now they know that, unlike planes, trains and automobiles, which do crash and burn with some regularity, but cause limited damage, nuclear disasters do not have any definable upper bound on their destructive potential. I am pretty sure that there is enough above-ground radioactive material sitting in spent fuel pools and inside reactors to kill just about everyone. It will stay dangerous for over a million years, which is a lot longer than the expected lifetime of the nuclear power industry, or any industry, or any human civilization, or perhaps even the human race. When nuclear experts say that a nuclear reactor is safe, they can only mean that it is safe for the rest of the afternoon; beyond that they can’t possibly have any actual data to support their claim. All they can do is extrapolate, given a rosy “everything will always remain under control” scenario, and that is not a valid approach. When they say that nuclear power is safe, what they are really saying is that it is safe given their perfect ability to accurately predict that the indefinite future will remain economically and socially stable, and we already know this to not be the case.

Rayonnement

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rayonnement

Le rayonnement, synonyme de radiation en physique, désigne le processus d’émission ou de transmission d’énergie impliquant une particule porteuse.

[modifier] Fonctionnement

À chaque type de radiation correspond sa particule porteuse de l’interaction : le photon pour le rayonnement électromagnétique, ou les particules alpha, bêta ou neutron pour respectivement les rayonnements particulaires alpha, bêta ou neutronique, par exemple.

[modifier] Types de rayonnements

Radioactivité

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioactivit%C3%A9

La radioactivité, phénomène qui fut découvert en 1896 par Henri Becquerel sur l’uranium et très vite confirmé par Marie Curie pour le radium, est un phénomène physique naturel au cours duquel des noyaux atomiques instables, dits radioisotopes, se transforment spontanément (« désintégration ») en dégageant de l’énergie sous forme de rayonnements divers, pour se transformer en des noyaux atomiques plus stables ayant perdu une partie de leur masse. Les rayonnements ainsi émis sont appelés, selon le cas, des rayons α, des rayons β ou des rayons γ.

Les radioisotopes les plus fréquents dans les roches terrestres sont l’isotope 238 de l’uranium (238U), l’isotope 232 du thorium (232Th), et surtout l’isotope 40 du potassium (40K). Outre ces isotopes radioactifs naturels encore relativement abondants, il existe dans la nature des isotopes radioactifs en abondances beaucoup plus faibles. Il s’agit notamment des éléments instables produits lors de la suite de désintégrations des isotopes mentionnés, par exemple de divers isotopes du radium et du radon.

Un des radioisotopes naturels les plus utilisés par l’homme est l’isotope 235 de l’uranium (235U) qui se trouve dans la nature en faible concentration (<1 %) associé à l’isotope 238U, mais dont on modifie la concentration par des techniques d’enrichissement de l’uranium pour qu’il puisse servir à la production d’énergie nucléaire civile et militaire.

Les rayonnements α, β et γ produits par la radioactivité sont des rayonnements ionisants qui interagissent avec la matière en provoquant une ionisation.

L’irradiation d’un organisme entraîne des effets qui peuvent être plus ou moins néfastes pour la santé, selon les doses de radiation reçues, la durée d’exposition (aiguë ou chronique) et le type de rayonnement concerné. Elle peut être associée à une contamination radioactive surfacique (fixée ou non fixée), ou volumique (appelée aussi atmosphérique).

Historique

Des études ultérieures menées par Becquerel lui-même, ainsi que par Marie Curie (18671934) et Pierre Curie (18591906), ou encore par Ernest Rutherford (18711937), montrèrent que la radioactivité est nettement plus complexe que le rayonnement X. En particulier, ils trouvèrent qu’un champ électrique ou magnétique sépare les rayonnements « uraniques » en trois faisceaux distincts, qu’ils baptisaient α, β et γ. La direction de la déviation des faisceaux montrait que les particules α étaient chargées positivement, les β négativement, et que les rayonnements γ étaient neutres. En outre, la magnitude de la déflection indiquait nettement que les particules α étaient bien plus massives que les β.

Les transformations nucléaires

La « désintégration » (en physique, elle correspond à la transformation de la matière en énergie) d’un noyau radioactif peut entraîner l’émission de rayonnement α, β ou β+. Ces désintégrations sont souvent accompagnées de l’émission de photons de haute énergie ou rayons gamma, dont les longueurs d’onde sont généralement encore plus courtes que celles des rayons X, étant de l’ordre de 10-9 m ou inférieures. Cette émission gamma (γ) résulte de l’émission de photons lors de transitions nucléaires : du réarrangement des charges internes du noyau nouvellement formé, ou bien de la couche profonde du cortège électronique perturbé, à partir de niveaux d’énergie excités avec des énergies mises en jeu de l’ordre du MeV.

Rayon gamma est le nom donné au rayonnement électromagnétique produit par la désintégration des noyaux atomiques ou par des phénomènes subatomiques comme l’annihilation d’une paire électronpositron. I

[modifier] Caractéristique

Les rayons gamma sont plus pénétrants que les rayonnements alpha et les bêta, mais sont moins ionisants. Ils sont de même nature que les rayons X mais sont d’origine différente. Les rayons gamma sont produits par des transitions nucléaires tandis que les rayons X sont produits par des transitions électroniques provoquées en général par la collision d’un électron avec un atome, à haute vitesse. Comme il est possible pour certaines transitions électroniques d’être plus énergétiques que des transitions nucléaires, il existe un certain chevauchement entre les rayons X de haute énergie et les rayons gamma de faible énergie.

Le blindage contre les rayons gamma requiert des grandes quantités de matière. Par exemple un blindage qui réduit de 50 % l’intensité de rayons gamma de 1 MeV nécessite 1 cm de plomb, 6 cm de béton ou 9 cm de terre.

[modifier] Danger

Les rayons gamma provenant de retombées radioactives seraient probablement le plus grand danger dans le cas d’une guerre nucléaire. Si les rayons gamma sont moins ionisants que les rayons alpha ou bêta, ils demandent des épaisseurs de blindage beaucoup plus importantes pour s’en protéger (de l’ordre de quelques mètres d’épaisseur de béton armé). Ils peuvent produire des dégâts similaires à ceux produits par les rayons X et les autres rayonnements ionisants, tels que brûlures (effet déterministe), cancers et mutations génétiques (effets stochastiques).

[modifier] Interaction avec la matière

Illustration de la Crête de Tavernier qui se caractérise par l’accroissement de la dose d’irradiation de certains rayonnements, dont les rayons gamma, dans l’organisme avant sa décroissance exponentielle

En passant par la matière, les rayons gamma sont absorbés d’une manière exponentielle :

\displaystyle I(d) = I_0 e^{-\mu d}

En pénétrant une substance, telle la matière vivante, la dose d’irradiation par les rayons gamma passe d’abord par un maximum ou « Crête de Tavernier », du nom du physicien belge Guy Tavernier qui découvrit ce phénomène en 1948, avant de décroître exponentiellement avec la profondeur. Ce maximum se situe à environ 1 cm de profondeur pour les rayons gamma et l’intensité de ce rayonnement gamma est fort dépendant de la longueur de diffusion valable pour la substance pénétrée.

TEPCO: Soil samples being checked for plutonium

Radioactivity from plutonium can be blocked by human skin or paper. But if the substance is inhaled or ingested, it remains in the body for a long time and can cause cancer.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Another slightly less than complete explanation. Yes, plutonium emits mostly alpha radiation, which is indeed blocked by the skin. But the more unstable isotopes of plutonium can decay into far more deadly elements. Plutonium-241 decays into Americium-241, a very intense gamma emitter!

Origines de la radioactivité

Nature de la source

Exposition humaine à la radioactivité selon l’OMS[6] : mSv par personne et par an

Radioactivité naturelle en %

Radioactivité artificielle en %

Radon (gaz radioactif naturel dense souvent présent dans les rez-de-chaussée)

1,3

42 %

Irradiation d’origine médicale (radiographies, scanners, radiothérapies, etc.)

0,6

20 %

Éléments absorbés par alimentation (essentiellement du potassium 40 contenu naturellement dans les aliments)

0,5

16 %

Rayonnement cosmique

0,4

13 %

Rayonnement interne

0,2

6 %

Autres origines artificielles sauf énergie nucléaire civile (industries minières diverses, retombées atmosphériques des essais nucléaires militaires, instruments de mesure, certaines méthodes de mesure industrielles (telles le contrôle de soudures par gammagraphie), etc.)

0,1

3 %

Énergie nucléaire civile

0,01

0,3 %

Total

3,1

77 %

23 %

Selon une étude de Billon S. et Al[7], l’exposition naturelle à la radioactivité représenterait environ 2,5 mSv sur un total de 3,5. Cette dose peut varier de 1 à 40 mSv, selon l’environnement géologique et les matériaux d’habitation. Il existe aussi le rayonnement interne du corps : la radioactivité naturelle des atomes du corps humain se traduit par environ 8 000 désintégrations par seconde (8 000 Bq). Ce taux est principalement dû à la présence de carbone 14 et de potassium 40 dans notre organisme.

On parle de « radioactivité naturelle » pour désigner les sources non produites par les activités humaines, comme celle issue du radon, de la terre, ou du rayonnement cosmique. A contrario, on parle de « radioactivité artificielle » pour désigner la radioactivité due à des sources produites par les activités humaines : réalisation d’examens médicaux (tels les radiographies, tomodensitométries, scintigraphies, radiothérapies), éléments transuraniens synthétiques, concentrations artificiellement élevées de matières radioactives ou production artificielle de rayons gamma (dans un accélérateur de particules, par exemple). Physiquement, il s’agit exactement du même phénomène.

Radioactivité artificielle

L’activité humaine est une autre source majeure de rayonnements ionisants. Principalement, pour 20 % du total des expositions humaines à la radioactivité, par les activités médicales : production de radionucléides par cyclotron (pour les scintigraphies et TEP par exemple). Le reste, représentant 3 % du total des expositions humaines, est produit, par ordre d’importance, par :

Note : L’imagerie médicale au moyen de rayons X produit la plus forte dose d’exposition humaine aux rayonnements ionisants.
On ne parle cependant pas de radioactivité car les rayons X ne sont pas issus de réactions nucléaires mais d’excitation électronique de l’atome.

Risque sanitaire

Nouveau pictogramme lancé par l’AIEA, représentant un risque de danger de mort ou de dommages sérieux.

Articles détaillés : Syndrome d’irradiation aiguë et Faibles doses d’irradiation.

Les conséquences de la radioactivité sur la santé sont complexes. Le risque pour la santé dépend non seulement de l’intensité du rayonnement et la durée d’exposition, mais également du type de tissu concerné — les organes reproducteurs sont 20 fois plus sensibles que la peau (loi de Bergonié et Tribondeau ou loi de la radiosensitivité). Les effets sont différents selon le vecteur de la radioactivité :

Les normes internationales, basées sur les conséquences épidémiologiques de l’explosion des bombes d’Hiroshima et Nagasaki, partent du principe que le risque pour la santé est proportionnel à la dose reçue et que toute dose de rayonnement comporte un risque cancérigène et génétique (CIPR 1990).

La réglementation pour la protection contre les radiations ionisantes est basée sur trois recommandations fondamentales :

  1. justification : on ne doit adopter aucune pratique conduisant à une irradiation, à moins qu’elle ne produise un bénéfice suffisant pour les individus exposés ou pour la société, compensant le préjudice lié à cette irradiation ;
  2. optimisation : l’irradiation doit être au niveau le plus bas que l’on peut raisonnablement atteindre ;
  3. limitation de la dose et du risque individuels : aucun individu ne doit recevoir des doses d’irradiation supérieures aux limites maximum autorisées.

De récentes études de l’IRSN s’intéressent aux effets de la contamination radioactive chronique, qui même à des faibles doses, pourraient ne pas être négligeables, et pourraient provoquer différentes pathologies atteignant certaines fonctions physiologiques (système nerveux central, respiration, digestion, reproduction)[11]. Mais cette vision est contestée, et d’autres acteurs, dont notamment l’Académie de médecine, estiment au contraire que ces craintes sont inutiles[12].

[modifier] Dose radiative

Le principe retenu en radioprotection est de maintenir l’exposition au niveau le plus bas qu’il est raisonnablement possible d’atteindre (principe ALARA). Pour faciliter cette optimisation, les sites nucléaires français sont organisés en zones dont l’accès est plus ou moins restreint, et qui correspondent aux débits de doses suivants :

  • zone bleue : de 2,5 à 7,5 µSvh-1 ;
  • zone verte : de 7,5 à 25 µSvh-1 ;
  • zone jaune : de 25 µSvh-1 à 2 mSvh-1 ;
  • zone orange : de 2 à 100 mSvh-1 ;
  • zone rouge : > 100 mSvh-1.

L’environnement naturel émet un rayonnement variant de 0,2 µSvh-1 à 1 µSvh-1, avec une moyenne de 0,27 µSvh-1 (soit 2,4 mSvan-1habitant-1). Le débit de dose dont on est certain qu’il produit des effets biologiques dangereux se situe à partir de 1 mSvh-1, c’est-à-dire en « zone jaune ». Les effets varient selon le temps auquel on y est soumis. Les effets statistiquement observables apparaissent pour des doses cumulées supérieures à 100 mSv, soit un stationnement de plus de 50 h (une semaine à plein temps) en zone jaune. Cette exposition peut être atteinte en 1 h en « zone orange ».

Articles détaillés : Débit de dose radioactive et Faibles doses d’irradiation.

[modifier] Dose équivalente

Articles détaillés : Équivalent de dose et Équivalent de dose efficace.

La dose équivalente est la mesure de dose cumulée d’exposition continue aux radiations ionisantes durant une année, avec des facteurs de pondération. Jusqu’en 1992, les doses équivalentes n’étaient pas mesurées de la même façon en Europe et aux États-Unis ; aujourd’hui ces doses sont standardisées.

La dose cumulée d’une source radioactive artificielle devient dangereuse à partir de 500 mSv (ou 50 rem), dose à laquelle on constate les premiers symptômes d’altération sanguine. En 1992, la dose efficace (E) maximale pour une personne travaillant sous rayonnements ionisants était fixée à 15 mSv sur les 12 derniers mois en Europe (CERN et Angleterre) et à 50 mSv sur les 12 derniers mois aux États-Unis. Depuis août 2003, la dose efficace maximale est passée à 20 mSv sur les 12 derniers mois.

Lors d’un scanner médical, le patient peut par exemple recevoir une dose moyenne de 0,05 mSv (examen local), de 25 mSv (scanner du crâne) ou de 150 mSv (scanner du corps entier). Pour éviter tout symptôme d’altération sanguine, on se limite à un maximum de trois examens d’organe par an.

[modifier] Radioprotection

Article détaillé : Radioprotection.

[modifier] Irradiation

Article détaillé : Irradiation.

En France, la réglementation fixe les limites annuelles de radiation à 20 mSv (2 rem) pour les travailleurs et à 1 mSv (0,1 rem) pour la population.

Les facteurs qui protègent des radiations sont :

  • Distance (la variation du débit de dose (DDD) est inversement proportionnelle au carré de la distance à la source) ;
  • Activité (en centrale nucléaire, on effectue diverses opérations pour enlever les sources des conduits) ;
  • Temps (la dose est proportionnelle au temps ; rester le moins longtemps près de la source) ;
  • Écran (plomber, recouvrir d’acier, bétonner, immerger la source, par exemple).

Certains comportements sont susceptibles d’entraîner une surexposition à la radioactivité : un patient qui passe 5 radiographies aux rayons X peut subir une dose de 1 mSv ; les passagers et le personnel navigant des avions de ligne, ainsi que les astronautes en orbite, peuvent subir une dose voisine lors d’une éruption solaire très intense. S’ils répètent ces voyages ou effectuent des missions de longues durées, une exposition prolongée accroît le risque d’irradiation.

[modifier] Contamination radioactive

Article détaillé : Contamination radioactive.

En zone contaminée par des poussières radioactives, on se protège par une hygiène très stricte : confinements ; tenue étanche ventilée (TEV), heaume ventilé avec surtenue, et/ou autres protections ; nettoyage des surfaces de travail ; précautions pour éviter de soulever la poussière.
Les mesures sont réalisées au moyen de contaminamètres équipés de sonde
α ou β [unités de mesure : Bq/m³ (pour la contamination volumique) ou Bq/cm² (pour la contamination surfacique)].

Accidents nucléaires de Fukushima

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accidents_nucl%C3%A9aires_de_Fukushima

Les accidents nucléaires de Fukushima au Japon font partie des conséquences du tsunami engendré par le séisme du 11 mars 2011, de magnitude 9, qui a dévasté le nord-est de l’île de Honshū. Le séisme a entrainé un arrêt automatique des réacteurs en service, et à la suite du tsunami, les groupes électrogènes de secours sont tombés en panne, ce qui a entrainé une perte d’électricité et l’arrêt du système de refroidissement des réacteurs nucléaires, ainsi que celui des piscines d’entreposage des combustibles irradiés. Le défaut de refroidissement des réacteurs a causé des fusions partielles de cœur dans plusieurs réacteurs, puis des ruptures de confinement.

Ces accidents nucléaires concernent surtout la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima Daiichi, dont trois des six réacteurs ont subi des fusions partielles de cœur, et dont toutes les piscines d’entreposage des éléments nucléaires irradiés ont subi un défaut de refroidissement. Un réacteur de la centrale voisine de Fukushima Daini a aussi été endommagé.

L’ensemble de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima Daiichi devrait être condamné, ce qui en fait le plus important des accidents nucléaires (devant l’accident nucléaire de Tchernobyl) en termes de conséquences techniques.

La contamination environnementale est massive, avec des rejets d’iode 131 et de césium 137 (estimés par l’IRSN le 22 mars 2011 à environ 10% des rejets de la catastrophe de Tchernobyl[1]). Une autre étude, basée sur le réseau d’instruments de mesure du CTBTO donne une estimation encore plus élevée pour ces éléments, de l’ordre de 60% des rejets de la catastrophe de Tchernobyl [2]. Toutefois, les conditions météorologiques qui ont suivi les fuites radioactives ont dans le cas de l’accident de Fukushima, poussé la plus grande part de la contamination à se diluer dans l’océan Pacifique.

Le 24 mars 2011, l’accident était classé de « niveau 5 » sur l’échelle INES par les autorités nationales japonaises, qui n’excluent toutefois pas un relèvement du niveau suivant l’évolution de la situation. En effet, les 24 et 25 mars, le cœur du réacteur n°3 était partiellement endommagé (et en partie dénoyé) et – selon les indicateurs de pression, son enceinte de confinement en acier ne serait plus étanche, ce qui expliquerait des « rejets radioactifs « continus » non filtrés dans l’environnement »[3]. Pour l’ASN, le 26 mars, l’accident est clairement de « niveau 6 »[4].

Fonctionnement d’un réacteur à eau bouillante et scénario d’accident

Schéma de principe du refroidissement d’un réacteur à eau bouillante[50].

Les réacteurs des centrales nucléaires sont conçus pour s’arrêter automatiquement dès le début de secousses importantes[51],[52], la réaction en chaîne qui a lieu en fonctionnement normal du réacteur est stoppée, mais les réacteurs doivent continuer à être refroidis pour évacuer la chaleur due à la radioactivité des produits de fission présents dans le réacteur, qui continuent à se désintégrer et dont l’énergie continue à chauffer fortement le cœur pendant quelques heures (voire quelques jours)[53],[54]. Ainsi, immédiatement après la cessation des réactions de fission, le réacteur dégage toujours environ 7 % de sa puissance thermique nominale[55] et cette chaleur résiduelle diminue de manière exponentielle avec le temps[56].

Leur chaleur résiduelle est normalement – dans ce type de cas – éliminée par refroidissement, grâce à des circuits auxiliaires qui utilisent de l’eau comme fluide de refroidissement et nécessitent de l’électricité pour l’alimentation des pompes et des systèmes de contrôle. Les systèmes de secours semblent avoir été fortement endommagés par le tremblement de terre et/ou noyés par le tsunami consécutif[54]. Les groupes diesel de secours se sont brusquement arrêtés une heure plus tard.

Le réacteur ne peut plus être refroidi, et le volume d’eau diminue, ce qui peut conduire à la fusion du cœur du réacteur[57]. Le point de fusion du combustible est d’environ 2 800 °C[58],[59] tandis que la gaine à base de zirconium se détériore aux alentours de 830 °C[60] puis rompt aux alentours de 1 200 °C[58]. La fusion de la gaine intervient à environ 1 600 °C, températures atteintes en quelques minutes dans un cœur de réacteur à l’arrêt qui se retrouverait en partie hors de l’eau[61].

Une explosion peut disperser la très forte radioactivité du cœur sur des distances relativement importantes (de l’ordre du kilomètre) et détruire les moyens de contrôle de la centrale[57].

Il est donc jugé préférable, dans ce type d’accident, de laisser s’échapper la vapeur et l’hydrogène accumulés dans l’enceinte, quitte à entraîner vers l’extérieur une contamination radioactive généralement limitée si des tubes de combustible ont été fissurés/fendus[62]. De même, le refroidissement du cœur est considéré comme prioritaire, quitte à ce qu’une faible radioactivité sorte de l’enceinte (des bassins d’épandage sont prévus pour retenir ces eaux de refroidissement potentiellement contaminées). Ces modes de fonctionnement sont des « modes dégradés » qui permettent de maintenir l’essentiel de la radioactivité à l’intérieur des barrières de confinement.

Conséquences d’un défaut de refroidissement des réacteurs

Article détaillé : Fusion du cœur d’un réacteur nucléaire.

La perte totale du refroidissement est l’accident majeur dimensionnant les dispositifs de sécurité d’une centrale : c’est en calculant les conséquences éventuelles d’un tel accident sur l’extérieur que l’on détermine si un réacteur est suffisamment « sûr ». Les conséquences d’un tel accident sont donc étudiées à l’avance, et les réponses à apporter aux différentes situations font partie du dossier de sûreté de la centrale. Pour qu’une centrale puisse réglementairement être autorisée à fonctionner, l’opérateur doit démontrer que les effets de n’importe quel accident de fusion du cœur restent confinés à la centrale, et n’imposent pas d’évacuer les habitants riverains[63].

D’une manière générale, les conséquences d’une perte de refroidissement sur un réacteur peuvent être :

Explosion mécanique

La première conséquence est que l’eau de refroidissement s’évapore, ce qui provoque une surpression de vapeur d’eau[18]. La pression de vapeur peut alors être suffisante pour endommager l’installation[64].

Pollution radioactive

La température continuant de monter, les gaines (longs tubes) de combustible peuvent se fendre, libérant dans le cœur des produits de fission[64]. Le risque est alors que ces produits de fission se répandent dans l’atmosphère avec les vapeurs produites, entraînant des contaminations radioactives à l’extérieur.

Production d’hydrogène et explosion chimique

Les tubes de combustibles, quand ils ne sont plus plongés dans l’eau, chauffent à des températures beaucoup plus élevées (quelques centaines de degrés). À ces hautes températures, le zirconium qui constitue l’enveloppe du combustible réagit avec l’eau en phase gazeuse pour former de l’oxyde de zirconium et de l’hydrogène [64],[65], lequel se mélange à l’eau en phase gazeuse et s’accumule dans les parties hautes du circuit primaire. La réaction Zr+H2O est d’autant plus rapide que la température est élevée et à partir de 1 200 °C (température atteinte uniquement si l’eau contenue dans la cuve est entièrement passée en phase gazeuse) elle s’accélère fortement[60]. L’enceinte de confinement contient un gaz inerte et non de l’air, qui formerait avec l’hydrogène un mélange explosif. Mais si l’hydrogène est produit en trop grande quantité, il doit être rejeté vers l’extérieur. Sous peine de voir exploser, par une trop forte pression, soit l’enceinte de confinement, soit la cuve du réacteur et alors les deux.

Fusion du cœur

Enfin, les tubes peuvent fondre et le corium peut migrer dans le réacteur, s’accumulant généralement dans les parties basses[64]. Dans la mesure où la géométrie du cœur n’est alors plus contrôlée, il y a un risque d’accident de criticité si les barres de contrôle (fondues avec le reste) ne peuvent plus assurer leur fonction. C’est pour cette raison que du bore (sous forme d’acide borique) est ajouté à l’eau de refroidissement, pour absorber le plus de neutrons possible et diminuer ainsi la réactivité du cœur[64].

Réaction nucléaire entretenue

Un éventuel accident de criticité reste toujours à la limite de la criticité, mais ne peut pas aller au-delà, bien que pouvant conduire à une petite explosion mécanique. Une explosion nucléaire proprement dite (du même type que celle d’une bombe atomique) n’est physiquement pas possible dans une centrale nucléaire, parce que le corium, qui ne se déplace que lentement, serait immédiatement dispersé par l’énergie d’une réaction en chaîne commençante, avant d’avoir pu dégager une fraction significative de son potentiel d’énergie[66],[67].

Le scénario de l’accident de Tchernobyl avait superposé deux problèmes : d’une part une explosion due à l’hydrogène accumulé dans le réacteur (explosion chimique), et d’autre part l’incendie du modérateur en carbone (propre à ce type de réacteur), qui avait envoyé les produits de fission dans la haute atmosphère formant un nuage de radioactivité qui s’était répandu sur toute l’Europe et au-delà[68]. Dans un réacteur à eau bouillante, la modération des neutrons est assurée par l’eau, et cette seconde partie du scénario peut être exclue.

Conséquences d’un défaut de refroidissement des piscines d’entreposage

Piscine sur le Savannah River Site (États-Unis)

Après avoir été retirés du cœur d’un réacteur, les éléments combustibles usés continuent de dégager de la chaleur, et sont entreposés dans une piscine, l’eau servant à la fois pour les refroidir et de barrière aux rayonnements qu’ils émettent[69]. La température et le niveau d’eau de ces piscines doivent être constamment contrôlés ; la température de la piscine est normalement maintenue à 25 °C au maximum, ce qui demande un refroidissement constant[69].

Le défaut de renouvellement d’eau extérieure pour le refroidissement d’une piscine d’entreposage du combustible usagé entraîne au bout d’un certain temps l’évaporation (0,4 litre par seconde et par mégawatt)[70] et l’ébullition du liquide, occasionnant alors l’échauffement puis l’éclatement (lié à l’oxydation) des crayons de combustible hors d’eau[71]. En outre, les piscines d’entreposage sont extérieures à l’enceinte de confinement résistante des réacteurs (elles sont confinées dynamiquement en service normal) et sont ainsi plus facilement exposées à l’atmosphère[72].

Cette situation est potentiellement très grave : si l’eau des piscines s’évapore (ce qui peut prendre quelques jours), les éléments combustibles irradiés qu’elle contient peuvent fondre ou prendre feu, répandant leurs produits de fission directement dans l’atmosphère[73],[74].
Dans un tel cas, les rejets radioactifs correspondants seraient bien supérieurs aux rejets survenus jusqu’à présent
[75]. Un tel accident serait du niveau de gravité de celui de Tchernobyl.

Radioactivité dans le site

Un niveau de radioactivité 1 000 fois supérieur à la normale a été détecté le samedi matin dans la salle de contrôle du réacteur numéro 1 de la centrale nucléaire Fukushima no 1, située au nord-est du Japon, selon l’agence de presse Kyodo citant une commission de sécurité[115].

zone rouge : plus de 100 mSv/h

Le 16 mars, aux alentours de 16 heures (heure locale), le niveau de radioactivité au-dessus de la centrale de Fukushima Daichi a atteint les 1 500 millisieverts par heure, empêchant ainsi les largages d’eau par hélicoptères[116].

Selon l’AIEA un niveau de radiation de 400 millisieverts par heure a été observé entre les unités 3 et 4[117]. À ce taux de radiation, un travailleur du nucléaire sur le site de Fukushima Daichi est exposé en 3 minutes à la dose limite admise en France pour une année.

La limite de dose pour un travailleur du nucléaire en France est de 20 millisieverts pour une année[118]. La limite réglementaire d’exposition en circonstances exceptionnelles est de 100 millisieverts, cette limite réglementaire a été exceptionnellement relevée à 250 millisieverts pour permettre aux travailleurs de continuer à intervenir sur le site[119].

Selon des données de l’Environmental Protection Agency, un travailleur exposé à une dose de 250 mSv pourrait voir son risque de developper un cancer létal passer d’environ 20% à environ 21%[120].

Le 27 mars 2011, des échantillons d’eau prélevés au sous-sol de la salle de la turbine située derrière le réacteur n°2 révèlent un taux de radioactivité de 1 Sievert/heure[121]. Le personnel présent sur le site a été évacué suite à ces mesures.

[modifier] En limite de site

zone jaune : de 0.025 à 2 mSv/h

Le 24 mars 2011, les équipes de l’AIEA ont enregistré des taux de 161 microsievert par heure dans les villes de Namie dans la préfecture de Fukushima, à 8 km au nord ouest de la centrale[122]. Une population exposée à ce taux pendant 5 jours accumule 20mSV, ce qui correspond à la dose autorisée en un an pour un travailleur du nucléaire en France. En 25 jours soumis à ce taux, la population exposée atteindrait la limite de 100mSV, seuil à partir duquel les risques de cancers dus à la radioactivité augmentent significativement.

Le 17 mars 2011, le Ministre japonais des Sciences déclare qu’un débit de dose de 0,17 mSv/h a été mesuré à 30 km au nord-ouest de l’accident (soit 20mSv reçus en 5 jours de 24 heures, ce qui correspond à la dose autorisée en un an pour un travailleur du nucléaire en France) [123].

Le 15 mars 2011, TEPCO annonce un niveau de radiation de plus de 8 microsieverts par heure[124].

Dans son 22e communiqué[102] sur la situation, le 14 mars (7 h 30 heure locale), l’agence NISA confirme une augmentation de radioactivité par rapport à celle mesurée le 13 mars à 19 h (selon les mesures faites par un véhicule en bordure du site[102]). Pour la centrale de Fukushima Daini, la NISA cite une mesure approximative de 5 400 nGy/h (soit 5,4 microsieverts) en limite extérieure nord du site, le 15 mars à 19 h 00, en diminution par rapport aux 6 500 nGy/h (6,5 microsieverts) mesurés à 19 h 00 la veille (le 14 mars) au même point.

Sur un des points de mesure extérieurs (MP3, au Nord-Ouest du site en limite de l’unité 2 de Fukishima Daichi) la radioactivité atteignait 231,1 µSv/h (le 14 mars à 14 h 30 locale)[125].

Le 13 mars 2011, à 2 km de la centrale de Fukushima Daiichi, la radioactivité ambiante a été mesurée à 0,1 mSv/h[126],[127], soit un taux environ 800 fois supérieur à la radioactivité ambiante moyenne par heure : cela signifie qu’à quelques kilomètres de la centrale, on se trouve déjà en zone jaune.

Selon le Réseau Sortir du Nucléaire[128], des mesures effectuées à 2 km de la centrale de Fukushima Daiichi par six journalistes de l’association Japan Visual Journalist Association ont permis de constater un débit de dose s’élevant à 10 voire 100 milliröntgens par heure (soit 0,1 voire 1 millisievert par heure), débit selon eux « dramatiquement élevé ».

Des mesures indépendantes relevées dans la journée du 12 mars indiquent des niveaux de radioactivité très élevés sur toute la zone : jusqu’à 1 mSv à deux kilomètres de la centrale[129].

Conséquences sur les politiques énergétiques nationales et réactions du grand public

[modifier] Union européenne

Les risques de la catastrophe nucléaire et l’intense couverture médiatique de l’évolution de la situation ont relancé le débat sur l’utilisation de l’énergie nucléaire dans de nombreux pays, comme en Allemagne, en Italie et en France.

Mardi 15 mars, en écho aux annonces du Premier Ministre français à l’Assemblée nationale qui en appelle surtout à la solidarité, Günther Oettinger, commissaire européen à l’énergie, affirme que l’Union Européenne s’est mise d’accord pour engager l’organisation avant la fin de l’année de tests de résistances européens pour toutes les centrales européennes, dans l’optique d’une réévaluation des risques et d’un durcissement des normes de sécurité. Ces opérations seront réalisées sur la base du volontariat[208]. Cette idée est à l’initiative du ministre autrichien de l’Environnement Nikolaus Berlakovich, dont le pays est très opposé au nucléaire[209]. En outre, la Commission Européenne souhaite assurer une meilleure information en matière de sécurité aux citoyens européens. En 2011, 143 centrales nucléaires sont en activité dans l’Union européenne, sur le territoire de 13 États sur les 27 qui la constituent[208].

[modifier] Allemagne

L’Allemagne décide le lundi 14 mars, par la voix d’Angela Merkel, un moratoire de trois mois sur l’allongement de la durée de vie de 7 des 17 réacteurs en service. Le Parlement avait en effet décidé à l’automne de prolonger de 12 ans en moyenne la durée de vie des réacteurs allemands, alors que, en vertu de la loi passée en 2002 par la coalition des sociaux-démocrates (SPD) et des Verts au pouvoir à l’époque (1998-2005), ceux-ci devaient cesser progressivement leur activité d’ici à 2020 environ[208].

[modifier] France

Une manifestation est organisée le 13 mars 2011 au soir à Paris par divers organisations et partis écologistes[210]. Dès le lundi 14 mars les Verts appellent à une sortie totale, aussi vite que possible, du nucléaire, possible d’ici 2035 ou 2040 pour la France.

Aucun débat populaire ni référendum n’est toutefois annoncé par le gouvernement français, qui rejette également toute idée de moratoire. Au contraire, Nicolas Sarkozy annonce le 24 mars 2011 que le choix de l’énergie nucléaire n’est pas remis en question[211]. Le Premier Ministre François Fillon, suite à son annonce du 15 mars à l’ Assemblée nationale de réaliser un audit sur les installations nucléaires françaises, en confie la réalisation à l’ASN dans un courrier en date du 23 mars 2011. Cet audit portera sur les risques d’inondation, de séisme, de perte des alimentations électriques et de perte du système de refroidissement ainsi que sur la gestion opérationnelle des situations accidentelles. Des propositions d’améliorations au vu des diagnostics qui auront été faits sont attendues pour la fin de l’année 2011[212].

[modifier] Suisse

La Suisse annonce la suspension du projet de renouvellement de ses centrales[213].

[modifier] Russie

Après avoir engagé la vérification de l’état du nucléaire civil russe et de ses perspectives avant un mois, Vladimir Poutine avance mardi la volonté d’accélérer la réalisation de projets d’exploitation de gisements d’hydrocarbures en Extrême-Orient, dont particulièrement le projet Sakhaline-3[214].

[modifier] États-Unis

Engagé dans la relance de la filière nucléaire américaine, Barack Obama reste d’abord discret voire muet. Après 30 ans d’arrêt de constructions nouvelles, les États-Unis ont en effet établi un fond, un prêt et des budgets de plusieurs dizaines de milliards de dollars en 2011 et visent un investissement de plusieurs centaines de milliards uniquement pour renouveler leurs centrales vieillissantes[215]. Des parlementaires, dont Joseph Lieberman, en appellent le dimanche 13 mars à un moratoire, tandis que le Comité sur l’énergie de la Chambre de Commerce prévoit une audition sur la question mercredi, en présence de Steven Chu[216].

Le mercredi 16 mars, Barack Obama, tout en faisant part de son inquiétude et de l’assurance de son soutien aux Japonais, insiste sur l’amélioration de la sûreté et de la performance des centrales nucléaires des États-Unis, sans remettre en question ni mentionner le programme de constructions de nouvelles centrales[217]. La Californie, pourtant située sur une zone hautement sismique, compte plusieurs réacteurs nucléaires en fonction. La Chine quant à elle a ordonné une inspection générale de la sécurité de ses centrales nucléaires et a suspendu toute approbation de projet de nouvelle centrale nucléaire.

Le 18 mars, un groupe d’experts américains en nucléaire, devant le National Press Club, qualifie les efforts entrepris pour faire face à cette crise nucléaire de « désespérés »[218]. Pour Robert Alvarez, ancien conseiller au Secrétariat à l’Énergie, les mesures prises par le Japon ne font en aucun cas partie des meilleures options disponibles ; quant aux largages d’eau, ce sont des improvisations sur les règles à suivre pour stopper une fusion nucléaire et non de bonnes solutions. De plus, il note que l’eau de mer versée sur les bâtiments pourrait détruire les pompes de refroidissement, voire corroder les enceintes de confinement. Alvarez estime que ces mesures seront incapables d’arrêter la crise.

LATEST ESTIMATES FOR PLUME FROM FUKUSHIMA

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DigitalGlobe image collection of Fukushima plant damage

Webmaster’s Commentary:

As you look at these images, remember that the government and media telling you there is nothing to worry about from all these smashed reactors is the same government and media that tells you a terrorist with a radioactive « dirty » bomb in his suitcase can wipe out an entire US city!


FUKUSHIMA – PAID ONLINE PROPAGANDISTS AT WORK.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Reading the comments on this article is a good way to study the paid shills of the massive public relations campaign that has been mounted to try to downplay Fukushima to protect General Electric and the nuclear power industry as a whole.

Of course, once you are aware that such online grass-roots lobbyists (aka paid liars) exist, they immediately lose their effectiveness.

Japanese & U.S. Govts Know What’s Going On & They’re Not Being Honest! (About Nuclear Crisis)

Tiny amounts of radiation from Japan reach Nev.

Nevada has joined several western states in reporting that minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan’s damaged nuclear plant are showing up. But as with the other states, scientists say there is no health risk.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

For months the US Government has wagged the dog at us that a single terrorist with a suitcase bomb consisting of TNT mixed with radioactive isotopes could wipe out an entire American city, yet now we have a half-dozen wrecked and leaking reactors spewing radiation across half the planet and we are told it is no big deal!

Dr. Mark Sircus: Nuclear Armageddon

None of us could have calculated in our wildest dreams the likes of what is happening and still yet to happen in northern Japan.

The 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami laid waste to Japan’s industrial northeast on March 11 triggered a huge nuclear disaster. Many of us feared something like this might happen in the nuclear industry someday.

And now it has happened and we can all start saying prayers for the men, women and children in Tokyo and the rest of northern Japan. The entire world is struggling to determine the fallout effects of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, along with many ensuing and complicating problems. We really have no idea the mess the Japanese are in and how bad this is all going to get.

The New York Times published on the 24th, “Despite the frequent rain in recent days, it was not entirely clear why the levels of iodine were so high, said a senior Western nuclear executive, noting that the prevailing breezes seemed to be pushing radiation out to sea. “The contamination levels are well beyond what you’d expect from what is in the public domain,” said the executive, who insisted on anonymity and has broad contacts in Japan. It was possible that the levels were an indirect indication that the problems at the plant were deeper than had been publicly acknowledged.” Hints don’t get any louder than this.

Fallout from a damaged power plant has already reached halfway around the globe to Iceland and is expected soon to touch down in France and the rest of Europe. According to the absence of reports from the United States one could imagine that America escaped untouched but we all know that is not true—they are just not talking about it. If you look enough though you will see that increased levels of “safe” radiation has fallen on the North American continent. If anyone actually wants to know, hard core science insists that there is no level of radiation that can be considered safe.

The fact is radiation levels around the world will go up but in certain places they’ll go much higher than in others. Fate chose the wrong nuclear power station to destroy because it is the largest with unimaginable tonnages of spent nuclear fuel on site. It’s a setup for nuclear Armageddon.

There is a growing suspicion that the full effects of the radioactive release have been downplayed to the public. Everyone who works with nuclear radiation pretends its safe, when it’s not, and that includes just about every doctor and dentist in the world.

The world’s most significant nuclear accident occurred 25 years ago at Chernobyl, Ukraine. Although its effects are now well-documented, many forget how thoroughly the damage was covered up at the time. To avoid panic, the Soviet authorities grossly downplayed the risks to those living near the plant, as well as those who lived hundreds, and even thousands, of miles away. In the months that followed, high levels of radiation were detected as far away as Scotland.

Contamination will be most intense in the areas local to the nuclear power station. It’s a foregone conclusion that the entire northern half of Japan is threatened as is most of its food and water supply, yet the Japanese are told to remain calm and sit in their homes. Will the government allow their citizens to slowly succumb to the radiation sickness that will surely come or will they come to their senses and start a wholesale evacuation of northern Japan?

The most dangerous accident that humanity has ever witnessed is happening but don’t worry, the nuclear power industry is safe. The elites’ media team will have a hard time double speaking this one. You will see their editorial hands moving every time you see the word safe.

If you want to close your eyes for a second and imagine what is really going on over in northern Japan just imagine the invisible level of energy and radiation like a hot fire radiating out in 360 degrees of direction, including right down into the ground and the waters below, sending death rays (yeah sure, safe ones) hundreds and now thousands of miles away. So powerful is this nuclear firestorm that hundreds of miles away it’s unsafe for the children to be drinking the public water. In twelve days the contamination has spread powerfully into the local area where it is becoming unsafe to live. It’s an invisible fire but a deadly one.

Everything is safe to the monsters that have enriched themselves by poisoning humanity and polluting the world. This is a dramatic book about many converging forces that are breaking across the neck of humanity. It really does not help our present world situation that it is mostly psychopaths who roam the top of the human heap and it has always been that way. We have trusted the wrong people and organizations and now we will pay for that huge mistake.

Denial is the name of the toxicity game that industry has played for well over a hundred years. To the chemical industry, then the petrochemical one, on into the pharmaceutical universe and then the atomic one those who make money from toxic substances deny that there is any problem with them in terms of health.

Do you think we can relax with the authorities and have confidence that they will get it all under control? Can they stabilize the situation? Or will it get explosively worse?

Rainwater Across Entire US Contanimated With Japan Nuclear Radiation

Rainwater across the entire United States is now testing positive for nuclear radiation contamination from Japan’s nuclear fallout.

La radioactivité passe maintenant au-dessus de nos têtes

22 mars 2011

* Le présent blog est opéré à partir du Québec. Je n’ai toujours pas reçu l’iode de potassium et cette situtation n’est pas habituelle…

Voici deux sites où vous trouverez des graphiques qui modélisent l’arrivée du nuage radioactif au-dessus de tous les pays du monde. J’imagine que les conditions atmosphériques peuvent changer l’orientation du nuage ainsi que sa vitesse de croisière.

Le Québec est actuellement touché, selon ces données, et l’Europe devrait voir le nuage dès demain, le 23 mars.

Est-ce que nous devons craindre cette radioactivité qui se disperse au-dessus de nos têtes? Les autorités prétendent que les risques sont négligeables, tandis que certaines documentations prétendent que les retombées du « césium 137 » sont extrêmement dommageables pour la santé humaine. Je vous invite donc à faire vos recherches et à consulter la définition en bas de page.

Météo France vient de lancer une application modélisant la dispersion du césium 137 rejeté dans l’atmosphère terrestre par les centrales de Fukushima au Japon (cliquez sur le « play » au bas du graphique):

http://www.irsn.fr/FR/popup/Pages/irsn-meteo-france_19mars.aspx

Voici un autre site qui indique le transport atmosphérique du nuage radioactif, celui de l’Institut du climat de Norvège. Je n’ai pas encore maitrisé l’outil. Si quelqu’un peut nous éclairer dans la section des commentaires…

http://transport.nilu.no/browser/fpv_fuku?fpp=conc_Xe-133_0_;region=DMANC1

Définition du « césium 137 », lequel élément on retrouve dans le nuage radioactif. Ça n’a rien de rassurant!

Toxicité

Le césium 137 est particulièrement toxique et écotoxique. Il affecte a priori tous les êtres vivants et d’autant plus qu’ils sont jeunes.

Sa toxicité est chimique, mais elle résulte surtout et probablement presque essentiellement de ses propriétés radiologiques [2].

Pour ce qui concerne les effets radiatifs et ionisants, on peut distinguer l’exposition externe, et l’exposition interne. Cette dernière est beaucoup plus dangereuse, car la toxicité du césium inhalé ou ingéré est fortement exacerbée par le fait que le césium 137 est un analogue du potassium ; Ceci fait qu’il est rapidement assimilé, dans n’importe quelle partie de l’organisme, d’où il ne sera éliminé qu’avec une demi-vie de 70 jours environ[3]. Dans un même environnement, l’enfant, qui a des besoins en potassium plus important que l’adulte, en absorbe et en fixe plus que ce dernier.

Cinétique dans l’organisme humain

Sur le long terme, la contamination se fait surtout par ingestion et absorption gastro-intestinale. Le césium est ensuite transporté par le sang et tend à se fixer à la place de son analogue chimique, le potassium.

Effets

Les effets des faibles doses d’irradiation sont discutés, mais les effets avérés des « fortes » doses sont:

À doses plus faibles, et à plus long terme, on lui reconnait aussi les impacts suivants :

  • Perturbations du cycle veille-sommeil, sans troubles comportementaux important atteinte du système cardiovasculaire
  • troubles du métabolismes de la vitamine D, du cholestérol et des hormones stéroïdiennes, sans symptomatologie clinique
  • malformations congénitales et fœtales, risque accru de cancers de la thyroïde
  • D’autres effets, à plus long terme sont suspectés sur le cœur, la paroi de l’estomac.

Un risque accru de trisomie 21 est également suspectée.

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9sium_137

Breaking News: Le Premier ministre japonais a annoncé ce soir que la situation est actuellement extrêmement critique

25 mars 2011

* Mise à jour du 26 mars: un reportage de ABC News, diffusé la nuit dernière, expose très clairement qu’une catastrophe nucléaire mondiale est en cours. Pour ceux et celles qui ont des oreilles pour entendre, le message est clair!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN3-EmjIwa8&feature=feedu

Il est maintenant un fait confirmé, dans les dernières minutes par le premier ministre japonais, que le réacteur no.3 laisse s’échapper des radiations contenant du plutonium (agent chimique le plus toxique connu par la science actuelle). La situation est décrite comme étant maintenant incontrôlable et sérieuse. De moins en moins de travailleurs s’affairent à réparer les installations parce que le danger d’être contaminé est extrême. Selon l’expert japonais, le Japon pourrait devenir une « zone mortelle »…

Source:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haBovPouOU8&feature=feedbul

Les taux de radiation à 20 km de la centrale de Fukushima sont maintenant 1600 fois plus élevés qu’à la normale

22 mars 2011

* Ne soyez pas inquiets, les autorités ont le contrôle, même sur tous les inventaires d’iode de potassium de la planète! Les pharmaciens du Québec ont reçu l’ordre de ne pas distribuer d’iode de potassium sans avoir préalablement et obligatoirement une prescription médicale qui autorise la prise de ce médicament…

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/special-reports/two-survivors-found-under-rubble-nine-days-after-japanese-earthquake/story-fn7zkbgs-1226025746415

10 Million Times Normal Level of Radioactivity in Water at No.2 Reactor

Multiple news reports have indicated that radiation levels in the water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant reactor #2 have risen to 10 million times the normal level.

“It is highly likely the fuel rods have been damaged and high levels of radioactive materials leaked in the water,” said Naoto Sekimura, professor of atomic energy at Tokyo University. “I believe the leak is coming from the pipes and valves,” reported majiroxnews.com

NHK has reported that reactor #2 is breached similar to 1 and 3. That’s right, it is now being reported that all three reactors are breached. To what level they have been breached is unknown at this time.

Radiation levels in the water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant reactor #2 have risen to 10 million times the normal level.

This prompted the plant to order all workers to evacuate the building. Reports have indicated that the spent fuels rods may be damaged.

Extreme radiation detected at No.2 reactor

NHK

The company says the latest reading is 10-million times the usual radioactivity of water circulating within a normally operating reactor.

TEPCO says the radioactive materials include 2.9-billion becquerels of iodine-134, 13-million becquerels of iodine-131, and 2.3-million becquerels each for cesium 134 and 137.

These substances are emitted during nuclear fission inside a reactor core

The company says the extremely contaminated water may stem from a damaged reactor core, and are trying to determine how the leakage occurred.

MSNBC – Radiation 10 million times normal at Japan nuclear plant

Radioactivity in water at one earthquake-crippled Japanese nuclear reactor soared to 10 million times its usual level Sunday, prompting the plant operator to evacuate workers, local media reported.

The report about Fukushima Dai-ichi reactor Unit 2 came as Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers were grappling with how to remove and store highly radioactive water pooling there and in two other troubled units.

TEPCO spokesman Takashi Kurita told reporters Sunday that leaked water in Unit 2 measured at 1,000 millisieverts per hour. That’s 10 million times higher than the radioactivity level when the reactor is operating normally

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, speaking Sunday on TV talk shows, said the radioactive water is « almost certainly » seeping from a reactor core.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Shit!

Nuclear Radiation Alert – Japan Nuclear Radiation Levels Hit 10 Million Times Normal

All the nuclear experts who have said everything is fine is wrong. This is absolutely devastating news coming across the wires as we speak.

Flash: Japanese Nuclear Radiation Levels at Fukushima 10 million times normal

Details are very limited at this point except an emergency evacuation at the nuclear power plant has been ordered. Follow the link above for the latest on this story.

Japan Nuclear Radiation Alert: Levels 10 Million Times Normal

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Note the comment about how materials only created by fission are being found. This means one of two things. Either the reactor cores are now confirmed as breached, and/or the fuel rods in the reactors and spent fuel pools are undergoing uncontrolled fission. Given the increasing levels of radiation, I would conclude the latter.

Japan says very high radiation reading at reactor was wrong

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/27/us-japan-quake-idUSTRE72A0SS20110327

Radiation in the water was a still worrying 100,000 times higher than normal, rather than 10 million times higher as originally stated, Muto said.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Well just imagine my relief!

Frankly, at this point, nothing TEPCO, the US or Japanese governments, the media, or anyone connected with the nuclear power industry can be trusted. Half the experts are guessing and the other half are flat-out lying.

Via Bloomberg the latest status on each reactor:

http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/03/27/nuclear-radio-active-fallout-alert-japan-nuclear-radiation-levels-hit-10-million-times-normal-11582/

The following is the status of each of six nuclear reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant as of 9 a.m., Japan time.

The company pumped fresh water into No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 reactors, Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said. The external power supply has been restored for all six reactors as of March 22, according to Tokyo Electric Power.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said a “certain level of progress” has been made while speaking on an NHK television program today.

No. 1: Contaminated water in the turbine structure contains 10,000 times the radiation of regular cooling water, NHK said. The company has started removing contaminated water from the basement of the turbine building and will prepare more pumps to drain the water, the agency said. The unit has been damaged since a March 12 hydrogen explosion destroyed the building’s walls. The seriousness of the reactor’s threat to safety is rated level five on an international scale of 1-7.

No. 2: Contaminated water in the turbine structure contains 10 million times more radiation than normal cooling water, NHK said. The company plans to remove contaminated water as early as today, the agency said. The company plans to start using freshwater on fuel pool from March 28, the agency said. The containment chamber may have been damaged in a March 15 explosion, and a power cable was reconnected to the unit on March 19. The reactor is rated a level-five threat.

No. 3: Contaminated water in the turbine structure contains 10,000 times the normal radiation, NHK said. The company is considering ways to remove the contaminated water, the agency said. A March 14 explosion damaged the unit’s fuel cover. The reactor is rated a level-five threat.

No. 4: The company plans to spray water in the spent-fuel cooling pool this afternoon, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said. The agency said on March 17 there may be no water in the pool. It’s rated at three on the threat level. This reactor was undergoing maintenance when the earthquake hit.

No. 5: The unit was idle for maintenance before the earthquake.

No. 6: The reactor achieved cold shutdown at 7:27 p.m. on March 20 when the temperature fell below 100 degrees Celsius, the company said. A backup generator was fixed March 19, according to a company press release. The unit was idle for maintenance before the earthquake.

Delay feared in restoring cooling systems

At the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant, high radioactive density detected in 3 turbine buildings may further delay work to restore the cooling systems for the overheated fuel rods.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says that on Sunday it detected 100,000 times the normal density of radioactive substances in the leaked water in the Number 2 reactor’s turbine building at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The water surface had a high radiation level of more than 1,000 millisieverts per hour.

In similar tests conducted earlier, about 10,000 times the normal radioactive density had been detected in the turbine buildings of the Number-1 and -3 reactors as well.

Fukushima crisis level raised — Now 6 on INES scale

March 24th, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Nuclear Crisis in Japan Level 6, Arirang (Korea), March 25, 2011:

A Japanese news …Read More

Fly By of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant 3/27/11 – Also How Many Nuclear Power Plants are in Meltdown in Japan? Seems Onagawa Nuclear Plant may have Melted Down.

It is said by the administrator of Tohoku Electric Power Co’s that the fire broke out during the earthquake and due to the failure of the cooling in the reactor. They said that “the process of cooling in the reactor is not going as planned” adding nuclear emergency situation in the state.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

I am also concerned about initial reports of cooling system failure at the Tokai-2 reactor near Ibaraki followed by total silence.

Fukushima Radiation Found Massachusetts Rainwater As Bio-Robots Fight To Prevent Disaster

16 days into Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster and there are already reports of radiation hitting the U.S. mainland. The reactor workers are battling pure hell as deadly radiation levels skyrocket at the reactor facility in Fukushima.

The brave workers/heros facing this planetary disaster are doing everything possible to contain the situation at this time.

During the Chernobyl disaster reactor workers barley prevented a second nuclear explosion that has been covered up to the public for many years. This secondary explosion would have been powerful enough and toxic enough to wipeout the population of half of Europe back in 1986 according to Russian officials.

Radioactive Cesium With A Half-Life Of Approximately 30 Years Is Being Released At About 60 Percent Of Chernobyl Levels

So how much cesium are we talking about?

Well, nobody knows for sure, but Keith Harmon Snow is estimating that each spent fuel pool at the Fukushima nuclear complex could have 24,000 times the amount of cesium that was produced by the nuclear bomb that the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War 2.

That is a very frightening number if you stop and think about it.

Already there is quite a bit of evidence of cesium contamination across northern Japan.

For example, 25 miles from the Fukushima complex, one batch of a leafy green vegetable known as kukitachin was recently discovered to contain 11 times the legal limit of radioactive iodine and 82 times the legal limit of cesium.

Intl. cargo ships avoid Japan ports

International shipping companies say their cargo ships will not enter Japan ports for the fear of radioactive contamination from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Many of the companies on Saturday avoided Tokyo Bay, which is home to two major ports of Tokyo and Yokohama,The New York Times reported.

Chinese officials had detected radioactive contamination in their cargo ship having sailed at least 80 miles farther from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Although some cargo ships enter ports south of Tokyo, many others have totally cancelled any shipment to Japanese ports until further notice.

Hard To Tell When Nuclear Crisis Would End: Edano

Asked about the prospects of the crisis, Edano said,  »The current situation is that we are preventing it from worsening. » He said the situation still requires  »an enormous amount of work » before it settles down.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Translation: They are pissing on a wildfire because there is nothing else they can do.

Edano: Voluntary evacuation from 20-30 km advised

The government is advising residents to voluntarily evacuate areas within 20 to 30 kilometers of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, in view of the severe living conditions in the zone.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters on Friday that business and distribution in these areas has been harshly disrupted, as an increasing number of people have voluntarily evacuated.

Japan Quietly Evacuating a Wider Radius From Reactors

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/26/world/asia/26japan.html?_r=2&hp

TOKYO — New signs emerged Friday that parts of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were so damaged and contaminated that it would be even harder to bring the plant under control soon.

At the same time, Japanese officials began encouraging people to evacuate a larger band of territory around the complex.

Speaking to a national audience at a news conference on Friday night, two weeks after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the devastating tsunami that followed it, Prime Minister Naoto Kan dodged a reporter’s question about whether the government was ordering a full evacuation, saying officials were simply following the recommendation of the Japan Nuclear Safety Commission.

In a new sign of the contamination problem, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Saturday a sample of seawater taken Friday from a monitoring station at the plant showed the level of iodine 131 at 50 becquerels per cubic centimeter — 1,250 times the legal limit.

Drinking a half liter of that water would be equivalent to getting a 1 millisievert dose, the agency said, roughly the amount a person gets in one year from natural sources.

One sign of possible deterioration in the plant itself came at Reactor No. 3. Workers who were trying to connect an electrical cable to a pump in a turbine building next to the reactor were injured when they stepped into water that was found to be significantly more radioactive than normal. On Friday, officials and experts offered conflicting explanations of what had gone wrong — but all pointed to greater damage to the reactor’s systems and more contamination there than officials had indicated earlier.

Two workers were exposed to radiation and burned when water poured over their boots and down around their feet and ankles, officials said. A third worker was wearing higher boots and did not suffer the same exposure.

Like the injured workers, many of those risking their lives are subcontractors of Tokyo Electric Power, who are paid a small daily wage for hours of work in dangerous conditions. In some cases they are poorly equipped and trained for their task.

On Saturday, workers were focused on trying to restore the lighting to Reactor No. 2’s central control room, an important step toward restoring the unit’s cooling system. They were also preparing to pump fresh water on the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 units, after days of spraying with saltwater.

The National Institute of Radiological Sciences said that the radioactivity of the water that the three injured workers had stepped into was 10,000 times the level normally seen in coolant water at the plant. It said that the amount of radiation the workers were thought to have been exposed to in the water was two to six sieverts.

Even two sieverts is eight times the new 250-millisievert annual exposure limit set for workers at Daiichi in the days after the disaster; the previous limit was 100. Tokyo Electric officials said that water with an equally high radiation level had been found in the Reactor No. 1 building, The Associated Press reported.

Skin exposures of two to six sieverts will cause severe burns, according to Dr. David J. Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University. But if those doses reach the whole body and not just the skin “you’re at a very high risk of dying,” he said.

At a dose of four sieverts, half of the people exposed will die, Dr. Brenner said. But he said that from the information that had been provided, it was not clear whether the dose to the workers reached their skin only, or penetrated their bodies.

The National Police Agency said Friday that the official death toll from the March 11 quake and tsunami had passed 10,000, with nearly 17,500 listed as missing.

There was some good news. Levels of the radioactive isotope found in Tokyo’s water supply fell Friday for a second day, officials said, dropping to 51 becquerels per liter, well below the country’s stringent maximum for infants.

Japan Quake Could Cost $308 Billion; Tokyo Warns On Radioactive Iodine In Tap Water

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — The Japanese government said Wednesday that the economic cost of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami could be as much as $308 billion, more than double the cost of the 1995 Kobe earthquake and four times the cost of Katrina.

Atomic Cleanup Cost Goes to Japan’s Taxpayers, May Spur Liability Shift

Source: Bloomberg

Japan’s taxpayer, not the nuclear industry or insurers, will cover most of the cleanup cost from the worst accident since Chernobyl, a financial rescue that may spur moves by nations to make companies assume more liability.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., in its 13th day fighting to avert a meltdown at its Fukushima plant 220 kilometers (135 miles) north of Tokyo, at most is required to cover third-party damages of 120 billion yen ($2.1 billion) under Japanese law. Should the government declare the magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami that flooded its reactors an “exceptional” act of God, the utility may be off the hook in paying compensation that may be demanded by injured workers, farmers and shareholders.

While nations including the U.S., Germany, India and China ordered plant safety checks after the March 11 accident, some governments may seek to transfer more financial responsibility to plant operators, which worldwide plan to build or relicense more than 100 reactors, according to researchers who follow the nuclear industry.

Assurances

Sur le plan international, l’assurance des accidents nucléaires fait l’objet de la convention de Paris du 29 juillet 1960[192]. L’assurance des accidents nucléaires est spécifique, avec une gestion partagée entre l’exploitant de centrale et les états concernés, c’est-à-dire les citoyens et contribuables[193],[194].

Le niveau de couverture exigé est variable selon les pays, au Japon il n’y a pas de limites maximales financières dans la responsabilité de l’exploitant[195].

La police d’assurance de l’exploitant des centrales japonaises exclurait les dégâts liés à des tremblements de terre ou tsunamis[196],[197].

Le 23 mars à 15 h 50, l’agence Jiji annonce que les banques japonaises vont prêter 2 000 milliards de yens (soit 17,4 milliards d’euros) à l’opérateur TEPCO, apportant une aide financière destinée à assurer la réparation des centrales endommagées ainsi que le démantèlement de la centrale de Fukushima[198].

Fukushima Radiation Release Rivals Chernobyl

Despite media spin downplaying severity of crisis, Fukushima is likely to be a worse catastrophe than 1986 disaster

The radiation released by the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant already rivals and in one sense exceeds the Chernobyl catastrophe according to Austria’s Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, even as media spin downplays the severity of the crisis despite the fact that the problems at the plant show no signs of abating.

“The release of two types of radioactive particles in the first 3-4 days of Japan’s nuclear crisis is estimated to have reached 20-50 percent of the amounts from Chernobyl in 10 days, an Austrian expert said on Wednesday,” reports Reuters.

Iodine-131 released in the first 3-4 days of the crisis was about 20 percent of that released from Chernobyl during a ten-day period, whereas the amount of Caesium-137 released amounted to about 50 percent, according to the institute’s Dr Gerhard Wotawa.

Despite the fact that the story appears under the euphemistic Reuters headline, Japan radiation release lower than Chernobyl, as Tyler Durden points out, when you consider the fact that the amount of Caesium-137 released at Fukushima in the first 3-4 days of the crisis amounted to 50% that released by Chernobyl over 10 days, the real run rate of the radiation released at Fukushima is now about 120-150% the figure released by the Chernobyl explosion – and that’s not even factoring in ongoing radiation leaks from Fukushima, which many experts have estimated could go on for much longer.

As the New York Times reported, “Experts….suggest that radioactive releases of steam from the crippled plants could go on for weeks or even months.” Even if Fukushima technicians manage to stop radiation leakage after one month, estimated Caesium-137 emissions would be at least 500 percent more than those released by Chernobyl, whereas iodine-131 levels could be 200 percent worse.

A further complication is the fact that we don’t even know how much if any plutonium emissions have leaked from Fukushima reactor number 3, which runs on MOX or Mixed Oxide fuel, a mixture of plutonium and uranium. Plutonium is the most deadly radioactive isotope known to man, and MOX is two million times more deadly than normal enriched uranium. The Half-life of Plutonium-239 in MOX is 24,000 years and just a few milligrams of P-239 escaping in a smoke plume will contaminate soil for tens of thousands of years.

In the case of Chernobyl, the vast majority of the plutonium was not released during the explosion and subsequent fire. Japanese authorities and the establishment media seem reticent to even discuss the potential release of plutonium from reactor number 3 at Fukushima.

A few facts about radiation and health

The National Academy of Sciences 2005 BEIR VII report recognizes that there is no safe dose of radiation several radiation researchers. Women and children are particularly susceptible.

After the accident at Three Mile Island there were elevated rates of cancer within the radioactive plum pathways the reactor released, according to a 1997 study.

More recent studies, such as Kaatsch, et. al, in 2008 and Baker and Hoel, 2007 meta-analysis, have shown that normally operating reactors, ones that have supposedly not had accidents, have elevated rates of childhood leukemia around them.

A scientific review by Belson, et. al, 2007 states that “Only one environmental risk factor (ionizing radiation) has been significantly linked to” childhood leukemia.

Also see Beyond Nuclear’s new fact sheet about radiation and the health hazards it poses.

“There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources — Period” says physician

March 24th, 2011 at 01:26 PM

Japan nuclear crisis still a serious concern, Reuters, March 23, 2011:

Physicians for Social …Read More

Controversy? 500 millisieverts per hour at No. 2 says TEPCO spokesman, 500 microsieverts says Japan nuclear agency — 100 millisieverts beyond 30 km radius says Edano

March 23rd, 2011 at 01:55 PM

Smoke disrupts nuke plant restoration work, radiation fears reach Tokyo, Kyodo, March 23, 2011 …Read More

Japan crisis: nuclear workers exposed to 10,000 times more radiation than normal

Concerns over the extent of radioactive contamination in Japan deepened after it emerged that three workers admitted to hospital this week were exposed to radiation levels 10,000 times higher than normal

Peter Foster
Telegraph

The news raised fears that the steel and concrete containment around one of the reactors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be leaking…

Fukushima Reactor No. 3 suffers likely core breach, now leaking water at 10,000 times normal radiation levels

The Fukushima situation took a turn for the worse today as two nuclear repair workers stepped into some water at Reactor No. 3 and suffered severe radiation burns requiring immediate hospitalization. The water, it turns out, measures 10,000 times normal radiation levels, and it appears to be leaking from the core of Reactor No. 3.

If confirmed, this can only mean one thing: A containment breach that now risks the spewing of enormous quantities of radiation into the environment, easily dwarfing the releases from Chernobyl in 1986.

Breach in reactor suspected at Japanese nuke plant

TOKYO (AP) — A suspected breach in the reactor at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, Japanese officials revealed Friday, as the prime minister called the country’s ongoing fight to stabilize the plant « very grave and serious. »

The plant has leaked some low levels of radiation, but a breach could mean a much larger release of contaminants. The possible breach in Unit 3 might be a crack or a hole in the stainless steel chamber of the reactor core or in the spent fuel pool that’s lined with several feet of reinforced concrete

Detailed close-up aerial video of wrecked reactors at Fukushima – #3 MOX reactor « may be » leaking.

Chernobyl-Style Yellow Rain Causes Panic In Japan

Authorities assure alarmed citizens yellow powder is pollen, but victims of Chernobyl radiation were told the same thing

Radioactive yellow rain that fell in Tokyo and surrounding areas last night caused panic amongst Japanese citizens and prompted a flood of phone calls to Japan’s Meteorological Agency this morning, with people concerned that they were being fed the same lies as victims of Chernobyl, who were told that yellow rain which fell over Russia and surrounding countries after the 1986 disaster was merely pollen, the same explanation now being offered by Japanese authorities.

Given the fact that Japanese authorities have been habitually deceptive about the Fukushima crisis from start to finish, assurances that the yellow powder was merely a result of air-borne pollen particles are dubious at best. With people living in Tokyo already being told that tap water is unsafe to drink, along with contaminated vegetables and milk from certain areas near Fukushima, the fact that they were panicked by yellow rain is unsurprising.

Although pollen can turn rain a yellow color, the fact that the phenomenon occurred a couple of hundred kilometers south of the radiation-spewing Fukushima nuclear plant has stoked alarm, and understandably so given the fact that victims of Chernobyl nuclear fallout in 1986 were also told by authorities that yellow rain was harmless pollen, when in fact it was deadly radioactive contamination.

Remembering Chernobyl – Yellow Rain

Thinking back to 20 years ago, it’s the splashing in yellow rainwater that Antonina Sergieff vividly recalls.

The third-year graduate student didn’t know it then, but the unnatural color of those puddles in her hometown of Gomel, Belarus were due to radioactive particles spewing from a nuclear explosion 80 miles away.

Japan Nuclear Disaster: Christopher Everard On Long Term Effects Of Radiation Fallout

Japan Nuclear Disaster and its implications for the world in the years to come.

What will the effects of the radiation that has been released on the long term? Thousands have died since Chernobyl while the government continues to cover up that disaster.

Radiation Level At Fukushima Reactor No. 2 At Its Highest Level Recorded So Far, Neutron Beam Observed 13 Times

Per the Japan Nuclear Agency: the Radiation level at Fukushima reactor No. 2 at its highest level recorded so far. From Reuters: « Radiation at the crippled Fukushima No.2 nuclear reactor was recorded at the highest level since the start of the crisis, Japan’s nuclear safety agency said on Wednesday. An agency spokesman said 500 millisieverts per hour of radiation was measured at the No.2 unit on Wednesday. Engineers have been trying to fix the plant’s cooling system after restoring lighting on Tuesday. » And some more truthy news from Kyodo:

Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it has observed a neutron beam, a kind of radioactive ray, 13 times on the premises of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after it was crippled by the massive March 11 quake-tsunami disaster.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

The word « beam » may be a mistranslation or simply a poor choice of words, but what the article is saying is that neutrons are being detected emitting from the ruined reactors at Fukushima. This means fission reactions are taking place inside the reactor cores and/or the spent fuel rods.

The degree of enrichment of the uranium is not high enough to cause an explosion, and even if the plutonium content of the MOX fuel and spent rods were to separate out in the slag, absent a compression device it too cannot explode. However, a runaway fission reaction is the worst-case scenario leading to a real melt down and « China Syndrome. » Of course the fissioning slag from the Fukushima reactors will not dig through the Earth, but will only get as far as the water table, at which point there will be a steam explosion (may have already happened at Reactor 3) blasting the radioactive debris up into the atmosphere. Even without a steam explosion, there will be no way to keep the toxic products of a fission melt down from leaching into the Pacific Ocean.

ALERT: “Highly radioactive water was later found leaking near ALL FOUR troubled reactor units” — From reactors or spent fuel pools?

March 25th, 2011 at 02:15 PM

Fresh coolant injected, high-radiation water leaks in nuke crisis, Kyodo, March 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm EDT …Read More

[H]ighly radioactive water was later found leaking near all four troubled reactor units at the plant.

A day after three workers were exposed to water containing radioactive materials 10,000 times the normal level at the turbine building connected to the No. 3 reactor building, a water pool with similarly highly concentrated radioactive materials was found in the No. 1 reactor’s turbine building, causing some restoration work to be suspended, it said.

Pools of water that may have seeped from either the reactor cores or spent fuel pools were also found in the turbine buildings of the No. 2 and No. 4 reactors, measuring up to 1 meter and 80 centimeters deep, respectively, while those near the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors were up to 40 cm and 1.5 meters deep. …

BREAKING: Fukushima radioactive iodine and cesium emissions nearing Chernobyl levels — Carried far by the wind and absorbed readily by humans

March 24th, 2011 at 07:22 PM

Fukushima radioactive fallout nears Chernobyl levels, New Scientist, March 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm EDT …Read More

Japan’s damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima has been emitting radioactive iodine and caesium at levels approaching those seen in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in 1986.

Austrian researchers… show that iodine-131 is being released at daily levels 73 per cent of those seen after the 1986 disaster. The daily amount of caesium-137 released from Fukushima Daiichi is around 60 per cent of the amount released from Chernobyl.

The difference between this accident and Chernobyl, they say, is that at Chernobyl a huge fire released large amounts of many radioactive materials, including fuel particles, in smoke. At Fukushima Daiichi, only the volatile elements, such as iodine and caesium, are bubbling off the damaged fuel. But these substances could nevertheless pose a significant health risk outside the plant. …

[T]he Fukushima plant has around 1760 tonnes of fresh and used nuclear fuel on site, and an unknown amount has been damaged. The Chernobyl reactor had only 180 tonnes. …

Steam rising from 4 reactors at Fukushima plant

An NHK helicopter crew has confirmed what appears to be steam rising from No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 reactor buildings at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

This is the first time that steam has been seen coming out of the No.1 reactor.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Steam and neutrons. This is not good!

Radiation Alert: Black smoke at Fukushima, contamination fears in Tokyo

{Forty minutes ago at 3:45 AM on this morning,
March 23, 2011, the Associated Press reported that
black smoke was seen coming from Unit 3 of the
crippled Japanese nuclear power plant. Previously,
white smoke had been reported. As a volunteer firefighter,
I learned that white smoke meant steam, while black
smoke represented combustion of the contents within a
structure. At the firefighter academy, we were taught
to never inhale that black smoke
…}

« Disasters like this remind us of our common humanity.
We do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach
the United States. There’s no reason for Americans to take
precautionary measures beyond staying informed. »
– President Barack Obama, March 19, 2011 (after signing
a nuclear energy development agreement with Chile).

Today, I plan to be your colon cleanse.
Today, I will become your enema.
Today, I am your 64-ounce bottle of prune juice.

On this day, my intention is to SCARE THE CRAP
OUT OF YOU by providing you scientific evidence
of how you may be at risk after Japan’s horrific
nuclear accidents.

American health experts in their ignorant attempt to
do damage control, are lying to the public, and in
doing so, compromise the health of you and your children.

My new friend Alison Katz is an expert on the effects
of nuclear radiation on humans. Alison wrote a review of a
book published by the New York Academy of Sciences published
in February of 2010.

The book:

Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People
and the Environment by Yablokov, A., Nesterenko, V.
and Nesterenko, A.

Her review is published in the International Journal
of Health Sciences. Alison Katz rigorously analyzed
the book which contains 800 references. You will not
find the book at Barnes and Noble. The cost of the
book is $137. Her review covers a summary of those
studies, and I re-print some of the highlights
for your review.

Katz comments that the World Health Organization (WHO)
concluded that 50 deaths were immediately attributable to
Chernobyl and WHO estimated that an additional 4,000
cancers would occur, worldwide. She also estimates,
after reviewing approximately 5,000 published worldwide
studies, that the number of deaths attributed to the
Chernobyl disaster exceeds 985,000 people.

I now summarize Alison Katz’s 15-page summary:

(I have extracted 30 points for your consideration from the
many hundreds of bits of scientific evidence in the Alison
Katz review. American cynics might want to review point
number 26 first.

1) Radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl meltdown
spread over 40% of Europe.

2) Nearly 5 million people still live with dangerous levels
of radioactive contamination.

3) Most of the Chernobyl radionuclides (up to 57%) fell
outside the former USSR and caused noticeable radioactive
contamination over a large area of the world – practically
the entire Northern hemisphere.

4) Levels of radioactive contamination in the first days and
weeks after the catastrophe were thousands of times higher
than those recorded 2 or 3 years later.

5) When the reactor exploded, it expelled not only gases and
aerosols but also particles of U fuel melted together with
other radionuclides – firm hot particles. When absorbed into
the body (with water, food or inhaled air), such particles
generate high doses of radiation even if an individual is in
an area of low contamination.

6) Lastly, the impact of the 2400 tons (some authors estimate
6720 tons) of lead dumped from helicopters onto the reactor to
quench the fire has not been adequately evaluated. A significant
part of this lead was spewed out into the atmosphere as a result
of its fusion, boiling and sublimation in the burning reactor.

7) In Wales, one of the regions most heavily contaminated by
Chernobyl fallout, abnormally low birth weights (less than 1500 g)
were noted in 1986 and 1987 (Busby, 1995).

8) Children from the contaminated areas of Belarus have digestive
tract epithelium characteristic of senile changes (Nesterenko, 1996;
ebeshko et al, 2006).

9) The biological age of inhabitants from the radioactive contaminated
territories of Ukraine exceed their calendar ages by 7 to 9 years
(Mezhzherin, 1996)

10) Adverse effects as a result of Chernobyl irradiation have been
found in every group that has been studied. Brain damage has been
found in individuals directly exposed…Premature cataracts; tooth
and mouth abnormalities; and blood, lymphatic, heart, lung
gastrointestinal, urologic, bone, and skin diseases afflict and
impair people, young and old alike. Endocrine dysfunction, particularly
thyroid disease, is far more common than might be expected, with some
1,000 cases of thyroid dysfunction for every case of thyroid cancer,
a marked increase after the catastrophe. There are genetic damage and
birth defects especially in children of liquidators and in children
born in area with high levels of radioisotope contamination.

11) 5.1 Blood and lymphatic system diseases
For both children and adults, diseases of the blood and the
circulatory and lymphatic systems are among the most widespread
consequences of the Chernobyl radioactive contamination.

12) The incidence of diseases of the blood and blood forming organs
was 3.8 fold higher among evacuees 9 years after the catastrophe.

13) Diseases of the blood and circulatory system for people living
in the contaminated territories (Ukraine) increased 11 to 15 fold
for the first 12 years after the catastrophe (1988-1999)
Prysyazhnyuk et al 2002).

14) Incidence of hemorrhages in newborns in the contaminated
Chechersky District of Gomel Province (Belarus) is more than
double than before the catastrophe (Kulakov et al, 1997).

15) In the observation period 1992-1997, there was a 22.1%
increase in the incidence of fatal cardiovascular disease
liquidators compared to 2.5% in the general population
(Belarus) (Pflugbeil et al, 2006).

16) Changes in genetic structures in both reproductive and
somatic cells determine and define the occurrence of many
diseases. Ionizing radiation causes damage to hereditary
structures. The huge collective dose from the Chernobyl
catastrophe (127-150 million persons/rad) has resulted in
damage that will span several generations, causing changes
in genetic structures and various types of mutations: genomic
mutations (change in the number of chromosomes), chromosomal
mutations (damage to the structure of chromosomes –
translocations, deletions, insertions and inversions), and
small (point) mutations.

17) In 1991 in Norway, a 10-fold increase in the number of
chromosomal aberrations was found in 56 adults compared to
controls (Brogger et al, 1996, Schmitz Feuerhake, 2006).

18) In 1987 in Austria, among 17 adults examined there was
a 4-6 fold increase in the number of chromosomal aberrations.

19) There was a doubling of Down syndrome in Lothian, Scotland
one of the territories contaminated by Chernobyl (Ramsey et al,
1991).

20) In Norway, cataracts in newborns occurred twice as often
1 year after the catastrophe (Irgens et al, 1991).

21) Incidence of neural tube defects in Turkey increased
between 2- and 5-fold after the catastrophe (Hoffman, 2001;
Schmitz-Feuerhake, 2006).

22) The most recent forecast by international agencies predicted
there would be between 9000 and 28,000 fatal cancers between 1986
and 2056, obviously underestimating the risk factors and the
collective doses. On the basis of I-131 and Cs 137 radioisotope
doses to which populations were exposed and a comparison of cancer
mortality in the heavily and less contaminated territories and pre-
and post-Chernobyl cancer levels, a more realistic figure is 212,000
to 245,000 in Europe and 19,000 in the rest of the world.

23) More than 1000 cancer deaths in Norland Province, Sweden,
between 1986 and 1999 have been attributed to the Chernobyl fallout
(Abdelrahman, 2007).

24) After 20 years the incidence of thyroid cancer among individuals
under 18 years of age at the time of the catastrophe increased more
than 200-fold (National Belarussian Report, 2006).

25) In the Marne-Ardennes provinces (France) cancer incidence
increased 360% in women and 500% in men between 1975 and 2005
(Cherie-Challine et al, 2006).

26) From 1985-1989 to 1990-1992 in Connecticut, USA, rates of
thyroid cancer for all age groups increased by 23% (from 3.46
to 4.29 per 100,000, after 10 previous years without change
(Reid and Mangano, 1995).

27) In Greece, infants born between 1.7.86 and 31.12.87,
exposed to Chernobyl fallout in utero, had 2.6 times the incidence
of leukemia compared to children born between 1.1.80 and 31.12.85
and between 1.1.88 and 31.12.90. (Petridou et al, 2004)

28) Changes in the sex ratio and the stillbirth odds ratio for
gender were significant for Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Norway,
Poland, Latvia and Sweden (Scherb and Wiegelt, 2000).

29) Great Britain. Ten months after the catastrophe, a significant
increase in perinatal mortality was found in the two most contaminated
areas of the country (Bentham, 1991).

30) Sweden. Infant mortality increased immediately after the
catastrophe and increased significantly in 1989-1992 (Korblein, 2008).

Share with friends the four Notmilk columns which include prevention:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/notmilk/message/3942
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/notmilk/message/3943
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/notmilk/message/3944
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/notmilk/message/3947

and today’s:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/notmilk/message/3948

2. COWS’ MILK SHOWS FIRST SIGNS OF RADIATION

First Japan suffered an earthquake, then
a tsunami, then nuclear meltdowns and radiation.

Experts advised the Japanese people not to panic.
Experts advised people that the food was safe to
eat, and that radiation had not entered their food
supply.

This past week, the world learned that Japanese
food and water were tainted with radioactive iodine.
Food is now routinely tested in Japan. The first food
to show signs of radiation was cow’s milk. This makes
sense, as cows are eating 50-80 pounds of feed each
and every day. Radiation is concentrated in their
bodies like sponges soaking up water. In a cow, the water
is filtered and excreted and the concentrated toxins
are consumed by milk drinkers. Twenty-one pounds of
milk are required to produce one pound of butter.
Eating butter further concentrates toxins; in this case,
radioactivity.

Armed with the knowledge that milk is the perfect barometer
to test for the presence of radiation, it would make sense
to test for levels of radiation in America’s milk as plumes from
Japan are carried by the jet stream over California, Kansas,
and then onto New York.

Here is where today’s stupid human trick kicks in.

It would make perfect sense to test milk from California Happy
Cows, just in case…Sadly, this is news that the United States
Department of Agriculture just does not want to know.

As of March 22, 2011, California milk is not being tested for
radiation on a daily basis. As a matter of policy, California’s
Department of Public Health routinely tests California milk
for radiation once every month. One would assume (love that word)
that with jet steams being what they are, and with Japan’s
tragedy having the potential to radiate to Americans,
it would be a logical human conclusion to want to test milk.

The spokesperson for California’s Department of Public Health,
Mike Sicilia, had this stupid human trick comment:

« This is typical routine testing and has been done for many years. »

Routine once-per-month testing will continue, because the
United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sees no reason
for caution. California’s Department of Public Health reLIES
upon FDA’s lead.

3. RECIPE FOR KELP YUM YUMs

I began my food experiment by
adding one tablespoon of minced kelp to a glass bowl.

To that, I added one tablespoon of peanut butter which
I mixed with the kelp. Fishy taste? Admittedly, yes.

To that, I added one tablespoon of cocoa powder.
Fishy taste? A tiny bit. One more ingredient was
needed to negate the ocean’s essence.

Finally…I added a tablespoon of maple syrup.
Agave syrup would be a good substitute for maple.
I easily rolled the final product into four balls.
The Reese’s-like candies now sit in my refrigerator
waiting be deoured by those who live with me and
have sweet tooths. I’ll remain with the Miso broth.

Take your medicine. The best cliche that I can give you
regarding an antidote after nuclear materials are released
into the air is:

Live With It.
Don’t even consider the alternative.

As for the nincompoop politicians who continue to assure
us that the radiation is negligible…The air is tested
at one moment in time and the readings are minute…but
this radioactive cloud will continue for millions of moments;
for weeks or months, and the residues will accumulate in
your body. Do they analyze that? Uh, uh…and since there
is not enough kelp to go around, get your supply now
before everybody else begins to reject government
propaganda.

3. Corporate Media Ignores Astronomical Fukushima Radiation levels

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
March 23, 2011

The Kyodo News Agency reports that radiation around the hobbled Fukushima nuclear plant is 1,600 times the normal level. The astounding figure was released to the media by the International Atomic Energy Agency officials on Monday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxAv-REH5ZA

Data collected by an IAEA team show that radiation levels of 161 microsievert per hour have been detected in the town of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, the officials said, according to a report posted by House of Japan.

Tests carried out by IAEA technicians in numerous locations around the plant revealed radiation levels ranging between 2 and 160 microsievert per hour, while the normal level for the area should not exceed 0.1 microsievert per hour, the Russian newsite RIA Novosti reports.

A CBS affiliate in Wisconsin also reported on the high radiation levels that will ultimately be dispersed around the world and will undoub.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PL2K8fmlcU&feature=email

4. Leuren Moret says Japanese Earthquake + Nuclear events are tectonic nuclear warfare

Independent scientist Leuren Moret, whose 2004 landmark article in the Japan Times unmasked lies and distortions by government and company officials that led to the construction of nuclear power plants in seismically dangerous areas, has declared in an exclusive 65-minute video interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre that the « Japan earthquake and « accidents » at the Fukushima’s 6 nuclear power plant units starting March 11, 2011 are in fact deliberate acts of tectonic nuclear warfare, carried out against the populations ecology of Japan and the nations of the Northern Hemisphere, including the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WxmeOqYtB0

What a brave woman she is!



« We Are Not Able To Measure The Amount Of Radiation Coming From Fukushima Nuclear Plant »

Things don’t look good…


Suspended due to radiation the second reactor « Fukushima-1 ». Contaminated drinking water in Tokyo

Japanese liquidators to elude a difference at an NPP « Fukushima-1 ». On Wednesday the rehabilitation work on the second reactor had to be suspended due to high levels of radiation, and the first reactor temperature jumped sharply. All employees were evacuated from the building of the second reactor after instruments showed that radiation reaches 500 millizivertov per hour, the Agency explained on Japan’s nuclear and industrial safety (NISA).


New Problems at Japanese Plant Subdue Optimism

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/world/asia/24nuclear.html?_r=3&ref=global-home

The restoration of electricity at the plant, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, stirred hopes that the crisis was ebbing. But nuclear engineers say some of the most difficult and dangerous tasks are still ahead — and time is not necessarily on the side of the repair teams.

Nuclear engineers have become increasingly concerned about a separate problem that may be putting pressure on the Japanese technicians to work faster: salt buildup inside the reactors, which could cause them to heat up more and, in the worst case, cause the uranium to melt, releasing a range of radioactive material.

Richard T. Lahey Jr., who was General Electric’s chief of safety research for boiling-water reactors when the company installed them at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, said that as seawater was pumped into the reactors and boiled away, it left more and more salt behind.

He estimates that 57,000 pounds of salt have accumulated in Reactor No. 1 and 99,000 pounds apiece in Reactors No. 2 and 3, which are larger.

The big question is how much of that salt is still mixed with water and how much now forms a crust on the uranium fuel rods.

Crusts insulate the rods from the water and allow them to heat up. If the crusts are thick enough, they can block water from circulating between the fuel rods. As the rods heat up, their zirconium cladding can rupture, which releases gaseous radioactive iodine inside and may even cause the uranium to melt and release much more radioactive material.

Some of the salt might be settling to the bottom of the reactor vessel rather than sticking to the fuel rods, however.

The Japanese have reported that some of the seawater used for cooling has returned to the ocean, suggesting that some of the salt may have flowed out again, with some radioactive material. But clearly a significant amount of salt remains.

The spokeswoman said workers would try to repair a pump at Reactor No. 5, which was shut down at the time of the quake and has shown few problems. The pump abruptly stopped working Wednesday afternoon.


Fresh coolant injected, high-radiation water leaks from three reactors

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it has begun injecting freshwater into the No. 1 and No. 3 reactor cores at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to enhance cooling efficiency, although highly radioactive water was found leaking possibly from both reactors as well as the No. 2 reactor.

The latest efforts to bring the troubled reactors at the plant under control are aimed at preventing crystallized salt from seawater already injected from forming a crust on the fuel rods and hampering smooth water circulation, thus diminishing the cooling effect, the plant’s operator said.

In addition to the infusion of freshwater to the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors, it injected seawater to the spent fuel pools of the No. 2 and No. 4 reactors through pipes, and firefighters sprayed a massive amount of seawater onto the No. 3 fuel pool, the utility said.

Following the March 11 quake and tsunami, the cooling functions failed at the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 reactors and their reactor cores partially melted at the plant on the Pacific coast around 220 km northeast of Tokyo, prompting seawater to be pumped in to prevent the fuel from being exposed.

The cooling functions of the pools storing spent nuclear fuel at the three units, as well as at the No. 4 unit, were also lost. The No. 4 reactor, halted for a regular inspection before the quake, had all of its fuel rods stored in the pool for the maintenance work.


Evacuation Ordered After 3 Nuclear Workers Burned by Radiation

The injured workers were contaminated with up to 180 millisieverts of radiation, close to the recommended limit, after working in water 30 centimeters deep while laying a power cable. Two of the workers were hospitalized with beta radiation burns on their feet after water had seeped into their boots.


Restoration at nuke plant disrupted, radiation fears spread to Tokyo

Work to restore power and key cooling functions was disrupted again Wednesday at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant as smoke caused workers to evacuate, while fear of radioactive pollution spread to Tokyo with an alert not to give tap water to infants.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

According to a caller from Tokyo into today’s radio show, Tokyo water has now been declared unsafe even for adults.

La situation réelle au Japon

Un jeune japonais nous montre la situation réelle et actuelle au Japon: la nourriture se fait rare et la panique se fait sentir.

Une visite dans les marchés d’alimentation dont les étalages sont presque vides.

VIDÉO : ICI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WigO9cTGDWk&feature=feedu

Fears of full meltdown as more smoke rising from Fukushima rectors

Uranium ? Non merci, pour la Chine, ce sera le thorium

L’Agence Internationale de l’Energie Atomique indique qu’il y aurait 442 réacteurs nucléaires de par le monde, produisant 372 gigawatts d’énergie, et contribuant pour 14% de l’énergie totale. Et avec le développement économique de l’Inde et de la Chine, cette production doit doubler dans les 20 ans.


Germany set to abandon nuclear power for good

Associated Press

Germany is determined to show the world how abandoning nuclear energy can be done.

The world’s fourth-largest economy stands alone among leading industrialized nations in its decision to stop using nuclear energy because of its inherent risks. It is betting billions on expanding the use of renewable energy to meet power demands instead.

The transition was supposed to happen slowly over the next 25 years, but is now being accelerated in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster, which Chancellor Angela Merkel has called a « catastrophe of apocalyptic dimensions. »


Japan Radioactive Fallout Hits 73% of Chernobyl levels

New scientific studies put Japan’s nuclear radioactive fallout at 73% of Chernobyl levels, refuting much government propaganda about how Japan is no big deal and Japan is « No Chernobyl ».

Yellow radioactive rain has also began to fall in Tokyo, just like during Chernobyl.


Nuclear Physicists “Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Truth: Locally Chernobyl”

As with the BP Gulf Oil Spill independent scientists are finally stepping forward with research and analysis refuting government propaganda downplaying and minimizing the true scope of the disaster.

For example in my last post I wrote about an article on New Scientist, Japan Radioactive Fallout Hits 73% of Chernobyl levels.

Sascha Vongeh is a respected, published and peer reviewed scientist who also writes for the scientific website to Science 2.0 writes a piece titled “Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Truth: Locally Chernobyl”

He goes on to point out the ongoing cover up by so called government experts and concludes with a stern warning.


Japanese nuclear reactor workers evacuated again

Workers at the troubled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan were evacuated Wednesday as smoke spewed into their facilities for the second day in a row. According to CNN, officials with the Tokyo Electric Power Company said that “something is on fire” but didn’t say what.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

I’ll bet if it was the boss’s lunch that was on fire they would have told us.


Japan says high seawater radiation levels are no cause for alarm

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced today that in samples taken 1,100 feet south of the plant on Monday, radioactive iodine exceeded legal limits for wastewater by 126.7 times, cesium-134 by 24.8 times, and cesium-137 by 16.5 times. Samples taken 16 kilometers (10 miles) south were up to 16 times above legal levels.

Radioactive elements in the ocean will not likely pose a threat to human health because they quickly become diluted, says Masaharu Hoshi, a specialist in environmental impact assessments at Hiroshima University’s Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine. He says contamination of seawater was not a problem following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Of course, the only ones with the equipment to test seawater for radioactivity after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were American weapons scientists, and they would never lie, right?


« Just Wash The Radioactive Dust Off Contaminated Food » Govt Instructs Concerned Japanese Citizens


US bars some Japan foods over radiation fears

AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States has announced it was barring some food imports from Japan due to fears of radiation and nuclear contamination in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami disaster.

The US Food and Drug Administration said it had placed an import alert on all milk, milk products, fresh vegetables and fruits from certain regions…


More U.S. states find traces of radiation from Japan

Colorado and Oregon have joined several other Western states in reporting trace amounts of radioactive particles that have likely drifted about 5,000 miles from a quake and tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant in Japan, officials say.

But, on a portion of its website dedicated to tracking such radiation, the Environmental Protection Agency noted Wednesday that these and other readings « show typical fluctuation in background radiation levels » and — thus far — « are far below levels of concern. »


Japan Finds More Vegetables, Water Affected By Radiation

Japanese authorities discovered more leafy vegetables and water contaminated by radiation on Wednesday, nearly two weeks after a quake-hit nuclear plant went on alert.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan warned consumers across the country against eating a wide range of leafy vegetables harvested in Fukushima Prefecture, including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and spinach.

It is the first time that Kan has restricted consumption of some farm products in the wake of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power station, which has been crippled by the March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami.


Food problems worsen

Webmaster’s Commentary:

The government has instructed Fukushima Prefecture to halt shipments of broccoli and 10 other vegetables, and has told consumers in the prefecture not to eat 10 of the products, excluding turnips, as radiation levels far beyond legal limits were detected in them. The government has also told Ibaraki Prefecture to stop shipments of parsley and unprocessed milk.


Radioactive Iodine In Tokyo Water Found Too High For Infants

Local authorities in Tokyo said Wednesday that iodine exceeding permissible levels for infants has been detected in tap water in northern Tokyo, adding to concerns over contamination from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said that a sample of water from Katsushika ward had found radioactive iodine levels of 210 becquerels per kilogram, about double the permissible level for infants, although still considered safe for adults. While not certain, officials said they suspect that the airborne iodine had drifted over rivers that feed Tokyo’s water system and had come down in recent rainfall.

Seawater radioactivity high / Sample shows large iodine concentrations near nuclear plant

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday seawater near an outlet at the quake-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant had a concentration of radioactive iodine-131 that was 127 times higher than can be safely ingested by a person continuously for one year, according to government standards.

In a phenomenon called biological concentration, radioactive materials in seawater will become more concentrated in fish and marine plants.


Extremely high radiation found in soil

Japanese authorities have detected a concentration of a radioactive substance 1,600 times higher than normal in soil at a village, 40 kilometers away from the troubled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.


Fukushima Engineer Says He Covered Up Flaw at Shut Reactor No. 4

One of the reactors in the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant may have been relying on flawed steel to hold the radiation in its core, according to an engineer who helped build its containment vessel four decades ago.

Mitsuhiko Tanaka says he helped conceal a manufacturing defect in the $250 million steel vessel installed at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 4 reactor while working for a unit of Hitachi Ltd. in 1974. The reactor, which Tanaka has called a “time bomb,” was shut for maintenance when the March 11 earthquake triggered a 7-meter (23-foot) tsunami that disabled cooling systems at the plant, leading to explosions and radiation leaks.

Iodine from plant detected in Tokyo

Besides Tokyo, radioactive iodine was found in Saitama, Chiba, Yamanashi, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures, the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry said.

In addition, traces of cesium were detected in Tochigi and Gunma after testing samples collected in a 24-hour period from 9 a.m. Friday. Tochigi, Gunma and Niigata border Fukushima Prefecture.

Fukushima Smoking Gun Emerges: Founding Engineer Says Reactor 4 Has Always Been A « Time Bomb », Exposes Criminal Cover Up

« One of the reactors in the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant may have been relying on flawed steel to hold the radiation in its core, according to an engineer who helped build its containment vessel four decades ago. Mitsuhiko Tanaka says he helped conceal a manufacturing defect in the $250 million steel vessel installed at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 4 reactor while working for a unit of Hitachi Ltd. in 1974. The reactor, which Tanaka has called a “time bomb,” was shut for maintenance when the March 11 earthquake triggered a 7-meter (23-foot) tsunami that disabled cooling systems at the plant, leading to explosions and radiation leaks….“

White Smoke At Fukushima No.2 Reactor, Smoke At No.3 Reactor Stops

White smoke billowed from a building that houses the No. 2 reactor at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station Monday afternoon, while grayish smoke that was rising from the building of the No. 3 reactor stopped shortly after 6 p.m., the government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.

The Tokyo Fire Department said it had stopped spraying water for the day after the smoke rose from the No. 3 reactor building. It will suspend the operation until safety at the site is confirmed, it said, adding, whether it will resume on Tuesday remains undecided at present.

Smoke drives crews out of Japan nuclear plant

A new column of smoke rising from an overheating nuclear plant in Japan drove workers out of the smouldering site on Monday, denting hopes for a breakthrough in the post-quake atomic crisis.

Heavy rain in the region disrupted rescue efforts and compounded the misery of tsunami survivors now fearing radioactive fallout from the wrecked Fukushima plant, which has suffered a series of explosions and fires.

New Repairs Delay Work at Crippled Nuclear Plant

Efforts to stabilize the hobbled nuclear power plant in Fukushima hit a snag on Monday when engineers found that crucial machinery at one reactor requires repair, a process that will take two to three days, government officials said.

Another team of workers trying to repair another reactor was evacuated in the afternoon after gray smoke rose from Reactor No. 3, said Tetsuro Fukuyama, deputy chief cabinet secretary. But no explosion was heard and the emission ended by 6 p.m., NHK said. In a separate incident, the broadcaster cited the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency as saying white smoke was coming from the Reactor No. 2 building. Significantly higher levels of radiation have not been detected around the two reactors, Mr. Fukuyama said.

Giant « Common » Nuclear Waste Storage Pond to All Six Fukushima Daiichi Reactors Has Been Without Cooling

There is yet another surprise at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex.

The long awaited arrival of electrical power to Tokyo Electric Power Company’s devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station has yet another vital task to perform: restore cooling to an independent large scale common nuclear waste storage pond for all six nuclear units that has received no attention since loss of electricity following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.

According to Yomiuri Shimbun news service (March 18, 2011), the giant common « spent » fuel storage pond has also been without cooling since the tsunami. The pool is not in a rated containment structure which is a concern if hydrogen gas generation leads to another explosion. The shared nuclear waste fuel assembly pool building is about 50 meters (150 feet) west of the now extremely radioactive Daiichi Unit 4. The common fuel pool facility has a total capacity of 6,800 highly irradiated fuel assemblies. According to TEPCO documentation from November 2010, the storage pool was at 90% capacity in March 2010 with 6,291 nuclear waste assemblies.

The large scale pool measures approximately 38 feet wide, 92 feet long and 35 feet deep. The older and highly radioactive nuclear waste assemblies allowed to cool down for many years in the six reactors’ roof top storage ponds began its transfer to storage in the pool in 1997. From this pool, some of the fuel has been loaded into more secure dry cask storage units awaiting shipment to the Rokkasho nuclear waste reprocessing facility.

According to Yomiuri Shimbun, TEPCO authoriities have not been able to approach the largest nuclear waste storage facility at the complex because of high radiation levels emitting from Units 3 and 4. As a result, it was reported that TEPCO has not been able to check the giant cooling pond’s temperature and water level. However, TEPCO officials reassure that this nuclear waste inventory also stored outside of a containment facility consists of the « coolest » assemblies in wet storage onsite.

However, even after two decades, a single used fuel assembly from a typical Boiling Water Reactor will emit over 3,000 BTU/hr.

More on Spent Fuel Pools at Fukushima

http://allthingsnuclear.org/tagged/Japan_nuclear

Masa Takubo this morning sent information he had collected from briefings and press reports in Japan, and the TEPCO website, about the spent fuel pools. Here is an updated table:

The pools at Units 2, 3, 4, and 5 all have a volume of 1,425 cubic meters, with dimensions of 12.2m x 9.9m x 11.8m deep.

The Unit 1 pool is somewhat smaller (1,020 cubic meters) and the Unit 6 pool slightly larger (1,497 cubic meters).

Each fuel assembly consists of roughly 60 fuel rods and has a mass of about 170 kg.

The fuel assemblies are about 4 meters long. They sit on racks in the pool, slightly off the pool’s floor. The water level is typically kept 7-8 meters above the top of the assemblies.

The sixth column of this table gives the heat generated by the fuel in the spent fuel pool. According to these numbers, the Unit 4 pool is the biggest concern for overheating.

We know that 548 fuel assemblies in the Unit 4 pool were removed from the reactor and placed in the pool three months ago when the reactor was down for maintenance. They joined 783 assemblies that were already in the pool. The value given for the amount of heat being generated in the pool is roughly equal to an estimate of the heat from the 548 fuel assemblies transferred from the core of the reactor 3 months ago, so the heat released by the remaining 783 assemblies in the pool must be relatively low.


Spent fuel pool at No. 2 is steaming — Also white haze above No. 3

March 22nd, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Spent fuel pool causing steam over Japan reactor, Reuters, March 22, 2011 at 11:21 …Read More


COMMON spent fuel pool now being sprayed with water — Contains 6,375 spent fuel assemblies

March 22nd, 2011 at 06:27 AM

Fukushima Nuclear Accident Update, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), March 21, 2011 at 23:15 …Read More


Cooling pumps damaged beyond repair — May take weeks to fix, hopes dashed for a quick resolution

March 22nd, 2011 at 01:06 AM

Pump fails at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, slowing efforts to cool No. …Read More


Nuclear consultant doubts official temperature estimates — Reactor No. 3 probably much nearer to THOUSANDS of degrees

March 22nd, 2011 at 12:27 AM

John King USA on CNN, March 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm EDT …Read More

Fukushima Update: Reactor 1 Core Now At 380 Degrees Celsius, 80 More Than Normal Running Temperature

As was reported only on Zero Hedge so far, the termal imagery from Fukushima indicates that if reactor one is a « worry », then reactor 3 should be a « nightmare », as according to some it is now « operating » north of 500 degrees celsius, and possibly as high as a 1,000. That’s three times what it is designed to withstand.

The latest news from Japan is not the radiation has now been found in various leaf vegetables in Fukushima, including cabbage and parsley: after all that was to be expected following the radioactive rain of the past few days. The news this time comes straight from TEPCO which finally admits that the temperature of Reactor 1 is 380-390 Celsius (715-735 Fahrenheit), which apparently is a « worry » as the reactor was meant to run at a temperature of 302 C (575 F). That is when the reactor is fully operational, not when it is supposed to be in a cold shut down mode.


Radiation “skyrockets” 20 km from Fukushima — 1,600 times higher than normal

March 21st, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Radiation Near Japan Plant Skyrockets, Fox 10 Phoenix, March 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm …Read More


*JUST IN* Top US official hints that radioactive material “has been deposited on the ground” (VIDEO)

March 21st, 2011 at 03:32 PM

Interview with Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, CSPAN, March 20, …Read More

Trouble: Still not enough power to run crucial machinery after connecting power line – NYT

March 21st, 2011 at 11:54 AM

New Repairs Delay Work at Crippled Nuclear Plant, New York Times, March 21, 2011:

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Fukushima radioactive inventory is “30 to 40 times as high as in Chernobyl”: German radiation expert (Google Translation)

March 21st, 2011 at 09:30 AM

Nie wieder Sushi, Frankfurter Rundschau, March 20, 2011 …Read More

Trouble: Still not enough power to run crucial machinery after connecting power line – NYT

March 21st, 2011 at 11:54 AM

New Repairs Delay Work at Crippled Nuclear Plant, New York Times, March 21, 2011:

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Fukushima radioactive inventory is “30 to 40 times as high as in Chernobyl”: German radiation expert (Google Translation)

March 21st, 2011 at 09:30 AM

Nie wieder Sushi, Frankfurter Rundschau, March 20, 2011 …Read More


New photo of reactor No. 3 shows bad damage and dark smoke

March 21st, 2011 at 09:09 AM

AP photo here.

In this photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), gray smoke rises from Unit 3 of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Monday, March 21, 2011. Official says the TEPCO temporarily evacuated its workers from the site. At left is Unit 2 and at right is Unit 4. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.) EDITORIAL USE ONLY


BREAKING NEWS: Smoke also seen at Fukushima plant’s No. 2 reactor

March 21st, 2011 at 06:33 AM

Kyodo, March 21, 2011 at 6:16 am EDT:

BREAKING NEWS: Smoke also seen at …Read More


Gray smoke rises at Unit 3, workers evacuated: Official – Washington Post

March 21st, 2011 at 06:28 AM

Official says workers evacuated as gray smoke rises at Unit 3 of tsunami-stricken nuke …Read More


Nuclear engineer: Death toll from Fukushima catastrophe could top 500,000

March 20th, 2011 at 08:13 PM

Food and water poisoned by Japanese nuclear leak as expert warns more could die …Read More


AccuWeather: Strong winds threaten Tokyo with more radiation Monday, Tuesday

March 20th, 2011 at 01:21 PM

Winds Threaten to Steer More Radiation Toward Tokyo, AccuWeather, March 20, 2011 at 12:26 …Read More


“Renewed nuclear chain reaction feared at spent-fuel storage pool”: Sunday at 11:15 am ET – Kyodo

March 20th, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Status of Fukushima nuclear power plants Sunday midnight, Kyodo, March 20, 2011 at 11:15 …Read More


Unexpected pressure buildup in No. 3 reactor — “We are not so optimistic” says Japan official

March 20th, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Japan’s efforts to ease nuke crisis hit setback, AP, March 20, 2011 at 9:10 am EDT …Read More

Swiss embassy evacuates Tokyo fearing radiation — Fukushima “very uncertain”

March 20th, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Swiss to move embassy in Japan from Tokyo to Osaka amid radiation fears, Associated …Read More

No Quick Fix Seen at Japan’s Nuclear Plant, Pic Shows Reactor 3 Destroyed!

FUKUSHIMA, Japan – Officials raced Monday to restore electricity to Japan’s leaking nuclear plant, but getting the power flowing will hardly be the end of their battle:

With its mangled machinery and partly melted reactor cores, bringing the complex under control is a monstrous job.

Restoring the power to all six units at the tsunami-damaged complex is key, because it will, in theory, power up the maze of motors, valves and switches that help deliver cooling water to the overheated reactor cores and spent fuel pools that are leaking radiation.

PDF: Status of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant March 22 (from Japanese Atomic Industrial Forum)

Spent Fuel Hampers Efforts at Japanese Nuclear Plant

Workers at Japan’s ravaged nuclear power plant on Tuesday renewed a bid to bring its command centers back online and restore electricity to vital cooling systems but an overheating spent fuel pool hampered efforts and raised the threat of further radiation leaks.

The storage pool at Fukushima Daiichi Power Station’s No. 2 Reactor, which holds spent nuclear fuel rods, was spewing steam late Tuesday, forcing workers to divert their attention to dousing the reactor building with water. If unchecked the water in the pool could boil away, exposing the fuel rods and releasing large amounts of radiation into the air.

Radiation 1,600 times normal level 20 km from Fukushima plant: IAEA

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/80057.html

Radiation 1,600 times higher than normal levels has been detected in an area about 20 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, International Atomic Energy Agency officials said Monday.

Data collected by an IAEA team show that radiation levels of 161 microsievert per hour have been detected in the town of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, the officials said.

The government has set an exclusion zone covering areas within a 20-km radius of the plant and has urged people within 20 to 30 km to stay indoors.

Comparisons with X-rays and CT scans “meaningless” — Inhaling particles increases radiation exposure by “a factor of a trillion” says expert

March 22nd, 2011

Hirose Takashi: The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident and the State of the Media, Asahi NewStar, March 17, 2011:

Translation by Douglas Lummis

… [Interviewer] Yo: Every day the local government is measuring the radioactivity. All the television stations are saying that while radiation is rising, it is still not high enough to be a danger to health. They compare it to a stomach x-ray, or if it goes up, to a CT scan. What is the truth of the matter?

Hirose: For example, yesterday. Around Fukushima Daiichi Station they measured 400 millisieverts – that’s per hour. With this measurement (Chief Cabinet Secretary) Edano admitted for the first time that there was a danger to health, but he didn’t explain what this means. All of the information media are at fault here I think. They are saying stupid things like, why, we are exposed to radiation all the time in our daily life, we get radiation from outer space. But that’s one millisievert per year. A year has 365 days, a day has 24 hours; multiply 365 by 24, you get 8760. Multiply the 400 millisieverts by that, you get 3,500,000 the normal dose. You call that safe? And what media have reported this? None. They compare it to a CT scan, which is over in an instant; that has nothing to do with it. The reason radioactivity can be measured is that radioactive material is escaping. What is dangerous is when that material enters your body and irradiates it from inside. These industry-mouthpiece scholars come on TV and what to they say? They say as you move away the radiation is reduced in inverse ratio to the square of the distance. I want to say the reverse. Internal irradiation happens when radioactive material is ingested into the body. What happens? Say there is a nuclear particle one meter away from you. You breathe it in, it sticks inside your body; the distance between you and it is now at the micron level. One meter is 1000 millimeters, one micron is one thousandth of a millimeter. That’s a thousand times a thousand squared. That’s the real meaning of “inverse ratio of the square of the distance.” Radiation exposure is increased by a factor of a trillion. Inhaling even the tiniest particle, that’s the danger.

Yo: So making comparisons with X-rays and CT scans has no meaning. Because you can breathe in radioactive material.

Hirose: That’s right. When it enters your body, there’s no telling where it will go. The biggest danger is women, especially pregnant women, and little children. Now they’re talking about iodine and cesium, but that’s only part of it, they’re not using the proper detection instruments. What they call monitoring means only measuring the amount of radiation in the air. Their instruments don’t eat. What they measure has no connection with the amount of radioactive material. . . .

French laboratory finds high levels of radioactive contamination in food in Japan

The Commission for Independent Information and Research on Radioactivity, known as CRIIRAD, an independent French laboratory created after the 1986 Chernobyl explosion, is reporting that radioactive contamination of spinach sampled as far away as 100 kilometers from Fukushima are at dangerously high levels and should not be consumed. Milk sampled in Fukuhsima Prefecture towns about 60 km west-northwest from the reactor site was also found to be contaminated. CRIIRAD has been collaborating with Beyond Nuclear to provide analysis of water samples collected around U.S. nuclear plants, testing primarily for tritium (radioactive hydrogen) which is known to have leaked at numerous U.S. reactor sites.

Read the full Beyond Nuclear press release.

Supporting scientific documents

J1 11_03_20_Japon_Aliments_criirad V1.pdf

J2 Epinards_IBARAKRI_19 mars.pdf

J3 Lait_Prefecture_Fukushima.pdf

J4 20110320IbarakiPrefNationalFoodContamination_22b(2).pdf

« Just Wash The Radioactive Dust Off Contaminated Food » Govt Instructs Concerned Japanese Citizens

WHO sees Japan food safety situation as “serious”

China and South Korea announced on Monday they will toughen checks of Japanese food for radioactivity, hours after the World Health Organization said the detection of radiation in some food in Japan was a more serious problem than it had expected.

China will monitor food imported from Japan for signs of radiation, state news agency Xinhua reported, citing the national quality watchdog, while South Korea will widen radiation inspections to dried agricultural and processed food from fresh agricultural produce.

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And nobody is talking about the damage to the sea food supplies in the Pacific as the runoff from Fukushima continues to pour into the world’s largest ocean. Instead we get assurances all is well and « hey look, we’re bombing Libya » from President Pussy safe in South America.

WHO: Japan Nuclear Fallout Food Radiation ‘More Serious’ Than Thought; Officials Worried Of High Levels Of Radiation In Food Supply

The World Health Organization reports that food radiation from Japan’s nuclear fallout is ‘More Serious’ than thought.

Japanese officials are now worried that high levels of radiation have entered the food supply.

To make matters worse contaminated food has been sent beyond the affected area.

WHO warns of “serious” food radiation in disaster-hit Japan …

TOKYO (Reuters) – Global anxiety rose over radiation from Japan’s earthquake damaged nuclear plant even as engineers had some success in the battle to avert disaster from the world’s worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl.
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“It’s a lot more serious than anybody thought in the early days when we thought that this kind of problem can be limited to 20 to 30 kilometers,” Peter Cordingley, spokesman for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) regional office, told Reuters.

“It’s safe to suppose that some contaminated produce got out of the contamination zone.”

However, Cordingley said there was no evidence of contaminated food reaching other countries from the Fukushima complex, which lies 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.

Japan has urged some residents near the plant to stop drinking tap water after high levels of radioactive iodine were detected. It has also stopped shipments of milk, spinach and another local vegetable called kakina from the area.

World Health Organization’s toxic link to IAEA

As we read statements from the World Health Organization minimizing the health risks from the radioactive contamination caused by the Fukushima disaster, it is well to remember how firmly the WHO’s hands are tied by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Here is a good piece from The Guardian’s Oliver Tickell published in May 2009 which states:

Fifty years ago, on 28 May 1959, the World Health Organisation‘s assembly voted into force an obscure but important agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency – the United Nations « Atoms for Peace » organisation, founded just two years before in 1957. The effect of this agreement has been to give the IAEA an effective veto on any actions by the WHO that relate in any way to nuclear power – and so prevent the WHO from playing its proper role in investigating and warning of the dangers of nuclear radiation on human health.

The WHO’s objective is to promote « the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health », while the IAEA’s mission is to « accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world ». Although best known for its work to restrict nuclear proliferation, the IAEA’s main role has been to promote the interests of the nuclear power industry worldwide, and it has used the agreement to suppress the growing body of scientific information on the real health risks of nuclear radiation. Read the full article.

Nuclear Cover Up: World’s Largest Movable Structure to Seal the Wrecked Chernobyl Reactor


To safely enclose and robotically dismantle the 25-year-old makeshift confinement sarcophagus at Chernobyl, contractors are now erecting a massive steel structure weighing more than 29,000 metric tons

Because the destroyed reactor is still highly radioactive, to protect workers, the arch will not be constructed over the sarcophagus. R ather, it will be assembled nearby from prefabricated segments each about 25 meters high and weighing an average of 300 metric tons.

After reactor No. 4 exploded at Chernobyl in 1986 due to errors in both design and operation it sent plumes of radioactive dust as far away as Japan and the U.S. To contain the fallout, the Soviet Union constructed a metal and concrete structure commonly known as the sarcophagus over the wreckage.

« It was really quite a remarkable feat, but after 25 years, it’s in danger of collapse, » civil and environmental engineer Eric Schmieman of Battelle Memorial Institute explains in an interview in Kiev.

The sarcophagus, technically known as the Shelter Object, was made of more than 7,000 metric tons of metal and 400,000 cubic meters of concrete. It was erected as quickly as possible to limit worker exposure to radiation, and was never meant to last forever. In many ways it was designed « like a house of cards, » Schmieman says, with pieces of metal essentially leaning against each other and hooked together. « There are no welded joints or bolted joints—it wouldn’t take much of a seismic event to knock it down. »

At the same time, when the sarcophagus was completed, « there were over 1,000 square meters of openings in the roof where joints didn’t match up, » Schmieman says. These holes allowed water in, resulting in corrosion that is hastening the structure’s decline. Since then, workers have patched many of these holes, but 100 square meters of gaps remain. To help keep radioactive matter from leaking , a dust- suppression system inside relies on sprinklers that periodically spray a watery solution to prevent it from becoming airborne.


Israeli firm secured Japan nuclear plant

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israeli-firm-which-secured-japan-nuclear-plant-says-workers-there-putting-their-lives-on-the-line-1.349897

The CEO of the Israeli company that installed the security system at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant said Thursday that those workers who have elected to stay behind are « putting their lives on the line » to save Japan.

Magna BSP set up the security system about a year ago at the facility, which suffered extensive damage after the recent earthquake and tsunami, with particular concern over radiation leakage from the reactors at the site.


Israeli firm’s cameras recording Japanese nuclear core

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=212168

Security cameras installed by Israeli defense company at Fukushima plant have ability to detect presence of radioactive clouds in air.

As the world continues to gaze with concern at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, hi-tech security cameras installed by an Israeli defense firm are recording events at the troubled core from an insider’s vantage point.

The Arava-based Magna BSP company, which specializes in producing and installing stereoscopic sensory and thermal imaging cameras, had been contracted to place cameras around one of the plant’s six cores – the core that has been experiencing explosions and overheating.


Was Japan supplying nuclear fuel to Iran?

Was Japan supplying nuclear fuel to Iran?..Israel supplied the security at Fukushima
http://www.isna.ir/ISNA/NewsView.aspx?ID=News-1461278&Lang=E
Iran has announced readiness for nuclear interaction with other countries and Japan could be one of them, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, on Tuesday.
Speaking in his weekly press conference, when asked whether Japan will replace Russia for nuclear cooperation with Iran, he said, “the visit to Japan’s nuclear power plants by Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili were upon invitation by the Japanese side.”

http://www.isna.ir/ISNA/NewsView.aspx?ID=News-1461278&Lang=E

Iran has announced readiness for nuclear interaction with other countries and Japan could be one of them, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, on Tuesday.

Speaking in his weekly press conference, when asked whether Japan will replace Russia for nuclear cooperation with Iran, he said, “the visit to Japan’s nuclear power plants by Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili were upon invitation by the Japanese side.”

“This is not a sensitive issue, Iran is a nuclear country with local nuclear know-how and has announced readiness for interaction with other countries, Japan could be one of them.”

Mehmanparast also said Iran offered Iraq to host its annual neighboring countries conference in Tehran in a bid to help the country’s further unity before its parliamentary elections.

Regarding the reports that US officials may also attend the meeting, he said, “our suggestion was that Iraq’s neighbors participate at the conference.”

http://www.tehrantimes.com/Index_view.asp?code=236521

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has criticized Western countries for their negative approach toward the country’s nuclear program.

Salehi made the remarks during a meeting with Japanese Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Bessho Koro in Tehran on Saturday, IRNA reported.

Salehi said that despite the country’s constructive cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Western governments are pursuing double-standard policies toward Iran’s nuclear energy program.

He also censured the West for adopting a different approach in regard to Israel, which possesses a nuclear arsenal and refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Salehi also stated that the Islamic Republic is ready to hold more talks with the P5+1 group — Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, and Germany.

The Japanese deputy foreign minister said Japan supports Iran’s nuclear energy program and added that Iran has the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

He went on to say that Tokyo is determined to develop ties with Tehran.

http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=215160

MP Zohreh Elahian has said Japan has offered to sell 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel to Iran to run its nuclear research reactor that produces medical isotopes, according to the Fars News Agency.

Elahian told the Fars that Iran has welcomed the general outlines of the proposed plan. She gave no further details about the offer.

Elahian said the offer was made during Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani’s recent visit to Japan.

Elahian, a female MP who was accompanying Larijani in his trip to Japan, said the Iranian parliament speaker told the Japanese side that the involvement of Tokyo in Iran’s nuclear issue would be “effective”.

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israeli-firm-which-secured-japan-nuclear-plant-says-workers-there-putting-their-lives-on-the-line-1.349897

The CEO of the Israeli company that installed the security system at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant said Thursday that those workers who have elected to stay behind are “putting their lives on the line” to save Japan.

Magna BSP set up the security system about a year ago at the facility, which suffered extensive damage after the recent earthquake and tsunami, with particular concern over radiation leakage from the reactors at the site.

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thanks to hank_rearden for connecting the dots..

heres a hypothetical..japan supplies enriched fuel to iran for its nuclear development..secretly of course..israel finds out..and waits for the right event..the EQ comes and stuxnet is let loose in the fukushima plant and chaos follows..the fuel is destroyed that was heading to iran..and israel wins again..

only a hypothetical..ok?


Why is Japan so anti-Israel?

Is it true that GOD still loves with an everlasting love, Israel? and, defends Israel. Read this:

« Significance of Japan’s March 11, 2010, statements about Israel and their-Japan’s disaster. Many it seems were very surprised by the intensity of Japan’s statements on March 11, 2010, about Jerusalem, the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and Jewish home construction.
The Japanese statements of last year about Israel-one year later to the day: Tragedies hit Japan: earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plants and their economy is severely hurt. Coincidence?

Japan’s financial gifts to the Palestinians were not spoken of in the media. It seems God was watching, though-nothing is hidden from His view. God doesn’t lie, his faithfulness to Israel is everlasting. To the Jew first then the Gentile.

The Japanese’s strong and specific words about Israel’s land:
Japan deplores construction by Jews in East Jerusalem and the West Bank;
Japan condemns Jewish home building in East Jerusalem;
Japan does not recognize the annexations of East Jerusalem by Israel;
Japan urges Israel to refrain from unilateral acts that change the current situation in East Jerusalem, etc.
The Japanese are supposed to be friends of Israel but, these statements about Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria were strong statements. Additionally, many were surprised Japan made these statements independently rather than letting the Quartet speaking for it around the time of Joe Biden’s visit to Israel last March.
Twelve months to the day after Japan made its first major statement on March 11, 2010, the fourth strongest earthquake ever recorded struck in Japan (on March 11, 2010).

One year earlier to the very day, of the 9.1 earthquake and tsunami, Japan made this declaration: “The Government of Japan deplores the decisions of the Government of Israel to give permission for the construction of 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem in addition to 112 units in West Bank,” (Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs March 11, 2010).

God says those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed. After Japan “deplores” Israel building houses, many thousands of homes are destroyed in Japan. For the past year, Japan had increased its anti-Israel rhetoric.
Should we soberly consider the connection?



Nuclear power plants shut down in Germany

Ed note–Ostensibly, the reason for the nuclear reactors in Japan going into meltdown mode was an earthquake followed by a tsunami. No such dangers exist in Germany, yet they are shutting down their reactors–Do they know something the rest of us don’t, perhaps dealing with a computer worm known as Stuxnet designed to destroy reactors such as these?

Germany has temporarily shut down seven of its nuclear reactors while it reconsiders its nuclear strategy.

Was the helicopter incident a warning?


US Stores Spent Nuclear Fuel Rods At 4 Times Pool Capacity

In a recent interview with The Real News Network, Robert Alvarez, a nuclear policy specialist since 1975, reports that spent nuclear fuel in the United States comprises the largest concentration of radioactivity on the planet: 71,000 metric tons.

Worse, since the Yucca Mountain waste repository has been scrapped due to its proximity to active faults (see last image), the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has allowed reactor operators to store four times more waste in the spent fuel pools than they’re designed to handle.

Les niveaux de radiations (rayonnement) dans la centrale n°2 sont 100 000 fois plus élevés que la normale

dimanche 27 mars 2011 18:58

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***ALERTE***

Les niveaux de radiations (rayonnement) dans la centrale n°2 sont 10 MILLIONS fois plus élevés que la normale.

Voir cette source pour un bon résumer et différentes sources confirmant cela:

Nuclear Radiation Alert – Japan Nuclear Radiation Levels Hit 10 Million Times Normal

Remarquez les commentaires concernant les matériaux qui sont seulement crées par une fission nucléaire sont maintenant trouvés dans la centrale.

Cela signifie une chose ou deux:

Soit que les coeurs des réacteurs sont maintenant confirmés comme étant rompus et percés, et/ou que les crayons de combustible dans les réacteurs et dans les piscines d’entreposage de combustibles utilisé/irradié sont en train de fusionner de façon incontrôlée.

Étant donné les niveaux de radiations en fulgurante augmentation, on peut conclure que c’est fort probablement la deuxième option qui se produit présentement: un fusion nucléaire.
Mais il est aussi fort probablement que les enceintes de confinement ont des brèches aussi.

C’est catastrophique.

Ça va bien aller.

***MISE À JOUR – 13h***

L’opérateur de la centrale de Fukushima vient d’annoncer qu’ils avaient fait une erreur de mesure et que ce n’est pas 10 millions de fois plus élevé que la norme, mais « seulement » 100 000 fois plus élevé. Ils s’excusent pour cette erreur ayant alarmé le reste du monde.

Tout va bien maintenant, ça va aller comme sur des roulettes.

Je suis soulagé!

En réalité, rendu à ce point-ci, on ne peut faire confiance à quoique ce soit provenant de TEPCO, du gouvernement japonais, américain et les autres, ou quiconque étant relié à l’industrie de l’énergie nucléaire. La moitié des experts ne font qu’essayer de deviner ce qui se passe et l’autre moitié ment à profusion.

PS. Le titre a été corrigé en conséquence.

Japan says very high radiation reading at reactor was wrong
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/27/us-japan-quake-idUSTRE72A0SS20110327

Radiation in the water was a still worrying 100,000 times higher than normal, rather than 10 million times higher as originally stated, Muto said.

The operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant said on Monday a very high radiation reading that had sent workers fleeing the No. 2 reactor was erroneous.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) vice-president Sakae Muto apologized for Sunday’s error, which added to alarm inside and outside Japan over the impact of contamination from the complex which was hit by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Radiation in the water was a still worrying 100,000 times higher than normal, rather than 10 million times higher as originally stated, Muto said.

« I am very sorry…I would like to make sure that such a mistake will not happen again. »

10 Million Times Normal Level of Radioactivity in Water at No.2 Reactor

Multiple news reports have indicated that radiation levels in the water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant reactor #2 have risen to 10 million times the normal level.

“It is highly likely the fuel rods have been damaged and high levels of radioactive materials leaked in the water,” said Naoto Sekimura, professor of atomic energy at Tokyo University. “I believe the leak is coming from the pipes and valves,” reported majiroxnews.com

NHK has reported that reactor #2 is breached similar to 1 and 3. That’s right, it is now being reported that all three reactors are breached. To what level they have been breached is unknown at this time.

Radiation levels in the water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant reactor #2 have risen to 10 million times the normal level.

This prompted the plant to order all workers to evacuate the building. Reports have indicated that the spent fuels rods may be damaged.

Extreme radiation detected at No.2 reactor

NHK

The company says the latest reading is 10-million times the usual radioactivity of water circulating within a normally operating reactor.

TEPCO says the radioactive materials include 2.9-billion becquerels of iodine-134, 13-million becquerels of iodine-131, and 2.3-million becquerels each for cesium 134 and 137.

These substances are emitted during nuclear fission inside a reactor core

The company says the extremely contaminated water may stem from a damaged reactor core, and are trying to determine how the leakage occurred.

MSNBC – Radiation 10 million times normal at Japan nuclear plant

Radioactivity in water at one earthquake-crippled Japanese nuclear reactor soared to 10 million times its usual level Sunday, prompting the plant operator to evacuate workers, local media reported.

The report about Fukushima Dai-ichi reactor Unit 2 came as Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers were grappling with how to remove and store highly radioactive water pooling there and in two other troubled units.

TEPCO spokesman Takashi Kurita told reporters Sunday that leaked water in Unit 2 measured at 1,000 millisieverts per hour. That’s 10 million times higher than the radioactivity level when the reactor is operating normally

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, speaking Sunday on TV talk shows, said the radioactive water is « almost certainly » seeping from a reactor core.

Nuclear Radiation Alert – Japan Nuclear Radiation Levels Hit 10 Million Times Normal

All the nuclear experts who have said everything is fine is wrong. This is absolutely devastating news coming across the wires as we speak.

Flash: Japanese Nuclear Radiation Levels at Fukushima 10 million times normal

Details are very limited at this point except an emergency evacuation at the nuclear power plant has been ordered. Follow the link above for the latest on this story.


Japan Nuclear Radiation Alert: Levels 10 Million Times Normal

Carte animée qui montre le déploiement des retombées nucléaires de Fukushima dans le monde

samedi 26 mars 2011 20:00

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Pour voir les dernières estimations des retombées nucléaires de Fukushima dans le monde, carte animée qui montre le déploiement sur plusieurs jours:

LATEST ESTIMATES FOR PLUME FROM FUKUSHIMA

Cliquez sur le lien ou l’image pour voir l’animation.

Ça va bien aller…

mercredi 23 mars 2011 20:25

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Ça va bien aller…

Par François Marginean

Les autorités, les gouvernements et les médias sont d’un positivisme déconcertant. À les écouter, les pires catastrophes naturelles ou celles créées par l’homme n’ont que peu de conséquences, elles sont sous contrôle et on s’inquiète pour rien. Ou peut-être nous mentent-ils constamment, nous prenant soit pour des imbéciles ou des ignares infantilisés dont on veut éviter qu’ils paniquent, qu’on doit protéger car ils ne peuvent choisir par eux-même la meilleure marche à suivre afin de guider leur vie.

Voici un échantillon éducatif pour illustrer ceci:

Les gaz de schiste

L’industrie du gaz et du pétrole s’amuse allègrement à fracturer un peu partout le sous-sol québécois et nord-américain en quête de gaz de schiste. Pour y arriver, ils doivent injecter une mixture de plus de 400 produits chimiques sous pression pour faire remonter les gaz à la surface, polluant les nappes phréatiques et l’environnement au point tel que des gens arrivent à allumer leur eau du robinet. Ces fractures du sous-sol fragilisent et rendent instables les strates géologiques, causant de nombreux tremblements de terre. La petite ville américaine de Guy, en Arkansas, est devenue la capitale des séismes pour le fait unique de subir une douzaine de tremblements de terre quotidiennement. Les résidents de cette municipalité ont subi des milliers de séismes allant jusqu’à 4 sur l’échelle de Richter en tout juste six mois après que les forages aient apparemment déstabilisé le sol sous leurs pieds.

La zone sismique de New Madrid (en anglais New Madrid Seismic Zone), connue aussi sous le nom de rift de Reelfoot ou de ligne de faille de New Madrid, est une zone sismique majeure à la limite du Sud et du Middle West des États-Unis, s’étendant au sud-ouest de New Madrid dans le Missouri.

Le système de faille de New Madrid est responsable des tremblements de terre de New Madrid de 1811-1812 et a le potentiel pour produire des tremblements de terre destructeurs en moyenne tous les 300 à 500 ans. Depuis 1812 de fréquents petits tremblements de terre intraplaques (tremblements de terre à l’intérieur d’une plaque tectonique) furent enregistrés dans cette zone.

La zone sismique couvre des parties de cinq États américains : l’Illinois, le Missouri, l’Arkansas, le Kentucky et le Tennessee.

(Wikipédia)

La faille de New Madrid est plus importante et potentiellement plus dévastatrice que celle de la côte ouest, en Californie. Une recrudescence de séismes a été enregistré depuis quelques années dans cette zone sismique. Qu’à cela ne tienne, de nombreuses compagnies pétrolières et gazières s’amusent gaiement à percer le sol à cet endroit et tout autour, y injectant des liquides sous pression ce qui entraine une déstabilisation des strates géologiques. Pour avoir un aperçu de cette situation, voir cet extrait du film Gazland, sous-titré en français.

Mais selon l’industrie et le gouvernement, ne vous inquiétez pas, ça va bien aller…

Dans le golfe du Mexique

L’arnaque de BP et les puits qui n’ont jamais vraiment été colmatés et le fond marin poreux qui transpirait du pétrole de partout reviennent hanter BP et les résidents de la région du golfe du Mexique. Ce n’est pas parce que BP, les médias et le gouvernement US ont déclaré le dossier clos et réglé que c’est le cas. En effet, on a appris cette semaine qu’une importante nappe de pétrole est apparue, proche du site du Deepwater Horizon, à MC243, mesurant 160 kilomètres de long et une vingtaine de large. Elle est située à une quarantaine de kilomètres au sud de Grand Isle.

Mais la garde côtière américaine tente de rassurer la population en déclarant que ce ne serait que de larges quantités de sédiments et non pas du pétrole. Des sédiments (voir les images)? On nous prend pour qui? À cette distance des côtes, ils auraient déjà décanté au fond du golfe et s’ils s’agissait vraiment de sédiments, personne n’y aurait porté d’intérêt. C’est bien parce que cela sortait de l’ordinaire que des gens l’ont remarqué. Mais on nous prend pour des imbéciles et on nous répète que ça va bien aller, de ne pas s’en faire. Les puits ont été colmatés et il n’y a plus de fuites, bien sûr. Et Shell vient d’obtenir l’approbation pour forer de nouveaux puits en eaux profondes dans le golfe du Mexique.

Guerre humanitaire contre la Libye – Cadeau du prix Nobel de la paix Obama et des néocons sionistes

Que dire? Le prix Nobel de la paix a lancé avec ses complices, dont la France, l’Angleterre et le Canada, une nouvelle guerre d’agression, déguisée en guerre « humanitaire ». Une guerre humanitaire, quel oxymore incroyable de type orwellien. Une guerre humanitaire, ça n’existe pas. Une guerre, c’est sanglant, destructeur et c’est un drame pour la population civile qu’on dit vouloir « aider » et « sauver ». À coups de bombes et de missiles. $100 millions en missiles seulement que la première journée de bombardement humanitaire. On n’arrête pas le progrès. Les révolutions populaires doivent être détournées et canalisées, matées pour se plier à l’agenda impérialiste néocon/sioniste. Les États-Unis ont besoin d’un pied militaire sur le continent africain et veut le contrôle des ressources naturelles dont le pétrole tout comme l’Angleterre et la France et Israël a besoin de l’eau et du contrôle de la région. Les Libyens sont trop imbéciles pour se gouverner eux-mêmes et choisir leur destinée. Il faut intervenir pour les aider et mettre en place ou soutenir une marionnette tyrannique des pouvoirs occidentaux et sionistes. Les médias nous rapportent innocemment les images de cette agression immorale de la même manière qu’au moment du début de la guerre en Irak, en mars 2003, sans poser trop de questions gênantes.

Ça va bien aller, nous dit-on, tout est sous contrôle et on est satisfait du déroulement des bombardements aériens. Jamais une guerre n’a été gagnée des airs sans intervenir au sol directement, mais c’est un détail. L’occupation militaire suivra bientôt, juste le temps de justifier le tout.

« Si vous voulez une image du futur, imaginez une botte écrasant – pour l’éternité- le visage d’un homme. »
George Orwell

Le bombardement de la Libye va commencer le jour – ou à un jour près – du huitième anniversaire du début de la destruction de l’Irak, le 19 mars, en Europe. La Libye aussi va être détruite – ses écoles, son système éducatif, son eau, ses infrastructures, ses hôpitaux, ses buildings municipaux. il y aura de nombreuses « erreurs tragiques » et autres « dommages collatéraux » de mères, pères, enfants, bébés, grands-parents, écoles pour les sourds et muets, etc… etc… Et les merveilleux vestiges romains et les ruines encore plus anciennes qui ont résisté au temps et à tous les remous de l’histoire et ont fait l’admiration de tant de monde comme ceux d’Irak, l’histoire de cette nation – et son humanité, à l’instar de l’Irak et de l’Afghanistan, disparaîtront pour toujours.

Les infrastructures vont être détruites. l’embargo restera en place ; et rendra la reconstruction impossible. L’Angleterre, la France et les USA décideront que le pays a besoin d’être « stabilisé », qu’il faut « l’aider à reconstruire ». Ils arriveront et prendront la direction des installations et des champs de pétrole ; au début les Libyens seront un problème accessoire puis ils deviendront vite « l’ennemi » des « insurgés », on leur tirera dessus, ils seront emprisonnés, torturés, victimes de toutes sortes d’abus -et un « gouvernement » fantoche ami des USA sera mis en place.

Les envahisseurs accorderont à leurs firmes des contrats pour la reconstruction, l’argent – qui sera sans doute prélevée sans compter sur les actifs gelés – disparaîtra et le pays restera largement en ruines.

Et ceux qui applaudissent de toute leurs forces, comme pour l’Irak, vont se mettre à courir d’un station de télévision ou de radio à une autre, à Londres, en Europe et aux USA, avant de retourner dans leurs maisons bien protégées et de retrouver la sécurité de leurs emplois bien payés en Europe, Grande Bretagne et USA, certains qu’aucune bombe ne risque de leur tomber sur la tête. Leurs enfants ne seront pas pris de tremblements incontrôlables et ne feront pas dans leurs culottes de terreur en entendant s’approcher les avions. (L’hypocrisie et la trahison de l’ONU : le cas de la Libye)

Des innocents meurent déjà par dizaines, mais c’est pas grave, c’est pour les aider. Ça va bien aller.

Une fuite d’eau déminéralisée (radioactive) d’une centrale nucléaire en Ontario

Le 16 mars dernier, la Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) rapportait que la centrale nucléaire de la Ontario Power Generation à Pickering, Ontario, a subi une fuite d’eau radioactive dans le lac Ontario provenant de la station Pickering A. Résultant de ce qui apparait avoir été un bris d’un joint d’étanchéité d’une pompe, la commission canadienne de sûreté nucléaire a rapporté que 73 000 litres d’eau « déminéralisée » s’était échappé de la station nucléaire de Pickering A pour se retrouver dans le lac Ontario qui est la source principale d’eau potable pour des millions de personnes. La commission a déclaré que  » le risque radiologique pour l’environnement et la santé des gens est négligeable « . Ça va bien aller. (source)

De la même manière, la Ontario Power Generation (OPG) et le gouvernement canadien ont préféré utiliser le terme d’eau  » déminéralisée  » au lieu de  » radioactive  » lorsqu’ils discutaient de la fuite. Aucun doute que cela constitue une tentative de diminuer les inquiétudes concernant un autre accident nucléaire alors que l’anxiété est à son paroxysme suite à la catastrophe  » déminéralisée  » au Japon.

Pourtant, bien que des experts aient tenté de rassurer les gens en déclarant que l’eau échappée n’était pas radioactive, un rapport de l’OPG et de Ted Gruetzner lors d’une interview sur CTV ont admis que l’eau était  » un peu radioactive « . (source)

La commission canadienne de sûreté nucléaire et Environnement Canada surveillent la situation. Ne soyez pas inquiet, ça va bien aller. Un peu de radioactivité ne peut pas faire de mal.

Japon, Fukushima & catastrophe nucléaire

Revenez visiter cet article pour trouver les mises à jour qui arriveront progressivement cette semaine à propos de Fukushima, Japon.

Note: Vous êtes invités à voir et lire les commentaires et à y laisser les vôtres sur Les 7 du Québec et CentPapiers.

L’Autre Monde 21 mars 2011: Japon et le lobby nucléaire; économie et la libye

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L’Autre Monde 21 mars 2011: Japon et le lobby nucléaire; économie et la libye


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L’Autre Monde 21 mars 2011

120 min / Radio de l’UQAM, CHOQ FM

Diffusion en direct : Lundi à 15:00h

Animation : François Marginean
Réalisation: François Marginean
Chronique : Stéphane Poutoire

Archives d’émission
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Au programme cette semaine, 21 mars 2011:


Catastrophe nucléaire au Japon suite au séisme de 9,0 : Toutes les dernières nouvelles.

Actualité mondiale, économie et la nouvelle guerre « humanitaire » néocon/sioniste contre la Libye.

C’est en rendez-vous le lundi dès 15h pour l’émission la plus écoutée de CHOQ FM, la radio officielle de l’Université du Québec à Montréal !

***Hyperliens vers les sources des informations discutées sur l’émission d’aujourd’hui:

Actualité:


Gaz de schiste : extrait du film Gazland, avec sous-titres français

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Gaz de schiste : extrait du film Gazland, avec sous-titres français.

À voir absolument avant de permettre à cette industrie (gaz et pétrole) de fracturer le sous-sol québécois et nord-américain:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOIxesWknk0


Huge NEW spill near Deepwater Horizon, at MC243 — Slick is 100 miles long, skimming started days ago

From Twitter:

New HUGE slick confirmed. 25 miles South of Grand Isle

Jercope, Twitter, March 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm EDT:

New Huge Spill is MISSISSIPPI CANYON SYSTEM same as Deepwater, source is reported to be MC243.

Jerry Cope, Twitter, March 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm EDT:

New HUGE slick confirmed. 25 miles South of Grand Isle. 12 X 100 miles. Skimming operations begun days ago. Pics coming soon. Exact source location is Matterhorn MC243

Read Jerry Cope’s articles for the Huffington Post here.

UPDATES:

Updated 2: “Trouble brewing” at MC243; Eyewitness reports differ from officials — John Wathen going for aerial view

UPDATE 3: Times-Picayune reports on potentially “massive” 100 mile long oil sheen

UPDATE 4: “Slick was sighted by a helicopter pilot on Friday and is about 100 miles long”: Source – via Huffington Post

Report: Fresh oil coming ashore near South Pass — “Crews are laying new boom near the beach” and spraying “a substance”


A BOVINE EXCREMENT TSUNAMI HAS JUST STRUCK AMERICA!

A reported « sheen » in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana is likely the result of large amounts of sediment, not spilled oil, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Sunday.

The Coast Guard collected and tested samples of a dark substance after receiving varying reports on Saturday of possible pollution floating on and beneath the water’s surface. The largest sighting described the substance as stretching 100 miles into the Gulf, south of Grand Isle, Louisiana.

An analysis found only trace amounts of petroleum hydrocarbons, oil and grease — all at levels well within the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s clean water standard.

Sediment carried down the Mississippi River and possibly agitated by dredging is believed to have caused the dark substance, according to a Coast Guard news release.

The Coast Guard also investigated on Sunday an oily substance washing up along the Louisiana shoreline.

Samples of that substance will be tested. It is not suspected to be residual oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in April.

AT&T to cap users’ Internet access, impose fees for too much information

The move will see AT&T broadband users forced into a tiered Internet that would limit accounts to a paltry 150 gigabytes a month. Users who download too much information on AT&T’s broadband network will be subject to an additional $10 fee for every 50 gigabytes. Fees on the first three overages will be waived, according to DSLReports.com.

In layman’s terms, if you’re used to watching Netflix, playing online video games or using your computer to share files with your friends or engage in other bandwidth-intensive activity, get ready to be slammed with additional fees.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Greedy bastards!

Jury Says Blogger Has To Pay For His Words Even Though He Did Not Lie

On Friday, a Minnesota jury found that a blogger must pay $60,000 in damages because of statements he published in his blog about a public figure who was subsequently fired from his job. Internet publishers and free speech advocates should pay close attention to this case if it is appealed because the blogger was found liable even though the jury did not find that the blogger’s statements were false.

This decision is the latest example of the law’s apparent struggle to apply basic constitutional protections to internet publishers. If the Minnesota ruling holds up, it will mean that bloggers will have to worry they will be forced to pay for true statements that they publish that cause a person damages.


Microsoft shuts down spam behemoth Rustock, reduces worldwide spam by 39%

Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, working with federal law enforcement agents, has brought down the world’s largest spam network, Rustock.

Rustock, at its peak, was a botnet of around 2 million spam-sending zombies capable of sending out 30 billion spam email per day. Microsoft’s wholesale slaughter of Rustock could reduce worldwide spam output by up to 39%.

Rustock was taken down, piece by piece, in a similar way to the Mega-D botnet. First the master controllers, the machines that send out commands to enslaved zombies, were identified. Microsoft quickly seized some of these machines located in the U.S. for further analysis, and worked with police in the Netherlands to disable some of the command structure outside of the U.S.



Économie:


U.S. Debt Jumped $72 Billion Same Day U.S. House Voted to Cut Spending $6 Billion

The national debt jumped by $72 billion on Tuesday even as the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to fund the government for just three weeks that will cut $6 billion from government spending.


Housing starts see biggest drop since 1984

Housing starts posted their biggest decline in 27 years in February while building permits dropped to their lowest level on record, suggesting the beleaguered real estate sector has yet to rebound from its deepest slump in modern history.


Nearly 20% of Florida homes are vacant

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — It’s not always easy to feel sorry for sunny Florida. But they just got hit with another blow.

On Thursday, the Census Bureau revealed that 18% — or 1.6 million — of the Sunshine State’s homes are sitting vacant. That’s a rise of more than 63% over the past 10 years.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

The iconic image of America at the dawn of the 21str century is homeless Americans camped out in front of boarded-up houses. There is no clearer image of the failure of the government and the financial system than this stark reality.


CONFIRMATION: TSA reducing air travel!

http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/roadmap-new-air-travel-security-system-unveiled-travel-industry-security-experts

The need for reform was made especially clear by recent research revealing that travelers are avoiding two to three trips per year due to unnecessary hassles associated with the security screening process. These avoided trips come at a cost of $85 billion and 900,000 jobs to the American economy.


Isle TSA worker arrested in theft of cash from travelers

A former Transportation Security Administration employee is facing a federal embezzling charge for allegedly stealing money from a traveler’s wallet at a passenger checkpoint at the Kona airport.

TSA officials arrested Dawn Nikole Keka on Friday. She was a lead transportation security officer at Kona Airport.

Keka resigned from her job Monday, said TSA spokesman Nico Melendez.

The TSA said it conducted a sting operation targeting Keka in response to numerous allegations that she was stealing cash from Japanese travelers passing through her screening lane.


Illinois seeks to seize prisoner’s wages

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-0315-prisoner-wages-20110314,0,3847106.story

He owes $455,203.14 to cover the costs of his stay at the Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet. Hawkins has been in prison since Nov. 19, 1982. His jailer is also his debt collector.

Hawkins is fighting in court to stop the state from seizing about $11,000 in his bank account to partially satisfy the debt. The 60-year-old earned the money by working while he’s been behind bars, making about $75 a month.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

So, the state throws you in jail, then bills you for the cost of your stay, sells your services to the prison industries literally at slave-labor wages, then grabs the wages? And this is supposed to teach the inmate the value of working within society?!?


You are now considered a domestic terrorist if you use silver as currency – Liberty Dollar creator convicted in federal court

The leader of a group that marketed a fake currency called Liberty Dollars in the Asheville area and elsewhere has been found guilty by a federal jury of conspiracy against the government in a case of “domestic terrorism.


Michigan passes ‘financial martial law’ bill


Michigan legislators have approved a bill authorizing state-appointed emergency financial managers to break union contracts that struggling cities and school districts have with their workers.

Following up on the state Senate’s passage of the bill last week, the House passed the bill 62-48 on Tuesday, sending the legislation to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for final approval. Snyder, who asked for the expanded powers for emergency financial managers, is expected to sign the bill into law.

Supporters say the bill gives the state a way to step into distressed municipalities and schools before they collapse. It also gives emergency financial managers broad authority to end employee union contracts, and to nullify elected boards and councils.
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U.S. Corporations Move To Create A Part-time, Contingent Workforce

« Big employers in the US are increasingly using part-time and temporary workers to hold down labor costs, according to the latest figures from the Labor Department. In a trend that has been accelerated over the last two years, corporations are moving to phase out full time positions and create a workforce earning far lower wages and fewer, if any, benefits that can be hired and fired at will. »

ie How to create a more subservient dependent workforce, unable to argue about poor wages and conditions…



19 Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Will Blow Your Mind

The United States is rapidly becoming the very first « post-industrial » nation on the globe. All great economic empires eventually become fat and lazy and squander the great wealth that their forefathers have left them, but the pace at which America is accomplishing this is absolutely amazing. It was America that was at the forefront of the industrial revolution. It was America that showed the world how to mass produce everything from automobiles to televisions to airplanes. It was the great American manufacturing base that crushed Germany and Japan in World War II. But now we are witnessing the deindustrialization of America. Tens of thousands of factories have left the United States in the past decade alone. Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost in the same time period. The United States has become a nation that consumes everything in sight and yet produces increasingly little. Do you know what our biggest export is today? Waste paper. Yes, trash is the number one thing that we ship out to the rest of the world as we voraciously blow our money on whatever the rest of the world wants to sell to us. The United States has become bloated and spoiled and our economy is now just a shadow of what it once was. Once upon a time America could literally outproduce the rest of the world combined. Today that is no longer true, but Americans sure do consume more than anyone else in the world. If the deindustrialization of America continues at this current pace, what possible kind of a future are we going to be leaving to our children?


Home price drops exceed Great Depression: Zillow


Reuters

Home prices fell for the 53rd consecutive month in November, taking the decline past that of the Great Depression for the first time in the prolonged housing slump, according to Zillow…



Histoire:


The Haavara agreement from August 1933 – emigration of German Jews to Israel

HAAVARA, a company for the transfer of Jewish property from Nazi Germany to Palestine. The Trust and Transfer Office Haavara Ltd., was established in Tel Aviv, following an agreement with the German government in August 1933, to facilitate the emigration of Jews to Palestine by allowing the transfer of their capital in the form of German export goods.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

But, but, but, but … TV and movies told me Hitler personally tortured ate all those 6 million Jews, which is why Americans must send their money to Israel. Wait a moment; that doesn’t even make any sense!!!

Amphetamines, Capitalism’s First Performance Enhancing Drug

It is now well known that all too frequently the war crimes committed by U.S., German, British and Japanese troops during WW2 were the result of the maniacal effects of drugs like amphetamines.

Old Man of the Mountain


FLASHBACK: Anti-Depressants: The Secret Weapon For U.S. Troops In War Zones


FLASHBACK: Pentagon Is Doping U.S. Armed Forces With Speed

Rash of wife killings by Special Forces and bombing of wrong targets in Afghanistan may be due to drug induced paranoia.

Today, the Pentagon has admitted that they provided speed to the U.S Armed Forces during the Gulf War and are doing the same with military personnel in Afghanistan. A report called  » Performance Maintenance During Continuous Flight Operations », produced by the Naval Medical Research Laboratory in Pensacola, Florida outlines the Pentagon practice of providing speed to pilots. The report « The Use of Amphetamines in U.S. Air Force Tactical Operations during Desert Shield and Storm », by Emonson DL and Vanderbeek RD outlines the use of speed during the Gulf War. A statement issued by the US Air Force Surgeon General’s Office also confirmed the use of amphetamines by pilots. It said: « During contingency and combat operations, aviators are often required to perform their duties for extended periods without rest. While we have many planning and training techniques to extend our operations, prescribed drugs are sometimes made available to counter the effects of fatigue during these operations. The Pentagon, is in addition, providing « downers » after pilots binge on « uppers. » In order to help the pilots sleep after a « binge » they are given a dosage of the sedative Temazepam (Restoril). These dosages of « uppers » and than « downers » have a devastating effect on the pilots judgement and overall mental health.

Has Stephen Hawking ended the God debate?

God did not create the universe, Stephen Hawking revealed yesterday. In the flurry of publicity preceding his new book, The Grand Design, to be published next week, he does some serious dissing of the Almighty, declaring him/her/it irrelevant. The point is, he says, that our universe followed inevitably from the laws of nature. But, we might ask, where did they come from?

Webmaster’s Commentary:

« Law » is a ridiculous anthropomorphism for « behavior. » The use of that phrase « law » reveals the persistent bias in our society to blur the line between properties of objects and the behavior of sentience. There is no « law » of gravity; there is the behavior of objects of mass relative to the curvature of space. There is no « law » limiting speed to sub-light velocity; that limit is an epiphenomenon of the convergence of time and energy at light speed. The use of the term « law » is a relic from an age where all things in nature were presumed to be the result of a decision or choice by the presumed gods, themselves inventions of tribal rulers to avoid having to admit, « I have no @#$%ing idea why the rain falls! » Even the adherence to the theory of the Big Bang, completely incompatible with Einstein’s subsequent Theory of Relativity, is desperately clung to because of the religious bias towards a moment of supreme creation.

De-classified Vietnam-era Transcripts Show Senators Knew Gulf Of Tonkin Was A Staged False Flag Event

Elected Reps. chose to hide details from American public for fear of reprisals from “the big forces” that run the media and the presidency
Over 1,100 pages of previously classified Vietnam-era transcripts released this week by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee highlight the fact that several Senators knew that the White House and the Pentagon had deceived the American people over the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident.
The latest releases, which document skepticism over the pretext for entry into the Vietnam war, date from 1968.
Four years into the war, senators were at loggerheads with Lyndon B. Johnson. At the time Foreign Relations Committee meetings were held behind closed doors.

What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895

Netanyahu admits on video he deceived US to destroy Oslo accord

The contents of a secretly recorded video threaten to gravely embarrass not only Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister but also the US administration of Barack Obama.
Seated on a sofa in the house, he tells the family that he deceived the US president of the time, Bill Clinton, into believing he was helping implement the Oslo accords, the US-sponsored peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, by making minor withdrawals from the West Bank while actually entrenching the occupation. He boasts that he thereby destroyed the Oslo process.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

With geopolitical « friends » like this guy………who needs enemies?!?

1913 WAS A VERY BAD YEAR

Prior to 1913, there was no federal income tax, the states had rights and representation in Washington DC, there was no Federal Reserve Bank and the federal government lived under the enumerated powers afforded it within the US Constitution. What a difference one year can make.
Almost a hundred years later, it’s clear that the policies established in 1913 must be revoked in order to restore power to the people and the states. But can the American people get the Genie back in the bottle?
The History of the US Tax System can be summed up in one paragraph:
“Prior to the enactment of the income tax, most citizens were able to pursue their private economic affairs without the direct knowledge of the government. Individuals earned their wages, businesses earned their profits, and wealth was accumulated and dispensed with little or no interaction with government entities.”

A Jewish Defector Warns America:

Introductory Note — Benjamin
H. Freedman was one of the most intriguing and amazing individuals of the 20th century.

Mr. Freedman, born in 1890,was a successful Jewish businessman of New York City who was at one time the principal owner of the Woodbury Soap Company. He broke with organized Jewry after the Judeo-Communist victory of 1945, and spent the remainder of his life and the great preponderance of his considerable fortune, at least 2.5 million dollars, exposing the Jewish tyranny which has enveloped the
United States.


By Way Of Deception, We Shall Do War

by Deanna Spingola

Lenin (Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov) said, “The establishment of a central bank is 90% of communizing a nation.” [1] Worldwide control obviously requires extraordinary organization, superior weaponry and high technology (like HAARP), political power and monopoly control of all the resources. On February 17, 1950, James P. Warburg declared to the U.S. Senate, “We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.” [2] In Russia and China and other countries, the elite used thugs for their violent conquest of existing leaders.


Hitler’s freedom from International Debt Slavery – the real reason for WW2

Nothing like this had ever happened before – the total destruction of the national currency, plus the wiping out of people’s savings and businesses. On top of this came a global depression. Germany had no choice but to succumb to debt slavery under international bankers until 1933, when the National Socialists came to power.



Libye:


La grande armée de la « guerre humanitaire »


Agression de la Libye: les Occidentaux n’ont jamais milité pour la liberté des peuples tiers

Non à l’agression impérialiste en Lybie !


Non à l’agression impérialiste en Libye !

VIDEO – Zionist War Against Libya Has Started

First wave of allied assault: 112 cruise missiles

VIDEO – No to Regime Change in Arab Countries says Hesham Tillawi

VIDEO – Arab Revolutions explained by Hesham Tillawi


Hesham connait très bien le plan sioniste de remodelage du Moyen-Orient qui utilise les « révolutions du peuple » qui ont court actuellement. Contrairement à plein de pseudos analystes, IL NE CROIT PAS À CETTE THÉORIE DE DES « RÉVOLUTION DU PEUPLE » AU MOYEN-ORIENT! Justement parce qu’il connaît le plan sioniste de remodelage du MO.
Aujourd’hui, à son émission de radio sur RBN, il a attiré notre attention sur el fait que le leader des rebelles en Libye est un super escroc, c’est carrément lui qui était responsable de l’oppression du peuple en Libye et en plus de ça il a invité John McCain et Joe Lieberman à donner des discours dans les médias libyens (ces derniers appuient les rebelles et considèrent Khadafi comme un « fou qui massacre son peuple »).
À mon avis, tous ceux qui ont relayé la théorie des « révolutions du peuple » (en Égypte, en Libye, etc.) et qui ont répété le mensonge « Khadafi est un fou qui massacre son peuple » ont été DE FACTO les IDIOTS UTILES des néocons sionistes, ce qui fait d’eux des COMPLICES OBJECTIFS de cette guerre qui commence en Libye!!! RIEN DE MOINS! Certains ne font pas assez attention aux infos qu’ils font circuler massivement dans la population, que ce soit par des sites web ou par la radio ou la télé (On en a même des exemples ici même dans nos médias alternatifs, radio internet,etc.). En répétant ces mensonges des médias institutionnels, ils ont contribué à paver la voie à cette guerre. Sans ces idiots utiles, cette guerre n’aurait sûrement pas été possible, car la population n’aurait pas embarqué. Si ces idiots utiles avaient été davantage PRUDENTS au lieu de répercuter des FAUSSES infos (ou des demi-vérités intéressées) et de la propagande insupportable, si au lieu de répéter ces mensonges ils s’y étaient opposés et les avaient DÉNONCÉ comme je le fais depuis des mois, ils auraient pu avoir une certaine influence et nourri l’opposition à cette guerre. De même qu’à l’époque de la guerre en Irak, si davantage de gens avaient dénoncé les mensonges anti-Saddam et anti-Irak, on n’en serait probablement pas là aujourd’hui! Ou sinon, ils auraient pas le malheur d’avoir COLLABORÉ à cette propagande belliciste. S’il y a une leçon à en tirer, je dirais que c’est : FAITES ATTENTION AUX INFOS QUE VOUS DIFFUSEZ, SOYEZ PRUDENTS CAR VOUS RISQUEZ DE JOUER LE JEU DES BELLICISTES EN CROYANT RAPPORTER SIMPLEMENT « LA VÉRITÉ »! Nous, les « truthers », patriotes, whatever, on est mieux informés que les gens du moyen-orient par rapport aux plans des sionistes. Ces manifestants arabes ignorent comment les réseaux sociaux sont manipulés et ils ignorent comment leurs manifs sont récupérées par les sionistes qui veulent semer le chaos dans ces états qu’ils veulent subvertir! Nous avons le devoir de mettre les choses au clair et d’informer la population, ainsi que ces manifestants arabes manipulés.

‘West bombing civilians’ Arab League chief slams strikes in Libya, says West bombarding rather than protecting citizens

Neocons’ Goal: Iran by Way of Libya


Gaddafi « You Are The Aggressors! You Are Animals! You Are Criminals! »

L’impérialisme occidental a lancé une offensive en Libye. Ce pays était encore relativement indépendant. Les conciliations de Kadhafi avec l’axe du mal ces dernières années n’auront pas suffi à le satisfaire. Désormais, on s’empare de ce pays stratégique en Méditerranée par la force.

Kadhafi n’est pas un personnage des plus moral. Il a certainement porté gravement préjudice à son peuple en le spoliant. Il a un mode de vie de dépravé.


Rappel sur le plan sioniste pour le Moyen Orient [], les Rothschild…


Russia Opposes Military Intervention in Libya


France, Britain Scramble to Attack Libya


British PM: Jets will be deployed ‘imminently’ to enforce Libya no-fly zone


Clinton Promises to Bomb Libya, Calls Qaddafi ‘Creature’

Libya declares cease-fire in wake of UN vote to intervene


Libya: UN Security Council Approves No-Fly Zone

The United Nations Security Council has voted in favour of a no-fly zone over Libya.

The council also authorised all necessary measrues to protect civilians from attacks by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

The US, UK, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gabon, Lebanon, Nigeria, Colombia, South Africa and Portugal voted to approve the resolution, while China, Russia, Brazil, Germany and India abstained.

Celebratory gunfire and horns were heard in Benghazi and Tobruk immediately after the vote.

Sky News correspondent Emma Hurd, in Tobruk, said: « Clearly everybody in this town and further to the west in Benghazi have been watching their televisions waiting for the news from the UN in New York and this is exactly what they wanted to hear.

Western jets open fire on Gaddafi’s forces as world leaders declare ‘the time for action has come’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1367800/Libya-Rebels-shoot-fighter-jet-Gaddafis-forces-break-ceasefire.html

  • 20 French planes patrolling over Libya as world leaders announce action
  • President Sarkozy: ‘Our planes are blocking the air attack on Benghazi’
  • Gaddafi breaks ceasefire as government troops roll into Benghazi
  • Russian foreign spokesman say they ‘regret’ Western decision to take action
  • Residents talk about being under constant artillery fire since 6am
  • U.S. Navy plans sea-launched missile attack on coastal air defences
  • French defence official says fighter has fired on Libyan military vehicle


Hélas ! Première frappe française en Libye vers 17h45


French plane fires first shot in Libya intervention

Obama’s new war

From No-Fly to Bombing

In between rounds of golf and handicapping
the NCAA basketball tournament, Bushbama
has started a new war.

For humanitarian reasons of course.

Doesn’t seem to be concerning anyone who
provides commentary on the boob tube, but
this may not be a great idea.

Video:

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/1060.html

I don’t get it.

Did Libya attack us?

Did Congress declare war on Libya as the Constitution demands?

Whatever the answers are to those questions, if you’re a US citizen, you’re paying for it.

Dennis Kucinich « A U.S. Imposed NO-Fly Zone Is A Decision For Congress To Make! »

Nigel Farage: EU has no legitimacy or consent to take military action

Israeli paper confirms Netanyahu ordered African mercenaries and now Gaddafi’s son visits Israel


Report: Israel company recruiting Gadhafi mercenaries

The news site said the head of the company recently met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Israeli intelligence chief Aviv Cokhavi. It added that the officials all approved the company’s recruitment of mercenaries to help Gadhafi.


Gaddafi forces rout rebels in eastern Libya

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/13/gaddafi-forces-rout-rebels-brega-east-libya

Rebels driven out of town of Brega under heavy bombardment as pro-regime forces advance towards Benghazi

Webmaster’s Commentary:

ISRAEL KEEPS THE WORLD UNDER THE YOKE OF DICTATORSHIP!

In Palestine, in the attack on the aid flotilla, and now with Israel’s mercenaries in Libya, Israel shows its true face to the world. The nation once claimed to be the only Democracy in the Middle East is now working to crush Democracy everywhere across the globe through covert action, subversion, and outright intervention; to bring the world into a global dictatorship to serve the hellish doctrine that one group of people has a God-given right to all of life’s blessings and everyone else should be forced to live on the scraps that drop from Israel’s table.

We see Israel for what it truly is.

Do not let Israel get away with hiding behind the tragedy of the quake and tsunami, Please link the above video everywhere it being reported that Qaddafi is defeating the Democracy movement in Libya, because Qaddafi isn’t doing it; Israel is, and Qaddafi in the aftermath will be as much a slave to Israel as the US Government.



Canada:


Leak of demineralized water at nuclear plant near Toronto

PICKERING, Ont. – Officials say a water leak at Pickering’s nuclear power plant east of Toronto does not pose any significant threats to public health.

The leak is attracting attention in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan following last week’s earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

But the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission says the radiological risk to people’s health and the environment is negligible.

The commission says 73,000 litres of demineralized water was released from the Pickering A generating station around 11:30 p.m. Monday night.

It says the leak was caused by pump seal failure.

The commission says it was notified of the leak by Ontario Power Generation.

The commission and Environment Canada are monitoring the situation.


Cover-up in Canada: Radioactive Leak Into Lake Ontario

With all the focus placed on the Japanese radiation leak as well as the toxic plume of radioactive particles (possibly containing uranium and plutonium) heading for the United States, another potential disaster is receiving virtually no attention.

Of course, attention should be paid to the Japanese situation. Especially since the mainstream media is doing everything it can to cover up the scale of the disaster. Nevertheless, it seems the continent of North America is being hit from two sides in terms of radiation danger.

On March 16, a report was released by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) stating that Canada’s Ontario Power Generation has released radioactive water into Lake Ontario via a leak in the Pickering A nuclear generating station.



Japon:

Radiation surging in Ibaraki, Japan. IS A SECOND REACTOR COMPLEX IN TROUBLE?

Webmaster’s Commentary:

The real time radiation monitoring by prefecture is showing radiation levels in the city of Ibaraki going from 639 to 2040 in the last 12 hours!

Click for larger image

However, Ibaraki is 83 miles from the Fukushima power station!

Click for larger image

But there is another nuclear power station right next to Ibaraki, the Tōkai Nuclear Power Plant, which has one operational reactor and one decommissioned reactor, with an undetermined status of the spent fuel rods.

It seems unlikely that radiation from Fukushima is the reason for the radiation surge at Ibaraki in the last 12 hours, without corresponding increases in other cities within 80 miles of the Fukushima reactors. Of course, there are no readings from Fukushimna or Miyagi prefectures at all and maybe the entire coastline for 100 miles is rapidly becoming hotter. But given the nearly identical circumstances of nuclear power stations on the shoreline added to massive quake and tsunami, one must wonder if there is more damage to the other coastal nuclear power stations than is being admitted to.

One thing is obvious from the radiation surge; something bad just happened somewhere!

UPDATE: Confirmation of problems at Tokai-2 reactor.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said a cooling system pump stopped operating at Tokai No. 2 Power Station, a nuclear power plant, in the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture.

URGENT: Cooling system pump stops at Tokai nuclear power plant: fire dep’t

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/77481.html

TOKYO, March 14, Kyodo

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said a cooling system pump stopped operating at Tokai No. 2 Power Station, a nuclear power plant, in the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture.

==Kyodo


Exposed fuel rods in empty, cracked cooling pool may soon release 130 tons of uranium directly into the environment

While much of the mainstream media appears to be moving on from the impending Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently released some startling and dire news about the now-empty spent fuel rod pool in the plant’s Reactor 4. According to the NRC, a crack or hole in the empty pool is preventing efforts to refill it — and since the pool does not have the same containment apparatuses that the actual reactors have, a fire or explosion could release the pool’s 130 tons of uranium directly into the environment.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

I wonder if President {Pussy (now safely on South America) chose this moment to start WW3 in Libya and Congress (now also on vacation who knows where) let him do it because they needed a distraction from this radioactive hell unleashed on us all by Japan/GE/Stuxnet!


20,000 dead, missing in Japan crisis

Crews fighting to cool reactors at Japan’s stricken nuclear plant struggled Sunday to switch partial power back on after a natural disaster that has left more than 20,000 people dead or missing.

The discovery of radiation in foodstuffs in regions around the plant, and of traces of radioactive iodine in Tokyo tap water well to the southwest, compounded public anxiety but authorities said there was no danger to health.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

In the midst of this catastrophe, Japanese officials are behaving as though their hair was on fire, but they are unable to smell the smoke. One senses a real feeling of denial on the part of government officials relative to the current and potential damage this disaster has caused., and may yet cause.

The Japanese people – and people around the world – have every right to be skeptical right now, and get as much hard information as they possibly can on their own.


Japan crisis: ‘There’s no food, tell people there is no food’

The unshaven man in a tracksuit stops his bicycle on the roadside and glances over his shoulder to check that he is unobserved. Satisfied, he reaches quickly into the sludge-filled gutter, picks up a discarded ready-meal and stuffs it into a plastic carrier bag.

In another time, another place, Kazuhiro Takahashi could be taken for a tramp, out scavenging for food after a long night on the bottle. In fact, he is just another hungry victim of Japan’s tsunami trying to find food for his family.

“I am so ashamed,” says the 43-year-old construction worker after he realises he has been spotted. “But for three days we haven’t had enough food. I have no money because my house was washed away by the tsunami and the cash machine is not working.”

Webmaster’s Commentary:

This catastrophe, as it plays out, is an horrific, cautionary tale about how contemporary civilization can collapse in a heartbeat, either by natural disasters, human error, or a combination of both, as we have seen here in Japan.

Everything this site has been saying about preparedness, having a plan to locate loved ones, and having extra non-perishables around, is something every one who reads this site should be thinking about right now.

Be able, as much as possible, should a disaster strike in the US, to be self-sufficient, and don’t wait for the US government to « save » you and your family; look at its response to Hurricane Katrina, or more recently, the Gulf oil disaster, which is still claiming victims of physical injury and death due to the water and land contamination it caused.

http://blog.mondediplo.net/2011-03-15-Tout-est-sous-controle

Et comparons avec le « discours officiel » repris par les médias. Là encore, nous assistons dans les cinq jours à un hiatus énorme entre ce qui est dit et ce qui est fait. Dans la pratique, on instaure une zone d’évacuation, dont le diamètre va d’ailleurs grandir au fil du temps. On distribue de l’iode, on prépare les systèmes de mesure de la radioactivité… Dans le discours, nous aurons deux antiennes qui reviennent en permanence : « les doses reçues ne sont pas dangereuses pour les populations » et « on ne peut pas comparer avec Tchernobyl ». Sous une forme ou sous une autre, « experts », décideurs politiques et économiques et journalistes spécialisés vont s’efforcer de relayer ce message. Pour des raisons de court terme (au Japon notamment), mais surtout d’intérêts biens compris (éviter que l’accident n’ait des conséquences sur la filière en France et dans le monde). L’information qui va être délivrée ne sera jamais une image du réel impitoyable qui se met en place, mais une volonté permanente de « rassurer », au prix de tous les petits arrangements avec la réalité.

Quant à la comparaison avec Tchernobyl, essayons de mesurer ce qu’elle représente. L’explosion de la centrale ukrainienne, l’éjection dans la stratosphère du nuage radioactif, et les retombées sur un continent entier serait-elle la seule forme de la catastrophe nucléaire ? Dès lors, tant que l’explosion n’aurait pas eu lieu, il n’y aurait pas de catastrophe nucléaire, comme l’affirmait sans rire samedi Eric Besson, ministre français de l’industrie. Ou cette déclaration hallucinante d’Anne Lauvergeon, présidente d’Areva et à ce titre en responsabilité sur la filière nucléaire : « Je crois qu’on va éviter la catastrophe nucléaire. »

Pendant ce temps, l’accident grimpe régulièrement sur l’échelle de l’International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES), d’une position 4, signe d’une situation « maîtrisée » et d’un relâchement de matière radioactive important mais limité à l’échelle locale, à la position 6, accident grave… tout près du maximum 7, accordé à Tchernobyl. Pendant ce temps, nous voyons, sur des vidéos diffusées en direct, des explosions dans la centrale. L’un après l’autre, les bâtiments sont soufflés en nuages, qui à chaque fois ne sont pas le grand champignon qui seul serait signe de catastrophe. On nous parle de l’enceinte de confinement comme du dernier rempart, et nous devons être convaincus qu’elle tient encore et tiendra toujours. Là encore, le fossé entre le discours et les faits laisse pantois.

Mais réfléchissons à cette focalisation sur « l’explosion ». Il s’agit d’un double mouvement médiatique : l’attente garde le spectateur en haleine, et les médias, tout comme leurs spectateurs, croient toujours que le monde est un film hollywoodien, avec happy end obligatoire. Mais il s’agit aussi de masquer la réalité de la situation de catastrophe telle qu’elle est déjà en place. Car même si l’expulsion de matière radioactive sur une large distance est évitée — ce qui semble de moins en moins probable au moment où j’écris ces lignes, car les ingénieurs viennent de quitter leur poste compte tenu de l’intensité de la radioactivité —, les matières radioactives sont déjà propulsées sur une large zone. Tokyo, avec ses 35 millions d’habitants, connaît une augmentation rapide de la radioactivité. Alors même que le gouvernement japonais se veut rassurant envers les populations, lundi 14, le porte-avion américain Ronald Reagan, pourtant situé à 150 km, se déplace pour éviter un nuage radioactif. Car le maintien, quand il était encore possible, de la température du cœur passait par des relâchements volontaires ou explosifs de vapeurs chargées de radionucléides, ce qui est signe de catastrophe, avec à l’évidence des conséquences, sur la santé humaine, l’agriculture, l’alimentation…

Cela n’empêchait pas les « experts » de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, cette même institution qui voyait dans la grippe H1N1 une menace pour la planète, de déclarer : « D’après ce que l’on sait pour l’instant sur les niveaux de radioactivité, le risque de santé publique est minime pour le Japon. » On est alors le lundi 14 mars, et c’est repris dans une dépêche AFP de 18 h. Gregory Hartl, porte-parole de l’OMS, ajoute sans rire : « Cela veut dire que si quelqu’un est touché, les risques ne sont pas très grands. »

Devant la naïveté tant des experts patentés que des médias, nous sommes en droit de soulever quelques questions essentielles pour la société qui émergera de cette catastrophe en cours.

Terminons en admirant la façon dont on suppute dorénavant sur l’imminence de la pluie, sur le sens du vent, sur la force des vagues pour déterminer les risques encourus par les populations du Japon (et des pays de la zone Pacifique). Comme des augures de l’Antiquité, la société techno-médiatique en est réduite à espérer des signes du ciel pour conjurer le sort… Si l’humanité dispose de plus de connaissances, il est clair qu’elle n’a pas beaucoup plus de sagesse.


Japan crisis: ‘There’s no food, tell people there is no food’

The unshaven man in a tracksuit stops his bicycle on the roadside and glances over his shoulder to check that he is unobserved. Satisfied, he reaches quickly into the sludge-filled gutter, picks up a discarded ready-meal and stuffs it into a plastic carrier bag.

In another time, another place, Kazuhiro Takahashi could be taken for a tramp, out scavenging for food after a long night on the bottle. In fact, he is just another hungry victim of Japan’s tsunami trying to find food for his family.

“I am so ashamed,” says the 43-year-old construction worker after he realises he has been spotted. “But for three days we haven’t had enough food. I have no money because my house was washed away by the tsunami and the cash machine is not working.”

Webmaster’s Commentary:

This catastrophe, as it plays out, is an horrific, cautionary tale about how contemporary civilization can collapse in a heartbeat, either by natural disasters, human error, or a combination of both, as we have seen here in Japan.

Everything this site has been saying about preparedness, having a plan to locate loved ones, and having extra non-perishables around, is something every one who reads this site should be thinking about right now.

Be able, as much as possible, should a disaster strike in the US, to be self-sufficient, and don’t wait for the US government to « save » you and your family; look at its response to Hurricane Katrina, or more recently, the Gulf oil disaster, which is still claiming victims of physical injury and death due to the water and land contamination it caused.


Here’s How to Help Support the Body’s Healing After Intense Radioactive Contamination or Radiation Exposure … The book ain’t pretty, but the Radiation Detox Info is FREE

http://meditationexpert.com/RadiationDetox/

Here is the link for the radiation detox e-book.. Do not panic if you cannot get any potassium iodide right now. There are additional supplements you can take as set out in this booklet.
I have not read it yet but a quick scan of the contents tells me it is useful….Connie ( It is 123 pages . Print it out or you can read it on line)

http://www.radiationdetox.com/


Treatments for Nuclear Contamination

Iodine – Glutathione – Natural Chelation – Clay – Baking Soda

The incident is a reminder that preparedness should include being prepared for nuclear events with foods and medicinals in our medical cabinets that will protect us and our families as much as humanly and medically possible. Many people in Japan and elsewhere around the world that live and work close to nuclear plants will be seriously affected by nuclear accidents. When a meltdown happens the effects can be carried thousands of miles by the prevailing winds.

It is unclear how far the impact of a meltdown might reach. In the United States, local communities plan for evacuation typically within 10 miles of a nuclear plant. However, states must be ready to cope with contamination of food and water as far as 50 miles away. When it comes to risks and toxic exposure levels we can count on the government and medical officials to understate the threat. This is something consistent in their approach to all types of toxic exposures.

—Article goes into detail on the above listed treatments—


DON’T Take Potassium Iodide Unless You Are Exposed to Radiation

People know that it’s good to take potassium iodide to protect against radiation, to help protect against thyroid cancer (potassium iodide does not protect any other organs).

But taking potassium iodide when there is no radiation can actually damage the thyroid gland … at least in some individuals. A doctor told me that potassium iodide is given to people with hyperthyroid disease in order to partially kill the thyroid – i.e. to lower thyroid function.


Potassium Iodide Works: Rare Agreement Between Alternative Health and the FDA


Activist Post

With the tragedy in Japan continuing to unfold as we speak, most news coverage has focused on the death toll resulting from the earthquake and tsunami. Some coverage has also been given to the meltdown of the Japanese nuclear reactors. However, there has been very little discussion in the mainstream media of the attempted cover-up of problems at seventeen reactors that malfunctioned in 2003, or that the radioactive particles from the latest full-blown catastrophe could soon be reaching the western United States as early as March 25th.


80,000 U.S. Cancers Caused by Bomb Test Fallout – 15,000 of Them Fatal Critics Call for Public Health Response, Compensation, Radiation Truth Commission

An estimated 80,000 people who were born or lived in the United States in the past 50 years have contracted or will contract cancer because of fallout from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, according to an analysis of government studies. Well over 15,000 of them are estimated to be fatal.

The government exploded 215 A- and H-bombs above ground between 1951 and 1963, half at the Nevada Test Site and the others in the Pacific Islands.


Major Nuclear Accidents Around the World

The following are major nuclear accidents around the world since the former Soviet Union set up the world’s first nuclear power plant in 1954:

On Oct. 10, 1957, a fire broke out at the Windscale nuclear reactor (later renamed Sellafield) in northwest England, destroying the core and releasing a cloud of radioactive material. The sale of milk and other produces from nearby farms were banned for a month. Scores of people later developed cancer and died because of exposure to radiation.

On March 28, 1979, a partial core meltdown occurred at Three Mile Island in the United States due to its cooling system failure, in the most severe nuclear leak accident in the country which forced the evacuation of at least 150,000 local residents.

On April 26, 1986, the No.4 reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the former Soviet Union exploded, causing the worst nuclear disaster in history. The explosion killed 30 people on the spot, released more than eight tons of highly radioactive material, contaminated 60,000 square km of land, and caused more than 3.2 million people to be affected by radiation.

On April 6, 1993, a tank containing radioactive liquid exploded at the Tomsk-7 Reprocessing Complex in the Siberian region of Russia. A total of 10 square km of land was contaminated by radioactive material and a number of nearby villages were evacuated.

On Sept. 30, 1999, a nuclear accident occurred at a nuclear fuel plant at Tokai village, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, killing two workers, exposing dozens of people to radiation and forcing the evacuation of local residents.

On Aug. 9, 2004, four workers were killed and seven others injured by a steam leak at the No.3 reactor at Kansai Electric’s Mihama power plant, 350 km west of Tokyo, Japan.


Governments Have Been Covering Up Nuclear Meltdowns for Fifty Years to Protect the Nuclear Power Industry

Specifically, in 1959, there was a meltdown of one-third of the nuclear reactors at the Santa Susana field laboratory operated by Rocketdyne, releasing – according to some scientists’ estimates – 240 times as much radiation as Three Mile Island.

But the Atomic Energy Commission lied and said only there was only 1 partially damaged rod, and no real problems. In fact, the AEC kept the meltdown a state secret for 20 years.


Stuxnet found in Japan in October – Is Fukushima an unintended consequence of Israel’s hacker attack against Bushehr?

According to the security company, the virus is designed to target a German-made program often used in systems managing water, gas and oil pipelines. The program is used at public utilities around the world, including in Japan.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Here is a nightmare scenario for you.

1. Israel and the US create Stuxnet.

2. Stuxnet is deployed to wreck Iran’s nuclear power station.

3. But Stuxnet escapes from its intended target and spreads across Asia!

4. As the above article documents, Stuxnet was in Japan last October, presumably still spreading and intended to wreck nuclear power plants.

5. Stuxnet targets the Siemens controller

6. Fukushima uses the Seimens controllers Stuxnet was designed interfere with!

So now the difficulty the Fukushima nuclear plant operators faced in recovering control over their runaway reactors takes on a darker significance. Remember that the first problem following the quake was that the automated shutdown systems failed to operate at some of the reactors, because pumps failed and valves would not open even while running on batteries; the very sorts of mischief Stuxnet supposedly was designed to cause at Iran’s power station.

Did we all just get hacked to death by Israel?

Would anyone reading this in Japan please forward to the Fukushima managers.


FLASHBACK OCTOBER! – New cybervirus found in Japan / Stuxnet designed to attack off-line servers via USB memory sticks

Stuxnet, a computer virus designed to attack servers isolated from the Internet, such as at power plants, has been confirmed on 63 personal computers in Japan since July, according to major security firm Symantec Corp.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Did Stuxnet play a role in the failure to get Fukushima properly shut down after the quake?

Fukushima and Stuxnet: Anomalies in Official Reports Lead to Questions

….More specifically, were the components responsible for an inability to obtain useful information about water/pressure/temperature levels, cited by the World Nuclear Association, controlled by Siemens PLCs?

Re: UglyTruth Discusses Possiblity of Stuxnet Attack on …

Bridenbaugh Believes Design Flaws Were Addressed At Fukushima Plant

Bridenbaugh told ABC News that he believes the design flaws that prompted his resignation from GE were eventually addressed at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Bridenbaugh said GE agreed to a series of retrofits at Mark 1 reactors around the globe. He compared the retooling to the bolstering of highway bridges in California to better withstand earthquakes.

« Like with seismic refitting, they went back and re-analyzed the loads the structures might receive and beefed up the ability of the containment to handle greater loads, » he said.

When asked if that was sufficient, he paused. « What I would say is, the Mark 1 is still a little more susceptible to an accident that would result in a loss of containment. »

ABC News asked GE for more detail about how the company responded to critiques of its Mark 1 design. GE spokesman Michael Tetuan said in an email that, over the past 40 years, the company has made several modifications to its Mark 1 reactors in the U.S., including installing « quenchers » and fortifying the steel structures « to accommodate the loads that were generated. » He said that GE’s responses to modifications ordered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission were also shared with the Japanese nuclear industry.

http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=13141287&sid=3029941&p=6

AND

Fukushima plant uses Siemens Supervisory Control And Data Acquistion Software (SCADA), which Stuxnet is designed specifically to target.…Remember that the first problem following the quake was that the automated shutdown systems failed to operate at some of the reactors, because pumps failed and valves would not open even while running on batteries; the very sorts of mischief Stuxnet supposedly was designed to cause at Iran’s power station.”

http://clipsnews.com/fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-plant-damaged-by-stuxnet/

I don’t think you can completely rule out sabotage at this point. Even Bridenbaugh admits he’s not completely clear on what to make of this.

andie531 | Sun, 2011-03-20 23:16

Re: UglyTruth Discusses Possiblity of Stuxnet Attack on …

Whatever about Japanese engineering standards, five of the six reactors and all four hit by explosions were designed by General Electric and built by US companies. The 1960’s Mark I design is seriously flawed and there were warnings about these flaws to the effect that the primary containment vessel would be likely to burst if the fuel rods inside overheated. Three staff members resigned from General Electric in the 1970’s as they were convinced that the Mark 1 was so flawed it could lead to a devastating accident.

Given that it was built right beside the sea and almost at sea level, the whole site was ill-protected from the scale of this particular tsunami, being designed for wave heights around 4-5 metres, not the 10 metre-high wave that engulfed the facility. As for the DBG’s, nothing could have protected them and allowed them the air they need to function.

While there is always the possibility of conspiracys playing a part in events, I always prefer to apply Occam’s razor and to start with the simplest answer first. In the case of 9/11, the simplest and most plausible answer is that the towers were brought down by controlled demolition. However, this case is different. In a world where profit is king, queen and the entire court, the tendency to under-engineer, in other words, to cut corners, is significant, even in a safety-critical industry such as nuclear power.

Re:UglyTruth Discusses Possiblity of Stuxnet Attack on Fukushima

I’m very wary of this rash of stories relating to stuxnet and the Fukushima Daiichi reactors. It stinks of poisoning the well, perhaps by those who are responsible for what is probably the dumbest reactor design in the history of nuclear power. As far as I can see, the following are responsible for the failure of reactor cooling:

1. The possibility that the results of SQ (Seismic Qualification) tests for the reactors were faked.

2. The high probablity that the earthquake damaged the cores without damaging the containment.

3. Tsunami damage to the power grid infrastructure which would have been the first source of backup power to run the cooling system.

4. The placement of diesel backup generation equipment at ground level, which is barely above sea level at the Fukushima complex and as such wide open to inundation by tsunami. Anyone who knows anything about diesel engines knows they don’t play well with water. A dumb design decision if ever there was one.

5. The « hail mary » option of pumping in sea water probably hasn’t helped either.

Face it, this reactor has to be the worst design possible, not only from the perspective of the backup diesel generators (which should have been located on a high point, say the reactor roof) but also from the location of the cooling tanks, which are believed to house around 11,000 spent nuclear fuel rods.

In a dumb design decision that is dumber than the other decision of the location of backup generation by a factor of thousands, the cooling tanks were located on the roofs of the reactors, right above the reactor cores. Their location means that in the current situation delivering active coolant is not possible and they are boiling off any coolant present. There are also rumours of cracks in the cooling tanks meaning that any new coolant delivered will drain away before it has any chance to have an effect.

As for Stuxnet being involved, the likelihood is very low. There is precious little evidence to support the claim, regardless as to what « computer experts » might say. As an explanation it ranks right alongside the « HAARP caused the earthquake » nonsense.

We are likely to be bombarded with bullshit when it comes to these failing reactors and the threats they pose. I suspect this is one of those volleys of bullshit.


Currency Meltdown Coming

The situation in Japan is getting worse, not better. There are shortages in food, fuel and warm dry shelter. To make matters exponentially worse, nuclear power plants there continue to burn out of control and emit high levels of radiation. Japan is a stark reminder of how fast a modern technologically advanced society can be brought to its knees by an unforeseen calamity.

On the other side of the Pacific, the devastating pictures from that island nation are taking the attention away from our own, much more predictable, calamity coming from a tsunami of debt. As the U.S. and other world governments continue to print money to keep the banks and system solvent, a ball of debt is growing. It is on course to swamp the system. In his latest report, Martin Armstrong, former Chairman of Princeton Economics and an expert in the study of economic cycles, said events happening in places like Japan or the Middle East are not the main issue the world is facing.

Armstrong said, “This is coming at a time when governments are broke. We have state and local governments in a debt crisis and that meltdown is very real!!!!!!! Government is collapsing. That is the issue.” Armstrong says because of all the money created to bail out failing banks, gold is gaining in price. “This is not just inflation. We are on the verge of a currency meltdown this time,” said Armstrong. (Click here to read the latest report from Martin Armstrong.)


14 Reasons Japan’s Economic Collapse Has Begun

Many in the mainstream media are claiming that the economy of Japan will bounce right back from this, but they are wrong. The tsunami decimated thousands of square miles. The loss of homes, cars, businesses and personal wealth is almost unimaginable. It is going to take many years to rebuild the roads, bridges, rail systems, ports, power lines and water systems that were lost. There are going to be a significant number of Japanese insurance companies and financial institutions that are going to be totally wiped out as a result of this great tragedy. Of course in the days ahead the Japanese people will band together and work hard to rebuild the nation, but the truth is that it is impossible to « bounce right back » from such a massive loss of wealth, assets and infrastructure.

The following are 14 reasons why the economic collapse of Japan has now begun….

  1. The Bank of Japan has announced it has decided to flood the Japanese economy with 15 trillion yen. That is the equivalent of roughly $183 billion dollars. This is going to provide needed liquidity in the short-term, but it is also going to set Japan on a highly inflationary course.
  2. Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock average declined by more than 6 percent on Monday. As the full extent of the damage becomes apparent more declines are likely.
  3. Oil refineries all over Japan have been severely damaged or destroyed. For example, six refineries that combine to process 31 percent of the oil for Japan have been totally shut down at least for now.
  4. The damage to roads, bridges, ports and rail systems is estimated to be in the billions of dollars. The damage done to power lines and water systems is almost unimaginable. It is going to take many years to rebuild the infrastructure of Japan.
  5. Right now the flow of goods and services in many areas of northern Japan has been reduced to a crawl, and this is likely to remain the case for quite some time.
  6. Many cities and towns along the east coast of Japan have essentially been destroyed.
  7. Japan‘s nuclear industry is essentially dead in the water at this point. Even if there is not a full-blown nuclear meltdown, the events that have transpired already have frightened people enough to cause a massive public outcry against nuclear power in Japan.
  8. Japan is going to need even more oil and natural gas in the long run to replace lost nuclear energy production. Prior to this crisis, Japan derived 29 percent of its electricity from nuclear power.
  9. Japan is the second largest foreign holder of U.S. government debt, but that is about to change. Japan currently has about $882 billion in U.S. Treasury bonds and is going to have to liquidate much of that in order to fund the rebuilding of their nation.
  10. Many factories in Japan are closing down at least temporarily. For example, Nissan (NSANY.PK) has shut down four factories and Sony (SNE) has shut down six factories.
  11. Toyota (TM) has shut down all production at its factories in Japan until at least March 16th.
  12. A substantial number of Japanese financial institutions and insurance companies are absolutely going to be devastated by this nightmare.
  13. Japan‘s budget deficit was already 9 percent of GDP even before this tragedy. Now they are going to have to borrow lots more money to fund the rebuilding effort.
  14. Japan‘s national debt was already well over 200 percent of GDP even before this tragedy. How much farther into the danger zone can they possibly go?


All Mizuho ATMs In Japan Have Stopped Working

Mizuho, the second-largest financial services company in Japan, has just locked out its customers from accessing their cash. Whether or not this is related to Zero Hedge reports from yesterday that the same bank is unable to complete ¥570 billion in transactions in unclear.


Japan brings money home to rebuild

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/13/us-markets-weekahead-idUSTRE72A31H20110313

Shaken by the prospect of nuclear meltdown after a devastating earthquake and tsunami, Japanese investors will dump overseas assets on Monday and bring their money home to help finance reconstruction.

Positioning for this could send the dollar plummeting versus the yen on Monday and lead to a sharp slide in Treasuries since U.S. government bonds are a favorite asset of Japanese investors, market analysts said.

Stocks also are likely to come under pressure.

Japanese insurers will probably sell some of their most liquid foreign assets such as U.S. Treasuries so they can respond to the worst disaster since World War Two.

The crisis could lead to insured losses of nearly $35 billion, risk modeling company AIR Worldwide said, making it one of the most expensive disasters in history and nearly as much as the entire worldwide catastrophe loss for the global insurance industry.

Traders braced for just such an outcome on Friday, when the yen surged and Treasuries fell. The Bank of Japan probably will add money to the system to limit the liquidation of assets. But the big question remains of how much follow-through selling is yet to come.

Dan Fuss, the vice chairman of $150 billion Loomis Sayles, told Reuters on Sunday that his best guess is that Treasuries will continue to see losses.

Because Japan is the second-biggest holder of U.S. government debt and they have nearly $900 billion in dollar reserves, Fuss said Japan will likely use reserves for rebuilding.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

This will hammer the US stock market. It might even collapse. No doubt the Fed has their printing presses switched into warp drive preparing to shore up the market and the banks, but absent massive wealth confiscation from the American people to « balance the books », this printing will only degrade the dollar further. DOW futures already headed down. « Black Monday? »

UPDATE: the Japan stock market just opened down 500 points!

UPDATE: Japan stock market down 500 at open!


Quake selloff wipes $287 billion off Tokyo stock market

A massive selloff on the Tokyo Stock Exchange wiped out some 23.5 trillion yen ($287 billion) from the market’s value on Monday with investors dumping stocks as the country recoiled from a devastating earthquake and struggled to avert nuclear disaster.


World Stock Markets Slide – Nikkei Futures Down 16%

The Nikkei is on lunch break and futures have tanked as Armageddon fears grow after two more blasts rocked nuclear plants tonight.

Bloomberg – Global Stock Market Futures – Link

PM Naoto Kan just finished addressing the nation, and told everyone within a 15-mile radius to stay indoors, as radioactive material spreads. Radiation fears are now spreading to the Phillipines.


More companies to suspend production at domestic plants

TOKYO (Kyodo) — A number of Japanese companies including NEC Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. joined others Sunday in announcing a temporary suspension of their domestic plants following Friday’s massive earthquake in northeastern and eastern Japan, company officials said.

While some of their plants were hit by the quake and quake-triggered tsunami, many factories will be unable to operate due to a lack of parts and the need for inspection. A scheduled power outage could also halt operations at some plants, possibly affecting output of various products.

Among automakers, Hino Motors Ltd., Mitsubishi Motors Corp., Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. and Isuzu Motors Ltd. have decided to temporarily suspend their domestic plants, officials of the companies said.

http://www.beyondnuclear.org/


Radioactive Winds chase evacuees in Japan; Hawaii threatened by Fukushima fallout

In a deepening tragedy, after an earthquake and tsunami caused four explosions at nuclear reactor plants in Japan, most of those who evacuated the area headed south, since winds normally would have pushed the radioactive clouds to the north and east. Instead, winds pushed the r-clouds south, according to The Australian. The shift in winds now threatens Hawaii with fallout from the Fukushima nuclear facilities.

Officials finally admit radiation has reached lethal levels in the area surrounding the explosions. Tokyo, 200 miles to the south, is also seeing higher levels of radiation. “[A]bnormal radiation and traces of radioactive elements were detected around Greater Tokyo, the world’s most populous metropolitan region with 36 million people. »


We’re not afraid to die’: Extraordinary courage of the Fukushima Fifty as they return to stricken power plant to fight nuclear disaster

# Workers battling nuclear meltdown evacuated for hours today after radiation levels increased
# French minister: ‘Let’s not beat about the bush, they’ve essentially lost control’
# Radioactive steam spews into atmosphere from reactor number three
# Experts warn that crisis is ‘approaching point of no return’ as officials run out of options
# Officials commandeer police water cannon to spray complex
# Attempts to dump water on reactors by helicopter fail
# Two more previously stable reactors begin to heat up
# The rich scramble to book private jets out the country as fleeing passengers pack Tokyo airport
Lots of pics.

The dumping was intended both to help cool the reactor and to replenish water in a pool holding spent fuel rods. The plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said earlier that the pool was nearly empty, which might cause the rods to overheat.

American officials have also said that they believe the fuel holding pools at reactor three and four have boiled dry causing ‘extremely high’ radiation levels.

That means that nuclear fuel rods at both the reactors could overheat further and release more radiation.

Even when removed from reactors, uranium rods are still extremely hot and must be cooled for months, possibly longer, to prevent them from heating up again and emitting radioactivity.

One French expert warned that the plant is just hours away from disaster. Thierry Charles of the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety told the Telegraph: ‘The next 48 hours will be decisive. I am pessimistic because, since Sunday, I have seen that almost none of the solutions has worked.’

FOREIGN COMPANIES START TO GO

Foreign companies have started pulling their staff out of Tokyo as fears of a nuclear catastrophe mount.

Multinational corporations have triggered emergency plans as power cuts have paralysed large swathes of the Japanese capital.

Some companies are already moving staff to other cities in Japan or sending overseas workers to nearby financial centres, such as Sydney.

Around 200 employees at the French bank Societe Generale are being transferred from Tokyo, while US fund managers BlackRock and Fidelity have started shifting trading staff to Hong Kong and Singapore.

German banks – including Commerzbank – have also notified staff to pull back.

Around 50 BMW workers and their families have taken up the car giant’s offer to repatriate all of its foreign workers.

But UK banks HSBC and Barclays last night insisted that it was ‘business as usual’ for their operations in the Japanese capital.


Foreign bankers flee Tokyo as nuclear crisis deepens

Foreign bankers are fleeing Tokyo as Japan’s nuclear crisis worsens, scrambling for commercial and charter flights out of the country and into other major cities in the region.

BNP Paribas , Standard Chartered and Morgan Stanley were among the banks whose staff have left since Friday’s earthquake and tsunami, and now a nuclear plant disaster, according to industry sources with direct knowledge of the matter.


Wing Commander Announces Voluntary Airlift for Military Dependents During AFN Radio Interview March 17 at 2:45 p.m.

3/17/2011 – YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The following is information provided by Col. Otto Feather, 374th Airlift Wing commander, during a radio interview with American Forces Network during a radio interview at 2:45 p.m. March 17.

Our real thrust is taking care of our partners here in Japan. We’re going to do everything so that, even though we’re talking about voluntary departures, we’re talking about civilians and kids that maybe want to get home to mom and grandma and what have you.
So that will be what we’re focusing on for those folks. But the rest of us in blue, and our brethren from the purple world, are going to be lockstep here with the Japanese, doing everything we can to take care of the recovery from this terrible tsunami and earthquake.


PACOM could evacuate 87k Americans from Japan

SAN DIEGO — The admiral in charge of all U.S. military forces in the Pacific region said on Thursday the military has developed contingency plans to evacuate 87,000 Americans — including Defense Department personnel — from Japan if the situation deteriorates.
Adm. Robert Willard, who commands U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, told Pentagon reporters during a press conference Thursday evening that the United States, in a worst-case scenario, would be prepared to evacuate as many as 87,300 U.S. citizens, including military personnel and family members from Tokyo and the surrounding areas. That would include the large naval base in Yokosuka, located south of the capital near the entrance to Tokyo Bay and home to the forward-deployed aircraft carrier George Washington.


News report: Thousands Of U.S. Personnel Evacuated From Japan To Western Wash.

The report says a total of 200,000 US personnel to be evacuated from Japan to US West Coast. That seems like a very high number. If this is accurate, it must mean things in Japan are a lot worse than we are being told. /Sting Ray

SEATTLE, Wash. — Thousands of U.S. military and Department of Defense personnel are being voluntarily evacuated from Japan to Seattle and Joint Base Lewis-McChord following last week’s earthquake and tsunami.

The USO confirmed Friday that 15,000 U.S. personnel and their dependents will be hosted at USO centers at SeaTac and JBLM in the coming days. The evacuation is part of the U.S. State Department’s voluntary evacuation of U.S. personnel following growing concerns at nuclear plants in Japan.


Exodus from a nuclear nightmare: Thousands flee as they question whether Japan’s government is telling them truth about reactors

Hundreds of vehicles sped out of the shadow of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant yesterday.

Those inside the cars and trucks were fleeing for their lives, terrified about what might happen next and reluctant to believe anything their government was telling them.

‘We knew it was close by, but they told us over and over again that it was safe, safe, safe,’ said 70-year-old evacuee Fumiko Watanabe.

‘People are worried that we aren’t being told how dangerous this stuff is and what really happened.’

Meanwhile scores of terrified residents began to flee Tokyo as the power plant threatened to send a cloud of radioactive dust across Japan.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

The lies told early on regarding Chernobyl was one of the factors which ultimately led to the unraveling of the old Soviet Union.

The Japanese government appears to not be telling the truth not only to their own citizens about the magnitude of this catastrophe, but also to the world in general.


Japanese Passengers Set Off Radiation Meters At Chicago and Dallas Airports


Tokyo Passengers Trigger U.S. Airport Detectors, N.Y. Post Says

Radiation detectors at Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare airports were triggered when passengers from flights that started in Tokyo passed through customs, the New York Post reported.

Tests at Dallas-Fort Worth indicated low radiation levels in travelers’ luggage and in the aircraft’s cabin filtration system; no passengers were quarantined, the newspaper said.


Japan’s mafia among the first to organise and deliver aid

Japan‘s mafia among the first to organise and deliver aid
The Straits Times
Publication Date : 21-03-2011
The website reported that the day after the earthquake, the Inagawa-kai (the third-largest organised crime group in Japan) sent 25 trucks filled with paper diapers, instant ramen, batteries, torches, drinks and other essentials to the Tohoku region.
The Daily Beast said the Kanagawa block of the Inagawa-kai has sent 70 trucks to the Ibaraki and Fukushima areas to drop off supplies in areas with high radiation levels – with yakuza members going in without any protection or potassium iodide.


Japan’s earthquake death toll set to hit 25,000 as it emerges ANOTHER town has 10,000 people missing

The terrible toll of Japan’s double disaster became clearer today as it emerged as many as 25,000 people could be dead.

As rescue crews trawled through mile after mile of tsunami-stricken wasteland, officials from the coastal town of Ishinomaki confirmed that 10,000 of their citizens were missing.


America on radiation alert: Japan faces world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl as experts warn fallout may reach U.S.

Fears that America could be hit by the nuclear fallout from the Japan earthquake have dramatically increased as workers prepared to abandon a reactor crippled by the earthquake and tsunami last night in the face of what is set to become the world’s second worst nuclear disaster – topped only by Chernobyl.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

And soon to surpass it, because all six reactors at Fukushima are in trouble now, and all six have 40 years of spent fuel rods in those reactor buildings.

Caldicott: Japan may spell end of nuclear industry worldwide

Dr Caldicott said that despite the best efforts of nuclear energy campaigners, the Japanese disaster is likely to spell the end of the industry not just in Australia but worldwide.

“We’ve had earthquakes in Australia before—no-one will want to risk this happening in this country.”

“But I think the nuclear industry is finished worldwide.”

“I have said before, unfortunately, the only thing that is capable of stopping this wicked industry is a major catastrophe, and it now looks like this may be it.”


Germany to Shut Seven Reactors

Seven nuclear reactors in Germany built before 1980 will be shut during a three-month review of nuclear-plant safety and the country’s broader energy strategy, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday.

Mrs. Merkel also said she wanted the Group of 20 leading and emerging nations in France to discuss international nuclear-energy standards at a summit in November, and had asked French President Nicolas Sarkozy to add the discussion to the summit’s agenda. WSJ


China suspends nuclear building plans

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12769392

China has suspended approval for new nuclear power stations following the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant.

It will also carry out checks at existing reactors and those under construction.

China is currently building 27 new reactors – about 40% of the total number being built around the world.

The news comes as China grows increasingly worried about the nuclear accident in Japan.

Safe nuclear does exist, and China is leading the way with thorium

A few weeks before the tsunami struck Fukushima’s uranium reactors and shattered public faith in nuclear power, China revealed that it was launching a rival technology to build a safer, cleaner, and ultimately cheaper network of reactors based on thorium.


App. C: A Homemade Fallout Meter, the KFM

How to Make and Use It

FOLLOWING THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE!
The complete KFM instructions include patterns to be cut out and used to construct the fallout meter. At the end of the instructions are extra patterns on 4 unnumbered pages. The reader is urged to use these extra patterns to make KFM’s in normal peacetime and to keep the complete instructions intact for use during a recognized crisis period.


Thorium Reactors cannot melt down, and cannot be used to make bombs!

Webmaster’s Commentary:

For the $14 trillion that the Wall Street MBS Fraud cost America, we could have built 130 Thorium reactors, which do not melt down and which do not produce bombs.


Thorium fuel cycle

The thorium fuel cycle is a nuclear fuel cycle that uses the naturally abundant isotope of thorium, 232Th, as the fertile material which is transmuted into the fissile artificial uranium isotope 233U which is the nuclear fuel. However, unlike natural uranium, natural thorium contains only trace amounts of fissile material (such as 231Th), and these are insufficient to initiate a nuclear chain reaction. Thus, some fissile material or other neutron source must be supplied to initiate the fuel cycle. In a thorium-fueled reactor, 232Th will absorb neutrons eventually to produce 233U, which is similar to the process in uranium-fueled reactors whereby fertile 238U absorbs neutrons to form fissile 239Pu.


Japan’s woes prompt Venezuela to halt nuclear plan

CARACAS, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that the crisis at a Japanese nuclear plant after the country’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami have prompted him to halt Venezuela’s plans to develop nuclear energy.

Chavez announced last year that his government was carrying out initial studies to start a nuclear energy program.

Russia‘s government had agreed to help Venezuela build a reactor last year during a visit to Moscow by Chavez. But Chavez said watching events unfold in Japan has prompted him to reconsider.

Thorium Revolt: Mineral to replace uranium as nuclear power source? – RT


Nuclear Crisis in Japan Follows Decades of Faked Safety Reports, Accidents

The unfolding disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant follows decades of falsified safety reports, fatal accidents and underestimated earthquake risk in Japan’s atomic power industry.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

If that was being done in Japan, then we need to see if faking reports was being done everywhere else those GE reactors are being used.


Nuclear Apocalypse in Japan Lifting the Veil of Nuclear Catastrophe and cover-up

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23764

I began my career as a journalist by looking deeply into the rabbit-hole of nuclear power from 1993 to 2000. I visited the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Public Document Rooms — which have since been closed in many places — where I read thousands of microfilms and scanned microfiche records and excavated document after document in search of truth. I visited nuke plants in New England and industry conferences. I interviewed officials and I attended the most boring and sometimes secretive public meetings with the most stifling and unimaginative bureaucrats and with engineers (like me) so dry they squeaked. And then I reported on regulatory corruption, technical failures, undemocratic initiatives to betray the public trust, and the accumulating radiation and nuclear poisons — and the many ways that the mass media supported and perpetuated the mythology.

Amongst the most troubling and most deeply underplayed questions of the entire crisis concern the Fukushima Spent Fuel Pools. These basin are packed with tons of irradiated fuel rods that need to be cooled. One of the major postulated accident scenarios involves a Loss-of-Coolant Accident (LOCA) to the reactor core, but a LOCA event can also occur with a spent fuel pool. It has. Fires and explosions in Japan. The Spent Fuel Pools at the six Fukushima reactors are NOT inside primary containment. They are exposed. Burning. About to burn.

Reactors No. 4, 5, and 6 at Fukushima were shutdown when the earthquake struck. After the water drained and the spent fuel became exposed, the pool at reactor No. 4 caught fire, and continues to burn, as of Thursday March 17, releasing massive amounts of radiation into the environment. The status of the other six spent fuel pools at Fukushima is unknown. A courageous U.S. journalist Rachel Maddow explored the spent fuel pool issue with a former government official. The most important, critical point made by Princeton professor Frank Von Hippel occurs at minute 14:19 — where Rachel Maddow talks over him: these are LONG-LIFE RADIONUCLIDES being emitted from the spent fuel pool(s). Isotopes of cesium: Cs-137 has a half-life of 30 years and will be around and hot for decades.

How much disaster are we talking about? The atomic bomb that exploded at Hiroshima created about 2000 curies of radioactivity. The spent fuel pools at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant (U.S.) are said to hold about 75 million curies. There are six spent fuel pools at Fukushima, but the numbers of tons of fuel rods in each have not been made public.

The Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) did the math: If Fukushima’s Reactor No. 4 operated for 35 years and produced 30 tons of irradiated fuel per year and each ton is equivalent to 24 times the amount of cesium-137 produced by the Hiroshima bomb, then each fuel pool could contain on the order of 24,000 times the amount of cesium-137 produced by the Hiroshima bomb, if all the produced irradiated fuel remains in the fuel pool.

Nuclear stupidity No. 1: the Fukushima reactor buildings are square (not circular) and had to absorb the force of the tsunami wave straight on. Stupidity No. 2: six reactors clustered too close together. Stupidity No. 3: no shoreline protection against a tsunami. Stupidity No. 4: reactors sited on earthquake faults. Stupidity No. 5: assumptions and calculations proving that the reactor, prior to its construction, could withstand anything that nature threw at it. Stupidity No. 6: it didn’t begin in Japan: the industry, with all its corruptions, false assumptions and technological hubris, was born in secrecy in the United States of America.

Stupidity No. 125: spent fuel pools are packed too tightly, as is well-established by industry documents, for economic reasons, discarding safety concerns. Stupidity No. 458: the Spent Fuel Pools at Fukushima are suspended up high inside the reactor buildings secondary containment — the same buildings whose roofs are blowing off! Are we to believe that the massive explosions that were captured on film, and others that were not, did not damage these elevated time bombs?

How many stupidities do we need to admit before we admit that it can happen in the United States and Europe and Canada too? Imagine those courageous Japanese nuclear workers at Fukushima — sacrificing their lives! — trying to save their families, Japan and the rest of us from our unprecedented stupidity!

THE CLEAN AND GREEN PROPAGANDA

Of course, technology gurus and corporate executives and financial consultants are hysterical, claiming there were no deaths from Three Mile Island and that deaths at Chernobyl are exaggerated by the mass media. These claims are false. The new book, Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment provides irrefutable evidence of massive loss of life.

« The book is solidly based — on health data, radiological surveys and scientific reports — some 5,000 in al, » says journalist Karl Grossman. « It concludes that based on records now available, some 985,000 people died, mainly of cancer, as a result of the Chernobyl accident. That is between when the accident occurred in 1986 and 2004. More deaths, it projects, will follow. »

James Lovelock, author of the renowned GAIA Hypothesis, is a celebrated environmentalist for nuclear energy peddling nuclear power as a clean, green, renewable energy source of the future. However, Lovelock has a long history working for NASA — the outer-space division of the Pentagon — and is deeply enmeshed in the western epistemological framework.

Commenting on Japan’s nuclear crisis, Lovelock said that people were ‘prejudiced’ against nuclear power unreasonably. « It is very safe, » he said. Chernobyl, for instance, was « an idiotic mess-up that could only have occurred in the Soviet Union », and according to UN estimates had killed only about 56 people. More people are routinely killed in oil refineries and coal mines, he pointed out. »

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« The first ‘type’ of radioactive material is the uranium in the fuel rods, » wrote Dr. Oehmen, « plus the intermediate radioactive elements that the uranium splits into, also inside the fuel rod (Cesium and Iodine). There is a second type of radioactive material created, outside the fuel rods. The big main difference up front: Those radioactive materials have a very short half-life, that means that they decay very fast and split into non-radioactive materials. By fast I mean seconds. So if these radioactive materials are released into the environment, yes, radioactivity was released, but no, it is not dangerous, at all. Why? By the time you spelled « R-A-D-I-O-N-U-C-L-I-D-E », they will be harmless, because they will have split up into non radioactive elements… »

It takes about five seconds to spell R-A-D-I-O-N-U-C-L-I-D-E and it takes about the same amount of time to read a chart (below) which shows the actual lifetimes and half-lives of radioisotopes that people need to be concerned about today.

Not only does Dr. Oehmen intentionally misinform people about the inherent design flaws and potential failures of nuclear reactors and subsystems, but he knowingly disinforms about the potential for serious health consequences and the radioactive contaminants that are typically released during a nuclear power accident. While millions of people in Japan are suffering the personal psychological terror of a possible nuclear holocaust, the fears and horrors of life and death from a natural disaster, starvation and thirst, and radioactive poisoning. Dr. Joseph Oehmen — safe in Boston Massachusetts — has been been boasting about his blog post — equally popular with people who hate it and love it — which spread like a virus on the Internet.

During nuclear fission, the uranium from the fuel rods splits into many radioactive fission products that can then escape during a nuclear power ‘event’. These include dangerous Noble Gases (xenon and krypton); Hallogens (including iodines and bromines); Alkali Metals (including cesium 137); Alkaline earths (including barium 133 and strontium 90) and the elements Tellurium and Ruthenium. Some fissionable elements decay rapidly and are inconsequential during releases, but some decay into other, more deadly nuclides. The most dangerous nuclides have half-lives in days (I-131 = 8 days), years (Cs-137 = 30 years) or centuries (Pu-239 = 24,000 years). Half-life is the time it takes for one-half of the material to decay — lest we forget that the other half is still present.

All of these fissionable products are potentially released and they have varying degrees of half-lives, mobility, migration and toxicity depending on factors like atmospheric conditions, temperature of the reactor core and operating capacity (megawatts) at shutdown, and the presence of coolants. The most dangerous of these are iodine 131 (I-131), cesium 137 (Cs-137), strontium 90 (Sr-90), cobalt 60 (Co-60) and plutonium 239 (Pu-239). All of these negatively affect the human body and all of these have been released in nuclear power ‘accidents’, during venting of radioactive steam or flushing of radioactive water, and other ‘events’. Another deadly isotope which seems to consistently ‘escape’ from nuclear power sites is cobalt 60 (Co-60), half-life 5.2 years. Co-60 accumulates and migrates through steam generator tubes and other secondary coolant processes, in core shrouds and reactor pressure vessels, and many of the other components of nuclear reactors whose histories of failures are thoroughly documented.

Is radiation leaking in Japan? Yes and no. The term ‘leak’ suggests air squeaking out of a balloon. In Japan we have leaks, here and there, but we also have explosions, fires and other phenomena that create massive radioactive emissions. To say ‘leak’ is to downplay what is happening. The balloons in Japan have burst: primary containment has been breached at Reactor No. 3 and at least one spent fuel pool is burning up. With the walls blown out and roof blown off, it seems at least one other spent fuel pool is gone or going.

Nuclear advocates deride and dismiss public ignorance about radionuclides like, for example, the noble gases. Nuclear advocates frequently state that both xenon and krypton decay and disappear in a matter of seconds or minutes. What they don’t tell us is that these isotopes decay into daughter isotopes that are extremely deadly emitters. Many credible physicians, scientists and other nuclear experts — free of the self-interests of nuclear profits, academic sponsorship or career advancement — have outlined the absence of epidemiological studies of certain radionuclides emitted or flushed at nuclear reactors. Dr. Helen Caldicott has elaborated the detrimental health effects of the noble gases xenon (Xe) and krypton (Kr), and she notes that these have appearance hundreds of miles from reactors believed to have emitted them.

Xenon 137, with a half-life of 3.9 minutes, converts almost immediately to the notoriously dangerous cesium 137 with a half-life of thirty years.
Krypton 90, half-life of 33 seconds, decays to rubidium 90, half-life of 2.9 minutes, then to the medically toxic strontium 90, half-life of twenty-eight years.
Xenon 135 decays to cesium 135 with an incredibly long half-life of 3 million years.
• Large amounts of xenon 133 are released at operating reactors, and although it has a relatively short half-life of 5.3 days, it remains radioactive for 106 days.
Krypton 85, which has a half-life of 10.4 years, is a powerful gamma radiation emitter.
Argon 39 has a 265-year half-life.

« Other dangerous noble gases include xenon 141,143 and 144, which decay to cerium 141,143 and 144, » Dr. Helen Caldicott reports in Nuclear Power is Not the Answer. « According to the National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP Report No. 60) these three cerium isotopes,which are beta emitters,are abundant products of nuclear fission reactions and have moderately long half-lives. They bio-concentrate in the food chain, and they irradiate the lung, liver, skeleton, and gastrointestinal tract, where they act as potent carcinogens. »

On March 14 Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) outlined the risks from Japan. Iodine 131 migrates in air and is known for causing thyroid cancers, especially in children. Strontium 90 causes different cancers. Cesium 137 concetrates in bone and causes leukemia. Microscopic particles of plutonium 239 cause lung cancer if inhaled and Pu-239 kills instantly in any sizeble dose. Areas contaminated by plutonium will have to be abandoned — as happened at Chernobyl.

« Since 2010, Fukushima Daiichi Unit-3 reactor had been using mixed-oxide fuel (also called plutonium fuel or MOX), » PSR reported, in Japan’s Nuclear Crises Worsens, « which is even more dangerous to the public than a severe accident with uranium fuel. Plutonium fuel contains plutonium and other very toxic actinides that would increase the number of resulting cancers. Current reports say that this fuel has been exposed to air. »

Here is a simultaneous catastrophe beyond human comprehension: At least six nuclear reactors in various states of collapse, out-of-control, and in partial meltdown, and at least one even more deadly spent fuel pool overheating and burning, amidst the apocalypse from the original Richter 9.0 earthquake, the Richter 5.0 and 6.0 aftershocks, the Tsunami, the massive death toll, the lack of emergency vehicles and spreading radioactivity, the fires, the melting Spent Fuel Pools — they are not « screening » radioactive releases which, in any case, are now uncontrolled.


Real Time Japan Nuclear Fallout Radiation Graphs For US West Coast Cities

With the current news that nuclear fallout radiation from Japan has hit the US the US Government has put real time radiation monitoring data online.

Per the usual, just like with the BP spill when the Government puts information online they bury it so deep it’s very hard to find. Then once you do find what you are looking for it takes a month worth of Sundays to get through it all.

So I made an application that generates thumbnails of all of the real time Japan nuclear radiation monitoring data for the major US west coast cities every three hours 15 minutes and posts them right here.

Update: Looks like this is up just in time as independent radiation monitoring has just gone offline. Keep in mind though this is Government supplied/censored data.


The Amount of Radioactive Fuel at Fukushima DWARFS Chernobyl

Science Insider noted yesterday:

The Daiichi complex in Fukushima, Japan … had a total of 1760 metric tons of fresh and used nuclear fuel on site last year, according to a presentation by its owners, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco). The most damaged Daiichi reactor, number 3, contains about 90 tons of fuel, and the storage pool above reactor 4, which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) Gregory Jaczko reported yesterday had lost its cooling water, contains 135 tons of spent fuel. The amount of fuel lost in the core melt at Three Mile Island in 1979 was about 30 tons; the Chernobyl reactors had about 180 tons when the accident occurred in 1986.

And see this.

That means that Fukushima has nearly 10 times more nuclear fuel than Chernobyl.

It also means that a single spent fuel pool – at reactor 4, which has lost all of its water and thus faces a release of its radioactive material – has 75% as much nuclear fuel as at all of Chernobyl.


However, the real numbers are even worse.

Specifically, Tepco very recently transferred many more radioactive spent fuel rods into the storage pools. According to Associated Press, there were – at the time of the earthquake and tsunami – 3,400 tons of fuel in seven spent fuel pools plus 877 tons of active fuel in the cores of the reactors.

That totals 4,277 tons of nuclear fuel at Fukushima.

Which means that there is almost 24 times more nuclear fuel at Fukushima than Chernobyl.

No Danger No Concern No Sanity

In principle, using the Atomic Energy Control Board’s (AECB) regulatory limits, we can calculate that 0.1 micrograms of plutonium can overdose one person while noting that maximum safe exposure limits is placed at 0.56 micrograms maximum full body exposure and 0.25 micrograms for lung exposure. “Experiments with beagle dogs suggest that about 27 millionths of a gram of insoluble plutonium would be sufficient to cause lung cancer in an adult human being with virtual certainty, with significant risks probably associated with far lower doses,” report International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. According to the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (CCNR) 0.1 grams would overdose one million people, one gram, ten million people, 100 grams, one billion people and 600 grams, six billion people.

“A rapid release of one kilogram of plutonium at ground level in dispersible, inhalable form would cause a public health emergency of the first magnitude. Plutonium air concentrations could be on the order of hundreds of micrograms per cubic meter of air at one kilometer from the release site. Individuals breathing this air would inhale enough plutonium to cause cancer with certainty within minutes,” said Dr. Edwin S. Lyman of the Nuclear Control Institute. This is the nightmare of nightmares. There is an incredible amount of plutonium in this plant that could very well put us all in supercritical danger.

350 tons of uranium is equal to
about a kilogram of plutonium.
Dr. Chris Busby

The Pentagon has misled the world with claims that its DU is safe. They have lied about depleted uranium regardless of how many of their own soldiers become ill and die from it and from the toxic vaccines they administer in mega doses before troops are deployed into war theaters. The Pentagon has maintained that DU shells are safe because they contain only mildly radioactive uranium when in reality depleted uranium also contains small amounts of plutonium and other highly radioactive elements. Despite the authorities’ attempts at concealment, the truth is out.

According to Dr. Katsuma Yagasaki, “DU dust-like particles can enter human bodies, and once taken into the body, they will become tens of millions times more hazardous. Newly released data indicate that low-level radiation is more likely to cause biochemical abnormalities than intensive high-level radiation. It is wrong to make light of the hazard of low-level radiation.”

After the “Shock and Awe” campaign in Iraq in 2003, very fine particles of depleted uranium were captured with larger sand and dust particles in filters in Britain. These particles had traveled in 7-9 days from Iraqi battlefields as far as 2400 miles away. The radiation measured in the atmosphere quadrupled within a few weeks after the beginning of the 2003 campaign, and at one of the five monitoring locations, the levels required two official alerts to the British Environment Agency.

Within nine days of the start of the Iraq war on March 19, 2003,
higher levels of uranium were picked up on five sites in Berkshire.
London Times

The Ministry of Defense refused to acknowledge the possibility of any connection between the use of atomic weaponry in Iraq and these readings in England, saying the uranium was of a “natural origin” and there was no evidence that depleted uranium had reached Britain from Iraq.


Fukushima Coverup, 40 Years of Spent Nuclear Rods Blown Sky High

Infowars analysis: In addition to under reporting the fires at Fukushima, the Japanese government has not told the people about the ominous fact that the nuclear plant site is a hellish repository where a staggering number of spent fuel rods have accumulated for 40 years.

A contributor to the Occupational and Environmental Medicine list who once worked on nuclear waste issues provided additional information about Fukushima’s spent fuel rod assemblies, according to a post on the FDL website.

“NIRS has a Nov 2010 powerpoint from Tokyo Electric Power Company (in english) detailing the modes and quantities of spent fuel stored at the Fukushima Daiichi plant where containment buildings #1 and #3 have exploded,” he wrote on March 14.

The Powerpoint is entitled Integrity Inspection of Dry Storage Casks and Spent Fuels at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and can be read in full here. The document adds a new and frightening dimension to the unfolding disaster.

The Fukushima Daiichi plant has seven pools dedicated to spent fuel rods. These are located at the top of six reactor buildings – or were until explosions and fires ravaged the plant. On the ground level there is a common pool in a separate building that was critical damaged by the tsunami. Each reactor building pool holds 3,450 fuel rod assemblies and the common pool holds 6,291 fuel rod assemblies. Each assembly holds sixty-three fuel rods. In short, the Fukushima Daiichi plant contains over 600,000 spent fuel rods – a massive amount of radiation that will soon be released into the atmosphere.

It should be obvious by now that the authorities in Japan are lying about the effort to contain the situation in order to mollify the public. It is highly likely there are no workers on the site attempting to contain the disaster.

Earlier today, a report was issued indicating that over 70% of these spent fuel rods are now damaged – in other words, they are emitting radiation or will soon. The disclosure reveals that authorities in Japan – who have consistently played down the danger and issued conflicting information – are guilty of criminal behavior and endangering the lives of countless people.

On Tuesday, it was finally admitted that meltdowns of the No. 1 and No. 2 reactor cores are responsible for the release of a massive amount of radiation.

After reporting that a fire at the No. 4 reactor was contained, the media is reporting this evening that it has resumed. The media predictably does not bother to point out why the fire is uncontainable – the fuel rods are no longer submerged in water and are exposed to the atmosphere and that is why they are burning and cannot be extinguished.

It cannot be stressed enough that the situation at Fukushima represents the greatest environmental disaster in the history of humanity, far more dangerous that Chernobyl, and the government of that country is responsible.

Perhaps the most underreported and deadliest aspect of the three explosions and numerous fires to hit the stricken Fukushima nuclear reactor since Saturday is the fact that highly radioactive spent fuel rods which are stored outside of the active nuclear rod containment facility are likely to have been massively compromised by the blasts, an elevation in the crisis that would represent “Chernobyl on steroids,” according to nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen.

As you can see from the NPR graphic below, the spent fuel rods are stored outside of the active nuclear rod containment casing and close to the roof of the reactor complex. Video from Saturday’s explosion and subsequent images clearly indicate that the spent fuel rods at Fukushima unit number one could easily have been compromised by the blast.

According to Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer at Fairewinds Associates and a member of the public oversight panel for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, which is identical to the Fukushima Daiichi unit 1, the failure to maintain pools of water that keep the 20 years worth of spent fuel rods cool could cause “catastrophic fires” and turn the crisis into “Chernobyl on steroids.”

The BBC is now reporting that “spent fuel rods in reactors five and six are also now believed to be heating up,” with a new fire at reactor 4, where more spent rods are stored, causing smoke to pour from the facility.


Must See: Interview about spent fuel pools with former White House official



Wikipedia deletes cut away diagram of BWR Mark I

Webmaster’s Commentary:

You know; this one?

… that shows the cooling tank for the spent fuel rods located idiotically over the actual reactor?

The fact that Wikipedia is deleting these diagrams suggests that indeed there is massive PR and propaganda effort to downplay this disaster and to de-emphasise General Electric’s role in the Fukushima reactor complex.


GAMMA RADIATION LEVELS ON WEST COAST TRIPLE THOSE ON EAST COAST ?

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Imagine my shock; this article from just 2 days ago has been erased!


Fukushima nuclear plume “covered most of North America” — Now over N. Atlantic; Including Caribbean, Canada’s east coast

The cloud has been progressively thinning as it heads eastwards around the northern hemisphere at high altitude and will reach mainland Europe on Wednesday or Thursday, it said, citing a computer model jointly compiled with the French weather service, Meteo France.

Read the report here.

BBC at 18:41: The cloud plume from Fukushima has now reached the western Atlantic, but radioactivity is likely to be “extremely low” with no impact on health or the environment, France’s Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) says, according to the AFP news agency.


U.S. nuclear officials suspect Japanese plant has a dire breach

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-japan-quake-wrapup-20110318,0,1937413,full.story

Reporting from Los Angeles, Kesennuma and Tokyo—
U.S. government nuclear experts believe a spent fuel pool at Japan’s crippled Fukushima reactor complex has a breach in the wall or floor, a situation that creates a major obstacle to refilling the pool with cooling water and keeping dangerous levels of radiation from escaping.

That assessment by U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials is based on the sequence of events since the earthquake and information provided by key American contractors who were in the plant at the time, said government officials familiar with the evaluation. It was compelling evidence, they said, that the wall of the No. 4 reactor pool has a significant hole or crack.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

No mention of the cooling pools already known to be totally destroyed at two other reactors, or the pools at reactors 5 and 6 which are heating up.


Japan nuclear crisis: Meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi plant may now be inevitability

Americans were told to flee a wide area around Japan’s failing nuclear plant on Wednesday as federal officials warned it might be too late to avoid meltdown.

So much radiation may have leaked at the Fukushima Daiichi plant that workers may not be able to get close enough to fix it, said Gregory Jaczko, head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

« We believe that radiation levels are extremely high, which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures, » Jaczko said.

He said all water had apparently boiled away from the cooling pool at Reactor No. 4, where 1,097 tons of spent fuel rods are stored.


Radioactivity forecast system down

A computer system that forecasts the spread of radioactivity has not been working due to malfunctioning monitoring posts around a troubled nuclear power plant in quake-hit Fukushima Prefecture.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says it does not know when the system will be back in operation.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Translation: The Japanese government (and General Electric) don’t want to admit they just cooked Honshu.


Pentagon Cover-up of Data on Fukushima Disaster

The Japan Times reports the Pentagon will send an unmanned Global Hawk high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft over the deteriorating Fukushima nuclear complex today.

“Photographs taken by the plane equipped with infrared sensors could provide a useful clue to what is occurring inside the reactor buildings, around which high-level radiation has been detected,” the news source reports.

The flight is basically unnecessary and represents PR spin. Both the Pentagon and the Japanese government know full well the severity of the situation at the Fukushima plant and they are not releasing this information to either the Japanese or American people.

The Pentagon is responsible for developing nuclear technology and has particle detectors, also known as radiation detectors, positioned around the world. The USS George Washington and USS Ronald Reagan, both now parked off Japan, are outfitted with radiation detection technology.

In addition, the radiation can be tracked by the U.S. Air Force’s Constant Phoenix WC-135 jets, which are designed to monitor airborne fallout from nuclear weapons tests.

Constant Phoenix technology was used after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine to sample the air over the Atlantic and was also used to detect seismic events associated with North Korea’s claim of a nuclear test in October 2006 and again in May 2009, the Pentagon told Alan Boyle of MSNBC.


High radiation detected 30km from nuke plant

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/18_25.html

Japan‘s science ministry says relatively high radiation levels have been detected on 2 consecutive days about 30 kilometers northwest of the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The radiation measured 170 microsieverts per hour on Thursday and 150 microsieverts on Friday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano says the government will take appropriate measures if this level of contamination continues in the area for a long period. But he says this would be unlikely.

Radiation was measured for 2 hours from 10AM on Friday at 18 spots in areas 30 to 60 kilometers from the plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

The highest reading of 150 microsieverts per hour was detected at around 1:30 PM local time, about 30 kilometers northwest of the plant. The location is within the zone where residents have been instructed to stay indoors.

Readings of 170 microsieverts were recorded at the same location at 2 PM on the previous day, Thursday.

Experts say exposure to this amount of radiation for 6 to 7 hours would result in absorption of the maximum level considered safe for one year.

The ministry also observed radiation levels of 0.5 to 52 microsieverts per hour at other observation points within a 30 to 60 kilometer radius of the plant. It says these levels are all higher than normal, but not an immediate threat to health.

The government has evacuated residents living within a 20 kilometer radius of the plant, and instructed those in a 20 to 30 kilometer radius to stay indoors.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Webmaster’s Commentary:

After three months, this would match the radiation exposure that triggered permanent relocation at Chernobyl, 350 mSv/lifetime.


GAMMA RADIATION LEVELS ON WEST COAST 2 T0 10 TIMES LEVELS ON EAST COAST – GOOGLE CACHE OF THE STORY THAT WAS DELKETED

March 16, 2011 (San Diego) 12:30 a.m. — A radiation map on the U.S. Environmental Protection Service shows radiation levels at measuring stations across the United States. There is a disturbing pattern showing gamma radiation levels along the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii at two to ten times levels on the East Coast, with midwest states in mid-ranges:

EPA now showing west coast radiation monitors as out of service!


NUCLEAR ALERTS IN JAPAN, CATASTROPHE IN SIGHT

Cities may have to be evacuated if winds blow from the sea, the people working at the Fukushima Daiichi plant are risking their lives with their heroic efforts to limit the scale of the damage.

The accident should be classified at Level 6 right under Chernobyl (Level 7).


2nd day of SDF water injection completed

Attempts to cool down a spent fuel storage pool at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been conducted on 2 fronts, with more attempts planned.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

More attempts means it is not working all that well, and of course, the run-off goes into the Pacific ocean. So in addition to monitoring the air, we need to monitor seas water and Pacific food stocks.


Nuclear Plant Operator: Water in Pool Storing Spent Nuclear Fuel Rods May Be Boiling, an Ominous Sign for Release of Radioactivity

A nuclear crisis at the quake-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant deepened Tuesday as fresh explosions occurred at the site and its operator said water in a pool storing spent nuclear fuel rods may be boiling, an ominous sign for the release of high-level radioactive materials from the fuel.


‘Please continue to live well’: Fukushima Fifty ‘on suicide mission’ to battle N-plant meltdown send haunting messages to families… as radioactive steam pours from wrecked reactor

Japan was today rallying behind the anonymous nuclear emergency workers at the stricken Fukushima power plant – as heartbreaking details of their plight emerged.

The 180 workers face soaring radiation levels as they make ever more desperate attempts to stop over-heating reactors and spent fuel rods leaking more radiation into the atmosphere.

Some experts have speculated that they may be engaged in a suicide mission – or at least could suffer serious health problems for the rest of their lives – as helicopters and police riot control trucks are used to dump water on the reactors and exposed nuclear fuel storage pools.


Japan weighs need to bury nuclear plant

Japanese engineers conceded on Friday that burying a crippled nuclear plant in sand and concrete may be a last resort to prevent a catastrophic radiation release, the method used to seal huge leakages from Chernobyl in 1986.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

Covering over the reactor will probably look good on the TV news, but the cover at Chernobyl is still leaking all these years later and the countryside around the power station still evacuated. In the case of Fukushima, the cover may even be less effective. Fukushima is at the shore of the ocean. A sand and concrete cover will not prevent radioactive leaching into the Pacific Ocean through the undersea. Were there to be a real China Syndrome, rough the bottom of the reactor building and into the soil. hitting the water table would generate a huge steam explosion and blast the entire reactor contents, including the spent fuel rods stored over the reactors, into the atmosphere and ocean. As structures melt and the slag concentrates into pools at the bottom of the buildings, fission will start again and the heat will grow.

Frankly, I think covering over the building is of little value over and above looking like they are doing something to solve this unsolvable problem.

Fukushima reactors will have to be entombed — “Radioactive and deadly for thousands of years”

http://enenews.com/fukushima-will-be-entombed-radioactive-deadly-thousands-years

March 18th, 2011

Chernobyl shows Japan the difficult task ahead, CBS News, March 18, 2011:

25 years after Russia’s disaster, experts are still working to entomb the deadly reactor that still releases radioactivity

… In Japan, the Fukushima complex will also have to be entombed, and the radiation levels will make that very difficult.

“These reactors are never going to be used again,” said James Acton, of the Carnegie Endowment’s Nuclear Policy Program. “They’re going to have to be entombed for a significant length of time before anything’s able to be done about them.”

And in Japan, officials are dealing not with just one rogue reactor, but six of them. …

That still unfinished containment dome at Chernobyl is only projected to last 100 years. And Chernobyl, like the Japanese plant at Fukushima, will remain radioactive — and deadly — for thousands of years.

Read the report here.


Spinach With Radiation 27 Times Higher Than Limit Found In Japan

Spinach with radioactive iodine 27 times more than the government-regulated limit was found in the city of Hitachi in Ibaraki Prefecture, more than 100 kilometers south of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but the radiation levels do not affect human health, local authorities said Sunday.

A farmer weeds a spinach field in Ibaragi.

In 1 kilogram of spinach grown in open air in the city, 54,000 becquerels of iodine was detected, exceeding the 2,000 becquerel limit set by the government’s preliminary regulation under the food sanitation law, the Ibaraki prefectural government said.


Radiation discovery fans food fears in Japan

At a bustling Tokyo supermarket Sunday, wary shoppers avoided one particular bin of spinach.

The produce came from Ibaraki prefecture in the northeast, where radiation was found in spinach grown up to 75 miles (120 kilometers) from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Another bin of spinach—labeled as being from Chiba prefecture, west of Tokyo—was sold out.

« It’s a little hard to say this, but I won’t buy vegetables from Fukushima and that area, » said shopper Yukihiro Sato, 75.

Feds admit radioactive xenon-133 from Fukushima detected TWO days ago in Washington State

http://enenews.com/feds-admit-radioactive-xenon-133-fukushima-detected-washington-days

March 18th, 2011

Radioactive Isotope Detected in California, Wall Street Journal, March 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm EST:

U.S. officials detected the presence of a radioactive isotope in California on Friday that appeared to come from the Fukushima nuclear-power plant in Japan…

U.S. officials say the levels are consistent with their expectations and pose no risk to human health.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department said in a statement a radiation monitor in Sacramento, Calif., detected minuscule quantities of the radioactive isotope xenon-133. The readings validated similar ones from March 16 and 17 taken from monitors in Washington state, they said. …

Read the report here.

US surveillance aircraft uncovers “cracks” in multiple containment pools on Friday

http://enenews.com/us-surveillance-aircraft-uncovers-cracks-in-multiple-containment-pools-on-friday

March 18th, 2011

What are the options for containing Fukushima’s radioactive emissions?, Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2011:

Edward Morse, a professor of nuclear engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, added that it will take huge amounts of water to compensate for the cracks in the containment pools that were uncovered by U.S. surveillance aircraft on Friday.


Fukushima No. 3 Reactor Vents Smoke, But Container Damage Unlikely

Japan‘s nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power station showed no signs of abating Wednesday, five days after a mega earthquake crippled it, with the focus shifting to how to address the possible overheating of pools that store spent fuel rods at the already troubled No. 3 and No. 4 reactors.

What appeared to be smoke coming from the No. 3 reactor in the morning led the top government spokesman to point to the possibility of damage to the reactor’s steel containment vessel, but it became more likely later in the day that the smoke was radioactive steam coming from the No. 3 reactor’s spent fuel pool.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

So the fact that the actual containment might still be intact is more or less irrelevant.

CURRENT OFFICIAL STATUS OF THE FUKUSHIMA POWER STATION


http://whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/FUKstatus.jpg

Webmaster’s Commentary:

It is the spent fuel rods that are the real danger. There is potentially far more radioactive material in those rods, already outside containment, than within the reactors themselves. And while only three reactor cores are damaged, all six of the cooling pools are in varying degrees of trouble. The status of the 7th « common » pool is not on this chart.

Top US Officials: Japan Nuclear Reactor #4 Completely Breached, In Full Meltdown, Releasing Lethal Radiation – US Expands Evacuation Area To 50 Miles

Top US officials have testified before congress today that situation in Japan has a reached a catastrophe of proportions on par with Chernobyl. Both the Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Gregory B. Jaczko, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave dire testimony before the The House Energy and Commerce committee.

At this point both the primary and secondary containment vessels at the Fukushima nuclear reactor #4 are breached. To make matters worse radiation readings taken by the US indicate that the cooling pond is empty indicating which means the fuel rods are in a state of complete meltdown with no cooling to counteract the meltdown in progress.


“Extremely High” Levels of Radiation Now Being Released Near Fukushima

How Bad is the Reactor Meltdown in Japan


Japanese Nuclear Disaster: Live Report from Japan and Breaking News


U.S. raises new alarm over Japan nuclear crisis


Temperature of Spent Fuel Pools at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant According to IAEA

The spent fuel pools are usually kept below 25C

Unit 4

14 March, 10:08 UTC: 84 ˚C

15 March, 10:00 UTC: 84 ˚C

16 March, 05:00 UTC: no data

Unit 5

14 March, 10:08 UTC: 59.7 ˚C

15 March, 10:00 UTC: 60.4 ˚C

16 March, 05:00 UTC: 62.7 ˚C

Unit 6

14 March, 10:08 UTC: 58.0 ˚C

15 March, 10:00 UTC: 58.5 ˚C

16 March, 05:00 UTC: 60.0 ˚C

Officials are now reporting extremely high levels or radiation are now being released. Spent fuel rods are exposed and this disaster has taken a turn for the worse.

Official: Spent fuel rods exposed, heightening concerns

Tokyo (CNN) — Spent fuel rods in Unit 4 of Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been exposed, resulting in the emission of “extremely high” levels of radiation, the head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday.

Radiation leaks from Fukushima now ‘harmful’

The government in Japan has said radiation from the quake-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant has now reached harmful levels.

Four reactors at the plant have now exploded.

It is now thought one of the reactor’s containment systems has also been damaged, raising fears of further and more serious radiation leaks.

The UN’s weather agency said the current conditions are dispersing the radioactive particles out over the ocean, and there is no risk to people.

The World Health Organisation said by extending the exclusion zone, Japan is taking all the right precautions.

The plant’s operators, Tokyo Electric, said they have asked the US military for help.

Experts revealed that levels of up to 400 units of radiation an hour have been recorded at the site. Exposure to anything over 100 units a year is thought to be harmful.


Official UN Forecast: Japan Radioactive Fallout Heading To US West Coast

Official UN radiation plume forecasts show nuclear radioactive fallout from Japan hitting the US west coast by March 18th.

Feds have deployed radiation monitors to the west coast to monitor for radiation spikes.

A link to the UN radioactive nuclear fallout map is below.


27 Signs That The Nuclear Crisis In Japan Is Much Worse Than Either The Mainstream Media Or The Japanese Government Have Been Telling Us

Yes, things really are that serious.

We are not just talking about a repeat of Chernobyl.

We are possibly talking about « many Chernobyls ».

It is somewhat understandable that the Japanese government and the mainstream media do not want to panic the public, but the reality is that people need the truth about what is going on.

Unfortunately, it is not likely that the Japanese government or the mainstream media are going to « change their stripes » overnight, so in order to try to get an idea of what is really going on we need to look at the clues.

Sometimes it is much more important to watch what people are doing rather than what they are saying.

For example, a significant number of foreign governments are now evacuating personnel from Tokyo.

Why would they be evacuating if there was no threat?

Posted below are 27 signs that the nuclear crisis in Japan is much worse than either the mainstream media or the Japanese government have been telling us. When you take all of these clues and you put them together it really does paint a frightening picture….

#1 Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is urging all people living within 30 kilometers of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility to stay indoors.

#2 Andre-Claude Lacoste, the head of France’s Nuclear Safety Authority, says that the containment vessel surrounding the No. 2 reactor at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex is « no longer sealed« .

#3 Radiation levels in Tokyo are already 10 times above normal levels.

#4 Reuters is reporting that some residents of Tokyo are already starting to flee the city.

#5 Radiation levels in one city north of Tokyo, Utsunomiya, were recently reported to be 33 times above normal levels.

#6 Radiation levels in the city of Saitama have been reported to be 40 times above normal levels.

#7 According to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the « possibility of further radioactive leakage is heightening.« 

#8 The Japanese government is admitting that radiation levels near the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex are very harmful to human health.

#9 According to the World Nuclear Association, exposure to over 100 millisieverts of radiation a year can lead to cancer. At this point the level of radiation being measured right outside the number 4 reactor at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex is 400 millisieverts per hour.

#10 A U.S. Navy crew that was assisting in relief efforts was exposed to a month’s worth of nuclear radiation in just a single hour.

#11 According to the U.S. Navy, low levels of radiation have been detected at their bases in Yokosuka and Atsugi.

#12 The USS Ronald Reagan recently detected significant levels of radiation 100 miles off the Japanese coast.

#13 The operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex has pulled out 750 of the 800 workers that were working at the facility.

#14 The French embassy in Tokyo is advising French citizens to leave the city.

#15 The German embassy in Tokyo is advising all German citizens to leave the country entirely.

#16 German technology company SAP is evacuating their offices in Tokyo.

#17 Austria has announced that it is moving its embassy from Tokyo to Osaka due to fears about the radiation.

#18 Finland is urging all of their citizens to leave Tokyo.

#19 The Czech military is sending planes to Japan specifically to evacuate the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

#20 Air China is canceling many flights to Tokyo.

#21 The Chinese Embassy has announced that it will be evacuating all Chinese citizens from the Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Iwate prefectures.

#22 Russia is making preparations to evacuate civilians and military units from the Kuril Islands.

#23 Physicist Frank von Hippel recently told the New York Times the following about this disaster: « It’s way past Three Mile Island already ».

#24 The president of France’s nuclear safety authority says that this crisis is now almost as bad as Chernobyl was….

« It’s clear we are at Level 6, that’s to say we’re at a level in between what happened at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. »

#25 There have been reports of extremely high radiation at another nuclear facility in Japan. It has been reported that at the Onagawa nuclear plant radiation that is 700 times the normal level was detected at one point.

#26 One anonymous senior nuclear industry executive told The Times Of India that Japanese power industry managers are « basically in a full-scale panic » and that « they don’t know what to do ».

#27 It is also being reported that there were over 600,000 spent fuel rods stored at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex. Most of these rods were apparently stored near the top of the 6 reactor buildings. There have already been major explosions at three of those buildings. It is now feared that there is now nothing to prevent many of these spent fuel rods from releasing radiation into the atmosphere. That is really, really bad news.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

28. President Obama is reassuring us all that we are safe from radiation, while he and his family are in South America.


Japan Raises Severity Of Nuclear Accident

Japan‘s nuclear safety agency raised the severity rating of the country’s nuclear crisis Friday from Level 4 to Level 5 on a seven-level international scale, putting it on par with the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania in 1979.


The moment nuclear plant chief WEPT as Japanese finally admit that radiation leak is serious enough to kill people

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1367684/Japan-earthquake-tsunami-Fukushima-nulear-plant-radiation-leak-kill-people.html

Officials admit they may have to bury reactors under concrete – as happened at Chernobyl

Government says it was overwhelmed by the scale of twin disasters

Japanese upgrade accident from level four to five – the same as Three Mile Island

We will rebuild from scratch says Japanese prime minister

Particles spewed from wrecked Fukushima power station arrive in California

Military trucks tackle reactors with tons of water for second day

The boss of the company behind the devastated Japanese nuclear reactor today broke down in tears – as his country finally acknowledged the radiation spewing from the over-heating reactors and fuel rods was enough to kill some citizens.

Radiation is streaming into the atmosphere from the used uranium rods at reactor number four, after a 45ft-deep storage pool designed to keep them stable boiled dry in a fire.

And some of the radioactive material could reach Britain within a fortnight, according to experts.

However they say it will not be dangerous when it reaches our shores while low levels of radiation have already hit Southern California.

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Exposed: this shots shows a gaping hole in the building of reactor number four. The green crane, circled, is normally used to move spent fuel rods into a 45ft deep storage pond, just out of shot. But the pool has now boiled dry and the spent rods are heating up and releasing radiation.

‘They (reactors) are kind of like a coffee maker. If you leave it on the heat, they boil dry and then they crack,’ he said.

‘Putting concrete on that wouldn’t help keep your coffee maker safe. But eventually, yes, you could build a concrete shield and be done with it.’

And Yukiya Amano, the head of the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency said workers were in a ‘race against the clock’ to cool the reactor.

Attempts to quell the overheating plant with waterbombs from helicopters yesterday failed and despite the army pelting the site with water cannon, radiation levels rose higher.

Engineers are also working to restore power to the coolant pumping system knocked out by the tsunami.

Four of six nuclear reactors at the site have been hit by explosions and fires which have sent clouds of low-level radiation into the air.

However, footage suggested much of the 2,000 gallons of water missed its target.

Later, six fire engines and a water cannon tried to spray the building with 9,000 gallons of water from high pressure hoses. However, radiation levels within the plant rose from 3,700 millisieverts to 4,000 millisieverts an hour immediately afterwards.

People exposed to such doses will suffer radiation sickness and many will die. Today Tokyo Electric Power, which owns the plant, will try to restart the reactor’s cooling systems after workers connected a half mile long power cable from the national grid to Reactor 2.

Spokesman Teruaki Kobayashi said: ‘This is the first step towards recovery.’

He added: ‘We are doing all we can as we pray for the situation to improve.’

Last night 14,000 were confirmed dead or missing in Japan and 492,000 are homeless. There are 850,000 households in the north of the main island without electricity in freezing temperatures.


New footage of damaged Fukushima reactor

Webmaster’s Commentary:

At ten seconds, those straight rods, much thicker than the steel rebar from the concrete, look like they may be spent fuel rods lying in the open!


IAEA Fails To Do It’s Job In Japan


Nuclear Power Plant Explosion « Could Be Worst Case Scenario! »


U.S. Calls Radiation ‘Extremely High’ and Urges Deeper Caution in Japan

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/world/asia/17nuclear.html?_r=2&emc=eta1

The chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave a significantly bleaker appraisal of the threat posed by Japan’s nuclear crisis than the Japanese government, saying on Wednesday that the damage at one crippled reactor was much more serious than Japanese officials had acknowledged and advising to Americans to evacuate a wider area around the plant than the perimeter established by Japan.


Cooling system to be restored as early as Friday

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/18_01.html

The operator of the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant says the outside power lines to the cooling systems of the reactor might be connected as early as Friday.

Tokyo Electric Power Company disclosed this at a news conference on Thursday night.

The 3 reactors at the plant lost cooling capabilities due to a power outage and failure of emergency power generators after the quake and tsunami.

The firm began to set up power lines from the high-voltage cables near the plant on Thursday, saying a large amount of electricity is needed to recover the reactor cooling systems.

The company says the new power lines will be connected to a makeshift transformer, and then to the cooling system of the No.2 reactor. They say the system seems to have less damage than the other reactors.

The company originally planned to work on the power line on Thursday, but the high radiation levels and lengthy water-injecting operations forced a delay.


Japan shelves plan to build 2 nuclear power plants

Japanese nuclear power plant operators have shelved plans to build 2 plants in northern Japan, in light of the nuclear crisis unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

On Thursday, Tokyo Electric Power Company, which was due to start building one plant in Aomori Prefecture next month, has notified the local government of its decision.

The No. 1 reactor of the plant was expected to go online in 6 years, with a projected capability of 1,380 megawatts, making it the most powerful in Japan.

Another plant operator, Electric Power Development, said it has put on hold the 3-year-old construction of a plant, also in Aomori.

That would have been the first in Japan to burn a mixture of uranium and plutonium extracted from spent fuel. The target year for its completion is 2014.

Tokyo Electric releases new image of reactors

Radiation levels lowered after water injection

SDF finishes spraying water on No.3 reactor

High radiation level detected 30km from nuke plant

More than 5,600 people confirmed dead

Fukushima plant begins to install new power lines

Japan scrambles to avoid nuclear disaster

In a sign of desperation, the police will try to cool spent nuclear fuel at one of the facility’s reactors with water cannon, normally used to quell riots.

Early in the day, another fire broke out at the earthquake-crippled facility, which has sent low levels of radiation wafting into Tokyo in the past 24 hours, triggering fear in the capital and international alarm.

High radiation levels prevented a helicopter from flying to the site to drop water into the No. 3 reactor to try to cool its fuel rods. The unit’s roof was damaged by an earlier explosion and steam was seen rising there earlier in the day.

The plant operator described No. 3 as the « priority ». No more information was available, but that reactor is the only one at Daiichi which uses plutonium in its fuel mix.

The situation at No. 4 reactor, where the fire broke out, was « not so good », the plant operator added, while water was being poured into reactors No. 5 and 6, indicating the entire six-reactor facility was now at risk of overheating.

Nuclear experts said the solutions being proposed to quell radiation leaks at the complex were last-ditch efforts to stem what could well be remembered as one of the world’s worst industrial disasters.

Panic over the economic impact of last Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami knocked $620 billion off Japan’s stock market over the first two days of this week, but the Nikkei index rebounded on Wednesday to end up 5.68 percent.

Scores of flights to Japan have been halted or rerouted and air travellers are avoiding Tokyo for fear of radiation. On Wednesday, both France and Australia urged their nationals in Japan to leave the country as authorities grappled with the world’s most serious nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986.

In a demonstration of the qualms about nuclear power that the crisis has triggered around the globe, China announced that it was suspending approvals for planned plants and would launch a comprehensive safety check of facilities.

China has about two dozen reactors under construction and plans to increase nuclear electricity generation about seven-fold over the next 10 years.

In Japan, the plight of hundreds of thousands left homeless by the earthquake and devastating tsunami that followed worsened overnight following a cold snap that brought snow to some of the worst-affected areas.

Supplies of water and heating oil are low at evacuation centres, where many survivors wait bundled in blankets.

« It’s cold today so many people have fallen ill, getting diarrhea and other symptoms, » said Takanori Watanabe, a Red Cross doctor in Otsuchi, a low-lying town where more than half the 17,000 residents are still missing.

While the official death toll stands at around 4,000, thousands are listed as missing and the number of dead is expected to rise.

At its worst, radiation in Tokyo reached 0.809 microsieverts per hour on Tuesday — 10 times below what a person would receive if exposed to a dental x-ray. For Wednesday, radiation levels were barely above average.

But many Tokyo residents stayed indoors. Usually busy streets were nearly deserted. Many shops and offices were closed.

Winds over the plant blew out towards the Pacific Ocean on on Wednesday.

There have been hundreds of aftershocks and more than two dozen were greater than magnitude 6, the size of the earthquake that severely damaged Christchurch, New Zealand, last month — powerful enough to sway buildings in Tokyo.

About 850,000 households in the north were still without electricity in near-freezing weather, Tohuku Electric Power Co. said, and the government said at least 1.5 million households lack running water. Tens of thousands of people were missing.


Worst case nuclear scenario in Japan outlined by experts

OSLO (Reuters) – In the worst case, any radioactive cloud from Japan’s damaged nuclear plant is likely to be limited to the densely populated nation — unlike the wider fallout from the Chernobyl disaster, experts say.

« In the worst case, a radioactive cloud would not go that far up in the atmosphere, » said Jan Beranek, head of environmental group Greenpeace’s International Nuclear Campaign.

« That is good news for the world, but bad news for Japan. »

« Maybe we have to pray, » he said, adding that a wind blowing any nuclear fallout east into the Pacific would limit any damage for Japan’s 127 million population in case of a meltdown or other releases, for instance from spent fuel storage « ponds. »

Greenpeace’s Beranek said that heavy pollution from cesium could make some areas of Japan near the plant uninhabitable, at least for decades, as happened around Chernobyl. Pflugbeil also said some areas might be off-limits.

Leaks from Fukushima have already spread some radiation from the plant, briefly raising levels in Tokyo to 10 times normal levels, but are far below the level of a catastrophic release that would pose a wide threat to human health, experts say.

Crick at UNSCEAR said that long-term exposure after Chernobyl for people living in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia was about 10 millisieverts, the equivalent of the radiation in one CT scan, a special type of x-ray. People pick up about 2.4 millisieverts a year in background radiation.


Japan suspends work at stricken nuclear plant

Japan suspended operations to prevent a stricken nuclear plant from melting down Wednesday after a surge in radiation made it too dangerous for workers to remain at the facility.


URGENT: Fuel rods damage at Fukushima’s 2 reactors estimated at 70%, 33%

An estimated 70 percent of the nuclear fuel rods have been damaged at the troubled No. 1 reactor of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant and 33 percent at the No. 2 reactor, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday.

The reactors’ cores are believed to have partially melted with their cooling functions lost after Friday’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake rocked Fukushima Prefecture and other areas in northeastern and eastern Japan.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

And what about those thousands of spent fuel rods loaded into the cooling pools, including the cooling pools right over the reactors themselves! That stuff didn’t just vanish.


Fukushima nuke plant situation ‘worsened considerably’: think tank

The situation at the quake-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in northeastern Japan  »has worsened considerably, » the Institute for Science and International Security said in a statement released Tuesday.

Referring to fresh explosions that occurred earlier in the day at the site and problems in a pool storing spent nuclear fuel rods, the Washington-based think tank said,  »This accident can no longer be viewed as a level 4 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Events scale that ranks events from 1 to 7. »

Noting that a level 4 incident involves  »only local radiological consequences, » it said the ongoing crisis is  »now closer to a level 6, and it may unfortunately reach a level 7 » — a worst case scenario with extensive health and environmental consequences.


Fire at Japan nuclear reactor heightens radiation threat

Another fire broke out on Wednesday at an earthquake-crippled Japanese nuclear plant that has sent low levels of radiation wafting into Tokyo and triggered international alarm, suggesting that the crisis may be slipping out of control.

Academics and nuclear experts agree that the solutions being proposed to contain damage to the Daiichi reactors at Fukushima, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, are last-ditch efforts to stem what could well be remembered as one of the world’s worst industrial disasters.

While public broadcaster NHK said flames were no longer visible at the building housing the No.4 reactor of the plant, Japanese TV pictures showed smoke rising from the facility at mid-morning (1000 local, 0100 GMT).


Tokyo streets and shops empty – and the air is heavy with fear

After the earthquake, nerves are beginning to fray in Japan’s capital following the tsunami and nuclear crisis

Justin McCurry
Guardian

The dimmed lights in the normally effervescent neighbourhood of Tokyo were eerily appropriate given the mood on Monday, three days into the greatest test of Japan’s resilience as a nation since the second world war…


I WAS WRONG ABOUT THE SPENT FUEL ROD STORAGE AT FUKUSHIMA!

Webmaster’s Commentary:

I stand corrected.

As this schematic shows, in addition to the ground level common spent fuel rod storage at Fukushima, there are tanks inside the roof of each reactor building, holding the spent rods in cooling solutions of Boric acid. Each “reactor top” pool holds 3450 fuel rod assemblies. The common pool holds 6291 fuel rod assemblies. [The common pool has windows on one wall which were almost certainly destroyed by the tsunami.] Each assembly holds sixty-three fuel rods. This means the Fukushima Daiichi plant may contain over 600,000 spent fuel rods. This explains why the exlosion at one of the reactors …

… showed the yellow-brown color of plutonium oxide.

This also explains why the USA was sending « coolant » to Japan; not for the reactors, but for those spent fuel rods tanks!


Official: Japan’s nuclear situation nearing severity of Chernobyl

The explosion Tuesday at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has elevated the situation there to a « serious accident » on a level just below Chernobyl, a French nuclear official said, referring to an international scale that rates the severity of such incidents.


Chernobyl clean-up expert slams Japan, IAEA

Greed in the nuclear industry and corporate influence over the U.N. watchdog for atomic energy may doom Japan to a spreading nuclear disaster, one of the men brought in to clean up Chernobyl said on Tuesday.

Slamming the Japanese response at Fukushima, Russian nuclear accident specialist Iouli Andreev accused corporations and the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of willfully ignoring lessons from the world’s worst nuclear accident 25 years ago to protect the industry’s expansion.


Radiation Level Soar As Radio Active Winds Sweep Toward Tokyo

It is now openly admitted that radio activity has reached dangerous levels in the area. There is now a 20 mile diameter perimeter (HIGH-RAD- AREA) established around the Fukushima reactor.

Local weather patterns are reported to have now changed course to a southerly direction sweeping nuclear winds toward Tokyo as locals fear radiation poisoning.

Moscow has reported a spike in sales of gieger counters and iodine pills are reportedly hard to get as prices rise.


30km no-fly zone over Fukushima, meltdown fears as radiation leak confirmed



Breaking: 4th Japan Nuclear Reactor Explosion Kills 2 – Holes in Containment Structure Confirmed

Another explosion at nuclear reactor #4 kills 2 and cracks the reactor roof.

NHK is reporting holes in the containment structure have now been confirmed in reactor #1 and reactor #4 following the explosion.


Admitted Japanese Nuclear Meltdown Now Means Detrimental Health Effects Worldwide

After repeated denials by the Japanese Government insisting that radiation leakage from their nuclear power plants was a non-issue, recent video and reported evidence confirms the horrific truth. Japan is now preparing for the worst case scenario evacuating hundreds of thousands of people. The radioactive release may soon reach Canada and the United States and exposure may last months.

Scroll down to end of article for section on « How Does Potassium Iodide Work? » – Potassium iodide (also called KI) is a salt of stable (not radioactive) iodine. Stable iodine is an important chemical needed by the body to make thyroid hormones. Most of the stable iodine in our bodies comes from the food we eat. KI is stable iodine in a medicine form.

« It is obvious the Japanese are attempting to cover up the deadly seriousness of events unfolding in their country, » reported Prisonplanet.com.

As a result of alternative video reports and journalists, the Japanese government is now changing their story, admitting over 300,000 people evacuated and possibly tens of thousands dead.

About 2,000 bodies were found on Monday on two shores of Miyagi prefecture in northeast Japan.

According to the Washington Post, Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant did not find a way to stabilize overheated reactors and feared the possibility of partial nuclear meltdown, which could potentially cause a further release of radioactive material, Japan’s top government spokesman said Sunday. Engineers were having trouble, in particular, with two units at the nuclear facility.

Health Effects

Radiation poisoning is a form of damage to organ and other tissues caused by excessive exposure to ionizing radiation. Radiation exposure can increase the probability of developing several diseases, mainly cancer, tumours, and genetic damage. It is generally associated with acute (a single large) exposure such as that being released from a nuclear meltdown.

The amount of radiation exposure is usually expressed in a unit called millirem (mrem). Radiation doses of more than 5000 mrem/year are considered unsafe, regardless of source. In the United States, the average person is exposed to an effective dose equivalent of approximately 360 mrem (whole-body exposure) per year from all sources.

A radiation dose calculator can approximate values and general averages for typical annual radiaiton exposure. Nuclear technology expert Brad McCarthy stated that « exposure from a nuclear meltdown could fall between 100,000 to 1,000,000 mrem which could cause severe radiation sickness to the people in Japan with increasing likelihood of fatality. »


New fire hits Japan nuclear plant – BBC News

There has been a fresh fire at the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northern Japan.

The new blaze began at reactor four. The plant has already been hit by four explosions, triggering radiation leaks and sparking health concerns.

More than 3,000 have been confirmed dead and thousands are missing following Friday’s 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami in north-east Japan.

The disaster has damaged the nuclear plant’s cooling functions.

Officials have warned people within 20-30km of the site to either leave the area or stay indoors.

The Tokyo Electric Power Co, which operates the Fukushima plant, said on Wednesday that efforts were under way to put out the latest fire.


Panicked residents start to flee Tokyo as radiation levels rise after THIRD blast at stricken nuclear power plant

* Radiation leaking directly into the air from stricken Fukushima nuclear plant
* Power station has now suffered three reactor explosions and one fire
* One reactor core ‘exposed to the atmosphere’ through crack in containment wall.


Here’s a chart showing relative risk from radiation levels measured in Sieverts if you’re monitoring the situation in Japan


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Radiation levels spikes in Tokyo

Radiation reached around 20 times normal levels in the capital Tuesday morning, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said, while offering the assurance this reading posed no immediate risk to human health and that the public should remain calm. Japan Times

The National Academy of Sciences says there is no safe radiation dose: “that it is unlikely that a threshold exists for the induction of cancers… » BEIR VII, 2005

Also check our radiation resources section for more information on radiation dangers


Reactor 4 extinguished, fuel pool water may be boiling

The blaze at No. 4 reactor — which was not in service at the time of the quake — was put out, but water in the pool storing spent nuclear fuel may be boiling, causing the water level to drop and potentially exposing the rods, a spokesman for the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said. MyFoxDetroit


Radiation levels around Fukushima declared « harmful to human health »

Residents living 20 to 30 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex destroyed by the power loss from the earthquake and tsunami have been urged by Tokyo Electric Power Company officials to take shelter inside because radiation levels have risen to levels « harmful to human health. »

Update on March 15, 2011

PLUME UPDATES: Weather forecasts for Fukushima were for snow and wind from the northeast Tuesday evening, blowing southwest toward Tokyo, then shifting and blowing east out to sea. That’s important because it shows which direction a possible nuclear cloud might blow. ABC Newsnet5

Fire at No.4 Fukushima reactor

Watch Japanese television news live streaming here.

Admissions that radiation has been released. People living within 20km and 30 km (beyond 12miles) radius are being advised to shelter in place. Those living with 30km radius have been told to stay indoors. The fire is in the spent fuel pool. Unit 4 was not operating at the time of the quake/tsunami.

Radiation levels rising significantly from 1000 microsievert per hour levels now upwards of 400 millisieverts per hour, likely being released from the fire burning from loss of cooling to irradiated fuel stored outside of containment at Unit 4. These levels of radiation will cause physical harm to people, steriliity in males, and reduce white blood cell counts.

People living beyond the current 12 mile evacuated zone being warned to stay indoors. Dust off, remove clothes and scrub down after coming indoors from outside. « Do not hang your laundry outside to dry. »

Sheer folly of nuclear

A great piece by The Guardian’s John Vidal. Here’s the lead:

The gung-ho nuclear industry is in deep shock. Just as it and its cheerleader, the International Atomic Energy Agency, were preparing to mark next month’s 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident with a series of self-congratulatory statements about the dawning of a safe age of clean atomic power, a series of catastrophic but entirely avoidable accidents take place in not one but three reactors in one of the richest countries of the world.


« A gigantic science experiment, with the Japanese people as guinea pigs. »

Read Michio Kaku on the spiraling nuclear disaster in Japan.


Nuke rods fully exposed again

Posted at noon, March 14: A Japanese utility says fuel rods at a troubled nuclear reactor were once again fully exposed hours after authorities were able to stabilize a similar emergency. Tokyo Electric Power Co. says the exposure happened at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant because a steam vent wouldn’t open Monday, causing a sudden drop of water. That reactor and two others at the plant are dangerously overheating and authorities are racing to prevent meltdown. AP


America on nuclear alert: Could fallout from Japan explosion reach U.S. West Coast?

Potential consequences: How a full-scale meltdown could affect the U.S. by flying across the Pacific OceanLast updated at 2:52 PM (UK time) on 14th March 2011

America was on alert today amid fears the nuclear fallout from the Japan earthquake could reach the West Coast of the U.S.

Scientists warned of a ‘worst-case scenario’ in which a meltdown could blast highly radioactive material into the atmosphere.

This would be then picked up by powerful 30,000ft winds carrying the debris across the Pacific and hitting America within four days. Link also provides a larger map. Daily Mail


AP Breaking News: Nuclear fuel rods appear to be melting in all 3 of most troubled reactors

March 14th, 2011

Japanese officials say the nuclear fuel rods appear to be melting inside all three … Read more >>

Meltdown explainer pkg – AJ English


Radiation now DOUBLE the maximum level that had previously been detected: TEPCO

March 14th, 2011

Kyodo News … Read more >>


Nuclear Radiation Fallout Hits Tokyo – Levels 80 Times Higher Than Normal

Reuters and NHK are reporting that high levels of radiation are being detected all over japan with levels in Tokyo being detected at levels 80 times higher than normal.

The local government refuses to tell people to stay inside, but Air China has decided to cancel all flights to Tokyo.

Forbes reports pandemonium at nuke plant, suggest abandonment is under way at Fukushima nuclear power plant.


Radiation fears spark panic buying, evacuations in Tokyo

(Reuters) – Radiation wafted from an earthquake-stricken nuclear power plant toward Tokyo on Tuesday, sparking panic in one of the world’s biggest and most densely populated cities

Steel walls all that stand between Japan and nuclear crisis

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/steel-walls-stand-between-japan-nuclear-crisis-20110314-074030-948.html

TOKYO (Reuters) – The key to averting a nuclear disaster at the quake-stricken Fukushima power complex in Japan is ensuring the thick protective steel walls around the reactor cores remain intact.

So far that is the case, authorities say, but experts will be watching closely for any of the following developments:

* Some experts insist a Chernobyl-style nuclear disaster can be averted, despite a second hydrogen explosion on Monday at the complex, which sent a plume of smoke into the air. If they are right, authorities would be expected soon to announce that the reactors had been safely cooled down.

* So long as the thick containment walls shielding the plant’s three overheating reactor cores remain intact, a major escape of radioactive clouds could be avoided, even if there was a meltdown of the nuclear fuel rods inside them.

« Everything I’ve seen says that the containment structure is operating as it’s designed to operate. It’s keeping the radiation in and it’s holding everything in, which is the good news, » said Murray Jennex, of San Diego State University.

« This is nothing like a Chernobyl… At Chernobyl (in the Ukraine in 1986) you had no containment structure — when it blew, it blew everything straight out into the atmosphere. »

* Low-level radiation has been detected outside the plant but at very low levels. These levels would need to rise by something like a thousand times before real fears are justified, experts say.

* If the containment wall is breached, the level of radiation would rise sharply.

* At one point on Monday, levels at the stricken plant were around 751 microsieverts, a dosage similar to a stomach x-ray, Japans’ nuclear authorities said. A fatal dose of radiation would be more than 7 million microsieverts.

* A sharp rise in radiation would be measured in millisieverts, rather than microsieverts, as it has been up to now, which would be potentially a thousand times higher.

Radiation leaps after Japan plant blasts

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/explosion-shakes-stricken-japanese-nuclear-plant-20110314-182716-207.html

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan warned radioactive levels had become « significantly » higher around a quake-stricken nuclear power plant on Tuesday after explosions at two reactors, and the French embassy said a low-level radioactive wind could reach Tokyo within hours.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan urged people within 30 km (18 miles) of the facility north of Tokyo to remain indoors, underscoring the dramatic escalation of Japan’s nuclear crisis, the world’s most serious since the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986.

As concern about the crippling economic impact of the nuclear and earthquake disasters mounted, Japanese stocks plunged more than 14 percent – heading for their biggest drop since 1987 — compounding a slide of 7.6 percent the day before. The two-day fall has wiped $720 billion off the market.

In a sign of mounting fears about the risk of radiation, neighboring China said it was strengthening monitoring and Air China said it had canceled flights to Tokyo.

Kan has said Japan is facing its worst crisis since World War Two and, with the financial costs estimated at up to $180 billion, analysts said it could tip the world’s third-biggest economy back into recession.

The U.S. Geological Survey upgraded the quake to magnitude 9.0, from 8.9, making it the world’s fourth most powerful since 1900.

Switzerland put on hold some approvals for nuclear power plants and Germany said it was scrapping a plan to extend the life of its nuclear power stations. The White House said U.S. President Barack Obama remained committed to nuclear energy.

Whilst the Fukuskima plant’s No.1 and No.3 reactors both suffered partial fuel rod meltdowns, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) had earlier said the No.2 reactor was now the biggest concern.

A sudden drop in cooling water levels when a pump ran out of fuel had fully exposed the fuel rods for a time, an official said. This could lead to the rods melting down and a radioactive leak.

TEPCO had resumed pumping sea water into the reactor early on Tuesday.

But the blasts could expose the population to longer-term exposure to radiation, which can raise the risk of thyroid and bone cancers and leukemia. Children in fetuses are especially vulnerable.

There have been a total of four explosions at the plant since it was damaged in last Friday’s massive quake and tsunami. The most recent were blasts at reactors No. 2 and No. 4.

South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines said they would test Japanese food imports for radiation.


Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 fuel core meltdown reported underway

7:39AM EST March 14—We have received a report from our Japanese colleagues that Tokyo Power Electric Company is reporting that Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 has lost all cooling water and the fuel core is completed exposed. The fuel rods are very likely melting. There is no word on efforts to flood Unit 2 to avert an uncontrolled meltdown.

Two hydrogen gas explosions have already rocked Unit 1 and Unit 3. A third explosion is now likely in Unit 2 potentially releasing significant amounts of radiation into the atmosphere if the vessel fails followed by containment failure as the result of a possible full scale meltdown.


Problems at Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 irradiated nuclear fuel storage pool

Aileen Mioko Smith has translated Japanese news reports into English indicating that the irradiated nuclear fuel storage pool at the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 atomic reactor (which has suffered a « partial core meltdown » as well as a powerful hydrogen gas explosion) is experiencing problems with keeping cooling water circulation functioning due to lack of electricity, as well as high radiation levels complicating its approach by workers.

MOX FUEL confirmed in Plant #3 by Four Different Sources!

In the meantime, there have been suggestions that an incident at reactor 3 would inherently be more dangerous than at reactors 1 and 2 because it burns “mixed oxide fuel” (MOX) containing plutonium.

Plutonium is produced during nuclear fission, so is present in all reactor cores – the longer the fuel has been there, the more plutonium will be present, up to about 1%.

In some countries, spent fuel rods are re-processed and the plutonium set to one side.

However, Japan – in an attempt to be more frugal with a valuable resource – has a programme that mixes the plutonium coming out of the re-processing facility back into new fuel rods that also contain uranium. This is MOX fuel.

Japanese Reactor Radiation – The Numbers

I’ll quote the measured doses as reported by the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) bulletin #22.

First, a « normal baseline » :
MP1 (Monitoring at the North End of Site Boundary)
0.036 microSv/h(19:00 March 13)
→0.038 microSv/h(05:00 March 14)
MP3 (Monitoring at the North/West End of site boundary)
0.038 microSv/h(19:00 March 13)
→0.037 microSv/h(05:00 March 14)
MP4 (Monitoring at the North/West End of Site Boundary)
0.036 microSv/h(19:00 March 13)
→0.038 microSv/h(05:00 March 14)
MP5 (Monitoring at the West End of Site Boundary)
0.04 microSv/h(19:00 March 13)
→0.042 microSv/h(05:00 March 14)

So the normal background around a fully functional nuclear powerplant is about 0.038 microSieverts per hour.

OK, so what’s a Sievert? It’s an SI (Scientific standard) unit which is 100 Rem. The biological effects of radiation are based on the number of Rem in the dose. In most places, a dose of 0.3 Rem per year is what you’d get just from normal background.

That’s 0.003 sieverts, or 3,000 micro-sieverts. Divide by 8766 hours in a year, call it 0.035 microsieverts per hour, though being 500m altitude above sea level or having granite rocks nearby could easily double it. So would wearing a watch, or living in a brick rather than timber building.

The Health Physics Society figures for the US

External Background Radiation

60 mrem/yr, US Average

Natural K-40 and Other Radioactivity in Body

40 mrem/yr

Air Travel Round Trip (NY-LA)

5 mrem

Chest X-Ray Effective Dose

10 mrem per film

Radon in the Home

200 mrem/yr (variable)

Man-Made (medical x rays, etc.)

60 mrem/yr (average)

Call it 360 mrem – or 0.36 Rem.

From the NDT Resource Centre:

The dose limit to non-radiation workers and members of the public are two percent of the annual occupational dose limit. Therefore, a non-radiation worker can receive a whole body dose of no more that 0.1 rem/year from industrial ionizing radiation. This exposure would be in addition to the 0.3 rem/year from natural background radiation and the 0.05 rem/year from man-made sources such as medical x-rays.


OK, now we have numbers established for « normal ». For radiation workers, 5 Rem per year is considered safe. Actually, there’s evidence that a little more might be more healthy due to stimulating the immune system – there’s a J-curve effect at such low doses, we think, but we really, really, really want to be Conservative with a Capital C here. The evidence says that 5 rem is as healthy as 0.3 rem anyway. 5 rem is 57 microsieverts/hr over the course of a year.

Now let’s look at the Bad News(tm). The radiation at the perimeter of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station, otherwise known as Ground Zero. And it’s worse than I’d thought.
MP2 (Monitoring at north- northwest of Unit1 and northwest of the
End of Site Boundary for Unit 1 ) :
450 microSv/h(20:10 March 13)
→680 microSv/h(3:50 March 14)
MP4 (Monitoring Car at North West Site Boundary for Unit 1)
44.0 microSv/h(19:33 March 13)
→56.4 microSv/h(04:08 March 14)
(Surveyed by MP2 as MP1 is in the top of the cliff)
MP6 (Monitoring at the Main Gate)
5.2microSv/h(19:00 March 13)
→66.3 microSv/h(02:50 March 14)

60 or so vs 0.035. About 1800 times normal. Stand there for a year, and you’d get your annual dose for a radiation worker. Do it for a week, and you’d get the annual dose for a civilian. Not too bad so far.

But look at Monitoring station 2. That’s over 10 times more. More concerning, the trend is increasing. That means radioactive material is slowly leaking from the containment vessels, in amounts certainly indicative of severe damage to the rods – a partial meltdown – and maybe even the far more severe meltdown, involving about half the fuel, found in 3-mile island. Since the reactors are now poisoned, very little additional fission should be occurring, yet external levels are still rising. That suggests a more severe meltdown, and a consequently a longer cooling-off period.

Reactor #1 might not be the culprit. I think it’s worse than that, it’s dead, Jim. Moving towards room temperature. An ex-reactor. Bereft of fission, it rusts in pieces. Reactor #3, the one which burns a plutonium-uranium mix, and is nearly twice the size, that might have really gone pear-shaped.

I could be wrong here, I’m working off limited information.

Overhead photo of Fukushima after explosions (HI-RES)


Prepare for Radioactive Fallout From Japanese Reactors

Unfortunately, radioactive fallout from the reactor leaks is going to hit the United States and Canada. Alaska, Hawaii and the west coast of the United States should prepare themselves for the invisible hazard that can rain down upon them within days or over the next weeks and months. in Meltdown Japan – Fallout Tracking – News – Health Solutions

Japanese Nuclear Crisis: How Bad Is It?

http://femalefaust.blogspot.com/2011/03/japanese-nuclear-crisis-how-bad-is-it.html

Context — some background information — is certainly needed for articles such as Florida Oil Spill Law’s Radiation around Fukushima nearing levels where “humans vomit uncontrollably” and “hair can be stripped from the body” — but don’t blame FOSL, they were trying to give context. The problem is that their source, UK’s The Sun (Nuke Cloud Crisis), is not a trustworthy one (in my opinion); they are leveraging the fact that we want context, that we want understanding, into more ‘hits’ or reader popularity (think NY Post). At the same time, and also for ‘hits’, The Sun is deploying the scare factor, and giving no context to back it up. That’s right, no context or external standard, no sieverts or rems.

This may result in unnecessary freaking out.

May I offer, as an antidote and prophylaxis, some much needed comparison and context so we can see exactly how scary this is. This is the best explication of context I so far have found (more on that below): Japanese Reactor Radiation – The Numbers — the author (a rocket scientist, according to the profile) analyzes « The radiation at the perimeter of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station, otherwise known as Ground Zero » (I’m assuming this is reactor #3) :

About 1800 times normal. Stand there for a year, and you’d get your annual dose for a radiation worker. Do it for a week, and you’d get the annual dose for a civilian. Not too bad so far.

But look at Monitoring station 2. That’s over 10 times more. More concerning, the trend is increasing. That means radioactive material is slowly leaking from the containment vessels, in amounts certainly indicative of severe damage to the rods – a partial meltdown – and maybe even the far more severe meltdown, involving about half the fuel, found in 3-mile island. Since the reactors are now poisoned, very little additional fission should be occurring, yet external levels are still rising. That suggests a more severe meltdown, and a consequently a longer cooling-off period.

Reactor #1 might not be the culprit. I think it’s worse than that, it’s dead, Jim. Moving towards room temperature. An ex-reactor. Bereft of fission, it rusts in pieces. Reactor #3, the one which burns a plutonium-uranium mix, and is nearly twice the size, that might have really gone pear-shaped.

I could be wrong here, I’m working off limited information.

(Read more)

So there you have it. Don’t get me wrong, FOSL (Florida Oil Spill Law) is a fantastic source. I recommend them. Being thus misled, as above, is not common (even though it happens from time to time), and they have quickly become my top news aggregator during this serious crisis. As they continue to be for news regarding the Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster and its unfolding consequences. Check them out. Tell your friends, especially if they, like mine, are freaking out. (Hey, if you want feedback, join the forum, there are good people there).

But A.E. Brain has been the first to provide, more intelligibly than Wikipedia for this freaking out child of the cold war, the background information we so desperately need. I need. You need. Read it. I’m going to go read it again, myself.

Be seeing you.


New tsunami alert for Japan, explosion at reactor site

A three-metre tsunami has reportedly been spotted by a helicopter off the Pacific coast of north-eastern Japan, local media is reporting.

A five-metre change in sea level has been reported off the coast and the tsunami is expected to hit land within minutes.

Residents have been told to evacuate to higher ground.

At the same time, there are reports of sounds of a fresh explosion and smoke billowing from one of the reactors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plants.

Breaking: Second Nuclear Reactor Explodes In Japan, White Smoke Rising From Another

Posted by Alexander Higgins – March 13, 2011 at 10:43 pm – Permalink Source via Alexander Higgins Blog

http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/03/13/breaking-japan-nuclear-reactor-explodes-white-smoke-rising-8232/

During CNN’s live special coverage in Japan, airing right now, Anderson Cooper just reported a second nuclear reactor (reactor #3) just exploded. The explosion follows the earlier explosion of reactor #1 which Anderson Cooper reports is now reported to have white smoke rising from it.

Video of the Second Nuclear Reactor Explosion That the Mainstream Media Is Hiding

I moved this video to the top of the page because it shows what the media isn’t showing the public. As you read the official media reports below you’ll notice the media reports of the explosion don’t match the events caught on video.

To be fair the mainstream media is simply reporting the information that the Japanese government is releasing but they must be complacent in hiding this.

Mainstream media videos only show the explosion from many miles at a resolution so low you can see see virtually nothing and those videos don’t even appear to match the video of the explosion below.

For example, the main stream media videos of the second explosion that I have watched have similar resolution to the screen cap below, courtesy of The Intel Hub.

Now watch the following two videos keeping in mind that if I found this video so can multi-billion dollar mainstream media corporations.

Keep these videos in mind as you read the live blog updates below containing snippets of main stream media reports on the story. Note how the media articles are all watered down and fail to reflect the devastation shown in the explosion videos above and below. It also appears that the amount of devastation caught in these videos conflict with the Japanese government’s official version of the the extent and magnitude of the second reactor explosion.

Here is a second video of the explosion at the nuclear reactor. The news anchor is absolutely shocked while watching it.

Updates on Second Nuclear Reactor Explosion In Japan Will Follow

Update 10:37 PM EST
There was just reports of an aftershock and Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports a new tsunami warning has just been issued. The Japanese military has located new waves from a 6.0+ after shock from the mega earthquake coming. They are projecting a second tsunami of up to 5 meters tall is forecast to hit the Japan coast within the next 5 minutes.

Update 10:55 PM EST

CNN just came back from break and aired a pre-recorded video almost pretending like they didn’t just report the second explosion. Anderson Cooper seemed a little spooked before the the break even asking their on air Nuclear expert if he should leave the area because he is reporting close to the location of the second explosion. The news of the explosion just came in during the two hour special as Anderson was reporting live on the ground.

I can find no reports online at the moment on the second nuclear reactor exploding or the cause of the white smoke coming from the first reactor.

In the mean time here is some background on the second reactor that was just reported to have exploded. The video shows officials warning that a second explosion is likely.

And more on the subject from Bloomberg earlier:

Second Blast Possible at Japan Atomic Power Plant Even as Radiation Falls

Japanese officials battling to prevent a potential meltdown at a nuclear power station said an explosion was possible at a second reactor building after the plant’s cooling system failed.

Water levels temporarily fell at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant 135 miles north of Tokyo, raising the possibility of a hydrogen explosion, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said in Tokyo today.

Asia’s largest utility is seeking to avoid a meltdown of two reactors at the nuclear power station by flooding them with water and boric acid to eliminate the potential for a catastrophic release of radiation into the atmosphere. The station lost power to keep the reactor core cool after the March 11 earthquake, the largest ever recorded in Japan.

I reported on the first explosion earlier here where you can find videos of the first explosion.

Update 11:04 PM

CNN reports officials are “assuming” that the second reactor explosion is a hydrogen explosion to the outer building that surrounds the reactor. They stress officials are making this assumption to quell public fears.

Update 11:10 PM

The first reports are now coming from local foreign news agencies.

Sky news reports:

Japanese officials have said a second hydrogen explosion has occurred at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant but in a different unit at the facility.

Plumes of grey smoke have been seen rising from the number 3 unit but the inner reactor container is thought to be intact.

The reactor had been under emergency watch for a possible explosion as pressure built up there following a hydrogen blast on Saturday in the facility’s number 1 unit.

Ryo Miyake from Japan’s nuclear safety agency said: “We believe it was a hydrogen explosion. It is not immediately known if it affected the reactor.”

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said people within a 20km (12 mile) radius were ordered to stay inside.

….

Elsewhere, a wave of around 3m (10ft) has been reported off the coast of northeast Japan by a helicopter leading to warnings of another tsunami.

Residents have been ordered to flee to higher ground by Japanese soldiers after a 5m sea level change was witnessed.

Courier Mail out of Australia reports :

A HYDROGEN explosion has shaken a quake-damaged reactor at Fukushima, as Japan races to avert a meltdown of two reactors

Live television showed an explosion at the nuclear power plant and plumes of smoke rising from the building. A wall has collapsed.

Japan’s nuclear safety agency said the blast, at the number 3 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, was believed to be caused by hydrogen and happened at around 11.01 Japan time.

“We believe it was a hydrogen explosion. It is not immediately known if it affected the reactor,” said spokesman Ryo Miyake.

A massive column of smoke was seen belching from the plant’s No. 3 unit. The reactor had been under emergency watch for a possible explosion as pressure built up there after a hydrogen blast on Saturday in the facility’s Unit 1.

Officials have been racing stave off multiple reactor meltdowns after a devastating quake and tsunami incapacitated the Fukushima plant.

More than 180,000 people have evacuated the area, and up to 160 may have been exposed to radiation.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan was quoted by Kyodo News earlier as saying that the Fukushima plant, where crews are struggling to control overheating reactors, was still in an “alarming” state.

Tokyo’s stock market plunged 5.42 percent in opening trade as investors absorbed the impact of Friday’s earthquake, the biggest in Japan’s history, and the devastating tsunami that followed.

Update 11:21 PM EST: Conflicting reports on Second Nuclear Reactor Explosion – Possible 3rd explosion

There seems to be some conflicting reports about the second explosion, or it may be possible that there have been three separate explosions. Reports indicate that the the second explosion occurred in reactor #3 was caused from a hydrogen explosion and occurred in the outer building the reactor.

However, as the Guardian points out live reports out of Japan are showing video for the hydrogen explosion in the outer building of plant #1. The Guardian reports the outer building explosion is in fact a 2nd explosion at plant#1, which corroborates reports of white smoke coming from plant#1 and would be a separate explosion than the explosion in plant #3 reported by CNN.

Japan Earthquake Fallout: Second Nuclear Reactor Explosion

A screen grab taken from live news footage by Japanese public broadcaster NHK on March 14, 2011 shows a collasped building (CR) at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station number three reactor after a hydrogen explosion. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images

2.50am: Japanese television earlier reported that the sea level had dropped five metres off the coast of Fukushima. The feeling in Japan is already tense following an earlier aftershock this morning, and much fear spreading across the country after unconfirmed reports of another tsunami.

2.40am: Good morning. It’s now more than three days since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, but there is little sign of relief for survivors.

There has been a second blast at the Fukushima No 1 nuclear plant. Television footage suggests the outer building of the third reactor has been blown away – as in the first blast – but officials believe the reactor container remains intact and says there is little prospect of a significant release of radioactive material. Officials warned yesterday that there might be another hydrogen explosion.

The Daily Yomiuri newspaper says police are reporting about 1,000 bodies have been found in Minamisanriku, Miyagi and another 1,000 on the Ojika Peninsula coast in the prefecture.

Update 11:32 PM

CNN has acknowledged the conflicting reports coming in about the explosions and said they will make clarifications shortly.

3 injured, 7 missing after second explosion at Japan nuclear plant

From the Globe and Mail:

Tokyo Electric Power Co. says three workers have been injured and seven are missing after an explosion at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary says a hydrogen explosion occurred Monday at the facility’s Unit 3. The blast was similar to an earlier one at a different unit at the facility.

Yukio Edano says people within a 20-kilometre radius were ordered inside following the blast. AP journalists felt the explosion 40 kilometres away.

Listen to Mark MacKinnon’s report from radiation testing in Japan (.mp3)

Mr. Edano says the reactor’s inner containment vessel holding nuclear rods is intact, allaying some fears of the risk to the environment and public.

A massive column of smoke was seen belching from the plant’s No. 3 unit Monday. The No. 3 Unit reactor had been under emergency watch for a possible explosion as pressure built up there following a hydrogen blast Saturday in the facility’s Unit 1.

And The Star reports that efforts to prevent a full blown meltdown may not be going as planned.

TOKYO—An explosion occurred at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant Monday morning local time – escalating concerns over Japan’s developing nuclear crisis.

Japan’s nuclear safety agency reported the explosion at about 11:40 a.m. local time – it was not clear precisely when the explosion itself had occurred.

But it was deeply disturbing news for a government trying calm national and international fears over the stability of the country’s nuclear reactors following Friday’s powerful earthquake.

But as the emergency continues to mount, there is a growing sense here, born of a dearth of information, that Japan might be sailing into uncharted waters.

Japan’s famously aggressive media has been frustrated by an inability to get clear answers from the government.

“Even now we don’t know what’s really going on,” Takashi Oshima, a respected journalist from Tokyo’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper told the Star. “We really have no idea how many people have died. It’s scary.

“My kids called from New York and asked me, ‘How many died, Dad?’ and I had to say, ‘I don’t know. Maybe 10,000, 20,000, 30,000?’

Worryingly, a senior government official acknowledged Sunday that gauges on at least one nuclear reactor that engineers are working feverishly to cool by using seawater are not working — a strong indication that the government might have no reliable means of measuring the effectiveness of its efforts.

Reports say that the cooling process could take as long as 10 days.

If they fail, the containers that house the reactors’ cores could melt, or even explode, releasing radioactive material into the atmosphere.

Sunday and into Monday morning, Tokyo’s skyscrapers continued to sway and furniture trembled intermittently through the night as aftershocks continued.

Update: 12:05 AM EST

News reports are now being posted to Youtube. This one found via The Intel Hub.

CNN has just reported there is still “unexplained” white smoke coming from reactor #1.

CNN Report on Second Nuclear Reactor Explosion

CNN has published (hopefully the clarified version) the story on the second Japan nuclear reactor explosion.

Note the double speak in the article coming from government officials. “We don’t believe there a radiation leak – Yet We have elevated levels of radiation”. “We don’t believe a meltdown has occurred – Yet the Hydrogen explosions at the Nuclear reactors is likely due to a build up of hydrogen caused by a meltdown”

Explosion rocks another Japanese nuclear reactor building

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW: A blast occurs Monday at the Daiichi’s plant No. 3 reactor building, an official says
  • NEW: The official says he doesn’t believe there’s been a massive radioactive leak
  • IAEA says the radiation near the Onagawa plant “normal,” may be from Daiichi
  • Authorities have not confirmed meltdowns, because the reactors are so hot

(CNN) — Fresh white smoke rose again Monday from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, caused by an explosion at a building tied to the facility’s No. 3 reactor.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said that, according to the head of the nuclear facility, the container vessel surrounding the reactor is still intact. Initial reports suggest that radiation levels rose following the explosion late Monday morning, but Edano said he does not believe there has been a massive leak.

“We are now collecting information on the concentration of radiation,” he said.

A wall of the building collapsed due to the blast, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, which showed plumes of smoke above the plant.

The secretary said that water continues to be injected into the plant’s No. 3 reactor. That fact, and the pressure levels, has led authorities to believe that the reactor itself remains intact.

The incident is the latest affecting the Daiichi, the hardest hit of several nuclear plants affected since Friday’s 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Officials said that the explosion was likely caused by a buildup of hydrogen gas, similar to what had happened Saturday at the same nuclear plant’s No. 1 reactor.

The 600 residents remaining within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the plant, despite an earlier evacuation order, have been ordered to stay indoors, according to Edano.

Officials earlier said that they were operating on the presumption that there may be a partial meltdown in the No. 3 and No. 1 nuclear reactors at the Daiichi plant. Authorities have not yet been able to confirm a meltdown, because it is too hot inside the affected reactors to check.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs the plant, said in a press release late Sunday that radiation levels outside that plant remain high.

Japan’s Kyodo newsagency, citing the same company, said that there were measurements of 751 microsieverts and 650 microsieverts of radiation early Monday. Both are above the legal limit, albeit less than one reading recorded Sunday. A microsievert is an internationally recognized unit measuring radiation dosage, with people typically exposed during an entire year to a total of about 1,000 microsieverts.

On Sunday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said accumulating hydrogen gas “may potentially cause an explosion” in the building housing the No. 3 reactor at the Daiichi plant.

At another plant, in Onagawa, authorities early Sunday noted high radiation levels. The International Atomic Energy Agency said later — using information from officials in Japan — levels returned to “normal” and found no emissions of radioactivity” from Onagawa’s three reactors.

“The current assumption of the Japanese authorities is that the increased level may have been due to a release of radioactive material from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant” located 135 kilometers (about 85 miles) north of Onagawa, the agency said.

Japan’s nuclear and industrial safety agency said late Sunday the wind was moving north/northwest — which could carry airborne radioactive material near the city of Sendai and toward the Onagawa facility.

….

The crisis has stoked fears of a full-on nuclear meltdown, a catastrophic failure of the reactor core that has the potential for widespread release of radiation.

High levels of hydrogen, as evidenced at Daiichi, is one sign that a meltdown may be occurring. So, too, is the detection noted of radioactive cesium outside that plant, according to Toshihiro Bannai, an official with Japan’s nuclear and industrial safety agency. This could be caused by the melting of fuel rods inside the reactor, indicating at least a partial meltdown.

Despite such evidence, Noriyuki Shikata, a spokesman for Prime Minister Naoto Kan repeated Edano’s assertion that the situation is “under control” and said he would not describe what was occurring in the reactors as a “meltdown.”

But Cooke, also editor of Nuclear Intelligence Weekly for the atomic-energy community, said she’s not convinced authorities have a full handle on what she called “this hugely dangerous technology.”

“The more they say they’re in control, the more I sense things may be out of control,” she said.

Edano has said there have been no leaks of radioactive material at any plants. Radioactive steam has been released intentionally to lessen growing pressure in the two Daiichi reactors — in an amount authorities have described as minimal.

Still, on Sunday, Edano said nine people who were evacuated from near the Daiichi plant tested positive for high radiation on skin and clothing. This is in addition to at least three electric company workers who fell ill due to possible exposure, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. said in a statement.

Even if there’s is no further catastrophe, the nuclear situation — part of what Prime Minister Kan called the “toughest and most difficult crisis for Japan” since the end of World War II — has clearly made an impact.

Cooke said that it may take years to fully assess the damage at the worst-hit reactors, much less to get them working again. And authorities may never definitively determine how much radiation was emitted, or how many got sick because of it.

If the effort to cool the nuclear fuel inside the reactor fails completely — a scenario that experts who have spoken to CNN say is unlikely — the resulting release of radiation could cause enormous damage to the plant and/or release radiation into the atmosphere or water. That could lead to widespread cancer and other health problems, experts say.

Authorities have downplayed such a scenario, insisting the situation appears under control and that radiation levels in the air are not dangerous. Still, as what they described as “a precaution,” at least 180,000 people who live within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the plant have been ordered to leave.

“The bottom line is that we just don’t know what’s going to happen in the next couple of days and, frankly, neither do the people who run the system,” added Dr. Ira Helfand, a member of the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Update 2:14 AM

There is little new information about the second explosion coming out. Repeated clips of the Japanese government denying any significant radiation would leak as a result from the explosion. I am currently watching CNN and NHK Japanese news in English. The major story being ran is the conservation of electricity and the plummet of the Japanese stock market. The Japanese markets crashed on the news of the quake after finishing down Friday. The Yen continues to fall and American stock futures are sharply down. The Nikkie index just closed down 633.94 or 6.18% to close at 9,620.49.

Explosion rocks another Japanese nuclear reactor building

By the CNN Wire

Staff

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/13/japan.nuclear.reactors/

Explosion at Japanese reactor

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW: A blast occurs Monday at the Daiichi’s plant No. 3 reactor building, an official says
  • NEW: The official says he doesn’t believe there’s been a massive radioactive leak
  • IAEA says the radiation near the Onagawa plant « normal, » may be from Daiichi
  • Authorities have not confirmed meltdowns, because the reactors are so hot

(CNN) — Fresh white smoke rose again Monday from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, caused by an explosion at a building tied to the facility’s No. 3 reactor.

Japan‘s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said that, according to the head of the nuclear facility, the container vessel surrounding the reactor is still intact. Initial reports suggest that radiation levels rose following the explosion late Monday morning, but Edano said he does not believe there has been a massive leak.

« We are now collecting information on the concentration of radiation, » he said.

A wall of the building collapsed due to the blast, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, which showed plumes of smoke above the plant.

The secretary said that water continues to be injected into the plant’s No. 3 reactor. That fact, and the pressure levels, has led authorities to believe that the reactor itself remains intact.

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The incident is the latest affecting the Daiichi, the hardest hit of several nuclear plants affected since Friday’s 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Officials said that the explosion was likely caused by a buildup of hydrogen gas, similar to what had happened Saturday at the same nuclear plant’s No. 1 reactor.

The 600 residents remaining within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the plant, despite an earlier evacuation order, have been ordered to stay indoors, according to Edano.

Officials earlier said that they were operating on the presumption that there may be a partial meltdown in the No. 3 and No. 1 nuclear reactors at the Daiichi plant. Authorities have not yet been able to confirm a meltdown, because it is too hot inside the affected reactors to check.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs the plant, said in a press release late Sunday that radiation levels outside that plant remain high.

Japan‘s Kyodo newsagency, citing the same company, said that there were measurements of 751 microsieverts and 650 microsieverts of radiation early Monday. Both are above the legal limit, albeit less than one reading recorded Sunday. A microsievert is an internationally recognized unit measuring radiation dosage, with people typically exposed during an entire year to a total of about 1,000 microsieverts.

On Sunday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said accumulating hydrogen gas « may potentially cause an explosion » in the building housing the No. 3 reactor at the Daiichi plant.

At another plant, in Onagawa, authorities early Sunday noted high radiation levels. The International Atomic Energy Agency said later — using information from officials in Japan — levels returned to « normal » and found no emissions of radioactivity » from Onagawa’s three reactors.

« The current assumption of the Japanese authorities is that the increased level may have been due to a release of radioactive material from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant » located 135 kilometers (about 85 miles) north of Onagawa, the agency said.

Japan‘s nuclear and industrial safety agency said late Sunday the wind was moving north/northwest — which could carry airborne radioactive material near the city of Sendai and toward the Onagawa facility.

Most experts aren’t expecting a reprieve of the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown, which killed 32 plant workers and firefighters in the former Soviet Union and at least 4,000 from cancers tied to radioactive material released by the plant. But in some ways — especially the fact multiple reactors are affected, versus one in Chernobyl — Japan’s crisis is unique.

« This is unprecedented, » said Stephanie Cooke, the author of « In Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age. » « You’ve never had a situation with multiple reactors at risk. »

These issues come despite Japan’s solid reputation in the nuclear power field. Japan is heavily dependent on the energy source, with 54 plants and eight slated for construction, said Aileen Mioko Smith of Green Action, an environmental group.

Daiichi’s No. 1 reactor — the oldest of the six units at the site, according to World Nuclear Association, all of which are boiling-water reactors — became operational in November 1970.

« Nuclear facilities in Japan … were built to withstand earthquakes — but not an 8.9 earthquake, » said James Walsh, a CNN contributor and research associate at MIT’s security studies program.

The crisis has stoked fears of a full-on nuclear meltdown, a catastrophic failure of the reactor core that has the potential for widespread release of radiation.

High levels of hydrogen, as evidenced at Daiichi, is one sign that a meltdown may be occurring. So, too, is the detection noted of radioactive cesium outside that plant, according to Toshihiro Bannai, an official with Japan’s nuclear and industrial safety agency. This could be caused by the melting of fuel rods inside the reactor, indicating at least a partial meltdown.

Despite such evidence, Noriyuki Shikata, a spokesman for Prime Minister Naoto Kan repeated Edano’s assertion that the situation is « under control » and said he would not describe what was occurring in the reactors as a « meltdown. »

But Cooke, also editor of Nuclear Intelligence Weekly for the atomic-energy community, said she’s not convinced authorities have a full handle on what she called « this hugely dangerous technology. »

« The more they say they’re in control, the more I sense things may be out of control, » she said.

The Daiichi plant has a containment vessel, which theoretically would capture radioactive material if a full meltdown occurs.

In the meantime, government and power company officials are working to prevent even such a calamity — even if it means rendering the Daiichi plant inoperable.

Authorities ordered the injection of sea water and boron into the affected reactors, even though salt and boron will corrode the reactor.

« Essentially, they are waving the white flag and saying, ‘This plant is done,' » Walsh said. « This is a last-ditch mechanism to try to prevent overheating and to prevent a partial or full meltdown. »

Edano has said there have been no leaks of radioactive material at any plants. Radioactive steam has been released intentionally to lessen growing pressure in the two Daiichi reactors — in an amount authorities have described as minimal.

Still, on Sunday, Edano said nine people who were evacuated from near the Daiichi plant tested positive for high radiation on skin and clothing. This is in addition to at least three electric company workers who fell ill due to possible exposure, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. said in a statement.

Even if there’s is no further catastrophe, the nuclear situation — part of what Prime Minister Kan called the « toughest and most difficult crisis for Japan » since the end of World War II — has clearly made an impact.

Cooke said that it may take years to fully assess the damage at the worst-hit reactors, much less to get them working again. And authorities may never definitively determine how much radiation was emitted, or how many got sick because of it.

Then there’s the short- and long-term impact of Japan’s electric grid: Soon after the quake, power was knocked out to 10% of Japan’s households. Most of those people now have electricity, though experts say it is highly unlikely the most affected reactors will ever be operational again.

Beyond that, the crisis may have a significant impact the nuclear power movement. Walsh noted that while some countries, like China, may go forward in creating new reactors, others planned for South Korea, Turkey and elsewhere may pull back.

But assessing the far-reaching implications of the crisis isn’t the top priority now. Instead, the focus is more on making sure that the situation does not deteriorate even further and put more lives at risk.

If the effort to cool the nuclear fuel inside the reactor fails completely — a scenario that experts who have spoken to CNN say is unlikely — the resulting release of radiation could cause enormous damage to the plant and/or release radiation into the atmosphere or water. That could lead to widespread cancer and other health problems, experts say.

Authorities have downplayed such a scenario, insisting the situation appears under control and that radiation levels in the air are not dangerous. Still, as what they described as « a precaution, » at least 180,000 people who live within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the plant have been ordered to leave.

« The bottom line is that we just don’t know what’s going to happen in the next couple of days and, frankly, neither do the people who run the system, » added Dr. Ira Helfand, a member of the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

CNN’s Greg Botelho and Tom Watkins contributed to this report.


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Experts in Israel and abroad divided on scope of disaster at Japan’s nuclear plants, as Japanese government hasn’t provided accurate information regarding threat posed by explosions at Fukushima nuclear power plant.


Official: 2 Japanese nuclear reactors may be in meltdown

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters that officials still do not know if there have been meltdowns in the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi’s nuclear facility in northeast Japan. But as they attempt to cool down radioactive material and release pressure inside the reactors, he said authorities were working under the presumption that such meltdowns have taken place.


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Possible Full Scale Meltdown In Japan – Live Updates

It is very important to understand that this situation is changing every minute and that no one knows for sure if deadly radiation will make it to the U.S. west coast.

BBC Update 1:53pm PST

“The New Scientist’s Short Sharp Science blog has been asking nuclear scientists about the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. It says: “The real fear is that harmful radioactive material will escape from the reactor core.”

Fox News is reporting that the fuel rods in ALL three damaged reactors are set to meltdown. This is not fear mongering this is simple fact. The BBC is also reporting that Japanese Officials are in full scale panic mode. Moscow officials have not ruled out the fact that Japan may be covering up the extent of the damage.


Japan Nuclear Alert Upgraded to Level 5 – Evacuation Zone Expanded

Japanese officials have upgraded the nuclear alert level to a level 5 incident meaning that large quantities of radioactive material have been released and there is a high probability of significant public exposure.

The alert level was raised after the nuclear fuel rods became completely exposed and the nuclear reactor completely lost its cooling ability.

The size of the evacuation area has been expanded from a 20 KM radius to a 40 KM radius (about 25 miles) with the nuclear alert level upgrade.

The upgraded alert level comes on news that wind has carried the radioactive cloud 100 miles north of the reactor.


Live Blog – Reports That Radiation Is Rising

The Intel Hub
March 14th, 2011

Update: The IAEA has stated that radiation has been released into the atmosphere.

Radiation Levels and distances from Fukushima – TwitPic

Update: 9:08pm PST – From the BBC – Higher than normal radiation levels are detected in Tokyo, the AFP is quoting the city government as saying.

Update: 7:51pm PST – BREAKING NEWS: Radiation 400 times annual legal limit measured near No. 3 reactor – KYODO The Prime Minister of Japan was quoted as saying that there was a high risk of radiation coming out of the plant in the future.

Update: 7:39pm PST -The French Embassy in Tokyo has reportedly said that weak radioactive material could reach Tokyo in 10 hrs.

Update: 7:24pm PST – The Prime Minister has admitted that the containment chamber was damaged. On going fire at reactor 4. NBC is reporting that this is the 2nd worst nuclear disaster in history. All people in a 20km radius are being asked to evacuate if they have not already.

Update: 6:20pm PST –Kyodo reporting “No. 2 reactor container damaged” France is also reporting that the disaster is a 5 or 6 on a nuclear disaster scale of 1 to 7

Update: 5:30pm PST – Japan’s chief Cabinet secretary was quoted as saying that he could NOT rule out the possibility of meltdowns at all three plants!

Update: 5:22pm PST –The radioactive fuel rods at the No. 2 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 power station were fully exposed at one point Monday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said, raising the possibility that it suffered a partial core meltdown according to the Japan Times.

Update: 5:08pm PST – There is a high possibility that radioactive substances are being released. Kyodo has reported that radioactive materials are being released!


BREAKING: TEPCO unable to pour water into spent fuel storage pool at No. 4 reactor

March 15th, 2011 at 09:58 AM

Kyodo News at 9:05 am EST … Read more >>


Japan’s PM says 4th reactor of Fukushima NPP on fire

A fire at the fourth reactor of the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant resulted in a leak of highly concentrated radiation, the Japanese premier said on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan called on the citizens residing within the 20-km (13 miles) distance from the reactor to immediately leave this zone and those living more than 20-30 km (13-17 miles) from the NPP to stay in their houses, but to shut windows and doors.

« I sincerely ask all citizens within the 20-km distance from the reactor to leave this zone, » he said in a televised address.

TOKYO, March 15 (RIA Novosti)

Webmaster’s Commentary:

The United States Government insists there is no danger from fallout as long as you do not breath from now until Thanksgiving.


Fourth Japanese Nuclear Reactor Explodes … Government Says High Levels of Radiation Being Released

Although the number-four reactor was shut for maintenance when the quake and tsunami struck last Friday, « spent nuclear fuel in the reactor heated up, creating hydrogen and triggered a hydrogen explosion ».

He said radioactive substances were leaked along with the hydrogen.

Webmaster’s Commentary:

If true, that means the reactor cores themselves were damaged in the initial quake to the point where the debris collected together to spontaneously fission.


Spent fuel pools and MOX

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0314/Japanese-nuclear-reactor-update…

Japanese nuclear reactor update: Amid signs of progress, new problems
Scientists warn of risks from spent-fuel cooling pools and plutonium-rich, mixed-oxide fuel inside one nuclear reactor, even as the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors appear to be coming under control.

The threat from plutonium-rich MOX

Another little-reported concern is a small but potentially dangerous amount of plutonium-based « MOX » – mixed-oxide fuel – inside the No. 3 reactor, says Dr. Lyman, who notes that plutonium particles are more dangerous to the human body than other particles that might be emitted.

Tokyo Electric said some three yards of a MOX fuel rod was above the water line, suggesting that plutonium and other elements could be in the gases vented to the atmosphere, reported the Kyodo News Agency.

« If the core of that No. 3 reactor melts and venting occurs, some of that plutonium and other nasty elements present in that fuel could end up on the winds, » Lyman says.


Analyst: What we have already is the worst case scenario at Fukushima

March 15th, 2011 at 09:25 AM

The whole globe will be affected. This radiation will cover the whole globe. … Read more >>


We are witnessing an “apocalypse” in Japan says Germany’s Foreign Minster

March 15th, 2011 at 08:58 AM

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TEPCO: Spent fuel pool is now exposed to outside air at No. 4 reactor

March 15th, 2011 at 08:42 AM

Reuters at 8:33 am EST … Read more >>


Forecast map shows radiation nearing U.S. — South of Alaska in less than a week: Hong Kong Observatory

March 15th, 2011 at 08:15 AM

Reuters, March 15 at 7:07 am EST … Read more >>


Advisory: “Radiation too high for TEPCO personnel to stay in Fukushima nuke plant control rooms”

March 15th, 2011 at 07:57 AM

Kyodo News, March 15, 2011 at 6:49 am EST … Read more >>


Japan Prime Minister says “What the hell is going on?” when meeting with TEPCO execs

March 15th, 2011 at 07:50 AM

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Nuclear Engineer: Far more radioactivity inside spent fuel ponds than in reactors — Could very well produce damage greater than Chernobyl

March 15th, 2011 at 07:12 AM

“Could potentially be an even more severe problem than a reactor meltdown” … Read more >>


“Would be like Chernobyl on steroids” if spent fuel catches fire says nuclear engineer who works at identical plant — Each reactor holds 3,450 spent fuel assemblies

March 15th, 2011 at 06:53 AM

The unit 1 pool could have as much as 20 years of spent fuel rods … Read more >>


“Worse than a meltdown” says expert — “Spent nuclear fuel pool catches fire”: Japan Power Company

March 15th, 2011 at 06:21 AM

“High heat would loft the radiation in clouds that would spread the radioactivity” – New York Times … Read more >>


Reporters were angry during TEPCO press conference — “They kept asking what to do to stop the radiation leak, but company officials had no answers”

March 15th, 2011 at 05:29 AM

From the Forbes Blog of Neil Weinberg … Read more >>


Speech on Fukushima by Japan’s Prime Minister (VIDEO)

March 15th, 2011 at 05:10 AM

There is still a very high risk of further radioactive material coming out. … Read more >>