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August 11, 2013

The Fukushima Nightmare ( And Main Stream Media Under-Reporting ) Gets Worse

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Citizen Journalist Exchange @ 11:00 am
An aerial view shows workers wearing protective suits and masks work at a construction site (C) of the shore barrier to stop radioactive water from leaking into the sea at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on August 9, 2013. (Reuters/Kyodo)

An aerial view shows workers wearing protective suits and masks work at a construction site (C) of the shore barrier to stop radioactive water from leaking into the sea at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on August 9, 2013. (Reuters/Kyodo)

By Harvey Wasserman,scoop.co.nz – ,
Just when it seemed things might be under control at Fukushima, we find they are worse than ever.
Immeasurably worse.
Massive quantities of radioactive liquids are now flowing through the shattered reactor site into the Pacific Ocean. And their make-up is far more lethal than the “mere” tritium that has dominated the headlines to date.
Tepco, the owner/operator–and one of the world’s biggest and most technologically advanced electric utilities–has all but admitted it cannot control the situation. Its shoddy performance has prompted former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Dale Klein to charge: “You don’t what you are doing.”
The Japanese government is stepping in. But there is no guarantee–or even likelihood–it will do any better.
In fact, there is no certainty as to what’s causing this out-of-control flow of death and destruction.
Some 28 months after three of the six reactors exploded at the Fukushima Daichi site, nobody can offer a definitive explanation of what is happening there or how to deal with it.
The most cogent speculation now centers on the reality that, simply enough, water flows downhill.
Aside from its location in an earthquake-prone tsunami zone, Fukushima Daichi was sited above a major aquifer. That critical reality has been missing from nearly all discussion of the accident since it occurred.
There can be little doubt at this point that the water in that underground lake has been thoroughly contaminated.
In the wake of the March 11, 2011, disaster, Tepco led the public to believe that it had largely contained the flow of contaminated water into the Pacific. But now it admits that not only was that a lie, but that the quantities of water involved–apparently some 400,000 gallons per day–are very large.
Some of that water may be flowing from the aquifer. Much of it also, simply enough, flows down Japan’s steep hillsides, through the site and into the sea.
Until now, the utility and regulatory authorities have assured an anxious planet that the contaminants in the water have been primarily tritium. Tritium is a relatively simple isotope with an 8-day half-life. Its health effects can be substantial, but its short half-life has been used to proliferate the illusion that it’s not much to worry about.
Reports now indicate the outflow at Fukushima also includes substantial quantities of radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium. That, in turn, indicates there is probably more we haven’t yet heard about.

This is very bad news. More…

Radioactive water overruns Fukushima barrier – TEPCO

RT News – Contaminated groundwater accumulating under the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has risen 60cm above the protective barrier, and is now freely leaking into the Pacific Ocean, the plant’s operator TEPCO has admitted.

Follow RT’s LIVE UPDATES on Fukushima leak emergency

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which is responsible for decommissioning the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, on Saturday said the protective barriers that were installed to prevent the flow of toxic water into the ocean are no longer coping with the groundwater levels, Itar-Tass reports.

The contaminated groundwater, which mixes with radioactive leaks seeping out of the plant, has already risen to 60cm above the barriers – the fact which TEPCO calls a major cause of the massive daily leak of toxic substances. More…

Fukushima Nuclear Plant Leaking 300 Tons Of Tainted Water Daily

NPR – The Japanese government has announced that radioactive groundwater is leaking from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. To try and stop it, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which owns the plant, has proposed building an underground wall of frozen earth around the reactors. The ice wall is supposed to keep groundwater from flowing in and radioactive water from leaking out, but nobody knows for sure whether it will work. Listen…

National Geographic News

Tensions are rising in Japan over radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a breach that has defied the plant operator’s effort to gain control.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday called the matter “an urgent issue” and ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up, following an admission by Tokyo Electric Power Company that water is seeping past an underground barrier it attempted to create in the soil. The head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force told Reuters the situation was an “emergency.” (See Pictures: The Nuclear Cleanup Struggle at Fukushima.”)

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August 22, 2012

Fukushima Nuclear Situation “Deteriorating”

Filed under: News,Opinion — Tags: , , , , , , — Worldwide Hippies @ 4:00 am

by Richard Wilcox,dissidentvoice.org – Were it not for certain nuclear whistle blowers and outside, independent experts, the public would have to rely on the glib and technically inaccessible reports from Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) or the Japanese government. Not that those reports are entirely without substance, but due to the incomprehensible technical jargon most people simply throw up their hands and hope for the best.

Luckily, in this day of the internet we can learn a lot about what is going on thanks to independent researchers and writers. To the extent that mainstream newspapers have covered the issue responsibly, and there has been substantive coverage, web sites like “enenews.com”; “fukushima-diary.com” and “rense.com” have served as information clearinghouses for mainstream news, academic studies and independent sources of journalism about the nuclear crisis in Japan.

Given this wide perspective, it is hard to see how any meaningful progress is being made at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP). This is the conclusion I drew, or anyone with reasonable skills of observation would have drawn, in April of 2011. The Japanese government kept telling us that “everything is under control” and there is “no immediate danger,” all the while, lying through their teeth about the reactor meltdowns.

Any intelligent layperson who considers the technical aspects of the disaster will be at a loss as to how the plant operators will be able to restore the cooling system, which may be badly damaged, to reactors that themselves may be unrepairable or in various states of melt-down. If the nuclear fuel in the reactors has melted through to the floor, what would be the point of setting up a cooling system to a dysfunctional reactor and a pool of melted fuel? No one in the government clearly answers these questions nor has the international community come forth with a possible solution.1

Credit must be given to the hard work of engineers and makeshift cooling systems were installed, but the state of the reactors is precarious–highly radioactive–and things have not gone smoothly for plant operators, Tepco. As for long term solutions, none are presented. We are supposed to believe that out of this gigantic mess of strewn rubble and constantly leaking pipes and cooling systems, progress is being made. At some level there is: as long as the melted fuel keeps cooling and there are no other major earthquakes, the level of radioactivity will naturally decrease. But this is a hypothetical, best-case scenario.

The fuel pools of Units three or four could collapse in another large earthquake and the highly radioactive fuel rods will not be removed until 2013 at the earliest– putting the entire world in grave peril every second that ticks by. Read more…

 

August 15, 2012

Fukushima mutant butterflies spark fear of effect on humans

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — Worldwide Hippies @ 10:00 am

From rt.com – Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies living near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The gruesome discovery has led scientists to fear that the leaking radiation could affect other species.
Researches said that around 12 per cent of pale grass blue butterflies that had been exposed as larvae to nuclear fallout developed abnormalities, including broken or wrinkled wings, changes in wing size, color pattern changes, and wider-than-normal variations in numbers of spots on the butterflies.
Though the insects were mated in a lab well outside the fallout zone, about 18 per cent of their offspring displayed similar problems, said Joji Otaki, an associate professor at Ryukyu University in Okinawa, in southwestern Japan.
That figure rose to 34 per cent in the third generation of butterflies – even though one parent from each coupling was from a group unaffected by radiation.
Researchers also collected another 240 butterflies in Fukushima last September, six months after the disaster. Abnormalities were recorded in 52 per cent of that group’s offspring – “a dominantly high ratio,” Otaki told AFP.
The study began two months after a tsunami devastated parts of northeastern Japan in March 2011, triggering a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima facility. The Fukushima Daiichi plant leaked radiation, causing the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents from the surrounding area. It was the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Soviet Ukraine.
To make sure the mutations were caused by radiation and not some other factor, researchers collected butterflies from unaffected regions of the country, and observed similar results after giving them low-dose exposures of radiation.
“We conclude that artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant caused physiological and genetic damage to this species,” said the study, published in Scientific Reports. Read more…

 

Fukushima Fallout: Scads of Mutant Butterflies
Newser
(Newser) – The radiation that poured out of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor last year looks like it’s doing a number on Japan’s animal populations, researchers warn, after discovering rampant mutations among butterflies. Scientists collected 144 

Fukushima fallout causes mutant butterflies
DigitalJournal.com
They posted their findings in Scientific Reports saying that when they compared mutations found on the butterflies from the different sites, the insects found in areas with the highest levels ofradiation had much smaller wings and irregularly 

Radiation from Fukushima power plant meltdown ‘triggers genetic mutations in 
Daily Mail
The impact of artificial radiation exposure on the species was also investigated using larvae collected in Okinawa, one of the prefectures least affected by falloutfrom the nuclear disaster. After the larvae were exposed to radiation and fed with 

January 8, 2012

Are We a Psychotic Nation?

Filed under: Opinion — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — Worldwide Hippies @ 8:00 pm

By Ed Croft,WWH – Yeah, WAR! What is it good for?
We have been at war since 2001. We were pushed into the war under false pretenses. Remember the weapons of mass destruction that were never found? Over 5,500 US men and women were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Total of all military and civilian on both sides and we are over 900,000 killed. We were told that we had to strike back at Osama bin Laden. Let’s put aside for the moment that we armed and trained bin Laden. All those years under Bush and all we did was perpetuate the war. More people dying. Along comes Obama and a small group of Seals not only finds him but takes him out. Now I am not trying to say Obama is a great person for that, I am only stating a fact. On the other side of the coin, there was either a 60 minute or 20/20 episode where they interviewed an officer over that stated that they were a few clicks away from bin Laden and were ordered to stand down. Which raises the question, was the war prolonged on purpose?

I raised the question, has the US ever not been in war? Well, here is our history, though I think it missed some conflicts like Grenada in 1983. I know I was on a plane in 1979 headed for Iran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the 1989 Invasion of Panama. There isn’t a mention here of Libya either. Of course, there aren’t any black ops listed here. Many of these are also conflicts with Native Americans mostly when we wanted to steal their land or after we broke a treaty. :
•Revolutionary War 1775–1783
•War of 1812
•Mexican American War 1846 and 1848                                                              
•Civil War 1861–1865
•Spanish American War 1898
•World War I 1914-1918
•World War II 1941-1945
•Korean War 1950-1953
•Vietnam War 1955-1975
•Desert Storm 1990-1991
•Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) 2001 – ongoing
•Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq War) 2003 – ongoing

Other Wars and Battles:
Powhatan vs Confederacy: 1622-1644
Pequot War – 1637 Connecticut & Rhode Island.
King Philip’s War: 1675-1678 Massachusetts & Rhode Island.
Pueblo Revolt 1680-1692
French & Indian War 1689-1763 Battle for North America
Tuscarora 1711: Northern Carolina
Yamasee War 1715-1718: Southern Carolina
Pontiac’s Conspiracy 1763: Ohio River Valley
Lord Dunmore’s War: 1774: Southern Ohio River Valley
Old Northwest Warfare 1790-1794: Ohio and Indiana
Battle of Tippecanoe 1811: Wabash & Tippecanoe rivers, Indiana
Creek War 1814: Georgia and Alabama
First Seminole War 1816-1818: Florida (Andrew Jackson)
Black Hawk War 1832: N. Illinois & Southwestern Wisconsin
Second Seminole War 1835-1842: Florida Everglades
Navajo Conflicts 1849-1863: Arizona & New Mexico
Sioux Wars 1854-1890
Rogue River War 1855-1856: Southwestern Oregon
Third Seminole War 1855-1858: Florida Everglades
Apache Attacks 1861-1900: New Mexico, Arizona, Texas & Mexico
Ute Wars 1865-1868, 1879: Utah
Modoc War: 1872-1873: Northern California & Southern Oregon
Red River War 1874-75: Northwestern Texas
Battle of Rosebud 1876: Southern Montana
Battle of the Little Bighorn: 1876: Southern Montana
Nez Perce War: 1877: Oregon, Idaho, Montana
The Wounded Knee massacre 1890: South Dakota (more…)

November 11, 2011

Don’t Hack the Hippies: Nuclear giant EDF found guilty of spying on Greenpeace

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Worldwide Hippies @ 10:00 pm

by Justin McKeating,greenpeace.org – As the great Mahatma Gandhi (nearly) said, ”First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they spy on you, then you win”.

That’s pretty much the chain of events that lead to today’s conviction by a French court of French state electricity company, Electricité de France SA (EDF) for spying on us. The court fined the company 1.5 million Euros and ordered it to pay €500,000 in damages to Greenpeace France. In addition, the court sent the four men involved, two of them senior EDF executives, to jail as well – and fined three of them.

EDF’s spying operation monitored Greenpeace while we challenged plans by the UK government to work with EDF to expand its nuclear operations. Clearly worried about this – and losing the nuclear debate in France, EDF somehow decided a cloak and dagger espionage operation was the way to go. In 2006, the company hired private investigation company Kargus Consultants to spy on Greenpeace France. Kargus went too far, and hacked into, then stole 1,400 documents from the computer of Greenpeace France’s programme director. But they got caught.

The men prosecuted were Pascal Durieux, head of EDF’s nuclear safety at EDF in 2006, Pierre-Paul Francois, EDF’s second in command of nuclear safety security during the same period; Thierry Lorho, the boss of Kargus, and Alain Quiros, Kargus computer scientist.

There are a number of lessons to be taken from this scandal, the first being sections of the nuclear industry clearly regard themselves as above the law. Today’s verdict reminds them that this is emphatically not the case. With the terrible consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster still unfolding in Japan the nuclear industry needs to be held to the rule of law like never before.

Secondly, we find once again that the nuclear industry simply cannot be trusted. The history of nuclear power is littered with tales of dirty tricks, propaganda and deceit. EDF’s espionage is merely the latest example in a long line. Read more…

November 2, 2011

Letter of apology to the RADIOACTIVE FUTURE…

Filed under: Opinion — Tags: , , , , , , — Worldwide Hippies @ 10:00 pm

By Billy,WWH – Corporate rule has again made a huge mess for which the corporations involved will never pay. The beautiful Gulf did not need this as it was already the site of the largest ‘dead zone’ in the world thanks once again to unrestricted corporate takeover. The largest and best the best known ‘dead zone’ is an area in the Gulf of Mexico, as large as Massachusetts, and growing, that no longer supports aquatic life. Agribusiness interests growing feed to fatten the animals that people eat have so saturated the land with poison chemicals which then end up in the mighty Mississippi and ultimate in the gulf, that this magnificent jewel-of-the-seas has been hurting bad for some time, and almost nobody in Washington cares to help.

But there is something even more treacherous which needs our attention…

We can’t go back from this Halliburton-BP-Transocean-Washington Reps gusher of hurt, but please don’t let it tempt your attention away from an even more devastating movement within the ‘energy package’.

For sure, the NUKE-pushing interests will use this oil mess to help make Nukes look good by comparison and help feed the insane proposal of a U.S. nuclear Renaissance.

The Halliburton-BP-Transocean screw-up in the gulf has been coined “the worst environmental disaster in history”. It may well be the worst ‘oil’ disaster, but we already live with a much ‘dirtier’ environmental disaster thanks to the 103-4 Nuke plants dotting this most heavenly land and the several hundred more around the world… Make no mistake, within the energy sector, this is the big disaster. If it takes 500 years to recover from this Halliburton-BP thing, and it could, that is but the blink-of-an-eye compared to the duration of ongoing, perpetual, and right down to sub-cellular pollution and endless complications and costs inextricably and unavoidably linked to the operation of nuclear generating facilities. This is the big one.

I fear the gulf mess will take attention away from the energy technology from which we can not recover.

I hope we all do what feels right about the oil issue and I hope it helps, but please whatever you do, get active about stopping the nuclear Renaissance.

Letter of apology to the RADIOACTIVE FUTURE…

Dear Aquarians,

Well, we got through that sensationalized 2012 thing and the Earth is still spinning, but I sense that things could be a lot more comfortable for you had we never fooled around with atom splitting, or at least, if after Hiroshima and Chernobyl we would have cut our losses. We could not have made the mountains and oceans of radioactive waste go away, as you know, (now many centuries after my generation and the one before us tried to ‘fool Mother Nature’) there is still no solution, but conditions on our beloved Earth might well be much more conducive to good health, happiness, economic stability and broad cooperation of her nations if we had stopped that Nuclear Renaissance early in the 21st century.

Many of my peers knew better than to support that backwards movement, and some worked feverishly to ‘stop the insanity’, but [I fear] it wasn’t enough. I know now, that many of the thoughtful anti-nuke/pro-life activists did not even fully understand the technology, but did understand that everything made by man fails and that failures and even small glitches with systems using highly radioactive materials would injure all life-forms for all time, and it was easy for them to understand that such a sentence delivered to everyone for all time, whatever the claimed need, was simply not acceptable.

From my ‘freer perspective’ (if we allow an imagined ’knowing’ from beyond the veil imposed on physicality) I too now clearly see that we, back at the turn of the 20th – 21st centuries never did really ‘gamble with nuclear folly’ (gamble with your welfare) as some clamed, because in fact, we had a sure-thing. Everyone at the time, save a miniscule percentage of the population suffering from profound mental handicaps, had the intellect to grasp the blindingly obvious facts about nuclear games which are so graphically illustrated in what is left of the world around you and the bodies of the people in your suffering society. Long before that primitive time early in the 21st century, when the fateful Nuclear Renaissance was proposed there were mountains of irrefutable evidence/proof regarding the negative aspects of ‘radioactive experimentation’. All humans had measurable levels of radioactive contamination in their bodies, mothers passed it along in breast milk and fathers, through their sperm. Simple lab tests could accurately pinpoint the age of a person by measuring the percentage and calibrating the placement of radioactive markers in teeth and bones.

There really wasn’t an argument… The corporate government invented one.

We could all understand the connection, yet some of us used everything at our disposal to put reality out of our minds. In our (my) defense, it was a scary and confusing time. It was the infancy of the age of hyper-information and there were ten counters to every story. Everything that our fathers had counted on for stability was changing, for a while there, it seemed like the whole of society was crumbling… I’m surprised that the race survived at all, though not in very good condition I see.

It may be hard for people of your time (when neuro-empathetic communication is the norm, and ‘privacy’ is only an historic artifact) to imagine, but, back then many people did not think for themselves. Many of us relied on mainstream news for information and to feed us opinion. Back then, what was called ‘the news’ was (for the most part) actually a twisted form of low class entertainment authored and programmed by ruthless, selfish, money-worshiping corporate enterprises, the same forces that controlled the governments. As things became extremely confusing and our ability to reason diminished, in large part because of the compounding stressors, including pollutions of many (new to the species) kinds, and not the least of which was propagandized, implanted fear and frankly, measurable levels of radiological contamination from the very sloppy technology at the heart of this matter… some of us fell into apathy and too many others relinquished any remaining hint of critical thinking ability, ‘donned the sheep skin’ so to speak and followed the herd in any direction that the political faces pushed. As what is now history to you demonstrates, that was a big mistake since the political faces were (could only be) the puppets of the most gratuitously greedy among us. (more…)

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