Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! interviews former Gitmo Prosecutor Air Force Colonel Morris Davis on this the tenth anniversary of the Bush policy of “indefinite detention” and the gulag known as Guantanamo Bay. [Read more…]
American “vulture” investors, including a top funder of the Republican Party, have demanded that African nations pay over half a billion dollars for old debts — for which the investors paid only a few million. [Read more…]
Professor Black provides this observation about #OWS – “If you look [at the Occupy protests], not just nationwide, but worldwide, you will see some pretty consistent themes developing,” Black says. “Those themes include: we have to deal with the systemically dangerous institutions, the 20 biggest banks that the administration is saying are ticking time bombs, that as soon as one of them fails, we go back into a global crisis. We should fix that. There’s no reason to have institutions that large. That’s a theme. That accountability is a theme, that we should put these felons in prison… That we should get jobs now, and that we should deal with the foreclosure crisis. So those are four very common themes that you can see in virtually any of these protest sites… I think, over time, you won’t necessarily have some grand written agenda, but you’ll have, as I say, increasing consensus. And it’s a very broad consensus.”
Visit AE911Truth to learn what more than 1,300 professional Architects and Engineers are saying about how the three towers, North, South and Building 7 collapsed. Why didn’t NIST investigate for explosives and/or demolition material? And why does NIST continue to refuse to test for such material?
Here is AE911Truth’s newest video demanding a “real” scientific investigation into the destruction of the North and South Towers AND Building 7. No such investigation has ever been conducted. The NIST Report that supposedly served as the governments investigation has been rejected as scientifically based by 1,300 Architects and Engineers plus countless other professionals who have arrived at the same conclusion. Why does the federal government continue to stonewall such a request?
This time Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, report on downgrades, gold bars and third worlds. In the second half of the show, Max talks to Taki Oldham, director of The Billionaires Tea Party, about tea parties, astroturfing and Ayn Rand.
Our country is on the verge of financial Armageddon! Please forward this to everyone you know. This is the second video produced by Blaise Ingoglia.
Click “Government Gone Wild” to learn more.
Gerald Celente of Trends Research Institute asks “would the United States be in Iraq if their major export was broccoli or would they be in Libya if they weren’t holding on to the sweetest of sweet crude oil on the planet?”
So, we know Libya doesn’t grow broccoli, plus Sr. aka the Godfather loathes the green veggie, so, we must be over there for the oil AND maybe to steal the billions in gold bullion Gaddafi has on hand.
Here’s Nigel Farage giving his thoughts to this NOT war –
AP via Yahoo is reporting Canadian General will lead NATO actions in Libya
TORONTO – A Canadian general will take over command of the NATO mission in Libya.
Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay said Friday that Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard has been designated to lead the alliance’s military campaign in Libya.
Bouchard is stationed in Naples, Italy, at the Allied Joint Force Command.
Bouchard’s recent job was deputy commander of NORAD, reporting to an American general.
“He will be commander of the NATO operations, yet to be fully defined NATO operations,” MacKay said.
The international coalition confronting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has agreed to put NATO in charge of enforcing the no-fly zone. It was still trying to hammer out a deal to relieve U.S. forces of command of all military operations in the country.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have both said that American command of the operations would last only a few days.
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A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 – by Isao Hashimoto. starts off slow but around the 2 minute mark it picks up – by 1960 302 nuclear test were conducted, 1970 – 1012, 1980 – 1556 and by 1990 the US tested more than 1000 alone BUT in total b/w 1945 – 1998 a whopping 2053 tests.
To see more of Isao Hashimoto’s video’s click HERE
This post would not be complete without the dolt known as Ann Coulter and her most irresponsible and wreckless article titled “The Glowing Report on Radiation” and NO we will not provide a link, but we will show you the interview w/O’Reilly. What she doesn’t tell the reader about her nonsensical drivel are the studies mentioned were bought and paid for by the nuke lobby.
OUR PRAYERS CONTINUE FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THIS UNFOLDING TRAGEDY.
Prepare folks. This is not a false alarm. This is the real deal. See March 16 Updates, below this post, to learn how you need, must prepare for this fallout. It is not going to be a one-day event, but rather several days if not weeks.
Japan’s science ministry says radiation levels of up to 0.17 millisieverts per hour have been detected about 30 kilometers northwest of the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Experts say exposure to those levels for 6 hours would result in absorption of the maximum level considered safe for 1 year.
The government has instructed residents living within a 20 to 30 kilometer radius of the plant to stay indoors.
The ministry gauged radiation from 9:20 AM to 3:00 PM on Thursday at 28 spots, in areas 20 to 60 kilometers from the plant.
The ministry also observed radiation levels of 0.0183 to 0.0011 millisieverts per hour at most of the observation points.
It says these levels are higher than normal but pose no immediate threat to health.
Thursday, March 17, 2011 21:20 +0900 (JST)
Japan Admits Nuclear Problem Is ‘Severe’
4:04pm UK, Thursday March 17, 2011
A spokesman for the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has admitted the situation is now considered to be “severe”.
This is a severe incident that is occurring right now,” the spokesman said at a news conference.”We have vented and used seawater as cooling, followed the accident management plan but this is a very severe operation.”
The admission comes as plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) continues attempts to stop the six-reactor Fukushima 1 complex from going into nuclear meltdown.
“We have to keep cooling the fuel so it doesn’t reach criticality,” the Tepco spokesman said, adding that radiation levels have barely fallen at the site.
Read the rest of the story at Sky News
A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific, and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday.Health and nuclear experts emphasize that radiation in the plume will be diluted as it travels and, at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences in the United States, even if hints of it are ultimately detectable. In a similar way, radiation from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 spread around the globe and reached the West Coast of the United States in 10 days, its levels measurable but minuscule.
The projection, by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, an arm of the United Nations in Vienna, gives no information about actual radiation levels but only shows how a radioactive plume would probably move and disperse.
DO NOT TRUST THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA TO TELL YOU SAFE or NOT SAFE LEVELS OF RADIATION. TRUST THE GEIGER COUNTERS TRACKING THE LEVELS FOR YOURSELF. HERE IS ONE SUCH LINK THAT IS STREAMING LIVE.
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Radioactivity to High – Aide workers are leaving – Japanese leadership, likely taking direction from the USAID aka CIA propagandists, rather than telling their people the truth –
Nuclear Specialist calls into the Alex Jones show and details the four different types of radiation –
The people of Japan want the truth from their government – here is a video posted by a French man who shows the world what is happening in Japan w/their network news. They want the truth about the very real radiation meltdown occurring in real time in their country. The T-Room stands in solidarity with all citizens of Japan. Excuse the language. Watch this. And spread this far and wide as this gentlemen is asking of us.
Status of quake-stricken reactors at Fukushima nuclear power plants
TOKYO, March 17, Kyodo
The following is the known status as of Thursday night of each of the six reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and the four reactors at the Fukushima No. 2 plant, both in Fukushima Prefecture, which were crippled by Friday’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.
Fukushima No. 1 plant
— Reactor No. 1 – Operation suspended after quake, cooling failure, partial melting of core, vapor vented, building housing reactor damaged Saturday by hydrogen explosion, seawater being pumped in.
— Reactor No. 2 – Operation suspended after quake, cooling failure, seawater being pumped in, fuel rods fully exposed temporarily, vapor vented, building housing reactor damaged Monday by blast at reactor No. 3, damage to containment vessel feared, potential meltdown feared.
— Reactor No. 3 – Operation suspended after quake, cooling failure, partial melting of core feared, vapor vented, seawater being pumped in, building housing reactor damaged Monday by hydrogen explosion, high-level radiation measured nearby on Tuesday, plume of smoke observed Wednesday and presumed to have come from spent-fuel storage pool, severe damage to containment vessel unlikely, seawater dumped over pool by helicopter on Thursday, water sprayed at it from ground.
— Reactor No. 4 – Under maintenance when quake struck, fire Tuesday possibly caused by hydrogen explosion at pool holding spent fuel rods, abnormal temperature rise in spent-fuel storage pool, fire observed Wednesday at building housing reactor, pool water level feared receding, renewed nuclear chain reaction feared.
— Reactors No. 5, 6 – Under maintenance when quake struck, water temperatures in spent-fuel storage pools increased to about 64 C on Thursday.
— Spent-fuel storage pools at all reactors — Cooling functions lost, water temperatures or levels unobservable at reactors No. 1 to 4.
Fukushima No. 2 plant
— Reactors No. 1, 2, 4 – Operation suspended after quake, cooling failure, then cold shutdown.
— Reactor No. 3 – Operation suspended after quake, cold shutdown.
Attempts to refill fuel ponds
17 March 2011
FIRST PUBLISHED: 4.25am GMT
UPDATE 1: 9.29am GMT Additional temperature, radiation data and context
UPDATE 2: 10.00am GMT Further temperature data
UPDATE 3: 1.41pm GMT Fire trucks in action
A major struggle is underway to maintain cooling of used nuclear fuel at Fukushima Daiichi 3 and 4. Helicopters have made water drops and large fire trucks are showering the buildings.
While unit 3 was in operation when the earthquake struck on 11 March, and has been in trouble since the tsunami took out emergency diesel generators, unit 4 was fully shut down at that time and had appeared to remain safe until 16 March when an explosion led to fires.
The explosion at unit 4 is thought to have been from a build-up of hydrogen in the area near the used nuclear fuel pond. It severely damaged the building, as well as that of adjacent unit 3, with which it shares a central control room.
Read the rest HERE
Injuries or Contamination at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
Based on a press release from the Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary dated 16 March 2011, the IAEA can confirm the following information about human injuries or contamination at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Please note that this list provides a snapshot of the latest information made available to the IAEA by Japanese authorities. Given the fluid situation at the plant, this information is subject to change.
* 2 TEPCO employees have minor injuries
* 2 subcontractor employees are injured, one person suffered broken legs and one person whose condition is unknown was transported to the hospital
* 2 people are missing
* 2 people were ’suddenly taken ill’
* 2 TEPCO employees were transported to hospital during the time of donning respiratory protection in the control centre
* 4 people (2 TEPCO employees, 2 subcontractor employees) sustained minor injuries due to the explosion at unit 1 on 11 March and were transported to the hospital
* 11 people (4 TEPCO employees, 3 subcontractor employees and 4 Japanese civil defense workers) were injured due to the explosion at unit 3 on 14 March
* 17 people (9 TEPCO employees, 8 subcontractor employees) suffered from deposition of radioactive material to their faces, but were not taken to the hospital because of low levels of exposure
* One worker suffered from significant exposure during ‘vent work,’ and was transported to an offsite center
* 2 policemen who were exposed to radiation were decontaminated
* Firemen who were exposed to radiation are under investigation
The IAEA continues to seek information from Japanese authorities about all aspects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
NEWS ADVISORY: Japan plans to pour water onto No. 3 reactor on Fri.: Edano – Kyodo News
by Greg Palast
I need to speak to you, not as a reporter, but in my former capacity as lead investigator in several government nuclear plant fraud and racketeering investigations.
I don’t know the law in Japan, so I can’t tell you if Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) can plead insanity to the homicides about to happen.
But what will Obama plead? The Administration, just months ago, asked Congress to provide a $4 billion loan guarantee for two new nuclear reactors to be built and operated on the Gulf Coast of Texas — by Tokyo Electric Power and local partners. As if the Gulf hasn’t suffered enough.
Here are the facts about Tokyo Electric and the industry you haven’t heard on CNN:
The failure of emergency systems at Japan’s nuclear plants comes as no surprise to those of us who have worked in the field.
Nuclear plants the world over must be certified for what is called “SQ” or “Seismic Qualification.” That is, the owners swear that all components are designed for the maximum conceivable shaking event, be it from an earthquake or an exploding Christmas card from Al Qaeda.
The most inexpensive way to meet your SQ is to lie. The industry does it all the time. The government team I worked with caught them once, in 1988, at the Shoreham plant in New York. Correcting the SQ problem at Shoreham would have cost a cool billion, so engineers were told to change the tests from ‘failed’ to ‘passed.’
The company that put in the false safety report? Stone & Webster, now the nuclear unit of Shaw Construction which will work with Tokyo Electric to build the Texas plant, Lord help us.
Read the rest of this outstanding article HERE