By Rady Ananda
Though many survivalists like to prepare for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it), joblessness and homelessness have led me to the end of the world as I know it. With coffee in hand, I opened the warehouse door of my temporary digs to greet the dawn. Only, it’s noon, there’s a downpour, and the smell of rubber from a pile of decomposing tires greets me. This marks Month 4 in New Orleans and two years since I was laid off.
In this vein, I finally started reading Mat Stein’s two survival books, When Technology Fails (2008) and When Disaster Strikes (2011). I also headed over to Jim Rawles’ Survival Blog and Mat’s website, whentechfails.com.
Instead of a lone-wolf, Mad Max world which plays well on film, Stein reasonably argues that individual survival relies on a community of like-minded folks. So plan your survival migration or shelter with room for your core group. The essential wisdom from both books and most survival websites is to plan a strategically sound survival budget, taking into account the climate of where you expect to be after you hit the road.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, BP oil Gulf, Energy, Environment, Food & Farming, Geoengineering, Healthcare, Housing, Nuclear Weapons/Energy, Weather Modification
Tagged foraging, fukushima, homeless, katrina, mat stein, new orleans, prepper, radiation, rady ananda, survival migration, survivalism, urban migration, when disaster strikes, when technology fails
Stunning visualization and audio representation of the 19,349 earthquakes registering at least M3.0 that occurred in Japan during 2011:
By Michael Smith
The U.S. appears to have suffered about 14,000 excess deaths in the period after the Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant was severely damaged, researchers said.
The finding, which is the latest report from researchers who have repeatedly sounded alarms about risks from Fukushima, was based on CDC data on deaths in a set of U.S. cities from March 20 to June 25 — a 14-week period starting after the radioactivity released from the reactor on March 11 has reached the U.S., according to Joseph Mangano, MPH, of the non-profit Radiation and Public Health Project, based on Ocean City, N.J., and author Janette Sherman, MD.
By Corbett Report
Here’s the weekend update on nuclear fallout, with his referenced articles either linked or reproduced below. Highlighting some of it: TEPCO seeks a trillion-yen bailout; Japanese hold a conference demanding more public input into the nuclear debate; Government and industry lie about nuclear safety; German Study: Children near nuclear plants have DOUBLE leukemia rates; Canadian officials lie to public about radiation levels, and much more.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Energy, Environment, Nuclear Weapons/Energy
Tagged "Fukushima Meltdown: The World's First Earthquake-Tsunami-Nuclear Disaster, Asahi Shinsho, canada, Douglas Lummis, fukushima, Fukushima Genpatsu Merutodaun, nuclear catastrophe, radiation
While the 2011 earthquake and worries surrounding Fukushima have brought the threat of radioactivity back into the public consciousness, many people still don’t realize that radioactive contamination is a worldwide danger. Radionuclides are in the top six toxic threats as listed in the 2010 report by The Blacksmith Institute, an NGO dedicated to tackling pollution. You might be surprised by the locations of some of the world’s most radioactive places — and thus the number of people living in fear of the effects radiation could have on them and their children.
Posted in Energy, Environment, Military, Nuclear Weapons/Energy, War and Peace
Tagged chernobyl, fukushima, hanford washington, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mayak, Mediterranean, nuclear bombs, nuclear power, radiation, Sellafield, Siberian Chemical Combine, somalia, war on earth
By Alex Jones
Alex again interviews Bob Bowman, a former Director of Advanced Space Programs Development for the U.S. Air Force in the Ford and Carter administrations. Dr. Bowman and Alex talk about the supposed loss of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s hypersonic test vehicle (HTV-2) on its second and final flight.
By Alexander Higgins
The government of Japan has issued an official order to telecommunications companies and web masters to censor reports which contradict the state media reports that the Fukushima nuclear radiation disaster is over.
The supposedly free democratic nation of Japan, which supposedly values and promotes freedom of speech, has officially issued orders to telecommunication companies and webmasters to remove content from websites that counter the official government position that the disaster is over and there is no more threat from the radiation.
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, Energy, Environment, Healthcare, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Nuclear Weapons/Energy, Region: Asia
Tagged Censorship, fukushima, japan, nuclear harm minimized, radiation
By The Oncoming Storm
We recently rented the 1979 movie The China Syndrome from Netflix, because I wanted to see my reaction now vs. when I saw the film in theatrical release in ‘79. It was a real eye-opener.
Dated costuming elements aside, and the fact that the control room at the ‘Ventana Nuclear Plant’ was as fastidious as my mother’s kitchen counters (you could see your own reflection in them, and they were formica, not granite!), the scary and harrowing fact is that since 1979, nothing has changed.
With the recent revelation by the Associated Press that 75% of U.S. nuclear reactors leak radioactive material, and with several reactors along the flooded plains of the Missouri and Mississippi River Basins currently threatened, this speech at a recent European conference opposing nuclear energy makes a timely appeal for a broader coalition of movements to strengthen each. ~Ed.
By Wayne Hall
June 19, 2011 Speech
at Journees d’Etudes
Because I have only a few minutes to say what I have to say I would like to point out that I see the discussion of directed energy weapons as a discussion with the potential to strengthen the anti-nuclear movement generally. Some terrible accusations are being made about the role of directed energy weapons in the disaster that has occurred in Japan and is now irradiating the entire planet. If it turns out that the Fukushima disaster is the result of a deliberate criminal action, this should greatly mobilize both the anti-nuclear movement and society as a whole. Or at least that is my hypothesis. Perhaps some may wish to dispute it. If it turns out merely that criminal actions of this kind have occurred on other recent occasions and could therefore now occur at any moment and anywhere, that, too, is surely something which the anti-nuclear movement should not ignore.
Is the Dramatic Increase in Baby Deaths in the US a Result of Fukushima Fallout?
By Janette D. Sherman, MD and Joseph Mangano
U.S. babies are dying at an increased rate. While the United States spends billions on medical care, as of 2006, the US ranked 28th in the world in infant mortality, more than twice that of the lowest ranked countries. (DHHS, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics. Health United States 2010, Table 20, p. 131, February 2011.)
The recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicates that eight cities in the northwest U.S. (Boise ID, Seattle WA, Portland OR, plus the northern California cities of Santa Cruz, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, and Berkeley) reported the following data on deaths among those younger than one year of age:
4 weeks ending March 19, 2011 - 37 deaths (avg. 9.25 per week)
10 weeks ending May 28, 2011 - 125 deaths (avg.12.50 per week)
By Jeff McMahon
The process a French firm will use to clean Fukushima’s radioactive water has been blamed for a leukemia cluster in France and for polluted beaches and irradiated waters from the English Channel to the Arctic Sea.
Areva SA has promised to remove up to 99.99 percent of the radioactive contaminants in 67,500 tons of water flooding the crippled Fukushima-Dai-ichi nuclear plant. It will use a co-precipitation method employed at its La Hague nuclear fuel reprocessing facility in Normandy.
That process has been documented in detail by a French nuclear expert and by the U.S. government, which has shunned France’s fuel reprocessing method because of “a nonproliferation concern and environmental concerns,” in the words of Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko.
By Russia Today
Hydrogen Explosion Was Actually Nuclear Reaction
As world marks the Chernobyl anniversary, many say that the world has failed to learn the lessons on nuclear safety that the tragedy provided. RT talks to Professor Christopher Busby, Scientific secretary of the European Committee on radiation risks, for a little more insight on 21st century’s most serious nuclear crisis at Fukushima.
(Image: The funeral procession of Tabrez Sayekar being taken out at Sakhri Nate Village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra on Wednesday. Photo: Vivek Bendre for The Hindu)
By Rady Ananda
Authorities responded to peaceful protest of a proposed nuclear power plant site in India by shooting at the crowd, killing one and injuring eight. Over sixty others were arrested. Killed by police on Monday, the body of 30-year-old Tabrez Sayekar was carried through the streets at a funeral march attended by more than 2,000 people on Wednesday. No one has been charged in his murder.
Posted in Energy, Environment, Nuclear Weapons/Energy, Region: India, Resistance
Tagged corpogov, fukushima, india, Jaitapur, Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, NPCIL, nuclear radiation, Tabrez Sayekar
George Monbiot: From environmentalist to nuclear industry shill
By Helen Caldicott
Soon after the Fukushima accident last month, I stated publicly that a nuclear event of this size and catastrophic potential could present a medical problem of very large dimensions. Events have proven this observation to be true despite the nuclear industry’s campaign about the “minimal” health effects of so-called low-level radiation. That billions of its dollars are at stake if the Fukushima event causes the “nuclear renaissance” to slow down appears to be evident from the industry’s attacks on its critics, even in the face of an unresolved and escalating disaster at the reactor complex at Fukushima.
Proponents of nuclear power – including George Monbiot, who has had a mysterious road-to-Damascus conversion to its supposedly benign effects – accuse me and others who call attention to the potential serious medical consequences of the accident of “cherry-picking” data and overstating the health effects of radiation from the radioactive fuel in the destroyed reactors and their cooling pools. Yet by reassuring the public that things aren’t too bad, Monbiot and others at best misinform, and at worst misrepresent or distort, the scientific evidence of the harmful effects of radiation exposure – and they play a predictable shoot-the-messenger game in the process.
The Dirt on Nuclear Power
By Benjamin Sovacool
Not counting the Fukushima catastrophe, there has been more than one nuclear incident and $330 million in damage every year, on average, for the past three decades, writes Dr Benjamin Sovacool.
Japan’s nuclear crisis is a nightmare, but it is not an anomaly. In fact, it is only the latest in a long line of nuclear accidents involving meltdowns, explosions, fires, and loss of coolant – accidents that have occurred during both normal operation and emergency conditions, such as droughts and earthquakes.
Posted in Energy, Environment, Nuclear Weapons/Energy
Tagged Benjamin Sovacool, Cancer, chernobyl, Contesting the Future of Nuclear Power, electricity blackouts, fukushima, gulf united nuclear power, indian point, mayak industrial reprocessing complex, nuclear accidents, nuclear damage, nuclear deaths, nuclear power, savannah river nuclear, serpong research reactor, sterility, The International Politics of Nuclear Power, three mile island
There is no ‘safe’ exposure to radiation
By Brian Moench
Salt Lake Tribune
Radiation from Japan is now detectable in the atmosphere, rain water and food chain in North America. Fukushima reactors are still out of control and hold 10 times more nuclear fuel than there was at Chernobyl, thousands of times more than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The official refrain is, “No worries here, perfectly harmless.” Our best scientists of the previous century would be rolling over in their graves.
Posted in Energy, Environment, MSM Shills, Nuclear Weapons/Energy, Obama and Company
Tagged brian moench, chernobyl, fukushima, no nukes, nuclear fallout, radiation, sterility
From Various Sources
A 7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Miyagi in northeastern Japan a little after 10:30 am ET. The quake was centered 41 miles (66km ) from Sendai — one of the areas worst hit by last month’s 9.0-magnitude quake — and 73 miles (118 km) from Fukushima. The quake was centered 207 miles (333 km) from Tokyo, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was 15.9 miles (25.6 km) deep. At 11:30 am, CNN TV reported the first waves of a tsunami have hit the coast.
The photograph to the right is one of a series of Fukushima I images obtained through the resources of Cyptome, a open information web site run by one of the original Wikileaks collaborators, John Young. Cryptome credits them to Air Photo Service Co, Ltd. Japan (Image to right) Two sequences of images show damage to the reactors. Sequence 1 covers March 20 – 24, 2011. It contains photographs not previously available. Sequence 2 shows photographs through April 2, many of which have been released.
By Dr Tom Burnett
Hawai’i News Daily
Fukushima is going to dwarf Chenobyl. The Japanese government has had a level 7 nuclear disaster going for almost a week but won’t admit it.
The disaster is occurring the opposite way than Chernobyl, which exploded and stopped the reaction. At Fukushima, the reactions are getting worse. I suspect three nuclear piles are in meltdown and we will probably get some of it.
If reactor 3 is in meltdown, the concrete under the containment looks like lava. But Fukushima is not far off the water table. When that molten mass of self-sustaining nuclear material gets to the water table it won’t simply cool down. It will explode – not a nuclear explosion, but probably enough to involve the rest of the reactors and fuel rods at the facility.
A poster at The Agonist, Joaquin, published an elegant and important analysis this weekend. His tightly packed, brief post made three key points. We’re headed for an ugly future with nuclear power based on shortages and future fuel cycles more volatile than those imploding and exploding in Japan. Governments, the nuclear industry, and the media are avoiding this issue entirely. As a result, the rulers and technocrats who got us to the latest meltdown cannot be trusted to make any more decisions about energy needs. (Image)
“The truth is, there is a big fat lie that the nuclear power industry and the media are foisting on the public and that has not changed.” Joaquin
“What is it”, the big fat lie, Joaquin asks.
Posted in Environment, Nuclear Weapons/Energy
Tagged breeder reactor, corporate media, Energy, fukushima, future nuclear power, hydrogen explosion, japan, MOX, nuclear power, peak nuclear, reprocessed, thorium, uranium