What’s the likelihood of a shooting war with Russia over Ukraine? What are the military realities that the United States and it’s NATO collaborators see when they consider a real war in behalf of their proxy government in Ukraine? Leading edge blogger, The Saker, provides an extended analysis that answers these questions convincingly. Along with George Eliason’s superb analysis, The Saker is taking citizen journalism to new heights. (Image: Thomas Williams)
A short time before The Saker’s post, we got a bit of good news. The official propaganda organ of corporate America, Associated Press, ran this headline at 12:38 PM PDT – AP: Ignoring Putin, Ukraine Insurgents to Hold Vote. It doesn’t take much to read these tea leaves. Putin is being let off the hook as the evil genius behind the people of Eastern Ukraine. After a little bit of corporate media rehab, Obama will be able to accept Putins ongoing offer to negotiate a reasonable ending to the mess that they created (unless the neocons sabatoge it).
Remembering the important lessons of the Cold War
The Saker at The Vineyard of the Saker
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 Michael Collins
According to an international scientific group monitoring radiation around the world, the Fukushima reactors are emitting nuclear toxins at levels approaching those seen in the “aftermath” of Chernobyl. The Chernobyl disaster began with an explosion, Fukushima is a smoldering cauldron of toxins. Chernobyl had 180 tonnes of nuclear fuel on site. Fukushima has 1700 tonnes of nuclear fuel on site. (Image)
This isn’t the beginning of the end as hoped. It’s looking like the end of the beginning.
Posted in Energy, Environment, Geoengineering, Nuclear Weapons/Energy
Tagged chernobyl, disaster, food, fukushima, isotopes, japan, mioko-smith, nuclear, radiation, ttakashi, Water
The Chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Gregory Jaczko, told a US House of Representatives subcommittee that: “There is no water in the spent fuel pool [at the Fukushia I plant] and we believe that radiation levels are extremely high, which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures.” A “utility spokesman” for Tokyo Electric responded quickly claiming that the “condition is stable.” AP, March 17
The New York Times, China’s Peoples Daily, and other outlets covered this extraordinary asymmetrical exchange between the highest nuclear regulatory official in the US government and a “utility spokesman.” (Image)
The public disagreement between two close allies in the midst of a severe crisis is highly instructive on a number of levels. If chair Jaczko wrong, it is a terrible embarrassment for the US. If he’s right, we can conclude that much of the information from Tokyo Electric is questionable.
Posted in Energy, Environment, Whistleblowers
Tagged disaster, evacuation, fuel rods. spent fuel pool, fukushima, ge, hanauer, hendrie, jaczko, mari i, nuclear, oettinger, testing
The Japanese disaster at Fukushima is a human tragedy of striking proportions. As many as ten thousand citizens may be dead in the general catastrophe, with many more at risk for radiation poisoning at levels yet to be determined. The fact that Japan is a highly organized and wealthy nation in no way diminishes the intensity of the losses and pain experienced by the victims. (Image)
Political and economic implications will emerge rapidly. As the whole world watches, the Japanese experience creates windows of opportunity to learn how to avert future meltdowns at nuclear ticking time bombs placed throughout Europe, the United States, India, and China.
Posted in Environment, Region: Asia
Tagged california, diablo canyon, disaster, Energy, Hosgri Fault, japan, nuclear, planning, Shoreline Fault, trade