These people are insane

In a previous post I was banging on about what appears to be quite a serious radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Program (WIPP), in the New Mexico desert. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is a Department of Energy (DoE) ‘experimental’ nuclear waste dump (mostly the crap left over from the manufacture of nuclear weapons). The waste is stored 2000 feet below ground in vast salt mine caverns. The WIPP has been in operation for 15 years now, apparently without any incidents. Then, on 5th February, dense black smoke was seen coming from a mine ventilation shaft. It was announced that one of the vehicles in the mine had caught fire, which seemed plausible at the time. However, the plot thickened when it was announced that on 14th February a “puff” of unfiltered radiation came up one of the mine’s vent shafts, and contained isotopes of plutonium and americium. Apparently no one was in the mine at the time, although a number of workers above ground were contaminated. Since then things have become very confused. It would seem that no one has been down the mine since the vehicle fire on 5th February, and that there is a continuous release of radiation.

Much of the stuff stored at WIPP is transuranic waste (‘TRU’), which consists of man-made radionuclides, alpha emitters like plutonium. It’s lethal stuff, both at a chemicle level and an atomic level, which is why they have to put it half a mile underground. Ever since the 14th February radiation release, to allay concerns the Department of Energy and the WIPP have been holding a public meeting every week in the town of Carlsbad, which is 26 miles to the west of WIPP and the nearest large population centre. Fran Williams is a WIPP technical advisor. At a 6th March public meeting she came out with the following quite astounding statement…

You can find the complete meeting here.
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Lies and Rebellion

No apologies for concentrating on Fukushima again, because it’s a huge story, and yet there’s barely a word about it in the mainstream media; but I’ll get on to that later. In the meantime, the following short video is from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is a US federal agency. It’s a model of radiation dispersal between 12th March and 12th April 2011, the first month of the Fukushima disaster…


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The above model is based on dispersal of cesium-137, which is mostly a beta emitter but also gives out gamma rays and thus is easy to detect (not so easy to detect is the plutonium, strontium, etc, which accompanies the cesium). The high concentrations of radioactivity (in red) shown in the early part of this model are doubtless a result of the explosions that occurred between 12th and 15th March, in Fukushima Daiichi units 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Although most of the radiation released during that first month went out across the Pacific, Japan was still heavily dosed (and continues to be 24/7). Chiho Kaneko, a member of the Board of Directors of Fairewinds Energy Education, was recently in Japan and has put out a video about her experiences. Amongst other things, Kaneko talks about the extremely high rates of thyroid cancer amongst children in Fukushima prefecture. This indicates just how heavily dosed they were, because we’re still only three years into the Fukushima disaster, whilst at Chernobyl it took five years before the first thyroid cancers started showing-up. The following is an excerpt from Kaneko’s presentation (the complete video, which is 19 minutes long, can be found here)…
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Their noses grow ever longer

This week, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) released a major report about the health effects of the Fukushima disaster; in fact, I think the report was released on April Fool’s Day, which seems quite appropriate. I say this because it’s highly reminiscent of the somewhat infamous United Nations Chernobyl Report, originally published in 2005, which stated: A total of up to 4000 people could eventually die of radiation exposure from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident (here). There’s a mountain of peer reviewed studies that show this statement to be completely mendacious, everything from the 2006 TORCH Report, which stated that there would be up to 60,000 cancer deaths, to Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, which draws on thousands and thousands of studies and concludes there will be up to 1,000,000 deaths.

Incidentally, all these estimates are only short term, because many of these man-made radionuclides remain lethal for 10s of thousands, 100s of thousands, millions, and even billions of years. They don’t go away or ‘disapear’, and will keep killing living things over and over again, ad infinitum. This is the crap that the loons and psychos, otherwise known as the Nuclear Priesthood, are releasing into our environment.

But let’s get back to this latest report from UNSCEAR, which states that there will be very little extra cancer deaths as a result of the Fukushima disaster. This statement is so patently ridiculous that it’s barely worth responding to. The problem is, the mainstream media give head to these bare-faced lies and propagate them (you can find an example from Reuters here). So, bods like me have to try and counterbalance the narrative. The UNSCEAR report is more than 300 pages long (you can find it here). Here’s a paragraph from page 47 of the PDF document:
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Mr Galloway Goes to Washington

After watching a recent Oxford Union address by George Galloway, called ‘The State of Britain’, I was reminded of his famous testimony before a US Senate committee, back in 2005, in which he basically called members of Congress a bunch of thieves, liars and war criminals, and backed it up with convincing arguement. It was classic stuff, and the sort of thing you’ll witness only very rarely in politics (for those unfamiliar with the background to all this, you can find a fairly good assessment of it here). In fact, the body politic has become so corrupt that I doubt very much if someone like Galloway would now be allowed such a platform.

Whatever your views on George Galloway, few would argue that he lacks intelligence and integrity. Even those on the right might reluctantly see him as a refreshing change in a stagnant political system. This is perhaps proven by the fact that people vote for George; he wins elections, most recently becoming the MP for Bradford West, a previously safe Labour seat, with a jaw-dropping 58% of the vote in an eight party race.

But getting back to 2005, Galloway’s testimony before the Senate committee lasted for about 45 minutes. I’ve edited out ten minutes, and was having tech problems while doing so, but I hope this doesn’t detract from what is a quite brilliant piece of political theatre…

The complete 45 minute testimony can be found here. Galloway’s recent address to the Oxford Union can be found here.

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The Snowden Debate

Chris Hedges was on fine form last month, when he opened a formal debate at the Oxford Union. The proposition was: This house would call Edward Snowden a Hero. Speaking for the yays were Hedges, Annie Machon, a former intelligence agent with MI5 and MI6, William Binney, a former American intelligence agent, and Chris Huhne, former Secretary of State for Energy. Speaking for the nays were Charles Vaughan, a member of the Standing Committee from St John’s College, Jeffrey Toobin, a legal analyst for CNN and the New Yorker, Stewart Baker, former General Counsel for the NSA, and Philip J. Crowley, former US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs (you can find all these speeches on the Oxford Union YouTube channel). The yays won the vote by quite a narrow margin, 212 to 175.

Amongst other things, in his speech, Hedges talks about how speaking truth to power can put one’s life in danger, and he also touches upon the NDAA lawsuit (Hedges vs Obama) in which he is the lead plantiff (you can find one of my posts about it here). As an aside, one of the other plantiffs in the case is Tangerine Bolen, a civil rights activist and founder of ‘Revolution Truth’, a small, international organization dedicated to defending whistleblowers, rule of law and legitimate democracies. Tangerine has been struck down by a ‘mystery illness’ which has left her in a very grave condition. You can find out more about it here.

Anyhows, here’s Chris Hedges; and whatever side of the debate you’re on, all of the participants gave feisty speeches and are well worth listening to. Stewart Baker, who used to work for the NSA, and was arguing for the nays, is of particular note. His speech is included below.


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Corium and Corruption

The continuing horror story that is Fukushima continues to be largely ignored by the mainstream media. After all, three reactor cores in complete meltdown, spewing radiation into the environment 24/7, is not much of a story, is it. A large part of the problem, when it comes to reporting what’s actually occurring at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, is that just about the only information we get comes from the Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), and both of these entities are widely acknowledged to be corrupt and incompetent (it should also be noted that the American government has played a large part in this corruption as well). What is known is that the Japanese mafia, the Yakuza, are heavily involved in recruiting the workforce for the Fukushima clean-up, and they are employing destitute and mentally ill people, and some folks in Japan are saying that many hundreds of these workers have died from radiation exposure. Earlier this month there was a conference in Frankfurt called ‘Effects of Nuclear Disasters on Natural Environment and Human Health’, co-organized by the German chapter of the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and the Protestant Church. One of the speakers was Mako Oshidori, a Japanese comedienne and a freelance journalist. What Oshidori said at the conference gave the world a small glimpse into the horrors that are going on in Japan. You can find a transcript of her speech here.

Ever since the Japanese government passed a state secrecy law last December (here), reports about Fukushima have become muted. This has been particularly noticable with social media in Japan, which has gone largely silent on all things Fukushima. However, despite the fact that Japan is rapidly sliding into a fascist lunatic asylum, some brave bloggers are still trying to let the world know what’s going on. These blog posts corroborate what Mako Oshidori says about hundreds of Fukushima workers dying. Some of the western media have reported the stuff about working conditions at Fukushima, and the mafia connection, yet none of them say that workers have died. You can find a recent example from the New York Times here. If you read this NYT piece you’ll notice that amongst other things it says: “At the same time, the company is pouring its resources into another plant, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, that it hopes to restart this year as part of the government’s push to return to nuclear energy three years after the world’s second-worst nuclear disaster”. See, they are still saying that Fukushima is not as bad as Chernobyl, despite the fact that the No.4 reactor at Chernobyl was one third of the size of each of the three reactors that have melted down at Fukushima, plus at Fukushima there were fires in at least three spent fuel pools. Fukushima is without a doubt the worst industrial accident in history, and it’s being managed by incredibly greedy, stupid and corrupt people, who should be put on trial for crimes against humanity. This extends beyond Japan to governments of the US and UK, both of whom have announced that they are going to build more nuclear power stations, at huge cost to the tax payer, because the business world won’t touch nuclear power because it runs at a loss. It’s all about creating lethal isotopes for their idiotic weapons of mass destruction. Boys and their toys, ay, although sooner or later the lot of ‘em will be locked-up in a lunatic asylum, which is where they belong.

To give some idea of the corruption and incompetence that’s going on in Japan at the moment, here’s a short clip from a conference held earlier this year in New York City. It was called ‘Follow up on Fukushima Crisis’ and the speaker is Rachel Clark…

You can find Rachel’s complete talk here. It’s well worth a listen. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics..? You’ve got to be kidding! A more likely event in 2020 is that the present leaders of Japan will be put on trial for crimes against humanity.
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Tomorrow belongs to me

This one’s for those jolly chaps at the NSA and GCHQ…

It’s an oft asked question: how could the land of Schiller and Beethoven be taken over by a bunch of mass-murdering lunatics..? Actually, everything the Nazis did, including the Holocaust, was legal under German law. They made it so. I wonder how many people in 1930s Berlin realised what was coming? With regard to growing totalitarianism, the first thing you look out for are the laws that the bastards are passing. This has been a very worrying development in the US and UK over the last decade (here); but getting back to Berlin, it’s a place I knew very well during the Cold War, and of course back then it was a divided city. West Berlin was a small island of capitalism in a communist sea. East Berlin was run-down and typical totalitarian-land. Many of the buildings still bore bullet marks from the battles in 1945. In both East and West Berlin the sense of history was tangible, and of course there was that infamous wall. Berlin was at the front line of the Cold War and back in the day it was a pretty wild place, egged-on by the fact that there were a huge number of military personnel stationed there. Everyone knew that war could break out at any moment – WW3 here we come – and life was lived to the full. I imagine it was much the same back in the 1930s.

At the end of the Second World War, Berlin was divided into four sectors. West Berlin comprised of the French, British and American sectors. East Berlin was the Russian sector. It was actually quite easy to go across to East Berlin (they wanted your hard currency), although the border controls weren’t for the faint-hearted. For non-German civillians there were just two crossing points: Checkpoint Charlie, which was a road crossing, and Friedrichstrasse, which was a railway crossing. I have the dubious distinction of being one of a small number of people who crossed the Berlin Wall without having the necessary paperwork, although it did involve a night in the cells and interrogation by the Stasi (if interested you can find my scribblings about it here). Once in the Russian sector there wasn’t much to see or do. However, your money could buy two rather splendid things: a sumptuous restaurant meal and sex in one of the dilapidated brothels.
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Larkin around

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, ‘Monitor’ was a flagship arts programme on British television. In 1964, the year I was born, they put out an episode called Down Cemetery Road, which had John Betjeman interviewing Philip Larkin. Even if you’re not into poetry I think you’ll enjoy this programme. It’s classic television, everything from the scenes of 1960s Britain to the poesy Betjeman wearing a black leather raincoat and Fedora hat, to Larkin referring to himself as “a miserable sort of fella writing welfare state sub-poetry”. It’s brilliant stuff! Oh, and the title of the programme comes from a Larkin poem called Toads Revisited, which ends thus…

When the lights come on at four
At the end of another year?
Give me your arm, old toad;
Help me down Cemetery Road.

(you can find the complete poem here)

Without further ado, here’s two old gits wandering around 1960s Hull, pontificating about life, the universe and everything. John, I just love that black leather raincoat…

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Godzilla surfaces in New Mexico

“I feel that at least several hundred scientists trained in the biomedical aspect of atomic energy – myself included – are candidates for Nuremberg-type trials for crimes against humanity for our gross negligence and irresponsibility. Now that we know the hazard of low-dose radiation, the crime is not experimentation – it’s murder.”
Dr. John Gofman, former Manhattan Project scientist, speaking in 1979.

As the third anniversary of the ongoing Fukushima disaster rolls around, we get yet another reminder that monkeys should not play with atoms: last month, on Valentine’s Day, there was, apparently, quite a bad radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), in the New Mexico desert. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is a Department of Energy (DoE) experimental nuclear waste dump. The waste is stored 2000 feet below ground in vast salt mine caverns. The Department of Energy announced that the Valentine’s Day leak was a “puff” of unfiltered radiation that came up one of the mine’s vent shafts, and contained isotopes of plutonium and americium (here). Now, as with all things nuclear, there’s a great deal of obscurification and thus confusion surrounding the event at WIPP. The DoE have been coming out with the usual “It’s only a small leak, nothing to worry about” stuff. Test results published by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring Research Center (CEMRC) show that levels of plutonium and americium released at the site were ‘moderate’ (here), but of course the thing about stuff like plutonium is that if only a microscopic amount gets in the body there’s a good chance it will kill you. Going on the figures given by CEMRC, this blogger calculates that 461 grams of plutonium were released into the environment. It’s generally accepted that one millionth of a gram is enough to kill a person (it won’t kill you straight away. It can take many decades before cancer develops, which is how the nuke industry get away with mass murder).
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Below the line

On Wednesday, RT news anchor Liz Wahl resigned live on air, as a protest against Russian interference in the Ukraine. RT = Russia Today, a 24 hour rolling news channel that’s funded by the state. It’s often called ‘PutinTube’, because of its pro-Russian government slant. This bias is very noticeable during stuff like the Ukraine crisis. Here’s Liz Wahl giving Putin the finger…

At the start of her spiel, Wahl refers to another RT presenter who also protested against Russian involvement in the Ukraine, but didn’t actually resign. This was Abby Martin, who spoke out earlier in the week, as she wrapped-up her Breaking the Set programme. Despite the prejudices, I actually find RT (and also Al Jazeera) to be a better source of news than the corporate controlled western media. Of course, when it comes to reporting what’s going on in this crazy fucked-up world there’s no such thing as an objective media. This has always been the case, despite the fact that the Fourth Estate supposedly exists to provide checks and balances against those in power; which is why the rich and powerful always try to hijack the media and muzzle it, and use it to attack ‘enemies of the state’. It’s all about control of the masses, everything thing from Operation Mockingbird to the most recent Snowden revelations which show the totally illegal shenanigans that the spooks get up to in order to ‘protect the state’.
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Vulgus vult decipi

Last October, Glenn Greenwald announced that he was going to stop writing for the Guardian newspaper; this, after spending the summer reporting the Snowden revelations. To quote Greenwald: “As many of you know, I’m leaving the Guardian in order to work with Pierre Omidyar, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill and soon-to-be-identified others on building a new media organization” (here). The organisation Greenwald’s talking about is called called First Look Media, and there’s ongoing controversy about it; but before I go into all that, Greenwald’s latest piece for The Intercept (which is published by First Look Media) comes from the information he was given by Edward Snowden. Amongst other things, Greenwald’s article states:

Western intelligence agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.

Tactics they boast of using to achieve these ends are: ‘false flag operations’ (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting ‘negative information’ on various forums.

These surveillance agencies have vested themselves with the power to deliberately ruin people’s reputations and disrupt their online political activity.

The state is deliberately spreading lies on the internet about whichever individuals it targets, including the use of what GCHQ itself calls ‘false flag operations’ and e-mails to people’s families and friends.

It’s a very detailed article and is called How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations.
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Lamb and strange coincidences

Paul the sheep farmer came round yesterday afternoon, bringing us a freshly slaughtered lamb. Before being dispatched, Paul’s lambs romp around in the field across the lane. The meat is excellent quality, even at this time of year, and Paul charges 8 euros per kilo (the one we bought from him yesterday weighed just over 18 kilos). Paul is now well into his 70s and is semi-retired. Many years ago his father used to own our house, and Paul was born in 1937 in what is now the sitting room.

We rent the house out as a gite, and on the kitchen wall we have a display board which relates the history of the house (which is 300 years old) and the surrounding area. There’s also photographs, some copied from local history books and some of the house prior to the renovation I did in 2007 – 2008. Here’s the first bit of the blurb on the display board:

200 million years ago a huge meterorite struck between what is now the village of Pressignac and the town of Rochechouart (12km / 8 miles south of here). It was one of the largest meterorites ever to hit the earth and is estimated to have been 1.5km in diameter, travelling at a speed of 20km a second and with an energy some 14 million times that of the Hiroshima atom bomb. All life within 480km / 300 miles of the impact was wiped out. Millions of years later, all of the old buildings in this area were constructed from stone, because stone was in plentiful supply and is a good insulating material. Much of this stone originated from the meterorite. In otherwords, you’re in a house that is partly constructed from material that came from outer space.

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They did this in our name

Last month, a London barman by the name of Twiggy Garcia tried to make a citizen’s arrest on Tony Blair, for alleged war crimes. Blair was in the restaurant where Garcia worked, but refused to accompany him to the nearest police station (here). Garcia is the fifth person to attempt to arrest Tony Blair, as part of George Monbiot’s Arrest Blair campaign. Me and the Monbat don’t see eye to eye when it comes to nuclear energy (Monbat and the sock and sandal brigade see nuclear energy as the short term solution to climate change), and doing a citizen’s arrest on Tony Blair might seem like a ‘lefty stunt’, but both George W Bush and Tony Blair are in fact war criminals. George Monbiot & Co charge them with starting the 2003 Iraq war, which killed anywhere between 100,000 and one million people, depending on whose estimate you believe. It’s now well documented that Bush and Blair did lie to their people about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but their crimes go way beyond that.

I have to confess that back in 2003 I was in favour of the Iraq war, because although Iraq was obviously not directly connected with the 9/11 attacks, Saddam Hussein was a total scumbag who needed to be taken out. Many of us felt this way. However, the Iraq war was a turning point for me, because up until that point I still naively believed that the US and UK governments had a modicum of morality. Nope, I’m afraid not… here’s a report from last year, from Democracy Now (warning: this video contains disturbing images of deformed babies)…
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Nuke Wars and Nuns

Earlier this week a US judge sentenced Sister Megan Rice to three years in prison. Megan Rice is an 84-year-old nun, who, along with fellow nuke protestors Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, broke into a Tennessee defense facility where enriched uranium for nuclear bombs is stored. For their part in the protest, Walli and Boertje-Obed were each sentenced to five years in prison (here). Although the trial was reported by some of the mainstream media, it’s been mostly the ‘alternative media’ that has covered it. One such is a YouTube poster who goes by the name of ‘BeautifulGirlByDana’ (real name Dana Durnford). Dana is hardcore anti-nuke, and for more than three months now he’s done an hour long Google livestream almost every day, ranting about Fukushima and all things nuclear. To give you a flavour of Dana, here’s an excerpt from one of his recent livestreams (warning: contains lots of bad language)…

You can find the complete programme here. BeautifulGirlByDana has thousands of subscribers on YouTube. Dana is a ‘Newfie’, from Newfoundland, in eastern Canada (hence the Irish-sounding accent). He doesn’t have an academic/scientific background, but that doesn’t prevent him from talking a lot of sense. Dana does get things wrong occasionally, which is not surprising, because atomic energy is a very complex subject. You can find his YouTube channel here.

Of course, the alternative media does not consist of only the anti-nuke brigade, and outspoken people like Dana attract a lot of flak. Dana was recently attacked by another YouTube user called Thunderf00t (real name Phil Mason). Here’s an excerpt from Thunderf00t’s video…
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Happy in Hong Kong, Siberia and Tunisia!

In a previous post I was talking about the worldwide phenomenon that’s originated from a song called ‘Happy’, which was released by Pharrell Williams last November, and in particular how it has really caught on in France (here). France is still leading the charge (there are now 12 ‘Happy’ videos from Paris alone). There’s also an extraordinary number from Poland and Tunisia. Still lacking from the Happy brigade are mainland China and India, which have most of the world’s population (expect a Happy video to be smuggled out of China sometime soon). There’s even a website up now, http://www.wearehappyfrom.com/, which documents all these Happy videos. Most of them come from places in the northern hemisphere, and of course it’s winter at the moment in the northern hemisphere; not the best time to be out on the streets, clapping and singing, but that hasn’t stopped people.

For the moment I’ll leave it to the social historians to figure out what’s going on here (I’ll open my bigmouth on it later). In the meantime here’s Hong Kong, Siberia and Tunisia…


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Reagan gets Irradiated

The lawsuit filed by sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its support ships has been covered by some mainstream media, albeit on the inside pages (even Fox News). I would venture that, despite the almost total media blackout on all things Fukushima, it’s being covered because it relates to the first days and weeks of the Fukushima disaster, and involves the usual flag waving patriotic stuff. Hardly any of the news items about the sailors’ lawsuit mentions that Fukushima is still an ongoing disaster.

Here’s a bit of background: in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, the USS Ronald Reagan and its carrier taskforce of 12 warships took part in a humanitarian relief effort called Operation ‘Tomadachi’ (‘Friendship’). By funny coincidence the USS Reagan taskforce found itself right off the coast of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, shortly after the reactors and fuel pools were blowing up and melting down. The sailors on these US warships (some 12,000 in total) received huge amounts of radiation, and many of them are now sick and dying. By law, the sailors can’t sue the US Navy (if you join the military you are not allowed to sue the military), and the US Navy completely denies that radiation has anything to do with the sailors’ illnesses, and refuses to offer them any help whatsoever, and so the lawsuit is being filed against the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which operates the Fukushima plant, and the Japanese government (you can find a recent news report about the case here).

After spending 80 days trying to dodge highly radioactive plumes, the USS Reagan left the coastal waters of Japan, because the Japanese refused to allow it into port because the ship was too radioactive. South Korea and Guam also refused to allow the USS Reagan into port, for the same reason. Thailand did allow the USS Reagan to dock for a short while, then it returned to its home port of San Diego, on the west coast of America. Some people are saying that the USS Ronald Reagan is now so irradiated that it will have to be scrapped or sunk (it’s one of the largest aircraft carriers in the world and cost the US tax payer $6 billion to build). However, in January 2012 the USS Reagan went to Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard in Washington state, for a ‘Docked Planned Incremental Availability’, which presumably meant decontamination. It was at the Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard for just over a year, returning to its home port of San Diego in March 2013. Last month, January 2014, the US Navy announced that the USS Reagan would replace the USS George Washington as the only forward deployed carrier at Yokosuka, Japan. Make of that what you will. All I’ll say is that if I were an American sailor I wouldn’t be queueing up to serve on the USS Ronald Reagan (you can find more details about how difficult it is to decontaminate ships here). As for the other 12 ships that made up the Reagan’s fleet, I give details about some of them at the end of this post.
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Alchemy and Mass Murder

Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released its World Cancer Report 2014, which earlier this week produced jolly headlines like these:

Worldwide cancer cases expected to soar by 70% over next 20 years

On top of the cancer pandemic we are already suffering, it looks like we are now in for a ‘tidal wave of cancer’ (as some pundits have put it). If the WHO forecast turns out to be correct, over the coming decades the vast majority of people will get cancer at some stage during their life. To get some perspective let’s look at the odds as they stand at the moment: on average, worldwide, men have about a 1 in 2 chance of getting cancer, that’s 44 out of every 100 men, and for women it’s a 1 in 3 chance, or 38 out of every 100 women (here). It should be noted that these are the odds on getting cancer, not of dying from it (across the 200 or so different types of cancer it averages out that about 50% of people who develop cancer will die from it). It should also be noted that these rocketing cancer rates are not because the world’s population is sharply increasing: the incidences are taken per 100,000 head of population; ie, they are proportionate. It’s often said that cancer is a disease of old age. Not true. More than half (53%) of all cancers are diagnosed in adults aged 50-74. Those aged 75 and over account for just over a third (36%) of all cancers (here). One of the most worrying things in recent years is the steep rise in childhood cancers, particularly Leukaemia. This cancer pandemic is just as prevelent in the developing world as it is in the developed world, so it can’t easily be ascribed as being down to lifestyle choices.

To get more perspective let’s go back to 1975, when the incidence rate for all cancers combined in the United States was 400 new cases for every 100,000 people in the population; that’s a 1 in 250 chance (here). So, in the space of 40 years we’ve gone from a 1 in 250 chance of cancer, to a 1 in 2 chance now, and if this latest WHO report bears true, over the next 20 years it’ll be odds-on that you’ll get cancer. Perhaps the most amazing thing about this steeply rising curve of illness and death is the lack of public outrage.

In 2010 the University of Manchester published a study called Cancer: an old disease, a new disease or something in between? which concluded that cancer is a man-made disease; ie, prior to the Industrial Revolution, cancer was almost unknown, and even during the Industrial Revolution rates were low, despite all the pollution and terrible working conditions. It was only after World War Two that the incidence of cancer started rocketing. To quote Professor Michael Zimmerman, one of the authors of the study:

‘Yet again extensive ancient Egyptian data, along with other data from across the millennia, has given modern society a clear message – cancer is man-made and something that we can and should address.’

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The NRC and hot tin roofs

Last week the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) commissioners testified before a Congressional oversight committee, chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer (Dem – California). It was highly entertaining stuff, to put it mildly, as the five NRC commissioners squirmed in their chairs while the oversight Senators fired questions at them. Even if you’re not an American you’ll probably find the following clips interesting, because it’s an object lesson in corruption, the sort of corruption you now find in just about all countries, and particularly in the nuclear industry. The NRC testimony went on for 2 hours (you can find the full video here). I’ve selected some of the juciest and most hilarious parts of it.

First up we have Senator Barbara Boxer grilling the NRC commissioners about their refusal to hand over documents to the oversight committe. It should be noted that it’s unprecedented for a federal agency to refuse to hand over documents to a Congressional oversight committee. This clip also contains questions about the huge amount of foreign travel undertaken by the NRC commissioners. The lady who is taking most of the questions is Allison Macfarlane, who was appointed Chair of the NRC in July 2012, taking over from Gregory Jaczko, who was at the helm of the NRC when Fukushima happened…


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We are happy!

I know that this blog might seem rather heavy duty at times. That’s because we are living through an amazing and momentous period of history. The human race really are at the crossroads:- with regard to the west, 9/11, the economic collapse, the police state, worldwide revolution, Fukushima, etc, etc, all these things are linked, and in particular they are linked with regard to whether the human race has a destiny. I’m afraid we’re in for a bumpy ride, folks, over the coming months and years. On this blog I will try to report what’s actually going on; that is, if the internet remains in its present condition (the censored internet is already a reality for previously immune countries like the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).

So, getting away from the doom and gloom, let’s never forget that humans have good as well as evil. Here’s humanity, in a cheesy pop song, released last November by the American singer and producer, Pharrell Williams, called ‘Happy’. As part of the publicity, Williams put up a web site called 24hoursofhappy.com, which was a continuous loop of the song, with people miming along. It’s really caught on, particularly in France, and people have been putting up their own videos. Here’s a small sample of the French “We are Happy”, from Angers, Laval and Dunkerque. If you do a search on YouTube you can find “We are happy” vids posted from many cities all around the world.

It might seem facile to some, and in one sense it is, but the basic message is that we’re not going to allow the small percentage of socios and psychos to destroy our world.

You’re either with us or against us, and we no longer take prisoners.

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9/11: cock-up or conspiracy?

A poll taken in 2006 indicated that more than a third of Americans believed that the US Government was in someway involved in 9/11 (here). Now, in 2014, the conspiracy theory movement (also known as ‘truthers’) has reached such momentum that it’s often mentioned in the mainstream media. Groups such as Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice, or Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, present themselves as serious researchers who are exposing perhaps the biggest cover-up in US history.

To be honest, I’m still in two minds as to whether 9/11 was an inside job. The main strands to the Truther’s arguement seems to be: 1) that it was physically impossible for WTC 1 and 2, and WTC 7 to collapse at freefall speed, thus indicating controlled demolition, and 2) that the damage done to the Pentagon could not have been caused by American Airlines Flight 77. With regard to Flight 77, it’s often cited that the Pentagon is bristling with security camaras, and yet no footage has ever been released showing Flight 77 crashing into it, and the damage that was done to the building was not consistent with an aircraft of that size. If you look into it, this all makes sense. However, the Pentagon is one of the most heavily defended buildings in the world, and just maybe some kind of anti-aircraft missile system mostly destroyed Flight 77 before it hit, hence the relatively small impact zone, and why no CCTV footage has ever been released.

The freefall collapse of the towers at the World Trade Center is a harder one to explain. But there’s another ‘however’, because controlled demolition of buildings that size would have been very difficult to disguise (many thousands of charges would have had to be laid on structural steelwork, by a very large number of people, in very busy buildings). Put simply: surely someone would have blabbed by now? But we’re still left with the fact that those buildings did collapse at freefall speed.

Which brings me onto the World Trade Center theory that to me seems the most convincing. This theory is by Dr Judy Wood, and at first glance it might seem like the kookiest conspiracy of the lot. At the moment the Truthers are all fighting amongst themselves (which, if it was a conspiracy is exactly what the conspirators would want), and Dr Wood has been largely shunned by the movement. There follows a long presentation by Judy Wood, in two parts. If you are any way interested in all this stuff I strongly urge you to watch the presentation. It you watched the events of September 11th 2001, some things might have left you puzzled. Judy Wood does a good job of explaining them (you can find Wood’s web site here).

Lastly, whenever there’s a crime you always look for a motive, and that can certainly be found in 9/11. The third of the videos here is from a recent edition of the Corbett Report, and once again it is certainly worth watching. And before you put the ‘tin foil hat’ label on me, it’s also worth remembering that 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. More than anything else, this mass slaughter showed that some humans are complete psychopaths and are capable of anything…

Corbett Report – Who Was Really Behind the 9/11 Attacks?

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20,000 Isotopes Under the Sea

Last October the Newcastle Herald published an account by a yachtsman called Ivan Macfadyen, who sailed his boat from Japan to San Francisco. Amongst other things, the account said this:

No fish. No birds. Hardly a sign of life at all.

“In years gone by I’d gotten used to all the birds and their noises,” he said.

“They’d be following the boat, sometimes resting on the mast before taking off again. You’d see flocks of them wheeling over the surface of the sea in the distance, feeding on pilchards.”

But in March and April this year, only silence and desolation surrounded his boat, Funnel Web, as it sped across the surface of a haunted ocean.

The ocean is broken

The mainstream media picked up on the story, yet none of the MSM included the stuff about radiation that was contained in the original account in the Newcastle Herald (here’s an example from the Guardian). The Los Angeles Times recently ran a report about the almost total collapse of sardine fisheries off the west coast of North America. Amongst other things it said: The reason for the drop is unclear. Sardine populations are famously volatile, but the decline is the steepest since the collapse of the sardine fishery in the mid-20th century (here). I wonder what was going on in the Pacific in the mid-20th century..? Which brings me on to a peer reviewed scientific paper that was published last summer, titled: Cesium, iodine and tritium in NW Pacific waters – a comparison of the Fukushima impact with global fallout which says that the levels of these three radionuclides from the Fukushima disaster is up to 1000 times greater than the fallout from atom bomb tests in the mid-20th century, and the thing to bear in mind here is that this level of radiation is just a few years into the disaster. The three reactors at Fukushima that have melted down are completely out of control – no one can get anywhere near them due to the incredibly high levels of radiation; in fact no one knows exactly where the melted cores are. All that is known is that 1000 tons of groundwater flows beneath the plant every day (Fukushima was built on a river bed). Much of this becomes highly contaminated and goes into the sea. This has been going on since the start of the disaster (getting on for three years now) and will continue indefinitely for decades, because it will be many decades before the melted reactor cores are no longer too hot to handle (almost 30 years later, the melted reactor remains at Chernobyl are still too dangerous to be removed). What we are looking at here, over time, is the death of the Pacific eco system, and a severe impact on the rest of the world’s oceans; that is, unless there is a huge international effort, the like of which has never been seen before, to try and mitigate the impact of the disaster. Last September a group of leading scientists and activists sent a letter the the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, asking for such an international response (here); but don’t hold your breath on that one.

It seems to me, the biggest problem here is that the public are not being made aware of what’s going on. If the public did know the scale of this unfolding catastrophe they would surely demand that the politicians do something about it. The mainstream media is largely corporate controlled, and many of these corporations make bucketloads of money out of the nuclear industry. In Japan, which is now more or less a fascist state, a secrecy law was recently passed that effectively makes it illegal for anyone in Japan to report on the Fukushima disaster. Then we have the huge worldwide corporate propaganda machine that is rapidly killing free and open debate. In a way, human nature plays into the hands of the shills and astroturfers, because it’s natural for people to want to believe that things are safe and under control.

Getting back to 20,000 Isotopes Under the Sea, there are now a large number of local newspaper reports about Pacific wildlife dying off. These reports are from all around the Pacific rim, but are mostly concentrated in the northwest. Hardly any of them mention the ‘F’ word (you’ll notice that the LA Times report I link to above does not mention Fukushima), and instead use terms like ‘a mysterious disease’. Here’s a sample:

Illness plaguing seals and walruses

Oyster crop close to complete ruin

Coast’s starfish dying in record numbers

Dolphins Are Dying and No One Knows Why

Dozens of stranded whales die in New Zealand

Bald eagles dying in Utah; no one sure why

Common bird-killing disease documented in Alaska for 1st time

Mystery ailment is wiping out coast’s starfish

Scientists looking for answers after hundreds of dead turtles wash ashore

Canadian Pacific Fishermen Catch No Sardines in 2013

Normally chatty northern whales have quieted down, Vancouver Aquarium researchers notice

Oarfish deaths in California revive earthquake myths

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Steptoe and Son

Steptoe and Son was a hugely popular sitcom in the UK in the 1960s and 70s. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore. This is the Christmas special from 1974…

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Radioactive bananas

This month, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) have started removing fuel rods from Fukushima reactor No.4 fuel pool. I’m not going to go into this too much, but I’ll just say that the No.4 fuel pool contains about 1500 fuel racks, and the rods inside them contain as much radiation as about 14,000 Hiroshima atom bombs (here). The world is holding its breath; or it would be if the mainstream media informed people about Fukushima and all things nuclear (just one commercial size nuclear reactor contains enough radioactive crap to wipe out all life on earth). Instead, here’s a speech give by Steven Starr at the Fukushima Symposium, held in New York earlier this year. Steven Starr is the Clinical Laboratory Science Program Director, University of Missouri, and also a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. The sound quality in this 20 minute clip is not brilliant, particularly right at the start, but it’s worth watching because Starr explains the subject very well, especially the radioactive banana stuff that the nuke astro turfers always come out with…

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Salvador’s Trout

Ok, this will probably be the last ‘crown of sonnets’ for a while, because my brain is totally fried. Over the last four weeks I’ve bashed out three of the damn things; that’s a total of 21 sonnets, or 294 lines of ‘poetry’. This, after going through a poetry dry spell that lasted for seven years. I put that caveat in because I’ve no idea what, if any, merit these sonnet crowns have (you’ll have to suffer my usual wonky metre). I’ll have to put them away with the mushrooms and then later try to judge with a more objective eye…

Salvador’s Trout

We’re made of star stuff, the qualia bright:
Descartes declaimed that Je pense, donc je suis,
splitting our souls from animality
(‘doubt’ shows possession of conscious foresight).
An abstract conception, the thing we call ‘thought’,
can make muscles shift – you can lift your arm,
no reflex involved, no mad flight from harm.
This ethereal puzzle also has brought
creative non-purpose, like Salvador’s trout -
causation looks for this mental estate.
Epiphenomenalists sit down and wait
for existentials of another kind,
while dualists naturally talk about
ghosts in machines, this mysterious mind.

Ghosts in machines, this mysterious mind,
does it only reside in the cellular rink?
can gaseous clouds or minerals think?
The mind-body problem will lead you to find
that maybe cognizance does somehow stride
in the inanimate. If you follow Gods
you’re already breathing in these sort of odds.
Maybe they’re Jekyll and we’re Mr Hyde?
One can’t know the other, but we can reply:
the concept’s too alien for the human eye.
Poetry struggles to codify thoughts
(just by such musing a rubicon’s crossed).
This sub-world’s elusive, but all is not lost:
we have machines that can chew ones and noughts.
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John Tavener and Princess Diana

Yesterday, the composer John Tavener died, aged 69. John had suffered very bad health throughout his life and he was probably surprised to have lasted so long. John Tavener had a very interesting career, and amongst other things his Song for Athene was performed at Princess Diana’s funeral. I remember it well. I was living in London and on that Saturday morning I had to do a survey in the City. As I was driving along I had the car radio on, listening to Diana’s funeral service live from Westminster Abbey. The office block where I had to do the survey was close to St Pauls Cathedral, which was relaying the service on loud speakers. As I came into the area, Elton John’s voice was all around…

Now, I’m not a royalist but I have to say that the 6th September 1997 was one of the most extraordinary days in modern British history (did you notice the Queen crying in the above clip?), not least because after Elton had finished singing, Earl Spencer made a speech in which he blamed the media for the death of his sister, and he also had a dig at the royal family…
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