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AP: Crews retreat after nuclear material found at WIPP

Officials: Correct to turn back, contamination was increasing — Robots brought to site for radiation levels too high for humans — ‘Significant amount of information’ will be revealed to public in next few days (VIDEOS)

Published: April 18th, 2014 at 1:30 am ET
By ENENews


AP, Apr. 17, 2014: Crews on their fourth trip into the mine on Wednesday made it into the only active waste storage area and found contamination, said. The deeper they went into the area, the more widespread the contamination, she said. But the crews had to retreat before identifying the possible source because they had been underground for five hours in protective gear that retains heat and the batteries on their respiratory equipment were running low. The next step is for crews, and possibly robots, to go back down to see if they can identify what caused the leak.

Tammy Reynolds, deputy WIPP recovery manager: “The more they went into panel seven, the more (the contamination) became more widespread They made the correct decision to turn back Everyone was safely returned to the surface.”

John Heaton, former state representative and chairman of the Carlsbad Mayor’s Nuclear Taskforce, WIPP Town Hall, Apr. 17, 2014 (at 7:00 in): I think that next week might a very busy week in that I think that there will be progress to report in terms as to what might have been the cause and also Phase 1 of the accident investigation report. I believe — I hate to speculate on this — but there will be a significant amount of information that will come out next week. So I think it will be a very important meeting and I think we need to have adequate time for people to be able to ask questions.

Reynolds, WIPP Town Hall, Apr. 17, 2014 (at 23:00 in): One of the other things we’ve been working on is the contingency plan They’ve been working to have robots prepared that in the event that the conditions in the underground don’t allow us to be able to get to the waste space or other parts of the mine later on in recovery activities because of the level of contamination, as a contingency we’re looking at the use of robots. And so there’s a couple of robot operators, they’ve already been to the WIPP site, they’ve received all of the training they would need to go into the underground they’ve completed that. And today they brought the robots out to the site and they did a demonstration for us so that if we can’t go and visibly put our eyes on certain pieces of the mine, the robot can do that for us and feed us back that information.

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Who else is reading ENENews?
• “I rely pretty heavily on ENENews, a great news aggregator” -Arnie Gundersen, former nuclear industry executive and engineer
• “I check it on my phone all the time -- ENENews... from the beginning did an incredible job of gathering all these news sources” -Matt Noyes, professor at Meiji University in Tokyo
• “I invite your readers to go on the internet and check out Energy News” -Paul C. Garner, attorney for U.S. military personnel taking on Tepco
• “ENENews, my favorite website for this sort of thing” -John B. Wells, while hosting ‘Coast to Coast AM’ the #1 overnight radio program in U.S.

Extremely toxic water 4,000,000 times gov’t limit in trenches between Fukushima reactors and ocean

Experts: “Source of contamination for Pacific” — “Levels too high for them to get more precise look at situation” — Reporter: Plutonium leaked out after fuel rods damaged (VIDEO)

Published: April 18th, 2014 at 1:36 pm ET
By ENENews




NHK’s Newsline FOCUS: Inside Fukushima Daiichi, Mar. 29, 2014 (at 18:15 in): A network of trenches runs between the reactor buildings and the shore. They are flooded with extremely radioactive water that’s been trapped** there since the triple meltdown. Tepco data shows concentrations of cesium up to 4 million times above the government safety limit. Engineers estimate that the trenches hold about 15,000 tons of toxic water but radiation levels are too high for them to get a more precise look at the situation. Some experts point out these trenches are a source of contamination for the Pacific Ocean. Tepco says there’s no evidence of that yet, but it recognizes the need to act quickly.

**Yomiuri Shimbun, Mar. 6, 2014: “It appears that high-level radioactive contaminated water from tunnels {trenches} extending from the No. 1 to No. 4 reactor building is flowing into the sea.”

Extreme contamination in the trenches was first reported exactly 3 years before NHK’s special above — NHK, Mar. 28, 2011 (h/t MsMilkytheclown):

• At 0:30 – Tepco: “Now we have found water in the section between the underground area of the building and the sea in the area called the trench.” Workers detected contamination in the trench on Sunday {Mar. 27}. They recorded more than 1,000 millisieverts per hour on the water’s surface.{…} Tepco says it’s unlikely the water is leaking into the ocean {…} Tepco had no intention of hiding it.

• At 4:15 — Yoshiyuki Yamazaki, NHK: Of the Reactors 1-3, one, or more, or all, have likely sustained damage to their nuclear fuel rods. Which is why iodine, cesium, and plutonium are leaking out. Tepco mentioned they don’t think the current level will affect human health {…} We have to be very careful. Compared to iodine and cesium, plutonium would have a substantially larger adverse effect on health if taken into the human body.


Watch the NHK Newsline FOCUS special here

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Who else is reading ENENews?
• “I rely pretty heavily on ENENews, a great news aggregator” -Arnie Gundersen, former nuclear industry executive and engineer
• “I check it on my phone all the time -- ENENews... from the beginning did an incredible job of gathering all these news sources” -Matt Noyes, professor at Meiji University in Tokyo
• “I invite your readers to go on the internet and check out Energy News” -Paul C. Garner, attorney for U.S. military personnel taking on Tepco
• “ENENews, my favorite website for this sort of thing” -John B. Wells, while hosting ‘Coast to Coast AM’ the #1 overnight radio program in U.S.

Ban Avoidance: Custom-made guns evade US arms control laws



RT · Published on Apr 19, 2014

Gun enthusiasts in New York have lost their latest bid to repeal the state's gun control laws. Stringent measures were passed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012. Gun manufacturers have again, found a way around them...

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Keiser Report: Bliss of Ignorance (E588)



RT ·Published on Apr 15, 2014

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss how ignorance could, indeed, be bliss for all of us if the ignorant would just STFU. From geopolitics to cryptocurrencies, those who know least are the most likely to seek the use of force. In the second half, Max interviews crypto whale, Karl Gray, about the future of crypto and his plans to crowdfund the $300 million Statue of Responsibility, a companion to the Statue of Liberty to be built off the West coast of America.

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Joe Rogan - The American War Machine

Gwen Hallsmith: Lobbying for Public Banking



GRITtv·Published on Apr 15, 2014

The Laura Flanders show streams from www.grittv.org. Public banking has been proven to be better for the economy and is the norm in several countries, yet there is only one state-owned public bank in the United States. Why is this? Gwen Hallsmith of the Public Banking Institute joins us to discuss the fight for public banking in Vermont and the United States.


- This is the ''STAKE'' that will kill the bloodsucking Dracul, also known as Wall Street.

Myanmar Activists Spread Anti-Hate-Speech Campaign



NTDTV·Published on Apr 14, 2014

Myanmar activists launch a flower campaign aiming to stop hate-speeches believed to have played a role in triggering sectarian violence in Myanmar.

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Youth activists joined water festivities in Yangon on Monday, distributing flowers and urging fellow citizens to restrain from using hate speech.

The Panzagar activists, also known as the Flower Speech Movement, hope to stop the use of abusive and insulting language recently spreading in online forums and public discussions.

Blogger and development worker Nay Phone Latt, who spent nearly four years in jail for writing about the 2007 protests that sparked a bloody crackdown, started the Flower Speech Movement. He said he fears that hate speech is dangerous for society.

Myanmar has been grappling with hate speech since religious tensions erupted in June 2012, killing at least 240 people and displacing more than 140,000, mostly Muslims. Vitriolic and inflammatory comments about Muslims, who make up a small fraction of the population, have become common on blogs, web forums and Facebook pages, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported.

Buddhist nationalists and some monks, driven by fear that Muslims will take over Myanmar, have urged people to boycott Muslim-owned businesses and successfully lobbied the government to draft controversial laws, including one that would force Buddhist women wanting to marry non-Buddhist men to get permission from their parents and local government officials. No such restrictions are planned for Buddhist men, the report said.

Nay Phone Latt told local media that a Buddhist monk, U Wirathu, has been giving speeches inciting hatred against Rohingyas, Muslims who live in western Rakhine state and not recognised as one of Myanmar's official ethnic groups. They have been described by the United Nations as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

Such hatred, he says, has led to violent attacks against Rohingyas, the latest being in Hlegu township outside Yangon earlier this month, when a mob threw stones at Muslim residents and destroyed their property.

"I think there's a relation between violence and hate speeches which are spreading in our community and on the internet. If we can reduce this hatred, I believe that we can expect love in our society, and not hate among each other," Nay Phone Latt said.

Despite limited internet access in Myanmar, young people and the Burmese diaspora worldwide are using social media to share information and opinion on the country's issues.

The campaign is trying to reach all extremist groups using hate speech that touch on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

"I hope people will adopt the attitude when they see flower speech, which means they will talk by not using insulting words to others, or talk without using hate speech," Latt said.

The Panzagar movement launched on April 4, handing out banners and pamphlets. Their signature banner shows a cartoon of a man and a woman holding a bullhorn that spews out flowers.

The anti-hate speech campaigners took the opportunity to reach as many people during the Thingyan Water Festival, celebrating the Buddhist New Year, when streets are crowded with revelers. They plan on visiting other towns in the future.

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- Good on ya Myanmar. Give PEACE a chance......

People Power: Dead Swedes provide home heating for alive Swedes



RT ·Published on Apr 14, 2014

A crematorium in Stockholm is helping people in the city keep warm - by burning dead residents. Environmentalists hail it as a progressive way of generating energy. And as RT's Paul Scott reports, the idea is catching on.

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- I'm sure Americans would have a much higher BTU output. USA! USA! USA! YAY for the Power of the People!!!

TYT: SEC Insider Shows The Only Thing That Works Is The Revolving Door



The Young Turks ·Published on Apr 13, 2014

"A lawyer from America's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched a broadside against his bosses during a leaving speech, accusing them of being too soft on wayward Wall Street chiefs in the wake of the 2008 credit crisis.

James Kidney, who retired from the SEC this month after 24 years with the organisation, said in his leaving speech that his bosses had been too 'tentative and fearful' when tackling the behaviour of banking giants.

As around 70 SEC lawyers and alumni looked on, Mr Kidney bemoaned the SEC's focus on being polite."* Steve Oh, Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show), Malcolm Fleschner (Executive Producer, The Point) and Jackie Koppell break it down.

*Read more here from Ted Thornhill / Daily Mail:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2600475/Too-tentative-fearful-SEC-attorney-blasts-OWN-bosses-accusing-failing-rein-Wall-Street-leaders-financial-crisis.html


- And btw Jimmy? The system can't be ''fixed.'' You can't fixed something that's corrupted with something that is itself corrupted. It don't work that way. ''System replacement'' is the only real option here......

Legalize Medical Marijuana, Doctors Say in Survey

By R. Scott Rappold
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD

April 2, 2014
-- A majority of doctors say that medical marijuana should be legalized nationally and that it can deliver real benefits to patients, a new survey by WebMD/Medscape finds. WebMD’s web site for health professionals surveyed 1,544 doctors as more than 10 states consider bills to legalize medical marijuana. It is already legal in 21 states and Washington, DC.

The survey found solid support for those legalization efforts, with most doctors saying medical marijuana should be legal in their states. They agreed that medical marijuana should be an option for patients. The survey included doctors from more than 12 specialties and 48 states.

Marijuana's Perceived Health Benefits
Solid data on marijuana’s health benefits are lacking. Research has been limited because the federal government has designated marijuana as a “Schedule I” substance, a designation used for the most dangerous drugs having “no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse.”

But as state after state legalizes marijuana, doctors have gained nearly 2 decades of anecdotal evidence about its effects. Dramatic stories about families moving to Colorado for a special strain of marijuana to treat their children’s seizure disorders have led to stronger calls for research.

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Doctors' Responses
Here’s a look at the survey numbers for doctors asked about medical marijuana:

    • 69% say it can help with certain treatments and conditions.
    • 67% say it should be a medical option for patients.
    • 56% support making it legal nationwide.
    • 50% of doctors in states where it is not legal say it should be legal in their states.
    • 52% of doctors in states considering new laws say it should be legal in their states.

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- I hope someone sends a copy of this to Michele Leonhart's cave......

Understanding Ukraine: The Problems Today and Some Historical Context



vlogbrothers · Published on Mar 4, 2014

In which John discusses the crisis in Ukraine, and how the influence of Russia and Europe have shaped Ukrainian politics for centuries. REMINDER: Educational videos are allowed to be more than four minutes long.

Thanks to Rosianna for image-gathering: http://www.youtube.com/rosianna

The BBC's Ukraine hub: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26270866
CIA Factbook on Ukraine: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/up.html
The wikipedia article about the Crimean War is quite good, especially in contemporary context: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_War


- There will be a pop quiz on this and other possible ''Putin Poisonings'' next week. And remember to show your work! {Stick drawings are acceptable}.
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