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Huffington Post - GREEN | July 31, 2013
Yes, we had a hard time believing that this insane mountain formation was actually real, because we haven't fallen down the rabbit hole. But, believe it or not, this technicolor range actually exists.
The mountains are part of the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in China. Layers of different colored sandstone and minerals were pressed together over 24 million years and then buckled up by tectonic plates, according to the Telegraph.
Posted by DeSwiss | Wed Jul 31, 2013, 05:44 PM (48 replies)
01:24 PM EST on July 30th, 2013 |
Official reveals contamination levels at Fukushima plant are likely higher outside reactor units than inside — ‘Serious threat’ if trenches leak a large amount of water
12:30 PM EST on July 30th, 2013 |
‘Alarm bells’ over state of Fukushima plant — Official: Gov’t will investigate how radioactive contamination is impacting life in Pacific Ocean; “Problems… are more complicated than (we) initially thought”
09:04 AM EST on July 30th, 2013 |
Gov’t: Extremely radioactive tunnels at Fukushima must be drained — Contamination is from melted fuel — Nuclear material going through gravel and into ocean? (VIDEO)
07:11 AM EST on July 30th, 2013 |
Japan gov’t intervening at Fukushima nuclear plant — Will take over measuring radiation levels — Top official “questioned accuracy of Tepco’s data on contamination”
07:09 PM EST on July 29th, 2013 |
Radio: Fukushima Daiichi has “contaminated the biggest body of water on the planet” — Radioactive leaks to harm marine and human life — Whole Pacific Ocean likely to have cesium levels 5-10 times higher than at peak of nuclear bomb tests (AUDIO)
11:18 AM EST on July 29th, 2013 |
Top Japan Nuclear Official: Remove Tepco from being in charge at Fukushima Daiichi — “It is simply too big for one company to handle”
05:08 PM EST on July 30th, 2013 |
Blowout in Gulf still leaking? Scientists checking for pollution are not allowed within 5 miles of site — Sheen continues to be observed — Fire boats remain nearby — Gas could “impact offshore ecosystems”
03:49 PM EST on July 30th, 2013 |
Radio: Uranium-contaminated plume covers 125 acres at U.S. nuclear site — Over 300 lbs. of uranium a year flowing into Columbia River (AUDIO) #Hanford
01:31 PM EST on July 29th, 2013 |
Fire that shut down U.S. nuclear reactor released “potentially toxic gas or asphyxiant or flammable gas that could impact plant operation” #Callaway
Posted by DeSwiss | Wed Jul 31, 2013, 02:34 AM (0 replies)
Submitted by Doreen Smith on Sun, 07/28/2013 - 14:17
Saturday, 27 July 2013 By Carol Ann Ciocco
On Monday, 29 July, there will be there will be a very elegant and flowing celestial configuration - known as the Star of David, Grand Sextile or Star Tetrahedron - surrounding the earth.
The timing of the Stargate ranges from 5:43am GMT/Universal Time on Monday, 29 July to 2:09am GMT/Universal Time on Tuesday, 30 July, with new energies flowing in at various points along the way. (Check for your time)
Earth Heal will be facilitating a group distant healing event to mark the day, and if you would like to be included as a participant, please contact us. A notice about it will be posted here in the next 24 hours.
- I just LOVE the Star of David configuration!
Posted by DeSwiss | Mon Jul 29, 2013, 12:18 AM (17 replies)
02:32 PM EST on July 27th, 2013 |
‘Crisis’ at Fukushima plant — Tepco: Extremely radioactive water leaking directly into groundwater and going into ocean
10:38 AM EST on July 27th, 2013 |
Kyodo News: Extremely contaminated water is seeping into Pacific Ocean from under Fukushima Reactor No. 2 turbine building — Tepco: We believe it’s staying in trench
08:53 AM EST on July 27th, 2013 |
WSJ: Extreme contamination found at Fukushima plant — Cesium over 2 billion Bq/liter; Millions of times above limit — Tepco ‘trying’ to stop it leaking into ocean — ‘Probably’ from melted reactor core
03:34 PM EST on July 26th, 2013 |
Officials: Gas is likely leaking from containment vessel of Fukushima Reactor No. 3 — “It was observed as the steam”
12:21 PM EST on July 26th, 2013 |
Tepco Advisor Blasts Tepco: “You do not know what you’re doing” — Japan Times: Time for gov’t to take over at Fukushima Daiichi? (VIDEO)
09:54 AM EST on July 26th, 2013 |
Japan Gov’t: It’s “inevitable” that Fukushima radioactive water will be dumped in Pacific Ocean — “Tepco has no choice”
06:50 PM EST on July 25th, 2013 |
‘Mysterious’ steam at Fukushima Unit 3 — NPR: “Fuel could have shifted… or worse restarted nuclear reactions” — Tepco: “We still don’t know for sure the cause” (AUDIO)
08:01 AM EST on July 28th, 2013 |
Emergency declared at U.S. nuclear plant: Fire shuts down reactor — “Reports of black smoke” — Company says no release of radioactivity “above normal operating limits” #Callaway
09:27 PM EST on July 26th, 2013 |
Crude oil seen in water by blowout in Gulf — AP: Sheen reported each day since incident began — First estimated at 7,000 gallons a day (PHOTOS)
06:00 AM EST on July 26th, 2013 |
Expert: Blown-out well in Gulf remains “plenty dangerous” — Will material plugging flow of gas hold? — New flyover of rig carcass (VIDEO)
03:23 PM EST on July 25th, 2013 |
‘Chaos’ over 4 underground oil blowouts in Canada: “Everybody is freaking out about this” — Spills can’t be stopped, “There is no off button” — Leaking since winter (VIDEO)
Posted by DeSwiss | Sun Jul 28, 2013, 09:45 PM (0 replies)
Source: Common Dreams
Clandestine operative speaks out for first time about CIA kidnapping and torture during Bush years
Published on Saturday, July 27, 2013
- Jon Queally, staff writer
"It's time to talk about this," says former CIA operative Sabrina De Sousa,
who has been convicted in absentia in Italy of the kidnapping of Egyptian
cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, known as Abu Omar, in Milan in 2003.
(Photo: Barbara L. Salisbury/MCT)
A former CIA operative is speaking out for the first time about a snatch-and-grab operation in the streets of Milan nearly a decade ago that led to the victim's torture and extended imprisonment by saying that high-level Bush officials were systematically shielded from responsibility while lower-level operatives were indicted for the crime.
In a series of interviews with McClatchy's Jonathan Landay, the CIA's Sabrina De Sousa described cables between Italian and Washington officials involved with the kidnapping of cleric Osama Mustapha Hassan Nasr (aka Abu Omar) in 2003 and says that both governments cooperated in “scape-goating a bunch of people . . . while the ones who approved this stupid rendition are all free.”
“It’s always the minions of the federal government who are thrown under the bus by officials who consistently violate international law and sometimes domestic law and who are all immune from prosecution,” De Sousa said. “Their lives are fine. They’re making millions of dollars sitting on (corporate) boards.”
The former CIA operative, she resigned from the agency in 2009, says that the rendition program was approved of at the highest levels but that those officials—including President Bush, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, and CIA Director George Tenet—will never be held accountable.
“I find this coverup so egregious," she said when asked about her decision to speak out now. "That’s why I find it really important to talk about this. Look at the lives ruined, including that of Abu Omar. And I was caught in the crossfire of anger directed at U.S. policy.”
Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/07/27-1
Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process. ~Barack Obama, Change.gov. 2008
Posted by DeSwiss | Sun Jul 28, 2013, 01:25 AM (31 replies)
- Here we go, again.
Posted by DeSwiss | Sun Jul 28, 2013, 12:12 AM (5 replies)
RussiaToday·Published on Jul 27, 2013
Privacy rights activists have demonstrated across Germany against U.S. worldwide surveilance - and Berlin's role in it. The revelations by Edward Snowden, have ignited public anger among Germans who say that their government let them down - as RT's Peter Oliver reports.
RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air
Posted by DeSwiss | Sat Jul 27, 2013, 10:45 PM (5 replies)
- This is what is known as an iFreudian slip.....
Posted by DeSwiss | Sat Jul 27, 2013, 03:54 AM (2 replies)
Posted: 06/15/10 09:00 AM ET
A recent bestseller has taken up the cudgels of a longstanding political and religious controversy: Were our founding fathers really religious and, more specifically, Christian? On the one side, humanists point out remarkably little specific mention of Christ in the fathers' (including Lincoln's) public utterances. Rather, they refer to an all-inclusive, generic deity. But advocates for Christianity maintain this should not be taken to dispute our founders' deep, underlying faith in God and belief in the divinity of Christ.
Leaving that contentious debate aside, I want to talk about how much the founding fathers drank. The answer: quite a bit. The New York Times on Sunday published an account of how Jefferson (according to writer Ann Mah he was "a lifelong oenophile") spent a lot of his time in France while representing the United States inspecting the vineyards of Burgundy. Was Jefferson a closet drinker? He had no reason to hide his love of wine -- no founding father thought it unusual in this pre-Temperance era to love the fruit of the vine or, for that matter, hard cider, beer, or even whiskey and rum.
Take Jefferson's primary rival, John Adams. According to a descendant of his, "To the end of John Adams' life, a large tankard of hard cider was his morning draught before breakfast." Get the man to the Betty Ford Center! How do we know the founding fathers as a group drank a lot? Well, for one thing, we have records of their imbibing. In 1787, two days before they signed off on the Constitution, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention partied at a tavern. According to the bill preserved from the evening, they drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, eight of whiskey, 22 of porter, eight of hard cider, 12 of beer and seven bowls of alcoholic punch.
That's more than two bottles of fruit of the vine, plus a few shots and a lot of punch and beer, for every delegate. Clearly, that's humanly impossible. Except, you see, across the country during the Colonial era, the average American consumed many times as much beverage alcohol as contemporary Americans do. Getting drunk - but not losing control - was simply socially accepted.
- Drunkenness would explain the ''f's'' they wrote where ''s's'' were supposed to be.....
Posted by DeSwiss | Fri Jul 26, 2013, 10:28 PM (47 replies)
July 24, 2013
By YURI OIWA/ Staff Writer
A key institute that studies the effects of radiation has revised its chart of doses and related health risks without offering an explanation, triggering confusion and criticism as a result of the disparity among government figures circulating among the public.
The National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) in Chiba posted the chart as a reference that listed exposure from natural radiation and that from radiation leaked by the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and possible health risks on its website after the nuclear accident unfolded in March 2011.
In April 2012, the NIRS deleted a description saying that there were no increased cancer incidences with a radiation dose of 100 millisieverts or less.
Instead, the new chart said it has been found that the risk of dying from cancer gradually rises in accordance with an increase in radiation doses exceeding 100 millisieverts.
- With multiple melt-throughs on-going, broken fuel cells lying out in the open or partially covered in water in constantly depleted cooling tanks, and ''something'' boiling and emitting steam from somewhere, and the black soot that peppers Tokyo and everything north of it, and the broken reactors themselves constantly inundated with ground water that spews directly through all that poison and then back into the sea -- with a trickle being ''captured'' and put into tanks that will soon require high rise buildings for the only storage space left, is up -- Northern Japan and Southern Russia is slowly being poisoned directly. And so are all the rest of us, eventually.
So secretly raising the radiation numbers are the least of our worries.....
Posted by DeSwiss | Fri Jul 26, 2013, 02:57 AM (3 replies)