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Fukushima: The Monster Under Our Bed

by Chautauqua

“I sit back, thinking maybe if I distance myself enough perhaps the bigger picture will reveal itself to me; but alas, even that does not help me understand the seemingly planet wide denial regarding Fukushima. Here we are approaching the two year anniversary of that continuously erupting nuclear volcano in Japan; and not only has no progress been made, but it’s looking like no attempt at progress has been made. In point of fact, Tepco and the Japanese government have done many things which just make the disaster even worse. It absolutely defies logic that the evacuation zones were rescinded, back to three miles from the laughably inadequate twelve miles, but they were! I could scarcely believe it several months ago when Rense.com correspondent Yoichi Shimatsu reported that the Japanese government was collecting tsunami debris and burning it at many incineration sites across Japan. By burning already contaminated material you are essentially causing a re-release of fallout back into the environment, compounding the damage, both short & long term. It sounds like self-inflicted genocide to keep the population in place and encourage them to eat contaminated food and ignore the fallout, but that is exactly what is happening. Despite official denial, they say that Tokyo is now as badly contaminated in places as the town of Fukushima.

 

For nearly two years now Tepco has been dumping highly radioactive waste water directly into the Pacific ocean, in flagrant violation of international & environmental laws. This of course does not include the plume of radiation which continues to be emitted from the site of three core meltdowns even as its tendrils of death continue encircling the Earth. Meanwhile in the mainstream media there is scant mention of the worst environmental disaster Earth has seen since the Permian extinction. Nary a word about the ever growing cloud of cancerous death enveloping the planet or the fact we have allowed the Japanese government & Tepco to effectively kill the Pacific ocean without so much as a wrist slap or fine…and we’re fine with that it seems. What scant reference there is in the mainstream media about Fukushima is engineered drivel to encourage folks to think the problem has just magically gone away. It hasn’t.

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Google shopping adverts fuel ivory trade

Conservation group warns

Environmental Investigation Agency says ads fuel surge in ivory demand that is killing African elephants at record rates

A woman looks at two elephant tusks in a window of a jewelry shop in Bangkok, Thailand, as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species meeting continues. Photograph: Barbara Walton/EPA

Google is helping to fuel a dramatic surge in ivory demand in Asia that is killing African elephants at record levels, a conservation group claimed on Tuesday.

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said there are some 10,000 ads on Google Japan’s shopping site that promote the sale of ivory.

About 80% of the ads are for “hanko,” small wooden stamps widely used in Japan to affix signature seals to official documents. The rest are carvings and other small objects.

Hanko are used for everything from renting a house to opening a bank account. The stamps are legal and typically inlaid with ivory lettering.

The EIA said Japan’s hanko sales are a “major demand driver for elephant ivory (and) have contributed to the wide-scale resumption of elephant poaching across Africa.”

Google said in an emailed response: “Ads for products obtained from endangered or threatened species are not allowed on Google. As soon as we detect ads that violate our advertising policies, we remove them.”

The EIA said it had written a letter to Google chief executive, Larry Page, on 22 February, urging the company to remove the ads because they violate Google’s own policies. It said Google had not responded to the letter or taken down the advertisements.

“While elephants are being mass slaughtered across Africa to produce ivory trinkets, it is shocking to discover that Google, with the massive resources it has at its disposal, is failing to enforce its own policies designed to help protect endangered elephants,” said Allan Thorton, the US-based president of the EIA.

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Japan Must Find Alternatives to Nuclear Power

Japan PM Noda says two nuclear reactors ‘must restart’

Mr Noda is trying to convince the public that nuclear power is vital

Japan must restart two nuclear reactors to protect the country’s economy and livelihoods, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has said in a televised broadcast.

Measures to ensure the safety of two reactors at western Japan’s Ohi nuclear plant have been undertaken, he said.

Since last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan’s 50 reactors have been shut down for routine maintenance.

The crisis fuelled immense public opposition to nuclear power, but Japan is facing a summer of power shortages.

Japan’s last nuclear shut down for routine maintenance was in May. When the third reactor at the Tomari plant in Hokkaido prefecture was switched off, Japan was left without energy from atomic power for the first time in more than 40 years.

Public confidence in nuclear safety was shaken by the meltdowns at the Fukushima power plant, triggered by last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

“Cheap and stable electricity is vital. If all the reactors that previously provided 30% of Japan’s electricity supply are halted, or kept idle, Japanese society cannot survive,” Mr Noda said.

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Opinion:

The rest of the world is in danger so the Japanese can advertise

The issue is not Japanese survival, the issue is planetary survival!

Japan needs to look at other forms of energy, regardless of the cost.

The non-essential use of electricity in Japan needs to be rationalised. The rest of the world is in danger while Japanese neons lights glow prettily in every street in every city.

Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.

It is the wrong place to have nuclear power!

Fukushima has shown clearly that any failure of nuclear reactors has the potential to destroy the northern hemisphere, if not the whole planet, and they are worried about not having the power for their precious electrically dominated society.

The crisis isn’t over yet.

Fukishima has released radiation in various forms into the atmosphere, into the sea. The radiation has already spread to the EAST coast of the USA and beyond and still they want to have nuclear power.

If the damaged cooling towers so much as cracks or collapses, the radiation levels will reach 85x that that has already been released.

Remember Chernobyl?

Fukushima has already dwarfed Chernobyl.

Remember this equation:

Fukushima = Chernobyl on Steroids

If such a collapse happens, will the last person alive in the northern hemisphere please turn out the lights.

Japan, forget nuclear power as an option,

you have to for the survival of the planet.

You say that you need it for the county’s economy and livelihoods, if there is a highly probable collapse, the economy and livelihoods are the last thing you will worry about.

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The News is All Sad

The clockwork is winding down, time is running out

From every corner of the globe, the news is bad. The world’s financial situation is in a sad sorry state.

On the European side, the Greeks are in deep shit. There is no way out of the hole they have dug for themselves. This latest ‘bailout’ is a waste of time and effort, and more Euros. In two months they will be doing the Oliver Twist again, “Please Sir, can I have some more?”

Portugal, Spain and Italy will be doing the Oliver Twist too. It’s a dance fad that will spread.

The Americans are the biggest financial joke on the planet. The only reason that the American economy hasn’t collapsed already is that fool Bernake and his printing presses; he has managed to stave off the inevitable, but when it comes, it will be harder and faster than before.

Every hiccough or burp in the markets and the Americans are shouting “The recovery has begun!”…. again. Read my lips, “There is no recovery!” There never has been and there never will be. Since the first bubble burst in 2008, that sealed the fate of the USA.

When it comes to squandering, the USA makes the others look like petty thieves.

Daily, we get new headlines:

Japan watchdog halts fund on fears over lost assets

There are fears that losses at the firm may run into billions of dollars

Japan’s financial watchdog has told an investment firm to halt its operations on suspicion that it has lost most of the $2.3bn (£1.5bn) funds it manages.

Operations at AIJ Investment Advisors, which manages group pension funds for more than a hundred firms, have been suspended for a month.

It came after reports in Japan alleged that the firm may have covered up losses for years.

Authorities said they would also probe all other investment firms in Japan.

“The Financial Services Agency (FSA), together with the labour ministry, will take every possible step to prevent this kind of incident from happening again,” said Shozaburo Jimi, the head of the FSA.

‘Very difficult’

The report has taken analysts and industry watchers by surprise.

“It is very difficult to understand how they were able to hide all these losses,” Yuuki Sakurai of Fukuko Capital Management told the BBC.

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Opinion:

It just doesn’t stop.

This follows the recent news; The Japanese firm Olympus admitted that it hid $1.7bn in losses for as long as 20 years.

The rot has been around a long time, we are just catching up with the play, for the Americans it started in 1913 with the creation of the Federal Reserve, then got worse in 1971 and has been worsening ever since fueled by America’s golden spending years. Spending… they should have been saving.

The collapse has started, in fact it is well on the way. There is nothing that you nor I nor Obama and every Repugnican and Democrap on the planet can do about it. We will pay.

So, what’s the answer?

Let’s start another war so the mainstream media can take people’s minds off the problem and think the world is rosy.

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Japan’s Meiji recalls baby milk after caesium find

Meiji Baby Formula

Japanese milk powder maker Meiji has recalled its baby formula after discovering radioactive caesium in the product.

Shares in the firm fell 10% in early trading in Tokyo after it said it would recall 400,000 cans of the formula.

Meiji produces the milk, which is only sold in Japan, in Saitama prefecture, north of Tokyo.

The factory’s location is within 200 miles (320km) of the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant.

The recall was started after tests found up to 30.8 becquerels of caesium per kilo of Meiji Step powdered milk.

The level is below recommended limits set by the Japanese government, but Meiji has gone ahead with the recall.

Milk powder is the latest foodstuff to be affected by radioactivity in Japan after shipments of beef were banned in August and rice in September, also for caesium contamination.

Source: BBC News

Opinion:

Japan has created it’s own demise and helped to poison the rest of the world.

Through Chernobyl and now Fukushima we have learned too much, too late.

Mankind is slowly but surely determined through its own stupidity and greed to make this planet untenable.

Nuclear power should be banned. Future nuclear plants or plans stopped, and those in use shutdown.

It is time to set damage control in motion.

Our dependence on energy is destroying us. Hydrocarbons poisoning the atmosphere, radioactivity poisoning the earth, pollution destroying food source habitats.

It will soon become a case of “Will the last man alive please turn out the lights!”

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