Africa, Beatrix Potter, Caroline Kennedy, cumbria, deer, Ed Davey, EDF, energy, France, Fukushima, general news, Haiti, hedgehog, Imperialism, Japan, JFK, John F. Kennedy, Lake District, neo-colonialism, resource grab, Sellafield, UK, Wast Water, wildlife
This post continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/the-ongoing-saga-14-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ The latest updates are on top. This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/the-ongoing-saga-12-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/
Monday, 27 January 2014
We noticed this news topic:
“US presses Japan to hand back exported plutonium” Xinhua, January 27, 2014 http://www.china.org.cn/world/2014-01/27/content_31315528.htm
Other news items are saved but will be posted later.
Sunday, 26 January 2014
We have two new Democracy Now video and transcript reposts. The first is an interview with an anti-nuclear protestor in front of Prime Minister Abe’s personal residence in Japan: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/protests-grow-in-japan-we-want-to-bring-our-message-to-the-world-to-stop-nuclear-power-plants/
Related from Reuters News:
“India, Japan seek early deal on nuclear cooperation
Posted:Sun, 26 Jan 2014 03:35:55 GMT
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India and Japan’s talks on nuclear cooperation have gained momentum over the past few months and the two hope for an agreement on civilian nuclear energy soon, leaders of the countries said after meeting on Saturday.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INbusinessNews/~3/3K-1uACuDzk/story01.htm
The second one, on South Sudan, really ties together Reuters news and echoes our commentary. It is mostly an interview about a new documentary “We come as friends” by a film-maker from Austria. Yes, Austria, as in the Austrian Empire, and the Sound of Music (NOT Australia!): https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/south-sudan-reaches-ceasefire-but-will-nascent-state-survive-oil-fueled-neocolonialism/ He observes how strange it is to see the same sorts of things which one has read about from 100 plus years ago being repeated. He speaks of “The Pathology of Colonialism”. He believes that the new power plant discussed in the documentary is to facilitate gold mining. The documentary also discusses how one chief signed away rights to timber, gold, oil, and farming on a huge tract of land for a pittance.
The screaming Oklahoma missionary in the documentary (There are still preachers who scream?), reminded us of a movie which mocks France and Germany in west Africa during World War I. There is a scene where the missionaries tell the Africans that if they believe in the white man’s god, then they will be able to ride a bicycle. We couldn’t find one with subtitles but the visuals speak for themselves.
The wikipedia article isn’t very complete but gives a little bit of info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_and_White_in_Color
Some contextualization of news feeds:
Burkina has long been known for its gold: “There is mining of copper, iron, manganese, gold, cassiterite (tin ore), and phosphates. These operations provide employment and generate international aid. In some cases, hospitals maintained by mining companies are available for use by local populations. Gold production increased 32% in 2011 at six gold mine sites, making Burkina Faso the fourth-largest gold producer in Africa, after South Africa, Mali and Ghana.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkina_Faso But,”Burkina Faso has one of the highest levels of poverty in the world. Almost half the country’s population lives below the poverty line. The country appears at 134th place out of 137 countries ranked in the Child Development Index. Although many social and economic indicators have improved in recent years, they remain below the average for low-income countries as a group.” http://www.unicef.org/bfa/english/4453.html As we will see in Reuters, Blaise may finally get his just deserts: “With French help, Blaise Compaoré seized power in a coup d’état in 1987. He overthrew his long-time friend and ally Thomas Sankara, who was killed in the coup…” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkina_Faso
As for the DRC,”although citizens of the DRC are among the poorest in the world, having the second lowest nominal GDP per capita, the Democratic Republic of Congo is widely considered to be the richest country in the world regarding natural resources; its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of US$ 24 trillion. The DRC has more than 30% of the world’s diamond reserves and 70% of the world’s coltan.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo
The Central African Republic‘s natural resources include notable uranium, gold and diamond deposits. This includes French gov owned Areva’s uranium mine at Areva in the region of Mbomou at Bakouma. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/République_centrafricaine
“Nigeria is the 12th largest producer of petroleum in the world and the 8th largest exporter, and has the 10th largest proven reserves. (The country joined OPEC in 1971). Petroleum plays a large role in the Nigerian economy, accounting for 40% of GDP and 80% of Government earnings. However, agitation for better resource control in the Niger Delta, its main oil producing region, has led to disruptions in oil production and prevents the country from exporting at 100% capacity. The Niger Delta Nembe Creek Oil field was discovered in 1973 and produces from middle Miocene deltaic sandstone-shale …Nigeria is the United States’ largest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa and supplies a fifth of its oil (11% of oil imports). It has the seventh-largest trade surplus with the US of any country worldwide. Nigeria is the 50th-largest export market for US goods and the 14th-largest exporter of goods to the US The United States is the country’s largest foreign investor…Nigeria also has a wide array of underexploited mineral resources which include natural gas, coal, bauxite, tantalite, gold, tin, iron ore, limestone, niobium, lead and zinc. Despite huge deposits of these natural resources, the mining industry in Nigeria is still in its infancy.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria
Selected Reuters News Feeds:
“Burkina Faso politicians form new anti-Compaore alliance
Posted:Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:53:56 -0500
OUAGADOUGOU, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Defectors from the ruling party of Burkina Faso’s long-serving President Blaise Compaore have formed a new political movement to challenge him, amid concerns that he is seeking to change the constitution to stand in a planned 2015 election. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/edmSUgDesbE/burkina-opposition-idUSL5N0KZ0OO20140125
Death toll from Congo arms depot blast rises to over 20
Posted:Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:31:07 -0500
KINSHASA, Jan 25 (Reuters) – The number of people known to have been killed by an explosion at an arms depot in Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to more than 20, the U.N. mission in the country said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/O6DWyGLSxO0/congo-democratic-blast-idUSL5N0KZ0O720140125
UPDATE 1-Strifetorn Central African Republic names new PM
Posted:Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:59:05 -0500
* Youths armed with machetes and clubs wander streets (Adds death toll for Saturday, Reuters witness) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/O6DWyGLSxO0/congo-democratic-blast-idUSL5N0KZ0O720140125
UPDATE 1-TransCanada gas pipeline explodes in Manitoba, none hurt
Posted:Sun, 26 Jan 2014 01:34:05 GMT
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan 25 (Reuters) – A natural gas pipeline operated by TransCanada Corp exploded and caught fire in a rural area of the western Canadian province of Manitoba early on Saturday, but there were no injuries, a federal regulator said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hE9ZKf_TFnY/story01.htm
Spain to challenge Cantabria’s fracking ban in court
Posted:Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:23:12 GMT
MADRID, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Spain’s central government will file a legal challenge in the country’s Constitutional Court to a fracking ban in the region of Cantabria, it said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lpKxAy4bpl8/story01.htm
CORRECTED-Nigeria opposition to block budget until “rule of law” restored
Posted:Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:49:29 GMT
(Corrects number of defecting governors to five, paragraph 3)” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/W5BW2CceYjw/story01.htm
Saturday, 25 January 2014
This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/radiation-and-reindeer-plus-sheep-part-iii-of-a-series/ In order to make sure that everyone easily finds the GE-Hitachi fraud post and because we found some new information on plutonium and how it mimics, not only iron, put apparently other basic minerals, as well, we made a continuation of the post, rather than a new one.
Thinking of the poor reindeer, Sellafield people and wildlife, Sami reindeer herders, and those who got injected with plutonium, in the 1940s, because they all were in the wrong place at the wrong time, it is sad and frightening. Others have also been exposed to radioactive fallout and other radiation without being warned by their governments. Hence, we must mention the idea of group sin. Nuclear everything is both individual and group sin-evil. Anything so destructive to life is evil. However, the deer, hedgehogs, reindeer and other animals did not sin. Nor, did the Sami, nor the people who walked into the wrong hospital. Fallout from weapons testing, Windscale, Chernobyl, Fukushima, etc. impacted and continues to impact the just and unjust alike; fell and falls upon the innocent and the guilty. Surely many impacted did some small sins but nothing to deserve this. Only the pro-nuclear people deserve what they get, and that is poor solace. This is group, communal sin and individual sins of others impacting hapless innocent victims. In some religions this is called group or communal karma. For those who are discouraged by all of this evil and its impacts in the form of deaths, cancer, heart problems, miscarriages, thyroid problems, etc., we point out Leslie Weatherhead’s short book “The Will of God”. He distinguishes between God’s intentional will; God’s circumstantial will, and God’s ultimate will. This is a serious discussion as it was written in the shadow of London in World War II.
Upton Sinclair: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Upton_Sinclair
Reuters News Feed Selection
“Deutsche bank starts talks to sell gold fixing seat-sources
Posted:Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:12:47 -0500
LONDON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank is talking with prospective buyers about selling its place in the global gold and silver price setting process, known as the “fix”, sources familiar with the situation said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/aT4q4FmmvJ8/idUSL5N0KY2N120140124
Martin Marietta in talks to buy Texas Industries-Bloomberg
Posted:Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:18:17 -0500
Jan 24 (Reuters) – Martin Marietta Materials Inc is in advanced talks to buy construction material supplier Texas Industries Inc, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/oauiQ1YkP4I/texasindustries-sale-martinmarietta-idUSL3N0KY4Q120140124
U.S. appeals court throws Arctic drilling into further doubt
Posted:Thu, 23 Jan 2014 06:37:37 GMT
JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Interior Department wrongly awarded offshore oil leases in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska in 2008 without considering the full range of environmental risks posed by drilling in the Arctic. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/On345Ipf29E/story01.htm
UPDATE 1-China’s ICBC says will help repay investors in troubled shadow-banking scheme
Posted:Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:12:44 -0500
SHANGHAI, Jan 24 (Reuters) – China’s top lender will help bail out investors in a troubled high-yield investment scheme, local media said on Friday, in a move that risks reinforcing the view among Chinese savers they are effectively insured against poor investment decisions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/NF4fCY_2uc0/china-trust-idUSL3N0KY0Z620140124
UPDATE 2-Canada, U.S. agencies urge fast action on oil-by-rail safety
Posted:Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:43:49 GMT
OTTAWA, Jan 23 (Reuters) – North American regulators should phase out the type of rail car involved in last July’s deadly Lac-Megantic crash “sooner rather than later,” Canadian investigators said on Thursday, urging the United States and Canada to impose tougher standards swiftly. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VKeQpqtwFZs/story01.htm
Friday 24 January 2014
We have a new post about the latest in US government stupidity, wasting of taxpayer monies, and nuclear industry lies: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/ge-hitachi-nuclear-concealed-flaws-in-design-of-nuclear-reactor-fined-by-us-doj-but-nrc-still-reviewing-application-for-certification/ We have two videos too about previous nuclear lies regarding design or production.
The Flying Cuttlefish Picayune wonders why a bunch of questions are not being addressed regarding Fukushima. It’s a very good list, which we reblogged: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/what-they-should-study-about-fukushima/ Cuttlefish also notes that there will be research of the Kelp off of the California coast done by UC Berkeley lab. We note in our comment that the UC Berkeley lab cannot really be trusted, since they were part of the operation that injected people with plutonium, without their consent, in the 1940s. (Trivia: Picayune is something small, or the name of a town, as well as the second half of the New Orleans, LA newspaper, Times Picayune. Times Picayune used to be Times Picayune States Item, known by the New Orleans appropriate name of TIPSI.)
Even Beatrix Potter’s Hedgehogs are not safe near Sellafield, Cumbria, UK. See the reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/sellafields-running-deer-no-where-to-run-on-cumbrias-unearth/
Beatrix Potter’s pet hedgehog, Mrs. Tiggy-winkle was an inspiration for the book “The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_Mrs._Tiggy-Winkle
This reblog is related to yesterday’s as we note in our lengthy commentary: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/elsewhere-court-to-hear-barnwell-us-waste-disposal-appeal/. In short, Lillyhall’s situation in Cumbria, UK is related to Barnwell in SC, USA, and Fukushima water filtration screw-ups (all via Energy Solutions). Attempts to make Lillyhall’s municipal dump into a rad waste site is also tied in with a major Spanish construction company, Spanish aristocracy, and Bill Gates and George Soros. Sounds like a movie but is true! Poor Lilllyhall! https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/radioactive-waste-dump-near-villages-and-school-children-at-lillyhall-say-no/
Thursday, 23 January 2014
We have a reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/radioactive-waste-dump-near-villages-and-school-children-at-lillyhall-say-no/
And we have updated this post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/radiation-and-reindeer-plus-sheep-part-iii-of-a-series/
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Another Democracy Now installment. This one is an interview with the Mayor of Futaba, close to the Fukushima nuclear power plants. You may recall that the lady in the installment that we posted yesterday was from Futaba. He explains how he was told that no accident could ever happen. Also, how he had to evacuate the town, under his own initiative, because central government told him nothing. He took as many as he could to an abandoned school near Tokyo. He regrets having delayed 3 hours awaiting an official announcement, which caused needless radiation exposure. He explains the pork barrel economics of the nuclear industry. The nuclear industry is tax payer subsidized and looks tasty to all of the contractors. The video is about 20 minutes and we have posted the transcript too. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/mayor-of-town-that-hosted-fukushima-nuclear-plant-says-he-was-told-no-accident-could-ever-happen/
Below our commentary is our (smaller) Reuters News Selection:
We haven’t included the ups and downs of oil and gold prices, nor what is happening in Libya, nor the platinum strike in South Africa, for instance.
We are including Halliburton, because, the fact that Ed Davey, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change’s, brother having been instrumental in bringing EDF to the UK AND Ed Davey promoting New Nuclear in the UK, reminds us of the sleazy Halliburton-Cheney-Iraq Connection. Both are examples of deadly tax payer funded slush pools of contracts for companies tied to political officials. It’s hard to imagine something more deadly than the war in Iraq, but just wait and see what happens if new nuclear goes forward. Wait and see what happens if Fukushima is not properly dealt with pronto. The former Mayor of Futaba noted a Japanese saying about 3 catastrophes being enough: Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima.
They have FINALLY figured out that pollution from China arrives in the USA! Duh! And, then they doubt that Fukushima radiation could arrive in the US and Canada?
No one will know if dolphins are impacted by Fukushima, in part, because, like Finnish Reindeer, they eat them first! So, they would have to wait for the autopsies of those eating them!
Although they lifted the drinking water ban in West Virginia, as the water has floated downriver to be someone else’s problem, they warn that pregnant women should not drink it. This means it’s not really perfectly safe.
Reuters News Feed Selection:
UPDATE 1-Deadly U.S. plant accidents under investigation in two states
Posted:Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:21:24 -0500
(Updates with the name and age of the second victim in Nebraska) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/TFg_5IdsvXs/usa-explosion-feedplant-idUSL2N0KW01B20140122
Too soon to say when ThyssenKrupp probe will end – German cartel office
Posted:Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:07:46 -0500
BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – It is too soon to say when an anti-trust probe of ThyssenKrupp will end as the case, involving allegations of price fixing for steel supplied to the car industry, is still being evaluated, the chief of Germany’s cartel office said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/NEdG0xHVPiI/thyssenkrupp-cartel-idUSL5N0KV3UV20140121
RPT-Seized East Timor documents could harm Australian security-lawyer
Posted:Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:55:23 GMT
* Australia cites national security concerns over documents http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/shCvH-zkGiE/story01.htm
UPDATE 3-Halliburton, Baker Hughes see slight pickup in N.America
Posted:Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:12:27 GMT
* Halliburton shares down 3 pct on weak forecast for LatAm activity http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/n8ziLui3bFo/story01.htm
COLUMN-Nuclear power is set to disappoint, again: Kemp
Posted:Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:32:52 GMT
(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9a0rH54kivg/story01.htm
China pollution wafting across Pacific to blanket U.S. : study
Posted:Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:27:39 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Pollution from China travels in large quantities across the Pacific Ocean to the United States, a new study has found, making environmental and health problems unexpected side effects of U.S. demand for cheap China-manufactured goods. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/k2Bb9Qxz2xU/story01.htm
Japan fishermen take cover to slaughter dolphins in face of Western criticism
Posted:Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:46:55 GMT
TAIJI, Japan (Reuters) – Japanese fishermen drove a large group of dolphins into the shallows on Tuesday and, hiding from reporters and TV cameras behind a tarpaulin, killed at least 30 as the annual dolphin hunt that sparked protest in the West entered its final stages. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5Nz7CgeagoM/story01.htm
West Virginia looks to tighten rules after chemical spill contaminated water
Posted:Mon, 20 Jan 2014 23:46:26 GMT
(Reuters) – West Virginia’s governor on Monday proposed legislation to regulate above-ground storage tanks, a move that comes after a spill of coal-processing chemicals shut off drinking water to about 300,000 people. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5vPELAF2clM/story01.htm
Final drinking water ban lifted in West Virginia
Posted:Sun, 19 Jan 2014 01:58:52 GMT
(Reuters) – West Virginia authorities on Saturday completely lifted a 10-day-old ban on the use of tap water that was imposed after a chemical spill contaminated drinking water, but they advised pregnant women to continue using alternative water sources. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3XjX6PDEotI/story01.htm
UPDATE 1-Franco-German energy plan to focus on renewables, not mergers
Posted:Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:04:43 GMT
* Hollande wants Franco-German energy JV modelled on Airbus http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-mm4GmOTqzE/story01.htm
UPDATE 1-Vietnam may delay first nuclear power plant -PM
Posted:Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:23:47 GMT
* Second nuclear plant slated for 2024-2025 (Adds quotes, details, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pP0YAprtmGE/story01.htm
Analysis: BP’s U.S. Gulf oil spill settlement challenges may backfire
Posted:Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:40:00 GMT
(Reuters) – A year after agreeing to a multi-billion dollar settlement with victims of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, BP is aggressively challenging terms of the deal in a legal strategy that could backfire with the judge who will rule on the company’s potentially hefty federal fines. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1AAzUlW8c2A/story01.htm
West Virginia AG vows probe after chemical spill fouls water
Posted:Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:36:08 GMT
(Reuters) – West Virginia’s top law enforcement officer on Wednesday vowed a full investigation of a chemical spill that contaminated tap water for hundreds of thousands of people. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/apxOtP43qjk/story01.htm
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
This Democracy Now video post-transcript is one of our most important posts, if not the most important. It is the testimony of a refugee from Futaba, which is 2.1 km (1.3 miles) from the Fukushima nuclear reactors. She describes how she really just wanted to die, but then decided to live and protest against nuclear power. Also, she discusses thyroid problems or cancer in children and leukemia in teenagers. These are video segments so they range from about 8 minutes to a max of 20 minutes. This is one of the shorter ones. For those who prefer there is also a transcript included. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/nuclear-refugees-from-fukushima-join-anti-nuke-protests-we-want-to-fight-for-this-cause/
We have updated our post about radiation in Reindeer. There is important information about types of Chernobyl fallout. It explains that some heavy radionuclides fell down upon Finland, where it was not raining! https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/radiation-and-reindeer-plus-sheep-part-iii-of-a-series/
Monday, 20 January 2014
Martin Luther King Day
Our New Posts. The first two are videos and transcripts from Democracy Now’s recent visit to Japan: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/for-fukushimas-displaced-a-struggle-to-recover-lives-torn-apart-by-nuclear-disaster/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/japan-remains-hotbed-of-tpp-protest-as-u-s-tries-to-fast-track-trade-deal-crush-environmental-laws/ We intend to post the whole series as soon as we can.
It seems that secretive or little-known trade agreements have done much to undermine the environment, our health and safety, and even our freedoms. So, unfortunately, it is worth taking note of the TPP. The first link below is a text from the Sierra Club with links to lots of additional information. They have been working for the environment for 122 years, since 1892: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/responsible-trade-program-trans-pacific-partnership-agreement/
We also have a mixture of Wikileaks information and our comments, along with a link to the alleged leaked document: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/secret-trans-pacific-partnership-agreement-tpp-environment-consolidated-text-and-our-comments/
Update 1: We have posted another of the Democracy Now series on Japan (video and transcript): https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/from-atomic-bombings-to-fukushima-japan-pursues-a-nuclear-future-despite-a-devastating-past/ The journalist being interviewed sounds scared to say the wrong thing. Is it the secrecy law at work? Or is he just trying to be even-handed? He is a UK journalist working in Tokyo.
Sunday, 19 January 2014
Our two new posts: In many ways they are companion posts. In Haiti and Japan we appear to be seeing the impact of a heritage of letting those committing crimes against humanity off the hook. In Haiti, people continue to call for the arrest of former Dictator Jean Claude Duvalier for crimes against humanity and the liberation of political prisoners, like Enold Florestal. Remember Enold? He’s the one who had filed the formal complaint about corruption and usurpation of function by President Martelly’s wife and son, Olivier. The investigating judge in this case, Judge Jean Serge Joseph, dropped dead suddenly either from stress or from poisoning. Shortly thereafter, Enold was arrested. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/sit-in-for-arrest-of-dictator-duvalier-freeing-of-political-prisoners-duvalier-roams-free-man-accusing-president-wife-son-of-corruption-still-in-prison/
The second post is from Democracy Now. They are spending some time in Japan. Although we have not always agreed with them, since they were one of the only media outlets telling the truth about the 2004 coup d’etat in Haiti, we like them. We hope to repost their other Japan interviews over the next few days. In the interview, Japanese Professor Koichi Nakano expressed concern that under the new secrecy bill, “anti-nuclear citizen movements can come under surveillance without their knowledge, and arrests can be made if it turns out that they obtain some information that they didn’t even know constituted state secrets.” The law is apparently dangerously vague. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/shock-doctrine-in-japan-shinzo-abes-rightward-shift-to-militarism-secrecy-in-fukushimas-wake/
Weirdly, both Amy Goodman and Professor Koichi Nakano forgot that Prime Minister Abe’s grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, was a Class A war criminal, who got off the hook. They forgot Kishi’s role in occupied China and during WWII, which made him a Class A “suspect”. Or, maybe they were scared to say?
Recall that Abe’s Grandfather Nobusuke Kishi “entered the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 1920. In 1935, he became one of the top officials involved in the industrial development of Manchukuo“, i.e. Japanese occupied China-Inner Mongolia (Manchuria), “where he was later accused of exploiting Chinese forced labor. Prime Minister Hideki Tōjō, himself a veteran of the Manchurian campaign, appointed Kishi Minister of Munitions  in 1941, and he held this position until Japan’s surrender in 1945. He was also elected to the Lower House of the Diet of Japan in 1942.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobusuke_Kishi (references at link) See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchukuo Recall that the US entered the war in December of 1941 with the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.
We find it particularly shameful that, according to the Democracy Now interview, US Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, has spoken in favor of Japan’s secrecy law. As Prime Minister Abe appears following in his grandfather’s footsteps, perhaps, so too may Caroline Kennedy be following in her grandfather’s footsteps. And we don’t mean Honey Fitzgerald, but rather Joe Kennedy, who had a rather questionable reputation. Be sure and read the German wikipedia article, which is less sanitized (paste into google translate): http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_P._Kennedy Certainly she is not following in those of her father, JFK.
Shame, Shame Caroline! John F. Kennedy wanted the above ground test ban, in order to protect children. Caroline obviously does not. She would let Fukushima kill us all! Does she have a reservation on a space-ship?
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, July 26th, 1963:
“The number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard—and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby—who may be born long after we are gone—should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent.”
(See at about 12 to 14 minutes) See also: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/jfk-the-baby-tooth-survey-cancer-the-1963-atmospheric-nuclear-test-ban-treaty/
We encourage you to go to the above Reuters news feeds, depending on your interests. Mining information is found at Basic Materials at the first link. The RSS feed for Energy covers oil and gas, nuclear, etc. There is an RSS feed for Environment, as well. The second link is for India and is very interesting. Both of these links allow direct access to the RSS feeds without a feeder. The UK feed can only be accessed by feeder. The Energy and Basic Materials feeds should be checked at least twice a day if you want to make sure you miss nothing. The Environment feed turns over only once every few days. There is much overlap and repeating in these feeds, which is where one challenge of editing comes in. All of these topics are important, but including them takes precious time from indepth coverage of topics, which we feel are urgently important, or ones we simply feel like doing. We are absolutely sick, already, of the ups and downs of Brent oil! We do not have an energetic, conscientious five year old to work for us, nor do we have a pet monkey, and feel that editing Reuters is a poor use of our academic background and time. So, we intend to go back to using Reuters in a more selective, as needs, erratic manner. We will continue to read it, however. And, so we still have a fairly large number of Reuters feeds below. Reuters, along with AP, and now AFP, are the major sources used by English-speaking newspapers to create news. Reuters gives a much more global coverage than CNN International or BBC International News, which seem to forget so much of the world.
Additionally we feel that extensive inclusion of Reuters News Feeds has adequately served its purpose as either a teaching tool or a reminder tool of how the world works:
For instance, the sorts of things, which make the price of oil and gas or gold and other resources go up and down – e.g. weather, conflicts; oversupply. Neo-colonialism, imperialism, or whatever you want to call the resource grab, continues on in Africa and elsewhere, as we also saw from the Reuters Feeds. If you have continued to look, you continue to see the same thing.
Once again one could think that one is living through Victorian times, or it seems that would be Edwardian Times and the run-up to World War I:
“The Edwardian period is sometimes imagined as a romantic golden age of long summer afternoons and garden parties, basking in a sun that never sets on the British Empire. This perception was created in the 1920s and later by those who remembered the Edwardian age with nostalgia, looking back to their childhoods across the abyss of the Great War. The Edwardian age was also seen as a mediocre period of pleasure between the great achievements of the preceding Victorian age and the catastrophe of the following war. Recent assessments emphasise the great differences between the wealthy and the poor during the Edwardian era and describe the age as heralding great changes in political and social life. Robert Tressell’s popular novel The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists is a strong example of the era’s social critique.
Despite this, this type of perception has been challenged more recently by modern historians. The British historian Lawrence James has argued that, during the early 20th century, the British felt increasingly threatened by rival powers such as Germany, Russia, and the United States.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwardian_era (Bold added; References and more info at link )
Doesn’t this sound familiar?
“Some scholars have attributed the start of the war to imperialism. Countries such as the United Kingdom and France accumulated great wealth in the late 19th century through their control of trade in foreign resources, markets, territories, and people. Other empires, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy, and Russia all hoped to do so as well in economic advantage. Their frustrated ambitions, and British policies of strategic exclusion created tensions. In addition, the limits of natural resources in many European nations began to slowly alter trade balance, and make national industries seek new territories rich in natural resources. Commercial interests contributed substantially to Anglo-German rivalry during the scramble for tropical Africa. This was the scene of sharpest conflict between certain German and British commercial interests. There have been two partitions of Africa.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Causes_of_World_War_I
China is, of course, the big new player in there now.
Selected Reuters News Feeds:
“Washington’s panda cub makes National Zoo debut
Posted:Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:39:27 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The nation’s capital gained a new star on Saturday when the National Zoo’s 4-month-old panda bear cub made her debut to long lines of visitors. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/d0oQ0ci5Pu8/story01.them
Fukushima’s operator says spin-off an option only for the future
Posted:Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:32:58 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Spinning off the clean-up project at Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant from the rest of operator Tokyo Electric Power’s business could be an option in the future if the decommissioning runs smoothly, the company’s president said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/EEG4p5SvzII/story01.htm
UPDATE 2-Company in West Virginia chemical spill files for bankruptcy
Posted:Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:38:53 -0500
(Adds details from filing; water restored to almost all residents) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/vLauDFIMx-Q/freedomindustries-bankrutpcy-idUSL2N0KR1OA20140117
How London’s gold and silver price benchmarks are “fixed”
Posted:Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:24:50 -0500
* Market benchmarks being reviewed in wake of Libor affair http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/lEYBkGeyZsQ/gold-fix-idUSL5N0KR2U620140117
GE profit margins fall short, shares slide
Posted:Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:26:43 GMT
(Reuters) – General Electric Co posted disappointing 2013 profit margins on Friday, hurt by delayed wind turbine deliveries and poor energy management results, offsetting a 5 percent rise in quarterly earnings. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/Qy1M6cOlE54/story01.htm
Exclusive: Areva, Gamesa in offshore wind turbine venture talks – sources
Posted:Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:18:12 GMT
MADRID/PARIS (Reuters) – French state-controlled nuclear group Areva and Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa are in advanced talks over a joint venture in offshore wind turbines, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/FTMUJx6Y6fw/story01.htm
Four former Yara executives to be tried for paying bribes in India, Libya
Posted:Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:49:08 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegian police said on Friday they had indicted four former executives of fertilizer maker Yara – including its former chief executive and top legal counsel – with paying about $8 million in bribes in Libya and India. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INbusinessNews/~3/wWJh7zzMuEI/story01.htm
IAEA asks member states to pay extra cost of Iran nuclear deal
Posted:Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:12:18 GMT
VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic watchdog said on Friday it needed extra money from member states to fund the 6 million eurocost of verifying a landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/220G2a_jUzo/story01.htm
Smoking to kill 5.6 mln US kids if not stubbed out – report
Posted:Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:47:05 GMT
CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Another 5.6 million American children may die prematurely unless smoking rates fall in the United States, according to a report by the U.S. surgeon general which links a range of new illnesses to the habit. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/dXxRXQPZUaQ/story01.htm
Canadian environment groups challenge oil pipeline approvals
Posted:Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:19:36 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 17 (Reuters) – A coalition of environmental groups on Friday launched a legal challenge to the preliminary approval last month for Enbridge Inc’s C$7.9 billion ($7.21 billion) Northern Gateway pipeline project, filing suit to prevent Canada’s government from using the approval in its final decision on the line. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/dcqgU5CSOhg/story01.htm
Pregnant women warned off West Virginia water in cleared areas
Posted:Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:49:14 GMT
(Reuters) – West Virginia officials said Thursday they have lifted a ban on drinking tap water for two-thirds of the customers affected by a chemical spill, but warned pregnant women to avoid it until the chemical is completely flushed from the pipes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/IQkoCdU5h00/story01.htm
UPDATE 2-UK to pay Veolia to destroy Syrian arms chemicals
Posted:Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:53:21 -0500
PARIS/LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Britain said on Thursday it will pay France’s Veolia Environnement to incinerate 150 tonnes of Syrian poison gas precursors in northern England, the first deal for a private firm to help destroy Syria’s chemical arms programme in the UK. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/eeSJiUU4iCI/syria-crisis-britain-idUSL5N0KQ2YK20140116
RPT-Struggling small miners vulnerable to mid-sized rivals
Posted:Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:03:40 -0500
LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – A year of tumbling share prices and a shrinking pool of funding have left smaller mining companies vulnerable to the approaches of medium-sized rivals with cash in the bank and an eye for a bargain. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/P0UUZpb3RKU/mining-consolidation-idUSL5N0KQ4CW20140116
US rail sector mulls safety steps for crude transport -official
Posted:Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:59:01 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Rail operators may route some fuel shipments around urban areas and slow down trains carrying some dangerous deliveries in the wake of a recent spate of fiery derailments, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/cV5zoeogZy4/story01.htm
UPDATE 2-Alaska signs deal to free up natural gas for export
Posted:Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:50:56 GMT
Jan 16 (Reuters) – Alaska has signed an agreement with major oil and gas firms to build an 800-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from the state’s North Slope to a proposed export plant and on to Asia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/aruzzdycZXs/story01.htm
UPDATE 2-Canada loses patience on Keystone XL, tells U.S. to decide
Posted:Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:11:11 GMT
OTTAWA, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Canada bluntly told the United States on Thursday to settle the fate of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the drawn-out process on whether to approve the northern leg of the project was taking too long. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/cvFXgTYhSHk/story01.htm
UPDATE 1-Republican Senate leader invokes obscure law in effort to block U.S. carbon limits
Posted:Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:02:07 GMT
* Carbon capture technology questioned by Republicans (Adds comments by senators, McCarthy from hearing)” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pBN8cyHFwqo/story01.htm
Notice how the company responsible for the West Virginia spill gets out from under responsibility by declaring bankruptcy!
For those who missed it from our last Thursday update and because the images are beautiful:
Beatrix Potter-Peter Rabbit Home of the Lake District Still in Danger
See our reblogs: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/nuclear-train-crash-at-silverdale/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/did-comic-art-save-cumbria-from-the-nuclear-dump/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/hot-the-wastwater-gnomes-book-4-pages-iii-to-v/
A Reminder. Wast Water is not Waste Water, but rather: “Wast Water or Wastwater is a lake located in Wasdale, a valley in the western part of the Lake District National Park, England.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wast_Water
Wast Water, Lake District National Park
Squirrels on Lake from the “Tale of Squirrel Nutkin”, 1903. By Beatrix Potter, Lake District Preservationist. You will see Lakeland Red Squirrels in our reblog.
“The lake is almost 3 miles long (4.6 km) and more than a third of a mile (600 m) wide. It is the deepest lake in England at 258 feet (79 m), and is owned by the National Trust. It is one of the finest examples of a glacially ‘over-deepened’ valley. The surface of the lake is about 200 feet above sea level, while its bottom is over 50 feet below sea level.” …
“Water from the lake is pumped to the nearby Sellafield nuclear waste processing facility as a fresh water supply. The NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) has taken over the licence once held by BNFL (British Nuclear Fuels plc) which allows them to extract a maximum of 18,184.4 m³ a day (over 4 million gallons) and 6,637,306 m³ a year from Wast Water to use on site for various processes including the cooling ponds and reprocessing (electricity production has ceased).” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wast_Water References, pics and more info at wiki link. Much of the land of the Lake District National Park was bought and given in Trust to the UK National Trust by Beatrix Potter of Peter Rabbit fame. When she was barely cold in her grave they placed Sellafield on the coast nearby. How can they take water from a National Park for a nuclear reprocessing facility! British Nuclear Fuels, BNFL, is now part of “Energy Solutions”, the Utah based company responsible for the Barnwell site in S. Carolina, which recently made news because it has been leaking tritium. And, they are the ones who are still screwing around and screwing up the water filtration at Fukushima with their “ALPS” filter. We are Fuked.
19 July update, according to Radiation Free Lakeland:
“about Beatrix Potter ..I am sure as a scientist and a farmer she would have been fighting the nuclear industry. Her bequests allowed the National Trust to buy Wastwater..the water however belongs to the Queen and she appears to be more than happy for it to be used by the nuclear industry to cool wastes so hot no one knows wtf to do with them.”
It is kind of amazing that the water belongs to the Queen! There is a whole topic of the loss of the “commons” here, one of our many “lost” posts, waiting in line. You can see why some would want to revolt against the Monarch, believing that water belongs to God and/or to the community. We are convinced that Beatrix Potter would have stopped Sellafield from ever coming into being. Unfortunately, she died too young of the flu – 70 years ago in December 2013.
[See also our reblog from Radiation Free Lakeland: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/toshiba-to-fuk-cumbria/ ]
From our Wednesday, 15 January 2014 update:
UK Nuclear Scandal
One of the biggest scandals ever! The brother of the UK Secretary of State, Ed Davey, orchestrated the purchase of British Energy in 2008 by French gov owned EDF! He’s the one pushing new nuclear on the UK and the waste dump on Cumbria! See our reblog if you haven’t: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/reclaiming-the-energy-agenda-bristol-anti-nuclear-gathering/
Does Ed Davey have Toshiba ties too as they are part of the new nuclear build?
Time to out UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey: “…Davey’s brother, Henry, is a partner at Herbert Smith, a law firm that has a long-standing relationship with the nuclear giant EDF Energy…’Davey’s brother advised EDF on trading contracts relating to the company’s acquisition of British Energy in 2008. Herbert Smith has since worked with EDF to gain development consent for the construction and operation of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset… Ed Davey made a dramatic U-turn by declaring he is now pro-nuclear. The connection with his brother’s professionals interests is simply too close for comfort.” http://stopnuclearpoweruk.net/content/new-energy-secretarys-appointment-underlines-unhealthy-relationship-between-government-and Is this patronage or nepotism? Sounds like a bit of both. The brother helped majority French gov owned EDF buy British Energy. This is really major! Just go to the Herbert Smith Freehills web site and look for Henry Davey. The easiest is to do a search for Herbert Smith and Henry Davey. Very Shocking! We just KNEW there was something weird about that Ed Davey guy!