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Continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/the-ongoing-saga-21-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/

The most recent updates are on top. This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/the-ongoing-saga-19-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It ran from 27 March to 10 April 2014:

Thursday, 10 April 2014
We have a new post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-viii-of-a-series/ News has been saved and will most likely open into a new Ongoing Saga 21, by Friday.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/radiation-impacts-us-declassified-research-expts-1943-1949-part-i/

MORE RADIOACTIVE FOOD FOR AMERICA AND AUSTRALIA? LET JAPANESE PM ABE KEEP HIS RADIOACTIVE FOOD PLEASE!
D4Y Yoshinori Yamaguchi col
Japanese Nuclear Kamikazes? The Japanese government is forcing its own citizens to commit nuclear suicide by returning to Fukushima! Will it be allowed to continue to poison the Pacific and then to dump radioactive food on the world?

It looks like the US government are the real Kamikazes – trying to kill themselves, and their own, by allowing 15 times the amount of radiation in food, compared to the Japanese, and then trying to have free-trade with Japan! Have they lost their minds from ingesting too many radionuclides already?

Let the non-Japanese consumer beware! And, especially those in America and Australia, where the amount of radionuclides allowed in food are 10 to 15 times higher than that allowed in Japan. If tariffs are reduced or dropped, this opens the door to Japan dumping radioactive food on America and Australia. They could easily dump for a reduced price, since the food cannot be sold in Japan or Europe, undermining agriculture in the US and Australia. We say America, instead of the USA, because through other trade pacts there is the risk of Japanese food going to neighboring countries in the Americas, from the US, if tariffs are reduced or dropped between the US and Japan. In Australia “only” 10 times the radiation is allowed compared to Japan, and the tariffs are only being gradually reduced. Still, it is wise for Australians to stay vigilant. Canada beware, as well: http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/japan-japon/index.aspx?lang=eng And, New Zealand: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Countries/Asia-North/Japan.php Free Trade deals with Japan are being debated in Canada and New Zealand, too.

Do President Obama and other members of the US Administration hate their children? Or, are they not as smart as they think they are? Free trade is a two-way street. Are their brains already fried with radiation? Radioactive sushi perhaps?

Praise God that talks are “difficult” and that Abe wants to keep trade barriers on food! Why does the US want Japan’s radioactive rice, radioactive dairy, etc? Perhaps some radioactive wild boar?

Reuters explains the TPP:
Japan, fresh from Australia pact, says U.S. trade talks ‘difficult’
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:19:55 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan, fresh from clinching a basic trade deal with Australia after years of negotiations, said it hoped for a similar result with the United States and for a regional pact, but cautioned that talks were ‘difficult.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/IKvB0YyHuh8/story01.htm
From the Reuters article: “The United States wants Japan to open its rice, beef and pork, dairy and sugar sectors – areas Abe has vowed to defend.
The deal with Australia, which will allow Japan to keep reduced tariffs on politically sensitive agricultural products such as beef, will give Japan ammunition against U.S. demands to scrap tariffs in the TPP deal, experts said.

According to the Australian government:
Japan has few natural resources and its agricultural sector is one of the most protected in the world. Japan’s main imports include mineral fuels, machinery and food. In 2012, leading suppliers of these goods were China (21.3 per cent), the United States (8.6 per cent) and Australia (6.4 per cent). Recent trends in Japanese trade and foreign investment have reflected a much greater engagement with China, which overtook the United States as Japan’s largest trading partner in early 2008.https://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/japan/japan_brief.html

According to Australian news:
Australia strikes free trade deal with Japan, beef and horticultural industries secure major concessions” Updated Tue 8 Apr 2014, 5:18pm AEST http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-07/australia-japan-free-trade-deal/5372242

This document explains how a free trade deal is much more destructive to the US auto industry, than beneficial to US agriculture: http://democrats.waysandmeans.house.gov/sites/democrats.waysandmeans.house.gov/files/TPP%20Benefits%20of%20Japan’s%20Participation_0.pdf

BASF and ThyssenKrupp save over 5 billion euros by refusing to pay their share of the move to renewable energy in Germany, and forcing the cost upon the domestic consumers. And, is limiting the amount of renewables the way to go? As long as the nuclear reactors continue to run, there is the risk of accident. Europe is already highly contaminated by Chernobyl. Can it really afford more? As long as lignite-coal is burned there is pollution and even the destruction of villages and churches to mine the lignite.

Reuters explains the new renewable energy laws:
German cabinet set to approve flagship renewable energy reform
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:24:51 GMT
BERLIN, April 8 (Reuters) – The German government will give its blessing on Tuesday to a sweeping reform of renewable energy laws designed to slow cost increases as Europe’s largest economy moves to nearly double its green power share to 45 percent by 2025
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0D7G3du_nqM/story01.htm
From the article:
Existing green power plants are exempted from the reforms, which will put new upper limits on on-shore wind power expansion (at 2.5 gigawatts in capacity per year), photovoltaic (2.5 GW per year) and offshore wind plants (6.5 GW to 2020).
Gabriel has helped ensure that the remaining 1,600, such as BASF and ThyssenKrupp, are likely to continue to be exempt, saving them some 5.1 billion euros per year.” (Emphasis added)

Germany expects to agree deal with EU Commission on renewable energy by Tuesday
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:20:40 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday he was confident Germany would reach an agreement with the European Commission on the renewable energy surcharge by Tuesday.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/GgXJ8iYSUUk/story01.htm

According to Reuters:
Many nations wary of extracting carbon from air to fix climate
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:46:13 GMT
* China, EU among those wanting stress on risks of technologies
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/H5P0na0kqss/story01.htm
From the article: “Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) ‘technologies are currently not available and would be associated with high risks and adverse side-effects,’ the German government said in a comment on the draft by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

While it is clear that there are serious risks-dangers to injecting carbon dioxide into the ground, it is important to note the importance of innovation, as exemplified by the new technology of turning greenhouse gases to plastics!
See: “New light: From Greenhouse Gases to Plasticshttp://youtu.be/LwoqJj2brLQ and additional articles on this new technology-company: http://biowerkstoff-kongress.de/mailing/20130312/pdf/Newlight_Technologies.pdf http://www.newlight.com

Berlusconi’s punishment will be attending to people his own age! The Elderly! Will this be the punishment meted out one day to Putin? Putin’s new advisor must be his new young girlfriend and she must not be too bright! How does he expect to “punish” Europe using gas at this time of year? Not too effective. Maybe he’s eaten too many radioactive reindeer? We don’t even want to know just how polluted Russia is with radiation!

And, then there goes Ed Davey and the UK gov, continuing to threaten Scotland!! Does anyone want to be around and see how they treat Scotland, if Scotland decides to stay in the UK, if they try to entice them to stay with threats? Aren’t you glad you aren’t married to Ed Davey et. al.? Why is Ed Davey still head of the DECC (Dept. of Environment and Climate Change)? Why does no one care about his apparent EDF-nuclear conflict of interest through his brother? Does Ed’s brother have something at stake in Scotland? Ed Davey’s brother has worked as a lawyer for EDF. Not too seemly for a Minister of the Environment, like Ed Davey, who just approved an EDF nuclear new build. Why doesn’t anyone care? EDF, by the way, is owned by the French Government. Run, Scotland, Run! Run quickly! It’s your chance!

Additional Reuters News Feed Selections

As Japan weighs energy options, costs mount for idled reactors
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:08:47 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Since March 2011, Japan’s government has focused on the cost of cleaning up after Fukushima, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Now, the bill is coming due for another unbudgeted consequence of that disaster – shutting down the nation’s 48 remaining nuclear reactors for costly safety reviews that could see many of them mothballed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Zy_u39_RN5Y/story01.htm

REUTERS SUMMIT-Mining investor says Congo is cleaning up its act
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:33:55 -0400
(For other news from Reuters Africa Summit, click on http://www.reuters.com/summit/Africa14) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ieTG71AGHxU/africa-summit-gertler-idUSL6N0MZ4OV20140408

Untaxed U.S. corporate profits held overseas top $2.1 trillion: study
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:19:41 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Foreign profits held overseas by U.S. corporations to avoid taxes at home nearly doubled from 2008 to 2013 to top $2.1 trillion, said a private research firm’s report, prompting a call for reform by the Senate’s top tax law writer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/6s1rp2_3-kQ/story01.htm

Low copper price, improving Europe economy lift Aurubis sales volumes
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:06:24 -0400
SANTIAGO, April 8 (Reuters) – A falling copper price and an improving economy in Europe will lift European smelter and producer Aurubis’s sales volumes growth of copper wire this year, from flat growth last year, a company executive said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/LN8J4oIJDWE/chile-copper-aurubis-idUSL6N0MZ55K20140408

UPDATE 2-IRS puts damper on newer types of energy partnerships
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:53:38 GMT
* ‘Pause’ looking at less traditional companies (Adds IRS statement, expert opinions) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/duOO8ng7Ch0/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Magellan shifts focus to crude oil pipelines
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:47:33 GMT
NEW YORK, April 8 (Reuters) – Magellan Midstream Partners LP , a U.S. midstream company with one of the longest refined product pipeline systems in the country, is shifting its focus to crude oil with the majority of its capital spending earmarked for crude projects. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HiRuQilRxC0/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Kerry says Iran nuclear ‘breakout’ window now seen as two months
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:43:22 GMT
(Updates throughout with quotes from Kerry and McCain, details and background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PJBQfoOLm88/story01.htm

Britain warns Scots that independence would hurt energy industry
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:33:13 GMT
LONDON, April 8 (Reuters) – Britain on Tuesday warned Scots that voting for independence would put jobs and investment in the Scottish energy industry at risk, threatening the commercial viability of North Sea oil and gas fields and renewable energy projects. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/7wWh1PIuq2g/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-EU, Ukraine hold talks on gas as tension with Moscow climbs
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:20:59 GMT
* Ukraine major gas transit nation for EU supplies (Updates throughout with detail, end of talks) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UI7n9V8NfZI/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-French energy services firm Spie aims for autumn market debut
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:45:50 GMT
* Sales up 11 percent to 4.6 billion euros (Adds CEO quotes, capital increase, 2013 earnings) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NJ0tZPp2Nnw/story01.htm

Energy companies need insurance cover for cyber attack “time bomb”
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:42:16 GMT
LONDON, April 8 (Reuters) – Energy companies have no insurance against major cyber attacks, reinsurance broker Willis said on Tuesday, likening the threat to a “time bomb” that could cost the industry billions of dollars. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/J6OYSVZM6XU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russia may be laying ground for military action in E. Ukraine -U.S.
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:24:08 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry squarely blamed Russian forces on Tuesday for separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow could be trying to lay the groundwork for military action like it took in Crimea. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/s3aDLCkskR4/story01.htm

Russia says European demand for its oil and gas may flag
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:17:01 GMT
MOSCOW, April 8 (Reuters) – A Russian deputy economy minister said on Tuesday that he did not rule out weaker European demand for Russian oil and gas due to tension over Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lFVUxjabZ8M/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Germany ushers in renewable energy reform
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:01:16 GMT
* SPD minister shielded heavy industry from higher costs (Adds quotes from news conference, reaction) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hmBQL0WIWIY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Putin and government to discuss Ukraine energy ties
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:10:31 GMT
MOSCOW, April 8 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin will meet senior Russian government officials on Wednesday to discuss Russia’s economic ties with Ukraine, including on energy, his spokesman said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tSoUc3UDpBg/story01.htm

Polish government approves renewable energy bill
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:48:20 GMT
WARSAW, April 8 (Reuters) – Poland’s government approved a long-awaited draft law on Tuesday that lays out new long-term subsidies for renewable energy, aiming to cut costs to consumers as well as help the coal-reliant country meet EU climate targets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/c0ZLUrkepUM/story01.htm

Catalan leader says parliament rejection won’t halt referendum
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:03:17 GMT
MADRID (Reuters) – Catalonia President Artur Mas said on Tuesday he would forge ahead with his region’s plans to hold a referendum on independence in November after Spain’s parliament overwhelmingly rejected the petition. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/GHGAFFf58vY/story01.htm

U.S. to cut nuclear launchers under treaty with Russia: officials
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:15:28 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will scale back its nuclear bombers, submarine launchers and ballistic missiles in the first cuts to its leftover cold war nuclear arsenal since ratifying a landmark treaty with Russia in 2011, officials said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Xi2BaPOCV5o/story01.htm

Berlusconi may serve tax fraud sentence caring for the elderly
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:26:18 GMT
ROME (Reuters) – An Italian government agency has asked a court whether former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi can serve a one-year sentence for tax fraud by working in a center for the elderly, judicial sources said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/BUcp4tAN_ps/story01.htm

WHO says West African Ebola outbreak to last 2-4 months
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:08:39 GMT
GENEVA (Reuters) – A “challenging” outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is expected to take from two to four months to contain, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/2cc0YVOvWFA/story01.htm

Guinea’s first Ebola survivors return to family, stigma remains
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:02:09 GMT
GUECKEDOU, Guinea, April 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hiccups, say doctors in this remote corner of Guinea, are the final tell-tale sign of infection by the Ebola virus that has killed more than 100 people since an outbreak began this year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/1UtvLg8vU_c/story01.htm

Gold rises as dollar drops, Ukraine tensions rise
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:47:27 GMT
NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Gold rose 1 percent on Tuesday on a sharply lower dollar and as renewed tensions between the United States and Russia over Ukraine burnished bullion’s safe-haven appeal
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INbusinessNews/~3/zJSk8bEhu1o/story01.htm

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-vii-of-a-series/

TODAY DEMO OUTSIDE IRISH SEA CONFERENCE – 8th April from 8.30am to 9.30am at the Netherwood Hotel, Grange over Sands.
Cumbria Wildlife Trust are about to pull off a magnificent sleight of hand at… Irish Sea conference. Despite the Irish Sea being the most radioactively polluted in the world with plans to increase that pollution a billion fold with new build and geological dumps spewing crapola into the Irish Sea, there will no passing reference to nuclear…So, while Ireland’s National Trust are throwing down a legal challenge to the UK government’s plans to further pollute the Irish Sea with new nuclear build, our neutered Cumbria Wildlife Trust who by the way are in receipt of nuclear money, says nowt!.” http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/dont-mention-the-n-word-at-cumbria-wildlife-trusts-irish-sea-conference/

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-James River Coal files for bankruptcy protection
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:29:05 -0400
* To enter into a $110 mln debtor-in-possession financing facility http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/j0JUoKwxA4g/james-river-coal-bankruptcy-idUSL3N0MZ3S220140407

Keeping Las Bambas could pressure Glencore’s credit rating-Moody’s
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:28:19 GMT
LONDON, April 7 (Reuters) – A decision by Glencore Xstrata to abandon the sale of it Peruvian copper mine Las Bambas would likely enhance the long-term growth of the mining group, but could put its credit rating under pressure, Moody’s Investors Service said http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GOsEH1V_ccQ/story01.htm

RPT-UPDATE 1-Rio Tinto to give away stake in Alaska mine developer
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:57:46 -0400
TORONTO, April 7 (Reuters) – Global miner Rio Tinto said on Monday it will give away its 19.1 percent stake in Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd, owner of Alaska’s huge Pebble deposit, after determining that the project does not fit its strategy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/0wTULjoJ5EU/northern-dyn-pebble-idUSL2N0MZ1RQ20140407

UPDATE 5-Holcim, Lafarge agree to merger to create cement giant
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:48:51 -0400
* Premium for Lafarge shareholders 4.4 pct over Thursday close http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1T1LOmGCrD4/lafarge-holcim-idUSL6N0MZ0V920140407

Eni top spot in play as Italy prepares to shake up state firms
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:00:00 GMT
MILAN, April 8 (Reuters) – The government of Matteo Renzi is looking to wipe the slate clean and seek new names at Italy’s main state-controlled groups including oil major Eni as top management comes up for renewal, government, political and industry sources said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0ajNUU7wpHc/story01.htm

Brent climbs above $106 on Ukraine tension; Libya supply caps gains
Posted:Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:02:21 GMT
* Oil workers in Libya preparing to load crude onto tankers http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VTFQNPdzQR8/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Petrobras denies shelving debt sales in wake of scandals
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:10:22 GMT
(Includes price performance for CDS, bond yields in paragraphs 4-6) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/M5OGYve-Xr0/story01.htm

U.S. senators press for hard line over reported Iran-Russia deal
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:30:09 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) – Two U.S. senators who led a push for more sanctions on Iran during negotiations over its nuclear program called on President Barack Obama on Monday to impose more restrictions if Tehran pursues an energy barter agreement with Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Ofo6Ovtwttw/story01.htm

Fracking with CO2 to replace water a distant goal, GE says
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:49:59 GMT
NISKAYUNA, New York, April 7 (Reuters) – Carbon dioxide, used for years to force crude oil out of old wells, likely will not replace water in fracking anytime soon because of technical challenges and limited infrastructure, says General Electric Co , which is studying the issue under a $10 billion research program. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tzkZxQ_7V2I/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Energen to sell Alabama utility for $1.28 bln to repay debt
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:15:37 GMT
* Energen shares up as much as 4 pct, Laclede falls as much as 3 pct (Adds conference call details, analyst comment, share movement) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/S5iOBZDaSRo/story01.htm

EURO COAL-Contracts follow gas, power higher on Ukraine crisis
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:47:13 GMT
* Tensions between Russia and Ukraine rise (Updates throughout) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GVOb_sUWAGg/story01.htm

EU, Ukraine to hold talks on risk of Russian gas cut-off
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:33:26 GMT
BRUSSELS, April 7 (Reuters) – EU officials will meet Ukraine’s energy minister on Tuesday as well as review the bloc’s own gas storage levels as fears grow that rising tensions between Moscow and Kiev might lead to a cut-off of gas supplies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ziBgBnlHhIg/story01.htm

RPT-Gazprom says no payments from Ukraine as Monday deadline looms
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:28:09 GMT
MOSCOW, April 7 (Reuters) – Ukraine has made no payments to Gazprom despite a midnight (2000 GMT) deadline to reduce its $2.2 billion debt for natural gas supplies, the Russian gas producer said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/X2uTzFxwMbI/story01.htm

REFILE-Plans for EU gas flows to Ukraine could be blocked by Russia
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:25:43 GMT
* Slovakia has biggest capacity to pump EU gas to Ukraine http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1FvabRVBcMY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Gazprom management recommends 20 pct dividend rise
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:55:05 GMT
* Dividend to increase to 7.2 rouble per share (Changes sourcing, adds detail, share price, analyst comments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Tu9FjbkpR74/story01.htm

EPA chief says power plant rule will be tough, enforceable
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:14:31 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s chief said on Monday that new carbon pollution standards due in June will be flexible enough for all states to meet but will be environmentally stringent and federally enforceable
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/zDeF7tv8dVY/story01.htm

Monday, 7 April 2014

Hanford: Degradation of Storage Pools
Hanford, March 2014, capsules in pools

One of the many significant cleanup challenges faced by the Department of Energy (Department) is the ongoing management of stored cesium and strontium capsules at the Hanford Site’s Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility (WESF). From 1974 to 1985, cesium and strontium were recovered from high-level waste storage tanks at the Hanford Site, packed in corrosion-resistant capsules, and placed in underwater storage at WESF. Currently 1,936 capsules of radioactive cesium and strontium containing 53 million curies are stored at WESF. The Richland Operations Office’s (Richland) baseline plan for disposing of the capsules, completed in 2007, calls for “direct disposal” of the capsules at Yucca Mountain. However, in Fiscal Year 2010, the Department withdrew its intent to develop a geological repository at Yucca Mountain. The Department’s new goal, as of January 2013, is to have a repository sited by 2026 and to begin operations by 2048. Therefore, long-term stewardship of the capsules will require interim storage until final disposal can be achieved, no earlier than 35 years from now…..We noted that WESF is more than 9 years past its design life, and has experienced degradation of key structures and systems relied on for safety. Specifically, the facility began operations in 1974 with a design life of 30 years, but has now been in service for more than 39 years. Also, the concrete in the WESF pool cells has begun to deteriorate due to years of radiation exposure, according to a recent Safety Evaluation Report conducted by Richland. Weakened concrete in the walls of the pool increases the risk that a beyond design earthquake would breach the walls, resulting in loss of fluid, and thus, loss of shielding for the capsules. Richland officials informed us that the pools walls were still safe despite the damage, citing various design elements in the facility.” Excerpted from: “U.S. Department of Energy Office of Inspector General Office of Audits and Inspections, Audit Report: Long-Term Storage of Cesium and Strontium at the Hanford Site,” March 2014 http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2014/04/f14/OAS-L-14-04.pdf (Emphasis Added)

Mining Exec’s North Vancouver Home Sprayed by Gunfire“, Sunday, April 6th, 2014 http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2014/04/06/mining-execs-north-vancouver-home-sprayed-by-gunfire/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Blast at U.S. LNG site casts spotlight on natural gas safety
Posted:Sun, 06 Apr 2014 11:13:40 GMT
(Reuters) – An unexplained blast this week at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in rural Washington state, which injured workers, forced an evacuation and raised alarm about a potentially large second explosion, could focus attention on the risk of storing massive gas supplies near population centers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/4zlcCD0qGOU/story01.htm

Series of small earthquakes rock Oklahoma in record seismic activity
Posted:Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:01:54 GMT
(Reuters) – Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/4Dcmjf3WrMk/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Gazprom Neft CEO says Russian oil company could look eastward if sanctions hit
Posted:Sun, 06 Apr 2014 20:01:00 GMT
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, April 7 (Reuters) – Gazprom Neft has not been affected by Western sanctions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea but is ready to move away from dollars in its contracts and to redirect oil flows to Asia if needed, the CEO of Gazprom’s oil arm said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/73ZljbDQn3o/story01.htm

Gazprom says it will honour gas deals with Germany -Handelsblatt
Posted:Sun, 06 Apr 2014 16:23:50 GMT
BERLIN, April 6 (Reuters) – Gazprom will honour its deals to supply gas to Germany, a newspaper reported a senior executive of the Russian exporter as saying, even as Berlin backs tougher sanctions to deter Moscow from further destabilisation of Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/epT2_d95V64/story01.htm

Pro-Russia protesters seize Ukraine buildings, Kiev blames Putin
Posted:Sun, 06 Apr 2014 23:18:37 GMT
DONETSK/KIEV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian protesters seized state buildings in three east Ukrainian cities on Sunday, triggering accusations from the pro-European government in Kiev that President Vladimir Putin was orchestrating “separatist disorder” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/4jSnIsUO3kM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Rio Tinto loses court appeal on Australian coal mine expansion
Posted:Sun, 06 Apr 2014 21:06:13 -0400
SYDNEY, April 7 (Reuters) – Rio Tinto lost a court battle on Monday to expand its Warkworth open cut coal mine in Australia, leaving the mine’s future in doubt as the company tries to push through a revised application. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/VljnPVdMABg/australia-rio-tinto-mine-idUSL3N0MZ03F20140407

Potash Corp names Jochen Tilk as its next CEO
Posted:Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:49:00 GMT
April 6 (Reuters) – Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc said on Sunday that former Inmet Mining Corp boss Jochen Tilk would become the world’s biggest fertilizer company’s next chief executive officer, replacing Bill Doyle.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/financialsNews/~3/0RmVlD4Nz0g/story01.htm

Sunday, 6 April 2014

This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-vii-of-a-series/

WIPP-09
Installation of Roof Bolts in Panel 3 at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Tiny excerpt about WIPP from an important and enlightening article discussing WIPP (and other important topics), written 13 years ago, in 2001, by David Proctor:
DOE first discovered water seeping into the WIPP excavations in 1983. The leaks finally became public in 1987 when New Mexico scientists concluded the salt formation contains much more water than DOE anticipated. They warned that over time the brine could corrode the waste drums and create a ‘radioactive waste slurry’ that could eventually reach the surface.

Inside WIPP, cracks have appeared in the ceilings and floors of several large waste storage rooms, and the ceiling has collapsed in three areas – the result of natural room closure (salt movement) that is two to three times faster than anticipated. In 1983, DOE estimated it would take 25 years for the salt walls to completely close in and lock the waste barrels into solid salt rock. At the rate the rooms are closing, it may take only 13 years.

Another hazard is the known reserves of gas and oil. There is even an existing oil and gas lease beneath the WIPP site.” From: “Nuclear Murder: America’s Atomic War Against Its Citizens and Why It’s Not Over Yet“, by David Proctor, Published in the June 27 – July 3, 2001 issue of the Boise (Idaho) Weekly, http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0629-09.htm (Emphasis added)

Reuters News Feed Selection

Cement makers Lafarge, Holcim agree on merger plan -media
Posted:Sat, 05 Apr 2014 19:38:50 -0400
PARIS, April 6 (Reuters) – The world’s two largest cement makers, France’s Lafarge and Switzerland’s Holcim , on Saturday agreed on the terms of a merger that would create a company with a stock market value of around $55 billion, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on its website. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/pQMPZMW0CTo/lafarge-holcim-mergers-idUSL1N0MX0NZ20140405

Chile court OKs Rio Cuervo dam, environmentalists to appeal
Posted:Sat, 05 Apr 2014 09:53:16 -0400
SANTIAGO, April 5 (Reuters) – A Chilean appeals court has given the green light to a $733 million hydroelectric dam planned in Patagonia, drawing a vow from environmental campaigners to further appeal against the decision. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/j59DpezXl4c/chile-energy-glencore-idUSL1N0MX0BS20140405

UPDATE 3-Ukraine eyes arbitration if Russia doesn’t cut gas price
Posted:Sat, 05 Apr 2014 16:16:52 GMT
* Ukraine in emergency talks with Europe to boost supplies http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sR9WaCQ5uEc/story01.htm

EU weighs new approach towards Russia in wake of Ukraine crisis
Posted:Sat, 05 Apr 2014 14:40:58 GMT
* Fears further tensions over former Soviet republics’ allegiance http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/xYmtt6Qhd1M/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Cement groups Lafarge, Holcim in $50bn-plus merger talks
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:56:04 -0400
* Any deal could raise major anti-trust concerns (Adds detail on both companies, context) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/biH-4hXYI_0/lafarge-holcim-idUSL5N0MW3DI20140404

U.S. exchanges may show LME a way out of its warehouse dilemma
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:56:13 -0400
LONDON, April 4 (Reuters) – The way U.S. commodities exchanges are dealing with warehouses could offer a template for the London Metal Exchange (LME) to reform its chronically logjammed storage system, the backbone of the world’s biggest metals marketplace. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yKQiEcMJ-xw/metals-warehousing-exchange-idUSL5N0MW2H820140404

UPDATE 1-Amgen melanoma drug fails to improve overall survival rates
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:33:42 -0400
April 4 (Reuters) – Amgen Inc said its experimental drug to treat a deadly form of skin cancer did not significantly improve overall survival rates in patients enrolled in a late-stage study. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/t9pZ2quvhfE/amgen-melanoma-idUSL4N0MW3AL20140404

U.S. flies Italian executive to Florida in first bid-rigging extradition
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:01:12 -0400
WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) – The United States has extradited a former executive of an Italian marine hose manufacturer to face price-fixing charges in what the Justice Department said was its first extradition on antitrust charges. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ek7Huaf9XLM/usa-extradition-italian-idUSL1N0MW0RE20140404

UPDATE 3-Norway wealth fund to ramp up renewable energy investments
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:35:09 -0400
* Government says fund should invest more in renewable energy http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/K4Ee4nvqcKA/norway-oilfund-idUSL5N0MW0TW20140404

UPDATE 2-Ukraine in emergency talks with EU neighbours on gas imports
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:48:18 GMT
* Current capacity for EU gas flows to Ukraine is around 5 bcm http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/k1w3D0axIZo/story01.htm

California regulations block state shale oil boom -Republicans
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:34:05 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers said on Friday over regulation has prevented a shale oil boom in California and if eased, could boost production in the state and reduce its dependence on foreign energy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/MtHbafZ0pRM/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Canada can move faster than U.S. on oil rail cars -minister
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:00:43 GMT
(Adds comments on timetable, and on Canadian Pacific requests) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Mr3w8yjgzeA/story01.htm

Russia sacrifices Gazprom profit for politics in Ukraine -analysts
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:28:09 GMT
MOSCOW, April 4 (Reuters) – Russia’s top natural gas producer, Gazprom, will eventually lose more than it gains from raising the gas price for Ukraine by 80 percent, analysts said on Friday, predicting Kiev would cut purchases and fail to pay in full. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PvDmZnxzq_s/story01.htm

Limited potential for large EU gas flows to Ukraine before 2015
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:16:35 GMT
* Slovakia could send up to 20 bcm to Ukraine, but not yet http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/slQG6Oc6S-0/story01.htm

British engineer Kentz appoints Meg Lassarat CFO
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:42:01 GMT
April 4 (Reuters) – Kentz Corporation Ltd, a British engineer focused on the energy sector, said Meg Lassarat would replace Ed Power as chief financial officer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/bx6lwL_N2Fk/story01.htm

China to close nearly two thousand small coal mines
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:11:40 GMT
BEIJING, April 4 (Reuters) – China will close 1,725 small-scale mines with a total capacity of 117.48 million tonnes in 2014 as part of its programme to phase out low-quality coal production, its energy administration said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yZUNS_jt6r0/story01.htm

Ukraine in “emergency” talks with European neighbours over gas imports
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:01:58 GMT
KIEV, April 4 (Reuters) – Ukraine is in emergency talks with European neighbours on the possibility of importing natural gas from the West, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XjcPgDM5KUg/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-EU must be ready with Russia sanctions over Ukraine -UK
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:57:10 GMT
ATHENS, April 4 (Reuters) – Europe should press ahead with drawing up tough economic sanctions against Russia because Moscow has not reduced tensions over Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TSmElhUn9C4/story01.htm

Geologist raised idea of removing homes from U.S. landslide area
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:33:48 GMT
DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) – A contractor who studied the risks to a rural neighborhood in Washington state wiped out by a mudslide last month made recommendations more than a decade ago that included possible relocation of homes elsewhere. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_PTRCNUm8tw/story01.htm

Scientists warn unsafe Italian schools risk earthquake disaster
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:21:50 GMT
L’AQUILA, Italy (Reuters) – Italy risks disaster if its schools are not strengthened against earthquakes, leading geologists said on Friday, in a call for action before the fifth anniversary of a quake in the university town of L’Aquila that killed over 300. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/fQuZqDNuMXs/story01.htm

Mali suspects first Ebola cases as regional death toll tops 90
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:55:35 GMT
BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali said it had identified its first possible cases of Ebola since the start of an outbreak in neighboring Guinea, adding to fears that the deadly virus was spreading across West Africa. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/l4mSm3GQjvw/story01.htm

Whisky gets greener as Scottish distillers burn waste byproducts
Posted:Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:16:17 GMT
SPEYSIDE (Reuters) – Scotch whisky distillers are burning their unwanted grain byproducts, wood chips and other types of biomass for a source of energy in remote areas of the Highlands, where gas links are scarce and fuel oil is pricey. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/i87gtwmmIW4/story01.htm

Weary Chileans head for hills as earthquake aftershocks continue
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:13:46 GMT
IQUIQUE, Chile (Reuters) – As the aftershocks from a massive 8.2 magnitude quake that rattled northern Chile entered a third day on Thursday, basic services were still out in the port city nearest the epicenter and residents fearful of tsunamis were fleeing into the hills.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/afUB3r42myY/story01.htm

Saturday, 5 April 2014

We have a new post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/what-was-known-in-1947-about-the-dangers-of-nuclear/ News has been saved and will update later.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Anyone looking around the world today might wonder who really heads the various mafias? Is it really the mafia which heads the mafia or is it politicians or business people who run the mafia? In other words, are the mafias only the henchmen of politicians and/or corporations? Or, is the opposite true, as commonly supposed? One thing which is clear, on many of the topics which we deal with in this blog, there is, at most, only one, or maybe two, persons standing between the politicians and companies, and the mafia or mafia-like organizations. This intermediary allows them to honestly say they have nothing to do with the other. After all there are contractors, subcontractors, etc. Various mafias might be more like the Fascist blackshirts and brown shirts and the real mafia Godfathers might actually be business people and politicians. The role of the Japanese yakuza mafia at Fukushima has become well-known, and here and there is alleged some relationship between them and “legitimate” businesses and politicians.

The role of the mafia, especially of the Camorra mafia, in the illegal dumping of radioactive, and other hazardous waste, in Italy, and elsewhere, is now well-known. Reuters reports that a former Italian government official is said to have “used his political sway in local administrative offices to favour his family business and create bureaucratic obstacles for the competition, while the mob intimidated and extorted petrol distributors not owned or supplied by Cosentino’s company, prosecutors said.” See:
UPDATE 1-Ex-Berlusconi government official arrested for mafia collusion Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:59:55 GMT
* Prosecutors: Cosentino, mob controlled local petrol market
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rXG1OcNWC1c/story01.htm

Does that sound so different from this?
Benito Mussolini and Fascist blackshirts during the March on Rome in 1922
Benito Mussolini and Fascist blackshirts during the March on Rome in 1922
The Blackshirts…were fascist paramilitary armed squads in Italy during the period immediately following World War I and until the end of World War II. Blackshirts were officially known as the Voluntary Militia for National Security (Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale, or MVSN). The term was later applied to a similar group serving the British Union of Fascists before World War II, to the SS in Nazi Germany ….the Fascist Blackshirts were organized by Benito Mussolini as the military tool of his political movement. The founders of the paramilitary groups were nationalist intellectuals, former army officers and young landowners opposing peasants’ and country labourers’ unions. Their methods became harsher as Mussolini’s power grew, and they used violence and intimidation against Mussolini’s opponents.” (Emphasis Added) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackshirts
The Sturmabteilung (SA)…Storm Detachment or Assault Division, or Brownshirts) functioned as the original paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party. It played a key role in Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in the 1920s and 1930s. Their main assignments were providing protection for Nazi rallies and assemblies, disrupting the meetings of the opposing parties, fighting against the paramilitary units of the opposing parties (especially the Rotfrontkämpferbund) and intimidating Slavic and Romani citizens, unionists and Jews (e.g. the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses)“. (Emphasis added) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturmabteilu (VSN, Volunteers for National Security, was also the official name for Duvalier’s Tontons Macoutes in Haiti).

This article discusses the relationship between fascism and big business: http://www.michaelparenti.org/RationalFascism.html And, of course, there is Daniel Guerin’s classic work “Fascism and Big Business” from 1939.

The energy intensive industries in Germany are not paying the special tax to promote green energy. As a result, the charges are getting dumped on domestic consumers. Air conditioning is rare in Europe, and the weather, in much of it, is moderate, anyway. So, who uses so much energy? Apparently large, energy-intensive corporations. The very same ones who are NOT paying into the German fund to promote the transition away from nuclear energy, and other non-renewable energy, to renewable energy:
Around 2,000 of Germany’s energy-intensive firms, including chemicals giant BASF and steelmaker ThyssenKrupp, have not had to pay the surcharge.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MdiwdneYNgc/germany-energy-idUSL5N0MU39I20140402 (Title, etc. below under “Reuters News Feed Selection).

By not paying into the renewable energy fund, these companies are repeating their historic role of contributing to killing people. This time they not only are killing “others” but their own. The current companies probably have little in common with the historic ones, but their lack of ethics appears similar. (For those who think that we are exaggerating, take a serious look at Fukushima):
In 1925, BASF merged with Bayer, Hoechst and three other companies to form I.G. Farbenindustrie AG. Between 1933 and 1945, I.G. Farben played a central role in the Nazi economy. During World War II, the company manufactured poison gas used at extermination camps and employed forced and slave labor. Several company directors and senior managers were tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity.” (Emphasis added) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASF

After Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933, the Krupp works became the center for German rearmament. In 1943, by a special order from Hitler, the company reverted to a sole-proprietorship, with Gustav and Bertha’s eldest son Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach (1907–67) as proprietor. After Germany’s defeat, Gustav was senile and incapable of standing trial, and the Nuremberg Military Tribunal convicted Alfried as a war criminal in the Krupp Trial for ‘plunder’ and for his company’s use of slave labor. It sentenced him to 12 years in prison and ordered him to sell 75% of his holdings. In 1951, as the Cold War developed and no buyer came forward, the U.S. occupation authorities released him, and in 1953 he resumed control of the firm“. (Emphasis added) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krupp The Krupp case sounds remarkably like post-war Japan, where fascist players went unpunished. In Japan, fascists and their descendants have continued to run government and industry since. For Thyssen’s complicated relationship to the Nazis see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Thyssen An initial supporter he turned against Hitler and was interned for it.

In a situation which looks remarkably like Italy, former Louisiana (US) governor Edwin Edwards appears to have only been one person away, at most, from Mafia Godfather Carlos Marcello:
Though arguably minor compared to the Edwards scandals of the 1980s and 1990s, the governor was embroiled in several ethics controversies during his first two terms in office. At the time, Edwards was remarkably candid about his questionable practices. When questioned about receiving illegal campaign contributions, he replied that ‘It was illegal for them to give, but not for me to receive.’ He … demonstrated his gambling prowess to the press on one of his frequent gambling trips to Las Vegas. Later, Edwards’ commissioner of administration Charles Roemer – father of future governor Buddy Roemer – was convicted of taking bribes and having connections with Mafia boss Carlos Marcello. Edwards managed to avoid direct implication in the Roemer case.” (Emphasis added) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Edwards
Edwards also appeared to have had ties to Rollins Environmental Services, which was licensed to burn hazardous waste in a poor area of north Baton Rouge Louisiana. In 1984, the Louisiana DEQ found that Rollins wasn’t properly filtering its incinerator. Then, Edwards appeared to have been protecting Rollins from the DEQ. The story of this case is told in exciting detail here: http://smokeschool.net/whoneedscertified.htm After reading this you will want to attend “smoke school”, which teaches you to evaluate air pollution by looking at the smoke coming from the chimney.
But the story of Rollins gets worse:
It seems that for a decade–perhaps longer–hazardous waste incinerators have been illegally burning radioactive wastes shipped to them illegally by the federal Department of Energy (DOE), the agency responsible for managing the nation’s atomic bomb factories….
Journalist Peter Shinkle began a series of articles May 6, 1991, in the BATON ROUGE [LOUISIANA] TIMES about DOE shipping radioactively-contaminated chemical wastes to a Baton Rouge incinerator operated by Rollins Environmental Services–a facility not licensed to accept radioactive wastes…Leo P. Duffy, a DOE assistant secretary, testified February 20 that between 1984 and 1991 some 113,000 cubic yards of radioactive wastes (about 200 boxcar-loads weighing 7000 tons) were shipped illegally to eleven chemical waste disposal facilities (incinerators and dumps)….
” Entire article here: http://www.ejnet.org/rachel/rhwn282.htm (Emphasis added)
Of related interest: http://www.tulane.edu/~rivgate/appendix/appendix1.html Some additional info on Charles Roemer and Mafia Godfather Carlos Marcello can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_E._Roemer,_II

Another thought-provoking story is the one of the Ebola outbreak at a mining camp in Africa. The role of mining camps in the spread of disease, is an important and overlooked aspect of epidemiology and public health. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_disease

Last year, we had a piece which dealt with Yakuza at Fukushima, the mafia dumping of radioactive waste, and the role of deforestation in bringing new diseases out of the forests and into the rest of the world. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/yeti-yeetso-and-yakuza-monsters-deforestation-and-selling-our-birthright/ The impact of uranium mining on the Navajo is also discussed. The Navajo will finally be the recipients of some money to clean up the mess that Kerr-McGee, of Karen Silkwood notoriety, made during its uranium mining.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 4-Anadarko Petroleum settles U.S.-wide clean-up case for $5.15 bln
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:56:21 GMT
(Rewrites throughout with statements, victim details and background)
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/57Tie9WCy5Q/story01.htm
From the article: “The Navajo Nation will get about $1 billion to address radioactive contamination from Kerr-McGee’s decades-old uranium mining operation. Another $1.1 billion will go toward cleanup at more than two dozen contaminated sites around the country.

UPDATE 1-Exxon Mobil agrees to share more data on fracking risks
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:39:03 GMT
April 3 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, has agreed to disclose more information about the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing, the process known as fracking. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/BqwhrRcanBg/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Miners in lock-down in Guinea as Ebola death toll hits 84
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:08:22 -0400
CONAKRY/GENEVA, April 2 (Reuters) – Foreign mining firms have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some international staff, executives said on Wednesday, as the death toll from suspected cases of Ebola there hit 84.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/y_avo0unCwc/guinea-ebola-idUSL5N0MU54S20140402

Green groups say German energy reform painful, despite concessions
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:44:24 -0400
BERLIN, April 2 (Reuters) – Green groups in Germany warned on Wednesday that plans to scale back subsidies for renewable power would slow down the country’s so-called ‘energy revolution’, saying last minute concessions to help wind farm companies were not enough
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MdiwdneYNgc/germany-energy-idUSL5N0MU39I20140402
From the article: “Around 2,000 of Germany’s energy-intensive firms, including chemicals giant BASF and steelmaker ThyssenKrupp, have not had to pay the surcharge.

CORRECTED-Mining bosses doubt private equity investors can strike gold
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:11:56 -0400
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 1 (Reuters) – Private equity firms, which have been showing an increased interest in investing in the mining industry, will have a hard time even if they are betting on recovery in the longer term, the bosses of Anglo American and Glencore Xstrata said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/g7IJBVYeWbg/mining-private-equity-idUSL5N0MT4A120140402

UPDATE 2-Lonmin declares force majeure, says workers want strike to end
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:01:50 -0400
* Lonmin says survey shows workers want strike over (Adds background, details, quotes) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/-L5AcUIsh58/safrica-lonmin-idUSL5N0MV1JI20140403

Metals warehousers to tread warily despite UK court ruling
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:59:30 -0400
* Access to aluminium remains difficult as backlogs lengthen http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yJsCzBVT_tQ/metals-warehousing-idUSL5N0MT3W620140403

Mining spurs Sierra Leone to 20 pct GDP growth in 2013 – IMF
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:15:44 -0400
FREETOWN, April 3 (Reuters) – The rapid expansion of Sierra Leone’s nascent iron ore mining industry fuelled economic growth of 20 percent last year, according to IMF data, but prices also surged in the impoverished West African nation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/KjyNeH6En0o/leone-imf-gdp-idUSL5N0MV37J20140403

UPDATE 1-UN panel to weigh dangers of oil-by-rail cargo
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:48:21 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – International rules for handling the kind of petroleum shipments involved in several recent fiery derailments may need to be revised, the United Nations said, in a move that could rattle the fast-growing oil-by-rail sector. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/oF0-hrTmbdU/story01.htm

UPDATE 7-Brent gains more than $1 on Ukraine, Libya worries
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:47:09 GMT
NEW YORK, April 3 (Reuters) – Brent crude gained more than $1 on Thursday, widening its premium to U.S. crude, as doubts persisted that a lasting deal was imminent to reopen vital Libyan oil ports and as tension between Russian and Ukraine intensified. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lCBUSTOvPVA/story01.htm

Canada high court to hear Chevron in $9.1 bln Ecuador lawsuit
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:36:54 GMT
OTTAWA, April 3 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court of Canada agreed on Thursday to hear an appeal by Chevron Corp of a lower-court decision that said Ecuadorean villagers could pursue in Ontario their $9.51 billion lawsuit for pollution in the Amazon jungle. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3IXUEnWtYlc/story01.htm

After Lac-Megantic disaster, CP Rail advocates shipper insurance
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:23:18 GMT
OTTAWA, April 3 (Reuters) – Governments should require companies shipping crude oil by rail to carry enough liability insurance to make up for shortfalls in coverage carried by railways, the president of Canada’s second-largest rail operator said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2THnyKuNHXo/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Russia raises gas prices for Ukraine by 80 percent
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:00:47 GMT
MOSCOW/KIEV, April 3 (Reuters) – Russia raised the gas price for Ukraine on Thursday for the second time this week, almost doubling it in three days and piling pressure on a neighbour on the brink of bankruptcy in the crisis over Crimea. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Y5YR-8To8S8/story01.htm

White House criticizes Russia’s increase in gas price for Ukraine
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:58:53 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – The White House objected to Russia’s increase in natural gas prices for Ukraine on Thursday and said markets should determine prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wxDnlxoEhBo/story01.htm

US CFTC pledges swaps relief for public utilities
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:47:33 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission plans to ease its new swaps rules to help public power utilities using swaps to hedge price risk, the head of the derivatives regulator said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HlgqCItpsyo/story01.htm

Russia likely to limit gas supplies to Ukraine – Ukrainian PM
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:42:22 GMT
KIEV, April 3 (Reuters) – Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Thursday his government expected Russia to limit gas supplies to Ukraine as it steps up pressure on Kiev over energy sales. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NZOcqIgfuNI/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Ex-Berlusconi government official arrested for mafia collusion
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:59:55 GMT
* Prosecutors: Cosentino, mob controlled local petrol market http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rXG1OcNWC1c/story01.htm
From the article: “
Cosentino used his political sway in local administrative offices to favour his family business and create bureaucratic obstacles for the competition, while the mob intimidated and extorted petrol distributors not owned or supplied by Cosentino’s company, prosecutors said.

UPDATE 1-Enel close to 20-year deal to buy U.S. LNG from Cheniere
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:38:00 GMT
(Adds start date of LNG supplies from 2019, detail, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/To27tSXmtIY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Kerry says US wants to boost Algeria in al Qaeda fight
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:40:30 GMT
* Bouteflika health leaves question mark over election (Adds Kerry comment on the election outcome) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XkeyvNBJG34/story01.htm

CEZ’s Romanian wind park attracts funds’ interest – board member
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:23:58 GMT
PRAGUE, April 3 (Reuters) – More than one pension fund has shown interest in a stake in Czech utility CEZ’s 1.1 billion euro ($1.5 billion) wind park in southeastern Romania, a CEZ board member said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Y3do7K9s8Cw/story01.htm

Israel risks delay in becoming big gas exporter due to tax dispute
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:13:43 GMT
* About $100 mln at stake, seen as not enough to break deal http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pF0b6FgvN7c/story01.htm

Kerry says US wants to boost Algeria in al Qaeda fight
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:48:58 GMT
ALGIERS, April 3 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday Washington was looking to increase its security assistance to Algeria to help it tackle militancy in the vast Sahel region to its south, home to one of the world’s most active branches of al Qaeda. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/P9gM3lY_Q70/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-UK coal producer seeks state loan to fund mine closures
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:45:32 GMT
LONDON, April 3 (Reuters) – UK Coal, Britain’s largest coal producer, has applied for a 10 million pound government loan to help fund the closure over the next 18 months of its two deep mines which employ around 1,300 people.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-j1Q4TwIkuc/story01.htm

Thursday, 3 April 2014

This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-vii-of-a-series/

North American Readers: Note the US May and June deadlines, below, have to do with the amount of radionuclides which may be emitted into the environment. Considering the high amounts allowed in US food (over 1,500 Bq/kg), how much is emitted is of critical importance for food, water, as well as air. This could also impact Canada and Mexico. Obviously, it will eventually impact the world, as we are all connected.
Wise-Uranium: “Opportunities for Public [Anti-Nuclear] Involvement
Deadline 2014
April 11 (less than 9 days left for submissions):
Public comment invited on risk prevention plan for Areva’s Comurhex Pierrelatte conversion plant and Usine W depleted uranium deconversion plant (France)

April 25 U.S. NRC invites comment on Draft Guidance about Changes of Control and about Bankruptcy Involving Byproduct, Source, or Special Nuclear Materials Licenses
April 29 CNSC invites comments on draft regulations for import and export of nuclear items and uranium (Canada)
May 27 U.S. NRC invites comment on revised draft guidance on surveys of radon and progeny in air and compliance with public dose limit for uranium recovery facilities
June 4 U.S. EPA issues Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on update of radiation protection standards for nuclear power operations and uranium fuel cycle facilities (40 CFR 190)
June 20 IAEA IAEA issues draft Safety Guide on Occupational Radiation Protection
http://www.wise-uranium.org/al.html (more details at link; emphasis added)

Putin’s Delayed Mid-Life Crisis

Great, we have a totalitarian leader of a large nuclear power, with apparent low self-esteem, going through an apparent delayed mid-life crisis (divorcing his wife of 30 years to marry a woman half his age). If anyone survives to tell the tale, historians will have a field day with this!

Reuters News Feed Selection

Russia could achieve Ukraine incursion in 3-5 days
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:48:46 GMT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia has massed all the forces it needs on Ukraine’s border if it were to decide to carry out an “incursion” into the country, and it could achieve its objective in three to five days, NATO’s top military commander said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/CCG4PZ7Nrjg/story01.htm

Putin officially divorces his wife Lyudmila – Kremlin
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:55:53 GMT
MOSCOW, April 2 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally divorced his wife Lyudmila after more than 30 years of marriage, Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday, following a surprise breakup announcement last year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WXHfmY48prA/story01.htm

Reports of deaths at Chinese chemical protest false -state media
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:22:22 GMT
BEIJING, April 3 (Reuters) – Reports that police killed 15 people and injured more than 300 during protests in southern China on Sunday are false, the website of the People’s Daily, the ruling Communist Party’s official newspaper, reported on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/dO5tPjM-Bk4/story01.htm

Canadian regulator to hold hearings on Trans Mountain pipeline
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:32:02 GMT
VANCOUVER, April 2 (Reuters) – Canada’s energy regulator said on Wednesday it would hold hearings on Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP’s proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline from Edmonton to Vancouver, with its review expected to wrap up in mid-2015. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pC04d4b3t8M/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-Chile assesses damage after massive quake, tsunami
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:37:32 GMT
SANTIAGO, April 2 (Reuters) – Chilean authorities on Wednesday were assessing the damage from a massive earthquake that struck off the northern coast, causing a small tsunami, but the impact appeared to be mostly limited. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YGPOkvhesro/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Singapore probes companies at centre of penny-stock crash
Posted:Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:49:33 GMT
* Blumont, LionGold, Asiasons lost $6.35 billion market value in October http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TpkF_hNId90/story01.htm

Oil industry, U.S. regulators mulling new testing standards
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:40:08 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) – U.S. transportation officials and leaders of the oil industry are mulling whether standards for testing crude must be updated in light of several oil-by-rail mishaps. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/D6sB8jN4Deo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Enbridge says Alberta Clipper expansion online by July 2015
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:10:25 GMT
NEW YORK, April 2 (Reuters) – Two expansion projects on Enbridge Energy partners’ Alberta Clipper pipeline will be delayed until July 2015, company president Mark Maki said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/i8u4IlN-HBY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Plug Power buys fuel-cell stack maker ReliOn for $4 mln
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:07:54 GMT
April 2 (Reuters) – Plug Power Inc said it bought fuel-cell stack maker ReliOn Inc for about $4 million in an all-stock deal, as the company looks to diversify its supplier base. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZG656r830Bk/story01.htm

Key U.S. senator urges FERC to approve Sempra LNG project by June
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:30:36 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) – Federal regulators should approve construction of Sempra Energy’s liquefied natural gas export project by mid-June, the chair of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee said on Wednesday, arguing that the government needs to move swiftly to keep U.S. gas exports competitive. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6X03_rsHtMs/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Commodity chief Blythe Masters to leave JPMorgan
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:25:52 GMT
NEW YORK, April 2 (Reuters) – Blythe Masters, one of Wall Street’s most powerful women, is leaving JPMorgan Chase & Co. after a 27-year career that began with an internship in London and concludes with the sale of the multibillion-dollar commodities business she built. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pQc5Tq6AST4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Senator says small change could get some U.S. crude exports flowing
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:40:45 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department could help energy companies start to bypass a 40-year ban on most U.S. crude oil exports by allowing shipments of a type of petroleum that has become abundant during the energy boom, a key senator said on Wednesday
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/InyznEsmxFg/story01.htm

More Reuters News Feed Selection from Wednesday will be added later None appears urgent and a couple of articles warrant comment.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Although we had said that we would wait until April 3rd to post April 1st news, to make certain that we posted no April Fools’ pranks by accident, we changed our minds. There is nothing in the news today, which falls out of the routine, mostly absurd, way in which the world is currently run. No one needs April Fools’ day anymore because everyday is Fools’ day. This must have started around a quarter of a century ago when planning, and everything else, was replaced by marketing. There is no substance, only shallow appearance. Those nuclear experts, who understood the dangers of nuclear, have been replaced by ignorant nuclear cheerleaders. The serious dangers of nuclear everything have been known since the 1940s. The dangers of ionizing radiation have been known for far longer. And yet the people of the world have continued to accept nuclear experimentation on people, plants and animals, both in real life and in the laboratory. At one point, much of this research was secret, but it’s been available to the public now for decades. How many more will die to prove what is already known? And, why? How long until we get shut of the nuclear industry and its 365 Fools’ days per year?

This is very sick, and it is just a tiny part. This was written in 1996. This is not a joke. This is not funny. Dogs may be man’s best friend but man is not the friend to the faithful dog:
Beagle ancient
Radiat Res. 1996 Mar;145(3):361-81.
Toxicity of inhaled plutonium dioxide in beagle dogs.
Muggenburg BA, Guilmette RA, Mewhinney JA, Gillett NA, Mauderly JL, Griffith WC, Diel JH, Scott BR, Hahn FF, Boecker BB.
Abstract
This study was conducted to determine the biological effects of inhaled 238PuO2 over the life spans of 144 beagle dogs. The dogs inhaled one of two sizes of monodisperse aerosols of 238PuO2 to achieve graded levels of initial lung burden (ILB). The aerosols also contained 169Yb to provide a gamma-ray-emitting label for the 238Pu inhaled by each dog. Excreta were collected periodically over each dog’s life span to estimate plutonium excretion; at death, the tissues were analyzed radiochemically for plutonium activity. The tissue content and the amount of plutonium excreted were used to estimate the ILB. These data for each dog were used in a dosimetry model to estimate tissue doses. The lung, skeleton and liver received the highest alpha-particle doses, ranging from 0.16-68 Gy for the lung, 0.08-8.7 Gy for the skeleton and 0.18-19 for the liver. At death all dogs were necropsied, and all organs and lesions were sampled and examined by histopathology. Findings of non-neoplastic changes included neutropenia and lymphopenia that developed in a dose-related fashion soon after inhalation exposure. These effects persisted for up to 5 years in some animals, but no other health effects could be related to the blood changes observed. Radiation pneumonitis was observed among the dogs with the highest ILBs. Deaths from radiation pneumonitis occurred from 1.5 to 5.4 years after exposure. Tumors of the lung, skeleton and liver occurred beginning at about 3 years after exposure. Bone tumors found in 93 dogs were the most common cause of death. Lung tumors found in 46 dogs were the second most common cause of death. Liver tumors, which were found in 20 dogs but were the cause of death in only two dogs, occurred later than the tumors in bone and lung. Tumors in these three organs often occurred in the same animal and were competing causes of death. These findings in dogs suggest that similar dose-related biological effects could be expected in humans accidentally exposed to 238PuO2.
” (Emphasis added) PMID: 8927705 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8927705 People were injected with plutonium in the 1940s, so why torment dogs? These beagle tormentors, masquerading as researchers, are, or were, affiliated with Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in New Mexico. http://www.irpa.net/irpa8/cdrom/vol.1/m1_213.pdf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovelace_Respiratory_Research_Institute

There are too many April 1 news items, which look like they could be April Fools’ jokes, to discuss. The US WIPP Nuclear Dump Update looks the most like a joke, but we are certain it is not. Why would they plan their re-entry into the facility on April Fools’ Day anyway? Because it’s their sort of day?

WIPP Update
April 1, 2014
Delay in Delivery of Protective Equipment Postpones Personnel Re-Entry
Today’s scheduled personnel re-entry to the WIPP underground was postponed due to a delivery delay of the lapel monitors workers would wear on their outer clothing to detect radiation. Safety requirements for re-entry work require this type of personal protective equipment and entry will be postponed until they arrive.
http://www.wipp.energy.gov/wipprecovery/updates.html http://www.wipp.energy.gov/Special/WIPP%20Update%203_29_14.pdf WIPP is located in New Mexico, USA.

(And, for all of those who get huffy that WIPP is not a dump, it most certainly IS a dump, because they are abandoning the facility one compartment at a time. 6 out of 7 rooms are back-filled and cut off from ventilation. In fact, dump may be too good a word for it.)

Then, we have NATO suspending cooperation with Russia! The point of NATO was to protect against Russian Imperialism. That is WHY there is NATO in the first place! It’s a self-protection pact against Russian militarism-imperialism! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO Duh!

As explained by Reuters:
NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:32:42 GMT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia on Tuesday in protest at its annexation of Crimea, and ordered military planners to draft measures to strengthen its defenses and reassure nervous Eastern European countries.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/8sP4NhGXF48/story01.htm

April Fools’ does not seem the best day to have made this statement either:
Statement by NATO Foreign Ministers“, 1 April 2014 http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/news_108501.htm
Excerpt: “We have decided to suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation between NATO and Russia. Our political dialogue in the NATO-Russia Council can continue, as necessary, at the Ambassadorial level and above, to allow us to exchange views, first and foremost on this crisis. We will review NATO’s relations with Russia at our next meeting in June.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/news_108501.htm
Ok, let’s see – NATO was formed to protect against the Russian military, and then they have been militarily cooperating with the Russian State! This makes about as much sense as selling US uranium mines to Russian State-Owned Rosatom, which has occurred. Really, if Russia was “friends” with NATO countries, then NATO should have been disbanded.

As we will see further down in the News Feed selection, it continues to be business as usual for “western” companies working with Russian state owned and other Russian companies.

Himeji-jo Takigi Nou 39 37
Photo by Corpse Reviver via Wikimedia Commons
(Note, that the license requires attribution to “corpse reviver.”)

Doesn’t farce describe much of the world? Except, there is little funny or entertaining, as so much endangers the health and well-being of both individuals and of life itself.

In theatre, a farce is a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable.[1] Farces are often highly incomprehensible plot-wise (due to the large number of plot twists and random events that occur), but viewers are encouraged not to try to follow the plot in order to avoid becoming confused and overwhelmed. Farce is also characterized by physical humor, the use of deliberate absurdity or nonsense, and broadly stylized performances. Farces have been written for the stage and film. Furthermore, a farce is also often set in one particular location, where all events occur. Japan has a centuries-old tradition of farce plays called Kyōgen. These plays are performed as comic relief during the long, serious Noh plays.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farce Kyōgen literally means “mad words” or “wild speech.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyōgen

Candle flame (1)

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury…

— Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 19-27)

Reuters News Feed Selection

Another Japan nuclear operator turns to government for aid
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:10:08 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power Co has become the second nuclear generator to seek state support this week as reactors across the country remain idled and industry losses mount three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/QEF3gzA91ZY/story01.htm

Southern Copper says operations in southern Peru normal after Chile quake
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:20:25 -0400
LIMA, April 1 (Reuters) – Southern Copper’s mining operations in southern Peru continued normally late on Tuesday after a Magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck off northern Chile, a company spokesman said. (Reporting by Patricia Velez) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/cFJzt2641Oc/chile-earthquake-southern-copper-idUSL1N0MU03Z20140402

West Virginia bill signed to regulate storage tanks after spill
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:21:49 GMT
(Reuters) – West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday signed a bill regulating above-ground chemical storage tanks, a measure prompted by a spill in January that tainted water supplies for some 300,000 people. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/N-2yXy0kdT8/story01.htm

Japanese families torn as return to Fukushima ‘hot zone’ begins
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:15:34 GMT
TAMURA, Japan (Reuters) – People in Japan on Tuesday began their first homecomings in three years to a small area evacuated after the Fukushima disaster, but families are divided as worries about radiation and poor job prospects have kept many away. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/rlpa6IWYT-E/story01.htm

Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:09:39 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Three years after the Fukushima disaster prompted the closure of all Japan’s nuclear reactors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving to revive nuclear power as a core part of the energy mix, but many of those idled reactors will never come back online http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/iZRzXtltu2Q/story01.htm

As hazardous waste swells with energy boom, funds bet on Clean Harbors
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:06:00 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Even as its share price has slumped 8 percent in the year to date, hazardous waste manager Clean Harbors, Inc. has cleaned up in terms of fund-manager interest as more of them bet on one of the down sides of the energy boom. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/4MEBI3XxtuY/story01.htm

Traders say they are not “too big to fail”, clearing houses may be
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:24:50 -0400
LAUSANNE, April 1 (Reuters) – The world’s regulators should stop worrying whether trading houses are “too big to fail” and focus instead on ensuring that new rules are not forcing far too many deals through clearing houses, major commodity traders said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/8VeQ_Vxg0mU/traders-clearing-idUSL5N0MT37120140401

Rosneft’s new east Siberian oilfield start delayed to 2017
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:45:34 -0400
MOSCOW, April 1 (Reuters) – Rosneft plans to start production at its Yurubcheno-Tokhomskoye oilfield in eastern Siberia in 2017, the company said on Tuesday, another delay for a field key to Russia’s efforts to at least keep oil production at current levels. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/m457OTBmxN0/russia-rosneft-field-idUSL5N0MT3I920140401

Investors scoop up new U.S. platinum coins as gold slumps
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:45:48 -0400
By Frank Tang NEW YORK, April 1 (Reuters) – U.S. retail investors have raced to scoop up the government’s newly launched platinum coins, data shows, as industrial metals prices outperformed bullion, a long-time favorite among collectors. In the first three weeks since relaunching the American Eagle platinum coins on March 10, the U.S. Mint sold some 10,000 ounces, data showed. In March, platinum prices rose almost 1 percent, sharply outperforming gold’s 3 percent fall. Sales of the http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/k0zE1Cs-M6c/precious-platinum-coins-idUSL1N0MT1MX20140401

Chinese coal firms creak under heavy debt, tumbling prices
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0400
ORDOS, China, April 2 (Reuters) – The Baofu highway, a road that serves the mines in China’s coal-producing hub of Ordos, was largely empty on a recent visit. A few years ago, it was so clogged with trucks that the traffic jams were legendary, sometimes lasting several days. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/XlEvYHzcL4k/china-coal-idUSL4N0MM1K720140401

Mining bosses doubt private equity investors can strike gold
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:02:04 -0400
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 1 (Reuters) – Private equity firms, which have been showing an increased interest in investing in the mining industry, will have a hard time even if they are betting on recovery in the longer term, the bosses of Anglo American and Glencore Xstrata said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mG_4Z2gOBCU/mining-private-equity-idUSL5N0MT4A120140401

Trading bosses see little risk to Russian energy, grains supply
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:31:54 -0400
* Gas and oil flow is in interest of both sides -Vitol’s Taylor http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/01/ukraine-crisis-russia-trading-idUSL5N0MT44L20140401

UPDATE 4-Finnish state snubs Weir’s proposed tie-up with Metso
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:18:30 -0400
* Top Metso shareholder, state fund Solidium, spurns deal http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/WrIq5S0YFbU/weir-group-metso-idUSL1N0MT09H20140401

NATO suspends cooperation with Russia
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:24:17 GMT
BRUSSELS, April 1 (Reuters) – NATO said on Tuesday it will suspend “all practical civilian and military cooperation” with Russia because of Moscow’s occupation and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/brsLcAxgpF4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Rosneft, with US partner Exxon, on track with LNG plant
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:13:15 GMT
* Rosneft to launch plant by 2018-19, sees gas output up (Adds details, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/A35BwNVC9dI/story01.htm

Statoil -Deal with Eni better reflects market, volume unchanged
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:13:13 GMT
OSLO, April 1 (Reuters) – A revised deal for Norway’s Statoil to supply gas to Italy’s Eni will reflect the market situation better, while the volumes remain unchanged, Statoil said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/27ARaBABbDo/story01.htm

Azeri state oil fund acquires office block in S.Korea for $447 mln
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:22:59 GMT
BAKU, April 1 (Reuters) – Azerbaijan’s state oil fund has acquired an office complex in the South Korean capital Seoul for $447 million, the fund said on Tuesday, as it further diversifies a broad portfolio of foreign assets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gJu3dr4KfZM/story01.htm

China’s Xi seeks peace in Europe but side-steps Ukraine
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:28:08 GMT
BRUGES, Belgium (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping told Europe on Tuesday that Beijing opposed intervention in other countries’ affairs but he declined to directly criticize Russia for its annexation of Crimea. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/xP47-tOx5Z8/story01.htm

EU launches peacekeeping force for Central African Republic
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:18:47 GMT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union formally launched a peacekeeping force for Central African Republic on Tuesday, overcoming delays due to shortages of soldiers and equipment thanks to last-minute offers of help from EU governments. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/szGPRjhx2Rg/story01.htm

French Greens will not join newly formed government: sources
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:33:18 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – The French Greens party will not take part in a newly formed government under Prime Minister Manuel Valls, parliamentary sources said on Tuesday, breaking out of a ruling coalition with the Socialist Party. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/C_vh5dBJAbQ/story01.htm

Coal miner SouthGobi warns of debt default; shares tank
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:34:00 GMT
(Reuters) – SouthGobi Resources Ltd , a Canadian coal miner with operations in Mongolia, said it could default on a debt repayment and was looking to raise money, sending its shares down as much as… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/globalmarketsNews/~3/cCODSJOiNrQ/story01.htm

Russia says JPMorgan ‘illegally’ blocked embassy money transfer
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:14:21 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused U.S. bank JPMorgan on Tuesday of “illegally” blocking a payment from one of its embassies to an insurance agency “under the pretext of anti-Russian sanctions.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INbusinessNews/~3/8uVdLs7yCeU/story01.htm

U.S. Congress passes Ukraine aid, sanctions
Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:59:57 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday for a package of aid and sanctions in response to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, and sent the measure to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/fp_HW1gmGOc/story01.htm

Anger in China at brutality in chemical plant protests
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:54:18 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Protests against a proposed chemical plant in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong spread to the provincial capital on Tuesday, even as authorities signalled they may back down on construction plans in attempt to head off more unrest. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/5M-2eHWhUeM/story01.htm

Japan finds fraudulent steps in “breakthrough” stem cell paper
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:56:37 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s top research body on Tuesday accused the lead writer of stem cell papers hailed as a game-changer in the field of medical biology of misconduct involving fabrication, but the scientist called the findings unacceptable. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/p-KYWYLtim0/story01.htm

West stumbles as autocratic force trumps economics
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:51:15 GMT
REUTERS – A quarter-century after the fall of the Soviet Union, authoritarian rulers such as Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad are showing they can and will defy international norms, suppress dissent and use military force. American policymakers are struggling with how to respond. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/VAsEAmcVxEg/story01.htm

Ukraine orders disarming of armed groups after shooting
Posted:Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:15:30 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday ordered security forces to disarm illegal armed groups as police shut down the Kiev base of a far-right nationalist group prominent in the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovich after a shooting incident in which three people were wounded
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/X83MgMILa7M/story01.htm

There is some good news in here, such as the French Greens taking an anti-nuclear stand. But, mostly too little and rather late — like regulations on storage tanks in West Virginia.