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Au menu cette semaine, la situation du Moyen-Orient devient de plus en plus farfelue, le cimetière des empires se remplit... Nous discutons de l'économie et 

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" Le pouvoir des financiers tyrannise la nation en temps de paix et conspire contre elle dans les temps d'adversité. Il est plus despotique qu'une monarchie, plus insolent qu'une autocratie, plus égoïste qu'une bureaucratie." Abraham Lincoln

"If Congress has the right under the Constitution to issue paper money, it was given to be used by themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations." -- President Andrew Jackson

37 Survival Downloads and Handbooks – Pioneering, SHTF, Engineering, Urban Gardening, Defense, and More

Kevin Hayden - TruthisTreason.net

Field Manuals & Military Handbooks (.pdf Format)

Psychological Operations (PsyOps) AFDD 2-5-3
CBR Shelters ETL 1110-3-498
Map Reading & Navigation FM 3-25-26
Terrain, Maps, and Direction
Nuclear, Biological & Chemical (NBC) Field Handbook FM 3-7
Nuclear, Biological & Chemical (NBC) Protection FM 34
Military Chemical & Biological Agents and Compounds FM 3-9
Counterinsurgency Operations FMI 3-07.22
Survival, Evasion, Resistance & Escape (SERE) AR350-30
US Army Ranger Handbook
Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrains (Urban Combat) FM3-06
Expeditionary Maneuver Warware

Medical and First-Aid

Where There is No Doctor
Where There is No Dentist - Excellent, must-read!
Combat Lifesaver Course – Student Self-Study IS0871

Technology, Electronics, and Engineering

Scout Engineering
Pedal Power
Convert Gasoline Engines to Run on Alcohol, 2008
Complete Manual of Pirate Radio
Antennas for Receiving and Transmitting, 2004

Emergency Preparedness, Collapse, Survival, & Post-SHTF

Preparedness Capability Checklist – Minimum and Extended Levels
Long Term Survival Guide: Improvised Towers
Long Term Survival Guide: Scrounging Metal and Survival Blacksmithing
US Army Field Manual – Management of Dead Bodies

Urban Gardening, Farming, Homesteading, Pioneering, & Bushcraft

The Construction of Secret Hiding Places
Raised Bed Garden Book.pdf
Guide to Canning.pdf
1881_Household_Encyclopedia.pdf
Pioneering, 1962
Poisonous Snakes and Lizards
Poisonous Plants
Dangerous Insects and Arachnids
Solar Distillation – Meeting Small Scale Water Demands, 1970
Simple Methods for the Treatment of Drinking Water
Fishing Knots
Ten Best Traps
Ultimate Guide to Wilderness Living

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Military Field Manuals and Handbooks

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Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Field Manuals & Handbooks (.pdf Format)

Psychological Operations (PsyOps) AFDD 2-5-3
CBR Shelters ETL 1110-3-498
Map Reading & Navigation FM 3-25-26
Nuclear, Biological & Chemical (NBC) Field Handbook FM 3-7
Nuclear, Biological & Chemical (NBC) Protection FM 34
Military Chemical & Biological Agents and Compounds FM 3-9
Counterinsurgency Operations FMI 3-07.22
Survival, Evasion, Resistance & Escape (SERE) AR350-30
Combat Lifesaver Course – Student Self-Study IS0871

Un nom pour une monnaie complémentaire dans les Laurentides

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Monnaie complémentaire se cherche un nom
En mars 2012, un collectif s’est créé à Val-David dont l’objectif est de mettre en service au début de l’été 2013 une monnaie complémentaire pour la région des Laurentides.  Ce collectif, composé de six bénévoles de la région, se réunit deux heures minimum toutes les semaines depuis maintenant neuf mois. Il est fréquent que plusieurs membres travaillent sur certains aspects du projets en dehors de ces réunions hebdomadaires. Dans le processus de lancement de cette future monnaie locale, le collectif en est arrivé à chercher un nom pour cette monnaie et a décidé de se tourner vers vous, les habitants des Laurentides, pour faire appel à votre créativité et votre cœur. La question centrale est : quel nom voudriez-vous donner à cette monnaie locale complémentaire ?
Mais avant d’y répondre, vous vous demandez peut-être : « Qu’est-ce qu’une monnaie locale ? » La réponse est simple : il s’agit d’un moyen de paiement créé, mis en service et administré par les citoyens eux-mêmes au sein d’un réseau.
Mais pourquoi donc une monnaie locale, direz-vous ?  N’avons nous pas une monnaie nationale, le dollar ?  Oui, bien sûr !  Mais il y a des avantages indéniables à cela…
Après avoir étudié ce qui se fait un peu partout dans le monde, voici les avantages que le collectif veut mettre en avant :
  • Une monnaie locale, par définition, est locale !  Elle est donc circonscrite dans une région géographique déterminée parce qu’acceptée uniquement par les commerçants, artisans et producteurs de cette région qui le désirent.  Elle  agit donc localement et pas ailleurs.  Ce point prend toute sa dimension si on sait qu’actuellement 95% des  flux financiers mondiaux sont absorbés par la spéculation.  Oui, 5% seulement servent à la vie des gens !  Le reste part dans le jeu du grand casino avec les ravages économiques, écologiques et humains que l’on connaît.  Elle dynamise donc l’économie de la région en passant de main en main, sans risque de nourrir malgré nous les bulles spéculatives qui se retournent contre nous.
  • Mais la monnaie est bien autre chose qu’un simple outil économique.  C’est fondamentalement l’expression de la richesse.  Si la financiarisation de l’économie nous a conduit à considérer la monnaie comme la première richesse, n’est-il pas temps de revenir à la sagesse qu’exprime la maxime indienne : «Quand le dernier arbre aura été abattu, quand la dernière rivière aura été empoisonnée, quand le dernier poisson aura été pêché, alors on saura que l’argent ne se mange pas.» Une monnaie locale représente une opportunité pour les citoyens que nous sommes de nous ré approprier cet outil qu’est l’argent en lui donnant le sens et l’usage que nous voulons.
C’est ainsi que les objectifs du collectif sont :
  • de donner un sens éthique à la monnaie pour qu’elle serve l’expression du potentiel humain et qu’elle permette à chacun de faire ce qu’il aime faire ;
  • de passer de la monnaie d’épargne à la monnaie circulante afin qu’elle affranchisse au lieu d’asservir ;
  • de reconnaître et manifester l’abondance en donnant un sens nouveau au mot richesse ;
  • de susciter un réseau naturel d’entraide qui permette de développer la confiance entre individus au sein de la communauté et de retisser des liens ;
  • de nourrir la solidarité en favorisant des projets collectifs; produire et acheter de manière respectueuse et durable en développant une conscience du local.

10 companies profiting the most from war


The business of war is profitable. In 2011, the 100 largest contractors sold $410 billion in arms and military services. Just 10 of those companies sold over $208 billion. Based on a list of the top 100 arms-producing and military services companies in 2011 compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 companies with the most military sales worldwide.
These companies have benefited tremendously from the growth in military spending in the U.S., which by far has the largest military budget in the world. In 2000, the U.S. defense budget was approximately $312 billion. By 2011, the figure had grown to $712 billion. Arm sales grew alongside general defense spending growth. SIPRI noted that between 2002 and 2011, arms sales among the top 100 companies grew by 51%.
10. United Technologies (UTX) -- aircraft, electronics, engines
Arm sales: $11.6 billion, total sales: $58.2 billion
Gross profit: $5.3 billion, total workforce: 199,900


9. L-3 Communications (LLL) -- electronics
Arm sales: $12.5 billion, total sales: $15.2 billion
Gross profit: $956 million, total workforce: 61,000


8. Finmeccanica -- aircraft, artillery, engines, electronics, vehicles and missiles
Arms sales, $14.6 billion, total sales: $24.1 billion
Gross profit: $ -3.2 billion, total workforce: 70,470


7. EADS -- aircraft, electronics, missiles and space
Arm sales: $16.4 billion, total sales: $68.3 billion
Gross profit: $1.4 billion, total workforce: 133,120


6. Northrop Grumman (NOC) -- aircraft, electronics, missiles, ships, space
Arm sales: $21.4 billion, total sales: $26.4 billion
Gross profit: $2.1 billion, total workforce: 72,500


5. Raytheon (RTN) -- electronics, missiles
Arm sales: $22.5 billion, total sales: $24.9 billion
Gross profit: $1.9 billion, total workforce: 71,000
Raytheon, based in Waltham, Mass., is one of the largest defense contractors in the U.S.
4. General Dynamics (GD) -- artillery, electronics, vehicles, small arms, ships
Arm sales: $23.8 billion, total sales: $32.7 billion
Gross profit: $2.5 billion, total workforce: 95,100


3. BAE Systems -- aircraft, artillery, electronics, vehicles, missiles, ships
Arm sales: $29.2 billion, total sales: $30.7 billion
Gross profit: $2.3 billion, total workforce: 93,500


2. Boeing (BA) -- aircraft, electronics, missiles, space
Arm sales: $31.8 billion, total sales: $68.7 billion
Gross profit: $4 billion, total workforce: 171,700



1. Lockheed Martin (LMT) -- aircraft, electronics, missiles, space
Arm sales:$36.3 billion, total sales: $46.5 billion
Gross profit: $2.7 billion, total workforce, 123,000

Report Prepared for Obama’s DHS & DOJ targets Survivalists, Patriots & Conservatives as Terrorist Threats


The Southern Poverty Law Center, a group who regularly attacks patriotic Americans by masquerading as a civil rights group, is compiling lists and conducting surveillance on what it calls “patriots”, “survivalists”, and “conspiracy theorists”. Even more disturbing, is the access this group has to the Obama administration’s Department of Justice.
In a report prepared for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is asking the Federal Government to create a new inter-agency task force which will be dedicated to tracking and taking down conspiracy theorists, survivalists, “Patriot groups” and the “American radical right”.
The Government Supported Attack Group, who is actively creating lists and conducting surveillance on Americans, says the following people need to be tracked by the Federal Government.
Those who talk about, or believe in Conspiracy Theories.

DHS To Purchase MORE Firearms As Arms Build-Up Intensifies


Just days after announcing a 5-year, $4.5 million contract with Heckler & Koch, the Department of Homeland Security has released details of an identical agreement with weapons manufacturer Sig Sauer, as Forbes publishes an article calling for a “national conversation” about the DHS arms build-up that has been dismissed by the media as a conspiracy theory.
A solicitation for a no bid contract posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website contains details of a DHS agreement with Sig Sauer to provide weapons parts under the remit of a $900,000 dollar a year contract set to run for five years.

Reversing the Mental Side Effects of the New World Order

Bernie Suarez
Activist Post
Contrary to those who prefer to demonize anyone taking a strong stand against the globalist one world government's plans, fascism, and tyranny; it is one of the most important ways to fight what is being scientifically proven to be one of the greatest mental afflictions humanity faces.
Neuro-imagining studies demonstrate the effects words can have on the brain...

NRL Scientists Produce Densest Artificial Ionospheric Plasma Clouds Using HAARP


U.S. Naval Research Laboratory research physicists and engineers from the Plasma Physics Division, working at the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) transmitter facility, Gakona, Alaska, successfully produced a sustained high density plasma cloud in Earth's upper atmosphere.
Using the 3.6-megawatt high-frequency (HF) HAARP transmitter, the plasma clouds, or balls of plasma, are being studied for use as artificial mirrors at altitudes 50 kilometers below the natural ionosphere and are to be used for reflection of HF radar and communications signals.


Brown University creates first wireless, implanted brain-computer interface


Researchers at Brown University have succeeded in creating the first wireless, implantable, rechargeable, long-term brain-computer interface. The wireless BCIs have been implanted in pigs and monkeys for over 13 months without issue, and human subjects are next.


Montana legislator introduces bill to give corporations right to vote


A Montana Republican state legislator has introduced a bill that would give corporations the right to vote in municipal elections. According to Think Progress, Rep. Steve Lavin (R-Kalispell) has introduced Montana House Bill No. 486, which would grant to “a firm, partnership, company or corporation” that owns property within a district the right to vote as a citizen of that district.
Corporations are not sentient creatures. They are legal fictions. All this bill does is grant the owner of the corporation two votes to the ordinary citizen's one.


Unearthed: The Fracking Facade


A video exposing a flawed claim often abused in the sales pitch for promoting shale gas development across the world:

US Oil Production Surpasses Saudi Arabia's for the First Time in a Decade


Last November, US output was estimated at 11 million barrels per day, putting it in second place for the year.

Kyle Bass Warns "The 'AIG' Of The World Is Back", Japan Is Broken And Can't Be Fixed. BofAML Believes Surge In Trading Leverage Generates A Sell Signal, Rob Arnott Warned Investors We Are Now In A Very Dangerous Environment


Kyle Bass, addressing Chicago Booth’s Initiative on Global Markets last week, clarified his thesis on Japan in great detail, but it was the Q&A that has roused great concern. “The AIG of the world is back - I have 27 year old kids selling me one-year jump risk on Japan for less than 1bp – $5bn at a time…

World's Biggest Gold Storage Company Bans All Accounts From U.S. Citizens


ViaMat, a Swiss logistics company that has been safeguarding precious metals since 1945, is literally the gold standard in secure storage.  They have vaults from Switzerland to Hong Kong to Dubai, and they count among their clients some of the largest mining companies in the world.  They know what they’re doing.
And now they’re dumping U.S. citizens.  This is huge.  I can’t possibly overstate the potential ramifications.
For one, the big gold depositories like Gold Money and Bullion Vault ALL use ViaMat as a primary secure storage provider.  So it’s only a matter of time before ViaMat’s decision cascades across these other firms.
This matter-of-fact letter from ViaMat management explains their decision:
“We are currently experiencing rapid and substantial changes in the general regulations within this business. The changes mainly relate to the tax structures and taxation systems of various countries. As a consequence of these changes VIA MAT INTERNATIONAL has taken the decision to stop offering this service at its vault [sic] outside of the US to private customers with potential US-tax liability.”

Pope Francis Kidnapping Controversy: Jorge Mario Bergoglio Accused Of Involvement In 1976 Abductions


The election of Pope Francis, previously Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has resurfaced a decades-old controversy surrounding the kidnappings of two Jesuit priests.
Bergoglio was a high-ranking official in the Society of Jesus of Argentina when a military junta was installed in the South American country in 1976. According to the Los Angeles Times, priests Orlando Yorio and Francisco Jalics were kidnapped in May of that year by the navy. "They surfaced five months later, drugged and seminude, in a field," the Times reported. A 2005 lawsuit accused Bergoglio of unspecified involvement in the abductions. Reuters explains that "the military government secretly jailed [Yorio and Jalics] for their work in poor neighborhoods."

Québec : Mythes répandus sur la centrale nucléaire Gentilly-2

Le MSQN appelle les libéraux et les opposants au calme et à la responsabilité

Global Research, septembre 27, 2012
Gentilly lettre ouverte
Trois-Rivières, le 26 septembre 2012 — Le mouvement Sortons le Québec du nucléaire appelle les opposants au démantèlement de la centrale nucléaire Gentilly-2 au calme et à la modération. « Par leurs ultimatums, leurs images déconnectées de la réalité et par la présentation caricaturale des conséquences de la fermeture les notables locaux, le syndicat, le lobby nucléaire et le Parti libéral tentent d’exercer une pression indue sur le gouvernement Marois et de manipuler l’opinion publique. Le gouvernement a pris une bonne décision, qui va dans l’intérêt de tous les Québécois », a déclaré Christian Simard, de Nature Québec. « Le fait demeure que la centrale Gentilly-2 est coûteuse, inutile et sa gestion risquée. Cette centrale a déjà produit plus de 2 500 tonnes de déchets hautement radioactifs, que nous léguons aux générations futures. Il faut mettre fin à cette situation », ajoute-t-il.
Mythe 1  La sécurité de Gentilly-2: « Pas plus dangereux que de conduire une voiture » (Yves Lévesque, maire de Trois-Rivières) -  « Plus sécuritaire ouvert que fermé » (SCFP)
Le maire de Trois-Rivières, Yves Lévesque, a déclaré cette semaine que faire fonctionner une centrale nucléaire « n’était pas plus dangereux que de conduire une voiture » et, du même souffle, a appelé « au renversement du gouvernement ». Ce genre de déclaration, dans la lignée des « On va s’éclairer à la chandelle » (Michel Arsenault, FTQ) ou « C’est impossible qu’une centrale nucléaire explose » (ancien maire de Bécancour), rabaisse le débat. « On doit rappeler que la catastrophe de Fukushima (où il y a eu explosion)…) a provoqué la création d’une zone d’exclusion totale de 20 kilomètres et qu’il est faux de prétendre qu’au Québec nous sommes à l’abri d’une telle éventualité. De plus, une centrale en opération émet quotidiennement dans l’environnement une quantité importante de radionucléides qui ne sont pas sans effets pour les humains et les habitats essentiels à leur existence », rappelle Michel Duguay, physicien nucléaire. « Et que dire de la déclaration du SCFP, qui juge que la centrale Gentilly-2 serait plus sécuritaire ouverte que fermée ? Sinon qu’elle heurte le sens commun », ajoute Pierre Jasmin des Artistes pour la Paix.
Mythe 2 : « Le démantèlement sera plus cher que la réfection»
Sans aucun document à l’appui, les opposants déclarent que la fermeture et le démantèlement de Gentilly-2 coûteront plus cher que sa réfection. On veut simplement rappeler ici qu’à la note 13 de ses états financiers 2011, Hydro-Québec évalue à 729 millions le démantèlement et la disposition du combustible de Gentilly-2, alors que le coût de la réfection ne se ferait pas en bas de 3 milliards $ (http://www.lapresse.ca/le-nouvelliste/gentilly-2/201204/20/01-4517217-pas-moins-de-3-milliards-pour-gentilly-2.php). De plus, on ne peut pas vraiment opposer les coûts de démantèlement aux coûts de réfection, car il faudra un jour ou l’autre déclasser Gentilly-2 et que ces coûts ne pourront être évités. Les repousser d’une vingtaine d’années, advenant une réfection, n’aurait pour effet que de les accroître.
Un autre épouvantail économique vient de surgir : Hydro-Québec devra inscrire immédiatement une perte à ses états financiers advenant la fermeture de Gentilly-2 ce qui affectera le dividende versé au gouvernement. En créant une Société  Québécoise de démantèlement de Gentilly-2, cette situation pourra être évitée. Pour André Bélisle de l’AQLPA « Il faut voir le démantèlement de Gentilly-2 comme une occasion magnifique de développement d’expertise, non seulement dans le démantèlement de centrales, mais également en conservation et en efficacité énergétique, en nouveaux modes de production d’énergie et en robotique. Au lieu de développer une énergie chère et toxique, dont le prix s’élève en Amérique du Nord entre 15 et 20 sous le kilowatt/heure, pourquoi ne pas s’orienter vers des choix d’avenir ? ».
Mythe 3 : Une catastrophe pour l’économie locale et l’emploi
Au lieu de pronostiquer une catastrophe économique pour la région, les chambres de commerce devraient s’informer et lire l’étude commandée par Hydro-Québec sur les impacts d’une fermeture de Gentilly-2 qui dit qu’une « perte annuelle de près de 13 millions est prévue pour les fournisseurs régionaux de Gentilly-2 » (http://www.bape.gouv.qc.ca/sections/mandats/gentilly-2/documents/DA8.pdf, page i). Ces pertes seront largement compensées par le fonds de diversification de 200 millions $ annoncé par le gouvernement. Il en va de même pour les pertes d’emploi directes, quand on sait que plus de 90 % des employés de la centrale ont la sécurité d’emploi et pourront en bonne partie être réaffectés au démantèlement.
L’ultimatum des libéraux : une position irresponsable
Au lieu de poser des ultimatums, comme de sommer le gouvernement de rencontrer le comité stratégique régional, et de rouler des mécaniques dans un contexte de gouvernement minoritaire, le Parti libéral devrait tenir compte du fait que le Québec est en période de surplus énergétique et placer le bien commun avant les petites stratégies partisanes . « Dans ce contexte  et en regard des risques liés au nucléaire, la seule solution sensée demeure le déclassement de Gentilly-2 et la diversification de l’économie régionale », mentionne Karel Mayrand de la Fondation David-Suzuki.
La CAQ semble opérer un virage salutaire mais connaît peu le dossier
Après voir qualifié d’« irresponsable » la non réfection de Gentilly-2, la Coalition avenir Québec semble se repositionner et veut maintenant attendre les chiffres avant de se prononcer. Toutefois, Monsieur Bonnardel semble souhaiter que la centrale continue de fonctionner pendant l’exercice de réflexion, ignorant sans doute qu’elle est présentement en arrêt et que son permis ne lui permet pas d’être en fonction après le 31 décembre 2012… Sortons le Québec du nucléaire note avec intérêt que l’économiste Claude Garcia, près de certains éléments de la CAQ, s’oppose fortement au projet de réfection.
En terminant, le mouvement Sortons le Québec du nucléaire réitère son appui à la décision du gouvernement Marois et demande aux intervenants économiques de cesser de semer la peur par des affirmations non fondées et de fausses informations..
Le mouvement Sortons le Québec du nucléaire a été créé en août 2008 à la suite de l’annonce du projet de réfection de la centrale nucléaire Gentilly-2. Le mouvement a pour objectifs de sensibiliser et de mobiliser les citoyens et les décideurs politiques concernant l’ensemble des enjeux sociaux, économiques et environnementaux touchant la réfection de la centrale nucléaire Gentilly-2.
Information :      Christian Simard, Nature Québec, 418-928-1150, direction@naturequebec.org
Michel Fugère, Mouvement Vert Mauricie, 819-532-2073, mfugeremvert@sympatico.ca Philippe Giroul, mouvement Sortons le Québec du nucléaire, 819-377-3810, msqng2@yahoo.ca





Moyen-Orient:

Pak-Iran gas pipeline to raise ‘serious concerns': US


The United States has warned Islamabad that Pak-Iran gas pipeline project, if finalised, would raise serious concerns under the US Iran Sanctions Act, saying that has been made ‘absolutely clear’ to Pakistan.
The $7.5 billion pipeline, designed to carry 21.5 million cubic meters of natural gas a day from Iran’s giant South Pars gas field, will cross the international border and continue into Pakistan’s south-western Balochistan province. President Asif Ali Zardari returned to Pakistan on Thursday after a two-day visit to Iran for finalising the pipeline deal and sorting out financing and technical issues. Work on the project is due to start on March 11. “Of course, Washington will look at it,” Ventrell said in response to a question about Pakistan's decision to go ahead with the project despite US opposition.
The US government's options are severely limited here. It could either bomb the area where the pipeline is to be constructed, or bomb the actual pipeline after it is completed (which would be tantamount to an act of war) or severely limit the amount of aid it is giving the Pakistani government, which would cripple its desperately needed land routes into Afghanistan.
Anyway you slice this, the options are very limited here.

Iran, Pakistan inaugurate IP gas pipeline


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari have officially inaugurated the final construction phase of the multi-billion-dollar Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.

Karzai orders US Special Forces out of two provinces, citing torture and murder


The Afghan government has demanded the withdrawal of all US Special Forces on Sunday from the Wardak and Logar provinces within two weeks, accusing them of “harassing, torturing and murdering innocent civilians.”
Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said that President Hamid Karzai had ordered the ministry of defense to kick out the US Special Forces, which he accused of fueling “insecurity and instability” in the volatile provinces, which are close to the capital Kabul.
“The US Special Forces and illegal armed groups created by them are causing insecurity, instability, and harass local people in these provinces,” Faizi told a press conference.
A further statement released by the Afghan president’s office said that the decision to expel them was made by the National Security Council.

Afghan President Karzai alleges U.S.-Taliban collusion


Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the United States of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave — an allegation the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as “categorically false.”
Mr. Karzai said two suicide bombings that killed 19 people on Saturday — one outside the AfghanDefense Ministry and the other near a police checkpoint in eastern Khost province — show the insurgent group is conducting attacks to help show that international forces will still be needed to keep the peace after their current combat mission ends in 2014.

 

U.S. Bribes to Protect Convoys Are Funding Taliban Insurgents


The United States military is helping fund both sides of the war in Afghanistan, knowingly financing a mafia-like collection of warlords and some of the very insurgents American troops are battling, according to Afghan and American officials and a new Congressional study released today.

Afghan President Says U.S. Working With Taliban To Prevent 2014 Troop Withdrawalh


British army is airlifting Taliban around Afghanistan


The British army has been relocating Taliban insurgents from southern Afghanistan to the north by providing transportation means, diplomats say.

Afghanistan: U.S.-NATO to Stop Reporting Number of Taliban Attacks


One of the major metrics for the decade-long Afghanistan war is seriously flawed. Rather than fix the problem, the U.S.-NATO military command in Kabul has decided that you simply shouldn’t see the data.
Late last month, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) conceded that it misreported the 2012 statistics on Taliban attacks. Its explanation was that a data-entry error had discounted attacks reported by Afghan forces — so much so that a statistically insignificant change in the level of so-called “enemy initiated attacks” became a seven percent decline from 2011 levels.
UNFLIPPING BELIEVABLE!!
If the American people are paying for this immoral, and illegal war, they should be able to see documentation about the results, period, end of discussion.

AF removes RPA airstrike number from summary


As scrutiny and debate over the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the American military increased last month, the Air Force reversed a policy of sharing the number of airstrikes launched from RPAs in Afghanistan and quietly scrubbed those statistics from previous releases kept on their website.
Last October, Air Force Central Command started tallying weapons releases from RPAs, broken down into monthly updates. At the time, AFCENT spokeswoman Capt. Kim Bender said the numbers would be put out every month as part of a service effort to “provide more detailed information on RPA ops in Afghanistan.”
The Air Force maintained that policy for the statistics reports for November, December and January. But the February numbers, released March 7, contained empty space where the box of RPA statistics had previously been.
Unflipping believable, but perfectly predictable!!

 

Arab League Approves Arms to Syrian Rebels


The Arab League said today that Arabic countries will be free to arm the Syrian Rebels if they so choose. This pretty much makes “official” what has been occurring for a while now as it’s a known fact that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been arming the Rebels for quite some time.
According to Reuters via VOA.:
Arab states are free to offer military support to rebels fighting the forces of Syrian President Bashar AL-Assad if they wish, a final statement of Arab League ministers said on Wednesday.

 

Israel cannot 'stand idle' in Syria war


Israel warned the UN Security Council on Monday that it could not be expected to "stand idle" as Syria's civil war spills over its border...
Translation: With Assad distracted fighting the hired mercenaries (which Israel is now proven to be supporting) Israel will grab a bigger chunk of Syria.

 

BEX ALERT - Israel Likely to Be Next Target of Syrian Rebels, General Says


Israel’s military chief of staff warned that some of the rebel forces trying to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad may soon turn their attention southward and attack Israeli settlements in the Golan Heights.
Syria has enough problems without picking a fight with Israel. This is Israel setting the stage for a grab of Syrian land.

 

State TV airs footage of Israeli spy gear found in Syria


Syrian authorities say they have discovered advanced Israeli spying devices, which further proves Tel Aviv’s involvement in the foreign-backed militancy in the Arab country.

20 UN peacekeepers taken hostage by Syrian rebels in Golan Heights


Syrian rebels have seized twenty UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on the border between Syria and Israel. The United Nations Security Council demands the convoy’s immediate release.

Israel launches Palestinian-only buses amid accusations of racial segregation


From Monday Palestinians travelling to day jobs into central Israel from the West Bank will be urged to board special buses at a checkpoint instead of the regular services used by Israelis.
The scheme was drawn up by the Israeli transport ministry after residents in two Jewish settlements complained that Palestinians travellers on the Trans-Samaria road – also known as Highway 5 – between the West Bank and Tel Aviv were a potential threat.
There were also reports of overcrowding and fights between Israeli and Palestinian passengers.
The transport ministry insisted the move was “designed to improve the service for Palestinians entering Israel”.
Not that the Israelis are being apartheidistic or xenophobic in any way, of course!!

EU-funded Israeli theft


A leaked report commissioned by the European Union (EU) has concluded that Israeli settlement construction “remains the single biggest threat” to peace in the Middle East.

U.N. rips Israeli military for ‘institutionalized’ mistreatment of Palestinian children


The ill-treatment of Palestinian minors held within the Israeli military detention system is “widespread, systematic and institutionalised,” a report Wednesday by the UN children’s fund found.
UNICEF in the 22-page report that examined the Israeli military court system for holding Palestinian children found evidence of practices it said were “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.”
“Ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalised,” it concluded, outlining 38 recommendations to improve the protection of children in custody.
Over the past decade, Israeli forces have arrested, interrogated and prosecuted around 7,000 Palestinian children aged between between 12 and 17, most of them boys, the report said, noting the rate was equivalent to “an average of two children each day.
The Israeli government and IDF will simply throw this report into the garbage, and nothing will be done to improve the lot of these imprisoned children.

You’ll face ‘consequences’ from Canada if you take Israel to International Criminal Court: Baird to Palestinians

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/03/06/youll-face-consequences-from-canada-if-you-take-israel-to-international-criminal-court-baird-to-palestinians/
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has told a powerful pro-Israel lobby that Palestinians will feel “consequences” from Canada if they pursue the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court.

Baird warns Palestinians of 'consequences' for pursuing Israel


Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has told a powerful pro-Israel lobby that Palestinians will feel "consequences" from Canada if they pursue the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court.
Another thug for Israel!

Revealed: The US ‘Dirty War’ Veteran Who Trained Iraqi ‘Death Squads’


A special investigation by The Guardian newspaper and BBC Arabic that took place over 15 months claims to reveal a shocking, but substantial connection between the murderous tactics of US-backed Latin American ‘death squads’ in the 1980s and the rise of a similar tactics—including secret detention centers, torture, disappearances, and mass killings—that helped spark a sectarian civil war between Shia and Sunni rivals in the violent days triggered by the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
And the connection, according to the investigation, lives in a gated golf community in Texas and has a name: (Ret.) Colonel James Steele.

US and Saudi send warnings to Iran and Syria


The United States and Saudi Arabia have presented a united front to Iran and Syria, alerting Iran's leadership that patience over its alleged nuclear ambitions is wearing thin and warning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that they will boost support to rebels unless he steps down.
John Kerry, the US secretary of state, was in Saudi Arabia on Monday on the latest leg of a nine-nation tour through Europe and the Middle East on his first overseas trip as Washington's top diplomat
In Riyadh on Monday, Kerry reminded Iran that US President Barack Obama has vowed not to allow Iran to get a
nuclear weapon and that he has kept all options, including military options,on the table to prevent that from happening.
The window of opportunity for a diplomatic solution "cannot by definition remain open indefinitely", Kerry said. "There is time to resolve this issue providing the Iranians are prepared to engage seriously on the P5+1 proposal.
What is happening in Syria is the absolute antithesis of a grass-roots revolution; it is bands of foreign trained and paid mercs, placed on the ground to accomplish "regime change" in Syria as a prelude to regime change in Iran.
We are only just a little over 90 days out from the Iranian election and Ahmedinejad cannot run for a 3rd term. The truly logical thing to do would be to wait for the elections, and see how they play out.
However, unfortunately, logic...has not appeared to be the US government's strong suit for quite some time now, and the financial situation in this country is dire. Historically, the US government has gotten itself out of financial messes through a world war, as happened with World War 1 and World War II.
This was, however, before Russia and China became nuclear armed countries.
Obama is scheduled to go to Israel just two weeks from today, where I am sure, Netanyahu is going to use every strong-arm tactic he can conjure to get Obama to sign off on an invasion of Iran, whether or not the Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad has been deposed, which was the original plan, to isolate Iran and make it a "softer target" for an attack.
Thinking Americans understand that there has already been too much blood and money sacrificed upon the altar of potential Israeli hegemony in the Middle East, and that while some Israeli geopolitical objectives do mesh with, and have resonance with, those of the American people, this is not one of those times. In fact, the very converse is true, regarding a potential US attack against Iran.
An attack against Iran would galvanize its people around the most ideologically extreme, anti-Western leaders.
Such a war may well not be the short, sharp, shock "surgical strike", so blithely talked about by the talking heads in the US and Israel, many of whom have absolutely no comprehension of the real horrors of war.
If such a war goes long, you can expect a massive counter-attack by both Iran, then in Israel, from Hezbullah from the north, with a horrific number of Israeli casualties. Every single American asset, military or civilian, will be in grave peril, not only in the Middle East, but also, around the world.
Such a war may well go very badly for the US government, because, to be painfully honest, it does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a successful outcome.
And I would like to remind our readers of the following: to date, NO IAEA INSPECTORS HAVE FOUND ANY EVIDENCE, WHATSOEVER, THAT ANY OF THE NUCLEAR MATERIAL BEING USED BY IRAN'S NUCLEAR ENERGY PROGRAM HAS BEEN DIVERTED TO A NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM.
So, should the US attack Iran, it will be over an alleged nuclear weapons program which cannot, to date, be proven to exist.
But from the US perspective, that is only the "cover story"; the real reason for a US invasion of Iran is because Iran refuses to sell all their oil for US dollars.
Let me get back to Russia and China for a moment. In the last year, officials of both nuclear armed countries have gone on record, stating very bluntly, that should Iran be attacked, they will come to its aid militarily.
So what we have here is the potential for a global nuclear confrontation over an alleged nuclear weapons program which cannot be proven to exist, and over a badly failing US petrodollar, which appears to be on its last legs as the premier world currency.
And to those in the bowels of power in DC and Tel Aviv, who absolutely believe that such an attack would be a good thing, I would strongly caution you to be very, very careful what you wish for as the outcome of such an attack; the unintended consequences could be both horrific...and irreversible.

 

Centcom Chief Rejects Diplomacy, Says Iran Must Be ‘Brought to Its Knees’


Speaking to Congress today, Central Command leader Gen. James Mattis insisted sanctions are not successful against Iran, and suggested that diplomacy had been all but useless, insisting that Iran’s “history of deceit” meant they could never be trusted at any rate.
Mattis conceded that he is “paid to take a rather dim view of the Iranians,” which is putting it mildly, and sought to stop short of criticizing the administration’s current tack, saying he “basically” supports the current direction vis-a-vis Iran.
Rather he said the goal was for Iran to be “brought to its knees” and that “open” warfare was just one of a few different options that he is considering to that end, though he insisted there was a plan ready to go on attacking Iran.
I am hearing, seeing, and feeling a ramp-up of anti-Iran propaganda right now, which is something you get from the corporate media in the run-up to any kind of military confrontation this country starts.
And believe me, it will not be Iran which will fire the first shot; the country of Iran hasn't started a war in over 200 years.
And Congress will not have the "male attributes" to openly declare war against Iran; it will simply pass legislation to give Obama the authority to order any military strikes he feels appropriate to the situation, for as long as he feels he needs to, and the War Powers Act be dammed.

Iran has oil for next 100 years: Officials


In an interview with Mehr News, Mohsen Khojastehmehr provided details on the latest situation of oil and natural gas discoveries and said “the liquid hydrocarbon reserves have increased more than 800 billion barrels with some new discoveries.”
INVADE! INVADE! AL QAEDA! NUCLEAR WEAPONS! THEY HATE US FOR OUR FREEDOMS! THEY WANT TO WIPE ISREAL OFF OF THE MAP INVADE!" -- Official White Horse Souse




Fukushima:

Feds look to ship Wash. radioactive waste to NM

Just great!!!
(AP) RICHLAND, Wash. - Federal officials are looking to ship some 3 million gallons of radioactive waste from Washington state to New Mexico, giving the government more flexibility to deal with leaking tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, officials said Wednesday.
The Department of Energy said its preferred plan would ultimately dispose of the waste in a massive repository _ called the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant _ near Carlsbad, N.M, where radioactive materials are buried in rooms excavated in vast salt beds nearly a half-mile underground.

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CBS News: Mind-boggling mistakes at leaking U.S. nuclear site — “The chances of a catastrophic event are real” -Former Governor (VIDEO)


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Shock? Major Japan Paper: Cancer risk in Fukushima ‘probably infinitesimal’ — More radioactive contamination should be allowed in food and where people live — Don’t question burning disaster debris


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AP: Some Leaders in U.S. Souring on Nuclear Power Costs — Tea Party, conservatives, Republicans fed up with soaring budgets


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Video: Years later, deaths occur frequently in city 85 kilometers from Fukushima plant — Area is contaminated and residents don’t know it


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Photo: Bomb squad called in after explosive device found near nuclear reactor


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Fukushima Film Premiere — Tears from local official: “Not allowing the children to escape is murder” (VIDEO)


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67 tanks are ‘suspected leakers’ at U.S. nuclear site — “The stuff inside melts the instruments… eats rubber and plastic” (VIDEO)

Title: Sunday Spin: Helping to understand Hanford – Spin Control
Source: Spokesman-Review
Date: March 2, 2013
[...] Thursday morning [...] legislators got a briefing [...]
Jane Hedges of the state Department of Ecology explained the
intricacies of nuclear waste tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation,
doing her best to calm the uproar over recent news that six of the
supposedly stable tanks are, in fact, leaking. [...]
Getting the liquid out of the tanks is a problem. First, there’s no good place to put it right now, because the more secure double-shelled tanks are also pretty full. Second, there’s the danger of triggering evaporation of the liquid, which would cause a tank to heat up and create a deflagration.
“In our common words, a ‘Boom,’” Hedges said. Hanford was responsible for making things that could create the world’s biggest booms, but a boom in a tank is to be greatly avoided. [...]

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Officials discuss danger of ‘deflagration’ at leaking U.S. nuclear site — “In our common words, a ‘Boom’” (VIDEO)


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Kyodo: High concentration of Fukushima radioactive substances found in land animals — Frog with 6,700 Bq/kg outside evacuation zone


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Japan official credits typhoons with helping spread Fukushima fallout


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Fukushima cleanup workers break silence: Ordered to dump ‘debris’ into river — Gov’t “appeared not to believe him”


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Experts discuss domino effect of further collapses at Chernobyl… not ‘expected’ — Officials say temporary cover has to be put over holes in roof and walls


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Lead Architect of Microsoft Windows 95: Something very much amiss in Fukushima — Like an almost totalitarian state — People now saying “For the sake of my child’s health, I’m not going to think about radiation”


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Fukushima Daiichi worker dies — Had been preparing cover for Unit No. 3


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Top Economist: Nuclear power is over — “Frankly I think from a business perspective it’s over, I think it’s over… here’s the situation” (VIDEO)


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Fukushima Mother: “Are they going to kill these children?” — Lawyer: Nation’s worst child abuse in history (VIDEO)


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“Inevitable nuclear power exit” in U.S.? Bulletin of Atomic Scientists exposes “dismal” and “extremely unattractive” situation


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TV: Leaking radioactive material at U.S. nuclear site is “extremely reactive” and “always changing” (VIDEO)


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Reuters Headline: Fukushima Mothers Worried About Cancer Risk (VIDEO)


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Top UK Newspaper Headline: Fukushima cancer risk ‘played down to aid nuclear industry’


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TV: Fukushima kids with nose bleeds, diarrhea, mouth blisters, other problems — Symptoms go away after leaving area — Used to be in good health, now picking up every little bug going around (VIDEO)


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New WHO study claims even highly exposed Fukushima Daiichi workers will be fine… a few might end up with thyroid disorders — U.N. made similar statements after Chernobyl


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Reports: Two dead, one wounded at nuclear plant in France


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3 million children require treatment because of Chernobyl, many will die prematurely -U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2000


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NHK: Highest radiation levels ever detected in fish at Fukushima plant — Over 5,000 times gov’t limit


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“Shameless”: New World Health Organization report shockingly downplays health risks after Fukushima — “WHO and other organisations must stop hiding the impact”


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Film: World Health Organization beholden to nuclear interests — Physician: “Like having Dracula guard the blood bank” (VIDEOS)


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Top Official: Fukushima reactors fragile and hazardous — Still don’t know radiation levels by ‘rubble’ around plant, ‘hot spots’ could be anywhere


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Fukushima cancer headlines appear all over mainstream media


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Japan Physician: Many children in greater Tokyo area complained of similar symptoms after 3/11 — Radiation levels in large cities in Fukushima exceed Chernobyl’s high contamination areas (VIDEO)


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Governor: Nuclear waste leaking at an estimated 1,000 gallons a year — “No available technology to plug the leaks” at Hanford


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Fukushima Photographer: “We have seen how it’s affecting children already, and no one knows exactly what’s going on” — We can only rely on nuclear experts in Germany, France, U.S.


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Japan Scientists: Truly unusual deformities in Fukushima — Forests may be evolving into different ecosystems — “There’s been a sudden, large change”


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Headline: “Rising doubts about Japan’s official radiation figures” — Large cities still exposed to high levels of radioactivity from Fukushima plant


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AP: Flurry of films on Fukushima disaster — Shows authorities playing down health risks, not telling whole truth


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Bizarre “radiation incident” as Fukushima plumes hit U.S. in March 2011 — Law enforcement divisions descended on home of teenager with geiger counter (VIDEO)


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Emergency declared at U.S. nuclear plant after gas leak — “Event poses no threat to public safety”


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Top nuclear official victim of home invasion — Burglars may have stolen secret info — Briefcase full of documents missing


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Paper: Nuclear meltdown at sea “would have a far more devastating effect” than on land — Thousands of cubic miles of ocean contaminated


01:18 PM EST on February 26th, 2013 | 24 comments

CBS News: U.S. nuclear waste leak a “major emergency problem” — Most dangerous substances known to science — “A ticking time bomb” (VIDEO)


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Nuclear Engineer: Proof that fuel fragments were “sneezed” out of Unit 1 Fukushima Reactor and into Torus


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TV: US nuclear plants “very vulnerable” to cyberattack — They’ve been quite successful disrupting these reactors (VIDEO)


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L.A. Times: NOAA to start testing wildlife for Fukushima contamination


08:35 PM EST on February 25th, 2013 | 18 comments

Nuclear Engineer on New Footage: Little doubt that failed fuel exists in Fukushima Unit 3 pool — “Highly radioactive” (VIDEO)


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HuffPost: “Radioactive Fish Found In California” — Is it a good thing?


04:33 PM EST on February 25th, 2013 | 24 comments

Scientist: “The melted core cracked the containment vessel, there really is no containment” at Fukushima reactors (VIDEO)


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Scientist discusses Fukushima disaster during highly informative 20-minute interview (VIDEO)


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Gundersen: Fukushima plume went down on ground, unlike Chernobyl — Due to ‘building wake effect’ — Radiation exposure going to be higher for people nearby (AUDIO)


11:43 AM EST on February 25th, 2013 | 18 comments

Caldicott: Fukushima disaster the worst thing that’s ever happened — I’ve never seen anything so despicable in decades of being a doctor (AUDIO)


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Japan agency reports 37 earthquakes near location of today’s powerful M6.2


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Powerful M6.2 quake hits eastern Japan — Felt over span of 500 kilometers — 13 quakes near same spot in two hours (MAP)


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Gundersen: We’re getting reports from Japan of deformed children, troubled pregnancies after Fukushima (AUDIO)



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Title: Japan’s cleanup lags from tsunami, nuke accident
Source: AP
Author: MARI YAMAGUCHI and ELAINE KURTENBACH
Date: Mar. 10, 2013
[...] It will leave Fukushima, whose huge farm and fisheries industry has been walloped by radiation fears, with 31 million tons of nuclear waste or more. Around Naraha, huge temporary dumps of radioactive waste, many football fields in size and stacked two huge bags deep, are scattered around the disaster zone
The cleanups extend beyond Fukushima, to Iwate in the north and Chiba, which neighbors Tokyo, in the south. And the concerns are not limited to radiation. A walk through areas in Miyagi and Iwate that already were cleared of debris finds plenty of toxic detritus, such as batteries from cell phones, electrical wiring, plastic piping and gas canisters.
Japan has the technology to safely burn up most toxins at very high temperatures, with minimal emissions of PCBs, mercury and other poisons. But mounds of wood chips in a seaside processing area near Kesennuma were emitting smoke into the air one recent winter afternoon, possibly from spontaneous combustion.
Workers at that site had high-grade gas masks, an improvement from the early days, when many working in the disaster zone had only surgical masks, at most, to protect them from contaminated dust and smoke. [...]

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Title: Greenpeace: Fukushima victims are victims once again
Source: DW
Author: Gui Hao
Date: March 7, 2013
[...] Heinz Smital, of Greenpeace, believes residents are being kept in the dark over the dangers.
You recently measured the radioactivity in and around Fukushima for Greenpeace Germany. What were your findings?
The radioactivity there is still very high. In the city of Fukushima, which has some 300,000 inhabitants, there are still children’s playgrounds that are highly contaminated. The values we measured there on the ground were 200 times higher than before the nuclear accident. In the evacuated ghost towns where there has been a great effort to clean things up, we have found that the radiation has not declined. It simply isn’t going away. [...]
Have people been given enough information by the authorities about how great the risk is?
The health risks are played down, in part because it is something that can’t be dealt with. It’s not possible to decontaminate whole swathes of land, mountains, rivers and riverbanks. You can’t get rid of that contamination. Now there is an effort underway to get people to accept the higher radiation levels. They say it doesn’t have any effects, to stop people from worrying. In this respect, the victims of the disaster are becoming victims once again in that they are being encouraged to accept living in areas where the radiation levels are too high. [...]

11:57 AM EST on March 7th, 2013 | 15 comments
Title: Health consequences resulting from Fukushima
Source: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Author: Henrik Paulitz, Winfrid Eisenberg, and Reinhold Thiel
Date: March 6, 2013
h/t Anonymous tip
Summary
On 11 March 2011, a nuclear catastrophe occurred at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan in the wake of an earthquake and due to serious safety deficiencies. This resulted in a massive and prolonged release of radioactive fission and decay products. Approximately 20% of the radioactive substances released into the atmosphere have led to the contamination of the landmass of Japan with 17,000 becquerels per square metre of cesium-137 and a comparable quantity of cesium-134.
The initial health consequences of the nuclear catastrophe are now, two years after the incident, scientifically verifiable. Similar to the case of Chernobyl, a decline in the birth rate was documented in the nine months following the nuclear catastrophe. Throughout the whole of Japan, the total drop in number of births in December 2011 was 4362, with the Fukushima Prefecture registering a decline of 209 births. [...]

Full report here



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Title: Fukushima Radioactive Aerosol Dispersion
Source: NOAA
h/t NibiruMagick2012, EXSKF
April 12, 2011
The maximum cesium emissions on March 15th are shown by the red color and represent a particle activity of 5E+12 Bq
[...] The 2011 Tohuku East Japan earthquake and resulting tsunami caused a variety of failures at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant which resulted in radioactive emissions to the atmosphere. The earthquake occurred on March 11th at 14:26 Japan Standard Time (JST), the tsunami about one hour later at 15:41, and by 16:36 a nuclear emergency was reported. By the early morning hours of March 12th, radioactive emissions were occurring from the plant.
In this dataset, the simulation from NOAA’s HYSPLIT model shows a continuous release of tracer particles from 12-31 March at a rate of 100 per hour representing the Cesium-137 emitted from Fukushima Daiichi. Each change in particle color represents a decrease in radioactivity by a factor of 10. Radioactivity decreases due to removal by rainfall and gravitational settling. Decay is not a factor for Cesium in this short duration simulation compared to its 30 year long-half life. The air concentration would be computed from the particle density so it is only partially related to the color scale. The released particles are followed through the end of April using meteorological data from the 1-degree resolution NOAA global analyses. [...]

High resolution video here


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Title: Does the Fukushima NPP disaster affect the caesium activity of North Atlantic Ocean fish?
Source: Biogeosciences Discussions
Authors: G. Kanisch and M.-O. Aust; Thünen Institute of Fisheries Ecology, Hamburg, Germany
Date Published: March 5, 2013
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[...] On 11 March 2011, a Tsunami hit the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant (FDNPP), which caused the loss of cooling capacity in four of its six nuclear reactors and 25 led to the release a radionuclides into the environment. It is expected that between 6 and 47 PBq (1 PBq= 1015 Bq) of 137Cs (half-live 30.17 yr) was directly discharged into the Pacific Ocean (e.g. Bailly du Bois et al., 2012) in the aftermath of the tragedy. Due to the determined 134Cs : 137Cs ratio of around one, about the same amount of 134Cs (half-live 2.07 yr) was discharged into the Pacific. Initially, discharge was assumed to represent the larger fraction of total Cs-releases. Therefore, many researchers and TEPCO focussed [sic] on the determination and estimation of the behaviour of Cs in Pacific waters and its behaviour in the environment, especially the uptake by biota (e.g. Buesseler et al., 2011, 2012; Honda et al., 2012; Madigan et al., 2012; Behrens et al., 2012).
The explosions of units 1 to 4 of FD-NPP also released radionuclides into the atmosphere which were detectable around the world (e.g. Hsu et al., 2012; Stohl et al., 2012; Jakobs, 2011). From these investigations the wet and dry deposition of caesium isotopes in marine areas where German monitoring was carried out after the accident at FD-NPP occurred, which are the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the coastal West and East Greenland currents, were estimated to be between 0.1 and 100 Bqm−2. [...]

See also: 27 quadrillion becquerels of cesium-137 flowed into sea -- Doesn't include first week of crisis -- 30 times what Tepco claimed

Nearly all reports on this matter to date have used the 27.1 PBq (quadrillion) figure as the maximum direct cesium-137 release into ocean. Even yesterday’s informative report from Enformable comparing Chernobyl’s releases to Fukushima used the 27.1 PBq figure, rather than the 47 PBq mentioned above.

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Title: Two years have passed since Japan nuked the rest of the world
Source: Enformable
Date: March 11, 2013
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This year, on the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the author would like to pose the following questions, and invite the reader to do the same.
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Fukushima is no Chernobyl…right?
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To date, all attempts to model or accurately measure the core damage and radiation releases from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the wake of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami have proved incomplete, unreliable, and admittedly unable to accurately replicate the sequence of events, largely due to the lack of information available [...]
Still, much has been said about the radioactive releases from Fukushima Daiichi, but one thing remains certain; anyone who attempts to make definitive statements as to minimize the size or scale of the release can do no better than to offer some rudimentary stab at the issue, as the data released to date is woefully insufficient. What little recorded data has been published and peer reviewed has yielded some startling results, which may infer some insight into why so many pro-nuclear voices have been so quick and adamant in their downplaying of the disaster. [...]
More recent studies have estimated that some 27.1 PBq of Cs-137 was released at Fukushima Daiichi into the ocean just during the first four months of the disaster.  Additionally, studies have placed the aerial release between 36.6 PBq and 66 PBq for the first week of the disaster.  Conservatively adding the 27.1 PBq aqueous release with the 36.6 PBq aerial release yields a 63.7 PBq combined Cs 137 release. [...]
It has also been popular for pro-nuclear lobbyists to promote the idea that the release at Fukushima Daiichi was not equal to or greater than Chernobyl, and even more, that the potential source release was never on a scale comparable to the 1986 Soviet nuclear disaster. [...]
Chernobyl Cesium 137 Inventory and Release [...] 85 PBq [...]

Full report here

Note: Using Fukushima’s high end estimate for aerial releases of 66* PBq cesium-137 (only includes the first week), plus the 27.1 PBq of aqueous release, totals 93.1 PBq of cesium-137 released from Fukushima Daiichi — Chernobyl is 85 PBq.
*The estimate used for aerial releases of 66 PBq cesium-137 from Fukushima Daiichi only includes the releases “for the first week of the disaster”.

See also: Gundersen: "I think Fukushima Daiichi released somewhat more radiation than Chernobyl" (VIDEO)



Le becquerel (symbole : Bq) est l'unité dérivée du Système international (SI) pour l'activité d'un radionucléide1 et correspond à une désintégration par seconde.

Définition

Le becquerel est défini comme le nombre de désintégrations radioactives par seconde au sein d'une certaine quantité de matière. Elle a été nommée ainsi en hommage à Henri Becquerel.
Le becquerel (sans autre unité) caractérise l'activité d'une source globale :
·         Être humain : un individu de 70 kg a une activité de l'ordre de 8 000 Bq dont 4 500 dus au potassium 402 ;
·         Source injectée lors d'une scintigraphie thyroïdienne : 40·106 Bq (de l'ordre de 0,5 MBq par kg de poids du patient)3 ;
·         Source de 60Co utilisée pour la stérilisation gamma : entre 109 Bq et 1015 Bq ;
·         Activité d'un cœur d'uranium dégageant 1 MW thermique : 3,2 x 1016 Bq ;
·         Combustible usé dans un réacteur nucléaire : 1019 Bq.
Like any SI unit, Bq can be prefixed; commonly used multiples are kBq (kilobecquerel, 103 Bq), MBq (megabecquerel, 106 Bq), GBq (gigabecquerel, 109 Bq), TBq (terabecquerel, 1012 Bq), and PBq (petabecquerel, 1015 Bq). For practical application, 1 Bq is a small unit; therefore, the prefixes are common. For example, natural potassium (40K) in a typical human body produces 4,000 disintegrations per second, 4 kBq of activity.[4] The global inventory of carbon-14 is estimated to be 8.5×1018 Bq (8.5 EBq, 8.5 exabecquerel).[5] The nuclear explosion in Hiroshima (14 kt or 59 TJ) is estimated to have produced 8×1024 Bq (8 YBq, 8 yottabecquerel).[6]


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