Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wyoming legislator David Miller introduces “doomsday” bill


Miller already has his own "continuity" program in place; safe underground haven for himself, family, "essential personnel" right along with the rest of congress and the White House staff (can't do without the Chef); small wonder House of "Representatives" could care less about votes/voters - there is no need and this is a warning shot across the bow of America

The Sideshow
By Eric Pfeiffer
02/29/2012

Wyoming Republican state legislator David Miller has introduced a bill to prepare his state for a doomsday scenario in which the nation's economy and social structure completely collapse.

"Things happen quickly sometimes — look at Libya, look at Egypt, look at those situations," Miller told the Star-Tribune. "We wouldn't have time to meet as a legislature or even in a special session to do anything to respond."


Cops completely outnumbered by military, Veterans who will fight
Miller's bill seeks to create a state-run continuity force that would study and prepare Wyoming for potential national or worldwide catastrophes. One specific component of the bill calls for the state to look into the possibility of issuing its own currency in the event the U.S. dollar collapses.

"If we continue down this course, this is the way any society ends up — with a valueless currency," Miller told the Star-Tribune.

Miller's original bill would have appropriated $32,000 for the task force, but the state's Joint Appropriations Committee has already cut the number in half. Six other states have attempted a similar currency creation effort in recent years — and all have failed. While Miller's bill may sound a bit extreme, there have been genuine concerns about the devaluation of U.S. currency in recent years. Last year, the International Monetary Fund predicted that China's economy would overtake that of the U.S. in five years.

But there have been accusations that certain businesses are preying on fears of economic insecurity by plugging cash for gold programs, resulting in individuals selling their precious metals for less than market value.

The Star-Tribune notes that Wyoming's Department of Homeland Security already has a statewide crisis management plan, but it does not include the so-called doomsday scenario. Miller's bill calls for coordination between Wyoming's Homeland Security along with the state attorney general and National Guard adjutant general.

The doomsday bill is sure to inspire criticism and even ridicule from some corners, but Miller says his priority is Wyoming. "I don't represent people in Illinois or New Jersey," he said. "I represent people in Wyoming. And I want them to be protected from any catastrophic events that may beset the rest of the country."



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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

5th Estate Exclusive H5N1 Series Continues : More "Smoking Gun" E-mails; H5N1 Espionage in Indonesia - Kobe Virus Thief Akiko Makino, Dr. Nidom, Teridah Ernala, Kawaoka


Continuing communications between Dr. Nidom and H5N1 "novel" virus creator Teridah
Ernala Ginting, English translation, up next:  Ernala's reply to Dr. Nidom

The 5th Estate
By Robert S. Finnegan
02/28/2012

This is the second e-mail segment in the continuing H5N1 "novel" series that outlines actual espionage committed against Indonesia and Indonesian authorities by Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Teridah Ernala Ginting, virus thief Akiko Makino and others.  It is a clear-cut case, as the below evidence proves and all involved need to be arrested and charged accordingly.  English translation by Imas Kurniawati followed by the original in Bahasa Indonesia.

Dr. Nidom
It now appears Dr. Nidom is panicking, attempting to "get the story straight" with Ernala, or attempting to get her to conform to the "party line" in order that they all tell the same story to Indonesian authorities, who were understandably quite angry at Makino's attempted theft of Indonesian H5N1 and her lies regarding the samples being for Wisconsin University, which helped her to escape immediate arrest and imprisonment on espionage charges.

The Indonesian customs authorities at Juanda International Airport should be commended for their vigilance and professionalism in catching Makino and preventing the theft of Indonesian H5N1 at the airport.


3.  I’m still trying to figure out where this collaboration between Unair and Kobe is heading to, especially these activities with AI. I have sent text message to Yamaoka asking about whether or not Makino was going to take another specimens from South Sulawesi (either from Hassanudin University or other source) when she was going back to Kobe. She never answered the said question but suggested that I asked it to Shinya sensei instead. My suspicions grew stronger that they were hiding something from me or us (University of Airlangga). What was the problem to open up about what they were going to do? To me, this is serious problem because that just goes to show that we don’t believe in each other. Shinya might have assumed that she has told me about it before. I recalled that back in April 2009, Shinya told me that he might be getting samples from other source. At that time I told him that it was OK [to get samples from other source] as long as it was still within the framework between Unair and Kobe. I even suggested that Dr. Hatta be pulled out of this collaboration. Otherwise, in my opinion, it was very unethical to work with other party while still bound to work with one party [for the same scope of work] from the same country without giving prior notice to the partner [with whom he was currently bound to work] within the existing framework. The Head of University of Airlangga has contacted the Head of University of Hassanudin to ask about the status of the specimen taken by Makino. Strangely, the responses from both the Head of University and Dr. Hatta were very different than what Shinya has explained to me as well as the letter from Head of TDC to the Head of University. It was also different than the explanation given by Yamaoka to the leaders of Unair. This was very, very strange!

Teridah Ernala Ginting
4)   When Shinya sensei and Makion visited Surabaya (for only 1 day), I have described our work plan with all BPPVs in Indonesia in order to get samples of Avian flu. Honestly, Makino’s incident has drawn some suspicions to us, people might have thought that I brought in Japanese people just to smuggle specimens out of Indonesia. It was a very bad impact. I sometimes regretted that Shinya didn’t take my advice to postpone bringing Makino in until our lab was done or when I was in Surabaya. Because of that careless act, my negotiations with other government institutions now have been put on the very bottom of the list. Makino was very persistent to take the samples (especially those from South Sulawesi) with her, so I assumed that Shinya and Makino’s 1-day visit to Surabaya was only to get the samples from Dr. Hatta to be brought in to Kobe. Because in the morning when Shinya went back to Kobe, the samples from Dr. Hatta arrived in Surabaya at the same day in the evening. If this was true, then what they (Yamaoka, Shinya and Makino) had been done is very disappointing.
   
5)      In one of Shinya’s emails, she told me she was not talking to me anymore and everything will be turned to Yoshi [Kawaoka] sensei. That was his right as a person who thought everything he does was right. I respected that. To me, in a partnership, everyone is equal, no one is better than the others. I assumed that Japanese culture was similar to ours, so when “betrayal” happened in a partnership, for whatever reason, it was considered unethical. Furthermore, one of the partners was not given a space to seek information. My conclusion was that  I had to have more patient in doing interaction with others. Although Shinya, Yamaoka and Makino have had embarrassed me to all stakeholders, government institutions, especially DepTan (Department of Agriculture). They all knew that I (on behalf of Uniair) had a good relationship with Kobe. With the incident, they would question what was going on with this partnership. As in the University of Airlangga, all eyes were on AI Team. Although we had no idea what material was taken, although Shinya said it was Human Leucosit RNA. That was just one box though, what about the other boxes? This is just so embarrassing. So I guess I have to work on myself to be more patient.

I felt this situation has been spreading everywhere, especially to you (Teridah Ernala Ginting) who has been pulled in to this mess. But I’m glad that if you didn’t get yourself involved in this. If this affects you though, I am deeply sorry. This is all my fault. I apologize for that, and thank you for reading this email.

GBU.

Regards,
Nidom

Robert S. Finnegan is a retired investigative reporter, journalism professor and U.S. Marine Corps NCO living in Jakarta, Indonesia.  He has been working this case since 1997 and may be reached at editor.5th.estate@gmail.com.

‘US armed Israel for Iran attack’


Obama war criminals following in Bush/Cheney footsteps in run-up to illegal Iraq, Afghanistan wars

PRESS TV
02/27/2012

A New York Times article says the US has armed Israel in case the regime decides to launch an attack against Iran

The United States has provided Israel with the military technology and arms to aid Tel Aviv in a possible attack against Iran nuclear facilities, a prominent American journalist says.

“Arm the Syrian rebels! And, while we’re at it, give the Israelis the tools they need - bunker-busters, refueling aircraft - so that if they decide to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, they’ll get it right the first time,” David Sanger wrote in The New York Times.

 The article says although “the White House has been deliberately vague on what kind of technology it has shared with the Israelis,” it has been aimed at sabotaging Iran’s nuclear energy program which the West claims contains a covert military dimension by using “bombs, sanctions or covert action.”

Sanger says from the perspective of many US politicians, “Syria and Iran are hardly unrelated problems,” as nothing would undermine Iran’s influence in the region more than the overthrow of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

According to the article, this approach stems from the fact that Americans are fed up with their government's warmongering around the globe and also from the White House talks of “nation-building at home.”

“There is something tempting about handing off weaponry to the rebels and the Israelis, wishing them good luck and reminding them to drop a line back to the White House if any of it works,” Sanger says. 


Obama taking marching ordes from Netanyahu
Israeli officials have recently ramped up their war rhetoric, threatening Iran with military strikes in case the US-engineered sanctions against the country fail to force Tehran into abandoning its civilian nuclear energy program.

 


The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program, using this pretext to impose sanctions against Iran and threaten the country with military attack.

This is while the International Atomic Energy Agency has never found any evidence indicating that Tehran's nuclear energy program has been diverted towards nuclear weapons production.

MYA/HGH



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Saudi-backed Bahrain forces injure anti-regime protesters


Saudi "royals" will never live down the killing of innocent Bahraini Arab Brothers

PRESS TV
02/27/2012

Several Bahraini protesters have been injured in an attack by security forces on a demonstration against the Al Khalifa regime in the village of Dair, Press TV reports.

Witnesses said on Sunday that regime forces fired tear gas and sound grenades to disperse the protesters in Dair, located on the northern coast of the Muharraq Island.

The demonstrators chanted slogans against the Manama regime and demanded the release of political prisoners.

Saudi-backed regime forces continue their violent crackdown on the demonstrations across the country.

The main Bahraini opposition group, al-Wefaq, has called on the protesters to press ahead with their demands through public demonstrations.

Bahraini protesters hold King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the death of scores of people during the popular uprising in the country that began in February 2011.




HSN/MB/HJL


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Attack on Iran would be an act of criminal stupidity


Indeed it would and now we have a problem:  Obama, Clinton, Panetta, Netanyahu, their "gulf allies" are all beyond criminally stupid; they are criminally insane; US and Israeli leaders are talking themselves into a conflict that will make nuclear weapons for Tehran a certainty

Gulfnews.com
By Seumas Milne
02/26/2012

Text of the United States 25th Amendment, Section 4:

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President. 

This DOOFUS has finger on nuke button
Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.
 
After a decade of calamitous western wars in the wider Middle East, the signs are becoming ever more ominous that we're heading for yet another. And, hard as it is to credit, the same discredited arguments used to justify the disasters of Iraq and Afghanistan — from weapons of mass destruction to sponsorship of terrorism and fundamentalist fanatics — are now being used to make the case for an attack on Iran.


Obama, Netanyahu believe they can survive war with Iran, Russia
War talk about Iran and its nuclear programme has been going on for so long it might be tempting to dismiss it as bluster. The messages coming from the US and Israeli governments in recent weeks have become increasingly contradictory and bewildering. Maybe it's all a game of bluff and psychological warfare.

But the mood music has become markedly more menacing. US defence secretary Leon Panetta has let it be known there is a "strong likelihood" Israel will attack Iran between April and June, even as US President Barack Obama says no Israeli decision has yet been taken. US officials told the Guardian recently they believed the administration would be left with "no alternative" but to attack Iran or watch Israel do so later this year.

Meanwhile, a US-Israeli stealth war is raging on the ground, including covert assassinations of scientists, cyber warfare and attacks on military and missile installations. And Britain and France have successfully dragooned the EU into ramping up sanctions on Iran's economic life-blood of oil exports as a build-up of western forces continues in the Gulf.


Bad enough as "leader" in Afghanistan, this clown now CIA director
When it was reported that British officials expected the Cameron government to take part in a US attack on Iran, it passed with barely a murmur. In a parliamentary debate on Iran on February 21, only six votes were mustered to press for the threat of attack on Iran to be withdrawn. The London Times claimed it to be "beyond doubt" that Iran "is trying to develop a nuclear weapon", even though neither the US nor IAEA has managed to prove any such thing.

And even when US and British leaders have called for Israeli restraint, as British Foreign Secretary William Hague and US joint chiefs of staff chairman Martin Dempsey have done in recent days, the issue is only one of timing. Military force would, they say, be "premature" and unwise "at this point".

If an attack is launched by Israel or the US, it would not just be an act of criminal aggression, but of wanton destructive stupidity. As the British defence establishment's Royal United Services Institute director, Michael Clarke, points out, such an attack would be entirely illegal: "There is no basis in international law for preventative, rather than pre-emptive, war."


Iranian military not Iraqi republican guards, will probably use gas
It would also be guaranteed to trigger a regional conflagration with uncontrollable global consequences. Iran could be expected to retaliate against Israel, the US and its allies, both directly and indirectly, and block the fifth of international oil supplies shipped through the Strait of Hormuz. The trail of death, destruction and economic havoc would be awesome.

But while in the case of Iraq an attack was launched over weapons of mass destruction that didn't in fact exist, the US isn't even claiming that Iran is attempting to build a bomb. "Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No," Panetta said bluntly last month. Israeli intelligence is said to be of the same view. Unlike Israel itself, which has had nuclear weapons for decades, it believes the Iranian leadership has taken no decision to go nuclear.

The issue, instead, is whether Iran — which has always insisted it doesn't want nuclear weapons — might develop the capability to build them. So Iran, surrounded by US bases,occupation troops and nuclear-armed states, is threatened with a military onslaught because of a future potential the aggressor states have long ago turned into reality.

Freedom of action

Such a capability wouldn't be the "existential threat" Israeli politicians have claimed. It might, of course, blunt Israel's strategic edge. Or as Matthew Kroenig, the US defence secretary's special adviser until last summer, spelled it out recently, a nuclear Iran "would immediately limit US freedom of action in the Middle East". Which gets to the heart of the matter: freedom of action in the Middle East is the prerogative of the US and its allies, not independent Middle Eastern states.


A lot more of this on the way if Americans allow Iran attack
But if the western powers and Israel are really concerned about the threat of a nuclear arms race in the region, they could throw their weight behind negotiations to achieve a nuclear-free Middle East — which most Israelis favour.

Obama has every interest in heading off an Israeli attack on Iran that would draw in the US, until at least until after the presidential election. But as the sabre-rattling, crippling sanctions and covert attacks increase, so do the risks of stumbling into an accidental war. A military confrontation in the Strait of Hormuz in the next two or three months is now "quite likely", Clarke believes. "Western policy towards Iran is a slow-motion road accident," he says.

There is another factor driving towards war. The more they talk up the supposed threat from Iran's nuclear programme and the military option, the more US and Israeli leaders risk undermining their own credibility if they end up doing nothing. A potentially catastrophic attack isn't inevitable, but it's becoming perilously more likely all the time.


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

BREAKING : Israeli Jets Attack Southern Gaza



Israeli warplanes have fired two missiles at a site on the outskirts of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, causing serious damage to a cement factory; Israeli forces clash with Palestinian mourners in al-Quds

PRESS TV
Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:22PM GMT

Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinians in the West Bank after a funeral for a Palestinian man who died in an earlier confrontation in the holy city of East al-Quds (Jerusalem). 
Israeli forces fired tear gas and both live and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd of mourners returning from the funeral of Talat Ramia, a 23-year-old Palestinian man who died during surgery of the wounds he sustained in the clashes near the Qalandia checkpoint on Friday.

The clashes took place after the Palestinians’ Friday prayers, when Israeli police clashed with Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem al-Quds, killing one protester and injuring at least 15 people.




Confrontations have been ongoing since dozens of Israelis entered the al-Aqsa compound, one of Islam's holiest shrines, and scuffled with the Palestinian worshippers on Sunday.

The holy site of al-Aqsa Mosque has been the scene of clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian worshipers since the occupation of Palestinian lands.

Since the occupation al-Quds, Israel has been trying to change the identity of the city by measures including building illegal settlements for Israelis, eviction of Palestinians and demolition of their houses.




VG/JR

  
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BREAKING : Bahraini Forces Attack, Arrest Protesters; The King Must Go, Bahraini mourners Say


Bahraini regime forces attack protesters in several villages of the Persian Gulf kingdom and make arrests; funerals of innocents slain by Saudi mercenaries enrage Bahraini protesters

PRESS TV
Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:38PM GMT

Bahraini mourners attending the funeral of a woman who died due to tear gas inhalation fired by Saudi-backed security forces have called for the ouster of the king and the Al Khalifa regime.

The 68-year-old woman, who died after regime forces fired tear gas at her house in Bilad al-Qadim, was one of the many victims of the Saudi-backed crackdown on demonstrators over the past year.

Meanwhile, on Saturday anti-regime protesters blocked major highways and streets and set tires ablaze in order to cause traffic jams to raise awareness and show solidarity with a detained human rights activist.

The campaign, dubbed Mourning Sky Two, was organized by the February 14 Youth Coalition to support jailed activist Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence. Khawaja has been on a hunger strike for two weeks.

The February 14 Youth Coalition says the action was also taken in memory of Hussain al-Bakali who was martyred during the revolution.



In a popular revolution, thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations in Bahrain since February 2011, demanding that the Al Khalifa dynasty relinquish power.

On March 14, 2011, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed troops to the Persian Gulf kingdom at Manama's request to help Bahraini security forces' efforts to crush the nationwide protests.

Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful protests in Bahrain -- a longtime ally of the United States and home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet. 













VG/MF/HGL


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Corporate Killers : Should Corporations Have More Leeway to Kill Than People Do?


This is cute; remember this the next time you believe in the U.S. justice system, it should not even be up for discussion; more desensitization for eventual complete immunity granted to corporations

New York Times
By Peter Weiss
02/23/2012

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear a case with many potential ramifications for American and international law, and for corporate responsibility for human rights around the globe. The justices will be asked to decide whether the corporations to which they have been extending the rights of individuals should also be held accountable for crimes against human rights, just as individuals are.

Union Carbide tries to avoid responsibility for deaths, illness
The story behind the case begins in 1980, when my colleagues at the Center for Constitutional Rights and I helped obtain the first semblance of justice to the family of a slain 17-year-old Paraguayan youth named Joelito Filártiga.

A police inspector general in Asunción, the capital, had tortured the boy to death in retaliation for his father’s opposition to Paraguay’s brutal dictatorship. But the case was decided in New York, far from Paraguay, where the crime had occurred and where justice had proven impossible for the Filártiga family; the boy’s murderer was ultimately ordered to pay the family $10.4 million in damages.

The precedent-setting case was made possible by a remarkable decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which allowed it to be brought under a long-obscure law enacted by Congress in 1789. Known as the Alien Tort Statute, the law has been interpreted to mean that foreigners who commit heinous crimes abroad in violation of international law can be held accountable in the United States if they are present or do business here; the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality in 2004.

Since that decision, dozens of successful alien tort claims have been brought in American courts — at first against individuals, and eventually against corporations. As a result, many foreign victims of egregious crimes — ranging from torture and slave labor to the execution of loved ones — that were sanctioned, endorsed or commissioned by corporations have found justice in our courts.

Murdered with cyanide gas:  Bones of Union Carbide victims
Yet in September 2010, a divided Second Circuit — the very court that had rendered the Filártiga decision — held that only individuals, and not corporations, can be sued under the statute.

That ruling, in a case known as Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, came less than a year after the much more famous — and criticized — Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, which removed restrictions on political spending by contributions and wildly expanded the concept of corporate personhood.

Together, these decisions have triggered a wave of outrage among advocates for human rights, which see in them a signal from the courts that corporations have extensive rights but few responsibilities under American law.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the alien torts ruling, which could produce its first decision regarding corporate personhood since Citizens United.

Burial of unknown child, Union Carbide victim
The question of whether foreign corporations doing business in the United States can be sued here for crimes committed elsewhere has arrayed international businesses against human rights advocates, with many “friend of the court” briefs filed on both sides. Four governments have also chimed in: Britain, the Netherlands and Germany for the corporate defendant and the United States on the side of the Nigerian plaintiffs.

The story behind the Kiobel case is compelling: The plaintiffs are members of the Ogoni people in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, where Royal Dutch Shell had extensive oil operations in the 1990s through contracts with the brutal military dictatorship that held power at the time. The region is widely considered a zone of calamity, in terms of both environmental and human rights. In the suit, Royal Dutch Shell was accused of assisting the Nigerian government in torturing and, through sham trials, executing Ogoni activists who had threatened to disrupt Shell’s operations because of the devastating health and environmental effects of unregulated drilling practices. The plaintiffs are either victims of torture themselves or had relatives who were executed. Esther Kiobel, the plaintiff after whom the suit is named, is the widow of a victim.

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Royal Dutch Shell and against the plaintiffs, multinational corporations — particularly in mining and other extractive industries — could draw the lesson that it is now safer to forge alliances with autocratic regimes that have poor human rights records because they will not be judged culpable in the way individuals can be.

Union Carbide victims blinded by the gas
In fact, many “friend of the court” briefs filed by corporations in this case contend that the companies are committed to voluntarily complying with human rights norms — but that standards set by the United Nations and other public and private organizations are mere guidelines that are not enforceable as legal norms. What they are really saying is that there are legal norms against torture and such, but that they can’t be enforced against corporations because they have never been enforced under international law — a claim the plaintiffs strongly contest.

This leaves the Supreme Court with an extraordinary choice to make, in juxtaposition to its previous ruling in Citizens United: whether to accept an argument that, in effect, leaves corporations less culpable than individuals are for human rights violations committed abroad — or whether to hold that if a 200-year-old law can be used to hold individual violators to account, it can be used against corporate violators as well.

A decision affirming that Shell should go unpunished in the Niger Delta case would leave us with a Supreme Court that seems of two minds: in the words of Justice John Paul Stevens’s dissent from Citizens United, it threatens “to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the nation” by treating corporations as people to let them make unlimited political contributions, even as it treats corporations as if they are not people to immunize them from prosecution for the most grievous human rights violations.

A more startling paradox is difficult to imagine.

Peter Weiss, a retired lawyer, is a vice president of the Center for Constitutional Rights.









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Obama apology aimed to support ‘safety’ and ‘welfare’ of troops in Afghanistan


This moronic, traitorous, illiterate asshole is not even capable of apologizing correctly

The Ticket
02/24/2012

President Obama was worried about the safety of American troops and civilian workers in Afghanistan when he apologized to that country's president, Hamid Karzai, over the burning of Qurans at the largest US military base there, the White House said Friday.


This DOOFUS could screw up a wet-dream
"The president believed it was in the best interest of their safety to make it clear that an apology was appropriate, and that the American people -- and the American military, in particular -- does have respect for the religious views and the religious practices of the Afghan people," spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

There was no sign that Obama's apology -- or Karzai's subsequent appeal for calm -- was having much of an effect on public anger in Afghanistan, where a fourth straight day of violent protests left 7 more people dead—bringing the overall toll to at least 20.

But Earnest insisted that the clashes would not imperil overall US goals in Afghanistan, saying "we will work through these difficult circumstances and remain on track."

Obama's apology drew fire from at least one of the Republican candidates for president.

"It was the president's view that an apology was appropriate," to safeguard "the best interests, and safety, and welfare of our service members and our civilians who are currently serving in Afghanistan," Earnest said. "We have seen a spike in violence around this mistake."

Asked about reports that US commanders in Afghanistan had responded with a fresh round of training on how to handle the Quran, Earnest replied "It's my understanding that there are some new training methods that are being put in place" but referred reporters to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.





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FUKUSHIMA : Another Government Owned Media "First Strike" This Time By AFP : MSM Scramble to Cover Their Asses


Reuters, now AFP;* Obama, Japanese governments panic as real numbers begin to slowly emerge in Independent Media and now "mainstream" media is forced to pick it up as one of the main perpetrators in the coverup

Agence France Presse
02/24/2012

Japan on Friday said some areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant that was wrecked last year by a massive tsunami will likely remain permanently off-limits. 
Fukushima has irradiated the world - deaths already occurring
Measurements taken between November and January confirm earlier results which show a level of radioactivity of 470 millisierverts per year when the average, under normal conditions, is less than one per year, according to a government report released Friday.

Some of the highest readings were taken in the town of Futaba, to the northwest of the plant wrecked on March 11.

Contamination however did not spread evenly over the town, with some areas hardly affected, the report added.

The government has cordoned off a 20-kilometre (12-mile) area around the plant, in northeast Japan, but is expected to redefine this in line with levels of radioactive contamination.

A final report by the environment ministry, expected in the coming weeks, is expected to declare as permanently off-limits to human habitation any area with contamination of more than 50 millisieverts per year.

The government is expected to pinpoint areas where contamination hovers between one and 20 millisieverts per year which will be thoroughly decontaminated.

"In between" areas are expected to be declared no-go for many years, but decontamination work will take place with a view to allowing repopulation in the long term.




* The 5th Estate recommends Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide charges be filed against all "mainstream" media that participated in this unprescedented cover-up of the poisoning and outright premeditated murder of millions of civilians worldwide, they can take their place in the dock at The Hague War Crimes Tribunal along with Obama, the entire Japenese government and all TEPCO employees, among others.
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Real Fukushima Radiation Numbers Slowly Leaking Out : Reuters Propaganda is Handwriting On Wall


Japanese and U.S. governments behind this Reuters "first strike" as real, deadly numbers leak out; story part of attempt to desensitize world public to real catastrophic numbers now effecting every person on Earth; real question is why it took this long, ensuring the deaths of millions

Reuters
By Risa Medea
02/23/2012

TOKYO (Reuters) -

On a hillside in northern Japan, wind turbines slice through the cold air, mocking efforts at a nearby industrial complex to shore up the future of the demoralized nuclear power industry.

The wind-power farm at Rokkasho has sprung up close to Japan's first nuclear reprocessing plant, a Lego-like complex of windowless buildings and steel towers, which was supposed to have started up 15 years ago but is only now nearing completion.


Explosions do not occur until the molten core hits groundwater
Dogged by persistent technical problems, it is designed to recycle spent nuclear fuel and partly address a glaring weakness in Japan's bid to restore confidence in the industry, shredded last year when a quake and tsunami wrecked the Fukushima Daiichi power station to the south, triggering radioactive leaks and mass evacuations.

But the Rokkasho project is too little, too late, according to critics who say Japan is running so short of nuclear-waste storage that the entire industry risks shutdown within the next two decades unless a solution is found.

"You don't build a house without a toilet," said Jitsuro Terashima, president of the Japan Research Institute think tank and member of an expert panel advising the national government on energy policy after the Fukushima disaster.

"If Japan seriously wants to stick to nuclear power, a second Rokkasho would be needed," he said.



STRATFOR was on meltdowns immediately
Long-term storage of highly radioactive waste is a problem common to all nuclear-powered nations, including the United States, but experts say Japan's unstable geology and densely populated terrain mean that its challenges are far bigger.

The Rokkasho plant is due to finally start up in October, barely 19 months after the radioactive clouds at Fukushima sparked the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years -- a crisis exacerbated by the 1,800 tonnes of spent nuclear-fuel rods being stored at the power station when the disaster struck.

As Japan approaches the anniversary of the March 11 quake, the nuclear power industry, which just over a year ago supplied a third of its power, is virtually paralyzed. All but two of the country's 54 reactors are offline.

The reactors have steadily been shut down for maintenance, unable to restart until they meet new stress tests that aim to determine if power stations in the future can withstand the kind of terrifying natural force unleashed on Fukushima: a magnitude 9 quake and a wall of water more than 10 metres (30 ft) high.

Effectively, though, the utilities have to do more than pass stress tests; they have to finally convince local governments that the waste problems will be resolved, not continue to mount up inside power plants lined up along the Japanese coast like radioactive warehouses, exposed to the risk of tsunamis.


No water, no boom
At Fukushima, where highly radioactive spent fuel rods were crammed mostly into pools of water inside the complex, the disaster knocked out the cooling system and led to a fire in one of the pools. At the time, it was a bigger concern than even the risk of a reactor meltdown.

The governor of Ehime prefecture, Tokihiro Nakamura, who supports nuclear power provided that safety is ensured, says it is time to finally tackle the waste issue, including the option of not only reprocessing but storing it deep underground.

He blames successive national governments for failing to take the hard decisions.

"It's a traditional theme," he said. "It's a history of their fleeing from the risk of losing an election."

CLOCK TICKING

Rokkasho would consume 80 percent of Japan's spent fuel, assuming Tokyo decides to return to pre-disaster levels of nuclear power generation.


Simple
But the waste problem is now so acute that experts say the facility will only buy Japan an additional five to 10 years before it has to implement more lasting but politically sensitive solutions, such as permanent burial.

If Japan fails to find a solution to its waste-fuel problem, the entire nuclear power industry could one day grind to a halt.

"Even if the Rokkasho plant becomes operational, we cannot help but meet the deadline (for storage space to run out) in 15 to 20 years, just a little longer than about 10 years without it," said Hideyuki Ban, co-director of the Citizens' Nuclear Information Center and also a member of a government panel studying the nuclear fuel cycle.

"We think there is an 80 to 90 percent chance of the plant being a failure," he adds.

Rokkasho's record is not encouraging.

Some experts expect further delays there, pointing to long-standing problems at its kiln, an essential part of the plant that deals with high-level, liquid radioactive waste that cannot be recycled into fuel. The kiln turns waste into glass, a more stable substance that is then intended to be stored underground.

The plant's operator, Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd (JNFL), has had to make some minor design changes to the kiln, which is larger than industry-standard kilns developed and used in France. JNFL had opted for a larger kiln to cut costs.


Serial liar Yukio Edano said they didn't melt down... simple
Ultimately though, even if Rokkasho gets up and running, two problems remain: it alone cannot recycle enough fuel to stop the waste mounting up, and there is still the issue of burying the vitrified waste permanently in a crowded, quake-prone country.

"When the (safety and political) conditions are met and some reactors are restarted ... we still have another high hurdle to clear. That is storage of spent fuel running out," said Ryutaro Kono, chief economist at BNP Paribas Securities and also a member of the government advisory panel.

With the aim of recycling more spent fuel, Japan had planned to separate plutonium at the Rokkasho reprocessing plant and combine it with uranium to produce mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel. JNFL plans to build a MOX-fuel facility close to the reprocessing plant, with a scheduled launch date of 2016.

This would in turn lessen the need for imported uranium.

But this idea, along with Japan's entire energy policy, is under review after the disaster at Fukushima. The ruined station had used MOX fuel, which raised grave concerns for human health because of the presence of dangerous plutonium isotopes.

A DECENT BURIAL

With Japan's recycling efforts running so far behind the required pace to deal with the waste problem, Japan needs to find another resting place for its waste, away from nuclear power plants, which are typically located on the coast.


Tsunami + melted reactor core + water = BOOM
But unlike France and the United States, the world's biggest atomic power generators, Japan does not have much in the way of geologically stable and empty landscapes in which to bury nuclear waste for centuries. Given its population density is 10 times higher than the United States and almost three times higher than France, Japan faces a "not in my backyard" problem like no other big nuclear-power nation.

It certainly has nothing like the deserts of Nevada, where Washington had been developing a burial chamber deep inside a mountain before shelving the project in 2010, partly due to local opposition. The United States also stores its waste at power stations nationwide and it too is being urged to quickly find a new burial site in light of the Fukushima crisis.

Japan has yet another peculiar challenge: the government has delegated the task of dealing with waste to the private sector, so there is no central decision-maker, only regulators -- unlike France and the United States whose nuclear-weapons capability mean that state bodies call the shots.

Even large dry-cask storage facilities, used in Europe and the United States as a more secure form of interim storage than cooling pools, are still non-existent in Japan.


A joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power, operator of the crippled Fukushima plant, and Japan Atomic plans to build Japan's first large dry-cask storage facility in Mutsu, north of Rokkasho, where 3,000 tonnes of spent fuel would be encased in metal and stored on an interim basis.

But that project would be dedicated only to Tokyo Electric and Japan Atomic rather than all nuclear utilities, and it is also delayed, with commercial operation set to begin in October next year, 15 months behind schedule.

Its capacity would be equal to three times the annual amount of Japan's nuclear waste production, assuming Tokyo returns to pre-Fukushima levels of atomic power generation. In total, Japan's 17 nuclear stations have room left for six years of waste, almost all of that storage only available in spent-fuel pools.

The Mutsu storage facility is planned to hold waste for about 50 years before it is removed for recycling and vitrification. By that time, it is envisaged that a second reprocessing plant would be up and running at Rokkasho, although its location and other details have yet to be decided.

In the meantime, to prevent spent-fuel pools at the power stations from becoming over-crowded, some reactors have already started using MOX fuel, reprocessed in France and Britain from waste fuel shipped overseas by Japanese utilities.

MASSIVE POWER BILL

Japan's recycling policy is not only behind schedule, it is very expensive: according to official estimates, it would cost a staggering 19 trillion yen ($245 billion) to re-use waste reprocessed at Rokkasho over 40 years. Recycling all waste fuel would cost 2 yen per kilowatt hour in 2030, twice as much as just burying it at a final repository.


Nothing but a core meltdown causes this level of damage
"Why does the government stick to the very costly recycle policy? That is because if they give it up, they should explain where a final repository will be located," said BNP's Kono.

Even Aomori prefecture, where the Rokkasho plant is located, has said it does not want to be the site of a final repository, with its governor making clear that his remote, relatively poor prefecture was already doing enough for Japan's energy security.

"Our position is clear that Aomori would not host a final repository," Governor Shingo Mimura told reporters this month.

The search for a final resting place has been entrusted to a private company, the Nuclear Waste Management Organisation of Japan (NUMO), rather than the government itself -- in keeping with Japan's private-sector approach to an industry that serves a civilian purpose only.

But NUMO, which is backed by funds provided by utilities, has not yet found a town willing to host it.

Responding to criticism, Makoto Yagi, head of the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan, told a government panel this month that utilities were trying to secure more spent fuel storage space even though the existing space would not be filled up in the immediate future.


Another BOOM, total:  four (4) reactors melt-down
"In addition to Rokkasho, companies individually take measures even though the space will not run out in the immediate future," said Yagi, who is also president of Kansai Electric Power. He added that the latest halt to tests at the Rokkasho plant was meant to ensure its smooth commercial launch.

At Rokkasho, a glance at the plant's own temporary storage pool for spent fuel shows the gravity of the problem that looms larger for the future of Japan's nuclear industry than just hoping some reactors will be back on line this summer.

The pool at Rokkasho is already 95 percent full of spent rods, which have been sent there over the years from across the country in anticipation of its long-awaited start-up.

Harukuni Tanaka, a JNFL director, said recently that it would take another two to three years before the pool reached its capacity, based on the plans of its customers, all of which are Japan's 10 nuclear power generators.

As the wind turbines spin nearby, offering a glimpse of a clean-energy future that is still decades away, Japan's nuclear industry is praying for Rokkasho to buy it more time.

Additional reporting by Shinichi Saoshiro and Linda Sieg:; Editing by Mark Bendeich.

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