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Saturday, April 09, 2011

Fish For Dinner? Bring Your Geiger Counter

from by qew

Posted by majestic on April 9, 2011

Photo: Librado Romero/The New York Times
I ate sushi last night at the extraordinary Japanese restaurant Sushi of Gari. Now that I’ve read this story by William Neuman and Florence Fabricant in the New York Times I’m wishing I’d brought along a Geiger counter. The photo is essential, so NYT, we hereby claim fair use:
Eric Ripert, the chef of Le Bernardin, the high temple of seafood in Manhattan, bought a new kitchen gadget a few days ago: a radiation detector.
“I just want to make sure whatever we use is safe,” said Mr. Ripert, whose staff is using the device to screen every item of food that enters the restaurant, regardless of its origin. He has also stopped buying fish from Japan, which means no high-quality, farm-raised hamachi and kampachi for raw seafood dishes.
“Nobody knows how the currents will carry the contaminated water,” he said.
Despite assurances by health officials that radiation from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan is unlikely to show up in the food supply, worries about contaminated foods are growing among consumers, businesses and governments across the globe.
On Tuesday, the Japanese government announced new radiation standards for fish after high levels of radioactive iodine and cesium were found in fish caught halfway between the reactor site and Tokyo. In response, the European Union said it would tighten its own radiation limits for Japanese food imports. India said it would ban all food from Japan for at least three months.
In the United States, where about 4 percent of food imports come from Japan, the Food and Drug Administration has restricted some foods from the country. And the agency is working with customs officials to screen incoming fish and other food for traces of radiation.
So far, that screening has identified seven items that required further testing to see if the radiation detected exceeded normal background levels, according to Siobhan Delancey, an F.D.A. spokeswoman…
[continues in the New York Times]

The Economics Of Happiness (Video)

from by qew

Posted by BananaFamine on April 9, 2011

I recently had a chance to attend a showing of the documentary The Economics of Happiness. It has a very strong message about the fiscal and social problems of globalization, especially its impact beyond the western world. As a solution, the film suggests a movement towards focusing on communities and localization. Here’s the trailer and a plot synopsis:
Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet, life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.
The film shows how globalization breeds cultural self-rejection, competition and divisiveness; how it structurally promotes the growth of slums and urban sprawl; how it is decimating democracy. We learn about the obscene waste that results from trade for the sake of trade: apples sent from the UK to South Africa to be washed and waxed, then shipped back to British supermarkets; tuna caught off the coast of America, flown to Japan to be processed, then flown back to the US. We hear about the suicides of Indian farmers; about the demise of land-based cultures in every corner of the world.
For more information, see this website for The Economics of Happiness. To get involved with the message through activism or setting up a screening, click here.

The New York Times Let The Truth Slip Out on the Radiation in Japan

from by qew

Posted by DrLechter on April 8, 2011
Flashes of extremely intense radioactivity have become a serious problem, he said. Tokyo Electric’s difficulties in providing accurate information on radiation are not a result of software problems, as some Japanese officials have suggested, but stem from damage to measurement instruments caused by radiation, the executive said.It’s at the end of this NY Times article:
Still, concerns about the plant remain high. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission speculated Wednesday that some of the core of the No. 2 reactor had flowed from its steel pressure vessel into the bottom of the containment structure. The theory implies more damage at the unit than previously believed.
While a spokeswoman for Tokyo Electric dismissed the analysis, a spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of Japan agreed that it was possible that the core had leaked into the larger containment vessel.
The possibility raised new questions. The Nuclear Regulator Commission said that its speculation about the flow of core material out of the reactor vessel would explain high radiation readings in an area underneath, called the drywell.
But some of the radiation readings at Reactors Nos. 1 and 3 over the last week were nearly as high as or higher than the 3,300 rems per hour that the commission said it was trying to explain, so it would appear that the speculation would apply to them as well. At No. 2, extremely radioactive material continues to ooze out of the reactor pressure vessel, and the leak is likely to widen with time, a western nuclear executive asserted.

The Horrifying ‘Spider Trees’ Of Pakistan

from by qew

Posted by JacobSloan on April 5, 2011

Ah, the wonders and surprises of Mother Nature. The 2010 floods in Pakistan caused an unexpected evolution in arachnoid behavior — to escape the rising waters, millions of spiders took to living in trees. The UK’s Department for International Development has an eye-popping Flickr gallery of what is now typical across Pakistan. The sticky, web-cocooned trees have proven extremely effective at catching pests and curbed the mosquito population. (The trees in the below picture are festooned with dead bugs.)

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Japan ready to stop pumping radioactive water into sea

from by qew

Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:35am GMT
* TEPCO apologises to Japan, neighbours over radiation
* Pumping of radioactive water into sea to end Sunday
* Beijing to closely monitor Japan's nuclear actions
* China bans imports of farm products from 12 areas (Recasts with water pumping plans)
By Shinichi Saoshiro and Chisa Fujioka
TOKYO, April 10 (Reuters) - Japanese engineers hope to stop pumping radioactive water into the sea on Sunday and start moving more highly contaminated water out of a crippled nuclear reactor - a key step in gaining access and restoring the critical cooling system.
An unmanned drone helicopter is scheduled to fly over four reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, north of Tokyo, to video the extent of damage in areas where workers are unable to safely enter due to high radiation.
Japan is struggling to contain the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl after a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated its northeast March 11, with neighbouring countries expressing alarm over possible contamination drifting in their direction.
"There are still numerous aftershocks and there is no room for complacency regarding the situation (at Fukushima Daiichi)," Japan's Deputy Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama said.   Continued...

Alex Jones: Canadian conspiracy

from by qew

The next time you struggle to comprehend how someone could spend their time trolling the internet in order to defend and downplay whatever government cover-up or abuse is in the news this week, consider the fact that they may be on a government payroll. The Canadian government has been caught paying a media group to monitor online political discussion and respond to misinformation, in order words to spread state-sanctioned propaganda, in the latest scandal to hit the Harper administration.

Should Canadians Be Concenred About The Radiation Coming From Japan?

from by qew

 – APRIL 4, 2011

The events in Japan aren’t expected to expose people in Canada to any more radiation than they would normally receive from natural sources, medical tests and transoceanic travel, Dr. Paul Gully, Health Canada’s senior medical adviser, said on CBC’s Power & Politics.
Source: CBC News
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has also refused to measure the amount of radiation in milk. even after demands of B.C. dairy farmers who want officials to follow the U.S. and test dairy products. The request from the dairy farmers came after the FDA announced on Wednesday March 30th, that it had found traces of radioactive iodine in milk in Spokane, Wash.
In spite of the fact that officials at UC Berkeley have tested rain water that turned out to be 181 times the limit for drinking water. Source:
And this video from the Department of Atmospheric and Climate Research (ATMOS) at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU). Showing the potential radiation release over April 5th and 6th.
Without sounding like an alarmist. I do not trust what our main stream media or government tells us (like many of you). If radioactive iodine is being found in the milk in Spokane Washington (only 600 miles south of British Columbia), it is not “out there” to assume that it is in Canadian dairy products as well.
Also the projected path of the radiation clearly show that it is sweeping across our country. The levels of the radioactive iodine and the health implications will be unknown until the damage has been done.
As a precaution I would suggest that you all start taking kelp or kelp supplements. Kelp has been widely known for its ability to detox heavy metals from the human body. That includes the radiation.
It is better safe than sorry!

The Canadian Left Right Paradigm

from by qew

 – APRIL 9, 2011

On Thursday April 7 2011 both Michael Ignatieff and Stephen Harper where both in Hamilton Ontario.
Stephen Harper was at the Hamilton convention center at 5:30pm to attend a PC rally. Of coarse we did not get inside of the convention center because we where not on the “list” of attendees, and the building was heavily guarded by the RCMP. Nor did we even get a glimpse of him outside. Because (like usual) he kept himself very well hidden from the public.
The Liberal rally was held at Liuna station at 7pm. This event was toted as being a free for all question period with Michael Ignatieff. You can watch the video from this event below.
The left-right paradigm was in full swing! The Liberals parked their buses directly across the street from the convention center, and even had people dressed up in chicken costumes holding signs that read: Harper why are you scared to debate Ignatieff? When we spoke to people outside of both events the overall mood seemed to be “vote for anyone other than Harper”. Even directly after they has said that no change will come, regardless of who was prime minister. One man even agreed that they probably get together and so for drinks, in the background. But still said a monkey could run this country better than Harper could.
Is this not what we saw in the American elections of 2009? The attitude of anyone but Bush. And look at where they are now!
This tactic has been used over and over again, in country after country. When the popularity of the leader gets very low, that leader rushes a variety of policies that the people do not want. And then the “savior” figure steps in, promising change and hope (both where heavily repeated by Ignatieff).
The truly meaningless topics are pushed by the new savior, while the true issues are still left in the shadows. Ignatieff spoke about, and answered questions about the F-35 fighter jet deal, Harper being in contempt of parliament, about his “family pact” plan, his plan to give college and university students $1000 dollars a year (when asked how that would be funded, he answered “we will create the money for it”), and the long gun registry.
Most Canadians have heard about these topics from the main stream media over and over again. So it has become what they care about.
Ignatieff has been very quite on issues like CETA, the north American security perimeter, and the assault on our health freedoms. All of which have devastating consequences to our way of life and they are happening right now! But that is the game. Play the people against each other on small issues, so they forget about the real ones.
We all know Stephen Harper’s background, and can clearly see where he wants to take our country. But many Canadians still do not know much about Michael Ignatieff.
So here are some quick facts about Michael:
Ignatieff has written extensively on international development, peacekeeping and the international responsibilities of Western nations. Critical of the limited-risk approach practiced by NATO in conflicts like the Kosovo War and the Rwandan Genocide, he says that there should be more active involvement and larger scale deployment of land forces by Western nations in future conflicts in the developing world. – His Wikipedia profile.
He is the great-great-great-grandson of William Lawson, the first President of the Bank of Nova Scotia.
Has elite bloodlines on both sides of his family.
Ignatieff was originally a prominent supporter of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.[19] Ignatieff said that the United States established “an empire lite, a global hegemony whose grace notes are free markets, human rights and democracy, enforced by the most awesome military power the world has ever known.”
Ignatieff has argued that Western democracies may have to resort to “lesser evils” like indefinite detention of suspects, coercive interrogations, assassinations, and pre-emptive wars in order to combat the greater evil of terrorism.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper called a vote in the House of Commons for May 17, 2006, on extending the Canadian Forces current deployment in Afghanistan until February 2009. During the debate, Ignatieff expressed his “unequivocal support for the troops in Afghanistan, for the mission, and also for the renewal of the mission.” He argued that the Afghanistan mission tests the success of Canada’s shift from “the peacekeeping paradigm to the peace-enforcement paradigm,” the latter combining “military, reconstruction and humanitarian efforts together.”
He considers himself to be American. Quoted as saying “I believe in America in a way that Canada never allowed”.
I could continue this list, but it would literally end up becoming a 10 hour read.
To put it in the most basic terms. A vote for the Liberals or Tories will be another nail in the coffin for Canada. Both party leaders answer to the elite bankers and corporations, that want to usher in the global government. If we want to see real change, we must free our minds from the shackles of the left-right propaganda and go with a party that DOES have the best interests for our nation at heart.

Puppet Michael Ignatieff Confronted

from by qew

Terry Wilson and Frankie Gotz confront the NWO puppet Micheal Ignatieff in Hamilton Ontario. Although the event was promoted to be Michael answering any questions asked by the public, he did not like being asked about the Bilderberg group, fluoride and the North American Union.

The whole contempt of parliament and buying war machines (by Harper) is all scripted. its all done to manipulate your mind to hate harper and to vote in this new guy. much like wat they did with bush and Obama. they are all puppets and all serve the same corporate agenda!

Vote Liberal or Torie, and we will be in serious jeopardy of losing our country!

Chomsky talks fear in western society

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 Activist makes his case to Carleton audience

Noam Chomsky delivered a lecture at Carleton University Friday entitled Language and the Cognitive Science Revolution(s). He later took part in a discussion on the topic of Democracy and the Public University.

Noam Chomsky delivered a lecture at Carleton University Friday entitled Language and the Cognitive Science Revolution(s). He later took part in a discussion on the topic of Democracy and the Public University.

Photograph by: Jean Levac, The Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Citizen

Students, like many other groups in contemporary society, are being indoctrinated with notions of privatization, efficiency and distorted ideas about capitalism to keep them passive and obedient so rich people who run the corporate world can become even more wealthy.
That, in a nutshell, was the gist of a "conversation" libertarian activist Noam Chomsky offered to a crowd of more than 400 at Carleton University's Southam Hall on Friday.
During the 90-minute gathering, Chomsky proffered a wide-ranging critique of western society touching on topics as diverse as student tuition, the greed of hedge-fund managers and the efforts of corporate elites to make people feel insecure.

Cars, whole houses and even severed feet in shoes: The vast field of debris from Japan earthquake and tsunami that's floating towards U.S. West Coast

from by qew


Last updated at 10:53 AM on 8th April 2011

A vast field of debris, swept out to sea following the Japan earthquake and tsunami, is floating towards the U.S. West Coast, it has emerged.
More than 200,000 buildings were washed out by the enormous waves that followed the 9.0 quake on March 11. 
There have been reports of cars, tractor-trailers, capsized ships and even whole houses bobbing around in open water.
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Adrift: A whole house bobs in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan. An enormous field of debris was swept out to sea following the earthquake and tsunami
But even more grisly are the predictions of U.S. oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, who is expecting human feet, still in their shoes, to wash up on the West Coast within three years.
'I'm expecting parts of houses, whole boats and feet in sneakers to wash up,' Mr Ebbesmeyer, a Seattle oceanographer who has spent decades tracking flotsam, told MailOnline. 
Several thousand bodies were washed out to sea following the disaster and while most of the limbs will come apart and break down in the water, feet encased in shoes will float, Mr Ebbesmeyer said.
'I'm expecting the unexpected,' he added. 

Japan Earthquake 2011 Road Construction Competed in 6 Days

from by qew

Dear Highway Department,
from First Thoughts 

I’ve lived in Japan three different times and have developed a great admiration for the people of that country. They are innovative, energetic, and enterprising workers. But I’ve never considered them to be all that different from Americans. I certainly never would have considered them to be superhumanly productive.
So how do you explain the picture below?

On March 11 the biggest earthquake in the country’s history shook Japan. Six days later construction workers and engineers arrived at the Great Kanto Highway in Naka, which had a 150 meter crater-like crack. By March 23 the road was completely fixed.
My question for you, Highway Department, is why are the Japanese able to fix a 150-meter crack in six days while you can’t fix a 15 inch pothole in six months?

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Millions of Spiders in Pakistan Encase Entire Trees in Webs

from by qew

By Duncan Geere, Wired UK
The unprecedented flooding in Pakistan in the latter half of 2010 disrupted the lives of 20 million people, but it also affected the country’s arachnid population.
With more than a fifth of the country submerged, millions of spiders climbed into trees to escape the rising floodwaters. The water took so long to recede, the trees became covered in a cocoon ofspiderwebs. The result is an eerie, alien panorama, with any vegetation covered in a thick mass of webbing. (You can see images from the region in the gallery linked below.)
However, the unusual phenomenon may be a blessing in disguise. Britain’s department for international development reports that areas where the spiders have scaled the trees have seen far fewer malaria-spreading mosquitos than might be expected, given the prevalence of stagnant, standing water.
The agency is providing aid to the communities affected by the disaster, including safe drinking water, health care, food and shelter. To reduce the population’s long-term dependence on that aid, the government agency is now offering wheat seeds and tools to farmers, and jobs and skills training for those in rural areas. However, reconstruction in the worst-hit areas is expected to take many years.
See more images with the original story on Wired UK.
Image: U.K. Department for International Development

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Video Of Tsunami Smashing Into Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant; Reactor 1 Radiation Counter "Breaks" After Reporting 100 Sieverts/Hour

from by qew

Better late then never. Almost a full month after the March 11 earthquake generated a tsunami strong enough to cripple the Fukushima nuclear power plant, TEPCO has finally released a video of the 45 foot waves coming to land and resulting in the biggest nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl. As CNN explainswhat is patently obvious, the video shows the giant wave generated by the historic March 11 earthquake crashing over the plant's seawall and engulfing the facility, with one sheet of spray rising higher than the buildings that house the plant's six reactors. Tokyo Electric Power, the plant's owner, told reporters the wall of water was likely 14 to 15 meters (45 to 48 feet) higher than normal sea levels -- easily overwhelming the plant's 5-meter seawall.

In a System Based On Lies Why Would You Believe the Numbers?

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If you want a clear picture of how the US works today, all you need to do is look at the latest budget “showdown.”

We have Congress debating over $30+ billion in spending at a time when the Federal Reserve is printing $100 billion per month or so to buy US debt.

Let’s think about this for a minute. We have a debt problem. And according to our elected leaders, the way to address that debt problem is to fight over some $30 billion in spending at the exact same time that unelected leaders (the Fed) are printing three times that amount (at least that we know of) to buy MORE US debt.

It’s bizarre, but it reveals the real power structure in the US’s “democracy.” To anyone who focuses on the numbers, not the noise, it’s obvious that Congress is just a grand distraction from the folks who really decide things AKA the Fed/ Banks.

How else can you explain that EVERYTHING the Fed says to us (and Congress) is an outright lie and yet no one does anything about it?

Inflation’s contained?

Not so much.

Japan to pump radioactive water into sea until Sunday

from by qew

Shinichi Saoshiro and Yoko Kubota,
April 9, 2011
Japan will pump radioactive water into the sea from a crippled nuclear plant until Sunday, a day later than previously planned, its nuclear safety agency said.
The announcement came a day after China expressed concern at the discharge of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi plant smashed by last month’s earthquake, reflecting growing international unease over the month-long nuclear crisis.
“We are working on releasing water … we are likely to finish this tomorrow,” Hidehiko Nishiyama, a deputy director- general at Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, told reporters today.
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said earlier it expected to stop pumping tainted water into the sea on Saturday, but work was interrupted by a powerful aftershock on Thursday.

Julian Assange claims WikiLeaks is more accountable than governments

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WikiLeaks founder defends organisation in his first formal public appearance since being arrested over sexual assault allegations

Esther Addley

WikiLeaks 'is more responsive than a government that is elected after sourcing money from big business every four years,' Assange told the audience. Photograph: Akira Suemori/AP
WikiLeaks is more accountable than democratically elected governments because it accepts donations from members of the public, Julian Assange has claimed, in his first formal public appearance since being arrested in December following accusations of rape and sexual assault.
Questioned at a public debate about the whistleblowing organisation's own transparency, Assange told an audience of 700 people, many of them supporters: "We are directly supported on a week-to-week basis by you. You vote with your wallets every week if you believe that our work is worthwhile or not. If you believe we have erred, you do not support us. If you believe we need to be protected in our work, you keep us strong.
"That dynamic feedback, I say, is more responsive than a government that is elected after sourcing money from big business every four years."