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Fukushima Update: Unit 4 Is Sinking … Unevenly

… And May Begin Tilting The spent fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4 is the top short-term threat to humanity, and is a national security issue for America. As such, it is disturbing news that the ground beneath unit 4 … Continue reading

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NRC Whistleblowers: Risk of Nuclear Melt-Down In U.S. Is Even HIGHER Than It Was at Fukushima

Massive Cover-Up of Risks from Flooding to Numerous U.S. Nuclear Facilities Numerous American nuclear reactors are built within flood zones: As one example, on the following map (showing U.S. nuclear power plants built within earthquake zones), the red lines indicate … Continue reading

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BP Oil Spill: Case NOT Closed

BP Says Everything Is Fine … Scientists Aren’t So Sure Today, BP and the Coast Guard attributed the new oil sheen to a leak from the “cofferdam”. We will give some background on what the cofferdam is, and then explain … Continue reading

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Tepco Admits It Knew of Problems at Fukushima BEFORE the Earthquake Hit

Tepco Finally Comes Clean … But Tries to Blame Anti-Nuclear Movement Ever since the Japanese earthquake hit a year and a half ago, we have reported on Tepco’s criminal negligence in failing to prevent the Fukushima disaster. See this, this … Continue reading

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No, the Gulf Oil “Sheen” Is Not Oil Coming from the BP Wreckage

BP’s Explanation Is Incorrect Now that the new oil “sheen” has been confirmed by the government as coming from BP’s crippled Macondo well, BP’s fallback position is that the new sheen is just oil leaking from the wreckage of the … Continue reading

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A Primer On the REAL Global Geopolitical Battle

Are the Wars in the Middle East and North Africa Really About Oil? The Iraq war was really about oil, according to Alan Greenspan, John McCain, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, a high-level National Security Council officer and others. Dick … Continue reading

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The AMERICAN Government Is Dictating Japanese Nuclear Policy

Americans Are Largely Responsible for Japan’s Ongoing Nuclear Policy We’ve repeatedly slammed the Japanese government for corruption in allowing unsafe nuclear reactors and covering up the severity of the Fukushima disaster. But – as this article shows – the American … Continue reading

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NEW 4-Mile Long Oil Slick Near BP’s Gulf Oil Well

BP’s Macondo Well May Leak for Years CNN reports: An oil sheen about four miles long has appeared in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, a Coast Guard spokesman said Thursday. … Continue reading

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Top Nuclear Experts: Technology Doesn’t Yet Exist to Clean Up Fukushima

Containing Fukushima Is Beyond Current Technology World-renowned physicist Michio Kaku said recently: It will take years to invent a new generation of robots able to withstand the radiation. (The radiation inside the reactors is too hot even for robots.) AP reports: … Continue reading

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AMERICAN Government Forces Re-Start of Japanese Nuclear Reactors

Americans Are Largely Responsible for Japan’s Ongoing Nuclear Policy Archaic nuclear reactor designs such as those used at Fukushima – built by American company General Electric – were chosen because they were good for making nuclear bombs.   The U.S. … Continue reading

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Fukushima Radiation: Japan Irradiates the West Coast of North America

Painting by Jonathan Raddatz Radiation from Japan’s nuclear accident has turned up in seaweed on the coasts of California, Washington and other parts of the West Coast of North America. The ocean is so big … how could this be … Continue reading

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Scientific Paper: “The Fukushima Radioactive Plume Contaminated the Entire Northern Hemisphere During a Relatively Short Period of Time”

“Little Dissipation Occurred … Due to the Nature of the Rapid Global Air Circulation System” We warned mere days after the Japanese earthquake that the West Coast of North America could be hit with radiation. Our concerns – unfortunately – … Continue reading

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Engineers Charge Government Coverup: Reactor Meltdown “Absolute Certainty” If Dam Fails … 100s of Times More Likely than Tsunami that Hit Fukushima

Massive Cover-Up of Risks from Flooding to Numerous U.S. Nuclear Facilities Numerous American nuclear reactors are built within flood zones: As one example, on the following map (showing U.S. nuclear power plants built within earthquake zones), the red lines indicate … Continue reading

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Russia Dumped 19 Radioactive Ships Plus 14 Nuclear Reactors Into the Ocean

Government Dumping of Nuclear Waste Still Poses a Threat … Decades Later Governments – including both Russia and the United States – have been covering up nuclear meltdowns for 50 years and covering up the dangers of radiation for 67 … Continue reading

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Radiation Danger Covered Up Ever Since Nuclear Weapons Invented

Government Has Been Covering up Radiation Danger for 67 Years The U.S. and other governments have been covering up nuclear meltdowns for fifty years to protect the nuclear power industry. It turns out that the U.S. tried to cover up … Continue reading

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America’s Great 2012 Drought

As Bad as During the 1930s Dust Bowl? The progress of the drought has been horrific: The current drought is covering almost as much of the U.S. as during the 1930s dust bowl: As the Weather Channel  pointed out last … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Core Problem Is Too Much Centralization … In Both Government AND the Private Sector

Leading Economist: Centralization Is the Problem Nobel prize winning economist Ed Prescott has previously said that we have to break up the big banks. Prescott notes in a new interview that centralization – of either government or banking – is … Continue reading

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Nuclear Industry Routinely Forces Workers to Disable their Radiation Detectors

Criminal Fraud in the Nuclear Industry One of Japan’s leading newspapers – Asahi – reports: The long and the short of it is this: Nuclear power plants probably would not operate properly in Japan if workers were not willing to … Continue reading

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Radiation On West Coast of North America Could End Up Being 10 Times HIGHER than in Japan

In 10 Years, Peak Cesium Levels Off West Coast Could Be 10 Times Higher Than at Coast of Japan We’ve extensively documented the fact that ocean currents bring Japanese radiation to the West Coast of North America, and that – … Continue reading

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Japanese Parliamentary Inquiry: Fukushima Disaster Caused by “Collusion” Among Government, Regulators and Tepco

Official Investigation Found Earthquake Caused Damage, Reactor Design Dangerous … It Was a “Man-Made” Disaster Experts have noted for well over a year that the Fukushima reactors were damaged by the earthquake before the tsunami hit, showing that the entire … Continue reading

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Massive Protests Against Tomorrow’s Restart of Japanese Nuclear Reactor

Above is livestream from the protests outside the Ohi nuclear plant, which is slated to be restarted tomorrow. This comes on the heels of massive anti-nuclear protests outside of the prime minister’s office in Tokyo … the largest in 50 … Continue reading

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Radioactive “Dirt” Hits Tokyo

Tokyo Residents: Don’t Touch the Black or Blue Dirt Fukushima has been decimated by radiation. But Fukushima City has less than 300,000 residents.  And all of Fukushima prefecture has 2 million.  On the other hand, greater Tokyo – the world’s … Continue reading

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Due to International Pressure, Tepco Agrees to Start Removing Radioactive Fuel from Fukushima Fuel Pool a Year Early

Good News … For a Change Tepco was going to wait until late 2013 to even begin to start addressing the greatest threat to humanity. There is some good news. Specifically – due to international pressure – Tepco has agreed … Continue reading

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Estimating the Potential Impact of Failure of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 Spent Fuel Pool

What Would Be the Fallout from an Accident at Fukushima’s Fuel Pools? Dr. Paul Gailey sent me the following email: Because so many claims were flying around with regard to Fukushima’s spent fuel pool number 4, we performed a technical … Continue reading

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Previously-Secret 1955 Government Report Concluded that Ocean May Not Adequately Dilute Radiation from Nuclear Accidents

Fukushima Likely to Produce “Pockets” and “Streams” of Highly-Concentrated Radiation The operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant has been dumping something like a thousand tons per day of radioactive water into the Pacific ocean. Remember, the reactors are “riddled … Continue reading

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“Absolutely Every One” – 15 Out of 15 – Bluefin Tuna Tested In California Waters Contaminated with Fukushima Radiation

California Fish Contaminated with Fukushima Radiation We noted more than a year ago: The ocean currents head from Japan to the West Coast of the U.S. *** Of course, fish don’t necessarily stay still, either. For example, the Telegraph notes … Continue reading

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Fraud and Earthquake Risks at California Nuclear Plants Jeopardize Safety

Fraud Makes Nuclear Plant Unsafe California’s San Onofre nuclear plant suffered a “very significant” event in February: a steam tube rupture and nuclear leak.  The plant has been shut down ever since. In fact, San Onofre has been riddled with … Continue reading

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Nuclear Cheerleaders Use Voodoo Science to Pretend Low Levels of Radiation Are Safe … Or Even Good For You

Department of Energy Pretends that Low Levels of Radiation Are Safe Dr. Peter Karamoskos – a nuclear radiologist and a public representative on the radiation health committee of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency – wrote in the … Continue reading

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Oil Companies Buy Oil at West Texas Intermediary Price, and then Sell It at the Higher Brent Crude Price Used In Europe

  We noted yesterday that major U.S. oil companies are artificially raising gas prices to U.S. consumers by using the European Brent crude oil pricing yardstick. USA Today touched on one side of this issue in February: For the first … Continue reading

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The U.S. Is Now EXPORTING Refined Petroleum Products, But the Oil Companies Are Gaming the System By Switching To a Different Benchmark to Keep U.S. Fuel Prices HIGH … And the Keystone Pipeline Will Create Even HIGHER U.S. Prices

Big Oil Is Gaming the System to Keep Domestic U.S. Prices High Leah McGrath Goodman – who has written for the Financial Times, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Fortune – notes that the U.S. is now an exporter … Continue reading

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Scientists: Dinosaur Farts Caused Global Warming

Did Dinosaur Farts Cause Global Warming? The Telegraph noted in 2010 that scientists believe that wooly mammoth farts helped create a warming period 13,000 years ago: Mammoths helped to fill the atmosphere with methane and keep the Earth warm more … Continue reading

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Senator: Fukushima Fuel Pool Is a National Security Issue for AMERICA

Fukushima Fuel Pools Are an American National Security Issue After visiting Fukushima, Senator Ron Wyden warned that the situation was worse than reported … and urged Japan to accept international help to stabilize dangerous spent fuel pools. An international coalition of … Continue reading

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Our Country Is Being Fracked by the Merger of Government and Big Business

The Government Is Using Its Police Powers to Protect Fracking Fracking is polluting water all over the country. A new study published in the journal Ground Water predicts that the highly-toxic fluids used in fracking can migrate to aquifers within … Continue reading

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Report: Repeated Low Doses of Radiation Can Cause More Damage than High Doses

Can Low Doses of Radiation Cause More Damage than High Doses? The New York Times’ Matthew Wald reports today: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists[’] May-June issue carries seven articles and an editorial on the subject of low-dose radiation, a … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Stop the Melting of Arctic Ice and Himalyan Glaciers: Reduce Soot

“The Only Way to Significantly Slow Arctic Warming Over the Next Two Decades” Preface: Climate activists and skeptics can agree on 6 things. This is one of them. Professor Mark Jacobson – director of Stanford’s Atmosphere and Energy Program and … Continue reading

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Mad Cow Found in California … Because Cows Are Being Fed Blood, Animal Parts and Feces

Image by William Banzai Cows Being Fed Blood, Animal Parts and Feces … So More Cases of Mad Cow Are Guaranteed A central California cow tested positive for mad cow disease. As we’ve previously noted, the government’s policy is ensuring … Continue reading

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Are We Smart Enough to Survive … Or Will Humanity Win a Darwin Award?

Are We Smart Enough to Survive As a Species? The Darwin Award is a humorous award for people who kill themselves by doing really stupid things. Will humanity as a whole win a Darwin Award? We’ve sounded the alarm for … Continue reading

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The Hidden Influence of the Nuclear Lobby on Climate Change Legislation

Is The Nuclear Lobby Behind Bad Climate Legislation? Nuclear power is expensive and bad for the environment. Investing in nuclear technology crowds out developing clean energy. But the nuclear industry spends huge sums on lobbying.  Indeed, it spends more on … Continue reading

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Japanese Nuclear Industry “Spent Ten Times More Money For PR Campaigns Than We Did For Real Safety Measures”

Nuclear Industry Spends Money on Lobbying and P.R. … Instead of Safety We’ve previously noted that “nuclear can be safe or it can be cheap … but it can’t be both”. Fortune quotes Japanese nuclear consultant Satoshi Sato today: We … Continue reading

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The Second Anniversary of BP’s Gulf Oil Spill: Nothing Has Changed

Criminal Negligence Caused the Gulf Oil Spill BP was criminally negligent in allowing the Gulf oil spill to happen. BP lied to Congress about the safety of its deepwater drilling operations: (More here.) BP apparently lost control of the Gulf … Continue reading

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2 Years After the BP Oil Spill, Is the Gulf Ecosystem Collapsing?

The Gulf Ecosystem Is Being Decimated The BP oil spill started on April 20, 2010. We’ve previously warned that the BP oil spill could severely damage the Gulf ecosystem. Since then, there are numerous signs that the worst-case scenario may … Continue reading

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Japanese Trying to Stabilize Radioactive Fuel Pools, But Are Moving Too Slowly … By a Decade

Tepco Moving To Secure Spent Fuel Pools … But They May Be a Decade Too Late Scientists say that the big Japanese earthquake last year has increased the chance of a big earthquake near the Fukushima reactors. The Wall Street … Continue reading

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U.S. Senator Tours Fukushima, Warns Situation Worse Than Reported …Urges Japan to Accept International Help to Stabilize Dangerous Spent Fuel Pools

Reuters reports: Japan, with assistance from the U.S., needs to do more to move spent fuel rods out of harm’s way at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said U.S. Senator Ron Wyden on Monday. Wyden, a senior Democratic senator … Continue reading

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How to Beat Global Warming … Or a New Ice Age

How to Adapt to Any Climate Change – Global Warming or Cooling – and Save Money In the Process Whether you are worried about global warming, a new ice age, or just want to save on your electric bill … … Continue reading

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Top Scientists, Government Agencies and Publications Have – For Over 100 Years – Been Terrified of a New Ice Age

Fear of the Big Freeze There has been an intense debate among leading scientists, government agencies and publications over whether the bigger threat is global warming or a new ice age. As we’ve previously noted, top researchers have feared an … Continue reading

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A Visual Tour of the Fuel Pools of Fukushima

Do You Know What the Fuel Pools Actually Look Like? You already know that Fukushima’s fuel pool number 4 may be the single greatest threat, but that pool number 3 is very dangerous as well. You’ve heard that unit 3′s … Continue reading

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Fuel Pool 35 Miles from Major American City – which Is Highly Vulnerable to Earthquakes – Contains More Radioactive Cesium than Released By Fukushima, Chernobyl and All Nuclear Bomb Tests COMBINED

Radioactive Fuel Fires: Not Just a Japanese Problem The spent fuel pools at Fukushima are currently the top short-term threat to humanity. But fuel pools in the United States store an average of ten times more radioactive fuel than stored … Continue reading

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Is Our Health Being Sacrificed for the Sake of Nuclear Weapons?

Misinformation By Nuclear Weapons Producers Above-ground nuclear tests – which caused numerous cancers to the “downwinders” – were covered up by the American, French and other governments for decades. See this, this, this, this, this and this. Moreover, the entire … Continue reading

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Nuclear Power Is Expensive and Bad for the Environment … It’s Being Pushed Because It Is Good For Making Bombs

Since the 1980s, the U.S. Has Secretly Helped Japan Build Up Its Nuclear Weapons Program … Pretending It Was “Nuclear Energy” and “Space Exploration” … As demonstrated below, nuclear energy is expensive and bad for the environment. The real reason … Continue reading

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Japan is Poisoning Other Countries By Burning Highly-Radioactive Debris

Fukushima to Burn Highly-Radioactive Debris Fukushima will start burning radioactive debris containing up to 100,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram. As Mainchi notes: The state will start building storage facilities for debris generated by the March 2011 tsunami as … Continue reading

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The Top Short-Term Threat to Humanity: The Fuel Pools of Fukushima

The Greatest Single Threat to Humanity: Fuel Pool Number 4 We noted days after the Japanese earthquake that the biggest threat was from the spent fuel rods in the fuel pool at Fukushima unit number 4, and not from the … Continue reading

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California Slammed With Fukushima Radiation

Fukushima Radiation Plume Hit Southern and Central California The Journal Environmental Science and Technology reports in a new study that the Fukushima radiation plume contacted North America at California “with greatest exposure in central and southern California”, and that Southern … Continue reading

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Did An Attempt to Secretly Ramp Up Production Cause the California Nuclear Accident?

California Nuclear Accident: Caused By a Secret Attempt to Ramp Up Production? The San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California suffered a steam tube rupture and radioactive leak … a “very significant” event which almost caused a melt down. A … Continue reading

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Radioactive Debris Washing Up on Pacific Coast

BBC reported last week: A Japanese fishing vessel swept away by the March 2011 tsunami has been spotted adrift off the west coast of Canada. *** It is believed to be the first large item from the millions of tonnes … Continue reading

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Tokyo Soil – Blanketed With Fukushima Radiation – Would Be Considered “Radioactive Waste” In the United States

Tokyo Slammed with Radiation We noted in August that some parts of Tokyo have more radiation than existed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zones. And see this and this. There are indications that radiation levels are increasing in Tokyo. Nuclear engineer … Continue reading

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Tepco: Less Than 2 Feet of Water Left in Fukushima Reactor

Fukushima Reactor Barely Covered with Water … And Hydrogen Pressure and Temperature Are Fluctuating NHK reports today that only 60 centimeters – or 23.62 inches – of water still cover the number 2 reactor: Tokyo Electric Power Company says it … Continue reading

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The Government Spends Trillions On Unlikely Threats … But Won’t Spend a Billion Dollars to Prevent the Very Real Possibility of Global Nuclear Catastrophe

We’re Spending Money Combating the Wrong Dangers Studies show that people are worry about the wrong things. We are terrified of things that will probably never happen, and underestimate the real dangers which face us. As we noted last year, … Continue reading

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Soviet Leader: Chernobyl Nuclear Accident Caused the Collapse of the USSR

Gorbachev Says Chernobyl – Not Perestroika or Reagan’s Arms Race – Caused the Break Up of the Soviet Union Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of open politics – called perestroika – is largely blamed for the collapse of the Soviet … Continue reading

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Study: Genetically Modified Corn Increases Body Weight in Rats

GM Food Increases Body Weight in Rats We previously reported: Many crops in the U.S. are now genetically modified. For example, 93 percent of soybeans grown in the US are genetically engineered, as are: 86% of all corn 93% of … Continue reading

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America Is Letting China Steal Our Valuable Nuclear Innovations

The U.S. Is Letting China Steal Its Nuclear Innovations … Just Like Xerox Let Apple and Microsoft Steal Its Valuable Breakthroughs Microsoft and Apple grew rich by using Xerox’s innovation. Xerox’s research arm (called Xerox Parc) invented the “graphical user … Continue reading

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Did BP Cause Damage to the Gulf Sea Floor … Which Is Leading to Ever-Larger “Natural” Oil Seeps from the Giant Macondo Reservoir?

Has BP Made “Natural” Oil Seeps In the Gulf Larger? In June of 2010, BP officials admitted to damage beneath the seafloor under BP’s Gulf Macondo well. Numerous scientists have speculated that the blowout and subsequent clumsy attempts by BP … Continue reading

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Virginia Nuclear Plant Leaking Radioactive Tritium

Yet Another Leaking Nuclear Plant We reported last August: One of the largest East Coast earthquakes in recorded history struck today. The epicenter was very close to the Lake Anna nuclear power plant: Click for larger image In fact, many … Continue reading

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Newsflash: Mainstream Media Does Real Reporting!

It is so rare to see any actual reporting come out of the mainstream media that I want to give props to CNN for this story: The reporters did as good a job as the best bloggers, and used the … Continue reading

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20 Times More Japanese Earthquakes in the 6 Months Following March 2011 than in the Previous 9 YEARS … Quake May Have “Awakened” Fukushima Fault

Pandora’s Box? We have extensively documented the fact that engineers knew that Fukushima was built in an area which was highly-susceptible to giant earthquakes, and that it would fail in a large earthquake. Unfortunately, Pandora’s Box may now have been … Continue reading

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Fukushima Reactor Temperature Surpasses 752 Degrees … More Than 4 Times Maximum for “Cold Shutdown”

Over 400 Degrees Celsius Pretending that the Fukushima reactors achieved a state of “cold shutdown” was a political – rather than scientific – decision. Tepco itself said the state of cold shutdown could only continue so long as the temperature … Continue reading

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California Nuclear Plant Suffered Steam Tube Rupture & Radioactive Leak Last Week … “Very Significant” Event Which Almost Caused a Melt Down

A Meltdown was Averted … This Time The San Onofre nuclear power plant leaked radioactive gas last week when steam generating tubes ruptured. Indeed, hundreds of tubes at the San Onofre nuclear plant are experiencing problems. (To add insult to … Continue reading

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Radioactive Leak at California Nuclear Power Plant

Leak at San Onofre Nuclear Plant The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday: Officials at the San Onofre nuclear power plant shut down one of the facility’s two units Tuesday evening after a sensor detected a possible leak in a steam … Continue reading

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Illinois Nuclear Power Plant Loses Power … Vents Radioactive Steam

Illinois Nuclear Plant Vents Tritiumd Exelon nuclear power company – the largest nuclear operator in the U.S. – issued a press release today stating: Operators at Byron Generating Station  [around 110 miles from Chicago] declared an Unusual Event at 10:18 … Continue reading

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Governments Worldwide Raise Acceptable Radiation Levels Based Upon Politics … Not Science

Instead of Protecting People, Governments Cover Up by Raising “Safe” Radiation Levels American and Canadian authorities have virtually stopped monitoring airborne radiation. Neither American nor Canadian authorities are testing fish for radioactivity. Does that mean that we don’t have to … Continue reading

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Tepco Admits that Radiation Levels from Fukushima Are RISING

Fukushima Operator Admits 20% Increase In Radiation JiJi Press – one of Japan’s largest news sources – reports: Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Monday reported an increase in radioactive materials leaking from damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima … plant. … Continue reading

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Fukushima Cover Up Unravels: “The Government Can No Longer Pull the Wool Over the Public’s Eyes”

Too Much Radiation to Cover Up As I’ve pointed out since day one, the Japanese government and Tepco have covered up the extent of the radiation released by Fukushima and its health effects on the Japanese and others. See this … Continue reading

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Tepco Drills a Hole in Fukushima Reactor … Finds that Nuclear Fuel Has Gone Missing

Cold Shutdown … or Escape of Hot Fuel? I noted last month in connection with Tepco’s announcement of “cold shutdown” of the Fukushima reactors: If the reactors are “cold”, it may be because most of the hot radioactive fuel has … Continue reading

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Japanese, Canadian and American Officials Have “Betrayed” their Citizens By Hiding Radiation … “Akin to Murder”

“Betraying” Their Own People … “Akin to Murder” The New York Times reported last August: The day after a giant tsunami set off the continuing disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, thousands of residents at the nearby town of … Continue reading

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Accident at Second Japanese Nuclear Complex

The Japanese Nuclear Accident You Never Heard About You’ve heard about the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex. But there was another Japanese nuclear accident last year. As I explained in March of last year: The 6 problem reactors … Continue reading

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Canadian Medical Association Journal: Japanese Response to Fukushima Even Worse than Communist Russian Response to Chernobyl … “The Japanese Government Was Lying Through Its Teeth”

“Unconscionable” Failure Of Government … a “Culture of Coverup” The peer-reviewed Journal of the Canadian Medical Association – a 144 year-old national association – slammed the Japanese government for lying about Fukushima: A “culture of coverup” and inadequate cleanup efforts … Continue reading

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Island of Japanese Debris the Size of California to Hit West Coast of North America

Giant Island of Debris from Japan Is On Its Way As the CBC notes, an island of debris the size of California is expected to hit North America: See this for background. Some of the debris could be radioactive. As … Continue reading

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Announcement of “Cold Shutdown” of Fukushima Reactors Is Based On a Political Decision, Not Science

If The Reactors Are “Cold”, It May Be Because Most of the Hot Radioactive Fuel Has Leaked Out The Japanese Government and Tepco say that they have achieved a “cold shutdown” of Fukushima nuclear reactors. Specifically, they claim that the … Continue reading

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Nuclear Agencies Are Wholly Controlled By (and Serve) the Nuclear Industry … Just Like the Fed Is Owned By (and Serves) Its Member Banks

  The Federal Reserve banks are owned by private banks, and so the Fed looks out for their member banks … and not necessarily the people or the nation. Similarly – as documented below – the nuclear agencies are owned … Continue reading

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Nanotechnology Can Go a Long Way Towards Solving Our Energy Shortage

The Solution to Our Energy Problems: Decentralization The great debate of alternative energy versus fossil fuels or nuclear is missing the point. The answer is decentralized energy production and storage. As I noted last year: A scientist has figured out … Continue reading

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Is The Amount of Energy Put Into Mining, Processing, and Shipping Uranium, Plant Construction, Operation, and Decommissioning GREATER than the Energy a Nuclear Plant Can Produce In Its Lifetime?

  By leading anti-war activist David Swanson, author of Day Break and War Is A Lie, who runs the websites DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org (formerly AfterDowningStreet.org) [Preface from Washington’s Blog: As we’ve previously documented, virtually all of the nuclear reactors in … Continue reading

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Fukushima: “China Syndrome Is Inevitable” … “Huge Steam Explosions”, “Massive Hydrovolcanic Explosion” or a “Nuclear Bomb-Type Explosion” May Occur

Fukushima May Blow I’ve repeatedly noted that we may experience a “China syndrome” type of accident at Fukushima. For example, I pointed out in September: Mainichi Dailly News notes: As a radiation meteorology and nuclear safety expert at Kyoto University’s … Continue reading

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How to Protect Ourselves from Radiation

Self-Help: How to Protect Ourselves Against Damage from Radiation Now that much of Europe is being blanketed with radioactive iodine, high levels of radiation in Tokyo and other areas of Japan have been confirmed (and see this and this), and … Continue reading

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Radiation Spreads to France

France Hit with Radiation I reported yesterday that a blanket of radioactive iodine – indicating a new nuclear release – has hit Germany, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Today, Agence France Presse reports that … Continue reading

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Are Fukushima Reactors 5 and 6 In Trouble Also?

Are All 6 Fukushima Reactors In Trouble? Everyone knows that Fukushima reactors 1-3 have melted down, and the fuel pool at reactor 4 is ruined. But reactors 5 and 6 have been almost entirely ignored since the earthquake because – … Continue reading

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Radioactive Iodine Blankets Much of Europe … Everyone Points Fingers

Radioactive Iodine is Blanketing Much of Europe Reuters notes that elevated levels of radioactive iodine have been detected in Germany, Sweden, Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. The Stockholm News reports that Denmark and Poland are also experiencing heightened … Continue reading

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Engineers Knew Fukushima Might Be Unsafe, But Covered It Up … And Now the Extreme Vulnerability of NEW U.S. Plants Is Being Covered Up

Engineers and Scientists Knew Fukushima Might Be Unsafe Preface:The current nuclear reactor design was chosen – not because it was safe – but because it worked on navy submarines. And governments have been covering up nuclear meltdowns for 50 years. … Continue reading

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The 1% Are Fracking the Rest of Us … Literally

The 1% Frack the 99% As the Emmy-winning documentary Gasland demonstrates, hydrofracking (“fracking” for short) is polluting water all over the country. As I noted in August, the government has also officially stated that fracking can cause earthquakes. A fracking … Continue reading

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Japanese Debris to Start Hitting Western U.S. and Canada THIS WEEK

Japanese Debris to Hit Western U.S. and Canada I noted in June that debris from carried out to sea in the Japanese tsunami would hit the Western U.S. and Canada within a year or so, and that nuclear engineer Arnie … Continue reading

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Will Fukushima Bankrupt Japan?

Nuclear Accident May Bankrupt Japan I noted in April that a nuclear catastrophe could cost ten trillion dollars or more (many times more than the insurance which nuclear power operators are required to carry) … and could even bankrupt a … Continue reading

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“Burning Radioactive Debris Will Only Serve To Further Randomly Spread Radiation Across Japan, As Well As The Rest Of The World”

Japanese Children Are Already Suffering Tremendously From Fukushima Radiation I noted earlier today that Tokyo – and other parts of Japan – are burning radioactive debris, which will disperse more radiation into the environment. Steven Starr – Senior Scientist, Physicians … Continue reading

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Tokyo Starts Burning Radioactive Waste from Other Areas … Tokyo Governor Tells Residents to “Shut Up” and Stop Complaining About It

Tokyo Governor Tells Residents to “Shut Up” Instead of Complain About Burning of Radioactive Debris I noted in August: Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says in a new interview that the Japanese are burning radioactive materials. The radioactivity originated from Fukushima, … Continue reading

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Fukushima: “Far From Any Stable Shutdown”

Fukushima: Further Away From a Stable Shutdown Than Japanese Claimed Radioactive xenon has been detected at the Fukushima nuclear plant, indicating that nuclear reactions are still occurring. BusinessWeek notes that the Japanese government has confirmed the existence of radioactive xenon: … Continue reading

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The Only Way to Save the Economy: Break Up the Giant, Insolvent Banks

The Government Created the Giant Banks As MIT economics professor and former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson points out, the official White House position is that: (1) The government created the mega-giants, and they are not the product of free … Continue reading

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Will Tokyo Be Evacuated Due to Fukushima Radiation?

Tokyo Radiation Exceeds Chernobyl In Some Places … Japanese Government and Experts Discuss Evacuation As I noted last month, radiation in some parts of Tokyo is higher than in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Yesterday, Al Jazeera pointed out: Experts estimate … Continue reading

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We Can Solve Our Energy Problems By Learning How the World Really Works

We’ll Have More Nuclear and Oil Catastrophes … Unless We Find Better Ways to Produce Energy More Fukushimas and Gulf oil spills will happen again … Unless we find ways to produce energy in a less catastrophe-prone manner. Alternative forms … Continue reading

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Massive New Radiation Releases Possible from Fukushima … Especially If Melted Core Materials Hit Water

Governments Underreported Severity of Fukushima As I’ve noted for 6 months, the Japanese and U.S. governments have continually under-reported the severity of the nuclear crisis at Fukushima. The Wall Street Journal points out: The Japanese government initially underestimated radiation releases … Continue reading

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Covering the Leaking Reactors At Fukushima With Tents Will Only INCREASE Global Exposure to Radiation

Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Will Be Spread By Use of Tents When I first heard that Tepco will place large tents over its leaking Fukushima reactors, I reacted with derision, as did Tyler Durden: Artist’s impression of this latest Japanese venture: … Continue reading

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A U.S. Nuclear Accident Could Be a Lot Worse than Japan

I noted last week: Reuters reported yesterday: U.S. regulators privately have expressed doubts that some of the nation’s nuclear power plants are prepared for a Fukushima-scale disaster, undercutting their public confidence since Japan’s nuclear crisis began, documents released by an … Continue reading

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Can Vitamins or Herbs Help Protect Us from Radiation?

  Preface: This is written for the millions of people around the world who are worried about radiation from the Japanese nuclear reactors. For those who are not worried about radiation from Japan, you can ignore this post, or save … Continue reading

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Carbon Trading Giants and Big Energy Are Both Trying to Steer the Global Warming Debate Away from REAL Solutions

  Goldman Sachs and the other financial giants who brought us the economic meltdown and manipulation of the economy argue that carbon trading will solve all of our problems. If we just let them make out like bandits off of … Continue reading

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