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Bursting the Bubble of Denial
As Thomas Kuhn showed in his landmark book THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS, established perceptions of ‘scientific truth’ are very resistant to change. Careers, professional identities, institutional power relationships, industries and fortunes are built on the reigning perceptions of ‘reality,’ so it isn’t just ‘hard evidence’ and rational, objective debate that dictates the glacial pace of paradigm shift. Powerful vested interests – personal, academic, corporate and economic – do too.
But shift does happen and we can see it now in slow motion before our very eyes as wireless radiation health effects become undeniable. Scroll down for leads and links.
Anyone who reads these cannot be left with the illusion (or delusion) that this form of energy is without adverse biological and health consequences at levels well below existing guidelines. Children are particularly vulnerable. It is irresponsible of governments to maintain the status quo in light of thousands of studies that have been published and statements by these experts.
Here are the resolutions/appeals/reports in reverse chronological order...Read more.
From Microwave News IARC: Cell Phone Radiation Is a Possible Human Carcinogen
Small Group Will File Minority Opinion
Just about every news outlet in the world reported this week that an expert panel at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that long-term use of a cell phone might lead to two different types of tumors, glioma, a type of brain cancer, and acoustic neuroma, a tumor of the auditory nerve.
Now Microwave News brings you the inside story of what happened at the meeting, much of which has yet to be told.
The decision to designate cell phone radiation a “possible human carcinogen” was close to unanimous–there were only two holdouts. One was from the the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Read all the details
10 Massive Security Breaches
Jake Widman 03/12/2011 They make the news on a regular basis: incidents in which a company or government agency’s security is breached, leading to a loss of information, personal records, or other data. There are many ways to measure the size or cost of a security breach. Some result in the loss of millions of data records, some affect millions of people, and some wind up costing the affected businesses a lot of money. Not to mention, the questions of you calculate the value of personal medical information vs. credit card numbers. Here are ten security breaches of epic scale, plus one “bonus” incident that ranks among the boneheaded moves of all time.
Expert panel investigating San Bruno blast criticizes PG&E for ‘multiple weaknesses’
By Steve Johnson and Joshua Melvin
San Jose Mercury – Bay Area News Group
In the most extensive independent analysis of PG&E since the Sept. 9 San Bruno catastrophe, an expert panel’s report Thursday scathingly criticized the utility, finding “multiple weaknesses” in its natural gas-line operations and accusing the company of putting profits ahead of public safety.
“Frankly, this report is damning of PG&E almost across the board,” said Michael Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, which ordered the study. Vowing that the commission will act on many of its recommendations, he added, “all these things are extremely deep and disturbing.”
The five experts, whom the commission appointed shortly after the blast to scrutinize the agency and PG&E, reached a number of unsettling conclusions:…
Do You Want Two Companies Controlling 80% of the Nation’s Cellphone’s Market?
By Jenn Ettinger, Other Words Posted on May 31, 2011, Printed on June 4, 2011
A recent T-Mobile commercial depicts a cellphone customer being harassed by two thugs in business suits, his pockets emptied, his wallet turned inside out, and every last penny shaken out of him. The gist: He’s being mugged by T-Mobile’s competitors, which all charge higher prices for less service than T-Mobile.
Ironically, T-Mobile is now about to be bought up by one of those muggers…
Antitrust Review of the AT&T/T-Mobile Transaction
Allen P. Grunes – Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Maurice E. Stucke – University of Tennessee College of Law
Federal Communications Law Journal, Forthcoming Abstract:
In this Essay, we review AT&T Inc.’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, Inc., under federal merger law, under the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission’s 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines, and with a focus on possible remedies. We find, under a rule of law approach, that the proposed acquisition is presumptively anticompetitive, and the merging parties in their public disclosures have failed to overcome this presumption. Next we find that under the Merger Guidelines, there is reason to believe that the transaction may result in higher prices to consumers under several different plausible theories. Finally, we turn to the question of possible remedies. We conclude that there is a high likelihood that divestitures will not solve the competitive problems, and make the case for enjoining the acquisition.
Environmental Defense Fund attempting damage control in LA times: The writer is a climate change policy analyst and an attorney at Environmental Defense Fund.
‘Smart meters’ are the future
Re “Outcry over ‘smart meters,’ ” May 29
A smarter grid is crucial to achieving the clean energy revolution we need. Choices that slow that revolution will keep us dependent on fossil fuels, known contributors to various illnesses….[ the usual drivel. ]
This from www.emfsafetynetwork.org The UNLABELED SMARTAPPLIANCE ZONE.
That means your home becomes wireless land rather you want it or not and without warning. If you happen to have a bioelectric implant for health purposes, which are dangerously sensitive to RF (per National Institute of Health,) you could be buying a trip to the hospital or the morgue with your next appliance purchase.
If you are an electro hypersensitive person, you may have purchased a greater electrical annoyance that could drive you out of your home sooner.
This is an unlabeled trespass and the companies need to know that you are against it. It seems like any corporation can create anything, add it to an important product you need and not tell you. That’s a classic example of the toxic Trojan horse. Buyer Beware!
Local 2 Investigates Smart Meter Fires
By Amy Davis
HOUSTON — Local 2 Investigates looked into fires sparked by the installation of new smart meters on every home and business across Houston. It’s a danger homeowners called us about when they were stuck with no electricity and major damage to their homes.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE Dr. Jonathan Samet is chairman of a World Health Organization committee that found cellphones to be “possibly carcinogenic.”
By TARA PARKER-POPE
Published: June 6, 2011
After years of weighing in on issues like secondhand tobacco smoke and radon exposure, Dr. Jonathan Samet is accustomed to controversy.
From Robert Williams MISREPRESENTATIONS OF WIRELESS SMART METERS
When people send these depressing articles, please also include the quality comments along with the article. This article has one comment at this time and I am copying it for you.
The utility information generated by Wireless smart meters is NOT real-time and it is NOT formatted for customer use so it does NOT assist customers to use less energy or lower their utility bills. The information only assists the Utility Company to bill customers and shut off customer power remotely.
In the U.S. & UK and other countries where Wireless smart meters are being installed, energy use is NOT decreasing, customer UTILITY BILLS ARE INCREASING, there are additional PROBLEMS & COSTS incurred from increased SECURITY & HACKING PROBLEMS and the Wireless meters are creating ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE PROBLEMS.
Wireless smart meters are NOT mandated by the US Federal Energy Program, as California’s PG$E pretends.
The Utility companies are salivating over eliminating the jobs of the full-time-with-benefit meter reader employees and replacing them with phone operators in India and the Philippines who read scripts to customers over the phone for $4 per day with NO Benefits.
42 Cities & Counties in California have taken positions AGAINST Wireless smart meters and 13 have passed Ordinances prohibiting the Wireless meters.
The monetary transfers from customers to utility companies are huge, the problems are real and severe, but the advertised benefits are NOT occurring.
Pushback Turns to Backlash
Despite the bad news – and hot particles – continuing to come out of Fukushima, there are some signs that a combination of public opposition, market forces, scientific rationality, and perhaps even plain old common sense are beginning to slow the mad lemming rush toward the nuclear ‘renaissance’ cliff. At least for the moment, licensing delays, building plan cancellations and even nuke plant shutdowns are spreading worldwide. Scroll down for articles and video links on this and other nuclear topics.
Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant flood and fire
As if the flooding isn’t enough, they had an electrical fire, and shut down the spent fuel pond pumps to aid in fighting it. There are many articles posted on this, all the IDENTICAL AP article, and not one mention of flooding:…
Utility officials said the fire Tuesday damaged an electrical system used to run a pump at the Fort Calhoun Station that recirculates water in a pool holding hot, radioactive nuclear fuel that has been used.
The pump was out of commission for an hour before the system was restored. Omaha Public Power District spokesman Mike Jones said the company had backup equipment but didn’t need to use it. Jones initially said that plant operators deliberately took the pump offline to respond to the fire.
If a pool pump fails for several days and is not fixed, cooling water could boil away and eventually cause radioactive releases. Read more
Almost three months after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered a nuclear disaster in Japan, new radiation “hot spots” may require the evacuation of more areas further from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility. Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency recently admitted for the first time that full nuclear meltdowns occurred at three of the plant’s reactors, and more than doubled its estimate for the amount of radiation that leaked from the plant in the first week of the disaster in March. “What they failed to mention is that they discharged an equally large amount into the ocean,” says our guest Robert Alvarez, former senior policy adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. Fukushima in Our Food: Low Levels of Radiation from Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown Detected in Milk, Fruit and Vegetable Samples Tested from California Farms
June 1, 2011 | By Steven Hoffman
The emerging reality of the ongoing nuclear reactor crisis in Fukushima, Japan—now in its third month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami caused nuclear explosions at the plant 150 miles north of Tokyo—is that it is not under control at all. Three of the six reactors are in meltdown. The crippled reactors are acting like a huge dirty bomb, emitting significant quantities of radioactive isotopes that are, in fact, contaminating our air, water, soil and food in a steady stream that may continue for a long time.
And it’s not just affecting Japan, though they’re certainly getting the worst of it. Since the accident on March 12, radioactive fallout from Fukushima has been spreading to the U.S. and across the northern hemisphere. Elevated levels of radiation caused by the meltdowns in Japan have been detected in drinking water across the country, in rainwater, in soil, and in food grown on U.S. farms.
The mainstream media is not really reporting on this….Read more.
… “No expert had predicted that a hydrogen explosion would occur at the reactor building,” said Goshi Hosono, special adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
Haruki Madarame, chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commission, had said, “The containment vessel has been refilled with nitrogen, so a hydrogen explosion won’t happen.” Kan accepted the explanation.
Nuclear experts, including Madarame, overlooked the risk of a hydrogen explosion because they were shackled with what was considered common sense among many nuclear experts. Instead it turned out to be more like excessive self-confidence….
A 35% Spike in Infant Mortality in Northwest Cities Since Meltdown Is the Dramatic Increase in Baby Deaths in the US a Result of Fukushima Fallout?
By JANETTE D. SHERMAN, MD and JOSEPH MANGANO
U.S. babies are dying at an increased rate. While the United States spends billions on medical care, as of 2006, the US ranked 28th in the world in infant mortality, more than twice that of the lowest ranked countries. (DHHS, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics. Health United States 2010, Table 20, p. 131, February 2011. Get PDF.)
The recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicates that eight cities in the northwest U.S. (Boise ID, Seattle WA, Portland OR, plus the northern California cities of Santa Cruz, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, and Berkeley) reported the following data on deaths among those younger than one year of age:
4 weeks ending March 19, 2011 – 37 deaths (avg. 9.25 per week)
10 weeks ending May 28, 2011 – 125 deaths (avg.12.50 per week)
This amounts to an increase of 35% (the total for the entire U.S. rose about 2.3%), and is statistically significant….
…The biological findings of Chernobyl cannot be ignored: isotope incorporation will determine the future of all life on earth – animal, fish, bird, plant and human. It is crucial to know this information if we are to avoid further catastrophic damage.
52 MONTH DELAY IN DIABLO CANYON LICENSE RENEWAL HEARING SCHEDULE
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace
Jane Swanson – Janeslo@me.com (805) 595-2605
Elizabeth Apfelberg – email@example.com 805) 783-2383
A June 7 Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Order to delay for 52 months the schedule for hearings on an application for license renewal at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant leads to the inescapable conclusion that the original schedule was unjustified.
The Order, issued by the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB), vindicates San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace’s (MFP’s) position that Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) September 2009 application for license renewal was premature, and that meaningful assessment of that application could not be justified before critical seismic studies were completed. The ASLB recognizes that these studies are crucial to the environmental analysis for Diablo Canyon. PG&E expects to complete required seismic studies by December 2015.
Prior to this Order, hearings were scheduled to take place before the completion of seismic studies, and only a final decision would have been delayed until the end of 2015.
ALLIANCE REQUEST GRANTED:
NRC DECLARES SUBSTANTIAL HALT IN DIABLO CANYON LICENSE RENEWAL PROCESS PENDING SEISMIC REVIEW
Nearly 16 months after the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility (A4NR) sat in NRC chairman Gregory Jaczko’s office and told him that PG&E’s relicensing application was premature and failed to take into account California’s request for updated seismic studies, the NRC seems to have finally gotten the message. In a June 7th order, the NRC put a 52 month delay in the relicensing process for Diablo, acknowledging that the state’s Coastal Commission requirements and other state seismic reviews needed to be fulfilled first.
It’s unconscionable that it took the tragic nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima for the NRC and PG&E to realize that they can no longer ignore the issues we have been raising since before the license renewal was even filed. Fresno supervisors back off nuclear power plan
FRESNO, Calif. — Fresno County officials have rejected plans for up to two nuclear reactors in the county.
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to withhold a letter of interest for the Fresno Nuclear Energy Group. The Fresno Bee reports that the group – backed by French energy giant Areva – is pursuing an energy park that could include two nuclear reactors as well as solar and biomass energy sources.
Some supervisors had spoken favorably of the group’s effort to explore nuclear energy. But they appeared to change their minds on Tuesday after hearing testimony from more than 20 people opposed to the project.
It’s not clear if the county’s vote will have any effect on the plant’s fate, which will be decided by state and federal regulators.
The Fresno nuclear group says it will continue pursuing the energy complex. Read more:
Italy’s Voters Scrap Nuclear Energy!
by Tina Gerhardt
BERLIN, Germany – As polls closed today in Italy, voters had turned out in droves to scrap nuclear energy and water privatization.
Berlusconi says Nuclear Energy ‘Probably’ Out
MILAN — Premier Silvio Berlusconi conceded Monday that Italy will “probably” have to give up plans to revive nuclear energy in a tacit acknowledgment that referendums challenging government policies have succeeded.
Confessions of a Nuclear Power Safety Expert
by John Perlin
When Italy decided in the mid-’70s to add nuclear power to its power portfolio, young mechanical and nuclear engineer Cesare Silvi was among those attracted to the opportunities it presented. His work centered on nuclear safety issues — in particular, what might happen if something unexpected struck a power plant.
“Why not consider Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima as warnings of greater catastrophes to come and avoid the inevitable by shutting them down,” Cesare Silvi says. (MichaelUtech/istockphoto) Corners he saw cut there eventually soured Silvi on that endeavor. His next position — at the Italian Commission on Nuclear and Alternative Energy Sources, which included work on nuclear disarmament — eventually soured him on nuclear energy itself.
“[If we] continue with nuclear power, there will definitely be worse accidents,” he argued in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Over the weekend, Italian voters agreed and overwhelming rejected restarting nuclear power in their country…”
“If we are struggling to control the spread of nuclear weapons, why should we extend the technology to civilian use? …Nuclear today only generates about 12 percent of the developed world’s electricity. By instituting an energy efficiency program,” Silvi suggests, “we could fill the gap caused by shutting them all down and put this malevolent genie back into the bottle….”
(Reuters) – All 54 of Japan’s nuclear reactors may be shut by next April, adding more than $30 billion a year to the country’s energy costs, if communities object to plant operating plans due to safety concerns, trade ministry officials said on Wednesday.
BERN, Switzerland – Swiss lawmakers have approved a government-backed proposal to phase out the use of nuclear power.
A majority of parliamentarians in Switzerland’s lower house voted in favor of the plan to shut down the country’s five nuclear power reactors in the medium term.
HELP CLOSE DANGEROUS GE MARK I NUCLEAR REACTORS BECOME A CO-PETITIONER TO FORMAL PETITION TO SUSPEND MARK I LICENSES AND HOLD HEARINGS NEAR EVERY MARK I SITE From NIRS
June 9, 2011 Dear Friends, Thank you to everyone who called the NRC yesterday afternoon and tried to participate in their public meeting on the petition submitted by our friends at Beyond Nuclear to immediately suspend the licenses of all GE Mark I reactors. Hundreds of people tried to call in and completely overwhelmed the NRC’s system, delaying the meeting by 1/2 hour. Eventually, more than 100 people managed to successfully call in and hear great presentations by Beyond Nuclear, and co-petitioners like Pilgrim Watch, Nuclear Energy Information Service, New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution and GE Stockholders Alliance. However, the NRC allowed only formal co-petitioners to speak. We are told that a second meeting on this petition will be held this summer. Now it’s time for all of us to become Co-Petitioners! You can submit your request here.
Protests Challenge Japan’s Use of Nuclear Power
By HIROKO TABUCHI
Published: June 11, 2011
TOKYO — Beating drums and waving flowers, protesters in Tokyo and other major cities rallied against the use of nuclear power on Saturday, three months after a devastating tsunami set off a nuclear crisis.
Updates on Fukushima from Fairewinds:
Hot Particles From Japan to Seattle Virtually Undetectable when Inhaled or Swallowed
Radioactive waste watchdog gives a chilling Fukushima Daiichi update eddieleaks.org
June 1, 2011
Peter B Collins speaks with Kevin Kamps who is “Radioactive Waste Watchdog” at BeyondNuclear.org, and gives a chilling update on the 75-day coverup of 3 reactor meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi, as well as the releases of radiation to air and water, contamination of fish, plants and farm animals, the risk to Americans, and Obama’s failure to respond by banning new nukes and shutting down old ones. And Kamps reports how the Green Party in Germany has forced Chancellor Merkel to agree to shut down all nuclear power plants in Germany over the next 10-12 years. Listen 00:35:00 Peter B Collins
Fukushima in Our Food: Low Levels of Radiation from Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown Detected in Milk, Fruit and Vegetable Samples Tested from California Farms
Fukushima in Our Food | Commentary by Steven Hoffman
Good reason to stay away from foods high on the food chain…esp dairy products…eat seaweed miso soup on a regular basis…..soak/wash your veggies w bentonite clay dispersed in pure water for 20 min…and consider taking NCD liquid zeolite and blue green algae which are specific for clearing/chelating heavy metals and radioactive isotopes. No one is talking about the cumulative effect when testing food…trace amts when ingesting food on a daily basis over time adds up to a lot more than “trace” in the body… and a reminder – there is no safe level of a “trace” radioactive isotope.
…The total number of deployed nuclear weapons in the world stands at 5,027 in 2011. Of these, SIPRI estimates that some 2,000 are kept on high operational alert, ready to be fired within moments of an order to do so.
In addition to its deployed nuclear weapons, the US has 6,350 additional weapons for a total of 8,500. Russia has 8,570 additional weapons for a total of 11,000. The UK has an additional 65 weapons for a total of 225. France has an additional 10, for a total of 300. Four other countries have only non-deployed nuclear weapons, according to SIPRI: China with 240; India with 80-100; Pakistan with 90-110; and Israel with 80.
Phytoremediation of Radionuclides
A large amount of research has focused specifically on cesium and strontium due to their prevalence from nuclear-related activities. This portion of the website only includes research upon cesium and the plant species that have been used to study the uptake of cesium from soils. Additional information about other radio isotopes can be found in the references cited.
Nukes to America: “We don’t need no stinking fire protection”
…So US reactors are now riddled at thousands of key junctures with “fire protection” materials that burn while leaving a dangerous char that hampers fire fighters. Since federal law restricts their liability, reactor owners would pay a bare fraction of the damages from such a fire’s catastrophic fallout. A new NRC inspection has added possible earthquake dangers to the mix.
On February 12, just a month before the triple Fukushima nuclear meltdowns began, a little-noted emergency event transpired at Millstone Unit 2, the 36-year-old nuclear reactor that the state Department of Public Utility Control pronounced “no longer used and useful” back in 1998 because of its dismal operational record.
“Incorrect operation of the turbine controls caused an unplanned power increase from 88 per cent to 96 per cent,” NRC inspectors wrote. In layman’s terms, it was a sudden unexpected power spike, the result of multiple actions taken in violation of licensing safety standards. It took Dominion a full day to realize the degree of the spike and its safety significance.
This event and Dominion’s performance during and after it reveal Dominion to be an arrogant, reckless and dangerous operator of perilous nuclear technology.
Power cuts plan to beat solar storm
By Steve Connor Monday, 13 June 2011
Officials in Britain and the United States are preparing to make controlled power cuts to their national electricity supplies in response to a warning of a possible powerful solar storm hitting the Earth.
Thomas Bogdan, director of the US Space Weather Prediction Centre, said that controlled power “outages” will protect the national electricity grids against damage which could take years to repair should a solar storm collide with the Earth without any precautions being taken.
Dr Bogdan is in discussions with scientists in the UK Met Office to set up a second space weather prediction centre in Britain to co-ordinate a global response to a threat viewed seriously by the US and UK governments.
One of the subjects is how to protect electricity grids from the immense power surges caused by the geomagnetic storms which happen when highly energetic solar particles collide with the Earth’s magnetic field.
Raw Video: Unusual Solar Flare Erupts
A solar flare has erupted from the sun in an impressive display captured by NASA cameras. NASA says the flare peaked on Tuesday and created a large cloud that appeared to cover almost half the surface of the sun….
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