No Space for Nukes…

Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, for more than 20 years the leading opposition group to space nuclear missions, declared that 'NASA sadly appears committed to maintaining its dangerous alliance with the nuclear industry.' (photo: Nation of Change)

…In Space, or Anywhere Else.
Like planet Earth, Mars, or the moon. That’s right. The nukophiliacs are planning to export the plutonium economy to the stars.
So, while we’re closing down California’s nukes, we have to lift our eyes to the heavens. That’s the message of Karl Grossman and Bruce Gagnon in one of the pieces below.

Also in the news are the mad, ongoing, international race for even more nuclear weapons (no ‘austerity’ there), and the question of how much damage nukophilia has already done to damage our ‘genomic stability,’ as Dr. Michel Fernex puts it in his urgent call for monitoring the Children of Fukushima. Which, when you get right down to it, R us.

Students wear masks at an elementary school outside of the 20-km (12 mi) radius zone from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Minami Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on September 8, 2011. A line dividing the no-go zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant and the area deemed safe from radiation cuts right across this coastal city but the 'good' part is starting to look very much like the ghost town on the other side. Six months after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake unleashed a deadly tsunami that triggered meltdowns and radiation leaks at the Tokyo Electric Power's complex, Minami Soma, a city just a half an hour's drive away, struggles to stay alive. (photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

On the up side, the push to shut down San Onofre continues, with the Berkeley City Council passing a ‘decommission Sano’ resolution, a Credo petition to that end making the rounds, and SoCal Edision, Sano’s operator, reportedly in deepening financial do-do.

All that, and more in this edition. Scroll on down…

The Push For Nuclear Power in Space
By Karl Grossman, Nation of Change
03 August 12

World Nuclear News, the information arm of the World Nuclear Association which seeks to boost the use of atomic energy, last week heralded a NASA Mars rover slated to land on Mars on Monday, the first Mars rover fueled with plutonium. Read more

Fukushima, Precious Time Has Been Lost
By Dr. Michel Fernex, The Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial
02 August 12

…What genetic damage has been done to the population following the accident at Fukushima? Are the alterations already recorded in the cells of those workers who have exhausted themselves, over the last year, in an effort to reduce the dissemination of radionuclides into the environment. What about people who inhaled radioactive material and ate contaminated food ? Has this induced genomic instability? And the children that have been born since, or who will be born to fathers or mothers who have been irradiated. Have they inherited the fragile genomes of their parents ?Are they, perhaps, going to be even worse affected than their parents ?

In fact, researchers have been surprised to find that genetic damage, and above all perigenetic damage, which is responsible for genomic instability, to descendants is far worse than to parents; and this risk increases from one generation to the next. Read more

CONFIRMED: 36 Percent Of Fukushima Kids Have Abnormal Thyroid Growths And Doctors Are In The Dark
Michael Kelley | Jul. 19, 2012, 3:58 PM
A few days ago we reported that 36 percent of Fukushima children have abnormal thyroid growths likely from radiation exposure, based on the “Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey.”

We got in touch with Australian pediatrician Dr. Helen Caldicott, who has spoken about the growths, to ask her about the implications of the study.

After confirming the validity of the report, Caldicott reinforced the alarming nature of the findings:

1. “It is extremely rare to find cysts and thyroid nodules in children.”

2. “This is an extremely large number of abnormalities to find in children.”

3. “You would not expect abnormalities to appear so early — within the first year or so — therefore one can assume that they must have received a high dose of [radiation].”

4. “It is impossible to know, from what [officials in Japan] are saying, what these lesions are.”

Read more:

A US Minuteman III missile launches.

Published on Saturday, July 28, 2012 by Inter Press Service
Governments Boost Nukes While Cutting Aid, Social Services
by Haider Rizvi

UNITED NATIONS – As U.N.-led talks on disarmament resume in Geneva Monday, calls are growing for nuclear-armed nations to cut spending on their stockpiles and instead divert resources to development.
“The amount still being spent on nuclear arms makes no sense, just as continued reliance on the weapons themselves makes no sense,” David Kreiger, president of the U.S.-based Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, told IPS.

His remarks alluded to the fact that nine out of 193 U.N. member states continue to increase budgetary allocations for the maintenance and modernization of nuclear weapons, despite promises to reduce their stockpiles. Read more

Unit 4 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. (photo: AP/Tokyo Electric Power Co./Kyodo News)

Obsession With Nuclear Safety Myth
By The Japan Times | Editorial
27 July 12

The government-commissioned panel charged with investigating the nuclear crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant submitted its final report to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday. The report made clear that obsessed with the myth of nuclear safety, both Tepco and the regulators lacked capabilities, organizational setups and mental preparedness to cope with a massive accident.

“Because the government and the power utilities, including Tepco, were biased by the safety myth, thinking they would never ever face such a serious accident, they were unable to realize that such a crisis could occur in reality. This appears to be the fundamental problem,” said the Investigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co.

A big question is whether the government and the power industry have really liberated themselves from the myth and have a humble attitude needed in handling nuclear technology. The decision by the government and Kansai Electric Power Co. to restart the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at Kepco’s Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture appears to point to the contrary. Read more

Nuclear nation/strong>Aljazeera
More than a year after Fukushima, why is Japan relaunching its reactors?

Prior to the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake, Japan depended on nuclear reactors for more than 30 per cent of its electricity. After the meltdown at the Fukushima power plant, the government shut off more than 50 reactors, scrapping much of its plans to increase nuclear energy. This month, two reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant were turned back on, prompting massive protests and public outcry.
In this episode of The Stream, Charles Ferguson (@FAScientists), co-chair of the US-Japan Nuclear Working Group and Aileen Mioko Smith, executive director of Green Action.

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