US Gov’t: “We don’t know what’s going on” in Pacific — Many ill baby seals being abandoned; Dozens of walruses found dead; Dying whales, birds, fish — “Unprecedented things happening” — Experts: “It’s been a very unusual marine mammal year… I’m really worried, very concerned” (AUDIO)

Published: August 7th, 2015 at 1:57 am ET


Alaska Dispatch News, Jul 24, 2015 (emphasis added): Ailing seal pup rescued in latest discovery of distressed Alaska marine mammals … one of a string of marine mammals injured or killed in Alaska waters this year. An orphaned and injured seal pup… was one of several found this summer, federal agency officials said… The pup was lethargic and very thin — only 16.5 pounds… It was the second such case this week, NOAA spokeswoman Julie Speegle said Friday. An orphaned seal was picked up in Metlakatla… NOAA officials were also called out to another case in Yakutat recently, she said. “We don’t know what’s going on in the environment, but it does seem to be an unusual year,” Speegle said. Seal pups are not the only marine mammals experiencing some difficulty in waters off Alaska. NOAA and the University of Alaska Fairbanks are conducting an investigation into the deaths of 14 whales… U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been investigating the deaths of approximately 25 walruses found in the area of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge… Carrie Goertz, a staff veterinarian at the SeaLife Center, said… she agreed that there have been some out-of-the-ordinary events with marine mammals in general. “There’s definitely been some clusters of unusual deaths,” she said.

Kate Savage, NOAA Fisheries, Jul 23, 2015: “She was one of a number of seal pups very recently reported abandoned in Southeast. It’s unusual to get pup reports this late in the summer, but it’s been a very unusual marine mammal year in many respects.”

KTVA CBS 11 News, Jul 23, 2015: Savage says this pup is one of many recently reported abandoned in Southeast Alaska.

KSRM, Jul 24, 2015: Unusual Marine Mammal Activity Puzzles Scientists… Julie Speegle with [NOAA] said their veterinarians have stated that this has been an unusual marine mammal season… “We just have seen a higher than usual number of harbor seal pups, or I should say seal pups because it hasn’t just been harbor seals.”… Another puzzling trend, the Gulf of Alaska has seen 14 fin whales die this summer.

Bruce Wright, senior scientist for the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Jul 17, 2015: “During the last 10 days I have received reports of dead and dying whales, gulls and forage fish (sand lance) from… the eastern Aleutian Islands and Adak in the western Aleutian Islandsalert me if you observe sand lance predators such as gulls, eagles, foxes, bears, whales acting sick or dead in coastal Alaska.”

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 2014: Wales, Alaska… we are spotting dead baby Spotted and Ring Seals washing up on the beach… They looked like they have washed in after high tide last night to day before. Most appear to have been eaten by seagulls or ravens… this is the first time I have seen baby seals wash up in front of the village.

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 2014: Bering Strait Region… This observation is posted in collaboration with Dr. Hajo Eicken and Dr. Olivia Lee with the UAF Geophysical Institute… communities [have reported] about the recent die‐off or young seals in the region

Juneau Empire, Jul 17, 2015: … unusual happenings, worried scientists… Unprecedented things are happening in Alaska’s marine environment… “I’m really worried. I’m very concerned”… said Juneau-based marine ecologist Michelle Ridgway.

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Published: August 7th, 2015 at 1:57 am ET


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  3. Gov’t: It’s getting “even worse” on West Coast this year — Experts say over 35,000 baby sea lions could be dead; “This phenomenon is unprecedented in scale” — Hundreds of times more pups than usual at rescue center — Doctor: “Definitely indicates ocean not normal… Really, we should be worried” (AUDIO) March 4, 2015
  4. AP: Unprecedented deaths along U.S. Pacific coast — Scientists: Mass die-offs of mammals, birds, fish… “No one’s sure what happened” — Gov’t wants Unusual Mortality Event declared — Samples “being tested for radionuclides from Fukushima” (PHOTOS & AUDIO) July 28, 2015
  5. TV: “Surge in marine mammal strandings” on US West Coast — Scientists: “This is very weird”; “My biggest fear is if this… is everywhere” along coast — Whales, dolphins, sea lions, birds recently washing up in large numbers — Many thousands likely dead — Violent seizures shown on news (VIDEO) August 30, 2014

322 comments to US Gov’t: “We don’t know what’s going on” in Pacific — Many ill baby seals being abandoned; Dozens of walruses found dead; Dying whales, birds, fish — “Unprecedented things happening” — Experts: “It’s been a very unusual marine mammal year… I’m really worried, very concerned” (AUDIO)

  • West Aussie West Aussie

    All I try to do is eat as little as I can now and only chicken occasionally when I'm being ungrateful and ignoring my principles of not wanting to become food myself.
    Soylent Green is now primed and ready on youtube where I'm going to get back in touch with the future told and ignored from a soon to pass generation.

    • West Aussie West Aussie

      Just finished Soylent Green and I must admit to being a first time viewer. What a prophetic movie as to our distopian future. The line in it about the plankton dying and the oceans dying just sound so now! Pity about the quality of the recording. At least it was still viewable. All the other copies seem to be under copyright.
      Another sign of the future.

    • RadLion RadLion

      They just announced a new food product called "Soylent"

      • "Algal oil
        Produced efficiently in bioreactors rather than traditional farms to conserve enormous quantities of natural resources while providing energy and essential fatty acids."

        One more tiny step; why not use the algae growing in nuclear reactors?

        Glowing health will be the result, to be sure…


      • GOM GOM

        Rosa Labs Inc, Studio City, CA.

        Rosa labs touring #CalTech labs, working on a Flu Vaccine [you tube]

        Founder authors blog "How I stopped eating food" and talks about getting food in chemical form.(?)

        Also note the word Soylent..I would assume this young Engineer has aspirations for NWO connections.

      • West Aussie West Aussie

        They are just laughing at us.
        Profit would only be of secondary consideration (except for the fact that there best customers probably have never seen the movie). Which brings me to the question why the English website. To which I say again they are laughing at us!

  • DeadAhead

    W A When cern gets rolling you can keep up with tech info

  • DeadAhead

    Well since everything is going so fricking great I mean the economy is beginning a deflationary cycle to never neverland, the fukushima radiation is killing the Pacific ocean and we wont talk about anything else so President Barack Obama departed Washington for 17 days of family and golf time at a $12 million estate on Martha’s Vineyard on Friday – a day earlier than originally planned.

    Read more: nice

  • Soylent Green Movie; Top Secret Information Discovered, The Oceans Are Dying And So Are The Algae.

  • or-well

    Poem for Rosalie Bertell, based on the tune Night Shift. Go here for the feel –

    Rosalie, she was a Friend of Man,
    and her words were Truth,
    hurting the Nuker's plans.
    Rosalie, spoke of ill health and death,
    opening our minds to Truth,
    right 'til she took her rest.
    Her words to you will speak,
    so you can see what's goin' on,
    her Truths will oft repeat
    until we shut nukes down,
    forevermore (evermore).

    Gonna be some sweet sounds
    as they're shuttin' down
    all those nuke plants.
    When all those Nuker boys
    are hanging upside down
    from tall streetlamps.
    Gonna be a long night
    when we start to fight
    on the nukeshift,
    it's gonna be real loud
    in the massive crowds,
    justice will be swift.

    Sister Rosalie,
    violence was not your way,
    and the hard truths you spoke
    were meant to evil sway.
    But Sister,
    they're going to lay Life low.
    If there's to be a change
    then it will come to blows.
    So talk to me,
    put courage in my heart,
    that in the time to come
    I'll stand and do my part.

    Gonna be some sweet sounds,
    goin' down, on the Nukeshift.
    I hope to sing your praise,
    when we see better days,
    after Nukeshift.

    Why this song? I heard it in the grocery store and it made me think of all the fighters gone and I started crying.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    “Unprecedented things happening”
    Gee ..that would imply unprecedented catalyst.

    • cosmic charlie cosmic charlie

      Very succinct. Unprecidented dishonesty. Unprecidented corruption. Unprecidented greed. Unprecidented cowardice. Unprecidented peril for the humble 99% from government run amok.

  • When I’m in a party with others and is the one saying that alcohol is bad while everybody is drinking and having fun I’m seen as a nuisance. Living in a rich country where everybody is over consuming is the same, whistle blowers are seen as a splinter in the foot, the guy nobody wants to see in a party. Just realize how most of us deal with symptoms, headaches or indigestion are attenuated by the use of drugs, criminals are put in prisons, garbage in a dumping ground. We don’t deal with problems we put them aside.
    We are surprised when others do the same as we do, when it takes proportions no one can deal with. I’m talking of nuclear power and the pandora box opened because we did not see the limit and overpassed it because we were drunk by pleasure.

    This validates the theory saying we are monkeys that were grafted an oversized brain in a very far past and from that time are in a continual confrontation with our natural tendency to do anything for a banana and being aware and cautious of the consequences of our actions.

  • Hey, y'all' a petition to stop govt/ McCain mining for uranium on Apache land:
    The United States Congress gave a huge portion of sacred Apache land away to be mined when they passed a bill called the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorized the nation’s defense programs but also handed over a massive public lands package to a foreign uranium mining company, among others. Mining on these Apache ancestral forests would destroy countless sacred burial and ceremonial grounds. There is no reason for this bill to exist other than the selfish monetary gain to the government.

    A group of dozens of Apache activists trekked on a 44-mile journey from the San Carlos Apache office to the Oak Flat campground set to be mined by Resolution Copper. A 14-year-old Apache girl, Nizhoni Pike, who participated in the protest, stated that she “prayed about having her sunrise dance there.” The sunrise dance is a traditional Apache ceremony that allows girls to transition to womanhood…"

    Forechange link:

    • PlowboyGrownUp

      signed. "a foreign mining company", yes, from Iran.
      In another Indian land area, the govt gave it to a mining company from Australia, to mine copper. Govt speaks with forked tongue.

      • Hold on, Plowboy.
        Are you saying it's Iranians wanting to dig uranium on Apache land? Or, is it Iranians digging on Australian -native land?
        Were it an Iranian company wishing to do this, in the USA, I don't know why Congress wouldn't flipp-out. I mean, they HATE Iran, because "israel" hates them…

        Still, this proves to me that Obama WILL be (officially) working for the Nuke-Cartel in a couple of years. The only thing he has accomplished in two terms is growing nuclear, destroying any chances our kids (and if they have them, their kids) will have at a normal life.

        But, yes; the US Govt has spoken with a forked tongue since the first time they made an, "agreement", with the Pnaci people. Our (US) govt is evil; pure and simple, and Oz doesn't look any better.

        • PlowboyGrownUp

          Iran mining company – yep, total surprise to me too. It's in that letter to sign, " would like to personally request the justice owed to the Apache Native Americans who have lost their land due to an undisclosed and unrelated rider included in the National Defense Authorization Act. The bill was made to authorize national defense programs, but has also taken acres of sacred Apache forests and lands and sold them to multiple different mining companies, including a uranium mine from Iran"

          PGU – "they" want Iran to not have nuclear power, so "they" are going to let Iran mine uranium on Apache land. Can anyone make sense of this? Congress has lost whatever marbles they had.


    Rise of the governmental sociopaths

    We are being overun on a grand scale by the wrong people. It's a trend that has been in motion for many years and has now reached the point of no return. There is not going to be, therefore, any change in the direction of which the US is headed.

    The reason is that a certain class of people-sociopaths-are now fully in control of American institutions. Their beliefs and attitudes are insinuated throughout economic, political, intellectual and psychological/spiritual fabric of the US.

    What the ascendancy of the sociopath means isn't an academic question. Throughout history, it has been a matter of life or death. The losers have been those who delayed thinking about the question until the last minute.

    dedicated to Stock

    • I’ve posted a text a while ago where I wrote about Albert Einstein and saying he was an idiot. I can say the same about most of the monkeys everybody recognize as geniuses. Being intelligent is not being an erudite able to write complex formulas, its to understand what it will eventually provoke and decide not to unveil them. Its having an oversight and clairvoyance of the big figure not only part of it. As some would say stop playing with your dick and use your common sense.

      Some animals are instinctually intelligent while we, educated humans, have lost that inherent ability. Because we fell for better we now have the worst.

      Game over.

      Lets understand where manmade hybridization and manipulation of living species lead to. Amelioration of productivity also increased the appetite of the modified species, for an advantage we created a new disadvantage. This is at large what happened when we adopted the techniques that increased productivity of human activities. The acceleration and amplification of production proportionally increased the depletion and intoxication of resources and environment. We are now alienated to the tools, as slaves are prisoners of slave holders.

      In order to hide from the people the true consequences of the modern productivity populations were stupefied, dazed by pleasure. In that state of stupefaction by perpetuation of abundance by artificial means, the herdsman could milk his sheep without any trouble. Think of a pusher selling…

  • We Not They Finally


    • GOM GOM

      Sociopaths do not live on the same plane-of-existence as you or I. The sociopath lives in his own mirror image, and has little regard for anything outside his own agenda. Does that make sense? These people appear as highly functioning individuals but are truly 'dark' in nature.
      The fact that the Earth is dying by THEIR own hands means nothing. The sociopath business model will continue until everything is gone, depleted, or dead. With no regard by them. They now look to colonize in space.
      But there is a catch. Fukushima. Even a sociopath can't live in a hyper-radiated world.

      • You;re right, GOM.
        For the sociopath truly has not a care for the next person. Even when the next person is his or her child, the sociopath will say not, "child, I wish you had a better life and I am sorry for the negative role I filled in hurting you." Rather, the sociopath cries, "WOE is ME; I lost MY child. I am SAD. Poor ME. I will never see MY child again..". and the whole world says, "poor guy/gal; lost his/her son/daughter; give him/her a break."
        The sociopath is THE most manipulative entity this world must deal with.
        I would say ALL politicians, particularly those high-up, ARE sociopaths.
        Some say they cannot help it.
        I say they can.
        They don't want to help it. They have no need to help it.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    You are extremely wise..says he! 🙂

  • DeadAhead

    Pallister is hopeful that Japanese volunteers might be available to assist in identifying any personal items or things from an identifiable region that could be returned I know call tepco and have them come and get their isotopes. A bare hand pick up as they say in baseball. NO Gloves no geiger counters no sense!

    • Jeez, DeadAhead..
      "A barge heaped with white, heavy-duty bags and loose piles of Styrofoam, bottles, commercial fishing gear, thousands of large buoys and floats and other debris arrived in Seattle on Thursday, three weeks after picking up its first load in Kodiak, Alaska.
      Some of the debris collected likely was swept to sea by the 2011 tsunami in Japan…"
      I guess the media has been calling all of this garbage, "the plume" (of solids?) Still, I don't comprehend how anyone would think Canada's and Alaska's (and Oregon, Washington, Cali.., etc..) beaches would be inundated with Japanese trash without also being inundated with radionuclides. When the poor suckers who sort through tsunami trash find parts of fuel-rods and even pellets of uranium, what are they supposed to do with them? Put them aside for Tepco?

      What sort of protective gear will these sorters be wearing? WHO, of anyone in the USA, is going to volunteer to dig through all of this? Will having a mental defect or disability be required (to prove) on application for, "tsunami tsorter"?

      You're right, though; someone ought to call Tepco to come and get whats theirs (and the guys in suits should be doing the digging, up to their arses and elbows!)

  • It's the Wireless Revolution! We are taking on casualties! We are electrocuting the surface of the ocean through electromagnetic induction due to the terrawatts of electromagnetic radiation in the atmosphere electrical engineers are pumping into it 24/7. We are shocking whales, fish, dolphins, manatees, seabirds, etc. High Power, High Gain Pulsed microwave radars and microwave Earthstations are the worst offender. Lots of maps and radio interview on my blogsearch site

    • PlowboyGrownUp

      Informative and interesting site you got there. I'll check on it often. The radar info – scary. There's a one million watt station about 80 miles east of where I live. 🙁

  • dunkilo

    The sociopaths who built and work at CERN have no idea what they are messing with!Black hole…portal to another dimension… the smallest particle?They don't have one clue to what will happen.
    Im ready for the big suck!Weeeeeeeeeeee!!!SUCK FACTOR 10+
    Its going to be a heck of a ride!!
    Sept 23,2015 hmmmmmmmmm funny how its lining up with the bible, Jewish calendar etc More evil to come folks,as if there wasn't enough now.

  • Nick

    I wouldn't worry about black holes being unleashed on earth. But I do think a type of a rip in space-time happens during a nuclear accident, as atoms hurl their particle selves into the void, hitting organic life forms on the way to the great beyond.

    Not quite a genie, nor Pandora's Box, but a more dark variety that doesn't discriminate who or where the atomic forces travel.

    To mend this rip will require greater minds than mine, or yours.

    Talk about a savior……

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Some things can not be fixed..even by a savior.. and we have trillions of examples in the drawers of history. These events of today will just make things worse..

  • nirakenna

    Cannot believe anyone is scratching their heads on this one. It is RADIATION from Fukushima folks. Thats what is killing and maiming and it is only a matter of time before it hits us all — Random murder. Protect with foods and supplements — Radiation Protective Foods by Sara Shannon is the only resource I have found and it is excellent. — 2014 edition.

  • rogerthat

    Be Afraid: Japan Is About To Do Something That's Never Been Done Before
    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/08/2015

    When the words "mothballed", "nuclear", and "never been done before" are seen together with Japan in a sentence, the world should be paying attention…

    As TEPCO officials face criminal charges over the lack of preparedness with regard Fukushima, and The IAEA Report assigns considerable blame to the Japanese culture of "over-confidence & complacency," Bloomberg reports,

    Japan is about to do something that’s never been done before: Restart a fleet of mothballed nuclear reactors. …

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Based on Fukushima Japan should not be allowed to restart any Nuclear Reactors period..ever!

    • from a distance from a distance

      Yes especially since the United States gets the brunt of their mistakes.

      Did everyone see "eagerlabassistants" report on soil and sand samples of Cesium 134 and Cesium 137 in the U.S.

      Here's what they found:

      "Results: Twenty-two (22) of forty-eight (48) samples yielded statistically significant detections for Cesium-137. Of those, six (6) yielded statistically significant detections for Cesium-134. Considering sample collection and testing dates with respect to the Fukushima Diachii NPP multiple meltdowns of March 11, 2011, those detections are strongly indicated as resulting from the same due to atmospheric deposition."

      Lots of graphs and colors to understand this easily here 🙂 —>

    • What kinds of pilots fly through thunderstorms or under them?

      It is easy enough to fly around, over them or turn around if there is no way through.

      Thunderstorms let loose hail storms.. sometimes baseball size.


      They are very lucky to be alive.

  • rogerthat

    4 Years After Fukushima Nuclear Calamity, Japanese Divided on Whether to Return

    AUG. 8, 2015

    TATE, Japan — For four years, an eerie quiet has pervaded the clusters of farmhouses and terraced rice paddies of this mountainous village, emptied of people after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, 25 miles away, spewed radiation over a wide swath of northeastern Japan.

    Now, Iitate’s valleys are filled again with the bustle of human activity, as heavy machinery and troops of workers wearing face masks scoop up contaminated soil into black garbage bags.

    They are part of a more than $10 billion effort by the central government in Tokyo to clean up fallout from the 2011 accident and allow many of the 80,000 displaced residents of Iitate (pronounced EE-tah-tay) and 10 other evacuated communities around the plant to go home.

    Last month, the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seemed to take a big step toward that goal by adopting a plan that would permit two-thirds of evacuees to return by March 2017, the sixth anniversary of the disaster. …

    • rogerthat

      But while some evacuees have cheered this chance to return, many more have rejected it.

      Thousands from Iitate and elsewhere have joined lawsuits or organized groups to oppose the plan by the government, which they say is trying to force residents to go back despite radiation levels that are still far above normal.

      They accuse Tokyo of repeating a pattern from the early days of the disaster of putting residents at risk by trying to understate the danger from the accident.

      They say the central government is trying to achieve its own narrow political interests, such as restarting the nation’s powerful nuclear industry, or assuring the world that Tokyo is safe enough to host the Summer Olympics in 2020.

      “If the national officials think it is so safe, then they should come and live here,” said Kenichi Hasegawa, a former dairy farmer in Iitate who has organized more than 3,000 fellow evacuees — almost half the village’s pre-disaster population — to oppose the return plan.

      “The government just wants to proclaim that the nuclear accident is over, and shift attention to the Olympics.”

      This grass-roots rebellion of sorts underscores a deep disconnect between victims in Fukushima and the government in Tokyo, a schism that has plagued Japan’s response to one of history’s worst nuclear disasters.

      While the government has undertaken a vast and costly cleanup to undo …

      • rogerthat

        the effects of the accident and allow residents to return, many evacuees reject this course, complaining it was chosen without consulting them.

        In fact, polls show a majority do not even want to go back. In a telling move in a country where litigation is relatively rare, more than 10,000 have joined some 20 class-action lawsuits to demand more compensation so they can afford to choose for themselves whether to return, or to build new lives elsewhere.

        This has become an increasingly pressing issue for the tens of thousands of evacuees whose lives remain on hold, living in temporary housing and making ends meet with monthly stipends of about $800 per adult from the nuclear plant’s operator.

        They have endured this situation since being evacuated from their homes after a huge earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 knocked out vital cooling systems at three of the Fukushima plant’s nuclear reactors, causing multiple meltdowns that spewed radioactive fallout over the surrounding farming villages and coastal towns.

        Within months of the accident, Tokyo was already drawing up plans to clean up an entire countryside polluted by invisible contaminants, something even the central planners of the former Soviet Union could not accomplish around Chernobyl, …

        • rogerthat

          after the disaster there in 1986.

          The Abe government’s new timetable, adopted on June 12, calls for accelerating the pace of this cleanup with a “concentrated decontamination effort” over the next two years.

          It also sets for the first time a clear target date for lifting the evacuation orders on most areas around the plant: about 70 percent of the current evacuation zone — the less-contaminated areas color-coded green and yellow on official maps — would be reopened to human habitation by March 2017. (The most contaminated red-colored areas will remain closed indefinitely.)

          However, the plan has been met with skepticism, and resistance.

          A survey last month by the pronuclear newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun showed that eight of the mayors of the 11 evacuated towns dislike the 2017 return date, though some said they had no choice but to accept it.

          Other mayors, such as Tamotsu Baba of the town of Namie, have offered alternative proposals that push back the return date, and offer more financial support to those who do not want to return.

          One of the biggest complaints about the new return plan is that it is intended to force evacuees to return by cutting off compensation payments.

          A provision in the new plan calls for ending monthly payments by March 2018 in favor of subsidies to help them return.

          Many evacuees say cutting off the monthly payments would compel them to return, since many, particularly those over 50 or so, have failed to find new livelihoods …

          • rogerthat

            since the disaster.

            “This is all being done coercively, without listening to the desires of the victims,” said Izutaro Managi, a lawyer who is handling one of the lawsuits, filed on behalf of more than 4,000 people, mostly residents of Fukushima, seeking more compensation.

            Central government officials and the local leaders who support the new return plan say those fears are misplaced. They say the plan gives residents the right to freely decide for themselves whether to go back, and will offer unspecified financial support to those who choose not to.

            They say the goal is to help the region around the plant recover as quickly as possible by allowing evacuees to end dependence on government handouts and regain economic autonomy.

            Despite the disagreements, the decontamination effort is now in full swing in the green and yellow evacuation zones.

            In Iitate, a small farming community once proclaimed one of the most beautiful villages in Japan before the accident, the narrow valleys are filled with workers scraping off the top two inches of soil, which is then put into black bags that are stacked into man-made hills. …

            • rogerthat

              Across the entire evacuation zone, workers have already filled 2.9 million bags, which will be stored for at least the next 30 years at toxic waste sites that the government is building inside the zone.

              Even with the massive cleanup, only about one-fifth of the 6,200 displaced residents of Iitate are willing to return, according to a recent head count by village officials.

              Most of the families with young children, who are at most risk from the radiation, have already restarted lives elsewhere, and express no intention of going back.

              But even many older evacuees, who say they do not fear the radiation as much, call it too early to return without the prospect of being able to restart their rice or dairy farms in the contaminated soil.

              One of the village’s most vocal opponents of the return plan is Mr. Hasegawa, 62, whose distrust of the central government remains so deep that he visits his former dairy farm once a month to conduct his own measurements of radiation levels using a Geiger counter.

              He says his results are consistently higher than those from government monitoring posts, and are not falling anywhere near quickly enough, despite the decontamination efforts, to allow him to restart his dairy farm within two years.

              At several points near Mr. Hasegawa’s empty home and barns, government inspectors have tied pink ribbons around hot spots …

              • rogerthat

                where radioactivity remains particularly high.

                Inside one of the barns, a white board hangs with the names of his herd of 50 cows before the accident. About two-thirds of the names have red circles around them, meaning those cows were sold off after the accident.

                However, the other third have been crossed off in red ink, meaning those cows were killed on government orders after abandoned cows at other farms started starving to death.

                Nearby stood a small wooden tablet with a handwritten Buddhist prayer for the dead animals.

                “Sending us back is just another ploy by officials to avoid taking responsibility for what happened,” said Mr. Hasegawa, who now lives with his aging parents in a cramped, prefabricated apartment an hour from the evacuation zone.

                Mr. Hasegawa’s opposition has had a personal cost, ending his lifelong friendship with the mayor of Iitate, Norio Kanno, one of the return plan’s most fervent supporters.

                Mr. Kanno is the leading voice of the minority of villagers who feel the fears of radiation are overblown, and who want to return to their ancestral homes as soon as possible.

                While Mr. Kanno admits that farmers will probably not be allowed to grow food in Iitate for many years to come, he said the village was drawing up plans to help them switch to flowers and other crops not for human consumption.

                He said he wanted to lead about 1,000 of the villagers most determined to go back. Once they show that the radiation levels are not so…

                • rogerthat

                  harmful, he said, other residents will follow.

                  He said a quick return was the only way to save the village, more and more of whose residents either die or move away with each year that passes.

                  “Our village’s fight is against the threat of radiation, and everyone reacts differently to that,” said Mr. Kanno, 68, also a former dairy farmer. “Let’s let people decide for themselves whether to go back. This is the way to make Japan a model for how to recover from a nuclear accident.”

  • rogerthat

    today's funny:

    Japan's nuclear regulator says no repeat of Fukushima under new safety rules – media | Reuters
    Aug 9, 2015

    TOKYO Japan's nuclear regulator said an accident on the scale of the 2011 Fukushima disaster would not occur under new safety rules imposed on reactors such as Kyushu Electric Power's Sendai No.1, set to be the first to restart since Fukushima, Japan's Nikkei business daily reported on Saturday.

    Sendai No.1 reactor is set to restart as early as next week.
    The Fukushima reactor meltdowns led to the eventual closure of all of Japan's reactors in September 2013 for checks and costly safety upgrades.

    "We will make completely sure that the reactor is operating as it should," the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) Chairman Shunichi Tanaka told the Nikkei in an interview.

    "A disaster like that at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi will not occur," he said. …

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    A Grim Animation of All the Nuclear Explosions in History
    Watch the Atomic Age evolve from 1945 to 2013.

    JOHN METCALFE @citycalfe Aug 7, 2015

    Detonations from the early days of the Atomic Age through present times are all represented in this grim visualization of the planet’s nuclear activity. Orbital Mechanics, a Montreal-based “electronic music and visual trio,” created the animation to reflect on the 70th anniversary of 1945’s seminal “Trinity” test in New Mexico. A key at the lower left identifies each weapon’s name, yield, nationality, and coordinates, while the orange-red blast diameter shows the power of each explosion.

    The action starts with the first U.S. experiments in the Southwest and the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Those are quickly followed by tests in the Pacific Ocean during Operation Sandstone, like this one in 1948: …

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    Renewables May Soon Be Ready to Replace Nuclear Power in New York
    Public News Service – NY | August 2015 |

    NEW YORK – New York state could soon be generating enough renewable energy to replace the nuclear power produced at the 40-year-old Indian Point Energy Center in Westchester County.

    This week, Governor Cuomo celebrated the "topping off" of construction of Solar City, a factory in Buffalo expected to make enough solar panels each year to produce 1,000 megawatts of power.

    Tim Judson, executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, says Solar City could be a "game-changer."

    "This factory in Buffalo is going to produce enough solar panels to equal half of Indian Point every year, which is the largest solar factory, probably in the world, at this point," he says. …

    – See more at:

    • Rogerthat; already happening in, "the great state of Texas".
      I'm so proud of this state for working hard on building SOLAR, even if it is pretty much long after that horse left the barn. I don't resent paying my utility bill, any more.

  • Humanity and all life on the planet suffering and dying from radioactive heavy metal poisons is just another speed bump, when it comes to 70 plus nuclear disasters and pro nuclear industry apologists.

    Right before sunlight today, only one small bird chirped once in a while far away.. no songs.

    After sunlight, 2 birds chirped, about 50% of the time.. silence in between.

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    Hiroshima at 70: Why attitudes are changing about the first atomic bomb

    Seventy years after the bombing of Hiroshima, public opinion is shifting against justifying the event.

    By Jessica Mendoza, Staff AUGUST 6, 2015

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    EDITORIAL: Concerns about evacuations in nuclear emergencies continue unabated
    August 08, 2015

    The 2011 nuclear disaster resulted in a horrifying scenario in which nuclear fuel inside reactors melted down, triggering a massive release of radioactive materials into the environment outside the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has proposed a system of five layers of safety measures for nuclear power plants. The nuclear watchdog urges each country operating nuclear power plants to adopt this approach, known as “defense-in-depth,” to ensure the facilities operate safely.

    The final barrier in this system is prevention of radiation exposure to people living in areas around nuclear power plants.

    Specifically, this fifth and final stage of defense-in-depth should be implemented in the form of plans developed by the central and local governments to mitigate the consequences of nuclear accidents and evacuate local residents.

    When the Fukushima disaster occurred, however, no effective plan existed for the mass evacuation of local residents in Japan. This is because the possibility of a severe nuclear accident had been ruled out.

    As a result, the accident triggered utter chaos in local communities around the Fukushima plant.

    Now, more than four years since the disaster unfolded, Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima…

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      Prefecture is expected to restart its No. 1 reactor as early as Aug. 11.

      But the mitigation and evacuation plans currently in place are far from reassuring to local residents. The responsibility to establish the “final barrier” and ensure the safety of residents rests with the local government. There should be no headlong rush toward restarting the reactor when serious safety concerns persist.


      After the Fukushima accident, the central government made it mandatory for all local governments within 30 kilometers of a nuclear power plant to develop disaster mitigation and evacuation plans.

      All the nine municipalities within 30 km of the Sendai plant have drawn up such plans. The total population of the areas covered is about 210,000.

      Takuro Eto, 58, who operates a daytime care service for the elderly in Ichikikushikino, a city located about 17 km from the Sendai plant, is deeply skeptical about the evacuation plan crafted by the municipal government.

      “Are they really serious about protecting the lives of people?” he said.

      Many of the 10 or so elderly people who regularly come to Eto’s facility are suffering from dementia. If a serious nuclear accident occurs, they are required to return to their homes before being evacuated, according to the city’s evacuation plan. One of these patients lives alone in a house located within 10 km of the plant.

      “Are we supposed to have this patient return home, which is located …

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        closer to the plant?” Eto said indignantly. “How can we ask our staffers to escort the patient home (in such an emergency)?”

        How to evacuate people who cannot move on their own, such as the residents of nursing homes and hospital inpatients, also poses a challenge.

        The Kagoshima prefectural government has secured evacuation destinations for the 17 nursing homes and hospitals within 10 km of the Sendai plant. As for the 227 facilities located between 10 and 30 km from the plant, however, the local government has decided to do computer searches after an accident happens to find facilities that can accommodate those evacuees.

        An employee at a home for elderly people requiring special care located within a 30-km radius of the nuclear plant voices anxiety about the plan.

        “We have only one staff member on night duty," the employee said. "How can the staffer deal with evacuating the residents to an unfamiliar place in an emergency?”

        Despite such concerns, the prefectural government has no plan to carry out an evacuation drill involving local residents to test the effectiveness of the evacuation plan before the reactor is brought back online.

        “Kyushu Electric Power currently has no time (for such a drill) as it is busy with inspections prior to the reactor restart,” Kagoshima Governor Yuichi Ito said.

        An Asahi Shimbun survey revealed that 66 percent of medical institutions and 49 percent of social welfare facilities within 30 km of nuclear power plants across…

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          Japan have not compiled mandatory evacuation plans specifying evacuation destinations, routes and transportation means to be used in the event of an accident.


          The fifth level of the IAEA’s defense-in-depth safety approach–the final barrier–should be designed to work effectively to protect public health even in cases in which all the other four layers of defense have failed.

          In Japan, this stage of defense is the local government’s responsibility. Evacuation plans are not covered by the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s safety assessments. Such plans are to be simply approved by the nuclear disaster prevention council, headed by the prime minister.

          It should be assumed that the responsibility for protecting local residents from nuclear accidents lies with the local government, which is abreast of special regional circumstances.

          According to experts, in the disaster at the Fukushima No.1 plant, even the nuclear fuel pool of the No. 4 reactor, which was offline at that time, was at risk of a severe accident.

          One vital lesson from the catastrophe is that the mere existence of a nuclear reactor poses serious safety risks.

          Evacuation plans are indispensable, whether the reactors are restarted or not.

          To be sure, it is almost impossible to create a perfect evacuation plan. But it is possible to clarify what can be done, ascertain problems to be solved and explain them to local residents.

          To do so, the local…

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            governments of areas where nuclear plants are located need to conduct drills to test the effectiveness of their mitigation and evacuation plans and hold the necessary dialogue with local residents.

            It is said that a two-stage evacuation approach is effective during nuclear emergencies. Under this approach, residents within 5 km of the plant should be evacuated first. People living between 5 and 30 km from the plant should first take refuge indoors to wait for their own evacuation.

            It is obvious that this approach does not work without the understanding and cooperation of the local residents.

            If local governments are responsible for the safety of their residents, they should also be involved in the process of deciding on whether to restart reactors.

            Currently, however, under agreements with electric utilities, only the prefectures and municipalities that host nuclear power plants have the right to agree to reactor restarts. But this right should also be given at least to all the local governments in the 30-km zone that are obliged to map out evacuation plans.

            Nuclear reactors should be considered to be too dangerous if the local governments of areas that can be affected by accidents involving the reactors refuse to support their operations. These reactors should be decommissioned as soon as possible.


            The Diet’s investigative committee that looked into the Fukushima accident has pointed out that little serious effort has been made…

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              in Japan to establish even the fourth level of the IAEA’s defense-in-depth strategy for nuclear safety, or control of severe plant conditions, the stage before the final barrier.

              In 2006, the Nuclear Safety Commission tried to make a sweeping review based on the IAEA standards of the priority areas designated under the government’s nuclear disaster prevention policy. But the plan was dropped in the face of opposition from the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, which feared such a review would provoke anxiety among local residents, according to the findings of the investigation.

              The radiation exposure that afflicted many residents around the Fukushima plant could have been avoided. Many patients in hospitals who were not evacuated quickly enough died due to deteriorating health conditions. More than 1,900 people in Fukushima Prefecture have died due to causes related to the nuclear accident.

              Have all the relevant lessons from the calamity been gleaned and absorbed to prevent any further casualties of administrative nonfeasance?

              This is the question local governments should ask first in examining and evaluating their abilities to protect residents from nuclear accidents.

              –The Asahi Shimbun, Aug. 8

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    Fraud suit filed against Edison
    Law firm says San Onofre settlement in jeopardy
    By Don Bauder, Aug. 7, 2015

    A securities fraud lawsuit has been filed in federal court in San Diego against Edison International, parent of Southern California Edison. The suit alleges that Southern California Edison made false and misleading statements about the company's business, operational, and compliance policies — thus endangering the utility-favoring settlement on dividing up the costs of the San Onofre nuclear plant decommissioning.

    The suit by a Wilmington, Delaware law firm, Andrews & Springer, zeroes in on the recent finding by a California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge that Southern California Edison must show why it should not be held in contempt of the regulatory commission for telling untruths about how the San Onofre settlement plan was secretly worked out.

    Andrews & Springer says that Edison's meetings with commission decision-makers were more extensive than the company reported; that the belated admission of secret sessions jeopardizes the settlement that is extremely favorable to utilities, and as a result of these disingenuous actions, the company's financial statements were materially false and misleading. …

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    Utilities pass heat wave test with flying colors without nuclear plants
    August 08, 2015


    Regional power companies were cranking out the juice during the recent heat wave, proving that Japan can do without nuclear reactors even during the hottest days of summer.

    Temperatures reached 35 degrees in central Tokyo for a record eight consecutive days, with Tokyo Electric Power Co. providing a stable power supply for the capital during the sweltering heat.

    Power companies estimate their supply conditions based on the “maximum power consumption rate,” calculated by comparing their supply capacity for a certain day with the day’s peak demand.

    During a one-week period until Aug. 7, the supply situation was “relatively tight” (90 percent or higher) for four days in areas served by TEPCO. However, power distribution by TEPCO was “stable” (less than 90 percent) for the remaining days.

    Although Kansai Electric Power Co. and Kyushu Electric Power Co. were highly dependent on nuclear energy before the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, neither utility reported "tight supplies" during the one-week period of the heat wave.

    The only exception was Chubu Electric Power Co., which reported Aug. 1 that the power use ratio in areas it served was “tight” (reaching 95 percent).

    Kyushu Electric is expected to restart the No. 1 reactor of its Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima…

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    Prefecture as early as Aug. 11.

    All of the nation’s 48 nuclear reactors have been offline due to the Fukushima crisis, with utilities stepping up efforts to maintain their supply capacities, such as resuming full operations at their once-closed thermal power facilities.

    The government has also required utilities to purchase renewable energy at fixed rates, raising the amount of solar power generation nearly 10 times over the past five years.

    Enhanced awareness of power saving among consumers is also behind the stable electricity supply this year.

    Consumers are currently using more than 10 percent less electricity than before the Fukushima disaster during the hottest days of summer.

    Power-saving by switching to LEDs for lighting devices and other methods is increasingly taking hold.


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    Truth hurts: censorship in the media
    Re-examining the role publishers played in leading the country to and through World War II

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    Japan to Create Network for Quick Postdisaster Waste Disposal

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    Chuck Montaño was a long-time thorn in the side of Los Alamos National Laboratory management, from the inside. And he’s not stopping now, even though he’s been gone from the lab for nearly five years.

    Montaño and two friends – former lab investigators Steve Doran and Glenn Walp – are pushing to reopen an investigation into theft and fraud at the lab that dates from more than a decade ago.

    They maintain there’s evidence that the purchasing and property management scandal that rocked the lab in 2002 went much higher in the LANL hierarchy than just the two employees – a team leader in facilities management and a purchaser on the team – who were the only people charged criminally.

    Their evidence includes court statements from two former lab employees …

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