U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission about to stop operating — Will run out of funds this week — “We sincerely regret these actions are necessary” — Scientist: “Yes, I’m worried”

Published: October 8th, 2013 at 5:56 am ET
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U.S. NRC Blog, Oct. 4, 2013: As you may know, the NRC has been operating largely normally this week using “carryover” funds in the absence of an appropriation. Based on our current projections, however, we do not believe the agency can continue to operate beyond the middle of next week [~Oct. 9]. [...] Meetings scheduled for next week are in the process of being cancelled or postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience we know this is causing. [...] It is possible that circumstances will require additional NRC employees to perform excepted functions, for example, in an emergency event requiring NRC response. If that situation arises, additional NRC employees who are required to perform excepted functions will be contacted [...] It is illegal for employees who are furloughed to perform agency work. So once the NRC begins furloughs, most employees will not be coming to the office, taking work phone calls, or reading or responding to email messages. [...] While the NRC website will remain up, it may not be updated once a furlough has started. [...] We sincerely regret these actions are necessary and are eager to resume our important mission as soon as possible.

CNN, Oct. 7, 2013: The federal shutdown is about to hit those who keep an eye on the nation’s 100 commercial nuclear power plants. [...] Nuclear industry watchdogs said the furloughs were cause for concern. “Yes, I am worried,” said Ed Lyman, senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. [...] Lyman said furloughs will stall changes the NRC is making in response to the Fukushima disaster in Japan. “But the most acute issue is assuring that the operating reactors” are safe. “I’m not expecting overnight that it’s going to be a collapse of safety,” he said. “You can only hope for the best that a situation doesn’t occur during this time.”

U.S. NRC Press Release, Oct. 4, 2013: [...] Additional meetings scheduled throughout October and early November may also be affected if the current federal government shutdown continues. [...] the NRC expects its funds to run out by the middle of next week [~Oct. 9]. [...]

See also: Major Scandal? NRC Chairman says commission 'not as protective of public health and safety as I believe is necessary' -- Commissioners claim his behavior is increasingly 'erratic', causing 'serious damage'

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118 comments to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission about to stop operating — Will run out of funds this week — “We sincerely regret these actions are necessary” — Scientist: “Yes, I’m worried”

  • Milkandcheese Milkandcheese

    WHY are the Nuclear Regulatory Commission employees not considered ESSENTIAL?

    I know it's cruel to ask this, but I hope that they continue on the job and sue for back pay. It's crueler if they don't.


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  • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

    The government recalled 400,000 defense related positions last week and yesterday announced another group was being hired back (sorry the specifics slip my mind) so I'm calling BS on the funds running out on the NRC.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Next week after or on October 17th if they dont pass the debt ceiling SS will be cut off for 25 million people and affect countless family and friends…Also the world economy will collapse.So prepare for coming martial law.
      You can thank Boehner and friends,


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      • Dee Dee

        And I'm calling B.S. on you that you think this all lies with Boehner and his "friends". Both parties are responsible for this mess. And 25 million people will NOT lose their SS, it is the usual fear tactics employed by our so called leaders. Raising the debt ceiling has nothing to do with paying current obligations. They raise it so they can waste more of our money on new, worthless pet projects. As far as the NRC goes, we certainly haven't been getting our monies worth out of them for a long time, so not sure they are even worth keeping.


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        • We Not They Finally

          Excuse me? Are you an American citizen? It's right in the Constitution, "The debt of the United States shall be acknowledged as valid." This is money ALREADY SPENT!! ALREADY SPENT!!

          O.k., now that we know that you don't seem to support the Constitution, do you have an EDUCATION? Do you have a CLUE what defaulting on America's debt would MEAN? Or do you WANT the economy to collapse to suit some political agenda?!

          Get real!! If you don't want America to pay its ALREADY INCURRED DEBT, then maybe try living in the woods on nuts and berries. Then you can keep the second amendment for hunting purposes and scratch the rest.


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        • VanneV anne

          We've seen what happens when there is inadequate oversight and regulation of the nuclear industry: meltdowns in Japan worth 85 Chernobyls. The US has much more spent nuclear fuel stored on site over 100 reactors. Without regulation there will be multiple meltdowns in the US.

          You need to take lessons in nuclear technology and engineering and to review actions by the NRC which has shut down aging nuclear plants in the US recently.

          There is a huge difference between improving the NRC, and abolishing the NRC. Also if there is complete chaos in the US from a much bigger depression than has ever been seen, there won't even be food in the grocery stores. And if you have been hoarding food? Do you really think 200,000,000 starving people won't be a formidable enemy? No one is going to let their children starve.

          And you are incredibly naive. The Democrats in the House will force a vote in the House by Oct. 14. And 24 congressmen will be outvoted. There is no such thing as a tyrannical rule by a tiny minority in a democracy. Try to give up gracefully, because the government will not remain shutdown.


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          • VanneV anne

            To Get A Vote On A Clean Budget Resolution And End The Shutdown?
            “…However, House Democrats, led by Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and George Miller (D-Calif.), have found a possible way out of this box and, ironically, it comes in the shape of a Republican sponsored bill introduced over a month ago by Rep. James Lankford, a Republican Congressman from Oklahoma.
            “Lankford’s bill, entitled the “Government Shutdown Prevention Act” was introduced as a means of avoiding a government shutdown.
            “The bill provides that if Congress fails to approve a budget by the end of each fiscal year, all functions of government would automatically continue for 120 days using the same budget as the previous year. If the 120 passes without a new budget agreement, the government will still remain open, however the amount of funding will decrease by one percent and would continue to further decrease by an additional one percent for every 90 days without a deal.
            “Because this bill was already introduced over 30 days ago, a discharge petition, which successfully gets 218 signatures, could put the bill on the floor for a vote immediately….”
            http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2013/10/05/did-house-democrats-find-way-to-get-a-vote-on-a-clean-budget-resolution-and-end-the-shutdown/


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          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            I guess I will agree that surely the government will reopen, since it has been a windfall for all those involved and corrupt all the way along the trail, but there is some rather dismal talk out there about a coming financial collapse and then the implementation of martial law etc.

            The problem with Nuclear is that it should have never been allowed to be authorized by our government at the time for power generation and all that has happened (meltdowns etc.) with extensive regulation was expected from the get go by those that knew better.

            This becomes part of the crux and/or just more points against maintaining the government's current status quo for many Americans or what we have now which appears to be a runaway government pretty much in all sectors.

            I have not seen any solutions that do not include more government authority oppression on the very citizens that feeds/gives/supports the structure with their own hard earned money.

            We may have problems in the future maintaining this/these double standards now seen everywhere around us. I surely hope we do not go into anarchy, since that would be bad for everybody. In either case probably best to prepare for anything, since wild cards are now lying around everywhere.


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            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              heck Obe, as long as there are golfers, we should be happy to pay for their game on our meager wages. Anarchy? Is this anything other than a colonic irrigation? Even though I pay for their golf, I cant stand the lying, cheating, out of touch bastards myself. You know the people would rally, if the government were overturned. Look at Argentina… post weimar Germany, France…they still live. Check Louise Michels face. People are just afraid…afraid of the dross in their own colons


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        • VanneV anne

          We live in a democracy:

          Poll: Republicans' Handling Of Shutdown Increasingly Unpopular
          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/07/poll-republicans-shutdown_n_4059305.html


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          • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

            The USA is a republic… not a democracy.


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            • VanneV anne

              TY, newsblackout. You are right:
              http://www.diffen.com/difference/Democracy_vs_Republic

              Obamacare can't be defunded constitutionally because it is already law and the Supreme Court has said that it is legal. Boehner won't call for a vote because he doesn't have the votes to continue a shutdown, and most Republicans don't want to be on record as voting for a shutdown or to default on government loans, much of which are owned by the American people.

              The only way to pass a law opposed by the president is to have a 3/4 majority vote in both houses of congress. We have a constitution which is the only way a republic can work and protect the rights of the minority.

              Ironically, Obamacare is not the single payer health insurance favored by a majority of the people. We have what the Republicans have proposed for healthcare for decades. It is a healthcare system that overpays the pharmaceutical companies, the HMOs and the medical profession.

              The congress persons who continue to shutdown the government should have all their healthcare stripped permanently from them and all their congressional pensions also stripped from them permanently. If they don't want government, they should receive no benefits from the government.

              It is ironical that Ron Paul has lived off the government all his life. The government paid for his medical training and he is a politician for years paid by the government. He has government health insurance and a government pension plan,…


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            • HoTaters

              Yes, thank you for saying that. The U.S. is a Constitutional Republic, NOT a democracy. (Have said this over & over here until I feel like I'm playing a broken record.) The sad thing is, even educators in public schools don't know it's a constitutional republic.


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      • behappy1

        They can't cut of SS
        People paid directly for that
        unlike food stamps and welfare

        The scary part is people still believe
        the Republican/ Democrat lie

        They are joined at the hip
        You are given the choice they give you.

        Can't people see they have the same agenda

        Throw the bums out, the same people have been there forever

        Besides, why raise the limit
        The USA can print there own money without interest
        Follow the Constitution,
        Stop using "private" banks and paying interest


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      • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

        Personally, I am enjoying watching barry squirm! Go Boehner!! Barry is Pro Nuclear! Time to Impeach NOW! Before its too late… How come no one has questioned the administration about operation Tomodachi? What about all our irradiated sailors, marines and Pilots that were parked in the middle of the plumes?????????????????? We need new leadership so bad…


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      public service employees make 130:100 in compensation, as opposed to private sector workers. They retire with packages that rival the highest paid union workers. It's all become a gravy train for all, except those who paid for it. I'd love nothing more than to see it all crash to bits! Then, we the people, can get about the business of dragging the criminals who did this to our nation to the gallows and set-about rebuilding our house. If we plan to succeed in our efforts, we'll have to look beyond the hallowed halls of the politicos for the traitors.

      P.S. please name one thing that the NRC has done to fulfill its stated charter? For that matter, please name one thing that the U.S. Federal government has done in the last hundred years, that genuinely met the needs of the American people? No…I'm not going to argue the virtues of the dependency programs. They're there to increase the need for government. No…this so-called 'government' no longer serves the American working class people, nor do the truly serve the needs of the down trodden and poor. The so-called U.S. Federal government has degenerated into a whore house who gives her charms to the highest bidder. The only ones who fear the dissolution of this corrupted enterprise, are either fools or the pimps themselves…


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      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

        @AFTERSHOCK

        I am in complete agreement with your statement. I know this to be true for permanent employees of the feds, though it is not true for those who are seasonal employees whose only benefits are sick leave and vacation days (1 per month of full-time employment which is less than six months)and never retirement or thrift savings plan, etc.

        As to the NRC, the article actually made me laugh out loud! They are not given to enforcing infractions of nuclear power plants!

        This government is so bloated it is time to stop increasing the debt limit unless ironclad agreement is given by the Executive Branch that they will reduce the size of government by 10% each year for the next five years. It can be done, they simply can't imagine it. Think of how many contracted employees there are of the government whose income comes from private citizens. I used to think we had capitalism.

        An interesting study could be made of by what percentage contractor's incomes have risen in the past 25 years. And we have never had a "Defense" Department! Actually it would be more appropriately named a "War" Department.

        I'm not a member of the Tea Party, but I think they are just fed up with paying twice the amount in taxes that the country actually needs. It is time to dig in our heels and say NO.


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        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          @NoPrevarication: your measured thoughts are well received. I'm tired of being patient with those who have so little patience for others. There was a time when I had more understanding of the plight of these so-called government employees. But I'm done remaining silent while they line their pockets at the expense of struggling working class Americans. So yes…I'm glad to see that others are equally enraged by the criminal actions of these self-serving creeps who parade-about as 'servants' of the people.

          Keep up the good fight NoPrevarication…


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        • We Not They Finally

          NoP, you think that what you will have once the economy crashed from this idiocy is CAPITALISM? Are you freaking mad?? You'll be lucky to be hired as a wage slave. Oh, and by the way, by THE KOCH BROTHERS. THEY support these moves! Get real! Get educated! It is a total embarrassment to the SANE people who post here that you think that crashing the U.S. economy is just fine!

          Please. It is way too embarrassing to the rest of us to be seen on the same page.


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        • HoTaters

          Agreed. Coming from an ex-Democrat, ex-Republican, turned more or less Libertarian. Oh, pardon me, that's a Liber-terrorist according to the likes of Dingy Harry.


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      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        Aftershock, You are so wrong! Only the top -top gets anything. The rest get shit. Vacation, sick time ..and even that is slim and held against the real-workers, state or fed.


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    • Johnny Blade

      @bo;your short but concise statement rings true with regard not only to this thread but in every facet of life and the BS our so-called "leadership" on BOTH sides has done to our country & it's citizens as well as everything impacted by the status of the USA on international levels! It's weird that the fallacy of American freedom still continues in the face of the damage these "allegedly""freely-elected"assholes have and ARE causing while they play their baby games at the expense of those who can't afford to wait for vital govt. offices,etc. to reopen & the Republican a-holes who CAN afford the cost associated with this crisis THEY manufactured won't be foreclosed on & evicted like my family WILL be by Christmas since a recent family death & loss of his income for my mother-in law while she waits for her Survivor's Benefits to kick in,but WON'T because the shutdown caused the interview/application appointment to be delayed until late-November!! THEY don't give a flying fuck about ANJYTHING except THEIR money!! I posted a week or so back that the NRC would be among those agencies to shut their doors and cease operations even as news of "new" problems at Fukushima & heightened concern has been coming out daily & it's become reality!Since the Tea Party d-bags are willing to allow irreparable damage to the economy & especially the impoverished even though they're so sure Obamacare will fail-why don't they let it fail on it's own?They seem more afraid of it…


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      • Johnny Blade

        cont'd-succeeding??!! We need to "shut down" BOTH parties & kick their asses out of office and replace them with REAL & caring human beings-not these selfish,self-centered,arrogant assholes who can't get anything worthwhile done and in fact can't even walk & chew gum at the same time-much less meet their own goals & personal agenda's without fucking over the most vulnerable of the public they continually let down!! :|


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        • bo bo

          Johnny blade, I am sorry about your family. And thanks for taking my comment to heart, and not judging me for it (I know my posts are not always the most brilliant or knowledgable) I am fan of your sincere sounding posts.

          I did know the vague connection of cancer to nuclear power plants and radiation, but didn't know until after 3/11 how directly correlated they were. I just noted in another post but I'm typing this sitting under a huge banner promoting 'the fight against breast cancer'

          Instead of asking HOW to cure, does anybody in these events ever ask WHY there is so much cancer everywhere? Specifically in the state, the highest incidence of breast cancer by far is in Barnstable county, downwind from Pilgrim NPP.

          It is TOTAL BS.


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  • jec jec

    This is a regulatory agency, and think back to everything NRC has done to PREVENT accidents at nuclear plants. They regulate, do reports/meetings/conventions and MAKE regulations. I hope someone from the NRC reads this post, because I would very much like to be better informed on the actions taken by the NRC. Without reading tons of regulatory documents, its difficult to determine; the EPA is supposed to handle the radiation testing in the USA. And of course, NRC is the one to fine companies for lack of compliance to NRC rules and regulations. l


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  • jec jec

    As far as 'essential', would think FEMA recalling personnel makes sense, maybe not so much NRC, a regulatory agency. And look at 'essential', the US weather service has stopped fixing offshore weather warning stations, buoys, or maintaining them. For coastal US or international citizens –very dangerous not to have warnings from these devices. What a terrible choice of 'critical.' If companies would just follow the thousands of regulations on the books, to the "SPIRIT OF THE LAW," we would not need the number of agencies. NRC is more of a paper pushing effort, NRC is not as critical. Shouldn't some of the goals for regulation of nuclear be 1. to NOT expose or harm in any way the citizens/people or environment(Air, land , sea); 2. to NOT coverup errors and mistakes, be transparent; 3. to NOT redefine radiation exposure and damage for political or business advantage;4. to NOT use government as a safety line(dollars) for mistakes; 5. to PAY for all accident costs such as medical without question, and so on. There should be a Ten Commandments for nuclear use; if you can't pay, you can't play…. Since no one can pay…enuf said.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    FEMA needs to be shut down..until the populace get some answers..

    FEMA Region 3′ Author Senator Songstad, Makes Public Statement

    Retired South Dakota Senator Sheldon Songstad, who represented Sioux Falls from 1975-1988, has gone public to discuss his memo about FEMA Region 3

    http://intellihub.com/2013/10/07/fema-region-3-author-senator-songstad-makes-public-statement/

    The NRC should answer for it's position concerning Fukushima…and the supposed lessons learned.

    What can of safety can this organization provide..when they can't tell the truth about Fukushima?
    It is definite they will lie at all turns.


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  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    NRC are NOT essential at all. They did nothing to protect or warn citizens during any nuclear disaster or accident. You can be assured that they & their family & friends were warned. They only step in after the fact…& have repeatably ensured that industry had fewer regulations to follow & helped them write the paperwork when they did not want to install regulated safety measures. They ensured that at least 1 of your friends or family would be exposed to radiation from nuke plants by allowing deregulation. This a perfect time to shut them down permanently.

    You know that whenever they report an event they always tell the public that there is no concern…well..then we do not need them then since there is never a health risk from a nuclear accident or disaster. We do not need an entire agency that only ever tells us there is no concern.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Of course..if it comes to civil control..Northcom and 'friends' are kicking at the stable doors..to have a chance to suppress fellow Americans.
    Welcome to 'open containment'.


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      when this 'kicks off' Heart, know that they'll be an equally impressive 'response' from those of us who genuinely loved the ideas of freedom and independence. We knew in our hearts, from day one, there's always the very real possibility of losing. Most of us are aware of the history of blood that preceded our presence; back as far as Spartacus and doubtless before then. But we also know that the struggle for human rights is cyclical and in need of periodic 'reminder'. Be assured, the response from the people of this nation to the oppressor (both external and internal) will be glorious; of that, I have no doubt…


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      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        Thank you for your thoughts..AFTERSHOCK.
        Because many of us..I for one ..have still have dreams of deep blue freedom.
        We cling to ancient ideals..ideals of civilization..countries ruled by civility…perhaps failing but at least pondered in the halls of ancient Rome and Greece, etc.
        These ancient thoughts..critical to the development of civilization as Human pulled itself out of the mire of primitive thought.
        We don't have to live this way..our government does not have to conduct themselves this way.
        Humanity doesn't have to stall in it's evolutionary process..of which… living in freedom..has been and always will be a/the goal.

        PS.It comes as natural as breathing…


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        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          @Heart: I've concluded that our individual sense of thinking that we're the ones who are correct, puts us all at odds with one another. Add to this, our individual needs and we've all now found ourselves on the well-intentioned road to hell. This is basically why I no longer subscribe to the socialist solution. Self-determinism must become central to how we each lead our lives. This does not mean abandoning those who are in need of assistance; but rather, moving society towards one that helps the individual avoid dependency. Decentralization is the only path that ensures the survival of natural systems…


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          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            I think that the mix between socialist solution..and self-determination can work together..as I look at my neighbors faces..this fine autumn morning.. so eager to be Americans and the self-determination that is the backbone of this country..any country.


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      • We Not They Finally

        If you want to seriously crash the U.S. economy, Aftershock, you haven't a CLUE about liberty and independence. Not a clue. And no, a nation with so many under-educated people has no right to drag down the rest of us. Seriously. You think that crashing the U.S. economy will somehow make you "independent" and "self-determined" and just busting at the seams with "liberty"? What world do you live in? Fox News?


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        • VanneV anne

          I seriously think that we have a number of foreign provocateurs and agitators on this website. Just because someone says they live in the US, doesn't mean that they really do. Anyway I agree with you. Some people just want a free ride. They want whatever they can get out of this country, but don't want to contribute anything.

          Code Shutdown actually said the other day that we have no free will. He may want to live under a deterministic model, but I sure don't. Democracy is slow, but it is still the best form of government.


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          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            @anne 2013 12.01 am; Anne, you know I love your sincerity, the beautiful ring of your persona…but now you have said you have a very high IQ, and thus raise the bar. I have expectations!

            In fact I said (to effect) that free will was the >assumption< of poster (Mark I think) but not a given. It does not correspond with our current, post Einstein knowledge of the universe. That is to say, (specifically regarding free will), that relativity has rendered the simplistic homo-centric notion of free will moot. First, to borrow from your own source; man cannot add one inch to his height, or one morsel of food to his sustenance.

            Free will assumes a freedom from something right? free from what, exactly? In fact everyone realizes you have "limited free will". You are not free to will the sun to rise at a different time. But closer to the point, if time were reversed, free will would mean nothing, as events would precede will, or desire. That is exactly what Einstein and even some saints have told us. To wit; the velocity and gravitational environment of the observer determines the sequence of events. There is little doubt about this. I will ask Anne this; is time stationary and your conscious perceptive faculty moving through it, or are you in fact timeless, and time is "flowing" past you? Or do you move at the same speed as time? But then…if you moved at the same rate, how would Monday come and go? i.e. to perceive flow there must be a contrast between observer and…


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            • VanneV anne

              I have made a comment in the off topic discussion forum.

              http://enenews.com/forum-topic-discussion-thread-nuclear-issues-jan-5-2013-present/comment-page-66#comment-394976

              Following Einstein and the physicists and sophistry have given us Fukushima. Denying free will is completely nihilistic. It is only by exercising free will that will we will be able to shut down all nuclear reactors worldwide.


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              • Anthony Anthony

                What it seems you are missing about free will in my opinion is the idea that Free Will can exist in a different or dare I say, better example than what you hold onto. That`s the total gist I get through the swirl of his words. To each their own I say, you have it your way but stay open to others having theirs likewise. There is no reason to get into arguing about free will unless we have to rescue it. Which is what I also agree with CodeShutdown about. The world is better with strong intelligent passionate women like you anne.


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              • Johnny Blade

                @anne; I have the utmost respect for you and appreciate all that you've said & done here since the 1st plumes from Fukushima were still wafting across the Pacific & had not yet made US landfall even if I didn't always agree with you on EVERY single post or opinion you voiced! I have to get back home(while I still have one!)since my wife isn't answering the phone & check on her,but I just wanted to say THANK YOU again for everything you do and for your kind words during some particularly rough times when you said the right things at the right time and put up links that were 100% accurate & needed when I was try7ing to make sense of things at the moment! :) Arguments about politics,religion & love ALWAYS seem to divide us and distract from the issues at hand and I don't get drawn into that drama anyways-even if I do jump in with my 2 cents OT & out of character(for me). I truly believe in karma and I just KNOW that you will be rewarded for the way you conduct yourself in life and that the nuke-pukes will surely "get theirs" too! With that said I want to wish you & my fellow ENEWSER's a great day and get back to my caregiver duties asap. TAKE CARE & THANKS AGAIN! ;)


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            • Anthony Anthony

              Everything after the *anneSlam* I totally agree with!


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      • We Not They Finally

        Aftershock, do you really want to spill American blood? O.k. Spill YOUR blood. Don't spill MY blood. I'm not dying for insane ideas like willfully, deliberately shutting down the U.S. economy. NO ONE should.


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        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          @ WNTF et al. Actually, Aftershock said self determinism and decentralization and humility (paraphrase) are the ways to insure survival of the system. Everybody else imposed their emotional/preconceived ideas upon this.

          Those principles are what nature has been using for millions of years before our laughably miniscule period of "government" came into being.

          And what did we see with this societal experiment? Suppression, lies, exploitation and inequality…and it gets worse from there; try torture, invasion, fascism.

          To posit that man is in NEED of external governance is to admit that he is less capable than all the wild beasts who need none, and had left a thriving ecosystem.

          When you leave the room, do you put a governor in charge so that your family or friends dont spin wildly out of control..complete anarchy and destruction of the house? No, so then its "only the bad" 51 to 90% of population who need continual oversight and policing…by admittedly corrupt organizations…. listen to yourselves


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          • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

            obvious CodeShutdown, you obviously are as intelligent, as I've openly stated in prior posts. You actually take the time to read and analysis the meaning of posts.

            BTW. I totally ignore the WNTF couple. Unless they're attempting to get my attention by responding directly to one of my posts, I no longer read what they put out here. They've been put on notice to cease responding to my posts. As they appear to be undisciplined in their actions, I'll continue leaving them in the corner. If they continue attempting a response from me, I'll have no recourse but to contact site administration and solicit their intervention. But enough of this. I've got to get back to more important affairs.

            Again…thanks for being a true (a truly challenging) thinking machine…


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Someone earlier mentioned..how even children can be taught to be wary of the invisible…as in the instance if ..washing their hands to kill germs.

    'Open containment'..is invisible..for the most part..

    New Snowden leak: NSA is monitoring the Internet histories of millions of Americans
    Oct.1 2013

    http://rt.com/usa/nsa-leak-internet-history-549/

    I can just imagine K. Alexander.. enjoying listening to the public and private conversations of the lawmakers in Washington..
    Most of the lawmakers… being too STUPID..to understand..they too are being 'contained'.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Yahh..just let the government workers ..pipe up..
    Let's see how much freedom..they really have.


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  • Another gem from one of our brothers in this epic global battle for the survival of humanity…

    From Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – Got To Get Ourselves Back To The Organic Gardens; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/10/from-crosby-stills-nash-and-young-got.html

    Fukushima has started a global war. Join in the battle. Sing the songs. Write the poetry. Express yourself. Let the creative billion year old carbon juices flow.

    There are many who are sleeping and have not yet joined the fray.

    Use music to help wake them up.


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  • Lion76 Lion76

    get ready for a little extra offgassing/discharging while no one is looking.

    same thing with EPA you know chem plants have been taking advantage. While we bicker over paperwork.


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    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      I've been thinking the same exact thing Lion76. While everyone's head is turned and while the EPA, CDC, FDA, etc. etc. etc. that does something–anything being better then nothing since Republicans constantly under-fund them and under-staff them to purposely keep these agencies hands tied or rather hog-tied, all these fracking companies and oil companies and chemical companies and such will be taking every possible advantage that they can… all in the name of Business, Capitalism and GREED, meanwhile..it's our neighborhoods that get poisoned, homes destroyed, water poisoned, etc. etc.


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    • HoTaters

      Lion76, I have been thinking exactly the same thing since I heard the NRC is going to shut down temporarily.


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  • tarpus

    Had enough money to blow the S of of Syria a couple weeks ago…plenty of money for a new NSA center though…plenty of foreign aid going to countries who don't need/deserve it…


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  • IMO – If the NRC is in shutdown mode, then it should be MANDATORY for all NPP's to be placed in cold SHUTDOWN.

    Anything else seems insane to me.

    It would not be a good idea to drive a vehicle without any breaks. It seems wiser to leave it turned off.

    I wonder if Risk Management personnel calculated government shutdowns into their idiotic equations. Obviously not.

    ;) Just a point:
    No other energy source requires constant vigilant supervision in an attempt to be 'so called' safe in order to prevent worldwide radioactive contamination that affects all living things.

    Yet another reason to STOP nukes NOW!


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    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      @chasa.. You bring up a very interesting set of points.. So, on the one hand they should shut all npps down.. On the other hand.. Is NRC saying they are not necessary? Because if npps are not all brought to safe cold shut down in the absence of regulators.. Then from my perspective, they are in fact acknowledging that they are worthless and unnecessary and a waste of money..


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    • HoTaters

      Emissions, or at least rad levels near Pilgrim NPP are high today. Case in point? Or just coinkydink?

      Where's the jet stream in relation to that part of the country today?


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    I wounder what's going on Hanford? Wit the star fish melting on the west coast some thing is very wrong!


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    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      Nearly 8,000 employees will become 6 at the most dangerous place in the USA.. Hanford… "DOE has produced a department-wide plan that addresses federal employees, but not contractor employees, the majority of the approximately 8,000 workers at Hanford.

      The plan, which has not been implemented, as DOE continues to use money from prior years, calls for five federal employees to continue working at the DOE Hanford Richland Operations Office and two federal employees to continue working at the DOE Hanford Office of River Protection.

      http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2013/10/07/2614190/contingency-plans-being-developed.html


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    • rakingmuck

      I found that beyond disturbing. I tweeted it No one cared. According to -forgive spelling if I am wrong – Jazko today, US citizens will NOT be protected from radiation if there is an emergency due to NRC shutdown. What a perfect opportunity for terrorists or just angry people.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    I never recognized NRC or the White House.

    It's mostly fake BS.

    And useless.

    I don't dislike them, I just feel sorry for 'em.


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  • behappy1

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/signs-say-national-mall-closed-but-immigration-reform-rally-is-a-go/article/2536957

    its all pick and choose

    an angry park ranger affirmed the Obama administration has given instructions that the shutdown impact be made as painful as possible for the American public.

    “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can,” he said. “It’s disgusting.”
    http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/gestapo-tactics-used-on-americans-at-yellowstone/


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  • behappy1

    The people have shown they will allow suffering by
    "some"
    to save their own ass

    Watch fuku USA, criticize Japan
    while your own country
    needs your voice.


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    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      That is people everywhere…what they don't realize is that they are next.

      "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
      it tolls for thee. . . ."
      from Meditation 17
      by John Donne


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  • AntonButler

    The United States of America has become a kamikazi country,
    by operating 100 nuclear reactors and closing the NRC.
    It is true that the Europe has no trust in the USA,
    with good reason.
    What is wrong with a National Health Service(NHS)?
    We have it in the UK,
    fantastic, it is a sign of humanity and decency, and trustworthiness and justice of a government, to have a NHS.
    The USA is more and more a barbarian, uncivilised country,
    quite similar to the Roman Empire.
    Maybe even worse than the murderous,genocidal, wicked Rome???


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    • We Not They Finally

      Anton, I'd like to apologize on behalf of some of my fellow Americans. Actually, I'd like to dissociate myself from some of my fellow Americans! They think that national health care is a BAD thing? Not all of us are that barbarian, but unfortunately very bad elements here have been encouraged. And by the worst CORPORATE elements. People like the Koch brothers, who want no med care for anyone and slave labor for all. Half the country does not even seem to know who is yanking their strings.


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    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      Anton, Nuclear is everywhere in the world, and there are few places without it at this point. There are 185 nuke plants in Europe. As for the NRC being closed, they don't really protect anyone but the Nuclear Industry, the same with the international body that continues to deny the devastation in the Ukraine from Chernobyl. Countries are a moot point now, and greed rules in every dominion. Common citizens suffer in every country. I don't know where you are from; but all citizens need to unite against the corrupt greedy corporations ruining the world.


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  • Nigwil

    I like the bit that says:
    'It is illegal for employees who are furloughed to perform agency work.'

    Just when Abe asks for help the bunch of people most likely to offer assistance are put on furlough and taken out of the loop. There are probably a few decent Soviet engineers around who worked as Liquidators available to give advice.

    Problem is, of course, who in their right minds would even offer to enter Fukushima Prefecture while breathing, let alone wander around the NPP site with a clip board making up a To Do list to cover actions on the site for the next 10,000 years!


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  • Nigwil

    Now that's interesting…

    NRC funding stops, and preparation for a Black Flag operation is obviously in work for eastern USA sometime soon.

    http://intellihub.com/2013/10/07/fema-region-3-author-senator-songstad-makes-public-statement/

    Region III: DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV

    or not:

    From FEMA:-
    http://www.fema.gov/region-iii-dc-de-md-pa-va-wv

    'Rumor Control

    X FEMA is purchasing ammunition, vaccines, etc. in anticipation of a disaster in Region III on or about October 1st, 2013. This is FALSE.

    Comment: FEMA is aware of the speculation surrounding procurement of materials throughout the United States, particularly in the mid-Atlantic region. There is no specific threat, catalyst, or alert that causes FEMA to purchase additional supplies. Throughout the year, FEMA routinely purchases materials and prepositions them throughout the country in anticipation of disasters. No unusual or inordinate purchases are being made.
    Last Updated: 09/30/2013 – 15:20'

    Mmmmm… I bet they say that to All the Boys…
    Time will telllllll….


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    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      OMG! All this crazy-talk. It makes perfect sense for FEMA to buy in bulk. Just like it makes sense for people to buy toilet-paper in bulk. It's cheaper. And with all the pressure for the Gov to spend less … they are and still people bitch!


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    1.6 billion rounds of hollow points are for whom.. alien invaders?
    http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=fema+buys+1.2+billion+rounds+of+ammo&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

    Have you checked the price of ammo lately? Have you found any ammo lately?

    Ammo = Big business!


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      and why are we shocked that a bunch of paranoid, low consciousness jerks would use our money to arm themselves to the teeth? Man is largely the filth at the bottom of the garbage pail, with the exception of a few classical composers, a deft sculptor or two and a bunch of innocent children…(but not so much the boys who are already jerks at a young age….)


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Armed to the teeth! :) Gee, they are not scared/frightened to death are they?

    When ever in doubt/fear for your own safety.. just shoot to kill!

    Why Bobby is not going over to Japan either, unless he is ordered too!


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  • Jack Jack

    They don't regulate anyway. Industry shills.


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  • afisher

    This has moved from concern about the NRC to the wider question. How many here were happy when the Nuclear Power Plants were closed down by this agency? I was!

    However you feel about politics, I don't care, but as another blogger wrote, many seem to hate FED, right up until the time that you really need them.

    I'll wait until the adults are in the room to have a constructive discussion. Thanks for playing


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