Japan enacts state secrets law late Friday night amid revolt — “It criminalizes investigative journalism” — Terrorism defined as “imposing one’s opinions on others”

Published: December 6th, 2013 at 5:49 pm ET
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Japan Times, Dec. 6, 2013: Following political turmoil that rocked the Diet over the past week, ruling block Upper House members finally enacted the contentious state secrets bill late Friday night. Earlier in the day, opposition parties intensified their protests in vain over a law that’s being criticizing for not creating an independent oversight body capable of preventing the government from hiding inconvenient information at its discretion.

Businessweek, Dec. 6, 2013: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secured final passage of a bill granting Japan’s government sweeping powers to declare state secrets, a measure aimed at shoring up defense ties with the U.S. that prompted a public backlash and revolt by the opposition.

Asahi Shimbun, Dec. 6, 2013: Kazuo Shii, chief of the Japanese Communist Party, described the ruling coalition’s behavior as “tyrannical, arrogant and disorderly.” The ruling coalition believed prolonging the Diet debate any longer could backfire, only fueling the mushrooming opposition to the bill, and lead to a further decline in approval ratings for Abe’s Cabinet and hold on power. An Asahi Shimbun survey taken between Nov. 30-Dec. 1 showed the Cabinet’s approval rating at 49 percent, dipping below 50 percent for the first time since he took power in December 2012. Officials in the Abe administration foresee the public eventually forgetting about the controversy, once the legislation is approved.

GlobalPost, Dec. 6, 2013: Here are four disturbing ways the bill could be a democracy muzzler. It defines terrorism as imposing one’s opinions on others [...] According to Article 12, terrorism is partially defined as an activity that forces “political and other principles or opinions on the state or other people.” In other words, throw up a rowdy anti-government protest, and the judiciary can find a reason to lock you away. It criminalizes investigative journalism [...] Journalists can be prosecuted for “improperly accessing” classified documents or “conspiring” to leak them. Even asking an official to take a look at classified documents could constitute “conspiracy,” leading to up to five years in prison. “Instigating” the release of government secrets, meanwhile, carries up to 10 years in the dock. [...] Basically, anything can be a secret [...] administrators can make the opaque decisions to classify a document even if their work hardly relates to national security. That effectively allows them to hide any embarrassing piece of evidence, and then pursue the journalists and bloggers who make it public. [...]

See also: Japan Official: "This is the way the reign of terror begins!" -- Lawmaker is "physically restrained"; Outrage as secrets bill rammed through -- Final passage expected within hours (PHOTOS)

Published: December 6th, 2013 at 5:49 pm ET
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181 comments to Japan enacts state secrets law late Friday night amid revolt — “It criminalizes investigative journalism” — Terrorism defined as “imposing one’s opinions on others”

  • bozzy54

    Boycott JAPAN America!!!……….


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    • PANEL: NUCLEAR TO REMAIN KEY JAPAN ENERGY SOURCE http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-top-nuke-regulator-urges-back-end-effort

      Need some help with comments here… :) Jump in please!


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      • We Not They Finally

        I read the article, but it's almost too infuriating to respond to. Why are these people continually left free to keep on committing mass murder?

        My personal bent towards non-violence may be shifting too. Let's just say that I would not shed a tear if "something were to happen" to these people. But honestly, I'd call it self-defense. The whole entire world can no longer defend itself against THIS?

        Most wars are bad wars, fought for territory, resources, domination, hatred, and the like. But if (let's say) Hitler wasn't stopped, God knows where we would all be now.

        Yet here we are and we can barely fight it with even just WORDS. So who rises up, and where? The Japanese seem to have no anti-government traditions, all the international bodies seem to be corrupt, scientists and universities have been corrupted, and our own President seems little better than a puppet for interests it is hard not to call "evil."

        Not doing too well here with suggesting answers…


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        • We Not They Finally

          Note that in the U.S. an 83-year-old nun (I believe it is in Kentucky — not 100% on that) is about to be sentenced to years in prison for non-violently protesting a NPP. So we're better than the Japanese? And things will get worse here. That's almost a given.


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          • flatsville

            WNTF, the elderly nun and her cohorts were involved in a bit more than peaceful protest. They breached a number of security peremiters and systems. I believe they were trying to make a point by doing that to reach the building in question. Point taken by all involved, including the court.

            Simply google the details.

            I certainly don't agree with the sentecing.


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        • deaddolphins simonhhh

          We Not They Finally…I totally agree with your sentiments… These ongoing acts by the Japanese Govt is an act of war…call it by its correct nomenclature…A covert nuclear war…I think about this and get an immediate visceral reaction replete with rising blood pressure and how this can be fought logically…


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        • Discordian

          "Not doing too well here with suggesting answers…"

          Don't feel too bad about that, WNTF. NO one can truly suggest answers because the answer is too obvious (and is monitored by the NSA, etc.) The governments are criminal governments; the corporations are criminal corporations. You mentioned self-defense, with which I completely agree. Problem is, when criminals make and enforce the laws, self-defense becomes "illegal."

          And if there are not enough people around the globe awake to the nature of the criminal legal fraud which oppresses them, then there is no way to muster a large enough force to counter the criminal force used against us. How many folks do you know who are even concerned about this issue? Same here. (And the example of the nun shows what happens when a less-than-overwhelming resistance is made.)

          It seems to me there is no way to stop it and nothing to be done. I hope I am wrong. Otherwise, welcome to Hell.


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    • Bones Bones

      And who is really scared? This caught my eye. From Ex-Skf.blogspot.com:

      [LDP's Minister in charge of consumer affairs and women and children issues, Ms. Masako Mori, has been for some reason in charge of answering questions on the law, to the great frustration of both the opposition and Japanese citizens because of her very flimsy grasp of what the law is about (it is probably because she doesn't have a clue either).
      Her statement on the passage, according to Jiji Tsushin (12/7/2013; part):

      "The national government will carefully explain to the citizens using all means available the necessity of this law, and address citizens' concerns." "We needed to pass this law urgently in order to protect the lives of the citizens and the existence of the nation in the tense international situation."

      She just told the whole world how helpless and scared shitless Japan, inc. is when they think about the rest of the world. If they government is itself operating in fear, not just propaganda of fear, then watch for Nazi Japan to come this century.


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      • We Not They Finally

        If they really wanted to "protect the lives of the citizens and the existence of the nation," they would have already done mass evacuations. This is all just callous genocide of their own.

        And they are blaming a "tense international situation" for this? A) the international SILENCE is deafening. And B) this is multiple layers of psychiatric projection. They are turning into a psychotic nation run by psychopaths.

        And it's WORSE than Nazi. At least then the world could fight against open aggression, instead of the silent monster of radioactivity, that no one has any choice o accept or reject. But nearly no one is even fighting with words!

        At least we don't have to fear open aggression from the Japanese, since their own people are DYING. But obviously, that makes no difference, they are poisoning us anyway.

        I NEVER thought the world would come to this…


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  • dosdos dosdos

    Time for a new election in Japan.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Apparently, there is some other bozo law that prevents anyone from mentioning radiation in an election campaign. Besides, according to Yoichi Shimatsu, ordinary Japanese are hurting financially and there is no way to launch opponents to Abe politically. And the last election, only 24.6% of the eligible voting populace voted. This is a fascist takeover and God only knows if there will be any more elections at all.

      Someone in Japan needs to start getting inventive, even if it defies all their traditions. Their only other choice seems to be to just meekly die en masse.


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  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    'Terrorism defined as “imposing one’s opinions on others”'…

    By imposing their opinion upon the people of Japan, the Japanese government become the first victims of their own insane law, and by doing so name themselves terrorists.


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  • bo bo

    From the asahi atticle :

    'The government also has other important issues such as negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement and compile budget proposals during the remainder of the year.'


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  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    "Officials in the Abe administration foresee the public eventually forgetting about the controversy"…

    The public foresee the officials in the Abe administration urgently requiring an eyetest.


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  • jec jec

    Look at the names of products, where they were made. Don't purchase if part of Japan production..money speaks.


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    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      “Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”
      ― Bob Marley

      “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world : My own Government, I can not be Silent.”
      ― Martin Luther King Jr.

      Freedom is becoming as scarce as clean water, and radiation free food.

      The USA has guided Japan…we are just now waking up to what is fast becoming endangered….freedom.


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    • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

      As a staunch supporter of Japanese-made quality products, I too am beginning to see more and more sense in some sort of boycott on products. Unfortunately, governments the world over only understand the language of money, but I gues we take the good with the bad.


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      • We Not They Finally

        ManWithThePlan, there AREN'T any "Japanese-made quality products" for you to "staunchly support." They are all radioactive. Get out of denial! Catch up! Boycotting them out of political revulsion is just an ADDITIONAL reason to do so.


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  • weeman

    Does that mean that all forms of religion and atheism are illegal, it is so broad that it could easily be applied to anything.
    It just goes to show how bad it is and just fuels the fire more, eyes wide open.


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    • davidh7426 davidh7426

      "…could easily be applied to anything" including opposing political parties.


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      I think your blue tie looks better with that white shirt, honey. Sorry dear, I am going to have to disagree. Also, I am calling the police.

      I really hope the reason for this state secrets thing is for the following reason: Due to the difficulty of dealing with the nuclear disaster we are calling in a very highly advanced civilization from another Planet. They are going to bring in DNA reintegration technology, sky cranes large enough to lift the damaged nuke plants into orbit around the sun, atmospheric and oceanic isotope scrubbers, and ABBA clones to make you all very happy.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r82fyOb8F5w


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  • dosdos dosdos

    It's official, Japan is now a fascist state.


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    • It has been for a long time, this just puts the nail in the coffin of freedom and democracy.


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        • But hope is still alive, because that is inside, no matter what laws they pass.

          The Soviet Union collapsed overnight, like wet tissue paper.

          They are building a house of cards. Someday it will collapse.

          This is not sustainable. The 1% world is not sustainable.


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          • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

            I was born in the former USSR; my parents have a saying regarding the collapse: "The primary reason that the Soviet Union collapsed wasn't a destructive anger from the populace unto the regime; it wasn't mass protests; and it wasn't some divine intervention; people simply laughed it down, made fun of the politicians and the flaws in the system, in other words it wasn;t taken seriously by the 70s/80s and was subject to constant satire – because of this it collapsed."

            A part of me believes that if you want to disestablish a system made by a couple of stony-faced men in suits, the only effective weapon is laughter.

            Also, this weapon is actually much harder to wield than anger or violence. Anger and violence manifest themselves naturally in such situations, but gathering the strength to laugh in those assholes' faces when they kick you in the teeth is much more difficult because it does not come naturally to some people.

            Then again, a healthy dose of rioting, civil disobedience and the humble boycott never hurt anyone either. I personally think these two 'weapons' should be wielded dually.


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            • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

              We should all place ourselves under house arrest in our own houses, and e-mail Abe's cabinet that we have been bad and are punishing ourselves for imposing our opinions onto the J-government in the form of ENEnews comments. Then we should each one of us spank ourselves with an irradiated Pacific salmon to further punish ourselves, and to prove to all that it is, in fact, healthy to receive regular spankings with salmon caught in the Pacific.

              Oh, and don't forget to smile! Big smiles everyone, now get down and take it! :D


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      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Unfortunately, their nuclear pollution has killed the Pacific Ocean, and it has already killed people in the US and will kill even more people in exponentially increasing numbers.

        With nuclear pollution the whole world suffers.


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        • Bones Bones

          Would anyone nominate Japan as the worst country in the 21st century with U.S. being second, at least on it's foreign policy? I love America, but she needs to wake up now. There are many great people fighting against the exploitation, manipulation, invasion of personal space, and thief of a state. It stands for the opposite of what America projects to the world. We are supposed to lead by example and show how all people are people just from different places and deserve independence and liberty to express their free will in any manner without force or manipulation of another and how humans are fundamentally good and must be told over and over how all men are equal. We have problems, but our moral mythology is noble indeed. We can fulfill the strong, but loving American country that can help those in need and welcome all to enjoy the beauty of our home. No war or murder needed. I know people of ALL races and have been friends with ALL main races at one point. That diversity is our strength. We can all contribute in our own ways a system of citizen monitoring and real-time monitoring to fulfill the roles the EPA, FDA, and NRC are supposed to be doing. Japan needs to be more American, the mythology, and fight in all ways possible without bloodshed, but more than just marching. Hunger strokes, things like that that can stop the system in its' tracks and destroy it's illusion of power. YOU NEED YOUR POLICE ON YOUR SIDE. They need to know they are at risk as well…


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          • SadieDog

            Nope Bones, I for one am trying to think like the radiation now. No borders, no fences matter. No ocean, no sea or mighty river. No mountain or canyon, no matter how high or how deep can stop this. Countries are illusions. State and city borders are illusions. This enemy recognizes no borders. All people are one(and in my opinion animals,plants, et al). We could not live as one or tear down these borders and live together, so we will surely all die together. The Japanese are my brothers and sisters. This was caused by global corporations, bankers and men who will to power. Godspeed, Mother Nature…


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            • KiloCharley KiloCharley

              SadieDog, One of THE best posts ever! I would only add that this disaster was allowed to happen, and its devastating nature was compounded by deception from the beginning and continues to this day.
              "We're all in this together, and I'm pullin' for ya!"


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            • We Not They Finally

              SadieDog, you post may SOUND good, but it also cuts both ways. The globalist agenda which homogenizes the world "ideally" into one big slave labor camp, is pretty frightening. There are even economists that say that the founding of the European Union was, by design, to homogenize and destroy Europe by then wrecking its currency. And here in the U.S., we are headed straight towards "The North American Union" to better control the population.

              All I'm saying is "Be careful what you wish for." However your (or mine, too!) heart may be with the suffering of the whole world, survival may come to depend more on local organization, food production, and the like.

              It's a conundrum. Not cancelling out what you're saying, it's just a conundrum.


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  • Kashiko Kashiko

    weemwn, yes it can cover anything. That's why it's so dangerous. WWIII anyone? That is if there is anyone left alive to fight after the radiation (Sorry… dirty/polluted water in Japanese) has finished


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  • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

    Makes the Patriot Act look like the Civil Rights Act of '64. Keep in mind that should the Trans Pacific Partnership be ratified by the USA, that same law will apply here. Coincidence?


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    • cooterboy

      So very true Crash. International Trade agreements are a two way street. Along with the trade comes ratification of differing views with the objective of upholding the other parties beliefs.

      We are fighting to stop the coal trains from passing through Washington but am afraid the citizens don't have a say over federal mandates on trade. Were screwed but our voice was not heard.

      Remember Kent State. It could happen again.
      Peace


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      • We Not They Finally

        Very interesting, albeit unwelcome info. All the so-called "free trade" agreements have harmed us in so many ways, it's ridiculous. America never even factored in how to protect its own industries. Unfortunately, that was probably by design on some "grand chessboard." It's all appalling.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    .. :) You bet they are working on it right now!


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  • Kashiko Kashiko

    Nothing about this on the BBC or CNN website. The Japanese must be happy Nelson Mandela died. It's easier to hide their crap


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    • They have had MASSIVE protests over there about this.. 40,000 people showed up…


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      • We Not They Finally

        Good for those 40,000 people! And it was probably more, since official estimates of protesting crowds are usually low. It's just "a drop in the bucket," though. They need to get more inventive. Like organize mothers with sick kids and shame the whole medical establishment over there. What will they do? Drag mothers away from kids dying of leukemia and throw them into jail? Not that by now I'm terribly sure that they would NOT do that….


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    • weeman

      You nailed it that is why it was rammed through, the world was looking the other way, one of the oldest tricks in the book and the protest will go virtually unnoticed, we noticed but.


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  • Kashiko Kashiko

    C2P. I'd get out of the USA if I were you


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Imposing opinions on others..terrorism?
    And what if they want to hear it?
    What if they want the truth?
    What if they need the truth?

    Truth tellers as terrorists?.. this coming out of the lips of a set of people binding Japan to silent suffering.
    This would make me ..mighty scary..
    Bow and cower in fear….


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    • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

      Cool, I never knew Japan had so many terrorists. Also, I've never been called a terrorist before (and I donate to the RSPCA) – I gues that's all going to change, starting now! Goodbye boring desk jockey existence, hello sexy, adventerous terrorist radical fighting for extreme ideologies.

      Maybe they Japan/U.S. should have spent some time thinking this through…


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Fear the memories of the culture and people that once was…
    Fear your own futures..the futures of your people.
    Fear hunger and death.

    Bow..lower..
    Let your sense of false humility..have you scrapping your chin on the floor…
    Bow lower…fear your ancestors…not me.


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  • myau

    May I dare declare that it is time for all neigboring countries to jointly force Japan to evacuate all Fuku population, then nuke that whole plant deep inside the earht's crust, may not save the Pacific ocean(it is already dead anyway), but everybody can breath and survive. Otherwise with this new law, you don't even know when, where and how if you should drop dead!!! Decide quickly before it is too late.Thanks.


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    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      When you use nukes, you solve nothing. You just create more radiation, and you put more radiation into the jet stream. And everything at Fukushima is going into the Pacific Ocean. Nuking Fukushima will just put it, not into the ground, but into the Pacific Ocean. It will create more acid rain and will kill all the land and oceans of the entire planet even worse than it already has.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The sea is part of the water cycle..by evaporation..it rises up to the clouds..then delivered..elsewhere as rain.

    Nuking it into the Pacific..will not..provide safe air..


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  • ftlt

    We have plenty of old laws that can and have been construed to the same end here… You must remember, Japan had basically a New Deal Constitution thrust on it by the occupying forces following WW2.. It has not had the time to install reactionary law/s

    Fascism is alive and flourishing worldwide – how much longer will we and what we say not be considered active terrorists..

    The laws for our freedoms we have, the ones that are supposed to protect us, are as thin as the paper they are written on… Throughout our history, they have been ignored and discarded to repress any decent and actions that were against the wishes of the power structure… The courts are tools of the power structure as are the police and militias..

    That said if the critical mass of protest can be achieved, you may be heard sometimes and effect real change – Or then again, the repression may become deadly..


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    • weeman

      And who is stocking the fire of fascism, the two percent it will be to their favour.


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    • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

      They only really have one thing going for them: the fear and coplacency of a population that figures that money will eventually achieve happiness, and the lack of money will somehow equal personal demise.

      Personally, I don't see how you could possibly die without money if all of the doctors, nurses, scientists, police, firemen, etc. were to drop everything and come over to the side of the citizen rather then take orders from crusty old men sitting in a big building far away.

      I'm just saying that Thailand should serve as an example of citizens overcoming class, and sticking it to the man (or woman, in this case).


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      • We Not They Finally

        Except that I don't think that ordinary Japanese HAVE much money these days. They've got the same "1% problem" over there as here.

        All they have now is illness, then death. However you cut it, this will end badly.


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  • Kashiko Kashiko

    My Japanese students are going to go to Hawaii next week for a college trip. Yesterday I warned them about not eating the seafood in Hawaii. They didn't understand why, so I explained it to them and frightened them. They have no idea what is going on. On a final note, It's a good job I did it yesterday because if I did it today I could wind up in prison. Now that is scary


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    • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

      You are a good person. Anyone that genuinely cares for kids is a good person and should be commended in todays screwed up world where CEOs call the shots, dictate their own skewed morals and the populace and even the politicans follow them like rats to a piper's tune.

      Hopefully every student's fear will serve as a seed to spread newfound knowledge amongst their countrymen. Japanese people are incredibly adept at conveying ideas without word or with a minimum of words/expressions. The kids'll find a way, we should support them. Politicans have long-forgotten the language of children/youth and look at 'those damn kids with their Walkmans' with a mixture of puzzlement and worry.

      Fossils, nothing more.


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    • @ Kashiko
      December 6, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      What a tragic measure of modern civilization's self destruction. I cannot believe that in such a short span we have landed here. And to note that they are to start two reactors at Kashiwasaki Kariwa.
      When the damquakes(dam initiated earthquakes) struck the Kashiwasaki Kariwa station I had warned of a Genpatsu shinsai because of the cumulative effects of the dams of the world on nuclear installations and other sitting ducks of modern civilization but the nuclear authorities as usual could not care less:
      http://justiceinorout.blogspot.in/2010/06/is-justice-in-or-out.html
      It is really so tragic that highly educated are taught irrelevant things!(No offence meant to you, sir; only that it is a worldwide phenomenon!). The realisation must come from within. But easier said than done.
      And in the case of nuclear/modern life, after the damage its too late.


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      • @ Kashiko
        December 6, 2013 at 8:28 pm
        Just look at a sample of forewarnings based on a study of the cumulative effects of dams:
        http://in.dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/andamanicobar/message/4919
        If only we have an algorithm on the pressing of a corresponding button after a warning like this after which instantly the UN Disaster What if committee would take it up with the global corrective response authority and bring about in the nick of time changes to modern civilization! 1000 days too late? Mahatma Gandhi sounded the prophecy in 1908! Given enough time modern civilization will destroy itself! Irrelevant education of the people, the world over. Dont think!!! Just follow the syllabus. When I was working in the engineering department of an electricity company in the early 1980s, a Japanese engineer was discussing a project with my colleague. I was a staunch no nukes man already for a decade by then. I thought it was an opportunity to find out why Japan was nuclear: His reply: We have no resources. So we go nuclear! What about energy audit? No reply!


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  • Ontological Ontological

    In Vermont USA back when they changed the "right on red law" were one would be expected to stop then go left in traffic on red. Ok well that led to people just running the red light on a right turn, led to many accidents and then mandatory auto insurance. That led to texting and driving. Well when Vermont does something the entire USA nation usually follows, and they did. Ok so let us compare that situation to this one…How long before the entire world's governments adopt this same "don't ask don't tell policy on anything bad for their PR in most future law books? I guess to answer a question of "where do I go in all of this?" Well maybe the Norwegians will dig us a hidey hole with there big underground tunneling mole machines, oh wait they already did, but only for the elite. These machines BTW folks could have solved the Fuku corium emergence issue in only a few months after the meltdowns, Also one more note, they were defunded by the King of Norway's financers last week. Please if you are invested in nuclear GET OUT NOW! Never mind your stupid money it will not even make very comfortable toilet paper when you have nothing else to wipe with!


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    • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

      Props to the Norwegian mutual trust fund fatcats! I LOL'd hard when I read about that. It may not be much money in the short-term, but they are invariably hitting them where it hurts, and every little bit will count. More fatcats will probably follow suit over the next cople of months/years.

      It would be nice if they could all do this over the course of the next 3-4 weeks, thus efectively bringing down SHLEPCO, but hey, beggars can't be choosy.


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  • frogs go ribbit frogs go ribbit

    This is fucked. Desperate measures need to be taken. I'm not saying… I'm just saying.


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Terrorism is imposing one's views on others.

    How's that for the ultimate hypocrisy, brought to you by the Japanese government?


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  • ratpuppy ratpuppy

    This is just another logical progression of the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act in the U.S. This set of laws alone have allowed the government to throw half of the U.S. Constitution into the garbage can, as our Supreme Court systematically destroys the remainder. Most of the Founding Fathers were NOT flag waivers as much as they were educated men of principle. One of these men, Benjamin Franklin said:

    "Those who would surrender their essential freedoms for the sake of temporary security. Deserve neither liberty or security!"

    These fascist laws aren't keeping the majority safe. They are only designed to keep the rich and powerful safe… From the will of the majority!


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  • rakingmuck

    I feel free to speak my mind for the first times in 10 years. I will most likely get cancer in 2-3 years living in Southern California. If I die is a cell or a hospital doesn't mean a damn thing to me. We Americans are pussies. Despite all manner of trauma the Japanese are on the streets while we hide and cower behind our computers. We are doomed. What are you waiting for – the next life. Go outside Make your own statement. Others might follow. Others might not. Or just maybe you will surprise yourself and start a revolution.


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    • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

      'Occupy' was just practice. It will come sooner or later (probably later because new iPad).


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    • We Not They Finally

      rakingmuck, you and really all of us, should take protective health measures best we can. Filter your water with revere osmosis. Take anti-oxidants. Take baking soda because it keeps the blood alkaline so cancer cannot survive. Stay away from sugar and processed foods. Juice vegetables so you get lots of enzymes.

      The radioactive onslaught may get so bad that it is more and more hard to protect. But let's all encourage each other to try!


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    • flatsville

      rakingmuck, sign on to work on a nuvlear issue in your area. The past year has yeilded excellent results in closuures, annuoncements of closurer etc…

      No CWIP laws are imporant for states that don't have them to prevent future new construction.


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  • SadieDog

    Ignorance is not the same as inaction. 90 something % of Americans have no idea that Fukushima exists. Stay calm and educate those who want to be educated. The people that do not, are not ready to, learn about this. Forgive them. They know not…


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    A page right out of Hitler's playbook.


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  • Sickputer

    The Japanese government fascist now?

    No…they have been fascist for about 48 years…1965 to be exact.

    That was the year they outlawed handguns absolutely. Possessing even a single bullet is a prison sentence offense. Even holding a gun is a prison offense. Exemptions for hunters and their rifles end upon the owner's death…his heirs must surrender his guns.

    The 80,000 Yakuza members rarely use guns. It's front page news when a single criminal gun-toting citizen is hauled away for a long prison sentence.

    The health effect of this purge of guns is that death by guns is very low…in some years only two gun deaths. The flip side of the coin is that the people are subject to any type of government action the politicians cook up.

    The state secrets act is a sign of desperation by the government. Despite having all the guns owned by the police, the army and militia forces the government is scared stiff about the public fallout over the Fukushima fallout. Scared stiff that the truth about the dire state of the Japanese ecosystem might make those toothless private citizens rise up with broom sticks and actually give a damn about dying from out of control radiation poisoning.

    The nail that sticks out gets hammered down (favorite Japanese saying dissing individual thinking or dissent).

    With Uncle Sam backing them up the Japanese government has essentially declared martial law. That won't stop the dissemination of the ugly truth about Fukushima.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Yes, AND on the other hand, it's quite an illusion that all the Americans with arsenals of assault weapons protect or defend ANYONE. We have at least 13,000 preventable gun homicides a year. (I think that figure is actually low. Would have to re-check.) America is the most gun-happy nation in the world and we're going fascist too. We're just going fascist ALONG WITH the 13,000 preventable gun homicides a year in addition…


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      • m a x l i

        @WNTF, I always treasure Sickputer's comments, but this time I am rather with you, WNTF.

        Talking about guns…I grew up in East Germany – the part of Germany, which most of you would call "communist" (whereas I having lived there honestly couldn't say what that term actually means). My point I want to make, in short: In 1989 we succeeded to make our authoritarian, self-appointed government of crazy old men step down, to tear the "iron curtain" down, to gain a bit more freedom…and not a single shot was fired or a single person seriously harmed (as far as I know) in the process. No guns needed! Guns have a bad habit to "backfire".

        Nevertheless, Sickputer is making a good point, explaining how scared stiff the japanese government must be, when all they have to fear are candles, voices, placards and maybe broomsticks.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Please let's not start a 2nd Amendment argument here. Take it to the Forum, please. I'm also of German descent. My relatives lost their right to own guns in Germany. Many of them perished under the Nazis.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Your gun happy compatriates stand a chance to stem the tide of the onslaught of facism you so greatly fear. W/O the ability to defend ourselves, we don't stand a CHANCE.


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  • retali8 retali8

    Panic buying of salt in belief that iodine will help prevent radiation contamination

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kotADdrnVH8

    Worried Chinese shoppers stripped stores of salt in cities across China on Thursday in the false belief it can guard against radiation exposure even though any fallout from a crippled Japanese nuclear power plant is very unlikely to reach China.

    These chinese are pretty smart, probably there rad alarms went off, but its good to have some awareness globally on this issue AS IT AFFECTS US ALL, INCLUDING YOU WHO IS READING THIS,, the troll all over the internet protecting nuclear make me so sick,, i want to smash there faces.. what a joke,,


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  • razzz razzz

    Japan's new Secrecy Law sure sounds like the US Patriot Act, anything you do, say or imply can cause you to be labeled a 'combatant' then hauled away without charge or trial and be held indefinitely.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The thing is..this law effects all strata of the population..
    Therefore these same lawmakers..will now suffer in silence…the same fate of their people.
    So great is there need to maintain the status quo.
    Abe thinks the people will move pass the controversy..
    Indeed..they may..as many don't care if Abe lives or dies.
    All are bound to silence.
    And when the ..true terror begins…don't be surprised if the rest of the world looks the other way.. as is the bidding of the Japanese government..despite the needs of the people.

    If they want terror…it's theirs to have.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS.. Abe should just say it.
    "Bar the door ..no one is getting out alive."
    Show himself for the kidnapper/murderer… he is.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    My, my.. it's terrorism to impose fascism..
    Who would have thought?


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  • alasanon

    All the great things we have in the United States have been forged by great personal courage and sacrifice. I only hope Japan doesn't lose sight of showing COURAGE in their culture!! COURAGE is critical to success and often differs from adherence to duty and tradition… It's based on THE TRUTH!!.


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    • alasanon

      THE TRUTH… AT ANY COST. I live so close to the homes of the Founding Fathers of the United States. What did they all have in common, besides intelligence, persistence, talent, and very idealistic principles??—they were FEARLESS. I mean they were GUTSY and FEARLESS to the core. They didn't live a storybook…They really took the bull by the horns…and went against the grain…

      Again, I think MAJOR Courage (and the faith to support it) is the only way the world can overcome the crisis coming from Japan.


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      • SadieDog

        The truth at any cost… The history of the united states did not begin with the pilgrims or the "founding fathers". History is written by the winners. White Europeans wiped out a higher percentage of the native American race than hitler did the Jews. American history is a lie.


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        • SadieDog

          Check out Howard Zinn's 'a people's history of the united states'


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          • We Not They Finally

            Point well taken. Even though many of the founding fathers, like Jefferson, were really amazing people — well, just with some glaring deficiencies like they had slaves! (And of course the slaughter of Native Americans.) But whatever we have of American mythology, it's not even THAT America now. Bravery got killed off with JFK and MLK. Then on to corporatocracy.

            We may need a mass awakening before bravery is even back on the plate. Every paradigm seems to have been going south.


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          • HoTaters HoTaters

            I thought about this the other day. The State Secrets Law, and all repressive movements go like this …. Someone in a position of power says to you, "You need to quit bringing that up. People don't like to talk about it anymore. It's unpopular. That's why we no longer include it in the history books."


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  • many moons

    Doesn't the US already have this kind of policy in place?
    Aren't the men who revealed secrets about the US either in jail or being pursued?
    It may not be exactly the same but it comes close.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Tomorrow is December 7, 1941, that "allowed" day in infamy that shook awake a sheeping giant that all but crushed Japan before Japan unwittingly became the first victim of the nuclear experiment.

    Today December 6, 2013 is another "allowed" day in infamy that warrants a similar reaction by the descendants, still victims, of those very first victims, of this ongoing failed nuclear experiment.

    If the Japanese people are not shook awake to take back their traditions, lifestyie, and land, then there is no hope for freedom or freewill in their land.

    Slavery is all their radioactive future offers at this moment in time.

    It is said that if you take away a man's freedom, then that is all he will live for and eventually his soul will teach him to die for it, to achieve it…

    Japan’s Abe Secures Passage of Secrecy Law as Opposition Revolts

    As part of his security push, Abe also set up a National Security Council modeled on the NSC in the U.S. to better coordinate defense policy. He’s considering reinterpreting the U.S.-imposed pacifist constitution to be able to more freely use the country’s defense forces. U.S. officials have supported Abe’s push for collective self-defense and said they welcome the secrecy bill.

    http://www.bloomberg.com//news/2013-12-06/japan-s-abe-seeks-to-pass-secrecy-bill-that-sapped-popularity.html

    The tighter you squeeze, the less you can hold.

    Then history repeats itself…


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    • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

      History is permanently stained in the a very literal sense from now on. Radioactive contaminants in the Pacific/all around the world, will porbably have a profound impact on how people view the events ocurring around them in this 'nuclear age'.

      The dynamic of learning and preserving history has shifted somewhat with the radioactive age of the internet. It will be very hard to forget what the government has done to its people because unlike pages from old historical manuscripts, radioactive isotopes don't decay nearly as quickly.


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    • SadieDog

      Yes Jebus! It was allowed, dare I say planned. History is not quite what we told, is it? History – knowledge of the past; inquiry. Turns out the same people who crapped out the history taught in schools are the same people who get high from thinking about bombing another country to hell, whether it takes them with it or not. Nuclear is the precious. So shiny, so powerful!


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  • SadieDog

    David Suzuki – smart guy, the "news" would never say this.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iTqzqoKMLEg


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  • @ davidh7426
    December 6, 2013 at 6:02 pm · Reply

    ""'Terrorism defined as “imposing one’s opinions on others”'…

    By imposing their opinion upon the people of Japan, the Japanese government become the first victims of their own insane law, and by doing so name themselves terrorists."

    Apt and timely application of Cantor's anomaly.
    Thanks.


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Exactly what I was going to say, except I never heard of Cantor's anomaly.

      What I was going to say was that the creation of this law is against this law.


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      I had a girlfriend once that was somewhere between a two and a two thousand timer. She set the standard for sluts everywhere. An amazing liar, and totally fooled me for several weeks. I started to suspect something was rotten in Denmark, as the saying goes. Have no idea what that means, but it makes more sense to me than the nuclear industry, which isn't saying alot.

      One day, she looked at me and said, "Don't think." That set off bells and whistles and it truly frightened me. When she realized I might be onto something, she thought that she could just tell me not to think, and that would work. It would solve her little problem that I might figure out that she had lied. Finding out that she lied was a lot less disturbing than being told not to think.

      So Japan's government is ok with it's citizens thinking, as long as they don't tell anyone. That is a borderline personality disorder with criminal tendencies. If I was a Japanese citizen, I would seriously question the relationship it has with it's government.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUrzicaiRLU


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  • GBCIR

    Government and money are THE EVIL WE ERADICATE.

    Voting for AUTHORITERIAN politicians that FORCE you to pay taxes FOR DEMOCIDE is VOID.

    Lying psychopaths (including Mandela REST IN PIECES) ! ALL OF THEM !

    Govern-ment = CONTROL-MIND.

    Free energy = NO MONEY required.

    If you want to LIVE then KNOW FREE ENERGY CAN ELIMINATE RADIATION.

    Methods to reduce the radioactivity of Nuclear Waste.
    http://www.rexresearch.com/fukushimamour/fukushima.htm

    Many WORKING FREE ENERGY devices EXIST.
    http://peswiki.com/index.php/Top_5_Exotic_Free_Energy_Technologies

    The UNIVERSE works PERFECTLY WITHOUT MONEY!

    CORRECT MATH FOR FREE ENERGY = Phi Mod9 (Tesla 3 6 9 Magic exposed)

    Wakeup BE’ings for Earth.

    yOUR time is NOW.


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    • m a x l i

      O.k., I get it GBCIR! In essence, you are saying:

      Firstly: We can stop worrying about nuclear power usage, because there are "known methods to reduce the radioactivity of Nuclear Waste" and "Brown's Gas" will "reduce nuclear radiation up to 96% within minutes."

      And secondly: There is no need to tap into the vast and more than sufficient amount of energy coming from the sun and utilise it directly or indirectly and we should instead leave everything as it is (that means continue using coal, oil, nuclear power) and wait patiently, because there are dozens of eccentric, wacky scientists in backyard sheds who will one day come up with a revolutionary invention which will produce energy from "vacuum" or from "ambient" and our energy will fall from heaven like manna, plentiful and free for everyone.

      And I say: You are a shill. Go back to your cave in troll-country!

      By the way: Your caps-lock key isn't working properly and makes your text-module patchwork, which you wrongly assumed would be perfectly target-audience tailored, look even more nuts.


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    • voltscommissar

      try a little less of the marijuana is my advice…

      REf: http://enenews.com/us-commission-14-nuclear-reactors-at-4-sites-in-eastern-japan-were-affected-on-311-according-to-nisa-fukushima-daiichi-had-the-most-serious-damage-daini-onagawa-and-tokai-were-others#comment-216961

      "WE CAN SURVIVE THIS.

      Phytoremediation. Used around Chernobyl to ELIMINATE the radioactive FILTH.

      Grow Cannabis – it CLEANS the Soil AND the Air.

      Research Phytoremediation with Cannabis and Sunflowers IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE LIFE ON EARTH.

      Medicine (Rick Simpson – Run from the Cure), Food (plant and seeds), Shelter (cellulose based Geopolymers), etc

      Mycoremediation works too but the benefits of Cannabis are need NOW."


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      • m a x l i

        @voltscommissar, thanks for the link to the older enenews-article. I just realised, GBCIR could be targeting enenews-articles of outstanding significance (then it was about "14 reactors at 4 sites were affected on 3/11" – which runs contrary to the usual nuclear-industry propaganda and has huge implications for the non-safety of all nuclear reactors around the world) to jump in and throw us little bits and pieces, rather off-topic, which have potential to divert and distract (like mentioning drugs, government, taxes, eugenics, so-called "free energy", calling Mandela a psychopath…)


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  • GBCIR

    Voting for psychopaths = ceding yOUR Sovereignty.

    You DO NOT need their “laws” to live by. YOU are perfectly capable of BE’ing and living in harmony with Earth.

    Over population is a LIE. Healthy Family = stable population. This TRUTH is the inverse of eugenicist INSANITY

    Ortegrity = I VOLUNTEER. Authoritarianism is VOID. R. Buckminster Fuller.

    Stop acquiescing your SOVEREIGNTY to PSYCHOPATHS. Psychopaths run banks, government, corporations and military.

    Government authoritarian PSYCHOPATHS (police = policy enforcers) will murder you or cage you if you do not comply. Don’t comprehend that FACT? Try ignoring a policeman when he orders you to stop. They will escalate the confrontation until you are either DEAD OR IN A CAGE. FACT.

    Government = DEMOCIDE. Mil


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The sun has risen for the last time in Japan.
    It may shine but now they are in darkness.

    The people that rule Japan woke this morning..to their places..as eternal cowards…
    They don't know it now but they are and will be condemned…throughout the rest of time.

    They bow.
    Heart bows.


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  • ruppert

    I find it very hypocritical all the outrage over what the Japanese have enacted and with the exception of a few posters nobody has even mentioned the NDAA act. I understand that we are all outraged over Fukushima but at least you can see why the Japanese enacted it. The NDAA act was enacted and not a peep out of the sheeple.

    Before anybody wants to start trashing another country's politics they should have a good look at what they are allowing in their own country.

    I am not saying this secrecy law is right. Even a 2 year old can see it's Fascism. The U.S. enacted the NDAA for no apparent response to anything. Where's the outrage? It's only very rarely even spoken about in forums.

    It will spring alive like Godzilla when even the smallest "event" occurs.

    We are so screwed on many fronts.


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    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      @ruppert

      It is my belief that the Patriot Act and the NDAA were written by attorneys for the power elite and signed by BO whether he wished to or not (but I am pretty sure he is one of "them"). These Orders were just the power elite taking control.

      The American people do not read BO's Executive Orders. They are watching sports and TV. Most still really do believe the government will protect them.

      We are already living in a police state and the noose ever tightens.

      Japan is at least resisting the TPP because of the GMOs to be forced on everyone. The 600 CEOs are not about to read this to anyone until it is law and then it will be too late.


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  • sayonara kitty sayonara kitty

    it's easier to convince someone of a lie, than to convince them they've been lied too. Mark Twain.


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  • Mack Mack

    "Japanese government officials have drafted a basic energy policy designed to keep nuclear power generation as an important base source of electricity."

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20131206_48.html


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  • CaptD CaptD

    Keeping new secrets about Fukushima Radiation, and why the Japanese people are now in even bigger trouble and/or will have even more health problems:

    Japanese Scientists DENY reality AGAIN

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/12/national/plan-to-lower-radiation-readings-okd/#.Up5u3ij4_AY

    Now more than ever, the Japanese people will have to depend on thse living outside Japan for truthful information about Fukushima and now MANY OTHER THINGS AS WELL!


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Capt D's posted link:

      http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/12/national/plan-to-lower-radiation-readings-okd/#.Up5u3ij4_AY

      "Decontamination costs are estimated at ¥2.53 trillion to ¥5.13 trillion in Fukushima Prefecture, excluding radioactive waste disposal."

      How can anyone say that nuclear power is clean and/or efficient? What is the price tag to clean up the rest of the world's damage from Fukushima?

      Note: Investors beware


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      • unincredulous unincredulous

        That's about 50 billion dollars, without accounting for waste disposal.

        Ever made a trip to the local transfer station to get rid of some old tires? Waste disposal ain't cheap, fellas.

        Anyone know the disposal cost for radioactive waste?

        Whoever takes your radioactive waste will bury it somewhere, maybe to pollute your water.

        Plutonium is one of the most poisonous, toxic metals in the world, even if it were not radioactive, from what I have been reading.

        Warning to investors in nuclear power: You are not being responsible. You cannot pass this on to your grandchildren to pay for it. Oh, they will pay, but so does this generation. (You)

        Follow the money, it's not here; and it's more socially responsible to just have your children raped and murdered.


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  • CaptD CaptD

    Questions that need to be answered before the new law go into effect:

    HOW can people find out what is and what is not, illegal to talk about now?
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    Will Japanese citizens and/or foreigners be jailed in Japan for talking about Fukushima?
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    Will it be illegal in Japan to own your own Geiger counter and post reading on the internet?
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    What are considered State Secrets in Japan?
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    What is the Japanese definition (in English) of Terrorist, is it the same one that other Countries use?
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    How many years in jail is the penalty for talking about State Secrets in Japan?
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    Will people posting comments on the internet in Japan and/or other Countries be labeled TERRORISTS by the Japanese Gov't?


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Probably..answer to last question.
    What one 'hooks in the mouth' is often quite a surprise….


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  • NoNukes NoNukes

    "The Price-Anderson Nuclear Industries Indemnity Act (commonly called the Price-Anderson Act) is a United States federal law, first passed in 1957 and since renewed several times, which governs liability-related issues for all non-military nuclear facilities constructed in the United States before 2026. The main purpose of the Act is to partially indemnify the nuclear industry against liability claims arising from nuclear incidents while still ensuring compensation coverage for the general public. The Act establishes a no fault insurance-type system in which the first approximately $12.6 billion (as of 2011) is industry-funded as described in the Act. Any claims above the $12.6 billion would be covered by a Congressional mandate to retroactively increase nuclear utility liability or would be covered by the federal government. At the time of the Act's passing, it was considered necessary as an incentive for the private production of nuclear power — this was because electric utilities viewed the available liability coverage (only $60 million) as inadequate.[1]
    In 1978, the Act survived a constitutional challenge in the Supreme Court case Duke Power Co. v. Carolina Environmental Study Group (see below). The Act was last renewed in 2005 for a 20-year period."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Price%E2%80%93Anderson_Nuclear_Industries_Indemnity_Act


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  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Patriot Act

    "Title VIII alters the definitions of terrorism, and establishes or re-defines rules with which to deal with it. It redefined the term "domestic terrorism" to broadly include mass destruction as well as assassination or kidnapping as a terrorist activity. The definition also encompasses activities that are "dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State" and are intended to "intimidate or coerce a civilian population," "influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion," or are undertaken "to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping" while in the jurisdiction of the United States.[136] Terrorism is also included in the definition of racketeering.[137] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Act


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