Tepco Press Conference: The situation at Fukushima is bleak — “This discharge is beyond our control” (VIDEO)

Published: August 6th, 2013 at 12:20 am ET
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Title: Japan’s nuclear body says radioactive groundwater at Fukushima an ‘emergency’
Source: Arirang News
Date: Aug. 6, 2013

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Two and a half years may have passed since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, but problems there are as serious now as they’ve ever been [...]

The head of the country’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force Shinji Kinjo told Reuters on Monday that the leak was an emergency, but he was worried the plant’s operator, TEPCO, had no sense of how to deal with it. [...]

In a recent news conference, TEPCO General manager Masayuki Ono said the situation was bleak.

“We understand that this discharge is beyond our control and we do not think the current situation is good.” [...]

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Published: August 6th, 2013 at 12:20 am ET
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53 comments to Tepco Press Conference: The situation at Fukushima is bleak — “This discharge is beyond our control” (VIDEO)

  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    Bring on the Olympics ! … $$POD$$


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  • TO OTHER COMMENTATORS:

    What do you estimate the options are now?

    What do you suggest? Realistically, what could the United States do, if it had the will and the sense of responsibility as a superpower to help mitigate the damage?

    This is the nuclear power equivalent of a weapon of mass destruction that has already gone off!

    What can other Pacific Rim countries do now?

    TEPCO and the government of Japan were (mistakenly) given the chance to deal with this on their own and they have utterly failed.

    What now?

    Do we have to resign ourselves to seeing this contamination continue indefinitely, until all ocean life (and more) is contaminated?

    This crisis affects all of us. Why are our governments acting as if it's happening on another planet? Why are we allowing them to do so?

    I would appreciate your views on possible technical and political options now.

    Thank you.

    Tracy
    http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/


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    • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

      Hello Tracy W … the "Truth" now includes the cost of closing all NPP and dry casking the fuel … $$$Bazillions$$$ of dollars … $$POD$$


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        It's not the cost of shutting them down, POD. They have unlimited taxpayer funds for that, and will print more if they need to. No, it's profits from generation, nuclear weapons budgets, and future construction contracts they don't want to give up.


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    • hi tracy
      there are no options for "what to do now"
      for a couple of reasons that i will put here

      The moneied interests that have been spending vast fortunes to cover this whole sordid affair up.. and the contaminated pacific is just a part of what is going on.

      first there are the insurance companies that seek to mitigate the costs to themselves and they do this armed with large corporate legal and finacial entities. do not underestimate the power and influence of these insurance behemoths.

      second are connected industrial global corporations seeking to keep the outdated technologies in play with large electric projects requiring 50 or more years investment from the tax payer and consumer.

      Thirdly are the military interests connected to these corporations and the military intelligence that support the insurance corporations. A perfect circle

      Signs of change
      transparency.

      admission of ALL health effects and many epidemiological studies begun using trusted scientists.

      Japanese industry using their nuclear laboratories for domestic testing of food, animals, soil, water and air.

      The media outlets being allowed to print anti nuclear and social impact articles for balance

      The shrinking of the military industrial complex

      the setting up of an internet watchdog that oversees government and criminal actions.

      The last two are just a couple of examples of wide ranging global changes that are needed to accomplish any real improvement at daichi or…


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    • some links here to back up my statement a bit

      Africa, a future nuclear insurance “gravy train”

      "…But nuclear materials are already proliferate over Africa in the form of food irradiation processes, medical and industrial uses to name but a few. And many wonder of the security implications of this.

      Of course the nuclear industry is bigger than just the technology.

      There are Insurance, financial services, military and security corporations connected to having nuclear power and a lot of money can be made by these organisations…."

      http://nuclear-news.net/2013/08/04/africa-a-future-nuclear-insurance-gravy-train/

      And a more urgent thing to concentate on imo

      http://nuclear-news.net/2013/08/06/will-i-get-cancer-a-letter-from-a-4th-grader-in-fukushima/

      Imagine they lost the records

      Discovery of medical records of world’s first nuclear bomb radiation victim

      hiroshima“The records are invaluable as those reporting in detail on changes in her health condition after she was exposed to a fatal level of radiation.”

      Medical records of world’s first radiation victim from A-bomb recovered Asahi Shimbun, By YURI OIWA/ Staff Writer, 4 August 13,
      Long-lost medical records detailing the sharply deteriorating health of the world’s first recognized radiation sickness patient have been
      recovered 68 years …
      http://nuclear-news.net/2013/08/05/discovery-of-medical-records-of-worlds-first-nuclear-bomb-radiation-victim/


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    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      Despite what many will say, there is a lot we can all do. This comes from the true understanding that Fukushima is a Man-Made disaster. This event occured only because humans built Daiichi. Why did they build Daiichi? Then ask why all the others were built. As a million questions and you will see that even some of the most "environmentally aware" of us all, are still mowing lawns…still running the water in a sink that drains to the backyard instead of into a bucket to be reused; still using SOAP for thousands of things that do not NEED soap; still driving cars when it's not an emergency; still purchasing ANY corporate products; still sending out kids AWAY to school, instead of raising them as communities; still buying food from ANYWHERE instead of starting your garden; and for THAT MATTER, still TILLING the earth for gardens (horribly destructive), still irrigating (unecessary if you use forsight), and millions of other things.

      One day I will put together a comprehensive list. The only things I can really justify right now are video cameras and the internet, though neither of them NEED to be made out of the materials they currently are, and they could all last extremely long periods of time with replaceable parts. We don't even need video/internet in the future, but right now it's going to help us save life on this planet.

      It's not what you have to DO…It's what you have to STOP DOING.


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    • irhologram

      Its a shell game. Anne has posted and reported the chain of command through a kind of shell game with corporations and government. Telco is not now and never has been in charge, and neither is the Japanese government. Until we realize WHERE to exert pressure, we are howling at the nuclear winds here. No international body…no countermeasures by The U. S. are coming until we realize it is THEY who have been in charge all along. Why is it that we, the brave "bulls" here, keep on charging at the cape and not the entities wielding it?


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    • orsobubu orsobubu

      Tracy, a long-term solution to the problem of poisoning radiation of the Earth must be more far-reaching than is commonly believed, because, with time, other unpredictable problems will be added, like new diseases, general economic crises, overproduction, unemployment due to progressive robotization, environmental and food catastrophes, social riots and generalized wars.

      At the root of everything, is the inability of the capitalist system to handle the huge production capacity, with consequent fall in profit rates. The chronic lack of capital and sufficient investment are also the basis of Fuku's tragedy, both in regards to its origin and the inability to remedy it.

      The real solution is therefore of historical significance, and is the project originally conceived by Marx and Engels and developed in its initial part before the xomune of Paris Commune and then by Lenin's Bolsheviks, which is the worldwide organization of a revolutionary party.

      Probably in the fire of a global military crisis, this party will try to seize the power and manage the transition to a production system of a higher order. The scientific term of the project is called communism, and it is totally different from state capitalism established in Soviet Union and partially – nowadays – also in advanced economies like Europe and US.


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    • DisasterInterpretationDissorder DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      Hi Tracy W

      Stopping immidiatly with forcing japan and others country's to obey/follow the nuclear agenda/cult would also be a important step..


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  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    Nuclear power is a lie in all regards … it can never be contained … all NPP must be shut down and the fuel dry casked … no more Profit Of Doom $$$$ … $$POD$$


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  • Cindy

    At the very least, they finally seem to be admitting to things … maybe they'll put out a plea for help…


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Cindy, as weve seen, the D.O.E. was involved since the beginning. Supercomputers, super physicists etc. The lack of international remediation efforts must be due to the fear of widespread knowledge, criminal and monetary losses. If the superpowers didnt do anything YET, why would they start now exactly? Liars and criminals may die before turning around and admitting their part in global ecocide.


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  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    Everyone should now see that when one of these machines melt down there is no "Off" switch … the energy is released and can not be contained … it permanently contaminates where ever it is … life as we know it on this planet can not exist in its presense … I would suggest that it is satanic in nature … $$POD$$


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    • We Not They Finally

      Well, plutonium is a man-made element named after Pluto, God of Death. What seems more and more "satanic" is that any humans could sanction the death of not only the human species (which presumably includes THEM!) but plant and animal life as well, up the food chain, and the whole ecology.

      The traditional "Devil's bargain" is fortune and power for the individual in exchange for some "catch" that dooms that individual recipient. But dooming the entire planet to bring ill-begotten (as well as relatively short-lived!) fortune and power to a few, is beyond the reach of even any screenwriter to date. I don't even think it was tried on "The Outer Limits."

      That said, it seems like yes, there are people so "satanic" these days, that it would be good to banish them elsewhere — except we don't have that option, nor do we know of some "better Earth" to which the majority of souls on the planet can go. It is a good time to have strong spiritual beliefs that there are higher Beings Who care, but not everyone has that. We just have to be as good humans as we can in the face of it and support one another best we can.


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      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        WNTF, have strong spiritual beliefs that there are higher being who care…. To paraphrase Woody Allen, I dont think these higher powers are so bad, theyre just underachievers

        Ill take divine intervention or even alien rescue, heck even non corrupt civilization. Turning blue already waiting


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      • truthseeker1

        nice poetry on pluto… you are closer to the mark than you think, from what I have found… go through all the scientists debunking evolution, then go through all the former members of secret societies and occult and you get a pretty good idea that things are not what you think and that the entire exercise is spiritual in nature and the creation we are in is falling and this is sort of like water boiling… ever faced death? you usually make a choice: for God or not. The people who brought us nuke power were occultists and ultimately doing the bidding of the dark supernatural force that has been given power over the kingdoms of the earth by this very mechanism… all great geniuses, for that matter, have supernatural guidance in some form… this is finally how Revelations will come about and probably why it was so predictable to the Divine.


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  • We Not They Finally

    TEPCO now throwing their hands up in despair? That's pretty dramatic and it cannot be without global consequence both politically and financially.

    Someone else posted that a couple of weeks back, the WSJ said that big financial houses were divesting from (establishment) energy-related stocks. Can this send it all tumbling down like in 2008, or worse? That was a manipulated housing bubble and likely a manipulated crash too. But this is different, worse — beyond financial manipulations into actual real degradation of planetary life itself. Scary. Let's just hang on, and God help us all.


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  • applepie

    Hopefully TEPCO will finally give in and accept help from NGOs and such. Even though there isn't to much that can be done now, at least they wouldn't be worried about budget so much. That way they can spend more money for things like proper storage tanks for wastewater, systems to pump and store (or filter?) groundwater, expedite removal of spent fuel etc.

    I guess I'm being optimistic here, but even though we can't have full control of the situation, if we were willing to spend more resources on it maybe we could at least reduce the amount of radiation l̶e̶a̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ gushing into the atmosphere and ocean.

    That being said, the only way for this to happen (TEPCO getting help) would be either the TEPCO directors getting a massive IQ boost or perhaps a mass social media public awareness campaign (like Kony 2012?).


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  • Dont mention the IAEA here

    "..The Government of Japan and TEPCO have provided comprehensive information on the decommissionin g plan. The mission was conducted through the assessment of the information provided to the team, professional and open discussions with the relevant institutions in Japan, and a visit to TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi NPS, which provided an opportunity to observe how the Roadmap items were progressing and to discuss the generic and specific site issues with the plant operator.
    This report presents an overview of the main findings, observations and
    a dvices of the mission
    , as of 22 April 2013 …"

    http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/focus/fukushima/missionreport230513.pdf
    Ahh! going all the way back to April..
    poor confused and useless IAEA
    can you imagine the carnage the IAEA could do if let lose in a continent like .. africa for example.. gives me the shivers..


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  • bluerthanblu bluerthanblu

    Given that 'Japanese media outlets have predicted the contaminated water could breach the ground surface in the matter of just a few weeks' and in the event the chemicals do not solidify sufficiently, to stop the leakage, will the entire seawall area(s) destabilize? The July 22 report on increased concentration of 'Radioactive Materials in
    Seawater and Groundwater on the Ocean Side of the Site:
    Current Situation and Countermeasures' shows areas of silt fences and areas of ocean side seafloor already covered. Check out pages 6, 7, and 10 for detailed maps:

    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2013/images/handouts_130722_07-e.pdf

    Noted in this report is that 'the complex underground structure of the trench in the No. 1-3 hole area suggests that a cause other than past leaks, such as a leak from the trench, may be possible.' The references to shoring up contaminated water leakage in 'inner/outer' banks, culverts, trenches, pits, and around 'silt fences' and intakes, is confounding- :/ Injection of chemicals to solidify soil (between intakes) started in June although not until July was the problem announced due to increased radiation in the port. It sounds like the injections are not working giving rise to the 'bleak' outlook on ability to stop what are actual tides of radiated water exchange with seawater. What are the chances of stopping groundwater/reactor water leakage into the port, when the plant foundation is subsiding?


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  • sueec

    Where is all this extra water coming from suddenly , have the walls of the spent fuel pool suffered from the recent earthquakes? It seems as though the water contained before, albeit poorly , is completely out of their control. They have also admitted the radiation has gone up significantly in the past few days? Maybe those fuel rods aren't being cooled?


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Tracy,

    The Pacific Ocean is now in the process of dying/being killed and when this beautiful bowl of teeming life is finally dead/killed the rest of the Planet's Life including our Human Species will soon follow the exact same fate.

    Out of control burning mini suns can not be extinguished..


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      These mini-suns will burn for millenia, the whole site will burn for millenia, and all life on Earth has less than one hundred years.

      Be careful of our overlords. If they become suicidal (more than they already are) they have the WMD to blow this planet to pieces.

      I don't put it past them.


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      • We Not They Finally

        unfortuately once the markets collapse the decisions have no doubt already been made.It will be every rich SOB for himself or herself..Keeping their own skin will be number one priority…500 million left? One has to wonder.Life underground way underground of course..Diversions the outcome…Our World has so many ways to destroy itself massive radiation and plague will finish off Billions in no time.Of course blame it on the terrorists…Time is short population control IE leaving behind 500 million on this planet has long been a chief desire for those who feel there are way too many of us.Will the earth end up pulled away from the Sun wandering off in the Universe in the dark heading for collisions in a new solar system somewhere out there? So appropriate for the ones that are left.


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      • We Not They Finally

        time is short..Yes 100 years seems reasonible.Thats very little time.But we will quickly lose the food chain the oceans and as the oceans die not much will be left.This is the final act of self destruction that Einstein writing about nuclear energy implied could be the result of nuclear catastrophe…When it comes to the mania of Greed nothing is impossible including total self destruction.


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  • Eric

    Tracy,you've asked the other commentators for technical and political options, and received some views. Here's one view on options regarding the possible amelioration of the radiation damage presented by doctors in May of 2011.
    http://www.doctoryourself.com/Radiation_VitC.pptx.pdf
    A similar view of actionable options to deal with our new levels of environmental pollutants Is discussed and illuminated in Irwin Stone's book The Healing Factor, which is available on line, and at Doctor yourself.com. All of the leading causes of death increase with the radiation, and appeare to decrease with these options.
    (i've been here since 3/14/11,and this option is actionable.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    MoonlightEmpire,

    Very insightful and yes by all means put together your list and I think you need to do it quickly…

    There is not much time left….


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Did we get bowing of false humility again?
    I know how this works.
    I also bow..I bow deeply.
    I stand before the Japanese people..
    A warrior..with a warrior's failure.
    For two years..I have tried to inform the people..and I failed.
    Now..the truths learned are actually long since past..and my efforts have failed call attention for the need of evacuation of the children of Fukushima has not come to pass.

    I bow deeply ..and ask forgiveness.


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Hi Tracy, there's nothing we can do about Fukushima. We could have 3 years ago, but the world was / is asleep. The only thing we have to do now, being a "superpower" (???) or not, but just as human beings, is demanding from our govmts NO MORE nuclear power. We need to inform, protest, intervene in every possible way.


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  • AntonButler

    The Times, the prominent newspaper, read by many UK politicians in the UK has published today
    an article on the Tepco inability to solve any problems at Fukushima.
    Bad publicity about nuclear power
    is good news for the truth.


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      well be relieved that some official body will finally handle the other inept official body

      huh, I can see official bodies floating belly up in the radioactive current, while the remaining living officials perform the ostrich maneuver position along the banks


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  • THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL OF YOU WHO OFFERED YOUR INSIGHTS IN RESPONSE TO MY QUESTION.

    This is a well-informed community that not only cares but that has a healthy dose of skepticism as well.

    So a BIG THANK YOU to all of you, not only for your replies but for your daily contributions on this website. I am learning a lot from you.

    Tracy


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  • I don't have technical or scientific knowledge that many of you have, but out of sheer distress I am trying to figure out what could be done to harness all that knowledge and imagination that already exists out there.

    - Since our governments are not volunteering to get involved in this, we must simply pressure them, shame them even – into doing the right thing. During the Cold War we prayed nothing bad would happen. Now it has happened, a slow motion nuclear disaster – and our governments are ignoring it!

    - Aside from making our governments get into action, we should also appeal to experts. They need to ORGANIZE and to form an international emergency panel to discuss options and come up with solutions to mitigate and slow down this disaster.

    Once that is done, some of them would have to become a moral force for the decommissioning of nuclear plants, and an indefinite moratorium in the building of new ones.

    - That panel of experts would need the participation of nuclear scientists and engineers, of course, but also of people such as thriller and science fiction writers, who would contribute their imagination. The US government keeps a group of thriller writers under contract to offer fresh ideas on possible international threats. They too could envision engineering solutions to this apparently unsolvable problem.

    Nothing focuses the mind like the awareness of an impending global ecological disaster.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Tracy, Nice thought!
    "Nothing focuses the mind like the awareness of an impending global ecological disaster."

    One of my recent google posts/link concerning Japan Nuclear News came up with 21,000 hits out of 7 billion people…

    The world at large is "not focused on anything" by design and surely not this most recent Nuclear Disaster.

    Our Masters have buried it in the headlines purposefully and AROD is more important now.

    Gee, didn't you know he is 38 years old and has had an operation, come on thats more important than spewing radiation contamination.

    I feel so sorry for his plight ..don't you?


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    • @ OBEWANSPEAKS

      Oh, yes AROD, Alex Rodriguez.

      I listen to Radio Pravda (AKA NPR) because – believe it or not – our CBC radio in Canada is much worse, dumbed down, and downright irritating.

      So in the last few days I noticed an inordinate amount of time devoted to this fellow Rodriguez on NPR, so much so that I had to turn the radio off. I'm not into sports of any kind, not even hockey. (There, it's sacrilegious for a Canadian to say it, but I said it.)

      I've been listening to NPR for years and now it's become a kind of effortless media analysis exercise for me. I observe what subjects they choose to cover, and how they spin them. That alone tells me a lot about the government agenda.

      So today they were covering climate change, water issues in Kansas, Japan's largest warship in 60 years – and a lot about Alex Rodriguez. And race. Always race.

      But nothing about Fukushima. Hardly ever.

      But they had this gem on March 11, 2013:

      "Depression And Anxiety Could Be Fukushima's Lasting Legacy – Public health officials believe that the stress and isolation the nuclear accident has caused may be more dangerous than the radiation itself." – http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/03/11/173828458/depression-and-anxiety-could-be-fukushimas-lasting-legacy

      There, there, nothing to be worried about ….


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  • Arizonan Arizonan

    Stop uranium mining at the Grand Canyon by the Canadian company (Energy Fuels) that supplies uranium to KEPCO (Kansai Electric Production Co), who STILL wants to shove Oi NPP on the Japanese people despite massive protests. Energy Fuels is poisoning aquifers and indigenous sacred sites all over the American Southwest, and KEPCO is helping to pay for it.

    EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/mamabears.againstnukes/events

    DONATE LINK: https://www.wepay.com/donations/mamabears-againstnukes


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  • Arizonan Arizonan

    MamaBears AgainstNukes (facebook) is helping to organize a public protest against Energy Fuels on Aug 20, 7 am, in Phoenix, AZ, at 800 Washington ST.,
    where a federal court will hear a case for an injunction against their south Rim uranium mine. How much uranium will go to KEPCO? Will KEPCO be majority owner in the Blanding yellowcake mill, the only yellowcake mill left in the US?


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Tracy W,
    Yes, we live in very troubled times and even NPR is selling/molding/pushing piles of something onto and into people's brains.

    Yes, when one steps back and really looks at the big picture, and then realizes the magnitude of the damage we are doing to other living biological organisms and creatures, that also share this once beautiful planet with all of us… its down right disgusting and very depressing.

    Fukushima and other meltdowns will be mankind's legacy left to future generations who will truly wonder what and how we could have done so much damage to a planet in such a very short amount of time.

    NPR spewing non stories like AROD will be chalked up as one of the main reasons why Planet Earth was almost exterminated and nobody cared.

    Hope is fading quickly…


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    • Ourself Ourself

      It's almost as if destroying the planet was one of mankind's greatest aspirations. It's probably the only thing we've done successfully. I'm trying my best to think about what humanity has actually achieved. I'm drawing a blank. Oh wait, can't forget genocide – we're great at that.

      :(


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      • @ Obewanspeaks and Ourself

        About humans' purpose in the great web of life….

        None that I can see – maybe we are just one of nature's mistakes.

        ~~~~~

        The words on your posts remind me of some lines I wrote on my blog last March.

        ~~~~~

        I want my blog to be a break for me from all the really bad news all around. But sometimes things are just too much. Such as the way we humans behave on this beautiful planet, how we mistreat animals, how we exploit all resources available, no matter what the cost for the environment and for the rest of us.

        ~~~~~

        "Do Humans have a Purpose?"
        (It's a short post, just a few words to express what some of us are feeling in view of escalating man-made disasters.)

        http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/2013/03/science-questions-do-humans-have.html


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Bleak,

    Such a positive up lifting beautiful word…Bleak!


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    -we're great at that….too!

    Our masters are very good at many things…


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