May 31

- Time To Celebrate The Recovery: Food Stamp Usage Hits Fresh Record (ZeroHedge, May 31, 2011):

That average monthly benefit of $133.24 for 44.199 million people will help with the purchase of one third of a very edible iPad. Food stamp participation chart presented without further commentary.

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May 31

- Falling Home Prices Hit Big Banks, Fannie, Freddie (CNBC, 31 May 2011):

Home prices began double-dipping months ago, but now that S&P/Case Shiller has chimed in, it really must be so.

This report is the most widely-followed home price index, equally quoted in bank boardrooms, Treasury Department back rooms, and Congressional Committees.

The report finds home prices in Q1 of this year are now 2.9 percent below the previous quarterly bottom in Q1 of 2009, effectively giving up all the gains of the past few years, which were of course fueled by the home buyer tax credit.

“Just about everybody agrees we’re going to miss the seasonally strong period in 2011, which we should be at the very beginning of right now with May, but nobody thinks that will make any difference,” says S&P’s David Blitzer. “Everybody’s now keeping their fingers crossed for 2012 and wondering whether people just don’t want to own homes anymore.”

Keeping your fingers crossed for the housing market is just the tip of the iceberg. Prices have now fallen, on this index, more than they did during the Great Depression. “On that occasion, the peak in prices was not regained until 19 years after they first fell,” notes Paul Dales at Capital Economics. Continue reading »

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May 31

See also:

- Matt Taibbi: The People vs. Goldman Sachs (Rolling Stone)

- Matt Taibbi: Why is the Federal Reserve Bailing Out Gaddafi?


- Goldman Traded $1.3 Billion In Libyan Funds – Report (Reuters, May 31, 2011):

(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs invested more than $1.3 billion (786.1 million pounds) from Libya’s sovereign-wealth fund in currency bets and other trades in 2008 and the investment lost more than 98 percent of its value, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing internal Goldman documents.

When the fund, controlled by Col. Muammar Gaddafi, made huge losses Goldman offered Libya the chance to become one of its biggest shareholders, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.

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May 31

- Damn! Aussies to be fined for swearing (AFP, May 31, 2011):

Australians may have a love of plain speaking but new laws are set to curtail some of their more colourful language with police issuing on-the-spot fines for obnoxious swearing.

The country’s second most populous state Victoria is due to approve new legislation this week under which police will be able to slap fines of up to Aus$240 (US$257) on people using offensive words or phrases.

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May 31

See also:

- US: House Passes Authority for Worldwide War (ACLU)

- Rep. Ron Paul: ‘The Fate Of The American Republic Is Now Sealed’


- Pentagon: All options on table in cyber-attack (AFP, May 31, 2011):

The Pentagon said Tuesday that it would consider all options if the United States were hit by a cyber-attack as it develops the first military guidelines for the age of Internet warfare.

President Barack Obama’s administration has been formalizing rules on cyberspace amid growing concern about the reach of hackers. Major defense contractor Lockheed Martin said it repelled a major cyber-assault a week ago.

The White House on May 16 unveiled an international strategy on cyber-security which said the United States “will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country.”

“We reserve the right to use all necessary means — diplomatic, informational, military, and economic — as appropriate and consistent with applicable international law, in order to defend our nation, our allies, our partners and our interests,” the strategy said.

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said Tuesday that the White House policy did not rule out a military response to a cyber-attack.

“A response to a cyber incident or attack on the US would not necessarily be a cyber response,” Lapan told reporters. “All appropriate options would be on the table if we were attacked, be it cyber.”

Lapan said that the Pentagon was drawing up an accompanying cyber defense strategy which would be ready in two to three weeks.

The Wall Street Journal, citing three officials who said they had seen the document, reported Tuesday that the strategy would classify major cyber-attacks as acts of war, paving the way for possible military retaliation.

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May 31


Leuren Moret, PhD


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The basis of this conversation is the horrendous events at Fukushima and the ever present dangers of nuclear energy. The positive note behind it all is that when we bond together, we can turn these disasters into opportunities and rise above the pathetic materialistic worldview, and grow into the wonderful spiritual beings that we really are. ..

May 29, 2011

Source: Argusoogradio

See also:

- Examiner Interview With Independent Scientist Leuren Moret: Fukushima HAARP Nuclear Attack By CIA, DOE, BP for London Banks

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May 31

- Fukushima workers exposed to high radiation (ABC News, May 30, 2011)

- High radioactivity found in Japan nuclear workers (AFP, May 30th, 2011):

TOKYO — Two workers from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have been contaminated by high levels of radioactive iodine, the operator said Monday, prompting fears over their long-term health.

The workers, reportedly men in their 30s and 40s, may have already been exposed to radiation levels higher than the recently boosted official annual limit, Japanese media suggested.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said it had been measuring the internal exposure to radiation of all employees involved in emergency work at the Fukushima Daiichi plant crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Internal exposure occurs when people take radioactive substances into their bodies through tainted air or food and drink.

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May 31

- An Inversely-Correlated Take On Corporate Profits And Dollar Destruction (ZeroHedge, May 31, 2011):

One of the more interesting correlations (not causations) to have emerged following the surge in corporate profit margins is that of the inverse relationship between now record corporate profit margins, and net exports & services originating from the US. While we certainly will not imply one is a cause of the other or vice versa, we would be remiss to not point out the irony of what would happen should this correlation preserve itself in an environment in which US exports end up being curbed due to a surge in the US dollar once the frailty of the Eurozone no longer allows the EUR to appreciate on desperate one-time (if recurring) rescue measures. And with China largely ignoring US demands to revalue its currency and import more US goods and services (no laughing), is it safe to say that this chart is the one most direct confirmation that the weak dollar policy adopted by the Fed has had it most proximal impact nowhere else than on surging corporate profit levels (and Wall Street bonuses of course).

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May 31

- Fukushima: Three million of millions of potential lethal doses (PDF)

See also:

- Fukushima Now Equal To 50 Plus Chernobyls & 3,000 Billion Lethal Doses Of Radiation (Veterans Today)

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May 31

- Japanese nuclear plant hit by explosion and oil spill (Guardian, 31 May, 2011):

An oil spill and a small explosion have caused limited damage, but no further radiation leaks, at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in north-east Japan, the plant operator has said.

Workers at the crippled plant found an oil spill on Tuesday in the sea near reactors 5 and 6, which were shutdown when the earthquake and tsunami struck on 11 March, the Tokyo Electric Power Company said. The spill was contained by an oil fence, a Tepco spokesman, Taichi Okazaki, said.

An explosion workers heard at reactor 4 on Tuesday was likely to have come from a gas tank and did not cause any additional radiation leaks, Okazaki added. The cause was being investigated.

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May 31

The original title was ‘Kamikaze Pensioners?’.

- Japan pensioners volunteer to tackle nuclear crisis (BBC NEWS, 31 May, 2011):

A group of more than 200 Japanese pensioners are volunteering to tackle the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power station.

The Skilled Veterans Corps, as they call themselves, is made up of retired engineers and other professionals, all over the age of 60.

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May 31

- Poll: Most Japanese distrust gov’t on nuke crisis (AP, May 29, 2011):

TOKYO — A new poll showed Monday that more than 80 percent of Japanese voters do not trust government information about the country’s nuclear crisis.

The poll conducted by Fuji Television Network also found that nearly 85 percent of respondents said the utility that operates the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is dealing with the crisis poorly.

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May 30

See also:

- Fukushima Now Equal To 50 Plus Chernobyls & 3,000 Billion Lethal Doses Of Radiation


- Fukushima Risks Chernobyl ‘Dead Zone’ (Bloomberg, May 30, 2011):

Radioactive soil in pockets of areas near Japan’s crippled nuclear plant have reached the same level as Chernobyl, where a “dead zone” remains 25 years after the reactor in the former Soviet Union exploded.

Soil samples in areas outside the 20-kilometer (12 miles) exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant measured more than 1.48 million becquerels a square meter, the standard used for evacuating residents after the Chernobyl accident, Tomio Kawata, a fellow at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan, said in a research report published May 24 and given to the government.

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May 30

- Milk cows moved outside Fukushima evacuation zone (NHK, May 30, 2011):

Dairy farmers have begun moving cows out of a village in the evacuation zone for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

The move came after radiation levels in raw milk from Iitate Village and part of Kawamata Town cleared the government’s safety standards. A ban on the shipment of raw milk was lifted last Wednesday on the condition that these cows are kept outside the evacuation zone.

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May 30


Added: 29.05.2011

As of 110am CST a possible tornado listed on titan storm tracking via intellicast.com. heading towards New York City , NY .

http://www.intellicast.com

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May 30


Added: 29.05.2011

Expect severe weather up to and including tornadoes in the following areas due to HAARP Ring activity over each named town:

Goodland Kansas

Omaha Nebraksa

Des Moines Iowa

Springfield Illinois

North Indiana along the Michigan Border as far west as Chicago as far east as Lorain Ohio / Cleveland Ohio.

Also watch Grand Rapids , Grayling, Mio, Michigan— although the state of Michigan may just be the accellerator moving the storms along their track…. we shall see about michigan getting severe.. i don’t quite know yet on this… since it seems the whole state is covered by two of the rings…

The rest of the named areas can also be seen by pausing this video and making note of the area, and then compare 2 days later to see what was hit.

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May 30

See also:

- Fukushima: 225 Sieverts Per Hour At Reactor No. 1 – Radiation Levels Are Now Off The Chart!!!


Watch the video here.

- High radioactivity level at No. 2 reactor (NHK, May 30, 2011):

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says the radioactivity level and humidity are high in the Number 2 reactor building, which will make internal operations hard.

Workers entered the building last week to measure humidity and to gauge levels of radioactive substances in the atmosphere.

The results show the Number 2 reactor building’s radioactive cesium level is twice as high as the cesium level in air not purified in the Number 1 reactor building. Steam is filling the Number 2 building, and humidity has reached 99.9 percent.

The high humidity means an air purification unit cannot be used to lower the level of radioactivity.

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May 30

For your information…



Adolf Hitler gives a Nazi salute with his deputy Rudolf Hess by his side

- Hitler ‘gave go-ahead to Rudolf Hess mission to secure peace with Winston Churchill’ (Daily Mail, 29th May, 2011):

Rudolf Hess’s flight to Britain during World War Two in a bizarre attempt to secure peace was backed by Adolf Hitler, fresh documents claim.

History has long recorded that the Nazi number three was acting alone when he piloted a Messerschmitt to Scotland in May 1941.

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May 30


Added: 27.05.2011

Don’t miss:

- Rep. Ron Paul: ‘The Fate Of The American Republic Is Now Sealed’ (May 25, 2011)

- US: House Passes Authority for Worldwide War (ACLU) (May 26th, 2011)

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May 30


Added: 27.05.2011

More FKN NEWZ:

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May 30

- Fears over fluoride plans (Daily Mail, 30 May 2011):

Ministers have triggered a major health row by unveiling plans to allow fluoride to be added to all drinking water in England and Wales.

Water companies will be forced to add fluoride if local health authorities order it, despite controversy over the long-term effects on health, the Government confirmed.

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May 30

Radiation levels are now off the chart!!!


- 福島原発 1号機 / 福島原発原子炉の状態 原子炉の放射線量 (atmc, May 29, 2011):

Google translation:

Unit 1 nuclear power plant Fukushima / dose of a nuclear reactor nuclear reactor state Hukushima

Location: Unit 1 nuclear power plant Hukushima
Date: Sun Mar 15, 2011 (Tuesday) to May 29, 2011 (Sun)
Current values: D / W: 225Sv / h, S / C: 0.944Sv / h

日付 D/W S/C
5/29 225 0.944
5/28 215 0.950
5/27 63.8 0.959
5/26 43.7 0.958
5/25 215 0.987
5/24 192 0.997
5/23 201 1.01
5/22 196 1.01
5/21 36.2 1.02
5/20 46.5 1.03
5/19 36.3 1.04
5/18 45.4 1.04
5/17 _ 1.04
5/16 _ 1.05
5/15 _ 1.06
5/14 _ 1.07
5/13 _ 1.08
5/12 _ 1.09
5/11 _ 1.10
5/10 _ 1.11
5/09 _ 1.13
5/08 _ 1.14
5/07 _ 1.15

Plant parameters are published by NISA (reactor state) to graph the amount of nuclear radiation.
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant reactor 1 can be checked on a daily basis – such as water temperature, pressure dose of 5 items.
As soon as the data is published and updated as the chart.
No. 4 was stopped for inspection in the absence of a nuclear reactor fuel assemblies, are excluded from the list.
Meaning of the terms in the graph below.
D / W … stands dry well. The main thing containment. S / C … Sapuresshonchenba stands. I pressure suppression chamber.
※ The value of the graph shows the maximum absolute value of the day.

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May 30

- Comin’ this summer… $5 gas (New York Post, May 29, 2011):

The forecast for the summer driving season: Hit the road early. Not to beat the traffic, but to beat the higher gas prices expected in mid-July.

Goldman Sachs’ crystal ball is proclaiming that oil will soon soar to $135 a barrel, and likely have service stations jacking up fuel prices to $5 a gallon in New York just like the summer of 2008 that preceded the recession.

Indeed, analysts say Goldman and the other oil trading giant that also has the might to move prices, JPMorgan Chase, have already placed their energy bets for the summer. JPMorgan predicts oil hitting $130 a barrel in the coming weeks.

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May 30


Added: 25.05.2011

Don’t miss:

- US: House Passes Authority for Worldwide War (ACLU)

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May 30

Must-see:

- Rep. Ron Paul: ‘The Fate Of The American Republic Is Now Sealed’


- House Passes Authority for Worldwide War (ACLU, May 26th, 2011):

The House just passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including a provision to authorize worldwide war, which has no expiration date and will allow this president — and any future president — to go to war anywhere in the world, at any time, without further congressional authorization. The new authorization wouldn’t even require the president to show any threat to the national security of the United States. The American military could become the world’s cop, and could be sent into harm’s way almost anywhere and everywhere around the globe.

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May 30

- High Level of Radioactive Cesium from Snow in #Fukushima (Ex-SKF, May 29, 2011):

Radioactive pollution is now detected in snow and freshwater fish.

And Japan’s Kan administration still pushes for nuclear power, not just for the Japanese but for the up-and-coming countries in Asia and the rest of the world.

From Mainichi Shinbun Japanese (5/30/2011; link, emphasis added):

山岳愛好家らで作る「高山(たかやま)の原生林を守る会」 は29日、福島市周辺の山岳地帯から採取した雪の放射線量分析結果を公表した。標高1500メー トル以下を中心に高濃度の放射性セシウムが検出され、最高は箕輪山東斜面の1338メートル地点で1キロ当たり2968ベクレルだった。市内の阿武隈川の ヤマメなど川魚からは国の暫定規制値(1キロ当たり500ベクレル)を上回るセシウムが検出され、雪解け水の流入が原因とみられるという。

On May 29, a private association of mountain lovers [in Fukushima], “Association for preserving the primal forests in Takayama Mountain”, announced the result of radiation analysis of snow samples taken from the mountains around Fukushima City in Fukushima Prefecture. High concentration of radioactive cesium was detected from snow samples taken below the altitude of 1,500 meters (4,921 feet), with the highest being 2,968 becquerels per kilogram from the sample taken on the east slope of Mount Minowa at 1,338 meters high. Radioactive cesium that exceeds the provisional national limit (500 becquerels per kilogram) has been detected from freshwater fish in the Abukuma river that runs through Fukushima City, and it is considered that radioactive cesium in fish comes from the water from melted snow.

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May 30

Flashback:

- Greek Central Bank Accused of Encouraging Naked Short Selling of Greek Bonds (Financial Times)

And remember that the biggest Greek CDS speculator has been the state-controlled Hellenic Post Bank with help from (Yes, you’ve guessed it!) Goldman Sachs:

- State-controlled Hellenic Post Bank (TT) bet against Greece (Kathimerini)

- Fragwürdige Finanzgeschäfte Griechen wetten auf eigene Pleite (Sueddeutsche Zeitung)

The state-controlled Hellenic Post Bank was betting on Greece going bankrupt!

What will happen if Greece dafaults:

- Here Is What Happens After Greece Defaults

Solution:

- Former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: Revolution is the Only Answer (For Greece, Ireland etc.)

Must-read!


The following article will be constantly updated at ‘Covering Delta’, so please visit the link  and read the article there.

- Accusations of Treason in the Greek Parliament (Covering Delta):

Leaving aside for a moment the obvious questions of criminality and treason that have arisin from the details of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Greek government and the Troika (IMF/EU/ECB), which concedes total sovereign authority of the Greek state over the fate of its own citizens to foreign banks, let us turn to recent allegations made in Parliament against the Prime Minister of Greece himself, George Papandreou.

Recently, in an interview on Greek television, Member of Parliament for New Democracy, Mr. Panos Kammenos, made allegations that if true, could very well constitute treason for the Greek Prime Minister, members of his staff and possibly members of his own family. These allegations were repeated by Mr. Kammenos on the floor of parliament and given support by the leader of LAOS, Mr. George Karatzaferis. These allegations are therefore, not made lightly, and have now been plainly put forth before the Greek people. They can no longer be ignored, and the Prime Minister is obliged to respond to them.

The gist of the allegations rest on the charge by Mr. Kammenos, that the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. George Papandreou and members of his team, presided over the sale of 1.3 billion dollars worth of credit default swap contracts (CDS on Greek sovereign debt) on or around December of 2009, shortly after coming to power. The 1.3 billion dollars worth of insurance protecting against a Greek default was bought during the spring and summer of the same year, by the Hellenic Postbank, a public banking arm of the Greek government. It is unclear what the intentions of the Postbank were when it purchased the credit protection. Clearly, the previous government that was in power at the time (New Democracy or N.D.) understood that Greece was headed towards a fiscal crisis, otherwise they would not have purchased the insurance. However, we do not know if the move was initially made with the intention of reaping private profit, or simply as a hedge by the government itself against it’s own default.

[*Note: I have been made aware of a possible discrepancy between the numbers cited by Mr. Kammenos and those cited by Mr. Tombras in his law suit. Specifically, the subject at issue is the notional value of the CDS purchased and then sold by Hellenic Postbank. The size of the bank's balance sheet would not warrant as large a hedge as the 60 billion in notional CDS (implied by Kammenos), which would imply that either the bank was net-short it's own government's debt, or that some mistake has been made by those looking over the books. This would affect the profit potential for the position, but would not change the fundamental fact that insurance protection was sold from public to private hands. - i.e. it has no bearing on the allegations]

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May 30

- GREECE: Shocking New Bailout Conditions Mean The End Of National Sovereignty (Business Insider, May 29, 2011):

Big news on the Greece front: In order for the country to get future bailout money, the country will have to give up some sovereignty.

Specifically, according to a bombshell FT report, outside authorities will take over various functions related to tax collection (a big time problem in Athens) and privatizations.

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May 30

TEPCO = Endless lies!

The truth is more than painful:

- Prof. Hiroaki Koide of Kyoto University: ‘No One Knows How Fukushima Could Be Wound Down’ – Corium May Be Melting Through the Foundation

- TEPCO’s ‘Cold Shutdown’ Lie And What They ‘Forgot’ To Tell You About Fukushima (Hawaii News Daily:

TEPCO says they are planning a “cold shutdown” of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plants in 6 to 9 months.

Cold shutdown” means the reactor cores – and the used fuel pools – decrease in temperature through 100 degrees C and continue to go down after a couple of days without additional cooling.  If that doesn’t happen within 48 hours, it isn’t going to.  E-V-E-R. The reactors are still ‘in service’ – which means the fuel is still reacting.  It hasn’t happened at Fukushima and it never will.

- Fukushima Now Equal To 50 Plus Chernobyls & 3,000 Billion Lethal Doses Of Radiation (Veterans Today)


- Kyodo News: “TEPCO believes stabilizing Fukushima reactors by year-end impossible” (EX-SKF, May 29, 2011):

Oh what a surprise.

- TEPCO believes stabilizing Fukushima reactors by year-end impossible (Kyodo News; full article by subscription only; 5/30/2011):

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is coming to the view that it will be impossible to stabilize the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant by the end of this year, senior company officials said Sunday, possibly affecting the timing for the government to consider the return of evacuees to their homes near the plant.

The revelation that meltdowns had occurred at the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors at the plant, most likely with breaches to pressure vessels encasing nuclear fuel, has led the officials to believe that ”there will be a major delay to work” to contain the situation, one of them said.

The plant operator, known as TEPCO, announced on April 17 its road map for bringing the troubled reactors at the plant into a stably cooled condition called ”cold shutdown” in six to nine months.

Well, as late as May 17 when the revised “roadmap” was disclosed, TEPCO said there would be no change in the target time-frame for the “cold shutdown”.

The Kyodo Japanese article has a bit more information “leaked” by the TEPCO execs:

  • One executive said “6-9 month time-frame is only a target to strive for, and not a binding one.” [So the "roadmap" is a wish-list.]
  • About the Reactor 1 whose Containment Vessel is now found to be leaking water, “We have to find the leak and stop it. If we don’t know the extend of the damage to the Containment Vessel, we don’t know how long it takes to stop the leak.”
  • Another exec says “it will take 1 or 2 additional months” to bring the reactors in “cold shutdown” because of the bigger cooling system now envisioned.
  • Yet another one says “the works at three reactors [1, 2, 3] are not progressing simultaneously, as planned. We’ll have to ask workers to work during the New Year holidays.”

These executives are no doubt from the TEPCO’s Tokyo headquarters and probably the same ones who ordered a fancy “roadmap” at the government’s request, not people at Fukushima I Nuke Plant trying to contain the on-going crisis for the past 2 and a half months.

“Cold shutdown”, as Kyoto University’s Koide has repeatedly said, assumes the Reactor Pressure Vessel intact, and the fuel rods intact. There is no word for bringing the broken reactor with totally melted fuel into a stable condition so that it won’t emit any more radiation. There is no established process to do that, particularly when the melted jumble, corium, is possibly eating away the concrete beneath the Containment Vessels.

As long as TEPCO (headquarters) and the Japanese government are fooling around with the impossible idea of “cold shutdown” of the reactors that are broken, with the corium already outside the Reactor Pressure Vessels, or Containment Vessels, there will be no end in sight, I’m afraid.

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May 30

• British military personnel run courses for snipers
• Human rights groups furious over Riyadh link

Saudi special forces
Saudi special forces, seen here training in Mecca, were used to crush protests in neighbouring Bahrain. Photograph: Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images

Britain is training Saudi Arabia’s national guard – the elite security force deployed during the recent protests in Bahrain – in public order enforcement measures and the use of sniper rifles. The revelation has outraged human rights groups, which point out that the Foreign Office recognises that the kingdom’s human rights record is “a major concern”.

In response to questions made under the Freedom of Information Act, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed that British personnel regularly run courses for the national guard in “weapons, fieldcraft and general military skills training, as well as incident handling, bomb disposal, search, public order and sniper training”. The courses are organised through the British Military Mission to the Saudi Arabian National Guard, an obscure unit that consists of 11 British army personnel under the command of a brigadier.

The MoD response, obtained yesterday by the Observer, reveals that Britain sends up to 20 training teams to the kingdom a year. Saudi Arabia pays for “all BMM personnel, as well as support costs such as accommodation and transport”.

Bahrain’s royal family used 1,200 Saudi troops to help put down demonstrations in March. At the time the British government said it was “deeply concerned” about reports of human rights abuses being perpetrated by the troops.

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