Mar 31

Hospital workers call police to seize newborn baby, throw momma out of the building, assault child with dangerous vaccines (Natural News, Mar 29, 2012):

Another shocking case of tyrannical, overzealous social workers and hospital staff has unfolded in Pennsylvania, where a mom who just gave birth in an ambulance to a healthy baby girl was threatened by a government social worker and accused of not allowing her child to receive “medical treatment.” (A claim which is factually false.) In reality, the new mom, exhausting from giving birth in an ambulance, was merely asking questions and trying to determine how her newborn daughter was being treated by hospital staff.

A social worker named Angelica Lopez-Heagy continued to threaten the mom, who persisted in asking polite questions to try to determine what she was being accused of. In response, the social worker demanded, “Since you’re not going to cooperate, I’ll just go and call the police and we can take custody of the baby.”

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Mar 31

Doomed!


Demand for U.S. Debt Is Not Limitless (Wall Street Journal, Mar 27, 2012):

In 2011, the Fed purchased a stunning 61% of Treasury issuance. That can’t last.

The conventional wisdom that nearly infinite demand exists for U.S. Treasury debt is flawed and especially dangerous at a time of record U.S. sovereign debt issuance.

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Mar 31

This really is the Greatest Depression.


Amidst the Deepest Slump since the Great Depression, Obama is Touting an “Economic Recovery” (Global Research, Mar 31, 2012):

While the United States remains mired in the deepest slump since the Great Depression, President Barack Obama is touting a modest improvement in employment over the past several months to boost his electoral prospects in November.

The three-month period from December through February has, according to the Labor Department, seen a net gain of 744,000 jobs, the largest for any three-month stretch since 2006. The official jobless rate has fallen from 9.1 percent in September to 8.3 percent in February.

It is necessary to place these gains within the context of the catastrophic collapse in employment that followed the Wall Street crash of 2008, which has left the US economy with 5 million fewer jobs than at the official start of the recession in December 2007. At the height of the crash, US businesses were cutting more than 744,000 jobs every month.

While the US economy added 335,000 net new manufacturing jobs in 2010 and 2011 combined, it lost 1.6 million manufacturing jobs between January 2008 and March 2009, a reduction of 10 percent. The current level of 12 million manufacturing jobs is down 7.5 million from its peak in 1979.

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Mar 31

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Justice Elena Kagan asked whether refusing to buy insurance would constitute breaking the law, to which Verrilli responded that if people “pay the tax, then they are in compliance with the law.” That caught the attention of Justice Stephen Breyer.

“Why do you keep saying tax?” Breyer interjected, to more laughs.

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Mar 31

‘Officers, Why Do You Have Your Guns Out?’ (New York Times, Mar 5, 2012):

The niece stood in the darkened stairwell of the Winbrook Houses, listening, as 20 feet away five police officers yelled at her uncle, who had locked himself in his apartment.

It was 5:25 on a chill November morning. The officers banged loud and hard, demanding that her 68-year-old uncle open his door.

“He was begging them to leave him alone,” she recalls. “He sounded scared.” She pulls her shawl about her shoulders and her voice cracks; she is speaking for the first time about what she saw. “I heard my uncle yelling, ‘Officers, officers, why do you have your guns out?’ ”

The string of events that night sounds prosaic, a who-cares accumulation of little mistakes and misapprehensions. Cumulatively, though, it is like tumbling down the stairs. Somehow the uncle, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., a former Marine who had heart problems and wheezed if he walked more than 40 feet, triggered his medical alert system pendant. The system operator came on the loudspeaker in his one-bedroom apartment, asking: “Mr. Chamberlain, are you O.K.?” All of this is recorded.

Mr. Chamberlain didn’t respond. So the operator signaled for an ambulance. Police patrol cars fell in behind — standard operating procedure in towns across America. Except an hour later, even as Mr. Chamberlain insisted he was in good health, the police had snapped the locks on the apartment door.

They fired electric charges from Tasers, and beanbags from shotguns. Then they said they saw Mr. Chamberlain grab a knife, and an officer fired his handgun.

Boom! Boom! Mr. Chamberlain’s niece Tonyia Greenhill, who lives upstairs, recalls the echoes ricocheting about the hall. She pushed out a back door and ran into the darkness beneath overarching oaks. He lay on the floor near his kitchen, two bullet holes in his chest, blood pooling thick, dying.

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The Obama records which have not been released include; Passport records, Obama kindergarten records, Punahou School records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, University of Chicago scholarly articles, Illinois State Bar Association records, Illinois State Senate records/schedules(said to be lost), Medical records, Obama/Dunham marriage license, Obama/Dunham divorce documents, Soetoro/Dunham marriage license, Adoption records and of course the long-form Certificate of Live Birth.
[see Arpaio News Conference below]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3yelQ5hK0c
news conference at the Arizona Capitol announcing new legislation based on Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s investigation findings.

State Representative Carl Seel, who introduced the bill, was joined by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, State Senator Lori Klein, and others in support of the bill. Important new information was revealed during the news conference including a request by Sheriff Joe Arpaio to the current head of the Selective Service Board to investigate the criminal forgery committed in the case of Barack Obama’s Selective Service registration. Inaddion, Carl Seel reveals some of the resistance that other Republicans are creating to stop the bill from even heading to a vote.

The bill will require Barack Obama, or any candidate seeking to be on the Arizona ballot, to certify eligibility for the office they are seeking. This will essentially require Barack Obama to certify his eligibility if he wants to be on the ballot this year in Arizona. This could potentially be a game-changing piece of legislation.

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Mar 30

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Has Started Propaganda Campaign to Invite Foreign Social Medial Writers to Japan (EX-SKF, March 30, 2012):

(Applicants can download an application in Excel file at the Embassy’s site. Go to the end of the post for more.)

Remember that harebrained project that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would do after grabbing some extra money in the supplementary budget last year? Well it has just started.

“An Invitation Program to Japan for SOCIAL MEDIA WRITERS: Hello social media writers!–the Government of Japan invites you to participate in an opportunity to travel to Japan and share your experience through social media.”

Here’s the screen capture of the Facebook page of the Japanese Embassy in Canada:

The post (23 hours ago) says the following (emphasis is mine):

An Invitation Program to Japan for SOCIAL MEDIA WRITERS: Hello social media writers!–the Government of Japan invites you to participate in an opportunity to travel to Japan and share your experience through social media.

– objective: to share your impressions, positive experiences, and attraction to Japan through social media i.e blogs, Facebook, &Twitter. Witness a vibrant Japan as it recovers from the disasters of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
– visit places that would help you understand Japan’s politics, economics, society, and culture + meet with persons in your area of interest
– area of interest: pop culture, fashion, design, science & technology, Japanese food culture, sports, academia, art, etc.
You should have more than 1000 followers per social media profile. After returning to Canada, participants will be required to write at least three articles about their visit.
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Mar 30

18 Bq/kg of Radioactive Cesium from Canned Salmon (EX-SKF, March 29, 2012):

(Update: Checked the corporate site of Maruha Nichiro. It is “pink salmon” or “humpback salmon”, in northern Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea, Sea of Okhotsk, Japan Sea, Iwate Prefecture, and Hokkaido.)

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Seikatsu Club is a co-op that has been publishing the results of its own analysis of food items it sells.

In the latest results on March 30, 2012, there are several items with radioactive cesium including a can of salmon from a major seafood company (Maruha Nichiro):

30 Bq/kg from lemon
32 Bq/kg from Kiyomi tangor (hybrid of satsuma mandarin orange and regular orange)
18 Bq/kg from a can of boiled salmon

For people trying to eliminate as much radioactive cesium as possible from the food they eat everyday, it’s not getting any easier after one year.

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Mar 30

Japanese government will nationalize Tepco by July (Fukushima Diary, Mar 30, 2012):

Tepco requested Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund for capital infusion of 1 trillion yen public fund without clarifying the voting right of the government, which is very rare.
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Mar 30

Hospitalized Hidaka city mayor was at incineration test of debris 2 days before (Fukushima Diary, Mar 30, 2012):

Following up this article..Another city mayor in cardiac or respiratory arrest

Mr. Oyama,  the city mayor of Hidaka shi attended at the incineration test of Taiheiyo cement corporation 2 days before he was hospitalized.

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Mar 30

Related info:

70% Of All Ground Beef Contains ‘Pink Slime’ … And USDA Bought 7 Million Pounds Of The Stuff For School Lunches

See also:

Why You Should Avoid Fast Food At All Costs

Obama Regime Rules Pepsi’s Use Of ABORTED FETAL CELLS In Soft Drinks Constitutes ‘Ordinary Business Operations’


Pink slime factories shuttered after massive public backlash (Natural News, Mar 29, 2012):

For several decades now, the conventional beef industry has secretly been lacing ground beef products with an industrial, ammonia-laced byproduct known as “pink slime,” a disturbing fact that recently came to the forefront of national attention after Food Network chef Jamie Oliver first drew attention to its existence. And consumer backlash has been so strong ever since that a number of supermarket chains, restaurants, and even schools have decided to stop supplying it, which has caused its primary producer, Beef Products Inc. (BPI), to close three of its four manufacturing plants.

USA Today and others are reporting that Dakota Dunes, South Dakota-based BPI is temporarily closing its Waterloo, Iowa; Garden City, Kansas; and Amarillo, Texas plants for an indefinite period of time as a result of widespread consumer rejection of pink slime products. Workers at these plants will continue to receive pay and benefits for the next 60 days, but it is unclear what will happen after these next two months expire, should the plants continue to remain closed.

Meanwhile, BPI is launching an aggressive public relations campaign to fight back against its critics, which includes claiming that pink slime is “100 percent beef,” and that it is a highly-nutritious and safe product. And many in the media are jumping onboard this propaganda bandwagon by spinning the situation back against consumers, who are technically victims that have been been duped all these years into buying ground beef products that were secretly adulterated with pink slime.

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Mar 30

#Radioactive Bamboo Shoots (Takenoko) from Inzai City, Chiba (EX-SKF, March 29, 2012)

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Mar 30

Actual Fukushima worker “Happy11311″ will leave Fukushima (Fukushima Diary, Mar 29, 2012):

One of the most important sources “Happy11311″ , an actual Fukushima worker tweeted that he is going to leave Fukushima. Continue reading »

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Mar 30

Ventura County on raw milk rampage: After destroying Rawesome, other raw milk operations now targeted (Natural News, Mar 29, 2012):

Perhaps the best investigative reporter covering the raw milk industry today is David Gumpert, writing for www.TheCompletePatient.com – a site covering food safety, raw milk raids, regulation and much more. All NaturalNews readers would do well to put his site on your reading list. Late last night he posted a showstopper article containing two extraordinary revelations about raw milk:

• In Wisconsin, the primary dairy insurance provider has ditched raw milk dairies, sending them a letter that essentially declares they will have no insurance coverage if they sell raw milk.

• After destroying Rawesome Foods (which is being physically deconstructed right now), the Ventura County Health Department is now targeting other raw milk distribution centers in California. As Gumpert writes:

[The county] has threatened to interfere with a private food club in that area just north of Los Angeles that distributes Organic Pastures milk. The health department officials first said to a food club volunteer manager that there was concern about whether the milk was going to be stored. When that turned out to be a non-issue, since the milk is nearly immediately distributed to members, the “concern” suddenly shifted to whether the club needs to be registered as a retailer.

Read the full account at:
http://www.thecompletepatient.com/article/2012/march/28/wi-dairy-owne…

An agenda to destroy real food in Ventura county

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Mar 30

Goshi Hosono Is Now On Twitter (EX-SKF, March 29, 2012):

The minister in charge of the Fukushima nuclear accident and the Minister of the Environment Goshi Hosono has just started tweeting.

You can follow him if you want, at @goshihosono54.

So far, only two tweets, following no one, and 1,097 people following.

Let him know what you think of his:

  • “decontamination” scam that benefit largest construction companies in Japan;
  • wide-area disposal of disaster debris that has been contaminated with radioactive materials, toxic chemicals;
  • his handling of the Fuku-I accident, etc.

Just be aware that Twitter Japan is run by a person with ties to the Japanese government. (But at this point, who doesn’t have ties to the government, among TPTB?)

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Mar 30

See also:

Ginger causes ovarian cancer cells to die, U-M researchers find

Study: Ginger effectively relieves even severe muscle pain


 

Ginger Destroys Cancer More Effectively than Death-Linked Cancer Drugs (Natural Society, Mar 27, 2012):

Ginger, a cousin spice of super anti-cancer substance turmeric, is known for its ability to shrink tumors. Astoundingly, it is even more effective than many cancer drugs, which have been shown to be completely ineffective and actually accelerate the death of cancer patients. Commonly consumed across the world in small doses among food and beverage products, the medicinal properties of ginger far surpass even advanced pharmaceutical inventions.

The subject of one study based out of Georgia State University, whole ginger extract was revealed to shrink prostate tumor size by a whopping 56% in mice. The anticancer properties were observed in addition to ginger’s role in reducing inflammation as well as being a rich source of life-enhancing antioxidants. But what about cancer drugs? Could this simple spice really topple the advanced pharmaceuticals that are often touted as the ‘only option’ for cancer patients by medical doctors? Continue reading »

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Mar 30

Fukushima reactor shows radiation levels much higher than thought (Guardian, Mar 28, 2012)

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Mar 30

On Europe’s ‘Stealth’ Money Printing (ZeroHedge, Mar 27, 2012)

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Mar 29

Related info:

– Freedom Watch With Judge Napolitano: US Regime Wants ‘License To Lie’ And ‘Ability To Destroy Records’

Justice Department Reveals False Statements Over Flawed Operation Fast And Furious – US Sold More Than 2000 Guns Worth $1.25 Million To Drug Cartels, Lost Track Of About 1400 Of Them

D.E.A. Launders Mexican Profits of Drug Cartels (New York Times, December 3, 2011)

Freedom Watch: Judge Napolitano Accuses AG Holder Of Using Iran Assassination Plot To Distract From ‘Fast And Furious’ Scandal (Video)

Fast And Furious: 22 Shocking Facts About The Scandal That Could Bring Down The Obama Administration

Arizona Sheriff Explains Operation ‘Fast And Furious’, Calls ATF And Eric Holder Murder Accomplices (Video)

New Fast and Furious Docs Released By White House … Some Records Were NOT Included Because Of ‘Significant Confidentiality Interests’

Operation ‘Fast And Furious’ Just Might Be President Obama’s Watergate

Several White House Officials Knew About Gun Trafficking Operation ‘FAST AND FURIOUS’


Drug lords targeted by Fast and Furious were FBI informants (Los Angeles Times, Mar 21, 2012):

Federal agents released alleged gun trafficker Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta to help them find two Mexican drug lords. But the two were secret FBI informants, emails show.

Reporting from Washington — When the ATF made alleged gun trafficker Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta its primary target in the ill-fated Fast and Furious investigation, it hoped he would lead the agency to two associates who were Mexican drug cartel members. The ATF even questioned and released him knowing that he was wanted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

But those two drug lords were secretly serving as informants for the FBI along the Southwest border, newly obtained internal emails show. Had Celis-Acosta simply been held when he was arrested by theBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in May 2010, the investigation that led to the loss of hundreds of illegal guns and may have contributed to the death of a Border Patrol agent could have been closed early.

Documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau show that as far back as December 2009 — five months before Celis-Acosta was detained and released at the border in a car carrying 74 live rounds of ammunition — ATF and DEA agents learned by chance that they were separately investigating the same man in the Arizona and Mexico border region. Continue reading »

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Mar 29

EU – EFSF & ESM – A Whole Lot Of Nothing (ZeroHedge, Mar 28, 2012):

A quick look at the headlines:

€200 billion already committed. So the EFSF has already committed €200 billion.  So far I only see €63 billion of debt issued by the EFSF, so they have at least another €137 billion to fund.  The bulk of their issuance so far is back to back with a they made to Greece, hardly the best collateral.  For now I’m going to assume that there is no overcollateralization requirement and just €200 billion has been committed, but if the 165% overcollateralization is in place, then that would really be €300 billion of “guarantees” used up. Continue reading »

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Mar 29

– Eurozone finance ministers must raise ONE TRILLION euro bailout for the ‘mother of all firewalls’ says OECD chief (Daily Mail, Mar 27, 2012):

The eurozone bailout fund should be increased to 1 trillion euros to provide ‘the mother of all firewalls’, the head of a leading international development body said today.

Angel Gurria, the secretary general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), said eurozone finance ministers need to impress finance markets with the size of their rescue fund for indebted countries when they meet later this week.

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Mar 29

Sheriff Joe and the Cold Case Posse Reveal New Details (Minuteman PAC)

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Mar 29

Fukushima No. 2 reactor radiation level up to 73 sieverts per hour (Kyodo News, March 27, 2012):

TOKYO — The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said Tuesday that the radiation level inside the crippled No. 2 reactor stood at an extremely high level between 31.1 and 72.9 sieverts per hour, underscoring the existence of radioactive substances from the melted fuel inside the structure.

‘Fukushima reactor in crisis again’ (Times Of India/AFP, Mar 28, 2012):

TOKYO: A new probe at Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant has found fatal radiation levels and hardly any cooling water inside one of the reactors, renewing concerns about plant’s stability.

The operator of Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant says an endoscopic examination on Tuesday detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose inside the No. 2 reactor’s contain chamber, suggesting challenges ahead in shutting down the facility.

The probe also found the containment vessel had cooling water up to only about 2 feet from the bottom, far below the 10 meters estimated when the government declared the plant’s stability in December. Plant workers also reported fresh leaks of contaminated water from a water treatment unit.

Fukushima reactor water level shallower than thought (The Yomiuri Shimbun, Mar. 28, 2012)

The water level in the containment vessel of the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is only about 60 centimeters deep, far shallower than previously assumed levels of about four meters, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co.

The lower-than-expected water level was discovered for the first time when the power utility used an industrial endoscope to check the crippled reactor’s interior on Monday, TEPCO said.

According to some experts, it is possible that nuclear fuel that melted through the reactor’s pressure vessel and accumulated on the bottom of the containment vessel in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami may not be completely covered in the water.

TEPCO said the water temperature in the vessel remained relatively low within a range of 48.5 C to 50 C. The discovery of the unexpectedly shallow water level will not affect TEPCO’s judgment that the reactor is in a state of “cold shutdown.”

Very high radiation, little water in Japan reactor (Palm Beach post/AP, Mar 28, 2012):

TOKYO — One of Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and much less water to cool it than officials had estimated, according to an internal examination that renews doubts about the plant’s stability.

A tool equipped with a tiny video camera, a thermometer, a dosimeter and a water gauge was used to assess damage inside the No. 2 reactor’s containment chamber for the second time since the tsunami swept into the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant a year ago.

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Mar 29

From the article:

Shinichi Niwa, professor at Fukushima Medical University, said, “I have the impression that the nuclear accident had such a great impact (that many people were admitted to hospital). Take decontamination work for example, people can feel secure if they do it themselves, rather than if they ask others to do it. It is also important to ease anxieties over radiation exposure with participation of local residents in such a program.”

And this is probably the ultimate way to detect hotspots and decontaminate them, …

Insane Japan: Elementary School Children Used To Search For Hotspots Around School

… producing excellent depopulation results:

Over 30% Of Tested Fukushima Children Have Thyroid Lumps


Fukushima Medical Univ. Researcher: “If People Do Their Own Decontamination, They Can Feel Secure” (EX-SKF, March 28, 2012):

The researcher, Shinichi Niwa, is talking about people in Fukushima Prefecture where the soil is very contaminated (probably with the exception of Aizu Region, although even there hot spots or hot areas do exist).

Mainichi Daily reports from the original Japanese article which is about the fear of radiation caused by the accident and how that affected the Fukushima residents. (You can read more on that topic by reading the post about Ms. Emiko Numauchi of Minami Soma City, Fukushima.)

Professor Niwa’s comment is at the end of the article.

From Mainichi Daily News (3/26/2012):

Fear of radiation from Fukushima accident led to psychiatric disorder hospitalizations

Some 24.4 percent of people who were hospitalized in Fukushima with psychiatric disorders in the wake of the outbreak of the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant had done so possibly because of fears of radiation exposure, according to the results of research conducted by psychiatrists at Fukushima Medical University.

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Mar 29

Radioactive Fallout in Futaba-machi, Fukushima in January 2012: 19,120 MBq/Square Kilometer (EX-SKF, March 27, 2012)

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Mar 29

Passenger attacks US Airways flight crew (NBC17, March 28, 2012)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A passenger on US Airways flight 1697 from Charlotte to Ft. Myers, Fla., had to be restrained and put in hand ties after attacking the flight crew, according to police and airline officials.

NBC-17 reporter Jonathan Carlson witnessed the aftermath in the Ft. Myers terminal, and spoke exclusively with members of the flight crew onboard flight 1697.

They say the woman got out of her seat and attacked the crew, kicking them, spitting in their faces and knocking one flight attendant to the ground.

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Mar 29

‘Berserk’ JetBlue pilot ‘ranted about Jesus, 9/11, Iraq, Iran and terrorists and sins of Vegas during bizarre sermon in cockpit’ (Daily Mail, Mar 28, 2012)

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Mar 29

Let’s see what those brilliant students will think about their actions, when their little brothers and sisters will start to die like flies from heart disease, cancer etc.


Disaster Debris Wide-Area Disposal: Tokyo Univ. Students to the Rescue with the Help from Largest Ad Agency in Japan (EX-SKF, March 28, 2012):

Students at the prestigious (at least hard to get in) Tokyo University have formed a group called “Project to Think About 3.11 Debris”. The group held a public symposium on March 28 on the Tokyo University Komaba campus, co-sponsored by Jiji Tsushin and others with “special support” from the Ministry of the Environment.

Their message: More information disclosure from the national government should help; there is a “silent majority” who would gladly accept disaster debris.

From the event co-sponsor Jiji Tsushin (3/28/2012):

不安解消へ情報開示を=東大生ら、がれき処理で提言

Tokyo University students make proposals on disaster debris processing – information disclosure to dispel fears

東 日本大震災で発生したがれき処理の問題を東京大の学生らが議論する「3・11のガレキを考えるプロジェクト」(共催・時事通信社など、特別協力・環境省) は28日、放射能汚染に対する国民の不安を解消するため政府に一層の情報開示などを求める提言をまとめた。近く環境省に提出する。

“The Project to Think about 3.11 Debris”, where Tokyo University students discuss the issue of disaster debris from the March 11, 2011 earthquake/tsunami, issued its proposals to the national government to further disclose information to dispel citizens’ fears of radiation contamination. The Project is co-sponsored by Jiji Tsushin and others, with the special support from the Ministry of the Environment. The proposals will be submitted to the Ministry of the Environment shortly.

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Mar 29

WTF!


Now Is the Season for Japan (New York Times, March 22, 2012):

ONE bright early spring morning this month, I took myself to Ryoanji, the Kyoto temple that is home to the world’s most celebrated rock garden. There was not a single other foreigner in the place. Not even many Japanese were visible across the 120-acre compound (I’d scheduled my trip for spring break, when clamorous school tours are less in evidence).

So as I sat above the enigmatic presentation of 15 rocks, arranged with seeming randomness across a wide bed of raked sand, I could hear nothing but bird song from the cherry trees around me. A trickle of water from a thin bamboo chute issued into a stone basin around the corner, deepening as it intensified the silence. The characters around the basin said, “What you have is all you need.”

Stillness, spaciousness and undistractedness are what I had just then. Though foreign tourism to Japan as a whole plunged by 50 percent in the three months following the earthquake last March, as of January 2012 it was only 4 percent lower, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.

Nevertheless, the quiet amplitude that is one of the special graces of Japan has a new resonance this year. On the surface, the country that greets someone arriving from San Francisco or New York tomorrow is startlingly similar to the place you would have seen two years ago, despite last year’s catastrophe. But deep down, Japan seems more vulnerable, and thus more wide open, than ever.

The 9.0 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown that hit the country on March 11, 2011, claimed almost 20,000 lives, overturned an economy that had already been foundering through 20 years of recession, and demoralized a citizenry dealing with one suicide every 17 minutes, a loss of direction, and what is now seven prime ministers in fewer than six years.

Yet it also highlighted the resilience, self-possession and community-mindedness that are so striking in Japan; suddenly, the country that had seemed to insist on its difference from the rest of the world could be seen in its more human, compassionate and brave dimensions. Japan has long been what the globally savvy magazine Monocle called, in a recent issue, “The World’s Most Charming Nation”; now it is also one of those most grateful for visitors.

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Mar 28

Elementary school has their students search for hotspot around the school (Fukushima Diary, Mar 28, 2012):

Japanese elementary school have their students measure radiation at a class and one of them found a hotspot of 0.8μSv/h on the roof of the building.

The school is in Hayama, near Kamakura.

In the end, they removed the contaminated soil and leaves to bury underground.

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Mar 28

18,700 Bq/Kg from trout in Iidate mura (Fukushima Diary, Mar 28, 2012):

Following up this article..Fukushima local gov is dumping radioactive mud from decontamination to Abukuma river

18,700 Bq/Kg of cesium was measured from trout caught in Niidagawa of Iidate mura, Fukushima prefectural government reported on 3/28/2012. This is the highest reading among all the fish caught from sea and river.

The former highest reading was 14,400 Bq/kg from young lancefish, caught offshore of Iwaki shi last April.

They fished this for a test before lifting the restriction of fishing trout.

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Mar 28

Rebelled NHK announcer purged (Fukushima Diary, Mar 28, 2012):

Following up this article..An NHK spokes man rebelled against NHK

NHK decided to close his twitter account.

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Mar 28

Egypt told to give military leaders ‘safe exit’ by western governments (Telegraph, Mar 28, 2012):

Pressure applied to grant immunity, Muslim Brotherhood claims, but party insists generals will face trial over alleged killings

Western governments have been encouraging Egypt’s nascent political powers to consider offering the military generals currently running the country immunity against prosecution, according to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) has been in control of the country since the toppling of former president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, with the junta’s rule marked by continued violent confrontations between revolutionaries and security forces, including allegations that they have ordered the shooting of unarmed protesters.

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Mar 28

Faulty generator blamed for fatal poisoning of wealthy banker and his wife in remote Estonian forest (Daily Mail, Mar 28, 2012):

A wealthy British banker and his wife died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a ‘tragic accident’ at their holiday home in Estonia, an inquest has heard.

Philip Townsend, 55, worked for a mysterious Moscow investment company, where he was an analyst in the lucrative but murky Russian telecoms industry.

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Mar 28

The Chart Of The Decade (ZeroHedge, Mar 27, 2012):

This chart tells millions of stories. I’m trying to get my head around its implications.

That’s right: since 1984 (surely an appropriate year) while the elderly have grown their wealth in nominal terms, the young are much worse off both in inflation-adjusted terms, as well as nominal terms (pretty hard to believe given that the money supply has expanded eightfold in the intervening years). So why are the elderly doing over fifty times better than the young when they were only doing ten times better before?

Are young people a stupefied generation coddled by parents and government, addicted to welfare, junk food, drugs and reality TV?

To some extent, but are they any less fiscally and morally responsible than the marijuana-smoking, free-love-embracing, national-debt-accruing baby boom generation? That’s a matter of opinion, but my answer is probably not. Baby boomers hate Ron Paul, while the under-35s seem to love him.

Is it due to government policies that favour the elderly and screw the young?

America is suffering from excessive consumer debt: Continue reading »

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