Apr 28

TEPCO to Raise Utility Charges for Households to Pay for Decommissioning #Fukushima Reactors (EX-SKF, April 27, 2012):

The company wants to raise the utility charges by 700 yen (US$8.70) per average household whose utility bill is 6,973 yen per month. If the national government approves, the rate hike will be effective in July.

From Yomiuri Shinbun (4/28/2012):

東電、廃炉費支援を要請…家庭700円値上げ

TEPCO requests support for decommissioning costs, raising the utility charges for households by 700 yen

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Apr 27

Next:

Papers, please!



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Apr 27

4.2 million Bq/Kg of cesium from Black substance and microscope pics (Fukushima Diary, April 26, 2012)

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Apr 27

Related info:

Fukushima: Member Of Minamisōma City Council: ‘The Wind Of One Thousand Bq’ – ‘All Black Dust Has Been Also Blown Away And Gone’ (Video)


Plutonium 238 measured in Minamisoma (Fukushima Diary, April 26, 2012):

0.038 Bq/Kg (2.47Bq/m2) of Plutonium 238 was measured in Minamisoma.

They also measured 0.047 Bq/Kg ofPlutonium 239 and 240, and 0.73 Bq/Kg of Plutonium 241.

8.5 Bq/Kg of Strontium 89, and 50 Bq/Kg of Strontium 90 was also measured.

Mr. Oyama, Minamisoma city councilor had city government measure it.  He comments like these below,

  • Sample was taken after decontamination.
  • The sample contains soil, sand, and water other than black substance.(Water ratio is not announced.)
  • Sample to consist of only black substance and water (Moisture content = 71.4%) contains 309,000 Bq/Kg of cesium and it’s 1,080,000 Bq/Kg when it’s dry. It therefore will be more than 3 times higher if it doesn’t content sand, soil or water.
  • Pu238/Pu239+240 used to be 0.027 before 311. This result shows it’s 0.808.
  • The analysis was done by Japan Chemical Analysis Center, which is outsourced by the government.

Source

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Apr 27

Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War: The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation (Global Research, April 26, 2012)

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Apr 27

The Truth About Egan-Jones (ZeroHedge, April 27, 2012):

… but not from us: after all we are known for being biased, which in the mainstream media parlance means calling it like it is. No – instead we leave it to none other than Bloomberg’s Jonathan Weil who does as good a job of being “biased” as we ever could: “Egan-Jones, which has been in business since 1992, could have continued operating as an independent publisher of ratings and analysis, not subject to government oversight or control. Instead it chose to play within the Big Three’s system, exposing itself to regulation and the whims of the SEC in exchange for the government’s imprimatur. Now it’s paying the price.” And not only that: as the most recent example of Spain just shows, where Egan Jones downgraded Spain 9 days ago and was ignored, but well ahead of everyone else, only to be piggybacked by S&P, and the whole world flipping out, it has become clear: calling out reality, and the fools that populate it, is becoming not only a dangerous game, but increasingly more illegal. Then again – this is not the first time we have seen just this happen in broad daylight, with nobody daring to say anything about it. In fact, this phenomenon tends to be a rather traditional side-effect of every declining superpower. Such as the case is right now…

From BBG’s Jon Weil:

The first time I wrote about Sean Egan and his small, independent credit-research firm, Egan-Jones Ratings Co., was in December 2007 for a column about the bond insurer MBIA Inc. (MBI) And man, did he nail it.

The three big credit raters — Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch Ratings — all had AAA ratings on MBIA’s insurance unit, their highest grade. Egan said it deserved much lower. Anyone reading MBIA’s financial reports could see the company was losing money and needed billions of dollars of fresh capital.

By mid-2008, the Big Three had cut their ratings. Once again, Egan, a lonely voice of reason who saw the financial crisis coming, had shown his larger competitors to be incompetent or compromised. It was one of many great calls to come for Egan-Jones. As for MBIA, which had no revenue last quarter, it’s still struggling.

So if you had told me back then that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement division more than four years later would be accusing Egan, and his firm, of securities-law violations — but not any of the big rating companies — there’s no way I would have believed you. That’s what happened this week, though. Continue reading »

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Apr 27

H.R. 3523: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (On Passage of the Bill) (GovTrack.us)

And like with the NDAA Ron Paul didn’t vote!

Related info:

SOPA Mutates Into Much Worse CISPA, The Latest Threat To Internet Free Speech

CISPA Bill To Obliterate Privacy Laws Under Guise of Cybersecurity, A Blank Check of Privacy Invasion

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Apr 27

Related info:

SOPA Mutates Into Much Worse CISPA, The Latest Threat To Internet Free Speech


CISPA Bill To Obliterate Privacy Laws Under Guise of Cybersecurity, A Blank Check of Privacy Invasion (Hot Hardware, April 26, 2012):

There’s a bill currently up for debate in the US House of Representatives that would give companies and government agencies the right to share information when issues of cybersecurity were at stake. If the first thing you thought after reading that was “Wait, don’t we already do this,” the answer is “Yes, we do.” The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is drawing fire for certain provisions that drastically expand the definition of what data can be shared and for the way they handle existing data protections.

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Apr 27

US Companies Are Furiously Creating Jobs… Abroad (ZeroHedge, April  27, 2012):

Whatever one thinks of the practical implications of the Kalecki equation (and as we pointed out a month ago, GMO’s James Montier sure doesn’t think much particularly when one accounts for the ever critical issue of asset depreciation), it intuitively has one important implication: every incremental dollar of debt created at the public level during a time of stagnant growth (such as Q1 2012 as already shown earlier) should offset one dollar of deleveraging in the private sector. In turn, this should facilitate the growth of private America so it can eventually take back the reins of debt creation back from the public sector (and ostensibly help it delever, although that would mean running a surplus – something America has done only once in the post-war period). This growth would manifest itself directly by the hiring of Americans by US corporations, small, medium and large, who in turn, courtesy of their newly found job safety, would proceed to spend, and slowly but surely restart the frozen velocity of money which would then spur inflation, growth, public sector deleveraging, and all those other things we learn about in Econ 101. All of the above works… in theory. In practice, not so much. Because as the WSJ demonstrates, in the period 2009-2011, America’s largest multinational companies: those who benefit the most from the public sector increasing its debt/GDP to the most since WWII, or just over 100% and rapidly rising, and thus those who should return the favor by hiring American workers, have instead hired three times as many foreigners as they have hired US workers. Those among us cynically inclined could say, correctly, that the US is incurring record levels of leverage to fund foreign leverage, foreign employment, and, most importantly, foreign leverage.

Wonder why the BLS is forced to use such now pathetic trickery as collapsing the labor pool by double the natural rate of growth of the labor pool to make it seem that US unemployment is declining? Simple. The WSJ explains: Continue reading »

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Apr 27

FYI.

See also:

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: Ron Paul Wins Iowa & Minnesota (Video – April 23, 2012)



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Apr 27

–  Osama bin Laden’s family leaving Pakistan (CBS News, April 26, 2012):

ISLAMABAD – Osama bin Laden’s three wives and 11 children were cleared to leave Pakistan Thursday night, having spent the past year in the south Asian country after U.S. Navy SEALs tracked and killed the world’s most hunted terrorist in the northern city of Abbottabad, the family’s lawyer told CBS News.

“They have been cleared to leave Pakistan. They are heading to Saudi Arabia in a little while,” said Aamir Khalil, the family’s Pakistani lawyer, who spoke to CBS News after midnight local time Thursday.

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Apr 27

Related info:

Europe’s Scariest Chart Just Got Scarier

This is not a recession. This is the Greatest Depression.


Spanish unemployment hits record 5.64 million (BBC News, April 27, 2012):

Spanish unemployment has hit a new record high, official figures have shown.

The number of unemployed people reached 5,639,500 at the end of March, with the unemployment rate hitting 24.4%, the national statistics agency said.

The figures came hours after rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded Spanish sovereign debt.

Official figures due out on Monday are expected to confirm that Spain has fallen back into recession.

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Apr 27



US to move marines out of Japan (Guardian, April 27, 2012):

Japanese ministers give their reaction to a deal involving the relocation of 9,000 US military personnel Link to this video

Japan and the US have agreed to relocate thousands of US marines from Okinawa in a move aimed at reducing the island’s military burden amid lingering anger among residents over pollution, accidents and crime.

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Apr 27

Cardinal given ‘pontifical mandate’ to hunt Holy See staffers releasing documents on corruption claims in ‘Vatileaks’ scandal


Cardinal Julian Herranz has been used as an enforcer by the pope before during Vatican inquiries. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Pope calls in Opus Dei troubleshooter to uncover source of Vatican leaks (Guardian, April 26, 2012):

Vatican staffers who have been leaking embarrassing letters about corruption and nepotism inside the tiny city state are to be hunted down by a crack squad of cardinals led by a senior member of the religious group Opus Dei.

Irritated by the anonymous release of documents to the press this year, Pope Benedict has named Cardinal Julian Herranz, 82, to lead a three-man team which will haul in staffers for questioning and rifle through files until they catch the perpetrators of what has been dubbed “Vatileaks”.

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Apr 27

And by the way:

The Gerson Therapy cures diabetes II within 7 to 14 days. And that is not an advice. It’s a fact!


Health blogger threatened with jail time for advocating Paleo diet that cured his diabetes (Natural News, April 26, 2012):

Internet free speech is under assault in America, and a dangerous new trend has surfaced that threatens to throw nutritional bloggers in jail for advocating healthy diets on their blogs or websites. As you read this, a blogger who wrote about using the Paleo diet to overcome diabetes is being threatened with jail time in North Carolina, where the state Board of Dietetics / Nutrition claims his nutritional advocacy is equivalent to the crime of “practicing nutrition without a license.”

His name is Steve Cooksey, and his website is http://www.diabetes-warrior.net

He’s being targeted by state “dieticians” (which is another word for “nutritional moron” as you’ll see below) who say that Chapter 90, Article 25 of the North Carolina General Statutes makes it a misdemeanor to “practice dietetics or nutrition.” His website’s advocating of the Paleo diet for individuals who have health challenges is, they claim, a violation of law.

So they’ve threatened him with arrest if he does not take down his website… or at the very least stop advocating the Paleo diet to readers.

Criminalizing health advice

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Apr 27

Why Did Russia Ban The Use of Microwave Ovens? (Apparently Apparel, Aug 18, 2011)

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Apr 27

Don’t believe weaponized weather modification is real? The United Nations does! (The Golden Rule, April 4, 2012):

Environmental Modification Convention

The Environmental Modification Convention (ENMOD), formally the Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques is an international treaty prohibiting the military or other hostile use of environmental modification techniques. It opened for signature on 18 May 1977 in Geneva and entered into force on 5 October 1978. The Convention bans weather warfare, which is the use of weather modification techniques for the purposes of inducing damage or destruction. The Convention on Biological Diversity of 2010 would also ban some forms of weather modification or geoengineering.[2]

The contents of the treaty can be found below:

CONVENTION ON THE PROHIBITION OF MILITARY OR ANY OTHER HOSTILE USE OF ENVIRONMENTAL MODIFICATION TECHNIQUES


Signed in Geneva May 18, 1977
Entered into force October 5, 1978
Ratification by U.S. President December 13, 1979
U.S. ratification deposited at New York January 17, 1980

The States Parties to this Convention,

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Apr 26

Related info::

Obama Regime Seizes Family Farms Bank Accounts

DHS Buys Enough Ammo To Wage Seven-Year War Against The American People

America: A Government Totally Out Of Control (Video)

US Government Plans To Destroy 4 Clean Energy Hydro Dams In Top Condition At The Klamath River That Supply Electricity To 70,000 Residents In The Area (Video)

Obama Regime Seizes Control Over All Food, Farms, Livestock, Farm Equipment, Fertilizer And Food Production Across America Per Executive Order

Flashback:

– Former governor Jesse Ventura Conspiracy Theory: Police State (And FEMA Concentration Camps) – Full Length Video

USDA: No strategic grain reserves … they sold them!


James Wesley Rawles is a former US Army intelligence officer who, for the last two decades, has authored bestselling books and top blogs on preparedness.


YouTube Added: 17.04.2012

@Amazon.com:

Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse:


Strategic Relocation – North American Guide to Safe Places:

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Apr 26


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Description:

Land dust is blown in the downtown and residential area from the radiation-contaminated farm land with the level of several thousands of becquerel per square meter.

All black dust has been also blown away and gone.

Protection against internal exposure is a must but the administration will never take action!

Source: The wind of one thousand Bq (Oyama Koichi’s blog, April 21, 2012):

This is English-translated version of Oyama Koichi’s blog, who is a member of the city council of Minamisōma city in Fukushima.

Minamisōma has been suffering from disastrous damage caused by the Tōhoku earthquake on March 11, 2011.

Moreover, the city is only about 25 kilometers north of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, the site of the nuclear accident that followed the earthquake and tsunami. Much of the city lies within the mandated evacuation zone near the plant, and thus most of the residents were
forced to leave.

But Mr. Oyama still stays in the city and keeps on reporting what’s happening there and what he suspects the authorities try to hide.

We hope this blog will let you know what he would like to tell us, literally putting his life on the line.

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Apr 26

14,210 Bq/Kg of cesium beside school in Chiba (Fukushima Diary, April 25, 2012):

Noda city Chiba measured 14,210 Bq/Kg and 8,650 Bq/Kg of cesium from soil taken in street gutters beside schools, announced on 4/24/2012.

On 4/17/2012, Noda city took samples from street gutters beside 6 elementary schools and 2 junior high schools. They measured 14,210 Bq/Kg and 8,650 Bq/Kg of cesium at 2 of 8 locations but it is not announced where those 2 locations are.

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Apr 26

#Radioactive Japan: Small Children Polish Mailboxes in High Radiation Area of Date City, #Fukushima (EX-SKF, April 26, 2012):

Horror never ends.

I posted the photo of a peach juice can from JA Date City in Fukushima the other day. The juice had 34 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium.

Here’s the photo of kindergarten children in the same Date City cleaning the mailbox in appreciation for the hard work by mailmen every day. This particular district of Date City, Ryozen-machi, is 50 kilometers from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. The district is dotted with known “hot spots” with elevated radiation. Many locations measured by the city exceeded 1 microsievert/hour at 1 meter off the ground, some exceeding 3 microsieverts/hour (parks) last year. Even at the end of March this year, the highest is 1.28 microsievert/hour in a park at 1 meter off the ground.

That didn’t stop this particular kindergarten from going through with the routine of thanking the mailmen. I wonder if they did it last year also.

From Fukushima’s local paper Fukushima Minyu (4/21/2012; link added):

園児が感謝のポスト清掃 「郵政記念日」で活動

Kindergarteners clean mailboxes to show appreciation, as activity for “Memorial Day for Postal Services”

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Apr 26

White House approves broader Yemen drone campaign (Washington Post, April 26, 2012):

The United States has begun launching drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen under new authority approved by President Obama that allows the CIA and the military to fire even when the identity of those who could be killed is not known, U.S. officials said.

The policy shift marks a significant expansion of the clandestine drone war against an al-Qaeda affiliate that has seized large ­pieces of territory in Yemen and is linked to a series of terrorist plots against the United States.

U.S. officials said that Obama approved the use of “signature” strikes this month and that the killing of an al-Qaeda operative near the border of Yemen’s Marib province this week was among the first attacks carried out under the new authority.

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Apr 26

Cesium emission from reactor 2 increased 700% (Fukushima Diary, April 25, 2012)

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Apr 26

See also:

Blackhawk Choppers Buzz Chicago Skyscrapers – OEMC: Military Is Conducting Training Sessions (Video)


Milwaukee Red Cross Told To Prep For Chicago Evacuation During NATO Summit (CBS, April 25, 2012):

CHICAGO (CBS) – Is there a secret plan to evacuate some residents of Chicago in the event of major trouble during the NATO summit next month? CBS 2 has uncovered some evidence that there is. It comes from the Milwaukee area branch of the American Red Cross.

CBS 2 News has obtained a copy of a Red Cross e-mail sent to volunteers in the Milwaukee area.

It said the NATO summit “may create unrest or another national security incident. The American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.”

According to a chapter spokesperson, the evacuation plan is not theirs alone.

“Our direction has come from the City of Chicago and the Secret Service,” she said.

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Apr 26

You can’t make this stuff up!

George Carlin: The American Dream (Video)

George Carlin: The Illusion Of Freedom – ‘This Country Finshed!’ (Video)

The Onion:

Diebold accidently leaks 2012 election results:


Spanish company contracts with 900 U.S. jurisdictions to count votes (Examiner, April 13, 2012):

In a follow up investigation to an earlier report today concerning the outsourcing of vote tabulations for the Nov. 2012 elections in the U.S., this reporter has learned that SCYTL, a Spanish corporation run by a major Obama contributor, has contracted with 900 local jurisdictions in over 14 states to count the votes in the Presidential election.

According to SCYTL’s website, the company’s software will be used to report election results in the state of Arkansas along with 13 other states:

“Scytl’s election management subsidiary, SOE Software, has recently been selected by the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Division of Elections to provide its Clarity ENR solution and enhance the State’s web presentation of Election Night Results. With this selection, Arkansas will join over 800 Election jurisdictions in 13 states that leverage the industry leading election results solution.  Clarity ENR presents results data graphically through the utilization of maps, bar charts, totals and downloadable reports. Ballot contest and/or issue information may be presented at the state and county level with granular detail provided down to a specific voting precinct. The solution will empower every web visitor with access to user friendly presentation of voting data to include contest details, status of counties / precincts reporting, voter turnout, vote type summaries and more.”

In addition, SCYTL has contracted with the state of Virginia to develop new technology that will be used to tabulate absentee and military votes.

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Apr 26

Water Fluoridation Persists Despite Being Unhealthy for Infants (Natural Society, April 25, 2012):

Recently, the Senate has taken up an issue that may actually benefit the general public – this time specifically, it’s regarding the mass medication that is omnipresent in everyone’s water supply, sodium fluoride. The largest state legislature in the US recently passed a bill that requires all water bills to warn parents with infants of the dangers revolving around fluoride and water fluoridation- but only associated with infancy and excluding just about everyone else, to no great surprise.

Fluoride Exposure to Infants is Unhealthy, Water Fluoridation Persists

The warning reads as follows:

Your public water supply is fluoridated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if your child under the age of 6 months is exclusively consuming infant formula reconstituted with fluoridated water, there may be an increased chance of dental fluorosis. Consult your child’s health care provider for more information.”

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Apr 26

See also:

Israel Will Attack Iran If May 23 Nuke Talks Fail: Report

Flashback:

Heads Of Mossad And Shin Bet May Have Leaked Plans For Attack On Iran, PM Netanyahu Orders An Investigation (Guardian, Nov. 3, 2011):

… the main suspects are the former heads of the Mossad and the Shin Bet, respectively Israel’s foreign and domestic intelligence agencies.Netanyahu is said to believe that the two, Meir Dagan and Yuval Diskin, wanted to torpedo plans being drawn up by him and Ehud Barak, the defence minister, to hit Iranian nuclear sites.

In January the recently retired Dagan, a hawk when he was running the Mossad, called an attack on Iranthe stupidest idea I’ve ever heard“.


Israeli Military Chief: Iran Won’t Develop Nuclear Weapons (Antiwar, April 24, 2012):

Adding to the hope that the constant threats of war are empty ones, Israeli military chief Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz today expressed confidence of a diplomatic solution with Iran, adding that he didn’t think Iran would attempt to develop nuclear weapons.

The comments, made in a high profile interview with Israeli newspaper Haaretz on the occasion of Israeli Independence Day, also include an admonishment to avoid “hysteria” about Iran’s program. This probably won’t sit well with the nation’s civilian leadership, which is constantly claiming Iran is “close” to nuclear weapons capability.

The interview in the Israeli press was in stark contrast to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s interview with US media outlet CNN, in which he insisted that there were no questions about Iran’s nuclear weapons program and that the international sanctions had “better work soon.

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Apr 26

From the article:

Mr. Zolotoverkh, 58, who is in charge of managing the Zone, says there is no chance that decontamination will be resumed, adding, “No one will be allowed to return, not after decades, not after centuries.”

With clean-up around Chernobyl abandoned, what can Japan learn from 1986 disaster? (Mainichi, April 25, 2012):

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine — April 26 will mark the 26th anniversary of the worst case of nuclear contamination in history: the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Since the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in March last year, the Japanese government has shown interest in decontamination and other projects around Chernobyl as a reference point for efforts to deal with its own nuclear disaster.

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Apr 26


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Apr 26


(L-R) Associate Professor Tim Schmidt and his research partner Dr Klaus Lips at the Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Energy have made a breakthrough in solar cell technology. [Image: HZB/Philipp Dera]

Breakthrough in solar cell efficiency (University of Sydney, April 18, 2012):

Low cost solar cells suitable for rooftop panels could reach a record-breaking 40 percent efficiency following an early stage breakthrough by a University of Sydney researcher and his German partners.

With Australian Solar Institute support, Associate Professor Tim Schmidt from the University’s School of Chemistry, together with the Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy, has developed a “turbo for solar cells”, called photochemical upconversion that allows energy, normally lost in solar cells, to be turned into electricity.

The finding has been published in the Energy & Environmental Science journal.

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Apr 26

Man Tries To Relinquish US Citizenship. Application Denied (ZeroHedge, April 26, 2012):

I was approached recently by a member of our Sovereign Man community who filed the paperwork to relinquish US citizenship some time ago. Long story short, after an incomprehensibly long wait, the US government finally sent him a reply: Application DENIED.

Absolutely shocking. That you even have to ‘apply’ to relinquish what you never signed up for is intellectually insulting. That you cannot do so freely, and immediately, is nothing short of totalitarian.

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Apr 26

7 medicinal herbs and spices that help lower blood pressure (Natural News, April 26, 2012):

High blood pressure is an epidemic that is currently sweeping across America. The fast lifestyle of fast food, soda and stress is starting to catch up on the average American, so much so that an estimated one in every three Americans has high blood pressure. This puts them at risk of heart disease, stroke and even kidney disease. Moreover, this condition is costing the country 93.5 billion dollars in health care services.

Putting too much faith in the medical establishment to find a cure for your high blood pressure may no longer be advisable in the least. The number of prescription drugs on the market and the cascade of variations suggest that a cure for blood pressure is not in the offing anytime soon.
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Apr 26

Germany Folding? Europe’s Insolvent Banks To Get Direct Funding From ESM (ZeroHedge, April 26, 2012):

We start today’s story of the day by pointing out that Deutsche Bank – easily Europe’s most critical financial institution – reported results that were far worse than expected, following a decline in equity and debt trading revenues of 23% and 8%, but primarily due to Europe simply “not being fixed yet” despite what its various politicians tell us. And if DB is still impaired, then something else will have to give. Next, we go to none other than Deutsche Bank strategist Jim Reid, who in his daily Morning Reid piece, reminds the world that with austerity still the primary driver in a double dipping Europe (luckily… at least for now, because no matter how many economists repeat the dogmatic mantra, more debt will never fix an excess debt problem, and in reality austerity is the wrong word – the right one is deleveraging) to wit: “an unconditional ECB is probably what Europe needs now given the austerity drive.” However, as German taxpayers who will never fall for unconditional money printing by the ECB (at least someone remembers the Weimar case), the ECB will likely have to keep coming up with creative solutions. Which bring us to the story du jour brought by Suddeutsche Zeitung, according to which the ECB and countries that use the euro are working on an initiative to allow cash-strapped banks direct access to funding from the European Stability Mechanism. As a reminder, both Germany and the ECB have been against this kind of direct uncollateralized, unsterilized injections, so this move is likely a precursor to even more pervasive easing by the European central bank, with the only question being how many headlines of denials by Schauble will hit the tape before this plan is approved. And if all eyes are again back on the ECB, does it mean that the recent distraction face by the IMF can now be forgotten, and more importantly, if the ECB is once again prepping to reliquify, just how bad are things again in Europe? And what happens if this time around the plan to fix a solvency problem with more electronic 1s and 0s does not work?

Here is Deutsche Bank’s Jim Reid redirecting attention back to where it was all throughout the summer and fall of 2011, until the new Goldman-based head of the ECB relented days after his appointment: Continue reading »

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Apr 26

Before:

Congressional Investigators: MF Global’s Jon Corzine Ordered Funds Moved To JP Morgan

CFTC Pulls ‘JPMorgan Whistleblower’ Letter


Missing $1.6 Billion MF Global Funds: Traced!(New York magazine, April 25, 2012):

The high-stakes game of lost-and-found for the missing $1.6 billion MF Global funds apparently reached a conclusion on Tuesday. According to CNN Money, investigators hunting the funds in the wake of the Jon Corzine–led brokerage firm’s collapse located the massive sums of customer money. “We can trace where the cash and securities in the firm went, and that we’ve done,” James Giddens, a trustee overseeing MF Global’s liquidation, told the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, adding that the investigation is “substantially concluded.”

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Apr 26

Adya Clarity co. being sued for misrepresentation, fraud, by Matt Monarch – Raw Food World (Natural News, April 24, 2012)

Consumer alert: Black mica extract, Adya Clarity still being sold as dietary supplement across USA (Natural News, April 24, 2012)

Video: Adya Clarity founder Matt Bakos caught making fraudulent health claims, insisting minerals will “will penetrate to your bone marrow” (Natural News, April 24, 2012)

Related info:

Adya Clarity’s Top Distributor Issues Full Apology, Product Recall

Consumer Alert: Adya Clarity Contains 1200 Mg ALUMINUM SULFATE Per Liter

 

 

Consumer alert: Black mica extract, Adya Clarity still being sold as dietary supplement across USA

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Apr 25

#Radioactive Japan: People Invited to Eat Cesium Beef from Iwate (EX-SKF, April 25, 2012):

This is the copy of the printed version of Fukushima Minpo on April 25, 2012, a local newspaper in Fukushima:

The reporter signs off as “Kyodo News”, but reading the postscript part of the article it is clear that this is the original Fukushima Minpo article. It was probably fed to Kyodo News, as Fukushima Minpo is a member of Kyodo News.

What does it say?

The series title in the upper right corner: “New Happiness in Japan – Measure”

The article title in the middle: “Think what “food safety” means”

The subtitle of the article: “Cesium beef offered at an event”

From this information, if you conjure up the image of the gist of the article as “OK, the happiness in Japan in post-Fukushima is to gladly eat beef known to contain radioactive cesium to help producers as long as it is measured and disclosed properly, and that’s food safety”, I’ll give you an A.

Quick translation (main article only, subject to revision later, maybe):

It was quiet in the office district on Sunday. It was March 11 afternoon, one year anniversary of the disaster. Couples with children, middle-aged men in jeans were entering a 12-story public building off the busy streets in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

On the tables in the kitchen that is used for cooking classes were the plates with hamburgers just cooked. Mitsuhiro Anada (age 40) told the people in the kitchen, These contain 6 becquerels/kg [of radioactive cesium]. Please let me know if you don’t want to eat them. We have also prepared cesium-free ones.” About 30 people then sat at the table and started to eat.

Mr. Anada is the head of “Mo-ton Family”, a meat processing company located in the northern Iwate. The event, “Let’s eat cesium beef” came about after calling the customers who buy ham, hamburger meat and sausages from his company by mail order.

The main dishes are the hamburgers and beef stew made from the beef that had been detected with radioactive cesium. Both dishes tested far below the provisional safety limit (500 becquerels/kg [it was still the provisional safety limit in March this year]).

I wanted the consumers to think about what “food safety” means, by showing the number [of radioactive cesium measurement] and having them eat [the meat], said Anada when asked why he held this event.

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Apr 25

More and more mutated dandelions in Tokyo (Fukushima Diary, April 25, 2012)

Farm gets full of mutated dandelions in Saitama (Fukushima Diary, April 25, 2012)

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Apr 25


YouTube Added: 23.04.2012

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Fish habitat or human habitat? The Department of Interior plans to destroy four dams on the Klamath River in Northern California so salmon can swim further than 180 miles up the river. But these dams provide water and flood protection to thousands of humans who also live along the river. Clean energy from these hydro dams supply electricity to 70,000 residents in the area. Despite a lack of scientific evidence that dam removal will help the fish, or any study on the human impact of dam removal, the DOI is pressing forward to have the dams destroyed. When their own scientist, Dr. Paul Houser, questions the science – he gets fired.

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Apr 25

After a bargain? Own a three bedroom home in Detroit for JUST $500…as the city is revealed to have the cheapest housing in the U.S (Daily Mail, April 24, 2012)

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Apr 25

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Insane Japan: 10 Osaka Elementary School Students Diagnosed With ‘HEAT STROKE’ And Hospitalized – Actual Temperature Was Only 22.1℃


2 high school students got heat stroke in 22.9℃ (Fukushima Diary, April 24, 2012):

2 high school students were hospitalized for heat stroke in Kasaoka city Okayama.

They are 15~16 and 16~17 years old male students. They became sick while they were running for the succor club activity at 17:00 of 4/24/2012.

The highest temperature of the day was 22.9℃.

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