- US may face inevitable nuclear power exit (PHYS.org, May 1, 2013):
In a 2012 report, the Obama administration announced that it was “jumpstarting” the nuclear industry. Because of the industry’s long history of permitting problems, cost overruns, and construction delays, financial markets have been wary of backing new nuclear construction for decades. The supposed “nuclear renaissance” ballyhooed in the first decade of this century never materialized. And then came Fukushima, a disaster that pushed countries around the world to ask: Should nuclear power be part of the energy future? In the third and final issue in a series focused on nuclear exits, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE, turns its attention to the United States and looks at whether the country’s business-as-usual approach may yet lead to a nuclear phase-out for economic reasons.
- Peter Schiff: The Fed’s Rose-Colored Recovery (Lew Rockwell, May 3, 2013):
Yesterday, on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Peter Schiff explained how the Fed’s stimulus has only delayed the real recession that will ultimately trigger a dollar collapse, and why Japan is stewing in the same brew of bad money.
“The bottom will drop out of the dollar. The US dollar is going to lose a lot of value. Not only against goods, but against other fiat currencies. The dollar is going to go down, that’s going to push prices up higher in the United States, consumer prices. Eventually the Fed is going to have to turn off the presses in order to save the dollar and that’s when the real fun begins, because that’s when this whole bubble economy implodes…”
- The US Spends Millions To Cover Sexual Assault In The Military (Business Insider/The Fiscal Times, April 30, 2013):
The Veterans Affairs department spent almost $872 million in 2010 to deal with the health impacts of sexual assaults on former military personnel. This figure is based on the $10,880 dollars the Veterans Administration spends to treat each sexual assault victim after he or she leaves the service.
The $872 million does not include costs for victims still in the military.
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- Plastic bags, tape, broomsticks fix San Onofre leak (ABC 10News, April 30, 2013):
SAN DIEGO – An inside source gave Team 10 a picture snapped inside the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) showing plastic bags, masking tape and broom sticks used to stem a massive leaky pipe.
San Onofre owner Southern California Edison (SCE), confirms the picture was taken inside Unit Three, but did not say when. The anonymous source said the picture was taken in December 2012.
Unit Three is the same unit that leaked radiation in January 2012. SONGS has been shutdown since then as a precaution.
“[Staff] identified a small leak in the water box and will perform maintenance per our scheduling process,” SCE spokeswoman Maureen Brown wrote in a statement. “In the meantime, plastic is in place to direct the water from the small leak to a drain.”
“If that’s nuclear technology at work and that’s how we’re going to control leaks I think the public should know,” the inside source said.
- Belarus may sell S-300 systems to Syria (Belarusian News, April 24, 2013):
Four S-300 systems, which will be shipped to Belarus by Russia, may be re-sold to pariah countries.
This is how general Valer Fralou commented for the charter97.org web-site in the shipment of air-to-surface missile systems S-30 and the deployment of a Russian aviation base in Belarus.
- Radioactive Mud In Fukushima School Pools Tops 100,000 Becquerels (Asahi Shimbun, April 22, 2013):
FUKUSHIMA—Radioactive cesium levels exceeding 100,000 becquerels per kilogram were measured in mud accumulated at the bottom of swimming pools at two high schools in and around Fukushima city.
Mud in the pool of a third high school in Minami-Soma, which is closer to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, showed at least 8,000 becquerels per kilogram.