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Thursday, May 31, 2012
This episode of the show covers the Chicago Boeing protests, Teachers' Union demos and Stand Up Chicago anti-corporate tax dodgers protest. OWS Week's correspondents also attended the Occupy general assembly for planning in Washington and Chicago and compiled a report on Occupy farms: A movement to counter genetically modified crops.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
All eyes turn towards Chicago, beginning May 17th, as 99 percenters rode solidarity bosses from New York City and other cities across the country to meet up with fellow patriots and protest against NATO.
NATO has killed many civilians in Afghanistan, bombed Libya into the Stone Age to plunder its oil. This is while it ignores repressive regimes in Bahrain, Yemen and Egypt.
NATO forces, backed by the US, invaded Iraq and as a result Iraqi petroleum sources ended up in Western hands. Cuts are being made to healthcare and students are being crushed by a trillion-dollar debt.
In a protest against NATO warmongering policies, veterans returned their medals. They protested the huge amounts of money being spent on wars at a time of austerity.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
This was a must share for me. Ms. Arundhati's words have always carried much weight with me and as a music fan, I am hard pressed to find a better 'soundtrack' for her words. Includes music by Curve, Dead Can Dance, Nine Inch Nails, Love and Rockets and more...
Well done, anonymous ninja artists. Well done.
It visualizes the words of Arundhati Roy, specifically her famous Come September speech, where she spoke on such things as the war on terror, corporate globalization, justice and the growing civil unrest.
It's witty, moving, alarming and quite a lesson in modern history.
We is almost in the style of a continuous music video. The music used sets the pace and serves as wonderful background for the words of Ms. Roy and images of humanity in the world we live all in today.
We is a completely free documentary, created and released anonymously on the internet.
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submitted by Gabrielle Price
Japanese officials have raised the allowable amount of radiation from one millisievert to 20 millisieverts after the accident. This will result in an increased incidence of cancer. The public is being mis-led by government. We need to be fully informed with correct information -- which is difficult to wade through in several different groups as it is coming in fast and daily. It is not my intention to alarm people unnecessarily but we're past the point of sugarcoating what these governments aren't doing and what they feel is 'the right thing to do for the bottom line' rather than to get the information to the public who will be effected by the contamination already released. Another earthquake could mean the irradiation of Northern Hempisphere of the planet which would make uninhabitable.
I gain nothing by sharing this information, I earn no money from any group, I have no industry ties and no institutional affiliations -- I am here to warn you to protect yourselves and your family as best you can. I do this work on donations only -- as a researcher, news analyst and mother, my concern is the planet and the health of the creatures and humans on it.
As of today, there is no word of containment -- no word of plans for containment. So please sign the petition in solidarity with the 72 Japanese signatories to urge UN action to facilitate a global response to this ongoing emergency.
Nuclear power is not something to be politicized or trifled with -- it is dangerous and those who lie about its effects are no more safe in denying that fact than if they were to stand in a hurricane and say the weather is fine. Food and products are shipped from Japan and other areas effected by this fallout -- it is more than reasonable for us to want to know the truth about what is being done to contain this fallout.
One main reason why I do not believe that any nuclear corporate entity has the right intention and why we as a collective whole need to demand this situation be addressed:
From December 27th, 2011 - The Australian:
They admit it...but that doesn't mean it 'goes away' -- it just means they will not take responsibility for it.
Denial doesn't make you safe -- it makes you sick unless you learn from and prevent further mistakes.
|We need to work together -- we are our own civil defense. Step up.|
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submitted by Gabrielle Price
h/t to Occupy NRC
Feel free to copy and paste this message in its entirety with your community.
As a group founded by mothers concerned about the realities of the nuclear industry with 600+ members and growing from around the world including Japan, we at Occupy the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) want to make sure that you are aware of the following for the health and well-being of families everywhere:
#1. If reactor 4 blows up in Fukushima it has enough nuclear power to take out the entire northern hemisphere.
#2. After the Chernobyl accident, many people who didn’t need to be poisoned by the nuclear disaster were. They got cancer. They ended up with mutated DNA that severely affected generations to this day. Do you know why? Because they ate food that had been contaminated from the initial fallout.
This problem will be magnified substantially around the world in the case with Japan b/c unlike Russia back in the 1980s, Japan sends food ingredients all over the world. In the United States for example, big food manufacturers like Kellogg’s, General Mills, PEPSICO (makers of Gatorade, Frito-Lay products, Quaker, etc,) have all said they are getting ingredients from Japan but they won’t say what it is they are getting citing “proprietary information” : basically none of your business to know.
In essence if you live in the US and you want to avoid consuming something from Japan, you can’t. Japanese ingredients are also going into medicines, make up, animal feed, and a myriad of other products. Citizens have a right to access to this information so if they want to avoid eating it, they can. This petition gives citizens that right.
Here is a great piece done by Food and Water Watch back in 2011 http://documents.foodandwaterwatch.org/doc/food-radiation.pdf
#3 Consumables being exported out of Japan need to be better monitored for potential contamination. Individual countries need better monitoring of their food, water, and soil too.
#4 Seventy-two Japanese organizations are asking for help. We need to help them, for the health and well being of their families and for the health and well being of all families around the world.
Many thanks to the Occupy the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) page on Facebook. Join them by clicking the 'like' box in the upper left column of this blog or visit them here.
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Monday, May 21, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
This episode of the show reviews protest actions from BoA Charlotte North Carolina to New York Hunger strike. The program also attempts to highlight the large number of deaths among US war veterans on their return to "civi-street" from tours of duty overseas. OWS Week has for a one-off included the massive European Occupy protests with over a million 99ers taking part in the UK, Spain and Germany.
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Next week's show should be chock full of footage from the massive
G8 and NATO protests scheduled this weekend.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
submitted by Gabrielle Price
In regards to the daily news coming out of Japan and the lack of coverage here in the US, I am afraid we have a lot of work ahead of us. It can be done -- we just have to have the will and courage to act. After hearing these two interviews -- I have decided to add the companies and media outlets mentioned below, to the growing list of recipients on the global Fukushima petition. This will be sent on June 1st, so sign it now -- time is quite literally not on our side.
There is nothing left to lose. Occupy Mainstream Media and the NRC and save the world.
I am working on several projects that I hope will be live before Sunday. I intend on making the biggest Gonzo stink I have ever made in my 44 years of existence -- if I go out -- it will be in a blaze of glory and I hope you will join this 'Mission Possible' team.
Until then, you must learn up. Know this information and get it out there. No journalist: professional or citizen worth their salt is excused from duty. Especially if you have an internet connection. There are no more acceptable excuses. Your pen is now your sword - wield it well. ~ Gabrielle
Flashpoints Daily Newsmag 05/06/12 - Fukushima reactor 4 still threatens the world as we know it.
The following interview is an entire hour with Dr. Micio Kaku. He is quoted here from the following audio: "Unit 2 we now know completely liquified. We’ve never seen this before in the history of nuclear power. A 100% liquification of a uranium core."
Flashpoints Daily Newsmag 05/14/12. Fukushima melt down update. [And Interview with Carlos Montes] Fukushima portion of the show begins at 14:00 with an interview with Dr. Karl Grossman and another segment from Dr. Micio Kaku.
Dr. Grossman explains the problem with the media blackouts here in the US. Corporate incestuousness between American nuclear industry, the Japanese companies who bought out GE and Westinghouse [who own and have designed the majority of US nuclear plants] and the fact that these two companies also own or have owned a large majority stake in mainstream media outlets in the US. [For instance, NBC, CBS]
From April 2012:
Dr. Helen Caldicott Fukushima Radiation and Northern Hemisphere
Dr. Caldicott referred to this as a process of "cover-up and psychic numbing." It's working. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission just approved two new nuclear power plants the week of 4/2/12 in South Carolina, in addition to the two approved earlier this year in Georgia. Dr. Caldicott talks about the dangers and hidden costs of nuclear power then tells the awful truth in detail about the actual scale of the Fukushima disaster and compares it to the nuclear disasters of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. Recent studies estimated that a million people have died so far from Chernobyl. Dr. Helen Caldicott is a physician, Nobel Peace Prize winner, noted author, anti-nuclear power advocate and has founded numerous national and international groups which oppose nuclear power & weapons, including Physicians for Social Responsibility. Find her website here.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
submitted by Gabrielle Price
SUBJECT: THE PEOPLE ARE ON TO YOU
SUBJECT: THE PEOPLE ARE ON TO YOU
CC: Wall Street, To Big To Fail Banks, Mainstream Media, Oil Companies, Natural Gas Industry, Monsanto, Nuclear Industry, Pharmaceutical Companies, Public Relations Firms and your Corporate Government Accomplices.
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Monday, May 14, 2012
submitted by Gabrielle Price
May 14, 2012
May 14, 2012
Maj. Gen. Albert N. Stubblebine III (US Army Ret.), President of the Natural Solutions Foundation, an international NGO (non-governmental organization), released a 27 minute public service Estimate of Situation about Fukushima, Japan focusing on the immediate threat to the Northern Hemisphere emanating from the highly radioactive ruins of the 5 Fukushima nuclear reactors.
Maj. Gen. Stubblebine has issued previous warnings about the swine flu vaccination and most notably, a warning about GMO foods which sparked a national conversation and movements all over the US to educate the public and push for labeling.
Gen. Stubblebine’s prognosis of Fukushima is dire: “When the highly radioactive Spent Fuel Rods are exposed to air, there will be massive explosions releasing many times the amount or radiation released thus far. Bizarrely, they are stored three stories above ground in open concrete storage pools. Whether through evaporation of the water in the pools, or due to the inevitable further collapse of the structure, there is a severe risk. United States public health authorities agree that tens of thousands of North Americans have already died from the Fukushima calamity. When the final cataclysm occurs, sooner rather than later, the whole Northern Hemisphere is at risk of becoming largely uninhabitable.”
General Stubblebine details the amounts of radioactive materials that will be propelled across the Pacific and across the United States if the Fukushima reactor structures (especially Spent Fuel Pool Number 4) collapse. With over 15,000 ‘spent fuel rods’ on the site, the Fukushima reactors have accumulated one of the largest stockpiles of these dangerous, intensely radioactive materials on the planet. No remediation work is being done at the site; there is no official remedial planning or disaster preparation. No private remediation, or public discussion of the need for it, is permitted by the Government of Japan under its new suppression of nuclear discussion laws.
The Natural Solutions Foundation joins seventy Japanese NGOs in calling upon the Secretary General of the United Nations and Prime Minister of Japan last month to coordinate emergency action to shore-up critical structures now at imminent risk of collapse. [This petition lists 72 Japanese NGOs and has now been signed by over 1500 concerned global citizens. It will also be sent to the UN and several other officials, world leaders, notable activists and high profile people on the heels of these efforts to get this information on many radars -- sign it here.]
It has been variously estimated, that a relatively mild earthquake (i.e., 5.0 or greater) will collapse the previously damaged Spent Fuel Rod holding tank of Unit No. 4, containing 85 times the amount of radioactive Cesium137 contained in Chernobyl’s now-entombed reactor. An estimated 1 Million Europeans are believed to have died as a direct result of that radiation emission following the nuclear explosion of Chernobyl.
As a humanitarian, strategist, intelligence analyst, father and grandfather, General Bert understands that doing nothing is, quite simply, not an option. Following his incisive Estimate of Situation, General Bert’s free public service video outlines four simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. Please share this link with all your circles of influence.
The Trustees of the Natural Solutions Foundation, the largest health freedom organization in the world, urge your participation in disseminating this message since the mainstream media has remained curiously silent in the United States on this massive increase in radiation. The lack of information is, however, a matter of State policy in Japan where it is now a felony offense to discuss negative aspects of either nuclear power or the Fukushima situation in particular.
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Sunday, May 13, 2012
Published on 5/11/12
The highly radioactive spent fuel assemblies at the Fukushima-Daiichi power plants present a clear threat to the people of Japan and the world. Reactor 4 and the nearby common spent fuel pool contain over 11,000 highly radioactive spent fuel assemblies, many of which are exposed to the open air. The cesium-137, the radioactive component contained in these assemblies, present at the site is 85 times larger than the amount released during the Chernobyl accident. Another magnitude 7.0 earthquake would jar them from their pool or stop the cooling water, which would lead to a nuclear fire and meltdown. The nuclear disaster that would result is beyond anything science has ever seen. Calling it a global catastrophe is no exaggeration.
If political leaders understand the situation and the potential catastrophe, I find it difficult to understand why they remain silent.
The following leaves little to question:
1. Many scientists believe that it will be impossible to remove the 1,535 fuel assemblies in the pool of Reactor 4 within two or three years.Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon wrote a letter to Japan’s Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Ichiro Fujisaki, on April 16, 2012, discussing his fact-finding trip to the Fukushima Daiichi site.
2. Japanese scientists give a greater than 90 percent probability that an earthquake of at least 7.0 magnitude will occur in the next three years in the close vicinity of Fukushia-Daiichi.
3. The crippled building of Reactor 4 will not stand through another strong earthquake.
4. Japan and the TEPCO do not have adequate nuclear technology and experience to handle a disaster of such proportions alone.
Senator Wyden, senior member of the United States Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, mentioned that “the scope of damage to the plants and to the surrounding area was far beyond what [he] expected and the scope of the challenge to the utility owner, the government of Japan, and to the people of the region are daunting.” He also mentioned that “TEPCO’s December 21, 2011 remediation roadmap proposes to take up to ten years to complete spent fuel removal from all of the pools on the site. Given the compromised nature of these structures due to the events of March 11, their schedule carries extraordinary and continuing risk if further severe seismic events were to occur.”
Many of us echo Senator Wyden’s concerns.
Has the government of Japan and other world leaders considered the facts above that would lead to a global catastrophe, and do they have a clear strategy to prevent this worst case scenario? Are there any means to shorten the period for the completion of removal spent fuel from all of the pools, in particular of Reactor 4, within two years or so? Are we able to trust such extraordinary tasks to TEPCO and the private sector?
I believe that the government of Japan should lead the way and embrace all means at its disposal in order to prevent a disaster that would affect our dozens of generations of our descendants. In this context, I cannot help but consider the role of the military in addition to the international technical support team. They possess the technological and logistical capacity that a company such as TEPCO does not.
Deploying the Japanese self defense force (military) inside the country’s borders would be an incredibly controversial political decision, but the political fallout for the government from this step would pale in comparison to having such an immense global catastrophe occur on its watch.
For this reason, I flew to Japan from New York in April to convey my concerns to Japanese political leaders. Ambassador Mitsuhei Murata and I met with Mr. Fujimura, Chief Cabinet Secretary, who assured us he would convey our message to Prime Minister Noda before his departure for Washington to meet with President Obama on April 30. Both leaders might have discussed the Fukushima nuclear accident issue at their private meeting, but the idea for an independent assessment team and international help for the disaster were not mentioned publicly. I am old enough to understand the politics of the matter, but I cannot accept them. It will be an irreversible mistake that affects our population for thousands of years if they do not take action now.
If this catastrophe occurred, regardless of policy and politics, all 440 nuclear power plants throughout the world would be forced to shut down, yet our descendants no matter what will have to carry the risk of radioactive materials in the nuclear waste repository for 100,000 to 200,000 years.
This is a long amount of time to conceive of, so let me put it in context. It is said that our anscestors might have made their journey to the rest of the world from South Africa about 100,000 years ago, and crafted our first tools of the Stone Age about 20,000 years ago. We will need the same amount of time that our human species has existed for in order to safely deposit radioactive material! How do we envision the poison to be transferred on to our descendants for so long and how will we find a way to indicate the location of the radioactive repository? Are we sure that the hundred radioactive repositories throughout the world would be protected from severe seismic events for this incredible period of the time?
If this global catastrophe occurs, the best we can hope is that the memory of our disaster might be passed on to our future generations in the hope that they might invent the new technology to prevent them from another such catastrophe.
Akio Matsumura is a renowned diplomat who has dedicated his life to building bridges between government, business, and spiritual leaders in the cause of world peace. He is the founder and Secretary General of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival with conferences held in Oxford, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Kyoto, and Konya.
|Akio and President Gorbachev|
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This episode of the show reviews all the May Day demonstrations, arrests and police action from the major US cities in April and through May Day, 2012. OWS Week also examines the Cleveland, Ohio alleged bridge bomb plot and FBI's role in the affair.
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by Tesha Miller
Is Capitalism Failing Us?
Capitalism is endorsed as an economic system which promotes democracy and prosperity. These assertions are vehemently defended by capitalists and concepts such as supply and demand are even referred to as laws. Such notions are branded into the minds of Americans from birth and make it nearly impossible to critically discuss some of its flawed features. The very idea that this economic system might need to be altered or even ended, to fit the demands of a changing world, seems radical; for some, downright un-American. Nevertheless, without serious analysis into some of the extreme failures recently brought about due to population increases, mechanization and globalized trading trends, the basic needs of billions of people will not be met. Other complications, which are responsible for the current destruction of our planet and its life sustaining resources, have presented us with an ethical dilemma of monstrous proportions which can no longer be casually brushed aside or saved for a more convenient time.
The entire purpose of capitalism is to produce a good or service based upon a demand and continued growth of that business is expected to happen until the demand is met or subsides. Those that are most successful in a market will grow larger and larger and hire more and more workers and will require more and more natural resources to do so. In other words, growth is the truest measure of success under this system (and of course, excess capital will be gained for the effort by the capitalist).
This sounds really great if you don’t take into account several mounting problems which are quickly complicating this simplistic view of supply and demand capitalism. Firstly, our planet is finite and this literally means that we only have so much available landmass and water. That is fixed and can’t be changed. Technology may be able to change an environment to give us greater usage of the landmass but the actual area can’t be changed and this is already starting to present us with some real problems. Urban sprawl, for example, has swallowed up land that might be used for other purposes such as farming, or as a source for renewable resources, or might be used to maintain biodiversity.
As populations continue to increase, energy demands also rise which results in serious complications, including warfare. In order to meet these challenges and sustain a continued growth rate, energy providers will frequently encourage military intervention of their respective governments in order to secure deposits of rare earth minerals, gas and oil reserves. Other increasingly dangerous industry practices are frequently used, such as offshore drilling, which can have serious impacts upon the health of our oceans aquatic life and even disrupt the food chain. The recent catastrophic BP Gulf oil spill is a poster child for the severity of environmental damage that can occur from a single botched incident of industry that is legally bound to maximize profits.
Bigger corporations not only require more natural resources for continued growth but also can threaten the democratic will of the people and this inevitability is directly related to how capital organizes labor; as Einstein astutely noted…
Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society. This is true since the members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties, largely financed or otherwise influenced by private capitalists who, for all practical purposes, separate the electorate from the legislature. The consequence is that the representatives of the people do not in fact sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged sections of the population. Moreover, under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights.
Concentrated wealth has always conflicted with the democratic will of the people because it accrues more political influence as it becomes bigger. The larger and more monopolistic a corporation becomes the more predatory it becomes to its own market and innovation in similar markets gets suppressed, which limits the choice of the consumer. Important markets to national security, such as energy, become intertwined with government and start to rely upon taxpayers money, such as subsidizes or tax cuts, in order to remain dominate. Alternative solutions and markets never see the light of day under such conditions and eventually corporatism results. All legislative and judicial measures start to morph into functions for corporate interests and corporate personhood is nothing short of the declaration by corporations of their newfound powers over we the people.
Mechanization must also be seriously considered as we think about economics and more specifically the functions of capitalism in today’s world. During the US industrial revolution populations were smaller and resources were plentiful. Capitalists made quick work of staking claims on natural resources and production monopolies soon developed which would later be trust-busted by the enactment of antitrust laws. As Senator John Sherman remarked...
"If we will not endure a king as a political power we should not endure a king over the production, transportation, and sale of any of the necessaries of life."
Mechanization started to mean greater production of goods, which was fine, given the populations of the time and energy consumption needed to fulfill early industrial requirements. The notion of sustainability wasn’t important to early Americans as they tried to carve out a higher standard of living for themselves. Workers started to organize and fight for a greater say in how their working lives would be managed. Economic democracy wasn’t realized, but basic labor laws were achieved. The culmination of these events created a fledging middle class.
Tying it all together in modern times
In modern times, mechanization is a becoming a more complex issue. Firstly, it means the replacement of workers with machines which consume huge amounts of energy. As developing nations move into their own industrial age, such as India, the rate of needed resources climbs upward which encourages increasingly reckless practices of energy producers. It causes warfare, as more natural resources are needed by nations, because they have growing populations which consume more. To further complicate matters, other renewable energy sources developmental plans are undermined by oil and fossil fuel corporations which control governmental energy policy.
Globalized trade is proving itself to be a huge energy consumer as ships, planes, trains and trucks move goods across hundreds of miles. Simultaneously, it is responsible for driving down the living standards of workers who live in developed nations, as they try to match their developing nation counterparts’ poor labor standards and substandard environmental regulatory laws. As capitalism moves across the globe, under various governmental forms, it still has only one primary purpose and that is to create profit, profit and profit. The globalized picture is one of exploitation of resources and people alike.
Is this a sane way to manage our lives?
Millions of people across the globe are starting to recognize that something has gone horribly wrong with the way the modern world works. They understand that profits are being made off of the misery of others and that our Earth is being carved up by economic vultures. They realize that a proper economic system must provide for the needs of people first and take care of the Earth, which sustains all life. Such people are fighting for resource sustainability, not because they are irrational or aren’t sympathetic to those in need of work, but because they realize that we can’t keep consuming more and more on a finite planet. They are advancing the notion of a return to community ethics and local cooperatives which strengthen direct democracy and economic democracy. The time is upon us to finally realize what we have wanted all along, the ability to contribute the unique skillsets that each of us have to offer for the betterment of ourselves and our communities, to manage our own lives without unjust interference from others and to make sure that there will be enough left over for our children to do the same. We can do better.
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~ Harold Wilson
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