Thursday, May 31, 2012

OWS Week 5/30 - Boeing, Teachers Union, Tax Dodgers, Occupy Farms, GMO

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

OWS Week 5/23 - G8, Chicago NATO Summit, Tom Morello and more

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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"We" Unauthorized by Arundhati Roy

submitted by Gabrielle Price

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.

We is a fast-paced 64 minute documentary that covers the world politics of power, war, corporations, deception and exploitation. 

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.

Japan Officials raise allowable amount of radiation

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.

Fukushima, denial, and the ethics of extinction

by Mary Poppins, a long-time environmental activist who can be reached via email at
Originally submitted at Nature Bats Last, May 14, 2012

The problem first became apparent in 1985. I was sitting on a porch in the mountains in Arizona reading a Scientific American article by one of the early researchers investigating the unlikely possibility that adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere might be a problem. Over the previous months there had been a number of similar pieces on things like the ozone layer and the decline in fisheries. Then a ‘eureka!’ (actually, a ‘holy shit’) moment. Clearly there was going to be serious trouble in maybe 20-30 years unless something changed. I tried hard and for a long time to help that change happen, because it sure didn’t look good, even back then.
Skip forward to now. The window of time during which our species could have changed course and averted this has slammed shut. The forces we blindly set in motion are far beyond our ability to control, despite the geoengineering fantasies of the technologists. Ever see The Sorcerers Apprentice?
There are several irreversible processes under way that would each, alone, be sufficient to kill off if not everything at least the upper part of the food chain, which now consists mostly of humans..Two of them are the release of the methane now beginning to boil out of the Arctic ocean and permafrost and ocean acidification.
These are disasters from which the living planet will not recover for perhaps millions of years, and the composition of the recovered biosphere will include few currently extant species. Cockroaches look good to go, primates not so much. But life has made it through these sorts of things before, these great extinctions, and probably would yet again recover and flourish although we will not be around to see it. The third problem is different, new to the world.
We have created astoundingly toxic substances which have not been present on the surface of this planet in billions of years; some have never been here before. All are made in nuclear reactors — they do not occur in nature. The particulars of this problem are well documented and need not be repeated here, except to note that earth’s living beings do not have eons of genetic adaptation to constant high radiation levels. All other problems allow some optimism about the long term prospect for recovery after the human rampage is over. This threat is different in kind from other environmental problems because radioactivity directly disrupts or destroys the ability of genes to accurately replicate. This is not repairable. We menace everything, not just ourselves.
For about seventy years, we’ve been building and operating reactors with design lives of maybe 40 years. There are roughly 450 operating civilian reactors, and a guesstimated 500+ military, research, and other reactors, all of which continue to produce radioisotopes with half-lives ranging from seconds to millions of years in containments designed as temporary until the waste problem is solved. Unfortunately, no solution has been found, and when the containments begin to fail significantly, all the garbage sitting in them will disperse into the environment. There is no other choice- remove this crap from the biosphere, or eat, breathe, and wear it, wash with it, walk on it and drink it when the containment fails.
You’re now looking down the barrel of the gun that is the likeliest of all to kill you, me and everyone we know. It’s not vague any longer. This is the specific problem that will end civilization and ruin the biosphere, with a specific mechanism of action and a very short time frame. Unless, of course, something can be done to secure those SFPs and reactors until a currently unknown technology can be invented capable of removing the spent fuel to another place before the earthquakes and entropy make the effort moot. Is it even possible?
Maybe, but we’re unlikely to ever find out. The first step in solving or mitigating a problem is to acknowledge it, all of it, and humans don’t if they can possibly avoid it.
When I was in my twenties and reading a lot of history, there were a couple of years where I got fascinated by the Holocaust, how that could have been, what people thought they were doing. One aspect in particular struck me; it was in a book whose title is long forgotten, about the response of the Jewish community in Germany to the rise of the Nazis. In a nutshell, denial.
Nobody in the Jewish community, especially the well-off, wanted to believe that the words they were hearing from the Nazis as they rose were serious. Respectable authorities, rabbinical celebrities reassured everyone that Hitler was just posturing, nothing would come of it. As the vise grew tighter, the denial grew more fervent. Those few who defied the consensus and insisted on the reality of the danger were admonished, ridiculed, and finally shunned, in the old-fashioned sense — nobody would have anything to do with them. Reality was just too damn uncomfortable, so they chose to die rather than face it. This is not uncommon; in fact, it is pretty normal behavior. People would often rather die than give up comfortable lives.
That is what we’re doing. For a minimum twenty years it has been clear to anyone who actually look that industrial civilization is a suicide machine based on a false premise; that the Earth offers both endless resources and a bottomless pit for waste. Wrong on both counts, obviously- but admitting that is to acknowledge the destruction we create merely by living in this briefly possible fashion, this remarkably comfortable suicidal fashion.
So you and me, naturally above average in awareness, intelligence, spiritual development, so hip and edgy that we read Nature Bats Last, been worried about this stuff for years, tsk tsk — we gonna give it all up and live on what can be had from the interaction of air, soil, sunlight, water and intelligence?
Do you sometimes drive for pleasure, say, out to eat and a movie? Been known to blast out a few Btu to get the hot tub ready? Get on an airplane? Buy convenient plastic items (gotta have music) that will still be leaking toxins in a millennia or two?
Me, too.
And there’s your answer: No.
Proposed solutions to any of this mess which require humans to behave better than we do are worthless, just another form of denial. Please consider the environment in which the creatures whose descendants we are, evolved. To be successful in evolutionary terms means only one thing, breeding.
The champion breeders (sorry, I can’t resist: did you know one sixth of the human population carries genes from the most successful breeder of all, Genghis Kahn?) in our line of descent were those who were best at acquiring food, water, shelter, and a mate- short term challenges. The critters who were best at short term challenges did well; there were no bonus points awarded for worrying about the ozone layer. As a result, we are hard wired for short term motivation, and long term problems are mostly invisible to our emotional perceptions (and it’s the emotional process that dictates our actions despite these fond illusions of intellectual rigor). We’re going to behave the way we’re wired to behave, with some rare exceptions. The wiring isn’t going to change quickly.
An aside, scientists are wired on the same plane as the rest of us. They are just as addicted to denial and comfort as anyone else, and as unwilling to look at harsh reality. I had a mentor in radiation monitoring for a while, a retired physicist with a background in that area. He was great as long as we were talking about equipment and procedures, but I made the mistake of telling him about Fukushima, and he declared himself too depressed to continue and cut off contact.
Another interesting thing this situation has turned up is the apparent inverse relationship between social rank and ability to grasp the consequences of the situation. Wealthy and powerful people rarely seem to understand that not all problems can be handled with spin, force or money. People who deal with physical reality for a living take a look at this information and quite often get it immediately.
So denial it is and will be, until the situation gets so immediately, undeniably awful that denial will no longer work, at which point everybody starts demanding immediate action; that usually occurs long after there is any effective response possible. We’re most likely there now — the time available to reinforce SFP 4 is melting away as the next earthquake approaches.
Plus there’s another problem that may make doing anything impossible. Tepco is almost out of workers. The experienced workers at all levels have far overstepped the radiation dosages which bar them from further work and must leave. There is no one to replace them, and it is getting extremely difficult to find anyone willing to go out there for any amount of money, as the ambient radiation hits higher and higher levels and continues to rise. Reactors 2 and 3 cannot even be approached anymore, and there appears to be an ongoing release of yellow, radioactive steam cracks in the ground. It seems likely that the plant will be abandoned soon, not by policy, but because anyone going there will die.
What to do?
In all likelihood, Fukushima is going to blow and the chain of dominos will fall; if some miracle occurs this time it won’t matter for long, because all commercial reactors are being run by for-profit companies under a de facto policy of “run to failure” — that’s how you maximize profits. And then there are those other lethal problems if we get past this one.
Why do anything?
The ethics of extinction
My ethics are personal and therefore subjective, as I think is ultimately true for everyone. So since I’m going to talk about ethics, I need to tell you a little about mine to keep things up front. My effort in life is to grow in kindness and integrity, which to me look like necessary components of each other. I don’t have a religion or gurus, but let me tell you about a story in the Los Angeles Times some years ago, when the newspaper were doing a series on the poorest of the poor.
The story was about a couple living in a hut with their child in a barren wasteland in Africa. Poor doesn’t begin to convey their situation. None of them had shoes or more than a rag or two. Every day the man went scrounging in this desolate, empty place for some way to get enough calories for another day of life. Because repeated failure would doom them all, he always had to eat first even when if child went hungry. The woman made her efforts closer to home. One day a near miracle occurred; out scavenging, she found five potatoes, which could be traded for nearly a week’s worth of millet, a huge windfall.
Walking home, she encountered a mother with a baby who hadn’t eaten in two days and whose milk had failed, who asked her for help. She thought about it for a moment, and then she gave the mother three of the five potatoes.
I think that this woman is a very advanced soul, and if I can make some progress towards her ethics then this life will have been a success.
To my subjective perception, service is the expression of kindness, and it seems incumbent upon me to try and do whatever I can to make things better for the beings around me.
So here are some personal, subjective reasons to keep trying, even in the face of human extinction:
We have just seen a sudden mass movement intentionally triggered by a small group — Occupy Wall Street — significantly change the political debate in this country overnight. It may be possible to do something similar regarding Fukushima. It won’t solve the problem, but it could be part, even an important part, of a larger effort which mitigates things a bit.
That’s about as much hope as the visible landscape will bear. It isn’t much, and granted, the likeliest outcome by far is the worst one.
If there was nothing at stake except our sorry selves, then maybe sinking back into the familiar numbness of inertia would be defensible. But that isn’t the case. There are uncountable numbers of living beings, some of them human and very small, who will suffer and die horribly and slowly when Fukushima blows. Almost all of them are innocent, and powerless to prevent this.
You and I are neither powerless nor innocent. We didn’t stop gobbling the world even when we knew that others will be paying for our little party with their futures, including our own children. We have failed as guardians of their future.
Our unbridled selfishness has ruined the ever-changing web of living interaction known as the biosphere. This has been called biocide, and if the worst happens with the worlds radioactive waste, that may become literally true. Our debt is very large indeed, and it is owed to our own victims. It is just possible that an enormous effort may help somewhat.
What kind of person am I if I will not try?
Many of us have treasured deep connections to certain places (the deserts and mountains of Arizona, in my case) and done our best to keep them alive and vibrant, to leave hawk and juniper, and ponderosa, elk and wolf room to thrive, to push back against the death culture with every tool available. We failed, and for those who know what is now gone the loss is hard to bear.
Consider love of life as a reason to keep working, love for what was and the astounding grace of having known the beauty and intelligence of a flourishing living ecosystem before the chance was gone, and love manifested as a willingness to make it possible again. I will keep trying in gratitude, and in hope that possibly the recovery can be expedited in some small way by something I do.
That’s reason enough.
Who will you chose to be now, in this painful, nightmare time? This is an existential crisis in the most literal sense. The future existence of our species, and likely everything above the cockroach level is seriously in question, and our individual lives and the lives of our children are immediately at risk from Fukushima. One quake, one lengthy glitch in the water flow to any spent fuel pool, and immense suffering ensues instantly.
The situation may still seem abstract and unreal on an emotional level because humans cannot perceive radiation directly, and usually only personal perception of danger registers. But this will change over time as the cover-up cracks, or immediately if a pool burns. At some point the denial will break, followed by much disorder as people try to make themselves and their loved ones safe when it is impossible to be safe.
In disasters people can both show great kindness and commit terrible crimes, but mostly there is fear and running, hiding and shocking, paralyzing confusion. Responding to this situation requires courage, not least the courage to look directly at the horror we are facing and still not be broken, to refuse to stay safely passive as our species kills itself and everything else.
I think that for myself, integrity requires I keep trying until I no longer have the ability.
I adore little kids. A yard full of happy pre-schoolers is about as much fun as I know how to have. I am reading about what is happening to kids in Japan, and it breaks my heart and make me very sad and very angry- children dying of cardiac arrest in fifth grade, children forced to consume huge amounts of radiation to protect the reputation of Fukushima produce, refusal to test children for internal radiation. It goes on and on it is sickening and horrifying and as a human being I will not stand idly by while this happens there and spreads around the world, regardless of any other reason to try.
Fuck the murderous corporate scumbags doing this. I will fight them to my last breath. It is too late for Japan, but it may not be so everywhere. WE MUST NOT PASSIVELY LET THEM POISON MORE CHILDREN. And to those displaying a sophisticated, cynical superiority such that even this doesn’t signify a moral imperative to act: consider living with yourself when they start dying here. Is this who you chose to be? Is this really who you chose to see in the mirror every morning?
How much cowardice is currently showing?
Because this is really what it comes down to, isn’t it- taking full responsibility for who we are and what we do, and making and living that hard decision to always do the right thing. I am a fighter by nature and by path, and for me this is the essence of life for an honorable warrior. It’s only secondarily about fighting, although defending those who need it is certainly a necessity. The true essence is always doing the right thing regardless of personal consequences. Fear, and overcoming it, is just part of the work. There are many depending on us to do this, for they cannot help themselves and without our help they will die in great misery. For your sake as well as theirs, I hope you will undertake to become courageous and help them.
So there it is, one person’s reasons for trying regardless of whether or not it makes any difference, of whether or not the universe offers meaning beyond that which we construct, whether or not anyone else does anything. I will never stop trying to make things better, so long as I am able to choose. And sometimes there is a success.
It is enough.
Something, however small and imperfect, is better than nothing
But the form of the effort may change. No matter what we do, it may not be possible to avert biocide and our own extinction.
Then what?
There is a Zen monastery near Fukushima, currently a place of immense suffering. The citizens there have effectively been condemned to death by their government because admitting the truth and evacuating them would cause an intolerable loss of face. They are watching their children sicken and die, while the medical profession refuses to test for radiation and diagnoses the problems as “flu” and “stress” and “hysteria.” The area will not be habitable again for thousands of years; it is truly a lost cause helping them.
One of the insane things that is happening there is a truly bizarre and useless effort to decontaminate areas by digging up contaminated soil. The citizens have been told this will work and of course it doesn’t, but they are conditioned to believe what authority tells them and to obey. So this process generated many tons of highly contaminated soil in plastic bags, with no place to put it, and there were many anxious homeowners thinking that if only they could put this stuff someplace, their children would be helped. Where to put it?
The Abbott of the temple opened the gates and invited anyone who needed a place to dump, to bring the bags to the temple.
That is what to do: just give kindness. It’s the only thing you can always offer.
That’s enough words for now. There are a few of us involved in a project to get the word out, and there are plans to set up radiation monitoring networks and a non-government controlled radiation measurement lab so people can see what their kids are eating, and more. If someone is interested in that, or if you’ve got a better idea contact me, or maybe we can have a discussion in the comments? I’ve never done this before and I don’t know how it works.
I hope someone finds this essay useful.
Kindness to all beings, as best I am capable of doing it. And best wishes to you.
You may follow the discussion thread at Nature Bats Last - but feel free to start a discussion here as well.
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Message from Occupy The NRC

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

#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.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

OWS Week 5/16 - BoA & ALEC protests, Veterans, Europe 99

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.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Houston, We Have Several Problems / SOS

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Memo To Marketers

submitted by Gabrielle Price


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.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Fukushima Estimate of Situation / Maj. Gen. Albert N. Stubblebine

submitted by Gabrielle Price
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.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Fukushima: It May Be too Late Unless the Military Steps in

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.
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 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.

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 and President Gorbachev
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.

OWS Week 5/9/12 : May Day Actions, Ohio Bridge Bomb Plot

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The Infinite Growth Model Myth

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