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Mission Impossible. What Future Fukushima?

By David McNeill and Miguel Quintana in Fukushima, Japan

Across much of Fukushima’s rolling green countryside they descend on homes like antibodies around a virus, men wielding low-tech tools against a very modern enemy: radiation. Power hoses, shovels and mechanical diggers are used to scour toxins that rained down from the sky nearly 31 months ago. The job is exhausting, expensive and, say some, doomed to failure. A sweating four-man crew wearing surgical masks and boiler suits cleans the home of Saito Hiroshi (71) and his wife Terue (68).

Their aim is to bring average radiation at this home down to 1.5 microsieverts an hour, still several times what it was before the accident but safe enough, perhaps, for Saito’s seven grandchildren to visit. “My youngest grandchild has never been here,” he says. Since 2011, the family reunites in Soma, around 20 km away.For a few days during March 2011, after a string of explosions at the Daiichi nuclear plant roughly 25 kilometers to the south, rain and snow laced with radiation fell across this area, contaminating thousands of acres of rich farming land and forests Over 160,000 people near the plant were ordered to evacuate.

The Saito’s home fell a few miles outside the 20-km compulsory evacuation zone, but like thousands of others they left voluntarily. When they returned two weeks later their neat, two-story country house appeared undamaged but it was blanketed in an invisible poison only detectable with beeping Geiger counters. Nobody knows for certain how dangerous the radiation is. Japan’s central government refined its policy in December 2011, defining evacuation zones as “areas where cumulative dose levels might reach 20 millisieverts per year,” the typical worldwide limit for nuclear power plant engineers.

The worst radiation is supposed to be confined to the 20-km exclusion zone, but it dispersed unevenly: less than 5km north of the Daiichi plant, our Geiger counter shows less than 5 millisieverts a year; 40km northwest, in parts of Iitate Village, it is well over 120 millisieverts. – See more at: http://japanfocus.org/-David-McNeill/4000#sthash.5RWpezLT.dpuf

– See more at: http://japanfocus.org/-David-McNeill/4000#sthash.5RWpezLT.dpuf

BofAML Warns “Risk Off” To Continue This Week

by Tyler Durden

Across asset classes, BofAML warns that financial markets suggest that this week
will see a continuation of the risk off theme from last week. The breakout in
the VIX says that investor anxiety wiil remain elevated, particularly as the
S&P500 remains on track to test 10 month trendline support at
1657
. In such an environment, safe havens such as US Treasuries should
benefit with a target 2.544%/2.459% resistance.

full article at source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-09-30/bofaml-warns-risk-continue-week

The Ballad of Lidl & Aldi – Mick McConnell – John B. Keane’s Bar – Listowel

Grim reality of the bank guarantee

By David Mc Williams

This day five years ago, the bosses of Ireland’s big banks came to the government with an ultimatum that went more or less like this: “We have run out of money, what are you going to do about it?”.

Of course this day could have been avoided if at some stage during the beginning of the credit boom in 2000-2002, the banks had been policed by the regulator. But they were allowed to do whatever they liked – endangering the entire economy. The state didn’t listen to any warnings in the period when something could have been done. By September 2008 it was all over.

The very real threat was that the banks, having mismanaged their affairs on a monumental basis, wouldn’t open the next day because they had no money. Of course, the minute they didn’t open, depositors – as in Cyprus – would be queuing to get their money out.

It is a hostage situation.

The banks (the hostage takers) threaten to kill the hostage (the economy) if the government won’t pay the ransom (a bailout of some sort).

The government’s watchdog – the regulator and the Central Bank – were on the telly a few days before, saying all was grand and that Irish banks had loads of money.

But why did the banks run out of money?

full article at source: http://www.davidmcwilliams.ie/2013/09/30/grim-reality-of-the-guarantee

Comment:

By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh

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David Mc Williams’s article is a more or less description of what happened and although he skirts around the people responsible I do not! The Directors who were in the board rooms of every bank in the country are responsible so are the government every last jack and Mary one of them .What has happened to these Crooks, well they all have been given payoff’s. Lottery pensions and even promotions .We the gobshites at the bottom are left paying the bills and will be for the next 60 years or more. The corrupt politicians are now back again and are likely to make up the next corrupt government as we continue to tolerate the corrupt musical chairs political system that rewards incompetence at the very least or downright treason to call it by its real name! All in all about 200 of the elite in our BA-NAMA Republic are responsible and should be in Jail. But No these crooks are enjoying the high life as 3780 poor are in jail because they cannot pay fines for not having a TV licence!

The notion that this Bank bailout was to protect the depositors is just a lode of hog wash.  The Faceless moneymen were bailed out and by the ordinary Joe in this country that is a fact of daly life !

The Banks are STILL bankrupt as they are hiding enormous derivative losses along with the mortgage losses .I recon they between the lot of them are going to be coming back again for another bail out and I will bet the protected deposits will no longer be protected .Get ready for a minimum haircut of 30% of your deposits!

You have been warned!

Out Camping in Wicklow with Jessie

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Welcome to TAX haven Ireland for the rich and Austerity hell for the ordinary Joe!

By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh

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Welcome to TAX haven Ireland for the rich and Austerity hell for the ordinary Joe!

Welcome to TAX haven Ireland, where the hard presses ordinary PAYE taxpayers have to subsidise the world’s largest corporations, the world’s largest hot money centre holding 2.7 trillion euro’s in hidden bank accounts and where not one red cent tax is been charged by our sell-out politicians who are in bed with the very crooks who are hiding their hot money down at the IFSC in Dublin.

So we the Irish have our Natural Gas stolen from us , our Oil reserves stolen from us and we nearly had our Forests stolen from us and now I hear we are about to lose the countries Gas company to vultures and pals from corrupt politicians who were voted in to office to protect our nations interest ! Instead we find these corrupt gangsters are helping hidden moneymen steal our national treasures!.

As long as the ordinary workers of this country are forced to take the burden of bailing out gangsters in our banks, corrupt corporation, and implementing policy from unelected special advisors who all have their own self interests at heart we the people are going to be bled dry. The brightest and best are leaving the country in droves and the gombeen politicians are feathering their own nests while our people are crushed under ever increasing taxes and austerity measures designed to beat down any notion of an Independent people!We have become a nation of financial debt servers !

Our political elite are all in good spirits as the latest polls are indicating the crooks running our country have little to fear of the people rising up, we are it seems a complying bunch!. With the world’s largest companies paying little or no tax, we the ordinary people are going to have to pay for all the shortcomings! For every euro these corporate leeches do not pay tax Ordinary Joe has to do without community services , a dismantled health service and diminishes educational  prospects for our children. How long are we the ordinary people going to stay on our knees and allow this Austerity hell continue? While the privileged suck our country and its natural resources dry??

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How long are we going to allow Merkel tell us when we can build a hospital or when and where we build our schools or when we die?

Where are the fighting Irish?? , wake up and see reality!!

Google pays €17m tax on €15.5bn revenue

By Mark Paul

Google’s Irish-based operation increased its revenue in 2012 by almost a quarter to €15.5 billion, according to accounts filed over the weekend.

But, after charging “administrative expenses” of almost €11 billion, which includes royalties paid to other Google entities abroad, Google Ireland paid just €17 million in corporation tax last year.

The company, which at year end employed 2,200 staff at its European, Middle East and Africa (Emea) headquarters on Barrow Street in Dublin, boosted its gross profit by 22 per cent to more than €11 billion. Its administrative expenses also jumped by €2 billion, however, wiping out most of the gains in operating profit.

full article at source: http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/technology/google-pays-17m-tax-on-15-5bn-revenue-1.1544187

Beyond Austerity ( Canada) – Jim Stanford

Food for thought for us in Ireland !!!

Which King” By C. H. DOUGLAS

Sent in to us to-day :

 

(Here, as a fitting end-piece, is a short essay, originally published in The Social

Creditorof December 15, 1945, written by the man who, if the world survives—

which is doubtful—will, in the years to come, be hailed as its saviour.)

 

There is no single aspect of political economy which deserves more attention,

and receives less, than the nature of an order. Like so many other matters of

importance and subtlety, most people understand so little of the subject that they

are practically unaware that it presents any problem; still less, a problem on

which the whole structure of society depends. The immense success of mediaeval

civilisation (and its ultimate failure) can be seen to be linked with one conception

of an order and the sanctions which sustained it; the different, but notable,

achievements of the nineteenth century, and the chaos which has succeeded that

short-lived adventure, are plainly the outcome of another. The problem is often

stated by the use of the word “sovereignty”; and we have an indication of that

identity in the title of the gold coin which ruled the nineteenth century, the English

sovereign, as well as in the declared intention to remove national sovereignty to

an international centre.

 

The essence of mediaevalism (often, it may be noted, referred to as the

Mediaeval Order) was the existence of the Church as a sanction, as an

organisation for making effective certain checks and balances upon the use of

physical force to carry an order from its utterance to its execution. The Church

claimed to be, and was to quite a considerable extent, a living body of Superior

Law, not different in intention, but far higher in conception than the Constitution

of the United States. And it is important to notice that the breakdown of

nineteenth century English prosperity can be seen in retrospect to be

contemporaneous with the decadence in social prestige of the village parson.

Now the nature of the problem presented to political economy, as distinct from,

ideology, by an order, is, simply this: Either Brown gives orders on his own

behalf, or Mr. Pink-Geranium gives them for him. That someone has to give

orders on Brown’s behalf is not in dispute. And the decision between these two

courses is ultimatelydependent on which source of authority succeeds in making

results most accurately and rapidly eventuate from orders, in reasonable identity

between specification and product. And the problem is complicated for Mr. Pink-

Geranium by the fact that he has no one but Mr. Brown to whom to give orders,

and Mr. Brown is convinced that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

There was a period, say between 1850 and 1914, in which the economicaspect of

this problem was in a fair way to solution. The gold sovereign was a complete

order system. Mr. Brown had only to tender his yellow warrant of sovereignty

and he got what he wanted. He set in motion the most marvellous train of selfacting

psychological sanctions. Factories sprang to life, trains ran, and ships

sailed, all concerned not merely to do his will, but to do it better than anyone

else. It is quite irrelevant to this particular argument that a large and increasing

number of Mr. Browns had no sovereigns; it is a fact of history that the man who

had one always wanted two, and in consequence, if every Mr. Brown had possessed

a sovereign it would still have been effective.

 

It is perhaps unnecessary to observe that the virtue of the gold

sovereign lay not in its material but in its sanctions.

Now the politicalequivalent of the gold sovereign is the vote, and the merest

glance at our life and times is sufficient to establish the conclusion that it fails to

work. There is nothing in the possession of a vote which remotely approximates

to the power of choice and the certainty of delivery enjoyed by Mr. Brown with

his golden sovereign in the latter days of the nineteenth century. No one outside

the walls of a mental hospital would contend that the individual voter gets what he

votes for, or voted for what he is getting. So obvious is this that the greatest

difficulty is experienced in getting people to vote at all. The vote costs nothing:

and it is worth precisely what it costs. If it cost ten shillings to vote, how many

voters would be registered?

 

But the matter does not end there. While the political vote is valueless to the

individual, it enables the Satanic Powers to claim a mandate which it in fact does

not confer, and which it is powerless to enforce. This situation is so satisfactory

that the ballot-box is a cardinal provision of the World State, and it is clear for

any ordinary intelligent person to see that it is the intention—and in “Britain” the

rapidly developing fact—that the economic vote will be destroyed in its

nineteenth century effectiveness, and substituted by the political vote as exercised

in Russia. It is urgently necessary to realise these matters because they dominate our future.

British Governments now hold office by a trick; no British Government has any

genuine mandate. Our whole political system is not merely irrational, it is a fraud

and a usurpation. We have allowed the vicious nonsense which derided the values

established by a thousand years of unique political experience to destroy in our

name every safeguard against tyranny provided by historic continuity in the Three

Estates, and we welcome the people who spawn this nonsense when they desert the Europe they have wrecked. Nothing can save us but a drastic de-hypnotisation. It is coming;

but it may kill us.

What is Iodine?

What is Iodine?

If you backpack in the mountains, you may have used iodine tablets to purify your drinking water.  Or, perhaps you’ve used an iodine-based disinfectant to clean a minor skin wound. But did you know that iodine is essential to life?

Iodine, a trace mineral, is required by the body for the synthesis of the thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). (T4 contains 4 iodine atoms. When one of the iodine atoms is stripped off of T4, it becomes T3, with 3 iodine atoms remaining.)

Under normal circumstances, your body contains approximately 20 to 30 mg of iodine, most of which is stored in your thyroid gland, located in the front of your neck, just under your voice box.  Smaller amounts of iodine are also found in lactating mammary glands, the stomach lining, salivary glands, and in the blood.

How it Functions

What is the function of iodine?

As a component of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), iodine is essential to human life.  Without sufficient iodine, your body is unable to synthesize these hormones, and because the thyroid hormones regulate metabolism in every cell of the body and play a role in virtually all physiological functions, an iodine deficiency can have a devastating impact on your health and well-being.

Regulating thyroid hormones

The synthesis of thyroid hormones is tightly controlled.  When the amount of thyroid hormone in your blood drops, the pituitary gland secretes a hormone called thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).  As its name suggests, TSH then stimulates the thyroid gland to increase its uptake of iodine from the blood, so that more thyroxine (T4) can be synthesized.  When necessary, thyroxine is then converted to the metabolically active triiodothyronine (T3), a process that involves removing one iodine atom from T4.

Several other physiological functions for iodine have been suggested.  Iodine may help inactivate bacteria, hence its use as a skin disinfectant and in water purification.  Iodine may also play a role in the prevention of fibrocystic breast disease, a condition characterized by painful swelling in the breasts, by modulating the effect of the hormone estrogen on breast tissue. Finally, researchers hypothesize that iodine deficiency impairs the function of the immune system and that adequate iodine is necessary to prevent miscarriages.

full article at source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=69

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