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What must be said

Mr Gunter Grass published this poem What must be saidand caused quite a stir last week here in Germany

BY Günter Grass 

Why have I kept silent, held back so long, on something openly practiced in

war games, at the end of which those of us

who survive will at best be footnotes?

It’s the alleged right to a first strike

that could destroy an Iranian people

subjugated by a loudmouth

and gathered in organized rallies,

because an atom bomb may be being

developed within his arc of power.

 

Yet why do I hesitate to name

that other land in which

for years—although kept secret—

a growing nuclear power has existed

beyond supervision or verification,

subject to no inspection of any kind?

 

This general silence on the facts,

before which my own silence has bowed,

seems to me a troubling lie, and compels

me toward a likely punishment

the moment it’s flouted:

the verdict “Anti-semitism” falls easily.

 

But now that my own country,

brought in time after time

for questioning about its own crimes,

profound and beyond compare,

is said to be the departure point,

(on what is merely business,

though easily declared an act of reparation)

for yet another submarine equipped

to transport nuclear warheads

to Israel, where not a single atom bomb

has yet been proved to exist, with fear alone

the only evidence, I’ll say what must be said.

 

But why have I kept silent till now?

Because I thought my own origins,

Tarnished by a stain that can never be removed,

meant I could not expect Israel, a land

to which I am, and always will be, attached,

to accept this open declaration of the truth.

 

Why only now, grown old,

and with what ink remains, do I say:

Israel’s atomic power endangers

an already fragile world peace?

Because what must be said

may be too late tomorrow;

and because—burdend enough as Germans

we may be providing material for a crime

that is foreseeable, so that our complicity

wil not be expunged by any

of the usual excuses.

 

And granted: I’ve broken my silence

because I’m sick of the West’s hypocrisy;

and I hope too that many may be freed

from their silence, may demand

that those responsible for the open danger

we face renounce the use of force,

may insist that the governments of

both Iran and Israel allow an international authority

free and open inspection of

the nuclear potential and capability of both.

 

No other course offers help

to Israelis and Palestinians alike,

to all those living side by side in emnity

in this region occupied by illusions,

and ultimately, to all of us.

 

Günter Grass

Translated by Breon Mitchell

‘Safe’ Nuclear Meme Shattered by Fukushima Expose in Leading Journal

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14,000 U.S. Deaths Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout … Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count … An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima. Authors Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman note that their estimate of 14,000 excess U.S. deaths in the 14 weeks after the Fukushima meltdowns is comparable to the 16,500 excess deaths in the 17 weeks after the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. – PRNewswire-USNewswire

Dominant Social Theme: It’s bad but it can’t be helped. Nuclear power is the wave of the future.

Free-Market Analysis: The slow poisoning of Japanese citizens is going unreported in the West except for some dedicated journals and web-reports including, importantly, Rense.com, which has stayed on the story seemingly every day. It is a very important one, because it encompasses numerous elite/societal trends and their successes and failures.

There are elite dominant social themes attached to nuclear power, of course. The biggest one has to do with complexity. In a world dominated by an Anglosphere power elite, the way to global domination is via intense complexity. Make a person’s world insupportable without an extremely complex infrastructure and that person will be far more malleable than one who can survive on little.

full article at source: http://www.thedailybell.com/3392/Safe-Nuclear-Meme-Shattered-by-Fukushima-Expose-in-Leading-Journal

Level of radiation at the Fukushima nuclear facility highest since March earthquake

Just when you think it’s safe !

Level of radiation at the Fukushima nuclear facility highest since March earthquake

That’s right when the rest of the world thinks that the Japanese have
everything under control this news leaks out  .I’m all right jack as I’ve got me ginger counter!

Radiation at the Fukushima nuclear facility highest since March

Just when you think it’s safe !

Level of radiation at the Fukushima nuclear facility highest since March
earthquake.That’s right when the rest of the world thinks that the Japanese have
everything under control this news leaks out .I’m all right jack as I’ve got me ginger counter!

Nuclear Plant Flooding – No-Fly Zone Enforced as of June 14, 2011

 

Japan Nuclear Disaster Update 2nd June 2011

This article was sent in to us today. 

reading it ,highlights the importance on keeping a close eye on our own concerns regarding seallafield in England. I again went down to Wicklow Harbour Wednesday 1st of June to inspect the sea snails catch which was brought ashore .Armed with my Geiger Counter I established that the radiation readings were normal and so we can rest with ease tonight !

June 2nd, 2011 › 

 Sara Barczak

Protesters demonstrate in front Tokyo Electric Power Co. headquarters (AP)Protesters demonstrate in front Tokyo Electric Power Co. headquarters (AP)

It has been nearly three months since Japan suffered the massive earthquake and tsunami that triggered the ongoing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. And yet the utility owner/operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), only recently confirmed that three of the nuclear reactors suffered complete meltdowns within hours of the earthquake, with reactor Units 2 and 3 suffering the most damage. The containment vessels of those two reactors also developed 7-10 centimeter holes within hours of the March 11 quake, which explains why workers were unable to maintain water levels. This shocking news comes after weeks of Tepco repeatedly denying the severity of the accident, followed by slow-coming admissions that this already devastating situation is, indeed, worse than most previous calculations.

However, if you’ve been following nuclear engineer and expert Arnie Gundersen’s updates on the Fairewinds Associates website, you’d know that most of this is not actually ‘new’ news. Aside from the timeline and the size and shape of the holes, much of this information was discussed by Gundersen early on in the crisis. It is unknown at what point Tepco became aware of this information, and it appears that the ‘discovery’ will likely compromise Tepco’s ability to meet its goal to stabilize the damaged nuclear complex by the end of the year.

A baby and her mother are scanned for radiation in Fukushima Prefecture,  Japan. (PressTV.ir)A baby and her mother are scanned for radiation in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. (PressTV.ir)

France’s Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety recommends that an additional 70,000 people be evacuated from areas outside the already established 20 km zone, which includes 10,000 children. These figures are based on radiation data collected by U.S. and Japanese radiation monitors. Presently, Japan’s emergency plans for nuclear disasters rely on an old standard of an 8-10 km evacuation zone, despite considerations to expand this to up to 30 km in 2006.

see full article at  source :http://blog.cleanenergy.org/2011/06/02/june-2-japan-update/

So the Fox wants to mind the chickens ?

BRITAIN’S TEN nuclear plants, including Sellafield, are to undergo a series of EU stress tests.

The tests – which were announced yesterday as a response to the Fukushima crisis in Japan – are designed to see if they could survive forest fires, transport accidents, loss of electrical power supplies and withstand human error. However, the stations will not be tested for their ability to survive a terror attack.

Europe is divided on the question of whether or not the Fukushima crisis has undermined the viability of nuclear power as an energy source.

Germany and Italy have stepped back from plans to build new plants – with Germany going so far as to suspend its oldest seven plants. Earlier this week Switzerland announced it was withdrawing completely from nuclear.

A spokesperson for the Department of the Environment told TheJournal.ie yesterday that: “Ireland will be engaging constructively in the rigorous application” of the stress tests and pushing for any follow-ups required after the findings have been published.

“Our concern is to ensure that the highest levels of nuclear safety are in place,” he added.

However, Greenpeace has already slammed the safety checks on the grounds that they’re not independent.

Comment:

So the Fox wants to mind the chickens ?

Now let’s see, if it’s anything like there stress testing of the Banks we might as well call it like it is, a publicity stunt a few good headlines and forget all about it is a few days because nothing will change Seallafield is a time bomb and it is going to explode some day and then its curtains for us all over here on the east coast of Ireland.

I have no confidence in these Stress tests and I will continue to carry out my own regular tests with my own Geiger counter and if necessary I will tell the lads in the EU if I find anything disturbing on our coastline ,but by then it will probably be too late for most of us !

 

Two more reactors have suffered a meltdown at Fukushima

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said fuel rods in two more reactors were likely to have suffered a meltdown soon after they were crippled by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in north-east Japan.

Confirmation by Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) that fuel in the cores of reactors 2 and 3 had melted came days after new data confirmed a similar meltdown in reactor 1 about 16 hours after the disaster.

The utility, which last week suffered the biggest annual loss by any Japanese firm outside the financial sector, said most of the melted fuel in all three reactors was covered in water and did not threaten to compound the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

The temperature of the fuel rods, which are believed to have melted and settled at the bottom of flooded reactor pressure vessels, remained well below dangerous levels, the company said.

“It is unlikely that the meltdowns will worsen the crisis because the melted fuel is covered in water,” said a Tepco spokesman, Takeo Iwamoto.

It said the fuel rods in the reactors 2 and 3 had started melting two to three days after the earthquake and tsunami, which knocked out vital cooling systems.

Tepco officials repeated their insistence that the reactors had been crippled by the waves, but speculation has mounted in recent days that the quake itself had been responsible, casting doubt on Tepco’s claims that the plant was able to withstand even the most violent seismic shifts.

Tepco said it had been unable to confirm the meltdowns until it had finished analysing data, but Koichi Nakano, a political science professor at Sophia University, suggested the revelation was timed to minimise its impact on the public.

“In the early stages of the crisis Tepco may have wanted to avoid panic,” he told Reuters. “Now people are used to the situation … nothing is resolved, but normal business has resumed in places like Tokyo.”

Tepco’s handling of the crisis will come under closer scrutiny with the arrival in Tokyo of a delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The UN nuclear inspectors will visit the Fukushima plant and present their findings at a meeting of ministers from IAEA member-states on 20 June.

Tepco has suffered recent setbacks that may derail attempts to bring the plant under control in the next six to nine months, which is the deadline the firm announced just over a month ago.

On Monday, it said makeshift containers being used to store tens of thousands of tonnes of contaminated water were almost full.

The company has yet to complete a system to reprocess the water for reuse in the reactors, raising fears that contaminated liquid could leak into the sea.

A Tepco spokesman said dealing with contaminated water that has gathered in reactor buildings and trenches could take until the end of the year, adding that the volume of water being used to cool the damaged reactors could rise to about 200,000 tonnes.

Tepco is working with the French nuclear engineering firm Areva to reprocess the water.

Japan’s shift towards renewable energy, meanwhile, is expected to gather momentum later this week.

The prime minister, Naoto Kan, will unveil plans at the G8 summit in Deauville, France, to require all new buildings to be fitted with solar panels by 2030, the Nikkei business newspaper said.

Kan has already announced a comprehensive review of Japan’s nuclear energy policy and ordered the temporary closure of an atomic plant in central Japan that is considered particularly vulnerable to earthquake damage.

But he is also expected to tell G8 leaders that Japan will continue to use nuclear energy after making safety improvements.

Some have criticised Kan and Tepco for failing to quickly release information about the extent of the damage at Fukushima Daiichi. “I am very sorry that the public doesn’t trust the various disclosures the government has made about the accident,” Kan told parliament.

Separately, Italy‘s government voted by 313 votes to 291 to shelve plans for new nuclear power plants. Earthquake-prone Italy currently has no reactors, but pro-nuclear prime minister Silvio Berlusconi had planned to build new nuclear plants. He decided to scrap the plans following rising public concern after the disaster at Fukushima.

source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/24/japan-nuclear-plant-more-meltdowns

New Massive Fire At Fukushimi Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

The Intel Hub
By Alexander HigginsContributing Writer
May 8th, 2011

Evidence of Massive Fire At Fukushimi Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant In Japan On May 8th 2011

source: http://theintelhub.com/2011/05/08/massive-fire-breaks-out-at-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-plant-may-8th-2011/

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 nuclear power plant up date

Video shows the opening of the double doors that divide the reactor and turbine building in Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 nuclear power plant,

As news from Japan seems to have disappeared from our front pages, I am wondering if we should be worried. The plight of the ordinary people has not gotten any better and there is no news on when and if they can return to their homes .This is the latest video from Japan and it shows the sheer destruction of plant number 1 .A counter is showing the radiation levels.

In the second video it appears that the authorities are expecting children to stay and study in high radiation areas, higher than the levels workers in nuclear plants are expected to work

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