Monday, February 29, 2016

Fukushima Nuclear Wasteland, Dismal Outlooks


Both of today's top stories are those rub it your face "I-told-you-so" debunking verifications about what the not-so-bright passionately believe.  First nuclear power,  given the track record and containment issues, it is highly unlikely that this energy source will ever  replace much of the output from oil. The Carbon Institute estimated we would need 10,000 plants to offset the losses from oil. How would you like to have that many Fukushima's when those plants decommission? 

And then, who ever "really" believed that we were going to other planets and solar systems ? Why would we? Just to do the same devastations to the rest the universe that we did here on earth?

Folks, let's face it, earthlings are not the sharpest knives in the inter- galactic kitchen?   What you didn't know that too?


FUKUSHIMA: FIVE YEARS LATER 






JAPAN IS STILL CLEANING UP ONE OF THE WORLD'S WORST NUCLEAR DISASTERS. HERE'S HOW FAR IT HAS COME—AND HOW FAR IT HAS YET TO GO.

A 50-foot wall of water spawned by the quake exploded over Daiichi’s seawall, swamping backup diesel generators. Four of six nuclear reactors on-site experienced a total blackout. In the days that followed, three of them melted down, spewing enormous amounts of radiation into the air and sea in what became the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
The Japanese government never considered abandoning Fukushima as the Soviet Union did with Chernobyl. It made the unprecedented decision to clean up the contaminated areas—in the process, generating a projected 22 million cubic meters of low-level radioactive waste—and return some 80,000 nuclear refugees to their homes. This past September, the first of 11 towns in Fukushima’s mandatory evacuation zone reopened after extensive decontamination, but fewer than 2 percent of evacuees returned that month. More will follow, but surveys indicate that the majority don’t want to go back. Some evacuees are afraid of radiation; many have simply moved on with their lives.

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Smuggling gangs net €6 billion from migrant traffic to Europe

Europol has identified more than 12,000 suspects active in gangs involved in smuggling migrants.The gangs come from  Bulgaria, Egypt, Hungary, Iraq and Kosovo, are engaged in a huge range of criminal activities.



Medical Bills Are the Biggest Cause of US Bankruptcies

Even having health insurance doesn't buffer consumers against financial hardship. 10 million will be unable to pay for necessities such as rent, food and utilities because of medical bills.



The Real Reason Apple Is Fighting the FBI

It’s the future of high-tech surveillance, the trust infrastructure undergirding the global software ecosystem, and how far technology companies and software developers can be conscripted as unwilling suppliers of hacking tools for governments.




NO HOTELS  ON THE MOON, JUST SCI-FI  

No way to live outside Earth: Space colonization a myth - ESA director


For decades in history space was the giant playground - but only for NASA and the USSR. Now, many nations strive to reach and explore the last frontier. With the enormous costs for the venture, will cooperation prevail over national interests? Are there benefits in the near future - for all of us - in spending so much to get to the orbit? We touch upon all these questions with Director-General of the European Space Agency, Jean Jacques Dordain, on Sophie&Co.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

OMG ! Sea Level Rising Setting Historic Pace

If there is anyone who really thinks that the Paris Climate Accord is going to have an impact on climate change, we feel sorry for their delusional state and they should see a Doctor immediately. Why? 


The climate could care less about our human aspirations, agreements or negotiations - that's an irrefutable fact,  law  and science.


So what was all the fuss about?   



The Future is Flooded: 


Seas Rising Faster Than They Have In 28 Centuries





With all the greenhouse-gases we already emitted, we cannot stop the seas from rising altogether, but we can substantially limit the rate of the rise by ending the use of fossil fuels.'

When it comes to swelling oceans that threaten coastal communities around the world, it's bad, and it's going to get worse.

Sea levels are rising faster than they have in the last three millennia, and that rate continues to accelerate due to the burning of fossil fuels, according to new research published Monday. 

One study appearing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences states that "almost certainly, more than half of the 20th century rise has been caused by human activity, possibly even all of it."

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According to DWN, the police officer who revealed the real state of affairs during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Cologne has not hurt the police. "The [real] damage has been caused by those who told tales out of opportunistic motives and presented the reality in pictured reality a distorted way. They not only caused the damage to the police, but to the public as well," the article said, adding that the whistleblower who exposed the Cologne attacks is actually a real "hero."



The 50 kilometre aerial commute allows the father of three to live in Nanaimo, B.C., where homes cost about a quarter of those in Vancouver, one of the world’s frothiest markets with average homes selling for $1.3 million. He’s encouraging some of his employees to do the same.



There is General Electric's sale of its appliance business to Qingdao-based Haier, Zoomlion's bid for the heavy-lifting-equipment maker Terex Corp., and ChemChina's record-breaking deal for the Swiss seeds and pesticides group Syngenta, valued at $48 billion.


Facing Default, Some Student Loan Borrowers Flee Abroad


Millions of Americans owe a collective $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, and roughly a quarter of them are behind in their payments. As they struggle to stay afloat, some have even sought refuge abroad, where it’s possible to escape student loan collectors – but only for those who plan never to return to the United States.

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http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/02/23/student-loan-borrowers-flee-abroad



Thursday, February 25, 2016

MIRACLE? Elephant Herds Come to Mourn Human Friend's Funeral

 The Elephant Whisperer 

While this is an old story, it is one that did not get the  recognition it deserved a few years back. It is amoung the most important stories of our times. Why? Because it is a real miracle! It is a verifiable  miracle  under the scrutiny  of  scientific criteria..

It  therefore exceeds, in fact - what all other previous recorded theistical claims, exceeded in fiction.  

And more importantly, the elephants all agreed!


Image result for elephant herds at funeral


Music honours the deep intelligence and sentiment of the highly ordered society of elephants who trekked for 2 days without eating or drinking to reach Lawrence Anthony's house, following his death. He was the extraordinary supporter of wildlife, conservationist, rehabilitator of elephants worldwide. They stayed 3 days, still not eating nor drinking then quietly trekked home.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD4VsebBhEQ    

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http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/news/saying-goodbye-elephants-hold-apparent-vigil-to-mourn-their-human-friend.ht




The Pope, the Patriarch — and a Little Bit of Putin

The focus on the state of Christianity in the Middle East is a public relations win for the Russian Orthodox Church, which is trying to shore up its position in Russia by presenting itself as the defender of persecuted Christians around the world. “This meeting allows them to play a large public role and sell it back in Russia,”




Apple launches $1.5bn green bond

Technology giant is raising finance for renewable energy, greener materials and efficiency




The real reason for the war on cash 

It is political: holders of currency could undermine their brave new monetary world of negative interest rates. Japan and Europe are already deep into negative territory, and US is preparing for the possibility. 




Oldest Known Case of Neanderthal  


Tests revealed that the female, whose remains were recovered from the Altai mountains on the Russia-Mongolia border, carried traces of DNA from Homo sapiens who mated with her ancestors 100,000 years ago.



 A Neanderthal reconstruction at Prehistoric Museum in Halle, Germany.

And More...

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/22/my-neanderthal-sex-secret-modern-europeans-great-great-grandparent-link


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Australian #Bushfires: Huge Hidden Costs

The True Cost of Bushfires

When we build complex systems it  burns the candle at both ends until there are no more resources left to prop up the dying system causing  it to  collapse. 

Here is more evidence of this  trend. Plus what is not mentioned is the water needed to extinguish these bushfires that could be put to better purposes such as drinking and irrigation where shortages are expected due to the dryer hot temperatures.  

Perhaps it is time to just burn one end of the candle ? Any ideas?


 

Long-burning massive bushfires is the new normal as climate change causes more heatwaves of greater intensity. The number of professional firefighters would need to double by 2030 in a hotter and drier climate.


and 


Sugar may be as damaging to the brain as extreme stress or abuse

Chronic consumption of sugar in rats who were not stressed produced similar changes in the hippocampus as rats who were stressed but not drinking sugar. Drinking sugar or exposure to early life stress reduced the expression of genes critical for brain development and growth.




Russian Diplomat Drops a Bombshell: US Expected ISIS to Seize Damascus by October

The US was planning to start a bombing campaign to overthrow the government knowing that by October in the victory of the Islamic State and its capture of Damascus. To stop the US proclaiming a no-fly zone - i.e. commencing a bombing campaign aimed at overthrowing the Syrian government - Russia intervened in Syria.  




Hillary Clinton and the Syrian Bloodbath

It was US intransigence - Clinton's intransigence - that led to the failure of Annan's peace efforts in the spring of 2012, a point well known among diplomats.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-sachs/hillary-clinton-and-the-s_b_9231190.html 



The Consequences of CSIRO Climate Cuts



National and global interests were at stake in CSIRO's decision to axe about 110 of the 140 present staff involved in two key climate monitoring and modelling programs

Antarctic research programs are also under a cloud.




Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#NASA Marks Hottest January Ever - NO ARCTIC WINTER!

No Winter for the Arctic 


We’re witnessing the end for Winter as we know it. Greenhouse emission — now pushing CO2 levels to above 405 ppm — is rapidly forcing our world to warm most swiftly in one of the absolute worst places imaginable: the Arctic.






Solar homes facing meter bill shock, delays as premium tariffs end

Some 150,000 households have been enjoying a 60c/kWh gross feed-in tariff for the last few years – that is 60c/kWh paid for entire output of their rooftop solar systems. However, that comes to an end on December 31,




Greece Faces New Round of Strikes and Protests

Lawyers, dockworkers, and teachers are all set to engage in job actions.




Why Is China Spending $43 Billion for a Farming Company?

The biggest overseas purchase in Chinese history is meant to ensure the world’s largest country can keep feeding its people. 

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/02/15/why-is-china-spending-43-billion-for-a-farming-company





Methane's Role in Arctic Warming

Greenhouse gas levels are higher over the Arctic than elsewhere on Earth, gasses that would otherwise be radiated out to space. The first image shows higher CO2 levels at higher latitudes north over 410 ppm. In the second that methane levels of over 1900 ppb over most of the Arctic Ocean on February 4, 2016. Surely these two events are connected!




Monday, February 22, 2016

FOUR BILLION Face Water Scarcity

Four Billion Facing Severe Water Shortages 






Two-thirds of the global population live under conditions of severe water scarcity at least 1 month of the year. Nearly half live in India and China. Half a billion people severe water scarcity all year round.  



Washington’s Machiavellian Game in Syria


The world’s most powerful Superpower did not come to that position without extraordinary skills, cunning, a remarkable ability to lie convincingly, to deceive, to precisely manipulate the weaknesses of their opponents. Around late March or April it will be clear. The US has lured not only Turkey and Saudi Arabia, but now Moscow into their trap in the Middle East. The initial losers in this unfolding deadly game will be Saudi, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and likely Russia.


Europe is disintegrating while its citizens watch indifferent

We are witnessing the slow agony of the dream of European integration, disintegrating without a single demonstration occuring anywhere. European institutions are in an existential crisis but the debate??



The Great Turning 

The shift from the Industrial Growth Society to a life-sustaining civilization. The ecological and social crises we face are caused by an economic system dependent on accelerating growth.


The Wendelstein 7-X is the world’s largest stellarator, a massively complex fusion reactor that was inaugurated by Angela Merkel in a recent ceremony. The reactor is a testing prototype at this stage rather than a commercial energy generation source, but it marks the first time an alternative to traditional fusion power approaches has been tried. The current state of the art in fusion power is a device called a Tokamak. Tokamaks are easier to build than stellarators, but despite decades of support for projects like ITER that rely on that design, no economical fusion reactor has been built yet. The Wendelstein 7-X offers an alternative


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