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Inside video report from Fukushima nuclear reactor evacuation zone

April 8, 2011

Fukushima, Japan – The Japanese government has issued the evacuation order on March 12 for the residents living within the 20 kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Since then, residents have left their homes, and the “no mans land” has been out of touch with the rest of the world.

A Japanese journalist, Tetsuo Jimbo, ventured through the evacuation zone last Sunday, and filed the following video report.

He says that, inside the evacuation zone, homes,building, roads and bridges, which were torn down by Tsunami, are left completely untouched, and the herd of cattle and pet dogs, left behind by the owners, wonders around the town while the radiation level remains far beyond legal limits.

Watch the video report.   Here:-

 

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Steve Bell on George Osborne and the Eurozone

Steve Bell

guardian.co.uk, Friday 8 April 2011

Steve Bell 08.04.11

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Fukushima Meltdown Confirmed

Friday, April 08, 2011 by Stephen Lendman

On April 6, Reuters reported that “the core at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactor has melted through the reactor pressure vessel,” Rep. Edward Markey told a House hearing on the disaster, saying:

“I have been informed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that the core has gotten so hot that part of it has probably melted through the reactor pressure vessel.”

Recklessly promoting nuclear proliferation, America’s NRC is notorious for coverup and denial of its harmful effects. As a result, their rare admission virtually confirms a full core meltdown in one or more reactors, meaning vast amounts of radiation are being uncontrollably released into the atmosphere, water and soil, spreading over a vast area. It’s the ultimate nightmare scenario now unfolding, but don’t expect major media reports or government officials to explain.

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Updates on Fukushima-Tepco are limiting the flow of information

More from Arnie Gundersen….

Video Update Here:-

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BT and Phorm escape prosecution for secret wiretaps

By Christopher Williams, Technology Correspondent 2:04PM BST 08 Apr 2011

BT and Phorm will not face prosecution for trials of technology that secretly intercepted and profiled the broadband traffic of tens of thousands of people, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.

There was insufficient evidence to begin a prosecution under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, which makes interception of communications an offence except in special circumstances, the CPS said.

Andrew Hadik, who reviewed the evidence at the CPS’ Complex Casework Unit in London, also said a prosecution of BT and Phorm would not be in the public interest.

“At present, the available evidence is insufficient to provide a realistic prospect of conviction,” he said.

“We obtained expert evidence to enable us to understand how the technology worked, how many people were affected and how they were affected. Those are the key elements of the alleged offending.

“Even if further evidence were available and collected, we are satisfied that it could not change our assessment.”

BT and Phorm ran two trials of the technology, in 2006 and 2007. Broadband traffic was intercepted and scanned for keywords to categorise the unwitting participants’ interests. The firms planned to use the data to better target advertising on websites.

The secret trials were revealed when internal BT documents were passed to the press in 2008, prompting a privacy outcry that eventually forced Phorm out of the UK market.

Web giants including Amazon demanded that their communications with customers would not be intercepted and BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media all abandoned plans to work with the AIM-listed firm. It is now pursuing business in Brazil and China.

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Deadly Delhi superbug poses risk to antibiotic treatment worldwide

By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor

Friday, 8 April 2011 Article Here:-

An estimated 500,000 people in Delhi are carrying bacteria highly resistant to antibiotics acquired from drinking water, say researchers.

Tests on drains and public taps across the city found high levels of contamination with bacteria carrying the NDM 1 gene (New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase) which confers resistance to almost all known antibiotics.

The discovery highlights the global threat from the spread of untreatable superbugs. An estimated 25,000 people die each year in the European Union from antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. The numbers affected beyond the EU are not known.

Researchers from Cardiff University tested water samples from drains and public taps in Delhi. They found 4 per cent of drinking water samples and 30 per cent of drain samples contaminated with the NDM 1 gene. Further tests showed the gene had spread to bacteria causing cholera and dysentery making them potentially untreatable.

Mark Toleman, an author of the study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, said: “Half a million people in New Delhi are carrying NDM 1 bacteria as normal gut flora.

“If we let it go, in the next two or three years we will see the loss of antibiotics in India. We will rapidly get to the stage where those bacteria are untreatable.”

Separate research showed that more than 80 per cent of travellers returning from India to Europe carried the NDM gene in their gut. NDM confers resistance to the most powerful antibiotics – carbapanems.

Bacteria testing positive for NDM 1 genes had been isolated from 70 patients in the UK, according to the Health Protection Agency, but there had been no cases of onward transmission.

Dr Toleman said the situation in India and the rest of south-east Asia, which was the largest reservoir of NDM containing bacteria, posed a threat to the world, and international efforts were needed to improve sanitation.

He said the Indian government had expressed concern, but its hidden attitude was one of denial. Researchers investigating contamination of the water supply had been harassed.

At a briefing organised by the World Health Organisation, scientists warned that reckless use of antibiotics was in danger of returning the world to a pre-antibiotic era where infections did not respond to treatment.

David Heymann, chairman of the UK Health Protection Agency said that within two years of Penicillin being discovered, 11 per cent of strains of staphylococcus aureus were resistant and by the late 1990s over 90 per cent of hospital strains were resistant.

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Is Japan hiding atomic bomb processing in Fukushima?

April 7 2011 at 5:58 PM

By Yoichi Shimatsu

Full Article Here:-


Confused and often conflicting reports out of Fukushima 1 nuclear plant cannot be solely the result of tsunami-caused breakdowns, bungling or miscommunication. Inexplicable delays and half-baked explanations from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) seem to be driven by some unspoken factor.

The smoke and mirrors at Fukushima 1 seem to obscure a steady purpose, an iron will and a grim task unknown to outsiders. The most logical explanation: The nuclear industry and government agencies are scrambling to prevent the discovery of atomic-bomb research facilities hidden inside Japan’s civilian nuclear power plants.

A secret nuclear weapons program is a ghost in the machine, detectable only when the system of information control momentarily lapses or breaks down. A close look must be taken at the gap between the official account and unexpected events.

Conflicting Reports

TEPCO, Japan’s nuclear power operator, initially reported three reactors were operating at the time of the March 11 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Then a hydrogen explosion ripped Unit 3, run on plutonium-uranium mixed oxide (or MOX). Unit 6 immediately disappeared from the list of operational reactors, as highly lethal particles of plutonium billowed out of Unit 3. Plutonium is the stuff of smaller, more easily delivered warheads.

A fire ignited inside the damaged housing of the Unit 4 reactor, reportedly due to overheating of spent uranium fuel rods in a dry cooling pool. But the size of the fire indicates that this reactor was running hot for some purpose other than electricity generation. Its omission from the list of electricity-generating operations raises the question of whether Unit 4 was being used to enrich uranium, the first step of the process leading to extraction of weapons-grade fissionable material.

The bloom of irradiated seawater across the Pacific comprises another piece of the puzzle, because its underground source is untraceable (or, perhaps, unmentionable). The flooded labyrinth of pipes, where the bodies of two missing nuclear workers-never before disclosed to the press- were found, could well contain the answer to the mystery: a lab that none dare name.

Political Warfare

In reaction to Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s demand for prompt reporting of problems, the pro-nuclear lobby has closed ranks, fencing off and freezing out the prime minister’s office from vital information. A grand alliance of nuclear proponents now includes TEPCO, plant designer General Electric, METI, the former ruling Liberal Democratic Party and, by all signs, the White House.

Cabinet ministers in charge of communication and national emergencies recently lambasted METI head Banri Kaeda for acting as both nuclear promoter and regulator in charge of the now-muzzled Nuclear and Industrial Safety Commission. TEPCO struck back quickly, blaming the prime minister’s helicopter fly-over for delaying venting of volatile gases and thereby causing a blast at Reactor 2. For “health reasons,” TEPCO ‘s president retreated to a hospital ward, cutting Kan’s line of communication with the company and undermining his site visit to Fukushima 1.

Kan is furthered hampered by his feud with Democratic Party rival Ichiro Ozawa, the only potential ally with the clout to challenge the formidable pro-nuclear coalition

The head of the Liberal Democrats, which sponsored nuclear power under its nearly 54-year tenure, has just held confidential talks with U.S. Ambassador John Roos, while President Barack Obama was making statements in support of new nuclear plants across the U.S.

Yoichi Shimatsu, a Hong Kong­based environmental writer, is the former editor of the Japan Times Weekly.

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