Krugman: This is a Depression


By bobswern, DailyKos
Posted on December 12, 2011, Printed on December 12, 2011
http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/746670/krugman%3A_this_is_a_depression

Over the past year, I’ve seen these words posted by many of the FP’ers here, and they are thus: “It’s sad to see what passes for happy news about our economy these days.” IMHO, folks are grabbing at straws. Frankly, I get the sense from some that it’s bordering on (wilted) “green shoots” déjà vu. Those talking points didn’t work for our Party in 2010, and they sure as hell won’t do the job for us in 2012.

Perhaps, as Paul Krugman notes in Monday’s NY Times (and if you read the collective commentary of some of the better-known economic pundits in the MSM over the past 48 hours), we really are teetering on the abyss.

Many important opinion pieces on these inconvenient economic realities have been published over the past couple of days. Phenomenal in their succinct and elegantly simple observations of fact, I’m  providing links to them, down below. They speak for themselves. Taken together, they provide us with the over-arching narrative on much of what is wrong within our global society, today; and, here in the U.S., where many of our international economic woes began.

Two pieces stand out as bookends to these truths, however. First, as Kossack La Feminista noted in her post here less than 24 hours ago, covering a column in the (UK) Independent by Robert Fisk: “Bankers are the dictators of the West.”

The other bookend to this weekend’s enlightening narrative/commentary appears in Monday’s NY Times, by none other than Paul Krugman, in: “Depression and Democracy.” The opening sentence pretty much says it all…

 

 

It’s time to start calling the current situation what it is: a depression. True, it’s not a full replay of the Great Depression, but that’s cold comfort. Unemployment in both America and Europe remains disastrously high. Leaders and institutions are increasingly discredited. And democratic values are under siege.

On that last point, I am not being alarmist. On the political as on the economic front it’s important not to fall into the “not as bad as” trap. High unemployment isn’t O.K. just because it hasn’t hit 1933 levels; ominous political trends shouldn’t be dismissed just because there’s no Hitler in sight.Let’s talk, in particular, about what’s happening in Europe — not because all is well with America, but because the gravity of European political developments isn’t widely understood.

Bold type is diarist’s emphasis.

Krugman discusses the rise of authoritarian rule in Hungary, and he closes with a warning — one which certainly resonates here in the U.S. today, too — economic unrest breeds political unrest..

He states: “…it’s a sample of what may happen much more widely if this depression continues.”
Krugman notes that Europe’s leaders must try to halt the authoritarian slide in Hungary “…or [they] risk losing everything they stand for. “

The Nobel laureate closes with the following warning…

…they also need to rethink their failing economic policies. If they don’t, there will be more backsliding on democracy — and the breakup of the euro may be the least of their worries.

For many years, much to the chagrin of some in this community, I’ve been saying that the biggest tactical mistake the Obama administration made (and, to some extent, continues to make, even when they make occasional pronouncements to the contrary) was when they decided to not use the “D”-word (with regard to the shambles that were left behind for the current administration to address) from the very first day they took office. Tonight, as noted in a highly-rec’d diary in the community, the Party line—and as Morgenson also notes in Sunday’s NY Times, the media’s beginning to get the semblance of a clue, as well–is changing. But, don’t look too closely, because you’ll see that many/most of the same people that were managing the economy when Bush was in office are (still) at the helm, today.

Morgenson and NY Times Editor Eduardo Porter also authored two outstanding columns (in-between Fisk’s and Krugman’s “bookends”), this weekend, about the basic realities that, given record-breaking U.S. income inequality and the reality that our nation’s too-big-to-fail banks are bigger now than they’ve ever been, our economy—and our very way of life–is more at risk now than ever.

Read together (and while this certainly is NOT news to many reading this), these four pieces by Fisk, Porter, Morgenson, and Krugman, all appearing within the MSM in the past 48 hours, serve as a wake-up call: The very fabric of our society—both nationally and globally, as we’ve known it–is at risk.

First, here’s Fisk:

…The banks and the rating agencies have become the dictators of the West. Like the Mubaraks and Ben Alis, the banks believed – and still believe – they are owners of their countries. The elections which give them power have – through the gutlessness and collusion of governments – become as false as the polls to which the Arabs were forced to troop decade after decade to anoint their own national property owners. Goldman Sachs and the Royal Bank of Scotland became the Mubaraks and Ben Alis of the US and the UK, each gobbling up the people’s wealth in bogus rewards and bonuses for their vicious bosses on a scale infinitely more rapacious than their greedy Arab dictator-brothers could imagine.I didn’t need Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job on BBC2 this week – though it helped – to teach me that the ratings agencies and the US banks are interchangeable, that their personnel move seamlessly between agency, bank and US government. The ratings lads (almost always lads, of course) who AAA-rated sub-prime loans and derivatives in America are now – via their poisonous influence on the markets – clawing down the people of Europe by threatening to lower or withdraw the very same ratings from European nations which they lavished upon criminals before the financial crash in the US. I believe that understatement tends to win arguments. But, forgive me, who are these creatures whose ratings agencies now put more fear into the French than Rommel did in 1940?

Why don’t my journalist mates in Wall Street tell me?

…The Arabs have at least begun to shrug off this nonsense. But when the Wall Street protesters do the same, they become “anarchists”, the social “terrorists” of American streets who dare to demand that the Bernankes and Geithners should face the same kind of trial as Hosni Mubarak. We in the West – our governments – have created our dictators. But, unlike the Arabs, we can’t touch them.

And, here’s Pulitzer Prize-winner Gretchen Morgenson, from Sunday’s NY Times: “The Fattest or the Fittest?

ELIMINATING the benefits reaped by institutions that are too politically powerful and interconnected to fail has been an elusive goal in the aftermath of the credit crisis. Institutions most likely to receive assistance from the federal government if they become troubled — behemoths like Citigroup, Bank of America or Wells Fargo — have grown only larger in recent years. Efforts to pare down these banks have met well-financed resistance among policy makers.

She notes that “…reducing the perils of gargantuan institutions — and the threat to taxpayers — is an idea that seems to be taking hold in Washington. To be sure, the army arguing for change is far outgunned by the battalions of bankers and lobbyists working to maintain the status quo. But some combatants seeking reform believe they are making headway.”

Exemplifying this new development, Morgenson points to Richard W. Fisher, the president of the Dallas branch of the Federal Reserve.

In a speech last month he described, quite colorfully, the problems of these unwieldy institutions and the regulatory ethic “that coddles survival of the fattest rather than promoting survival of the fittest.” Bank regulators should follow the lead of the health authorities battling obesity rates among our population, he said, adding that he favored “an international accord that would break up these institutions into more manageable size.”This is a banker talking, not a member of the Occupy Wall Street drum circle…

(More from Morgenson in a moment.)

In his NY Times’ “Sunday Observer” editorial, Eduardo Porter talks of “The 1 Percent Club’s Misguided Protectors.”

The Republican right is pushing back hard against the 99 percent movement and its focus on the widening chasm between the fortunes of the few at the summit of the income scale and everybody else…

Porter then continues to echo a theme (which he documents quite nicely with graphics—checkout his commentary, linked just a few sentences above) which, at this point, is very familiar to those in this community…

…This indifference is grounded in a proposition that has for decades dominated American debate over redistributive policies like steeper taxes for the rich: that inequality is an expected outcome of economic growth, and that efforts to tamp down inequality would slow growth down. As President Obama said in his speech in Kansas last week, this strain of thought goes back to at least the turn of the last century when “there were people who thought massive inequality and exploitation of people was just the price you pay for progress.”

(As most reading this post already know, the U.S. is currently experiencing the greatest level of income inequality between our nation’s haves and have-nots since reliable metrics [back in the nineteen-teens] were first introduced to adequately measure those statistics.)

Porter discusses International Monetary Fund (IMF) research by economists Andrew Berg and Jonathan Ostry that “…reveals the link between inequality and the sustainability of economic growth. Igniting growth is easier than maintaining it. They found that in high-inequality nations spurts of growth ended more quickly, and often in painful contractions.”
More from Porter…

…The economists found that income distribution contributes more to the sustainability of economic growth than does the quality of a country’s political institutions, its foreign debt and openness to trade, the level of foreign investment in the economy and whether its exchange rate is competitive.It’s not too hard to see why. Extreme inequality blocks opportunity for the poor. It can breed resentment and political instability — discouraging investment — and lead to political polarization and gridlock, splitting the political system into haves and have-nots. And it can make it harder for governments to address economic imbalances and brewing crises.

Porter concludes with more statistical annotation supporting the reality that “…inequality in America has soared over the last 30 years, approaching and even surpassing that in many poor countries. Today, America is an outlier among industrial nations. Its distribution of income looks closer to that of Argentina than, say, Germany.”

In his closing sentences he compares what has happened in the U.S.  economy with the…

… characteristics of boom-and-busts in less developed nations. It was triggered, in part, by 1 percenters on Wall Street persuading regulators to remove restrictions on their casino. It led workers to pile on debt to supplement falling incomes. It ended with a vast deployment of tax dollars to bail out fallen plutocrats. And our political system seems unable to deal with the aftermath.

Gretchen Morgenson spends the second half of her column discussing one Democrat who’s attempting to deal with “the aftermath,” Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown. He’s doing everything he can, in his role as the Chair of the Senate Banking subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer protection, to put a saddle on “megabank risk.”

…In April 2010, he was a co-sponsor of the Safe Banking Act of 2010 with Ted Kaufman, the former Democratic senator from Delaware. The bill, which would break up some of the largest banks by requiring caps on institution size and leverage, ran into a buzz saw of opposition from the usual suspects.But Mr. Brown soldiers on; he said in an interview on Thursday that he, too, believes the debate is changing. “We’re seeing sentiment grow on the Brown-Kaufman idea,” he said. “We are seeing some people who are pretty conservative here understanding the implicit subsidies these megabanks receive. Our goal is that senators understand this to the point of wanting to take action.”

As I’ve noted in numerous, heavily-annotated posts, the truth of the matter is, today, Wall Street is receiving an EASY $200 billion per year in stealthy/obfuscated taxpayer subsidies.

As Morgenson notes in her closing comments from Sunday, Wall Street fatcats “…are being paid for taking risks that generate lush bonuses when things go well but that require taxpayer bailouts when the tide turns. Main Street understands that this is wrong and that allowing it to continue is dangerous. It’s past time that Washington did something about it.”

As Krugman reminds us, today, our near-term and future well-being relies upon responsible government action, both here and abroad, coming to pass—not just in words but in actions–NOW.

I cannot help but get a sense that we are witnessing a massive historical failure of government, not just nationally, but globally. At then end of the day, compared to the suffering it will bring, it won’t matter who’s to blame.

We are all in this together. It may be the greatest bipartisan sentiment of all. Dare I say it…even a lot of Republicans, and perhaps a few bankers, will understand that.

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Deadly Silence on Fukushima: It’s Not Over


 
 
By Vivian Norris
Global Research, May 10, 2011

I received the following email a few days ago from a Russian nuclear physicist friend who is an expert on the kinds of gases being released at Fukushima. Here is what he wrote:

About Japan: the problem is that the reactor uses “dirty” fuel. It is a combination of plutonium and uranium (MOX). I suspect that the old fuel rods have bean spread out due to the explosion and the surrounding area is contaminated with plutonium which means you can never return to this place again. It is like a new Tchernobyl. Personally, I am not surprised that the authority has not informed people about this.

I have been following the Fukushima story very closely since the earthquake and devastating tsunami. I have asked scientists I know, nuclear physicists and others about where they find real information. I have also watched as the news has virtually disappeared. There is something extremely disturbing going on, and having lived through the media blackout in France back in April and early May 1986, and speaking to doctors who are deeply concerned by the dramatic increase in cancers appearing at very young ages, it is obvious that information is being held back. We are still told not to eat mushrooms and truffles from parts of Europe, not wild boar and reindeer from Germany and Finland 25 years later.

A special thanks to people like European Representative Michele Rivasi, who has followed this issue since Chernobyl: Rivasi, a Green MEP and founder of France’s Commission for Independent Research and Information on Radioactivity, told EurActiv that she was worried the tests would cover up nuclear risks and reinstate business as usual.

“It’s very important to have scientists who are not already paid by the nuclear power industry,” she said. “If they are the same people from Euratom and national authorities they use today, why would they say anything different to what they say all the time?”

One resource for information on Chernobyl deaths and cancers/illnesses was only just recently translated and can be found online: “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment” by Alexey Yablokov, Vassily Nesterenko, and Alexey Nesterenko.

Another very good report on Chernobyl is this one, which also outlines the disturbing relationship between WHO and the nuclear industry.

The best site I have found for up-to-date information by nuclear industry experts is here.

Arnie Gundersen was a high-level executive for years and analyzes the information he has been receiving in a calm and scientific way. His latest update is entitled, “Fukushima Groundwater Contamination Worst in Nuclear History.” Gundersen is in touch with senior members of the Japanese nuclear establishment. What is highly disturbing is that the main reason Japan does not appear to be as bad a Chernobyl is that the wind was blowing out to sea and not for the most part towards land. But all this has done is spread the cancers out into the worldwide population as opposed to concentrating it all in Japan. It will be very difficult to tell, as it was in France, Scandinavia and other places, where the Chernobyl cloud traveled in the days following the disaster. I will summarize some of Gunderson’s very disturbing and important information here:

1. There was a hydrogen explosion, and it was a detonation, not a deflagration — in other words the fire burned up not burned down.

2. A frame-by-frame analysis shows a flame that confirms that the fuel pool is burning as a result of an explosion which started as a hydrogen explosion but that could not have lifted the fuel into the air so there must have been a violent explosion at the bottom of the fuel pool. But more data is needed.

3. Gunderson speaks about past criticalities in other nuclear reactors around the world, and I find it odd we are not hearing about these and how they can teach us about what is going on now at Fukushima.

4. Radioactive water is being pumped out and groundwater is contaminated, so there must be a leak or leaks, and this disaster is in no way contained. There will be contamination for a long time to come and this groundwater contamination is moving inland. One town is reporting radioactive sewage sludge from ground water or rainwater.

5. The Greenpeace ship Rainbow water has requested the Japanese government to test the waters near Japan, and Japan has refused this independent data request. The EPA has also shut down all inspection centers and is NOT inspecting fish. (Why the silence?)

Since Gunderson made this latest video, just a day or so ago new photo evidence seems to be showing burning and new fires taking place at Fukushima (from TBS JNN Japan): Why is this not on the front page of every single newspaper in the world? Why are official agencies not measuring from many places around the world and reporting on what is going on in terms of contamination every single day since this disaster happened? Radioactivity has been being released now for almost two full months! Even small amounts when released continuously, and in fact especially continuous exposure to small amounts of radioactivity, can cause all kinds of increases in cancers.

One reason no one is reporting on this nor allowed to go inside the exclusion zone nor even measure the waters off of Japan is because of the following compiled by Makiko Segawa, a staff writer at the Shingetsu News Agency. She prepared this report from Fukushima and Tokyo for www.japanfocus.org

Freelance journalists and foreign media are pursuing the facts, even going into the radiation exclusion zone. However, surprisingly, the Japan government continues to prevent freelance journalists and overseas media from gaining access to official press conferences at the prime minister’s house and government.

Uesugi stated that since March 11th, the government has excluded all internet media and all foreign media from official press conferences on the “Emergency Situation.” While foreign media have scrambled to gather information about the Fukushima Reactor, they have been denied access to the direct information provided by the government and one consequence of this is that “rumor-rife news has been broadcast overseas.”

In fact, access has been limited in two ways. First, while Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano Yukio holds twice daily press conferences for representatives of the big Japanese media, registered representatives of freelance and internet media are limited to a single press conference per week. Second, in contrast to Japanese media who are briefed regularly by Edano and periodically by Prime Miniser Kan, foreign media are briefed exclusively by administrative staff. Uesugi also notes that at TEPCO press conferences, which are now being held at company headquarters, foreign correspondents and Japanese freelancers regularly ask probing questions while mainstream journalists simply record and report company statements reiterating that the situation is basically under control and there is nothing to worry about. One reason for this, Uesugi suggests, is that TEPCO, a giant media sponsor, has an annual 20 billion yen advertising budget. “The media keeps defending the information from TEPCO!” “The Japanese media today is no different from the wartime propaganda media that kept repeating to the very end that ‘Japan is winning the war against America,’” Uesugi exclaimed. There is one particularly telling example of the media shielding TEPCO by suppressing information. This concerns “plutonium.” According to Uesugi, after the reactor blew up on March 14, there was concern about the leakage of plutonium. However, astonishingly, until two weeks later when Uesugi asked, not a single media representative had raised the question of plutonium at TEPCO’s press conferences.

On March 26, in response to Uesugi’s query, TEPCO stated, “We do not measure the level of plutonium and do not even have a detector to scale it.” Ironically, the next day, Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano announced that “plutonium was detected.”

When TEPCO finally released data on radioactive plutonium on March 28, it stated that plutonium -238, -239, and -240 were found in the ground, but insisted that it posed no human risk. Since TEPCO provided no clarification of the meaning of the plutonium radiation findings, the mainstream press merely reported the presence of the radiation without assessment (link). Nippon Television on March 29 headlined its interview with Tokyo University Prof. Nakagawa Keiichi, a radiation specialist, “Plutonium from the power plant–No effect on neighbors.”

On March 15, Uesugi criticized TEPCO for its closed attitude toward information on a TBS radio program. For this, he was immediately dismissed from his regular program. The scandal involving TEPCO’s silencing of the media took an interesting turn two weeks later. At the time of the disaster on March 11, TEPCO Chairman Katsumata Tsunehisa was hosting dozens of mainstream media executives on a “study session” in China. When asked about this fact by freelance journalist Tanaka Ryusaku at a TEPCO press conference on March 30, Katsumata defended the practice.

“It is a fact that we traveled together to China,” he said. “[TEPCO] did not pay all the expenses of the trip, but we paid more than they did. Certainly they are executives of the mass media, but they are all members of the study session.”

When Tanaka requested the names of the media executives hosted by TEPCO in China, Katsumata retorted, “I cannot reveal their names since this is private information.” But it is precisely such collusive relations between mainstream media, the government and TEPCO, that results in the censorship of information concerning nuclear problems.

Now the Japanese government has moved to crack down on independent reportage and criticism of the government’s policies in the wake of the disaster by deciding what citizens may or may not talk about in public. A new project team has been created by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, the National Police Agency, and METI to combat “rumors” deemed harmful to Japanese security in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.”

We need to demonstrate and write to our representatives and demand that measuring be done around the world continuously. Fukushima’s nuclear disaster is still going on. People need accurate information to protect themselves. Here is how after Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Chernobyl doctors worked with those who had been contaminated to decontaminate them (Sources: Tatsuichiro Akizuki, M.D., Nagasaki 1945 (London: Quartet Books, 1981); Tatsuichiro Akizuki, “How We Survived Nagasaki,” East West Journal, December 1980):

Macrobiotic Diet Prevents Radiation Sickness Among A-Bomb Survivors in Japan – In August, 1945, at the time of the atomic bombing of Japan, Tatsuichiro Akizuki, M.D., was director of the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Francis’s Hospital in Nagasaki. Most patients in the hospital, located one mile from the center of the blast, survived the initial effects of the bomb, but soon after came down with symptoms of radiation sickness from the fallout that had been released. Dr. Akizuki fed his staff and patients a strict macrobiotic diet of brown rice, miso soup, wakame and other sea vegetables, Hokkaido pumpkin, and sea salt and prohibited the consumption of sugar and sweets. As a result, he saved everyone in his hospital, while many other survivors in the city perished from radiation sickness.

I gave the cooks and staff strict orders that they should make unpolished whole-grain rice balls, adding some salt to them, prepare strong miso soup for each meal, and never use sugar. When they didn’t follow my orders, I scolded them without mercy, ‘Never take sugar. Sugar will destroy your blood!’…

This dietary method made it possible for me to remain alive and go on working vigorously as a doctor. The radioactivity may not have been a fatal dose, but thanks to this method, Brother Iwanaga, Reverend Noguchi, Chief Nurse Miss Murai, other staff members and in-patients, as well as myself, all kept on living on the lethal ashes of the bombed ruins. It was thanks to this food that all of us could work for people day after day, overcoming fatigue or symptoms of atomic disease and survive the disaster” free from severe symptoms of radioactivity.

People need answers, data and honest information to help them deal with what is going on. Media blackouts, propaganda and greedy self-interested industries, of any kind, who allow human beings’ health to be affected, and deaths to occur, must be stopped now. That senior TEPCO man and the leading nuclear academic in Japan did not break down crying and resign their positions because all was well at Fukushima. Think about it world, and act now before it is too late.


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Tokyo Electric admits fuel could be melting at Fukushima nuke plant


TOKYO, April 21, Kyodo

An official at Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, admitted Wednesday that fuel of the plant’s No. 1 reactor could be melting.

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/04/86750.html

Update from Fairewinds Assoc. on Fukushima Nuclear crisis


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From: dutchsinse | Apr 7, 2011

Visit their site here:

http://www.fairewinds.com

U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant


April 5, 2011

NY Times

By JAMES GLANZ and WILLIAM J. BROAD

United States government engineers sent to help with the crisis in Japan are warning that the troubled nuclear plant there is facing a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely, and that in some cases are expected to increase as a result of the very measures being taken to keep the plant stable, according to a confidential assessment prepared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Among the new threats that were cited in the assessment, dated March 26, are the mounting stresses placed on the containment structures as they fill with radioactive cooling water, making them more vulnerable to rupture in one of the aftershocks rattling the site after the earthquake and tsunami of March 11. The document also cites the possibility of explosions inside the containment structures due to the release of hydrogen and oxygen from seawater pumped into the reactors, and offers new details on how semimolten fuel rods and salt buildup are impeding the flow of fresh water meant to cool the nuclear cores.

In recent days, workers have grappled with several side effects of the emergency measures taken to keep nuclear fuel at the plant from overheating, including leaks of radioactive water at the site and radiation burns to workers who step into the water. The assessment, as well as interviews with officials familiar with it, points to a new panoply of complex challenges that water creates for the safety of workers and the recovery and long-term stability of the reactors.

While the assessment does not speculate on the likelihood of new explosions or damage from an aftershock, either could lead to a breach of the containment structures in one or more of the crippled reactors, the last barriers that prevent a much more serious release of radiation from the nuclear core. If the fuel continues to heat and melt because of ineffective cooling, some nuclear experts say, that could also leave a radioactive mass that could stay molten for an extended period.

The document, which was obtained by The New York Times, provides a more detailed technical assessment than Japanese officials have provided of the conundrum facing the Japanese as they struggle to prevent more fuel from melting at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. But it appears to rely largely on data shared with American experts by the Japanese.

Among other problems, the document raises new questions about whether pouring water on nuclear fuel in the absence of functioning cooling systems can be sustained indefinitely. Experts have said the Japanese need to continue to keep the fuel cool for many months until the plant can be stabilized, but there is growing awareness that the risks of pumping water on the fuel present a whole new category of challenges that the nuclear industry is only beginning to comprehend.

The document also suggests that fragments or particles of nuclear fuel from spent fuel pools above the reactors were blown “up to one mile from the units,” and that pieces of highly radioactive material fell between two units and had to be “bulldozed over,” presumably to protect workers at the site. The ejection of nuclear material, which may have occurred during one of the earlier hydrogen explosions, may indicate more extensive damage to the extremely radioactive pools than previously disclosed.

David A. Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer who worked on the kinds of General Electric reactors used in Japan and now directs the nuclear safety project at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said that the welter of problems revealed in the document at three separate reactors made a successful outcome even more uncertain.

Article continues here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/06/world/asia/06nuclear.html?_r=3&hp=&adxnnlx=1302076893-sIcOMMXTE8eneT2Y2R/7Ng&pagewanted=print

Neutron beam observed 13 times at crippled Fukushima nuke plant


TOKYO, March 23, Kyodo

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it has observed a neutron beam, a kind of radioactive ray, 13 times on the premises of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after it was crippled by the massive March 11 quake-tsunami disaster.

TEPCO, the operator of the nuclear plant, said the neutron beam measured about 1.5 kilometers southwest of the plant’s No. 1 and 2 reactors over three days from March 13 and is equivalent to 0.01 to 0.02 microsieverts per hour and that this is not a dangerous level.

The utility firm said it will measure uranium and plutonium, which could emit a neutron beam, as well.

In the 1999 criticality accident at a nuclear fuel processing plant run by JCO Co. in Tokaimura, Ibaraki Prefecture, uranium broke apart continually in nuclear fission, causing a massive amount of neutron beams.

In the latest case at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, such a criticality accident has yet to happen.

But the measured neutron beam may be evidence that uranium and plutonium leaked from the plant’s nuclear reactors and spent nuclear fuels have discharged a small amount of neutron beams through nuclear fission.

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/80539.html

==Kyodo

The moment nuclear plant chief WEPT as Japanese finally admit that radiation leak is serious enough to kill people


Saturday, Mar 19 2011

By David Derbyshire
Last updated at 2:13 AM on 19th March 2011

  • Officials admit they may have to bury reactors under concrete – as happened at Chernobyl
  • Government says it was overwhelmed by the scale of twin disasters
  • Japanese upgrade accident from level four to five – the same as Three Mile Island
  • We will rebuild from scratch says Japanese prime minister
  • Particles spewed from wrecked Fukushima power station arrive in California
  • Military trucks tackle reactors with tons of water for second day
Overwhelmed: Tokyo Electric Power Company Managing Director Akio Komiri cries as he leaves after a press conference in FukushimaOverwhelmed: Tokyo Electric Power Company Managing Director Akio Komiri cries as he leaves after a press conference in Fukushima

The boss of the company behind the devastated Japanese nuclear reactor today broke down in tears – as his country finally acknowledged the radiation spewing from the over-heating reactors and fuel rods was enough to kill some citizens

Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency admitted that the disaster was a level 5, which is classified as a crisis causing ‘several radiation deaths’ by the UN International Atomic Energy.

Officials said the rating was raised after they realised the full extent of the radiation leaking from the plant. They also said that 3 per cent of the fuel in three of the reactors at the Fukushima plant had been severely damaged, suggesting those reactor cores have partially melted down.

After Tokyo Electric Power Company Managing Director Akio Komiri cried as he left a conference to brief journalists on the situation at Fukushima, a senior Japanese minister also admitted that the country was overwhelmed by the scale of the tsunami and nuclear crisis.

He said officials should have admitted earlier how serious the radiation leaks were.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said: ‘The unprecedented scale of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, frankly speaking, were among many things that happened that had not been anticipated under our disaster management contingency plans.

‘In hindsight, we could have moved a little quicker in assessing the situation and coordinating all that information and provided it faster.’

Nuclear experts have been saying for days that Japan was underplaying the crisis’ severity.

Conitnues here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1367684/Nuclear-plant-chief-weeps-Japanese-finally-admit-radiation-leak-kill-people.html#

Help to prevent radiation sickess and fallout map


Here’s a link to the nuclear fall-out map, it’s been taken down from other sites so look quickly!

http://www.rumormillnews.com/pix3/falloutmap.JPG

FEMA isn’t revealing this to the public to get some iodine or potassium iodide to have on hand would be a good idea. Also, a natural remedy for radiation is wheatgrass juice, it’s highly recommended and will cleanse your system of radiation.

Second Meltdown likely at Nuclear power plant


The reactor BLEW 20 hours ago !! you only have 1 day to evacuate to the south EAST … in my honest opinion.. the time to leave is nowl

link to story here: links for weather and jet stream below

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42044156/ns/world_news-asiapa…

all links below for monitoring this situation:
Cesium in the air = some kind of meltdown

Don’t be scared.. be prepared.. seriously… I hope I am wrong, and I have to eat crow.. but im going off of ASAIN MSM REPORTS of meltdown .. linked below.. and now Michio Kaku AND BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY.. who they have brought on to discuss the “potential” meltdown, and the VERIFIED DETECTED CESIUM IN THE AIR… which means RODS HAVE MELTED!!!!

below I have provided links to monitor the jet stream flow of the “radiation” cloud once it reaches altitude to move eastward towards the United states. below is the PROJECTED map making its way around the internet.. the only actual map I could find showing anything to expect.

The reactor has blown .. radiation is detected, people have died and will get sick.. I don’t know why CNN isn’t reporting the meltdown that is being talked about via the below links over in Asia about 6 hours ago!!!

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also, here is the “A is for Atom” – video for “children” all about “atoms” and “radiation” :

http://vimeo.com/12325347

Projected LETHAL fallout radius:

http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/nuclear-…

link to read about the “china syndrome” mentioned by Michio Kaku today on Fox news:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Syndrome

link to asian story reporting meltdown…

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/76965.html

BULLETIN: Gov’t to order TEPCO to open Fukushima No. 1 reactor valve to release pressure
TOKYO, March 12, Kyodo

Japan’s nuclear safety agency is set to issue an unprecedented order for Tokyo Electric Power Co. to open a valve at the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to release pressure following a powerful earthquake, it said Saturday.

==Kyodo

UPDATE 1102 am CST 3/12/11

here is the tweet .. search it yourself! its real.. meltdown is occuring

*****(twitter@caribnews) NHK World: The owner of Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant has announced a meltdown is occurring at the plant*****

UPDATE 119pmCST:

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/76965.html

BULLETIN: Gov’t to order TEPCO to open Fukushima No. 1 reactor valve to release pressure
TOKYO, March 12, Kyodo

Japan’s nuclear safety agency is set to issue an unprecedented order for Tokyo Electric Power Co. to open a valve at the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to release pressure following a powerful earthquake, it said Saturday.

==Kyodo

this is horrible news.. for anyone downwind.. including the USA…

UPDATE 1102 am CST 3/12/11

*****(twitter@caribnews) NHK World: The owner of Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant has announced a meltdown is occurring at the plant*****

info on CURRENT USA radiation:

http://www.radiationnetwork.com/RadiationNetwork.htm
info on nuclear fuel:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_fuel

description of the reactor event from a professional in the industry:

http://powertrends.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-shutdown-and-…

monitor the weather , and more importantly the FLOW OF THE JET STREAM here:

http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display_alt.cgi?a=npac_250

http://squall.sfsu.edu/crws/jetstream.html

http://www.wunderground.com/

http://www.weather.gov

http://virga.sfsu.edu/gif/jetstream_init_00.gif

http://www.intellicast.com/Local/WxMapFull.aspx

http://www.weather.com

http://www.noaa.gov/

Office of Radiation Protection – Washington State Dept. of Health -

http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/rp/factsheets/factsheets-htm/fs…

Office of Radiation protection – Washington State Dept. of Health – Radiological Emergency Preparedness
http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/rp/rep/rephm.htm
Video, links and information courtesy of Dutchsinse.

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Only Hours To Cool 2 Nuclear Power Plants Or They Will Face MELTDOWN!


Rachel Maddow covers the nuclear power plant crisis in Japan. Lets all pray for the Japanese people during this unprecedented emergency, it’s important to visualize a positive outcome to these events.

Actul shot of Explosion at Nuclear power plant – Meltdown in progress


UPDATE 119pmCST:

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/76965.html

BULLETIN: Gov’t to order TEPCO to open Fukushima No. 1 reactor valve to release pressure
TOKYO, March 12, Kyodo

Japan’s nuclear safety agency is set to issue an unprecedented order for Tokyo Electric Power Co. to open a valve at the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to release pressure following a powerful earthquake, it said Saturday.

==Kyodo

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UPDATE 1102 am CST 3/12/11

*****(twitter@caribnews) NHK World: The owner of Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant has announced a meltdown is occurring at the plant*****

info on nuclear fuel:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_fuel

description of the reactor event from a professional in the industry:

http://powertrends.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-shutdown-and-core-cooling-of.html…

monitor the weather , and more importantly the FLOW OF THE JET STREAM here:

http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display_alt.cgi?a=npac_250

http://squall.sfsu.edu/crws/jetstream.html

http://www.wunderground.com/

http://www.weather.gov

http://virga.sfsu.edu/gif/jetstream_init_00.gif

http://www.intellicast.com/Local/WxMapFull.aspx

http://www.weather.com

http://www.noaa.gov/

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