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  • If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?

    04/14/2014 6:13:21 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 209 replies
    The Week ^ | April 14, 2014
    Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists' improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of...
  • Russian TV Host: Russia Is the Only Country With Capability to Turn US into "Radioactive Dust"

    03/16/2014 1:43:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    The Washington Post reported: Russia, news anchor Dmitry Kiselyov took to the Rossiya 1 news channel to put the situation into a broader geopolitical context for views. One part of his explanation, however, has caught a lot of attention: Kiselyov explained to his viewers that Russia is the only country capable of turning the United States into “radioactive ashes.” He then went on to use animated maps to show exactly how Russia would automatically respond with nuclear missiles if command and control were attacked or disabled by a U.S. attack. He also took a swipe at Obama.
  • Democrats seek ways to limit Obamacare fallout after Florida defeat

    03/16/2014 10:36:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/16/14 | Steve Holland and Thomas Ferraro - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his Democrats face the challenge of limiting fallout from Obamacare and drumming up voter enthusiasm in the November congressional elections, problem areas exposed by the loss of a Florida candidate who had led in the polls. The defeat of Democrat Alex Sink by Republican David Jolly in a special election last Tuesday has raised anxiety levels for Democrats as they struggle to hold on to control of the Senate in November and pick up seats in the Republican-held House of Representatives. Paramount on the Democrats' list of concerns about November is the need...
  • Obamacare impact: Cutting hours, going part time

    01/19/2014 5:56:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    El Paso Inc. ^ | 1/19/14 | David Crowder
    **SNIP** Many of his students who work to pay for their education and living expenses are complaining about being cut to 28 hours. “They’re saying they couldn’t pay their bills at 40 hours, so now they’re having to get a second job,” Diaz said. “That is the new trend.” But it’s not just restaurant workers and sales clerks who are feeling the squeeze. Universities and community colleges that rely heavily on part-time faculty have had to make the hard choice of cutting the number of classes they teach because the schools can’t afford to offer them health insurance.
  • If you see a mushroom cloud DO run (but only for 30 minutes):Why it’s better to run away from nuclea

    01/19/2014 9:30:36 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 75 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:59 EST, 18 January 2014
    Should you be in the unfortunate position of being in the area when a nuclear bomb explodes, new research suggests rather than 'sheltering in place' as many emergency programs insist, your best bet for survival might be to run away from the blast. Sheltering in place is not always the best survival strategy after a nuclear detonation. If you can reach higher quality shelter in less than 30 minutes, you should go for it. If out in the open, you need to find any shelter at all as quickly as possible.
  • Interview with Dr. Shigeru Mita (Tokyo disease vs. Fukushima radiation)

    11/12/2013 11:58:47 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 6 replies
    World Network for Saving Children from Radiation ^ | 11/11/2013 | save-children-from-radiation.org
    I'm pasting the whole interview here: The Mita clinic in Kodaira city, Tokyo, has carried out blood examination and thyroid ultrasound examination on 1,500 patients, including children. Mamarevo Magazine here interviews Dr. Mita, the head of the clinic, about what he has seen through the blood exam.   Kanto usually consists of metropolitan Tokyo, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tochigi and Kanagawa prefectures.   The original article in Japanese is in Mama-revo magazine website What is a ‘differential white blood cell count’? What can we learn from checking it? Q: Please tell us about the examinations that are conducted by the Mita clinic.   ...
  • Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.

    11/01/2013 4:47:24 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 57 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/ ^ | October 31, 2013 | Miles Yu
    Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time this week that Beijing’s nuclear submarines can attack American cities as a means to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific. On Monday, leading media outlets including China Central TV, the People’s Daily, the Global Times, the PLA Daily, the China Youth Daily and the Guangmin Daily ran identical, top-headlined reports about the “awesomeness” of the People's Liberation Army navy’s strategic submarine force. “This is the first time in 42 years since the establishment of our navy’s strategic submarine force that we reveal on such a large scale the secrets of our...
  • Thousands Of Americans See Their Health Plans Canceled [link only]

    10/21/2013 8:32:19 PM PDT · by grundle · 39 replies
    Huffington Post [link only] | October 21, 2013
    link only: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/health-care-cancelled-obamacare_n_4138129.html
  • Honey, They Shrunk My Job: Obamacare has already hurt tens of thousands of workers.

    10/01/2013 6:58:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/01/2013 | Deroy Murdock
    ‘They said this would be a disaster in terms of jobs,” President Obama shouted on Thursday. “There is no widespread evidence that the Affordable Care Act is hurting jobs.” At least 30,377 Americans would beg to differ. Amid their new, Obamacare-generated non-working hours, they might observe that “no widespread evidence” is hardly a categorical denial. Either Obama flat-out yelled lies at a rally in Largo, Md., or he occupies a bubble as airtight as the International Space Station. Perhaps Obama is encircled by yes persons who insulate him from evidence — “widespread” or otherwise — of the increasing cruelty that...
  • Walgreens Drops Employee Health Insurance Coverage (180,000)

    09/18/2013 5:29:59 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 74 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | 18 Sept 2013
    Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, reportedly will no longer offer health insurance coverage to about 180,000 employees at its approximately 8,000 US stores. Going forward, workers will need to buy coverage on so-called healthcare exchanges with an employer-provided subsidy. The company apparently attributed the major change to its benefits package to healthcare cost increases as well as Obamacare, according to the Wall Street Journal. Healthcare exchanges or marketplaces are supposed to be up in running as of October 1 under Obamacare, a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act. During an August 2009 town hall meeting, President Obama promised that “If you...
  • Citing costs, IBM to move retirees off health plan

    09/07/2013 7:49:24 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 78 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | september 7, 2013
    International Business Machines Corp. plans to move about 110,000 retirees off its company-sponsored health plan and instead give them a payment to buy coverage on a health-insurance exchange, in a sign that even big, well-capitalized employers aren't likely to keep providing the once-common benefits as medical costs continue to rise. The move, which will affect all IBM retirees once they become eligible for Medicare, will relieve the technology company of the responsibility of managing retirement health-care benefits. IBM said the growing cost of care makes its current plan unsustainable without big premium increases. IBM's shift is an indication that health-insurance...
  • University of Virginia Slashes Health Benefits Due to ObamaCare

    08/22/2013 9:22:42 AM PDT · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/21/13 | John Nolte
    Citing ObamaCare as a reason, the the University of Virginia has announced that spouses of University employees who have access to health insurance through their own jobs will no longer be eligible for health insurance coverage. In its announcement, President Obama's healthcare plan is specifically mentioned by UVa as a reason for the rising costs that forced the university to drop working spouses. ObamaCare is expected to add $7 million to the university's health care costs. UVa was also a public supporter of ObamaCare: Working spouse provision: Starting Jan. 1, spouses who have access to coverage through their own employer...
  • Matthews: IRS Scandal Worth 5-10 Points To Republican Candidates

    05/15/2013 6:47:10 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What will be the political fallout of the various scandals in which President Obama is ensnared? Chris Matthews thinks it will be huge. Appearing on today's Morning Joe, Matthews mused that the IRS scandal alone would be worth 5-10 points to Republican candidates. He specifically mentioned Mitch McConnell, Tom Corbett and Ken Cuccinelli as Republicans whom the scandal would aid in their 2014 races. View the video here.
  • Retailers Slash Work Hours Rapidly Ahead Of ObamaCare

    05/07/2013 10:35:09 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 43 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 5/3/2013 | Jed Graham
    Retailers are cutting worker hours at a rate not seen in more than three decades — a sudden shift that can only be explained by the onset of ObamaCare's employer mandates. Read More At Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/economy/050313-654674-retail-workweek-3-year-low-on-obamacare.htm#ixzz2Sd5AKiY6 Follow us: @IBDinvestors on Twitter | InvestorsBusinessDaily on Facebook
  • More Docs Plan to Retire Early [Doctors are shrugging at Obamacare]

    03/22/2013 10:25:39 AM PDT · by grundle · 32 replies
    everydayhealth.com ^ | March 22, 2013 | David Pittman
    WASHINGTON — THURSDAY, March 21, 2013 (MedPage Today) — Most physicians have a pessimistic outlook on the future of medicine, citing eroding autonomy and falling income, a survey of more than 600 doctors found. Six in 10 physicians (62 percent) said it is likely many of their colleagues will retire earlier than planned in the next 1 to 3 years, a survey from Deloitte Center for Health Solutions found. That perception is uniform across age, gender, and specialty, it said. Another 55 percent of surveyed doctors believe others will scale back hours because of the way medicine is changing, but...
  • Obamacare will reduce U.S. employment

    03/18/2013 9:26:35 AM PDT · by illiac · 4 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 3/18/13 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee gathered on Wednesday at a hearing of the health subcommittee to discuss the effects of the Affordable Care Act on jobs. As a witness at the hearing, chaired by Pennsylvania Republican Joe Pitts, I testified that the new law will reduce employment in America, particularly for low-skill workers, because employers face a higher cost of labor. Whenever possible, firms will substitute high-skill for low-skill labor, part-time for full-time workers, machinery for people, and refrain from hiring a 50th worker, which can make them liable for penalties. Full-time hiring will...
  • Five Guys: Obamacare will boost burger prices [job losses because of Obamacare]

    03/11/2013 9:22:40 PM PDT · by grundle · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 11, 2013
    The fight over Obamacare, so far held at the 30,000-foot level, is about to hit home. The latest impact hot off the grill: prices of burgers and hot dogs at Five Guys, the national chain that started in Washington, are going to rise to cover the president's mandated insurance coverage. "Any added costs are going to have to be passed on," said Mike Ruffer, a Five Guys franchise holder with eight of the popular restaurants in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C. area. He will need all the profits from at least one of his eight outlets just to cover his estimated added...
  • Report: 83 percent of doctors have considered quitting over Obamacare

    07/09/2012 11:54:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/9/12 | Sally Neilson
    Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association. The DPMA, a non-partisan association of doctors and patients, surveyed a random selection of 699 doctors nationwide. The survey found that the majority have thought about bailing out of their careers over the legislation, which was upheld last month by the Supreme Court. Even if doctors do not quit their jobs over the ruling, America will face a shortage of at least 90,000 doctors by 2020. The newly passed health care...
  • Ron Perlman Dons the Full Hellboy Garb to Spend the Day with a Boy

    07/07/2012 6:56:12 AM PDT · by TexasBarak · 13 replies
    Neatorama ^ | 7-6-12 | John Farrier
    Saw this, and thought that it would be a nice change of pace for Saturday morning- Ron Perlman reprised his role of Hellboy for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
  • No, a bunker will not save you from the Apocalypse

    06/15/2012 2:55:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 72 replies
    IO9 ^ | June 15, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    No, a bunker will not save you from the apocalypse Everybody talks about the apocalypse, but almost nobody actually prepares for it. But let's say you're one of the few visionaries who actually plans for every eventuality. You've been stashing your supplies. You've built a personal bunker, or you've purchased your own spot in a communal "survival suite." When the apocalypse finally comes — possibly later this year — will you really survive if you're locked inside a bunker? (Answer: No.) Protecting against any 2012 scenario A thriving industry exists to offer structures that will defend against a variety of...
  • Audit Confirms EPA Radiation Monitors Broken During Fukushima Crisis

    04/24/2012 8:49:35 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 12 replies
    ENENews ^ | April 23, 2012 | By Douglas P. Guarino
    WASHINGTON – An internal audit has confirmed observers’ concerns that many of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s radiation monitors were out of service at the height of the 2011 Fukushima power plant meltdown in Japan, a finding one critic said raises “serious questions” about the federal government’s ability to respond to nuclear emergencies and to alert the public of their consequences (see GSN, Dec. 21, 2011). The April 19 report by the EPA Inspector General’s Office also casts further doubt on the agency’s already controversial claims that radiation from Fukushima did not pose any public health threat on U.S. soil,...
  • The US Military Stocking Up On Anti-Radiation Pills In Preparation for Nuclear Fallout

    04/15/2012 12:16:10 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 36 replies
    Signs of the Times ^ | April 15, 2012 | sott.net
    The US Military is currently seeking a large amount of potassium iodide, this according to a listing on the FBO.gov website by the Defense Logistics Agency. In the listing it is made clear that they want to be ready in the event of nuclear fallout which has lead many to speculate that this could be in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster or perhaps in anticipation for an attack on an active Iranian nuclear facility. The DLA is apparently looking for upwards of 400,000 dollars worth of the thyroid protecting tablets at a time when many government officials have openly...
  • Plans for Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4 cover revealed on same day TEPCO applied for 1 trillion yen

    04/12/2012 9:38:02 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 11 replies
    http://enformable.com ^ | April 12, 2012 | Lucas W Hixson
    In June 2011, Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates was featured in a podcast hosted by Chris Martenson. The show updated listeners as to some of the latest events surrounding Reactor 4 and groundwater monitoring concerns, I will only highlight a few of the details, the entire podcast can be found here. Chris Martenson: What can they really do beyond just keep trying to dump water in there and keep their fingers crossed? Arnie Gundersen: If you put too much water in these reactors they get heavy, and they are not designed to sway when there is heavy – tens of...
  • Walker: Right to Work off the table in WI

    02/07/2012 10:12:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-6-12 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON — While some see a wave of legislation aimed at weakening organized labor following Indiana’s new right-to-work law, Wisconsin is not expected to join it anytime soon. “No,” Cullen Werwie, spokesman for Gov. Scott Walker, told Wisconsin Reporter on Monday when asked if Walker thought the Republican-controlled Legislature would pursue legislation prohibiting labor organizations from requiring workers to join unions. Republicans on the record said they've heard of no proposals. Off the record, some in the GOP said no one is interested in waging another big battle over labor matters in this season of recalls. "Boy, I don't think...
  • 1143 Children (Over 30%) of 3765 Tested for Thyroid Abnormalities in Fukushima Had Lumps or Cysts

    01/25/2012 10:59:51 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 24 replies
    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/01/1117-children-over-30-of-3739-tested.html ^ | Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | Posted by arevamirpal::laprimavera
    (UPDATE: The document issued by the Fukushima Prefecture's expert committee is here (PDF, in Japanese). Total number of children tested: 3765 No. of children found with lumps 5.1 millimeter or larger: 26 No. of children found with lumps less than 5.1 millimeter: 56 No. of children found with cysts 20.1 millimeter or larger: 0 No. of children found with cyst less than 20.1 millimeter: 1086 No. of children with no lumps, cysts: 2622 There are children who have both lump and cyst. ============================================ Waaaiiit a minute... I was looking for more information on the post I wrote about the lumps...
  • (Part 2) Dörte Siedentopf: "They Haven't Learned Anything from Chernobyl"

    01/08/2012 10:54:39 AM PST · by Razzz42 · 5 replies
    http://www.taz.de/rztin-mit-sozialer-Verantwortung/%2184368/ ^ | 7th of January 2012 | English translation by Florian Matthias Zschage, corrected by Dr. Björn Voss
    The irradiation of vital organs is caused by incorporated radionuclides. If a cell is damaged, there are four possibilities for the cell. 1.: The cell dies instantaneously. 2.: The functionality of the cell is destroyed. 3. The cell degenerates and cancer occurs. 4.: The cell repairs itself. But this is only possible for adult cells. Cells in embryos have no such repair functions, children cells can't do that either. For them it's all about growing and dividing and only with time, the ability to repair themselves becomes existent. That's one of the crucial factors why children are especially in danger....
  • New York Times: Japan Split on Hope for Vast Radiation Cleanup

    12/12/2011 10:04:11 AM PST · by Razzz42 · 12 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | December 11, 2011 | arevamirpal::laprimavera
    A very well-written article from New York Times by Martin Fackler, on December 6, 2011. I translated this article and posted on my Japanese blog, but the futility of so-called "decontamination" is best summarized, to me, by the photo that the New York Times put at the top of the article: Even the ardent supporter for the residents' return by decontaminating the towns and cities, Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University, has this to say: “I believe it is possible to save Fukushima,” said the supporter, Tatsuhiko Kodama, director of the Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo. “But many...
  • Cesium from Fukushima plant fell all over Japan (3rd highest: Shinjuku, Tokyo)

    11/26/2011 4:33:04 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 51 replies
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 11/26/11 | HIROSHI ISHIZUKA
    Cesium from Fukushima plant fell all over Japan November 26, 2011 By HIROSHI ISHIZUKA / Staff Writer Radioactive substances from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have now been confirmed in all prefectures, including Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture, about 1,700 kilometers from the plant, according to the science ministry. The ministry said it concluded the radioactive substances came from the stricken nuclear plant because, in all cases, they contained cesium-134, which has short half-life of two years. Before the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, radioactive substance were barely detectable in most areas. But the Ministry of Education, Culture,...
  • Fallout over casting Chaz Bono on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ turns scary

    09/05/2011 5:05:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 144 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 9/5/11 | BILL ZWECKER
    Sources on staff at “Dancing With the Stars” say the producers at the hit show have been very surprised by the outpouring of negative reaction to the casting of Chaz Bono as a contestant on the new season — launching Sept. 19 on WLS-Channel 7. “Of course, they knew there would be some anti-Bono calls and emails,” said a longtime “DWTS” insider. “But this has been more vicious and in larger volume than was anticipated. … Some of the comments are downright scary,” the source added. It seems some of the negativity may be coming from ABC viewers in the...
  • Nuclear Plant Near Epicenter Shuts Down

    08/23/2011 12:42:13 PM PDT · by matt04 · 108 replies · 2+ views
    A nuclear power plant located in Louisa County, the epicenter of the earthquake in Virginia, has shut down. The North Anna Power Station, operated by Dominion Power, has two reactors. The plant declared an "unusual event" in the wake of the 5.9 magnitude quake, which is the lowest stage on the plant's emergency scale. As a result, the plant has been shut down. The AP reports the plant is being run off of four emergency diesel generators, which are supplying power for critical safety equipment. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Roger Hannah says the agency was not immediately aware of any...
  • Fallout New Vegas: TEN deathclaws AND a Legion Assassination Team all at the same time.

    08/18/2011 3:46:48 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 86 replies · 1+ views
    Laz
    Um, WTF. Boone is dead now, so is Rex. TEN deathclaws AND an Legion Assassination team. I'm level 30 but that didn't help my companions, and I barely made it out alive.WHY?????
  • US Government Considered Evacuation of 90,000 US Citizens in Tokyo

    08/17/2011 11:40:23 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 13 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | Wednesday, August 17, 2011 | arevamirpal::laprimavera
    ...The subject of evacuating the US citizens was raised in the early hours on March 16 (local time). The US had already knew about the unusually high temperature of the reactors from the Global Hawk data, and determined that "the fuel has already melted". The US thought the Kan administration was simply leaving the disaster response to TEPCO, and "distrust [in the administration] was intense". The US high-ranking officials wanted to evacuate the US citizens [from Tokyo] but the local officials including Maher objected, as "it would severely undermine the US-Japan alliance". The plan was never implemented...
  • #Fukushima Nuke Accident: WSPEEDI Shows Tokyo Was Under Radioactive Plume on March 15

    06/05/2011 2:51:45 AM PDT · by Razzz42 · 5 replies
    ex-skf | Saturday, June 4, 2011 | arevamirpal::laprimavera
    ...Last time, the Ministry put out on May 10 the WSPEEDI simulation done on March 25. That simulation, if disclosed in a timely manner, may have prevented many, many children from developing thyroid cancer in the future. One set of the maps is about krypton-85 surface concentration. The maps show the band extending well beyond Tokyo and Kanagawa...
  • Fukushima Forecast: Radioactive particles concentrated over Northwest U.S. on April 6 (VIDEO)

    04/04/2011 7:00:55 AM PDT · by freepguy · 9 replies
    Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), ^ | April 2, 2011: | Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU),
    Can anyone add to this. I'm in Everett,WA and this is no good for me. http://enenews.com/fukushima-forecast-radioactive-particles-concentrated-northwest-april-6-video
  • Update on Fukushima: Discussion of High Level Radiation Releases...etc.

    03/30/2011 11:33:58 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 39 replies
    Fairewinds Associates, Inc ^ | March 31, 2011 | Arnie Gundersen
    Gundersen describes the Fukushima plant as stable, but precarious. In this update, he discusses the high levels of radiation (2 Million disintegrations/second being found on the ground as far as 25 miles from the plant site.) He also addresses a New York Times report of hundreds of tons of water being put into the reactors each day. Gundersen points out that all of the water going in to the reactors is being irradiated, leaking out, and polluting the Ocean. He concludes by discussing the differences between the accident scenarios that the nuclear industry previously planned for and what has actually...
  • Calculated trajectory of Japan nuclear plume over America using the NOAA HYSPLIT model

    03/21/2011 8:08:07 PM PDT · by Milhous · 33 replies
    University of Maryland ^ | 21 March 2011
    Today's Trajectories Air parcel trajectories found using the NOAA HYSPLIT model, as a function of plume height, for release over the Fukushima power plant. Each figure corresponds to release on the indicated date. The top panel of shows the forecast projection of the plumes, with each circle representing a 24 hr period of time. The uncertainty in location is represented by the line segments drawn through each circle (these uncertainties are difficult to estimate at later portions of the trajectory). The bottom panel of shows the forecast altitude of the trajectory. Dotted lines indicate where rainfall occurs. The entry point...
  • Japanese Fallout May Hit US Treasuries. Fallout could spread further in the financial markets.

    03/19/2011 1:09:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Euro Pacific Capital ^ | 03/18/2011 | John Browne
    Japan is facing two meltdowns in the wake of its devastating earthquake. The first, and more critical, is the meltdown at the Fukushima I Nuclear Plant, 150 miles north of Tokyo. Surely, this is the greater near-term threat. But long-term, another threat looms, having to do with the Japanese government’s response to the former. As the fourth largest economy in the world, behind the EU, US, and China, any major setback in Japan likely will have widespread repercussions. Japan is also the third largest holder of US Treasuries, behind the United States and China. While it is too early even...
  • President Urges Americans to Flee as Radioactive Plume Heads toward US

    03/19/2011 9:55:22 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 19 March 2011 | John Semmens
    A plume of radioactive dust from Japan’s nuclear disaster is expected to drift over the United States mainland in the next few days. President Obama urged Americans to “plan their own exit strategy.” “While we don’t know exactly how dangerous this cloud may turn out to be there are steps you can take to protect yourself from exposure,” the President said. “For example, now would be a good time to visit the Southern Hemisphere. The plume is expected to bypass this region on its first trip around the globe. So, you should be relatively safe there.” Following his own advice,...
  • Surgeon General: Buying Iodide a "Precaution"

    03/15/2011 4:50:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    nbc ^ | 3:30 PM PDT, Tue, Mar 15, 2011 | LORI PREUITT
    The fear that a nuclear cloud could float from the shores of Japan to the shores of California has some people making a run on iodine tablets. Pharmacists across California report being flooded with requests. State and county officials spent much of Tuesday trying to keep people calm by saying that getting the pills wasn't necessary, but then the United States surgeon general supported the idea as a worthy "precaution." U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is in the Bay Area touring a peninsula hospital. NBC Bay Area reporter Damian Trujillo asked her about the run on tablets and Dr. Benjamin...
  • Fallout from Goldstone Report: IDF Convicts Two Soldiers

    10/03/2010 11:26:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 10/3/10 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    An IDF military court Sunday morning convicted two Givati soldiers for violating rules of conduct by sending two Arab children to examine suspected bombs during the Operation Cast Lead counterterrorist campaign nearly two years ago. Friends of the soldiers appeared in court with shirts proclaiming, “We are victims of Goldstone," referring to the United Nations-sponsored report authored by Judge Richard Goldstone, who accused Israel of committing war crimes during the three-week battle.
  • Radioactive Wild Boars Increase in Number

    08/04/2010 6:23:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Wed Aug 4, 2010 | Jennifer Viegas
    Radioactive Wild Boars Increase in Number By Jennifer Viegas Radioactive wild boars are on the rise in Germany, where they have attacked and frightened residents, even snarling traffic when they gang up on roadways, according to Spiegel International Online and numerous other media reports over the past couple of weeks. Their radioactivity stems from Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, which happened way back in 1986, but contaminated much of Europe. Apparently the nuclear contamination is still detectable in some animals, including Germany's wild boars. The Spiegel report mentions that German government payments compensating hunters for lost income due to radioactive wild...
  • Desperate White House Sends Political Team To The Gulf, After Blowing It For The Past Three Months

    07/25/2010 6:32:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 3+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 07/25/10 | Joe Weisenthal
    Desperate White House Sends Political Team To The Gulf, After Blowing It For The Past Three Months Joe Weisenthal | Jul. 25, 2010, 8:41 AM | 43 | comment 1 The Deepwater Horizon blew up on April 20. It's now almost August. Apparently it took nearly all this time for The White House to realize it was taking a beating over the politics of the situation, and that it ought to start getting head of the controversies. POLITICO: The White House has quietly launched an effort to confront the political backlash along the Gulf Coast over its handling of the...
  • REPORT: 60 Hospitals Cancelled Due to New Health Law... (see #4 for article)

    04/12/2010 2:23:07 PM PDT · by kcvl · 138 replies · 14,903+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 4/12/10 | Fred Lucas
    Per Drudge...server too busy to get article
  • More Christmas Bombing Fallout: Hillary's Visa Problem

    01/07/2010 5:29:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 804+ views
    Big Government ^ | 1/7/10 | Richard Grenell
    President Obama came back to work this week after leaving the Presidency for his Hawaiian holiday vacation. Hawaii proved to be a restful retreat for the President, his team and the White House press corps who all took time off from their regular duties to enjoy the Hawaiian sun and ignore their responsibilities. But after 10 days of tropical silence, this week there is a sudden flurry of security reviews, media statements, ass-covering and more misstatements coming out of Washington from the Obama Administration. But we still don’t know why the State Department didn’t revoke the visa of a man...
  • Lockerbie Fallout Puts Scotland on the Spot

    08/22/2009 2:35:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 990+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 23, 2009 | ALISTAIR MACDONALD
    Celebrations at Bomber's Return to Libya Stir Angry Response; White House Calls the Reception 'Outrageous and Disgusting'LONDON -- The government of Scotland found itself scrambling Friday to control political fallout from a decision to flex its independence by releasing a Libyan man convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. Television footage of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi welcoming home Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, who has terminal prostate cancer, and a crowd of Libyans waving Scottish flags has fanned anger about the release. He was allowed to travel to Libya on Thursday despite demands from victims' family members and a host of U.S....
  • Trying to defuse the U.S. bank test bomb

    04/15/2009 10:24:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 530+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/15/09 | Karey Wutkowski
    Trying to defuse the U.S. bank test bomb Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:40pm EDT By Karey Wutkowski - Analysis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration faces one of its most sensitive financial decisions yet -- how to release the results of stress tests on the 19 largest U.S. banks without sending the weaker ones into a tailspin. Intense investor interest and a desire among stronger banks to leak their results to differentiate themselves from rivals has caused regulators to abandon any hope of keeping the results under wraps. The latest government plan is to release some form of the results...
  • Fallout: Dems in disarray over AIG

    03/17/2009 7:44:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 1,727+ views
    Politico on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/09 | Lisa Lerer, Victoria McGrane
    Congressional Democrats careened between the circular firing squad and the three-ring circus Tuesday as they struggled with their new reality: playing defense on the economy. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) blamed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for letting bailed-out insurance giant American International Group pay $165 million in bonuses to its employees, saying he wrote a letter to Geithner two weeks ago warning him of just such a possibility. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), tagged by Republican aides for sponsoring an amendment to the stimulus bill that allowed the bonuses, shifted the blame to the Treasury Department and “the bill conferees,” saying he...
  • Dollar Reaches 13-Month High as Credit Crisis Spreads to Europe

    10/06/2008 9:30:50 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 16 replies · 998+ views
    http://news.google.com ^ | Oct. 6, 2008 | By Kim-Mai Cutler and Stanley White
    Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The euro had its biggest one-day drop against the yen since its debut in 1999 as the deepening credit crisis prompted European governments to pledge bailouts for troubled banks while stopping short of coordinated action. The 15-nation currency declined to a 14-month low against the dollar and the weakest in 2 1/2 years versus the yen after leaders meeting at the weekend avoided announcing any plan that would mirror the U.S.'s $700 billion bailout. Germany joined with banks and insurers to prevent the collapse of property lender Hypo Real Estate Holding AG and Belgium announced a...
  • The Heller Gun Decision Week Three--Fun and Games Continue

    07/21/2008 4:07:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies · 141+ views
    This is my weekly article on the fallout from the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Heller v. District of Columbia. First, given that DC is ground central in the fallout from Heller, we should start there. Earlier this week, the DC City Council did adopt unanimously an emergency 90 day ordinance to create a process for DC residents to acquire handguns and to register handguns that they had and which they wished to legally possess within DC. This would include those DC residents who maintain residences in other areas primarily Members of Congress, judges, high executive officials, Congressional staffers,...
  • Duck and Cover [Old But Not Outdated Article]

    07/09/2008 8:30:07 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 9 replies · 124+ views
    brneurosci.org ^ | Nov 3, 2003 | T.J. Nelson
    Duck and CoverAdmittedly, Hollywood is not a center of profound intellectual thought. It's been called the "dream capital of the world", and in a real sense this is true. Like dreams, many of Hollywood's movies consist of plots and dialogue that don't make much sense, and characters whose behavior defies the principles of psychology as frequently as it breaks the rules of physics. Some of them, like the dreary antiwar movies of the 1960s, are blatantly political and manipulative. But some of them can only be described as dangerous misinformation cynically disguised as entertainment. One of the worst examples of...