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Declaraciones de William Brownfield constituyen un obstáculo para las relaciones bilaterales normales con Estados Unidos
República Bolivariana de Venezuela
Ministerio del Poder Popular para Relaciones Exteriores
El Gobierno de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela rechaza de la manera más contundente las insólitas declaraciones del Subsecretario de Estado de los Estados Unidos para Narcóticos y Seguridad, William Brownfield, en tanto constituyen una nueva agresión del gobierno de Washington contra el pueblo venezolano, basada en la mentira y la difamación.
En una de sus acostumbradas payasadas mediáticas, el Subsecretario Brownfield formuló la clase de acusaciones sin fundamento que le valieron el repudio del pueblo venezolano durante su tristemente recordada estadía en nuestro país. Pocos como este fracasado diplomático, han obrado tanto por el deterioro de las relaciones bilaterales, no escatimando en provocaciones ni en afirmaciones irresponsables.
La Venezuela Bolivariana ha desarrollado una política soberana y efectiva de lucha contra el flagelo mundial de las drogas, a partir del momento en que puso fin a la tutela que en la materia ejercía la agencia estadounidense DEA, verdadero cartel del narcotráfico internacional que ha convertido a los Estados Unidos en el país más drogadicto del mundo.
País libre de cultivos certificado por las Naciones Unidas, Venezuela desarrolla la más amplia política de cooperación internacional de lucha contra el narcotráfico con los gobiernos auténticamente interesados en derrotar este mal, y no en desestabilizar nuestro sistema político ni controlar nuestras políticas de seguridad.
El Gobierno de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela reitera que este tipo de agresiones y acusaciones infundadas, constituyen el obstáculo principal para la existencia de relaciones bilaterales normales con los Estados Unidos, las cuales solo pueden desarrollarse en un marco de respeto a la dignidad y a la soberanía del pueblo venezolano.
Caracas, 9 de noviembre de 2011
Locutor Dylan Ratigan perdiendo la paciencia en MNSBC por el corrupto sistema bancario, comercial y de impuestos en EE.UU. y la complicidad de Republicanos y Demócratas
TV Host Dylan Ratigan losing his temper on MSNBC over the corrupt US banking-, trade- and taxation system and the Democrats' and Republicans' complicity
Jueves, 29 de Septiembre de 2011
Rastani ha sido sincero en exceso, crudo, descarnado. Con una media sonrisa difícil de disimular se ha erigido en portavoz de los llamados "mercados" y ha dicho en voz alta lo que muchos piensan: que en esta crisis los Estados tienen poco que hacer, pues "quien gobierna el mundo es Goldman Sachs y a Goldman Sachs no le importa el rescate del euro".
En un tono
relajado, Rastani predice el hundimiento del euro, de la Bolsa, y
augura que millones de pequeños ahorradores perderán
sus ahorros. Hace un diagnóstico de la situación muy
mercados y los fondos de inversión no creen en el plan de
rescate. Ellos saben que el mercado está quemado, finiquitado,
y no les importa el euro".
Ante esta situación de crisis, le preguntan cómo se puede satisfacer a los inversores y aumentar la confianza de los mercados. "Personalmente me da igual. Soy un operador financiero, a mi no me preocupa la crisis. Si veo una oportunidad de ganar dinero, voy a por ella. A la mayoría de los especuladores no nos preocupa cómo arreglar esta situación. Nuestro trabajo es ganar dinero con esto".
Rastani confiesa que lleva tres años "soñando" con esta situación. "Tengo que confesar que me voy a la cama cada noche soñando con una nueva recesión. ¿Por qué? Hay mucha gente que no lo recuerda pero la depresión de los años 30 no fue solamente el crash de los mercados. Había gente preparada para ganar dinero con ese derrumbe".
"Cuando el euro se hunde, cuando el mercado se hunde, si sabes lo que tienes que hacer puedes ganar un montón de dinero. Esto es una oportunidad", añade.
Rastani termina la entrevista lanzando un mal augurio, este sí, como si anunciara la llegada del Apocalipsis: "Esta crisis económica es como un cáncer. Si te limitas a esperar pensando que va a pasar, seguirá creciendo como un cáncer y entonces será demasiado tarde. Lo que aconsejo a todo el mundo es que se prepare. No es el momento de hacerse ilusiones: los Gobiernos no van a arreglar nada. Los Gobiernos no dirigen el mundo, lo dirige Goldman Sachs y a éste no le importa este rescate. Mi consejo es que la gente proteja lo que tenga porque en un año millones de personas perderán sus ahorros. Y eso es sólo el principio".
16/11 15:46 CET
Tras hacerse esperar durante horas, el economista y excomisario europeo, designado para suceder al dimisionario Silvio Berlusconi, ha anunciado que ocupará dos puestos; la Presidencia del Gobierno y también el Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas.
El nuevo Ejecutivo está compuesto exclusivamente por tecnócratas, evitando así dar un color político al Ejecutivo.
“Tras mantener consultas, he llegado a la conclusión de que la no presencia de personalidades políticas en el gobierno ayudará más que obstaculizará a la implantación sólida de un gobierno en el seno del Parlamento y en las fuerzas políticas”, declaraba.
Monti se ha mostrado optimista a pesar de la ardua tarea que tiene por delante; la implementación de las reformas exigidas por Bruselas.
“Estoy convencido de que, a pesar de la fase tan complicada que atraviesan los mercados, nuestro equipo traerá serenidad respecto a la respuesta de los mercados en lo que concierne específicamente a nuestro país”, aseguraba.
Monti contará con once ministros con cartera, tres de ellos mujeres, y cinco sin cartera para evitar la quiebra de Italia.
Tras conocerse la composición del Gobierno, ahora le corresponde al Parlamento proceder a la investidura del nuevo gabinete. Un voto de confianza que podría producirse mañana mismo en un intento por calmar a los mercados.
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Vuelve la era de los politburós
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Traducido del inglés para Rebelión por Germán Leyens
esos buenos días de
Espera un poco. ¿Quién habría pensado que dos décadas después del fin del “socialismo real”, los politburós volverían a estar de moda?
China lo hace, mira su comité permanente de nueve miembros, el más santo de los santos dentro de su politburó de 25 miembros. Y demostrando una vez más la tesis de Slavoj Zizek de que ya terminó el matrimonio del capitalismo y la democracia, Europa “libre” también lo hace, con deleite, redoblando a la tristemente célebre Banda de los Cuatro de China.
excelente trabajo! Esta Banda de los Ocho no es responsable ante
nadie, excepto ante el mítico Zeus y sus relámpagos de
marca registrada. En la era de la modernidad líquida, Zeus se
hace llamar Dios del Mercado. Lo único que importa a
Por lo tanto,
los gobiernos nacionales de
El politburó de Europa lleva el inocente acrónimo GdF, en francés Groupe de Francfort (Grupo de Frankfurt), establecido el mes pasado. Se reunió al menos cuatro veces durante el reciente festival de la deuda del Grupo de 20 en Cannes, espectacularmente fracasado. Y esta es la lista tecnocrática completa, incluidos algunos políticos:
1 y 2:
“Merkozy”, esa híbrida polinización
cruzada de la canciller alemana Angela “Cruz de Hierro”
Merkel y el neonapoleónico presidente francés Nicolas
Sarkozy. El robusto Sarkozy puede posar como rey bajo el disfraz,
entre otros, de Gran Liberador de Libia; y aunque se refiere a ‘
3: La hábil fusión entre Chanel y Wall Street, Christine Lagarde, directora gerente del FMI, quien heredó su puesto del antiguo salvador del capitalismo convertido en autoimplosionado candidato presidencial francés, notorio amante transatlántico de las mujeres, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK). La propia Madame Lagarde es una acreditada experta financiera, como ex presidente de la firma legal internacional Baker and McKenzie.
4: El ex vicepresidente de Goldman Sachs International, Mario Draghi, ahora presidente del todopoderoso Banco Central Europeo (BCE). El tecnócrata que empujó a Italia al euro, ahora vitoreado por los periodistas financieros como “salvador de Europa”.
presidente (desde 2004) de
presidente del Consejo Europeo (desde 2009) Herman van Rompuy,
anónimo ex senador belga y primer ministro que se opone
vehementemente al ingreso de Turquía en
comisionado para Asuntos Económicos y Monetarios europeos
(desde 2010), Olli Rehn, de Finlandia, un retraído ex alto
burócrata a cargo de la ampliación de
8: El presidente del grupo de Ministros de Finanzas Europeos (desde 2005), Jean-Claude Juncker, ex primer ministro de Luxemburgo, descrito por The Economist como “fanático federalista”.
Las elecciones son para debiluchos
allá de la versión de un reality show
rabelesiano de baja calidad de los últimos días del
Imperio Romano, personificado por el ex primer ministro italiano
Silvio "bunga bunga" Berlusconi, y los afanes de formar un
gobierno de unidad nacional encabezado por el supertecnócrata,
ex comisionado europeo, Mario Monti, a quien los italianos llaman
“Super Mario”, existe solo una hoja de ruta en lo que
Super Mario, a
propósito, es un hombre ideal para
Incluso un neoliberal populista como Il Cavaliere –ex niño mimado de la plutocracia global– no pudo encontrar un camino para implementar en Italia la hoja de ruta de austeridad dura impuesta por el BCE, el FMI y los bancos acreedores. Cuando habla el Dios del Mercado –el único oráculo genuino de la modernidad líquida– la realidad se inclina. No sorprende que Van Rompuy haya expresado la semana pasada en Roma estas palabras oraculares: “El país necesita reformas, no elecciones”.
Nadie tiene que
abrir a la fuerza los pasillos de Bruselas o sentarse con algún
funcionario a comer bife con papas fritas y tomar vino de Burdeos
para saber cuánto odia
neoliberalismo de la línea dura, como lo impone
No importa mucho que los “fundamentos” de Italia sean excelentes, incluidos los altos niveles de ahorros privados, baja deuda privada, sistema bancario estable y un superávit comercial en manufactura.
Del griego al
latín, el problema con Grecia e Italia no tiene nada que ver
con la supuesta periferia disfuncional de
No existe ninguna diferencia (política) entre la realización de cambio de régimen con bombardeos “humanitarios” o mediante los relámpagos del Dios del Mercado.
En cuanto al cortafuegos necesario que “salvaría” a Italia de su deuda –más de 1,9 billones (millones de millones) de euros– es un enorme billón de euros. No se hará, sobre todo porque el Todopoderoso Emperador Hu (Jintao) ha desairado esta última invención de los bárbaros occidentales. El Emperador Hu ciertamente sabía antes de los hechos que el Fondo Europeo de Estabilidad Financiera (FEEF) se revelaría como un timo monumental, mientras el FEEF compraba cientos de millones de euros de sus propios bonos. No necesita ser Nouriel Roubini para apostar a que el euro puede estar en camino a descomponerse.
–responsable de un 48% del producto interno bruto de
1. “French and Germans explore idea of smaller euro zone”, Reuters, 9 de noviembre.
Pepe Escobar es autor de “Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War ” (Nimble Books, 2007) y “ Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge ”. Su último libro es “ Obama does Globalistan ” (Nimble Books, 2009). Puede contactarse con él en: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Porqué Cristina Fernandez y todos los medios argentinos mienten sobre las vacunas
El CDC siempre supo sobre la peligrosidad de las vacunas -pero cubrió la verdad. Dato: El CDC es fuente oficial de Clarín y todos los grandes medios de comunicación argentinos que, al igual que el gobierno nacional, quieren diezmar a la población con vacunas que destruyen el cerebro. No solo la vacuna contra el VPH simboliza un grave peligro, por sus efectos secundarios como muerte súbita o parálisis permanente. Todas las vacunas lo son. Y la cuestión va más allá de un bloqueo en la construcción natural de defensas. Es el sistema monetario el que fabrica medicamentos innecesarios y nocivos. "De que están hechas las vacunas y que hacen", señala Tim Bolen, Defensa al Consumidor, EE.UU. (Mientras los laboratorios entran en crisis, desembarcan en Sudamérica para hacer negocios)
Venezuela comenzará a repatriar sus reservas internacionales de oro en 15 días
El presidente del Banco Central de Venezuela (BCV), Nelson Merentes, confirmó que las reservas de oro que Venezuela mantiene en el exterior empezarán a retornar al país en un plazo máximo de 15 días.
En un acto oficial celebrado este lunes con el presidente Hugo Chávez, Merentes afirmó que “en unos 15 días llegará el cargamento de oro repatriado”.
Explicó que “este miércoles firmamos el contrato con la empresa correspondiente” para luego llevar a cabo la repatriación.
Las reservas internacionales del país están en 29.000 millones de dólares, de las cuales un 80 por ciento se encuentran respaldadas en oro.
En el mes de agosto el Ministerio de Finanzas y el BCV informaron que el Estado venezolano movilizaría los recursos en el exterior para diversificar su cartera en términos de las reservas internacionales.
Por su parte, el mandatario venezolano anunció también que había ordenado el traslado de las 211,35 toneladas de oro que Venezuela tiene en el extranjero. Más del 80 por ciento de esa cantidad reposa en el Reino Unido, principalmente en el Banco de Inglaterra.
Seguidamente firmó una Ley que nacionaliza las actividades de exploración y explotación de oro, un proyecto que contempla aumentar las reservas internacionales del país, así como combatir el contrabando del mineral y la depredación medioambiental.
El país suramericano ocupa el decimoquinto puesto en el mundo en reservas de oro, con más de 360 toneladas, según cifras oficiales. Otras 154 toneladas, valoradas en 7.236 millones de dólares, reposan en el BCV.
Merentes confirmó el inicio de la operación en un acto de reivindicación de pago de acreencias a nuevos ahorristas e impulso de los Nuevos Terminales Bancarios Comunales (TBCom) en Caracas.
La economía venezolana creció por encima de 3,5 por ciento en el tercer trimestre y cerrará el año con un avance cercano al 4 por ciento del Producto Interior Bruto (PIB), según cifras avanzadas el lunes por el presidente Hugo Chávez y el máximo responsable del Banco Central (BCV).
Michel Chossudovski: Ataque contra Irán supone “escenario de guerra mundial”
La Radio del Sur/ Chevige González Marcó
El analista advirtió que es muy importante que esa guerra no ocurra por las implicaciones que tendría para la humanidad, sería un conflicto que se extendería desde el este del Mediterráneo hasta las cercanías de la frontera de China y Afganistán.
“Es importante determinar que la guerra contra Irán sería impulsada por Estados Unidos, no por Israel, éste último no puede actuar sin el aval de Estados Unidos… Israel podría actuar, pero dentro del mando que tiene Estados Unidos” apuntó Chossudovski. Agregó que cualqier intervención militar va a provocar una guerra extensa.
Estima el analista que una guerra contra Irán puede ser una de las crisis más grandes en la historia de la humanidad, ya que Estados Unidos tiene una política de “guerra nuclear preventiva”, ellos van a utilizar armamento nuclear contra Irán, si la nación persa se defiende en el teatro de guerra convencional.
Chossudovski denunció que las amenazas contra Siria y las acciones de la Liga Árabe están también vinculadas al plan de agresión contra Irán, por las vinculaciones geopolíticas que tienen los hechos en la región. Sin embargo, apuntó que no es fácil estimar que Washington inicie la guerra en un plazo próximo, por lo extremadamente difícil que resulta la toma de decisiones militares en un escenario que podría desembocar en la tercera guerra mundial.
“Es muy importante que la opinión pública sepa la verdad, sobre las especulaciones que venden con respecto a la situación nuclear en Irán y sobre la falsificación de información que se ubica en el informa de la Agencia Internacional de Energía Atómica”, agregó Chossudovski.
Michel Chossudovski es un economista canadiense, con amplia trayectoria en el análisis de conflicto militares y geopolítuicos y ha hecho detallado seguimiento de los planes de Estados Unidos e Israel contra Irán desde la década de los ´90
Our Environment Under Attack
The greatest public health threat can no longer be denied
Monday, November 14, 2011
The fact that the planet is being bombarded with chemicals from high-altitude spraying as part of numerous geoengineering programs being conducted by U.S. government agencies and universities that have been approved with no oversight whatsoever can no longer be denied.
The re-classification of global warming, a highly contentious and often scientifically fraudulent pseudo-science, as a "national security threat" has been exploited by governments as an excuse to play God, green lighting secret experiments on a massive scale that carry innumerable dangers to humans and their environment.
However, now that increasing awareness of geoengineering as a result of the chemtrails phenomenon has propagated widely, authorities are slowly being forced to disclose certain aspects of the program. We are now not far away from full disclosure of the true extent of geoengineering experimentation.
Scientists now admit that vapor trails from aeroplanes are creating "artificial clouds" that block out the sun. This is no longer a matter of debate. The chemtrail "conspiracy theorists" were proven correct.
Reading University’s Professor Keith Shine told the Daily Mail last year that the clouds "formed by aircraft fumes could linger ‘for hours’, depriving those areas under busy flight paths, such as London and the Home Counties, of summer sunshine."
“Experts have warned that, as a result, the amount of sunlight hitting the ground could be reduced by as much as ten per cent. Professor Shine added: “Over the busiest areas in London and the South of England, this high-level cloud could cover the sky, turning bright sunshine into hazy conditions for the entire area. I expect the effects will get worse as the volume of air traffic increases.”
The report also makes reference to a 2009 Met Office study which found that high-level winds did not disperse contrails that later formed into clouds which covered an astonishing 20,000 miles.
Of course, only the completely naive would suggest that there is no connection between chemtrails that block out the sun, a phenomenon that has been ongoing for over a decade, and open calls on behalf of scientists to 'reduce global warming' by injecting the atmosphere with aerosols.
Mainstream science and academia has gone from dismissing chemtrails as a fantasy of paranoid conspiracy theorists to now accepting that they exist but claiming that they are natural and not artificially induced, despite numerous patents and scientific proposals that focus around using man-made dispersal of aerosols to alter the atmosphere.
The proposal to disperse sulphur dioxide in an attempt to reflect sunlight was discussed in a September 2008 London Guardian article entitled, Geoengineering: The radical ideas to combat global warming, in which Ken Caldeira, a leading climate scientist based at the Carnegie Institution in Stanford, California, promoted the idea of injecting the atmosphere with aerosols.
“One approach is to insert “scatterers” into the stratosphere,” states the article. “Caldeira cites an idea to deploy jumbo jets into the upper atmosphere and deposit clouds of tiny particles there, such as sulphur dioxide. Dispersing around 1m tonnes of sulphur dioxide per year across 10m square kilometres of the atmosphere would be enough to reflect away sufficient amounts of sunlight.”
Experiments similar to Caldeira’s proposal are already being carried out by U.S. government -backed scientists, such as those at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, S.C, who in 2009 began conducting studies which involved shooting huge amounts of particulate matter, in this case “porous-walled glass microspheres,” into the stratosphere.
The project is closely tied to an idea by Nobel Prize winner Paul Crutzen, who “proposed sending aircraft 747s to dump huge quantities of sulfur particles into the far-reaches of the stratosphere to cool down the atmosphere.”
In 2008, scientist Tim Flannery also warned that "mankind might need to pump sulphur into the atmosphere to survive," adding that, "gas sulphur could be inserted into the earth's stratosphere to keep out the sun's rays and slow global warming, a process called global dimming."
Such programs merely scratch the surface of what is likely to be a gargantuan and overarching black-budget funded project to geoengineer the planet, with little or no care for the unknown environmental consequences this could engender.
Given that sulphur emissions cause 'global dimming', is it any wonder that the emergence of the chemtrails phenomenon coincided with an average 22% drop in sunlight reaching the earth's surface?
What is known about what happens when the environment is loaded with sulphur dioxide is bad enough, since the compound is the main component of acid rain, which according to the EPA “Causes acidification of lakes and streams and contributes to the damage of trees at high elevations (for example, red spruce trees above 2,000 feet) and many sensitive forest soils. In addition, acid rain accelerates the decay of building materials and paints, including irreplaceable buildings, statues, and sculptures that are part of our nation’s cultural heritage.”
The health effects of bombarding the skies with sulphur dioxide alone are enough to raise serious questions about whether such programs should even be allowed to proceed.
The following health effects are linked with exposure to sulphur.
effects and behavioral changes
- Disturbance of blood circulation
- Heart damage
- Effects on eyes and eyesight
- Reproductive failure
- Damage to immune systems
- Stomach and gastrointestinal disorder
- Damage to liver and kidney functions
- Hearing defects
- Disturbance of the hormonal metabolism
- Dermatological effects
- Suffocation and lung embolism
According to the LennTech website, “Laboratory tests with test animals have indicated that sulfur can cause serious vascular damage in veins of the brains, the heart and the kidneys. These tests have also indicated that certain forms of sulfur can cause foetal damage and congenital effects. Mothers can even carry sulfur poisoning over to their children through mother milk. Finally, sulfur can damage the internal enzyme systems of animals.”
Even pro-geoengineering scientist Mark Watson, admits that injecting sulphur into the atmosphere could lead to “acid rain, ozone depletion or weather pattern disruption.”
Rutgers University meteorologist Alan Robock also, “created computer simulations indicating that sulfate clouds could potentially weaken the Asian and African summer monsoons, reducing rain that irrigates the food crops of billions of people.”
“Imagine if we triggered a drought and famine while trying to cool the planet,” Robock told a geoengineering conference last year.
The Canada-based Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC) has called for such experiments to be shut down. “This experiment is only phase one of a much bigger plan that could have devastating consequences, including large changes in weather patterns such as deadly droughts,” the group said in a written statement.
Fred Singer, president of the Science Environmental Policy Project and a skeptic of man-made global warming theories, warns that the consequences of tinkering with the planet’s delicate eco-system could have far-reaching dangers.
“If you do this on a continuous basis, you would depress the ozone layer and cause all kinds of other problems that people would rather avoid,” said Singer.
Even Greenpeace’s chief UK scientist – a staunch advocate of the man-made global warming explanation – Doug Parr – has slammed attempts to geoengineer the planet as “outlandish” and “dangerous”.
Stephen Schneider of Stanford University, who proposed a bizarre plan to send spaceships into the upper atmosphere that would be used to block out the Sun, admits that geoengineering could cause “conflicts between nations if geoengineering projects go wrong.”
As we have repeatedly highlighted, numerous universities and government agencies have been conducting studies in the field of geoengineering for years.
Discussion of geoengineering technology is often framed as a future consideration, yet governments are already conducting such programs at an advanced stage.
The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program was created in 1989 with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and is sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Science and managed by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research.
One of ARM’s programs, entitled Indirect and Semi-Direct Aerosol Campaign (ISDAC), is aimed at measuring “cloud simulations” and “aerosol retrievals”.
Another program under the Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Science Program is directed towards, “developing comprehensive understanding of the atmospheric processes that control the transport, transformation, and fate of energy related trace chemicals and particulate matter.”
The DOE website states that, “The current focus of the program is aerosol radiative forcing of climate: aerosol formation and evolution and aerosol properties that affect direct and indirect influences on climate and climate change.”
U.S. government scientists are already bombarding the skies with the acid-rain causing pollutant sulphur dioxide in an attempt to fight global warming by “geoengineering” the planet, despite the fact that injecting aerosols into the upper atmosphere carries with it a host of both known and unknown dangers.
In addition, the Obama administration’s interest in exploring “geoengineering” mirrors recent publications penned by the elite Council On Foreign Relations.
In a document entitled Geoengineering: Workshop on Unilateral Planetary Scale Geoengineering, the CFR proposes different methods of “reflecting sunlight back into space,” which include adding “small reflecting particles in the upper part of the atmosphere,” adding “more clouds in the lower part of the atmosphere,” and placing “various kinds of reflecting objects in space either near the earth or at a stable location between the earth and the sun.”
The proposals in the CFR document match exactly the atmospheric effects observed in the aftermath of chemtrail spraying.
A report issued last year by the UK government also calls for the UN to exclusively regulate world wide geoengineering of the planet in order to stave off man made global warming.
Of course, killing millions of people in the third world through unintended consequences of geoengineering is probably seen as a price worth paying for the likes of John P. Holdren, White House science czar and strong geoengineering proponent, given that he and other luminaries in the global warming movement want to see global population drastically reduced by means of a “planetary regime” carrying out forced sterilization and other draconian population control measures.
It is now overwhelmingly obvious that geoengineering projects involving spraying chemicals at high altitudes are already underway through chemtrails.
In 2008, a KSLA news investigation found that a substance that fell to earth from a high altitude chemtrail contained high levels of Barium (6.8 ppm) and Lead (8.2 ppm) as well as trace amounts of other chemicals including arsenic, chromium, cadmium, selenium and silver. Of these, all but one are metals, some are toxic while several are rarely or never found in nature.
The newscast focuses on Barium, which its research shows is a “hallmark of chemtrails.” KSLA found Barium levels in its samples at 6.8 ppm or “more than six times the toxic level set by the EPA.” The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality confirmed that the high levels of Barium were “very unusual,” but commented that “proving the source was a whole other matter” in its discussion with KSLA.
KSLA also asked Mark Ryan, Director of the Poison Control Center, about the effects of Barium on the human body. Ryan commented that “short term exposure can lead to anything from stomach to chest pains and that long term exposure causes blood pressure problems.” The Poison Control Center further reported that long-term exposure, as with any harmful substance, would contribute to weakening the immune system, which many speculate is the purpose of such man-made chemical trails.
Indeed, barium oxide has cropped up repeatedly as a contaminant from suspected geoengineering experimentation.
Geoengineering programs conducted by politically-driven scientists who have proven adept at covering up and ignoring contradictory evidence in the global warming debate should not be empowered with the authority and funding to conduct such dangerous tests without a major public debate about the potential consequences.
The fact that individuals who embrace the dogma of global warming, alarmism which has already killed more people than man-made climate change in the third world through starvation linked to food price hikes caused by biofuel production, are now preparing to launch programs with government approval that could drastically alter weather patterns and cause droughts, is frightening.
More sober minds in the scientific community need to become far more public in their opposition to geoengineering to prevent a very real form of man-made climate change that could irrevocably damage our planet for decades to come.
In an effort to draw attention to this urgent issue which represents a threat to our health and our environment, we are launching the first Infowars.com 'tweet bomb' today, where we encourage all our readers to tweet the URL Infowars.com at 11am CST. Tune in to the Alex Jones Show today for further details.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.
Our Brave New World Of Snitches And Surveillance
by Zen Gardner
The tech industry giants continue to dutifully "lead the way" into a suffocating surveillance state in collusion with the nasty likes of the NSA, FBI, CIA, TSA and the DHS..to name a "phew". (Almost ran out of letters. Notice they're almost always 3?...hmmm. The Masons wouldn't have anything to do with all this, would they?)
This time a "non-profit group Parking Mobility, created by George Soros-funded organizations, created the Android, Blackberry and iPhone parking ticket app which encourages cities to adopt the program because they can "generate revenue." As if our well-being was the purpose for this indoctrination into self-policing. I mean, c'mon.
Residents of Austin, Texas may soon have the power to issue parking tickets by taking a few photographs of someone else's car with their smartphones. A unanimous council voted on October 20 to explore the concept of deputizing vigilante meter maids using an iPhone app. Disabled advocates pushed the program at the council meeting in the hopes of guaranteeing easier parking. They were joined by others who were just interested in writing the $511 tickets.
The system requires a person take three photographs of the alleged violator -- one of the license plate, one of the windshield and one showing the car and the handicapped parking sign. The software sends the photos and the GPS location to the city so it can issue the expensive ticket.
"There's really no better enforcement tool than our citizens policing themselves," Councilman Mike Martinez said. "I think the merits of this program deserve our support. (Go here)
Since a big run at installing a ramped up snitch program last year, they seem to have since concentrated on spyware technology due to the blow back they got. But this clever re-introduction via the "handicapped" in an attempt to get it into every city under the guise of an income generator is pretty damn devious.
However it is taking its toll on the innocent. If you follow the news you'll examples continually of people using the
If you remember, last December we had a major snitch program roll-out. Walmart started running the DHS "If you see something say something" campaign which continues to leak into the social fabric, YouTube installed a Terror Alert Tag, and then Apple of course joined in as the first to publish this Nazi throwback Patriot App--just as patriotic as its predecessor, the freedom-extinguishing Patriot Act.
This was all on the heels of the first WikiLeaks uproar. Hmm. Funny how they had these programs ready to roll out. Wonder what they'll use for the next crank up? Watch for it.
With these types of self-policing surveillance tools now anyone and everyone can "become someone" and "make a difference protecting our nation's security."
As these programs continue to escalate they're eventually going to trigger a firestorm of fear and confusion, all part of the plan. Just imagine how much havoc can be wreaked with false information and random accusations--for which snitchers will be praised for being "great Americans". With as much TV as most Americans watch, they're gonna want to be armchair Jack Bauers or CSI agents.
The channel is now wide open. Wanna get back at your boss? Your ex? Your kids' teachers? Students who don't like their teachers? Teachers who don't like their students? Wanna get back at Mom and Dad? How about that long haired protester you keep seeing at the grocery store? Or let's look around the Internet for views I don't like or agree with. "It's payback time for you weirdos! Extremists! Right wing nut job! Left wing wacko! Centrist compromiser! Social deviant! Dirty Occupier" etc. etc.
However it is taking its toll on the innocent. If you follow the news you'll examples continually of people using the
It's all fair game in a self-policing police state. And they're itching to see the snitching fully in place. Remember their motto, "Ordo Ab Chao". Set confusion afoot and you get your dirty work done in the shadows while they call on you for help to finish it off.
And it's all at the click of a mouse---or should I say....rat....
The way the laws have been eroded, you're now guilty until proven innocent and can be held indefinitely under Patriot Acts 1 and 2 and a host of other anti-Constitutional laws, mandates and executive orders, known and unknown.
On top of that all it takes is an accusation, bona fide or not. How easy is it for virtual agent provocateurs to stir up a storm over anyone they want to target. Once accused, job done. As the world's economies continue to crumble, they won't have to pay much to hire a horde of snitches.
All this "rat and snitch" empowerment is taking its toll on the innocent. Besides training people to fear and suspect everyone around them and to toe the line themselves lest they be reported on, if you follow the news you'll see examples continually of people abusing these new self-policing "tools".
False accusations are all it takes and everything gets thrown into a frenzy. Google "false rape accusations on facebook" or "FBI investigator informant false statements" and you'll get pages of incidents.
Our freedoms are being eroded quickly, and all in the name of "security" and by getting us to police each other.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Scholars recently released a position paper condemning an Education
Departmentdirective that forces colleges to remove fundamental due process protections from persons accused of sexual harassment. The statement describes the Dept. of Education mandate as "ominous," bordering on the "surreal," and excluding any mention of free speech. Source
Obama said early on he wants to create an army of brown shirt type youth to help enforce this tyranny of fear. Wouldn't another engineered "event" be an opportune time to ramp up such a program ? He may be down in the ratings, but not for long after the next false flag, you just watch.
1984 excerpt summary:
Winston opens the door fearfully, assuming that the Thought Police have arrived to arrest him for writing in the diary. However, it is only Mrs. Parsons, a neighbor in his apartment building, needing help with the plumbing while her husband is away. In Mrs. Parsons’s apartment, Winston is tormented by the fervent Parsons children, who, being Junior Spies, accuse him of thoughtcrime. The Junior Spies is an organization of children who monitor adults for disloyalty to the Party, and frequently succeed in catching them—Mrs. Parsons herself seems afraid of her zealous children.
They haven't been quiet on the surveillance front. The snitch program may seem to have toned down since the uproar against it, but it certainly hasn't slowed down on the technological side. Here's a quick overview of a few ways Big Brother is watching:
1. Credit/Debit and RFID use: Every transaction, ID and passport use is monitored and tracked. Your buying habits are sold to corporations and your personal information given to the US Department of Justice in some form. Rely on it. Your privacy rights have vanished. RFIDs are soon to be in all forms of ID, used for medical records, are in your food and products for "tracking" and soon to be under everyone's skin. Beware. That one's a biggie.
2. Phone and Internet use. Forget it, they know everything. The NSA is in bed with the servers and providers so kiss internet and cellular privacy goodbye, subjects. Don't believe that? Go googling before it disappears.
3. GPS and Drones. "Thanks for the self-bought tracking device, Philbert." They can pinpoint anyone. GPS, phone, lowjack, OnStar...those just help. Watch for the policing drones and other technologies to follow soon. You are not alone...anywhere!
4. Smart Meters. They read all your home's devices, track your activities and give off more radiation than a cell phone tower! Nice, eh? Clever bastards.
5. Chemtrails and EMFs. By now we've all inhaled, eaten and drunk enough barium, and aluminum, to be tracked from space. EMFs from cell and GWEN towers screw with your nervous system more than ever and influence your thoughts, as does your TV. Happy yet?
6. The Obvious CCTV cameras...and the Not Obvious ones. In the UK they're IN the buses as well as outside the buses...never mind in trees in the countryside! Yes, it's gone that far, and will in the US soon too. Smile. There's 8 to 12 every intersection...don't you wonder the hell why?
7. Scans and More Scans. Old news. Airport, transport, mobile and soon to be everywhere: Metal detectors, feel-downs and ups, and the latest: backscatter machines that unzip your DNA! Getting the picture?
8. Fingerprints and Iris scanners. Notice how many want fingerprints now? And iris scanners are already in place in many airports, in fact I've heard this is the first thing the NYPD is doing to anyone arrested at OWS. Beware.
9. Facial recognition technology. "Yay! We'll catch all those buggers now! But why am I suspect?" Coming "officially" in January (which means they've been experimenting and using it for some time already.....) and..
10. Precrime detection! Yes, movies DO come to life! They're working fervently on detecting your MOOD and will summarily assume at will you have BAD INTENTIONS with this one! Beware being pissed or on a bummer in public...YOU could be a terrorist!!
11. Intention To Trespass Outside the Country? Yup. Here's a brand new doozey. "You gonna circumvent your domesticating home country's laws on substance regulation, you wild and crazy thing? Damn you...you get back in the house right now!"
12. "Illuminating!" - Intellistreets coming soon! New street lights that include “Homeland Security” applications including speaker systems, motion sensors and video surveillance are now being rolled out with the aid of government funding. Orwell would be proud. (Go Here)
Nazi propaganda poster 1944 - Pot calling the kettle black? Or vice-versa?...
Some call this fascist clamp down the fourth Reich, but it might as well be the third Reich since it never really stopped--it just changed faces and moved to the US where they could take it to new levels. And we're still only seeing the tip of the iceberg.
Can that happen here? It already has. We're almost completely disempowered while the laws are all in place just waiting for the next excuse to keep ratcheting it up.
By thinking our votes make any kind of a difference and submitting to a system that tells us we can only go through those channels. By taking instructions from a compromised media. By waiting for responsible leaders to come to the fore in a completely corrupt system. By not believing it could happen here, as was the case in every country that was ever taken over by despotic powers. By hiding in our religions and believing we'll only get out of this when the "cavalry" appears.
Lots of reasons.
All while people still put money in their banks, pay tribute to them, buy their polluted products and drink in their sewage in the media. And most pitifully, while sacrificing their kids for further indoctrination and drugging in a diabolical school system designed to further degrade the human race. It's pitiful.
TSA thugs, Homeland Security and their ilk look the same now as they did not that long ago--but how soon we forget. Or should I say, how quickly they take true history out of our collective consciousness--not hard in the world's dumbed-down state.
How'd it happen?
As the line goes,
Question: "What do you think about all this epidemic of ignorance and apathy?"
Answer: "I don't know and I don't care!"
Check their faces--just scared kids being told what to do. With a little false indoctrination humans are unfortunately capable of anything.
When the lights of the world dim and seem to go out, the true light of awakened humanity shines brighter and brighter. Realizing what is really going on and detaching from this tyrannical empire in every way possible and helping others to do the same is the living solution.
They're nothing to fear. They ARE fear itself and living in its grip with an insecure need to dominate others. Don't be fooled.
Make conscious decisions in the days to come and take control of your life.
If everybody snapped out of it our world would change in a moment.
More from Zen:
7 Elephants Now Thrashing Your Living Room
America: An Experiment Gone Wrong?
Politburo uber alles
By Pepe Escobar
Ah, those good old Cold War/Soviet Union days when an army of Kremlinologists was hooked on every imperceptible move by an inscrutable politburo.
Wait a minute. Who would have thought that two decades after the end of "real socialism" politburos would be back in fashion?
China does it - see their nine-member standing committee, the holy of the holies inside their 25-member politburo. And proving once more Slavoj Zizek's thesis that the marriage of capitalism and democracy is over, "free" Europe also does it - with relish, even doubling down on China's notorious Gang of Four.
Meet the Gang of Eight
The eurozone is now in fact run by an eight-member politburo.
a sterling job. This Gang of Eight is accountable to no one, except
mythical Zeus with his trademark thunderbolts. In the liquid
modernity era, Zeus goes by the name of the God of the Market. The
only thing that matters to the Gang of Eight is what financial
markets - run by the God - want; mere mortals, as in European
voters, are at best a nuisance.
Ergo, eurozone national governments are totally meaningless. The shots are called by a troika formed by the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Commission (EC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). All of them gloriously unelected.
Europe's politburo goes by the innocent acronym GdF, French for Groupe de Francfort (Frankfurt Group), established last month. They met no less than four times during the recent, spectacularly failed Group of 20 debt festival in Cannes. Here's the full technocratic list - with a few politicians thrown in.
1 and 2: "Merkozy", that mongrel cross-pollination of German Chancellor Angela "Iron Cross" Merkel and neo-Napoleonic French President Nicolas Sarkozy. As much as bling bling stalwart Sarko may pose as a king - in the guise, among others, of Great Liberator of Libya; and as much as he refers to La Merkel as "La Boche" (in a French World War II derogatory way), the "Merk" part in "Merkozy" displays the real cojones at the European Union (EU).
3: The slick Chanel/Wall Street merger Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, who inherited her post from former savior of capitalism turned self-imploded French presidential candidate, notorious trans-Atlantic woman-lover Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK). Madame Lagarde herself is a proven financial quantity, as former chair of international law firm Baker and McKenzie.
4: Former vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International Mario Draghi, now president of the all-powerful European Central Bank (ECB). The technocrat who pushed Italy into the euro, now widely hailed by financial hacks as "the savior of Europe".
5: The president (since 2004) of the European Commission (EC), Jose Manuel Barroso, essentially an unspeakably dour power-hungry bureaucrat.
6: The president of the European Council (since 2009) Herman van Rompuy, a faceless, former Belgian senator and prime minister who vehemently opposes Turkey's accession to the EU.
7: European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs (since 2010) Olli Rehn, from Finland, a self-effacing former top bureaucrat in charge of the EU's enlargement.
8: The chairman of the group of European Finance Ministers (since 2005), Jean-Claude Juncker, a former prime minister of Luxembourg whom The Economist describes as a "fanatical federalist".
Elections are for sissies
Way beyond the Rabelaisian, trashy/reality show version of the last days of the Roman Empire personified by former Italian prime minister Silvio "bunga bunga" Berlusconi, and the travails of forming a government of national unity headed by super-technocrat, former European commissioner Mario Monti, who Italians call "Super Mario", there's only one road map ahead as far as the EU is concerned; implacable "austerity", duly supervised by Madame Lagarde and her IMF minions.
Super Mario, by the way, is a total Gang of Eight man; former EU commissioner, international adviser for Goldman Sachs, European chairman of David Rockefeller's Trilateral Commission and key member of the Bilderberg Group.
Even a populist neo-liberal such as Il Cavaliere - a former darling of the global plutocracy - could not find a way to implement in Italy the hardcore austerity roadmap imposed by the ECB, the IMF and creditor banks. When The God of the Market - the only true oracle of liquid modernity - speaks, reality bends over. No wonder Van Rompuy uttered these oracular words last Friday in Rome; "The country needs reforms, not elections."
No one even needs to pry open Brussels corridors or sit with the odd functionary over steak frites and Bordeaux to know how much the EU hates democracy. For instance, no one knows how the (unelected) governing council of the all-powerful ECB votes, because everything they do is secret.
Hardcore neo-liberalism, as imposed by the Gang of Eight, is like a Mafia treatment; first they go for your knees - amputating social rights. Then they go for your throat - amputating political rights. For the "cattle" that will carry the burden of endless austerity - European voters - there's not much left except the odd general strike or screaming their lungs out in the streets.
It won't matter much that Italy's "fundamentals" are excellent - including high levels of private savings, low private debt, a stable banking system and a trade surplus in manufacturing.
From Greek to Latin, the problem with Greece and Italy has nothing to do with the EU's alleged dysfunctional periphery. The point is the excesses of casino capitalism - financial capital operating in total deregulation. Thus the pre-eminence of this glossy/shady character - the liquid modernity technocrat - averse to democracy yet legitimate enough to call for popular repression, all in the name of satisfying the Almighty financial God.
There's no (political) difference in conducting regime change with "humanitarian" bombing or through the God of the Market's thunderbolts.
As for the necessary firewall that would "save" Italy from its debt - over 1.9 trillion euros (US$2.6 trillion) - it is a humongous 1 trillion euros. It won't happen - first of all because the Almighty Emperor Hu (Jintao) has snubbed this latest invention by the Western barbarians. Emperor Hu certainly knew avant la lettre the Orwellian-style European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) would be revealed as a monumental scam, as the EFSF bought hundreds of millions of euros of its own bonds. You don't need to be Nouriel Roubini to bet the euro may be on the way of breaking down.
"Merkozy" - responsible for 48% of the eurozone's gross domestic product - and the Gang of Eight are now first-class practitioners of neo-colonial power. What the Gang of Eight is truly after is essentially a rich man's EU, as breached in a near-apocalyptic Reuters story.  Get ready because from now on, the euro won't unify Europe; it will spearhead its balkanization.
1. French and Germans explore idea of smaller euro zone, Reuters, November 9.
Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His new book, just out, is Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).
He may be reached at email@example.com.
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Posted on November 15, 2011 by WashingtonsBlog
I reported yesterday that a blanket of radioactive iodine – indicating a new nuclear release – has hit Germany, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
Today, Agence France Presse reports that it has hit France as well:
France´s nuclear watchdog on Tuesday said it had detected traces of radioactive iodine in the air last week ….
Concentrations of iodine 131 measuring a few microbecquerels per cubic metre were detected last week at four monitoring stations in northern and eastern France, the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) said.
“Although the presence of iodine 131 over national territory is quite exceptional… the level of concentrations that have been observed are of no risk for public health,” it said in a press release.
“The source and date of the radioactive emissions which caused this pollution are currently unknown,” the IRSN said.
Iodine is a very short-lived isotope that decays to half of its radioactivity in only eight days.
As I noted yesterday, mainstream authorities are saying – without proof – that it can’t be from Fukushima.
Posted on November 14, 2011 by WashingtonsBlog
Reuters notes that elevated levels of radioactive iodine have been detected in Germany, Sweden, Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.
The Stockholm News reports that Denmark and Poland are also experiencing heightened radiation.
NHK notes that Russia has been hit as well.
AP notes that the radioactive releases are ongoing:
An official [from the International Atomic Energy Agency] familiar with the matter, who asked for anonymity because he was not authorized to comment, said the release appeared to be continuing.
Some scientists have made some unlikely claims about the source of the radiation. For example, as Reuters notes:
Professor Malcolm Sperrin, director of medical physics at Britain’s Royal Berkshire Hospital, said any link with Fukushima was extremely unlikely.
“It is far more likely that the iodine may be as a result of excretion by patients undergoing medical treatment. Whilst such patients are carefully controlled, some release of iodine into the environment may be inevitable but would certainly be well below any limits where health detriment would even begin to be an issue for concern,” he said.
(It is unlikely that patients in so many countries would all start excreting more radioactive iodine at the same time.)
The Czechs deny responsibility, but are sending mixed signals. As AP notes:
In Prague, an official at the Czech State Office for Nuclear Safety said he was “100 percent sure” that the radiation had not come from any Czech nuclear power plant — or from any other source on Czech territory.
[However,] speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to the media, the official said tests are under way around the country to try and identify the source.
The Czechs are betting heavily on nuclear power and have plans to dramatically increase production ….
Poland is trying to blame Pakistan for the radiation; but a Pakistan government official denies the allegation.
All of the mainstream commentators dismiss Fukushima as a potential source. However, Fukushima is still far from any stable shutdown – and is still apparently undergoing nuclear reactions (and see this, this and this).
So – while we don’t have any idea where the radiation is coming from at this point – it is too early to rule out Fukushima.
Posted on November 2, 2011 by WashingtonsBlog
Radioactive xenon has been detected at the Fukushima nuclear plant, indicating that nuclear reactions are still occurring.
BusinessWeek notes that the Japanese government has confirmed the existence of radioactive xenon:
The detection of xenon, which is associated with nuclear fission, was confirmed today by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, the country’s atomic regulator said.
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it found in the facility’s No.2 reactor radioactive substances that could have resulted from continuous nuclear fission.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, said on Wednesday that it detected xenon-133 and xenon-135 in gas taken from the reactor’s containment vessel on the previous day. The substances were reportedly in concentrations of 6 to more than 10 parts per million becquerels per cubic centimeter.
Xenon-135 was also detected in gas samples collected on Wednesday.
Radioactive xenon is produced during nuclear fission.
The half-life of xenon-133 is 5 days, and that of xenon-135 is 9 hours.
The utility also says it wants to take a close look at the situation of the plant’s No.1 and 3 reactors.
“Given the signs, it’s certain that fission is occurring,” Junichi Matsumoto, a general manager at Tepco who regularly talks to the media, told reporters in Tokyo today. There’s been no large-scale or sustained criticality and no increase in radiation, he said.
It’s possible there are similar reactions occurring in the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors, the other cores damaged at the station, Matsumoto said.
“Melted fuel in the No. 2 reactor may have undergone a sustained process of nuclear fission or re-criticality,” Tetsuo Ito, the head of Kinki University’s Atomic Energy Research Institute, said by phone. “The nuclear fission should be containable by injecting boron into the reactor to absorb neutrons.”
Bellona points out:
According to Bellona physicist and executive director, Nils Bøhmer, and Dr Komei Hosokawa, head of the Department of Environmental and Social Research at Japan’s Kyoto Seika University … The presence of these gasses indicated fresh nuclear fission taking place in the hot debris of the melted fuel rods at the bottom of the container….
“This clear indication that a nuclear chain reaction is going on in one the reactors is a very bad sign. TEPCO had said that the situation would be stable within nine months after the accident,” said Bøhmer.
“Any on-going uncontrolled chain-reaction is not an indication of a stable rector, and we could face a much longer period of instability until the reactors are safe,” he said.
A TEPCO official has confirmed a so-called “partial re-criticality” incident in reactor No 2, said Hosokawa in the information he forwarded to Bellona. Hosokawa said the term “partial re-criticality was “a new vague word for [TEPCO’s] spin practice.”
Other radioactive gasses detected at the reactor, said Hosokawa, included Xenon-131m and Krypton-85, which are likely remnants of the chain reactions that occurred immediately after the earthquake and tsunami.
However, Ex-SKF reports – based on a handout from Tepco – that there was a “100-Fold Increase in Krypton-85 from November 1” to November 2nd.
EneNews notes the significance of Krytpon-85:
According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, “Krypton-85 is the best indicator for clandestine plutonium separations” when conducting wide-area atmospheric monitoring.
Also, EX-SKF writes, “According to wiki, ‘About three atoms of krypton-85 are produced for every 1000 fissions (i.e. it has a fission yield of 0.3%)’.
Bellona also writes:
Japanese nuclear authorities … say the chain reactions will not affect the projected shut-own schedule. Currently the temperature at the hot zones of the reactors is been sustained at below 100 degrees Celsius by seawater constantly being pumped in.
Hosokawa, however, strongly disagreed, citing the apparent present condition of the nuclear fuel in reactor No 2, if not others.
“TEPCO so far claimed that the melted-down uranium had formed an oval shape with a cooled-down crust. Their roadmap for the “cold shutdown, if ever, is based on this condition,” said Hosokawa. “Now that they propose a quite different view regarding the condition of nuclear fuel, the roadmap vision [for shutdown] cannot be intact.”
Indeed, we’ve been reporting for months that nuclear reactions are probably still continuing at Fukushima (as have Fairewinds, Ene and Ex-SKF.)
The New York Times points out:
The unexpected bursts — something akin to flare-ups after a major fire … threaten to increase the amount of dangerous radioactive elements leaking from the complex and complicate cleanup efforts, raising startling questions about how much remains uncertain at the plant….
The plant’s owner admitted for the first time that fuel deep inside three stricken plants was probably continuing to experience bursts of fission.
It is impossible to determine exactly what state the fuel is in, given that even an intact reactor can offer only limited gauges in the form of temperature, pressure readings and neutron flow, but not visual observation. That lack of clarity is one of the most resonant lessons of the Fukushima disaster, where those trying to guide the response and assess the danger operated by what amounted to educated guesswork.
In reactors of the design used at Fukushima, that chain reaction is normally stopped when the operator gives a command to insert control rods, which rise up from the bottom of the core and separate the fuel assemblies. But when the cores of three reactors at Fukushima melted, a large part of the fuel presumably formed a jumbled mass in the bottom of the vessel, and without a strict gridlike geometry, the control rods cannot be inserted. Some of the fuel has escaped the vessel, experts believe, and is in spaces underneath, where there is no way to use control rods to interrupt the flow of neutrons.
The three reactors — together with spent fuel rods stored at a fourth damaged reactor — have been leaking radioactive material since the initial disaster, and new episodes of fission would only increase their dangers.
“Re-criticality would produce more harmful radioactive material, and because the reactors are damaged, there would be a danger of a leak,” said Hiroaki Koide, assistant professor at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute, whose prescient warnings about nuclear safety have won him respect in Japan.
Mr. Koide holds that the nuclear fuel at the three reactors probably melted through containments and into the ground, raising the possibility of contaminated groundwater. If much of the fuel was indeed in the ground early in the crisis, the “feed and bleed” strategy initially taken by Tokyo Electric — where workers pumped cooling water into the reactors, producing hundreds of tons of radioactive runoff — would have prevented fuel still in the reactor from boiling itself dry and melting, but would not have done anything to reduce danger from fuel already in the soil — if it got that far.
Tokyo Electric does not deny the possibility that the fuel may have burrowed into the ground, but its officials say that “most” of the fuel likely remains within the reactor, albeit slumped at the bottom in a molten mass.
But even in their most dire assessments, some experts had not expected even bursts of re-criticality to occur, because it was unlikely that the fuel would melt in just the right way — and that another ingredient, water, would be present in just the right amounts — to allow for any nuclear reaction. If episodes of fission at Fukushima were confirmed, Mr. Koide said, “our entire understanding of nuclear safety would be turned on its head.”
Some nuclear experts have debated for months whether nuclear reactions might be continuing, either in the fuel inside the reactors, or in the spent fuel pools at the plant. They have pointed, for example, to the continued reports of short-lived iodine in the spent fuel pool at Reactor No. 3.
A former nuclear engineer with three decades of experience at a major engineering firm … who has worked at all three nuclear power complexes operated by Tokyo Electric … said that tiny fuel pellets could have been carried to different parts of the plant, like the spaces under the reactor during attempts to vent them in the early days. That would explain several cases of lethally high radiation readings found outside the reactor cores.
“If the fuel is still inside the reactor core, that’s one thing,” he said. But if the fuel has been dispersed more widely, then we are far from any stable shutdown.”
Hopefully, nuclear expert Paul Gunter’s fear that we face a “China Syndrome” – where the fuel from the reactor cores at Fukushima have melted through the container vessels, into the ground, and are hitting groundwater and creating highly-radioactive steam – will turn out to be overblown (even though NHK and Tepco have allegedly confirmed that steam was escaping from underground back in June, something Fukushima workers have alleged for some time):
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