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Peru snow state of emergency extended to more regions

September 02, 2013 –PERU – The Peruvian government has extended to nine more regions a state of emergency called to cope with unusually cold weather and heavy snowfall. At least two people have died and 33,000 others have been affected by the cold spell, local officials say. Tens of thousands of animals have frozen to death over the past week. President Ollanta Humala has travelled to Apurimac, one of the worst-hit areas, to oversee the distribution of emergency aid. The state of emergency would be in place for 20 days, an official statement said. The heaviest snow fall to hit Peru in a decade has killed tens of thousands of llamas, alpacas, cattle and sheep, and left farmers destitute. A man died when the roof of his hut caved in under the weight of the snow in southern Carabaya province but the circumstances of the second death were unclear. Three people were rescued on Saturday from the same region after their home was cut off by snow. Rescue workers said the three, two girls and an elderly woman, were suffering from frostbite and snow blindness. The cold front has also hit Peru’s south-eastern neighbour, Bolivia, and Paraguay. A total of five people have died in the two countries. –BBC
Did a volcanic eruption induce the summer cooling spell?
September 02, 2013 – RUSSIA – Throughout history, large volcanic eruptions have been known to influence climate. This summer, the Midwest experienced a cold wave referred to as  “Julytober” following the June eruption of Mount Sheveluch in Russia. Experts continue to compare this eruption to others from history and debate whether it could have induced the cooler Midwestern weather. “Large Russian volcano eruptions tend to cool the Midwest,” Historical Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss said. When a volcano erupts, if it is large enough, it can send debris miles into the stratosphere. The stratosphere is the atmosphere above where weather takes place, approximately 6-8 miles off the ground. “Sulfur dioxide combines with water in the atmosphere to provide sulfuric acid aerosol droplets that reflect incoming solar radiation,” PhD Research Geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Volcano Observatory David Schneider said.Although the eruption of Mount Sheveluch in June was minor compared to previous eruptions like Mount Pinatubo, two years before in 2011 there were two big eruptions in Russia and Iceland. These eruptions launched high amounts of debris into the air that still remain present today. With a lot of debris already existent in the atmosphere, the addition of the debris from Mount Sheveluch may have then had the ability to possibly influence temperatures by blocking out sunlight, Browning-Garriss said. While volcano experts agree that it is possible for an eruption to influence temperature, as observed in the historic “the year without a summer” in 1816 resulting from the disastrous 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, most do not believe that the June Russian eruption was massive enough to impact temperatures. “It is highly unlikely that the modest eruptions of Mount Sheveluch have contributed in a significant manner,” Schneider said. –Accuweather excerpt



Military montage on Syria
Since the U.S. has started serious discussions about taking military action against Syria, many have publicly spoken out against a possible military strike. And now it appears that some of our uniformed service personnel have come forward to express their disagreement with an attack, any attack on Syria. More than 2,000 people have “liked” this image that was posted on Sunday.   Is this kind of behavior allowed? Well, there are rules concerning what uniformed military personnel can and cannot do, especially when it comes to making a political statement. In reviewing the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 88 could come into play here. That section states:
Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
We see that commissioned officers could be called to question if they posted a photo like those seen above. What about enlisted or non-commissioned personnel? The UCMJ has rules for these folks as well. According to Article 92, failure to obey an order could result in being court-martialed.
Any person subject to this chapter who–
(1) violates or fails to obey any lawful general order or regulation;
(2) having knowledge of any other lawful order issued by any member of the armed forces, which it is his duty to obey, fails to obey the order; or
(3) is derelict in the performance of his duties;
shall be punished as a court-martial may direct. The Blaze

WAR DRUMS: President Gains McCain’s Backing on Syria Attack

The White House’s aggressive push for Congressional approval of an attack on Syria appeared to have won the tentative support of one of President Obama’s most hawkish critics, Senator John McCain, who said Monday that he would support a limited strike if the president did more to arm the opposition and the attack was punishing enough to weaken the government’s forces.   In an hourlong meeting at the White House, said Mr. McCain, Republican of Arizona, Mr. Obama gave general support to doing more for the Syrian rebels, although no specifics were agreed upon. Officials said that in the same conversation, which included Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican, Mr. Obama indicated that a covert effort by the United States to arm and train Syrian rebels was beginning to yield results: the first 50-man cell of fighters, who have been trained by the C.I.A., was beginning to sneak into Syria. There appeared to be broad agreement with the president, Mr. McCain and Mr. Graham said, that any attack on Syria should be to “degrade” the Syrian government’s delivery systems — which could include aircraft, artillery and the kind of rockets that the Obama administration says were used by the forces of President Bashar al-Assad to carry out an Aug. 21 sarin attack in the Damascus suburbs that killed more than 1,400 people.

The senators said they planned to meet with Susan E. Rice, Mr. Obama’s national security adviser, to discuss the strategy in greater depth. “It is all in the details, but I left the meeting feeling better than I felt before about what happens the day after and that the purpose of the attack is going to be a little more robust than I thought,” Mr. Graham said in an interview. But Mr. McCain said in an interview that Mr. Obama did not say specifically what weapons might be provided to the opposition or discuss in detail what Syrian targets might be attacked. “There was no concrete agreement, ‘O.K., we got a deal,’ ” Mr. McCain said. “Like a lot of things, the devil is in the details.” In remarks to reporters outside the West Wing, he called the meeting “encouraging,” urged lawmakers to support Mr. Obama in his plan for military action in Syria and said a no vote in Congress would be “catastrophic” for the United States and its credibility in the world. Mr. McCain said he believed after his conversation with the president that any strikes would be “very serious” and not “cosmetic.” Although the words from Mr. McCain and Mr. Graham were a positive development for Mr. Obama and a critical part of the administration’s lobbying blitz on Syria on Monday, the White House still faces a tough fight in Congress. Many lawmakers entirely oppose a strike, and others favor a resolution that would provide for more limited military action than what is in a draft resolution that the White House has sent to Capitol Hill. The conflict of opinion underscores Mr. Obama’s challenge in winning votes in the House and Senate next week and avoiding personal defeat. A Labor Day conference call with five of Mr. Obama’s highest-ranking security advisers drew 127 House Democrats, nearly two-thirds their total number, after 83 lawmakers of both parties attended a classified briefing on Sunday. Pertinent committees are returning to Washington early from a Congressional recess for hearings this week, starting Tuesday with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will hear from Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “The debate is shifting away from ‘Did he use chemical weapons?’ to ‘What should be done about it?’ ” said Representative Adam B. Schiff, a California Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, in an interview after the Monday conference call. The push in Washington came as reaction continued around the world to the president’s abrupt decision over the weekend to change course and postpone a military strike to seek authorization from Congress first. More

Earth’s magnetic field undergoing Shifts as South Africa Will notice Greatest Changes

Earth’s magnetic field is undergoing significant shifts, and South Africa has front row seats to observe the changes. Satellites and magnetic observatories have recorded stirrings in the magnetic field – some areas weakening, some strengthening – which suggest that our planet is headed for a reversal of its magnetic poles in the next few hundred years. If that happens, compasses which usually point north will point south. Animals which use the magnetic field for navigation such as birds, whales and sharks will find it difficult to migrate along their usual routes. Our magnetic navigation systems will have to be recalibrated. And while South Africans won’t be able to watch the aurora visible over the equator during the pole switch, we are in a prime position to monitor the process because we are situated between the two areas of greatest change in the magnetic field. Just south-west of Cape Town is the region where the largest decrease was recorded by satellites between 1980 and 2001: -8 percent. And not too far east of South Africa is the region in the Indian Ocean where the largest increase was recorded, of +3 percent. At the magnetic observatory in Hermanus, one of four in the country, the geomagnetic field has decreased by more than 20 percent since 1941. Dr Pierre Cilliers, a researcher at the South African National Space Agency (Sansa), said: “The area of largest decrease in the magnetic field is closer to South Africa than to the rest of the inhabited world.” This is because the weakest area of our planet’s magnetic field falls mostly over the Atlantic Ocean. This area is called the South Atlantic Magnetic Anomaly (Sama), and it stretches from our country westward across the sea towards South America. The Sama exists because in that region, 3 000km below the surface, the electric currents which flow in the molten outer core – and are believed to create the magnetic field – are flowing in the opposite direction. Another researcher at Sansa, Dr Pieter Kotze, said “the effect of this discrepancy is that the area of the magnetic field over the South Atlantic Ocean is approximately 30 percent weaker than the rest of the world at similar latitudes”. The size of this magnetic anomaly has grown substantially over the past 400 years. Polarity flips only happen every few hundred thousand years, so nobody alive knows what it is like to experience one, or how it will affect life on Earth. Kotze thinks it most likely that people with sensitive skin will have to be more careful in direct sunlight, as “energetic particles from outer space will be able to penetrate the atmosphere to much lower altitudes than is currently the case”, weakening the ozone layer. This is because during a polarity reversal the magnetic field must drop to between 10 and 20 percent of its usual strength. Kotze wrote in a recent newsletter that “the shielding effect of the magnetic field protects the Earth from the impact of solar wind and other harmful radiation. “Without it, solar wind would erode our atmosphere and life on Earth as we know it would be unable to exist.” However, Kotze said, with a weakened magnetic field, the atmosphere of the Earth would act as the primary protective layer. He said periods of mass extinctions have never coincided with a polarity reversal – so the effects on Earth are not likely to be catastrophic. It is impossible to say for certain when the polarity reversal will take place, or how long the process would take. Kotze says computer simulations have revealed that it could take between 3 000 and 5 000 years to complete. What is certain, though, is that the signs observed suggest we are heading for one. BBC News Online science editor Dr David Whitehouse said: “Such events occur about every 250 000 years. However, it has been 750 000 years since the last reversal – so we are certainly overdue.” – Weekend Argus IOL Scitech

California Legislators Pass Bill Allowing Nurses, Midwives to Perform First Trimester Abortions

SACRAMENTO – California legislators have passed a bill allowing nurses and other ‘non-physicians’ to perform abortions on babies up to twelve weeks in gestation. AB 154, which was sponsored by Democratic Assembly Member Toni Atkins of San Diego, aims to make abortion more accessible in the state, especially in rural areas where abortionists are more difficult to find. “This bill would state that it is the intent of the legislature to enact legislation that would expand access to reproductive health care in California by allowing qualified health care professionals to perform early abortions,” it reads. The legislation notes that it is currently a criminal offense for anyone other than a licensed physician to end the lives of unborn children. “Existing law makes it a public offense, punishable by a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment, or both, for a person to perform or assist in performing a surgical abortion if the person does not have a valid license to practice as a physician and surgeon, or to assist in performing a surgical abortion without a valid license or certificate obtained in accordance with some other law that authorizes him or her to perform the functions necessary to assist in performing a surgical abortion,” it states, outlining that non-surgical abortions are also limited to certain licensed individuals. Atkins said that the bill was necessary because she believes that there is a “shortage” of abortion services in the state. There are currently 109 abortion facilities in California–the most in the nation. “Access to healthcare should not depend on where you live. For rural women or those in heavily populated urban areas, a shortage of abortion providers can mean burdensome travel or long waits to be treated,” she commented in a statement. “AB 154 helps address this shortage and will make early abortions available to women by trained professionals in a timely fashion and in their own communities.” Nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants would be permitted to perform aspiration abortions under the new law, which are typically performed during the first trimester. The procedure entails using a powerful vacuum-like device to rip the developing child from the womb, often times in pieces. “Abortion is a serious medical procedure with vast complications, and I would argue only the best trained should conduct such an operation,” stated Senator Jim Nielsen, one of a number of Republicans who opposed the legislation. ”It has direct and profound impact on lives: the mother and the baby — and there is a baby.” Nonetheless, the bill passed the Assembly in May 50-25, and the Senate passed it last week with a 25-11 vote. It has now been sent to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown to be signed into law. Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont have similar legislation on the books, but a number of other states have conversely passed dozens of abortion restrictions this year, including in Alabama, Texas, North Dakota and Wisconsin. “They’re purposely moving California left,” Assemblyman Brian Jones lamented in a video commentary entitled Are You Kidding Me? “States are passing laws that are restricting the term of the pregnancy when you can have an abortion. They specifically said that in California they are trying to move in the other direction.” Senator Neilsen agreed. “It’s a dangerous direction we’re going,” he said. Christian News Network

BREAKING NEWS: Assad now threatens France

In interview to Le Figaro, Bashar Assad sain Monday that allegation s on chemical attacks are illogical and France will be an enemy of Syria if it takes part in military intervention. A French government official said an intelligence report shows the chemical strikes in Syria were massive and coordinated and came from government-controlled areas. Debka

WAR DRUMS: Russia Has Equipped Syria With Their Most Advanced Anti-Ship Missiles

Russia has sold Syria highly advanced rocket launchers, anti-aircraft missiles and anti-ship missiles.  In fact,the P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missiles that Russia has equipped Syria with are the most advanced anti-ship missiles that Russia has.  When the United States strikes Syria, they might be quite surprised at how hard Syria can hit back.  The Syrian military is the most formidable adversary that the U.S. military has tangled with in the Middle East by far.  From Syria, P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missiles can cover much of the eastern Mediterranean and can even reach air bases in Cyprus.  If the U.S. Navy is not very careful to stay out of range, we could easily see footage of destroyed U.S. naval vessels sinking into the Mediterranean Sea on the evening news.  And once the American people see such footage, it will be impossible to stop a full-blown war between the United States and Syria. More

Egyptian authorities detain suspected ‘spy’ bird

CAIRO (AP) – In a case that ruffled feathers in Egypt, authorities have detained a migratory bird that a citizen suspected of being a spy. A man in Egypt’s Qena governorate, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) southeast of Cairo, found the suspicious bird among four others near his home and brought them to a police station Friday, said Mohammed Kamal, the head of the security in the region. There, officers and the man puzzled over the electronic device attached to the suspected winged infiltrator. On Saturday, a veterinary committee called by concerned government officials determined the device was neither a bomb nor a spying device. Instead, they discovered it was a wildlife tracker used by French scientists to follow the movement of migrating birds, said Ayman Abdallah, the head of Qena veterinary services. Abdallah said the device stopped working when the bird crossed the French border, absolving it of being an avian Mata Hari. With turmoil gripping Egypt following the July 3 popularly backed military coup that overthrew the country’s president, authorities and citizens remain highly suspicious of anything foreign. Conspiracy theories easily find their ways into cafe discussion – as well as some media in the country. Earlier this year, a security guard filed a police report after capturing a pigeon he said carried microfilm. A previous rumor in 2010 blamed a series of shark attacks along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast on an Israeli plot. It wasn’t. In the bird’s case, even military officials ultimately had to deny the bird carried any spying devices. They spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to journalists. Yet later, the state-run daily newspaper Al-Ahram quoted Kamal as saying the incident showed the patriotism of the man who captured the bird in the first place. The bird remains caged for now, as Abdallah said authorities must receive permission from prosecutors to release the animal. But one mystery still remains: Abdallah and others called the bird a swan. Photographs obtained by The Associated Press showed what appeared to be a stork locked behind bars in the police station. MyFoxNY

Russia Issues Travel Warning to Its Citizens About United States and Extradition

John Kerry
MOSCOW — Countries often issue travel advisories warning citizens of danger abroad: war, for instance, or a terrorist threat or an outbreak of disease. The Russian Foreign Ministry posted advice of a somewhat different nature on Monday, cautioning people wanted by the United States not to visit nations that have an extradition treaty with it.  “Warning for Russian citizens traveling internationally,” the Foreign Ministry bulletin said. “Recently, detentions of Russian citizens in various countries, at the request of American law enforcement, have become more frequent — with the goal of extradition and legal prosecution in the United States.” Citing examples in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Latvia and Spain, the Foreign Ministry said, “Experience shows that the judicial proceedings against those who were in fact kidnapped and taken to the U.S. are of a biased character, based on shaky evidence, and clearly tilted toward conviction.” Extradition has frequently been a contentious issue between Russia and the United States, but the disagreements have been particularly sharp in recent months over the case of Edward J. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor who is wanted on criminal espionage charges but has been granted temporary asylum in Russia. In response to the demands by the Obama administration for Mr. Snowden’s return, Russian officials have said the United States has routinely ignored extradition requests from Russia. Russia has also complained about the arrests of Russian citizens by the United States or by other countries at the Americans’ request. In late July, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, criticized the arrest in the Dominican Republic of Aleksandr Panin, a Russian citizen wanted by the United States on charges related to cyber crimes. Ms. Zakharova said Russia considered such arrests “a vicious trend, absolutely unacceptable and inadmissible.” She said the Russian government demanded that the United States request the arrest of Russian citizens directly from Moscow, under a 1999 treaty on assistance in criminal matters. There is no formal extradition treaty between Russia and the United States. Russian officials cited the lack of such an agreement as a main reason they could not forcibly return Mr. Snowden from the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, where he lived for more than a month until his temporary asylum request was approved. Russia has often accused the United States of overstepping and potentially violating international law in its treatment of Russian citizens accused of crimes. It bridled over the handling of Viktor Bout, an international arms dealer who was arrested in Thailand in 2008 and was extradited to the United States, convicted in federal court and jailed in a federal prison. The United States has said that Mr. Bout’s arrest and extradition by the Thai government were legal, and that other cases have also been handled in accordance with international law. Besides the case of Mr. Panin, the Foreign Ministry’s travel advisory mentioned Maksim Chukharayev, who was arrested in Costa Rica in May in an investigation into a huge money-laundering operation, and Dmitry Ustinov, arrested in April in Latvia and accused of smuggling American-made night-vision goggles to Russia for resale. The Foreign Ministry said Russian citizens could not expect to be treated fairly in the American justice system. “Russian embassies and consulates general logically give consular and legal help to Russians in trouble,” the Foreign Ministry said. “However,” it added, “one should not count on a successful outcome in such cases.” The New York Times

Bad Batch Of Synthetic Marijuana ‘Spice’ Behind Dozens Of Hospitalizations In Denver.

Health officials are continuing to see people being hospitalized with a bad reaction after taking “Spice.” Police believe a bad batch of Spice is making its way around the Denver metro area and was responsible for sending dozens to the hospital last week. Just over the weekend at least another six people experienced a dangerous reaction to the drug. “Spice,” “K2″ or “Black Mamba” are the names of a drug that is a form of synthetic marijuana. The drug is distributed in little packets. It can be 800 times more potent than THC the chemical in marijuana that makes you high. Police believe that a bad  batch of the synthetic drug is being spread around and has left more than 60 people in area emergency rooms. Several of those are on life support.  “They’re getting into something more dangerous, more potent than what we’ve seen in the past and these patients are getting a lot sicker,” said University Hospital toxicologist Dr. Kennon Heard. Heard said all of the patients said they took “Black Mamba.” Synthetic marijuana has been banned in Colorado. It’s made in underground labs so its potency and effects differ from batch to batch.  “Nobody knows what the effects are going to be until the first person uses it,” said Heard. At University Hospital those hospitalized for using the drug are having seizures. Many are in comas and several are on life support. Denver Health Medical Center said several patients have been admitted after they arrive screaming and violent. “The predominant thing we see is patients completely out of control,” said Heard. While the Drug Enforcement Administration outlawed many of the chemicals previously used to make synthetic marijuana, manufacturers are creating new ones to get around the law. “What it seems like is somebody made a new drug and released it as this “Black Mamba,” said Heard. “I would not be surprised if we have someone who dies from using this product.” Doctors at University Hospital are especially concerned because this weekend a Phish concert is scheduled at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park which has a reputation for attracting a pot smoking crowd. While there are no statistics on how prevalent the drug is in Colorado the North Metro Drug Task Force said it is especially popular among high school students. CBS Denver

WAR DRUMS: Hezbollah ‘Will Fire at Israel from Syria’ in retaliation for Syria

Hezbollah will retaliate for any strike against Damascus by firing rockets at Israel from Syrian territory, according to a report published in the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai,quoted by the Lebanese Naharnet. This appears to be Hezbollah’s way of threatening Israel without involving Lebanon in the conflict, after it promised not to fire at Israel from Lebanese territory. “Hizbullah controls 8,000 kilometers in the Homs area and will not hesitate to participate in an attackby firing surface-to-surface missiles from Syria,” a source in the joint operations formed by Hezbollah and the forces of President Bashar Assad said in comments to al-Rai. The source said Hezbollah is seeking not to involve Lebanon with any “military initiative” it decided to take. “The party will not use its tactical and strategic rocket launchers inside Lebanon,” according to the source, who added that the Shiite militia will only use its rocket launchers in Lebanon to retaliate for any Israeli aggression against Lebanon. Such a retaliation, the source said, is “permissible.” Israel’s Channel 2 reported Saturday evening that Hezbollah has told Lebanese President Michel Ayoun that it has no intention of opening fire on Israel in case of an attack on Syria, on the heels of warnings by secular and Sunni politicians that they will not tolerate the Iranian-backed group dragging their country into yet another destructive war on behalf of Syria. The threats against Israel are meant to deter the US from attacking Syria, as US President Barack Obama has said he wishes to do. Obama on Saturday asked Congress to authorize limited military action against Syria, following a chemical gas attack on August 21 that killed over 1,000 people, and which the US says was carried out by Assad’s forces. Syrian regime officials have also threatened to strike Israel in the event of a US attack. Arutz Sheva

Climate change ‘driving spread of crop pests’ and disease

Climate change is helping pests and diseases that attack crops to spread around the world, a study suggests. Researchers from the universities of Exeter and Oxford have found crop pests are moving at an average of 3km (two miles) a year. The team said they were heading towards the north and south poles, and were establishing in areas that were once to cold for them to live in. The research is published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Currently, it is estimated that between 10% and 16% of the world’s crops are lost to disease outbreaks. The researchers warn that rising global temperatures could make the problem worse. Dr. Dan Bebber, the lead author of the study from the University of Exeter, said: “Global food security is one of the major challenges we are going to face over the next few decades. We really don’t want to be losing any more of our crops than is absolutely necessary to pests and pathogens.” To investigate the problem, the researchers looked at the records of 612 crop pests and pathogens from around the world that had been collected over the past 50 years. “The most convincing hypothesis is that global warming has caused this shift.”
These included fungi, such as wheat rust, which is devastating harvests in Africa, the Middle East and Asia; insects like the mountain pine beetle that is destroying trees in the US; as well as bacteria, viruses and microscopic nematode worms. Each organism’s distribution was different – some butterflies and insects were shifting quickly, at about 20km (12 miles) a year; other bacterium species had hardly moved. On average, however, the pests had been spreading by 3km each year since 1960. “We detect a shift in their distribution away from the equator and towards the poles,” explained Dr. Bebber. The researchers believe that the global trade in crops is mainly responsible for the movement of pests and pathogens from country to country. However, the organisms can only take hold in new areas if the conditions are suitable, and the researchers believe that warming temperatures have enabled the creature to survive at higher latitudes. Dr. Bebber said: “The most convincing hypothesis is that global warming has caused this shift. “One example is the Colorado potato beetle. Warming appears to have allowed it to move northwards through Europe to into Finland and Norway where the cold winters would normally knock the beetle back.” The researchers said that better information about where the pests and pathogens were and where they were moving was needed to fully assess the scale of the problem. Extinction Protocol


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Fukushima open air fission? Radiation surge can’t be blamed just on random leaks

The latest surge in radiation at Fukushima nuclear plant may suggest not only additional water leaks at the site, but could also mean fission is occurring outside the crippled reactor, explains Chris Busby from the European Committee on Radiation Risk.

The increase in radiation reading is too significant to be blamed on random water leaks, believes Busby.

 Just how serious is the situation now in Japan?

Chris Busby:
 I think this is an indication that it has actually deteriorated significantly, very suddenly in the last week. What they are not saying and what is the missing piece of evidence here is that radiation suddenly cannot increase unless something happens and that something cannot be leakage from a tank, because gamma radiation goes straight through a tank. The tank has got very thin metal walls. These walls will only attenuate gamma radiation by 5 per cent, even when it is 1 cm thick.

Several new high radiation readings were detected during the daily inspection on Saturday near the tanks storing the radioactive water, forcing the operator to admit there might be even more leaks at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Earlier Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority raised the rating of the radioactive water leak at the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant to Level 3 – a “serious incident” on an international scale of radioactivity.

Although they may think this is a leak from the tank, and there may well be leaks from the tank, this sudden increase of 1.8 Sieverts per hour is an enormously big doze that can probably kill somebody in 2 to 4 hours.

Today there was another leak found at 1.7 Sieverts per hour in more or less the same place. This huge radiation increase, in my mind means something going on outside the tanks, some radioactive fission is occurring, like an open air reactor, if you like, under the ground.

RT: What impact will this have on the clean-up operation and those who are involved in that operation?

CB: First of all it is clearly out of control and secondly no one can go anywhere near it. Nobody can go in to measure where these leaks are or do anything about them, because anybody who is to approach that sort of area would be dead quite quickly. They would be seriously harmed.

AFP Photo / Nuclear Regulation AuthorityAFP Photo / Nuclear Regulation Authority

RT: Then presumably, someone who was there earlier, not knowing that the radiation levels were so high, are at risk now?

CB: I think many people are going to die as a result of this just like liquidators died after Chernobyl. They were dying over the next ten years or so.

 Why has TEPCO failed to contain the radiation?

CB: I think no one has actually realized how bad this is, because the international nuclear industries have tried to play it down so much, that they sort of came to the idea that somehow it can be controlled. Whereas all along, it could never be controlled.

I’ve seen a photograph taken from the air recently, in which the water in the Pacific Ocean is actually appearing to boil. Well, it is not boiling. You can see that it’s hot. Steam is coming off the surface. There is a fog condensing over the area of the ocean close to the reactors, which means that hot water is getting into the Pacific that means something is fissioning very close to the Pacific and it is not inside the reactors, it must be outside the reactors in my opinion.

RT: Surely international nuclear industry should have come to TEPCO’s help before this?

CB: Yes. They should have done that. This is not a local affair. This is an international affair. I could not say why it has not. I think they are all hoping that nothing will happen, hoping that this will all go away and keeping their fingers crossed. But from the beginning it was quite clear that it was very serious and that there is no way in which this going not going to go very bad.

And now it seem to have suddenly got very bad. If that photograph I’ve seen is true, they should start evacuating people up to a 100 kilometer zone.

RT: So not only those that live in the vicinity but also those that live within 100 km could be at risk?

CB: I say that this might be a faked dubbed photograph, but if that is real and these levels of 1.8 Sieverts per hour are real, than something is very serious has happened and I think people should start to get away.

RT: Since the radiation is leaking into the ocean, will it not have a major ecological impact elsewhere?

CB: Of course. What happens there is that it moves all the radioactivity up and down the coast right down to Tokyo. I’ve seen a statement made by Tokyo’s mayor saying this will not affect the application of Tokyo to be considered for the Olympic Games. I actually thought they ought to consider evacuating Tokyo. It is very, very serious.

France releases case establishing chemical attack against Assad

A FRENCH intelligence report says forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad carried out a “massive” chemical attack last month, as the Syrian leader warned that military strikes against him would risk igniting a regional war.

Anxious to overcome widespread scepticism of military action in response to the alleged gas attack, France released a nine-page report outlining its case against the regime.

Based on military and foreign intelligence services, the report said the regime launched an attack “combining conventional means with the massive use of chemical agents” on rebel-held areas around the capital Damascus on August 21.

It said that based on videos, French intelligence had counted at least 281 dead but that reports of up to 1500 killed were consistent with such heavy use of chemical weapons.

“The attack on August 21 could only have been ordered and carried out by the regime,” the report said. “We believe the Syrian opposition does not have the capacity to carry out an operation of such magnitude with chemical agents,” it said. continue


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