Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It Is Not Simply The Question Of Nuclear Power; It’s A Question Of Common Sense: Every Machine And Tool Created By Man Will Break Down Sooner Or Later.

It Is Not Simply The Question Of Nuclear Power; It’s A Question Of Common Sense: Every Machine And Tool Created By Man Will Break Down Sooner Or Later.

From the simplest to the most complex, life warrantee or not they all break. My Father Even Broke One Of These!

Oh No, Have We Hit Peak Coffee?

It's time to wake up -- climate change is happening here and now, and it's killing our buzz.

You'd think the world would have wised up by now to the risks of nuclear power, but that's not the case in our country and many others. Read More

Events taking place in the Fukushima No. 1 power plant are simply unprecedented and the situation appears to be deteriorating.
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Japan's nuclear crisis now appears worse than the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979 --Radioactive wind could reach Tokyo within hours - and radiation levels are already rising in city --Nuclear Regulatory Commission admits it is 'quite possible' radiation could reach the U.S. --'Worst-case scenario' could see 30,000ft winds sending nuclear cloud across Pacific - possibly hitting by Tuesday night 15 Mar 2011 Fears that America could be hit by the nuclear fallout from the Japan earthquake have dramatically increased as workers prepared to abandon a reactor crippled by the earthquake and tsunami last night in the face of what is set to become the world's second worst nuclear disaster - topped only by Chernobyl. Damage at the number two reactor at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power complex is worse than thought, the Japanese government admitted tonight, sparking fears for human health both in Japan and the U.S. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has admitted it is 'quite possible' the fallout could reach America.

Steven Howards Can Sue Secret Service, Judge Rules
By The Huffington Post News Editors
DENVER — A Colorado man can sue two Secret Service agents who arrested him after he touched former Vice President Dick Cheney on the arm in 2006 and told him his Iraq War policies were "disgusting," a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
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The Hindu began publishing reports on the cables Tuesday, outlining the negotiations between the United States and India about how much intelligence to share with Pakistani officials about investigations into the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Those attacks, which killed 166 people, were blamed on 10 Pakistan-based militants, one of whom was captured, convicted and sentenced to death. Pakistan said it would help with the investigation, but India remained wary of its intentions.

The cables published Tuesday reveal the United States’ behind-the-scenes efforts to broker an exchange of information about the attacks between India and Pakistan.
In a January 3, 2009 cable, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s office said it was sending intelligence provided by Pakistan to be shared with India and it requested ”immediate permission” from India to share information with Islamabad in return.

Two days later, the embassy sent a cable back saying the government ”appears to have withheld consent to share the results of FBI investigations with Pakistan in order to control precisely what information reaches Islamabad.”
Yet in a cable the next day, the embassy gave a very different interpretation, saying that an Indian agreement to share some restricted information with Pakistan, ”should be read broadly” by US investigators.

Following the attacks, and Pakistan’s refusal to satisfy India’s demand for a crackdown on the militant groups, India called off peace talks with its neighbor that had been aimed at resolving their six-decade-old conflict.

In August 2009, the embassy reported that then-National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh remained a ”great believer” in talks with Pakistan, but was isolated in his own government in this view.

India and Pakistan agreed last month to renew wide-ranging peace talks.

Last year, WikiLeaks gave access to some of the 250,000 US diplomatic cables it had in its possession to five newspapers: the Guardian, the New York Times, Spain’s El Pais, France’s Le Monde and Germany’s Der Spiegel.

But with much of the trove still unexamined, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in January he was hoping to enlist as many as 60 news organizations from around the world to sift through the documents.

N. Ram, editor of The Hindu, said Tuesday in a front-page story that the newspaper began serious discussions with WikiLeaks last month over access to the more than 5,000 cables relating to India and the organization quickly agreed.

As violence escalated, close ally the United States warned that there was “no military solution” to political upheaval in Bahrain and that any violence against peacefully expressed political demands “should be stopped”. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Bahrainis must “take steps now” towards a political resolution of the crisis.

“More than 200 people we received today had been shot with buckshot,” a hospital medic in the village of Sitra, south of the capital, told AFP by telephone.

The medic, who asked not to be identified, said the hospital was under siege by armed gangs and security forces targeting Shias – the backbone of anti-regime protests that have raged for a month.

The medic said villagers “confronted the gangs when they arrived in the village”, only to discover that they were carrying guns.

Helicopters were hovering over the area, the medic said, adding that the total number of injured people rises to more than 400 when those admitted for inhaling tear gas are included.

Iran condemned Monday’s intervention by Saudi-led Gulf troops to help put down the protests, prompting Manama to recall its ambassador.

Thousands of protesters marched to the Saudi embassy, chanting slogans against the king and vowing to defend the country from the “occupation” forces, as unrest in the tiny country became a regional diplomatic crisis.
The financial district of Manama – a regional banking hub – was deserted for a third day except for anti-government protesters.

Sunni and Shia vigilantes were on the streets in various parts of the capital and in rural villages.
A Shia protester and a member of the security forces were killed in separate incidents in the south, amid unconfirmed reports of bloody clashes outside the capital.
In Manama, the protesters brandished banners against the king.

They also called for unity between Sunnis and Shias in the mainly Shia country, which has been ruled by a Sunni dynasty for more than 200 years.

Police and foreign forces were nowhere to be seen there, witnesses said.

State television interrupted normal programming to announce a three-month state of emergency in the strategic Gulf state, which is home to the US Fifth Fleet and hosts major international banks and financial institutions.

“The Commander in Chief of the Bahrain Defense Force has been mandated to take the measures and procedures necessary to preserve the safety of the nation and its people,” it said, adding that “other forces” could also be used if necessary.

Armored troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had earlier rolled across the causeway from Saudi’s Eastern Province to help Manama tackle pro-democracy protests shaking the kingdom.

The Saudi Arabia’s government said it had responded to a call for help from its neighbor under a mutual defense pact of the six-country Gulf Cooperation Council.

But Iran said the military intervention in a Shia-majority country to which it has historic claims was unacceptable.
“The people of Bahrain have demands, which are legitimate and are being expressed peacefully,” foreign ministry
spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in Tehran.—AFP

14 Mar 2011: Cable Sent: 27/10/2008
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Assange: The Internet Could Create a "Totalitarian Spying Regime"
Assange said the web could allow greater government transparency, but also gave authorities their best ever opportunity to monitor and catch dissidents. Read More
March 15, 2011  |  
The internet is the "greatest spying machine the world has ever seen" and is not a technology that necessarily favours the freedom of speech, the WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange, has claimed in a rare public appearance.
Assange acknowledged that the web could allow greater government transparency and better co-operation between activists, but said it gave authorities their best ever opportunity to monitor and catch dissidents.
"While the internet has in some ways an ability to let us know to an unprecedented level what government is doing, and to let us co-operate with each other to hold repressive governments and repressive corporations to account, it is also the greatest spying machine the world has ever seen," he told students at Cambridge University. Hundreds queued for hours to attend.
He continued: "It [the web] is not a technology that favours freedom of speech. It is not a technology that favours human rights. It is not a technology that favours civil life. Rather it is a technology that can be used to set up a totalitarian spying regime, the likes of which we have never seen. Or, on the other hand, taken by us, taken by activists, and taken by all those who want a different trajectory for the technological world, it can be something we all hope for."
Assange also suggested that Facebook and Twitter played less of a role in the unrest in the Middle East than has previously been argued by social media commentators and politicians.
Assange also suggested that Facebook and Twitter played less of a role in the unrest in the Middle East than has previously been argued by social media commentators and politicians.
He said: "Yes [Twitter and Facebook] did play a part, although not nearly as large a part as al-Jazeera. But the guide produced by Egyptian revolutionaries … says on the first page, 'Do not use Facebook and Twitter', and says on the last page, 'Do not use Facebook and Twitter'.
"There is a reason for that. There was actually a Facebook revolt in Cairo three or four years ago. It was very small … after it, Facebook was used to round-up all the principal participants. They were then beaten, interrogated and incarcerated."
Assange said that cables released by WikiLeaks played a key role in both fomenting unrest in the Middle East and forcing the US government not to back former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
Assange said diplomatic cables concerning US attitudes to the former Tunisian regime had given strength to revolutionary forces across the region.
"The Tunisian cables showed clearly that if it came down to it, the US, if it came down to a fight between the military on the one hand, and Ben Ali's political military."
He continued: "That is something that must have also caused neighbouring countries to Tunisia some thought: that is that if they militarily intervened, they may not be on the same side as the United States."
Assange, who is appealing against his extradition to Sweden on alleged sex charges, said the WikiLeaks releases had also forced the US to drop their tacit support of Mubarak.
"As a result of releasing cables about Suleiman [the vice-president of Egypt under Mubarak], the US and Israel's preferred option for regime takeover in Egypt, as a result of releasing cables about Mubarak's approval of Suleiman's torture methods, it was not possible for Joseph Biden to [repeat his earlier claim that Mubarak was not a dictator]. It was not possible for Hillary Clinton to publicly come out and support Mubarak's regime."
Responding to a question about Bradley Manning, the US soldier incarcerated for allegedly leaking classified information, Assange said: "We have no idea whether he is one of our sources. All our technology is geared up to make sure we have no idea."
He expressed sympathy for Manning. "He is in a terrible situation. And if he is not connected to us, [then] he is there as an innocent … and if he is in some manner connected to our publications, then of course we have some responsibility. That said, there is no allegation that he was arrested as the result of anything to do with us. The allegation is that he was arrested as a result of him speaking to Wired magazine in the United States."
Assange also criticised the New York Times, which he claimed had suppressed stories about secret American military activity in Afghanistan.

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