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Is Diablo Canyon California’s Fukushima-in-Waiting?

The Diablo Canyon Power Plant sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean between Los Angeles and San Francisco. More significantly, it is nestled in a thicket of fault lines, some only recently discovered.

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Blame Russia All You Want: The Ukraine Crisis Was Caused by the West

The Western media blame the Kremlin for the current battles in Ukraine, but the West holds more blame for them than it may seem; Seattle’s leading a “wage revolution” throughout the United States with its $15 minimum wage; meanwhile, a power plant in California is deemed “a Fukushima in waiting.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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AP/Toru Yamanaka

News Flash: Fukushima Is Still a Disaster

The corporate media silence on Fukushima has been deafening even though the melted-down nuclear power plant’s seaborne radiation is now washing up on American beaches.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



Solar Power for the Global Masses: The Next Revolution

As the price of solar panels drops, they increasingly are being spontaneously bought and installed by villagers throughout the world, who are often ill-served, or not served at all, by the central power grid in their countries.

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AP/Bradley C Bower

The Nuclear Omnicide

We’ve always been worried about the safety of humans, but new evidence shows that nuclear disasters, from Three Mile Island to Fukushima, have put the whole global ecosystem at risk.

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U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

Three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan and casualties are still mounting.

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Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

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Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

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Fukushima: Keeping Children Indoors for Three Years Now

Japanese government officials discourage kids from playing outdoors near Fukushima more than a few minutes a day; colleges have trademarked some ridiculous phrases; meanwhile, sleep troubles could have to do with low brain volume. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



Thousands Sue Nuclear Giants Over Japan’s Fukushima Disaster

A class-action lawsuit against nuclear suppliers General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi has ballooned to more than 4,000 claimants who are seeking damages over the Fukushima atomic disaster.

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An Interview With Noam Chomsky: Japan, America and the Racism Behind War

A young Noam Chomsky was appalled by the “special” hatred the U.S. reserved for the Japanese during WWII; a reason to appreciate the polar vortex arises; meanwhile, privacy is becoming a luxury that few can afford. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Eugene Hoshiko

The USS Reagan Is Fukushima’s Unlucky Dragon

Fifty-seven years before the USS Ronald Reagan was swept with radiation from the Fukushima meltdown, a similar, terrible fate befell the crew of a small Japanese fishing boat called the “Lucky Dragon.”

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



‘The Fukushima Secrecy Syndrome’

In December, the Japanese government rammed through parliament a law that would let the government alone decide what state secrets are and throw civil employees who divulge them in jail for up to 10 years, while journalists could get five years, Ralph Nader writes at CounterPunch.

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Big Green Energy Is Remaking Africa and Asia

A significant part of the population of Africa and Asia at present has no access to electricity, and in some countries those deprived amount to as much as 80 percent of the population.

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Is American Higher Education Truly the Envy of the World?

A new study suggests U.S. colleges still have a lot of growing to do before they can be considered the best; the Texas judge who ruled on the teenage drunk driver’s “affluenza” has decided not to give him any jail time for the deadly crash; meanwhile, pedestrians may be evolving to survive in a car-plagued world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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European Banks Are Joining the BDS Campaign Against Israel

Denmark, the Netherlands and others are withdrawing investments from the West Bank; there may be a hole in another Fukushima reactor leaking radioactive water; meanwhile, “vigorous linking” is helping save newspapers.  These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Has Malibu’s Kelp Been Contaminated by the Fukushima Spill?

Scientists will begin testing California’s prized kelp for radiation; a former TSA agent spills the agency’s secrets; and Bernie Sanders squashes Michele Bachmann in a debate on “The Situation Room.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Fukushima: An Ongoing Warning to the World

“I write these facts as dispassionately as I can in the hope that they will act as a warning to the world,” wrote the journalist Wilfred Burchett from Hiroshima.

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The Truth About Fukushima

The world is in utter denial about what’s going on at the Japanese nuclear plant; a policeman shot and killed a North Carolina teenager who had schizophrenia; and Glenn Greenwald answers a few questions about the Omidyar project on his blog. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE



Israeli Government Kept Young Palestinian Suspects in Outside Cages, Group Alleges

A human rights group in Israel has denounced the country’s government, saying it “tortured” Palestinian children; a Reddit user publishes his unexpected $55,000 hospital bill for an appendectomy; meanwhile, Fukushima’s Daiichi Unit 3 will not explode, despite reports to the contrary. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Because: The English Language’s Newest Preposition

Linguists are recognizing that, thanks to the Internet, “because” has jumped from being a conjunction to a preposition; probiotics may help cure depression; meanwhile, if Europe’s austerity is an indicator of America’s future, neo-facism is on its way. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE



Singing Along to ‘The Sound of Music’ Fights Dementia

A new study finds crooning show tunes helps exercise the brain; Germany’s approach to the environment via politics and protest poses a model to be emulated; meanwhile,whistle-blower Edward Snowden leaked about 200,000 classified documents, according to the NSA chief. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE


Quitting Your Job to Fight the Necessary Fight

After realizing American politics would not permit real solutions to a range of the most important issues, Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers independently left their careers in medicine to advocate for the public interest directly. This week they told Bill Moyers about their personal struggles for policy change.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Tsunami Warning Canceled After Japanese Quake

A small tsunami triggered by the quake measuring 1 foot hit Japan’s eastern coast, but no damage was reported, the BBC said. A tsunami warning issued earlier was lifted.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Thousands of Nuclear Regulators Sent Home During Shutdown

The shutdown of the U.S. government has made our nation’s nukes more dangerous than ever.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Fukuppy the Flying Egg Is Fukushima’s Accidental Mascot

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This winged corporate mascot is actually named Fukuppy.

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China’s Online Monitors Outnumber Its Soldiers

There are 2 million people surveilling Internet usage in China, half a million more than are safeguarding the country in its army; memory’s fallibility is a good thing, according to some neuroscientists; meanwhile, the Fukushima disaster is enough evidence that all nuclear plants should be shut down. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Studying the Rich’s Pathologies

To gain insight into the workings of American society, it may be productive to focus on the 1 percent’s erratic behavior; Japan’s prime minister has asked for international assistance to deal with the Fukushima leaks; meanwhile, is Speaker John Boehner the Berlusconi of the States? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Fukushima Leaks 4 Tons of Radioactive Water Into Ground—Again

At some point the persistence of leaks at the Fukushima nuclear plant stops being news, and reports that there is not a leak becomes a story. The problem this time: typhoon rains, and chances are good more heavy weather will hit the region before the busy storm season ends.

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Typhoon Lands in Japan, Fukushima Remains an Open Wound (Updated)

With Japanese authorities still struggling to contain contamination at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant two-and-a-half years after it melted down, we are reminded by events in the news that the disaster lies in one of the most volatile meteorological and geographical regions in the world.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Five Ways a Wider Syrian War Could Go Nuclear

In the wake of an apparent break in the march to a wider war, the reality of a nuclear dimension in Syria remains largely unspoken.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Fukushima Workers Discover Deadly Spike in Radiation

Radiation at the bottom of a storage tank jumped to a level that can kill a person in four hours. So far, it hasn’t leaked, but Tokyo Electric Power says it doesn’t know how the spike occurred.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE



Nuclear’s Demise, From Fukushima to Vermont

Welcome to the nuclear renaissance. Entergy Corp., one of the largest nuclear-power producers in the U.S., issued a surprise press release Tuesday, saying it plans “to close and decommission its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vt.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Toby Talbot

Vermont Yankee Joins the Tsunami of U.S. Reactor Shutdowns

In a huge victory for the grass-roots movement for a green-powered earth, Entergy has announced it will shut its Vermont Yankee reactor by the end of next year.

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Dr. Hansen, We Need You at Fukushima and Diablo Canyon

The sales pitch for new nuclear technologies is a dangerous diversion, like building an experimental garage while a raging radioactive fire forever contaminates our only home.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Fukushima’s Legacy Is Just Beginning

The highly radioactive water leaking from the wrecked Fukushima plant is part of a problem that Japan will take decades to resolve and that will blight many thousands of lives.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Experts Fear Fukushima Leaks Sending Radioactive Water Into the Pacific

The radiation crisis at the melted-down Fukushima power plant is worsening as leaking tanks and underground water add new and critical problems that some fear are beyond the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s ability to handle.

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 READ MORE



Jjb@nalog (CC BY 2.0)

Bluefin Tuna Carry Radiation Across the Pacific

Small amounts of radioactive cesium were detected in samples of bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California last summer, just five months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal reports.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



Thierry Ehrmann (CC-BY)

The Bipartisan Nuclear Bailout

Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: They’re going to force nuclear power on the public, despite the astronomically high risks, both financial and environmental.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Japan’s Nuclear ‘Safety Myth’

In the midst of a strong international reaction to the disaster at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the broad, historical and unquestioning acceptance of atomic power in the only nation to have been attacked by nuclear weapons is eerie. (more)

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 READ MORE



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‘No Need to Worry’ About Nuclear Reactors, Says Japan

Japan says it will not abandon nuclear power in the wake of the quake and tsunami that resulted in the evacuation of more than 200,000 people, thousands of human deaths, an ongoing containment crisis and intensive efforts to fortify vulnerable reactors. Correction: Earlier this report erroneously said more than 200,000 deaths had occurred. We thank the readers who pointed out the mistake. (more)

Posted on May 8, 2011 READ MORE


Power Shift vs. The Powers That Be

More than 10,000 people converged in Washington, D.C., this past week to discuss, organize, mobilize and protest around the issue of climate change.

Posted on Apr 20, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by PZS based on a graphic by Cary Bass

Power Company Predicts 9 More Months of Fukushima Drama

After five weeks of struggling to avoid a total meltdown at the quake- and tsunami-battered Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. has announced that it could be nine months before it is able to cool damaged reactors completely.

Posted on Apr 17, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by PZS based on a graphic by Cary Bass

Fukushima Gets Upgraded to Chernobyl-Level Emergency

Japanese officials have revised the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to level 7, making it the second such disaster in history, the only one since the Chernobyl meltdown. It had previously been described as being on the scale of Three Mile Island, a smaller event.

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / DigitalGlobe/dapd

Lights On at Fukushima Plant

Finally, a little good news out of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station—but just a little. On Tuesday, workers struggling to contain radiation leaks and prevent further damage to the plant got a bit of a boost with the restoration of lighting in the control room.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE



guardian.co.uk

Japan Death Toll Estimate Rises Past 18,000

Other international emergencies have clearly occurred in the 10 days since the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, but the crisis hasn’t ended in one country just because the news cameras have roamed elsewhere in the meantime.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yasushi Kanno

Radioactive Iodine Taints Japan’s Tap Water

Adding to safety fears for those in Japan, the government there has reportedly found trace amounts of radioactive iodine in the tap water of six areas, including Tokyo.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Japan Raises Alert Level at N-Plant

The continuing crisis at the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has led Japan to raise the alert level there to five on a seven-point scale of atomic hazard severity.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE


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