Monday, October 29, 2018

2018 Uranium Film Festival in the American Southwest | International Uranium Film Festival




2018 URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL IN THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST






THE INTERNATIONAL URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE DINÉ NATION WITH ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS THROUGHOUT ARIZONA & NEW MEXICO


www.uraniumfilmfestival.org ::: The issue of nuclear power is not only an issue of the Navajo Nation, who suffered for decades because of uranium mining. All people should be informed about the risks of uranium, nuclear weapons and the whole nuclear fuel chain, states International Uranium Film Festival’s Director Norbert G. Suchanek. In an effort to keep people informed and aware, particularly during this critical time of escalating nuclear threats, the International Uranium Film Festival returns to the U.S. Southwest in 2018.

The schedule for the U.S. Southwest tour of the 2018 International Uranium Film Festival is as follows: 

WINDOW ROCK November 29th and 30th and December 1st, Navajo Nation Museum, Hwy 264 & Post Office Loop • FLAGSTAFF December 2nd, Northern AZ University, Native American Cultural Center, 318 W McCreary • ALBUQUERQUE December 6th, Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave • GRANTS December 7th, NM State University Campus, Martinez Hall, 1500 Third St • SANTA FE December 9th, Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma Ave • TUSCON December 12th, 6:30 pm at the YWCA Tucson, Frances McClelland Community Center 525 N. Bonita Ave

We are currently selecting the films which will comprise the International Uranium Film Festival. We encourage especially Native American and women filmmakers to send their films about uranium mining or any nuclear issue to the Festival. The selected films will be shown not only in the Navajo Nation Museum but also in venues in Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Grants, Santa Fe and Tuscon. The best productions will receive the Uranium Film Festival´s award in Window Rock.
We extend our most sincere gratitude to the Levinson Foundation for their support, making this Festival possible. Festival partners and co-organizers of the Uranium Film Festival in the American Southwest are the New Mexico Social Justice and Equity Institute, the SW Indigenous Uranium Forum and the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE).

Further information / Contact
Norbert G. Suchanek
General Director
International Uranium Film Festival
info@uraniumfilmfestival.org(link sends e-mail)
www.uraniumfilmfestival.org
Anna Marie Rondon, Executive Director
New Mexico Social Justice and Equity Institute
505-906-2671 (c)
nmsjei@gmail.com(link sends e-mail)


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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Nuclear Hotseat: "Gender & Radiation: The Hidden Nuclear War Against Women & Little Girls"


Gender & Radiation’s depiction of “Reference Man” vs. size of a little girl:
all radiation doses are not equal!


NUCLEAR HOTSEAT #333

This Week’s Featured Interview:

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Radioactive nuclear waste sits on Great Lakes shores


"Nuclear power is licensed and relicensed for commercial operation without an environmentally-responsible, scientifically-accepted plan for long-term management of the nuclear waste. After more than 70-years of generation, no one knows what to do with the first cupful."– Paul Gunter (on facebook)

Great Lakes nuclear plants - Google My Maps


60,000 tons of dangerous radioactive waste sits on Great Lakes shores
THE EFFECTS OF A WORST-CASE SCENARIO — FROM A NATURAL DISASTER TO TERRORISM — COULD CAUSE UNTHINKABLE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE GREAT LAKES REGION.

… Spent nuclear fuel is so dangerous that, a decade removed from a nuclear reactor, its radioactivity would still be 20 times the level that would kill a person exposed to it. Some radioactive byproducts of nuclear power generation remain a health or environmental hazard for tens of thousands of years. And even typically harmless radioactive isotopes that are easily blocked by skin or clothing can become extremely toxic if even small amounts are breathed in, eaten or drank,  making their potential contamination of the Great Lakes — the drinking water supply to 40 million people — the connected Mississippi River and the prime agricultural areas of the U.S. a potentially frightening prospect…

…the remote possibility of a worst-case scenario release — from a natural disaster, a major accident, or an act of terrorism — could cause unthinkable consequences for the Great Lakes region. 

Scientific research has shown a radioactive cloud from a spent fuel pool fire would span hundreds of miles, and force the evacuation of millions of residents in Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto or other population centers, depending on where the accident occurred and wind patterns…

read: Radioactive nuclear waste sits on Great Lakes shores

Friday, October 19, 2018

Does Living Near Operating Reactors Cause Childhood Cancers? Nuclear regulators don’t want you to know




More than 60 studies have shown increases of childhood leukemia around nuclear facilities worldwide. Despite this finding, there has never been independent analysis in the US examining connections between childhood cancer and nuclear facilities. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had directed the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct such a study, but then withdrew funding, claiming publicly that it would be too expensive…

Does Living Near Operating Reactors Cause Childhood Cancers? Nuclear regulators don’t want you to know


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hear From the Experts at the Low Level Radiation and Health Conference


LOW LEVEL RADIATION AND HEALTH CONFERENCE
STIRLING UNIVERSITY, JUNE 2018
The Low Level Radiation and Health Conference was set up in 1985 by members of the public keen to find out more about these issues.
SATURDAY June 23rd    Chair: Prof David Copplestone, University of Stirling
Video 1    Alice Stewart1 Lecture, Biophotons. Prof. Carmel Mothersill, McMaster University, Canada. 33mins, 45 secs.
https://youtu.be/K2mmfiXpM6s
Video 2    Wildlife impacts: Recent findings concerning germline mutations in bugs and humans, Prof Tim Mousseau, University of South Carolina, USA. 31 mins, 26 secs.
https://youtu.be/LR6BmCkm01M
Video 3    Biological effects of long-term chronic exposure: a case study on Scots pine populations around Chernobyl, Prof Stanislav Geras’kin, Head of Laboratory of Plant Radiobiology and Ecotoxicology from the Russian Institute of Radiology and Agroecology. 30 mins, 35 secs.
https://youtu.be/Ym6w6Qqu46M
Health Impacts
Video 4    Organ damage from exposure to infrasound, Prof. Mariana Alves Pereira. She worked with the chief medical officer for the Portuguese Aeronautical Industry. 39 mins, 18 secs.
https://youtu.be/ou9_-YtxlKo
Video 5    Gender Matters in the Atomic Age, Mary Olson, US Nuclear Information + Resource Service, NIRS. Followed by questions. 30 mins 48secs.
https://youtu.be/0lABP90CqQ4
1 Alice Stewart was the doyenne of the low level radiation debate and gave her stalwart support to the Conference
Sunday June 24th    Chair: Prof David Copplestone: Aubrey+Richards workshops2
Video 6    Update on the situation with nuclear power in the USA. Mary Olsen, Nuclear Information and Resource Service.
https://youtu.be/3DEbTz5fI1w    12 mins, 36 secs.
Video 7    Radiation Monitoring in the USA. Tim Mousseau, University of South Carolina.    13 mins, 55 secs.
https://youtu.be/jws09oEGN34
Video 8    The Welsh Connection. John Urquhart. 29 mins, 32 secs. https://youtu.be/viNOlexO-pE
Video 9    The ARGUS Monitoring Project. Graham Denman 51 mins, 05 secs. https://youtu.be/5idrwf14vMs
Video 10    Fracking and Waste Water Treatment in the UK. John Busby, Dr Ian Fairlie, given by Jill Sutcliffe. 15 mins, 41 secs.
https://youtu.be/9lv-w9Rnuuk
Thank you to all who contributed to the success of this event.

Hear From the Experts at the Low Level Radiation and Health Conference | mariannewildart.wordpress.com


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Annual dose of empirical data shows nuclear power in continued decline – Report tracks global success of renewable energy | Beyond Nuclear International




Annual dose of empirical data shows nuclear power in continued decline

By Linda Pentz Gunter
When arguing the case for or against nuclear energy, you can go with the masters of spin and omission or you can go with the empirical data. We prefer the latter. And for that, there is the welcome annual edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report.
After that, the job becomes easy. There IS no case for nuclear power. It’s fundamentally over. Yet governments — mainly those of nuclear weapons states — cling on to it even as their fingers are loosened one at a time from the ledge. They refuse to fall. Why?
These questions are largely answered in the 2018 edition of the WNISR which rolled out in London, UK on September 4, and is available for download — in full or as an executive summary — from the WNISR website… … …
more: Report tracks global success of renewable energy | Beyond Nuclear International


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Public comments to NRC needed in opposition to the WCS/ISP CISF scheme, by Oct. 19 deadline! | Beyond Nuclear - Centralized Storage


Beyond Nuclear files hearing request, petition to intervene, opposing Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners  rad. waste CISF (Consolidated Interim Storage Facility) which would store 40,000 metric tons of highly radioactive, commercial irradiated nuclear fuel, if its license application to construct and build is approved. The scheme would also launch unprecedented numbers of shipments of high-level radioactive waste by road, rail, and/or waterway through most states. 

PUBLIC COMMENT NEEDED! ••• DEADLINE OCT 19th. 

Beyond Nuclear - Centralized Storage - Public comments to NRC needed in opposition to the WCS/ISP CISF scheme, by Oct. 19 deadline!




Thursday, October 4, 2018

Radioactivity harms us and no dose is “safe” | Beyond Nuclear International



A “small” dose can do immense damage; our new handbook explains how and why

All nuclear power plants routinely release radioactive gases and water contaminated with radioactive isotopes. When a nuclear plant has a serious accident — as occurred at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima — orders of magnitude more radioactivity is released into the environment.
Uranium mining also releases harmful radioactive isotopes and leaves behind radioactive waste. The 1979 uranium tailings pond spill at Church Rock, NM — 90 million gallons of liquid radioactive waste and 1,100 tons of solid mill waste — was the largest accidental release of radioactive waste in US history and permanently contaminated the Puerco River.
Radioactive releases occur all along the uranium fuel chain, beginning with uranium mining and culminating in radioactive waste “management.”
All of these releases — whether large or small (because there is no “safe” dose) — impact human health with varying degrees of severity. And yet most of the time, these impacts are poorly understood, hushed up, or even dismissed. When discoveries are made — such as increased rates of leukemia in populations living near nuclear power or reprocessing plants — there is an immediate effort by industry, often supported by governments, to undermine, challenge or negate such findings.
The fact remains, however, that both the immediate and long-term damage done to human health — which can last for generations — is the single, most compelling reason not to continue with the use of nuclear power and the extractive, polluting industries that must support it.
The Radiation and Harm to Human Health chapter of the Beyond Nuclear anti-nuclear handbook, is available now for download and printing as a standalone booklet. In it, we endeavor to both explain and synthesize the many ways that radioactivity released through the nuclear power sector damages human health, especially the most vulnerable members of our population — women, pregnancy, babies and young children…

more: Radioactivity harms us and no dose is “safe” | Beyond Nuclear International

NEW HANDBOOK: "The Case Against Nuclear Power: Radiation and Harm to Human Health" (PDF)



Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Trump’s EPA is moving to weaken regulation on radiation exposure | PBS NewsHour



WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is quietly moving to weaken U.S. radiation regulations, turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight.

The government’s current, decades-old guidance says that any exposure to harmful radiation is a cancer risk. And critics say the proposed change could lead to higher levels of exposure for workers at nuclear installations and oil and gas drilling sites, medical workers doing X-rays and CT scans, people living next to Superfund sites and any members of the public who one day might find themselves exposed to a radiation release…

Trump’s EPA is moving to weaken regulation on radiation exposure | PBS NewsHour


Sunday, September 23, 2018

▶ ECU #628 TURNING THE HEAVENS INTO A WAR ZONE | Karl Grossman



Karl Grossman​ :: “Turning the Heavens Into a War Zone.” This just-out TV program, part of the "Enviro Close-Up with Karl Grossman" series, spotlights how if Trump gets his way on formation of a U.S. Space Force, the heavens would become a war zone.

Inevitably, there would be military conflict in space. The program details how the Space Force scheme flies in the face of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 that designates space as the global commons to be used for peaceful purposes. It tells of how space weaponry would be nuclear-powered—as Reagan's “Star Wars” scheme was to be, with nuclear reactors and plutonium systems on orbiting battle platforms providing the power for hypervelocity guns, particle beams and laser weapons. Amid the many horrible things being done by the Trump administration, turning the heavens into a war zone would be the most terribly destructive. The coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Bruce Gagnon, is featured in the program and discusses what people can do to stop this.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Brunswick Nuclear Hurricane Florence UPDATE w/Dave Lochbaum | NUCLEAR HOTSEAT


Brunswick Nuclear site map of vulnerability to flooding from ocean surge, Cape Fear River.
From Dave Lochbaum powerpoint (available below)

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#Brunswick #Nuclear reactors - is it in hot or cold shutdown? What's ongoing flooding danger f/Cape Fear River now that Brunswick is a nuclear island unreachable by land? Dave Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists, explains. Plus plutonium-laced #RockyFlats "wildlife refuge" opens - Leroy Moore. Nuclear Hotseat #378

This Week’s Featured Interviews:

  • BRUNSWICK NUCLEAR UPDATE – Dave Lochbaum, Director of the Nuclear Safety Project for the Union of Concerned Scientists, explains the safety status of Brunswick Nuclear Reactors 1 & 2, both the same model as melted down at Fukushima Daiichi.  Learn the difference between hot shutdown and cold shutdown – and how the industry simply uses “shutdown” to spinspeak us all!
    LINK to Dave Lochbaum’s pdf on Brunswick specs, CLICK HERE.
  • LeRoy Moore is a writer and former academic   closely associated with Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, who since 1979 has focused on issues of public health, environmental well-being, and nuclear abolition related to the now closed Rocky Flats nuclear bomb factory.


Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):

So many choices, so hard to choose, when the entire industry is out of it’s f’ing mind!

Activist Links:

  • Intertribal Gathering at Red Butte, Montana – Oct. 5 – tribal members only; open to the public Oct. 6-7.  Sponsored by the Havasupai Tribal Council.  CONTACT:  928-448-2731

LISTEN NOW: Brunswick Nuclear Hurricane Florence UPDATE w/Dave Lochbaum


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Space Force has Nazi Roots?! Bruce Gagnon & Space4Peace - NuclearHotseat #377


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Space Force – will it make the U.S. the Evil Empire? Global Network’s 2018 Keep Space for Peace week poster.

This Week’s Featured Interview:

  • SPACE FORCE / EVIL FORCE?  Bruce Gagnon, Co-Founder and Secretary/Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, and a 30 year veteran of actions against nuclear weaponry and expansionism in space.   Bruce reveals the shocking roots of our space program and NASA, corporate/military/industrial goals for space, and what China and Russia are doing to sidestep our best laid plans.


  • Category 4-5 Hurricane Florence bearing down on N. Carolina coast, with Brunswick 1 and 2 nuclear reactors – THE EXACT SAME MODEL GE MARK I REACTOR MODEL AS MELTED DOWN AT FUKUSHIMA – dead center at landfall. 
and more!

LISTEN: Space Force has Nazi Roots?! Bruce Gagnon & Space4Peace - NH #377



Tuesday, September 11, 2018

What Are Coastal Nuclear Power Plants Doing to Address Climate Threats? | Truthout




…According to maps prepared by the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), around one in four of the world’s 460 working commercial nuclear reactors are situated on coastlines. Many were built only 10–20 meters (30–70 feet) above sea level at a time when climate change was barely considered a threat. 
In the US, where nine nuclear plants are within 2 miles (3 kilometers) of the ocean and four reactors have been identified by Stanford academicsas vulnerable to storm surges and sea-level rise, flooding is common, says David Lochbaum, a former nuclear engineer and director of the nuclear safety project at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). 
Lochbaum says over 20 flooding incidents have been recorded at US nuclear plants since the early 1980s. “The most likely [cause of flooding] is the increasing frequency of extreme events,” he says.
“There was no consideration of climate change when most US plants were built,” says Natalie Kopytko, a University of Leeds researcher who has studied nuclear power plant adaptations to climate change. “They used conservative models of historical reference. Also, they were largely built at a calm period, when there were not many major storms.”
“While an accident has never yet happened due solely to sea-level rise and storms, the flooding experienced at Fukushima resembles what could occur in the future from sea-level rise,” says Kopytko.

Considering Climate Change

IAEA’s current global safety standards were published in 2011. These state that operators should only “take into account” the 18- to 59-centimeter (7- to 23-inch) sea-level rise projected by 2100 in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s fourth assessment report, published in 2007. 
But those safety standards don’t factor in the most recent assessment of the IPCC, published in 2013–14. This scientific consensus report has seas rising 26 centimeters (10 inches) to 1 meter (39 inches) by 2100, depending on how far temperature continue to rise and the speed at which the polar ice caps melt. 
1-meter (39-inch) increase, combined with high tides and a storm surge, significantly increases the risk of coasts and nuclear stations being swamped, says Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. 
“Nuclear stations are on the front line of climate change impacts both figuratively and quite literally,” Mann says. “We are likely profoundly underestimating climate change risk and damages in coastal areas…”

read: What Are Coastal Nuclear Power Plants Doing to Address Climate Threats? 


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

United Nations Lies re: Fukushima Radiation - IPPNW's Dr. Alex Rosen | Nuclear Hotseat

Nuclear Hotseat #375




United Nations UNSCEAR report maintains nothing bad happened to people’s health after Fukushima.  Photos of explosion at Fukushima Daiichi, March 14, 2011. Look harmless to you?


This Week’s Featured Interview:

Dr. Alex Rosen is a German pediatrician and Vice President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War in Germany. We spoke originally in July of 2014, just after the United Nations UNSCEAR report was released.

LINK to Full IPPNW report in English, Critical Analysis of the UNSCEAR Report “Levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the nuclear accident after the 2011 Great East-Japan Earthquake and tsunami”

Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):

A practice run dropping a nuclear bomb from a B-2 stealth bomber?  What are they practicing FOR?

Activist Links:

Olympics and Paralympics Warning…

more / LISTEN NOW: United Nations Lies re: Fukushima Radiation - IPPNW's Dr. Alex Rosen | Nuclear Hotseat #375



Monday, September 3, 2018

An A-Z against nuclear power | Beyond Nuclear International



The Overview section of our new Handbook provides simple explanations of the entire nuclear fuel chain

What is the difference between an open pit and an in-situ leach uranium mine? How does a nuclear power plant produce electricity? What happens to reactor fuel once it’s no longer usable? What is the difference between high-level and low-level radioactive waste and where is it stored? Why isn’t reprocessing really “recycling”?
We may know the answers to some or all of these questions. But can we deliver a succinct, clear, accessible answer to explain them to someone not already steeped in the issue?
As any activist engaged in anti-nuclear advocacy knows, nuclear power is a complex topic and describing each phase of the nuclear fuel chain can quickly bog us down in long, technical explanations. And once we go there, eyes glaze and we lose our audience.
Proponents of nuclear energy have taken full advantage of this, downplaying and minimizing the risks and using facile and superficially appealing sound bites, unsupported by facts, to convince people that nuclear power is benign and useful for climate change.
Facts are what we believe will change people’s minds. But the idea that bombarding someone with a deluge of irrefutable facts about the dangers of nuclear power will automatically win them to our cause has proven to be an illusion. It doesn’t necessarily work.
We do need facts, of course. And that is where our Handbook — The Case Against Nuclear Power: Facts and Arguments from A-Z — comes in. We must be able to accurately describe why nuclear power is dangerous, uneconomical and unjust. But we must do so in succinct, simple lay language. And then, once the basics are understood, we need to move people. And that is why the Beyond Nuclear International website came to be born, providing a natural home for the Handbook and expanding from facts to compelling narratives…




Sunday, August 19, 2018

Book :: "YES, I GLOW IN THE DARK! One Mile from Three Mile Island to Fukushima and Nuclear Hotseat" by Libbe HaLevy



Libbe HaLevy's new book, "YES, I GLOW IN THE DARK! One Mile from Three Mile Island to Fukushima and Nuclear Hotseat," has launched! Please go to Amazon and BUY NOW: https://amzn.to/2wbTNHv

"Absolutely fascinating. This book must be read by all people who care about the future of the planet and their children." - Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Helen Mary Caldicott

"Excellent! Easy reading, breezy, personal, interesting, very well-written – and highly informative. I find the content impeccable.” - Award-winning investigative environmental journalist Karl Grossman

It's the story of what happened when I found myself trapped one mile from an out-of-control, radiation-spewing nuclear reactor -- how it impacted life, health, sense of self -- and what it took to recover. A personal memoir, a guidebook on what the nuclear industry gets away with and how they get away with it, and a directory of resources and strategies with which to fight back, the book ranges from 1950's Duck and Cover and Disney’s Our Friend the Atom to how I learned to fight back with facts, sarcasm... and a podcast.


Amazon.com: Yes, I Glow in the Dark! One Mile from Three Mile Island to Fukushima and Nuclear Hotseat (9780991594115): Libbe HaLevy: Books


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Turning Space Into a War Zone | Karl Grossman | Counterpunch



The Trump administration is pushing hard on its scheme to create a Space Force.  Last week Vice President Pence, chairman of a newly reconstituted National Space Council, in a speech at the Pentagon declared: “The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield.”

Pence claimed—falsely: “Our adversaries have transformed space into a warfighting domain already and the United States will not shrink from the challenge.”

Trump, who in June announced he was “directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces,” following Pence’s address Thursday promptly tweeted: “Space Force all the way!”

At the same time, signaling that the Space Force drive will be used politically, the Trump campaign organization sent out an email asking supporters to choose between six Space Force logos that were depicted. “President Trump wants a Space Force—a groundbreaking endeavor for the future of America and the final frontier,” wrote Brad Parscale, campaign manager of “Donald J. Trump for President, 2020.” “To celebrate President Trump’s huge announcement, our campaign will be selling a new line of gear.” He asked backers pick “your favorite logo.”

“This is a crucial moment where the public must stand and say ‘hell no!” said Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, on his blog. “Star Wars” isn’t “affordable, is an insane idea, and would very likely lead to WW III—the final war,” said Gagnon…

more:  Turning Space Into a War Zone

see also: Militarizing Space: Starship Troopers, Same As It Ever Was | Counterpunch


Monday, August 6, 2018

The Hiroshima anniversary: 5 things you should know about nuclear weapons today | Vox




Seventy-three years after the first use of the atomic bomb in wartime, commitment to arms control is fading.


…This anniversary arrives at a time when the “nuclear enterprise” in the United States is gearing up to spend more than $1 trillion on new missiles, bombers, and submarines over the next three decades.

Meanwhile, the competing “arms control enterprise” is unraveling: There are at present no negotiations underway to reduce US and Russian nuclear forces, while China, Pakistan, India, and North Korea are increasing theirs. Yet at the same time, the situation isn’t completely bleak. Here are five key points to keep in mind about nuclear weapons on this somber anniversary…

The Hiroshima anniversary: 5 things you should know about nuclear weapons today - Vox


Monday, July 23, 2018

Trump’s Space Force: Military Profiteering’s Final Frontier - Progressive.org




“The heavens are going to be littered with radioactive debris.”

by Harvey Wasserman

The Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump, has announced a new mission into the realm of martial excess. It is one is that will surely enrich the aerospace industry while spreading the global battlefield to a new dimension.

Trump is calling for the creation of a new Space Force as a sixth branch of the U.S. military, to militarize the heavens.

“It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space,” Trump told a meeting of the National Space Council in mid-June. “We must have American dominance in space.”

To this end, the President has taken a page from Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars playbook. Reagan’s scheme, according to a recent article by Karl Grossman, was built around “nuclear reactors and plutonium systems on orbiting battle platforms providing the power for hypervelocity guns, particle beams and laser weapons.”

read: Trump’s Space Force: Military Profiteering’s Final Frontier - Progressive.org




Saturday, July 14, 2018

August 6 March for Nuclear Abolition & Global Survival • Livermore Lab • Livermore, CA


Mark your calendar today for this major Rally, March and Nonviolent Direct Action on Monday, August 6th. Join us to commemorate the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan at the site where new nuclear weapons are being developed for use today.


We will gather at Livermore Lab to stop the creation of novel, “more usable” nuclear warheads that the Trump Administration proposed in its Nuclear Posture Review and fiscal 2019 budget, both released earlier this year. We will join millions of peace advocates around the country and the world on this memorable day to say “never again” to the use of nuclear weapons – and to call for their global abolition. Our keynote speaker will be Daniel Ellsberg, perhaps best known as the whistleblower who released “The Pentagon Papers” to hasten an end to the war in Vietnam. He has been an analyst at RAND Corp. and a consultant to the Defense Dept., specializing in problems of command and control of nuclear weapons, war plans and crisis decision-making. Ellsberg recently released his critically acclaimed memoirs, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

more info: March for Nuclear Abolition & Global Survival Livermore Lab, 8 AM on August 6, 2018 | Tri-Valley CAREs

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Report of 7/11 NNA rally・7/11 抗議集会事後報告 | No Nukes Action Committee


About a dozen people got together on 7/11.
Speak out included Japan’s Energy Basic Plan was approved for 20-22% of nuclear dependence by 2030,
https://www.nippon.com/en/currents/d00419/
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201807030061.html
and another reactor, Gennkai plant #4, was restarted on 6/16,
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180616/p2g/00m/0dm/050000c
and TEPCO resumed Higashidori nuclear plant construction.
http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180630/p2g/00m/0dm/004000c
Steve Zeltzer wrote the letter to PM Abe for this rally.
Attached please read.
Genta Yoshikawa made a video.
https://youtu.be/T_D0ml8VOBo
And please do not forget to attend the Livermore protest on Monday 8/6.
All information is on the attached poster.
See at the Livermore protest and 8/11 rally at SF!
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ここサンフランシスコは、エアコンディショナー効いているように涼しく、その中10人余りがデモに参集しました。
スピークアウトでは7月3日に「エネルギー基本計画」の議決が採決され、原発での電気供給が2030年までに20−22%になること、
https://www.excite.co.jp/News/politics_g/20180705/Economic_81014.html
そして玄海原発4号機が6月16日に再稼働したこと、
https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASL6D55SJL6DTIPE029.html
そして東電は柏崎刈羽原発を再稼働させたいだけでなく、東通原発の建設再開準備を始めたこと、
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/economics/list/201806/CK2018063002000156.html
などが指摘されました。
今回は、スティーブ ゼルツアーが安倍首相への手紙を書き、朗読しました。
添付の手紙を読んでください。
ヴィディオが収録され、Genta Yoshikawa-Ch1で見られます。
https://youtu.be/T_D0ml8VOBo
なお来月、8月6日のリバモア核兵器研究所前での核兵器抗議集会、添付ポスターを参照の上、ぜひ参加してください。
それでは、8・6リバモアで、そして8・11SF日本領事館前で会いましょう!
written by NNA member Chizu Hamada
nonukesaction.wordpress.com

— letter to Japanese P.M. Abe —

To Prime Minister Abe,
We are here today again to call for the immediate halt of the restarting of the many nuclear plants in Japan. Despite your government’s proclamations that the Fukushima meltdowns have been overcome and you have “decontaminated” the Fukushima area, this is patently untrue, as most people know. You and your government have still not removed the melted cores that continue to reside in the reactors and you continue to contaminate millions of gallons of water to keep the temperature down in these reactors.
You and your government, which not control TEPCO, have allowed subcontractors including yakuza to bring in day laborers, and even foreign trainees to work in the plants without proper safety training and protection and health safeguards if they are contaminated. You and your government are again allowing the Fukushima contract cleanup workers in great danger, and likely victims of cancer and other diseases from their work at the Fukushima nuclear plants.
Thousands of tanks surrounding the plants that contain millions of gallons of contaminated water are also at serious risk of rupture in another likely major earthquake. You and your government are also still seeking to release thousands of tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean despite the opposition of the local fisherman’s co-operatives and the people of Japan and the United States.
Despite the continuing higher levels of radiation in the Fukushima area, you and your government continue to demand that the children and families that evacuated be forced back to the area by the cutoff of subsidies on their housing outside the Fukushima area.
If you think it is safe, maybe you Prime Minister Abe and your family should move closer to Fukushima, so you as well can suffer the dangers of increased radioactive contamination instead of forcing the children and families who do not want to be forced back to suffer this contamination.
You, Prime Minister Abe, and your government also continue to push for the militarization of Asia with the construction of more US bases in Okinawa and for the removal of article 9 of the Japanese constitution to allow the further militarization of Japan. You and your government have also increased the repression of anti-nuclear activists and journalists by illegal harassment and even false arrests. These repressive tactics to silence opposition show the real face of you and your government, which itself is involved in a massive education corruption scandal over illegal transfer of public property for rightwing reactionary militaristic schools that you and your wife support.
We again, call for an end to the restarting of the nuclear plants that threaten not only the survival of Japan and the people of Japan but also the whole Pacific rim and the people of the United States.
Our voices will not be silenced.
Steve Zeltzer
No Nukes Action Committee
7/11/18

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The nuclear industry is back at it again: promoting dirty, dangerous, expensive reactors at the public’s expense. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is reviewing an “Early Site Permit” application for up to a dozen reactors in Tennessee – with potentially no evacuation plans. This would be a dangerous precedent.

This time, the industry wants us to believe the “solution” is small, modular reactors – or SMRs. Their idea is to design each reactor smaller, and combine a bunch of them into one big power plant. However, these reactors aren’t really “small” and putting a bunch of them in one place only means more potential for disaster. The Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant only had three reactors operating when disaster occurred in 2011. They all melted down.
You’d think that would have taught NRC a lesson. But no – NRC is considering exempting SMRs from longstanding emergency planning requirements, even eliminating the need to have evacuation plans for nearby communities in the case of a meltdown.
Even worse, NRC is flatly ignoring the reality that there is no justification for nuclear power. NRC is supposed to consider both the need for electricity and the alternatives to a nuclear power plant, but its review of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s application ignores both. TVA’s demand for electricity is declining, not growing, and solar, wind, and energy efficiency are far cleaner, safer, and more affordable than the theoretical, untested SMRs.
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