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[The Japanese authorities have raised the alert level for Sakurajima volcano to level 4, issuing evacuation advisories.

TOKYO (Sputnik) – The Japanese authorities have raised the alert level for Sakurajima volcano, located on a former island connected to the main island of Kyushu by lava flows, to level 4, issuing evacuation advisories for local residents.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the alert level was increased from 3 to 4 on Saturday after multiple earthquakes were detected in the area.

The Sakurajima volcano is located about 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the Sendai nuclear power plant, which was the first nuclear facility to restart one of its reactors earlier this month, after new safety rules were introduced in Japan following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Evacuation advisories issued on Saturday cover an area within a 3-kilometer (about 1.8-mile) radius of the Sakurajima crater.

On Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported a 5.0-magnitude earthquake in the Fukushima prefecture.

In 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was hit by a giant tsunami, triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake. Thousands of people were killed in the disaster, which was the largest nuclear catastrophe in the world since the 1986 Chernobyl accident.


Shrinking the amount of food that people and livestock eat decreases the amount of carbon dioxide that they breathe out or excrete as waste. The reduction in food available for consumption, rather than any inherent fuel efficiency, drives the decline in carbon dioxide emissions in government models, the researchers found.

After years of suppression, scientists finally admit copper destroys norovirus (and so does silver)

(NaturalNews) The highly infectious norovirus, or stomach flu bug, causes a very common illness, affecting hundreds of millions of people who come into contact with it through contaminated food, water, surfaces or other people every year. Now, scientists have discovered that copper and its more than 300 different alloys don't just fight norovirus - copper destroys it.

Simulating contamination via touch, researchers found that norovirus could not survive on any dry surface containing more than 60% copper. The findings do not apply solely to norovirus either but to a range of various fungi and bacteria. Armed with this knowledge, lead study author Sarah Warnes noted that copper-rich antimicrobial surfacing in high-traffic public areas, especially care facilities, could reduce norovirus exposure and significantly cut down how many people get sick.

This research reaffirms a previous study out of the University of Nebraska that was the first to demonstrate that when microbes were exposed to dry, copper-infused surfaces, hundreds of millions of bacterial cells died within minutes.

Copper's antimicrobial properties have been known for thousands of years, dating back to an ancient Egyptian text that discussed using the mineral as a sterilization agent for wounds and drinking water. The Father of Modern Medicine, Hippocrates, even mentioned copper as a treatment for leg ulcers circa 400 B.C. Further ancient copper cures span the gamut of treatments, including for infected ears, purging the stomach of intestinal parasites and lung diseases.

Likewise, silver has been used for centuries to fight germs as well. Silver was used in the creation of cups, plates and eating utensils (that's why they call it 'silverware') to keep pathogens at bay. In more recent times, American pioneers would place silver or copper coins in their drinking water casks to keep it germ-free.

Conventional medicine has not respected ancient health traditions.

Although various forms of colloidal silver solutions have been used for hundreds of years as a natural antibiotic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ran a scaremongering campaign against it, claiming it would turn people silver. No, really. In reality, the amount of silver in these solutions is in the hundred parts per million range, way below the amount it would take to actually turn anyone's skin silver. With humans ingesting silver for thousands of years, if it were really so dangerous, we'd see a lot more silver people walking around by now.

We have witnessed an overuse of antibiotic pharmaceutical drugs in modern times that has led to the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as MRSA - or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus - an infectious, flesh-eating bacteria found primarily in hospitals (where, consequently, it has been shown to spread the fastest and can do the most damage to people who are the most vulnerable).

While mainstream medical science has thus far been clueless as to how to curb this growing epidemic, the norovirus researchers found that dry copper surfaces also kill MRSA within minutes of contact. Interestingly, most hospitals use stainless steel surfaces. These researchers were able to demonstrate in a side-by-side microscopic comparison how copper beats out stainless steel in wiping out MRSA. Stainless steel had little to no effect on the superbug.

Perhaps most important, unlike antibiotics, microbes do not build up a resistance to copper or silver.

Currently, data shows that one in every 20 hospital patients contracts an infection while hospitalized; this results in 1.7 million sick people and approximately 100,000 U.S. deaths each year at a cost of $10 billion annually. With the staggering amount of research showing copper and silver's potential to reduce the adverse health effects from out-of-control bacteria, specifically in a hospital setting, it's astonishing that these solutions are being ignored or even suppressed.



Nuke Puke / Fukushima Clusterfuck Continues
« on: September 13, 2013, 03:26:00 PM »
From AFP via The Standard

Fukushima nuke plant spews vapor, Japanese operator clueless about cause
(09-13 13:56)

Vapor has begun rising again from a reactor at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, more than two-and-a-half years after its core melted down, the site's Japanese operator said.
Tokyo Electric Power said it believed the steam was coming from a puddle sitting atop the reactor, but has not been able to clarify why.
TEPCO said the Fukushima nuclear plant remained stable, with sensors in and around it showing no increase in levels of radioactive release.
The steam appeared as TEPCO found more evidence that radioactive waste water at the plant was contaminating groundwater on its way to the sea.
Thousands of tonnes of water were poured on the reactors to tame the meltdowns sparked by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. TEPCO says their temperature is now stable but they need to be kept cool to prevent them running out of control again.
The continuing nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima has come under the international spotlight in recent weeks as Tokyo fought off challenges from Madrid and Istanbul for the right to host the 2020 Games.
Speaking to Olympic chiefs in Buenos Aires ahead of their decision to award the Games to Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the situation at Fukushima was “under control.’’
Thousands of tonnes of radioactive water are being stored in temporary tanks at Fukushima. Much of it has been used to cool molten reactors at the plant.
TEPCO and Japanese officials are considering releasing some of it into the Pacific Ocean after filtering out radioactive materials, but face opposition from fisherman and neighboring countries

Fukushima's radioactive leak: 'no way to filter this stuff out' - expert

Tokyo Electric Power Company's foreign advisors Lake Barrett and Dale Klein have held a news conference on Friday to discuss the contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. On September, 11 TEPCO announced that levels of tritium, which is considered one of the least harmful radioactive elements, had increased more than 15 times in groundwater near a leaked tank at the facility. The Voice of Russia discussed the current situation with Mr. Paul Gunter, director of Reactor Oversight at Beyond Nuclear.

Last month TEPCO said more than 300 metric tons of highly radioactive water leaked from one of the hastily built steel tanks at the plant, which was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011.

The reports on the increased radioactive elements at the plant come just days after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the International Olympic Committee that the situation at the Fukushima facility, 230 km from Tokyo, was "under control". Tokyo was chosen to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Mr. Paul Gunter, director of Reactor Oversight at Beyond Nuclear.

It's been reported the levels of tritium increased more than 15 times. How do you estimate the situation with Fukushima radiation level? How dangerous is that?

In fact tritium while it is a low level admitter, it incorporates very intimately into the food chain. Tritium is hydrogen. So this is isotopic hydrogen mixed with water. There is no way to filter this stuff out and once it incorporates intimately with the biology there, this radioactive element can, clinically-proven, cause cancer, birth defects and genetic mutations. So, to trivialize the impact of tritium is a promotion of nuclear power and it takes a way to tries to obfuscate our concerns that a reverse tsunami of radioactivity is now moving back in to the ocean from the Fukushima wreckage and it is carrying radioactivity.

What areas are in danger to be affected by this because obviously the half life of any radioactive substances is a very long time. It is not going to go anywhere once it gets into the ocean. But what are the chances that we are going to see this in areas far away from Fukushima radiation source?

I think it is dependant on when the accident can finally be brought under control. Right now Fukushima is a nuclear catastrophe that remains out of control now for more than 2.5 years. Neither Tokyo Electric Power Company or the Japanese government have been able to stanch this radioactive hemorrhage that is occurring from the plant. So, the extent of the accident can spread right now is unknown. Clearly the first industry to be impacted is the coastal commercial fishing industry on the Eastern shores of Japan and this is a big concern because the fishing industry represents a vital economic business to Japan but also a pathway to radioactivity to come back into humans.

To what extent is the fish already not safe to eat in that area?

I think that the concern here is that the radioactivity will linger, it will bio-magnify up through the food chain and again the accident is not under control. There is more and more radioactivity, more and more radioactive isotopes not just tritium but we are concerned about the radioactive cesium and the radioactive strontiums, radioactive iodine. These are all now moving in grown water through the wreckage of the reactor meltdowns and into the ocean. So, this represents a very long-term problem that will only get worse over time as more radioactivity enters the food chain.

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So they are going to filter out the radiation from the stored contaminated water and release it into the Pacific.  But the radioactive tritium cannot be filtered out.  Meanwhile huge amounts of other radioactive water escapes into the Pacific every day anyway, and noone can/will say why the plant(#3) is steaming.

Nuke Puke / Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant to Close
« on: September 01, 2013, 12:16:46 PM »
After spending Megabucks winning the right to operate this plant until 2032, Entergy has decided to close it anyway in 4Q 2014 for economic reasons.  This is the fifth US nuclear plant closure announcement since October 2012 and it is unlikely to be the last.

Entergy to close, decommission Vermont Yankee

BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Corp. announced this morning that it was closing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in 2014, at the end of its current fuel cycle.

“This was an agonizing decision and an extremely tough call for us,” said Leo Denault, Entergy's chairman and chief executive officer, in a prepared statement. “Vermont Yankee has an immensely talented, dedicated and loyal workforce, and a solid base of support among many in the community. We recognize that closing the plant on this schedule was not the outcome they had hoped for, but we have reluctantly concluded that it is the appropriate action for us to take under the circumstances.”

The news came as Entergy had won its latest battle to keep the troubled reactor open in a legal battle with the state of Vermont. Earlier this month, Entergy had won a major victory against the state in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City over state jurisdiction over the future operation of the plant.

The news by Entergy to shut down the troubled, 41-year-old reactor, which is one of the smallest in the country, was financial, the company said in a press release.

The company cited the fact that Vermont Yankee sells its 620 megawatts of electricity on the open market and doesn't have power contracts with area utilities. The electricity market has been depressed in recent years

According to a release from UBS Financial Services, Entergy Vermont Yankee was selling power at about 5 cents per kilowatt hour, which is about 20 percent higher than current market rates.The closing is expected to cost the southern Vermont region more than 600 jobs, although Entergy said the employment would remain steady until shut down in 2014, when the company began its decommissioning process.

Entergy said it would put the plant into what is called “safe store,” a Nuclear Regulatory Commission-approved plan which would essentially mothball the Vernon reactor for up to 70 years, waiting for radiation levels to subside.

NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said Entergy officials had called NRC Region One administrator William Dean this morning about their decision.

“The NRC will continue its rigorous oversight of the plant through the rest of its operations and into and through decommissioning. We have a decommissioning process that the details steps that would have to be taken by Entergy going forward,” said Sheehan.

The announced closure of Vermont Yankee is one of several nuclear power plants that have been closed by their owners this year.

Under the safe-store scenario, all fuel would be removed from the reactor and its spent fuel pool in stages and put into concrete and steel casks in a facility that is currently in place at the Vernon reactor.

The decision was met with jubilation by anti-nuclear activists, who have been fighting to shut down Yankee even before it started generating power in 1972.

“We applaud Entergy's decision to shut down an aging nuclear power plant, rather than to push it past its limits. We appreciate their commitment for planning for a safe and orderly shutdown. We will remain vigilant to ensure that the decommissioning is done responsibly and in the safest way possible. Today, we celebrate this milestone in our work to end nuclear power generation in the Northeast and to foster a renewable energy future. This is a win for the people. Their relentless work has made the closure of Vermont Yankee possible. We thank all who have worked to make this day happen, especially the state of Vermont for its perseverance on this issue,” according to Deb Katz, executive director of the Citizens Awareness Network, one of about a half-dozen environmental groups that have worked to shut down the plant.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, who was elected in 2010 by campaigning against Vermont Yankee, has scheduled a late morning press conference. Entergy executives were slated to discuss their decision at a noontime press conference at Entergy's administrative offices in Brattleboro.


Something to ponder??.... :icon_scratch:

Evidence of Ancient Atomic Knowledge?

When excavations of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro reached the street level, they discovered skeletons scattered about the cities, many holding hands and sprawling in the streets as if some instant, horrible doom had taken place. People were just lying, unburied, in the streets of the city.

And these skeletons are thousands of years old, even by traditional archaeological standards. What could cause such a thing? Why did the bodies not decay or get eaten by wild animals? Furthermore, there is no apparent cause of a physically violent death.

These skeletons are among the most radioactive ever found, on par with those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At one site, Soviet scholars found a skeleton which had a radioactive level 50 times greater than normal.

Other cities have been found in northern India that show indications of explosions of great magnitude. One such city, found between the Ganges and the mountains of Rajmahal, seems to have been subjected to intense heat. Huge masses of walls and foundations of the ancient city are fused together, literally vitrified! And since there is no indication of a volcanic eruption at Mohenjo-Daro or at the other cities, the intense heat to melt clay vessels can only be explained by an atomic blast or some other unknown weapon.The cities were wiped out entirely.

While the skeletons have been carbon-dated to 2500 BC, we must keep in mind that carbon-dating involves measuring the amount of radiation left. When atomic explosions are involved, that makes then seem much younger.

Giant Unexplained Crater Near Bombay

Another curious sign of an ancient nuclear war in India is a giant crater near Bombay. The nearly circular 2,154-metre-diameter Lonar crater, located 400 kilometres northeast of Bombay and aged at less than 50,000 years old, could be related to nuclear warfare of antiquity.

No trace of any meteoric material, etc., has been found at the site or in the vicinity, and this is the world's only known "impact" crater in basalt. Indications of great shock (from a pressure exceeding 600,000 atmospheres) and intense, abrupt heat (indicated by basalt glass spherules) can be ascertained from the site.

David Hatcher Childress in Nexus Magazine:

"The crater is formed in the basalt rock of thickness 600-700m (2,000 to 2,200 feet). This rock is made of many layers or flows which were laid why volcanic activity at various times, five of such flows are exposed at the crater rim. Thickness of these flows ranges from 5 to 30m.

The crater is about 150m (500 feet)deep and has average diameter of 1830m (1.4 miles). The elevated rim consists of 25m of bedrock and 5m of ejecta over it. This ejecta blanket is spread over about 1350m (4,400 feet) away from the crater rim and slopes away by 2-6�. The uppermost region of ejecta contains the deposits that were melted due to the impact"....

This youtube channel does a concise daily briefing on solar based astrophysics, geophysics and weather events.  From time to time it also posts a video tying these observations together somewhat.  Most include highlights of the previous ones.  I've collected and posted a few of these here.  They could be more coherent, but are the best concise introduction to the interrelation of these topics i have found. 

As usual, i have some disagreements with the author, but appreciate his research..

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A list of source links for the above video can be found by hitting the "watch on youtube" button and clicking on "show more".

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Diner Newz & Multimedia / Newz stranger than fiction?
« on: July 07, 2013, 01:03:54 PM »

Brazil referee beheaded after stabbing player

Outraged fans storm football field and decapitate referee after he stabbed player to death.

A football referee in Brazil was beheaded by a mob after he stabbed a player to death over his refusal to leave the field.
Police in northern Brazil said one man had been arrested after the incident during a local league match in the town of Pio XII.
Referee Octavio da Silva, 20, stabbed player Josenir dos Santos, 30, on June 30 after dos Santos got embroiled in a physical confrontation and refused to leave, police said. The amateur player died while being taken to hospital.
Outraged fans then stormed the field and stoned the referee before severing his head and putting it on a stake in the middle of the ground.
Almost 50,000 people were murdered in Brazil in 2010 and the country is under pressure to show it is a safe place to visit ahead of next year's World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games
Brazilians have taken to the streets this month in the biggest protests in 20 years, some violent, to protest the $14 billion being spent on the World Cup preparations and poor public services.

From RT....

As Washington officials continue to grapple with the fallout from the NSA scandal, it has been revealed that the US Postal Service photographs the outside of every piece of mail it processes each year - around 160 billion pieces annually.

 At the request of law enforcement agencies, postal workers take pictures of the  letters and packages before they are delivered, the New York Times reported.

The information is then stored for an indefinite period of time in the event a law enforcement official requests it. Each year, tens of thousands of pieces of mail are subjected to further scrutiny.

Reading the contents of a letter requires a court-ordered warrant, but in the case of ‘mail cover’ requests, law enforcement agencies submit a letter to the Postal Service, which “rarely denies a request.”

Although the ‘mail covers’ program has been around for nearly a century, its updated successor, the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking (MICT) program, was created in the aftermath of the anthrax attacks in late 2001 that killed five people, including two postal workers.

MICT requests are separated into two categories: those related to possible criminal activity and those that are meant to protect national security. Requests based on suspected criminal activity average 15,000 to 20,000 per year, unnamed law enforcement officials told the Times.   

The number of requests for mail covers related to the fight against terrorism has not been made public.

Although law enforcement officials must have warrants to open private correspondence, former President George W. Bush signed off on a document in 2007 that gave the federal government the authority to open mail without warrants in “emergencies or in foreign intelligence cases.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigations revealed the existence of MICT last month in the course of an investigation over ricin-laced letters mailed to President Barack Obama and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

News of the US Postal Service’s surveillance program comes as Washington is facing heated criticism over a formerly covert surveillance program that gave the National Security Agency (NSA), in cooperation with nine of the world’s largest internet companies, sweeping powers to collect data on telephone calls and internet habits of billions of people both at home and abroad.   

The information was made public after former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, blew the whistle on the activities.

Officials in the Obama administration, meanwhile, are attempting to justify the NSA’s surveillance programs, saying the electronic monitoring amounts to the same thing as examining the outside of a letter. At the very least, the program shows that traditional mail is held up to the same kind of scrutiny that the NSA has given to phone calls, e-mail and internet services.

“It’s a treasure trove of information,” James J. Wedick, a former FBI agent told The New York Times. “Looking at just the outside of letters and other mail, I can see who you bank with, who you communicate with — all kinds of useful information that gives investigators leads that they can then follow up on with a subpoena.”

But, he added: “It can be easily abused because it’s so easy to use and you don’t have to go through a judge to get the information. You just fill out a form.”

Bruce Schneier, a computer security expert and an author, called the program an invasion of privacy.

“Basically they are doing the same thing as the other programs, collecting the information on the outside of your mail, the metadata, if you will, of names, addresses, return addresses and postmark locations, which gives the government a pretty good map of your contacts, even if they aren’t reading the contents,” he told the US newspaper.

The surveillance requests on mail covers are granted for about 30 days, and can be extended for up to 120 days.


The Kitchen Sink / 2012 "Best Crop Circles"
« on: December 10, 2012, 09:43:16 PM »
There are likely some other messages here, but i was impressed with the beauty of many of the designs.

As for who or what might be doing this, beyond the odd hoaxers and/or the starving artists working for the local bed and breakfast?  I don't know.

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