Monthly Archives: October 2015
“We’re getting arrested, but they’re the ones committing the crime.” –
That was the observation of Phyllis Olin, President of the Western States Legal Foundation, as she prepared to be arrested for protesting 70 years of nuclear bomb-making at California’s Livermore Laboratory, an epicenter of America’s on-going nuclear weapons production complex to which Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Barack Obama has pledged 1 trillion dollars over the next 30 yeears. With no apparent sense of irony, the continued, perpetual upgrading of the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal, capable of killing everyone and everything on the planet, is called ‘The Life-Extension Program.’
Chizu Hamada, of No Nukes Action, poetically and poignantly describes the connection between nuclear weapons and nuclear power through the story of Japan. [Read her passionate statement below] She concludes “What can we do? We must keep on protesting. We must never give up. Because the spirits of Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims are here now, and are wishing the abolition of nuclear weapons.”
Watch for our video report – 70 Years of Nuclear Weapons: At what cost? on cable listings below….
Daniel Ellsberg, Country Joe McDonald, Marylia Kelley, Chizu Hamada, Takashi Tanemori, Wilson Riles, Jr., Patricia St. Onge, Jackie Cabasso, and 300 of their closest friends join in the annual Hiroshima Day Nonviolent Direct Action at Livermore Lab, CA’s Bomb Factory, August 6, 2015.
This video report will air on Channel 26 on Comcast and Channel 99 on AT&T, as well as live stream at: http://cmcm.tv/livecommunity on these dates:
+ Sun 11/1/2015 8:00:00 pm Channel 26
+ Thu 11/5/2015 7:30:00 pm Channel 26
+ Wed 11/11/2015 7:30:00 pm Channel 26
It is also airing now on PCA Channel 26 & U-Verse channel 99:
Schedules are repeated in weekly rotation – Mon/Thurs, Tues/Fri, Wed/Sat, Sunday
3:30 pm (right before Democracy Now !
“The spirits of Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims are here now, and are wishing the abolition of nuclear weapons.”
Guest Blog by Chizu Hamada
Ohayougozaiasu. Good Morning,
I was born in Japan, and I grew up in a post-war climate that has shaped the way I view the world.
A couple month ago, I had a chance to speak about Japanese militarism. During that talk, I mentioned that dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were war crimes. When the Q & A session came, a member of the audience expressed her opinion that Japan didn’t apologize to the USA, so why should the USA have to apologize to Japan. All opinions are valid, but I wondered if this woman really knew how horrible the effects of atomic bombs are. I wondered if she ever had a chance to know the facts of aftermaths of atomic bombings.
Two atomic bombs massacred over 150,000 people instantly. The total of 200,000 people were died in that year. Over 600.000 people have died up to this day due to those bombs. Most of these death were innocent civilians. When people were not instantly killed, they suffered greatly with burns, disfiguration, keloids, and finally took their last breath. Even now after 70 years later aftereffects remain, such as leukemia, A- bomb cataracts, cancers, birth defects, mental retardation. And the fear of birth defects in children will last many generations.
In 2014, Asahi newspaper in Japan researched 58 American major text books for Junior High and High school published from 1949 to 2010. 40 books didn’t even mention about death toll in Nagasaki. Of the books mentioning the number of deaths, more than half reported only half of numbers that Japan provided to United Nations. And only 5 books mentioned that radiation effects last for many years.
For all of us, it is very important to let people know how Atomic bombs are horrible, and inhumane. Atomic bombs should never be built, for they will ruin human kind, animals and the entire Earth.
So Japan has experienced horrible Atomic bombs twice. Did Japan learn from Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Sadly, the answer is NO. When US wanted to sell nuclear power plants as “Atoms for peace”, Japan foolishly bought them. Of course, many Japanese people were very sensitive and afraid of nuclear power plants at that time. But Matutaro Shoriki who was called the “Father of Nuclear Energy” created a big newspaper company and he started to brain wash people by mass media that nuclear energy is cheap, safe and efficient . And the government and he succeeded . Altogether 54 nuclear power plants were built on tiny earthquake-prone islands.
Four and a half years ago when Fukushima Daiichi melted down, we have awakened wild. A report by the congress research concluded this was a man- made accident, an accident that would have been prevented if they had prepared for it, but they didn’t because there has been deep collusion between industry, the Nuclear regulators and the Japanese government.
The Japanese government has been lying to not only to the Japanese but also to the people of the world. As you know , when PM Abe invited the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo, he said “The Fukushima accident is under control.” And this is a lie. It has such a high level of radiation, that humans can’t get close to the core of the reactor, so we don’t know what exactly happened. We don’t know where the melted core is – inside the vessel or outside. Even several robots they sent in, have broken down.
Radiation is seeping out everyday into the air and into the Pacific Ocean. There are more than 100 children diagnosed the thyroid cancers. The evacuees are forced back to live in the contaminated areas. The tragedy has continued and the the daunting task has just began.
When people needed to seek the truth to save the victims and to protest the government’s policies, the government created the Secrecy Law, which was passed in December 2013. This Secrecy Law is so vague that bureaucrats and politicians can designate state secrets to their liking. People seeking state secrets or disclosing state secrets can be punished with up to 5 years in prison.
Then came the reinterpretation of our pacifist constitution. This bill have already approved in the lower Parliament and will pass the upper Parliament in this summer. The law allow our self defence force go out and join the US war. Japan seems as if wants to be prosperous by the war. So Henoko base has been pushed to be built, and Okinawa people’s sufferings never end.
The law has been created and changed to go forward the Japanese militarism. Japan can export war weapons now. Japan can send our military outside to kill people. Now Japan needs the nuclear weapons. Japan has 48 tons of plutonium. These can be created into 6000 nuclear weapons. Japan has been keeping the nuclear power plants for the potential of creating nuclear weapons and to make the threat to the neighboring countries.
That is the reason the Japanese government has never quit nuclear power plants. Even after the Fukushima disaster, they have pushed very hard to restart the next plant. So the Sendai nuclear power plant will restart anytime this month even though it is located near a huge active volcano. And the next and next nuclear power plants are lined up for restarting.
What can we do. We must keep on protesting. We must never give up. Because the spirits of Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims are here now, and are wishing the abolition of nuclear weapons.
For more on new nuclear weapons development see:
Obama pledged to reduce nuclear arsenal, then came this weapon
To see what a nuclear bomb in your neighborhood would do see this interactive map site http://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/ by Alex Wellerstein at the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Here’s a PDF of NukeWatch New Mexico’s Nuclear Budget analysis
Saturday, November 21, 7 to 9 pm
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Dance Palace (Church Space) 5th & B Streets, Pt. Reyes Station
Former nuclear industry executive turned nuclear safety advocate ARNIE GUNDERSEN has over 40-years of nuclear power engineering experience, gave testimony in the investigation of Three Mile Island, and began studying the catastrophic failure at the Dai-lchi Nuclear Power Plant the day of the first explosion. Chief Nuclear Engineer at Fairewinds Energy Education, he has produced expert reports on California nukes & numerous informative videos & articles available at Fairewinds.org
IN CONVERSATION WITH MARY BETH BRANGAN
Co-Director Ecological Options Network – EON
Co-sponsored by Pt. Reyes Books, Fukushima Response, Cultural Potholes & EON – the Ecological Options Network
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SISTER PROGRAMS AT OTHER VENUES – Sonoma State & Berkeley
Sonoma State University In Rohnert Park on Wednesday, Nov. 18:
“World in Danger: Fukushima”
Arnie Gundersen in conversation with Professor Majia Nadesan, author of “Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk”
Student Union Building – Ballroom D – 7:00 PM November 18th
Sonoma State University – 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA
$10 donation at the door, no one turned away – students FREE – Campus parking $5.00
A Fukushima Response Public Education Event
Co-sponsored by: Sociology Social Justice & Activism Club, Sociology of Media Class, Peace Roots Alliance, Ecological Options Network & Project Censored
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World in Danger: From Fukushima to California
Sunday, November 22 at 7:00pm
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. @ Bonita, Berkeley
Featuring Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education Nuclear Engineer; Joanna Macy, Ecophilospher and Buddhist Scholar; MaryBeth Brangan of EON – the Ecological Options Network; Gar Smith, author of “Nuclear Rouletter”; Vic Sadot, singer-songwriter.
Sponsored by Berkeley Fellowship Social Justice Comm., Code Pink: Women for Peace, Fukushima Response Bay Area, Abalone Alliance Safe Energy Clearinghouse, S.F. Occupy Forum, BARC (Barkers Aggitating for Reactor Closure), Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, Sunflower Alliance, NoNukesCa.net
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San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace
MOTHERS FOR PEACE DEMANDS FULL CONSIDERATION OF SEISMIC ISSUES AND ENERGY ALTERNATIVES BEFORE RE-LICENSING OF DIABLO CANYON REACTORS
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) on September 14 pressed forward with its ongoing legal challenge before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to seismic risks posed by continued operation of the twin Diablo Canyon reactors. SLOMFP also contends that renewal of the Diablo Canyon license is not necessary because of abundant renewable energy alternatives.
SLOMFP asked the four Commissioners at the head of NRC to review a decision by NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) that Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) did not need to do a more thorough seismic risk analysis before gaining approval to operate another 20 years past 2024. SLOMFP argued that the Board had committed legal error by ignoring the opinion of SLOMFP’s expert, Dr. David Jackson, emeritus professor of seismology at UCLA, that PG&E had not collected enough earthquake data or followed well-established methods for California earthquake mapping. As stated by Dr. Jackson:
“This lack of adequate data affects the reliability of PG&E’s risk estimates in two important ways: first, it may result in the underestimate of the frequency of seismic events of various peak ground motion acceleration rates; and second, if the Shoreline Fault or another fault is located directly beneath the Diablo Canyon plant, an earthquake could cause surface fault rupture, large ground velocity, and large ground displacement as well as strong acceleration.”
SLOMP and Dr. Jackson also contend that PG&E’s assumption that all earthquakes are on known faults is outdated, having been repudiated repeatedly by experience. Major earthquakes frequently occur away from previously known faults, the 1994 Northridge earthquake in southern California being one example.
SLOFMP also argued that the Board erred by allowing PG&E to confine its analysis of alternative sources of electricity during the Diablo Canyon license renewal term. The ASLB accepted PG&E’s argument that the only viable alternative to running Diablo Canyon would involve reliance on high-carbon natural gas. In fact, as SLOMFP demonstrated, Diablo Canyon can be replaced by a combination of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and demand-side management. These alternative energy sources are burgeoning in California and will be available by 2024 when the Diablo Canyon license expires. SLOMFP’s argument is backed up by research of its expert witness on alternative energies, Mark Cooper.
The three legal documents filed by Attorney Curran on September 14 are available on the website of San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace:
On August 6, 2015, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) rejected SLOMFP’s new contentions opposing PG&E’s application for license renewal of the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors near San Luis Obispo.
The ASLB’s rejection of SLOMFP’s contention that nuclear power is neither needed nor practical for 21st Century energy needs in California reveals archaic thinking. SLOMFP’s expert witness on alternatives, Mark Cooper, makes the case that alternative sources of energy are available at lower cost and without the level of environmental risk posed by radioactive wastes now. And California is committed to the goal of relying on renewable sources for 33 percent of energy by 2020. Mark Cooper’s findings are accessible at http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1509/ML15096A614.pdf
In its seismic contention SLOMFP made the case that PG&E’s 2015 seismic hazards analysis relies on outdated or unjustified methods and assumptions. For details see http://mothersforpeace.org/data/2015/2015-07-31-mfp-amendment-to-seismic-contention
Just as the NRC averted its eyes from the Hosgri Fault when it granted PG&E permission to operate Diablo in 1984, the NRC has chosen to ignore recent data and models showing that earthquakes on given faults may be much larger than previously assumed.
SLOMFP has other litigation pending. One is a collaborative petition which asserts that the NRC violates the National Environmental Protection Act in decisions about the continued storage of high-level radioactive waste. Read more at:
For more information:
Jane Swanson, spokesperson
Linda Seeley, spokesperson
Scientists for We the People
What are the impacts on wildlife, sealife and human health of the on-going Fukushima nuclear disaster?
Governments are not adequately monitoring the continuing contamination and are ignoring the issue.
The global nuclear establishment attempts to downplay and deny any risks with bogus propaganda ploys like ‘radiophobia’ (its all in your head) and ‘hormesis’ (chronic radiation exposure is good for you).
However, independent scientists are stepping into the monitoring, research and information breach. On Sept. 2, 2015, EON teamed up with local community organizer Bing Gong, Fukushima Response Campaign co-founder John Bertucci and Steve Costa and Kate Levinson of Pt. Reyes Books to host the first community program nationally to bring together two top scientists on the subject. Here are videos of the three presentations that resulted. [Stay tuned for the next installment of this series in November with nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education.]
Also linked to below are reports on a study of thyroid cancer in Fukushima kids.
Pt. 1 – Fukushima Contamination – Dr. Ken Buesseler
“Fukushima from Two Sides of the Pacific”
Marine biologist Dr. Ken Buesseler, is Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity.
Introduced by Mary Beth Brangan, Co-Director of EON, Dr. Buesseler reviews his findings so far in his on-going citizen-funded project monitoring the continuing radioactive contamination from Japan’s Fukushima triple nuclear meltdown.
Within months of the Fukushima disaster, Ken Buesseler assembled an international research cruise to sample the waters surrounding the nuclear plant. Incredibly high amounts of radioactivity were detected and more has flowed into the Pacific each day since. To date, important fisheries remain closed due to cesium levels above Japanese limits for seafood. Ocean currents are bringing the flood of radioactive particles released from Fukushima beginning in March of 2011 and constantly pouring out since, to the West Coast. Buesseler now monitors over 50 sites along the West Coast, from Alaska to Mexico, with citizen-scientist funding and participation.
Radioactive Cesium from Fukushima was detected in ocean water samples in June of 2014 off the coast of Eureka, in northern California and in April 2015 close to shore in Ucluelet BC, as well as 1.8 miles offshore from Del Mar in Southern California, also in April 2015. Buesseler only measures for Cesium, since it’s easiest to test for, but many other deadly radionuclides are being emitted from Fukushima as well and are probably also in the current.
[ Editors’ note: Buesseler’s relatively unconcerned stance in this presentation appeared to change a bit the week after this talk when he spoke in Canada after the Japanese typhoon caused massive flooding of more radioactive contamination into the Pacific from Fukushima. see: Radioactivity In Our Ocean: Fukushima & Its Impact On The Pacific Streamed live on Sep 14, 2015 ]
Pt. 2 – Fukushima Contamination – Dr. Tim Mousseau
“Bio-Impacts of Chernobyl & Fukushima”
Evolutionary biologist Dr. Tim Mousseau shares his alarming findings from his unique research on the biological effects of radiation exposure to wildlife, plants, trees, birds and insects from the nuclear disasters at Chernobyl & Fukushima. He is finding similar effects in both disaster areas.
Pt. 3 – Fukushima Contamination: Neither Panic nor Denial – Mary Beth Brangan
EON’s Mary Beth Brangan explains why, despite Buesseler’s attempt to reassure against concern about Fukushima radioactivity, there is ample reason to become concerned, informed and activated.
Brangan explains why the independent scientific evidence so far strongly supports applying the Precautionary Principle in crafting the appropriate public policy response to radioactive fallout from the on-going Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan as well from continuing accidents and severe weather impacting all nuclear sites.
She calls for international solidarity with the plight of heartlessly dispossessed & ignored Fukushima refugees, and the explosive, youth-led current Japanese grassroots campaign against the militarism and nuclear brinkmanship of the US-supported Japanese Abe regime.
She encourages people to support independent research scientists’ projects and to join the growing movement to shut down California’s own ‘Fukushima-in-Waiting,’ PG&E’s aging Diablo Canyon, located close to 13 intersecting earthquake faults, in a tsunami zone not far south of San Francisco – the state’s ‘last nuke standing.’
Here are reports on a recent study of thyroid cancers in Fukushima children.
Thyroid Cancer in Children Increases 30-Fold in Fukushima, New Study Says
by Beyond Nuclear’s Cindy Folkers
A study examining children who were 18 years and younger at the onset of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe found an increase in thyroid cancers, as predicted by World Health Organization (WHO) initial dose assessments.
Lead researcher Toshihide Tsuda, an epidemiologist at Okayama University, says “[t]his is more than expected and emerging faster than expected … ” by either initial WHO predictions or studies of thyroid cancers after the Chernobyl nuclear explosion in 1986. Tsuda was urged by international experts and the publishing journal to publish his study as soon as possible due to its potential implications for public health. Read more
Pediatric Thyroid Cancer after the Fukushima Accident 10/8/15
Published on Oct 8, 2015 on MsMilkeyTheClown’s YouTube channel
She says, “I edited the original video below from 1hour 24 minutes into this ENGLISH ONLY translation version of 38min 41sec. Link to original here called: Toshihide Tsuda: “Pediatric Thyroid Cancer after the Fukushima Accident” https://youtu.be/mIW75z7W4JI Toshihide Tsuda: Professor, Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, Okayama University”
Here is the full original video:
Toshihide Tsuda: “Pediatric Thyroid Cancer after the Fukushima Accident”
Here’s NBC’s coverage:
Thyroid Cancer Rates Higher in Kids Near Fukushima Nuke Plant – Study