Archive for March 29th, 2011

March 29, 2011

Under the noses of Europeans – a creeping and sinister menace

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[Jooles Klines, EU Affairs Contributor]

MEP and UK Independence Party Leader, Nigel Farage, on the warpath again with the bureaucrats of the European Union. He accuses the drivers of the governmental system to be ‘dangerous people’ who are driving their dream of an integrated Europe at the expense of the ordinary masses.

‘Who the hell are you people?  Who do you think you are? – he says passionately to the blank, empty faces of the onlooking bureaucrats, “…to dictate to (a sovereign state) Ireland when it should have a general election?”.

A wonderful and inspiring performance by this shining light of democratic freedom of the European people. Watch the video and make up your mind. But if you liked the concept of the EU before watching it, you will not be the same after – guaranteed!

March 29, 2011

Pacific northwest USA and Washington – major nuclear radiation risk worse than Fukushima

[Andrea Kingsley, US and Nuclear Energy News Contributor]

According to Spiegel International, the deadliest place on earth for radiation contamination, is none else than the Pacific Northwest of the USA, including the state of Washington – the very heart of America.

One of the reasons is that the area’s Hanford Nuclear facility on the Columbia river currently has fifty three (53) million U.S. gallons (204,000 m³) of high-level radioactive waste and is highly radiaoctive and will still be so  for 108 years after its establishment .

The Hanford Nuclear Production Facility

In the 1950s, a nuclear complex was built in the city of Hanford, on the Columbia River for the manufacture of plutonium used in nuclear weapons, including the bomb thrown on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In the life of the Hanford plant, thousands of its workers were deliberately poisoned in scientific experiments in order to see how exactly radiation destroys the human body.  And, furthermore, on December 3, 1949, as an experiment by the US government, a deadly cloud was released from the plant that was a thousand times more radioactive than the widely known one at the Three Mile Island incident.

The deadly experimental cloud was blown down all the way from the state of Washington to California and as a result, the population of the nearest rural town to Hanford, Richland, is now two times more contaminated than the people evacuated from Chernobyl and cancers, gene mutations, decay and deformities are a part of its inhabitants’ daily lives.  The people in the area of  Richland and its neighboring towns of Pasco and Kennewick (the ‘Tri-Cities’) are reckoned to be the most radiation-poisoned people on the planet.

The Hanford Radiological Disaster

The Hanford nuclear facility in its heyday had spread over 586 square miles (1,517 square kilometers), southeast of Seattle to eastern Washington. It had been the main producer of nuclear raw materials for the US during the Cold War.  Although the site was  shut down in 1988,  it still remains the most irradiated area in the entire Western Hemisphere. Fifty-two buildings at the Hanford site are still contaminated, and more than 240 square miles surrounding the site are unsafe for habitation as a result of the highly toxic radiation that is now present in the soil and water – uranium, cesium, strontium, plutonium and other deadly radionuclides.

In one part of the area, more than 216 million litres of radioactive waster and contaminated cooling water have gone from leaking tanks into the environment and more than 100,000 spent fuel rods — 2,300 tons of them —  are still present in leaky containment areas close to the Columbia river.

Up to 1971, the cooling water from the facility was pumped back into the river after cursory treatment and as a result, elevated levels of radiation have been measured further than 402 kms west at the intersection of the Columbia River and the Pacific.

There is still one active reactor on the site which has been operational since 1984. It is widely reported to be the unsafest reactors in the USA.  Furthermore, last year around 210 earthquakes abounded in the area of Hanford. Whilst the most severe was only 3.0, environmentalists are still nervous. According to Glen Spain, a regional director for the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA):-

The leaking underground tanks and the contaminated groundwater moving toward the river mean a radioactive future for the river unless the mess can be cleaned up in time to avoid a serious radiological disaster...the legacy of vast amounts of nuclear waste … is still a ticking time bomb.”

March 29, 2011

United Kingdom’s Rape of Latvia

The Latvian timber sector is vital to its economic survival. However, the exploitation of its trees by the United Kingdom’s timber industry is proving fatal to the country’s economic and biological health.

The timber industry represents more than a third of Latvia‘s exports and earned Latvia around one billion euros last year. In that regard, Latvia’s timber export can be compared with Sweden’s and Austria‘s both in size and value.   With the UK as its most significant market to the tune of some EUR 400 million annually, eighty percent of Latvia’s trees are felled for other EU member states. Sawn timber is more than 90% of exported volume.

Whilst this is all good news for this nation struggling for survival in hard times, the European Union’s turning a blind eye to laws that prevent the exploitation of forests in member states coupled with the greed of UK and Latvian merchants are moving to reduce Latvia to a ghost nation in few years time bereft of its main source of income – timber exports.

A recent Aljazeera report outlines the dangers for this fragile state and asks the question of the EU and UK governments – why are you letting this happen?? Click on the picture to view the video.

[Andris Versenko, Baltics Contributor]

March 29, 2011

Shocking controversy in European Union’s employment policy

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[Jooles Klines, EU Affairs Contributor]

Many are becoming increasingly concerned about the double standards obtaining in the European Union’s employment policies.

That is because, whilst it is impossible to get a job in the European Commission if you have a criminal record, this does not seem to apply to the EU’s Commissioners, most of whom appear to have criminal records, or censures for fraud or misconduct in their previous offices.

The Commissioners are the power behind the EU as they initiate EU legislation, pass it and enforce it. However, they are unelected and unrepresentative of all EU citizens.

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party gives a summary of the not-so-squeaky-clean resumes of the EU Commissioners. This account is not for the squeamish, or easily offended – you have been warned!

March 29, 2011

News from the other Side – checking out Russia Today..

[Simon Vetrjakov, Russia News Contributor]

Have you ever heard of Russia Today?  Well, it’s the Russian Federation ‘making and breaking’ news portal giving refreshingly alternative views on world developments and Russia in the world today. It’s worth checking out what iToD Daily says…

March 29, 2011

Scot in Devon in sex act with horse

[Evan Pedersen, Sex and Relationships Contributor]

Whilst the UK’s Scandinavian neighbours freely legalize sex with animals, this does not apply in Britain where animal sex is still a criminal offence.  An adventurous Scot found this out to his chagrin.

BBC News reports.. A man was caught on a covert infra-red camera performing a sex act on a horse at a stable in Devon. Derek Woods was caught when he triggered alarms at the stable which had been set up by police after they were alerted by the animal’s owner. Woods, 26 and originally from Glasgow, admitted charges of animal cruelty and one of committing a sex act on a horse. Sentencing him to a supervision order, the judge said Woods had acted in a deviant and depraved way.

No details are available of the exact nature of the animal’s injuries, or trauma.  

March 29, 2011

New York to Washington in 2 seconds – time travel is here right now!

[Samantha Bradley, Science News Contributor]

According to Gizmodo, “.. physicists at the University of Queensland in Australia claim to have discovered time teleportation, no flux capacitors involved: Just like quantum physics allows for teleportation in space, they say that the same is possible in time. Time travel to… the future!

Now, hold on to your plutonium-proof underpants. This doesn’t mean we are going to the 24-and-a-half century driving a fusion-powered DeLoreans.

Their discovery shows that entangled quantum particles can travel into the future without actually being present during the time between now and the future…..”