Archive for May 14th, 2011

May 14, 2011

Japan’s dishonourable TEPCO admits lying and confirms that the Fukushima plant did melt down

Telegraph.co.uk photo and primary news source, nuclear meltdown at Fukushima plant

[Source: Telegraph.co.uk; Photo: TEPCO]
[Fukushima News Contributor, Kimaz de Luca]

Telegraph.co.uk’s Julian Ryal reports that  the Tokyo Electric Power company (Tepco) despite earlier denials, have finally admitted this week that the Fukushima plant did suffer a grave meltdown which they still don’t know how to fix.

Tepco officials went into the No.1 reactor area last week and observed at first hand that a significant number of the core’s 13ft-long fuel rods had  surfaced and had melted. This means that heavily contaminated radioactive water is continuing to leak into the environment at dangerous levels.

Greenpeace analyst say that a considerable amount of lethal radioactive material has found its way into the sea and even seaweed 40 miles away from the plant now contains dangerous levels of  radiation. Some samples taken had more than five times the safe limit of iodine 131 and in excess of 20 times the safe limit of caesium 137.

It is feared that livestock in the vicinity of the plant and further afield has been gravely affected by the contamination. Also water levels in cities as far as Tokyo are said to be seriously contaminated with radioactive materials.

The Fukushima Prefecture is in the Honshu area of Japan which is the country’s most volatile for earthquake activity. Earthquake activity is experienced in the area each day and on average one earthquake of at least magnitude 5 (serious, according the United States Geological Survey (‘USGS’) strikes the area each week.  As a result, analysts are saying that it seems clear that TEPCO had acted totally irresponsibly to have built the plants in such a dangerous area in the first place.

For example, according to the USGC, today there was an M4.6 earthquake in the Honshu area which struck 63 miles from Fukushima – details as follows:-

Magnitude 4.6
Date-Time
Location 37.535°N, 141.116°E
Depth 22.8 km (14.2 miles)
Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances 57 km (35 miles) NNE of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
63 km (39 miles) ESE of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
67 km (41 miles) ENE of Koriyama, Honshu, Japan
238 km (147 miles) NNE of TOKYO, Japan
May 14, 2011

World’s most expensive picture auctions for $3.89 million at Christie’s

[Arts & Media Contributor, Julie Steen]

At an auction at Christie’s, this photo (Untitled Nr. 96) sold for $3.89 million. A nice little earner for photographer Cindy Sherman.

Cindy studied art at Buffalo State College and majored in photography.  Many of her photographs are of herself in settings that parody woman stereotypes. Her unique approach took her to celebrity status worldwide in art circles in the 1980s.

Her works are enshrined in the Tate Gallery, London, and the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan and Brooklyn museums in New York.

May 14, 2011

No more 4th Amendment Protection for Indiana residents, Supreme Court rules

[Law & Courts Contributor, Jason King]

Socyberty:  Thursday, 12th May 2011 was a bad day for Indiana residents as the state’s Supreme Court cancelled their Fourth Amendment Protection.

The court ruled that residents have no right to stop the police from unlawfully entering into their homes.  Justice Steven David summarizing the court’s 3-2 decision said that if a police officer wants to enter a person‘s home for any reason, or without any reason, the person is prohibited from stopping the officer’s entry.

He said: “We believe … a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence …….We also find that allowing resistance unnecessarily escalates the level of violence and therefore the risk of injuries to all parties involved without preventing the arrest.”

He said that persons who feel that their rights have been infringed by the entry of the police into their homes, can always apply to the court later for redress.

The court’s decision results from a recent case in Vanderburgh County when police had attended an apartment where a husband and wife were arguing. The husband had informed the police that they were not required and blocked the entrance to the apartment preventing them from entering.  When an officer tried to enter, the husband pushed him out of the way and was then stun-gunned by a second officer who then arrested the husband.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”.