More doubts cast on US “evidence”
Fracking water depletion evidence builds
Fukushima incompetence made frighteningly clear
More scorn poured on Western citizen electors
This Sunday morning, the picture of Western governments with zero respect for their voters is more clear than it has ever been. But trying to persuade any of them as to the verity of this is like teaching a pig to sing.
Anyone imagining Cameron or Obama might have learned anything from last Thursday’s No vote on Syria in the House of Commons must have been disillusioned by the last couple of days. On Friday, Kerry and others in the US Administration were quick to maximise their disrespect for what’s left of British democracy (referring to France as “our oldest ally” – an interestingly sprained truth), while Cameron’s response was simple: we didn’t apply strong enough thumb-screws, so heads must roll. Alan Duncan, David Gauke and Steve Webb failed to return from holiday to support the Government, angering the Prime Minister; while Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, and Mark Simmonds, a junior Foreign Office minister, claim not to have realised that voting had begun as they were in a meeting. Yeh, right.
Two days ago, Zero Hedge reported that the incredibly frank discussion between Saudi’s spy-chief Prince Bandar and Russia’s Putin exposed a much deeper plot is afoot: details from the actual people on the ground in the chemically-attacked region of Syria suggest Obama is playing right into the Saudi’s plan. While Obama is ‘certain’ that the chemical attacks took place on al-Assad’s orders, as MPN reports, “from numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families, a different picture emerges. Many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the gas attack.”
Another source suggests something very close: Interviews with people in Damascus and Ghouta indicate that the U.S., Britain, and France as well as the Arab League have wrongly accused the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for carrying out the chemical weapons attack, which mainly targeted civilians. But Kerry and the Obama White House are not interested in examining any contrary evidence, John Kerry suggesting last Monday that Assad’s guilt was “a judgement … already clear to the world.” What an idiotically contrived piece of projection.
Ignoring the will of those elected by the People has become normal in those countries we still blithely refer to as “democracies”. The truth is that Platonic élitist democracy was more inclusive than the version we in the West are offered today. Fracking is another classic example.
West Texas will soon have 30 towns out of water as a direct result of diverting their underground water supplies for use in hydraulic fracking. Nearly two-thirds of towns in Pennsylvania sit above a huge shale sprawl, and the corporations that are exploiting it arrive with lavish federal breaks: exemptions from the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Clean Drinking Water Acts, as well as the Superfund Act, which requires cleanup of hazardous substances. The industry doesn’t have to call its trillions of gallons of annual waste “hazardous.” Instead, it uses euphemisms like “residual waste.” In addition, fracking companies are allowed to keep secret many of the chemicals they use. How long, one wonders, can the UK ignore this building body of evidence about water depletion and deregulated chemical use? Because electorates are not informed, they cannot express their view. Even when they are informed, governments simply ignore their protests – or slag off those who make them.
We do not need this fracking: one ton of thorium can produce as much energy as 200 tons of uranium and 3.5 million tons of coal, according to the former director of CERN. An abundant metal with vast energy potential, Thorium could quickly wean the world off oil, if only Western political leaders would muster the will to do it. The Telegraph two days ago made the case for thorium reactors as the key to a fossil-fuel-free world within five years, and puts the ball firmly in the élite’s court. Nice one Telegraph….only three weeks behind The Slog, there.
Thorium is an efficient and abundant fuel source — unlike natural uranium, which must be highly refined before it can be used in nuclear reactors. Thorium, it now seems, could also be used as an energy amplifier in next-generation nuclear power plants. That means far less use of fossil fuel.
But for the Establishment, only the easy, short-term solutions are good enough – be it fracking, f**king Assad or Fukushima. Recent reports have exposed what some people had predicted at the time of the Fukushima nuclear disaster: that radiation would spread. And it has, through fish that migrate between North America and Japan. Reuters recently reported that “low levels of radioactive cesium from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident turned up in fish caught off California in 2011”. The statement was based on a recent report compiled by Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station. As the link above shows, this continued into 2012.
The mind boggles as to what’ll be happening after this latest Fukushima fiasco of silence….but with every day it becomes more obvious that TEPCO is incompetent….and GE underspecced the reactor there. TEPCO’s account of the discovery this month of the leak of 300 tons of highly radioactive water showed a frightening level of amateurism. Inspectors report that they found water spread at the bottom level of tanks confirming that the current water level was lower by approximately 3 meters than it should be. Only 60 of 350 tanks in that area were equipped with volume gauges. “Inspection” is done visually by a worker with a radiation detector. Meanwhile, the soil around the leaking tank delivered a dose per hour equivalent to the legal limit for nuclear workers for five years.
No diligence, no regulation, no care being taken. Badly designed, badly managed and poorly maintained – but very effectively covered-up. How bizarre are the values of politicians and business in the age of global mercantilist neoliberal capitalism.
The case continues and the jury is out. Whether the Judges will listen to a bloody word they say as another matter entirely.
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