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-- Michael Ruppert, WSJ, 4/11/09


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Fukushima Basements Mistakenly Flooded with 200 Tons of Radioactive Water

A pump at Japan’s battered Fukushima power plant has mistakenly flooded its basements with highly contaminated cooling-tank water. But the latest mishap follows a far more worrying discovery about one last year’s leak. About 200 tons of water ended up flooding the basements beneath the complex, although the water didn’t have a pathway to reach the ocean or leak out to any other areas, fortunately. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., ordered the leakage to be removed as soon as possible, The Asahi Shimbun reports. The water has gathered beneath a cluster of facilities responsible for processing waste. The scary part about this particular brand of tainted water has to do with its function to cool nuclear fuel rods in storage tanks. This catapults the amount of becquerels per liter of cesium into the tens of millions. The water had leaked before ...

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Mike Ruppert’s Suicidal Tendencies and Suicide Note

In response to the internet sages who have concluded, in the face of all known evidence from the people who were most in...timately familiar with him as well as with the admittedly real dangers that had faced him over the course of his life as an investigative journalist, that Mike did not kill himself but was in fact murdered, his suicidal ideation goes back at least eight years. As a small example, below are excerpts from a few of his emails sent from Venezuela in 2006. In addition, he would call at any and all hours to be talked out of jumping from the roof or offing himself in some other way. A foray into the seedier barrios of Caracas during a protest was one part journalistic adventure but one bigger part, courting danger. For a hero's death was devoutly to ...

Business

The End of Employment

Nothing is easier, as the Long Descent begins to pick up speed around us, than giving in to despair—and nothing is more pointless. Those of us who are alive today are faced with the hugely demanding task of coping with the consequences of industrial civilization’s decline and fall, and saving as many as possible of the best achievements of the last few centuries so that they can cushion the descent and enrich the human societies of the far future.  That won’t be easy; so?  The same challenge has been faced many times before, and quite often it’s been faced with relative success. The circumstances of the present case are in some ways more difficult than past equivalents, to be sure, but the tools and the knowledge base available to cope with them are almost incomparably greater. All in all, factoring in ...

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Fruit and Vegetable Prices Are Rising

Grocery shoppers may soon need more green in their wallets to afford their next salad. The cost of fresh produce is poised to jump in the coming months as a three-year drought in California shows few signs of abating, according to an Arizona State University study set to be released Wednesday. The study found a head of lettuce could increase in price as much as 62 cents to $2.44; avocado prices could rise 35 cents to $1.60 each; and tomatoes could cost 45 cents more at $2.84 per pound. (The run-up in produce prices is in line with other projections showing that overall food cost gains are expected to accelerate this year.) The latest projections were compiled by Timothy Richards, an agribusiness professor at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. He studied the drought’s effect on farmland and consumer purchasing trends to determine ...

Public Policy

The Slow Death Of The Old Global Order

In the spring of 2012, The National Interest produced a special issue under the rubric of “The Crisis of the Old Order: The Crumbling Status Quo at Home and Abroad.” The thesis was that the old era of relative global stability, forged through the crucibles of the Great Depression and World War II, was coming unglued. In introducing the broad topic to readers, TNI editors wrote, “Only through a historical perspective can we fully understand the profound developments of our time and glean, perhaps only dimly, where they are taking us. One thing is clear: they are taking us into a new era. The only question is how much disruption, chaos and bloodshed will attend the transition from the Old Order to whatever emerges to replace it.” Since publication of that special issue of the magazine, events have seemed to bolster ...

Enviroment

To the 34% of American Adults Who Are “Worried a Great Deal” about “Global Warming”

Preface:  A recent Gallup poll showed that 34% of American adults worried “a great deal” about “global warming”.  This essay is written for that 34%. Many well-intentioned people are desperately trying to stop climate change … And yet they are proposing things that will put more C02 and methane into the air and otherwise do more harm than good. Frack That Many propose nuclear and fracking as a way to reduce carbon emissions. In reality, scientists say that fracking pumps out a lot of methane … into both our drinking water and the environment. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas: 72 times more potent as a warming source than CO2. As such, fracking actually increases – rather than decreases – global warming. Are Nukes the Answer? It turns out that nuclear is not a low-carbon source of energy … and funding nuclear crowds out the development of better sources ...

Enviroment

Why Controlling the World’s Population Might Not Be About Numbers After All

In a world with limited resources, we have to conserve what we have and reduce the number of people on the planet—at least, that’s what most of us believe. But is this true? That’s the provocative question raised by the new documentary Misconception. The film, which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20, gives us a personal look at the social and political ramifications of population growth. Oscar-winning director Jessica Yu (best documentary short subject) began exploring the issue of population growth while making her previous documentary, Last Call at the Oasis, which is about the global water crisis. During every post-viewing question-and-answer period, “we literally had people saying, Your next film has to be about population growth,” says Yu. But instead of beginning with the traditional population-suppression-equals-enough-resources mind-set, Yu says she and her collaborators decided to confront “misconceptions about the ...

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In memoriam: Michael C. Ruppert

Carolyn Baker (Speaking Truth to Power) IN MEMORIAM MICHAEL C. RUPPERT, February 3, 1951 - April 13, 2014. Sunday night following Mike's Lifeboat Hour radio show, he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. This was not a "fake" suicide. It was very well planned by Mike who gave us few clues but elaborate instructions for how to proceed without him. His wishes were to be cremated, and as of this moment, there are no plans for a memorial service. However, I will be taking his show this coming Sunday night, April 20, and the entire show will be an In Memoriam show for Mike with opportunities for listeners to call in. It was my privilege to have known Mike for 14 years, to have worked with him, to have been mentored by him, and to have supported him in some of ...

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ABCs of LNG

Current debates over LNG export often ignore its primary benefits, such as enabling gas to be produced for sale to markets beyond the realistic reach of pipelines. It also allows gas to compete with petroleum liquids where energy density is important, such as in powering ships, trains and land vehicles.  The international reaction to Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula has put a spotlight on liquefied natural gas (LNG), which was already under debate in the US as a mechanism for exporting increasingly abundant shale gas. Meanwhile, LNG is emerging as a fuel in its own right, rather than just a means of transporting gas from source to market. What links these trends is LNG's capability to enable natural gas to approach the convenience and energy density of petroleum. The big driver for this is economic: UK Brent crude is currently over $100 per barrel, ...

Consumption

Peak Oil: Taking A Stand

We live in a society where it is impossible to live a functional lifestyle and not consume products made from petro-chemicals every single day — electronics, fabrics, painkillers, food additives, cosmetics, fabrics, cleaning supplies, building materials, the list goes on. More than ever, it is precisely because it is incredibly difficult to survive outside of our wasteful, exploitative and fossil fuel-obsessed system that we need environmentalists and other activists — yes, even if they own a cellphone and wear cheaply manufactured clothing — advocating for alternative means of production and modes of consumption. (links in original) [1] Waiting for industry officials or their paid media mouthpieces—or political leaders with votes to gather—to deliver the truthful but sobering set of facts about our future energy supply will guarantee a long wait. Too many self-serving and short-term interests to be tended to make it ...

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We previously noted that both beef and pork (courtesy of the affectionately named Porcine ...
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Comments about coal are usually not complimentary. Despite our dependence on it as a ...
Peak Soil: Are We Taking More Than the Earth Can Give? thumbnail Peak Soil: Are We Taking More Than the Earth Can Give?
There is a tendency for humans to perceive ill occurrences as unconnected events, rather ...
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We always knew it could come to this. To write about Mike requires the tranquility of recollection ...

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