Archive for March 18, 2011

Is a Power Cable Attached to the Japanese Nuke Plant? Or Not?

OK.  I’ve had enough:  Over the last 24-hours I’ve heard that Japan has attached, might have attached, or is working on attaching a power cable to the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Time to establish a touchstone:

Reuters:  Japan Lays Power Cable in Race to Stop Radiation:

Exhausted engineers attached a power cable to the outside of Japan’stsunami-crippled nuclear plant on Saturday in a race to prevent deadly radiation from an accident now rated at least as bad as America’s Three Mile Island incident in 1979.

Further cabling inside was under way before an attempt to restart water pumps needed to cool overheated nuclear fuel rods at the six-reactor Fukushima plant in northeastern Japan, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.

Reuters

So.  This is the word as of Friday night and I’m bouncing everything I hear from now on off of this.

Either it’s attached or it isn’t.

March 18, 2011 at 8:21 PM Leave a comment

Weird Tweet of the Day — From Fox

This would be from Fox:

The “Japan quake’ occurred at roughly 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 11.  How much “experience” can anyone have at trying to adopt a child from the quake given so little time?

Fox is up to no good, as usual.

March 18, 2011 at 7:53 PM Leave a comment

Did the U.S. Start a New War — in Libya — to Detract From the Old War — Iraq?

So – -yeah, conspiracy theories included — is it a coincidence that the U.S. seems to have started a new war with Libya on the eve of the 8th anniversary of the Iraq war?  And I mean that literally.  March 19 — tomorrow — marks eight years that we’ve been in Iraq — a money-sucking, useless endeavor to stop (it’s a tragic joke now) a mushroom cloud* from spreading across the United States:

“We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.”

March 30, 2003 — Then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, when asked about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

As with the mushroom cloud that might be spreading toward the U.S. from Japan, we might — might — know the details about our intentions in Libya in 8 or 9 or 20 years.

We can’t afford another war.

We must turn our attention inward, to our needs here at home.

March 18, 2011 at 6:51 PM Leave a comment

Gov. Scott Walker Loses Round #1

Quickie update:

Wisconsin Judge Blocks Anti-Union Law.

This is going to take months if not years to work its way through the courts.  A lot of things could happen in the interim — like Republicans buying judges who will vote in Walker’s favor.

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March 18, 2011 at 6:35 PM Leave a comment

Yey, Weekend!

Glad the weekend is here?  Glad you have a weekend?

Thank a union!

March 18, 2011 at 5:24 PM Leave a comment

Did the U.S. Just Get Itself Involved in Another War?

Chyron on MSNBC just now (5:01 p.m. EDT — Hardball):  “War on Qaddafi.”

This isn’t my understanding of what just happened.  My understanding is that we joined the UK, France and the UN  in implementing a no-fly zone over Libya so Qaddafi couldn’t bomb his own people.  Period.

Then again, maybe I’m wrong.  Or maybe, just maybe, the corporate media is hoping to turn this into something bigger.

I’m still haunted by this, which I put up last night.

And what if one of our fighter pilots, helping to enforce the no-fly zone, gets shot down?

The more I think about it, the more I.  Do. Not.  Like.  This.

March 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM Leave a comment

Republicans Gearing Up to Destroy Recall Effort in Wisconsin

Recall Battle in Wisconsin

I predict the recall fight in Wisconsin is going to be the nastiest we’ve seen yet in American politics.  The corporations are going to fight with everything they have (meaning billions of dollars) because if the people win, it will set a precedent for the rest of the country and they sure as hell don’t want that:

Here’s another sign that some folks may be getting mighty nervous about the Dem drives to recall Wisconsin GOP state senators: I’m told that a major national Republican polling firm is in the field in the state testing some hard-core anti-union messages, including ones about how pro-union forces targeted a GOP state senator with death threats. It’s another sign that the Wisconsin standoff has escalated further into a protracted, high-stakes national war.

I was unable to obtain the exact wording of the poll, but the source, who is familiar with the line of questioning, confirmed to me that it was testing messages asking whether recipients’ opinions would be changed by the following:

* The fact that union sympathizers have given Darling death threats

* The fact that the recall is being funded by out-of-state unions

* The fact that the highest paid public employee in Madison is a bus driver who made nearly $160,000 a year

* The fact that unions used collective bargaining to try to get Viagra

Again, these are approximations, but they’re telling nonetheless. The bus driver in question, of course, is the famed Madison driver who earned roughly $160,000 in 2009 thanks to union-negotiated rules allowing drivers with the most seniority to snap up lots of overtime — rules that have now been changed. The Viagra reference is to a recent effort — which has since been dropped — by Milwaukee teachers who went to court to get health coverage for the drug.

March 18, 2011 at 3:27 PM Leave a comment

Radiation Will Never Reach California

At first they told us radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant would never — n-e-v-e-r — reach the U.S.

But it has:

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A U.S. government source monitoring radiation in Southern California reports that the plume expected from Japan has reached the state but that first readings are a billion times less than what would be health threatening NBC News reports.

The source, who asked not to be identified, is a diplomat with access to the UN tracking data but does not work directly with it, Tracie Potts with NBC News reported Friday morning.

The story slowly unfolds. First, it would never get here and now, oh, the levels are so low as to be inconsequential, according to a “source who asked not to be identified.”

Why did the source ask not to be identified?

Excuse me but is it any wonder people don’t trust their government?

March 18, 2011 at 9:42 AM 2 comments


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