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‘The season premiere of the Blaze TV’s For the Record claims that top Clinton aides at the State Department—including Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff during her time as secretary of state—were directly involved with blocking investigations by the department’s Diplomatic Security Service.’

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In Glasgow, “Police are investigating ten cases of electoral fraud.”

Voters turned up at polling stations to find that people had already voted using their names.

Police officers have remove the ballot papers concerned.

The papers were from 10 different boxes across Glasgow, and not concentrated in one area.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

In Dundee, a fire alarm led to the evacuation of the building where the vote was being counted. http://www.mirror.co.uk

In Dundee, a strong YES area, the count was suspended twice due to fire alarms.

The turnout in the strong YES area of Dundee was 78.8%, which is lower than the 85% turnout in Scotland as a whole

In Dundee, ‘Yes’ ballot papers were spotted on a ‘No’ table.

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Flu shots mandatory for UMMC employees

18 Sept 2014 If you want to work, or keep working, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, you’re going to need a [mercury-laden, squalene-filled] flu shot. For the first time, UMMC is making flu shots mandatory for every employee. “Employment is contingent on you receiving your flu shot,” Dr. Skip Nolan said. Nolan is the Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UMMC.

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Anti-terror police make arrests in large-scale raids in Sydney and Brisbane

–‘Neighbours say police burst into the house before dawn, shouting through loudspeakers and with a helicopter hovering overhead.’

18 Sept 2014 One of the largest anti-terrorism operations ever conducted in Australia is underway in Sydney and Brisbane. More than 600 officers are involved in the large-scale raids in suburbs across north-western Sydney, with an unknown amount of police involved in raids in Brisbane’s south-east. At least a dozen people have been arrested in Sydney during the operation between NSW officers, Australian Federal Police and ASIO.

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Golden Gate Bridge District workers to go on strike

15 Sept 2014 (CA) There will be picket lines near the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza Tuesday because some workers have just decided to go on strike. The Machinists Union is the one taking the lead, but other unions will honor the picket lines. Commuters coming across the Golden Gate Bridge may stop to take a peek at the pickets, but other than that there should be no major disruptions.

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‘A group of unknown, “heavily-armed” men dressed in camouflage have been dropping from helicopters into marijuana fields in Mendocino County in order to chop down plants and eradicate growing operations.

According to CBS San Francisco’s KPIX, one of the groups conducting such raids is private security contractor LEAR Asset Protection and Management. A LEAR spokesman acknowledged the group had conducted similar raids in Mendocino County over the last year.

However, medical marijuana grower Susan Schindler told KPIX that a group of men who used helicopters to raid her field last month refused to identify themselves.’

Read more: Mysterious, Heavily-Armed Men Drop From Helicopters to Destroy Marijuana Fields

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After the September 11 terrorist attacks, insurance companies paid out billions in damages — more than ever before. So in 2002, Congress agreed to help in the future by creating federally insured — and relatively cheap — terrorism coverage for businesses.

Claims under that coverage were filed for the first time after the Boston Marathon bombings. But insurance companies haven’t paid out — because the federal government doesn’t consider the Boston Marathon bombing an act of terrorism.

After the marathon bombings, police and other investigators swarmed downtown and barricaded off whole blocks to examine what’s been called the most complex crime scene in history.

“Nobody knew if there was going to be more bombs or anything,” said Perry Geyer, whose company, Cybersound Studios, is around the corner from the bombing sites on Newbury street. He says as the manhunt for suspects continued, artists from across the country canceled recording sessions and Geyer lost thousands of dollars.

“In the back of my mind, the whole time when this happened, I was like, ‘Wow, thank God I have the terrorism insurance — I’m sure this is going to cover it, if this isn’t a terrorist act, then what is?'”

There’s an answer to that question from the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

In an email yesterday, a spokesperson for the office said they have reviewed the events in Boston, and the treasury secretary did not find that there had been an “act of terrorism” under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.

That’s the act that Congress passed in 2002 to create this type of federally-backed insurance. Under the law, insurance companies only have to pay claims when property damage tops $5 million and the U.S. Attorney General and the secretaries of state and treasury certify it a terrorist attack.

Since that didn’t happen in the case of the marathon bombings, claims like Geyer’s, for $9,000, were denied. He’s since canceled his terrorism coverage.

more @ http://wgbhnews.org/post/us-treasury-boston-marathon-bombing-not-act-terrorism

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Alabama Federal Judge Mark Fuller was charged with beating his wife, pled guilty and  his arrest record will be expunged if he completes a counseling program. Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” Straight talk panel, featuring Sen. Vincent HughesKim Brown and Jessica Ann Mitchell, discuss the case of Judge Fuller, the silent epidemic of domestic violence, why the media is not talking about this story with the same fervor as the Ray Rice story and if Fuller should be fired. Listen to their entire conversation below.

more with video @ http://newsone.com/3050935/federal-judge-charged-with-domestic-violence/

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The BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) at their summit in Brazil said they would give the United States until the end of 2014 to reform the world monetary system including the IMF and the World Bank. The Obama administration has since decided to up the ante and pass more toothless sanctions against Russia. The US had fined BNP Paribas $9 billion for daring to trade with Russia and Iran.

The facts left out of the above in most media accounts are that the Rothschilds own BNP Paribas. and that their Parisian bank is technically bankrupt. In American parlance we are at the point where the rubber meets the road. Do the economic experts running the United States actually know what they are doing?

Dr Willie outlined from his sources a chain of events that could unfold over the next few months. It is difficult to put a date certain when the Dollar Dies but we are on an Express Train headed for a Brick Wall. And America has passengers from other nations on board looking for a safe exit because they know the men in charge in Washington and New York are stark raving mad.

The first actual event Jim Willie mentioned will be a disappointing harvest in the Ukraine. A poor harvest in an agricultural country will doom the Kiev regime which is a good thing. Another source of complaint will be the returning veterans sent home after the ceasefire. They are angry. The Kiev coup leaders are so incompetent that they sent their draftees into battle with poor support and inadequate weapons. Their army in some cases was never paid. These are men who could have made money in the fields. There are videos of the returning veterans showing exceptionally high levels of anger. The US stole Ukraine’s gold and has ordered them to allow GMO crops to be planted. The neighboring states of Hungary and Russia have banned GMO as a health risk. The next round of elections should be interesting but of no consequence to us though we should all be grateful to Putin that Washington’s insanity was not contagious.

Lost in the mainstream press is the fact that the resistance to Kiev was swollen with foreign volunteers who hate the EU. These men are seasoned veterans from NATO countries. Brits from the SAS were fighting alongside French, Germans, Danes and others against the IMF-EU installed dictator in Kiev. These men are resistance fighters in the war against the New World Order. That is why the Department of Homeland Security says returning veterans are the number one threat to the government in Washington.

Dr Willie has been reporting for quite awhile on the growing friendship between the Saudis and the other Gulf States and China. The Chinese and the Saudis hold monthly ministerial level meetings. A few hundred wealthy Arabs have been sending their 400 ounce gold bars to Switzerland to have them recast into 99.99% pure kilogram size bars. Those kilogram gold bars are to be part of a gold backed yuan that will trade with other gold and commodity backed currencies.

This is to be a distributed system with letters of credit based on gold to facilitate trade as opposed to the current centrally controlled one where one man in Washington can shut down your economy because you do not think Iran has a program to build a nuclear weapon. So what if the US National Intelligence Estimate which relies on the best data from America’s 16 intelligence agencies says there is no such program. Jewish Lobby campaign contributors have told both political parties there is one and your country must be bankrupted through American sanctions for defying the will of Benyamin Netanyahu.

The Petrodollar is about all that is keeping the US dollar from sinking. Henry Kissinger started the Petrodollar system to replace the dollar gold exchange system which had originated at Bretton Woods in 1944 and ended Monday August 16, 1971 when Nixon closed the gold window. The Bretton Woods agreement essentially took the British pound system which had ruled international trade since the defeat of Napoleon. That British domination of trade hit a serious bump on September 21, 1931 when Britain went off the gold standard.  That depressed liquidity and sent the entire world even deeper into Depression. The US dollar did not formally replace the pound in trade until 1944.

The problem in the West is that we have debt based currencies and fractional reserve banking which sets us up for a fall. Under our system a Banker can charge you interest on money he created out of nothing even if we were on a gold standard. The money he lends you is in a checking account deposit he created out of nothing. Everyone in the country actually should share in the interest received for the loan because the Banker was allowed to inflate their currency which devalued their purchasing power. It was their loss but the Banker gets all of the gain.

The other problem with fractional reserve banking is that all that debt money leads to a Boom which attracts a lot of investments into the wrong part of the economy in the Boom phase. Booms are created when Banks loan out ten times as much as they receive in deposits. Busts are equally hard on the way down. When the Bank forecloses on a $100,000 loan, they have to call in a million dollars in loans. That contracts the Money Supply which really does serious harm. In the Great Depression Americans did die from starvation. The US had a Depression in the 19th century which lasted longer than the Great Depression. It was called the Great Contraction.

The seeds of the dollar’s destruction were sown in Wall Street’s post war plans. The Bankers did not trust the Americans so they flooded the US with Jewish refugees and then with legal and illegal aliens from everywhere. This population surge and division made resistance for Americans more difficult. But it also required Americans for the first time to begin importing raw materials to meet the needs of the added population.

The Petrodollar was a necessity because currencies depend upon supply and  demand to set their value. The US was increasing the Supply of dollars to pay for wars and for the occupation of foreign lands. And also for unlimited population growth due to legal and illegal immigration forcing the US to become a net importer of many raw materials. This put downward pressure on wages as it pushed prices higher. Instead of correcting these problems politicians printed more dollars. The Petrodollar meant that people overseas could buy oil with the dollars they earned selling raw materials, cars, electronics, clothes and a lot of other things to America. The Gulf States agreed to accept dollars which they used to buy US Treasury bonds. This solved two problems. The Arabs covered America’s budget deficit. And the problem of the US perpetual trade deficit at least appeared to be solved.

In exchange the US promised to keep the Mad Dog of the Mideast, Israel, on a short leash. The US did go after Libya and Iraq because they refused to sell dollars for oil. They wanted euros and gold.  But the US also attacked Iraq in 2003 because Israel had demanded that they go down for their support of the Palestinians. And Syria had to be attacked by ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra and those fun loving cannibals at the FSA because Israel wanted Obama to take down the main allies of Lebanon. Hezbollah had defeated them in the 2006 Lebanon war. And if Syria were taken down, Israel hopes America could go to war with Iran and maybe their allies in Russia and China. World War III might kill a lot of Americans but who in the Israeli government cares. God made so many Americans.

The United States has failed to keep up its end of the Petrodollar agreement to protect Muslims from the crazies in Israel. Time ran out on that deal. Besides the dollar is about to collapse. A lot of multi-billionaire investors including George Soros are betting on a stock market collapse. There is no reason for the economy in America to be where it is except that Bretton Woods gave the US the right to print the international reserve currency meaning we could export inflation all over the world. Hard working miners in Africa, Poland and Latin America have been tricked into working for free by paying for their labors in I Owe You Nothing Federal Reserve Notes. And retired workers all over the world whose pensions funds were invested in dollars could face starvation unless their fund managers dump dollars very, very soon.

The BRICS nations have allies who are working with them to undo the dollar as the international reserve currency. One of those allies is NATO member Turkey which has observer status with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Russo-Chinese alliance. Iran is a member of the SCO. China elevated Iran’s rank and singled them out as a key ally. That message has not been well received in either Israel or in Washington which is owned by the Jewish Lobby. Turkey has been a traditional lead player in gold backed trading in the region. Their Bankers are on board with the BRICS alliance against the dollar.

The question is: where does Germany go and when? Angela Merkel might even retire rather than go into a coalition after their September 22nd elections. There are quite a few people in Germany angry that the US stole their gold. Germany is currently locked into the European Union and the euro. Germans are a very productive people. Supply and demand would make their Deutschmark very valuable if they had one. A high priced currency does make imports cheap but it also makes exports expensive.

Having Germany, Finland and the Netherlands in the EU is about all that makes their trade cartel worth joining and their currency, the euro, worth anything at all. People want things Germany makes. They can afford to buy them because southern Europe is a basket case supported by the euro. The perpetual deficit regimes in the south lower the value of the euro. This depressed euro enables German businesses to sell more overseas. But the down side is that Germany is called to bail out very ungrateful people. And the Germans have about reached the limit of their ability to bail out everyone on the planet. The Germans owe the Americans nothing after they stole their gold and defrauded the world with their Paper Ponzi schemes.

Dr Willie sees this German issue coming to a head over banking. The banks of Europe are in worse shape than Americans think. And in turn America is in far worse shape than Europeans understand. I saw a German journalist interview an Englishman who used to be the chief correspondent for his paper in America. He is currently his paper’s senior business editor. Neither man had a clue as to how bad things are in the US. Dr Willie said the Germans might let one of their major banks collapse without bailing them out. Deutsche Bank is one of the world’s largest. In recent years they have had Jewish CEOs. Dr Willie said if that bank went under that the French banks would go and that the southern European banks would follow. London and US banks would fall soon afterwards. We are talking about hundreds of trillions of dollars in losses if you count Credit Default Swaps.

So what happens after a major European bank collapses? No more subsidies to the Americans. Too expensive. Tens of millions of Europeans will want food and will refuse to send more of their money to the corrupt regime that destroyed their banking system. It was a J P Morgan employee Blythe Masters who invented Credit Default Swaps and made this mountain of Unpayable Debt possible. Dr Willie sees Germany going for a trade deal with Russia and accepting their gold backed ruble. Germany will probably take Austria and maybe even the Netherlands and Finland with them. Russia seems unlikely to invade Finland as Joe Stalin did many decades ago.

So when does this happen? I think very early in 2015. That is when Obamacare exemptions expire. And it is when Group health insurance plans are subjected to higher premiums and deductibles.  Zero Hedge had a few articles of late that could explain to people overseas and in Washington how bad things are in America. 53 million Americans are temps, independent contractors and part timers. 30.7 million Americans are federal, state and local government workers. 92.3 million Americans of working age are not in the labor market at all. Stay At Home Moms started going out of style in the 1970s when inflation and declining wages first began to take their toll.  As previously mentioned, many billionaire investors like George Soros are betting on a massive drop in the stock market. The Central Banks have been caught buying stock index futures to drive the markets higher and to keep small investors in the market.

That American Express train is headed to a Brick Wall. Russia and China will, along with the other BRICS nations and their allies, be offering the Germans, the Saudis and the rest of the world a safe exit from an otherwise fatal crash. Unfortunately, there is no exit for the US, Great Britain and the other Europeans apart from those who take the Russo-Chinese lifeline. That is unless the US military which has been preparing for martial law for at least two decades were to intervene and to begin arresting Bankers and seizing their assets. At some point, the US military will realize with certainty that Nationwide Food Riots will be breaking out in the very near future unless they lead the revolt against Wall Street.

original post @ http://vidrebel.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/jim-willie-saudis-to-kill-petrodollar-germany-to-scuttle-the-eu-and-wall-street/

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After BP agreed to pay $4.5 billion to the government, and another $9.2 billion in penalties since its catastrophic oil spill, a new ruling has put the corporation under fire again.

A US District Judge has found BP grossly negligent and it’s subcontractors, Halliburton and TransOcean, negligent for their roles in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent dumping of more than 210 million gallons of toxic sludge into the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and countless marine creatures in the process. Under the Clean Water Act, the new ruling could effectively quadruple the penalty per barrel spilled that BP will have to pay.

BP’s criminal negligence shouldn’t come as a surprise. After nine years at sea, company management acknowledged that the Deepwater drilling rig was in decline and presented a quote “intolerable risk” to safety, yet chose to do nothing. Halliburton also plead guilty to the destruction of key evidence related to the company’s shady cost-cutting practices like failing to inspect the well’s cement mixture, and using only six of the recommended 21 centralizers to secure the site.

Besides the massive damage that’s been done to the environment as a result of the BP disaster, the health impact on humans continues – largely because of the decision by BP and the EPA to spray nearly two million gallons of a dispersant called Corexit onto the water, making the oil 52 times more toxic, according to the Environmental Pollution Journal.

All this aside, BP’s contracts with the Defense Department have more than doubled in the years since the disaster.

Even though the media is fatigued with its coverage of this disaster, Breaking the Set went down to the Louisiana Gulf Coast to see how the region is faring nearly five years later and to investigate the spill’s lasting damagesWe learned that hundreds of thousands of people are still sick, and that the oil industry has turned the once vibrant shore into a graveyard.

Abby

more with video @ http://www.mediaroots.org/bps-oil-spill-criminal-negligence-thousands-still-sick-a-gulf-graveyard-left-behind/

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Do I have the right (just claim) to impose my will on you without your consent?

Do I have the right to delegate such an act to another?

Does being part of a majority of people give me the right to impose my will on you without your consent?

Do I have the right to impose my will on you without your consent by delegating that act to an institution?

Do I have the right to impose my will on you without your consent if I, along with a majority of others, delegate that act to an institution called government?

Asking the questions in this order to someone who dogmatically believes in coercive governance may induce cognitive dissonance. Be prepared for emotive responses such as: Libtard, Conspiracy theorist, If you don’t like it move, and the old classic: if you don’t vote you can’t complain.

original @ http://humanityawakens.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/5-questions-to-ask-a-statist/

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An investigation by The New York Times has found that several prominent Washington, D.C. think tanks have regularly taken donations from foreign entities in exchange for using their influence over U.S. policy decisions. The damning report, published in the Sept. 6 edition of the newspaper, revealed that some of the institutions involved have accepted multi-million dollar donations from foreign governments seeking access to inside corridors of the federal government, including Congress, executive branch agencies, and even the White House. In return, the think tanks pushed agendas favored by the donor nations and hosted public events in Washington that featured speakers from contributing countries.

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Investigation-Reveals-Surprising-Way-Foreign-Governments-Buy-Influence-In-D.C.html

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Dystopian predictions

1984webIn 1984, George Orwell paints a picture of a dark, gray world. People are afraid to say anything contrary to the official party line, and surveillance is universal. Even thinking contrary to the party is a crime, and thoughtcrimes may be treated by radical psychological intervention. Information is closely controlled by the party media, and the historical record is routinely edited, so as to conform to the latest party statements.

 

By contrast, in Brave New World, Aldous Huxley paints a colorful, superficially pleasant world. Personal freedom of all kinds is encouraged, even to the point of being a cultural imperative. In the book a young boy is referred to a therapist, because he doesn’t want to play sex games with a girl classmate. An adult character is considered aberrant, because he is drawn toward a monogamous relationship. Drugs and distractions are readily available for mood enhancement.

 

Central to Huxley’s world is the abolition of the family. Sex never results in pregnancy, and embryos are grown in a production process, based on selected seed material. As part of the production process, an embryo can be fed or starved, at various stages of its development, so as to create classes of people (alphas, betas, etc) with differing levels of intelligence and skills. Quotas are set, regarding how many people of each class are going to be needed, and should therefore be produced.

 

Various kinds of conditioning are then used on infants in order to get them to accept their class, along with its prerogatives and restrictions, as being best for them. Children are raised on a communal basis, with no concept of parents, siblings, or family. From embryo to adulthood, the state has fine-tuned control over the development of the person, and of their thinking. In the resulting society, people behave as they were programmed to behave, and can’t imagine things being any different.

 

In Orwell’s world, wrong-thought (thoughtcrime) is detected and suppressed. In Huxley’s world, wrong-thought is unlikely to arise. Orwell’s world suppresses the individual; Huxley’s world manufactures the individual. In both cases, mind control – control over what people are able to think – is the strategy of the regime, as its means of social control generally. Orwell explores a brute-force approach to mind control, while Huxley explores a scientific approach.

 

The novels are useful because they each take one of these basic approaches to mind control, and follow its consequences to the end. If you really want to suppress what people think, you’d need to do A, B, and C. If you really want to program people, you’ve got to start when they’re born and do X, Y, and Z. We are able to see the architecture – the structural patterns – of each kind of mind-control regime. This can help us recognize precursors – signs that such a future is coming our way.

more@ http://news-beacon-ireland.info/?p=20199

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plastic bags garbageLast week we saw California move a step closer to banning one-time-use plastic bags and the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission legalize above-ground storage of nuclear waste. What’s the connection? Every once in a while I think it is useful to turn aside from the deeply rooted, but relatively straightforward problem of climate change, to the growing use of uncontrolled toxic substances in our daily economic life. The toxicity of our environment may well be more difficult to address than the problem of climate change. The use of toxics in the goods we consume is so widespread that when firefighters enter a modern home that is burning, they must wear breathing devices for protection from the toxicity of the fumes that emanate from our burning floors, appliances, and walls. Household toxics are dangerous, but nothing compared to nuclear waste. Nuclear waste is one of the most toxic substances we have ever fabricated, always bringing to mind the late Barry Commoner’s common sense statement that nuclear power was a “hell of a complicated way to boil water.”

Starting with the positive, let’s look to California, where sustainability is hardwired into the political culture. While many localities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, have already banned one-time use plastic bags, this new law would be the first statewide regulation of these packages. The bill phases in the ban, allows stores to charge ten cents for paper or reusable plastic bags, and provides state funding for bag manufacturers to retool to make the heavier-duty reusable bags. According to Californians Against Waste, the environmental group promoting the ban: “In California, 13 billion plastic bags are distributed annually, and only 3% are recycled.”

These bags are an integral component of our throwaway lifestyle, and create major waste management and litter problems throughout the nation. Lightweight plastic bags can be found in the ocean, in trees, and just about everywhere. They are filling up landfills at a rapid rate. We managed to live without them before they were introduced in the 1970s and we’ll probably survive after they are gone; assuming California Governor Jerry Brown signs the bill and California begins yet another national environmental trend.

While we see progress on the coast, we remain mired in toxic waste back in the nation’s capital. The problem is that our broken political process is incapable of dealing with the nuclear waste that is accumulating at the nation’s civilian nuclear power plants. Over three decades and many billions of dollars ago, we enacted the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act. Taxes have been collected for years on all the nuclear energy generated for civilian use, and a multi-billion dollar underground repository was built at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Once Yucca Mountain’s repository was completed, every Senator ever elected to office in Nevada has opposed opening it. Why? Because the sudden image of half a century’s worth of nuclear waste, all heading to the same spot in Nevada scared the living daylights out of anyone living anywhere near the repository. It was the Not In My Backyard Syndrome (NIMBY) on steroids.

The problem with not opening the waste repository is that for decades, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission assumed that some day the repository would open. As reported by Matthew Wald in the New York Times:

For decades the commission has allowed nuclear plants to operate under what it called its waste confidence rule, which said that although there was no repository, there would most likely be one by the time it was needed, and in the interim, the storage of the highly radioactive waste in spent fuel pools or in dry casks would suffice. But in June 2012, a court ruled that the commission had not done its homework in studying whether the waste could be stored on an interim basis. As a result, the commission froze much of its licensing activity two years ago.

In order to allow plants to be licensed again, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission decided that nuclear waste could now be stored indefinitely in well-guarded and well-maintained above ground storage facilities. Scientists estimate that some nuclear waste will remain toxic for hundreds of thousands of years. In fact, one of the reasons for below ground storage was the likelihood that the repository would last longer than our current civilization.

Many of my climate change-oriented colleagues argue that nuclear power is a realistic and desirable replacement for fossil fuels. But any close look at the technical and political problems of nuclear waste should provide ample reason to look elsewhere for a solution to our energy needs.

As our experience with everything from plastic bags to nuclear waste should indicate, we are much better at developing and utilizing new technologies than in managing their adverse impacts. The massive and growing problem of electronic waste provides another example of this issue. Every year a new smart phone comes out with new features we are all convinced we cannot live without: “How did I ever find a place we were visiting before the invention of GPS?” “How did I ever make a social appointment before text messaging?” The problem is every year or two the old phone is decreed obsolete and ready for the scrap heap. Unfortunately, when we toss the phone in the landfill or burn it in the waste-to-energy plant, we expose our ecosystems to the toxics inside the phone. We could develop a management system to recycle and manage the waste stream. We could also develop personal electronics that are less toxic. In fact we are starting to reduce and better manage our electronic waste, but enormous quantities of toxics have already been released into the environment.

Our economy is filled with a range of substances and products that have been engineered without much thought given to long term environmental impacts. Our houses and fences were once made of wood, a fairly traditional and very biodegradable material that literally grows on trees. Today vinyl and other plastics that last longer and are easier to maintain have replaced wood in homes all over America. Many of our consumer products are far from biodegradable; some include toxics and many are designed for planned obsolescence. These ordinary, mundane products are entering our waste stream and finding their way into fragile, interconnected ecosystems all over the planet. Sometimes the impact is minor, sometimes it is significant, but generally it is unexamined, careless and casual.

From ordinary plastic bags to extraordinary pools of nuclear waste, we have unleashed a staggering array of poisons into the same ecosystems that feed us and provide us with other biological necessities such as air and water. In some cases, such as nuclear waste, we have heard decades of discussion and debate about risks, costs and benefits. However in most cases, we are either ignorant or barely aware of the impacts and potential risks. In America today many consider it wrong to question the safety of a product. Regulation is somehow unpatriotic and anti-business. Medical technology is keeping us healthier and keeping us alive longer; so what’s the problem? The problem is that the impact of some toxics can be irreversible and the last time I looked, we still only have one planet and we should try to keep it alive. We need to do a better job of reducing our use of dangerous materials and technologies and if we choose to use this stuff, we need to regulate it fully from cradle to grave. Let’s see what we can do to prevent billions of plastic bags from floating in the breeze and even one nuclear waste site from leaking radioactive materials into our water supply.

original link@ http://theenergycollective.com/stevenacohen/481496/plastic-bags-nuclear-waste-and-toxic-planet

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