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A secret marijuana grow house in a New York City building was discovered after the building caught fire and the stench of pot could be smelled down the street.

The Bronx building’s superintendent, 65-year-old Alberto Martinez, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of marijuana, the New York Daily News reported.

Martinez allegedly turned the basement of the building on Chatterton Avenue into a grow house.

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The United States knows that peaceful power from atomic energy is no dream of the future. ..To hasten the day when fear of the atom will begin to disappear from the minds of people, and the governments of the East and West, there are certain steps that can be taken now.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s address before the General Assembly of the United Nations on Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, New York City, 1953

The island nation of Japan is ranked third in the world in terms of the number of functioning nuclear reactors on its territory.

Why would the one country to experience the destructive potential of nuclear power in wartime, the culture that gave the world ‘Godzilla,’ and has endured the meltdowns of three reactors in 2011 continue to embrace nuclear power?

As part of the Global Research News Hour’s commemoration of the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima Daichii nuclear catastrophe, we focus on the historical and political context of the disaster.

First up, we hear from Professor Peter Kuznick about the early years after the War. He explains the role of Japan in America’s postwar geostrategy, and comments on the public relations campaign that convinced the population of the Asian country to stop worrying and love nuclear power.

Later, Canadian nuclear expert Gordon Edwards returns to the program to comment on Canada’s connections with the Japanese nuclear industry and on how the Fukushima disaster should have informed Canadian nuclear policy and regulations.

Finally, we hear from celebrated Kyoto-based anti-nuclear activist Aileen Mioko Smith about the evolution of the anti-nuclear movement within Japan.

We also hear from a short video produced by Fairewinds Energy Education (fairewinds.org) outlining the fallacy of nuclear power as a strategy for fighting climate change.

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Coffin apartments in Hong Kong and one-room-families in LA

The world isn’t getting any bigger, but it’s population certainly is. And for many of its most condensed cities, its the poorest who must bear the brunt of a worsening battle for space. Pictured, clockwise from top left, a Hong Kong resident who lives in a ‘cage home’ and pays around the equivalent of $200 per month in rent for it; a woman and her son live in a 60-sq-ft ‘coffin’ apartment for around $600 per month; in South Korea, 73-year-old divorcee Kong Kyung-soon makes do with little more than six square feet in Seocho-gu, adjacent to the wealthy Gangnam suburb in Seoul; and In 2011, Tracy Burger, his wife Elizabeth and their son, were forced to move into the cramped one-room garage attached to the house of Elizabeth’s mother after losing their jobs during the 2009 financial crisis.

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‘Wild boars that took over Japanese towns vacated after the Fukushima disaster are being culled as officials attempt to re-inhabit areas affected by the nuclear fall-out. The animals moved into towns made inhospitable to humans by high levels of radiation.

“It is not really clear now which is the master of the town, people or wild boars,” Mayor of Namie Tamotsu Baba told Reuters. “If we don’t get rid of them and turn this into a human-led town, the situation will get even wilder and uninhabitable.”

The town of Namie, located 4km (2.5 miles) from the Fukushima power plant, is scheduled to see residents return at the end of March. More than half of the 21,500 former residents have decided not to return, citing concerns over radiation and the safety of ongoing operations at the nuclear plant, which is currently being decommissioned.’

Read more: Radioactive Fukushima boars culled to clear way for returning residents 

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A stunning set of photographs show the amazing sunken forest rising out of a 400-metre long crystal clear mountain lake in Kazakhstan.

Lake Kaindy, located in the Tian Shan Mountains some 130km from the city of Almaty, was created after an earthquake in 1911 that triggered a huge landslide blocked the gorge, forming a natural dam.

Eventually, rainwater filled the valley and created the lake, which has become famous for its scenic beauty and in particular the submerged forest and the imposing trunks of spruce trees that rise out of the lake water.

Above water, the sunken trees have been compared to large masts from lost ghost ships and the spears of a mysterious army hiding and waiting for the right time to emerge.

The trees can be seen growing underwater, unscathed from the huge earthquake in 1911 which created the unique lake

The trees can be seen growing underwater, unscathed from the huge earthquake in 1911 which created the unique lake

One of the trees, pictured here in the centre, can be seen rising from the base of the lake and piercing the water's surface

One of the trees, pictured here in the centre, can be seen rising from the base of the lake and piercing the water’s surface

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Hundreds of alligators photographed near Florida river

NEW These are the amazing scenes as some 200 alligators were spotted sunbathing beside a Florida watering hole in the Myakka River State Park. According to photographer Lee Dalton, there are so many alligators in the park that they can be seen on Google Earth satellite photographs. Mr Dalton said when taking photographs of such large predators, it is always necessary to take adequate precautions to protect yourself from possible attack.

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  • Authorities stopped flow to the spillway after Oroville Lake water levels dropped, starting clean-up process
  • It revealed gaping hole and entire edge missing from the spillway, which takes water down from top of dam
  • Huge piles of grey rubble lie at the bottom of the spillway, which barges and excavators are now removing 
  • Comes after nearly 200,000 people were evacuated from homes when the waterway broke earlier this month

The true extent of the damage to the crumbling Oroville Dam spillway was revealed this week as authorities shut off the water flow and exposed the gaping hole left by the erosion.

Authorities this week started the huge clean-up process, with tons of rubble needing to be removed from the bottom of the spillway in order to get the Hyatt hydro-electric power plant back in operation.

Up to a million cubic yards of debris from the crumbling, concrete chute that takes water down from the top of the dam will need to be removed by barges and excavators over the next seven days.

The damage to the water chute means that the water is not flowing fast enough to clear any of the rubble from the plunge pool at the bottom.

Oroville Dam's crippled spillway is inspected via helicopter after it was shut off Monday, with the reduced water levels revealing the true extent of the damage. When the authorities shut off the water supply from the spillway, it revealed for the first time the gaping hole in the concrete passage that could cost hundreds of millions to fix

Oroville Dam’s crippled spillway is inspected via helicopter after it was shut off Monday, with the reduced water levels revealing the true extent of the damage. When the authorities shut off the water supply from the spillway, it revealed for the first time the gaping hole in the concrete passage that could cost hundreds of millions to fix

A bird's eye view taken on Monday shows the massive pile of grey rubble that has settled at the bottom of the spillway. Because of the damage, the water flow is not fast enough to clear any of the rubble when it reaches the bottom 

A bird’s eye view taken on Monday shows the massive pile of grey rubble that has settled at the bottom of the spillway. Because of the damage, the water flow is not fast enough to clear any of the rubble when it reaches the bottom 

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‘It has become religion to believe in global warming, excuse me climate change. In fact, apparently now it’s been shortened to just climate, as in “climate denier”. Uh sorry, but haven’t we always had climate? When did someone suddenly discover we have climate? The religion around “climate” is disconcerting enough, but the strident attitude towards anyone with an opposing view is frightening.

There have been calls from “reputable” people to prosecute anyone with a different viewpoint. The “climate” scheme/racket has been built around fraud. In 2007, U.N. “scientists” warned we only have eight years left to deal with “global warming” – oops. (Back in 2007, global warming was the trendy term, now it’s climate change.) Also in 2007, U.N. “scientists” warned us that only carbon taxes will save us. Sound familiar.

So they’re going to take totally fraudulent science, basically fake news, and cripple the world economy, just so the disgusting globalists can line their own pockets. And harm possibly billions of good, honest people in the process. While not warning of/researching a potential climate disaster awaiting us if the global cooling issue is the real problem.’

Read more: The ‘Climate’ Racket Has Been Built Around Fraud

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Would you eat food grown in soil that had been fertilized with human feces? There’s a good chance that you already have, and you probably didn’t even know it.

Under the EPA’s controversial 503 rule, human waste has been approved for so-called land application, provided it has undergone treatment that supposedly transforms sewage sludge into what the agency calls “biosolids.” According to the document, land application of biosolids is defined as “the spreading, spraying, injection, or incorporation of sewage sludge” into the surface of the land.

Essentially, human waste is being used as a fertilizer across the country and to “supply nutrients to crops and vegetation.”

And as the EPA itself states, “Sewage sludge is commonly applied to agricultural land (including pasture and range land), forests, reclamation sites, public contact sites (e.g., parks, turf farms, highway median strips, golf courses), lawns, and home gardens.”

Under the 503 rule, human waste has been used not only on land where crops are grown, but in parks where children play. And the EPA not only allows it, but considers the entire practice to be a part of the Clean Water Act. Apparently, even the most disturbing of practices can be justified if you claim its for the greater good.

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  • Behemoth the huntsman was this week handed into The Australian Reptile Park
  • The 16cm creepy crawly has been pictured dwarfing a regular-sized huntsman
  • Staff at the park believe the huge huntsman could be the world’s largest
  • Last year, Charlotte the huntsman went viral after being found in Queensland

Bad news for those who came out of hiding after Charlotte the huntsman crawled over the globe – there’s a new mammoth spider in town.

Last November, Charlotte sent the internet into a spin after she was snapped on a broom head in a farm in Queensland’s Brisbane Valley.

Now, a new creepy crawly dubbed Behemoth has clambered into The Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, NSW. And staff are wagering he gives his female predecessor ‘a run for her money.’

Spine-chilling snapshots show the 16cm arachnid dwarfing a regular-sized huntsman, before stretching its hulking frame around a tree trunk.

Behemoth the huntsman was this week handed into The Australian Reptile Park

Behemoth the huntsman was this week handed into The Australian Reptile Park

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  • Crews have been filling cracks in Oroville Dam main spillway with concrete and hoping it will hold for years
  • They reported it as safe in several reports since 2009 before the dam threatened catastrophe last week
  • The enormous hole in the main chute compromised the dam’s drainage function as water in its reservoir rose
  • It forced engineers to turn to a never-before-used emergency spillway which buckled under the pressure 
  • The total cost of the damage, which engineers are now frantically fixing, is estimated to be $100million
  • Residents who had been evacuated were allowed home on Tuesday but must be ready to flee again
  • More rain and strong winds are on the way, threatening to fill the lake back up and hamper the repairs 

California dam cracks were repaired by 'patch and prey'

 

Engineers had been using ‘patch and pray’ techniques to repair California’s crumbling Oroville Dam before it threatened to collapse last week and sent the region into a panic.

Cracks in the main concrete spillway have been included in site reports since 2009 but crews have been using quick-fix concrete solutions to try to stop them from getting worse.

Engineering experts described the effort as a ‘patch and pray’ approach on Wednesday as the emergency situation in Oroville persisted.

200,000 people were suddenly evacuated on Sunday when the California Department of Water Resources dramatically announced that an emergency spillway at the dam was an hour away from collapse.

Since then, crews have been working round the clock to beef it back up by lining it with boulders and are racing against oncoming storms which may hamper their efforts.

Residents nervously returned home as the evacuation order was downgraded to a warning on Tuesday but they have been told to be ready to flee again at a moment’s notice if the volatile situation turns on its head again.

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| 15 Feb 2017 | San Francisco fire officials have evacuated at least 10 buildings Wednesday after a loose crane on the 30th floor of a skyscraper under construction threatened to knock down a 2,000 wall, officials said. People and construction workers were being evacuated in the South of Market neighborhood shortly before 3 p.m.

2,000-pound slab threatening to fall from San Francisco building prompts evacuations

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n 2011, with foresight and scientific analysis Dr. Helen Caldicott focussed on the implications of the Fukushima disaster at a Press Conference in Montreal organized by Global Research. The 2011 GRTV video presentation featuring Dr. Caldicott tells us the truth. This is the most devastating catastrophe in human history.  And six years ago Helen Caldicott analyzed in detail the significance of this tragic event. (M. Ch)

Dr Helen Caldicott, explains recent robot photos taken of Fukushima’s Daiichi nuclear reactors: radiation levels have not peaked, but have continued to spill toxic waste into the Pacific Ocean — but it’s only now the damage has been photographed. 

Recent reporting of a huge radiation measurement at Unit 2 in the Fukushima Daichi reactor complex does not signify that there is a peak in radiation in the reactor building. All that it indicates is that, for the first time, the Japanese have been able to measure the intense radiation given off by the molten fuel, as each previous attempt has led to failure because the radiation is so intense the robotic parts were functionally destroyed.

Satellite image shows damage at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (via ecowatch.com).

The radiation measurement was 530 sieverts, or 53,000 rems (Roentgen Equivalent for Man). The dose at which half an exposed population would die is 250 to 500 rems, so this is a massive measurement. It is quite likely had the robot been able to penetrate deeper into the inner cavern containing the molten corium, the measurement would have been much greater. These facts illustrate why it will be almost impossible to “decommission” units 1, 2 and 3 as no human could ever be exposed to such extreme radiation. This fact means that Fukushima Daichi will remain a diabolical blot upon Japan and the world for the rest of time, sitting as it does on active earthquake zones.

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California Oroville Dam officials were warned 12 years ago

Eerie images of drowned buildings (Riverbend Park pictured bottom-left and right) and ghost towns have emerged from the area below California’s crumbling Oroville Dam (pictured during dramatic overflow on Sunday, top-left) after hundreds of thousands were ordered to evacuate. And it might have been averted had feds and water agencies not ignored warnings 12 years ago that the 49-year-old structure was at risk of collapsing. It also appears that repairs on the massive dam – which was left falling apart after a surprise burst of heavy rainfall – were not earmarked in Governor Jerry Brown’s $100 billion list of key infrastructure projects this month. The rainfall that is expected Wednesday could pour into a gaping 250ft chasm in the concrete spillway, causing a collapse and unleashing a 30ft ‘tsunami’ tidal wave that could leave towns along a 40-mile stretch of the Feather River below the dam under 100ft of water. The situation is now so critical that President Trump is being urged to declare a disaster in Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties, where 200,000 people, including Department of Water staff, were frantically ordered to evacuate their homes and places of work on Sunday.

Eerie images of drowned buildings and ghost towns have emerged from the area below California‘s crumbling Oroville Dam after hundreds of thousands were ordered to evacuate.

And it might have been averted had federal officials and water agencies not ignored warnings 12 years ago that the 49-year-old structure was at risk of collapsing.

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Following a woefully belated response by California authorities’ to the dangerous situation unfolding at the Lake Oroville Dam in Northern California over the weekend, an evacuation order forcing some 200,000 people living below the tallest dam in the US remained in place early on Monday after residents were abruptly told to flee when a spillway appeared in danger of collapse.

The Oroville dam is nearly full following winter storms that brought relief to the state after four years of drought. Water levels were less than 7 feet (2 meters) from the top of the dam on Friday. State authorities and engineers on Thursday began releasing water from the dam after noticing that large chunks of concrete were missing from a spillway.

California Governor Jerry Brown asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday to declare the area a major disaster due to flooding and mudslides brought on by the storms.

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