Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kan slams TEPCO over request to "withdraw" from crippled plant


Another piece of the March 2011 puzzle:
” An official of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s nuclear power division wept at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo as the utility felt it had exhausted all options to prevent the worst from happening at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011.
“I’m sorry. We’ve tried many things, but we are in a situation beyond our control,” Susumu Kawamata, the 54-year-old head of the Nuclear Quality and Safety Management Department, told industry minister Banri Kaieda before breaking down.
A government nuclear safety panel member who witnessed the scene thought it marked the end of one of the most prestigious companies in Japan.
Shortly after 4 a.m. on March 15, Prime Minister Naoto Kan, 64, was sitting face to face with TEPCO President Masataka Shimizu, 66, telling him that the utility does not have the option of withdrawing its people from the plant, which had already experienced explosions at the Nos. 1 and 3 reactor buildings and was facing fears of a reactor containment rupture.
It was about eight and a half hours before their meeting that TEPCO’s top-level officials started considering the evacuation of its employees from the plant.
At around 7:30 p.m. on March 14, TEPCO’s Managing Director Akio Komori, who was at an emergency response center set up about 5 kilometers from the plant, started off the discussion at a teleconference session with the officials at the Tokyo head office.
“If we don’t make a decision at some point, things could get crazy. Please start setting the criteria for evacuation,” Komori, 58, said.
Executive Vice President Sakae Muto, 60, ordered his subordinates at the head office to craft an evacuation plan, while Fukushima Daiichi plant chief Masao Yoshida started arrangements to secure buses. Procedures to send employees to TEPCO’s Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant were also being decided.
Shimizu phoned Kaieda, the 62-year-old economy, trade and industry minister in charge of dealing with the accident, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, 46, many times to seek approval of staff withdrawal, which he called an “evacuation.”
But Shimizu did not say clearly that TEPCO would keep the minimum necessary number of people inside the plant to monitor the situation and to continue water injections into the troubled reactors.
Kaieda said he thought TEPCO was seeking a “complete withdrawal” from the plant and had turned down the request from Shimizu.
At around 3 a.m. on March 15 when the condition of the No. 2 reactor deteriorated, Kaieda decided to ask Kan to make a judgment on the issue. He woke up the prime minister who was taking a nap on a sofa and briefed him about the situation.
“If people withdraw, the eastern part of Japan will be destroyed,” Kan said, rejecting the idea and having Shimizu come over to his office.
As Shimizu stepped inside the reception room on the fifth floor of the office, Kan immediately said, “I heard that you are thinking about a withdrawal, but that’s impossible.”
Shimizu’s response was stunning to Haruki Madarame, the 62-year-old head of the government’s nuclear safety panel who was also attending the talks. Shimizu said in a thin voice, “We do not have in mind such a thing as withdrawal.”
Madarame said later, “I thought, what happened to all those talks” about getting workers out?
Officials in the prime minister’s office had misunderstood TEPCO’s intentions, while the utility’s president was at fault for making unclear remarks.
The exchanges led Kan to launch an unprecedented accident response task force in which the government and TEPCO would jointly deal with the nuclear crisis inside the utility’s head office in Tokyo.
The prime minister told Shimizu he would set up the task force and that he would go to TEPCO’s head office right away. Shimizu said he needed about two hours for preparations, but Kan told Shimizu to get it done in an hour.
Kan was still furious when he arrived at TEPCO headquarters, unable to disguise his distrust of the company.
“TEPCO will go 100 percent bust if it withdraws. You won’t be able to escape even if you try!” Kan yelled at TEPCO Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 70, Shimizu and other executives. There were about 200 TEPCO employees in the same room.
“It doesn’t matter if senior officials in their 60s go to the site and die. I will also go. President, chairman, make up your minds!” Kan said.
Kan’s speech continued for more than 10 minutes, which was relayed to employees inside the emergency response office at the Fukushima Daiichi plant through a real-time information-sharing teleconference system.
Kan later said he was totally unaware that he had been “yelling at everyone.” “I might have used strong words to tell them to somehow hang on until the last minute, but I didn’t mean to scold them.”
Kan was among the many politicians who came to know for the first time that TEPCO had a teleconference system hooked up to the crisis-hit plant.
“I was really surprised. There was this huge screen connected to the Daiichi plant. I wondered why information was coming so slowly to the prime minister’s office despite the existence of this system,” said Kan, who had been irritated to learn of the explosion at the No. 1 reactor building on March 12 from the TV news before TEPCO reported it to the government.
The joint task force was meant to improve communication between the government and TEPCO. But Kan would soon realize that it was too late to stop the crisis that started March 11 from growing more serious.
At the Fukushima Daiichi plant, hundreds of people inside the emergency response office were glued to the teleconference monitor showing the angry prime minister.
“Even though we were doing our best here, we felt we were being shot in the back with a machine gun,” Takeyuki Inagaki, 47-year-old leader of one of the equipment restoration teams, recalled.
After Kan finished talking, he moved to another room where there was also a monitor to communicate with the plant.
Yoshida, 56, was about to answer a call from the Tokyo office when a dull sound reached the emergency response office at about 6:14 a.m. The impact was smaller than that of the two previous explosions, but it was not an earthquake.
People’s blood ran cold as they heard from reactor operators that the pressure inside the No. 2 reactor’s suppression chamber, which is connected to the reactor’s containment vessel, had dropped to zero.
If the chamber was not airtight, a massive amount of highly radioactive steam could be released outside. Then there would be no safe place inside the plant, or in surrounding areas.
“The suppression chamber might have got a huge hole. A hell of a lot of radioactive substances could come out,” Inagaki told Yoshida.
Yoshida instantly decided it was time for evacuation. “

U.S. Bail-Ins - Fed Vice Chair Fischer Says "Preparing A Proposal"

BETTER PAY ATTENTION HERE!  This is hardly being talked about AT ALL . .  You do realize what a 'bail-in' is, right?


by Mark O'Byrne |

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer delivered his first speech on the U.S. and global economy in Stockholm, Sweden yesterday.

Fischer headed Israel’s central bank from 2005 through 2013 and is now number two at the Federal Reserve in the U.S. after Janet Yellen.

In a speech entitled, The Great Recession: Moving Ahead, given at an event sponsored by the Swedish Ministry of Finance, Fischer said that the economic recovery has been and remains “disappointing.”

“The recession that began in the United States in December 2007 ended in June 2009. But the Great Recession is a near-worldwide phenomenon, with the consequences of which many advanced economies--among them Sweden--continue to struggle. Its depth and breadth appear to have changed the economic environment in many ways and to have left the road ahead unclear.”
Speaking about the steps that have been taken internationally in order to “strengthen the financial system” and to reduce the “probability of future financial crisis,” Fischer said that the U.S. was preparing proposals for bank bail-ins for “systemically important banks.” [SNIP]

full story HERE

Did You Know? 1 in 6 Children Now Has a Developmental Disability in the U.S.

Melissa Melton
Activist Post

Something is very wrong here.

Shell Tzorfas on YouTube pointed us to this U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) paper “Trends in the Prevalence of Developmental Disabilities in U.S. Children, 1997–2008” and what are some pretty astonishing figures.

The joint CDC—Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) paper not only revealed that one in six children across America suffered from a developmental disability in 2006-2008, but the rate of parent-reported developmental disabilities in their children had increased 17.1% from 1997 to 2008.

Worse, in the 12-year period, the prevalence of autism increased nearly three hundred percent (289.5%).

Males were twice as likely to suffer from developmental disabilities as females. The sample size wasn’t small, either; the study included some 119,367 children.

One in six. That means if you go to just two of your neighbors’ homes with children, it is very likely that at one of them, you will find at least one child with a developmental disability.  And these figures were from 2008, so that begs the question: how bad are they now?

And moreover —

What is happening to our children?

The rates of autism have skyrocketed and continue to get worse each year in this country. The CDC now estimates autism effects 1 in 68 children in the U.S., up a whopping 30% from 2012. For boys, the rate is now 1 in 42. The CDC continues to say genes play a role, but the agency readily admits it doesn’t know what is causing all this autism.

The prevalence rate for autism before 1990 was only three children per 10,000. When the CDC began surveillance of the study population in 2000, it was one child in every 150. Look at the chart above. Autism just keeps going up.

Back in 2009, when the autism rates first rocketed to 1 in 88, the Environmental Working Group suggested exposure to neurotoxic chemicals could definitely play a role: most notably, mercury.
“Upending the federal government’s approach to regulating toxic chemicals and putting tough emissions standards in place at power plants are two good places to start,” said Cook. The federal Toxic Substances Control Act has allowed the chemical industry to flood the marketplace with toxic chemicals, including neurotoxins, with virtually no proof they are safe for people.
While the medical “professionals” keep insisting this drastic increase is simply due to better detection methods, eventually that won’t hold water if the autism rates continue to soar as fast as they have been…unless they just up and decide basically every child is autistic.

Then again, the CDC is currently ignoring a whistleblower within its own ranks who came forward to admit that the agency knowingly manipulated data to hide a link in one of its major studies between the MMR vaccine and autism — a link which showed a 340% increase in autism specifically in African American boys given an MMR shot at age three or younger.

The implications of this admission, and the millions of children potentially harmed, is staggering.

Even if you pretend that isn’t happening, America has the most aggressive mandated vaccine schedule in the world. The CDC now recommends up to 37 shots of 14 different vaccinations by the age of two, prompting the National Vaccine Information Center to ask, “Is the atypical manipulation of the immune system with more and more vaccines in early life setting some children up for chronic disease and disability?”

In short, are our children healthier for it? As disease, auto-immune disorders, and permanent disabilities continue to trend perilously upward year after year, the answer is nope, not really.

Parents are expected to continue to shoot their children up no questions asked with a cocktail of antibiotics, formaldehyde, monosodium glutamate (MSG), bovine fetal tissue, polysorbate and heavy metals like aluminum and the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal. When these are shot into the bloodstream, they completely bypass the majority of the body’s natural immune system which resides in the gut.

A review of compensated cases of vaccine-induced brain injury published in Pace Environmental Law Review in 2011 found that the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) “has been compensating cases of vaccine-induced brain damage associated with autism for more than twenty years” and concluded, “Officials at HHS, the Department of Justice and the Court of Federal Claims may have been aware of this association but failed to publicly disclose it.”

The government has quietly paid out millions of dollars to vaccine victims, but we just continue to shoot more and more of these cocktails into our tiny children and, increasingly, our pregnant women.

Why not? The pediatric and adolescent vaccine market is set to be worth over $16 billion by 2016, and no one pushes those shots harder than the CDC, a well-known revolving door with Big Pharma.

This chart doesn’t even include some of the most egregious examples, such as the fact that Dr. Julie Gerberding who used to head the CDC from 2002-2009 essentially paved the way for her cushy new job as president of Merck & Co’s vaccine division when she left the agency (her 2004 presentation to Congress “Prevention of Genital Human Papillomavirus Infection” set the stage for Merck’s multi-billion-dollar HPV vaccine to be approved, fancy that).

It isn’t hard to see where the mutually beneficial arrangement between CDC and Big Pharma would keep the agency pointing its finger at anything other than the products its pushing.

Our children are being damaged en masse in this country, but none of these so-called medical experts running the show can seem to figure out why? The alarming rise in autism and developmental disabilities in this country are just such a great “mystery,” right?

Parents are supposed to make a choice between giving shots for rare diseases the child may not even ever get anyway (polio was eradicated here in 1985) but face the 1 in 68 (1 in 42 for boys) chance that those shots may cause autism?

Isn’t it Occam’s Razor that says the simplest, most obvious answer is often the right one?

Fetuses In Your Food & Drinks Exposed!! PROOF!!


The Black Sheep tries to warn its friends with the truth it has seen, unfortunately herd mentality kicks in for the Sheeple, and they run in fear from the black sheep and keep to the safety of their flock.

Having tried to no avail to awaken his peers, the Black Sheep have no other choice but to unite with each other and escape the impending doom.

What color Sheep are you?