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Earlier this week this
story about illegal uranium sales was in the news. Had they been thinking they could have ordered online here
. BTW, check out what else customers are buying.
Why He Went Nuclear.
Before he was the infamous father of the "Islamic bomb," A.Q. Khan was just another midlevel scientist working at a research job in Amsterdam. Here, the story of how he betrayed his employer and set out to create a worldwide bazaar in lethal weapons.
Nuclear Facility in South Africa attacked
by armed intruders. According to the Pretoria News, four armed men broke into the control room of the Pelindaba Nuclear Research Center
, shooting "a senior emergency officer" in the process. The government nuclear agency Necsa has told the paper that publishing the story would be a violation of the National Keypoints Act. The facility seems to be part of South Africa's nuclear weapons program.
The man who knew too much.
"He was the CIA's expert on Pakistan's nuclear secrets, but Rich Barlow was thrown out and disgraced when he blew the whistle on a US cover-up. Now he's to have his day in court."
Earth, 2100 AD.
has doubled to 1000 ppm. From shore to the horizon, there is but an unending purple color -- a vast, flat, oily purple. No fish break its surface, no birds. We are under a pale green sky, and it has the smell of death and poison.
Paleontologist Peter Ward's new book
links past mass extinctions to global warming and shows
, absent major changes, "Our world is hurtling toward carbon dioxide levels not seen since 60 million years ago, right after a greenhouse extinction."
Maybe it's time for a heresy
: nuclear energy's green, and renewables aren't.
is now understood
to have many medical consequences
unique to its modern application as munitions
, due to its incendiary, aerosolizing behavior
when pulverized. (Rosalie Bertell explains
, youtube) It has become a leading candidate for the cause
of Gulf War syndrome, and was associated with massive increases in cancer and birth defects in Basra
. The EU has called for a moratorium
on its use four times, and WHO is deeply concerned
with its consequences, but the USA (with Canadian complicity
) and Russia continue to use it in Iraq and elsewhere. (prev: 1 2 3 4 5
Strong earthquake hits Japan,
hundreds of homes have been destroyed, bridges have been leveled, tsunamis are forming, and most frightening, the nuclear power plant appears to be leaking radioactive water.
The quake registered as a 6.8 on the Richter scale
. I hope that our Japanese Mefites are safe and sound and will let us know if there is anything we can do to help.
From Hunter to Hunted
"In his quest to free slaves
around the world, Aaron Cohen
thought he’d seen it all. Then he went to Myanmar."
The Problem of Nuclear Waste
, for kids: Imagine what your house would be like if no one EVER took out the garbage. Not only would your home be dirty and stinky, but it would also be a very unhealthy place to live. See Yucca Mountain Johnny
while you can, because it looks like he won't be around
In 1965, Peter Watkins produced a fictional documentary called The War Game
in which the aftermath of thermo-nuclear attacks in Britain was depicted. The BBC declared that it was "too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting"
and was not aired until 1985. Watch it here
(warning: graphic depictions of effects of radiation).
Related, When the Wind Blows
, 6, 7
), a sober animated tale of a British couple who try and survive nuclear holocaust based on the civil defense manual "Protect and Survive." (Previously
"We were tickling the dragon's tail all the way."
The true story of the nuclear ramjet missile and the hypersonic nightmare that nearly was.
Teenager Thiogo Olson
achieved nuclear fusion with an apparatus built in his basement from parts found at his local hardware store and on eBay. Another teenager
put together her very own Littrow Spectrograph for $300. Young people have been doing some fascinating science
ever since the first kid combined vinegar and baking soda in their model volcano
. Not only are they making some remarkable discoveries
, they're finding it pretty lucrative
Ahmadinejad is no Hitler (Los Angeles Times)
If you think Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes outlandish comments, consider what Mao Tse-tung said to a visiting head of state in 1954: "If someone else can drop an atomic bomb, then I can too. The death of 10 or 20 million people is nothing to be afraid of."
Nonetheless, 15 years later, a nuclear-armed China was not only contained by the world, it opted for normalization of relations with its archenemy, the United States. Today, it is fashionable to equate Ahmadinejad with Hitler, yet the lesson of the 20th century is that rash leaders can, in fact, be deterred. And Iran's president will prove no exception.
Angela Merkel to fire organiser of Munich security conference
over Iranian envoy's criticism of the U.S. policies in the Middle East, Der Spiegel reports. (Translated English version
Read the full speech of Ali Larijani
, Iran's top nuclear negotioator at the conference.
Lawrence Livermore National Lab produces fascinating charts of energy flow in the US
). More energy use statisitics can be found at the Energy Information Administration
is a solar power rental company for the home. Free to install (!), a monthly rental fee is equal to what would normally be paid to the power company. Video
Israel leaks plans for nuclear strike on Iran.
The details were leaked (on purpose it appears) from Israeli military personal in order to test the waters, prepare the world, and/or put pressure on others to act first. One source: "As soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one strike and the Iranian nuclear project will be demolished." Glad I don't live in the Middle East.
"From 1944 to 1986, 3.9 million tons of uranium ore were dug and blasted from Navajo soil, nearly all of it for America's atomic arsenal. Navajos inhaled radioactive dust, drank contaminated water and built homes using rock from the mines and mills. Many of the dangers persist to this day." A series of articles and photo galleries examines the legacy
of uranium mining
on the Navajo
(previously discussed here
.) [Via Gristmill, BugMeNot.]
Dealing with Iran after Rumsfeld.
Seymour Hersh details the ongoing debate over how to deal with Iran's nuclear program. There's something here for everyone to worry about.
Last March, the White House put numerous Iraqi government documents online, hoping to "leverage the internet" to find evidence of Saddam's nuclear potential. After questioning from the New York Times
this week, the site has now been shut down
, as it has been revealed that the Bush administration, by publishing the information, may have publicly published detailed information on how to build atomic weapons
. Right-wing bloggers
, many of whom have been discussing the documents all year, have seen the sunny side
of the news, claiming
the real issue of the potential distribution of nuclear plans (which were dated pre-1991) is the "proof Saddam had a nuclear program."
Tweakers with nuclear weapons technology
Exactly what the world needs in these uncertain times.
of the world looks like
of ballistic missiles
, especially reentry vehicle tests
. (Sound on last link.)
Newsfilter: North Korea's response
to a toothless UN resolution
may be a second nuclear test
. With military solutions pretty much off the table
, it may be up to rival factions within the DPRK to topple the regime. NK coups have been discussed here before
, and the end result may not
be as pretty
as one would hope, but maybe this time
have had enough
Clare Short MP, former International Development Secretary for the UK Labour government, debates replacing trident and the UK's role in nuclear proliferation (and the world in general) with Michael Codner, Director of Military Science at the Royal United Services Institute. Scroll to the bottom for the mp3s.
Lots of people are not happy with Bechtel Engineering,
the giant-sized general contractor and designer of The Big Dig, who are also in trouble for problems with the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste disposal plant. How many nuclear generating stations did Bechtel build?
Shifting between motion and stasis, he shows a man on a horse, a scarecrow, a dog, another dog seen closer, then even closer as it faces the still camera in the last shot. Superimposed over this still photo is the orange red blast of an atomic bomb and its mushroom cloud—the first appearance of color in the film. The photo catches fire, and the image of the dog is slowly devoured by flames. As the photo turns into ashes, a prayer from the Shiite text Nahjulbalagha appears alongside it in English: “Dear Lord, give us rain from tame, obedient clouds and not from dense and fiery clouds which summon death. Amen.”
In "The Roads of Kiarostami
", his latest short film (.pdf)
, Iranian maestro Abbas Kiarostami
begins with his landscape photographs
and ends with apocalypse
. more inside
The Swiss are investigating an international smuggling ring suspected of providing nuclear program components to Libya. There's just one problem
. Meanwhile, the United States is opening full diplomatic relations with Libya
and removing it from its list of nations that sponsor terrorism.
Over the weekend
Oregon's Portaland General Electric demolished
the decomissioned Trojan Nuclear Plant's
499ft cooling tower using 1.3 tons
of TNT. Plenty
pr0n is all that remains
. Oh, and the containment dome, a bunch of rods with no home, some asbestos, but the tower, man, that's gone.
Is George really planning to nuke Iran
? Some physicists are worried and have written a letter
to the president voicing their concerns. Others have gone one step further and made a flash animation
In 1964, the Atomic Energy Commission drilled a shaft into a salt dome near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and began the only test nuclear detonations
in the eastern United States. Despite stories of radioactive frogs
in the area, and locals remembering that the earth kicked up waves, the ground cracked, chimneys tumbled and the creeks turned black
, officials insist that there are no lasting effects
from the underground tests.
US Rolls out new Nuclear Program.
Consolidate nuclear stores. Ok. Plan with "potential for new bomb designs". Whaaaaaa
? (partially from here)
The SL-1 Reactor,
part of the short-lived Army nuclear power program,
became America's only fatal nuclear accident when it exploded in its warehouse, killing three technicians.
Invincible Defense Technology.
When the U.S. developed the nuclear rifle
in the 1950s —and then refined the technology with the backpack-sized nuclear weapon
in the 1960s— our fate was probably sealed. Karma is a bitch after all, and small-scale nuclear terrorism is seen by many as inevitable
. Just like Osama Bin Laden —and Mechano
before him— America seems destined to create monsters which will turn against us. Our military's only hope, it seems, is Transcendental Meditation
Three Mile Island -
a study in bad human interface design
. Chernobyl in text
, pictures (posted previously)
, and eyewitness accounts
. Those are two of the most famous incidents involving mishaps with radioactive material. There have been many more (see also) including suicides
and motives forever unknown
. But US citizens need not worry - the NRC
is on it
. What do you know about radiation poisoning? Take the test
Iran may be trying to get nuclear weapons.
In the process potentially starting a new war with Israel
, fun times. America on the other hand isn't going to do all that much
because Iran controls a large amount of the worlds oil
, and with prices already high, they don't want to spark another oil crisis
The latest in something of a trend, left-leaning LA Weekly has warmed to nuclear power
. Earlier this year, Greenpeace
founder Patrick Moore
endorsed it as well (along with such practices as salmon farming). The idea that Nuclear is green has appeared in the pages of the New York Times, with (both subscriber only, sorry) Thomas Friedman
and Nicholas Kristof
making the case back in March and April. They've encountered some resistance
, but it seems to be a growing position. (Of course, there are some people
who aren't being asked to join the club.) Is this a "Greenwashing
" or a legitimate change in the environmental movement?
Last Best Chance
is a docudrama
that shows the threat posed by vulnerable nuclear weapons and materials around the world and underscores what the stakes are. The plot: al Qaeda terrorists steal nuclear material to make bombs, and then sneak them into the US. The 47 minute film airs tonight
on HBO, and is also available
as a free DVD. More interesting are the powerful figures
behind the film. It was produced by The Nuclear Threat Initiative
, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to reduce the global threats from WMDs. NTI's board is co-chaired by Ted Turner
and Sam Nunn
(D-GA). The hope is that appealing directly to the public will force politicians to act. The film and its creators were profiled yesterday on CBS News Sunday Morning
(And to help our discussion here, they've even provided a discussion guide
✙ ☪ ◊?
The addition of a third protective symbol (fourth, if you count this happy lion
) will allow the Magen David Adom
of Israel to join the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies after over 50 years. It might look odd, but a lot of other symbols we take for granted have interesting recent origins. ☮ was designed in 1958
. ☣ was created by Dow
in 1966. ☢ first appeared as a doodle
in the 1940s. The symbols of the planets
have many origins, but here on earth, the origins of ☺ remain so convoluted
that it might take a fictional "symbologist
" to sort it all out.