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ARRESTED FOR OPPOSITION!!!!…as , and join HarveyW at the Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show to tell us about their sit-in at ’s New Orleans Headquarters…why they did it, how they were treated and what they are planning next as part of the on-going campaign to shut and all other atomic reactors.  Kendra, Nelia and Rennie are part of a long tradition of non-violent protest and their words on our show speak as loud as their actions.  Rennie and Nelia helped found the legendary anti-nuclear , and Rennie also works against the death penalty as explains the mission of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights, of which he is executive director.  Listen to the whole show anytime at http://prn.fm/shows/environmental-shows/green-power/.

WORLD CONFERENCE AGAINST ATOMIC & HYDROGEN BOMBS

 

Organizing Committee: 2-4-4 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8464 JAPAN  Phone: +81-3-5842-6034 Fax: +81-3-5842-6033  E-mail: intl@antiatom.org

 

For a Nuclear Weapon-free, Peaceful and Just World:
We call for your participation in and support to the 2012 World Conference against A and H Bombs

March 21, 2012

Dear friends,

The summer of the 67th year from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is around the corner.  In these two A-bombed cities, the 2012 World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs is planned on August 2 to 9, under the theme: “For a Nuclear Weapon-free, Peaceful and Just World”.  We call on all of you who share this desire to express your support to, take actions in solidarity with, and participate in or send delegations to the World Conference.

Sympathizing the Hibakusha’s belief that “humans cannot coexist with nuclear weapons”, the moves seeking for the abolition of nuclear weapons are prevailing all over the world.  Anti-nuclear peace movements and a broad range of civil movements are taking actions to urge national governments, especially those possessing nuclear weapons, to start negotiations for a total ban on nuclear weapons.  Last December, the Malaysian resolution calling for a start of negotiations for a nuclear weapons convention was adopted in the UN General Assembly with the support of 130 member states. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in October 2011 called for achieving a nuclear weapon-free world for the sake of peace and security of humans, as the world population was about to reach 7 billion.  With the Hibakusha in the lead, our consistent call for a total ban on nuclear weapons is echoing throughout the world.

The greatest obstacle to the abolition of nuclear weapons is the “nuclear deterrence theory” which nuclear weapons states claim their nuclear weapons are the “guarantee of security” while criticizing the possession of them by others as threat, and the policy of relying on their “nuclear umbrella” (extended nuclear deterrence) for national defense.  However, that more than 20,000 nuclear weapons still exist on earth proves that the possession of nuclear weapons by one state could induce another nuclear development by its opponent.  Humans must get out of this vicious circle, and the Japanese government should play its role becoming to the only A-bombed country in the world to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Now, we are making a fresh start on the movements to achieve a “world without nuclear weapons”.  Along with the recent developments in favor of the abolition of nuclear weapons, a variety of grass-roots movements for peace and against war, for democracy, rectifying social gaps for a more just society have been developing all over the world.  The 2012 World Conference against A and H Bombs will be an opportunity to further develop joint effort with the United Nations, national and local governments, NGOs and grass-roots movements of the world, and deepen solidarity with such wide-ranging and diverse movements.

In order to make this historic World Conference a great success, we call on you to support it internationally as well as nationally by joining the following activities: Collecting signatures in support of the “Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons” in your workplaces, communities and schools; Holding A-bomb exhibitions to make known the A-bomb damage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the wishes of the Hibakusha; the National Peace March to walk across the country through May to August; Activities to achieve a nuclear weapon-free Japan by defending Article 9 of the Constitution and the Three Non-nuclear Principles.  We also call on you to deepen solidarity with the movements to support the victims of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident and to realize the eradication of radiation damage and a shift of Japan’s energy policy from nuclear power generation to renewable energy sources.

For a nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and just world, let us achieve a great success of the 2012 World Conference as a rallying point where anyone can join, raise their voices and bring the experiences of grass-roots activities from your communities, workplaces and school campuses.

Provisional schedule of the 2012 World Conference against A and H Bombs
International Meeting (Hiroshima) August 2 (Thu)- 4 (Sat):
Aug. 2(Thu)   14:00-19:00  Opening and Plenary Sessions
Aug. 3(Fri)     09:30-12:30  Plenary Session
            ; ;          14: 00-18:00  Workshops
Aug. 4(Sat)   10:00-11:30  Closing Session

2012 World Conference – Hiroshima  August 4 (Sat) - 6 (Mon):
Aug. 4(Sat)   14:00-16:30  Opening Plenary
Aug. 5(Sun)   09:30-15:00  Workshops
Aug. 6(Mon)  10:30-13:00  Closing Plenary
            ; ;          19:30-20:30  Lantern Floating Ceremony

2012 World Conference – Nagasaki  August 8 (Wed) - 9 (Thu):
Aug. 8(Wed) 13:00-16:00  International Forum
Aug. 9(Thu)   10:30-13:00  Nagasaki Day Rally
 
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World Conference against A & H Bombs
Organizing Committee
2-4-4 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8464 JAPAN
phone: +81-3-5842-6034
fax: +81-3-5842-6033
Email: intl@antiatom.org


URL: http://www.antiatom.org

D.P Lindorff Sr. Dies: Radar Pioneer, Engineering Professor, Jungian Analyst and TCBH! Contributor

 

By Dave Lindorff, Jr.

 

David Plimpton Lindorff, an occasional contributor to ThisCantBeHappening! and perhaps the last survivor of the Radiation Lab, a top-secret World War II project in Cambridge, MA that led to the placing of radar on aircraft, died March 15 in Storrs, CT at the age of 89 as a result of complications from ataxia. 

 

Israel Lobby Beats the Drums For War

 

By John Grant

 

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (or AIPAC) is having its three-day annual meeting in Washington DC beginning Sunday March 4th. AIPAC is arriving in an atmosphere of beating war drums and rattling sabers against Iran.

Israel preemptively starting a war with Iran would be bad enough, but the assumption that the United States will be part of that war should be very disturbing to Americans -- who are just getting over one misguided, costly war in Iraq and are still involved in another in Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama and His Key Advisors are a Gang of War Criminals

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

If a bunch of street toughs decided to gang up and beat the crap out of some guy in the neighborhood because they feared he might be planning to buy a gun to protect his family, I think we’d all agree that the police would be right to bust that crew and charge them with conspiracy to commit the crime of assault and battery. If they went forward with their plan and actually did attack the guy, injuring or killing him in the process, we’d also all agree they should all be charged with assault and battery, attempted murder, or even first-degree murder if he died.

 

Drones and Special Forces Invite Payback: Time for a Return to Sanity and Peace

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

The attacks and attempted attacks this week on Israeli embassy personnel in Georgia, India and Thailand should serve as a serious warning to the people of both Israel and the US that there will be an increasingly heavy price to pay for the kind of government-sponsored terror that both countries have long practiced, and that too many Americans and Israelis have mindlessly cheered on.

 

The technology of terror has become so wide-spread, and the materials needed to construct magnetically-attached  car bombs, cell-phone detonators, armor-piercing IEDs, diesel/fertilizer bombs and the like, so accessable at consumer shops, hardware stores and local junkyards, that any government, and even any relatively savvy non-government group, can assemble and employ them.

Federal Judge Strips Vermont of Power to Terminate Nuke: State Government Diddles but Vermonters Take Matters into Own Hands

 

By Dan DeWalt

 

Entergy Nuclear of Louisiana, which operates the Vermont Yankee (VY) nuclear reactor in Vernon Vermont has launched an attack on the state of Vermont with the help of the federal courts.

 

Vermont state law gives the state the power to decide whether to allow further operation of the reactor past March 21, 2012 (the expiration date for VY). When Entergy bought VY, they agreed to this law and swore that they would not try to abrogate it. This was an outright lie on Entergy's part, and they sued the state as soon as it was decided that further operation of this crumbling, leaking and led-by-liars reactor would NOT be in the interests of the state and they were not given permission to continue operation past March 21.

 

US Iran Policy in 'Lockstep' with Israel?: President Obama Risks Becoming a Major-League War Criminal

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

It’s a relief to know that President Obama’s “preferred” solution to dealing with disagreements with Iran is diplomacy, as he said yesterday in an interview on NBC TV, but at the same time, it’s profoundly disturbing that he is simultaneously saying that, as an AP report on the interview put it: he would “not take options off the table to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.”

 

Intelligence Director Holds Firm on Iran Estimate

 

Divining the Truth about Iran

February 1, 2012

Editor (Consortiumnews.com) Note: Like before the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. news media is flooding Americans with alarmist accounts about Iran’s alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons. Even when U.S. officials suggest nuance and caution, the media ignores the signals, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern reports.

By Ray McGovern

Watching top U.S. intelligence officials present the annual “Worldwide Threat Assessment” before the Senate Intelligence Committee, I found myself wondering if they would depart from the key (if politically delicate) consensus judgment that Iran is NOT working on a nuclear weapon.

The Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Slouch.

From Hannah's Blog

Remember the beast slouching towards Bethlehem? Yeats wrote a poem with that image in it. When it comes to nuclear weapons being reined in by a regional compact in the Middle East, slouching is a good term. Certainly, nobody’s rushing.

Don't Believe NY Times; Iran NOT Building Nukes

US/Israel: Iran NOT Building Nukes

January 24, 2012

Exclusive: Recent comments by U.S and Israeli military leaders indicate that the intelligence services of the two countries agree that Iran has not decided to build a nuclear bomb, a crack in the Western narrative that the U.S. press corps won’t accept, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains.

By Ray McGovern

Has Iran decided to build a nuclear bomb? That would seem to be the central question in the current bellicose debate over whether the world should simply cripple Iran’s economy and inflict severe pain on its civilian population or launch a preemptive war to destroy its nuclear capability while possibly achieving “regime change.”

The Budgies are Listless

 

By Charles M. Young

 

On Thursday, January 5, I was waiting for the elevator in the lobby of my building when I was joined by a woman who lives up the hall from me. She was carrying a grocery bag with The New York Times poking out the top. “Why did you buy it?” I asked. “They just raised the price to $2.50. Who can afford that for a daily newspaper?”

“I have a very large birdcage,” she said. “It’s the only newspaper that fits the bottom of my birdcage.”

My neighbor is a classical musician who makes a living at it. She pays attention to politics and votes. She buys things. She’s a little older than the actors playing obedient yuppies in the NYT commercials that beg for subscriptions, but is otherwise their ideal reader.

2012 is the Year to Finally Bury Nuke Power

By Harvey Wasserman

The year 2012 has opened with news that Fukushima's radioactive cloud may already have killed some 14,000 Americans, according to a major study just published in the International Journal of Health Services.

Thoughts on Mark Twain's 'The War Prayer'

 

By David Lindorff Sr.

 

We're Playing Nuclear Roulette

The International Forum on Globalization has published the most concise, useful, readable, and damning denunciation of nuclear technology I've seen.  And it's available for free as a PDF right here:

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Nuclear Roulette: The Case Against a "Nuclear Renaissance"

Nuclear energy suffers from the following drawbacks:

The energy put into mining, processing, and shipping uranium, plant construction, operation, and decommissioning is roughly equal to the energy a nuclear plant can produce in its lifetime.  In other words, nuclear energy does not add any net energy.

Not counted in that calculation is the energy needed to store nuclear waste for hundreds of thousands of years.

Also not counted is any mitigation of the relatively routine damage done to the environment, including human health, at each stage of the process.  We are giving our children cancer at an astonishing pace, through each stage from mining to operation, and through additional steps including the use of depleted uranium weapons.

Also not counted is the cost of attempting to ensure that nuclear energy states do not become nuclear weapon states (or non-state actors).

Nuclear energy is not an alternative to energies that increase global warming, because nuclear increases global warming.  When high-grade uranium runs out, nuclear will be worse for CO2 emissions than burning fossil fuels.  And as global warming advances, nuclear becomes even less efficient as reactors must shut down to avoid overheating.

The holy "marketplace" will not create or sustain a single nuclear plant.  The good ol' tax payers are on the tab to eat the financial losses and cover the costs of major disasters.  The meltdown of a single reactor in the U.S. (many of them built by GE in the same manner as the Fukushima plant in Japan) could irradiate an area the size of Pennsylvania.

Nuclear disasters are covered up (corporate newspapers still regularly claim nobody died at Three Mile Island) and near misses not discussed, in part because GE owns NBC while until 2000 Westinghouse owned CBS.

Nuclear is far less efficient when all factors are considered than other available energy sources, including wind, solar, wave, hydroelectric, and geothermal. Looking good in comparison with coal is a qualification that can still kill us. 

Here in Virginia the government has just reopened a nuclear plant on a fault where it was damaged and shut down by an earthquake in August.  Earhquakes have been increasing in frequency dramatically, thereby increasing the danger of nuclear catastrophe.

Also here in Virginia the government is trying to charge people for producing electricity from solar and trying to lift a ban on uranium mining, with catastrophy not just risked but almost guaranteed.

It doesn't have to go this way.  These choices are not driven by necessity, but by greed, corruption, and recklessness.

Share the above linked PDF with everyone you can.  It's laid out like an argument and would make perfect preparation for a debate on nuclear energy.  The author, Gar Smith, deserves huge credit.  Please put it to good use.

 

Bombs, Lies and Video: Washington's Fake 'Concern' About a Possible Israeli Attack on Iran

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

When it comes to mainstream press reports about a possible Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, it’s time to check the bullshit detector.

 

The Curiosity Mission: Nukes in Space

By KARL GROSSMAN, CounterPunch

NASA intends in coming weeks to launch a rover to be deployed on Mars fueled with 10.6 pounds of plutonium. Opponents of the launch in Florida, concerned about an accident releasing deadly plutonium, such as the explosion of the rocket that’s to loft the rover, have created a Facebook page warning people not to visit Disney theme parks in Orlando during the November 25-to-December 15 launch window. “Don’t Do Disney brought to you by NASA,” the Facebook page is titled. Other actions are planned.

IAEA's "Soviet Nuclear Scientist" Never Worked on Weapons

By Gareth Porter

WASHINGTON, Nov 9, 2011 (IPS) - The report of the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) published by a Washington think tank Tuesday
repeated the sensational claim previously reported by news media all
over the world that a former Soviet nuclear weapons scientist had
helped Iran construct a detonation system that could be used for a
nuclear weapon.

But it turns out that the foreign expert, who is not named in the IAEA
report but was identified in news reports as Vyacheslav Danilenko, is
not a nuclear weapons scientist but one of the top specialists in the
world in the production of nanodiamonds by explosives.

In fact, Danilenko, a Ukrainian, has worked solely on nanodiamonds
from the beginning of his research career and is considered one of the
pioneers in the development of nanodiamond technology, as published
scientific papers confirm.

Hiroshima Survivor Asks World to Awaken

Ms. Setsuko Thurlow at the United Nations General Assembly First Committee, October 26, 2011:

Dear Members of the First Committee and guests,

I am privileged to have this opportunity to share with you a small part of my experience of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Obama Sold Israel Bunker-Buster Bombs

While Obama publicly pressured Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians over settlements, he secretly sold Jerusalem deep-penetrating bombs it had long sought. Eli Lake previews an exclusive story appearing in Monday's Newsweek.

READ MORE.

Kansas City Here It Comes: A New Nuclear Weapons Plant!

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network

Dr. Wittner is Professor of History at the State University of New York/Albany. His latest book is Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement (Stanford University Press).

Should the U.S. government be building more nuclear weapons?  Residents of Kansas City, Missouri don’t appear to think so, for they are engaged in a bitter fight against the construction of a new nuclear weapons plant in their community.

The massive plant, 1.5 million square feet in size, is designed to replace an earlier version, also located in the city and run by the same contractor:  Honeywell.  The cost of building the new plant—which, like its predecessor, will provide 85 percent of the components of America’s nuclear weapons—is estimated to run $673 million. 

From the standpoint of the developer, Centerpoint Zimmer (CPZ), that’s a very sweet deal.  In payment for the plant site, a soybean field it owned, CPZ received $5 million.  The federal government will lease the property and plant from a city entity for twenty years, after which, for $10, CPZ will purchase it, thus establishing the world’s first privately-owned nuclear weapons plant.  In addition, as the journal Mother Jones has revealed, “the Kansas City Council, enticed by direct payments and a promise of ‘quality jobs,’ . . . agreed to exempt CPZ from property taxes on the plant and surrounding land for twenty-five years.”  The Council also agreed to issue $815 million in bond subsidies from urban blight funds to build the plant and its infrastructure.  In this lucrative context, how could a profit-driven corporation resist?

Kansas City residents, however, had greater misgivings.  They wondered why the U.S. government, already possessing 8,500 nuclear weapons, needed more of them.  They wondered what had happened to the U.S. government’s commitment to engage in treaties for nuclear disarmament.  They wondered how the new weapons plant fit in with the Obama administration’s pledge to build a world free of nuclear weapons.  And they wondered why they should be subsidizing the U.S. military-industrial complex with their tax dollars.

Knock Knock Knocking on the Devil's Door

Last year I reviewed a book called "Apocalypse Never" that made a powerful case for our options being limited to two: either we get rid of nuclear weapons or humanity will be destroyed. I noted then a deep flaw in the case: the author accepted nuclear energy as something we could survive, focusing his opposition purely on nuclear weaponry.

A new film makes the additional case I was looking for. "Knocking on the Devil's Door: Our Deadly Nuclear Legacy" by Gary Null could not come at a better time. Not far from where I write this, a nuclear plant at Lake Anna was damaged in a recent earthquake. Whether the damage was severe or not -- this time -- is unclear.

Damage at Nuclear Plants in Virginia

This was forwarded to me by a trusted friend from another trusted friend who spoke with someone whose neighbor's daughter works at North Anna, the nuclear plant in Virginia, not far from last week's earthquake.

No, that's not three confirmed sources, but I am writing a book, working jobs, and organizing a conference.  Take the following for what it's worth, and please do the reporting.

"During the quake the administration building buckled. White steam began pouring our of the stacks. There is chaos at the power station. __________ said that two NY Times reporters are investigating - ________ and ____________. He wants to get a Geiger counter and take readings near the plant. He also said that when they were first building the plant some W & M professors told them it was not safe to build it on the fault. I will let you know what else I hear."

 

Vermonters Build a Direct Action Anti-Nuke Movement They Hope Will Go National

By Dan DeWalt


Newfane, VT -- A classic David vs. Goliath battle is taking shape in the courtroom and in the streets and fields of Vermont as Entergy Nuclear of Louisiana tries to overturn Vermont law in the federal courts. 


The state has thoughtfully and repeatedly voted no to the extension of Entergy's Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor's license, which is due to expire on March 21, 2012. Results of Town Meeting votes, a 26-4 vote by the Vermont Senate, and a pivotal gubernatorial race all have shown that the state does not see Vermont Yankee as a reliable or economical partner for its energy future. Forty years' accumulation of radioactive waste on the banks of the Connecticut River is enough.

TCBH! Staff Tell the Philadelphia Inquirer to Start Acting Like a Real Newspaper

 

Journalists from ThisCantBeHappening! took on the Philadelphia Inquirer, the nation’s third oldest surviving daily, this morning, conducting a leafletting “happening” in front of the paper’s soon-to-be-sold headquarters building on Broad Street.  

 

A one-page flyer, written in old English and featuring a replica of the masthead of Benjamin Franklin’s original one-page broadsheet, the Pennsylvania Gazette, accused the oft re-sold and steadily downsized and gutted Inquirer of abandoning its Fourth Estate role in favor of entertainment and profits.

 

Truman Lied, Hundreds of Thousands Died

On August 6, 1945, President Harry S Truman announced: "Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, an important Japanese Army base. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of T.N.T.  It had more than two thousand times the blast power of the British 'Grand Slam' which is the largest bomb ever yet used in the history of warfare."

When Truman lied to America that Hiroshima was a military base rather than a city full of civilians, people no doubt wanted to believe him. Who would want the shame of belonging to the nation that commits a whole new kind of atrocity? (Will naming lower Manhattan "ground zero" erase the guilt?)  And when we learned the truth, we wanted and still want desperately to believe that war is peace, that violence is salvation, that our government dropped nuclear bombs in order to save lives, or at least to save American lives.

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