Reasons to Ban Fission

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reason number one

Plutonium is the most poisonous substance known.  Fission mass produces this doomsday toxin.

Do you really want the Bart Simpsons of the world to play with plutonium?

Do you really want the Bart Simpsons of the world to play with plutonium?

reason number two

nuclear terrorism

nuclear terrorism

nuclear terrorism
nuclear terrorism

reason number three

MUF: material unaccounted for

MUF

material unaccounted for
material unaccounted for

reason number four

radioactive waste

radwaste

the stuff keeps piling up
the stuff keeps piling up

radioactive waste

So America has to slowly die choking on this crap as a sacrificial lamb to the fission industry – which doesn’t care.

radioactive waste or "radwaste"

The USA actually imports hot garbage! Why?  Because the alternative is it piling up in other countries where terrorists can get their hands on it.
The USA actually imports hot garbage! Why? Because the alternative is it piling up in other countries where terrorists can get their hands on it.

reason number five

half-lives in the millions of years

half-lives in the millions of years

half-lives in the millions of years for some isotopes
half-lives in the millions of years for some isotopes

reason number six

dirty bombs

dirty bomb

dirty bomb  (note the jerk on the right walking towards it while the others flee)
dirty bomb (note the jerk on the right walking towards it while the others flee)

reason number seven

nuclear war as more nations get their hands on nuclear technology under the guise of building power plants (as if oil-rich countries needed more energy sources than solar)

nuclear war

nuclear war
nuclear war

reason number eight

cancer.



Exposure to only one hundred millisieverts can cause cancer.



medical science is so primitive that we treat cancer patients with radiation

effects of radiation exposure

radiation effects

reason number nine

Fission plant emissions into our air

Fission plant emissions into our air

Fission plant emissions into our air
Fission plant emissions into our air

reason number ten

Fission plant emissions into our water

Fission plant emissions into our water

Fission plant emissions into our water courtesy New York Times (see link)
Fission plant emissions into our water courtesy New York Times (see link)

reason number eleven

Too expensive to build fission plants (safe ones that is)


The bulk of government energy subsidies have gone to nuclear energy.

Nuclear loan guarantees are government handouts.

The expected default rate on nuclear loans is 50 percent or higher.

A mature industry should not require loan guarantees.

Nuclear loan guarantees take money away from other energy supplies.

(the Nuclear Energy Institute regards these as myths)



Even when Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and their kin were snapping up high-risk mortgage-backed securities, Wall Street declared nuclear power plants too expensive and too risky to finance.

Nuclear power is just too damn expensive.

http://www.realitybase.org/journal/2009/1/8/nuclear-power-is-just-too-damn-expensive.html


too expensive to build fission plants

too expensive to build fission plants
too expensive to build fission plants

reason number twelve

too expensive to maintain fission plants (safely that is)

too expensive to maintain

too expensive to maintain
too expensive to maintain

reason number thirteen

too expensive to decommission fission plants

too expensive to decommission

too expensive to decommission
too expensive to decommission

reason number fourteen

the national security required has led to a garrison state as our misled leaders try to keep nukes out of the hands of enemies that THEY have made

The misled part is the making of enemies.  They are correct to try to stop nuclear proliferation but you don't stop nuclear proliferation by building fission power plants.  That's exactly the opposite of what sane people would do.

"I'd much rather be scanned than having some ass hole touch my junk or my girl's tits. "

"I'd much rather be scanned than having some ass hole touch my junk or my girl's tits. "
"I'd much rather be scanned than having some ass hole touch my junk or my girl's tits. "

reason number fifteen

The garrison state could become worse and become a police state.


cameras everywhere

cameras everywhere
cameras everywhere

Flag waving: They wrap themselves in the flag.

They figure that people's brains don't work if they wave the flag.
They figure that people's brains don't work if they wave the flag.

They figure that people's brains don't work if they wave the flag

They figure that people's brains don't work if they wave the flag. (And frankly, that's true for a lot of jingoistic chauvinists).  They gave the destruction of the Bill of Rights the insulting name of "The Patriot Act" !  How is it patriotic to give up the rights that the soldiers at Valley Forge fought and died for?  Some of those men wintered without boots with bare bleeding feet!  That's American Revolutionary War history.

if you aren't protective of your rights . . .

If you aren't protective of your rights, then pretty soon you won't have any.
If you aren't protective of your rights, then pretty soon you won't have any.

Big Brother is not a good thing.

And we're not talking about that stupid reality TV show.
And we're not talking about that stupid reality TV show.

When the person is on the ground, why do cops keep beating?

When the person is on the ground, why do cops keep beating?  Some day that person on the ground begging the cop to stop will be you.
When the person is on the ground, why do cops keep beating? Some day that person on the ground begging the cop to stop will be you.

reason number sixteen

China Syndrome.


So far we have lucked out and have not seen the worst possible meltdown. China Syndrome refers to the exaggeration that a reactor could melt all the way down through the core of the Earth and up through China.



[Needless to say, anything would stop at the center of the Earth which is the center of gravity and not melt up against the pull of gravity. And while we are injecting humor on this not-very-funny topic, in China they call it the USA Syndrome.]


melt down

(China Syndrome)
(China Syndrome)

reason number seventeen

Limited liability but unlimited damage.


The insurance and clean-up superfund and risk management is not equal to the hazard.

Twelve billion dollars ( $12,000,000,000 ) is no where near the trillions realistically needed for places like Yucca Mountain, decommissioning old unsafe plants, class-action lawsuits, the NSA/Department of Defense budget to protect us from nuclear terrorists, insurance, environmental clean-up, the loss of funds for research into alternatives to fission thanks to the budget cuts, the loss of America's competitiveness as measured by GDP, evacuation during incidents, community-wide safety drills (unneeded for solar or wind), paying nearby residents to move & relocate when a region needs to be written off as too dangerous to live in, and maybe the cost of sending the radwaste into space to finally be rid of it.

A large chunk of Four Corners (Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona) has been written off as a national sacrifice area thanks to uranium mining. It is not just Navajo Indians suffering health problems because of fission. We all are.

Add all this up and the cost is in the trillions.  Maybe one quadrillion dollars.  Or more.


Nuclear Liability Exclusion

Environmental impairment liability (EIL) insurance has existed as a separate insurance coverage since 1977 in the United States.



EIL policies have nuclear exclusions comparable to the broad form nuclear liability exclusion that is attached to the CGL policy (commercial general liability). In general, the nuclear exclusion eliminates coverage for high-level nuclear materials. Low-level nuclear materials can be covered under the EIL policy, with the exception of materials that are covered under liability policies underwritten by the nuclear insurance pools.


How much is One Trillion dollars?

How much is One Trillion dollars?
How much is One Trillion dollars?

a lot of money

a lot of money
a lot of money

But we said it might be more than a trillion -- a quadrillion

A quadrillion dollars for fission is a money pit that comes close to being a black hole sucking our financial universe away.
A quadrillion dollars for fission is a money pit that comes close to being a black hole sucking our financial universe away.

It is sad when even math teachers don't understand big numbers.

1000 -- one thousand

1,000,000 -- one million

1,000,000,000 -- one billion

1,000,000,000,000 -- one trillion

1,000,000,000,000,000 -- one quadrillion

1,000,000,000,000,000,000 -- one quintillion

The system of big numbers is simple: sets of three zeroes demarcate steps. Latin prefixes are the same as with multiple births: tri/triplets, quad/quadruplets, quint/quintuplets, sex/sextuplets, sept/septuplets, oct/octuplets and so on up to twenty. See? That was easy!

When someone says a gajillion or a bazillion or some such bullsh-t then you know that they are either a math illiterate or have math phobia. No one ever died from being bitten by a number. However, ignorance of money will drive you to bankruptcy as the fission industry is proving.

Fortunately, there are viable alternatives to nuclear power, including efficiency, wind, biomass and geothermal, which are not only more environmentally friendly and cheaper, but could be built much more quickly and at much lower risk to investors and taxpayers. And recent changes in the long-term outlook for U.S. natural gas supplies make nuclear power look even more uneconomical.


reason number eighteen

Chernobyl.


Beware! There are documentaries currently being circulated purportedly showing that green vegetation has returned to Chernobyl and it is no longer a gray landscape. But would YOU eat anything from those gardens?


Chernobyl today

Chernobyl today
Chernobyl today

reason number nineteen

Fukushima.


Do you think that the Japanese think fission is cheap?

The short answer is no.
The short answer is no.

reason number twenty

Contamination.


contaminated air

contaminated air
contaminated air

contaminated air

contaminated air
contaminated air

contaminated air

contaminated air
contaminated air

contaminated food

The photo is fuzzy but the man grocery shopping is wearing a surgical mask.
The photo is fuzzy but the man grocery shopping is wearing a surgical mask.

contaminated food

Maybe it's me but I don't like my fish to have three eyes (not even flounder) or other meat to have tumors.  Milk from cows that ate fallout dusting the pasture and food that alarms a Geiger counter are also unacceptable.
Maybe it's me but I don't like my fish to have three eyes (not even flounder) or other meat to have tumors. Milk from cows that ate fallout dusting the pasture and food that alarms a Geiger counter are also unacceptable.

Geiger counter

You shouldn't need to take this when you go grocery shopping but maybe you should to be on the safe side.
You shouldn't need to take this when you go grocery shopping but maybe you should to be on the safe side.

If your ice cubes sink, don't drink!

If your ice sinks, not sure the poison control center hotline or the Emergency Room can help you.
If your ice sinks, not sure the poison control center hotline or the Emergency Room can help you.

reason number twenty-one

It is unforgiving technology if safety procedures fail.


And humans are not perfect.



(Humans don't have to be perfect with solar or wind or geothermal or other alternatives.)

What do you mean 99% is not good enough?

 99% No explosion days works out to about three days a year.
99% No explosion days works out to about three days a year.

an another plant bites the dust

and we breathe the dust
and we breathe the dust

reason number twenty-two

Lies and cover ups by the fission industry.

Cheney's legacy

visit this website

Keep an open mind but not so open that your brains fall out.  Be skeptical of the Obama rants.  He's too pro-fission but don't make this personal.  The enemy is fission not a particular person.  Obama might someday be convinced to be anti-fission.
Keep an open mind but not so open that your brains fall out. Be skeptical of the Obama rants. He's too pro-fission but don't make this personal. The enemy is fission not a particular person. Obama might someday be convinced to be anti-fission.

reason number twenty-three

Birth defects.


depleted uranium baby

depleted uranium baby

abandoned baby in Semipalatinsk, Russia’s nuclear test site

abandoned baby in Semipalatinsk, Russias nuclear test site
abandoned baby in Semipalatinsk, Russias nuclear test site

censorship

I have a strong stomach but I can stand to see only a limited amount of adults suffering. And this is about children suffering . . .

Besides that, it is simply hard to obtain photos of the victims in cases where the US government is alleged to have censored images. This charge gains currency when even images of caskets of US soldiers arriving back in the states is censored when, before President Bush, no such censorship occurred.


Weapons Release Depleted Uranium Causing Deaths and Birth Defects 10 Years After Iraqi War

Editor's Note

Dr. Siegwart Horst-Gunther, authored a 1996 book titled, "URANIUM PROJECTILES - SEVERELY MAIMED SOLDIERS, DEFORMED BABIES, DYING CHILDREN" (ISBN: 3-89484-805-7). The book is a documentary record of the depleted uranium ammunition effects on Iraqi babies that were taken between 1993 and 1995. The book has been censored in the USA. Dr. Gunther also has in his possession additional photographs from his unpublished collection which feature the birth deformities being experienced by USA Iraqi war veterans' children. Dr. Gunther has given permission for his pictures to be treated as 'Public Domain' and copyright free. Please reproduce them and distribute them as widely as possible. The deformities are similar to those experienced by both Vietnam war veterans and Vietnamese mothers because of the US Military/Industrial Complex's use of the abominable chemical of mass destruction called "Agent Orange". The Pentagon has swept these American baby deformities and its causes under the rug.


Editor's Note -- Or so they say. Do your own research to verify. They could very well be completely true assertions. I just provide the links.

I do not speak German nor do I trust translation software to convey a speaker's meaning correctly. When I come across German language links, it always crosses my mind if the visual element seems a little extreme that it might be some neo-Nazi site. I apologize to anti-Nazi Germans because I know that the vast majority of modern Germans are good people.

Likewise, I do not speak Arabic so when a search engine leads me to a Arabic language website with content about some topic that I am researching, I find myself assuming that those behind the website must be spouting or spewing anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish vitriol. I have drank the nine pound eleven ounce size of vitriol and never wanted to try it again. I apologize to any Arab Americans and any Christian Arabs in other countries if I have given offense. I don't need to apologize to my Jewish and Israeli readers because they have thick skin and heard much worse -- but I apologize to Jews and Muslims anyway. Frankly, it is a wonder that we can communicate across national and religious lines at all.

By the way, vitriol is an actual chemical. I was referring to a date at the WTC.

Babies suffer: the Warmongers deadly legacy (Depleted Uranium in Iraq)

editor's note

Do not be quick to dismiss the reports of many of these Iraq and Afghanistan links just because of the style. If the exact same words were used by talking heads on the news channel, they could be said by conservative Republicans or Al Jazeera. I suggest that the best use of the links is to understand what is going on from their point of view regardless of whether you agree since the point is to understand them not necessarily agree with them. And even they do not blame our soldiers, just those who profit off the war.

My analysis does not necessarily blame a specific war profiteer. Instead, we are there to protect the interests of the oil companies and even Pentagon generals and admirals and national security think tanks have said the same thing. Of course, if a kid occupying Wall Street quotes them, we call it "speaking truth to power." If a peasant farmer in the Middle East quotes the national security advisor, then they are called a terrorist and a Predator drone is on the way.

It is not what is said, it is who says it.


Depleted Uranium in Iraq Ten years after the War still causes deformed births

reason number twenty-four

Have to abandon the region around an accident.

Do you want to live in Chernobyl or next to Fukushima?


keep out

New Zealanders take it step further

They don't even want nuclear-powered ships in their ports.




reason number twenty-five

Dead and dying nuclear workers and personnel.

sick nuclear worker George Barrie

He worked in Rocky Flats, dealing with top-secret materials at this atomic weapon complex northwest of Denver. Doctors say he developed a pre-cancerous stomach condition, on top of several other ailments. He has to sleep with an oxygen mask every . .
He worked in Rocky Flats, dealing with top-secret materials at this atomic weapon complex northwest of Denver. Doctors say he developed a pre-cancerous stomach condition, on top of several other ailments. He has to sleep with an oxygen mask every . . | Source

THE EXPOSED: Sick nuclear workers rally for help in Oak Ridge, TN

Villagers Blame Radioactive Pollution for 2-Headed Calf Birth

Last time we checked, we get our milk from cows.


A calf with two heads has been born in a Siberian village near a nuclear plant, Gazeta.ru website said Tuesday.

Naumovka village is located in dangerous proximity to one of Russias largest nuclear sites  the closed Seversk territory, the former secret Tomsk-7 site, where weapons-grade plutonium used to be produced.
Naumovka village is located in dangerous proximity to one of Russias largest nuclear sites the closed Seversk territory, the former secret Tomsk-7 site, where weapons-grade plutonium used to be produced.

reason number twenty-six

Radioactive pollution is getting into our bodies regardless of whether we are pro-fission or anti-fission.


It is in our food, our clothing fibers, and our building materials and therefore our homes. How are we supposed to protect ourselves, our children, and our parents when the industry and the government won't listen to us?


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reason number twenty-seven

Fission is a devil's bargain.


As weapons, nukes hurt the user almost as much as the victims.

As source of electricity, the many costs are too high.

As medical technology, it causes more cancer than it cures.

Satan must have invented fission and the Mister Burns of the world are the only ones who profit.


reason number twenty-eight

Thermal pollution.


thermal pollution

thermal pollution

thermal pollution

Before the present day, people used to report water down river of the Savannah River Site was actually boiling. What fish can live in that? Don't you want your grandchildren to be able to go fishing and not die from what they caught?


thermal pollution

thermal pollution

Does it makes sense to anyone but Rush Limbaugh for fish to be cooked before you pull them out of the water?


thermal pollution

reason number twenty-nine

September 29, 1957 – The Kyshtym Disaster


The Khystym Disaster

The Kyshtym Disaster

The Kyshtym Disaster

The Kyshtym Disaster

I'm still gathering details but you will note the variant spelling -- sometimes with h, sometimes without. It is said that an entire region of Russia was removed from the map because after the disaster, Russian map bureaus no longer listed villages and towns in the mining region where it occurred.


reason number thirty

premature aging.


radiation sickness

even in mild doses can cause premature aging

This is not a mild dose.
This is not a mild dose.

reason number thirty-one

Doomsday devices.

They can destroy the world, or at least the human race, in one fell swoop.


no photo of a doomsday device is available

but they are said to exist
but they are said to exist

This was an A-bomb. H-bombs are more powerful.

Doomsday weapons are more powerful than even the most powerful H-bombs.
Doomsday weapons are more powerful than even the most powerful H-bombs.

reason number thirty-two

Clean-up is a b*tch.


As the Russians could tell you and the Japanese could tell you, cleaning up the mess after a nuclear accident is very difficult. One hundred (100%) percent clean-up is impossible. Go back to reason number five if you need to know why.

Case in point: Hanford.

Even when there is no accident, clean-up is a . . . b*tch. Each year, the federal government spends about $2 billion toward cleaning up the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.

that's Billion with a B

Hanford site map

they not only have to clean up buildings

they have to clean up the soil under buildings

even under pits, tanks and basins

the Plutonium Finishing Plant at Hanford

work with plutonium and you are finished
work with plutonium and you are finished

dumping ground

reason number thirty-three

Fatalities are worse than we were told.

Chernobyl death toll is grossly underestimated. As high as (250,000) two hundred fifty thousand?



The real face of the nuclear industry

Each one of these statistics has a face. Many people are paying a price for the negligence of a dirty and dangerous industry:


http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/features/chernobyl-deaths-180406/


The nuclear industry has a lot to hide. When things go wrong, as they often do, they really go wrong and people pay with their lives. The people in the pictures you will see at the Greenpeace hyperlink are just a few who have paid the real cost of the nuclear industry. Next time you hear that we need nuclear power; consider if you want to experience the same fate?



These powerful images are a timely reminder that human lives are more than just numbers. For each statistic there is a person paying the ultimate price. Anyone who doubts the dangers of nuclear power should visit and see for themselves one of the reasons why we oppose nuclear power. Twenty years on, every nuclear power plant bears the legacy of the nuclear industry's victims; and every nuclear power plant represents the threat of becoming the next Chernobyl.

curies per square kilometer

the death toll may be as high as one million

according to the book "Chernobyl" by Yablokov & Nesterenko (New York: NY Academy of Sciences, 2010)

Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment

Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, Volume 1181 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences)
Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, Volume 1181 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences)

This volume, written by leading authorities from Eastern Europe, outlines the history of the health and environmental consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. Although there has been much discussion concerning the impacts of nuclear accidents, and Chernobyl in particular, never before has there been a comprehensive presentation of all the available information concerning the health and environmental effects of the low dose radioactive contaminants that were emitted from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The official discussions emanating from the IAEA and associated UN agencies (e.g. the Chernobyl Forum reports) have largely downplayed or ignored many of the findings reported in the Eastern European scientific literature and as a consequence these reports have erred on the side of negative findings simply because much of what was known was not included in their assessments. This new book provides a complete and extensive summary of all known research, including that published in Russian and Ukrainian, and provides new insights to the likely long term health and environmental consequences of nuclear accidents.

 

reason number thirty-four

Germany is phasing out nuclear power.

the real reason Germany is phasing out nuclear power

reason number thirty-five

Italy is phasing out nuclear power.


The fallout from Fukushima continues. Concerns about an effort by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to revive his country's nuclear power program helped drive millions of Italians to the polls June 13, when they voted overwhelmingly to block any such revival amid safety concerns following the meltdown in March of the Japanese plant.


Italy Says No to Nuclear Power — and to Berlusconi

demonstrators during the run-up to the June 13, 2011, referendum
demonstrators during the run-up to the June 13, 2011, referendum | Source

reason number thirty-six

Other countries are phasing out nuclear power.


even France!

Even France!

Even France has got the bug, with a moratorium on new nuclear projects and the shut down of the troubled Superphoenix Fast Breeder.


reason number thirty-seven

fall-out.


The fall-out from Chernobyl circled the Earth to reach America. The fall-out from Fukushima has a shorter distance to travel to reach the USA.

fall-out

reason number thirty-eight

A furnace at a nuclear waste incinerator in southern France exploded Monday September 13th 2011, killing one person and injuring four others.

The oven, used to melt low level radioactive waste, blew up causing a fire to break out but no radioactive or chemical leaks occurred, said power company Electricite de France SA, whose subsidiary operates the furnace.

map

smoke

nuclear accident in southern France

An explosion Monday at the Marcoule nuclear waste processing facility in southern France killed one person, seriously burned another and slightly injured three others, the country's nuclear safety body and local authorities said. There was no leak of radioactive material according to the French nuclear safety body and local authorities. It was not immediately clear how serious the accident was. The facility recycles plutonium from nuclear weapons. The authorities quickly downplayed the accident. The plant is on the Mediterranean Sea near The Riviera.

medical evacuation

Marcoule plant

check for radiation at Centraco

A member of a specialized team checked for radiation outside the Centraco nuclear waste treatment center on Monday
A member of a specialized team checked for radiation outside the Centraco nuclear waste treatment center on Monday

The French Riviera

The French Riviera

1 Dead, 4 Hurt In Explosion At French Nuclear Site

The Early Show: Explosion reported at French nuke plant, 1 dead

France: 1 dead, 4 injured at nuclear plant blast

reason number thirty-nine

The crisis at Fukushima is not over despite no longer being in the headlines. And people from all over Japan and from all walks of life in Japan quietly protest against the restart each day when they get off from work. What do they know that we do not know?


nuclear power protest in Japan

nuclear power protest in Japan
nuclear power protest in Japan

reason number forty

India may be next to go nuclear-free.


India has 16 reactors operating, 8 reactors under construction, and is planning an additional 24. However, one state said no.


India Nuclear power plants map

Source

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant

Source

reason number forty-one

Nuclear accidents still happen in the USA.

San Onofre Nuclear Plant

Source

reason number forty-two

Iran wants nukes.

Source

Why?

Persian pride or whatever. The fact is that Iran has plenty of sunshine, wind, hydro and oil. So with all that energy, why do they need fission power too?

They don't.

Anyone with a brain knows that this so-called "peaceful" uses of the atom is just a front for making nuclear bombs or, at best, reactors produce electricity (and this is supposed to distract from military bomb making). We have been hearing PR nonsense (the atom is our friend) from the fission industry since Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We generally don't hear about the victims, the dissolving bones, the radwaste stacking up, and how it can be used to make dirty bombs.

We in the West cannot have it both ways. We cannot say that "peaceful" uses are okay (monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency) and then turn around and act surprised when nation after nation is building a nuke. Neither "peaceful" nor war uses are okay because "peaceful" uses lead to war uses. Nuclear proliferation is nuclear proliferation. Don't quibble on meaningless details. We in the West need to shut down our nuclear reactors and set an example rather than pontificate to Iran. But if Iran is attacked to stop it from making nukes to either flatten Israel or Iraq or Saudi Arabia or another nation or to stop it from handing nukes to Al Qaeda; then Iran has it coming. We should be truly sorry that the innocent people of Iran will get killed because of the stupidity of their leaders and the stupidity of our leaders.


Editor's Note -- I am mostly talking about France because it set a bad example to other nations by letting French companies sell nuclear technology to nuclear-free countries.


reason number forty-three

North Korea wants a nuke.

North Korea wants nuclear weapons

North Korea wants nuclear weapons so badly that it has made it a top priority in that sad country. North Koreans are not allowed to freely visit family in South Korea separated by the border. North Korea has wrecked business deals with South Korea that would help its economy. North Korea has kidnapped South Koreans and killed South Koreans and then gotten angry when South Korea held up food shipments to the north -- as if South Korea was obligated to help a hostile enemy that kills its citizens.

North Korea wants nuclear weapons and threatens to launch missiles at the USA for reasons that no one can fathom. If North Korea fully develops a nuclear capability, then South Korea and Japan and other neighboring countries will have to get nukes also to protect themselves. This would destabilize all of Asia and the Pacific and probably lead to World War Three.

Some say this is posturing. Some posturing. Ships have been sunk. An airliner has been shot down. South Korean villages shelled. People are dead. Whether they are crazy or stupid makes no difference. It is nuclear proliferation. More nukes in the hands of people who do not know restraint. More spread of knowledge of how to kill large numbers of people that cannot be unlearned. More lip service to "peaceful uses of nuclear energy" when North Korea could easily tap all that wind power and geothermal sources and tidal power that North Korea has in abundance.

Energy is a smoke screen. It is about the power to kill large numbers of people -- with weapons of mass destruction.

Who suffers the most?

The people of North Korea suffer the most. They have suffered since the division of Korea into North and South. The South concentrated on capitalist development while the North concentrated on communist propaganda and purges. The result was predictable famine. North Koreans have starved for over half a century while callous communists engaged in trivial pursuits like pampering the supreme leaders with Playboy lifestyles, tunnels under the DMZ, occasional artillery attacks on the South, and wasting as much money as possible on missile development and nuclear weapon development.

Who has perpetrated this famine?

Kim Il-sung, his son Kim Jong-il, and his son Kim Jong-un have all run the family business of punishing the North Korean people for the crime of being in a communist country. The South Koreans meanwhile enjoy the fruits of being in a country that does not delude itself with non-functional Marxist ideas. But if North Korea gets nuclear weapons, then the South Koreans will be forced to do likewise since the nuclear umbrella extended by the USA is likely to fold under the pressure of budget cuts instigated by Tea Party psychotics. This in turn means that money that the South Koreans could use to further raise their already high standard of living will be diverted into a nuclear buildup. The US taxpayers can tell any willing listener what happens when that happens -- you get multi-Trillion dollar debt and Republicans who want everything but nukes cut in budget cuts. You get a declining standard of living and children who are not as well off as their parents. And finally you get World War Three and a radioactive world.

Thanks for nothing nukes !!!


the statues being worshipped are two of the Kim dynasty

reason number forty-four

They want to mine near the Grand Canyon.

So you say: "What's the big deal?"

The big deal is strip mining and underground mining. Underground mining of uranium there could poison the ground water.

So you say: "The Grand Canyon is nature's erosion. How could strip mining possibly hurt the Grand Canyon?"

It could become a flat plain or a lake. Either way would erase the Grand Canyon. And the Grand Canyon is a national treasure that belongs to all of us -- not a mining company that doesn't care either about the USA or the health hazards of uranium on humans.


Grand Canyon

reason number forty-five

Fission is not viable without corporate welfare.

Creative Commons license
Creative Commons license | Source
source: The Teamsters
source: The Teamsters

reason number forty-six

Nuclear waste dumps that are not supposed to leak, do leak.



We expect Hanford to leak but not the Waste Isolation Power Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico.

notice how they are dumping it right off our shores

(not that we should dump off someone else's shore, they might nuke us)
(not that we should dump off someone else's shore, they might nuke us)

nuclear waste dumps at sea

This is a modification of a Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary map created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A marine sanctuary is like a national park at sea.



Nuclear waste dumping sites are indicated. Over time, many of the drums have moved and are not as isolated as these sites indicate. How they moved is not known. Earthquake is possible, terrorist scuba divers is possible, and even very hungry great white sharks but undersea currents would have to be very strong to move heavy barrels weighted with cement. Additionally, it is potentially the case that some of the waste was never dropped at the exact locations to begin with.



According to a 1980 report by the US Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 47,500 containers, 55 gallon steel drums, were dumped in the vicinity of the Farallones, with a total estimated radioactive activity of 14,500 Curies. All but 3,500 of these were dumped at 37º37'N, 123º17'W; the rest were dumped at 37º38'N, 123º08'W.


Farallon nuclear waste dumping

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Probes sent to the outer Solar System are powered by RTG's -- Radioisotope thermoelectric generators. An RTG is a fission electrical generator that uses plutonium, the deadliest substance known. This poses no danger to us but if a probe is sent to Europa, a moon of Jupiter, or Titan, a moon of Saturn, to look for life, then we could accidentally kill the life that we claim to be looking to find.

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