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CBS promotes Fukushima-area seafood; Better if it’s allowed to contain more radioactive waste? — CBS email to US Gov’t: The best way for NRC to calm Americans’ nuclear anxiety is to be interviewed by ’60 Minutes’
CBS News, Dec. 19, 2013: [...] seafood samples will be checked for radiation — part of Japan’s fight to restore confidence in its food supply after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. [...] Under unusually conservative radiation safety limits enacted in the wake of the Fukushima accident in March 2011, a reading of more than 100 bequerels per kilogram triggers an automatic ban. [...] critics have argued that Japan’s safety standard — created to reassure terrified citizens after the catastrophe — is unnecessarily low. Ken Buesseler, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts who has studied marine contamination, wrote in the magazine Science that tightening safety standards “may have had the opposite effect, as the public now sees more products considered unfit for human consumption.” [...] “Sometimes we are tempted to take a bite,” one employee tells us [...] A team of experts from the IAEA recently backed Japan’s claim that radiation levels, despite ongoing problems with wastewater leaks at the crippled nuclear plant, were returning to normal. [...] Tokyo is anxious to make the nation’s food producers as globally focused and competitive as their colleagues in the auto industry. [...]
Email from CBS producer Daniel Ruetenik to a spokesperson at U.S. embassy in Tokyo, Mar. 14, 2011: [...] we’d like to request an interview with members of the NRC team once they have finished their analysis. Speaking with 60 Minutes would be the best way to reach the largest audience and calm the growing anxiety amongst Americans about the dangers from the nuclear release. [...]
Perhaps CBS made the same offer to the NSA before ‘60 Minutes‘ aired it’s segment on the agency Sunday night. Didn’t get a chance to watch? Wired has a recap: 60 Minutes Puff Piece Claims NSA Saved U.S. From Cyberterrorism or try CBS Airs NSA Propaganda Informercial and also Don’t Believe a Word of Last Night’s 60 Minutes NSA Interview plus
Why Did 60 Minutes Let the Head of the NSA Fool Its Audience?
Watch the CBS broadcast here
- Emergency declared due to fire at U.S. nuclear plant — ‘Unusual Event’ lasted over 90 minutes May 13, 2013
- Tornadoes damage nuclear reactors in Alabama: ‘Unusual event’ after normal and alternate power supply unavailable for over 15 minutes — Same design as Fukushima April 28, 2011
- US Survey: Nuclear industry wrong — Fukushima having major, lasting impact on Americans March 9, 2012
- Emergency declared after fire at U.S. nuclear plant — Lasted almost 30 minutes April 16, 2013
- CNN Expert: Asteroid will miss us “by about 15 minutes” next week — Would flatten around 1,200 sq. miles — Coming closer than TV satellites (VIDEO) February 9, 2013
CBS promotes Fukushima-area seafood; Better if it’s allowed to contain more radioactive waste? — CBS email to US Gov’t: The best way for NRC to calm Americans’ nuclear anxiety is to be interviewed by ’60 Minutes’.
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BBC News Article on the ReThink911 Campaign in Canada
December 17, 2013 — Yesterday the BBC published an article about the ongoing ReThink911 ad campaign in Ottawa. Featured on the BBC’s News homepage, the article was seen by hundreds of thousands of readers.
This piece marks the fifth mainstream news article about ReThink911’s Ottawa campaign since the announcement of the campaign on November 20. But unlike its Canadian counterparts, the BBC has a tendency for falseness and one-sidedness rivaled only by the likes of Fox News.
Read the article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25370076
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The BBC’s article on the ReThink911 ad campaign in Ottawa is a journalistic disgrace. The number of false claims and one-sided maneuvers is simply astounding.
Most disturbing is how the article falsely labeled Jonathan Kay and Popular Mechanics “experts,” while neglecting to quote a single one of the 2,100 engineering and architecture experts who are so critical of the official account that they are demanding a new World Trade Center investigation. In addition, the article provides links to every source it references that supports the official account of 9/11, but not a single link to a source critiquing the official account.
With regard to the poll commissioned by ReThink911 and conducted by the polling firm YouGov, the article falsely, groundlessly calls it “unscientific,” and then conveniently neglects to embed or link to the 30-second video shown to the poll respondents. It seems rather obvious the video would be of interest to your readers.
The article disrespectfully caricatures 9/11 activists by likening the group in Hamilton, Ontario to terrorists belonging to a “cell,” and the article does not mention even once the name of the ad campaign – or its website ReThink911.org.
If your goal was to mislead the public about the very serious pursuit of truth regarding the events of 9/11, congratulations, I would say you succeeded admirably – except I think most people can see through this atrocious, unabashedly one-sided “reporting.”
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The Prince of Wales met the leaders Middle East-based Christian churches
Unusually, the British Monarchy has spoken up regarding Christians being persecuted by Islam, and it’s followers.
Prince Charles commented after visiting an Egyptian Coptic church and the Syriac Orthodox cathedral , both based in the UK.
Speaking at a reception after the visits he said:
“For 20 years I have tried to build bridges between Islam and Christianity to dispel ignorance and misunderstanding.
The point though, surely, is that we have now reached a crisis where bridges are rapidly being deliberately destroyed by those with a vested interest in doing so.
This is achieved through intimidation, false accusation and organised persecution including to the Christian communities in the Middle East at the present time.”
Violence against Christians is increasing across the globe, and atrocities in the Middle East have markedly increased of late.
via Prince Charles States “Christians Are Persecuted By Islamists on the Same Day That A UK Jihadist Br igade is Uncovered in Syria” | The Daily Sheeple.
By Shyamantha Asokan and Chris Francescani
India removes barriers to U.S. embassy as anger grows over diplomat’s arrest Reuters
U.S.’s Kerry expresses regret to India over diplomat case Reuters
Indian official: Diplomat’s arrest in NYC barbaric Associated Press
Did US mistreat Indian diplomat? Her country is furious Christian Science Monitor
Row grows after US Marshals strip-search Indian diplomat AFP
NEW DELHI/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Indian police removed concrete security barriers outside the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday in apparent retaliation for the treatment of an Indian diplomat who was strip-searched after her arrest in New York last week.
The diplomatic spat was triggered by the December 12 arrest of Devyani Khobragade, a deputy consul general at the Indian Consulate in New York, on charges of visa fraud and making false statements.
On Tuesday, New Delhi police used tow trucks and a backhoe loader to drag away long concrete blocks from roads running past the embassy and leading up to gates of the compound, a Reuters witness said.
The low barriers had prevented vehicles from approaching the compound at high speeds and were presumably designed to help protect the embassy against attack from suicide bombers.
The embassy has multiple layers of security and is also protected by a high wall.
Indian police and government officials declined repeated requests for comment on why the barricades were taken away, but Indian television networks, citing unnamed sources, said their removal was one of several retaliatory measures India planned.
via India removes U.S. Embassy security barriers in spat – Yahoo News.
Public Banking Is Key to Freeing America and the World from the Usurious,
Corrupt, and Corrupting Wall Street Private Banking System, PBI
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 5, 2013
Stemming the Transfer of Wealth from Main Street to Wall Street with Publicly-Owned Banks
PBI Newsletter, November/December 2013
Stemming the Transfer of Wealth from Main Street to Wall Street with Publicly-Owned Banks
From the Editor:
As 2013 draws to a close, state, local, and federal governments are battling debt and interest burdens that are greater than ever. Their receipts are down and their bills are up. The only alternative has been to borrow – at interest – creating an exponentially growing debt. While “conservatives” express alarm at the ever-increasing debt levels and “liberals” denounce calls for austerity and cuts in essential services, there is one concern that should be shared by the 99%: Borrowing at interest increases costs and debt and transfers wealth out of our communities and into the pockets of Wall Street financiers, unless we borrow from our own publicly-owned banks.
From 2000 to 2010, the total debt of state and local governments increased by a factor of 2.5 from $1.2 trillion to approximately $3 trillion. With burdening compound interest, this increased debt has put a strain on the budgets of states and local communities, which are required to balance their budgets, forcing states and communities to not only cut spending, but, in some cases, take on further debt. Some states, including California and New York, have worked to curb their debt spending as their debt burdens had become increasingly unmanageable.
via Public Banking Is Key to Freeing America and the World from the Usurious, Corrupt, and Corrupting Wall Street Private Banking System, PBI.
China vs US ‘Sea-to-shining-sea’
By Pepe Escobar
December 18, 2013 “Information Clearing House – It happened now and it will happen again: a near-collision between an American and a Chinese naval vessel in the South China Sea.
The USS Cowpens, a 10,000-ton guided-missile cruiser, got “too close” to a drill involving the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier, and its carrier task force, according to the Global Times.
The US Pacific Fleet stressed that the cruiser had to take emergency measures to avoid a collision. Yet the Global Times accused the cruiser of “harassing” the Liaoning formation by taking “offensive actions”.
The paper spelt it loudly; “If the American navy and air force always encroach near China’s doorstep, confrontation is bound to take place.”
Finally, China’s Defense Ministry intervened to clarify that the vessels had “met” each other in the South China Sea but the worst was avoided via “effective and normal communication”.
Communication had better be damned “effective” from now on as China asserts itself as a rising sea power and it’s obviously unclear who can really do what in the South as well as the East China Sea, not to mention the oceans beyond.
It’s a fact that China’s still booming economy is directly dependent on its complex maritime lines of supply (and demand) – mostly over the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific. But that does not mean that China is trying to control its surrounding seas by imposing a sino-version of the 19th century Monroe Doctrine, which was essentially a continental strategy of hemispheric domination (ask any informed Latin American about it).
Beijing is indeed increasing maritime patrols in the South and East China Sea. There have been some scuffles, mostly rhetorical, with, for instance, the Philippines. And as Beijing decided to create its new air defense identification zone (ADIZ), commercial airlines – not inclined to jeopardize their insurance arrangements – are all filing their flight plans with Beijing, which means they acknowledge China’s right and authority.
Let’s say China is now in the stage of creating facts on the sea. For the moment, a kind of uneasy accommodation seems to prevail involving the Americans and also the Japanese. Beijing knows that the US Navy and the Japanese navy have better training – and more experience – than the Chinese navy. Once again, for now.
Slouching across the Rimland
via China vs US ‘sea-to-shining-sea’.
Let Saudi Arabia Go It Alone
By Dr. Ludwig Watzal
December 18, 2013 “Information Clearing House – On December 17, 2013, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Great Britain published an Op-Ed in the New York Times accusing the West of not having confronted Syria and Iran head-on. An ambassador is traditionally the mouthpiece of his government. But the political rhetoric he used suggests that he also acted therein as megaphones of the Neocons or the US military, which are critical of Obama’s allegedly soft policy towards Syria and Iran.
Facially, the Saudis are concerned about the stability and security of the region. For the outside observer it seems bizarre that the last feudal and most fundamentalist Islamic regimes under the sun should complain about the alleged dangers, which the Assad regime and its supporter, Iran, pose to the Middle Eastern region. The Saudis were, after all, the first, after the US and Israel, who applauded the Egyptian military coup against the only democratic elected government of Egypt. This should tell something about the close cooperation between Western democracies and authoritarian and fundamentalist regimes.
The Saudi ambassador has the gall to accuse Iran of not only supporting an “evil regime” in Syria but financing and training “militias in Iraq, Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon and militants in Yemen and Bahrain”. These allegations lack any basis. Not content to level these accusations, he added: “The West has allowed one regime to survive and the other to continue its program for uranium enrichment, with all the consequent dangers of weaponization.” Are not the Saudis the one that finance not only fundamentalist movements all over the world but also the terrorist groups in Syria?
via Let Saudi Arabia Go It Alone.