US – Downgraded! The OBAMA PLAN revealed. – Obama Should not be President.

April 18, 2011

His incompetence and illegal Presidency should be REDACTED.

This man has destabilized the country as the nail in the coffin.

Soros’ henchman is what he is.  The Communists (Globalists) tool.

He is in direct violation of Article 1 section 9 – nobility clause.

His birth is questionable

His actions are directly contrary to American security and sovereignty.

It’s said that one knows one by ones friends and associates.   Obama cavorts with thugs and thieves.  Truly, horrible people.  People who are terrorists and those who would seek to do harm to people in America and America ITSELF.  This is not an American President.  He is the Anti American President.  People from other countries come and have babies who take advantage of America.  Voter fraud is sanctioned through sanctuary cities.

This is EVIL

Stocks sink after US debt outlook downgrade

(AP) – 1 hour ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are falling sharply lower after Standard & Poor’s dropped its outlook on U.S debt quality to negative.

Even as it cut its outlook, the agency reaffirmed the U.S. debt rating itself at AAA.

International concerns are also weighing on stocks even after several companies reported earnings that beat expectations.

Traders are facing the renewed threat of a Greek debt default. China took another step to curb its runaway inflation.

In morning trading, the Dow Jones industrial average is down 175 points, or 1.4 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 is down 19, or 1.5 percent. The Nasdaq composite is down 40, or 1.5 percent.

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Army, Navy, Air force, Marine – Suicide – Due to Helplessness and the inability to DO anything.

April 9, 2011

I have warned before that more were coming.

This is only the beginning.

When they, the men, start seeing women, in their combat shoes, then they will be completely demoralized.  There are a few levels to that.  The first is that men naturally feel protective of women and seeing them dead will create an inner struggle for life.  Women are life and the protectors of life.  This will create a scar in a mans mind.  They will also feel anger, because they will have an added burden of ensuring that the women stay safer.

The policies are being created to ensure the inability to fight.  To weaken.  To come away in defeat.  They WANT us to loose.  There is NO other way to view it.

 

War casualty on the home front

A poster boy for suicide prevention, Houstonian becomes another statistic
By LINDSAY WISE
HOUSTON CHRONICLE

April 9, 2011, 7:15AM

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Clay Hunt, 28, a Houston native, joined the Marines in 2005.

Resources

RESOURCES FOR VETS

VA’s Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 800-273-TALK (8255) or chat online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Military OneSource: 800-342-9647

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-SUICIDE

Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline:Call 800-984-8523 or email wsfsupport@conus.army.mil

PTSD Foundation of America: 281-664-7948 or www.ptsdusa.org

Helpful Links: www.mentalhealth.va.govwww.battlemind.orgwww.behavioralhealth.army.mil

IF YOU CHOOSE

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorial contributions in Clay Hunt’s name be directed to Team Rubicon Inc., P.O. Box 7476, Santa Monica, CA 90406 (www.teamrubiconusa.org); or to Ride2Recovery, 23679 Calabasas Rd., #420, Calabasas, CA 91302, (www.ride2recovery.com).

Marine veteran Clay Hunt had a tattoo on his arm that quoted Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien: “Not all those who wander are lost.”

“I think he was a lot more philosophical about life than a lot of us are, but trying to search for some inner peace and the meaning of life, what was the most important thing,” said his father, Stacy Hunt.

His son’s quest ended last week when he took his own life at his Sugar Land apartment.

The 28-year-old had narrowly escaped death in Iraq four years ago, when a sniper’s bullet missed his head by inches. But he wrestled with post-traumatic stress disorder and survivor’s guilt over the deaths of four friends in his platoon who weren’t so lucky.

“Two were lost in Iraq, and the other two were killed in Afghanistan,” said his mother, Susan Selke. “When that last one in Afghanistan went down, it just undid him.”

In many ways, Hunt’s death is all too familiar: the haunted veteran consumed by a war he can’t stop fighting.

Suicides among Texans younger than 35 who served in the military jumped from 47 in 2006 to 66 in 2009 — an increase of 40 percent, according to state records.

The problem seems increasingly intractable. Efforts by the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs to stop the alarming rise in military suicides nationwide through training and screening have had limited success.

‘He tried everything’

Hunt’s suicide was baffling to friends and family, but not because he hid his struggle or failed to get help. It baffled them because he faced it, head-on, leading from the front like any good Marine.

Hunt had become a poster boy for suicide prevention. He appeared in an award-winning public service campaign to encourage returning veterans who feel isolated to reach out to their peers for help.

“He tried everything,” said his best friend Jake Wood, a fellow Marine. “He tried the medication, he tried (humanitarian) service, he tried moving back closer to family. He tried everything under the sun, and he was fully self-aware. I think that’s what kind of surprised everybody. We thought that Clay was taking the steps to try and avoid something like this. It’s unfortunate that he wasn’t able to.”

Hunt was born at Houston’s Methodist Hospital on April 18, 1982. He grew up in the Memorial area, a tow-headed ball of energy who played tackle football, read voraciously and loved to collect turtles.

“But he definitely didn’t move at a turtle’s pace at anything,” his mother said. “He was ADHD with kind of a big H — very hyper, very outgoing,” she recalled, referring to Hunt’s childhood diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Hunt graduated from Stratford High School in 2001. He headed to College Station to attend Blinn College, with the goal of transferring to his dream school, Texas A&M.

A few years later, when the paperwork for Hunt’s transfer was almost done, he called his father. “Dad, I just feel I’m wasting your money,” he said. Hunt said he wanted to be part of something bigger than himself.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps infantry in May 2005.

“Clay said to me at several points, ‘I want to be given a task and complete and do it well,’ and that’s kind of how he was made,” his mother said. “Give me a mission, put me on the ground, let me go do it.”

A warrior’s poise

In January 2007, Hunt deployed to Iraq with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. Before he left, his parents traveled to California to see him off. His father remembers marveling at his son’s self-assurance. He attributed the young man’s newfound poise to months of intense training and to the bond he had built with fellow Marines.

“He was like, ‘Dad, don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry,’ ” the elder Hunt said. “But he was so confident. He was feeling pretty good.”

Six weeks later, Hunt called his father by satellite phone from Anbar Province.

“His voice had changed,” his father said, “and for the first time in my life, I could tell he had a touch of fear in his voice.”

Three friends from Hunt’s company had died in the space of a few weeks, “basically right in front of his eyes,” his father said.

“He didn’t feel invincible anymore,” his mother said.

One of those killed was Hunt’s friend and bunkmate, Lance Cpl. Blake Howey, 20. After his death on Feb. 18, 2007, Hunt moved from his top bunk and started sleeping in Howey’s bottom bunk. “He just felt like it brought him closer to Howey,” his mother said.

Not long after Howey died, Hunt was driving a Humvee when a sniper fatally shot Lance Cpl. Nathan Windsor, 20, who was walking in front of the vehicle.

<WHY would the MILITARY tell OUR Soldiers to WALK outside their vehicles in ENEMY territory?>

“Clay felt very helpless in that firefight because he was stuck driving a Humvee, and he wasn’t able to do anything,” Wood said. “He wasn’t able to fire his weapon.”

<The policies that the commanders are requiring would make any sane person go insane.  Imagine you are in that same predicament.  Just as YOU can barely imagine it, THAT is how they see it.  They can’t believe that this is actually what they are supposed to do, because it doesn’t FEEL right.  They KNOW they are walking a SUICIDAL line.  They watch it in disbelief.  They are brainwashed to believe that THIS is the right way.  It’s not.  They are right for being SCARED, Confused and ignored.  They are told that they are expendable.  They are treated as such.  This is the result.  >

Hunt told his mother it was like watching a bad movie. “He said that scene played in his head,” Selke said. “He said it would be on replay, rewind all the time.”

A few days later, a sniper’s bullet ripped through Hunt’s left wrist. He’d rested his chin on that hand right before the shot rang out, and moved his head at the last second.

“I would’ve thought you’d feel like the luckiest guy on the earth that you got shot and they missed your head, but that’s not how he felt,” his father said. “He felt he didn’t deserve it.”

Became sniper himself

Hunt’s wrist wound was his ticket home, but he hated leaving his buddies in Iraq.

He had no choice. Hunt was evacuated to Germany, and then California, where he threw himself into helping rehabilitate a badly injured Marine from his unit.

A year later, after graduating from Marine sniper school, Hunt deployed again, this time to Afghanistan, where two more friends were killed.

When Hunt left the Marine Corps in 2009, his mother bought him a shadow box. Inside he put his medals and pictures of those four fallen Marines from his platoon. He kept it by the door in his apartment.

“Every day he looked at that, and thought of his guys,” his mother said.

“He could never really leave behind the feeling of, ‘Why me? Why did I make it and the other guys didn’t?’ ” his father said.

Civilian life not easy

Like many vets, Hunt had a bumpy transition from the military.

It took him 10 months and a series of doctor visits to get disability payments after the VA lost his paperwork.

He dropped out of Loyola Marymount University last year, and a two-year marriage ended in divorce. He told his parents that he’d come close to killing himself at least twice in the past six months.

But he found a renewed sense of purpose in volunteerism. He lobbied for veterans’ rights on Capitol Hill, helped build bikes for Ride 2 Recovery, a mental and physical rehabilitation program for injured veterans, and volunteered in earthquake-stricken Haiti and Chile with Team Rubicon, a nonprofit founded by Wood that rechannels military veterans’ skills to humanitarian aid work.

“I think it was incredibly therapeutic for him, for all of us really, to be able to go to a place like that and do nothing but help people,” Wood said.

In recent months, Hunt focused on the future. He moved back to Houston. He bought a truck. He found a job at a construction company. He got medication for his depression and PTSD. He moved into a new apartment and started dating. He even considered re-enlisting.

On March 31, though, Hunt didn’t show for work. He stopped answering his phone. His frantic mother drove to his apartment. Maintenance workers forced their way in and found Hunt dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His mother desperately wants to know what was in his mind when he pulled the trigger.

“I thought we were over that hump,” Selke said. “He said, ‘Mom, stop worrying.’ He said, ‘Mom, there have been so many times I’ve thought about it, but I love you guys too much, and I just don’t want you to have to go through that.’ So I know whatever happened, it had to be something he just couldn’t control. He did not want to do this.”

Funeral drew 1,100

Active-duty military suicides hit record numbers in recent years. No statistics track how many veterans like Hunt have taken their own lives after leaving the service, said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the nonprofit group that sponsored the public service ad featuring Hunt.

“This was a guy who was doing all the right things, it seems like, and we lost him,” Rieckhoff said. “If it can happen to Clay, then it can happen to anyone. This should be a wakeup call for America.”

More than 1,100 people packed Memorial Drive United Methodist Church on Monday for Hunt’s memorial service. Veterans came from all over the country.

Wood flew in from California to deliver a eulogy for his brother Marine.

“He thought the world was supposed to be a better place than it is, and he lived every day of his life thinking, perhaps naively, that his efforts could make the world be what he thought it should be,” Wood said.

When Hunt woke up every day and his efforts seemed in vain, that made him more depressed, Wood said.

“Clay, I think that you realize now just how loved you were,” Wood said. “You have a church full of people who are honored to be here, and we love you.”

lindsay.wise@chron.com

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7513640.html


The Suicide of the WEST part 2- Main Stream Media’s “Al Jazeera” and the Government support of the Global Jihad -Kincaid, Kenney, and Timmons, clear the confusion.

April 8, 2011

 

 

 

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The Suicide of the WEST – Main Stream Media’s “Al Jazeera” and the Government support of the Global Jihad -Kincaid, Kenney, and Timmons, clear the confusion.

April 8, 2011
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Japan – nuclear breach

March 25, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

BREACH SUSPECTED AT JAPAN NUKE PLANT — GOV’T ADVISES CITIZENS TO FLEE

TOKYO (The Blaze/AP) — A suspected breach in the core at one reactor at a stricken Fukushima nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, Japanese officials revealed Friday – a situation the prime minister called “very grave and serious.”

A somber Prime Minister Naoto Kan sounded a pessimistic note at a briefing hours after nuclear safety officials said they suspected a breach at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant that would be a major setback in the urgent mission to stop the facility from leaking radiation.

“The situation today at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant is still very grave and serious. We must remain vigilant,” Kan said. “We are not in a position where we can be optimistic. We must treat every development with the utmost care.”

Hours earlier, two government officials encouraged those withing 20-30 km to evacuate voluntarily amid concerns of dwindling access to necessities so close to the disaster.

The uncertain situation halted work at the nuclear complex, where dozens had been trying feverishly to stop the overheated plant from leaking dangerous radiation. The plant has leaked some low levels of radiation, but a breach could mean a much larger release of contaminants.

Kan apologized to farmers and business owners for the toll the radiation has had on their livelihoods: Several countries have halted some food imports from areas near the plant after milk and produce were found to contain elevated levels of radiation.

The prime minister also thanked utility workers, firefighters and military personnel for “risking their lives” to cool the overheated facility.

The alarm Friday comes on a day marking two weeks since the magnitude-9 quake triggered a tsunami that enveloped cities along the northeast coast and knocked out the Fukushima reactor’s cooling system.

Police said the official death toll jumped past 10,000 on Friday. With the cleanup and recovery operations continuing and more than 17,400 listed as missing, the final number of dead was expected to surpass 18,000.

The nuclear crisis has compounded the challenges faced by a nation already saddled with a humanitarian disaster. Much of the frigid northeast remains a scene of despair and devastation, with Japan struggling to feed and house hundreds of thousands of homeless survivors, clear away debris and bury the dead.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/breach-suspected-at-japan-nuke-plant-govt-advises-citizens-to-flee/


Japan – Nuclear disaster – Reporter from MSNBC.COM, Bill Dedman, LIES about America’s nuclear threat U.S. NRC Confirms

March 19, 2011

The liberal media loves a good panic and they have been the mouthpiece for governments wherever governments have given power or money to the media.

This is blatant propaganda.  Giving these tools (the media) money to promote the agenda of the Democrats is a horrible conflict of interest to the people.  The politicians that support such things should be investigated for their dereliction of duty to the protection of the peoples sovereignty from an oppressive government.

The First amendment was not designed for this type of propaganda.  The Constitution expressly prohibits the speech of the government to supersede the voice of the people.  The spirit of the Constitution is not being adhered to by the politicians that have been elected to guard it.  This is therefore not only a dereliction of duty but maybe  classified as Sedition.  The mouthpieces (media) that receives money from the government is therefore an EMPLOYEE of the government and if they don’t disclose that to the people then this many be even worse that simply dereliction of duty.  It may be more akin to Treason.

If GE is receiving money from the government that makes them an employee of the government.  If they own CBS,  then CBS is not an independant NEWS agency and the reporters are employees of the government.  NPR and PBS don’t even HIDE the fact.  They tout it.

EDITORIAL: U.S. NRC Confirms MSNBC.com Reporter Mislead, Sensationalized Nuclear Story


Jason Mick (Blog) – March 18, 2011 11:59 PM

Nuclear fear-mongering for profit — government provides our strongest evidence in stunning tale of deceit

On Wednesday MSNBC.com published a story, which claimed to analyze a report [PDF] sponsored by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  That story, written byMSNBC.com Investigative Reporter Bill Dedman discussed which commercial U.S. nuclear plant was at “the most risk” of exposing the public to radiation.

 

 

 

Bill Dedman mislead the public in his claims about an NRC report and he told us misleading statements. Thanks to the U.S. government, we caught him in that falsehood. (Source: MSNBC)

 

 
We wrote a piece on Wednesday criticizing numerous factual inaccuracies in Mr. Dedman’s piece.  At the same time we contacted the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  On Friday, after two lengthy phone interviews and an email dialogue with the NRC we had the complete story — the NRC backed nearly every one of our assertions.

All journalists make mistakes.  But Mr. Dedman made nearly every one in the book in this report.

Our nation's nuclear plants are at no significant risk. (Source: James Marvin Phelps)

 

 
Sensationalism and factual errors — the report and Mr. Dedman’s assertions demonstrate an appalling disregard for the facts and a blatant attempt to alarm the public.

But don’t take our word for it, read the facts.

I.  A Factual Inaccuracy and Lie: Report Talked About Public Exposure

Mr. Dedman (MSNBC.com) writes:

It turns out that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has calculated the odds of an earthquake causing catastrophic failure to a nuclear plant here. Each year, at the typical nuclear reactor in the U.S., there’s a 1 in 74,176 chance that the core could be damaged by an earthquake, exposing the public to radiation.

But the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says they calculated no such risk.

 

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission helped us expose MSNBC.com's misinformation and get the true story to the public. (Source: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images North America)

 
The report itself states:

In contrast [to the seismic core damage frequency], the containment performance analyses conducted under the IPEEE program did not produce sufficient quantitative information to allow the estimation of either LERF or public dose.

That seems pretty clear — the report doesnot talk about the risk of public exposure to radiation, so we helpfully suggest to Mr. Dedman:

This seems to be a clear cut factual error that’s misleading and disingenous — be it intentionally or unintentionally so. It seriously discolors the estimates and makes them something they explicitly are said to NOT be by the NRC.

 

The public is already uninformed and unnecessarily fearful about nuclear power. Mr. Dedman's report spread damaging misinformation and alarmist inaccuracies to thousands in the American public. (Source: Greenpeace UK)

 
Mr. Dedman writes us back:

No, Jason, the article is about core damage, which the NRC says would release radiation. You’ve decided that I must have been talking about something else, which I wasn’t, and now you’re saying, why aren’t about that something else…

That is a lie — intentional, or unintentional.

Engaging in the due diligence that Mr. Dedman neglected to we discussed Mr. Dedman’s comments and our analysis with government authorities at the U.S. regulatory commission.  They told me they never told him that.

Their spokesperson, Neil Sheehan writes us:

Seismic CDF is the probability of damage to the core resulting from a seismic initiating event. It does not imply either a meltdown or the loss of containment, which would be required for radiological release to occur. The likelihood of radiation release is far lower.

That was only the first of several falsehoods and lies in Mr. Dedman’s correspondence and work that we were able to definitively verify.

States a separate NRC team member, “There were numeous inaccuracies in that story.”

And this was but the first.

[MSNBC and its employee Mr. Deman have not corrected this error in their story, despite knowing about it, at the time of this article’s publication.]

II. Mistake – MSNBC.com Was Told to Use the “Weakest Link” Model

In Mr. Dedman’s original piece he writes:

The chance of a core damage from a quake at Indian Point 3 is estimated at 1 in 10,000 each year. Under NRC guidelines, that’s right on the verge of requiring “immediate concern regarding adequate protection” of the public.

In our report we question this number, pointing out that there’s three different models and Mr. Dedman seemingly purposefully picked the most severe one.  The other models take into account other scenarios of vibration damage so they seem equally valuable to “weakest link” scenario, as it’s unclear what parts would be damaged by what vibration frequency.

Mr. Dedman writes us stating:

You’re cherry picking. You’ve decided that the weighted average is the right column to use. Based on what? The NRC staff prefers the column that we’ve used, the “weakest link.” That’s the number it sent us, when it sent us one number for each plant. And as the report explains, the NRC has no basis on which to weight the averagesso it says a weighted average wouldn’t be meaningful.

There are three separate falsehoods in this statement.  As you will see, the NRC told Mr. Dedman nothing of the sort and he’s clear mislead me, as he’s done to his readers.

And again, Mr. Dedman mistakes the work of the USGS, for the NRC, clearly indicating his lack of understanding of the material he’s writing on.

We write him:

Do you have a contact at the NRC who can substantiate your claims? How can you weight data without having a factor to do so? If you get me this information I can [edit my article].

Virtually always weighted data is what you would use in a case like this, as the data is typically weighted by the frequency of occurrence of the event (e.g. a probability of the probability). It’s possible your correct, that would just be a bit unusual.

Mr. Dedman refused to provide us the identity of his phantom “contact” at the NRC, so we contacted them ourselves.

We asked them if they told Mr. Dedman to use this figure or told him that the weighted average was non-meaningful.

We inquire:

Did an NRC spokesperson tell MSNBC’s Bill Dedman that the weighted risk was invalid and to use the weakest link model?

They respond:

No.

And they add:


The weighted average is not invalid (see Answer 5 below). All of the values in Appendix D were developed by NRC staff. Table D-1 in Appendix D uses the (2008) US Geological Survey (USGS) seismic source model, but the Seismic Core Damage Frequency results were developed by US NRC staff. The USGS seismic source model is the same one used to develop the USGS National Seismic Hazard Maps.

Tables D-1 through D-3 in Appendix D of the US NRC study show the “simple” average of the four spectral frequencies (1, Hz, 5 Hz, 10 Hz, peak ground acceleration (PGA)), the “IPEEE weighted” average and the “weakest link” model. These different averaging approaches are explained in Appendix A.3 (simple average and IPEEE weighted average) and Appendix A.4 (weakest link model). The weighted average uses a combination of the three spectral frequencies (1, 5, and 10 Hz) at which most important structures, systems, and components of nuclear power plants will resonate. The weakest link is the largest SCDF value from among the four spectral frequencies noted above.

Most nuclear power plant structures, systems, and components resonate at frequencies between 1 and 10 Hz, so there are different approaches to averaging the Seismic Core Damage Frequency (SCDF) values. By using multiple approaches, the NRC staff gains a better understanding of the uncertainties involved in the assessments.

In other words, each model is important to gaining a full understanding of various possible scenarios and Mr. Dedman erroneously selected the most sensational model and then lied and claimed the NRC told him to.

The NRC adds:

The weakest link model is a method for evaluating the importance of different frequencies of ground vibration to the overall plant performance. The model and its details are not integral to understanding the fundamental conclusions of the study.

That conclusion?  The nation is quite safe (as we write in our piece).

[MSNBC and its employee Mr. Deman have not corrected this error in their story, despite knowing about it, at the time of this article’s publication]

III.  More Misinformation — Did the Report Evaluate Risk at All 104 Plants?

We admit, we missed this error in Mr. Dedman’s report initially, but the NRC pointed it out for us:

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission study, released in September, 2010, was prepared as a screening assessment to evaluate if further investigations of seismic safety for operating reactors in the central and eastern US (CEUS) are warranted, consistent with NRC directives. The report clearly states that “work to date supports a decision to continue …; the methodology, input assumptions, and data are not sufficiently developed to support other regulatory actions or decisions.” Accordingly, the results were not used to rank or compare plants. The study produced plant-specific results of the estimated change in risk from seismic hazards. The study did not rely on the absolute value of the seismic risk except to assure that all operating plants are safe. The plant-specific results were used in aggregate to determine the need for continued evaluation and were included in the report for openness and transparency.

In other words Mr. Dedman claimed the study looked at all plants and discussed what risk they were at.  It did not.

The NRC adds:

The plant-specific results were used in aggregate to determine the need for continued evaluation and were included in the report for openness and transparency. The use of the absolute value of the seismic hazard-related risk, as done in the MSNBC article, is not the intended use, and the NRC considers it an inappropriate use of the results.

In other words, Mr. Dedman abused the data to support his own fallacious conclusions.

Mr. Dedman accused me:

I don’t mind criticism at all, but twisting of facts…

We agree with his assessment.  His statements were unacceptable.

[MSNBC and its employee Mr. Deman have not corrected these errors in their story, despite knowing about it, at the time of this article’s publication.]

IV.  Textbook Alarmism

Mr. Dedman claimed the results of the study showed that the chance of a plant disaster was as likely as winning a $10,000 prize in the national Powerball lottery.  This is factually inaccurate.  The powerball frequency per population is greater than 1 per year.  The chances of a core meltdown per population are less than 1/7,400th per year, according to the report.

Further, Mr. Dedman writes:

How much risk is too much? Is a roller coaster safe only if no one ever dies? If one passenger dies every 100 years? Every year?

This is alarmism at its finest.  People are not dying every year from quake-induced plant damage in the U.S.  And there’s little chance a single life will be lost over the course of the next century from quake damage in the U.S.

The report explicitly states:

Plants have seismic margin and the results of the GI-199 Safety/Risk Assessment confirm that overall seismic risk estimates remain small. GI-199 is not an adequate protection issue.

And the NRC tells us:

The study is still under way and it is too early to predict the final outcome. However, the NRC staff has determined there is no immediate safety concern and that overall seismic risk estimates remain small. If at any time the NRC determines that an immediate safety concern exists, action to address the issue will be taken. The NRC is focused on assuring safety during even very rare and extreme events. Therefore, the agency has determined that assessment of updated seismic hazards and plant performance should continue.

[MSNBC and its employee Mr. Deman have not removed these misleading statements from their story, despite knowing about it, at the time of this article’s publication.]

V. The Moral of This Story

The moral of this story is that sensationalism and alarmism may be a ticket to cheap page views, but when you get the facts wrong and then cook up lies to cover up your tracks, someone will eventually call you out.

One must wonder what MSNBC.com thinks of this performance.

After all, Mr. Dedman’s story apparently touched off a U.S. Senate inquiry into plant quake safety.  In other words it not only created mass public panic and misinformation, it triggered a knee-jerk response by the federal government.

Most journalists make mistakes, but most don’t reach as many people as Mr. Dedman does or trigger government inquiries.  And few journalists would deliberately lie like Mr. Dedman did when his fraud was exposed.

We feel that it is critical to MSNBC.com‘s reputation as a legitimate news site that this story be removed and/or corrected immediately.  And they need to take a long hard look at Mr. Dedman’s reporting and how he conducts himself.

Otherwise, they are allowing themselves to become a tabloid.

Update 1: Saturday, March 19, 2011 2:20 a.m.

We’ve temporarily removed a paragraph referencing the ownership of MSNBC.  It appears that Google Finance and Yahoo Finance may have inaccurate information with regards to Microsoft’s stake.  We’ve contacted MSNBC for more information and hope to resolve the question of ownership briefly.

We also amended the text in the opening paragraph to clarify that the NRC was responsible for Appendix D, but was not responsible for any assertion about public radiation exposure.

MSNBC.com‘s Bill Dedman sent us the following statment with some remaining criticism of this post:

Mr. Mink (sic) chastises me for using the weakest-link number in the NRC report, but that’s the number the NRC staff provided to me. Several times I sent to Mr. Mick a copy of the spreadsheet the NRC sent to me, containing the weakest-link model as the single number it reported for the risk estimates. (We already had the eastern and central plant data from the report; this spreadsheet, for all plants, gave us the western plant data as well, as we told our readers.) Mr. Mink (sic) fails to mention this in his article. The point, as I told him, was that the NRC staff uses the weakest-link model as the best representation of the risk, and, as I explained to our readers, this is the most conservative estimate. I also pointed out to Mr. Mink that the NRC report describes that its actually has no basis for knowing how to weight a weighted average in this case; he fails to mention this.

The NRC says, “the results were not used to rank or compare plants.” Mr. Mink (sic) twists this: “In other words Mr. Dedman claimed the study looked at all plants and discussed what risk they were at. It did not.” That’s completely nonsensical. Yes, the NRC looked at all the plants, and made an estimate of the risk at each one. Did it rank them? No. We ranked them, from the NRC data, just as we explained in the original article.

If the newspapers starts reporting the American League East standings in alphabetical order, the reader is free to arrange them by winning percentage.

He later adds:

Perhaps you’re naive. Perhaps you have a bias for nuclear power. Perhaps — who knows? But for some reason, you’ve fallen for the oldest page in the government PR playbook: the non-denial denial.

We will let you know if he shares any further criticism.

 

http://www.dailytech.com/EDITORIAL+US+NRC+Confirms+MSNBCcom+Reporter+Mislead+Sensationalized+Story/article21170.htm

 


Japan – Fukushima explosion – one of Japans 55 operating nuclear reactors

March 14, 2011

Nuclear power is very attractive.  However, it poses this type of danger.  I, fundamentally, am for SOME nuclear power.  The limits would be many and one of which would be geographical.  The nuclear question should be examined and all considerations should be analyzed.  Nuclear power IS attractive, but the issues need to be understood and faced.  The bold truth needs to be faced.

I believe that nuclear should still be considered, but any structures currently in place and any construction should be halted to re-evaluate any safety features that need to be either put in place or retrofitted to existing structures.

We have many sources of UNTAPPED power and power that has been forgone, like coal, natural gas and oil.  It’s time to face the truth that if we can’t sustain ourselves then we can be ENSLAVED by foreign interests.

We have allowed our politicians to create alliances with foreign entities that have declared WAR on us.  That, in prior times, would have been considered an act of treason.

The propaganda that we should not drill here or that we should BUY our energy elsewhere, is not legitimate.   What is legitimate to say is that by creating American dependence and WESTERN dependence on energy (or any product) is a weapon against the west.  The globalists – who have no nation – have created a specific dependence.  Since they have no allegiance to any country or any people, they pose a threat to any and all people.  Our politicians, who are supposed to protect us from FOREIGN threats have been conspiring with these foreign entities.  Our government, itself has been INFILTRATED by these entities.  They are not people but the people who serve them have been put in the highest positions in our government.  These henchmen serve the entities of companies that are global and they have their OWN agenda’s.   They have no country.  And their life span is the space of the life of the COMPANY that they serve.

Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor in Japan suffers 2nd explosion; death toll could pass 10,000

BY LUKAS I. ALPERT
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Monday, March 14th 2011, 9:36 AM

Smoke ascends from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant's Unit 3 in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan. 

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Smoke ascends from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant’s Unit 3 in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan.
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A second hydrogen explosion rocked a crippled Japanese nuclear reactor Monday, spewing a giant cloud of smoke into the air and injuring 11 workers, officials said.

The blast was so large it could be felt 25 miles away.

The plant’s operator, however, insisted that radiation levels around the facility remained within legal limits.

A similar explosion was triggered Saturday at the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactor after cooling systems were damaged by Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.

Officials said a separate damaged reactor at the facility was also experiencing severe problems after its fuel rods became fully exposed, raising the risk of overheating and yet another explosion.

A state of emergency has been declared at six reactors where cooling systems and backup generators failed following Friday’s twin disasters.

More than 180,000 people have been evacuated from areas around the plant and 160 were reported to have suffered radiation exposure.

<Japan – earthquake 2011 – 8.9 – WOW!>

 

U.S. officials said 17 American military personnel involved in helicopter rescue missions were exposed to low levels of radiation.

Meanwhile, a tide of bodies washed up along the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, one of the hardest hit by the towering tsunami wave.

The official death toll has risen to 10,000, but is expected to climb.

Officials in one town said they were running out of body bags.

“We have requested funeral homes across the nation to send us many body bags and coffins. But we simply don’t have enough,” said Hajime Sato, an official in Iwate Prefecture, which was also heavily hit.

In the city of Soma, the crematorium was unable to handle the crush of bodies being brought for funerals.

“We have already begun cremations, but we can only handle 18 a day. We are overwhelmed and are asking other cities to help us deal with bodies,” said Katsuhiko Abe.

Millions of survivors were forced to cope without water, food or heating in near freezing temperatures, as rescue crews struggled with the scope of the disaster.

“People are surviving on little food and water. Things are simply not coming,” said Sato.

Aftershocks continued to rock the country, with a 6.2-magnitude quake Monday triggering a second tsunami scare.

“I’m giving up hope,” said Hajime Watanabe, a 38-year-old construction worker lining up for gasoline in Sendai. “I had a good life before. Now we have nothing. No gas, no electricity, no water.”

The Japanese stock market plunged a dramatic 6% Monday, its first day opening since the disaster, on the likelihood of huge losses at Japanese industrial giants.

With News Wire Services

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2011/03/14/2011-03-14_nuclear_reactor_in_japan_suffers_2nd_explosion_death_toll_could_pass_10000.html#ixzz1GaYr7eMo

Japan

Reactor Location Type Rating, MWe Status Operator
Fukushima I-1 Futaba, Fukushima BWR 439 Shutdown March 2011 東京電力 – TEPCO
Fukushima I-2 BWR 760 Shutdown March 2011 東京電力 – TEPCO
Fukushima I-3 BWR 760 Shutdown March 2011 東京電力 – TEPCO
Fukushima I-4 BWR 760 Operational October 1978 東京電力 – TEPCO
Fukushima I-5 BWR 760 Operational April 1978 東京電力 – TEPCO
Fukushima I-6 BWR 1067 Operational October 1979 東京電力 – TEPCO
Fukushima II-1 Naraha, Fukushima BWR 1067 Operational April 1982 東京電力 – TEPCO
Fukushima II-2 BWR 1067 Operational February 1984 東京電力 – TEPCO
Fukushima II-3 BWR 1067 Operational June 1985 東京電力 – TEPCO
Fukushima II-4 BWR 1067 Operational August 1987 東京電力 – TEPCO
Genkai-1 Genkai, Saga PWR 529 Operational October 1975 九州電力 – Kyūshū Electric
Genkai-2 PWR 529 Operational March 1981 九州電力 – Kyūshū Electric
Genkai-3 PWR 1127 Operational March 1994 九州電力 – Kyūshū Electric
Genkai-4 PWR 1127 Operational July 1997 九州電力 – Kyūshū Electric
Hamaoka-1 Omaezaki, Shizuoka BWR 515 Operational March 1976 中部電力 – Chūbu Electric
Hamaoka-2 BWR 806 Operational November 1978 中部電力 – Chūbu Electric
Hamaoka-3 BWR 1056 Operational August 1987 中部電力 – Chūbu Electric
Hamaoka-4 BWR 1092 Operational September 1993 中部電力 – Chūbu Electric
Hamaoka-5 ABWR 1380 Operational January 2005 中部電力 – Chūbu Electric
Higashidōri-1 Higashidōri, Aomori BWR 1067 Operational December 2005 東北電力 – Tōhoku Electric
Higashidōri-1 Higashidōri, Aomori ABWR Construction to begin 2008 東京電力 – TEPCO
Higashidōri-2 Higashidōri, Aomori ABWR Construction to begin 2010 東北電力 – Tōhoku Electric
Higashidōri-2 Higashidōri, Aomori ABWR Construction to begin 2011 東京電力 – TEPCO
Ikata-1 Ikata, Ehime PWR 538 Operational September 1977 四国電力 – YONDEN
Ikata-2 PWR 838 Operational March 1982 四国電力 – YONDEN
Ikata-3 PWR 846 Operational December 1994 四国電力 – YONDEN
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa-1 Kashiwazaki, Niigata BWR 1067 Operational September 1985 東京電力 – TEPCO
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa-2 BWR 1067 Operational September 1990 東京電力 – TEPCO
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa-3 BWR 1067 Operational August 1993 東京電力 – TEPCO
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa-4 BWR 1067 Operational August 1994 東京電力 – TEPCO
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa-5 BWR 1067 Operational April 1990 東京電力 – TEPCO
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa-6 ABWR 1315 Operational November 1996 東京電力 – TEPCO
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa-7 ABWR 1315 Operational July 1997 東京電力 – TEPCO
Mihama-1 Mihama, Fukui PWR 320 Operational November 1970 関西電力 – KEPCO
Mihama-2 PWR 470 Operational July 1972 関西電力 – KEPCO
Mihama-3 PWR 780 Operational December 1976 関西電力 – KEPCO
Monju Tsuruga FBR 320 Non-operational, Reopen in 2008 日本原子力研究開発機構 – JAEA
Ōi-1 Ōi, Fukui PWR 1120 Operational March 1979 関西電力 – KEPCO
Ōi-2 PWR 1120 Operational December 1979 関西電力 – KEPCO
Ōi-3 PWR 1127 Operational December 1991 関西電力 – KEPCO
Ōi-4 PWR 1127 Operational February 1993 関西電力 – KEPCO
Onagawa-1 Onagawa, Miyagi BWR 498 Operational June 1984 東北電力 – Tōhoku Electric
Onagawa-2 BWR 796 Operational July 1995 東北電力 – Tōhoku Electric
Onagawa-3 BWR 798 Operational January 2002 東北電力 – Tōhoku Electric
Sendai-1 Satsumasendai, Kagoshima PWR 846 Operational July 1984 九州電力 – Kyūshū Electric
Sendai-2 PWR 846 Operational November 1985 九州電力 – Kyūshū Electric
Shika-1 Shika, Ishikawa BWR 505 Operational July 1993 北陸電力 – RIKUDEN
Shika-2 ABWR 1358 Operational March 2006 北陸電力 – RIKUDEN
Shimane-1 Kashima, Mitsue, Shimane BWR 439 Operational March 1974 中国電力 – Chūgoku Electric
Shimane-2 BWR 789 Operational February 1989 中国電力 – Chūgoku Electric
Shimane-3 ABWR 1373 Under construction, online Dec 2011 中国電力 – Chūgoku Electric
Takahama-1 Takahama, Fukui PWR 780 Operational November 1974 関西電力 – KEPCO
Takahama-2 PWR 780 Operational November 1975 関西電力 – KEPCO
Takahama-3 PWR 830 Operational January 1985 関西電力 – KEPCO
Takahama-4 PWR 830 Operational June 1985 関西電力 – KEPCO
Tokai-1 Tokai, Ibaraki Magnox 169 Operational 1966-1998 日本原子力発電 – JAPC
Tokai-2 BWR 1056 Operational November 1978 日本原子力発電 – JAPC
Tomari-1 Tomari, Hokkaido PWR 550 Operational June 1989 北海道電力 – HEPCO
Tomari-2 PWR 550 Operational April 1991 北海道電力 – HEPCO
Tomari-3 PWR 912 Under construction, online Dec 2009 北海道電力 – HEPCO
Tsuruga-1 Tsuruga, Fukui BWR 341 Operational March 1970 日本原子力発電 – JAPC
Tsuruga-2 PWR 1115 Operational February 1987 日本原子力発電 – JAPC
JPDR-II BWR 13 1963–1982

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nuclear_reactors#Japan


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