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Why int'l experts not step in? Fukushima, Japan: 1,331 used fuel rods =14,000 x atomic bomb on Hiroshima

the spent fuel pool at the unit four reactor building of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant

process of fuel rod removal at Japan's Fukushima nulcear power plant

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Fukushima, Japan. Highly dangerous and unprecedented removal of highly radioactive nuclear fuel rods begins on Nov18
The fuel assemblies are in a 32 x 40 feet concrete pool, the base of which is on the fourth story of the damaged reactor building. The assemblies - which contain plutonium, one of the most toxic substances known - are under 23 feet of water.

If the fuel rods - there are 50-70 in each of the assemblies, which weigh around 661 pounds and are 15 feet long - are exposed to air or if they break, catastrophic amounts of radioactive gases could be released into the atmosphere.

The 1,331 used fuel rod assemblies contain radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima.

“Full release from the Unit-4 spent fuel pool, without any containment or control, could cause by far the most serious radiological disaster to date,” say independent consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggatt in a recent World Nuclear Industry Status Report.

28 Signs That the West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried with Nuclear Radiation from Fukushima
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8. One test in California found that 15 out of 15 bluefin tuna were contaminated with radiation from Fukushima.  read more »

Higher debt ceiling, steeper fiscal cliff. Uncle Sam "pause" at altitude of ~17 trillion..: for a soft landing or go up further?


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*Update Oct 19 2013* - U.S. debt jumps a record $328 billion — tops $17 trillion for first time

Ryan Links Budget Impasse to Debt Ceiling Fight, suggested on Tuesday that the government shutdown may not be resolved for more than two weeks. That would come, he said, when the country reaches its debt limit.
WASHINGTON - Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Budget Committee, suggested on Tuesday that the government shutdown may not be resolved for more than two weeks.
That would come, he said, when the country reaches its debt limit.

Noting that previous agreements over the budget had come together around the deadline when the country has reached its statutory borrowing limit, Mr. Ryan said, “We think that will be the forcing mechanism to bring the two parties together. Our goal and motivation here is to get a budget agreement.
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Images courtesy CBS News and brillig.com

Shocking or not. 17trillion debt & votes on 2nd Amendment may spring US Founding Fathers out of grave: tradition out of fashion?

US Outstanding Public Debt is over $16.8 trillion as of April 14, 2013

Signing of the Constitution of the United States

To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The Founding Fathers of the United States of America

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As of April 14, 2013 at 02:52:27 AM GMT, the Outstanding Public Debt is over $16.8 trillion

On December 15 in 1791 the Founding Fathers who gave birth to the United States created the 2nd Amendment. On Friday, April 12, 2013,
“uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty”? see the 53-46 vote

The Statement of Purpose from the bill read:
“To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.”  read more »

Legacy beyond religion: Pope Benedict XVI, a teacher pope with sense of humility and service on charity, hope, love and...

*update* 06 June 2013 Pope Benedict XVI is on Facebook
*update* 23 March 2013 - Together Pope and Pope Emeritus make history with most powerful message: Beauty of Humility and Harmoney goes beyond religion Historic moment: 'We're brothers': Pope meets ex-pope: they kneel, side-by-side, pray together before lunch Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus BenedictThe two men dressed in white embraced warmly on the helipad in the gardens of Castel Gandolfo [photo by Osservatore Romano
] And in a series of gestures that ensued, Benedict made clear that he considered Francis to be pope while Francis made clear he considered his predecessor to be very much a revered brother and equal.

The Vatican says 50,000 people have obtained tickets for Pope Benedict's last audience but many more may come and city authorities have prepared for 200,000, installing metal detectors in the area, deploying snipers and setting up field clinics

Pope Benedict waves from the altar as he arrives in St Peter's square for his last weekly audience

Pope Benedict waves as he arrives for his last weekly audience on St Peter's square at the Vatican
*update*  read more »

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