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(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 3, 2010 New Book Concludes: Chernobyl death toll: 985,000, mostly from cancer
Book, "Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment," published by the New York Academy of Sciences, concludes that based on records now available, some 985,000 people died, mainly of cancer, as a result of the Chernobyl accident. That is between when the accident occurred in 1986 and 2004. More deaths, it projects, will follow.
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Siemens' Abandoning Nuclear Power
The just-announced decision by Siemens, a major player in the nuclear industry, to withdraw entirely from nuclear power, is a significant declaration by a corporation about nuclear power and the world's potential energy future.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, April 11, 2011 Fukushima: A Month of Media Disinformation
Today marks exactly a month since the nuclear power disaster in Japan began. Along with the ongoing discharges of radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear plant complex, there has been a largely outrageous flow of media coverage.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, August 20, 2010 The Cancer Epidemic: Its Environmental Causes
The World Health Organization is projecting that this year cancer will become the world's leading cause of death. Why the epidemic of cancer? As numerous studies have now documented, it is a result of environmental causes -- toxic substances in the water we drink, the food we eat, the consumer products we use, the air we breathe.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 21, 2011 What Could Truly End the Space Program: A Nuclear Disaster Overhead
What's NASA's future now that Atlantis has landed and the shuttle program over? If NASA persists in using nuclear power in space, its future is threatened. The next NASA nuclear launch is slated for between Nov. 25 and Dec. 15 -- a rover fueled with 10.6 pounds of plutonium. Meanwhile, on August 5 NASA is to launch a solar-powerd probe named June to Jupiter, a demonstration of how solar can substitute for nuclear in space.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 2, 2010 Floating Chernobyls
Russia has embarked on a scheme to build floating nuclear power plants to be moored off its coasts and sold to nations around the world. Nuclear experts are critical about floating nuclear plants and their special accident potential. Other issues raised include the floating plants being sources of fuel for nuclear weapons and easy targets for terrorists.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Getting Realistic About Evacuation Zone for Nuclear Plant Disaster
Among the many obivous lessons of the ongoing nuclear power disaster at the Fukushima nuclear complex in Japan is that the 10-mile evacuation zone the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has insisted upon for nuclear plants here is a product of the pro-nuclear NRC's wishful thinking. The U.S. government has been directing Americans with 50 miles of the Fukushima reactors to evacuate.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, June 17, 2011 The Fukushima Big Lie Flies High
The global nuclear industry and its allies in government are making a desperate effort to cover up the consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. "The big lie flies high," comments Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear. Meanwhile, this nuclear establishment will be holding a "Special Summit on New Nuclear Energy" in Washington next week. Involved is General Electric, the manufacturer of the Fukushima plants.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 11, 2012 Lessons of Hurricane Sandy
What an ordeal the people of a good part of the United States have been because of Hurricane Sandy -- and many are still going through! What, at this stage, miht be econsidered some of the "lessons learned" from "Frankenstorm" Sandy?
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 13, 2020 Statue of Racist Robert Moses Should be Removed
While protests against police brutality have swept the nation following the murder by a police officer of George Floyd in Minneapolis -- and also demands that statues honoring figures linked to racism be removed -- a focus in the New York Metropolitan Area has been the statue of Robert Moses, long the public-works czar in New York.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 21, 2012 Poverty and Extreme Wealth on Long Island
Poverty and extreme wealth on Long Island have been in the national spotlight -- with the airing of an HBO documentary "Hard Times: Lost on Long Island" and a series of lavish fundraisers in the Hamptons for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The lunch tab at one was $50,000-a-plate. Poverty increases -- while the 1% pay big to dominate the governmental system.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Hydrogen, Zirconium, Flashbulbs -- and Nuclear Craziness
The explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant is being described as caused by a "hydrogen build-up"--a situation of long concern in a nuclear plant malfunction caused by the cladding of the nuclear fuel rods being made of volatile zirconium.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, March 3, 2014 Fukushima: Third Anniversary of the Start of the Catastrophe
With the third anniversary of the start of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe coming next week, the attempted Giant Lie about the disaster continues -- a suppression of information, an effort at dishonesty of historical dimensions.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 10, 2013 Powerful Presentations on Fukushima and Nuclear Power
In New York and Boston this week, speaking on the Fukushima nuclear disaster and what it means for the nuclear plants near New York and Boston was a panel that included Naota Kan, prime minister of Japan when the catastrophe began, Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at the time, former NRC member Peter Bradford, nuclear engineer Arne Gundersen and Ralph Nader. Their presentations were powerful.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, July 10, 2015 Boeing Patents Design for Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Engine
The Boeing Company last week received approval from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an airplane that combines the use of lasers and nuclear power. Considering getting on an airplane with nuclear-powered engines. Consider the consequences if an atomic airplane crashes. It's a leap into mad science -- and backwards to a 1950s notion of nucleaer-powered aircraft.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Steven Chu, Supporter of Nuclear Power, Resigns as U.S. Energy Secretary
U.S> Secretary of Energy announced his resignation last week after four years of pushing nuclar power, although he promotd energy efficiency and safe, renewabl energy technologies such as solar and wind, too. But nuclear power remained a major focus of Dr. Chu, a physicist out of the U.S. national nuclear laboratory system. Will his successor also be a nuclear booster?
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, June 22, 2009 The Myth of Peaceful Nuclear Power
President Obama's declaration June 4 in his speech in Cairo that "any nation--including Iran--should have the right to access peaceful nuclear power" ignores a central issue. There is no "peaceful nuclear power." Nuclear weapons and nuclear power are two sides of the same coin.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 29, 2018 50th Anniversary of the End of Annual Police Raid on Gay Communities on Fire Island
Fifty years ago what had been an outrageous annual tradition on New York's Long Island--a police raid on gay communities on Fire Island--came to an end. It took gay men taking their changes with juries of residents of eastern Long Island's Suffolk County and a prominent, feisty, rough-and-tumble Suffolk attorney, Bendict P. Vuturo.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, March 28, 2016 Nuclear Power Plants: Pre-Deployed Weapons of Mass Destruction
Pre-deployed weapons of mass destruction -- that's what nuclear power plants are. And that's another very big reason -- demonstrated again with the disclosure that two of the Brussels terrorists were planning attacks on Belgian nuclear plants -- why they must be eliminated.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, January 1, 2021 Asking for Nuclear Disaster -- NRC Considers Extending Nuclear Power Plant Operating Licenses to 100 Years
Nuclear power plants when they began being constructed were not seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems. But the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has extended the operating licenses of nuclear power plants from 40 years to 60 years and then 80 years, and is now considering 100 years. "It is crazy," declares Robert Alvarez, a nuclear expert.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 29, 2013 GMO Food in the U.S. and the Biotechnology Industry's Power
Will New York be the first state to require the labeling of food containing what has become known as GMO--genetically modified organisms? More than 60 countries have enacted laws banning the use of GMO in producing food or requiring the labeling of food with ingredients that have utilized genetic modication. But because of heavy pressure by the biotechnology industry, there are no such laws or regulations in the United States.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Killing Birds in New York -- U.S. Plan
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services arm has put together a plan titled "Reducing Bird Damage in the State of New York" which includes a "preferred alternative" that involves continuing its both "non-lethal and lethal bird management techniques." The "lethal techniques" may include the use of shooting, live capture and euthanasia, avicides" and "nest/egg destruction." Many bird species are involved.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, April 4, 2011 Renewables Are More Than Ready
"Wind and solar are great but striclty supplmental," ieclared Al Velshi on CNN Mach 27 in a report on the nuclear power disaster in Japan. Velshi was wrong--as have so many in media been--in declaring that the choice in energy in the wake of the nuclear disaster in Japan is between nuclear on one side and coal, oil and gas on the other. THere are safe, clean, renewable energy technologies here to substitute for nuclear power.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, November 16, 2018 Hate Fueled By Trump
The main source of hate in the United States is what Professor Warren Goldstein, who chairs the History Department at the University of Hartford, accurately describes as the "violent, hateful rhetoric comes overwhelmingly from one side only and from its padron, Donald Trump. Period."
SHARE Saturday, September 8, 2018 Vested Interest, Self-Interest -- Keys To How Things Happen or Don't Happen
Vested interest, self-interest are keys to how things happen and don't happen. Take the story of the effort on Long Island to ban the mass release-of helium-filled balloons that cause enormous harm to marine life. It was fought by something called The Balloon Council, which has succeeded in stopping similar efforts elsewhere, but it became law nevertheless in Long Island's Suffolk County.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 2, 2016 Cuomo Backs $7.6 Billion Bail-Out of Old, Unaffordable NY Nuke Plants
The New York State Public Service Commission -- in the face of strong opposition -- this week approved a $7.6 billion bail-out of aging nuclear power plants in upstate New York which their owners have said are uneconomic to run without government support. The move was in line with Governor Andrew Cuomo's call for continued operation of the plants in order to, he says, save jobs at them. Cuomo appoints the members of the PSC.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, November 9, 2012 Radioactivity and Fracking
Fracking for gas not only uses toxic chmicals that can contaminate drinking and groundwater -- it also releases quantities of radioactive poison from the ground that will remain hot and deadly for thousands of years. Just out with a report exposing major radioactive impacts of hydraulic fracturing -- known as fracking -- is Grassroots Environmental Education, an organization in New York, where extensive fracking is proposed.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Nuclear Foxes In Charge of the Nuclear Hen Houses
The conclusion of a report of a Japanese parliamentary panel issued last week that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster was rooted in government "collusion" and thus was "man-made" is mirrored throughout the world. The "regulatory capture" cited by the panel is the patern among nuclear agencies right up to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 8, 2013 Ernest Moniz: A Pro-Nuclear, Pro-Fracking U.S. Energy Secretary
With the nomination of Ernest Moniz to be the next U.S. secretary of Energy, President Barack Obama has selected a man who is not only a booster of nuclear power but a big proponent of fracking, too. What happened to Obama's call for "clean" energy in his 2013 State of the Union address?
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 31, 2015 280th Anniversary of Landmark Event in History of a Free Press--Trial of John Peter Zenger
This week marks the 280th anniversary of a landmark event in the history of a free press: the trial of John Peter Zenger in New York. Zenger's newspaper had been going after the tyrannical colonial governor of New York. A jury found Zenger not guilty of seditious libel creating a foundation that was later followed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
SHARE Thursday, June 30, 2011 Atomic Energy: Unsafe in the Real World
Nuclear power requires "perfection" and "no acts of God," we were warned years ago. This has been brought home by the ongoing disaster caused by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex, the flooding along the Missouri River in Nebraska now threatening two nuclear plants, and the wildlife laying siege to Los Alamos National Laboratory, the birthplace of atomic energy.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 16, 2016 "Indian Point" Film Directed and Produced by Ivy Meeropol
"Indian Point" is a film about the long problem-plagued Indian Point nuclear power plants that are "so, so risky--so close to New York City," notes its director and producer Ivy Meeropol. "Times Square is 35 miles away." The plants constitute a disaster waiting to happen threatening especially the lives of the 22 million people who live within 50 miles from them.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 19, 2019 Trump Space Force Moves Forward
Both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have passed a $738 billion military policy bill that gives Trump is sought-for Space Force as he moves for what he terms "American dominance in space."
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, January 13, 2017 Shutdown of Indian Point and Experiences of Engineer 30 Years in Nuclear Industry
The good news -- the very good news -- is that the Indian Point nuclear power plants will be closed. The bad news -- the very bad news -- is that there are still many promoters of nuclear power in industry and government still pushing and the Trump transition team has been "asking for ways to keep nuclear power alive." Meanwhile, here are the experiences of an engineer in the nuclear industry for more than 30 years.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 28, 2020 Trump Incites Police Violence
Arrogance by police often mirrors the individuals above the cops. Trump's involvement in inciting police violence needs to be fully recognized.
(38 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 22, 2018 Was Trump's Day in Helsinki A Day of Infamy Moment
Will Donald Trump's performance at Helsinki be a "day of infamy" as CNN anchor Chris Cuomo declared? Will it be a turning point in his presidency -- bringing him down like Senator Joseph McCarthy was brought down?
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 25, 2021 The Leadership Institute -- Training Operation for Right-Wingers
We're familiar with Fox, the TV propaganda arm of the Trump administration, remaining a far right-wing outlet under Rupert Murdoch. And we're becoming aware of other radical-right efforts to indoctrinate people. But largely flying under the radar has been the training operation for right-wingers to be taught to work the media, infiltrate government and otherwise promote a right-wing agenda--the Leadership Institute.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 23, 2013 On Mayor Bloomberg's Push to Ban Polystyrene Food Packaging
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week announced he would push for a ban on polystyrene food packaging. But he will face vested interests that will attempt to block his initiative. His proposed ban is not new in the New York area. Suffolk County on Long Island enacted a first-in-the-United States ban on the use of polystyrene food containers 25 years ago and what a battle it was!
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, June 4, 2012 Inviting Atomic Catastrophe
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be holding a meeting this week to consider having nuclear power plants run 80 years--although they were never seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems. The NRC has already extended the operating licenses of most U.S. nuclear plants so they can run 60 years. The NRC is inviting atomic catastophe.
SHARE Thursday, August 27, 2020 Science and Scientific Vested Interests
There is science -- and then there is scientific vested interests. There is a major push for making science the basis for governmental decision-making. But what about the push by some scientists to politically further areas of science and technology that they favor. Science might be objective -- but that doesn't mean all scientists are.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Avoiding Nuclear Destruction: By The Skin Of Our Teeth
As Thanksgiving 2010 arrives, thanks should be given for something that never happened decades ago: the use of bases built all over the U.S. armed with BOMARC and Nike Hercules nuclear-tipped missiles. Wth nuclear technology still being promoted and a move underway to block ratification of a new nuclear arms pact between the U.S. and Russia, how long will we able to avoid nuclear destruction by the skin of our teeth?
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 27, 2020 Multi-Million $ Nuclear Corruption in Ohio
The U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI last week charged the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and four others in a $61 million scheme to use $1 billion in ratepayers money to keep two decrepit nuclear power plants operating. And, said the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, David DeVillers: "This is by no means over. We are going to continue this investigation."
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Disaster Waiting to Happen at Indian Point
An explosion and fire at a transformer at the Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant this weekend was but one of the many accidents that have occurred at the aged, problem-plagued Indian Point nuclear power station 26 miles north of New York City--a disaster waiting to happen.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 24, 2014 Plans for Nuclear Rockets in the Wake of Recent Space Accidents
The recent crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and explosion on launch three days earlier of an Antares rocket further underline the dangers of inserting nuclear material in the always perilous space-flight equation--as the U.S. and Russia still plan.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 2, 2020 A Highly Aggressive U.S. "Defense Space Strategy"
The United States "must be capable of winning wars that extend into space", asserts a just-released "Defense Space Strategy" report. It is the first space-strategy document issued by the U.S. since President Donald Trump, after declaring that the U.S. must achieve "dominance in space", signed a measure this past December authorizing establishing a Space Force.
(29 comments) SHARE Friday, October 1, 2010 Revenge of the Jellyfish
There's been an explosion of jellyfish in waters around the world--with global warming a prime cause.
SHARE Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Scientific Expert: Horseshoe Crabs Facing Extinction
A world expert on horseshoe crabs is worried about their extinction after 455 million years of life on Earth -- largely because of the crab having become a delicacy in nations in Asia. Dr. John T. Tanacredi has studied horseshoe crabs for decades.
SHARE Saturday, March 14, 2015 Ben Jones' Crusade Against Tailgating
Ben Jones, at 92 the oldest paradmedic in New York State (and probably in the U.S.) has for decades been on a crusade to get action on tailgating. The key problem, he says, is that virtually all motorists in the nation have been -- and continue to be -- incorrectly taught about the distance they should be driving behind the vehicle in front of them.
SHARE Thursday, September 4, 2014 Secret Diablo Canyon Report Exposed
As aftershocks of the 6.0 Napa earthquake Sunday in California continued, the Associated Press this week revealed a secret government report pointing to major earthquake vulnerabilities at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plants which are a little more than 200 miles away and sitting amid a webwork of earthquake faults.
SHARE Friday, March 3, 2017 New York -- An Empire State for Billboards-
Leaving New York State and entering Vermont is almost like going to another country. One leaves the billboards and other signs that litter the New York landscape and go to a state that is billboard-free. In recent times, adding to its sign pollution, New York State has erected--all over Long Island and upstate--signs boosting itself. And there is a strong negative reaction to the signs blighting the state's landscape.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 12, 2012 A Hard Rain Fallin': The Folly of Nuclear Power Overhead
The crash last week of a U.S. drone on the Seychelles Islands--the second crash of a U.S. drone on Seychelles in four months--underlines the deadly folly of a plan of U.S. national laboratory scientists and the Northrop Grumman Corp. for nuclear-powered drones. Meanwhile, there are other plans, some moving ahead, to use nuclear power overhead.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 30, 2021 Weapons in Space "Cannot Be Walked Back"
"Let's be clear: Deploying weapons in space crosses a threshold that cannot be walked back," says retired U.S. Army Colonel John Fairlamb. And the world is at a crossroads in this regard. Russia and China -- and U.S. neighbor Canada -- have been pressing for an expansion of the Outer Space Treaty that would ban all weapons in space. But the has been opposing this at the United Nations.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 2, 2012 The Fiscal Cliff -- and Precipitous Fall of Tax Rates for the Rich
President Obama's demand that taxes of the rich be raised is a key issue in the battle that could send the U.S. over a "fiscal cliff." Important in understanding the issue is how the tax rates for the richest Americans have fallen precipitously over the last several decades. They were 91% in the 1950s, 70% in the 1970s. Obama isn't seeking an increase even close
-- only a return to what they were in the Clinton presidency.
SHARE Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Space Launch Involving Plutonium Planned For Coming Weeks
NASA intends in coming weeks to launch a rover to be deployed on Mars fueled with 10.6 pounds of plutonium. Opponents of the launch in Florida, concerned about an accident releasing deadly plutonium, such as the explosion of the rocket that's to loft the rover, have created a Facebook page warning people not to visit Disney theme parks in Orlando during the November 25-to-December 15 launch window. Other actions are planned.
SHARE Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Solar-energized Juno to Arrive at Jupiter on Independence Day
What NASA insisted for decades could not be -- a spacecraft using solar energy rather than nuclear power going beyond the orbit of Mars -- will be proven false next Monday, July 4th, Independence Day, when the solar-energized Juno space probe arrives at Jupiter. In space, as on Earth, solar power works.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 11, 2013 Nuclear Power/Nuclear Weapons -- and A Precarious Future
With the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster this week, with North Korea having just threatened a "pre-emptive nuclear attack" against the United States and a U.S. senator saying this would result in "suicide" for North Korea, with Iran suspected of moving to build nuclear weapons, with the continuing spread of nuclear technology globally, the future looks precarious as to humankind and the atom.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 15, 2019 Trump Push for Offshore Oil Drilling
The Trump administration is pushing for offshore oil drilling although it is regularly disastrous -- and unnecessary amid a worldwide glut of oil. The Trump drive is strongly opposed by coastal states and environmental organizations.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 17, 2014 Folly Beach
Folly Beach, Yes, there really is such a place. It's a poster child in South Carolina for the folly of dumping sand on the shoreline in the expensive and fruitless attempt to try to hold back the ocean and protect beach houses. In Quogue on Long Island, New York, there is a proposal to use $14 million
in taxpayer money to dump sand on their shoreline.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 14, 2016 Sacrificing Green for Green
Sacrificing green for green. That's what cutting down woodland and using farmland to erect solar power systems is about. Solar power is great! We have solar panels on our more-than-century-old saltbox house on Long Island, New York. But on Long Island and elsewhere there is a push to clear forests and exploit agricultural land for solar systems--sacrificing green for green
SHARE Saturday, January 16, 2021 Trump and His Key Long Island Enablers
Donald Trump has gotten pivotal support from a father and daughter combination of billionaire Robert Mercer and Rebekah Mercer functioning out of Suffolk County on Long Island. Suffolk, further, has been the base of one of the most ardent Trump devotees in the U.S. Congress, Lee Zeldin. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, Jr. bought a residence in Suffolk
--in the Hamptons--and there's been discussion of his running for Congress.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Nuclear Power Can Never Be Made Safe
With the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear plant catastrophe having arrived, and with the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear complex still unfolding--and radioactivity continuing to spew from those plants--some people are asking: can nuclear power be made safe. The answer is no. Nuclear power can never be made safe.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Nuclear Worship
Nuclear scientists and engineers embrace nuclear power like a religion. Why? They're being in such close proximity to power, literally? Their training and indoctrination -- in the U.S., many in the nuclear navy and/or the insular culture of the government's national nuclear laboratories. In any event. they have corrupted and distorted energy policy as they've pushed their deadly technology in the manner of religiouz zealots.
SHARE Friday, February 26, 2016 Deepwater Wind: Energy Revolution
An energy revolution is happening east of Long Island. Deepwater Wind is constructing the nation's first offshore wind farm. A key innovation made by Deepwater Wind is figuring out how wind turbines can be placed in deep water -- over the horizon and out of sight. This eliminates complaints of some about wind turbines being an aesthetic intrusion to coastal areas.
SHARE Monday, May 18, 2020 U.S. Seeks "Hundreds or Even Thousands" of Nuclear-Capable Hypersonic Missiles
The U.S. is seeking to acquire "volumes of hundreds or even thousands" of nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles that are "stealthy" and can fly undetected hypersonic missiles. Why so many? A Pentagon official is quoted in the current issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology as saying "we have to be careful we're not building boutique weapons. If we build boutique weapons, we won't -- we'll be very reluctant -- to use them."b
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 1, 2011 Obama's Wrong-headed Nuclear Stance--After Disaster in Japan
President Obama's support this week for the construction of more nuclear power plants in the U.S., amid the ongoing nuclear power plant disater in Japan, must be considered among the most wrong-headed and irrational positions ever taken by a U.S. president, against stiff competition.
SHARE Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Darth Trump's Push to Turn Space Into a War Zone
Beginning to fill in his declaration of last year about turning space into a war zone and establishing a U.S. Space Force, President Trump was at the Pentagon last week promoting a plan titled "Missile Defense Review." The New York Times headline on the scheme:: "Plans Evoke 1983 'Star Wars' Program." Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, called it "provocative and destabi
SHARE Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Solar Power As Alternative To Nuclear Power in Space -- As On Earth
A demonstration that in space as on Earth solar Power is an alternative to dangerous nuclear power is to come this week when a solar-powered spacecraft called Rosetta will rendezvous with a comet at 375 million miles from the Sun. For decades, the U.S. and the Soviet Union, and now Russia, stressed the use of atomic energy in space. Rosetta points the way to how space can be explored safely.
SHARE Tuesday, January 24, 2012 A Way Around The Federal Nuclear Power Fix
The nuclear power program in the U.S> was set up rigged--to allow the federal government to push atomic energy with state and local governments "pre-empted" on most issues. But there's a way around this federal nuclear fix--the use by states of their power of "eminent domain."
SHARE Thursday, December 8, 2016 Trump and Space Weapons
It is highly likely that the Trump administration will move to have the U.S. deploy weapons in space. If this happens, it will be profoundly destabilizing, setting off an arms race and, also likely, leading to war in space.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 26, 2011 And Now..."Radiation Is Good For You." But DOE Cancels Pitch.
Among the nuttiest theories about radiation is that it is good for you. An advocate of this "hormesis radidation" theory was scheduled to peddle the thory tomorrow before the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River-Site Advisory Board. But after complaints from safe-energy and environmental groups, the DOE cancelled the pitch.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Anarchy on the High Seas
The disdain of much of the cruise ship industry for safety (as well as labor and environmental) laws is signaled by the flags that fly on the stern of more than half of cruise ships. They are called "flags of convenience." By doing so, ship owners can avoid the laws of the nation from which they are actually operating. Major changes need to be made in the maritime industry--including the end of the "flags of convenience" syste
SHARE Sunday, May 27, 2012 Nuclear Rubberstamp Commission
The resignation last week of the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is another demonstration of the bankrupt basis of the NRC -- which, like the agency it succeeded, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, never denied a construction or operating license for a nuclear plant anywhere, anytime. The NRC should also be abolished.
SHARE Friday, February 24, 2017 Fight Against Long Island's Biggest Noisemaker
The efforts of Long Island, New York's, Town of East Hampton to quell aircraft noise involving the town-owned airport have been negated by a federal appeals court. Thus what has become in warm-weather months Long Island's biggest noisemaker will continue to make a racket. A new organization, Say No to KHTO, is fighting to have the town shut down its airport and open the more than 600 acres for other uses.
SHARE Friday, July 15, 2016 Coming Together -- Antidote to Hate
The racial strife of recent weeks in the U.S. has reverberated on Long Island, where I live, and in the rest of the New York Metropolitan Area and nation. As an organizer of a demonstration in Riverhead, Long Island said:
"It's more than I expected it to be and it's truly a multiracial crowd."
Coming together is an antidote to hate. SUNY Old Westbury, where I teach, is committed to diversity and people coming togethe
SHARE Tuesday, July 31, 2012 The Push for More Spaceborne Nuclear Russian Roulette
With NASA's plutonium-energized Mars rover, which it calls Curiosity, slated to land on Monday, August 6, there is a push for more use of nuclear power in space. Nuclear boosters, despite the accidents that have already occurred involving space nuclear power, are promoting this game of spaceborne nuclear Russian roulette.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 16, 2020 The Push for Nuclear Power in Space -- and Musk Wants to Nuke Mars
Last week a SpaceX rocket exploded in a fireball. What if nuclear materials had been aboard. A major push is on too use nuclear power in space. And meanwhile, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, has been touting the detonation of nuclear bombs on Mars to, he says, "transform it into an Earth-like planet." His SpaceX is selling T-shirts emblazoned with the words "Nuke Mars."
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 29, 2015 NASA Studies Nuclear Power in Space and SpaceX Explodes
NASA has released a study claiming there is a need for continued use of plutonium-energized systems for future space flights. Meanwhile, a SpaceX rocket has exploded on launch underlining the dangers of using nuclear power on spacecraft.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 9, 2020 FDR's Last Speech -- An Extraordinarily Articulate Plea for Peace
"The work, my friends, is peace. More than an end of this war, an end to the beginnings of all war." These were the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the speech he would never give. It was scheduled to be made on the radio to a Jefferson Day Dinner on April 13, 1945. But he died on April 12th, a day after reviewing and making several changes in the final draft.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, February 25, 2022 Invasion of Ukraine: "An Illegal War of Aggression."
The brutal invasion of Ukraine that Vladimir Putin has had Russia launch and he is leading is an international crime. As the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy declared yesterday, it is "an illegal war of aggression."
The UN Charter, it notes, prohibits the "threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state."
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Spaceborne Nuclear Russian Roulette
Russia's Phobos-Grunt space probe, with 22 pounds of radioactive Cobalt-57 on board, fell to Earth Sunday. What happened demonstrates what could have occurred to the plutonium-fueled rover which NASA calls Curiosity which was also launched in November.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 26, 2022 When Hitler Could Have Been Overthrown
If the German army had been opposed when Hitler ordered 20,000 troops into the demilitarized Rhineland in 1936, members of the German General Staff, in interrogations by U.S. military officers and intelligence agents, said they would have moved to overthrow Hitler, said Peter Sichel last week. Sichel was an officer of the OSS during World War II and afterwards chief of the CIA base in Berlin. How does this relate to Ukraine?
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 8, 2015 The "Radioactivity is Good for You" Push
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a move to eliminate the "Linear No-Threshold" basis of radiation protection that the U.S. has used for decades and replace it with the "radiation hormesis" theory -- which holds that low doses of radioactivity are good for people.
SHARE Sunday, October 21, 2012 Prescient About America: George McGovern
George McGovern, who has jsut died, was prescient about America. WHen he ran for president 40 years ago, he well-understood what the federal government of the United States had become, among other national dysfunctions. It's a shame he wasn't given an opportunity to, as president, change things.
SHARE Friday, October 25, 2013 Island of Secrets
Michael Carroll, author of the best-selling book, "Lab 257: The Disturbing Store of the Government's Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory," was back on the East Coast, vacationing with his family, and amazed over recent developments concerning Plum Island. The local congressman is trying to keep it in operation -- "utter foolishness" considering the threat the island represents, says Carroll.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 14, 2012 As If a Runaway Train, the Nuclear Juggernaut Rolls on
Last week's granting by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of combined construction and operating licenses for two nuclear plants to be built in Georgia is the culmination of a scheme developed by nucelar promoters 20 years ago. There have been huge changes in energy since. Still, as if a runaway train, the nuclear juggernaut has roared on.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 1, 2013 Our Deeply Dysfunctional Congress
No matter what may happen about the "fiscal cliff," the U.S. Congress is now widely seen as deeply dysfunction. Much this has to do with the public perception -- an accurate one -- that most members of Congress are bought and paid for notably via campaign contributions by special interests. Change -- major change -- is desperately needed!
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 12, 2016 Artificial Turf = Toxic Turf
For years debates have raged across the nation about the use of artificial turf regarded by critics as toxic turf. Where I live, in Sag Harbor, New York, there'll be a referendum next month that could stop the stuff from being installed where students of Sag Harbor play team sports.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 3, 2014 Chris Christie: The Decline and Fall of "Corporate America's Candidate" for President
Much of the U.S. mainstream media had been promoting Chris Christie. TV stresses "likability" in on-air personalities and guests. " But there was Christie--mean-spirited, given to vicious attacks on people--a fixture as a guest on TV. Why? The U.S. business press can be revealing sometimes and the current issue of Fortune is with an article headed: "Chris Christie: Can Corporate America's Candidate Get out of This Jam?"
SHARE Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Plutonium, Perseverance and the Spellbound Press
With all the media hoopla last week about the Perseverance rover, frequently unreported was that its energy source is plutonium -- considered the most lethal of all radioactive substances -- and nowhere in media that NASA projected 1-in-960 odds of the plutonium being released in an accident on the mission.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Tea Party Cabal in Congress and Voter Backlash
Will voter reaction to the U.S. government shutdown--notably the effect the Tea Party cabal is having on the public--have an impact in the coming election. Will citizen outrage towards the GOP and particularly the Republican arch-conservatives whose actions have triggered the shutdown result in a voter backlash?
SHARE Monday, June 27, 2022 Nuclear Waste -- Threat for Millions of Years
What should be done about nuclear waste? Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste specialist for the organization Beyond Nuclear, notes that some nuclear waste stays radioactive for millions of years. "Iodine-129 that is produced in reactors has a 15.7 million-year half-life," he points out. Iodine-129 would thus be radioactive for 314 million years. He says of nuclear waste, first, "we should stop making it."
SHARE Wednesday, August 3, 2011 And Now, A Solar-Powered Space Probe to Jupiter
What NASA claimed for years it couldn't do--use solar power as an energy source on a space probe going beyond the orbit of Mars -- it plans to do on Friday. But between November 25 and December 15 it intends to revert to using nuclear power in space, launching a rover to Mars fueled with 10.6 pounds of plutonium, although solar-powerd rovers have been used on Mars.
SHARE Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Nuclear Titanics
On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, THe Japan Times ran an editorial titled "The Titanic and the Nuclear Fiasco." The same kind of baloney behind the claim that the Titanic was unsinkable is behind the puffery that nuclear power plants are safe.
SHARE Friday, September 18, 2020 Robocall Scourge
We are being subject to a scourge of robocalls. Robocall Index reports 58 robocalls were made in the U.S. in 2019, up from 48.7 billion in 2018. In New York, a bill -- which passed its State Senate last year -- is pending in the State Assembly. The "Robocall Prevention Act" provides that a robocall can only be "made with the prior express consent of the called party." That's an ideal remedy and should go national.
SHARE Saturday, February 27, 2016 Donald Trump -- a "Con Artist"
Donald Trump is finally being identified in the main ring of the 2016 Republican Party political circus in the United States as being a "con artist," as Senator Marco Rubio called him last week.
SHARE Friday, April 30, 2010 When There's Driling, There's Spilling
When there's drilling, there's spilling. That is conceded by the oil industry. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the kind of thing that will occur more often if President Obama's plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling moves ahead.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 27, 2014 Seedtime -- About the "Magical Reality" of Seeds and the Peril of GMO Seeds
Just out is a brilliant book, highly important and beautifully written, by Scott Chaskey, a Long Island farmer, "Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds." He tells of the "magical reality" of seeds and the dangers of GMO seeds -- with a spotlight on the corporate giant in the production of GMO seeds, Monsanto.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 3, 2014 "G.M. Flaw" and the Deeply Flawed Regulatory System
"U.S. Agency Knew About G.M. Flaw But Did Not Act" was the front-page headline of the New York times this week. In fact, the words "G.M. Flaw" could be substituted for by "G.E. Flaw" in its nuclear plants -- like the G.E. plants at Fukushima and the dozens of the same fault-plagued model that are still operating in the U.S., or the words could be replaced by "Pollution Caused by Fracking" or "Poisons in Food."
SHARE Tuesday, November 2, 2021 No Militarization of Space Act Introduced in U.S. Congress
A "No Militarization of Space Act" has been introduced in the U.S. Congress. It is sponsored by five members of the House of Representatives led by Representative Jared Huffman who, in a statement, called the U.S. Space Force "costly and unnecessary."
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 9, 2013 Weiner-Spitzer--Outrageous Arrogance
Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer--men of outrageous arrogance. Even in New York City, a town used to assertiveness, Weiner's performance as he seeks to run for mayor has been way over the top. Meanwhile, Spitzer, who resigned suddenly as New York governor for "personal failings" after disclosures of his being a regular client of a prostitution ring, is flooding New York with TV commercials as he runs for city comptroller.
SHARE Friday, September 11, 2020 The Woodward Interview of Trump
"Trump's Agreeing to Talk to Woodward Shows Downside of Never Having Read a Book in Entire Life," was the headline of a satirical piece this week by Andy Borowitz of The New Yorker. Bt I think the prime reason why he went for an interview by Woodward is because as a con man he figured he could con even a great investigative reporter.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Murdering Swans
What's with the plan of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to slaughter all 2,200 mute swans -- those beautiful, elegant, graceful birds -- in the state? It's about the dumbest thing the DEC has ever come up with. "It's real stupid," says Larry Penny, for 28 years the director of natural resources and environmental preservation in East Hampton, N.Y. and among the greatest Long Island naturalists.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 24, 2014 World's Fair Opens 50 Years Ago -- and I Get Fired for Story About It
Fifty years ago this week, the New York World's Fair opened -- and by the end of the week I was fired for writing about demonstrations on its opening day protesting racism. "Mr. Moses called and is very upset with you," Wilson Stringer, vice president of the Sunrise Press newspapers, told me. "You're fired."
SHARE Saturday, May 5, 2012 Murdoch: His Mission in Media -- Politics
With the finding this week by a committee of the British Parliament that Rupert Murdoch is "not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company," Professor of Journalism Karl Grossman says the Federal Communications Commission should move to prohibit Murdoch from owning television stations in the United States.
SHARE Thursday, December 20, 2012 Challenging the Gun Lobby, Changing the Culture of Violence
We'll soon see whether the gun lobby can be successsfully challenged and the culture of violence that has been growing in the United States changed. President Barack Obama had it right this week in calling for not just words but action. However, it will take continued pressure from public officials and all people if we are to have meaningful results.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 14, 2009 FAA--Forget About Administration
Forget About Administration should be the official name for the Federal Aviation Agency for it is a toothless government agency long in bed with the industry it is supposed to regulate. The recent fatal collision between an airplane and sighteeing helicopter over the Hudson River is yet another epside involving a regulatory agency with little interest in regulation. should as
SHARE Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Will A Free Internet Continue?
From seemingly out of nowhre has come the Intrnet -- to be, suddenly, the greatest clobal platform for free expression the world has ever seen. But will it last? Last month, an international conferenc was held that pitted nations seeking greatr governmntal control over the Internet -- led by Russia and China --against countries advocating a hands-off approach which included the United States.
SHARE Thursday, July 31, 2008 Nuclear-Powered Amphibious Assault Ships?
Most new large U.S. Navy amphibious assault ships would be required to be nuclear powered under the National Defense Authorization Act for 2009 which the House of Representatives has passed by a vote of 384 to 23. It now goes to the Senate where many senators are uneasy about the scheme--as is the Navy and the shipbuilding industry in the U.S. Safe-energy and environmental groups are strongly critical.
SHARE Friday, May 30, 2008 Half-Trillion Dollars for Nukes!
With Wall Street unwilling to finance new nuclear plants, U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman and John Warner have cooked up a scheme to provide $544 billion in subsidies for new nuclear power plant development. Their move will be debated on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, June 3.
SHARE Thursday, May 16, 2013 Fundamental IRS Change Called For
President Obama got it right and wrong when he stated, "If you've got the IRS operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way, then that is outrageous, it is contrary to our traditions." He was incorrect in saying "it is contrary to our traditions" for the IRS has for decades gone after organizations and individuals that take stands in conflict with the government at the time. Fundamental change is called for.
SHARE Monday, September 26, 2011 "Senior Official Number One, Take It Away"
The U.S. press has become increasingly accepting of officials speaking anonymously. Having officials identified only as a "senior department official" or "veteran diplomat" or "high official" and the like is a way for top and lesser officials to say things without having to take any responsibility for what they say. And now U.S. officaldom apparently thinks the public can readily accept this, too.