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  • Tritium density rose up 10 × since July in seaside of Reactor 1
    Tritium density increased to be 10 times much as July near Reactor 1, according to Tepco. The sample is groundwater taken from the seaside of Reactor 1. Tritium density had The post Tritium density rose up 10 × since July in seaside of Reactor 1 appeared first on Fukushima Diary.
  • 160 volcanic earthquakes observed in the mountain 80km from Fukushima plant
    Following up this article.. Japan Meteorological Agency raised volcanic alert level 80km from Fukushima plant / “Don’t approach the crater” [URL]   On 12/12/2014, Sendai district meteorological observatory announced they The post 160 volcanic earthquakes observed in the mountain 80km from Fukushima plant appeared first on Fukushima Diary.
  • NRA decided not to apply INES evaluation to Fukushima plant anymore
    On 12/10/2014, NRA (Nuclear Regulation Authority) announced they are not going to apply INES (International Nuclear Estimation System) to any further accidents in Fukushima plant. Severe contamination leakage continues to The post NRA decided not to apply INES evaluation to Fukushima plant anymore appeared first on Fukushima Diary.
  • Japan Meteorological Agency raised volcanic alert level 80km from Fukushima plant / “Don’t approach the crater”
    On 12/12/2014, Japan Meteorological Agency raised the volcanic alert level of a mountain located 82km from Fukushima plant. The volcano is called “Azumayama”, located between Fukushima prefecture and Yamagata prefecture. The post Japan Meteorological Agency raised volcanic alert level 80km from Fukushima plant / “Don’t approach the crater” appeared first on […]
  • M4.3 quake occurred at the foot of Mt. Fuji
    M4.3 occurred at the foot of Mt. Fuji on 12/11/2014, according to Japan Meteorological Agency. It hit around the Five Lakes of Mt. Fuji at 15:07 (JST). The depth of The post M4.3 quake occurred at the foot of Mt. Fuji appeared first on Fukushima Diary.
  • Cs-134/137 detected double as food safety limit from water purification plant soil in Saitama
    Photo : Piled radioactive soil from Okubo water purification plant in Saitama. Taken in 8. 2011.    190 Bq/Kg of Cs-134/137 was detected from water purification plant soil in Saitama The post Cs-134/137 detected double as food safety limit from water purification plant soil in Saitama appeared first on Fukushima Diary.
  • Tepco’s ordinary profit jumped up by 71.4% first half 2014 from the same period a year ago
    The ordinary profit of this first half year was 243 billion yen, Tepco reported on 12/8/2014. This is 71.4 % larger than the same period of 2013. (Consolidated) According to The post Tepco’s ordinary profit jumped up by 71.4% first half 2014 from the same period a year ago appeared first on Fukushima Diary.
  • Refueling machine of Reactor 5 malfunctioned
    The refueling machine of Reactor 5 malfunctioned on 12/4/2014. Tepco has difficulties to remove fuel even from an uncrippled reactor.   The alarm of low air pressure went off when they The post Refueling machine of Reactor 5 malfunctioned appeared first on Fukushima Diary.
  • Iron-oxidizing bacterium forming microbial population in contaminated groundwater
    Following up this article.. Unidentified algae looking-creature mass generated in bypass well / Tepco “Great quantity” [URL]   The unidentified algae was Iron-oxidizing bacterium, Tepco announced in the report published on The post Iron-oxidizing bacterium forming microbial population in contaminated groundwater appeared first on Fukushima Diary.
  • Tepco failed in shutting up retained water even with cement / Water level becomes back only within 2.5 hours
    Photo : Injecting cement and grout to underground trench. Taken on 11/25/2014.    Following up this article.. Retained water underground temperature went up by 10℃ near Reactor 2 / Tepco The post Tepco failed in shutting up retained water even with cement / Water level becomes back only within 2.5 hours appeared first on Fukushima Diary.
  • Is Ruble Collapse Act of War-Paul Craig Roberts
    By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com Former Assistant Treasury Secretary Dr. Paul Craig Roberts thinks the only thing that explains the plunge in the Russian ruble is that it is being attacked by America.  Roberts contends, “It is not a currency crash in the sense there are no economic reasons for the ruble’s fall.  Unlike the United […]Related Posts:Gold and th […]
  • Oil Price Plunge Trigger for Next Global Crisis-Harry Dent
    By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com  (Early Sunday Release) Economist Harry Dent says falling oil prices will be a trigger for another economic calamity.  Dent explains, “Normally, oil prices falling in a good economy like the 80’s and 90’s, where we have falling inflation and booming productivity and good demographic trends, this would be a good thing.  […]Rel […]
  • WNW 170- Budget Battle, CIA Torture Distraction, Madoff Convictions
    By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com  (Friday 12/12/14) The $1 trillion budget that just passed the House of Representatives has something in it for everybody–to hate.  Conservative Republicans hate that Obama Care and illegal immigration are funded and liberal Democrats hate the rollback of rules for Wall Street and political donations are dramatically increase […]
  • Big Banks Will Take Depositors Money In Next Crash -Ellen Brown
    By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com  The G-20 met recently in Australia to make new banking rules for the next financial calamity.  Financial reform advocate Ellen Brown says these new rules will allow banks to take money from depositors and pensioners globally.  Brown explains, “It became rules we agreed to actually implement.  There was no treaty, and […]Rela […]
  • Global Deflationary Implosion Will Start Money Printing-Egon von Greyerz
    By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com  (Early Sunday Release) Gold expert and money manager Egon von Greyerz says Japan is leading the parade to the bottom of the currency heap. Greyerz says, “Japan is printing unlimited amounts, and we can see that yen is leading the race to the bottom of the currencies.  Gold in yen is […]Related Posts:Disorderly Reset Coming-D […]
  • WNW 169-Race Distraction, USA #2, US/Russia Coming War?
    By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (12/5/14)  It seems the mainstream media (MSM) is determined to bombard us with the “hands up, don’t shoot” lie. Michael Brown was not gunned down with his hands up.  Forensic evidence and eye witness testimony from a half dozen African Americans has disproven this, and it is indeed not a fact.  […]Related Posts:WNW 168-Fergu […]
  • 3.9% GDP Nonsense-Dollar Turns Sharply Soon-John Williams
    By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com Economist John Williams is not buying the recent 3.9% GDP upward revision. Williams explains, “No one I know thinks we are growing at 3.9% other than they are trying to sell a bill of goods to the markets, specifically the currency markets. 3.9% is nonsense. You had 4.6% growth in the […]Related Posts:Dollar on the Brink of D […]
  • Gold Selling for at least 50% over Spot in Asia-Rob Kirby
    By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com   (Early Sunday Release) A few months ago, financial analyst Rob Kirby said the gold price was ready to go up. In the international market, where it is sold by the ton–it has. Kirby explains, “For large amounts of bullion in the Asian market, the pricing mechanism has completely and utterly divorced […]Related Posts:Colossal […]
  • WNW 168-Ferguson Analysis, Iran Nuke Deal Stalled, Gold Repatriation
    By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com    (Friday 11.28.14)  I told you last week there would be no charges for the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, and no charges were brought. Of course, there was rioting and violence, and that seems to be what was wanted.   The Governor of Missouri did not deploy the National […]Related Posts:WNW 169-Race Distr […]
  • Gold is Kryptonite to the Dollar-Bill Holter
    By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com  Financial writer Bill Holter says the players in the gold markets are fearful. Why?  Holter says, “The GOFO rates, or gold forward rates, in London are negative.  They should never be negative, and they are more negative now than any time since 2001.  That shows extreme tightness in the metals market. […]Related Posts:Financ […]
  • No. 682: November Housing Starts
    (SGS Subscription required) • Headline November Housing Starts Fell Month-to-Month and Year-to-Year Amidst Ongoing Unstable Revisions • Smoothed for Extreme Reporting Volatility, Aggregate Housing Starts Show Pattern of Plunge and Low-Level Stagnation, No Economic Recovery […]
  • Tentative Schedule for Commentaries
      Commentary Date Releases Period Release Date   Monday, December 15, 2014 PPI Industrial Production November-2014 November-2014 12/12/2014 […]
  • No. 681: November Industrial Production, Producer Price Index (PPI)
    (SGS Subscription required) • Scheduled for Second-Quarter 2015, Meaningful Benchmark Revisions to Industrial Production Could Be Unusually Large and to the Downside • November Industrial Production Jump Encompassed Utilities Surge, Widespread Manufacturing Gains, and Declining Oil and Gas Production • Utilities Output Spiked by Unseasonably-Cold Weather • S […]
  • No. 680: November Retail Sales, Financial-Market Distortions
    (SGS Subscription required) • November Retail Sales Gain Boosted by Spurious Seasonal Adjustments,0.5% of 0.7% Headline Sales Gain Tied Just to Gasoline-Seasonality Issues • Irrational Markets Continue as Great Dollar Calamity Nears […]
  • No. 679: Labor Numbers, Trade Deficit, Household Income and Construction Spending
    (SGS Subscription required) • Widening Fourth-Quarter Trade Deficit Should Hit GDP Growth Hard • October Median Household Income in Continued Low-Level Stagnation • Full-Time Employment Is 2.4 Million Shy of Pre-Recession Peak • Headline Unemployment Really Increased by 0.1%, But Gain Was Hidden in Rounding Details • November Payroll and Unemployment Data He […]
  • No. 678: October Durable Goods Orders, New-Home Sales, November Consumer Conditions
    (SGS Subscription required) • No Economic Boom in Durable Goods Orders or Housing Activity • Real Durable Orders Goods Set Early Pace of Flat-to-Down Activity for Fourth-Quarter 2014 • New-Home Sales Revised Lower in Third-Quarter; October Broad Sales Activity Remained Stagnant • Consumer Confidence and Sentiment Remain at Levels Consistent with Historical R […]
  • No. 677: Third-Quarter 2014 GDP, First Revision
    (SGS Subscription required) • Gross Domestic Product Upside Revision Was Nonsense • Initial Gross Domestic Income Reporting Suggested Major Revision Shenanigans that Boosted Headline GDP • Underlying Reality Remains Down-Trending Stagnation in Broad Economic Activity […]
  • No. 676: October CPI, Real Retail Sales and Earnings, Existing-Home Sales
    (SGS Subscription required) • October Annual Inflation: 1.7% (CPI-U), 1.5% (CPI-W), 9.4% (ShadowStats) • Inflation Held at 1.7% for Third Month, Despite Tumbling Oil Prices That Reduced CPI-U by 0.5% • Annual Real Retail Sales Growth Fell Back to Recession Level, Amidst Suggestions of Much-Slower Fourth-Quarter Activity • Third-Quarter GDP Headline Growth of […]
  • No. 675: October Housing Starts, PPI
    (SGS Subscription required) • October Housing Starts Indicated Fourth-Quarter Contraction • PPI Headline Inflation of 0.2% Reflected Peculiarities of New Reporting Approach • October PPI Will Dampen Real Growth in New Orders for Durable Goods and Construction Spending […]
  • Commentaries News
    The Next Regular Commentary: is scheduled for Wednesday, December 17th, covering the November CPI and real retail sales and earnings.  A Commentary on Tuesday, December 23rd, will cover the final revision to third-quarter GDP and November durable goods orders and new- and existing-home sales.  The year-end Special Commentary has been rescheduled for Monday, […]

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  • EU Parliament recognizes Palestine as independent state
    - "The General Court finds that the contested measures are based not on acts examined and confirmed in decisions of competent authorities, but on factual imputations derived from the press and the Internet."
  • The Senate’s Silly So-Called “Torture” Report
    also find myself in sympathy with much of what Director Brennan said in the famous televised press conference from Langley, not something you see every day. This observation is also bound to cause upset and alarm, this time in the Director’s office, but I speak as I find. I am no supporter of Director Brennan, as he well knows with respect (he yanked a defen […]
  • What If ?
    by  Preston James It’s a known fact that the Worldwide Internet is the new Gutenberg Press of the World.   Everywhere the Internet has become established which is now most of the World, it has provided instant access to an incredible amount of information from esteemed authors and researchers, facts that are showing the Major […]
  • Israel disregards world public opinion: Analyst
    - Israel conducts air strikes on Syria under US protection...as usual
  • US war on terror is war on Israel’s enemies
    "Israel’s American assets murdered 3,000 Americans, blew up the twin towers, destroyed World Trade Center [Building] 7 and the entire World Trade Center, attacked the Pentagon, America’s military headquarters, and then deceptively blamed 'Muslim terrorists."
  • VA Hospitals Still Make Vets Wait
    One in 10 Veterans Affairs patients — more than 600,000 vets — are still waiting at least a month to see a doctor at hospitals and clinics, according to a new analysis of federal records.
  • Truth In Berlin
    Once again, ‘scandal in Germany.’ This time the ultra Zionist AJC (American Jewish Committee) is empowered to define the boundaries of an exchange in Germany about Palestine and the hope for peace in the Middle East.
  • NEO – Has Freedom Become the Preserve of the Far Right?
    - Seth Ferris..."Every country, new or old, has to be part of one geopolitical alliance, and only one. That is a practical fact."
  • Iran, Russia must be engaged to defeat ISIL : EU
    - Jim W. Dean..."Mixed signals continue to be sent from the EU regarding engagement with Russia."
  • The Prosecution of Zionist Torturers
    If we executed the Japanese who warterboarded American POWs, what is the fate of those who practiced the same thing during the Bush administration?
  • ISIS’ Bloody Footprints Lead From NATO Territory
    It was reported recently that Germany’s broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) investigated what turned out to be hundreds of trucks a day carrying billions of dollars in supplies,  flowing into Syria and directly into the hands of the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS).  Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has played a pivotal role in the destabilization and destructi […]
  • New Middle East Plan: The US preparing for another Disaster
    Nothing would seem more absurd than watching the US making its ‘intentions’ clear about dismantling the ISIL’s strongholds in Iraq and Syria by, of course, bringing in its regional allies’ armed forces. A few days ago, Iran officially confirmed that its air force did carry out air strikes against the ISIL, confirming its avowed alliance […]
  • Turkey and its African Dilemma
    How successful will Turkey’s policy be towards Africa in the coming years? The answer to this question will be an indicator of Ankara’s progress towards its strategic goal – becoming a global power. In this context, the “conquest” of the African continent, which Turkey is actively pursuing, on par with such states as China, Brazil […]
  • Oil War on Russia: Ridiculous People and Unintended Consequences
    The once rather ordered world we knew even a decade ago is becoming more and more dis-ordered. That’s not to say it’s chaotic because chaos is merely the emergence of new patterns we do not yet understand. This is dis-order. And it is being fostered by ridiculous power-addicted people in the West who are flailing […]
  • Israel proposes natural gas pipeline to Southern Europe
    Israel is pushing for the European Union (EU) to approve the construction of a pipeline running from the Middle Eastern country to supply Cyprus, Greece and Italy with natural gas. The proposed EastMed pipeline will carry gas from the Tamar and Leviathan gas fields located in the Mediterranean Sea, to Southern Europe.  As the Times […]
  • Japan: The Law on State Secret
    Despite the extensive criticism from non-governmental organizations, politicians, and lawyers both in Japan and abroad, the law on protection of state secret proposed in October 2013 by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and adopted by a majority vote of the Upper House of the Japanese Parliament in December 2013 entered into force on […]
  • Putin’s Asian Blitz: Uzbekistan and India are Visited
    While the world is increasingly polarized due to the recent West-Russia standoff, Russia seeks to establish a good footing with its traditional partners, while increasing  cooperation with new ones, all while attempting to cancel out the hostile steps taken by the opposing camp. These collectively are the key principals of today’s Russian foreign policy. In […]
  • American Duplicity and Twisting in Our Own Tortured Noose
    So the United States Senate has released its report highlighting extreme and supposedly ‘abhorrent’ techniques used on terrorist targets after 9/11 to glean greater intelligence and information. Since that release there has been an orgy of oscillating condemnation/hand-wringing with rationalization/chest-beating, depending on whom you speak with. What strike […]
  • Climate Change: A Planetary Emergency
    The stock markets are sliding, America is shaken by CIA torture practices, and extrajudicial killings by police, NATO continues to threaten Russia, world currencies are reeling under the blows of dropping oil prices and yet, and yet, there is something much worse threatening mankind than all these problems combined; the rapid warming of the planet […]
  • Got Free Speech? Not if you are an attorney…
    The Illinois Registration and Disciplinary Commission has just issued a recommendation for a three year suspension of the license to practice law of yet another activist attorney. The prosecution of attorney JoAnne Denison by the IARDC goes to the heart of the amalgamation of the legal system in the US into one streamlined cruise missile. […]
  • ‘Iran can help Pakistan against terror’
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sympathized with Pakistan over a deadly attack on a school in the country, saying Tehran is ready to work with Islamabad in the fight against terrorism.
  • Israel missile shield fails test
    Israel’s most advanced anti-ballistic missile system, developed jointly with the US, has failed in its first live test to lock on to a target missile fired over the sea. […]
  • Mexico protesters vow to continue fight
    The parents and families of 42 missing students in Mexico have vowed to continue their protest movement, despite a crackdown on protests across the country.
  • Afghan militants attack bank, kill 10
    Armed Taliban militants in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand have staged an attack against a bank, killing at least ten people and reportedly taking hostages.
  • US F-35s sold to UK face new problem
    US test pilots have discovered that the British military’s newly purchased next-generation F-35 jetfighters may “shut down” in mid-flight if their fuel overheats.
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    Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton says the United States should never practice CIA torture program on suspected terrorists around the world.
  • Heavy snow in Japan cancels flights
    Heavy snow and strong winds in northern Japan have cancelled almost 300 flights and buried vehicles in deep drifts.
  • US man shoots wife before killing himself
    A man has killed himself after shooting his wife in the head and then barricaded himself in his home in Phoenix, Arizona, according to US police.
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    A European Union (EU) court has ruled that the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, be removed from the bloc’s terrorism blacklist.
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    British Prime Minister David Cameron has criticized the Labour Party for its policy on Israel, saying the party’s leadership had shown its “true colors” by supporting Palestinian statehood.
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  • Complexity Of Fed Message Resumes Rising: FOMC Words Increase From 707 To 734
    Just when you thought it was safe to assume The Fed had any kind of handle on things, they ramp up the confusion level and generate more words than last month to explain their machinations. Though well below the peak confusion levels of September, we hope the trend is not rising again...   […]
  • No More "Considerable Time" - Meet The New, "Patient" Fed
    With expectations that the FOMC would drop "considerable time," ignore foreign market instability, and shrug off HY credit's demise (as they had previously said it was a bubble), the members did not let anyone down... *FOMC SAYS IT CAN BE 'PATIENT' IN APPROACH TO RAISING RATES *FOMC DECLINES TO MENTION RECENT GLOBAL MARKET INSTABILIT […]
  • Surprise... Everyone Was Wrong About The End Of QE
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  • New York Governor Cuomo Does Saudi Bidding, Bans Fracking In NY State
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  • Why It's So Hard Being A Fed Decision-Maker
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  • New Poll Finds 59% Of Americans Support Post-9/11 Torture – Propaganda, Cultural Sickness, Or Both?
    Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Ever since the torture report was released last week, U.S. television outlets have endlessly featured American torturers and torture proponents. But there was one group that was almost never heard from: the victims of their torture, not even the ones recognized by the U.S. Government itself as innocent, […]
  • WTI Crude Spikes Over $59, Up 9% From Lows: Biggest Intraday Swing Since April 2009
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    Los Angeles prosecutors have refused to take up the case of a woman who alleges she was sexually molested by the TV comic Bill Cosby 40 years ago when she was 15 years old. The LA county district attorney’s office released a charge evaluation sheet on Tuesday that explained the office had declined... […]
  • Reddit bans users for sharing hacked Sony documents
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  • Russia’s plunging currency creates trouble for the US Federal Reserve
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  • Islamic State jihadists release pictures of mass execution in Iraq
    The Islamic State (IS) group on Monday released pictures of the execution of 13 men described as anti-jihadist Sunni tribal fighters near the northern city of Tikrit. Three pictures published on a jihadist forum and pro-IS social media accounts show the execution of the men wearing orange... […]
  • Desmond Tutu urges Pope Francis to rethink decision not to meet Dalai Lama
    South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu Monday appealed to the Pope to reconsider his decision not to meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Rome. “I am deeply saddened and distressed that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, should give in to these pressures and decline to meet the Dalai... […]
  • New York fire chief cites 9/11 as the reason his station will not remove ‘Happy Birthday Jesus’ sign
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  • US soldier jailed after joining French Foreign Legion
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  • Cuba releases American Alan Gross as US prepares to overhaul Cuba policy
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  • Right-wing radicals plot takeover of rural Arizona county to test nutty political theories
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  • ‘Hells Angels’ busted after Christmas toy drive with guns, brass knuckles and meth
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  • 3-year-old SC boy fatally shoots self after climbing Christmas presents to reach gun
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  • Oklahoma man gets 7 years for bomb mailed to anti-immigration Arizona sheriff
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  • New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled over hacker threats
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  • San Diego State bans fraternity over dildo stunt during anti-rape march
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Japan says some tsunami reconstruction funds going to whaling

Tokyo (CNN) — The Japanese government has affirmed that $29 million from its budget for post-earthquake and tsunami reconstruction is going toward extra security measures for the country’s whaling fleet, angering environmental activists like Greenpeace.

The whaling industry is “siphoning money away from the victims of the March 11 triple disaster, at a time when they need it most,” Junichi Sato, executive director of Greenpeace Japan, said this week, referring to the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis that struck Japan in March.

But Tatsuya Nakaoku, an official from the Japanese Fisheries Agency, said Thursday he funds would help “support the reconstruction of a whaling town and nearby area,” which was devastated by the natural disasters.

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