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It wasn’t the radiation. It was the over-the-top response. So says World Nuclear News.
What turned Fukushima from a medium-ranking industrial accident, of the kind that happens perhaps eight or ten times a year, into a disaster, with a reported death toll among the evacuees of over 1000? It wasn’t the radiation, writes Malcolm Grimston.
In common with Three Mile Island, Fukushima doesn’t seem to have caused any deaths from radiation; even at Chernobyl the demonstrable death toll which resulted from radiation exposure was small compared to events like Bhopal or the Banqiao dam failure.
What created the human misery at Fukushima was the response – not the immediate precautionary evacuation but what followed and ironically what preceded. The only other area currently excluded because of human activity is Chernobyl. It follows, to the rational non-expert, that the levels of radiation throughout these exclusion zones must represent a higher risk than any other man-made threat on the planet.”
So what was their mistake? They got crazy because of the levels of radiation in the area, which, as it turns out, are less than the naturally-occurring background radiation in much of the world.
First and foremost, around 100,000 people were evacuated from a 20 km radius zone around Fukushima Daiichi and have not (except for a few hundred very recently) been allowed back into their homes for over three years, causing untold misery. In much of the zone doses from radiation (from all sources) are below 5 mSv per year, with fallout dose below 1 mSv per year.
Secondly, there are areas like Ramsar in Iran (average 130 mSv per year) and Guarapari in Brazil (peak levels on the beach equivalent to 350 mSv per year) which are not evacuated. Indeed, there are almost certainly places in Japan (e.g. Kyushu island) where natural doses are above the total dose in some part of the exclusion zone.”
I know what you’re gonna say. “There you go again, getting facts involved with the panic.” Guilty as charged.
“If you’re travelling at 80 Miles an hour how long will it take you to go 80 miles?”
There is a bad word in this.
Their vote means as much as yours.
Found over at Moonbattery
The Congressional Black Caucus wants President Obama to appoint a ‘Police Czar’. They say they want to prevent ‘More Ferguson’s’. That could mean that they want looting stopped but I take that to mean they want a task force to prevent young black men from getting shot by white cops.
Speaking for the CBC, Rep. Elijah Cummings believes that this utopia can be attained if only the federal government is given just a little more control over Americans.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, along with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, urging the administration to pursue changes to local law enforcement structure to “prevent more Fergusons,” including a federal czar to oversee local law enforcement.
“The administration must quickly establish a national commission to review existing police policies and practices,” the letter reads. “And identify the best policies and practices that can prevent more Fergusons and vastly improve policing in communities across the nation.”
In addition to the commission, the letter calls for the appointment of a federal czar within the Justice Department to monitor and oversee local police departments that receive federal funding.”
OK. Now I understand. They want this oversight under the control of the Department of Justice whose head is Eric Holder.
Bad idea… as a matter of fact it’s a terrible idea. Holder has shown himself to be uninterested in justice. He is a revolutionary whose focus is on control. That is not American.
Read more at Politico
As I sit here constantly hearing and watching you execute innocent men, women and children in the Middle East I chuckle. Why do I chuckle you may ask? Well let me explain something to you cowardice fools who think you are so tough behind all your propaganda videos. You are scaring a population that doesn’t know how to fight, you’re bullying the weak . . .
You say Islam is the religion of peace, but since when does terrorizing the innocent and beheading men, women and children constitute peace? WTF? But keep in mind, what did Saddam’s troops do when we came rolling into town? They surrendered, twice… So all your empty threats of coming to America and raising your flag over the White House amuse me more than any of you sick, sadistic bastards could ever imagine or comprehend.
In 2012 there was about 21.2 million veterans in the United States. Do you understand what that means? Let me break it down for you. That means there are literally millions of disgruntled, dysfunctional, pissed off veterans who have been dealing with years of abuse from their government stabbing them in the backs and having to watch their friends die because you Islamic extremist idiots can’t seem to act like normal human beings and stop terrorism and the violence.
It’s one thing to take over an Islamic state, but if my memory serves me correctly, I’m pretty sure we plowed through Fallujah in 4 days. Better yet, it took us about month to control your entire country. At this point, with 13+ years of war under our belts, how long do you think it would take us to do it all over again? I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that one. Do you really think you stand a chance on US soil? Do you really think it would be smart to poke that bear? Remember, never bite the hand that feeds you.
Remember we are armed to the teeth in the US and I can promise you this… the Geneva Conventions will not apply to you. You attack us and there will be no mercy. We will bring the righteous hand of God down upon you and crush you. The ball is in your court now ISIS. We are more than ready to arrange your so called “meeting” with your 72 virgins and send you to your “prophet” Mohamed.”
– Nick Powers”
This is really a pretty fair representation.
Good job. The laundry lady will get a bit more work.
WILKES-BARRE, PA — A man walking down Hazle Street early this morning had need to draw on the firearm he carried when two men attempted to rob him at gunpoint.
It was about 1:20 a.m. when the man, whom police have identified only as a white male, was walking on Hazle Street toward Wilkes Barre Boulevard in the area Bank Street, police said.
Two black males confronted him, and one had a gun, he told police.
“What do you got for me?” one man said to the victim.
He told police he grabbed his attacker’s gun with one hand and drew his own firearm. The man does not have a concealed firearms permit, but carries his gun under Pennsylvania’s open carry laws, police said. The robbers fled.”
From the Times-Leader
Yep. I’m sure they need it. And along with the gear they will institute a proper training plan, right?
Campus police need to look like this?
Officials at the University of Maryland, College Park, Morgan State University and Coppin State University said the shotguns and rifles are or will be used for training purposes.
UM has a $65,000 armored truck, 16 “riot type” 12-gauge shotguns, 49 M16 rifles, and a handful of other items, according to Pentagon data. Coppin received five similar 12-gauge shotguns and 29 40-caliber Glock pistols. Morgan has six 12-gauge shotguns and 13 M16 or M14 rifles.”
“… said the shotguns and rifles are or will be used for training purposes.”
Training? For what? Campus police are going to use select-fire rifles and riot shotguns to train for what? Disruptions at the student union? No, they have fallen victim to the ‘Militarization Craze’. Besides, it’s ‘Free’, right?
Oh, and what kind of training are they planning to do with a $65,000 armored truck?
Read more at the Baltimore Sun
Jesse Jackson confronted by Ferguson resident.
Sounds like his girlfriend, or boyfriend, SWATTed him.
I really hate to see loaded guns pointed at people.
A SWAT team on the campus of California State University San Marcos surrounded a staff member equipped with protective rain gear this week.
The incident, which occurred early Wednesday morning, was prompted by a call to the San Diego County Sheriff’s office of a bald white male, wearing a black shirt and jeans and walking across campus carrying a rifle. This resulted in a shelter-in place order for some 400 staff and students going through orientation before the start of the fall session. Rapidly, facility and classmates banded together to barricade doors with tables and chairs, expecting the worst.”
If umbrellas are so dangerous, why did this happen? It’s really something just how courageous our President is.
Read more at Guns.com
Obama ‘Trusts’ Sharpton. Why is he a ‘Negro Czar’ and not a ‘Minority Czar’? It’s simple. Sharpton claims to represent minorities but actually only notices things that happen to black people. Has anyone ever seen him support a Native American or an Asian American? How about Latinos? Nope. His focus is laser like on black issues.
‘Black Czar’ or ‘African American Czar’ are clumsy and can be misleading. ‘Negro Czar’ it is – like the United Negro College Fund.
This is from Politico Magazine:
I’ve known Al since he was 12 years old, and he’s arrived at the level he always wanted to arrive at, which is gratifying,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a colleague and sometimes rival, told me. “He’s the man who’s the liaison to the White House, he’s the one who’s talking to the Justice Department.”
Sharpton has a history. Even the Politico writer relates it:
During the 1991 Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn, Sharpton stoked black rage after a Hasidic Jewish driver killed a young boy with his car. At the child’s funeral, Sharpton railed against Jewish “diamond merchants” who bought their wares from apartheid South Africa, then ran down black kids in Brooklyn. There was his much-mocked stint as an FBI informer in the 1980s.”
Sharpton does not have the best interests of the country nor the black community close to his heart. That must be why Barack Obama is so close with him.
Another one from Canadian Bob. This is from the Canadian Jewish News:
My name is Paul Estrin. Until Aug. 5, I was the president of the Green Party of Canada.
On July 25, I published a blog on the party’s website entitled “Why Gaza makes me sad.” My comments were moderate in nature. The essential point I conveyed was that I was, and still am, saddened by what is happening in Gaza. By highlighting Hamas’ cynical tactics, I was trying to show that the conflict is not black and white – a thesis in opposition to what other members of the party seemed to be suggesting.
Sadly, my moderate article criticizing a violent terrorist group could not be tolerated by a majority of the party membership. The article was eventually removed from the website – there was apparently no room within the party for dialogue – but not before some online commenters issued threats about my personal safety. Those comments concern me a great deal.
Ultimately, my dissenting view led to me being drummed out of my position.”
Estrin, a Jew, was drummed out of the Green party because he supported Israel’s right to exist. The Green party, like other leftist groups, is based on a requirement that members exhibit a blind support for the far left, anti-Semitic of their supporters. As we see, it’s not enough to be the national head. Everyone has to toe the line established but those providing the funding.
How many know that George Soros, a Jew, joined forces with Nazis during WWII to root out other Jews? He is a self-loathing Jew. He finances anti-Semitic groups.
This cop has an attitude. I wonder just how common it is among today’s police.
This article in the Washington Post was written by “Sunil Dutta, a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University, has been an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years.”
Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?”
I think this was taken from a photo.
The cry of ‘Racism’ is meant to shut people up, not to cure a problem.
Liberals have their panties in a bunch over a Missouri Newspaper cartoon that depicts the protest and looters in #Ferguson.”
More at Gateway Pundit
Many of our readers are familiar with what is known as the Tueller Drill. The drill was, not surprisingly, invented by Dennis Tueller. If you have had some defensive training you have probably encountered it.
For those who are not familiar it shows students that a man armed with a knife, sword, or club is lethally dangerous to a man carrying a gun if he gets within seven yards. It takes a person who is aware about a second and a half to draw, point, and fire at an attacker.
Twenty-one feet is not very far but most of us believe we are safe to let a potential assailant get closer than that. If you do you should practice the drill.
Here is a training video that shows how important distance can be.
Why do I bring this up today? The day before yesterday, Tuesday, another young black man was shot by police. The entire incident was recorded by a bystander. These officers allowed him to get much closer than 21 feet before shooting. Of course they did have already drawn their pistols.
As soon as the officers arrive and step out of their vehicle, Powell steps forward, calling “Shoot me!” repeatedly. He produces a knife from somewhere on his body.
You then hear the officers telling Powell the drop the knife. Instead, Powell circles to his left up a small rise into a parking lot. Officers continue to tell Powell, “drop the knife.” The man filming the encounter drops an expletive, apparently understanding just how dangerous the situation has become for everyone involved.
Powell then begins closing down the distance on the officer standing outside the passenger side of the police SUV, walking directly toward the officer.
I’d estimate the distance at not more than 12 feet… almost half the distance of the Tueller Drill, which is what cops and civilians alike have come to understand is the “danger zone” of an attacker with a knife.”
This video is not pleasant to watch. Because of the violence and the language it is not a good one to watch at work. The man is shot multiple times.
But the point of all this is to make readers aware of how much danger they are in if they allow someone armed only with a knife to get too close.
Read more at Bearing Arms
He says there is an epidemic of racism in America. He then, Spock-like, shows us the numbers.
What does this lizard mean? “Change is coming”?
Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race.
Holder made the remarks during a visit to the St. Louis suburb that has endured more than a week of unrest fueled by the fatal shooting of the black 18-year-old by a white officer. The Obama administration intended the trip to underscore its commitment to civil rights in general and the Ferguson case in particular.
The attorney general described how he was stopped twice on the New Jersey Turnpike and accused of speeding. Police searched his car, going through the trunk and looking under the seats.
“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” Holder said during a meeting with about 50 community leaders at the Florissant campus of St. Louis Community College.”
From the Sun-Times
Wilson is the officer who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. It sounds like his account of being attacked by Brown before the shooting has some merit.
Reports are that a dozen eye-witnesses corroborate Wilson’s account.
And now it appears that Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown at the time of the shooting has changed his story. He originally said that Brown was trying to get away when Wilson shot him. Now a St. Louis radio station is saying that Johnson has recanted and admits that he and Brown had attacked Wilson and were trying to take his gun away from him.
If this is true it is very powerful.
Local St. Louis sources said Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.” This comes from a source within the Prosecuting Attorney’s office and confirmed by the St. Louis County Police.
A blowout fracture is a fracture of one or more of the bones surrounding the eye and is commonly referred to as an orbital floor fracture.
The St. Louis County Police told reporters after the shooting that the police officer involved suffered facial injuries. He “was hit” and the “side of his face was swollen.”
Update: New Black Panthers leader Malik Shabazz leads people in a chant demanding the death of Officer Darren Wilson. This is incitement to violence. Why has he not been arrested?
Worth sharing. What’s the difference between income redistribution and armed robbery?
… But when I do it’s because he’s right.
Ron Paul: Local police not ‘warriors’
Former Rep. Ron Paul on Monday called for the elimination of the Defense Department program that has transferred billions of dollars in surplus military equipment to local and state agencies.
“It should be gotten rid of,” the Texas Republican said on MSNBC of the Pentagon 1033 program, which has come under increased scrutiny because of the equipment used by St. Louis County police forces in Ferguson, Missouri.
“Police are supposed to be local people, and they’re supposed to be peace officers,” he added. “They’re not supposed to be warriors.”
Read more at Politico
CNN broadcast a report Friday that showed the house, including the street number, of the Ferguson police officer who police say shot Mike Brown. The officer has been in hiding due to death threats since the shooting last Saturday. His name, Darren Wilson, was just released Friday morning.”
Eric Holder’s Department of Justice told Ferguson Police To NOT Release the video
The video below, from the store’s surveillance cameras, allegedly shows Brown strong-arming the person at the store. It doesn’t justify his getting shot. More investigation needs to be done before the shooting can be classed as justified or unjustified.
The real, big, story is that the DOJ told the police to not release the video. What could have been their motive for making this demand?
The DOJ does not represent justice. They represent lies and distortions in the name of skin color.
Goldie Taylor is an MSNBC contributor who’s followed this case closely. She tries to spin it as evidence that the Ferguson police were acting rashly in releasing the video, but doesn’t it show that the Obama administration is trying to keep information away from the public?”
It’s not just libertarians and those on the right who are concerned about the ‘Militarization of Police”. The Huffington Post has weighed in and they don’t like it either. This week’s experiences in Ferguson Missouri has caused the entire nation to balk at what has been happening to our police. I particularly like this image:
From the Huff Po article:
Veterans on Ferguson
The general consensus here: if this is militarization, it’s the shittiest, least-trained, least professional military in the world, using weapons far beyond what they need, or what the military would use when doing crowd control.”
That’s correct – and right. You don’t make a cop a warrior by giving him equipment. Just like you don’t make someone a musician by giving them a musical instrument. They both require training and discipline – and lots of it. The image above, and many more, show that these officers are untrained and undisciplined. Pointing a loaded gun at someone whom you don’t intend to kill is stupid – bone stupid. And extremely dangerous.
To give a little perspective to just how much equipment has been transferred from the US military to American police forces, the UK Independent tells us that, “Ferguson shooting: US police armed with 93,763 new machine guns”. They include this image:
If Ferguson, Missouri, looks like a war zone, that may be because its police force is armed to the teeth with military equipment. In photographs from this week’s protests, officers can be seen toting assault rifles, wearing gas masks and body armour loaded with extra ammunition magazines, and riding around in mine-resistant armoured personnel carriers.”
They include a link to this New York Times graphic:
It’s frightening on many fronts.
The answer to the problems in Ferguson was not this. It was Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson.
… The Department of Homeland Security is afraid of Anti-Government extremists.
DOCUMENT: HOMELAND SECURITY PREDICTS RISE OF ‘ANTI-GOVERNMENT’ VIOLENCE
A leaked document from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis predicts increased “anti-government violence over the next year.” The document says the inspiration for violence is Cliven Bundy’s Bunkerville standoff with the Bureau of Land Management from earlier in the year.
DHS’s seven-page report entitled Domestic Violent Extremists Pose a Threat to Government Officials and Law Enforcement points to the recent murders of two Las Vegas law enforcement officers as evidence that there is a “growing trend of anti-government violence compared to the previous four years and inspired by perceived government overreach and oppression” and the “perceived victory at Bunkervile” will “likely prompt more violence.”
You can read the document – and the rest of the story at Breitbart.