Thursday, October 27, 2016

Police Action Against Pipeline Protesters Violates Civil Liberties

Here are two accounts, the first from The Nation and the second from RT (video):
Zoe Carpenter. 2016. Militarized Police Are Cracking Down on Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters. The Nation

As police prepare to clear a camp set up in the pipeline's path, human-rights groups are concerned about abuses by law enforcement.

Suppressing reporting: Filmmaker facing 45 yrs in prison for filming pipeline protest speaks to RT. RT:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

When Does Stage Craft End and War Begin?

Yesterday The Wall Street Journal ran an article titled "In Russia, Cold War is Hot" (Grove, 10/25/2016, p. A9).

The article begins: "Russian authorities have stepped up nuclear-war survival measures amid a showdown with Washington, dusting off Soviet-era civil defense plans and upgrading bomb shelters in the biggest cities."

This article represents these efforts as political theater aimed at boosting Putin's domestic approval ratings.

Reuters is reporting today that Clinton's Syria policy could lead to WWIII:
Steve Holland. October 26, 2016. Exclusive: Trump says Clinton policy on Syria would lead to World War Three. Reuters,

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Democrat Hillary Clinton's plan for Syria would "lead to World War Three," because of the potential for conflict with military forces from nuclear-armed Russia. 
Reuters, like the WSJ, is representing these remarks as political theater.

In contrast, social media sources, such as Anonymous, are representing escalating tensions in relation to a very real risk of war:

Although I find it unlikely that any world leader would seriously contemplate launching WWIII, it is possible that current rhetoric and events will take on a life of their own.

The World War III assemblage needs only an Archduke Ferdinand moment to spark nuclear Armageddon. 

A dramatic de-escalation is needed before stage craft mutates into war.

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity....

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Greenpeace Reports on Flawed Japanese Steel Used in Nuclear Reactors



Fukushima Webcam Alert

I'm not sure what is going on at Fukushima but I've not seen such heavy steam in a quite a long time:

Yesterday I noted that the plant looked as if it were producing more emissions than typical. Today it really is steaming.

Netc is showing very elevated radiation levels in Japan. Here is a screen-capture from the animated replay:

I don't know if the higher levels are from Fukushima or from some other source of radioactive contamination.

Heads up!