Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Lonely Starfish

Below is a photo of Little Trinidad Head at it's south/west base next to the pier in Trinidad Harbor.
On the head, one can see a starfish. It's the orange thing. Not much around this lonely creature but rock.

 What looks like another starfish in the lower left is a piece of a sign with some lettering on it.

 This is the same starfish zoomed out. You can see that this rock face at low tide has 1 starfish visible. A few years ago this rock wall was teeming with life including dozens of starfish. I noticed other rocks around the boat launch and on the other side of Trinidad Head free of most all life save for some plant life.
I'll have more on this so stay tuned. 

Nuclear Industry Shields Itself From Future Liability

Because the technology does not even yet exist to deal with the catastrophic melt down of 3 nuclear reactors in Fukushima Japan, the industry has decided to protect not humans, victims or the planet but it's investors and its workers. Even as the fallout continues to poison the earth, as radiation continues to flow into the Pacific Ocean, an industry so dangerous to operate that no insurance company on the planet will insure one of it's plants has decided what is important. It's bottom line.
Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Photo from Solano

Greenpeace has this:

Greenpeace condemns the new International Nuclear Liability Convention

CSC protects the nuclear industry, not nuclear victims

Press release - 15 April, 2015
Vienna, 15 April 2015 – Greenpeace condemns the new international convention on nuclear liability that came into force today, warning that it protects the nuclear industry, not nuclear victims.
The Convention on Supplementary Compensation on Nuclear Safety (CSC) tightens up the industry's international indemnification and supplier shields, effectively shoving the enormous burden of nuclear risk onto taxpayers and future victims.

"The liability regime under the CSC is not a step forward. It is rather a slap in the face of all victims of the Chernobyl and Fukushima catastrophes. Far from ensuring better compensation of victims of future nuclear accidents, it will instead limit the amount of funding available for compensation, shield some responsible parties from almost all liability, and increase the bureaucratic hurdles for victims of transboundary radioactive fallout. The CSC, like the other existing nuclear liability Conventions from Paris and Vienna, protects the nuclear industry, not its victims", says Greenpeace expert consultant on nuclear energy and energy policy, Jan Haverkamp.

The CSC was created by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna in 1997 as an answer to the Chernobyl catastrophe. Their objective was to create a comprehensive liability regime for nuclear power that would protect the industry from liability risk in the event of cross-country border fallout, like that created by Chernobyl. It also would effectively shield nuclear suppliers – like General Electric, Hitachi and Toshiba, which designed and built the critically flawed Fukushima Daiichi reactors – in almost all instances, even in the case of negligence.

"Only the US, Morocco, Argentina, Romania and Japan ratified the CSC. In order to come into force, the CSC needed to have 400 GW installed thermal nuclear capacity under its regime, about a third of the global capacity. The ratification by Japan on 15 January 2015 made the CSC pass this hurdle", said Haverkamp.
Greenpeace's main objections to the CSC include:
  • It allows for caps on compensation far below the damage resulting from the Chernobyl and Fukushima catastrophes;
  • It minimizes the amount that the operator responsible for a nuclear accident will have to pay by creating a liability pool and thus decreasing incentives to prevent accidents;
  • It forces victims from transboundary fall-out to demand compensation in the country where the accident happened and bars them from using their own court system;
  • It shields nuclear suppliers from liability, even when their equipment is partly or fully responsible for the accident. This removes any financial incentive to proactively address known problems to prevent accidents.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

We've Seen This Before But Art Bell May Be Making A Comeback!

Night Owls and Coast to Coasties, the voice that kept me from getting any sleep for over a decade may be returning to the airwaves. Or not. It seems that KGOE and other stations may be getting the bypass directly to the internet. . There is a business plan though and everything. Would you subscribe and pay 5 dollars a month for access to the show?

Here is what is posted today at

The Final Results, Art Bell IS Coming Back!

After extensive analysis and elongated negotiations with several suiters, we have decided that we can go ahead on the planned launch of “Midnight in the Desert” in late July, using a business model that will allow us to manage the entire operation on our own.

As was hinted by Art via his Facebook feed, we thought about it, compared the numbers and decided we could pay for bandwidth, pay the commercial licensing fees, pay our own overhead and still be financially viable, assuming the following conditions:

1. We have a considerable number of fans subscribe to a membership service that allows you to access the archived shows anytime via the website for a reasonable $5 / month.

2. We can sell advertising to be played during the breaks during the show. Not a lot, but enough to help pay for the music licensing during the LIVE FREE stream.

3. We can successfully curb pirated posts of our content to the Internet.

We’ll be operating under a certain specific licensing model that will allow us to ramp up from a “small webcaster” status into a large broadcaster in the future. It is imperitive that we earn enough through subscribers and ads sales to pay the bandwidth costs and music licensing fees. We believe that we can ramp up successfully using the current models in place at this time.

However, this happens to be the year (2015) that music industry participants are negotiating the next 5 years (2016-2020) rates for music licensing on the Internet. It is a wide open arena, and some license models may not survive. But we believe that we can operate under the current 2015 model for 6 months, and eventually fit into a 2016 model that is still cost effective.

We hope to recoup  all of our investments within the first 6 months, so we can better endure the cost increases that will inevitably happen in 2016. If the fans support us with memberships and the advertisers are satisfied, we should be good for a long while.
Keep watching here for the launch date announcement and further updates as we can pass along. We’ll let you know when it’s time to promote the show.
— Keith and Art

Human Compost or Soylent Green?

Here's an idea that probably isn't for everybody. How about turning your body after you die into potting soil? You can reincarnate into tulips, kale, a tree or perhaps even, Soylent Green

37 year old Seattle resident Katrina Spade is finding out how well the human body composts in a compost pile full of carbon, like wood chips and saw dust with added moisture and nitrogen. She has placed the body of a 78 year old woman into a compost pile in North Carolina and is tracking the decomposition progress.

Charlton Heston in the movie Soylent Green
This whole study seems gruesome, but consider that unless you are Jesus or Enoch, you are probably going to face a similar fate. Most of us die and remain on earth. That creates the problem of where to put all of us after we die? In the movie "Soylent Green" with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson, the problem was too many people and not enough food. The solution was to turn people, after they die into food called Soylent Green. In the movie they lied to the people and (spoiler alert) they said Soylent Green was made from plankton from the seas, but the seas were dead. At the end of the movie Heston who plays a cop finds out where the people that die are being taken, and finds out the horrible truth that they are being turned back into food for those still alive.

This study by Katrina Spade is along the same lines in that, with compost we can grow more food to feed to more people. There are other cost benefits and environmental benefits as well.With all of the positives I still wonder how well this would go over with the general population? Would you volunteer to be compost if it meant that your family didn't have to pay for a super expensive funeral?

See the whole New York Times Story here.


Monday, April 13, 2015

As Fukushima Leaks, Where Are The NRC, The DOE And The IAEA?

Here is a link to a well done story by Mariam German at Counter Punch. The question I raise in the headline is the subject. The short answer is, they are in Iran.

The chart below used to be used with the EPA Radnet Radiation Monitors when assessing Beta Radiation numbers in CPM. The monitors along the coast from Alaska to San Diego were shut off last year. There are still some monitors inland so the chart is still useful for real time numbers there or just to see how bad things were when numbers were available along the coast.

The chart below is a screen shot of Beta Radiation from Bakersfield California taken 4-13-2015. Anything above 100 is considered a hot spot or radiation cloud. Bakersfield and Fresno are always having these hot spots. I was seeing them along the coast here in Eureka too back when the monotir was checking for that.

As one can see from comparing the first chart with the Bakersfield numbers from today, Beta Radiation is still a problem and showing up on some monitors and unhealthy levels.

The EPA told me in an email that the reason for the Eureka Ca. monitor being shut off was "too much RF interference". That's radio frequency interference. When I wrote back with a follow up question of "What are the offending radio frequencies?" The EPA said they would get back to me. That was months ago and I haven't heard a word from them. But I threw this information in because the story I'm linking to focuses on organizations, for the most part, other than the EPA.

What does this say about the agencies and their missions for a safe nuclear world? The fact that they are basically ignoring Fukushima and in fact turning off radiation monitors along the west coast while focusing most of their time and energy (no pun intended) on the possibility of Iran producing a bomb. This while there are 99 more potential Fukushima disasters already spread around the US disguised as electrical generating power plants. Many of these are also poorly designed and some have been found to be built on earthquake faults that were not known when they were built.

See the in depth article here. You may have to scroll down to the time stamp of April 10th through 12th of 2015.

Robot Dies Inside Melted Fukushima Reactor But Not Before Sending Back Haunting Images

So they built a couple of robots to go into the 3 Fukushima reactors that melted down after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The first one died not long after entering and the second one won't be allowed in until the know more about how it died. Photographs were taken though and the fuel is nowhere to be found.

See the story and photographs.

US Senator Joe Liberman, WTC 7 Did Not Occur