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Berm Fails, Nuclear Plant Flooded

The levees or berms that surrounding the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant in Nebraska failed and “…more than 2 feet of water rushed in around containment buildings and electrical transformers at the 478-megawatt facility located 20 miles north of Omaha.”

Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge writes:

Naturally, the severity of the situation is being downplayed by the NRC, very much the way Tepco and Japanese authorities pretended the Fukushima situation was under control, until it was uncovered that there had been plant meltdown within hours of the tsunami

Let’s pray that this is as bad as it gets near Omaha.

He just doesn’t Get It

Obama: I’m all for cutting spoending, but “… the nation still needed to invest in education, infrastructure and developing new technologies to grow the U.S. economy.

There’s no more money.  We are broke!

The choice is yours … really


The freedom of choice is something we all cherish. We like the right of self-determination and we are willing to take responsibility for our actions. But besides the complex philosophical issues that arise with the notion of free will, there are certain dilemmas we face almost every day. That’s because choice can present some ethical – sometimes moral – hurdles. Can your exercise of free will, for instance, impede on the rights of others? The answer of course would have to be “yes.” Otherwise that exercise could have dire consequences on society.


Barriers to choice

But there are plenty of instances in which free will or choice conflict with less substantial constraints society has placed on us. Gambling, prostitution and drug use have been with humanity for centuries, and each nation, region or society has chosen to deal with them in different ways. Fact is, most of us can choose to engage in any of those activities no matter what our laws or societal norms provide for, because those activities are so traditional and prevalent.

Gambling is an excellent example. Many of us see little harm in a friendly game of poker in the neighbor’s rec room. But it is technically illegal for many of us. No one would expect the “suits” to bang down the doors on a nickel-ante game of poker, because it is relatively harmless in terms of its societal effects. Nevertheless, it is illegal in many places.

Different approaches

So we have these conflicting and varied approaches to gambling. You can go to a horse track, play the lottery, go to Vegas, or even try out the local bingo hall, if you like to play games of chance. They may all be legal, but in a state, region or country where gambling is generally considered immoral. Or you can go online, and that opens up an entirely different take to the issue of gambling. Online gambling has become so popular and ubiquitous in recent years, that there is little that the vague and confusing laws in many countries can do to effectively prohibit it. Take a tour of http://www.videoroulette.co. You’ll find no mention of the legal restrictions in some places. You’ll find a list of casinos, an introduction to the game, and even tips and strategies for winning. But http://www.videoroulette.co doesn’t go into the legal issues. That’s because the laws are so varied, so vague, and so confusing, it would take pages and pages to cover. Nevertheless, sites such as http://www.videoroulette.co are good examples of commerce catering to the free will of people worldwide.


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The War Against Girls

The WSJ has a book review of “Unnatural Selection,” Ms. Mara Hvistendahl.  The author writes that selecting male babies and aborting females since the 1970s has resulted in the killing of 163 million girls.  The Book Review is titled “The War Against Girls.” Hvistendahl’s main worry is that the Christian Right will use this information to take away our right to choose.

She believes that something must be done about the purposeful aborting of female babies or it could lead to “feminists’ worst nightmare: a ban on all abortions.”

A feminist’s worst nightmare would actually be another 163 million girls deliberately killed. There are consequences for us all if this continues. Societies that have an imbalance, more men than women are violent places:

There is indeed compelling evidence of a link between sex ratios and violence. High sex ratios mean that a society is going to have “surplus men”—that is, men with no hope of marrying because there are not enough women. Such men accumulate in the lower classes, where risks of violence are already elevated. And unmarried men with limited incomes tend to make trouble. In Chinese provinces where the sex ratio has spiked, a crime wave has followed. Today in India, the best predictor of violence and crime for any given area is not income but sex ratio.

Actions have consequences, and we will soon reap what we’ve sown.

Tritium Is Leaking From U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

MyWay has a lengthy article on a recent study that shows that Tritium has leaked from 48 of 65 U.S. commercial nuclear power sites. “For example, cesium-137 turned up with tritium at the Fort Calhoun nuclear unit near Omaha, Neb., in 2007. Strontium-90 was discovered with tritium two years earlier at the Indian Point nuclear power complex, where two reactors operate 25 miles north of New York City.”

Tritium is an isotope of hydrogen, which allows it to readily bind to hydroxyl radicals, forming tritiated water (HTO), and to carbon atoms. Since tritium is a low energy beta emitter, it is not dangerous externally (its beta particles are unable to penetrate the skin), but it is a radiation hazard when inhaled, ingested via food or water, or absorbed through the skin.[14][15][16][17] HTO has a short biological half life in the human body of seven to 14 days, which both reduces the total effects of single-incident ingestion and precludes long-term bioaccumulation of HTO from the environment.

Any exposure to radiation, the article says, boosts cancer risks. Our aging nuclear power plants, most built in the 60s and 70s, are of old technology and presenting an increasing risk to our environment.

The Unspoken UKIP Problem

If the recent European Elections on May 22nd are anything to go by it may seem that UKIP are becoming quite the worrisome force than was initially expected.

With an average 27.5% won in the ballots, UKIP has become the first ever minority party in a century to be at the forefront of a national vote with the Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems all haemorrhaging voters.

UKIP currently boast 161 council seats in England and they also have their first ever MEP in Scotland.

But Why Should We Be Afraid?

While UKIP may put up the popular front of ‘Keeping Britain British’, lowering taxes for business so retailers for example will pay less tax, but if you were to actually sit and pick away at their policies you would find a series of beliefs underneath that are truly terrifying.

First is the party’s main rhetoric of ‘removing multi-culturism’ and that all immigrants to the country should go through a program of ‘forced assimilation’.

They’re not exactly winning favours when Farage publicly said: “Brits fear all immigrants, regardless of where they would come from.”

So according to Farage, gone is the age old UK custom of welcoming all shapes and sizes regardless of race, colour or creed. It’s completely backward, yet still the party gets votes.

Next is their idea that women should be back in full time work within a week of giving birth, not only is that putting a strain on new mothers but it’s also enforcing the options of you can either be unemployed and bonding with your child or working full time and never see them.

Then of course is the party’s stance on Gay marriage. They intend to re-ban it, with party even being quoted as saying: “Keep marriage sacred.”

Although UKIP have yet to weigh in on the growing trend of Bingo websites, it’s probably not going to fare well for something the far right might threaten as “dens of sin”, in the same way Cameron once described the internet as “corrupting our youths.”

So Why Do People Keep Voting For Them?

Well that can be in part blamed to the failings of previous governments, with Cameron, Clegg, Brown and Blair all leading a parade of failure right after one another.

Especially with Labour wheeling out Ed ‘I back stabbed my brother for this job’ Miliband as their party leader, it’s lead to a country wide feeling of political ineptitude as every MP that’s brought out just seems to be another Etonian who is only going to do more harm than good.

Mix this in with the majority of UKIP voters being far right, disenfranchised working class and you’ve got yourself a political party that’s going to be near unstoppable.

Although whether this political party will gain any subsequent ground remains to be seen, we can only hope that voters come to the realisation that this isn’t one of the parties we want running our country and we can stop them before it’s too late.

OPPD Denies Problem In Nebraska Nuke Facility

Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) denies rumor “… going around the Internet about a possible nuclear meltdown.”

“I can assure you a Fukushima event will not occur at Fort Calhoun.”

Drudge reports The Missouri River rose to within 18 inches of forcing the shutdown of the Cooper Nuclear Plant.

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US Orders News Blackout Over Crippled Nebraska Nuclear Plant

Was the flooding of a nuclear power plant in Nebraska as serious as Russia claims? Russia claims the IAEA reported that there was a “…near catastrophic meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant…and goes on to state “…the “events” occurring at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant…put it in the “Level 4” emergency category of an “accident with local consequences” thus making this one of the worst nuclear accidents in US history.”

Sadly, as in Japan, the Obama regime has clamped a veil of secrecy over information about the loss of cooling to one of its idle spent fuel rod pools on June 7th.

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