Officers Notice Nothing Unusual As They Read Miranda Rights To Woman They Are Arresting For Remaining Silent

 
Works only from Youtube page: Storyboard generated from video below using the Youtube Storyboard Bookmarklet.

That moment is priceless.  She, a lawyer, is suing.  Watch:



Story via Reason.com:

After New Jersey state troopers arrested Rebecca Musarra for remaining silent, they informed her, "You have the right to remain silent." That should have been a clue that something was amiss with their legal justification for hauling her off to jail.

According to a federal lawsuit filed by Musarra, a Philadelphia attorney, and dashcam footage recently obtained by NJ Advance Media, Trooper Matthew Stazzone pulled her over for speeding on October 16 and asked for her license, registration, and proof of insurance. She handed over the documents but did not respond when Stazzone asked her a question. He repeated the question several times, becoming increasingly agitated and warning her that she would be arrested if she did not answer. Here is the vitally important question that Stazzone kept asking: "Do you know why you're being pulled over tonight?"
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The Best Way To Locate And Contact Your Elected Officials | Public Service Announcement

Letter-writing at a portable desk with quill, inkwell, seal and an open book bound with clasps on a reading stand ... and a clock and bell (Antwerp, 19th c.)

Gentle Readers: A Public Service Announcement

Your opinions deserve to be heard by your elected representative.  Sometimes, they make a difference, and, given the precarious state of many issues vitally important to our health and well being, we need all the help we can get. 

An easy-peasy one-stop open-source web portal to locate your elected officials (congress or house), compose your thoughts in email, and send that email campaign tested, eff approved:


  "Democracy.io uses the SmartyStreets Geocoding API and the Sunlight Congress API to look up your representatives."  What's more, one can voice whatever opinion one wishes on whatever topic. 

Other resources:

If you need a template, there are a few appended to another look-up-your-elected-official site, beBusinessed (they have an interactive map, not better than eff's, but visual). 

Wondering about the proper formal address or title? Forms of Address has some useful pointers.

Also: How to Write Effective Letters to Congress: Real Letters Are Still the Best Way to Be Heard by Lawmakers.

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This public service announcepost was inspired by:

The FDA just outlawed CBDs and hemp oil extracts by claiming all plant molecules now belong exclusively to Big Pharma

Perhaps you think that headline must be sensationalizing at the very least. I checked, and I don’t think it is. That is what the FDA legalizeis in fact saying, as difficult as that is for me to believe that they are being that nakedly opportunistic and sociopathic. More frighteningly totalitarian b.s., and if I have time I will deal with it in a separate post. For now let me quote a comment I left on this article over at BlackListed News:
One can voice whatever opinion one wishes on whatever topic. I suggest that if you want to keep not only your cannabis, but also your vitamins - and maybe even see your government continue to get its head out of wherever it has been and start responding ethically and humanely, that then "you" are that "one."
Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Mr. Adams.

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Defiant, Sci-Hub Continues To Provide Full Public Access To Almost 50 Million Scientific Papers Despite Court Order, Causing Uncontrollable Grinning In People Like Me


"The Little Bird Brings The Message" (Alternate Title: "Great Good fortune") 
a faustian original, dedicated to Alexandra Elbakyan: Right On, Sister.
People seeking access to scholarly publications -- professors, graduate students, undergrads, and the increasing number of scholars, makers, hackers, citizen scientists, and laymen -- have long been bereft of a free, reliable source for technical information and research materials.  Without this the basic underlying framework of academic learning is undermined, to say the least.  Without this we are unable to benefit from one another's work.  
Papers regularly cost thirty dollars each, sometimes more, just to download and read them, or one can rent them for a short while. Only the abstract or summary of the work is available to those who cannot pay, and often that is insufficient to determine if the information is suited to one's thesis.  It is tempting to allow one's budget to influence one's conclusion, that is, to not follow a line of inquiry merely because of cost.  This is unacceptable.
Although Aaron Swartz believed passionately in and fought for a variety of causes, we may recall that open access to information is the principle for which he was specifically fighting when he engineered a way to batch download papers that were only available, one by one, in person at the library. It is corporate response to those actions that set in motion the circumstances that would finally lead to his untimely death. 
Now, university libraries cannot afford all the academic journals they used to subscribe to; NPR reports that faculty themselves are turning to so called 'pirate' means to get illegal copies of articles.  Perhaps it is finally time to reevaluate the law.
Consider this: big corporate publishing houses like Elsevier and ScienceDirect don't just charge the academic end user.  They also retain the services of academics as copy-editors and content providers, without pay. In fact, their business model went so far that in 2012 academics went on strike.  Their demand?  Same as Aaron's: free and open access.

Elsevier's backpedalling not stopping scientist strike


What do we want? Open science access


Iain Thomson for The Register


Dutch publishing house Elsevier is facing increasing pressure from the scientific community, with the company's 2,000 journals now being blacklisted by over 8,600 academics.
In January, following an angry blog post by British mathematician Tom Gowers, academics started to sign a public petition refusing to submit, edit, or approve articles for publication in Elsevier's extensive stable of titles, which includes The Lancet and Cell.
The petition protested against the high prices Elsevier charges for its journals, its practice of requiring subscribers to buy bundles of publications rather than individual subscriptions, and the company's support for the Research Works Act (RWA) in the US Congress, which would close access to publicly-funded research.
The movement quickly caught on with academics, and within days over a thousand of them had signed up. Elsevier relies on academics to submit papers for publications, as well as others to proof, edit and peer-review research, so the strike struck at the heart of the publisher's business model.
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There are few alternatives to paying exorbitant prices for the work of unpaid scholars who would rather give you the benefit of their knowledge than line the pockets of the bloated publishing houses, all of them require diligence and/or time, and their legality may seem different to different people depending on individual perspective and ethics:
  • One can always request a copy from someone who has it: researchers without money to burn have long relied on entreating privileged individuals (often the authors of the articles in question) at academic institutions for courtesy copies.  It is important that the paper not be destined for commercial reprint.
  • For a short while, the twitter phenomenon #ICanHazPDF allowed users to tweet requests that were subsequently filled by academics with access;
  • One can always go looking on the Interwebs for the paper, posted by a well meaning blogger perhaps.  Translate the title into the native tongue of, or utilize an elite proxy from, a country such as China or Ukraine, where the national ideas of intellectual copyright are different.  Be sure and include one of the author's names for best results;
  • Perhaps a working password may actually find its way to BugMeNot;
  • Perhaps a working password may actually be posted on Pastebin; 
  • Guest passwords may sometimes be found posted at the beginning of a given semester, for students newly inducted into this or that field.  This underscores the basic invisibility of an online presence from the point of view of the material world, and if we remain careful (or is that lucky?), it will remain that way.
  • And, since 2011, there is Sci-Hub.
One would not expect this to go over well with The Establishment, but surprisingly,  only the write-up by Nature (itself a corporate publisher like Elsevier) stood out against Sci-Hub. "Pirate research-paper sites play hide-and-seek with publishers: Millions of scientific articles remain freely accessible despite copyright violations." This is another sign of the broad based institutional support it has garnered. 
NPR dials in on the right side -- or at least a neutral side -- of the phenomenon with an interview with Heather Joseph, whose organization, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) "advocates for legal open access to academic journals."



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Expensive Journals Drive Academics To Break Copyright Law

HEATHER JOSEPH: Thank you for having me.
WERTHEIMER: So how do the academic journals that are charging a lot of money for what - for their subscriptions, what is their justification?
JOSEPH: Well, the justification I think is a good one for nonprofit organizations like Scholarly Societies that really do operate on pretty much a cost recovery model. The commercial ventures, though, that have the profit margins in the 30 and 40 percent range, there really is no justification. They're profit-maximizing businesses, which is fine. The question is, should such businesses be built around information that's vital to the public's good and the public's health?
WERTHEIMER: When these scholars do articles, who gets - do they get any of that money?
JOSEPH: They're unpaid. The authors of these articles traditionally contribute the work of writing the articles, the work of reviewing and verifying the information, and they're not paid....

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Academics Support Sci-Hub In Clear Strong Language, Open With Quote From Little Prince, And Finally Tell Elsevier To Go Fuck Itself
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for hyperlinked document
please visit 
http://custodians.online/


Aaron Swartz at the Freedom to Connect conference,
 Washington, DC area May 21-22, 2012, less than seven
nonths before his death.

EXCLUSIVE: Robin Hood neuroscientist behind Sci-Hub research-pirate site talks to RT




This infamy led to popular scientific publisher Elsevier filing a lawsuit, which was successful late last year in getting a temporary injunction against Sci-Hub’s activities. This was after in 2012, a large community of scientists boycotted it; so much so that even Harvard University complained it didn’t have enough funds to keep paying Elsevier.
The publisher estimated its losses to be in the area of $75,000-150,000, court records stated. It now wants this figure paid out for each and every pirated article. There are hundreds of thousands. Its reasoning is that monetizing access to academic knowledge helps bring in funding for academic research. But Elbakyan and others say most study authors don’t actually get paid for published work – and that is why Sci-Hub is so different from some illegal music or movie download service.
Currently, Elbakayn says she’s been served with a temporary injunction. It could still go either way for Sci-Hub, but it is unlikely that a US court would rule in favor of free information, she believes.
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After Elsevier’s court victory last year, many scientists who had already previously boycotted the publisher wrote an open letter in support of Sci-Hub and the Netherlands-based Library Genesis.
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Unpaid authors are unhappy.  Unhappy authors do not make good friends of publishers. When the injuction came down against Sci-Hub, academics around the world quickly rallied in defense of the site.  In case you do not take the time to read it -- and you really should, it is and inspiring and beautiful document -- here is an excerpt from the conclusion:


The above is from RT; to the right is the open letter penned in support of Sci-Hub.  

More than seven years ago Aaron Swartz, who spared no risk in standing up for what we here urge you to stand up for too, wrote: "We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access. With enough of us, around the world, we'll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we'll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?"
We find ourselves at a decisive moment. This is the time to recognize that the very existence of our massive knowledge commons is an act of collective civil disobedience. It is the time to emerge from hiding and put our names behind this act of resistance. You may feel isolated, but there are many of us. The anger, desperation and fear of losing our library infrastructures, voiced across the internet, tell us that. This is the time for us custodians, being dogs, humans or cyborgs, with our names, nicknames and pseudonyms, to raise our voices.
Share this letter - read it in public - leave it in the printer. Share your writing - digitize a book - upload your files. Don't let our knowledge be crushed. Care for the libraries - care for the metadata - care for the backup. Water the flowers - clean the volcanoes.

So this is what makes Sci-Hub's situation seem so different than your average instance of peer-to-peer file sharing, copyright-infringement, or computer assisted piracy: its essential goodness is hard to dispute, and so the means used to achieve its ends are more easily given a pass

But wait -- is that really a difference?  That would depend on who you talk to, wouldn't it.  Even so, your average end user running a non genuine Windows operating system would not think to stand up for his right to do so in defiance of  Miscrosoft. 

Given the righteousness thus inspired, and the overwhelming support that the website has from everyone but the evil conglomerates, it appears as though that Alexandra Elbakyan just might go down in history as the David to Elsevier's brand of Goliath.  Rejoice.  

Certainly (and with the caveat, that this is in no way legal advice, nor do I speak on behalf of... anyone really, including myself) certainly one could make downloads while the Sci-Hub shines.
Besides, if anything happens, Freedom still has a few tricks up its sleeve:


Either way, American courts can’t really cause much more damage to Sci-Hub than ruling in Elsevier’s favor. Firstly, because Sci-Hub servers are outside the US, in Russia. The New York district court can’t prosecute Elbakyan, because she has no US assets; secondly, because an ever-growing body of scientists actually support the initiative and increasingly turn against the capitalizing publishers; and third – because even if someone tried to target Sci-Hub, they couldn’t: its servers have moved to the dark net– that concealed corner of the internet normally reserved for buying drugs, ordering hits on people or trading in child pornography.


“Even if legal access to [Sci-Hub] is blocked, the user can still get in through the TOR network and immediately gain access to all the articles. However, we intent to fight for free access to all information. After all, using TOR still provides obstacles. And I believe there should be no obstacles on the way to scientific knowledge.”
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and its method is basically to simulate the process academics had learned to finagle the access to the materials without which they could not complete their work.  
Most of the recent flurry of articles about Sci-Hub speak only generally about how this miracle has been accomplished. A few go into more detail.  As I researched it online, however, I found very little by way of instruction for the end user of the site, even in articles wholly in favor of Sci-Hub's mission.  Yes of course there are instructions on the site, and a forum for those who are baffled, but one would think that of these many positve (or at least curous) treatments of the phenomenon, at least one or two would provide step by step instructions.  Some braved explaining the theory behind the code, but not the nuts-and-bolts which can be a little confusing at first (at least it was to me).
This is not the case. The Wikipedia page, though not officially a 'stub,' is sparse; here is the section on the website itself:




Sci-Hub provides readers with articles without requiring a subscription or payment. An average of 200,000 users visited Sci-Hub per day in January 2016. Before the project's original domain, Sci-Hub.org, was blocked, the website had an average of 80,000 visitors per day. The site can gain access to papers on demand in two ways: first, it will check whether the requested paper is available at LibGen, a similar website hosted in Russia. If the paper isn't available there, Sci-hub will then pass through the corresponding paywall and retrieve the document from the original publisher's website. Sci-hub is able to achieve this thanks to a collection of subscription credentials that anonymous academics from around the world have donated. Sci-hub has credentials to access papers published at JSTOR, Springer, Sage, and Elsevier, among others. If a paper is retrieved that was not previously available at LibGen, Sci-hub will share a copy of the document with LibGen for future use. 




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Although it describes the process in detail, these details are of no use to users for whom requested materials are bafflingly nonforthcoming.  A tip of the hat, however, for the inclusion of Noah Fahlgren's simple, elegant bookmarklet, which you can drag as the word sci-hub into your toolbar, or get it from githubAlthough I reproduced it here, I have not gotten it to work. I get redirected back to the original non-Sci-hub corporate portal.
Perhaps these articles, in being neutral, if not supportive of Sci-Hub, are just hedging their bets, like the mainstream media after Occupy took off, when it realized it couldn't openly express disdain. Which leads me to wonder if the nice folks at, say, NPR, actually used Sci-Hub to download a paper; or if, as some may infer from a neutral if not encouraging stance, they actually wanted other people to. Perhaps I ought to wonder: if they wanted other people not to. 
Of course, the question is rhetorical, and of course I mean no ill will. That being said - that is, with the understanding that I am not going so far as to criticize anyone for not making completely certain thyat anyone reading their post came away able to download any scientific publication they desired -- still I would like to comment BigThink for being one of the few to go into useful detail: 

from


Meet the Robin Hood of Science

by SIMON OXENHAM

As the number of papers in the LibGen database expands, the frequency with which Sci-Hub has to dip into publishers’ repositories falls and consequently the risk of Sci-Hub triggering its alarm bells becomes ever smaller. Elbakyan explains, “We have already downloaded most paywalled articles to the library ... we have almost everything!” This may well be no exaggeration. Elsevier, one of the most prolific and controversial scientific publishers in the world, recently alleged in court that Sci-Hub is currently harvesting Elsevier content at a rate of thousands of papers per day. Elbakyan puts the number of papers downloaded from various publishers through Sci-Hub in the range of hundreds of thousands per day, delivered to a running total of over 19 million visitors.
The efficiency of the system is really quite astounding, working far better than the comparatively primitive modes of access given to researchers at top universities, tools that universities must fork out millions of pounds for every year. Users now don’t even have to visit the Sci-Hub website at all; instead, when faced with a journal paywall they can simply take the Sci-Hub URL and paste it into the address bar of a paywalled journal article immediately after the “.com” or “.org” part of the journal URL and before the remainder of the URL. When this happens, Sci-Hub automatically bypasses the paywall, taking the reader straight to a PDF without the user ever having to visit the Sci-Hub website itself.
If, at first pass the network fails to gain access to the paper, the system automatically tries different institutions’ credentials until it gains access. In one fell swoop, a network has been created that likely has a greater level of access to science than any individual university, or even government for that matter, anywhere in the world. Sci-Hub represents the sum of countless different universities' institutional access — literally a world of knowledge. This is important now more than ever in a world where even Harvard University can no longer afford to pay skyrocketing academic journal subscription fees, while Cornell axed many of its Elsevier subscriptions over a decade ago. For researchers outside the US' and Western Europe’s richest institutions, routine piracy has long been the only way to conduct science, but increasingly the problem of unaffordable journals is coming closer to home.
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Bravo! That was useful information. To that, may I add: use the DOI.  Worked for me every time.  

And this: If you attempt to use the site, and are redirected in a way that will never complete, well, there are non-censoring DNS servers. And if Sci-Hub runs into legtal turbulence at last, well, wikipedia mentioned a mirror site at http://sci-hub.cc, and there's the always dark web, accessible through TOR. If the website is marked as untrusted for no reason, perhaps we will stop waiting for Firefox to get over its recent and unexpected love affair with wrongheadedness, and finally commit to a new browser.  
More to the point: if the site goes down, somebody, or a group of somebodies, will no doubt have hard copy on those 5o million papers.
And they want to share them as much as we want them shared.
Excuse me while I grin uncontrollably for the next week.


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NOTE: In unfamiliar situations, at least to appearances, it is easier to take other people's analysis as proxy for one's own. 

One does not want to cavil over details if one can at all help it; especially if discoursing with 'experts' (see "The war of one against all: The roots of our enslavement‎", an excellent essay by Dr. Herb Ruhs, about what is wrong with the American social discursive model -- among other things.) In fact, exactly what is being assumed, taken for granted, or grandfathered in one of the first things likely to have slid away unnoticed.  

In fact, (Even music file sharing on a vast scale. This, to my mind, is a shame, but whether or not access to music is as vital as access to science is not germane to the present discussion)
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Q: How Many Former Leaders Of Japan Are Now Members Of The Anti-Nuclear Movement?


His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Akihito, and Former Prime Ministers Morihiro Hosokawa, Junichirō Koizumi, and Naoto Kan.


Japan in Uproar Over Censorship of Emperor's Anti-Nuclear Speech :
Why did Japanese TV channels cut Emperor Akihito's address on the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima crisis?
There is a particularly sensitive accusation reverberating through online discussion boards and social media in Japan: that Emperor Akihito's speech on the one year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami was censored on TV for his comments about the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.
The 78-year-old Emperor Akihito had insisted on attending the memorial service, though he had been released from the hospital for heart bypass surgery less than a week earlier. While the emperor is technically just a figurehead, he is still deeply revered here. Many Japanese see him a source of guidance in times of political difficulty, which have been many in the last 20 years. His speech was highly anticipated. Unlike Prime Minister Noda, who never mentioned the nuclear crisis in his speech on the anniversary, the Emperor addressed it directly.

As this earthquake and tsunami caused the nuclear power plant accident, those living in areas designated as the danger zone lost their homes and livelihoods and had to leave the places they used to live. In order for them to live there again safely, we have to overcome the problem of radioactive contamination, which is a formidable task.

While this statement may seem more obvious than radical to outsiders, underneath the Imperial-grade Japanese understatement were two ideas that have become quietly explosive. First, he seemed to suggest that the nuclear crisis is not over, a "formidable task" yet to be overcome. This noticeably contradicts the government's official stance that Fukushima has achieved a cold shutdown and, for all practical purposes, the crisis is over.  Second, it implies that it is not yet safe for people to return to areas stricken with high levels of radiation, at least not before the "formidable task" is "overcome." This, again, contradicts the government's position that it is now safe for people to return to almost all areas and that neither Tokyo Electric Power Company nor the national government are obliged to assist in long term evacuations.

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Hosokawa eyes no nukes by 2020  
-- The Japan Times

Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa will pledge in his campaign for the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election to set out a road map for Japan to break with nuclear power generation by 2020, according to a close aide.

“By making 2020 his target year, he will change Tokyo and Japan, with the focus on a complete end to nuclear energy,” Shusei Tanaka, who was a special adviser to Hosokawa during his 1993-1994 prime ministership, said Friday in an interview.

With Tokyo slated to host the Olympics in 2020, Hosokawa, if elected, will “present (the road map) at the Olympics as an example” to the international community, Tanaka said.

Also in the event of a Hosokawa victory, “Japan will never be able to restart nuclear reactors,” Tanaka said, adding, “No restart of reactors means ‘zero’ nuclear power generation.”

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Japan: Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s call for a “zero nuclear” policy
-- Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s call for a “zero nuclear” policy has been causing a stir among lawmakers and top government officials.

The opposition camp has been buoyed by Koizumi’s recent remarks calling for the government to phase out nuclear power generation. Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Tadatomo Yoshida held talks with Koizumi in Tokyo on Oct. 29. At the meeting, Yoshida and Koizumi agreed on the importance of eliminating the use of nuclear power. Koizumi, however, rejected the SDP’s call for him to ally with the opposition party in pushing for a nuclear phase-out. The ruling camp is poised to take a wait-and-see stance as it supports Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, which places a policy of maintaining nuclear power generation as a pillar of its growth strategy. Such being the case, Koizumi’s “zero nuclear” remarks have so far remained only as a “ripple.”
“The government can make a political decision toward a nuclear phase-out by changing public opinion,” Koizumi said during the meeting for about 45 minutes with Yoshida at a think tank, to which Koizumi himself serves as adviser. Koizumi vowed to continue to make remarks calling for Japan to eliminate the use of nuclear powe

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Former Japanese PM Naoto Kan: 'Fukushima radically changed my perspective'  -- DW.com

Prior to the Fukushima disaster, many Japanese believed that nuclear energy was inexpensive and safe. But since the accident, it's become clear that nuclear power plants are dangerous and the cost of running them is high compared to other forms of energy. This realization should have led the country to abandon nuclear power.

However, the industry has not been willing to give up its existing privileges and profit margins. It therefore tries to influence politicians and the media by organizing campaigns in favor of nuclear energy.

Claims by the nuclear power lobbyists that atomic energy is cheaper than oil or natural gas are simply false

Although more than 50 percent of the Japanese population support phasing out nuclear energy, such a proposition still lacks the backing of a majority in the Japanese parliament. I want to change this and be at the forefront of efforts to curb the power of the nuclear lobby....

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Now if we could just get the truth to speak for itself....

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"Nuclear Safety In A Post Fukushima World" Symposium (&YouTube Context Weirdness)





From the YouTube Liner notes:

Published on Feb 8, 2016
Incidents at Fukushima, Three Mile Island and Chernobyl raise concerns about nuclear safety. Experts address the state of nuclear safety today along with radiation health effects, waste storage and the consequences of aging plants.

Moderator, Roger Witherspoon, freelance journalist

Speakers:

David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists
John Keeley, Nuclear Energy Institute
David Ropeik, Harvard University
Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear
Larry Criscione, nuclear industry whistleblower
Scott Burnell, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

For more information, please visit the conference website: http://muconf.missouri.edu/nuclearwor...

...And as a perhaps unintended bit of added entertainment:


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In Case You Thought The CDC Wouldn't Lie To You (Or, Why You Should Take Official Radiation Info With, Uh, Salt)





The Setup

Now, there I was doing a first pass at researching -- or rather, re-researching, checking up on a situation brought to my attention by a fellow blogger, concerning the cobalt-60 situation at Fukushima. High levels, possibly anomalous.  Ongoing detections, interenting in light of the short half-life of the element.  Perhaps cobalt-60 is created when the iron in the containment got hit with neutrons back when the explosions happened -- but that doesn't explain the ongoing problem with cobalt-60 at reactor number five. 

What was that?  Five?  That's right, number five, a reactor whose fuel has not suffered a meltdown -- so far -- and has had to be cooled, and will need to continue to be cooled for a long time to come, if this is to remain the case.  Along with number six.

But I digress. 

So the article I spoke of indicates that cobalt-60, which can be a trace byproduct of nuclear reactor fuel cycle, as I understand it -- can in fact be a significant component of weapons fallout, as it is produced by nuclear fission.

Is that right?

Well, not according to the CDC.


Exhibit A: 

The PUBLIC HEALTH STATEMENT ON COBALT, available at www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tp33-c1-cobalt-toxprofile.pdf  Link is to PDF.  Here is the html version, finagled from Google's cache, besides having doozies of propaganda exemplars such as 

has this to say about how cobalt is produced:




That would be in direct contradiction to the above information.  

Who is right?  The US Government, or some blogger?



Exhibit B

From the US Atlas of Nuclear Fallout Volume I.





Exhibit C

All these maps are now hosted by 260 press, who says they were sourced from government studies.  Preliminary attempts to locate the originals left me emptyhanded;   leave a comment and a link, please, if you have better luck.












Exhibit D

I can't find weapons testing or fallout anywhere on this page from the EPA, can you?




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I was led to this information by this awesome post over at Allegedly Apparent (a blog which is again accessible, and updated.  Shhh, don't say anything, act nonchalant and maybe it will stay that way):

Any Significance to Cobalt-60 in Fukushima Fallout?


Maybe there is a good explanation, something other than the wild conspiracies that beg to be considered.  They are pretty interesting, actually, and I have posted what details I thought coherent and plausible, elsewhere in this blog.*  But perhaps there is some other culprit. You know, too much iron in the seawater maybe, or maybe the zircalloy fuel rods were zincalloy by accident...

*A BRIEF ASIDE REFERENCING INTERESTING POSSIBLE EXPLANATIONS YOU CAN RESEARCH FOR YOURSELF
 
(That is, other than those explanations involving a secret weapons program, which would mean the nuclear material that go boom was enriched not to 3-20% as it would be with reactor fuel, but the 98% necessary for military uses -- explaining all the crazy high readings, ongoing criticalities, and general weirdness. Crazy stuff, some of it going all the way out there, claiming Israel was middleman for the deal, and swapped out the goods with inferior, thus providing a motive for Stu.X.net and explanation for that Israeli security company allegedly acting as a chaparone those first crucial days. The things people find on the internet.


SOME LINKS, IN NO ORDER:

 Evidence Of Uncontrolled Nuclear Chain Reactions At Fukushima 

SECRET Nukes? No, Not Israel - SECRET. Not Iran... JAPAN.

Stuxnet and Fukushima Daiichi: Questions, Analysis and ...More Questions

FUKUSHIMA: POSSIBLE CAUSES & COVER UPS

Japanese Police, Coast Guard, Hold "Drill" At Fukushima "To Prepare For A Possible Terrorist Attack" DON'T YOU FEEL SAFER NOW?

 The Fun Beginneth | Hew Jass NRC FOIA Fukushima Data Dump 

Israel And Japan Sitting In A Tree | (EASY-TO-READ VERSION)

 (in case you missed it) FUKUSHIMA MOLTEN FUEL VISIBLE FROM FLYOVER (video pulled from youtube) 

Japan Nuclear Crisis: US Embassies, Military Shredded Dox For 4 Days 

(What was that I saw about Japan returning a bunch of plutonium to the US recently?)







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