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          The age of innocence: nuclear physics between the first and second world wars      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The two decades between the first and second world wars saw the emergence of nuclear physics as the dominant field of experimental and theoretical physics, owing to the work of an international cast of gifted physicists. Prominent among them were Ernest Rutherford, George Gamow, the husband and wife team of Frédéric and Irène Joliot-Curie, John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton, Gregory Breit and Eugene Wigner, Lise Meitner and Otto Robert Frisch, the brash Ernest Lawrence, the prodigious Enrico Fermi, and the incomparable Niels Bohr. Their experimental and theoretical work arose from a quest to understand nuclear phenomena; it was not motivated by a desire to find a practical application for nuclear energy. In this sense, these physicists lived in an 'Age of Innocence'. They did not, however, live in isolation. Their research reflected their idiosyncratic personalities; it was shaped by the physical and intellectual environments of the countries and institutions in which they worked. It was also buffeted by the political upheavals after the Great War: the punitive postwar treaties, the runaway inflation in Germany and Austria, the Great Depression, and the intellectual migration from Germany and later from Austria and Italy. Their pioneering experimental and theoretical achievements in the interwar period therefore are set within their personal, institutional, and political contexts. Both domains and their mutual influences are conveyed by quotations from autobiographies, biographies, recollections, interviews, correspondence, and other writings of physicists and historians.
          Uomini e donne tedeschi      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Invidia dell`italiano e involuzione sessuale ed estetica: 


una poco seria esposizione sui generi sessuali tedeschi e la storia


 


Attenzione: contiene 2 parolacce e un paio di battute e allusioni politicamente scorrette


Quando un ometto tedesco si immagina un italiano, nei suoi occhi si accende subito un`impercettibile scintilla d`invidia. Perche` l`italiano e`, per definizione teutonica, un macho, un vero duro. E` bello anche se non alto, gira spavaldo e abbronzato, con i capelli pieni di gelatina e il pelo nero sul petto. L’ uomo italico mangia anche tanti spaghetti che gli servono da carburante per gli innumervoli amplessi con le femmine, numerose e tutte ai suoi piedi.


Ah, povero, povero ometto tedesco, come vorrebbe essere un uomo italiano, invece no, niente e` piu` lontano dal suo essere. In Germania infatti gli uomini si aggirano con sguardi da teneri o isterici coniglietti spaventati, e i veri uomini, quelli coi pantaloni, il pelo sul petto, gli spaghetti e gli innumerevoli amplessi, quelli sono le donne tedesche, si, le donnone crucche. Le donne tedesche sanno fare tutto, da montare una ruota di scorta a costruire una baita in legno lappone, da cucire una sciarpa per giraffe a cucinare giapponese. Le vedi al mattino in biciletta sotto la pioggia scrosciante con due bambini impermeabilizzati, uno dietro e uno davanti del peso complessivo di 70 chili, piu` una cassa di birra in equilibrio sul manubrio e il polpaccio nudo e gonfio che trionfa come un trofeo sul pedalino.Che spettacolo.


Le donne vincono. Non c` e` piu` il cancelliere, ma la cancelliera Angela, e il sindaco di Berlino, la capitale del Reich, e ` dichiaratamente Omosessuale. Evviva, Berlino e` la capitale dei Gay, ci sono piu` Gay che etero maschi oramai ma e` meglio cosi`, visto il processo di degenerazione dell`eterosessuale maschio tedesco.


Eppure io mi ricordo di tempi migliori, forse neanche troppo lontani (anche se molti fingono che siano passati secoli,chissa` perche`), i tempi d`oro dell`uomo tedesco: ah, come era bello!! Ariano, virile ginnico biondo stallone, pronto a conquistare il mondo diffondendo la sua razza a suon di mani tese verso l`alto e strillacci.


Che vi e` successo, bei barbaroni biondi, ohime`? Tutta colpa di quel bassettino austriaco invidioso della vostra bellezza chiamato Adolfo. Si sa che i belloni sono stupidi.


Cosi` Adolfo, isterico ma furbo,se ne e` arrivato e ha imbambolato i bamboloni e spediti al macello, come tenenti, soldati, Artiglieri, bombardieri. E cosi` mentre i belloni facevano la guerra, le donne tedesche imparavano a fare tutto da sole e dovevano, ecco la prima parolaccia, tirare fuori i coglioni.E cosi` ora capite la storia. I bamboloni son tornati dalla guerra sciancati, mutilati e depressi e traumatizzati. Non solo. Con il grande senso di colpa di avere combattuto dalla parte sbagliata, quella perdente, e quella degli stronzi (un`altra parolaccia, per dindirindina, ma in questo caso ci sta proprio).


E mentre le donne a Berlino frugavano tra le macerie e ricostruivano la citta`, gli uomini tedeschi si son beccati i complessi di inferiorita` statosferici, e sono diventati quello che sono oggi, fondamentalmente bevitori di birra.


E ora c` e` solo da sperare che la cancelliera spedisca le donne in qualche guerra falsa ( esistono guerre giuste?mm) cosi` gli uomini impareranno di nuovo a fare tutto da soli e tireranno di nuovo fuori i muscolazzi davanti alle amazzoni debilitate da nuovi sensi di colpa. Ma a che pro?


E poi, come sappiamo, la storia non si ripete mai uguale.


In Italia non tornerebbe mai per esempio una dittatura simile a quella mussoliniana, con un omettino megalomane che si prende tutto il potere.


Ahahahahah.


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          Effect of Dietary Carbohydrate Type on Serum Cardiometabolic Risk Indicators and Adipose Tissue Inflammatory Markers.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Effect of Dietary Carbohydrate Type on Serum Cardiometabolic Risk Indicators and Adipose Tissue Inflammatory Markers.

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Jun 21;:

Authors: Meng H, Matthan NR, Fried SK, Berciano S, Walker ME, Galluccio JM, Lichtenstein AH

Abstract
Context and Objective: Direct comparisons among types of dietary carbohydrate on cardiometabolic risk indicators are limited. This study was designed to compare an isocaloric exchange of simple-, refined- and unrefined-carbohydrate on serum cardiometabolic risk indicators, adipose tissue inflammatory markers, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) fractional cholesterol efflux.
Design, Participants and Measures: Participants (postmenopausal women and men [N=11], 65 ± 8 y, BMI 29.8 ± 3.2 kg/m2, LDL-cholesterol ≥ 2.6 mmol/L) were provided with diets (60%E total carbohydrate, 15%E protein, 25%E fat) for 4.5 weeks each using a randomized cross-over design, with 2-week washout periods. The variable component was an isocaloric exchange of simple-, refined- or unrefined-carbohydrate containing foods. Serum was used to determine lipoprotein, glucose, insulin and inflammatory marker concentrations. Abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue was aspirated to assess macrophage and inflammatory marker gene expression, and ex vivo cytokine secretion, and PBMCs were isolated to assess ex vivo fractional cholesterol efflux.
Results: Fasting serum LDL- and nonHDL-cholesterol concentrations were higher after the refined- compared to simple- or unrefined-carbohydrate enriched diets (P < 0.01). Other serum measures, ex vivo fractional cholesterol efflux and adipose tissue gene expression and ex vivo cytokine secretion were similar among diets.
Conclusions: Diets enriched in refined- compared to simple- or unrefined-carbohydrate resulted in higher fasting serum LDL- and nonHDL-cholesterol concentrations, but had little effect on other cardiometabolic risk indicators. This small study raises the intriguing possibility that refined-carbohydrate may have unique adverse effects on cardiometabolic risk indicators distinct from simple- and unrefined-carbohydrate.

PMID: 29982704 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


          Patients with autoimmune thyroiditis show diminished levels and defective suppressive function of Tr1 regulatory lymphocytes.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Patients with autoimmune thyroiditis show diminished levels and defective suppressive function of Tr1 regulatory lymphocytes.

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Jul 02;:

Authors: Vitales-Noyola M, Serrano-Somavilla A, Martínez-Hernández R, Sampedro-Nuñez M, Ramos-Levi AM, González-Amaro R, Marazuela M

Abstract
Context: T regulatory type 1 (Tr1) cells are a subpopulation of T lymphocytes (CD4+CD49+LAG-3+IL-10+) that exerts a significant immunosuppressive effect. However, its possible role in autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) has not been explored so far.
Purpose: To analyze the levels and function of Tr1 cells in peripheral blood and thyroid tissue of patients with AITD.
Design: Cases and controls, observational study.
Setting: Department of Endocrinology, Hospital Universitario de la Princesa, Madrid, Spain.
Patients: Thirty-eight patients with AITD (23 with Graves' disease and 15 with Hashimoto thyroiditis) and twenty-six controls.
Intervention: Multi-parametric flow cytometry and immunofluorescence techniques were used to analyze the levels in peripheral blood (n = 38) and thyroid mononuclear cells (n = 5). An in vitro assay of suppression of cellular activation and cytokine release was performed to study the function of Tr1 cells.
Main Outcome Measure: Levels and function of Tr1 cells in AITD patients and controls.
Results: Levels of Tr1 cells were significantly diminished in peripheral blood from AITD patients. Functional studies showed that Tr1 cells from AITD patients exhibit a diminished suppressive function compared to healthy controls. Tr1 levels were associated with disease severity, including longer duration of the disease and ophthalmopathy activity, and with auto-antibody titers.
Conclusions: The low levels of Tr1 cells and its diminished function may have a relevant role in the defective immune-regulatory function characteristic of AITD patients.

PMID: 29982465 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


          New Technique to Fight Prostate Cancer: IAEA organizes first-of-a-kind training for Radiopharmacists      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
For the first time, radiopharmacists from across Central and Eastern Europe learned about an emerging technique in treating prostate cancer at an IAEA course organized at the National Centre for Nuclear Research in Poland last month.
          North Korea: ‘Time to talk human rights’, says UN expert      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A United Nations human rights expert on Tuesday urged North Korea to open a dialogue with him in parallel to the ongoing diplomatic efforts being undertaken on peace and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
          NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGIST - West Park Hospital - Cody, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          14 Years for Selling Pot to Youth? Lawyers Say Punishments Under Liberal Pot Bill Ludicrous      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Under the Trudeau government’s pot bill, anyone who shares a joint with a kid brother could end up sharing a prison cell with a terrorist. Bill C-45 would make the giving or selling of cannabis to any person under the age of 18 a new criminal offence punishable by up to 14 years in jail, a sentence in line with facilitating a terrorist activity, threatening to commit a nuclear offence, bribing a judge, child luring,…

          How ProPublica Illinois Uses GNU Make to Load 1.4GB of Data Every Day      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

I avoided using GNU Make in my data journalism work for a long time, partly because the documentation was so obtuse that I couldn’t see how Make, one of many extract-transform-load (ETL) processes, could help my day-to-day data reporting. But this year, to build The Money Game, I needed to load 1.4GB of Illinois political contribution and spending data every day, and the ETL process was taking hours, so I gave Make another chance.

Now the same process takes less than 30 minutes.

Here’s how it all works, but if you want to skip directly to the code, we’ve open-sourced it here.

Fundamentally, Make lets you say:

  • File X depends on a transformation applied to file Y
  • If file X doesn’t exist, apply that transformation to file Y and make file X

This “start with file Y to get file X” pattern is a daily reality of data journalism, and using Make to load political contribution and spending data was a great use case. The data is fairly large, accessed via a slow FTP server, has a quirky format, has just enough integrity issues to keep things interesting, and needs to be compatible with a legacy codebase. To tackle it, I needed to start from the beginning.

Overview

The financial disclosure data we’re using is from the Illinois State Board of Elections, but the Illinois Sunshine project had released open source code (no longer available) to handle the ETL process and fundraising calculations. Using their code, the ETL process took about two hours to run on robust hardware and over five hours on our servers, where it would sometimes fail for reasons I never quite understood. I needed it to work better and work faster.

The process looks like this:

  • Download data files via FTP from Illinois State Board Of Elections.
  • Clean the data using Python to resolve integrity issues and create clean versions of the data files.
  • Load the clean data into PostgreSQL using its highly efficient but finicky “\copy” command.
  • Transform the data in the database to clean up column names and provide more immediately useful forms of the data using “raw” and “public” PostgreSQL schemas and materialized views (essentially persistently cached versions of standard SQL views).

The cleaning step must happen before any data is loaded into the database, so we can take advantage of PostgreSQL’s efficient import tools. If a single row has a string in a column where it’s expecting an integer, the whole operation fails.

GNU Make is well-suited to this task. Make’s model is built around describing the output files your ETL process should produce and the operations required to go from a set of original source files to a set of output files.

As with any ETL process, the goal is to preserve your original data, keep operations atomic and provide a simple and repeatable process that can be run over and over.

Let’s examine a few of the steps:

Download and Pre-import Cleaning

Take a look at this snippet, which could be a standalone Makefile:

data/download/%.txt :
aria2c -x5 -q -d data/download --ftp-user="$(ILCAMPAIGNCASH_FTP_USER)" --ftp-passwd="$(ILCAMPAIGNCASH_FTP_PASSWD)" 
ftp://ftp.elections.il.gov/CampDisclDataFiles/$*.txt

data/processed/%.csv : data/download/%.txt
python processors/clean_isboe_tsv.py $< $* > $@

This snippet first downloads a file via FTP and then uses Python to process it. For example, if “Expenditures.txt” is one of my source data files, I can run make data/processed/Expenditures.csv to download and process the expenditure data.

There are two things to note here.

The first is that we use Aria2 to handle FTP duties. Earlier versions of the script used other FTP clients that were either slow as molasses or painful to use. After some trial and error, I found Aria2 did the job better than lftp (which is fast but fussy) or good old ftp (which is both slow and fussy). I also found some incantations that took download times from roughly an hour to less than 20 minutes.

Second, the cleaning step is crucial for this dataset. It uses a simple class-based Python validation scheme you can see here. The important thing to note is that while Python is pretty slow generally, Python 3 is fast enough for this. And as long as you are only processing row-by-row without any objects accumulating in memory or doing any extra disk writes, performance is fine, even on low-resource machines like the servers in ProPublica’s cluster, and there aren’t any unexpected quirks.

Loading

Make is built around file inputs and outputs. But what happens if our data is both in files and database tables? Here are a few valuable tricks I learned for integrating database tables into Makefiles:

One SQL file per table / transform: Make loves both files and simple mappings, so I created individual files with the schema definitions for each table or any other atomic table-level operation. The table names match the SQL filenames, the SQL filenames match the source data filenames. You can see them here.

Use exit code magic to make tables look like files to Make: Hannah Cushman and Forrest Gregg from DataMade introduced me to this trick on Twitter. Make can be fooled into treating tables like files if you prefix table level commands with commands that emit appropriate exit codes. If a table exists, emit a successful code. If it doesn’t, emit an error.

Beyond that, loading consists solely of the highly efficient PostgreSQL \copy command. While the COPY command is even more efficient, it doesn’t play nicely with Amazon RDS. Even if ProPublica moved to a different database provider, I’d continue to use \copy for portability unless eking out a little more performance was mission-critical.

There’s one last curveball: The loading step imports data to a PostgreSQL schema called raw so that we can cleanly transform the data further. Postgres schemas provide a useful way of segmenting data within a single database — instead of a single namespace with tables like raw_contributions and clean_contributions, you can keep things simple and clear with an almost folder-like structure of raw.contributions and public.contributions.

Post-import Transformations

The Illinois Sunshine code also renames columns and slightly reshapes the data for usability and performance reasons. Column aliasing is useful for end users and the intermediate tables are required for compatibility with the legacy code.

In this case, the loader imports into a schema called raw that is as close to the source data as humanly possible.

The data is then transformed by creating materialized views of the raw tables that rename columns and handle some light post-processing. This is enough for our purposes, but more elaborate transformations could be applied without sacrificing clarity or obscuring the source data. Here’s a snippet of one of these view definitions:

CREATE MATERIALIZED VIEW d2_reports AS
    SELECT
        id as id,
        committeeid as committee_id,
        fileddocid as filed_doc_id,
        begfundsavail as beginning_funds_avail,
        indivcontribi as individual_itemized_contrib,
        indivcontribni as individual_non_itemized_contrib,
        xferini as transfer_in_itemized,
        xferinni as transfer_in_non_itemized,
        # ….
    FROM raw.d2totals
WITH DATA;

These transformations are very simple, but simply using more readable column names is a big improvement for end-users.

As with table schema definitions, there is a file for each table that describes the transformed view. We use materialized views, which, again, are essentially persistently cached versions of standard SQL views, because storage is cheap and they are faster than traditional SQL views.

A Note About Security

You’ll notice we use environment variables that are expanded inline when the commands are run. That’s useful for debugging and helps with portability. But it’s not a good idea if you think log files or terminal output could be compromised or people who shouldn’t know these secrets have access to logs or shared systems. For more security, you could use a system like the PostgreSQL pgconf file and remove the environment variable references.

Makefiles for the Win

My only prior experience with Make was in a computational math course 15 years ago, where it was a frustrating and poorly explained footnote. The combination of obtuse documentation, my bad experience in school and an already reliable framework kept me away. Plus, my shell scripts and Python Fabric/Invoke code were doing a fine job building reliable data processing pipelines based on the same principles for the smaller, quick turnaround projects I was doing.

But after trying Make for this project, I was more than impressed with the results. It’s concise and expressive. It enforces atomic operations, but rewards them with dead simple ways to handle partial builds, which is a big deal during development when you really don’t want to be repeating expensive operations to test individual components. Combined with PostgreSQL’s speedy import tools, schemas, and materialized views, I was able to load the data in a fraction of the time. And just as important, the performance of the new process is less sensitive to varying system resources.

If you’re itching to get started with Make, here are a few additional resources:

In the end, the best build/processing system is any system that never alters source data, clearly shows transformations, uses version control and can be easily run over and over. Grunt, Gulp, Rake, Make, Invoke … you have options. As long as you like what you use and use it religiously, your work will benefit.


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           Long non-coding RNA repertoire and targeting by nuclear exosome, cytoplasmic exonuclease and RNAi in fission yeast       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          EUA arquivam no YouTube testes nucleares nunca antes revelados      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Laboratório Nacional de Lawrence Livermore reuniu registros de experimentos realizados entre 1945 e 1962

Bem, como todos deve saber, o mundo só realmente soube de verdade o poder das armas nucleares quando Hiroshima e Nagasaki foram bombardeadas pelos Estados Unidos em 1945, ao final da Segunda Guerra Mundial. Os experimentos nesse setor continuaram — e seguem até hoje — na surdina e raramente tivemos acesso aos registros dessas sessões. Agora, o Laboratório Nacional de Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) revela centenas de vídeos com testes atômicos nunca antes revelados pelo governo norte-americano.

Olhando para estes filmes descobrimos que muitos dados diferentes não foram analisados ??nos anos 50, e estamos descobrindo coisas novas

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Китайская компания China Nuclear Energy Industry Corporation предложила Киеву провести трехсторонние переговоры о покупке российской доли акций компании ТВЭЛ (входит в «Росатом») в проекте строительства завода по производству ядерного топлива на Украине. Об этом сообщает пресс-служба Министерства энергетики и угольной промышленности Украины.Ранее украинское издание «Экономическая правда» опубликовало письмо главы Миниэнерго Украины Игоря Насалика в адрес «Росатома», в котором говорится о заинтересованности Киева в восстановлении двустороннего сотрудничества с Москвой в сфере ядерной энергетики. В частности, упоминается возобновление совместного строительства завода по производству ядерного топлива.Позднее господин Насалик в разговоре с «Экономической правдой» назвал письмо «фейком» и продемонстрировал другое. В нем речь идет лишь о готовности обсудить состояние реализации совместных проектов. Источник издания в министерстве заявил, что первое письмо подлинное, но министр мог его завизировать не читая…
          The Trump Administration's Human Cages Aren't New — They Have a Long and Shameful American History      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Our forebears once flocked in staggering numbers to “human zoos,” where thousands of kidnapped natives from various countries were displayed.

When Donald Trump recently accused “illegal immigrants” of wanting to “pour into and infest our country,” there was an immediate outcry. After all, that verb, infest, had been used by the Nazis as a way of dehumanizing Jews and communists as rats, vermin, or insects that needed to be eradicated.

Nobody, however, should have been surprised. The president has a long history of excoriating people of color as animal-like. In 1989, for instance, reacting to the rape of a white woman in New York’s Central Park, he took out full-page ads in four of the city’s major papers (total cost: $85,000) calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty and decrying “roving bands of wild criminals roaming our streets.” He was, of course, referring to the five black and Latino youngsters accused of that crime for which they were convicted -- and, 10 years late, exonerated when a serial rapist and murderer finally confessed.

Trump never apologized for his rush to judgment or his hate-filled opinions, which eventually became the template for his attacks on immigrants during the 2016 election campaign and for his presidency. He has declared many times that some people aren’t actually human beings at all but animals, pointing, in particular, to MS-13 gang members. At a rally in Tennessee at the end of May, he doubled down on this sort of invective, goading a frenzied crowd to enthusiastically shout that word -- “Animals!” -- back. In that way, he made those present accomplices to his bigotry. Nor are his insults and racial tirades mere rhetorical flourishes. They’ve had quite real consequences. It’s enough to look at the cages where undocumented children separated from their families at or near the U.S.-Mexico border have been held as if they were indeed animals -- reporters and others regularly described one of those detention areas as being like a “zoo” or a “kennel” -- not to mention their parents who are also trapped behind wire barriers, even if arousing far less attention and protest.

A History of Caged Humans

All the president’s furious contemporary rants and rallies, along with those cages and detainee centers, have certainly brought Nazism to mind for some, but it might be more illuminating to think of them as echoing an earlier moment in history when comparing dark-skinned humans to animals would hardly have caused a stir.  It would have been considered part of normal discourse, in both Europe and the United States.

Indeed, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, millions of Europeans and Americans considered it perfectly natural to treat certain members of our species quite literally as if they were beasts. They were unfazed, so the historical record suggests, by the idea of seeing such “animals,” such oddities, displayed in literal zoo cages at boisterous public events. It may now be hard to believe, but our forebears once flocked in staggering numbers to “human zoos,” where thousands of natives kidnapped from Asia, Africa, and Latin America were exposed to scrutiny, curiosity, and derision, as well as, sometimes, undergoing scientific experimentation.

Today, such mindboggling violations of human rights have almost entirely vanished from public memory. I had only vaguely heard of human zoos myself, before I became obsessed with them when research for my latest novel, Darwin’s Ghosts, led me into the world of human menageries. I discovered that the phenomenon had been launched in the most modest of ways.

One hundred and seventy years ago -- 1848, a year of revolutions across the globe -- a Hamburg fishmonger, Claus Hagenbeck, decided to charge customers to take a peek at some Arctic seals swimming in a large tub in the backyard of his house. Soon enough, that first timid entrepreneurial step developed into a highly lucrative family business exhibiting wild animals, while feeding growing demands for wondrous beasts to populate circuses and fill the private collections of monarchs and other wealthy individuals.

In the end, animals were not enough. By the early 1870s, in conjunction with the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris and American impresarios like P.T. Barnum, the Hagenbeck family started dabbling in displaying “savages” from the farthest corners of the planet. The first victims of this desire to bring exemplars from the rest of humanity to viewers in the West were Laplanders, displayed in a setting meant to look like one of their villages. (A similar urge gave birth to the dioramas that soon began to flourish at museums of natural history.)

That first exhibition in Hamburg of “the little men and women” of Lapland proved so sensational -- tours were organized to Berlin, Leipzig, and other German cities -- that the desire to see more “primitive” humans soon became insatiable. Scavengers who had previously specialized in locating and bringing African and Asian wildlife to Europe and the United States were now instructed to be on the lookout for similarly exotic human wildlife. They should not be, it was quickly stipulated, so monstrous as to disgust audiences, but neither should they be so beautiful as to cease to be bizarre.

The Laplanders were followed by a multitude of indigenous inhabitants of the planet forcibly removed from their habitats: Eskimos, Cingalese, Kalmuks, Somalis, Ethiopians, Bedouins, Nubians from the Upper Nile, aboriginal Australians, Zulu warriors, Mapuche Indians, Andaman Islanders from the South Pacific, head-hunters from Borneo. The list went on and on, as those human zoos spread from Germany to France, England, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and the United States, all of which -- what a coincidence! -- just happened to be the globe’s imperial powers of that era.

Representatives of ethnic groups from all over the planet soon became an expectable feature of then-popular World’s Fair pavilions. Besides providing entertainment for the whole family -- they might be thought of as that moment’s equivalents of reality TV shows -- those exhibitions were proclaimed “educational” experiences by the enterprises cashing in on them. Such tableaus of “prehistoric” people offered a way for affluent visitors to gawk at and be amazed by the bizarre habits of the bizarre inhabitants of the faraway lands that their countries were incorporating with great violence into “civilization” via colonial dominion. In fact, that violence was such that some of the native populations on display, like diverse groups of Patagons from Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of Latin America, were already then on the verge of becoming extinct. One of the draws of seeing living specimens of those strange men, women, and children was to do so before their last remnants, along with their languages and their cultures, disappeared from the face of the Earth.

Even if you were among the millions of Americans and Europeans who couldn’t personally visit such folk displays, ethnic villages, and human zoos, you could still inexpensively and vicariously experience those exotic others. The images of the captives -- who, of course, had been photographed without their consent -- were commercialized on an industrial scale. The postcards upon which their faces and bodies were flaunted soon became an everyday feature of domestic life, one more way that the human zoo was normalized, whitewashed, and sent into the home with barely a thought about the horrors, the suffering being visited on those captives or how their children, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, relatives, and friends, left behind, were dealing with the trauma of having their loved ones torn from their midst.

Nor were such acts repudiated by the most illustrious members of those “advanced” societies. Quite the opposite, many of the abductions had been financed by scientific institutions eager to discover how such specimens might fit into Darwin’s theory of evolution. Their research, in turn, was backed by government officials more than ready to show their respect and support for scholars looking into the origins of humanity. Were those Africans and South Americans entirely human or did they constitute missing links in the great chain of beings that became our species? Eminent naturalists and doctors debated just such matters, gave lectures on them, wrote treatises about them, and (in what then passed for scientific experimentation) poked at or into the bodies of those who had made the mistake of being born far from the so-called civilized world.

The Ota Bengas of Today

Today, of course, human zoos and the medical experiments on live human beings that went with them are inconceivable. The consciousness of humanity, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the U.N. 70 years ago, has made such practices disgraceful and intolerable. Who today could stomach the fate of Ota Benga, a pygmy from the Congo who was housed with the primates at New York’s Bronx Zoo in 1906 and committed suicide a decade later when he realized that he would never be able to return to his native land? Who among us would bring their children to gape at “missing links” like Thai dwarfs, Amazonian Indians, or Sudanese villagers as if they were freaks of nature, not human beings?

Unfortunately, congratulations are not (yet) in order, given how often the same racist impulses resurface today, and not only in the president’s intemperate diatribes equating humans and animals (none of which have so far provoked indignation in most of his followers). A similar dehumanization of strangers with darker faces and skins appears to animate current anti-immigrant sentiments in many lands, a desire to escape “infestation” from abroad and maintain mythical versions of racial purity and national identity. Are we really that removed from the spectators who watched their fellow humans abused in zoo-like conditions a century or so ago without blinking or being disturbed?

In retrospect, what’s most sobering about the human zoos of an earlier time is how oblivious those who participated in such degrading spectacles were to the crimes being committed before their eyes. Many of them would have judged themselves decent, enlightened citizens, shining advocates of progress, science, and freedom. And yet, in Berlin in 1882, the police had to be called in to quell a riot by visitors to an exhibition of 11 Kaweshkar natives abducted from Tierra del Fuego. Thousands of customers, having imbibed copious gallons of beer, began to stone the hostages, demanding that they mate in public. Or consider the fate of two female Kaweshkar whose sexual organs, after they died in captivity, were carved from their dead bodies and sent to be examined by a prominent German researcher interested in discovering how such creatures might be distinct from European women.

So many decades later, it’s easy enough to condemn such offenses. More difficult and painful is to ask what injustices are happening now that we take to be as normal as human zoos (or the disempowerment of women and child slavery) were just a few generations ago. Is it the thoughtless annihilation of immeasurable species, the plundering of nature, the loss of wisdom stored for millennia by ethnic groups that are fast disappearing? Is it the punitive incarceration of millions, so many lives wasted? Is it our incredibly counterproductive “war on drugs” that unnecessarily ravages cities, nations, and lives? Or our inability to rid ourselves of the plague of nuclear proliferation, the brutality of widespread hunger, America’s endless wars, the detention centers for immigrants and their children in this country, the spectacle of undocumented minors shut up in cages and crying for their parents, or the overflowing refugee camps elsewhere in the world? And what of so many children displaced in their war-torn lands or incarcerated in poverty? Where is the indignation about them? Who marches to have them released from their structural captivity? And who even noticed the 10,000 children murdered or maimed in armed conflicts in 2017 alone, deaths invisible to us if you didn’t happen to catch a brief news item quickly forgotten?

In reality, those human zoos of the not-so-distant past pose a terrifying question for us: What everyday horrors of our world will our descendants look back on with disgust in the future? How, they will wonder, could their ancestors have been so blind as to condone such transgressions against humaneness and humanity?

 
 

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Os mocinhos continuam vencendo a batalha secreta pelo planeta Terra em grande estilo, confirmam várias fontes. Do jeito que as coisas estão agora, haverá uma nova onda de prisões em massa em Agosto, a divulgação oficial do governo sobre o 11/09 em setembro e algum tipo de “grande anúncio econômico em Outubro”, afirmam fontes do Pentágono.

Nos bastidores, reuniões envolvendo os Cavaleiros de Malta, agentes russos do FSB, sociedades secretas asiáticas e outros, estão preparando o caminho para um anúncio econômico, que muito bem poderia ser um genuíno Jubileu acompanhado de um novo sistema financeiro, de acordo com fontes envolvidas nas negociações. Uma vez que as negociações estão em andamento, os detalhes ainda precisam ser discutidos, embora já exista um consenso geral, dizem as fontes.

A chave pode ser a iminente tomada da Suprema Corte pelo Presidente dos EUA, Donald Trump, que abriria caminho para julgamentos de crimes de guerra e o reconhecimento jurídico de um novo sistema financeiro. quando for convocado em Outubro, disseram fontes do Pentágono.

Nessa frente, a "batalha se intensifica, na medida em que a super elite de Trump deteve Brett Kavanaugh, agente de Bush e pode ter sucesso na nomeação de uma mulher ou de um indígena [nativo americano]", disseram as fontes.

A situação chegou ao ponto do New York Times realmente ter anunciado de táticas de “Poderoso Chefão” e rebelião armada, pelo fato de Trump e seus apoiadores estarem preparados para assumirem o controle da Suprema Corte.

https://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/07/07/new-york-times-calls-godfather-tactics-stop-trumps-scotus-nominee/

Não se surpreendam se em breve a polícia militar ocupar os oficiais desse jornal de traição, uma vez que eles tem de forma consistente e criminosa suprimido a verdade sobre o assassinato de 3.000 nova-iorquinos, em 11 de Setembro de 2001, movimento esse que já  estaria muito atrasado.

Também, temos o ex-secretário de Defesa dos Estados Unidos (e traidor) Leon Panetta, dizendo que os líderes europeus "estão morrendo de medo" de que as tropas americanas sejam retiradas da Europa.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/trump-us-troops-europe-leaders-scared-eu-panetta-germany-uk-france-baltic-a8437111.html?utm_source=reddit.com

Realmente, devem estar morrendo de medo, já que em sua maioria são criminosos de guerra que já deveria ter sido presos e possivelmente executados se os militares americanos não estivessem a protegê-los.

Agora, a imprensa corporativa, também, está seguindo este boletim informativo (lembre-se de que leram aqui primeiro), ao relatar que a OTAN/NATO e o sistema do pós-guerra estão em perigo mortal, quando temos a Bloomberg informando que a chanceler alemã Angela Merkel está decidida a "lutar pela sobrevivência das instituições globais pós-Segunda Guerra Mundial".

http://www.bakersfield.com/ap/national/merkel-warns-of-worldwide-financial-crisis/article_2dff7b52-12a8-5a67-86b0-e4b9324607aa.html

Também, temos a prostituta khazariana, o bardo da corte, o roqueiro irlandês Bono, alertando centenas de funcionários da ONU que as Nações Unidas, a União Européia, a OTAN e o Grupo dos Sete estão “sob ataque”.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/prime-minister-honors-87-irish-un-peacekeepers-died-175547438.html

Estão sob ataque, porque sua liderança  está conspirando para matar 90% da humanidade, e sua incompetência está levando à maior destruição da vida no planeta, desde que os dinossauros foram extintos, há 65 milhões de anos.

É claro que, como sempre, a máfia khazariana está tentando matar, mentir e subornar para permanecer no poder. Sua mais recente vítima foi o presidente do grupo chinês HNA, Wang Jian que, na semana passada, notícias afirmam que "caiu para a morte ao posar para uma foto na França".

https://www.rt.com/news/431745-hna-chairman-dead-france-wang-jian/

Fontes do Mossad dizem que "não foi um acidente" e que ele foi "afastado, porque estava prestes a testemunhar numa audiência fechada sobre as impropriedades ainda a serem reveladas do Deutsche Bank, possivelmente suficiente para liquidar com o banco. Em certos círculos, sabe-se que a rede  de Hotéis Hilton é um serviço global de lavagem de  dinheiro escuro e que  a família de Wang recebeu uma ordem de mordaça.

“Como sabem, o Deutsche Bank é um estabelecimento George H.W. Bush-Sherff Quarto Reich”, explicou uma fonte da CIA.

É provável que a morte de Wang esteja ligada à execução no Japão, na semana passada, do mandante do ataque com gás Sarin ao metrô de Tóquio e guru do culto Aum, Shoum Asahara e seis de seus principais tenentes, segundo fontes japonesas de extrema direita, próximas ao Imperador.

O governo escravo japonês de Shinzo Abe teme que as verdades sobre o ataque de gás ao metrô, bem como o o assassinato em massa, o evento nuclear e tsunami de Fukushima, sejam divulgados em breve, agora que a Coréia do Norte está cortando suas ligações com os mafiosos khazarianos, dizem as fontes. A execução da liderança da Aum os impede de que sejam questionados por terceiros sobre o que realmente aconteceu.

A conexão com o Deutsche Bank, provavelmente, teria a ver com a lavagem de dinheiro de drogas. Vários jornalistas japoneses foram assassinados depois de informar que o culto de Aum Shinrikyo - aquele do ataque ao metrô - estava vendendo anfetaminas norte-coreanas para gângsteres japoneses, como confirmam fontes do sindicato Yamaguchi Gumi. Além disso, todos os depoimentos e provas sobre o negócio de drogas ilegais, foram retirados do processo de julgamento relacionado à Aum, há décadas.

Esse escritor já foi abordado por um ex-escravo sexual relacionado com a Aum, que disse que a principal hierarquia do culto envolvida nos ataques de gás eram os gângsteres norte-coreanos e que acima deles havia "judeus do tipo Al Qaeda". Aum era a fachada da Igreja de Unificação do Reverendo Moon, que há muito trabalhou no negócio internacional de narcóticos e de armas com os nazistas sob o comando do Fuhrer Bush, disseram as fontes da direita japonesa.

Além disso, no dia do ataque com gás ao metrô, em 20 de Março de 1995, balões da Coréia do Norte carregando um “líquido não identificado” aterrissaram em todo o Japão, levando a mensagem de que esse ataque era “vingança pelo centésimo aniversário do assassinato da Imperatriz Myung Sung”. Myung Sung desejava estreitas relações com a Rússia, a fim de combater as tentativas japonesas de colonizar a Coréia e, por isso os japoneses a assassinaram e começaram a colonizar a Coréia. Também, vale a pena notar que o culto Aum possuía dezenas de milhares de seguidores russos.

Em geral, a situação é muito complicada e envolve muitas pessoas, muitas delas ainda no cargo que, somente, a criação de uma comissão da verdade pode ser a única maneira da opinião pública mundial descobrir o que realmente aconteceu.


Nessa frente, coreanos e japoneses devem notar que o recém-eleito presidente mexicano López Obrador, está contemplando a criação de comissões da verdade para resolver a guerra às drogas naquele país. Legalizar e regular as drogas, ao mesmo tempo em que oferece anistia aos chefões das drogas, seria um grande golpe para a máfia das drogas de Bush. O México, agora, é o mais recente dominó a cair, na medida em que a máfia khazariana perde o controle de país após país.

O próximo dominó a cair bem que poderia ser o Brasil. Lá, a governança cleptocrática do presidente Michel Temer está cambaleando sob o peso de uma greve de caminhoneiros de dez dias que está sendo apoiada agora pelos trabalhadores do petróleo. Por sua vez, os militares não seguiram ordens para acabar com a greve. A raiva pelo saque do Brasil em nome de mestres estrangeiros (erroneamente rotulado como “privatização”) é a principal razão para essa greve.

“A luta continua para retomada de poder da direita e reverter a liberalização econômica, abrindo as portas para a possibilidade de um tipo diferente de sociedade”, foi como Alistair Farrow, do Socialist Worker News, descreveu a situação.

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/46690/Truckers+in+Brazil+show+the+power+of+workers+after+strikes+humiliate+Temer

Com a queda do regime criminoso brasileiro, a resistência khazariana remanescente seria o regime alemão de Angela Merkel, o regime escravo francês do presidente Emmanuel Macron, o regime escravo de Shinzo Abe no Japão e, claro, o arqui criminoso e nazista Benjamin Netanyahu, de Israel. Uma vez que eles sejam removidos, será o fim de jogo.

Nesta frente, precisamos lembrar aos leitores que, durante seus anos como empresário, toda vez que Donald Trump ia à falência, eram os Rothschilds que o resgatava. Na semana passada, um agente do Mossad enviou a seguinte mensagem ao escritor: “Diga ao seu amigo que ele está 100% correto com sua analogia de Trump com ‘A Família'. Eles o apoiaram, não apenas financeiramente, mas também abrindo portas difíceis, permitindo que ele se misturasse com as elites, desde os dias de Roy Cohn. 

Todavia, os agentes do Mossad não são todos maus. Dentro dele, existem aqueles que estão manobrando eventos em favor de Trump e ajudando-o a drenar o pântano. ”

Eles também enviaram a seguinte foto mostrando Trump em Teerã, no Irã, em 1979, onde ele planejava abrir um cassino, antes que a revolução iraniana interrompesse seus planos.

O que isto significa é que, enquanto a oligarquia khazariana foi dividida entre nazistas (“guerra ao terror” somado ao dinheiro das drogas) e os aquecedores globais (fraude do comércio de carbono), parece que uma terceira facção para “drenar o pântano” está emergindo. Teremos que esperar e ver se estes, realmente são "os mocinhos". Suas ações dirão.

Do jeito que as coisas estão agora, de acordo com fontes do Pentágono, “o sistema financeiro quântico, apoiado por ativos, está pronto, mas que, no entanto aguarda a cúpula de Trump-Putin, a redefinição global das moedas, prisões em massa e soluções geopolíticas”.

As fontes também estão dizendo que a quarentena no planeta Terra pode ser levantada e que, em breve, “a força espacial de Trump poderá ter uma guarda espacial para policiar as viagens espaciais civis”. Parece ótimo, todavia, só acredite quando puderem comprar uma passagem para outro planeta em sua agência de viagens local.

Numa nota final não relacionada, a seguinte notícia sobre aranhas voando “milhares de quilômetros usando eletricidade” chamou nossa atenção.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5918477/Electric-fields-atmosphere-secret-spiders-FLY-thousands-miles.html

Anos atrás, um pesquisador russo me disse que descobriram que os insetos usavam a antigravidade. É por isso que os zangões podem voar, embora a teoria aerodinâmica atual diga que eles não possam. Se os insetos podem usar a antigravidade, também, poderemos fazer isso. Mais uma vez, porém, só acredite quando você pode comprar um tapete voador ou uma scooter antigravidade em sua loja local.

Concluindo, tudo o que, com certeza, podemos dizer é que a humanidade está entrando em território desconhecido. 


Auxilie curtindo e compartilhando essa publicação no rodapé da postagem, para que ela possa alcançar cada vez mais Sementes! Gratidão! ❤

Autor: Benjamin Fulford 
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Antimatrix.org 
https://benjaminfulfordtranslations.blogspot.com/
Tradução: Sementes das Estrelas / Candido Pedro Jorge
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<i>In the meantime, don’t think of the Earth as home, think of it as a ship carrying life to a new destination. Rough seas ahead, batten down the hatches!</i> Yeah, it's like the Great Ship Lolipop, full speed ahead into oblivion! Down in steerage you have the masses of quasi slaves the populist ultra nationalist theo fascists. Then midships you have the second class composed of the pseudo literate technophile class, while in the upper decks the uber rich elite get to cavort and party the night away in faux luxury. The uber rich mistakenly think they are the ones in control of the bridge because they pay the drunken captain's meager stipend and let him treat the crew like slaves! https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/survival-of-the-richest-9ef6cddd0cc1 <strong>Survival of the Richest The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind</strong> Douglas Rushkoff <i><strong>For all their wealth and power, they don’t believe they can affect the future.</strong> The Event. That was their euphemism for the environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, unstoppable virus, or Mr. Robot hack that takes everything down. This single question occupied us for the rest of the hour. They knew armed guards would be required to protect their compounds from the angry mobs. But how would they pay the guards once money was worthless? What would stop the guards from choosing their own leader? The billionaires considered using special combination locks on the food supply that only they knew. Or making guards wear disciplinary collars of some kind in return for their survival. Or maybe building robots to serve as guards and workers — if that technology could be developed in time.</i> BTW, The above is not an excerpt from a bad dystopian scifi novel. Those are actual questions asked of Douglas Rushkoff by uber rich clients of his, at a talk for which they paid him the equivalent of half a year's of his professor's salary... We are seriously fucked, ladies and gentlemen!
          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

Pompeo’s third...


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We are looking for a lead actress (preferably a woman of color) to act in the lead role of a short film comedy titled "NOT A DRILL" that will be shooting in Tacoma, WA! This is a great chance for exposure as this film will be entered into the major festivals (as well as a lot of others). We can't really pay a lot of money, if any, because it's a short indie... That being said, we will work around your schedule as much as possible! The Plot What would you do if you had thirty minutes to live? How would you spend your last precious moments on Earth? How would the lifestyle you've been living up until that moment of facing your mortality influence your final decisions? NOT A DRILL follows Michelle, a woman who has not been happy with her life, through that exact scenario. She receives a text message alert warning of incoming nuclear ballistic missiles flying towards her city (remember the Hawaii alert a few months ago?), and there's not enough time for her to get out. We see Michelle start living life on her own terms, settling some perceived slights from her past, getting into a few very funny situations, and even making a new friend or two along her way. This is mainly a comedy, but will invoke many different emotions from the viewers along the way! If you are interested, please respond with a pic and little summary about yourself. We have a fun team and this will only take a few weekends of your life!
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Hello, we are looking to cast some Day-player roles in an independent feature film called Ape Canyon shooting in Roslyn, WA between June 1 and June 7th. The logline of the film is: In the midst of a quarter-life crisis, Cal Piker drags his big sister Samantha along on a Bigfoot-hunting expedition. And nothing - not the adventure turning out to be a scam, not being abandoned in the woods to die, not a confrontation with an uncommonly large nuclear physicist, not a police pursuit, and certainly not Samantha's protests - will stop Cal from making his way to Ape Canyon. We are looking for the following roles: Park Rangers A Father and Son going camping Roles are unpaid with meals on set provided. Anyone who is interested can email. Thank you so much!
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We are looking for a lead actress (preferably a woman of color) to act in the lead role of a short film comedy titled "NOT A DRILL" that will be shooting in Tacoma, WA! This is a great chance for exposure as this film will be entered into the major festivals (as well as a lot of others). We can't really pay a lot of money, if any, because it's a short indie... That being said, we will work around your schedule as much as possible! The Plot What would you do if you had thirty minutes to live? How would you spend your last precious moments on Earth? How would the lifestyle you've been living up until that moment of facing your mortality influence your final decisions? NOT A DRILL follows Michelle, a woman who has not been happy with her life, through that exact scenario. She receives a text message alert warning of incoming nuclear ballistic missiles flying towards her city (remember the Hawaii alert a few months ago?), and there's not enough time for her to get out. We see Michelle start living life on her own terms, settling some perceived slights from her past, getting into a few very funny situations, and even making a new friend or two along her way. This is mainly a comedy, but will invoke many different emotions from the viewers along the way! If you are interested, please respond with a pic and little summary about yourself. We have a fun team and this will only take a few weekends of your life!
          What If Jonathan Chait Has Been a Useful Idiot Since 2013?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Back in 2013, when former Communist Party member Ron Radosh was whipping up a Pravda-style disinformation campaign against my anti-communist bookAmerican Betrayal, New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait stepped up and wrote an essay knocking "West's paranoia." While I'm not certain, I strongly suspect Chait was inveigled by Radosh to write the New York Magazine piece; I imagine Radosh blanched at Chait's positive-ish headline: "Conservative Historian Has Interesting Ideas."

Still, Chait's essay bears the familiar stamp of the Radosh/Horowitz-led assault in its repeated misrepresentations of my footnoted analysis of the influence (not "control") on US policy-making potentially exerted by hundreds of Soviet "agents of influence" and fellow travelers covertly embedded inside the US government -- the subversive force that "court historians," who bestow glory on political favorites rather than shed light on the past, ignore or deny to this day. Not that it is likely journalista Chait cracked the book. All he had to do was pretend, a la Radosh & Horowitz, that I had advanced a theory, as Chait put it, that "the Soviets controlled the American government in the way they controlled, say, East Germany." As any reader knows, this is cartoonish rubbish -- but a handy way to deceive readers into dismissing the book as such.

I am reminded of this because Chait has now spun up an East-Germany-style vision of Donald Trump as Putin's Honecker, a traitor to the USA since 1987. 

Titled "What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987?," the Chait piece does not even rise to the level of "conspiracy theory," Chait having presented no conspiracy to theorize about. His technique is to raise, magnify and connect doubts. "How do you even think about the small but real chance — 10 percent? 20 percent? — that the president of the United States has been covertly influenced or personally compromised by a hostile foreign power for decades?" he asks. One answer is, you write a few thousand pointless words.

But only about Trump. Chait takes everything back to Trump's July 1987 visit to Moscow. That's because in September of that same year Trump took out a series of full-page ads in prominent newspapers noting that "Japan and other nations have been taking advantage of the United States.″ In his open letter to the American people, Trump asked, ″Why are these nations not paying the United States for the human lives and billions of dollars we are losing to protect their interests?"

Classic Trump -- or was it really Gorbachev in disguise? As Chait notes, it is the Kremlin's propensity to seek splits between the US and its allies. He writes: "The safest assumption is that it’s entirely coincidental that Trump launched a national campaign, with himself as spokesman, built around themes that dovetailed closely with Soviet foreign-policy goals shortly after his Moscow stay. Indeed, it seems slightly insane to contemplate the possibility that a secret relationship between Trump and Russia dates back this far. But it can’t be dismissed completely." (Emphasis added.)

OK, I won't dismiss it completely. But it is also a fact that Japan by this same point in the mid-1980s was making massive inroads into the US construction market, very much including Manhattan. One Japanese company even built a 20-story addition on top of a building formerly owned by Donald Trump, as the New York Times noted in an article on the expanding share of Japanese construction business in the US. In its story of July 27, 1986, the Times noted: "Japanese construction companies certainly have both the cash and the contacts to create more and more American business. `'Any major Japanese contractor has money to burn,' said an officer of one leading Japanese builder, who asked not to be identified."

Nah, that couldn't possibly have driven Developer Donald a little nuts, eventually inspiring him to take out those ads the following year to tell the American people that we (and he) were being taken advantage of. The Kremlin made him do it.   

I jest, of course. The point is, Chait would have rather more credibility on this score if, when the "party line" was a little different, he had not previously rejected on cue the copious historical record of Kremlin influence assembled in American Betrayal as "West's paranoia." Indeed, I don't recall Chait raising, magnifying and connecting such doubts about, say, the Moscow trip of Bill Clinton, whose "themes" as a draft-dodging, war-protesting tourist certainly "dovetailed closely with Soviet foreign-policy goals" both before and after his1969-1970 winter travels to Brezhnev's Moscow, then Prague, still reeling from the Soviet crushing of "Prague Spring."

Then there's what has been regrettably nicknamed the Trump "pee tape." Chait: "There is growing reason to think the pee tape might indeed exist." Really? Well, there is also reason (whether growing, I can't say) to think that the Czech intelligence recruitment tape of Bill Clinton might indeed exist. Meanwhile, the tape of Barack Obama promising "flexibility" to, as Chait aptly calls him, "former KGB agent" Putin via Medvedev does exist. I know it does because I've seen it. Has Jonathan Chait? (Watch here.) While he's on this sudden Kremlin Influence kick, Chait would also do well to peruse the FBI files on the Soviet/communist connected family of Obama senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, and also brush up on the Soviet/communist troika that politically birthed that winning 2008 team of Obama-Axelrod-Jarrett. 

It's guaranteed he won't because Chait's pursuits are not about truth-seeking or intellectual stimulation; they are all and only about political manipulation. Nowhere is his agit prop more thickly laid on than when he talks about Donald Trump as Putin's "much-needed flank against not just Obama but his former secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aggressive position against Russia." In transforming Hillary "Reset" Clinton into a regular George Patton, Chait conveniently omits the valuable goodies Obama-Clinton bestowed on Mother Russia, from permanent normal trading status, long coveted by the "former KGB agent," to the massive "civilian" high tech transfer via the Clinton-Foundation-enriching Skolkovo set-up, where, as the Army warned in 2013, hypersonic cruise missile engine technology was already coming online. One has to wonder: Does Chait really think the KGB-linked bank in Moscow gave Bill Clinton that $500K speaking fee in 2012 for nothing? Meanwhile, ask yourself: If you are sitting in the Politburo and one US candidate is promising to revitalize the US military, very much including its nuclear arsenal (Trump), and the other US candidate is arguing that "the last thing we need" is next-generation nuclear-armed cruise missiles (Clinton), whom would you rather "collude" with?

Such thoughts, however, pose a clear and present danger to Chait's miasmic belief that "the Cold War that Americans had long considered won has dissolved into the bizarre spectacle of Reagan’s party’s abetting the hijacking of American government by a former KGB agent." 

For the record, I will note that American Betrayal argues America lost the "Cold War," that ever-undermined-from-within struggle against the expansion and entrenchment of communistic ideologies. This probably accounts for some share of the wrath it aroused on the part of Cold War triumphalists who seek to ensure Americans never actually understand how our institutions, from the halls of power in Washington (definitely including the "IC") to the pulpits to the campuses to the culture, were long ago Marxified according to well-executed and well-documented Kremlin strategy executed by masses of genuine American traitors.  

If America lost the Cold War long ago -- after also losing World War II, American Betrayal's other argument, identifying the Soviet Union as the true victor (thanks to those hundreds of agents of influence at the beating heart of every government, Allied and Axis) --  then it cannot be "Reagan's party abetting the hijacking of the American government" in 2016; it was already a long way toward a fait accompli before Trump ever began his completely unlikely and wholly unexpected political rise on a heretofore unseen counter-revolutionary "America First" platform. 

Chait's essay, then, is just so much narrative control, just so much framing, just so much warding off of the counter-revolution that President Trump's victory made possible, at least. I could be wrong, but I wouldn't be surprised if it all didn't begin with a heavy dose of Radosh.

 


          Applications of dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization in chemistry and biochemistry      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Zhang, Guannan, and Christian Hilty. “Applications of Dissolution Dynamic Nuclear Polarization in Chemistry and Biochemistry.” Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 0, no. 0 (2018). 

https://doi.org/10.1002/mrc.4735

Sensitivity of detection is one of the most limiting aspects when applying NMR spectroscopy to current problems in the molecular sciences. A number of hyperpolarization methods exist for increasing the population difference between nuclear spin Zeeman states and enhance the signal-to-noise ratio by orders of magnitude. Among these methods, dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization (D-DNP) is unique in its capability of providing high spin polarization for many types of molecules in the liquid state. Originally proposed for biomedical applications including in vivo imaging, applications in high resolution NMR spectroscopy are now emerging. These applications are the focus of the present review. Using D-DNP, a small sample aliquot is first hyperpolarized as a frozen solid at low temperature, followed by dissolution into the liquid state. D-DNP extends the capabilities of liquid state NMR spectroscopy towards shorter timescales and enables the study of nonequilibrium processes, such as the kinetics and mechanisms of reactions. It allows the determination of intermolecular interactions, in particular based on spin relaxation parameters. At the same time, a challenge in the application of this hyperpolarization method is that spin polarization is nonrenewable. Substantial effort has been devoted to develop methods for enabling rapid correlation spectroscopy, the measurement of time-dependent signals, and the extension of the observable time window. With these methods, D-DNP has the potential to open new application areas in the chemical and biochemical sciences.

          NK vitriol may mean deal on cards      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
North Korea's vitriolic criticism of the US following a first round of nuclear negotiations went out of its way to spare one person: President Donald Trump.
          Commenti su Costa: nel programma ambientale più ambizione climatica e incentivi green di Alessandro Borio      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Va tutto bene Ex generale, chi potrebbe obiettare sui 5 punti, ma per svilupparlo bisogna solo fare una cosa: combattere la mafia. 14MILIARDI STIMATI SOLO NEL 2017, mi sembrano una bella finanziaria, che riguarda tutti, dalle mozzarelle delle terre dei fuochi, all'amianto, allo stoccaggio dei veleni di Taranto, a quello nucleare del mar ionio e basso tirreno, alla foce del Po, almeno tra i più gravi!!!
          Explican por qué Metro Exodus no es un mundo abierto      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
El juego busca el equilibrio perfecto entre exploración y narrativa.

Metro Exodus nos llevará a una Rusia post-apocalíptica el próximo 22 de febrero, tanto en PC como en PS4 y Xbox One. La tercera entrega de la saga creada por 4A Games promete ser "más abierto" que sus predecesores, pero eso no significa que el juego vaya a ofrecernos un mundo abierto.

Huw Beynon de Deep Silver ha explicado el enfoque que están tratando de ofrecerle en Exodus: garantizar la libertad de exploración a los jugadores pero sin desmerecer la carga narrativa.

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Buscando el equilibrio


"Invertimos mucho tiempo en encontrar la fórmula correcta", señala Beynon a Gaming Bolt. "Y que se sienta como un juego de Metro. Los fans esperan que esta historia tenga un gran impacto. Creo que a veces los juegos de mundo abierto tienen dificultades para mantener el sentido de urgencia de los jugadores y la narrativa, si se distraen continuamente con misiones secundarias".

"Los juegos de mundo abierto tienen dificultades para mantener el sentido de urgencia"

En este sentido, señala que están buscando "un híbrido" entre lo que funciona para Metro, salir del camino crítico y mantener la historia viva mientras los jugadores avanzan.

"Todas las cosas que a la gente le encanta sobre un entorno más abierto, como la libertad para explorar y salir de los caminos trillados, lo hemos incluido en el entorno del juego", agrega. "Es exploración 'por tu propio bien', depende de ti si quieres explorar para encontrar mejor equipamiento, por ejemplo. Se trata de encontrar el equilibrio entre un juego más abierto y uno natural".

Volviendo al apocalipsis


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Metro Exodus, desarrollado por 4A Games, combinará los grandes espacios con los escenarios cerrados y angustiosos que pudimos experimentar en las anteriores entregas, 2033 y Last Light. Estará disponible tanto en PC como en consolas y volverá a ofrecer un argumento inspirado en las novelas de Dmitry Glukhovsky, abarcando un año entero desde la primavera, pasando por el verano y el otoño hasta las profundidades del invierno nuclear.

Para conocer más detalles del juego, os invitamos a leer nuestras impresiones en el siguiente enlace.

Explican por qué Metro Exodus no es un mundo abierto

Explican por qué Metro Exodus no es un mundo abierto

Explican por qué Metro Exodus no es un mundo abierto

Explican por qué Metro Exodus no es un mundo abierto
          The Trump collusion timeline      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump collusion timeline

by digby




Just Security has put together a nice timeline of Trump's interactions with the Russian government since he was elected. It's quite interesting when you look at it all together. It's certainly fine to propose a fresh start with relations between the two countries. But they seemed to have a much more specific agenda from thevery beginning.

I've just excerpted the first six months after the election:

Nov. 14, 2016 — In their first official phone call, President-elect Trump and Putin agree on the “absolutely unsatisfactory state of bilateral relations” between Russia and the U.S., according to the New York Times. The two leaders agreed to meet at some point in the future and “endorse” the idea of taking efforts “to normalize relations and pursue constructive cooperation on the broadest possible range of issues.”

Nov. 18, 2016 — President-elect Trump names retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, stirring controversy in part because of Flynn’s ties to Russia, according to the Washington Post. In 2015, Flynn accepted payment from RT — a Russian news channel that had become a propaganda arm — to attend the station’s gala event in Moscow. Putin also attended the gala, and RT later published photos of the two dining next to each other.

Dec. 1 or 2, 2016 — Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak meets with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Trump Senior Advisor Jared Kushner in Trump Tower. The meeting is not disclosed to the public until March 2017. The White House first states that its purpose was to “establish a line of communication.” Kislyak later reports to superiors in Moscow that, in the meeting, Kushner suggested setting up a secure channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin, to be hosted at the Russian embassy or consulate, according to the Washington Post.

Dec. 12, 2016 — President-elect Trump officially nominates Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, spurring controversy because of Tillerson’s close relationship with Russia. As CEO of Exxon Mobil, Tillerson had engaged in joint ventures with Rosneft, a state-backed Russian oil company, and had received the Order of Friendship from Russia in 2013, according to the New York Times.

Dec. 13, 2016 — Senior Trump Advisor Jared Kushner meets with Sergey Gorkov, then-chairman of Russia’s government-owned Vnesheconombank (VEB) and a close ally of Putin, at Russian Ambassador Kislyak’s request. The bank was placed on the sanctions list following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. In June 2017, the Washington Post reports that VEB says the meeting was conducted in relation to Kushner’s family real estate business. However, the Trump White House later maintains it was a diplomatic meeting in which Kushner was acting in his role as soon-to-be presidential adviser. Kushner testifies on July 24, 2017 to the Senate and House Intelligence Committees that Kislyak had recommended the meeting because Gorkov “had a direct relationship with” Putin. Kushner said they discussed the general poor state of US-Russian relations but that they didn’t touch on any specific policies nor on Obama-era sanctions against Russia. “At no time was there any discussion about my companies, business transactions, real estate projects, loans, banking arrangements or any private business of any kind.”

Dec. 29, 2016 — Shortly after the White House notifies Russia of sanctions that the Obama administration will impose for election interference, Michael Flynn speaks with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. During the phone call, Flynn discusses the sanctions. According to several current and former officials who read transcripts of the call, Flynn told Kislyak that Russia should not overreact to impending sanctions for election interference because the Trump administration would be in a position to revisit the sanctions and change policy toward Russia, according to the Washington Post. Nearly one year later, Flynn pleads guilty to lying to investigators regarding his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Dec. 29, 2016 — Within four hours of the Obama White House’s announced sanctions against Russia for election interference, Trump issues a written statement in response saying, “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.”

Dec. 30, 2016 — Following Russia’s surprise turnaround decision not to respond to the U.S. sanctions in-kind, Trump tweets: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” Putin’s decision came as a surprise in part because Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had earlier said in televised remarks, “Of course, we cannot leave these sanctions unanswered … Reciprocity is the law of diplomacy and international relations.”

Jan. 3-4, 2017 — In a series of tweets, Trump disparages the intelligence from U.S. agencies scheduled to brief him on their findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Jan. 6, 2017 – May 9, 2017 — Jan. 6 is the date then-FBI Director James Comey helped brief Trump on Russian election interference, and May 9 was his final day as FBI Director. In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey is asked (by Senator Joe Manchin) whether Trump showed “any concern or interest or curiosity about what the Russians were doing.” Comey responds that he does not recall any conversations with Trump about Russian election interference during the former FBI Director’s time in office. Comey is also asked (by Senator Martin Heinrich), “Did the President in any of those interactions that you’ve shared with us today ask you what you should be doing or what our government should be doing — or the intelligence community — to protect America against Russian interference in our election system?” Comey says he does not recall any conversation like that–“never.”

Jan. 6-7, 2017 — After the briefing by intelligence officials, Trump acknowledgesthat the Russian government may have been involved in the hacking of Democratic National Committee computers, but says it didn’t affect the outcome of the election because Russia didn’t gain access to voting systems, and says he wants to improve relations with Russia.

Jan. 11, 2017 — George Nader, a Lebanese-American fixer and advisor to the United Arab Emirates, convenes a secret meeting in the Seychelles at the “behest” of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed, according to the New York Times. The meeting is between Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater and a Trump supporter (and brother of Betsy DeVos, Trump’s then-nominee to be secretary of education), and Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian wealth fund manager with ties to President Putin. The apparent purpose of the meeting is to test Russia’s commitment to Iran and to set up a communication channel between President-elect Trump and Moscow, according to the Washington Post.

Prince testifies before Congress in November that the meeting with Dmitriev was a “chance-encounter,” and that he traveled to the Seychelles to pursue a “business opportunity” with potential customers from the UAE, who had suggested that he meet with a Russian businessman staying at the same hotel, Vox reports. However, according to reporting by ABC News and the Washington Post, Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly has new evidence and a cooperating witness in Nader, who is allegedly testifying that the meeting was preplanned to set up communications between the Trump transition team and Moscow so that they could “discuss future relations between the countries.” The New York Times also reports that Kirill Dmitriev had met Trump associate Anthony Scaramucci at the 2017 Davos forum, after which Scaramucci criticized the Obama administration sanctions on Russia with a TASS reporter.

Jan. 11, 2017 — At a news conference, Trump says, “I think it was Russia” that hacked the 2016 U.S. election, but then diminishes its significance, adding, “But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people.” He draws comparisons to other incidents of hacking, and suggests that the DNC left itself open to hacking and deserves some blame. Trump also says, “Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it,” according to CNN.

Post-Jan. 20, 2017 — In the “early weeks” of the administration, top Trump administration officials task State Department staff “with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions,” until their efforts are blocked by State Department officials and members of Congress, according to reporting by Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News.

Jan. 20-early Feb., 2017 — National Security Advisor Michael Flynn advocates for closer military communication with Russia to fight ISIS. According to several current and former Pentagon sources cited by the Daily Beast, Flynn suggests that a military communications channel originally established to prevent in-air collisions be expanded for other purposes that could have approached “outright cooperation” with Russia. Both the Pentagon and Centcom oppose Flynn’s idea.

Jan. 26-Feb. 13, 2017 — Acting Attorney General Sally Yates meets personally with White House Counsel Don McGahn about National Security Advisor Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Kislyak in December 2016. Yates warns the White House Counsel that Flynn’s statement that he did not discuss sanctions with the Russian Ambassador is untrue and that in her view Flynn is accordingly vulnerable to being blackmailed by Russia. Yates is fired on January 30 for refusing to enforce the immigration ban. (ABC News). It is not until February 13 that Flynn is asked to resign, following a Washington Post story revealing the meeting with Yates and the White House Counsel. (New York Times) (Washington Post)

Feb. 6, 2017 — In a Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump says he respects Putin and dismisses the host’s characterization of the Russian president as a “killer.” “There are a lot of killers,” Trump says. “Do you think our country is so innocent?

Feb. 14, 2017 — The New York Times reports that Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) treatysigned by President Ronald Reagan and his Soviet counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev. In congressional testimony, Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff states, “We believe that the Russians have deliberately deployed it in order to pose a threat to NATO and to facilities within the NATO area of responsibility.” The administration does not issue a public statement rebuking Russia. When Trump is asked about the violation in a February 24 interview with Reuters, he says, “To me, it’s a big deal,” and adds that he “would bring it up” with Putin “if and when we meet.” The State Department reiterated the alleged violation in its April 2017 report and in December 2017, released a strategy to counter the alleged violations, according to the Arms Control Association.

March 21, 2017 — The State Department announces that Secretary Rex Tillerson will not attend his intended first NATO meeting in Brussels on April 5-6, and will instead stay in the U.S. to join Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. During the same announcement, the State Department notes that Tillerson will travel to Russia in April, drawing criticism that the administration is prioritizing Russia over historical allies and the NATO alliance, according to Reuters. Subsequently, the State Department offers new dates to reschedule the NATO meeting, and Tillerson attends.

March 31, 2017 — Tillerson meets with NATO leaders in Brussels. In his remarks, Tillerson reiterates the frequent U.S. exhortation over the years that allies increase their defense spending, but seems to take it a step further, saying: “As President Trump has made clear, it is no longer sustainable for the U.S. to maintain a disproportionate share of NATO’s defense expenditures.”

April 2-27, 2017 — In an interview on April 2, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says: “Certainly I think Russia was involved in the U.S. election.” On April 5, Haley criticizes Russia for obstructing UN action on Syria and for supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Haley says Russia made an “unconscionable choice” by opposing a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons, and rhetorically asks “how many more children have to die before Russia cares?”

However, during a working lunch on April 24 with UN Security Council ambassadors including Haley, Trump jests, “Now, does everybody like Nikki? Because if you don’t … she can easily be replaced,” according to the Washington Post. Further, on April 27, Secretary of State Tillerson sends UN Ambassador Haley an email instructing her that, from then on, her comments should be “re-cleared with Washington if they are substantively different from the building blocks, or if they are on a high-profile issue,” according to the New York Times.

April 6, 2017 — In response to a reported chemical attack perpetrated by the Assad regime, the Trump administration launches a military attack on a Syrian-government airfield near Homs from which the chemical weapons attack reportedly was launched, according to NBC News. In an interview with Fox News, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster suggests Russia may have known about the chemical attacks in advance saying: “I think what we should do is ask Russia, how could it be, if you have advisers at that airfield, that you didn’t know that the Syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons?”

April 23, 2017 — In an Associated Press interview, Trump expresses strong support for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in upcoming French elections; Le Pen is supported by Putin and promises to remove France from the EU, a long-term goal for Putin. Le Pen had also visited Trump Tower in January, according to AP and Politico.

May 10, 2017 — Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak and says the U.S. would no longer require Russia to unfreeze the construction of an American consulate in St. Petersburgbefore considering handing back seized Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York as part of the Obama sanctions for election interference. The statement represented a reversal of the position staked out two days prior by Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon, the Washington Post reports.

May 10, 2017 — During an Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak, Trump tells the Russian officials that he had fired the “nut job” FBI director (James Comey) who was investigating Russian election interference, according to the New York Times. Trump also says he had faced “great pressure” because of Russia, which had now been relieved. Additionally, Trump discloses highly classified information to the Russian officials. The intelligence was provided by Israel, which had not authorized the U.S. to share it, according to the Washington Post. The intelligence centered on Syrian extremist bomb-making plans, and was obtained in part through highly classified cyber operations, the disclosure of which “infuriated” Israeli officials, according to the New York Times. Israel subsequently changes its intelligence sharing protocols with the United States. No U.S. press are allowed into the Oval Office meeting, but Trump does allow TASS, the Russian state-owned agency, according to the Washington Post. Trump does not disclose to the press that Kislyak attended the meeting until TASS publishes photographs showing him in the room; the White House releasefollowing the meeting only mentions Lavrov. In a later interview, National Security Advisor McMaster refuses to confirm that Russian interference was discussed, even when asked directly about it.

May 10, 2017 — Following the meeting with Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov tells TASS: “At present, our dialogue is not as politicized as it used to be during Obama’s presidency. The Trump administration, including the President himself and the Secretary of State, are people of action who are willing to negotiate.”

May 25 – 26, 2017 — Arriving in Europe with Trump, top White House economic advisor Gary Cohn tells reporters that the U.S. is “looking at” the future of sanctions on Russia. When pressed on what the current U.S. position is, he says: “Right now we don’t have a position.” The following day, Cohn counters that statement, saying the U.S. will not ease sanctions on Russia and, “if anything, we would probably look to get tougher.”

May 25, 2017 — In Europe, Trump chastises NATO leaders for their “chronic underpayments” to the alliance and fails to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Article 5 – the collective defense clause of the NATO agreement – promising only to “never forsake the friends that stood by our side” in the wake of Sept. 11 (a statement later labelled by the administration as an affirmation of Article 5). According to Politico, several Trump advisors, including National Security Advisor McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, are surprised by the omission, having endeavored to include language supporting Article 5 in Trump’s remarks prior to the summit. Additionally, National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton says Russia was not discussed in a larger meeting between American and European officials, but that he could not speak for a meeting involving just Trump, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Tusk later says he is “not 100 percent sure” he and Trump share a “common position, common opinion, about Russia,” according to the New York Times.

May 26, 2017 — At a political rally the day after the Brussels meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says: “The times in which we could rely fully on others — they are somewhat over. This is what I experienced in the last few days. We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” implying that Europe could no longer rely on a close alliance with the U.S.

May 30, 2017 — In a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is asked about Trump’s reaction to Angela Merkel’s comments implying Europe could no longer rely on the U.S. He responds that Europe, “working in friendship with the U.S., the U.K., Russia, and other partners,” is precisely “what the President called for.” (May 30 press briefing). Trump reacts to Merkel’s comments on Twitter: “We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change.”

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"Currency War, Then Trade War - 
Is Shooting War Next?"

"My thesis is that currency wars are followed by trade wars and then finally shooting wars among major powers.This happened in the 1930s and it seems to be happening again.

Currency wars begin in a condition of too much debt and not enough growth. Countries steal growth from their trading partners by cheapening their currencies to promote exports and import inflation. The present currency war started in January 2010. The problem with currency wars is that all advantage is temporary and is quickly erased by retaliation. Trading partners retaliate with their own devaluations. Currency cross-rates end up back where they started, with costs imposed due to the uncertainties.

Not only is the world not better off but it is worse off because of the costs and uncertainty resulting from the currency manipulations. Eventually, the world wakes up to this reality and moves to the trade war stage. Once countries realize that currency wars don’t work, they turn quickly to trade wars through tariffs and other trade barriers. The problem is that trade wars don’t work either, for the same reason currency wars don’t work - retaliation or tit-for-tat tariffs soon puts everyone back where they started.

The new trade war started in January 2018 with the announcement of tariffs, and those tariffs actually began to take effect last week. Just because trade wars have started does not mean the currency wars are over. Not at all. The currency wars and trade wars continue side by side. In fact, they are related.

If the U.S. puts tariffs on China, which we have, then China can fight back two ways. The first is to impose their own tariffs on U.S. exports, which they have. The second is to cheapen their currency to offset the impact of the tariffs. If the U.S. imposes a 25% tariff on China but China cheapens its currency by 25%, then everyone is back where they started in terms of the costs of Chinese goods to U.S. consumers.

This would be a potentially devastating development for markets. A shock yuan maxi-devaluation will be the shot heard round the world as it was in August and December 2015 (both times, U.S. stocks fell over 10% in a matter of weeks). There are individual winners and losers from the currency and trade wars, but the global economy as a whole is definitely a loser. This new trade war will get ugly fast and the world economy will be collateral damage. I believe it will get much worse before it is resolved.

We should look for slower growth and possibly a recession as the trade and currency wars play out. Let’s hope that history does not repeat and that we don’t end up in a Third World War, as the currency/trade wars of the 1930s helped lead to WWII. Below, I show you three crucial weapons Trump has at his disposal in the trade war with China. The globalists are panicking, but as you’ll see, there’s little they - or Congress - can do to stop him. Read on."

"Trump’s Devastating Trade War Weapons"
By Jim Rickards

"The news last week was dominated by breathless headlines about the new trade war between the U.S. and China. But this trade war has been brewing for years and came as no surprise to readers of my newsletter, Project Prophesy. In fact, the new trade war is simply a continuation of the currency wars that began in 2010.

I’ve warned for over a year that President Trump’s threats of tariffs should be taken seriously, while most of Wall Street discounted Trump’s talk as mere bluster. Now the trade wars are here as we expected, and they will get much worse before they are resolved.

The most powerful analytic frame today for understanding political and macroeconomic developments is the sequence from currency wars to trade wars and then ultimately shooting wars. Currency wars arise in a condition of too much debt and too little growth. Economic powers try to steal growth from their trading partners by devaluing their currencies to promote exports and import inflation. This can work in the short run, but the benefits are strictly temporary because trading partners retaliate by devaluing their own currencies. The tit-for-tat devaluations leave everyone worse off because of the uncertainty and transaction costs imposed.

Once it becomes clear that currency wars are a failure, nations resort to trade wars. These begin with tariffs imposed by one nation on another to protect domestic industry and reduce trade deficits. As with currency wars, the problem is retaliation. Victims of tariffs impose their own tariffs and the world is worse off.

We’ve seen this pattern before in the 1920s and 1930s. It began with currency wars (1921–1936), then trade wars (1930–1939) and finally a shooting war in the Second World War that began in Asia in 1936, spread to Europe in 1939 and subsumed the U.S. in 1941. The present currency war began in 2010. The new trade war began in 2018. Let’s hope a new shooting war or even a third world war does not follow in sequence.

Trump is like a five-star general in the currency and trade wars. It’s important to understand his weapons and tactics. Trump likes to threaten to get results but often does not follow through on his threats. Recently he threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the World Trade Organization (WTO), the primary multilateral body for settling trade disputes and a successor to one of the original Bretton Woods institutions (along with the IMF and World Bank) established in 1944. But Trump’s threat to withdraw from the WTO will not be carried out. It’s in the bluff category, strictly for show.

The fact is Trump is turning trade policy upside down without withdrawing from WTO by using other tools at his disposal. There has always been an exemption from the application of WTO rules where national security is involved. It's just that past presidents have never used the authority because they are globalists (Republicans and Democrats). Trump’s method is to weaponize national security considerations in the context of trade disputes. The U.S. has always had ways to stop trade flows and restrict direct foreign investment based on national security considerations.

Trump’s three main "weapons," mostly unknown to everyday Americans, are IEEPA, CFIUS and Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. IEEPA stands for the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Enacted in 1977, it allows the President to regulate commerce after declaring a national emergency. He can declare this emergency “to deal with any unusual and extraordinary threat, which has its source in whole or substantial part outside the United States, to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.”

CFIUS stands for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. It began under President Ford in 1975. CFIUS gives the Executive Branch power to monitor the impact of foreign investment in the United States, and determine if it jeopardizes national security. It can block acquisitions of U.S. firms by Chinese companies, for example.

Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 is the “nuclear option” when it comes to trade wars. I don’t want to get too deeply in the weeds here, but Section 301 gives the president broad authority to impose sanctions and penalties. It gives the president a free hand to impose billions of dollars of damages if not more on China.

So Trump has the best of both worlds. He can threaten the WTO, but doesn't actually have to withdraw because he can get everything he wants anyway using IEEPA, CFIUS and Section 301. The globalists are freaking out but can't stop him.

Unlike previous globalist presidents, Trump is a nationalist. And he's using these powers like crazy to push his agenda. The Congress can't stop him because all of these weapons are statutory; they were already passed by Congress in the 1970s and 1980s. These statutes delegate expansive powers to the president. What's new is not the law but the way the law is being used.
During the Weimar Republic hyperinflation in 1922–23, paper money became worthless and was swept down sewers (left) or fed into furnaces as fuel (right). The currency wars continued with French devaluation (1925), U.K. devaluation (1931) and U.S. devaluation (1933). When the currency wars failed to produce growth, the trade wars erupted with the Smoot-Hawley tariffs (1930) and similar tariffs from U.S. trading partners. After currency wars and trade wars failed came shooting wars in Asia (1936) and Europe (1939). The same pattern is repeating today with a new currency war (2010) and trade war (2018).

There is legislation pending in Congress right now to amend CFIUS. The name of the bill is the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, or FIRRMA. This amendment to CFIUS will give CFIUS greatly expanded powers to stop Chinese takeovers of U.S. crown jewels in technology, telecommunications and the defense sector. This new law shuts the Chinese (and anyone else Trump doesn't like) out of the market to acquire U.S. tech and defense stocks. Once you remove the biggest buyers from the market, prices will plunge to "re-price" to the new reality.

With the trade wars and pending legislation in mind, what are my predictive analytic models telling us about the prospects for a stock market crash in the tech and defense sectors? Right now my analytical tools are telling me that FIRRMA is close to a sure thing to become law, but Wall Street is underestimating the impact of this on takeover activity and stock prices to tech and defense companies. FIRRMA has been attached to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal 2019 (starting Oct. 1, 2018). However, Congress will be in recess most of the time after July 26 for vacations and midterm election campaigning.

NDAA is "must pass" legislation. This means Congress has to pass this before the end of September unless they enact a continuing resolution. I estimate two possible outside dates for this to become law and go to the president for signature: Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 (with no continuing resolution), or Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 (end of this session of Congress).

Of course, markets won’t wait until then to react. Sooner than later, Wall Street will see this coming and start to discount the impact. FIRRMA has bipartisan support from liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans. It's as close to a "sure thing" in D.C. legislation as you can get.

China will not take this lying down. They are fighting back in the trade wars using currency war weapons and will also retaliate directly by restricting U.S. investment in China’s technology, another blow to global tech stock prices."
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Geulah Perspectives by Ari Goldwag
MBD vs. Yishmael & MBY vs. Edom (part 2)
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Security Incidents
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Iran
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Iran Vows to Sell as Much Oil as It Can in Face of US Sanctions
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Iranian Commander Says Awaiting Command to Destroy Israel
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Report: North Korea Tried to Extort $1 Billion From Israel to Stop Arms Sale to Iran



African Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
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South Africa Refuses to Reinstate Ambassador to Israel



Asian-Australian Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
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Report: North Korea Tried to Extort $1 Billion From Israel to Stop Arms Sale to Iran
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U.S. And Afghani Forces Capture ISIS Capital in Afghanistan
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Report: North Korea Tried to Extort $1 Billion From Israel to Stop Arms Sale to Iran



European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
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Investigation Into Deadly Chemical Agent Widens In England
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Syrian Migrants Suspected of Beating Jewish Man in Berlin
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British Couple Probably Touched Deadly Nerve Agent’s Container
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Man With A Knife Targets Jews In Zurich



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Israel on Fire and the NY Times
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IDF Pursuing Arabs Who Opened Fire at Beit El
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Syria’s Assad, Aided by Russia, Poised to Snuff Out ‘Cradle’ of Revolt
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The End of the Syrian Revolution



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Jerold Auerbach
Israel on Fire and the NY Times
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Muslim Democrat Running for Congress Blames Israel for ‘Evil Doings’ in Gaza
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Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
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University of Oregon Hillel Sign Defaced With ‘Free Palestine’ Graffiti



Prayers for Those in Need
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Israeli Couple in Honduras Zip-Lining Accident; Husband Killed, Wife Injured



Deaths
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Murderer Of Ronen Lubarsky Charged With Murder; Family Calls For Death Penalty



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“We have realized that a detachment of man from Nature, from the Life-Whole, leads to his annihilation… No longer does man alone stand in the centerpoint of thinking, but rather Life as a Whole does, as it reveals itself in all living things on earth”.

On the face of it, this statement sounds rather good. It’s the sort of thing we send out on our Winter Oak “Quote for the Day” tweets.

But in this instance, we definitely won’t be doing that. Why? Because it comes from a 1934 book called Biological Will: Means and Goals of Biological Work in the New Reich by Ernst Lehmann, a leading Nazi biologist. (1)

The occasional similarity in vocabulary or rhetoric between radical eco-anarchist thought and a certain strand of Nazi ideology has long provided a source of ammunition for enemies of radical green thinking.

Sometimes these attacks amount to little more than laughable right-wing propaganda, as with a 2018 item (2) on the Encounter Books website focusing on the “totalitarian roots” of the green movement as a whole and, in particular, of wind power.

Others are taken a lot more seriously when they warn that a radical political philosophy which is too nature-based inevitably risks carrying us down into a dark underworld of proto-fascist ideology.

While Murray Bookchin was no doubt right to take elements of the American deep ecology movement to task for not fully recognising the social roots behind ecological problems, the rhetoric he deployed, condemning what he regarded as “ecofascism”, has ultimately only increased the perceived Nazi contamination of radical green thinking in general.

Fellow social ecologists Janet Biehl and Peter Staudenmaier carried on his approach with great enthusiasm. In Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience, they wrote: “The National Socialist ‘religion of nature,’ as one historian has described it, was a volatile admixture of primeval teutonic nature mysticism, pseudo-scientific ecology, irrationalist anti-humanism, and a mythology of racial salvation through a return to the land. Its predominant themes were ‘natural order,’ organicist holism and denigration of humanity: Such arguments have a chilling currency within contemporary ecological discourse”. (3)

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More recently, Alexander Reid Ross, a one-time editor of Earth First! Journal, has identified parts of the EF! network, as well as anarchists and left-wingers generally, as being affected by what he terms ideological “fascist creep”. (4)

There are plenty of other examples out there, plus, it should be added, actual attempts by sections of the far right to hijack environmental positions and language for their own ends. (5)

All of this has, of course, not been without an impact on the thinking of the broader environmental movement.

Sensitive to comparison with Nazi policies, Germany’s Green Party has long gone out of its way to stress its rupture from this past.

For instance in a 1987 interview with the Oxford journal Green Line, party representative Jakob von Uexküll, grandson and namesake of an archconservative behavioural biologist, said that the Greens in Germany had made a conscious decision to seek out allies in minority groups because critics had pointed out that ecological-holistic statements had historically been made by Nazi and Fascist governments. (6)

While forging alliances with minority groups is itself a positive move, the problem lies in the way that ecologists with a social critique find it safer to tack their environmentalism on to an already-existing package of left-liberal thought rather than to source it from what is seen as an entirely discredited green tradition.

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Historian Anna Bramwell wrote as long ago as 1994 that since the Second World War “any talk of holism, or a love of nature that adduced certain values from nature or strove to adapt humanity to those values, was suspect” (7) – and things certainly haven’t improved since then.

We can testify to this ourselves. An article published in 2017 by Winter Oak, Envisioning a Post-Western World, proposing an exit from industrial capitalist ways of living and thinking, was only reposted by the radical American website antidote zine after much discussion and with a disclaimer that some of the arguments we put forward were “right on the knife’s edge”. (8)

The knife in question turned out to be the one being dramatically waved around by Reid Ross, which seems to have successfully intimidated a large part of the anti-capitalist movement in the US, even if some are still brave enough to publish “suspect” ideas in spite of his efforts.

But what is the truth behind this “Nazi” smear against organic deep green ideology? Is it justified? Is it something that should influence the way we collectively formulate our own vision of the world? If so, in what way?

To get to the roots of the matter, we will here be asking, and answering, the following questions:

1. What were the origins of this organic thinking?
2. To what extent was this thinking part of Nazi theory and practice?
3. Are there other possible manifestations of organic ideology?
4. What political ideology is the best fit with an organic approach?
5. Is organic radicalism the only target of the contemporary Nazi smear?
6. What is the relationship between anti-capitalism and anti-semitism?
7. So what, do we conclude, is the smear all about?
8. Why do we care so much about this issue?
9. What would we like to see happen next?
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1. What were the origins of this organic thinking?

By organic thinking, we mean a vision which regards human societies, as well as the environment, as being essentially alive and of consisting of countless subtle interactions and collectivities which can never fully be described because of their rich complexity.

It regards human beings as an extension of nature. It is a holistic approach, because it understands that everything is connected, everything is ultimately one.

A holistic and nature-based view of the world was the starting point of all human cultures and inspires the indigenous spiritualities of North and South America, of Australia and Africa, and, yes, even of Europe.

It was the foundation stone on which were built the metaphysics of Chuang Tsu, Plotinus and Paracelsus. It remains a widely-shared, instinctive, “common sense” view of the world which has never been completely erased from the human spirit.

The coming of the Industrial Revolution sparked a reaction, in which some people actively sought out and revitalised these old ideas. This was not so much an intellectual movement as an instinctive response to cultural, social and environmental danger.

As Vivianne Crowley writes: “From the late eighteenth century onwards, rapid industrialization and the rape of Europe’s natural scenery and resources caused many people to feel that the time was out of joint; that common sense was being sacrificed to material progress with potentially disastrous results”. (9)

The organic thinking on which we are focusing here is this version, the one that emerged in reaction to the trauma of industrialisation, of Western civilization’s drift away from that original wisdom and towards the cold and mechanical philosophies of the modern era.

In a sense it could be termed Organic Thinking II, because it included a conscious defence of Organic Thinking I in the face of the sterile dogmas of capitalist modernity.
Everywhere affected by industrialisation saw the emergence of anti-industrial currents of thought.

The English-speaking world had the likes of William Blake (1757-1827), William Wordsworth (1770-1850), Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), John Ruskin (1819-1900), William Morris (1834-1896) and Richard Jefferies (1848-1887).

William Morris
William Morris

Morris spoke for many others when he admitted in 1894, two years before he died: “Apart from the desire to produce beautiful things, the leading passion of my life has been and is hatred of modern civilization”. (10)

France had its own tradition, which flowed from the anti-industrialism of the eighteenth-century philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) into the twentieth-century anti-productivism of Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) and Bernard Charbonneau (1910-1996) as well as the powerful critique of modernity voiced by George Bernanos (1888-1948), who declared: “The Civilization of the Machines is the civilization of quantity opposed to that of quality”. (11)

German-speaking Europe had a particularly strong concept of Naturphilosophie, intertwined with Romanticism, which could draw on the wisdom of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), Novalis (1772-1801), Friedrich Hölderlin (1775-1854) and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775-1854).

In her book Reenchanted Science: Holism in German Culture from Wilhelm II to Hitler, Anne Harrington traces the evolution of one thread of this thinking from nineteenth-century scientists who developed holistic approaches in their own specific fields and then, as good holists, saw that there was also a bigger picture.

“From Berlin to Prague to Vienna to Zurich, these scientists began to mingle their voices with those of other kinds of cultural critics, would-be reformers, and crisis-mongers. Those other voices from outside the sciences also typically used the oppositional imagery of machine and wholeness in order to articulate what they believed had gone wrong in politics, the community and individual existence – and to identify roads to renewal. That imagery in turn had energetic links to other, overlapping political and societal oppositions of the time: Gemeinschaft (community) versus Gesellschaft (society), an opposition made famous by the nineteenth-century sociologist Ferdinand Tönnies; (German) Kultur versus (French) Zivilization; Life and Soul versus Mind and Reason, a squaring-off associated with such ‘life philosophers’ as Ludwig Klages”. (12)

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The Ruhr valley

The starting point of Organic Thinking II was opposition to The Machine and all the damage it was doing to human culture and well-being, as well as to the natural world.

The Machine, which spawned the ugly coke furnaces and iron and steel factories of the Ruhr valley, powered the militarism of Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of the German Empire between 1871 and 1890.

There was a process of extraordinarily rapid industrialization at the end of the nineteenth century that, notes Harrington, had left many feeling “uprooted and aesthetically revolted”. (13)

And The Machine also reached inside people’s heads, breaking down older ways of thinking and remodelling minds according to the demands of the new industrial civilization.

A fragmentation of understanding was identified by critics of the modern age. Like the living communities replaced by urban dormitories for the factory wage-slaves, everything seemed to be broken down and torn apart.

In the sciences, research was increasingly specialist and narrow, geared towards utilitarian pragmatism rather than a quest for knowledge.

The success of individuals or nations was judged in terms of material wealth, of productivity, rather than in terms of inner integrity or happiness.

A sense of belonging to the land, to the past, to a continuum, was rased by the brutal demands of so-called progress.

An individual’s sense of self was swept away by the depersonalised speed and fury of steam-powered living and, at the same time, any sense of belonging to humanity as a whole was denied by the nationalistic fervour of industrial and imperial rivalry with other Europeans and officially-encouraged contempt for the “inferior” and “backward” peoples of the non-industrialised world.

factory workers

The realm of offices, factories, newspapers and trains forced people into a state of existence where they seemed to exist purely in their own heads, on the surface of being, and were as cut off from their own bodies, their own physical reality, as they were from the natural world from which they had been separated for the first time in a million years of human history.

Organic Thinking II sought to counter that fragmentation, that separation, on every level, and to reinstate a sense of interconnecting wholeness.

Body and soul were not regarded as separate, but as two aspects of one and the same entity. Likewise with individuals and society – not industrial-capitalist society, of course, but the natural and organic one put forward as a healthy alternative.

Collective groups of people were described as living organisms, themselves forming part of even greater living organisms. Humanity itself was one living entity and part of the living natural world.

None of this was new. All of this had already been known by Organic Thinking I. But the difference here was that the new embrace of this holism was also a pro-active call for the realisation and return of that holism.

Organic Thinking II was a demand for change, for the overturning of shallow, fragmented, dehumanising, nature-destroying industrial society and for the rediscovery of authenticity, community, belonging and wholeness.

2. To what extent was this thinking part of Nazi theory and practice?

There is no doubt that Nazi rhetoric and ideology was partly shaped by the organic thinking that was such an influential counter-current in German-speaking Europe at the start of the twentieth century.

The Nazis painted themselves as being on a mission to put things to rights, to bring about a “great revolution in values”, to restore healthy attitudes towards nature.nazis nature

Nazi language reflected the idea that human life was, and should be, interlaced with nature. Notes Nina Lyon: “All manner of lengthy compound nouns abstracting this ideal prospered: Erdebundenkeit, the binding or oneness with the earth; Volksboden, the connection of the people with the soil; Bodenständigkeit, or the nature by which life was shaped by earthly forces”. (14)

Nazi professor Friederich Sander named “the longing for wholeness” as one of the two basic motives behind the movement. He added: “Present-day German psychology and the National Socialistic world view are both oriented towards the same goal: the vanquishing of atomistic and mechanistic forms of thought: vanquishing through organic thinking, in the structure of völkisch life here, in the researching of psychological reality there”. (15)

Lehmann, cited at the beginning of this article, wrote a book, Biology in the Present Life, which included chapters on “individual wholeness”, “transindividual wholeness”, “the cosmos of life” and “völkische wholeness”.

He argued: “This striving for connectedness with all of life, indeed with Nature in general into which we are born – that, so far as I can see, is the deepest purpose and true essence of National Socialistic thinking”. (16)

This holistic tendency even reached down to a practical level. The Nazis promoted healthy eating and wholemeal bread. They were all in favour of homeopathy, herbalism and other natural therapies. There was a herbal plantation at Dachau concentration camp.

Dachau
Dachau

It is the jarring note of that last sentence that reminds us that there was something not quite right about the Nazi love affair with the organic ideal.

In fact, the closer you look, the more it becomes apparent that the Nazi version of organic thinking amounted to a distortion so severe as to render it philosophically unrecognisable. They used holistic and organic thought merely as “a fund of metaphors” (17) with which to present and justify their own totalitarian ideology.

Adolf Hitler himself, for instance, wrote in Mein Kampf that to replace the “dead mechanism” of the liberal state “there must be formed a living organism with the exclusive aim of serving a higher idea”. (18)

It is clearly nonsense to speak of a living organism being “formed”, as any real follower of organic thinking would immediately understand. A living organism could be freed from certain restraints, or even revived, but not formed by the machineries of political will.

Hitler is in fact talking about the Nazi state – centrally controlled and ruthlessly hierarchical – to which he is trying to lend an aura of natural authenticity by describing it as an organism in the language popular at the time.

He – and his followers – completely undermined Tönnies’ distinction between organic, bottom-up, community (Gemeinschaft) and artificial, top-down, modern society (Gesellschaft) by pretending that the Nazi Gesellschaft was really a kind of Gemeinschaft. The state and the Führer somehow magically represented the authentic will of the German people.

This notion of the state as organism had already been developed by the right wing of the organic movement, but in Nazi dogma it took on whole new proportions, because the idea of total power resting in the hands of the state was so central to their ideology.

Zeev Sternhell remarks: “Totalitarianism is the very essence of fascism, and fascism is without question the purest example of a totalitarian ideology. Setting out as it did to create a new civilization, a new type of human being and a totally new way of life, fascism could not conceive of any sphere of human activity remaining immune from intervention by the State”. (19)

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Rudolf Rocker

The Nazi obsession with order imposed from above, with the absolute rule of the central state, is the opposite of an authentically organic vision.

As the anarcho-syndicalist Rudolf Rocker wrote: “Dictatorship is the negation of organic development, of natural building from below upwards”. (20)

A further corruption of the organic principle came from what Harrington describes as “the ‘racializing’ of holism’s struggle against mechanism” (21)

The right-wing generation before the Nazis, inspired by Houston Stewart Chamberlain and others, had already formulated the concept of “race”, which broke down humanity into distinct groups – as with the scientific tables and hierarchical classifications of minerals, vegetables and animals which were favoured at the time.

These race theorists, both in France and in Germany, took the philosophical idea of Gestalt, of underlying form, and twisted it into a justification for rigid racial typology. This then fed into a racially-based definition of the social organism which excluded those of whom they disapproved.

Sternhell explains their argument thus: “The nation is a living organism, and nationalism is therefore an ethic, comprising all the criteria of behaviour which the common interest calls for, and on which the will of the individual has no bearing. The duty both of the individual and of society is to find out what this ethic may be, yet only those can succeed who have a share in the ‘national consciousness,’ shaped over the course of the centuries: the Jews, as a foreign race, cannot enter upon this quest”. (22)

The anti-semitic thread incorporated into organic and holistic philosophy by right-wing nationalists became more pronounced in the 1920s. Germans projected on to Jews all the aspects of the German industrial capitalist system that they disliked most – Jews were demonized as being soulless, rootless and mercenary.

It was even said, or implied, explains Harrington, that the very capacity to think and see nature as a “whole” (the art of so-called Ganzheitsbetrachtung) was a trait peculiar to the “Indo-Germanic” mind, while the Jewish mind was fundamentally analytic, dissolutive, and materialistic. (23)

A 1935 article that appeared in the official medical journal of the Nazi party, Ziel und Weg, said the dissolute, sterile nature of Jewish thinking and Jewish science could lead only to “death” and contrasted this with the “simple, organic, creative” thinking of the “healthy non-Jew”, who “thinks in wholes”. (24)

The irony, of course, is that these racist and anti-semitic theories demonstrated that it was the Nazis themselves who were incapable of thinking holistically.

A holistic vision of the world understands the connection between all people, all creatures, all of nature, all of the cosmos and bases its vision on a sense of overall unity.

tree-earth-sun

An organic interpretation of the human species necessarily recognises the human species itself as an organism.

There may be lesser, shifting, “organisms” within that unity – and humanity may form part of larger natural and cosmic organisms – but the human species is undeniably the clearest instance of a biological unity between the individual and the bio-system of Earth as a whole.

A sense of this unity is integral to the organic, holistic world-view, and yet it is entirely absent from racist, anti-semitic, Nazi ideology.

The ideas of universalism and humanism were anathema to Nazism and regarded as cosmopolitan Jewish inventions designed to undermine the German sense of national and racial identity.

Their stunted sense of human solidarity was limited to those they defined as being their own people. Anyone outside of that Teutonic enclave was simply a non-person, an object.

Like certain postmodern thinkers of a later era, the Nazis denied the very existence of humankind, which, as Johann Chapoutot points out, “makes fraternity, feeling the suffering of the other, impossible as an emotion and invalidates it as a principle”. (25)

This was what lay behind the cold look in the eyes of the Nazi scientist famously described by Primo Levi in Survival in Auschwitz. He was looking at the Jewish prisoner as if he was observing a sea creature through “the glass window of an aquarium”. (26) There was no sense of human connection.

The anti-semitism displayed by the scientist here is not simply a prejudice, but a prejudice solidified into something self-justifying by a belief in the validity of the Nazis’ pseudo-scientific racial theorising.

Chapoutot says of this racism: “Slavs were presented as such strange beings that no communication of a human kind could be imagined with them. As for the Jews, they weren’t even considered as a foreign race, but rather as a phenomenon of a bacteriological or viral type”. (27)

Auschwitz

It was this capacity to regard fellow human beings as mere bacteria which enabled the Nazi state to embark on its inhuman policies of racial screening, sterilization, castration, experimentation and mass extermination.

Far from being inspired from a holistic view of the world, this outlook stems from the very fragmentation of which the proponents of organic thinking complained. This is mechanical thinking.

The Nazis’ approach is marked by a desire not to understand, to include and to connect, but to separate, to classify and to objectivise. As Hitler himself said: “Nazism is applied biology”. (28)

Rather than making a break with the cold, soulless, mechanical age, the Nazis were pushing it on to new levels of inhumanity.

As earlier as 1933, the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich observed that fascism was not about Wholeness at all, but rather was the culmination of modern civilization’s mad worship of The Machine. It was possible because fascist man had let himself be transformed into a machine that was alienated from all authentic biological impulses and thus capable of ‘machine murder’. (29)

Much the same point was made in an article by Gerhard Portele in Gestalt Theory in 1979 when he argued that, despite the Nazis’ use of holistic language, the essence of their ideology lay in their neglect of the whole: “The Nazis with their calculating book-keeping rationality were trained in piecemeal thinking to an extreme degree and viewed people as cogs”. (30)

This fundamental incompatibility between organic, holistic thinking and Nazi ideology became increasingly apparent once their romantic rhetoric collided with the pragmatic realities of running the German industrial-capitalist state.

Hans Driesch
Hans Driesch

Hans Driesch (1867-1941), a biologist whose organic vision was defiantly internationalist, was among the first non-Jewish German professors to be forcibly retired after Hitler came to power in 1933 and in 1935 all public speaking and travel privileges were taken away from him.

After Germany’s defeat in World War II, a number of other organic theorists, such as the philosopher and historian of biology Adolf Meyer-Abich, came forward to report that they too had been actively persecuted by the Third Reich because of the perceived threats their holism posed for Nazi policies.

The Nazi faction which had twisted organic thinking into a racist and anti-semitic theory was itself displaced by an even more hardline group.

Harrington explains: “The second faction was made up of more pragmatic medical technocrats who wanted to use a hard-nosed form of Mendelian genetics, Darwinism, and racial biology as the basis for Nazi social policy and military strategy. This group had found a home for itself under the jurisdiction of Himmler’s SS and its daughter racial organizations, the Lebensborn and Ahnenerbe”. (31)

Human geneticist Karl Astel and his technocratic colleagues, outraged at the influence wielded by the likes of Karl Kötschua and his “nature therapy”, hatched a plot to discredit holistic views, which, he correctly concluded, flew completely in the face of narrow Nazi theories of racial supremacy.

In the same way as today’s anti-holistic propagandists try to blacken its name by linking it to the Nazis, these Nazis smeared holism by linking it to the Roman Catholic Church.

A 1936 article “exposing” this Catholic plot described “a skillfully organized and well-camouflaged attack on the entire exact sciences, including genetics and racial hygiene”.

Under the name of holism, it said, sinister Jesuits were using scientific dupes to spread a Catholic doctrine and undermine Nazi science. Their cunning ploy involved making “full intentional use of words that sound National Socialistic, like ‘wholeness’, ‘organic’, ‘biologic’, and so on” in order to spread confusion while appearing to be on-message. (32)

As a result of this propaganda, even Nazi exponents of organic theory were now hounded out of positions of influence. In 1938 Lehmann, previously quoted, was expelled from the Biologen Verband (Biologists’ Organization) which he had headed since 1931 and removed from his position as editor of Der Biologe.

A new organization within the SS was created, the Reichsbund für Biologie (Reich Division for Biology) which, under the direct supervision of the Ahnenerbe and ultimately of Himmler himself, took over the editorship of Der Biologe.

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Nazism didn’t look much like a nature cult

An organic theory of life, with its emphasis on natural harmony, human interconnectedness and symbiotic relationship, stood in stark ideological contradiction to the aims of the Nazi regime, which wanted to build up Germany’s industrial and military power, build motorways, develop scientific racial engineering to strengthen “The Master Race”, explore the potential of nuclear physics, and ruthlessly eliminate “alien” human elements from German society.

The new SS-run version of Der Biologe made it clear that there was no room for the woolly, holistic views of men like Lehmann and the völkisch anthropologist Ernst Krieck, even if they were Nazis and anti-semites. “Biology is research about facts!” it barked in a 1939 editorial.

Facts! This is the language of the atomistic, mechanistic, industrial thinking of The Machine, the very language that the Nazis had claimed to be opposing, at the stage when they were wooing the German population.

From the 1890s onwards, there had been a cultural battle between two German tendencies. On one side stood the tradition of Goethe, of a Romantic desire for life, for soul, for wholeness. On the other side was the new Germany, obsessed with efficiency and Technik, the militarist “machine nation” of 1914.

While Nazism was clearly influenced on one level by the first, Romantic tradition, and happy to use that association to garner support from a German public despairing of capitalist modernity, it proved ultimately to belong firmly to the second.

It incarnated, in an exaggerated form, the thinking of the industrial capitalist Machine, for whom human beings are nothing but fodder. It was not simply a question of racism; even those accepted as German were expected to be “productive”, to serve the purposes of the Machine-State in some way. Non-performing, non-productive Germans (leistungsunfähige Wesen) and scroungers (Asoziale) were not deemed worthy of living in German society.

Because of the hideous crimes committed by the Nazi regime, there is today near-universal agreement that we do not like the Third Reich and its ideas.

nazi tanks

But we should be clear as to what it is that we don’t like. We don’t like the mass extermination. We don’t like the anti-semitism and racism. We don’t like the warmongering militarism. We don’t like the blind nationalism. We don’t like the police state. We don’t like the eugenics. We don’t like the propaganda and mass hysteria.

There were other elements present in Nazism which are not among these evils and which do not necessarily pave the way towards them.

Is wholemeal bread a bad thing because the Nazis said it was good? Are herbal plantations insidious because there was one at Dachau? Is all organic thinking suspect because a version of it was harnessed, and distorted, by some Nazi ideologues?

Continuing her discussion of the Nazis’ use of an organic and nature-based vocabulary (see above), Lyon, who describes herself as a Jewish writer, adds: “There is nothing intrinsically problematic about any of these three terms. Their adoption to make the argument that one race of people should be superior to others, because it stemmed from those values and that soil, was where it all went wrong…” (34)

3. Are there other possible manifestations of organic ideology?

As we have already noted in the last section, non-Nazi versions of organic ideology are not only possible, but existed in a very real form alongside the now-discredited right-wing racist variety.

Anne Harrington
Anne Harrington

Harrington correctly points out that it is useful to know something about the history of German holistic science, in order not to fall into the trap of thinking that any alternative to the prevailing mechanistic worldview is to be avoided because it somehow points inevitably towards fascism.

She adds: “It is important that we resist ‘discovering’ the outline of a terrible future in holism’s past or imagining that all holistic, vitalistic, or teleological views of nature are part of a larger ‘destruction of reason’ that can be tracked in some straight, degenerating line from the romantics to Hegel to Nietzsche to Hitler”. (35)

Sometimes these investigations might lead simply to the revelation that a particular scientist or thinker was not actually a Nazi. The biologist Jakob Von Uexküll, for instance, was certainly very conservative, politically, but was no white supremacist: he argued that all human groups must be respected in their distinctiveness, because all in the end are expressions of the same creative life energy. (36)

At other times, it goes a lot further than that and we see the enormous ideological potential in variants of the organic theme which point in a libertarian, humanist, internationalist, left-wing direction.

Driesch, for example, defended an ideal of cultural cosmopolitanism and rejected any idea that a nation-state could be seen as an organism. The only supra-personal collective organism he was prepared to consider was the concept of a humankind that recognised no national or völkisch boundaries.

Before Hitler came to power, Driesch had been warning, both in academic and newspaper articles, of the dangers of the growing nationalistic mood. To counter this, he stressed the biological unity of the human species. He also voiced his opposition to militarism, describing this as the “the most terrible of all sins” against the vitalistic principles of life, holistic cooperation and higher development. (37)

The Russian-Swiss neurobiologist Constantin von Monakow (1853-1930) also developed a holistic and organic theory which retained its logical coherence by talking about interconnected wholes, rather than veering off into the fragmented and divisive particularism of Nazi dogma.

Constantin von Monakow
Constantin von Monakow

Monakow came up with the idea of the horme, a kind of all-pervading intrinsic motivating and guiding force. He explained: “The horme is nothing other than the activity of the universe (Worldhorme), within which we human-children are highly organized necessary parts. As such we are temporally and partly also spatially – through free mobility – closely bound up with one another: we form ties with animals and plants and also with nonorganic bodies, into which last we merge after death. There is an undeniable glory in the thought that an indelible temporal bond links us, not only with our ancestors and our descendants, but above all also with the whole rest of the organic world”. (38)

He interpreted our relationship to the outside world in terms of expanding concentric circles of awareness. The most basic level of existence involved a preoccupation with self and survival. This was often extended to a focus on family and the immediate community around the individual.

But more evolved human beings could grasp their belonging to increasingly larger entities, up to the human species, the organic world and the cosmos.

Monakow’s holistic vision of all life as being enmeshed in one dynamic process of evolution thus naturally involved an internationalist perspective. Nothing else, in fact, would have made sense in that context.

It also placed him in opposition to the thinking of an industrial age which rejected any idea of organic subject-to-subject relationships with fellow parts of the natural organism in favour of a subject-to-object relationship based on domination and exploitation.

He saw that to heal itself and set itself back on its true evolutionary course, humanity had to trust in its deepest biological impulses. All the wisdom we needed to find that course was already within us, but stifled by the constructs of modern society. We had to tap into that natural sense of direction and rightness, he said, and realise that every tiny living fibre inside us is “so much more wonderful than all the wonders of technology and a thousand times more clever”. (39)

One of the most enthusiastic advocates of Monakow’s approach was Kurt Goldstein (1878-1965), a Jewish socialist critic of modernity, who set out to combine holistic and organic German philosophy with the values of reason, democracy and individual freedom.

Throughout his life, he warned against the dangers of applying narrow, fragmented scientific ways of thinking to other realms.

He wrote in an unpublished 1965 paper: “The progress by the application of science to all fields, also those which are related to the spiritual side of man, as education, psychology, sociology, etc, seems to be so enormous that somebody who today dares to oppose even a little this trend and warns against the fateful consequences for human existence is considered either stupid or uneducated, irresponsible or prejudiced”. (40)

Kurt Goldstein
Kurt Goldstein

From Goldstein’s holistic perspective, everything was interconnected, outside and inside the individual human being. The words ‘mind’ and ‘body’, for instance, did not point to genuine entities but were just ‘symbols’, human abstractions, denoting different aspects of an overall organic reality that could not in fact be divided.

He has been described, by Ruth Nanda Anshen, as having introduced “a new doctrine of organism which may be said to be taking the place of the materialism with which, since the seventeenth-century, science has enmeshed philosophy”. (41)

The psychologist Max Wertheimer (1880-1943), took Goethe as a starting point, developing the idea of Gestalt, or underlying form, in a promising direction far removed from the dead-end of racism into which the Nazis tried to divert it.

Born in Prague, he fled central Europe before Hitler came to power and continued his work in the USA, later becoming an American citizen.

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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a mission to garner a global coalition to push back against Iran and limit its militant actions in the region. Speaking exclusively to The National in Abu Dhabi, Mr Pompeo said a “global effort” is...
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After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed
Los Angeles Times
Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the ...
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"“First of all you’ve got to be honest with yourself. For the president to come home and say ‘the nuclear threat from North Korea is gone, you can sleep safely at night,’ is an element of fantasy. " If you are actually being honest with yourself you would say this conjob piece of shit couldn't tell the truth if his frickin life depended on it.
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          ¿Por qué roban y para qué sirve el material radiactivo?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

El pasado fin de semana el Gobierno mexicano alertó sobre el robo de un contenedor metálico que lleva fuente radiactiva, la cual contiene elementos como iterbio(Yb), cobalto(Co) e iridio (Ir), que pueden provocar daños a la salud si no se utiliza de la forma correcta.

En ocasiones anteriores, corporaciones de seguridad ya han emitido alertas similares por robos de dichos materiales, pero ¿Para qué cometen estos hurtos? ¿En qué los pueden utilizar?

Ricardo Méndez Fragoso, académico de la Facultad de Ciencias de la UNAM, explicó para el portal de Verne que “Son de uso médico, industrial o científico. Si quisieran venderlos, se les pediría un certificado con los que no cuentan (los ladrones) y terminan por abandonarlos”.

Las versiones de que este material puede ser usado para fabricar armas e incluso, una bomba nuclear, son falsas, así lo aseguró Ricardo de la Cruz Musalem, director general de Protección Civil de la Segob.

“Es totalmente falso, el material radiactivo en esas cantidades sólo puede tener usos industriales”, declaró para el mismo portal.

Cabe destacar que cualquier material radiactivo puede ser peligroso para la salud; según explican los datos de la Organización Mundial de Salud que, si no se hace un uso adecuado este y se está expuesto al material por varias horas, se pueden provocar quemaduras, daños en la piel y no se descarta los posibles afectaciones a largo plazo como el crecimiento de células malas .

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          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

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          TRANSATLANTIC RIFT: THE WESTERN ALLIANCE IS IN TROUBLE / THE ECONOMIST      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Transatlantic rift

The Western alliance is in trouble

That should worry Europe, America and the world



AMERICA did as much as any country to create post-war Europe. In the late 1940s and the 1950s it was midwife to the treaty that became the European Union and to NATO, the military alliance that won the cold war. The United States acted partly out of charity, but chiefly out of self-interest. Having been dragged into two world wars, it wanted to banish Franco-German rivalry and build a rampart against the Soviet threat. After the Soviet collapse in 1991, the alliance anchored democracy in the newly liberated states of eastern Europe.

Today, however, America and Europe are separated by a growing rift. The mood before the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11th and 12th is poisonous. As President Donald Trump accuses the Europeans of bad faith and of failing to pull their weight, they accuse him of crass vandalism. A second summit, between Vladimir Putin and Mr Trump in Helsinki on July 16th, could produce the once-unthinkable spectacle of an American president treating his Russian opponent better than he has just treated his allies.

Even if the two summits pass off without controversy—as they might, given how Mr Trump delights in confounding his critics—the differing priorities, divergent beliefs and clashing political cultures will remain. The Western alliance is in trouble, and that should worry Europe, America and the world.

Every alliance has its tensions, but the Western one is strained on a bewildering number of fronts. Mr Trump, and his generals, are exasperated by the feeble efforts of many NATO members to honour their promise to raise defence spending towards 2% of GDP by 2024. The American right tends to condemn European support for the Iranian nuclear deal (which Mr Trump quit), and what it sees as a bias against Israel. And policymakers from both parties think that, as the world’s attention shifts to Asia, whining, sanctimonious Europeans deserve less of their time.

As if that were not enough, Mr Trump fatuously accuses the EU of being “set up to take advantage of the United States” and chastises it for unfair trade. Meanwhile, Europe is divided. Italy has a new populist coalition that is pro-Putin. So, increasingly, is Turkey, a member of NATO (but not the EU) which is hostile to the liberal democratic values that bind the alliance. Worse could be in store. A Labour government in Britain under Jeremy Corbyn, who has a long history of opposing the use of arms by the West, would treat America with deep suspicion; he could even try to leave NATO.

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This newspaper believes that the Western alliance is worth saving. In a dangerous and increasingly authoritarian world, it can act as a vital source of security and a bastion of democracy. But the alliance does not have a God-given right to survive. It must continually earn its place. The question is: how?

The first step is not to make the job harder. Europe should do everything it can to resist Mr Trump’s instinct to lump trade with security. Wrapping them up together will only make the West less secure as well as poorer.

Next, supporters of the alliance need to be practical. That means paying up. Mr Trump is right to complain about countries like Germany and Italy, which spent just 1.22% and 1.13% of GDP on defence in 2017. Indeed, he could go further. Too little of defence spending is useful—over a third of Belgium’s is eaten up by pensions. More should go on R&D and equipment.

For America’s allies, being practical also means keeping up. Collaboration in areas like cyber-security will make the alliance more valuable to America. More urgently NATO must continue to sharpen its response to the tactics of misinformation and infiltration that Russia used in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Politics waxes and wanes. Lost military understanding is hard to rebuild. Exercises that cement NATO’s remarkably close working military relations are more vital than ever.

And being practical means sticking together. Negotiating over Brexit, the EU is minded to shut Britain out of the union’s security structures because it will no longer be a member. Given Britain’s military experience, its arms industry and its intelligence agencies, that is self-defeating. Instead, the EU’s members should seek to bind Britain in by, for example, promoting the European Intervention Initiative, proposed by France, which aims to create a force that can act in crises. Once America would have seen such a plan as a threat to NATO. Today it would stand both as insurance and as a sign that Europe is willing to take on more responsibility.

Fighting for the mind

Last is the battle of ideas. If NATO and the EU did not already exist, they would not be created. Since the Soviet collapse, the sense of threat has receded and the barriers to working together have risen. Yet that does not make the transatlantic alliance “obsolete”, as Mr Trump once claimed. America’s alliances are an asset that are the envy of Russia and China. NATO is an inheritance that is all the more precious for being irreplaceable.

The need for security remains. Russia is not the Soviet Union but, as a declining power, it feels threatened. It has modernised its forces and is prepared to deploy them. The need to anchor European democracy remains, too. As authoritarianism creeps up on Poland and Hungary, the EU and NATO can once again help limit its advance. And there is the extra benefit of how Europe helps America project power, by providing bases, troops and, usually, diplomatic support.

NATO is more fragile than Mr Trump thinks. At its core is the pledge to treat an attack on one member in the North Atlantic region as an attack on them all. His vacillation and his hostility to Europe weakens that promise, if only because it reveals his scorn for the idea that small countries have the same rights as big ones. Asia is watching, as is Mr Putin. The more Mr Trump bullies his allies, the more the world will doubt America’s security guarantees. Because great powers compete in a grey zone between peace and war, that risks miscalculation.

Mr Trump believes he is a master negotiator in pursuit of a stronger America. With Europe, as with so much else, he gravely undervalues what he is giving up.
          IN IRAN, ANGER RISES AS THE CURRENCY FALLS / GEOPOLITICAL FUTURES      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In Iran, Anger Rises as the Currency Falls

Protests in the capital are growing.

By Xander Snyder



Things in Iran seem to be going from bad to worse. Protests have broken out again, this time centered in the capital, Tehran, as the Iranian currency plummets in value.


Thousands of people, including traders in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, participated in the protests, which started June 24. According to the BBC, they are the largest protests in the country since 2012, when economic sanctions degraded the economy and galvanized the public to action. The Iranian economy, however, rebounded after the nuclear agreement in 2015 lifted the sanctions, and Iran re-entered the global economy. The U.S. withdrawal from the deal, and fears that it will lead to a total collapse of the agreement, is at least partly responsible for the rial’s decline.

The rial is currently worth 90,000 rials to the dollar, a sharp fall from roughly 43,000 to the dollar at the end of 2017. And its decline has had a real impact on businesses that rely on imports, which become more expensive when a currency depreciates.
 
The protests themselves occurred in two phases. The first happened at two shopping centers specializing in cell phone sales in Tehran, where traders went on strike and shut down the centers on June 24. The merchants criticized the shops that remained open and called the shopkeepers “cowards.” The minister of information and communications technology has claimed that the merchants went back to work, but only after the government provided guarantees that it would help them secure hard currency for imports. (How the government plans to actually do that remains unclear.)
 
The government’s guarantees didn’t manage to quell the unrest for long. The following day, more protests broke out, this time at the parliament building. The demonstrators were confronted by police, who used tear gas to disperse the crowd. According to media reports, protesters shouted anti-regime slogans, including “Leave Syria, think of us” and “Death to the dictator,” and other unusual slogans like “Death to Palestine.”
 
It’s not clear who organized the protests, but Iranian media reported that the demonstrations that shut down the Grand Bazaar started when the rial fell to 90,000 to the dollar. The government tried to address the currency problem in April, when it fixed the official exchange rate at 42,000 rials to the dollar. But this rate hasn’t held on the black market. Large, anti-government protests also erupted in late December and early January. Those protests, initially sparked by rising food prices, spread to cities and villages across the country, while the current demonstrations are focused in the capital.
 
The Rouhani government, which thought that the nuclear deal would generate more widespread economic benefits than it actually has, is under pressure from hardliners, who were happy to see it fail Indeed, it’s not just opposition or international media reporting on the protests this time around, as so often happens in Iran. Mainstream Iranian media outlets have also been reporting on them, indicating that a segment of the establishment wants them to be publicized. Security forces appear to have control of the unrest for now, but there’s no telling if the peace will keep, considering that sanctions are looming and there’s no end in sight for the rial’s decline. 


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          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

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          Coreia do Sul suspende exercícios militares com EUA para facilitar diálogo com Pyongyang      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Manobras, chamadas de Exercícios Ulchi, ocorrem em agosto, juntamente com o exercício militar Guardião da Liberdade, uma parceria com os EUA. Um policial sul-coreano (dir.) ao lado de umsoldado do exército do país participam de um exercício antiterrorismo como parte do programa anual Ulchi Freedom Guardian, que tem apoio dos EUA Ahn Young-joon/AP A Coreia do Sul anunciou nesta terça-feira (10) que decidiu abandonar neste ano uma mobilização militar anual que é parte de um exercício conjunto com os Estados Unidos que foi suspenso, mas que fará seus próprios exercícios para se manter de prontidão. Os ministros da Segurança e da Defesa fizeram o anúncio em um informe à imprensa nesta terça-feira. As manobras, chamadas de Exercícios Ulchi, geralmente ocorrem em agosto, juntamente com o exercício militar Guardião da Liberdade, uma parceria com os EUA. Seul e Washington disseram que suspenderiam a manobra conjunta em junho, depois de o presidente norte-americano, Donald Trump, prometer acabar com os jogos de guerra na sequência de sua cúpula com o líder da Coreia do Norte, Kim Jong Un, em Cingapura no dia 12 daquele mês. O gabinete presidencial de Seul disse que a suspensão do exercício conjunto pode facilitar as negociações nucleares em andamento entre a Coreia do Norte e os EUA. A Coreia do Sul desenvolverá um novo modelo de exercício militar incorporando o Ulchi e os exercícios de posto de comando Taeguk já existentes visando enfrentar militâncias e desastres naturais de larga escala, disseram os ministros. Esse exercício incorporado seria realizando em outubro, quando o exercício de campo Hoguk acontece, informaram. "Nossos militares realizarão exercícios individuais planejados neste ano e decidirão a respeito dos exercícios conjuntos por meio de consultas com os Estados Unidos", disse o ministro da Defesa, Song Young-moo.
          Antes de partir para a Europa, Trump diz que reunião com Putin pode ser mais fácil que cúpula da Otan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Presidente americano chega na noite desta terça a Bruxelas. Ele também irá ao Reino Unido e à Finlândia, onde se reunirá com Putin. Donald e Melania Trump partem de Washington nesta terça-feira (10) para viagem à Europa Kevin Lamarque/Reuters O presidente americano, Donald Trump, disse nesta terça-feira (10) que sua reunião com seu colega russo, Vladimir Putin, pode ser mais fácil do que as que terá com seus aliados europeus, pouco antes de viajar para Bruxelas para uma cúpula da Otan. Trump chegará na noite desta terça a Bruxelas para participar da cúpula da Otan. Depois, viajará para o Reino Unido e concluirá sua eviagem em 16 de julho em Helsinque, onde se reunirá com o líder russo. "Tenho a Otan, tenho o Reino Unido, que está com certa agitação, e tenho Putin. Francamente, Putin pode ser o mais fácil de todos. Quem iria pensar nisso?", disse Trump aos jornalistas antes de embarcar no avião presidencial, referindo-se a seu encontro com o líder russo em Helsinque. Trump também prometeu "não se deixar ser passado para trás" pela União Europeia, à qual acusa de não fazer o suficiente para apoiar a aliança transatlântica e de se aproveitar dos Estados Unidos em matéria de comércio. 'Valorize seus aliados' Mais cedo nesta terça, a União Europeia pediu a Trump, que "valorize seus aliados" europeus da Otan, já que "os Estados Unidos não têm e não terão um melhor aliado do que a Europa". "Querido Estados Unidos, valorize seus aliados, afinal, não tem tantos", disse o presidente do Conselho Europeu, Donald Tusk, dirigindo-se a Trump após a assinatura de uma declaração conjunta UE-Otan na véspera de uma cúpula de presidentes em Bruxelas. Nesta segunda, Trump disse no Twitter que o sistema de financiamento da Otan, no qual os EUA são o maior contribuinte, "não é justo nem aceitável", dias depois de mandar mensagens para vários países europeus para recordá-los de seus compromissos com os gastos em defesa dentro da Aliança. Divisão A cúpula acontece em um contexto de divisão entre os Estados Unidos e a Europa em âmbitos como o comércio, o acordo nuclear iraniano e a mudança climática, após as medidas unilaterais de Washington sobre essas questões. Sobre a mesa está a exigência da Casa Branca aos aliados do Velho Continente de destinar pelo menos 2% de seu PIB aos gastos com defesa daqui até 2024, um ponto que também gerou tensões pelo interesse de Trump em conseguir este número o mais rápido possível, um objetivo que, no entanto, só está sendo cumprido por oito dos 29 aliados. Putin: amigo ou inimigo? A reunião de Trump e Putin em Helsinque será a primeira bilateral entre os líderes das duas grandes potências, e vai acontecer em meio a fortes tensões entre Moscou e Washington. "Acredito que se dar bem com a Rússia, se dar bem com a China e se dar bem com outros é algo bom, não algo ruim", acrescentou Trump antes de partir para a Europa. Questionado por repórteres na Casa Branca antes de partir para a Europa, Trump disse nesta terça que não pode afirmar atualmente se Putin é um amigo ou um inimigo, mas que ele é um competidor.
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          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

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          EU official criticizes Donald Trump over attitude toward allies      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NATO has been struggling to put on a display of unity for a two-day summit at its new headquarters, amid deep divisions among member countries over Trump's policies on trade and his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and global climate agreement.
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          US Secretary Of State decided against giving Trump’s ‘Rocket Man’ CD to Kim Jong-Un      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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The US Secretary Of State declined to give Kim Jong-Un the ‘Rocket Man’ CD Donald Trump wanted to gift him, it has been revealed. Mike Pompeo visited North Korea last week to continue talks about the denuclearisation of the country. Trump sent with him a CD containing Elton John‘s classic song as a present for […]

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          Comment on An Urgently Needed Summit Strategy by James Larrimore      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“The UN-sanctioned weapons-of-mass-destruction (WMD) inspection regimes provide a sound technical blueprint for the verified elimination of such weapons.” Isn’t this very relevant for the ‘denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula’--at least for the reduction and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons in DPRK? The UN should be—must be?—involved; there are 9 UN Security Council resolutions on DPRK disarmament (Secretary Pompeo just referred to them, when attempting to counter the charge that he made ‘gangster-like’ demands on DPRK.). Termination of the sanctions in those UNSC resolutions, a key step in the ‘denuclearization’ process, should be coupled with establishment of another ‘UNSCOM’ for verifying DPRK disarmament.
          America’s Moment of Truth With North Korea Is Coming      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Mike Pompeo’s visit wasn’t it. But the visit hinted at what it might look like. One eight-word assumption underlies American and South Korean negotiations with Kim Jong Un: “North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons.” That’s what the analyst Cheon Seong Whun told me ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Pyongyang this past weekend. For his part, Cheon, a security adviser in the conservative administration of former South Korean President Park Geun Hye, sees not a “scintilla of hint” that the North Korean leader is prepared to do so, despite Kim’s vague promise to Donald Trump...
          Captivating diesel-punk adventure AIRHEART set to soar onto PC and PS4 later this month with additional consoles to follow      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Captivating diesel-punk adventure AIRHEART set to soar onto PC and PS4 later this month with additional consoles to follow Blindflug Studios takes to the skies with innovative vertical action title on July 24 ZURICH, Germany – July 10, 2018 – Blindflug Studios, the Zurich-based independent studio behind critically acclaimed successes such as First Strike and Cloud Chasers, is thrilled to announce that AIRHEART will be swooping onto PC and PlayStation®4 on July 24, with release on additional consoles coming in the following weeks. AIRHEART is a stunning diesel-punk action game in which players become Amelia, a young pilot living in the cloud city of Granaria who wishes to one day reach the world’s edge. In order to survive and thrive in the floating city, Amelia must take to the air in her customizable plane to go sky fishing, avoiding pirates and many other dangers along the way. Players are free to explore the beautifully vibrant, vertical world above Granaria at their leisure, soaring higher and higher into the sky as they take on rival aircraft using tight, responsive twin-stick controls and an assortment of aero-based abilities. In between bouts of action, a robust crafting system offers Amelia opportunities to upgrade her highly customizable plane, crafting new items from scrap obtained from fallen foes. With over 40 weapons and airplane parts, there are tons of combinations to find your ideal airplane. Funds can also be earned from sky fishing, but doing so might have a bigger impact on Granaria’s ecosystem as it first might seem. Tough, smart and determined, the character of Amelia, along with the game itself, is a tribute to famed author, adventurer and pioneer Amelia Earhart – on whose July 24 birthday the game will make its console debut. “All of us at Blindflug are really excited to share AIRHEART with the world – I know that gamers will love Amelia and the colorful universe she inhabits,” said Moritz Zumbühl, Blindflug Studios CEO. “With an in-depth customization system, a raft of combat options and a world that changes according to how you treat it, I believe we’ve delivered a deep, beautiful gameplay experience for everyone to enjoy.” AIRHEART will arrive first on PC and PlayStation®4 on July 24, 2018, followed by launching on further consoles in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit the official website: http://airheartgame.com/ About AIRHEART – Tales of broken Wings AIRHEART is a dieselpunk airplane action game where every colorful level is built on top of the previous one, all the way up to the stratosphere. Welcome to Granaria, a flying city in the clouds. Meet Amelia – a young pilot and fisherwoman wishing to reach the abundant world’s edge. Sky fishing became a really dangerous job, with pirates roaming around everywhere. So start your engines, arm your airplane and get ready to make the catch of a lifetime! AIRHEART combines free-roaming, twin stick gameplay with a beautiful, colorful world. Defeat your enemies, salvage their scrap and reuse it to craft new parts for your airplane. Build and try out over 40 weapons and airplane parts. Combine their abilities to become the pirates’ worst nightmare. Or just have some fun with your enemies and use your harpoon to disarm, unshield, swing them around or drag them back home to disassemble them. An airplane game reimagined in a wonderful world, AIRHEART is a treat to fans and newcomers to flight action games alike. About Blindflug Studios Blindflug Studios is a young Swiss game developer made up of seven designers and developers. The studio was born in 2014 as a spin-off to successful Zurich-based web agency Feinheit. Its mission is to develop awesome games that tackle relevant topics of our time by transporting them into fascinating and surprising game worlds. Its debut title, “First Strike,” dealt with nuclear proliferation and the dangers of nuclear weapons, while also being a smash hit, having more than four million players to this day.
          inXile Entertainment and Nintendo Premiere Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut Announcement Trailer for the Switch™      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
inXile Entertainment and Nintendo Premiere Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut Announcement Trailer for the Switch™ PC World’s 2014 “Game of the Year” will debut on the Nintendo Switch in August 2018 NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – July 10, 2018 – From the producer of the original Fallout comes Wasteland 2, the sequel to the first-ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. inXile Entertainment, the studio led by Interplay founder Brian Fargo, has partnered with Nintendo to release a Switch™ announcement trailer for Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut, the critically praised game that won numerous accolades, including Game of the Year. It is expected to arrive on the Nintendo Switch this August. Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut is an enhanced version of the original release that features numerous improvements and additions that further immerse the player in this epic adventure across a post-nuclear American Southwest. Key Features: One Size Does Not Fit All: Don’t feel like finding the key for a door? Feel free to pick the lock, bash it down with your boot, or just blow it open! Decision Making… with Consequences: With both short and long term reactivity, player choices ripple outwards, changing the game’s events and forever altering the lives of those in the wasteland. Huge & Customizable: Hundreds of characters. Thousands of variations on the Rangers’ appearances. Over 150 weapons. No two players will have the same experience. New Director’s Cut Features: Perks & Quirks: Players can customize their squads even more! Perks & Quirks are special personality traits players can use to give their characters even more life, with their own unique bonuses… and drawbacks. Precision Strikes: Fire on enemies and debilitate them with tactical attacks! Cripple a leg to slow an enemy down, fire on their gun to blast it to bits, or aim for the head to knock them senseless – or blow it clean off. Expanded Voice Over: Over 8,000 lines of new voice-over dialog have been added for the game’s characters and companions, bringing the wasteland to life like never before. With over 80 hours of gameplay, players will deck out their Desert Ranger squad with the most devastating weaponry this side of the fallout zone, test the limits of their strategy skills, and bring justice to the wasteland. For the latest updates, follow Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut and inXile Entertainment on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. About inXile Entertainment inXile Entertainment is a premiere video game development studio with locations in Newport Beach, Calif., and New Orleans, La., behind leading titles including Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, The Mage’s Tale, The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep and Wasteland 3. Headed by Brian Fargo, inXile Entertainment is home to both industry veterans and up-and-coming talent. It is at the cutting edge of innovation in delivering high-quality titles to its passionate and dedicated fan base.
          ARC Nuclear Announces Agreement to Work with New Brunswick Power and Its Affiliates to Explore Commercialization of the ARC Advanced SMR in New Brunswick, Canada | Business Wire      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ARC Nuclear Announces Agreement to Work with New Brunswick Power and Its Affiliates to Explore Commercialization of the ARC Advanced SMR in New Brunswick, Canada | Business Wire: ARC Nuclear announces agreement to work with New Brunswick Power and its affiliates to explore commercialization of ARC-100 in New Brunswick, Canada
          Save the date! Atlanta SMR Summit 2019      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Whilst 2019 might seem like a while away we’re already turning our attention to the SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit. Make sure you save the dates 2-3 April 2019 at the Westin Buckhead, Atlanta.
Pre-order the 2019 brochure here
Now in its 9th year, the 2019 SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit will feature exciting new updates from major developers in the global market, roadmaps for future deployment, government and regulatory insights as well as updates from the end user community.
With over 400 senior next generation nuclear trailblazers, brand new workshops and roundtables, more international representation than ever before and a few more surprises in store, next year’s conference will be unmissable.
Need a reminder? Here’s what you may have missed from the 2018 event…
Attendees from over 350 key decision makers: Attendees included companies such as OPG, NuScale, CNL, Bruce Power, KACARE, the NRC, DOE and many more

Fresh updates from the US trailblazers NuScale: As the US partners for the summit, NuScale provided updates on their project and gave critical insight into the road ahead

A brand new Canadian track: We partnered with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories for the summit and worked with them to put on an exciting Canadian track during the conference.
Don’t miss anything! Pre-order the 2019 brochure here
Many thanks,
Ben
Ben Moss
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Nuclear Energy Insider
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          SONGS, Entergy and Duke join FirstEnergy and US NRC in October      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This is your last week to secure the super early bird discount on your pass for the 5th Annual Nuclear Decommissioning and Used Fuel Strategy Summit (October 1-2, Charlotte, NC). As a previous attendee, I wanted you to be the first to hear about our biggest savings.
Register by Friday 13 July to save $600 off your pass!
This is the only event where you’ll meet 400+ decommissioning and used fuel leading decision makers under one roof.
Just some of what you’ll gain from the summit this year:
  • Leading Decision Maker Attendees: President & Chief Nuclear Officer, NextEra Energy Resources, Director of Decommissioning, Entergy, Site Vice President, Entergy, Director of License Renewal and Decommissioning, Duke Energy and more gather to discuss key lessons learned and upcoming opportunities
  • Global Utility Case Studies: VP Decommissioning and Chief Nuclear Officer, SCE, Director of Nuclear Policy & Support, Duke Energy, SVP Commercial Decommissioning at EnergySolutions, and an executive from Entergy share key market openings
  • All the key market players under one roof: network with teams of delegates from FirstEnergy, Entergy, SONGS, NextEra, US NRC, Duke Energy, EnergySolutions, Areva / TN Americas, NAC International and many more
Don’t miss out on this business-critical networking opportunity. I look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards,
Charlotte
Charlotte HowlettSenior Project Director
Nuclear Energy Insider
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          National Cleanup Workshop      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
  
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Rep. Fleischmann, DOE Officials Join List of National Cleanup Workshop Speakers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), chairman of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, and several DOE officials join the list of confirmed speakers for the 2018 National Cleanup Workshop to be held Sept. 11-13 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. 
    The DOE officials newly confirmed to speak at the workshop include:
  •  Melissa Burnison, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs; 
  • Edward McGinnis, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy;
  • Mark Gilbertson, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regulatory and Policy Affairs;
  • Ken Picha, EM Acting Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations.
    EM Assistant Secretary Anne White, senior DOE officials, industry executives, and state and local representatives will participate in this year’s workshop. A complete list of confirmed participants is available here
   Early-bird registration for general attendees is open through July 20, 2018. Registration deadlines for the early-bird rate do not apply to DOE-approved attendees.
    The National Cleanup Workshop is hosted by the Energy Communities Alliance, and cooperating organizations include EM and the Energy Facility Contractors Group
    The workshop will bring together senior DOE executives and site officials, industry executives and other stakeholders to discuss EM’s progress on the cleanup of the environmental legacy of the nation’s Manhattan Project and Cold War nuclear weapons program. 
    For more information on the workshop, click here.

          New Brunswick should have second nuclear reactor: energy minister | The Chronicle Herald      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New Brunswick should have second nuclear reactor: energy minister | The Chronicle Herald: POINT LEPREAU, N.B. — New Brunswick's energy minister says he'd like to see another nuclear reactor built in the Maritime province.
Rick Doucet said the development of small modular reactors could present a significant economic and export opportunity.
          Editorial: Critics should cool their jets on Holtec canisters | Albuquerque Journal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Editorial: Critics should cool their jets on Holtec canisters | Albuquerque Journal: As the Nuclear Regulatory Commission considers Holtec International's proposal to build an interim s ...
          Fearing climate change, experts in San Diego warn U.S. nuclear industry faces collapse - The San Diego Union-Tribune      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fearing climate change, experts in San Diego warn U.S. nuclear industry faces collapse - The San Diego Union-Tribune: Fearing climate change, experts in San Diego warn U.S. nuclear industry faces collapse – which would more than cut in half the amount of low carbon fuel in the U.S.
          Management shift begins at US nuclear weapons lab - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Management shift begins at US nuclear weapons lab - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC: The U.S. government on Monday cleared the way for a new management team to begin taking over one of the nation's top nuclear weapons laboratories as it looks to rebuild its reputation.
          State Will Postpone Decision On Vermont Yankee Sale Until Federal Ruling | Vermont Public Radio      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
State Will Postpone Decision On Vermont Yankee Sale Until Federal Ruling | Vermont Public Radio: The Public Utility Commission will postpose its decision on a proposed deal to sell the shuttered Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.
          First partner announced for New Brunswick SMR project      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
First partner announced for New Brunswick SMR project: The New Brunswick Energy Solutions Corporation yesterday announced Advanced Reactor Concepts (ARC) as its first partner in a nuclear research cluster that will work on research and development of small modular reactor technology in the Canadian province.
          China’s Sanmen 2 cleared for fuel loading      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China’s Sanmen 2 cleared for fuel loading
          Duke, Exelon, Entergy, FirstEnergy, SONGS and more meet in October      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Duke, Exelon, Entergy, FirstEnergy, SONGS and more meet in October


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Dear member,

This is your last week to secure the $600 super early bird discount on your pass for the 5th Annual Nuclear Decommissioning and Used Fuel Strategy Summit (October 1-2, Charlotte, NC).

Register by Friday 13 July to save $600 off your pass - https://bit.ly/1MhSGIq

This is the only event where you’ll meet 400+ decommissioning and used fuel leading decision makers under one roof.

Just some of what you’ll gain from the summit this year:

• Leading Decision Maker Attendees: Chief Nuclear Officer, NextEra Energy; Director of Decommissioning, Entergy; SVP, Entergy; Director of License Renewal & Decom, Duke Energy and more gather to discuss key lessons learned and upcoming opportunities

• Global Utility Case Studies: VP Decommissioning & CNO at SCE; Director of Nuclear Policy & Support at Duke Energy; SVP Commercial Decommissioning at EnergySolutions, & Senior Counsel from Entergy share key market openings

• All the key market players under one roof: network with teams of delegates from FirstEnergy, Exelon, Entergy, SONGS, NextEra, US NRC, Duke Energy, EnergySolutions and many more

Don’t miss out on this business-critical networking opportunity. I look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,
Charlotte

Charlotte Howlett
Senior Project Director
Nuclear Energy Insider
+1 800 814 3459 x7182 (US toll free)
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          EM Update July 10, 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
EM Update | Vol. 10, Issue 27 | July 10, 2018
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          Unit - 2 of Rooppur nuclear power plant gets construction license      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Unit - 2 of Rooppur nuclear power plant gets construction license: Unit - 2 of Rooppur nuclear power plant gets construction license
          Results of Belarusian nuclear power plant stress tests to influence operating license release      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Results of Belarusian nuclear power plant stress tests to influence operating license release: According to the source, the company in charge of running the nuclear power plant contacted Gosatomnadzor in October 2017 in order to obtain the operating license. Experts are now evaluating the safety justification documents.
          Construction license grenated for unit 2 at 2.4GW Rooppur nuclear project      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Construction license grenated for unit 2 at 2.4GW Rooppur nuclear project
          [ASAP] Study of the Imbibition Behavior of Hydrophilic Tight Sandstone Reservoirs Based on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Energy & Fuels
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b00768

          Nghtmre Net Worth      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          Lets talk about why China and the rest of the World is screwed. America is the true World Leader.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
An ANON puts it all in perspective: Follow me back to 1946. Europe is ruined, China is still a backwater. The USA puts together an alliance that allows everyone within it to trade goods into the US without significant trade barriers. This allows for Europe to export their way back to prosperity after WWII. It gives them room to grow their economies beyond what their somewhat depleted populations will allow. In addition to allowing the free flow of goods, the USA becomes the security guarantor of the free world by using our navy to police the world's oceans and enable low risk (and hence low cost) global trade. But there was a condition. In order to deal with the US, you had to be on our side in helping to combat and contain the Soviet Union. Essentially the US traded some of its economic/manufacturing capacity for increased security and strategic assets to assist in the cold war. Only one problem: We won. The Soviet flag went down in 1991, and we didn't really make any changes to the world order. George H. W. Bush tried to reinvent the system, and we booted him out of office after a single term. Since then, the people of the US have voted overwhelmingly for candidates who focus on domestic rather than foreign issues. The system limped along for another few decades, primarily because of the USA's massive demand for oil and energy resources. Enter discovered shale. The US has a lot of Shale and Natural Gas.... So much so that the US has become the world's largest exporter of oil in the World. Meaning we no longer give a fuck what's going on in the middle east. Meaning we can bring our troops back (Noticed the institutional outrage over Trump pulling troops out of Syria? This is why. They're terrified of the current world order collapsing.) To drive the point home, for the past half century or so, the USA has kept a naval carrier group in the gulf sea at all times in order to protect Saudi oil supplies. But more recently, the past few years, it's only been there about 6 months out of the year. We're done protecting the world and getting nothing in return, as you can see by the foreign heads of state visiting Trump. Shinzo Abe knows he needs America's help, so he brings a five hundred-billion-dollar investment for US infrastructure and manufacturing with him. Good play. Theresa May knows she needs America's help. so she offers to sail the Royal Navy's two brand new super-carriers with US fleets, and offers to share Intel from Britain"s Intelligence services, who recently had their budgets doubled. Good play. Xi Jinpeng ... knows America is not going to help him. So he put everything on the table, from IP law to the trade deficit to product dumping to North Korean denuclearization, all so we wouldn't go in for the kill right then and there. Best play he had. Angela Merkel doesn't know or doesn't think she needs America's help, so she shows up telling Trump "If you do this, it will be the end of the of Europe." And he hands her a three hundred-billion-dollar bill for services rendered. She didn't bring anything to the table. Bad play. So where are we now? As previously mentioned, the US is the least globally integrated economy by percentage of GDP. We're evolving into a global superpower with no global interests. It's not a Trump thing. It's a geographic thing. It would have happened no matter who won the office. But with President Trump it's happening a lot faster. When we leave the world stage, the world will go back to doing what it did before we showed up to save them in the war. Namely, fighting over breadcrumbs. No other navy on the planet has the ability to protect the world's shipping lanes, much less the motivation to do so. At current build out rates, the rest of the world's naval forces combined won't catch up with the US until 2263. China doesn't even have a blue water navy. meaning they can't operate long term outside of China's sphere of influence. If we stop protecting the ships that China relies on for food, and for oil, and for sending us trillions of dollars worth of dildos and $30 microwaves that break two months after purchase, their economy, government, and nation collapses. This is even assuming the Iranians don't initiate a war with the Saudis over control of the oil production infrastructure. Which they will if we aren't there to intervene. What's more: The US is the largest and wealthiest consumer import market on the planet, and since the Europeans forgot how to have babies back in the 70s, we'll remain so for decades to come. China NEEDS us to buy whatever they can sell, because they simply don't have any other customers who can buy as much as we do. And the money they do get from us is leveraged into shadow loans handed out by the Chinese banks to anyone who can promise employment. Not profit. and not a working product. Employment. Because if people have jobs, they're less likely to march into the capital and hang their politicians. Remember the Obama stimulus package? Eight hundred billion dollars, and all the corruption and wasteful spending that goes along with that kind of top down spending? The Chinese government loans out that much money every 17 days. And even that doesn't work anymore. The average hourly wage in China has octupled in the past decade. They're two times as expensive as Mexico now. It's no wonder factories are re-shoring to the US and Mexico. They know the end is coming. The smart money is already out of the country. They're just trying to make it end in a way that their country doesn't implode. They only beat us on trade the past few decades because we let them. We're not letting them any more. Globalization is over. Free trade is over. The rest of the world riding on America's back is over. Atlas is shrugging. And to any Europeans here, I'm not trying to be mean. I don't have anything against you silly people. But you can't expect a free ride to last forever. And you guys really. really shouldn't have stopped having kids. Once your boomer equivalents retire and you don't have the tax base to pay for their benefits or the young consumers to drive the economy, you're looking at decades of stagnation, spending cuts, and tax increases. Incidentally, this is why the EU is importing migrants as fast as they possibly can. Gotta have someone to put on the bottom to keep the pyramid scheme gong just a little while longer. Liberals are fucked..... Democrats are fucked.... Globalists are Fucked. It's MAGA time and its time for the USA to win. .... Forever!
          Comment on How Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons Changed the World by 600117121      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I agree - this effort is encouraging for the future of the world. But we also need to remember that our government is the dominant nuclear power, the only country to have ever used this evil weapon and will probably never sign this agreement. To make matters even worse the US is currently run by a deranged madman with no morales or integrity who would use this awesome power without thought.
          Michele Flournoy on Major U.S. Foreign Policy Crises      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In this special episode of Intelligence Matters, Michael Morell speaks with former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy about the future of the U.S. military, the Iran nuclear deal, the North Korea crisis, Russian election interference and the U.S. falling into the shadow of China's economic dominance. However, Flournoy does not only weigh in on the headlines, but offers advice to young women interested in a national security career field. When her nomination was confirmed by the Senate in 2009, Flournoy became the highest-ranking woman at the Pentagon in the department's history.
          Former DNI Iran Mission Manager Norman Roule on the Iran Nuclear Deal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The DNI's former Iran Mission Manager, Norman Roule was the leading specialist responsible for integrating collection and analysis on Iran across the Intelligence Community and in this week's episode of Intelligence Matters he talks to former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell about whether he believes Iran is complying with its JCPOA obligations, the destabilizing effect of Iran's regional behavior and whether U.S. President Donald Trump's gamble to decertify the nuclear deal will pay off.
          Ambassador Joseph DeTrani talks about the Escalating Crisis with North Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This week we have a special episode of Intelligence Matters with Michael Morell, in which, The Cipher Brief expert Ambassador Joseph DeTrani weighs in on mounting tensions between the United States and North Korea. The exchange of fiery rhetoric between U.S. President Donald Trump and members of the North Korean regime raises the question, is this war of words a precursor to armed conflict, escalating the crisis to a tipping point. Trump has publicly rebuked his predecessors for leaving him what he described "a mess," and intensified warnings to North Korea making clear that a military option would be 'devastating' to them. Kim Jong-Un's regime have said that Trump's continued statements amount to a "declaration of war" and threaten to shoot down U.S. warplanes in international airspace. Ambassador DeTrani, who is one of our nation's leading experts on issues related to North Korea, China and nuclear nonproliferation talks to former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell about what drove North Korea to develop a nuclear program, how we got to where we are today, the alarming advancements the North Korean regime has made in creating miniaturized nuclear warheads and offers thoughts on what the best path forward is for the United States. Ambassador DeTrani was President of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, a professional Think Tank. Previously, he was the Special envoy for Six Party Talks with North Korea and the U.S. Representative to the Korea Energy Development Organization (KEDO). He was an Associate Director of National Intelligence and Mission Manager for North Korea and the Director of National Counter Proliferation Center, while serving as a Special Adviser to the Director of National Intelligence. He served over two decades with the Central Intelligence Agency as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service. He is currently on the Board of Managers at Sandia National Laboratories.
          FROM THE SEA v1.2.7      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Episode #70 - What are the Secrets of the Diefenbunker?       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In a small town outside of Canada's capital city of Ottawa there sits a remarkable relic of the atomic age. It is a massive bunker that would have become the headquarters of the Canadian government if the country was the target of a nuclear attack. It has been dubbed "The Diefenbunker" in honour of John Diefenbaker, the Prime Minister who had the facility constructed in 1959. The bunker is now celebrating 20 years as Canada's Cold War museum. Join Sebastian as he is lead through this incredible feat of engineering by one of the museum's curators. This is an episode that is less about busting historical myths and is more about exploring an artifact that challenges us to re-think Canada's Cold War legacy. Tune in and find out how refrigerator morgues, Scrooge McDuck, and the Prime Minister's sad little bed all play a role in the story.         


          M.A.C.H. 1: The John Probe Mission Files. Graphic Novel Review      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          The Trump Administration's Human Cages Aren't New — They Have a Long and Shameful American History      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Our forebears once flocked in staggering numbers to “human zoos,” where thousands of kidnapped natives from various countries were displayed.

When Donald Trump recently accused “illegal immigrants” of wanting to “pour into and infest our country,” there was an immediate outcry. After all, that verb, infest, had been used by the Nazis as a way of dehumanizing Jews and communists as rats, vermin, or insects that needed to be eradicated.

Nobody, however, should have been surprised. The president has a long history of excoriating people of color as animal-like. In 1989, for instance, reacting to the rape of a white woman in New York’s Central Park, he took out full-page ads in four of the city’s major papers (total cost: $85,000) calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty and decrying “roving bands of wild criminals roaming our streets.” He was, of course, referring to the five black and Latino youngsters accused of that crime for which they were convicted -- and, 10 years late, exonerated when a serial rapist and murderer finally confessed.

Trump never apologized for his rush to judgment or his hate-filled opinions, which eventually became the template for his attacks on immigrants during the 2016 election campaign and for his presidency. He has declared many times that some people aren’t actually human beings at all but animals, pointing, in particular, to MS-13 gang members. At a rally in Tennessee at the end of May, he doubled down on this sort of invective, goading a frenzied crowd to enthusiastically shout that word -- “Animals!” -- back. In that way, he made those present accomplices to his bigotry. Nor are his insults and racial tirades mere rhetorical flourishes. They’ve had quite real consequences. It’s enough to look at the cages where undocumented children separated from their families at or near the U.S.-Mexico border have been held as if they were indeed animals -- reporters and others regularly described one of those detention areas as being like a “zoo” or a “kennel” -- not to mention their parents who are also trapped behind wire barriers, even if arousing far less attention and protest.

A History of Caged Humans

All the president’s furious contemporary rants and rallies, along with those cages and detainee centers, have certainly brought Nazism to mind for some, but it might be more illuminating to think of them as echoing an earlier moment in history when comparing dark-skinned humans to animals would hardly have caused a stir.  It would have been considered part of normal discourse, in both Europe and the United States.

Indeed, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, millions of Europeans and Americans considered it perfectly natural to treat certain members of our species quite literally as if they were beasts. They were unfazed, so the historical record suggests, by the idea of seeing such “animals,” such oddities, displayed in literal zoo cages at boisterous public events. It may now be hard to believe, but our forebears once flocked in staggering numbers to “human zoos,” where thousands of natives kidnapped from Asia, Africa, and Latin America were exposed to scrutiny, curiosity, and derision, as well as, sometimes, undergoing scientific experimentation.

Today, such mindboggling violations of human rights have almost entirely vanished from public memory. I had only vaguely heard of human zoos myself, before I became obsessed with them when research for my latest novel, Darwin’s Ghosts, led me into the world of human menageries. I discovered that the phenomenon had been launched in the most modest of ways.

One hundred and seventy years ago -- 1848, a year of revolutions across the globe -- a Hamburg fishmonger, Claus Hagenbeck, decided to charge customers to take a peek at some Arctic seals swimming in a large tub in the backyard of his house. Soon enough, that first timid entrepreneurial step developed into a highly lucrative family business exhibiting wild animals, while feeding growing demands for wondrous beasts to populate circuses and fill the private collections of monarchs and other wealthy individuals.

In the end, animals were not enough. By the early 1870s, in conjunction with the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris and American impresarios like P.T. Barnum, the Hagenbeck family started dabbling in displaying “savages” from the farthest corners of the planet. The first victims of this desire to bring exemplars from the rest of humanity to viewers in the West were Laplanders, displayed in a setting meant to look like one of their villages. (A similar urge gave birth to the dioramas that soon began to flourish at museums of natural history.)

That first exhibition in Hamburg of “the little men and women” of Lapland proved so sensational -- tours were organized to Berlin, Leipzig, and other German cities -- that the desire to see more “primitive” humans soon became insatiable. Scavengers who had previously specialized in locating and bringing African and Asian wildlife to Europe and the United States were now instructed to be on the lookout for similarly exotic human wildlife. They should not be, it was quickly stipulated, so monstrous as to disgust audiences, but neither should they be so beautiful as to cease to be bizarre.

The Laplanders were followed by a multitude of indigenous inhabitants of the planet forcibly removed from their habitats: Eskimos, Cingalese, Kalmuks, Somalis, Ethiopians, Bedouins, Nubians from the Upper Nile, aboriginal Australians, Zulu warriors, Mapuche Indians, Andaman Islanders from the South Pacific, head-hunters from Borneo. The list went on and on, as those human zoos spread from Germany to France, England, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and the United States, all of which -- what a coincidence! -- just happened to be the globe’s imperial powers of that era.

Representatives of ethnic groups from all over the planet soon became an expectable feature of then-popular World’s Fair pavilions. Besides providing entertainment for the whole family -- they might be thought of as that moment’s equivalents of reality TV shows -- those exhibitions were proclaimed “educational” experiences by the enterprises cashing in on them. Such tableaus of “prehistoric” people offered a way for affluent visitors to gawk at and be amazed by the bizarre habits of the bizarre inhabitants of the faraway lands that their countries were incorporating with great violence into “civilization” via colonial dominion. In fact, that violence was such that some of the native populations on display, like diverse groups of Patagons from Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of Latin America, were already then on the verge of becoming extinct. One of the draws of seeing living specimens of those strange men, women, and children was to do so before their last remnants, along with their languages and their cultures, disappeared from the face of the Earth.

Even if you were among the millions of Americans and Europeans who couldn’t personally visit such folk displays, ethnic villages, and human zoos, you could still inexpensively and vicariously experience those exotic others. The images of the captives -- who, of course, had been photographed without their consent -- were commercialized on an industrial scale. The postcards upon which their faces and bodies were flaunted soon became an everyday feature of domestic life, one more way that the human zoo was normalized, whitewashed, and sent into the home with barely a thought about the horrors, the suffering being visited on those captives or how their children, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, relatives, and friends, left behind, were dealing with the trauma of having their loved ones torn from their midst.

Nor were such acts repudiated by the most illustrious members of those “advanced” societies. Quite the opposite, many of the abductions had been financed by scientific institutions eager to discover how such specimens might fit into Darwin’s theory of evolution. Their research, in turn, was backed by government officials more than ready to show their respect and support for scholars looking into the origins of humanity. Were those Africans and South Americans entirely human or did they constitute missing links in the great chain of beings that became our species? Eminent naturalists and doctors debated just such matters, gave lectures on them, wrote treatises about them, and (in what then passed for scientific experimentation) poked at or into the bodies of those who had made the mistake of being born far from the so-called civilized world.

The Ota Bengas of Today

Today, of course, human zoos and the medical experiments on live human beings that went with them are inconceivable. The consciousness of humanity, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the U.N. 70 years ago, has made such practices disgraceful and intolerable. Who today could stomach the fate of Ota Benga, a pygmy from the Congo who was housed with the primates at New York’s Bronx Zoo in 1906 and committed suicide a decade later when he realized that he would never be able to return to his native land? Who among us would bring their children to gape at “missing links” like Thai dwarfs, Amazonian Indians, or Sudanese villagers as if they were freaks of nature, not human beings?

Unfortunately, congratulations are not (yet) in order, given how often the same racist impulses resurface today, and not only in the president’s intemperate diatribes equating humans and animals (none of which have so far provoked indignation in most of his followers). A similar dehumanization of strangers with darker faces and skins appears to animate current anti-immigrant sentiments in many lands, a desire to escape “infestation” from abroad and maintain mythical versions of racial purity and national identity. Are we really that removed from the spectators who watched their fellow humans abused in zoo-like conditions a century or so ago without blinking or being disturbed?

In retrospect, what’s most sobering about the human zoos of an earlier time is how oblivious those who participated in such degrading spectacles were to the crimes being committed before their eyes. Many of them would have judged themselves decent, enlightened citizens, shining advocates of progress, science, and freedom. And yet, in Berlin in 1882, the police had to be called in to quell a riot by visitors to an exhibition of 11 Kaweshkar natives abducted from Tierra del Fuego. Thousands of customers, having imbibed copious gallons of beer, began to stone the hostages, demanding that they mate in public. Or consider the fate of two female Kaweshkar whose sexual organs, after they died in captivity, were carved from their dead bodies and sent to be examined by a prominent German researcher interested in discovering how such creatures might be distinct from European women.

So many decades later, it’s easy enough to condemn such offenses. More difficult and painful is to ask what injustices are happening now that we take to be as normal as human zoos (or the disempowerment of women and child slavery) were just a few generations ago. Is it the thoughtless annihilation of immeasurable species, the plundering of nature, the loss of wisdom stored for millennia by ethnic groups that are fast disappearing? Is it the punitive incarceration of millions, so many lives wasted? Is it our incredibly counterproductive “war on drugs” that unnecessarily ravages cities, nations, and lives? Or our inability to rid ourselves of the plague of nuclear proliferation, the brutality of widespread hunger, America’s endless wars, the detention centers for immigrants and their children in this country, the spectacle of undocumented minors shut up in cages and crying for their parents, or the overflowing refugee camps elsewhere in the world? And what of so many children displaced in their war-torn lands or incarcerated in poverty? Where is the indignation about them? Who marches to have them released from their structural captivity? And who even noticed the 10,000 children murdered or maimed in armed conflicts in 2017 alone, deaths invisible to us if you didn’t happen to catch a brief news item quickly forgotten?

In reality, those human zoos of the not-so-distant past pose a terrifying question for us: What everyday horrors of our world will our descendants look back on with disgust in the future? How, they will wonder, could their ancestors have been so blind as to condone such transgressions against humaneness and humanity?

 

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The European Commission’s decision to close the infringement procedure concerning Hungary’s failure to organise a public tender for the project Paks II Nuclear Power Plant.


          Trump Says He’s Giving Kim Jong-un a Signed CD With “Rocket Man” on It      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Trump comes from a generation reared on vinyl—but he may be among those who still value compact discs and the custom of exchanging them as tokens of affection.

To wit: CNN reported Tuesday that Trump plans to give the man he dubbed “Little Rocket Man” a copy of a CD containing Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” complete with the president’s autograph.

The news broke after Trump confirmed to reporters that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had taken a Trump-signed copy of the British crooner’s Honky Château CD with him on a recent trip to North Korea. Pompeo had gone to negotiate the recently signed nuclear agreement between the two leaders. But Pompeo did not meet with Kim, who was reportedly at a potato farm during the secretary of state’s visit. So Pompeo returned the CD to the president.

When asked about the CD outside the White House on Tuesday, Trump told reporters, “They didn’t give it; I have it for him. But it will be given in a certain period.”

He also said he plans to give the North Korean dictator “another little gift,” but declined to mention details. “You’ll find out what that gift is when I give it,” he said.

Trump and Kim Jong-un have had a rocky relationship. The leaders met last month for the summit in Singapore on denuclearization, just months after lobbing insults at each other that included Trump calling Kim “short and fat” and Kim calling Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.” The two also warned each other about the respective “nuclear buttons” on their desks.

But since the runup to their meeting, that rhetoric has changed. In April, Trump called Kim “very honorable.”

At the Singapore summit, Trump and Kim reportedly discussed “Rocket Man” during lunch; according to South Korean newspaper the Chosun Ilbo, Trump asked Kim if he knew the song. Kim said he didn’t.

Apparently, that could change.


          Como socializar o setor bancário      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Eric ToussaintPatrick Saurin

Como os capitalistas demonstraram a que ponto são capazes de cometer delitos e incorrer em riscos – dos quais recusam assumir as consequências – com o único fim de aumentar os seus lucros, como as suas actividades implicam periodicamente um custo extremamente pesado para a colectividade, como a sociedade que queremos construir tem de ser orientada para a procura do bem comum, da justiça social e da reconstituição duma relação equilibrada entre os seres humanos e as outras componentes da natureza, é absolutamente necessário socializar o sector bancário. Tal como propõe Frédéric Lordon, trata-se de realizar «uma desprivatização integral do sector bancário». [1]
Subtrair os cidadãos e os poderes públicos à manipulação dos mercados financeiros
Socializar o sector bancário significa: 
- expropriar sem indenizar (ou mediante uma indenização simbólica) os grandes accionistas (os pequenos accionistas devem ser indenizados); 
- atribuir ao sector público o monopólio da actividade bancária, com uma excepção: a existência de um sector bancário cooperativo de pequena dimensão (submetido às mesmas regras fundamentais do sector público); 
- definir – com participação cidadã – uma carta sobre os objectivos a alcançar e sobre as missões a cumprir, que permita pôr o serviço público de poupanças, de crédito e de investimento ao serviço das prioridades definidas segundo um processo de planificação democrática; 
- dar transparência às contas que devem ser apresentadas ao público, num formato compreensível; 
- criar um serviço público de poupanças, de crédito e de investimento, duplamente estruturado, tendo por um lado uma rede de pequenas implantações próximas dos cidadãos, e por outro lado organismos especializados, encarregados da gestão de fundos e do financiamento de investimentos que não sejam assegurados pelos ministérios que tutelam a saúde pública, a educação nacional, a energia, os transportes públicos, as pensões de reforma, a transição ecológica, etc. Os ministérios deverão ser dotados do orçamento necessário ao financiamento dos investimentos relevantes às suas atribuições. Os organismos especializados intervirão nos domínios e nas actividades que excedem as competências e esferas de acção dos ministérios, a fim de assegurar o bom funcionamento conjunto.

Imaginemos o que isto significa, em termos concretos: os bancos privados desaparecem, ou seja, após a expropriação (com indenização dos pequenos accionistas), os seus trabalhadores são reafectados ao serviço público bancário, mantendo os direitos de antiguidade, o salário (até um máximo regulado, a fim de limitar fortemente os salários demasiado elevados e aumentar os salários baixos, de forma a reduzir o leque salarial) e com melhoria das condições de trabalho (abandono do benchmarking [2] e das práticas de venda obrigatória). É posto em prática um novo sistema de contratação que respeite as normas de contratação dos funcionários públicos.


Bancos ao serviço dos cidadãos
Trata-se de pôr fim a uma situação em que abunda a concorrência de agências bancárias nas grandes metrópoles e faltam sucursais nas pequenas cidades, vilas e bairros populares; de desenvolver uma rede densa de agências locais, a fim de melhorar bastante o acesso aos serviços bancários e de seguros, com pessoal competente para responder às necessidades dos utilizadores, de acordo com as missões do serviço público. Ninguém poderá ser excluído do acesso ao serviço público bancário, que deve ser gratuito.
As agências locais de serviço público ficarão encarregues de gerir as contas correntes e receberão as poupanças dos utilizadores, que serão plenamente garantidas. As poupanças serão geridas sem incorrer em riscos; serão afectadas, sob controlo cidadão, ao financiamento de projectos locais e de investimentos de maior porte orientados para a melhoria das condições de vida, para a luta contra as mudanças climáticas, o abandono das energias nucleares, o desenvolvimento dos circuitos de proximidade, o financiamento do ordenamento do território com respeito rigoroso pelas normas sociais e ambientais, etc. Os aforradores poderão escolher os projectos que gostariam de financiar com as suas poupanças.
As agências locais concederão créditos isentos de risco às pessoas, às famílias, às pequenas e médias empresas (PME) e a estruturas privadas locais, a associações, colectividades locais e estabelecimentos públicos. Poderão afectar uma parte dos seus recursos a projectos de maior escala que os de nível local, naturalmente dentro do quadro de uma política concertada.


Bancos ao serviço da colectividade
O facto de as agências locais gerirem meios financeiros de volume considerável, para aplicação local ou para projectos mais vastos que serão apresentados de forma precisa (sendo estabelecido um calendário de programação e instrumentos de acompanhamento que permitam controlar com clareza o uso dos fundos e a boa execução dos projectos) irá facilitar o controlo dos diversos protagonistas.
Os projectos locais a financiar serão definidos de forma democrática, com o máximo de participação cidadã.
As agências locais terão igualmente o encargo de fazer contratos de seguros a pessoas colectivas e individuais.


Apoiar a transição para uma economia social, sustentável e ecológica
Por seu lado, os ministérios encarregados da saúde pública, da educação nacional, da energia, dos transportes públicos, das reformas, da transição ecológica, etc., deverão dispor de meios de financiamento provenientes do orçamento de Estado.
Instituições transversais especializadas intervirão nos domínios e nas actividades que excedam as competências e as esferas de acção de cada ministério. Competir-lhes-á assegurar missões específicas ou transversais definidas com participação cidadã, como no caso do abandono total do programa nuclear, incluindo o tratamento seguro dos desperdícios nucleares a longo prazo.
O sector bancário socializado permitirá reconstituir um circuito virtuoso de financiamento dos poderes públicos: estes poderão emitir títulos, que serão adquiridos pelo serviço público sem passar pelos ditames dos mercados financeiros.
Muitos aspectos do projecto que ficam agora por elaborar devem ser decididos colectivamente, estamos apenas na fase preparatória da montagem de um sistema completamente novo. Isto exige um ambicioso trabalho colectivo que ponha em cima da mesa ideias e propostas. É um trabalho que ainda mal começou.


Controlo cidadão a todos os níveis
Controlo cidadão: controlo exercido pelos trabalhadores, utentes, eleitos locais, representantes das pequenas, médias e microempresas, artesãos e outros trabalhadores independentes, delegados do sector associativo.
A este controlo cidadão junta-se o controlo exercido pelas autoridades de regulação bancária.
Preferimos a palavra «socialização» à palavra «nacionalização» ou «estatização» para indicar claramente a que ponto é essencial o controle cidadão, com partilha de decisões entre dirigentes, representantes dos assalariados, clientes, associações, eleitos locais, que vêm completar o controlo dos representantes das instâncias bancárias públicas nacionais e regionais. Por isso é preciso definir de maneira democrática o exercício de um controlo cidadão activo. Além disso é preciso encorajar o exercício de um controlo das actividades da banca pelos trabalhadores do sector bancário e a sua participação activa na organização do trabalho. É necessário que as direcções dos bancos emitam anualmente um relatório público da sua gestão, apresentando-o de forma transparente e compreensível. É preciso privilegiar um serviço de proximidade e de qualidade que rompa com as políticas de terceirização [recurso a serviços externos] actualmente praticadas. É preciso encorajar o pessoal dos estabelecimentos financeiros a assegurar à sua clientela um autêntico serviço de aconselhamento e erradicar as políticas comerciais de venda forçada.
A socialização do sector bancário e dos seguros e a sua integração nos serviços públicos permitirá: 
- subtrair os cidadãos e os poderes públicos à manápula dos mercados financeiros; 
- financiar os projectos dos cidadãos e dos poderes públicos; 
- dedicar a actividade bancária ao bem comum, tendo por missão, entre outras, facilitar a transição de uma economia capitalista, produtivista e prejudicial à economia social, para uma economia social, sustentável e ecológica.

Por considerarmos que a moeda, as poupanças, o crédito, a segurança dos saldos monetários e a preservação da integridade dos sistemas de pagamento têm a ver com o interesse geral, preconizamos a criação de um serviço público bancário por meio da socialização da totalidade das empresas do sector bancário e dos seguros.
Como os bancos são hoje em dia um instrumento essencial do sistema capitalista e de um modo de produção que saqueia o planeta, gera uma distribuição desigual dos recursos, provoca guerras, aumenta a pobreza, corrói a cada dia que passa os direitos sociais e ataca as instituições e as práticas democráticas, é essencial arrebatar o seu controlo e transformá-los em instrumentos úteis ao serviço da colectividade.
A socialização do sector bancário não pode ser vista como um slogan ou uma reivindicação auto-suficiente, graças à qual as administrações se dedicariam depois de terem entendido o seu sentido e bondade. Tem de ser concebida como um objectivo político a alcançar no quadro de um processo que envolve a dinâmica cidadã. É preciso não só que os movimentos sociais organizados (entre os quais os sindicatos) façam dele uma prioridade das suas agendas e que os diversos sectores (colectividades locais, pequenas e médias empresas, associações de consumidores, etc.) caminhem nesse sentido, mas também – e sobretudo – que os empregados e empregadas da banca sejam sensibilizados para o papel do seu ofício e para o interesse que teriam em ver os bancos socializados; que os utentes sejam informados no local onde se encontram (exemplo: ocupação de agências bancárias por toda a parte no mesmo dia), a fim de participarem directamente na definição do que deve ser a banca.


A socialização do sector bancário e o apoio popular, condições necessárias à mudança de modelo
Só as mobilizações de grande dimensão podem garantir que a socialização do sector bancário é realizada na prática, pois essa medida afecta o coração do sistema capitalista.
Se um governo de esquerda se abstiver de tomar tal medida, a sua acção não poderá provocar uma verdadeira mudança radical, necessária para acabar com a lógica do sistema capitalista e desencadear um novo processo de emancipação. A subtracção do sector bancário aos capitais privados é uma incontornável condição prévia à aplicação de um programa económico que rompa com o capitalismo e a sua lógica.
A socialização do sector bancário e dos seguros é um ponto fundamental de um projecto muito mais vasto, que inclui outras medidas que permitem desencadear a transição para um modelo pós-capitalista e pós-produtivista. Tal programa deveria ter uma dimensão europeia, mesmo que o seu arranque apenas partisse de um pequeno número de países. Esse programa incluiria nomeadamente o abandono das políticas de austeridade, a anulação das dívidas ilegítimas, a aplicação de uma reforma fiscal, juntamente com uma forte taxação do capital, a redução generalizada do tempo de trabalho (com contratações compensatórias e manutenção do salário), a socialização do sector energético, da água e da saúde, medidas para assegurar a igualdade entre homens e mulheres, o desenvolvimento dos serviços públicos e a protecção social, assim como a execução de uma política resoluta de transição ecológica.
Hoje em dia, a socialização integral do sistema bancário e de seguros é uma urgente necessidade económica, social, política e democrática.
Tradução: Rui Viana Pereira

Notas
[1] Frédéric Lordon, «L’effarante passivité de la “re-régulation financière”», in Changer d’économie, dos economistas aterrados, Les Liens Qui Libèrent, 2011, 242 p. Acrescentemos que a socialização integral do sector bancário é reconizada pelo sindicato francês Sud BPCE.
[2] benchmarking é um instrumento de vigilância cujos resultados, acessíveis a todos em permanência, são comparados continuamente através de uma classificação que estigmatiza os trabalhadores acusados de menor desempenho. É uma técnica de administração pelo stress, muito praticada nas grandes empresas, com vista a gerar uma competição malsã.
Eric Toussaint 
docente na Universidade de Liège, é o porta-voz do CADTM Internacional. 
É autor do livro Bancocratie, ADEN, Bruxelles, 2014,Procès d’un homme exemplaire, Editions Al Dante, Marseille, 2013; Un coup d’œil dans le rétroviseur. L’idéologie néolibérale des origines jusqu’à aujourd’hui, Le Cerisier, Mons, 2010. É coautor com Damien Millet do livro A Crise da Dívida, Auditar, Anular, Alternativa Política, Temas e Debates, Lisboa, 2013; La dette ou la vie, Aden/CADTM, Bruxelles, 2011. 
Coordenou o trabalho da Comissão para a Verdade sobre a dívida pública, criada pela presidente do Parlamento grego. Esta comissão funcionou sob a alçada do Parlamento entre Abril e Outubro de 2015. Após a sua dissolução, anunciada a 12/11/2015 pelo novo presidente do Parlamento grego, a ex-Comissão prosseguiu o trabalho sob o estatuto legal de associação sem fins lucrativos.

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  • 22 de Abril de 2016, por Eric Toussaint , Michel Husson , Costas Lapavitsas , Ozlem Onaran , Patrick Saurin , Stathis Kouvelakis , Francisco Louça , Stavros Tombazos , Michael Hudson , Miguel Urbán Crespo , David Harvey , Alfredo Saad Filho
  • 31 de Outubro de 2013, por Eric Toussaint , Thomas Coutrot , Patrick Sau

          Chemical Engineer (Thermalhydraulics Analyst) - Canadian Nuclear Laboratories - Chalk River, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Katie Sutherland, Talent Solutions Advisor. Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)*.... $69,800 - $89,800 a year
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          Research Scientist, Chemistry - Canadian Nuclear Laboratories - Chalk River, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Katie Sutherland, Talent Solutions Advisor. Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)*.... $69,800 - $89,800 a year
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          NY Times Pours Linguistic Gasoline on North Korea-US Negotiations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By K.J. Noh | Dissident Voice | July 10, 2018 On the heels of the historic June 12 Trump-Kim Singapore Summit that de-escalated tensions between North Korea and the US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made his third visit to NK to move the negotiations for denuclearization and security on the peninsula forward. He met […]
          Nuclear Medicine Technologist I - Saskatoon Health Region - Saskatoon, SK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nuclear Medicine Technology diploma. Prepares radiopharmaceuticals and performs technical procedures utilizing radiation and/or radioactive materials for the... $34.19 - $36.63 an hour
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          NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGIST - SPECIALTY - Saskatoon Health Region - Saskatoon, SK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nuclear Medicine Technology diploma. Twenty-four (24) months previous experience as a general duty Nuclear Medicine Technologist to consolidate knowledge and... $36.26 - $38.85 an hour
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          Elon Musk Goes Nuclear Against the Mainstream Media      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Old News but still Awesome News
          'Not clear' that North Korea will denuclearize, says fmr. ambassador to South Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ambassador Christopher Hill and Gordon Chang join Steve Kornacki to discuss the state of U.S.- North Korea relations before Donald Trump attends the NATO Summit.
          NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGIST - West Park Hospital - Cody, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Should be able to work well in situations of stress. WEST PARK HOSPITAL DISTRICT....
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          Setki nowych nagrań prób jądrowych, zostało odtajnionych i upublicznionych [ENG]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

For the last five years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been working tirelessly to preserve footage of the nuclear tests conducted by the United States between 1945 and 1962.
          AGENDA: Sistema de monitoreo de Radon mediante tecnica de huellas nucleares en Lima      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Organiza: Universidad Catolica - Fin: 13 / Julio / 2018 - Ver detalle en https://www.universidadperu.com/peru-sistema-de-monitoreo-de-radon-mediante-tecnica-de-huellas-nucleares-en-lima.php?utm_source=RSS
          Ross and Carrie and the Ozark UFOs (Part 4): Betty Hill and the Great Dick Drawing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Retired nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman lends extra scientific credibility to the Ozark Mountain UFO Conference. Then, presenter Grant Cameron tells us about Trump, dimensional portals, and disclosure. Plus, Ross goes searching for aliens (or owls).


          This Is the Most Cinematic Nuclear Bomb Footage I've Ever Seen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It's pretty damn impressive, in that macabre way that only nuclear weapons truly can be.
          Mitochondrial redox sensing by the kinase ATM maintains cellular antioxidant capacity      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Mitochondria are integral to cellular energy metabolism and ATP production and are involved in regulating many cellular processes. Mitochondria produce reactive oxygen species (ROS), which not only can damage cellular components but also participate in signal transduction. The kinase ATM, which is mutated in the neurodegenerative, autosomal recessive disease ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T), is a key player in the nuclear DNA damage response. However, ATM also performs a redox-sensing function mediated through formation of ROS-dependent disulfide-linked dimers. We found that mitochondria-derived hydrogen peroxide promoted ATM dimerization. In HeLa cells, ATM dimers were localized to the nucleus and inhibited by the redox regulatory protein thioredoxin 1 (TRX1), suggesting the existence of a ROS...
          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed - Los Angeles Times      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Los Angeles Times

After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed
Los Angeles Times
Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the ...
Trump says he plans to give 'Rocket Man' CD to Kim Jong Un after allWashington Post
North Korea implies Kim Jong Un was at potato farm during Mike Pompeo's visitCBS News
North Korea state media release photos of Kim at potato farm after Pompeo visitThe Hill
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          Comment on Sweden is on track to meet its 2030 renewable energy goals this year by waywardpatriot      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
That's funny - I could have sworn that the Swedish Power Grid operator Svenska Kraftnat called BS on this report just a few days ago - YEP! Here it is: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sweden-power-nuclear/grid-operator-warns-wind-will-not-fill-swedens-nuclear-gap-in-winter-idUSKBN1JS1GL Looks like without clean, safe, 24x7 nuclear in the mix, Sweden is shooting itself in the foot AND making themselves dependent on dirty fossil-fuel backup for intermittency. How is that helping the climate again?
          I danni irreparabili provocati dal disastro nucleare di Fukushima e di cui nessuno parla più      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Stiamo parlando di un disastro nucleare che è assolutamente senza precedenti, ed è in costante peggioramento. I seguenti sono 28 segni

che la costa occidentale del Nord America è assolutamente bombardata con radiazioni nucleari di Fukushima e l’umanità è a rischio. Ogni singolo giorno, 300 tonnellate di acqua radioattiva da Fukushima entrano nell’Oceano Pacifico. Ciò significa che la quantità totale di materiale radioattivo rilasciato da Fukushima è in costante aumento, ed è in costante aumento (la radioattività NdT) nella nostra catena alimentare.



In definitiva, tutto ciò che riguarda le radiazioni nucleari sopravviverà a tutti noi con un margine molto ampio. Stanno dicendo che potrebbe richiedere fino a 40 anni per ripulire il disastro di Fukushima, e nel frattempo innumerevoli persone innocenti svilupperanno il cancro e altri problemi di salute a causa di esposizione a livelli elevati di radiazioni nucleari.


Stiamo parlando di un disastro nucleare che è assolutamente senza precedenti, ed è in costante peggioramento. I seguenti sono 28 segni che la costa occidentale del Nord America è assolutamente fritta dalle radiazioni nucleari di Fukushima …


1. Gli orsi polari, foche e trichechi lungo la costa dell’Alaska sono affetti da perdita di pelo e ferite aperte …
Esperti della fauna selvatica stanno studiando se la perdita di pelo e ferite aperte rilevati in nove orsi polari nelle ultime settimane è diffusa e correlata ad incidenti simili tra foche e trichechi.
Gli orsi, 33 avvistati, sono stati trovati pressi di Barrow, in Alaska, durante il lavoro di indagine di routine lungo la costa artica. I test hanno mostrato che avevano “alopecia o perdita di pelo e altre lesioni cutanee”, l’US Geological Survey ha detto in una dichiarazione .


2. C’è una epidemia di leoni marini morti lungo la costa della California.
Al rookeries isola al largo della costa della California del Sud, il 45 per cento dei cuccioli nati nel mese di giugno sono morti, ha detto Sharon Melin, un biologo della fauna selvatica per il National Marine Fisheries Service con sede a Seattle.Normalmente, meno di un terzo dei cuccioli sarebbero morti. E ‘diventato così pessima la situazione nelle ultime due settimane che la National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ha dichiarato un “evento insolito di mortalità.”


3. Lungo la costa del Pacifico del Canada e dell’Alaska, la popolazione di salmone rosso è a un minimo storico . Molti stanno incolpando Fukushima.


4. Qualcosa sta causando a molte specie di pesce lungo la costa ovest del Canada il sanguinamento dalle loro branchie, pance e bulbi oculari .


5. Un vasto campo di detriti radioattivi da Fukushima, che è circa la dimensione della California ha attraversato l’Oceano Pacifico e sta iniziando a entrare in collisione con la costa occidentale.


6. Viene previsto che la radioattività delle acque costiere al largo della costa occidentale degli Stati Uniti potrebbe raddoppiare nel corso dei prossimi 5-6 anni.


7. Gli esperti hanno scoperto livelli molto elevati di cesio-137 nel plancton che vive nelle acque dell’Oceano Pacifico tra le Hawaii e la costa occidentale.


8. Un test in California, ha scoperto che 15 su 15 dei tonni rossi esaminati sono stati contaminati con radiazioni da Fukushima.


9. Già nel 2012, il Vancouver Sun ha riferito che il cesio-137 veniva trovato in una percentuale molto alta dei pesci che il Giappone stava vendendo in Canada …
• 73 per cento di sgombro testato
• 91 per cento del halibut
• il 92 per cento delle sardine
• 93 per cento del tonno e anguilla
• 94 per cento del merluzzo e acciughe
• 100 per cento della carpa, alghe marine, squali e coda di rospo
10. Le Autorità canadesi stanno rilevando livelli estremamente elevati di radiazioni nucleari in alcuni campioni di pesce esaminati.
Alcuni campioni di pesce testati fino ad oggi hanno fatto registrare livelli molto alti di radiazioni: un campione di branzino raccolto nel mese di luglio, per esempio, ha avuto 1.000 becquerel per chilogrammo di cesio.


11. Alcuni esperti ritengono che abbiamo potuto vedere casi elevati di cancro lungo la costa occidentale solo da persone che mangiano pesce contaminato …
“Guardate quello che sta succedendo ora: Stanno scaricando enormi quantità di radioattività nell’oceano – nessuno si aspettava questo nel 2011,” Daniel Hirsch, docente di politica nucleare presso l’Università di California-Santa Cruz, ha detto Global Security Newswire . “Potremmo avere un gran numero di tumori da ingestione di pesce.”


12. BBC News ha recentemente riportato che i livelli di radiazioni intorno Fukushima sono ” 18 volte più elevato “di quanto si credesse.


13. Uno studio finanziato dall’UE ha concluso che Fukushima ha rilasciato fino ad ora 210 quadrilioni becquerel di cesio-137 in atmosfera.


14. La radiazione atmosferica da Fukushima ha raggiunto la costa occidentale degli Stati Uniti nel giro di pochi giorni nel 2011.


15. A questo punto, 300 tonnellate di acqua contaminata si riversano nell’Oceano Pacifico da Fukushima ogni singolo giorno.
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16. Un ricercatore di chimica marina dell’Agenzia giapponese di Meteorological Research Institute del dice che “30 miliardi di becquerel di cesio radioattivo e 30 miliardi di becquerel di stronzio radioattivo” vengono rilasciate nell’Oceano Pacifico da Fukushima ogni singolo giorno .


17. Secondo la Tepco, un totale compreso tra 20 mila miliardi e 40.000 miliardi di becquerel di trizio radioattivo sono stati riversati nell’Oceano Pacifico dopo il disastro di Fukushima ha iniziato.


18. Secondo un professore dell’Università di Tokyo, 3 gigabecquerels di cesio-137 scorrono nella porta di Fukushima Daiichi ogni singolo giorno .


19. Si stima che, rispetto a Chernobyl, fino a 100 volte di più di radiazioni nucleari sono state rilasciate in mare a Fukushima rispetto a quanto è stato rilasciato durante l’intero disastro di Chernobyl.
20. Uno studio recente ha concluso che un grande aggregato di cesio-137 dal disastro di Fukushima inizierà a fluire nelle acque costiere degli Stati Uniti all’inizio del prossimo anno …
Simulazioni oceaniche hanno mostrato che la massa di cesio radioattivo-137 rilasciato dal disastro di Fukushima nel 2011 potrebbe iniziare a scorre nelle acque costiere degli Stati Uniti a partire nei primi mesi del 2014 con un picco nel 2016.


21. Viene previsto che livelli significativi di cesio-137 si raggiungeranno in ogni angolo del Pacifico entro il 2020 .


22. Viene previsto che l’intero Oceano Pacifico sarà presto contaminato con “livelli di cesio da 5 a 10 volte superiore” rispetto a quello che abbiamo visto durante l’epoca di pesanti prove di bombe atomiche nell’oceano Pacifico molti decenni fa.


23. Le immense quantità di radiazioni nucleari entrati in acqua nel Pacifico hanno provocato l’ambientalista-attivista Joe Martino ad emettere il seguente avviso …
“I vostri giorni fatti di mangiare pesce dell’Oceano Pacifico sono finiti.”


24. Lo iodio-131, cesio-137 e stronzio-90 che sono costantemente in arrivo da Fukushima stanno andando a influenzare la salute di coloro che vivono nell’emisfero nord per un tempo molto, molto lungo. Basta considerare quello che Harvey Wasserman aveva da dire su questo …
Lo Iodio-131, per esempio, può essere ingerito nella tiroide, dove emette particelle beta (elettroni) che danni tissutali. Una piaga di tiroidi danneggiate è già stato segnalato tra ben il 40 per cento dei bambini nella zona di Fukushima. Tale percentuale non può che andare più in alto. In via di sviluppo tra i giovani, può arrestare la crescita sia fisica che mentale. Tra gli adulti che provoca una vasta gamma di disturbi secondari, tra cui il cancro.
Il Cesio-137 da Fukushima è stato trovato in pesci pescati lontani come la California. Si diffonde in tutto il corpo, ma tende ad accumularsi nei muscoli. 
Il fine vita dello stronzio-90 è di circa 29 anni. Imita il calcio e va nelle nostre ossa.


25. Secondo un recente rapporto di Infowars Planet , la costa della California si sta trasformando in una “zona morta” …
La costa della California sta diventando come una zona morta. 
Se non sei stato su una spiaggia della California ultimamente, probabilmente non sapete che le rocce sono innaturalmente pulita – non c’è quasi più fuco, cirripedi, ricci di mare, ecc più e le pozze di marea sono allo stesso modo stranamente privi di granchi, lumache e altri segni di vita … e soprattutto rispetto a 10 – 15 anni fa, quando era consigliabile indossare scarpe da tennis su una gita al mare, al fine di evitare di tagliarsi i piedi per tutte le cose – conchiglie rotte, ossa, vetro, legni, ecc 
Ci sono anche giorni in cui mi trovo in difficoltà a trovare anche una mezza dozzina di gabbiani sulla spiaggia della contea. 
È ancora possibile trovare un paio di gabbiani nelle aree pic-nic e vicini ad alcuni dei ristoranti (con posti a sedere all’aperto) per il cibo, naturalmente, ma, quando ripenso a 10 – 15 anni fa, i cieli e tutte le spiagge erano letteralmente riempiti con i gabbiani e del loro starnazzare inquietante. 
Ora è tutto innaturalmente tranquillo.


26. Uno studio condotto l’anno scorso è giunto alla conclusione che le radiazioni dal disastro nucleare di Fukushima potrebbe influenzare negativamente la vita umana lungo la costa occidentale del Nord America dal Messico all’Alaska “per decenni”.


27. Secondo il Wall Street Journal, la pulizia di Fukushima potrebbe richiedere fino a 40 anni per il completamento .


28.Il professore di Yale Charles Perrow avverte che se la pulizia di Fukushima non viene gestita con il 100% di precisione, l’umanità potrebbe essere minacciata per “migliaia di anni “…


“Le condizioni della piscina dell’unità, a 100 metri dal suolo, sono pericolose, e se due aste qualsiasi dovessero toccarsi potrebbero provocare una reazione nucleare che sarebbe incontrollabile. La radiazione emessa da tutte queste sbarre, se non sono continuamente al fresco e mantenute separate, richiederebbe l’evacuazione delle zone circostanti Tokyo. A causa della radiazione presso il sito dove sono contenute 6375 barre nel lotto in comune, se non venissero raffreddate continuamente, le conseguenze potrebbero essere un processo di fissione che minaccerebbe l’umanità per migliaia di anni “.








Stai iniziando a capire perché così tante persone sono così profondamente preoccupati per quello che sta succedendo a Fukushima?

          Gung Ho - 5 March 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The stories behind symbols and expressions around the world. The peace symbol popular during 1960's antiwar demonstrations had been around for decades. It originated in the antinuclear movement in the UK. Also, why do we say someone who's enthusiastic is all "gung ho"? The term derives from Chinese words meaning "work together." It was popularized by a Marine officer who admired the can-do spirit of Chinese industrial collectives. Plus, a tasty spin on stuffed foccacia that originated in eastern Sicily and is now a popular menu item in Omaha, Nebraska. Also: curling parents, sharking, ribey, a great book for young readers, and man lettuce.

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In English-speaking countries, overprotective Moms and Dads are called helicopter parents for the way they hover and meddle in their children's lives. In Denmark, they're called curling foraeldre, or curling parents, alluding to the sport of curling and frantic efforts to sweep away all obstacles in their offspring's path.  

A man in Orlando, Florida, asks if there's a word for slowly circling a parking lot in search of a space for your car. Slang terms for this practice include sharking and sharking for parking, and sometimes such drivers are jokingly called vultures.

Following up on our conversation about the need for a collective noun for librarians, a Ranchester, Wyoming, man suggests a Marian of librarians, a nod to The Music Man. And a woman in Bennington, Vermont, suggests that although many people are likely to propose a hush of librarians, she thinks a far more appropriate term would be a riot of librarians.

A Chicago, Illinois, man says his Appalachian relatives describe a thin or gaunt person as ribey. This adjective probably derives from the Scots term ribe, meaning a tall, scraggly plant and by extension a tall, thin person.

The low, wheeled device that auto mechanics use to slide under a car is called a creeper.

After noting how similar the word genre sounds to his own first name, Quiz Guy John Chaneski crafted a quiz that involves replacing the letters gen- with John- to form an entirely new word. For example, he says, from now on when you talk about a person's role in society as a man or a woman, as opposed to their biological sex, you'll be talking about not gender, but ...?

A Huntsville, Alabama, man asks: What's the origin of the peace symbol? A good resource on this topic is Peace: The Biography of a Symbol, by Ken Kolsbun.

In cycling slang, on the rivet refers to putting out maximum effort, and derives from the way cyclists lean all the way forward on the hard bicycle seat, which traditionally has a flat rivet in the very front.

An Omaha, Nebraska, woman wonders about an Italian food that's like a stuffed, pizza-size calzone stuffed with potatoes and spinach, or meat, or broccoli. She's seen it spelled several ways, including goodierooni, goudarooni, and cudaruni. The original version, cudduruni, comes from Sicily and is found in Sicilian dictionaries as far back as the 16th century.

A Mandarin Chinese speaker is curious about the origin of gung ho, referring to great enthusiasm. It derives from an anglicized Chinese expression, kung-ho, meaning "work together," which was adapted and popularized by Marine officer Evans Fordyce Carlson as gung ho.

Grant recommends a book for young readers by Rita Williams-Garcia. It's called One Crazy Summer, and it's about three girls who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them.

The parent of a highschooler in Madison, Wisconsin, says that at the beginning of each semester, when her daughter's classmates introduce themselves and their preferred pronouns, gender-neutral students often say their pronouns are they and their. Linguist Denis Baron has compiled an extensive list of other epicene pronouns. Although they and their may be applied to an individual, in that case, it's best to use plural verb.

Texas journalist Molly Ivins delighted in collecting colorful expressions from state legislators, including Who put Tabasco sauce in his oatmeal?, said of a suddenly invigorated colleague.

A Houston, Texas, woman asks: Why are there so many different dictionaries?

What's man lettuce? A Tallahassee, Florida, listener uses that term for beard. If you have a beard you might be said said to be barbigerous. If you get it trimmed, you've had a pogonotomy.  

This episode is hosted by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, and produced by Stefanie Levine.

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          Crusticles and Fenderbergs - 12 February 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A second-generation Filipino-American finds that when he speaks English, his personality is firm, direct, and matter-of-fact. But when he speaks with family members in Tagalog, he feels more soft-spoken, kind, and respectful. Research shows that when our linguistic context shifts, so does our sense of culture. Also: why do we describe movies that are humorously exaggerated and over-the-top as "campy"? This type of "camp" isn't where your parents sent you for the summer. It derives from slang in the gay community.  Finally, if someone looks after another person, do you call them a caregiver? Or a caretaker? Plus crusticles, screenhearthing, growlerly and boudoir, krexing, delope, and go do-do.   

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Is there a word to describe focusing so intently on your computer that you don't notice the sun has gone down and the only light in your room is from your computer screen? A Twitter user suggests the neologism screenhearthing. Or is there a better word? Screensetting, perhaps. The English word focus, by the way, derives from Latin focus, meaning hearth or fireplace.

A deckhand on the Lake Champlain ferry in Burlington, Vermont, wonders if there's a word for those accumulated chunks of ice in the wheel wells of cars. He calls them crusticles, but as we've discussed before, they go by lots of names, including snow snot, fenderbergs, carsicles, slush puppies, and kickies.

Charles Dickens is credited with the first use of the term growlery to mean a person's private sitting room or a place to retreat when one is in a bad mood. Long before that, the French were using the term boudoir for something similar. Boudoir comes from bouder, meaning to sulk.

A worker in Montgomery, Alabama, doctor's office reports that when the office is extremely busy, she and her colleagues will say We're slammin' or We're slammed. It's a common expression in the American South, and particularly in the restaurant business.

Members of our Facebook group have been sharing stories of signs altered in funny ways, such as the one that someone with a can of spray paint changed from No Logging Allowed to No Flogging Allowed.

Quiz Guy John Chaneski's "Coffee Cup" quiz requires the addition of the letters M (as in milk) or S (as in sugar) to a word to form another word that fits a clue. For example, if the original word is cap, but what he's looking for is a place to pitch his tent, which letter would you add?

A New York City man who grew up speaking both English and Tagalog reports an experience common to bilinguals: his behavior and emotions tend to shift when he's speaking one language as opposed to the other. Two good books on the topic: Life with Two Languages: An Introduction to Bilingualism by Francois Grosjean and Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez.

A Huntsville, Alabama, physical therapist notes that patients with a hamstring cramp will sometimes say I've got a rising in my leader. Rising is a dialectal term for swelling, and leader is a regional term for tendon or muscle, perhaps inspired by the old use of the term leader for the ropy stalk of a plant. Another dialectal term for a medical condition is the sugar, which means diabetes.

What's the difference, if any, between a caregiver and a caretaker? Generally in the United States, a caretaker is someone who tends property; a caregiver looks after a person. The term caregiver is far more recent.

Our discussion about grammagrams prompts listeners to send in several more stories from their workplaces. A high-school drama teacher in Arlington, Texas, reports that in the theater world, the letter Q is scribbled in scripts to mean cue.  A plumber points out that pipes that are Y-shaped are called wyes. A Virginia man who works in a shipyard that refuels nuclear submarines says that because the abbreviation for Bill of Materials is BOM, he and his colleagues joke about exploding nuclear BOMs.

The noun camp and the adjective campy refer to movies, theater, or a style or an exaggerated manner of creative or personal expression that combines high and low elements of culture. These terms were first used in the underground gay community, and may have originated from French se camper, which means to strike a pose. Camp was introduced into mainstream discourse by Susan Sontag's 1964 essay Notes on Camp.

Delope is a term used in duelling that to throw away one's shot. Incidentally, before taking office, elected officials in Kentucky, including notary publics, must swear they have never fought in a duel.

A listener in Richmond, Virginia, is understandably bothered by the overuse of the word gentleman, as when media outlets report that police have apprehended the gentleman suspected of committing a heinous crime.

A new arrival to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is curious about a phrase used by her husband's family: go do-do (DOH-doh), for go to sleep. It's from French dormir, to sleep. Grant recommends the Dictionary of Louisiana French: As Spoken in Cajun, Creole, and American Indian Communities.

Krex is a dialectal term, probably from German and related to Yiddish, that means to grumble or complain.

This episode is hosted by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, and produced by Stefanie Levine.

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          Medical Imaging Senior Manager - Banner Health - Worland, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Advanced certification by accrediting body in specialty required (MRI, Nuclear Medicine, CAT Scan, Mammography), if applicable....
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          Open thread for night owls: 'Securing Our Common Future' offers a vision for disarmament      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Dan Plesch and Kevin Miletic work with the Strategic Concept for the Removal of Arms and Proliferation project at the Centre for Diplomatic Studies, SOAS University of London. At Lobelog, they write—An Urgently Needed Summit Strategy:

Securing Our Common Future, just issued by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, is an inspiring, visionary document produced after extensive consultations with governments and civil society. On the eve of Donald Trump’s trip to Europe for a NATO meeting and summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Guterres agenda offers one possible way forward for the world’s nuclear powers. It’s a Rough Guide to world peace that surveys the potential for world disarmament from “hand grenades to hydrogen bombs.”

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Guterres directly challenges the five members of the nuclear club on the UN Security Council—China, France, Russia, the US, and the UK—to take urgent steps toward disarmament now because of the instability and dangers in international affairs. He asks, “Do the leaders of the nuclear powers support the joint statement by Reagan and Gorbachev that nuclear war cannot be won and must not be fought?” Today, none of the nuclear-armed states is willing to say this. Except for China, they all declare that they are ready and willing to turn a war into a nuclear war. Thirty years ago, NATO struggled to say that nuclear weapons would only be used as a “last resort.” It has not been repeated.

The NATO Summit and the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki that follows present the best opportunity for world leaders to emulate their distinguished predecessors who understood that disarmament and arms control were a prerequisite for the enhancement of national security and international stability. At the height of the Cold War in the 1980s, NATO Summit declarations were full of debate on arms control and disarmament, but recently there has been no such focus. The 1986 summit in Reykjavik resulted in one of the greatest disarmament achievements of the last century: a treaty that removed intermediate-range nuclear weapons from Europe. Now both the United States and Russia are threatening to withdraw from this treaty. This threat increases the urgency of including disarmament and arms control in the upcoming rounds of high-level talks.

Currently, the arms control and disarmament architecture is falling apart. Global military expenditures are at their highest levels since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Potential nuclear flashpoints in Europe (Ukraine), the Middle East, and the South China Sea are multiplying. [...]

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2012House Republicans plan to throw as many as three million people off food assistance:

Poverty is never a life status to aspire to, but it seems to be getting harder and harder to avoid, and increasingly punishing if you're there. With austerity so in vogue these days, it's getting even worse. Last month, the Senate passed a Farm Bill that slashes food assistance through the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) by $4.5 billion over the next decade.

"Oh, yeah?" said the House Agriculture Committee. "We'll just up that by about about $12 billion more." In that post, Laura Clawson explained who exactly this would hit. If you're a family of three, and have total income of more than $24,100 annually, you'd be out of luck. And food.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: What were we doing a year ago? Ah, yes. Greg Dworkin was telling us about Trumpshambles II at the G20; Jr.’s many versions (all bad) of his collusion meeting, and; the GOP health care implosion. Plus, bribery made easy: Trump pockets club initiation fees.

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          ONTD Original: Memorable Movie Bikinis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In July 1946 Parisian automotive engineer and designer Louis Réard introduced the bikini. The skimpy design was very risqué at the time because it exposed the wearer's navel and much of her butt. No runway model would wear it, so he hired a stripper to model it at a review of swimsuit fashions. The swimsuit was named after the Bikini Atoll, where the first public test of a nuclear bomb had taken place only days before.

Due to the controversy over its design, the bikini was accepted very slowly by the public. It gained increased acceptance as women like Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch, and Ursula Andress wore them in movies and were photographed while wearing them on public beaches.


Ursula Andress wore a bikini for this iconic scene in the 1962 film Dr. No. The scene was later recreated 40 years later by Halle Berry in Die Another Day



Carrie Fisher’s metal bikini in Return of the Jedi spawned countless coseplays at hundreds of SciFi conventions ever since the movie debuted in 1983.


Phoebe Cates in her red bikini might be the best known thing from the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Note; clip is a little bit NSFW.


Demi Moore was 41 in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle proving that if you have enough confidence you can wear a bikini at any age.

ONTD, do you wear a bikini at the beach or pool?

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          Statement From Joint Commission Of JCPOA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
1. Upon the request of the Islamic Republic of Iran, ameeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was held on 6 July in Vienna at Ministerial level. The Joint Commission met to discuss the way forward to ensure the continued implementation of the nuclear ... Reported by Eurasia Review 35 minutes ago.
          (USA-AL-Huntsville) MASINT Analyst      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
MASINT Analyst Huntsville, AL|Full Time In order to apply for this or any other job you will need to log in. Position Description Dynetics, an employee-owned company, is seeking a talented MASINT Analyst to join a diverse team to create unique solutions for complex problems. With offices across the United States engaging in the defense, space, cyber and commercial fields, Dynetics provides responsive, costeffective engineering, scientific and IT solutions. This is a MASINT Analyst position supporting the Intelligence Community to develop the capability to find, fix, track (FFT) and target mobile weapon systems. The candidate will use science-based evaluation to identify new signatures that may aid in FFT of deployed systems. The candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team interacting with contractors and government personnel to achieve the program objectives, but must also be comfortable working independently to analyze technical information and develop innovative solutions to problems. IND2 Basic Qualifications A bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or related field is required. Candidate should have 10 or more years of MASINT analysis experience. However, exceptional candidates with less experience will be considered. Candidate must have experience with one or more of the following sensor types: * RF (intentional, but more importantly, unintentional radiators)* Acoustic* Seismic* Magnetic* Chemical* Nuclear radiation* Gravitational Other Qualifications Ideal candidate will have experience supporting the IC, strong understanding of ballistic missile systems, and an active SCI clearance. Security Requirements Candidate must be a US Citizen and possess (and be able to maintain) a Final Top Secret/SSBI Clearance or meet the eligibility to obtain (and maintain) a Final Top Secret Clearance. Job Number: 01.01.04-124 Closing Date: 11/07/2018 #CJ Dynetics is an Equal-Opportunity Employer. All employees and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.
          (USA-NC-Mooresville) Nuclear Medical Techno I, Imaging, PRN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
**Description:** Provides diagnostic aid to physicians by conducting organ or body scans on patients. Administers and records isotope dosages in accordance with established departmental protocol. Observes patients during procedures and reports any abnormal activity. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. Works under general supervision. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required. Typically reports to a chief technologist or manager. Lake Norman Regional Medical Center has been serving the needs of the greater Lake Norman, Iredell and surrounding counties since 1926. The 123-bed, acute-care hospital offers comprehensive medical services and is located in Mooresville, NC. The medical campus includes 24-hour emergency medicine, a comprehensive center for surgical weight loss, women s services and The Stork Landing Maternity Center, cardiology, oncology, and surgical services, including an orthopedic specialty center and an outpatient surgery center, with designation as an American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS) Center of Excellence. Lake Norman Regional Medical Center has been honored with The Joint Commission distinction of being named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures ™ for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The benefits of working at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center are long and robust. Our benefit programs of “My Health, My Reward, My Future include: + Competitive compensation + Paid time off plans for vacation, holidays and illness + Health insurance coverage for medical, dental, vision and prescription medication + 401(k) retirement plan + Life and disability insurance + Flexibility spending accounts + Tuition Reimbursement + Career growth opportunities + Numerous Associate recognition programs The Values of “I CARE – Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence are the heartbeat of our organization. These values are evident in how we serve our patients, their families, our co-workers and the community. We invite you to apply for a position on the Lake Norman Regional Medical Center team – a place where careers are broadened and excellence is achieved. Distinguish yourself at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center and know what it feels like to make a difference in the health and well-being of the patients we serve! **Qualifications** Typically requires a bachelor's degree, at least 2 years of experience in radiology, and registration with the Nuclear Medicine Technology certification Board, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.), or the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. **Job:** _Nuclear Medicine_ **Organization:** _Lake Norman Regional Medical Center_ **Location:** _NC-Mooresville_ **Requisition ID:** _1833066_
          Pompeo: Denuclearization of North Korea ‘Is a Decades-Long Challenge’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/07/10/pompeo-says-denuclearization-north-korea-decades-long-challenge/ ---Quote--- “Look, this is a decades-long challenge, getting the North Koreans to make a fundamental strategic decision, which is that the nuclear weapons that they possess...
          (USA-PA-WEST MIFFLIN) Operations Supervisor      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT) is a leading supplier of nuclear components and fuel to the U.S. government; provides technical and management services to support the U.S. government in the operation of complex facilities and environmental remediation activities; and supplies precision manufactured components, services and fuel for the commercial nuclear power industry. With approximately 6,100 employees, BWXT has nine major operating sites in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, BWXT joint ventures provide management and operations at a dozen U.S. Department of Energy and two NASA facilities. Follow us on Twitter @BWXTech and learn more at www.bwxt.com at http://www.bwxt.com/ . BWSR, a partnership between BWXT and CB&I, is the Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) subcontractor at the Bettis Laboratory. BWSR performs remediation of legacy nuclear and environmental materials on site. The main project areas at the site include remediation of historical research facilities, demolition of buildings, and characterization of site infrastructure to support on-going maintenance and construction. **Operations Supervisor (2 Positions Available) - BWSR (BWX Technologies, Inc) - West Mifflin, PA** Job Summary **:** This position is an exempt supervisory position responsible for supervising and coordinating day-to-day operations in various work areas. In order to maintain consistent production goals, this individual must work closely as a team member with Radiological Supervisors, Environmental Engineers, Radiological Engineers and the Project Management Organization (PMO). BWSR is looking for an individual with a background in Radiological D&D to provide daily oversight and supervision of operations personnel such that all safety, environmental, radiological, engineering, project management, and operations standards are met. Relevant experience working as a field supervisor is preferable. This person must be able to perform simple operations on a personal computer in support of all work, and must be able to perform administrative paperwork with little to no errors requiring rework. This individual must be physically qualified to perform the duties of the job description. This position will require the maintaining of several qualifications within the Naval Reactors program. Specific duties include but are not limited to: + Provide supervisory oversight and leadership for all personnel under his/her charge to ensure the highest possible safety, environmental, radiological, and operational standards are kept. + Maintain each individual work area and crew under his/her supervision with adequate materials and equipment. + Ensure all work efforts under his/her control are performed in a safe and efficient manner. + Serve as the operations liaison between various work groups in the field and between the seller and buyer follow groups. + Responsible to know the field status of all jobs under his/her status, anticipate challenges, remove barriers, and ensure safe, compliant and on-schedule completion. + Determine the necessary personnel required for day-to-day operations. + Assures radiological controls, individual training and work practices are commensurate with conditions as found at the work site. + Audits work in-progress to assure compliance with established procedures. + Tracks personnel exposure at the job site, making sure available personnel have adequate exposure to complete the task. + Control the completion of routine and non-routine operations, ensuring that all work is planned and deadlines are targeted so as to maintain the production schedule. + Interface directly with project superintendents to develop and maintain job specific, detailed work activities on a weekly basis. + Submit pertinent scheduling information to the project superintendent as needed for scheduling purposes. + Work directly with engineering for identification of required material purchases and procurement activities. + Performance of technical work document review, scheduling, cost control and tracking, employee relations, and work quality inspections is a must. + Closely manage timecards of personnel assigned. Job Qualifications / Requirements: + High School diploma/GED is required. + A minimum of 5 years supervisory experience or experience in directing the work activities of a work crew, preferred. + Experience in D&D is preferred. + Must be a U.S. Citizen with no dual citizenship. + The ability to obtain and maintain Production Contamination Supervisor radiological qualifications in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion program. + Must be able to obtain and maintain respirator qualifications. + The ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) Level “L” Security Clearance. Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Position requires U.S. Citizenship (with no dual citizenship) and ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance which involves an extensive criminal and financial background investigation, drug test and previous employment reference verifications. BWXT supports diversity and is committed to the concept of Equal Employment Opportunity. We have established procedures to ensure that all personnel actions such as recruitment, compensation, career development, benefits, company-sponsored training and social recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or veteran status. https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/OFCCP_EEO_Supplement_Final_JRF_QA_508c.pdf
          (USA-TN-ERWIN) Maintenance Supervisor 1      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Headquartered in Lynchburg, VA., BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) is a leading supplier of nuclear components and fuel to the U.S. government; provides technical, management and site services to support governments in the operation of complex facilities and environmental remediation activities; and supplies precision manufactured components and services for the commercial nuclear power industry. BWXT has more than 5,200 employees and significant operations in Lynchburg, VA.; Erwin, TN.; Mount Vernon, IN.; Euclid, OH; Barberton, OH; and Cambridge, Ontario, as well as more than a dozen U.S. Department of Energy sites around the country. Follow us on Twitter @BWXTech and learn more at www.bwxt.com . Summary Description: To supervise Maintenance Mechanics on his/her assigned shift so that continuity of production may be maintained in a safe and efficient manner. Major Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Supervise maintenance mechanics. 2. Assignment of tasks to individual hourly Maintenance Mechanics and subsequent follow up. 3. Coordinate with production shift foreman to insure timeliness of repair and safety of all personnel involved. 4. Evaluate the Maintenance Mechanics' workmanship, attendance record, safety attitude, and take action as necessary to correct poor practices. 5. Provide mechanics with the proper tools and safety equipment for specific jobs. 6. Requisition needed parts or materials from Warehouse or Maintenance stock. 7. Maintain time records on hourly employees. 8. Train both new and experienced employees in various phases of Maintenance. 9. Personal check of individual jobs when completed to insure adequacy and completeness of assignment. 10. Receive instructions from the shift foreman on preceding shift and pass on instructions to the shift foreman on succeeding shift. 11. Troubleshoot and evaluate maintenance repair work. 12. Coordinate with Engineering to refine job design and insure maintainability of equipment. 13. Coordinate with support groups, as necessary, to provide effective maintenance service. Educational Requirements: High School Diploma Experience Requirements: Six (6) to eight (8) years experience is required. Two (2) to four (4) years experience on chemical processing equipment. US Citizenship, with no dual citizenship is required for this position. Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Position requires U.S. Citizenship with (no dual citizenship) ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance which involves an extensive criminal and financial background investigation and previous employment reference verifications. BWXT supports diversity and is committed to the concept of Equal Employment Opportunity. We have established procedures to ensure that all personnel actions such as recruitment, compensation, career development, benefits, company-sponsored training and social recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or veteran status.
          India will soon get to bid for Bangladesh nuclear power plant work      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
. Primary phase of the first unit’s construction is complete and commercial launch of the unit, powered by a VVER-1200 nuclear reactor which belongs to the latest 3+ generation, is scheduled for 2023.
          Are Nuclear Talks With North Korea in Serious Trouble?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Uri Friedman, The Atlantic
One eight-word assumption underlies American and South Korean negotiations with Kim Jong Un: North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons. That's what the analyst Cheon Seong Whun told me ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang this past weekend. For his part, Cheon, a security adviser in the conservative administration of former South Korean President Park Geun Hye, sees not a scintilla of hint that the North Korean leader is prepared to do so, despite Kim's vague promise to Donald Trump in Singapore to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean...
          Comment on Forced Responses: Jul 2018 by alan2102      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
41 Carrie says: "33 zebra says: “output of consumed electricity” … great question. real basics, take a refrigerator it need X KwH of electricity per day to maintain it’s temperature. It cycles on and off through the day....." SNIP All this desperate anti-renewables flailing is so... so 2005! Or maybe 2010. These are the shopworn arguments that used to be trotted-out by the fossil shills, but you don't hear them much anymore, since renewables have become such a clear-cut winner on practically every front. You don't hear them much anymore because those who used to mouth them wish to save what remains of their credibility. Yes, renewables still have a few hurdles, but nothing major, and they are being resolved as we speak. And no, renewables are not perfect and do not solve all of our problems; just many of them. Boo-hoo. Carrie, please read the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, cited above (post #22), then come back and tell us, if nuclear is so much better than renewables, why new nuclear construction is dwindling toward zero.
          Comment on Forced Responses: Jul 2018 by alan2102      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
30 Carrie: "You cannot greenify the supply side, while doing nothing on the demand side, in other words, without making systemic changes to the way western society is set up." I think what you mean is that you ought not greenify the supply side while not undertaking a bunch of other changes (conservation, stopping the insane waste, etc.). Ought not. And I agree. But what is actually happening is that the supply side is being greenified, slowly, without those other changes. Enough to avert catastrophe? Who knows? Probably not, if catastrophe were the baked-in outcome otherwise. But what if it were not the baked-in outcome otherwise, but rather just a possibility, depending? There's too much that we don't know. As for a "cap on concentrated wealth in ever fewer hands", that means the socialistic reconstruction of society. Big subject. We (humanity) got started on that project in the 20th century, but it ran into problems. Terrific backlash. The biggest war machine the world had ever seen was hurled at it. It survived, but with ~25 million dead and stupendous other losses; it stagnated after that, and later became the subject of further vicious attacks from the West. Another branch of the project got started further East, and ran into resistance somewhat less overtly violent but equally determined. The eventual result was that "concentrated wealth in few hands" had to be tolerated (albeit within a strong socialistic structure) for a number of decades, in order to allow development. They've done well, all things considered: hundreds of millions lifted out of poverty, the creation from scratch of a middle class larger than the total population of the U.S., life expectancy more than doubled, etc., etc. Not bad. It is possible that this branch of the project will find its way back to a more-complete socialism, eventually evolving into communism, and it will be a wonderful thing if it does. The prospect in the U.S. for socialist reconstruction is poor, it seems. The nation has been steeped in organized and well-funded right-wing, anti-socialist and insane "libertarian" propaganda for generations (basically same stuff as the "1%/scumbag propaganda" that I referenced earlier); the result is stiff resistance to even tiny and decades-overdue social democratic reforms -- e.g. $15/hour minimum wage -- let alone caps on concentrated wealth! On the other hand, there are the millennials, who are much more open to socialism than previous generations, and who are under great pressure as unbridled capitalism makes life more and more intolerable. It is possible that an economic collapse could galvanize the millennials and others, and move things leftward, toward sanity. But given still-prevailing anti-socialist sentiment, it is equally possible that an economic collapse could foster further right-populist/fascist degeneration (like Trump, except much worse). You speak of "making systemic changes to the way western society is set up", but as the West declines toward collapse, (well underway and accelerating, with ETA of perhaps ~2040), this becomes less important. What is most important is the way Eastern society is set up. We in the West are the past, they are the future, and I for one look to them with hope and cautious optimism. If you listen carefully to Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party, I think you'll see what I mean. When they speak of climate change remediation, environmental restoration, and the building of "ecological civilization" (one of their favorite phrases), they are serious. And they are equally serious about lifting the boats of all across Eurasia and Africa -- an enormous ambition, and just as urgent as environmental remediation. Of course this is a long march, over decades and half-centuries; Rome wasn't built in a day, neither Beijing. But they have the leadership, the vision, the resources and the commitment. If the worst (catastrophic) climate scenarios don't play out, and if nuclear holocaust can be avoided, then they stand a fair chance of building a green and far-more-just new world, between now and end-century. (The reader will kindly note that I said "FAIR CHANCE": not a good chance, not a great chance, just a FAIR chance... and that only with big qualifications: IF the worst climate scenarios don't play out, and IF nuclear holocaust can be avoided. Very big IFs. Thank you for reading my words, understanding them, and not reading-in to them mindless Pollyanna-oid utopianism. -- alan2102)
          While We Were Out: Record Heat, Pruitt Dumped, and Things Get Still Worse: 'BradCast' 7/9/2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Also: Plastic straws, straw polls, final straws, some actual good voting news, RIP Ed Schultz, and a bunch of listener calls...

A whole lotta stuff happened over the long holiday weekend, much of which the Trump Administration hopes you don't notice at all. We try help you notice them on today's BradCast. [Audio link to full show is posted below.]

But we start with some of the very few bits of good news we could find, as November's elections -- and our only hope -- loom large. First up: A petition drive in Michigan to place a host of election reforms on the ballot appears to have been successful. With 430,000 signatures submitted (far more than the 316,000 required), it looks like Michiganders will be able to vote for automatic voter registration, same-day registration, no-fault absentee voting and much more this Fall.

In Kansas, following a trial and federal court order, Kris Kobach, the state's embarrassing Sec. of State, has finally added some 25,000 voters to the rolls who had been denied access for lack of "Proof of Citizenship" documents. The court struck down the state law requiring the documentation as unconstitutional after Kobach monumentally failed in his defense of the law during the recent trial on behalf of voters who had challenged it. That hasn't stopped the GOP's top "voter fraud" fraudster, however, from claiming -- you guessed it -- fraud during a recent GOP straw poll in advance of the August primary in the state, where Kobach hopes to win the Republican nomination for Governor. (He lost the straw poll to Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer...by a lot.)

In other (largely) good news, Starbucks says they plan to do away with plastic straws to help save the planet (and comply with local governments who are banning them.)

Then, to the much less good news, as all-time heat records were shattered, by double-digits, here in Southern California over the holiday. Though the wildly corrupt fossil-fueled tool Scott Pruitt was finally forced to resign over the holiday weekend as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency (his resignation letter is amazingly creepy!), his second-in-command, Andrew Wheeler, an actual coal industry lobbyist, will now take over the EPA.

Also in recent days, two issues that Trump claims to have fixed (which he broke in the first place), have proven not to have been fixed at all. Despite Sec. of State Mike Pompeo describing recent "denuclearization" talks with North Korea as "productive", the North's Foreign Ministry characterized the U.S. attitude at negotiations as "gangster-like" and "cancerous" just after he left. That, after Donald Trump recently declared: "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

And, the chaos continues as the Administration is reportedly nowhere near being able to reunite some 3,000 children with their parents, as required by a federal court order and deadlines, after they were separated at the southern border by Trump's immigration goons.  That, after identification documents for many of the children were reportedly lost or destroyed, and despite Trump signing an Executive Order two weeks ago which he said would solve the tragic separations that he caused in the first place.

Finally today -- along with a ton of phone calls from listeners on all of the above and much more throughout today's show -- a few words, and some personal remembrances, on the sad passing last week of progressive radio and television broadcaster, and workers' champion, Ed Schultz...

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          Preparing for quick radiation diagnostic test in case of a nuclear disaster      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Researchers are attempting to create a better diagnostic test for radiation exposure that potentially could save thousands of lives.
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Advanced certification by accrediting body in specialty required (MRI, Nuclear Medicine, CAT Scan, Mammography), if applicable....
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          12 ways the movies tell us the world will end      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Michael Reed
Jul 10, 2018

Zombies, aliens, meteors - you may want to read this article quickly as the world could end at any moment, according to the movies...

“The end is nigh!” Nigh is a lovely word that has fallen out of use, but it means near or almost. In fact, the only people keeping it going are the ones possessed of unusual insight about the end of the world, mostly in films. And that’s what we’re here to talk about - what the movies tell us about the end of the world. Actually, what constitutes 'end of the world' is open to interpretation. It rarely refers to the planet Earth being totally destroyed, Alderaan style. So, for example, a total breakdown of society and law and order could be regarded as the end of the world as we know it, as could a situation in which carnivorous plants become the dominant life form.

In any end of the world scenario, the story is shaped by the stage of the disaster that the film chooses as its focus: the period leading up to the world-ending event, the period when the event happens, and finally, the aftermath. There is some variety in the period that is examined in each scenario but some combinations are unusual. For example, there aren’t many films that show us what happens after the comet hits the earth or after the aliens have taken over. Join us in our survey of this aspect of moviedom, and maybe you’ll learn a few things, things that will help you survive if it really does happen.

All the people disappear

How likely is it? There are days when we all wish for this to happen. These days are called 'Mondays'.

Imagine what would happen if everyone else on Earth suddenly disappeared. Stories of this type tap into a secret, misanthropic wish and a facet of the overall appeal of post-apocalyptic drama. The New Zealand film The Quiet Earth (1985) is a fairly pure example of this setting. The main character awakens to find himself the last person on Earth due to a scientific experiment gone awry, leaving the entire world as his plaything. There’s an experimental aspect to the proceedings as we watch him as he finds interesting things to do. He acquires a huge house, drives a train and then walks the streets at night while playing the saxophone, before declaring himself the ruler of Earth. After a while, though, the loneliness becomes unbearable and he starts to go mad. It’s worth noting that many other end-of-the-world scenarios, such as a virus pandemic, make use of this dynamic. For example, all of the official adaptations of the 1954 Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend (The Last Man On Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971), I Am Legend (2007)) deal with the survival challenge posed by extreme loneliness itself, even though they might be considered to be zombie or vampire stories.

Sometimes, in films like TV movie Where Have All The People Gone (1974), or the entertaining slice of 80s cheese that is Night Of The Comet (1984), it is a group of people, rather than an individual, who wander through the lonely apocalypse. A group allows a more conventional story form that makes greater use of dialogue than a story setup involving only a single character. In addition, adding an antagonistic force such as a zombie outbreak, although stretching the basic premise slightly, helps to add excitement to the story. Getting back to The Quiet Earth, at the point that Zac starts to lose his mind, ironically, we hit upon another staple of last person on Earth dramas: the discovery of other people. But, who will our hero encounter? A lover? A friend with whom to save the world? Or a nemesis?

Comets and meteorites

How likely is it? It’s happened in the past, and it’s definitely going to happen in the future.

Sometimes, people won’t believe you when try to tell them that the world is about to end, and this is common trope in movies about impending destruction from above. The focus of most of these films is the period leading up to the disaster. This means that there is something of a niche amongst made for TV and straight to DVD thrillers. For one thing, it’s possible to put together such a science fiction film without an enormous budget. Societal breakdown is often one focus of the story, and this is in area in which TV movies often outdo theatrical releases. The downside is the use of echoey piano or guitar music while family orientated drama plays out in a way that is rather cornball. Add in some recognisable faces of actors experiencing a career low point, and there’s usually some 'so bad it’s good' enjoyment to be had from one of these bargain bin DVD thrill rides when you find one.

But what could we actually do if this really happened? In films, quite often, nuclear weapons are employed to destroy the comet or meteor, but it seems unlikely that this would work in real life. In 2014, we did manage to land an experimental craft on an asteroid, but come on - we couldn’t land a nuclear device on the surface, drill down to a reasonable depth and then detonate the device to blow a massive comet to pieces. That is, unless we hired Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis and Aerosmith to do it. That this was the tack taken by Armageddon, the daft 1998 Michael Bay guilty pleasure. It’s a film that even has star Ben Affleck mocking its plot on the commentary track.

More sedate and sensible, Deep Impact was released the same year. This film covers the exposure government cover up through the eyes of a reporter, played by Téa Leoni, and then the frantic preparations to survive the disaster. That said, if anyone could save us, surely it would be Sean Connery, and he did so in dodgy-but-enjoyable-schlock Meteor (1979). That film employs the nuclear weapon solution as part of a typical, but unexceptional, 70s disaster movie that features Connery sporting a moustache. What’s not to like? Disaster from above? That’s just his toupee in this one. If you need cheering up after some of the more conventional takes, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (2012) serves up Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in a modern rom-com take on the subject.

The best bit? This scenario has actually happened before - it probably wiped out the dinosaurs. If it happens again, let’s just hope Affleck and Willis are still around to save us.

Alien invasion

How likely is it? It’s one of the classic questions about life in the universe. So, somewhere between perfectly likely and completely impossible.

In the 1950s, it was a staple of science fiction movies, but all-out invasions of Earth are less common in modern cinema. There are two main types of invasion story: In the first, the aliens tend to arrive in a spaceship to conquer us with their exotic weapons and technology. In these ones, their plans are typically stymied by human qualities such as self-sacrifice, inventiveness and sheer determination. It’s a mixture of patriotic pluck and technological sneakiness that beats the alien foe in Independence Day (1996).

The second type of invasion film involves an insidious takeover. It gets downright creepy when the aliens start to replicate or take command of the human hosts in various versions of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956, 1978, 1993, 2007). In another film, Invaders From Mars (1953), a boy realises that his parents are under control of the alien invaders, but no one believes him. It’s difficult to think of a more paranoia inducing scenario, and it was probably paranoia that produced it. As there are two types of invasion movie, there are two types of warfare in real life: the war against tanks and planes and the war against ideology. In the 1950s, fear of the two types of alien invasion were mirror counterparts of paranoia about both real-life incursions by communism and nuclear war. In the final entry of the Cornetto trilogy, The World's End (2013), Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg riff on this idea. It’s okay.

For some reason, most stories seem to revolve around the actual period of the invasion rather than the aftermath. It’s a shame that the much derided Battlefield Earth (2000) is one of the few films that explores this.

Zombie apocalypse

How likely is it? Very likely. It’s probably imminent.

We’re coming to get you, readers. The concept of the zombie has an ancient origin in folklore, but Night Of The Living Dead (1968) is generally acknowledged as the first modern zombie film. Just why is the first zombie movie still considered one of the best? Firstly, the script is very efficient - you’ll be hard-pressed to work out where the 96 minutes has gone after you’ve watched it. The film has an oddly 'realistic' atmosphere given the subject matter. No doubt, budgetary issues actually helped the film in this area. Secondly, the characters are well-defined, giving the audience an investment in their respective fates. Here, we have a traumatised young woman, a helpful, level-headed young man alongside a short-sighted father who turns out to be sneaky and unreliable. Of all the the characters, Ben, played by Duane Jones is the kind of guy that you’d want to be stuck with in a situation like that. It’s significant that director George Romero chose a black actor as it was unusual to have a black man as the hero at that time. Gritty realism and the reliance on diversity, in every sense, went on to become hallmarks of zombie-driven cinema and television, right up until the present day, and it’s part of what makes genre so enduring.

Romero’s second zombie movie Dawn Of The Dead (1978) is an equally highly regarded entry and takes place during the later stages of the apocalypse. Bubbling below the surface, we have the musings on the sociology of the situation, which makes this film, and others like it, far more than simply horror movies. It poses an allegory: the parallel between the pull-factor of the mall both to the zombies and to the rabid consumers that they had once been. This style of film also touches on deeper, more widely felt fears about interference with nature as we continue to probe the boundaries of medical science.

A much later zombie movie, Shaun Of The Dead (2004) touches on some of the same themes within a comedic context, and the success of this film helped to kick off the recent revival of the genre along with the earlier fellow British film 28 Days Later... (2002). Apart from the more serious tone of the latter film, comparing the two reveals the contrast between fast zombies and slow zombies. With slow zombies, the characters have more time to think, but it’s often the case that disaster strikes when they have let their guard down. In fact, getting bitten due to a silly mistake or simple unforeseeable bad luck has become a cliche of the genre, as has covering up the fact that a character has bitten. So, if you’re ever IN a zombie apocalypse, keep an eye on other members of your party. Due to the current fascination with zombies, there are too many excellent examples to even keep track of them all, alongside too many terrible straight to DVD ones to even contemplate. This last point serves as test. The classics are all about good characters and fascinating situations. Zombie films that rely on simple gore and action tend to fail that test.

Nuclear war

How likely is it? It’s been a constant threat since the 1950s.

There are some films about impending thermonuclear disaster, a few about the actual disaster itself, and the period long after the disaster is a staple setting for both video games and many, many Italian science fiction classics that went straight to video in the 1980s. It seems that, to survive in the desert wasteland, one requires cobbled-together armour along with big, big hair. Perhaps there’s an element of the cargo cult to this and the characters wanted a hairstyle that explodes upwards and outwards in the manner of the nuclear explosions that shaped their world.

If you’re looking for something that explores the extreme stress of the period leading up to nuclear war, along with the horror of it actually happening and the misery of the aftermath, have a word with your psychiatrist before viewing the awesome docudrama Threads (1984). At all times, when viewing Threads, one finds oneself thinking that this what nuclear war would really be like - absolutely the worst thing that could possibly happen. “I wish WE were dead”, weeps a woman At one point, lying in her makeshift shelter as she suffers in agony. As becomes apparent, part of the problem with nuclear weapons is that they don’t kill enough people. Yet, infrastructure is destroyed, lots of people are maimed and even agriculture is disrupted because of the nuclear winter. You must be either made of something sterner than any of us, or simply a permanently happy person if you can get through a viewing of Threads without feeling depressed. It’s just that the film is so… damn fantastic. On The Beach, the 1958 film starring Gregory Peck, is another classic of grim hopelessness, and The Day After (1983) competes with Threads for the title of 'most depressing film ever made'. Almost no filmmaker seems to have addressed the funny side of nuclear war.

Economic breakdown

How likely is it? It happens all the time around the world.

Human beings need a stable environment in which to live and prosper, but we also need stable economic systems. Without them, infrastructure, law and order and public services crumble. At that point, what we think of as normal life becomes impossible. This seems to be the backdrop to the Mad Max franchise, the much imitated standard-bearer for lawless desert-based post apocalyptic action films. According to official production documents for Mad Max 2, warfare in the Persian Gulf disrupted the oil supply causing a massive run on the price of fuel, and a consequent run on the value of gold, and this led to worldwide economic chaos. This in turn caused riots in most industrialised nations followed by declarations of martial law. Before long in Australia, fuel was the most valuable commodity and the highways degenerated into a warzone. Cool.

Soylent Green (1973) is, in part, a police drama set in a future blighted by severe economic depression. The cause seems to be massive overcrowding that has led to depletion of resources along with global warming. So, in that story, it may be the case that economic breakdown is the result of other factors. Suffice to say, if you’re in a situation like that one, and you fancy a snack, read the label very carefully.

Virus pandemic

How likely is it? It’s scientifically possible and happens, to a smaller extent, all the time.

Bird flu, SARS, Ebola, Zika - from time to time a pandemic, a disease spread over huge areas of human population, occurs. The most famous pandemic is the Black Death, an outbreak of mostly pneumonic and bubonic plague in the 14th century. That one may have wiped out as much as 60% of the European population. As the disease was spread largely due to the filthy living conditions of the time, that might make you feel safe, but the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic knocked off as many as 100 million people, mostly fit, healthy adults with strong immune systems. An interesting aspect of that one is that most western governments imposed censorship on the newspapers of the time as morale was already at a low point due to World War I. So, we have a cultural backdrop of unstoppable disease, coupled with a government cover-up etched into our collective memory from the start.

Made in 1980, Virus (also known as Day Of Resurrection and Fukkatsu No Hi) was, when released, the most expensive Japanese movie ever made, and it’s a great post apocalyptic romp. In this story, as with many similar ones, the virus was created as a weapon by government scientists working in secret. Unfortunately, it falls into the wrong hands and is accidentally released, killing off most of the world’s population. This is significant for story reasons, as you need a virus that kills as many people as possible to keep things interesting. For example, if all but 10% of the population were killed off, it would be a devastating tragedy on many levels, but the total ratio of, say, doctors to other people would remain the same. The same goes for electrical power plant workers. Remember, those power plant workers would only have to be able to supply 10% of the power demand at most. Certainly, at the 10% level, life would difficult for the survivors and normal society would be disrupted, but most virus pandemic stories take the number down to a fraction of 1%.

Contagion (2011) details the initial phase of a pandemic and the attempts by healthcare professionals to control the outbreak. It has the slight whiff of a docudrama to it, and it never quite comes to life in terms of excitement despite an all-star cast. The 1971 adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel The Andromeda Strain deals with the outbreak of a deadly viral infection of an extraterrestrial origin. Directed by Robert Wise, it’s a 'sciencey' science fiction film with a serious tone, and it’s remained well-regarded film. The Satan Bug (1965), an adaptation of a novel by Alistair MacLean covers similar ground but gives us a more typical action adventure plot revolving around a government created virus. The Cassandra Crossing (1976) takes the idea of a plague virus being used on a train full of passengers and shoe horns it into the then-popular disaster formula. Like most disaster films, it features lots of highly recognisable stars, but it’s a somewhat dull movie and one for the completists only. 12 Monkeys (1995) visits two periods: that leading up to the release of a man made virus, and initially, due to time travel, that time long after the virus has destroyed most of human civilization. Of course, there are some films that make use of a virus as plot device without being classed as pure virus scenario movies. Zombie flick 28 Days Later (2002) is an example. Makes you think - who knows what governments around the world have sat around in secret laboratories?

The supernatural

How likely is it? That one depends on your beliefs in the mystical and supernatural.

The Bible was the first mass printed book, and it features at its climax an apocalypse. However, people are, in general, less religious than they used to be. As a result, supernatural apocalypses in fiction have fallen by the wayside compared to those involving zombies and viruses and things like that. Ghostbusters (1984) features a group of scientists battling the forces of the occult. Had they failed to close the gateway to another dimension, presumably, the entire world would have been overrun with demons and other supernatural entities. If nothing else, if New York became the nexus of this activity, it might at least make property rental more affordable there. Perhaps The League Of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005) belongs in this category? In that film, the monsters and crazy characters from the writer’s imagination cross over into the real world. We wouldn’t want to live in that world any more than the one in which the Gremlins (1984) were running amok.

Dogma (1999) is Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse take on an impending end of the world scenario within a religious context. At the time, some people were surprised to see a religiously themed story from a writer/director so well known for his edgy humour, and it’s ironic that it’s a rare throwback the religious origins of apocalyptic fiction. On the whole, these films tend be about a battle between good and evil as supernatural forces attempt to take over the world rather than the aftermath. This may be the setting for John Boorman’s Zardoz (1974), but we’re not actually sure what’s going on in Zardoz.

The environment

How likely is it? We may not have reached the tipping point yet, but we’re certainly heading that way.

We tend to take the environment for granted; it is, after all, the world around us. But when you think about it, we humans are quite fragile, and you wouldn’t have to change much about our surroundings to make life unlivable for us. Most disaster films tend to assign blame on a character, but environmental disaster films lay the guilt trip on the viewer and society in general. The message is about the sanctity of the Earth and the punishment we are due if we do not learn to respect it. The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961) is a black and white film that explores this horror. The science that forms the premise is hard to believe as scientific experiments somehow throw the Earth off its usual axis causing a rise in temperature around the world, but putting that aside, it’s an absorbing drama. The protagonist, played by Edward Judd, is a hard drinking journalist who seems sick of life following his divorce. It’s this antihero performance combined with the perspective of the film, that of the inner-workings of a newspaper newsroom and early 60s London in general, that make the film worth worth watching. The tension builds and builds as the temperature goes up and up, leading up to a last-ditch attempt by the scientists to save life on Earth.

It’s interesting to contrast the character based drama of The Day The Earth Caught Fire with another film, The Day After Tomorrow (2004). Roland Emmerich isn’t exactly renowned for his subtlety as a storyteller, and you can call the film a romp or even a guilty pleasure, but it’s, basically, great fun. Like many science fiction stories, this one builds on one of the prevalent fears of our time, global warming. The film’s an action-adventure, and like all films that owe part of their lineage to the disaster boom of the 1970s, it relies on an ensemble cast of interrelated characters. The speed at which things start to go horribly wrong isn’t scientifically plausible, but who cares when you’re having this much, admittedly silly, fun? Go, put the DVD in, you know you want to.

The Colony (2013) is a solid, if unambitious, bit of fun that seems to have passed most audiences by. In this film, one of the mighty Bill Paxton’s final ones, a group of survivors living underground during an ice age investigate a distress call from one of the other bunkers and get caught up in a fight with a ruthless enemy. So, it’s an example of environmental post apocalypse mixed with with conventional action that adds up to an enjoyable B-movie.

No Blade Of Grass (1970) is an adaptation of a novel by John ‘Tripods’ Christopher. The film has some strange distribution issues and hasn’t been widely seen, and frankly, it’s not that great anyway, as it’s a bit of a clunky mess. However, it does show the really nasty side of what happens to society when nothing will grow and all the food runs out. Some films show the long-term results of massive environmental disaster. For example, the degradation of the environment in the Blade Runner films is the backdrop of the story. Waterworld (1995) is set in the far future and shows us a world that is mostly submerged beneath the sea.

Computers take over

How likely is it? It’s already happened to an extent and it’s gradually getting worse.

Generally speaking, computers don’t have feelings, so when they run things, it’s bad news for the human beings. The Terminator franchise gives an insight into a world in which a malevolent computer system, Skynet, has taken control of the the world. We get glimpses into what the future has in store for mankind in the first film, made in 1984, and it’s the principle setting for Terminator Salvation (2009).

In the Terminator franchise, the computer running things is clearly the enemy of humankind, but there are many dystopias in which the computer running things was set in motion with a benevolent intention. In the original Rollerball (1975), the lead character, athlete Jonathan E. finds life in what should be a paradise extremely unsatisfying. At one point, he discovers that he can’t even read the original version of a book because all the books are now stored on computers and all the books have been censored. What’s the point of being human if you can’t make decisions and choose how you want to lead your life? Fellow 1970s dystopian vision Logan’s Run (1976) similarly shows an ordered society run by computers that are the enemy of individual thought.

The fear factor from scenarios like these comes from the fact that the computerisation of society is gradually happening. Every time a government gives itself more power to intrude into our lives thanks to the computers that we now rely on, the reality of computer run dystopias comes closer. At least, in the case of the computer in the Terminator films, there is an actual enemy to fight with using guns and explosives. In the case of government and corporate policies as an enemy, they are harder to fight as we get lazier and more reliant on machines simply because of convenience. Every time you find yourself going “how the... ” when one website seems to know what you were doing on another website, and every time you buy another gizmo with AI, a camera and a tracking device, that dystopia is one step closer.

Animals take over

How likely is it? As secure as we feel in our everyday lives, our relationship with nature is always an uneasy one.

Thinking about it, the animals turning against us must be a primal fear as early humans were closely connected to husbandry and constantly wary of attack. Australian creepfest Long Weekend (1978) is a fairly pure example of this scenario. In this film, a couple who’ve decided to get away from it all on a camping trip find that all the animals have turned nasty. In common with films about environmental disasters, there’s an element of punishment for disrespecting nature.

Reign Of Fire (2002) takes a mythical and terrifying animal, the dragon, and turns it into the enemy of humankind. Day Of The Triffids (1962) is an adaptation of the John Wyndham novel and is a type of animal attack story. The human race finds itself helpless when most are blinded by a meteor strike while, coincidentally, a species of carnivorous, mobile plants go on the attack. Irwin Allen’s disaster flick The Swarm (1978) features deadly bees, and it often tops lists of the worst movies ever made. Despite the deployment of massive military forces to fight the insects, it’s not clear if the entire continent, or even the entire world, is under threat or merely the city of Houston though. Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 film adaptation of The Birds is a more typical apocalyptic tale in which common domestic birds turned against humanity en masse. In common with the short story on which it’s based, the film ends on an uncertain note as we don’t know if what the long term prospects for normal human life will be.

Films in which the animals turn into our enemies are, in a way, a subcategory of environmental thriller. Although it seems unlikely that civilisation will ever be literally under siege due to animal attack, ironically, we could be killing ourselves off by threatening the life cycle of, for example, bees, vital to us as the pollinators of flowers. Who knows what else we will do to ourselves, ultimately, as we gradually kill off one species after another?

The weird ones

How likely is it? We should always be on the lookout for new threats from unexpected directions.

Some films involving an apocalyptic threat to humanity are difficult to categorize. Viciously derided by critics as 'silly' due to its premise, M. Night Shyamalan employs some sort of airborne agent that induces suicide in the film The Happening (2008). It’s not a perfect movie, but the hate that it’s been subjected to is difficult to justify. That filmmaker touches on similar ground in his similarly critically mauled After Earth (2013), a story of human astronauts who crash land on a future Earth on which practically all life has evolved to be hostile to human beings. In all fairness, that one is grown-worthy with not much going for it.

Stephen King’s only feature film directing credit, Maximum Overdrive (1986), offers some visceral thrills, and it’s become regarded as a trashy horror cult classic. In that film, all of the vehicles have become hostile to human beings. How it works, we’re not exactly shown, although it seems to involve a force from outer space in some way. For example, how are the controls of vehicles held down and manipulated? Are the vehicles independently intelligent, and if so, what is their ultimate aim? Children Of Men (2006) shows us a future in which fertility rates have suddenly dropped to such a level that the human race is in danger of extinction. As with many of the films that we’ve talked about, it’s a fantastical premise that has some roots in reality as sperm counts in human males are dropping globally at the moment. Scientists are unable to say whether viewing After Earth is the cause of this.

Sometimes a film doesn’t tell us what causes the breakdown of civilization. For example, in the underrated The Postman (1997) starring Kevin Costner, it seems to have been combination of the effects of warfare, disease, economic breakdown and massive environmental change that has lead to people living primitive lives in small communities. Similarly in The Road (2009), we’re never told exactly what happened to Earth, although it seems to have been environmental in nature.

Some of these films have been difficult to categorize. For example, is 28 Days Later a zombie film or a virus film? What about the film adaptation of The Mist (2007)? Is that a supernatural or alien invasion, or even, an animal attack film? In the same way, we have, no doubt, missed out some important films. Let us know what you think in the comments selection.


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The United States has enjoyed many advantages over the decades because of its superpower status. As the principal architect of the post-World War II liberal international order, Washington has secured disproportionate security and economic benefits for itself. America’s overwhelming military capabilities have magnified that clout in global affairs. Allies and adversaries alike might grumble at Washington’s preeminence, but they have been prudent enough to avoid direct challenges whenever possible. Even the Soviet Union confined itself (with the notable exception of the Cuban Missile Crisis) to probes in marginal, mostly Third World, arenas.

However, Washington’s dominant position has also led to some foreign policy bad habits. Because U.S. leaders have not had to deal with serious peer competitors in a long time, they appear to have lost the art of skillful, nuanced diplomacy. Even before the arrival of the Trump administration, U.S. policy exhibited a growing arrogance and lack of realism about diplomatic objectives. The upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin affords an opportunity to relearn the requirements of effective diplomacy. If handled poorly, though, it will underscore the adverse consequences of Washington’s rigid approach to world affairs.

Too many American politicians, pundits, and foreign policy operatives seem to believe that when dealing with an adversary, diplomacy should consist of issuing a laundry list of demands, including manifestly unrealistic ones, without offering even a hint of meaningful concessions. Critics of Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un epitomized that attitude. Some of them excoriated the president just for his willingness to accord Kim implicit equal status by approving a bilateral meeting. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi groused that President Trump “elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime’s status quo.”

Others grudgingly conceded that the summit theoretically might have been an appropriate move, but argued that Washington should have demanded major substantive and irreversible North Korean steps toward denuclearization in exchange for such a prestigious meeting. In other words, they wanted North Korea’s capitulation on the central issue before Trump even agreed to a summit. Critics were furious that such a capitulation was not at least enshrined in the joint statement emerging from the meeting. And if that hardline stance was not enough, they insisted that Trump should have made North Korea’s human rights record a feature of the negotiations. Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne asserted that “our wrongful indifference to human rights in the past should not be used as an excuse to justify apologias for dictatorships in our time.”

The lack of realism such positions exhibit is breathtaking. If the hardliners had prevailed, no summit would have taken place. Their demands were multiple poison pills to any feasible negotiations. And the consequences flowing from the course they favored would have been the perpetuation, if not escalation, of alarming tensions on the Korean Peninsula. By spurning their advice, Trump secured a worthwhile change in the dynamics of the U.S.-North Korean relationship. The rapprochement may yet falter, since there are still extremely serious disagreements between the two countries, but the summit was a beneficial reset that has reduced the danger of a catastrophic military confrontation. Because he focused on the achievable, Trump secured a modest, but constructive, gain both for the United States and the East Asian region.

The president has an opportunity for an even more important success in his upcoming summit with Putin. But even more than he did with North Korea, he needs to make major changes in current U.S. policy toward Russia and reject the advice and demands that Russophobic hardliners are pushing. Once again, the president must distinguish between achievable and unachievable goals. And he must be willing to make meaningful concessions to the Russian leader to secure the former.

Some of Washington’s existing demands are manifestly unrealistic. Russia is not going to reverse its annexation of Crimea and return that territory to Ukraine. The Kremlin’s move was at least partly a response to the clumsy and provocative actionsthat the United States and key European Union powers took to support demonstrators who unseated Ukraine’s elected, pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, before the expiration of his term. Moscow was not about to accept that Western power play and watch the region containing Russia’s main naval base come under the control of a manifestly hostile Ukrainian regime. Given the stakes involved, Russia is no more likely to withdraw from Crimea than Israel is likely to return the Golan Heights to Syria or Turkey return occupied northern Cyprus to the Republic of Cyprus. Persisting in an utterly unattainable demand regarding Crimea before U.S. and EU sanctions against Russia will be lifted is pointless.

Inducing the Kremlin to reduce and phase out its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine is more achievable. Indeed, despite the hysterical allegations that appear periodically in the Western press, Russia’s backing of the insurgents has been quite limited and is far less than constituting an “invasion.” Putin shows little stomach for making Ukraine an arena for a full-fledged confrontation with the West.

A similar situation exists with respect to Syria. The Kremlin clearly wishes to see Bashar al-Assad remain in power, and given the extreme Islamist orientation of many of Assad’s opponents, that is not an outrageous position. Nevertheless, Putin has avoided establishing a large-scale Russian military, especially ground force, presence in that country. He apparently wishes to confine Moscow’s role to protecting its naval base at Tartus and assisting Assad’s military efforts with Russian air power. There appears to be an opportunity for Washington to gain assurances from the Kremlin that its involvement in Syria will not escalate and might even recede gradually.

To secure such goals, though, the U.S. would need to offer some appealing concessions to Putin. In exchange for ending Russian support of Ukrainian secessionists and confirming Moscow’s toleration of the anti-Russian regime in Kiev, Trump should be willing to sign an agreement pledging that the United States will neither propose not endorse NATO membership for Ukraine or Georgia. NATO’s previous waves of enlargement right up to Russia’s border were a key factor in the deterioration of the West’s relations with Moscow. It is time to end that provocation. In addition to that concession, Trump should pledge that NATO military exercises (war games) in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea will come to an end. In exchange, the United States ought to insist that Russian forces end their provocative deployments in Kaliningrad and along Russia’s frontier with NATO members.

With regard to Syria, Trump should inform Putin that the United States is ceasing its efforts to unseat Assad—a venture that has been a disaster, in any case. To reinforce that pledge, the United States should offer to withdraw all of its forces over the next year. Those moves would tacitly accept Russia as the leading foreign power in terms of influence in Syria. Such a concession is a simple recognition of reality. Syria is barely 600 miles from Russia’s border; it is 6,000 miles from the American homeland. Moscow’s interests are understandably more central than America’s, given that geographic factor alone.

In conducting serious negotiations with Putin, President Trump has an opportunity for a diplomatic (and public relations) success that would exceed his achievement with the Kim summit. To do so, however, he must make a major course correction in how the United States handles delicate and dangerous situations with adversaries. Indeed, he must take an important step in America’s willingness to relearn the techniques of achievable diplomacy.

Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior fellow in defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute and a contributing editor at The American Conservative, is the author of 10 books, the contributing editor of 10 books, and the author of more than 700 articles on international affairs.
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NPCIL Recruitment for 32 Trade Apprentice Vacancies: - Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has issued a latest notification for the recruitment of 32 posts. The post name is Trade Apprentices. If you want to make career at NPCIL Vacancy then you can apply offline application from on or before 16 August 2018. It is golden opportunity for interested candidates, who are seeking government job in NPCIL Vacancy. Further other details are given below. (हिन्दी में इस नौकरी की जानकारी के लिए यहां click करें) Post:- Trade Apprentice. Eligibility:- 08th/10th +ITI certificate Location:- Tamil Nadu. Last date:- 16 August […]

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          (USA-MI-Newport) Refuel Outage Cleaner / Fire Watch      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The duties of a Janitor, General Cleaner include but are not limited to the following: Responsibilities * Clean restrooms * Replenish restrooms * Empty trash * Empty recycle bins * Clean desks where applicable * Clean tables in conference room * Vacuum offices and common areas * Clean interior glass * Clean drinking fountains * Dust partitions, cabinets and vents * Mop floors * Clean elevators/shine stainless Chemicals * Operate chemical dispensing units * Properly measure chemicals that are not provided in dispenser form * Understand how to read MSDS sheets * Properly label chemicals * Wear proper PPE when working with chemicals Physical Functions Required * Ability to walk or stand for prolonged periods. * Requires bending, stooping, reaching up, and lifting up to 50 pounds. * Possible exposure to chemicals requiring special clothing or safety equipment. * Ability to use motorized equipment. * Ability to read and comprehend safety material and facility required documents. A criminal background check, results of which are not necessarily a bar to employment, and a drug screen are required. This is a temporary position but it is a great way to get your foot in the door at a Nuclear Power Station.
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Reporting to the Manager of CT/PET/MRI/NM and Radiology Nursing, Registered Professional Nurses at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Illinois are licensed professionals empowered to participate in an interdisciplinary approach to meet the expectations of those we serve. As members of the Professional Nursing Congress, the registered nurses are actively involved in the continued evidence based development of best practices to ensure individualized and desired outcomes at discharge. Registered Nurses receive recognition for their involvement through Clinical Ladder Best at the Bedside Program. Nursing practice follows the mission of the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis serving our community with the “greatest care and love”. Radiology Nurses work in all areas of Radiology and Medical Imaging (Diagnostic X-ray, CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy, and PET/CT). Pediatric experience required. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The job incumbent is required to demonstrate the critical care knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care appropriate to the age of the patients served on the unit(s). This requires that the incumbent demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development as well as the physical, emotional and psycho-social needs of the patient population served. Demonstrates knowledge and skills to work with patients receiving anesthesia during Radiology and Medical Imagining procedures. Highly prefer Pediatric experience with at least 1 year of clinical experience in the hospital setting. Work requires a professional level of knowledge of nursing practice and theory at a level that generally can be acquired by completion and graduation from an accredited School of Nursing. Current State license as a Registered Nurse required. PALS and ACLS required within 1 year of hire. Work requires 3 to 6 months unit-specific orientation and on-the-job training to learn Radiology department/unit policies, procedures and work routines; to develop proficiency in use of medical equipment and instruments used in Radiology motilities; to learn nursing care and quality assurance standards; and gain an understanding of the types of patients (Infant to adult) cared for in Radiology and Medical Imaging areas, their needs, and effective nursing interventions. Work requires the interpersonal skills necessary to instruct and comfort patients, family members, and/or significant others; to communicate effectively and concisely with other infant / adult care providers; and to instruct family members and/or significant others in home care procedures. Work requires analytical ability necessary to assess infants'/ adult physical, psychological and social needs, develops individualized care plans, and evaluate patient’s responses to medical and nursing interventions. Work requires after-hours Call until 9 pm. Monday – Friday, as well as the ability to critically think and function autonomously while on call. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled Applicants will be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin or ancestry, age physical or mental handicap unrelated to ability or an unfavorable discharge from military service. Experience the OSF culture and community byclicking here. **Organization:** **Nursing* **Title:** *RN Radiology* **Location:** *null* **Requisition ID:** *RAD000489*
          (USA-NV-North Las Vegas) Quality Control Inspector II - (GD&T)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Qualifications + Bachelor’s degree in a technical related field and 2 years' of professional level experience, or equivalent training and experience. + Must have experience in interpreting national consensus codes and standards, in the applicable field of inspection (welding, pressure safety, materials testing, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, etc.) and preparing inspection plans, tests, check lists, establishing inspection set ups and techniques, and determining equipment to use. + Must possess excellent oral/written communication skills. + Must possess good problem-solving skills, integrity, and interpersonal skills to communicate with customers, co-workers, management, and other personnel at all levels in a professional and efficient manner. + Computer skills including work processing and spreadsheet software desirable. + Pre-placement physical examination, which includes a drug screen, is required. MSTS maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. + Must have a valid driver’s license Department of Energy Q Clearance (position will be cleared to this level). Reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR Part 707.4, “Workplace Substance Abuse Programs at DOE Sites,” will be conducted. Applicant selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation, and subsequent reinvestigations, and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified matter. Successful completion of a counterintelligence evaluation, which may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination, may also be required. Reference 10 CFR Part 709, “Counterintelligence Evaluation Program.” Eligibility Requirements – To obtain a clearance, an individual must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age. Reference DOE Order 472.2, “Personnel Security.” Pre-placement physical examination, which includes a drug screen, is required. MSTS maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. MSTS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. MSTS is a background screening, drug-free workplace. Responsibilities + Primarily provides geometric dimensioning & tolerancing (GD&T) inspection activities supporting precision machining. + Operates precision inspection equipment such as coordinate measuring machines. + Select the appropriate national consensus codes or standards and develop quality inspection criteria to be used to perform inspections. + Will need to obtain qualification and or certification to perform Quality Control inspection activities based on education, training, experience in one or more of the inspection disciplines (e.g. welding, non-destructive examination/testing, boilers and pressure systems, geometric dimensioning and tolerance, materials testing and verification, concrete, soils, anchoring, etc.). + Make autonomous judgment during inspections activities to determine whether items, systems, components, or products are acceptable for use, or not, based on design requirements. + Generate non-conformance reports that document the objective evidence where items or products do not meet design requirements.     Overview If you’re looking for an interesting, fulfilling career, you’ve come to the right place! At Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (MSTS), we’re a dynamic team of employees who manage and operate the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), formerly known as the Nevada Test Site. A premier outdoor, indoor and underground national laboratory for unique, high-level experiments, the NNSS has offices across the country, including Southern Nevada; Santa Barbara and Livermore, California; Washington, D.C.; and Albuquerque and Los Alamos, New Mexico. We’re dedicated to working together as a team to keep our nation safe. Join us! MSTS is a limited liability company consisting of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), and Stoller Newport News Nuclear, Inc. (SN3). Job ID2018-1621 # of Openings1 CategoryOther TypeFull-Time Location : CityNorth Las Vegas Location : State/Province (Full Name)Nevada MinUSD $69,097.60/Yr. MaxUSD $103,646.40/Yr.
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Qualifications + Bachelor's degree in an engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and at least 14 years’ relevant experience. + Master’s degree preferred. + Skill building experience must demonstrate either deeper technical specialization or additional cross-disciplinary knowledge. + Graduate research experience may be recognized. + Recognized subject matter expert in technologies to include Broadband Laser Ranging (BLR) and Photon Doppler Velocimetry (PDV). + Must have clear understand of microwave systems, RF measurements, modern digitizer technology, cable equalization and transient signal mitigation and modeling. + Recognized as an authoritative source of information in the National Lab Community. + Some travel is required for the fielding of experimental diagnostics at remote locations + Pre-placement physical examination, which includes a drug screen, is required. MSTS maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. + Must have a valid driver’s license. Department of Energy Q Clearance (position will be cleared to this level). Reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR Part 707.4, “Workplace Substance Abuse Programs at DOE Sites,” will be conducted. Applicant selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation, and subsequent reinvestigations, and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified matter. Successful completion of a counterintelligence evaluation, which may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination, may also be required. Reference 10 CFR Part 709, “Counterintelligence Evaluation Program.” Eligibility Requirements – To obtain a clearance, an individual must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age. Reference DOE Order 472.2, “Personnel Security.” MSTS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. MSTS is a background screening, drug-free workplace. Responsibilities + Devises integrated solutions to the most complex technical problems of broad scope. + Solutions are comprehensive in technical and business aspects and exhaustive at all levels, including cross-disciplinary. + Serves as an expert adviser to other personnel and management on difficult and critical technical issues. + Works with customer personnel to ensure their needs are clearly defined and works with others. + Applies knowledge and ingenuity to implement cutting edge, pioneering solutions in the technical arena, often in unexplored areas of investigation and research. + Encourages development of intellectual property and publishing in refereed journals. + Lead cross functional and geographically distributed teams using the NNSS Integrated Project Team (IPT) ideals to solve complex technical problems. + Participate in the development of low to high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) innovations. + Expected to work with customers in the field when applying high TRL technologies to new experimental conditions. + Engage with peer subject matter experts on decisions related to the advancement of microwave, electro-optic, fiber optic, and pulsed power technologies in mission areas specific to NNSS strategic areas of focus. Overview If you’re looking for an interesting, fulfilling career, you’ve come to the right place! At Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (MSTS), we’re a dynamic team of employees who manage and operate the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), formerly known as the Nevada Test Site. A premier outdoor, indoor and underground national laboratory for unique, high-level experiments, the NNSS has offices across the country, including Southern Nevada; Santa Barbara and Livermore, California; Washington, D.C.; and Albuquerque and Los Alamos, New Mexico. We’re dedicated to working together as a team to keep our nation safe. Join us! MSTS is a limited liability company consisting of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), and Stoller Newport News Nuclear, Inc. (SN3). Job ID2018-1624 # of Openings1 CategoryEngineering TypeFull-Time Location : CityLivermore Location : State/Province (Full Name)California MinUSD $123,988.80/Yr. MaxUSD $192,192.00/Yr.
          Los intereses de Mogherini      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Desde el pasado 30 de mayo ABC ha ofrecido tres entregas sobre un sorprendente personaje de la diplomacia española que ha logrado hacer carrera en la diplomacia de la UE a la sombra de la Alta Representante, Federica Mogherini. Los lectores de ABC ya conocen los textos de Javier Chicote, en los que ha ido desvelando los oscuros intereses que parece promover a las órdenes de Mogherini Ramón Blecua, embajador de la Unión Europea en Irak. Mogherini escogió a este diplomático después de que estuviera destinado en Yemen, como segundo de la Legación de la UE. Allí fue denunciado por el Gobierno de su vecino, Arabia Saudí, ante el Servicio Europeo de Acción Exterior por las reiteradas reuniones de Blecua con agentes iraníes identificados por los saudíes, que se disputan bajo qué área de influencia ha de caer Yemen. Esto tenía una especial gravedad, porque ya en su destino anterior en la Embajada de España en la India, Blecua solicitó un visado para España para el jefe de la inteligencia iraní en Nueva Delhi. Aquello hizo saltar las alarmas.

Con tan notables precedentes, en mayo del año pasado Federica Mogherini nombró a Blecua embajador de la UE en Irak. No hace falta recordar la creciente influencia iraní en Bagdad, donde el peso de la comunidad chií es enorme -a ella pertenece el primer ministro, Haider al-Abadi.

La cosa se ha agravado en las últimas semanas. El pasado 30 de junio se reunió en París el «Free Iran Gathering», un grupo de opositores al régimen de los ayatolás iraníes. Gentes que aspiran a ver ese país convertido en una democracia equiparable a las europeas. Allí tuvo bastante relevancia la información publicada en ABC, que llamaba la atención sobre el sorprendente disponible económico que ha alcanzado Blecua en los últimos años. Un capital con el que ha podido comprar en Bruselas, junto con su pareja de hecho, un palacete valorado en muchos millones de euros. Su mujer, que se ha presentado públicamente como la princesa Nupur Chowdhry, ni es princesa ni tiene medios de vida o patrimonio personal o familiar conocidos. Y hay testimonios de compañeros de la carrera diplomática que explican cómo hace dos o tres años Blecua tenía que pedir prestados unos cientos de euros a sus amigos para llegar a fin de mes. Las sospechas sobre el origen del patrimonio para comprar ese inmueble, registrado con el mismo estatus diplomático que las oficinas de Aeroflot u otros organismos dependientes de gobiernos extranjeros, son enormes y se han recogido en medios de comunicación norteamericanos, francófonos, árabes e italianos. Así que Blecua ha contestado en un foro de la Universidad de Columbia, «The Gulf/2000 Project» acusando a ABC de querer provocar en Irán una guerra como la de Irak. «Este tipo de mentiras y calumnias no merecerían mucho comentario si no fueran una repetición de los preparativos para la invasión de Irak, con los mismos personajes y una coalición aún más formidable engrasando la máquina de propaganda a cargo de batir la desinformación para impulsar el mundo a una nueva guerra».

Toda Europa necesita saber si la Alta Representante, señora Mogherini, respalda las declaraciones de su embajador en un foro como el de la Universidad de Columbia. Quienes son (¿somos?) los que están promoviendo la guerra. Y, sobre todo, Mogherini tiene que dejar claro de una vez si sitúa a Europa del lado del lado del plan nuclear de los ayatolás o del Occidente libre. A la vista de la forma de actuar -incontestada- de alguno de sus embajadores, parece que prefiere tenernos aliados con el régimen de Teherán. Y eso lo recordarán futuras administraciones norteamericanas.


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After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed
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Fascinating look at the CERN, European Organisation for Nuclear Research, LHC facility captured by laser scanners: Inside CERN - lidarnews.com “The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is situated 100 meters below ground at CERN and is considered the biggest single machine on the planet. It is also the location of one...
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Los catastróficos ensayos tuvieron lugar en EE.UU entre 1945 a 1962.

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Meetings International proudly invites all the participants from all over the world to attend “2nd International Conference On Cardiology & Cardiac Nursing” during June October 25-27, 2018 at Paris, France. Cardiology 2018 will be operated by world class experts in the field of Cardiology, International symposiums, B2B meetings, workshops will also be organised to discuss the specific topics in the field of Cardiology like Clinical Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiovascular Surgeries, Vascular Heart Diseases, Cardio-Oncology, Cardiovascular Diseases During Pregnancy and Nuclear Cardiology. Cardiology Meetings will affect an alluring minute to meet individuals in the exploration field and along these lines it takes a get a kick out of opening a door to meet the capacity in the field, youthful analysts and potential speakers. The gathering likewise incorporates fundamental themes on Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiovascular pharmacology, Cardiac nursing, Clinical Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology, Cardiovascular Surgeries, Cardiac Regeneration, Case Reports on Cardiology, Interventional cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Obesity & Diabetes, Vascular heart disease, Cardiomyopathy & Heart Failure, Cardiovascular Diseases during Pregnancy, Cardiac Diagnostic Test, Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention, Heart Stroke and Advanced Nursing Practice. We organize conferences world-wide. All major conferences of Meetings International are accredited with Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Continuing Education (CE), and Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits.
          All 34 Stan Lee Marvel Movie Cameos Ranked, Through ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ (Photos)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Every time a new Marvel movie comes out, the one thing hardcore fans can count on is a special cameo from comic book legend Stan Lee. Some have been fun surprises, while others have been underwhelming. Here’s the definitive list of every Stan Lee appearance through “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” ranked from boring to excelsior!

34.) “Deadpool 2” (2018)

The bottom of this list consists of Lee’s “blink and you’ll miss it” cameos. In “Deadpool 2,” he doesn’t actually appear in the movie in person — he pops up as a huge wall mural that’s a bit tough to spot, and gone almost immediately.

33.) “Spider-Man 2” (2004)

Another super-quick Lee cameo, but during the first fight between Spidey and Doc Ock, Lee sees enough screen time to pull a women out of harm’s way. Watch the clip here.

32.) “Spider-Man” (2002)
Same here. Lee gets a freeze-frame shot during one of the big fight scenes in the Sam Raimi original. This was before Stan Lee cameos became a major part of the Marvel moviegoing experience, explaining why so little thought was put into them. Watch the clip here.

31.) Iron Man 3 (2013)
You can catch Lee for a split second as a beauty pageant judge in this film. Compared to some of the other recent Lee cameos, this one is extremely forgettable. Watch the clip here.

30.) “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006)
Lee appears in a flashback scene where Jean Grey demonstrates her powers. Another one of the more forgettable cameos, this one at least gives fans time to register who they’re looking at. Watch the clip here.

29.) “X-Men” (2000)
This was the first Marvel feature film to include Stan Lee, and as such was purely an easter egg for eagle-eyed fans. Lee can be seen for several seconds as a beach-side hot dog vendor, but he’s not the focus of the shot as he is in later films. Watch the clip here.

28.) “Daredevil” (2003)
Here’s where the cameos start getting good. Lee gets saved from walking into traffic by a young Matthew Murdock, marking the first time Lee is used as part of a gag in a Marvel film. Watch the clip here.

27.) “Iron Man 2” (2010)
This is another fleeting clip, but it ranks higher for portraying Lee as Larry King, complete with glasses and suspenders. Watch the clip here.

26.) “Fantastic Four” (2005)
The first film in which Lee talks with one of his creations portrays him this time as a mailman who extends Reed Richards a friendly greeting. Beyond that, there’s nothing too special about this appearance, but it demonstrates the pivot toward increased focus on these cameos. Watch the clip here.

25.) “Doctor Strange” (2016)
This quick cameo sees Lee reading Aldus Huxley’s “The Doors of Perception” and otherwise remaining completely oblivious to the otherworldly goings-on just outside his bus window. Watch the clip here.

24.) “X-Men: Apocalypse” (2016)
Lee appears with his wife, Joan Lee, pop up in “Apocalypse” as a couple watching as the world’s nuclear weapons are launched — although luckily, they’re being rendered useless in space. It was Joan’s final appearance on film before her death in 2017. Watch the clip here.

23.) “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011)
Some films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe use Lee as the punchline for a gag scene. Here, Lee cameos as a military official at a White House press event that Cap no-shows. Watch the clip here.

22.) “Thor” (2011)
Here’s another gag scene in which Lee uses a truck to try to uproot Thor’s hammer, which can only be wielded by someone who’s “worthy,” from the crater in which it’s stuck. Watch the clip here.

21.) “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014)
Lee plays a security guard at a museum where Cap’s suit is on display. Unfortunately for Stan’s job security, Steve Rogers needs it back. Watch the clip here.

20.) “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017)
Lee returns to New York to join in the neighborhood lecturing the Web-Slinger about a slightly botched attempt at heroism. Watch the clip here.

19.) “Ant-Man” (2015)
During Luis’ madcap story, Lee appears as a bartender. Hearing Michael Pena’s voice come out of Lee’s mouth is a great surprise gag. Watch the clip here.

18.) “Iron Man” (2008)
By the time “Iron Man” was released, Marvel knew its fans were on the lookout for the Stan cameo, so they put him in a smoking jacket, flanked him with some beautiful women and had him appear as Hugh Hefner. Watch the clip here.

17.) “The Avengers” (2012)
This is a bit of a cheat. The actual Lee cameo used was another quick shot that would have ranked low on this list, but the deleted cameo is too funny to exclude. As Cap struggles to adjust to life in the 21st century, Lee shows up to call him out on his obliviousness. Watch the clip here.

16.) “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)

Lee’s back in New York and completely unimpressed by Thanos and his minions in his “Infinity War” cameo. There’s a fair chance he’s reprising his role from “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in this one. Watch the clip here.

15.) “Thor: The Dark World” (2013)
Poor Dr. Selvig. After getting his brain scrambled by the Mind Stone in “The Avengers,” he’s left in a mental ward where he uses Stan Lee’s shoe to deliver a lecture about the convergence theory before an ambivalent audience. Watch the clip here.

14.) “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)
It’s already surreal to see Rocket Raccoon in a blockbuster. It’s even weirder to hear him voiced by an A-List actor like Bradley Cooper. But nothing is as weird as seeing Rocket ask Stan Lee from afar, “Where’s your wife, you old codger?” Watch the clip here.

13.) “Deadpool” (2016)
The raunchiest Marvel film deserves the raunchiest Stan Lee cameo. If you think it’s weird to see him guest star as a strip club DJ, remember that this is the guy who created “Stripperella.” Watch the clip here.

12.) “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007)
In a rare cameo as himself, Stan Lee tries and fails to get into a wedding guarded by a skeptical bouncer. Watch the clip here.

11.) “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014)
During Gwen and Peter’s graduation, Lee spots Peter swapping his Spider-Man costume for a cap and gown. “I think I know that guy,” he exclaims. Watch the clip here.

10.) “Black Panther” (2018)
Lee is often seen as a blue collar guy just trying to make a living in his movie cameos, and in “Black Panther,” he seizes an opportunity by snagging T’Challa’s casino winnings, disapprovin