Sunday, March 13, 2011



I've been fascinated by the events in Japan and have spent almost all day watching the various clips coming out of there.
When I first saw this clip I wondered what the hell I was seeing, now I find out I am not the only one that noticed it!

Prison [1]
Saturday, March 12, 2011
As we accurately reported earlier today, the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan was the result of a nuclear meltdown of the reactor core at the facility.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) confirmed the meltdown [2] Saturday afternoon. Fukushima is one of the 25 largest nuclear power stations in the world. The NISA is affiliated with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
High levels of cesium and iodine, by-products of nuclear fission, are being reported and providing more evidence that a nuclear meltdown is currently underway.
It is now certain Japan is experiencing a Chernobyl event. “At this point, events in Japan bear many similarities to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Reports indicate that up to 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) of the reactor fuel was exposed. The reactor fuel appears to have at least partially melted, and the subsequent explosion has shattered the walls and roof of the containment vessel – and likely the remaining useful parts of the control and coolant systems,” Stratfor explains [3].
“Given the large quantity of irradiated nuclear fuel in the pool, the radioactivity release could be worse than the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe of 25 years ago,” said Kevin Camps [4], a nuclear waste specialist.
Prior to the explosion of the containment structure, exposure rates outside the plant were at about 620 millirems per hour [5]. Radiation exposure for the average individual is 620 millirems per year. Virtually any increase in ambient radiation can raise long-term cancer rates, and authorities distributed iodine, which helps protect against thyroid cancer, The Oregonian [6] reports.
As the image above illustrates, the prevailing jet stream [7] moves from Japan to the United States across the Pacific Ocean. Airborne radiation would work its way into the jet stream and reach the United States in less than 36 hours. Jet streams flow from west to east in the upper portion of the troposphere.
By downplaying this serious disaster, the Japanese government is not only endangering its own people, but also millions of people in the United States and Canada.

The cover-up by the Japanese government provides more evidence that government cannot be trusted to safeguard the lives of its citizens.

Assault on Collective Bargaining Illegal, Says International Labor Rights Group

In 1935, when Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act (also known as the NLRA, or the Wagner Act), it recognized the direct relationship between the inequality of bargaining power of workers and corporations and the recurrent business depressions. That is, by depressing wage rates and the purchasing power of wage earners, the economy fell into depression. The law therefore recognized as policy of the United States the encouragement of collective bargaining 

From the PSU student newspaper

TriMet needs to stop spending money on more "extravagant" things and start putting its focus back where it belongs—on services for the people. Public services need to be the top priority for the public transportation organization.

If TriMet wants to spend money on extras, then it should first be sure to reinstall lines and stops that have been cut out rather than spending extra on things that are not necessities.




STEVE FUNG'S WEEK(S) AT TRIMET (and other places)

MORE TRIMET VIDEO (not from me!)

Portland MAX Red Line bound for Beaverton TC at SW 10th/ Galleria
Portland Streetcar #6 departing Central Library Friendly Train Operator
Portland Streetcar #6 arriving at SW Park/ Mill
Portland ST Car #9 on SW 11th/ Taylor part 2
Portland ST Car #9 on SW 11th/ Taylor part 1
Portland MAX Blue Line bound for Gresham arriving at Library/ SW 9th Ave
Portland MAX Blue Line arriving at Hillsboro/ Hatfield Government Center
Portland MAX Blue Line bound for Gresham departing Hillsboro
Portland MAX Blue Line train bound For Hillsboro Arriving
Portland MAX Blue Line bound for Hillsboro arrival at Washington Park

Shinmoedake Volcano Erupts, Post Tsunami


‘Wisconsin 14’ group of Democratic senators returns, greeted by thousands at Capitol

Rep. Kucinich Fires Up Madison Workers' Rights Rally

Rep. Dennis Kucinich was on fire up at the rally in Wisconsin!
Take 15 minutes of your day to listen to some common sense.

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