Spring Ahead and other news: Open Thread

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Good Afternoon everyone. Some new updates for you, so think of this as an Open Thread with some quick links to recent items of interest. Tonight is one night I always dread, which is the night we move the clocks forward an hour. So here is a few links to remind y’all.

Daylight Saving Time: Spring ahead, stay on track – USATODAY.com

5 ways the time change may impact your health – TODAY Health – TODAYshow.com

Guess I am in that depression group which sees more adverse affects to loosing an hour during Daylight Savings Time. As if I need an article to point out the ways “springing ahead” will affect my health, just the thought of even more fighting with my kids to wake up in the morning on Monday is enough to make me want to run for a padded cell.

Here are some updates on the nuclear plant problems in Japan:

Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant faces new reactor problem | Reuters

The emergency cooling system is no longer functioning at the No.3 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility, requiring the facility to urgently secure a means to supply water to the reactor, an official of the Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told a news conference.

On Saturday, an explosion blew off the roof and upper walls of the building housing the facility’s No. 1 reactor, stirring alarm over a possible major radiation release, although the government later said the explosion had not affected the reactor’s core vessel and that only a small amount of radiation had been released.

Up to 160 may have radiation exposure in Japan nuclear accident | Reuters

The number of individuals exposed to radiation from the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan could reach as high as 160, an official of Japan’s nuclear safety agency said on Sunday.

Don’t forget Libya is still smoking:

Libya: Arab League calls for United Nations no-fly zone – Telegraph

The Arab League called on the United Nations Security Council to impose a no-fly zone on Libya, increasing pressure on Europe and the US to embark on limited military action against the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

AFP: Thousands of Libyan women march for ‘no-fly zone’

Several thousand Libyan women marched through the streets of rebel-held Benghazi on Saturday, demanding a no-fly zone to stop Moamer Kadhafi from bombing rebel fighters.

“No-fly zone! No-fly zone!” chanted the crowd in English and in unison, waving Libyan flags and flashing victory signs as they marched along the seafront corniche in the country’s rebel-held second city.

Students, mothers, grandmothers, children and toddlers walked hand in hand, most of them wearing headscarves and some with flags painted on their cheeks and Libyan flags wrapped around their foreheads, bandana-style.

They held up framed photographs of male relatives killed since the uprising began in mid-February and banners scrawled with slogans such as: “Is oil more expensive than the blood of our sons?”

Obama ‘concerned’ that Gadhafi could win – The Oval: Tracking the Obama presidency

In the presidential news conference, Obama said he is “absolutely” concerned about Gadhafi’s potential to win. He said, “I think that’s why it’s so important for us not to stop where we are, but to continue to find options that will add additional pressure, including sending a clear message to those around Gadhafi that the world is watching.”

One thing I find curious is that over in Libya, the press is being pushed around…there is no internet…and yet we don’t really hear much about that in our MSM. Well, this is something I doubt you will find being reported on our fine news establishments:

Al Jazeera staffer killed in Libya – Africa – Al Jazeera English

An Al Jazeera cameraman has been killed in what appears to have been an ambush near the rebel-held city of Benghazi in eastern Libya.

Ali Hassan Al Jaber was returning to Benghazi from a nearby town after filing a report from an opposition protest when unknown fighters opened fire on a car he and his colleagues were travelling in.

Two people including Al Jaber were shot. Al Jaber was rushed to hospital, but did not survive.


Wadah Khanfar, the director-general of Al Jazeera, said the network “will not remain silent” and will pursue those behind the ambush through legal channels.

He said that the killing came after “an unprecedented campaign” against the network by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Wadah Khanfar said Al Jazeera will not remain silent in the wake of Al Jaber’s killing

“Al Jazeera condemns the cowardly crime, which comes as part of the Libyan regime’s malicious campaign targeting Al Jazeera and its staff,” the network said in a statement.

“Al Jazeera reiterates the assault cannot dent its resolve to continue its mission, professionally enlightening the public of the unfolding events in Libya and elsewhere.

Look for more updates below in the comments section…this is an open thread.

9 Comments on “Spring Ahead and other news: Open Thread”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Personally, I can’t wait for more daylight in the evening–even though I’ll be sleepy for a couple of days. I don’t know why that always happens.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    I’m not sure what to think about the nuclear meltdown in Japan, but this doesn’t sound good:

    And so now the question is simple: Did the floor of the containment vessel crack? If not, the situation can still be salvaged by somehow re-containing the nuclear core. But if the floor has cracked, it is highly likely that the melting fuel will burn through the floor of the containment system and enter the ground. This has never happened before but has always been the nightmare scenario for a nuclear power event — in this scenario, containment goes from being merely dangerous, time consuming and expensive to nearly impossible.

    It’s The China Syndrome.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    According to the Guardian, there is a problem at a third nuclear plant!