Wednesday Reads

Good Morning! Minx here with the morning roundup. Last night my daughter was very worried about the radiation from Japan. She kept on asking me if it was coming our way.   My thoughts went back to when I was a nine years old and SkyLab was falling out of the sky.  My mom let me stay home from school…I was so worried that it would fall right on top of our house.  It made me laugh. I told her to relax, don’t worry about it…then I saw what hit the fan late last night.

 

The situation in Japan is constantly changing so I will just post some updates below. For the latest news be sure to check:

Kyodo News

Status of quake-stricken reactors at Fukushima nuclear power plants | Kyodo News

Status of quake-stricken reactors at Fukushima nuclear power plants

TOKYO, March 16, Kyodo

The following is the known status as of Wednesday evening of each of the six reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and the four reactors at the Fukushima No. 2 plant, both in Fukushima Prefecture, which were crippled by Friday’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.

Fukushima No. 1 plant

— Reactor No. 1 – Suspended after quake, cooling failure, partial melting of core, vapor vented, building damaged Saturday by hydrogen explosion, seawater being pumped in.

— Reactor No. 2 – Suspended after quake, cooling failure, seawater being pumped in, fuel rods fully exposed temporarily, vapor vented, building housing reactor damaged Monday by blast at reactor No. 3, damage to containment vessel on Tuesday, potential meltdown feared.

— Reactor No. 3 – Suspended after quake, cooling failure, partial melting of core feared, vapor vented, seawater being pumped in, building housing reactor damaged Monday by hydrogen explosion, high-level radiation measured nearby on Tuesday, plume of smoke observed Wednesday, damage to containment vessel likely.

— Reactor No. 4 – Under maintenance when quake struck, fire Tuesday possibly caused by hydrogen explosion at pool holding spent fuel rods, abnormal temperature rise in spent-fuel storage pool but water level not observed, fire observed Wednesday at building housing reactor, no water poured in to cool pool, spraying of boric acid being considered.

— Reactors No. 5, No. 6 – Under maintenance when quake struck, temperatures slightly rising in spent-fuel storage pools.

Fukushima No. 2 plant

— Reactors No. 1, No. 2, No. 4 – Suspended after quake, cooling failure, then cold shutdown.

— Reactor No. 3 – Suspended after quake, cold shutdown.

==Kyodo

Japan quake live blog: Radiation found in water 50 miles from nuke plant – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs

[6:48 a.m. ET Wednesday, 7:48 p.m. in Tokyo] Tests revealed traces of radiation in tap water in Fukushima city, 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the Daiichi nuclear plant, the local government said Wednesday. The Fukushima prefecture’s nuclear department said amounts of radioactive cesium and iodine that are not harmful to the human body were found in water samples taken at 8 a.m. Wednesday (7 p.m. ET Tuesday). Government officials said the traces found are connected with the nuclear plant. A measurement of the tap water supply taken later in the day found no traces of iodine or cesium.

Looks like the meeting in Paris did not got so well for the Libyan Rebels. From NBC:

First Read – Clinton: No U.S. support for Libya no-fly zone

We wrote this morning that lawmakers – and the public – are split about whether the United States should implement a no-fly zone in Libya to assist rebels against Moammar Gaddafi.

Now, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports from Cairo that there is “no U.S. support” from the State Department for a no-fly zone over Libya, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton instead saying that the proposal must go to the United Nations, where it is expected to face opposition from Russia and China.

Meeting with Clinton last night in Paris, Libyan rebels asked the Secretary to launch airstrikes against three airfields, to offer military aid, and to implement a no fly-zone, Mitchell reports.

But the United States is not going to meet those demands, according to an off-camera read out after that meeting — the highest-level contact to date between the administration and the Libyan rebels.

NATO is expected to discuss options for intervention today.

Qaddafi Forces Near Benghazi as Rebel Says World ‘Failed Us’ – Bloomberg

Muammar Qaddafi set his sights on Benghazi as his forces moved into the gateway city of Ajdabiya, 100 miles from the rebel capital, and prospects faded for a NATO-led no-fly zone to hinder their advance.

The embattled Libyan dictator, appearing with small group of supporters on state-run television, vowed to fight rebel “rats” and said “we are going to destroy them.” In Benghazi, hundreds of his opponents, watching the broadcast projected on the side of a building, jeered and threw shoes in disrespect, according to a live video feed shown by al-Jazeera.

The Libyan army is “coming to secure Benghazi,” state-run television said. Pro-Qaddafi forces attacked on two sides of Ajdabiya using airstrikes and artillery, forcing out-gunned rebels and civilians to flee ahead of troops in tanks and personnel carriers, the Associated Press reported. There were conflicting reports on who controlled the city after nightfall.

Business Line : Industry & Economy / Economy : Clinton calls for restraint in Bahrain

Washington, March 16:

Concerned over increasing acts of sectarian violence by all groups in Bahrain, the US Secretary of State, Ms Hillary Clinton, has called for calm and restraint by all sides in the country.

“The use of force and violence from any source will only worsen the situation and create a much more difficult environment in which to arrive at a political solution,” Ms Clinton said at a news conference in Cairo.

America’s advice to all sides, she said, is that they must take steps now to negotiate towards a political resolution.

America’s advice? Who to pick in March Madness…

This video is amazing, be sure to watch it:  Clinton visits anti-government rallying site from Egyptian revolution – CNN.com

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a short tour of Tahrir Square in the Egyptian capital on Wednesday.

During the anti-government demonstrations that eventually led to the ouster of long-time Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the square was a rallying spot for protesters who transformed it from a bustling urban center into a fortified campground.

The walking tour lasted about 10 to 12 minutes, with crowds of people stopping her to shake her hand. She later met with Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.

“To see where this revolution happened and all that it has meant to the world is extraordinary for me,” Clinton said. “It’s just a great reminder of the power of the human spirit and universial desire for human rights and democracy. It’s just thrilling to see where this happened.”

She is walking in Tahrir Square, and to see the people coming up to her and hugging her, especially the women…it gives me some hope that things are moving forward in Egypt.

When I first read the headline below, I actually thought…perhaps there will be some sort of justice. But then I read past the title.

Ex-Chief Of Freddie May Face Civil Action – NYTimes.com

The former chief executive of Freddie Mac may face a civil action as the government ramps up an investigation of disclosure practices at the mortgage finance giant and its sister company, Fannie Mae, people briefed on the investigation said.

[…]

Mr. Syron, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, is the latest executive mentioned in the government’s sweeping examination of the two government-controlled companies. Three others have already been sent Wells notices, and at least two others are thought to have received them, the people briefed on the investigation said. Last week, Daniel H. Mudd, the former chief executive of Fannie Mae, received a Wells notice, and another former Fannie executive is expected to receive one as well, these people said.

The article goes on to say the SEC does not “have” to file suit for anyone who gets a Wells notice, and it is apparent that so many of these executives have gotten away with bringing down the US Economy…I personally doubt anything will come of this.

In Illinois, women are just cattle…livestock…and no, I ain’t kidding:  Abortion bill passes state legislative panel — the Agriculture Committee – Chicago Sun-Times

SPRINGFIELD — The House Agriculture Committee might seem like a proper venue to debate the state’s approach toward crossbow-hunting, soybean rust or farmers markets, but it became a battleground Tuesday over abortion.

By a 13-0 vote, before a standing-room-only room of angry abortion-rights supporters clad in “Women are not livestock” T-shirts and buttons emblazoned with a cow, the panel advanced legislation putting new financial burdens on abortion clinics.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville), would require abortion clinics to be retrofitted to resemble outpatient surgery centers, meaning equipment such as defibrillators and ventilators would be required for the first time while hallway and parking-lot dimensions would have to change.

“Surgical outpatient centers are built for surgery. That means if something goes wrong, they are equipped to deal with it,” Senger said. “I’m just trying to make parity here for the safety for everyone.”

The House Agriculture Committee, stocked mainly by socially conservative Democrats and Republicans from Downstate, has been the conduit to get guns-rights and anti-abortion legislation to the House floor for years — a fact critics of Senger’s bill zeroed in on.

“We ought to be calling ‘shame, shame, shame’ on Rep. Senger and the members of the Agriculture Committee, who may have expertise in regulating muskrats and fertilizer and heifers and roadkill. But women, I respectfully submit, are not livestock,” Colleen Connell told the panel. Connell is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.

So I will just end it here, what are you reading this morning? Be sure to check below for updates on the situation in Japan.


29 Comments on “Wednesday Reads”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    A few more updates and new items of interest:

    Japan’s emperor expresses fears over nuclear situation | World news | The Guardian

    Japan’s emperor has said he is “deeply concerned” about the worsening situation at a stricken nuclear power plant, and called on its people to work together to overcome the country’s worst crisis since the second world war.

    In a rare public address, Akihito said events unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi plant were “unpredictable”, hours after a surge in radiation levels prompted the withdrawal of 70 workers who have been battling to make the facility safe.

    On Bradley Manning, here is an update:

    Wikileaks suspect’s prison psychiatrists accused of ‘violating ethical duties as doctors’

    A leading group of doctors in the US have accused psychiatrists in Quantico, Virginia, of ‘violating their ethical duties as doctors’ for subjecting the suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning to harsh treatment at the marine base, where he has been in custody since last July.

    The group said that the psychiatrists are trapped in a situation of “dual loyalty”, as their obligations to the military command might be conflicting with their medical duty to protect their patient, The Guardian reports.

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    Obama Pressing for a “Shock and Awe” Mortgage Mod Program, 3 Million in 6 Months « naked capitalism

    Given how well “shock and awe” worked in the Iraq war, I’d see the Administration’s use of that expression in the context of the mortgage mess as a Freudian slip.

    I must confess to being surprised at the report by Shahien Nasiripour of Huffington Post, namely that the Administration is pushing for an even more aggressive-looking mortgage modification program than has been rumored. The reason I’m surprised is that this effort, even though it appears misguided on several fronts and falls far short of what is needed, represents an upping of the demands being made against banks. That is contrary to both the Obama Administration’s past behavior of making great sounding promises and walk them so far back as to wind up in a different country, and of inconveniencing the banks terribly much. But Shahien is an able reporter, so I’m sure he has the facts right.

    • paper doll says:

      Sounds like rhetoric to make him appear aware of something besides the golf course and party start times…he’ll “try” but it won’t happen of course. We’ll hear later it was ” too ambitious” to succeed . oh well,,,but our man child tried!He really did!

      just call me Miss Cleo paper doll

    • jawbone says:

      Sounds like pretty words for use in his upcoming reelection campaign.

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    Pro Union Tennessee protesters are physically dragged out of Capitol.

    Tennessee Guerilla Women: Pro Union Protesters Arrested at Tennessee State Capitol

    Video at the link above.

  4. Minkoff Minx says:

    And one more…can you tell I feel this morning’s reads lacked my usual enthusiasm?

    Will the Mideast and N. African revolutions harm women’s rights? A country-by-country look – Global Public Square – CNN.com Blogs

    The fact that Middle East revolutions are not heralding improvements in women’s rights may come as a surprise. After all, it was only a few weeks ago that women and men were protesting side by side in Tunis, pitching up tents in unison in Tahrir Square, and bringing food and water to those who couldn’t leave the demonstrations.

    So why – despite their important role in bringing about change – are Arab women getting sidelined now?

    There are several possible answers.

  5. Glenn McGahee says:

    As if our Gulf hasn’t had enough to deal with and recover from, here’s another gift from Obama, http://wonkette.com/440692/obama-administration-picks-tokyo-electric-to-build-u-s-nuke-plant.

    • dakinikat says:

      Yup. He praised them as highly safe in his sotu. Guess he didn’t know or care about the lying and the cover ups of problems several years ago. They must be donors.

      • paper doll says:

        Barry has deep roots in the nuke biz. The quake ruined alot of plans/scams for the nuke biz I’m thinking…now after some days they have their narrative up and running : that ” the Japanese did it wrong.” etc. All the private Japanese company did was go the cheap route for profit…that’s just what they all do, what BP does etc . But the mop up demands the Japanese company is portrayed as doing things differently than the other brave captains of industry

        • dakinikat says:

          I just heard that there can’t be any new plants because wall street won’t fund them. This is about recertifying the old ones even though they have issues and letting them run at 120% capacity. They all leak now because radiation has corroded the metal.

      • paper doll says:

        dakinikat says:
        March 16, 2011 at 11:47 I just heard that there can’t be any new plants because wall street won’t fund them. This is about recertifying the old ones even though they have issues and letting them run at 120% capacity.

        Yes Obama just re-certified a bunch recently

        They all leak now because radiation has corroded the metal.

        Sounds like the state of Western civilization generally….Wall St will not back anything new, just milks the obsolete until it breaks…then gives the bill to people.

    • Fannie says:

      Talk about a mess of tangled webs, lord have mercy. Look out Baytown, Texas, as if they don’t already have a high rate of cancer.

      http://www.gregpalast.com/no-bs-info-on-japan-nuclearobama-invites-tokyo-electric-to-build-us-nukes-with-taxpayer-funds/

  6. Peg says:

    “In OHIO, women are just cattle…livestock…and no, I ain’t kidding…”

    You meant “Illinois”. (Don’t give Ohio Republicans credit for any more bad ideas!)

  7. paper doll says:

    Looks like the meeting in Paris did not got so well for the Libyan Rebels.

    I guess they wanted to keep their own oil…the nerve. No all most free oil, no support…whata think? That it was about freedom?

    The Japan nuke situation reminds me of the BP one….misinformation in drips and drabs.
    Part of the problem seems they stored used up rods there as well…smart

  8. paper doll says:

    “We ought to be calling ‘shame, shame, shame’ on Rep. Senger and the members of the Agriculture Committee

    yeah expect they have no shame…sigh

  9. bostonboomer says:

    Chernobyl isn’t safe and secure either.

    “The shelter was never meant to last this long,” said Oleksandr Skripov, the Ukrainian plant’s on-site manager, his voice muffled by a respirator. Behind him, the sarcophagus, built in haste in 1986 after the explosion in April that year, was trussed up by scaffolding to keep a wall from collapsing.

    As Japan tries to avert a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai- Ichi atomic power plant north of Tokyo following the country’s biggest ever earthquake, the threat of radiation has sparked fresh debate about nuclear safety a quarter of a century after the fallout from Chernobyl rained across Europe.

    European Union and U.S. officials are still struggling to finance a permanent containment structure over the site as governments, burdened with debt from the global financial crisis, balk at spending taxpayers’ money. Ukraine, which relied on a $15.6 billion bailout last year from the International Monetary Fund, said it can’t afford to foot the bill alone.

    “For many years there’s been no talk of the issue of safety in nuclear plants, it’s been entirely economic,” said Walt Patterson, a nuclear safety expert at London-based Chatham House who wrote a book examining the widening industry in 1976. “The electorate is going to be a good deal less willing to invest in nuclear issues.”

    • paper doll says:

      It would be nice if we backed a,for real solar energy movement before the sun’s rays are blocked out from fallout…if there was a way to be charged for sun light, it would have happened already

      • dakinikat says:

        No kidding. For what we pay to clean up these messes we could outfit most every ones reasonably sized house to be on solar and off the grid. Mcmansion owners should be on their own.

      • paper doll says:

        Mcmansion owners should be on their own.

        Indeed, and Mcmansion owners will be on their own. However if they outfitted the homes with at least some wind and solar, capacities ,they will be on their own in comfort…rather than in the dark

  10. paper doll says:

    The problem is modern business models are build on theft…but what happens when everthing is stolen…?

  11. foxyladi14 says:

    great roundup Minx.:)and thanks for the links

  12. Minkoff Minx says:

    This is a great link for recent Reproductive Health news, it also explains the Women = Livestock in Il…

    Morning Roundup: Lautenberg and Lee Introduce Bill Banning Funding of Abstinence-Only Programs | RHRealityCheck.org

    Apparently, the committee is full of conservatives from “downstate,” and when a House member introduces an anti-choice bill, he or she can request that the bill be sent to the Agriculture Committee to ensure passage.

  13. foxyladi14 says:

    women have the power they just are not using it. 😦

  14. TheRock says:

    Even though my hope in good leadership for this country remains low come 2012 as a result of stories like this…

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110316/pl_afp/uspoliticsdiplomacyclinton_20110316184309

    Did anyone get an email from info@hillaryclinton.com? It calls for a National Popular Vote that has been voted on by a few states. If she supports this, this could be a prelude to a back door run. I REALLY hope so. The world can’t take much more of the current asshat.

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2012