Wednesday ReadsPosted: March 16, 2011
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:
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.
[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:
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.
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.
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.
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.