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  • Get Ready to March For … Nuclear Energy? (San Francisco)

    06/21/2016 2:26:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Tue, Jun 21, 2016 | Max DeNike
    March for Environmental Hope A real thing, Jimmy. If truth is stranger than fiction, it should come as no surprise that Friday marks the start of the first-ever pro-nuclear power march — probably in world history — and it all starts in San Francisco. The March for Environmental Hope, a four-day trek from the City by the Bay to Sacramento, is being pitched as a family-friendly event — and in this case that means more than funnel cakes and bounce houses. Organizers are hoping to tug on the collective heart strings of America by making this about the children, as...
  • Pro-Nuclear March In San Francisco To Protest Closing Of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

    06/21/2016 2:26:48 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 21, 2016 | James Conca
    Now that many environmentalists and climate scientists have realized that nuclear energy is essential for addressing global warming, a coalition of environmental groups is sponsoring a multi-day March for Environmental Hope in California in support of nuclear power
  • G4S (Orlando Terrorist Employer) contracts to 'protect' our Nuclear Power Plants

    06/15/2016 9:31:09 PM PDT · by ChiefJayStrongbow · 8 replies
    Searched in Google for G4S "nuclear power plant" and came back with a list of open slots. What's next? Below is an excerpt from one of the open positions (security officer at a nuclear power plant)... I wonder what they've already filled. The world’s leading private security organization, G4S, has an immediate job opportunity for a Custom Protection Officer. G4S is a security provider for the United States government, fortune 500 companies, nuclear power plants, oil and gas companies, airport, ports, banks, hospitals, factories, warehouses, commercial facilities, residential communities and much more. G4S offers job security, excellent pay and benefits,...
  • Nuclear power ‘far from dead’ as U.S. sees startup of first reactor in 20 years

    06/15/2016 10:36:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | June 14, 2016 4:32 p.m. ET | Myra P. Saefong
    Launch unlikely to boost uranium prices in near term************************************************ The U.S. saw a nuclear reactor come online this month for the first time in 20 years, and more are set to follow—proving that nuclear power is alive and well in a post-Fukushima disaster world.
  • Trump’s Gun And Nuclear Arms Race: Both Issues Clinton Could Use To Peel Away Moderate Republicans

    06/14/2016 2:32:07 PM PDT · by Innovative · 14 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | June 14, 2016 | Dave R. Jacobson
    Rather than enacting tougher laws to make it more difficult for terrorists, like Mateen, to purchase guns through additional background checks, Trump has made it clear he would like less oversight, not more, on gun purchases. He says the current background checks on the books are sufficient and also supports the use and sale of military grade weaponry, the type of weapons that are necessary to carry out such a large-scale mass shooting. Trump sees nuclear weapons the same way he sees guns. For both, he believes more is better.
  • Ex-State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki: It wasn't me

    06/02/2016 5:30:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/1/16 5:21 PM | Susan Crabtree
    White House Communications Director Jen Psaki said Wednesday that she had nothing to do with the decision to selectively edit a State Department press briefing video to clip out a discussion about the Iran nuclear agreement. Psaki was a spokeswoman for the State Department in 2013, when a video was quietly edited to remove a portion of a press briefing dealing with the Iran deal. On Wednesday afternoon, current spokesman John Kirby said it’s been determined that an official from State’s Bureau Public Affairs directed the video to be edited. But he said it isn’t clear who did it, or...
  • CBS poll: Plurality of Americans now disapprove of decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan

    05/27/2016 7:28:52 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 126 replies
    HotAir ^ | May 27, 2016 | Allahpundit
    An addendum to Larry’s item this morning, which correctly diagnosed Obama’s appearance in Hiroshima as a bit more apologetic than the White House wants observers to believe. If you come to the site of an act that ended four years of horrendous war and insist that a “moral revolution” is needed to ensure that such acts aren’t repeated, you’re obviously making a statement about the morality of that original act. If you want to protest guns, you don’t do it at a place where someone once used one to defend himself successfully from a threat. You do it at a...
  • Obama Urges ‘Moral Awakening,’ Says 'Ordinary People...Do Not Want More War'

    05/27/2016 11:44:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 27, 2016 | 6:12 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    After laying a wreath in memory of Hiroshima’s war dead on Friday, President Obama called for an end to war; the elimination of nuclear weapons; a recognition that “every life is precious”; and a “moral awakening” among all nations and peoples. “We must reimagine our connection to one another as members of one human race,” he said. Obama said the souls of 100,000 Japanese men, women and children killed in Hiroshima “speak to us.” […] “We can think of those things and know that those same precious moments happened here 71 years ago. Those who died — they are like...
  • Obama at Hiroshima: 'Death fell from the sky'

    05/27/2016 3:46:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 111 replies
    AP ^ | May 26, 2016 | Nancy Benac and Foster Klug
    Barack Obama on Friday paid tribute to the "silent cry" of the 140,000 people killed by the world's first atomic bomb attack and sought to renew attention in his unfulfilled vision of a world without nuclear weapons, as he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. "Death fell from the sky and the world was changed," Obama said, after laying a wreath, closing his eyes and briefly bowing his head before an arched monument in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park that honors those killed on Aug. 6, 1945, when U.S. forces dropped the bomb that ushered in the nuclear...
  • US military uses 8-inch floppy disks to coordinate nuclear force operations

    05/26/2016 6:02:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 25, 2016 | Dan Mangan
    Maybe they use the '80s flick "War Games" as a training film, too. The U.S. Defense Department is still using — after several decades — 8-inch floppy disks in a computer system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation's nuclear forces, a jaw-dropping new report reveals. The Defense Department's 1970s-era IBM Series/1 Computer and long-outdated floppy disks handle functions related to intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft, according to the new Government Accountability Office report.
  • Group that helped sell Iran nuke deal also funded media

    05/20/2016 3:02:02 PM PDT · by DeltaZulu · 10 replies
    AP ^ | May 20, 3:43 PM EDT | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    A group the White House recently identified as a key surrogate in selling the Iran nuclear deal gave National Public Radio $100,000 last year to help it report on the pact and related issues, according to the group's annual report. It also funded reporters and partnerships with other news outlets.
  • Should Israel close its ageing nuclear reactor?

    05/18/2016 6:29:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Economist ^ | May 18th 2016
    ITS CUPOLA dully glinting in the sun, across kilometres of an exclusion zone in the Negev Desert, the nuclear reactor near the Israeli town of Dimona has for decades been the subject of intense speculation. Its bland official name, the Centre for Nuclear Research, belies a martial purpose. Foreign intelligence services, atomic scientists and a former Israeli employee claim that it is the source of fissile material used to make Israel’s nuclear weapons. The country’s atomic secrets have always been closely guarded, so little is known about the plant at Dimona. However, officials at the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC)...
  • Iran: U.S. Encouraging Islamic Republic to Keep Illicit Missile Tests Secret

    05/16/2016 1:38:24 PM PDT · by quesney · 40 replies
    A senior Iranian military commander claimed that U.S. officials are quietly encouraging the Islamic Republic to keep its illicit ballistic missile tests a secret so as not to raise concerns in the region, according to Persian language comments. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Aerospace and Missile Force, said in recent remarks that the Obama administration does not want Iran to publicize its ongoing missile tests, which have raised questions about the Islamic Republic’s commitment to last summer’s comprehensive nuclear agreement. “At this time, the Americans are telling [us]: ‘Don’t talk about missile affairs, and if...
  • Russia Is Building the Largest ICBM Ever (and America Should Be Worried)

    05/10/2016 5:58:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    National Interest ^ | May 9, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    Russia’s will deploy its new RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles to units in Siberia and the southern Urals when the enormous new weapon becomes operational in 2018. The massive liquid-fueled missiles will replace the existing Cold War-era R-36M2 Voyevoda (SS-18 Satan) ICBM—which is the largest such weapon ever built. “The development of the Sarmat silo-based missile system with a heavy missile is nearing completion,” Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev, commander of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces told the Moscow-based TASS News agency. “It will replace the Voyevoda missile system in the Uzhur missile division and the Dombarovsky position area.”
  • Nuclear Nightmare DC

    05/02/2016 10:08:30 PM PDT · by No One Special · 34 replies
    Youtube ^ | a month ago | Dr. William J. Perry
    Nuclear Nightmare DC - Duration: 5:41. Youtube video What would happen if terrorists exploded a crude nuclear bomb in Washington DC? Watch Bill Perry's nuclear nightmare. This is Clinton's Secretary of Defense William J. Perry
  • Ash Carter accuses Russia of 'nuclear saber-rattling'

    05/03/2016 11:19:04 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 33 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/3/16
    Ash Carter is the same person who accuses Russia of trying to destroy our fiber optic cables. Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a U.S. military changing-of-the-guard ceremony Tuesday to blast Russian aggression in Europe, saying Moscow is "going backward in time" with warlike actions that compel a U.S. military buildup on NATO's eastern flank. "We do not seek a cold — let alone a hot — war with Russia," Carter said. "We do not seek to make Russia an enemy. But make no mistake, we will defend our allies, the rules-based international order, and the positive future it affords us."...
  • Nuclear power plant COMPROMISED: Fears grow as power plant affected by malware

    04/27/2016 5:23:25 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    Express ^ | 4-27-16 | Tom Batchelor
    Gundremmingen plant in southern Germany was found to be riddled with computer viruses, including those which would allow attackers remote access to equipment for moving nuclear fuel rods. Viruses, known as W32.Ramnit and Conficker, were discovered at the plant, which is located 75 miles northwest of Munich. W32.Ramnit has the potential to give an attacker remote control over a system when it is connected to the internet and is also designed to steal files from infected computers. The virus could be used by groups such as Islamic State to obtain nuclear secrets, bringing them one step closer to building a...
  • The Strange Glass Born in Nuclear Explosions

    04/19/2016 9:52:47 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 66 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | 19 Apr, 2016 | Ross Pomeroy
    5:30 A.M., Monday July 16th, 1945: The day dawned brighter than ever before over the New Mexico desert. But it was not the Sun's soothing rays that set the landscape alight; it was the radiant flash of the very first atomic bomb. Trinity, the nuclear offspring of the Manhattan Project, detonated with the force of 21,000 tons of TNT. The accompanying fireball reached temperatures of 8,430 degrees Kelvin, hotter than the surface of the sun, and sent a mushroom cloud of smoke and debris soaring more than seven miles into the sky. That day, every human on the planet was...
  • North Korea gearing up for another 'nuclear test' after failed missile launch

    04/16/2016 8:12:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    IBTimes ^ | April 16, 2016 | Jacob J
    North Korea gearing up for another 'nuclear test' after failed missile launch April 16, 2016 08:27 SGT By Jacob J North Korean leader Kim Jong-un suffered a double whammy as a medium-range rocket launch failed and ally China castigated the reclusive regime for its military misadventures. However, the setback will only spur the dictator to adopt a tougher posturing in a bid to shore up power and Pyongyang was more likely than not to carry out a fifth nuclear test, observers have said. South Korean officials and international experts said the chances of North Korea conducting another nuclear test were...
  • Obama's Nuclear Contrition; Drastically increasing the chance of nuclear war.

    04/15/2016 8:14:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Front Pge Magazine ^ | 4/15/16 | Caroline Glick
    On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Hiroshima. While there meeting with this G-7 counterparts, Kerry strongly hinted that his visit was a precursor to a visit to the site of the first nuclear bombing by President Barack Obama next month. The irony of course is that for all his professed commitment to ridding the world of nuclear weapons, Obama is responsible for drastically increasing the chance of nuclear war. Indeed, Obama’s own actions lend easily to the conclusion that he wishes to do penance for America’s decision to attack Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear bombs, (and so...
  • Our World: Obama’s nuclear contrition

    04/13/2016 11:39:13 AM PDT · by Lera · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/12/2016 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    Then and now, Obama and his advisers argued that ballistic missiles are not part of the mullahs' nuclear project. This claim, which made little sense at the time, makes no sense whatsoever today. On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Hiroshima. While there meeting with this G-7 counterparts, Kerry strongly hinted that his visit was a precursor to a visit to the site of the first nuclear bombing by President Barack Obama next month. The irony of course is that for all his professed commitment to ridding the world of nuclear weapons, Obama is responsible for drastically increasing...
  • Cheap Natural Gas To Spark Another Wave Of Coal Plant Retirements

    04/12/2016 2:15:00 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 15 replies
    Oilprice.com | 12-04-2016 | Nick
    “Cheap natural gas is killing coal.” While that headline has been written dozens of times over the last few years, it continues to be true. In fact, natural gas has become even cheaper over the past year, and the slow death of coal is poised to accelerate. In a new report from Moody’s, and reported on by SNL, the ratings agency predicts that cheap natural gas could lead to another massive wave of coal-fired power plant closures over the next year and a half.
  • Saudi Arabia passes Russia as world’s third biggest military spender

    04/06/2016 12:50:44 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 05, 2016 | Ishaan Tharoor
    Global military spending reached almost $1.7 trillion in 2015, marking a year-on-year increase for the first time since 2011, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which tracks arms expenditure around the world. The United States remained far and away the top spender, which despite a dip from 2014, accounted for more than a third of total global spending. It was followed by China and then, perhaps surprisingly, Saudi Arabia, which supplanted Russia in third place.
  • 'Suspicious activity' at N. Korea's nuclear complex

    04/04/2016 7:50:44 PM PDT · by Mariner · 14 replies
    Yonhap ^ | April 4th, 2016 | By Chang Jae-soon
    WASHINGTON, April 4 (Yonhap) -- Recent satellite imagery shows "suspicious activity" at North Korea's nuclear complex in what could be a sign that Pyongyang might be trying to harvest weapons-grade plutonium from spent nuclear fuel, a U.S. website monitoring the North said Monday. The website 38 North said in a report that the satellite imagery has shown "exhaust plumes" from a thermal plant used to heat the Yongbyon nuclear complex's Radiochemical Laboratory, where spent nuclear fuel rods are reprocessed to extract plutonium. "During the past five weeks, exhaust plumes on two, possibly three, occasions were observed at the Radiochemical Laboratory's...
  • 'Madmen' must not be allowed to get nuclear material: Obama

    04/02/2016 9:29:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Apr 2, 2016 10:20am EDT | Roberta Rampton, Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom
    U.S. President Barack Obama urged world leaders on Friday to do more to safeguard vulnerable nuclear facilities to prevent “madmen” from groups like Islamic State from getting their hands on an atomic weapon or a radioactive “dirty bomb.” Speaking at a nuclear security summit in Washington, Obama said the world faced a persistent and evolving threat of nuclear terrorism despite progress in reducing such risks. “We cannot be complacent,” he said. Obama said no group had succeeded in obtaining bomb materials but that al Qaeda had long sought them, and he cited actions by Islamic State militants behind recent attacks...
  • Obama: ISIS plotting nuclear attacks on the West

    04/02/2016 2:21:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 73 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/4/16 | David Rosenberg
    World leaders gathered on Friday in Washington for the Nuclear Security Summit to discuss the growing threat of nuclear terrorism. Noting the chilling possibility of a nuclear attack, US President Barack Obama remarked that Islamic State terrorists have already made use of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, and that there is evidence ISIS has made efforts to acquire nuclear material. "ISIL has already used chemical weapons,” Obama said. “[T]here is no doubt if these madmen ever got their hands on a bomb or nuclear material they would use it to kill as many as possible". "It would...
  • Obama can't say who we're at war with

    01/08/2010 11:07:45 PM PST · by JLS · 43 replies · 1,258+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 8 January 2010 | Mark Steyn
    Not long after the Ayatollah Khomeini announced his fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the British novelist suddenly turned up on a Muslim radio station in West London late one night and told his interviewer he'd converted to Islam. Marvelous religion, couldn't be happier, Allahu Akbar and all that. And the Ayatollah said hey, that's terrific news, glad to hear it. But we're still gonna kill you.
  • Obama Says U.S., Allies Helping Iran Benefit From Nuclear Deal

    04/02/2016 1:17:09 AM PDT · by changedLiberal · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal. ^ | 4/2/2016 | JAY SOLOMON
    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. and its allies are taking steps to help Iran benefit from a landmark nuclear agreement reached last year, including moves to facilitate trade and banking transactions for the Islamic Republic.
  • Obama shares size of U.S. nuclear stockpile with the world

    04/01/2016 11:36:33 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 71 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 1, 2016 | Nicole Duran
    President Obama boasted Friday about his administration's exemplary record on transparency related to nuclear materials, and cited as an example his decision to share U.S. security protocols with the world, along with information about the size of the U.S.'s highly enriched uranium stockpile. As of Sept. 30, 2013 the nation had 585.6 metric tons of highly enriched uranium, a fact that hasn't been declassified in 15 years, Obama noted during the summit's opening session. The last public figure was 740.7 metric tons, and the difference shows the U.S. has reduced its stockpile by more than 20 percent. "This type of...
  • Obama Rebukes Donald Trump’s Comments on Nuclear Weapons

    04/01/2016 6:14:59 PM PDT · by Innovative · 75 replies
    NY Times ^ | Apr. 1, 2016 | MARK LANDLER
    — President Obama on Friday questioned Donald J. Trump’s fitness for office after statements from the Republican front-runner that the United States and its allies should move away from decades of constraints on the use of nuclear weapons. “We don’t want somebody in the Oval Office who doesn’t recognize how important that is,” Mr. Obama said. Speaking to reporters at the end of a summit meeting devoted to nuclear security, the president said the comments by Mr. Trump reflected a person who “doesn’t know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean Peninsula or the world in general.”
  • Obama says nuclear terrorist attack would ‘change our world’

    04/01/2016 9:53:29 AM PDT · by Innovative · 105 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 1, 2016 | Josh Lederman and Darlene Superville | AP
    President Barack Obama said Friday that the world faces a persistent and evolving threat from terrorists who are eager to unleash a devastating nuclear attack. “It would change our world,” he said. Hosting his last nuclear security summit, said the world has measurably reduced the risk of nuclear terrorism by taking “concrete, tangible steps.” He said no terrorists have thus far obtained nuclear material, and he praised recent moves by Argentina, Switzerland and Uzbekistan for getting rid of their stockpiles of highly enriched uranium. Still, Obama said, the prospect of the Islamic State group or other extremists getting a weapon...
  • North Korea threatens China with a 'nuclear storm'

    03/31/2016 4:00:20 PM PDT · by Ulmius · 74 replies
    The Week ^ | March 31, 2016 | Becca Stanek
    The United Nations' recently implemented sanctions against North Korea are already driving a wedge between longtime allies North Korea and China, a document from the Workers' Party of North Korea reveals. In the document, the Workers' Party condemns Beijing for partaking in the sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear program and urges its people to confront China with a "nuclear storm" for its alleged "betrayal of socialism," Daily NK reports.
  • Ice Wall at Fukushima Plant Switched on, but Will It Work?

    03/31/2016 1:52:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 31, 2016 | Mari Yamaguchi
    The operator of Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant switched on a giant refrigeration system on Thursday to create an unprecedented underground ice wall around its damaged reactors. Radioactive water has been flowing from the reactors, and other methods have failed to fully control it. The decontamination and decommissioning of the plant, damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, hinge of the success of the wall.
  • Terrorism and North Korea Dominate Nuclear Talks in Washington

    03/31/2016 8:05:16 AM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 31, 2016 | Jon Schuppe
    The annual Nuclear Security Summit, aimed at reducing the world's nuclear weapons, gets underway Thursday in Washington with President Obama hosting a series of meetings with the leaders of several Asian nations to talk about efforts to prevent North Korea from becoming a bigger threat. But the gathering of more than 50 world leaders will focus primarily on keeping terrorists from obtaining the ingredients for a dirty bomb, a concern heightened by last week's terror attacks in Belgium. "Given the continued threat posed by organizations such as the terrorist group we call ISIL, or ISIS, we'll also join allies and...
  • You [may] Owe Your Life to This Man [by God's grace].

    03/27/2016 8:19:17 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 16 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | 03/25/2016 | Robert Krulwich
    Temperament matters...The world owes an enormous debt to a quiet, steady Russian naval officer... It’s October 1962, the height of the Cuban missile crisis, and there’s a Soviet submarine in the Caribbean that’s been spotted by the American Navy.. The sub is hiding in the ocean, and the Americans are dropping depth charges left and right of the hull. Inside, the sub is rocking, shaking with each new explosion. What the Americans don’t know is that this sub has a tactical nuclear torpedo on board, available to launch,... The Russian in question, an exhausted, nervous submarine commander named Valentin Savitsky,...
  • Nasrallah Threatens to Attack Israel's Nuclear, Petrochemical, and Biological Facilities...

    03/27/2016 3:34:50 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 9 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 3/21/16 | Mayadeen TV (Lebanon)
    In a March 21 interview with Al-Mayadeen TV, Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said that if Israel attacked Lebanon's cities and infrastructure, Hizbullah would wage an "all-out war that will know no boundaries or red lines," including the bombing of "petrochemical plants,biological research institutes, centers, and plants, nuclear plants - not just one - installations for the disposal of nuclear waste, and storage facilities for nuclear warheads," most of which were "located either within cities or in their vicinity."
  • Isreal Ex-ambassador: Obama 'fabricated' diplomatic crises with Israel

    03/25/2016 6:09:17 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 7 replies
    Isreali News ^ | 3/25/16 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Last year, Kulanu MK and former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren received heavy criticism in some circles for his book Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide. With the release of the book’s Hebrew edition, Oren spoke to Arutz Sheva, discussing in depth the tensions between Israel and the Obama administration and the push back he received for the English edition. The book, which created controversy for what some considered an unfair portrayal of President Barack Obama, elicited rare public condemnations from senior officials, including former US special envoy to the Middle Easy Martin Indyk. “When I wrote...
  • Belgium Fears Nuclear Plants Are Vulnerable, Guard Murdered; Security Pass Stolen

    03/26/2016 8:21:43 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/25/2016 | ALISSA J. RUBIN and MILAN SCHREUER
    BRUSSELS — As a dragnet aimed at Islamic State operatives spiraled across Brussels and into at least five European countries on Friday, the authorities were also focusing on a narrower but increasingly alarming threat: the vulnerability of Belgium’s nuclear installations. The investigation into this week’s deadly attacks in Brussels has prompted worries that the Islamic State is seeking to attack, infiltrate or sabotage nuclear installations or obtain nuclear or radioactive material. This is especially worrying in a country with a history of security lapses at its nuclear facilities, a weak intelligence apparatus and a deeply rooted terrorist network. On Friday,...
  • Officials reportedly have concerns over security at Belgian nuclear plants

    03/26/2016 12:34:44 AM PDT · by HWGruene · 15 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/26/16 | fox news
    Sebastien Berg, a spokesman for Belgium’s federal agency, told the Times that their fears lie on several fronts, including “exploding a bomb inside the plant” or “flying something into the plant from the outside.” That could potentially stop the cooling process of used fuel and shut down the plant, Berg said. According to the New York Times, Belgium has already had its issues with security at its plants. The nuclear agency’s computer network was hacked this year and was shut down briefly. Three years ago, two people were able to jump a fence surrounding a reactor in Mol, break into...
  • Terrorists have the 'means, knowledge and information' to create a nuclear bomb warns UN atomic…

    03/25/2016 8:43:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:38 EST, 25 March 2016 | Imogen Calderwood
    Terrorists have the “means, knowledge and information” to create a nuclear bomb, the head of the UN atomic watchdog has warned in the wake of the Brussels attacks. The warnings of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano come just days before world leaders meet for an important summit against “nuclear terrorism”. “Terrorism is spreading and the possibility of using nuclear material cannot be excluded,” Mr. Amano told AFP. “Member states need to have sustained interest in strengthening nuclear security.” […] “Dirty bombs will be enough to [drive] any big city in the world into panic,” Mr. Amano...
  • Brussels terrorists planned nuclear plants attack, changed target after accomplice’s arrest

    03/24/2016 10:05:34 PM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    RT ^ | March 24, 2016
    Brussels suicide bombers Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui were planning attacks on Belgian nuclear power stations, Dernier Heure newspaper has reported. The newspaper exclusively reported that the arrest of Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam accelerated the plans of the terrorists. The brothers planted a hidden camera in front of the home of the director of the Belgian nuclear research program, the paper said. Evidence obtained by the authorities shows that the same terrorist cell was behind the Paris attacks in November that killed more than 130 people and this week’s Brussels bombings, which claimed the lives of 31 people and injured...
  • Brussels Bombers Planned Nuke Plant Attack: Study Aum Shinryko

    03/24/2016 8:05:40 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 3 replies
    Freep | 03/24/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    Psychiatrist Dr. Robert Lifton studied Nazi Doctors, cults and especially relevant to the fact that ISIS is going nuclear, Aum Shinryko. A nuclear event was detected in the Australian Outback years afterwards, only by researchers looking at legacy-historical seismographs--such a remote area, nobody noticed an apparent nuclear test, except on paper and by accident. Dr. Lifton's book is Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence, and the New Global Terrorism.
  • Belgian nuclear power plants evacuated after Brussels terror attack

    03/22/2016 7:46:20 AM PDT · by tgdunbar · 68 replies
    UK Express ^ | 22 March 2016 | Tom Bachelor
    The Tihange power plant, an hour's drive from the Belgian capital in the province of Liege, and the Doel power plant in Antwerp have been cleared amid heightened fears of another attack. Security has been stepped up at both Doel, which houses four reactors, and Tihange, which houses three. Armed police and the Belgian military have been on site since the weekend following growing calls from the energy industry to beef up security at the potentially vulnerable plants. . . .
  • Biden reassures pro-Israel group of unwavering support

    03/20/2016 10:29:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 20, 2016 10:57 PM EDT
    Vice President Joe Biden reassured a leading pro-Israel group the Obama administration stands firmly by its Mideast ally and said the Iran nuclear agreement will make the region more safe. He told a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Sunday night that: “Iran is much, much further away from obtaining a nuclear weapon than they were a year ago.” He said the U.S. is watching and “if Iran violates the deal, the United States will act.” …
  • Obama to Iranians: Benefits of nuclear deal are 'undeniable'

    03/19/2016 7:21:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 19, 2016 4:57 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama says the benefits of the Iranian nuclear deal are “undeniable” although it may still take time for people to begin enjoying them. Obama says the deal makes it possible for Iran to rejoin the global economy through increased trade and investment, creating jobs and opportunities for Iranians to sell their goods around the world. …
  • North Korea warns of pre-emptive strikes against the South (updated 8:44pm 3/11/16)

    03/11/2016 7:10:27 PM PST · by HWGruene · 20 replies
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday its military is ready to pre-emptively attack and "liberate" the South in its latest outburst against the annual joint military drills by the United States and South Korea. In a statement carried through state media, the General Staff of the North's Korean People's Army said its frontline units are prepared to strike first if they see signs that American and South Korean troops involved in the drills were attempting to invade the North. The KPA said it will counter the drills by the United States and South Korea it says are...
  • Russia Threatens Invasion If North Korea Nuclear Rhetoric Continues

    03/09/2016 5:29:36 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/09/16 | Russ Read
    North Korea’s provocative nuclear rhetoric has gotten so bad even the Kremlin has come out against the hermit kingdom, warning continued nuclear threats could justify an invasion. The warning was issued in the form of a written statement from the Russian foreign ministry. It follows North Korea’s threat it would engage in a “preemptive and offensive nuclear strike” in reaction to the start of joint U.S.-South Korean war games Monday. “We consider it to be absolutely impermissible to make public statements containing threats to deliver some ‘preventive nuclear strikes’ against opponents,” said the statement, as translated by the Russian TASS...
  • N. Korea claims it can fit nuclear warheads on missiles

    03/08/2016 8:25:34 PM PST · by HWGruene · 20 replies
    salt lake tribune ^ | 3/8/16 | Ana Fifield
    U.S. commanders say country has capability to make weapons small and light enough. Tokyo • North Korea has been able to make its nuclear warheads small enough to fit onto ballistic missiles, the state media claimed Wednesday in Pyongyang's latest boast about improvements in its weapons capabilities. North Korea has made the claim before and it is not known whether it is true, but the timing of the announcement is inauspicious. The United States and South Korea are conducting huge military exercises that North Korea views as a pretext for an invasion. On Tuesday, South Korea unleashed a wave of...
  • North Korea threatens US and South with nuclear strikes

    03/06/2016 6:58:36 PM PST · by HWGruene · 42 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/16/16
    North Korea has threatened "indiscriminate" nuclear strikes against South Korea and the US if they push ahead with joint military drills.
  • Why America abandoned nuclear power (and what we can learn from South Korea)

    03/06/2016 2:51:44 AM PST · by iowamark · 26 replies
    Vox ^ | February 29, 2016 | Brad Plumer
    There's a compelling argument that the world ought to be building many more nuclear power plants. We'll need vast amounts of carbon-free energy to stave off global warming. It's not at all clear that renewables can do the job alone. And nuclear is a proven technology, already providing 11 percent of electricity globally. So what's the catch? Cost. More than safety or waste issues, cost is nuclear's Achilles' heel. Modern-day reactors have become jarringly expensive to build, going for $5 billion to $10 billion a pop. Worse, the price tag seems to be rising in many places. Back in the...