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  • Ash Carter accuses Russia of 'nuclear saber-rattling'

    05/03/2016 11:19:04 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 5 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...
  • Cold-Rolled Steel From China Slapped With 265% Anti-Dumping Duties

    03/04/2016 8:12:03 AM PST · by mac_truck · 43 replies
    Metal Miner ^ | 3/2/2016 | Jeff Yoders
    The Department of Commerce today announced its affirmative preliminary determinations in the anti-dumping duty investigations of imports of cold-rolled steel flat products from Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and the United Kingdom. In the Brazil investigation, mandatory respondent Companhia Siderurgica Nacional received a calculated preliminary dumping margin of 38.93%. The second mandatory respondent, Usiminas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais, did not respond to all of Commerce’s requests for information, and therefore received a dumping margin based on adverse facts available. Usiminas and all other producers/exporters in Brazil also received a preliminary dumping margin of 38.93%. China Receives Heavy Duties...
  • New England’s Emissions Rise as Vermont Yankee is Shuttered

    03/03/2016 5:23:42 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    When Vermont Yankee was set to close, activists such as Bill McKibben claimed that Vermont “is completely capable of replacing (and far more) its power output with renewables, which is why my roof is covered with solar panels.”[i] This isn’t what happened. Instead, natural gas generation expanded in New England. As a result, carbon dioxide emissions increased 7 percent in 2015. Vermont Yankee Closed in 2014 Vermont Yankee, a 604-megawatt nuclear plant, provided New England with 42 years of reliable, carbon dioxide-free power before its closure at the end of 2014. The plant’s capacity factor exceeded 80 percent over its...
  • Mexico on High Alert Again After Another Truck Loaded with Radioactive Material Stolen

    02/29/2016 12:43:46 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Feb. 29, 2016 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    The Mexican government has placed six states on high alert following the theft of a vehicle with radioactive material. That alert comes less than a year after Mexico had an almost identical case where authorities throughout most of southern Mexico spent days searching for the missing material. The warning was issued on Sunday evening by Mexico’s Secretariat of the Interior, just one day after the theft of a commercial pickup that had been transporting industrial material, including a yellow container with a rod of Iridium-192. (...)
  • US, North Korea agreed to peace talks before latest nuclear test

    02/21/2016 6:43:36 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2/21/16 | The Wall Street Journal
    Days before North Korea's latest nuclear-bomb test, the Obama administration secretly agreed to talks to try to formally end the Korean War, dropping a longstanding condition that Pyongyang first take steps to curtail its nuclear arsenal. Instead the U.S. called for North Korea's atomic-weapons program to be simply part of the talks. Pyongyang declined the counter-proposal, according to U.S. officials familiar with the events. Its nuclear test on Jan. 6 ended the diplomatic gambit.
  • Iran seeks $45B in foreign investment

    02/20/2016 10:47:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 20, 2016 7:42 AM EST | Ali Akbar Dareini
    Iran's economy minister said his country is seeking $45 billion in foreign investment following the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers last month. Ali Tayebnia told reporters Saturday that Iran expects $15 billion in direct foreign investment alone in the next Iranian calendar year, which begins March 20. ...
  • Turks and Saudis know any Russia fight will be lonely one

    02/19/2016 2:59:33 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 38 replies
    http://gwynnedyer.com/ ^ | 9:32 AM Wednesday Feb 17, 2016 | Gwynne Dyer
    Gwynne Dyer: Turks and Saudis know any Russia fight will be lonely one 9:32 AM Wednesday Feb 17, 2016 Between last Thursday and Monday, the Turkish government, in league with Saudi Arabia, made a tentative decision to enter the war on the ground in Syria - and then got cold feet about it. Or more likely, the Turkish army simply told the government that it would not invade Syria and risk the possibility of a shooting war with the Russians. The Turkish government bears a large share of the responsibility for the devastating Syrian civil war. From the start, Turkey's...
  • Obama’s ‘Moderate’ Syrian Deception

    02/17/2016 5:15:35 PM PST · by marvel5 · 18 replies
    Consortium News ^ | February 16, 2016 | Gareth Porter
    Exclusive: President Obama, who once called the idea of “moderate” Syrian rebels a “fantasy,” has maintained the fiction to conceal the fact that many “moderates” are fighting alongside Al Qaeda’s jihadists, an inconvenient truth that is complicating an end to Syria’s civil war, explains Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter Secretary of State John Kerry insisted at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday that the agreement with Russia on a temporary halt in the war in Syria can only be carried out if Russia stops its airstrikes against what Kerry is now calling “legitimate opposition groups.” But what Kerry did not...
  • RAF Typhoon jets scrambled to intercept Russian bombers

    02/17/2016 1:37:26 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 21 replies
    plymouthherald.co.uk ^ | February 17, 2016 | WMNDavidWells
    RAF Typhoon jets scrambled to intercept Russian bombers By WMNDavidWells | Posted: February 17, 2016 Read more: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/RAF-Typhoon-jets-scrambled-intercept-Russian/story-28754813-detail
  • Ya'alon: Arabs are developing nuclear weapons

    02/15/2016 2:16:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/2/16 | David Rosenberg
    Last year’s controversial Iran nuclear deal has sparked an atomic arms race, claimed Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon following a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah. Ya’alon revealed that Israel had indications suggesting that certain Arab countries were now actively pursuing nuclear weapons, reports the Telegraph. The Defense Minister declined to specify which countries or how Israel had ascertained they were working to create their own atomic arsenals. The Sunni Arab world has long feared the specter of a nuclear capable Iran, and now that the Iran deal effectively permits the Islamic Republic to resume its atomic program with no limits...
  • Multiple crises challenge European Union ahead of summit

    02/14/2016 7:48:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2016 7:31 AM EST | Gregory Katz
    ... If the European Union were a patient, its survival would be seen as threatened by multiple organ failure. That's the view of many experts as EU chiefs prepare for a Brussels summit that starts Thursday. Analysts believe the combined strain of these challenges may be unbearable for a political union and trading bloc that just 20 years ago seemed to be growing in stature as it proudly offered freedom and democracy - along with lucrative subsidies, military alliances and billions in foreign investment - to newly freed former Soviet satellites. Ian Kearns, director of the European Leadership Network research...
  • Senior Iranian Military Official: U.S. Is Subordinate to Iran in Middle East

    02/14/2016 12:14:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/10/2016 20:15 | Maayan Groisman
    The commander of the Basij paramilitary force of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Reza Naqdi, vowed that Tehran "will not make any compromises with our enemies in the Middle East." Speaking in a press conference in honor of the anniversary of the 1979 Iranian revolution, Naqdi emphasized that "the hundreds of Revolutionary Guards generals fighting in Syria will never repeat the mistake of the Shi'ite Caliph Hassan bin Ali who surrendered leadership of the Muslim world to Muawiyyah bin Abi Sufyan." Naqdi added that "it is impossible to compare Iran to Iran under the Shah's rule, since back then,...
  • China Could Have a Meltdown-Proof Nuclear Reactor Next Year (pebble bed)

    02/13/2016 8:53:18 AM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 24 replies
    MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW ^ | Feb 12, 2016 | Richard Martin
    In what would be a milestone for advanced nuclear power, China's Nuclear Engineering Construction Corporation plans to start up a high-temperature, gas-cooled pebble-bed nuclear plant next year in Shandong province, south of Beijing. The twin 105-megawatt reactors--so-called Generation IV reactors that would be immune to meltdown--would be the first of their type built at commercial scale in the world. Construction of the plant is nearly complete, and the next 18 months will be spent installing the reactor components, running tests, and loading the fuel before the reactors go critical in November 2017, said Zhang Zuoyi, director of the Institute of...
  • China Could Have a Meltdown-Proof Nuclear Reactor Next Year

    02/12/2016 7:12:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | February 11, 2016 | Richard Martin
    In what would be a milestone for advanced nuclear power, China’s Nuclear Engineering Construction Corporation plans to start up a high-temperature, gas-cooled pebble-bed nuclear plant next year in Shandong province, south of Beijing. The twin 105-megawatt reactors—so-called Generation IV reactors that would be immune to meltdown—would be the first of their type built at commercial scale in the world.
  • Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills

    02/08/2016 11:30:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    cns ^ | 02/08/2016 | ap
    Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the Southern Military District. The district includes troops stationed in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as well as forces in the North Caucasus and southwestern regions near the border with Ukraine. ... According to Shoigu, who spoke at a meeting with the top military brass, the war games would include redeployment of air force units to advance air bases and bombing runs at shooting ranges. The maneuvers will...
  • North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50

    02/08/2016 5:50:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 83 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | February 8, 2016 | Nicole Hensley
    North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50 BY Nicole Hensley / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Monday, February 8, 2016, 5:29 AM Kim Kwang Hyon/AP North Korea's satellite, which was launched on Feb. 7, passed over the Super Bowl 50 game. Pictured is the country's Unha 3 at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang in 2012. A "Shining Star" was watching over Levi's Stadium after the Broncos 24-10 win. As football fans poured out of the Bay Area stadium, North Korea's observational satellite zipped by the field at an orbit 300 miles above the Earth at...