- NHK in English (Live feed in upper right corner)
- Telegraph of London
- Kyodo Wire
- Japan Times
- Asahi Shimbun
- Japanese government list of nationwide radioactivity concentration
- Japan Geigermap
- SPEEDI (Japan Radiation level map)
- Ibaraki Prefecture Geiger Counter Readings
- US National Radiation Map (updated every minute)
- Fukushima Potential Radiation Release (you can select area/type of radiation)
- Via Soylent Green: Radiation Exposure in Daily Life
- Radiation Dose Chart
- ZeroHedge commenter Max2205′s excellent post about radioactivity including a list of radioactive elements and their half lives.
- Donations to the American Red Cross that are being designated to Japanese Earthquake relief are already getting to the folks in Japan and are most helpful.
This is the reason why you need to learn about things like the effects of radiation, your life may someday depend on it…Fukushima Residents Seek Answers Amid Mixed Signals From Media, TEPCO and Government. Report from the Radiation Exclusion Zone
Mistrust of the media has surged among the people of Fukushima Prefecture. In part this is due to reports filed by mainstream journalists who are unwilling to visit the area near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. But above all it is the result of contradictory reportsreleased by the media, TEPCO and the government.
On the one hand, many local officials and residents in Fukushima insist that the situation is safe and that the media, in fanning unwarranted fears, are damaging the economy of the region.By contrast, many freelance journalists in Tokyo report that the central government is downplaying the fact that radiation leakage has been massive and that the threat to public health has been woefully underestimated. While the government long hewed to its original definition of a 20 kilometer exclusion zone, following the April 12 announcement that the Fukushima radiation severity level has been raised from a level 5 event (as with Three Mile Island) to a level 7 event (as with Chernobyl), the government also extended the radiation exclusion zone from 20 kilometers to at least five communities in the 30-50 kilometer range.
Only at half capacity and only for domestic consumption…Toyota resumes production at all Japan plants
Gold futures just passed $1,500. Nobody could have possibly seen this coming (certainly not the shorts). Time for CNBC to break out the “$1,500″ hats.
Anyone heard anything out of the MSM cheerleaders of the Egyptian uprising and Obama’s SmartDiplomacy™ lately? Egypt, inevitably, begins to go the way of radical Islam
Yes, this has been beautifully played by the President and the State Department. If naiveté in foreign affairs was ever more evident than now, I’m having difficulty remembering it (Jimmy Carter is as close as it comes, and they’re making even him look competent).
Was it just coincidence that the cables were released as violence mounted in Syria? Either this was a cynical ploy by WikiLeaks to take advantage of the violence in Syria to generate publicity, or WikiLeaks recklessly disregarded the dangers such a release presents to the protesters.
The support given to opposition groups in years past may have no connection to the people in the streets, but the WikiLeaks disclosure surely will be used by al-Assad as an excuse for even more brutal repression.
WikiLeaks has given al-Assad a major gift, and the people of Syria will pay the price.
Pakistan has actually accused India of trying to grab the Taliban from it. The Times of India reported “Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik has accused India of backing Taliban for fomenting trouble in Pakistan. Foreign ministry officials responded by describing the allegations as baseless and preposterous.” India itself has been moving into Afghanistan with its superior commercial and business capabilities and has urged a “political settlement” with the Taliban. The WSJ reported in 2009 that “India, one of the biggest investors in Afghanistan, believes there is no military solution to the conflict in that country and that NATO combat operations should give way to a political settlement with the Taliban, according to Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna.”
India is heavily invested in Afghanistan, particularly infrastructure projects such as roads, hospitals, schools and the new parliament building in Kabul. In all, Indian reconstruction aid totals $1.2 billion. Mr. Krishna said the investment was worth the risk despite the continued conflict. …
Mr. Krishna dismissed suggestions that India’s growing involvement in Afghanistan is intended to encircle Pakistan, a fear prevalent in some circles in Pakistan. “I think that is a baseless allegation,” he said.
The Pakistani fears may be baseless, but they would naturally occur to minds habituated to conspiracy. Having created terror organizations to use against India, how does Pakistan, a country so destitute that only a fraction of its national budget comes from taxes, outbid the far richer Indians?
Obama has done nothing at all to stand up for American values in Russia. Instead, he’s munched burgers with Medvedev, unilaterally given up missile defense in Eastern Europe, and made it clear he thinks Medvedev is a progressive figure that America should support. This allows Medvedev to sell himself to his electorate as a man respected by the outside world, further undermining the legitimacy of those who would challenge him.
In fact, to the shocking contrary, Obama may actually support the Kremlin’s efforts to wipe out privacy on the Internet. His administration is actively seeking to crack open Skype and Gmail, just like the Putin Gestapo. Who knows? Maybe Putin and Obama are sharing notes and secret midnight whispers.
In short, one of the most memorable events of the Obama administration may well be the laying of the RuNet in its grave — and the rise of a fully realized neo-Soviet dictatorship in Russia.
Wisconsin unions claimed the rollback of PEU privileges in the state (which still exceed those given in Chile) was an attack on the entire middle class. How is Chile’s middle class doing? Last quarter, Chile had an annualized GDP growth rate of 7% and per capita income has risen to $17,000, ten times what it was in 1980 at the adoption of the constitution. According to the CIA World Factbook, their population below the poverty line in 11.5%, one of the lowest in the hemisphere, and slightly below ours at 12%. Neighboring Argentina, for instance, has 30% living below the poverty line with a similar per-capita income, indicating a great deal more stratification. And let’s remember that Chile suffered a massive earthquake last year that seems to have barely dented their economic strength.
It seems as though Chile knows how to handle its economy and its government. They may have learned a lesson from Wisconsin; maybe we can learn a few lessons from them, including their entirely privatized Social Security system.
An old and disappointed Cuban communist told me, during a recent brief encounter in Madrid: “This Sixth Party Congress reminds me of the atmosphere of sadness and nostalgia one breathes in those theaters that present their last show before being demolished.”
That’s a good metaphor.
Fidel Castro’s generation is now octogenarian. It’s giving its farewell performance. Fidel, 84, had his intestines removed in 2006, and Raúl, almost 80, will leave the stage before long. He gave himself a three-to-five-year period to transfer his authority in full and facilitate a sort of generational relay “so the heirs may continue the revolutionary task.”
What does all that mean? Nothing, except to stay in power. Although Cubans continue to repeat slogans, almost no one believes in Marxism-Leninism, while the government tries to escape from the system’s chronic failures by creating a few spaces that might allow private initiative to alleviate the disaster of collectivism. While they applaud revolutionary mottos, young people call Marx “the little old man who invented hunger.”
It is important to note that all of these crimes are occuring opposite an almost 2,000-mile border with the U.S., a border that is porous and unsecured. This serious problem has so far not been a priority for Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security.
The Mexican drug cartels have been able to export their drugs and their murderous violence into the U.S. at will — it may only be a matter of time before they export their newest form of terror and intimidation.
Fort Bragg and LeJeune badly hit by the tornado outbreak-Please Keep Our U.S. Marine and U.S. Army Familes in Your Thoughts and Prayers
His name is Steven Hoag, he was a Marine and he loves Jesus.
Well, that explains it.
Here is another thing that has skyrocketed sine the Democrats took control…Federal Tax Rules: 72,536 Pages
Elections have consequences… Obama spoke, S&P downgraded
The Wall Street Journal pointed out that Barack Obama’s bitterly partisan speech in which he was clinging to entitlements, led to the worst rating for the U.S. government since Pearl Harbor.
It turns out that Turbo Tax/kidney stone Timmy heard about the S&P downgrade of the U.S. economy on FRIDAY. Hence the weekend blitzkrieg, where he broadly hinted that GOP leadership has already indicated it will CAVE in to the adminstration’s arguments and vote to raise the debt limit. Is all of this bluff just that? Is the discussion moot because the toothpaste already out of the tube?
Have you ever been at a point where you couldn’t pay the mortgage or put food on the table for your family? It can be an absolutely soul-crushing experience. In fact, there are some cities in the U.S. that have been so utterly devastated by this economy that it seems as though virtually everyone has had the hope sucked right out of them. The mainstream media is trying to convince all of us that we are in an economic recovery, but that is a lie. The truth is that we are in the middle of a long-term economic decline and the greatest economy in the history of the world is dying right in front of our eyes.
The average American family is under more economic stress right now than at any other time since the Great Depression.
Memo to Bernard Condon: The blame for this far more important second factor cannot possibly be laid at the feet of Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s, or the other ratings agencies.
PS to Mr. Condon: It’s also not S&P’s fault that the current administration, with the help of the Democrat-controlled Congress in 2009 and 2010, ran up the national debt to its current level of over $14 trillion. If you’re looking for “missteps,” please start there.
Victor David Hanson: Patient Obama
Mark Steyn: Losing the Future
Vegas is no longer the world’s biggest gambling resort; America is. Barack Obama says we need to “win the future,” and one more roll of the dice should do it: a trillion dollars of chips on the stimulus came up empty but let’s pile another couple trillion on Obamacare, and “high-speed rail,” and “green jobs,” and “broadband access” . . . And all the while Wayne Newton is singing “Danke Schoen” in Chinese. But don’t worry, we’re not just throwing our money away. We’re playing to a system! The president calls it “investing in the future.”
How do you “invest in the future”? By borrowing $188 million every hour. That’s what the government of the United States is doing. It’s spending one-fifth of a billion dollars it doesn’t have every hour of every day of every week — all for your future!
We complain about “paternalism,” and about “nanny government,” and about the “elites” in Washington who presume to tell us how to live our lives. People hate twisty CFL lightbulbs, and resent the governmental ban on ordinary incandescent bulbs, especially when they find out that the ban was initiated so lightbulb makers could make more profit. Calorie counts on all menus, forbidding children from bringing their lunch from home, restrictors on showerheads, the list goes on and on.
It is all the same syndrome. Instead of turning their attention to their own lives, they want to meddle in everyone else’s. First it is for your good health. Then it is to save energy, and save water, then it’s just something that annoys them, and pretty soon it’s a regulation that would help out a major supporter.
“It makes sense to seize today’s bipartisan support for cutting tax exemptions as a way to increase revenue,” Mondale continues. “I also believe that we must eliminate [George W.] Bush’s tax cuts for the rich.”
Obama embraced these ideas in his speech last week. But unlike Mondale, he didn’t have the honesty to say he wanted to raise taxes, so that he ended up advocating a “$2 trillion stealth tax hike,” as Reuters’ James Pethokoukis points out.
Obama targets the middle class while pretending to tax only the rich.
The headline should read ‘Crony Capitalism is Failing the Middle Class’.
We’ve seen decade after decade of bigger, more centralized, government in the United States. The federal government has become so unmoored from the Constitution that it would be well nigh unrecognizable to our nation’s founders.
Consider the tentacles that intertwine Goldman Sachs and the U.S. Treasury Department. Or General Electric and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The free market hasn’t failed “the middle class” (whoever that is – and, by the way, that phrasing is prototypical Marx-Alinsky class warfare rhetoric).
Monstrous government programs have failed Americans: from disastrous housing debacles like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; the control of more and more elements of the energy sector in the name of a “global warming” fraud; “financial reform” authored by the likes of Barney Frank and Chris Dodd; further centralization of the health care industry; the failing welfare state; open borders; Social Security, Medicare, and dozens of other programs that are little more than legalized Ponzi schemes.
The Victorians, who were wellsprings of one sentence wisdom, used to say “charity begins at home.” The giving impulse of charity must start within us, as it did within Jesus. In a totalitarian, or even semi-totalitarian (i.e., socialist) state, nothing is allowed to come from within. All goes to and flows from the government.
In a capitalist society, people have the wherewithal to give. And in a healthy capitalist society, they have the moral impulse to give. Jesus wasn’t a socialist. When he said “render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s,” he fully understood the separation between our spiritual and moral impulses on the one hand, and the dictates of a state on the other hand.
The way to fix this mess, needless to say, is to junk the entire tax code and start all over.
As many Americans finish their returns to send to the IRS, some financial advisers say that, with deep budget deficits and the Bush tax cuts set to expire at the end of next year, they are counseling clients to prepare for a rise in their tax bill in the coming years.
Over and over, the Obama administration claims to be creating jobs and working for an economic recovery; while with the other hand they issue regulations that work to the opposite effect—killing job opportunities, damaging industries—and extending the length of the recession. All that “investment” has gone to paying off his supporters, not to rescuing the economy. He knows how to do payback, it’s the recovery he doesn’t understand.
The Department of Justice’s favorite black supremacist group.
Leftist codespeak for good ole fashioned wealth redistribution
Meanwhile, the government allows illegal immigrants to cross our borders quite literally by the millions. Surely, even our government can understand that this poses more of a threat to Americans than all the 6-year-old girls put together, even those with cargo pockets. Ask the family of Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar, whose murderer had no problem crossing our southern border from his home in Mexico.
Ask the family of 3-year-old Shakir West, who was killed in Cincinnati. Or the families of Alabamans Jeremy and Angel Seay, the newlyweds killed just weeks after taking their vows. Or the family of retired Lt. Col. Paul Krause, who was killed in Virgina. Or the family of Alyssa Holtzclaw and her 10-month-old son Tucker, who were killed in Texas. These poor souls and many others like them were lost not because of grope-free airport screenings but because of our open-borders policy.
When it was announced that Reid, Boxer, Durbin, Schumer and the Laut were coming, it was reported that the Mao statue in the Beijing Military Museum got a hard-on — but I’m sure it was just a coincidence.
What changed? Paul Ryan moved the national conversation to the actual source of the massive deficits, entitlement spending, and opened up a debate on his terms for reform. The White House hastily arranged a Presidential speech to counter Ryan, one that was so demagogic and dishonest that it might have forced Democrats on the Hill to rush to repair the damage. Before, Durbin could afford to sing Harry Reid’s tune of “Wake Me When It’s Over,” but Ryan has forced the hand of Democrats, even if Obama doesn’t quite comprehend it.
Durbin’s putting his money on the Gang of Six, a bipartisan group in the Senate looking at budget reform, but he notes that time is running out. Their relevance will rapidly dissipate if they cannot bring a competing proposal to the Senate floor before the Senate takes up the Ryan plan. After the warning from Standard & Poor’s, the urgency to change the direction of runaway deficit spending has finally hit the Beltway. If Congress doesn’t act, a lot of political careers will fall off a cliff before Social Security does.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has taken a lot of heat for his House hearings on domestic radicalization of Islam in this country. But he has stood his ground and carried on. After the MSM rush to paint the hearings as racist and even un-American, Rep. King has uncovered some major things of interest that oddly lead back to the DOJ and AG Eric Holder, but the MSM seem not too interested in any of it.
On Watchdog.net, a site that monitors campaign contributions, Monir Edwan is listed as Barack Obama’s Top Contributor, giving $24,313 between October 27, 2007 and November 11, 2007.[iv] Intriguingly, however, although it gives zip codes and other details for the other four of Obama’s top five individual contributors, it provides no additional information at all for Monir Edwan – and Edwan’s link is the only dead one on the Watchdog page.
Why did Palestinians in a Gaza refugee camp have such love for Obama in the summer of 2008? Did they know he was going to run a jihad presidency?
Did Jamal M. Barzinji know the same thing?
Jamal M. Barzinji gave the Obama campaign $1,000.
No. 2 GOP Sen: Obama’s Silence Making U.S. Look ‘Irrelevant’ to Arab Democracy Movement Assad was Saddam’s ‘partner in crime’ during the Oil for Food scandal and he is now Amadinejad’s ‘partner in crime’ which gives him radical leftist ‘street cred’. If you have been paying attention you will have noted that Obama and the Democrats always remain silent when a virulently anti American dictator is having a hard time with those pesky “democracy” movements, especially any tied to Hamas and Hezbollah. Assad is also Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry’s BFF. Combine that with the Democrats needing Syria to stay under Assad’s control so it can help destroy Israel and it is easy to understand why Obama and the Democrats are ‘strangely’ silent about Syria.
After reading the above stories this should come as no surprise…Al-Jazeera has fans in Obama W.H.
For those who think this is all ‘no big deal’ always remember that with the documentation Obama has shown he could not get a job as a mail carrier or any other non elected government job. Michele Bachmann: “Obama Has Failed to Prove His Eligibility” (Video)
“All he had to do is just answer some questions and show his [long-form birth] document and then have people do an attestation that this in fact is a legal document and it’s over, it’s done. And I think the president has neglected to focus on answering that question for people, and that’s why a lot of people still have it lingering in their minds. None of us can prove, none of us can do attestation. Only the president and someone who is legally tasked with attesting to the validity of that document can do that, and I think that’s what the president should do.”
I think the natural-born requirement is a necessity, perhaps more now than ever before. There are two reasons for this.The first reason is that regardless of how American I feel – and have become – I know that I come up across strange blind spots and holes in my perspective, ways of seeing things that would never occur to natural born Americans. Now, I tend to remember those that give me an advantage, of course, but I’m sure that there are others I don’t notice and which put me at a disadvantage to natural citizens. No, I can’t prove that I’ve got those blind spots, just like using my perception alone I can’t prove that I’ve mid-range hearing loss. I simply don’t hear it, so of course I don’t know if it’s there. But I can tell from the way other people around me react, in both cases. I simply didn’t go to elementary school in the states, didn’t grow up with American parents and wasn’t immersed in American culture from birth. It’s something I can never make up.
There are jokes I won’t get, music that will grate on me while other people love it and, I’m sure, policies that seem perfectly reasonable to me that would cause most Americans to run screaming into the night.
The second reason is that we have often in recent years come across naturalized American citizens, with security clearance, who have lived exemplary American lives, and who turn out to be sleepers, planted long ago by some other country (usually China. Sometimes Russia.)
Not the best news for The Donald, but, as Rasmussen points out, it might trouble Team Obama even more to find out they’re not even polling 50% against Trump
And which country would that be? Certainly not America.
US and Libya:
Look for the Union Label/The Badger Rebellion:
That how the headline might read if it were a GOP administration in any city or state taking on the public unions. But this is Detroit, so don’t expect any White House-supported temper tantrums like we saw recently in Wisconsin.
This brings up an interesting question: who serves whom? Do government union employees serve the taxpayers are are we simply serfs? Because the way these union folks are behaving, it seems that they think the latter.
Big government pro-union goons booed the National Anthem on Saturday at the Madison, Wiscsonsin rally on Saturday.
But, please don’t question their patriotism.
Most of Giant’s workers in D.C. belong to the United Food and Commercial Workers’ union, which is bitterly fighting Wal Mart’s entry into the D.C. market. In fighting Giant’s efforts to remain competitive against non-union Wal Mart, the Teamsters have probably found a good way of cutting their union brothers’ throats.
In Other News…
Brewer pretty much put Arizona on record - anyone can become president without verification. This is NOT a bill against Obama. This is a bill for all future presidential candidates. It just so happens that one future candidate, Barack Obama, would most likely be effected by it. Can’t have that. I have a tip for law enforcement. Look inside Brewer’s freezer.
How the mighty have fallen…Atlas is Shrugging in California
One thing I worried about was how well the filmmakers would be able to place the setting in present times, 2016, amid a crisis of severe economic dislocation (like we’re having under the Obamacrats in D.C. and across the nation). After seeing the opening scenes, and thinking about it a bit more, the scenario of disappearing industrialists seems entirely accurate. Indeed, as I’ve been reporting here of late, in California we’ve got the same kind of wrecked economy that Ayn Rand inveighed against. The Los Angeles Times was touting the expansion of the tech sector in February — 100,000 new jobs were created — while burying the lede on lingering massive unemployment in the state. But then the March job numbers — unemployment edged back up to 12.1 percent — forced the paper to be more honest. And then this weekend the Orange County Register published a devastating piece on the exodus of 69 businesses from the state for the first quarter of 2011. Reading the top ten list of reasons for businesses bailing is a jaw-dropping experience, but one that I’m getting used to. Between Sacramento and Washington, California can’t get a break. Indeed, state officials have taken a fact-finding trip to Texas in hopes of stemming the flow of jobs to the Longhorn State and elsewhere.
Elections have consequences.
After decades of progressive policies among the various states — policies which progressively made the government more expensive and intrusive — the voters woke up last November and cleaned house.
Statehouse that is.
Coincidence? Or Chicago-style strong arming by the Federal Government? Or both?
Just days after Washington D.C. approves online poker gambling, the Justice Department, FBI hands out indictments to three major online poker sites charging them with bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling offenses.
LOLOLOL! Ad Placement of the Day
MSM Circus and Celebutard Side Show:
How dare he not give his excellency verbal fellatio!
Joe spends a lot of time dismissing bloggers on that show, now I know why. They have to, after all what would they do if their viewers knew that people like Ed Morrissey were reporting facts that they were ignoring?
I think liberals may be catching on to alternative energy scam. Far from opposing the global warming hoax, GE, BP and other mega-corporations promote it.
The better to snag billions in subsidies and the like.
The power company pushes alternative energy because it is more expensive and in most states, profits are based on a percentage of revenue. there is actually a disincentive to hold costs down in a government-regulated monopoly.
Don’t laugh. If he spouts enough nonsense about mythical global warming, he’ll be guest lecturing at premier universities before long
Fun and Interesting Stuff:
Another beautiful video from Terje Sorgjerd-The Mountain
Opulance, I has it….This Ukranian Just Bought The World’s Most Expensive Home