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Monday, June 29, 2015

Garden report from Midwest

 I noted the comments below at ENENEWS

I also have an organic vegetable garden in Zone 5A.    
I have a TON more weeds than last year.   Including a boat load of nasty thistle.

Plants in the greenhouse sprouted well, the second time, after I gave up on my ammonia batch of "potting soil" which was compost that overwintered outside, and then I added fertilizer which just massively turned in ammonia.

I amended the garden with 10 yards of concrete sand, and 15 yards of 3 year old compost from the local government.

90% failure on all direct plant seeds, this was very odd as the soil seemed just great.   We did have some wet and cold spells.    Very disappointing as I wanted to skip a step of container planting.     I quickly batched out the whole greenhouse again and much of that is now ready to go the garden.

I bought a soil test kit, and spent about 2 hours feeling like I was back in high school chemistry.   I wasn't convinced of results but definitely my method became better with practice.    I will compare my results to some samples sent to UW Madison for real lab tests.

2.5 weeks ago, say June 10, none of the transplanted plants in the garden seemed to be "taking".    I did an application of fish emulsion fertilizer, and continued to fight the enormous amount of weeds.

We also had noticed "flea beetles" right out of the gate.    These affect small plants the most and with many plants not "getting their legs" so quickly, they were small and some took damage.   I did not see any flea beetles last year that I noticed anyway.   I wonder why there was a bumper crop this year.    

Finally last week, June 23 and 24 I mulched the whole garden, mulching directly over weeds after pulling the worst of them.    3 days later everything starting looking great.    Prior to the mulching, lots of lettuce type things has already bolted, I didn't recall that from last year, until maybe late July.   

I get a professional grade mulch almost for free, 2 tons for $5 but I have to pick it up in imagine that, a big pickup truck.    You can't mulch too early on as mulching is 3 to 4 inches deep to be effective, and when the plants are small you may just crush them or lose them.    But it is clear that mulching needs to be a procedure every year.      

The mulch from last year all "broke down" self composted and was tilled in.    So the mulch becomes future fertilizer.     Last fall I did not till in fall, but will probably try that this year.    Towards the end of last season, we stopped fighting weeds and these weeds just died in place.   I also left a big pile of Zucchini, eggplant, Okra, Swiss chard and other pulled plants in a pile in the garden, probably a mistake as this help some bugs or molds/diseases to "overwinter" meaning survive the winter.    As the mulch starts to breaks down it absorbs nitrogen from the soil, and then as it really breaks down, you get all that nitrogen back in addition to the nitrogen that was in the mulch itself.     So the trick is to apply some slow release nitrogen just prior to the mulch, in other words, chicken manure, I used a processed type bought at a big box store.    It would be nice to find a chicken farmer, and we do know one so I will ask.

I also did quite a bit of property improvement at 2 flower gardens that really needed help, and at one "tangle" just a huge mess of stuff that when removed, we foudn there was nothing there at all.    It is a neat area right at the entry to the property.  Highly shaded by a willow, cool, and good moisture, so that is now the "Willow Grotto", trying a ground cover, Shasta Daisy, and for now, lettuce and mint.

The "prairie" areas were overrun with weeds, and a lot of good plants look like weeds so it was very difficult to decide what to kill/remove.    Now the earliest flowers are showing and I am making a leaf "book" to identify.    I did not cut down the wildflower areas last year but will this year.    I did harvest maybe 20,000 coneflower seeds but have not planted them at this time, other priorities.

I did not get to plant the orchard this year.     1 have 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 peach.    The peach was put in last summer and immediately started to fruit, it is 4' tall and lots of new growth just last 2 weeks, but no flowers or signs of buds.    It is a Gerogia Belle and maybe it needs a companion to fertilize?    There are no other peaches in the nearby areas, and I mean miles.

I will plant the Orchard this fall.    Plum, Cherry, Persimmons, another apple such as Honey Crisp, maybe another pear, and possibly others.   I missed the pre-emergment oil this spring as I was highly distracted by business interests in Hawaii and just not around.   Apple

Status of Garden June 29, 2015.     After a very worrisome start, things are looking great, especially after the mulch.   It just seems like the plants were a ton happier after the mulch, maybe there is something weird like weed pheromones that upset the vegetables?    There are a number of areas of failed direct seed that are waiting for greenhouse plants to be popped in.    

I never knew what peas in a pod were supposed to taste like, now I do.    Now it will be impossible to ever eat that "pea type product" they label in a can, LOL.

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Food Update: South central Wis. about organic food effected by Cesium. The asparagus mentioned previously, first cutting were unreasonably full of fibers and inedible (90% bad). The strings got wrapped around the teeth and also upon swallowing just a little- felt like it wrapped around internal throat flap or tonsils. The second cutting was about half as bad- probably due to a short exposure in the field. Last week first turnip pickings: noticed the turnip greens had same as mentioned above. All turnips had like a l/8th inch shell around it of very heavy fiber. The second pickings still had 100% bad greens but the turnip didn't have as much fiber in the shell only about 1/16 inch, but it was still there. The Napa cabbage was totally fiber and inedible- a total disaster. Will keep you informed of the continuing season as things are picked. This all from an organic certified farm.
Previously, I had mentioned about the asparagus coming from South America being bad. Also the string beans from Guat. being bad and loaded with this fiber.
It isn't GMO doing this as I know the organic farmer and I have organic asparagus growing wild and it is happening to that. These products have unbelievable fiber and I don't know if they are healthy to eat or swallow as they wrap around your teeth (and maybe your internal organs?)…I appreciate any input…
Fuku is really starting to take effect in changing and destroying the Midwest vegetable crops. Farmers and careful eyes see it.

  • alasanon
    Wow…Those are interesting reports!!.. After watching over these years, recorded measurements from rain & snow up there did seem to indicate that some of the Midwest was getting hit hard by fallout.. especially, anecdotal evidence from Michigan!!…I couldn't believe their readings and stories of exposed people/severe symptoms–!? It must have something to do with Wind/Jet stream currents & precipitation patterns…
    i think a few of the local organic farmers' market goods seem a little different on the East Coast, too?…maybe smaller or larger?…more insect holes?..dunno. One of my garden plants has several crooked or bent stems, but that may be its susceptibility to the severe storms we've had out here nearly every few days this year… (I just remember this flower being so straight before–could be the storms though) My other plants are growing intensely, but are not "funny looking" or bent at all. I dunno.
    You can get paranoid. To be honest, I have not noticed any bad reaction to eating the local stuff after washing. I have noticed something when forced to eat W. coast origin food-? (I detox & try to reduce risk, so that helps.)
    Remember after Chernobyl, one of the proven best authorized cooking methods to reduce Cesium was BOILING foods, including meats. It reduced 80% of the radioisotope deposits in tests…plus, good for taters! ;)
    Need more enterprising greenhouses, filtered hydroponics!!
    We need to get into indoor home…

Checkmate
Also the first spinach crop was good, probably because the growing time is shorter and it was in the field less time…

Checkmate
Organic broccoli after cooking- noticed the lower part of small stalks of small broccoli heads getting about 10% of fiber creeping up the stems on about 20% of the bunch.
Last year noticed that about 80% of a cabbage head purchased from a store imported from Michigan was inedible. Since it was not organic, I attributed it to GMOs or the spider gene put in the plant. But if it is happening here, where I know nothing is altered, than it is definitely being caused by Cesium in the soil, which has accumulated so much that it is rending vegetables totally inedible. Which means in this case that the only thing left to do in the coming future will be to juice all vegetables and toss all the collected fiber away left in the juicer. It is a matter of time- I give it at the most 2 years before the Midwest vegetable crops (and probably the entire world crop) are completely inedible and everyone is juicing whether organic or not…
And the Jap radiation won't stop as it has been increasing year after year and the soil is collecting more and more untold amounts of Cesium fallout from the rain as the Jap Fuku keeps smoking and screwing up the world with the untold college Nuke experts and genius sitting on their thumbs, saying we didn't know this would happen. Kind of like buying a car and not expecting ever dent the fenders or get in an accident. The China Sy. movie should have been the wake-up call and these jerks should have thought about that- certainly the guy that wrote it did!!

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from Dud, a link on fertilizers

http://www.growinganything.com/organic-garden-fertilizers.html

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pacific Seals Dying Enmasse -- Charts to Bring It Home

From this source

http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/patients/released-deceased-patients/#Deceased

At least they aren't giving them radioactive names this year.



I used a feature of Excel called pivot tables to quickly bring these tables and charts out of the data

Please review and comment

First Table is important, causes of stranding



 These are the ones that didn't make it
 By age and cause of death
 This has to be a gruesome task for those poor marine biologists making half of what the Whores and Woods Hole make


















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And this comment found on Majia's blog
Majia did an article on Japan's Open Society At Risk
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/japans-open-society-in-crisis.html
Reading Crisis Without End: Corrupted science and its likewise corrupted offspring' technology--thus in the USA the Federal Agencies have as their prime goal to facilitate and augment corporate profits. Food contaminated with radiation does not serve that purpose, so simply ignore that whole area or lie about it or raise acceptable standards . . . avoid scrupling when people are concerned. Clearly the powers on the planet have given up on their citizenry. Too many of them anyway. Shed the excess. Americans now are like the passenger pigeon. Or the buffalo. This is so beyond grasp that one is stopped in mid thought. It is an invisible silent total war. But, though with little satisfaction, it proves my point that atomic energy among many areas discovered by science has given the world things that the world is too immature to handle properly. Why we do not give matches to small children or loaded guns! The real threat? Russia? Hardly. Isis? Absurd. Obviously nuclear power plants could have been made and run much more safely; or ideally not at all. The USA forced Russia into a nuclear contest. Lied to about the Soviet Unions desire to destroy America. Needed the power plants for bomb making material, etc. Is it too late? By the time the people wake up how many more accidents and meltdowns? Maybe there is enough radiation now to gradually destroy animal life via mutations. I prefer to ignore the Christian right wing and their preoccupation with Satan--but this whole Mess is hard to account for. Don't scientist and engineers have children, grandchildren and friends? How much cancer are we looking at already? Golden retrievers used to live about 16 or 18 years (1972) but now are down to 8 or 9 and then die of cancer usually.
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And this contributed by a reader in the comments below

http://flaglerlive.com/74587/nukes-last-tango/

Illinois may be nuclear’s short-term ground zero. Exelon operates nukes at six sites in the state and acknowledged that three – the two-reactor complexes at Quad Cities and Byron, and the Clinton single reactor site – may have priced themselves out of the market. Closure of the three could mean 7,800 job losses at the plants and related industries, according to Exelon’s spokesman Paul Adams. A report earlier this month by several Illinois state agencies cited a smaller job-loss figure, 2,500, but added that the state could add 9,600 jobs in the next four years through energy efficiency and a renewable energy standard.

Another Exelon nuke, the Ginna plant near Rochester, New York, is on the brink. Facing a deadline on power purchases from the 45 year-old plant’s biggest buyer, Rochester Gas & Electric, Ginna will close without a rate hike, according to Exelon. The plant’s license doesn’t expire till 2029
 From ENENEWS


All the water in all the oceans of the world is really not that much when you wrap them all up into one big water balloon as depicted in the picture.    It becomes easier to see how we can actually pollute and destroy all of it.

List of Lies Against Solar -- Starting the List

I have a long list of lies "93 One Liner Lies of the Nuclear Cartel"
here http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2014/02/classic-one-liner-lies-of-nuke.html

And I start an article on the "Lies of the Cancer Cartel"
Let no disaster go to waste, instead propagandize it and profit from it.
http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2015/05/one-liner-lies-of-cancer-cartel.html

So today I am going to start addressing some lies against the renewable energy field.   Pro-nuclear trolls use these lies to create Fear Uncertainty and Doubt about renewables.



  1. Not everyone lives in Hawaii, where energy is a luxury and not a necessity. (Lie Maker moniker Michael Mann), this goes beyond just a lie to a condescending "happy camper" natives in their huts ramification.
  2. You have to cut down whole forests and kill trees if you want to do solar (Lie Maker Moniker greenthinker2012) 
  3. If you use solar energy, you will be in the dark when the sun goes down
  4. There is no good way to store the energy from Renewables
  5. Solar panels take more energy to produce the panel than they produce in their lifetime
  6. Solar panels take up so much room that it is not realistic that they could ever provide any significant percentage of a modern industrial society
  7. Solar is expensive
  8. Producing Solar panels is so dirty, the whole concept becomes non-green
  9. Germany's solar push has been an expensive failure
  10. Large amounts of solar put the grid at risk and will create blackouts.
  11. Solyndra proves that solar is a scam
  12. If solar really made sense, wouldn't we have more than 1% solar
  13. Solar PV is not  that efficient, therefore it doesnt make sense
  14. You must have expensive polluting batteries to run solar.
  15. We all should wait to do solar, until they have solar paint you can just put on your house.
  16. The grid is old, and therefore we cannot do solar until the grid is upgraded
  17. Subsidies for solar are huge, whereas subsidies for nuclear and oil are almost nothing.
  18. Your roof won't be able to support the "weight" of solar.
  19. If you have batteries, they need a lot of maintenance and ventilation and they can blow up
  20. Solar is not reliable
  21. You need to live somewhere that gets a lot of sun all year round
  22. Solar kills jobs overall, especially at nuclear power plants and fossil plants.
  23. Your roof must be less than 7 years old or you are crazy to install solar
  24. Solar is ugly
  25. The grid operator will have to raise costs a lot when many of their customers go solar and their fixed costs stay the same.
  26. Actual comment: another point you can mention is although most PV panels are guaranteed for 10 years most start to diminish after 5 and every year after that output is reduced by a further 10% and this is not covered as its not a structural issue.  but apart from this there is little fault to find. 
  27. You won't be able to use as much electricity as you used to use and will have to make compromises on your lifestyle 
  28. Construction in the deserts is hurting lizards and wildlife. 
  29. There is no practical way to store the solar energy for use when the sun don't shine. 
  30. Solar and wind are dirtier than nuclear. (Lie Maker Moniker Codejack)
  31. Solar and wind CANNOT scale up to meet demand. (Lie Maker Moniker Codejack)
  32. Solar and wind would require storage which completely eliminates any benefits. (Lie Maker Moniker Codejack)
  33. Nuclear is safer than wind or solar. (Lie Maker Moniker Codejack)
Some fresh ones from 1 source
The nuclear waste is minimal in comparison. Couple of points to consider 1) Nothing is zero carbon footprint. What is the true carbon footprint of the mining, refining, smelting, manufacturing, transport and construction of all the wind turbines and solar arrays it would take to equal the capacity of one nuclear plant. For instance if a typical Nuke puts out lets say 1600 mega watts. That would equal depending on efficiency 4.8 to 7 million solar panels! Think about that a minute. I have personally worked on both. A 250 mw solar field had 3/4 million panels with top efficiency. 3000 acre footprint. 2) Now lets talk about the 15-20 year life cycle of a solar panel. Then what, recycle what you can, hmmm more waste, more carbon. Yes I agree it sounds good on the surface but remember the minimal spent fuel kept on location at moment has been in operation at some plants since the mid 60s in the US. 55 years from now what thought has gone into issues that will come from the solar and wind side from waste, carbon footprint of replacements and recycle. Not to mention that 3000 acres just became about 20,000 acres to equal that one Nuke. Count on that being one hell of an enviromental impact. Nothing is perfect. It will continue to improve that is human nature but dont fool yourself to thinking that it is the perverbial holy grail.
LOL the acre lie, rooftop solar can account for 50% of all the countries needs, no acreage needed big guy.
And when was the last time you flew across country....we have craploads of space in this country.

Well no lie there, actually acurrate to the panel if youd like. That is experience and several hundred MW installed. There is no doubt that roof top can add up but consider the cost and time involved in achieving the same load. How many panels per roof, each roof needing all the support and metering equipment, batteries, connection to grid...Remember keeping this in the context of how many years to achieve. Also with so many owners of every rooftop how do you propose to maintain any kind of baseload that is uniform. Even utility size plants have to carefully plan their outages not to tax the system even for general maint. Anyone who believes you can achieve independence without a base load is fooling themselves. Would be one thing if the only energy consumption was homes. Add in commercial and industrial needs. Spikes in useage from large power draws... many factors to consider.
  • DEBUNK
    Lies:
    1) no batteries are needed, and they are not desired
    2) connection to grid is a $40 PV disconnect, simplistic
    3) Who cares about how many panels per roof...enough to serve the load
    4) No need to change meters, unless utility has already spent your money to install a solar unfriendly meter, all the old style meters would just spin backwards.
    5) Baseload is a canard until we get to 45% PV, for now diversity is the operant word, load the grid with PV....
    6) Spikes are a canard...you gots rolling reserve now, you will have it in the new grid also.
    7) Cost and time? Huh time? A system can be completed in 1 day by 3 men. Cost, well about 3 cents per kWH, solid for 30 years. Check it out. And thanks for the material.
    http://nukeprofessional.blogsp...
     

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    dEBUNKING (looking for crowd source ideas to backup the debunk with links)

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    19) (thanks Dud) You need to live somewhere that gets a lot of sun all year round

    Quote of the European Space Agency: "Was new technology developed for Rosetta and can it be reused for other ESA missions?
    The solar cells in Rosetta's solar panels are based on a completely new technology, so-called Low-intensity Low Temperature Cells. Thanks to them, Rosetta is the first space mission to journey beyond the main asteroid belt relying solely on solar cells for power generation. Previous deep-space missions used nuclear RTGs (Radio isotope thermal generators). The new solar cells allow Rosetta to operate over 800 million kilometres from the Sun, where levels of sunlight are only 4% those on Earth. The technology will be available for future deep-space flights, such as ESA’s upcoming Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer."
    quoted from: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Frequently_asked_questions
    28) Only RTG's make exporation beyond Mars orbit possible. (debunked)
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    27) Practical energy storage: https://daryanenergyblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/loch-ness-monsters-of-energy-storage-2/
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    Friday, June 26, 2015

    Ken Buessler is Bought and Paid for at Woods Whore (I mean Woods Hole) Marine Biology

    This from ENENEWS, worthy of an article just from the comments:
    Scroll down for screen caps from the Wood Hole website

    Cataclysmic
    yep.. here are a few old comments
    Cataclysmic
    September 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm · Reply
    Hi Mark, Someone is revealed, check this out, as horrendous as it is, it makes me giggle, and then baaaaa baaaa baaaa.. http://www.whoi.edu/main/partners-sponsors
    Report comment
    CataclysmicCataclysmic
    September 12, 2013 at 4:55 pm · Reply
    Further delve into Wood Hole Research Center reveals the Navy. http://www.whrc.org/support/finance.html
    Report comment
    CataclysmicCataclysmic
    September 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm · Reply
    Amount spent on salaries? 6 mill or so. ("CURRENTLY 15 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS AND A TOTAL OF ABOUT 55 STAFF" ..so 65 people gobble up 6 mill or so… hmm). check out tax return for more info.. http://www.whrc.org/support/pdf/FY12_Form990.pdf
    Cataclysmic
    September 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm · Reply
    Geezus.. so all the officers of the board are big bank/wall street guys too.. hmmm
    •  Cataclysmic
      JoyB
      November 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm · Reply
      S'okay, Cataclysmic. They've got big, bad SuperOceanographers on their team now, telling us all about how polonium-210 is "the most common" radioisotope in the oceans, and we get way more of it in our tuna sandwich than cesium or strontium – mere piddly-assed beta-emitters. Nifty that this came just in time for today's announcement about Yasser Arafat being assassinated with polonium-210, n'est ce pas?
      And just so you know, NO. Polonium-210 is not the most common radioisotope in the oceans (look it up!). It's not even in the big five. Hell, on a list of 1 to 10, it's number 10 – dead last, a certifiably "rare" element. You'd think an oceanographer measuring radiation in the sea off Fukushima would know that, wouldn't you?
      Heh… They're setting us up for something, and it doesn't look good.

    •  ISPC
      Yes. Cataclysmic. Thank you for taking the time and effort to post the data on Woods Hole Financier's and Finances. It it truly telling about why Ken Buessler always lies and obfuscates.
      Just to think, Ken Buessler is the only Marine Biologist measuring Oceanic Radiation Levels that is ever quoted by the Main Stream Media in Canada or the United States. In reality his research is absolutely slipshod; not research at all; nothing that could be called Science. In fact, it is psychopathic anti-science.
      I think your links to Woods Hole Finances explains his actions thoroughly. He is merely a money and power hungry Pawn; nothing more. (and that is as low as one can go)
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      Look at images 2 and 3, looks like the folks at Woods Hole get paid A LOT more than industry average.

      And then further down, marine research grants are going down in amount, so you think those in the the business would pay close attention to what their client wants to hear!







    Rod Adams at ATomic Insights, Bans stock For Posting Information From a FOIA Email on 5 Lethal Doses

    stock here, I have been banned 3 times at Atomic Insights.    What a Rabid Pro Nuclear Circle Kumbaya  they have going on over there.

    For exposing the 5 lethal doses email, which occurred  perfectly timed with the massive release of neutrons during the Reactor 3 Nuclear Explosion, aka Moderated Prompt Criticality--- stock, posting at NP (Nuke Pro) was actually banned on this comment.

    What a Rod Adams from below: "if you attempt to post such blatantly incorrect material without finding a credible source first, you will be banned."

    stock here---LOL, as if the NRC email was not a credible source.   Interesting, the NRC response to Rod Adams inquiry does not state "these 5 deaths did not occur", they dodge and state "others state that the deaths did not occur"

    Here is Rod Adams website if you can stand the grandiose precious stench.

     http://atomicinsights.com/tracking-squashing-5-lethal-dose-myth/

    Sorry Rod, you didn't squash anything, if fact you made it more clear how important it is to the pro nuke cartel play book to make sure the Prompt Moderated Criticality is covered up.   

    Here is a short ENENEWS article with the 5 lethal doses email, and only 22 comments

    http://enenews.com/japan-reports-5-persons-received-lethal-radiation-doses-first-5-days-fukushima-crisis


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    NP
    As I said before, I find it highly unlikely that there was a misunderstanding in this matter of discussing radiation deaths.
    I believe that these deaths did occur, and that the Japanese and Americans decided to cover them up. I believe that a likely moderated prompt criticality at Reactor 3 building (be it the MOX /used fuel pool or the reactor itself), resulted in a massive release of neutrons and 5 people took the hit.
    Also interesting that the US MOX plant, estimated to be 2500% over budget, has been killed, and will still cost the American Taxpayers 311M just to keep in “mothball” conditions. It is also clear to me that those privy to real information do now realize the dangers of the frisky neutrons in the MOX.
    @NP
    I’ll say one thing for you – you are stubbornly creative.
    I guess I’ll say one more thing. You are patently wrong. There were no deaths and there was no coverup.
    There is no way to hide a “moderated prompt criticality” and no way that used fuel in a racked spent fuel pool can ever go critical.
    Here’s a warning – if you attempt to post such blatantly incorrect material without finding a credible source first, you will be banned.
    By the way — I’ve been privy to “real information” for my entire career. Used to have both clearances & need to know.
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    stock and the Circle Kumbaya continues with the classic trolls.....

    Michael Mann
    Rod,
    Thank you for putting up with the anti-nuclear rants, it helps illustrate the depth of their misconceptions, sometimes we forget how little the average anti-nuke actually understands. Futile as most attempts to educate and inform them seem to be, I appreciate the effort put forth by mjd, yourself, and others to correct their gross conceptual errors.
    Mike Mann
    @Michael Mann
    Thank you for the kind words, but I need to gently disagree with you. Many people who are opposed to nuclear energy are quite well informed about its capabilities and understand the technology pretty well. In fact, it is their understanding of what the technology is capable of doing in the hands of well-trained operators, skilled managers and empowered engineers/constructors that scares the heck out of them.
    They are scared because if nuclear succeeds, their futures will be vastly different. There are some who honestly
    1) dislike the human species and prefers to make as powerless as possible. There are some who envision a
    2) pastoral world powered by trees, sun and wind and realize that successful nuclear energy will crowd out efforts to build that world. Finally,
    3) there are some who prosper in our current hydrocarbon economy and who’s capital investments or carefully developed skills would be worth less (not worthless, mind you) in the inevitable Actinide Economy.
    If I have forgotten any major groups of informed opponents, feel free to add them to the description.

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Nuke Promoter Talking Points and a Long Article from Zerohedge

    A whole new group of nuke promoter identities were rolled out the last 2 days, here is one.

    codejack <hilarious name actually>

    OK, I'll give you one last shot.
    Fact: Solar and wind are dirtier than nuclear.
    http://www.brookings.edu/resea...
    Fact: Solar and wind CANNOT scale up to meet demand.
    http://e360.yale.edu/feature/g...
    Fact: Solar and wind would require storage which completely eliminates any benefits.
    http://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the...
    Fact: Nuclear is safer than wind or solar.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/ja...
    No more bluster, no more insults, it's put up or shut up time.
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     stock here

    1) Tell that to people in Fukushima or Chernobyl

    2) Really?    Bring back 2 million military men and woman, and let me show you 100% renewable in 15 years.

    3) Incorrect, diversity nicely takes care of much of the issue.    Ask Germany or Spain.    And then plug in Electric vehicles, unused 94% of the time and let them absorb or give 10% while plugged in....solves 70% of the remaining problem.    Sure some pumped hydro, some batt farms with old EV batts, some caps, some peaking gensets, less the voltage sag a bit, have disconnectable loads.

    It ain't that hard.

    4) LOL, can I just say "Forbes" home of nuke pimp Jimmy Conca da Shill?   Can I just say that and go to bed?  

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     From a reader, the Movie is "Quietly Into Disaster".    Its not a free viewing though.

    http://quietly-into-disaster.com

    https://vimeo.com/ondemand/23523

    But I did find it hosted at YouTube, so here it is



    Replacing Pilgrim Nuclear Plant with Solar PV is a No Brainer, Here Are The Facts

    What would it cost to replace Pilgrim Nuclear Plant with Solar PV?

    First we look at the average annual energy Pilgrim has generated
    Then we look at how much solar PV would be need to exceed that
    Then we look at what that PV would cost
    Then we look at what the cost per kWH would be to the PV owner.

    Finally, how much wildlife land or agricultural land would we have to take to achieve that (the answer is zero)
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    Actually let me give you all the answers, and then you can review the calculations below.

    First we look at the average annual energy Indian Point has generated 3,687,000,000 kWH/Yr
    Then we look at how much solar PV would be need to exceed that 10 Million Panels, Exceeding Pilgrim Production at 3,850,000,000 kWH/Yr
    Then we look at what that PV would cost $2,034,000,000
    Then we look at what the cost per kWH would be to the PV owner.    1.79 cents per kWH

    Finally, how much wildlife land or agricultural land would we have to take to achieve that (the answer is zero)    Still ZERO, it's just 22.5% of the rooftop of the average house to receive the PV

    Here is the link to the load factor data.

     http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=Pilgrim-1+reactor+load+factor&a=*DPClash.NuclearReactorP.load+factor-_*LoadFactorCumulative-










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    The person who spurred me on to this had these incredulous statistics at his website.

    D) Adding it all together:

    Steel: 450 thousand tonnes; that's 0.6% of our U.S. total annual production, JUST TO REPLACE ONE SMALLISH PLANT.
    Concrete: 1.4 million tonnes; about 0.2% of our annual production
    CO2: 2.5 million tonnes
    Cost: about 12 Billion dollars
    Land: about 190 square kilometers (14 x 14 km); that's 73 square miles, larger than the District of Columbia, JUST TO REPLACE ONE SMALLISH PLANT.
    http://www.timothymaloney.net/www.timothymaloney.net/Blog/Entries/2013/9/2_Vermont_Yankee_nuke_will_shut_downhttp___www.social-ecology.org_2013_08_vermont-yankee-is-closing_comment-page-1_comment-11578.html

    Now the UK Met says a Solar Minimum is almost for sure, and It Might Be a Deep Minimum Like the Maunder Minimum

    Hilarious, 6 years ago I was predicting a mini-ice age, whilst they (the so called experts) were befuddled by the low sun spot counts.

    Now they upped the ante to a full on Maunder Minimum.    Think global cooling on steroids.

    But they think it will just partly offset the "warming"

    Irresponsible, almost criminals these dangerous jokers are.

    They are going to be paying people to produce carbon to get some warming going, mark my words.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/06/24/uk-met-fastest-decline-solar-activity-last-ice-age/

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    And a comment by a most excellent commenter at ENENEWS razzz

    Notice how the carbon tax/credit agenda is being upset by natural occurrences. Global warming radicals had to work overtime to come up with such nonsense to cover their misguided thinking.

    'Weak sun could offset some global warming in Europe and US – study'

    "Global warming in northern Europe and the eastern US could be partially offset in future winters because of the sun entering a weaker cycle similar to the one which enabled frost fairs to take place on the river Thames in the 17th and 18th century, according to new research…"

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/23/weak-sun-could-offset-some-global-warming-europe-us-study

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    stock here: Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.

    Gasser Classic --Searching, from ENENEWS

    The Coasters "Searchin"
    Gotta here first for the reading rhythm
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WR2FvrU-NIM
    ~~~~
    (Gonna find it)

    (Gonna find it)

    (Gonna find it)

    Gonna find it)
    Yeah, they ain't been searchin'

    A-searchin'
    
Oh, yeah, searchin' every which a-way

    Yeah, yeah
    
Oh, yeah, searching'
    
How come TEPCO's not searchin'

    Searchin' every which a-way

    Yeah, yeah
    
Be like like the Northwest Mounties

    You know the'll find them Corium's today
    (Gotta find it)
(Gotta find it)
    Well, now, if TEPCO has to swim a Tritium river
    
You know they won't

    And a if they have to climb in a Reactor vessel
    
You know they won't
    
And a if its a hiding down
    Under a Cobalt blue glowing hill
    
Were gonna find it folks

    You know we will
    
'Cause we've been searchin'

    Oh, yeah, searchin'

    My goodness,
    Corium searchin' every which an-enenews way

    Yeah, yeah
    
And were like the Northwest Mounties

    You know we'll find that damn Corium someday

    (Gonna find it)

    (Gonna find it)
    Well, Stocks tipping it home
    
And PhilipUpNorth got the fix
    Mija, Dr. Goodheart.
    and or-well's got some tricks
    

No matter where it's hidden'
    
It's gonna see us a comin'

    Gonna Blog right down Cyber street
    
Like a Bulldog Blanchard drum
    
'Cause we've been searchin'

    Oooh, Lord, searchin', my folks

    Searchin' every which a-truth way

    Yeah, yeah
    
And like the Northwest…


    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    Animated GIF Showing Fukushima Ocean Effects

    This is great for the average person with attention span less than that of a goldfish.


    Space Weather Watch

    There is a large CME event happening as we speak. 

    Events like this could resemble the Carrngton Event which could wipe out large sections of the grid, causing nuclear power plants to meltdown.    A large enough CME could also wipe out the control systems and electronics the nuclear plants require to shutdown without meltdown.

    http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/strike-3-third-cme-raises-watch-g3-level-22-june

     SuspiciousObservers
    https://www.youtube.com/user/Suspicious0bservers?feature=watch 

    Spaceweather.com
    http://spaceweather.com/

    Some people who are well heeled in the "prepping" department have suggested that a grid wipeout could be a good thing a "cleansing" process, taking out 90% of humanity or more, and allow some healing time for the earth.

    However, since the earth has been unwillingly strapped up like a suicide bomber with 400 nuclear plants, that cleansing process would not turn out so well.

    So here we sit, strapped up like a suicide bomber, hoping the Sun launched CMEs are not "big enough" this time. Some day they will be big enough.

    Note to self: when the CMEs hit, open the solar grid connected disconnect so that the solar system does not get fried by the massive electrical spikes caused by induced current from the CME.
    Also put any electronics that you really want to keep in a "faraday cage" which can be as simple as a steel trash can with pretty tight fitting lid, or a large gun safe, even a construction job box.
    I do not think a refrigerator is likely to work well as a Faraday cage because the seals may be too thick to function as a "wave guide".



    On July 7th an 81M asteroid is going to buzz by Earth about the same distance to the moon.   Odd thing can happen though, gravitational forces of the moon or earth could fracture the space rock and the pieces could take quite different trajectories.

    Even though a "small rock" and a slow rock, it contains the energy of 4 to 45 nuclear bombs.   See the custom nukepro asteroid calculator below.

    Scroll down at spaceweather.com to see this table
    http://spaceweather.com/




    Nuke Plant Worker Admits That Plants Are At Their Life Expectancy and Bean Counters Short Change Maintenance

    I worked at the Byron nuke plant for 29 years. The truth is, this plant, and others like it, have just about out lived their life expectancy. It's going to close someday whether we like it or not. It has been modified, repaired, equipment replaced and systems up-dated. There is only so much you can do to preserve it's existence and overall health. Like anything man made, it will have an end. The bean counters for Exelon figure cost verses income. Once the plant becomes more expense than profit, it will probably be shut down. Technology has come along way since these old dinosaurs were built, and with the cost of nuclear power, they won't survive. The Zion Nuclear Plant was closed many years ago because of this reason. It cost more to operate than it could make on paper. The real issue I see, is the cost of the spent nuclear fuel that is stored on site. Closing these sites does not get rid of that problem and the expense. These sites will still require security, maintenance, insurance, taxes, and more, to a plant that has no income. These cost will be there for many, many years, until the fuel finds a new home somewhere else. They told us, spent nuclear fuel has a 2500 year, half life. No one else wants the spent fuel. That's why it's stored on site. Who will pay for this clean up is a good guess, but it will probably come down to the consumers and tax payers, as usual. Don't get me wrong, Exelon is a very good company. They care much about the safety of these plants and the public. Because of government requirements, lack of government subsidies to the nuclear industry, high taxes, high insurance cost and high everything else, the nuclear industry has just about died. Just my opinion.

    R. Harden There are many new designs of nuclear reactor which can use the once used fuel as new fuel, one of the most interesting is the LFTR http://thoriumremix.com/th/

    I was only a Mechanical Maintenance employee. During plant meetings we were invited to, it was mentioned how new reactors could used processed, spent fuel. I don't remember many of the details. That would be a great idea and I wish it was done. Who knows if it will ever happen. It's the overall cost of building anything nuclear that scares off investors. Wind generation has become a big thing all over. Right close to where I live in Illinois, there are many of these monsters sticking up, spinning in the wind, producing electric power. There was just an article in the local newspaper that stated Exelon is considering closing several of their nukes. Byron, Quad Cities, Dresden, LaSalle, Clinton and Braidwood may all be shut down, in the near future, because of their operational cost verses income. It's all about the bottom line, profits. Exelon stock was once priced at around the $90.00 mark back in 2007 to 2008. Now they are in the $32.00 range. That's a huge loss to Exelon, considering the amount of shares of stock there are.

    I am an I&C tech at the R.E. Ginna plant (been there since 1988) don't sell yourself short, "only mechanical maintenance" you have years of experience as a radiation worker, keeping the public safe, providing clean reliable electricity, which others lack. In my opinion the problem is the time frame of return on investment, with a conventional nuclear power plant takes longer than the CEO's tenure to make a profit, the bean counters want money now, not in a decade, no matter the long term benefits. They also have a problem putting a price on reliability and environmental stewardship. The general public has no idea of the hoops we go through to ensure the safe operation of these plants, the INPO and NRC requirements and the pride we take in our work..

    Thanks for the compliment, Michael. I guess I did have quite a vast level of nuke knowledge when I look back and really think about it. All the annual testing, the mandatory training, plus the training on valves, valve operators, pumps of all kinds, crane operating, welding, building maintenance and more. I retired being the lead walk down person for MMD. Our department did take pride in what we accomplished. We had a great shop with much nuclear experience. The real problem with at Byron was upper management. Most of them originated from the operating department. Some were good, but most were geared to much toward operations instead of maintenance. They always seemed to believe operating a plant was more important than maintaining it, to a degree. I always thought, if it breaks, you aren't going to run it. They would defer many maintenance items during an outage, just to get the outage finished per the schedule. Bonuses! I agree with what you said about the time it takes to return an investment in the nuclear world. I think todays investors what a return on their investment much faster than a decade. I also believe many people who live within a 50 mile radius of any nuclear plant, think more about it now, because of what happened to the Fukushima plant in Japan. I had many friends and family calling me when that disaster happened. They were very concerned and afraid. Fukushima didn't help with the negative feelings many people have towards nuclear power.