FW: CLG News
From: MADELINE SIMON (madeline-mplsmsn.com)
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:41:05 -0800 (PST)
See last two items on Mercury and Alberta tar sands, and just how Cheap nuclear 
energy is supposed to be (myth).  Also interesting, bald eagle deaths, and 
recruiting the homeless in Japan to clean up Fukushima.


From: clg_news [at] legitgov.org
To: clg_news [at] legitgov.org
Subject: 5.1 magnitude quake hits Japan 80km from Fukushima nuclear plant
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 04:15:21 -0500

Breaking News and Commentary from 
Citizens for Legitimate Government
31 Dec 2013
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5.1 magnitude quake hits Japan 80km from Fukushima nuclear 
plant 31 Dec 2013 A shallow 
5.1-magnitude earthquake has hit eastern Japan, the US Geological Survey says, 
but there are no local reports of any damage. The quake hit at 10.03am (1203 
AEDT) in Ibaraki prefecture, 146 kilometres northeast of Tokyo, the agency 
The tremor was 9.9 kilometres deep, USGS said. Located roughly 80 kilometres 
southwest of the Fukushima nuclear plant, the quake was strong enough to gently 
rock high-rise buildings in the capital.
Japan's homeless recruited for Fukushima radiation 
clean-up 29 Dec 2013 Seiji Sasa hits 
the train station in this northern Japanese city before dawn most mornings to 
prowl for homeless men. The men in Sendai Station are potential laborers that 
Sasa can dispatch to contractors in Japan's nuclear disaster zone for a bounty 
of $100 a head. This is how Japan finds people willing to accept minimum wage 
for one of the most undesirable jobs in the industrialized world: working on 
*35 billion, taxpayer-funded effort to clean up radioactive fallout across an 
area of northern Japan larger than Hong Kong.
Bald eagle deaths in Utah alarm; Fukushima radiation possible 
cause - wildlife officials --Deaths of at least 20 bald eagles in northern and 
Utah in recent weeks worry scientists, who are struggling to find the 
cause. 28 Dec 2013 Bald eagles are dying in Utah -- 20 in the last few 
weeks alone -- and nobody can figure out why. Earlier this month, hunters and 
farmers across five counties in northern and central Utah began finding the 
normally skittish raptors lying, listless, on the ground...Officials at the 
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center have their own theories about the sickness. Some 
point to radiation from Japan after the 2011 meltdown[s] at the 
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Secret pre-Iraq War talks between Blair and Bush to be 
published 30 Dec 2013 Tony Blair and 
George Bush exchanged voluminous correspondence prior to the start of military 
operations in Iraq. Now, the UK is moving to declassify details of the talks 
an inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the conflict, British media reported. 
The release, set for the upcoming year, is expected to include more than 100 
documents, described as a collection of notes, records of 200 minutes of 
ministerial level talks, telephone conversations and private meetings between 
the British prime minister and American president [sic], The Independent 
reported. This will give the green light for the Chilcot Iraq Inquiry to 
an account of the conflict, where much attention will be given to decisions 
by then Prime Minister Tony Blair.
US announces six drone test 
sites 30 Dec 2013 The US aviation 
regulator has announced the six states that will host sites for testing 
commercial use of drones. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) picked 
Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia. The sites are part 
of a programme to develop safety [Yeah, right!] and operational rules for 
by the end of 2015.
ACLU sues for details of U.S. surveillance under executive 
order 30 Dec 2013 The American Civil 
Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to force the U.S. government to 
disclose details of its foreign electronic surveillance program and what 
protections it provides to Americans whose communications are swept up. The 
lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, came three days after the 
ACLU lost a bid to block a separate program that collects the phone calls of 
millions of Americans...The lawsuit follows a series of requests to U.S. 
agencies for the information under the Freedom of Information Act, which it 
have not resulted in substantive responses.
British Ex-Spy Launches Fund to Support Whistleblowers Like 
Snowden 29 Dec 2013 (Hamburg) A new 
foundation to support whistleblowers is being launched by former British 
intelligence agent Annie Machon, whose resignation and revelations about U.K. 
spying activities in the 1990s sparked controversy echoing this year's NSA 
Speaking at the Chaos Communication Congress (CCC) here, Machon said the 
foundation would be called the Courage Fund to Protect Journalistic Sources. 
Machon's experience in the 1990s in some senses prefigured what sources such as 
Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning are going through today.
Russia: Suicide attack takes death toll to 
31 31 Dec 2013 Olympic chiefs are 
monitoring the safety and security situation in Russia after a second suicide 
bomb hit the city of Volgograd, killing at least 14 people. The suicide bombing 
on a trolleybus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd came a day after 17 
people died in another suicide attack at the central station in the city...The 
security zone created around Sochi stretches approximately 60 miles along the 
Black Sea coast and up to 25 miles inland.
Second blast in Russia's Volgograd city kills 
10 30 Dec 2013 At least 10 people 
were killed when a bomb blast ripped through a trolleybus on Monday in the 
second deadly attack in the Russian city of Volgograd in two days, law 
enforcement authorities said. The explosion came a day after a suicide bomber 
killed at least 17 people in the main railway station of the southern city 40 
days before Russia is to hold the Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of 
Colorado school shooter entered through propped-open 
door --Arapahoe County 
Sheriff Grayson Robinson said he did not know who had left the door open 
that day. 30 Dec 2013 The teenager who [allegedly] fatally shot a 
fellow student at his suburban Denver high school this month entered through a 
door that was supposed to be locked but had been propped open, the sheriff said 
Monday. Karl Pierson, 18, was [allegedly] carrying a shotgun, more than 125 
shotgun shells, a machete and three homemade firebombs, investigators say. The 
door was one of the few new details released Monday at a news conference on the 
investigation into the Dec. 13 assault on Arapahoe County High School in the 
southern suburb of Centennial.
Police kill suspect wanted in cop's death; he also threatened 
Obama 29 Dec 2013 A gun battle 
outside a Phoenix bank over the weekend ended with the death of a suspected 
serial bank robber accused of killing a police officer and wounding another in 
previous heist in Mississippi, officials said Sunday. According to federal 
records, the man also had threatened to kill President Obama in 2010 and was 
ordered by a judge to receive mental health treatment...Mario Edward Garnett, 
40, was released from prison July 19 for the threat against Obama, according to 
U.S. prison records.
U.S. Officials Urging Evacuation Near ND 
Derailment 31 Dec 2013 Authorities 
are evacuating part of a North Dakota town near the scene of a fiery oil train 
derailment. Cass County Sheriff's Sgt. Tara Morris says as many as 300 
residents may be evacuated. BNSF Railway Co. says it believes about 20 cars 
caught fire after its oil train left the tracks about 2:10 p.m. 
that deregulation workin' for 'ya? Train explodes in North Dakota, residents of 
Casselton urged 
to evacuate 31 Dec 2103 Authorities 
have urged residents to evacuate a town in North Dakota after a 1.6-kilometre 
train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded. The Cass County sheriff's 
said on Monday night it was "strongly recommending" that the 2,400 residents of 
Casselton and anyone living 8km to the south and east evacuate. The sheriff's 
office said the National Weather Service was forecasting a shift in the weather 
that would push down a plume of smoke from the train wreck, which could 
the risk to health.
Mercury levels rising in expanse around Alberta 
oilsands 29 Dec 2013 Mercury wafting 
out of oilsands operations is impacting an area - or "bull's-eye" - that 
for about 19,000 square kilometres in northeast Alberta, according to federal 
scientists. Levels of the potent neurotoxin found near the massive industrial 
operation have been found to be up to 16 times higher than "background" levels 
for the region, says Environment Canada researcher Jane Kirk, who recently 
reported the findings at an international toxicology conference. Mercury can 
bioaccumulate in living creatures and chronic exposure can cause brain 
'Cheap' nuclear power a myth, suggests 
economist --San Onofre site to continue costing consumers millions per 
year 29 Dec 2013 The long-touted economic benefits of using nuclear 
energy may turn out to have been a pipe dream for customers of the San Onofre 
Nuclear Generating Station (CA) and other nuclear plants nationwide, according 
to newly released findings from economic analyst Mark Cooper of the Vermont Law 
School Institute for Energy and the Environment. Missing from calculations 
regarding the true cost of nuclear energy, Cooper says, are the dollars spent 
consumers dealing with the long-term storage of radioactive waste generated by 
power plant reactors...There are three ways the public pays for nuclear waste, 
Cooper said in comments submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on 
December 16.
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