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5 years after a deadly coal mine disaster, what’s changed?

Mason Adams Via Grist:

It was mid-afternoon on the Monday after Easter, April 5, 2010, when a 1,000-foot longwall shearer, a massive piece of industrial coal-mining equipment, bit into sandstone, kicking up sparks and igniting a methane fireball that traveled down the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, W.Va., into an area rich with coal dust.

The resulting explosion ricocheted in several directions, tearing through two and a half miles of mine, killing 29 of 31 men working in the area and searing the mine into history as the site of the most deadly coal-related disaster in nearly 40 years.

Five years later, the explosion continues to reverberate, in the courts and elsewhere.

Former Upper Big Branch supervisor Gary May was sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to disabling a methane gas monitor, falsifying mine records, and generally obstructing safety inspectors.

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The Fourth Winter of Fukushima

Feans (CC BY 2.0)

Feans (CC BY 2.0)

Alexis Dudden writes at Foreign Policy in Focus:

“No, nothing. I have nothing planned for New Year’s. Nothing at all. No one is coming.” A shy, round-faced woman spat these words like darts into the protective mask she wore. Moments earlier she had been laughing happily together with several other former residents of the small town of Tomioka as they reminisced about a friend they all knew. She quickly became raw, however, when asked about the coming holidays.

Tomioka counted 15,839 residents before the March 11, 2011 nightmare of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear explosion began. All but one person has left — Matsumura Naoto, the now well-known rice farmer who refuses to abandon his family’s fifth-generation farm.

Confusion and despair among the others is common, a state of existence that government officials bewilderingly made even worse on March 25, 2013 when they divided the roughly 25-square-mile seaside spot into three zones: never to return, return for short periods, and in preparation to return.

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Graham Hancock Praises ‘Unsung Genius’ Randall Carlson (Audio)

Join Visionary scholar Randall Carlson and David Metcalfe for a journey into the Cataclysm Fields – Click Here for more information on Sacred Geometry International’s upcoming webinar: The Quest for the Cosmic Grail – Recovering the Lost History of the World”

Photo: Santha Faiia

Photo: Santha Faiia

A stellar podcast previewing the biblical scale revelations to come in Graham Hancock’s Magicians of the Gods, the game changing sequel to Hancock’s most renowned work, Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth’s Lost Civilization.

Via The Jimmy Church Radio Show

Graham Hancock joins us for a full 2.5 hour interview/conversation covering his career, recent discoveries, how he writes…what is better: fiction or non-fiction? Floating, smoking and travelling…the real Graham Hancock is with us for the entire show…with a few phone calls thrown in for good measure…great stuff.

“I think you should be aware about the work of Randall Carlson. He is one of the great unsung geniuses who is revealing to us the truth about our past and its been my privilege to spend the last 10 days traveling across the cataclysm fields of the northwest of America, looking through his eyes at the effects of this terrible cometary disaster.” – Graham Hancock

 

If you are interested in getting the inside scoop on a massive story 13,000 years in the making, check out the entire program below and remember… Sacred Geometry International is not responsible for mind’s blown.… Read the rest

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The Worst Industrial Disaster in the History of the World

Bhopal memorial for those killed and disabled by the 1984 toxic gas release.  Simone.lippi CC BY-SA 2.0

Bhopal memorial for those killed and disabled by the 1984 toxic gas release. Simone.lippi CC BY-SA 2.0

Siddhartha Deb writes at the Baffler:

“A caption: some kind of meteorite or alien visitation has led to the creation of a miracle: the Zone. Troops were sent in and never returned. It was surrounded by barbed wire and a police cordon.” —Zona, Geoff Dyer

The ruins of the Union Carbide pesticide factory lie in the very center of India, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, which means Middle State. There, in the capital city of Bhopal, inside the old city that sits across a lake from the new city, inside the crumbling but imposing fortress gates and beyond the twisting medieval alleyways and public squares, past makeshift shacks, scrubland, and slime-filled canals, surrounded by a boundary wall and guarded by a contingent of policemen, is the site of the worst industrial disaster in the history of the world.

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BP Decides to Stop Cleaning Up the Gulf

PIC: USCG (PD)

PIC: USCG (PD)

It was mainly a PR exercise anyway.  Andrea Germanos writes at Common Dreams:

BP announced on Tuesday it was ending “active shoreline cleanup” from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 people, spewed millions of gallons of oil, contaminated beaches and ecosystems, and unleashed ongoing threats to marine life.

“Immediately following the Deepwater Horizon accident, BP committed to cleaning the shoreline and supporting the Gulf’s economic and environmental recovery. Completing active cleanup is further indication that we are keeping that commitment,” the oil giant said in a statement.

Yet the response from the U.S. Cocast Guard paints quite a different picture, indicating the response to the disaster is far from over.

Coast Guard Captain Thomas Sparks, the Federal On-Scene Commander for the Deepwater Horizon Response, issued a statement saying, “Our response posture has evolved to target re-oiling events on coastline segments that were previously cleaned.”

“But let me be absolutely clear: This response is not over — not by a long shot.

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Michigan State Offers a Course on How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

I am not sure what to think about college courses about speculative events. I bet it will be interesting, but whose got the money to burn? I’ll tell you this though. If I learned anything from Left 4 Dead, I am taking the Auto Shotgun and a katana or machete as backup.  Anyways, Check out this trailer for the course.


via Mental Floss

According to its Facebook page, the online course “uses the idea of a Zombie Apocalypse to attract attention to the important topic and research on ‘Catastrophes and Human Behavior.'” Students will “learn about the nature, scope and impact of catastrophic events,” and will be “assigned into Survivor Groups located throughout the United States and must face the challenges of living and surviving together during a catastrophic event.”

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Yes, Things Are Very Bad at Fukushima, but It’s Not the Apocalypse

Pic: VOA (PD)

Pic: VOA (PD)

Yes, this article is from Greenpeace, but it’s not hyperbolic.  Jan Beránek writes:

There have been a number of news stories recently about the radiation escaping into the ocean at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that have raised great concern. Some are worried about how escaping radiation  may or may not be affecting ocean eco-systems around the world.

Since Greenpeace has been working on the Fukushima nuclear crisis since it first began in March 2011, we can offer some thoughts on people’s concerns.

We have sampled sealife along the Japanese coastline, both from the Rainbow Warrior and in conjunction with local fishermen and Japan’s food cooperatives.

You can find some of the results of our independent measurements on our Radiation Surveys – Fukushima webpage.

While we don’t have a marine biologist on our team, we have a number of radiation specialists whose findings and assessments we share with scientists and academic researchers.

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Why Should We Try?

Pic: Ashok Prabhu (CC)

Pic: Ashok Prabhu (CC)

What follows is a bit of my own internal dialogue that’s been built into why it would even be worth the effort to launch an international tour to speak about how gnosis is a term that we should all have a good grasp of.

In the discussions of what our real ends are, some ideas have come up that have sent me into a back and forth about the actual value of any of it.

Have you ever felt yourself slip into an existential funk in which ask, “Why the fuck should I even care? Why the fuck should I try?” I mean what’s the point? Many of us have been long disenchanted with Religion, Politics, Love and pretty much every other institution of this mad consensus reality that we call life.

Take for instance the viewpoint of Nisargadatta Maharaj, a Spiritual teacher in the Advaita Vedanta tradition in his exchange with an interviewer:

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Japanese Gangsters Hiring Homeless To Clean Up Fukushima Disaster Area

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Organized crime controlling construction and waste disposal? That sounds familiar. Crime bosses in Japan are recruiting the nation’s homeless and paying them next to nothing to clean up the deadly remains of the Fukushima disaster.

Japan’s three biggest crime syndicates have established illegal recruitment under construction powerhouse Obayashi, a top contractor. Reuters speaks to one man paid by a gangster to collect potential homeless workers: Seiji Sasa would find men at a local train station and get them work through a number of smaller contractors that eventually reported to Obayashi (which has not been fingered in the scheme). The workers would be paid less than minimum wage after middlemen skimmed some and deductions were taken for food and housing; in other cases, those deductions were taken from their scant pay, leaving the workers with no money, or even in debt.

Keep reading at Newser.

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