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The Jehoshua Novels

The “Purple Wedding” of Geo-Politics

Sorry if you don’t watch Game of Thrones on Sunday nights, you might not get the title reference. Suffice it to say, without needing to give a spoiler alert, that there’s vengeance and there’s payback.


We Don’t Even Have to Lift a Finger

Someone buy this poor destitute man a shirt, please!

The morons in Conservativeville have been braying their lust for President Putin, the overweight exhibitionist who shoots sedated tigers and calls himself a hunter (no wonder rightwingers love him: he shoots guns at defenseless animals then calls himself a man). In turn, they call Obama [...]

Japan Mulls Nuclear Revival Not Even 3 Years After Fukushima

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposes re-opening plants shuttered after disaster

TIME, By Bryan Walsh, February 25

If there was one thing that seemed certain in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown in 2011—the worst atomic accident since Chernobyl—it was that nuclear power in Japan and the rest of the world was in major trouble.


Just How Badly Do We Need Obama to Step Up On This?

Now our national power grid has become a matter of national security:


Australia Great Barrier Reef dredge dumping plan approved

BBC, January 31

Australian authorities have approved a project to dump dredged sediment in the Great Barrier Reef marine park as part of a project to create one of the world’s biggest coal ports.

The decision was made by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Scientists had urged it not to back the project, [...]

New study links fracking to birth defects in heavily drilled Colorado

Al Jazeera America, By Renee Lewis, January 30

Risks of some birth defects increased as much as 30 percent in mothers who lived near oil and gas wells.

Living near hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — sites may increase the risk of some birth defects by as much as 30 percent, a new study suggests. [...]

Canada loses patience on Keystone XL, tells U.S. to decide

Reuters, By David Ljunggren, January 16

Ottawa – Canada bluntly told the United States on Thursday to settle the fate of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the drawn-out process on whether to approve the northern leg of the project was taking too long.

The hard-line comments by Foreign Minister John Baird were the [...]

Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Gets Canada Approval

Bloomberg, By Jeremy van Loon, December 19

Enbridge Inc. (ENB)’s Northern Gateway oil-sands pipeline cleared a major hurdle as Canada’s energy regulator ruled the C$7.9 billion ($7.4 billion) conduit can move ahead under certain conditions.

The National Energy Board approved the project, subject to 209 conditions, and said that Canada would be “better off” with [...]

Canada to lay claim to North Pole amid Arctic resources rush

Reuters, December 9

Ottawa – Canada intends to lay claim to the North Pole as part of a bid to assert control over a large part of the resource-rich Arctic, Foreign Minister John Baird said on Monday.

Baird said Canada had filed a preliminary submission to a special United Nations commission collecting competing claims and [...]

The Next Great War

You may or may not be aware, but World War III has already started. We just haven’t gotten caught up in it. Yet.


Encountering the Fukushima Daiichi Accident

Huffington Post, By Naoto Kan (Former Prime Minister of Japan), October 28

The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was the most severe accident in the history of mankind. At Unit 1, the fuel rods melted down in about five hours after the earthquake, and molten fuel breached and melted through the reactor [...]

Nuclear fusion milestone passed at US lab

Researchers at a US lab have passed a crucial milestone on the way to their ultimate goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion.

BBC, October 7

Harnessing fusion – the process that powers the Sun – could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy.

But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce [...]

Climate Panel Says Upper Limit on Emissions Is Nearing

New York Times, By Justin Gillis, September 27

Stockholm — For the first time, the world’s top climate scientists on Friday formally embraced an upper limit on greenhouse gases while warning that it is likely to be exceeded within decades if emissions continue at a brisk pace, underscoring the profound challenge humanity faces in bringing [...]

Japan: Fukushima’s Surviving Reactors Ordered Shut

AP, September 19

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday ordered the operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant to scrap all six reactors at the site instead of just four scheduled for decommissioning and to concentrate on tackling pressing issues like leaks of radioactive water.

But Mr. Abe insisted that radioactive water had been [...]

Norway abandons Mongstad carbon capture plans

BBC, September 20

The outgoing government in Norway has buried [ar, ar!] much-vaunted plans to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground amid mounting costs and delays.

The oil and energy ministry said the development of full-scale carbon dioxide capture at Mongstad oil refinery had been discontinued.

It said it remained committed to research into [...]