Friday, December 30, 2011

:-) Chomsky's advice for a juicy 2012

Turn off your TVs for a start!
Chomsky appears at 5:00 but the previous bit is fun and subtitled!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Every snowflake is unique

and so are we. Nature works wonders!  Watch those beautiful pics:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cold shutdown?
On the 16th of december 2011, Japanese Minister of the Environment Hosono expressed some concern that "No one knows where the fuel is until we open the reactors", but he reaffirmed the cold shutdown, following the lead of his prime minister. He said, "No matter where the fuel is, it is being cooled".
In a typical display of utter disregard for the general public, the Noda administration announced that there would be no more joint press conference where reporters could meet with TEPCO people and the government officials from the Cabinet Office and other relevant ministries and agencies, receive updates and ask questions.

This December 16th joint press conference is to be the last one, now that Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant is officially in a "state of a cold shutdown" and the accident has been decreed by the government to be "over".

The reactions to this news are very varied. As for me, I just have to say "WHAT A SHAME!"

The U.S. reaction? US Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, who is in Japan, held a press conference on December 16 and disclosed that he had been informed by Foreign Minister Genba on December 15 that Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant had achieved a cold shutdown state. "We at the US government are very happy to hear the news. We believe the Japanese government has made the right choice toward recovery." Regarding the massive decontamination work that will be needed, he said "Many US companies are interested in taking part, and our government has offered assistance", indicating the continued support for the recovery from the nuclear accident.

The Japanese people's reaction: On the 19th, protesters swarmed a square in Shinbashi in Central Tokyo. Old and young protesters arrived in great numbers to the square in Shinbashi where Prime Minister Noda was set to give a speech. It looks both the political left and the right were up against the Noda administration and shouting at the administration officials together against the government and the Nuclear lobby.

If M. Noda didn’t show up, it's because Kim Jong Il has died... or maybe he didn't because the protesters were numerous, angry and noisy. Now, the net media is laughing at Noda, who turned back on his way to the square.
Protesters say they were unjustly withheld by the police from coming into the square while the DPJ(Democratic japanese Party) dignitaries were making speeches. They make their nervous speeches at the beginning of the following video and around 12:00, you can hear the protesters shouting « Genpatsu iranai » which means « Nuclear power stations are not necessary »
and their signs read:

"Cold shutdown is a lie"
"Noda is a liar"
"Protect children"
"Which nuke plant's accident is over? You liar"
"Cold shutdown? Accident Over? Who are you to decide?"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Survey: in the US, 85% of New College Graduates Move Back in with Mom and Dad

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

For those who enjoy...

watching the night sky: here is where you ca get a map of the sky above your head, wherever you are.
For example, the Lycée Arago is right here! 49.22872447348272, 4.008207321166992
To get your latitude and longitude, you can go there:and yes, the web is wonderful,let's hope it lasts.

One bright star seems to touch the ground below the Southern Cross -- it is alpha Centauri, the closest star system to Earth. It is 4.24 light years away from us.

Here is where I found this great night sky picture:

Below this marvellous sky, we get an image of the harm that's done to the trees: "90% of Madagascar's forests have been lost to agriculture and commercial logging since humans arrived there 2000 years ago."
You can watch a very interesting video about the subject. Just scroll down the following link.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Noam Chomsky on Occupy Wall Street

Really worth the while. M. Chomsky is one of the most important intellectual of our times.
He talks about the significant shift of the economy from productive enterprise to the financialization of the economy.
First, in the 70s, there was a concentration of wealth in the hands of a few which gave them political and legislative power.
Then, these few people, the top one tenth of the one percent of the population, began to dissolve the political and economical system.
He denounces Citi Group one of the most corrupt investment banking corporation that was repeatedly bailed out by the taxpayer.
He tells us that Alan Greenspan testified in congress under the Clinton years was that "Growing worker insecurity is good for the economy."
Chomsky also says the Occupy Wall Street movement is the first popular reaction that could change the fact that power is in the hands of a few.

If you're interested,
I can't begin to see why you wouldn't be willing to know more apart from fear.
You know, the ostrich burying its head in the sand, thinking:'I don't want to see that."

Sunday, December 11, 2011

9 months ago, 3/11/2011, we do not forget and must keep informed!

For the last 9 months people from all over the world have been watching. They have been writing, researching, discussing and making sure this massive disaster that is still ongoing is not forgotten. Even just reading what is going on and being a person who possesses the knowledge of what is really going on in Japan plays a role in making sure this is all known. Sometimes just sharing the news is a powerful thing. Knowledge is power. Information wants to be free.
This is the last § of an article in that remembers the disaster and is dealing with its ongoing nuclear accident in Fukushima Daiichi.

And from Kyodo News:

Gov't nuclear cleanup work has to wait at least until late March

TOKYO, Dec. 11, Kyodo

The Environment Ministry said Sunday, December 11th, 2011 that full-fledged efforts to decontaminate areas highly polluted by radioactive matter from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster cannot begin until late March or later.

The government needs time to obtain the consent of individual landowners and to secure temporary storage sites for contaminated soil removed from irradiated areas, ministry officials told a panel of experts commissioned to discuss the issue.

At the meeting, the ministry also presented the panel with its draft guidelines for how to go about the cleanup work in areas contaminated with radioactive material emitting one to 20 millisieverts of radiation per year, excluding naturally occurring radioactivity.

A word cloud by wordle for Arago

Wordle: Lycée Arago Reims 2