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Monday, September 26, 2016

DRONE WARS: WHICH NATIONS HAVE THEM?


IN 1999, SEVERAL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT (DRONES) WERE SHOT DOWN BY SERBIAN FORCES.
SOME OF THOSE EARLIER DRONES ARE STILL ON DISPLAY AT A MUSEUM THERE.

THE FIRST CIA DRONE ATTACK THAT WAS MADE PUBLIC WAS AGAINST YEMEN IN 2001.

WE WERE TOLD THAT ONLY 11 NATIONS HAVE DRONES THAT ARE OR COULD EASILY BE CONVERTED TO ARMED ATTACK DRONES:

THE 11 ARE THE USA, RUSSIA, FRANCE, THE UNITED KINGDOM, TURKEY, ISRAEL, IRAN, INDIA, CHINA, GERMANY AND ITALY.

AS OF A FEW MONTHS AGO, WE MUST ADD SAUDI ARABIA SINCE CHINA SOLD THE HOUSE OF SAUD THE DRONES IT WANTED.

WE MUST ALSO ADD THE ISLAMIC STATE (ISIS, ISIL) AND 'AL QAEDA'.

AND, AS OF FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR, ADD NIGERIA AND IRAQ, ADD SOUTH AFRICA AND SOMALIA.

Sweden, Greece, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and France are working on a joint project through state-owned aeronautical companies and are in the final stages of developing an advanced armed drone prototype called the Dassault nEURon, from which the France plans to derive armed drones for its air force.

IF WE COUNT ALL NATIONS WITH ARMED MILITARY DRONES, THERE MAY BE FEWER THAN 20, BUT IF WE COUNT ALL NATIONS WITH DRONES CAPABLE OF BEING WEAPONIZED, THE NUMBER OF NATIONS GROWS TO 78.

NOT LISTED IN RELEASED DATA OF U.S. DRONE STRIKES AGAINST OTHER NATIONS ARE: LIBYA, SYRIA, IRAQ, CHAD, ALGERIA, IRAN, AND ALONG OUR SOUTHERN BORDER, RIGHT HERE IN THE USA, AND ANYWHERE ELSE THE ARMED DRONES FLY IN AMERICA, IF THE AGENCY FLYING THEM DECIDES TO FIRE.

IT WAS RECENTLY ALSO ADMITTED THAT ANY DRONE THAT CAN CARRY A  SURVEILLANCE CAMERA, CAN CARRY A WEAPON. 



POPULAR SCIENCE SHOWS US HOW EASY IT IS:

How An Off-The-Shelf Drone Can Be Turned Into A Weapon



THE ARTICLE ENTITLED "WHY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS TERRIFIED OF HOBBYIST DRONES" IS MORE THAN A LITTLE DISCONCERTING.



THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SAYS IT'S TOO EASY TO WEAPONIZE EVEN SMALL DRONES.

ABOVE: A small DJI Phantom 2 drone is equipped with three pounds of mock explosives. 

I DO NOT FIND ANY COMFORT AT ALL IN HOW EASILY THAT'S DONE. 


HOW OFTEN ARE INNOCENT CIVILIANS KILLED BY DRONE?
WHILE AMERICA SEEMS TO OFFER DATA ON ITS DRONE KILLS, OTHER NATIONS DO NOT. 


THERE IS NO WAY FOR US TO KNOW WHAT RUSSIA, CHINA, BRITAIN, FRANCE, GERMANY, TURKEY OR ANYONE ELSE IS DOING WITH THEIR DRONES, AND IF U.S. "INTELLIGENCE" DID FIND OUT,  WOULD WE BE INFORMED? 

We do NOT have sufficient, available data for the U.S. for 2002 through 2004, but from 2004 until 2016, we are given, and expected to accept, the data below from the U.S. data sets:

~PAKISTAN:
THE U.S. WAS "INVITED" TO BRING DRONES TO PAKISTAN, BUT NOW, AFTER A GREAT PUBLIC OUTCRY THERE, THE PAKISTANI REGIME CLAIMS IT'S CALLING OFF AMERICAN DRONE STRIKES.

NO THEY AREN'T, BUT THEY WERE ABLE TO ACQUIRE DRONES OF THEIR OWN.
NOW, THEY CAN KILL THEIR OWN PEOPLE AND BLAME THE U.S., SINCE THEY'RE USING U.S.-BUILT DRONES.
HOW CONVENIENT, YES?

Total U.S. strikes: 424
Total killed: 2,499-4,001
Civilians killed: 424-966
Children killed: 172-207
Injured: 1,161-1,744

Most recent strike:May 21 2016

IT WAS ALL OVER THE PRESS FOR A TIME THAT OF THE 2,500-PLUS KILLED IN PAKISTAN BY DRONE, ONLY 84 WERE FOUND TO BE "AL QAEDA TERRORISTS".

WHO WERE THE OTHERS?

The U.S. government has repeatedly been caught lying about the identities of its bombings victims. As that April NYT article put it, “Every independent investigation of the strikes has found far more civilian casualties than administration officials admit.”

WE MUST ASSUME, THEN, THAT ALL NATIONS LIE ABOUT THEIR KILLS AS WELL, RIGHT?


A leaked internal document – titled Details of Attacks by NATO Forces/Predators in FATA which contains the Pakistani government’s own estimates of how many people have died in specific CIA drone strikes:


The summary report – obtained from three independent sources – covers the period January 13, 2006 to October 24, 2009.

Drawn from field reports by local officials in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the document lists over 70 drone strikes between 2006 and late 2009, alongside a small number of other incidents such as alleged Nato attacks and strikes by unspecified forces.
Of 746 people listed as killed in the 2006-2009 drone strikes (IN JUST 3 YEARS), at least 147 of the dead are clearly stated by the leaked report to be civilian victims.

94 of these are said to be children.




ABOVE: AFTERMATH OF A CIA-DIRECTED DRONE ATTACK ON A SCHOOL IN PAKISTAN DURING THE GEORGE W. BUSH REGIME. 69 CHILDREN DIED THAT DAY.

YES, WE CONDUCTED AN ATTACK ON A SCHOOL TO TAKE OUT JUST ONE MAN, THE TEACHER. IT WAS A KNOWN SCHOOL DAY WITH CHILDREN KNOWN TO BE IN ATTENDANCE, AND THE U.S. DRONE PILOT, "JUST FOLLOWING ORDERS", PUSHED THAT BUTTON ANYWAY... TO KILL JUST ONE "SUSPECTED TERRORIST".  


Most recent strike in Pakistan: May 21 2016


~YEMEN.
WE ARE IN YEMEN BECAUSE SAUDI ARABIA WANTS US TO BE IN YEMEN AND THIS IS THE RESULT OF THAT:



Confirmed drone strikes: 133-153
Total killed: 573-833
Civilians killed: 65-101
Children killed: 8-9
Injured: 98-232 

Possible extra drone strikes in Yemen: 90-107
Total killed: 353-506
Civilians killed: 26-61
Children killed: 6-9
Injured: 82-109 


Other 'covert operations': 15-78
Total killed: 203-436
Civilians killed: 68-102
Children killed: 26-28
Injured: 43-132


Most recent strike in Yemen: September 22 2016


~SOMALIA:  

NOBODY CAN PINPOINT EXACTLY WHY THE U.S. IS BOMBING SOMALIANS BY DRONE.

IN 1992, GEORGE BUSH, SR, ORDERED "HUMANITARIAN AID" FLOWN INTO SOMALIA DURING THEIR CIVIL WAR.

"1992:
The UN Security Council approves a military mission, “Operation Restore Hope,” led by the United States to try to help the starving country by protecting food shipments from the warlords.

1993:
Somali rebels shoot down two U.S. helicopters, resulting in the death of 18 U.S. Army Rangers and one Malaysian man. A heated battle ensues and hundreds of Somali civilians are killed.


1994:
The U.S. formally ends the mission to Somalia, which has cost $1.7 billion dollars and left 43 U.S. soldiers dead and another 153 wounded."


The U.S. is not at war in Somalia. Congress has never declared war on Somalia, nor has it authorized the use of military force there.  
HOWEVER, the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), enacted by Congress in the wake of 9/11 to authorize the targeting of al Qaeda and “affiliated” forces "ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD", could not have meant "al Shabaab" in Somalia because that group didn't even exist back then. Bin laden was nowhere near Somalia and Somalia had never posed a threat to the USA.

But, in we went and this is what the aftermath of that is to date:

Drone strikes: 30-34
Total killed: 228-392
Civilians killed: 3-10
Children killed: 0-2
Injured: 2-8

Other 'covert operations': 9-13
Total killed: 59-160
Civilians killed: 7-47
Children killed: 0-2
Injured: 11-21


Most recent strike: September 5 2016


ON TO ...
AFGHANISTAN: 

WAS BIN LADEN EVER REALLY IN AFGHANISTAN, AND IF WE KNEW HE WAS, WHY DID WE SEND THE BULK OF U.S. FORCES TO IRAQ?

Bureau data:
Total strikes: 472-477
Total killed: 2,073-2,726
Civilians killed: 75-130
Children killed: 4-21
Injured: 223-231

U.S. Air Force data:
Missions with at least one
weapon release:
 800
Total weapons released: 1,760


(For more on the difference between US and Bureau data, read the notes page of our Afghanistan datasheet.)



THE TEA ROOM MUST CALL B.S. ON TOTAL CIVILIANS AND TOTAL CHILDREN KILLED ANYWHERE BY DRONE.
IT'S HARD TO COUNT BODIES WHEN THE BODIES ARE BLOWN TO PIECES.
HOW IS BODY COUNT DETERMINED?
DOES THE U.S. OR ANY OTHER NATION SEND IN A TEAM BEHIND THE STRIKES AND COUNT, WHAT, HEADS, LEGS, TORSOS?


In February 2016, the bipartisan 'Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy'

identified 12 countries believed to HOST U.S. drone bases (WHETHER THEY WANT TO OR NOT?):
Afghanistan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Niger, the Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

HOLD ON!
WE HAVE A DRONE BASE IN GERMANY,  IN ITALY, SEVERAL IN THE U.K. AND AN UNKNOWN NUMBER VERY NEAR THE RUSSIAN BORDER, AS WELL AS ALL OVER NORTH AFRICA, SO WHY AREN'T THOSE LISTED?

GERMAN CITIZENS RECENTLY PROTESTED THE U.S. DRONE BASE THERE!

Anti-drone rally at US air base Ramstein draws thousands.


A RECENT NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE CHARGES THAT MUCH INFORMATION HAS BEEN WITHHELD, OFFERING STATEMENTS BY THOSE INVOLVED IN DRONE ATTACKS BY AMERICA, THOSE WHO ORDERED ATTACKS AND THOSE WHO REMOTELY FLEW THOSE DRONES.

STRIKES "OUTSIDE WAR ZONES", AND REMEMBER, AMERICA HAS NOT DECLARED A WAR SINCE WORLD WAR 2, ARE NATURALLY NOT REVEALED AS WE MIGHT HOPE, BECAUSE WE WOULD THEN BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY THE U.N. AND THE NATIONS HIT BY U.S. DRONES.

EVERY NATION AMERICA HAS INVADED OR TARGETED ON BEHALF OF "ALLIES" SINCE WW2 HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS "EXTENDED MILITARY ENGAGEMENTS".

OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ATTACKS WHOM THEY PLEASE, WHEN THEY PLEASE WITHOUT OFFICIALLY DECLARING WAR ANYMORE.

IT'S BASICALLY THE SAME THING WITH ALL NATIONS WHO DEPLOY DRONES. IT'S INDISCRIMINATE KILLING.


HEADLINES LIKE THE FOLLOWING DON'T EVEN RAISE EYEBROWS HERE IN AMERICA ANYMORE.

41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed: US drone strikes.


SOMETIMES, THOUGH HOW OFTEN WE MAY NEVER KNOW, THE U.S. COUGHS UP PAYMENTS TO FAMILIES OF CIVILIANS OUR DRONES KILL "BY MISTAKE"... A $1 MILLION EURO SETTLEMENT WITH AN ITALIAN FAMILY, QUITE RECENTLY.


BIGGER PAYLOADS: MORE HEAVILY ARMED DRONES ARE SOLD TO ANY NATION THAT CAN AFFORD THEM. CHINA HAS RECENTLY SOLD TO SAUDI ARABIA AFTER HOUSE OF SAUD COMPLAINED THAT AMERICA WOULDN'T DO SO.



"When President George W. Bush declared a "War on Terror" 11 years ago, the Pentagon had fewer than 50 drones.

Now, it has around 7,500."

NEARLY 90% OF THOSE KILLED BY DRONES WERE NOT THE TARGET. 

“Anyone caught in the vicinity is guilty by association,” the source of the documents told The Intercept. When “a drone strike kills more than one person, there is no guarantee that those persons deserved their fate. … So it’s a phenomenal gamble.”

IT'S A BIG GAMBLE TO TRAIN AND BASE U.S. DRONES ON HOME TURF AS WELL.

THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 400  "ACCIDENTS" WITH CRASHED MILITARY DRONES SINCE 2001 THAT THE MEDIA WAS AWARE OF AND REPORTED ON.


Slightly more than half of those accidents occurred in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Almost a quarter happened in the United States.



"A Washington Post investigation has revealed the Reaper drone has been hit with an unprecedented number of technical problems, causing the 2.5 tonne craft to fall from the sky.

Electrical faults have beset the craft, causing 20 large Air Force drones to be destroyed or sustain at least $2 million in damage in accidents last year, the worst annual toll ever, it claims.

While most of the malfunctioning aircraft have perished in combat zones, dozens have been destroyed in the United States during test and training flights that have gone awry.
In April, a 375-pound Army drone crashed next to an elementary-school playground in Pennsylvania, just a few minutes after students went home for the day.

In Upstate New York, the Air Force still cannot find a Reaper that has been missing since November, when it plunged into Lake Ontario.

In June 2012, a Navy RQ-4 surveillance drone with a wingspan as wide as a Boeing 757’s nose-dived into Maryland’s Eastern Shore, igniting a wildfire.


Several military drones have simply disappeared while at cruising altitudes, never to be seen again.

The Pentagon has shrouded the extent of the problem and kept details of most of the crashes a secret." 



IMAGINE LYING IN BED AND HAVING ONE OF THOSE COME CRASHING THROUGH YOUR ROOF?

WHEN AN ARMED DRONE IS IN THE AIR OVERHEAD, ANYONE CAN BECOME THE NEXT FATALITY IN THE WORLDWIDE DRONE WARS, WHETHER BY INTENT OR BY "ACCIDENT".

WHO, WITH A FULLY FUNCTIONAL BRAIN, WOULD IMAGINE THAT ANY NATION CONDUCTING DRONE ATTACKS IS KEEPING ACCURATE RECORDS  OR TELLING ITS CITIZENS THE WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT HOW MANY DRONE ATTACKS IT CONDUCTS?

By most accounts, conventional airstrikes and ground invasions kill a higher proportion of noncombatants.

But without detailed, reliable, on-the-ground intelligence, experience has shown, drones make it possible to precisely kill the wrong people.


Every independent investigation of our drone strikes has found far more civilian casualties than administration officials admit.

Gradually, it has become clear that when operators in Nevada fire missiles into remote tribal territories on the other side of the world, they often do not know who they are killing, but are making an imperfect best guess. 

The escalation in the use of drones from surveillance to combat and the ensuing arms race has exposed millions around the world to the threat of "collateral damage".

Every wedding party, every village gathering or innocent farmer that the United States, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria or any of the other 21 nations bombs breeds generations of violent resentment.

Though the pilots may be safe within their control bunkers, the civilian populations under the flight path of the drones are certainly not. 

The fuzzy digital images relayed back to operators may often make distinguishing between a funeral and gathering of terrorist difficult and a farmer with a hoe may be mistaken for a militant with a rifle. Mistakes have grown all too common, even by the best-intentioned countries.

LET US REMEMBER, 78 NATIONS HAVE SURVEILLANCE DRONES, WHICH CAN BE OUTFITTED WITH SOME WEAPONRY. 

AND LET US CONSIDER THOSE WHO HAVE LOST CHILDREN TO DRONE STRIKES.
WHO COULD REST OR JUST GO ON WITH LIFE AFTER THEIR CHILD WAS KILLED BY A DRONE LAUNCHED BY ANY COUNTRY?

WHO WOULDN'T WANT REVENGE?


AND YET, WE DEFEND THIS NEW WEAPON OF DESTRUCTION?
Rachel Stohl, of the Stimson Center, a Washington research institute, said, “These are precise weapons. The failure is in the intelligence about who it is that we are killing.” 

WRONG ANSWER, OR JUST ANOTHER LIE.

"
Ars Technica recently revealed that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) SKYNET program, which uses an algorithm to gather metadata in order to identify and target terrorist suspects in Pakistan, Somalia and Afghanistan, would result in 99,000 false positives."

Micah Zenko, a scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations and lead author of a 2013 study of drones, said the president’s statement (about "unfortunate mistakes" in drone attacks) “highlights what we’ve sort of known: that most individuals killed are NOT on a kill list, and the government does NOT know their names.”

Zenko noted that with the new disclosures, a total of eight Americans have been killed in drone strikes. Of those, only one, the American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who joined Al Qaeda in Yemen and was killed in 2011, was identified and deliberately targeted.

IS ONE "MISTAKE" OKAY?
NOT IF THE ONE WAS SOMEONE WE LOVED, RIGHT?

"COLLATERAL DAMAGE", WHEREIN INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE KILLED IN DRONE ATTACKS, IS AT ABOUT 10%-12% AND RISING STEADILY AS MORE NATIONS ACQUIRE ARMED DRONES.

AND NOW, U.S. LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ARE ACQUIRING DRONES. 

Police drones to be equipped with non-lethal weapons?

IF THEY CAN CARRY NON-LETHAL WEAPONS, THEY CAN CARRY DEATH AS WELL.

Student who outfitted his drone with a handgun and flamethrower.


SEE HOW EASY IT IS TO ARM A DRONE?

WHAT IF DRUG DEALERS, GANGS, ANY CRIMINAL ELEMENT DECIDES TO ENGAGE IN A LITTLE "DRONE WARFARE"? 


WHAT IF OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DECIDES WE'RE ALL "POTENTIAL TERRORISTS"? 


DRONE WARS..... COMING SOON TO OUR NEIGHBORHOODS?

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER, PREPARE FOR, AS BEST WE CAN.




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Sources I may not have properly cited?

~ https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/category/projects/drones/drones-graphs/


~ http://fortune.com/2016/02/12/these-countries-have-armed-drones/


~https://mic.com/articles/23708/guess-which-8-countries-the-u-s-is-waging-secret-drone-campaigns-against#.3is4NKiaO




Wednesday, September 21, 2016

CHILD HUNGER IN AMERICA: CHILDREN DENIED FOOD BY OUR OWN CONGRESS



133 BILLION POUNDS OF EDIBLE FOOD IS WASTED BY RETAILERS, FOOD SERVICE COMPANIES AND CONSUMERS EVERY YEAR, ABOUT 1 1/4 POUNDS PER DAY OF EDIBLE FOOD FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA GOING IN THE TRASH...MORE THAN ENOUGH FOOD TO FEED ALL OUR HUNGRY KIDS.



ONE IN EVERY FIVE CHILDREN IN AMERICA GOES HUNGRY DAILY.
THEY DO NOT HAVE AN ADEQUATE FOOD SUPPLY.


" Food insecurity exists in EVERY county and congressional district in the country. But not everyone struggling with hunger qualifies for federal nutrition assistance."


TO SEE AND INTERACT WITH A MAP THAT SHOWS, BY COUNTY, THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WHO MAY HAVE TO GO HUNGRY TODAY IN AMERICA GO TO http://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2014/overall# .


ABOUT 50 MILLION AMERICANS SIMPLY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FOOD TO NOT BE HUNGRY.
OF THIS NUMBER, BARELY HALF QUALIFY FOR "SNAP", THE FEDERAL "FOOD STAMP" PROGRAM.


15.3 MILLION AMERICAN CHILDREN UNDER AGE 18 SUFFER FROM WHAT IS TERMED "FOOD INSECURITY", A POLITICALLY CORRECT WAY OF SAYING THEIR PARENTS ARE TOO POOR TO AFFORD TO PROPERLY FEED THEM.


"Stacy Koltiska resigned last week from Wylandville Elementary School in the Canon-McMillan School District after she had to take a hot lunch away from an elementary school student because the child's parent had fallen more than $25 behind in paying for his school lunches."  


AN ONSITE "VOTE" ON THAT ARTICLE'S WEBSITE SHOWS 60% OF AMERICA AGREED WITH THAT SCHOOL'S POLICY OF REFUSING TO SERVE HOT LUNCHES TO ELEMENTARY STUDENTS, AND THE SAME 60% AGREE WITH THE POLICY OF THAT SCHOOL DISTRICT OF SERVING NO FOOD TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHOSE PARENTS DO NOT PAY FOR THEIR LUNCHES.
WHETHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, A CHILD WHO IS HUNGRY NEEDS TO BE FED.
AN EMPTY STOMACH IS NOT SOMETHING CHILDREN SHOULD BE EXPECTED TO DEAL WITH WHEN FOOD IS AVAILABLE.

TO THAT 60% WHO THINK WITHHOLDING FOOD IS FINE OR THAT OFFERING A COLD SANDWICH OVER A HOT MEAL TO A YOUNG CHILD IS PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE, GET THE HELL OUT OF MY COUNTRY!

TO ANYONE WHO WOULD NOT WILLINGLY, GLADLY FEED ANY HUNGRY CHILD, MAY YOU KNOW THE REALITY OF HUNGER LONG ENOUGH TO CHANGE YOUR MINDS.
MAY YOU BECOME PERSONALLY ACQUAINTED WITH NEED AND MAY NO ONE COME TO YOUR AID UNTIL YOU REALIZE THAT WHEN ONE HAS MORE THAN ENOUGH, ONE GIVES THE EXCESS FREELY TO THOSE WHO HAVE NOTHING.

APPARENTLY, WE CAN COUNT THE GOP SIDE OF THE FLOOR IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE IN THE RANKS OF THAT 60% WHO THINK IT'S OKAY TO LET KIDS GO HUNGRY BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT EVEN ONBOARD WITH FUNDING FREE LUNCHES FOR POOR KIDS.

H.R. 5003, WHICH WOULD DECREASE APPROPRIATED FUNDS TO FEED THESE KIDS, IS STILL BEING "DEBATED" ON OLD CAPITOL HILL.
THAT BILL WOULD CUT FUNDING FOR FOOD FOR AMERICAN CHILDREN.
WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED?


"Among the groups which have issued statements opposing the legislation are the School Nutrition Association (SNA), American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and the Food Research & Action Center."


"On April 22, 2016, the First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to members of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee strongly stating its opposition of the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016.

We believe healthy nutrition is an essential building block of a healthy childhood and that no child in America should ever go hungry. Students who have access to healthy and nutritious food perform better in school. Twenty percent of American children live in poverty and more than 15 million children live in food-insecure households. Child nutrition programs play an essential role in providing healthy meals to kids both in and out of school.

As introduced, the House Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003) would put access to many essential children’s food programs at risk. The bill also weakens nutrition standards that help children thrive academically and developmentally. Specifically, the provisions to increase both verification requirements and community eligibility thresholds will undoubtedly result in children losing free and reduced price meals during the school day.

We must continue to improve access to healthy and nutritious foods for all kids, rather than create additional barriers for the families who need it most."


WHAT KIND OF HEARTLESSNESS EXISTS IN THE SOULS OF SUCH POLITICIANS WHO OFFER HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN WELFARE (SUBSIDIES) TO BIG CORPORATIONS AND TAX LOOPHOLES AND PORK BARREL FUNDS TO WALL STREET NAMES BUT WILL NOT ALLOW FUNDS TO FEED AMERICA'S HUNGRY CHILDREN?


"If this bill becomes law, 7,022 schools now using community eligibility to simplify their meal programs and improve access for low-income students could have to reinstate applications and return to monitoring eligibility in the lunch line within two years.
  These schools serve nearly 3.4 million students. 
Another 11,647 schools that qualify for community eligibility but have not yet adopted it could lose eligibility.

 Access to healthy meals at home and school can help children overcome some of the negative consequences of poverty and food insecurity.  Yet the bill would eliminate the option of community eligibility for thousands of schools serving some of our highest-poverty communities, imposing more paperwork and administrative burdens on under-resourced schools. 

The bill would limit community eligibility to schools or groups of schools with ISPs of 60 percent or more, rather than the current threshold of 40 percent. 
The schools that would no longer qualify for community eligibility serve predominantly low-income students in some of our highest-poverty communities.

Meanwhile, educators report that children who eat breakfast at school are more likely to arrive at school on time, behave, and be attentive in class.

Community eligibility enables schools to deliver, with minimal red tape, a critical benefit that can have lasting positive impacts for children in high-poverty neighborhoods.  Severely limiting eligibility for the option would impose burdens on schools that already struggle to educate children despite limited resources and the additional hurdles posed by operating in a high-poverty neighborhood.  With community eligibility only in its second year of nationwide implementation, its benefits are just beginning to ripple through schools and low-income communities.  Policymakers should leave this option alone and give thousands of schools and the children they serve a better chance to succeed."

[ END NOTE: This paper draws heavily on data gathered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, CBPP, and the Food Research & Action Center published in “Community Eligibility Database: Schools That Can Adopt Community Eligibility for 2015 – 2016,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Food Research & Action Center, revised May 13, 2016, http://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/community-eligibility-database-schools-that-can-adopt-community-eligibility, as well as discussions of community eligibility in Becca Segal et al., “Community Eligibility Adoption Rises for the 2015–2016 School Year, Increasing Access to School Meals,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Food Research & Action Center, revised May 13, 2016, http://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/community-eligibility-adoption-rises-for-the-2015-2016-school-year.]


DID YOU REALIZE HOW TIGHT-FISTED THE MAJORITY OF CONGRESS IS WHEN IT COMES TO FEEDING KIDS, AMERICA?


THEY'LL OKAY FUNDS FOR $34 BILLION IN FOREIGN AID FOR 2017, SPEND $1.1 TRILLION ON FEEDING OUR MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX THAT RUNS THE WARS WE LOSE LOVED ONES TO, BUT WILL NOT APPROPRIATE ADEQUATE FUNDS FOR FOOD FOR KIDS.
(OR PROPER CARE OF OUR MILITARY ABROAD OR OF OUR RETURNING VETERANS, BTW.)  
DO YOU UNDERSTAND THIS? 

WHAT THEIR ATTITUDE AMOUNTS TO IS BOTH CHILD NEGLECT AND CHILD ABUSE.





In 2014, the top five states with the highest rate of food-insecure children under 18 were Mississippi, New Mexico, Arizona, Alabama, and Arkansas

In 2015, approximately 20 percent of children in the U.S. lived in poverty.

NOT BY CHOICE!
NOT BY ANY FAULT OF THEIRS!
IT IS NO CHILD'S "FAULT" THAT THEY ARE IN NEED.


"Feeding America" undertook the Map the Meal Gap project.
AND THE TEA ROOM SALUTES THEM FOR THAT.

FOR EVERY $1 GIVEN TO THIS ORGANIZATION, THEY SAY THEY CAN OFFER 11 MEALS TO HUNGRY KIDS.
OR, WE CAN TAKE IT UPON OURSELVES, AS A COMMUNITY, TO FEED EVERY HUNGRY CHILD IN OUR OWN TOWNS AND COUNTIES, SAY 'TO HELL WITH CONGRESS' AND JUST TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN AS WE HAVE SO OFTEN IN THE PAST.

BUT IF WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE CONGRESS TO FEED OUR NATION'S CHILDREN, MAYBE WE DON'T NEED A CONGRESS AT ALL?
MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST SHUT THAT WHOREHOUSE DOWN, SEND THEM ALL HOME, AND RUN THIS NATION OURSELVES?

IT'S NOT LIKE WE DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THAT.
MILLIONS WERE TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER LONG BEFORE WE HAD A UNITED STATES, LONG BEFORE WE HAD A PRESIDENT OR A CONGRESS.

THOSE MILLIONS WERE CALLED "INDIGENOUS TRIBES", AND, AFTER THE BOATS CAME, WE CALLED THEM "SETTLERS" AND THEY MANAGED TO MAKE IT ALMOST 200 YEARS WITHOUT A "FEDERAL GOVERNMENT".

IF THOSE WE ELECT TO SERVE OUR BEST INTERESTS INSTEAD SERVE THEIR OWN INTERESTS AND THE INTERESTS OF THOSE WHO FINANCE THEIR DAMNABLE CAMPAIGNS, MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST END THAT AND START, ONCE AGAIN, DOING WHAT'S RIGHT, DOING WHAT WE KNOW NEEDS TO BE DONE, AND STOP DOING WHAT WALL STREET AND THE BANKING CARTEL WANTS?

A MAN OR WOMAN WHO WON'T GLADLY FEED A CHILD, WHO WANTS TO DECREASE FUNDING FOR THAT, DESERVES TO BE DEPORTED.

AS I HEAR OFTEN SAID HERE IN THE SOUTH.... "HELL AIN'T HALF FULL."

PLENTY OF ROOM FOR POLITICIANS.....



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"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking? This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower





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GET INVOLVED:


Ask your member of Congress to visit a Summer Feeding Site

Take action on this issue
This summer current Child Nutrition bill could expire, leaving our country's children without access to programs that feed them beyond the school day. As your members of Congress fly home for the August Recess and visit a Summer Feeding Site.

Tell Your Sen to Co-Sponsor the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act of 2015
Take action on this issue


Read more about the findings of Map the Meal Gap in our Executive Summary, access local food insecurity data tables by state or learn how we got this data.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

FUKUSHIMA RADIATION FOR 100,000 YEARS: SARCOPHAGUS COVER POINTLESS




THE ABOVE MAP IS FROM 2011, A SHORT TIME AFTER JAPAN'S NUCLEAR DISASTER AFTER THE MEGAQUAKE AND TSUNAMI.
"Radioactive Water From Fukushima Is Systematically Poisoning The Entire World"


JAPAN CONTINUES TO PUMP UNMONITORED TONS OF RADIOACTIVE WATER INTO THE PACIFIC EVERY SINGLE DAY. 

IT TOOK ONLY 206 DAYS FOR THE SARCOPHAGUS TO BE BUILT OVER THE CHERNOBYL REACTOR.

Design of the sarcophagus started on May 20 1986, a little over three weeks on from the disaster.
The construction lasted for 206 days, from June to late November of the same year. It was first necessary to build a cooling slab under the reactor to prevent the hot nuclear fuel from burning through the foundations.

THE SARCOPHAGUS BEGAN LEAKING AND SO A NEWER, BETTER ONE IS BEING BUILT THAT STILL WILL ONLY CONTAIN THE ONGOING RADIATION FOR 100 YEARS.

Thanks to the sarcophagus, up to 80% of the original radioactive material left after the meltdown remains in the reactor. If it were to collapse, some of the melted core, a lava-like material called corium, could be ejected into the surrounding area in a dust cloud, as a mixture of highly radioactive vapour and tiny particles blown in the wind. The key substances in this mixture are iodine-131, which has been linked to thyroid cancer, and cesium-137, which can be absorbed into the body, with effects ranging from radiation sickness to death depending on the quantity inhaled or ingested.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-04-tomb-chernobyl-site-safe-years.html#jCp
Thanks to the sarcophagus, up to 80% of the original radioactive material left after the meltdown remains in the reactor. If it were to collapse, some of the melted core, a lava-like material called corium, could be ejected into the surrounding area in a dust cloud, as a mixture of highly radioactive vapour and tiny particles blown in the wind. The key substances in this mixture are iodine-131, which has been linked to thyroid cancer, and cesium-137, which can be absorbed into the body, with effects ranging from radiation sickness to death depending on the quantity inhaled or ingested.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-04-tomb-chernobyl-site-safe-years.html#jCp

"Thanks to the sarcophagus, up to 80% of the original radioactive material left after the meltdown remains in the reactor. If it were to collapse, some of the melted core, a lava-like material called corium, could be ejected into the surrounding area in a dust cloud, as a mixture of highly radioactive vapour and tiny particles blown in the wind. The key substances in this mixture are iodine-131, which has been linked to thyroid cancer, and cesium-137, which can be absorbed into the body, with effects ranging from radiation sickness to death depending on the quantity inhaled or ingested."

WHY HASN'T JAPAN TRIED SUCH A PLAN?
IS THE REAL REASON STARING US IN THE FACE?

“Planetary Genocide”: Fukushima One Year Later : The Poisoning of Planet Earth


“The most difficult thing of all is to see is what is right in front of your eyes.”  Goethe.

Reuters, Mar 9, 2016:
Five years on, melted fuel rods still spew radiation

: The Great Fukushima Cover-Up

"March 11, 2011 might have been the day the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. But it was also the beginning of the Great Japan Cover-Up."“Shinzo Abe says ‘everything is under control'”, said Iida, speaking at an event hosted by Nuclear Free Local Authorities, Green Cross, and Nuclear Consulting Group in late January. It was headlined by the former Japan Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, who was at the helm when the triple disasters struck. “Yes – under the control of the media!”“There should be a Tepco trial like the post-war Tokyo Trials”, Iida said, referring to the post World War II war crimes trial in which 28 Japanese were tried, seven of whom were subsequently executed by hanging.

Fukushima meltdown apology: "It was a cover-up" - CBS News, Jun 21, 2016

"Fukushima radiation just off the North American coast is higher now than it has ever been, and government scientists and mainstream press are scrambling to cover-up and downplay the ever-increasing deadly threat that looms for millions of Americans." Dec 20, 2015, ZeroHedge

The Reactor 4 spent fuel pool contains an estimated 400 tons of uranium and plutonium oxide, compared with just 6.2 kilograms of plutonium inside Fat Man, the hydrogen bomb that obliterated Nagasaki in 1945.  (While predictions are bandied about by experts and bloggers, there exists no reliable method for calculating the potential sum or flow rate of radiation releases, measured in becquerel or sievert units, after an accident.
The tonnage involved, however, indicates only that a large-scale event is likely and a cataclysm cannot be ruled out.)

THE ABOVE ARTICLE GOES ON TO QUESTION WHY NEW MOX FUEL RODS WERE BEING STORED IN REACTOR 4's SPENT FUEL POOL, WHY FOREIGN CONTRACTORS WERE INSIDE THE FACILITY WHEN THE EARTHQUAKE HIT AND FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS AFTERWARD, AND WHY TEPCO HAD JUST REPLACED A 15-MONTH-OLD VERY EXPENSIVE SHROUD WITH A MORE EXPENSIVE "UPGRADE" IN THE #4 REACTOR BUILDING.

Guardian, UK, 10 MARCH, 2016: “The idea that fuel debris removal will begin in 2021 is not realistic – it’s just not going to happen,” Shaun Burnie, senior nuclear specialist said. “The roadmap is based on political considerations, not technical ones.
“This applies to the government’s and industry’s approach to the whole Fukushima crisis – to give the impression that things are retuning to normal and to weaken public opposition to the restart of nuclear reactors.
“No one really knows how long it will take, but it will be decades and decades and decades.”
Last month, Toyoshi Fuketa, a nuclear regulatory authority commissioner, suggested removing all of the melted fuel could take much longer than four decades.

“I wonder if it is desirable for work to extract fuel debris to still be going on 70 or 80 years from now,”
Fuketa told reporters. “There are a number of other options, including removing as much fuel as possible and solidifying the rest.”

The unprecedented cleanup, involving 26,000 workers, aims to reduce outdoor radiation exposure to one millisievert a year – a target Japan’s environment minister recently criticised as unrealistically low.


[MY NOTE: IF HE THINKS THAT'S LOW, WILL HE MOVE HIMSELF AND HIS FAMILY ANYWHERE THAT HAS LEVELS EVEN THAT HIGH? WOULD HE MOVE BACK INTO THOSE HIGH-RADIATION TOWNS THAT ABE IS FORCING PEOPLE TO GO BACK TO?]

But in a blow to the government’s push to lift more evacuation orders in Fukushima communities over the next 12 months, a poll published on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the disaster showed that two out of three nuclear evacuees had given up hope of ever returning to their homes.

“It is wrong for the central government to say return home and to lift evacuation orders, even though its own declaration of an emergency situation for the nuclear accident is still in place,” said Miyako Kumamoto, a 73-year-old evacuee, at a rally in Tokyo last week."

INCOMING RADIATION, AMERICA
"The reality, however, is that radiation along the West Coast is expected to keep getting worse.
According to a 2013 study by the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in Norway, the oceanic radiation plume released by Fukushima is likely to hit the North American West Coast in force in 2017, with levels peaking in 2018. Most of the radioactive material from the disaster is likely to stay concentrated on the western coast through at least 2026."

[MY NOTE: HOW CAN IT EVER "PEAK" WHEN THE RADIATION NEVER ENDS? HOW WILL ONE YEAR BE WORSE THAN THE NEXT AND THE NEXT WHEN RADIATION IS RELEASED FROM THAT HEAP OF NUCLEAR REACTORS, BY CONSTANT OPEN-AIR BURNING OF CONTAMINATED MATERIALS, BY MILLIONS OF PLASTIC BAGS LEAKING RADIATION FROM ALL OVER JAPAN, BY RE-CONTAMINATION DAILY? IS LOGIC DEAD? THERE IS NO END TO THE RADIATION IN SIGHT FOR HUNDREDS TO THOUSANDS OF YEARS, AS EXPERTS HAVE ADMITTED.]



Reuters, Mar 11, 2016 : Today, the radiation at the Fukushima plant is still so powerful it has proven impossible to get into its bowels to find and remove the extremely dangerous blobs of melted fuel rods, weighing hundreds of tonnes… The fuel rods melted through their containment vessels in the reactors, and no one knows exactly where they are now

News Corp Australia, Mar 11, 2016: Today, the radiation at the Fukushima plant is still so powerful it is impossible to extract and remove deadly melted fuel rods…  [Tepco is] grappling with the fact that they don’t have the technology to find missing melted fuel rods in three reactors at the plant. The rods melted through containment vessels in the reactors.

PBS Newshour, Mar 11, 2016 (at 35:15 in on the video):
  • Miles O’Brien, PBS correspondent: What about the melted fuel in the reactor cores? They aren’t even sure where it all is.
  • Lake Barrett, Tepco advisor: Is it in one big vertical lump on the floor underneath it? Or did it come down and flow like lava in a volcano and move out to the sides? We don’t know yet… Nothing of this magnitude [i.e. the attempt to remove Fukushima’s melted fuel] has ever been done by mankind
Removal of nuclear fuel from power plant that suffered triple meltdown following 2011 tsunami could take 40 years or more."

SHOCKINGLY HIGH RADIATION DETECTED IN DOWNTOWN TOKYO RECENTLY, BUT ABE INSISTS THE OLYMPICS GO ON AS SCHEDULED IN 2020:

CCTV (Channel 17 in Burlington, Vermont)
June 20, 2016

"...they’re finding astronomical amounts of radiation, even in downtown Tokyo outside of METI’s door. METI is the regulatory agency over nuclear power… When he and others were downtown in Tokyo, they took samples right there in a garden right outside the door and on the front doormat, and these are really, really high samples."

Gendai Business Online (article in Japanese here),
June 14, 2016:
“What surprised me at this visit to Japan… is that the decontaminated area is contaminated again,” ... it was such as sad shock to witness the girls on their bicycles. “This was not what I had expected. I had thought that we would not find such high doses of radiation in the decontaminated area. But, sadly, our results prove otherwise.”…[He] collected samples of dust [though] the official data cannot be released before the publication of formal scientific papers, it is evident that high doses of radiation, usually found in nuclear waste, was detected from these samples. “This means that highly radioactive dust is flying around the city. In other words, the decontaminated land is contaminated again. Little girls are affected by the radiation 20 times as much as adult men. The Japanese government’s standard of 20 mSv is based on exposure assessments for adult men. The girls on their bicycles are actually being affected by a radiation dose equivalent to as much as 400 mSv.”
“At this visit, I wore a radiation proof mask that can filter out 99.98% of radiation for six hours. I sent my filter to the lab, and they found a high dose of Cesium.

[T]he radiation from the mountains are coming back to the city by way of wind and rain. ... the extreme radioactive contamination of the mountains… vegetables grown in that area exceed the government’s standard by 1500 Bq. These vegetables were sold at the MichinoEki in Tochigi prefecture, and the bamboo shoot grown in this contaminated region was used for elementary school lunches in Utsunomiya. These school lunches contained more than twice as much radiation as the government’s standard… However, the government continues to push for the end of people’s relocation and force their return to recontaminated areas…He also found that Tokyo remains contaminated. He measured dust… and found a high dose of radiation.

That dust is in the air that will be inhaled by the visitors and athletes of the 2020 Olympic Games. Needless to say, the current residents are inhaling it every day…"


MANY HAVE ASKED WHY DOESN'T JAPAN JUST BUILD A SARCOPHAGUS OVER THAT DAI'ICHI PLANT SUCH AS WAS BUILT OVER THE CHERNOBYL REACTOR.

THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS WHY THEY DON'T, EVEN IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, BUT, FOR ME, THESE ARE THE TOP 4:

#1 LOCATION:


CHERNOBYL'S PLANT SITS ON BEDROCK.
JAPAN'S ONGOING DISASTER SITS ON SOFT, SHIFTING SOIL, AND IT SITS ASTRIDE A MAJOR AQUIFER.
ALSO, JAPAN'S LEAKING REACTORS ARE DOWNHILL FROM SLOPING LAND FORMATIONS AND RUNOFF, WHEN IT RAINS THERE, SENDS WATER WASHING DOWNHILL, BENEATH AND INTO THE PLANT AND THEN, AFTER PICKING UP HIGH-LEVEL RADIATION, IT RUNS ON OUT INTO THE NEARBY HARBOR AND SPREADS OUT INTO THE PACIFIC OCEAN.

#2 ESCAPED CORIUM.

CHERNOBYL'S CORIUM WAS LOCATED AND THEREBY (SORT OF) CONTAINED BY THE SARCOPHAGUS.

CHERNOBYL HAD BUT ONE GREAT BLOB OF CORIUM TO WORRY ABOUT. 
.JAPAN HAS THREE.

JAPAN CAN'T FIND THE CORIUM NOR WILL THEY EVEN SAY HOW MANY FUEL RODS WERE INVOLVED IN THE MELTDOWNS, EXPLOSIONS, OR FIRES IN THE THREE REACTORS.

MOX FUEL WAS INVOLVED, BUT HOW MUCH AND WHAT HAPPENED TO IT IS ANYBODY'S GUESS.

APPARENTLY, JAPAN'S ABE REGIME AND CO-CRIMINAL TEPCO JUST DOESN'T CARE AND DOES NOT WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW HOW BAD THIS IS. 
#3 TOO MUCH ONGOING UNDERGROUND HEAT AT FUKUSHIMA.
[NOTE: THE ARTICLE BELOW WAS WRITTEN IN JULY, 2011, THUS THE REFERENCE TO 4 MONTHS RELEASE OF IODINE-131. WE KNOW THAT THE SAME IODINE-131 IS STILL BEING RELEASED BY THE JAPANESE FACILITY.]

The continuous release of iodine-131 for more than 4 months in both air and sea water samples indicates nonstop nuclear fission. Due to the intense heat underground, any concrete poured below the reactors will probably be unable to harden uniformly.

Therefore the current strategy being considered by Tepco engineers is to pump polymer resin under the reactors to prevent the inflow of sea water and ground water.
Unfortunately a watertight seal is practically impossible to achieve since the rod fragments will melt though this bubble as well.
 
A shocking discovery at Fukushima was that zirconium (used as a "transparent" - allowing passage of neutrons - protective cladding around the fuel rods) when super-heated can become a catalyst for an esoteric type of nuclear fission.

At extreme temperatures, zirconium ignites even the tiniest quantities of airborne nuclear isotopes, releasing "blue lightning". This means that zirconium catalysis could also be occurring underground, triggering mini-fission events. This sort of nuclear reaction is terra incognita, a yet unexplored frontier of physics..."
#4 CHERNOBYL WAS NOT IN THE PATH OF TYPHOONS AND TSUNAMIS, NOR ARE EARTHQUAKES A DAILY OCCURRENCE AT CHERNOBYL

FUKUSHIMA, ON THE OTHER HAND IS PRONE TO FACING THAT TRIPLE THREAT EVERY SINGLE DAY, ANY OF WHICH COULD BRING DOWN A SARCOPHAGUS SUCH AS EXISTS AT CHERNOBYL. 

Extremely hot magma, consisting of nuclear residues mixed with soil minerals, will boil any sea water seeping underground, creating pressurized steam.

Think of oatmeal cooking in a pot and how bubbles create blow holes.
The same is happening inside the landfill.


If the magma tubes become filled with sea water, the landfill will resemble a gigantic sponge, prone to liquefaction and collapse under earthquake motion. Even the resonance vibrations from large machines could trigger the sudden opening of new sinkholes.

Once sea water seeps into the newly opened underground channels, the fissile particles will become free-floating and fire neutrons into bits of uranium, plutonium and other isotopes, triggering cascades of fission. The resulting steam pressure is volcanic, bursting out of the ground and spewing vast amounts of radioactive material into the atmosphere. The oatmeal spatters across the stove top.

After the reactors drop into sinkholes, the meltdowns could go on for decades.

IT IS A GIVEN THAT ALL THE CORIUM ESCAPED CONTAINMENT....BUT WHERE IT WENT IS STILL "UNKNOWN".
IT'S ALL IN THE GROUND "SOMEWHERE", AND THAT BEING THE CASE, THE CORIUM BECOMES RADIOACTIVE BLOBS THAT WILL RADIATE THE SOIL AND THE AQUIFER FOR AT LEAST 100,000 YEARS. 


AN ATTEMPT TO USE A TOSHIBA "MUON TRACKER" TO LOCATE ALL THAT RADIOACTIVE FUEL FAILED MISERABLY IN MARCH, 2015, AND NOTHING NEW HAS BEEN TRIED SINCE.

AS 'AP' REPORTED IN MARCH OF 2015, " No one knows where the molten fuel debris lies, and in what shape or state."

JAPAN  TIMES, IN THE ARTICLE LINKED ABOVE, WENT A STEP FURTHER:
  “But the fuel could possibly have escaped even beyond the containment facility to the outside environment.”


JAPAN HAS ADMITTED IT HAS NO CURRENT MEANS OR EVEN IDEAS ON HOW TO LOCATE AND RECOVER ALL THAT RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL, NOR DOES IT KNOW WHERE TO START IN DEVELOPING SUCH A 'LOCATOR'.

TOSHIBA, the Japanese electronics giant, which owns Westinghouse Electric Co. of the U.S., is one of the main companies behind Japan’s nuclear industry, including Fukushima. Toshiba has been working on the muon technology from right after the disaster, with the help of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the U.S.
But Yotsuyanagi acknowledged the technology will not be able to get the complete image toward the bottom of the reactor.
He also said heavy radiation in the area would throw the sensors off, although that can be figured into the calculations of the scattered muons.


David Ireland, a professor who heads the Nuclear Physics Group at the University of Glasgow, said muons may be the only way to probe inside atomic reactors.

“There are not really any other noninvasive options that will allow inspection,” he said in an email.

READ THAT LAST LINE AGAIN AND UNDERSTAND: THEY CANNOT LOCATE THE CORIUM, AND YET ALL THE WORLD SEEMS TO BE FINE WITH THIS!

HOW CAN ANY NATION JUST SIT THERE, NOT KNOWING IF THERE IS AN ONGOING "CHINA SYNDROME", IF THOSE HUGE GLOB OF MOLTEN METALS ARE BURNING DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO THE EARTH, IF THEY REACHED THAT MAJOR AQUIFER AND ARE CAUSING RADIATION POISONING IN ALL WHO DEPEND ON WATER FROM THAT AQUIFER?


AS ONE READER SUCCINCTLY PUT IT:
"We know the vessels were breached because they are made out of materials which cannot withstand the temperatures which melted fuel rods sustain. It melts right through the bottom of the vessel and straight into the ground through the concrete floor. This is basic physics."

ANOTHER TELLING SIGN....

"Tokyo Electric ran a probe into the basement of Unit 1.

This is not inside the containment, this is outside the containment.

On the top of the water surface they found lethal radiation, 1000 rem an hour.

But then they put the probe down into the water and what’s even worse is the bottom, the sediment on the bottom, was thousand of times hotter than that. And what that indicates is that fuel, nuclear fuel, has left the containment, as particles, and settled out on the bottom outside the containment. So, I think that’s a pretty clear indication that the containment was breached. It just makes decommissioning these plants… it was going too be hard already, but this information makes it worse.
The Fukushima fuel pools continue to be one of the main threats to Japan, the United States … and all of humanity.
And the Fukushima accident is presently causing higher and higher levels of contamination hundreds of miles away … and is still contaminating wildlife thousands of miles away. "

TIME MAGAZINE ASKED IN 2011 IF FUKUSHIMA WAS A "CHINA SYNDROME" DISASTER.

"The China Syndrome refers to a scenario in which a molten nuclear reactor core could could fission its way through its containment vessel, melt through the basement of the power plant and down into the earth. While a molten reactor core wouldn’t burn “all the way through to China” it could enter the soil and water table and cause huge contamination in the crops and drinking water around the power plant. It’s a nightmare scenario, the stuff of movies. And it might just have happened at Fukushima.


Last week, plant operator Tepco sent engineers in to recalibrate water level gauges in reactor number 1.
They made an alarming discovery: virtually all the fuel in the core had melted down.

That means that the zirconium alloy tubes that hold the uranium fuel and the fuel itself lies in a clump—either at the bottom of the pressure vessel, or in the basement below or possibly even outside the containment building.

Engineers don’t know for sure, though current temperature readings suggest that fission inside the reactor core has definitely ceased for good (i.e. there will be no further melting)."


LYING ABOUT CORIUM ESCAPING, OR FUEL MELT-DOWN , IS COMMON "IN THE BUSINESS", AS TIME POINTED OUT:


"Eight months after the Three Mile Island accident, “an Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist declared, ‘Little, if any, fuel melting occurred, even though the reactor core was uncovered. The safety systems functioned reliably.’
HOWEVER, a few years later, robotic sorties into the area revealed that half the core — not ‘little, if any’ — had melted down. "


EBEN HARRELL and TIME’s Kiev-based stringer recently published a piece for TIME from Chernobyl in Ukraine, where clean-up efforts continue a full 25 years after the accident.
Whatever the end game at Fukushima, get your head around this, folks: it is going to be a huge mess for a long time yet."



Naohiro Masuda, head of decommissioning at the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco). and Tepco engineers who spoke to the Guardian conceded that they still didn’t know where the fuel is located. To be honest, we don’t know exactly where the fuel is”… Masuda said… “No one has ever done what we’re doing." 


But work on removing the melted fuel – something no nuclear operator has ever attempted – has barely begun.

All that Tepco knows for certain – although it was slow to admit it – is that fuel in three reactors melted down after the tsunami knocked out the plant’s cooling system on 11 March 2011.

The technology needed to send robots deep into the reactors’ bowels – where radiation levels are dangerously high – has yet to be developed. Two robots specially tailored to negotiate debris inside damaged tunnels and pipes stalled last year when they closed in on the reactors’ highly radioactive innards.

IT ESCAPED, THE END, PERIOD.

AND THREE REACTORS ARE MISSING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL.

ACTUALLY, AS WE WILL SEE, THERE IS MUCH RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL MISSING FROM REACTOR 4 AS WELL, WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN IN SHUT-DOWN WHEN THE TSUNAMI HIT.

WHERE ALL THAT FUEL IS MAY NEVER BE KNOWN.

Nuclear Cores and Spent Fuel Pools Have Both Lost Containment:

"Steven Starr – Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Missouri/Senior Scientist at Physicians for Social Responsibility – said:
The Japanese basically lied about what happened with the reactors for months. They said they were trying to prevent a meltdown, when in fact they knew within the first couple of days that Reactors 1, 2, and 3 at Fukushima Daiichi had melted down, and they actually melted through the steel containment vessels.

So there was a worst case scenario that they were trying to hide, they even knew that at that time enormous amounts of radiation were released over Japan and some of it even went over Tokyo.

The melted core cracked the containment vessel, there really is no containment. So as soon as they pump the water in it leaks out again.

While the Japanese government tried to cover up the lack of containment with “mission accomplished” type announcements of “cold shutdown“, the loss of containment has been known for years.


For example, AP wrote in December 2011:
The nuclear fuel moved as it melted, so its condition and locations are little known.
AP noted a couple of days later:
The complex still faces numerous concerns, triggering criticism that the announcement of “cold shutdown conditions” is based on a political decision rather than science. Nobody knows exactly where and how the melted fuel ended up in each reactor ….
We noted last year:
If the reactors are “cold”, it may be because most of the hot radioactive fuel has leaked out.

After drilling a hole in the containment vessel of Fukushima reactor 2, Tepco cannot find the fuel. 
As AP notes:

The steam-blurred photos taken by remote control Thursday found none of the reactor’s melted fuel ….
The photos also showed inner wall of the container heavily deteriorated after 10 months of exposure to high temperature and humidity, Matsumoto said.

(See US gov’t analysis: Fukushima containment breached due to “failure of the drywell liner by melt-attack)



IAEA technical meeting Managing the Unexpected, Harri Tuomisto, Sr. Nuclear Safety Officer at Finland’s Fortum Power, 2012:

Part 9
: “
There are quite many challenges… There are different energetic phenomenon… which can lead to different combustions… accelerating flames, or even detonations — which can cause a very high pressure in the containment and even break the containment

Then there’s this China Syndromeattack of containment liner by corium — which can also bypass containment.”

Slides 3-4: If corium melts through the vessel, there are various energetic consequences caused by ejected high-temperature molten corium… Molten corium on the containment basemat initiates core-concrete interaction that releases aerosols and non-condensible gases to containment atmosphere and erodes the concrete (‘China syndrome‘)


Brian Sheron, Office Director of Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, NRC’s 2013 Regulatory Information Conference:

Sheron, Part II (11:45 in): “There was actually aqueous releases at Fukushima… The question is: Where did it leak out? How did it leak out? We don’t know yet. Speculation is… the core melt probably went down into the drywell, spread, and perhaps burned through the liner, which will provide a release path… The question now is: if there are aqueous release paths during a severe accident, what are the consequences? What we’re planning on looking at, at least — we haven’t started — is to first look at containment failure modes: Did we miss anything? Are there containment failure modes — that could occur below grade, you might say [Below grade: The portion of a building that is below ground level] — where water could leak out?


Randall Gauntt, Manager of Sandia National Laboratories’ Severe Accident Analysis Dept., NRC’s 2013 Regulatory Information Conference (15:00 in):

“You can see core materials dropping down… about 90 tons of core material to the cavity region.
When that material hits the cavity, core concrete interaction starts up.
This is a picture from an experiment where we’re looking at core-concrete interaction. To give you an idea, once it hits the floor, more bad stuff happens — here you see what core-concrete interaction looks like."


Santa Rosa Press Demiocrat
, Nov 11, 2014:
[Dan Sythe, CEO of International Medcom] shares concern that the federal government is not monitoring… Some people are “on edge” about the prospect of Fukushima radiation reaching them, he said. The radiation now reaching California is at the front edge of the plume, and Buesseler said the concentration is expected to increase [for] the next two to three years. But it’s worrisome, he said, that what’s happening now in Japan will reach North America in about three years.


WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW IS THAT THE RADIATION EMANATING FROM THAT CRUMBLING, LEAKING DEADLY PLANT IS REACHING OUR ATMOSPHERE AND OUR OCEAN AND OUR FOOD AND OUR DRINKING WATER AND OUR BODIES AND ALL LIFE IN ITS PATH, ITS "PLUME" EVERY DAY.

FOR AS LONG AS FUKUSHIMA LEAKS, WE WILL BE CONTINUOUSLY HIT BY "RADIATION PLUMES" FROM JAPAN.

IT REALLY IS A SILENT, INTENTIONAL, DEVIOUS NUCLEAR WAR, CARRIED OUT BY THE CURRENT REGIME IN JAPAN, WHO CAN CAUSE THE DEATHS OF PERHAPS MILLIONS, OVER TIME, AND GET AWAY WITH IT.

NO SARCOPHAGUS, NO KNOWN SOLUTION THAT STOPPED OTHER SIMILAR DISASTERS CAN STOP THIS.

ALL ONE HAS TO DO IS GO RESEARCH THIS FOR THEMSELVES.

THERE IS NOTHING BEING DONE, NOR DOES THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT HAVE ANY INCLINATION TO STOP THIS.

ABE WOULD RATHER "SAVE FACE" AND SAVE HIS CURSED 2020 OLYMPICS THAN SAVE HIS OWN PEOPLE, OR US.

AND IT BLOODY WELL LOOKS LIKE OUR OWN CURRENT REGIME IS FINE WITH THAT AS WELL.

MONEY, PROFIT, BUSINESS BEFORE HUMAN LIVES...THAT'S THE WAY IT'S ALWAYS BEEN AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS NOW. 

CONSIDER THIS:
"
Early on, even essential radioactive monitoring was shut down in the U.S. In May 2011, the prestigious Norsk Institute’s online site was blocked from the U.S.
Then the so-called “acceptable” radiation levels in food were raised in the U.S and E.U.


WHY?
WHY WOULD OUR GOVERNMENT DO THAT?
TO KEEP US IGNORANT OF THE FACTS, AS ALWAYS.

"TO PREVENT PANIC.
"

For decades, we have been uninformed experimental laboratory rats since before the Manhattan Project. There never were any ethical or precautionary considerations. Greed and secret agendas trumped everything else. "

ENOUGH VOICES RAISED IN UNRELENTING PROTEST COULD CHANGE THIS SITUATION, AT LEAST BETTER OUR CHANCES WITH PROPER MONITORING AND REPORTING, IF WE FORCED OUR GOVERNMENTS TO DO SO, BUT TOO FEW WILL BELIEVE THE FACTS AND INSTEAD SWALLOW THE LIES AND HALF-TRUTHS WE'RE FED DAILY.

OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS JUST ABOUT COMPLETELY STOPPED REPORTING ON THIS.
IS IT BECAUSE THEY SEE ANY HOPE AS FUTILE, OR IS IT BECAUSE THEY'RE OWNED BY THE SAME NAMES WHO OWN STOCK IN NUCLEAR ENERGY?

WE ARE ON OUR OWN, MY FRIENDS.
WHAT WE DO TODAY AND TOMORROW, IF IT COMES, WILL CREATE THE WORLD OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND THEIR GRANDCHILDREN MUST DEAL WITH.

WE NEED VERY MUCH TO DO ALL WE CAN TO MAKE SURE OUR CHILDREN'S GRANDCHILDREN CAN LIVE... AND NOT DIE FROM RADIATION CONTAMINATION.

SOMEHOW, SOME WAY WE MUST END THE FUKUSHIMA DISASTER, ONCE AND FOR ALL.

IF IT MEANS EVACUATING ALL OF JAPAN AND TAKING "EXTREME MEASURES" TO ERASE THAT DAI'ICHI PLANT FROM THE FACE OF THE PLANET, THEN, FOR THE SAKE OF THE JAPANESE PEOPLE AND ALL OF US, SO BE IT.

I'D SAY THE SAME IF THAT PLANT WERE A FEW MILES FROM ME, ON AMERICAN SOIL.