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Radioactive cover-up at Fukushima

Radioactive cover-up at Fukushima

Radioactive cover-up at Fukushima

By ENENews

Radioactive cover-up at Fukushima — Experts believe “other sources of contamination” are flowing into ocean — Emergency hearing with plant officials — “TEPCO decided long ago there was no need to monitor” the water with high-level radioactive materials (VIDEO).

Asahi Shimbun, Feb 28, 2015 (emphasis added): The nation’s nuclear watchdog body slammed [TEPCO] over its failure to disclose information on the leakage of radioactive rainwater into the sea… TEPCO President Naomi Hirose… apologized profusely… TEPCO became aware more than a year ago that the concentration of radioactive materials in the water flowing… was high [first disclosing it to regulators] January 2014… TEPCO continued to conceal details, including the fact that the concentration became high whenever it rained… However, TEPCO had decided long ago there was no need to monitor rainwater for radioactive materials.

NHK transcript, Feb 27, 2015 : Experts and local government officials visited the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to examine sources of contaminated water flowing into the sea… Experts urged the operator to investigate whether rooftops of other reactor buildings are also sources of tainted water.

Yomiuri Shimbun, Feb 26, 2015: NRA chief slams TEPCO for data reporting delay… after rainwater contaminated with high-level radioactive materials leaked… into the sea… TEPCO reported in January last year that the radioactivity concentration in that trench was higher… TEPCO at last announced… high-level radioactivity [in water] on the rooftop of the No. 2 reactor building… might be one of the sources of contamination… The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry… pointed out the likelihood of there being other sources of contamination… The Fisheries Agency on Wednesday conducted an emergency hearing with TEPCO officials… and told the utility firm to take measures to minimize damage impacting marine products… “We urge TEPCO to make details clear.”

Japan Times, Feb 26, 2015: [Tepco] admitted Thursday that its latest problem with radioactive water has shattered the trust it was building in Fukushima… and that the decommissioning of the Fukushima No. 1 plant might be delayed [after] the surge in radiation detected in the water draining into the sea… The utility said the source of the contamination is the roof of the No. 2 reactor building, which… remains heavily contaminated.

Naohiro Masuda, head of Tepco’s unit in charge of scrapping Fukushima Daiichi: “The trust of the people in Fukushima is the most important thing… we have damaged that trust… Due to the damaged trust, all of the schedules for the decommissioning tasks could be delayed.”

Arirang, Feb 26, 2015: Tokyo under fire for alleged cover-up of radioactive water — [TEPCO] is under heavy fire for staying silent over a radioactive leak… flowing into the Pacific Ocean.

Watch Arirang’s broadcast here


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Niagara Falls Freezes: Pictures Show Frozen Falls as Polar Vortex to Hit US

Niagara Falls Freezes: Pictures Show Frozen Falls as Polar Vortex to Hit US

Niagara Falls Freezes: Pictures Show Frozen Falls as Polar Vortex to Hit US

Niagara Falls Freezes: Pictures Show Frozen Falls as Polar Vortex to Hit US

Niagra Falls its practically frozen. Image credit: Kaitlin Hertz @kaitlinhertz

From Heather Saul at The Independent;

Incredible pictures show Niagara Falls partially frozen as chilly temperatures continue to bring snow and ice across the US-Canada border.

Similar images emerged last year when the falls, which usually see the passage of 567,811 litres per second, partially froze twice in a few weeks as temperatures fell to a record-breaking low.

Pictures taken this year show some parts of the falls and surrounding areas covered in sheets of ice.

Temperatures dropped to -14 on Tuesday, while wind chills on Wednesday dipped to as low as -25F, reports.

The Weather Prediction Centre is warning of a “historic cold” throughout eastern US on Friday, when the first polar vortex of the season is due to arrive. Read more

Video: Frozen Niagara Falls: Deep Freeze Creates Winter Beauty

Canadian man is the first person crazy enough to climb Niagara Falls

From Michael Hiscock at The Loop

You can leave the barrels at home for this one. From a historic perspective, most of the stunts that have taken place at Niagara Falls involved someone going over the falls. But for the first time ever, someone decided to try climbing up them instead. Ice climbers Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken somehow braved 180-feet of jagged, frozen cliffs to haul themselves to the top of the famous Canadian landmark. It proved to be a treacherous journey, as Hueniken was left huddling in an ice cave alone for several hours partway up the route after chunks of ice came loose at the top. Not to mention, as Gadd says, “The massive water flow constantly shakes the ground, and makes the ice shelves and walls around you unsteady and unpredictable,” he told the New York Post. Read more

Video: Ice Climbing Frozen Niagara Falls – Will Gadd’s First Ascent

Internationally renowned ice climber Will Gadd takes ice climbing to the next level by scaling the frozen sections of the world’s largest flowing waterfall, Niagara Falls. Gadd, a world-renowned ice climber and paraglider from Alberta, Canada, has traveled to the ends of the earth to find the world’s most challenging climbs, but Niagara Falls, one of his home country‘s most iconic landmarks, is a lifelong mission that he previously thought impossible…until now. Full story of his historic ascent:

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CIA May Fund Weather Research for New Weapon, Scientist Fears

CIA May Fund Weather Research for New Weapon, Scientist Fears

CIA May Fund Weather Research for New Weapon, Scientist Fears


CIA May Fund Weather Research for New Weapon, Scientist Fears

A US scientist spoke to RT saying he is worried intelligence bodies could try to use the weather as a weapon. He called on the CIA to open up and be more transparent, and wants research to be conducted globally to limit the possibility of hostile use.

Professor Alan Robock is wary that US government agencies are interested in funding climate change research to see if new technologies could help to turn the weather into potential weapons.

He cited the example of putting a cloud in the stratosphere like those formed from volcanic eruptions, which could be used to try and tackle global warming. He said this would reflect sunlight and cool the Earth, while it would be very cheap and quick, but it would produce a lot of side effects.

One such problem with this technology is it could potentially block sunlight from reaching a certain country if carried out on a large scale. One just has to look back at the effects the eruption of Mount Krakatoa in 1883 had on the Earth’s weather patterns. The following four years were unusually cold, while heavy snowfalls were recorded around the globe.

“We can’t think of any way how you could control the climate in one part of the world without controlling the whole world. Putting clouds in the stratosphere would have a global effect and not a local effect. It is difficult to think how this could be weaponized, but maybe this is something they want to think about that,” he told RT.

The climate scientist from Rutgers University also mentioned that members of US intelligence services, who are interested to tap into his expertise on climate control, have approached him.

“A couple of years ago I got a call from a couple of guys who said they were working for the CIA,” he said. “They asked if some other country was trying to control our climate, would we know about it?”

Robock immediately thought the opposite, that the CIA were in fact asking him whether if the US was controlling someone else’s climate, would they know about it.

“I don’t know what motivates the CIA,” Robock said. “I guess they want to protect the United States.”

He also mentioned that the CIA was partially behind the funding of a report that was released last week by the US National Academy of Sciences. The intelligence body urged more research to be carried out into climate control so that if policy makers are ever tempted to take this further, they will have a much better idea about the risk and benefits.

However, Robock has also called on the CIA to be more transparent and open regarding their interest in climate control.

“I think this research should be out in the open and it has to be international so there won’t be any question that this technology will used for hostile purposes,” The Guardian reported the scientist as saying.

The use of the weather as a weapon is banned under the Environmental Modification Convention, which came into force in October 1978. However, certain world leaders have accused the US of breaking this protocol in the past.

The US’s High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) has also been criticized for playing a role in climate alteration. In 2010, the then president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said the facility was responsible for devastating floods in Pakistan. He gave this pronouncement from the rostrum at the UN General Assembly.

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Failure at Fukushima — Cement not stopping highly contaminated nuclear waste

Failure at Fukushima — Cement not stopping highly contaminated nuclear waste

Failure at Fukushima — Cement not stopping highly contaminated nuclear waste


Failure at Fukushima — Cement not stopping highly contaminated nuclear waste

Japan TV: Failure at Fukushima — Cement not stopping highly contaminated nuclear waste from flowing out of reactor buildings — IAEA: Radioactive releases from plant into ocean “a challenging issue” — Officials: Don’t know what to do next, or how this will affect whole ‘decommissioning’ project

NHK World transcript excerpts, Feb. 9, 2015: Managers of Japan’s damaged nuclear plant are facing another delay in dealing with a major source of contamination. They’re working on blocking the flow of radioactive water from reactor buildings to underground tunnels. TEPCO officials met with members of the Nuclear Regulation Authority [which] approved a plan to delay the project… Workers were supposed to remove the highly radioactive water… and after that they would have filled in the tunnels with cement. However, efforts to block the flow of water failed. Engineers need to fill in some gaps that may be left in the area where the tunnels and reactor buildings meet. The setback will likely affect a second project to build an ice wall around the 4 damaged reactor buildings. Tepco officials say they’re already 2 weeks to a month behind schedule on that work.

NHK, Feb. 9, 2015: The workers poured cement into the tunnels while draining contaminated water. But blocking the water was not successful as it continued to flow through the buildings… They say they do not yet know how the latest delay will affect the whole decommissioning project. They are still studying the next steps they need to take.

Kyodo News, Feb 2, 2015: … the project to build a huge underground ice wall — a key measure to prevent radioactive water from further building up at the site — and other operations will likely be delayed by up to a month, it added… TEPCO initially planned to finish constructing the 1.5-kilometer frozen wall around the buildings housing the Nos. 1 to 4 reactors…by the end of next month.

Al Jazeera, Feb 9, 2015: The UN’s nuclear watchdog* says contaminated water leaking from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant is still “a challenging issue”. The IAEA is reviewing work to decommission the plant… Tepco is criticized with its handling of radioactive water leaks into the Pacific Ocean.

Read more

Video: Nuclear Watch: Fukushima Snake robot + ice wall plan delayed + MUON device installed 2/10/2015

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Shell to Decommission North Sea Field Due to Oil Prices Crash

Shell to Decommission North Sea Field Due to Oil Prices Crash

Shell to Decommission North Sea Field Due to Oil Prices Crash

By Sputnik News

Shell to Decommission North Sea Field Due to Oil Prices Crash

Oil platforms Bravo and Alpha (right) at the Brent field. Image credit: Arne List [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0] Wiki

The Brent oil field, discovered in 1971, is one of the largest in the North Sea. Decommissioning is planned to start next year.

MOSCOW, February 3 (Sputnik) — Anglo-Dutch energy giant Royal Dutch Shell plans to decommission its Brent oil field in the North Sea due to a decrease in oil prices, Financial Times reported Tuesday.

The Brent oil field, discovered in 1971, is one of the largest in the North Sea. Decommissioning is planned to start next year, according to the newspaper.

Shell’s decision to decommission its Brent oil field production facilities could be followed by other oil companies after a more than 50-percent oil price drop since last June has made most North Sea oil fields unprofitable, Financial Times said.

Almost all of the 470 platforms in the North Sea belonging to various energy companies could be closed in the next 30 years as profitability and production decline, according to the newspaper. The operation will cost 40 billion pounds (over $60 billion). Shell will decommission 30 platforms.

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Official: Urgent Situation at Major Dam with Nuclear Plants Downstream

Official: Urgent Situation at Major Dam with Nuclear Plants Downstream

Official: Urgent Situation at Major Dam with Nuclear Plants Downstream

By ENENews

Seepage at bottom of dam causes early lowering of Boone Lake. Image credit: Tony Casey

Seepage at bottom of dam causes early lowering of Boone Lake. Image credit: Tony Casey

Official: Urgent, worrisome situation at major dam with nuclear plants downstream — We don’t know what’s going on — “You’ve got water able to get by that dam… coming out downstream… which, of course, shouldn’t be happening” — Danger of collapse called not ‘imminent’ — Cracks found in another dam nearby, water seeping from bedrock

Johnson City Press, Jan 21, 2015 (emphasis added): … investigation into water seepage at Boone Dam hasn’t progressed far enough for TVA to decide on Boone Reservoir’s spring operations, said TVA spokesman Jim Hopson… Hopson also said it’s too early to tell what TVA will do if the seepage not resolved by the spring… TVA began its ongoing investigation in October when what appeared to be muddy water was seen flowing into a channel just downstream of the Boone Dam… he said agency officials are continuing the matter with a “sense of urgency.”… experts have been working to determine what exactly is contributing to the seepage and what would need to be done to correct the problem… simply taking a backhoe and tearing into the earth is not viable — could do more harm than good… Hopson also said there is no timeframe on when the investigation will be complete.Tennessee Valley Authority Alert

Jim Hopson, TVA spokesman: “A lot is going to depend upon where we are with the investigation in terms of what decision can be made about how we’re going to operate the reservoir… safety has to be our overriding priority… there are a lot of people working on this, and they will continue… we noticed there was some discolored water that was coming out in the downstream river channel, just downstream of the dam itself, but coming out from the bank of the river which, of course, shouldn’t be happening… we want to make certain we understand exactly where that water could be coming from because it could mean that there is a flow of water under that earth and embankment… So this isn’t a case of where this thing is in imminent danger of collapse… [But] if you’ve got a dam and you’ve got water that is somehow able to get by that dam, that is worrisome… we’ve got to do [this] right because… we would create a safety challenge… we’re being very deliberate about this investigation, to find out exactly what is the challenge… We’re going to continue until we find out what is going on.”

Kingsport Times-News, Jan 16, 2015: Contradictory rumors continue to circulate about the lake’s status due to dam seepage issues. Some are upbeat. Others are depressing.

Kingsport Times-News, Jan 12, 2015: The dam at Bays Mountain Park [has] some hairline cracks, the cement in the masonry joints is breaking down… In light of the sinkhole and seepage issues at Boone Dam, the Times-News inquired about the dam at Bays Mountain… Bays Mountain Park Manager Ken Childress… said the dam still has its original mortar… it’s time for all of the mortar to be replaced. According to the state’s safety inspection, there are some minor hairline cracks at the dam, with one of the buttresses near the spillway section having visible cracking. The cement in the masonry joints of the buttresses is breaking down and the situation does require remedial work in the future. “What it needs right now is the mortar in the joints in the buttresses,” Childress said… “the mortar is old and is weathering.”… Childress said people have commented to him in the past about water near the bottom of the dam… “It’s always been there. The water is not really coming through the dam, but seeping through the bedrock the dam is sitting on,” Childress said.

See also: Sinkhole develops under dam in US — Multiple nuke plants downstream — Gov’t notified of ‘stability issues’, plants begin evaluating potential flood impacts (PHOTOS)


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Stop the Killing of Thousands of Marine Mammals

Stop the Killing of Thousands of Marine Mammals

Stop the Killing of Thousands of Marine Mammals

By Felicia Trujillo | Red Pill Reports

 Stop the Killing of Thousands of Marine Mammals

Sunset over the Strait of San Juan de Fuca, as seen from the town of Sekiu, Washington, USA.

Defending the Olympic National Forest and Park

(RedPillReports) Defending the Olympic National Forest and Park. Stop the killing of thousands of marine mammals, and militarized interruption of fishermen and boats. The deadline is February 2,2015.

A “Supplemental Draft,” to the January 2014 EIS called “Northwest Training and Testing Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement” was recently announced. This is for sea-based activity. The changes in the Supplemental Draft Include:

  • Expansion of sonar and explosive activities in the “training zone” to include the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the waters off Indian Island, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, which consists of 2,408 square nautical miles of Olympic Peninsula coastline.
  • Marine Mammal kills:
    • The Navy estimates thousands of marine mammals would be killed or harmed.
  • Maritime effects
    • Hood Canal Bridge Effects
      The Navy predicts more and longer bridge closings at Hood Canal, which will not be announced until the last minute due to      “national security.”
    • More Private vessel boardings, called “visits.”
    • Notices to Move
      Fishermen will be given one hour’s notice to vacate an area of Naval activity, and must abandon deployed fishing gear such as in-water nets or pots

Four public meetings will be held to inform the public about the revisions to the Navy’s Proposed Action and findings in the Supplement to the Draft EIS/OEIS, and solicit public comments on the environmental analysis. The public meetings will include an open house information session in which Navy representatives will be available to provide information and answer questions about the Supplement to the Draft EIS/OEIS.

The main web page for this EIS is here: and the written comment page with public meetings schedule is here:

Remember, this deadline is February 2.

Video: Orca’s in the Straight of Juan de Fuca

"Mount Zion - west slope, Olympic National Forest" by Farwestern Photo by Gregg M. Erickson - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Mount Zion – west slope, Olympic National Forest” by Farwestern Photo by Gregg M. Erickson – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. A portion of a 360° panorama from the southwest slope of Mount Zion near the summit, Olympic National Forest. Photographed on a September afternoon by Gregg M. Erickson.

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What’s to Blame for Our Dying Planet?

What’s to Blame for Our Dying Planet?

What’s to Blame for Our Dying Planet?

By Catherine J. Frompovich | Activist Post

What's to Blame for Our Dying Planet - Freda 2012

Image credit: Anthony Freda Anthony Freda Art

What a question even to ask! But – someone, something—perhaps conspiracies—as many are encouraged by the global media to believe – truly have brought the planet and humankind out of mediaeval misery, but equally into profoundly dangerous circumstances. However, not many who, apparently, are responsible for Planet Earth, aka Mother Earth—Gaia, being trashed before our very eyes, either are fessing up or getting their respective or collective recognition, and all while continuing to profit from poisoning our dying planet.

Every day, commonplace humans who live, work, and try to make ends meet are being blamed for ruining Planet Earth. Why?

We, the ‘seeming-low-life’ in the elite’s minds, are saddled with being responsible for all the ills that plague the planet, if you listen to the media. Yet, that deflection is nowhere near fact, in this writer’s opinion. My reasoning: Who really is it that, manufacturers, finances, operates, and mainstreams the money-making technologies that have been touted and allowed to run without checks and balances on how they negatively impact Planet Earth, the environment, and all living matter?

Who controls business and industry?

Aren’t moguls such as J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, Andrew W. Mellon, and John D. Rockefeller responsible for setting the corporate paradigm while creating industrial and economic dynasties that, in essence, have overtaken science, the environment, and created vested interest lobbying practices that make certain 99% of non-elites comply with their fascist-like quest for wealth through influencing government?

The industrial age of the robber barons spawned the current corporate-government-run world, in my opinion. It was only a matter of time when tycoon money would overtake science, including eugenics, as the Rockefellers did and, apparently, influence others, as per family member David Rockefeller, who said in his Memoirs,

…we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States… If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it. (Source)

As one who has lived 76 years and counting, I know much more about life, living, and what the planet/world and the environment were like prior to the last twenty-five or so years. I lived and remember the days of crystal clear, powder blue skies with fluffy white clouds, not smudged shadow clouds, apparently ‘created’ by weather geo-engineers spraying horrendous toxic chemicals, including viruses, down on all of Creation.

Those dirty clouds, which contain aluminum-chaff particulates that can bounce microwaves around to heat the atmosphere and precipitate weather and probably the Jet Stream for a Polar Vortex, undoubtedly, began as a result of “A Recommended National Program In Weather Modification” produced by NASA as ICAS Report No. 10a, November 1966, documented here and here for the 97 page report in its entirety.

So, what really are they spraying in chemtrails? A scientific analysis done in California confirms the following elements:

  • Aluminum (known to cause tinnitus)
  • Arsenic
  • Barium salts
  • Cadium [sic] Cadmium
  • Desiccated human blood cells
  • Ethylene dibromide
  • Lead
  • Magnesium
  • Mercury
  • Mold spores
  • Mycoplasma
  • Polymer fibers
  • Radio cesium
  • Sharp titanium shards
  • Stonthium [sic] Strontium
  • Submicron particles
  • Unidentified living bacteria
  • Uranium
  • And many other toxins

Source material:

Those types of elements/chemicals/metals should not be raining down on humans, who breathe their particulates into our lungs. Can those chemtrail ‘ingredients’ be a cause for the precipitous rise in lung diseases and cancers?

Probably, according to a news release from UC Davis Health System, “Lung doctors expect respiratory diseases will worsen with global climate change.” However, medical doctors, others who ought to be concerned, and the U.S. CDC/FDA seemingly aren’t doing anything to stop the aerial spraying that now saturates U.S. skies, but also encircles the globe! Why?

However, as of January 21, 2015, a new chemtrail ‘recipe’ that’s part of the U.S. Air Force’s Project Indigo Skyfold, supposedly includes radioactive materials, which should make chemtrails invisible! What will PIS do to human lungs, eyes, and health in general?

PIS probably will interact with the Jet Stream to create more Polar Vortex happenings in the lower U.S. states. Someone’s on to what’s going on:

Katharine Hayhoe, a Texas Tech climate scientist in Lubbock, said the study “provides important insight into the cascading nature of the effects human activities are having on the planet.” [1] [Emphasis added]

Yes, Professor Hayhoe, humans are involved!

Then there’s the California drought that’s now entering its fourth year.

Here are dramatic contrast photographs taken July 20, 2011 compared with August 19, 2014 photos.

Many researchers contend the California drought is the intended result of weather geo-engineering, aka chemtrails, plus HAARP microwave activity. There is speculation that the newer recipe in Project Indigo Skyfold is designed to drive the California drought conditions farther east into the mid-section or breadbasket of the USA. Where’s Congress on this one?

Who formulated Project Indigo Skyfold and why?

But then, aren’t we THE ones being blamed? Which human activities are having effects on the planet?

Weather geoengineering is the deliberate atmospheric spraying of sky trails, aka chemtrails.

I assure you, in all my life, until relatively recently, I NEVER saw those tic-tac-toe patterns in the sky, which some contend are contrails, anywhere in the world that I happened to have been, and I’ve traveled quite a bit in my life. A true atmospheric contrail dissolves within seconds to a less than a minute behind modern day jets, as these photographs verify.

So, are you the reader, or I the writer, or some poor native in the African jungle, or some monk in Nepal spraying those weather modification chemtrails? Nope! Who is, then? I tell readers what I have learned about that in my March 2014 article “Does the Airline You Fly Spray Chemtrails” with more information in the May 2014 blog “Conspiracy Theorists Vindicated: HAARP Confirmed Weather Manipulation Tool”.

This photograph by Awais Imran. Filed in Inspiration, Photography at is indicative of the daily darkly-smudged underside of clouds facing earth we see anymore, at least in SE Pennsylvania.

Searching the Internet I could not find old-time, pre-chemtrail, pure-white clouds of my younger years. Are they gone forever? I sure hope not!

Actually, I must admit that I’ve always thought back to a time when a ‘curtain of disbelief’ descended upon humanity and Earth – the 1950s. The most dramatic events that precipitated out-of-hand technology were the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. I remember both those August 1945 days like they were yesterday. Now, as an older and hopefully wiser person, I shudder at what men have wrought. For those who believe in karma or “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” what can we expect?

Responsible individuals don’t mainstream a technology for which they cannot safely dispose of its waste materials or which have to be guarded in thick cement for hundreds of thousands of years, or more. Plus, knowingly ‘re-invent’ and propagate that technology as “Atoms for Peace”. To put nuclear fission/atomic energy technologies into proper perspective, this is what Albert Einstein said about his contribution:

I made one great mistake in my life—when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made; but there was some justification—the danger that the Germans would make them. [2]

The World War II years, and immediately following, were the turning point in the history of humankind’s ascent into technology along with a complicated, but fascinating, descent into the techno-chemical age from which we cannot extricate ourselves. Everything was in technological flux: There were television sets, antibiotics, and chemicals being produced from recipes taken from captured German scientists, which eventually would become concepts for the USA pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

The role that the U.S. government played in that ‘start up’ began with Project Paperclip.

And, that role in time only became BIGGER, all-encompassing, and even global!

Currently, the U.S. Air Force and Navy are at the forefront of owning the weather as a ‘weapon of war’. See “Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025”, a U.S. military publication.

To my way of thinking what I saw in the 1950s, seemed like so many things were changing very fast and that civilization was on a fast-track trajectory. One dramatic clue for me, even at that time, was automobiles. To illustrate my point, here is how cars previously to the 1950s looked; while here is how cars during the 1950s looked!

In retrospect, what I intuitively realized was that technology apparently was taking over and eventually would be positioned as a new ‘god’, probably to replace the God of the Old Testament. Or, maybe ‘god’ would be science, or science would become the new god. Both ‘gods’ vigorously activated their overwhelming quests almost like fast-morphing viruses, which eventually turned into global pandemics of fear, sickness, polluted food, water and air, and a force-fed media campaign that Nature seemingly doesn’t count anymore—science knows better.

But look what that got us.

One issue as an example: Medicine decried breast feeding babies. According to Wikipedia,

By the 1950s, the predominant attitude to breastfeeding was that it was something practiced by the uneducated and those of lower classes. The practice was considered old-fashioned and “a little disgusting” for those who could not afford infant formula and discouraged by medical practitioners and media of the time.[19] Letters and editorials to Chatelaine from 1945 to as late as 1995 regarding breastfeeding were predominately negative. [3]

Manufactured baby formula was better than Mothers’ breast milk!

In the late 1920s, Alfred Bosworth released Similac (for “similar to lactation”), and Mead Johnson released Sobee.[9] Several other formulas were released over the next few decades, but commercial formulas did not begin to seriously compete with evaporated milk formulas until the 1950s. The reformulation and concentration of Similac in 1951, and the introduction (by Mead Johnson) of Enfamil (for “infant meal”) in 1959 were accompanied by marketing campaigns that provided inexpensive formula to hospitals and pediatricians.[9] By the early 1960s, commercial formulas were more commonly used than evaporated milk formulas in the United States, which all but vanished in the 1970s. By the early 1970s, over 75% of American babies were fed on formulas, almost entirely commercially produced.[4] [4] [Emphasis added]

Who profited from changing the natural way of feeding babies from time immemorial? Those who manufactured, advertised, and sold baby formula. The advertising campaigns were so intense that mothers actually believed a snake-oil-like sales-pitch. Again, it was those who were at the helms of industry and commerce who preyed on both infants and mothers that deprived babies of their natural right to wholesome nutrition and immunological conditioning through human breast milk. Plus, the pharmaceutical industry even produced pills to stop natural lactation.

Back in those years, medical doctors were revered. If a doctor said it, it had to be factual. One classic faux pas the advertising industry, medical doctors, and cigarette makers committed was having MDs endorse certain brands of cigarettes, and tobacco use as not being harmful. See the following from Stanford University, plus these actual advertisements.

So, again, who profited from pushing tobacco on the consumer? Manufacturers, advertisers, and those who sold the products! And, everyone else who bought into what’s been called “tobacco science” has paid the price ever since with ruined health, inflating healthcare costs, and government tobacco subsidies for years, which taxpayers paid for. So, you see, it’s always those at the top who invent, make, sell, and profit from technological innovations, which are to blame not those who, unfortunately, buy into their technological advances, most of which harm us.

Today we have cell phones and their omnipresent cell towers with their overlooked harms and this.

Again, who profits, who pollutes, and who suffers?

Returning to after WWII and how technologies were taking off, especially in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, formaldehyde became big time stuff. You could not breathe in fabric stores, as they were so overwhelmed with formaldehyde fumes. Carpeting impregnated and made with formaldehyde was another disaster, and set in motion a new syndrome, which has become known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).

Some houses even were insulated with formaldehyde foam and people got dramatically sick! Again, technology not thought out correctly nor applied properly that’s made millions for business tycoons but damaged or killed millions of others. Even OSHA declared formaldehyde a carcinogen, but it’s still being used in many products.

The current technological advance of fracking for shale gas and oil has made millionaires out of drillers and landowners, but has given the environment more problems. Ground water is poisoned and polluted so much that running water from kitchen faucets can be lighted with a match. .

Furthermore, earthquakes now are being implicated as direct effects from fracking.

All the issues I’ve talked about, plus there are thousands more that could be included but this article would never end, cause serious damage to the planet, the environment, and us. They can cause toxic outgassing, pollution, exploit natural resources, contaminate, and cause all sorts of health problems, some of which had not been on modern medicine’s radar very long, e.g., Morgellon’s disease. Plus, they trash the planet!

The oceans are a disaster with all the toxic elements in them. Some claim the oceans are dying.

Have you heard of the great Pacific Ocean garbage patch?

How about the nuclear radiation from the 2011 Fukushima disaster still radioactively poisoning air, land, and ocean?

So, who really is to blame?

I cringe at the thought of a destroyed, once-beautiful Blue Jewel, Planet Earth. I’m of the belief that even though we, the 99%, may not invent nor control all the technology that is destroying living organisms on earth, we actually are partly to blame because we have not stood up against government, business, industry, and others who manipulate us into believing in and accepting that man-made science is better than Nature, Intelligent Design, or the natural evolutionary processes. So, how bad are things? Take a look at what’s happening in China.

Here are the 11 worst-polluted cities in the USA.

A rather expensive and intricately designed granite monument in Elbert County, Georgia, USA, may give some insights, or clues, as to what’s going on and that there also IS a concentrated effort afoot to control Nature and most of all, human beings! It’s the Georgia Guidestones. There are ten messages, which some refer to as the new ten commandments. The first is more than chilling!

Are all the technological ‘advances’ that, in essence, destructively interact with Nature, the Planet, and humans a scientifically-approved, culturally-admired, and government-imposed ‘ways and means’ to accomplish the Georgia Guidestone’s first ‘directive’:

“Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature”? Or half a billion!

Who had the chutzpah and the money to erect such a monument?

That’s an imperative question every one of the 7.28 billion [5] humans on Planet Earth should be mulling over and deciding how to react to, it would seem to this writer.

We have only Planet Earth to live on physically, so shouldn’t we come to her aid. We must rescue her and ourselves or, truly, we may be lost forever. Take a look at Mars! What went wrong there?

Who’s deliberately changing Planet Earth?








What If the Ocean Dies

Stop Spraying California

Lung doctors expect respiratory diseases will worsen with global climate change

The Georgia Guidestones

Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA

Catherine retired from researching and writing, but felt compelled to write this article. 

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)

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Iceland: Volcanic Holuhraun Lava Field Bigger than Manhattan

Iceland: Volcanic Holuhraun Lava Field Bigger than Manhattan

Iceland: Volcanic Holuhraun Lava Field Bigger than Manhattan


Iceland: Volcanic Holuhraun lava field bigger than Manhattan

Holuhraun Lava Field. Image credit: Ruptly Video screen grab

Fire and ice have crashed together at the edge of the world for a stunning performance, captured by RT’s Ruptly agency. The Holuhraun lava field has spread across an area greater than the island of Manhattan in the largest eruption since the 18th century.

Iceland’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, became the venue for an amazing natural phenomenon on August 29, when lava began making its way through its northern fissures. Now, it has become a largest eruption since the Laki in 1783-84, which killed 20 percent of the island’s population.

At the beginning of January, NASA estimated the scale of the lava field as more than 84 square kilometers, which is 1.3 times larger than the island of Manhattan. However, the most densely populated New York City borough leaves little space for comparison, as the Icelandic Highlands in the northeastern region is scarcely populated and remote.

Still, evacuations have been carried out regularly in the area to prevent tourists and hikers from getting poisoned by the sulfur dioxide, the toxic gas emitted by Holuhraun that is life-threatening.

Scientists from the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences have measured the thickness of the Holuhraun lava field. On average, the eastern part was about 10 meters thick, the center was 12 meters deep, and the western part was 14 meters. Preliminary analysis, based on data from surveillance flights, put the volume of lava at 1.1 cubic kilometers.

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Video: Iceland: See the world’s biggest lava field in 200 years

The Holuhraun lava field continued erupting on Tuesday, with aerial footage capturing an astonishing view of the 500 metre-long (1,640 ft) and 70 metre-high (229 ft) lava lake. According to NASA, the lava field in the Northeastern Region of Iceland now covers over 84 square kilometers (32 square miles), making it larger than Manhattan.

Video: Sampling basalt lava, Holuhraun, Bárðarbunga, Iceland.

Scientists from the University of Iceland sample basalt lava from the eruption at Holuhraun of the Bárðarbunga volcanic system. September 2014.

Holuhraun Lava Field. Image credit: Ruptly Video screen grab

Holuhraun Lava Field. Image credit: Ruptly Video screen grab

Holuhraun Lava Field. Image credit: Ruptly Video screen grab

Holuhraun Lava Field. Image credit: Ruptly Video screen grab

Holuhraun Lava Field. Image credit: Ruptly Video screen grab

Holuhraun Lava Field. Image credit: Ruptly Video screen grab

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Satellite Picture Shows Snow-covered U.S. Deep Freeze

Satellite Picture Shows Snow-covered U.S. Deep Freeze

Satellite Picture Shows Snow-covered U.S. Deep Freeze

Satellite Picture Shows Snow-covered U.S. Deep Freeze

NOAA’s GOES-East satellite provided a look at the frigid eastern two-thirds of the U.S. on Jan. 7, 2015, that shows a blanket of northern snow, lake-effect snow from the Great Lakes and clouds behind the Arctic cold front.

A visible picture captured at 11 a.m. EST showed the effects of the latest Arctic outbreak. The cold front that brought the Arctic air moved as far south as Florida, and stretched back over the Gulf of Mexico and just west of Texas. The image shows clouds behind the frontal boundary stretching from the Carolinas west over the Heartland. Farther north, a wide band of fallen snow covers the ground from New England west to Montana, with rivers appearing like veins. The GOES-East satellite image also shows wind-whipped lake-effect snows off the Great Lakes, blowing to the southeast. Meanwhile, Florida, the nation’s warm spot appeared almost cloud-free.


Image Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

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Fracking Earthquakes Confirmed in Ohio on “Previously Unknown Fault”

Fracking Earthquakes Confirmed in Ohio on “Previously Unknown Fault”

Fracking Earthquakes Confirmed in Ohio on “Previously Unknown Fault”

By Kevin Samson | Activist Post

Fracking Earthquakes Confirmed in Ohio

The ongoing battle between researchers and the natural gas and oil industries over whether or not hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is definitively leading to an increase in earthquake activity has steadily tilted toward indisputable evidence of fracking’s detrimental impact.

In an article entitled “Oklahoma Breaking Records For Earthquake Activity – Fracking?” I presented evidence from the U.S. Army, U.S. Geological Survey, the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the Geological Society of America, which suggests that it is becoming conclusive that fracking causes earthquakes. Furthermore, studies also indicate that even when fracking is halted, earthquake activity can continue and earthquake magnitude can increase over time.

Ohio has become a prime source of data over the past couple of years; the state already is on the map as one of the 6 states where earthquakes are a new feature of reality. And it’s one state where mainstream geologists and seismologists are now confirming the link between fracking and earthquakes that we have been suspecting all along. Moreover, the latest comments from scientists highlight a lack of any semblance of the precautionary principle employed by those in the fracking business, or those responsible for its oversight.

Early last year even the establishment Associated Press had to report that:

Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest.

While earlier studies had linked earthquakes in the same region to deep-injection wells used for disposal of fracking wastewater, this marks the first time tremors in the region have been tied directly to fracking, Simmers said. The five seismic events in March couldn’t be easily felt by people.

Glenda Besana-Ostman, a former seismologist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, confirmed the finding is the first in the area to suggest a connection between the quakes and fracking. A deep-injection wastewater well in the same region of Ohio was found to be the likely cause of a series of quakes in 2012. (emphasis added)

A later study appeared in Seismological Research Letters which confirmed that 400 small earthquakes were triggered in 2013 along a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County, Ohio, marking the first recorded seismic activity in the area.

They would state:

“Hydraulic fracturing has the potential to trigger earthquakes, and in this case, small ones that could not be felt, however the earthquakes were three orders of magnitude larger than normally expected,” said Paul Friberg, a seismologist with Instrumental Software Technologies, Inc. (ISTI) and a co-author of the study.

The earthquakes revealed an east-west trending fault that lies in the basement formation at approximately two miles deep and directly below the three horizontal gas wells.

The micro-seismicity varied, corresponding with the fracturing activity at the wells. The timing of the earthquakes, along with their tight linear clustering and similar waveform signals, suggest a unique source for the cause of the earthquakes—the hydraulic fracturing operation. The fracturing likely triggered slip on a pre-existing fault, though one that is located below the formation expected to confine the fracturing, according to the authors. (emphasis added)

In addition to the admission that there is definitive proof now that fracking causes earthquakes – even when it was considered a conspiracy theory to suggest this a few years ago – is the second tacit admission that there are unknown faults in these areas, and they have gone ahead with subsequent fracking operations anyway, obviously knowing that their geological mapping information is incomplete. Yesterday, the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, issued this report:

A new study links the March 2014 earthquakes in Poland Township, Ohio to hydraulic fracturing that activated a previously unknown fault. The induced seismic sequence included a rare felt earthquake of magnitude 3.0, according to research published online by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA).

It remains rare for hydraulic fracturing to cause larger earthquakes that are felt by humans. However, due to seismic monitoring advances and the increasing popularity of hydraulic fracturing to recover hydrocarbons, the number of earthquakes – felt and unfelt – associated with hydraulic fracturing has increased in the past decade.

“These earthquakes near Poland Township occurred in the Precambrian basement, a very old layer of rock where there are likely to be many pre-existing faults,” said Robert Skoumal who co-authored the study with Michael Brudzinski and Brian Currie at Miami University in Ohio. “This activity did not create a new fault, rather it activated one that we didn’t know about prior to the seismic activity.”

That right there is classic doublespeak.

…The seismic activity outlined a roughly vertical, east-west oriented fault within one kilometer of the well. Industry activities at other nearby wells produced no seismicity, suggesting to the authors that the fault is limited in extent.

Maybe this time – just frack and find out apparently.

“We just don’t know where all the faults are located,” said Skoumal. “It makes sense to have close cooperation among government, industry and the scientific community as hydraulic fracturing operations expand in areas where there’s the potential for unknown pre-existing faults.”

Source – full paper

In addition to the horrendous environmental impact that has people shooting flames from their water taps, the threat of fracking-induced earthquakes is equally evident. The data is now beyond undeniable showing that there are a range of negative consequences associated with this activity.

Fracking serves as yet another example of the worst that science and business has to offer – the mentality that puts experimentation for profit ahead of full due diligence and an overarching concern for the planet and those who live in these areas. Apparently we’re just expected to wait and see what gets uncovered next as the drilling continues.


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Geo-Engineering Scientist ‘Terrified’ of Projects He Helped Create

Geo-Engineering Scientist ‘Terrified’ of Projects He Helped Create

Geo-Engineering Scientist ‘Terrified’ of Projects He Helped Create

By Christina Sarich | Natural Society

Geo-Engineering Scientist 'Terrified' of Projects He Helped Create

Dr. Matthew Watson from Bristol University in the UK told the media recently that he’s “terrified” by many of the geoengineering projects currently in the works to thwart man-made climate change, a phenomenon being hawked as an excuse for weather modification programs by many in mainstream science as a ‘threat to humanity.’

Dr. Watson recently told Daily Mail UK online that he is:

“. . . terrified, because the potential for misstep is considerable.”

He is working on a $2.8 million weather manipulation project of the exact type that he says he is so afraid of. The project will inject sulfur particles into the Earth’s atmosphere with the stated goal of blocking the sun’s rays from reaching Earth, ostensibly to keep the earth from getting too warm. The project is called SPICE, and Dr. Watson leads the study.

Earth is shown here pictured from space.

Earth is shown here pictured from space.

Watson has already faced setbacks, since one plan to release a huge balloon into the air to release the sulfur particles was scraped over patenting disputes. He says that millions have already been spent on research though scientists are ‘decades away’ from where they want to be, and no known studies on the possible dire ramifications of aerosol spraying have been released to the public.


Dr Watson said the day may come when the use of such technologies cannot be avoided.

“We are swimming, drowning, in a sea of ignorance. This terrifies me. But doing nothing is not an option. Unless we’re very wrong about climate change or quickly change our ways, at some point we’re going to have to ‘go outside’ [with these technologies],” he said.

Many are also wary of the reasons being touted as necessary for aerosol particles are being dumped into our airways.

Stratospheric aerosol geoengineering is a primary term for the ongoing global climate modification programs being conducted by major powers around the world. “Aerosols” is simply a term for a microscopic particle that is suspended in the air. A primary stated goal of the geoengineering programs is to provide a “solar shield” to slow “runaway climate change”  by spraying tens of millions of tons of highly toxic metal nano particulates (a nanometer is 1/1,000,000,000 of a meter) into the atmosphere from jet aircraft.”

Several proposals for geoengineering have been proposed, illustrated here, But Dr Watson said resorting to these measures amounted to us admitting we could no longer save the planet by managing our global emissions – and meant we had failed to look after Earth.

Several proposals for geoengineering have been proposed, illustrated here, But Dr Watson said resorting to these measures amounted to us admitting we could no longer save the planet by managing our global emissions – and meant we had failed to look after Earth.

Aluminum, and other toxic particles are showing up in rain tests around the world. Snow tests conducted in Mt Shasta, California were especially alarming.I urge you to do more of your own research into this matter. If a geo-engineering scientists is ringing alarm bells, it is certainly time to listen.


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Monsanto/Bayer’s GM Plants Contaminate Europe Despite Ban

Monsanto/Bayer’s GM Plants Contaminate Europe Despite Ban

Monsanto/Bayer’s GM Plants Contaminate Europe Despite Ban

By Sayer Ji | GreenMedInfo

 Rapeseed field

Image credit: Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons

New evidence reveals that despite a ban on cultivation of GM rapeseed in Europe, Monsanto and Bayer’s plants are now freely growing there.

A new study published in PLoS titled ,”Unexpected Diversity of Feral Genetically Modified Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus L.) Despite a Cultivation and Import Ban in Switzerland,” is believed to be the first report of its kind showing that despite a cultivation and seed import ban of genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape in Switzerland, Monsanto and Bayer’s GM plants have been introduced into the environment there, confirming fears that once the GM genie has been let out of the bottle it can not be put back.

The GM plants were found growing freely along railway lines and in port areas at four sites in 2011 and 2012, with the most afflicted being the Rhine port of Basel and the St. Johann freight railway station in Basel, Switzerland.  The glyphosate-resistant GM plants were identified as Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready GM event GT73.  Additionally, the researchers found the glufosinate-resistant GM events MS8xRF3, MS8 and RF3 (all traded as InVigor, Bayer) at five sampling locations in the Rhine port. They noted that this is, to their knowledge, the first time that Bayer’s feral MS8xRF3, MS8 or RF3 plants were detected in Europe.

Another concerning finding was the discovery of ‘outcrossing’ (transference of genetic material between differing plant strains) between Monsanto’s GT73 GM plant and two non-GM oilseed rape plants. This confirms fears that GM plants are capable of transforming conventional and/or organically produced plants into GM ones (i.e. ‘biorape‘).

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Oil Sands Technology Questioned After Series of Leaks Polluting Aquifers

Oil Sands Technology Questioned After Series of Leaks Polluting Aquifers

Oil Sands Technology Questioned After Series of Leaks Polluting Aquifers

By Cecilia Jamasmie |

Oil Sands Technology Questioned After Series of Leaks Polluting Aquifers

Wolf Lake Yukon. Image credit: Cheleigh [GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Environmentalists are questioning a technology used by Canadian Natural Resources (TSX, NYSE:CNQ) to extract crude from its oil sands operations in Alberta, following a second leak at the firm’s Wolf Lake project, which seriously contaminated an aquifer in late October.

According to Alberta Energy Regulator, a few days after CNRL reported the well break, it discovered elevated levels of hydrocarbons in the aquifer about 10 kilometres away from the firm’s Primrose East property.

The Wolf Lake project was using a method called cyclic steam stimulation, which according to Canadian Press, is the same technology that was being used at CNRL’s Primrose site during a spill in 2013, where nearly 1 million litres of bitumen leaked into the surrounding area.

Earlier this year the regulator investigated another leak from a CNRL well. The agency said 27,000 litres of crude bitumen were released underground on January 3 at Primprose.

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Tar Sandstone

Image credit: James St. John (jsj1771) Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

Oil sands, tar sands or, more technically, bituminous sands, are a type of unconventional petroleum deposit.

Oil sand is either loose sand or partially consolidated sandstone containing a naturally occurring mixture of sand, clay, and water, saturated with a dense and extremely viscous form of petroleum technically referred to as bitumen (or colloquially tar due to its similar appearance, odour and colour). Natural bitumen deposits are reported in many countries, but in particular are found in extremely large quantities in Canada. Other large reserves are located in Kazakhstan and Russia. The estimated worldwide deposits of oil are more than 2 trillion barrels (320 billion cubic metres); the estimates include deposits that haven’t been discovered. Proven reserves of bitumen contain approximately 100 billion barrels, and total natural bitumen reserves are estimated at 249.67 Gbbl (39.694×109 m3) worldwide, of which 176.8 Gbbl (28.11×109 m3), or 70.8%, are in Alberta, Canada.

Video: Tar Sands Oil Extraction – The Dirty Truth

Environmental devastation of the land, water, and air – the largest industrial energy project in the world is extracting crude oil from bitumen found beneath the pristine boreal forest of Alberta, Canada. Effecting a land mass equivalent in size to Florida or England, Both industry and government are putting money before the health and security of its people and the environment.

Tar sands take 3 barrels of water to process every barrel of oil extracted. Ninety percent of this water becomes so toxic that it must be stored in tailing ponds. Unfortunately these ponds regularly leach pollution into the third largest watershed in the world.

Water depletion, exploitation, privatization and contamination has become one of the most important issues facing humanity this century. Check out my other video on water issues:… and see my other videos to learn about the dark side of fossil fuels.

To learn more about tar sands, be sure to check out the featured film sources listed below. Find out more about what you can do and how to support the film makers.

Crude Sacrifice

Dirty Oil (available to watch online)…

Downstream — (available to watch online)…



Check out a new promising technology to eliminate tailing ponds:…

Tar sands development can be minimized by blocking development of pipelines, such as Keystone XL, that carry the sludge of this incredibly polluting energy project. Tell Canada to clean up this mess and join with Bill McKibben and Josh Fox and let your voice be heard.


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Hawaii Lava Flow: Pahoa Businesses Prepare for Possible Evacuations

Hawaii Lava Flow: Pahoa Businesses Prepare for Possible Evacuations

Hawaii Lava Flow: Pahoa Businesses Prepare for Possible Evacuations

By Mileka Lincoln | Hawaii News Now

Hawaii Lava Flow: Pahoa Businesses Prepare for Possible Evacuations

The HVO field crew reports that scattered breakouts remain active on the June 27th flow. This photo shows the most distant active breakout from Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and the closest breakout to Pāhoa Village Road. USGS

PAHOA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawai’i County Civil Defense officials say the Puna lava flow advanced east-northeast another 275 yards since Monday and is now 1 mile upslope from the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection.

According to Hawai’i County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira, none of the activity poses any immediate threat to area communities. Officials say the leading edge of the flow front has widened to about 100 to 150 yards wide, but is holding its course along the path of steepest descent that takes it directly toward the Pahoa Marketplace.

Officials say as the flow activity continues to show signs of advancement, businesses in the Pahoa Marketplace may be taking necessary steps to prepare for a possible evacuation. They’re asking drivers to be prepared for increased traffic and large vehicles in the area and proceed with caution.

Empty store shelves and cleared out cases inside Malama Market — the largest grocery store in town, which has been open since 2005.

“I love this place because we come over here for shopping and we don’t have to go into Hilo,” said Clinton Diego.

Lines snaked through the aisles as customers filled their carts in preparation for the store’s closure Thursday at 6 p.m.

“I’m hoping that Pahoa will be able to continue on but it’s going to be a real difficult transition,” said Wendy Hays.

Malama Market in the Pahoa Marketplace will evacuate and close Thursday, December 18 at 6 p.m. The store will begin the process to disassemble and remove equipment Tuesday — according to store officials, who are encouraging customers to shop now through closing. The grocery store, which is the largest serving the community, will be open until 10 p.m. through Wednesday and will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Store officials say they will be establishing satellite locations that can offer key necessities like rice, water, canned and paper goods. Company management says neighboring sister stores Foodland Kea’au, Sack N Save Puainako, and Sack N Save Hilo have also been asked to carry extra product for customers who may turn to those locations to shop.

Outside, customers were anxious to use their gas rewards savings before the station closed at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

“We use the Malama coupons for $5,” said Jose Mendoza.

Residents say if the lava passes through Pahoa Marketplace and crosses Highway 130, life as they know it will completely change.

“I was here when Kalapana went out, but losing all of our market? We have nothing now, even if we have to be routed around Crater up to Volcano — it has no pharmacy, no nothing. Now our closest pharmacy if Long’s goes — is going to be in Hilo,” explained Donna Keefer.

That’s exactly why Hawai’i County Civil Defense Director Darrly Oliveira says he’s trying to hold off on issuing an official evacuation notice.

“The goal is to support the businesses being operational as long as possible, as long as it’s safe to do so. They’re providing a variety of goods and services to the community which they depend on. These are some of the larger employers in the community that are providing for jobs for residents in the area,” Director Oliveira said.

Lex Brodie’s will begin packing up Wednesday.

“We have employees that will be transferred to different locations. As long as they’re willing to travel or move to different place, we’re going to try our best to keep everyone working,” explained store manager Daniel Perreira.

Like other businesses, Perreira says he plans to relocate whatever can be moved to ensure the public’s safety.

Officials say it will take about three days for Aloha Petroleum to remove fuel from their underground storage tanks, which will later be filled with water and firefighting foam to suppress the release of vapors.

In a statement provided to Hawaii News Now, officials said: “Of paramount importance is the safety of the station employees, customers and crews that will remove the fuel and equipment; thus, early action will enable a high safety factor.”

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USGS: Kīlauea Volcano – Puna Lava Flow

Kīlauea Volcano - Puna Lava Flow USGS

This large-scale map shows the distal part of Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow in relation to nearby Puna communities. The area of the flow on December 9 at 2:30 PM is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as mapped on December 16 at 11:15 AM is shown in red.

Most change on the flow field is due to advancement of the relatively narrow lobe of lava continues to advance downslope toward the Pahoa Marketplace. The tip of the flow at the time of mapping was about 1.5 km (0.9 miles) from the upslope edge of the Pahoa Marketplace, as measured along the path of steepest descent that the flow has been following. This particular flow branch, which started from the crack system near the True/Mid-Pacific well site on November 19 (27 days ago), is now 8.0 km (5.0 miles) long. This equates to an average advance rate of 300 m/day (330 yd/day) over that period.

The blue lines show steepest-descent paths calculated from a 1983 digital elevation model (DEM; for calculation details, see Steepest-descent path analysis is based on the assumption that the DEM perfectly represents the earth’s surface. DEMs, however, are not perfect, so the blue lines on this map can be used to infer only approximate flow paths. (see large map)

Amazing Kilauea Volcano: Puna lava flow in Pahoa: close-up view

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