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Fukushima

Written By: - Date published: 2:37 pm, August 24th, 2013 - 103 comments
Categories: disaster, energy, International, sustainability - Tags: , ,

Meanwhile back in the real world, the nuclear disaster at Fukushima is creeping back in to the headlines, for all the wrong reasons.

New crisis looms at Fukushima

Japan’s nuclear watchdog says a leakage of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be the beginning of a new disaster – a series of leaks of contaminated water from storage tanks.

The operator of the plant has built hundreds of steel tanks to store massive amounts of radioactive water coming from three melted reactors, as well as underground water running into reactor and turbine basements.

Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Tuesday that about 300 tons (300,000 litres) of contaminated water leaked from one of the tanks. It said it hasn’t figured out how or where the water leaked, but suspects it did so through a seam.

The leak is the fifth, and the worst, since last year involving tanks of the same design at the wrecked Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, raising concerns that contaminated water could begin leaking from storage tanks one after another. …

Japan nuclear agency upgrades Fukushima alert level

Japan’s nuclear agency has upgraded the severity level of a radioactive water leak at the Fukushima plant from one to three on an international scale.

Highly radioactive water was found to be leaking from a storage tank into the ground at the plant on Monday. It was first classified as a level one incident on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (Ines). But Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority proposes elevating it to level three on the seven-point scale.

Fukushima operator pleads for international help as radiation crisis deepens

TEPCO, operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, admits it needs overseas help to contain the radioactive fallout, after 18 months of trying to control it internally. It comes after the latest leak at the facility was deemed a “serious incident.” …

The call comes after one of the 1,060 temporary tanks used to store highly contaminated water sprang a leak on Wednesday, discharging as much as 300 tons of radioactive liquid containing large amounts of cesium. Further tests revealed excessive radiation levels elsewhere in the facility. …

TEPCO has been slow in measuring the levels of radioactive elements that have flowed out of the station, as well as publishing its data. The company finally revealed this month that highly unsafe tritium and cesium levels had been detected in the seawater near the plant. A concentration of these elements could damage the marine environment and build up in marine life, possibly endangering humans further up the food chain. …

Most experts say that it could take between four decades and a century to eliminate the impact of the Fukushima disaster.

Water leaks at Fukushima could contaminate entire Pacific Ocean

RT: An estimated 300 tonnes of contaminated water is spilling daily into the ocean. How come Tepco insists the leaks still pose no big threat to the environment?

HW: They are lying; they can’t face the reality of this situation. When have very serious quantities of radiation going into the Pacific Ocean. There is no medical or epidemiological or scientific basis for estimating how much damage this will cost. We are on entirely new ground here and this cannot go by without a serious impact on the entire human race. This is a terrible tragedy. …

Fukushima apocalypse: Years of ‘duct tape fixes’ could result in ‘millions of deaths’

Even the tiniest mistake during an operation to extract over 1,300 fuel rods at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan could lead to a series of cascading failures with an apocalyptic outcome, fallout researcher Christina Consolo told RT.

Fukushima operator TEPCO wants to extract 400 tons worth of spent fuel rods stored in a pool at the plant’s damaged Reactor No. 4. The removal would have to be done manually from the top store of the damaged building in the radiation-contaminated environment.

In the worst-case scenario, a mishandled rod may go critical, resulting in an above-ground meltdown releasing radioactive fallout with no way to stop it, said Consolo, who is the founder and host of Nuked Radio. But leaving the things as they are is not an option, because statistical risk of a similarly bad outcome increases every day, she said. …

Although fuel rod removal happens on a daily basis at the 430+ nuclear sites around the world, it is a very delicate procedure even under the best of circumstances. What makes fuel removal at Fukushima so dangerous and complex is that it will be attempted on a fuel pool whose integrity has been severely compromised. However, it must be attempted as Reactor 4 has the most significant problems structurally, and this pool is on the top floor of the building. …

We have endless releases into the Pacific Ocean that will be ongoing for not only our lifetimes, but our children’s’ lifetimes. We have 40 million people living in the Tokyo area nearby. We have continued releases from the underground corium that reminds us it is there occasionally with steam events and huge increases in radiation levels. Across the Pacific, we have at least two peer-reviewed scientific studies so far that have already provided evidence of increased mortality in North America, and thyroid problems in infants on the west coast states from our initial exposures.

We have increasing contamination of the food chain, through bioaccumulation and biomagnification. And a newly stated concern is the proximity of melted fuel in relation to the Tokyo aquifer that extends under the plant. If and when the corium reaches the Tokyo aquifer, serious and expedient discussions will have to take place about evacuating 40 million people from the greater metropolitan area. As impossible as this sounds, you cannot live in an area which does not have access to safe water.

See also “Fukushima’s Radioactive Water Leak: What You Should Know”.

Fossil fuels will kill the planet. Conventional nuclear energy can never be safe. Renewable sources (and/or some breakthrough in fusion) are the only viable alternative. Any rational government would be investing massively in renewable energy R&D.

103 comments on “Fukushima”

  1. Raa 1

    Thanks for the post. I have been watching this emerge in the news again .. a significant coverup by the authorities about the scale of the event and its implications .. among other things .. for the water table.

  2. Bill 2

    Anybody any idea if NZ followed the US lead of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ with regards the contamination of Japanese imports?

    Or what about the declaration by the Japanese government that sea food caught from the vicinity of Fukushima was safe for sale and consumption? Any flip-flop on that one?

    Anything further from our own government on the accumulation of radioactive contamination present in NZ’s mutton bird colonies (migration route passes Fukushima)?

    Any excuses from anyone as to why this ever dropped out of the news in the first place?

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    Time for fifty million Japanese to resettle in California. Not kidding.

    An ‘above ground criticality incident’ sounds a heck of a lot like what happened at Hiroshima…

    • weka 3.1

      California? You mean that other place on a major earthquake fault line that uses nuclear power?

    • Murray Olsen 3.2

      While not at all good, I don’t think Fukushima can explode like a nuclear weapon. Criticality in this case means the fission chain reaction begins, but the reactants blow themselves apart before an actual full scale explosion happens. It means a lot of radioactive material gets spread all over the place, but without the blast damage. Hiroshima without the blast would have still been disgusting, but not as many people would have died. (I am also not a nuclear physicist or nuclear engineer, so there’s plenty I don’t know.)

      Of course, if Tepco and the Japanese government keep people in the area, the numbers could easily keep rising. I’ve seen maps that show the radioactive material reaching the Kiwi east coast as well. It’s a real disaster, and I don’t think anyone knows what to do about it. Maybe nothing can be done except make sure similar things can’t happen in the future.

    • A Short Plank 3.3

      It has already been published (sorry, can’t remember the link) that whatever radiation goes into the ocean at Fukushima will be carried by ocean currents to the US West Coast, where it will be concentrated on shore at ten times the levels at Fukushima. So re-settling in California would just be a move out of the frying-pan.

  4. RedLogix 4

    I recall an interview with Gorbachev who stated that he believed this was the proximate cause of the break-up of the Soviet Union, not Afghanistan or the failure of their economic system:

    According to Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union spent 18 billion rubles (the equivalent of US$18 billion at that time) on containment and decontamination, virtually bankrupting itself.

    In Belarus the total cost over 30 years is estimated at US$235 billion (in 2005 dollars).

    On-going costs are well known; in their 2003–2005 report, The Chernobyl Forum stated that between 5% and 7% of government spending in Ukraine is still related to Chernobyl, while in Belarus over $13 billion is thought to have been spent between 1991 and 2003, with 22% of national budget having been Chernobyl-related in 1991, falling to 6% by 2002. Much of the current cost relates to the payment of Chernobyl-related social benefits to some 7 million people across the 3 countries.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster

    With time it may well be shown that Fukushima will turn out to be an even more expensive disaster, even if the fuel rod removal process goes well. The potential for not just environmental, but even more destabilising economic and social disruption is evident.

    Ultimately if it a goes very wrong and the impact spreads regionally, the Chinese will not sit idly by.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Small fairly irrelevant detail – a government cannot go bankrupt if it is buying goods and services in its own currency, which it issues itself.

      If the goods and services it requires are priced in hard foreign currency, that’s another issue.

      I agree about China. No love lost anywhere there. However, the US will not allow China to do anything too rash.

      • RedLogix 4.1.1

        True, but printing money is only worthwhile if it does not overwhelm the ability of the real economy to effectively utilise it.

        The key to understanding these nuclear disasters is that they represent an immense damage to the physical economy … thus merely throwing printed money at the problem may be less helpful than you hope for.

      • srylands 4.1.2

        “Colonial Viper 4.1
        24 August 2013 at 3:18 pm
        Small fairly irrelevant detail – a government cannot go bankrupt if it is buying goods and services in its own currency, which it issues itself.”

        Viper you are a fucking moron spouting irrelavancies as usual.

        You are technically right. But the currency and everything else can get fucked up by the policies you espouse. And fuck up the poor especially. You are a dangerous waste of air.

        Idiot.

        • RedLogix 4.1.2.1

          So where do you think money comes from sry?

          • srylands 4.1.2.1.1

            “So where do you think money comes from sry?”

            For those on the Left, it grows on trees.

            • RedLogix 4.1.2.1.1.1

              And on the right? Where do you think it comes from?

              Or might I wonder if you understand the question….

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.2.1.1.2

              I’m just saying what every one of the 21 Primary Dealers already knows, shitlands. Why the opprobrium? It’s just a fact.

  5. QoT 5

    Meanwhile back in the real world

    Well that’s a really nice slap in the face to your fellow bloggers.

    • RedLogix 5.1

      I guess while the minutiae of Labour party and NZ beltway politics is of importance to some of us, and after the next election … maybe of interest to New Zealand as a whole.

      But to my tiny mind an event that potentially releases many 10’s of thousands of times more radiation than ever before strikes me as fairly real.

      • QoT 5.1.1

        It’s not a matter of comparative importance. It’s a matter of making dismissive, smug statements which elevate the writer at the expense of everyone else on the platform he deigns to share with us.

        But you know, there is form for that.

        ETA: not to mention that if it were a commenter saying “Oh my god why aren’t you focusing on the real world” they’d quickly meet the sharp end of lprent’s moderation.

        • gobsmacked 5.1.1.1

          Yes, that phrase jumped out at me as well.

          In itself, it hardly matters. But considering the last 20 months, it’s irony overload. I would suggest the author might try for a little more humility and a little more reflection on who really has been living in that “real world”.

  6. Sable 6

    Stay away from Japanese glow in the dark beer!

    • northshoredoc 7.1

      No one is listening.

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.1

        Hundred billion dollar nuclear industry sells multiple melt-throughs as “meh no problem”

    • weka 7.2

      “And for a contrasting view to the hysteria:”

      It’s true that the media are often very bad at covering science issues. Problem is, the general public no longer trusts the scientific community implicitly (for good reason).

      So where to from here?

      • Colonial Viper 7.2.1

        Oh look, Dept of Nuclear Engineering at UCLA Berkley put up a comment suggesting that, uh, the potential problem is massive.

        But that’s OK boys and girls, back to your Playstations.

        http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/forum/218/nuclear-expert-fukushima-spent-fuel-has-85-times-more-cesium-released-chernobyl-%E2%80%94-%E2%80%9Cit-woul

        • srylands 7.2.1.1

          Oh look, Dept of Nuclear Engineering at UCLA Berkley put up a comment suggesting that, uh, the potential problem is massive.

          But that’s OK boys and girls, back to your Playstations.”

          You can get fucked. Why would you give credence to the UCLA Berkley?

          • RedLogix 7.2.1.1.1

            I dunno … why should we give credence to anyone, or anything?

            On the other hand the article quotes:

            ” I asked top spent-fuel pools expert Mr. Robert Alvarez, former Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy”

            Why would this guy know shit about “spent-fuel pools”?

            • Colonial Viper 7.2.1.1.1.1

              Ayn Rand and Alan Greenspan reckon that the free market and cutting red tape will sort out the nuclear cesspool at Fukushima.

      • geoff 7.2.2

        for good reason?

        Do you not trust the scientific community?

        • weka 7.2.2.1

          “Do you not trust the scientific community?”

          No more or less than anyone else. ie they get trust depending on who they are, how they act, and how they earn that trust. My point is that the public don’t consider the scientific community to be trustworthy just because they’re scientists. And for good reasons. It’s a sad state of affairs, because there are many good scientists out there. But being naive about how science has been co-opted, and what science’s limitations are, doesn’t help them.

          • Hanswurst 7.2.2.1.1

            “[...] they get trust depending on [...] how they earn that trust.”

            They earn that trust by constant research, publication and peer-review. That is the process that defines them collectively as the “scientific community”. Your implicit conflating of members of that community with any yob wheeling a corporate barrow who goes on TV claiming to have a PhD is a misrepresentation.

            • weka 7.2.2.1.1.1

              “Your implicit conflating of members of that community with any yob wheeling a corporate barrow who goes on TV claiming to have a PhD is a misrepresentation.”

              That’s not what I am talking about. Why not take the time to find out what I mean instead of making assumptions, and then your argument that Science is inherently trustworthy might come across better.

              “They earn that trust by constant research, publication and peer-review”

              Kind of. Problem is that that process has been corrupted and co-opted. Look at medicine and big pharma for the most obvious examples, but issues around the environment also demonstrate the problems.

              • Colonial Viper

                What? The practice of science is riven by political, funding, profitability and reputational concerns? Please say that it is not so!

        • Richard Christie 7.2.2.2

          I’m glad someone else spotted that dodgy assertion as well.

          • weka 7.2.2.2.1

            Which dodgy assertion?

            • Richard Christie 7.2.2.2.1.1

              I’ll allow you the wriggle room afforded by your use of the qualifier ‘implicitly’.

              But in reality the public has better, and very good reason, to trust science and scientific consensus the broader context.

              • weka

                Still not clear what you are objecting to about my statement.

                “But in reality the public has better, and very good reason, to trust science and scientific consensus the broader context.”

                Better than what? And even if there is better reason, do they actually trust those things (as opposed to you saying they have reason to)?

                Mostly the public has no idea about what the scientific consensus on something is.

                And please note, I didn’t say the public don’t trust science, or scientific consensus. I said they don’t trust the scientific community, for good reason.

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  And you’re expecting the scientific community to fit into a media-driven false frame that many of them explicitly reject.

                  Science isn’t promoted as “the truth” by any scientist I’ve ever met or read. At best they sound more like Churchill: science is the worst possible system apart from all the other ones.

                • Richard Christie

                  Better and stronger reason to trust information from the scientific community than to distrust what the scientific community tells them.

                  • weka

                    “Better and stronger reason to trust information from the scientific community than to distrust what the scientific community tells them.”

                    Sorry, but that is just ideological nonsense. It’s a nice ideal, but in the real world, science gets corrupted often, including by scientists, and the public often has no good way of weeding out what is good science from what is poor science from what is downright fucked science.

                    So I will say again, irrespective of your ideals, the public doesn’t have implicit trust in the scientific community and for good reasons. Trust should be given when its earned.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      False frame alert.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      I think OAK would like you to separate out your ideas of how science operates as an ideal paradigm and shining model of truth and reality, and to ignore what actually happens with it in the gritty, dirty real world.

                    • weka

                      Possibly. I’m just noticing the surfeit of sentences that lack any real explanation of what the person writing them means.

  7. srylands 8

    “Fossil fuels will kill the planet. Conventional nuclear energy can never be safe. Renewable sources (and/or some breakthrough in fusion) are the only viable alternative. Any rational government would be investing massively in renewable energy R&D.”

    50 years from now most countries will have nuclear power, or they will be energy starved.

    The capital costs of power stations is coming down, especially in the new Chinese designs.

    Kawau Parua Inlet is an excellent site for a future power station to serve the Auckland region.

    Australia will see nuclear power stations much sooner than NZ. Otherwise they will continue to choke on coal. (The incoming government in Australia has signaled a wind back of renewables so there goes that expensive plan.)

    New Zealand will be last to take up the nuclear option.

    • tc 8.1

      Your not a very clever troll are you, think about the fuel. Oz has plenty of uranium, we have hydro and declining demand once tiwai closes we are fine.

      Our problem is the system rewards profit not ensuring generation capacity is assured, otherwise that wind farm would be going ahead.

      But you already know that.

    • Colonial Viper 8.2

      50 years from now most countries will have nuclear power, or they will be energy starved.

      Very few countries can afford the upfront capital costs, and almost none of those can afford the inevitable decomissioning costs.

      “50 years from now…”

      sorry mate anyone who pretends that they know what is happening with science and technology that far out is dreaming.

      No one will be able to build nuclear power stations once oil is unaffordable.

      • srylands 8.2.1

        Very few countries can afford the upfront capital costs, and almost none of those can afford the inevitable decomissioning costs.”

        Bullshit. The Government just needs to issue more currency.

        • RedLogix 8.2.1.1

          I think you misunderstand … printing money is not equal to pumping oil.

          CV would have been better to have argued that once oil energy becomes more expensive it will make no sense whatsoever to use large amounts of it to create and maintain the infrastructure required to produce lesser amounts of nuclear energy.

        • Colonial Viper 8.2.1.2

          Incorrect.

          The main reason being that NZ doesn’t build its own nuclear reactors, so it would have to purchase them using hard foreign currency. The NZ Government cannot issue Euros to pay Areva, nor can it issue Yen to pay Toshiba, nor can it issue USD to pay GM for new reactors.

          You really have no idea about monetary matters, do you?

          EDIT yes what RL said as well
          also, the EROEI of nuclear power sucks to the maximum. Issuing currency =! issuing energy.

          • srylands 8.2.1.2.1

            “Incorrect.

            The main reason being that NZ doesn’t build its own nuclear reactors, so it would have to purchase them using hard foreign currency. The NZ Government cannot issue Euros to pay Areva, nor can it issue Yen to pay Toshiba, nor can it issue USD to pay GM for new reactors.

            You really have no idea about monetary matters, do you?

            EDIT yes what RL said as well
            also, the EROEI of nuclear power sucks to the maximum. Issuing currency =! issuing energy.”

            Get fucked. You lecturing me on monetary matters? Fool.

            The theory of comparative advantage no longer applies. We can build everything we need for a nuclear power station in NZ. Paid for by NZD issued by the Reserve Bank, under the SOVEREIGN authority of Parliament. (We do need some enriched uranium but the Aussies but we can get that at a good deal from Lucas Heights.)

            So we don’t have to purchase them with hard currency. It is all right here. Plus it would provide lots of jobs for the unskilled welfare recipients. They can easily be retrained in a few weeks to build nuclear reactors.

            Oh and get fucked. Again.

            • Colonial Viper 8.2.1.2.1.1

              Please remind me which nuclear power plant patents and designs NZ holds? We have uranium nuclear fuel processing and enrichment here or in Australia as well do we?

              It appears that not only are your economic theories 30 years old and that you have no idea of basic monetary operations (shit dude, come on, these are the ABCs), but your grip on how the real economy works is equally tenuous.

              If I were you, I’d be so very embarrassed. Go back to school mate.

              • srylands

                “If I were you, I’d be so very embarrassed. Go back to school mate.”

                You can get fucked. Again. New Zealand can design its own nuclear power plants. We have 30 years to prepare. And it can all be paid for by magic sprinkles (ooops I mean “issuing currency”)

                You have no grip on anything except the sewer you live in. In Hamilton.

                Fucking moron.

            • weka 8.2.1.2.1.2

              Srylands, factor in Peak Oil and EROEI then.

              And NZ’s cultural abhorrence of nuclear tech outside of medicine.

              Then cover the safety issues.

              • srylands

                “And NZ’s cultural abhorrence of nuclear tech outside of medicine.”

                Wagon wheel makers had a cultural abhorrence of motor vehicles in 1896. They go swept aside. Same thing will happen here.

            • Murray Olsen 8.2.1.2.1.3

              How does Lucas Heights sell enriched uranium when they don’t enrich it? In fact, it looks like the big reactor there will be closed down soon. They concentrate on isotopes for medicine, research, and maybe smoke alarms.

    • Martin 8.3

      yeah right!

    • Rich the other 8.4

      srylands,
      currently nuke isn’t an option for NZ or isn’t until we have a population of 15 mill or more.

      What we are seeing is a surge in coal fired generation around the world.
      Coal Prices are down and volumes are up.
      Ageing nukes are being replaced with coal fired generation in Japan , Germany and several other country’s.
      Many new coal fired plants are planned for India and China, some of their gas fired plants are also being converted to coal.
      The reason for this is safety and cheap coal , these developments are the reason why Australian coal exporting ports have in the last two months been working at record levels.

    • felix 8.5

      “Kawau Parua Inlet is an excellent site for a future power station to serve the Auckland region.”

      srylands is being a little sarcastic here I think. S/he knows that the vast tidal mudflats of the Kaipara could only provide silty, salty water for a few hours a day.

      S/he also knows that no-one refers to that area as “Kawau Parua Inlet” except people who’s only experience of it is a quick squizz at the google map.

  8. HealthPhysicist 9

    Seriously folks, here’s some actual scientific perspective:

    http://xkcd.com/radiation/

    PS there is a small mistake on that chart. The unit of the dose for staying in Tokyo following the fukushima disaster should be micro sieverts not milli sieverts as shown.

  9. the pigman 10

    This is nowhere close to the real world. The presence of hysterical claims from the west coast of the US and partisan Russia Today news tells me all I need to know…

    Meanwhile in Tokyo, life goes on, 3 of my friends have given birth to healthy babies in the last year and my wife is pregnant with her first.

    I do get a rueful chuckle out of the yanks, who unleashed atomic destruction on 2 major civilian areas in this country, speculating about health impacts thousands of thousands kilometers away while here in Tokyo we’re drinking the water, eating the food, and we’re fine.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      The presence of hysterical claims from the west coast of the US and partisan Russia Today news tells me all I need to know…

      I don’t think that is a logical way to assess the issue. There have been plenty of instances of the Japanese Govt and Tepco downplaying the problems, only to admit later that things were worse than initially stated.

  10. johnm 11

    Saw some fish on reduction from Alaska the other day, didn’t buy it. Currents and air flow will if not already bring radiation contamination to the West Coast of the US. Tuna from the west Pacific needs to be checked for radiation. This disaster is the worst environmental catastrophe in Human History and it’s going to keep going. Three melted down cores no one knows where they are, if they go down far enough they’ll radiate the Tokyo aquifer.

    In November they are going to begin transferring spent fuel rods from the damaged storage pool structure which is one or two stories up in the air. If they get it wrong fission ignition could happen spewing huge amounts of radiation into the air which’ll travel around the whole northern hemisphere.

    It’s madness that the World’s nuclear scientists and Powers have not been helping TEPCO fron Day 1 D Day! The Japanese government are only now stepping in to help!

    Cr@pping yourself is not an option here this is apocalyptic! In otherwords more politely it’s do or die for Japan and even the World.

    • Martin 11.1

      If you want normal descendants anything that feeds from the North Pacific ocean should be off the menu. That includes muttonbirds.

      Our MSM is saying little about what is going on but plenty is going on.

      • Colonial Viper 11.1.1

        Hmmmmmm had a can of Alaskan pink salmon earlier this week. I think that’ll be the last one.

    • johnm 11.2

      “Helen Caldicott in Montreal – Press Conference in March 2011 ”

      Back in 3/11 She reports on the gravity of this crisis :-(

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zScx-CtBWsE

    • A Short Plank 11.3

      TEPCO and the Japanese Government could have had all the help from the world’s nuclear scientists and Powers they wanted from day one, had they asked for it. However that isn’t the Japanese way.

  11. infused 12

    It never left. It’s been leaking constantly since the earthquake.

    Have to love the internet. Everyone here has a PHD in everything.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      That’s pretty much the truth, I suspect. The PR war and short media attention span is one thing, but Mother Nature is not fooled.

      • infused 12.1.1

        Yes, and it seems there is not stopping it. The US must be getting pissed.

      • the pigman 12.1.2

        If the yanks could point to a single radioactive fish they’ve had come into their food chain, or a surprisingly high radiation measurement on the West Coast of the US, their pathetic hysteria would warrant sympathy, but at the moment it is just hysteria.

        Meanwhile, radiation levels in Tokyo are about the same as NYC.

        The fact is, food standards are pretty high in Japan because of previous (mercury) contamination issues. Japanese people are enormously conservative, especially about the pollution of their own bodies (wear masks everywhere, wash your hands 100 times a day, etc.)

        I’m not defending TEPCO for a second, but it is supremely unhelpful to have what often amounts to casual racism packaged up as non-science about the future of Fukushima.

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.2.1

          No US radioactive fish I know of, but radioactive fish have been captured near Fukushima.

    • Murray Olsen 12.2

      What’s your PhD in?

  12. xtasy 13

    There was even a report on tonight’s TV news on this. A large field full of contaminated earth in large bags, that cannot be buried or otherwise transported away and disposed of safely was shown. Anita McNaught reported on the Fukushima disaster and how they even have radio-active rain to deal with. That part of Japan will be uninhabitable for many years if not centuries, and the radio-active water that leaks into the Pacific every day will certainly end up in the food chain.

    Yet the nuclear industry continues to lobby governments and power companies, to build ever more plants in many places across the globe.

    It is just one other aspect of the total dependence of human societies on electricity so far largely generated with using fossil fuels, and increasingly also nuclear power.

    So imagine what will happen when fossil fuels will become unaffordable, and some countries ill-prepared to change to sustainable energy generation? A looming large scale disaster is to be expected.

    The Fukushima disaster is largely being covered up, because there are too many having an “interest” in keeping things running as they are, as the alternative could mean economic and social ruin for Japan. But hopefully the now growing anti-nuclear movement there will get more support, will push governments to start an energy revolution and move away from this high risk technology. In any case it will be a costly exercise, but apparently inevitable.

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Japan is basically stuffed – a technological and industrially intensive economy with no energy resources of its own.

      • RedLogix 13.1.1

        Oh ..CV. If you recall I mentioned about a month ago that I was off on a spot of late career madness. Packed and away within the week. So far it all seems meant to happen. I think I’ll draw a line under my contribution here ..at least for the time being. I’m probably the longest serving member, having joined The Standard as a member about two weeks after Lynn set it up. A combination of the fact that it is no longer safe to be on the internet, and the demands on my time and energy over the next few years make this a timely decision.

        Sad to go. Wish you the very best CV. Personally I can only hope that the NZ Labour Party renews itself entirely under Cunliffe’s leadership. Maybe that’s too big a burden to place on one man … surely it’s dependent on the core activist membership to get in behind him if this is going to happen. I would hope that there is a real leadership contest, with a real vote. People WILL come back to the Party if they can see that it means something other than than just AGM’s and putting signs up. While I’ve always been a Green Party member and voted Green, there’s a large part of my soul that’s very respectful of all that Labour has achieved over all the many decades since Mickey Savage’s first government. For at least the foreseeable future any viable left-wing government in this country is going to depend on a vibrant, constructive relationship between Labour and the Greens.

        I’ve enjoyed much and learned a lot from all we’ve all talked about over the years. It’s changed me as a person. Many names here are old friends now. A number of you feel like soul-mates for want of a better word. And I think you’d know who you are. Even the trolls have mostly been fun to play with.

        I’ve often wished we could all meet over a beer or two just the once. Farewell.

        • karol 13.1.1.1

          Oh. RL, a farewell speech almost slipping under the radar?

          I have appreciated your excellent contributions. I hope your upcoming endeavours go well.

          • Anne 13.1.1.1.1

            Really sorry you’re going RedLogix. Your sensible, well reasoned posts and comments were always a must read for me. Didn’t necessarily understand your technological and geological summaries (being the technical dummy that I am) but still read them. :)

            Go well…

          • weka 13.1.1.1.2

            I’ve also appreciated your contributions here RL, even when we’ve had our odd clashes. Have to say, some of your comments on ts of late have had a rare quality to them, of thoughtful intelligence matched with tolerance and willingness to afford someone you are disagreeing with respect. It’s been a pleasure to watch. For that I am sad you leaving ts, but wish you all the best with the changes in your life.

        • infused 13.1.1.2

          I have to laugh at this shit about the gcsb. Your machine probably has malware sending your every keystroke overseas. mail has never been encrypted. plain text going all over the world. you guys need to start getting clued up.

          • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.2.1

            infused. You’re smart, but even you need to realise that a Nigerian scammer using your PC to send out spam is something completely different to the Five Eyes network building up a multidimensional human relations database on anyone and everyone with no limitations on official use or abuse.

            • weka 13.1.1.2.1.1

              One of the best summations of the problem I’ve seen so far, thanks CV.

              • Colonial Viper

                My pleasure. One of Edward Snowden’s first published remarks said it all for me: it is the power to change someone’s fate.

                That kind of power should only rest in the hands of an emperor, or of God Himself. And I don’t remember voting for either.

        • marty mars 13.1.1.3

          All the best red – I’d have a beer with you too when you get to the bay. Kia kaha.

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.4

          I must have missed that comment from you RL! Good luck with everything. At the right time get word to Lynn and perhaps he’ll assist in organising a real world catch up. It’s a small world and a very small country. Best wishes.

        • r0b 13.1.1.5

          All the best with the next phase RL. You will be missed.

        • xtasy 13.1.1.6

          RedLogix – Wow, sorry to hear you are signing off! But best of luck with that job or whatever it is, in Australia, I suppose it was meant to be.

          And you do not feel safe on the internet anymore? I wonder why that is. I have – like Kim Dotcom mentioned in his speech at the Auckland Town Hall nearly a week ago, also noticed that at times my internet connection seems to be rather slow and with hiccups.

          Yes, I also wonder, why the hell that is. Dotcom said that is when he noticed his internet traffic was being re routed for surveillance purposes (GCSB).

          I would not get paranoic though, as I am not a terrorist, am not involved in subversive activities or anything illegal, unless they consider my critical posting and commenting as “subversive”.

          Interesting times we are in, and yes, it pays to be mindful and careful now, in healthy measures.

          I hope you won’t regret making a move, and if I was healthier and had the finance, I would possibly be out of here also, given the system here tends to get more hostile and inhumane under this shit government.

          Your many good comments will be remembered, and perhaps you may even have some time later, to comment from offshore?

          • Anne 13.1.1.6.1

            I have – like Kim Dotcom mentioned in his speech at the Auckland Town Hall nearly a week ago – also noticed that at times my internet connection seems to be rather slow and with hiccups.

            Interesting comment xtasy.

            I’ve been having the same problem and this morning (Sunday) it’s been particularly bad. I put it down to an overload of traffic but maybe…

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 13.1.1.7

          I will miss reading your comments RL. Good luck for the future.

        • joe90 13.1.1.8

          I’ve enjoyed your contributions and particularly ‘the engineers perspective’ immensely over the past couple of years RL. Haere rā.

        • Ugly Truth 13.1.1.9

          Sorry to see you go, RedLogix. IMO you’re of the sanest voices here.

        • Macro 13.1.1.10

          “I’ve often wished we could all meet over a beer or two just the once.”

          Me too..
          All the very best RL
          You will be missed.

  13. Outofbed 14

    bye good luck

  14. joe90 15

    Early last year Dr Hiroaki Koide from the Research Reactor Institute of Kyoto University spoke to Watanabe Taeko.

    http://www.japanfocus.org/events/view/136

    It’s work that requires a stopwatch held in one’s hand. But the work has to be done because, if the pool for spent fuel rods at # 4 crumbles, that’s the end.

    Also, this TEPCO hand out and images from Cryptome detail the damage.

    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/images/handouts_120830_03-e.pdf

    http://cryptome.org/eyeball/daiichi-npp/daiichi-photos.htm

    http://cryptome.org/eyeball/daiichi-npp2/daiichi-photos2.htm

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  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
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