|Progressive Calendar 03.15.11||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:58:07 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 03.15.11 1. Labor rallies 3.15 5:30pm 2. Salon rating 3.15 6:30pm 3. Sustain/films 3.15 7pm 4. Cuba 3.15 7pm 5. Greg Palast - Tokyo Electric to build us nuclear plants --------1 of 5-------- From: kim defranco <kimdefranco [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Labor rallies 3.15 5:30pm The War on Labor is spreading to Minnesota! Attend a rally near you. Support worker's rights! Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011, 5:30 PM Minneapolis Defend the Dream Rally Hennepin County Government Center 300 South 6th St Minneapolis, MN 55487 Directions: Hennepin Cnty Govt Cntr 300 S. 6th St Minneapolis, MN 55487 Map: http://mapq.st/emncgN Hosted by Patrick T. Murphy, betty Dokken, sandy ahlstrom, Henry Wiggs Description Let's turnout to Defend the American Dream against the budget slashing corporate lackeys. Corporations and the 2% keep piling up bonuses, tax breaks, and crony capitalist plunder while the Other 98% watch our jobs, homes and pensions vanish. Hennepin Cnty Govt Cntr 300 S. 6th St Minneapolis, MN 55487 Map: http://mapq.st/emncgN Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011, 5:30 PM Defend the Dream - St Paul rally Rice Park St. Paul 90 W. 4th St. Saint Paul, MN 55102 Directions: Bookmark this page; the map will be there for you! Hosted by Carole Heffernan, Dave Callaway, shelagh connolly Description Anti- labor groups inCongress are holding the middle class hostage, proposing a federal budget that would would cut 700,000 to 1 million jobs from our communities and slash funding to support preschool and college students, pregnant women, unemployed workers, and much more. This isn't a budget, it's a slap in the face to the public workers, services, and institutions making the American Dream possible. We have until the March 18 budget deadline to push Congress in another direction. Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011, 5:30 PM Defend the American Dream - Savage, Mn Savage Library off McColl Road 13090 Alabama Ave Savage, MN 55378 Directions: Savage Library off McColl Road Hosted by Sharon Schmidt Description Come stand for funding of our library, schools, libraries, fire stations and hospitals. Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011, 5:30 PM Rally to Defend the Dream - Souix Falls, SD rally In Front Labor Temple 6 registered participant(s) (350 maximum) 101 S. Fairfax Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57103 Hosted by Mark Anderson Description We will have a rally outside Labor Temple. --------2 of 5-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Salon rating 3.15 6:30pm HI, This Tuesday, March 15, is an evaluation night. Sometimes when there are 5 Fridays in a month we use one of them for a little evaluation so we can continue to do things well. The last Tuesday is the discussion of the book The Transition Handbook for Little Book of the Odd Month Club. (bring your suggestion for the next Little Book Club which will be the last Tues of May. Maybe a good fiction book.) Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------3 of 5-------- From: Curt McNamara <mcnam025 [at] UMN.EDU> Subject: Sustain/films 3.15 7pm Please join us next Tues. at MCAD for a showing of Gary Hirshberg of Stony Field Yoghurt http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/10/bioneers-2010-gary-hirshberg-explains-how-to-scale-up-sustainability.php Peter Warshall on Dreaming New Mexico http://www.dreamingnewmexico.org/ MCAD 2501 Stevens Ave S. Mpls. MN Tues. Mar. 15th, 7 p.m. in Auditorium 140 --------4 of 5-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Cuba 3.15 7pm "Cuba: Past, Present and Future" Tuesday March 15, 7:00 p.m. Parish Community of St. Joseph. 8701 36th Avenue North, New Hope. Presenters will be August Nimtz, professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, and Greg Klave, member of the Minnesota Cuban film Festival. Nimtz teaches classes on Cuba and its International Relations and travels to Cuba for academic conferences 3-4 times a year. He is currently doing research on the Underground Urban Resistance to the Batista Regime, 1952-1958. Klave is curator of the Cuban Film Festival and a participant in the Pastors for Peace travel challenges to Cuba. This program is free and open to the public. Sponsored by: Northwest Neighbors for Peace. FFI: Call Carole Rydberg, 763-546-5368. --------5 of 5-------- Tokyo Electric To Build Us Nuclear Plants The no-BS info on Japan's disastrous nuclear operators By Greg Palast Tuesday, March 15, 2011 ZSpace I need to speak to you, not as a reporter, but in my former capacity as lead investigator in several government nuclear plant fraud and racketeering investigations. I don't know the law in Japan, so I can't tell you if Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) can plead insanity to the homicides about to happen. But what will Obama plead? The Administration, just months ago, asked Congress to provide a $4 billion loan guarantee for two new nuclear reactors to be built and operated on the Gulf Coast of Texas - by Tokyo Electric Power and local partners. As if the Gulf hasn't suffered enough. Here are the facts about Tokyo Electric and the industry you haven't heard on CNN: The failure of emergency systems at Japan's nuclear plants comes as no surprise to those of us who have worked in the field. Nuclear plants the world over must be certified for what is called "SQ" or "Seismic Qualification." That is, the owners swear that all components are designed for the maximum conceivable shaking event, be it from an earthquake or an exploding Christmas card from Al Qaeda. The most inexpensive way to meet your SQ is to lie. The industry does it all the time. The government team I worked with caught them once, in 1988, at the Shoreham plant in New York. Correcting the SQ problem at Shoreham would have cost a cool billion, so engineers were told to change the tests from 'failed' to 'passed.' The company that put in the false safety report? Stone & Webster, now the nuclear unit of Shaw Construction which will work with Tokyo Electric to build the Texas plant, Lord help us. There's more. Last night I heard CNN reporters repeat the official line that the tsunami disabled the pumps needed to cool the reactors, implying that water unexpectedly got into the diesel generators that run the pumps. These safety back-up systems are the 'EDGs' in nuke-speak: Emergency Diesel Generators. That they didn't work in an emergency is like a fire department telling us they couldn't save a building because "it was on fire." What dim bulbs designed this system? One of the reactors dancing with death at Fukushima Station 1 was built by Toshiba. Toshiba was also an architect of the emergency diesel system. Now be afraid. Obama's $4 billion bail-out-in-the-making is called the South Texas Project. It's been sold as a red-white-and-blue way to make power domestically with a reactor from Westinghouse, a great American brand. However, the reactor will be made substantially in Japan by the company that bought the US brand name, Westinghouse - Toshiba. I once had a Toshiba computer. I only had to send it in once for warranty work. However, it's kind of hard to mail back a reactor with the warranty slip inside the box if the fuel rods are melted and sinking halfway to the earth's core. TEPCO and Toshiba don't know what my son learned in 8th grade science class: tsunamis follow Pacific Rim earthquakes. So these companies are real stupid, eh? Maybe. More likely is that the diesels and related systems wouldn't have worked on a fine, dry afternoon. Back in the day, when we checked the emergency back-up diesels in America, a mind-blowing number flunked. At the New York nuke, for example, the builders swore under oath that their three diesel engines were ready for an emergency. They'd been tested. The tests were faked, the diesels run for just a short time at low speed. When the diesels were put through a real test under emergency-like conditions, the crankshaft on the first one snapped in about an hour, then the second and third. We nicknamed the diesels, "Snap, Crackle and Pop." (Note: Moments after I wrote that sentence, word came that two of three diesels failed at the Tokai Station as well.) In the US, we supposedly fixed our diesels after much complaining by the industry. But in Japan, no one tells Tokyo Electric to do anything the Emperor of Electricity doesn't want to do. I get lots of confidential notes from nuclear industry insiders. One engineer, a big name in the field, is especially concerned that Obama waved the come-hither check to Toshiba and Tokyo Electric to lure them to America. The US has a long history of whistleblowers willing to put themselves on the line to save the public. In our racketeering case in New York, the government only found out about the seismic test fraud because two courageous engineers, Gordon Dick and John Daly, gave our team the documentary evidence. In Japan, it's simply not done. The culture does not allow the salary-men, who work all their their lives for one company, to drop the dime. Not that US law is a wondrous shield: both engineers in the New York case were fired and blacklisted by the industry. Nevertheless, the government (local, state, federal) brought civil racketeering charges against the builders. The jury didn't buy the corporation's excuses and, in the end, the plant was, thankfully, dismantled. Am I on some kind of xenophobic anti-Nippon crusade? No. In fact, I'm far more frightened by the American operators in the South Texas nuclear project, especially Shaw. Stone & Webster, now the Shaw nuclear division, was also the firm that conspired to fake the EDG tests in New York. (The company's other exploits have been exposed by their former consultant, John Perkins, in his book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.) If the planet wants to shiver, consider this: Toshiba and Shaw have recently signed a deal to become world-wide partners in the construction of nuclear stations. The other characters involved at the South Texas Plant that Obama is backing should also give you the willies. But as I'm in the middle of investigating the American partners, I'll save that for another day. So, if we turned to America's own nuclear contractors, would we be safe? Well, two of the melting Japanese reactors, including the one whose building blew sky high, were built by General Electric of the Good Old US of A. After Texas, you're next. The Obama Administration is planning a total of $56 billion in loans for nuclear reactors all over America. And now, the homicides: CNN is only interested in body counts, how many workers burnt by radiation, swept away or lost in the explosion. These plants are now releasing radioactive steam into the atmosphere. Be skeptical about the statements that the "levels are not dangerous." These are the same people who said these meltdowns could never happen. Over years, not days, there may be a thousand people, two thousand, ten thousand who will suffer from cancers induced by this radiation. In my New York investigation, I had the unhappy job of totaling up post-meltdown "morbidity" rates for the county government. It would be irresponsible for me to estimate the number of cancer deaths that will occur from these releases without further information; but it is just plain criminal for the Tokyo Electric shoguns to say that these releases are not dangerous. Indeed, the fact that residents near the Japanese nuclear plants were not issued iodine pills to keep at the ready shows TEPCO doesn't care who lives and who dies whether in Japan or the USA. The carcinogenic isotopes that are released at Fukushima are already floating to Seattle with effects we simply cannot measure. Heaven help us. Because Obama won't. *** For Truthout/Buzzflash Greg Palast is the co-author of Democracy and Regulation, the United Nations ILO guide for public service regulators, with Jerrold Oppenheim and Theo MacGregor. Palast has advised regulators in 26 states and in 12 nations on the regulation of the utility industry. Palast, whose reports can be seen on BBC Television Newsnight, is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow for investigative reporting. [I am taking suggestions for completions to "Obama is as useful as ________" (from one to ten words). 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