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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Radioactive Fish Detected off Coast of Japan



 Buyers inspected fresh fish before an auction in Tokyo last Wednesday.
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Japan Sets Radiation Standards for Fish

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TOKYO — Japan’s government announced its first radiation safety standards for fish on Tuesday, hours after the operator of a crippled nuclear power plant said that seawater collected near the facility contained radiation several million times the legal limit.
The standards were announced after a sample of kounago fish, or sand lance, that was caught last Friday off the coast halfway between the plant and Tokyo was found to have high levels of  iodine 131.
On Wednesday morning, the company that operates the plant announced a rare bit of good news, saying it had halted a leak from a maintenance pit, discovered over the weekend, that has dumped tons of highly radioactive water a day into the ocean. But even if the repairs to the damaged pit continue to hold back the water there, the company is still having trouble ridding the plant of tons of runoff and has been flushing thousands of tons of relatively low-level radioactive water into the Pacific.
Workers are dumping that water to make room in storage containers for increasing amounts of far more contaminated runoff. The water being released contains about 100 times the legal limit of radiation, said the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the plant’s operator. The more contaminated water has about 10,000 times the legal limit.
The runoff resulted from workers’ pouring massive amounts of water on reactors and spent fuel-rod pools to keep them from overheating after their normal cooling systems failed.
The small fish caught Friday — before the intentional dumping began — had 4,080 becquerels of iodine 131 per kilogram. The standards allow up to 2,000 becquerels of iodine 131 per kilogram, the same standard used for vegetables in Japan.
The fish also contained cesium 137, which decays much more slowly than iodine 131, at a level of 526 becquerels per kilogram.
“Clearly the fish are consuming highly radioactive food,” said Paul G. Falkowski, a professor of marine, earth and planetary sciences at Rutgers University. But Professor Falkowski emphasized that even those levels were not likely to present health hazards in Japan or elsewhere, since fishing is restricted in Japan and these levels of radiation are not likely to travel far.
Still, experts on radiation in seafood said it was nearly impossible to get a full sense of the scope of the environmental and health risks until the Japanese released information on radiation levels in more species of fish and seaweed and in a greater number of locations.
Measurements in the seawater are often not a good indication of how much radiation may be entering the food chain, scientists say.
Fish and seaweed can concentrate radioactive elements as they grow, leading to levels that are higher, sometimes far higher, than in the surrounding water. Seaweed can concentrate iodine 131 10,000-fold over the surrounding water; fish concentrate cesium 137 modestly.
The announced standards for fish came hours after Tokyo Electric said it had found iodine 131 in seawater samples at 200,000 becquerels per cubic centimeter, or five million times the legal limit. The samples were collected Monday near the water intake of the No. 2 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
The samples also showed levels of cesium 137 to be 1.1 million times the legal limit, according to the Japanese public broadcaster NHK. Cesium remains in the environment for centuries, losing half its strength every 30 years.
The Monday sampling of seawater showed a drop in radioactive iodine levels since Saturday, when the company said the level of iodine 131 was 300,000 becquerels per cubic centimeter.

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Problems With Radioactive Water at the Plant
The Tokyo Electric Power Company is dealing with problems created by the buildup of radioactive water at its damaged nuclear power plant. Some of it is leaking, and the company has run out of space to store it.


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Route 100 Restriping East Washington Missouri To Start Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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After delays due to the weather, the Missouri Department of Transportation will finally begin restriping portions of Route 100 east of Washington so those portions can see increased speed limits. MoDOT said crews would begin restriping the sections of Rte. 100 at the I-44/Villa Ridge and Washington portions of the corridor on Wednesday, weather permitting.
MoDOT will raise the speed limit from 45 m.p.h. to 55 m.p.h. at these sections of Rte. 100 when the restriping is completed. Crews will restripe the five-lane segments on the highway to make the fifth lane into dedicated left turn lanes.
MoDOT reminded drivers they need to continue to follow the current posted speed limit listed on the signs along Route 100 no matter whether they are the existing or new speed limit.


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Not a Penny' for Obamacare, 2012 House Budget Proposal Unveiled

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011
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(CNSNews.com) - The fiscal 2012 budget proposal unveiled today by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.) offers sweeping reforms in federal spending, including defunding and repealing the health-care law signed last year by President Barack Obama and converting the federal share of the Medicaid program into block grants to state governments.
The Republican proposal says one of its aims is “making sure that not a penny goes toward implementing the new [health care] law” enacted last year.
This includes repealing about $800 billion in new taxes that were built into the law.
The proposed Republican budget resolution lists as one of its “key objectives” that it “Repeals and defunds the President’s health care law, advancing instead common-sense solutions focused on lowering costs, expanding access and protecting the doctor-patient relationship.”
“There is no way for ‘experts’ in Washington to know more about the health care needs of individual Americans than those individuals and their doctors know,” says the proposal. “The new health-care law, rammed through Congress last year on a partisan vote, has taken the nation one step closer to this fully government-run system.
“The problems with this approach are already popping up all over the country,” says the proposal. “Health care costs continue to escalate relentlessly. The new law has aggravated the worst aspects of the U.S. health care system, without fixing what was broken. The country needs to move away from this centralized system, not towards it.
“This budget starts by repealing the costly new government-run health care law, saving roughly $725 billion over ten years by repealing the new exchange subsidies and making sure that not a penny goes toward implementing the new law,” says the resolution. “Then, this budget goes further with reforms that make government health-care programs more responsive to consumer choice.”
On the health-care tax front, the resolution says: “The health-care law enacted last year contained roughly $800 billion in new taxes and tax increases--the result of dozens of changes to tax law that added complexity and unfairness to the code.” The proposal calls for repealing all of these new taxes and tax increases as part of repealing the entirety of the Obamacare law.
One of the new health-care reforms proposed by the GOP budget is converting the federal share of Medicaid—the federal-state program that provides health insurance to low-income people—into block grants to state governments.

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Saudi Arabia Time Bomb Oil Prices Could Rocket $ 200 - $ 300 Barrel


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Oil could hit $200-$300 on Saudi unrest-Yamani

Apr 5, 2011
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* Political discontent in Saudi not resolved-Yamani
* "Surprises on the horizon" Yamani predicts
* Consultant says Saudi a "time bomb", change inevitable


By Emma Farge
LONDON, April 5 (Reuters) - Oil prices could rocket to $200- $300 a barrel if the world's top crude exporter Saudi Arabia is hit by serious political unrest, former Saudi oil minister Sheikh Zaki Yamani told Reuters on Tuesday.
Yamani said he saw no immediate sign of further trouble following protests last month calling for political reforms but said that underlying discontent remained unresolved. 



"If something happens in Saudi Arabia it will go to $200 to $300. I don't expect this for the time being, but who would have expected Tunisia?" Yamani told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference of the Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES) which he chairs.
"The political events that took place are there and we don't expect them to finish. I think there are some surprises on the horizon," he said in a speech.
Saudi King Abdullah offered $93 billion in handouts in March in an effort to stave off unrest rocking the Arab world.
So far, demonstrations in the Kingdom have been small in scale and police were able to easily disperse a Shi'ite protest in the oil-producing eastern province last month.
But Yamani said that the reluctance of people to participate in popular protests was merely concealing underlying discontent.
"Some people relax about the situation in Saudi Arabia because the Saudi Islamic brand prohibits people to go to the street and to talk," he said in a speech.

SAUDI TIME BOMB
Oil traded at two-and-a-half-year highs above $121 a barrel LCOc1 on Tuesday. Libya's rebellion has shut its oil exports, stoking fears of disruptions in other major producers.

Yamani, responsible for Saudi oil policy from 1962-1986, famously predicted in 1990 that crude, near $20 at the time, could rise to $100 a barrel if Iraq's invasion of Kuwait led to war.
In the event, oil peaked at just $41 because Saudi oilfields escaped damage in the first Gulf War and it was another 18 years until oil finally broke the $100 mark.
While some analysts at the CGES conference were sceptical that protests will break out in Saudi on the same scale as Egypt or Libya, Jaafar Al Taie, managing director of Manaar Energy Consulting, said political change in the kingdom was inevitable.. . Click Here to Read More.

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World War II Rocket Found in Lake Area Near Kansas City

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Small WWII rocket found in KC-area lake

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— Jackson County authorities have removed a small World War II projectile from a Kansas City-area lake.
The 2.36-inch rocket was found Monday in a wooded area in Lake Lotawana. A bomb squad robot was used to X-ray the device and it was later removed.
Jackson County sheriff's authorities say the device did not contain live ammunition. It was part of a 1942 World War II anti-tank bazooka.
The road leading to the area was closed for two hours while a bomb squad examined the device, which authorities believe had been in the area for years.
The Kansas City Star reports that no nearby residents were evacuated.

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Clock is Ticking Federal Budget Battle Continues

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Federal Budget Battle Continues

April 5, 2011
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WASHINGTON D.C.(IRN)-The clock is ticking on another temporary federal budget.   Congressional leaders were summoned to the White House today for talks aimed at preventing a government shutdown.  House Speaker John Boehner says congressional leaders and President Barack Obama did not reach a budget agreement at that meeting today.
The issues are complex, but U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk(R-Ill.) describes it simply as Democrats proposing $33 billion in budget cuts, while Republicans are demanding $60 billion. He says a compromise can be reached at a number greater than $40 billion.
But Democrats including Sen. Dick Durbin(D-Ill.), the No. 2 man in the Senate, are critical of efforts to take all the cuts out of discretionary, non-military spending.
The latest interim funding measure expires Friday.   Kirk says he expects haggling to continue into the 11th hour, and perhaps beyond, into the weekend.  As the deadline approaches, there is little indication an agreement is near.

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Mushroom Hunter Shot Near St. Clair, Missouri

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Shooting Of Mushroom Hunter Called An Accident

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April 4, 2011
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 A Washington man hunting for mushrooms near St. Clair was treated at a local hospital Sunday after suffering an apparent gunshot wound to the calf, the Franklin County Sheriff's department said. Christopher Stringer, 28, told deputies he was mushroom hunting in the area of the Meramec River when he felt a sharp pain in his leg, and noticed blood when he lifted his pant leg. The pain was the result of a bullet traveling through his calf, likely from a small caliber projectile, the department said.
Stringer told deputies he did not hear a gunshot, but the noise may have been blocked by the high winds. He was treated at St. John's Mercy Hospital in Washington and released.
According to the department, deputies conducted a search of the area but were unable to find anyone who may have fired the shot. The incident was believed to be accidental.


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Paving Work Route 100 West of New Haven, Missouri NEXT 7 DAYS Franklin/Gasconade county line

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

N.B. West Contractor Company crews were set to begin Tuesday, April 5, with asphalt pavement repair along Route 100 between the Franklin/Gasconade county line east to New Haven.

Crews were expected to work from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., which include preparation and cleanup times. The highway will be reduced to one lane of traffic with flaggers directing traffic.

The work should take about seven days, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. Work will be done Mondays through Fridays. Crews will work Saturdays if needed.
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JAPAN NUCLEAR DISASTER: Fallout Iodine-131 Radiation Meltdown - PHOTO SLIDESHOW (FIRM - Radioactive MUSIC VIDEO)

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F= Fallout
I= Iodine-131
R= Radiation
M= Meltdown

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SLIDESHOW VIDEO COMPILED AND EDITED BY POOR RICHARD (Hermann MO News)
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The Firm were an English rock supergroup comprising former Free and Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, ex-Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, ex-Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann's Earth Band drummer Chris Slade and bass player Tony Franklin.
The Firm

L-R: Jimmy Page, Chris Slade, Paul Rodgers, and Tony Franklin, 1984.
Background information
Origin England
Genres Hard rock, blues-rock
Years active 1984–1986
Labels Atlantic Records
Associated acts Led Zeppelin, Free, Bad Company, AC/DC, Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Past members
Paul Rodgers
Jimmy Page
Tony Franklin
Chris Slade
"Radioactive" is a song by English rock band The Firm. It was the first single released from their eponymous début album The Firm, where it was the fifth track. It was written by Paul Rodgers.
A compact and straight-forward rock song from the 1980s, structured with Tony Franklin's fretless bass hook at the beginning, combined with Page's guitar scratch on the third line in the verse, Rodgers' reverbed vocal, and followed by a wah pedal inflected guitar solo. Chris Slade plays a steady drum beat throughout.Their self-titled album, appearing on Atlantic Records, cracked the Billboard Top 20 on the strength of this single. Jimmy Page broke with the past and participated in the recording for the promotional film clip and single, the first time he had done both since the late 1960s.[2] Page can be seen miming to the recording with his famous red doubleneck 1971 Gibson EDS-1275 guitar. In March 1985, MTV began heavily promoting the video clip, although the track was a modest seller, reaching #28 in America and topping the Top Rock Tracks chart for one week. "Radioactive" was also released as a 12" single and limited edition picture disc.
Paul Rodgers stills performs this song during his solo sets and it appears on the 2007 Paul Rodgers: Live In Glasgow DVD.
"Radioactive"
Single by The Firm
from the album The Firm
B-side Together
Released 1985
Format 7"/12" single, Picture disc, CD single
Recorded 1984
Genre Rock
Length 2:49
Label Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Paul Rodgers
Producer Paul Rodgers, Jimmy Page
The Firm singles chronology

"Radioactive"
(1985)
"Satisfaction Guaranteed"
(1985)

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