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Published on Oct 29, 2013

American Blackout, a National Geographic program first aired in October 2013, giving a fictional “docudrama” account of a nationwide electrical blackout in the United States, and its severe aftermath. Most of the program is mock “vlogging” by those affected, interspersed with mock “news footage.”

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Yes, It was definitely softened up for viewer consumption.

I lived in Florida  through Hurricane Andrew,  Hurricane Wilma and Hurricane Katrina.  The  devastation that took  place   was horrific. It  was like driving through one of those futuristic sci fi movies that  takes place  after a major apocalyptic event.  Everyone in Florida with any  kind of  sense begins to prepare for Hurricane season.  However, their  preps  are  just barely basic because they are  always confident that  everything ill be  alright and the  infrastructure will be repaired  relatively quickly.  After Hurricane Andrew we  were  without  electricity for 2 weeks. Considering the major destruction took  place in  East  Everglades which  does not have  a large population.  But the  grid was compromised by  tornadoes that  were  spawned and the massive  winds.  Hurricane Wilma  hit  the  southernmost  tip of Florida went out into the gulf and did an about face just as it  was arriving in Mexico.  Heading straight for the middle of Florida  which barely  ever sees hurricanes and people there  were not prepared.  The  damage was unreal as there  are many who live in mobile homes on  land they  have purchased.  The  grid  in  Central Florida  was  down for 3 to 4 weeks and   South Florida was  in the dark for 1 to 2 weeks.

When Hurricane Katrina hit us it was full on in South Florida.  We were without  electricity for  4 weeks.  in less than a week you  could not find charcoal to cook outdoors.  While one may  be prepared with  food  that  one can  cook or that  needs to be warmed up in someway. Without fuel to make a fire one is out of luck.  And Gas runs out  eventually.   Even if one  had  a  large  supply  of  freeze dried foods that  only  require water  not necessarily  hot  if  you  have time to wait for the re-hydration process using cool water.   If  you  cannot find bottled or  potable water. Or do not have the  money  to  be  able to purchase it  , IF there  are  still any  bottles available on the  shelves.  How would you  make water  drinkable without a fire ?

Unless you have  an  expensive   filtration system,  or you understand the  use of a Fresnel set up or  have a reliable solar oven.  There   really  is  no way  to purify  water without chemicals.

We were lucky  enough  to  have a  yard with  fruit  trees that  provided  wood for  our  fire.  So the kids  had  their job and I  had mine.  They  collected all the  wood they  could find and place it in a large 55 gallon container I  had in the  shed out  back and I built the  fires, cooked the  food  and boiled  the water.  Had I  not had a yard with  fruit trees  that  provided  us  with  wood I  would have  had to find an alternative to survive.

I even had a  deep freezer that I  converted into a giant cooler by going out as soon as  possible  and get  as many  bags of ice  as I  could buy.  The  great  insulation of that  freezer turned the  cool from the ice into a good size  fridge.  Our food  did not spoil.  So  my  only concern was fuel for our fire.  I  had prepared for everything else.  we  even  had a small generator  I  had purchased

Now  I  share this with  you , because  it was a fairly isolated  incident.  Florida was affected but it’s  neighboring states were  not , so helped arrived for those who had not prepared  within  days.  Murders, looting and overall crime were  bad only  in  areas with high population density and of course  criminal element.  But  we knew that  it  was only Florida  that  was affected  and help would come.  It was not a situation of total devastation  like  the one used in this film.

I  guess what  I  am trying to relay to all of you is  that in my  experience the reality  will be a much longer  period  of time without infrastructure. A lot  more people unprepared for such a long period of time without food  or water.  In certain cases  depending on the  scenario  it  could take years for the grid  to be  back up and  running.

In Major cities , well,  just look at  what  happens in a blackout that   only  lasts 24 hours in  NY.  I  have lived there as well.  The  city  descends  into chaos unless you live  in a  neighborhood where  everyone is  close and watches out for each other ,you are  at the mercy  of the  gangs and those who did not prepare  who want  what  you  have.

~Desert Rose~

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A noble undertaking to  be  sure.  Were  it not for the  simple  fact that  Science has  not  , for the  most  part, respected the  right of creatures  to  exist in an environment  that  is suitable  for  their rightful existence.  Science  and  mankind  alike  have, for the  most  part,  considered  only it’s pleasure  and curiosity where   animals  are  concerned.  They have  neither  respected  their  lives  nor  their  habitats.  Always  putting their  selfish  needs  before  anything else. 

Which  leads  one  to  wonder as  to the  why of  this  undertaking?  I  would  venture  to say   it is  all for the  greater  glory  of their  Scientific  careers.  They  nether  care  nor  are  concerned  with the  well being  or  happiness of  any of these  creatures.  The  proof is in the lack  of impetus where pollution, experimental animal  research and  deforestation are  concerned.  Just  look  at the  palm oil plantations  flourishing  at the  expense of  the  Orangutang ,  the  bees  and  pollinators   dying off  due to  GMO’s.   The  Whale, porpoise and a  long  list  of  sea life.   The endless  list  of   animals  that  are  endangered,  being  poached and savaged on a  daily  basis, and then  there is  always   the commercialization of the  creatures.    Aquariums for  profit,  Zoos that confine  these  poor  animals to cages or  concrete  pens in many  cases in   environments that  are  completely  alien  and  detrimental to the  species.  Exotic  animals  captured and  sold for the  highest dollar to people  who think they  are  pretty  and since they  have  the  money   why  not ?   Of course if they  can  afford it  they  want  what  no one  else has, regardless of the morality of  such a desire.  Avarice and social standing know  no  limits to   satiating  these desires

Photograph by Tim Laman

A lesser bird of paradise flaunts his flank plumes to entice females.

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Who  cares  what  these poor  creatures  had to endure  to  make it  to  that pet shop or  dealer.  The only thing that  matters is they  got  what they  wanted , the  animal  be  damned.  After  all it is  just  an  animal  isn’t it ? 

Let’s not  forget  the  Circus,  animals  taken  from their  mothers  at  a young  age   that  are  savagely   beaten and traumatized to  conform for the  amusement  of those  willing to  pay for the entertainment  and for the profit of  those unethical beasts  that mistreat and terrorize  them on a  daily  basis.  Their  suffering is  of  no consequence and  trivial  to those  who  want to  possess  them.

 

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In light of  the cruelty  and  callousness with  which  humanity has  treated  the  creatures  of this planet,  I  would venture  to  say  they are  better  off  as  a part  of  history   than   part  of the  next  series of  experiments  for the  glory  of greedy  and  soulless enterprises.

~Desert Rose~

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Jennifer Welsh | Mar. 17, 2013, 10:39 AM

On Friday at a National Geographic sponsored TEDx conference, scientists met in Washington, D.C. to discuss which animals we should bring back from extinction. They also discussed the how, why, and ethics of doing so.They called it “de-extinction.”

There are a few guidelines for which ancient species are considered, and sadly, dinosaurs are so long dead they aren’t in the picture. Their DNA has long ago degraded, so researchers are fairly sure that Jurassic Park will never happen.

But there are plenty of other animals on the table. The list of candidates is actually pretty long, considering.

Here are the 24 animals they are hoping to one day resurrect.

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10 Animals That Were Hunted To Extinction

Tasmanian tiger (Extinct since 1936)

Tasmanian Tiger

Wikipedia

Tasmania Tigers were hunted by humans to extinction

Woolly Mammoth (Extinct for ~10,000 years)

Dodo Bird (Extinct since ~1681)

Stellar’s Sea Cow (Extinct since 1768)

Passenger Pigeon (Extinct since 1914)

Passenger Pigeon (Extinct since 1914)

Stuffed passenger pigeon on display at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Wikipedia/Keith Schengili-Roberts

Bubal Hartebeest (Extinct since ~1954)

Javan Tiger (Extinct since ~1970s)

Zanzibar leopard (Extinct since ~1990s)

Pyrenean Ibex (Extinct since 2000)

Western Black Rhino (Extinct 2011)

Western Black Rhino (Extinct 2011)

Na Son Nguyen/AP

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For Those Of Us who Love Animals And  Understand  Why They Need To Be  Protected.  This  One Is For You !!
British photographer Tim Flach is known for taking human-like photographs of animals. His latest body of work, called “More Than Human,” captures the emotions of wild creatures through intensely close shots — like the stunning picture of a gorilla below.

The intimate animal portraits, which feature everything from a featherless chicken to a pair of affectionate chimpanzees, are meant to illuminate the similarities between animal poses, gestures, and gazes, and our own.

Photographing animals on a set, as opposed to in their natural habitat comes with a unique set of challenges.

“You can never predict an animal’s mood,” Flach says on his website. “So you have to plan beforehand to get what you want.” To make the animals feel as comfortable as possible, Flach may adjust the temperature of the studio or play music.

You can purchase a hardcover copy of Flach’s animal portraits here or visit his website to see more of the award-winning photographer’s work.

A chimpanzee affectionately cradles its child.

A chimpanzee affectionately cradles its child.

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Nuclear Plant Incidents  :  Nuclear Radiation Contamination – Animal Advocacy

Japanese animal rights activists Leo Hoshi, right, and Kei Asanuma grill meat to attract stray dogs as they try to rescue pets that evacuees from the nuclear exclusion zone left behind in the contaminated town of Okuma, Japan just three kilometers from the Dai-ishi nuclear plant. (June 5)

Japanese animal rights activists Leo Hoshi, right, and Kei Asanuma grill meat to attract stray dogs as they try to rescue pets that evacuees from the nuclear exclusion zone left behind in the contaminated town of Okuma, Japan just three kilometers from the Dai-ishi nuclear plant. (June 5)

AP Photo/AP Photographer David Guttenfelder on assignment for National Geographic Magazine

In this June 5, 2011 photo, Japanese animal rights activists Leo Hoshi, right, and Kei Asanuma grill meat to attract stray dogs as they try to rescue pets that evacuees from the nuclear exclusion zone left behind in the contaminated town of Okuma, Japan just three kilometers from the Dai-ishi nuclear plant. (AP Photo/AP Photographer David Guttenfelder on assignment for National Geographic Magazine)

A hog naps after eating a meal inside an abandoned feed store and wandering the deserted streets of radiation-contaminated Namie, Japan. (June 18)

A hog naps after eating a meal inside an abandoned feed store and wandering the deserted streets of radiation-contaminated Namie, Japan. (June 18)

AP Photo/AP Photographer David Guttenfelder on assignment for National Geographic Magazine

In this June 18, 2011 photo, a hog naps after eating a meal inside an abandoned feed store and wandering the deserted streets of radiation-contaminated Namie, Japan. (AP Photo/AP Photographer David Guttenfelder on assignment for National Geographic Magazine)

 

 

A pig rests in a puddle on main street near the train station in central Namie, Japan. (June 18)

A pig rests in a puddle on main street near the train station in central Namie, Japan. (June 18)

AP Photo/AP Photographer David Guttenfelder on assignment for National Geographic Magazine

In this June 18, 2011 photo, a farmer’s pig rests in a puddle on main street near the train station in central Namie, Japan less then 10 kilometers (six miles) from the crippled nuclear reactor. Farmers across the area had to hastily leave their homes and were unable to evacuate livestock, or return to the irradiated zone to care for them. (AP Photo/AP Photographer David Guttenfelder on assignment for National Geographic Magazine)

A stray pet cat rests inside a dryer at an abandoned coin laundry in central Namie, Japan. (June 19)

A stray pet cat rests inside a dryer at an abandoned coin laundry in central Namie, Japan. (June 19)

AP Photo/AP Photographer David Guttenfelder on assignment for National Geographic Magazine

In this June 19, 2011 photo, a stray pet cat rests inside a dryer at an abandoned coin laundry in central Namie, Japan less then ten kilometers from the crippled nuclear reactor. (AP Photo/AP Photographer David Guttenfelder on assignment for National Geographic Magazine)

 

Stray pet dogs fight in the deserted streets of Okuma, Japan (June 5)

Stray pet dogs fight in the deserted streets of Okuma, Japan (June 5)

AP Photo/AP Photographer David Guttenfelder on assignment for National Geographic Magazine

In this June 5, 2011 photo, two stray pet dogs fight in the deserted streets of Okuma, Japan. In the early days of the crisis, roaming farm animals and pets were everywhere inside the no-go zone. But by midsummer, some animals had been rescued and a number of others had perished of starvation and disease. (AP Photo/AP Photographer David Guttenfelder on assignment for National Geographic Magazine)

The carcass of a cow decomposes next to a barn at a farm in Naraha, Japan. (July 9)

The carcass of a cow decomposes next to a barn at a farm in Naraha, Japan. (July 9)

AP Photo/AP Photographer David Guttenfelder on assignment for National Geographic Magazine

In this July 9, 2011 photo, the carcass of a cow decomposes next to a barn at a farm in Naraha, Japan. Farmers across the area had to hastily leave their homes and were unable to evacuate livestock, or return to the irradiated zone to care for them. (AP Photo/AP Photographer David Guttenfelder on assignment for National Geographic Magazine)

 

 

 

Feeding abandoned stray dogs near Fukushima

The revelations being made by TEPCO may only be the “tip of the iceburg” as far real situation is in the Fukushima plant. The Daily Telegraph article reported that thousands of farm animals still alive in the “dead zone” have been “culled” or destroyed; and that it is not clear what the fate has been for more than 5,800 dogs that were owned by people living in the area.

A few brave souls have risked their own health and safety to try to feed and rescue these animals. Their bravery is worth noting in light of the danger they face to do this.

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Plea for helping domesticated animals in Fukushima: Please email the Japanese government

(Activists sneak into evacuation zone to save dying animals. Photo: CNN)

The photos of tethered and starving dogs in Fukushima are reminiscent of images from Hurricane Katrina aftermath when the U.S. and Lousiana governments ignored the welfare of animals that hurricane evacuees were forced to abandon.

Now that the Kan administration has made the Fukushima exclusion zone official, what about the animals nuclear evacuees had to leave behind? They couldn’t bring their 600,000 domesticated animals to shelters. Most have starved to death.

Pet rescuers including Isabella Gallaon-Aokiof Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support had been independently going into the exclusion zone to save dogs and cats. Animal owners want the government to euthanize those than remain rather than let them starve to death; none want to leave them behind to suffer:

A man, 73, who looked after 20 cattle in Tomiokamachi, said he often left his evacuation center to go and feed his cows. “I know each of these cows right down to their facial details and individual characteristics. I don’t want to see them suffer,” he said.

Ken White at the San Francisco Chronicleshares a letter from a reader:

My name is Mikiko Kuroda who live in San Mateo,California. I really want to act about rescueing animal in Fukushima, in Japan. I am a Japanese and I really want to inform many people in U.S how terrible to animals in Fukushima.(around nuclear plant ) Individual volunteers groups have tried to rescue dogs, cats, horses, cows and more. However, unfortunately they try to survive by eating each other or they die of starvation.

I saw a lot of horrible pictures. And also I have contacted volunteers. Many people in Japan have appealed to Japanese government, but Japan is backward country for animals so the government is no reaction.

Please inform to people in U.S and write e-mail from U.S about rescuing Fukushima animals to Japanese government. This is e-mail address: https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html

Thank you very much. Mikiko Kuroda

Let me add only one P.S. to this message, and it’s one that won’t give any easy answers or comfort. We’ve all seen many requests for funds from national and international organizations claiming to be helping the animals in Japan and asking for your financial support. My advice: be cautious; try as best you can to really determine if the support is effective. Although charlatans do certainly exist in the world of charities, the larger concern here is out-of-country efforts to help which fall short because of no in-country connections. We see this every time there is an international disaster, and even organizations with international sounding names may not be an effective path for getting your dollars where you want them to go. Kuroda’s request above is, hopefully, a way to help motivate Japan’s government to remain mindful of the non-human victims, and I think that may be especially valuable right now.

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Fukushima: 6 months of Genocide

by pepismartdog on September 10, 2011

Fukushima dogs: 2 tsunami survivors

March 11th, 2011 marks exactly six months of genocide of the Japanese people and animals of Fukushima and surrounding areas. World leaders in radiation have called Fukushima “the greatest catastrophe in human history.” Japanese government KNOW the true levels of radiation throughout Fukushima and the surrounding areas, yet tell the people “it’s alright, don’t worry.”

Example: 3oo Becquerels per kilo is an unacceptable level of radiation. A rice farmer 80 kilometers from Fukushima had Japanese officials test his rice fields. They told him everything is good, but didn’t share any readings. He asked them to come back and retest a month later. They came but refused to show him any readings, yet told him his rice was OK to harvest and sell.The farmer then paid independent professionals to come in and read his rice fields: it tested at 53,000 Becquerels per kilo ! For proof of this, watch the video included in my article: “Worst Catastrophe In Human History” (Highly recommend you watch this !)

Kitten represents ALL Fukushima abandoned pets still clinging to life

For the last six months our entire planet has been in crisis, not just Japan. Radiation experts have proven data showing affects thruout the world from airborne radiation drifts.These are especially bad on the west coast of America and parts of Europe. If this is new to you, then you really need to start researching the TRUTH about Fukushima. Every single life on the planet is now affected, including ocean life and plant life.

Pets and Animals

Unable to survive without people to feed him…

Over one million pets were abandoned immediately after the tsunami. Animal rescue groups immediately swung into action. But on April 21st Japanese officials BANNED all animal rescue and feeding of pets and animals still waiting for rescue. Instead, officials declared these animals were to be STARVED TO DEATH.  According to them, this was the honorable thing to do, because they find euthanization offensive !

It is very difficult to write about this without flying into a rage, on behalf of the animals. They have no voice, except for us. Two days ago Japanese Officials said they are about to KILL the remaining large animals, such as horses and cattle, by INJECTING DETERGENT !

UPDATE: information received 5pm Sept 10th: from NPO SALA’s Network: “cattle ARE being killed by INJECTING DISINFECTANT without using any sleep inducing drugs or anesthetic…cattle struggle and suffer very bad  until they actually die.”

Fukushima pet forced to LIVE in darkened little transit cage for months

Also shocking is that most of the ‘already rescued pets’ have been LIVING in darkened little transport carry cages for the entire six months, in so called shelters. They don’t get out for exercise periods, or nice runs in the park. They eat, toilet and sleep in their dark little cage. Their muscles are cramped and their minds are broken, amidst the stench and endless howls. And the people refuse to euthanise them, because that offends them. Please NOTE:  I do NOT include Animal Refuge Kansai (ARK) in this statement.* Click here for the article that contains actual video footage: Video Tour Of Japan’s Animal Rescue Shelters

As I write this article I feel overwhelming sadness and helplessness. All I can ask is for people to at least think of these ones, trapped in this living hell, known as Fukushima.

Remember: this is a country who is now actively studying and tracking the time and symptoms of adults and CHILDREN, who now have Cesium 137 radiation poisoning, and are monitoring how long they take to die. This is not alarmist typing, this is factual, coming from leading radiation experts !

Picture says it all…

Today marks six months. We cannot help the animals who have already died of starvation, or caught in the many animal traps, or were poisoned, but we CAN still be a voice for those clinging to life. We cannot physically help the millions of people who are now directly affected. But we CAN stop and think of them. We CAN have empathy in our hearts toward all who are innocent to what the Japanese government is perpetrating.

Months ago I wrote an article saying this was no different than when Japan killed thousands of prisoners of war in their death camps and railway building. I said the animals are Japan’s new POWs. Some people were outraged and said I went too far, so I removed the article. But for crying out loud, there is no difference ! I wrote that months ago, but now things are worse !

I’ve been covering Fukushima since March and I’m now of the firm belief nothing at all has any affect on the Japanese government at all = except when the truth is leaked out ! Officials began curtailing all media about Fukushima, blacking out articles, blogs, and different accounts. Guess who had their facebook account shut down ? ME ! I’m not writing for ratings, so I’m sorry to those who find the truth offensive, but I just don’t think (pretending) polite pussy-footing is doing any good.

This video footage is the most astounding tsunami footage I have seen. The second half of the footage is terrifying. It is six months to the day since all this began. Double click on the video to watch it in full screen, then click ‘esc’ on your keyboard to return to normal viewing.

Mud? NO, it is ‘liquid’ of their excrement and urine. Live steer, next to dead body covered with the ‘liquid.’

These photos are from NPO SALA Network. They are graphic, but this is the reality of Fukushima.

Not one thing any of us have done through petitions, etc, has made a scrap of difference to the Japanese government.

Inside cattle barn: soaked up to their knees in ‘mud’ of their excrement and urine. Notice how friendly & gentle, coming to the people, asking for help. They are still alive.

Quoting from SALA’s website: “The cows die of hunger…and even if they survive enduring hunger…their feet are roped so they are unable to leave the barn…they struggle and suffer until they actually die, foaming at the mouth and vomiting blood. Can you hear their silent voice ?”

There are two youtube videos, but I cannot bring myself to watch them. These pictures were taken from the videos.

Warning: GRAPHIC content of dying cows. User discretion advised.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBvKT6yX16Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JI3IRpYwLE

*Footnote: ARK have spacious enclosures, the animals are exercised and during winter the elderly ones are take home every evening by Elizabeth Oliver (Founder of ARK.) When dealing with large numbers of rescues, animals are fostered in people’s houses.

Pet rescue Fukushima! Animals saved from nuclear wasteland by volunteers who risked their own lives

By Daily Mail Reporter
UPDATED: 08:08 EST, 31 January 2012

For months they have been forced to wander a desolate landscape, lost, confused and alone.

The thousands of dogs and cats abandoned in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis have endured dangerously high radiation levels, a severe lack of food and now the freezing winter weather.

But thanks to a group of selfless volunteers, who have braved the 20km exclusion zone around the stricken plant, many of the animals are finally being reunited with their grateful owners.

Survivors: Members of Japan's United Kennel Club have braved the exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to rescue pets abandoned following the earthquake and tsunami in March last yearSurvivors: Volunteers have braved the exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to rescue hundreds of pets abandoned after the earthquake and tsunami in March last year

 

 

 

Fukushima pet rescue ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

The United Kennel Club Japan rescued a myriad of animals including these dogs that were abandoned in the nuclear exclusion zone.

A cat relaxes in his cage in after being rescued from the town of Okuma within the 20 km exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plantPurring: A cat relaxes in his cage in after being rescued from the town of Okuma set within the 20km exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

Rescue mission: Animal welfare groups were given special permission to enter the 20 mile exclusion zone late last yearRescue mission: Volunteers were given special permission to enter the 20 mile exclusion zone late last year

While Japan focuses on containing the nuclear accident and protecting people from radiation, Yasunori Hoso, representative director of United Kennel Club Japan, has been trying to save as many dogs and cats from the no-go area as possible.

In December last year, animal welfare groups were given special permission by the government to enter the exclusion zone to rescue surviving pets before the worst of the winter weather set in.

Mr Hoso, who currently has around 350 dogs and cats at his rescue shelter, said many of the animals were saved just in time.

He said: ‘When dogs are returned, many owners are really grateful although a limited few are not so grateful.

Handful: The rescuers have also helped abandoned farm animals like this terrified cow discovered wandering an abandoned highway near the town of Namie Handful: The rescuers have also helped abandoned farm animals like this terrified cow discovered wandering a highway near the town of Namie

‘But when it comes to the dogs themselves, all of them, without exception, become really ecstatic when they get reunited with their owners’.

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11 triggered the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years and forced residents around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to flee, with many of them having to leave behind their beloved pets.

More than 150,000 people from Fukushima prefecture still cannot return to their homes, with nearly half of them from the exclusion zone.

Japan's United Kennel Club Director Yasunori Hoso led efforts to help the the thousands of abandoned animalsJapan’s United Kennel Club Director Yasunori Hoso has led efforts to help the thousands of abandoned animals

 

Fukushima pet rescue ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

The ashes of cats who died after being rescued from the Fukushima exclusion zone, are placed in urns at the United Kennel Club Japan’s pet shelter in Samukawa town, Kanagawa prefecture.

Ordeal: Many of the animals, which were forced to survive on their own for over nine months, have since been returned to their grateful owners Ordeal: Many of the animals, which were forced to survive on their own for over nine months, have since been returned to their grateful owners

Caring: Yasunori Hoso, who runs a shelter for about 350 dogs and cats says there are still many more animals which still need helpWork to do: Mr Hoso, who runs a shelter for about 350 dogs and cats says there are many more animals which still need help

Cats which were rescued by United Kennel Club Japan from inside the 20 km exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
A cat, which was rescued by United Kennel Club Japan from inside the 20 km exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

Volunteers hope to find new homes for hundreds of animals that can’t be reunited with their owners

Mr Hoso said there are hundreds more animals in the area that still need help.

He added: ‘If left alone, tens of them will die everyday. Unlike well-fed animals that can keep themselves warm with their own body fat, starving ones will just shrivel up and die.

‘If we cannot go in to take them out, I hope the government will at least let us go there and leave food for them.’

Ghost town: More than 150,000 people from Fukushima prefecture still cannot return to their homes, with nearly half of them from the exclusion zoneGhost town: More than 150,000 people from the area around Fukushima still cannot return to their homes

Desolate: An empty shopping street in the town of Namie inside the 20km exclusion zoneDesolate: An empty shopping street in the town of Namie inside the 20km exclusion zone

Deities: Dolls of the 'Seven Gods of Good Fortune' are seen inside a house damaged by the earthquake in March last yearDeities: Dolls of the ‘Seven Gods of Good Fortune’ are seen inside a house damaged by the earthquake in March last year

Trashed: A home appliance retailer damaged by the earthquake Trashed: A home appliance retailer damaged by the earthquake

Toru Akama, an engineer working at the Fukushima nuclear plant, asked Mr Hoso to look after his 14 dogs when an entry ban was imposed on his town.

He said: ‘I was really happy for my dogs. They are part of my family. There was no way I could abandon them.’

Mr Hoso said he plans to carry on until the last dog in his shelter is returned to its owner or finds a new home.

‘That is what keeps me going, what makes me determined that I have to push ahead until the last one goes back to its owner.”

 

 

Hero for the animals of Fukushima

Leslie Smith, Editor in Chief
Monday March 12th, 2012

 

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Matsumura attends to the hundreds of abandoned cows.

A year after a devastating tsunami ravaged parts of Japan, the town of Tomioka is still under mandatory evacuation. It’s just 10 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant, well inside the “exclusion zone.” But one man, Naoto Matsumura, refuses to leave. And for one reason: to care for the abandoned animals who have no way out.

By all accounts, Tomioka is the apocalypse now: deserted, layered in radioactive dust, buried debris. But the devastation is most evident in Matsumura’s gruesome descriptions of what he’s encountered since — and what he continues to discover. Dogs and cats left to die slowly and agonizingly of starvation. Caged birds with withered feathers. An emaciated cow and her calf, crying weakly in a corner of a barn.

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Matsumura rescued this dog from a trap, but was not able to save his leg.

The heroism — the absolute selflessness — is almost beyond comprehension. Matsumura lives without human companionship of any kind, without electricity or running water. He leaves the area once in a while, only to buy food for his animals, and then sneaks back in. He is the only hope for the hundreds of cows, pigs, dogs, and cats who remain.

The prolonged exposure to such high levels of radiation is almost certainly a death sentence for Matsumura. Tests have revealed his body is “completely contaminated.” But with the government refusing to help, turning away is not an option.

“I’m full of rage,” he said. “That’s why I’m still here. I refuse to leave and let go of this anger and grief.”

For many people who work in animal welfare, success stories are our lifeline. Happy adoptions and news of tougher cruelty laws or random acts of kindness help keep us emotionally afloat. We are often told to focus on the positive — and that’s not bad advice.

But for some of us, acknowledging that rage, holding on to that anger and grief, is a big part of the equation too. It keeps us streamlined and dedicated. It keeps us motivated to continue. It keeps us honest with ourselves.

Naoto Matsumura, I am deeply moved by your sacrifice and bravery. Thank you for your uncompromising compassion, your integrity, and your honesty.

For information about donating to help feed Matsumura’s animals, click here: Guardians of Fukushima’s Animals

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Matsumura’s only companionship are the animals he cares for.

Dogs abandoned at Fukushima, Japan, suffer PTSD-like effects

By Monte Morin
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES _ She was found roaming the streets of Fukushima’s exclusion zone, the sprawling ghost town that now surrounds Japan’s quake-crippled nuclear reactor.

One of an unknown number of dogs that were left chained or abandoned amid the disaster, the haggard-looking mutt bore a scar over one ear and unmistakable signs of chronic stress.

Yuki, as they called her, seemed to be suffering from a canine form of post-traumatic stress disorder.

While 340,000 people still live as refugees in the wake of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, animal science researchers at Azabu University report that former pets have also suffered lingering effects.

In a paper published Thursday in Scientific Reports, lead author and veterinary scientist Miho Nagasawa wrote that stray and abandoned animals recovered near the Fukushima Dai-ichi power station had stress hormone levels far higher than other Japanese dogs.

They also showed greater difficulty learning and developing an attachment to people.

Even after the dogs received care and re-socialization training, the effects of extreme stress persisted.

“The dogs from Fukushima showed significantly lower aggression toward unfamiliar people, trainability and attachment to their caretakers,” Nagasawa and colleagues wrote. “Also, urine cortisol levels in the dogs from Fukushima were 5-10 fold higher than those in abandoned dogs from another area of Japan.”

Nagasawa, who studies animal cognition and endocrine response, said the analysis involved an admittedly small number of dogs: 17. Those dogs, along with strays collected from another part of Japan, Kanagawa, were placed in a special dog rescue program at Azabu University. The animals were then cared for and trained so that they could be placed with new adoptive families.

Study authors said that cortisol levels in the Fukushima dogs remained much higher than those of the Kanagawa dogs even after 10 weeks of care.

They wrote that impaired learning and an inability to bond with people were also experienced by humans with PTSD.

“Humans affected by the disaster are already recovering and gradually returning to normal life,” the study authors wrote. “However, our results suggest the possibility that stress can induce excessive, deep psychosomatic impacts … in dogs. Long-term care and concern regarding the psychological impacts of disasters appears necessary in humans and companion animals.”

(c)2012 Los Angeles Times
Distributed by MCT Information Services

 

 

 

Kyodo News

 

Man caring for abandoned cattle in Fukushima

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In this photo taken in the town of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 23, 2012, Naoto Matsumura, who cares for cattle abandoned by their owners, gives milk to a weakened calf via a feeding bottle. Behind him are the ostriches and the dog he keeps after their owners abandoned them. The town remains nearly deserted as the government in April 2011 designated it and other municipalities within a 20-kilometer ring around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as a no-go zone. The plant’s reactors suffered meltdowns after being struck by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, spewing massive amounts of radioactive materials into the air and sea. (Kyodo)

Man caring for abandoned cattle in Fukushima

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Man caring for abandoned cattle in Fukushima

In this photo taken in the town of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 23, 2012, Naoto Matsumura, who cares for cattle abandoned by their owners, relaxes at his home after finishing his day’s work of tending to pets and livestock. Without electricity, he relies on candles to light his room. The town remains nearly deserted as the government in April 2011 designated it and other municipalities within a 20-kilometer ring around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as a no-go zone. The plant’s reactors suffered meltdowns after being struck by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, spewing massive amounts of radioactive materials into the air and sea. (Kyodo)

 

 

 

Abandoned animals in Fukushima

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Abandoned animals in Fukushima

In this photo taken in the town of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 23, 2012, a calf (front) looks almost skeletal because its mother is too weak to breastfeed it. The town remains nearly deserted as the government in April 2011 designated it and other municipalities within a 20-kilometer ring around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as a no-go zone. The plant’s reactors suffered meltdowns after being struck by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, spewing massive amounts of radioactive materials into the air and sea. (Kyodo)

 

 

 

 

Politics and Legislation

Britain pushes for mass surveillance society

Uploaded by RTAmerica on Mar 15, 2012

Soon you can be watched everywhere you go in the UK. All your emails, texts and phone calls will be monitored and you can even be seen where cameras can’t. This could all be possible with a new anti-terrorism spy plan. Security companies will have real time access to all your personal happenings at the click of a button. Here is our report.

N.Y. Passes DNA Requirement For Convicted Criminals

Early on Thursday, lawmakers in New York approved a bill that will make the state the first to require DNA samples from almost all convicted criminals — and make its DNA database one of the largest in the nation.

http://www.nhpr.org/post/ny-passes-dna-requirement-convicted-criminals

GOP: Obama, Dems need to do more to fight high gas prices

By Molly K. Hooper

Republicans attacked President Obama’s energy policies as the cause of high gas prices in Saturday’s weekly address.

http://thehill.com/video/house/216505-gop-obama-needs-to-do-more-to-fight-high-gas-prices

White House looks to change the optics in debate over rising gas prices

By Amie Parnes

The White House is shifting its optics on gas prices after struggling in recent days to win the public debate over the issue.

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/216499-white-house-changes-optics-in-debate-over-rising-gas-prices

Obama: Fight high gas prices by ending subsidies, fraud

By Jamie Klatell

While saying there is no “silver bullet,” President Obama said Saturday that regulating energy markets and cutting government subsidies to big oil firms will help control spikes in the prices of gas.

http://thehill.com/video/administration/216507-obama-fight-high-gas-prices-by-ending-subsidies-fraud

White House: Colleges must cover birth control for students

By Sam Baker

Most universities will have to cover birth control in their students’ health plans, the Obama administration said Friday.

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/216485-white-house-says-colleges-must-cover-birth-control-for-students

GOP split on health-law repeal strategy

By Julian Pecquet

Two conservative Republicans on Friday blasted House leaders for scheduling a vote to repeal an unpopular provision of the healthcare reform law.

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/216487-republicans-at-odds-over-health-law-repeal-strategy

If You Took the Greed Out of Wall Street, All You’d Have Left Is Pavement

Robert Reich, Op-Ed:

The Street has only itself to blame. It should have welcomed new financial regulation as a means of restoring public trust. Instead, it lobbied intensely against the new Dodd-Frank Act and refused to resurrect Glass-Steagall. The cost of such cynicism has leached deep into America, finding expression in Tea Partiers and Occupiers and millions of others who think the Street has sold us out.

http://www.nationofchange.org/if-you-took-greed-out-wall-street-all-you-d-have-left-pavement-why-greg-smith-s-critique-way-too-nar

The Power of Recalls in Wisconsin

John Nichols, Op-Ed:

With Wisconsin recall elections looming against four Republican state Senators — as well as Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch — the state’s politics was thrown for another loop Friday when a targeted senator up and quit. State Senator Pam Galloway, a Tea Party favorite and one of Walker’s steadiest backers in the legislature, announced her immediate resignation from the legislature and her decision not to contest the recall election.

http://www.nationofchange.org/power-recalls-wisconsin-1331997712

Economy

Five Charts That Prove We’re in a Depression and That the Federal Reserve and Washington Are Wasting Money

By Graham Summers

Wall Street and mainstream economists are abuzz that we’re seeing a recovery in the US due to the latest jobs data. These folks are not only missing the big picture, but they’re not even reading the fine print (more on this in a moment).

The reality is that what’s happening in the US today is not a cyclical recession, but a one in 100 year, secular economic shift.

http://news.goldseek.com/GoldSeek/1331571258.php

 

Gas prices still climbing, top $4 in 6 states
Pump prices click higher to national average of $3.83 a gallon, with 6 states above $4.00

Gasoline prices rose again Friday and are now averaging more than $4 in six states and Washington, D.C. Oil had its biggest gain in three weeks and natural gas prices also rose.

Retail gasoline prices were up a penny on Friday to a national average of $3.831 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/gas-prices-still-climbing-top-165457157.html;_ylt=Ao1Q5Ln8g6oB0Kdt8qRBnJSiuYdG;_ylu=X3oDMTQ0dnFmNjdlBG1pdANGaW5hbmNlIEZQIFRvcCBTdG9yeSBSaWdodARwa2cDYzVlMDc2YjMtNWRmNS0zMmUzLWE5YzgtNjI0NzA1ZWRhOGNiBHBvcwMzBHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyAzI3NGFjZTk5LTZmYTAtMTFlMS1iZjdhLWM0YTZhNDQyZTAyZA–;_ylg=X3oDMTFvdnRqYzJoBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25zBHRlc3QD;_ylv=3

 

Oil hits $107 after US denial of crude release
Oil rises past $107 a day after US denies plan to release crude supplies

NEW YORK (AP) — Crude oil prices rose Friday, a day after the government denied reports that the U.S. and the U.K. plan to release some of their strategic crude reserves.

In New York trading, benchmark oil for April delivery rose $1.95 a barrel, or about 2 percent, to finish at $107.06, the biggest gain since Feb. 24.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/oil-hits-107-us-denial-203308690.html;_ylt=Aomo5PjMW6oZV0lJwGXaEKSiuYdG;_ylu=X3oDMTN0bzllaW1tBG1pdANOZXdzIFRvcGljIDIEcGtnA2E1NDFjNTU0LTdlNGQtMzc0NC1iMjk1LWZkMjYxZWZmZWQzMwRwb3MDNQRzZWMDTWVkaWFTZWN0aW9uTGlzdAR2ZXIDYzA0MmI5NjAtNmZhOS0xMWUxLWJhZGEtNmQ5MmYzZWE2NjFk;_ylg=X3oDMTFvdnRqYzJoBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25zBHRlc3QD;_ylv=3

 

Doomsday Survey: 51% of Americans Believe a Financial Collapse Is Imminent; 85% Say Country Is Overwhelmingly Under-Prepared

A recent survey of 1,007 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and over suggests that most of us believe a doomsday scenario of some kind will occur in the next twenty five years.

With three million preppers in the U.S. getting ready for widespread disaster, gun sales sky rocketing, and retail precious metals purchases at unprecedented levels, the results of the survey performed by Kelton Research on behalf of National Geographic shouldn’t be surprising.

http://learnhowtobeprepared.com/2012/03/doomsday-survey-51-of-americans-believe-a-financial-collapse-is-imminent-85-say-country-is-overwhelmingly-under-prepared/#.T2VkYLRZfe8

 

The Fed Isn’t Providing Monetary Morphine; Its Spreading Financial Cancer That Is Killing the Markets And Democratic Capitalism In General

CONTRIBUTOR: Graham Summers.

~ Phoenix Capital Research While the vast majority of commentators look at the market action of the last three months and celebrate, I cannot help but shudder. The reason is that the stock market has been propped up solely by Central Bank and/or Federal Government intervention or the hope…

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1903/390/The_Fed_Isnt_Providing_Monetary_Morphine;_Its_Spreading_Financial_Cancer_That_Is_Killing_the_Markets_And_Democratic_Capitalism_In_General.html

Preventing the Fall of Rome

Gar Alperovitz, Op-Ed:

How far continuing financial and political pressures may lead other officials to attempt to secure revenues by selling off public assets is an open question. Public resistance to such strategies, although less widely publicized, has been surprisingly strong in many areas. Toll road sales have been held up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and newly elected Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently voiced his opposition to an attempt to privatize Midway Airport as previously attempted by Daley.

http://www.nationofchange.org/preventing-fall-rome-1331994900

 

Senate Bill Could Roll Back Consumers’ Health Insurance Savings

Lena Groeger, News Report:

This is the first year that companies are required to send out rebates. According to a report by state insurance commissioners, if rebates had been handed out last year, insurers would have had to pay consumers almost $2 billion. If they had carved out the broker fees, as proposed in the two current bills, consumers would have gotten only about $800 million. The rebates have gotten relatively modest attention. Only 38 percent of the public is even aware of the rule’s existence, according to a Kaiser poll.

http://www.nationofchange.org/senate-bill-could-roll-back-consumers-health-insurance-savings-1331996903

 

Wars and Rumors of War

Panetta Disarms Marines in Afghanistan Amid Fears of Possible Rogue Marine Shooting

Uploaded by ObamaBC on Mar 14, 2012

It has been denied that Secretary of Defense Panetta’s disarming of Marines in Afghanistan March 14 had anything to do with a rogue Army sniper’s killing of sixteen Afghan civilians earlier in the week, but many are calling the move highly unusual, and one source states disarming Marines in a combat zone is contrary to military protocol. Approximately two hundred Marines were told to leave their weapons outside a tent while listening to Panetta’s speech, but many state disarming the Marines will lead to a morale problem due to a high official distrusting his own troops. Sources state the Marines felt uncomfortable being without their weapons in what is essentially a war zone. What many considered a rush to judgement given the the rogue U.S. sniper’s history of PTSD and TBI (traumatic brain injury), Leon Panetta had stated almost immediately that the soldier could face the death penalty. This was odd and hypocritical to many, given that many feel the Obama administration ostensibly armed drug cartels with Fast and Furious weapons that were used to kill hundreds of Mexican citizens, and at least two U.S. citizens, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and ICE agent Jaime Zapata, and no one has called for the death penalty in these cases, let alone actual charges being filed.
3/14/12 By Kris Zane

 

How Mossad Justified Its Murder of an Innocent Iranian Electrical Engineer

By Gareth Porter

On July 23, 2011, a 35-year-old Iranian electrical engineering student named Darioush Rezaeinejad was gunned down as he and his wife, who was also wounded in the attack, waited for their child in front of a kindergarten in Tehran.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30850.htm

 

America and the Middle East:
Psycho Warriors Who Deceive Humanity

By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD

Global peace, humanity and security of the Middle East region are the net causality of Obama’s egomaniac rhetoric.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30849.htm

 

Top diplomat: Saudi Arabia is smuggling arms to Syria:

Arab diplomat says Saudi Arabia is delivering military equipment to Free Syrian Army ‘to stop bloodshed by Assad’s regime’.

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=51267

U.S. ‘Concerned’ About Iranian Flights to Syria:

The United States has expressed concern that Iranian cargo planes overflying Iraq may be shipping weapons to Syria.

http://en.rian.ru/world/20120317/172223863.html

 

Turkey urges citizens to leave Syria, set to cut consular services:

Move comes as reports indicate 4 members of the Gulf Cooperation Council will close their embassies in Syria over the ongoing political crisis.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/turkey-urges-citizens-to-leave-syria-set-to-cut-consular-services-1.419083

 

Environmental

 

The Department of Homeland Security Plans to Build a High-Risk Virus Research Center in the Heart of America

J. D. Heyes, News Report:

“The United States works on the frontline of livestock animal health research to defend against foreign animal, emerging, and zoonotic diseases that could threaten the U.S. livestock industry, food supply, and public health,” says Homeland Security Under Secretary for Science and Technology Tara O’Toole, in a departmental risk assessment posted online. “To address congressional requirements, this detailed, updated risk assessment reaffirms that we can build a safe and secure facility to meet this important mission.”

http://www.nationofchange.org/department-homeland-security-plans-build-high-risk-virus-research-center-heart-america-1331990145

 

The True Cost of the Tar Sands

Video Report:

“Garth Lenz is an award winning conservation photographer whose work has been seen in shows around the globe. Recently he appeared at a TEDx event in Victoria, BC Canada with his exhibition, The True Cost of Oil. Through Lenz’s photography, this exhibit showcases the beauty of some of Canada’s pristine environments—and the dire impact that tar sands oil extraction has on them.”

http://www.nationofchange.org/photos-true-cost-tar-sands-1331993923

 

 

Misc

‘Kony 2012’ director hospitalized

Published on Mar 16, 2012 by CNN

CNN’s Erin Burnett reports that one of the men behind the “Kony 2012” video was found in the street in his underwear.

 

US soldier accused of shooting Afghan civilians identified

By Carlo Munoz

The U.S. soldier accused of going on a shooting rampage that left 16 Afghan civilians dead on Sunday has been identified as Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, a U.S. official confirmed to The Hill.

http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/army/216503-us-soldier-accused-in-afghan-shootings-identified

 

Big Pharma’s Evil Motives Exposed (video)

CONTRIBUTOR: BARRACUDA.

Former Scientist, and Pharma Executive Speaks Out On The True Motives of Big Pharma Dr. John Virapen has worked more than three decades in the pharmaceutical industry. As an insider, former scientist and whistleblower, he is now dedicated to expose and create awareness on how the pharmaceutical industry is operating with…

 

Democrats Push New Obama US Flag: Here Is A Picture Of It (Shocking?) (Shocking?)

 

CONTRIBUTOR: RidgeRunner.

Some Democrats are flying, selling and proposing an Obama faced American Flag. How do you feel about this? What feeling does this picture evoke in you as an American? …

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1892/295/Democrats_Push_New_Obama_US_Flag:_Here_Is_A_Picture_Of_It_Shocking.html

 

Foreclosure Victim Wins $18 Million as Part of Federal Mortgage Settlement

Travis Waldron, News Report:

“Fraudulent foreclosures have reached near-pandemic levels since the collapse of the housing market. At banks like Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America, fraudulent practices like robo-signing were approved by upper-level management, and employees with no banking experience were given vice-president level titles so they could sign foreclosure documents (one Wells Fargo ‘Vice President’ came to the bank from a pizza restaurant).”

http://www.nationofchange.org/foreclosure-victim-wins-18-million-part-federal-mortgage-settlement-1331996983