Roundtable on NSA spying, Fukushima latest & the climate solution

Yesterday I joined Marcy Wheeler and Jay Ackroyd in a good discussion of three topics:

▪ NSA and the latest move by the State to increase its authority to surveil (thanks, Sen. Dianne Feinstein).

▪ The latest from Fukushima. This is not good. There’s a large and growing outcry and also an apparent media blackout. Why? We’ll discuss that (though the answer should be obvious, and it’s not the neoliberal one).

▪ Where are we at with climate solutions? There are a number of voices in that, starting with Obama. But a Paul Krugman review of a book by William Nordhaus mostly nails it. Yes, Virginia, there is an answer, and it’s not the neoliberal one.

Writer & analyst Marcy Wheeler

Writer & analyst Marcy Wheeler

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Links for the show:

NSA and Feinstein (oh my). DiFi is well on her way to making things worse.

Latest Fukushima nuclear disaster headlines for your post-Halloween fun. Plus this tale of corruption.

This guy mostly gets it about climate solutions, because this is the problem.

Enjoy, and thanks for your support for these important topics — and also for progressive media. We need you.

GP

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Gaius Publius is a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States.

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8 Responses to “Roundtable on NSA spying, Fukushima latest & the climate solution”

  1. Sofia William says:

    3 NSA veterans speak out on whistle-blower: We told you so

    In a roundtable discussion, a trio of former National Security Agency whistle-blowers tell USA TODAY that Edward Snowden succeeded where they failed.

    To the intelligence community, the trio are villains who compromised what the government classifies as some of its most secret, crucial and successful initiatives. They have been investigated as criminals and
    forced to give up careers, reputations and friendships built over a lifetime.

    Today, they feel vindicated…….. See Video… http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/06/16/snowden-whistleblower-nsa-officials-roundtable/2428809/

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  2. Bill_Perdue says:

    One summer, the year before it was decommissioned, I used to join caravans of activists coming up from LA to speak or protest. The CHP figured it out and ticketed us until we got smart and slowed down. Then they ticketed us going home so we had to slow down then as well as leave separately,

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  3. Donny Costanzo says:

    Also, how would they know for sure that thyroid cancers wouldn’t appear so soon? This is an unprecedented meltdown. Has anyone even ever been exposed to that much radiation all at once before?

  4. Buford2k11 says:

    Dang, Fukushima, I shouldn’t have read that…hmmm…the entire West Coast??? Can we talk about El Diablo now? too, as well?

  5. Monoceros Forth says:

    Fortunately there is trustworthy information on the latency period between exposure to radiation and the development of thyroid cancer. It is true that the latency period is, on average, very long; yet latency periods of as short as one year have been observed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1356259/

    A CDC document gives a minimum latency period for thyroid cancer of 2.5 years: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1356259/

    Therefore I think it’s not possible to conclude that not enough time has elapsed to blame the Fukushima accident for a rise in thyroid cancer incidence. If it is true then it’s only going to get worse with time, and it will put the Fukushima incident among the worst of nuclear disasters: worse than Windscale, far far worse than Three Mile Island. Still better than Chernobyl, which is I suppose like saying that a stab wound is better than a gunshot.

  6. siyousyanamae . says:

    For thousands exposed to radiation in Fukushima, it`s the youngest generation that is most at risk.
    03/11/2013 ABC News
    Tests commissioned by the local authorities have discerned an alarming spike in the incidence of thyroid cancer in Fukushima children and while specialists and experts are reluctant to draw a definitive link between the tumours and the nuclear radiation that erupted from the stricken power station, citizens are nonetheless deeply concerned.
    The doctors in Fukushima say that it shouldn’t be coming out so soon, so it can’t be related to the nuclear accident. But that’s very unscientific, and it’s not a reason citizens can accept.

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