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High-risk effort begins to clean up Japanese nuclear plant
Nov 20th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Fear of new catastrophe

at Fukushima spurs

unprecedented attempt

Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki is warning of a new catastrophe at the stricken nuclear power plant in Japan.

AN EXTREMELY RISKY but desperate attempt is under way to clean up the most dangerous part of the nuclear plant devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011.
Workers began Monday removing the first of about 1,500 uranium fuel rods from Reactor 4 at the Fukushima plant – the one considered in most danger of a total collapse that could lead to a new nuclear disaster worse than the original one.
But the private company TEPCO is racing against the clock. Experts have warned that another earthquake in the area is highly likely and it could bring the entire structure containing the radioactive fuel crashing to the ground.
The fallout would be global.


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GLOBAL WARMING: Climate change contradictions abound

AS WEATHER GETS MORE EXTREME, SOME BACK OFF GREENHOUSE GAS PROMISES
For those concerned with climate change the past two weeks have seen a number of disconcerting contradictions.
Despite record-breaking weather events, many nations seem to be slipping into complacency about global warming. They are doing so despite a growing body of irrefutable evidence that points to man-made causation.
If these trends are not reversed, we are all in serious trouble, far sooner than anyone has yet imagined.


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Cashless society coming ever closer with mobile card processing services (with video)

LED BY SQUARE, COMPETITORS ARE POPPING UP EVERYWHERE
There’s a quiet revolution under way in how we pay for goods and services, one that brings the cashless society a lot closer than ever.
It is the tiny card readers now available to businesses that attach to a smartphone, iPad or tablet computer and, in a jiffy, process payments over a wireless connection to the internet.
There is a growing number of companies selling mobile payments system, but the leader is Square, a start-up founded by Jack Dorsey who made his fortune as a founder of Twitter.
Whoever comes out on top this will be a major innovation in commerce. It is already being adopted by millions, and moves us all one more step along the path to a totally cashless society.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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NYT Columnist Krugman sends zinger to Fed

IS FED CAVING TO PRESSURE FROM DEFICIT HAWKS?
A serious, but almost amusing, sharp message was sent to the Federal Reserve Bank’s Board of Governors by The New York Times’ columnist Paul Krugman this morning.
A colleague of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on the faculty at Princeton University, Krugman accused the Fed of caving to right-wing extremists in signaling an end to QE.
Was he right? Get the answer here.


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L.A. Times-man sends ‘postcard’ from Japan

A postcard from my friend Steve Devol, who is spending a couple of weeks with his wife Susan Wolfe Devol and some friends touring Japan, arrived in my email inbox this morning.
It is an awesome image Steve took at Fushima Shrine in Kyoto.
Steve and Susan are posting frequently to their Facebook timeline. There is some awesome imagery and commentary there.


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