Newsletter VI 2023

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February 5th to...

 

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Nuclear Power Accidents

This PDF file contains a list of known accidents and releases of radioactivity. As new information becomes available, this list will be expanded and updated...

Excerpt for this month:

05 February 1958 (Broken Arrow) Tybee Island, GA, USA

06 February 1974 (INES 4-5) NPP Sosnovy Bor, USSR

13 February 1950 (Broken Arrow) Princess Royal Island, CAN

16 February 2011 (INES 2) NPP Tricastin, FRA

22 February 1977 (INES 4) NPP Jaslovke Bohunice, SVK

end of February 2010 (INES Class.?!) NPP Vermont Yankee, VT, USA

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5. February

 

CO2 | raw material | carbon

Air becomes carbon - research for climate protection

In order to contain the climate crisis, a lot of CO2 has to be removed from the atmosphere. One approach comes from Karlsruhe, where high-tech raw materials are made from air - which are also...

Karlsruhe (dpa) - . Even a light breeze is enough to blow away the black powder.

It is the high-tech raw material carbon black that researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) literally made from air. They use an apparatus to extract climate-damaging CO2 from the ambient air and use it to produce carbon. Carbon black is not everything, as Benjamin Dietrich from the KIT Institute for Thermal Process Engineering says. Depending on the temperature and pressure, graphite and graphene could also be produced - materials coveted in the industry.

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According to Dietrich, it is also conceivable to clean up emissions from the chemical industry, for example, using a scrubbing system that is standard there and to lead the CO2 filtered out in this way directly into the second step of the NECOC process, i.e. methanation. But that's not really the solution for the future, because then work should be done without fossil carbon sources as far as possible - keyword decarbonization. "There must be fewer chimneys if we want to achieve climate change," emphasizes Purr ...

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05 February 1958 (Broken Arrow) Tybee Island, GA, USA

Wikipedia

Tybee bomb

The Tybee Bomb is a 3,5 ton Mark 15 hydrogen bomb that was lost on February 5, 1958 near Tybee Island off Savannah, Georgia. After a US Air Force Strategic Air Command Boeing B-47 bomber collided with an F-86 during a mid-air training flight, the commander had to drop the bomb to land the plane safely...

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tybee-Bombe

Accidents

Between 1950 and 1980, 32 accidents involving American nuclear weapons alone were reported. According to research by Eric Schlosser, between 1950 and 1968 the US government recorded at least 700 "significant" accidents and incidents involving around 1250 nuclear weapons. In the 1950s and 1960s in particular, many weapons had to be dropped from bombers during forced landings. Some of the weapons were never recovered because they were dropped (but not detonated) in the oceans. Greenpeace estimates that around 50 nuclear bombs were lost. The US officially misses eleven bombs. Radioactive contamination was detected in several cases...

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kernwaffe#Unfälle

 

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war peace | Armor madness | Warmonger

War is peace, peace is war

Europe, the USA, but above all Germany are hopelessly underequipped for the steel storm that is apparently looming. What's going on? Could it be that some kind of collective madness has brushed reason aside?

I open the newspapers, read: "Habeck is pushing Scholz in the tank debate", read: "Europe needs more armaments factories", read: "Europe is preparing for the event of war", read: "We have to switch to a war economy", read: "100 Billions will not be enough!”, read: “You need 300 billion special assets for the Bundeswehr”.

This is what Eva Högl, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, demands, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg apodictically demands that arms production be “raised”. He recalls that the United States went into World War II with fewer than 2000 aircraft and then built 300 by the end: something like this has to be done, says the social democrat. Ammunition is needed, no matter what the cost – namely: subito!

Like 1914

And the Greens, who for many years wanted to create peace without weapons, let Sara Nanni, ombudswoman for this militant ex-peace party on the Defense Committee, say that if you want peace, you have to “invest in security. In the next few years we have to ramp up production”. At NATO it says in a nutshell: "We need new armaments factories!"

Because, as Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said in front of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, "we are waging a war against Russia," and she stated in Orwellian fashion: "Weapons save lives!"

These thoughts of this minister for the extreme, thought through to the end: war is peace. peace is war

Berlin, Sportpalast, 1943: "Total war - shortest war!"

Katrin Göring-Eckhardt, 2023: "Leopard's freed!"

Such a naïve, childlike enthusiasm for war has existed before - most recently in 1914.

And what Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (FDP), chairwoman of the Defense Committee, demands: I don't want to mention that, it would throw me into depression.

A break in the epoch! exclaims the Federal President. A turning point! exclaims the Federal Chancellor. We can't help it. We, Europe, the USA, but above all Germany are hopelessly underequipped for the steel storm that is apparently looming.

What's going on? Could it be that some kind of collective madness has brushed reason aside?

342 billion is not enough?

Beyond the emotions, the murmuring, a cool look at the current numbers, I know it's no use, nevertheless: in 2021 the states spent over two trillion US dollars on the military, more than ever before.

A number of impressive length: $2.113.000.000.000.

The United States has the largest share of these expenditures (these are figures from the renowned Stockholm research institute SIPRI) with over 800 billion US dollars, which is 38 percent of all arms expenditure worldwide.

In other words, the US spent about as much on its war armaments as the following ten countries in the armaments rankings: China squandered 293 billion US dollars, India 76,6 billion; UK $68,4 billion; Russia is 5th with $65,9 billion; France 56,6 billion, Germany 56 billion dollars.

The European NATO countries alone invested more than 2021 billion US dollars in their armed forces in 342 - more than five times the Russian defense budget.

And then HofreiterScholzHabeckHöglStrack-ZimmermannNouripourMerzvonderLeyenSöderBaerbockPistorius tell me nonstop: We have to put more money into the armaments!

Asked polemically, no, full of desperation: is it still possible?

Yes it does, and how. I just heard the press reviews on DLF. All, without exception, all commentators quoted are drumming for: leopards, Leos off to the Ukraine, good, right, even heavier weapons are needed, maybe, why not: fighter jets. rockets. submarines. warships.

All lessons from the Second World War – ruthlessly disposed of. The suffering and horror – forgotten.

Emigrate? To where?

It is (almost) only war propaganda that comes my way from the radio and the print media around the clock, a staccato of orders, demands, requests: more weapons. More money for armor. Strong army.

The Frankfurt "Institute for Social Research" was founded almost exactly 100 years ago - also as a reaction to the devastation of the First World War. Its representatives, such as Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, Theodor W. Adorno believed that a better, even more social and peaceful world was possible.

That's what they wrote for. And they were read, discussed, even worshiped - especially by those, such as the Green Alternatives aD, who today worship something else with almost religious zeal: weapons. Weapons of all kinds. And trampling on the dreams of your youth - is there anything sadder?

If you look at the reality today, the many words and clever thoughts, the thoughtful essays and analytical writings of the critical theorists have brought nothing at all. They would probably despair of this history-forgotten enthusiasm for weapons that is now so offensive - and emigrate again. Only: where to?

The new "position paper" of the SPD, which this party recently presented, also fits in with this desperation. It gets rid of all remnants of a desire for peace, and in terms of foreign policy takes up many of the ideas that once cost Federal President Horst Köhler the office (the times were probably very different back then): that Germany should appear and act more aggressively abroad, in line with its economic size. Farewell to restraint. We are who again.

Wait, the SPD has not yet fully surrendered to the ominous spirit of the turn of the century.

Fighter jets will come, missiles will be supplied, warships, everything

The SPD-Left, which has effectively ceased to exist for many years, has won a significant victory in this paper. The brave left-wing comrades (who have actually not existed for many years) were allowed to replace the word "leadership power" desired by chairman Lars Klingbeil with the word: "Fühlingslolle". I mean, of course, “leadership”.

step away.

stood still.

Listen.

Deutschlandfunk: "Information at noon." Today, once again, 25 minutes non-stop, how should I call it, agitation for Leo tanks and other war equipment deliveries to the Ukraine. In addition, suggestive questions of this kind: "Did we hesitate too long?" "The chancellor announced the turning point, but did he also carry it out?" "Did the chancellor isolate Germany with his long hesitation on the tank question?" supposed to deliver heavier weapons months ago?" "Aren't we unnecessarily afraid of being drawn into the war?"

Always this national community “We”.

These friendly questions to the always the same tank export-friendly experts who belong to all think tanks or foundations whose financing interests always remain anonymous are opinion-driven, mood-enhancing, for me: almost unbearable (even purely technical).

Just a side note: the Ukraine reporting has the same morally exaggerated and exaggerated tone of urgency as the corona pandemic. Objection? contradictions? nuances? Undesirable.

Instead: constant escalation. Verbal upgrade. With no thought as to where this may lead.

It is foreseeable: China will not want to let Russia “lose”. China will, sooner or later, support Russia with arms. China also has to test its war equipment under real conditions: before it comes to a showdown with the USA.

Suddenly the question in your head: How does it feel when a war is announced?

Maybe like this?

A small company of Knobelbecher journalists, Sabine Adler (DLF), a colleague from Die Zeit, a gentleman from Spiegel, a representative of the Berliner Zeitung, is sitting in the ARD press club on the topic: “Today tanks, tomorrow fighter jets? How far will the West go?”

After this show I know: fighter jets will come, missiles will be delivered, warships, everything. The whole program.

For the big Kladderadatsch.

"God with us!"

 

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reaktorpleite.de

 

Map of the nuclear world:

Atoms for Peace? MIC earns more from war!

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The internal search for

weapons war peace

brought the following results, among others:

 

May 04, 2022 - Debate about arms deliveries: Steel thunderstorms in people's heads

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April 06, 2022 - Great Power Tensions: How the Arctic is being militarized

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December 14, 2021 - Nobel Prize winners call for two percent disarmament for the climate

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November 13, 2021 - The "great statesmen" of this world are puppets of the military

 

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YouTube

Keyword search: weapons war peace

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Waffen Krieg Frieden

 

Videos:

 

Markus Lanz - ZDF - 15:29

Weapons for Ukraine: are Baerbock and Scholz behaving correctly?

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climate:neutral - 11:24

War: Fatal for people and the climate!

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arte - 59:48

The True Story of the 1st Gulf War

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Raw data dump - arte documentation - 01:38:43

Documentary: Why We Fight - America's Wars - The Military-Industrial Complex

 

Will open in a new window! - YouTube channel "Reaktorpleite" playlist - radioactivity worldwide ... - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJI6AtdHGth3FZbWsyyMMoIw-mT1Psuc5Playlist - radioactivity worldwide ...

This playlist contains over 150 videos on the topic

 

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Ecosia

This search engine is planting trees!

 

Keyword search: weapons war peace

https://www.ecosia.org/search?q=Waffen Krieg Frieden

 

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Wikipedia

 

Russo-Ukrainian War

The Russo-Ukrainian War (principally known as the Ukraine Conflict, commonly referred to as the Ukraine Crisis, Ukraine War, War Against Ukraine, or Russo-Ukrainian Conflict until February 2022) began in late February 2014 in the form of a regional armed conflict in the Ukrainian peninsula Crimea. Following the illegal annexation of Crimea, further escalations by Russia followed, in particular with the establishment of pro-Russian armed militias in the eastern Ukrainian Donbass, which fought there together with regular Russian troops against the Ukrainian armed forces and volunteer militias. The Minsk agreements of September 2014 and February 2015, which came about with international help, provided for a permanent ceasefire for the war in eastern Ukraine and the adoption of a Ukrainian law "On the temporary order of local self-government in certain regions of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions"; what was actually achieved was, at best, a stabilization of the local conflict with ongoing provocations by the Russian separatist side.

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Ukrainian Army and its equipment from January 2014 to March 2022

At the beginning of 2014, Ukraine's "non-operational and broken-corrupted" army was in a desolate state that had been lamented for years; it was underfinanced and poorly trained and equipped; the latest generation of weapons was completely absent. Russia had already been mentioned as a possible opponent in previous years...

 

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