January 28, 2012
2012, Alternative Energy, Electricity, Energy, Germany, Nuclear, Nuclear Radiation, Nuclear Reactor, Protests
Nuclear Power Plants: A Dying Breed?
The radiation tormenting Fukushima struck a chord in Germany; amidst widespread protesting the government shut down the seven oldest nuclear reactors in Germany to placate the public. While the general population was captivated by the celebrations of the protesters, apprehension filled the halls of government, and a window of opportunity was presented to green energy firms. Nuclear power plants are an essential player in producing German electricity. Unless the German’s would favor being dependent on Russian oil pipelines the only viable path left to them is a rapid adoption of green energy.
Germany needs a silver-bullet solution to answer the energy vacuum left behind by the absentee nuclear plants and the declarations that the ten remaining nuclear reactors would be shut down ahead of schedule. It’s solution is as ambitious as it is green. By 2030 Germany plans to take a third of its power from green sources. By 2050 Germany plans be on eighty percent green power the 205o. the government will spearhead incentives in every field: biogas, biomass, solar, wind, and hydro. In addition, the country is abandoning the production of new nuclear plants and is pledging to decommission those that remain in operation ahead of schedule.
This is nothing short of a dangerous gamble. Germany will become the flagship for alternative energy production of the world, if they succeed. If they fail, the rest of Europe will have to sell power to the Germans to keep the country lit up. The German people are coming to a hard ceiling; either they break through and prosper or they fail tragically and suffer a decline with cumbersome and unreliable energy fees. When it comes to heating homes and power industry their is only a small margin of error for Germany.
It will be interesting to see what Germany will look like in thirty years: will it be a green paradise or a darkening backwater?
October 2, 2011
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What’s wrapped in orange netting, tastes like pepper spray, and is synonymous with “revolutionary?” The Occupy Wall Street Movement.
Police Officers Arrest Over 500 Occupiers
What Happened Today?
With chants like, “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho. Corp-rate Greed has got to go!” Hundreds of Occupiers moved from New York City towards Brooklyn, across the historic Brooklyn Bridge. Many took the pedestrian walkway and protested unmolested. An undetermined number of demonstrators were entrapped in the traffic lanes, by police officers. They were cordoned for hours as police officers arrested a few at a time. All were arrested. By 8:05 the Brooklyn Bridge was reopened, much to the inflamed bemusement of commuters.
Growing numbers of Occupy Wall Street protesters, initially it was announced that 400 were arrested, then 500, and now more than700, were arrested in The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge. Many of those who have been arrested have been released with a mere summons. The NYPD is simply running out of resources such as, as many dark humor activists have pointed out, cable ties.
The Aftermath Facts
The precincts are full, the 700 protesters arrested today it is said they have been left on buses for the time being. No water, no food. Apparently, international photographer to Monica Lopez has taken photos of a twelve-year-old girl getting arrested. Several marines, in organized fashion, are coming to support the cause, have are coming to support the protesters. At least one legal observer was arrested. These revolutionaries are in it for the long haul. There is no sign of them halting, their momentum only gains.
How is the Protest Progressing?
For hours a live feed of the Occupy Wall Street protests have streamed, live, their demands. The growing multitudes voice their demands in call and response pattern; one leader speaks their beliefs and the congregation echoes their concern. Their concerns are simple; protect our environment, protect our security, protect our jobs, and above all protect the rights and political power of the “99%.” The 99% refers to the everyday American, not the Wall Street Broker or the Hollywood Big Shot, but instead the everyday hero.
They fight for every teachers, every soldiers, every salesmen, everybody who has ever worked in a cubicle, and even every police officer. Our jobs have been leached from America, globalized by corporate greed as our national stability is endangered by an increasingly polarized Congress. They are speaking out because the system of checks and balances is out of balance and too many good people are getting hurt for the benefit of a few fat cats, who have bankrupt this once great nation, can lounge in their penthouses. This will not continue, the Occupiers will have victory.
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September 28, 2011
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Occupy Wall Street Protesters Arrested For Campaigning For Basic Human Rights
It should be noted that the Arab Spring flared in America on September 24, 2011 and has since burned brightly, lighting downtown New York City while singeing Chicago, Denver, and Los Angles. This global revolution has taken the form Occupy Wall Street here in America. They campaign for ethical reforms for majority of the population, which are needed to combat the unconstitutional and immoral actions of the richest 1% of the population. In the words of Michael Moore, “Something has Started.” This is the beginning of the Second American Revolution.
What are the Occupy Wall Street Protestors Moving to Accomplish?
They want to enact economic and judicial reforms on a national scale.
They are campaigning against a broad range of failings that have hurt the American public. Several important issues are combating corporate greed, unshackling union’s collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin, and overturning Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a Supreme Court Decision that gave corporations the right to invest unlimited funds in political campaigns. Many demonstrators believe the financial sector, embodied by the Wall Street Stock exchange, to be at the heart of these problems. This is why ground zero for Occupy Wall Street is in New York City; they really just want their voices to be heard in the increasingly polarized and glaringly corporate political battleground.
Will They Be Successful?
Their protest is the American manifestation of the Arab Spring, which has uniformly been unstoppable. The trend with this sociopolitical titan has been that nations either meet the demands of the populace or inevitably fall to rebellion. These protests will be historically noted as the beginning of either one or the other in America.
The Arab Spring has already been felt around the world, from the revolting Arab nations successfully completing revolutions, British looting of London, and Greek riots spreading anarchy. Everywhere people are revolting against the same issues, only the names and places are different. It is likely historians will it call the Jasmine Revolution, after its original name with the fiery startup in Tunisia.
These initial protests may not be successful, perhaps doing little more than slowing a few investors commute. What is significant is that Americans are mobilizing not against any specific issue, but instead against the decaying economic order. They are protesting the schism between the astounding wealthy and the numerous poor. This is similar to other “Jasmine Revolutions.”
How Does Occupy Wall Street Resemble the Arab Spring?
Occupy Wall Street, which can be identified as a public organization for economic reform, bears striking similarities to the origins of most Arab Spring revolutions.
The Tunisians, the first pioneer of the Arab Spring, say their revolution was sparked by “unbalanced economic growth” as well. Egyptians revolted due to, “rising food prices, high unemployment, and the corruption that pervades economic life in the region.” Yemen is on the verge of a regime change, because of a widely corrupt government and major “economic grievances.” With the exception of the corruption, all of these concerns are prevalent in every region of the United States. The maldistribuiton of wealth and resources in America parallels those of the revolting Arab States; it was only a matter of time before distraught and jobless citizens took action.
Why Has There Been Police Brutality?
I would like to make note that while there have been a few occasions, including one incident involving dangerous use of pepper spray and others where police aggressively arrested unruly protesters, on the whole Occupy Wall Street has not suffered from unexpected amounts of police brutality. This is a large-scale, well covered protest; incidents of this nature happen during such demonstrations. It could be much worse and much more violent. These cases of controversial police aggression are regrettable results from the patriotic activism of the protesters going beyond conventional terms of engagement. These protesters knew the risks when they decided to stand up for what they believed in. The policemen are simply doing their jobs; I would not judge them too critically lest they desert our popular cause entirely. Everybody knows they did wrong, all we can hope is that incidents do not persist.
July 10, 2011
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- Protestors Rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Protest Lack of Election Reforms.
There is blood in the gutters and death in the streets of the capital city Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Protesters demanded free elections and the right of assembly and they were met with the threat of a whipping police baton and cease and desist order; their Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections had been outlawed and their rallied declared an unlawful gathering. Twenty thousand progressives, many wearing iconic yellow shirts, rallied nonetheless, marching on the central stadium for their rally. Water cannons, tear gas grenades, thousands of bright red riot cops, and a determined government drove back the righteous revolutionaries and imprisoned a tenth of their number. A grand revolution, declared, Bersih 2.0, of Oceania has begun, however it will be met with a stiff authoritarian resistance, code-named “Operation Erase Bersih.”
What Exactly are the Protesters Challenging?
Prime Minister Najib Razak is the current head of the United Malays National Organization, a political conglomerate that has ruled the country since its independence from Great Britain. While his government has attempted economic progress political opponents have condemned his party’s widespread use of fraud, corruption, and racial discrimination to retain its failing authority. Marginalized races form the base of the coalition, consisting of over 62 separate non government organizations across all ideological spheres. They all want one thing; fair elections and reforms allowing new political parties into the ruling government of Malaysia. They were denied, so they choose July 9, 2011, the 54th anniversary of Malaysian Independence for their social revolution, Bersih 2.0.
What Has Happened to the Demonstrators?
The authority’s militaristic action has largely broken up the rallies; now the crest of this current protest has receded they have begun releasing 1600 of the jailed civilians. Reports from protesters of Bersih2.0 say that at least one man has died because of breathing problems related to the protests. The police lack the capacity to quickly take on so many new inmates and it is speculated that executives want to mitigate the rioter’s fury. A short stint in holding cools tempers, a long time behind bars sparks hatred and rage.
What About the Remaining Leaders of the Demonstration?
They are going to remain locked down for the foreseeable future. Preceding the protest opposition political leaders have been targeted and silenced using aggressive police arrests. Over one hundred were jailed for everything from distributing T-shirts to holding public rallies. Human and democratic rights were trampled; many leaders of Bersih 2.0 were deliberately threatened, intimidated and brutally treated. An additional hundred were jailed throughout the city during the protest. These important public leaders are in stasis; their fate has yet to be decided. Some who were released were re-arrested.
How is the Government Reaction to The Rally?
Major fissures have emerged between the different political spheres throughout the government cast vastly different opinions on Bersih 2.0. Many of the extreme conservative elements have denounced the protesters, accusing them of “tarnishing” the country’s image and sowing anarchy. The police chief of the Kuala Lumpur has objected, sympathizing with to the demonstrators because of the harsh police conduct. These opinions will be crucial in determining the future maturation of these righteous free election demonstrators.
Bersih 2.0 will, and must, succeed for the continuation of Malaysia; otherwise it is probable civil war will engulf the nation. That is unthinkable for our interdependent economy and international relations; the global recession of 2011 will only get worse at snowball into more anarchy around the world.
May 24, 2011
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Protesters stoke new flames of rebellion in Tbillisi, Georgia
Tbillisi, capital of the impoverished nation Georgia, was the first battleground for the latest outbreak of the Jasmine Revolution. Several thousand revolutionaries converged on the city over the last three days, publicly battling law enforcement in a series of street battles. Tear gas and rubber bullets dispersed revolutionaries after prolonged protests that paralyzed the cities major roads. During the engagements both protesters and policemen were injured badly enough to be hospitalized. A police cruiser was surrounded and damaged beyond repair by an angry mob; the unfortunate police officer was able to escape. Locals call it the Second Rose Revolution, naming it after a successful revolution in November, 2003.
What is Next For the Revolutionaries?
A “Day of Rage” has been scheduled for May 25 by exiled opposition leader Irakli Okruashvili. For the last four years he has been living in exile in France; he promises to return to his native country, which has a standing arrest warrant on him, on Wednesday to personally help the revolution take seed and flourish. President Mikhael Saakashvili has survived and retained his authority in several similar uprisings over the past decade.
How Does This Impact the Region?
Neighbors Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are dreading the outbreak of rebellion on their doorstep while local superpower Russia is prodding the nation, looking for an opportunity to maneuver its own politicians into power. Revolutions in Georgia have partially destabilized the region; influxes of arms and widespread casualties trigger weak regional security and mutual distrust. Citizens of the smaller nations are also greatly concerned about the potential for Russian intervention, something that is nearly unthinkable. In 2008, Russia annexed Georgia for several weeks after Georgia shot down a Russian jet. Nobody likes tyrants, but they would favor them over the totalitarianism of the Russians that they subjected to until the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Why Is There A Revolution Now?
Enraged civilians have endured nearly over three decades of troubled government run by illegitimate presidents and under the fear of the Russians. The crucible of high employment, low standards of living and, above all, slashed pensions combined with existing widespread corruption have synthesized a new revolutionary force in the country. These revolutionaries call for socioeconomic equality, free elections, and righteous justice for administrators who have betrayed their country. Widespread support and secretive organizing on backwater social networking sites have created a powerful force that has the potential to succeed where past uprisings have failed.
Are There Scientific Terms to Describe this Revolutionary Behavior?
Criminologists describe the situation emerging in Georgia as rebellious deviant behavior derived from strain theory. This psychological theory predicts that when a populace replaces the current objectives of the society with modern ones that pertain to the specific needs of the populace rather than the arbitrary orders by the imposed authority. President Mikhael Saakashvili has an unpopular government that is fraught with corruption and does not meet basic humanitarian requirements. The people have forgotten his objectives and have substituted their own as they plan to establish a government with free and fair elections. This deviant behavior is a natural result of the mistreatment of the Georgians. The only surprising realization of this uprising is that this revolution has not happened already and that revolutions like it have not cropped up in nations with equally misguided governments, such as China or the United States of America. These large nation need to follow the examples set by the upstart Georgians, Tunisians, and Croatians.
Good Luck Georgians!
March 15, 2011
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The international consequences of the Nuclear Powder Keg that threatens Japan have spanned the globe, protests have cropped up around the world as all governments scrutinize their own nuclear reactors. Many of these demonstrations numbered in the tens of thousands as petulant environmentalists and myopic citizens called for a swift end to the nuclear power, ignoring that without nuclear power the world would grow dark.
Where are the Protests?
Berlin, Germany and Stuttgart, Germany have the largest demonstrations with 100,000 protesters.
Germany has the second largest concentrations of nuclear power plants in Europe with 17 aging reactors. Today, protesters at Stuttgart formed a 45 kilometer chain to call attention to failings at Germany’s oldest reactors. Craving to demonstrators demands demands the German government has ordered the nuclear power company Merkel to shut down 7 of the oldest reactors for the next three months. Many celebrate this landmark decision, however skeptics are wondering where supplement power will come from. By closing those seven plants over three percent of German power will need to be bought from surrounding countries or made in wasteful auxiliary generators.
Meanwhile major protests rocked France, a country that runs on over 80% nuclear power. French officials remain unrelenting defenders of French nuclear power, with an impeccable record of having no major or minor meltdowns. In addition they are joining all European Union nations is stress testing their nuclear reactors.
American anti-nuclear protests were centered in California, where protesters fear radiation from Japan infecting American shores and the potential of meltdowns at California’s two aging reactors. Activists call for a swift and immediate closer of the power plants, favoring environmentally friendly wind and solar power sources. Obama has announced his protection of nuclear power in the United States, stating that America’s reactors are safe from all common natural disasters. Demonstrators ignored his statements and continue to protest in California and in every major city in the United States.
What will This Mean For Nuclear Power?
The nuclear industry has not been negatively impacted by the Japanese disaster.
Construction of new nuclear reactors has continued despite the wave of protesters calling for reevaluation of power options. Canada has decided to continue with a nuclear reactor in Vancouver. Russia and Belarus have just announced signing a nine billion dollar deal that will lead to construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus, adding their first nuclear reactor to supplement traditional sources. It is collectively agreed that the Japanese Nuclear Powder Keg is a perfect example the danger of nuclear powers; in addition many claim that since there has not been a full meltdown that humanity is successfully defeated the worst nature can dish out.
Besides, the tsunamis of this magnitude occurs only once every thousand years.
Is Nuclear Power Good or Bad (or Necessary)?
Fossil fuels are running dry while wind, solar, and hydrogen cannot support the demand; Nuclear power is necessary for the modern world. 14% of all power produced in the world is produced by nuclear reactors. In addition, the most dangerous sources of power continue to be coal and oil; hundreds of workers die each year in explosions and collapses. There has only been one major nuclear disaster in history, Chernobyl, a disaster that could have been easily prevented or mitigated. The only problem in this tragic disaster was human failings.
In order to progress into the future humanity will need nuclear power, there are no reliable, efficient, or healthy alternatives. The nuclear Renaissance will soldier on throughout the world, simply because there is no other choice. This means the nuclear industry will continue to flourish, leading to a more prosperous international economy with reduced energy dependence.
March 3, 2011
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Tens of thousands across the beleaguered country of Croatia call for elections to oust their Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor, whose inaction has allowed corruption and organized crime to spread unchecked. The citizens of the Coating have been staging growing peaceful protests to express their outrage. Their demands is for elections and general reforms have so far been fruitless. Kosor is flatly refusing to hold elections or drastically change her policies. The number of demonstrators grows steadily.
Jadranka Koser, Prime Minister of Croatia
What Types Corruption Is Takeing Place In the Government?
There are numerous failings in the legal aspects of Croatia. The judicial system is heavily polluted, the European Union expressed dire concern about the effectiveness of the courts. Judges, jurors, and even witnesses are often coerced to arrive at false verdicts due to lack of effective government oversight. In addition, according to Amnesty International Croatia continually fails to protect war crime witnesses. Croatia has not been able to clear itself of many significant war crimes that are nearly two decades old.
Illegal property seizures and other property concerns also go unchecked. Sly politicians and criminals have rigged Croatia to funnel even more riches, in the form of real estate, into their pockets. They simultaneously block suits and legal complaints. There are currently over a million backlogged property disputes in Croatia.
The border checkpoints are also poorly administered, allowing unchecked contraband and rampant smuggling to permeate the country. An activist staged a sting operation in which he videotapes himself bribing multiple officials. These breaches of law seem almost commonplace.
How is This Corruption Being Fought?
Efforts to combat the corruption have been counter productive. Kosor promised to rid Croatia of corruption when she gained power in 2009. Since then the governments corruption probes have actually aided corruption rather than fight in. Money spent to find the criminals have ended up in the pockets of fraudulent corruptions and the suspected politicians. This complete rout of reform has forced the Croatians to actively demand a new prime minister, one who is more effectively hopefully. Thousands have turned out for protests.
How Are the Croatians Reacting?
They are peacefully protesting, demanding new elections that will replace Kosor with someone who can enact reforms. Despite the growing crowds of protesters she continues to refuse to hold elections. She has instead targeting her efforts to help Croatia enter into the European Union.
Meanwhile record numbers of unemployed citizens parade in the streets. It is reported that there are as many as 330,000 unemployed in Croatia. Many of their brethren, who are outraged with the civil and legal rights issue that plague the country, also protest peacefully. There has only one incident of violence, by the renegade Dinamo Zagreb-soccer club fans have fought against police. Their actions have been widely condemned by the protesters.
Why is Corruption A Problem in Croatia?
In recent years economic conditions in Croatia have decayed leading many ordinary citizens taking bribes and carry out illegal actives just to get by. Many politicians have exploited this desperation, pocketing fortunes. One infamous example is Ivo Sanader, the former prime minister of Croatia preceding Kosor. He initially fled the county in 2009, just before it became known he had been arranging generous loans for illegal kickbacks. He currently is slowly being extradited from Austria and being declared an alleged war profiteer.
In addition organized crime runs unchecked throughout Croatia. The country serves as a highways for the drug trade; many illegal shipments make their way through the region unchecked every year due to the corruption. Activists and their love ones are targeted and killed, the criminals have used everything from car bombs to public assassinations. Progress against organized crime has mostly stagnated.