Wednesday 29 February 2012

The Threat fromTsunamis re: New Nuclear Power Stations in the U.K

Quote: "Oldbury nuclear power station near Bristol has stopped generating electricity after 45 years.

Both of the station's reactors were scheduled to be turned off in 2008, but had their operational life extended.

Reactor two was turned off in 2011 and reactor one was finally shut down at 11:00 GMT on Wednesday.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Magnox, which owns the site, said continued operation was not economically viable.

The switch-off was watched through a video link by many of the station's 500 staff in Oldbury's canteen.

"It'll be a sad day but there's plenty of other things to do," said station director Phil Sprauge.

'Dignified end'

"The plant has had a number of enhancements over the years, however continued generation is largely down to the excellence of the staff that have operated the plant for those 44 years.

"This fantastic record is one that all staff both past and present, can rightly be proud.

"Today marks a safe and dignified end to the generation of electricity at Oldbury."

Since it was first turned on in 1967, Oldbury has generated 137.5 TWh of electricity which is enough to power a million homes for 20 years, the site's owners said.

Over the next three years the decommissioning process will begin, with remaining fuel from the station's reactor removed and reprocessed.

After this, other hazardous materials from the site will be removed before many of the station's buildings are demolished.

The main reactor building will not be pulled down until about 2100 when the radioactive levels in the building become safe.

Horizon Nuclear Power - a conglomerate formed by E.On and RWE - hopes to build a new power station, next to the existing reactor building, after 2025." Go to,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1024&bih=571&wrapid=tlif133052160085910&q=Oldbury+Bristol&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x487197cfecbf6a4f:0x3840c63946a634bc,Oldbury-on-Severn,+South+Gloucestershire&gl=uk&ei=DyZOT4e5EcrMsgbqyOijDw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCAQ8gEwAA

Quote: ""..a 2005 BBC2 Timewatch documentary which was postponed and re-edited after the Asian tsunami due to its sudden topicality. It documented how, out of a clear blue sky on 30th January 1607, nearly 600 km of the Devon, Somerset and Welsh coast was inundated by a wave of up to 7.5m (25ft). The ‘largest and most destructive flood in British history’ , it may have been caused by a tsunami deriving from an undersea quake, the wave reaching up to 14 miles inland (to the foot of Glastonbury Tor), leaving a temporary inland sea of over 200 square miles for ten days, and drowning around 2,000. For the benefit of sceptics, the academic study the documentary was based on pointed out a 1755 seaquake off Portugal had sent out a 15m (49ft) high tsunami that killed nearly 50,000. There has also been a claim a tsunami hit Dorset in 1868 – luckily the relatively deserted stretch of shore west of Portland."


..I watched the "Timewatch" documentary when it was screened, the evidence for the tsunami it dealt with seemed very strong as did that of they're estimation for the event's source (the point where the European continental shelf ends some considerable miles S.W of Ireland in the N.Atlantic)." ..Also...
"Underline mine; I had a pdf file map of Britain showing the various nuclear facilities which I have, unfortunately, been unable to find again having lost the file owing to a PC crash. There were two facilities detailed at the very mouth of The Severn itself on either side of the estuary. It struck me at the time that any tsunamic event which might hit the area would strike these sites with tremendous force and almost certainly distribute radioactive contaminant all over the already devasted region.

..and this from WalesOnline ..." From "Penguins Can Fly (Re:Channel Tunnel)!" Updated, go to

Tuesday 28 February 2012

"Probe Finds Japan Withheld Risks of Nuclear Disaster"

Quote: "TOKYO—The Japanese government withheld information about the full danger of last year's nuclear disaster from its own people and from the United States, putting U.S.-Japan relations at risk in the first days after the accident, according to an independent report released Tuesday.
The report, compiled from interviews with more than 300 people, delivers a scathing view of how leaders played down the risks of the meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant that followed a massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
The report by the private Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation also paints a picture of confusion during the days immediately after the accident. It says the U.S. government was frustrated by the scattered information provided by Japan and was skeptical whether it was true.
The U.S. advised Americans to leave an area within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the plant, far bigger than the 12-mile (20-kilometer) Japanese evacuation area, because of concerns that the accident was worse than Japan was reporting.
The misunderstandings were gradually cleared up after a bilateral committee was set up on March 22 and began regular meetings, according to the 400-page report.
The report, compiled by scholars, lawyers and other experts, credits then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan for ordering Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility running the plant, not to withdraw its staff and to keep fighting to bring it under control.
TEPCO's president at the time, Masataka Shimizu, called Kan on March 15 and said he wanted to abandon the plant and have all 600 TEPCO staff flee, the report said. That would have allowed the situation to spiral out of control, resulting in a much larger release of radiation.
A group of about 50 workers was eventually able to bring the plant under control.
TEPCO, which declined to take part in the investigation, has denied it planned to abandon Fukushima Dai-ichi. The report notes the denial, but says Kan and other officials had the clear understanding that TEPCO had asked to leave.
But the report criticizes Kan for attempting to micromanage the disaster and for not releasing critical information on radiation leaks, thereby creating widespread distrust of the authorities among Japanese.
Kan's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the report.
Kan acknowledged in a recent interview with The Associated Press that the release of information was sometimes slow and at times wrong. He blamed a lack of reliable data at the time and denied the government hid such information from the public.
It will take decades to fully decommission Fukushima Dai-ichi. Although one of the damaged reactor buildings has been repaired, others remain in shambles. A group of journalists, including a reporter from The Associated Press, were given a tour of the plant on Tuesday.
Workers have used tape to mend cracks caused by freezing weather in plastic hoses on temporary equipment installed to cool the hobbled reactors.
"I have to acknowledge that they are still rather fragile," plant chief Takeshi Takahashi said of the safety measures.
The area is still contaminated with radiation, complicating the work. It already has involved hundreds of thousands of workers, who have to quit when they reach the maximum allowed radiation exposure of 100 millisieverts a year.
The report includes a document describing a worst-case scenario that Kan and the chief of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission secretly discussed two weeks after the disaster.
That scenario involved the possibility of more nuclear fuel rods burning, causing the release of more radiation and requiring the evacuation of a much wider region, including Tokyo.
The report also concludes that government oversight of nuclear plant safety had been inadequate, ignoring the risk of tsunami and the need for plant design renovations, and instead clinging to a "myth of safety."
"The idea of upgrading a plant was taboo," said Koichi Kitazawa, a scholar who heads the commission that prepared the report. "We were just lucky that Japan was able to avoid the worst-case scenario. But there is no guarantee this kind of luck will prevail next time."" Go to Also see "comments":

Monday 27 February 2012

"Radar-Paint" & "Stealth-Turbines"

Quote: "...because all along, the myth that wind farms conflict with military radar systems was propagated in order to sell Lockheed Martin technology !

Wind farms never posed any problem to military radar systems - it was all dreamed up to force the wind power industry to bailout the military technology supply companies with new lucrative contracts...  " With thanks to Jo Abbess of the Media Lens Message Board.

Quote: "For all their environmental appeal, wind turbines have few fans in the military or among air traffic controllers. Strange as it might seem, radar systems easily confuse the turbines' rotating blades with passing aircraft. Now a company has developed a "stealthy", radar-invisible blade that could see many more wind farms springing up across the UK and elsewhere.
The concern over wind turbines is delaying their deployment. According to the UK Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change, plans for over 5 gigawatts of wind power are currently stalled by aviators' objections . " See second link given above.

Friday 24 February 2012

"Ah! There you are!"

Quote: "Ministry of Defence confirms it has tried and tested 'windfarm-friendly radars'
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a deal that could unlock more than 4GW of windfarms currently stuck in the planning system, after successfully trialling a radar system that can ignore the spinning blades of turbines.
The MoD announced late last week that contractor SERCO had installed and successfully tested a Lockheed Martin TPS-77 Air Defence Radar at Trimingham on the Norfolk coast, which allows it to conditionally scrap its objections to five offshore wind farms in the Greater Wash.
The proposed wind farms boast a combined capacity of up to 3.3GW.
The department also confirmed, as reported last year, that it has ordered two more "wind farm-friendly radars", which will be paid for by developers and installed at Staxton Wold, North Yorkshire and Brizlee Wood, Northumberland, potentially unlocking a further 750MW of proposed projects.
The Brizlee Wood replacement was purchased to allow North British Windpower's 48 turbine Fallago Rig project to progress. But the mitigation solution could also remove objections to a number of other wind farms planned nearby.
According to the government's Renewables Roadmap, most of the 1.9GW of onshore wind farms that have been unable to gain planning consent for more than two years are held up by objections over radar interference because the spinning blades disrupt radar signals.
Wind turbines as small as 50kW can reflect radar waves, appearing on tracking screens as 'clutter' in an unpredictable and confusing way. However, independent wind farm developers often cannot afford to invest in expensive mitigation technologies designed to reduce the impact on radars.
Dr Gordon Edge, RenewableUK's director of policy, hailed the news as "the end of what has been a long-term obstacle for the expansion of wind energy".
"Through close co-operation with the Ministry of Defence, the industry is identifying its impact on our defence infrastructure and bearing its share of the costs of mitigating that impact," he said. "By doing so, we expand our ability to tap into Britain's world-beating renewable energy resources."
Today's news is the product of two memorandums of understandings between the wind energy industry and stakeholders, such as the MoD, the Crown Estate, and air traffic control operator NATS.
Commenting on the news, Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans Andrew Robathan said the MoD had played an "instrumental" role in "convincing the energy companies to collaborate and jointly fund the cost of the radar".
"This is good news for all parties to this arrangement," he added." Go to (see "Scrap Metal and Shuttle Diplomacy" for full story).

"HOT particles reaching the U.S.A"

Thursday 23 February 2012

"There goes a hospital!"....

Quote: "While France and Germany were urging Greece to cut its spending on social services and public sector employees (who account for 25% of the workforce), they were bullying Greece behind the scenes to confirm billions of euros in arms deals from France and Germany, including submarines, a fleet of warships, helicopters and war planes. One Euro-MP alleged that Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy blackmailed the Greek Prime Minister by making the Franco-German contributions to the bailout dependent upon the arms deals going through, which was signed by the previous Greek Prime Minister. Sarkozy apparently told the Greek Prime Minister Papandreou, “We’re going to raise the money to help you, but you are going to have to continue to pay the arms contracts that we have with you.” The arms deals run into the billions, with 2.5 billion euros simply for French frigates.[66] Greece is in fact the largest purchaser of arms (as a percentage of GDP) in the European Union, and was planning to make more purchases:
Greece has said it needs 40 fighter jets, and both Germany and France are vying for the contract: Germany wants Greece to buy Eurofighter planes — made by a consortium of German, Italian, Spanish and British companies — while France is eager to sell Athens its Rafale fighter aircraft, produced by Dassault. Germany is Greece's largest supplier of arms, according to a report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in March, with Athens receiving 35 percent of the weapons it bought last year from there. Germany sent 13 percent of its arms exports to Greece, making Greece the second largest recipient behind Turkey, SIPRI said.[67]
Thus, France and Germany insist upon French and German arms manufacturers making money at the expense of the standard of living of the Greek people. Financially extorting Greece to purchase weapons and military equipment while demanding the country make spending cuts in all other areas (while increasing the taxes on the population) reveals the true hypocrisy of the whole endeavour, and the nature of who is really being ‘bailed out.’" Go to

An Indictment of NATO's "Interventionism"

"The Humanitarian War"
Go to for video

Saturday 18 February 2012

Japan Under the Sword

Quote: "JP Gov is making legislative bill of Public security law Japanese government killed Fukushima people and eastern Japanese by concealing" (information) "for longer than 10 days. For the next, Japanese government is making legislative bill of Public security law. With this law,government is authorized to define what is secret. You must serve a 10-year term in prison if you leak the secret. Government is to suppress the information. In 1923, the Great Kanto Earthquake struck. Old public security law was legislated the next year, 1924. Japan started WWW2 13 years later, in 1937. In this legislative bill, every ministry is allowed to define “secret” by themselves. Behind this movement, there is an intention of police bureaucrat to think it’s easier to control people fed with less information. Because everything can be concealed in the name of public security, it can be restricted to measure radiation as well. US has Anti-Espionage Act already. Japan and US made Generel Security of Military Information Agreement in 2007. Prof Tajima from Sophia University points out Japanese government might have been pressured by US government. Actually, the similar legislative bill was made in 1985, but it didn’t include police information. In this meaning, the modern Public security law covers wider range. Japanese government failed in passing the bill in 1985, but they didn’t give it up.

11:10 pm  •  12 February 2012 " Go to

Quote: "A Japanese woman who claimed exposure to radiation from damaged nuclear reactors has been denied refugee status in Canada almost one year after that nation was rocked by an earthquake and tsunami that left more than 100,000 people homeless.
The woman’s identity has not been released by an Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) since she’s seeking asylum in this country. She is among several dozen Japanese nationals who filed refugee claims to stay in Canada following the disaster and is one of the first decisions to be reached by the IRB.
“The claimant feared risks of exposure to radiation,” an IRB member said in a ruling. “She was not convinced by the Japanese government’s assurances of safety from radiation.”
The woman was one of hundreds of Japanese citizens who sought refuge in other countries following the March 11, 2011 catastrophe caused by a magnitude 9.0 quake and tsunami that left more than 15,000 dead and nearly 3300 missing.
The acts of nature crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant, leading to core meltdowns at three of its six reactors, and ongoing leaks of radioactive material.
A board member ruled the claimant “feared being a victim of hazards that emanated from a combined natural and man-made disaster.”
The member said the claimant’s risk “is characterized as being widespread and prevalent in Japan.”
The woman can still appeal her case to the Federal Court of Canada, and that decision can still be appealed.
She claimed her life was in danger from radioactive contaminants that spewed into the environment from the Fukushima plant.
More than 100,000 people were evacuated from their homes and businesses in a 20-km no-go zone around the plant.
The accident also raised fears of contamination in everything from fruit and vegetables to fish and water.
It took about nine months for the Japanese government to declare that the Fukushima plant was stable, although it will take about 40 years to decommission the plant.
Japan has since decided to lower its reliance on nuclear power, reversing its plans to boost it to 50 per cent by 2030. Most of its 54 reactors are currently off-line, most of them undergoing safety inspections." Go to

Quote: "They call them "gamma sponges" and "glow boys." The teams are called "suicide squads."
Richard "Rich Rad" Meserve, former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission — and now head of a mindless Washington pro-nuclear lobbying think-tank — calls them "jumpers" as if it were something fun to do. Or perhaps he considers the job healthy exercise. The suits are certainly very heavy, the work arduous, tedious, and dangerous.
Everyone learned to called them "liquidators" after Chernobyl, but there, they called themselves "bio-robots."
Why? Because they had to replace the robots that didn’t work, on account of the fancy electronics don’t work in highly radioactive environments. That’s true today, too.
Their job? In Chernobyl it was to do things like: Heave sand and lead from a helicopter. For a total time over the reactor of just a minute or two.
A couple of trips. Then it’s someone else’s turn.
Or shovel radioactive graphite off the roof of the building for 45 seconds.
Then it’s someone else’s turn.
Or run in and turn a valve part way.
Then it’s someone else’s turn.
It required approximately 800,000 such young men to "clean up" Chernobyl (and I use the term "clean up" very, very loosely!). Virtually all were conscripted.
Now, they’re dropping like flies. It’s called the Chernobyl Syndrome:
"Heart, stomach, liver, kidneys… nervous system… our whole bodies were radically upset [by the radiation and chemical exposure]." — testimony of a liquidator, from the movie Battle for Chernobyl (highly recommended).
Their children and the children of people who were downwind from Chernobyl often wear what’s called the "Chernobyl Necklace". It’s the scar across their throat, left over from thyroid surgery.
Far worse abnormalities and deformities await many others, as well. Thyroid cancer is just the tip of the iceberg, though perhaps the easiest one to prevent and to cure.
The authorities supposedly kept track of everyone’s radiation exposure, but really it was bogus. Needles on radiation detectors were pegged on "high." Radiation detectors themselves were in short supply. Cumulative dose badges were practically unavailable. Nearly everyone’s exposure was projected, estimated, and calculated instead. These bogus records were then used by the Soviet state later, to deny that Chernobyl was the cause of their comrade’s illnesses.
In Japan it’s happening again: Needles are pegging on "high", detectors are in short supply, and exposures are being crudely estimated.
The "heros" — as the media have aptly dubbed them — who are working at the highly-irradiated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant right now — are reportedly receiving 20 times their normal day’s pay for a day at Fukushima Daiichi.
And perhaps a thousand times their normal daily radiation dose.
Hardly worth it, but thank goodness somebody is willing to do it at any price. The world appreciates their effort. The problem is, nothing’s working. Polymer sponge diapers (I kid you not, that’s what they’re trying) aren’t working. Concrete isn’t working. Sawdust and shredded newspaper (I kid you not…) isn’t working. The plant is still leaking enormous amounts of radioactivity.
And they say that could go on for years.
Every nuclear power plant has the potential to become the next Fukushima. The next Chernobyl. Or the next "worst industrial accident ever" — worse than Chernobyl. Worse than Fukushima.
Shut ‘em down. This is crazy. We sacrifice our fellow citizens. We sacrifice ourselves. We sacrifice our future. We sacrifice our children. Shut ‘em down forever." Go to

...whilst European administrations either ignore the Iodine-131 they have detected on their soils or make ridiculous claims for it's possible origins (go to ).
 Japan is facing the prospect of mass-evacuations and years of decontamination procedures but The French and British governments plan to expand their nuclear industries.

 Operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) and the Japanese government say the tsunami-crippled reactors are all in a "state of cold shutdown" and are keen to give the impression that there is just cleaning up to do.

They acknowledge it is the work of a few decades - perhaps 40 years - but nonetheless insist things are under control.

But that is not how those who spend their days inside the plant see it.

"I can clearly say it's not safe at all," said one worker in his 50s, a subcontractor who has been working on the plant's cooling system since September.

The man did not want to be identified for fear of losing the 8,000 yen ($100) daily paycheck he receives.

"There are many spots where radiation levels are extremely high," he said.

The man said subcontractors like him were treated like animals.

In the height of summer with the mercury rising to 38 degrees Celsius (100 Fahrenheit), workers had to go for up to three hours at a time without water because they were unable to take off their masks.
" For full article go to

Sunday 12 February 2012

"Arbeit Macht Frei"!

Quote: "A national discussion concerning the nature of the philosophy which informs social welfare provision in Britain is well past time, I mean to begin to address this "lack of provision" with this thread, please feel free to post your own comments.
I will begin by asking you to consider one notion with regard to the issue, that of Duress...

...In Judaism Sheol is the pit in which the dead gather prior to judgement, it is also where those on welfare benefits in this country have been condemned to by the press, politicians and the spiritual institutions because it follows that in a "free market" (so-called "laissez faire") economy those that must be provided for have failed!
Now in our "Post-Friedmanion/Crass-Keynesian" state we are preparing to employ 19th/20th century Whig and Tory notions of social justice to the welfare provision for the very communities that suffered most under Monetarism, if the result of this is not social chaos and civil unrest I will (frankly) be more than somewhat shocked!*
The basic problem of social welfare provision is that it is more often than not merely public philanthropy**. This was of-couse realised (at-first) with the notion of public health-care and education being "free at point of use", however to carry that principle over into the welfare debate has always required a "leap-of-faith" few have been prepared to make (not that "we" support it now anyway re:student loans etc.).***

*See edit 17/01/11 (below).

**Which like "Public Happiness" does not appear in the American consitution anymore than it actually exists anywhere ("public-philanthropy" like "unsustainable-economy" being an oxymoron).

***I find it genuinely unsettling to ponder the link between The British Labour Party and The Trade Unions (the politicisation of which ruined the path of social reform in Britain in the latter half of the twentieth century), however (and considering my "liberal fence sitting" carefully) the monetary link between capitalist enterprise and The British Conservative Party was just as damaging.

I have found that those on state disablement benefits almost universally express a wish to contribute (in some meaningful way) to the society they live in. This has also been my experience of those receiving "Job Seekers' Allowance". It would appear to be only the traumatised that must rely on others fully until the "crisis" has passed.
What does this say about our approach to social welfare provision? It means that we must not seperate the notions of public health and public welfare, they are one and the same.

It is a Monetarist myth that "expansion = health", a market may choose* simply to improve it's own efficiency (and avoid the possiblity of a cancerous "Crass-Keynesian" demise)." From
"For Welfare to Work?", go to

"Government Set to Strip Disabled People's Basic Human Rights"

Quote: "The government’s ill-thought through plans to scrap the Independent Living Fund (ILF) from 2015 will not only wreck disabled people’s lives but potentially push them into residential institutions rather than being able to live in the community. This is in spite of these rights being guaranteed by the ratification of a United Nations Convention." Go to

""Civilisation" a Refutation."

"Utilising historical evidence of environmental, ecological and sociological change and comparing the resulting information to epidemiological evidence of the density of (and disease frequency within), the coincident human population convinces one that "civilisation" has not always represented improvement in human society, quite the reverse in fact for when practiced "in exclusion" (as it were), it leads to; sociological, economic, environmental, political and cultural collapse. This does not mean that (to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi), "civilisation would (not), be a good idea", in The West (or anywhere else), if it was practiced given the understanding that the notion is not the be-all-and-end-all of political, sociological or cultural evolution.* It seems that civilisation is a function of the human evolutionary process not the process itself. Food production has always been the controlling factor in human society, the gee-gaws of the civilised world serve only to occlude our basic dependency on our environment. "Decentralisation" (a very "uncivilised" philosophy), maintains that all human beings deserve access to proper "Lebensraum" and that none should be forced into uncomfortable, unhealthy or over-populated living conditions. "Democracy"** may have developed it's popularity within civic society but the concept does not belong to civilisation anymore than a child does to its parents.".....

*"The call us civilised because we're easy to sneak up on" Lone Wati in "The Outlaw Josey Wales":

**Quote: "late 16th century: from French démocratie, via late Latin from Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos 'the people' + -kratia 'power, rule'." Go to :

 "The above is not however a green-light for Khaos, for as with emergent economic theory -see: "Emergence Theory"-, democracy is seen as developing from the individual into the social. A tree does not grow by the canopy imposing it's will on the roots -without nutrients the tree will die-.
It was inevitable that the dominance of carcinogenic monocultural systems would lead to the development of the ugly tumours we call "Megacities" -which are an indication of the terminal decline (not health), of "Civilisation"-)." 

" "... Posted by pete f .....

"There's an argument that America's been monetarist ("the pursuit of happiness"), since it's inception and consequently does not exist as a society, still we "endeavour to persevere"." Posted by sandtrout 2010. From eponymous thread on Media Lens message board.

Another Media Lens message board thread ("Is Britain to Blame for Many of The World's Problems?", go to ),
"mirrors" the theme discussing the legacy of empires with regard to the ongoing paroxysm in The Middle East.
"Is Britain to blame for many of the world's problems?


David Cameron has suggested that Britain and the legacy of its empire was responsible for many of the world's historic problems. But is that view fair?

Answering questions from students in Pakistan on Tuesday, the prime minister said: "As with so many of the problems of the world, we are responsible for their creation in the first place."

Here two historians give their view.

Nick Lloyd, lecturer in defence studies, King's College London

Mr Cameron's remarks about the painful legacy of colonialism could not be further from the truth and they reveal a disappointing lack of historical judgment. The British Empire in India, known as the Raj, was the greatest experiment in paternalistic imperial government in history.

By the time the British left India in 1947 they had given the subcontinent a number of priceless assets, including the English language, but also a structure of good government, local organisation and logistical infrastructure that still holds good today. Far from damaging India, British imperial rule gave it a head start.

At the centre of this was the Indian Civil Service, the 1,000 strong "heaven-born" group of administrators that ran the country. Their role in laying the foundations for strong, efficient government in India has never been accorded the respect and admiration it deserves.

While history has recorded that the ICS were aloof and disdainful of the "natives", in reality, the men who ran India were selfless, efficient and - most importantly of all - completely incorruptible.

Not only did they oversee the spread of good government, western education, modern medicine and the rule of law, they also put in place local works, famine relief, and irrigation projects, most notably in the Punjab, which benefited enormously from what was then the largest irrigation project in the world.

Perhaps the most priceless asset of all was the English language itself, which gave a unity to the subcontinent that it had never known before and which is allowing India's people to do business around the world today with great success.

Indeed, it is indicative of this that in February 2011, a Dalit (formerly untouchable) community in Uttar Pradesh built a shrine to the goddess English, which they believe will help them learn the English language and climb out of their grinding poverty.

Although Britain was not able to replicate its success in India everywhere across its vast colonial empire, it is still clear the empire gave its colonies real, tangible benefits. Wherever the British ruled, they erected a light, relatively inexpensive form of government that was not corrupt, was stable, and was favourable to outside investors.

Its imperial civil servants may not always have been completely sympathetic to local peoples, but they were always motivated by humanitarian impulses and did their best in often difficult circumstances. Indeed, when we look at Africa, many of the benefits of imperial rule were squandered in the generations after independence with a succession of corrupt and brutal regimes.

Dr Nick Lloyd is the author of the forthcoming book The Amritsar Massacre: The Untold Story of One Fateful Day


Andrew Thompson, professor of imperial and global history, University of Leeds

Does Britain's colonial legacy still poison its relations with Africa, the Middle East and Asia? Mr Cameron's remark raises important questions for society about how we relate to history.

There's the inheritance of colonial violence. What you saw in the later stages of empire was a series of British counter-insurgency operations, exported from one hot spot to another. In places such as Kenya, Palestine, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, and of course Northern Ireland, the British were forced to resort to repressive legal and military measures in what was to prove an ultimately vain attempt to curb the tide of political unrest and nationalist opposition.

Detention without trial, beatings, torture, and killings punctuated the twilight years of colonial rule. The disclosure this week of a large tranche of Foreign Office files, hitherto kept secret about full extent of British brutality against Mau Mau in Kenya, suggests there may be further revelations still to come. Will there be similar stories and claims from Palestine, Malaya, Cyprus or Nigeria?

There is also the question of whether the violence that characterised these counter-insurgency operations during decolonisation then set the scene for the way in which independent, post-colonial African and Asian governments dealt with political dissent from their own peoples.

The imperial past is far from being dead. On the contrary it is actually very much part of contemporary politics.

Perhaps we should not be surprised then when British foreign policy interests and interventions today are seen and perceived as "neo-colonial" in their nature.

The reaction of Iran in 2007 when 15 Royal Navy personnel were seized is instructive here. As heavy-handed as it may have seemed to people in Britain, it needs to be understood in the wider context of Iranian sensitivities over the presence of any western powers in or near its territorial waters - sensitivities arising in part from a very fraught and fragile 20th Century relationship over oil and territory.

In a deeper and more fundamental sense still, Britain's colonial legacy can be seen in the ways in which globalisation is being experienced today. From the 1870s onwards, the integration of labour, capital and commodity markets promoted by empire was very much skewed towards its "white" settler societies.

The economic benefits of empire for the so-called dependent colonies were much more meagre in comparison or did not exist at all. When we find critics of globalisation questioning whether economic integration and cultural diversity can comfortably co-exist, we should remember that for much of the last century the form of globalisation the world experienced rested on a view of social relations governed by racial hierarchies.

Finally, we might reverse the colonial encounter and think about how empire has left an imprint on British society. Despite its multi-ethnic empire, Britain did not embrace ethnic diversity at home.

There was the rhetoric of an inclusive imperial citizenship for the peoples of all Commonwealth countries. But in reality in post-war Britain there was little desire to promote integration for immigrants from the likes of the West Indies and the Indian subcontinent.

The consequences are perhaps reflected in experiences today, especially in terms of the so-called ethnic penalty many of these communities face in education, employment or housing. " Posted by spike.

"I have met people from all round the world and it is very clear to me that not only are the British the most ill-educated people (about their own history) on Earth, but also that they are the people that, by a very long way, have done the least to face up to their own Imperial history. Even the Americans have an idea, nowadays, that slavery and the extermination of the indigenous inhabitants, was wrong. The British, sorry the English, have almost literally no clue. When they hear a Scottish nationalist, a Welsh Nationalist, or an Irish Republican talking, they have almost no concept what they are talking about, because they know nothing of the historical facts. Some British (not many) are aware that some sort of injustice was done to India at some point in the past for some reason. But as for the broader pattern of Imperial violence, that affected almost every country on Earth in some way or other: the English almost literally have no knowledge of it. And so when Cameron makes his (duplicitous and insincere, but accurate) comments, he might as well be talking in Chinese as far as most English people (especially in the South) are aware." Posted by Hidari.

"Imagine I had written the bile you just did accusing huge swathes of people in national or ethnic groupings of various derogatory things and now imagine you swap "english" for "black" or "arab" or "jew" and see it for the bile it is.

Labelling all the english and blaming them for everything is one of the last acceptable acts of bigotry. Particularly by the self righteous prigs on this message board.. Sad..." Posted by George_HK.


Have you looked up the history of the British in India for example, George?
Have you read how the famines for example, were worsened by British Imperial policy?

Do you in fact exemplify what Hidari is actualy saying?" Posted by Ken Waldron.

"When the Raj starved people it was an act of god but when Ukranians and others starved in the USSR it was a terror famine. When the IMF starves people by forcing farmers to grow cash crops like tobacco instead of food it's prudent economics." Posted by Keith-264.

"The constant need to justify Britain's actions in other countries should be reason enough for one to question the nature of all imperialistic enterprise, without an understanding of so called "ancient" Brythonic culture though one is left without-a-leg-to-stand-on".
The reason that sub-continental (and dark-continental), Uncle Toms kow-tow to Britain is the same reason The British kow-tow to The Romans, shame.
In oppressed cultures the incidence of; homophobia, misogyny, domestic violence and violence to all sub-group minorities within the subjugated culture invariably increases.
This cultural void is maintained in Britain behind a paper-curtainof political pragmatism that allows a sectarian parliament to sit for an un-constituted monarch. " posted by sandtrout 2010.


(..and to kow-tow to Western Imperialism is never a good idea -is it guys?-)

N.B Own work subject to minor editing at author's discretion, all other posts as posted by board members (also note; editing facility not available for posts to The Media Lens Message Board).

"What Hope Britannia?"
Go to "A "Coalition of the Willing"?"

""Quiet Riots" and Oppressed Races.
D.Cameron would rather parade his Uncle Toms than address the issue of our cultural decline. As someone from an Anglo-Catholic background it annoys me to see those from other countries Taking The-Queen's-Shilling on the basis that, "we were oppressed before but now Mother Britannia suckles us" (or is that "clasps us like serpents to her breast"?). In any case as a Jamaican friend of mine (who is currently residing in a Medium-Secure Mental Health Institution), points out to me time and time again, "it was those West African b*****ds that sold us into slavery!".
We collude in rape, child-mutilation and nepotism (to name but a few), and prostitute our own culture when we grease the sticky palm of the "formerly culturally oppressed"." From eponymous message on MediaLens Message Board posted by sandtrout2010.

Quote: "The Travelling Community has been and is being relentlessly oppressed in Britain (across-the-board since 1985, "Dale Farm" represents the-last-stand against the ethnic-cleansing which has been taking place since that time). It has taken The United Nations to point out just how genocidal The British State has become (these things are not merely coincidental, as we project abroad so we are at home). Many from previous generations felt validated in fighting the last war because we were (supposedly), opposed to such tyranny! Go to " From "Is there Room for Gypsies in Modern Britain" Countryfile Forum, go to

"Uncivilisation 2012."
Quote: "Welcome to the 21st century.
The future hasn’t worked out quite the way the grown-ups said it would…
We find ourselves in a world of economic contraction, ecological collapse and social upheaval. How do we make sense of our lives in times like this? Where are the stories – old or new – that help us reground ourselves? Faced with the loss of much we took for granted, where are the practical projects that offer hope and meaning for the times ahead?

Uncivilisation 2012 is a gathering of people searching for answers to these questions. For one weekend in August, the woods and chalk downland of the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire will be home to a festival of literature, music, art and action..." Go to

"Uncivilisation 2012"

Quote: "Welcome to the 21st century.

The future hasn’t worked out quite the way the grown-ups said it would…

We find ourselves in a world of economic contraction, ecological collapse and social upheaval. How do we make sense of our lives in times like this? Where are the stories – old or new – that help us reground ourselves? Faced with the loss of much we took for granted, where are the practical projects that offer hope and meaning for the times ahead?

"Uncivilisation 2012 is a gathering of people searching for answers to these questions. For one weekend in August, the woods and chalk downland of the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire will be home to a festival of literature, music, art and action. It will be a place of encounters and conversations, learning and sharing, stories, ideas, music and performance. There will be campfires, wanderings in the woods, children’s activities, and workshops in everything from writing to scything.!" Go to

Friday 10 February 2012

" space?"

Thank you Mr.Branson firstly for endangering all our lives by proselytising for the idea that space is an appropriate place for inadequately prepared amateurs and secondly for royally s**ting your country of birth (who could perhaps help you get your craft accepted by NASA as a serious space exploration vehicle -a truly safer alternative than either rockets or shuttle's-?), this is "free-market" economics alright!
 Again, thanks Dick!

Monday 6 February 2012

Quote: "Close shave: Asteroid ’433 Eros’ has passed 16.6million miles close to Earth – the nearest a rock of its size has come to the planet in a long time
The massive hunk of rock posed no threat, but is the closest an asteroid of its size has come to Earth in a long time." Go to

Geological Profile of The Channel Tunnel.

Quote: "The North American craton — called Laurentia — is showing further sings of movement — be aware if you live in the USA — long overdue for a 6.0M+ earthquake on the west coast between Baja Mexico and the fresh lavic fields in the ocean off shore of Oregon / British Columbia / Washington State… as well as ANYWHERE along the edge of the craton…This means WA, ID, MT, WY, UT, CO, NM, TX, OK, AR, MO, IL, KY, TN, MS, AL, VA, OH, and New england northeast towards Quebec / Ontario Canada.
Europe — same scenario — anywhere along the edge of the north european plate — north of the Alps.. on a diagonal line spanning northwest from the Canaries to Poland. North Europe.. the english channel north past Iceland through the sea of Norway.
Central and south america — Watch the edge of the pacific plate — hot spots are south Mexico — and central chile/peru.
Watch New Zealand, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Philippines, India to Afghanistan in particular.
After re-reading the me, it seems most places on the planet are in a heavy state of movement — all areas have their specific hot spots –always have a plan and be prepared — just in case." Go to

Sunday 5 February 2012

"Has the Structural Integrity of The Channel Tunnel Always Been Compromised?"

Quote: ""Recently, an earthquake occurred along the English Channel
coast, with its epicentre at Folkestone in Kent, at
8.28 a.m. (local time) on 28 April 2007. The local earthquake
magnitude was estimated by the British Geological Survey
as 4.2ML (Walker and Musson, 2007) and no discernable
affect was reported on the sea. However, worryingly, a local
news outlet reported that coastal residents on feeling the
tremor “started rushing out from their houses and on to the
beach for safety” (Kent News, 2007)! This highlights the
need to assess the threat from tsunami and associated hazards
in Britain and, if appropriate, raise public awareness of
the potential hazards."


According to "The Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences Organisation" (go to.... ), siesmic events either in or on either side of The Channel are historically far from rare!

"I tell you naught for your comfort, Yea naught for your desire, Save that the sky grows darker yet, And the sea rises higher." - GK Chesterton

"..a 2005 BBC2 Timewatch documentary which was postponed and re-edited after the Asian tsunami due to its sudden topicality. It documented how, out of a clear blue sky on 30th January 1607, nearly 600 km of the Devon, Somerset and Welsh coast was inundated by a wave of up to 7.5m (25ft). The ‘largest and most destructive flood in British history’ , it may have been caused by a tsunami deriving from an undersea quake, the wave reaching up to 14 miles inland (to the foot of Glastonbury Tor), leaving a temporary inland sea of over 200 square miles for ten days, and drowning around 2,000. For the benefit of sceptics, the academic study the documentary was based on pointed out a 1755 seaquake off Portugal had sent out a 15m (49ft) high tsunami that killed nearly 50,000. There has also been a claim a tsunami hit Dorset in 1868 – luckily the relatively deserted stretch of shore west of Portland."

from...  " From "What's that Coming Over the Hill?" Go to
"Tories Off-Beam About Wind-Farm Development?"

Quote: ""Sword into Plowshares"! Is the cry. What if your agricultural equipment is dual-purpose and capable of both war-time and peace-time uses? It is long past time that the philosophy of "dual-purpose use" become adopted throughout the M.O.D.. Also whilst it is true that the M.O.D have been using and abusing all the British and British held territory it can get it's hand's on since it's inception the recent (still occluded), debacle over Vesta's off-shore wind-farm contracts represents one of the greatest abuses of their position (at least of our domestic territory and for the moment ignoring their relationship with all aspects of "Nuclear Power"*), in living memory. Why should this be the case? Without an inclusive guiding philosphy of "dual purpose usage" our military will remain an exclusive cabal which both alienates and is alienated from a large percentage of the population. It is as a direct result of this alienation that we have become capable of the idiocies of defence expenditure and procurement that we have witnessed recently.

* "Nuclear Power=Nuclear Weapons?! No Joke!"

Ed's Note: DEFRA has still not responded to my inquiries (reported verbatim on forum, go to ), concerning the relationship between the off-shore radar profile issue and the siting of wind-farms around the British coast. It seems they can penetrate into our lives, go to but we cannot pentrate into theirs, go to (also appears on my thread "Wicked Leeks" on this forum). " From "Scrap Metal and Shuttle Diplomacy"

Friday 3 February 2012

Fukushima Radioactive Ocean Impact Map - 11.11.11 update
Quote: "“Scotland has 60 percent of the U.K.’s onshore wind capacity,” explained Scotland Development International (SDI) Manager for Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Technologies Tom Lamb. But the U.K. has had difficulty finding sites for more onshore wind. “The U.K. government needs to develop renewables to meet its Kyoto targets,” Lamb explained, “and without offshore wind, it isn’t going to make it.”
In 2009, Scotland initiated the development of 5,700 megawatts of offshore wind at nine sites within the 12-mile boundary of its territorial waters. In 2010, the Crown Estate announced the development of 4,800 more megawatts in two zones beyond the 12-mile limit off Scotland’s eastern coast in the Firth of Forth." See comments:

Quote: "(NaturalNews) People that have suffered a traumatic injury face an uphill battle as they attempt to regain their health and fight the risk of depression as a long term consequence of the event. British researchers from Queen Mary at the University of London have published the result of a study in the Journal of Neuroscience that explains how omega-3 fatty acids play a significant role in preventing and protecting nerves from injury. The research focused on peripheral nerve cells which transmit signals between the brain and the spinal cord to the rest of the body. Omega-3 fats from food sources including sardines, salmon, walnuts and flax seeds provide for decreased cell death from injury and may offer significant protection against future damage.

Current research indicates that our nerves do have a limited capacity to regenerate, but recovery is severely limited depending on the extent of the injury. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the body's normal growth and development and have been well researched for their health benefits, largely focused on brain and heart health. The body is unable to manufacture its own Omega-3 fat supply, so it is necessary to obtain sufficient intake from foods such as oily fish, nuts and seeds or through supplementation."

Also from "Aunt Sally Whipping the Boy"

Quote: "A voice of dissent; quote: "Nobel Laureate Robert B. Laughlin exposes the consequences and limitations of biofuels from manure and corn ethanol to switchgrass and algae.
The energy industry’s sudden interest in algae might also be part of this absurdity, unfortunately. Green politics powerfully encourages “greenwash,” the practice of associating yourself with green causes to look more environmentally friendly than you actually are. Although the investments that the oil majors are presently making in algae look technically legitimate, they might just be public relations expenditures. We can’t tell, for the amounts of money involved, though considerable, are smaller than the potential costs of taxation, regulation, and political vexations that might be visited upon them for not being sufficiently green. Absent some truly unprecedented discovery or breakthrough, it will be hard not to smile knowingly whenever world-famous geneticists begin explaining their strategic algae oil partnerships that involve no farming until sometime way in the future, if ever." Go to

My comment: "…and how much do you think cleaning up"...the effects of.."the nuclear industry will cost? As with the previous century’s “green” research INVESTMENT is required, or one can continue to pedal the myth that the notion of an “unsustainable economy” is NOT an oxymoron."...Also
"It is vital to realise that INVESTMENT also means investment in education"..."How myopic to assume that even the “most able” are unable to provide an answer in adulthood when they have received no encouragement (infact been actively dissuaded from, cajoled and FORCED not), to explore the alternative paradigms which inform such research as children.

Considering the blinkered attitude towards mycological and bacteriological research displayed by the academic institutions generally (revealed on my thread, "Mycological Environmentalism, Under-Reported/Researched?", go to ), it is hardly surprising no one has an answer as yet.

Comment from Sean OHanlon on the same article: quote; "So Robert Laughlin shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1998. Good for him; But Algae cultivation is about Biology & Systems Engineering, not Physics. To me this is another case of someone who clearly hasn’t spoken with any leading researchers in the field of algae R&D or attended a single conference to get a pulse on the state of the industry.

Fresh water? Why would we want clean water to grow algae? Not only does algae capture CO2 but it also has the ability to sequester heavy metals and other toxins that no reasonable person would want released into the air or water. In addition, Algae has the ability to cut energy consumption in Wastewater treatment plants by as much as 80 percent. Even if that number were only 20% it would still be a technology well worth pursuing."

Dr. Laughlin also chooses to narrowly focus on saltwater micro-algae. This is another major miscalculation. We have barely scratched the surface of what can be done by the over 100,000 species of micro-algae in the world. We haven’t even started to take a serious look at the macro-algae that grow faster and have a higher sugar content. And as for: “there is no saltwater agriculture industry at the moment from which you can make crop comparisons” Not true, The Irish have been harvesting algae for centuries and Asia has been cultivating it for decades now. (Where do you think your sushi wrap comes from?) Algae is already being grown profitably as feed for livestock, pharmaceuticals, and DHA Omega 3′s just to name a few.

The cost of producing biofuels is getting cheaper all the time while exploration, drilling, and refining oil is getting ever more difficult, costlier, and dangerous. (Let’s not forget the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill that took 11 lives and went on for over 90 days just last year; Not to mention the environmental damage that will last for decades.) Take away the tax breaks and other advantages that petroleum currently enjoys and it immediately becomes economically unsustainable to the tune of ~$13/gallon and up for gasoline.

Thank you for your opinion Dr. Laughlin. However, Your opinion is clearly not supported by the facts."

Re: “clean” water (see above), there’s a difference between “capture” and “proliferation”, you can’t continue to pollute the body (even when using maggots to clean-up a wound)."

"Inormus Shreeeamp!"

Quote: "It must be said however that B.P are totally responsible for the actual accident (within the parameters of previously current* -and recently passed-, U.S industry practices, legislation and standards), however the responsibility for the ethos of expoitative and "fast-buck" practices is the industry's. I'm not an expert but wasn't/isn't (?) America the most influential oil producing/exploiting nation on the planet? The fact that following the accident B.P were attempting to "cobble together" a deep-water salvage/repair unit out of a couple of rusty bath-tubs on "Uncle Tom's" Louisiana dockside is the whole industry's responsiblity. The British Governmnent should make clear on B.P's behalf that whilst B.P accepts responsibility for the accident and it's aftermath it cannot accept sole responsibility for the "climate of exploitation" that has been engendered in the industry as a whole. There should be a limit to the financial burden placed on B.P and responsibilty for the rest of the environmental and social consequences of the disaster should be born by the industry (including the national governments of countries which profit from the presence of major private oil-companies on their soil ).

*You know like The Gulf Stream.

(Edit 04/01/11 ....we should offer to do as much as we possibly can to clean up what is undoubtedly our own mess and help to ensure that such a ridiculous disparity between the preparedness for disaster and the risks involved in the off-shore oil industry does not occur again.)


Economists note: If we did prepare properly for all possible eventualities within the oil industry (in terms of possible disaster scenarious involving all activities from oil-well to consumption), how much would it affect the profit margins?
Also, if the possible economic consequences of continuing to expoit this resource are so serious and the possibility of disaster so real, do we not conclude that we require far more investment in sustainable above ground (but not necessarily above water), fuel production methods?" From "Aunt Sally Whipping The Boy", go to .

Thursday 2 February 2012

To "Astrotometry"

"My bad" I completely missed your refrence to "The Zone of Silence", I was going to post a longer explanation on YouTube but you have blocked me and as a result half the text was wasted, suffice to say that you are not the only one in a stressful position right now o.k? Here's the remaining text...
"In order to accurately forecast and influence both siesmic and volcanic events John and I will need to integrate our approaches (esp. re: the application of Dr.Masaru Emoto's electron microscopy technique "in the field"). To read more go to medialens ("dot") org/forum pages 1-5 (you'll find an Aug 2009 post where I warned about both the consequences and the cover-up of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa seismically induced reactor failure in Japan on "What's that Coming Over the Hill?" MLforum p.5)."