Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!”
(Isaiah 10:1-2)

Turn Aside The Needy From Judgment

Dear Friends,

Greetings! The above verses from Isaiah, chapter ten, would certainly seem to fit much of the world situation that exists in todays world. Of course these problems have always existed, but they seem to be glaringly apparent as we watch what is unfolding before our eyes.

Why is this happening? Proverbs 28:5 answers that questions for us: “Evil men understand not judgment.”

Why would they not understand judgment because “having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” (1 Timothy 4:2) they have no feeling for others, no empathy.

And why do these problems seem so glaringly painful and obvious today and is it in fact worse than in the past. 2 Timothy 3:13 tells us that in the last days; “...evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived”.

The Bible even cautions us about envying these type of people. “Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. Fret not thyself because of evil [men], neither be thou envious at the wicked; Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.” (Proverbs 23:17, 24:1,19, 3:31)

The dictionary definition of envy is: “a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck”.

One very good reason not to envy or want to be like these type of people is the very first word in Isaiah, chapter ten, at the top of the page, “Woe”.

The dictionary definition of “woe” is: “Woe-great sorrow or distress.synonyms: misery, sorrow, distress, wretchedness, sadness, unhappiness, heartache, heartbreak, despondency, despair, depression, regret, gloom, melancholy”. That is not something to envy!

And in what may be seen as the worst case of envy: “For he (Pontius Pilot) knew that the chief priests had delivered him (Jesus Christ the Son of God) for envy”. (Mark 15:10)

The Lord knows what is going on and is keeping track.

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.” (Proverbs 15:3, Ecclesiastes 5:80)

Concerning the news articles below, we recently wrote a dear friend and commented, “It is becoming an increasing challenge to ascertain what is the truth and what is not in news articles, what is information, what is disinformation, and what is a combination of the two. Our main way of judging a news article is by trying to stand them up against scripture and by the God-given gift of discernment, and prayer.

All the material and revelations by whistle blowers that has come to light recently in the news could be taken and used in a number of ways. Some may think things are finally being exposed and we can fix the problem, to, the system is all so pervasive what is the use of even trying to fix it.

That particular article you mentioned, 'Wake up America FEMA Preparing For The Worst In Region 3- Why?' we are a little dubious.Two main questions, why that area, and who benefits from this information being released. (We decided to post it for your information.)

It seems almost weekly there is something major about to happen.  One thing it does seem to do is keep the general public, (at least many of those who are aware something big is about

to happen), in a constant state of apprehension and uncertainty. 

Of course that is one of the reasons why so many will support and back the antichrist...to bring stability back to a very unstable world.

Have a great week ahead.

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Leave Room for God's Surprises in Your Career Path

April 17, 2013

by Stephen Martin

I once made a list of the best things that ever happened in my career, and I was responsible for almost none of them.

Yes, I’ve worked hard to take advantage of opportunities. But the fact that the opportunities arrived at all had mostly little to do with me. There was, for instance, the journalist who substituted for my ill freshman academic adviser during college and launched my writing career. The public relations pro who was leaving her job and mentioned off-hand that I should apply for it. An unsolicited e-mail from an editor that led to a book contract. All these things helped me grow immensely, not just professionally but also spiritually.

Conversely, when I’ve tried to force things, they’ve often blown up in my face. This is a pattern not limited to secular careers. My uncle, Father Francis Fugini, who’s been a Catholic priest in the Capuchin order for nearly 60 years, knows first-hand. If his career, which took him from Pennsylvania to Papua New Guinea, has taught him one thing, it’s this:

You don’t know what you need.

But God does.

"I never wanted to be a teacher when I was ordained. I wanted to be a pastor," said my uncle, who grew up in western Pennsylvania and was sent to Kansas by his order as an educator. "But my sixteen years of teaching and administration resulted in blessings I cannot begin to count."

Later, he didn’t want to return to Pittsburgh for an assignment just an hour from where he grew up. "After living for sixteen years in Kansas, I had adapted to the culture, the endless flat fields of grain and crops, and the faith of hard-working people. At the seminary, we had acres of space around us with a ball field, tennis courts and front lawns. My image of Pittsburgh was sitting in an office with responsibility for the personnel of our entire province from Baltimore to Denver, a small courtyard jammed in between streets on all sides, commercial buildings and big city traffic."

He made the move anyway. Those priestly vows of poverty, chastity and obedience didn’t leave him any choice.

"After settling in," he says, "I distinctly remember experiencing a sense of peace. It was grace at work in saying yes to something I didn’t want to do initially. That was where God wanted me, and God blessed all my efforts. This was a valuable lesson that has remained with me all my life and each time I face a new challenge."

Jesus’ public ministry was not the result of a three-year strategic plan. It was all about seizing opportunities as they arose as he moved from village to village – calling an apostle here, healing a sick child there, teaching the crowds wherever they gathered.

Jesus made his mission fit the circumstances. Too often, we expect it to be the other way around.

It’s not that we should expect God to manage our careers for us. We need to get an education, try to discern our skills and our passions, put in our best effort on the job – all those things we were told growing up.

And when all that’s done, we need to leave room for surprise.

Post by Stephen Martin,a speechwriter and journalist who blogs at The Messy Quest. His first book, The Messy Quest for Meaning, which explores how to find a calling, was released last year by Sorin Books.

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CHURCH 'ENFORCERS' BATTLE PRO-HOMOSEXUAL 'SCUM'

Exclusive: Marisa Martin explains the enemy of your enemy isn't always your friend

MARISA MARTIN

Published: August 22, 2013

The forces of good and evil in the guise of rough altar-men versus “unidentified scum” have been duking it out in Moscow over the last few weeks – but which qualifies as “good” is a matter of hot, international debate.

The “altar workers” are ultra-nationalist activists allied with the Russian Orthodox Church and increasingly with the state and Vladimir Putin. They are making themselves heard and felt in the realms of politics, morality and the arts in fierce debates and showdowns with liberals, secularists and some human rights groups.

“Scum” in this case, refers to any number of potential offenders against the church or traditional mores. A Molotov cocktail was thrown by said scum at the Church of Holy Peter in Moscow on Aug. 18. It was the second bombing attack on an Orthodox Church this summer, a skirmish in the larger battle around homosexual culture and its active and vocal opponents.

Leading the charge against “gay propaganda” is St. Petersburg legislator Vitaly Milonov, a former hippie turned conservative and Church volunteer.

“We’ll find them and destroy them,” Milonov threatened the church vandals who are angered over recent crackdowns on promoting homosexuality in schools and media.

Fortunately only the perps were slightly injured in a war that has enlisted supporters from across the globe on both sides.

Although zealous for the Church, Milonov occasionally makes statements that invite international mockery such as blaming the recent attacks on virtually anyone. Specifically he decried the “Flock of the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” a religious spoof group from the U.S. who had recently marched thorough St Petersburg with spaghetti strainers on their heads for no apparent reason whatever. Milonov cited this as proof of “a sickly spirit permeating our society – first they wear pasta strainers and then they torch churches.” The Spaghetti cult was not charged with any involvement.

Russian lawmakers last month passed laws against using media or the Internet to “propagate homosexuality among minors” especially if they cause a “distorted understanding that gay and heterosexual relations are socially equivalent.” Convictions may bring fines up to a million rubles and possible jail sentences of 90 days.

This has dithered a lot of people, generally ones who live in some other place. A pollster (state-run) found 88 percent of Russians actually support restrictions on homosexuality, in accord with the Orthodox statements on the subject.

But this was only half of a double-barreled blast by the Duma to protect the increasingly tight embrace of the state and the Orthodox Church in Russia. In what appears to be retaliation against artists, curators and protestors like Yuri Samodurov, Andrei Yerofeyev and Pussy Riot, a series of Russian-style “blasphemy laws” were passed in June. Making it even more clear, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned that “playing with religion in this country is the same as smoking at a filling station.”

Far reaching and extensive, the laws criminalize actions such as expressing “disrespect to a community” insulting the “religious sensitivities” of believers or “interfering with religious activities.” They really haven’t thought this out well, considering that the Chechen terrorists felt they were engaged in “religious activities” while they gutted children in 2004. Personally, 75 percent of U.S. television insults me to no end, but I have no intention of blowing up NBC.

Neither “community” nor “belief” is defined by these laws, so Russians need to watch their tongues and pens for now. Considering that blasphemy laws flooded Christians in Pakistan and elsewhere with waves of terror, this may be a big mistake that could backfire on conservatives quickly. What better way to increase hostility toward the Church than to legislate every comparative word or written thought?

Muslims in Russia sprang for the opportunity to shut down opposing views in May, two months before the laws even came into effect. They were after a publisher of a children’s book with an illustration of a crocodile holding what resembled “a torn-out page from the Koran.” Even reptiles won’t be spared the sensitivity sessions.

Not surprisingly, there hasn’t been nearly the hoopla over religious and speech restrictions as over the “anti-gay” legislation, which is bringing calls to target Russian vodka and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Christians have no foot armies mobilized to descend furiously on dissenters, although a government spokesman compares homosexuality to “drug abusers” and drunks and Russian Patriarch Kirill claims gay marriage is a “sign of the Apocalypse.”

Contemporary artists in Russia seem to have little interaction with the Orthodox Church as it aligns itself closer to the state and returns to social and religious tradition. This historical bent extends to art in the Church as well, with swells of interest in iconography and other typically Russian genres. In fact it wasn’t until 2010 that the first contemporary art exhibit was held on Church property in Moscow.

Some of the iconography is beautiful, such as popular naïf-style painter Yelena Cherkasova, who incorporates icons, biblical and Church subjects in her colorful pieces. Cherkasova mirrors the mood of many Russians in a return to nationalism and rejection of Soviet aesthetics. This is true for her piece “The Imperial Family,” who line across the canvas with saintly wings, golden aureoles and attendant angels as evident martyrs to the Marxists.

"The Imperial Family," Russian iconographer/painter Cherkasova

Liberal, secular or leftists artists (the majority) are squaring off with the church over social and moral issues in Russia. There was a flurry of intense activity before the 2012 election, almost all anti-Putin, and some protest of voting irregularities after. Many artists, musicians and writers claim to have felt the wrath of Putin, although he denies any involvement.

Even bloggers and journalists may be threatened with fines and long jail terms such as the recent conviction of popular opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his business partner, Pyotr Ofitserov, on embezzlement last month. Massive outrage and public protests were probably the causes of their release from custody the next day.

Chess titan, writer and rights activist Gary Kasparov is a determined and unyielding Putin foe who fled the country in fear of his safety. He claimed Navalny’s conviction proves “Putin has taken off the flimsy mask of democracy to reveal himself in full as the would-be KGB dictator he has always been.” Kasparov claims the treatment of Navalny is pure, political spite comparable to Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment in South Africa.

Similarly a large percentage of protestors and opposition to Putin may find their work on a Ministry of Justice list of “prohibited books and art objects.” They are suddenly under investigation for various crimes from embezzlement or illegal protest to “threatening the security of the country.”

This is sounding familiar, but in America the terminology is reversed making analogies difficult. Here “conservatives” are increasingly under attack by “progressives” (worn out and incorrect terms but still in use). This was admitted by IRS and other State-sanctioned campaigns against the president’s perceived ideological “enemies” or just anyone blocking his agenda. Our recent “gay laws” are reversed, targeting religious people and their children who would rather not hear public hymns to homosexuality on every side. It’s just as bad.

Alexander Bloks’ poem “The Scythians” may inspire both Russians and Americans denied their rights and placed in lowest political regard: “We are hordes and hordes and hordes. Try and do battle with us!”

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Alexander Blok

The Scythians

(1918)

‘Panmongolism – fierce the word may seem, yet how I love its sound’ Vladimir Solovyev

Millions are you – and hosts, yea hosts, are we,
And we shall fight if war you want, take heed.

Yes, we are Scythians – leafs of the Asian tree,

Our slanted eyes are bright aglow with greed.

Ages for you, for us the briefest space,

We raised the shield up as your humble lieges

To shelter you, the European race

From the Mongolians’ savage raid and sieges.

Ages, yea ages, did your forges’ thunder

Drown even avalanches’ roar.

Quakes rent Messina and Lisbon asunder –

To you this was a distant tale – no more.

Eastwards you cast your eyes for many hundred years,

Greedy for our precious stones and ore,

And longing for the time when with a leer

You’d yell an order and the guns would roar.

This time is now. Woe beats its wings

And every adds more humiliation

Until the day arrives which brings

An end to placid life in utter spoliation.

You, the old world, now rushing to perdition,

Yet strolling languidly to lethal brinks,

Yours is the ancient Oedipean mission

To seek to solve the riddles of a sphinx.

The sphinx is Russia, sad and yet elated,

Stained with dark blood, with grief prostrate,

For you with longing she has looked and waited,

Replete with ardent love and ardent hate.

Yet how will ever you perceive

That, as we love, as lovingly we yearn,

Our love is neither comfort nor relief

But like a fire will destroy and burn.

We love cold figures’ hot illumination,

The gift of supernatural vision,

We like the Gallic wit’s mordant sensation

And dark Teutonic indecision.

We know it all: in Paris hell’s dark street,

In Venice bright and sunlit colonnades,

The lemon blossoms’ scent so heavy, yet so sweet,

And in Cologne a shadowy arcade.

We love the flavour and the smell of meat,

The slaughterhouses’ pungent reek.

Why blame us then if in the heat

Of our embrace your bones begin to creak.

We saddle horses wild and shy,

As in the fields so playfully they swerve.

Though they be stubborn, yet we press their thigh

Until they willingly and meekly serve.

Join us! From horror and from strife

Turn to the peace of our embrace.

There is still time. Keep in its sheath your knife.

Comrades, we will be brothers to your race.

Say no – and we are none the worse.

We, too, can utter pledges that are vain.

But ages, ages will you bear the curse

Of our sons’ distant offspring racked with pain.

Our forests’ dark depths shall we open wide

To you, the men of Europe’s comely race,

And unmoved shall we stand aside,

An ugly grin on our Asian face.

Advance, advance to Ural’s crest,

We offer you a battleground so neat

Where your machines of steel in serried ranks abreast

With the Mongolian savage horde will meet.

But we shall keep aloof from strife,

No longer be your shield from hostile arrow,

We shall just watch the mortal strife

With our slanting eyes so cold and narrow.

Unmoved shall we remain when Hunnish forces

The corpses’ pockets rake for plunder,

Set town afire, to altars tie their horses,

Burn our white brothers’ bodies torn asunder.

To the old world goes out our last appeal:

To work and peace invite our warming fires.

Come to our hearth, join our festive meal.

Called by the strings of our Barbarian lyres.

30 January 1918

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RT

Fukushima apocalypse: Years of ‘duct tape fixes’ could result in ‘millions of deaths’

Published time: August 17, 2013 13:15

Edited time: August 17, 2013 19:49

Even the tiniest mistake during an operation to extract over 1,300 fuel rods at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan could lead to a series of cascading failures with an apocalyptic outcome, fallout researcher Christina Consolo told RT.

Fukushima operator TEPCO wants to extract 400 tons worth of spent fuel rods stored in a pool at the plant’s damaged Reactor No. 4. The removal would have to be done manually from the top store of the damaged building in the radiation-contaminated environment.

In the worst-case scenario, a mishandled rod may go critical, resulting in an above-ground meltdown releasing radioactive fallout with no way to stop it, said Consolo, who is the founder and host of Nuked Radio. But leaving the things as they are is not an option, because statistical risk of a similarly bad outcome increases every day, she said.

RT: How serious is the fuel rod situation compared to the danger of contaminated water build-up which we already know about?

Christina Consolo: Although fuel rod removal happens on a daily basis at the 430+ nuclear sites around the world, it is a very delicate procedure even under the best of circumstances. What makes fuel removal at Fukushima so dangerous and complex is that it will be attempted on a fuel pool whose integrity has been severely compromised. However, it must be attempted as Reactor 4 has the most significant problems structurally, and this pool is on the top floor of the building.

There are numerous other reasons that this will be a dangerous undertaking.

- The racks inside the pool that contain this fuel were damaged by the explosion in the early days of the accident.

- Zirconium cladding which encased the rods burned when water levels dropped, but to what extent the rods have been damaged is not known, and probably won't be until removal is attempted.

- Saltwater cooling has caused corrosion of the pool walls, and probably the fuel rods and racks.

- The building is sinking.

- The cranes that normally lift the fuel were destroyed.

- Computer-guided removal will not be possible; everything will have to be done manually.

- TEPCO cannot attempt this process without humans, which will manage this enormous task while being bombarded with radiation during the extraction and casking.

- The process of removing each rod will have to be repeated over 1,300 times without incident.

- Moving damaged nuclear fuel under such complex conditions could result in a criticality if the rods come into close proximity to one another, which would then set off a chain reaction that cannot be stopped.

What could potentially happen is the contents of the pool could burn and/or explode, and the entire structure sustain further damage or collapse. This chain reaction process could be self-sustaining and go on for a long time. This is the apocalyptic scenario in a nutshell.

The water build-up is an extraordinarily difficult problem in and of itself, and as anyone with a leaky basement knows, water always 'finds a way.’

'Trivial in light of other problems at Fukushima, water situation could culminate in the chain reaction scenario'

At Fukushima, they are dealing with massive amounts of groundwater that flow through the property, and the endless pouring that must be kept up 24/7/365 to keep things from getting worse. Recently there appears to be subsidence issues and liquefaction under the plant.

TEPCO has decided to pump the water out of these buildings. However, pumping water out of the buildings is only going to increase the flow rate and create more of these ground issues around the reactors. An enormous undertaking - but one that needs to be considered for long-term preservation of the integrity of the site - is channelling the water away, like a drain tile installed around the perimeter of a house with a leaky basement, but on an epic scale.

Without this effort, the soils will further deteriorate, structural shift will occur, and subsequently the contents of the pools will shift too.

Any water that flows into those buildings also becomes highly radioactive, as it is likely coming into contact with melted fuel.

Without knowing the extent of the current liquefaction and its location, the location of the melted fuel, how long TEPCO has been pumping out water, or when the next earthquake will hit, it is impossible to predict how soon this could occur from the water problem/subsidence issue alone. But undoubtedly, pumping water out of the buildings is just encouraging the flow, and this water problem needs to be remedied and redirected as soon as possible.

RT: Given all the complications that could arise with extracting the fuel rods, which are the most serious, in your opinion?

CC: The most serious complication would be anything that leads to a nuclear chain reaction. And as outlined above, there are many different ways this could occur. In a fuel pool containing damaged rods and racks, it could potentially start up on its own at anytime. TEPCO has been incredibly lucky that this hasn't happened so far.

'One of the worst, but most important jobs anyone has ever had to do'

My second biggest concern would be the physical and mental fitness of the workers that will be in such close proximity to exposed fuel during this extraction process. They will be the ones guiding this operation, and will need to be in the highest state of alertness to have any chance at all of executing this plan manually and successfully. Many of their senses, most importantly eyesight, will be hindered by the apparatus that will need to be worn during their exposure, to prevent immediate death from lifting compromised fuel rods out of the pool and placing them in casks, or in the common spent fuel pool located a short distance away.

Think for a moment what that might be like through the eyes of one of these workers; it will be hot, uncomfortable, your senses shielded, and you would be filled with anxiety. You are standing on a building that is close to collapse. Even with the strongest protection possible, workers will have to be removed and replaced often. So you don't have the benefit of doing such a critical task and knowing and trusting your comrades, as they will frequently have to be replaced when their radiation dose limits are reached. If they exhibit physical or mental signs of radiation exposure, they will have be replaced more often.

It will be one of the worst, but most important jobs anyone has ever had to do. And even if executed flawlessly, there are still many things that could go wrong.

RT: How do the potential consequences of failure to ensure safe extraction compare to other disasters of the sort – like Chernobyl, or the 2011 Fukushima meltdown?

CC: There really is no comparison. This will be an incredibly risky operation, in the presence of an enormous amount of nuclear material in close proximity. And as we have seen in the past, one seemingly innocuous failure at the site often translates into a series of cascading failures.

'The site has been propped up with duct tape and a kick-stand for over two years'

Many of their 'fixes' are only temporary, as there are so many issues to address, and cost always seems to be an enormous factor in what gets implemented and what doesn't.

As a comparison: Chernobyl was one reactor, in a rural area, a quarter of the size of one of the reactors at Fukushima. There was no 'spent fuel pool' to worry about. Chernobyl was treated in-situ...meaning everything was pretty much left where it was while the effort to contain it was made (and very expeditiously I might add) not only above ground, but below ground.

At Fukushima, we have six top-floor pools all loaded with fuel that eventually will have to be removed, the most important being Reactor 4, although Reactor 3 is in pretty bad shape too. Spent fuel pools were never intended for long-term storage, they were only to assist short-term movement of fuel. Using them as a long-term storage pool is a huge mistake that has become an 'acceptable' practice and repeated at every reactor site worldwide.

We have three 100-ton melted fuel blobs underground, but where exactly they are located, no one knows. Whatever 'barriers' TEPCO has put in place so far have failed. Efforts to decontaminate radioactive water have failed. Robots have failed. Camera equipment and temperature gauges...failed. Decontamination of surrounding cities has failed.

'If and when the corium reaches the Tokyo aquifer, serious and expedient discussions will have to take place about evacuating 40 million people'

We have endless releases into the Pacific Ocean that will be ongoing for not only our lifetimes, but our children’s' lifetimes. We have 40 million people living in the Tokyo area nearby. We have continued releases from the underground corium that reminds us it is there occasionally with steam events and huge increases in radiation levels. Across the Pacific, we have at least two peer-reviewed scientific studies so far that have already provided evidence of increased mortality in North America, and thyroid problems in infants on the west coast states from our initial exposures.

We have increasing contamination of the food chain, through bioaccumulation and biomagnification. And a newly stated concern is the proximity of melted fuel in relation to the Tokyo aquifer that extends under the plant. If and when the corium reaches the Tokyo aquifer, serious and expedient discussions will have to take place about evacuating 40 million people from the greater metropolitan area. As impossible as this sounds, you cannot live in an area which does not have access to safe water.

The operation to begin removing fuel from such a severely damaged pool has never been attempted before. The rods are unwieldy and very heavy, each one weighing two-thirds of a ton. But it has to be done, unless there is some way to encase the entire building in concrete with the pool as it is. I don't know of anyone discussing that option, but it would seem much 'safer' than what they are about to attempt...but not without its own set of risks.

And all this collateral damage will continue for decades, if not centuries, even if things stay exactly the way they are now. But that is unlikely, as bad things happen like natural disasters and deterioration with time...earthquakes, subsidence, and corrosion, to name a few. Every day that goes by, the statistical risk increases for this apocalyptic scenario. No one can say or know how this will play out, except that millions of people will probably die even if things stay exactly as they are, and billions could die if things get any worse.

RT: Are the fuel rods in danger of falling victim to other factors, while the extraction process is ongoing? After all, it’s expected to take years before all 1,300+ rods are pulled out.

CC: Unfortunately yes, the fuel rods are in danger every day they remain in the pool. The more variables you add to this equation, and the more time that passes, the more risk you are exposed to. Each reactor and spent fuel pool has its own set of problems, and critical failure with any of them could ultimately have the end result of an above-ground, self-sustaining nuclear reaction. It will not be known if extraction of all the fuel will even be possible, as some of it may be severely damaged, until the attempt is made to remove it.

RT: Finally, what is the worst case scenario? What level of contamination are we looking at and how dire would the consequences be for the long-term health of the region?

CC: Extremely dire. This is a terrible answer to have to give, but the worst case scenario could play out in death to billions of people. A true apocalypse. Since we have been discussing Reactor 4, I'll stick to that problem in particular, but also understand that a weather event, power outage, earthquake, tsunami, cooling system failure, or explosion and fire in any way, shape, or form, at any location on the Fukushima site, could cascade into an event of that magnitude as well.

'Once the integrity of the pool is compromised that will lead to more criticalities'

At any time, following any of these possible events, or even all by itself, nuclear fuel in reactor 4's pool could become critical, mostly because it will heat up the pool to a point where water will burn off and the zirconium cladding will catch fire when it is exposed to air. This already happened at least once in this pool that we are aware of. It almost happened again recently after a rodent took out an electrical line and cooling was stopped for days.

Once the integrity of the pool is compromised that will likely lead to more criticalities, which then can spread to other fuel. The heat from this reaction would weaken the structure further, which could then collapse and the contents of the pool end up in a pile of rubble on the ground. This would release an enormous amount of radioactivity, which Arnie Gundersen has referred to as a “Gamma Shine Event” without precedence, and Dr. Christopher Busby has deemed an “Open-air super reactor spectacular.”

This would preclude anyone from not only being at Reactor 4, but at Reactors 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, the associated pools for each, and the common spent fuel pool. Humans could no longer monitor and continue cooling operations at any of the reactors and pools, thus putting the entire site at risk for a massive radioactive release.

'At least the northern half of Japan would be uninhabitable, and some researchers have argued that it already is'

Mathematically, it is almost impossible to quantify in terms of resulting contamination, and a separate math problem would need to be performed for every nuclear element contained within the fuel, and whether or not that fuel exploded, burned, fissioned, melted, or was doused with water to try to cool it off and poured into the ocean afterward.

Some researchers have even ventured to say that other nuke plants on the east coast of Honshu may need to be evacuated if levels get too high, which will lead to subsequent failures/fires and explosions at these plants as well. Just how profound the effect will be on down-winders in North America, or the entire northern hemisphere for that matter, will literally depend on where the wind blows and where the rain falls, the duration and extent of a nuclear fire or chain-reaction event, and whether or not that reaction becomes self-sustaining. At least the northern half of Japan would be uninhabitable, and some researchers have argued that it already is.

This is already happening to the nuclear fuel in the ground under the plant, but now it would be happening above ground as well. There is no example historically to draw from on a scale of this magnitude. Everything is theory. But anyone who says this can't happen is not being truthful, because nobody really knows how bad things could get.

The most disturbing part of all of this is that Fukushima has been this dangerous, and precarious, since the second week of March 2011. The ante will definitely be upped once the fuel removal starts.

'The mainstream media, world governments, nuclear agencies, health organizations, weather reporters, and the health care industry has completely ignored three ongoing triple meltdowns that have never been contained'

An obvious attempt to downplay this disaster and its consequences have been repeated over and over again from 'experts' in the nuclear industry that also have a vested interest in their industry remaining intact. And, there has been a lot of misleading information released by TEPCO, which an hour or two of reading by a diligent reporter would have uncovered, in particular the definition of 'cold shutdown.’

Over 300 mainstream news outlets worldwide ran the erroneous 'cold shutdown' story repeatedly, which couldn't be further from the truth…[it was] yet another lie that was spun by TEPCO to placate the public, and perpetuated endlessly by the media and nuclear lobby.

Unfortunately, TEPCO waited until a severe emergency arose to finally report how bad things really are with this latest groundwater issue...if we are even being told the truth. Historically, everything TEPCO says always turns out to be much worse than they initially admit.

'Unfortunately there is no one better qualified to deal with this than the Russians, despite their own shortcomings'

I think the best chance of success is…that experts around the world drop everything they are doing to work on this problem, and have Russia either lead the containment effort or consult with them closely. They have the most experience, they have decades of data. They took their accident seriously and made a Herculean effort to contain it.

Of course we also know the Chernobyl accident was wrought with deception and lies as well, and some of that continues to this day, especially in terms of the ongoing health effects of children in the region, and monstrous birth defects. Unfortunately there is no one better qualified to deal with this than the Russians, despite their own shortcomings. Gorbachev tried to make up for his part in the cover-up of Chernobyl by opening orphanages throughout the region to deal with the affected children.

But as far as Fukushima goes, the only thing that matters now is if world leaders and experts join forces to help fix this situation. Regardless of what agendas they are trying to protect or hide, how much it will cost, the effect on Japan or the world’s economy, or what political chains this will yank.

The nuclear industry needs to come clean. If this leads to every reactor in the world being shut down, so be it. If the world governments truly care about their people and this planet, this is what needs to be done.

Renowned theoretical physicist Michio Kaku stated in an interview a few weeks after the initial accident that “TEPCO is literally hanging on by their fingernails.” They still are, and always have been. The Japanese have proven time and time again they are not capable of handling this disaster. Now we are entrusting them to execute the most dangerous fuel removal in history.

We are extremely lucky that this apocalyptic scenario hasn't happened yet, considering the state of Reactor 4. But for many, it is already too late. The initial explosions and spent fuel pool fires may have already sealed the fate of millions of people. Time will tell. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not being honest, because there is just no way to know.

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CNN

Japan to issue gravest warning since quake on Fukushima nuclear plant leaks

By Junko Ogura and Katie Hunt, CNN

August 21, 2013 -- Updated 1049 GMT (1849 HKT)

Local government officials and nuclear experts inspect the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant earlier this month.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

NEW: The International Atomic Energy Agency says it "views this matter seriously"

The Nuclear Regulation Authority says the leak is expected to be classified as a level 3 incident

The leak had previously been assigned a level 1 "anomaly rating"

The warning is the highest since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown

Tokyo (CNN) -- Japan is poised to declare a toxic water leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant a level 3 "serious incident," its gravest warning since the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami that sent three reactors into meltdown.

The country's Nuclear Regulation Authority said the leak was expected to be classified as a level 3 incident on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale pending confirmation from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency.

"The current situation is at the point where more surveillance won't be enough to keep the accidents from happening," Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the authority, said at a news conference Wednesday.

"Our job is now to lower the risk of these accidents from becoming fatal."

The leak previously had a level 1 "anomaly rating" on the scale, which ranges from zero, for no safety threat, to seven, for a major accident like the meltdowns at the plant after the earthquake and tsunami.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, which is in charge of the plant, has struggled to manage the vast quantities of contaminated water at the plant since the tsunami, which swamped the facility.

Water pumped out of the stricken reactor buildings is being stored in large water towers at the site.

In response to the latest leakage of 300 tons of toxic water, a TEPCO spokesman said the company may finish removing radioactive water from a leaky tank to another tank at the plant by the end of Wednesday.

The leaky container is designed to hold as much as 1,000 tons of water, TEPCO said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said it was aware of reports that the Nuclear Regulation Authority plans to rate the leak as a level 3 incident.

"The IAEA views this matter seriously and remains ready to provide assistance on request," the agency said.

Scientists have pointed to high radiation levels in the waters off the plant for more than a year as evidence of problems with the company's efforts to contain the water.

In July, TEPCO admitted that radioactive groundwater was leaking into the Pacific Ocean from the plant, even though an underground barrier was built to seal in the water, underscoring a growing sense of crisis at the site.

The authority said in a statement on its website that the plant "remains in an unstable condition, with various risks to be addressed, and in particular managing the issue of contaminated water as a high priority."

Michael Friedlander, a nuclear engineer and former U.S. power plant operator, said the level 3 classification was warranted for the type of situation faced by TEPCO, but he said the risk to the public outside the plant was very low.

"This is extremely radioactive water, and it would pose a very significant risk to the workers who are going to be in a position to clean it up," he told CNN.

"It's a very difficult situation because we don't know exactly know where the leak is coming from."

But TEPCO spokeswoman Mayumi Yoshida disputed Friedlander's assessment of the risk posed by the contaminated water. She said workers removing the water from the tank have sufficient protective clothing to prevent exposure.

Amid growing concerns this month about contaminated groundwater leaching into the ocean from the plant, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered his government to find "multiple, speedy and sure" ways to stop the water's spread.

"We have to deal with this at a national level," he said.

"But experts say that any potential solutions are likely to be difficult, technologically and politically.

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Washington's Blog

West Coast of North America to Be Hit Hard by Fukushima Radiation

August 21, 2013

An ocean current called the North Pacific Gyre is bringing Japanese radiation to the West Coast of North America:

While many people assume that the ocean will dilute the Fukushima radiation, a previously-secret 1955 U.S. government report concluded that the ocean may not adequately dilute radiation from nuclear accidents, and there could be “pockets” and “streams” of highly-concentrated radiation.

The University of Hawaii’s International Pacific Research Center created a graphic showing the projected dispersion of debris from Japan:

Last year, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and 3 scientists from the GEOMAR Research Center for Marine Geosciences showed that radiation on the West Coast of North America could end up being 10 times higher than in Japan:

After 10 years the concentrations become nearly homogeneous over the whole Pacific, with higher values in the east, extending along the North American coast with a maximum (~1 × 10−4) off Baja California.

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With caution given to the various idealizations (unknown actual oceanic state during release, unknown release area, no biological effects included, see section 3.4), the following conclusions may be drawn. (i) Dilution due to swift horizontal and vertical dispersion in the vicinity of the energetic Kuroshio regime leads to a rapid decrease of radioactivity levels during the first 2 years, with a decline of near-surface peak concentrations to values around 10 Bq m−3 (based on a total input of 10 PBq). The strong lateral dispersion, related to the vigorous eddy fields in the mid-latitude western Pacific, appears significantly under-estimated in the non-eddying (0.5°) model version. (ii) The subsequent pace of dilution is strongly reduced, owing to the eastward advection of the main tracer cloud towards the much less energetic areas of the central and eastern North Pacific. (iii) The magnitude of additional peak radioactivity should drop to values comparable to the pre-Fukushima levels after 6–9 years (i.e. total peak concentrations would then have declined below twice pre-Fukushima levels). (iv) By then the tracer cloud will span almost the entire North Pacific, with peak concentrations off the North American coast an order-of-magnitude higher than in the western Pacific.

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(“Order-of-magnitude” is a scientific term which means 10 times higher. The “Western Pacific” means Japan’s East Coast.)

And a team of top Chinese scientists has just published a study in the Science China Earth Sciences journal showing that Fukushima nuclear pollution is becoming more concentrated as it approaches the West Coast of the United States, that the plume crosses the ocean in a nearly straight line toward North America, and that it appears to stay together with little dispersion:

On March 30, 2011, the Japan Central News Agency reported the monitored radioactive pollutions that were 4000 times higher than the standard level. Whether or not these nuclear pollutants will be transported to the Pacific-neighboring countries through oceanic circulations becomes a world-wide concern.

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The time scale of the nuclear pollutants reaching the west coast of America is 3.2 years if it is estimated using the surface drifting buoys and 3.9 years if it is estimated using the nuclear pollutant particulate tracers.

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The half life of cesium-137 is so long that it produces more damage to human. Figure 4 gives the examples of the distribution of the impact strength of Cesium-137 at year 1.5 (panel (a)), year 3.5 (panel (b)), and year 4 (panel (c)).

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It is worth noting that due to the current near the shore cannot be well reconstructed by the global ocean reanalysis, some nuclear pollutant particulate tracers may come to rest in near shore area, which may result in additional uncertainty in the estimation of the impact strength.

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Since the major transport mechanism of nuclear pollutants for the west coast of America is the Kuroshio-extension currents, after four years, the impact strength of Cesium-137 in the west coast area of America is as high as 4%.

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Wake up America

FEMA Preparing For The Worst In Region 3- Why? (Video)

By Susan Duclos

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Cross posted to Before it's News

Well this is pretty creepy. According to a notice sent by Senator Sheldon R. Songstad, Ret. of South Dakota State and published, with a video, which will be shown below, titled "Emergency Fema Region 3 Alert!!!," the government obviously believes something big is coming.

Region three includes, DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV.

The preparations listed include; Nine-week training course for UN Peacekeepers in CONUS to learn Urban Warfare, English, and US weapons systems beginning 4th week of July for 386,000 troops to be completed by October 1st;

$11 million in antibiotics to be delivered to FEMA region III by October 1st ordered by CDC;

FEMA purchase orders for over $14.2 million for MREs and heater meals to be delivered to Region III by October 1st;

FEMA purchase orders for 22 million pouches of emergency water to be delivered to region III by October 1st;

FEMA purchase orders for $13.6 million for MREs and heater meals to be delivered to Austin by October 1st;

2800 MRAPs must be delivered to DHS by October 1st;

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RT

UK ordered Guardian to destroy hard drives in effort to stop Snowden revelations

Published time: August 20, 2013

UK authorities reportedly raided the Guardian’s office in London to destroy hard drives in an effort to stop future publications of leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The action is unlikely to prevent new materials coming out.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger revealed in a Monday article posted on the British newspaper's website that intelligence officials from the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) told him that he would either have to hand over all the classified documents or have the newspaper’s hard drives destroyed.

After more talks, two "security experts" from GCHQ - the British version of the National Security Agency - visited the Guardian’s London offices.

Rusbridger wrote that the government officials then watched as computers, which contained classified information passed on by Snowden, were physically destroyed in one of the newspaper building’s basements.

"We can call off the black helicopters," Rusbridger said one of the officials joked.

Alan Rusbridger (Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett)

Another source familiar with the event confirmed to Reuters that Guardian employees destroyed the computers as UK officials observed.

During negotiations with the government, Rusbridger said that the newspaper could not fulfill its journalistic duty if it satisfied the authorities’ requests.

But GCHQ reportedly responded by telling the Guardian that it had already sparked the debate, which was enough.

"You've had your debate. There's no need to write any more," Reuters quoted the unnamed official as saying.

In the article, Rusbridger explained that because of existing “international collaborations” between journalists, it was still possible to report the story and "take advantage of the most permissive legal environments."

“I explained to the man from Whitehall about the nature of international collaborations...Bluntly, we did not have to do our reporting from London. Already most of the NSA stories were being reported and edited out of New York. And had it occurred to him that [reporter Glenn] Greenwald lived in Brazil?” wrote Rusbridger.

“The man was unmoved. And so one of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian’s long history occurred – with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian’s basement just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents.”

Rusbridger pointed out that the whole incident felt like a “pointless piece of symbolism that understood nothing about the digital age.”

The news comes after Sunday’s international incident during which David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, was held at Heathrow airport under the UK Terrorism Act for the maximum time allowed before pressing charges. Greenwald was the reporter who exclusively broke the Snowden story.

The editor promised that the Guardian will “continue to do patient, painstaking reporting on the Snowden documents, we just won’t do it in London. The seizure of Miranda’s laptop, phones, hard drives and camera will similarly have no effect on Greenwald’s work.”

Another US security source told Reuters that Miranda’s detention was meant to send a message to those who received Snowden’s classified documents, about how serious the UK is in closing all the leaks in relation to the whistleblower’s revelations.

Greenwald, who first published secrets leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, responded by promising to release more documents. He added that the UK would be “sorry” for detaining his partner for nine hours.

Snowden, who has been granted asylum by Russia, gave Greenwald up to 20,000 documents with details about the US National Security Agency and the UK’s GCHQ surveillance operations.

US is the intellectual author behind detention of Miranda’

Lawyer Eva Golinger told RT that the UK has violated all concepts of freedom of the press. “We are talking about a media outlet. Journalists and their spouses and partners being detained and interrogated. So clearly there has been a decision made that everything related to Edward Snowden must be captured no matter what, violating anyone’s right under any country’s laws.”

Golinger believes that government's pressure on journalists could inspire some to cover the topic of government surveillance even more, instead of discouraging them to do so.

“The more principled the people reporting are, the more they will continue to pursue that work in the face of threat. Such cheap threats and intimidation give people even more reasons to continue doing what they are doing because it shows that those in power are clearly frightened of the information that is being put out,” she explained.

“At the same time it could certainly intimidate other journalists and create the environment of self-censorship, where many would be unwilling to take the risks that are involved with national security reporting, particularly when it comes to the US.”

Golinger argued that US is the “intellectual author behind the detainment of Miranda.”

“We are talking about a search and capture that is going on for Edward Snowden and it is the US that is leading that effort. It is not the UK or other European nations, they are merely abiding by the wishes of the US…What I believe is that Washington has simply put out a request to all of its allies that anyone related to Edward Snowden must be detained if they come into your territory and the UK abided by that and did their duty.”

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MailOnline

Four million patients on statins don't need them: Half of those on cholesterol-reduction pills risk side effects with little chance of benefit, doctors warn

By STEPHEN ADAMS

PUBLISHED: 20:33 EST, 17 August 2013

Up to four million people have been wrongly placed on statins, putting them at risk of side effects with little chance they will benefit from the drugs, doctors warned last night.

More than half of patients put on the cholesterol-lowering pills to prevent a first heart attack or stroke are in fact ‘ineligible’ for the treatment, a Birmingham University study found.

It suggests that more than £100 million a year is being wasted because GPs have a scatter-gun approach to prescribing the drugs.

Not so great after all? More than half of patients put on the cholesterol-lowering pills to prevent a first heart attack or stroke are in fact 'ineligible' for the treatment, a Birmingham University study found

Over the past decade the number of people in Britain on statins has risen from five to eight million. The drugs lower the risk of heart attack and stroke in those at medium and high risk, but they can also produce side effects in up to a fifth of takers.

These can include muscle pain, fatigue, stomach upsets, sleep disturbance and erectile dysfunction.

The study, based on data from 365,000 patients at 421 GP practices and published in the journal PloS ONE, found six in ten statin prescriptions to prevent first heart attack or stroke go to ‘ineligible patients’, such as middle-aged people with raised cholesterol but no other risk factors.

And among those who are meant to get the pills, such as the elderly, only one in four does so.

Dr Tom Marshall, from the Birmingham School of Public Health and Population Science, said: ‘These are useful drugs but they are not getting to the right people.

'There are lots of people who could benefit who are not on them, and there are lots of people who are on them who will not benefit.’

About a quarter of the population over 40 are on statins. They are the most widely prescribed type of drug in the country by a large margin.

In England alone, statins cost the NHS almost £300 million in 2012.

Dr Marshall said too many GPs were putting patients on statins merely because they had a high total cholesterol reading. This was particularly the case among 55 to 70-year-olds.

Dr Aseem Malhotra, a cardiologist at the Royal Free Hospital in London, said part of the problem was that GPs were given cash incentives to check people’s cholesterol level, meaning they focused on that and failed to make a broader assessment of risk.

‘Financial incentives are distorting clinical medicine,’ he warned.

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The Guardian

India's unfair obsession with lighter skin

The Dark is Beautiful campaign hopes to halt India's huge appetite for skin whitening products, and has a new champion in film star Nandita Das

Nandita Das: 'Indians are very racist. There is so much pressure that perpetuates this idea that fair is the ideal.' Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

"You look green!" said a friend. "Are you ill?" asked another. Last year, a respected Indian newspaper published a photograph of me online which had been lightened so drastically by the art director's magic wand that I called the editor to complain and he apologised and replaced it with the original. The art director had thought he was doing me a favour by whitening my skin.

India's obsession with fair skin is well documented: in 1978, Unilever launched Fair & Lovely cream, which has subsequently spawned numerous whitening face cleansers, shower gels and even vaginal washes that claim to lighten the surrounding skin. In 2010, India's whitening-cream market was worth $432m, according to a report by market researchers ACNielsen, and was growing at 18% per year. Last year, Indians reportedly consumed 233 tonnes of skin-whitening products, spending more money on them than on Coca-Cola.

Cricket players and Bollywood stars regularly endorse these products. But now the film star Nandita Das has taken a stance against the craze and given her support to the Dark is Beautiful campaign which challenges the belief that success and beauty are determined by skin colour. "I want people to be comfortable in their own skin and realise that there is more to life than skin colour," she says, adding that an Indian paper had written "about my support for the campaign and then lightened the photo of me that went alongside it".

While she agrees that there is a long history behind the obsession with skin colour, owing to caste and culture, she thinks the current causes should be targeted first. "Indians are very racist. It's deeply ingrained. But there is so much pressure by peer groups, magazines, billboards and TV adverts that perpetuate this idea that fair is the ideal," she says.

Das has often faced directors and makeup artists trying to lighten her when she plays the role of an educated, upper-class woman. "They always say to me: 'Don't worry, we will lighten you, we're really good at it,' as a reassurance. It's perpetuating a stereotype that only fair-skinned women can be educated and successful."

In 2005, the cosmetics company Emami launched Fair & Handsome for men, with an ad featuring the Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan tossing a tube of whitening cream to a hopeful young fan, which the Dark is Beautiful campaign is seeking to have withdrawn. "Shah Rukh Khan is saying that to be successful you have to be fair," says Das. "Don't these people have any kind of conscience? You can't be naive; you know what kind of impact you have and yet you send out the message that says: 'Forget about working hard, it's about skin colour.'"

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CNN

Skippy, the guardian angel? Australian boy says kangaroo saved him during night lost in bush

By CNN Staff

August 8, 2013 -- Updated 1232 GMT (2032 HKT)

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Boy, 7, says kangaroo helped him survive a chilly night in the Australian bush

He says he went missing from a family picnic after a kangaroo ate flowers he was picking

He spent nearly 24 hours lost in in bush while a search party looked for him

His father said the kangaroo was "a gift from God"

(CNN) -- A seven-year-old boy who spent a winter's night lost in chilly conditions in the Australian bush says a friendly kangaroo is the reason he survived.

South Australian police said Simon Kruger went missing in the Deep Creek Conservation Park, south of Adelaide, after wandering away from a family picnic shortly after 1.15pm Saturday.

A search party of about 40, including two rescue helicopters, was mobilized to locate Simon, who was wearing just a fleece top and track pants and was not equipped for a night in the elements.

The search party continued their efforts through the night, operating using parachute flares, before a rescue helicopter spotted him about 500 meters from where he had gone missing nearly 24 hours earlier.

He was winched to safety shortly after noon Sunday, a police spokesman told CNN, having sustained minor injuries from his night in the wilderness.

But what has drawn the most attention about the episode is Simon's account of how he survived.

"Dad, I'm okay - I slept under a tree and there were kangaroos," were his first words to his father as he was reunited with his family, The Australian newspaper reported.

His father, Etienne, told Australia's 7 News said that his son had been picking flowers for his mother when a kangaroo approached him.

"A kangaroo came closer to him and ate the flowers from him, and the kangaroo fell asleep next to him," Etienne Kruger told the network. "I think God sent a kangaroo to keep him warm."

The boy's mother, Linda Kruger, added: "I think it was a miracle, when I smell his jacket, it's kangaroo -- bush and kangaroo."

The Krugers had been confident throughout the search that their son would be found safe, with the father telling The Australian that his son was strong and resourceful.

He told the Daily Telegraph newspaper Monday that his son was recovering well from his ordeal, and acting "as if nothing had happened."

"He's had a nice shower last night and a good sleep," he said. "He's certainly got something to tell at show and tell now."

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