One Universal Ethical Basis For Us All

בסיעתא דשמיא



The world's existence is preserved through 3 things;Torah study, Prayer & Kind Deeds. For society to flourish mankind as a whole must come to appreciate the importance of, Truth, Justice & Peace & conduct itself accordingly. Within the great Family of Man, each individual has his or her path within a path. Yet there is ONE Universal ethical basis for us all. Accept upon yourself the responsibility for peace & oneness in our world - world peace as a value goal. That will herald in a new era & a renewed world. A world of truth, wisdom, harmony & peace!

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it ."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Japan Pays 'Suicide Squads' Fortunes To Work In Stricken Nuclear Plant



Workers at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are being paid vast sums of money to brave high radiation levels.
Is it worth risking life and limb for a job to help the greater good, just for a paycheck?

*Four reactors at stricken plant to be decomissioned
*Subcontractors offered £760 a day - 20 times going rate - to brave radiation levels but some refuse

*One expert who designed reactor says race to save reactor two is 'lost'
*Radiation levels in sea water 3,335 times higher than normal
*Readings are almost three times worse than last week
*Unmanned drone photographs plant from the air amid health fear for pilots


Workers at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are being paid vast sums of money to brave high radiation levels - as experts warn that the race to save the facility has been lost.

Subcontractors are reportedly being offered up to 100,000 yen a day (£760) - 20 times the going rate - but some are still refusing the dangerous work.

Radiation levels are still extremely high at the plant, with water around the reactors emitting a highly dangerous 1,000 millisieverts per hour. 

There are also fears that the plant is leaking more radiation as sea water around the plant was found to contain levels 3,335 higher than normal - almost three times higher than last week.

In a further development, an expert who helped design the plant said today that the race to prevent reactor number two melting down had been lost.
 The plant's operators also said today that the four reactors that suffered explosions will be shut down for good once they are under control - and could be sealed in special material to keep radiation in.

Richard Lahey, who was head of safety research for boiling-water reactors at General Electric when the company installed the units at Fukushima, told the Guardian that he believed nuclear fuel had melted and burned through the reactor floor in unit number two.


That would expose the core to the atmosphere, risking more serious radiation leaks.

He told the Guardian: 'The indications we have, from the reactor to radiation readings and the materials they are seeing, suggest that the core has melted through the bottom of the pressure vessel in unit two, and at least some of it is down on the floor of the dry well.

'I hope I am wrong, but that is certainly what the evidence is pointing towards.'

The major worry is that the lava-like radioactive core will react with the concrete floor in Unit Two, sending radioactive gasses into the atmosphere.

Fortunately, though, the plant is flooded with seawater which will cool the material quicker than normal, reducing the amount of gas released.

According to the Independent newspaper, subcontractors have been offered the huge daily rates to take part in the containment efforts.

Former worker Shingo Kanno said: 'They know it's dangerous so they have to pay up to 20 times what they usually do.'

The seasonal farmer and construction worker turned down offers of work. 'My wife and family are against it because it's so dangerous.'

There has been widespread speculation in Japan that the levels of radiation workers face could ultimately prove lethal.
 A new evacuation zone is now being considered by the Tokyo Electric Power Company which could mean another 130,000 people have to evacuate.

Seawater outside the crippled nuclear power plant in north-eastern Japan was found to contain 3,335 times the usual amount of radioactive iodine - the highest rate yet and a sign that more contaminated water was making its way into the ocean, officials said today.

Readings on Friday found levels were 1,250 times higher than normal.

The amount of iodine-131 found offshore 300 yards south of the power plant did not pose an immediate threat to human health, but was a 'concern', said Hidehiko Nishiyama, of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

He said there was no fishing in the area. 'We will nail down the cause, and will do our utmost to prevent it from rising further,' said Mr Nishiyama.

The power plant has been leaking radiation since the March 11 tsunami slammed into Japan's north east, knocking out power and back-up systems crucial to keeping temperatures down inside the plant's reactors.

Residents within 12 miles have been evacuated, while those up to 19 miles have been urged to leave as radiation has made its way into vegetables, raw milk and water. Last week tap water as far away as Tokyo, 140 miles to the south, contained levels of cancer-causing iodine-131 considered unsafe for infants.

Radiation from the Fukushima leak has been also detected across Britain this week. The Health Protection Agency revealed that radioactive iodine had already been discovered 5,500 miles from the stricken plant in Oxfordshire and Glasgow.

Experts said the levels were 'minuscule' and posed no health risk to Britons. However, its arrival highlights how far radioactive material can travel on the winds - and how vulnerable Britain would be if there was a serious release of radiation thousands of miles away.

The government acknowledged yesterday that its safeguards had been insufficient to protect the plant against the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami.


'Our preparedness was not sufficient,' chief Cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said. 'When the current crisis is over, we must examine the accident closely and thoroughly review' the safety standards.

Highly toxic plutonium was the latest contaminant found seeping into the soil outside the plant, Tepco said. Safety officials said the amounts did not pose a risk to humans, but the finding supports suspicions that dangerously radioactive water is leaking from damaged nuclear fuel rods.


Workers succeeded last week in reconnecting some parts of the plant to the power grid. But as they pumped in water to cool the reactors and nuclear fuel, they discovered numerous pools of radioactive water, including in the basements of several buildings and in trenches outside.

The contaminated water has been emitting many times the amount of radiation that the government considers safe for workers. It must be pumped out before electricity can be restored and the regular cooling systems powered up.
That has left officials struggling with two crucial but contradictory efforts: pumping in water to keep the fuel rods cool and pumping out contaminated water.

Officials are hoping tanks at the complex will be able to hold the water, or that new tanks can be trucked in. The Nuclear Safety Commission said other possibilities included digging a storage pit for the contaminated water, recycling it back into the reactors or even pumping it to an offshore tanker.
Yesterday three workers trying to connect a pump outside the Unit 3 reactor were splashed by water that gushed from a pipe. Though they wore suits meant to be waterproof and protect against high levels of radiation, Mr Nishiyama said the men were soaked to their underwear. They quickly washed it off and were not injured, officials said.
 Last week, two workers were hospitalised with burns after they waded into highly radioactive water that reached their knees while wearing ankle-high protective boots. They have been treated and released.
Nikkei, Japan's top business newspaper, called it 'outrageous' that Tepco had been slow to release information about trenches outside the reactors filled with contaminated water, one just a few inches (10cm) from overflowing. [dailymail.co.uk]

Dire Living Conditions Add To Misery Of Japan's Nuclear Plant Heroes



Following on from reports of yet ANOTHER earthquake tonight of a magnitude-6.4 quake jolting northeast Japan http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-03/29/c_13803788.htm reports are surfacing regarding the grim living conditions of the Nuclear plant heroes as the emergency workers struggle under harsh conditions to control and stabilize the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.


Tokyo (CNN) -- They sleep anywhere they can find open space -- in conference rooms, corridors, even stairwells. They have one blanket, no pillows and a leaded mat intended to keep radiation at bay.

They eat only two meals each day -- a carefully rationed breakfast of 30 crackers and vegetable juice and for dinner, a ready-to-eat meal or something out of a can.They clean themselves with wet wipes, since the supply of fresh water is short.

These are the grueling living conditions for the workers inside Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. They've been hailed as heroes risking their lives by braving high levels of radiation as they work to avert a nuclear meltdown.

But until now, the outside world has known little about the workers' routine.

Tuesday, safety inspector Kazuma Yokota, who spent five days at the plant last week, spoke with CNN about the plight of the 400 workers staying in a building within 1 kilometer (.6 miles) of Reactor No. 1. Japanese officials ordered mandatory evacuations for everyone else within 20 (12.4 miles) kilometers of the plant.

The workers look tired, Yokota said. They are furiously connecting electrical cables, repairing instrument panels and pumping radioactive water out.

They work with the burden of their own personal tragedies always weighing heavy.

"My parents were washed away by the tsunami, and I still don't know where they are," one worker wrote in an e-mail that was verified as authentic by a spokesman for the Tokyo Electric Power Co., which runs the Fukushima plant.

"Crying is useless," said another e-mail. "If we're in hell now, all we can do is crawl up towards heaven.'

But they are doing it all with the kind of determination required in a task with such high stakes. There's no room for plummeting morale and the workers are not showing any signs of spirits flagging, Yokota said.

However upbeat the workers are, there's no denying the conditions are beyond difficult.

"On the ground at the nuclear power plant, the workers are working under very dangerous and very hard conditions, and I feel a great deal of respect for them," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters Tuesday.

The workers spend three days on site and go off for one. They start their work day at 8 a.m. and go for 12 long hours.

Last week, three men who were laying electrical cable in the turbine building of the No. 3 reactor stepped in tainted water, exposing themselves to high levels of radiation. Tokyo Electric apologized and said their exposure might have been avoided with better communication.

Radiation alarms went off while the three men were working, but they continued with their mission for 40 to 50 minutes after assuming it was a false alarm. They were hospitalized after it was determined they had been exposed to 173 to 181 millisieverts of radiation -- two of them with direct exposure on their skin. They were later released.

By comparison, a person in an industrialized country is naturally exposed to 3 millisieverts per year, though Japan's Health Ministry has said that those working directly to avert the nuclear crisis could be exposed to as much as 250 millisieverts before they must leave the site.

The incident also prompted further criticism of Tokyo Electric and how well it is safeguarding the workers.

Yokota said the power company hoped to improve living conditions for the workers by moving them to another facility. Edano said officials also hope to find replacements in order to relieve the workers at the plant.

 
Until then, they will continue as the faceless heroes in Japan's tragedy, the nation's only hope of thwarting further disaster.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Ugly Truth About Fukushima




On The Brink Of A Mega Disaster!

Japan nuclear disaster may turn out 10 times worse than Chernobyl as Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Worsens.

Despite all the desperate efforts by world governments to downplay the severity of the release of radioactive material from Fukushima, world radiation sensors are revealing the ugly truth about the Fukushima catastrophe that the nuclear industry doesn't want you to know.

We thought we'd seen the worst in nuclear power plant accidents with the partial meltdown of a reactor at Chernobyl in the Ukraine in the former Soviet Union in 1986. But what is happening at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in northern Japan will likely surpass Chernobyl, if it hasn't already.

All along we’ve known that we’re not getting the full story. The information the public do get from officials is contradictory. The truth is Japan's nuclear crisis is most perilous since Chernobyl. The “situation is very grave & serious”.

The radioactive fallout is now as much as 73 percent of the daily radiation emitted from Chernobyl following its meltdown disaster.
Japan's damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima has been emitting radioactive iodine and caesium at levels approaching those seen in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in 1986.
Because Fukushima continues to leak radiation into the environment, its total radioactive output may yet exceed that of Chernobyl. There's certainly a lot more fuel at Fukushima than there ever was at Chernobyl: 1,760 tons of nuclear fuel versus just 180 tons at Chernobyl.

So Fukushima has ten times the amount of fresh and spent fuel as Chernobyl. And it's still spewing radiation every second. The food and water in Japan is already contaminated, the oceans are radioactive, the air is radioactive, neutron beams are jetting out of the nuclear
facility, it's raining yellow water, workers are being hospitalized with radiation burns, and still the nuclear industry says stop worrying... it's all safe!

No wonder there is so much confusion with regard to the true situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Facility!

Clearly, Japan is a natural, nuclear, human and social disaster as radiation from the nuclear plant is spreading across oceans and continents. Truly a very disturbing local crisis with global implications.

Fukushima is quickly rising to the top of the list of the world's worst nuclear disasters.
It only leads me to wonder: How much worse is this going to get? We were told just this week that the reactors had their power restored, that the crisis was over, remember? The mainstream media has already blown past this story and doesn't express much concern at all over the situation. Yet this Fukushima catastrophe is quickly moving into the top position as the world's worst nuclear power plant disaster -- even as the media plays it down!

Fukushima may yet out-Chernobyl Chernobyl!

So where does all this radiation end up? Well, according to the Japanese and American governments, it all just magically fades away and there's nothing at
all to worry about. But NaturalNews readers know better: This radiation ends up in the food, in the water, and circulating throughout the environment. Where will this end? No one knows for sure. But if there's one thing we've all learned from watching Tokyo this past week, it's that the time to get prepared is right now! The immediate crisis is far from over. [mathaba.net/news]

This is no longer a regional event. This is a global challenge. The radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors is now a part of our global ecosystem.

For a status report: Reactor-by-reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant click here
Melted fuel rods cause radiation spike at Japan nuclear plant - govt.
It is not a question of whether or not a nuclear disaster will occur in Japan , it is a question of when it will occur, and if catastrophic enough, perhaps nothing can be done to contain it. Here's to praying that an equally devastating nuclear accident like Chernobyl can be prevented.


The Entire World Is A Revolving Wheel



Everything Goes Around & Changes

The world is like a spinning wheel.
Everything turns around and changes. Everything is
revolving and changing from one thing to the next, from top to
bottom and bottom to top.

This world is a turning wheel, where above is below and below is above. This is the spinning wheel, the revolving wheel, things changing from one state to another. These transformations are the level of the redemption.
 
We are living our life on the rim of a spinning wheel. The Great Wheel of Life turns and turns. Round and round it turns, faster and faster. Everything goes around and changes.

In life seasons change just like our circumstances
Good times turn into tough times and back again
We live through years of plenty and years when things are lean
Times of carefree happiness and times of challenge and struggle
Days when we are top of the World and days when it all comes crashing down
But while our circumstances may change, our essential worth does not
What matters is not how much we have but what we choose to do with it.
Life is a cycle and it's really challenging to know what is going on around us

The circle is not infinite, as many conclude. The circumference ends when it repeats itself. Therefore, the entire world is a revolving wheel, and everything goes around and changes.

Times change. The wheel of fortune never stops spinning. The thing to remember, is that change is constant in the Universe, and tough times do not last. The forces of change in the Universe will bring a change in circumstances if we follow the Above and keep moving.



Saturday, March 26, 2011

Thousands Of Beetles Swarm Surfers Paradise - Australia

Picture of beetle invasion in Surfers Paradise. Sent in by reader Norman Herfurth.

A SWARM of water beetles is wreaking havoc across the Australian Tourist Mecca

THOUSANDS of beetles are swarming Surfers Paradise in a never before seen phenomenon that has stumped local scientists.

The water beetle invasion captured on amateur youtube footage shows the large black beetles swarming around lights and dropping to the footpath on The Esplanade last night.

Watch Beetles Swarming Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQGABy-hqo8

Watch Beetles Swarming Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAqyLbeOhwc

Griffith University entomologist Professor Clyde Wild said he had no definitive explanation for the rare phenomenon. ''I've never seen swarms of these like this before, why they are at the beach front escapes any explanation I can think of,'' Prof Wild said. ''You might see two or three on any given night - this is literally thousands. They haven't come out of the sea, they live in fresh water and live on larvae, or eating other insects.''

Prof Wild said he would be less surprised if the invasion had occurred in areas that had recently flooded. ''If there was masses of flowing water, a lot of habitat, it would make more sense. But it hasn't been that wet on the Gold Coast so it's a very curious phenomenon. They can fly very well, kilometres, but if for instance they were breeding in a river, or a swamp that had dried up, I can't see the connection as to why they would relocate to the beachfront.''[goldcoast.com.au]

Friday, March 25, 2011

Three Of The Fukushima Fifty Rushed To Hospital With Radiation Poisoning

Hospital: Medical workers in protective gear gather around an ambulance taking two of the Fukushima workers to hospital


*Panicked Tokyo residents clear shop shelves of bottled water
*Men stood in irradiated water which seeped through protective gear
*Tokyo convenience stores all but run out of bottled water
*Families with babies get three half-litre bottles of water a day for each infant

*City officials appeal for calm
*Death toll rises to 9,700 while missing number 16,500

Three of the Fukushima Fifty have been rushed to hospital with radiation poisoning as they battle to save Japan's crippled power plant from nuclear meltdown.
Fumio Matsuda, a spokesman for the nuclear safety agency, said the three workers, two in their 20s and one in his 30s, came face to face with the danger they had all feared when contaminated water came into contact with their skin at the Fukushima Dai-chi plant.
Officials said they were standing in irradiated water in the No.3 reactor when it somehow seeped through their protective gear, causing them to be contaminated with a level of radiation almost twice as high as the accepted 'safe' limit.

'This is a very regrettable situation,' Chief Cabinet Secretary Yudio Edano said later today as he described the sketchy details he had received from the plant.
'They were in a basement area of the No.3 reactor, standing in water that was irradiated,' he said.
Mr Matsuda said the workers were exposed to radiation levels of up to 180 millisieverts, which is less than the maximum 250 millisieverts that the government is allowing for workers at the plant.
About two dozen people have been injured since the plant began leaking radiation after suffering tsunami damage on March 11


Meanwhile anxiety over the safety of Tokyo’s tap water continued amid fears it has been contaminated by radiation seeping from the plant.
New readings showed the levels had returned to safe in Tokyo, but were high in two neighbouring prefectures - Chiba and Saitama.

'The first thought was that I need to buy bottles of water,' said Tokyo real estate agent Reiko Matsumoto, mother of five-year-old Reina. 'I also don't know whether I can let her take a bath.'
The Fukushima plant has been leaking radiation since the March 11 quake and tsunami knocked out its crucial cooling systems, leading to explosions and fires in four of its six reactors.
Workers doled out bottled water to Tokyo families today after residents cleared store shelves, forcing many shops to start rationing goods including milk, toilet paper, rice and water.
Anxiety over food and water supplies surged when Tokyo officials reported yesterday that radioactive iodine in the city's tap water was above levels considered dangerous for babies over the long term.

After setbacks and worrying black smoke forced an evacuation, workers were back inside today, said Hidehiko Nishiyama of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.
Government spokesman Yukio Edano sought to allay fears over the tap water readings.
'We ask people to respond calmly,' he said at a briefing today. 'The Tokyo metropolitan government is doing its best.'
Households with infants will get three, half-litre bottles of water for each baby - a total of 240,000 bottles - city officials said, begging Tokyo residents to buy only what they need for fear that hoarding could hurt the thousands of people without any water in areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami.


Nearly two weeks after the magnitude-9 quake, some 660,000 household still do not have water in Japan's north east, the government said. Electricity has not been restored to some 209,000 homes, Tohoku Electric Power Co said.
The figures were a reminder of the grim humanitarian situation that hundreds of thousands continue to face in the wake of twin disasters that are proving to be the most costly natural disaster on record.
Damages are estimated at up to 309 billion US dollars, the government said.

 
The number of dead and missing continued to rise: 9,700 dead, with another 16,500 missing, Japan's police agency said today. The figures that may include some overlap.
Hundreds of thousands remain homeless, squeezed into temporary shelters without heat, warm food or medicine and no idea what to call home after the colossal wave swallowed up communities along the coast and dozens of strong aftershocks continued to shake the nation.

Fears about food safety began to spread overseas as radiation seeped into raw milk, seawater and 11 kinds of vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower and turnips, grown in areas around the plant.[dailymail.co.uk]




Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Error Of War




A number of follies that people used to believe in, such as
human sacrifice, have been eradicated.
But the error of war has not been eradicated.
People use their wisdom to make a weapon that can kill
thousands of people at a time. But can there be any greater idiocy
than destroying many lives for nothing?




Tuesday, March 22, 2011

JUST NOW: Three Strong Earthquakes Rock Eastern Japan



UPDATE 9.33pm (AEST): A THIRD large earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan tonight.

A SERIES of strong earthquakes rattled northeast Japan today, keeping residents on edge more than a week after a devastating tremor and tsunami battered the region.

The 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck at a depth of  15km, about  568km northeast of Tokyo, at 6.44pm (8.44pm (AEDT), according to the US Geological Survey.

The tremor followed a 6.4-magnitude earthquake at 6.19pm (8.19pm AEDT). That quake struck at a depth of 27km 131km from the city of Fukushima in northeastern Japan.

Earlier, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck at a depth of 26km, some 312km from Fukushima, where workers continue to battle to contain radiation leaks from a stricken nuclear reactor.

No tsunami warnings or damage from the quakes have been reported.

Earlier today, radiation levels 1600 times higher than normal were recorded as far as 20km away from the Fukushima nuclear plant, according to International Atomic Energy Agency figures cited by the Kyodo News agency.[heraldsun.com.au]

'Fukushima 50' Cut Off From Family




The Faceless Heroes Of Japan

The nuclear power plant workers known as the 'Fukushima Fifty' have been isolated from their families to prevent news of difficult conditions leaking out, it was claimed.

A family friend of one of the workers - the team battling to control the crisis at the power plant - said that email and phone access had been cut and one man had been unable to speak to his wife for days.
 
The move comes after one of the Fifty texted his wife in Japan saying that drinking water at the plant was running low, adding: "I feel like I'm coming down with something." [newsonjapan.com]


Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has 180 workers in protective gear, working in crew shifts of 50 (dubbed the Fukushima 50), who are using fire hoses and other equipment in a desperate attempt to keep reactor cores and spent fuel pools filled with water.

Little is know about these workers, except for the few whose relatives have spoken to the Japanese media.

These men are repeatedly enduring high doses of radiation and are under alot of risk  for the sake of saving their country, the Fukushima nuclear plant and themselves. For days now, these men have worked tirelessly and selflessly in order to keep the reactors cool and to prevent a catastrophe.
The workers wear protective clothing and breathing masks, but the suits are effective only against alpha radiation. They offer much less protection against deadly gamma rays that would be emitted from melted fuel.

These fifty  plant workers technically ‘on suicide mission’ to battle a major nuclear meltdown are sacrificing everything for the greater good, refusing to back down in the face of adversity or even certain death.

What keeps them there is duty, commitment and bravery!

The worlds thoughts and prayers are with these selfless brave men, their families and the rest of the people of Japan.

The workers might be faceless heroes for the moment, but their bravery has won them the admiration of many Japanese and the international community. 

The Fukushima 50 are the real heroes on the world stage.



Monday, March 21, 2011

Japan On The Verge Of A Nuclear Apocalypse?




 
The Most Serious Challenges Humanity Has Ever Faced

The only nation ever to suffer the effects of nuclear war now faces a nuclear catastrophe of unknown scope and unforeseeable consequences, following one of the biggest earthquakes in history and the resulting tsunami. Humanity now faces a deadly serious challenge coming out of Japan -- the epicenter of radiation, as the situation continues to worsen at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.


Events in Japan over the past week have rekindled nuclear anxieties that have remained largely dormant for an older generation and will likely give a new generation a new fear to contemplate.

In the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake, a nuclear reactor was fractured and radioactive material has been leaking into the atmosphere. Japan is racing against time to cool the overheating reactors. The cooling problem is particularly critical. The nuclear level is severe. The situation grave, as the level of radiation in the atmosphere soars - an alarming worry for Japan and its citizens.

 
This is one of the most serious challenges humanity has ever faced. The situation is an apocalyptic nightmare and it is only getting worse.

Here is a simultaneous catastrophe beyond human comprehension: At least six nuclear reactors in various states of collapse, out-of-control, and in partial meltdown, and at least one even more deadly spent fuel pool overheating and burning, amidst the apocalypse from the original Richter 9.0 earthquake, the Richter 5.0 and 6.0 aftershocks, the Tsunami, the massive death toll, the lack of emergency vehicles and spreading radioactivity, the fires, the melting Spent Fuel Pools -- they are not "screening" radioactive releases which, in any case, are now uncontrolled.


How is this particular nuclear apocalypse defined?
Earthquakes and after shocks + tidal wave = tsunami. Aged Nuke Plant + loss of coolant, fires, explosions + the pox of plutonium and other phenomena that create massive radioactive emissions = chemical pollution = fear. Contradicting information= denial too obvious to ignore + politics, racism, greed = perfect formula for a potential nuclear apocalypse.

Japan raised the nuclear alert level at Fukushima from four to five on a seven-point international scale for atomic incidents, making this nightmare just two “points” away from Chernobyl! The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency referred to this awful disaster as a “race against the clock,” so that’s comforting. Since this tragedy began last Friday, 6,405 people have been reported dead and approximately 10,200 are still missing. Also, miserable weather and heavy snowfall has basically made Japan the saddest place on Earth. [BBC]

There’s no undoing damage that’s already done. But to avert a tragedy of large scale proportions we must be honest, proactive, have an effective internal flow of information & practice rapid crisis response. Above all else we must be responsible human beings being consistent in communicating honestly and effectively for the safety, health and good of all living beings.

We are all in this together. We each must look out for and protect one another. The safety of the public is paramount. We should not support those causes that openly contradict our values. We must not stand by while our neighbors blood is shed. We all share personal duties and  responsibilities and we all have an obligation to protect each other and society from danger and harm.

We were created to make this world a better place - not just to avoid making things worse. Human beings have a duty to hold themselves accountable for their actions We have an obligation to take responsibility for how we treat our planet, and how we treat each other. We need not debate the issue of human responsibility and culpability. We are all bound by ethical and moral responsibility. This includes delivery of truth & being accountable for it.


We are responsible agents for each other and our planet, every day of our lives. From a bad situation we can turn it into a good one. In the World's hour of an unprecedented crisis, the international community is duty-bound to clean up and permanently fix this catastrophe and turn it into a controlled, bearable, survivable situation to move forward and learn a very valuable lesson to never make the same mistakes again.



We may not be able to control natural disasters, but we are the masters over our own human disasters. Let us help protect what is most valuable to us. It is up to us to change our destiny for the good and better. 

Tomorrow is not in our hands; yesterday will never come back, and all we have to change our destiny for time and eternity, is now.

Let's pray for the people of Japan and for the welfare of the World and all of its inhabitants.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Loyal Dog In Japan Refuses To Leave Injured Friend



Dog's Loyalty Even In A Time Of Disaster

Is this Japan's most faithful dog?

A heartwarming & touching video of a dog who refuses to leave an injured canine friend lying in the rubble in the aftermath of disaster in Japan has been making the rounds on YouTube and social networking sites. These two dogs have captured the world’s attention.

Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3TM9GL2iLI

After surviving the tsunami the dog's refusal to abandon its injured friend is the ultimate show of love & loyalty.

Reporters came across the animal shivering & disoriented just sitting loyally beside his injured & weakened canine buddy standing guard, whilst filming the destruction wreaked by Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast Japan. The protective dog is approached by a Japanese news crew as his badly injured companion lies nearby. The pair were rescued by vets from Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support and are receiving veterinary care in the city of Mito.

Unity, Order & Dignity Amidst Japans Humanitarian Disaster



ATTITUDE & PERSPECTIVE


Following the aftermath of last weeks cruel combination of natural disasters the result of a massive earthquake & tsunami & the growing fears of a nuclear meltdown, the immense scale of the disaster in Japan wrought by last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami has become clearer in the last few days. The current nuclear plant situation is critical. The risk of a nuclear accident remains as experts continued to work on preventing three reactors at the ageing Fukushima atomic plant from overheating. A state of emergency was also declared at the Onagawa nuclear power plant because of high radiological readings as a cloud of radiation is spreading from Fukushima. "They've lost control", the French claim Japan is hiding the full scale of the nuclear disaster.


"As these words are written, there are several dozen workers still at work in the bowels of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, bravely doing what they can to keep the reactor cores cool. Though no one likes to dwell on this fact publicly, these workers likely are sacrificing their own lives — or much of them anyway — to radiation poisoning, so that millions of their fellow citizens will be safer. It is a selfless, noble instinct we see expressed in Hollywood movies and ant colonies. But how often do we see it exhibited by real human beings?" - Jonathan Kay - nationalpost.com


The northeast of Japan has become a virtual ghost town in the last week with streets normally full of people  now practically empty and has become eerily quiet & what once was cities full of daily bustling life have turned into a deserted wasteland. Entire towns on the country’s north-east coast were wiped out by the 10-metre high wall of water, some small towns entirely destroyed -  four nuclear plants at risk of a meltdown.
Towns are flattened, there is only a few buildings standing and it's just a mass of twisted debris.
There is an ongoing danger from further aftershocks. Hundreds have struck since Friday, including 30 with a Richter scale magnitude of 6 or higher. About 1.5 million households remain without water supplies and 2.5 million have no power. Overnight temperatures are near-freezing, making the situation even more difficult for survivors, while basic foodstuffs and petrol are in short supply in the affected areas.


This is the first time the world has dealt with a humanitarian crisis of this proportion. Born out of a simultaneous earthquake, tsunami, and a looming high probability of a nuclear catastrophe - the result of this natural calamity.


From the rubble & debris will arise new world order that would forever change the course of history.
With crisis comes change. From one end of the globe to the other no one is immune to crisis. A global age has in turn led to a global crisis, a crisis that will require a global response as well. What matters most is what we are, and NOT what we have.The need for human aid is urgent. About 450,000 people are in emergency accommodation with 9,500 people still unaccounted for out of a population of 17,000. A lack of fuel and extremely cold weather in the areas hardest hit by Japan's earthquake and tsunami is proving to be among the biggest challenges for aid organisations as aid agencies rush to Japan's Humanitarian front the crisis deepens. Millions of people in Japan's devastated northeast, traumatized survivors  were spending a fourth night without water, food or heating in near-freezing temperatures whilst  toiletsoverflow in overwhelmed shelters. A tsunami has destroyed the physical structure of Japans tsunami-ravaged coastal  regions but it has failed to break the peoples physical & mental morale.


Remarkably, despite the extreme conditions in parts of Japan which include power cuts and a lack of food and clean water & amid the massive despair the people have remained peaceful, with no reports of looting or violence. There is order & dignity amid quake hardship.


Scores of people are lined up at stores in an orderly fashion awaiting rations. These lines organised by themselves with no need for order as this has been instilled in their society from a very young age. No ones complainig. There is a sense of orderly community. The Japanese have been raised to be strongly disciplined & live by strict principles.


People are being fair with their rations and not going back for second helpings, people are helping each other & sharing equally. There is a sense of civility and community. They have a true sense of national character of being bought up to be orderly - ruled by strict authority, rules & conformity. This is the make up of stability that keeps the Japanese together, united & dignified.  Their sense of survival is  relying on each other, holding on to hope. the entire nation is putting forth its best effort to save all suffering people. In unity is strength.


If one were to conceive of how an ideal society would respond to collective tragedy, this is more or less how one would imagine it. Japans qualities are extraordinary and deeply impressive by how Japan's society operates with a sense of national character to see people who have survived, and are suffering from the biggest disaster, encourage themselves to live for tomorrow. This is so courageous. The world appreciates the extraordinary sense of collective discipline being exhibited by the nation as a whole. The country has equally valuable lessons to teach us about the human capacity for composure and courage in the face of epic tragedy. Never give up hope. The bravery amidst disaster is a model for us all!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Japans Earthquake & Tsunami & Fears Of A Nuclear Meltdown


The Latest Act Of God - Faith In The Path of Destruction
(Unfounded Fear Of The "Apocalypse" Explained...) 

Japan experienced the worst natural catastrophic disaster the world has ever known caused by the recent powerful earthquake of epic proportions followed by tsunami waves striking with shattering force leaving horrible devastation of destruction & chaos in its path & death in its wake - a catastrophe of immense proportions displacing tens of thousands & as an emergency measure closed four nuclear power plants as a precaution. A state of emergency was declared at one of the plants after its cooling system had a mechanical failure as nuclear explosion  fears build.
We are witnessing natural disasters more on a regular basis lately one after the other, and their power seems to be increasing through Divine Might.
This one was of horrific proportions because of the tsunami that crashed ashore, swallowing everything in its path as it surged several miles inland before retreating. The extensive destruction & damage is evident in the litter heaped & strewn all over Japans Tsunami hit northcoast & is beyond comprehension - the mind reels.

As the nation struggles with the aftermath of a massive earthquake and tsunami hundreds of people fled after Japans Shinmoedake volcano erupted shattering windows 6km away.

As the world witnesses more devestation it makes one realize how much we are affected by nature. You have to cherish the world at the same time that you struggle to endure it

A volcanic eruption or earthquake and the like are but one link in a long chain of events that began with the creation of the world and will continue to the end of times, nothing that occurs to human beings is random. We must recognize that God guides the world, and that, despite the appearance of randomness or capriciousness, nothing happens without a reason and we have no way of interpreting a single event by isolating it from the rest.  Not every tragedy is the result of sin. Man simply cannot comprehend an infinite God. 

When the earth shakes, we all tremble.

Many doomsdayers have been predicting the "Apocalypse".
We are living in turbulent times & intense tragedies. There will be chaos in the world, suffering, and catastrophic events, political & social upheavals, natural disasters. However, there is no such thing as an Apocalypse decending upon man or our universe. 

What has transpired from creation until the present, is all part of a process.

A doomsday or violent ending will not arrive but rather ancient traditions which have a very different view of God and the Messiah teach that "end of days" refer to Messianic times which we are currently living in. Nature does not change. It's going to be a radical change, but not disruptive. All we will have is total universal goodness and morality– and everything about it is only blessing. The Messiah (anointed Redeemer) will usher in an era of sanctity, world peace and righteousness.  A time when war will cease and humanity will gather together to worship God in unity. The ultimate meaning of redemption is that Godliness has come down to earth. That Godliness become obvious. There will be  total immersion in Godly wisdom. We will come to the stark realisation that God is real, and that goodness is real, and that evil is false, and that darkness is only imaginary.  It is important to disabuse ourselves of this notion that the end of times comes and blows everything to pieces. Because, in fact, this isn't the way it is.


The Messiah can come either through blessing, or God forbid, through bloodshed. Either way He is coming – how he will come is dependent on us.  God has planned out world history and established a predetermined time when Messiah will come. Thus, the buildup until the coming of Messiah is part of the natural order of events that God has programmed into history. Let us hope he will come through blessing.  It's up to us. May He come speedily in our time!

Water, taken one drop at a time, is utterly tranquil and benign; but when theses droplets come together as waves they become a force to be reckoned with not for naught did all these terrifying and frightening things of this year come upon us. We must listen & be alert to lifes messages.

Spiritual forces, like ocean waves, do not lose their power over distance. When one suffers, one should scrutinize one’s deeds. If a person even if s/he is not directly affected hears about a disaster such as an earthquake, one must relate to the tragedy by examining one’s own deeds.

Even from the most horrible things we can learn great lessons. From the threat of nuclear destruction we can learn several things about how to rearrange the world for the good: From The smallest Things Come The Biggest Changes.

Tremendous power has always been there, it needs only be revealed.

On a larger scale, this epic disaster will bring people of every race, creed and religion together. There are no divisions in suffering. There are no barriers. Rich, poor, young, old, male, female, we're all the same in the eyes of the waves. And now, once again are all the same when it comes to offering aid, support and love.

The pain of others should be as real to us as our own. What lies behind us & what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. The future of the world is up to us! Let our primary question in the wake of this tragedy be not "Why did it happen?" but rather "What can I do to help?"

Tsunami aid and relief: How you can help

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/14/tsunami-aid-and-relief-how-you-can-help/

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Youth Culture - Democracy, Freedom & Liberty


Democracy and human rights are cornerstones of our moral vision in the modern era.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled to. Rights of freedom of political expression, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press are considered to be essential so that citizens are informed and able to vote in their personal interests. A leader is to be deemed legitimate only if he is able to willingly rally the support of the people around him, collectively .The people must choose & initiate their leaders from among themselves. The citizenry as a whole is to be represented in the choice of its leaders. The choice belongs to the people. Leaders are there to serve the people -  not the other way around.

The human psyche is home to two contrasting impulses: a striving for freedom, and a propensity for submission to authority. Our generation has been granted opportunities that have never been granted before. There has come about a tremendous awakening for yearning for the most basic of human freedoms -freedoms of equality & rights. Equality & rights of freedom & liberty from oppression & dictatorship. That these dictators adopt constitutions which recognize the intrinsic right of every citizen to participate in the process of government as opposed to a dictator who imposes his dominion on an unwilling nation. Democracy is preferable to imposing the will of a single individual on everyone.The idea of a leader is an individual who has cleansed himself of every last vestige of ego and self-interest & are elected by their fellow countrymen to work for the long term good of their constituents. They are there to inspire his people by being selfless, guiding them in the fulfillment in their mission and purpose in life of doing good. Doing good means feeding the hungry, enlightening the ignorant, bringing peace to warring factions. Our vision of perfection is the obliteration of all evil and suffering from the face of the earth & tolerance of racial & religious freedoms. A world that is free of war and hunger is the ultimate.

Throughout the ancient world, the truth was self-evident: all men are not created equal. You were what you were born: a king, a noble, or a serf. An orderly society was one in which people knew their place.

The 20th century saw the expansion of democratic ideals on a global scale. The younger generation have grown distrustful & resentful of their higher authorities that be and in increasing numbers are rejecting the values and way of life into which they had been raised, taking a first important step in  rejecting the false, humanly-contrived ideologies which they had been taught & which has been instilled within their minds. After decades this gap, in essence, is changing how values are being instilled one generation after another. Leading to a wave of social unrest. The cause of civil disturbance is the action of public civilian disruption & solidarity to resist & challenge a particular power, force, policy or regime against repression of their people & expressing displeasure of major socio-political infrastructure problems as they desperately grapple & demand for a push toward dramatic change & reform.

We understand how critical computer literacy is to leveling the playing field of knowledge and power and are thankful that we live in a culture that seeks to encourage it. And we understand why the world's darkest dictatorships do little to encourage such literacy: To educate the masses in computer literacy is to empower them.

When a person takes the potential they have been given, and misappropriates it by not applying it bridging the gap between all past generations, they are stealing our future hope.

All too often, personal freedom translates into selfishness, anarchy and violence; into the exploitation of the few and the weak by the many and the strong. What is most miraculous about what is happening in the world today is that it is all being carried out mostly peacefully - something which has never happened before in the history of man. In previous generations, whenever there was a revolution, it was achieved only through destruction and bloodshed. In contrast, the changes we are seeing today, while more extreme than anything we have known in recent memory, have been achieved in a mostly  peaceful manner. Felled not by guns and bombs but by peaceful demonstrations in city squares in which the voice of the people simply declared their demand for freedom & democracy.

Governments that are democratically elected, but are driven by cruel and immoral policies, are sources of destruction. When the notion of democracy is twisted to the point of becoming something else altogether, like autocracy, can we really say that democracy has triumphed?They might have " legal legitimacy", But what happens when your own government unleashes a barrage of rockets & gunfire against its innocent civilians and use repressive force & fear againt their own people? They cannot be recognized by the international community until they develop moral legitimacy. Only a social structure of honesty, trust, fairness & balance governed wisely & well will help democracy survive.

If you don't come to democracy...democracy will come to you!

While it takes outside intervention to secure individual rights for the citizens of these countries, there are factions within these countries which are determined to undermine these newfound freedoms, the vast majority of the populations of these countries have eagerly embraced the demise of their respective lands' hitherto tyrannically oppressive regimes.

But what about man's potential for true freedom? While monarchical rule certainly made submission to authority a tangible reality in the lives of its subjects, it also suppressed their quest for freedom. The quest for freedom in its truest sense is Spiritual Empowerment. Freedom to seek a higher purpose to life. An environment of freedom nourishes, rather than destroys spiritual growth and deeper connection with God.

We must progress toward a world which by and large accepts the basic concepts of liberty, equal human rights and freedom of religion; a world which is choosing to live by moral and Godly ideals.

There is a famous statement by Maimonides' that "there are only two free beings: God and man. God is unique and distinct "in the Heavens" because only He is free. Man is unique and distinct among all corporeal creations, because he alone possesses free choice." God didn't endow human beings with free choice in order to manipulate them as He wishes—for that He has hordes of angels! He gave us free choice because He wanted us to choose to recognize Him.
There is another quote by Maimonides which he quotes, "In those times, there will be no hunger or war, no jealousy or rivalry. For the good will be plentiful and all delicacies common as dust. The world's sole occupation will be to know God.."
In creating man and "breathing into his nostrils"  a soul that is "literally a part" of Himself, God created the single creature with a potential for freedom--a potential that is in essence Divine. It is this potential that drives the human being to constantly challenge and surmount the limits imposed on him, including even the limits of its own nature.

We are not here to fight the world, but to MOLD it, DEVELOP it and SUBLIMATE it. Each era and society has its "customs," its unique zeitgeist and cultural milieu that is to be exploited to serve your Creator and your mission in life embracing vision to guide our lives and define our relationship with the world we inhabit - Go Forward & move toward it!

The Messianic Redemption, dubbed the "true and complete" redemption, will arrive when the world is ready to "elect" God of its own volition.


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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Thousand Fibers

No person is an island entire of itself. We are all citizens of one world, we are all of one blood. Every person is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men and women; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects