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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

RUSSIA MOBILIZES SHIPS, GROUND TROOPS AND RAIL FOR FIRST TIME IN 15 YEARS



"ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA"....AND TOSS IN BY AIR AND RAIL.

THE RUSSIAN BEAR GROWLS BACK....

Russian Aerospace Forces Relocate Amid Snap Combat Readiness



Russia Conducts Armored Train Drills For First Time In 15 Years (Video)


FROM FEBRUARY, 2016: Russia has started manufacturing elements of the ‘Barguzin’ railway-based ICBM.

“The design documents are ready and we have started making some elements of the system” – a source of TASS said and added that there are no specific dates of the train adoption.  

It was reported earlier that the new railway-based ICBM would be equipped with ‘Yars’ missiles, each train carrying six ICBMs. They plan to deploy five systems altogether. Russian Strategic Missile Forces consider that new systems will remain in service until at least 2040. 

According to the START treaty, signed by the Russian and the US presidents in 1993, Russia was deprived of the ‘nuclear trains’ in 2005.

The new START (SNV-III) Treaty puts no restrictions on development of such missile systems.



More than 10 ships of the Caspian Flotilla have reportedly left their bases in Astrakhan and Kaspiysk.

The snap combat readiness check covers the Southern Military District troops, part of the forces of the Western and Central Military Districts, the Northern Fleet, the Aerospace Forces and the Airborne Forces

According to the BBC's Russian-language service, among the vessels that are taking part in the event are the Admiral Grigorovich frigate, the Samum and Mirage Bora-class hover-borne guided missile corvettes, the Smetlivy Kashin-class guided missile destroyer and the Aleksandrovets and Kasimov small antisubmarine ships, as well as missile boats, minesweeping ships and the Nikolai Filchenkov, Azov, Yamal, Caesar Kunikov and Saratov Alligator-class landing ships.

Read more on UNIAN: http://www.unian.info/world/1487796-ships-of-russian-black-sea-fleet-caspian-flotilla-put-to-sea-for-snap-check.html
According to the BBC's Russian-language service, among the vessels that are taking part in the event are the Admiral Grigorovich frigate, the Samum and Mirage Bora-class hover-borne guided missile corvettes, the Smetlivy Kashin-class guided missile destroyer and the Aleksandrovets and Kasimov small antisubmarine ships, as well as missile boats, minesweeping ships and the Nikolai Filchenkov, Azov, Yamal, Caesar Kunikov and Saratov Alligator-class landing ships.

Lt. Col Michelle Baldanza, a U.S. Defense Department spokesperson, said the United States hoped that Russia would fulfill all relevant obligations under the existing agreements and provide the necessary assurances to neighbors and information about the extent and nature of these events, the BBC wrote.

This snap exercises are the largest event in Russia over the past year and a half.

In recent months, such drills become more frequent.

In June, Russia checked the combat and mobilization readiness of its army.

In March, a similar event was arranged for the airborne troops, involving about 30,000 men."

[NOTE: WILD INTERNET RUMORS PUT THAT NUMBER AT 300,000....]


Russian Black Sea Naval Infantry to Perform Maneuvers at Kerch Strait


These "checks" are simply part of preparations for the Caucasus-2016 maneuvers, and a pre-planned  September event.  

THIS EVENT:

The Russian-Chinese naval exercise Joint Sea-2016 will be held on September 12-19.


Let's keep in mind the near-panic back in 2014 when everyone was expecting Russia to nuke the planet over the Crimea....didn't happen.

Russia is merely responding to being pushed and surrounded by NATO.



ACCORDING TO 'TASS' AND OTHER RUSSIAN NEWS AGENCIES AND THE FEW REPORTING ON THIS OUT OF EUROPE, RUSSIA HAS ALREADY PLANNED SEPTEMBER "DRILLS" , PROBABLY TO MATCH WHAT NATO IS PLAYING OUT OVER THERE IN ROMANIA, POLAND, ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, AND UKRAINE.

THE USA AND BRITAIN, ALONG WITH OTHER EUROPEAN NATIONS, HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DRAW UKRAINE INTO NATO, AND THE U.S. SENDING AMERICAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS OUT OF TURKEY INTO ROMANIA....HUNDREDS OF THEM....WOULD MAKE ANY NATION NERVOUS, IF THOSE WEAPONS WERE AIMED AT THEM.

IN RESPONSE, RUSSIA IS MERELY GIVING THE WORLD A QUICK PEEK AT WHAT RUSSIA CAN ROLL UP TO THOSE SAME BORDERS WHERE AMERICAN 'BIG GUNS' ARE, WHERE AMERICA AND BRITAIN, ESPECIALLY, ARE ALLEGEDLY "GIVING SUPPORT TO FELLOW NATO NATIONS".

NOPE....THEY'RE SABER-RATTLING.
THEY'RE PLAYING A VERY DANGEROUS GAME OF "I'M KING OF THE HILL". 
BUT THEY ARE NOT PLAYING ON THEIR OWN TURF, BUT, AS USUAL, ON FOREIGN SOIL, WHERE NO AMERICAN CITIES, NO BRITISH CITIES ARE IN THE LINE OF FIRE.

WHAT, THEN, DOES RUSSIA DO?


THE RUSSIAN BLACK SEA FLEET AND CASPIAN SEA FLOTILLA HAVE BEGUN A "SURPRISE COMBAT READINESS INSPECTION" IN A QUITE IMPRESSIVE SHOW OF FORCE.

AFTER ALL, WHAT WOULD AMERICA DO IF RUSSIA SENT NUKES TO, SAY THE CANADIAN OR MEXICAN BORDER?
WHAT WOULD BRITAIN DO IF EVEN THE U.S. AIMED NUKES IN ITS DIRECTION FROM, SAY, SCOTLAND, OR EVEN FROM FRANCE?


ONLY A FEW DAYS AGO,


"Fighter jets from NATO’s Baltic air policing mission have scrambled to intercept 22 Russian aircraft in multiple formations over the past week, including two of the largest interceptions over eastern Europe since tensions with Moscow began to rise 18 months ago.

In total, NATO aircraft have had to conduct emergency deployments on more than 250 occasions this year over Europe, NATO officials said — the highest number for an equivalent period since the end of the cold war."

JUST STOP TRYING TO INTIMIDATE RUSSIA, NATO MADMEN, OR EXPECT THE WORST.

MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, THE WORST IS WHAT THE OTHER "SUPER-POWERS" IN NATO WANT?

Drills will be held at 14 training ranges in the south of Russia as part of a combat readiness check that started in the Russian Armed Forces on August 25, the Defense Ministry’s press office said on Tuesday.

"Tactical and special tactics exercises are being held at 14 combined-arms training ranges of the Southern Military District with live-firing, the rehearsals of troops’ practical actions and training to counter a notional enemy’s subversive and reconnaissance groups, control exercises in the training subjects such as driving combat vehicles and tanks, firing, tactical, engineering, technical, medical and airborne drills," the Defense Ministry said in a statement obtained by TASS.

It was also reported that the Northern Fleet, the Aerospace Force and the Airborne Troops would be involved in the drills as well."

"Ground Zero in the New Cold War"


"Since the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, Lithuanian and Russian residents on both sides of the border in this once peaceful corner of Europe have been witnesses to frequent shows of military force.

This month, both NATO and Russia flexed their muscles.

Lithuania’s Flaming Thunder 2016 drills brought together more than 1,000 ground troops to fire artillery and mortars.

On the other side of the frontier, Russia was reinforcing, too, in preparation for September’s large-scale drills by coastal forces, dwarfing the NATO contingent, at least in numbers.

Unlike Ukraine, Lithuania is a member of NATO, and Lithuanians are praying they’ll be protected under its wing.

So last month, when U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested he might not rush to the country’s defense unless he judged it had paid its NATO dues, a collective shiver ran through Lithuania.

For the moment, the promise NATO has made to its three Baltic members—Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia—is a deployment of up to 4,000 troops in the region, clearly intended as a tripwire should the Russians make an overt move.
But that, in turn, is spun by Moscow as a provocation and perhaps even a threat to the Kaliningrad enclave: Russian territory that lies between Lithuania and Poland.

On the ground, meanwhile, people view the return to Cold War rhetoric and war games as a potential disaster.

“We hear airplanes over our heads and wonder whether it’s Russian pilots exercising to bring down NATO planes over our roof or it is our forces, which are now NATO, learning to shoot down Russian soldiers?” said Virgilijus, a civil engineer.
“We are worried that one day, when they actually decide to fire at each other, there will be nothing left of Lithuania.”
Virgilijus said he did not believe that the Kremlin was serious about invading Lithuania, and blamed politicians for the Cold War games.

Earlier this month about 50 volunteers from the Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union had their own military exercises all over the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.
“It is counter-intelligence training,” said the drill’s coordinator, Haroldas Daublyus, a buff middle-aged man wearing a baseball cap.
“The idea that we should defend ourselves is common in a lot of people’s heads,” said Daubylus.
“We are upset about what Trump says. He is betraying us all.”

In Nida, once home to the German novelist Thomas Mann, residents depend on tourism and hope for peace for their business to flourish.
But in Kaliningrad there’s a certain excitement about the way Putin is pressuring the Baltic Fleet to get in shape.
“The Kremlin makes us feel uncomfortable, threatens our security,” says Gintare Narkeviciute, the director for international affairs at the Ronald Reagan House, a think tank dedicated to promoting democracy and providing consultancy for Lithuanian state institutions. “They are not going to attack, this is psychological pressure.”

To some older Lithuanians, whose youth was spent in the Soviet Union, especially to those who frequently travel to Russia for business or leisure, the idea of militarization and potential war with the neighbor simply sounds wild.
“If we do not listen to news about constant war games all around us, it all seems the same peaceful Baltics; but then we visit our friends in St. Petersburg and they tell us that EU propaganda turns us into zombies…,” my fellow passenger on the bus, Agota Virgilijus, told me, letting the words trail off.

She looked outside at families packing their car trunks with baskets full of mushrooms and added: “The sun, the dunes, and Baltic Sea are the same on both sides of the border of the Curonian Spit,” she said. “And so are the mushrooms.”

WELL, THERE WE HAVE IT....SO FAR.

I LOVE MY COUNTRY, BUT THE WAR-MONGERING IDIOTS ON CAPITOL HILL AND THE OLD MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX THAT TRUMAN, WILSON, EISENHOWER, AND KENNEDY TRIED TO WARN US ABOUT ARE ITCHING FOR A FIGHT....
WHY?

BECAUSE WAR IS VERY PROFITABLE TO SOME VERY ELITE FOLKS.
WALL STREET LOVES WAR.
CORPORATIONS THAT FARM OUT TO THE FEDS LOVE WAR. 

HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW MANY "WARS" AMERICA IS CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN, WHILE THINGS ON THE OLD HOME FRONT GO STRAIGHT DOWN THE SEWER?

OUR ECONOMY IS TANKING, WE HAVE TWO CRAZIES RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS ABOUT TO RAISE INTEREST RATES, OUR COSTS FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS HAVE TRIPLED THE PAST 2 YEARS, WE HAVE RIOTING, ALMOST DAILY, MOST OF THE WORLD IS SICK OF AMERICA'S FIAT DOLLARS AND WANT TO MOVE BACK TO A GOLD STANDARD... GOLD, WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE IN ENOUGH QUANTITY TO COMPETE, BUT, HEY, LETS ANTAGONIZE NOT JUST RUSSIA, BUT CHINA, IRAN, EVERYBODY! 

LET'S PULL A "ROME" AND KEEP MILLIONS OF FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN FAR, FAR FROM HOME UNTIL WE GO BELLY-UP BANKRUPT AND "HAVE TO DECLARE MARTIAL LAW", RIGHT?

THAT'S THE KIND OF BAT-GUANO INSANE PEOPLE WHO ARE RUNNING THIS ASYLUM WE STILL CALL THE UNITED STATES.....

WE'RE "UNITED" ALRIGHT....UNITED IN ECONOMIC AND SOCIETAL CATASTROPHE... AND APATHY, DON'T FORGET APATHY.

EVEN A MAN I ADMIRED STRICTLY FOR HIS MILITARY GENIUS STATED TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT HE LOVED WAR.... GEORGE S. PATTON



MAYBE SO....AND THAT WORRIES ME....

AS NEWSWEEK PUT IT EARLIER THIS YEAR:
"Russia Practices Black Sea Naval Drill As NATO Bolsters Troops"

"Although being about a tenth of the size of larger drills held by Russia in previous months, the exercise was given much attention, with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu briefing Putin about the drill in a televised meeting on Thursday.

NATO has repeatedly criticized Russia for holding unannounced drills, especially near NATO borders. London-based think-tank the European Leadership Network issued a report in summer 2015 warning that NATO and Russia’s snap military drills increase the risk of an accidental conflict."

NATO'S AND RUSSIA'S....GET IT?
BOTH!


WE LIVE OVER WARS, SOME OF US DO, BUT MOST JUST DON'T LEARN, AND THOSE WHO NEVER LEARN.... PERISH.

THERE ARE NO UMBRELLAS FOR FALLING NUKES, MY FRIENDS.

PRAY WE NEVER SEE THAT KIND OF "RAIN"...
.


WAR WITH RUSSIA?  
CHINA?
ANYONE?

MAY RUSSIA HAVE SANER HEADS THAN WE DO....



MOST DAYS, I TELL MYSELF...."OF WE JUST DIDN'T HAVE THESE *!^$@!@#*%$#@ "LEADERS", THESE MADMEN OVER US, MAYBE, POSSIBLY, WE'D ALL BE BETTER OFF, MAYBE GET ALONG, MAYBE EVEN SEE  THINGS AS WE SHOULD....WITH OUR OWN EYES, AND USE OUR OWN MINDS TO DECIDE THAT WE JUST DON'T NEED WAR ANYMORE?"


I CAN DREAM.



IN PAKISTAN, ILLEGITIMATE BABIES MURDERED AND DISCARDED





"In Pakistan, abortion is illegal, and so is adultery - creating a situation where hundreds of children born out of wedlock are secretly killed each year.

Their bodies are, literally, thrown out with the garbage.

A child has just been born and nobody looks happy - not even his parents.

His tiny body is still smeared in blood.
The newborn cries incessantly, and so does the teenage mother.
The baby weighs only 3,500 grams and is around the size of the palm of a large hand.

And that's when the mother's trembling hands reach the child's frail neck.

She closes her eyes and presses her thumb against the child's throat.

She strangles him.

A child who arrived in the "civilized world" some 45 minutes ago, must now leave it. The nurse puts the child's corpse in a plastic bag and takes it out of the clinic.


Razia Zulfikar, a nurse working at a maternity home in the central Pakistani city of Gujranwala, says hundreds of illegitimate newborn babies are killed in the Islamic republic every day.

"An eight-month pregnant girl came to us just a few days ago. We didn't want to admit her to our hospital. After repeated requests from her family, we finally agreed to treat her. But we told the family explicitly that we would not kill the child," Zulfikar told DW.
"We gave the baby to the girl's family. Only she and her family know what they did to the newborn, and how they killed him," she added.


A rebellious act

Pakistan is a majority-Muslim nation with a population of over 180 million people. Pre-marital relations are strictly prohibited in the conservative country and are also frowned upon by society. There is probably no bigger taboo than having a child out of wedlock. According to Islamic laws, it is a punishable crime and the people committing fornication could be sentenced to death. At times, the relatives of the couple take the law in their hands and kill the adulterers.

Most of the times, only the mother and the child are murdered.

Crime and punishment

According to the Edhi Foundation, a Pakistani welfare organization, more than 1,100 newborns were murdered and dumped in garbage bins last year. The organization says it collected the figures only from the country's big cities, and the number could be much higher nationwide.

NEWBORN STONED TO DEATH, ANOTHER BURNED ALIVE, ANOTHER FED TO ANIMALS?
FOR BEING BORN?
WHY?


A six-day-old child was burnt to death.

We also found the corpses of babies who had been hanged, or who had been partly eaten by animals," Anwar Kazmi, a manager at the Edhi Foundation, told DW.

"I can never forget one incident. A woman left a child in front of a mosque hoping that somebody would adopt him.
But the cleric of the mosque ordered the people to stone the child to death.
I saw the mutilated and torn body of the child myself," he recalled. 


Cradles

The Edhi Foundation runs a unique project called "Jhoola," which means "cradle" in Urdu. The organization encourages people to leave unwanted children in its cradles instead of murdering them. It does not ask for people's identities. One can put the baby in these cradles in the dark of the night.

"I would like people who do not want their children to bring them to us and to not kill them. We have more than three hundred centers with cradles across the country. They don't need to be afraid of anything."

But people are scared and feel intimidated by both society and state authorities."



Infanticide is on the rise in Pakistan | Al Jazeera America

KARACHI, Pakistan — Just days after she gave birth, Zaitoun says, her husband killed the child, their first, because she was a girl.
Two days after her daughter was born, Zaitoun says, she woke up to find the baby gone. That afternoon, when her husband returned home for lunch, she asked him what had happened. "I took care of it," he said.
A few days later, she says she saw an ambulance crew pick up a tiny corpse from a trash dump outside her apartment building.

In the six months she had been living in Haryana Colony, a squatters' settlement where some of Karachi's poorest families live, Zaitoun saw three other dead babies removed the same way, she says". 

Gruesome Trend: Out-of-Wedlock Infants Burned, Stoned and ...


"Most children found are less than a week old."
"Murder is punishable with life imprisonment, but infanticide crimes are rarely prosecuted and many police stations do not even acknowledge the cases, AFP reports."


WHY WOULD ISLAM TEACH SUCH A THING?


Mother lets baby die for giving birth out of wedlock | Daily Mail

THE ABOVE WAS IN ENGLAND!

I'VE WRITTEN ARTICLES BEFORE ABOUT HOW BABIES ARE LEFT TO DIE IN "DYING ROOMS" IN CHINA, ABANDONED ON THE STREETS IN OTHERS, BUT THIS ONE LEAVES ME SPEECHLESS.

IT MAKES NO SENSE TO MURDER INFANTS, BUT THAT BOTH MOTHER AND CHILD ARE KILLED?

NO, NO, SOMETHING IS TERRIBLY WRONG WITH A SOCIETY THAT CONDONES THIS.




FUKUSHIMA FAILURES CONTINUE, TANKS STILL LEAKING, RADIATION STILL HIGH

"Radioactivity in the sea around the plant are not falling as expected. The run-off from rivers, as well as continuing leaks from the plant may be to blame and contaminated sediment and marine organisms could also be involved."
AND EVERY DAY THAT PLUME SPREADS AND POISONS THE PACIFIC.


The contamination is finding itself into the food chain.
Bottom-dwelling fish in the Fukushima area show radioactivity above the limit of 100 becquerels per kg set by the Japanese government.
Greenlings have been found with levels as high as 25,000 per kg.




More than thirty million tons of contaminated soil are stocked in open-air sites in plastic bags, unguarded, unmonitored, leaking...even in school yards.

356 microsieverts / hr at Reactor #3


A panel of experts that is advising Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has declared the effort to construct a frozen wall of earth around the four reactors to stop additional ground water leaking into the site to be a FAILURE, ANOTHER FAILURE.

IT WAS A COSTLY (34.5 billion yen (307 million euros), STUPID, TIME-WASTING MISTAKE, AS EXPERTS WARNED BEFORE CONSTRUCTION BEGAN.

THE ABE REGIME WANTS THE WORLD TO BELIEVE JAPAN IS DOING "SOMETHING" WHEN JAPAN IS DOING NOTHING TO STOP THE RADIATION FROM POISONING THE PACIFIC OCEAN, THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE PLANET. 

ABE IS TILL PUTTING HOLDING THE 2020 OLYMPICS ABOVE THE WELFARE OF THE JAPANESE CITIZENS, AND THEY'RE ONTO HIM!

THE CITIZENS THERE ALSO KNOW THE FUTILITY OF THIS INSANE "ICE WALL".

"The plan to block ground water with a frozen wall of earth is failing," Yoshinori Kitsuaka, a professor of engineering at Tokyo Metropolitan University and a member of the panel, said in a report. "They need to come up with another solution."

IT WOULD TAKE REMOVING ALL THE FUEL RODS FROM THE REACTORS TO STOP THE NEED FOR HUNDREDS OF TONS OF COOLING WATER PER DAY FOR THE 3 REACTORS.

BUT THE RADIATION LEVELS ARE TOO HIGH FOR WORKERS TO DO THAT, AND AS LONG AS THE FUEL RODS ARE THERE, THE RADIATION WILL REMAIN TOO HIGH....VICIOUS, UNENDING CYCLE.

IT'S BEEN ALMOST 6 YEARS NOW, BUT TEPCO ADMITS IT IS NO CLOSER TO A SOLUTION:


"We anticipate that it will take 30 to 40 years to reach that point as we are trying to do all the clean-up work at the same time as developing the technology to remove the fuel debris," a Tepco official said, YESTERDAY.

YESTERDAY, BEFORE THE NEW TYPHOON HIT THE ISLAND NEAR FUKUSHIMA....
YESTERDAY, BEFORE YET OTHER EARTHQUAKES RATTLED THE CRUMBLING BUILDINGS AND STORAGE TANKS THERE....
YESTERDAY, AS THE EMPTY PROMISE OF THAT LUDICROUS "ICE WALL" STOPPING THE LEAKS INTO THE PACIFIC WAS SPOTLIGHTED....


Aileen Mioko-Smith, with Kyoto-based Green Action Japan, told Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's international broadcaster, "They are running out of space at the site to put these tanks, the water that is being generated on a daily basis means they have to keep constructing more, and the ones that are not welded have a history of leaking." 
'Ticking time bomb'"The situation with contaminated water at the site is a ticking time bomb and they don't seem to know what they can do - other than to construct more tanks," she said.

Environmental groups are calling for TEPCO and Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), which oversees the industry here, to come up with a clear plan of action so that they do not simply run out of space and believe there is no option but to release contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean. 

TEPCO ADMITS THAT THE LEAKS ARE ENORMOUS AND ONGOING:


TEPCO confirmed earlier this month that an estimated 10,000 tons of radioactive water had collected in underground trenches around the buildings that house reactors one, two, three and four.

That was in addition to about 60,000 tons of water that had flooded the basement of the reactor and turbine buildings, according to an official at TEPCO.

"It is accumulating because around 100 tons of water are injected every day in order to keep the reactors in units one, two and three cool," the official told DW.

"But we are also seeing about 150 tons of ground water seeping into those same areas each day."


AND IT IS ALL EXTREMELY HIGHLY RADIOACTIVE....SO MUCH SO THAT EVEN ROBOTS CAN'T SURVIVE BUT A SHORT TIME IN THAT AREA.

THE "MINISTRY" IS HAVING TO ADMIT THAT THE RADIATION HAS CAUSED EATHS AND CANCERS, BUT THEY TRY TO COERCE THE RESIDENTS INTO GOING BACK INTO KNOWN HIGH-RADIATION TOWNS?
WHY?


On August 20, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare confirmed that it would provide compensation to a man who developed leukemia after taking part in emergency decontamination efforts at Fukushima immediately after the disaster struck.
The ministry recognized that the man, who is in his 50s but who has not been named, developed cancer due to exposure to radiation at the site, where he worked between April 2011 and January 2015.

The ministry is considering the cases of five additional workers who have applied for compensation to cover their health costs, while a former worker at the site was granted financial assistance in October of last year after contracting leukemia.

AND THEY HAVE DENIED COMPENSATION TO THOUSANDS, HAVE REFUSED TO HEAR CASES BROUGHT BY HUNDREDS.


Yet at the same time, the national government is effectively forcing people who were evacuated from their homes close to the plant to return, saying that radioactivity levels are within permissible limits and that housing subsidies and other payments that they have been receiving while unable to work will be terminated.
"Many of these people - especially those with children - do not want to go back to areas that they have been told are safe," said Mioko-Smith, adding that there was a lack of trust in the government's promises.
"They feel that everything is being driven by the upcoming Olympic Games and that the government has to live up to its promise to the world that everything will be back to normal by 2020 and the Tokyo Games," she said.

SOME NEWS MEDIA, EVEN IN JAPAN, ARE CALLING ABE AND TEPCO WHAT THEY ARE....LIARS...BUT HARDLY A ONE IN THE U.S. DARES TO.


"4 biggest lies about the Fukushima disaster"  
MARCH 12, 2016

If hindsight is 20/20, we have a clear picture of the lies told throughout the Fukushima disaster.
Five years on, we now know which assurances from authorities turned out to be dangerously false.

LIE #1: No radiation casualties
It took more than four years for the Japanese government to acknowledge that radiation had played a factor in bringing about casualties in the Fukushima prefecture.
The true effect on workers and residents in the area won’t be known for some time. It took between six and eight years for survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan by the United States to develop acute leukemia.


LIE #2: Not as bad as Chernobyl
Fukushima is described as the “worst since Chernobyl,” but in reality, it may turn out to be a lot worse.

Both disasters were rated seven on the International Nuclear Event Scale, categorizing them as a “Major Accident.”
Perhaps they need to turn the scale 'up to eleven' in order to reflect the severity of the Japanese disaster.

The final consequences may be far more damaging due to groundwater contamination and the number of reactors involved.

In 1986, Chernobyl had four operating reactors, one of which melted down. The remaining reactors were eventually shut down. Fukushima, on the other hand, had six operating reactors, of which three entered meltdown, and a fourth was left in an unstable condition. Only two were successfully shut down.

Fukushima’s location, situated along the sea and a former riverbed, also meant that the potential for harm in the event of a meltdown was greater than that for Chernobyl, which had no problems involving groundwater.

The cleanup operation could take up to a hundred years, according to a former nuclear industry executive.

[AND BY TEPCO'S OWN ADMISSION AS WE'VE SEEN IN PREVIOUS ARTICLES OUT OF JAPAN.]


LIE #3: Not poisoning childrenToshihide Tsuda, a professor of environmental epidemiology at Okayama University,
found that thyroid cancer rates in the prefecture were from 20 to 50 times higher than the national level, according to The Japan Times.
The findings were based on a screening of 370,000 residents, which “is unlikely to be explained by a screening surge,” according to Tsuda, who cited radiation exposure as a factor.

[
READ MORE: Fukushima medical survey confirms 16 NEW child thyroid cancer cases]


A citizens’ group with parents of children whose thyroid cancers were detected because of Prefecture’s thyroid exams requests Fukushima Prefecture to expand the exams.


FROM THE BEGINNING, JAPANESE MOTHERS HAVE BEEN BEGGING FOR HELP AS THEY SAW THEIR CHILDREN WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE RADIATION BURNS AND RADIATION SICKNESS, AS THEY'VE WATCHED THEM DEVELOP THYROID NODULES, SKIN ERUPTIONS, SEEN CHILDREN BORN WITH BIRTH DEFECTS, SEEN THEM STILLBORN.


LIE
#4: It’s not poisoning the land, ocean, air.
Fish containing 258 times the level of radiation deemed safe for consumption have been found in Japanese markets.

[The SAME was found in rice, mushrooms, vegetables, milk.]

“Deformed” daisies, trees, vegetables, insects, reptiles, amphibians, farm animals, pets are found near the site.

Radioactive Boar Are Thriving And Causing Havoc Near The Fukushima Power Plant


Almost every river within 100 miles of the Dai'ichi plant is now known to be high in radiation, dangerously high, as are wells near there ( as the Tea Room previously showed via readings taken there not long ago).

Tokyo is still seeing areas with unsafe levels of radiation, but no one can explain why.

School yards, parking lots, country roads are lined and stacked with huge plastic bags containing waste material scraped up and cut down from highly radiated areas, and those stacks are leaking.

Forests, entire forests, that have NOT been "cleaned" are dying, and the hillsides allow water from those areas to run down onto farmlands below.


HOW CAN THE ABE REGIME CLEAN THE RAIN, THE TREES, THE AIR, THE SOIL?
IT CAN'T DO IT!

WHAT ABOUT REPORTS THAT MALE INFERTILITY IN JAPAN HAS RISEN SINCE THE "ACCIDENT"?
WE KNOW THAT IS ONE SIDE EFFECT OF RADIATION.


The ultimate long-term effect of this disaster is still immeasurable, with even the government estimating that the cleanup will take at least another 50 years.
Nancy Foust from the Fukushima Project has warned that it would be premature to allow people to return to their homes in the area.

“They have a lot of complicated, very risky work that they need to do over the next couple of decades to remove the melted fuel,” Foust told RT.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to restart as many reactors as possible, believing that nuclear energy should remain a key power source for Japan."


IF ABE REALLY BELIEVES THAT,LET HIM MOVE HIS QUARTERS, HIS HOME TO FUKUSHIMA.
LET HIM LIVE NEAR ANY NUCLEAR REACTOR TO SHOW US HOW "SAFE" IT IS.

LET HIM DRINK ONLY WATER FROM THOSE RADIATED RIVERS, EAT FOOD GROWN ONLY IN THE FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE, AND SEND HIS FAMILY'S CHILDREN TO SCHOOL IN ONE OF THOSE TOWNS THAT HE'S PUSHING RESIDENTS BACK INTO!

LET ABE PUT UP OR SHUT UP AND ADMIT WHAT A LIE THIS ALL HAS BEEN, IS NOW, WILL BE TOMORROW, BUT LET HIM DO SO BEFORE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FLOCK TO JAPAN FOR THE 2020 OLYMPICS AND GO HOME TO GET CANCER A YEAR, 2 YEARS, 10 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD.


IF HE HAD ONE HONORABLE CELL IN HIS BODY, HE'D CALL OFF THE OLYMPICS AND EVACUATE JAPAN UNTIL THIS MESS IS CLEANED UP.

“Normalizing” Nuclear Catastrophe: Japan's Abe Government


"A plan to force 6,000 residents back into the evacuated zone in 2017."

Did Abe Lie To Olympic Committee About Fukushima Safety

YES, YES HE DID, SAY MANY.

Japan Times Herald: Abe Lied In Pitch To Olympic Committee


AS ONE RATHER CALLOUS INDIVIDUAL PUT IT IN A CERTAIN FORUM I VISITED, "THE ONLY REALISTIC SOLUTION IS TO EVACUATE JAPAN AND THEN APPLY THE HIROSHIMA SOLUTION. NUKE IT, LET IT COOL OFF, MOVE THE PEOPLE BACK."

THAT'S STUPID, TOO, BUT WITH TIME RUNNING OUT FOR EVERYONE, WITH THEW FULL KNOWLEDGE THAT WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE AFFECTED BY ANOTHER 40 TO 100 YEARS OF THIS CONSTANT RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION, THAT  EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING MUST SOMEHOW SUFFER THROUGH LIKE "GOOD LITTLE SOLDIERS", IT MAY TAKE SOMETHING "STUPID" TO FIX THE "STUPID" THAT TEPCO AND THE ABE REGIME HAVE HANDED US SO FAR.

WHEN, AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT, YET ANOTHER MEGA-QUAKE AND ANOTHER TSUNAMI OR A STRONG TYPHOON COULD DO WHAT WAS DONE 5 1/2 YEARS AGO, BLOW ALL THOSE REACTORS SKY-HIGH, WHAT, REALLY, ARE THE OPTIONS?


Typhoon Lionrock Might Land On Fukushima Daiichi

MAY IT ALL HOLD TOGETHER...AGAIN...



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FURTHER READING:

6 days ago, JAPAN TIMES

TEPCO apologizes to Niigata for meltdown cover-up

Film focuses on ‘irradiated’ cattle kept alive in Fukushima

Fukushima’s surfers riding on radioactive waves



IT'S STILL CONTAMINATED!
Aug 19, 2016 ... The Japanese government plans to use state funds for radiation cleanup activities in evacuation areas most seriously contaminated...


Court upholds Takahama reactor shutdown order


Number of new cancer patients reaches record high ‹ Japan Today ...
JUNE 30, 2016



Fukushima's ground zero: No place for man or robot ‹ Japan Today ...

May 15, 2016 ... Bob Sneider May. 18, 2016 - 02:02AM JST. I have zero confidence Japan will be able to contain Fukushima radiation before it invites all these people....

Japan prepares for release of tritium from Fukushima plant

Public cost of Fukushima nuclear accident cleanup topped ¥4.2 trillion as of end of March





Sunday, August 28, 2016

THE EPA IS A CESSPOOL OF CORRUPTION: THE GOLD KING MINE COVERUP


ABOVE, THE EPA "EDITED" FILM OF THE MOMENT THE COMPANY THEY HIRED FOR CLEANUP RELEASED THE WATER FROM THE GOLD KING MINE.

THE EPA WAS LATER BUSTED FOR BLEEPING OUT WHAT THE CONTRACTORS SAID.

THE AFTERMATH CAN BE SEEN BELOW FROM A FLYOVER VIDEO BY CNN, BUT THE REAL DAMAGE HAS ONLY RECENTLY BEEN UNCOVERED.




DAYS LATER, THE CONTRACTOR AND THE EPA WERE BOTH STILL LYING, AS CBS SHOWS IN THE VIDEO BELOW.

THE CONTRACTED COMPANY LIED ABOUT HOW MUCH WATER WAS RELEASED FROM THE MINE, KNEW THERE WAS A CONSTANT LEAK FROM THAT HOLE FOR MONTHS, AT LEAST, AND THE EPA WAS COMPLICIT IN THE INITIAL "REPORTING" OF THE PREVENTABLE DISASTER.

The blowout from the abandoned Gold King Mine, five miles north of Silverton, spewed 3 million gallons of acid mine water and heavy metals into Colorado and Utah rivers, turning the waterways a sickly yellow-orange.

Environmental Restoration LLC  was excavating the Gold King Mine in Colorado August 5, 2015 at the direction of EPA officials, which caused the flood of toxic waste to poison drinking water for three states and into the Navajo Nation of New Mexico and Arizona.

Feb 11, 2016 - The House Committee on Natural Resources released a damning report on the EPA and how they handled the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill..


FROM U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT:
EPA to Blame for 'Preventable' Gold King Mine Spill, Interior Dept .

EPA accused at hearing of doctoring video from Gold King Mine spill


WHAT DID THE EPA DO AFTER THIS?

THE EPA AWARDED THAT COMPANY RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT SPILL ALMOST $3 MILLION.
AWARDED IT FOR CONTAMINATING THE RIVERS IN 3 STATES AND THE NAVAJO NATION!

WATER IS VERY SCARCE IN THIS AREA OF AMERICA, AND EVERY DROP IS VERY IMPORTANT TO RESIDENTS THERE.

IN ESSENCE, THE EPA PAID FOR THE POISONING OF THE DRINKING WATER, THE KILLING OF EVERYTHING IN EVERY RIVER AND STREAM AFFECTED BY THAT SPILL.

BUT THE EPA IS FUNDED BY CONGRESS, WHICH MEANS TAXPAYER DOLLARS, SO ALL OF US WHO PAY TAXES ARE PAYING FOR THIS....ALMOST $30 MILLION, SO FAR, AND THAT WAS EARLIER THIS YEAR, BEFORE THE NEW SPILL.

AND THE EPA ADMITS THAT IT DID AWARD THE COMPANY THAT CAUSED THIS ONGOING DISASTER.

The EPA internally acknowledged the award and crafted a response to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s (TheDCNF)  finding, according to emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, but the response was never sent to the news organization.
“It just slipped through the cracks,” EPA spokeswoman Melissa Harrison told TheDCNF 32 minutes after deadline. “It was a mistake on our behalf.”

The EPA response uncovered by TheDCNF defended the funding by claiming that the contractor was used for disaster assessments, rather than cleanup.

“EPA’s decision to reward the firm involved in the Gold King Mine disaster shows they’re more concerned about protecting themselves and their friends than the environment,” Adam Andrzejewski, CEO and founder of transparency group Open The Books, told TheDCNF Thursday.

TheDCNF asked the EPA to explain the awards and gave the agency the opportunity to defend the funding. Agency officials responded internally almost immediately, but never provided comment for TheDCNF’s story, which was published nearly 39 hours later.

THEY HAD TIME TO MAKE THE NEWS DEADLINE AND CHOSE NOT TO.

“The EPA itself is a Superfund site – sadly, it’s a cesspool of corruption, cronyism and incompetence,” Andrzejewski said. “In the real world, poor performance is punished but with the federal government it is too often tolerated and applauded. The EPA is one of the worst offenders.”

“I don’t have a response ready for you yet on ER LLC,” St. Clair wrote in an email to TheDCNF. “I do think we’ll have solid answers to your questions, including breakdowns of funding. Can you hold this story off until we can get you something? Hopefully tonight/tomorrow am, although with the holiday it may not be until Thurs. (I’ve been leaning on people to get it to me tonight.)”

That message was sent at 5:29 p.m. – six hours after Ostrander’s email – and was the last correspondence with TheDCNF regarding the story. TheDCNF held the story for an extra day.

Sandoval responded to Ostrander at 8:21 p.m. with a more thorough funding breakdown, but that was never sent to TheDCNF. The article was published at 12:07 a.m. on Nov. 12.

The EPA also did not respond to requests for comment on its failure to respond.
[This article first appeared on The Daily Caller.]


Most critically, the EPA contractors working at the site chose not to bore a hole to physically check the amount of water inside the mine before digging – a step that previously had been taken to successfully reopen another mine in 2011.

"Had it been done, the plan to open the mine would have been revised, and the blowout would not have occurred," said the review, which was requested by the EPA and performed by the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation.

FROM THE DENVER POST:
Federal authorities have confirmed for the first time that a criminal investigation into the 2015 Gold King Mine spill is underway, saying their probe involves the U.S. Attorney’s Office and came at the request of members of Congress.
Documents reviewed by The Denver Post on Monday indicate the probe has been in progress for nearly a year.
Jeffrey Lagda, spokesman for the inspector general’s office, said the OIG is working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on the criminal investigation. It was “based on requests from several members of the House and Senate,” he added.


AND THERE'S A NEW "SPILL".
EPA Reports ANOTHER Mine Waste Spill At Gold King Mine

Daily Caller - 2 days ago

An agency spokeswoman said, “discharged water and solids that entered Cement Creek had been treated with lime and consisted of precipitated metals in the form of metal hydroxides which will quickly settle out of the creek.”
The whole incident lasted about 2 hours.

DARE WE IMAGINE HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE FOR THE TRUTH TO COME OUT ON THIS LATEST "ACCIDENT"?

Gold King Mine Blowout Was No Accident | The Daily Caller


ON AUGUST 16, FOX ANNOUNCED THAT THE NAVAJO NATION HAS SUED THE DAMNABLE EPA.

Navajo Nation sues EPA over toxic Gold King Mine spill

How the Gold King Mine Spill Threatens the Navajo Nation

ABOVE: A map of the Four Corners region of the Navajo lands affected by the Gold King Mine spill.
Today, the reservation
counts more than 300,000 people as residents, all dependent on the river water for everything.

From a spot near downtown Farmington, New Mexico, the San Juan meanders west into Navajo country.
The dry, brown earth near the reservation’s eastern border washes into thickets of piƱon less than 50 miles south, which in turn wash into mesas and brush clustered off the remote roads that connect these tribal communities.
The sky is a complement to Mother Earth, and the rivers are the veins that sustain the Navajo Nation: the San Juan. The Colorado. The Little Colorado.
Over time, through generations, the water has endured. It is sacred to the Navajo in a way the rest of America perhaps cannot understand. It is the heart of a civilization.

The San Juan River is just one expression of both the past and the future of the Navajo, a ribbon that ties people together through time.

By the evening of August 7, news of the spill had made its way across the reservation. Over the next few days, folks visited the river. The sludge that streamed through the Animas had now mixed with clear water in the San Juan River, which transformed into a milky plume as it flowed into Shiprock.

Almost immediately, the Navajo Nation shut off the two irrigation systems that feed off the San Juan River. Severing that lifeline for ranchers and farmers so deep into the summer was disastrous.

Hay was being cut. Alfalfa had just been planted. Corn and melons were already bursting from the land, a bounty that would usually make its way to tables of families and neighbors and to be sold at roadside stops on the reservation. But the San Juan was flowing with aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, and other heavy metals. The EPA warned people to stay away.

One hundred miles southwest of Shiprock, in the Navajo Nation capital of Window Rock, Arizona, tribal president Russell Begaye and his staff tried to grasp the scope of the disaster. “We are dealing with the livelihood of our people,” Begaye says now, “but we don’t want to give this land to our children and grandchildren because it’s tainted.” Protecting the reservation was the top priority, but there wasn’t a contingency plan for river contamination.

Three Navajos died by suicide in the month after the spill, which Begaye blamed on the psychological effects of the Gold King Mine blowout. The disaster contaminated the tribe’s mind, Begaye says, and the lack of federal accountability only reinforced to the Navajo that they are (at best) an afterthought.


BACK IN MAY, NEW MEXICO STARTED ITS LAWSUIT AGAINST THE EPA.
THE GOVERNOR HAD DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY WHEN THE SPILL FIRST HAPPENED, BUT NOTHING WOULD STOP THE POLLUTION FROM SPREADING AND KILLING AND CAUSING UNTOLD SUFFERING.

New Mexico Is 1st State To Sue EPA Over Gold King Mine Spill

In the weeks following the blowout, Governor John Hickenlooper also declared a disaster emergency in Colorado.
But, as it turns out, government officials in Colorado may also have been complicit in all this.

EPA report links Colorado to errors that led to Gold King Mine Spill


MEANWHILE, BACK ON REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CAPITOL HILL, THE ENVIRONMENT-HATING GOP MEMBERS ARE HAVING A FIELD DAY.
THIS CAN HELP THEM END THE EPA.

McCain seeks criminal investigation of EPA: Gold King Mine



BUT THE EPA HAS ANOTHER FRIEND, THE USGS HAS COME TO THE RESCUE WITH PUBLICATIONS ABOUT THE HISTORICAL METAL CONTENT OF THESE WATERWAYS, TRYING TO MAKE IT LOOK "NOT SO BAD".

The upper Animas River watershed near Silverton, Colorado, has been an area of extensive interdisciplinary USGS research on abandoned mine lands.

Prior to mining in this area, the mineralized rocks were natural sources of metals and acidity to streams.
Historical mining also contributed to the metals and acidity in streams of this area.

Multiple USGS papers have been published about the environmental effects of unmined mineralized areas and historical mine sites in the Animas River watershed. These reports, and the data contained therein, provide a critical environmental baseline against which the effects of the Gold King Mine release can be assessed. The locations, types of data, and frequency of data vary based on the objectives of the USGS program or study for which they were collected.


NO ONE KNOWS HOW LONG OR TO WHAT EXTENT THIS PREVENTABLE SPILL WILL AFFECT THE WATERWAYS IT CONTAMINATED.
NO ONE KNOWS WHAT LONG-TERM EFFECTS IT WILL HAVE ON RIVER LIFE, ON THE LAND, ON THE PEOPLE, BUT WE DO KNOW THE POLLUTION LEVELS ARE STILL HIGH.

FROM UTAH, THIS REPORT IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR:

Update June 21, 2016

Results of DEQ Water Quality Sampling during Spring Runoff.

Flow in the San Juan Rivers is high due to spring runoff and approached peak flow conditions on June 5th, 2016. DEQ has evaluated weekly data collected during spring runoff for the months of February, March, April, and the first week of June, 2016. These data were screened against recreational, drinking water, agricultural, and aquatic life criteria. Aluminum concentrations regularly exceed aquatic life criteria at most locations for most sampling events. Total dissolved solids was exceeded in most samples and molybdenum was exceeded once for agricultural uses at the Montezuma Creek monitoring location.



THE EPA HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION AND TAKING BRIBES AS FAR BACK AS MY MEMORY EXTENDS.
IT HAS BEEN SUED SO MANY TIMES BY CITIZENS IT FAILED TO PROTECT THAT WE COULDN'T BEGIN TO LIST ITS FAILURES.

DOES OUR NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT NEED PROTECTING, DO WE?

OF COURSE, BUT THE EPA WILL NEVER DO ITS JOB AND CONGRESS IS ITCHING TO DISMANTLE IT.

AFTER IT'S GONE, IT WILL BE A FREE-FOR-ALL AS NO REGULATIONS, WHETHER ENFORCED OR NOT, WILL BE IN PLACE TO STOP THE GREEDY CORPORATIONS FROM DESTROYING WHAT'S LEFT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS OF NON-PROTECTION BY THE EPA.

WHAT WILL AMERICANS HOPE FOR AFTER THE EPA IS GONE?

AIR THAT WON'T BE FIT TO BREATHE, WATER THAT WON'T BE FIT TO DRINK, DEAD RIVERS,  CONTAMINATED LAND, AND A DEAD COUNTRY.


AFTER ALL, CONGRESS' BIGGEST CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS ARE CORPORATIONS AND THE MEN WHO OWN THEM.

FOR EXAMPLE:

Congressional Corruption Rescues Biofuel Profits


THERE WILL BE PAYBACK ON A RECORD SCALE ONCE THE EPA IS DEAD, BUT IT WAS WORTHLESS ANYWAY.



Thursday, August 25, 2016

ANOTHER YOUNG BOY KILLED HIMSELF



Daniel Fitzpatrick, 13-year-old seventh-grader from Brooklyn, NY.


Part of a letter he left behind....
After several days of both grief and anger, Daniel's father, whose name is also Daniel, issued a statement:
“The choice that my boy made is an answer, but it’s not the right answer,”Fitzpatrick said. “Don’t let anybody demean you because of the way you look, the way you feel — you matter. You do matter.

And I’ll tell you honestly, you matter to me and you matter to my son.”

Still, Fitzpatrick said, there was no consolation for his family’s staggering grief ...

I FEEL YOU SHOULD PERHAPS SEE THE PHOTOS OF OTHER YOUNG CHILDREN WHO ALSO DECIDED TO END THEIR OWN LIVES RECENTLY.

MAYBE, SEEING THESE FACES, READING THESE NAMES, WILL SET US ALL TO THINKING, TO WONDERING...
"HOW?
WHY?
WHAT COULD ANYONE HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?
WHAT ELSE COULD HAVE BEEN DONE?"

MAYBE, BECAUSE OF ALL THESE FACES, THEIR STORIES, THE COMMON THREADS WE SEE IN ALL OF THEM, WE CAN GO ON TO HELP THOSE WHO STRUGGLE WITH SUCH A DECISION.

MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, ONE OF US CAN HELP SAVE ONE YOUNG LIFE....
SAVING ONE CHILD, ONE HUMAN BEING FROM SUICIDE IS  A WONDERFUL THING, MY FRIENDS.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT A "BLAME GAME".
BLAMING SOLVES NOTHING.
FINDING THE CAUSE, THE REASONS HE GAVE UP WANTING TO LIVE, AND WHY, AND HOW THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT, THAT MIGHT HELP US ALL SEE THINGS, AND SEE CHILDREN AT RISK, IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT.


WE CANNOT KNOW NOW WHAT REALLY WENT ON ALL THOSE MONTHS OR YEARS THAT DANIEL SAID HE SUFFERED, BUT IF EVERYONE, ALL THE ADULTS, AND EVEN HIS SCHOOLMATES AND SISTERS, HAD BEEN MORE INVOLVED, HAD JUST LISTENED, HAD HELPED, THEN WHAT?
WE WON'T EVER KNOW THE ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS, EITHER.
DANIEL IS GONE.
WE CAN'T ASK HIM.

FROM CBS NEWS, MAY, 2015:
From 1993 through 2012, there were 657 suicides among children aged 5 through 11. Most were 10 or 11.


[S]uicide warning signs in children, includ[e] withdrawing from friends and favored activities, prolonged unhappiness and talking about suicide. Those are indications that children may need help from a mental health specialist.
"If parents are concerned about their child, they should ask them directly if they're having thoughts about killing themselves," he said.

[MY NOTE: THAT REALLY IS A BIT NAIVE, TO ASSUME THAT A SUICIDAL CHILD WILL ADMIT TO BEING SUICIDAL. ASTUTE AND SUBTLE, BUT FREQUENT, OBSERVATION SHOULD TELL ANY PARENT WHEN THINGS HAVE GONE WRONG.]

Earlier this spring, the CDC reported the suicide rate for older girls and young women is rising at a pace far faster than for young males. That report, published in March, found 5,178 suicide deaths among young people aged 10 to 24 in the U.S. in 2012. Suicide was the second leading cause of deaths in that age group, after accidents.
While the suicide rate increased for young people of both genders since 2007, and remains three times higher for young males than young females, the increase among females has been steadier."



OTHER "WARNING SIGNS"....


  • Feelings of Hopelessness
  • Anxiety, agitation, trouble sleeping or sleeping all of the time
  • Expressions of having no reason for living; no sense of purpose in life
  • Feelings of being trapped - like there's no way out
  • Increased alcohol and/or drug use
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, and community
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, expressions of wanting or seeking revenge
  • Reckless behavior or more risky activities, seemingly without thinking
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Talking about being a burden to others
(Remember, if a youth has critical warning signs like talking about killing him or herself or dying or looking for ways to kill him or herself, get immediate help.)


Losses
Losses and other events - whether anticipated or actual - can lead to feelings of shame, humiliation, or despair and may serve as triggering events for suicidal behavior. Triggering events include losses, such as the breakup of a relationship or a death; academic failures; trouble with authorities, such as school suspensions or legal difficulties; bullying; or health problems. This is especially true for youth already vulnerable because of low self-esteem or a mental disorder, such as depression. Help is available.


BELOW, PERHAPS THE YOUNGEST AMERICAN CHILD SUICIDE, AGE 6.


An Oregon first-grader, Samantha Kuberski, sent her daughter to her room after having a disagreement. The child tied a belt onto a bar of an unused crib and hanged herself.

The young girl announced she was going to kill herself before she was sent to her room, where she apparently did just that.




SUICIDE, "FOR LOVE"... OR FOR NOT BEING LOVED?
THOSE WHO TRULY LOVE SOMEONE NEVER WANT THEIR LOVED ONES TO DIE....REALIZE THIS, PLEASE.
ALSO REALIZE THAT SOMEONE DOES LOVE EACH OF US.
IT MAY NOT SEEM THAT WAY, BUT IT'S A FACT.

THE 18-YEAR-OLD BELOW WAS TALKED INTO SUICIDE....BY HIS "GIRLFRIEND"....


Conrad Roy III took his own life, but not before having second thoughts about it.

His "girlfriend" told him to get back in his vehicle and stay there until he died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Shemay not even go to prison, but Conrad is dead.
And his mother can't stop crying....



SUICIDE BECAUSE OF BULLYING?

WHY DON'T WE TEACH OUR CHILDREN THAT THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS REALLY DON'T MATTER?

WHY DOES OUR SOCIETY ENCOURAGE BULLYING?

WHY WOULD A CHILD KILL HIMSELF/HERSELF BECAUSE "OTHERS DON'T LIKE ME, MAKE FUN OF ME"?

WHY AREN'T BULLIES PROSECUTED WHEN THEIR BULLYING CAUSES A DEATH?
DON'T WE BELIEVE THAT CHILDREN KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG?
OF COURSE THEY DO!




11-YEAR-OLD ARIANA CORDOVA'S family said she showed signs of bullying and depression in the past.
She was put through counseling and programs.
Her sister said Ariana was not showing any signs of suicide before her death.
“There are people on her bus that said she was counting down days but she never let any of us know. She acted like everything was fine,” Isabella said.


Cordova is not the only one. A second Fort Collins middle school student also took his own life during the weekend. The11-year-old Blevins Middle School student died Saturday night. His family has asked to keep his identity private.



FROM THE SAME COUNTY, MARCH, 2016....

Gavin Holden's classmates at Webber Middle School told him to "just go kill yourself."
Again. And again. And again.
"When you hear that every day from multiple people, you start to believe it," he said.

Thoughts of his family —  a mother, little sister, cousin — and his love for music were enough to stop him.
Other times his mother, Amy Smith, walked in just in time to tackle her now 15-year-old son and prevent him from ending his life.



Holden still fights depression but has learned how to cope with it to help him through the dark times.
"When those thoughts come in, you have to really think about the people you love and the things you love doing,'' he said. "If you can't think of anything, then find something to love.''


Last year, 33 youths ages 17 and younger were admitted to Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland following suicide attempts, a 6.5 percent increase from 2014. Banner Health, which also has a facility in Fort Collins, did not have similar data available.
Without data from other area hospitals, it's unknown how youth suicide attempts in Larimer County compare to the national average of 25 suicide attempts to every death, as cited by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
But the 33 attempts and the deaths of four Larimer County children by suicide last year prompt a haunting question: What is pushing these young lives to the brink?

IN 2015 IN THIS SAME AREA:

  • A 14-year-old Estes Park boy died by suicide April 21
  • An 11-year-old Fort Collins girl died by suicide Nov. 16
  • An 11-year-old Fort Collins boy died by suicide Nov. 21
  • A 12-year-old Bellvue boy died by suicide Dec. 20



BELOW, SANTANA, A LAKOTA CHILD, DEATH BY SUICIDE AT AGE 12...





Native Americans have always had a higher suicide rate than non-natives in the U.S
., and the number is rising, especially on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota people. This year alone, more than 100 Pine Ridge youths between the ages of 9 and 24 attempted suicide. At least 19 succeeded.


“We see Lakota children really grieving their friends who have killed themselves,” he said. “They will post suicidal thoughts like, ‘See you soon,’ or ‘I’m right behind you.”

Suicide among Native youth is a crisis, and one that is not receiving the attention it needs."




WHY DO WE, AS A SOCIETY, TEND TO GROUP PEOPLE, INCLUDING CHILDREN, BY STUPID THINGS LIKE BODY SIZE, PHYSICAL APPEARANCE, "STRAIGHT OR GAY",
"NERD" OR NOT, "JOCK" OR NOT, ETC?


WE'RE ALL DIFFERENT, AND BEING DIFFERENT IS SOMETHING WE REALLY NEED TO MAKE SURE OUR KIDS ARE 'OKAY' WITH.
TEACH THEM THAT IT WOULD BE A SAD, DULL WORLD IF EVERYONE WAS... "BEAUTIFUL", RICH, POPULAR, OR ANY OF THAT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM THAT HAS BECOME "THE NORM".


THERE IS NO "NORM".


WE ARE AS UNIQUE, EACH OF US, AS OUR FINGERPRINTS, AS DIFFERENT AS EACH SNOWFLAKE, EACH LEAF....WE HAVE TO STOP PIGEON-HOLING AND CATEGORIZING HUMAN BEINGS!



Bullied boy cheerleader, 12, found dead in Calif. home - NY Daily
Ronin was homeschooled after leaving the school (due to bullying) and former classmates believe his beloved hobby of cheerleading spurred homophobic abuse, according to KOVR-TV.


Riley Coleman, also a former classmate, struggled to keep back tears next to her mother as she explained what happened to Ronin.

“He was bullied very badly. I just want to give him...,” Coleman paused as she lost composure. “It’s not okay to bully people.”
“I’m so sorry we couldn't save you, Ronin,” one classmate wrote."


BELOW, DYLAN STEWART, WHO WAS ONLY 12 WHEN HE HANGED HIMSELF, BUT HE WAS RESUSCITATED AND LIVED 8 DAYS BEFORE HE DIED.

HE HAD BEEN ATTACKED AND BEATEN BY 7 OF HIS CLASSMATES, WHICH, AFTER A SERIES OF SUCH BEATINGS, APPARENTLY PUSHED HIM TO TAKE HI OWN LIFE.



OTHER NATIONS ARE BEGINNING TO SEE A RISE IN CHILD SUICIDES...

FROM THE U.K.:

Nearly 100 children aged 10 to 14 killed themselves in the UK in the past decade, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Charities said the numbers were a “national scandal”. The records show 98 children under 15 killed themselves in the UK from 2005 to 2014, 59 boys and 39 girls.


Child Suicide Is A Crisis In Canada
"We have 10-year-old kids taking their lives. Something is terribly wrong."
The suicide rate for children under 15 in this territory is 50 times the national average.




SUICIDE AND "PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS"....
Preschoolers comprise the fastest growing psychiatric-drug-using demographic in the United States. Indeed, as many as three in 1,000 children age 6 and under are taking some kind of mental-health medication. And it's not just Ritalin. Prozac and Zoloft are close behind—research now shows that their usage among preschoolers has more than doubled in recent years.



Even in adults, the effects of antidepressants are poorly understood, and virtually nothing is known about the way they work in children. Moreover, controlled clinical studies have never been performed on minors. As a result, no medication is actually FDA approved to treat depression for the pre-K set. (Or, for that matter, young children at all. Prozac, uniquely, can be prescribed to patients age 8 and up, but that’s it.)


But children are being prescribed such pills anyway.

Evan Perry was one such child, having been prescribed antidepressants from the time he was 7 years old, not long after he’d climbed onto his school’s rooftop in what appeared to be a serious suicide attempt. Perry was the subject of a recent documentary made by his filmmaker parents, Boy Interrupted, which aired recently on HBO. At times heart-wrenching, the film chronicles Evan’s brief life and his struggles with both depression and psychiatric medication.

“I think the first dramatic turning point was one that didn’t even make it into the movie," says Evan’s mother, Dana Perry, of her experience interviewing for preschools. “Not only did we not get in anywhere, we came away with a serious mental-health referral."

There is eerie footage of Evan, at age 7, demonstrating how he plans to hang himself. At age 15, during a reduction in his lithium dosage, Evan jumped to his death from a window.   In one episode, young Evan spontaneously breaks into a song about suicide. In another, he pauses from frolicking on the beach to confide that he has a gun and is preparing to kill his little brother and his parents. "



BOTTOM LINE....WATCH AND CARE....SOMETIMES ALL A PERSON NEEDS IS SOMEONE TO LISTEN, MAYBE A HUG, AN ASSURANCE THAT, NO MATTER WHAT, THEY ARE NOT ALONE AND SOMEONE CARES, SOMEONE VALUES THEM. 



THE HUMAN MIND IS BOTH AMAZINGLY STRONG, CAPABLE OF OVERCOMING INCREDIBLE ADVERSITY, AND ALSO EXQUISITELY FRAGILE....
EVERY HUMAN HAS A MIND....HANDLE WITH CARE....

AND NEVER, NEVER IGNORE SOMEONE WHO TALKS ABOUT SUICIDE....THE BELIEF THAT PEOPLE WHO TALK ABOUT KILLING THEMSELVES USUALLY DON'T DO SO IS A HUGE MYTH.

LOVE.
CARE.
HELP....


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MORE INFO:


The Role of High School Teachers in Preventing Suicide
An information sheet that helps teachers understand why suicide prevention fits their role as a teacher.

Suicide Prevention Resources for Parents/Guardians/Families
A list of websites and other online information that have prevention resources for parents, guardians, and other family members.

Suicide Prevention Resources for Teens
A list of websites with suicide prevention resources for teens - for those who may be at risk for suicide and those who have friends who may be at risk.



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