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Electrical Power Back at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Americans Line Up for 'Jobs Americans Won't Do'

After Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona raided a bunch of Pei Wei Asian Diners and led most of the workers there out in handcuffs because they were illegal aliens.

Bernie Madoff: Entire US Government Is Ponzi Scheme

In a telephone interview with New York Magazine, Bernie Madoff, in jail for his own gargantuan Ponzi scheme, criticized the government and Wall Street, while saying his criticism is not meant to excuse what he did. He pointed out that no one at Goldman Sachs has received any criminal convictions.

Bloomberg's Betty Liu reports. Video. (53 seconds)

Hawaii Health Dept: No Increased Radiation Exposure Risk

March 15, 2011 News Release, Hawaii Dept. of Health


HONOLULU – The damage to nuclear reactors in Japan has led to concerns about radiation exposure in Hawaii and other parts of the world. The DOH continues to closely monitor the situation, and at this time there is no indication of increased risk to our state. Based on all available information, state and federal experts do not anticipate a risk of radiation exposure to our state. Therefore, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) advises the public against ingesting potassium iodide or KI as a precaution against possible radiation exposure. Ingesting KI is not an effective precautionary measure.

“There is no increased risk of harmful levels of radiation exposure in Hawaii based on the situation to date at the nuclear power complex in Japan,” said Interim Health Director Loretta Fuddy. “Those who ingest potassium iodide out of concern for possible exposure from this situation are doing something which is not only ineffective, but may also cause unwanted side effects. If a need should arise for residents to start taking potassium iodide to guard against effects of radiation exposure, the Hawaii State Department of Health along with other local, state and federal agencies will inform the public. We do not anticipate this need.”

The DOH along with other local, state and federal agencies is actively monitoring the situation. The department uses a number of redundant monitoring systems capable of detecting any significant elevation in radiation levels. The public is encouraged to check reliable sources for up-to-date information.

Potassium iodide, or KI, is a stable form of iodine. During a nuclear emergency, persons may be exposed to a radioactive form of iodine, which can be harmful to the thyroid gland. In such an event, public health officials may recommend use of KI to offer some protection. KI is not recommended for use as a precautionary medication, unless there is a specific emergency that warrants use as recommended by public health officials.

Although usually benign, KI can be harmful to people with allergies to iodine or shellfish, those with certain skin disorders, or those with thyroid problems. Observed but infrequent side effects of ingesting potassium iodide include nausea, intestinal upset, rashes, inflammation of the salivary glands, and possibly severe allergic reactions. KI cannot protect the body from radioactive elements other than radioactive iodine-if radioactive iodine is not present, taking KI is not protective.

All residents are reminded to prepare a basic, emergency kit to prepare for any kind of disaster.

While potassium iodide is not a recommended component of such a kit, there are at least 10 essential items, as recommended by the DOH Plan to Be Ready guide which should be included. The guide is available at

1. Water 2. Non-perishable Food
3. Cash and Important Documents 4. Clothes
5. Flashlight 6. First Aid Kit
7. Prescription Medication 8. Radio
9. Hygiene Items 10. Tools such as a can opener

These essential items will help ensure that people can meet their own basic needs when other resources may not be available during an emergency. It is also vital that families put together a communications plan, such as a pre-planned place to meet and a designated out-of-state contact, in case family members are separated or at work or school when a disaster strikes.

For more information on emergency preparedness, go to

For more information on potassium iodide (KI), visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at

Hawaii TSA Worker Arrested for Stealing from Japanese Tourists

Asking first if her mark was Japanese, and getting an affirmative nod, a Kona Airport TSA employee was then allegedly caught red-handed helping herself surreptitiously to cash from the mark's wallet. The victim was in reality a TSA agent.

There had previously been numerous complaints that the lead transportation security agent, Dawn Nikole Keka, was stealing from Japanese travelers. Arrested last Friday, she resigned this Monday. She now faces federal embezzling charges.

Read more . . . [Honolulu Star-Advertiser]

Disbelief at Abandonment of Nuclear Power Plant

Did TEPCo workers come back because of the tremendous pressure? And can we believe what we're being told by this operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plants? Going by past history, two in this CNN broadcast think not. The third didn't express an opinion.


Underground information on what's happening at Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan — a dirty bomb waiting to go off [Natural News]

Vendors caught price gouging for potassium iodide pills as citizens panic over nuclear fallout fear [Natural News]

Iodine supplement supplies wiped out by nuclear fallout fear — here are the foods that contain high levels of natural iodine [Natural News]

Iodine for Radiation Exposure: Practical Solutions You Need to Know [Natural News]

Rachel Maddow Explains the Danger from Spent Nuclear Rods

They're the problem at the Fukushima Number 1 nuclear plant's number 4 reactor, and may soon be the problem at numbers 5 and 6 too.

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Destroying Our Heritage

by Michael Connelly

Mr. Connelly teaches law, including constitutional law, through Education to Go, an online company that provides courses to numerous universities. The author of three books and publisher of a website, he resides in Carrollton, Texas, and can be reached by email.

March 15, 2011

In my last blog post I talked about the dumbing down of the students in our schools and how it is causing us to fall behind much of the rest of the world in critical areas like math and science. However, that is just the beginning of the problems we have in education in the United States, and most of it is being caused deliberately.

In recent decades much of our educational system has been taken over by liberals and even far leftists who envision the schools as a place to re-educate our children to be virtual drones whose only allegiance is to the all powerful “state.” In order to be successful in this the left must turn our students away from their family values, their religion, and our national heritage of freedom and limited government.

The techniques that are being used are not new, they have been successfully used in the past by the communist governments such as the Soviet Union and China, and of course the Nazis were very good at the outright brainwashing of citizens, especially the younger ones. Before they actually came to power in the government, they had infiltrated the German university system and forced out all of the Jewish professors and any other administrators and teachers who opposed the Nazi world view.

Pro Nazi professors used their positions to teach propaganda to their students and intimidate those who didn’t go along with them. Students who didn’t enthusiastically follow the party line failed their classes and were ultimately expelled. This same type of approach is being used today in many American institutions of higher learning.

For years, it has become increasingly hard for professors who are conservative in their political views to get and/or keep a teaching position on many university campuses. This is particularly true for those conservatives in disciplines such as history or political science. On a large number of campuses you would be hard pressed to find anyone teaching in those areas that are not far left or at least liberal.

As for the students at these so called institutions of higher learning, they are increasing being subjected to a continuous barrage of political propaganda and if they attempt to resist this indoctrination they are threatened and intimidated. Examples range from simple pettiness to the actual denying of degrees to those students who are not “politically correct.”

At my alma mater, Louisiana State University, an astronomy professor segregates his class by isolating students who do not agree with his theory that the United States is primarily responsible for the now discredited theory of global warming. Such students basically have to sit in “the corner” and if they try to defend their position the professor mocks them openly and accuses them of potentially causing the death of billions of people. One such rant has actually been caught on video.

The University of Minnesota has attempted to go much further. It has proposed that anyone who seeks a degree in education from that university must be certified as politically correct on every issue from abortion and gay marriage to the superiority of socialism as a form of government. If students do not conform to these leftist views they will be denied their degrees unless they agree to take a series of “remedial” classes where they will be taught to be politically correct.

These are not isolated instances. They are occurring in colleges throughout the United States and there are numerous law suits pending by students who have failed classes or been denied degrees not because they failed to perform the required work, but simply because they are not willing to give up their political or religious views in order to conform to leftist ideology.

Now the same thing is happening in the public schools around the country. Students from elementary through high school are being subjected to increasing amounts of political propaganda. This is being orchestrated by a combination of measures being forced on teachers and students by the Federal government, far left teachers unions, and local and state school boards and Departments of Education controlled by liberals.

It started with the successful attempts to remove all references to God from the classroom and has spiraled out of control since then. The vast majority of teachers, students, and parents are caught in the middle and often feel helpless. Teachers are increasingly being forced away from teaching the basics in such subjects as reading, writing, math, science, and social studies in order to spend more time on so called “values education.” The values that are being taught often do not reflect the feelings of most teachers or parents.

They include such things as global warming, alternative lifestyles such as gay marriage, the joys of safe sex, even to elementary children, and the need for the destruction of our form of government and our capitalist economy. If you doubt what I am saying I urge you to look at the textbooks your children or grandchildren have.

For example, the theory of evolution is taught as an absolute scientific fact and no mention is allowed of any possible alternative theories such as creationism. In fact, in some schools teachers can be terminated for even mentioning creationism as an alternative. What happened to open discussion in the classroom? I can remember some lively debates on this issue when I was in high school, and we were allowed to reach our own conclusions. When it comes to history, our children are being taught revisionist history. They are not learning what really happened, but what the left wants them to think happened.

Right now the State of Florida is preparing to require that American history courses taught to high school students begin with the reconstruction period following the Civil War. In other words, students will learn nothing about the founding of this country. They won’t be taught about the Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the Constitution. They won’t even hear the names of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Benjamin Franklin mentioned in their history classes, and they certainly won’t know about our Judeo Christian religious heritage. This is just the latest example of what is happening in schools all over our country.

It conforms to the philosophy of the far left that our American heritage is one of greed, conquest, war, and evil. If that is what we allow our children to be taught, and believe, then our nation is doomed. It is time we get rid of the Federal Department of Education and take back our schools and our heritage!

It can be done. Last fall the school district in Mansfield, Texas accepted a grant from the Federal Department of Education that would have required students in certain schools to take courses in the Arabic language and Arabic Culture. It seems that the DOE has identified Arabic as a “language of the future.” Parents fought back, particularly since such courses would undoubtedly include teaching of the Muslim religion, yet no teaching of Christianity is allowed in the schools. The parents won and the program has been cancelled.

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