3/24/13 [LISTEN ANYTIME]
Mark Pafford "How dare we' - (4min)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren "minimum wage"(5min)
Cindy Folkers Radiation Exposure (14min)
Kevin Kamps History 1 - (18min)
Kevin Kamps History 2 - (11min)
Mary Olsen Gender/No Safe Dose (16:30min)
Mary Olsen Fukushima Update (15min)
David Freeman former TVA Chair A - (15min)
David Freeman former TVA Chair B - 9min
1. As of February, Bank of America was servicing more than 95,000 loans in foreclosure, followed by Wells Fargo, which was servicing 85,000 loans.
2. Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds’ chief engineer: Since I’ve been talking about Fuksuhima, I got an email that brought me to tears.
It was a woman who was in 10th grade at the time of the [Three Mile Island] accident. She was in chemistry and they were studying radiation and they had a Geiger counter hanging out the window for the entire semester.
They walk into the class at 10:00 in the morning of the accident and the Geiger counter is pegged.
So the teacher goes to phone as a responsible citizen, he calls Governor Thornburgh and tells him, “Look, I’m in Middleburg, I’ve got a pegged Geiger counter here. What should I do?”
Gov. Thornburgh’s office told this high school teacher, “Don’t do anything, we know all about it.”
So they kept the kids in school, and who got evacuated were the parents of the people who worked at the power plant, they all came by and grabbed their kids and got out of there. And the kids that didn’t have the inside scoop wound up staying in that town and got high exposures.
So do I think my country’s going to be any different than the Japanese? No way.
3.What me Worry???
President Obama wants to consign the financial crisis to the past and delegate the implementation of financial reform to others in his administration. But he needs to get personally involved. Why? Because Senator Carl Levin’s recent hearing on the JP Morgan Whale showed that nothing has changed at the largest banks or the bank regulatory agencies since the run up to the financial crisis. In the early months of 2012—two years after passage of the Dodd-Frank Act—JP Morgan acted deceptively, regulators remained clueless, and investors were the last to know about the true magnitude of the bank’s $6.2 billion in losses. Nevertheless, Republicans and some Democrats in Congress are today working to repeal reforms.
Yesterday, House Democrats joined with House Republicans on the Agriculture Committee to support several bills that would “fix” several Dodd-Frank provisions to regulate derivatives, effectively gutting measures designed to rein in bank abuses. Proponents of deregulation—both Democrats and Republicans—were hoping that these bills would move silently through the committee and then the Financial Services Committee, and then quietly onto the floor of the House for passage. Many Democrats, like Gwen Moore, Ann Kuster, and David Scott, support or even cosponsored these bills. And several others, most notably former Goldman Sachs executive Jim Himes, who currently serves as the Finance Chairman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, will help lead the effort when the bills come to the House Financial Services Committee.
Senator Levin issued a statement Tuesday saying, "It is incredible that less than a week after new JP Morgan Whale hearings detailed how the bank's London office piled up risk, hid losses, and dodged regulatory oversight, that some House members are again supporting the weakening of derivative safeguards." One bill, approved on a 31-14 vote, calls for altering a requirement that banks with access to deposit insurance and the Federal Reserve’s discount window move some derivatives trades to affiliates that have their own capital. The bill would allow banks—not their affiliates—to hold commodity, equity and structured swaps tied to some asset-backed securities. “You’re putting the taxpayers on the hook,” said Representative Collin Peterson of Minnesota, the panel’s top Democrat, at the mark up. “This could come back to haunt you.”
4. House Bill 7011
Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau
After fierce debate Friday between ruling Republicans and union-allied Democrats, the House approved an overhaul of the Florida Retirement System, the pension fund used by more than 620,000 teachers, law enforcement and other public employees.
The House voted 73-43 along party lines for the measure (CS/HB 7011), which would close the traditional pension plan to new employees. Beginning Jan. 1, new hires seeking a retirement account could instead only join a defined contribution investment plan similar to a 401(k) plan available to many private sector workers.
The legislation is a top priority of House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, who says the Florida Retirement System is underfunded. Weatherford also maintains the system will command increasing millions of dollars from Florida taxpayers to keep it afloat, although his stance is disputed by many experts.
“It’s fair. It’s fiscally responsible. And it’s time to act,” Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, said in support of the bill.
Democrats, though, accused House Republicans of employing scare tactics to push through a proposal that is being dismissed by Senate Republicans.
During committee hearings, Democrats were supported by police and fire union representatives who packed Capitol meeting rooms to testify against the legislation.
“You’re using bogeyman tactics of how the taxpayers will save money. … It’s absolutely false,” Rep. Dwayne Taylor, D-Daytona Beach, told the House Friday.
Democrats said the legislation is not only unnecessary but potentially dangerous to the $136 billion pension fund, used by more than 623,000 state and local government workers and 335,000 retirees.
The Florida Retirement System is considered 87 percent funded. Most analysts acknowledge that 80 percent is the benchmark for a fund considered to be on solid financial footing.
Republican leaders, however, say the unfunded actuarial liability totals $19.2 billion — a level they say is alarming.
Still, those defending the fund also point out that the shortfall would exist only if every pensioner demanded their full payments at once, which analysts say would never happen.
Republicans, however, said the proposed change will ease the burden on taxpayers — with lawmakers poised to spend more than $500 million this year to reduce the unfunded pension balance.
Supporters also said that the changes proposed by the House would not affect any of those in the traditional pension, or drawing benefits as retirees.
“We’re being proactive,” said Rep. Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula. “This way, we don’t have some huge crisis in the future.”
Under a traditional, defined benefit pension, workers are promised a specific monthly payment based on earnings and years of employment. The State Board of Administration directs the fund’s investments.
In a 401(k)-style account, workers play a bigger role in directing how their individual retirement funds are invested. Their benefits can ebb and flow, based on the economy.
In the free-swinging debate, Democrats pointed out Friday that lawmakers have failed to adequately finance the pension the past three years, deepening the gap supporters of the bill are citing to support their call for change.
Republicans who spoke Friday on the House floor said that reducing the payments demanded to maintain the pension plan would free more state money for schools and other programs.
The debate, though, quickly turned heated.
Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, told House members, “how dare we” take action that endangers the pensions of low-wage public employees.
Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, told Republicans, “Go pick someone else’s pocket. Leave our public servants alone.”
Within the retirement system, workers can choose between the traditional pension or, for the past decade, an optional 401(k)-like plan. The pension remains the favorite, though, with more than 500,000 employees enrolled, compared with only about 100,000 in the investment plan.
The Senate proposal (CS/SB 1392) by Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, is significantly different from the House plan. It would give public employees an incentive by cutting their payroll contributions to 2 percent if they join the state’s 401(k) style investment plan.
If workers choose the traditional, defined benefit pension plan, they’d pay 3 percent. The only new workers required to join the investment plan would be senior managers, under Simpson’s bill.
David Freeman, Engineer and Attorney, Former Chairman of TVA, Office of Science and Technology in charge of energy and the environment in the Johnson White House, and for 2 years under Nixon –The Rise and Fall of Nuclear Power
Cindy Folkers, Radiation and Health Specialist, Beyond Nuclear - Post-Fukushima Food Monitoring
Mary Olson, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Southeast - Gender Matters in the Atomic Age
Mary Olson, Director, Southeast Office, Nuclear Information and Resource Service
PO Box 7586 Asheville, North Carolina 28802
here we are at Fukushima +2
nautilus point - nrc said no
gender & radiation (who gets the dose)
what do we mean by "dose"
chernobyl 4k becquerel per sq meter
much of Europe
no safe dose-replaces
icrp = international commission on radiological protection
irpa - international radiation protection association
under estimate of harm to women
there is a new "world health organization report" [deeply flawed]
external & internal exposure
note this will replace nuclear-sym-a
16:30 min (+/-)
Fukushima Update by Mary Olsen
nuclear symposium part2a
Kevin Kamps, of Beyond Nuclear
Specialist in High Level Waste Management and Transportation, Beyond Nuclear – Seventy Years of Radioactive Risks in Japan and America
lose history file - this replaces
The Nuclear Power Deception
U.S. Nuclear Mythology from Electricity "Too Cheap to Meter"
to "Inherently Safe" Reactors
by Arjun Makhijani, Ph.D.