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The Reality of Fukushima - A Japanese Lawyer Speaks at UN Human Rights Council, NGO Info Meeting


Title: The Reality of Fukushima- A Japanese Lawer Speaks at UN in Geneva, Switzerland on Oct 30, 2012
Source: WorldNetworkChildren (World Network for Saving Children from Radiation)

Video Link and Transcript: http://www.save-children-from-radiation.org/2013/01/25/the-reality-in-fukushima-a-japanese-lawer-speaks-at-un/

Filmed by: Independent Web Journal
Edited by: The Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial
Date Published: Jan 25, 2013

At 0:15 in

Toshio Yanagihara at the United Nations Human Rights Council, NGO Information Meeting: Today, together with my friends, I am here to ask you to think about the people, especially the children, who are trapped in high radiation areas after the nuclear accident at the Fuksuhima Daiichi plant.

Today I am here to request you take a significant step as the UN Human Rights Council to rescue these trapped people.

At 6:30 in

Yanagihara: Please take a look at this map of Koriyama City, [pop. 336,000] which is 60km from the [Fukushima Daiichi] nuclear plants […]

The red dots on this map indicate the equivalent radiation level of mandatory evacuation zone around Chernobyl.

If you apply the evacuation standard used in Chernobyl, most of the central part of the city would fall under the evacuation area, where the residents would be required to move out.

It is in this level of contamination that the children remain and attend school. (Chokes up)

MAP: http://enenews.com/ wp-content/uploads/2013/01/img_248-Jan.-26-08.32-300x188.jpg

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Jan 27, 2013, 08:10 PM (4 replies)

Evidence suggests that superficial appearances (above) may be misleading and conclusions premature.



December 07, 2012

President Obama held an Oval Office bill signing for our Child Protection Act of 2012 Friday. Joining him from left to right are three of the principal sponsors: Sen Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) was in Austin to announce the victory there with PROTECT Texas Chairman Chart Westcott. (We're gearing up in the Lone Star state for 2013.) The bill reauthorizes the PROTECT Act of 2008, authorizing child rescue funding at twice current levels.


The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 07, 2012
Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 915, H.R. 6063, H.R. 6634

On Friday, December 7, 2012, the President signed into law:


H.R. 6063, the “Child Protection Act of 2012,” which makes changes to the Criminal Code related to child pornography and protection of child witnesses and Department of Justice programs related to prevention and interdiction of child exploitation and child pornography on the Internet;

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Jan 27, 2013, 06:48 PM (0 replies)

Peer pressure is the more trivial and least helpful part of the article compared with this reporting


Women on ‘revenge porn’ sites describe their pain, humiliation as lawsuit moves forward
by Beth Rankin
Updated 8:56 am, Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Personal life invaded

Last week, 27-year-old Kelly Hinson was shopping at Walmart when a man approached her. "He said, 'You're Kelly, right?' Then he told me — in person — that he saved my photos to his computer," Hinson said. "I literally ran off. I ran off."

Hinson doesn't know who posted the photos on the website. The man who took them, her ex-boyfriend, is dead. Hinson said he committed suicide two months before the photos appeared. Hinson is now nine weeks pregnant, a fact introduced to her "revenge porn" page by anonymous commenters.

"The people commenting anonymously are posting where I live, my location, basically to kill myself," she said. "They said I should abort my baby with a rusty coat hanger."

Hinson approached two police departments and two lawyers, with no luck.

"Nobody was taking me seriously," she said. "They were basically telling me there was nothing I can do."

At first, Toups had similar luck. Until she met Morgan.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Jan 27, 2013, 01:51 PM (1 replies)


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Jan 27, 2013, 01:08 PM (0 replies)

The Price of a Stolen Childhood

Source: by Emily Bazelon, NYT Magazine


Marsh researched legal remedies for Amy. Combing through his casebooks, he found a provision in the Violence Against Women Act that he had never heard of before: it gave the victims of sex crimes, including child pornography, the right to restitution or compensation for the “full amount” of their losses. Enumerating what those losses could be, Congress listed psychiatric care, lost income and legal costs and concluded, “The issuance of a restitution order under this section is mandatory.”

The provision for restitution, enacted in 1994, had yet to be invoked in a case of child-pornography possession. The basis for such a claim wasn’t necessarily self-evident: how could Amy prove that her ongoing trauma was the fault of any one man who looked at her pictures, instead of her uncle, who abused her and made the pornography?


In October, the Fifth Circuit ruled in Amy’s favor, in a 10 to 5 decision. The court also accepted the theory of joint and several liability, finding that this means of allocating shared responsibility can ensure “that Amy receives the full amount of her losses, to the extent possible, while also ensuring that no defendant bears more responsibility than is required for full restitution.” Victims and the Justice Department can keep track of how much has been recovered, and courts can set a payment schedule based on an individual defendant’s ability to pay. “Ultimately, while the imposition of full restitution may appear harsh, it is not grossly disproportionate to the crime of receiving and possessing child pornography,” Judge Garza wrote for the court. “Defendants collectively create the demand that fuels the creation of the abusive images.” Garza sent Amy’s award of $529,000 back to the lower court because it did not provide for restitution “in full” — in other words, it was too small.

The Fifth Circuit’s decision creates a clear split among the appeals courts over how to interpret Congress’ provision of restitution for sex-crime victims — a split that only the Supreme Court can resolve. Cassell and Marsh have asked the justices to do that, and the court could hear a restitution case as early as next fall.


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/magazine/how-much-can-restitution-help-victims-of-child-pornography.html?ref=magazine
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:28 PM (4 replies)

Tangentially related.


Memory to myth: tracing Aaron Swartz through the 21st century
To understand his contributions, we have to look beyond the headlines
By Tim Carmody on January 22, 2013 12:30 pm

...In 2000, his work on The Info Network made him a finalist in the 2nd ArsDigita prize. Winning the contest outed him as a thirteen-year-old to unsuspecting internet friends. As a finalist, Aaron won $1000, free access to a web server for life, and a two-day trip to MIT, where he met with Berners-Lee and Hal Abelson. (In 2013, Abelson would be named to head an inquiry into MIT’s actions during the JSTOR case, and Berners-Lee would write, “Aaron dead. World wanderers, we have lost a wise elder. Hackers for right, we are one down. Parents all, we have lost a child. Let us weep.”)


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Jan 26, 2013, 04:55 PM (0 replies)

Are you not grasping parallels between today's protests and past (Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall?

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:53 PM (1 replies)

Thank you!

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jan 21, 2013, 05:31 PM (0 replies)

Thank you!

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jan 21, 2013, 03:43 PM (0 replies)

Thousands of chemicals pose risks to health

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

By Sandy Bauers
Published: January 20, 2013 12:00AM, Midnight, Jan. 20

PHILADELPHIA — In testimony before a Senate subcommittee, Ken Cook spoke passionately about 10 Americans who were found to have more than 200 synthetic chemicals in their blood.

The list included flame retardants, lead, stain removers and pesticides the federal government had banned three decades ago.

“Their chemical exposures did not come from the air they breathed, the water they drank or the food they ate,” said Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, a national advocacy group.

How did he know?

The 10 Americans were newborns. “Babies are coming into this world pre­polluted with toxic chemicals,” he said.

More than 80,000 chemicals are in use today, and most have not been independently tested for safety, regulatory officials say.

Yet we come in contact with many every day — most notably, the bisphenol A in can linings and hard plastics, the flame retardants in couches, the nonstick coatings on cookware, the phthalates in personal care products, and the nonylphenols in detergents, shampoos, and paints.

These five groups of chemicals were selected by Sonya Lunder, senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group, as ones that people should be aware of and try to avoid.

Read more: http://www.registerguard.com/web/news/sevendays/29328523-57/chemicals-environmental-products-tsca-chemical.html.csp
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jan 21, 2013, 03:40 PM (25 replies)
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