Tuesday, July 17, 2012

US West Coast to receive dangerous levels of Fukushima radiation

It’s been over a year since natural disaster ravaged a nuclear plant in Fukushima and interrupted the lives of millions of Japanese. Scientists now fear though that contaminated water is on course to America, and it could be more toxic than thought.
Researchers have released the findings of an intense study into the aftermath of last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster and warn that the United States isn’t exactly spared just yet. In fact, scientists now fear that incredibly contaminated ocean waters could be reaching the West Coast of the US in a matter of only five years, and the toxicity of those waves could eventually be worse than what was seen in Japan.
A team of scientists led by Joke F Lübbecke of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory have published the findings of an experiment recently conducted to measure the impact of last year’s nuclear disaster and the results are eye-opening to say the least. By simulating the spreading of contaminated ocean waters and seeing how currents could carry them across the Pacific from Japan to the US, scientists believe that the worst might be still on the way.
“Within one year it will have spread over the entire western half of the North Pacific and in five years we predict it will reach the US West Coast.” Claus Böning, co-author of the study, tells the website Environmentalresearchweb.
Böning adds that “The levels of radiation that hit the US coast will be small relative to the levels released by Fukushima,” yet fails to exactly stand by that statement in the fullest. “But we cannot estimate accurately what those levels will be because we do not know for certain what was released by Fukushima,” the doctor adds.


Israel's largest party walks out of Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, was forced to consider calling an early general election on Tuesday night after the largest party in the country's parliament walked out of his ruling coalition.

Just two months after joining a unity government, Shaul Mofaz led his Kadima party into opposition after failing to secure legislation extending conscription to Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews. Mr Mofaz also resigned as deputy prime minister as negotiations over a new law on army service collapsed.

"Kadima has decided to resign from the national unity government," Mr Mofaz said. "I committed that if we don't succeed in our mission we won't remain in the coalition. I'm keeping my word. We are returning, with our heads held high, to serve Israel in the opposition." Holding 28 of the 120 seats in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, Kadima's entry into the coalition gave Mr Netanyahu a majority virtually unparalleled in the history of the Jewish state.


Jada Pinkett Smith: An Estimated ‘27 Million Slaves Worldwide – More than at Any Point in History’

(CNSNews.com) Actress Jada Pinkett Smith told a Senate hearing Tuesday that 27 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking – “more than at any point in history” with 40,000 people “enslaved on our soil at any moment.”
Smith, an advocate for Don’t Sell Bodies, which is designed to increase awareness about human trafficking, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday at a hearing called, “The Next Ten Years in the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Attacking the Problem with the Right Tools.”
“There are an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide – more than at any point in history,” Smith said, adding that victims of human trafficking represent “every nationality, ethnicity, age group” and can be found everywhere, including the U.S.
“Here, almost 150 years after the abolition of slavery in the United States, conservative estimates suggest that 40,000 people are enslaved on our soil at any moment,” she said.


'Guilty as charged,' Cathy says of Chick-fil-A's stand on biblical & family values

CARY, N.C. (BP) -- Dan Cathy oversees one of the country's most successful businesses. As president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, Cathy leads a business with 1,608 restaurants that had sales of more than $4 billion dollars last year. They sell chicken and train employees to focus on values rooted in the Bible.

His father, S. Truett Cathy started the business in 1946, when he and his brother, Ben, opened an Atlanta diner known as The Dwarf Grill (later renamed The Dwarf House). In 1967, his father opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta. Today, Chick-fil-A is the second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States based on annual system-wide sales.

Dan Cathy's success has not erased the biblical values he learned as a child in a Baptist church. He is a warm, common man who is deeply committed to being a faithful Christian witness. And he is fully involved in New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Ga. He drives Chick-fil-A's efforts to provide genuine hospitality, ensuring that customers have an exceptional dining experience in a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Based on Matthew 5:41, Cathy is on a mission to provide customers with "second-mile" service -- exceeding even the highest expectations of a typical fast-food restaurant.

"We don't claim to be a Christian business," Cathy said in a recent visit to North Carolina. He attended a business leadership conference many years ago where he heard Christian businessman Fred Roach say, "There is no such thing as a Christian business."

"That got my attention," Cathy said. Roach went on to say, "Christ never died for a corporation. He died for you and me."

"In that spirit ... [Christianity] is about a personal relationship. Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are," Cathy added.

"But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles. So that is what we claim to be. [We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have. And He has blessed us."


Abby Johnson speaks to abortion workers

Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director, speaks to current and former abortion facility workers about her heart and what she desires for them.

UnPlanned tells the story of Abby Johnson, the former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who "defected" to the other side of the abortion debate after witnessing an abortion via ultrasound. In this video, my wife, Emily, and I discuss her take on the book and why you should read it.