Thursday, December 8, 2016

Will Native Americans Be Re-Victimized?

All I can hope is that this is just some crazy idea being fielded that will quickly fall to the wayside:
Valerie Volcovici (December 5, 2016). Trump advisors aim to privatize oil-rich Indian reservations. Reuters,

Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves. Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 million acres of tribal lands, two chairmen of the coalition told Reuters in exclusive interviews.

The group proposes to put those lands into private ownership - a politically explosive idea that could upend more than century of policy designed to preserve Indian tribes on U.S.-owned reservations, which are governed by tribal leaders as sovereign nations.
Bad feeling growing...

Fukushima Webcam 1: Is that Steam?

TEPCO reported that cooling to unit 3 was interrupted on December 5:
Associated Press. December 5, 2016. Fukushima reactor briefly loses cooling during inspection. The Asahi Shimbun,
One of the melted reactors at tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant had a temporary loss of cooling when a worker accidentally bumped a switch while passing through a narrow aisle of switch panels during an inspection and turned off the pumping system.  The plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said cooling for the No. 3 reactor, one of the three reactors that melted following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, was out for nearly one hour Monday until a backup pump kicked in.
Here is a screenshot from TEPCO webcam 1 that shows a plume of something coming up from unit 3. That something was perhaps a little worse than ordinary on December 5 but it hasn't looked good since the ice wall was reported as failing.

I noticed what may possibly be steam around unit 1. Its hard to tell from these screenshots: