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Helen Caldicott and Michael Madsen: Into Eternity

Part TWO
Into Eternity is a documentary about the building of the world’s first permanent repository for nuclear waste in Finland. It shows not only the construction under way that will take 140 years, but introduces the people involved, the scientists, regulators and corporate executives who oversee this project. None of them will be alive when Onkalo, as the repository is called, will be finished in 2120; and they must expect this repository to remain intact and untouched by future humans for at least 100,000 years. Such is the danger and longevity of waste from nuclear power plants.

Helen Caldicott and Michael Madsen: Into Eternity

Part ONE
This is a conversation between HC and Madsen whose film, Into Eternity, premiered in the US. This is a thought provoking exchange between the veteran campaigner, Helen Caldicott, who dedicated her life to alerting us to the nuclear danger, and the young Danish artist. He introduces thoughts about civilization, language, danger and eternity.


Ellen Brown critiques the entity at the center of globalized finance, the Bank for International Settlements. Then she describes the Bank of North Dakota, amazing, successful, state owned, founded in 1919 and flourishing today. And she suggest that other states adopt that model to solve their budget crisis.

The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict TWO of TWO 

In this Part TWO: a segment of Bishop Desmond Tutu’s foreword to the book; Horowitz repeats the story of the children of a Gaza family shot in front of their home by Israeli soldiers; Phil Weiss give a moving account of the international solidarity expressed after the onslaught on Gaza; and Horowitz reads from Naomi Klein’s introduction.

The Goldstone Report, Part ONE – G. Bisharat & A. Horowitz

In the spring of 2009, South African judge Richard Goldstone set out on a mission to the Gaza Strip to investigate possible war crimes committed during Israel’s invasion. His report is one of the most controversial and historic documents published on Israel and Palestine. Adam Horowitz, Lizzy Ratner and Philip Weiss published their comments in 2011 by Nation Books.

Michael Parenti: BURNING OF BOOKS

The burning of books creates a powerful symbol, to this day people kill and die over such an action. In this reading from Michael Parenti’s History as Mystery a book burning story is told that is deeper, and maintained for centuries longer than any of these efforts before or after. Parenti discloses who the biggest purveyor of book burnings of the last two millennia was and how the real perpetrators and academics tried to shift the blame.

Michael Parenti: PSYCHO-HISTORY

An Extension of the popular REAL HISTORY Project
A considerable number of historians, political scientists and psychologists have begun to rely on psychology to explain political phenomena. They treat individuals as driven by covert, personal emotions, distorting our understanding of political life. Using the examples of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and US President Herbert Hoover Parenti proves what is wrong with that analysis.


Today’s last of four program presents important information on the plight of the children of Chernobyl who – to this day – need vacations in uncontaminated areas to detoxify their bodies from some of the embedded radioactive substances that they absorb in every day life. Also explained is how to set up ongoing measures, under control of local communities, to deal with the persisting radiation and find methods to measure the burden of internal radiation.


This program presents the consequences of the Chernobyl explosion on the environment. How has the radiation affected – and continues to affect air, water, the soil, plants and animals. How does radiation move, disperse, bio-accumulate and enter the food chain. Specific examples are from studies on rivers and lakes, wild and domestic animals, birds, fish, fungi, bacteria, viruses, studies that show that they were all affected, in varying degrees, but without exception.


The extensive section on health effects in this book offers a whole new view of the consequences of radiation induced disease that affect body systems such as the whole endocrine system, not just the thyroid, or the immune system, the respiratory and the reproductive systems. Also a brief explanation of “half life” “hot spots” and why background radiation is different from radiation from nuclear processes.


Instead of honoring its victims at this time Chernobyl is referenced to minimize the impact of Fukuchima.
Supposedly only 35 people died. The World Health Organization and the IAEA, whose mission is to promote nuclear power, claim that “there is no scientific evidence of increases in overall cancer incidence or mortality rates or in rates of non-malignant disorders that could be related to radiation exposure from Chernobyl.”
That the reality on the ground is very different comes to life in a book, Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment.