John LaForge

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John LaForge is on the staff of Nukewatch a peace and nuclear watchdog group in Wisconsin.

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Mon. Jun. 11th, 2012

Fukushima Contamination Vast & Persistent

John LaForge

There is relentless news from the global radiation disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex. Yet if commercial media don’t ignore it entirely, it tends to downplay the instability plaguing the three destroyed reactors, their leaking waste fuel pools, and the widespread and long-lasting contamination that has begun dramatically to corrupt the food chain.

Fri. Jun. 1st, 2012

Outraged over Atrocities, Unless They’re Ours

John LaForge

In the war fever being ramped up against Syria, there is broad public indignation over the massacre of over 100 civilians in the town of Houla last weekend. Would that the U.S. diplomatic corps and the commercial press were equally…

Fri. May. 18th, 2012

What’s NATO Ever Done?

John LaForge

Wondering why anyone would confront NATO’s May 2012 confab in Chicago? A look at some of its more well-known crimes might spark some indignation. Desecration of corpses, indiscriminate attacks, bombing of allied troops, torture of prisoners, and unaccountable drone war are a few of NATO’s outrages in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and else-where. On March 20, 2012, Pakistani lawmakers de

Fri. May. 11th, 2012

Lake Superior Barrels: Red Cliff’s Investigation

John LaForge

For three years in a row, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has announced its intention to recover 70 of the 1,457 barrels of Honeywell corporation waste secretly dumped into Lake Superior along the North Shore by the Army Corps of Engineers in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Technical problems, funding delays and complaints by the Army Corps caused postponements.

Thu. Apr. 26th, 2012

How many were killed by Chernobyl?

John LaForge

April 26, 2012, is the 26th anniversary of the radiation disaster at Chernobyl, in Ukraine 60 miles north of Kiev. The explosions and 40-day-long fire at Chernobyl’s reactor No. 4 dispersed between one and 9 billion curies of radiation across the whole of the planet earth. The UN called it the worst environmental catastrophe in human history, and until Fukushima, Japan became the second, Chernobyl was the only level 7 radiological disaster ever recognized by its 0-to-7 scale.

Thu. Apr. 19th, 2012

USS Enterprise in the Persian Gulf of Tonkin, Looks Like a “False Flag” Target

John LaForge

Two weeks before it happened April 9, a retired Navy friend told me the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise was going to the Persian Gulf. The former submariner told me the giant antique was nothing but a barely moving target, destined if not purposefully set in place to be a tinder box for war on Iran. “A couple of gun boats with big explosives would stagger that thing, and then you’ve got the Alamo, the Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, and the Gulf of Tonkin all over again,” he said.

Thu. Apr. 5th, 2012

Emergency Generators for Minnesota’s Reactors May Be Unworkable

John LaForge

Keeping nuclear reactors from running out of control and melting requires the circulation of cooling water at all times. Even when a reactor is “shut down” this cooling has to go on — powered by backup diesel generators — so that the ferociously hot uranium fuel in the reactor, and waste fuel in storage, is kept from burning through its containers a releasing its colossal store of barely pent-up radiation.

Thu. Mar. 8th, 2012

Fukushima Roulette, One Year On

John LaForge

It’s been a year since the reactor meltdowns and catastrophic radiation releases from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor complex, and news of their far-reaching consequences still makes headlines the world over. Radioactive hot spots are still being discovered far beyond the official 13-mile “exclusion” and 18-mile “cautionary” zo

Thu. Mar. 1st, 2012

U.S. Dirty War in Afghanistan a Self-Inflicted Nightmare

John LaForge

News from Afghanistan is impossible to reconcile with hope of success. The desecration of corpses by four Marines who were filmed last year urinating on what appear to be the bodies of three dead Taliban fighters, has justly caused rage...

Fri. Feb. 17th, 2012

Momma, Don’t Put These Guns in the Ground

John LaForge

Radioactive waste from nuclear reactors is so dangerous and for such an incomprehensible length of time that no permanent, safe location or technique has ever been found to isolate any of it. Radioactive wastes are produced at every stage of the uranium fuel chain: at mines, mills, chemical conversion and enrichment plants, during fuel fabrication and reprocessing. The most voluminous wastes are the 100 million tons of abandoned open-air uranium mill tailings in the western United States; the most dangerous are the ferociously radioactive used fuel rods.

Fri. Dec. 23rd, 2011

There is No Glory in Victory

John LaForge

Another U.S. Dirty War is fading away and can be summed up now that the president’s declared “mission accomplished” in Iraq.

Fri. Nov. 25th, 2011

Turds in the Holiday Punch Bowl

John LaForge

“listen to the general, every goddamn word / how many ways can you polish up a turd” - Tom Waits, “Hell broke Luce”