Monthly Archives: March 2011

Madison,WI Judge Suspends Collectve Barganing Law

A Dane County Judge place a temporary injunction on Wisconsin’s new Collective bargaining law. Judge Maryann Sumi issued the injunction  which was requested by Dane County States Attorney Ismael Ozanne. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order Friday, barring the publication of a controversial new law that would sharply curtail collective bargaining for public employees.

Sumi’s order will prevent Secretary of State Doug La Follette from publishing the law until she can rule on the merits of the case. Dane County Ismael Ozanne is seeking to block the law because he says a legislative committee violated the state’s open meetings law.

Sumi said Ozanne was likely to succeed on the merits.

“It seems to me the public policy behind effective enforcement of the open meeting  law is so strong that it does outweigh the interest, at least at this time, which may exist in favor of sustaining the validity of the (law),” she said.

The judge’s finding – at least for now – is a setback to Republican Gov. Scott Walker and a victory for opponents, who have spent weeks in the Capitol to protest the bill.

Asst. Atty. Gen Steven Means, who was part of the state’s legal team, said after the ruling that “we disagree with it.”

“And the reason they have appellate courts is because circuit court judges make errors and they have in this case.”

Means said the state would “entertain an appeal.”

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France, Brittan and US Launch a No-Fly Zone in Libya

After a month of attacks on the rebels by Supreme Leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi NATO  forces launched missile attacks in Libya while creating a No Fly Zone. Led by France, The United Kingdom and the Obama Administration Began on Friday lobbing cruise missile into Tripoli. From Reuters:

The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution endorsing a no-fly zone to halt government troops now around 100 km (60 miles) from Benghazi. It also authorised “all necessary measures” — code for military action — to protect civilians against Gaddafi’s forces.

But time was clearly running short for the city that has been the heart of Libya’s revolution.

Residents said the Libyan air force unleashed three air raids on the city of 670,000 on Thursday and there has been fierce fighting along the Mediterranean coastal road as Gaddafi moves to crush the month-old insurrection.

Japanese Quake Causes Explosions at Nuke Plant

Friday’s 9.0 Earthquake ( The quake Richter Scale revise up from 8.9 on Sunday.) causes Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant four explosions on Saturday, Sunday,  Monday and Tuesday. Sending fears of a meltdown throughout  Japan and the rest of  World. From London Daily Mail:

The Japanese nuclear reactor hit by the tsunami went into ‘meltdown’ today, as officials admitted that fuel rods appear to be melting inside three damaged reactors.

There is a risk that molten nuclear fuel can melt through the reactor’s safety barriers and cause a serious radiation leak.

There have already been explosions inside two over-heating reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, and the fuel rods inside a third were partially exposed as engineers desperately fight to keep them cool after the tsunami knocked out systems.

Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said it was ‘highly likely’ that the fuel rods inside all three stricken reactors are melting.
Some experts class that a partial meltdown of the reactor, but others would only use that term for when molten nuclear fuel melts through a reactor’s inner chamber – but not through the outer containment shell.

As fuel rods melt, they form an extremely hot molten pool at the bottom of the reactor that can melt through even the toughest of containment barriers.

Japan is fighting to avoid a nuclear catastrophe after the tsunami. There was a hydrogen explosion at the reactor in Unit Three of the power station earlier today, in which eleven workers were hurt by the blast that was felt 25 miles away.

The reactor at Unit One of Fukushima exploded on Saturday, blowing several walls away but engineers said the core was still contained. The fuel rods in the reactor in Unit Two of the plant were partially exposed from their coolant today – which also increases the risk of meltdown.

Engineers have been fighting to keep the reactors under control after the tsunami knocked out emergency coolant systems on Friday.

Meanwhile Some are worrying about Nuclear Fallout reaching Canada and the US. From AFP via Prison Planet:

California is closely monitoring efforts to contain leaks from a quake-damaged Japanese nuclear plant, a spokesman said Saturday, as experts said radiation could be blown out across the Pacific.

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“At present there is no danger to California. However we are monitoring the situation closely in conjunction with our federal partners,” Michael Sicilia, spokesman for California Department of Public Health, told AFP.

“California does have radioactivity monitoring systems in place for air, water and the food supply and can enhance that monitoring if a danger exists,” he added.

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Experts have suggested that, if there were a reactor meltdown or major leak at Fukushima, the radioactive cloud would likely be blown out east across the Pacific, towards the US West Coast.

Meanwhile more than half million people are being evacuated from Northeast Japan. From Stuff New Zealand:

The (Japanese) government warned those still in the 20km evacuation zone to stay indoors. TEPCO said 11 people had been injured in the blast yesterday.

Kyodo News said 200,000 people had now been evacuated from the zone, joining more than 450,000 other evacuees from quake and tsunami-hit areas in the northeast.

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Gaddafi Regains Control in Libya

Libyan Leader Col. Muammar  Gaddafi is regaining control in Libya and now seeking weapons to quash the rebellion. From The London Daily Telegraph :

(British Prime Minister David Cameron wants a No-fly-zone over Libya  and frustrated a the US and NATO allies won’t carry out the zone and rebel are begging for help:)

For the first time, Mr Cameron hinted that Britain was sympathetic to calls for the West, or Arab neighbours, to give military aid to rebels despite a blanket UN embargo on arms exports to Libya.

“On arming the rebels, we should not exclude any possibility,” he said.

However, he added: “Clearly when you’ve got an arms embargo put in place by the UN, you have a legal difficulty.”

Mr Cameron also called on the international community to do more to police the existing arms embargo on Libya to prevent Gaddafi acquiring new weapons.

“There are signs he is seeking additional armaments right now,” he said.

The absence of a no-fly zone has allowed Col. Gaddafi’s private jet, a French-built Dassault Falcon, registration 5A-DCN, to fly in and out of Belarus on suspected sanctions busting missions to shift assets or buy weapons.

Hugh Griffiths, of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), suggested that the plane had carried hard assets, such as diamonds, to buy weaponry.

Breaking News:8.9 Earthquake Rattles Japan 18 People Dead Scores of Injured Devistation All Around

On Friday Japan was rocked 8.9 earthquake. The temblor cause a tsunami which swept away cars, roads, bridges. The temblor center  near Sendai in Northern Japan.The quake was felt throughout the  Island kingdom. an oil refinery east of Tokyo in Chiba prefecture exploded and  caught on fire. Boats capsized leaning on its side. This quake is the strongest to shake Japan since 1900.  From Wall Street Journal:

A devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 rocked Japan Friday afternoon, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes, killing at least five and triggering a 10-meter tsunami that violently swept away cars and other objects in its path and shutting down phone lines and transportation in most parts of the country.

The quake was originally reported at a magnitude of 7.9 but was later upgraded to 8.9. That makes it the fifth largest recorded world-wide since 1900, according to the U.S. Geological Service, larger than the 7.9-magnitude Great Kanto Earthquake that devastated Tokyo in 1923 or the 6.8 magnitude quake that hit Kobe in 1995.

The quake caused mass panic around Tokyo, where workers evacuated their buildings and power was cut off at 4.1 million households in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures. The natural disaster could derail the country’s nascent economic recovery and increase Japan’s already massive public debt, which is 200% of gross domestic product. An emergency cabinet meeting is being held, after which Prime Minister Naoto Kan will address the nation.

The quake that’s on  fault line in the Pacific Ocean 20 miles below the earth surface. From BBC World Service:

It struck about 250 miles (400km) from the capital at a depth of 20 miles. There have been powerful aftershocks.

The tremor hit at 1446 local time (0546 GMT). Seismologists say it is one of the largest earthquakes to hit Japan for many years.

The tsunami warning was extended to the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Pacific coast of Russia and Hawaii.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the wave could extend as far as Chile.

Tsunami waves hit Japan’s Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, officials said, damaging dozens of coastal communities.

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Pray for Japan!!!!

Gaddafi Standing Firm; His Troops Continue Attack Rebels

Libyan leader  Col. Moammar Gaddafi standing pat resisting the rebels. From ABC News:

Col. Moammar Gadhafi and his supporters pressed their advantage on the battlefield today as they hammered rebel positions in the east.

They attacked the opposition in Ras Lanouf and Bin Jawad from the air and on the ground using tanks, artillery and rocket fire. The rebels fired back, but they were ultimately outmatched by Gadhafi’s supporters.

The advance has been stopped for now, and regaining the momentum they lost won’t be easy. The opposition forces are faltering because they are lacking several things that Gadhafi’s army has.

The rebels lack strong, central leadership. Several tribes are vying for power, and although fighters are highly motivated, they are also poorly trained.

“I met a guy, he’s a hairdresser,” said one member of the opposition. “I mean, I don’t know, we have another guy, he’s a farmer.”

They also had problems supplying their efforts.

When the rebels attempted to bring the fight to Tripoli, the Libyan capital, they had trouble keeping up a steady supply of food, ammunition and well-rested fighters.

The opposition has also been no match for Gadhafi’s firepower. Despite their early success using smaller weapons, the closer they got to Gadhafi’s stronghold, the more they were beaten back by heavy artillery and fighter jets.

This comes after Gaddafi attack the oil reserves and cut the output from a million barrels to half a million barrels of oil a day.

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Wisconsin GOP had Enough Split Labor Bill From Finance Bill

Wisconsin state Senator had enough brinkmanship and split the collective bargaining reform from the finance bills on setting off a firestorm with the public employees unions. From AP:

The nearly month-long standoff in the Wisconsin Legislature over explosive union rights legislation rocketed toward a dramatic finish Thursday after Senate Republicans outmaneuvered their missing Democratic counterparts and pushed through the bill.

The dramatic turn of events late Wednesday set up a perfunctory vote Thursday morning in the Assembly on the measure that would strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from most public workers. Once the bill passes the Assembly, it heads to Republican Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

Within hours after the Senate passed the bill, a crowd of hundreds of protesters grew to about 7,000 in the Capitol, a crowd as large as any seen inside the building over three weeks of demonstrations.

“The whole world is watching!” protesters shouted as they pressed up against the heavily guarded entrance to the Senate chamber.

Meanwhile Gov. Scott Walker who beg, plead and willing to offered concession to the Senate Democrats applauded the vote. Also from AP:

Walker says the Democrats were offered repeated opportunities to come home, which they refused.

Walker said: “In order to move the state forward, I applaud the Legislature’s action today to stand up to the status quo and take a step in the right direction to balance the budget and reform government.”

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