Indian Point’s Final Days Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Earth Matters: Indian Point’s Final Days – Nyack News and Views

by Barbara Puff

Indian Point has been the crown jewel of the nuclear industrialist complex and closing it is a big step to a sustainable energy future. — Susan Shapiro, environmental lawyer.

When scientists began exploring nuclear power in the 1950s, pollsters didn’t ask the public their opinion as support was almost unanimous. By the ’60s, there had been a few protests and opposition increased to 25%. So when Indian Point opened on September 16, 1962, it was greeted with enthusiasm, fanfare, and, in hindsight, naivete.

Within a few years, increased pollution, loss of wildlife, and accidents at the plant elicited concern. In response, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Riverkeeper were formed in 1966. After incidents at Three Mile Island in 1979 and Chernobyl in 1986, public opinion began to turn against the use of nuclear power.

In 1984, her first year as a legislator, Harriet Cornell formed the Citizens Commission to Close Indian Plant. A glance at her press releases over the years shows her convictions regarding closing the plant. In a recent speech she noted: “Were it not for the superhuman efforts of concerned individuals and dedicated scientific and environmental organizations focusing attention on the dangers posed by Indian Point, who knows what might have happened during the last 40+ years.”

Simultaneously Riverkeeper began documenting incidents, including:

1 An antiquated water-cooling system killed over a billion fish and fish larvae annually.

2 Pools holding spent nuclear fuel leaked toxic, radioactive water into the ground, soil, and Hudson River.

3 Recurring emergency shut-downs.

4 27% of the baffle bolts in Unit 2 and 31% in Unit 3, holding the reactor core together, were damaged.

5 The plant was vulnerable to terrorist attack.

6 Evacuation plans were implausible.

7 No solution for spent nuclear fuel, posing the risk of radioactive release and contamination of land.

8 The plant was near two seismic zones, suggesting an earthquake over 6.2 could devastate the area.

9 Asbestos exposure.

These and other issues led the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to rate Indian Point in 2000 as the most trouble-plagued plant in the country. Lamont-Doherty Observatory agreed, calling it the most dangerous plant in the nation.

As individuals realized the seriousness of the situation, urgency for a solution grew and Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition was formed in 2001. Comprised of public interest, health advocates, environmental and citizen groups, their goals were to educate the public, pass legislation, and form a grassroots campaign with hundreds of local, state, and federal officials.

Clearwater also began monitoring the plant around that time. Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Action Director, recalls, “We were concerned when one of the planes that struck the WTC flew over the plant, including several buildings that hold huge fuel pools, filled with spent fuel rods and radioactive waste.” Had anything happened, the nuclear power industry had provided protection for themselves while neglecting surrounding communities. Powerful lobbyists, backed by considerable financing, induced Congress to pass the Price-Anderson Act in 1957. This legislation protected nuclear power plant companies from full liability in the event of an accident, natural disaster or terrorist attack.

With such warnings, it’s hard to believe as late as 2010, The New York Times stated, “No one should be hoping for a too hasty shutdown.” Over time, the cost of litigation by New York State proved more fatal to the continuance of plant operations than protests, though they were a crucial factor and led to initial filings. Attorney General Schneiderman was very active in filing contentions, legal reasons the plant shouldn’t be relicensed, and won several important court cases on high-level radioactive storage.

In 2016, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation denied Entergy a discharge permit for hot water into the Hudson River, part of their once-through cooling system. This permit was necessary for continued operation of the plant and a requirement for relicensing. The New York State Department of State, Bureau of Coastal Management, denied Entergy a water quality certificate the same year, which it also needed to relicense. After more than four decades of danger to the environment and residents, Governor Cuomo announced in January 2017 the plant would finally be closing. Unit 2 would cease production on April 30, 2020 and Unit 3 would end productivity on April 30, 2021.

Later that year, in March 2017, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board allowed Entergy to renew the plant’s licenses until 2021, dismissing final points of contention between the company, New York State, and Riverkeeper. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino attempted to sue the state and reopen the plant in April 2017 but failed.

Ellen Jaffee, NYS Assemblywoman, stated, “After 46 years of operation, I am glad to finally see the closure of Indian Point. Since joining the Assembly, I have long fought for its closure. I would not have been able to pursue these efforts if not for the environmental advocates, like the Riverkeeper, who fought long and hard beside myself to close the plant. The plant’s closure must be conducted in a safe manner, where all radioactive materials will be properly disposed of, without inflicting further harm on our environment. The closure of Indian Point shows that we can reduce our impact on the environment.”

Harriet Cornell said, “We have waited years for this to happen and frankly, it can’t happen soon enough. The facts have long shown there is no future for this dangerous plant.”

“The closure of Indian Point marks the shutdown of dirty polluting energy,” noted Susan Shapiro.

Holtec, the company chosen to oversee decommissioning of the plant, has a horrific track record. New York State Attorney General Tish James released a statement in January expressing multiple grave concerns about them. According to Riverkeeper, they have a scandalous corporate past, little experience in decommissioning, dubious skills in spent fuel management, workplace safety infractions, and health violations. Another fear is the cost will exceed a decommissioning fund set aside by Entergy, Holtec will declare bankruptcy, and the public will absorb the difference.

“Entergy made huge profits from Indian Point,” said Manna Jo Greene. “They’ve hired Holtec, a company with a poor record of decommissioning, to complete the work. Entergy plans to declare bankruptcy, thereby having taxpayers foot the bill. We are not out of danger. It is a different danger.”

Richard Webster, Legal Program Director at Riverkeeper, adds, “Decommissioning must be done promptly, safely and reliably. Selling to Holtec is the worst possible option, because it has a dubious history of bribes, lies, and risk taking, very limited experience in decommissioning, is proposing to raid the decommissioning fund for its own benefit, and is proposing leaving contaminated groundwater to run into the Hudson River.”

State Senator David Carlucci warned, “The NRC Inspector General Report shows there is much to be done by the NRC to gain the confidence of myself and the public, as the commission is charged with overseeing the decommissioning of Indian Point and ensuring the health and safety of Hudson Valley Communities. We demand answers from NRC Chairman Kristine Svinicki. The Chairman needs to come to the Hudson Valley immediately and outline the steps being taken to address our safety and explain how the commission will properly inspect and guard the pipeline near Indian Point moving forward.”

One of the gravest dangers in decommissioning is the storage of spent fuel rods. A fuel rod is a long, zirconium tube containing pellets of uranium, a fissionable material which provides fuel for nuclear reactors. Fuel rods are assembled into bundles called fuel assemblies, which are loaded individually into a reactor core. Fuel rods last about six years. When they’re spent and removed they are placed in wet storage, or pools of water, which is circulated to reduce temperature and provide shielding from radiation. They remain in these pools for 10 years, as they are too hot to be placed in dry storage, or canisters. Even in dry storage, though, they remain extremely radioactive, with high levels of plutonium, which is toxic, and continue to generate heat for decades and remain radioactive for 10,000 years.

“Elected officials and government groups became involved once they understood the fatal environmental dangers nuclear energy creates for millenium,” said Susan Shapiro. “It is the only energy that produces waste so dangerous that governments must own and dispose of it.”

Robert Kennedy, Jr., of Waterkeeper, explained “If those spent fuel rods caught on fire, if the water dropped, the zirconium coatings of the spent fuel rods would combust. You would release 37 times the amount of radiation that was released at Chernobyl. Around Chernobyl there are 100 miles that are permanently uninhabitable. I would include the workplaces, homes of 20 million Americans, including the Financial District. There’s no evacuation plan. And it’s sitting on two of the biggest earthquake faults in the northeast.”

On April 24, 2020, Beyond Indian Point Campaign was launched to advocate for a safe transition during decommissioning. Sponsored by AGREE, Frack Action, Riverkeeper, NIRS and Food and Water Watch, they’re demanding Cuomo hire another company, opposing a license transfer before the State Public Service Commission and NRC and pushing state legislation to establish a board to supervise the decommissioning fund. When decommissioning is finished Beyond Indian Point hopes to further assist the community in the transition to renewable energy. These include wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydrothermal power. Sign an online petition on their website to support their work, future generations and earth at, Facebook, or Twitter.

“Bravo to everyone involved in making this historic day come to pass,” said Susan Shapiro.

Raised in the Midwest, Barbara Puff is a writer who lives in Nyack, NY.

Antichrist’s latest move shakes up Iraq’s political landscape

Supporters hold a banner with the picture of Muqtada al-Sadr in a spontaneous rally after preliminary results of the Iraqi 2018 elections were announced showing Muqtada al-Sadr has become the unexpected frontrunner. (Photo: H. Mizban/AP)
Supporters hold a banner with the picture of Muqtada al-Sadr in a spontaneous rally after preliminary results of the Iraqi 2018 elections were announced showing Muqtada al-Sadr has become the unexpected frontrunner. (Photo: H. Mizban/AP)

Sadr’s latest move shakes up Iraq’s political landscape

The question is whether the KDP and the Al-Siyada will decide to work with the SCF to form the next government and whether they will participate in that government.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Sadrist Movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr ordered the closure of all aside from six of his movement’s offices “at the current stage” on Sunday following the resignation of all his movement’s 73 members of parliament earlier in the day.

Sadr called on Hassan al-Adhari, the head of the Sadrist bloc in parliament, to submit the resignations of his bloc’s deputies.

The Holy Shrine Foundation, the Martyr’s Office, Sadr’s Office, the Antiquities Body, the Solid Structure Project, and the Martyr Museum are the six offices Sadr decided to keep open.

Sadr previously said that submitting the resignations was “a sacrifice on my part for the country and the people to rid them of an unknown fate.”

Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Mohammed Al-Halbousi, “reluctantly” accepted the resignations of the 73 Sadrist members of the Iraqi Parliament on Sunday.

In a tweet, Halbousi said that upon “the desire of His Eminence, Muqtada al-Sadr, we reluctantly accepted the requests of our brothers and sisters, the Sadrist bloc’s representatives, to resign from the Iraqi parliament.”

The tripartite Saving the Homeland coalition, consisting of the Sadrist Movement, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), and the Al-Siyada alliance, had nominated Jaafar al-Sadr as its candidate for the Iraqi presidency. Al-Sadr tweeted on Monday that he had accepted the candidacy “in support of his national reform project, and now is the time to apologize and withdraw.”

“Thank you to His Eminence and the Saving the Homeland Alliance for their trust,” he added.

Hours before submitting the resignation of the Sadrist MPs, Muqtada al-Sadr phoned the leaders of the KDP and Al-Siyada to inform them about his final decision.

“We respect the decision of His Eminence Muqtada al-Sadr, and we will follow up on subsequent developments,” KDP President Masoud Barzani tweeted on Monday.

“I received a call from His Eminence Muqtada al-Sadr, and I expressed my full respect and appreciation for the great sacrifice made by the Sadrist movement for the sake of the country and for reforming the political process,” Al-Siyada Alliance leader Khamis Khanjar tweeted on Sunday.

Khanjar pointed out that “addressing the sins of the political system in Iraq is a national necessity on which we agree with everyone who believes in the homeland, and we will continue our dialogues for this goal.”

Sadr’s move came amidst a prolonged stalemate over government formation between his Saving the Homeland Alliance and its rival, the Shiite Coordination Framework (SCF), which consists primarily of Iran-backed parties.

The political parties under the SCF called for an urgent meeting at the residence of its leader, Hadi al-Amiri, to discuss the dramatic political development.

Following the resignation of the Sadrist Movement’s parliamentarians, the followers of Sadr took to the streets of Baghdad later on Sunday for a rally attended by thousands of people to show support for Sadr.

The rally alarmed Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Khadimi’s caretaker government. The prime minister ordered security forces to be on standby for any physical escalation of the political tensions in Baghdad.

Political observers warn that the mass resignation of Sadrist MPs has significant ramifications for parliament. They expect SCF members and their allies will fill these 73 vacant seats.

Under the relevant laws, the remaining candidates with the most votes will replace the resigned Sadrist MPs.

The coming days and weeks will determine if the political parties under the SCF will have enough seats to form a government on their own or if they will still need support from the KDP and the Al-Siyada Alliance to form a new government.

The question is whether the KDP and the Al-Siyada will decide to work with the SCF to form the next government and whether they will participate in that government.

Babylon the Great comes under attack in Iraq

US military convoy comes under attack in Iraq

US military convoy comes under attack in Iraq

TEHRAN, Jun. 12 (MNA) – Iraqi news sources on Sunday reported that a military logistics convoy belonging to the army of the United States was targeted in Iraq.

Jun 12, 2022, 3:40 PM

The convoy was targeted in the Samarra region located in the Iraqi province of Saladin, according to Sabreen News.

No groups or individuals have yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Following the Iraqi parliament’s decision to expel foreign troops from the country and Baghdad’s delay in doing so, US coalition logistics convoys are targeted by roadside bombs several times a week, sometimes several times a day.

Recently, several US logistics convoys were attacked in various provinces of Iraq, including Baghdad, Dhi Qar, and Saladin.

Iraqi groups insist that the Iraqi government must expel foreign troops from Iraq, following a resolution passed by the Iraqi parliament.


Global nuclear arsenal to grow for first time since Cold War: Revelation 16

Handout of a mushroom cloud rises with ships below during Operation Crossroads nuclear weapons test on Bikini Atoll

Global nuclear arsenal to grow for first time since Cold War, think-tank says

June 12, 20224:35 PM MDTLast Updated a day ago

STOCKHOLM, June 13 (Reuters) – The global nuclear arsenal is expected to grow in the coming years for the first time since the Cold War while the risk of such weapons being used is the greatest in decades, a leading conflict and armaments think-tank said on Monday.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Western support for Kyiv has heightened tensions among the world’s nine nuclear-armed states, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) think-tank said in a new set of research.

While the number of nuclear weapons fell slightly between January 2021 and January 2022, SIPRI said that unless immediate action was taken by the nuclear powers, global inventories of warheads could soon begin rising for the first time in decades.

“All of the nuclear-armed states are increasing or upgrading their arsenals and most are sharpening nuclear rhetoric and the role nuclear weapons play in their military strategies,” Wilfred Wan, Director of SIPRI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Programme, said in the think-tank’s 2022 yearbook.

“This is a very worrying trend.”

Three days after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, which the Kremlin calls a “special military operation”, President Vladimir Putin put Russia’s nuclear deterrent on high alert.

He has also warned of consequences that would be “such as you have never seen in your entire history” for countries that stood in Russia’s way.

Russia has the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal with a total of 5,977 warheads, some 550 more than the United States. The two countries possess more than 90% of the world’s warheads, though SIPRI said China was in the middle of an expansion with an estimated more than 300 new missile silos.

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SIPRI said the global number of nuclear warheads fell to 12,705 in January 2022 from 13,080 in January 2021. An estimated 3,732 warheads were deployed with missiles and aircraft, and around 2,000 – nearly all belonging to Russia or the United States – were kept in a state of high readiness.

“Relations between the world’s great powers have deteriorated further at a time when humanity and the planet face an array of profound and pressing common challenges that can only be addressed by international cooperation,” SIPRI board chairman and former Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said.

Antichrist’s Sadrist lawmakers resign from parliament

Iraqi Shia Sadrist lawmakers resign from parliament

12 June ,2022: 08:29 PM GST

Lawmakers from the Sadrist bloc in Iraq’s parliament resigned on Sunday after their leader, powerful Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, asked them to step down amid a prolonged stalemate over forming a government.

Sadr’s party was the biggest winner in an October general election, increasing the number of seats it holds in parliament to 73. But political disagreement among parties have hindered the parliament from electing a president and forming a government.

Sadr, a populist who has positioned himself as a staunch opponent of both Iran and the US, said in a handwritten statement that his request to lawmakers to resign was “a sacrifice from me for the country and the people to rid them of the unknown destiny”.

Soon after, the parliamentary speaker accepted the resignations.

In a video shown on Iraq’s state news agency INA, Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi was seen signing the lawmakers’ resignations.

Palestinian man succumbs to injuries suffered during Israeli raid outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

Palestinian man succumbs to injuries suffered during Israeli raid in occupied West Bank

Saturday, 11 June 2022 8:40 PM  [ Last Update: Saturday, 11 June 2022 8:40 PM ]

A Palestinian man has succumbed to the injuries he suffered during a raid by the Israeli forces near the city of Jenin in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The 37-year-old, identified as Samih Jamal Amarneh, died of his wounds at a Ramallah area hospital on Saturday, the official Palestinian Wafa news agency reported, citing the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, issued a statement later the same day, condemning the killing of the Palestinian man by Israeli forces.

The movement hailed the bravery of the Palestinian freedom fighters in Jenin, emphasizing that the blood of Palestinian martyrs would ignite a new intifada against the Israeli crimes.

“Israel’s cold-blooded killing of Palestinians, which violates all international laws and the international humanitarian law, will boost the Palestinians’ strength and determination to fight the occupation,” Hamas added.

Amarneh was injured during a June 2 assault by the Israeli forces on the town of Ya’bad, located 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of Jenin during confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers who raided the town to demolish the residence of Dia Hamarsheh. Hamarsheh was killed after an armed conflict with Israeli forces in Bani Brak, near Tel Aviv.

According to the Palestine Information Center, the raid saw more than 300 Israeli forces’ attacking the house of Hamarsheh. The swoop against Hamarsheh’s residence saw the Israeli forces killing a Palestinian youth, identified as 24-year-old Bilal Kabha. More than six other people were injured, including Amarneh during demolition of Hamarsheh’s house.

Israeli forces kill 1, injure 6 in attack on Palestinian town near Jenin

The Palestinian Authority and the Gaza Strip-based Palestinian Hamas resistance movement denounced the raid at the time, with Hamas’ spokesman Abdul-Latif Qanu saying, “The blood of the martyrs fuels the Palestinian people’s revolution, which will not stop until realizing its goals that are freedom and return to their homes.”

Dozens of Palestinians have died since the beginning of the year during attacks by Israeli forces in and around Jenin.

This has turned the city into a focal point of Palestinians’ protests in favor of their cause of liberation from Israeli occupation and aggression.

On the brink of the first nuclear war: Revelation 8

China, India and Pakistan on the brink – The Diplomat

China, India and Pakistan on the brink – The Diplomat

This spring, as snow melts in the high border of the Himalayas between India, China and Pakistan, threatens the long-standing threat of crisis or even war. We, the co-chairs of one new study group report from the United States Institute of Peacefinds that too few in US national security and foreign policy circles understand how dangerous this region has become, how regional dynamics have changed over the past many years, and what more Washington should do in response.

This is the only region in the world where three nuclear-armed states share controversial and often violent borders, and where two nuclear powers – India and Pakistan – have launched air strikes on each other’s territories. All three powers are investing massively in their armed forces, deepening their border defenses and expanding their nuclear arsenals and delivery systems. While we hope that these investments will increase deterrence and encourage restraint, we consider the opposite to be more likely.

Fortunately, in stark contrast to Vladimir Putin, the leaders of China, India and Pakistan all seem to appreciate the risks and costs of war. No one is hell-bent on territorial conquest, at least not yet. That said, nationalism is a potent force throughout the region, and one that these states are likely to find easier to incite than limit. 

The deterrence logic also dictates that Beijing, Islamabad and New Delhi experience huge costs of looking weak along their borders. The fear of encouraging adventurousness or bullying of neighbors makes nations more likely to escalate strife in ways that risk turning smaller skirmishes into big fights. In 2019, terrorist attacks in India, claimed by a Pakistani-based device, triggered retaliatory airstrikes into Pakistan, followed by Pakistani reprisals in India. In 2020, deadly hand-to-hand combat between Indian and Chinese border patrols caused both sides to send tanks and artillery in close contact on high mountain plateaus. These heavy forces are no longer facing each other, but they remain stationed near the border in high alert and can accelerate the escalation of the next China-India flare-up. Accidents, such as the misfire in March 2022 of an Indian hypersonic cruise missile into Pakistani territory, add unpredictability to the mix.

US interests in the region are also changing. Like its recent predecessors, the Biden administration views India as an important strategic partner in intensifying geopolitical competition with China. Washington may have no direct stake in the specific solution to the China-India border dispute, but it has a clear and stated interest in India’s security and in deterring Chinese territorial aggression. 

That said, when New Delhi responds to attacks inside India backed by Pakistan-based terrorists or to cross-border aggression from Beijing, US support for India should be structured to reduce the risk of crisis escalation and lay the groundwork for greater stability rather than faster regional arms race. 

As China moves closer to Pakistan, India must take the prospect of a two-front crisis seriously, whether it is because Beijing and Islamabad coordinate their moves, because they opportunistically seize the advantage of India’s distracted focus, or out of sheer coincidence. Paradoxically, by moving closer to India, the United States is accentuating Pakistani perceptions of American abandonment and raising China’s alert to what Beijing perceives as a budding alliance with China, which is driving Beijing and Islamabad even closer.

To play a constructive role in the midst of such complicated regional relations and sometimes conflicting U.S. goals, U.S. policy makers should begin working to better anticipate and respond to potential nuclear crises in South Asia. The intelligence community should be asked to perform routine game exercises; the administration should develop a generalized policy handbook for India-Pakistan, China-India and overlapping China-India-Pakistan crises; and insights from these planning documents should be shared with future senior officials in relevant U.S. government agencies, embassies, and combatant commands. 

Washington should also work to improve real-time information sharing capabilities and crisis communication networks with and among all three nuclear states in South Asia. U.S. intelligence and police officials should be prepared to share information with regional actors – and publicly, if necessary – to combat misinformation in cases where it may prevent or de-escalate a conflict. They should continue and step up their efforts to help New Delhi improve the resilience of its information and communication channels to cyber and other threats and build on intelligence-sharing initiatives with India. U.S. diplomats should also coordinate with trusted third parties, such as the United Kingdom, France, and the UAE, so that they can serve as intermediaries and honest mediators in future crises.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Moscow’s not so veiled nuclear threats is a timely reminder that the nuclear taboo cannot be taken for granted. Even as this war continues, Washington should not lose sight of its frightening consequences for South Asia, or underestimate how an escalation of the region’s smoldering territorial conflicts between heavily armed nuclear states could quickly move from a spark to a devastating fire.