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Japan Finally Admits The Truth: “Right Now, We Have An Emergency At Fukushima”

Tepco is struggling to contain the highly radioactive water that is seeping into the ocean near Fukushima. 







The head of Japan’s NRA, Shinji Kinjo exclaimed, “right now, we have an emergency,”as he noted the contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier and is rising toward the surface – exceeding the limits of radioactive discharge. 






In a rather outspoken comment for the typically stoic Japanese, Kinjo said Tepco’s “sense of crisis was weak,” adding that “this is why you can’t just leave it up to Tepco alone” to grapple with the ongoing disaster.



As Reuters notes, Tepco has been accused of covering up shortcomings and has been lambasted for its ineptness in the response and while the company says it is taking actions to contain the leaks, Kinjo fears if the water reaches the surface “it would flow extremely fast,” with some suggesting as little as three weeks until this critical point.








Via Reuters:


Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushi…

SUPER TUNNELS : THE SINALOA CARTEL ENGINEERING MARVELS ALONG THE SAN DIEGO BORDER

Annals of Excavation
AUGUST 3, 2015 ISSUE


Underworld
How the Sinaloa drug cartel digs its tunnels.
BY MONTE REEL




TABLE OF CONTENTS




San Diego is “a candy store for smugglers,” a Tunnel Task Force agent said.
CREDIT ILLUSTRATION BY PAUL ROGERS







At 8:52 P.M. on July 11th, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the drug kingpin known as El Chapo, sat on the bed of his cell in Altiplano, Mexico’s only super maximum-security prison.



 Surveillance footage appears to show a small screen glowing on a table nearby—inmates are not allowed cell phones, but this rule is not always enforced. Guzmán changed his shoes, walked to a shower area in the corner of the cell, and knelt behind a waist-high concrete partition, out of view of security cameras. Six seconds later, he was gone.




A rough-edged opening, about twenty inches square, had been cut into the floor. According to Mexico’s national security commissioner, Guzmán climbed into the hole and down a ladder, entering a 4,921-foot-long tunnel. Fluorescent lights hung from a ce…

Say goodbye to the weirdest border dispute in the world

By Adam Taylor
August 1 







Just after midnight Saturday, one of the most perplexing border disputes in the world officially ended. 


India and Bangladesh began the exchange of over 160 enclaves – small areas of sovereignty completely surrounded on all sides by another country – and in so doing ended a dispute that has lasted almost 70 years.




This act will have a major effect on the lives of more than 50,000 people who resided in these enclaves in Cooch Behar. 



Where they had been surrounded by a country they didn't have citizenship in for decades, now they will finally gain access to things like schools, electricity and health care.



For curious cartographers and others obsessed with geopolitical oddities, however, it's an end of an era. 



The exchange between India and Bangladesh means that the world will not only lose one of its most unique borders, but it will also lose the only third-order enclave in the world – an enclave surrounded by an enclave surrounded by an enclave surrounded b…

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

MATTHEW SPEISER


Jul. 27, 2015, 2:17 PM

















Colin Woodward and Tufts/Brian Stauffer
















In his fourth book, "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America," award-winning author Colin Woodard identifies 11 distinct cultures that have historically divided the US.






"The country has been arguing about a lot of fundamental things lately including state roles and individual liberty,"  Woodard, a Maine native who won the 2012 George Polk Award for investigative reporting, told Business Insider.




"[But] in order to have any productive conversation on these issues,"he added,"you need to know where you come from. Once you know where you are coming from it will help move the conversation forward."








Here's how Woodard describes each nation:



Yankeedom

Encompassing the entire Northeast north of New York City and spreading through Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, Yankeedom values education, intellectual achievement, communal empowerme…