ずくなしの冷や水

2018年11月09日

木々と知り合う ナンジャモンジャ

春、花が咲くと木に雪が積もったように見える。ナンジャモンジャノキ、別名ヒトツバタゴ。





2010/11/3、青葉の森公園で撮影。この公園には10本ほどがまとめて植えられており、花が咲いた時期は見事だろう。

2011/5/4、青葉の森公園を訪れたらちょうど満開だった。



とても美しかった。大きな画像で見ていただきたい。コンパクトカメラだが、うまく撮れた。花の下で、お年寄りが休んでおられた。画像サイズは1280×960ピクセル。

NZのヒトツバタゴの仲間
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:57| Comment(3) | 木々と知り合う

Saudi Arabia’s War on Yemen Has Been a Political, Financial and Diplomatic Disaster

FARSNEWS2018/11/8
Saudi Arabia’s War on Yemen Has Been a Political, Financial and Diplomatic Disaster
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Arabia and its allies are desperate to cease fire in Yemen, but they want a major victory to continue their interfering role in talks over the fate of the country before holding fire; otherwise, they will earn nothing, but utmost humiliation after years of bombing a poor, defenseless nation. It's now several months they have come to realize that they have lost the costly war and wish for a way out without being so much humiliated.

The bankrupt regime also needs to shrink its budget deficit with spending cuts and a drive to raise revenues from sources other than oil. To do so, a major requirement is ending the costly and failed war on Yemen.

After all, the Saudis need more American bombs and missiles, and it costs a silly mount of cash to get them. At the penniless department of the Pentagon there are no freebies for the regime changers in the Middle East. They have to pay upfront.

Just for the record, according to the US State Department, a single Tomahawk or Hellfire missile strike against the civilian targets in Yemen - involving F-15s, F-16s or F-22s and drones - costs up to $500,000. The Saudis have been “proudly” using the same type of missiles against the poorest country in the Middle East for over three years now, and the financial ramifications have been devastating for their accountants in Riyadh.

It’s all the reason why the Saudis, proxy forces, and regional vassals are so desperate to begin some so-called peace talks and end the costly war on the people of Yemen at the earliest. True, they have in the meantime been bombing the country. But that’s all really. The Saudis want to end the war before the war ends them! Their American allies also know that they can’t win it anyhow.

The Saudis and their allies know that they will be suffering if Riyadh makes the choice to continue the costly “proxy war”. Moreover, the political class in Riyadh is not willing to pay more for the war on Yemen - they have no money and they are beaten and bankrupt.

As it all stands, in their foolish agenda for regime change in Sana’a, the House of Saud got nothing. America was far bigger and far richer than Saudi Arabia, yet still got defeated and went bankrupt on the back of two illegal wars. The war on Yemen was not any different.

The “proxy war” of exorbitant air raids, precision-guided bombs, laser spotters, Tomahawk and Hellfire missiles - under the pretext of fighting alleged “Iranian-backed Houthis” – failed to succeed. It also ended with an insolvent Saudi Arabia. After all, Riyadh's very first and lethal mistake was calling a nation the agents of another country.

At the same time, the war in Yemen exposed the tenuous nature of Saudi Arabia’s relationships with its principal Muslim allies. The most important of them, Pakistan, surprisingly refused to send its army to assist the kingdom. The Sisi government in Egypt − in which Riyadh had invested many billions of dollars and which was considered the kingdom’s “strategic depth” − also reportedly refused to send large numbers of ground troops to participate in the fighting. Instead, Cairo sent a small contingent of several hundred soldiers and three to four ships to assist Riyadh. And in some instances, even those countries that agreed to participate in the Saudi-led campaign developed conflicts of interest with Riyadh over the course of the fighting; for example, the Saudis and the Emiratis are backing forces that are at odds over the future of Yemen and this created friction that has at times erupted into violence between local actors.

Any doubters should take a look at the Saudi budget plan for this year, which is also making a return back to global credit markets after a 25-year hiatus. The cash-strapped regime is about to secure a five-year $10-billion loan from international banks! Digits and numbers show that Saudi Arabia will definitely go completely bankrupt by 2020 if it doesn't stop its military adventurism in the region now. Riyadh is desparate to find a way out of Yemen, but the problem is that they don't have the tact and diplomacy, let alone strategic leadership.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:42| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

東海村使用済み核燃料再処理施設で放射性物質漏れ

※ 北風ロビン(慌てると転ぶので注意) @oldblue2012
氏の20:05 - 2018年11月9日のツイート
放射性物質漏れ 外部影響なし|NHK 茨城 https://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/mito/20181108/1070004642.html
「プルトニウム転換技術開発施設」7日午後1時半ごろ、放射性物質を密閉して扱う「グローブボックス」の外側に放射性物質を含む泥状の物質が付着しているのが見つかった。833ベクレルのプルトニウムとみられる物質が検出

NHK2018年11月08日 19時53分
放射性物質漏れ 外部影響なし
東海村にある、廃止計画が進む使用済み核燃料の再処理施設で、7日、設備の一部で放射性物質による汚染が確認されたと事業者の日本原子力研究開発機構が発表しました。
作業員に被ばくのおそれはなく、外部への影響もないということです。
汚染が見つかったのは東海村の東海再処理施設にある「プルトニウム転換技術開発施設」です。
日本原子力研究開発機構によりますと、7日午後1時半ごろ、施設内の点検中、放射性物質を密閉して扱う「グローブボックス」の外側に放射性物質を含む泥状の物質が付着しているのが見つかったということです。
機構が検査したところ、833ベクレルのプルトニウムとみられる物質が検出されました。
放射線量は人体に影響がないレベルだとしていて、点検作業に当たっていた5人に被ばくのおそれはなく、外部への影響もないということです。
機構では、この設備のパッキンが老朽化して中の放射性物質が漏れて外側に付着したとみて原因を詳しく調べています。
日本原子力研究開発機構の再処理廃止措置技術開発センターでは、「申し訳なく思っている。原因を確認して再発防止に努めたい」と話しています。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:35| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

サウジのイスタンブール総領事公邸の井戸からフッ化水素酸を検出 ボリスジョンソンが興味深い発言

FARSNEWS2018/11/8
Jamal Khashoggi Case: Traces of Acid, Chemicals Found at Saudi Consul’s Home
TEHRAN (FNA)- A source in the Turkish attorney general’s office revealed that the investigative team found traces of hydrofluoric(フッ化水素) acid and other chemicals inside a well at the Saudi consul general's home in Istanbul.
注:フッ化水素酸(Hydrofluoric acid)は、フッ化水素の水溶液である。俗にフッ酸と呼ばれ、工業的に重要であるが、触れると激しく体を腐食する危険な毒物としても知られる。Wikipediaから

The source told Al-Jazeera the killers dissolved Jamal Khashoggi's dismembered body in acid in one of the rooms at Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi’s residence.

RT2018/11/8
Former UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has put forth an intriguing argument for finding the killers of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi: not doing so will help Iran! Oh, and maybe the war on Yemen is bad, also.

Khashoggi, a self-exiled critic of the current Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2. Ankara immediately accused Riyadh of murdering the journalist, with anonymous government officials offering many graphic accounts of his death. After initially denying the accusations, the Saudis admitted Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. The investigation is ongoing.

Writing in the Post on Thursday, Johnson seemed confident he knew all the facts already.

“I don’t have any doubt about what happened: the plot to lure him to the Saudi consulate; the savage attack by heavies from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s own security team; the dismembering of the body,” he said. “Nor do I doubt for a second that this disgusting assassination was ordered at the highest levels of the Saudi regime.”

Interestingly, Johnson’s phrasing about the “highest levels” is identical to that of Turkish President Recep Erdogan, who wrote that the Turks “know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government,” in an opinion piece the Post published last week.

Though Erdogan did not once mention Bin Salman’s name, it was abundantly clear from the piece that he was advocating a palace coup in Riyadh in which King Salman would pick another successor – someone less hostile to Turkey and Qatar, perhaps.

Boris appears to be of the same mind, but he took a different tack: if the Saudis don’t punish those who ordered Khashoggi’s killing – and end the war in Yemen while they’re at it – this would “boost Iran, and all regional critics of the Saudi regime.”

Iran as the root of all evil in the Middle East is a trope frequently invoked by the Trump administration, the Saudis and Israel, and Boris goes to great lengths to acknowledge that he agrees with it. However, he writes, “we will not put Iran back in its box unless we accept that the Iranians are also highly skillful at exploiting the consequences of the policies of the West and its allies.”

As examples, he lists the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the 2003 US invasion that “virtually handed [Iraq] them on a plate,” and the “West’s limp-wristed and ultimately abortive attempts” at regime change in Syria. In Yemen, Johnson argues, Tehran had “virtually no influence… and no real strategic interest” until the Saudi-led coalition began its “ill-fated campaign” in 2015.

While the Saudis and their allies may be legally right in Yemen, Johnson writes, “the plain fact is that the campaign has not been successful.”

Both the murder of Khashoggi and the war in Yemen are bad for Saudi Arabia and good for Iran, he concludes.

Johnson visited Saudi Arabia in September, for a three-day, all-expenses-paid trip he said was related to a “campaign of improving education for women and girls.” He resigned from Theresa May’s government in July, reportedly due to disagreements over Britain’s exit from the EU. Recent polls show him tied with May for the most popular politician in the UK.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:22| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

福島の小児甲状腺癌と外部被曝に相関がある

※ レイジ @sinwanohate氏の22:35 - 2018年11月7日のツイート
論文「福島の小児甲状腺癌と外部被曝に相関がある」。Epidemioplogy誌へのレター。大平らの先行論文は相関がないと結論したが、2巡目の健康調査結果を含めた解析では、図の赤点のグラフのように相関が見られた。これはスクリーニング効果では説明できない結果である、と。
https://journals.lww.com/epidem/Citation/publishahead/Re___Associations_between_Childhood_Thyroid_Cancer.98619.aspx




・・・引用終わり・・・

甲状腺の異常は、放射性ヨウ素のほか、放射性セシウム、劣化ウランによっても生ずるとされています。

外部被ばくは、体外にある放射性物質による放射線被ばくですが、外部被ばくが大きいということは、その場所に様々な放射性物質がより多く沈着しているということですからセシウムやウランによる内部被ばく・外部被ばくが大きくなります。

管理人は、甲状腺異常に関しては、吸入、経口摂取による内部被ばくの影響が大きいと考えます。

外部被ばくが年間1ミリシーベルトを超えるか超えないかという問題ではなく、放射性物質の沈着が多く、外部被ばくが大きいところでは、内部被ばくが測定不可能であってもこれも当然大きくなると考えれば、汚染地帯からは逃げることが必要です。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:44| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

Sanders Warns Trump: Interfering with Mueller Probe an 'Impeachable Offense'

FARSNEWS2018/11/8
Sanders Warns Trump: Interfering with Mueller Probe an 'Impeachable Offense'
TEHRAN (FNA)- Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday warned President Donald Trump against interfering with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling now that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has left the Justice Department.

"President Trump must allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to continue unimpeded," Sanders tweeted Wednesday along with an article regarding Sessions's ouster, The Hill reported.

Sessions resigned Wednesday after months of criticism and insults from Trump.

“I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country,” Sessions wrote in his resignation letter, noting that “I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice”.

The Justice Department promptly released a statement saying that Matthew Whitaker would serve as acting attorney general, including taking oversight of Mueller's probe, control of which was given to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein when Sessions recused himself because of his role in Trump's campaign.

During a press conference Wednesday before Sessions's resignation was announced, Trump said he has no intention to end Mueller's investigation into Russia's 2016 interference and any possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

"I could fire everybody right now, but I don't want to stop it because, politically, I don't like stopping it," Trump stated.

"I let it just go on. They're wasting a lot of money, but I let it go on because I don't want to do that," he added, stating that "it's a disgrace, frankly, and it's an embarrassment to our country".

Republicans have ripped the probe as being politically motivated, but have urged Trump not to put an end to it before Mueller makes his conclusions known.

Democrats have likewise encouraged Trump not to end the investigation and argued that doing so would qualify as obstruction of justice.

Mueller's team has indicted or secured guilty pleas from 32 people and companies so far.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:51| Comment(0) | 国際・政治