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2020年07月25日

Top US general visits Israel

2020/7/23米軍の戦闘機がシリア国内でイランの民間旅客機に異常接近し、旅客機の危険回避行動で乗客が負傷しています。
イスラエルからシリア国内へのミサイル攻撃が続いています。
そして米軍の共同参謀本部議長のマーク・ミレー将軍がイスラエルを訪問。どれもよくわからない点が残ります。

mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/7/25のツイート
トランプは大統領選で劣勢となり、それをレーガン流強硬姿勢で逆転しようと目論む。イランの民間機が墜落していれば、一変に中東に火がつく。南シナ海、台湾海峡での軍事挑発も続いている。カリブ海のベネズエラ封鎖も。米国は世界戦争を始めかねない。日本がそのお先棒を担いでもネトウヨは賛成する?

mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/7/25のツイート
「アメリカのために、絶対に謝罪しない。絶対に。事実がどうであろうと!」―パパ・ブッシュ。
これが1988年7月3日、ペルシャ湾で米艦がイラン旅客機を撃墜し、搭乗員290人全員を殺害した時の言葉。
絶対に、謝罪させろ!

Rudaw2020/7/25
Top US general visits Israel amid heightened border tension
JERUSALEM - America's top general made an unannounced visit to Israel on Friday for talks on "Iran and regional security challenges", Israel's army said as it confirmed a reinforced presence on its northern border.

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, alternate premier and Defence Minister Benny Gantz and Israel's army chief Aviv Kohavi.

Earlier on Friday, explosions on the Syrian side of the security fence in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights caused damage to a vehicle and a civilian building on the Israeli side, an army statement said.

The army said it was investigating the incident, and it was not immediately clear if there had been an attempted attack on Israeli positions from within Syria.

On Monday, five Iran-backed fighters were killed in an Israeli missile strike south of the Syrian capital Damascus, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, an ally of the Syrian regime, said one of its fighters was among the dead.

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes in Syria since the start of the country's civil war in 2011, but rarely comments on such operations.

The Israeli army then announced an initial reinforcement of the northern border on Thursday, with Israeli media reporting the move was made in response to threats of retaliation from Hezbollah.

A further troop reinforcement on the northern border was announced on Friday, with the army saying it had "elevated its readiness against various potential enemy actions".

"The Israel Defence Forces holds the Lebanese Government responsible for all actions emanating from Lebanon," the statement said, without making reference to Hezbollah.

Gantz said Milley's visit underscored the close security ties between Washington and the Jewish state and warned Israel was "ready for any scenario and any threat".

"I do not suggest our enemies to test us," Gantz said in the statement.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:40| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Ohio’s $60 million bribery scandal could ensnare the American nuclear sector, because public trust is undermined

Ohio’s $60 million bribery scandal could ensnare the American nuclear sector, because public trust is undermined
By Ken Silverstein, award-winning columnist who has covered energy and the environment for more than two decades. Follow him @Ken_Silverstein
Ohio’s $60 million corruption, bribery case – that has ensnared the House speaker and four others – has also embroiled the nuclear power industry, which is at the heart of the criminal charges filed this week.

The nuclear energy sector in the United States has been trying to keep its head above water − unable to compete with cheap shale gas and subsidized wind and solar power. So it has sought help from state governments, which have taken up legislation to reward nuclear for being a carbon-free source of energy. In the case of Ohio, it is home to FirstEnergy, which owns two nuclear power plants in the state and which asked lawmakers for such consideration.

Ohio’s lawmakers, like those from Connecticut, Illinois, New York and New Jersey, voted to save their nuclear power plants not just because they are reliable and clean but also because they employ thousands of people. In Ohio, it was a $1.3 billion bailout package. What the citizens of Ohio learned this week, however, is that $60 million in surreptitious payments were allegedly made to make that happen and part of that money went into the pockets of House Speaker Larry Householder.

FirstEnergy Solutions, now known as Energy Harbor, is the nuclear unit within FirstEnergy Corp.

According to the Energy and Policy Institute, this is the company which owned the nuclear assets that Householder helped to bailout “and which FirstEnergy spun off in bankruptcy restructuring.”

Energy Harbor says that it will cooperate fully with the investigators, although it is not named in the criminal complaint. However, it is likely the entity that prosecutors refer to as ‘Company A’ − the one that made the $60 million in payments to Speaker Householder’s ‘Generation Now’ fund so that it could get the $1.3 billion in benefits. Prosecutors say that the money was paid over a three-year time frame beginning in 2017.

“This is likely the largest bribery, money laundering scheme ever perpetrated against the people of the state of Ohio,” US Attorney David DeVillers told a press conference. “This was bribery, plain and simple. This was a quid pro quo. This was pay to play.”

In the actual complaint, the prosecution alleges the payments were tantamount to “bags of cash” that went unregulated and unreported.

This is more than a public corruption scandal. It is a potential take-down of nuclear energy. If it is, the ramifications would be huge: According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, there are 96 nuclear reactors in 29 states. Altogether, they supply about 20 percent of the country’s electricity and about 55 percent of its carbon-free power. They operate at 92 percent capacity, more than any other type of power plant.
A heavy weight

Context is key. In the US, electricity grid operators are the ones to order up and dispatch the lowest-cost electricity sources − a system that invariably favors shale gas because it is so cheap relative to competing fuels. Existing generators that sell their electricity at market rates, can’t win. This fact, along with the high capital costs it takes to construct nuclear plants, has severely curtailed nuclear development in the US.

As a result, six nuclear plants have closed down since 2013 and several more have announced retirement dates over the next decade. The practical implications of moving away from nuclear and into natural gas have been greater CO2 emissions. When Southern California Edison closed its plant in 2013, such heat-trapping releases rose by 35 percent. To avoid further closures, state legislatures are subsidizing nuclear power by recognizing their carbon-free contributions.

But the American nuclear power sector has never learned the most basic lesson of Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station, which suffered a partial meltdown of its core in 1979 and which triggered an irrevocable backlash: get accurate information to the public in a timely manner. Secrecy does not work. In 2013, Southern California Edison said it would shutter its San Onofre Generating Station because of a small radiation leak. While the utility had maintained publicly that it only learned of the seepage in 2012 during routine maintenance, it was subsequently proven that it long knew that irregular vibrations could lead to leaks.

The utility then lost all credibility with regulators and the public.

Bad economics in combination with poor PR have been mounting for a long time. And the problems are bound to get worse now that FirstEnergy’s Energy Harbor is allegedly embroiled in this latest mess. And the industry can’t blame the environmental movement for this latest crisis − a movement concerned about storing radioactive nuclear waste and potential accidents.

“FirstEnergy’s successful campaign last year to secure a $1 billion bailout of its Ohio nuclear plants is at the center of a pay-to-play scandal that is rocking Ohio,”says Sandy Buchanan and Seth Feaste, of the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis. “The FBI would do well to take a closer look at all other state government-official involvement with FirstEnergy during the years when FirstEnergy was seeking a ‘legislative solution’ to save its nuclear plants.”

Where does the nuclear sector go from here? No doubt, the industry will separate itself from the corruption scandal now plaguing the state of Ohio. It will continue to maintain that global climate goals cannot be met without heavy participation from nuclear. But it will once again have to fight off the stench of secrecy and back-room politics − the same factors that have weighed it down since 1979. When the Ohio case is resolved, so too might be nuclear’s future in the US.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:23| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

こういう電子機器の塊が来たらすぐ逃げろ


スマホ64台。全部がポケモンをプレイ中ですから絶え間なく電波を受発信しています。

近くに寄らないことです。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 14:40| Comment(0) | 電磁波問題

単独、地域初感染 背後に何がある?

感染してしまった方が、どこで、あるいは何で感染したかわからないと疑問を表明する事例が増えています。

感染した以上、どこかに契機がある。行動履歴を言いたくない場合ももちろんあります。出張デリヘル利用など。亭主や妻に隠れての浮気など。

でも、感染経路不明が急激に増えています。これは思いがけないところに感染源がいるということです。それだけ感染者が増えている。

千葉県栄町で初の感染例。こんな町ですよ。千葉県の房総の村施設があり、この地域を限れば、観光客も多いです。



【患者概要:町内1例目(千葉県内1,242例目)】
・年代: 70代
・性別: 男性
・居住地: 栄町
・職業: 無職
・推定感染経路: 不明
・発症日: 7月16日
・検査確定日: 7月22日
・発症2日前からの行動歴: 自宅、医療機関

千葉日報2020/7/24
千葉県内で24日、10代〜70代の男女26人の新型コロナウイルス感染が確認された。半数を超える16人の感染経路が不明。八千代市の70代女性と栄町の70代男性の計2人が肺炎を発症、他は軽症か無症状という。

栄町の70代男性は肺炎発症ですから、少し重症。感染者との接触も軽くはなかったのかもしれません。でも感染経路不明。本人や関係者が想像もしない機会に感染している可能性が大。

もう発症日前2日間の行動履歴では感染源を把握できないようになっています。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 13:54| Comment(0) | Covid19

中国の情報機器は一流でも 情報発信は三流国

ロイターがヒューストンの中国総領事館閉鎖問題に関して、米国国務省の主張を無批判に流しています。しかも、日本語に訳して。いつものことです。


米国国務省 → ロイター → 日本の支局 → 日本語訳

時には、このロイターの役割を日本の通信社や新聞社が担うことがあります。なんでこの件だけ親切に報じるの?? 無料記事でということがしばしば。

この総領事館の件でも、中国外務省の報道官が論評し、それが外国のプレスによって報じられることはありますが、扱いは小さい。

ロシアの領事館が閉鎖を迫られたときは、ロシア外務省が米国を厳しく批判し、ロシア系の通信社が詳しく報じます。

RTやTASS、SPUTNIKなどは英語でも情報発信。SPUTNIKは日本語版もある。

それに比べると、中国は人民日報と新華社、中国新聞社(CNS)、環球時報があるが、対外的な情報発信という面ではロシアと比較にならない弱さ。日本人には、法輪功が米国で運営している大紀元時報のほうが知られているようにも感じる。大紀元時報は日本語版もある。

最近は中国人の若い方で英語でツイートする人を見つけて少し中国の情報がわかるようになった。香港問題、新コロナウィルス問題で中国は情報発信が決定的に不足だったと思う。

海外に支援チームを送り込みながら、なんで現地の活動状況を流さない? ロシアはRTのカメラマンが随行し、詳しく報道したのに。

イランのほうが情報発信では数段進んでいる。PRESSTVにFARSNEWS。
PRESSTVは政策的な臭いが強いが。

今、最も国際的に読まれて信頼感の高いネットニュースはRTだという。米国や英国などでは、テレビ放送もあるはず。

中国は、イラン以上に情報発信面では、政治的な制約が強いのだろう。中国のメディアも、共産党と政府との二重支配のもとでやりにくいことが多いのかもしれない。

だが、他国に比べて立ち遅れは明らか。シリア問題イラン問題などでは、中国政府自体の情報発信が弱い。そのために経済制裁では米国の思うがままになっている。人権問題についても同じ。主張すべきことがあれば、世界に向けて発信したらよい。

RTの創設者はプーチンと近かったという。米国出張中に不審死したが、とても魅力的な風貌の人だった。ロシアは情報発信で多額のカネを使っているはずだが、何か事件があった時にRTなどを参照すればすぐわかるのはとても便利だ。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:47| Comment(1) | 国際・政治