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  • U.S. halts missile transfer requested by Israel -
    Wall Street Journal reports supply of Hellfire missiles canceled, U.S. officials demanding to review Israeli requests on individual basis.
    By Barak Ravid | Aug. 14, 2014 | Haaretz

    The White House has instructed the Pentagon and the U.S. military to put on hold a transfer of Hellfire missiles that Israel had requested during its recent operation in the Gaza Strip, the Wall Street Journal reports.

    According to the report, during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, White House officials were dismayed to discover how little influence they wield over the topic of Israeli arms shipments, against the backdrop of the U.S. government’s unhappiness with the widespread damage inflicted upon Palestinian civilians.

    During the Gaza war, the report said, White House officials came to realize that large amounts of weaponry are being passed to Israel via direct channels to the Pentagon, with little oversight by the political arena.

    In light of that, and against the backdrop of American displeasure over IDF tactics used in the Gaza fighting and the high number of civilian casualties caused by Israel’s massive use of artillery fire rather than more precise weapons, officials in the White House and the State Department are now demanding to review every Israeli request for American arms individually, rather than let them move relatively unchecked through a direct military-to-military channel, a fact that slows down the process.

    According to a senior U.S. official, the decision to tighten oversight and require approval of higher-ranking officials over shipments, was intended to make clear to Israel that there is no “blank check” from Washington in regards to the U.S.-made weapons the IDF makes use of in its Gaza operations.

    The United States is Israel’s strongest friend, a senior official in the Obama administration told the Wall Street Journal, but “[t]he notion that they are playing the United States, or that they’re manipulating us publicly, completely miscalculates their place in the world.”

    Senior U.S. officials did not mince words when discussing what they called the “reckless and untrustworthy” conduct of Netanyahu and his advisors during the Gaza operation, the Wall Street Journal reported, and American officials quoted in the report described a recent telephone conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama as “particularly combative.”

    Israeli officials, on the other hand, told the paper that in light of the backing he received from congress, Netanyahu remains unworried by talk of a crisis in relations with the White House, and is mindful of the fact Obama’s tenure will be over in two and a half years.

    The officials said Netanyahu, having pushed the U.S. government aside, now seeks to receive security-related assurances in exchange for the signing of a long-term cease-fire agreement in the Gaza Strip.

    “The allegations are unfounded,” Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer was quoted as saying by the WSJ, in response to the Wall Street Journal’s description of a “fraying of relations” between the two nations’ leaders. “Israel deeply appreciates the support we have received during the recent conflict in Gaza from both the Obama administration and the Congress for Israel’s right to defend itself and for increased funding of Iron Dome.”

  • Le Times de Londres refuse de passer la publicité d’Elie Wiesel, laquelle était déjà passée dans le New York Times, le Washington Post et le Wall Street Journal. (Ce qui prouve donc, kof kof, que les Anglais sont antisémites.)

    London Times refuses to run Elie Wiesel ad denouncing Hamas’ human shields

    The London Times refused to run an ad featuring Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel speaking out against Hamas’ use of children as human shields.

    The ad sponsored by The Values Network, which was founded by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, has run in The New York Times, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, among other U.S. newspapers. The refusal was first reported by the New York Observer.

    The London Times refused the ad because “the opinion being expressed is too strong and too forcefully made and will cause concern amongst a significant number of Times readers,” according to a statement from a representative of the newspaper, the Observer reported.

  • Le Wall Street Journal sur les lieux du crash. Un peu d’humanité…

    After Flight 17 Crash, Agony, Debris and Heartbreak in Ukraine Villages - WSJ
    Natalya Voloshina, mayor of Petropavlivka, Ukraine, outside the local village hall. The residents of Petropavlivka remain deeply distressed by what they saw when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed nearby on July 17. Paul Sonne for The Wall Street Journal

    Then the plane crashed. The cabin’s second-row overhead compartment is in a tree across from the village hall—and suitcases and clothes are in backyards and gardens of square-windowed cottages.

    Villagers dashed into their basements, fearing a bomb attack. Residents in a nearby village ran for the church, certain that the world was coming to an end. A colleague of Ms. Voloshina screamed after being nearly hit by the plane’s cargo hold. Days later, the 43-year-old mayor found the bottom half of a man’s body in the shrubs next to her office. She has barely slept since then.
    Officials in Kiev are largely cut off due to the war. Regional authorities and police are in disarray because of the rebel takeover, while foreign officials have been slow-moving or incommunicado. There is no money. The Dutch-led team that will investigate the crash hasn’t reached the scene.

    We asked what to do, how we should act, but no one said anything,” says Ms. Voloshina, a former mathematics teacher who grew up in Petropavlivka. She put on a formal purple dress and stood near the crash site this week, wringing her hands while trying to project an image of control.

    She says she would have found volunteers to cordon off parts of the crash site, packaged passenger belongings in a specified way or gathered the plane’s debris in one place. Without expertise, she is afraid of doing something wrong, she says.
    Mayors of the three villages waited for word about whether they could move the human remains. No orders came. For days, separatists controlling the area fought with Kiev over who should probe the crash site. International monitors showed up but also gave no instructions. European and American officials refused to talk to the rebels directly and didn’t call the mayors at all.

    There should have been a command from Kiev or someone about what to do,” says the exhausted Mr. Miroshnichenko, sitting under a pair of birch trees outside Rozsypne’s village hall. He recalls being forced to bury friend after friend who died in coal mines where he worked for 25 years.

    In mines, you don’t remove a body until they investigate it,” he says.

    Ça change des délires de certains…

  • Sans limites : les civils palestiniens peuvent-ils « légalement et moralement » prétendre être des civils s’ils se contentent de… s’habiller en civils ?

    Thane Rosenbaum : Hamas’s Civilian Death Strategy (et, oui, ce genre de saloperie est publiée dans le Wall Street Journal)

    The asymmetry is complicated even further by the status of these civilians. Under such maddening circumstances, are the adults, in a legal and moral sense, actual civilians? To qualify as a civilian one has to do more than simply look the part. How you came to find yourself in such a vulnerable state matters. After all, when everyone is wearing casual street clothing, civilian status is shared widely.

    Conclusion : seuls les enfants tués qui avaient fait l’effort de dénoncer leurs parents membres du Hamas méritent notre sympathie.

    Surely there are civilians who have been killed in this conflict who have taken every step to distance themselves from this fast-moving war zone, and children whose parents are not card-carrying Hamas loyalists. These are the true innocents of Gaza. It is they for whom our sympathy should be reserved.

    Comme d’habitude avec ce genre, il y a là quelques arguments imparables. Par exemple :

    With the exception of kaffiyeh scarves, it isn’t possible to distinguish a Hamas militant from a noncombatant pharmacist.


  • La conception de l’équipement du futur soldat états-unien confié à un accessoiriste de Hollywood…

    Wall Street Journal : US military turns to Hollywood to outfit the soldier of the future

    The Oscar-nominated designers at Legacy Effects have outfitted such memorable movie warriors as The Terminator, RoboCop, Captain America and Iron Man. The special-effects company is now at work on what seems a mission impossible: Building an Iron Man-style suit to protect and propel elite U.S. troops by encasing them in body armor equipped with an agile exoskeleton to enable troops to carry hundreds of pounds of gear.

    article du WSJ, derrière #paywall

  • 2014-04-12

    Wall Street Journal: The encryption flaw that punctured the heart of the Internet this week underscores a weakness in Internet security: A good chunk of it is managed by four European coders and a former military consultant in Maryland.

    To answer some of the astonishing comments I made yesterday, the lack of contributors to the project is baffling. So: the whole Internet relied on 10 volunteers and 1 employee and nobody helped them?

    I guess this sort of comes back to one of the essential question in Free Software: how do you get the users to fund it? For some kind of software, this can be difficult; but in the case of OpenSSL I would have thought this to be an easy thing, since so many banks and web companies intensively rely on it.

    But apparently, they didn’t care at all if this (...)

  • Qui veut devenir Senior Graphics Editor au Wall street Journal ?

    The Wall Street Journal’s Interactive Graphics team seeks to hire an experienced newsroom developer to create deep interactive data visualizations around high-profile series and news events.

    The ideal candidate would have a proven track record of original approaches to complex data visualizations. The candidate would also be able to demonstrate a high level of expertise in front-end data-visualization libraries such as d3, Raphael, or Highcharts. Experience covering national elections (AP feeds, results maps, historical analysis) is a big plus. Mastery of online mapping libraries (Google maps, Cartodb, Mapbox, Leaflet) is crucial in this role. Deep knowledge of Javascript, CSS, HTML and jQuery is essential. On the backend they should know MySQL and PHP. Familiarity with Python and various flavors of NoSQL databases are big pluses.

  • Selon des sources du Wall Street Journal, des agences de renseignement de pays européens (dont la France, la Grande Bretagne, l’Allemagne et l’Espagne) rencontrent désormais leurs homologues du régime syrien pour… lutter contre les extrémistes qui combattent en Syrie (et non, comme tu pourrais tout aussi bien le comprendre, pour participer au massacre du peuple syrien sous l’alibi de lutter contre le « “terrorisme” » entre guillemets).

    Lire absolument : European Spies Reach Out to Syria

    European intelligence agencies secretly met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s delegates to share information on European extremists operating in Syria, Western and Middle Eastern officials said, the first known encounters since withdrawing their ambassadors.

    The meetings were intended to gather information on at least 1,200 European jihadists that Western officials say have joined militant groups in Syria, amid European concerns these citizens will pose a threat when they return home.


    A retired official from MI6, the British foreign intelligence arm, was the first to visit Damascus in midsummer on behalf of the British government, two people said. German, French and Spanish intelligence agencies have been speaking to regime officials in Damascus since November, traveling to Syria from Beirut, the diplomats and officials with knowledge of the situation said.


    Many of the European jihadists have joined ISIS in Syria, where they are becoming radicalized and gaining battlefield and explosives training that could threaten their home countries, Western officials said.

  • How the Military Severed Brainstems to ’Cure’ PTSD | Brainwash Update

    Abby Martin talks about a new Wall Street Journal report that highlights the Veteran’s Administration’s role in performing forced lobotomies on mentally ill veterans during the late 40s and 50s...

  • Pyongyang Orders Diplomats’ Children Home - Wall Street Journal -

    Pyongyang Orders Diplomats’ Children Home

    Worried about possible threats to regime stability from North Korean children educated abroad, Pyongyang has ordered its diplomats stationed overseas to send their children home, an expert on the secretive regime says.

    By Alexander Martin

    School children in Pyongyang on July 25. North Korea has ordered diplomats and state trading company officials overseas to send their children home amid concern over the influence of foreign education, according to a professor at Kansai University.
    Associated Press

    Worried about possible threats to regime stability from North Korean children educated abroad, Pyongyang has ordered its diplomats and state trading company officials stationed overseas to send their children back to the North, an expert on the secretive regime says.


  • U.S. Allies Thwart America in Egypt - Wall Street Journal

    The parallel efforts by Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have blunted U.S. influence with Egypt’s military leadership and underscored how the chaos there has pulled Israel into ever-closer alignment with those Gulf states, officials said.

    A senior Israeli official called the anti-Muslim Brotherhood nations “the axis of reason.”

  • Article d’il y a un mois et demi du Wall Street Journal : « Arabs ask US to lead on Syria », qui éclaire les enjeux géopolitiques des évènements récents :
    ou sans le paywall, ici :

    L’article évoque le fait que l’Arabie saoudite, les EAU et la Jordanie faisaient pression à l’époque sur Obama pour qu’il remette de l’ordre au Moyen-Orient sur le dossier syrien et qu’il fasse cesser le soutien du Qatar aux frères musulmans et à certains groupes syriens jihadistes, au motif qu’il nuirait à l’unité de l’opposition armée syrienne et contribuerait à prolonger le règne d’Assad :

    The U.S. ’s closest Arab allies are pressing President Barack Obama to take the lead in bridging the Middle East ’s divisions over Syria , traveling to Washington to drive home their fears some of the region’s leaders are strengthening radicals and prolonging President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.
    The coordinated message was delivered to Mr. Obama during separate White House meetings in recent weeks with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, the United Arab Emirates’ Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, according to senior U.S. and Arab officials familiar with the discussions.
    The three royals’ message to Mr. Obama was a not-so-subtle slap at Qatar and Turkey —both of which, officials in these Arab countries believe, are funneling funds and possibly weapons to groups promoting political Islam and in particular to those aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.
    They are also concerned that aid from Qatar has bolstered the Al-Nusra Front, a powerful Syrian militia fighting Mr. Assad’s forces, which the U.S. has designated as a terrorist organization.

    Il s’agissait non seulement pour les Saoudiens et ses alliés de demander aux USA de reprendre un rôle plus actif afin que les USA leurs délèguent le leadership sur les groupes de rebelles syriens au détriment du coupe qataro-turc, mais aussi et plus généralement au Moyen-Orient comme le laisse entendre la réaction de l’émir du Qatar de l’époque :

    Qatar and Turkey have sought to use the Mideast ’s transition to expand their diplomatic, economic and religious influence, say U.S. and Arab officials. The two countries have been the most aggressive in seeking to overthrow Mr. Assad. Qatar has been the primary financial supporter of the new governments in Cairo and Tunis , providing billions of dollars in aid to President Mohammed Morsi’s government over the past 18 months, according to Qatari officials.
    “In my opinion, some of our region, they did not like what happened...and they don’t like it when the Muslim Brotherhood came,” Sheikh Hamad, Qatar ’s prime minister, said in Washington last month. “But we respect the [other’s] will and the people’s will in the other nations.”

  • Témoignage de Sam Dagher dans le Wall Street Journal, qui dit avoir passé 4 heures dans Qussair : selon lui les rebelles étaient « sous l’influence du Front Al-Nusra », ils avaient profané l’église chrétienne de la ville, et les quelques 10.000 chrétiens de la ville avaient été chassés dès l’arrivée des rebelles l’année dernière.

    Fallen Syrian City Bears Signs of Sectarian War

    A four-hour walk in Qusayr revealed the freshest marks of a war that is inflaming Sunnis and Shiites across the region.

    Rebels fighting here appeared to be under the sway of Jabhat al-Nusra, a Sunni militia that is linked to al Qaeda: Notices plastered on war-damaged mosques praised the group’s defense of Qusayr. In the main Christian church, scenes of Christ’s crucifixion, seen by many Muslims as blasphemous, had been ripped from paintings and altarpieces.


    Before fighting nearly emptied Qusayr of residents, the predominantly Sunni city of 60,000 people had a Christian minority estimated to number 10,000 people. Most of the Christians fled in February 2012 after Islamist fighters battled with several Christian families who supported the regime.

    • Intéressant aussi ce reportage et le rôle attribué à Jounblatt :

      About 1,000 rebels, activists and injured casualties evacuated Qusayr early Wednesday to Bweyda, a nearby village to the north, activists said. This exit took place after Syrian opposition leader George Sabra called Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt and asked him to intervene, according to Hezbollah supporters and people close to Mr. Jumblatt’s political party. Mr. Jumblatt coordinated the safe passage with Hezbollah security chief Wafiq Safa, these people said.

      No such deal was made, countered Louay Almokdad, a coordinator for the main rebel faction the Free Syrian Army. Mr. Almokdad said rebels retreated Wednesday because of the intensity of shelling on Qusayr’s center. He said their retreat was “one phase in the guerrilla war” over the area.

      “We have not struck any deal with Hezbollah,” he said. “Killers do not deserve to be negotiated with.”

  • Information à prendre avec précaution - elle vient de sources officielles israéliennes qui l’aurait transmise à Washington - un accord de vente d’armes serait sur le point d’avoir lieu entre Moscou et Damas pour la vente de missiles sol-air S-300, selon le Wall Street Journal. Précision : ces missiles S-300 capables d’abattre des avions de combat et des missiles guidés étaient les mêmes que ceux que l’Iran avait souhaité acquérir auprès de la Russie :

    Israel has warned the U.S. that a Russian deal is imminent to sell advanced ground-to-air missile systems to Syria, weapons that would significantly boost the regime’s ability to stave off intervention in its civil war.

    Et voilà le résumé du problème pour les partisans d’une intervention directe en Syrie :

    According to an analysis by the U.S. military’s Joint Staff, Syrian air defenses are nearly five times more sophisticated than what existed in Libya before the NATO launched its air campaign there in 2011. Syrian air defenses are about 10 times more sophisticated than the system the U.S. and its allies faced in Serbia.


      While the effectiveness of Syria’s aging air force is unclear, most experts believe its air-defense missile system, considerably upgraded after a 2007 Israeli strike on a suspected nuclear site, remains more potent than any the United States has faced since it bombed Serbian forces in 1999.

      “These recent events have not changed our assessment of the sophistication of the Syrian air defense system,” said a senior U.S. official.

      That said, the United States does indeed have the power to wipe out Syria’s air defenses.

      Syria has little or no protection against hard-to-stop weapons in the U.S. arsenal like B-2 stealth bombers or ship- and submarine-launched cruise missiles. Still, it would require a huge assault involving cruise missiles, and jets possibly flying either from aircraft carriers or bases in neighboring countries.

      Israeli jets managed to avoid Syrian defenses twice again in recent days, but the raids were surprise strikes that experts said would have been difficult to defend against. U.S. officials said last week the Israelis did not even enter Syrian airspace in Friday’s bombing, firing missiles instead from the skies over neighboring Lebanon.

  • Ricky Gervais : Why I’m An Atheist - Speakeasy - WSJ- Wall Street Journal

    This, is of course a spirituality issue, religion is a different matter. As an atheist, I see nothing “wrong” in believing in a god. I don’t think there is a god, but belief in him does no harm. If it helps you in any way, then that’s fine with me. It’s when belief starts infringing on other people’s rights when it worries me. I would never deny your right to believe in a god. I would just rather you didn’t kill people who believe in a different god, say. Or stone someone to death because your rulebook says their sexuality is immoral. It’s strange that anyone who believes that an all-powerful all-knowing, omniscient power responsible for everything that happens, would also want to judge and punish people for what they are. From what I can gather, pretty much the worst type of person you can be is an atheist. The first four commandments hammer this point home. There is a god, I’m him, no one else is, you’re not as good and don’t forget it. (Don’t murder anyone, doesn’t get a mention till number 6.)

  • Alexis Tsipras (Syriza) met la Troïka au défi

    « Allez-y, lâchez-nous, pour voir, qu’on rigole... »

    Voilà en gros ce qu’Alexis Tsipras, leader du parti de gauche radicale grec Syriza, vient de signifier à la Troïka (Commission européenne, BCE, FMI) dans un entretien publié vendredi 18 mai par le Wall Street Journal.

    et l’article du WSJ :
    Defiant Message From Greece

    A financial collapse in Greece would drag down the rest of the euro zone, said Alexis Tsipras, the 37-year-old head of the Coalition of the Radical Left, known as Syriza, and potentially the country’s next prime minister. Instead, he said, Europe must consider a more growth-oriented policy to arrest Greece’s spiraling recession and address what he called a growing “humanitarian crisis” facing the country.

  • History is made at night

    “Amid All the Camaraderie is Much Looting this Time; Seeing the City Disappear”, Wall Street Journal headline, 15 July 1977

    The Journal went on to quote a cop on what he saw, as the great Bastille Day break-out unfolded: “People are going wild in the borough of Brooklyn. They are looting stores by the carload.” Another cop added later: “Stores were ripped open. Others have been leveled. After they looted, they burned.”

    At about 9:00 p.m. on July 13 the power went out in New York for 24 hours. During that period the complete impotence if the state in our most ‘advanced’ urban space could hardly have been made more transparent. As soon as the lights went out, cheers and shouts and loud music announced the liberation of huge sections of the city. The looting and burning commenced immediately, with whole families joining in the “carnival spirit”. In the University Heights section of the Bronx, a Pontiac dealer lost the 50 new cars in his showroom. In many areas, tow trucks and other vehicles were used to tear away the metal gates from stores. Many multistorey furniture businesses were completely emptied by neighborhood residents.

    • Pour l’instant, je n’ai trouvé mention de ce haut fait d’arme que dans l’article du Wall Street Journal :

      Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud -

      The largest of these, the 1988 $70 billion al-Yamama contract, was at the time described as the largest contract in history, but was later the subject of corruption probes in the U.K. and U.S.

      Sultan was not himself named in these investigations, but they did encompass close members of his family and former diplomats in Riyadh said Sultan had a reputation for profiting on defense deals.

    • Le même article du WSJ est également l’un des rares que l’on pourra lire aujourd’hui rappelant le rôle de Sultan dans la guerre contre l’Irak de 1991, et l’implication séoudienne au Yémen.

      Three years after al-Yamama, Sultan was instrumental in agreeing to use the kingdom as a launch pad for Western forces in the 1991 Gulf War. That decision cemented the strongest ever period of Saudi-U.S. relations. But the presence of foreign troops in the Arabian Peninsula – the cradle of Islam – was later cited by al-Qaeda as the basis for its quarrel with both Washington and the Al Saud.

      The defense ministry has since come to be seen as Sultan’s personal fiefdom. It looks likely to be inherited by his son, Prince Khaled bin Sultan, a long-time deputy defense minister and commander of Saudi forces during the 1991 hostilities.

      Another son, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. for 22 years, forging close relations with both President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush.

      As minister, Sultan oversaw the kingdom’s participation in North Yemen’s bloody civil war of the 1960s that pitted Saudi-backed monarchists against a new military regime supported by revolutionary Egypt.

      He maintained a strong relationship with powerful Yemeni figures, and dominated the kingdom’s Yemen policy, until his illness. Sultan’s temper was sometimes fiery, said foreign officials of the 1960s, but his habit of working long into the night earned him the nickname “bulbul” or “nightingale”. It was during this period that he acquired a reputation for acquiring the latest in military technology for the kingdom.

  • Nuclear-Waste Disposal a Growing Fiscal Problem -

    Quand le Wall Street Journal se remnd compte du coût des déchets nucléaires, et de l’inaction qui entoure cette question...

    The fee, which ultimately comes from nuclear-electricity customers as a surcharge of 1/10th of a cent per kilowatt hour, now amounts to about $750 million a year. Counting past expenditures and interest earned, the fund’s balance is about $25 billion.

    “It sounds like there’s a piggy bank and there’s all this money that is available for a future [nuclear] repository,” said Richard Stewart, a New York University law professor and co-author of a book on nuclear waste policy. “But there isn’t. Congress has spent it on other things.” The $25 billion, he and others say, amounts to little more than a federal IOU that will need to be repaid.

    A group of state regulators and the Nuclear Energy Institute, a trade organization, are suing the Department of Energy, seeking to suspend collection of the annual fees utilities pay into the waste fund. “There’s no sense paying a fee if you’re not getting a program for it,” said NEI’s Steven Kraft.

    Beyond disposal costs, taxpayers are also potentially liable for damages suffered by the public from a nuclear accident, including those stemming from the spent fuel stored at commercial power plant sites. Under a 1950s law, plant operators currently must carry $375 million of liability insurance for each reactor, after which an industry insurance plan would take over, covering damages up to $12 billion. Any personal injury or property damages in excess of that would be borne by the federal government.

  • Oui, aujourd’hui, le Wall Street Journal a décidé de publier ça, sous l’intitulé « Opinion ». Ces gens n’ont vraiment honte de rien.

    Bruce Bawer : Inside the Mind of the Oslo Murderer -

    It came as stunning news that Norway had been attacked by a blond, blue-eyed, anti-Islamic terrorist. It should not have been: Several of us who have written about the rise of Islam in Europe have warned that the failure of mainstream political leaders to responsibly address the attendant challenges would result in the emergence of extremists like Breivik.

    But I was stunned to discover on Saturday that Breivik was a reader of my own work, including my book “While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within.” In comments posted in 2009 on a Norwegian blog,, Breivik expressed admiration for my writings, but criticized me for not being a cultural conservative (although he was pleased that I was not a Marxist, either).

  • Fresh Tales of Chaos Emerge From Early in Nuclear Crisis -

    The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant deteriorated in the crucial first 24 hours far more rapidly than previously understood, a Wall Street Journal reconstruction of the disaster shows.

    So helpless were the plant’s engineers that, as dusk fell after Japan’s devastating March 11 quake and tsunami, they were forced to scavenge flashlights from nearby homes. They pulled batteries from cars not washed away by the tsunami in a desperate effort to revive reactor gauges that weren’t working properly. The plant’s complete power loss contributed to a failure of relief vents on a dangerously overheating reactor, forcing workers to open valves by hand.

    And in a significant miscalculation: At first, engineers weren’t aware that the plant’s emergency batteries were barely working, the investigation found—giving them a false impression that they had more time to make repairs. As a result, nuclear fuel began melting down hours earlier than previously assumed. This week Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco, confirmed that one of the plant’s six reactors suffered a substantial meltdown early in Day 1.

    #nucléaire #japon

  • #Wall_Street_Journal claims 200,000 tablet subscribers | Media |

    The Wall Street Journal has added 200,000 paying subscribers via tablets such as the #iPad and #Kindle, according to Les Hinton, head of the newspaper’s publisher, Dow Jones.

    He said some 150,000 people have signed up for WSJ’s mobile products in the past 12 months alone.