/2021

  • Opinion | Google Is Dominating This Hidden Market With No Rules - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/21/opinion/google-monopoly-regulation-antitrust.html

    Last month, Gary Gensler, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, asked Congress to consider the idea of regulating cryptocurrency exchanges the way the federal government has long regulated stock exchanges. While his comments drew fresh attention to the unregulated markets for cryptocurrency, they reminded me of another long unregulated exchange marketplace: the market for digital advertising.

    Each time you click on a website or an app, in the milliseconds it takes for it to load, the empty ad space on the page is auctioned off through specialized trading venues called ad exchanges. Alphabet Inc., which owns Google, operates the largest of these venues. It works “just like a stock exchange,” as Google explains, complete with brokers mediating transactions between sellers and buyers. Today, the billions of daily transactions on advertising exchanges owned by tech companies rival the number of trades happening on Wall Street.

    To protect the public and promote fair competition in stock market transactions, Congress created the Securities and Exchange Commission and vested the agency with the power to issue rules and manage conflicts of interest between the exchanges, brokers and other industry players.

    These problems took root more than a decade ago when Google made a bid for DoubleClick, the popular service that helps websites sell ad space. Federal regulators approved the purchase. But they did so without requiring that Google separate the DoubleClick division helping publishers sell on exchanges from the division helping advertisers buy ad space, or from the division operating an exchange, which Google later dubbed AdX.

    Could Google operate an exchange while acting in the best interests of both the websites and advertisers — in other words, both the seller and the buyer — all at once?

    An increasing share of advertising dollars is also winding up in the hands of Google properties. In 2007, about 35 percent of the ad revenue that Google made came from selling space on sites across the internet, sites which trust the company to be an honest broker. But the share going to Google sites has increased almost every year since. In 2020, Google booked about $146 billion in ad revenue; more than 84 percent of that amount went toward space on Google properties like search and YouTube. One possible result: Consumers see more ads on YouTube and more paywalls online.

    The consequence of all this: Websites, apps and advertisers providing consumers with everything from news, games and consumer goods make less money selling ads and have to fork over more money to exchanges and other intermediaries.

    #Google #Publicité #Antitrust #Monopole #Vectorialisme

  • Incident sur un réacteur nucléaire EPR dans le sud de la Chine
    https://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2021/06/14/nucleaire-incident-dans-l-epr-chinois-de-taishan_6084070_3234.html


    Travaux de construction de l’EPR de Taishan, en Chine, lors de la visite du premier ministre français, Jean-Marc Ayrault, le 8 décembre 2013.
    PETER PARKS / AFP

    Une « fuite » serait apparue récemment dans l’un des deux réacteurs de la centrale nucléaire de Taishan développée par la France, a révélé, lundi, la chaîne américaine CNN. Les autorités chinoises n’ont pas communiqué sur le sujet.

    C’est un nouveau coup dur pour l’EPR, la dernière génération de centrale nucléaire développée par la filière française. On en ignore encore l’importance, mais une « fuite » s’est récemment produite dans l’un des deux réacteurs de la centrale nucléaire de Taishan, dans le sud de la Chine, a révélé, lundi 14 juin, la chaîne de télévision américaine CNN. EDF évoque une « augmentation de la concentration de “gaz rares” dans le circuit primaire », qui se trouve dans la double enceinte en béton renfermant la chaudière. Un incident suffisamment sérieux pour susciter l’inquiétude des autorités américaines. De son côté, le gouvernement français a été prévenu jeudi 10 juin, et le ministère des affaires étrangères s’est saisi du dossier, fait-on savoir à Paris.

    C’est la filiale américaine de Framatome (ex-Areva NP) qui a alerté les autorités américaines d’une « menace radiologique imminente », selon des responsables américains et des documents consultés par CNN. L’autorité de sûreté chinoise aurait repoussé les limites acceptables pour la détection des rayonnements à l’extérieur de la centrale pour éviter son arrêt, selon une lettre de Framatome au ministère de l’énergie américain. La centrale EPR chinoise continuait de fonctionner, au grand étonnement d’experts français.

    • A défaut de produire de « l’électricité décarbonnée » proprement, EDF et la Chine font de la #rétention_d'information sur quelques « crayons fuitards » :

      https://www.huffingtonpost.fr/entry/centrale-nucleaire-epr-de-taishan-ce-que-lon-sait-de-la-situation_fr_

      D’après CNN, une possible “fuite” dans la centrale nucléaire de Taishan en Chine aurait conduit Framatome à demander de l’aide aux États-Unis. Pour l’heure, EDF dédramatise.

    • l’analyse de la Criirad :

      "La chaine américaine CNN fait état ce jour d’une « augmentation de la concentration de gaz rares » dans le circuit primaire du réacteur 1 de la centrale EPR de Taishan, premier de ce type à avoir été couplée à un réseau électrique (le 29 juin 2018) et située dans un rayon de 100 à 150 km par rapport aux villes de Canton et de Hongkong.

      La branche américaine de Framatome, filiale du groupe EDF et qui fait partie des entreprises engagées dans la construction et dans l’exploitation du site, aurait alerté les autorités américaine d’une « menace radiologique imminente » il y a déjà plusieurs jours.

      La CRIIRAD rappelle que l’augmentation de la quantité de gaz rares radioactifs dissous dans l’eau du circuit primaire d’un réacteur peut indiquer une dégradation des gaines du combustible. Cette situation doit conduire normalement à l’arrêt du réacteur pour extraire les combustibles défectueux avant que la contamination du circuit primaire ne soit trop importante.

      Il faut également souligner que les gaz rares ne sont pratiquement pas retenus par les dispositifs de filtration des effluents gazeux. D’après CNN, la note de Framatome du 8 juin dernier précise que l’autorité de sûreté chinoise a déjà multiplié par plus de 2 la limite fixée pour les rejets de gaz rares dans l’environnement. Malgré cela, les rejets radioactifs effectués au 30 mai correspondaient déjà à 90% de la limite annuelle. Une nouvelle augmentation de la limite règlementaire serait envisagée.

      En France, les autorisations de rejets de gaz rares radioactifs sont fixées à des niveaux très supérieurs aux rejets effectifs. Dans un tel scénario, une très forte augmentation des rejets radioactifs du réacteur n°1 est probable.

      Cette situation doit être suivie avec vigilance tant sur le plan de la sûreté que de la radioprotection. Priorité doit être donnée à la protection des travailleurs du site et des habitants de cette région.

      A cette occasion, la CRIIRAD rappelle également que le secret pèse toujours sur les informations du réseau de surveillance mis en place dans le cadre du Traité d’Interdiction Complète des Essais Nucléaires (TICEN en français, CTBT en anglais). Il devrait permettre l’accès libre et en continu aux résultats des mesures. Dans le cas présent, il devrait être possible de consulter les données relatives à la station RN22 de Guangzhou, qui est équipée pour la détection des gaz rares."

      #nucléaire #epr

    • pour l’instant je n’ai pas trouvé plus de détails que ça :

      EDF says “the presence of certain noble gases in the primary circuit is a known phenomenon, studied and provided for in the reactor operating procedures,” but did not elaborate on gas levels.
      Later on Monday, a spokesperson for EDF said the increased levels of radiation were caused by a “degradation of the housing of the fuel rods.”
      The spokesperson affirmed that the levels of radioactivity observed at the plant were below the threshold stipulated by the Chinese authorities, adding that the affected housings are the first of three containment barriers between the rods and the atmosphere.
      The spokesperson noted that the risk of a potential leakage in the rod housing was first discussed following a planned refueling outage in October 2020 after initial measurements led to suspicions of a “lack of tightness” in the housings.
      However, the spokesperson stressed that without a full analysis, it is too early to confirm whether a complete shutdown of the reactor is needed, adding that EDF currently has no information regarding the origin of the rod housing degradation.

      https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/14/politics/china-nuclear-reactor-leak-us-monitoring/index.html

      L’hypothèse d’une rupture de gaine de combustible reste donc à confirmer. Le problème est qu’ici on est en présence de deux couches de pratique du secret et de la langue de bois : la couche des autorités chinoises, et celle de EDF-Framatome, les deux étant assez champions en la matière.

    • Du même article :

      The issue first emerged when Framatome, a French designer and supplier of nuclear equipment and services that was contracted to help construct and operate the Chinese-French plant, reached out to the US Department of Energy late last month informing them of a potential issue at the Chinese nuclear plant.
      The company, mainly owned by EDF, the French utility company, then submitted an operational safety assistance request on June 3, formally asking for a waiver that would allow them to address an urgent safety matter, to the Department of Energy, warning American officials that the nuclear reactor is leaking fission gas.
      The company followed up with DOE on June 8 asking for an expedited review of their request, according to a memo obtained by CNN.
      “The situation is an imminent radiological threat to the site and to the public and Framatome urgently requests permission to transfer technical data and assistance as may be necessary to return the plant to normal operation,” read the June 8 memo from the company’s subject matter expert to the Energy Department.
      Framatome reached out to the US government for assistance, the document indicates, because a Chinese government agency was continuing to increase its limits on the amount of gas that could safely be released from the facility without shutting it down, according to the documents reviewed by CNN.
      When asked by CNN for comment, the Energy Department did not directly address the memo’s claim that China was raising the limits.
      In the June 8 memo, Framatome informed DOE the Chinese safety authority has continued to raise regulatory “off-site dose limits.” It also says the company suspects that limit might be increased again as to keep the leaking reactor running despite safety concerns for the surrounding population.
      “To ensure off-site dose limits are maintained within acceptable bounds to not cause undue harm to the surrounding population, TNPJVC (operator of Taishan-1) is required to comply with an regulatory limit and otherwise shut the reactor down if such a limit is exceeded,” the June 8 memo reads.
      It notes that this limit was established at a level consistent with what is dictated by the French safety authority, but “due to the increasing number of failures,” China’s safety authority, the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) has since revised the limit to more than double the initial release, “which in turn increases off-site risk to the public and on-site workers.”
      As of May 30, the Taishan reactor had reached 90% of the allegedly revised limit, the memo adds, noting concerns the plant operator may be “petitioning the NNSA to further increase the shutdown limit on an exigent basis in an effort to keep running which in turn would continue to increase the risk to the off-site population and the workers at the plant site.”
      The NNSA is China’s nuclear safety regulatory authority. It oversees the implementation of safety standards at facilities like Taishan.

      De ce que je comprends : Framatome s’est adressée aux états-unis car sa branche US est impliquée dans la construction (et la maintenance ? ou le suivi d’exploitation ?) de Taishan, et que la réglementation US veut que dans une telle situation on doit leur demander l’autorisation de transférer des savoirs technologiques.

      Ce qui inquiète framatome visiblement c’est que les autorités chinoises n’arrêtent pas de relever les seuils de radioactivité acceptables pour éviter d’avoir à arrêter la centrale.

    • Et pendant ce temps là, Le Monde relaie complaisamment la propagande d’EDF :

      https://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2021/06/14/edf-relativise-l-incident-survenu-a-la-centrale-nucleaire-de-taishan-en-chin

      Toujours la même façon de procéder :

      On n’est pas sur une dynamique d’un accident avec fonte du cœur

      Donc vos gueules, bande d’abrutis, tant que ça n’a pas pourri une région entière vous n’avez rien le droit dire.

      Même si l’exploitant a dû « réaliser des rejets atmosphériques » de gaz rares « dans le respect des limites réglementaires définies par l’autorité de sûreté chinoise », ajoute-t-il.

      Ben tiens, et en omettant l’info sue depuis le départ de cette histoire que ce qui a amené Framatome à s’alarmer, c’est que les autorités chinoises relèvent les limites en question pour éviter l’arrêt.

      Quand je serai grand je voudrai être journaliste au Monde, ça a l’air assez peinard comme métier : tu relèves ta boîte mail en provenance d’EDF et tu balances direct, sans filtre.

    • Le journalisme « éco-responsable » et capital-friendly sait mobiliser des sources qui assurent de bonnes rémunérations ainsi que de solides garanties de « durabilité » et de « neutralité » à ses adhérent·es.

    • Ce matin les seules nouvelles qui n’en sont pas vraiment nous viennent de Reuters :
      https://www.reuters.com/world/china/what-happened-chinas-taishan-nuclear-reactor-2021-06-15
      Rien de bien neuf, si ce n’est que la Chine a fini par réagir sur l’air de « Tout va très bien » par l’intermédiaire du porte-parole du ministère des affaires étrangères :

      The regulator did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in a regular briefing the plant was fully compliant with all requirements and operating normally.

      En réponse au commentaire évasif d’EDF (en substance : le krypton et le xenon dans le circuit primaire, c’est pas grave, c’est un phénomène connu), un ancien vice-président de la commission à l’énergie atomique du Japon a commenté :

      Under normal operating conditions it is true some gases like krypton and xenon will escape and be detected but in this case the concentrations are much higher, so something is happening

      .
      Source : autre article reuters : https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-says-radiation-levels-normal-around-taishan-reactor-2021-06-15

      Donc le gars a les chiffres vu ce qu’il affirme.

      L’article mentionne qu’effectivement il pourrait y avoir un problème de rupture de gaine d’un crayon de combustible (un tube en fait, qui contient des pastilles de combustible), ce qui peut arriver, mais qui nécessite normalement un arrêt pour retirer l’assemblage fautif (et non pas juste le crayon fautif contrairement à ce qu’on a lu ça et là, ça c’est pas possible).

      Et il reste ce que Framatome a dit aux autorités US, c’est-à-dire que les seuils maximum de rejets autorisés ont été relevés par l’opérateur pour éviter d’arrêter la tranche. Sur ce front là pas de nouvelle.

      J’aime bien la petite remarque glissée au milieu du premier article Reuters :

      Nuclear experts have generally played down the risks.

      Ah sinon on a l’habituel neuneu probablement formé chez nous, avec une resucée du nuage-qui-s’arrête-aux-frontières : il s’agit, selon l’article Reuters, d’un « scientifique nucléaire chinois installé aux états-unis » :

      Li Ning, a Chinese nuclear scientist based in the United States, told Reuters that CNN was “making a mountain out of a molehill” and that it was unrealistic to expect “zero failure” in the fuel cladding of nuclear projects anywhere in the world.

      Li said the media were “often unwilling to put risks into proper perspective”, which he said had effectively killed off the nuclear industry in the west.

      “Coal fired power plants can emit and discharge more radioactivity than nuclear power plants,” Li said.

      J’en profite pour tagguer : #nucléaire #EPR

    • Inutile d’aller sur CNews pour juger le degré de fake-news quotidiennes à la télévision française. Pujadas est aussi tous les jours sur LCI et il distille des inepties plus grandes que lui. Ce qui n’est pas bien difficile vu qu’il est petit avec le charme d’un pied de chou. Hier, il invitait sur son plateau une ingénieure et enseignante au CNAM pour éclairer ses téléspectateurs sur la fuite radioactive de l’EPR de Taishan, Mme Galichet assure que ce qui sort d’une centrale (déchets nucléaire) est inoffensif et peut retourner à l’état naturel. Et le « pied de chou » de conclure ce tour de table par « nous voilà rassuré par ce brillant exposé sur le fonctionnement d’une centrale nucléaire » le tout en 20 minutes chrono.
      https://twitter.com/24hPujadas/status/1404841034203504647

      Nucléaire – « Je vous rappelle que l’uranium est un minerai, c’est naturel, ça se trouve dans la terre »
      Emmanuelle Galichet – Chercheure en sciences et technologies nucléaires au CNAM

      https://video.twimg.com/amplify_video/1404840879207157767/vid/1024x576/3d_cXZdyA1lDcdjt.mp4?tag=14


      WIN France le nucléaire au féminin
      http://www.win-france.org/retrouvez-emmanuelle-galichet-laureate-femenergia-2018

      Nous avons posé 3 questions à Mme Emmanuelle Galichet, maître de conférence en Sciences et technologies nucléaire au CNAM, pour comprendre le rapport de la filière nucléaire avec l’innovation, la diversité et comprendre comment transmettre cette culture de l’innovation aux futurs ingénieurs.

      https://www.techniques-ingenieur.fr/actualite/articles/jni-2019-linnovation-dans-le-domaine-du-nucleaire-64464
      Si le projet Cigéo est abandonné, il faudra demander à l’agence nationale de gestion des déchets radioactifs (Andra) de réserver une place pour cette dame au fond du trou.

    • https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/16/business/china-nuclear-reactor.html

      SHANGHAI — The Chinese government said on Wednesday that “about five” of the uranium fuel rods inside a nuclear power plant in southeastern China had been damaged, but added that no radiation had leaked out of reactors at the site.

      Regulators have also reviewed and approved limits on how much radioactive gas is allowed to accumulate in the water at the reactor, China’s National Nuclear Safety Administration said in a statement. Nuclear scientists in the United States and Europe said in interviews this week that a buildup of radioactive gas in the water surrounding the fuel rods, while not uncommon at reactors elsewhere, was often a sign of poor design, manufacturing or management.

      Donc : soit Framatome a fabriqué des éléments combustibles foireux (poor design or manufacturing), soit il les a transportés sans faire gaffe, soit les chinois les ont manutentionnés sans faire gaffe (poor management).

      It is fairly common for a few fuel rods to suffer damage in a nuclear reactor, said Najmedin Meshkati, an engineering professor specializing in nuclear safety at the University of Southern California. But it is less common for radioactive gases to accumulate in the water around the fuel rods to the point that regulators need to review what levels are safe, he said.

      “There is no question that something has happened,” he said, adding that events inside the reactor are unlikely to pose a serious safety threat.

      Mouaip... la dernière phrase relève une fois de plus de l’indécrottable optimisme (ou aveuglement) des spécialistes du nucléaire.

    • Éléments de sûreté nucléaire, Réacteurs à Eau Pressurisée - IRSN ch. 28 : Le combustible : gestions, surveillance et évolutions
      https://www.irsn.fr/FR/Larecherche/publications-documentation/collection-ouvrages-IRSN/Documents/Element%20sûreté%20REP%20chapitre%2028.pdf

      Étude détaillée des problèmes liés à la dégradation des crayons de combustible ; ce que l’on peut savoir de l’incident (présence de gaz rares dans le circuit primaire) a l’air de correspondre fidèlement à ce qui est décrit dans le manuel.

      Par ailleurs, on ne sait pas très bien (on est incapable de savoir…) ce qui se produit précisément dans le crayon lorsque survient un défaut d’étanchéité. Où l’on retrouve la question des seuils dont la fixation est assez arbitraire, mais dont il faut souhaiter qu’ils évoluent à la baisse.

      Le problème majeur rencontré pour la fixation des seuils résulte de la difficulté d’évaluer correctement l’état de la première barrière de confinement au cours d’un cycle de fonctionnement. En effet, il n’existe pas de méthode simple permettant de déterminer, à partir des données aisément accessibles (principalement les mesures de la radioactivité de quelques-uns des principaux produits de fission), l’état des gaines des crayons combustibles, en termes de nombre et de taille des défauts. La radioactivité relâchée par un défaut dépendant de nombreux paramètres inconnus a priori (taille, position, thermohydraulique locale, taux de combustion et puissance du crayon...) et les phénomènes physiques de relâchement des produits de fission étant encore imparfaitement compris, les modèles de « prédiction » des défauts à partir de la radioactivité de l’eau du circuit primaire présentent des incertitudes significatives et le nombre et la taille des défauts ne peuvent être déterminés de façon fiable qu’a posteriori, après arrêt du réacteur et déchargement des assemblages.
      Par ailleurs, au-delà du relâchement direct des produits de fission (notamment gazeux) initialement contenus dans les volumes libres du crayon, les conséquences d’une perte d’étanchéité de la première barrière de confinement peuvent être beaucoup plus importantes.

      (p. 824)

    • Dossier de L’Usine nouvelle : le chapeau du dossier

      Pourquoi l’incident nucléaire à l’EPR chinois de Taishan secoue tant EDF - Transition écologique et énergétique
      https://www.usinenouvelle.com/article/pourquoi-l-incident-nucleaire-a-l-epr-chinois-de-taishan-secoue-tant-

      La malédiction de l’EPR atteint la Chine. Lundi 14 juin, EDF et sa filiale Framatome ont révélé une augmentation de la concentration de gaz rares dans le circuit primaire d’un réacteur de la centrale nucléaire de Taishan. Si l’anomalie ne semble pas grave pour l’instant, elle soulève des interrogations sur l’éventuelle responsabilité de Framatome et sur l’équilibre des forces dans le partenariat franco-chinois. L’affaire entache aussi l’image d’un site qui fait office de vitrine pour EDF alors qu’il abrite les deux seuls EPR en service à travers le monde.

    • … premier article du dossier :

      « Ce qui est arrivé à Taishan n’est pas qualifié comme un incident de sûreté », souligne Valérie Faudon (Sfen)
      https://www.usinenouvelle.com/article/epr-de-taishan-la-chine-n-attend-pas-que-l-asn-lui-donne-des-lecons-p

      Déléguée générale de la Société française d’énergie nucléaire (Sfen), Valérie Faudon apporte un éclairage technique sur la situation à l’EPR de Taishan (Chine). L’ingénieure revient également sur les aspects géopolitiques de l’affaire et sur la situation de la filière française de l’atome.
      […]
      D’où vient la concentration de gaz rares constatée par EDF ?
      Dans un réacteur nucléaire, les pastilles d’uranium sont disposées dans des crayons de zirconium, le tout dans des assemblages de combustible. Dans un EPR, il y a 64 000 crayons. Ces crayons sont situés dans la cuve, qui est remplie avec de l’eau pressurisée. D’où le nom de réacteur à eau pressurisée. Cette eau circule dans le circuit primaire et elle est analysée périodiquement. Ils ont constaté dans sa composition chimique une augmentation des gaz rares (xénon, crypton…). Lors de la réaction de fission, la molécule d’uranium se coupe en petits morceaux. C’est cela qui libère de l’énergie. Dans ces petits morceaux, il y a des gaz rares. Normalement, ils restent enfermés dans la gaine du combustible et le combustible est déchargé. En France, on parle d’un arrêt de tranche pour maintenance et rechargement du combustible. Cela arrive tous les 12 à 18 mois. Les combustibles sont retirés, on les laisse refroidir dans une piscine et au bout d’un certain temps ils sont transportés à La Hague (Manche) chez Orano et on les laisse encore refroidir dans des piscines avant de les retraiter.
      Dans ce cas précis, le fait qu’il y ait un peu de gaz rares qui soient passés dans l’eau veut dire qu’un certain nombre de crayons ne sont pas complètement étanches. Le ministère chinois de l’Écologie et de l’Environnement a parlé de cinq crayons sur 64 000. D’habitude, dès que le problème d’étanchéité est constaté, l’exploitant surveille d’autant plus l’eau. Les gaz rares y sont dissous, donc ils ne sont pas à l’état gazeux. L’eau est lavée périodiquement avec un petit circuit de filtrage et on vérifie que la concentration n’atteint pas ce qu’on appelle le « seuil de repli ». Ce seuil est fixé entre l’exploitant et l’autorité de sûreté. C’est un niveau de concentration à partir duquel la tranche va être arrêtée. Si on regarde le rapport de l’inspecteur général d’EDF, il y a eu sept assemblages non étanches en France. [Ce nombre correspond à un taux de défaillance de 0,11 %, un résultat salué comme un « bon niveau » par l’inspecteur, ndlr] Pour l’instant, les autorités chinoises disent que les seuils ne sont pas atteints.

    • … et le non-dit majeur actuellement sur le nucléaire (qui commence à devenir criant) le parc est vieillissant et il n’y a rien dans les tuyaux pour le renouveler. En supposant que la filière EPR finisse par marcher en France (tousse, tousse !…) il deviendrait urgent de lancer le renouvellement.

      Quelle place occupe la France dans cette compétition ?
      Nous n’avons pas vocation à avoir le plus grand parc nucléaire mondial. Notre objectif est de décarboner notre économie et d’assurer notre souveraineté. La sécurité d’approvisionnement électrique redevient un enjeu. Il y a quand même eu en 2020 des coupures d’électricité en Californie (États-Unis) durant l’été. En période de canicule, ils n’arrivaient plus à fournir suffisamment d’électricité pour la climatisation, faute de capacités pilotables suffisantes. Il y a eu le même problème au Texas (États-Unis), cette fois lors d’une vague de froid.

      En France, nous avons vraiment un sujet. Les bilans prévisionnels de RTE montrent que nous allons avoir besoin de beaucoup d’énergies renouvelables mais aussi de renouveler notre socle nucléaire. Si on se rend compte que les autres technologies ne sont pas disponibles, il faudra accélérer la construction du parc nucléaire. La question posée à la filière est : « Êtes-vous en mesure d’accélérer ? » Mais la filière n’a toujours pas la première commande ! [Le gouvernement français étudie un programme de construction six nouveaux EPR mais la décision a été renvoyée au prochain quinquennat qui débutera en 2022, ndlr] Dans la filière de la défense, notamment avec les sous-marins, les industriels ont une visibilité pour vingt ans. Donc ils peuvent s’organiser, maintenir les compétences et leur outil industriel, former des personnes… Une souveraineté industrielle ne se bâtit pas avec du « stop and go ».

    • EPR de Taishan : gaz rares, gaz nobles, gaz radioactifs ou gaz inertes ?
      http://www.fukushima-blog.com/2021/06/epr-de-taishan-gaz-rares-gaz-nobles-gaz-radioactifs-ou-gaz-inertes.h

      L’évènement de la centrale nucléaire de Taishan révélé ce jour par CNN permet de mettre un coup de projecteur sur le rejet de gaz rares dans l’environnement. Tout d’abord, concernant l’industrie atomique, considérez la formulation « gaz inertes » comme étant de la désinformation car les gaz rares issus d’une centrale nucléaire sont tout sauf inertes ! Inerte, cela signifie inactif. Or la radioactivité, c’est de l’activité : les rayons projettent des particules et de l’énergie dans leur environnement.

      Fuite radioactive en Chine : le coup fatal pour le réacteur nucléaire français EPR
      http://www.observatoire-du-nucleaire.org/spip.php?article381

      http://www.dissident-media.org/infonucleaire
      GLOSSAIRES des sigles du NUCLEAIRE
      https://www.gazettenucleaire.org/?url=/2017/283.html

    • @simplicissimus Merci pour le complément d’info bien sourcées. Donc effectivement ce qu’il faut retenir c’est qu’ils ont quelques crayons abîmés, et que tu coup du krypton et quelques autres gaz rares parmi les produits de fission se baladent dans le circuit primaire. C’est emmerdant mais ça ne génère pas de rejets extérieurs. Reste à savoir comme je le mentionnais plus haut qui est responsable : Framatome comme fabricant et livreur, ou les chinois comme manutentionnaires et utilisateurs ? Ou encore y a-t-il un souci genre vibration dans la cuve qui provoquerait ce genre de dégât ? (ceci ne sont que pures supputations).

      Je reviens sur l’histoire du renouvellement du parc : si on se place dans la logique nucléariste, effectivement, c’est maintenant qu’il faudrait renouveler le parc. C’est peut-être maintenant aussi qu’il faut repenser globalement l’énergie, tant du point de vue consommation que production (rien n’est plus assommant que l’argument qui veut qu’il faut renouveler à hauteur de la consommation actuelle). Il me semble que les échéances climatiques réclament un débat extrêmement large, sur lequel on s’interroge avant tout sur les baisses de consommation envisageables (en particulier les industries fortement consommatrices).

      Parce que bon, continuer à miser sur une production d’énergie qui : 1) lègue un tas de merde aux générations futures et 2) est certes acceptable tant que les installations fonctionnent bien, a certes un taux d’accident au regard des heures cumulées d’utilisation extrêmement bas, mais est parfaitement innacceptable du fait que quand accident il y a, ça te raye des centaines de km² habitables.

  • Opinion | #France Is Becoming More Like America. It’s Terrible. - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/02/opinion/france-cnews-americanization.html

    French politics are, in fact, becoming Americanized. But the problem is not left-wing theories or censorious scolds. It is instead the rise of an insular, nationalistic, right-wing discourse driven by a belligerent style of press coverage. Distinctively French in content, the form this discourse takes — grievance-wallowing hosts conjuring embittered conversations about national decline, immigration and religion — follows America’s lead. As in the United States, the result is a degraded political landscape that empowers the far right, dragging mainstream politicians into its orbit.

    #Macron

  • China Says It Will Allow Couples to Have 3 Children, Up From 2 - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/world/asia/china-three-child-policy.html

    China said on Monday that it would allow all married couples to have three children, ending a two-child policy that has failed to raise the country’s declining birthrates and avert a demographic crisis.

    The announcement by the ruling Communist Party represents an acknowledgment that its limits on reproduction, the world’s toughest, have jeopardized the country’s future. The labor pool is shrinking and the population is graying, threatening the industrial strategy that China has used for decades to emerge from poverty to become an economic powerhouse.

    But it is far from clear that relaxing the policy further will pay off.

  • Israël-Palestine : le Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU crée une commission d’enquête | ONU Info
    https://news.un.org/fr/story/2021/05/1097002

    Plus généralement, #Gaza a souvent été qualifiée de plus grande #prison à ciel ouvert du monde, la puissance occupante ayant toute autorité pour déterminer qui et quoi entre et sort de la bande. « Il n’existe aucune autre situation comparable dans le monde moderne où une puissance étrangère a enfermé et mis à l’écart une communauté entière de personnes », a affirmé M. Lynk.

    #crimes #sionisme #impunité

  • Immunity to the Coronavirus May Persist for Years, Scientists Find - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/26/health/coronavirus-immunity-vaccines.html

    [...] memory B cells produced in response to infection with #SARS-CoV-2 and enhanced with #vaccination are so potent that they thwart even variants of the virus, negating the need for boosters, according to Michel Nussenzweig, an immunologist at Rockefeller University in New York who led the study on memory maturation.

    Après avoir contracté le #coronavirus, l’#immunité pourrait durer bien plus d’un an - Edition du soir Ouest-France - 27/05/2021
    https://www.ouest-france.fr/leditiondusoir/2021-05-27/apres-avoir-contracte-le-coronavirus-limmunite-pourrait-durer-bien-plus

    Les chercheurs ont analysé le sang de 63 patients guéris du #Covid-19 un an plus tôt, dont 26 ont aujourd’hui reçu au moins une dose des vaccins Pfizer/BioNTech ou Moderna. [Chez les personnes qui ont été vaccinées] [n]on seulement, le taux d’anticorps empêchant la réinfection est resté stable entre six et douze mois, mais les lymphocytes B à mémoire se sont aussi renforcés au fil du temps. Un an après l’infection, les anticorps qu’ils produisent ont acquis la capacité de neutraliser un large groupe de #variants

    [...]

    « Les personnes qui ont été infectées [puis] ont été vaccinées ont vraiment une réponse formidable, un ensemble formidable d’anticorps, qu’elles continuent à faire évoluer, explique le Dr Nussenzweig. Je m’attends à ce qu’ils durent longtemps. » [...]

    Afin de bénéficier d’une meilleure protection, les personnes qui n’ont jamais été infectées par le coronavirus pourraient, elles, avoir besoin d’une troisième dose, afin de voir leur réponse immunitaire améliorée. Pour l’heure, les scientifiques pointent un manque de données, qui devrait être comblé dans les prochains mois. Aujourd’hui, en Europe, seules les personnes immunodéprimées se sont vues recommander l’injection d’une troisième dose.

    SARS-CoV-2 infection induces long-lived bone marrow plasma cells in humans | Nature
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03647-4

    Vaccination boosts naturally enhanced neutralizing breadth to SARS-CoV-2 one year after infection | bioRxiv
    https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.05.07.443175v1

    #vaccins

  • New Zealanders Are Flooding Home. Will the Old Problems Push Them Back Out? - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/24/world/asia/new-zealand-return-covid.html

    New Zealanders Are Flooding Home. Will the Old Problems Push Them Back Out? More than 50,000 have escaped the pandemic by moving back, offering the country a rare chance to regain talented citizens. But they are confronting entrenched housing and employment challenges.
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Like many New Zealanders before her, Cat Moody chased the broader horizons of life abroad, unsure if she would ever return to a homeland she saw as remote and limiting.But when the pandemic arrived, it “changed the calculus” of what she valued, she said. Suddenly, fresh air, natural splendor and a sparse population sounded more appealing, as did the sense of security in a country whose strict measures have all but vanquished Covid-19.In February, Ms. Moody, 42, left her house and the life she had built in Princeton, N.J., and moved back to New Zealand with her husband, a U.S. citizen. She is among more than 50,000 New Zealanders who have flocked home during the pandemic, offering the country a rare opportunity to win back some of its best and brightest.
    The unexpected influx of international experience and connections has led to local news reports heralding a societal and industrial renaissance. Policymakers are exhorting businesses to capitalize on the “fundamental competitive advantage” offered by the country’s success against the coronavirus. The question is how long the edge will last. While New Zealand may look from the outside like a liberal Eden, those returning to the country face some of the same pressures that provoked their departure, like sky-high housing costs, lagging wages and constricted job prospects.
    Given those issues and others, one out of every six New Zealanders lives abroad, a million people in all. Successive governments have pledged, without much success, to find ways to stanch the flood.For many, higher salaries, particularly in neighboring Australia, are a distinct draw. Another powerful force is the intractable housing shortage in New Zealand, which has vexed the current government, led by Jacinda Ardern, and its predecessors.New Zealand’s median house price increased by 19 percent in the 12 months that ended in April, and now stands at $576,000, or 800,000 New Zealand dollars, more than 60 percent higher than in the United States. Treasury figures released on Thursday project that house prices will peak in the middle of this year.
    Some of those who have returned to New Zealand will leave again as soon as the pandemic ends. Such was the lure last year of a coronavirus-free summer spent at crowded beaches and festivals that the government imposed quarantine fees starting at more than $2,000 on New Zealanders intending to make only short visits.And among those who intend to stay long term, many are cleareyed about the challenges.They had always planned to return to New Zealand Ms. Imam said. Their move was hastened not only by Covid-19 but also by the presidency of Donald J. Trump and the United States’ unresolved systemic racism, highlighted by last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests.
    Spending time overseas has long been a rite of passage for young New Zealanders like Ms. Imam. A large number — including, in her youth, Ms. Ardern — stay abroad only as long as visas or funds allow. But thousands of New Zealanders migrate overseas each year with little intention of returning — at least before starting a family or retiring, and therefore ending the hunt for faster-paced careers or higher wages abroad.The country typically posts a net loss of thousands or tens of thousands of citizens each year, with its overall population growth fueled by migrants. The pandemic has brought a stark reversal. In 2020, New Zealand posted a yearly net gain of thousands of citizens for the first time since the 1970s, the country’s statistics bureau said.Modeling by the bureau projects that 23,000 of the New Zealanders who returned home from living abroad during the year ending in March 2021 will stay for at least 12 months. By contrast, 7,800 citizens moved overseas. The Ardern government has announced no specific measures aimed at retaining citizens who return. But it is using its border shutdown as a moment to “reset” its immigration priorities, saying on Monday that it would loosen controls for wealthy investors while curtailing temporary visas for the migrants the country has long relied on as citizens moved away.
    Image Lamia Imam, a New Zealander, and her American husband, Cody Sandel. They had always planned to return to New Zealand, but their move was hastened by the pandemic and the political situation in the United States.Lamia Imam, a New Zealander, and her American husband, Cody Sandel. When the pandemic first struck, Ms. Moody and her husband were determined to remain in Princeton, she said. She was undergoing in vitro fertilization, and her husband was applying to American medical schools.
    Ms. Moody, who worked for the World Bank and the consulting firm Deloitte during her time abroad, said it was important that she “not feel like I’m trapped, career-wise or physically or psychologically.” If she returned to New Zealand, she said, “I was scared I would lose that outward-looking global connection.” But as the pandemic dragged on, the couple’s reasons for staying in the United States dwindled, and early this year they moved back to Auckland. They are so certain they will remain, despite the lower wages and less affordable housing, that Ms. Moody’s husband has begun the lengthy process of training as a doctor locally.
    Wages in her field are about 20 percent lower in New Zealand than in the United States, Ms. Moody said, so she has kept her job as the global head of leadership for the strategy firm OneLeap, headquartered in London. She is among many newly returned New Zealanders who hope to retain their overseas salaries for as long as they can.Time zone differences mean workdays in New Zealand and the United States or Europe scarcely overlap. Those working remotely are relying on a new willingness from their multinational employers to consider making flexible work arrangements permanent.For people returning to New Zealand in hope of finding work in the public sector, as Ms. Imam had planned, salaries are constrained. The government announced this month that wage increases would be prohibited for the next three years for those earning more than $71,000 and tightly restricted for those earning above $43,000.What New Zealand is now offering her — a caution that led Ms. Ardern to shut down the country before the virus spread out of control — is what she had craved for the past year as the United States’ at times cavalier response to the pandemic led to disaster.But she worries that New Zealand’s approach has not left it a clear route to rejoining the world. Fewer than 153,000 people in the country of five million have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, and Australians and residents of the Cook Islands are the only non-New Zealanders who can visit. Ms. Imam, who worked in communications for the computer company Dell in the United States, said that New Zealand’s reputation abroad was better than it deserved.Still, she said that new government policies, such as paid leave for women who have miscarriages, had convinced her that the “project that is New Zealand” was worth returning for.“At least we’re doing something right,” she said. “I want to be part of that.”

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#nouvellezelande#australie#etatsunis#emigration#retour#pandemie#sante#vaccination#politiquemigratoire

  • Life Under Occupation: The Misery at the Heart of the Israel-Gaza Conflict
    By David M. Halbfinger and Adam Rasgon
    May 22, 2021 - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/22/us/israel-gaza-conflict.html

    An eviction in East Jerusalem lies at the center of a conflict that led to war between Israel and Hamas. But for millions of Palestinians, the routine indignities of occupation are part of daily life.

    JERUSALEM — Muhammad Sandouka built his home in the shadow of the Temple Mount before his second son, now 15, was born.

    They demolished it together, after Israeli authorities decided that razing it would improve views of the Old City for tourists.

    Mr. Sandouka, 42, a countertop installer, had been at work when an inspector confronted his wife with two options: Tear the house down, or the government would not only level it but also bill the Sandoukas $10,000 for its expenses.

    Such is life for Palestinians living under Israel’s occupation: always dreading the knock at the front door.

    The looming removal of six Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem set off a round of protests that helped ignite the latest war between Israel and Gaza. But to the roughly three million Palestinians living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 war and has controlled through decades of failed peace talks, the story was exceptional only because it attracted an international spotlight.

    For the most part, they endure the frights and indignities of the Israeli occupation in obscurity.

    Even in supposedly quiet periods, when the world is not paying attention, Palestinians from all walks of life routinely experience exasperating impossibilities and petty humiliations, bureaucratic controls that force agonizing choices, and the fragility and cruelty of life under military rule, now in its second half-century. (...)

    #Jerusalem #colonialisme_de_peuplement

  • Une enquête auprès des épidémiologistes démasque le mensonge que les enfants ne propagent pas le COVID-19 - World Socialist Web Site
    https://www.wsws.org/fr/articles/2021/05/18/pers-m18.html
    https://www.wsws.org/asset/471cb25e-e721-4483-ad57-3ec013969651?rendition=image1280

    Dans un article publié samedi par le New York Times, une enquête menée auprès de 723 épidémiologistes a mis en évidence le rôle central joué par les enfants dans la propagation du COVID-19. Ces résultats contredisent les affirmations faites tout au long de la pandémie par l’ensemble de l’establishment politique sur les dangers prétendument minimes que la politique de réouverture des écoles fait courir aux enfants et à la société dans son ensemble.

    Le rapport démasque également la décision irresponsable et anti-scientifique des Centres de contrôle et de prévention des maladies (CDC), sous la direction du gouvernement Biden, de mettre fin aux directives demandant à tous les individus de porter des masques à l’intérieur et à pratiquer la distanciation sociale. Un objectif central étant de faciliter la réouverture des écoles à l’enseignement en présentiel avant qu’il ne soit sans danger.

    L’article du Times, intitulé « 723 épidémiologistes sur quand et comment les États-Unis peuvent revenir pleinement à la normale », commence ainsi : « Les cas de Covid-19 diminuent aux États-Unis, et les masques ne sont plus nécessaires partout. Mais, la pandémie continue – et ne sera pas terminée tant que les jeunes enfants ne pourront pas, eux aussi, être vaccinés ».

  • La fin des directives du CDC sur la porte des masques vise à « normaliser » la mort - World Socialist Web Site
    https://www.wsws.org/fr/articles/2021/05/17/pers-m17.html
    https://www.wsws.org/asset/0de896bd-3a78-49d1-a6a7-c77c3aa9dfe9?rendition=image1280

    L’orientation du CDC est une décision politique, et non scientifique. Elle se veut un signal qui indique que toutes les mesures qui empiètent sur les intérêts des sociétés, qu’il s’agisse d’exigences de distanciation sociale ou de directives sanitaires renforcées, doivent être abandonnées. Les usines et les lieux de travail seront libres de regrouper les travailleurs en groupes, de ne jamais nettoyer les surfaces ou les salles de bain, et d’envoyer leurs employés dans des foules non masquées.

    En 24 heures, plusieurs des plus grands détaillants du pays, dont Walmart, Sam’s Club et Trader Joe’s, ont annoncé qu’ils n’appliqueraient plus l’obligation de porter un masque. Plus de 10 États, dont le Kansas et le Minnesota, ont assoupli les restrictions relatives aux masques en réponse aux nouvelles directives du CDC.

    L’annonce a été un choc pour les épidémiologistes. Après la publication des directives, le New York Times a publié un article intitulé « Des centaines d’épidémiologistes s’attendaient au port du masque en public pendant au moins un an ». Dans une enquête menée auprès d’épidémiologistes au cours du mois qui précédait l’annonce, le Times a constaté que « 80 pour cent d’entre eux ont déclaré qu’ils pensaient que les Américains devraient porter des masques dans les lieux publics intérieurs pendant au moins un an de plus. Cinq pour cent seulement ont déclaré que les gens n’auraient plus besoin de porter des masques à l’intérieur d’ici cet été ».

  • Bernie Sanders: The U.S. Must Stop Being an Apologist for the Netanyahu Government
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/14/opinion/bernie-sanders-israel-palestine-gaza.html

    In this moment of crisis, the United States should be urging an immediate cease-fire. We should also understand that, while Hamas firing rockets into Israeli communities is absolutely unacceptable, today’s conflict did not begin with those rockets.

    Palestinian families in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah have been living under the threat of eviction for many years, navigating a legal system designed to facilitate their forced displacement. And over the past weeks, extremist settlers have intensified their efforts to evict them.

    And, tragically, those evictions are just one part of a broader system of political and economic oppression. For years we have seen a deepening Israeli occupation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and a continuing blockade on Gaza that make life increasingly intolerable for Palestinians. In Gaza, which has about two million inhabitants, 70 percent of young people are unemployed and have little hope for the future.

  • A Misleading C.D.C. Number - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/11/briefing/outdoor-covid-transmission-cdc-number.html

    Saying that less than 10 percent of #Covid #transmission occurs outdoors is akin to saying that sharks attack fewer than 20,000 swimmers a year. (The actual worldwide number is around 150.) It’s both true and deceiving.

    En réalité moins de 1% et possiblement moins de 0.1% affirment les épidémiologistes interrogés par l’auteur de l’article.

  • Seeing the Real Faces of Silicon Valley - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/08/business/economy/seeing-the-real-faces-of-silicon-valley.html

    The workers of Silicon Valley rarely look like the men idealized in its lore. They are sometimes heavier, sometimes older, often female, often darker skinned. Many migrated from elsewhere. And most earn far less than Mark Zuckerberg or Tim Cook.

    This is a place of divides.

    As the valley’s tech companies have driven the American economy since the Great Recession, the region has remained one of the most unequal in the United States.

    During the depths of the pandemic, four in 10 families in the area with children could not be sure that they would have enough to eat on any given day, according to an analysis by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. Just months later, Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, who recently added “Technoking” to his title, briefly became the world’s richest man. The median home price in Santa Clara County — home to Apple and Alphabet — is now $1.4 million, according to the California Association of Realtors.

    For those who have not been fortunate enough to make billionaire lists, for midlevel engineers and food truck workers and longtime residents, the valley has become increasingly inhospitable, testing their resilience and resolve.

    Here are 12 of them, who originally appeared in our book, “Seeing Silicon Valley,” from which this photo essay is excerpted.

    #Fred_Turner #Mary_Beth_Meehan #Visages_Silicon_Valley

  • These Neanderthals Weren’t Cannibals, So Who Ate Them? Stone Age Hyenas. - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/08/world/europe/italy-neanderthal-fossils-guattari-cave.html

    The cave’s discovery in 1939 created an international buzz when it yielded what remains one of the best preserved Neanderthal skulls ever found. The skull had a large hole in the temple, and its fame may have been fueled by the thesis put forth by Alberto Carlo Blanc, the paleontologist who first studied it, that the Neanderthals had engaged in ritual cannibalism.

    In the latest excavations, led by a multidisciplinary team that has been working since October 2019, researchers found hundreds of animal bones with signs they had been gnawed on by hyenas — the Stone Age ancestors to today’s carnivores — who used the cave as a sort of pantry, said Mario Rolfo, who teaches prehistoric archaeology at the University of Rome at Tor Vergata.

    It appears that the hyenas also had a taste for Neanderthals, and one skull found at the site had a hole similar to the one found in the 1939 cranium. That find definitively put to rest Blanc’s theory of cannibalism and cult rituals.

    “Reality is more banal,” Professor Rolfo said, adding that “hyenas like munching on bones” and probably opened a cavity in the skull to get to the brain.

    It is unclear whether the Neanderthals were killed by the hyenas or the hyenas snacked on Neanderthals after they died from other causes.

  • 30 avril 2021, l’#OMS reconnaît la contamination par #aérosols (seulement dans la version anglaise pour l’instant)...
    https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-how-is-it-transmitted

    Current evidence suggests that the virus spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with each other, typically within 1 metre (short-range). A person can be infected when aerosols or droplets containing the virus are inhaled or come directly into contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth.

    The virus can also spread in poorly ventilated and/or crowded indoor settings, where people tend to spend longer periods of time. This is because aerosols remain suspended in the air or travel farther than 1 metre (long-range).

    ... bien que sans tambour ni trompette
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/07/opinion/coronavirus-airborne-transmission.html

    #sars-cov2 #transmission

  • Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/03/health/covid-herd-immunity-vaccine.html

    Unnerving scenarios remain on the path to this long-term vision.

    Over time, if not enough people are protected, highly contagious #variants may develop that can break through vaccine protection, land people in the hospital and put them at risk of death.

    “That’s the nightmare scenario,” said Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University.

    How frequent and how severe those breakthrough infections are have the potential to determine whether the United States can keep hospitalizations and deaths low or if the country will find itself in a “mad scramble” every couple of years, he said.

    #immunité #sars-cov2 #covid-19 #immunité_collective

  • ‘They’re Trying to Bully Us’: N.Y.U. Graduate Students Are Back on Strike

    N.Y.U.’s campus is in limbo as graduate students have stopped working, with their union demanding higher wages, more benefits and less police presence on campus.

    When Marwan Shalaby moved to New York from Egypt in 2019 to start an engineering Ph.D. at New York University, he had $700 in his bank account. He figured that would be enough to get settled.

    But Mr. Shalaby had to pay for the deposit on an apartment, a mattress and winter clothes. After going to the emergency room with a cooking injury, he began to rack up debt.

    As he waited anxiously for his first graduate student stipend payment, which would add up to $2,500 a month, Mr. Shalaby realized those checks would barely cover the cost of living in his new city. The time and energy he wanted to devote to studying for classes was instead spent worrying about his bank account.

    “My learning experience wasn’t optimal because my mind was so preoccupied with how I’d pay for the essentials,” he said.

    This week, Mr. Shalaby, 28, joined more than a thousand N.Y.U. graduate students striking for higher wages from the university, among other demands, like better health care and a change in the school’s relationship with the Police Department.

    While on strike, the graduate students are refraining from their work duties, including assistant teaching and grading papers, leaving the campus in limbo as the university and union continue bargaining over the terms of the students’ new contract.

    More than seven years ago, N.Y.U.’s graduate students became the first in the country to win voluntary recognition for their union from a private university. The resulting contract expired in August, and graduate students, who are represented by the United Automobile Workers, have spent months locked in heated negotiations over the terms for its renewal.

    At the center of the conflict between the union and the university, among the country’s more expensive, is the graduate students’ demand for higher wages. The union’s organizing committee initially proposed a $46 hourly wage — more than double the current hourly wages for graduate students there, which start at $20.

    The organizing committee has since dropped its proposal to $32 per hour. The university has countered with a proposed raise of around 22 percent over six years, amounting to a $1 raise in the contract’s first year.

    N.Y.U. leaders maintain that the graduate students make more than their counterparts at other schools. They noted that graduate students at Harvard, for example, recently settled a contract that granted an hourly wage of $17.

    “This strike need not have happened,” John Beckman, an N.Y.U. spokesman, said in an email. “The university has made generous proposals in this contract renewal.”

    The university’s president emailed the parents of N.Y.U. students this week and described the strike as “unwarranted, untimely, and regrettable.” The email sparked a backlash and a number of jokes on social media from some of the graduate students, many of them above the age of 30, whose parents received it. (“If I’m grounded I still can’t go to work,” Chloe Jones, 26, a Ph.D. student, tweeted.)

    Graduate student organizers at N.Y.U. said the comparison with Harvard’s contract was inappropriate because of the higher cost of living in New York. The N.Y.U. organizers determined their proposed wage by using the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s living wage calculator, accounting for the constraint that graduate students can only work 20 hours each week.

    And while Columbia and Harvard graduate students went on strike in recent years to get their first union contracts, N.Y.U.’s graduate students are negotiating a second contract, having settled their first in 2015, and therefore have made more ambitious demands. (Columbia’s strike, which began in March, has paused while students vote on their contract, which would raise wages for hourly student workers to $20 within three years.)

    “A first contract establishes a baseline for future negotiations,” said William A. Herbert, executive director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at Hunter College. “In the second contract, the union is seeking to broaden and expand their benefits. It’s very common for a second contract to be more demanding.”

    The urgency of the union’s financial demands has been heightened by the pandemic and the economic crisis, as the academic job market has been squeezed by hiring freezes.

    “They’re trying to bully us to drop our wage proposals lower and lower,” said Ellis Garey, 28, a union organizer and fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in history and Middle Eastern studies at N.Y.U. “We finally now have thousands of graduate workers on the picket line.”

    The crowd that gathered near N.Y.U. on Friday, chanting and marching, heard from several City Council candidates as well as Senator Bernie Sanders, who called in to congratulate the strikers. “If we respect education in this country — if we know how important it is that we supply the best education in the world to our young people,” he said, “it is imperative that we have well-paid faculty members who are treated with respect and dignity.”

    Unionization and collective bargaining among graduate students dates back decades in the public sector, which saw its first higher education contract in 1970 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    But at private schools, the question of whether graduate students should be treated as students or workers has been more contentious. And N.Y.U. has long been a battleground for the issue.

    The National Labor Relations Board first recognized graduate students’ right to collective bargaining at private universities in 2000, in a case that started at N.Y.U. But the board, whose five members are appointed by the president, had a conservative majority under President George W. Bush. In a 2004 case at Brown University, the board reversed its ruling, leaving private graduate student unions federally unprotected.

    The board has vacillated on the subject ever since as the White House has changed hands. Though Republicans still hold a majority until at least late summer, the board said in March that it would withdraw a proposed rule on the issue from the Trump era, once again clearing the way for graduate students at private schools to unionize.

    There has been significant growth in the number of total unionized student employees nationwide, from around 64,680 in 2013 to more than 83,000 in 2019, according to research from the Hunter center.

    The issue of whether graduate students should be classified as students or employees is more urgent now than ever, Mr. Herbert said, as the federal government considers how to classify gig workers and the workplace protections they’re afforded.

    Many private university leaders have traditionally held that graduate students’ primary obligation was to their studies, not their labor. But the striking graduate students at N.Y.U. argue that there is no distinction between their work and academics — and that the university couldn’t function without their paid labor.

    “When I’m doing my research, that benefits the university,” Ms. Garey said. “I present at conferences, organize workshops within my department, publish articles, publish translations. All of these are things faculty members do as part of their compensation.”

    Compensation isn’t the sole issue driving a wedge between the N.Y.U. graduate student organizers and the university. The graduate students also asked that the university refrain from calling the New York Police Department except when legally obligated or when a violent crime has been committed. They don’t want the police called in cases of vandalism, for example, citing the risk to people of color and other vulnerable students.

    The graduate students have also made pandemic-specific demands, including requesting a $500 payment to teaching assistants for the effort they’ve put into transitioning to remote teaching.

    Virgilio Urbina Lazardi, 28, a fourth-year sociology Ph.D. student, had planned to spend last spring polishing a paper for submission to an academic journal. He had to shelve the project so he could double the number of hours he spent assistant teaching. The professor he assisted was struggling with Zoom, so Mr. Lazardi made appointments to visit the professor’s home and set up his technology.

    “There was a lot of added stress that semester and it disproportionately fell on me with no additional compensation or recognition,” Mr. Lazardi said.

    This week all of the duties for which graduate students are compensated — planning lessons, emailing students, hosting office hours — have halted.

    Some union organizers have approached the moment as an opportunity to teach their undergraduates about the broader struggle for student-worker rights.

    Arundhati Velamur, 33, who is getting her Ph.D. in education, spent the semester leading a course about the teaching of geometry. She opened her first class with a discussion of the book “Flatland,” an 1800s satire about Victorian social hierarchy, which imagines a fictional world populated by shapes whose power is determined by the number of sides they have; a hexagon, for example, would be more powerful than a square.

    Ms. Velamur returned to the text to explain why she was skipping class for the strike — because in N.Y.U.’s “Flatland”-like hierarchy, Ms. Velamur said, she and her peers were fighting for more power.

    She told her students in an email that she wouldn’t be able to teach until an agreement was reached, and smiled when she received their response: Her undergraduates were spending their class time brainstorming ways to support the union.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/30/nyregion/nyu-strike.html

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  • Federal Judge Bans Tear Gas on Nonviolent Protesters in Columbus
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/03/us/columbus-police-tear-gas-ban.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

    Judge Marbley’s opinion begins with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — “Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for rights” — and his swift invocation of the rights of the press, protest and speech.

    “Unfortunately, some of the members of the Columbus Police Department had no regard for the rights secured by this bedrock principle of American democracy,” Judge Marbley wrote. “This case is the sad tale of police officers, clothed with the awesome power of the state, run amok.”

    Judge Marbley then traced policing back to the colonial-era “citizen watchmen,” which he said punished everything from claims of witchcraft to minor infractions like “extravagant boots.” He then explored the slave codes and patrol system of the antebellum South and the Black Codes that came after the Civil War. “The two codes were so similar, it is a wonder that the copy-and-paste functionality was only invented more recently,” the judge wrote.

    Rachel Moran, a professor at University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, called the opinion “remarkable” and “unusual” in its scope.

    “Historically, federal courts have been extremely reluctant to interfere with policing decisions and policies,” she said. The decision, she added, was “unusual not only because it restricts the Police Department’s options for using force on protesters, but because it thoroughly sets out this country’s troubling history of police brutality and unauthorized uses of force as a backdrop for this order.”

    A group of protesters filed the lawsuit in July, accusing the Columbus Police Department of using excessive force at protests the month before. That lawsuit, which seeks damages from the city and a permanent injunction on the police tactics, may not conclude for two years, according to Fred Gittes, one of the lawyers representing the protesters.

    […]

    The opinion bars the police from using a wide array of tactics against nonviolent protesters, including “tear gas, pepper spray, flash-bang grenades, rubber bullets, wooden pellets, batons, body slams, pushing or pulling, or kettling.” Nonviolent protesters are defined in the opinion as people who are “chanting, verbally confronting police, sitting, holding their hands up when approaching police, occupying streets or sidewalks, and/or passively resisting police orders.”

  • ‘A Perfect Positive Storm’ : Bonkers Dollars for Big Tech
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/29/technology/big-tech-pandemic-economy.html?campaign_id=158&emc=edit_ot_20210430&instanc

    The dictionary doesn’t have enough superlatives to describe what’s happening to the five biggest technology companies, raising uncomfortable questions for their C.E.O.s. In the Great Recession more than a decade ago, big tech companies hit a rough patch just like everyone else. Now they have become unquestioned winners of the pandemic economy. The combined yearly revenue of Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft and Facebook is about $1.2 trillion, according to earnings reported this week, more (...)

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