Chris Martenson Exclusive: New Photos Of Fukushima Reactors

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Fri, 04/01/2011 - 22:31 | 1127248 espirit
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I hope someone will take the time to read wiki's take on the Chernobyl disaster, especially the releases of radioisotopes. Iodine-131 is punk stuff with a halflife of 8 days, Caesium-137 (also a gamma emiter) with a HL of 28 years, and Strontium-90 ????

Cs-137 most likely accompanied I-131 in aerosol form to parts of the globe where supposedly only I-131 has been detected.

Beware the govt sponsored half truths and continued daily accumulation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster#International_spread_of_radioactive_substances

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 00:43 | 1127432 d_senti
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Here's a map I made using teh intersphere. I superimposed the Chernobyl fallout pattern onto Japan to scale. Obviously won't be accurate, but gives you an idea of what we're dealing with. I also made a circle around the 100km radius from the plant, since TD and others believe the evac zone will eventually be extended that far. Here you go:

http://i56.tinypic.com/28a21x4.jpg

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 01:44 | 1127483 AnonymousAnarchist
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If Greenpeace knows how to use radiation detector, then radiation is higher outside the evacuation zone than what has been published.

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 03:01 | 1127557 Ivan
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The Essence of American Power

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_q1fX4cyZ0

Free market fascism is the only sustainable free market system. Free markets are inherently unstable. That's not a bad thing, but economic cycles produce unemployment which can lead to revolution, or destruction of capital by the government to create demand for excess human supply (e.g. The Great Depression). If being poor and unemployed was a crime then revolutions/destruction of capital wouldn't happen. The first country to adopt free market fascism will experience huge economic growth because the bourgeoisie will be able to accumulate capital exponentially, and replace obsolete human workers with machines without any government intervention to protect the proletariat. In the end, such an economy will attain 90-95% of the world GDP. Everyone else will become mere natural resource exporters because keynesian/socialist/marxist economies won't be able to compete with free market fascism.

Free market fascism comprises 3 social classes:
The 1st (ruling) class consists of people who guard and regulate the system, and protect the capitalists from jealous proletarians (the artificially created middle class in the USA). If there are elections within this system, then only members of this class can vote. Though consulting the capitalist class is still possible. 1 to 10 million people are needed for this class. Tax revenue (approximately 10% of the GDP) from exploitation of capitalists is distributed more or less equally among members of the ruling class. They are the shareholders.
2nd class: capitalists, entrepreneurs, investors, speculators, lenders, rentiers, etc. Up to 1 million people.
3rd class: proletarians, including highly skilled workers, scientists and intellectuals. They are needed in the beginning, but most of them will eventually be replaced with machines and AI. Up to 100 million people.
Japan and Germany have huge economies, yet relatively small territories (less than 400,000 km2). In free market fascism a large population won't be needed either. A territory of similar size can be created (sea platform/artificial island), or the population of a country that nobody cares about can be displaced (Somalia, Colombia, Uganda, etc.)

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 03:53 | 1127574 Selah
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Yippie!

I'm a second class citizen!

 

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 07:51 | 1127642 i-dog
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Errrr ... breaking concrete. Literally. :) (though not surprising given that the concrete is 40 years old and permeated with salt water eating at the steel reo bars, which expand as they rust).

What the fuck are they trying to fool the sheeple with now?

1,000mSv/hr? Isn't that the reported upper limit of their on-site dosimeters? It could just as easily be 21,560mSv/hr!

Small crack in a drainage channel? How about they explain that the highly radioactive water must have first come from a crack/hole in the reactor core, or from fission reactions in the spent fuel tubs! (I hesitate to call them "pools", since there appears to be no water in them).

Meanwhile, in other amusing TEPCO news of the day: TEPCO submitted a report to the prefecture government 2 days ago (on March 31st) with plans for expansion of the Fukushima Daiichi facility!!!

They just continue to look more and more competent by the minute.

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 08:53 | 1127668 espirit
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According to wiki on the Chernobly disaster at the link I mentioned previously, there were only 6 tons of fuel rods (spent or otherwise), compared to NuKuFuKu which has...??? - alot more than that.

All detectable radiation forms from Japan come from a (or many) fission reaction(s).

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 04:50 | 1458612 robins
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Sat, 04/02/2011 - 12:10 | 1127897 Oh regional Indian
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The perception management game is being played in full force, so that the "public" will not know, as usual, till it's too late. The stories out of GOM have to be read/heard/seen to be believed. 

What makes men who play these games do so, is beyond the pale of our common understanding of decency and goodness (basic tenets). it plays well with the false Darwinian dogma of the rule of the jungle (in itself mis-represented), the survival of the fittest.

Fittest for what?

ORI

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 09:33 | 1127698 XPolemic
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Sounds like Ted Kaczynski.

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 10:57 | 1127800 snowball777
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Laughably stupid.

a) free markets and fascism are diametrically opposed concepts

b) any system without class mobility would lead to revolution anyway (10M proles will not idly sit by when 'guarded' by 1)

c) you can't replace 100M people with machines and AI

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 13:14 | 1128027 JeffB
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Nah. The instability and boom/bust cycles we've experienced are not an inherent part of free markets. They are a result of jumps and drops in the money supply distorting things.  That can happen via fractional reserve banking, but our problems have been primarily the result of central banks - in our case, the FED - trying to push the economy beyond its sustainable limits. That works for awhile, but when we've stretched the rubber band too far for too long it snaps back, sometimes with a vengengce.

See the nice power point presentation by Roger W. Garrison, Auburn Professor of Economics on the causes of the topic compliments of YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhoFOyy7rbo

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 09:34 | 1127702 goldfish1
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More sickening news:

http://e.nikkei.com/e/fr/tnks/Nni20110402D02JF750.htm

Source Of Toxic Leaks Found At Japan Nuclear Plant

TOKYO (Dow Jones)--A source of highly radioactive water escaping into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was identified Saturday, but authorities weren't able to say if the discovery will stop the ongoing contamination that has already spread 40 kilometers (25 miles) into the open seas.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501), the operator of the plant, said it has found a 20-centimeter crack in a two-meter-deep chamber holding cables for the No. 2 reactor, which is believed to be leaking highly toxic water from its nuclear core.

more at link...

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 09:49 | 1127713 goldfish1
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http://investmentwatchblog.com/the-environmental-threat-grows-fukushima-...

TEPCO is considering using a large artificial floating island, a so-called ”megafloat,” to store the tainted water, the agency said,

Here's more:

http://e.nikkei.com/e/fr/tnks/Nni20110401D01JFF02.htm

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 10:05 | 1127729 Stuck on Zero
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What a joke.  There must be 100s of oil tankers and liquid transport barges available for the job.

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 10:56 | 1127804 snowball777
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Or a Godzilla-class Maxi-pad...

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 12:33 | 1127933 goldfish1
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A giant radioactive diaper...I LIKE it.

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 09:32 | 1127699 espirit
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Good start. However the prevailing wind was from the west/northwest, and probably north from indicated readings in Tokyo.  A previous article in ZH had/has realtime geiger readings, and flow maps showing atmospheric dispersal of radioisotope, which ebb and flow in all directions. Now where is that link???

The importance of Chernobyl to remember is that it was much worse than initially reported.

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 09:45 | 1127708 goldfish1
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Thank you.

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 11:15 | 1127827 espirit
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Jim in MN has some real good info on the second half of the second page of posts, but don't forget to read all (well most).

Be afraid, very afraid.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 18:32 | 1126825 Bazooka
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Many are scratching their heads wondering how can the market not tank with an earthqauke shattering, tsunami catastrophe and nuclear meltdown augmented by MENA riots and deaths.

For those who linearly extrapolate, it's a truly WTF moment.

Sentiment is still very uber optimistice (analysts are uber bullish on BTFD, Gold, Silver, nothing can kill this market, all on the same side of bullish ledger).

When sentiment turns, many will ironically scatch their heads as to how the market can plunge or collapse when unemployment is decreasing as well as other positive economic indicators.

I await that turn in sentiment. I am incrementally increasing my shorts (though at a net loss for the year, i admit)....however, when sentiment turns negative, it'll be a spectacular show for the exits.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 18:44 | 1126859 Monkey Craig
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Money printing very positive for asset prices. Plus, wars are inflationary. Thing about the Roman Empire or the American Confederacy. Both were ravaged by inflation during their wars.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 18:45 | 1126864 cossack55
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and you know what happens at the exits when the herd is stampeded.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 21:27 | 1127069 kaiserhoff
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Working only with farm boy engineering so consider the source, but these nice, circular exclusion zones are crappola cubed.

For the benefit of flat-landers (I was one for 22 years) surface winds around mountains and coasts have little to do with winds aloft.  It is a little scary the first time you see clouds going due east and surface winds at a ninety degree angle, but common.  Mountains create a natural wind break and often wind sheer.  Large bodies of water create odd temperature variances that greatly affect air flow.  A meteorologist would give a more elegant description, but here's the bottom line.

Surface winds will often follow the valleys, where highways, train tracks, streams, and cities lie, regardless of what winds aloft appear to be doing. 

Cities exhibit a heat island effect.  Excess heat produced in the cities rises, and pulls in cold air from the surrounding country-side.  Not good news for Tokyo.  The radiated areas from Chernobyl are NOT circular or regular.  Sabe dios.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 23:46 | 1127341 Oh regional Indian
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kaiser, thanks for that brief but en-lightening take on patterns to pay attention to.

Farm-boy engineering works best.

ORI

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 00:38 | 1127425 old naughty
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ORI,

back to simple farm-communities, eh?

Our continuing non-believing may require a new planet to re-build that on tho.

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 02:28 | 1127529 Oh regional Indian
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Old N, back indeed is the way forward now. More than ever.

And I have some plans for terra (firma or otherwise, we shall see).

The place to plant the seed is not too clear....yet! ;-)

ORI

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 10:08 | 1127730 Pchelar
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I think it was GK Chesterton who once quipped that if one is on the wrong path, than the only way to correct the matter is to go back to where one started.

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 11:04 | 1127813 Oh regional Indian
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Wise words Pc. Especially if the fork on the road is a long way back, eh?

ORI

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 11:33 | 1127849 old naughty
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Pc. Back to [live] the future, literally. But the deed is in, consciousness speaking.

Some would see bury in the sea is solution and I asked for whose benefits, see my earlier post below.

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/chris-martenson-exclusive-new-photos-fukushima-reactors#comment-1127410

The Horseman's arrow would just keep hitting until we follow the fork back to simple [and live from the heart] life or else...one wonders if china syndrome could in-deed happen, splitting Earth?

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 11:37 | 1127851 Spalding_Smailes
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Wow ....... 


Goldman Sachs Almost Doubles Blankfein Pay Package to $19 Million for 2010

....... Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) awarded Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein $19 million in compensation for 2010, almost double the prior year, and granted him the first cash bonus in three years. " .........................

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-02/goldman-sachs-almost-doubles-bl...

 

 

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 04:19 | 1127579 Straykitty
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Here in Central Texas, we plan small farming by the winds, which are almost constant.  The weather map isobars, in patterns past, placed us in the dead zone between the northwestern flow from the Pacific coast and the south winds ffrom the Gulf of Mexico.  Recent upheavals have distorted these patterns.  For instance, this week we had a 40-degree temperature variance with 20-mile-an-hour winds and a humidity factor of 32 percent.  That, in anyone's book, is a killing situation.

It's hands-on, loving care, for anything planted in the ground.  What with natural gas frackking putting saline in the ground water and the rain containing residue from Core Exit, you require a farm-boy engineering degree just to grow a tomato.  Our environment, alas, will seem like Paradise for poor Japan.

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 08:30 | 1127653 tip e. canoe
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kitty,  u may want to consider exploring EM (effective microorganisms) for your soil:

http://www.agriton.nl/apnanman.html

ironically enough, the EM product was developed in Japan.   it helps soils that suffer from high salinity and toxicity.  the stuff is not cheap, but a little goes an extremely long way and if you get really good at it, you can learn how to make it yourself.  

it's magic stuff and your plants will love you for it.  i've been using as a foliar spray on a little winter garden project in an environment much like what you described but colder and i had greens galore.

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 09:40 | 1127705 goldfish1
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It's hands-on, loving care, for anything planted in the ground.

Ain't it the truth. even then a bout of too much water can kill the best of efforts.

Thanks for the reminder to be grateful for and mindful of the years of plenty.

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 10:49 | 1127791 Oh regional Indian
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Core Exit indeed Straykitty. 

We need to dig deep for original wisdom. What is happening now has hapened before and the species came through. Who though? And how?

Wonder which mindless moron junked your insightful comment.

ORI

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 11:41 | 1127858 old naughty
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Straykitty,

The discipline to never harm earth (soil) must be adhered to by all living here. Perhaps ZH2 can be started to inform/advise on farming matters?

I am afraid massive removal will likely take place soon if Japanese would like to see/feel/enjoy paradise. Hell is revealing itself soon. :-(((((((((((

 

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 00:30 | 1127409 Stormdancer
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Not to mention the role of rainfall.  A rainstorm can result in much higher levels of contamination in pockets much further from the reactors than closer spots that didn't get rained on while the radioactive cloud was passing over.

 

You're so right about the folly of these neatly traced circles....thanks for the post.

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 08:58 | 1127671 moneymutt
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I really don't understand the circle thing, on Fachel Maddow show that has done some decent intermittent coverage on this and who actually lets her expert guests talk a bit, they put a really rough map together that pretty much explained the high readings in the one town just outside mandatory exclusion zone...there was a line of problems pointing right in the direction of that town which may likely be due to prevailing winds, topography etc. I know Japan has a lot on their plate but you couldn't get radiation experts from even a smallish country to do the task of figure out a "contour" map of contamination around the plant once a week? I likely the edges of the contours look like a many pointed star, or maybe a lot like the topo contours are the area.

This is a hugely important issue, there are some areas that may have valuable businesses, factories, that are in the circle that maybe are not all that bad to go to to do some recovery for, they have bodies lying around...and then there are other areas that should be evacuated now that are not.

Circle, really? This is all you got along a mountainous coast line, circles?

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 18:48 | 1126875 goldfish1
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Many are scratching their heads wondering how can the market not tank

Jim Willie:

http://news.goldseek.com/GoldenJackass/1300910400.php

 

"Call it the EMERGENCY G-7 YEN SELLING PACT or coordinated Japanese support, no matter. It will become the biggest, most grandiose coordinated monetary initiative in modern history...

They can rescue the Yen, but not the USDollar, the new toilet paper with green embroidery.

Tremendous emergency funds have been appropriated and set aside by the Japanese Govt for financial market rescue & support. More funds have been devoted for relief efforts, worker crews, earthquake & tsunami cleanup, body retrieval & searches, and reconstruction. The price will be even larger than reconstruction & relief efforts. A total national meltdown is being averted, or delayed."

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 09:54 | 1127706 moneymutt
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Japan has their own currency to do with what they wish because they have their own central bank and their debt is internal, no bond vigilantes, no spikes in interest, whole country bears burden in interest paid/interest rec'd, there can be generations that relatively win/lose but burden is spead and no foreigner like Soros will get rich off their misery, which means such money will be retained in their country. 

Have you noticed that even tho Japan has lower per person GDP than U.S.their population was much better off, had much higher standard of living than general U.S. worker, even with our higher GDP. All those cars and house in videos of tsunami were very nice. No pockets of extreme poverty like in Katrina videos. Older people retire and living in nice, decent houses with nice clothes etc. So they make good wages, have good social safety net AND their businesses are doing well, competing all over the world, exporting big time.

And Japan also had more debt per GDP than Portugal and Greece before this happened  and still their country has not collapsed. To me it is a sign of monetary/financial system that works for the good of the people, in general, and does not leave their banking and money printing capabilites overly in the hands of elites or to the wolves of foreign rich monied interests.

And that supposed lost decade, not so lost for Japanese worker, stock prices and real estate values are not the only measure of wealth...in fact when real estate dropped, cost of living in Japan got much more affordable. 

This will no doubt be very very hard on Japan, but given their more patriotic and nationally loyal monetary and finanical set up, they weather immensely better than many other, even very rich, countries would.

Think about it, if you are a worker, your wages are high, unemployement is steady a less than 4 percent, you have good benefits, everyone can retire nicely at a decent age, there are few poor/destiture people in your country, your govt provides excellent infrastructure and services you domestic businessses are doing well and exporting, but national real estate prices and stock prices have gone down, how do you feel about life? They had a HORRILBE bubble burst, at one point there real estate values in Tokyo were 350 times higher than Manhattan. Think of how bad off U.S. would be right now if real estate and stocks had dropped 70-80 percent, rather than what has occured, and yet you have not seen tent cities and mass destitution in Japan, Japanese worker not even a bad off as current Ireland after after their real estate bubble etc. If you are a rich investor in assets, how do you feel? The lost decade(s) in Japan were lost investments in due to an aging country with little population, but even tho they young Japanese warkers are supporting their elders very well, the workers did just fine.

Its not that all has been rosy in Japan, that they don't have corruption issues, a mafia, and maladaptive use of resources and that there are not some very poor people, but relatively speaking, they have done much better by their people with their wealth than many countries.

Some food for thought on Japans economics

" Between 1990-2007, GDP per working age adult increased by 31.8% in the United States, by 29.6% in EU.15 and by 31.0% in Japan. The figures are nearly identical! Japan has simply not been growing slower than other advanced countries once we adjust for demographic change. That's pretty interesting. Is Japan's "Lost Decade" (more like two decades now) just a statistical artifact caused by an aging workforce? ....Japan's productivity per hour worked, it's worth noting, is well below U.S. and European levels no matter how you measure it."

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/02/the-myth-of-japans-lost-decades/71741/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-brown/why-the-japanese-governme_b_842868.html

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2009/02/what-was-lost-and-found-in-japans-lost-decade.html

http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2010/05/japans-lost-decade-not-really-lost

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/04/02/think_again_japans_lost_decade

http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2010/10/will-america-come-to-envy-japans-lost-decade.html

http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/gros18/English

 

 

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 11:01 | 1127809 snowball777
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You think the 95% of public debt owned internally will remain so when millions have to flee their poisoned island?

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 11:45 | 1127862 cosmictrainwreck
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touche

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 12:27 | 1127923 AnAnonymous
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The contamination is there for sure. No exodus by millions. The contaminated environment will be shipped away, dropped on other populations, japanese people will bite the bullets and accept their life is going to be shortened by days, months or years.

Sun, 04/03/2011 - 01:00 | 1129250 moneymutt
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I can't predict the result of this disaster, likely not going to be that bad, likely to really pollute much of Japan and nearby ocean to some degree and pollute many other places, likely to cause all sorts of trouble in food supply etc...

 

My point is a seperate one, if you are surprised Japan is not collapsing as much as other countries I think there are financial/monetary reasons and we should pay attention, because our central bank is not so interested in our common wealth and our debt is owned by many foreigners that do not even have to worry about the pitchforks and torches like doemstic politicians do...

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 19:07 | 1126917 MGA_1
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I think we are watching the graceful trasition of the US from the service economy into the printing economy...

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 20:16 | 1127049 Id fight Gandhi
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I am one of thm scratching his head.

In addition we have:

Oil soaring, which up until 2 weeks ago took the market down on every blip up, thats gone

Worsening house data, that never matter anyway

More MENA fights without end

Eurozone collapsing while nobody cares

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 22:52 | 1127272 RoRoTrader
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salute

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 00:33 | 1127413 sagerxx
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second that.

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