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Floodwaters Surge At Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant After Floodwall Fails

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We hadn't previously discussed the situation at the Fort Calhoun, Nebraska nuclear power plant, as there was still a possibility that it was containable, and the deterioration had been largely blown out of proportion. Alas now that the Missouri River flood waters have penetrated the last ditch water-filled wall, and have since surrounded the  containment buildings and other vital areas of a Nebraska nuclear plant, it may be time to get a little more concerned. As Reuters reports, "The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said the breach in the 2,000-foot (600 meters) inflatable berm around the Fort Calhoun station occurred around 1:25 a.m. local time. More than 2 feet (60 cm) of water rushed in around containment buildings and electrical transformers at the 478-megawatt facility located 20 miles (30 km) north of Omaha." Naturally, the severity of the situation is being downplayed by the NRC, very much the way Tepco and Japanese authorities pretended the Fukushima situation was under control, until it was uncovered that there had been plant meltdown within hours of the tsunami: "Reactor shutdown cooling and spent-fuel pool cooling were unaffected, the NRC said. The plant, operated by the Omaha Public Power District, has been off line since April for refueling." That's one version of the story. A far better one would be calling up the Octogenarian of Omaha and upon getting voicemail, inquiring in what part of the world he is currently residing until the Fort Calhoun situation is actually fixed. To everyone else, we would merely suggest they copycat Buffet, especially after seeing the picture of the plant below (taken June 16, which means the situation now is far worse), which makes the flooding at Fukushima look tame by comparison.

More from Reuters:

Crews activated emergency diesel generators after the breach, but restored normal electrical power by Sunday afternoon, the NRC said.

Buildings at the Fort Calhoun plant are watertight, the agency said. It noted that the cause of the berm breach is under investigation.

NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko and other officials planned to visit the site on Monday.

Jaczko will also visit the Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville, Nebraska, another facility that has been watched closely with Missouri River waters rising from heavy rains and snow melt.

And some more from the Omaha World Herald:

“We put up the aqua-berm as additional protection,” said OPPD spokesman Mike Jones. “(The plant) is in the same situation it would have been in if the berm had not been added. We're still within NRC regulations.”

According to the NRC, the berm was eight-feet tall and 16-feet wide at the base. It was designed to provide protection for the plant's "powerblock" for up to six feet of water. Crews will look at whether it can be patched, OPPD officials said.

On Sunday, floodwater surrounded the nuclear plant's main electrical transformers, and power was transferred to emergency diesel generators.

OPPD officials said the transfer was precautionary because of water leaking around the concrete berm surrounding the main transformers.

Efforts were underway to reconnect to offsite power once all safety checks have been completed.

The floodwaters also surrounded auxiliary and containment buildings, which are designed to handle water up to 1,014 feet above sea level. The Missouri River is at 1,006.3 feet and isn't expected to exceed 1008 feet.

Once again, the NRC is here to save the day:

The NRC says its inspectors were at the plant when the berm failed and have confirmed that the flooding has had no impact on the reactor shutdown cooling or the spent fuel pool cooling.

In a statement released Wednesday, the NRC said there is a separate, earthen berm to protect the electrical switchyard and a concrete barrier surrounding electrical transformers.

Last week, the NRC augmented its inspection staff at Fort Calhoun. In addition to the two resident inspectors, three more inspectors and a branch chief were added to provide around the clock coverage of plant activities.

Both Fort Calhoun and Cooper Nuclear Plant, in Brownville, Neb., remain under “unusual event” declarations, the lowest of four levels of emergency notification.

Naturally, by the time the "unusual event" declarations escalate, it just may be too late.

That said, we urge readers situated in the vicinity to carefully consider their relocation alternatives, and until there is further clarity on the NPP flood, to possibly shift to safer environs.

 


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Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:20 | Link to Comment magis00
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Oh. Boy.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:37 | Link to Comment Xibalba
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H. to the A.A.R.P

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:43 | Link to Comment mophead
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Financial repression at its worst: creative destruction. The grand reset continues.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:24 | Link to Comment Fish Gone Bad
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Some days I get up and wish I was not so damned old.  The ongoing shitstorms are happening so frequently they are becoming the new "normal". 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:04 | Link to Comment trav7777
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hope y'alls bugout ranches aren't downwind lol

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:29 | Link to Comment Libertarians fo...
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As a strict Ron Paul libertarian, I hope the government doesn't spend our tax dollars to help contain or secure this nuclear problem in Omaha.  When asked about the Mississippi River flooding on Good Morning America last month, RP said, "If it’s too dangerous (for people to live there), why dump the responsibility on the taxpayer?”

If some people make the bad decision to live near rivers or oceans or nuclear power plants or volcanos or cracks in the Earth's crust, it is not my responsibility to bail them out when disaster strikes.  When are we, as a nation, finally going to return to the cruel, unforgiving principles of social darwinism and survival of the fittest, rather than continuously trying to help people in need? 

Ron Paul/Social Darwinism/Sink or Swim 2012

 


Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:36 | Link to Comment Ahmeexnal
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Ron Paul doesn't have the slightest chance of winning against Bachmann. Unless he gets himself a pair of 38DD breast implants.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 01:03 | Link to Comment Oh regional Indian
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Hah on Paul.

 

But Re. Fort Calhoun, some of us have been on it for a while now:

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/nuclear-american-cross-other-thoughts/

ORI

 

 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:08 | Link to Comment Havana White
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Be my neighbor... please?

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:54 | Link to Comment CrazyCooter
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I think you are (intentionally/satirically) conflating two things:

  • Nuclear disasters are the gov'ts business and anything that can be done to contain/prevent the crisis should be done
  • If you build a house in a flood plain, it should have the K-Mart guarantee - you got it, its yours

Regards,

Cooter

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:23 | Link to Comment Jack Napier
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Dr. Paul is a supposed Christian who has numerous family members in the masonic order which worships the great architect with people of any faith. One world religion, blasphemy, and an obvious shill.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 01:25 | Link to Comment jeff montanye
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one's probably as likely as the other (religions that is).  paul is refreshingly different and what's that other thing, oh yeah, right about the evil turn toward police state that has so accelerated here in the last decade.  he ain't perfect, not even close, but he certainly opens up the debate.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 03:07 | Link to Comment pcrs
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I think you would have no problem raising money voluntarily to contain a nucleair spill. People tend not to like that. It would be far more easy than raising money voluntarily to drop bombs on brown people living on our oil.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 09:40 | Link to Comment ibjamming
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How about FEEDING black/brown people too...I'm tired of being robbed to pay for that...can we make THAT voluntary too?

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 15:32 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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when you stop STEALING from "black/brown" people to guarantee your economic "lifestyle" - then sure, it will all even out.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 08:02 | Link to Comment fallout11
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Hilarious! +1.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:42 | Link to Comment Ahmeexnal
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Nothing to worry about. Teleprompter in chief has everything under control.

He's monitoring the whole situation between holes playing golf in South Africa.

 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:59 | Link to Comment ZerOhead
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Let's see now... 1,014 ft minus 'expected' 1008 ft... hmmmm...

So things are expected to be 'six feet under'?

(That doesn't sound so good...)

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:43 | Link to Comment Sambo
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situation is indeed 'grave'

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 00:02 | Link to Comment Mec-sick-o
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So reactor is now naturally "entombed"?

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 02:20 | Link to Comment Apeman
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The water has 'crossed' the berm

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 09:15 | Link to Comment MobBarley
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Six Feet Under!

Direly Awesome!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txCiO3n7Zbg

 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:59 | Link to Comment Out9922
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Now I know why Fema needed 8 million underwater bodybags.  Flooding will be unreal this summer

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:03 | Link to Comment Whoa Dammit
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Gotta love the high tech "let's use a giant inner tube" approach to protecting nuke plants from flood waters.<sarcasm>

I see that worked real well for them. Maybe next time (assuming we live through this time) someone who isn't suicial will be in charge of distaster prevention.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:30 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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Gotta love the high tech "let's use a giant inner tube" approach to protecting nuke plants from flood waters.

 

hehe

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 01:10 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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No one could ever have foreseen a FLOOD.  Come on, be nice.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 06:57 | Link to Comment Oh regional Indian
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Huhhhhhhhhhhah! Indeed blunderdog. Floods in the M/M delta? Nevah. Not in a million years.

ORI

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 23:52 | Link to Comment A_MacLaren
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Where's the picture of Alfred E Newman when you want one? What, me worry?

http://www.cartoradiations.fr/Fort_Calhoun.php

 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:29 | Link to Comment bob_dabolina
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Oh golly.

In far more important news:

Yum, yum, eat up: Test-tube beefburger made from mince grown from stem cells is on the way
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2008347/Eat-Test-tube-hamburger-mince-grown-stem-cells-way.html#ixzz1QQKnBpIf

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:30 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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oh darn!

HPC Surface Analysis/Radar Loop

not quite over, yet, either.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:41 | Link to Comment bob_dabolina
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I have no idea what that is. It looked like a bunch of random lines moving around.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 16:58 | Link to Comment ZerOhead
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Big big big problem heading our way...

 

The Lie..

"The [Ft. Calhoun] plant is designed to withstand waters up to 1,014 feet above mean sea level, according to the OPPD."

However the plant was not actually "designed" for the 1014 ft flood level at all. Whether sufficient "improvements" to the original design have been implemented properly is anyone's guess. The plant was originally created to:

"The precise level -- 1,009.5 feet -- is written into the plant's operating licenses as a flooding 'design basis' threat that the plant must be guarded against." (NYT)

Here's the Omaha Public Power's solution to historic floodwaters lapping at their reactor:

"OPPD planned to extend the barrier to 1,014 feet by stacking sandbags on top of some steel floodgates that protected the auxiliary building, and to use more sandbags to safeguard the water intake structure and its essential cooling water pumps. "

"But a year ago, those new defenses were not in place, and the plant's hard barriers could have failed against a 1,010-foot flood ... at flooding levels above 1,008 feet, the plant "would experience a loss of offsite power and loss of intake structure" (NYT)

 

The OPPD remains out of jail and in control of the situation. Its spokesman Michael Jones explained:

"We presented our analysis to [NRC] which we felt indicated that the design basis [for the flooding threat] should remain 1,009 feet," rather than 1,014 feet, he said." (NYT)

The current river level is just below 1007 feet.

"At 1,008.5 feet, the technical support center used by emergency technicians would have been inundated... At 1,010 feet, water would begin to enter the auxiliary building, "shorting power and submerging pumps. The plant could then experience a station blackout with core damage estimated within 15 to 18 hours..." (NYT)

 

And the reactor is NOT in COLD SHUTDOWN. It is merely in SHUTDOWN and requires cooling from electrical pumps which... if the river continues to rise... will soon lose power.

Sandbags ladies and gentlemen... yes sandbags are the only thing that will stand in the way if the river rises TWO and a half more feet.

Have a nice day!

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:59 | Link to Comment knukles
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So lemme see if I can get this right.
Methinks even those dumb as door-stopper can figure this out if they read the article and look at the linked map.... 

The article says that the place can handle waters as high as 1014 feet (Altho also says that the buildings are water tight, so fucking go figure that shit out, Mr. Wiggleroom.) as per...

 

"The floodwaters also surrounded auxiliary and containment buildings, which are designed to handle water up to 1,014 feet above sea level. The Missouri River is at 1,006.3 feet and isn't expected to exceed 1008 feet."

And the NOAA forecast for the area is for waters to hit 1016 feet.
Well, by my own feeble unimaginative calculations, that says that the heretofore watertight buildings are going to be water soaked pretty damned shortly (as in circuits fried)...

OK.
Just the Titanic Syndrome.

And, of all the fucking coincidences in the world, FEMA had ordered a $bazillion (as in a whole $ shit load) emergency food rations of extremely unusual half life (food rats, not the shit that's gonna hit the fan, interesting tho, huh?)for storage/distribution in the areas surrounding the New Madrid fault (in the immediate neighborhood when measured in terms of radioactive nueleotides) citing just being on top of their game for something unanticipated but a great excuse for an exercise.

Now, I sure as poopin' in the pond don't want to start any conspiracy theories, stoke the rumor mills, get everybody going or even elicit a few hunkie-dorie comments here on ZH, but doesn't that all just seem a little too.... well.... coinci-fucking-dental?

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:00 | Link to Comment LowProfile
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Ah...  Fuck.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:12 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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You mean "fuking good" right? ...the nuclear industries prospects are looking fuking good, get in there Monday on the markets and "buy, buy, buy" those shares, it's a watery winner from Tokyo to America

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:04 | Link to Comment LowProfile
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"Thunderstorms in vicinity " 

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some storms could be severe, with heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southeast wind between 7 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.  As of 8PM EST http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Fort+Calhoun&state=NE&...

So to answer your question that would be "no", as in "Ah, fuck that's totalfuckingly fucking fucked and on it's fucking way to fucking FUBAR".

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:42 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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that's a lot of fucks! ...i always thought you could only get fucked once, once you're fucked, you're fucked!

i suppose we should never underestimate Govt though, i mean how do you fuk-up everything from;

US property

Healthcare

Trains, transport and automobiles

Education and the students are fuked

US Banking

Farming & Forestry

Oil, coal and nuclear

the US Govt finances are fuked

..and how do you fuk-up the peace when your countries borders and its citizens have not been threatened in 80 years???

...these are BIG fuk-ups, US Govt fuk-ups that never seem to end

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:03 | Link to Comment LowProfile
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...these are BIG fuk-ups, US Govt fuk-ups that never seem to end

...Ya think?

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:49 | Link to Comment Rusty Shorts
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"On Sunday afternoon, workers accidentally deflated an auxiliary berm at the plant, said Omaha Public Power District spokesman Jeff Hanson."

 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-rt-us-flooding-nucleartre75p1vj-20110626,0,4443757.story

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:23 | Link to Comment Bananamerican
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"si se puede!"

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 23:57 | Link to Comment MayIMommaDogFac...
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ZING!  lmao

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 00:17 | Link to Comment Rusty Shorts
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sssssssss

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:33 | Link to Comment cosmictrainwreck
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"we're from the government....and we're here to help you"

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:25 | Link to Comment CrazyCooter
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Knukles,

Don't underestimate the impact to world food supply when an old nuclear plant goes tits up in the middle of America's bread basket. I would argue this is probably the most important global implication without exception should this disaster escilate.

Look up the wiki on Nebraska population. Do the same for surrounding states. Calc the average person-per-acre for a good "fall out range". If this facility goes tits up, it will directly kill very few, if any, but it will starve ... millions?

Regards,

Cooter

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:17 | Link to Comment fuu
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Kansas City, St Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans are all down river.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:25 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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It's mostly highly subsidised GMO-corn & soybeans, and the cattle they fed that shit too prior to hu-man consumption - but I take your point - it's not going to be pretty.

Third day in a row where we started with beautiful blue skies & within hours of watching the planes criss-crossing the sky, the usual whiteout that's been ongoing for months. . . west coast makes the rain clouds that get steered to the Mid-West for "record" tornado action, "unprecedented" rainfall, "record-breaking" flood levels. . . ahhh, the great hand of "weather modification" courtesy of those who run the show. . .

you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:39 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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the great hand

 

those sub human rats and their offspring need to be dug outta their holes and given the extermination treatment

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 00:40 | Link to Comment Let em push you...
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Funny, there has been an abrupt cessation of chemtrail in metro phoenix.

And don't say that it's because of the low humidity - when we recently went through a period of record low humidity for several days there were still plenty of chemmies.

Big mystery why there are so many fires lately in AZ? Not really.

http://www.azcentral.com/community/mesa/articles/2011/06/24/20110624mesa...

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 08:09 | Link to Comment SWRichmond
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And the NOAA forecast for the area is for waters to hit 1016 feet.

source?

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:26 | Link to Comment Arch Duke Ferdinand
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27 Signs That Nuclear Crisis in Japan/USA Is Much Worse Than Either The Mainstream Media Or The Japanese/USA Government Have Been Telling Us...

http://seenoevilspeaknoevilhearnoevil.blogspot.com/2011/03/27-signs-that...

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 01:27 | Link to Comment jeff montanye
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that link seems dated; it says if any plant has a meltdown it's a nightmare.  tepco now admits there was full meltdown in three plants immediately after the tsunami. 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:28 | Link to Comment doomandbloom
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everything is under control..no really...the officials know what they are doing...all phd's i am sure

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:27 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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it's all going according to plan.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfmkRi_tr9c

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:24 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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It is safe!

 

1. The fire that blew the cooling for the storage area that has 4X's more rods than it was designed originally to handle... No worries!

2. Two or was it Three? (3) weeks ago when all of this happened it was happy days with NO! National Coverage!

3. If you believe anything those people are saying?? do Yourself a favor and use the search option here in ZeroHedge and search "Fukushima"! Spoiler Alert!! They LIE, They Always Lie!! Until the shit is up around YOUR neck Not Theirs!

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:54 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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Hey! http://www.zerohedge.com/article/nebraska-nuclear-reactor-flooded

 

Why we have NOT! Posted this before?

 

George Posted it after I sprinkled the links everywhere that I cliped and pasted from another member of FightClub that only posted it once.. so!

 

1. We owe someone else here (not me) the credit for first brining it here to Fight Club!

 

2. George Washington Dan sure has done more than 1 article..

 

3. Give Credit Tyler! where its due and dont come back with legal said it was safe becuase it was sourced from outa house!

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:30 | Link to Comment FunkyMonkeyBoy
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Radiation is good for you.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:33 | Link to Comment bob_dabolina
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I just glanced at finviz and it says the DOW futures are trading @ 118. 

I have a screen capture saved.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:36 | Link to Comment ZackLo
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on another note guys check out this misprint? hft?

http://finviz.com/futures_charts.ashx?t=YM&p=m5

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:36 | Link to Comment Rover
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Dow/Gold ratio entering buy range?

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:53 | Link to Comment Goldtoothchimp09
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that's how the illuminati signal the future target level

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 09:17 | Link to Comment MobBarley
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You may be a tad more correct than you wanted to be.

 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:37 | Link to Comment treemagnet
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Anybody know whats safe? 300/400/500/600 miles etc? North/south/east/west?  This is too close for comfort - as I'm currently inelgibile for a Netjets account since my other home in Baden-Baden is being redecorated in a faux-chic 80's theme.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:29 | Link to Comment CrazyCooter
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Might I reccomend ... Alaska?

Regards,

Cooter

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:38 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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Alaska's a tad shakey just now, with a 7.2 earthshake just the other day, and some 4-5.+ aftershocks, along the Fox/Aleutian Island string. . . couple of 4.0's yesterday in S. Alaska. . .

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:59 | Link to Comment CrazyCooter
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:)

I didn't feel anything here! Given the state is 2.5 times the size of Texas and has climates from temperate to artic, generalizations are of limited value.

On that note, I had a great time hiking today and even took some pics! If ya'll care, you can check them out here:

http://allthefederales.blogspot.com/2011/06/dragging-my-ass-like-u-haul....

Regards,

Cooter

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 00:26 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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aye, most of AK's earthshakin' happens (daily) along the coastlines - you should be safe "draggin' yer ass" up the mountainsides!

and thanks for the link - those pictures were a tonic - I live on the edge of wilderness here, but those alpine meadows were reminiscent of some climbs from my past. . . and the shots of the channel, complete with grey clouds & wet lens - ahhhh, I have similar taken in the Scottish Highlands, truly one of the most beautiful places on the planet (for me). . . I miss the days when I loved the clouds, when they were "real". . .

cheers!

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:36 | Link to Comment Stoploss
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According to finviz futures, the dow is currently down 99% to 118.89

BTFD!

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:02 | Link to Comment unum mountaineer
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tyler, a little sunday evening levity..pretty big week for a fat finger joke

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:36 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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Blythe just told me no one is gonna get screwed ,..  so relax

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:42 | Link to Comment knukles
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“(The plant) is in the same situation it would have been in if the berm had not been added."

WTF?

And that's supposed to assuage any prehensile, reptilian, deep-seated, hard wired, cynically experience based, there is definitely something the fuck badly wrong fears?

As some ZHer wrote a few weeks ago concerning all this shit, we're not to worry because;
"Stephen Chu is very smart." 

(squeezing eyes imagining little red sandals, clicking heels, looking for my old Toto album)

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:34 | Link to Comment ZerOhead
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News release July 4th as river crests above 1,014 ft...

“We put up the containment building as additional protection,” said OPPD spokesman Mike Jones. “(The reactor) is in the same situation it would have been in if the containment building had not been added. We're still within NRC regulations.”

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:28 | Link to Comment CompassionateFascist
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"The plant just exploded. It, and a 200 mile radius, are in the same condition as if they had never existed." You cannot make this stuff up; goobermint General Issue.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:38 | Link to Comment bob_dabolina
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Chavez is dead.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:29 | Link to Comment CompassionateFascist
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Impossible. The Cuban health care system is the best in the world. Fidel is living proof.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:39 | Link to Comment LMAO
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That's a nice dry patch not too far North of the plant. Yet they built where they did.

Oh, I get it stopped by "save the red fox" animal activists.

 

LMAO

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:49 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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the fact that you think.. that some tree hugging liberal homo would cause them to move left or right?

 

how about it was cheaper to do it one way or another and because it was cheaper and as well made someone else happy.. they played up the fact they were cooperating with tree huggin homo's..

 

the simple fact that you dont understand that is really the way of the world speaks to the risk you pose the world with your rampant ignorance covering everyone and anything around you.

 

People like you should be classified a disease and a crew should come in and burn you, your offspring and anything else that you have contaminated with your ignorance.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:51 | Link to Comment LMAO
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Put down the crack-pipe for a second and try to make a coherent statement.

LMAO

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:28 | Link to Comment snowball777
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He disemboweled your laughable bullshit and made 3 points to your zero.

 

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 10:53 | Link to Comment LMAO
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Pffffft,

Observation:

That's a nice dry patch not too far North of the plant.

Yet they built where they did.

Far-fetched conclusion: Oh, I get it stopped by "save the red fox" animal activists.

 

Reaction:

the fact that you think.. that some tree hugging liberal homo would cause them to move left or right?

how about it was cheaper to do it one way or another and because it was cheaper and as well made someone else happy.. they played up the fact they were cooperating with tree huggin homo's..

the simple fact that you dont understand that is really the way of the world speaks to the risk you pose the world with your rampant ignorance covering everyone and anything around you.

The icing on the cake:

People like you should be classified a disease and a crew should come in and burn you, your offspring and anything else that you have contaminated with your ignorance.

 

Best case scenario: He was high on crack when he wrote this.

Worst case scenario: He was not, owns guns and ammo and lives in your neighbourhood.

Obviously, the guy is a real gem and you seem to applaud him.

LMAO

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:50 | Link to Comment Ahmeexnal
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silver drops under 34.00

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:29 | Link to Comment Things that go bump
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AHHHHHHHHHHHH! 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:47 | Link to Comment ZeroSpread
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"On a long enough timeline.." looks to me like a time-lapse. Thx for posting!

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:53 | Link to Comment Lucius Corneliu...
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The reactor has been shutdown since April...

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:56 | Link to Comment Ahmeexnal
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How exactly do you shutdown spent fuel MOX rods? Are they safe to handle with bare hands now?

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 09:23 | Link to Comment MobBarley
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Yes they are, and poor African children will be happy to receive their free self warming

stickball bats.

 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:00 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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Fukushima #4 that exploded was shut down too.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:30 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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that's a good point ....a Uranium driven steam engine makes a great energy source in theory ...Tepco shareholders now understand the difference between theory and reality, they have share certificates with conclusive evidence of the difference

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:33 | Link to Comment Lucius Corneliu...
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Unlike a massive earthquake, this flood has given them plenty of time to make preparations.  Barring evidence to the contrary, I will give them the benefit of the doubt.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 00:33 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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FEMA were sourcing the meals for their "new madrid" drill back in February. . . that water must be putting hella pressure on the landscape. . .

fuckin' psychic, eh.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 00:47 | Link to Comment dwdollar
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Right...  the same people who built it there and allowed themselves only 6 feet to spare.  I'm sure they have everything under control.  After all, when was the last time a nuclear accident occurred?

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:50 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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I trust the nrc, they aren't in bed with the nuke industry no not at all. :roll:

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:55 | Link to Comment Franken_Stein
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Is there a way for Goldman Sachs to make money out of this ?

Going short nuclear stocks ?

 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:45 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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no they hadn't time to get out the press release for their clients to go long and be bled dry (the Libyan Sovereign Fund is also all out of money, can't think why!)

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:55 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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I trust the sec, they aren't in bed with the squid no not at all. :roll:

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:54 | Link to Comment Goldtoothchimp09
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"Some sort of machinery came in contact with the berm, puncturing it and causing the berm to deflate, said Mike Jones, a spokesman for the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), which owns the Fort Calhoun plant."

....so it's true?!  It really is a bunch of Homer Simpsons running these nuke plants!

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:06 | Link to Comment Goldtoothchimp09
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sounds like one of my lame fibs dating from the 3rd grade....uh...some sort of accident happened, yeah, some sort of machinery thingy ... like...just up and did something wrong

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:03 | Link to Comment knukles
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Absolute proof that Osama Bil Laden is 'live, well and fuckin' 'round with Amuricah, an soons I'm back in Warshintun, I'm a gonna call fur a full investigasuhh inta this here daminable lapse of internal seckuritee.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:12 | Link to Comment Goldtoothchimp09
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He's probably more powerful as another dimensional apparition/ghost

Obama finds a way to fuck up everything he touches!!  Or......maybe Obama IS the anti-christ -- he unleased Bin Laden's ghost.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:16 | Link to Comment knukles
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My man!
You're onto the deal, the scam, meme of the moment!
What could be more powerful than a martyr killed at the hands, direct action, of the christian crusaders, whose body is dumped unceremoniously into the sea.
And whose fucking idea was it to even bother what with living a sedintary retired life in a nice home in the middle of a Pakistani military community.  Best not answer my own question... leave it as cynically rhetorical.

But, yes.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:32 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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I have to say that took me back to a much happier! time of my younger years! wake and bake, dawn patrol and the like!

 

as always! Thanks!!

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:08 | Link to Comment jomama
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glad to hear it :D

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:59 | Link to Comment alien-IQ
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We can somehow always come up with all the money we want to carry out endless wars or to bail out insolvent banks...yet there is never a way to find any money to repair Americas crumbling infrastructure.

Just goes to show where our priorities are I guess.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:04 | Link to Comment Franken_Stein
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Because your country is run by assclowns like Rockefeller, Kissinger and the Bush family.

 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:02 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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More money spent on bailouts than all past infrastructure spending combined since the Mayflower 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:02 | Link to Comment dick cheneys ghost
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All Hail the Bankster/Military Industrial Complex.........they will not be denied........

 

 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:04 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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There's been a no fly zone over Ft Calhoun for about 2 weeks already. Was kept hush. Of course there was never any cause for concern. 

Armed jackbooted private security platoons were merely there to help with the mail. 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:20 | Link to Comment knukles
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Coincidence.
Mere fucking coincidence.  In fact, no more or less believable that Rose Mary Woods erasing 17 full minutes of the Watergate tapes as she was stretching to hand Alex Haig the men's room key.
Coincidence.
Believe me.
So help me God.
And don't fucking dare take any pictures or ask any questions.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:34 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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you are a homeland threat! telling the truth all the time! you should be found and put into a FEMA Camp!

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:47 | Link to Comment Sambo
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Oh....another water... gate

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:47 | Link to Comment UGrev
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Wait, aren't there NFZ's over ALL nuke plants since 9/11? 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:02 | Link to Comment jmcadg
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I see the junk monkey is out trolling.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:04 | Link to Comment Goldtoothchimp09
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LOL @ junk monkey - I dare you to junk me... I DARE YOU!!!

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:18 | Link to Comment Goldtoothchimp09
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why you little bastard shit eating cockroach sisterfucking parasitic disease ridden herpes infested ebola loving junk monkey!

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:37 | Link to Comment Things that go bump
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May I quote that?

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 23:29 | Link to Comment sgorem
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why you FUCKING little bastard shit eating cockroach sisterfucking parasitic disease ridden herpes infested ebola loving junk monkey! There, fixed............

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:22 | Link to Comment knukles
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A serious shrink would find an insight into that behavior well.... interesting.
To say the least.
"Nothing better to do" wouldn't even work particularly well as an excuse.

In need of serious professional help.
LOL

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:13 | Link to Comment extona
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Fed can just print money and stack around failed berm. Quantitative Levee (QL).

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:29 | Link to Comment knukles
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+QEinfinity

.......Oh this is really sick shit, but if it does get fucked, what do you bet the response'll be?
More QE
More jobs and reconstruction programs.
No way can back off stimulative policies now, what with the mandatory 2 year election cycle in full swing....

We are sooooooooooooooooooo screwed

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:56 | Link to Comment mick_richfield
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More QE?

I'm kind of more at the stage of expecting them to start burning bodies in large piles and shutting down websites that cover the news. 

But that's just me.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:22 | Link to Comment knukles
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Nah, you're in good company, here.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:12 | Link to Comment i-dog
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"More jobs and reconstruction programs."

More jobs? More reconstruction programs? Oh ... I see what you mean ... silly me! ... more jobs in China courtesy of GM; more reconstruction of foreign banks' balance sheets. Yep.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 23:48 | Link to Comment mt paul
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radioactive

shovel ready jobs

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:27 | Link to Comment snowball777
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Broken nucleus fallacy.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:05 | Link to Comment max2205
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False black swan flag dressed in red under condition orange......?

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:23 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueTfihcVJlI

Ron White on the "Color Coded Awareness System"

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:44 | Link to Comment gwar5
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Krugman will say a meltdown would be good for the recovery.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:04 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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( ______________ ) <---- insert broken window economic theory here! LULZ!!

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:55 | Link to Comment zorba THE GREEK
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 I live near the salem nuke plant on the delaware bay. High tide is a few

 feet below plant level. They are proposing building another reactor on

 the site. Maybe its time to move.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:57 | Link to Comment mick_richfield
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I just now realized that everybody on ZH is stark fucking baying-at-the-moon crazy.

I mean -- maybe all you guys have taken all your vast net worths and -- transcended or something.  But I'm still down here on the ground in Michigan. 

And I'm scared. 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:14 | Link to Comment ZerOhead
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Try not to worry too much... Michigan has already been pre-disastered.

It will come as a bigger shock for the rest of the nation.

It's kind of like being the hypothetical victim of a slow motion 30 year ongoing rape where nobody is even interested in stopping the perpetrator.

 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:18 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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why? are?? you??? scared????

 

You know those cheap fucks would squeeze a penny out of anything, for no reason other than to have another penny some where that they would never spend or do anything productive with..

 

You know when you are cheaper than the Jews and put that cheaper than the Jews would have done it bullshit up to Mother Nature.. we are all fucked.. it was never if! it was always when..

 

Tight fisted fucking scumbags! they will be the death of all of us!

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:48 | Link to Comment ZerOhead
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I'm sensing a little hostility here JW... one must remember that 99.9%+ of 'the Jews' have had little or nothing to do with the mess we are in now.

This all stems from the ethos of one Yahweh, Warrior God of the Apiru, namely the god of the Christians and the Jews. Please remember that before Constantine the Great adopted Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire, Christianity was a Jewish sect for over 300 years.

Christianity had a social conciousness that made them docile pacifists... a huge advantage when running such a large and unruly Empire. Jews had no such obligation to  others, and the Torah taught them that they were 'God's Chosen People'. A 'superiority cult' of sorts.

They have since established a tradition of excellence... some of the best lawyers, doctors, scientists, businessmen, fighters... even social activists!

Unfortunately... some (and only some) of the best Banksters and fraudsters as well.

It was however 'our own' politicians and their lust for power and greed who must bear the ultimate responsibilty for having failed us.

Not much more to say.

 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:31 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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I do like you.. but.. the facts.. are.. like.. this.

 

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Mon, 06/27/2011 - 01:28 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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Blaming "Jews" collectively is a lot like blaming the USA for every foreign policy conflict since WWII.

There's a tiny percentage of people who happen to be Jewish (and also happen to control enormous quantities of money) who are real assholes and have fucked up a lot of stuff.

But those guys have nothing in common with (for example) the guy who owns the liquor store in my 'hood, and it's worth keeping in mind the real issues.

It just so happens that there are also a tiny number of Arabs/Protestants/Chinese/Persians/whatever-the-fuck who deserve the same level of scorn.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 15:42 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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. . . don't forget the growing number of Zionist Christians here, both in amrka & on ZHedge. . .

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 16:23 | Link to Comment ZerOhead
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Okay... I can see your point.

But no-one had a gun to their head making them take the money did they?

(Damn... I hope not!)

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:53 | Link to Comment CompassionateFascist
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Right: Israel tail wags American Dog ---->endless wars; but, "nothing to do with the Jews". Rich socialist Jews own Demican party, rich neo-con Jews own Republicrat Party; but, "nothing to do with the Jews". Entire US economy now restructured as debt-driven, open borders/free trade Wall St. Ponzi; but, "nothing to do with the Jews". Our Culture now a foul, Hollywood/mass media-driven kosher Culture of Death; but, "nothing to do with the Jews". Our legal system a flat out kosher crime lobby (latest: Loughner got away with it: panel of tribal shrinks in effect decreed "innocent due to 'schizophrenia'); but, "nothing to do with the Jews". Etc. Right, got it: "nothing to do with the Jews". Make memo.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 01:16 | Link to Comment I_ate_the_crow
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The modern zionists have little to do with actual Jews. Brilliantly, the Rothschild zionists use the "jewish" issue as cover for any and all actions of the oligarchy via the state of Israel. The links in America to Israel and "jews" that JW posted are obviously legit, but organizations like AIPAC have nothing to do with the jew next door. 

On the contrary it's a convenient way for the one world government planners to hide decision making from the "free" American "voters". And if you find those links and criticise Israel? Well then, you, sir, are an anti-semite and obviously a deciple of Hitler, you NAZI!! (keep in mind these same people funded Hitler in the first place http://www.scribd.com/doc/2434851/Wartburg-Hitlers-Secret-Bankers and proceeded to let him kill a few million jews and then set up the state of Israel "for the jews"). 

In other words they have insidiously hijacked the holocaust and use the taboo to deflect negative PR. As an added bonus, the discontent and outright hatred that the artificial, American-funded state of Israel evokes in the Middle East is a great way to convince Muslims and Christians to kill each other.

Stop falling for the things they use to divide us.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:44 | Link to Comment fuu
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Fear is their greatest weapon.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 23:31 | Link to Comment sgorem
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NO reason to be scared in Michigan, you guys are on top of the "DOOM LIST". Just go fishing and get drunk...........

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 01:22 | Link to Comment madbomber
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Fear not my American brother.

they can't break a spirit they didn't create.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp8wJSndyd4.

lean wit it, rock wit it 

'Radiation aint nothin but a beyotch to a playa'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:03 | Link to Comment max2205
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It's got to be completely under water before I get worried... Obama's got your back (side)

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Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:32 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:21 | Link to Comment Ben Fleeced
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Wouldn't it be amazing if you could trust in your fellow man to give you the correct information?

Wouldn't it be amazing if you could improve your own life as much as you expecpt others to improve thiers?

If you hve not been bagging sand then go back to whatever you were doing and let those who DO, take care of it or STFU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:24 | Link to Comment Herbert_guthrie
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Turning our forests into deserts, and our rivers into hot jacuzzis have always been a delicious plan.

Doesn't the bible mention "rivers turned to fire" in the last days....

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