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Fukushima Reactor 2 Core Has Melted Through Reactor

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This will not be news for most objective Zero Hedge readers as we indicated this is a distinct possibility on several occasions, but some of those more "skeptical" about reality would be interested to know that according to Reuters "the core at Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor has melted through the reactor pressure vessel", Democratic Congressman Edward Markey told a hearing on the nuclear disaster on Wednesday. "I have been informed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the core of Unit Two has gotten so hot that part of it has probably melted through the reactor pressure vessel," said Markey, a prominent nuclear critic in the House of Representatives. Surely there is some bullish spin to this. We are too tired to look for it though.

And never one to not find the silver lining in the mushroom cloud, US nuclear regulator NRC promptly had to add its 2 cents:

A top official from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Wednesday it was not clear that Japan's Fukushima No. 2 nuclear reactor has melted through the reactor pressure vessel.

Earlier, Democratic lawmaker Edward Markey told a House of Representatives hearing on the nuclear disaster that the NRC had told him the core had melted through the vessel.

"That's not clear to us, nor is it clear to us that the reactor has penetrated the vessel," said Martin Virgilio, deputy executive director for reactor and preparedness programs at the NRC.

Perhaps in order to make it clear, Mr. Virgilio can go to Fukushima and find out first hand.


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Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:03 | 1140880 slow_roast
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S&P to 5,000,000,000 now.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:10 | 1140904 66Sexy
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'Dow Up on Japan Reconstruction Plans' - AP

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:19 | 1141003 Fish Gone Bad
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Three weeks or so ago, the world was coming to an end with disaster after disaster.  Nothing has been fixed, and things are actually a great deal worse than before because now tons and tons of radioactive water is killing Japan's fishing industry, and anyone dumb enough to eat the thyroid killing food.

So what happened?  Why billions and billions of dollars, yen and euros were fed into the "risk on" machine and the markets went up.  Nothing got fixed, just papered over.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:25 | 1141019 66Sexy
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Destruction is the Keynesian warm fuzzy blanket. Think of all the money they can create by lending to japan..... @ interest.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:29 | 1141092 bingaling
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Problem is will they want to rebuild? This is what is being misunderstood . Maybe the AP means the relocation of ....

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:44 | 1141144 66Sexy
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its a fake headline illustrating how ridiculous the measures of the financial media are in their attempts to attribute actual economic facts to what is in reality just fiat expanded margins and debt backed by debt ...unlimited money creation for speculators while they have regulatory capture.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:43 | 1141180 economessed
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And to me, the meta-level of ridiculousness is that we're spending any time at all trying to figure out how to profit from this epic disaster.

We certainly don't have a greed deficit.  We have a leadership and sanity deficit.  They'll be plent of time to make some money AFTER THE RADIATION IS CONTAINED AND WE SECURE OUR FOOD SUPPLIES IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN.

Jumpin jesus on a pogo stick - what is the plan to mitigate this disaster?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:13 | 1141339 chumbawamba
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This is the plan.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:01 | 1142483 Drachma
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Agreed, another tool in the slow-kill arsenal. Chumbawamba knows all.

Thu, 04/07/2011 - 09:12 | 1144816 collinar
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Re: "what is the plan to mitigate this disaster"?

Answer: Move to Earth number two.

Earth number one is FUBAR, since one microgram of Plutonium will kill you, and Reactor number 3 has several tonnes of the stuff.


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:47 | 1141194 kaiserhoff
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Yes, who will build in Japan now, or hold their debt?  When, if ever, do their exports recover?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:52 | 1141221 66Sexy
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the IMF would love some beachfront villas in Japan... y'know, to hold their secret meetings to plan the coup d' grace for America.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:14 | 1142223 Confuchius
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Your comment on the IMF makes it sound like some foreign devil. It is not. It is a 100% kriminal amerikan organization, like your banks, brokers, politicians and the rest of what used to pass for a government.



Wed, 04/06/2011 - 19:10 | 1143230 destiny
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I should think not...its an international organization ! the coup de grace will be given to Europe as well.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:53 | 1141227 Jack Mayoffer
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I say "Fire Sale" those Canon EF lenses I want, Japan!  Shit, now I have to google what part of the island they are made.  Upwind lenses only, please.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:55 | 1141248 Bananamerican
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+ millions of similar calculations....

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:18 | 1141354 linrom
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Who wants some sushi or shrimp creole? Or USDA GM meat pumped full of antibiotics? Who needs regulation?

Thu, 04/07/2011 - 00:27 | 1144208 Natasha Fatale
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Who needs food anyway?

Here's a tip: the smart money is long Soylent Green

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:26 | 1142303 Sokhmate
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I'm glad I've bought all the glass I need before the disaster, alas, Nikon.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:51 | 1141219 kaiserhoff
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Yes.  Who will build in Japan now?  Who wants to own their debt or real estate?  When, if ever, will exports recover, in what is fundamentally an export driven economy?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:37 | 1142057 Banjo
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There is nothing about Keynes writing that said you spend more than you earn all the time. Indeed Keynes explicitly mentioned that in good times you build savings and then during a downturn you can be counter cyclical spend those savings and perhaps a little more (i.e. deficit)

Keynes was actually a pretty  smart guy and was not attached to any dogma including his own. I have not read all his work but he was a man who changed his mind and adapted to circumstances as the world around him changed.

If you have the time google Dying of Money by Jens O Parson. A really good read and some background on Keynes and the inflation mess most governments end up in.


Thu, 04/07/2011 - 04:41 | 1144458 slimfinger
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Keynes' "debt is power" ideology is embraced and force-fed to the world because it suits the banks and central controllers.  It's that simple.


Sat, 04/09/2011 - 15:58 | 1153727 Banjo
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Keynes' "debt is power" ideology is embraced and force-fed to the world because it suits the banks and central controllers.  It's that simple.

Yes simple incorrect and not even based on the facts, an example of wanton igonrance.

More power to you though.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:29 | 1141089 DavidC
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Yup, exactly like 2008 except with no radiation then...


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:31 | 1141093 A Man without Q...
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I reckon Bernanke gives BofA the inside track on a lot of these ramp jobs.  He knows that he's in a lot of trouble for his role in the ML deal if he doesn't do something to make the shareholders happy.  

Crony capitalism at its finest...

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:30 | 1141417 knukles
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Law of Unintended Consequences takes hold.

How happy are the boys and girls at Mother Merril that they got (jammed) saved by BofA.

Regulation at its finest.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:06 | 1141309 Piranhanoia
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We start over. So we have 3 eyes. That's even better than 3D. 

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:11 | 1141635 pyite
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I think you guys are, as usual, overstating things.  Here is a link to the DoE/NNSA report from Monday:

It is a serious situation but the uninformed hysteria isn't helping.


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:08 | 1141922 espirit
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...and neither is your un-attainable link to credibility. Trust in govt requires eyes in the back of the head.

Maybe we'll get there yet.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:44 | 1142665 Stormdancer
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Talk to us when the spewing of new radioactive materials has ceased.  Kinda hard to overstate  something still in progress with many possible predictable paths that would result in much worse releases.


And go ahead and move your family to Chiba prefecture while you're at it.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:20 | 1141005 flattrader
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for the latests updates.

Notice the German wind map has the radioactive plume blowing south over the ocean and then back north across Japan and Korea, grazing China.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:13 | 1141649 pyite
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By "plume" I'll assume you mean a barely detectable too-low-to-cause-any-problems amount of radio-iodine.


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:24 | 1141714 tmosley
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You haven't been paying attention.  The plume is full of radioactive materials that are contaminating anything and everything they touch.  It might be dilute enough to no longer be a problem once it gets to the US, but it is causing a lot of cancers right now, and the land itself will be "uninhabitable" a la the Chernobyl exclusion zone before this is over (which is now apparently going to be never).

Normalcy bias is your new name.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 17:15 | 1142781 espirit
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Plume of fume, that's burning metals hopium head.  Radioactive burning metals of the worst kind.

Breathe freely now...

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:38 | 1141795 slewie the pi-rat
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t.y. for including the link, flattrader.

ahem...slewie mentioned this "viable" possibility to aristarchan, last week, right here in river city, when he was down-playing everything, including the size of these reactors, compared to chernobyl, while questioning him about the real possibilities of "intermittent re-criticality" which he then was kind unuf to respond to, in the affirmative, while poo-poo-ing the serious of all this, of course. 

Jim in MN was doing the math for his great "cesium analysis" at the time and bob_d had to slug ari pretty hard to keep him from nuking Jim's analysis before he finished and posted it!

i wonder if ari isn't gonna hafta come to grips with his "biases" here, soon, and stop projecting them on those who are more "alamist" then the nuclear industry finds comfy, right now...

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:51 | 1141838 slewie the pi-rat
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that said, and reuters and ed markey considered, i do not consider their pronouncements proof of the melt-through.  just punched up fairewinds; nothing there, yet.  so, i'll continue to say that it looks like we may have such a problem in #2.  where's rodney dangerfield when ya need him?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:21 | 1141012 the mad hatter
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Meltup caused by a meltdown?

Oy vey what a whacky world we live in.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:05 | 1141290 chindit13
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You are confused by the curvature of the Earth.  Easy mistake to make.  Japan and New York are on opposite sides of the world, so what melts down in Japan is up relative to New York.  Go with the flow.  Ride that neutron beam to da moon!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:27 | 1141410 Amish Hacker
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Here's a link to see what's on the opposite side of the world from anywhere:

Opposite to Fukushima puts you in the south Atlantic, off the coast of Brazil.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:51 | 1142109 andybev01
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'Hacker; totally cool link.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:55 | 1142719 Urban Redneck
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shit, then my farm might be down wind

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:22 | 1142001 moneymutt
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nice one

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:29 | 1141080 Urban Redneck
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Reconstruction can't start until they neutralize the radioactive situation.  But the Dow will up anyway.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:50 | 1141211 Jim in MN
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Do you think Operation Huge Sheet has a shot?  Have you seen the details? 

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:06 | 1141297 Urban Redneck
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What I read was that Operation Huge Sheet somehow magically combined flexible material and structural reinforcement that would save what's left the building in the event of the next quake.  Either the author or the guy at TEPCO who told him about it must have been suffering radiation induced delusions.  I am hoping for a better article or a link to manufacturer's spec sheet for this wonderful product so I can better understand what they were trying to state in the first place.   

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:08 | 1141318 Jim in MN
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Best I got--they hope to intercept airflow, not protect the buildings--more like Odor Eaters or dryer fabric softener sheets or something--Operation Snuggle?:

Radiation-shielding sheets to be installed in Sept. at earliest

TOKYO, April 6, Kyodo

A plan to cover damaged reactor buildings at the crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear plant with special sheets to halt radiation leakage cannot offer a quick remedy, as the sheeting will be installed in September at the earliest due to high-level radioactivity hampering work at the site, government sources said Tuesday.

The government had asked Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the Fukushima Daiichi power station crippled by the March 11 quake and tsunami, to study the installment of radiation-shielding sheets, and a major construction firm commissioned to examine the idea said the construction will not start until June, the sources told Kyodo News.

They said workers need to wait until radiation levels drop at the site, where hydrogen explosions have blown away the roofs and upper walls of three reactor buildings.

Some nuclear experts have been skeptical about the feasibility of the plan as they believe the step would have only limited effects in blocking the release of radioactive substances into the environment.

In a meeting Tuesday of a team tasked with halting the leakage of radioactive substances from the plant under a task force set up by the government and the operator known as TEPCO, the construction firm gave prospects for the work schedule, the sources said.

At the gathering, a specialist from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the structure of the special sheets should guarantee that spent nuclear fuel pools in the reactor buildings will not be damaged even if the sheeting is toppled by quakes or typhoons, according to the sources.

Specialists in the government are planning to stem possible surges in radiation levels or further explosions in the reactor buildings to be wrapped by the sheets, by attaching materials that absorb radioactive materials to the inner side of the sheeting and installing air vents with filters to let out hydrogen, they said.

At the plant, TEPCO has been spraying water-soluble resin that has a coating effect to prevent radioactive particles from being dispersed by wind and rain. But the resin does not have effects to shield radiation.

The costs of building framed structures around the Nos. 1-4 reactor buildings and wrapping them with the special sheets are estimated to reach 80 billion yen.


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:32 | 1141435 Urban Redneck
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My bad- TEPCO & NRC, only short 1 stooge.

There are timeline issues-

if today = april, startdate = june, and endate = september, but startdate is dependent in lowered radiation at the site, then the whole thing is a non-starter, but its the nuclear science that's beyond me- will the readiation level drop at the job site?  


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:18 | 1141972 davepowers
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Operation Panty Liner?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 20:34 | 1143506 StychoKiller
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Arrgghh!  The Stupid, it burns!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:23 | 1141386 Byte Me
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If that refers to Japanese 'shrouds' then "maybe". I worked it into this proposal:

Prepared to suggest bauxite via nautical delivery in place of granite.

(I really,really hate talking my own book.)

Preventing damage to reactor containment seems moot at this stage.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:12 | 1141633 Urban Redneck
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What concerns me with piles of stuff is the volume of material needed.  1 ton of gold is a 15in cube, 1 ton of dirt or gravel is approximately a 1m cube.  There are 4-6 reactors/jobsites and they are huge.  Since Japan is an island, there is an implicit requirement to bring in vast quantities of materials via slow moving ships.   

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:35 | 1141762 Byte Me
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I know.

Each building is like a small city block. I would prefer to use whatever remains of building containment for 1,2 and 4 - 3 is a problem - as retainment. Density of gravel is higher than that, less so for bauxite.

Point is -- bulk cariers exist - bauxite is plentiful - irradiated potential isotopes generally decay quickly - few people needed for 'installtion'.

Building a shroud would take years.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 17:11 | 1142771 Urban Redneck
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What is the key chemical interaction with the bauxite?  Can only raw bauxite be used, or alumina, or can the slag/mud be used?  Developed countries would actually pay to reduce the red dread, but even Guinea will give it away free. 

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:29 | 1141426 Rossalgondamer
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Operation Final Shot

1)USDOE nuke computers match seismology/geology/pyrotechnics to avoid ripping island in two - maybe?
2)I advocate Sappers over bunker buster technology.
3)Remove as much intact spent fuel as possible to Mushu / water-barge hold them
4)Pre-load the site with surface boron and QUIKRETE before the shot if logical.
5)dike /seawall containment and surface-cap mitigation

Done correctly the blast(s) put all reactor buildings immediately sub-surface / below waterline minimizing contact/in-outflows. Float pre-positioned barges over the new basins to deliver concrete. Or we can keep dicking around.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 17:28 | 1142780 Carl Spackler-t...
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Time to make lemons out of lemonade.  Japan can turn the 250 square miles that will become the "dead zone" into a world nuclear storage site and amusement park.  Countries from around the world can send their waste to a place nobody worries about if it is irradiated further - Fukushima! 

They can also create a Fukushima radiation park.  Kids can control one of the firehoses keeping all the rods cool.  The rapid tsunami water luge ride will also be a big hit with the family.  Food is free, but you only get one sandwich a day with a few crackers.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:10 | 1140933 aint no fortuna...
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Bullish? Of course... that means there are only 3 more reactors left to breach their own containment vessels... this is PROGRESS bitchez!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:19 | 1140986 66Sexy
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HAARP? A bit more plausible, the more i think about it.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:48 | 1141102 Ident 7777 economy
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-1 Highly speculative, undifferential as to HAARP physics, nonrespective of ionospheric affectation by subject facility ...

I should add: Attempt at a blind dart-board hit, non-seeing toss of a 'Jart' (lawn dart; since may have been banned by the EPA) downrange, blinded-folded 'aim' at the local pistol practice facility ...


Jart and EPA reference (for those not getting it):

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:00 | 1141268 Ruffcut
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Those jarts were coolist to sharpen and then play catch with. It would make for some good utubes.

Weren't jarts designed for that soft spot on a babys head?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:01 | 1141281 Ident 7777 economy
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Great warm-up activity for those youngsters who later in life would dedicate their lives to 'knife catching' (insert 'catch a falling knife' reference here) ...

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:37 | 1141441 knukles
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Another wonderfully instructive lesson in governmental interference in the "free" (LOL) market system.
Any parents smart enough, any of their children smart enough to try catching Jarts (And, oh yes, I do remember them fondly, like when I stuck Huey with one in his arm.  Kid tried to catch the one I threw to try to stick him, fucktard.) deserves the whole fucking lot to be eliminated from the gene pool.
Instead, the idiots keep breeding....  and become politicians, like Senator Blutarsky.

Jarts had a fundamental Malthusian purpose.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:18 | 1141668 slewie the pi-rat
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bkutarsky was a pirate, heroic, too, and one of the best characters in the history of story and the cinema, especially compared to you.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 17:14 | 1142778 psychologicalmess
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Sen. Blutarsky, later, became president of the U.S.  Now, that's heroic. 

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:47 | 1141203 serotonindumptruck
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Some of the cosmic forecasts being predicted for the passage of Comet Elenin appear to be quite dire. These projections and forecasts are being produced by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and other inter-agency departments. According to some theories, the Earth will suffer a series of Extinction Level Events beginning around September 25th, 2011. This is when Comet Elenin (interesting name, BTW. "ELEnin".) is expected to make its passage between the Earth and the Sun. The greatly increased seismic activity, along with the clear increase in EQ frequency and magnitude intensity has many seismologists very concerned. Some of them are beginning to speak out these past two or three months.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:59 | 1141247 Ident 7777 economy
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According to some theories, the Earth will suffer a series of Extinction Level Events beginning around September 25th, 2011. This is when Comet Elenin (interesting name, BTW. "ELEnin".) is expected to make its passage between the Earth and the Sun.

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Great; looking forward to it ... what does this mean market-wise? What should I be 'long' in?

Any chance we can get hold of the same type of rocket Jor-El used to send his son Kal-Elto (who became Superman under a yellow sun) to Earth?


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:55 | 1141535 serotonindumptruck
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Well, this certainly isn't a popular topic of discussion in most social settings. The idea that the vast majority of life on this planet is about to be destroyed is unsettling in the extreme. When this celestial body crosses Earth's orbital path later this year, along with all the cosmic debris from the Oort Cloud that it was able to capture on its cyclical transit into the center of our solar system, there is also the possibility that Earth will lose its only satellite, when the Moon is captured and pulled away from the Earth and hurled off into deep space.


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:14 | 1141941 spank-of-america
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I just found this on Nasa's site.

Someone asked what the deal is with Elenin and the Nasa Sicentist said it's "nothing to worry about". He also talks about people posting "fictional" claims about how it will effect the earth, he said this...

"One of the worst examples is a video that someone posted on the NASAbuzzroom website that claims that the magnetic field of the comet will cause a large shift in the rotation axis of the Earth and produce mega-earthquakes on March 15, 2011. It is hard to imagine anyone would take this seriously. Comets don't have magnetic fields, and magnetic fields can't change the rotation axis or cause earthquakes no matter how large they are."

What happened four days before March 15th?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:16 | 1140981 Cognitive Dissonance
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After several years of trying to determine truth along with how the markets should or will react to truth I have decided to surrender to the insanity and go numb.

Calgon, take me away.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:16 | 1140989 carbonmutant
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Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:26 | 1141052 SheepDog-One
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Its pointless, when markets finally do 'react' it will be far too late for anyone to react to it in any way, therefore I just keep buying beans, guns, and bullets.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:27 | 1141058 krispkritter
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Better than 'Caesium...take me away!'...BTW, welcome to the Insanity Club...

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:39 | 1141160 Cognitive Dissonance
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It's actually a nice club, very swank. But I suspect it will take many months, even years, before I stop walking around with my family jewels carefully cupped in my hand. Of course as soon as I do they will be promptly cut off at the root. :>)

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:52 | 1141225 Dagny Taggart
Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:09 | 1141314 krispkritter
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Ed Zachary!  BTW, is that last bit of a Fukushima to come?  Methinks lead undies are overdue...

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:40 | 1141476 Cognitive Dissonance
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Yeah, something like that. :>)

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:00 | 1141131 The Limerick King
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Oh Calgon please take me away

I'm losing more marbles each day

Insanity rules

The MSM fools

"We're All Fucked"..(what more can I say)

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:55 | 1141249 I Am The Unknow...
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CD, I hope you got a nice free towel in that box of soap! 

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:46 | 1141833 Cognitive Dissonance
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No towel. But it did include a "personal size" tube of K-Y that I can carry around in my pocket with my chap-stick. Just in case there's an emergency.

I hope I don't get them mixed up in the dark. I'm not worried so much about using the K-Y on my lips, but the chap stick up my.......well, you understand.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 19:42 | 1143321 MsCreant
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Either way, pucker up!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:40 | 1141472 covert
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the saddest part is that the world is full of morons that will still never learn. this is basically a repeat of chernobyl.


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 17:19 | 1142788 espirit
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Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:04 | 1140887 aVian
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southern hemisphere is looking bullish for real estate

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:04 | 1140889 Ray1968
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Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:11 | 1140944 falak pema
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GWB and Ted Turner head to Paraguay and Argentina. And Maggy Thatcher goes to Chile.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:37 | 1141129 youngman
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I am in Colombia...

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:12 | 1140957 DoChenRollingBearing
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Peru, Putaz!

EDIT: As long as Ollanta Humala does not win...

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:17 | 1140998 carbonmutant
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Yea, but I heard they're not taking $dollars...

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:33 | 1141020 THE DORK OF CORK
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The roaring forties ,Furious fifties and the Shrieking Sixties should keep the badness at bay...............



Signy Research Station - British Antarctic Survey


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:28 | 1141071 Laddie
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That is why the elite, the Banksters and the rest of the enemies of humanity are relaxed, they will FLEE when the time is ripe. Like GWB putting tons of DU contaminated sand from Kuwait in Idaho.

.gov is the enemy of your survival.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:12 | 1141956 Seer
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"Like GWB putting tons of DU contaminated sand from Kuwait in Idaho."

Never hear of this... have a reference? (thanks!)

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:58 | 1142467 RichardP
Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:16 | 1141355 primalplasma
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Good one. :)

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 18:35 | 1143077 gall batter
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Wed, 04/06/2011 - 18:32 | 1143099 gall batter
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northern hemisphere is looking bare-ish for life.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:32 | 1140888 hedgeless_horseman
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There Is Still Time . . . Brother.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:04 | 1141288 Milestones
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 We are truely "On he Beach".        Milestones

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:04 | 1140891 Circlehook
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Lead Body Suits Bitchezzzzzz!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:23 | 1141025 carbonmutant
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Lead Cups by Under Armour....

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:03 | 1140892 alien-IQ
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Uber Bullish.

rally on.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:03 | 1140895 Gene Parmesan
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I wish Markey would head over to the site to investigate. Maybe take some up close pictures for us.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:03 | 1140896 jus_lite_reading
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But now they are trying to inject nitrogen into reactor one to keep it from EXPLODING!!

AND.... they won't even have shilding for 6 months because the radiation is SO HIGH they can't even measure it!!!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:08 | 1141308 youngman
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and don´t forget the stored used cores that are on site.....they are probably re birthing now with all the heat....

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:05 | 1141913 slewie the pi-rat
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t.y. for the info and the link, j_l_r. 

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:05 | 1140901 Yen Cross
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Real Bullish,(Southern Hemisphere) if you can hang on to your HEAD!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:04 | 1140902 ginunn
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Refresh my geography. What country is diametrically oposite the Fukishma core?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:08 | 1140917 Yen Cross
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Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:52 | 1141222 w a l k - a w a y
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easy ...


Dig a hole through the Earth




Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:11 | 1141947 slewie the pi-rat
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i think Rusty Shorts may have provided the actual co-ordinates, on an earlier post.  when i see his avatar, i have thoughts like: "Burning Man?  every day?  awesome!!!"

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 18:38 | 1143121 Rusty Shorts
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Aye matey, argh.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:10 | 1140932 SignsAndWonders
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United States of Zimbabwe?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:10 | 1140940 amarshall
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That just got a laugh from my office

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:13 | 1140974 falak pema
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diagonally on globe it must be S Africa/Mozambique to left or Chile/Argentina to right. You don't want to go diametrically if you want t leave NH!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:21 | 1141011 nonclaim
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The closest land approximation is the shores of Uruguay. Not bad.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:19 | 1140996 TwoShortPlanks
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It's in the South Atlantic Ocean, 1500km off Argentina...not that a melt-down would get there.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:22 | 1141016 Manthong
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Kinda' looks like it might bubble up in the middle of the Panama Canal.

But since that's owned by China now you might say it will melt clear through to China.

Could be a good idea for a movie. 

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:27 | 1141076 SheepDog-One
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Nuclear hot plutonium mass will now melt thru the lava rock Japan is entirely made of until it hits a big aquifer at which point we'll see the mushroom cloud in Japan from New Hampshire.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:30 | 1141097 Homey Da Clown
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Doesn't that aquifer feed something like half of Asia and Europe?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:02 | 1141275 avonaltendorf
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Whoa, calm down. Nothing under Fukushima except igneous and metamorphic rock. No aquifer. Meltdown will hit seawater. Local problem, except for airborne contamination.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:12 | 1141335 Urban Redneck
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and all the other seawater and sea life that comes into contact with the meltdown byproducts, so actually a bigger problem than an aquifer. 

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:23 | 1141993 slewie the pi-rat
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UR---altho i agree w/ the smackdown and the logic, since we also have chernobyl radiation in an enormous aquifer, heading slowly to kiev, please be advised of a possible alternative POV.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:38 | 1141132 PistoleroPedro
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Not to be a know-it-all, but the term is "Antipode", as in "Japan and Uruguay are Antipodes". Please make a note of it....

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:38 | 1141139 Dr. No
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Dont be foolish.  The rods will not melt through to the opposite side of the globe.  Since the south pole as at the bottom, once it melts through the crust and hits liquid magma, gravity will pull it downward and it will come out at the south pole.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:52 | 1141223 Jim in MN
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And the first elephant, and then the second elephant, and then...

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:07 | 1141563 knukles
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Swans.  Swans.
Not elephants.

Black Swans 

Just for shits and giggles....
In the real world, there are no/few/whathefuckeverhowmany truly Gaussian or Poisson distributions, for most many/most/a lot/enough for the sake of this shit, are leptokurtotic. 
So, as one meanders merrily out towards the tails, there are new and big bulges that all of a sudden pop up, like when I've been staring at Deta von Teese for too long.  But anyhow, these bulges should/could/just stay with me here for a moment, I'm trying to help, be viewed as their very own little special additional non-Gaussian/Poisson but yes, again, leptokurtotic distributions.
And once one gets cast therein, assuming the sticky state of reality, almost as if it were a condition similar to stasis, then experiences tend to remain bounded therein, within their own extremes.  
It's as if (And probably is near to the truth, but so far I appear to be the only person working on it at this moment... or at least posting it right here if that makes anybody feel any better.  Which it should not.) the fractalius nature of events (naturally occurring in mother nature, no different that pi and a few other constants, limits and associated and randomly but not really assorted givens) takes hold.
So we get stuck therein, so to speak.
Think of it as a Ground Hog Day condition. 
Which may not be easy from which to escape.  So, now that we are here (not about to enter, but experiencing in actuality, real time, now) in an apparently major/the clusterfuck of reality, one can assume that within extreme conditions and given the very illogical, ego driven, emotional nature of the human condition (generally piss poor) that we'll be seeing much more of the same.
So, whatever's worked for you recently, will likely persist as we continue to experience a period of significant turmoil.  Sorta "the Fourth Turning meets the Book of Revelations and Murphy's Law. (Hereby termed Bozo's Law)

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:07 | 1141927 Jim in MN
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That's pretty awesome.  Bouncing around local optima in a portion of a distribution.  Just a bad neighborhood.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:30 | 1142036 slewie the pi-rat
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good law, k-nuk!  Bozo's Law, it is! {4th T, Book of R, + Murph} with ground hog heuristic, there, too!  even slewie, with somehow-overheated bong,  can understand and remember.  i think.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:47 | 1142410 Antarctico
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I think that "staring at Deta von Teese for too long" would definitely leave me in a "sticky state of reality."


My apologies, I simply could not resist. :D

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 20:58 | 1143582 StychoKiller
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Turtles all the way dooownn!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:55 | 1141238 Rorschach
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I thought the earth was flat? So doesn't that mean that it would just melt through the Earth and fall into space. Maybe it will hit the moon?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:19 | 1141363 Dr. No
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mummm....melted cheese.  who dosent like a good cheese dip?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:29 | 1141739 mt paul
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Fukushima fondu ....

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:40 | 1142654 tmosley
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Oh shit, no.  It'll burn right through the shell of the giant turtle that carries us on its back, and all the turtles below that one!

We're in trouble now!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:57 | 1141259 Fenlander
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Gravity acts into the centre of the earth.  So in the unlikely event it gets down more than about 3 yards, all it's ever going to do is aim for the centre of the earth.  In the scientifically-impossible event of the gloop making it to the centre of the earth, it's going to stay there.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:08 | 1141307 hedgeless_horseman
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I don't care about the sleestaks, but what about Holly, Will and Chaka?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:23 | 1141393 Cthonic
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They'll have entirely new forms of light crystals to play with.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:26 | 1142019 pods
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Chaka used to creep me the hell out.


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:09 | 1141312 Dr. No
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As you stated, a scientfically impossible event.  Until someone presents a coherent analysis of 1) thermodynamics (can the rod generate enough heat to melt a 5 mile thick column of earth crust, 2) Hydrodynamics (is the density of the rods high enough, so IF they make it to the magma, they will actually sink 3) Gravity (gravity is a function of mass and as it sinks will be subjected to less gravity forces pulling toword center - converget to a limit problem).  Until then, I will continue to make kindergarten smart @ss remarks to china syndrom posts.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:23 | 1141368 bob_dabolina
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The corium (not rod) can reach temperatures only seen on our sun.

Do I really need to be an expert on thermodynamics to know that if something looks like shit, and smells like shit, it's probably shit?

"The temperature of corium can be as high as 2400°C in the first hours after the meltdown and can reach over 2800°C."

Read all about it:

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:37 | 1141460 Dr. No
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No doubt.  But high temperature is only part of the equation to melt through the earths crust.  Like I said, I need someone to run some numbers before I believe corium (or whatever we choose to name the blob which genrates the energy) will melt a column of rock several miles thick.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:17 | 1141671 hedgeless_horseman
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will melt a column of rock several miles thick.

We should be so lucky.  It will all probably just stay in the basement like everything else.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:37 | 1141776 Dr. No
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Thirty years from now: "Ahhh thats where it was.... I was looking for that, thought I threw it away!" 

Or the wife sells it in a garage sale.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:47 | 1142093 slewie the pi-rat
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hey bob_d!  pretty hard to grok those temps, fer yerz trooly, yet i somehow intuit that even igneous rock may "remember" what it's like to be a liquid and a gas under such conditions.  after all, wtf does "igneous" mean in the first place?  that we can use such rocks to build a fire-pit and safely roast our marshmallows?

btw, i caught that odor, too... 

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 23:45 | 1143355 TerraHertz
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Maybe the Fukushima reactor cores just want to go home?
Giant Nuclear Reactor May Run Earth's Magnetic Field

This is actually a serious and very cool theory btw. Google it. Fits well with many aspects of Earth's nature and geological history. Giant natural nuclear reactor at the core, that operates intermittently. Here's to its long-continued operation!


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:24 | 1141995 Confucious 222
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Tristan de Cunha?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:07 | 1140909 DocLogo
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That's ok, we'll just raise the acceptable radiation levels again and everything will be fine. Right?!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:08 | 1140934 DonnieD
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They should quit trying to quantify acceptable radiation levels and just go to a qualifying system of "glowing" and "not-glowing".

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:11 | 1140960 Circlehook
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Hmmm, very similar to raising the Debt threshold.  It can't be bad if we raise the limits right? /sarc

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 11:56 | 1141253 Clockwork Orange
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Let's eat more fish, too.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:23 | 1141394 Homey Da Clown
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What a coincidence. Our EPA just made the following ahem.. changes in the acceptable standard levels of radiation. According to PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the new standards would result in a “nearly 1000-fold increase for exposure to strontium-90, a 3000 to 100,000-fold hike for exposure to iodine-131; and an almost 25,000 rise for exposure to radioactive nickel-63” in drinking water.

Problem solved. Take down all the monitoring devices, raise the acceptable levels and then declare everything is "safe".


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:45 | 1141490 Jim in MN
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Twilight Zone.  Somebody pinch me...oh fuck, you're all virtual!  Damn.  Guess this is as real as it gets.

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