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Fukushima Smoking Gun Emerges: Founding Engineer Says Reactor 4 Has Always Been A "Time Bomb", Exposes Criminal Cover Up

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Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:24 | 1088367 bob_dabolina
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How fucking DARE you Tyler Durden.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:49 | 1088454 Montecarlo
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<S> on right?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 01:19 | 1088875 Harlequin001
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So let me get this right. It was repaired at great expense, worked fine for 37 years and still didn't fail in a scale 9 earthquake...


Strikes me as a bit of a red herring.

The real question should be, 'why was this apparently adequately repaired reactor sited on a fault line in the first place?'

Whistleblower? Sounds like he's kind of the good guy. This dude just wants some limelight when in reality he should be hanging from a tree along with everybody else connected with this fiasco.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 01:22 | 1088891 Matte_Black
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Unit 4 was in shutdown and so at least one bullet was dodged. So this converup is not the point really.

The question that emerges is how many other poison seeds are bursting into bloom and decay at Fukushima?

Futhermore, how many poison seeds are planted and waiting to bloom at all the other nukes around the world?

Read much about Indian Point?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 01:59 | 1088935 wretch
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Plutonium production waste at Hanford will leak into the Columbia River soon.

And fuck you, captcha, for messing with my baked head.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 02:06 | 1088943 malusDiaz
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JPMorge gets approval as a registered COMEX Delivery Vault!




Wed, 03/23/2011 - 03:50 | 1089015 SunBlaster
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Well that didn't take long, I knew they would come up with something soon enough.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 07:49 | 1089195 The Profit Prophet
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The depth and breadth of the scams to keep this turd of a financial system afloat can only increase over time.  Alas, I fear the worst is yet to come......or in the immortal words of the great Canadian band B.T.O: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJmBPCYt5LY

T.E.I.N. everyone!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:52 | 1089665 maximin thrax
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Yeah, my feelings are kinda split on this as well. On the one hand, where there's one cover up there's bound to be more. On the other hand, a 20' diameter vessel less than 1.5" out of round just doesn't seem important, and if in the end there's no problems related to the "defect" after the quake, explosions and meltdowns, I'd think the standards could even be relaxed. I'm sure the whistle-blower believes it's a really bad situation, but he has an admitted anti-nuke agenda, having even written a book on the subject. The idea that Chernobyl, having no containment vessle like the one he built, and having graphite as a moderator that burned in the meltdown, would lead him to conclude that all other nuclear power designs are just as suspect, I find hard to understand outside of fear and regret from having been a part of nuclear power himself.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:14 | 1091239 pslater
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"On the other hand, a 20' diameter vessel less than 1.5" out of round just doesn't seem important...."

Try that line out on the people who run the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  This is nuclear physics, not commodities processing.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 01:19 | 1088878 Harlequin001
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Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:15 | 1088577 CPL
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wait until someone mentioned that the families of some of them were threatened with death if they didn't jump into the core and die for the home land.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:19 | 1088589 Raymond K Hassel
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Indeed Tyler, how dare you tell a potential version of the truth.  Seeing much normalcy bias backlash from ZH posts I share on FB.  It's getting unpleasant.  I have friends in Japan, military related, thanking me for sharing your posts, because they know they and their Japanese friends are getting less than the truth.   You are a lifeline for them and they send their gratitude.  Most of the rest who speak out don't want to hear it.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:27 | 1088629 Michael
Wed, 03/23/2011 - 00:28 | 1088809 CD
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Hmm... The original interview with Mr. Tanaka took place on March 12th, the day after the quake...

“I saved the company billions of yen,” Tanaka said in an interview March 12, the day after the earthquake."

Bloomie published this 3/18. Mr. Tanaka appears in a number of articles starting on 3/12, but the link above seems to be the first (easy to find) mention of this specific issue.

Why did a full week need to pass for THIS particular tidbit to come to light? The guy is quoted in the NYT
other Bloomberg articles

did this topic not come up then?

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:26 | 1088368 Jim in MN
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Latest n greatest:

NEWS ADVISORY: Fukushima No. 1 reactor temperature rising, water injection up: agency   *** NEWS ADVISORY: No. 2 reactor power repair work halted, 500 millisievert per hr radiation found ***   Tokyo megabanks eyeing more than 1 trillion yen loan to TEPCO Keep it flowin' now
Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:40 | 1088406 bob_dabolina
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Rising temperatures are due to a strong and robust recovery. This means there is a strong sign of increased demand as the temperature indicates, the increase is due to a need for the power produced; thus recovery. I win.


Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:40 | 1088425 Sathington Willougby
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Well of course the leading indicator to a roaring economy is, you guessed it, radioactive fallout.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:46 | 1088443 InfinityZero
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BREAKING NEWS: TEPCO says that the reactor became a time warp portal and now they can travel back on time to stop the tsunami.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:26 | 1088628 bob_dabolina
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It's a strong and robust global recovery. The core temperatures clearly indicate a strong recovery. We wouldn't need the energy if it wasn't released.

-Ben Bernanke

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 02:58 | 1088987 Sokhmate
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They must've gotten their hands on the USA gov's 'source code'

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:27 | 1088371 InconvenientCou...
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Of course you heard it here first....

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:38 | 1088413 ColonelCooper
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....if you don't read Bloomberg.


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 00:59 | 1088859 bingocat
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Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:26 | 1088372 Oh regional Indian
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Well, there you go. It's all leaking now, reactors, people, vessels, vassals.

And this is 1974. I think the world got a lot better at telling lies since.

It will get worse. Genie's do not go back into lamps once freedom has been tasted.

Our glowing, nuculur future.




Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:36 | 1088407 kinetik
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Sorry but your predictive skills are worse than useless so just stop.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:41 | 1088424 Oh regional Indian
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Because you say so? Hah!

Anyways, check this out, Fukushima Daiichi 1 had a planned decomissioning date of......

26th March 2011. Co-inky-dink?

Possibbly, eh?



Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:47 | 1088447 kinetik
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March 19th earthquake lol, just stop man. Or keep going, the laughter... the laughter.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:58 | 1088726 Sabibaby
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WTF are you talking about there have been numerous earthquakes over the past week in Japan. They happen every freaking day!!! Not to hard to predict dontcha think?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 00:55 | 1088854 Threeggg
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More like every 15 minutes for a week now

Here is a list:


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 01:22 | 1088890 Harlequin001
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I predict that it will either rain or go dark today...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 07:55 | 1089213 UGrev
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You're good.. do have a traveling show? I'd like to buy tickets for a future date to see what's going to happen tomorrow.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:03 | 1089717 Harlequin001
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I predict that it will either rain or go dark tomorrow...

Tickets are $10 a pop.

I predict that I might not sell very many...

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:12 | 1088484 Ident 7777 economy
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by Oh regional Indian , on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:41 #1088424 
Anyways, check this out, Fukushima Daiichi 1 had a planned decomissioning date of......

26th March 2011. Co-inky-dink?

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No, completely WRONG.


Back in Feb the operating license was extended for 10 years.


Verify it, in fact, I dare you to verify it ...



Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:12 | 1088568 Oh regional Indian
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ident, I appreciate your self-appointed role as my troll-hound.

In this case, I provided a link. Be a gent and do the same. 

Unlike some, I can and will do a graceful mea culpa.

On the other hand, extending the license of an already defunct design for a further 10 years reeks of something rotten, don't you think?

If you are not a paid troll, I suggest being on-topic, not on-person. A waste of energy.


Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:36 | 1088657 Ident 7777 economy
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Blather; failed to find anything about the license extension, is that it?

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:44 | 1088690 Oh regional Indian
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This is the last time I'll inter-act with you, you clown.
You think you'll "dare" me to do something and I'll go do it?
Delusional asswipe troll.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:49 | 1088710 Ident 7777 economy
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'Touchy' - get over it.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:49 | 1088707 Ident 7777 economy
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2011? Make that 2021 (but FAT CHANCE of that happening now):

Tepco — the utility that supplies power for Japan’s capital and biggest city — accounted for nearly a third of that market capitalization, though its shares have been battered since the disasters, falling 65 percent over the past week to 759 yen ($9.6) Thursday.

Last month, it got a boost from the government, which renewed authorization for Tepco to operate Fukushima’s 40-year-old Unit 1 reactor for another 10 years.

Source: AP story: http://ph.news.yahoo.com/bungling-cover-ups-define-japanese-nuclear-powe...


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 00:24 | 1088799 prophet
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When this site adds the "like" button to the "junk" button function, perhaps they should add a "missing link" button too.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 01:26 | 1088896 Harlequin001
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and maybe even a 'nice guy, wrong planet' button too...

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:31 | 1088643 FreeMoney Bernie
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Co-inky-dink? I don't thinnk so. God is the reason there is 24 hours in a day and 24 beers in a case. However the Fed is making it so we can only afford an 18 pak.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:02 | 1089716 maximin thrax
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Tragically, with all the reported air, surface and grounwater contamination, it appears Tokyo may be decommissioned on the 26th of March.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:56 | 1088477 homersimpson
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I junk him because of his worthless website link, not because of his predictions.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:45 | 1088688 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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"Well, there you go. It's all leaking now, reactors, people, vessels, vassals."

You gonna believe Japanese MSM?....


27 Signs That The Nuclear Crisis In Japan Is Much Worse Than Either The Mainstream Media Or The Japanese Government Have Been Telling Us


Wrong Side Up....OT Comedy Short...


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 06:47 | 1089103 Judge Judy Scheinlok
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"Regarding Cesium-137, the situation is a bit different. In the cloud eventually propagating to the United States, the ratio of Iodine-131 to Cesium-137 was about 30. This is similar to the Chernobyl accident. In Takasaki, however, this ratio was four. This would indicate a much larger Cesium-137 release in the second two-day period after the accident. Taking this together, the source terms would be about 3 1015 Bq during the first two days, and 3 1016 during the second two-day period. In sum, this could amount to about 50% of the Chernobyl source term of Cesium-137."


Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:30 | 1088376 DoChenRollingBearing
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What a story.  Of course he should feel terrible, but at least he had the guts to pass along word to the authorities in 1998.

This guy can only be one of legion who share fault in this catastrophe.  I have a feeling that TEPCO and .gov Japan will not be able to keep all the secrets under wraps for much longer.

Japan´s Chernobyl, what an awful thought.  I really hope we don´t have one coming our way as well.


Great work Tylers for keeping this story front and center.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:42 | 1088426 jeff montanye
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1988, two years after chernobyl.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:05 | 1088548 DoChenRollingBearing
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Ah, my bad.  Thanks for catching the mistake and giving us the right year.  Good information is better than bad!

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:11 | 1088564 franzpick
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Refreshing true story: usually the whistleblower is ignored, then discredited, and sometimes hit by a passing car. 

I suspect his story will never gain media or public traction:  it reminds me of a medical teaching journal that recommended to doctors confronted by patients asking about unsatisfactory tests and reports: "Confuse them with technics", which obfuscation is the main course delivered to us all by network media. 

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