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Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:26 | 1088166 AN0NYM0US
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Bloomberg joins ZH on view of Fuku


Nuclear Cloud Comes With Aura of Arrogance

Radioactive Releases Three reactors at the Fukushima-I nuclear power plant are in advanced stages of meltdown. The core of Unit 4 is in the cooling pond under the sky after two hydrogen explosions ripped off the roof and devastated the building. Huge quantities of radioactivity have been ... 




Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:32 | 1088184 AN0NYM0US
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and more from Bloomberg

Fukushima Engineer Says He Covered Up Flaw at Shut Reactor


Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:50 | 1088252 Judge Judy Scheinlok
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Policy: "Green as Green can be"

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:46 | 1088698 NaN
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Interesting story from Bloomberg.  Reactor 4 containment was improperly heat treated and out of spec. (warped), so an engineer mgr was asked to fix it via mechanical means and not according to the design. 

So the engineer got a 1M Yen bonus for saving the company +1B Yen, but had a change of heart after Chernobyl and wrote a book about it.  The company says it didn't happen, so nothing was ever done about it .

Luckily the reactor was offline during the 9.0 quake.

Stories like that make one think either more inspection and regulation is needed in the nuclear energy business or that humankind is not up to the task. 

(That was 40 years ago.  In a world where materials are traded everywhere, it is not unheard of for one grade of steel to be sold as a more expensive one, and it is costly to pay engineers to test incoming materials to verify stated specifications.)


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 03:21 | 1089006 AnAnonymous
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The whole article is a mess.

The author describes the US world order, that is a world organized to maintain the US at the top.

As it is based on extorting the weak, farming the poor, one finds features belonging to the extortion business.

A requirement of extortion is to keep the extorted in line, weapons being a must have.

The US complies fully with this obligation and uses its military primarly to meet this objective. Anytime a country falls out of line in terms of extortion return, the threat of US military operation is big. If people in a country kill each other without threatening the extortion return rate, a US military intervention is less certain (if ever)

Classical to extortion business.

The article fails because it pictures the result of the US independently of what happens elsewhere. It is the real economy fallacy. Inputs do not matter, only  people etc... The solution is then easy: spread the US model to the rest and countries will grow successful. Save that extortion can not be spread. An extorter is dependent on the extorted and draws the result from the extorted.

One can turn everyone in an extorter. Extorters only are when extorted are.

Yet as expansion is running its due course, more and more, each time disturbance happens among the extorted, the extorters will step in to preserve their standards of life based on extortion.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:53 | 1089397 Escapeclaws
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"Over the past few decades, the French nuclear industry has been handed to highly reliable followers in key technocrat positions, cementing their influence in political decision- making."

Yeah, they are probably all franc-maçons. That's what happens when you let a tiny group take over the leadership positions in a country--they look out for each other's elite asses and that's all. So yes, expect a nuclear melt-down in France.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:25 | 1088170 PeterSchump
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"On the other side are Wilsonians, who are impressed by the historical evidence that democracies don’t fight democracies."


The U.S. will change that in short order.  We are quickly running out of non-democracies to bomb.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:53 | 1088260 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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""democracies don’t fight democracies."

 The U.S. will change that in short order.  We are quickly running out of non-democracies to bomb.""

The U N Goes to War....the Libyan War


Wrong Side Up....OT comedy


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 06:24 | 1089093 Arkadaba
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Arch Duke - have clicked on your links a few times but once I see that white font on black - not. You might want to think about reversing the colours ....

Edit: I find it very hard to read

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:12 | 1088308 Michael
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Three words describe US foreign policy; ZOG; Zionist Occupied Government. This is not an anti-semitic statement as most Jews (98%) are not Semites but rather European Ashkenazim Jews. Discuss this topic like a man if your up to it.

Helen Thomas is Playboy’s April Interview


Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:33 | 1088399 Bearster
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Is that a green wig over your skinhead, Goebbels?  Or is it over your turban, Achmad?

Discuss the issue of Michael: neo-nazi punk or islamist like a man if you're up to it!

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:48 | 1088456 Michael
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No. That's a picture of an irradiated Nancy Pelosi.

I'm Irish. What's your excuse? Educate yourself and stop being a crybaby your whole life.

Defamation: True Stories




Wed, 03/23/2011 - 06:42 | 1089097 falak pema
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Hey Michael,

The gist of your comments are very stimulating. But narrowing the current dysfunctional capitalistic lens and the geo-political issues around it to the word "ZOG" is an oversimplification. Whatever the status of Israel as 51st state of Imperial USA in the oil patch and all the ramifications of american geo-politics of the last 60 years, it is not looking at the world scene in the right perspective, to narrow it to the fate of a national of 5(?) million Israelis in a sea of 7 billion inhabitants. Open the lens wider and things will become more focussed. Oversimplification can be a handicap...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 02:02 | 1088939 lynnybee
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I just read the link you so kindly ptovided, Michael. .....excellent article & it's admireable of her to speak the brutal truth.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 06:30 | 1089094 Arkadaba
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I never buy Playboy but I'm going to buy that issue. She always asked hard questions and has been demonized for that one off-the-cuff observation after years of being a journalist.

Edit: and she was being true to herself.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:23 | 1088171 PeterSchump
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"On the other side are Wilsonians, who are impressed by the historical evidence that democracies don’t fight democracies."

The U.S. will change that in short order.  We are quickly running out of non-democracies to bomb.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:33 | 1088188 squexx
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Seems to me that there are many Deomocracies that have to be "democratized" by the USA. Especially, in South America and the ME.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:40 | 1088420 umop episdn
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What is this "democracy" thing you speak of? The Untied States was a republic once, and has devolved into something like farcism. 

American leaders appear to be following the Soviet playbook for the imperial end-game quite faithfully: cringing behind high walls and locked doors, looting the treasury like there's no tomorrow, and, of course, lying their heads off. There are a few moments each century when status quo suddenly becomes status quo ante. We may be living through just such a moment now. Dmitry Orlov

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:33 | 1088190 squexx
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Seems to me that there are many Deomocracies that have to be "democratized" by the USA. Especially, in South America and the ME.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:35 | 1088201 Cognitive Dissonance
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We just start the bombing rotation back at the beginning and blame it all on the local terrorists. Or whatever the reason de jour is. Plus we can bomb our own allies and call it temporary insanity, either theirs or ours, it doesn't much matter.

Finally we can bomb the daylights out of various budget challenged US states. Serves them right for living beyond their means. And think of the increase in GDP from all those infrastructure reconstruction projects after we bomb the hell out of every bridge and dam between DC and San Francisco.

Force Majeure baby. Meaning the economic situation forced me into a major decision. To bomb here or not to bomb there, that is the question.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:50 | 1088251 Doña K
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Since the population is increasing, doesn't Bernanke have an obligation to print more money for the additional people?

More people, more money, more spending. Makes sense to me and I am not a Phd.

Someone told me that's the broken window paradox, but I swear, I didn't break it.





Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:02 | 1088296 Eally Ucked
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Yes, you are absolutely right! Those countries which can not print will starve but you, if you need something you print it! Print as long as they give you something for it.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:17 | 1088580 surfsup
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As long as actual production keeps pace with this its beneficial but when it does not you have falling employment and rising prices.  Granpa's old tractor then sputters relentlessly...


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:11 | 1089461 Escapeclaws
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Bernanke hasn't been in the news too much lately, at least on ZH.  He seems to be eclipsed by supermoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear disasters, and fresh wars that spring up overnight like mushrooms in the dew-laden grass. Given the probability that at least one ZH reader will come within earshot of the Beernank, please shout the following world-saving words to him:"Ben, klaatu barada nikto!"


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 06:43 | 1089102 Arkadaba
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So why are some of the Western countries ganging up on Libya? I haven't heard the word genocide yet but it has been hinted at. It is being presented in the western press as a war for democracy - whatever.

I generally don't agree with Tarpley but read his analysis:


Why are the Western nations so interested in Libya? 


Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:36 | 1088202 KickIce
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What makes you think we are still a democracy, because we get our choice of two puppets hand picked by the CBs?

Reported quote from a European, "There is but one power in Europe, and it is Rothschild".  More than likely applies to the US as well.  Rothschild's mother, "If my sons did not want wars there would be no wars".

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:50 | 1088249 PeterSchump
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"What makes you think we are still a democracy, because we get our choice of two puppets hand picked by the CBs?"

I don't, and ironically, it was Wilson who helped push us down that path.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:56 | 1088276 KickIce
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More like a shove.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:32 | 1088189 Ricky Roma
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holy moly, that was long....

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:35 | 1088199 max2205
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Ahhh if you say so. I am just hoping to make it another 20 years or less if it sucks more. Good luck 20 year olds. Your fucked unless you start giving a Fuck.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:40 | 1088220 Cognitive Dissonance
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That is just about the size of it......as ugly as that may seem. Regardless of the culpability of my baby boomer generation for this entire cluster-fuck, if the 20 year olds don't wake up and push back hard they will have to live with our piss poor stewardship of their inheritance.

Maybe they just need an iRevolution app for that.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:55 | 1088268 duckduckMOOSE
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Uhhhh...heh, heh, uhm, like he said "foederatus" uhhhh, heh, heh!

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:46 | 1088242 whstlblwr
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Speaking of fucked, don't follow karl Denninger unless you want to lose your money and sanity. He's wrong on so many fronts it must be irony. Maybe he's part of The Onion.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:05 | 1088305 Eally Ucked
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you see you found the way to make money, go opposite way!

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:40 | 1088206 Dr. Acula
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"democracies don’t fight democracies."

Ridiculous. Ever hear of WWII?

As long as there are career politicians and a bloodthirsty populace ignorant of Ricardo's Law of Comparative Advantage, there will be war.


Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:45 | 1088240 Subprime JD
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Germany was a authoritarian state run by a dictator by the name of Adolf Hitler

Italy was a authoritarian state run by a dictator by the name of Benito Mussolini

Japan was also a authoritarian state run by emperor Hideki Toyo



Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:54 | 1088266 TwelfthVulture
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Adolf Hitler was elected.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:58 | 1088285 KickIce
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True, but then the people chose to give him dictator power.  Fortunately, Americans are much to smart to allow a power grab by the Federal government.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:07 | 1088310 Eally Ucked
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Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:16 | 1088335 nodoctor
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Not only would the people never allow it but we have the constitution which specifically enumerates the powers of the federal government; and the federal government cannot exceed those enumerated powers. All rights not specifically denied the people are left to them, or to the states, remember. Our elected officials swear to protet and defend the constitution ON A BIBLE - so I think we are in the clear.


Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:56 | 1088487 KickIce
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Oh yeah, and our politicans our corporations would never hide anything from us like what is being done currently in Japan.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:22 | 1088358 Doña K
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How about American idol and the Kardashian's? how smart is that?

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:59 | 1088509 KickIce
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Don't forget Charlie Sheen.


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:58 | 1089420 Shell Game
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It had to be steeped with sarcasm..

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:37 | 1088208 SDRII
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This entire piece is (and will continue to be) ahistorical. It reads like a freshman essay from the Woodrow Wilson School (in keeping to theme)

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:38 | 1088218 Dr. Acula
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"American foreign policy theory divides into two main schools."

And then there is the school that shuns socialist wastrels and warmongers and seeks both peace and the natural overwhelming military advantage that comes with capital accumulation.


Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:51 | 1088257 PeterSchump
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The school you mention was shut down.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:10 | 1088315 Eally Ucked
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Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:47 | 1088227 robobbob
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Its called the New World Order

You could have saved all those paragraphs.

It will probably result in a prolonged "peace". Of course that peace will be paid for with the lives of billions and the freedom of anyone who remains as slaves to the ruling elite.

After a century, or maybe even a few, the unwieldy global system with start to succumb to its inertia and start collapsing. Power centers will have surely evolved and in the increasing chaos will act to exert their own influence. But unlike past human history, there will be NO WHERE TO RUN from the destruction. 

Global goverance. We're centuries from being able to do such a thing, but the TPTB are going to try it anyway. Do you think those irevolutions will work once the global internet kill switch gets mounted right along side the Presidents big red nuke button? Or "net neutrality" and hate crime laws make sure only one opinion exists? Wake up and smell the barbed wire.

Yeah, a boot stamping on the face of humanity forever. Sounds great. God damn progressive fascist bastards.

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