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Japan Attempts To Overturn Food Export Ban As TEPCO Proceeds With Operation "Superglue"

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Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:47 | 1117542 the mad hatter
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I thought Japan had the best engineers.


WTF are they thinking?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:52 | 1117577 Harlequin001
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"Japan called on the world not to impose "unjustifiable" import curbs on its goods"

unjustifiable, you must be pissed...

This stuff gets up and walks on its own...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:01 | 1117640 Sudden Debt
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Driving a Toyota will never be the same...



Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:09 | 1117678 Harlequin001
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not when you don't need headlights at night...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:27 | 1118137 Antarctico
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All imported 2011 Toyotas now come with easy-to-find NiteGlow feature!

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:29 | 1117786 MarketTruth
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Japan's problem was that they trusted a United States company called GE. Today, GE is Obama's favorite company and will cover up whatever GE tells Obama to. No worries, BP is #2 on Obama's fav list as is #3 being Bahrain.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:11 | 1118050 TruthInSunshine
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I would have to disagree.

I'd say their biggest problem was building and continuously operating an old school BWR nuclear clunker on one of the earth's most active seismic zones, and using a half-assed utility company (that can't apparently afford rubber boots or bottled water) to manage it.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:18 | 1118095 10kby2k
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Tepco is in survival mode.....they obviously have a vested interest in minimizing the cost (just to survive). At what point do they get over-ridden and replaced in dealing with this crisis?  A proper solution most probably bankrupts them. Tepco's survival hinges on finding a super-glue solution.  That simple.



Wed, 03/30/2011 - 15:03 | 1118309 OpenEyes
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TEPCO will not survive.  They are already a dead company.  They WILL be nationalized.  They have already tried to abandon this clusterfuck but, reportedly, were ordered back on the scene to avoid public (and probably Capitol) punishment.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 17:21 | 1118958 VisualCSharp
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Capital or capitol? I guess either way it makes sense. :)

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:49 | 1117568 tmosley
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Hurray for no rule of law!

Now, where to apply this retroactivity power next?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:05 | 1117664 scatterbrains
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actually I'd prefer we let them keep their bonuses here in the U.S.  but hang them all by the neck retroactively to 2008.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:09 | 1117686 tmosley
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I would settle for hanging them today, along with the treasonous pols who gave them our money.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:06 | 1118028 long juan silver
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Youre a dickweed

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 15:26 | 1118420 tmosley
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Awww, you like Congresscritters so much that you pop up to defend them againt charges of treason?

And "youre a dickweed" is the best you can come up with.

Move on, Billy the Retard.  We know your game, and we can spot you a mile away.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 17:23 | 1118965 VisualCSharp
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Aww c'mon, if you're going to use the proper spelling of "you're" at least throw the apostrophe in there, too.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:15 | 1118081 pods
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I agree, where to apply this newly found power next. /sarc

Hmmmm, retroactive immunity for TBTFs who have a ton of toxic MBSs that can be put back and that they severed the deed and note so cannot foreclose?

Just like superman spinning the world to undo things.

Not a good thing, no matter who is on the receiving end.


Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:46 | 1117557 alien-IQ
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Go long Japanese seafood and tap water?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:01 | 1117641 SheepDog-One
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Im never eating or drinking anything again! Radioactive iodine in Colorado now at 3,300% above 'acceptable standards', should be no problem EPA will raise standards up around 3,300% quickly.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:10 | 1117687 Bagbalm
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Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:26 | 1118136 Ident 7777 economy
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Doesn't mention Colorado Iodine levels ...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:54 | 1117562 Harlequin001
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Greed is a terrible thing...

'tis the worst crime one can commit against one's self because it keeps one working when one otherwise would not...one...


Beer on the other hand is a marvellous thing, 'cos it keeps one typing when one otherwise would not...


Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:50 | 1117573 TruthInSunshine
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I am reassured to know that TEPCO said Daiini was smoking today because of an electric distribution board.

Oh, and they at least called the fire department this time.

TEPCO is the best.



Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:50 | 1117579 InconvenientCou...
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Please include a fat stack of yen with each item and I'll consider eating it.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:53 | 1117582 AN0NYM0US
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I much prefer food imported from China.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:57 | 1117604 Harlequin001
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Personally I have a rule that bars me from eating anything that isn't dead...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:12 | 1117701 tmosley
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No yogurt for you, eh?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:17 | 1117720 Harlequin001
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Never, I'd die first...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:03 | 1118008 TruthInSunshine
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What about cheese? Cured meats (the animal is dead, but the meat is lit up with microbes)?

Sour cream?


What about putana?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:52 | 1118252 serotonindumptruck
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Raw garlic is an excellent medium with which to grow Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 15:07 | 1118298 Harlequin001
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better death...

never touched the stuff, trust me, I'm a doctor...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:53 | 1117584 DavidC
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All good for the Dow and S&P though...wheee!

(sarcasm off...)


Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:01 | 1117643 plocequ1
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I see that. Long live Weisenthal and Blodget

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:04 | 1117655 AccreditedEYE
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I agree... total madness. The worlds 2nd largest economy (or 3rd, depending who you believe) is literally crumbling and all is well. Gives you an idea of the true value of paper assets at this point.... and how growth is reaching such lofty levels unchecked. Total BS.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:39 | 1117881 kaiserhoff
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The Japanese are efficient and disciplined.  I'm sure they can complete all of their work in the two hours/day they have electric power.  Works for public servants;)

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:54 | 1117585 buzzsaw99
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Corexit all over again.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:53 | 1117589 john2011neb
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This is just a way to get you and your children to get your required daily dose of radiation. 

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:17 | 1117613 Harlequin001
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remember it's good for you, brings out that healthy glow that supermodels yearn for...

though why I might want tits like a supermodel being a bloke is beyond me...

that's if I was a bloke, which I'm not admitting to...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:35 | 1117856 DavidC
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That made me laugh Harlequin001! Excellent!


Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:55 | 1117596 djrichard
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This is where the American Ambassador will visit to negotiate that America will accept food with risk of radiation contamination in return that Japan accepts beef which may have risk of mad cow disease contamination.

Edit: let's do business

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:07 | 1117679 Ruffcut
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Just like gulf schrimp, if it passes the "sniff" test, then it must be good.

Just think if this spreads then the alaska kings will be big as arms and legs.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 16:00 | 1118557 Miss Expectations
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As if Deadliest Catch wasn't dangerous enough.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:55 | 1117600 jtmo3
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Fuck that. Let the Japaneese eat their own food.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:20 | 1117737 NotApplicable
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Yeah, you'd think that a place with empty store shelves might want to keep the food for their own consumption.

Then again, all of the exporters are probably owned/controlled by Western interests (Rockyfellers and such).

The spice must flow!

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:55 | 1117603 john2011neb
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Cloth and resin to cover the meltdown...hmmm, I can hardly wait to see how well that will work.  How does that work on the tons of 1000 millisievert water?  I'm sure cloth and resin won't melt when applied to fission products.  Sounds good guys like you really planned for this.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:00 | 1117635 Cui Bono
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Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the Shroud of Turbine.
It's like a frickin' miracle and shit...CB

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:07 | 1117665 buzzsaw99
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Excellent! [/mr. burns]

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