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Radiation Level At Fukushima Reactor No. 2 At Its Highest Level Recorded So Far, Neutron Beam Observed 13 Times

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Per the Japan Nuclear Agency: the Radiation level at Fukushima reactor No. 2 at its highest level recorded so far. From Reuters: "Radiation at the crippled Fukushima No.2 nuclear reactor was recorded at the highest level since the start of the crisis, Japan's nuclear safety agency said on Wednesday. An agency spokesman said 500 millisieverts per hour of radiation was measured at the No.2 unit on Wednesday. Engineers have been trying to fix the plant's cooling system after restoring lighting on Tuesday." And some more truthy news from Kyodo:

Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it has observed a neutron beam, a
kind of radioactive ray, 13 times on the premises of the Fukushima
Daiichi nuclear plant after it was crippled by the massive March 11
quake-tsunami disaster.

TEPCO, the operator of the nuclear plant, said the neutron beam
measured about 1.5 kilometers southwest of the plant's No. 1 and 2
reactors over three days from March 13 and is equivalent to 0.01 to 0.02
microsieverts per hour and that this is not a dangerous level.

The utility firm said it will measure uranium and plutonium, which could emit a neutron beam, as well.

In the 1999 criticality accident at a nuclear fuel processing plant
run by JCO Co. in Tokaimura, Ibaraki Prefecture, uranium broke apart
continually in nuclear fission, causing a massive amount of neutron

In the latest case at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, such a criticality accident has yet to happen.

But the measured neutron beam may be evidence that uranium and
plutonium leaked from the plant's nuclear reactors and spent nuclear
fuels have discharged a small amount of neutron beams through nuclear


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Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:57 | 1089412 scythian empire
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everything's fine folks.  everything's fine.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:21 | 1089535 Azannoth
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Except for Sharks with Friggin Neutron beams attached to their heads!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:43 | 1089607 cowdiddly
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Put up all radiation shields and go to warp drive. The Blue Green place has either been swallowed by a Quasar or is to far gone to risk a landing, and with those readings there co be no truly intelligent beings on it . Lets get the flock outta this quadrant and take our bailout money somewhere else.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:25 | 1089847 dick cheneys ghost
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For those who have not seen it, an interactive quake map of japan....3 big ones last nite and getting closer to tokyo....

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:31 | 1089902 CrazyCooter
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You mean, they are made out of meat?



Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:33 | 1090765 chumbawamba
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Haha, you saw that link I posted a few weeks back, huh?  That's the best story ever.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:31 | 1089903 Pez
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How do solve a prob-lem like Fuk-ku-she-ma?

How do you hold a New-tron Beam in your hand?


Apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:22 | 1089540 Dr. Richard Head
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Ladies and gentlemen, the key here is to duck and cover -

Be ready everyday, all of the time. 

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:51 | 1089666 buchesky
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Duck and cover?  That's nothing compared to this man's reflexes... 

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:06 | 1089751 Dr. Richard Head
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Butcher of Bagdad, brother of Obomba.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:52 | 1090074 barkster
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LOL at Obomba...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 13:31 | 1091056 Buzz Hacksaw
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That Bush guy really got the bob an weave down. That new sorta negroid fella we got now, he's really Irish idn't he. O'Bomb'em  Ya, I red he's one of them transgenderd cathaholic/protestrant/musel'ems.


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:29 | 1089569 hedgeless_horseman
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...13 times, whereas analysts had expected 10,...

They beat the number!  Buy! Buy! Buy!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:13 | 1089783 Harlequin001
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Yep, sounds bullish...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:08 | 1090645 1fortheroad
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Better than expected!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:16 | 1090685 davepowers
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darn straight

and it's a fibonacci number too

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:42 | 1089631 fuu
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And now Tepco is trumpeting that the japanese people themselves will have to pay for this cleanup:


Death is too good for TEPCO

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:43 | 1090003 Ident 7777 economy
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And now Tepco is trumpeting that the japanese people themselves will have to pay for this cleanup: 

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They (the ppl) will in any *case ... this is news?



* No matter how you 'juggle the books', the populace ends up footing the bill in the end.


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:52 | 1089663 Don Birnam
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A neutron beam observed thirteen times ? "We'll have to get that number down a bit."

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:16 | 1090680 Thorlyx
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13 is bad luck.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:34 | 1089919 MSimon
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You don't get neutron beams from random bits of fuel lying around. This was a criticality accident.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:56 | 1089417 Wakanda
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Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:57 | 1089422 the not so migh...
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liar liar pants on radioactive fire!!!!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:44 | 1089579 Arch Duke Ferdinand
Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:58 | 1089423 jus_lite_reading
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Radiation is "GOOD" for you according to Ann Coulter!!!



Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:04 | 1089457 A Man without Q...
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Oh dear, you've upset Ann Coulter's fan.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:31 | 1089574 whatz that smell
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she's a man mutation, baby.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:40 | 1089969 stormsailor
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 It is years, Your Grace, since I buggered a boy... And in my own defense, I must add, I thought him a girl at the moment of entry.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:43 | 1090496 Ralphie
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What say you, Guthrie, that Archie can't tell arse from quim?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:11 | 1089490 Snidley Whipsnae
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+ JLR... Ann Coulter... Just another paid shill of the US...

If Ann believes radiation is good for you, why don't she take this opportunity to move her sorry azz to downtown Tokyo?...No doubt she can now get a real deal on real estate.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:33 | 1089590 Commander Cody
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I am ambivalent about Ann Coulter and I don't know what her position on radiation being good for us is.  What I do know is that there is a significant number of health physics professsionals who believe that radiation in small amounts stimulates the body's defensive mechanisms just as exposure to viruses and bacteria does.  Therefore, a conclusion that small amounts are actually good for you.  Everyone is exposed to naturally-occurring radiation every day.  Some more that others due to their geographical location and/or time spent in structures that contain relatively high amounts of radiation-emitting materials such as granite.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:18 | 1089818 PeterSchump
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Sure, that radiation is called sunlight, and it promote the bodies production of Vitamin D.  Being pelted with ionizing radiation causes tissue damage.  You can set up a health tourism trip to Fukushima.  See how that goes for you.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:55 | 1090106 barkster
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Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:50 | 1090036 Ident 7777 economy
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I wonder how many 'sidewalk nuclear physicists/biologist wanna-bes' actually read the piece she wrote; odds approach zero the louder the aspersion cast I think ...

Yet to see credible case made/the cite where her arg is shown false, mostly subjective unquantified, fact-free aspersions ...


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:08 | 1090205 snowball777
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So by this brilliant Nietzschean (that which does not fatally irradiate me, makes me stronger) logic, people in Denver have lower incidences of cancer? 

Did this "low-level exposure" as studied happen to come solely from within the subject's thyroid? If not, isn't your position (which mirrors (M)Ann's BTW) a complete non sequitur? Can you see how suggesting such inane things during a nuclear crisis might be taken as an almost sociopathic lack of empathy by sane humans?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:26 | 1090730 Commander Cody
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My position?  Read again.  Inane?  Sociopathic?  Get a grip!  Panic much?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:45 | 1089635 Carl Spackler-t...
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I've heard that radiation attracts bears too!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:54 | 1091508 Diogenes
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Maybe she is a mutant.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:59 | 1089428 squexx
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So stocks on Wall St. should jump at least a couple hundred points or so today............

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:58 | 1089430 drchris
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Comon Tyler, stop being a spent pool half empty type of guy.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:58 | 1089683 MacroDistress
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Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:03 | 1089726 Ferrari
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This is my favorite quip in a long time. Well played sir!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:06 | 1089729 Ferrari
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Please excuse the triple tap.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:05 | 1089734 Ferrari
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This is my favorite quip in a long time. Well played sir!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:06 | 1089749 drchris
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I assume that the junk is for forgetting the sarc tag.  

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:04 | 1090627 thedrickster
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Mine was an accident, sorry.

Though NHK is reporting that it is now fully contained with no damage to your reputation. Carry on, BTFD.


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:32 | 1090769 malek
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You can actually unjunk.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:42 | 1090818 thedrickster
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Sweet, unjunked.

NHK is now reporting that the number of junks on the post in actuality, never rose beyond 1 uSV.

I shall now engage in Seppuku as a token of my shame.


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:58 | 1089431 LRC Fan
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The Nikkei is off the lows!  How can we be so pessimistic look at the resiliency of that market!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:28 | 1089878 Harlequin001
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and gold's at $1437.5 and rising. Yes! Get up there you beauty...

We should pause for a moment and try to reflect that 1500 is merely a point on the path to 2000...

and that 2000 is merely a moment on life's rich and entertaining trek to 3000...

and spare a mere moments silence for our dearly departed dollars.... and pounds...and euros....and yen(s)....and so on and so forth.


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:27 | 1091310 slewie the pi-rat
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silver blew thru $37 like slewie ripping off blythe's moist little panties to get to the Silver Sliver of highly leveraged poon.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:33 | 1091350 slewie the pi-rat
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sry.  i know!  off-topic.  again.  hey!  i'm only a rat!

she has a fabulous ass, too, btw.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:58 | 1089433 Tail Dogging The Wag
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Japan Explains Nuclear Problem to Japanese Kids

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:03 | 1089453 jus_lite_reading
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Insane but very Japanese like

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:34 | 1089589 SilverRhino
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Radiation: 163,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium-137 per kilogram of soil has been detected in Iitate Village, about 40 kilometers northwest of the plant.

163,000 becquerels of CS-137 (distance used is 1cm as your feet are in contact with it)

Gamma Emissions: .1245 mSvr/Hr (Gamma @ 1cm). 20mSv/week. 543 mSv in six months. 1.08 Sv/year (108 Rem)

Beta Emissions : 22 mrad/hour, 3696 mrads/ week, 96 Rads in six months. 200 RADS / year


Cesium-137 half life: 30 YEARS


0.25 – 1 Sv (250 – 1000 mSv): Some people feel nausea and loss of appetite; bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen damaged.

1 – 3 Sv (1000 – 3000 mSv): Mild to severe nausea, loss of appetite, infection; more severe bone marrow, lymph node, spleen damage; recovery probable, not assured.




Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:47 | 1091445 StychoKiller
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D@mn!  Where are the giant seizure robots??

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:58 | 1089435 virgilcaine
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The whole island is a nucular nitemare.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:59 | 1089441 antidisestablis...
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Klaatu barada nikto!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:06 | 1089459 Sweet Chicken
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+1 great reference! I thought it was Varadaa though. Eh who cares.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:07 | 1089483 Sophist Economicus
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Veni, Vidi, Vici

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:33 | 1089594 mick_richfield
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You know that's Venusian for "Control, Alt, Delete!"


Fed delenda est.


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:52 | 1089673 Don Birnam
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Alea iacta est.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:01 | 1089714 hedgeless_horseman
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Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V.

Look at me, I'm a journalist for the WSJ!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:42 | 1090826 flattrader
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No.  But you could likely rival GW in blog post content.

Sorry.  That was an insult to elementary school children everywhere who have the ability to cut and paste.

I can tell when the Tylers get very tired because they allow all manner of regurgitated crap on the site.

Guys and gals, please look at on occasion.  There is original content there.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:59 | 1089442 Backspin
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Still no numbers, though, at least not yet.  I'm wondering just how severe the radiation is in the immediate vicinity where the firefighters are (or were) working.  If it stays high or gets higher, they might not be able to get back close enough to continue their efforts.

Hoping a downward spiral of that nature does not ensue.


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:59 | 1089443 Mae Kadoodie
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Friggen neutron I have heard everything!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:19 | 1089814 InconvenientCou...
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Neutron beams...

Wikipedia: "Due to the high kinetic energy of neutrons, this radiation is considered to be the most severe and dangerous radiation available."

Free neutrons are captured by all sorts of other atoms, and frequently create additional radionuclides.

Containment vessel breached (cracked?). fission product of Uranium and/or Plutonium coming out. The candle is lit people.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 19:38 | 1092780 RichardP
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Google "neutron beam".  Lots of articles about university research labs using neutron beams to do things like take pictures of plastic pistols inside lead boxes and stuff.  Can use neutron beams like xrays - except neutron beams can penetrate stuff that xrays can't.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:00 | 1089446 bob_dabolina
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A neutron beam?

That's bullish right? DOW +500 points.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:00 | 1089447 King Dong
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Seriously bullish news


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:07 | 1089464 dark pools of soros
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so what of that 1999 disaster???  just now talking about those beams??  Hitachi will surely say all these beams belong to them

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 13:28 | 1091049 Jim in MN
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Dude, Moonbase Alpha used the old, tired waste containment design.  ICHH so BTFD

(It Can't Happen Here)

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:05 | 1089468 johnQpublic
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what exactly does a neutron beam do?

besides repel shape shifting aliens from space?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:07 | 1089480 dark pools of soros
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create shape shifting babies on earth?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:35 | 1089602 flattrader
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The Tokoyo water supply is not too dangerous for infants.  Parents advised to use bottled water...which means it's too dangerous for pregnant women and all children.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:56 | 1089680 Don Birnam
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And whence does the bottled water come...?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:03 | 1089718 johnQpublic
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good question....

13 million people...

(8) 12 oz bottles a day conservatively.....drink,cook,bathe,wash clothes

so like 100 million bottles a day


better question is what are you gonna do with all the empty bottles...

or is that the reactor endgame....bury reactor in plastic bottles that last for thousands of years in the environment

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:46 | 1090843 flattrader
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I heard in one community outside of Tokoyo (proper) the stores ran out of bottled water 20 min. after the announcement was made.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:08 | 1089481 Dagny Taggart
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The beam of neutrons is obtained by drilling a hole in the side of a nuclear reactor. The energetic neutrons created in nuclear fission escape through the hole.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:12 | 1089498 goldenbuddha454
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Well I guess that means the containment vessel has been breached, right?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:15 | 1089519 Cognitive Dissonance
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Or someone with a Black & Decker cordless tried to relieve the pressure within the reactor by way of some armature dental work on unit 2.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:17 | 1089525 Dagny Taggart
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just a bit of spring cleaning... airing out the fission?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:23 | 1089545 Cognitive Dissonance
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Well, it is the only unit that didn't explode.........a lot.

And didn't unit two have a problem with a stuck pressure relief valve at some point? We really have no idea what's going on and neither do "they". Based upon the direct quotes from "officials" there is a lot of half ass guessing going on over there.

With tongue just slightly in cheek, maybe it's time to bring in a clairvoyant or even a nuclear pressure vessel palm reader to give us a better view of the situation on the ground.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:52 | 1090085 Ident 7777 economy
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Wasn't there something about the Rx #2 suppression pool - a few days ago now - maybe involving an explosion down there, after which, there were concerns about it's integrity?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:12 | 1090236 Cognitive Dissonance
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Yes. We were told there were several loud bangs and they thought maybe it was the torus.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:08 | 1091217 Boxed Merlot
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maybe it's time to bring in a clairvoyant or even a nuclear pressure vessel palm reader...

Ezekiel 21:21 (American Standard Version)

21 For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he shook the arrows to and fro, he consulted the teraphim, he looked in the liver.

It's been done before...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:07 | 1089757 Almost Solvent
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Where is Commander Spock when you need him?


Only a Vulcan could withstand the radiation long enough to get the mains back online and escape....

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:04 | 1090172 InconvenientCou...
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Neutrons also degrade materials; bombardment of materials with neutrons creates collision cascades that can produce point defects and dislocations in the materials. At high neutron fluences this can lead to embrittlement of metals and other materials, and to swelling of some of them. This poses a problem for nuclear reactor vessels, and significantly limits their lifetime (which can be somewhat prolonged by controlled annealing of the vessel, reducing the number of the built-up dislocations).

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:23 | 1090722 Thorlyx
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I thought nobody ever deployed a N-Bomb. Well, Japan is first. Again.....

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:59 | 1091845 pods
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Nah, Kramer dropped the N-bomb and it was a disaster.


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:56 | 1090900 Hang The Fed
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And, remember the interview with the guy who worked on the #4 reactor vessel for Hitachi, and said that it was badly damaged during the kilning process to smooth out the dislocations from the welding process.  If this vessel were possibly flawed in the same way, the dislocations will pile up faster than you can say "I need SPF 1,000,000!"

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:19 | 1089528 yabyum
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Anything like a blue dart?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:36 | 1089600 Real Estate Geek
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Hole in the side of the reactor, and the SCRAM apparently wasn't 100% successful.  Oy veh.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:09 | 1089484 Filthy Rotter
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Repel?  My memo says it summons them!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:45 | 1089645 Battleaxe
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Apparently neutron beams are normally produced by drilling a hole in a nuclear reactor. In this case the holes weren't drilled but happened "naturally".

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:10 | 1090221 snowball777
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Destabilizes non-radioactive isotopes in the general area making pretty much everything in its path radioactive (for some number of half-lives).

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:25 | 1090344 Cthonic
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Eventually the neutrons are captured, forming (potentially radioactive) isotopes in the materials irradiated by the 'beam'.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:21 | 1090707 h4rdware
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Neutron beams...

...smells like a mass->energy fail.


I'm now wondering what could be worse - a short, sharp criticality event, followed by concrete etc., or a long, drawn out intermittent neutron beam & radioactive smoke party which nothing living can approach for unknown spans of time....

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:05 | 1089469 Madcow
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white people


and now look

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:23 | 1089539 Oh regional Indian
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Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:25 | 1089556 jimijon
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hmmm... I always thought a Haiku was 5-7-5 syllables. Was I taught by ignorant white people?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:32 | 1089588 TomJoad
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Neutrons are beaming

Godzilla awakening

Snowflakes are falling

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:22 | 1089844 Cindy_Dies_In_T...
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Japan Bear or Bull

Meltdown Melt Up Imminent

Tyler is watching

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:09 | 1090213 Ignorance is bliss
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The neutron beam sliced

Atlantis, Pompeii, Japan

Abandon all hope

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:54 | 1090561 Matte_Black
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co-valent crackling

neutron Fukushima smiles

the black swan gave birth

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 13:58 | 1091164 Boxed Merlot
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I've wondered about this word in the past. Even though it's a silent "e", it still seems to represent 2 syllables.

Perhaps "neutron Fukushima glows" as in so very proud of herself and her newly born offspring.

Just a thought.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 16:22 | 1091951 Matte_Black
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You make a good point. Some would argue that 'smiles' when properly pronounced is 2 syllables anyway.

How about 'beams'? As in a beaming smile and double entendre as well?


co-valent crackling

neutron Fukushima beams

the black swan gave birth


Our american lexicon is partially informed by the blues and black culture. Hence, many of us pronounce the word 'smiles' as something more approximating the word 'smalls'.

A very interesting, and eye-opening point.

Thank you.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 13:32 | 1091067 Jim in MN
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There once was a country named Nippon

Whose radwaste they couldn't quite grip on

The bosses all lied

And the mommies all cried

But it's news turds can buy the damn dip on

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 13:41 | 1091092 Matte_Black
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Stellar performance, sir.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:05 | 1089471 Bicycle Repairman
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The market is being force fed dollars and yen regardless of what is happening in Fukushima.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:23 | 1089838 InconvenientCou...
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as long a there are more FRN's on the planet than neutrons in the death ray, we'll be OK. I've got a bad feeling about all this.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:14 | 1090244 snowball777
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Mmmm...radioactive FRNs.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:08 | 1089476 Filthy Rotter
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I'm just burning doin' the neutron dance...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:08 | 1089478 ILikeBoats
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Great, so now the waters surrounding the area have sharks with frickin' neutron beams on their heads.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:10 | 1089488 dark pools of soros
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is all this part of Sheen's road tour??

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:07 | 1089485 Johnny Lawrence
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It's really incredible that the MSM has stopped really covering this.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:10 | 1089494 dark pools of soros
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they are too busy scoffing at the new oil slick... I mean river sheen..

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:14 | 1089513 Urban Roman
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Nononono, it was river phoenix. It's charlie sheen!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:58 | 1090911 dark pools of soros
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yeah and the phoenix is rising in the eastern reactors 

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:58 | 1089696 Don Birnam
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Libya...Japan...Gaza...the Fed...inflation...gasoline prices...Liz Taylor will trump all news stories from now, until her funeral. The Herd's attention must be diverted.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:14 | 1090248 snowball777
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Cover reactors 2 and 3 with Liz' breasts!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:27 | 1089542 rwe2late
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BUT the MSM IS covering it!

Baby dolphin saved after dumped in rice field by tsunami - Reuters

So far, risk low from radiation in food in Japan -AP


Coverage you can count on, all the news deemed fit to report.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:38 | 1089617 Race Car Driver
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For cryin' out loud - Liz Taylor is dead. That's certainly worthy of some news space. Anyhow, I've been reading about Japan for weeks. I have nuclear meltdown fatigue. A dead Liz Taylor is a welcome break.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:07 | 1089487 johnQpublic
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earthquaking and shaking

nuclear nightmare

what have we done?


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:30 | 1089572 jimijon
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Is it now the start

of something proficized

many years ago

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:36 | 1089599 whatz that smell
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praise be profit jimijon. may his shorts catch fire and his particles shower neutrons forever.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:31 | 1089899 Harlequin001
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Yeah, sorry guys, that might have been the curry...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:22 | 1089489 Iam_Silverman
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"kind of radioactive ray"

"Ray" is a bit of a misnomer.  A neutron is a particle - an item with mass and energy, whereas "ray" is a term more suited for gamma radiation (photon), a bundle of energy with no mass.  The term "beam" is appropriate as it describes a stream of particles, as in an electron beam (used in CRT's).

"But the measured neutron beam may be evidence that uranium and plutonium leaked from the plant's nuclear reactors and spent nuclear fuels have discharged a small amount of neutron beams through nuclear fission."

This is a plausible explanation, as is the fact that many radioactive isotopes also undergo neutron emission decay.  Such materials are used for source neutrons to start a totally new fuel load and to provide baseline indication on reactor power instrumentation.  It all depends on the duration, strength and energy levels of the neutron beams they detected.  Another misstatement is that the fuel had to be leaked in order for the neutrons to be detected.  That is not the case.  Fissions occurring within intact fuel cladding will emit detectable neutrons.  What this could be indicative is that they are penetrating the bio-shield portion of the primary containment.  That is a not-so-good scenario.

I am not trying to downplay the seriousness of this situation, but a lot of speculation and a dearth of facts can lead to needless panic.

Of course, panic helps sell in some cases.  Look how empty store shelves get when there is a threat of severe weather.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:57 | 1089684 SgtShaftoe
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For a minute I thought I was a lone voice of reason and an understanding of physics.  Great post! 

I was trying to talk sanity yesterday, and quite a few people didn't want to hear it:

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:33 | 1089925 Iam_Silverman
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Apparently you cannot have an alternate view here without being junked.  A lot of these folks here need to be convinced that their own vision of ultimate doom is the only true one.

OK, let's try a new tack here, and see if it collects as many junks...

Those neutrons are probably going to go airborne and float around the earth and poison all humans and lead to toxic deposits everywhere (wormwood).  The new oil spill in the GOM will probably react with these energetic neutrons and burst into flames.  It is just as written in Revelations.  The end is not near, it is here... and now.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:47 | 1090025 avonaltendorf
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Just stick to the facts.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:50 | 1090072 InconvenientCou...
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Pray that the end comes neatly and quickly, like in revelations.

Just as an thought excercise, imagine the best case and worst case for how soon this neutron prolapse will be cool. 4 weeks? Now imagine the worst case 1 year? Look at what has accumulated in only two weeks.

soil in a nearby village is 500mSv/hr. get up into the 2-5 Sv/hr range and you've got what's known as a "dead zone". Is that real enough? Do the world a favor and don't undershoot on the seriousness of this.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:20 | 1090299 Iam_Silverman
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"Do the world a favor and don't undershoot on the seriousness of this."

Trust me, I'm not.  I do try to point out inconsistencies of terminology in these news reports.  Let's say you are a doctor, and you are reading a report issued by the AMA, and the terminology is wrong, and many of the presumptions presented are not plausible.  Do you put any faith in that article now?  That is what I am trying to get across here.  A lot of what is being presented here and in the news is nothing more than conjecture, or worse.

I work in the field - I know how bad this can get.  I have a real appreciation of what the operators must be going through over there.  All of my co-workers are just as worried.  I just wish that they would use mR vs. Sieverts though.  I hate having to convert stuff.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 13:36 | 1091006 Boxed Merlot
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Pray that the end comes neatly and quickly, like in revelations...

The revelation of John describes an event of far more seriousness and dread than what's being discussed here today.

The vision he recorded was at one time both exceptionally personal and truly "universal", (vs. "global") in it's scope.

I continue to frequent and lurk on ZH because I believe the foundational truth that on a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.

And what's so funny is it remains the absolute truth whether I or anybody else ever believes it.

I still chuckle about the comment about Barney Frank being safe and re-electable until he dies. But history will show in 150 years he will have been dead for far longer than he was safe.

In the past, I've spent months listening to John's revelation on CD in my commutes, averaging 3 and a half times a day, and it never gets old. Kinda like "Dark Side of the Moon" as a kid, only more powerful.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:27 | 1091314 Iam_Silverman
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"The revelation of John describes an event of far more seriousness and dread than what's being discussed here today."

Not only much worse, but there is no "neat and quick" about it.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 16:39 | 1092103 Matte_Black
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You listen to the Book of Revelation 3 times per day?

Why not just drop 90 hits of acid?

It'll fuck you up just as bad, and much more efficiently.

I see a lock-down ward in your future.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:59 | 1090115 Ident 7777 economy
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LOL ... fiction is not your strong suit but thanks for the effort with '... neutrons are probably going to go airborne and float around the earth  ... ' bit.


BTW, I do appreciate your posts here.


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:17 | 1090239 SgtShaftoe
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Yes, the combination of heat and fission product radiation has acted in such a way that it has created a new master particle.  This master particle is radioactive and networks between all other radioactive particles through a sympathetic subatomic network.  At exactly 1800 hours EST TODAY all the nuclear weapons in the entire world will synchronously detonate, all the nuclear reactors in service will launch like Saturn V rockets into the sky exploding like atomic fireworks in the ionosphere. 

The resulting radiation will cause mass mutations in livestock around the world to give them super brains and articulated digits (hands).  There will be a mass war started by atomic cows and sheep to exterminate human kind.  Cats and dogs will start sleeping together.  A month later, the moon will explode.  Two months after that the sun will burn out.  It will make us look back on the good old days with fond memories when we all huddled in our doom bunkers from the re-entry and resultant radioactive fallout from several russian nuclear reactors into the atmosphere.... oh.. wait.. you didn't huddle in a doom bunker playing cards, eating 3 year old cans of pork and beans...  Well the reactor powered sattelites sure did re-enter the atmosphere and burn up.  Didn't notice huh?... yup.  That's what I thought:

There were five launch, and reentry failures involving Soviet or Russian spacecraft which were carrying nuclear reactors rather than RTGs between 1973 and 1993 (see RORSAT). 

Gotta love the Soviet design principles! 

"How bout we throw 4 reactor cores in one flimsy container, with NO containment so they all interact and are really hard to control, then put a plywood lid on top of it all and call it Chernobyl!"  "Great idea Ivan!"  "Oh, and Yuri, I know you were looking for a replacement battery for your cordless drill, and your flashlight, but I couldn't find one, how bout we just strap in a nuclear reactor to power it?!" "Great idea Ivan!! Then let's launch it into space!"  "YEA!" 


In their defense though, the Russians weren't planning on launching nukes at the moon, that was the USA. 

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:32 | 1089910 InconvenientCou...
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You say death beam, I say death ray. Let's not let semanics be a distraction.

TEPCO and the Japanese gov't can hope for the best... but they must prepare for the worst.

Anything less and they could end up on trial for crimes against humanity. This rock isn't that big. A few months of this Ce137 fountain, and it will be detectable in every corner of this puppy. All the fish, animals, bodies of water, all of it.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 16:05 | 1091889 anonnn
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Out Of Control, a haiku...


Can start but can't stop

Corium gadolinium

Soon we all learn more.



Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:09 | 1089491 MisterKurtosis
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Buy the dip (on uranium stocks) bitchez!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:11 | 1089492 Judge Judy Scheinlok
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In light of current situations; does anyone see new legs growing on the Rough Rice trade?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:12 | 1089504 Judge Judy Scheinlok
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My sincere apologies for being so rhetorical so early in the morning.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:51 | 1089659 mick_richfield
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Is it really that bad to ask rhetorical questions?


( And ... Fed delenda est. )

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:34 | 1089930 Byte Me
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..I love the smell of empty rhetoric in the morning, it smells like TEPCO..

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:57 | 1091482 slewie the pi-rat
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that's ok, JJ. we know how that rhetoric builds as you rub yer magic lamp so the genie will pop out.  no problemo, sister.  we're somewhat liberal in the sense that anyone who dresses like a nun can act like a nun if s/he wishes.  duh.

plus, you are so "self-effacing" abt yer genie and yer wishes, that we are learning that morning wood may be a hitherto-unreported trans-gender phenomenon, or phenomena, depending on how many wishes that knobby li'l genie is good for...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:12 | 1089499 gwar5
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Neutron Beam?  ....Isn't that just a radioactive rainbow?


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:18 | 1090279 snowball777
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Sure, as long as your rainbow only includes the color blue.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:12 | 1089506 jkruffin
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From my posting yesterday, at the rate of temperature increase of .3 to 1 degree C/s, we can safely assume without proper cooling fluids, it is just a matter of time before this whole incident blows up in their faces.  Even if we use the lower end we are talking about a 30 degree climb per hour, even if they are getting some seawater in these things and it stays there.

So roughly 12-24 hrs from now we should be looking at temps that will start melting the alloys of the containment vessel.

Then the SHTF....................

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:42 | 1089619 kaiserhoff
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This site has so many ways to blow/melt down, and they are all in play.  Yes, just a matter of time.  The Japanese have many admirable qualities.  They don't deserve this, but their leadership does.

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