Japanese Tanker Damaged In Straits Of Hormuz; Outside Attack Considered

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Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:03 | 492145 carbonmutant
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"A more detailed assessment of the damage and the cause of the explosion is expected to be carried out once the ship reaches Fujairah. "

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:30 | 492374 anynonmous
Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:29 | 492498 MsCreant
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Wed, 07/28/2010 - 15:29 | 492657 merehuman
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My asshat comment. devoid of meaning

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:03 | 492146 Cognitive Dissonance
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Something tells us the official explanation of an "earthquake" as responsible for the boat damage just won't fly.

Oman's coastguard said there was no evidence of any attack on the tanker and instead cited an earthquake.

"The boat was hit by a tremor ...we have no information of an attack," an Omani coastguard official told Reuters.

I know. Someone "spilled" a little oil in the Strait, causing the ships to start slip sliding away, which in turn caused a "waterquake". You heard it here first Boys and Girls.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:23 | 492203 LeBalance
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I farted in the bathtub and that caused a .357 bullet to pass through my head.  Direct causation is proven!

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:34 | 492512 Whizbang
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*Flagged as Hilarious!


I wonder what the odds are that some of the money getting airlifted out of afghanistan is being used to buy oil futures. Imagine if one of these tankers goes down and shuts the straits down. 200$ oil baby!

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 15:05 | 492585 Trundle
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Are you saying we need another Warren commission?

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:59 | 492316 DoChenRollingBearing
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CogDis to the rescue!

ZH has helped me climb out of the blues today.  Since my friend died Monday, I take humor where I find it.

ZH rocks.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:14 | 492463 J.B. Books
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I'm sorry for your loss.


Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:45 | 492545 DoChenRollingBearing
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Thanks for your kind words Books.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:53 | 492425 knukles
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Was this report from CNBC?

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:18 | 492472 Cognitive Dissonance
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You mean Creating News Because they Can?

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:25 | 492490 carbonmutant
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Good one.

+ a bunch

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:30 | 492501 MayIMommaDogFac...
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That is SO much more acronymic than:

Just Makin' Shit Up...

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:03 | 492147 -Michelle-
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That would be some earthquake to affect a boat at sea. 

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:29 | 492231 Eternal Student
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Yeah. Whenever there's an earthquake in California, those ships in port are always the first to go. </joke>

I was wondering what happened to Iraq's Minister of Information, and where he went to. Now we know.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:45 | 492406 MachoMan
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We clear the whole lot of them!

As the split screen pans to our troops at Baghdad Airport.

It's a bitch when all of your information is controlled by the enemy...

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:42 | 492400 RichardP
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There were earthquakes reported in Iran shortly before the incident.  The news report says "a wave caused by the earthquake" may be responsible - which is much more understandable.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:29 | 492497 seventree
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A wave caused by an earthquake is called a tsunami if it's big enough. And even then the wave height and period as it travels in deep water are almost undetectable from an average size boat, let alone a super tanker. This is something altogether different (or possibly a non-event).

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:30 | 492503 carbonmutant
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"...earthquakes reported in Iran shortly before the incident"

You mean the earthquake on Saturday? And the wave hit on Wednesday...


Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:35 | 492515 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Well-known phenomenon -- liquids concentrate rather than dissipate energy...

For instance, when you're standing waist-deep in the lake, slapping the surface gently with your hands, there are fish miles away getting knocked senseless from the concentrated, amplified shock...


Has anyone read "Post-Normal Science" (Ravetz I think).  I have not, but just the title has my curiousity piqued.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 15:24 | 492640 Missing_Link
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No.  Google "Strait of Hormuz."  It's a very narrow, very shallow strait -- it is not "at sea."

There have been many estimates that Iran could easily block off the Strait of Hormuz -- AND THE ENTIRE PERSIAN GULF AND ALL ITS OIL SUPPLIES -- by sinking a single large oil tanker in just the right part of the Strait of Hormuz.

That gives you an idea of how small and shallow it is.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 16:45 | 492813 WaterWings
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ZH still lets you post around here? Paraphrasing you, from numerous occasions, "I'm starting to wonder about this site."

Depths in this area reach over 650 feet, but the Omani government restricts access to this area to smaller vessels in normal, peacetime situations. Prior to 1979, the Inshore Traffic Zone served as the main shipping channel through the Strait.


Wed, 07/28/2010 - 17:27 | 492929 SilverIsKing
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Very narrow and shallow in the Strait of Hormuz.

Check this old pic of me and my bro swimming in the SOH:


Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:07 | 492158 trav7777
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WTF is it every time ANYTHING happens, they trot out the "AL QAIDA blablabla"??  WTF, is AQ causing sunspots now?!

My money is on Somali stowaways

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:27 | 492215 LeBalance
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Trav, trav, trav....Come on Dude.  This is FEAR central you are dealing with.  Its all the alien zombie witch whores fault.  !!!!!

Tim Osman is a CIA asset.  Tim Osman is Osama bin Laden.  Osama is Al Queda's figure head, but not the reality of "The Base."  The Base is CIA.

/tin foil condom: off/

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:21 | 492477 old_turk
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Its all the alien zombie witch whores fault.  !!!!!


I knew it!!!!!

I was actually worried there for a moment that it was Dal-Lecs or the Cybermen.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:08 | 492159 whatsinaname
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there is no oil now in the GOM.

must have slipped into hormuz.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:54 | 492170 Oh regional Indian
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Wow! What an on-time signal.

Another pre-echo of what is coming.

Wonder what the name of the Japanese ship is...

Update Edit: M Star..... hmmmmmm.....Brown Dwarf..

Update 2: M Star most often refers to Morning Star, Venus... Lucifer..

I think, unlike Clif High Et. al, that we are going to see a church implosion, possibly via the mysterious Mr. Assange? A big leak on the church.

T-2 days. Or  so. The plot thickens...






Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:10 | 492173 walcott
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tora, tora, tora!

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:40 | 492264 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Torah, Torah, Torah?

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:39 | 492524 aheady
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: D

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:39 | 492526 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:49 | 492551 LeBalance
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Toga! Toga! Toga!

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 17:25 | 492918 MsCreant
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I tink hee say tora, tora, tora, for da bull.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:10 | 492174 walcott
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tora, tora, tora!

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 17:29 | 492927 MsCreant
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Fight de bull Señor.


Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:10 | 492175 traderjoe
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Please people, Larry Kudlow is trying to turn pessimism into hope. Can we stick to the message that everything is ok?

See the gas riots in India the other week? How about the gas shortages in Greece and other countries due to supply concerns from Russia? How about the Russian heat wave/drought decimating crops? Not to try to read something into everything, but the sheeple are feeling the impacts of the PTB's manipulations...

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:11 | 492176 Payne
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blast from a large explosion would resemble an earthquake at sea.  I wonder what direction the bright light in the sky was?  

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:43 | 492271 CrockettAlmanac.com
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I wonder what direction the bright light in the sky was?

Not to worry, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. are on it.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:44 | 492540 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Not to worry, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. are on it.

BWAWHAHAHA.  Two Magi and a cartoon Ghost!!!

What the @#$% good is frankincense or myrrh?  GOLD BITCHEZ!!!

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:12 | 492178 Cincitucky
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What we didn't know was the Strait is only a few feet deep and this tanker is fording this large (but shallow) body of water with the hundreds of Goodyear tires lining both sides of it.

I now believe the earthquake explanation.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:43 | 492401 trav7777
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I suspect the same thing as you:  that underinflation of these tires caused a high speed blowout and resulting crash

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 13:46 | 492412 RichardP
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There were several earthquakes in Iran along the Strait of Hormuz shortly before this incident.  Some speculate that the ship was struck by a large wave generated by the earthquake(s).

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:20 | 492475 Cognitive Dissonance
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Could you provide a link or news source please? Thanks.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:34 | 492511 carbonmutant
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 Unfortunately these virtual "quakes" aren't showing up on any of the seismometers in the region.

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:48 | 492549 MayIMommaDogFac...
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They'll wheel out "Baghdad Bob" later today with his own personal, specially-calibrated seismometer.

Should clear up everything...Including the multi-day time lag...

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 14:57 | 492567 Cognitive Dissonance
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Here it is folks, courtesy of Augustus further down this thread, a poor hungry bedragled escapee from the BP/GW GOM threads. Looks like everyone has their story's set now that it's been released by the MSM.


It might be helpful if there were pictures of the wave or at least the damage. HD TV images from any of the dozen BP ROV's will be considered acceptable. Thank you.

<joke alert, this is a joke folks, please hold the junks, it was all just a silly joke>

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 15:26 | 492643 Cincitucky
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See a freak wave, call it an explosion.  Witness an explosion, its a freak wave.  Don't worry, the two are frequently confused. 

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