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Japan's Latest Proposal To Contain Fukushima's Radioactive Fallout - A (Circus) Tent

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You just can't make this up: proving that Japan can outdo even the Russians when it comes to nuclear crisis "response", Dow Jones reports that the latest scheme to come out of TEPCO is to cover Fukushima with a giant tent. It is unclear if it will have a circus coloration yet. From DJ: "Giant polyester covers will soon be placed around the damaged reactor buildings at Japan's Fukushima nuclear complex to help contain the release of radioactive substances into the atmosphere, the plant operator said Friday. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) will install the first cover at the No. 1 reactor, the focus of recent stabilization efforts, starting next month." This probably means that Japan looked long and hard at the concrete shell option and realized it was impossible, which is true. The problem is that by now the melted cores are not in the complex, but deep beneath it and the radioactivity is actively seeping directly into the soil. And since the polyester tent idea is doomed to failure, it is only a matter of time before the Simpsons dome is firmly in place over a ragion with a radius of about 20 kilometers. Impossible you say? Just wait.

From DJ:

Workers will erect a steel framework and place a giant polyester tent-like cover around the reactor building. Similar covers will be placed around units No. 3 and 4. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

A series of hydrogen explosions blew off the roofs and upper walls of the three reactors in the days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out their cooling systems, triggering the overheating of the reactors.

The explosions scattered a large amount of radioactive debris in the area around the reactors. Workers will have to clear the debris near the No. 1 unit so that cranes and other heavy equipment can approach the reactor. TEPCO said it began shifting debris from the area around the unit Friday.

The damaged buildings have come to symbolize the severity of the nuclear crisis at the plant, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

The loss of the roofs and filters above the reactors has led to the steady release of radioactive substances from the complex, prompting calls for measures to contain contamination in the surrounding areas.

Artist's impression of this latest Japanese venture:

h/t Joshua


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Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:09 | 1271924 carbonmutant
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 There seems to be a need to get those pictures off the internet and to prevent any further erosion to TEPCO's credibility going forward...

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:31 | 1272060 DonutBoy
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+1e6  No other purpose.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:11 | 1272191 redpill
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And won't be complete until the end of the year!  The lack of urgency spectacularly demonstrates that they have essentially admitted that they will be unable to contain this disaster for the foreseeable future.

Reactor 1 experienced full meltdown, the building is insanely radioactive, they won't be able to fix the cooling system without killing workers in the process, they have no ability to contain the problem, these buildings are gigantic, the tent gag is a pathetic admission of total helplessness.


Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:30 | 1272263 Mactheknife
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Its called the "China Syndrome" in the west. Core melts through the floor and doesn't stop till it comes out in China. I suppose we can expect a reactor core popping up in Jersey at some point.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:19 | 1272392 RichardENixon
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That will make for an interesting episode of "Jersey Shore"

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 16:03 | 1272724 bentaxle
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improvements, quite possibly?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:23 | 1272405 jus_lite_reading
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The earth is being destroyed by GREEEEEED!!!!

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 15:41 | 1272656 Ruffcut
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More like dickweeds.


"gotta show who owns the planet. If we can't buy it and control it, we'll simple kill it." 

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 16:25 | 1272820 jus_lite_reading
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Polyester... its the new lead. Who knew? Why the hell did those Chernobyl "liquidators" wear FUCKKING LEAD SUITS when they could have simply worn polyester? Idiots. The Japanese are so smart. This shows.... (sarcasm off now)


Fri, 05/13/2011 - 18:49 | 1273222 Devore
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It's to contain radioactive particles/dust from flying around, and rain water from getting in and washing things out. Same as the Chernobyl sarcophagus, which is more like a tarp than a tomb.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 15:52 | 1272694 Incubus
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Correct me if my assumption is incorrect: wouldn't the radioactive stuff just kind of just get past the earth's crust, if that, and kind of become...largely ineffective in an ocean of molten lava?

And then, with the whole spinny-earth thing, it'd—what would be "left" of it—just kind of end up floating around where-ever the earth's molten lava stuff flows?  Maybe eventually just get close to the core of the earth, or something?  I don't believe it's hot enough to "burn through" the earth.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 16:03 | 1272725 Jim Lahey
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"Spinny-earth thing"

Great comment Sarah Palin.  When are you announcing?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 20:36 | 1273428 The Nagus
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The shithawks are flying in low, Lahey.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 21:08 | 1273475 Dave Thomas
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Mr Lahey, We've gotta get a shit tent up, before the radioactive shitwaves trigger an epic shitnami!

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 16:14 | 1272772 Mec-sick-o
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Now, I call that a "backfire".

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 16:39 | 1272881 XenoFrog
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That might happen, if there wasn't gravity. Assuming there's no explosion from hitting the water table (which is probably only a few feet under the soil in that location anyway), the fuel would burn down into the crust until the pressure and heat of the surrounding rock matched that of the fuel. It probably wouldn't even hit the mantle.

Sat, 05/14/2011 - 13:04 | 1274362 EnglishMajor
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Actually, it wreaks a little more havoc before it reaches us. When it sinks the first 15 meters or so, it hits the groundwater and causes a violent eruption with geysers full of radioactive material (about half the size of a grain of salt) spewing out of the ground and into the upper atmosphere for the rest of the world to enjoy even moreso than the shit we have already received.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:37 | 1272278 That Peak Oil Guy
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If this accident happened in the US I don't think our response would be much better.  Once you let the nuclear genie out of its bottle it is incredibly hard to get it back in.

What this really demonstrates is that we humans are not able to deal with the consequences of nuclear power when it escapes our control.


Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:46 | 1272482 mkkby
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History will mark this event as the birth of a new human sub species -- the 2-headed japanese sloth, aka morlock.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:39 | 1272091 divide_by_zero
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+1 TBq/m^2

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:58 | 1272153 Thorlyx
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+ 2012

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:43 | 1272293 Dolar in a vortex
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They can defray the cost of clean up with monthly advertising panels on the tent, all the way to 2012. Double your money back guarantee if the world ends sooner!


I wonder if anyone laughed out loud in the media room when the tent was announced?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 15:03 | 1272524 jus_lite_reading
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Thats what I was thinking!

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 15:52 | 1272686 bigdumbnugly
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advertising panels and maybe a little weenie roast too?  


Fri, 05/13/2011 - 15:50 | 1272680 Ruffcut
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It makes you wonder if the journalist don't go "sheen" buggy from all the bullshit.

Most likely all press have pre-meetings with the minister of psyops, or oopsie the clown.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:05 | 1271925 augie
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Is that the tent the unicorns are kept in?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:12 | 1271953 FEDbuster
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"the Simpson's dome" made me spit coffee on my keyboard.  Que up the Benny Hill music...

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:19 | 1272391 FIAT_FixItAgainTony
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thanks for the link fed.  i forgot how perfect benny hill music is for the fuk-us-all-ma situation. 

i pictured the blue tarps and the workers on fast speed motion video like in a famous chase scene at the end of a benny hill episode.  what a hoot.  too bad it's a deadly hoot.

"he who laughs last had the strongest resistence to being irradiated."

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:06 | 1271928 tpberg7
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Bozo the Clown Bitchez!

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:24 | 1272030 FEDbuster
Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:08 | 1272181 TheTmfreak
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First thing I thought of is that silly circus music.

Now I have it stuck in my head. Oh silly japan...

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:31 | 1272431 Bay of Pigs
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Cue the Bearded Lady...

Sat, 05/14/2011 - 13:14 | 1274352 Zero Govt
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well they have the clowns of Tepco and the Jap Govt, only fitting they have the circus tent to go on-site at Fukinshambles (the artists impression above is inspired:)

thank heavens the Olympic Committee weren't impressed with Tokyos bid which led on being 'green and environmentally friendly' and possibly the last ever games before the Earth fried due to natures benign and beneficial airbourne fertilizer, CO2

Tokyo obviously didn't realise burning hydrocarbons wasn't either a real or immediate threat but their very own splitting Uranium atoms sited in easy reach of a half decent tsunami why not build an Olympic Stadium at Fukinshambles rather than a circus tent, it sure is turning into a Marathon event loaded with fancy dress clowns, muppets and cartoon characters 

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:07 | 1271929 cowdiddly
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Just when you think the world could not possible get anymore sureal you get the Barnam and Bailey treatment. Fitting I suppose.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:09 | 1271940 centerline
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Bread and circuses for the masses!

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:17 | 1271991 tpberg7
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This is a replica of Bozo'z Big Top and inside the tent is the "Grand Prize Game".

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:45 | 1272297 knukles
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Well, somebody had to say it, to stand astride the madness and command a moment of sanity.

There is a most wonderful use for Fuckushittinme.  Bury Osama's body therein.  Think of the new tourism it would attract to the site, aid in the reconstruction of Japan.  Not to mention forward the Eugenicist's population management goals.

Why is it I have to think of everything?

(sounds of calliope music)

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 22:07 | 1273592 FEDbuster
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We can only hope the Falcon Heene isn't trapped in the reactor building when the tent goes up.

Sat, 05/14/2011 - 01:00 | 1273808 StychoKiller
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This way to the Great Egress! ----------->>

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 15:38 | 1272643 Transformer
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This might be a good interim solution.  Certainly not permanent.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 22:48 | 1273647 Stormdancer
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I'm not sure it's even an interim solution.  Look at what they're going to have...

Hot steamy air rising off the spent fuel pool, trapped by a fabric barrier.  Relative humidity probably near 100% inside.  The steam has radioactive material entrained.

Now a cool Japanese morning...if they don't have massive filters and air moving equipment to dehumidify the interior of that "tent", condensation (probably lots of it) on the inside of that fabric seems likely.

Are they getting ready to build the world's biggest artificial, radioactive temperate rain forest?  Will workers be able to get anything done with radioactive rain falling on them every time a gust vibrates the tent?

Hopefully they're paying attention to's going to matter.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:47 | 1272307 Whoa Dammit
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There's a fuel born every day!

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:05 | 1271933 Imminent Collapse
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Jugglers can't be too far behind.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:10 | 1271945 tmosley
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That's their banking sector.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:47 | 1272483 TheJudge2012
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You're a chemist. Will radioactive material from Fukushima settle to the bottom of water, milk?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:07 | 1271934 gookempucky
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From a gardeners view, some plutonian rods grow very well in shade.

TD are you sure this isnt a Monty Python comeback attempt- if it is they will do splendidly.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:08 | 1271935 TruthInSunshine
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And on Honshu, they will not only have a Circus Tent, but Fukushima Daiichi will be the gift that keeps giving (for nuclear material half-lives for the ages):

  • Bearded Ladies
  • Three Headed Elephants & Giraffes
  • Sword & Flame Swallowers
  • And a 'Clown Car' Where 127 Adults Climb Out From Within
Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:39 | 1272062 Rick64
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Maybe they are planning to turn it into a tourist attraction like Chernobyl.     sounds like a fun place to take the kids

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:25 | 1272252 Whoa Dammit
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TEPCO is going to play up the polyester idea in its new directive to enhance revenue through attracting global tourism. Because their market research is telling them that 70’s disco has great appeal, they will be adding a dance floor with mirrored balls inside the tent. “Staying Alive” and “Disco Inferno” will be used as a basis for branded merchandise…

Sat, 05/14/2011 - 01:02 | 1273810 StychoKiller
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Leisure Suits, FTW!! :>D

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:47 | 1272300 knukles
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On your way out they ask you to count noses so nobody's left behind.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:10 | 1271936 JustPrintMoreDuh
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Just dont look.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:06 | 1271937 tmosley
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Man, they are going to have the best sideshow freaks EVER.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:06 | 1271938 Tic tock
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...and why is this bullish for the Yen, .?


Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:25 | 1272023 hedgeless_horseman
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Because they have an excellent prestidigiflationist.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 15:52 | 1272684 jm
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Because Mrs. Watanabe is cashing out of her Aussie bonds and wants yen on hand because of the uncertainty.  

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:09 | 1271943 Payne
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This can be good.  The Tent serves as a quick form for ferro cement.  They can use air pressure to errect the tent, then pour cement from the bottom.  I am hoping that this is what they are proposing vs a circus tent.  I was suggesting that instead of stone aggregate they use scrap steel in the cement mix.  This would allow them to put up a cement dome in 12 days or less.  lets hope!

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:15 | 1271979 trav7777
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how many times do you guys have to be told why cement entombment won't work?

This is NOT Chernobyl, not even close.  It's a totally different catastrophe with its own technical obstacles.

In fact, the containment apparatus that the west mandated for reactors is now one of the biggest obstacles.  Chernobyl was a riskier reactor design but once it blew its lid, it presented a target to pour shit into.  All that lead they poured in GREATLY assisted the hot reactor materials to flow downward out of the reactor vessel away from moderation, stop fissioning, and eventually disperse and cool into octopus-looking lava formations downpipe. 

At Fukushima plant 1, containment is still "effective," and they have giant 15m^3 assemblies of spent fuel rods still needing cooling.  No amount of concrete can just make this situation go away.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:57 | 1272159 Thorlyx
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now what ?

long concrete and short water or long water and short concrete ? I am confused.....

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:12 | 1272196 AldoHux_IV
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So there are no other options? 

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:24 | 1272245 SoNH80
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You convinced me with your argument.  This is a classic example of homo sapiens sapiens being clever enough to get into trouble, but not clever enough to get out of it.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:10 | 1271948 Cognitive Dissonance
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Of course this will prevent the world from seeing anything that's going on.....except what they want you to see.


Next we will hear they are doing it "for the children".

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:12 | 1271977 FEDbuster
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Maybe we could apply the "tent solution" to the FED, the Capital building and White House?  Then pump it full of fumigating gas!

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:16 | 1271996 JustPrintMoreDuh
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Nice try, however that infestation will not be taken out by mere gas alone.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:19 | 1272011 Natasha Fatale
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Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:10 | 1271949 gookempucky
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And here I thought Friday the 13th would bring no suprises how MSM of me.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:11 | 1271951 trav7777
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Hopefully they subcontract it out like we did in Katrina.

Prime gets $100/sqft and subs to B at 80/sqft to build it who subs to C who gets 60 to build who then subs to D who gets 40 to build who subs to E who gets 20 to build it and who goes out and buys a fucking blue tarp from WalMart and everyone calls it "reconstruction."  And profits.

Meanwhile all those po' po' innocent noble Katrina "refugees" use their FEMA cards at strip clubs and for buying LV merchandise.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:45 | 1272105 oddjob
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1-800-GOT-JUNK will soon be on site.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:53 | 1272506 mt paul
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long blue tarps..

Sat, 05/14/2011 - 01:07 | 1273814 Rick64
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Unfortunately this happens quite often with large projects.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:09 | 1271954 mr_T
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Reminds me of a scene out of Octopussy.. except the 007 Clown aint coming to the rescue this time.. how are they going to treat radiation poisoning.. how about a Hello Kitty bandaid... what a mess..  

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:09 | 1271955 Tic tock
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no. no. is this bullish for the yen, dull, i know, but i just don't get it?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:26 | 1272032 hedgeless_horseman
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Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:07 | 1272186 traderjoe
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Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:13 | 1272207 magis00
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That must have taken forever to type

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:15 | 1272209 magis00
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Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:50 | 1272306 knukles
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the 13th....

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 19:45 | 1273334 AUD
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No, your first response was more accurate, a predistigiflationist central bank.

It's bullish for the Yen because the bond speculators know the central bank will come through with the 'goods', the 'right stuff'.

The speculators will even sell their 'gold' to get what the central bankers are giving away.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:13 | 1271956 truont
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TEPCO's latest press release will say:
"The happy magic tent will stop all the irradiated nanoparticles from escaping. Your safety is most assured!"

The only thing we have to fear is...our leaders' incompetence.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:55 | 1272511 mt paul
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a tin foil tent ?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:17 | 1271957 Dr. Engali
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Gotta cover the evidence some how. Don't want people peeking in.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:12 | 1271959 falak pema
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maybe they have a seal team working on those underground leaks into the water table. If we had the seals incrusted into the water table they could take out those leaking terrorists as they drip through the reactors. Two thousand seals and those reactors would be stable as bin laden's body in deep immersion. We'd lose a few seals but they could be decorated posthumously by O'b as liquidators that saved humanity from the nuclear leak terrorist menace.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:12 | 1271960 carbonmutant
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I get, I get it... It's a giant air filter...LOL

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:17 | 1271986 TruthInSunshine
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I heard the tent is to be branded as K&N or Dyson.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:36 | 1272285 Whoa Dammit
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More like a giant pair of queen size pantyhose. While all that polyester might hold in some cellulite, I doubt it will do much to stop any radiation leaks. ;-)

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:13 | 1271961 carbonmutant
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Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:13 | 1271963 The Answer Is 42
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C'mon, where have all the Japanese engineers gone? Isn't a mesh much better? You have to hand-hold the kids on everything nowadays.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:14 | 1271968 The Answer Is 42
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Next disaster: TYPHOON. Ooops. But nobody could've thunk that.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:18 | 1271982 truont
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Yeah, I'm sure ginormous plastic sheets wont tear or anything during the severe wind conditions that affect Japan's coastline.
"I love it when a plan comes together!" -- Hannibal Smith

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:34 | 1272270 HK
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"Yeah, I'm sure ginormous plastic sheets wont tear or anything during the severe wind conditions that affect Japan's coastline."


Really, would it matter?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:49 | 1272311 knukles
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Fuck yea.  All them plastic beer can rings choke the fish.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:01 | 1272342 Abiotic Oil
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If they use both the blue tarps and the heavy duty outdoor duct tape they should be good to go on this thing.  Maybe get some chicken wire in there somewhere for a little more stability.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:57 | 1272518 mt paul
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blue tarp 

duct tape 

chicken wire

and some bailing wire...

that problem is dealt with....


Fri, 05/13/2011 - 22:01 | 1273582 FEDbuster
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Sounds like a giant, radioactive pinata.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 15:24 | 1272593 NotApplicable
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Don't forget the bungee cords to isolate the stress from the tarps!

While I know this won't work, it's nice to know they are at least pretending not to kill the entire Northern Hemisphere, just their little part of it.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:18 | 1271985 Cognitive Dissonance
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The Japanese authorities have cancelled all Typhoons for the next 5 years. I saw the press release. :>)

Whoops. This just in. Mother Nature has appealed the ruling to a higher authority.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:19 | 1272012 The Answer Is 42
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"Mother Nature has appealed the ruling to a higher authority."

No worries. Bernanke has serious personal gripes about Mother Nature. He's not required to recuse himself, either.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 16:28 | 1272831 jus_lite_reading
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BREAKING NEWS: BEnron Bernank just said if the polyester tents don't contain the radiation, he'll print some more dollars and they can super glue it on. That should fix the problem.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:31 | 1272057 Jack Burton
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 It should be a simple matter to access the data on Typhoon frequency for that part of the Japanese coast. But I bet they haven't even thought of checking to see landfall likelyhood.These clowns deserve a circus tent. No way they have a clue how to contain these reactors. One reactor is a problem, 4 is a friggen disaster.

Add 1 typhoon making landfall and it increases by orders of magnitude, imagine the radioactive material being picked up on 100 MPH winds!

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:35 | 1271969 Hephasteus
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What about the concrete hat.

Operation sombrero. Operation big gulf hat fail.

Funny though. Wall street want's to open a water futures market to sell water to people after GE fucking kills them with thier retarded fucking reactors.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 16:21 | 1272795 Ruffcut
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Water futures?

WTF, though good idea for it is only a little bit important, especially how quickly we are contaminating it.

Next they'll use moodys,S and P and fitch to give the ratings for the water quality, too.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:14 | 1271971 Silverhog
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A tent will hide how crummy it looks from the sky. But what if the tent fills with Hydrogen?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:25 | 1272386 thedrickster
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Does anyone know why <IMG> images display in preview mode but not when actually posted?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 15:25 | 1272598 NotApplicable
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You're not worthy.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 15:45 | 1272662 NotApplicable
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Good thing polyester friction doesn't generate static electricty!

Oh, wait...

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:12 | 1271972 friendly manitoba
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seems like a very good idea  - curious who would mock this ? 

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:15 | 1271976 tmosley
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For a preview of the circus to come, have a look here:[mf-m-s]/Gyo%20v02%20c05%20pg077.jpg&server=nas.html

Warning, not for those with weak stomachs.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:15 | 1271978 Tic tock
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OMG, does no-one care about the yen?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:12 | 1271980 williambanzai7
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Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:17 | 1271997 Cognitive Dissonance
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Banzai7 always seems to be one step ahead of the insanity.

WB7, do you have some undisclosed conflict of interest we should know about? :>)

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:33 | 1272063 Janice
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The purpose of the tent is to keep out the prying US Google eyes.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:34 | 1272064 Janice
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Fri, 05/13/2011 - 16:32 | 1272835 jus_lite_reading
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LMAO!!! I knew you would come up with something!!! HAHA

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 17:47 | 1273088 Buck Johnson
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You are dead on, dead on.  One, how and how long will the workers be working around the reactor area if the radiation is to high to put up this tent (which will not stop the radiation at all).  Two, what will the core's and the spent fuel rods be doing while they take close to 6 months to erect this thing.  Every week we are hearing about higher radiation measurements farther away and also fires happening in empty spent fuel ponds.  They haven't a clue what to do, because there isn't any directions or rules on something like this.  They are making it up as they go along, and it may cost them 2/3 of japan not being habitable permenantly.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:13 | 1271983 chunga
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Somebody please tell me this is some sort of hoax.

5/12/2011 -- URGENT !! NILU - Norsk Institute = ZARDOZ = radiation @ VERY HIGH levels

Hurry! I'm almost out of tin foil.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:23 | 1272016 Hephasteus
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Nope that's pretty much it. Welcome to the tin foil hat brigade.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:26 | 1272027 chunga
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But the Fukushima thing is all has to be's all over the Internet.

Is there another Internet? I don't like this one.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:45 | 1272108 hedgeless_horseman
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Before you panic and by more Yen, understand that the ZARDOZ images he is looking at is a SIMULATION.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:01 | 1272164 Hephasteus
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Ya and weather can change it. And etc etc. But this is 4 nuclear reactors. 4 times worse than chernobyl. If it was capped. It's not capped. It's not in a containment vessel. It's blown all over the place and it's not uranium. It's uranium with a shit load of plutonium.

Steve Jobs is probably already underground wtih his version of a swedish nurse.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:11 | 1272194 traderjoe
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And just a few spent fuel rods. 

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:11 | 1272200 Hephasteus
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Ya it's like comparing a coffee can in a bathtub to a grain silo in a several olympic swimming pools.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:24 | 1272234 TruthInSunshine
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So it's somewhat like carrying chocolate, and having someone with peanut butter run into you...

...but worse.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:29 | 1272260 Hephasteus
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No it's more like a hedge. Sell insurance knowing that if any natural disaster is big enough for a payout it's big enough to murder everyone you owe.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:05 | 1272358 High Plains Drifter
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zardoz?  great movie.....

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:00 | 1272171 silver140
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Thanks, I've noticed the NILU site has stopped flow dispersion charts, the Eurad site, I can't get up to date charts.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:54 | 1272329 knukles
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And Canada stopped measurements.  Between the NOAA, CDC and whoeverthefuckelse in the US claims no data, no reportie. (LOL, get it?)  The Norwegian site stops posting, EURAD disappears.....

....just a fucking coincidence.

Look!  Quick!
Last night's American Idol rerun is on!

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 16:33 | 1272840 jus_lite_reading
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Wait! Isn't ZARDOZ the movie about a post nuclear world where everyone gets radiatied??? Sean Connery is in it.... WTF?!

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:17 | 1272002 Global Hunter
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If that tent does it what it is supposed to who will want to go into it?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:28 | 1272046 augie
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those cooky japanese kids will be throwing raves and drifting their cars through that tent in a fortnight.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:06 | 1272361 High Plains Drifter
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karl denniger?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 15:28 | 1272608 NotApplicable
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Ann Coulter's Health Spa?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 16:27 | 1272830 Ruffcut
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Who really wants to get anywhere near it now?

It's sure not on my bucket list.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 16:36 | 1272850 takinthehighway
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What they'll do is project movies onto the polyester screening and market it as the world's largest drive-in movie theater!

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:18 | 1272004 VyseLegendaire
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What a fucking flea circus of biblical proportions.


Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:07 | 1272365 High Plains Drifter
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its the greatest story never told...........

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:18 | 1272005 TimmyM
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Bring on the giant lizards!........  



Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:19 | 1272009 tip e. canoe
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Pay no attention to glowing green men behind the curtain!

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:19 | 1272010 sangell
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Well, if it will keep seagulls and other birds from roosting on the reactor buildings it might save some lives and not just avian.

Think of the poor Japanese fellow who lives a few miles up or down the coast from Fukushima. He comes out and sees a gull has made a deposit on his car. He goes and gets a moist paper towel to wipe it off not knowing he just grabbed a handful of radioactive bird shit.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 19:43 | 1273323 pitz
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Nothing with a little bit of radioactivity.  Cesium goes very well as an addition to breakfast cereal.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:24 | 1272017 ZackAttack
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Forbidden Zone, bitchez!

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:22 | 1272021 solidsteele
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Tyler - You need to add an ongoing "You just can't make this shit up!" Section to the website as a heading.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:23 | 1272026 Commander Cody
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Polyester - how 70s.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:28 | 1272034 The Answer Is 42
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I was just gonna say. For all this bs they don't even have the sensibility of using 100% cotton.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:34 | 1272068 williambanzai7
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Cotton plaid will run

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:47 | 1272116 The Answer Is 42
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Good point. Unlike cotton, polyester digs in heels in face of advancing radioactivity. Tough sons of bitches.

But still, I heard polyester increases chance of allergy in babies. Doesn't anybody think of babies anymore?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 13:57 | 1272337 knukles
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Poly, schmolie! 
Try being allergic to latex during a prostate exam.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 14:13 | 1272377 High Plains Drifter
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tents are made in china and subject to stringent QC.............

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 12:25 | 1272031 b_thunder
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25 years ago, in 1986, the entire world was scared of japanese technological domiantion.

25 years ago, in 1986, the entire world was laughing at the backwardness and technological obsolescence of the Soviet industry, and were downright scared that the bankrupt nation would simply fall apart and the nules woudl scatter around the world...

Guess what?

25 years ago, in 1986, the Soviets managed to seal off Chernobyl's #4 reactor.  yes, there were minor leaks afterwards, and yes, the "sarcophagus" was not made permanent (but nevertheless it's been standign for 24+ years) , and yes, 500K peopel may have gotten radiation poisoning of various severity levels.

but 25 years later, the mighty and wealthy Japan that makes walking, dancing, guitar and ping-pong playing robots can't do sh*t about their reactors!

go figure.....



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