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

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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 ...so 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 ventilation...it'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.

http://www.tourkiev.com/chernobyltour/     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

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