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Sun, 03/27/2011 - 23:12 | 1107395 Rhone_Ranger
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Even Homer wouldn't touch this....Who's next?

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 23:32 | 1107462 Ras Bongo
Mon, 03/28/2011 - 08:00 | 1108070 Chumbadumba
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Fuck you, commie!!



Sun, 03/27/2011 - 23:56 | 1107524 homersimpson
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I get an unlimited supply of donuts and Duff Beer if I work overtime at the nuclear plant?!?! COUNT ME IN!!!

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 00:32 | 1107599 Pool Shark
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Way to go "fishbulb"


Mon, 03/28/2011 - 00:36 | 1107609 Mr. Mandelbrot
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"Kar?shi (????), which can be translated literally from Japanese as "death from overwork", is occupational sudden death."


Chernobyl - 650,000 "Liquidators" needed to clean it up

Fukushima/Onagawa - Only 50 "Karoshis" needed to clean it up?!

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 00:40 | 1107617 Mr. Mandelbrot
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The "?" in the word should be an "o."  What a fitting name for the unfortunate heroes so bravely (blindly?) working to subdue the mighty subatomic particles . . .

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 06:44 | 1107958 ColonelCooper
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Because Fukushima is only .00000762% as bad of a disaster when compared to Chernobyl. 

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 09:00 | 1108237 SteveOoooo
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Cite your sources.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 09:18 | 1108276 ColonelCooper
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Apologies.  I would have thought the ridiculousness of the number achieved when figuring the number of plant workers as a proportion would have made it unnecessary to use this: </sarcasm>


Mon, 03/28/2011 - 09:52 | 1108384 SteveOoooo
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I forgot the little winky thingy... ;-)

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 12:22 | 1109014 glenlloyd
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Chernobyl reactor was running when the explosion(s) occurred, which is worse than the incident in Japan. How much worse it is will have to wait until this is over.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 01:13 | 1107678 TruthInSunshine
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URGENT: Radioactive water at No. 2 reactor due to partial meltdown: Edano

TOKYO, March 28, Kyodo
The government believes highly radioactive water detected at the No. 2 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is due to a partial meltdown of fuel rods there, its top spokesman said Monday.


Mon, 03/28/2011 - 02:15 | 1107764 trav7777
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is there like anybody left around here who didn't already know as of at least a week ago that we had melted fuel rods?

And if discharge water has zirconium in it, that's as good a fingerprint as you're gonna get

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 02:41 | 1107790 Yen Cross
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I'm cunfused? The guy with bullet holes was my friend?  Can I count on you?

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 08:20 | 1108116 Judge Judy Scheinlok
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I think you meant; "I'm cuntfuzed?", right Alice?

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 04:04 | 1107872 Hoezit
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Is there a quick chemical test to check for zirconium or zirconium dioxide?

 By the way I still find your zap sign offensive every time I look at it, I guess that is part of its intention.


Mon, 03/28/2011 - 06:46 | 1107961 ColonelCooper
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If that actually offends you, you must be a real treat at parties.

Junked for being hypersensitive to life.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 08:55 | 1108225 SteveOoooo
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Junked for excessive junking.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 09:41 | 1108354 ColonelCooper
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By the way, New Guy: I didn't junk you. 

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 10:27 | 1108476 malikai
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No, but I just did.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 05:11 | 1107906 MSimon
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I131 is even better. And I134? Well let us just say:

Tokyo we have a problem.




Mon, 03/28/2011 - 05:38 | 1107922 Chumbadumba
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Trav trav, you racist piece of shit, shouldn't you be worried about debunking any claims that anything whatsoever is out of the ordinary near the reactor, or are you flip-flopping again (as is your racial genetic heritage)???



Mon, 03/28/2011 - 08:48 | 1108184 Matt
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Is there any risk of the control rods melting or otherwise failing to work anymore? What kind of temperatures can they hold up to?

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 03:07 | 1107812 StychoKiller
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Partial meltdown of fuel rods believed to be temporary: Edano

WTF??  Are the fuel rods gonna somehow UNMELT themselves??  Quick, thread the film backwards thru the projector!

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 04:21 | 1107877 TerraHertz
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Probably they meant their admission the rods are partially melted is believed to be temporary.

So next week they will either deny the rods melted at all, or admit they are not partially melted, but are in fact totally melted.


It's hard to parody insane liars. There's no way to beat them at their game.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 10:10 | 1108426 Urban Roman
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Sure it's temporary. Everything is temporary, the fuel rods will be in some other state later on.

Such as a gas. Or perhaps another sort of solid.

Or, in a Japanese science fiction film, they just might reassemble themselves and get back into zirconium tubes, which reconstitute themselves from the smoke they made when they burned up last week.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 11:41 | 1108829 Crumbles
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Or perhaps another sort of solid.

AEROSOL - a colloidal suspension of a solid in air.   As in capable of flying around the planet for a looong time - if a lot of the melted fuel rods should become a glob of mercury-like fissile atoms at 2,000 degrees C, what's to prevent explosive atomization turning tons of fuel rods into an aerosol ??

We're maybe so - catastrophic word of your choice - is this TEOTWAWKI ?????????

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 04:50 | 1107896 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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Mon, 03/28/2011 - 05:30 | 1107917 Popo
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Wall Street

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 06:02 | 1107941 msamour
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I would say New York near ground zero. They won't attack there twice in 10 years. /sarc off

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 23:14 | 1107399 steveo
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Fukushima story is a great time to bust out the "Ellipse of Doom"

Long Term S&P "Egg" aka Ellipse of Doom
This submitted by a reader.   Wow.
The incredible Egg.


Sun, 03/27/2011 - 23:25 | 1107442 Goldtoothchimp09
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Hello fellow waver!  Yes, it is absolutely fascinating to watch social moods play out in realtime in one of the most fascinating times in history!  I am continually shocked by the complacency shown by my fellow humans - huge understatement!!

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 04:59 | 1107902 slewie the pi-rat
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troll alert! keep yer eyes on this gold chimp!

"fascinated by social moods playing in realtime and shocked (!) by other's complacency"!

if he doesn't get to something Real on his next post, hospitalize him!

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 06:47 | 1107962 ColonelCooper
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Exclamation point much?

Junked for over enthusiasm.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 08:51 | 1108197 Urban Roman
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Temporarily junked for being attitude police.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 09:20 | 1108284 ColonelCooper
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Good lord, we all seem to have woken up on the wrong side of the bed and donned our "literal" caps this morning.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 19:42 | 1110721 Urban Roman
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It was because I woke up puking radioactive water this morning.

It's possibly partially temporary.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 23:13 | 1107400 DoChenRollingBearing
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I am amazed at the overall incompetence of how TEPCO and the .gov of Japan are mishandling this.  Although they have had a sloppy safety record, mostly minor in the past.

Poor Japan, may God be with them their hour of need.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 23:21 | 1107414 TheGreatPonzi
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Why be amazed? 

A new Chernobyl would mean the evacuation of nearly a third of Japan, and thus a systemic financial shock which would bring down the whole ultra-leveraged Ponzi. 

The important thing for the Japanese government is to be able to continue to refinance itself at low rates, not that some peasants may suffer from radiation poisoning. 

The Fukushima disaster will continue to be played down, and we'll learn the truth 10 years later. Wash, rinse, repeat.


Sun, 03/27/2011 - 23:36 | 1107481 Cistercian
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 Not to be outdone by the liars in Japan, EPA's RADNET used to have click-able count/radiation data.Now, instead of any data they simply say that the radiation is thousands of times lower than any conservative cause for concern.

  So, they scrubbed the data and substituted a reassuring statement.

 THE FUCKING BASTARDS!!!!Thanks for your tender concern .gov.

 This is ominous...and worthy of it's own story Tyler.

  When they are trying to be reassuring is when blind panic is more helpful....

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 23:51 | 1107513 TaxSlave
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EPA are global warmers.  Data will be chosen to fit the model, or obscured.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 23:54 | 1107521 majia
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I called the regional EPA office in San Francisco on Friday to complain about the change in the webpage I had book-marked. I was very frustrated also. The regional official was upset too, as he hadn't been appraised and he promised to convey concerns.

Magically the original page is up again


I don't know whether it will again disappear or not. The EPA official recommended checking with any local or state public health (not federal) agencies for reliable data.

I'm still monitoring the Enviro-Reporter's data in LA, since I'm in AZ


However, the EPA data have shown more fluctuations--especially in beta counts--than the Enviro-Reporter's monitor.

My concern is really that radiation would get into the fresh produce in CA and AZ. I have no idea how valid that concern is but the film The Battle for Chernobyl and the current estimates of radiation releases from Fukushima make me worried...

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 00:08 | 1107553 damage
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No offense... but are you an idiot?

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 00:44 | 1107630 tmosley
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No offense, but shut the fuck up.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 02:15 | 1107767 trav7777
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you shut the fuck up.

Let the experts talk.  That means "not you."

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 06:26 | 1107949 AnAnonymous
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Elitism is good, especially when the experts have proven their unproficiency.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 07:07 | 1107976 snowball777
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Egalitarianism is good, especially when the non-experts have proven they haven't a clue what they're talking about.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 08:59 | 1108232 Bicycle Repairman
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Ah yes.  No one should speak except the experts.  From now on I am going to begin my posts with: 'I am a nuclear power worker' or 'I am a Naval nuke'.  Then you should all read glassy-eyed while I spew out pro-nuke trivia or propaganda.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 05:31 | 1107915 geekgrrl
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Majia expresses what seems to me to be legitimate concerns. I am concerned as well.

Ad hominem attacks don't exactly constitute a counter-argument, so what is your point? That radiation is good for us? I see radioactive shills making that point on blog comments related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster on many diffent sites, and it is clear that the nuclear industry has recognized the real threat to it's continued existence, and has pulled-out all the stops to sway public opinion, here and many other places.

Get this: You are done.

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