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Panic Evacuations Strike Tokyo Where Radiation Levels Are Ten Times Normal, Food Hoarding Empties Stores In Capital, Fallout Projected To Blow To Pacific

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Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:29 | 1054773 HamyWanger
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I wouldn't worry about all this. The Japanese will soon come to their senses and realize that the best option for them is preserving the status quo. Besides, CNBC just said it will have no consequences on the world economy. 

I've just bought the dip in equities this morning with all my life savings on a x150 leverage. This is a unique buying opportunity!!!

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:31 | 1054779 dukeystick
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...uh, but the "dip" hasn't dipped yet.


Fat, radio-active fingers.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:08 | 1054861 anvILL
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When you see Japanese manufacturing companies with great technology and good balance sheets that are very likely to post profits this year break well below PBR of one andstarts showing dividend yield exceeding 1%, it is likely that it will be dipped very soon or it has already dipped but you haven't noticed yet. Either way, some of those companies that were sold off are very geographically diversified and very cheap.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:09 | 1054867 dick cheneys ghost
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middle east tensions cant be helping.....


iran says saudi troops unacceptable



Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:14 | 1054884 anvILL
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Make that dividend yield 2%. My mistake.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:33 | 1054782 Bob
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If you snooze, you lose, eh Hamy?  Well done, as always.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:37 | 1054791 Ethics Gradient
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Has anyone coined STFP, yet?

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:21 | 1054907 equity_momo
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STD - Sell the dump

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:57 | 1055040 slewie the pi-rat
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now we have #4 too hot to handle.  b/c of the proximity of these reactors, the heat involved is now lighting up the first (nearest) of the ones which [if i'm not mistaken] were shut down and not producing power at the time of the quake/tsunami. 

who ya gonna call?

we may be seeing the deflation that some have been wagging their tongues about since 666 and the biggest dead cat bounce in the history of fiat.  commodities are down.  the bloomie screen for dummies has nat. gas and orange juice green.  period. euro stox are awash in red;  after asia, who ya gonna call?

the dollar is upskie, 2 cents v. the loonie, almost 3 v. the aussie, but is getting absolutely plastered by----the yen!!!

wherever your carry trade arises, if you have pumped the cheapo, you may hafta re-pay with the primo.

and good luck managing those VIX spreads, too!  shark city, BiCHeZ!!!

gold and silver desperately seeking bids.  trades unwinding all over creation.  perhaps those reactors have reached the critical heat to ignite paper wealth, world-wide. 

gold just found a bid @ down $40, and silver, too, which is now down a little over $2, from worse.  now we shall see who will cut loose PM's for green stamps, and how the phys. and paper markets correlate thru this mess.

my new Four Horsemen play of the week?  Go Long On Wigs.  we'll all be bald as cue balls in 2 weeks!

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 09:20 | 1055158 Manipulism
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What are you talking about?


Tue, 03/15/2011 - 12:39 | 1056111 Stares straight...
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Thanks, Charlie Sheen...

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 12:43 | 1056122 DocLogo
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what's with all the junks?.... Does no one get satire anymore?

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:31 | 1054777 Boilermaker
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Wow, Mark Faber literally blew the doors off the government ponzi scam this morning on CNBC.  The D-BAGS at CNBC literally couldn't speak and he spewed the gossip.

Cue up the tape on ZH! 

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:36 | 1054792 Freewheelin Franklin
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QE 18, bitchez.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:38 | 1054795 Boilermaker
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Yea, I don't think he left much to the imagination.  He pretty much pulled his pants down and said "there it is, take a picture".  He won't be back any time soon.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:00 | 1054848 sushi
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Was it glowing?

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:21 | 1054912 equity_momo
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Kind of. He said we are heading to collapse and WW3.  

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:53 | 1055010 Cognitive Dissonance
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The one and only Marc Faber.

"The money printer will continue to print, that I'm sure."


Tue, 03/15/2011 - 09:16 | 1055131 Eternal Student
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+1. Thank you. My favorite part was at the end, when Liesman concluded with the words "I'm a little stunned". I think a crack in the Matrix just appeared.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 09:31 | 1055260 Cognitive Dissonance
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Liesman looked fetching in his "I'm a little stunned" look for a Tuesday morning.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:44 | 1054887 Ratscam
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maybe because of my ultra-pessimistic view ;)

we had dinner on saturday

he was also short term cautious on PM and other commodities

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:26 | 1054927 victor82
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And they let him do his whole rant w/o going to commercial? Wow, I'm impressed. Somebody at CNBC doesn't like Chicago Jesus anymore..

Did he find a way to work in the Mayans?

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 09:11 | 1055094 Diplodicus Rex
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I loved his comment "I would like to warn your listener" .  What, the only one?

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:34 | 1054784 r101958
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Panic? Please be real!

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:40 | 1054787 John McCloy
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Someone was saying today that Americans in Japan that she is speaking to are making plans to permanently leave Japan with their families and ones that are homeowners. Also the U.S. administration is stuck between issuing a warning directly to Americans in Japan to leave and trusting a close ally who they fear may be lying about the severity. 

Regardless I cannot see many expatriating to Japan in the near future. I people are evacuating Tokyo there is going to be some devastating housing price ramifications. 

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:46 | 1054810 r101958
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Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:54 | 1054830 ivana
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That's something nobody can fake. No cash helicopters and no CNBC can prevent exodus

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:53 | 1054835 duo
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I seriously talked with my wife about retiring in one of those seaside towns in Iwate pref.  We stayed at one on our honeymoon.  Oh well.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 09:02 | 1055049 Vlad Tepid
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Well, good. More room for me. Japan has been my bug out country of choice for years and if Americans are leaving, well, more room for me.  I mean, what gives?  I am NOT making light of the situation because I love Japan more than any place I've ever lived, but everything will be more or less back to normal in 1 to 2 years on an infrastructure level regardless of tsunami or nuke plant damage.  I can not speak to the economic condition of the country but it will be a hell of a lot more orderly and neighborly when it hits the fan than the USA.  I actually JUST put in for a transfer TO Tokyo for next September and I fully expect to get it since all my co-workers are pulling their apps out like a hot potato.  Being a contrarian has so many advantages.  Thoughts?  Anyone else planning to expat to Japan or is everyone permanently bearish on remote Japanese farming villages (away from the coast) to retire in?

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 11:16 | 1055732 gruden
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An island in the Ring of Fire as a bug-out location?  Sure, go right on ahead...

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 05:33 | 1059765 Vlad Tepid
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And New Zealand, Oregon, and British Columbia aren't on the ring of fire?  This is whereI hear others are bugging out to...

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:36 | 1054789 Seasmoke
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Larry Kudlow cannnot be happy that this effecting his portfolio

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:39 | 1054797 Boilermaker
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Mustard seeds don't grow in a radioactive wasteland?  I didn't know that.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:28 | 1054938 victor82
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No sweatshops, no peace!

Simple solution. Give the Happy Workers radiation suits. Then Larry's portfolio won't be harmed.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 09:01 | 1055046 snowball777
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Hope the fucktard bought with both hands...and that said hands then fall the fuck off.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 09:07 | 1055076 Vlad Tepid
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If that bastard really did say that the lives lost are no big deal because it didn't affect the economic picture (I didn't see the quote myself) then he should burn in hell.  I cannot imagine a human being saying that on TV and still having his job the next day.  I just had to get that off my chest.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:36 | 1054793 Winisk
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Stay calm.  Ignore that deep seated instinctual feeling of flight in the face of potential danger that your ancient ancestors used to get you here.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:41 | 1054803 Boilermaker
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Everyone please step into the massive group showers so we can clear up this lice infestation.  Keep the line moving folks; there are literally millions of you.  This will take some time and we have other things to do.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:30 | 1054943 victor82
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To paraphrase Molly Ivins, this financial house of cards comes down so much better when it is heard in the original German.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:36 | 1054794 AUD
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Gold, silver, Euro & USD all down in Yen. I'm having trouble equating this to a loss of credibility of the Japanese government.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:46 | 1054812 eigenvalue
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The strength of the Yen is because of the selloff of foreign assets by Japanese insurance companies in order to satisfy the coming claims in Japan.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:40 | 1054981 PeaBird
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+81.169 Trillion Yen

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:52 | 1054816 anvILL
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I consider this to be the loss of credibility of BoJ being able to "stabilize" markets despite their massive injection. Although, I still do believe they still have some power because it did move 1 Yen for 1 trillion of intervention last year.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:55 | 1054834 AUD
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The Yen appreciating against everything is the Yen being bid. The Yen is the obligation of the BoJ which is an arm of the government. Your obligation doesn't get bid when you have no credibility.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:11 | 1054876 anvILL
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Yes, I completely agree with your statement. What I was trying to say is that I think that BoJ has failed to scare off speculators shorting the Nikkei and buying the yen despite their huge intervention.

I think maintaining the credibility of a currency and maintaining credibility as the power to intervene are different things.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:50 | 1054822 ivana
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Do not forget all CBs support eachother and are infact a cartel. Wait a while...

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 08:44 | 1054996 Tail Dogging The Wag
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To me it's very simple:

BoJ will print to oblivion, Blackhawk Ben was the orchestra director, but Masaaki Shirakawa wants to print faster. Silver n Gold cannot be printed, they need to be mined. As the prices of the metals go down, I see an opportunity to buy physical.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:39 | 1054798 snowball777
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A close friend who lives just outside Tokyo is joining the rest of her family and heading for their mountain cabin as a precaution. They're no more panic'd than anyone else who's been through a 9.0 quake and accompanying aftershocks, but also not sticking around to see what happens next.

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:40 | 1054800 the_white_mouse
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Who didn't see this coming?


Tue, 03/15/2011 - 07:41 | 1054801 anvILL
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As far as I can see on mixi (the Japanese equivalent of facebook and twitter in one), most of my friends, especially those who are well informed seems to be pretty calm despite the ten fold increase in radiation because ten times still wouldn't hurt. But yes, food is being hoarded not only in Tokyo but in many places in the Kanto area. 

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