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Radiation Found In Tokyo Tap Water As Japan Halts Sale Of Fukushima Area Food Products

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The next shoe drops as Japan realizes that what radionuclides go up, they typically come down, even despite a relatively short half life (and say goodbye to sushi unless one has a penchant for 15 eyed albacore). Bloomberg reports that "Radiation was detected in water in Tokyo and the prefectures of Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba and Niigata, Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said today in a faxed statement." But since nobody has any reason to doubt what the Japanese government says, here is the dislaimed: "Samples of tap water taken yesterday in Tokyo and five nearby
prefectures showed traces of radiation that were within acceptable
levels, the Japanese government said." And with the radioactive cloud about to loop back and hit Japan head on, things are about to get far worse, but in the meantime those living in Tochigi Prefectuve are advised to not drink the water: "Tochigi Prefecture’s reading of radioactive iodine-131 was 77 Becquerel per kilogram, the highest among the prefectures, while the level of iodine found in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district was 1.5. All the numbers were within the 300 Bq/kg limit, the ministry said." In the meantime the "Under Survey" farce continues: "Readings couldn’t be taken in Miyagi and Ibaraki prefectures because of disruption of water supply following the magnitude 9 earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, while Fukushima Prefecture takes its own readings, the statement said." But as long as people are indoors, and preferrably under their desk, when they drink radioactive water, all should be well, yes? Something tells us this total and utter bullshit, will lead to at least one more TEPCO executive profuse crying bout in front of the cameras within 48 hours.

And from Reuters, add starvation to list of 99 things Fukushima residents have to worry about:

Japan confirmed the presence of radioactive iodine contamination in food products from near a crippled nuclear plant and ordered a halt to the sale of such products from the area, the U.N. nuclear body said on Saturday.

"Though radioactive iodine has a short half-life of about 8 days and decays naturally within a matter of weeks, there is a short-term risk to human health if radioactive iodine in food is absorbed into the human body," the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement.

Aside from all these secondary effects of a nuclear explosion all is well, and expect the market continuing its climb over the radioactive wall of worry on Monday.

 


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Sat, 03/19/2011 - 11:31 | Link to Comment duncecap rack
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Bloomberg will come up with a bullish angle

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:05 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Tens of millions of Japanese will flee to China, Australia, Europe, and America with their fiat Yen in hand and buy houses to reignite the property bubbles.  They will all need new clothes too, as theirs are soaked in radiation; reigniting retail.  Air travel will be sold out for a few weeks, and since the Japanese only eat organic, they will all shop at Whole Foods, or just live in Europe.

The markets began to price in the coming exodus going into yesterday's close.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:14 | Link to Comment Arch Duke Ferdinand
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""Tens of millions of Japanese will flee to China, Australia, Europe, and America with their fiat Yen in hand and buy houses""

Five Reasons Why Canada's Four Western Provinces is the Safest Quadrant on this Planet...

http://seenoevilspeaknoevilhearnoevil.blogspot.com/2011/03/why-canadas-four-western-provinces-is.html

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:16 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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A new trilingual nation: "Japanada".  Land of the rising maple leaf.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:23 | Link to Comment duncecap rack
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I don't know why you got junked. You have the gift. If you need a job I'm sure they would pick you up in a hearbeat.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:40 | Link to Comment GreenSideUp
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Ah, now I get it!  That's why the banks are holding their shadow foreclosure inventory for now.  Makes perfect sense.  

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:13 | Link to Comment Ray1968
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Bloomberg angle: BULLISH

Japan will import millions of bottles of Dasani. Go long Coca-Cola!!!

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:44 | Link to Comment Republi-Ken
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WIND SHIFT... MONDAY EVE... NE WIND DIRECTION

     A new movie thriller! Coming soon!

         NORTH-EAST OVER TOKYO!

Watch one of the great cities of the World

Be devastated by Cesium 137 Radiation 

...And turned suddenly overnight into a

Ghost Town for 120 years...or longer.

A SHOCKING Destruction Of Humanity!

      NORTH-EAST OVER TOKYO!

 

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:18 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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Trav7777 sez: "You're exposed to more radiation when you lick a postage stamp."

And that's why you should stay far away from the post office.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:18 | Link to Comment Triggernometry
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Bullish on American bottled water, duh.

Polish Spring, bitchez!

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 16:47 | Link to Comment mophead
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I TOLD EVERYONE IT WOULD GET INTO THE FOOD

HAARP-FLATION BITCHEZ

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 11:34 | Link to Comment truont
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But as long as [Miyagi and Ibaraki] people are indoors, and preferrably under their desk, when they drink radioactive water, all should be well, yes? Something tells us this total and utter bullshit, will lead to at least one more TEPCO executive profuse crying bout in front of the cameras within 48 hours.

+1

Your tears will not save these obedient sheep.  Japan, do not allow this innocent blood on your hands.  Stop the obfuscation, info blackouts, and lies.  Don't tell your people just outside the 14-mile evac zone to "stay indoors".  Your people will never trust you again.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 11:39 | Link to Comment FunkyMonkeyBoy
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But the government has decided to spend huge amounts of money (burdening the people's future labor) to keep the Nikkei up (at thus other world stockmarkets) and keeping the Yen down, cause we don't want the Japanese people to have to much spending power.

The Government loves it's people. They are there for you.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 11:37 | Link to Comment HamyWanger
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These are negligeable levels. I wouldn't worry about it.

So much DOOM for an event that will never reach the Three Mile Island level. 

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 11:42 | Link to Comment Golden monkey
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Beware : the pigmen have an eye on your portofolio. You know what a pigman is, right?

 

Long stocks?

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 11:44 | Link to Comment HamyWanger
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long socks? Of course I am. 

Once the initial hype and doom about Fukushima disappears, we'll be on our way to DOW 16,000 before June. 

Buy the Nikkei. It's a unique opportunity. 

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:46 | Link to Comment Golden monkey
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I'm afraid that once the DOW is at 13000, the pigmen will have a second look at that portofolio.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 19:30 | Link to Comment 10kby2k
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Long socks?  This isn't a fashion board.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 11:44 | Link to Comment Nate Taggart
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" An inter-agency analysis concluded that the accident did not raise radioactivity far enough above background levels to cause even one additional cancer death among the people in the area. The EPA found no contamination in water, soil, sediment or plant samples."   http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/tmi/02.htm

Chernobyl, well we'll see, but I think it's safe to say that we're way beyond TMI.


Sat, 03/19/2011 - 11:38 | Link to Comment Pchelar
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From another AP article there were reports of Spinach being found with radiation levels exceeding the legal limits (though I wait with baited breath for the legal radiation limits in food to be revised upwards) 75 MILES away from the plant.  Sure the Iodine-131 degrades after 8 days, but the Cesium and Strontinum, take many years to break down, and are readily taken up by plants from the soil.  The upshot is, Japan is far too small a country, with far too little arable land, for such levels of contamination to wipe out the usable farmland in a 75 mile plus radius of the Fukashima plant.  I'm not sure where Japan stands as a net food importer or exporter, but regardless, this sort of cropland damage in such a densly populated country will probably wreak havoc on already unstable global food prices. 

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 11:40 | Link to Comment reader2010
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our gubbermint says the rad is safe too.

 

http://www.epa.gov/narel/radnet/images/airmap.jpg

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 11:49 | Link to Comment TheVirginian-HGWT
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Aye Comrade, your government loves you. Love your government. They would never lie to you.

 

http://tinyurl.com/4vrfjft

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:48 | Link to Comment zhandax
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What difference does it make?  Its not like the whole planet can evacuate.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 11:45 | Link to Comment arnoldsimage
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this monday kudlow will state that the japanese should fast anyway.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:12 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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true, they should. the basic problem is they demand too much when they could be producing more

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 11:59 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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the problem with the water? 

it's probably just due to a little ambient radiation in that last tanker-load of fluoride from up North.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:21 | Link to Comment Oh regional Indian
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Heya sloo e, there's been a problem with the water(s) for a long long time indeed.

We're on, it's on...

Get ready to Glow!

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/nuclear-revelation-a-bomb-indeed/

ORI

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 11:57 | Link to Comment scatterbrains
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or more like, it's a good thing inflation isn't radiation or we'd all be broke.

 

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:06 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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yet, they are similar in that they slowly destroy types of "life" a small percentage at a time, nearly unnoticeably, yet relentlessly, until...

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 11:57 | Link to Comment TexDenim
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More worry over nothing. This is not a negligible level, but it is not a dangerous level either.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:11 | Link to Comment tmosley
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Uh-huh, you do realize that it's not over yet, right?

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:13 | Link to Comment spanish inquisition
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Correct, but it has been a week in a situation that will last months.

I look at a lot of the comments like standing at the bottom of a mountain and saying, "don't worry, it's only a couple of little rocks in the top that are falling."

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 18:54 | Link to Comment Misstrial
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TexDenim:

"Not a dangerous level" to whom?

Not dangerous to adult males weighing over 135 pounds?

Or not dangerous to newborns and infants or pregnant women?

Or not dangerous to elderly or children under the age of 10?

Or not dangerous to skin cancer patients who've been warned by their doctor to avoid even dental x-rays?

Let me know.

~Misstrial

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:05 | Link to Comment Augustus
Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:11 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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which direction?  straight down?

"near" normal?  does this indicate they could be lower, perhaps?  oh!  happy, happy, joy, joy!

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:20 | Link to Comment taraxias
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What do you know, Augustus the kool-aide server shows up again

Have you no shame, you cunt?

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:10 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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This is bullish: now citizens productivity will be higher than ever !

It's a goldilocks business environment: just add steroids and traces of plutonium to the water supply and watch 'em produce more while demanding less !

It's a win-win-win-win-win

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:13 | Link to Comment 99er
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Nikkei Futures

Target 12242.

http://www.zerohedge.com/forum/99er-charts-0

Well...that's what the chart indicates.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:13 | Link to Comment gordengeko
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Which would be the lesser of two evils?  Tell the truth and cause the peasants to panic, since none of them familiarized themselves with the term normalcy bias http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normalcy_bias or lie to them and do the best to figure out how to break it to them, giving the best and the brightest of the Japanese species time to escape before the lesser intelligent heard clog up the travel pathways, thus allowing the Japanese bloodline to still retain the best DNA for continuation.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:33 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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hi, GG,

jeeez!  i think that after a 9.0 and shooting a 30-ft curl, straight up, neat---no problemo!  they're just gonna toss it down, aren't they?  stoicism.

panic?  i dunno.  they tell us we are fuked.  i panic.  you start laughing at me.  i don't see the biggie, really.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:02 | Link to Comment gordengeko
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Hey slewie, not laughing at your situation by any means. My point of all of my posts is to get people to start thinking for themselves, do their own research and put two and two together. Sites like ZH are few and far between. These are dire times for everyone, fear is a tool they use to keep you in a subserviant mindset and give up control of your person and your 'freedom'. www.vigilantcitizen.com if you go to this website you will see the different ways they use entertainment, news and music to spew their propaganda worldwide. Its almost like a culling of the peasants(current form of human) on a global scale. I feel bad for Japan, I really do, but if people dont wake up... dont know what else to say.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:04 | Link to Comment gordengeko
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Hey slewie, not laughing at your situation by any means. My point of all of my posts is to get people to start thinking for themselves, do their own research and put two and two together. Sites like ZH are few and far between. These are dire times for everyone, fear is a tool they use to keep you in a subserviant mindset and give up control of your person and your 'freedom'. www.vigilantcitizen.com if you go to this website you will see the different ways they use entertainment, news and music to spew their propaganda worldwide. Its almost like a culling of the peasants(current form of human) on a global scale. I feel bad for Japan, I really do, but if people dont wake up... dont know what else to say.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:38 | Link to Comment reader2010
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Fuck the peasantry.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:41 | Link to Comment -Michelle-
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The sad part is that I think what you've written is true.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:17 | Link to Comment nwskii
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When any Government says that radiation is within acceptable levels in your water it is time to leave ASAP.  Ask yourself this " If your water had levels of Radiactive Iodine in it would you let your kids drink it?" 

If yes... you are literally drinking the Governments koolaide

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:25 | Link to Comment Josh Randall
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Quick! send Halliburton - these folks know how to deal with Blackwater..errrr..radiated water

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:33 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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Good luck, you whale killing douche bags.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:37 | Link to Comment Cistercian
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 Empathy FAIL.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:42 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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I have empathy for small animals and orphans. Aging xenophobic socialists who kill without cause, not so much.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:39 | Link to Comment williambanzai7
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Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:57 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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'Hi, I'm Ann Coultier.  I drink radioactive tap water, and so should you!  Here's why:  First, it makes your boobs bigger.  Second it makes your skin glow, literally!  Have a glass today!'

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:07 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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i just knew this product would get the ann coulter seal of approval! 

hey!  i can do blythe all day long, but the thought of something going into coulter's mouth and draining down past her throbbing adam's canteloupe is gonna get me singin "i don't wanna go to re-hab" before i can self-medicate!

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:28 | Link to Comment yabyum
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Looking at Ann's adams apple she should have used a little more K+ iodine:)

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:39 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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nahh. THey managed it perfectly. We're in an environment now where even the end of all people isn't the end of the world, so why worry? 

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:25 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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rilly!  i mean, like, its their people, so, how can it be a (fingers) "problem"?  what is up with that?

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 12:55 | Link to Comment FranSix
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Its not so much the water that becomes radioactive that's really bad for you, but the additives like calcium and flouride.

You would  need a gamma ray observatory to get the real picture of the disaster, not a thermal image, because heat does not cause radioactivity.

Reactors in Japan are what you call fast breeder reactors.  So the fuel is designed to breed higher grades of fuel.  Pouring water and hoping that a stagnant pool of water will cool the reactor is short sighted, because if the fuel and water are in contact, such as having melted fuel rods, then when the fuel emits xenon gas, which dissolves in the water and works as a neutron reflector - 'switching on' the fuel. (which then breeds)  Luckily, some of the water is given off as steam.  So look for more steam plumes.

The pumps are needed here to circulate the water. In a very desperate way.  So you have- a melted down fast breeder reactor which people are hoping to pour water on and take away the heat, with no pumps to circulate water with dissolved xenon gas in it, which has managed to pool around the melted rods.

I would move away.  Quite some distance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXD6Gtinvbc

 

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:25 | Link to Comment trav7777
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dude, Xe-135 is a neutron POISON.  I told you that the last time you posted this crap

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:35 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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lol!  enjoy yer lunch, T-7 to the 4th.

i'm just completely in awe of this one (copy):  ...not a thermal image, because heat does not cause radioactivity.

okey dokey, uhhh, how about a thermal image because nuclear radiation, out of control, as here, produces copious HEAT?

this poor, pathetic bastard needs to be hospitalized, i would say, Trav, ...

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 23:35 | Link to Comment FranSix
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Why do I attract the ADHD crazies on Zerohedge?

Nobody out there is going to tell you how serious a meltdown in a fast breeder reactor is.  Not the media, not the experts, not the politicians.  Second, you need a gamma ray observatory for the real story.  Because pouring water on a meltdown does not stop the process, in fact pooling water into a breached fast breeder reactor is the worst thing to do.

Soo sorry to burst your balloon.  Water IS magic, after all.  There, see?  All better.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:01 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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the United States of Oil Police have no business in Japan

 

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:05 | Link to Comment Ahmeexnal
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Let Ann Coulter drink all that water. It could help her grow some breasts. Several pairs of them.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:05 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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I think she's hot. I'd hit it.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 18:28 | Link to Comment snowball777
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Rodent wants to play the Crying Game. LOL

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:30 | Link to Comment yabyum
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Or maybe a third small one, there is someone w/some bad DNA.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:24 | Link to Comment trav7777
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we need to know what the contaminants are...this shouldn't be hard.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:34 | Link to Comment bob_dabolina
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Like I've been trying to tell you...the only people with access to the pertinent information will be the governments. There aren't little trolls running around with docimeters and radioactivity meters eager to report to the media. In fact as Tyler reported there is a company not even allowed access to its own information.

You will be told what they want you to hear; nothing more, nothing less.

Article 15 that Japan imposed should be more than enough to let you know this. Watch what other world governments are doing (evacacuating all personel from Japan...not relocating.) That should let you know where this is going...

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 16:09 | Link to Comment zhandax
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Find someone who works for one of the water plants in the area.  In the US, even some of the smaller plants have a spectrometer.  Don't know how much concern these guys (the guys who can actually read the equipment) have over Article 15.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 16:41 | Link to Comment bob_dabolina
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Those guys are probably getting nose bleeds by now (if not already dead from acute radiation poisoning) and as they are in the contamination zone they are probably locked out from the outside world. You will likely never see them again.

That plant has been leaking radiation for over a week, exessively for over 5 days. It's hard to even get sat. pictures at this point....

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:11 | Link to Comment zhandax
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You are correct about the area immediately around the reactors.  I was thinking maybe Ibaraki (not quite halfway to greater Tokyo).  I have been watching the radiation there since Tyler posted it going over 3000 nG/h Tuesday.  I did some math and it would require about four months at that level to equal a full body CT scan and it has been falling each day (down to 685 nG/h last night).  There is no doubt the people immediately (and further) around the reactors are totally fucked.  If things ever start to resemble normal again they will need to assess what risks exist at what ranges from the center.  One of the most immediate of those are contaminants in the water.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:34 | Link to Comment Dick Darlington
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Follow MIT's Japan product availability and online price indices here: http://bpp.mit.edu/

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:33 | Link to Comment PhD
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Perhaps Japan should use all that radioation for something positive?

I know, I know!

 

Why not base their currency on it?!? Its a briliant system, radioactive currency!

People would spend the money as fast as they could, and prices for food and stuff would plummit as grocers would want to earn as little money as possible, increasing wages to get rid of whatever savings they have. No inflation and massive spending, a win win win situation!

 

1 spent pellet = 1 yen.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:39 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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that's great, doc!

the beach boys would hafta write a song about the velocity.  instead of godzilla, we would have new myths about velocito-raptor-yen!

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:59 | Link to Comment Scorpio69er
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I ran across this old SCTV skit, called 'Top of the Reactor'. It's a takeoff on 'The Towering Inferno', where "Johnny Nucleo" (Martin Short) runs a restaurant that sits atop a nuclear reactor that sits atop a cheaply-built skyscraper. The video quality is bad VHS, but it's G-D funny!

Part one (starts @ 2:30):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OacYCQ6KB58

 

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 16:45 | Link to Comment mophead
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I TOLD EVERYONE IT WOULD GET INTO THE FOOD

HAARP-FLATION BITCHEZ

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 18:09 | Link to Comment Lapri
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#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Japanese Government Finally Accepts US Offer of 4 Unmanned Fire Engines that can pump water CONTINUOUSLY by REMOTE CONTROL, according to Yomiuri Shinbun (in Japanese; 3:04AM JST 3/20/2011). Duh.

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/03/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-japanese_3833....

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 19:24 | Link to Comment flapdoodle
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Sushi dead in Japan? No way...

Radioactive fish will create a whole new industry to replace fugu... Specially trained (and clad) Japanese chefs will marinate radioactive fish with shoyu and just enough borated water - eating the glowing delicacy will leave just a slight tingle as its washed down with Sake.

Chef schools in Japan specializing in radioactive fish will have moderately priced restaurants where poor Americans can use their every less valuable dollars for a plate of this culinary masterpiece, and for free get the thrill of knowing that, maybe, their rookie chef-in-training used too little borated water...

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 01:21 | Link to Comment flrzero
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I did some research on this and US drinking water often has about 30+ Bq/ liter of radiation due to radon gas. The EPA has recommended a limit of 10 Bq/liter. So the number in Shinjuku is much lower than this. But if the source is I-131 then it has a particular focal point for exposure to the thyroid. 

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