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TEPCO Chimes In With News On The Powerline, NRC's Jaczko Warns Japan Radiation Levels "Very High", As AP Says No More Water In Spent Fuel Plant

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The "powerline" meme which suddenly everyone is talking about, may be a little premature according to TEPCO:


And in the meantime the NRC's Chairman Jaczko comes out swinging with some more bull in china shop statements:


And the worst news comes from AP:


To all trading this headline driven market, our sincerest condolences.


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Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:30 | 1062489 DonnieD
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I've got a 250 ft. in the garage if they're a little short.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:40 | 1062556 HardwoodAg
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I have a BFH they can bust apart the molten rods!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:13 | 1062794 Idiot Savant
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The Tokyo geiger counter is now offline.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:17 | 1062846 Zerro
Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:51 | 1062613 Mark McGoldrick
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Powerline issues!


I told you guys last night not to over-think the issue.  It really is just a matter of unplugging the reactor and flippin' on the coolers. 

WTF?  Why am I always right?

All you pseudo-nuclear physicists with your fancy degrees are useless.  I went to ITT Tech and got my vocational diploma using nothing but their night and weekend courses.  

Now I'm on the fast track to smartsville and solving nuclear disasters.  



Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:59 | 1062691 Chris Jusset
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Mark McGoldrick wrote:

"Powerline issues! ... It really is just a matter of unplugging the reactor and flippin' on the coolers."

Yes!  This should be a lesson to all nuclear reactor personnel that they should always have a spare powerline and/or extension cord.  A good extension cord can solve all problems ... even a total nuclear meltdown.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:01 | 1062710 Dr. Richard Head
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I bet they haven't tried Ducttape yet.  I fix everything with that shit.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:09 | 1062761 Chris Jusset
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Extension cord, duct tape, and a Swiss army knife ... McGyver would be proud!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:41 | 1063396 jmc8888
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In idiocracy, after they used water to grow plants instead of Brawndo.....

They then wanted to use it on guess what? A broken, leaking nuclear plant in florida. (Horatio Sanz said it). 

After all this destruction, a power line (that they can't even confirm is 'almost done') probably can't do as much now, after all the explosions ripped through the structures.  Perhaps with the unexploded ones, but who knows?  A simple power line that may be connected (whenever?) does not instill confidence in me.

Above all we cannot forget what really started this.  The interaction of hubris and the ring of fire.  Once things get calmed down THAT should be the focus.

Lots of weird things happening with the ring, and we got a possible magnetic pole shift (not south america becomes north, just magnetic) reversal that we don't exactly know what will happen as an effect on the geology OR people.  These things may make vulnerable areas, disastrous in the times ahead and we'd be fools not to take heed of the lessons of Japan (and everybody's) hubris on such matters.  Time is of the essence.  The ring of fire is a well known danger zone, regardless of anything else. 

I still cannot get over the fact they put nuclear plants in a known earthquake AND tsunami zone...and put it on the front lines of it. (and put all the spent rods above the or one reactor) It's a bit like putting a Ming vase outside your house on a pedestal, next to the bird feeder, with tree branches swinging ever so close to it when there is a small breeze.  Put these things in their proper place, and tell your neighbors, to take their Ming vases down.  Because anyone situated around the ring of fire, has now seen their neighbors vase break and should be taking the proper precautions.

We can't be afraid of our shadow, but we also have to look where we leap.  Lots of things are unsafe when used idiotically.  Bug spray, ibuprofen, a fifteen year old with a drivers permit, and yes Nuclear power plants.  We will find a way for safer nuclear power, unless we don't want to, and if we were to choose that, we may find and equal or greater horror (but different) going another route. 


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 19:14 | 1063927 dark pools of soros
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how many amps they going to pump through that cord???  and just because the power is shot, do they really think that is the only thing shot?? like those pumps aren't totally fucked anyway??


sad - Japan has made this Earth a hell of lot more enjoyable than most other countries..  let's give them Israel and ship the complainers to the melting island

the middle east will instanly become a better place



Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:04 | 1063538 Fish Gone Bad
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Don't forget the paperclips!  They helped Houdini get out of a lot of scrapes.  Maybe they should get Blackstone the magician to help.  Oh wait, he's dead.  Ummmmm, I guess you are on your own.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:01 | 1062712 TruthInSunshine
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Maybe they should go into the basement and check the circuit breaker panel...

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:31 | 1062491 miker
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Where are the mutant Japanese monsters when you need them?  Godzilla could clean this mess up!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:33 | 1062521 MonsterZero
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Godzilla is actually the source of a considerable amount of radiation, I however came from space and am here to help you!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:44 | 1062565 plocequ1
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Yes, Godzilla was actually created from the Atomic bomb that was dropped on Japan. Its Japans version of King Kong. Great movie. I don't recommend the Hack sequels. The 1954 version Godzilla, King of monsters w/ Raymond Burr is where its at.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:45 | 1062607 The Axe
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You look like Raymond Burr with a cod stuck in your throat.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:00 | 1062701 John Law Lives
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That image is of Luca Brasi.

Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 20:24 | 1064190 snowball777
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So does Godzilla.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 19:25 | 1063964 Don Birnam
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When entertaining at his home, Raymond Burr would answer his door in a muumuu.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:53 | 1062668 Convolved Man
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The great quake roused Godzilla from his deep sea slumber off the coast of Fukushima.  Angered, he made his way toward shore, prepared to lay waste to man's structures and stomp those annoying humans scurrying about.  But as he surveyed the incredible damage, smoldering buildings, clouds of radioactive smoke and steam, he realized his actions would be redundant and that it was too dangerous to wade ashore amongst the chaos.  He slowly submerged and decided to attack easier prey -- maybe a cruise ship.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:01 | 1062702 LFMayor
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Bring out the Godzilla.

He's sleepin.

Well I guess you best bust an a bomb and wake him up.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:05 | 1062740 defn8Dog
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Pausing for a moment, Godzilla returned to shore to make a big monster poo on the reactors, snuffing out the fires and encasing the nuclear fuel.  And that children, is how the story ends.  Cue the Japanese cheering as Godzilla swims out to sea. 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:24 | 1062852 Convolved Man
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They'll make a Saturday morning children's program having Godzilla perform acts of kindness, virtue and civility.

Move aside Barney.


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:31 | 1062492 Count Laszlo
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I hope Obama is enjoying the sun down in Rio.  What a bitch.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:40 | 1062569 Concentrated po...
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no, no, no.  he's filling out march madness brackets.  he's in rio in a few days, which is good.  That way he's farther from the radiation and there will be fewer video monitors distracting him with death and mayhem in the middle east.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:54 | 1062666 RockyRacoon
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Look, if he's not doing anything anyhow, why does it matter where he's not doing it.  Perhaps it's better that's he's not anywhere that he can do damage.

You're just pissed that the gig as a steward on AF1 didn't pan out.  R&R in Rio would have been great.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:56 | 1062679 Concentrated po...
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agreed, now if we could just get congress to go to rio with him then we would have spontaneous job creation in the millions. 


oh hey, did you see that special on bullying in school?  that was both timely and awesome.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:00 | 1062706 Cognitive Dissonance
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Was it you that mentioned back in Feb that one could purchase the US Mint 2010 5 Quarter Silver Set for $32.95 plus shipping? I think it was.

Anyway I purchased.......well, a lot of sets that same day and they were sold out the next day. But even though I have bought a lot from the mint over the past 5 years they mailed me two written confirms with short response dates before they would ship. Finally received the packages today by overnight air no less. The UPS man wanted to know what was going on. :>)

Thought you should know.   

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 19:19 | 1063945 RockyRacoon
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Yep.  That was me.  I got my 25 sets pronto.  Already sold a few on eBay at a nice profit.  Think I'll just keep the rest.  Shoulda ordered 100 sets....

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:00 | 1062708 resipsaloquacious
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I love this argument.  Actually it is not an argument, just a statement with no congent thought behind it, so to call it an argument is giving you to much credit.  

What should he do?  Cancel a diplomatic mission, not see the sights and the rest of the BS that heads of state do when they visit another country?   What would this do?  Nothing.  Furthermore, I bet you would then attack him for cancelling the trip as it was nothing more than a symbolic gesture and that he cannot effect what is going on in Japan.

Better yet, what can he do in Japan?  Moreover, how the hell do you know what Japan has requested from the US or what Obama has offered in aid?  

Oh let me guess, he should start handing out iodine pills along the West Coast?  Gotcha. 

Simply put, you are desperately trying to blame Obama for a national disaster and nuclear meltdown that is occurring in Japan -- half the fucking world away.  


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:30 | 1062495 Dr. Porkchop
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According to CNN it's all about the housing numbers, the doomsday event over in Japan is just something to keep an eye on.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:33 | 1062509 Motorhead
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And I was getting tired of hearing about the unrest in the Middle East/Northern Africa.  CNN is on it!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:42 | 1062573 Cognitive Dissonance
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Over the last 3 days I have unfortunately switched on CNN at 7 AM EDT to pick up on any Fukushima news.

Who ARE those two female airheads on CNN in the morning. I really can only take them for more than 5 minutes, afterwards Becky Quick begins to sound like a genie-ass.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:03 | 1062718 Duuude
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Bellysnort !

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:21 | 1062769 Convolved Man
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The dark haired woman is Kiran Chetry --


On September 24, 2007, on American Morning, CNN's medical correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, used Kiran's photo to illustrate a study on the biological reasons that people gaze longer at attractive individuals: the segment on an American Morning was entitled, "Who's Hot to You? Why You Can't Look Away." A mere month later, Kiran was featured in Esquire's "Women We Love: The Newsgirls." As to the attention to her physical beauty, Kiran stated, "It's not my primary focus." She added, "It's nice, it's a compliment, [and] sometimes, it's a little out of control." [Kirthana Ramisetti, "Kiran Chetry: A Ray of Light in Morning News," East West Magazine, June 15, 2007]


Eye candy and pleasant personality to capture viewer's attention and ease their consumption of discomforting news.


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:59 | 1062693 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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""And I was getting tired of hearing about the unrest in the Middle East/Northern Africa.  CNN is on it!""

When Does Mt Fuji Blow It's Top?...

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:32 | 1062496 Henry Chinaski
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Powerline got lost in translation.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:47 | 1062628 kaiserhoff
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I'm sure your right.  This would be funny if it weren't so fucked up. 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:31 | 1062497 Spalding_Smailes
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1924: US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has said it is too early to say what effect the disasters in Japan could have on the US economy. "It's a hard judgement to make at this stage," he told a Congressional committee. "Our focus now is, as it should be, on trying to do as much as we can to help them mitigate the humanitarian costs of the catastrophe there and we'll offer them every assistance we can."

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:06 | 1062732 Duuude
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Here's yer Paulsonspawn


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A comprehensive settlement between U.S. authorities and banks over alleged mortgage servicing abuses needs to be reached quickly to help the housing market heal, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Tuesday...

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 19:22 | 1063951 dark pools of soros
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so is Timmy trying to bribe the Authorities so they take a bribe from the banks?

I thought they were just on payroll with no bonuses


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:32 | 1062499 bob_dabolina
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I can't fucking comprehend this...

A god damned power cord?

This has got to be lies...did they not see the photos of those plants post-blast? They are telling us the cooling systems are operable?

Holy fuck.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:36 | 1062534 passive_lurker
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Those plants are toast.  Seriously?

1) run a power cord through that rubble to a working pump

2) Turn on the pump and (hope) the pipes leading to the pool are working

3)  Hope another quake or tsunami doesn't wipe out the cord

On the bright side, there's plenty of holes they can run the cord through.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:57 | 1062683 RockyRacoon
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Who is the lucky sombitch that gets to plug it in?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 19:22 | 1063955 dark pools of soros
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i guess the robots are all too busy doing youtube vids

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:44 | 1062587 Cursive
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I read "powerline" to mean the high voltage overheads that supply the plant.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:05 | 1062729 Cognitive Dissonance
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AC DC Baby!

By the way what makes anyone think the step down transformers on site are still working. I believe they are next to the reactors. Time to pull up one of those hi res DigitalGlobe images and have another look see.

Martha, where's my magnifying glasses?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:31 | 1062501 Misean
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Someone looted the copper already?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:32 | 1062502 reader2010
Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:33 | 1062503 potatomafia
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I smell another buying opportunity!  Or is that the smell of radiation? 


Who cares, BTFD!!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 19:26 | 1063961 dark pools of soros
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Buy The Fukushima Disaster??

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:33 | 1062504 rubearish10
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Well, then, let's set up a ZHedgeFund and create our own headline front running investment strategy. ZH can rule!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:33 | 1062507 Buckaroo Banzai
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Maybe we will know soon if maybe the the powerline is ready that maybe might fix the problem...

That's maybe to the power of three. Why don't I feel like this is going to work.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:33 | 1062508 Overpowered By Funk
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Bob Pisani says powerline on the way - all is well.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:33 | 1062514 InconvenientCou...
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"The "powerline" meme which suddenly everyone is talking about,..."


-but absolutely nobody with any common sense believes.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:44 | 1062596 TWORIVER
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... in painful agreement. Like trying charge the phone you just dropped in the ocean. Best of luck to all.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:34 | 1062518 InconvenientCou...
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Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:35 | 1062526 JOHNICON
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I don't get how a mere power line is going to help anything.  All of that saltwater from the tsunami must have absolutely destroyed most of the electronic/switching equipment.  Even if they can "restore power" to the plant, how will that electricity possibly be distributed to the proper systems considering all of the damage.


I'm calling bs on this one...but we'll see I guess.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:16 | 1062839 stoverny
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supposedly the switching equip in one of the reactor buildings is working fine - Denninger just posted about the power wire scenario and mentioned this.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:35 | 1062527 prophet
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Watched the NHK briefing with TEPCO this am.  The answer was work could begin on power hook up in the morning at the earliest and would take the better part of a day.  They also cautioned that they would need to be judicious on what gets powered up since they do not know the extent of the damage.  Pumps were the primary objective.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:37 | 1062528 TruthInSunshine
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Target map reading levels. Interesting that the radiation levels in Miyagi and Fukushima are "under survey" - hmmm.

'Under survey' is some sort of colloquialism in Japan, I think.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:36 | 1062529 Oh regional Indian
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In all this madness, ZH headline writers need a solid pat in the back for brilliant writing.

Well done headline writers, and busy days too.

A grin or three buried in every Header. :-)


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:37 | 1062530 ivana
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Where the fuck are all the robots now?!??


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:38 | 1062547 Misean
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Robots ain't that stupid.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:45 | 1062608 Cognitive Dissonance
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You kind sir have just insulted my Roomba. :>)

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:50 | 1062640 Misean
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Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:06 | 1062743 Cognitive Dissonance
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She went to the corner and is now sulking. Unsure what to do because the manual doesn't speak to this issue. Counseling?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 20:34 | 1064230 Sqworl
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LOL..I needed that right now!!!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 20:37 | 1064238 Sqworl
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LOL..I needed that right now!!!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 20:36 | 1064242 Sqworl
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LOL..I needed that right now!!!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:04 | 1062720 LFMayor
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"Robots are strong.  They will take your medications to use as fuel".

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:37 | 1062532 DeweyLeon
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You mean Bob "well folks" Pisani?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:47 | 1062617 taraxias
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No, he means Bob "this is a victory for the bulls" Pizani

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:37 | 1062538 the not so migh...
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sears extension cord saved the country of Japan

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:37 | 1062541 whisperin
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You all know what Rahm said about not letting a good crisis go to waste... North Korea invades the South and Iran goes after Saudi Arabia. Now that's a hightmare scenario. Could be a weekend to remember.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:54 | 1062676 PY-129-20
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I was thinking the same. And watch out for the Ivory Coast. At this point in time, they cannot even deal with Gaddaffi. How long will Gbagbo wait? It's now or never. And keep the FPI in mind - still under a lot of pressure.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:32 | 1062942 whisperin
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Anything is possible. As you said it now or never. I was just thinking that these despots could give a shit about the average citizen. Looking at the chess board:

1) America broke

2) Japan broke

3) U.S. overextended everywhere and in everyway

4) NK invasion might go nuclear so what's a little more radiation for Japan. Remember the wind charts from yesterday?

5) Iran responds to the big finger from Saudi.

6) Israel responds or stands pat?

Everyone knows the house of cards that represents our finacial system but does that extend to our ability to respond to a situation militarily for a sustained period when the financial would be in freefall and a banking holiday that could last months??? That is why its now or never for the players make a move.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:29 | 1062919 Arkadaba
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And let's not forget Pakistan. Apparently that CIA spy/contractor/diplomat has been released because "someone" paid the families of those he killed a million dollars or two in blood money (believed it is allowed under Sharia law). Of course the US is denying that they are the "someone" that paid it - lol:

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:37 | 1062542 chancee
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Such a prop job on the market right now.  Who in their right mind would buy SPY after all the dipshit buyers got smoked this morning AND we're going to close almost below yesterdays open.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:39 | 1062543 trav7777
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would sure like to see some radiation readings....

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:38 | 1062548 spartan117
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Here you go, asswipe.

by trav7777
on Thu, 03/03/2011 - 13:30

I personally think this whole China gold thing is overstated and misleading.  Chinks are buying gold because it's a symbol of wealth and it is an asset, the same as indians do.

There just aren't that many assets out there with comparable attributes in this regard.  I don't think that the average chinaman understands "inflation" all that well nor the broader concepts of monetary policy or the yuan peg.  They just know that gold is worthful, they desire it, and with all the money flowing in China they are buying symbols of affluence, gold, cars, etc.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:51 | 1062648 Spalding_Smailes
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SSSSSSsssssshhhhhhh , he is still trying to get all the egg off said face.... 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:48 | 1062600 bob_dabolina
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The radiation levels are slightly elevated due to a strong and robust recovery

-Ben Bernanke

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:44 | 1062603 TruthInSunshine
Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:49 | 1062642 Creed
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    hows that trav?


    maybe he's privy to info you don't have

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:39 | 1062551 working class dog
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    I am sure the people of Japan have a vested interest in containing and cleaning up the mess with as little risk as possible to the population. Recriminations will come later, but for now the hype is just that, they will get the power to the plant and start pumps etcs. It takes time, and all the IPAD ninnies should realize that. I do not subscribe to irresponsible sound bytes, this to will pass.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:38 | 1062552 Josh Randall
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    Thats it - get Harry Crumb on the horn..

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:42 | 1062557 ziggy59
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    speaking of robots..why arent they using robots to check status and reading of radiation?

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:38 | 1062558 Cdad
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    The Ministry of Truth preparing its 16th iteration "buying opportunity" isotopes have no freakin' choice left to to escape...that is if this is actually not the fucking Truman Show, and I am the star or something.

    Hello? Is there anyone out there?  

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:39 | 1062559 Rusty Shorts
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    Damn, just when TVA was getting ready to mothball a slew of coal fired power plants and replace them with nukes, this happens.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:40 | 1062562 AG BCN
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    At the weekend every nuclear “expert” was wheeled out on TV starting that this was no big deal, we were overreacting. They know best sitting 6’000 miles away in a studio.


    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:42 | 1062572 williambanzai7
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    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:44 | 1062585 Cognitive Dissonance
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    Here I thought I had broken twitter when it turns out your artwork pushed it over the edge. :>)

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:55 | 1062677 Cleanclog
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    I was wondering.  Twitter down more than 15 minutes for me at this point.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 21:13 | 1062707 RockyRacoon
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    OMG! How did you survive?!!  No tweets -- oh, the humanity.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:45 | 1062612 Muir
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    very nice!!

    How did you embed this? tags?

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:03 | 1062713 RockyRacoon
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    Contributors can post images.  Write somethin' real purty and maybe TD will give you the privilege.  Unfortunately RobotTrader is a contributor as well.  Who would read his tripe without the pics of T&A appended?

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:46 | 1062622 Jim in MN
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    Thinking of a CNBS desk in the middle of a slag heap.  Erin at the desk. 

    Smiling.  Maybe some green bullish numbers painted on rocks by the legs.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:41 | 1062574 redpill
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    The real humanitarian disaster is yet to come.  The local radioactive danger is going to be nothing compared to the mass panic of 20 million Tokyo residents trying to all get out of there simultaneously.  It won't be pretty.


    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:00 | 1062703 Sweet Chicken
    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:19 | 1062853 kaiserhoff
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    Only too true, and funny.  Thanks.  Are you related to Dixie Chicken?

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:37 | 1062955 greenfire
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    Not to worry.  Ann Raynd's chosen - so smart, so svelt, so all about themselves and their wealth - have already left. TBTB have made it quite clear recently that the rest don't really matter.  Undoubtedly, society as a whole is better off with their survival.  What could any of those other folks of lesser means have to offer....?

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:41 | 1062576 swissaustrian
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    Looks like there are two media universes:

    a) Financial media using every small "hope" to push viewers to btfd

    b) "News Networks" like sky news, al jazeera etc. conducting fear mongering

    Probably, like always, the truth is somewhere in the middle.


    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:51 | 1062652 redpill
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    US media can't get enough of it.  It allows them to write anti-nuclear power stories, and provides cover for the current powers that be which are running our economy off the cliff.  Nothing like a good disaster to distract the masses.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:59 | 1062692 Math Man
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    ZH readers can't get enough either.  Finally!  Another excuse to bury silver in the backyard!

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:13 | 1062799 redpill
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    I think they've had enough of you, though.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:17 | 1062833 Robot Traders Mom
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    ZH Trolls can't get enough either. Finally! Another excuse to take a break from their jobs working for the state making $25k/year

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:44 | 1062591 Tense INDIAN
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    Most probably we are going down I tried to find tha most probable Target 


    Most probable Target

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:04 | 1062728 RockyRacoon
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    So, if the blue lines don't make you right, the green ones will?

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:45 | 1062593 Boilermaker
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    REITS solid like a MOTHERFUCKER today!  IYR ain't gonna go below -1%...NO SIR.

    Every selloff is met with a violent shove up and buying!  Amazing shit!  My god, those shopping malls like fucking GOLD!

    LMFAO...look at the day chart...unfucking real....

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:44 | 1062597 Lord Welligton
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    If there is a power line.

    What is the power source.

    And as has been pointed out the plant is a pile of twisted metal and debris.

    So they can power up some external pumping system.

    All they can do is spray sea water.

    Hope they can bring some modicum of control to the situation but I wouldn't bet on it.


    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:50 | 1062611 bob_dabolina
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    What is the power source.

    Unicorn tears and panther furr

    And as has been pointed out the plant is a pile of twisted metal and debris.

    Fully functional with slight aesthetic damage to the outer tiles

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:06 | 1062744 LFMayor
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    ROFL!  I was going to say solar panels and a wind turbine, but now I'm ashamed of it!

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:05 | 1062739 RockyRacoon
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    Hey, these are nuclear reactors that produce electricity -- why not just plug them into themselves!   There, fixed the problem. 

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:07 | 1062757 LFMayor
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    you build that feedback loop up man and then there will be freakin CSM 101's stepping out of nowhere.

    We got enough problems for today...

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 19:20 | 1063949 RockyRacoon
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    Whassa CSM 101?   It's obvious that I know a LOT about nukular power.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 21:06 | 1064402 Iam_Silverman
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    Here, let me Google that for you.

    Whirrrr, click, click.

    Oh, it's a Terminator.  You know, from the movie.  Ahhhhhnuld.

    I didn't know either - and I work at a nuke plant.  Now I know.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 21:15 | 1064465 RockyRacoon
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    So, you're saying, "They'll be b-a-a-c-k!"

    Can't wait.   Too bad Ahnuld is so old and wrinkly now to do a sequel.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:44 | 1062598 Jim in MN
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    I watched the TEPCO press conference too, and noted that they were only discussing when they might be ready to give some answers to the press, etc.  They were talking about when they think they could have the equipment assembled to begin two efforts: an onsite power source, and re-energizing the main line into the plant.  Emphasis would be on the onsite source.

    This is all just preliminary indications on a basic power supply.  They are days away from any major systems working.


    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:51 | 1062646 Rick Masters
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    Well its not like this is a nuclear emergnecy they can take their time. Oh wait...Anyhoo, maybe it just needs to be plugged in. DUH.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:44 | 1062599 machineh
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    Gotta be a fake headline from the NRC  -- everybody knows Jacko died last year.

    He left us some pertinent advice though: "BEAT IT!"

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:54 | 1062674 Lord Welligton
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    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:46 | 1062602 DaveyJones
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    "Keep in mind that a chest CT scan results in a much higher dose than a traditional X-Ray and there is some controversy about the societal risk from unnecessary CT scans.  And no one thinks it would be a good idea to get a CAT Scan every hour.


    Update to Information Sheet Regarding the Tohoku Earthquake

    The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (FEPC) Washington D.C. Office

    As of 10:15AM (EST), March 16, 2011

    • Radiation Levels
      • At 6:40AM (JST) on March 16, a radiation level of 400 milli sievert per hour was recorded outside the west side of the secondary containment building of the Unit 3 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
        • At 6:40AM on March 16, a radiation level of 100 milli sievert per hour was recorded outside the west side of the secondary containment building of the Unit 4 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
      • At 8:47AM on March 16, a radiation level of 150 milli sievert per hour was recorded outside the secondary containment building of Unit 2 reactor of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
        • At 8:47AM on March 16, a radiation level of 300 milli sievert per hour was recorded between the exteriors of the secondary containment buildings of Unit 2 reactor and Unit 3 reactor of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
        • At 8:47AM on March 16, a radiation level of 400 milli sievert per hour was recorded outside the secondary containment building of Unit 3 reactor of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
        • At 8:47AM on March 16, radiation level of 100 milli sievert per hour was recorded outside the secondary containment building of Unit 4 reactor of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
      • At 10:40AM on March 16, a radiation level of 10 milli sievert per hour was recorded at the main gate of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
      • At 4:10PM on March 16, a radiation level of 1530 micro sievert per hour was recorded at the main gate of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
      • For comparison, a human receives 2400 micro sievert per year from natural radiation in the form of sunlight, radon, and other sources. One chest CT scan generates 6900 micro sievert per scan.
    • Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 reactor
      • At 6:55AM on March 16, the pressure inside the reactor core was measured at 0.17 MPa. The water level inside the reactor core was measured at 1.8 meters below the top of the fuel rods.
    • Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 reactor
      • At 6:55 AM on March 16, the pressure inside the reactor core was measured at 0.043 MPa. The water level inside the reactor core was measured at 1.4 meters below the top of the fuel rods.
    • Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 reactor
      • At 8:37AM on March 16, white smoke was observed emanating from the vicinity of the secondary containment building.
      • At 9:55AM on March 16, the pressure inside the reactor core was measured at 0.088 MPa. The water level inside the reactor core was measured at 1.9 meters below the top of the fuel rods.
      • At 11:32AM on March 16, it was determined that the possibility of significant damage to the primary containment vessel was low.
    • Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 reactor
      • At 4:08 on March 15, the temperature of the spent fuel pool was measured at 183 degrees Fahrenheit.
      • At 5:45AM on March 16, a fire occurred in the vicinity of the third floor of the secondary containment building.
      • At 7:26AM on March 16, no flames or smoke was observed and thus it was concluded that the fire extinguished on its own accord.
    • Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant and Accompanying Facilities
      • From 12:00PM on March 15, power generation from the commercial electricity grid was restored for all facilities. It was confirmed that no fire, damage to equipment, injuries to personnel occurred. Radiation levels were measured at a normal level of safety."
    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:54 | 1062667 redpill
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    Sounds eerily familiar to what the TSA tells you when they ask you to walk into one of their cancer showers.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:00 | 1062704 machineh
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    They are still describing what happened to Unit 4 (at 5:45 AM on March 16) as a 'fire.' 

    But the satellite photos today make clear that it was an explosion, not merely a fire.

    You can see the front panels blown off Unit 4 -- that was not caused by the earlier

    explosion at neighboring Unit 3. 


    I'm guessing that the spent fuel fire at Unit 4 happened almost 24 hours ago, leaving 

    dangerously high radiation on site -- thus all the plans for remote fixes via helicopter,

    water cannon, etc. Nobody can venture into the ruins of the building.


    Likely this is the reason governments are warning their citizens to bail out of Tokyo.

    Jacko plainly stated that the spent fuel pool is empty. Thus the reco for Americanos 

    to stay at least 50 miles away.


    Presumably radiation levels at the site are sky-high, but still 'under survey' to prevent



    Basically it appears that the Japanese have dragged their feet for 24 hours on

    admitting that a spent fuel rod fire already happened. I could be wrong, but it looks

    like western governments are telling their citizens to bail based on solid info,

    while trying not to step on the toes of the Japanese authorities, who naturally don't

    want to provoke a panicked exodus of all of Tokyo's residents.



    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:45 | 1062610 Ident 7777 economy
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    And the worst news comes from AP:

    - - - - - - - - -

    The big storage pool (the storage bldg) - or one of the pools at the reactor buildings?






    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:49 | 1062633 passive_lurker
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    Looking at the picture of the 4 buildings, only one of them seems to have any chance of having an intact pool.  Maybe it's that one?

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:57 | 1062685 Ident 7777 economy
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    Do we know what the staus of the big pool is?

    You do know about the building that houses a big pool/separate building just for SFRs?

    And, maybe even incoming new fuel rods ...

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:04 | 1062721 Ident 7777 economy
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    Used Nuclear Fuel Storage at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
    (Last updated 3/15/11)

    Key Facts

    o Used nuclear fuel at the Fukushima Daiichi plant is stored in seven pools

    (one at each of the six reactors,

    plus a shared pool) and

    in a dry container storage facility (containing nine casks).


    o Sixty percent of the used fuel on site is stored in the shared pool, in a building separated from the reactor buildings; 34 percent of the used fuel is distributed between the six reactor fuel storage pools, and the remaining six percent is stored in the nine dry storage containers. There are no safety concerns regarding the used fuel in dry storage at Fukushima Daiichi.

    o Used fuel pools are robust concrete and steel structures designed to protect the fuel from even the most severe events. Pools are designed with systems to maintain the temperature and water levels sufficient to provide cooling and radiation shielding.

    o The water level in a used fuel pool typically is 16 feet or more above the top of the fuel assemblies.

    o The used fuel pools at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors are located at the top of the reactor buildings for ease of handling during refueling operations.

    o The used fuel pools are designed so that the water in the pool cannot drain down as a result of damage to the piping or cooling systems. The pools do not have drains in the sides or the floor of the pool structure. The only way to rapidly drain down the pool is if there is structural damage to the walls or the floor.







    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:46 | 1062616 Cursive
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    Update: #4 is out of water and we have naked SFP. Definetly turning south here. Begin the evacuation.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:46 | 1062619 TWORIVER
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    Like trying to charge the phone you just dropped in the ocean. Good luck on that and Best of Luck to the rest.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:48 | 1062623 John Law Lives
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    The DJIA, NASDAQ and S&P500 are not "markets".  They are Ponzi Pits.

    Ponzi Pits... powered by a Bernanke Put.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:10 | 1062778 PhattyBuoy
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    Benny's ponzi put just got nuked ...

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:47 | 1062626 SunBlaster
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    TOWN 100 miles NORTH of TOKYO is @ 300 TIMES regular radiation level, TOKYO Airport is @ 11 TIMES normal level

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:53 | 1062660 Spalding_Smailes
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    1945: Some 80,000 Japanese military personnel, police officers and firefighters have been deployed to areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami, the Kyodo news agency reports. The government has also mobilised 10,000 military reservists for the first time since Japan's Self-Defence Forces were established in 1954. About 420,000 displaced people are staying in more than 2,200 emergency shelters in eight prefectures.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:11 | 1062790 Robot Traders Mom
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    Where does it say that in the article you cited???

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:47 | 1062629 davepowers
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    Shep Smith promises an expert to explain what the 'no more water' claim is about.

    I like Smith on this issue as he was in the middle of Katrina and has a sensitive bullshit detector on official pronouncements.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:52 | 1062656 Natasha Fatale
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    Agreed. Shep is just about the only reporter in the MSM willing to call out the BS

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:48 | 1062631 bingaling
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    I am sure this isnt an extension cord they are talking about but it sounds like it  . what the hell are they talking about the main power to the plant ? and who the hell goes in a connects it ? If radiation levels are deadly with short exposure time . not only that , after power is hooked up I assume each reactor is somewhat a standalone system from where the main power enters the plant .  - THIS IS A LIE plain and simple . 2 things - Temperatures inside the reactors and around the plant have probably rendered all wiring USELESS . I don't think it can be done especially when you can only work one side of the powerline and electric .

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:59 | 1062689 Lord Welligton
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    Yes. Doesn't make a lot of sense does it.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:00 | 1062700 Jim in MN
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    On the other hand, coffee and a shower in the basement would definitely kick ass for these guys. 

    Not to mention being able to read ZH while management is, shall we say, disinclined to look over their shoulders.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:21 | 1062858 stoverny
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    Pretty clear who goes in an connects it.  A vounteer who sacrifices his life for his country (and perhaps lots of money for his surviving family).

    Also if you can get just one power source working you can run hoses to all the other reactors so it's not like they need electricity at each building.

    Admit it's a long shot but not as far-fetched as most on here seem to think.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:50 | 1062650 gkm
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    I see the reading here is rising but not sure how to convert it to sv.  It was 13-14 yday so a fair change at 23.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:02 | 1063528 seek
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    For a rough approximation, divide CPM by 120 to get uSv. (There's a number of variables, but typically most GM tubes have a conversion factor of 100-120.)

    The reading of 23 CPM that I saw puts the reading at .19 uSv, pretty much normal background levels.



    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:52 | 1062657 TruthInSunshine
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    And remember, all the truly bad news won't be dumped for mass consumption until sometime between 4 pm and 8:55 am EST (while markets in U.S. are closed).

    All be fine again by 8:55 to 8:59 am EST tomorrow, when we'll hear more rumors of a ginormous, orange extension cord purchased from Ace Hardware, a half dozen Vornado fans, and blocks of ice.

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:55 | 1062673 Misean
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    The Ronald Regan was dispatched to grab an iceberg.

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    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:51 | 1062659 east paris trader
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    Power line?  I doubt it...

    What was the yen/buck at when the rumor hit?

    I can't begin to remember how many times a rumor hits the market exactly at critical technical areas .... then cnbc pumps it harder than a newlywed brides backside!

    Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:53 | 1062663 ebworthen
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    There are male prostitutes down in Rio they can let him have the 19th hole with then dump in the river; dead men tell no tales, just ask Vince Foster.

    Low radiation, nice greens, and a good excuse for his MSM journalist buddies to blow some shareholder money in Rio.


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