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US, UK Pull Search Teams Out Of Japan As TEPCO Admits Situation Is "Severe"

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Earlier today we received an email from one of our readers aboard the aircraft carrier group off Japan performing evacuation efforts for US citizens in Japan, that it had turned around and is now going back. While we are trying to validate this, we have just noticed breaking news from Sky News that US and UK search teams are pulling out of Japan tomorrow. We were wondering what may have brought about this (so far unconfirmed) evacuation of the evacuators until we saw the next breaking news from Sky News: "Japan Admits Nuclear Problem Is 'Severe'" - "This is a severe incident that is occurring right now," the spokesman said at a news conference. "We have vented and used seawater as cooling, followed the accident management plan but this is a very severe operation." The admission comes as plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) continues attempts to stop the six-reactor Fukushima 1 complex from going into nuclear meltdown. "We have to keep cooling the fuel so it doesn't reach criticality," the Tepco spokesman said, adding that radiation levels have barely fallen at the site." Translation: if operation "Irrigation" fails, TEPCO itself confirms the chance of a critical reaction in the nuclear fuel is very high. Which of course would explain why everyone who knows more than the average peasant who just watches manipulated media, is getting the hell out of dodge.

More from Sky News:

The UK's chief scientific officer John Beddington explained that spent nuclear rods were stored in 'ponds', which kept them cool.

"The situation has changed," he said.

"The pond in rector four is the cause of very considerable concern. What has happened is that this has been damaged by explosions and is leaking very fast.

"We've had reports that it has gone dry."

Low concentrations of radioactive particles from the power plant have been heading eastwards and are expected to reach North America in days, a Swedish official said.

Lars-Erik De Geer, research director at the government-run Swedish Defence Research Agency, cited data gathered from a network of international monitoring stations used to detect nuclear weapons tests.

Meanwhile, international energy authorities and other nations voiced concerns over the situation at the Fukushima plant north-east of Tokyo.

Japanese Chinook helicopters - reportedly fitted with lead radiation shields - attempted to dump tons of seawater into cooling pools to prevent spent fuel overheating while operator working in short shifts pumped water into the reactor cores.

The International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) said that four water drops were also made after midnight in an attempt to prevent the reactor overheating.

A police riot control water cannon attempted to replenish the cooling pools but was withdrawn, while two military airport fire trucks continued afterwards.

Sebastian Pflugbeil, president of the private German-based Society for Radiation Protection, said Japan's efforts to pull the Fukushima 1 plant back from the brink signalled "the beginning of the catastrophic phase".

"Maybe we have to pray," he said.

The head of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko, said he believes the situation is more serious than the Japanese government is letting on.

Mr Jaczko warned water in reactor 4's cooling pool may have run dry and a second reactor could be leaking - something experts say could accelerate the release of radiation.

"We believe that around the reactor site there are high levels of radiation," he said.

For those who missed our in depth overview of the (now supposedly water-free) spent fuel rod cooling pools can do so at the following link.

 

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Thu, 03/17/2011 - 12:52 | 1067076 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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No shit.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:09 | 1067141 oh_bama
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ONLY ONE WAY TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM!!

BOJ, PLEASE, do another QE! Only 1 quadrillion yen would be more than ENOUGH!!

In this situation, it requires heroic measures. BOJ must come up with decisive, civilization scale QE to stop the panic and fight the disaster!

JUST DO IT!!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:12 | 1067174 Missing_Link
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Don't worry.  Helicopter Ben will soon fly over and bury the Fukushima plant in a mountain of freshly-minted US currency.  Then we just put some concrete over that and we're good to go.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:44 | 1067305 financeguru500
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The U.S. has drones and I know for a fact that Japan is one of the leading nations of robotics engineering. Why aren't we trying to use drones or robots to get in close and do the work we need to get these reactors taken care of. Why aren't we flying in drones to drop whatever water/chemicals are needed to help the situation?

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:50 | 1067334 Canucklehead
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I don't think a drone has the carrying capacity to have much effect.  Once it lands to be refilled, who wants to get close to it.  I assume radiation levels won't affect the wireless communication with the drone, but ....

With regards to robots, I suspect they may have problems navigating the destruction surrounding those reactors.  Also, they may not be able to manhandle a fire hose (et al.) under pressure.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:18 | 1067484 ibjamming
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I doubt there's any water pressure in those water hoses...I doubt there's anything out there that runs/works.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:35 | 1067573 Triggernometry
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What kind of a self-respecting robot can't man-handle a hose?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:50 | 1067337 10kby2k
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A few helicopters, water cannons, power cords............where is the high tech and robotics?     Seems like cement drops might work better---entomb as much as possible.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:53 | 1067350 avonaltendorf
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Use your noodle. Robots work on flat surfaces. Drones can't carry a big enough payload.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 16:02 | 1068069 depression
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here is a novel idea... lets pick up the Federal Reserve building with ben's B-52 money drop squadron and drop the building on top of Fuk-U-Shima, all that Tungsten and paper should make for a very nice radiation shield.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 15:05 | 1067692 Misstrial
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Can anyone explain why they can't drop ice cubes or block ice on the rods.

~Misstrial

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:10 | 1067153 B9K9
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We are now entering the zone of diminishing marginal returns, where effectiveness drops precipitously while the chance of error(s) increases dramatically.

It's that last exhausting run down the ski slope before dark, or the late midnight session finishing an important meeting presentation, that gets you in the end. Just when everything absolutely must go right, only the slightest mistake, perhaps one previously easily rectified, ends up taking you out.

That's why Ben's game was so dangerous - it was predicated on everything going right, like some new fuel discovery or technological breakthrough arriving just in the nick of time. Even the slightest hiccup was gonna get us. Instead, we get the mother of all swans that would have staggered a dynamic, resilient & thriving economy.

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:21 | 1067218 Id fight Gandhi
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Ewj April puts

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:51 | 1067341 Ruffcut
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Cheap options. Merely lotto tickets, but great stocking stuffers.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:50 | 1067327 centerline
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I don't recall ever seeing Tyler cover something as relentlessly as this.  I know this falls in the "Captain Obvious" category, but it seems to me TD is thinking along the same lines.  If this swan spreads its wings just a little more, the butterfly effect is on... and could really cause the house of hards to fall.

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:58 | 1067374 RichardENixon
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heh heh he said "house of hards" heh heh heh

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:03 | 1067390 centerline
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Oops.  

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:15 | 1067467 MachoMan
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I'd say the coverage of the MENA unravelings was every bit as diligent...  the issue simply that the doomers have been waiting on the end for some time and we can get a little impatient...  although, realistically speaking, these things DO have the ability to finally start the spinning plates to breaking.  All of these things had been previously juggled by our monetary policy, but as we all know, they eventually cannot be suppressed via the mere desire to suppress them...  as we have found in the education realm, money is no substitute for diligence, hard work, intelligent work, and real production.  In other words, simply throwing money at the problem will not make it go away.  The world is too dynamic for that.  [and ultimately why command economies always fail].

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:54 | 1067359 jus_lite_reading
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HOLY MOSES! Radiation in DFW and Chicago from Tokyo planes, pasengers and luggage!

http://fiatsfire.blogspot.com/2011/03/radioactive-japan-geiger-counter-4...

Who could have known? The radiation levels are low but still since it is cumulative then little by little you get more and more dosage over time and then BOOM! Your thyroid turns you into Rosie O'Donnle! Or worse! BEnron Von Frankenstein!

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:49 | 1067625 flattrader
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If the reactor 3 with MOX spews plutonium and it drifts to airports there may be a situation where those attempting to evacuate by air may be prohibited from landing or kept on the tarmac...indefinitely.

This could turn ugly very quickly for those Japanese with the foresight and wherewithall to leave early.

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 19:24 | 1068984 mt paul
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plutonium is very heavy 

usually falls out of atmosphere quickly 

close to the source ...

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:11 | 1067163 AnAnonymous
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You fell for it. That is all a story by greenies and big nuclear energy. Nothing sizeable is happening in Japan. Just stories invented like global climate change, or peak oil.

Get in tune with the US citizens...

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:15 | 1067190 cougar_w
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I guess you were joking. Since when does the US citizen know anything outside celebrity gossip?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:27 | 1067248 gina distrusts gov
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Are you being paid by the fed? or the Gestapo (TSA)

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:15 | 1067185 Fenlander
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What people have not yet focussed on is the increasing exposure of the "Fukushima 50" to radiation.  Per "The Guardian" (UK newspaper, live blog here...  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/mar/17/japan-nuclear-crisis-ts... in their 1.25pm GMT entry), radiation levels at Fukushima NPP today reached 3.75 millisieverts per hour.  Not microsieverts, millisieverts.  So in any 8 hour shift, these guys are getting 12 times the normal human annual exposure.  Looked at differently, after 6.67 eight hour shifts, these guys are getting the maximum 250,000 millisievert exposure that the Jap Govt raised the limit to only a couple of days ago.  OK, some of the time the guys will be sheltering in a lead lined room, but even so, there's a pretty short timeline until TEPCO need to be calling for some more "volunteers".

 

My sense is that even if nothing worse happens for the next 48 hours, the issue is going to shift to abandoning containment efforts, because TEPCO is going to run out of people.  These are some of the most brave and selfless people on this planet.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:18 | 1067197 cougar_w
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Funny how that works, isn't it?

"Human resources". Pay em like shit, us em like toilet paper.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 15:45 | 1067933 VisualCSharp
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The scoops are on their way. I repeat, the scoops are on their way.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:19 | 1067210 asdasmos
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"More workers were drafted for the frontline of Japan’s biggest nuclear disaster as radiation limits forced Tokyo Electric Power Co. to replace members of its original team trying to avert a nuclear meltdown"

 

 - http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-17/japan-churns-through-heroic-wor...

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 16:18 | 1068100 depression
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Hero's my ass... Ann Coulter said : "There is, however, burgeoning evidence that excess radiation operates as a sort of cancer vaccine."

Fuk-U-Shima is a venerable day spa by her measure, prolly explains her deformed pteradactyl hands.

 

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:21 | 1067225 Fenlander
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Sorry, my bad.  Should have been "250,000 microsievert exposure", not millisievert.  God damn these micros and millis!  I'll be getting as good with numbers as the Bernank next.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:40 | 1067292 nonclaim
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You know, reading about this sievert and how it is a somewhat subjective measure then it's clear they could scale it any way they want. I'm almost sure they chose this micro/milli range to deceive the average (if not most) population.

How often do you hear the talking heads confused and correcting themselves: "Is it 40µ or 40m that's bad for you?"

After a long while people learn and again I'm almost sure after this disaster they will choose yet another name and range so the next time things go bad people won't know what's really going on...

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:02 | 1067386 LFMayor
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Well, we had to be rid of "Roentgen, Equivalent Man" because it was sexist and mysoginistic and demeaning and apt to start more bra and high heel fires.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:45 | 1067615 Chump
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Bare boobies and bare feet are risks we'll just have to take then.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:35 | 1067274 Matte_Black
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1. Edano said yesterday that the powerline would be used to drive makeshift pumps when they finally get it up and functional.

2. It seems clear from the video that the coolant delivery and dispersal systems are hopelessly damaged. Apparently, the plan is to also set up makeshift coolant delivery systems to effectively deliver the coolant.

3. Even using materials designed for this kind of ad hoc installation, it will require focused labor and time for the men on-site to make effective connections.

Time. How much time do we have before this goes from apocolyptic to eschatological?

Containment is now being mentioned more and more often in interviews I have seen.

When I watched that video I tried to imagine how many men, how much equipment and material it would take to accomplish either of these tasks - and how much time.

The only conclusion I can come to is that many people are going to die before this thing is brought to an end.

I hope I am wrong.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:59 | 1067658 OpenEyes
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This is what qualifies as 'truth' from the Japanese Government and the TEPCO private company.... new headline from Kyodo:

 

"Operation to pour water at Fukushima nuke plant said effective"

TOKYO, March 18, Kyodo

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/79057.html

YEAH, it sure seemed 'effective'..  Yup.. no worries... That worked...

What fucks!!  

 

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 15:36 | 1067862 Citxmech
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They should force the board of TEPCO to sit on-site if things are going so well...

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:37 | 1067276 Matte_Black
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Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:20 | 1067223 Henry Chinaski
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Fucking squids...

Nuclear Crisis Won't Stop the Marines

CAMP SENDAI—The local U.S. military commander of the joint mission with Japan to supply aid to those displaced by the earthquake and tsunami said Thursday that the nuclear crisis won't stop the effort.

"My marching orders are that the mission continues," said Col. Greg Timberlake, the III MEF Forward Commander at Camp Sendai in northern Japan. "It started out as, and still is, a humanitarian mission. That's what we came here to do."

Supply flights have been routed around a 50-kilometer (30-mile) radius of the damaged nuclear plants, he said, and the U.S. is monitoring levels of radiation at Camp ...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870381820457620607425401589...

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:03 | 1067391 LFMayor
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Those are jarheads, not squids.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:07 | 1067406 sushi
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They have 9 fire boats down in Tokyo just a hop skip and a jump away.

If these are decent craft and not converted sampans they should have multiple monitors onboard able to project multiple streams more than 400 ft with a delivery rate of around 100,000 gpm.

Don't know why they are attempting to use police riot trucks which are really truly inferior appliances for this application.

 

I suspect the reasons are:

1) Japanese are linear thinkers and highly compartmented. They do not think well, are not good at lateral thinking and tend to follow a severe top-down model and spend 90% of the time trying to save face and not embarrass anyone by making suggesstions that imply the top dog is a fool.

2) Once they get these fire boats to the site they don't know where they will obtain a water supply to permit 100,000 gpm delivery.

If someone knows how to pass this idea on - please do.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:12 | 1067451 sushi
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The USN has an LSD in the area. This could easily lift all 9 boats and place them inside the breakwater.

Go Navy!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:41 | 1067591 Weaseldog
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The prevailing winds are blowing seaward right now. Anyone who comes in by boat will die.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 15:03 | 1067687 trav7777
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man, I offered that idea 2 days ago and I still see none there.

400' isn't enough...radiation is unacceptably high even at 1km.  However, someone should be able to nigger-rig a nozzle that can direct a smaller stream further.  I mean, where the fuck is BA Baracus?  Fire up the torch and weld some shit, bitchez.

I agree that probably people further down the chain are not offering suggestions due to the aversion to appearing to know more than the boss.  But at the same time, the boss may not exactly be going around the table and asking for ideas.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 15:46 | 1067952 VisualCSharp
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"Nigger-rig." I do get a good chuckle out of how brazen you are at times, trav. :)

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 17:19 | 1068410 MSimon
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It's a technical term.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 15:12 | 1067732 Misstrial
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Being a native Californian who has lived in Cali most of my life along with Guam and Oahu and Kawaii, I can assure you are spot-on re reason #1.

~Misstrial

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 12:54 | 1067082 the not so migh...
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outta control

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:08 | 1067150 asdasmos
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The same will be said during next sunday, monday and on (in evertything) if this goes critical.......

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 12:55 | 1067083 alien-IQ
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Send them the Ann Coulter article. Radiation is good for you...it's a vaccine against cancer. And really...who doesn't want a vaccine against cancer?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:00 | 1067111 Dr. No
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Have her hand deliver it.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:12 | 1067161 astartes09
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Nice to see that we are keeping the blog names classy still.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:25 | 1067240 percolator
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Thanks for the chuckle.  Yogurt cannon, too funny.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:39 | 1067289 johnQpublic
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oh, that is rich...

 

'i want you to wreck it'

omg to fukkin funny

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:40 | 1067295 Uncle Remus
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Broken hearts are for assholes.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:06 | 1067399 Vergeltung
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I sense extreme, debilitating micro penis.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:05 | 1067403 Joeman34
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So did you just happen to google "I f*%$#d Ann Coulter in the @$$ Hard" one day???

How does one even come across such a post?  Thought I must admit - hilarious!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:10 | 1067407 Joeman34
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Thu, 03/17/2011 - 15:51 | 1067982 VisualCSharp
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LOL. I junked you due to your sheer brilliance!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 18:01 | 1068544 Creed
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Ann Coulter scares the ever loving shit out of you turd burglars

 

speaking of which, I hear San Francisco now smells like poop due to lo flow toilet usage

 

bwahahaha

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:04 | 1067130 Cleanclog
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Is Ann Coulter on her way to Japan?

She's the biggest lying inflammatory bitch in America.  High IQ that she uses for harm.  Hope she goes to get her sun tan in Sensei.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:10 | 1067151 JLee2027
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Sean Penn?  Have to agree with you. Maybe Sean can bring in boats of water to save the planet.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:38 | 1067291 Cleanclog
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Wasn't that Kevin Costner?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:12 | 1067158 Cognitive Dissonance
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It is my understanding that at the moment Ann Coulter is spread eagle under a combo heat/UV lamp preparing her immune system for the healing radiation she will receive as she parachutes onto unit 3 with a gallon of mineral water to cool things down.

Can wait to watch it all live on her iPhone4 camera feed.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:01 | 1067380 Ident 7777 economy
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Great minds ... discuss ideas
Average minds ... discuss events 
small minds ... surf ZH?

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:16 | 1067473 Cognitive Dissonance
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So we agree we both have small minds? But mine is smaller because I've been here longer. Much longer.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:25 | 1067521 WaterWings
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micro minds ... insult themselves without knowing it

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:33 | 1067267 Blankman
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She's the female rush limbaugh

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:40 | 1067294 Cognitive Dissonance
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I'm not sure, but I think you just insulted Rush Limbaugh. Will someone call him and ask?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:36 | 1067571 tmosley
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Smaller tits though.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:17 | 1067195 TomJoad
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I'm telling you guys, she is floating this as the "conservative alternative" to Obamacare.  We'll just take any "At Risk" groups and expose them to "Low levels" of curative radiation.  The more "At Risk" the groups are, the higher levels of radiation they get. Perhaps the radiation will be administered in a "Day Spa" setting something like Roman baths. Or even better, Large group showers. That's the ticket. Instead of "bureaucratic death panels" we'll have "Preferential cancer vaccines for the disadvantaged"

This little release from Japan is going to work out great as a "Proof of Concept" before we start building the large day-spa shower facilities/crematoriums.

Jump! You Bankster Fuckers!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:29 | 1067253 Beatscape
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+2

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:40 | 1067301 Cleanclog
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Have to admit that the radiation care plan is more imaginative than the other conservative alternative of "Don't get sick.  If you get sick, die quickly".  Kinda same result though.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:40 | 1067594 tmosley
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This is hilariously similar to Obamacare.

Unintended consequences are a bitch, aren't they, fascists and socialists?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:19 | 1067199 TomJoad
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duplicate

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:19 | 1067219 AnAnonymous
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I did not believe until I read the article. People like her grow millionaire in the US.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 12:56 | 1067085 Josh Randall
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Reality - it hurts, but at least you can plan

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:13 | 1067182 Dr. Richard Head
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It is amazing to me that the normalcy bias of the Japanese people, the ones that are still huddled in their homes per the advice of the authorities, could not be overcome by a severe earthquake, tsunami, and explosions at a nuclear plant.  If this example is any idiciation of human reaction, which I believe it may be, there are going to be some very hurt people here in America very shortly.  Darwin wins in the end I guess.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:28 | 1067531 Highrev
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Contrary to popular expectations, this is what happens in many disasters. Crowds generally become quiet and docile. Panic is rare. The bigger problem is that people do too little, too slowly. They sometimes shut down completely, falling into a stupor.


Our brains search, under extreme stress, for an appropriate survival response and sometimes choose the wrong one, like deer that freeze in the headlights of a car.

 


Taken from A Survival Guide to Catastrophe by Amanda Ripley

 http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1810315,00.html

 

. . . and when you have our "leaders" dishing out a fake reality, well, let's just say that that doesn't help much.

 

Thanks again to ZH for all your hard work to get something more "realistic" to us.

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:38 | 1067586 Dr. Richard Head
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Thank Earth for ZH indeed. 

My wife used to call me paranoid, now she keeps bugging me to make sure I keep the stockpile of water and food up. 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:53 | 1067638 Chump
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Same here!  Mine reminded me the other day to ask about an AK I've had my eyes on.  She went from skeptic to proud of her food stores rotation schedule in roughly six months.  I'm a lucky guy, except for the whole modern-economy-detonation thingy.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 12:56 | 1067087 TWORIVER
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Full Moon Saturday

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:05 | 1067395 bud-wiser
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Super Moon, glad i don't live in the west coast U.S. Chile, N.Z., Japan. the hands of the ring of fires clock are ticking.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 12:55 | 1067089 vote_libertaria...
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...or as Cramer stated 2 days ago.  It's all contained and over blown so buy buy buy.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:10 | 1067118 etrader
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Power cord spin  just needs to hold till tomorrows open ( OE ) !

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:09 | 1067144 reading
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Well, he's right on the "over blown" part...just not the over blown he was thinking.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:19 | 1067495 Hacksaw
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Cramer and Beck must be getting their talking points at the same place. Beck has it all contained inside his coffee can, inside his pressure cooker, under a wash tub. This is all a bunch of hype foisted on the American public by Soros according to that esteemed nuclear scientist Glen Beck. Bwahahah

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 12:58 | 1067092 SilverFiend
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Captain obvious has arrived!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:09 | 1067149 cswjr
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Yeah, but are the choppa's coming or going?  When TD says that the carrier battle group is "turning around and going back", does that mean "back to sea" or "back towards land to perform extraction ops"?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:14 | 1067181 buzzsaw99
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This: US and UK search teams are pulling out of Japan tomorrow... Says all I need to know.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:18 | 1067201 cswjr
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So, CBG going back to 50 mi offshore today, so as to extract the US (and, presumably, UK) search teams tonight.  Then they get the hell out of, well, Hell tomorrow?  The statement is a bit unclear, but this seems the most likely scenario.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 12:58 | 1067096 Fix It Again Timmy
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Our dismal condition is a direct result of our societal structure that allows sociopaths to occupy nearly all positions of power.  If the core is rotten, this is what you get.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:13 | 1067172 scatterbrains
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Indeed between the bankers, politicians and regulators I suspect the pendulum will swing back from sheepish consumers to angry masses of pay-per-view viewing live hangings of the next generation of crooks if not the current ones.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:36 | 1067284 jimijon
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And so I started writing again. My new thesis on a new age of governance because of the Internet. Everything else got changed, time for government... Socialocracy

http://jimijon.blogspot.com

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:45 | 1067317 johnQpublic
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to replace idiocracy?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:25 | 1067238 cougar_w
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Since we can't get rid of them we'll have to take away their toys.

And there you have it; a clear justification to set the world ablaze.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:46 | 1067321 LFMayor
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You shouldn't tease like that, you know I'm a weak man.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:00 | 1067102 vote_libertaria...
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Yesterday the weather forecast was for winds to head toward Tokyo starting on Saturday.

 

major panic starting in 3...2...

 

(except for the stock market, bots don't have program for panic)

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:07 | 1067140 DaveyJones
Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:05 | 1067104 bob_dabolina
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No shit.

I have been saying the truth here for days and people call me a nut ball...

This is orders of magnitude worse than Chernobyl and eventually all of Japan will need to be evacuated indefinately.

Either that or we can have a giant X-Men experiment.

That plant is not containable.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:11 | 1067166 JLee2027
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All of Japan? Come on...

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:17 | 1067202 bob_dabolina
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As Buzzsaw above stated:

This: US and UK search teams are pulling out of Japan tomorrow... Says all I need to know.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 15:19 | 1067756 Misstrial
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Yep, and they will all want to live in Irvine, CA.

~Misstrial

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:00 | 1067107 myTPisUSD
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I typed "Third largest economy and 2nd largest creditor reduced to 0 from a hyperdeflationary collapse, the end of the Yen carry trade, multiple nuclear reactors in critical meltdown phase, treasury liquidation from Japanese insurance companies and government could tip the derivative and treasury bubble" into the google translator and the out put was "the world economy is fucked"

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:05 | 1067127 equity_momo
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Thats odd , the output in my google translator said "S+P to rally"

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:11 | 1067159 hedgeless_horseman
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Buy The Foreigners' Departure

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:07 | 1067404 andybev01
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Good one; FTW

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:41 | 1067298 Captain Kink
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+1 LOL

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:02 | 1067109 TruthInSunshine
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"The situation has changed." - Famous last words of trapped rats & dogs

 

No bad news until after 4 pm, because it will take them until 8:30 am to revise the data, quash the facts, and sell everything as positive.

They thank you.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 12:59 | 1067112 Ancona
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Holy crap! Leave it to GovCo to help the Jabanese lie and obfuscate their way around the painfully obvious, all in a concerted effort to keep teh sheep in the pen for just a little bit longer. If htose things go critical, they could poison the entire fucking island, not to mention a huge swath of the rest of the planet.

Thanks GE!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:00 | 1067114 Cdad
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What about Operation Extension Cord?  I thought they would be putting in some window AC units to save the day, allowing bullishness to flow through the ruined streets of Japan?  Wasn't that APs version of "all clear" yesterday?

Where are the heads of these now clearly Marxist television broadcast stations? 

Let me guess...they are on the phone with Goldman Sachs right now...preparing to coordinate the release of this "new" bad news so that shorting bullshit US equities can be more efficient and profitable in what will later this afternoon be revealed as "surprising bad news."

Good grief!  Get the fucking fire hoses...hit Wall Street, hit NBC, hit the NYT...let's go people, we have an entire nation to rebuild here in America.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:16 | 1067188 HelluvaEngineer
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Did you hear the one about them evacuating as soon as the earthquake hit?  They do have good intel.

http://www.businessinsider.com/what-did-the-banks-do-when-the-earthquake...

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:29 | 1067250 Cdad
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Getting rid of the kleptocracy is going to be a very difficult task, indeed.  However, something tells me that even the most ill-informed, Ipad eating American is on to this stealth revolution by the new Marxist/Banker party.

Difficult days ahead, Helluva...but until then, REITs up forever!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 19:46 | 1069097 mt paul
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Breaking News..


extension cord 

7 feet too short....

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:01 | 1067116 ziggy59
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Reality? Check!

 

Got Pb?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:04 | 1067125 TJ is Rolling i...
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Unfortunately it's all small and cylindrical.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:02 | 1067121 dick cheneys ghost
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not to throw fuel on the fire, but pakistan is heating up over the davis affair.......something to keep an eye on as Rome burns

 

http://nakedempire.wordpress.com/

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:39 | 1067293 kridkrid
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Heard it reported on NPR yesterday.  In normal times, that would be the most critical news item to follow... may still end up being.  So many Ferdinands, so little time.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:04 | 1067122 ziggy59
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notice how the elites were/are able to fly out with private jets, and get the hell-o out of the markets, whilest the sheep bleet and glow in the dark and get the bill to boot..

 

baaaaaaaa

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:08 | 1067138 Cdad
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Indeed, while issuing "buy" Japan calls from the comfort of said private jets.

The new Marxist/Banker party of America.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:02 | 1067383 VinniPukh
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Marxist Bankers? - I'm intrigued, you'll have to explain that one to me...

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:57 | 1067661 MsCreant
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Privatize gains, socialize losses.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:09 | 1067148 SilverRhino
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>>notice how the elites were/are able to fly out with private jets, and get the hell-o out of the markets

That's the ONLY reason they have been propping these markets up with 700 billion USD in Yen and lying their butts off this week.   Save the elites and let them get out of the markets. 

Per BoJ & TEPCo:  F#$% the Japanese people.

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:52 | 1067346 TruthInSunshine
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The elite have spoken:

Let plebes eat yellowcake. To the G5, Jeeves.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:22 | 1067228 franzpick
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Next up:  the post-flight, nude, enhanced scan-down and group shower, with your luggage, clothing and valuables in 1 year quarantine, go home in a hospital robe.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:11 | 1067444 RichardENixon
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Will you still have to pay to check your bag?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:35 | 1067271 cougar_w
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I was watching a video of some guy in a bunny suit radio-scanning Japanese rescue workers in a tent. My first thought was "who they kidding that scanner isn't even on". I mean what they Hell, you think anyone is going to come up positive? Ever? There will someday be hundreds of dead from radiation poisoning over there and there will never have been a single person found exposed.

US airports didn't get the memo, I guess. Japanese fleeing the scene are setting off radiation warnings in the terminal. Well they'll all fix that shortly, yes they will.

We've all had the last warning we'll ever get. Hang on to your hats, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:47 | 1067622 Weaseldog
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They say the radiation detected isn't the kind that comes from nuclear power plants...

So if it's not alpha, Beta or Gamma, then what kind of radiation do these things detect?

Is it tmeporal Radiation? Are they looking for the Tardis?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:04 | 1067124 dbTX
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not going to end well

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:03 | 1067126 Yield2Greatness
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Where is superman?  He should fly in, grab the fuel rods and hurl them into the sun.  At least that's what I would do....

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:33 | 1067264 Freddie Krugerrand
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And where are Sherman & Peabody?  I want to borrow their way-back machine and short the hell out of those uranium stocks!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:58 | 1067371 gmrpeabody
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Believe it or not, I rang the register on all my U stocks last Thursday. One of the very few times my timing was excellent. In fact, I've made myself quite small.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:05 | 1067128 Mesquite
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Sad to watch stupidity in action...

On the helocopters, downstream of the dump valve, attach a flexitube.. Then stick it's end in the target.!!

Just like they pour concrete..!

After all, they set powerline towers with 'copters..

Sheesh.. 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:06 | 1067134 redpill
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They can't get close enough and can't hover due to radiation levels.  They have to make flyovers and drop from higher than is ideal, but otherwise you cook the pilots.

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:12 | 1067167 Rogerwilco
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The Russians put makeshift shields on the copters used for air drops at Chernobyl. Not 100% effective, but better than nothing. Pilots have to wear what is essentially a space suit. Unfortunately, improvisation is not in the Japanese culture.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:17 | 1067196 Mesquite
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Lots of cooked choppers in Chernoybl

graveyard..They just did what had to be done..

This is serious event..Denial and procrastination

and small measures just allow the circumstances

to escalate..(I wish it weren't so..)

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:17 | 1067204 redpill
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The are probably also keenly aware of what health issues those Russian pilots eventually faced.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:48 | 1067324 A Man without Q...
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They were Ukrainian not Russian.  As I recall, many of them died shortly afterwards.  They knew what they were doing and they knew the risks involved.  

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:08 | 1067425 Bicycle Repairman
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True heros.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:04 | 1067396 Ident 7777 economy
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Unfortunately, improvisation is not in the Japanese culture.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - -

THAT explains why the article at the very top of this page mentions lead shields being attached to the Chinooks ...

 

/sarc

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:44 | 1067606 Weaseldog
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And they still died from exposure.

Who wants to volunteer to crew these helicopters?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:14 | 1067180 Mesquite
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Yes..Flexitube could be LONG..

Use imagination..

Before this is over, going to be a lot

of cooked heros..Read Chernoybl book..

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:42 | 1067592 bud-wiser
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Hay I got it, how about a junk shot with golf balls....er....  no a top hat thats the ticket. Jeez they need to consult with the BP engineer wizards.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:05 | 1067129 Alex Kintner
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And now that they are washing all that nuclear ash into the sea, I hope on one is planning a beach vaca in Fukishima in the next 20,000 years.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:26 | 1067232 AZSovreign
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I'm already booked, going to go get my tan on....

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:41 | 1067297 tmosley
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Best tan you'll ever get.  It'll even get your insides nice and crispy!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 13:05 | 1067131 Falkor
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OMG! 

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