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Tokyo Almost As Irradiated As Fukushima

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Tokyo Almost As Irradiated As Fukushima

 

We’ve documented the spread of radiation from Fukushima to Tokyo for a year and a half.  See this, this, this, this, this and this.

Unfortunately, as the following recent headlines from Ene News show, things are only getting worse:

  • Tokyo getting 5 times more radioactive fallout than prefectures closer to Fukushima

And we’ve previously noted that the radiation will spread worldwide (by water and air). For example:

A new study says that the West Coast will get slammed with radioactive cesium starting in 2015 

American Sailors Sue Tepco for Lying about Fukushima

Preface:  Before you get too mad at the Japanese, remember that the U.S. government and nuclear industry are just as bad.  And America is largely dictating Japanese nuclear policy.

Courthouse News Service reports:

Eight crew members of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, whose home port is San Diego, sued the Tokyo Electric Power Co. in Federal Court.

 

They claim the utility company, “a wholly owned public benefit subsidiary of the government of Japan,” misrepresented radiation levels to lull the U.S. Navy “into a false sense of security.”

 

Lead plaintiff Lindsay R. Cooper claims Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) intentionally concealed the dangerous levels of radiation in the environment from U.S. Navy rescue crews working off the coast of Japan after the March 10, 2011 earthquake and tsunami set off the nuclear disaster.

 

“TEPCO pursued a policy to cause rescuers, including the plaintiffs, to rush into an unsafe area which was too close to the FNPP [Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant] that had been damaged. Relying upon the misrepresentations regarding health and safety made by TEPCO … the U.S. Navy was lulled into a false sense of security,” the complaint states.

 

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Six of the eight plaintiffs worked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier; two worked in air contamination or the “air department.” One sued also on behalf of her infant daughter.

 

Japan called the relief effort Operation Tomadachi.

 

The complaint states: “Defendant TEPCO and the government of Japan, conspired and acted in concert, among other things, to create an illusory impression that the extent of the radiation that had leaked from the site of the FNPP was at levels that would not pose a threat to the plaintiffs, in order to promote its interests and those of the government of Japan, knowing that the information it disseminated was defective, incomplete and untrue, while omitting to disclose the extraordinary risks posed to the plaintiffs who were carrying out their assigned duties aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan.” [Even an official Japanese inquiry found "collusion between the government, the regulators and Tepco"]

 

It adds: “Defendant represented and warranted that the levels of contamination to which the plaintiffs would be exposed were less than harmful to them and that their presence during ‘Operation Tomadachi’ would not cause any different or greater harm to them than they may have experienced on missions in the past. …

 

“At all times relevant times, the defendant, TEPCO, was aware that exposure to even a low dose of radiation creates a danger to one’s health [that's true] and that it is important to accurately report actual levels.

 

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And, they say: “Defendants had actual and/or constructive knowledge of the properties of radiation that would ensure that, once released into the environment, radiation would spread further and in concentrations that would cause injury to the plaintiffs.”

 

The plaintiffs claim the government deliberately misled them: “the Japanese government kept representing that there was no danger of radiation contamination to the U.S.S. Reagan … and/or its crew, that ‘everything is under control,’ ‘all is OK, you can trust us,’ and there is ‘no immediate danger’ or threat to human life, all the while lying through their teeth about the reactor meltdowns at FNPP. [While the Japanese government hid radiation from its own people, it purportedly did share it with the U.S. military.]

 

“Such reports were widely circulated with the defendant, TEPCO’s, organization at the time it was published, despite the fact that the defendant knew that higher levels of radiation existed within the area whereat the plaintiffs and their vessel would be and were operating.”

 

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“According to then-existing data uniquely known to the defendant at the time, the plaintiffs’ consequent exposure to radiation within their zone of operation, then indicated that radiation levels had already reached levels exceeding the levels of exposure to which those living the same distance from Chernobyl experienced who subsequently developed cancer,” the complaint states. [Yup.]

 

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The sailors say they “face additional and irreparable harm to their life expectancy, which has been shortened and cannot be restored to its prior condition.”

But surely the Japanese government and Tepco are on top of things now …

Not exactly:

 

 


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Sat, 12/29/2012 - 13:04 | Link to Comment ferret
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I have been monitoring radiation levels here in Sacramento CA ever since Fukeshima.  My methodology is to remove my car air filter and measure it for radiation.  Have not noticed any measurable changes until just recently. 

The background radiatian measured in counts per minute:

Mean: 38.3 Std Dev: 6.15  Min: 22.0  Max: 56.00

My most recent filter measurements are:

Mean: 41.3  Std Dev: 5.93   Min 29.00  Max 58.00

As you can see there are some barely perceptable increases.  Insignificant (statistcally), but there appears to be some increase.  Nothing to worry about at these levels.

 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 02:56 | Link to Comment One World Mafia
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It's more than just about what's in the air. eg from a link from the article:

MIT says that seawater which is itself radioactive may begin hitting the West Coast within 5 years.

In 10 years, peak radioactive cesium levels off of the West Coast of North America could be 10 times higher than at the coast of Japan.

As we’ve previously noted, Reuters reports that Alaskan seals are suffering mysterious lesions and hair loss:

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 04:08 | Link to Comment Clashfan
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Terrific read here, GW. TY.

 

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 19:05 | Link to Comment Cult of Criminality
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Flattrader

I have had a clue for a very long time.some things you have to read completely.There was some sarc there.Get a clue yourself Moron.

Tragedy your trades are flat

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 15:44 | Link to Comment el Gallinazo
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Hmm.  Did the sailors also mention in their suit that the multibillion dollar nuclear powered and armed aircraft carrier Ronald Reagon had no testing equipment onboard to check radiation levels including leakage from its own powerplant and weapons?  Blame it on Jimmy Carter, and Ronald forgot to buy the stuff afterwards with his Alzheimer's problem and all.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 14:34 | Link to Comment Joebloinvestor
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Just more bowing and apologizing and then back to business as usual.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 14:22 | Link to Comment anonnn
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Go directly to a proven source to understand  nuclear radiation hazards:

Dr. Ernest Sternglass speaks from from a lifetime of experience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzRVXGnu6Js

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 14:09 | Link to Comment samlowrey
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I wonder why we didn't go the thorium route way back when?  I'll give you two guesses....... 

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 14:42 | Link to Comment koncaswatch
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OK I'll bite:

1) bombs easier to produce from uranium

2) depleted uranium ammo is a usefull people management tool.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 21:32 | Link to Comment Element
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Let's also note that you don't need a reactor to make a miniaturized light-weight deliverable tactical U-235 a-bomb that can stop a fielded invasion army or a major fleet quickly and permanently. The notion now so common among young naive dumb hipsters, that dozens of countries aren't actively pursuing and prepping that sort of capability, minus the horrible needless expense and dangers of a reactor industry, is quite absurd. As South Africa proved beyond dispute about 34 years ago, that any country with determination can do this, and they did it in under ten years with incredibly simple means and techniques. Plus they did it amazingly cheaply and it was done with outstanding confidentiality and secrecy.

Plus Australia proved beyond any dispute that it was entirely possible to enrich uranium in secret in plain view, as it operated not just one but five separate secret uranium enrichment programs, between 1965 thru 1998. And it operated all of these programs actually inside a secured compound within an IAEA-inspected declared nuclear reactor site! They just learned how to disguise it in plain view, and produced an air of probity and ethical professional behavior, in which uranium-enrichment was going on all the time, without suspicions being voiced about it.

[But let's face it, the IAEA would have had some clue that something was occurring, they just didn't dare bring it up in public forums and reports. Probably because there was real fundamental enrichment breakthroughs occurring with laser resonance, and the US wanted this technology as well, and what to look for. so they let it ride. What we do know though is that the US and the UN both new Australia understood how to hide nuclear proliferation, and that is precisely what Australians figured very prominently in the post-Gulf-War v1.0, WMD weapons program searches. Australia was thus being indirectly recognized as the best-of-the-best at hiding stuff like WMD programs.]

Combine U-235 and computer CAD and CNC machining and you can quickly prefabricate a small, light-weight variable-yield tactical nuclear munition, in a 'safe' and low-radiation emission design, plus do it surprisingly cheaply, and make it 100% ready to immediately install on an advanced long-range cruise missile (which is also 1940s-derived technology, BTW).

So anyone who still thinks the IAEA or some other agreement or supra-national agency is ever going to, nor can, or has the ability to do anything to prevent nuclear proliferation, via a reactor-less U-235 path is totally kidding themselves. That horse bolted about 40 years ago, basically at the very same time as the NPT was being ratified world-wide. In fact, the NPT did not make it illegal for Australia or South Africa to do this as long as they didn't actually put a fissile weapon-core into an assembled deliverable gravity bomb, or cruise missile chassis. They could go all the way up to, but not including placing the HEU in a viable munition. And at that point neither has done virtually anything they aren't entitled to do, they still would not be specifically breaching the NPT!

That's the practical reality of the toothless NPT regime.

Yes, you can get to bombs, and also to much higher deliverable yield at long-range, via super expensive reactors, super-messy and rather implicitly dangerous reactors at that, but you don't have to do any of that, especially if you have multiple active and passive forms of sub-ten-meter precision navigation and guidance systems available. Who needs high-yield then?

Well, unless you want a strategic-EMP capability, then you might need the reactors to seriously boost the yield to thermonuclear levels [But curiously, except for tritium and li6, recent analysis and theory supposes that all current US thermonuclear weapon designs may be almost solely constructed from HEU and DU tamper and integrated casing. Some have suggested these design do not even have nor need a plutonium initiator stage, nor a Pu 'spark-plug', within the second stage. If so, a country could potentially have a very effective small strategic-yield arsenal, and you'd never know this, unless they used it on you.].

But in that case an EMP attack would cause all the reactors under the affected region to meltdown and explode because the systems needed to continuously supply coolant to them would cease to function or be supplied with fuel for quite some time. They would all pop, and all the spent-fuel-pools would burn. You wouldn't even have to hit a ground target with a single nuke in order to destroy whole countries. But of course that would poison the entire globe and we would all start to die of cancers and diseases before we even got to reproductive age, and thus humans would exterminate themselves.

Other than that, it's great.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 00:06 | Link to Comment Setarcos
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Thanks for all the info, not least about Australia, which I did not know ... but knowing the lack of moral fibre of Australian goverments (with the exception of the CIA-deposed Whitlam Government) I'm not surprized in the least.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 22:33 | Link to Comment The Heart
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As always Sir El, outstanding!

Thank you.

Never going to forget being in another dimension watching the movie "Wizards" and having been literally blown away by what it depicted back in those trippy years of 77 and then wondering, how could such a thing ever possibly happen in a world of peace and sanity?

You have summed up well Element one of the many possible ways there could be to make such a scenario depicted in the beginning of this movie come true. We all of course pray that sane minds and Hearts will prevail. Watch now this mind blowing movie and ask, where were you in 1977 when this hit the theaters? See any similarities here?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgol5_00prc

Saw this in 85 and wondered the same thing. How could this happen? For extra credit kids, read the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion to see the mechanisms they will use to quell the last of those unruly seditious americans.:

http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/przion1.htm

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Thu, 12/27/2012 - 14:09 | Link to Comment Rustysilver
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George Washington,

What are Japanese doing with the Nuclear Plant in the north of the country. Apparently the ground underneath is unstable.  The company wants to do "more study".  The whole island chain is uninhabitable.

 

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 14:18 | Link to Comment George Washington
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The study will continue until the next major earthquake?

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 22:39 | Link to Comment The Heart
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Sanity has no patients for willful ignorance. It will however, be there to save when the desire for eternal life returns.

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Thu, 12/27/2012 - 13:02 | Link to Comment dexter_morgan
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I love the see this's!

"See this, this, this, this, this and this."

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 14:11 | Link to Comment George Washington
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What would you suggest as a better alternative writing format?

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 15:59 | Link to Comment aerojet
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A bulleted list with actual article titles perhaps?  I know, crazy idea...

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 16:03 | Link to Comment George Washington
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Fair enough, but I've already got so many bulleted titles in post, it would be too much ...

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 12:05 | Link to Comment Winston Smith 2009
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Nuclear power using modern, much safer reactor designs are the only route to adequate power in the future.  Both major reactor accidents in history were due to a combination of idiotic choices by management (in Japan, GE warned long before the accidents that the tsunami walls should be greatly increased in height, that they should move their diesel supply above ground and elevate their generators) and ancient reactor designs.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 16:39 | Link to Comment Diogenes
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It's good to know nuclear disasters are only caused by human error and bad planning. Now that the government is in charge, we have nothing to worry about. (sarkylert)

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 22:42 | Link to Comment The Heart
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And what about the Stuxnet attack by isreal?

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Thu, 12/27/2012 - 14:28 | Link to Comment WTFUD
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Japan is a zombie state that is unable to Receive at every level! Unfortunately just as in US/UK we are witnessing such a decay in the infrastructure that requires Immediate attention ; all whilst the Private Equity Intelligensia are more concerned about sales of Toyota than how many bridges etc will fall on them.

Health and well being of the Folks be it foreigners or nationals is so far a non issue it makes me cry.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 13:13 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Idiotic choices?

Why do you act as if the Mafia is an engineering firm? Their focus is singular. Plunder within the guise of public service.

It's the hallmark of governance.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 13:25 | Link to Comment Freddie
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Well in Japan you have the politcians, Yakuza (mafia) and TEPCO management.  What could go wrong? 

In the USA you have the same thing.  Just replace Yakuza with unions - same gangsters.

What is staggering is you have idiots in places like Calif going on and on about the environment and fakw GW and not a word about this.  This is the real deal.   The CO2 crap and AGW is total BS that does not affect the earth.

Even oil drilling is not much different than normal cracks in the mantle leaking oil in the oceans.  Fukashima is a game changer and a major major problem.  Not a word from the NWO leftist news media.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 14:50 | Link to Comment mendigo
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This is the result of close cooperation between government and private industry followed by demonstrated lack of accountability. How bad could it be really. we use to mock the Russians for thier cooruption and inept government - what happened? And the Japanese of all countries set the standard for laziness, corruption, general incomptence..clearly there is no godzira.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 13:11 | Link to Comment TrulyStupid
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Given that management is prone to idiotic choices (there are many more than just 2 incidents... there are no minor reactor incidents) perhps there is no safe choice in reactor design and implementation.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 13:03 | Link to Comment Freddie
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+1

There are some newer technologies that are a lot better. It seems like the govts block them at every turn.

TEPCO had the Yakuza doing maintenance on the plant and it was a joke.  Sort of like the Teamsters doing the work.  The pipes were a mess.    There was a reactor further up the coast that had higher tsunami walls that was fine.   The Japanese piss govt spending away on the dumbest things like the Obama Admin and NWO/BUSH's wars.  Building better tsunami walls and retiring these old plants would have saved Japan.  Storing spent fuel plus MOX fuel.

Too late now.  Sadly - this will not be fixed.  Fukashima is so effed up that it is like trying to defuse a nuclear weapon.  They make one mistake and it gets even worse. 

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 14:39 | Link to Comment koncaswatch
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The thorium technology seems to be of interest to India:
www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/02/india_unveils_thorium_reactor/

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 13:09 | Link to Comment dexter_morgan
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Maybe this is all a part of the plan - world too densely populated now according to TPTB.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 12:01 | Link to Comment markar
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Look at the bright side. The earth will get a badly needed hiatus from mankind for at least 10 million years.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 13:02 | Link to Comment suteibu
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"The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles … hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worldwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages … And we think some plastic bags and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet isn’t going anywhere. WE are!

We’re going away. Pack your shit, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Maybe a little Styrofoam … The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas." - George Carlin

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 11:58 | Link to Comment Laddie
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When Obama authorized 9 new nuclear power plants in 2011, when he ordered the monitors to be removed from the Pacific Northwest, when Hillary Rodthem Clinton immediately said that FOOD from Japan would continue to be imported, when the government STOPPED testing MILK for radiation within a week of Fukushima, these acts and the many afterwards, told me that it was VERY bad.

And the people mired down with profit and loss don't know and don't care that the food they eat, the water they drink, the air they breathe is contaminated.

The Japanese are revenging themselves on the Whites.

A Radioactive Nightmare
As fallout from Fukushima heads our way, the government turns a blind eye

By Michael Collins 06/07/2012

Millions of Southern Californians and tourists seek the region’s famous beaches to cool off in the sea breeze and frolic in the surf. Those iconic breezes, however, may be delivering something hotter than the white sands along the Pacific.

Buckyballs.

According to a recent U.C. Davis study, uranium-filled nanospheres are created from the millions of tons of fresh and salt water used to try to cool down the three molten cores of the stricken reactors. The tiny and tough buckyballs are shaped like British Association Football soccer balls.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 22:52 | Link to Comment The Heart
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"And the people mired down with profit and loss don't know and don't care that the food they eat, the water they drink, the air they breathe is contaminated."

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20121226/NEWS06/121229435

Evil is as evil is...stupid is as stupid does.

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Thu, 12/27/2012 - 13:15 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Yet the sheeple demand I vote in support of this obviously criminal enterprise.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 12:23 | Link to Comment steelhead23
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Perhaps it would be useful to inform the forum of the dangers of cesium137, and how it can enter our bodies.  Because cesium is highly soluble one could ingest it in water or milk.  It is rapidly metabolized and does not tend to accumulate in tissues.  However, it is a strong beta and gamma emitter and while one dose may not kill you, the more doses you get, the higher your risk of cancer.  I have to wonder whether strontium 90 is also being emitted at significant rates.  Fukushima may not be the end of the world as we know it, but is certainly going to change life in Japan.

BTW - Stone & Webster, the same company that built Fuki is slated to build three new ones here in the U.S.  Isn't that lovely. http://www.gregpalast.com/completely-and-utterly-fail-in-an-earthquake/

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 11:31 | Link to Comment TrulyStupid
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"I'll give you my nukes when you pry (or take) it from my cold, dead hands"

-Charlton Hestonagi

Past President,

National Irradiated Assoc.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 11:27 | Link to Comment suteibu
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"Japan called the relief effort Operation Tomadachi (sic)."

Operation Tomodachi (friends) was the creation of the Pentagon designed, in part, to quell the growing anti-American troops sentiment on Okinawa and other areas surrounding US bases.  What is ironic is that the Japan-based (South of Tokyo) CVN George Washington went to sea to escape the radiation while the CVN Reagan sailed from Singapore to provide relief.

http://www.c3iopscenter.com/currentops/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/C3iNews-OpTomodachi2011.jpg

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 11:00 | Link to Comment rsnoble
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If this doesn't blow everyone's short out of the water I don't know what will.  Japan will become totally radiated, millions die and another earthquake come along and sink the entire fucking island. But bet your ass there will still be a Japanese stock exchange lol.  They'll transfer all their digiatal zeros and printing press info to the US, it will be as if they never left us. LOL.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 23:02 | Link to Comment The Heart
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Go east of Japan? No, it is all going that way to California and the USA. To Canada and South America too. Higher and higher readings over the past year and a half indicate a rise in world contamination.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upg2eqNbF3w

Canada is getting bad, but it is really bad in South America. Is this from Australia?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSSyC3p9K5s

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Thu, 12/27/2012 - 10:56 | Link to Comment pine_marten
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The carpet too is moving under you

and it's all over now

baby blue

 

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 10:43 | Link to Comment Trenchf00t
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The week wouldn't be complete without a B.S. - filled article from GW. Way to go, Tyler! Bout the only thing good here anymore are the photoshops and limmericks!

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 11:29 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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Say, Barry, is that you?

Did Santa Marx leave coal for your Xmas?

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 13:31 | Link to Comment Shell Game
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Coal has an ironic, more punative, twist in this case, eh?  ;)

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 11:14 | Link to Comment Stoploss
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Pack your shit. I will purchase a ticket for you to Fukushima, and have a chopper drop you at the front gate.

 

 

 

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 10:24 | Link to Comment nah
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California should check on their nuclear reactors

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them things could be dangerous

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 09:59 | Link to Comment Fix It Again Timmy
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And multiple catastrophic episodes in the USA are kept at bay by Circulating Water which magically occurs and is not dependent on anything other than the beneficence of the Universe...

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 09:37 | Link to Comment mrktwtch2
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who cares..as long as it doesnt come here..if we had a meldowN here would it be on the news a yr later in japan..NO!!

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 10:50 | Link to Comment flattrader
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>>>...as long as it doesnt come here...<<<

It is coming down here, moron.

Heard of rain-out?

Hot snow?

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