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Meet Mike, The Most Radioactive Fish Ever From Fukushima

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Almost two years after the awful nuclear disaster occurred, a fish caught near Fukushima on Friday January 18th had a record-breaking level of radioactive contamination over 2500x the legal limit. TEPCO measured 'Mike the Murasoi' at 254,000 becquerels per kilogram (with the limit for edible seafood at 100 becquerels). As Le Monde reports, the previous record (caught on August 21st 2012) was a mere 25,800 becquerels/kg. As further precautions, TEPCO is installing new nets 20km around the Fukushima Daichi site to avoid highly contaminated fish gettig too far and being consumed by other species. While Mike's family are no doubt distraught (at him being caught and being so radioactive), it appears (somewhat disappointingly) that there is no apparent third eye, lazer fins, legs, or other 'expected' 'blinky' malformations.


Mike - the slightly crispy looking Marusoi...


Doesn't look anything like Blinky...


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Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:22 | 3168928 unwashedmass
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sushi anyone? 

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:26 | 3168933 idea_hamster
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Actually, he was originally a 1" guppy, so his "relatives" are relieved that their gigantified zombie brother is gone....

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:34 | 3168955 Harlequin001
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So, just increase the safety limit for edible seafood.

No problem...

People are going to be used to seeing some pretty big numbers just about everywhere fairly soon anyway...

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:34 | 3168970 BKbroiler
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there's no real problem until they glow in the dark.  

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:35 | 3168976 Harlequin001
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You know you've got a real problem when you look at Blinky and don't see a problem...

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:00 | 3169040 Stackers
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Godzilla for real will be one broken window Keynesian wet dream

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:51 | 3169164 Fukushima Sam
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Eating one pound of this fish is the radiological equivalent of eating over a ton of bananas!

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:20 | 3169216 Real Estate Geek
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Maybe the Germans should check what's makin their catfish grow to 300 lbs.


Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:24 | 3169226 Enslavethechild...
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Feed that fish to the Japanese Bankerticians

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 14:20 | 3170722 espirit
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Thread Hijack.

...and the REAL reason the TSA is removing X-ray machines from airports is that Mike's relatives were last seen entering the country undeclared in the stomachs of Japanese Bankerticians...

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 18:43 | 3169613 magpie
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Really, it's that guy who breeds giant bunnies for North Korea fault

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 21:27 | 3169848 espirit
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Prolly in the tuna and salmon by now.


Sat, 01/19/2013 - 21:34 | 3169860 Bicycle Repairman
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Anyone been to the supermarket and noticed the large gap in price between Atlantic cod and "North Pacific cod"?  Apparently some markets still work and contain important price information.

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 13:38 | 3170653 old naughty
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"Blinky" actually has a hidden twist.

Wikipedia: "The sushi bar that the Simpson family visits is located on a street called Elm Street..."


Nightmare !

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 15:11 | 3170883 Manthong
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Put him in a goldfish bowl and it will look like a freshly poured glass of Pepsi.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 17:04 | 3169439 unrulian
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i'd peg Godzilla at about +1.3 points GDP 

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:01 | 3169043 secret_sam
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The Chinese would probably love those 3-eyed fish.  Eating the fish eye is good luck.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:37 | 3168981 Troll Magnet
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what? wrong thread?


Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:18 | 3169087 e_goldstein
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That never gets old.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:21 | 3169095 The Second Rule
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And another thing about the Jews!!!

Sorry...wrong thread again.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 17:21 | 3169474 Likstane
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...sorry, wrong guy

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:46 | 3168993 Dr. Engali
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Serve it to Ann Coulter. She says radiation is good for us.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:32 | 3169122 Bastiat
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She goes in monthly for her Fuku coolant high colonic.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:21 | 3169220 Real Estate Geek
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I'll give her a high colonic while yelling Fuku

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:31 | 3169232 The Second Rule
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Followed by the Fuku equivalent of a Dirty Sanchez. Goddamn reptile with linoleum tits. She probably is Godzilla.

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 22:40 | 3171732 fiddy pence haf...
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she'll start with the soup

Cream of Sumyounguy




Sat, 01/19/2013 - 16:08 | 3169302 Never One Roach
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Here's a little feller they caught off the coast last week:

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 16:24 | 3169336 The Heart
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"People are going to be used to seeing some pretty big numbers just about everywhere fairly soon anyway..."

Would you care to elaborate on that please?

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 17:27 | 3169487 ThatGuyEhler
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Does he really need to? The price of everything is going up constantly, more people being killed in wars overseas, population is growing exponentially... need I go on?

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 05:40 | 3170304 Buck Johnson
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I know, this is going to be a horrible thing to much of the biosphere.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 16:42 | 3169391 Rogue Trooper
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Ok, now they have 'killed' Mike, I supect that Mummy will not be pleased at all...

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:24 | 3168934 Xibalba
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Fugu, bitchez

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:26 | 3169092 H E D G E H O G
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"TEPCO is installing new nets 20km around the Fukushima Daichi site".................Sorta like a Pandoras' Net type thingy, or the Cork outta the Genies Bottle. I heard they've actually wired that MILLION DOLLAR TUNA up and it's helping power Hiroshima now that their half life is fading. Maybe they could like hang these little fuckers up on the street corners for night light? And, I feel safe as hell because I know that our government FDA is doing their job, when they are on it, in inspecting all that imported fish and shrimp coming from Japan in particular, and Asia in general. It used to be that the Blow Fish was the deadliest "edible" delicacy fish, now it's the Glow Fish.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:32 | 3169121 H E D G E H O G
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AND........It'll be easier to spot all of those Radioactive saturated Californicators when then finally panic and start fleeing East from all the Fuckashima shit. They'll be glowing in the dark? <humor.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 22:42 | 3169982 mkhs
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After crossing the pacific, the Fukushima fallout crosses Cali, and then blows on up to Maine.  Still funny being downwind?

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:30 | 3169235 Real Estate Geek
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Re:  government doing their job, I'd say Nuremberg-type trials are in order.  Many people should be convicted for the crimes against humanity now being committed.



Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:19 | 3169213 El Oregonian
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Pre-heated, just enough to kill off those pesky parasites that they normally pick up during the course their lives.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 21:47 | 3169879 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Isn't sushi supposed to be raw fish? Mike looks like he's pretty well cooked.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 16:49 | 3169408 RafterManFMJ
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True Facts About the Angler Fish

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 17:26 | 3169481 Likstane
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top 10 of all time!

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 17:26 | 3169485 Joe moneybags
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You shoulda seen the size of the worm that they used for bait.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 17:55 | 3169534 Fake Jim Quinn
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Now you know why eating Sushi is a raw deal

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 20:40 | 3169786 Itch
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Sushi is rice. Fish is optional.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:22 | 3168929 Death and Gravity
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With news stories like this, ZH has really jumped the fish...

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:37 | 3168983 Harlequin001
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'... jumped the fish...' - where did that one come from?

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:24 | 3169104 The Second Rule
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It's a ref to 'jumped the shark.'

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 16:15 | 3169316 tenpanhandle
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Jumped the shark?  Where did that one come from?

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 16:55 | 3169420 RafterManFMJ
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Happy Days for us as you're now jumping the shark.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 18:04 | 3169547 robertocarlos
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Late in the series of Happy Days the Fonze attempted to jump a pool full of man-eating sharks with his motor-cycle. He failed to land the jump and Kenny died. 'You bastard!"

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:03 | 3169048 TIMBEEER
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Actually, we pay way too little attention to the radiation problem in Japan. It has a huge impact on all of Japan.

Btw, check out the new Toyota Sievert and Honda Curie!

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:45 | 3169147 sgorem
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and don't forget the Lexus Geiger, or the Infinity Mushroom Cloud, (it runs for ten years on a half pound of Plutonium and then you just toss it and replace. Sweet.......................)

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:37 | 3169245 The Second Rule
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(Options) Headrights. Rights up road arr on its own!

Need a better tagline.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 16:37 | 3169379 Enslavethechild...
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Can you say "all U.S. steel comes from overseas and goes into the structure of every new building in america"? I wouldn't worry about the fish being radioactive.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 19:06 | 3169652 The Second Rule
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Is that joke-resistant body armor you're wearing? Must be...

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:43 | 3169262 El Oregonian
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... Or that fine warm glow, after-dinner alcohol beverage known as "Naga-Sake" produced by a new company owned by USA businessmen connected to the government, and situated just on the outskirts of the Fukushima Prefecture... And... There new slogan is: "We gave up 'Critical' thinking, now we're into 'Critical' drinking". (sarc: off//

Sad state Japan finds itself in. Too bad their government, like ours, totally sucks and these criminals should be banished from the face of the earth (including their Deep Underground Military Bunkers).

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:22 | 3169098 H E D G E H O G
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*Death and Gravity* how apropo..............

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:39 | 3169135 H E D G E H O G
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I've never "jumped the fish" before. Maybe a few young ladies that maybe smelled like a fish, but no, can't recall any fish, but nevertheless, I can't be 100% on that.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 16:13 | 3169313 sgorem
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you musta been down arrowed by a couple of fishy females:)

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:22 | 3168932 SafelyGraze
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"The truth is that much of the time, reporters are just like everyone else: They largely believe what they read in the papers and see on TV. So each successive journalist unconsciously relied on the last for confidence in what he or she was presenting to the public. And this story was one they wanted to believe."


Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:36 | 3168977 nmewn
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"Oh look! They're recycling!" Diane Sawyer

(Eye roll)

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:25 | 3168936 Pooper Popper
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Sun, 01/20/2013 - 13:53 | 3170668 Walt D.
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Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:25 | 3168938 PUD
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Make radioactive lemonade! Mike can be a fuel rod now along with the last bluefin tuna caught before extinction.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:42 | 3168990 Alasdair
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Staying with the Simpsons theme: In Rod We Trust

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:24 | 3169077 HardlyZero
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Its time for a new marketing campaign...pre-cooked fish.  We cook them before we catch them, so all you have to do is eat and enjoy.  No oven or microwave required !   Infinite shelf-life (or 600,000 years).  If you can't find your food, just turn out the lights and the blue glow will help you find your meal.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: if you get within 10 feet of this food product your life insurance will be eliminated and your spawn will have a 24th chromozome added, and a between 1-10 random birth defects which can not be determined at this time.  By eating the product you have certified you have read this disclaimer.   ENJOY this Soylent Food Product !

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:32 | 3169238 The Second Rule
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Bonzai should photoshop that one.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 19:39 | 3169710 balolalo
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"...last bluefin tuna caught before extinction."

We are fucked.  

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 03:35 | 3170261 e_goldstein
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That's the trillion dollar tuna; and as a bonus, you CAN eat it.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:25 | 3168939 Pooper Popper
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Bring me tasty fish

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:05 | 3169051 TIMBEEER
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Good idea. Let's drop Gollum off at the Bay of Fukushima. He'll take care of the fish problem.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:27 | 3168944 Xibalba
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Just as they lied about subprime being contained, I'm sure the radiation is contained...until it's not.  

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:28 | 3168946 secret_sam
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    a fish caught near Fukushima on Friday January 18th had a record-breaking level of radioactive contamination over 2500x the legal limit.

Well I sure hope Mike's prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:35 | 3168974 Troll Magnet
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Eric Holder's ON IT!

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:38 | 3168984 nmewn
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Ummm, errr, ahhhhhh line me up some mutant fish for a photo-op!

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:45 | 3169000 SafelyGraze
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Piers is also ON IT!

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:27 | 3169113 The Second Rule
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Ban assault fish.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:11 | 3169068 foxmuldar
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I wish Holder ate it. 

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:23 | 3169102 GeezerGeek
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I wish it ate Holder.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 17:48 | 3169517 Troll Magnet
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i wish it was our president instead of obullshitter-in-chief.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:15 | 3169083 HardlyZero
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Was Mike weaponized with one of those evil g*ns ?

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 03:37 | 3170262 e_goldstein
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Yes, and then promptly sold to Mexican drug cartels.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:28 | 3168947 apberusdisvet
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Now that both the Pacific and the Gulf are totally fucked from producing edible seafood, what's next?  A disaster in the Atlantic?

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:16 | 3169084 HardlyZero
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Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:30 | 3168952 Schacht Mat
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If a radio active fish self cooks itself, is it still sushi?

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:49 | 3169017 Harlequin001
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No, it becomes McDonald's hamburger I think...

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:30 | 3168953 Miss Expectations
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Do they test fish destined to become cat food for radioactivity or corexit? 

Grandma's cat food dinner option looks worse than ever.

(NO sarc:  This is really terrible news)

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:35 | 3168969 francis_sawyer
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No ~ they just grind it up & feed it to the soldiers... So don't worry ~ your cat is safe [for now]...

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:32 | 3168956 Monedas
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2500 x legal limit and 1/10,000 x the remotest possibility of harming anyone with even 100 years of exposure !   I wouldn't eat that fish because it's ugly !  We need more radiation to accelerate genetic mutation .... because, we need people who understand Capitalism .... in all it's naked glory !

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:46 | 3169010 Bastiat
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I'd be happy to filet it for you.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:07 | 3169060 TIMBEEER
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Yes, lead by example.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:01 | 3169182 francis_sawyer
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That fish doesn't look any worse than your average Lake Erie perch...

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:31 | 3168957 resurger
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yes ma'am...Can i have Fries with that , please!


Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:31 | 3168958 gould's fisker
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It's only a matter of time before Godzilla breaks through the sea floor and wreaks havoc on Tokyo.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:41 | 3168988 HardAssets
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Wish he'd swim to D.C. instead

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 03:39 | 3170263 e_goldstein
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I'd pay a silver dollar if Godzilla made his way to NYC and stepped on Mayor Mikey.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:43 | 3168996 resurger
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Fishzilla, lol

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:18 | 3169089 HardlyZero
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Uhhh...we must...move DC to Tokyo first to defend Tokyo !  Then there will be no Mike ability to attack Tokyo...we will have the strength of the world behind Tokyo and we will defeat them utterly !

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:31 | 3168960 The Gooch
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"The world is in trouble."


Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:33 | 3168965 patb
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think he glows at night?

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 22:49 | 3169992 andrewp111
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In very short wavelengths he does. You just need the right kind of camera.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:33 | 3168966 Insideher Trading
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Better than evil carbon producing fossil fuels.

Go Green!

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:34 | 3168972 Payne
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find some Radioactive anchovies and you will scare me, Tuna food chain !

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:21 | 3169094 HardlyZero
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Tuna has been off my food list for over a year now.   I guess farm raised food will be in our future...or maybe this will be a fantastic business opportunity for the Soylent Corporation.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:30 | 3169117 The Second Rule
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Fleet boats have been hauling in radioactive tuna in San Diego for over a year. They just don't report on it anymore. I think ZH did actually report on it though, quite awhile ago.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:41 | 3168978 Monedas
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Except for me .... this is a who's who of the Saturday morning socialist nerds who infest this blog .... make a copy for post "bubble pop" extermination contingency plans !  Good fishing, Tyler .... the net is full of glittering monuments of socialist naivete ! These are the handi-capped parking space users of the ZH super market !

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 23:23 | 3170044 mkhs
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Don't be so modest, Mondas.  Oh, damn, now I'm on the list.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:40 | 3168987 Atomizer
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Japan: we yell filer in happy theater in hopes to cash in..

S&P Japan unit rapped over CDO ratings mistakes


Everything comes full circle in exposing a gambling mess & who collects what..

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:41 | 3168989 Dr. Engali
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Did something happen in Japan? I don't believe it because the TV didn't tell me.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:45 | 3169005 hairball48
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You still watch TV?


Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:49 | 3169015 FoeHammer
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I'll fill you in. Everything is A O.K.!

Now back to your regularly scheduled PROGRAMMING.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:43 | 3168991 Martin Silenus
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One fish, two fish, red fish...MY GOD WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT???

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:28 | 3169221 ZeroAvatar
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That, my good fellow, is a Black Snapper.  What next?  Clams with  beards?

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 16:02 | 3169295 AgAu_man
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What's wrong with "clams with beards"?  Don't you like hairy clams?  Or pearl-diving? 

Martha keeps telling me that I should try these.  ;-)

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:47 | 3168998 moonstears
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Reminds me, saw on the boob-tube BK rolling out a fish "sammich" to compete w/ McD's here in the South Eastern USA. Coincidence?

Oh, guess they're (BK glowing(?) fish sammich) "bigger" too?

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:44 | 3168999 Ralph Spoilsport
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Radioactive fish are no problem for "The Irradia Couple". They need to eat radiation to survive.

Love the glowing green eyes.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:45 | 3169002 Poofter Priest
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Oh good!

[NOW] they are installing the nets.


Hope the nets are very 'fine' so to contain the radio active seawater also.



Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:47 | 3169011 JackT
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How much sea life exists from the Fuku shoreline to the 20km net?

What about sea life that can easily flow through the net, like plankton? 

2nd generation of tuna, born off the shores of Japan should be arriving off the US coast soon.  Can't wait to see what those test results show. 



Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:32 | 3169123 The Second Rule
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Radioactive tuna already reported in San diego over a year ago. Article's somewhere here on ZH but I'm too lazy to search for it.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 18:44 | 3169614 BigInJapan
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Here in Japan, one must always endeavor to appear as though you have a solution to a given problem, despite the fact you have nothing but stupid, government funded gimmicks.

Otherwise known in Japanese as "ganbaru", which loosely translates to "look busy".

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:47 | 3169012 Inthemix96
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This fish out side the harbour in Japan says to his mate,

"You know what?, I am sick and tired, of feeling ill and fatigued"

(think about it ZHers)


Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:48 | 3169014 ShrNfr
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What's that in BEDs (Bananna Equivalent Doses)?

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:51 | 3169019 PrintemDano
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The fact that this fish was @ 2500x the LEGAL limit and was still alive tells me all I need to know about the veracity of government limits [the same government that calls CO2 a pollutant, prints $$, and tries to disarm it's citizens].  Never believe ANY utterance of government.  I'll have some chips with that live, and apparently healthy fish.   

     Apparently the fish didn't get the Cover sheet on it's TPS report or else would have died from being @ 2500x the government limit for radiation.


  Down arrow away, just remember the same government that you completely distrust you suddenly trust on radiation limits.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:07 | 3169061 Poofter Priest
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Run with that one.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:18 | 3169074 Lore
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Keep the fish alive and revisit it when it's old and grey.

I have known a few people who were exposed to SOMEthing early in their lives who died decades later with their bodies riddled with tumours.

Most ZHers understand that the long term ramifications of Fukushima are not being discussed. Fukushima is like depleted Ux: verboten in Western media.

It is STILL pouring radiation. They STILL haven't got it under control.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:25 | 3169110 PrintemDano
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Lots of living things get cancer when they are old and grey.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:37 | 3169249 Freddie
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There pretty much is not a way to get it under control.  If you saw the pictures you would understand.  It is like that game where you pull sticks out and hope and the marbles do not fall out.  They almost cannot move anything especiall BLDG 4.  If 4 collapses then the world is pretty mcuh ****ed.   Meanwhile Operation Mockingbird (CIA news and TV) including TV and Hollywood give Ben Affleck awards about the fictional capture of Bin Laden who was dead years ago.   F TV F Hollywood F the libs.   Affleck wants to run for the Senate in Mass.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 16:00 | 3169290 DoChenRollingBearing
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You wrote:

"Affleck wants to run for the Senate in Mass."

Tells you everything you need to know about the once great state, or great until some 100 years ago.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 16:22 | 3169329 AgAu_man
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Rhetorical question:  Why would they have knocked off THE best poster boy of all time?  I.e. The Poster Boy for DoD's budgeting and free-range ops.

Heck, if he weren't a genuine "Rebel Without A Cause", why, a person with even a bit of imagination + deviousness (found by the hundreds or thousands in intel agencies and think tanks), would have to think that he was the best double-agent of all time.  The controllable FLY STRIP to attract all those uncontrollable Flies.  That, my friend, is what you call a paradigm-shift in how to see that... "rebel"/"asset":  Project Fly Strip.

At some point, as John Le Carre pointed out in one of his spy novels (The Spy Who Came In From The Cold), even the best agents need to retire, and "come in from the cold". 

Don't know who or what they dumped into the ocean under such... 'controlled' conditions (we've all seen the Bond movie!), but my fiat says that The Rebel (The Asset) is having a jolly good time shaggin wife number... whatever on his estate back home.  You'd never recognize him if you were to see him now -- all shaved, hair cut and in a nice Armani suit.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:23 | 3169099 PrintemDano
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Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:22 | 3169100 PrintemDano
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I didn't hear anyone say unlimited radiation is not harmful.   Read into things much?

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:53 | 3169026 Super Broccoli
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so good side of the line is for japanese consumption, tepco's side for export !

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:57 | 3169036 Inthemix96
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In fact fuck it.

We know the world is fucked so lets have a laugh.  Pretend its Friday, and I'll go first,

This doctor comes into the ward and has a grave look on his face, he goes up to the seriously ill patient who screams at him,

"DOCTOR, Help!!!, I can't feel my legs!!!!!"

"Thats right", says the doctor,

"After the car crash, we had to amputate them".

Boom fucking boom, next?

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:59 | 3169038 marcusfenix
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hi mike.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:00 | 3169041 rufusbird
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New convenience food, NO cooking required!

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:06 | 3169055 razorthin
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Fukushima will be renamed Leukeshima.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:06 | 3169057 Rusty Shorts
Sat, 01/19/2013 - 16:47 | 3169404 The Heart
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See below.


Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:12 | 3169062 Ham-bone
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Luckily it's a really big world and Japans problems will never affect me here in Oregon...phewww.

...or is it effect me...always perplexed by that one...will the glowing in the Pacific affect me or effect me???  Hard to say.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:48 | 3169157 JustPrintMoreDuh
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Just a little highly energetic snow ... nothing to get into a fit over.  So did you hear about Lance Armstrong?

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 17:18 | 3169377 The Second Rule
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OK. It's hard to tell what's going on in this video because there's no information in the about section. But, the unit on the left is an Inspector Alert Nuclear Radiation Monitor, a unit that sells for about a $1000 and is considered fairly accurate, if you don't contaminate the sensor (the sensor is shielded in plastic so we can assume the user followed the directions). According to the user manual here is how the Inspector works:

The Inspector Alert uses a Geiger-Mueller tube to detect radiation. The Geiger tube generates a pulse of electrical current each time radiation passes through the tube and causes ionization. Each pulse is electronically detected and registers as a count.

Here's the key to this video. Stop the video at exactly 0.22s. In the still frame you can see clearly that the "mode switch" is set to milliroentgens per hour (mR/hr). You can also see that the unit is using SI settings because the LCD screen is clearly displaying µSv/hr in the lower right hand side of the panel. So, now that we know what system of units we're using and what mode we're in we can see that the unit is reading 62 µSv/hr  avg. referencing a table from Wiki:


1) 5 to 10 µSv --one set of dental radiographs
2) 80 µSv --average dose to people living within 16 km of Three Mile Island accident
3) 400 to 600 µSv -- two-view mammogram, using weighting factors updated in 2007


1) 0.27 µSv/h avg -- Human exposure to natural background radiation, global average
2) 2.7
µSv/h avg -- Natural background radiation at airline cruise altitude
) 15 µSv/h avg -- Ambient field inside most radioactive house in Ramsar, Iran
4) 90 µSv/h avg -- Natural radiation on a monazite beach near Guarapari, Brazil.
5) 100 µSv/h avg -- NRC definition of a high radiation area in a nuclear power plant, warranting a chain-link fence.

So the chronic dose examples are rather alarming. If I got the dosimetry calcs right this is equal to 230X global background radiation average! 6-10 hours standing in this spot is the equivalent of a 2-view mammogram. Just a little less than 40 µSv/h shy of the NRC threshhold for a nuclear plant high radiation area.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 17:22 | 3169476 Rusty Shorts
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Apparently this guy has a website =

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 17:44 | 3169497 The Second Rule
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Nihongo ga wakarimasen.

But I just calculated that if you spent 64 weeks on this spot you would have received the equivalent of the highest dose by a worker responding to the Fukushima emergency. 0.67 Sieverts. A massive dose. Almost sure to cause cancer -- 0.1 Sv is the lowest annual dose linked to increased cancer risk. But, according to our trustworthy friends at PBS:

"...spending a day in a town near the Fukushima plant will expose a person to an extra 3.5 microsieverts of radiation"

Hmm. I would move to "that" town, because that works out to about five minutes spent in "this" town.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 17:48 | 3169518 Rusty Shorts
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Thanks, the Fukushima catastrophe is an ongoing catastrophe. Unbelievable indeed.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 16:52 | 3169407 The Heart
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Holy macaroni! THAT!!! high, maybe the highest publicly recorded reading to date.

Where is this located? Do you know?

Normal background should be .020-.080 uSv/hr.

These redings are very very high. One Sievert is too high!

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 17:02 | 3169437 The Second Rule
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Yes, you're right. These are incredibly high readings. I forgot to mention normal background readings and corrected the post.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:13 | 3169076 Joebloinvestor
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What should scare the crap out of everyone is that it started out as a crab.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:13 | 3169078 foxmuldar
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Remember when acid rain was the big scare? They recommended you eat only one fish you caught per week. Now they radiate everything you eat and say its good for you. WTF!

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 14:13 | 3169079 seek
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Just FYI... That works out to 3 millisiverts per year if you ate a kilogram of fish.

On one hand, not significantly dangerous (short term) ... on the other, eating a fish would basically more than double your annual radiation exposure. That can't be good.

Japanese annual fish consumption is 70kg per year, if they were all Mike, they'd be getting an extra .25 Sv per year.

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