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China Unleashes Building-Gobbling Sinkhole To Spur GDP Growth

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While everyone knows that devastation and cataclysm are wildly bullish in a broken-window-fally-based Keynesian world where everything is incrementally positive and bad is good. It would appear that China has taken that 'fallacy' one step too far as a giant sinkhole is 'gobbling' up buildings across Guangzhou. We assume this sinkhole was unleashed to help maintain GDP amid the now factual decline in labor force that we discussed yesterday.



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Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:33 | 3198869 Headbanger
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iHole ??

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:43 | 3198888 Temporis
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If only that would happen at Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC.

Between 20th NW and 21st St NW...

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:44 | 3198927 brewing
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easy way to get rid of excess home inventory.  the u.s. should try it...

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:49 | 3198943 Pladizow
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Hory Shit!

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:51 | 3198949 HoofHearted
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So, we get a bunch of broken window fallacies here, but we can also add in a new "sinkhole fallacy."

The big sinkhole we have in this country is the Congress + Executive Branch. And we see how that has turned out...

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:55 | 3198969 Harlequin001
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At least the shower still works. As usual the build quality in China is still 'excellent'...

Second(s) to none so to speak...

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:56 | 3198976 Pure Evil
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Has the Large Hadron Collider yet again unleashed another black hole?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:07 | 3199024 idea_hamster
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Uh, excuse me, but the proper term is "deployes," thank you very much.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:44 | 3199158 fourchan
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they build buildings to fill the sink holes. shovel ready, red china style.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:06 | 3199221 Theosebes Goodfellow
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4chan, you crafty thunder-thief! I thought it rather smart of those industrious Chinese to fill their sinkholes with buildings! I wonder how that plan to use all those concrete trucks seen in the latter part of the video panned out. I guess that the damned thing's gotta' stop sucking up solids sooner or later...

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 14:49 | 3199573 akak
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In China, even the ground is blobbing-up.

Talk about being consumptionalized!

Make me laugh.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:57 | 3198980 Harlequin001
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I bet that if you put all the gold that was ever mined in that hole you'd probably fill it, just.

Whereas the sinkhole that could be filled with all the paper money ever printed is probably the size of Yellowstone...

Just saying...

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:35 | 3199122 sdmjake
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Per this old news story, the National Money Hole is in the New Mexico desert...,14289/

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:46 | 3198934 Joe Davola
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Fire up them concrete pumpers and fill 'er up.  Probably build a new 43 story high rise on it in the next week.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:52 | 3198956 Harlequin001
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Oh look, nature has cleared the way for another nuclear reactor.


Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:18 | 3199255 Matt
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Do you think they'll take the time to have geologists and engineers check if the sinkhole will recur?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 14:22 | 3199471 Chief_Illiniwek
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Those concrete pumps weren't borrowed from the Fukushima site, were they?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:24 | 3199278 sgt_doom
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Sadly, the sanitation and sewage engineering is still a mite more superior here than in China (by a long shot).

I recall a friendly argument back in the early 1990s I had with a Chinese academic who marvelled at how easily the Chinese built their houses (couple slabs of wood thrown together) while Americans insisted on building sturdy houses.

The very next next a massive earthquake in China conveniently and sadly proved my point to him.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:40 | 3199335 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Sadly, the sanitation and sewage engineering is still a mite more superior here than in China (by a long shot).

Well, c'mon, what's it take to engineer a roadside?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 14:04 | 3199421 Never One Roach
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2 out of the 78,000,000 empty ghost apartments gone. Bullish; reducing supply like that to boost sales/prices.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:58 | 3198979 Sudden Debt
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It's just the bottom that fell away in the US treasury...

looks like it passed the center of the world a while ago...


Wed, 01/30/2013 - 14:10 | 3199442 SAT 800
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Calm, calm; remember your blood pressure.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 15:08 | 3199671 Jeremy Roenick
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You didn't build that hole!

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 04:58 | 3201781 13thWarrior
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Singapore liked the idea but want to test out on the auto sector first .

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:37 | 3198876 IridiumRebel
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Gangzhou style!

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:42 | 3198912 BobPaulson
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No, style would have been to see a 50 floor building on the site at the end of the video.


Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:29 | 3199107 Bunga Bunga
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There is a 50 floor building but visibility reaches only up to the third floor.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:36 | 3198880 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Unless I am understanding it wrong this is a natural response like a sponge absorbing water to the excess liquidity of USD sloshing around in China (world economy in general) since it can't saturate into the economy here in the US.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:35 | 3199127 NotApplicable
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A sinkhole for every Keynesian!

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:43 | 3198882 metastar
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Whoa! Economic Sinkhole Crosses Over into Physical World.

The Bernank Money Pit.

The hole we're digging in the US has reached through the center of the earth and into China.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:37 | 3198887 a growing concern
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Krugman just came.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:27 | 3199097 Unprepared
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... he saw, then he came again.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:30 | 3199109 Bunga Bunga
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in an Alien costume?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:19 | 3199262 GeezerGeek
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Now if only he could conquer - his ignorance.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:20 | 3199263 Matt
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Veni, Vidi, Veni.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:39 | 3198890 malikai
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CCTV ran this yesterday. They have a term for it here. It's called "Tofu project". The likely culprit is either a subway under construction, or something to do with the contruction plot next to the sinkhole.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:07 | 3199015 MisterMousePotato
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This sort of thing happens everywhere. For example, I remember watching a YouTube video of a (really nice, big old) house in San Francisco that disappeared into the ground. Burst water main or some such, iirc. My recollection is that there were dozens of such videos from all over. Really impressive one from somewhere down in South America.

One would be mistaken to view this as a purely Chinese phenomenon.

Having said, all that ... Hory shit!

You can't help but be impressed by the response, though - immediate. In California, it would take months (and millions of dollars) of studies, committees, public hearings, environmental impact reports, etc., before they filled the hole in.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:21 | 3199271 GeezerGeek
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Florida has had its share. A few decades back one even managed to gobble up a few Porsches. It had the decency not to swallow any Ferraris or Lambos. 

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:07 | 3199017 XitSam
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Might also be an old or poorly built sewer leaking and washing away the soil.  Or a former natural stream buried or re-directed into a drainage pipe.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:11 | 3199038 alangreedspank
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Or bad sewer/water systems that are leaking.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:43 | 3199349 TheFourthStooge-ing
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WAARP caused the sinkhole. (Water Activated Apparatus for Reconstruction Projects).

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 14:07 | 3199430 Never One Roach
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Might be a worn-out air raid shleter from WWII. I saw them on TV one time in a WWII documentary. They are all over southern China ...built for protection from the Japanese who were bombing them.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:39 | 3198891 Dr. Engali
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It's going to take a bigger sinkhole than that to fix Detroit. But hey...we are America damn it! We do everything bigger and better!

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:38 | 3199135 Tortfeasor
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Didn't know you could use a sinkhole to fix a sinkhole

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:39 | 3198892 williambanzai7
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I think that is the Greek budget in there.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:40 | 3198897 Byte Me
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Just the local Elite selling the land from underneath the plebs.

Nothing to see (down) here.

Move along pliss

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:40 | 3198898 helping_friendl...
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The work shown in the video would take three years to complete where I live and cost $100,000,000. The Chinese roll out and have the hole filled and family moved in 8 hours.


Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:25 | 3199277 Matt
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A 1-meter diameter water main broke in Montreal. It would have caused some creative destruction at the university, but the damned engineering students built a retaining wall around the entrances so it didn't flood. Not only were they not paid, but as students, they were paying to do it. How do we get more people to pay to work?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:40 | 3198899 Cognitive Dissonance
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Silly Tyler.

That's just the new community swimming pool.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:39 | 3198902 glenlloyd
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Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:37 | 3199131 NotApplicable
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Or the contractor possibly responsible for causing the sinkhole.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:40 | 3198904 ShrNfr
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Don't worry, Obama put money in the Sandy bill to fix it.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:40 | 3198906 IridiumRebel
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China is rapidly acting to set in motion legislation to enact background checks on all sinkholes. You gotta pass the sinkhole to see what is in it. 

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:51 | 3198958 HoofHearted
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And Feinstein is presently crafting a bill to outlaw high capacity sinkholes.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:41 | 3198908 slackrabbit
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Krugman: This is bullish!

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:41 | 3198909 djsmps
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I am so grateful that China built the new Bay Bridge span.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:42 | 3198911 Schmuck Raker
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Looks like the plan is to fill the hole up with concrete!?!

Plain ol' dirt wouldn't be as stimulative, I guess. LOL

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:52 | 3198959 shovelhead
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You can't grow green shoots in plain dirt...


Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:25 | 3199280 GeezerGeek
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Why not just march a few million useless mouths into the hole and then add a concrete topping? Where's Mao when you need a truly revolutionary solution.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:52 | 3198942 buzzsaw99
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god damn mongorians break down my shitty wall

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:50 | 3198945 yogibear
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Fill it in and put the largest shopping mall in China on top. When that caves in put even a larger one. China is good at producing Ghost shopping Malls to create busy work.


Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:43 | 3199347 michael_engineer
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Ghost cities and ghost malls sound like the one of biggest fuckin punks or scam. I just don't believe it. Just look at the example of squatters here taking over anything that looks unlived in. Those guys panhandling all of the intersections need someplace to go at night.

Anybody near a ghost city would have some giant WTF questions they'd be asking and any builder or developer who built one would surely catch hell and a trip to the mental ward. Talk about malinvestment and malfeasance and malarkey.

Now "Ghost Monies", now there's an idea I firmly believe in.

Lets coin that term. "Ghost Monies"

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:56 | 3199393 michael_engineer
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So what I am wondering now is just who are they trying to mindfuck with stories about "ghost cities" and just who is trying to do the mindfucking? Is it our western media who are the mindfuckers or is it the Chinese media/government mindfuckers? Are the mindfuckees the US and western citizens or the Chinese people? Is there anything in Chinese culture that explains or somehow gives logic to this mindfuck? Is it kind of like an April fools joke from one country to another? Is it more the equivalent to Santa Claus? Can anyone shed some light on this? Maybe it's an attempt to get all of the ghosts concentrated in one place so they can send in Bill Murray and the Ghostbusters.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:50 | 3198948 Hopium Dealer
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sinky-sinky, 5 rollars.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:53 | 3198965 amadeusb4
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That looks like bonds since Friday.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:55 | 3198971 Mi Naem
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No, no, no, you presumptuous round eyes got it all wrong. 

That's excavation for the new swimming pool. 

Neighbor's house was in the way, but that's all fixed now. 

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:56 | 3198975 They Tried to S...
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very Fringe like......but where's the amber?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:57 | 3198982 Sudden Debt
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Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:27 | 3199096 edifice
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At KFC, perfecting the secret recipe.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:25 | 3199284 Orly
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The secret ingredient is savory.

Brine the chicken and use a pressure fryer.


Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:58 | 3198985 falak pema
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pot hole that JMK and FDR would be proud of fixing; if ever that dam on the Yangtze broke...Three gorges and one deep throat! 

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:01 | 3198989 azengrcat
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Keynesian moneyholes, more environmentally sound than burning money or flushing it into the ocean

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:00 | 3198990 Itch
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Note to self; dont build stuff ontop of big holes.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:01 | 3198995 LMLP
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Betcha there's a hole like that under the FED too...... right Buba?

just sayin!!....

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:01 | 3198998 LongSoupLine
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I like the fucking trucks at the end of the video pumping ithe hole full of freshly printed UST's.

Fuck you China and your piece of shit fake economy.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:06 | 3199019 Stuck on Zero
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They need one of those under Fukushima.


Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:07 | 3199021 Downtoolong
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The Sinkhole vs Godzilla. Dibs on the movie rights.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:08 | 3199029 azzhatter
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Paul, is that a Baby Ruth in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:09 | 3199032 CheapBastard
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1/10 on the Fuki Bullishness Goldman Sachs Scale. Unimpressive. The Chinese need to work on this.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:11 | 3199041 Atomizer
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If we build it, we make GDP.

If we build it, no one come.

If we build it, we show world that we superpower.


Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:14 | 3199053 marcusfenix
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I did a little research and these sinkholes are popping up everywhere, from cali to jersey, there was on in the bronx that swallowed a car just about a week ago, not to mention the gigantic one in Louisiana that looks as if it may eat half the state before it's done...

and that's just here in the US there were thousands of reports worldwide, to many to read. obviously, I'm not a geologist and since records of numbers of sinkholes are not keep year over year (at least not that I could find) I don't really know if this is unusual or not, though there are a few experts who seem genuinely concerned about all these holes popping up suddenly.

couple this with the extreme and down right weird weather (its 60 degrees where I live in upstate NY today, 60 in the middle of friggin winter, by tomorrow it will be 28 again for the high WTF?) , all the mass animal die offs that are still happening despite the lack of MSM attention and the Q4 GDP contraction and one is left to contemplate...

is the bottom falling out on us both figuratively and literally?           

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:26 | 3199094 helping_friendl...
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I was so disappointed by the lack of disaster 0n 12.21.2012. The market continues to its fantasy climb above 1500. Meanwhile I'm getting my faced ripped off in a short position due to my convictions but, the criminals at the FRBNY just won't let markets be free. Fuck you Bernanke!

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:28 | 3199103 Atomizer
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How does one pick the brain of a PhD peasant to create new jobs and taxation? 


The helical model:

3MIN News January 30, 2013:


Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:41 | 3199146 Jena
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S0 videos are a great way to start the morning.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:17 | 3199059 Quonk
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Based on the following Onion report I suspect this is a municipal money hole:


Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:22 | 3199074 GNWT
Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:54 | 3199385 TheFourthStooge-ing
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C'mon, do you really have to spam that zirpi nusa link across every fucking article?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:27 | 3199091 Shizzmoney
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There's a potential sinkhole forming in Louisiana as well:

"Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Thursday he is now concerned the sinkhole is close to a well containing 1.5 million barrels of liquid butane, a highly volatile liquid that turns into a highly flammable vapor upon release. A breach of that well, he said, could be catastrophic."

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:31 | 3199110 Spastica Rex
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I was starting to think that China had all the cool things.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:32 | 3199117 rsnoble
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Nothing that hasn't happend in the US more than once.  Walking thru most cities you can find old buildings with windows that are mostly buried and barely sticking out of the ground. Pretty cool how that happened.  Be even cooler to find an area you could actually get down into that wasn't completely filled in.  Might run into a mad tenant though.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:00 | 3199198 The Navigator
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That's one way to get rid of those pesky homeowners who won't sell and make room for the new high-rise.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:01 | 3199204 Atomizer
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Keep your eyes on CAT stocks. 

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:14 | 3199249 MayIMommaDogFac...
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...and no plane hit that building...

(sorry I couldn't help it)

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:41 | 3199339 Iam Yue2
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Gee, re-build opportunity: boost to GDP.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:41 | 3199340 azzhatter
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This is nothing compared to the stinkholes in congress, Pelosi and Feinstein

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 13:59 | 3199408 besnook
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chinese owner: no, no, no, don't fill in hole. we build basement now. there is room for thirty more apartments.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 14:19 | 3199462 ZeroAvatar
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That's the sucking action made by the Australian housing market (China holes go all the way to 'Australia')

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