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China's Creeping Toxic Smog Cloud Blankets Japan

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These days one has to laugh with the Japanese, as the temptation to laugh at them is just so high.

Because, sadly, the endless barrage of negative developments surrounding the "Land of the Rising Sun" may soon require a constitutional amendment replacing that key adjective to "Setting." And while everyone knows that Japan's economy is the Keynesian voodoo religion's event horizon laughing stock, caught between a 30 year deflationary implosion which is the only permissive factor allowing it to sustain interest payments on a 235% debt/GDP mountain, and a banking, debt and funding crisis should the government "succeed" in generating inflation, it is the intangibles that will be the proverbial straw that breaks this particular camel's back. Intangibles, such as 2011's tsunami and Fukushima explosion, which have made sure that every piece of domestic sushi will be pre self-cooked for generations.

Yet glowing in the dark may have just been the beginning: now Japan also has a toxic, photochemical smog problem to boot.

It is true that we were confused why China had not retaliated too aggressively in the ongoing spat over some meaningless islands in the China Sea. At least not yet. It turns out that China was merely biding its time in deciding on how to most Geneva Unconventionally punish its militant island neighbor to the east. Turns out that the punishment will come in the form of an export that Japan will hardly be happy with: the unprecedented smog that until recently was blanketing China. The same toxic smog is now over Japan.

AFP reports:

The suffocating smog that blanketed swathes of China is now hitting parts of Japan, sparking warnings Monday of health risks for the young and the sick.


The environment ministry's website has been overloaded as worried users log on to try to find out what is coming their way.


Access to our air-pollution monitoring system has been almost impossible since last week, and the telephone here has been constantly ringing because worried people keep asking us about the impact on health,” said an environment ministry official.


Pictures of Beijing and other Chinese cities shrouded in thick, choking smog played out across television screens in Japan last week.


News programs have broadcast maps showing a swirl of pollution gathering strength across China and then spreading out over the ocean towards Japan.


Pinks, reds and oranges that denote the highest concentrations form a finger of smog that inches upward to the southern main island of Kyushu.

So on one hand Tokyo has radioactive sea breezes to watch out for from the East, and on the other: carcinogenic particulate matter as a result of China building empty cities to keep its 8% GDP on target. As we said before: laugh with them, not at.

Air pollution over the west of Japan has exceeded government limits over the last few days, with tiny particulate matter a problem, said Atsushi Shimizu of the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES).


Prevailing winds from the west bring airborne particles from the Asian mainland, he said.


Of specific concern is the concentration of a particle 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter, which has been as high as 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air over recent days in northern Kyushu.


The government safe limit is 35 micrograms.


Yellow sand from the deserts of Mongolia and China is a known source for these particles, as are exhausts from cars and smoke from factories.


“At this time of year they are definitely not yellow sands, so they're toxic particles,” Shimizu said, warning that “people with respiratory diseases should be careful.”

Fear not: the Japanese government will simply raise the safe limit to 100 micrograms, as it did in the aftermath of the Fukushima explosion when it was lying non-stop just how safe Fukushima is, confirming that when it comes to treating its citizens it is no better than the USSR circa 1986.

But the bigger problem for Japan is that when Abe set off on his campaign to crush the currency, this is not the kind of bilateral, well really unilateral as China is still not importing anything from Japan, he had in mind. In fact, in the absence of domestic nuclear power plants, the cost of imported Japanese energy will soar, even as the local purchasing power implodes, leading to civil unrest and a prompt sweep of the government.

Unless, of course, this is merely a very elaborate scheme to finally "fix" the old age overpopulation problem Japan is facing, in which the toxic pollution will merely finish what Fukushima couldn't. After all it was none other than Japan's deputy PM who urged Japan's elderly to "hurry up and die."

Since they sternly refuse to do so, has the time finally come to give them a hand?


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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:07 | 3214161 reader2010
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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:12 | 3214178 true brain
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Don't laugh. it will be in US west coast in one month. Chincom has found a way to get back at Japan and US without firing a single shot. Just dust some radioactive particles into the air. wait Fukushima already did that. plan b next.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:17 | 3214195 knukles
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Fuck yeah, fog blanket holds in radioneuclotides.
What a wonderful world.


(Gives new menain to dim drivers driving with their dims on.)

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:18 | 3214206 TonyCoitus
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That's not smog, it's worse.


Krugman farted.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:25 | 3214237 fourchan
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who knew the red sun would come from unrestrained communism.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:41 | 3214287 SilverTree
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Fake American Eagle silver coins surface

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:51 | 3214317 Bastiat
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Cruder than Obama's birth certificate.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:14 | 3214379 redpill
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That fog is thicker than polonium tea!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:52 | 3214479 ParkAveFlasher
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"Hurry up and breathe".

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 05:23 | 3215751 Enslavethechild...
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Everybody knows there are zombies hiding in the smog. I'm going back into the Radioactive Zone where it's safe.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:53 | 3214324 ebworthen
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Hardly seems like all the work considering the amount of copper in them and the work to make them.

You'd have to make an awful lot of those to make any money off of it.

Perhaps the Chinese trying to lower the value of U.S. Silver Eagles?

Odd, and disturbing.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:11 | 3214371 redpill
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Seems like those should have been pretty easy to catch but I guess the dealer assumed no one would counterfeit a silver coin.


Word to the wise, never assume anything.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:30 | 3214587 SDShack
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When the Smog combines with Fuki Radiation AND the Smug from foreign stock pickers, plus George Clooney's acceptance speech at this year's Oscars... it will be the Perfect Storm of epic proportions.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 01:42 | 3215599 zorba THE GREEK
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Payback for Pearl Harber bitches.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:30 | 3214256 AngryGerman
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I surely hope that you all then have medical insurance...


ha, socialism rules!!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:35 | 3214261 Never One Roach
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I thought the Fuki radiation showering Cali was bad enough but this is just one more reason to move out of there. Let NAR's "Aliens" have it.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:26 | 3214573 Freddie
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F**k yeah!  Hopefully all over Nancy Pelosi's vineyards!  Hopefully the illegals are shitting in her vineyards with various diseases that get in her grapes and he botxed face!

I would not buy any wine from MexiFornia.  F them!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 19:48 | 3214820 Seer
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You're such a xenophobic fuck.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:25 | 3214935 Fred Hayek
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But Tom Friedman thinks China's a model for green development and wishes we had an authoritarian government like them so we could be green like them.

Tom Friedman should be made to breath that air.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 00:10 | 3215471 steve from virginia
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China's auto market heats up ...


All that smog is coming this way.


Warm up the B-52s. 5 million tons of bombs ought to do the trick. A day to take out the Chinese air force then let-er rip.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:22 | 3214221 Son of Loki
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Long smog masks, iodine tablets, diapers and respirators...and cans of "fresh air."

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:00 | 3214345 Matt
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obligatory space balls clip:

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:03 | 3214353 whatsinaname
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so they care about this pollution but not the radiation ?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:36 | 3214608 NotApplicable
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Well, if the pollution is moving in from the west, then the radiation on the east coast is moving out.


Tue, 02/05/2013 - 02:21 | 3215651 mkhs
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You can see smog. You can't see radiation.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:37 | 3214441 rotagen
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In a country where people get buried next to their coworkers and the state is your "family" somehow I don't think there'll be a lot of protests over this sort of thing.


We in the united snakes of amerikwa would never allow this to happen, we're free-thinkers you see...not.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:07 | 3214165 docmac324
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Blame Al qaida, everyone else does.


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:09 | 3214176 EscapeKey
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Yup. I forgot to walk the dog this morning. Wife was furious, but then I recalled how the media rolls, and blamed Al Qaeda.

Obviously, she understood.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 05:28 | 3215755 Enslavethechild...
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 Bomb them into Democracy.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:16 | 3214203 your neighbor
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toxic avenger starring jackie Chan vs radioactive fukuzilla. Should be good.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:26 | 3214240 Sudden Debt
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could also be sandy... that bitch is doing some nasty stuff about everywhere... just ask Obama...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:44 | 3214294 Au_Ag_CuPbCu
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Pfffft...whatever, EVERYONE knows it's Bush's fault!

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 01:04 | 3215545 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Once Sunis stop blaming Shites then we can all stop blaming Al qaida

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:08 | 3214166 EscapeKey
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"Smoke on the water and fire in the sky. 

Smoke on the water... "

Soon, that might seem strangely relevant...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:11 | 3214183 malek
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Unfortunately, Funky Claude just died last month. RIP

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:45 | 3214299 francis_sawyer
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No matter what, we get out of this... I know ~ We will never forget...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:59 | 3214341 Frozen IcQb
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Jazz will be hard hit. Sad.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:15 | 3214384 1100-TACTICAL-12
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Can't tell the smog for the chemtrail's , last few days here in the heart of FEMA Region 6. Lighten up boys , holy shit.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:09 | 3214173 EvlTheCat
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China:  Hey Japan, I fart in your general direction.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 21:14 | 3215072 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Just more blobbing up, Chinese citizenism style.

Chinese citizenism is about consuming the environment. A vivid economy is one consuming heavy the environment.

As Chinese citizenism spreads, it now turns its eyes to exterior for greater blob up.

Chinese citizenism systemics prevail, pushing pollution over on convenient exterior.

But hey, better for Chinese citizenism citizens to think that they are misunderstood people, whose ways are not properly known and interpretated.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 22:08 | 3215215 Milestones
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Good grief!! When are you "citizenism" people going to grow up and start kindergarden?          Milestones

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 22:00 | 3215193 chindit13
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Kamikaze might mean "Divine Wind", but in this instance the Japanese would be Children of a Lesser God.  Perhaps this would be better called Krugman's Broken Wind Flatulancy.  Imagine, if you will, a nationwide Chinese tailgater, replete with beer and chilli.  One point three five billion souls participating in Our National Day of the Grand Glorious Double Happiness Flatulation.  Cue Monty Python.

I recall reading that some math wag did the equations and figured if every Chinese person built a six foot platform, climbed to the top, and in unison jumped off, the resulting force from all 1.35 billion hitting the ground at the exact same time would cause a tsunami that would wipe out Japan.  I have no idea why that trick isn't in one of Krugman's books.  It's also Abenomics in its purest form.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:09 | 3214175 Shigure
Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:14 | 3214199 knukles
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Canned factory fresh in the fresh factory air at Fuckushittinme.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:31 | 3214425 msmith9962
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Fresh air canners are getting paid minimum wage.  You know one can in every case is going to have a fart in it.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 04:52 | 3215744 Shigure
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The irony is that the coal, gas and oil burnt to produce the energy to make and transport the cans has contributed to the smog.  Either this guy is a very stupid environmentalist, or a clever self-publicist - his picture is on the cans, hmm

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:10 | 3214179 orangegeek
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China is so awesome.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:38 | 3214615 SDShack
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Yep, a foreign stock picker was gloating about China on BSNBC and said "I love the smell of smog in the morning... it smells like victory!"

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:17 | 3214184 Whiteshadowmovement
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One of the very best things about living here in Cape Town at the tip of Africa: some of the cleanest air there is (for a major city)

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:38 | 3214275 hooligan2009
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can smell jo'berg ten miles away..nairobi twenty miles away...pooh...where does cape town air go? blown north to the Namib?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:49 | 3214296 Whiteshadowmovement
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Joburgs about 800 miles away (and thank god!)

The air is always clean here because the warm air from the african interior (kalahari desert) hits the cold atlantic which results in fast wind sweeping all the pollution out to sea

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:08 | 3214366 Whiteshadowmovement
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Although tonbe fair to Jo'burg, its actually one of the "greenest" cities on the planet. 100 years ago it wad an empty field, today its actually one of the largest manmade fprests in the world. Over 10million trees have been planted there

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:27 | 3214415 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Cool site showing global aerosols courtesy of NASA, yep Jo'berg looks clean, everyone else is just breathing the other guy's filth


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:43 | 3214452 Whiteshadowmovement
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Hey thanks, that really was a cool link! Very nice to see all of jo'burgs crap blow out to the indian ocean rather than down to Cape Town!

Interesting map, though it would be nice to know more precisely what were looking at as it seems to record a lot of organic movement (sand, volcanoes etc.)

Joburg itself is fairly ok and the leafy suburbs are amazingly green (you still couldnt pay me to move there frpm CT and houses cost twice as much here for good reason!) but an hour outside all the mining starts and im thinking thats the permanent cloud trailing out over madagascar.

Chine just seems like one of those dry ice magic trick cocktails!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:19 | 3214548 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Lots of red Sahara sand; lots of rainforest fires (Brazil, Indonesia); a few little cyclones/hurricanes (tiny white dots that meander around); a big volcano exploding near Madasgascar; bush fires in Australia; and general pollution in China/Japan and East coast US. Shows the Northern Hemisphere slowing getting snowy. Super cool.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 03:48 | 3215717 zhandax
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My ex-in-laws live in Capstadt, assuming you guys haven't run then out of town yet.  They were refugees from Saint-Amand-Montrond; probably pissed off too many people there....

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:12 | 3214186 Quinvarius
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China is giving Japan a dutch oven.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:12 | 3214188 The Gooch
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"prevailing winds from the West"

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:12 | 3214189 10mm
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I got to get off this fuckin planet soon.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:15 | 3214200 spartan117
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When you leave, may I have your 10mm stash?  Ammo is unpossible to find these days.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:18 | 3214207 sampo
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Yeah, I wonder when the smog hits West Coast.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:28 | 3214251 youngman
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How will they know when it hits...they have their own smog.....or does this smog have slanty clouds???

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:28 | 3214583 edifice
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Don't worry, you will. Agenda 21, bitchez!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:14 | 3214198 thecoloredsky
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Does this have anything to do with the weather making technology that was deployed in the Beijing olympics?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:15 | 3214201 knukles
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Dude, some people claim the same radio weapon was used to make the earthquake that destroyed Fuckushittnme.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:21 | 3214218 thecoloredsky
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+1 for Fuckushittnme

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:18 | 3214204 I need more cowbell
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Paging Mr. Godzilla, Godzilla to mainland prease...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:31 | 3214601 Fedaykinx
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Ohhh no!  There goes Tokyo!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:20 | 3214213 Osmium
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I think i will laugh at them. 

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:45 | 3214455 EscapingProgress
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The world is a comedy show and the tickets are free. Enjoy yourself.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:22 | 3214226 1000yrdstare
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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:43 | 3214292 knukles
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I think that's the same stuff the corpsman said I had then took this long plastic needle tube thingie and shoved it down my....

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:58 | 3214339 pods
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Hey Knuk, I think you let your inside voice have the keyboard again.



Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:23 | 3214227 mightycluck
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China's revenge against Japan ... and US.


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:36 | 3214238 Bansters-in-my-...
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It's kinda ironic how the tylers keep such a good eye on other countries air quality,and keep us informed yet refuses to bring up the air quality in his own country.

The levels of aluminum,and strontium and barium,silver oxide ,etc are at toxic levels in most of the USA and North America in general. Due to Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering.

Solar Radiation Management (SRM)


SAG...Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering......Happening to yous all

Check out a company Dyn-O-Mat (R) Inc


They have this nice chemical called "Dyn-o-Storm" and "Dyn-o-Drought"

Kid you fucking NOT.

Check out what they say they can and /have done with these goodies.

Check out and learn what HAARP is all abot every one.....

and how it works with aerol spraying.

This is serious shit,right at home...!!!

Why is it NOT news...???



You's....are being CHEMTRAILED.......


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:40 | 3214281 spartan117
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I believe the primary Tyler is British.  I recall seeing a UK address for the contact section when they originally posted their office addresses.  They also have a location here in the US.  This could have all changed, but since we rarely ever see any articles on the UK, I would assume he is native English and does not like to bash his own country. 

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:56 | 3214334 hooligan2009
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only need to check the spelling of words like "color" and "asshat" :>)

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:14 | 3214377 Tyler Durden
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Or perhaps the answer is actually reading instead of just commenting, most recently here: 'Blame The Weather' As UK Heads For Unprecedented Triple-Dip-Recession. And, of course, this.

Or, perhaps that is just a London-based cultural jab at "dumb Americans" who write groundless BS first, and ask questions or heaven forbid, do fact-checking and actual work, later?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:52 | 3214648 spartan117
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Wow, one whopping UK article in the last 35 days.  The other link has more to do with the Eurozone ex-UK than the UK itself.  I still recall your head office being in the UK, and I'm sticking with that position.  Feel free to tell me you guys aren't based out of the UK. 

I never said you were pro-euro, in fact, my position has always been that the Tylers have a bias against the European Union, leaving out all the troubles and toils in the UK.  Just my belief from what I see daily here at zerohedge, you can do what you like with it.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 19:34 | 3214781 NotApplicable
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FWIW, with the exception of a handful of delusional, wishful-thinkers, I'd say everyone has a bias against the EU.

As the pro-EU position is kind of like being a cheerleader for lung cancer, positioning it against the evils of dying of old age.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:01 | 3214813 VonManstein
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I also feel Tyler’s have UK connection(s) due to their pathological hatred of the EU and EUR and their equal  fondness for Nigel Farage who may well be a entertaining voice  in British politics, but is also a complete cock. he says some good things But he never ever mentions the long standing and entrenched problems with UK and blames EU for everything, quite childish. Also he wanted to deploy the army during London riots. No mention of this from Tylers

UK loaded with scandals... accusations paedophiles in parliament. Paedophiles running charities. Paedophiles getting knighted by the queen. You name it.

One thing that really exposes the Tyler disingenuous bias towards (against) EU s their rampant tweeting about high EUR hurting German exports, when we all know that a strong currency is good for a nation and a people and for manufacturers as their import costs are lower. Germany also sells high end engineered products that you cant really get anywhere else for any price, they don’t sell little plastic cars and Barbie dolls. Strong currency is good for Germany. Just not the banking establishment’s agenda perhaps.

Another thing, recently, Tyler on one evening “tweeted” how Japans exporters have had no benefit from the recent epic devaluation  and then suggest the EUR is too high for German exporters... errr what?

anyway. ZH great info site but definitely got to see for what it is sometimes. We all have our bias and ZH has its own version of things. This is no more obvious as it is than when ZH reiterated Goldman’s call for SPX 1250 by year end 2012 something that fitted Tyler’s agenda and EUR hatred. Obviously any other call Goldman makes is to be faded but not when its stocks down.. . total hypocrisy on Tyler’s part that month. Kind of funny.

I read here most days though so can’t complain too much, it is however good to point these things out.



Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:02 | 3214876 Seer
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So, if I understand you correctly Farge shouldn't be referenced because he has horrible views on things NOT related to finance/economics, even if he's 100% correct on the finance/economic issues?

Maybe we shouldn't allow you to post because you wear yellow socks (or something as equally disjointed from the subject at hand)?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:27 | 3214914 VonManstein
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Nope, not saying Farage shouldn’t be posted. Just saying when he is its often for entertainment purposes.

And look. ZH is about freedom and liberty and real capitalism. ZH is not about supporting politicians that wish to deploy the army onto the streets of a capital city to "deal" with a few thousand rioters. Not very libertarian and completely unprincipled to ignore this just because he bashes the EU.

Plus as i said... Nigel Farage worships the City of London. He used to work at the LME (not that that’s a problem on its own) he want to protect British financial sector and thus he never criticises it. EVER. Have you even read UKIPs manifesto? No. Didn’t think so. It fucking ridiculous. You just like his youtube clips and think that’s enough for you to support him. Which is completely my point in the first place.

I just get bored of his easily likeable populist babbling. He is a good voice to have in politics just for the fact he shakes things a little. But he is not the answer to anything and if you actually do any investigation of him and UKIP you will actually realise he is a much of an idiot as Boris Johsnosn and has Zero solutions for UK problems.


Tue, 02/05/2013 - 04:23 | 3215722 zhandax
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The levels of aluminum,and strontium and barium,silver oxide ,etc are at toxic levels in most of the USA and North America in general

So do something about it.  DMSA

As far as Farage's usefulness....

Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.
- Edward Abbey

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:05 | 3214884 Freddie
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Tyler's have "a bias against the European Union."  Who doesn't?  They are more corrupt ****ing politicians and banksters.

Unelected in some case like marixst Baraoso and his evil dwarf creep Van Rompuy.  Those ***ks deserve a rope and a lampost.

The Tylers and most of the people here, as far as I can tell, are pro free citizens and anti big and corrupt govts/banksters.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:27 | 3214927 VonManstein
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EU politicians are filth as are US and UK. I just get bored of the EURUSD and EU talk.

ZH is a great site, but not without its faults. No big deal.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 00:07 | 3215435 chindit13
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They're biting the hand that feeds them.  I guess chasing their own tails had to eventually lead to this (rear) end.

One sympathizes, Tyler.  Your post the other day about the Eurobanks' cash balances bludgeons clowns like "Bansters", so (though you're unlikely to be a Brit), keep a stiff upper lip.  With the rest you're still in "favour" and retain your safe "harbour".

The "defence" rests.  Indeed.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:45 | 3214298 knukles
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Man, talk about contempt prior to investigation.... everything is in the public domain and nobody believes it....  another example of the power, depth breadth and scope of the matrix information and perceptions management and propaganda mechanism in place.

these folks really need unplug form the matrix

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:14 | 3214375 Matt
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Dyn-O-Mat is only testing, they are not actively disrupting hurricanes. I wonder what the side effect of dropping what is essentially ground up maxi-pads into hurricanes could be.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 19:14 | 3214717 NotApplicable
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Puffer fish of all shapes and sizes?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:29 | 3214253 1000yrdstare
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Where is AL GORE?????

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:42 | 3214288 azzhatter
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I was thinking this is just a massive fart from Algore. He is really becoming a disgusting fatass

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:29 | 3214594 syntaxterror
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I believe he can still be reached in his 767 since it has wi-fi.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:34 | 3214604 SDShack
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He invented the internet

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:30 | 3214254 LawsofPhysics
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Don't worry sheeple, health care is free in a labor camp.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:36 | 3214265 hooligan2009
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unfortunately, that smog is on the way to the west coast of the US.

remember this?

the UK had been polluting Norway on the same basis for quite some time (with smaller "free" christmas trees for trafalgar square!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:37 | 3214269 VonManstein
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I think ZH readership were the only ones who actually thought that China would declare war on Japan over a few little bits of rock.. Come on. Grow up people.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:41 | 3214285 hooligan2009
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i think zh readership would have been the only ones to think that some stipid fat ass prince might start a world war...or a lame duck britsh government to commandeer a merchant fleet to convery troops to some shit hole in the south atlantic. where are you from?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:44 | 3214295 VonManstein
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A sinful place. Whyd you ask?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:54 | 3214330 hooligan2009
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there are few countries that have no stones to throw at others.  thailand?belgium?colombia?chicken ranch?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:23 | 3214398 IridiumRebel
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Japan and China have such a peaceful past....

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:37 | 3214272 zebra
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healthcare industrial booming will bring China and Japan out of recession.

Moar air pollution, please.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:40 | 3214282 css1971
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No paper filter masks going to help with those kinds of particulates. With coal you have SO2, NOx,  you need real gas masks if you're going to be exposed for more than a short time, this stuff can cause permanent lung scarring and reduced capacity. If it's reaching smog levels you should probably not be in the vicinity.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:42 | 3214289 hooligan2009
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smokers wont be the only hackers then...anonymous warning!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:42 | 3214290 Black Markets
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More US envy at Chinese exports, just accept it you losers. The Chinese make superior smog compared to US working stiffs.
Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:42 | 3214291 azzhatter
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Thank god for Obamacare

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:54 | 3214328 samsara
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Maybe this enterprising guy should expand to Japan

Canned “fresh air” for sale in China?! (16 Photos)

I’d say when your City is so polluted they’re selling cans of fresh air, things have environmentally taken a turn for the worse. The Chinese city of Beijing is so polluted with smog, that residents experience headaches and breathing problems as a result of this constant exposure.

An entrepreneurial Chinese billionaire, Chen Guanbyao, has used this situation as a way of capitalizing on his wealth and now sells canned “fresh air” to locals on the city’s streets.
Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:11 | 3214369 pods
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Guy was probably a Spaceballs fan.


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:55 | 3214332 BattlegroundEur...
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They can use Whale fat as energy.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:57 | 3214337 pashley1411
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The optimal Japanese solution to both their domestic, and foreign policy, problems, is bring Godzilla back out retirement.  Where are gigantic radioactive monsters when you need them?   

Godzilla is the ultimate Keynesian.     

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:14 | 3214380 IridiumRebel
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I'm sure there is one growing off of the coast of Fukushima right now.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:18 | 3214390 flacorps
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Japan seems to invite carnival analogies ... the crises are like whack-a-mole, the country is like the clown that keeps going in the dunk tank. And whatever ride the poor people are on is going to make them all puke--or worse.

Seriously they would be worse off than Greece, if not for the fact that they actually make some things that people in other countries want.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:12 | 3214903 Seer
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" if not for the fact that they actually make some things that people in other countries want."

Sorry to put a damper on this, but just because people "want" that doesn't mean that they can "get."  Being broke and wanting something kind of derails things.

Maybe I'd "want" a Prius, but there's no way in hell I could afford one.  But, thank you Japan for the old fully-depreciated econo-car that I've been driving for many years; it'll be cheaper to replace parts on it than buy a new one; and even IF fuel prices go WAY up I'd probably not have any use for a Prius because of what would likely be increased road taxes and insurance (due to Economies of Scale in Reverse- way less people purchasing fuel and insurance [unemployed]).

I suspect that Greece will revert back to what it's best at: grapes and tourism; stuff that the 1% like to do.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:25 | 3214407 smartstrike
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Are Chinese building fall-back cities?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:52 | 3214480 hooligan2009
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as opposed to build-up or fall down cities? hmmm..loads of gdp with fall down cities that can fall up a year later!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:31 | 3214422 Obama4Ever
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Evidently China's not giving them a hand, just giving them a finger.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:38 | 3214443 HoaX
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Come on Japan, I´m never gonna give you up!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 19:26 | 3214757 NotApplicable
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Wow, most pathetic troll I've encountered in quite some time.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 09:21 | 3215945 Mi Naem
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No WAY, man!  Check out his gif. 

He's a wild and ca-razy guy! 

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:21 | 3214553 tok1
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This article is just racist .. Let me give you thr bad news..
For all thr stories Japanese are living a higher standard
of living the people in Europe or US. If your worried about people's
health don't because regardless of fukushima Japanese
ar living longer ( a lot longer) than Americans or Europeans with
lower unemployment and higher assets ( ie wealth) per person

Yes the govt had a lot of debt but they have the funds to support it ..

They can pull their 1 trill from. US any day and their EU holdings
are just as large ..

Wake up people your the ones getting screwed .. With you 14-20% unemployment (U6 14.4% 10-20% in EU) although Obama and members of EU commission seem well paid .. Japans sharing the cost of old age your screwing each other to the wall

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:53 | 3214650 btdt
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tok2, hold your breath, tok 3 and 4.




Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:16 | 3214916 Seer
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I believe that the ISSUE here is with POLLUTION, TODAY!  What great stuff Japan has done is irrelevant to THIS discussion: unless, that is, Japan has some massive air-scrubber technology that they're sitting on and waiting to unveil (this would be HUGE in the carbon-cap world).

BTW - Japan's demographics ensure that it's in decline; yeah, it might be "up" now, but the trend line is inescapable.  So sorry! (and better start cranking up more nuke plants, as energy imports are going to get less affordable).

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:53 | 3215010 hooligan2009
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borrowing 8% more than your economic output for 30 years so you can purchase trillions of dollars of other peoples fiat currency (debt) is not wealth. 

you are under the misconception that the lifestyle you have was funded by the efforts of your citizens. it wasn't.

the west has learned, to its cost, that living beyond you rmeans only gives the impression of wealth. 

does the number one quadrillion mean anything to you? that is your debt, in yen, or c. 10 trillion in dollars.

how long will your 130 million people take to repay that debt?here's a clue; the same 30 years it took japan to accumulate it at 8% of gdp. Japanese taxes take in 28% of gdp.

how wealthy will you be when your taxes go up by around 30% to balance your over borrowing and get to a zero deficit, then go up by a further 30% (taking tax to c. 45% of gdp) in order to repay your debts?

the west is, fiscally, in no better shape. However, what the west does realise is that debt and deficits actually matter, not least because of the burden placed on future generations.

i believe that Japan's population is shrinking, with a higher mortality rate than the west. the problem, on a per capita basis, will get worse in Japan than in the west.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 21:31 | 3215128 Seer
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Great rebuttal.

I'd add that Japan is also resource-less.  It's PHYSICAL resources, raw, that generally bring the greatest returns; the greatest is oil, something that Japan has none of, yet depends on plenty of it.  I'm thinking that mobility scooters will be a hot item in the not-to-distant-future (and auto sales collapse).

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 04:23 | 3215732 kareninca
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Japan's longevity stats are not reliable.  Don't you remember a few years ago, when the Japanese government sent out state workers to congratulate the country's centenarians?  And it turned out that a large number of them were really dead, but the family members had not notified the government, so that they could keep cashing their monthly checks?

Also, Japan is the country that a couple of years ago made the world news because its social workers KNOWINGLY let a guy starve to death, because he didn't comply with their bureaucratic rules.  Remember the rice ball guy?  Who blogged as he died, writing about how much he longed for a ball of rice?  And then the social workers were interviewed, and said "well we felt that we were SUPPOSED to let him starve to death.  He didn't follow the RULES."

Sick country where guys date pillows.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:30 | 3214595 mogul rider
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gold pumpers would say this is bullish for gold cause 6 headed Japanese babies are a counter trend.

I, on the other hand, would say it's bullish for uranium and windmills powered by uranium to blow that crap back towards the mainland.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:20 | 3214928 Seer
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"I, on the other hand, would say it's bullish for uranium and windmills powered by uranium to blow that crap back towards the mainland."

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:31 | 3214597 mogul rider
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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:55 | 3214658 chump666
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What a toxic sh*thole.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:58 | 3214663 toomanyfakecons...
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Favored Trade.... err... Pollution Partner!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 19:15 | 3214721 billsykes
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Since the 70's there has been warnings about mercury levels in fish and how harmful it is to pregnent women.

But yet we march on CO2, fix the oceans.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 19:22 | 3214748 world_debt_slave
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payback is a bitch

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 19:44 | 3214802 logicalman
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We are all downwind - from EVERYTHING

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:17 | 3214920 Bandit und Buster
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"all over Nancy Pelousys vineyard"...

She'll probably have Reed and Bummer just OUTLAW the smog!


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:35 | 3214948 nothing can go wrogn
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A radioactive and bankrupt Japan, getting pummeled with toxic smog from the Chinese ecopalypse.

This looks like the kind of story you would see right before industrial civilization collapses, billions of people die off from disease, war and famine, and small pockets of human survivors try to eke out an existence in the smoking and radioactive husk of what once was.

It does give me a chuckle when I think about people who get their underwear in a bunch over the "New World Order" a "One World Government," or "Agenda 21" lol.

When this shit goes in to a steep slide, and it will. There's not going to be any new world nothing when it's over. If you do happen to survive, your biggest concern beyond basic susteance, will probably be the "warlord" trying to run your county.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:32 | 3214954 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Next thing you know people will be hiding in supermarkets from otherworldly creatures until it lifts.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:47 | 3214992 Seer
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How is this possible when humans have no affect on the environment?


"For example, when Jack Kemp, who was then the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, was informed of a report from the United Nations that told of resource problems that would arise because of increasing populations, it was reported that he said, "Nonsense, people are not a drain on the resources of the planet." (Kemp, 1992)

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 21:28 | 3215107 Jack Burton
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This story is a liberal hoax. Mankind is too puny and tiny on this vast earth to affect either the atmospheric particulate pollution and even less able to change atmospheric chemistry and cause any kind of climate change. Earth is boundless, man is far too tiny of a force to harm the atmosphere. Look up, look how vast it is, no amount of mankinds burning of fossil fuels can cause haze or harmful air. The vast and sinister liberal hoax designed to get a carbon tax is called global warming. It tells lies about fossil fuels raising the CO2 level of the atmosphere. This lie is well known and refutable in every respect. No CO2 accumulates from fossil fuel burning. Even if it did, CO2 never causes changes that absorb more heat radiation. And even if the liberal liars were right, this warming would trigger a vast expansion of plant growth and bring on a new golden age of agriculture and forestry.

Global warming = Liberal lie

Chinese air pollution = Liberal anti growth lie.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 21:30 | 3215124 logicalman
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I'm hoping you just forgot \sarc

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 23:25 | 3215371 Jack Burton
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Indeed! It should have been tagged SARC!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 21:34 | 3215134 Seer
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And gravity is a liberal hoax too! (YES! -< /sarc>)

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 00:08 | 3215466 chindit13
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That's exactly why I pee in the ocean.  But what are all these vending machines with "Asahi Super Dry" and "Pocari Sweat" I keep seeing in my big toilet?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 22:02 | 3215205 Cheshire
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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 22:13 | 3215224 Bansters-in-my-...
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3. Gold Sight and Gold Earmarked Accounts

The above description of gold trading introduces two important types of gold account used by the BIS and central banks for gold trading. These two different account types are in use today and are mentioned in recent BIS Annual Reports, but they are not, unfortunately, defined in these Annual Reports.

The May 1997 document, INTRODUCTORY NOTE ON THE BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS 1930 – 1945, provides the following definitions in a footnote, which have been confirmed via an email to the writer as still in use today by the BIS:

Gold on earmarked accounts is allocated gold. The Bank's obligation with respect to gold held in such accounts is to place on demand at the disposal of its depositors, at the central bank where the deposit was constituted, the identical bars which had originally been deposited with it.

Gold on sight accounts is unallocated gold. The Bank's obligation with respect to gold held in such accounts is to place on demand at the disposal of its depositors, at the central bank where the deposit was constituted, gold bars of the same type as it has received, up to the total fine weight standing to the credit of the account.

Together with gold loans, leases, swaps and derivatives, these two types of account form the principal means by which gold transactions are handled by the BIS and central banks

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 22:17 | 3215228 Bansters-in-my-...
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Ooops,wrong article...on last comment but a good read non the less.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 09:48 | 3215998 W74
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Maybe the elderly Japs can come here to die.  My wife will be a nurse in 6 months (top of her class the first year of the program) and in about a decade's time (assuming the US is still around) we plan on opening up a nursing/aging home to reap what's left of the fortunes of aging boomers who's kids don't plan on taking care of them, or of even being around.

This won't be HMO/Hospice type Death-Acceleration, we'll actually care for our patients and provide them with a high quality of life.  We want them alive to suck as much of their savings, equity and fortunes as possible and if some of their kids want to help pay the bills for my medically oriented hotel so much the better.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:28 | 3216489 Cap Matifou
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China can now maybe start to think out of the box.
Cars running with Air compressed. Jules Verne dream coming true again.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 07:56 | 3249106 minakaze
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Man, some of you r such xenophobes, and by the way, it's not that this shit is gonna only hover over Asia you morons, it's going all the way to the US... China is suffocating us all...

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