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Radioactive Waste Is Leaking From Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation

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And now for a quick lesson in government spending: in the 1940s the federal government created the now mostly decommissioned Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation as part of the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb. During the Cold War, the project was expanded to include nine nuclear reactors and five large plutonium processing complexes, which produced plutonium for most of the 60,000 weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Sadly, many of the early safety procedures and waste disposal practices were inadequate, and government documents have since confirmed that Hanford's operations released significant amounts of radioactive materials into the air and the Columbia River.

The weapons production reactors were decommissioned at the end of the Cold War, but the decades of manufacturing left behind 53 million US gallons of high-level radioactive waste, an additional 25 million cubic feet of solid radioactive waste, 200 square miles of contaminated groundwater beneath the site and occasional discoveries of undocumented contaminations that slow the pace and raise the cost of cleanup. The Hanford site represents two-thirds of the nation's high-level radioactive waste by volume. Today, Hanford is the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States and is the focus of the nation's largest environmental cleanup. The government spends $2 billion each year on Hanford cleanup — one-third of its entire budget for nuclear cleanup nationally. The cleanup is expected to last decades. It turns out that as Krugman would say, the government was not spending nearly enough, and moments ago Governor Jay Inslee said that six underground radioactive waste tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking.

From AP:

Inslee made the announcement after meeting with federal officials in Washington, D.C. Last week it was revealed that one of the 177 tanks at south-central Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation was leaking liquids. Inslee called the latest news "disturbing."


The tanks, which already are long past their intended 20-year life span, hold millions of gallons of a highly radioactive stew left from decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons.


The U.S. Department of Energy said earlier that liquid levels were decreasing in one of the tanks at the site. Monitoring wells near the tank have not detected higher radiation levels.

And some more lessons on government spending:

Central to cleanup is the construction of a plant to convert millions of gallons of waste into glasslike logs for safe, secure storage. The $12.3 billion plant is billions of dollars over budget and behind schedule.

See: if only the plant was hundreds of billions, or better yet, trillions of dollars over budget, funded entirely by the Fed's monetization of debt issuance of course, all would be well. Sure enough:

Inslee and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber have championed building additional tanks to ensure safe storage of the waste until the plant is completed. Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said earlier this week that he shares their concerns about the integrity of the tanks, but that he wants more scientific information to determine it's the correct way to spend scarce money.

What is this "scarce money" he is talking about? Does he not know that today total US debt just hit a ridiculous all time high $16,608,318,357,376.54, which is $20 billion more than yesterday, and at this point is an absolutely meaningless number? It's not like anyone holds any hope that the US will repay this debt ever.

Then again, if the Columbia river ends up spawning some cool-looking mutants, and if the Canadians start turning violent over concerns that the US is exporting them a little more radiation than they bargained for, then the resulting civil/Canadian war once the US can no longer funds its trillion+ deficits will be all the more colorful and vibrant.

So let radiation leak: in fact print more money to buy more Made in Fukushima plutonium and bury it under the complex. After all - as with every thought experiment, such as that of the US solvency when debt is now 104% of GDP, it must be taken to its absurd limit to be fully appreciated by all those who fought tooth and nail against our original proposal from a year ago to build a death star. Because the only thing better than a nearly $1 quintillion death star is two nearly $1 quintillion death stars.


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Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:34 | 3268589 Dr. Kenneth Noi...
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They need to build onsite LFTRs to burn all that shit and generate power.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:35 | 3268590 knukles
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The Fallacy of the Melting Window.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:45 | 3268625 krispkritter
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Our very own 'Nuke-o-shima', courtesy of Uncle Sam.  How leaves me with a glowing appreciation of government in general.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:10 | 3268709 Race Car Driver
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It's incredible what governments do to this planet ... like we have somewhere else to go.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:11 | 3268720 WayBehind
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Yes we do have another place to go. We can all go to hell!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:52 | 3268807 Spirit Of Truth
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The meteor that just struck the Chelyabinsk region of Russia, the most radiation contaminated place on the planet, was a warning from God.  The Wormwood connection to radioactive contamination ("Chernobyl" means "Wormwood") and the key prophecy in Revelation 8 is now complete:


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:58 | 3268831 Fukushima Sam
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I'm sure everything is just fine over at Hanford. 

I'm sure there is no immediate danger.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:05 | 3268839 JohnnyBriefcase
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I love the usage of "immediate".


So soothing until you think about it. Fortunately most don't.


Mmmm clean energy.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:34 | 3268901 malikai
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Most of that liquid waste is reprocessing fluid from the PUREX process which is a combination of fission products, actinides, and of course the solvent nitric acid. And naturally, nitric acid is/has been eating away at the tanks (seals, fittings, etc) since it was first poured in.

In short, stay away from Hanford, stay upstream by many miles on the Columbia. 

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:41 | 3268915 Harlequin001
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I hear you can get some real good bargains on real estate, and that they come with some real cheap mortgages...

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 08:50 | 3269617 GetZeeGold
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Maybe I'll take a look, I tried to buy some off shore Gulf of Mexico drilling rights.....but that crap is not for sell at any proce.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:48 | 3269065 The Second Rule
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I'll have the penne pasta with roast three-eyed trout please.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 01:16 | 3269329 Dane Bramage
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One leaking?  I think it's six as of today  ~>

I wonder how a nice little quake would affect Hanford.  :-/

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 01:12 | 3269326 mharry
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I'm way upstream in Spokane. Maybe those downstream, especially the coast, will just melt away. Once you cross the mountains there's no use for them anyway. 

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 21:33 | 3270668 SomebodySpecial
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Marginally Hairy...

You may be up stream...but aren't you downwind?

Those mountains around Spokane are starting to glo at night.'s just the moon reflecting off the snow!

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 06:50 | 3269549 RafterManFMJ
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The nuclear waste problem can be solved by leaving it in a canister in a locked car in Detoilet or ShitCongo overnight. Presto! In the morning, it is gone.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:39 | 3268911 petolo
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Absolutely no threat to human health. Why don,t Obonzo and Tiger do a leisurely 9 holes there to show the MSM everything is under control, under control, under control...............

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 04:32 | 3269473 Kirk2NCC1701
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"Man with feet on the ground should not have head in the clouds".  -Russian proverb.  Actually I just made it up. 

Your translation is bad, hence GIGO.  "Garbich In, Garbich Out", as Lt. Chekhov would say.  For a better translation see Alpha Wolf's blog comment on  "Chernobyl" literally means "black grass" or "black stalks".


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:12 | 3268722 Bastiat
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Fortunately, Fukushima has demonstrated that nuclear leaks are not media worthy and therefore aren't important. 

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:37 | 3268879 Frozen IcQb
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Mount St-Helen = Nuclear test gone wrong?


Sat, 02/23/2013 - 17:17 | 3270259 The Heart
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"Fukushima has demonstrated that nuclear leaks are not media worthy and therefore aren't important."

If the public in the state of Washington actually had a clue about how bad this really is, most would leave immediately.

After fukushima blew up, and not knowing much about radiation at all, the quest to learn about what was happening and it's effects on this country came to the forefront of priorities. What was learned and shockingly discovered is that Hanford is one of the worst leaking radioactive places in the country, besides the Las Vegas/utah areas of course. The fallout in Richland, which is just downhill from Hanford, was being recorded on the EPA web site for a few months after fukushima. They took it down because the chart revealed very high radioactive leakages BEFORE the earthquake in japan happened. After being exposed in this huge COVER-UP, they had to stop this information from being published because people were actually seeing that the amounts of radioactive sites were leaking all over the country before fukushima blew up.

Sadly, this harmful fallout has historically been flowing everywhere east of Hanford into most of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North, and South Dakotas. Those states are all very highly contaminated. One could learn just how bad it is by studying the cancer and leukemia deaths in all the regions east, north, west, and south of Hanford. These charts above that were copied for posterity purposes reveal just how bad it gets, and the huge spikes just before fukushima blew up. They clearly show pre-fukushima radiation that was later joined by the new contamination from the reactors melting down in japan. These EPA stations were all added to the long list of inactiveated, or turned off stations after people were actually seeing the real measurements of radioactive fallout hitting the USA before, and after fukushima. They have been hiding this factual information ever since, because they know the USA is toast anyways. This action is a direct part of the overall population reduction agenda to kill off most of the life on the planet. Many will die of radiation poisoning and not even know it.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:40 | 3268793 Pure Evil
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Just think, if you decrease the size of the death star by one half the size of the original, you can then build four death stars for the price of the original two.

With that, you have the perception of more bang for the buck.

Not like the sheeple will know the difference.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:53 | 3268822 EscapingProgress
Sat, 02/23/2013 - 00:06 | 3269222 Matt
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If you are worried about radiation, long range space travel and living on Mars may not be for you.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 01:58 | 3269367 A Nanny Moose
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I hear the moons of Uranus are nice this time of the millenium.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:10 | 3268713 WayBehind
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Common man! Its all fine at Fukushima, just ask the Japanese government. And it's all fine here too. No big deal, just some radiation. 

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:13 | 3268726 spastic_colon
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i smell an economy saving taxpayer funded bailout coming soon to a nuke site near you!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:27 | 3268959 Lore
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Some say the Gulf is another dumping ground for old toxic munitions. Parts of the Middle East are irradiated with DU.

Symptomatically, the logic of the Greenshirts is hard to deny sometimes. "We" are a scourge on the planet.

Then again, "WE didn't leak that."

Blame Al Qaeda.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 07:03 | 3269556 Bicycle Repairman
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The problem is that the "Greenshirts" are easily led to waste their time on non-issues such as "climate change".  And some of the "Greenshirts" are, in fact, "counter insurgents" funded by the enemy.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 14:00 | 3269990 Lore
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Yes. Exactly. Well put.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:51 | 3269071 The Second Rule
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"shovel-ready" no doubt.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:57 | 3268947 CheapBastard
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Bullish ?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:52 | 3269073 The Second Rule
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Long backhoes and radiation suits.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:46 | 3269179 CaptainObvious
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All of Washington is glowing.  Especially the pot smokers whose blunt was irrigated with water from the Columbia River.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 04:39 | 3269474 Kirk2NCC1701
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I don't know if the Columbia salmon are now getting bigger or the supply of fish-head soup has doubled, but if you want to monitor the rad levels in your neck of the woods -- or someone else's in the US, go to:  The site also has some interesting links to Geiger gear.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 08:16 | 3269608 homme
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+1 and thanks for the link but this is mo' bettah:


Sat, 02/23/2013 - 13:27 | 3269925 Never One Roach
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What does this mean for Pacific salmon?

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 13:42 | 3269959 dirtbagger
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Supervised some drilling and soil testing work in the mid 70's at Hanford.  The first thing they give you when you sign in at the gate is an ID with a radiation badge.  If they find you without a badge you can be sent to the decontamination tank.   This stuff has been leaking since the 50's. Much of the material stored is highly radioactive, not the low level stuff stored at most nuke plants.   The real shame is that the plant is adjacent to the Columbia River and there has been a constant danger of water containation.  Hanford claims that the radiation has never reached the river, but few in that part of the country believe this. 

About 125 miles downstream, the Columbia River runs adjacent to Portland OR and Vancouver WA.   Portland is fortunate as it gets its drinking water from the pristine Bull Run watershed on the east side of Mt Hood far from the Columbia River water table.  Vancouver is less fortunate as it relies on groundwater for its populace.  In theory the groundwater is charged from rivers feeding the Columbia, and would supposedly be somewhat immune to water contamination from the Columbia River.   

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:02 | 3268834 Stoploss
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What comes after nintillion?  Bazillion?

Paul, will a bazillion do it??

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:49 | 3268935 NoDebt
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Dunno.  We'll all find out soon enough, though.

Radioactivity and Inflation are similar things.  You can't point at them because you can't see or touch them.  Just one day you wake up and say "what the fuck has happened to me??"

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 02:02 | 3269375 A Nanny Moose
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"Just one day you wake up and say "what the fuck has happened to me??"

One day? I ask this every day. I must be doing it wrong.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:05 | 3268957 S5936
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Nope, we need a GAZILLION $$$$

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 02:03 | 3269378 A Nanny Moose
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Sat, 02/23/2013 - 00:39 | 3269282 Curiously_Crazy
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haha  I actually came across the following by mistake yesterday while looking for those cool (well to some) maths tricks you can do with the number 11. Anyway:


million 106 billion 10 9 trillion 1012 quadrillion 10 15 quintillion 1018 sextillion 1021 septillion 1024 octillion 1027 nonillion 1030 decillion 1033 undecillion 1036 duodecillion 1039 tredecillion 1042 quatuordecillion 1045 quindecillion 1048 sexdecillion 1048 septendecillion 1054 octodecillion 1057 novemdecillion 1060 vigintillion 1063 googol 0100 googolplex 10googol = 1010100
Sat, 02/23/2013 - 00:41 | 3269284 Curiously_Crazy
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I like undecillion myself. Reminds me of undecided; so that may be the tipping point.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 03:43 | 3269451 Kirk2NCC1701
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Pfff!  It's Virgintillion 1E69 all the way to the Alpha Kher system for me!  Just ask the crew.  ;-)

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 18:12 | 3270369 illyia
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I feel so much better. We have only just started!

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 01:25 | 3269339 zorba THE GREEK
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This whole problem of radio-active waste exposure can be solved very easily by the department of

public safety. All they need do is to raise the official level of safe radiation exposure by 10,000X.

Now was that so difficult. 

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:52 | 3268654 Salah
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I worked at Hanford, and its culture is one of the most hostile, unionized, work-delaying operations of the US Government.  This mess would have been cleaned up 15-20 years ago, if not for deliberate delaying tactics of unions (OCAW) and consulting environmentalists (thick as fleas at PNNL), milking this job-site for all its worth.

Talk about a "cult of safety"...these people have raised 'safety' to really mean "lifetime job security".  That's the real story of Hanford.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:04 | 3268695 jballz
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Yeah it's the unions.

Some of you people are just in a perma ent acid trip.

One thing we can all agree on, the military industrial complex (of which Hanford is the crown fucking jewel) would be smooth running lean mean model of efficiency if it were not for those damn unions.

What a sick fuckinh joke, and your working there makes you a mic assclown so look in the godam mirror. You are the shit of which you raise a stink.

As for Hanford cleanup scam see bechtel, crony contracts they walked away from with massive profits. Not to the numbfucks in the hard hats.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:07 | 3268704 CH1
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would be smooth running lean mean model of efficiency if it were not for those damn unions.

No, it wouldn't - the unions are not the only problem.

That said, unions are both abusive and hateful, and yes, I know from experience.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:21 | 3268741 Salah
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Oh, you worked there? and you know all about it?  and before it was the big, bad, Bechtel's fault, it was the naughty Fluor-Daniel's fault, and before that, the wicked Westinghouse's fault, ad nausea.  Gimme a fuckin break, idiot.

You'd don't know jack-shit.  Those fucks at Hanford got 1 thing cleaned up in a hurry, big-time, record-time matter of fact. 25000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel, with 30% rubblized in 2 gigantic 1940's era pools, an eighth of a mile from the Columbia River, leaking like a sieve, and with a gigantic seismic risk as well.  They got that done using existing French cold-vacuum drying & storage tech, under direct threat of arrest and imprisionment from the Clinton Admn, because everytime there was a quake, the massive pumps came on to refill the pools. 

Your union butt-fuck buddies and their willing sycophant enviro-pansies howled & howled over how "unsafe" it was, and need more "studies"....what a fucking corrupt, socialist joke.




Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:08 | 3268847 SilverSavant
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Anyone who confuses spending money, like a cow pissing on a flat rock, with actually accomplishing, has never been to Hanford.   They spend at least $100 dollars studying and engineering, for every dollar that ever gets anywhere near a union employee.   

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:41 | 3269028 Lore
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Amen. The relationship between unions and greenshirts in the Environmental Review Industrial Complex is practically symbiotic. If they can't identify data and processes to keep the money flowing, a cynic might suggest that they would be highly motivated to invent them.

Regardless, if there is real leakage, it should be a national scandal.  AIR YOUR DIRTY LAUNDRY. CLEAN IT UP. MAKE AN EXAMPLE. SEND PEOPLE TO JAIL. ASK THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FOR HELP.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:02 | 3269097 The Second Rule
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That's my experience as well (not at Hanford but on other projects). See my response below.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:47 | 3269093 The Second Rule
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I worked on a large project at LLL. Union labor wasn't the  problem at all. In fact we were on track and on budget for the first 2 phases of the project. But then there were a couple of accidents and the gubmint decided they needed to get involved to "assure safety." They got rid of the prime contractor and replaced them with another willing to do things the govt way (read  bureaucratic way). Well, let me say this: safety protocols tripled, the bureacracy tripled. To fucking change a light bulb you needed to run a change order up the command chain, where it was reviewed, reviewed again, stamped in triplicate, buried, unearthed, reviewed and stamped one last time and suffice it to say took weeks to get even the smallest fucking thing done. Obviously budget was blown along with the schedule.

Unions were NOT the cause of this. We were used to dealing with unions. We knew the hourly and overtime rates, administrative policies, etc. (that was the easy part of submitting the bid and running the job). It was multiple layers of unnecessary oversight and administrative bottlenecks. I'm not disputing your Hanford story. I wasn't there. But I know the union labor on this project was not the result of the cost and schedule overruns. It was the government insisting on being involved in every decision.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:34 | 3269157 jballz
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"Hi I made a bbundle sucking off the government-mic tit and now that I stole my fair share I am going to btich about the rest of the thieves."

Hope you caught cancer while you were there.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 00:54 | 3269300 jballz
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true story- about 10 years ago I meet this guy for a business deal, he wants investors for a midget porn project (ok that I am making up, maybe). Anyway the conversation turns and he mentions he grew up at Hanford. Literally on the grounds there, his dad was some egghead and ran part of the plant. So this guy was there from birth til he left for college. I am a tactful guy so I make a tumor joke. I don't recall the joke, because he didn't get it.

He just says, "oh yeah I have a lot of them". Like I just asked him if he had freckles or moles. And I ask him if he's serious, and he rolls up his shirt sleeve and there are these white fucking lumps under his skin all up and down his arm. And he tells me that they are just "fatty tissue tumors" or some shit, and they are benign and, with a straight face, tells me they had nothing at all to do with his growing up on the hanford rez.

His doctors told him so...

Blew my fucking mind.

Anyway I am just saying that here because I wanted to share, and also to say when I hope you got cancer too I meant it, and I bet there is a great chance you did.

Try not to sue the taxpayers when you get diagnosed, you have sucked enough off my tit for one lifetime.

Government workers right here, bitchez.


(hypocrite green arrowing motherfuckers).

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 08:07 | 3269599 S5936
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J you are one banged up dude, get some help !!

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 01:38 | 3269345 Demologos
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i worked there in the 80s on a project to see if they could bury nuclear waste a mile deep.  The underlying basalt rock was too fractured and water took about a day to travel 100 feet at that depth.

My job was to drive a 50 mile loop and make sure data acquisition equipment was online 24/7.  I saw some interesting things.  At one well site, was the old Hanford schoolhouse from the 40's when there was a town full of workers for the Manhattan Project.  Every loop I would pass a small pretty blue lake.  In the desert landscape it was very inviting, but I was told it was full of tritium.  One of my first days on the job I saw one of our drilling contractors cooling off in water from one of the many standpipes that constantly spewed.  It was a hot day and the water looked refreshing.  The boss I was with told him he needed to be checked for contamination because there was tritium in the water.  They knew those tanks were leaking back then.

On the other hand, I would be driving and see eight and ten point bucks standing near the road.  There was no hunting so they lived until they died from old age.  The radiation didn't seem to affect them much.  Once I was with a couple of old codgers in a survey truck who were there to inject radioactive iodine into a well to see how long it took to migrate to a nearby well.  They complained because the area's radiation monitor crew ripped the stool out of their truck because it was too "hot."  They were more pissed about that than the fact that their sperm count was probably negative.

This was during the height of the No Nukes movement and my personal experiences there left me less afraid of radiation than when I started.  It is like working around heavy machinery.  You learn to respect the danger and use caution, or you wind up dead or worse.  I don't know about cleaning it up.  The upthread suggestion of burning the waste might get rid of some of it.  Otherwise, we should probably make some new and better tanks to hold it until we have better technology to neutralize it.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 01:56 | 3269364 jballz
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"On the other hand, I would be driving and see eight and ten point bucks standing near the road...  The radiation didn't seem to affect them much."


Yes, except that they were actually 9-month old does.


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:11 | 3268966 S5936
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Lay off Shlitz for a day or two and read a book numb nuts , any book dopey bastid !

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:05 | 3268697 CH1
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Thanks, Salah. Always best to hear from someone with direct knowledge.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:07 | 3268706 McMolotov
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Nothing inspires you to "look for the union label" quite like a work slowdown at a nuclear clean-up site. May they all grow mutated porcupine quills out their urethras and saggy boobs from their foreheads.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:11 | 3268719 secret_sam
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Perfect solution: give the Chinese the entire facility as collateral for all the debt we're never going to pay off.  No union problems in China, nosiree.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:28 | 3268997 Chief_Illiniwek
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People who live near any government facility that have razor-wire fences need to move.  NOW.

(See the book "Full Body Burden" - a first person history of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Faciltiy.)

The Hanford story is not going to end well for anyone living near the Columbia river.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 02:10 | 3269382 A Nanny Moose
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these people have raised 'safety' to really mean "lifetime job security".

This is the logical conclusion to the union story. Their primary function is create artificial scarcity of labor for typically low skill functions (i.e. changing bed pans of ornery, senile residents of staph delivery institution, dumping of small containers of garbage in to larger containers of garbage, for the purpose of carting it off out of sight and out of mind.)

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:41 | 3268913 Silver Garbage Man
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Imagine how many nuke site problems we will have in 20 years. This aint going to be fun. We are fucked.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 11:17 | 3269730 H E D G E H O G
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:"Houston, we have a problem", over..............

:(expletive!), garbled.........

:"Houston dammit, we have a MAJOR problem here!", over..............

:okay! okay! (expletive), garbled..............."We have the rescue shuttle ready for launch, right after lunch. It'll be piloted by Benny the Chimp, loaded to the gills with FRNS and a few bananas."

:Thanks Houston, thought we were 'gonners there for awhile. over.....................

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:37 | 3268595 AldoHux_IV
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As Krugman would say: "the gdp accretion should leak into 3Q data, nothing to worry about."

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:39 | 3268601 max2205
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Love canal

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:19 | 3268736 McMolotov
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What do lady parts have to do with it?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:26 | 3268761 akak
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Getting fucked.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 02:14 | 3269389 A Nanny Moose
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Sadly that's only the beginning. It is followed by afterbirth, and roughly 18 years of indentured servitude.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:42 | 3268603 francis_sawyer
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 ". Ron Wyden of Oregon said earlier this week
that he shares their concerns about the integrity of the tanks, but that
he wants more scientific information to determine it's the correct way
to spend scarce money."


Sure Wyden ~ Hire a team of Rosenburgs, Schwartzes, & Katzenbergs & pay them a couple of million each to produce a report, then get Bernanke & Greenspan to print the money for it... Let Blankfein handle the IPO for the Weintraub company who eventually gets the contract... When it all goes tits up in the end, the Blumenburg Law firm can help [themselves to 33% of] the poor victims & their settlements... Dr. Feinstein will take of their medical needs at his Beth Sinai medical practice...

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:47 | 3268643 Seasmoke
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+1......Do NOT ever settle down Francis !!!!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:04 | 3268659 francis_sawyer
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There are more than one form of 'confetti' paper...


& there are experts who know how to create useless forms of one paper, then push it around the table to make other forms of paper...

Many have probably recently heard the story about the Johns Hopkins gynecologist who was caught videotaping his patients... The greedy Baltimore lawyers are going to have a field day with law suits... Guess who's going to end up paying?... You & your health insurance premiums...

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:51 | 3268653 localsavage
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Well done Sir

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:20 | 3268740 shovelhead
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Wanna buy a never used foreskin?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:26 | 3268886 WillyGroper
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While a heeb is not necessarily a Zionist, ur funny!

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 10:07 | 3269674 francis_sawyer
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It's why I get pissed that every time a criticizm is laid out, someone immediately tries to divert the attention by hyperspacing over to 'Zionism'...


Sure, there are evil planners out there, but this ain't no evil plan... It's pure, bread & butter, everyday nepotism, which targets 'power nodes' in a patient & systematic way to achieve wealth & power [FOR DOING NOTHING]...

It's fucking death by a thousand paper cuts & it whizzes straight past most people's stream of consciouness... Why?... Easy... Because people have been trained to worship money... You don't even necessarily have to be a jew to participate [just as long as you demonstrate the same requisite characteristic of MONEY WORSHIP & operate within that system]... 

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:16 | 3268971 S5936
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Frances i call BINGO ! , on that analysis.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 02:36 | 3269400 A Nanny Moose
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All to clean up a mess created by Einsteins, Oppenheimers, Wigners, and Szilards, in order to check the power of the Bolsheviks, and Mensheviks. FFS, even Stalin was just a Jew for Jebus.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:39 | 3268604 Midas
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Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:40 | 3268607 maxw3st
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Just 2 quintillion dollar death stars would only lead to destructive competition between the 2 crews. We need at least 6 death stars, so there's room for an amicable, community-like atmosphere between all involved.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:48 | 3268608 akak
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Environmental radioactive contamination is merely transitory (on a timeline of tens of thousands of years).

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:13 | 3268717 tom a taxpayer
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And those glass logs can keep me warm and light my cabin for tens of thousands of years. Yeeah! I will be living large off the grid.

Come on baby light my fire! The Doors

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:25 | 3268753 edb5s
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Haha "off the grid."  Nice, +1.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:20 | 3268738 Jendrzejczyk
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Pleasant to see you Ak.



(choking back tears)

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:25 | 3268752 akak
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And you as well Jendrzejczek!

(A name that only a Pole could love --- or pronounce!)

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:40 | 3268609 McMolotov
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Does this nuclear reservation have radioactive indians and glowing casino chips?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:05 | 3268701 negative rates
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No, but someone made a geneticly altered glow in the night mosquito, that they want to introduce in southern fla. Perhaps they were spotted there first.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:48 | 3268611 Monedas
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Monday night quarterbacking .... it wasn't easy winning the cold war .... to make the world safe for Obama .... was it worth it ?    We won the war .... only to lose the peace .... we need to turn history around .... and rediscover the infinite wisdom of Capitalism .... it makes things work .... and gives you an honest feedback .... of reality .... not opium dreams .... we have nothing to fear except mind rot Socialism .... of cowardly, cynical, evil politcal pandering .... death to the Socialist scum .... enemies of humanity ! 

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:41 | 3268612 hugovanderbubble
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Time for Lightbridge LTBR- THORIUM

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 02:39 | 3269403 A Nanny Moose
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That which does not produce weapons grade material, is not in the best interest of those in government, who must use fear to control their subjects, since they otherwise serve no productive function in society.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:42 | 3268615 Bunga Bunga
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Guys, in 50,000 years we will laugh about this.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:47 | 3268637 e_goldstein
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Through our gills.


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:52 | 3268650 akak
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Hey E_, sorry I wasn't around three weeks ago to celebrate the shitcanning of our beloved Kitco bankster apologist and anti-gold propagandist extraordinaire, Jon "gold is in a bubble, but not a bull market" Nadler.  Too bad that Kitco's repudiation of that smug, condescending, arrogant liar and asshole was six years overdue.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:09 | 3268711 e_goldstein
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Hey Akak,

Agree with you on Nadler, although looks like Kitco is still performing dirty tricks despite Jonny's departure.

scroll down to where it says "Peter Hug."

Gotta run, take it easy.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:16 | 3268732 akak
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I tend to agree with you, E_.

After reading several of his articles, both past and recent, I have to conclude that Peter Hug may very well be Jon Nadler lite.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:31 | 3269147 e_goldstein
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(they would have different writers if they had any product to sell)

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:59 | 3268678 rhinoblitzing
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Reincarnation is a Bitch!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:42 | 3268618 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Why can't they just put this stuff in a rocket and shoot it out into space with its eventual destination being the sun? I bet it will be a lot cheaper over the long run. Just think of the cottage industry and jobs that will pop up making rockets along with giving NASA something to do.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:47 | 3268638 krispkritter
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Better idea, move DC en masse to Hanford and plop it down. Let's see how good their health care package REALLY is...

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:01 | 3268687 JustObserving
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It is incredibly expensive to send even a pound into orbit.  To put a pound into the sun requires much higher velocity and more expense.   It will be on the order of $10,000 to $50,000 a pound and the risk of the launch going wrong.  So little chance of tossing our nuclear waste into the sun with current technology.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:12 | 3268721 akak
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The roughly 10% of rockets which explode on the launchpad, or shortly after launch, would tend to complicate such a project as well.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:29 | 3268890 Bunga Bunga
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Doesn't matter, it solves the waste problem too.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:53 | 3269196 TheFourthStooge-ing
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akak said:

The roughly 10% of rockets which explode on the launchpad, or shortly after launch, would tend to complicate such a project as well.

Exactly. It would just be a massive multiplayer game of Russian Roulette unless and until rockets can be launched into space with a 100 percent success rate.

That's not likely to happen anytime soon:

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:26 | 3268883 Pseudo Anonym
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It is incredibly expensive to send even a pound into orbit.

how difficult could it be to type 1's and 0's on the fed's keyboard?  get to work mr. chairman...

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 01:27 | 3269340 El Crusty
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10-50 grand a pound is probably WAY cheaper than what they've spent on the whole mess so far.

10% failure rate on rockets really isnt much worse than over a million gallons of untreated high level waste leaking into the ground water if you think about it. i think there is 200 tanks total at hanford, we've got 6 of them that we know of leaking, probably several more, so 10 percent failure rate on the launch pad or 10% of the tanks leaking. either way you look at it, 10% is 10% and at least we would actually be getting rid of the stuff instead of just moving it around.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:09 | 3268848 Blano
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Can you imagine what the fallout (get it?) would be if the rocket blew up after takeoff like the Challenger did???

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:23 | 3268990 Anusocracy
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Pile it on he White House lawn.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:25 | 3268993 S5936
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DC & How, been say'in it for 20 yrs! Load up the bitch and fire it into one of them black holes & forget about it, ya know what I'm say'in.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:44 | 3268626 Seasmoke
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too bad it is not Washington DC !

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:41 | 3268914 NoDebt
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Washington, DC already spews more radioactive waste across the country and the world than this little glow-worm site could ever dream to.


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:45 | 3268629 SmittyinLA
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Having it leak into our primary fresh water supply is much better than dumping it into the Marianas Trench where it will be buried for 2 million years, think of how much money we can borrow building new tanks and cleaning up old tanks every 20 years, we can push the deficit to a trillion-trillion

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:51 | 3268645 LongSoupLine
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Just another fucking government leak...

Plug it up with fresh fucking printed Bernanke fiat...better yet stuff that fucking asshole in the leak and pumpcram his fucking ass full of fresh printed dollars until his shit stinking bank sucking ass swells to fill the hole. Fucker.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 16:51 | 3270234 Likstane
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+1 for "pumpcram"

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:50 | 3268652 Wile-E-Coyote
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Openheimer believed that a nuclear war happened thousands of years ago in Asia. Might expalin the slitty eyed bastards, therefore the Japs might be pretty immune that's why they aren't bothered about Fukushima.

Arrrr so that's why weeee fucking looking mutants.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:01 | 3268688 Dapper Dan
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of note:

Researchers Describe How Natural Nuclear Reactor Worked In Gabon

In 1952, the late Paul Kuroda predicted that if the right conditions existed, a natural nuclear reactor system could go critical. Twenty years later, noticing that uranium ore from the Oklo mine was depleted in 235 Uranium , it was discovered that the site had once been a natural nuclear reaction system.

it's been known for 30 years that Mother Nature once did nuclear chain reactions by her lonesome. Now, Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have analyzed the isotopic structure of noble gases produced in fission in a sample from the only known natural nuclear chain reaction site in the world in Gabon, West Africa, and have found how she does the trick. Picture Old Faithful.

 it was known that the natural nuclear reactor operated two billion years ago for 150 million years at an average power of 100 kilowatts. The Washington University team solved the mystery of how the reactor worked and why it didn't blow up.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:34 | 3268778 jonjon831983
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Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:46 | 3268804 secret_sam
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It was South Asia, though.  India.  The Upanishads contain an interesting verse about fires in the sky used in war that caused the skin to continue to burn. 

It makes a lot of sense if you were never compelled by the modern operating definition of time, which is basically just as a placeholder between events.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:53 | 3268656 krispkritter
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And the notion that they will be producing 'glasslike logs' for safe and sound storage sounds fishy.  I suspect Duraflame logs will be marketed with an 'extra special glow' in the coming years...bonus!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:55 | 3268663 edb5s
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Horsemeat economics

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:05 | 3268700 Drunken Monkey
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Up until a few days ago I could have produced all the "glasslike logs" they could use, but adding some bran to my oatmeal has pretty well solved that issue.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:27 | 3268887 Sparkey
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A1! Monkey, that is funny!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:55 | 3268658 edb5s
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Regarding Canada:  has anyone else read Infinite Jest?  Fiction becoming fact once again?

(For those who haven't, the US essentially expropriates a large amount of land from Canada and turns it into a giant waste dump)


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:59 | 3268681 akak
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(For those who haven't, the US essentially expropriates a large amount of land from Canada and turns it into a giant waste dump)

The obvious solution to the inevitable anti-American reactions among the Canadian population to such a project is quite simple: merely carve the landfills into the shape of a maple leaf and paint them red, and the Canadians will embrace them as their own.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:21 | 3269122 The Second Rule
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Uh...I think the Cannuks beat us to it.  It's called the TAR SANDS. Toxic waste pits visible from space.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:05 | 3268698 conspicio
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What would Thierry Poutrincourt do in the Year of the Depends Adult Undergarment?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:30 | 3268769 DangerClams
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Get his forehead stuck to an ice-cold window and have half his face torn off?

I dunno.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:29 | 3268767 DangerClams
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If DFW were still alive, he'd be marveling that the Great Concavity/Great Convexity might actually be coming to fruition, but in the Western US, not the Eastern.

I guess the Enfield Tennis Academy is safe.  For now.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:56 | 3268666 secret_sam
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Why don't they privatize this?  Auction off the site on E-Bay and be done with it.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:57 | 3268667 Rustysilver
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Meanwhile in China: same stuff.

"China's environment ministry appears to have acknowledged the existence of so-called "cancer villages" after years of public speculation about the impact of pollution in certain areas."

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:37 | 3269164 rhinoblitzing
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Cheap Chinese Communist Concrete (and lack of rebar) may be the downfall of China.

Just wait until those "Built Overnight" dams, bridges, and nuke plants crumble just like thier schools that they put thier "future" children in.

Haste Makes Radioactive Waste

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:58 | 3268675 rhinoblitzing
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Time for a Concert - "No Nukes" Reunion - get me Jackson Brown and James Taylor on the line.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:05 | 3268699 MasterB
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and Daryl

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:32 | 3268771 DangerClams
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And some band-aids for when Jackson tools up on Pris.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 01:33 | 3268780 tom a taxpayer
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Concert finale hold-hands-and-sway song: "All we are saying is give plutonium decay 50,000 years a chance to reduce radioactivity levels."


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:59 | 3268677 Ineverslice
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Now wait a minute....How many is ONE Quintillion, dammit?

Hanford was always some bad shit and now the genie is out.


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:00 | 3268682 conspicio
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CH2M-Hill's $5.6B cash cow + ARRA $$$ + union corruption + environmental activist extortion = monkey fucking a football. And as usual, the harder CH2M-Hill fucks that football, the more work the feds throw their way. All your nuclear remediation are mine, bitchez...

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:03 | 3268691 buzzsaw99
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If they had stuffed those tanks full of $100 bills it would have been cheaper.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:03 | 3268692 carpman
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No, you definitely want to leave this kind of thing to the private sector! If you want to be really safe.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:04 | 3268693 booboo
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Too bad the Government is immune from prosecution and legal recourse, it is good to be the ultimate monopoly, even if their was legal options the judges are paid by the very entity that you are suing. Even the Kings and lords didn't burn their own forest and fields down. "Democracy, the god that failed" Hans Hermann Hoppe

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:08 | 3268708 Black Markets
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$2bn per annum? Your old plutonium factories are very stable.

Check out the UK's old sites...

That's $100bn to clean up a 50 acre site. What the fuck did they do there??

(Well it was $100bn last week, it's $90bn this week. Fuck you Moody's, we're winning!!!)

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:21 | 3268742 scaleindependent
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The unintended consequences of military superiority and the MIC.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 07:16 | 3269562 Bicycle Repairman
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The military does all kinds of polluting.  Anywhere there is a base, there is a problem.  Avoiding pollution is not part of the mission.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:22 | 3268744 jimmyjames
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Then again, if the Columbia river ends up spawning some cool-looking mutants, and if the Canadians start turning violent over concerns that the US is exporting them a little more radiation than they bargained for, then the resulting civil/Canadian war once the US can no longer funds its trillion+ deficits will be all the more colorful and vibrant.


Sounds like we're even on that score card-the only casualty so far has been the river-


Canadian mining giant Teck Resources Ltd. has admitted in a U.S. court that effluent from its smelter in southeast British Columbia has polluted the Columbia River in Washington for more than a century.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:36 | 3268782 akak
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Well, I am sure that the Canadians only engaged in their egregious pollution of the Columbia River after lengthy consultations with all involved First Nations Aboriginal Noble Savage Alcoholically Challenged "Give me my annual federal subsidies dammit, you stupid guilty white assholes!" Peoples.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:48 | 3268811 jimmyjames
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The first nations hadn't arrived here yet..a century ago--

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