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TEPCO Hid Record Fukushima Radiation Levels Before Olympics Bid

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Days before Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Olympics last September, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe stated that Fukushima contaminated water was "under control." Now, as Reuters reports,  the nation's nuclear watchdog has uncovered that, following  "uncertainty about the reliability and accuracy of the September strontium reading," which prompted a re-examination of samples, levels of Strontium-90 were five times the levels previously recorded. The Japanese NRA blasted TEPCO, “We did not hear about this figure when they detected it last September. We have been repeatedly pushing TEPCO to release strontium data since November. It should not take them this long to release this information." One can only wonder why - when the promise of $500 million of government support is on the line... and new cracks are appearing.

 

Via RT,

Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is again in the midst of controversy for failing to timely report on record radiation levels at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. It is now blasted for holding back strontium measurements since September.

 

TEPCO on Wednesday revealed that it detected 5 million becquerels per liter of radioactive Strontium-90 in a groundwater sample taken some 25 meters from the ocean as early as last September, Reuters reports. The legal limit for releasing strontium into the ocean is just 30 becquerels per liter.

 

Although the reading was alarmingly five times the levels taken at the same spot two months prior to that, TEPCO decided not to immediately report it to the country’s nuclear watchdog. That is despite Strontium-90 being considered twice as harmful to people as Cesium-137, which was also released in large quantities during the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March 2011 caused by powerful earthquake and tsunami.

 

According to a TEPCO spokesman cited by Reuters, the decision was due to “uncertainty about the reliability and accuracy of the September strontium reading,” which prompted the plant’s operator to reexamine the data.

 

However, Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) officials say no data came up until now despite repeated demands to TEPCO.

 

“We did not hear about this figure when they detected it last September. We have been repeatedly pushing TEPCO to release strontium data since November. It should not take them this long to release this information,” Shinji Kinjo, head of the NRA taskforce on contaminated water issues at Fukushima, told the agency.

 

Top NRA officials, including the watchdog’s chairman, have lashed out at TEPCO for “lacking a fundamental understanding of measuring and handling radiation” while responding to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

 

This is not an appropriate way to deal with the desire of the public [for transparency] and in particular, the regulator, which is now very closely regulating issues related to public health, the environment and so on,” Martin Schulz, a senior research fellow at the Fujitsu Research Institute, has said.

 

On Thursday, fears of new leaks surfaced in Japanese media, as Asahi Shimbun reported two cracks in a concrete floor of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 facility near radioactive water storage tanks. Some contaminated water from the melting snow may have seeped into the ground through the cracks stretching for 12 and 8 meters, TEPCO said.

 

Earlier last year, TEPCO came under criticism for letting radioactive water leak from a tank at Fukushima and also concealing the fact for some time.

Days before Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games last September, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed that contaminated water at Fukushima was “under control” and vowed to provide some $500 million to help contain it.

Unbelievable!!

 

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Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:01 | 4436516 freewolf7
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No consequence, no change.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:17 | 4436551 EnglishMajor
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What we need to see is some Seppuku out of TEPCO.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seppuku

 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:21 | 4436575 Headbanger
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Oh Fukishima the stupid Olympics already!

it's just another bread & circuses scam on the sheeple.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:31 | 4436629 El Oregonian
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Japan meet fork.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:58 | 4436707 Boris Alatovkrap
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But, Japan is use hashi (chopstick), no?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 13:44 | 4436862 tongue.stan
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Quick, somebody tell chris martenson about this new developemnt so he can apply his 'scientific' laser like focus on getting more newsletter subscriptions. 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 19:54 | 4437222 fuu
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I wonder how this changes Chris Martenson's little puff piece the other day. He said the radiation levels were what he considers safe but the readings he based that on were faked or wrong. C'mon Chris how about a little follow-up.

 

Just try not to put the apology in the section we have to pay for.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:41 | 4436645 Boris Alatovkrap
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By 2020, all radioactive waste is float to USSA West Coast, no?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 14:49 | 4437107 ManWithaPlan
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By 2020 the build up of contamination in the food chain of the Pacific Ocean will have reached a dangerous level. It will be in everything by then, yes including the west coast of the US.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:21 | 4436579 PR Guy
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Shock horror! Vested interests do something naughty to protect themselves/keep making money.

Personally, the sun is over the yardarm here in Ireland and I'm going to have  a drink and watch cartoons (this one's a spoof of a TED Talk) for the rest of the day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QPxDugs0Nw

 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:29 | 4436613 Headbanger
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That's a great idea!  Think I'll get a bottle of some good Irish whiskey at the packy and catch up with some drinking.

Cheers!

And what's considered a good Irish whiskey in Ireland ?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:35 | 4436636 El Oregonian
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Jameson

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:43 | 4436658 carbonmutant
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Redbreast... Single pot

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 07:45 | 4441737 samcontrol
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i prefer
jenna with
jameson

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:47 | 4436666 e_goldstein
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Connemara

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 13:07 | 4436742 Headbanger
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Thanks to all!  I've have lots of Jameson and like it.  I've had Redbreast which is almost a scotch to me.

But I've yet to try Connemara.  

So it's off to the PO and the packy to do some further research.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:19 | 4436583 Cookie
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rt.com is getting a big chunk of my attention these days

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 13:40 | 4436837 Urban Roman
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Seppuku is cowardly. I want to see them in the cancer ward.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 15:03 | 4437170 Flying Wombat
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Deep within an amendment to the 2014 budget was something rather surprising.  The US Congress has now taken notice of the USS Ronald Reagan sailors impacted by Fukushima and no one has reported this yet, other than me.  I wrote this last night:

http://thenewsdoctors.com/uss-ronald-reagan-sailors-claiming-radiation-health-problems-us-congress-takes-notice-and-acts/

It was possible to deny radiation problems before.  But now that scores of sailors are dying and Congress actually, for once, is dong the right thing, the media will have a harder time playing the conspiracy card to downplay what happened, and the risk factors going forward. 

Zerohedge Tylers, feel free to reprint.  The USS Ronald Reagan sailors story was pushed into the mainstream over the last few months by alternative media.  It's a victory for Zerohedge, TND and all others that published stories about the topic.

Eric Dubin, Managing Editor, The News Doctors

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:01 | 4436517 Joebloinvestor
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Of course they LIED.

What more does anyone expect from TEPCO?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:04 | 4436524 NoDebt
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That's what TEPCO stands for: The Endless Plutocrat Con Operation.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:06 | 4436525 emsolý
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They were really torn between  "when it gets serious, you have to lie"  and "please do not worry"

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:33 | 4436630 Ignatius
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What's the fuss?  I've heard glowing reports out of Japan.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:37 | 4436641 Grande Tetons
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Nice! Plus one. 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:19 | 4436576 suteibu
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Right...TEPCO.  Of course, you understand that the Japanese government owns TEPCO, right? 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:02 | 4436519 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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HO-LI-FUK

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:04 | 4436527 kralizec
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Isn't that Chinese?  !

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:19 | 4436564 suteibu
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Shimatsu is worth reading on a lot of subjects.  He hides no contempt for the J-gov.  Note he is in Hong Kong these days.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:04 | 4436521 NoDebt
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You mean they........ lied?  Oh, my God.  Who does things like that?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:05 | 4436522 fonzannoon
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I should not make this public but I have decided to corner the pre 2010 california wine market. My goal is to buy up all wine made in california pre nuclear fallout. Once they cancel the olympics and can no longer hide the true radiation everyone will demand pre 2010 vintage and I will be ridiculously wealthy. I have already purchased $46 worth of wine which I have drank half of. It's going to be a long and rewarding process.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:09 | 4436541 HobbyFarmer
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comment of the week.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:40 | 4436649 Grande Tetons
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The fonz is not your run of the mill mook. 

Agreed..one of his best posts. 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:13 | 4436547 BandGap
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Well then, I have these up for bid -

3 bottles of Nichelini 2009 Merlot

1 bottle of Santa Barbara 1989 Cabernet Saivignon

1 bottle of Santa Barbara 1991 Paradis

I cannot speak for the Santa Barabara whites, but the Nichelini Merlots are excellent. I have to quite drinking these investments.

 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:16 | 4436553 fonzannoon
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You sir will be hearing from my Lawyer.

seriously lets pool some funds on here and buy the whole thing up. We will name our brand FahQ BernaQE

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:20 | 4436588 PR Guy
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No. Let's call it 'Phuque'. Sounds more upmarket.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:26 | 4436604 fonzannoon
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I don't have all the answers. I need a good PR guy.

wait one minute!

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 15:10 | 4437207 vulcanraven
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You should hire Fonestar™, I hear he is a real PR whiz.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:54 | 4436697 BandGap
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That just sounds bitter, but if the money is right.....

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:15 | 4436556 IridiumRebel
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May I have Oregonian Pinots please?

http://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/47448

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:36 | 4436639 PlausibleDenial
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As soon as I heard about the FUK, I went to the grocery store and bought a case of Tuna.  I usually eat a can a week.  The expiration date on the box (24 Cans) is March 2014.  I now have only one can left and I was joking with my gf that I was going to list it on ebay for $5,000.  The problem is few on ebay have any "fuking" idea about how the contamination particularly to our seafood.  Oh well,.....  anyone hungry??

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:55 | 4436688 NotApplicable
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I built a high-tunnel hoop house over my garden after Fuku. My wife doesn't like me telling people that's the reason I built it, though.

"Oh, it's to extend the growing season."

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 15:41 | 4437317 koncaswatch
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I live in hurricane prone area; tuna is a part of our "emergency" supplies, has been for years. I couldn't get a case, but in my area of the world I'm finding pre 2010 tuna in little shops in the countryside. My wife thought I was crazy until one of her girl freinds sent her a GW Fuku post. Now we are only eating fresh fish from the Caribbean (local). I'm going to be eating canned bluefin, albacore and yellow tail after next year's hurricane or economic colapse.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 16:24 | 4437459 samcontrol
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not that bad of a plan .. but wine is made elsewhere.

But want you want to invest in. is something you ONLY get in the pacífic0 or cal or Japan pre2010.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:05 | 4436528 Frank N. Beans
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"We won't know how bad the radiation at Fukyoushima is until after we win the Olympics bid." 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:18 | 4436569 oxide
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Or, as Nancy Pelosi would say,

“We have to win the bid to know how much radiation there is.”

 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:53 | 4436685 Frank N. Beans
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yes!  thank you.

 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:08 | 4436531 kralizec
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OK, now...glowing people at night...that just has super special olympics all over it!

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:07 | 4436535 TradingTroll
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These psychopathic leaders will do anything they want.

 

Just protect yourself and your family. This radiation in our body ages and weakens us. Look at how bad this flu season has been in the gulf states. Corexit anyone?

 

West Coast is next.

 

Preppers know what to do.

 

As a prepper, I added sodium alginate and Vitapect (both remove radiation) to my regime of staying healthy for when the day of reckoning comes.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 13:19 | 4436777 Sabibaby
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As long as you smile and be happy you're industructable. It's the people who use their brain or frown who get sick from radiation and corexit.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 13:20 | 4436788 novictim
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A decent Geiger Counter will run you $450 and up.  Add that to your list.

 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:08 | 4436536 Clowns on Acid
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So..? Whats wrong with hiding information? The CBs do it all the time. The leaders of socilaist Europe do it all the time. Borat Obama and his coterie of inferiors have made a career of lying, hurting people, and then telling them that all is not opnly weel... but better.

A fish rots from the head. The West (including Japan) is rotting from the left wing fascist head. So....whats wrong with that ?  

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:11 | 4436542 IridiumRebel
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How is this "company" still running shit as it pertains to Fuckedushima? Seriously. Everything has been lies and ineptitude. This probably could have been made more under control with international effort, but these twats keep fucking things up. They are going to kill a lot of people. 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 14:18 | 4436955 viahj
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There is no international effort because as long as it's only TEPCO/Japan, the rest of the global nuclear industry avoids the glaring truth that Fukushima is not fixable and the entire global industry is just as dangerous.  Japan is taking one for the global nuclear team.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 14:36 | 4437062 novictim
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Those twats are now us...everyone with a functioning government that is failing to step-in and act must now take responsibility.  Japan has not yet been challenged by threat of international intervention.  Why is that?????

 

"When more than one person is responsible then no-one is responsible"...is that going to be our epitaph?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:12 | 4436544 suteibu
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Everybody knew!  The IOC knew.  The Japanese government knew.  Most of the Japanese people knew or suspected.  Same for the Americans. 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:13 | 4436549 Sean7k
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"Unbelievable" I don't think this word means what you think it means.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:15 | 4436557 PontifexMaximus
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should be good for up 10 % on the Nikkei

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:18 | 4436562 q99x2
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Do not eat the yellow snow.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:18 | 4436572 Spastica Rex
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Where's Fukuppy when you need him?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:23 | 4436590 Madcow
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What's the best way to short California real estate? And, how will an evacuation of North America be managed?  On a state-by state basis, or is it basically ever man for himself - and the last one out turn out the lights ? 

+

This is Karma. The dishonesty of the nuclear industry coming home to roost.  Yes, nuclear power is safe and clean and efficient - if you don't count the uranium mining or long term storage requirememts and if you simply ignore public health and safety concerns. 

When a coal plant blows up, you don't need to evacuate the continent for centuries. 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:21 | 4436591 ilikepies
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Its going to be a long "nuclear" winter @ Winterfell 

 

Actually this shit just isnt funny anymore.

 

These fuckers just tainted all the tuna for the next 300 years. 

 

Depressing.

 

fin...

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:28 | 4436618 novictim
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Yes, TEPCO lies and lies and lies.  We know this already.

 

The real story involves answering these quesitons:

WHY HAVEN'T THE JAPANESE AND US GOVERNMENTS TAKEN OVER TEPCO OPERATIONS?  

Why has TEPCO not been dissolved and it's assets liquidated and its executive staff made penniless?  

Why could we do this 60 years ago...but not today?  

Just how much no-nothing negligence are we going to take from our corrupt and sociopathic globalist plutocrats before we fight back for our lives and the lives of future generations?  (When you find out you have bone cancer or multiple myeloma...then you likely won't have the will to fight back.)

Why can we let a ongoing polution factory churn out ever more strontium and cesium and iodine 131 and all the other Alpha/beta/gamma emmiters, poluting the ground water FOREVER, the oceans FOREVER?  

We are WEAK!

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:31 | 4436626 williambanzai7
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The answer is limited liability and plausible deniability. That is what this is all about.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:59 | 4436710 novictim
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Yes, those are the go-to defense mechanisms for corporate malfeasance the world over. But the excuses and dodging wear thin over time.

Limited Liability does not work for the Japanese government in this case as they control and approve the corporate charter for TEPCO.

Damages now far exceed the assets of TEPCO to payout if one considers Japanese health related injuries alone. When one expands this to world health claims then Japan as a country will be forced to answer thousands of health claims over the years.

And plausible denial stopped being an effective defense once the disaster was full underway. The key executives of TEPCO as well as Japanese political and civil service officials are now linked directly to the accident and its mitigation through the available free Press publications.
Yes, Japan is trying to silence this with laws banning certain journalist pursuits but the cow has already left the barn! Hiding behind "We did not know" won't fly.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 13:01 | 4436724 NotApplicable
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Why would you expect the mafia to act any other way?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 14:45 | 4437095 novictim
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The mafia, in this case, are the global elites and plutocrats.  

How they expect to escape harm is beyond me.  

 

I guess they think themselves bullet proof.  Ridiculous amounts of money require the whisper Memento mori..."Remember, thou art mortal".

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 13:00 | 4436721 NotApplicable
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Because the organized crime syndicate d.b.a. "Japanese and US governments" are responsible for the disaster.

As for why? Central banking, duh.

Weakness exists for a reason.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:32 | 4436624 williambanzai7
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Take em out back and shoot em.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 13:54 | 4436864 ThroxxOfVron
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"Take em out back and shoot em."

A-fucking-MEN.  My words/thoughts exactly.

-& then send evey single corrupt Japanese nuclear regulatory official & every single TEPCO employee and every single paid media shill that claims it's safe into the site at gun point with a fucking bucket and sponge and mop to clean that site until all the geiger counters fall silent or they all do.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:32 | 4436628 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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if we are still around come 2020 if every athelete refuses to participate (mass protest) in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics then there might be hope for humanity.

You can have the circus without the performers.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:51 | 4436631 cbxer55
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What's the big deal? Japan's never gonna see the olympics. By the time 2020 gets here, Japan will have been evactuated, and most of us will probably be dead from radiation poisoning, or starvation since most sea life is already dead or dying.

And if not from radiation, it'll be from the BIG RESET that's surely coming to the entire world, due to fucked up economics.

Live life to the fullest right now, and don't be overly concerned with tomorrow. There ain't gonna be too many left.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:53 | 4436689 forwardho
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Brother, you are on the right path.

I will not waste my fleeting time, bitching about that which I have no control over.

All I can do is keep my side of the street clean.

The answer to why we are here?

Learn something new every day.

Help a fellow traveler when we can.

For myself... This catastrophic storm has brought in a perfect 6'- 8' North-east swell. Grabbing my board, and living the dream!

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:38 | 4436638 JPMorgan
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What nuclear disaster? oh that... don't worry about that, it's fully contained (to just the northern hemisphere). 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:41 | 4436651 NEOSERF
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I love how accurate they are with regard to 8 meters here and 12 meters there...like they actually are able to keep track of "melting snow"...have you seen pictures of the contaminated storage tanks???!! they are sprouting like mushrooms...what exactly is the end game there?  Do they build 3 million tanks and then by that time Tank #1 will have reached its half life and they can dump it into the sea and start filling it again?

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201402120042

 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:45 | 4436652 MopWater
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I think you mistyped the last word...you put an Un in front of believable...

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:45 | 4436657 shovelhead
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No problem.

Godzilla will absorb all that radiation.

Let's hope he enjoys staying at home.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 13:27 | 4436802 TNTARG
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It will "dilute" into our bonds and blood.

 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:49 | 4436675 vyeung
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The Japanese government is both corrupt, irresponsible, wicked and unethical.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:57 | 4436700 Wannabee
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Curious to see which dignitaries show up for opening ceremonies and which unfortunately had to attend 'important emergency summit' in Norway.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:55 | 4436704 Frank N. Beans
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how big are the cockroaches over there now anyway? 

 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 13:28 | 4436805 Bunga Bunga
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"Run as fast as you can"

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 13:35 | 4436815 novictim
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From Wiki comes this story regarding just a small Cesium 137 (31 year half life) release from a abandoned peice of medical equipment in Brazil.  Read this and then consider the massive amounts of cesium spewing from Fukushima and the lack of a response so manty months later:

The Goiânia accident was a radioactive contamination accident that occurred on September 13, 1987, at Goiânia, in theBrazilian state of Goiás, after an old radiotherapy source was stolen from an abandoned hospital site in the city. It was subsequently handled by many people, resulting in four deaths. About 112,000 people were examined for radioactive contamination and 249 were found to have significant levels of radioactive material in or on their body...

The source is partially broken[edit]

On September 16, Alves succeeded in puncturing the capsule's aperture window with a screwdriver, allowing him to see a deep blue light coming from the tiny opening he had created.[1] He inserted the screwdriver and successfully scooped out some of the glowing substance. Thinking it was perhaps a type of gunpowder, he tried to light it, but the powder would not ignite. The exact mechanism by which the light was generated was not known at the time the IAEA report was written, though it was thought to be either fluorescence orCherenkov radiation associated with the absorption of moisture by the source; similar blue light was observed in 1988 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory during the disencapsulation of a 137Cs source.

The source is sold and dismantled[edit]

On September 18, Alves sold the items to a nearby scrapyard. A scrapyard employee came to the house, loaded the contents into a wheelbarrow, transported them to the yard, and unloaded them. That night, the owner of the scrapyard, Devair Alves Ferreira, who lived next door, went into the garage and noticed the blue glow from the punctured capsule. Thinking the capsule's contents were either valuable or even supernatural, he immediately brought it into his house. Over the next three days, he invited friends and family to view the strange glowing substance and offered a reward to anyone who could free it from the capsule. He mentioned that he intended to make a ring out of it for his wife. On September 21 at the scrapyard, a friend of Ferreira's (given as EF1 in the IAEA report) succeeded in freeing several rice-sized grains of the glowing material from the capsule using a screwdriver. He shared some of these with his brother, claimed some for himself, and the rest remained in the hands of Devair Alves Ferreira, who readily began to share it with various friends and family members. That same day, his wife, 37-year-old Gabriela Maria Ferreira, began to fall ill. On September 25, 1987, Devair Alves Ferreira sold the scrap metal to a second scrapyard.

Ivo and his daughter[edit]

The day before the sale to the second scrapyard, however, on September 24, Ivo, Devair's brother, successfully scraped some additional dust out of the source and took it to his house a short distance away. There he spread some of it on the cement floor. His six-year-old daughter, Leide das Neves Ferreira, later ate a sandwich while sitting on this floor. She was also fascinated by the blue glow of the powder, applying it to her body and showing it off to her mother. Dust from the powder fell on the sandwich she was consuming; she eventually absorbed 1.0 GBq, total dose 6.0 Gy, which is roughly equal to 13 Sv, more than a fatal dose even with treatment.[10]

Gabriela Maria Ferreira notifies authorities[edit]

Gabriela Maria Ferreira had been the first to notice that many people around her had become severely sick at the same time. Her actions from that point on probably saved lives.[11]She first suspected the culprit was a beverage they had shared, but an analysis of the juice showed nothing untoward. On September 28, 1987 — 15 days after the item was found — Gabriela went with one of her scrapyard employees to the rival scrapyard which was then in possession of the materials. She reclaimed them and transported them by bus in a plastic bag to a hospital. There, physician Paulo Roberto Monteiro rightly suspected that it was dangerous. He placed it in his garden on a chair to increase the distance between himself and the materials. Because the remains of the source were kept in a plastic bag, the level of contamination at the hospital was low.

The source's radioactivity is detected[edit]

In the morning of September 29, 1987 a visiting medical physicist, Walter Mendes Ferreira,[12] used a scintillation counter borrowed from NUCLEBRAS (a national government agency which is involved in the nuclear fuel cycle, including searching for uranium ore) to confirm the presence of radioactivity. He spent most of the day confirming the dangerous levels of radiation and persuading the authorities to take immediate action. The city, state, and national governments were all aware of the incident by the end of the day, and the accident response started that evening.

 

Question: Brazil could respond. Why can't Japan or the USA?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 13:40 | 4436841 TNTARG
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It's sad. It makes me feel so embarassed about our species.

Lots of dolphins, wales, birds in south Atlantic beaches. Unusual ammount of them. They know meanwhile humans keep watching "Game of Thrones" and things of the sort on television.

Me, I digging a house on the rock in Patagonia, swearing and coursing. Too sad.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 14:05 | 4436919 americanspirit
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When I contemplate Fukushima (and other Fukushimas to come) the phrase 'you can run but you can't hide' comes to mind. At my age there is zero chance of being the last man standing but even if there were a chance I would not want that prize. Way too lonely and depressing. My wife and I have a nice stash of a certain illegal brownish substance - 5X guaranteed fatal overdose. When the time comes we will lie down in each others arms and just go.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 14:58 | 4437133 SgtShaftoe
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I just hope there will be crimes against humanity trials for all those that didn't act, including the US government, japanese, etc.  I'm a little dissapointed the Russians haven't been more vocal and outspoken on the current conditions. It's in humanity's best interest for somebody to bring some credible information to the public. 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 15:59 | 4437373 ebworthen
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DEVO - "It takes a worried man" cover of an American folk song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUrhcwm34Uk

The boys are working at the Cal-Neva Nuclear Power Authority in Linear Valley.

"Everything is fucked up, and it's all coming down". 

Cameo by Laraine Newman of SNL fame, and Boogie Boy of course.

Circa 1979.

And of course TEPCO covered up radiation levels, name of the game.

Those Olympic rings will be glowing.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 16:10 | 4437417 hangemhigh77
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The citizens shold kidnap politicians and drive them to fukushima and tie them to a reactor.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 16:13 | 4437422 hangemhigh77
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What happened to Japanese "Honor" and falling on your sword and all that shit? Just more bullshit.  It's time to make these politicians spend a week at Fukushima.  What's the big deal according tothem it's perfectly safe.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 17:14 | 4437634 NaiLib
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There will be no Olympics in Japan. By that time proof of radiation contamination cannot be hidden anymore.

 

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 19:37 | 4440656 noguess
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Study by the European Commission:

Possibly 56.000 km2 (20,000 square miles) contaminated (to Chris Martenson: not radiated, contaminated).
It jeopardizes the lives, health and economy of some 43 million people, including the Tokyo area.

See this report: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/310na... (news alert)

EC openly says that IAEA models underestimate effects (multiple 5 !). Considering that the EC report dates from 2012 and is based on 2011 data, while Fukushima still produces masses of radionuclides on a daily basis (2014) and new record levels have recently been detected, it is even be (much) worse than even the EC already analysed.

How bad do you want it to be?

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