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TEPCO Admits Fukushima Radiation "Significantly" Undercounted

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From April to September of 2013, as Bloomberg reports, TEPCO admits that levels of radiation measured from water samples around the destroyed Fukushima nuclear reactor were "significantly undercounted."  We assume it was mere coincidence that during this very time Shinzo Abe proclaimed the 2020 Olympics would be safe and used many of these readings as evidence. In addition to this debacle, The BBC reports, the likely scale of the radioactive plume of water from Fukushima due to hit the west coast of North America should be known in the next two months; and rather stunningly, The Japan Times reports a new study finds the lifetime risk of developing cancer has risen among 1-year-old girls in an area affected by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. But apart from that, everything's great.


TEPCO admits radiation levels were "signicantly" undercounted... (Bloomberg)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is re-analyzing 164 water samples collected last year at the wrecked Fukushima atomic plant because previous readings “significantly undercounted” radiation levels.


The utility known as Tepco said the levels were undercounted due to errors in its testing of beta radiation, which includes strontium-90, an isotope linked to bone cancer. None of the samples were taken from seawater, the company said today in an e-mailed statement.


These errors occurred during a time when the number of the samplings rapidly increased as the result of a series of events since last April, including groundwater reservoir leakage and a major leak from a storage tank,” according to the statement.


And this...

Earlier today, Tepco suspended the removal of spent nuclear fuel rods at Fukushima plant after a cooling system failed due to a damaged power cable, the company said in a separate e-mailed statement. Work resumed at the reactor No. 4 spent fuel pool after activation of a backup system.

And then there's the plume coming California's way... (BBC)

The likely scale of the radioactive plume of water from Fukushima due to hit the west coast of North America should be known in the next two months.



Only minute traces of pollution from the beleaguered Japanese power plant have so far been recorded in Canadian continental waters.


This will increase as contaminants disperse eastwards on Pacific currents.



And this dismal study.. (The Japan Times)

The lifetime risk of developing cancer has risen slightly among 1-year-old girls in an area affected by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, according to a study published online in a U.S. science journal Monday.


The assessment was based on a two-month study by Japanese researchers conducted about a year and a half after the March 2011 nuclear disaster. The study checked the radiation exposure of around 460 residents living near the crippled plant Fukushima Prefecture.


Health risk assessment indicates that post-2012 doses will increase the lifetime solid cancer incidence rate among 1-year-old girls by 1.06 percentage points in the Tamano area of Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, from the average rate of 31.76 percent, the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said.




It is the first time projections have been made regarding the probability of cancer risk related to the nuclear disaster, according to the team.


Akio Koizumi, a team member and Kyoto University professor of environmental health, acknowledged that lifetime cancer incidence likely rose slightly due to radiation exposure but said he sees the impact of radiation exposure on health as “small.”

But apart from that, the clean-up is going great...

Oh wait...


But this should make everyone feel better...


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Tue, 02/25/2014 - 23:46 | 4478827 zorba THE GREEK
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F&*% Me....Too late, I am radiated. 

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 23:54 | 4478854 Scarlett
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good side of it is you can charge your cell or tesla just by touching it

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:34 | 4478986 JohnnyBriefcase
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I wasn't aware that being irradiated caused you to produce electricity.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:49 | 4479033 LetThemEatRand
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Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was nuclear power?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 01:13 | 4479082 ghengis86
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so are we still praying for rain to quench the 100-year drought in California?  No?  Why not?  It'd only take 1/10th the normal amount of rain to get tow-maters the size of your face!


(Seriously though, perhaps the drought is a blessing in disguise.  Only the shore glows instead of the entire state.  Then again, that state is fucked 10 times over, no matter what Moonbeam or Tepco does (or does not do); radioactive cesium probably fits somewhere between monorail projects and welfare payments (corporate, citizen and immigrant))

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 01:48 | 4479137 Four chan
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too bad we squelched tesla's next generation power transmission, instead of these idotic nuke pukers all over the place.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:48 | 4479524 johnQpublic
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too bad we cnt figure out a global tax for this....carbon tax does have a nicer ring to it than a combined strontium-90/cs-137 tax 

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 23:59 | 4478873 H H Henry P P P...
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That is Some Pig.  He's Radiant.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 06:44 | 4479376 mvsjcl
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Nice reference.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:04 | 4478874 TruthInSunshine
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I don't know how this could be done, and I have no animosity towards the Japanese People, but the Japanese Culture of "saving face," which has now been on display by TEPCO & the Japanese Government since Fukushima Daiichi went boom is SICKENING, since it has externality costs to human health that literally can't be predicted and will be too grave to quantify, but the world should have been, and now should be, imposing massive sanctions on Japan, for refusing to accept any and all assistance (see "saving face") from real'experts with real competence from other nations in mitigating the massive & very long lasting consequences of the meltdown.

Screw this "we have everything under control, please do not worry" Japanese bullshit.

Call in the Russians, Americans, French, Germans, Austrians, etc. The Japanese are incompetent liars regarding this crisis.

Fuck you, Japanese Diet (their legislative body), Japanese Prime Minister, Japanese Regulatory Authorities & TEPCO!!! Fuck you LONG TIME!!!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:07 | 4478902 prains
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And where is the esteemed Dr. David Suzuki ??? Canada's preeminent environmentalist and an ancestral Japanese to boot. I've asked him several times now why he has no comment on this disaster only to get back from him absofuckinglutely NOTHING. This is as much an inditement on "ENVIRONMORONMENTALISTS" as it is on the Japanese people.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:15 | 4478930 johnQpublic
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he has commented on this

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:19 | 4478941 prains
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maybe in the last couple of months, I gave up checking in with him....up until then only fluff pieces on life after the wave, nothing about the plume of radiation. What's he said in the last couple of months? so far after the fact mind you it's lost on the public to even be aware of the issue

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:39 | 4479005 JohnnyBriefcase
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I say we take off and nuke the entire site (Japan) from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:52 | 4479042 Scarlett
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they're going after our precious bodily fluids!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:55 | 4479051 Son of Loki
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I read about an 'outbreak' of paralyzed children in Cali recently and UCLA docs are mystified. GBS? or could it be related to Fuki radiation in their air/water?

I wonder......

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 02:17 | 4479133 TBT or not TBT
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I'm paying close attention too, having a precious-to-me toddler in day care out here. In my immediate circle are a decorated microbiologist, a virologist, and an senior infectious diseases lab tech person at kaiser permanente, the vertically integrated healthcare giant out here. They don't know much about it, and all three have toddlers or young kids in school out here. They're hearing this from me.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 23:21 | 4483311 Jena
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And what do they say, if you don't mind my asking?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 01:03 | 4479069 TBT or not TBT
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With an avatar like that, there will be high interest in going after your precious bodily fluids.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 02:32 | 4479186 Skateboarder
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I've got something from Dave Suzuki for you... ;)

Vital Remains - Dechristianize

(p.s. Dechristianize is about the French Revolution...)

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:13 | 4478923 suteibu
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The simple fact that no one around the world (not the UN, not the US, not Europe, etc) is complaining should be a clue for you.  The US is selling nuclear tech to Vietnam.  Japan is building nuclear plants in central Asia. China and Russia export nuclear tech/ build NPPs.  It's a growth industry which guarantees profits because it is insured by the taxpayers. 

Everybody wants in on nuclear power.  The climate changers want nuclear power instead of fossil fuels.  Then there's GE, Hitachi, Areva, Westinghouse, all of the companies involved in the nuclear cycle, mining, and electrical generation.

Everybody complains about big oil, no one takes on big nuclear.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:16 | 4478932 prains
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why no Thorium?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:18 | 4478943 suteibu
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Can't make the nukes with thorium, I guess.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:18 | 4478944 johnQpublic
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thorium=no nuke bombs

thats why

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:20 | 4478949 prains
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you answered the question

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:41 | 4479011 johnQpublic
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which .gov troll is here tonite with a single down arrow for everyone?

edit: spitzer, are you tonites troll?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 02:01 | 4479155 fuu
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Chris Martenson.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 03:56 | 4479260 Bearwagon
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That's not true. One can build a bomb based on Uranium 233, which is bred from Thorium 232. It has been tested (Teapot, MET). Breeding of U 233 is also part of the indian nuclear program. I would be most pleased, if this ridiculous nonsense that one cannot built a bomb based on Thorium would not be mentioned again. One can. Accept it people.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 04:19 | 4479271 laomei
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Yes, thorium can indeed result in nukes. However, it doesn't create material as fast as uranium fuel cycles can.  Which is why it won out.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:17 | 4478937 johnQpublic
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karen silkwood did

but conspiracy theories are never true...ever...until they are

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:14 | 4478927 johnQpublic
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the world should have been, and now should be, imposing massive sanctions on Japan


and what good would that do?

it should have been a world wide all hands on deck situation, and every resource worldwide should have been mobilized in a team effort to save the ocean and our planet

but greed and selfishness prevents anything of the sort

my fear is this is a slow motion extinction level event


Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:22 | 4478951 silverserfer
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yeah, 98% of the japanese population was too busy shopping for hello kitty condoms. They even dont want to be bothered with it.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:26 | 4478965 Jim in MN
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I posted some local New Mexico press on the WIPP plutonium/transuranic 'radiological event' now taking place at WIPP near Carlsbad.  Downthread a bit.

Still waiting for the official Fuku numbers to catch up with the estimates I made the month of the accident.  I was conservative. 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:43 | 4479016 johnQpublic
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i up arrow you, and a moment later it flips to a down, so i flip it back

what is so special about what you said

and is anyone else having touble up arrowing stuff?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:51 | 4479039 Jim in MN
Jim in MN's picture want to see is my 20 pages on Fukushima.....enjoy in good health.  Written in September 2013, but including the original site release estimates from 2011.  They didn't need updating. 

These are still the most scientifically based and complete descriptions of the Fukushima situation.

The more they untruth, the more we truth.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 01:20 | 4479095 Sabibaby
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Your precious internet points are at risk!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:40 | 4479507 johnQpublic
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i was more thinking about the snowden troll revelation, but thanks for playing

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:00 | 4478878 johnQpublic
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Health risk assessment indicates that post-2012 doses will increase the lifetime solid cancer incidence rate among 1-year-old girls by 1.06 percentage points in the Tamano area of Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, from the average rate of 31.76 percent, the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said.

 are we joking here?

a near 32% lifetime rate of cancer?

by what age?

so one in three people get cancer these days?

average annual rate of cancer increased 4.9% YOY from 1970-2004 is best stat i could find

now we know what it would be like if we had a limited nuclear war and detonated only 2200 weapons

the number detonated in testing

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:10 | 4478914 Spitzer
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This is total and complete bullshit.


They are using very sensitive technology to measure the radiation. Its getting blown out of proportion.


Ask Bill Wattenburg. He designed the US's nukes.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:24 | 4478959 silverserfer
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yeah dipshit, and it only take one of those isotopes for you to ingenst and get lodged and start the process that will do you in.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:28 | 4478973 johnQpublic
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one emitter particle is all it takes

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:25 | 4478961 johnQpublic
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you drink it then

you eat it

not I

and i trust the people in the industry not at all

who the fuck puts a spent fuel pool a hundred feet in the air in an earthquake prone area

and have you looked at US plans for waste storage?

the firstline, "for the first thousand years...."is all i need to read

show me a society that has been stable for a thousand years

and so and such group will monitor it for the first thousand years

greed driven stupidity of immeasurale proportons

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:48 | 4479031 TBT or not TBT
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There was a decent waste storage plan in the USA, but barking moonbats and the ignorescenti plus demagogue politicians prevented it. So we keep this shit in pools all over the place. I guess a doomsday psychostate could send a nuke to ground burst on one of those to sterilize a good part of the planet.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:51 | 4479038 weburke
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true enough, however, bet you radiative stuff appears, from -where ever- . convenient. lies have a purpose. 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 05:39 | 4479338 Wile-E-Coyote
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The US government knows exactly how much radiation has been released; those military satellites will be relaying real time data 24/7.

Follow the birth defects; I would be surprised if there hasn't been a significant rise in Japan. Or do they throw the imperfect ones in a pit at birth?


Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:24 | 4478958 bilbert
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Glad you mentioned that, JQ - I read the "1% Increase" figure, and thought it impossibly low.

When I got to the 32% figure, I figured they misplaced a decimal point.

After reading about the ongoing massive "PsyOps" media programs, I'm thinking this may be a BEAUTIFUL example of this kind of bullshit.

I can see headlines:  "Fukishima Cancer risk up only 1.06%"

Methinks the ".06" part was added to make it look "Scientific", as 1.06 is statistically no different than "1%" when it comes to medical findings.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 05:45 | 4479343 Wile-E-Coyote
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They use the same Statisticians that calculate unemployment and the CPI. Problem solved.

You are not a victim of radiation poisoning if you are dead. Birth defects are hedonistically adjusted; DNA mutations are an incremental improvement.


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:08 | 4483735 DYS
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Illuminati speak for "This shit is planned"

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 01:09 | 4479078 TBT or not TBT
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Well, Japanese don't have heart/circulatory disease nor diabesity at the rate we do, but they nevertheless die, of the same stuff all humans do, just at different rates of incidence. Most men in advanced counties die with prostate cancer (though not OF said cancer, for the most part). For further explanation, see the standing comment on this very subject pegged to the masthead of this blog. Top right corner. Scroll up.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:01 | 4478881 UselessEater
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I'm curious, why aren't Californians leaving in droves? Especially those with kids.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:11 | 4478917 Cognitive Dissonance
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Because the proximity to danger, or more accurately the lack of any perceived proximity to (real quantifiable oh-my-God-my-kids-are-melting-before-my-very-eyes) danger, encourages complacency and a wait and see attitude.

Besides I owe, I owe, so off to work I go.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:13 | 4478921 Spitzer
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Because Cali is the most broke state in the dollar bloc. Just like Greece is the most broke in the Euro bloc...


But Cali is the biggest state in the dollar bloc and Greece is the smallest state in the Euro bloc.


Lol king dollar

King Euro



Wed, 02/26/2014 - 01:03 | 4479071 Soul Glow
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The dollar is dead.  Long live gold!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:13 | 4478922 thamnosma
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They aren't exactly being told anything.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:20 | 4478948 fonzannoon
Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:58 | 4479058 Son of Loki
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Guillian-Barre? or Fuki?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 23:30 | 4483330 Jena
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Unidentified enterovirus, similar to but not polio. Apparently not novel. Who knows?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:53 | 4479046 Jim in MN
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They are drooling on leaves instead?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 02:37 | 4479090 TBT or not TBT
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We're all prisoners here, of our own device.... Hang on I have to call up the captain.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 06:57 | 4479384 mvsjcl
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Why? Is it check-out time?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 01:22 | 4479100 wiebern
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They are leaving in droves, just asks those in Texas, Colorado, and Idaho. First thing to do is new license plates on the car and drivers liscense for the wallet. Second is ditch the Cali accent.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 02:25 | 4479117 TBT or not TBT
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The Californians advise me to ditch the mildest of Texas accents. As a Texan living in the uppity SF Bay Area I'd advise Californians moving to Texas not to worry about their accents so much as their "fag talk"(in the precise sense that is used 500 years hence as depicted in the film "Idiocracy").

Texas is a land of hyperficility where you keep your big vocabulary and complex thoughts on the downlow, doing instead a sort of...refined yet smiling churchgoing everyman fairly devoid of cynicism. Like certain Harvard MBA ex Presidents, you sorta try to keep em "misunderestimating" you, as a truly great poker play might, and you might do pretty well.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 01:38 | 4479119 TBT or not TBT
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Third, sign up for a Texas CHL class.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 01:30 | 4479108 e_goldstein
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Stop giving them ideas.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:14 | 4479462 eurogold
eurogold's picture  is a great source of Information on this Extinction Level Event

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 12:28 | 4480354 auntiesocial
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WATSON! Come quickly!!!! 

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 23:46 | 4478828 Debt Slave
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Another reason I am glad I don't live in California. Let the Mexicans have it. Bienvenidos, muchachos...

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 01:21 | 4479097 TBT or not TBT
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They can't afford it, mostly. The nice parts of it anyway. The central valley on the other hand, and swaths of el lay....

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:10 | 4478829 Grande Tetons
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Short Sea World. 

Mommy, why is Shamu glowing? 

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 23:49 | 4478836 joego1
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Tue, 02/25/2014 - 23:53 | 4478849 Soul Glow
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YOLO!  Eat tuna!

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 23:56 | 4478850 Dr. Engali
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Why the fuck is Tepco diddling around with this still? Fukushima is a big fucking sad joke. This should be an international incident utilizing resources around the globe to contain it. The suits at Tepco should be handed mops and buckets, and be forced to participate personally in the clean up.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:06 | 4478889 Cognitive Dissonance
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Just as one is welcome, even encouraged, to question the effects of the 'system'....but not the 'system' itself, one is allowed to moan, groan, question and complain about Tepco, the Japanese government, the NRC here in America and even the lack of a serious and coordinated international response to the Tepco fiasco. But one must never question the 'system' itself......and in this case to question the system of over all energy control that is presently in place.

To seriously question nuclear energy invites serious questions about all forms of energy generation, it use and abuse and the levels of profit and control it affords individuals, nations, governments......even the balance of power between nations. It is in the best interest of the PTB of entire international regions of the world that this little Tepco problem be kicked down the road as long as possible.

Why are we still bemoaning the fact that problems are not being handled sanely. Do we really expect the sociopaths and psychopaths to just hand over the reins to their power and control?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 05:40 | 4479339 X_mloclaM
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yeah cd is right, the iaea commented, they've done their bit, and now don worry about the fact that Keynsian green progressive planners love opportunities like these, perhaps they're all afraid this type of 'infrastructure spending' publicity moved through the fiscal will prevent continued commercial use/restarts (Japan), panic, or what?


Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:05 | 4478894 dark pools of soros
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how's the Gulf?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:35 | 4478994 johnQpublic
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polluted, oily, dead

my youngest sister lives down there

if you catch something, you cant eat it

she sent me a picture of a fish she gutted that you could clearly see black oil in

wish i could post it

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:12 | 4478919 Theta_Burn
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Same reason the rest of humanity is diddling around with it.

because its fucking scarey and there is nothing to be done. what a coincidence, they come out with this pc. just as MSM is reporting radioactive plume has finally reached Cali. but don't fret, they quickly added that its well within safe limits...even to drink.

Nope, it has to obvious by now that the only thing they can do is let it dilute, and destroy trillions of flora/fauna DNA strands along the way

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:45 | 4479514 johnQpublic
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i read an article that they are finding radiation in the ocean tends to stay in clumps and doesnt really dilute at all

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:02 | 4478884 H H Henry P P P...
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Californians already have mercury in their brains from the goldpanned rivers, what's wrong with a lil' radiated cell damage?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:52 | 4479043 TBT or not TBT
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Might be from the mandated mercury bulbs that deposit sprays of it onto cooking surfaces when some accident occurs. Title 24 mandates those above the very kitchen island from which I type this comment. Weird Bayyonet socket.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:02 | 4478887 thamnosma
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Remember, if you keep smiling you will not be affected.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:17 | 4478936 OldE_Ant
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Did anyone happen to notice on that pacific radiation chart that there is no peak in readings near Fukishima the supposed source?

Either they have contained the mess, the data has been washed/edited, the plume only rises near the center of the pacific (hawaii?!) or something/someone nearer the center of the pacific is releasing some extra goodies while no-one notices.


PS.  My friend got a really nice gamma detetor setup that does excellent spectra 2K.  Cs137, etc. everywhere from old nuke detonations.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 05:55 | 4479345 Wile-E-Coyote
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He needs an Alpha and Beta detector as well, though the skin will stop these particles, if ingested; he will be fucked.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 07:58 | 4479440 Johnny Cocknballs
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Yes. The chart is complete horseshit.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:18 | 4478939 SgtShaftoe
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Eat lots of pectin (the white part of the skin in citrus).  It helps you pass cesium 137 and other long lived isotopes almost as well as prussian blues - 3x as fast. 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:38 | 4478999 johnQpublic
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is the pectin that you buy powdered to make jam and whatnot just as good?

fridge is packed with homespun jalapeno jelly

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:57 | 4479048 TBT or not TBT
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They already consume pecker extract in California coastal communities, and teach it in the grade schools. Looks like cali has this covered.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:23 | 4478952 Jim in MN
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Psst....we also have a little problem down in New Mexico, a little plutonium 'puff' that's keeping humans out of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.  For, they think, weeks no one will be able to enter the facility, plutonium has been detected not only at the site but tens of miles away....but hey it's all PERFECTLY SAFE because bananas, X rays and airplane rides are exactly the same as long lived radionuclides lodged in your lungs.

No they don't have any idea what happened or what the conditions in the facility are. happen.  Sound familiar?


Wed, 02/26/2014 - 07:55 | 4479435 Johnny Cocknballs
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It's reopening, actually, NYT had a story, but the best part is they describe the puff as "unexplained."

Very small release apparently, but more than the filters are supposed to let escape.

Me, I would not accept "unexplained" as an answer.  But that's me. 


Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:28 | 4479487 TheFourthStooge-ing
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the best part is they describe the puff as "unexplained."

Focus group studies have shown that "unexplained" tests better on target audiences than "demons" or "bigfoot", and an outright admission of being baffled is prohibited.

Also, it's still a little too early to resume blaming "commies" for everything.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:33 | 4479639 Jim in MN
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More BS spin, they are managing the storyline and the 'closed for weeks' thing is both true and scary. They must have instructed NYT to 'please' not say that any more.

Read what you posted...right at the end.

"Managers have not said when technicians will re-enter the mine."

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:27 | 4478968 RaceToTheBottom
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Tepko profits!!!!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:29 | 4478976 mayhem_korner
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Apparently, exposure to cesium works like truth serum.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:34 | 4478989 suteibu
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I disagree.  The release of this information serves a political purpose as yet unknown.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:45 | 4479021 Grande Tetons
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Exactly, they could have swept this under the rug.  There is bullshit to come.  

One day all we will have left is a tiny little rug on the top of the Mt. Everest of bullshit. 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:56 | 4479052 Jim in MN
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Just print out all of Zero Hedge (ever), get a lot of duct tape and build an ark.



Wed, 02/26/2014 - 01:26 | 4479105 Tall Tom
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I disagree.  The release of this information serves a political purpose as yet unknown.


It may be "unknown" to the public but I will speculate that the numbers are far worse than what they are currently letting out. They want to acclimate the public slowly to the information that they are going to suffer greatly as a consequence of the disaster.


It is evidential that this is thier MO as the released numbers that were "underestimated" before. They did not make any mistakes...other than building a Nuke Plant on a Fault Line. (That was a stroke of sheer brilliance...RADIANT BRILLIANCE.)

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:32 | 4478982 Bunga Bunga
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Calm down, according to astudy funded by the government, effects of radiation exposure will be 'beneficial'.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:33 | 4478983 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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Fuck yoo verry much!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:40 | 4479009 Seize Mars
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If you look closely, it seems that Osaka is as clear as a bell. Nice!

Anyways I think the last map is a simulation, right?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:40 | 4479010 kchrisc
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Make the pols, crats and company men drink the water from around the plant. Problem will solve itself.


"Sure, a magician can pull a rabbit out of a hat, but let's see him put a head in a basket like my guillotine and I can."

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:50 | 4479037 UselessEater
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Death derivatives?  'spose they can factor in fukushima radiation now...


According to information available at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, JPMorgan created the LifeMetrics Index in March 2007 as an “international index designed to benchmark and trade longevity risk.” The index was said to enable pension plans to hedge the risk of payments to retirees and incorporated “historical and current statistics on mortality rates and life expectancy, across genders, ages, and nationalities.” From 2010 through 2013, JPMorgan has received patent approval on four longevity related patents.


Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:54 | 4479040 Joenobody12
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A local fish company sent 7 species of salmon caught in Alaska and Washington area to a lab to test for radoactivity contamination. 2 came back with cesium in them at 1beq/kg. The company said it is safe to eat but I am not interested to have cesium in my diet so I stopped eating local fish. I still eat the crab and scallop but am having a hard time trying to source fish from GOM , the east coast or Europe. 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 01:37 | 4479118 saltedGold
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Wife and I already decided to forget that seafood exists.  No safe source anymore as far as I'm concerned.  Too bad, I really like pacific salmon. 

To make things worse, my mom called yesterday.  Says she wants to pay for us (mom, me, wife, kids) to all go on a family trip together next year.... to Hawaii!  Damn...


For people who want to really worry, wait for the SHTF in China

I sat next to a nuke engineer on a plane a while back.  He was talking about the nuke plants in China.  The big problem is, when a country buys a plant from GE (for example), GE does a site survey, etc, to make sure it's a good location for a nuke plant.  Well after they build one or two, the Chinese know how to build them, thank GE for the plans, and start slapping up nuke plants wherever they want. Bullet point #4 from the link:

China has become largely self-sufficient in reactor design and construction, as well as other aspects of the fuel cycle, but is making full use of western technology while adapting and improving it.

Yeah, they're making full use of western technology alright!  I can't wait for the next disaster in safe, nuclear power

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 02:19 | 4479173 Wait What
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his name was David Bruce Banner.

83 comments and no one brings up the obvious benefit!? super human strength!

if that ain't a competitive edge in the labor arbitrage game, then nothing is.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 03:59 | 4479256 TBT or not TBT
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Wed, 02/26/2014 - 03:26 | 4479236 wisefool
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It is sad to watch this. I get the NHK feeds, and it is impossible to tell the difference between those dudes and a earnings call miss. Or a 10K arbitrage, or timay before the U.S. Sentate talking about turbo tax.

Ironically, nothing could have enabled nuclear power but the state. 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 06:37 | 4479372 Peter Pan
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They significantly undercounted Fukushima radiation but somehow managed to calculate a 1.06% increase in the likelihood of one year old girls getting cancer in the future..

What a load of BS.

Perhaps they might also want to comment on the damage to the reproductive system of Japanese sex dolls.

But let's wait for the next cover up and under counting when the radiation hits the west coast of the USA.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 06:49 | 4479378 arnoldsimage
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this is kinda like alex jones and his " martial law " mantra for the past fifteen years. excuse the profanity but, fuck fuckushima till we're all puking and losing our hair. no one, not one soul gives a shit unti it affects them. our society is blatantly apathetic towards anything not associated with a playing field, court or stage. fuck complancency and fuck you who don't give ashit.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:10 | 4479457 El Hosel
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Wed, 02/26/2014 - 12:08 | 4480242 Government need...
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Why isnt the EPA taking the lead on this important issue?  Why aren't they placing a media spotlight on this region, as well as spending $$ to monitor, measure, and mitigate the risks to Americans living on the West Coast?  I hear Fukushima is a wonderful place to host an environmentally-focused conference.

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