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New International Report Shreds Japan's Carefully Constructed Fukushima Scenario

Japan’s six reactor Fukushima Daichi nuclear complex has inadvertently become the world’s bell-weather poster child for the inherent risks of nuclear power ever since the 11 March Tohoku offshore earthquake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, triggered a devastating tsunami that effectively destroyed the complex.
Ever since, specialists have wrangled about how damaging the consequences of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami actually were, not only for the facility but the rest of the world.
The Fukushima Daichi complex was one of the 25 largest nuclear power stations in the world and the Fukushima I reactor was the first GE designed nuclear plant to be constructed and run entirely by the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO.
Needless to say, in the aftermath of the disaster, both TEPCO and the Japanese government were at pains to minimize the disaster’s consequences, hardly surprising given the country’s densely populated regions.
But now, an independent study has effectively demolished TEPCO and the Japanese government’s carefully constructed minimalist scenario. Mainichi news agency reported that France’s l’Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire (Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, or IRSN) has issued a recent report stating that the amount of radioactive cesium-137 that entered the Pacific after 11 March was probably nearly 30 times the amount stated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. in May.
According to IRSN, the amount of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 that flowed into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant between March 21 and mid-July reached an estimated 27.1 quadrillion becquerels.

Why should this matter? Aren’t the Japanese authorities on top of the issue?
Cesium-137 can cause burns, acute radiation sickness and even death at sufficient doses. It can contaminate food and water and, if ingested, gets distributed around the body, where it builds up in soft tissues, such as muscles. Over time, it is expelled from the body in urine.
And where might tingested cesium-137 come from?
Seafood, anyone? One of the problems of the release of radioactivity into a maritime environment is that is represents a cumulative food chain, from plankton consumed by larger organisms, as evidenced by mercury contamination of swordfish, none of whom swam around ingesting globules of the silvery metal.
IRSN estimated that of the total amount, 82 percent had flowed into the sea by 8 April, adding that the Pacific was polluted at exceptional speed because the devastated Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant (NPP) is situated in a coastal area with strong currents.
If the IRSN report contained any good news, it was that the impact of the cesium-137 contamination on marine life in remote waters is likely to lessen later this year.
The radioactive silver lining? Radioactive cesium-137 has a half life of roughly 30 years, so if the IRSN estimates are accurate, then my 2041 the Pacific’s aquatic life will only be subjected to a mere 13.55 quadrillion becquerels of radiation.
This is not to suggest that Japanese will shortly be keeling over from consuming their sushi but rather, that for better or for worse, a significant amount of cesium 137 has entered the Pacific’s aquatic environment, and the long-term effects of low-level exposure on the population consuming Pacific seafood are unknown. Numerous tests since 1945, when before it  was believed that only massive bursts of radiation were hazardous to human health, have documented the insidious effects of long-term, low level radiological exposure to humans.

Fukushima sits at the nexus where the Kuroshio Current, running northward off the eastern coast of Japan, collides with the cold subarctic Oyashio Current that flows southwards, circulating counterclockwise along the western North Pacific Ocean. Their interaction produces the North Pacific Current, a slow warm water eastwards flowing current between 40 and 50 degrees north in the Pacific Ocean. In the eastern northern Pacific, the North Pacific Current divides into the southern flowing California Current and the northern Alaska Current.
The potential level of pollution outlined in the IRSN report indicate that it is long overdue for both TEPCO and the Japanese government to stop dribbling out information about the true state of events since Fukushima was devastated, and that foreign governments, particularly the United States, whose western shores are washed by the same currents that pass by Fukushima, insist that they do so.
While trillions of dollars are at stake in the worldwide nuclear industry, the potential health consequences are now simply too significant to ignore.


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Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:50 | 1842050 AngryGerman
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yeah, i just wait until all the toxic garbage gonna arrive at your west coast! buahahahaha!

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:04 | 1842127 topcallingtroll
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Go easy on steinlager here. He is just an angry german with gallows humor. He actually loves us americans, dont you?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:09 | 1842154 dwdollar
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Overall, I think this is going to bullish for Nuclear power. Up is down. Left is right. War is peace.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:52 | 1842660 trav7777
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we'll see how long the "100s" of years of NG lasts us before the lights go the fuck out.

Nuclear was the technosalvation that PO-deniers always trotted out.  Now this shit is off the table indefinitely.  What Fukushima has shown us is that the Mark 1 BWR is a faulty design (we all should have known this already; it's from fucking the 50s) and that LT storage of waste has been PUNTED by politicans since NPPs came into existence.

These plants were supposed to have been decommissioned by now yet they remain waiting for that black swan to cause a radiological catastrophe precisely because people can't behave like adults and have adult conversations.  So they push these reactors to 40, 50 years lifespan to finally get a positive ROI out of them and because nobody will allow any new ones to replace them.

There have been better designs for at least 30 years.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:23 | 1842229 AngryGerman
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of course i love you guys. and california will get a lot of money from japan. bailout!!

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:15 | 1842425 Hook Line and S...
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Mr German,

Do you know why Germany has shut down many of their reactors... timed quite conspicuously with the Fukushima incident?

; )


Hook Line and Sphincter  ( ! )J

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 08:50 | 2296873 jaffa
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Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:16 | 1842492 HedgeCock
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Possibly TEPCO and J gov will be bankrupt by then.  Chernobyl helped bankrupt the former Soviet Union.  And that was just one FUBARed reactor.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 16:17 | 1842951 arizona11912
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Simon Black is a lier. Now supposedly he's Taiwan according to his email. He was no where near the Fukushima plants.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 16:18 | 1842952 arizona11912
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Simon Black is a lier. Now supposedly he's Taiwan according to his email. He was no where near the Fukushima plants.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:29 | 1842557 slewie the pi-rat
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it's already here, angry_titZ!  also alaska fisheries, and vancouver;  also we are getting a lot of iodine, which yes, has a short half-life, compared to cesium, but, when it's coming 24/7/365 is the short half-life really that comforting? 

the rain in the pacific NW is a bit hot, not just the oceans!  they fuking incinerated a massive amount of rice straw and other stuff that was, technically, nuclear waste

whoever wrote this is just summarizing some report.  these facts were discussed on zeroHedge last april, around tax-time...

but, the tent is up @ fuk_u #1, BiCheZ!!!!  (according to arnie): Fairewinds Associates, Inc | Leveling the Playing Field

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 16:15 | 1842939 Cathartes Aura
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past few days have seen amazing displays of sky-spraying in the PNW, taking out blue skies with a filmy net of cloud creating toxins, such that overnight dense fogs happen, trapping in anything that's "up there" and making sure everyone gets their "democratic" dose. . .

sheesh, it's almost like they do it deliberately. . .^^

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:52 | 1842066 CaptFufflePants
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I noticed US news stopped covering Fukushima when school started. Why? I saw pictures on NHK of 6 year old kids walking to school with radiation badges hanging from their necks. Imagine images of kindergarten kids wearing radiation sensors walking to school beamed into the homes of every American on the nightly news?


Yeah that shit was never gonna happen.


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:52 | 1842067 Forgiven
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Exactly why I posted the link onto GW's latest Fuku update.  Thanks TD for putting the whole article here.  Toxic sushi for everyone, forever.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:55 | 1842080 RacerX
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It is amazing to me how the Japanese people tolerate the blatent lying by their leadership. Talk about subservience..

and in saying that, I think we can extrapolate this to the rest of the globe. Talk about being fed a steady diet of lies.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:04 | 1842129 Raskolnikoff
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well, first step was to convince them to abort their children, second step, themselves...course, could be reasonably argued when you abort your children you are effectively doing that to yourself anyway. when you allow that to be done to any child.... no man is an island, eh?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:55 | 1842388 Abitdodgie
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Thats right because Americans would never put up with there leaderships blatent lying , wait, no ,edit delete.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:59 | 1842886 Clycntct
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Your so polite. "diet of lies." 

Me showing my backround.

Diet of Horse Shit.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:54 | 1842084 BigInJapan
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Ironic how now the safe vegetables here in Japan are imported from China.
Went out for sushi tonight and ate the farmed Canadian salmon and farmed Taiwanese eel.
You couldn't pay me enough to eat Japanese fish.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:07 | 1842136 topcallingtroll
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That sucks.

Cuz the japanese fish was always the best, even the farmed compache or however you spell it. That small yellowtail variant.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:13 | 1842172 jiggerjuice
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kanpachi. the major yellowtail farms are in the south. should be safe, since the water flows upwards from fuku.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:04 | 1842361 Carlyle Groupie
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From what I read in a different article. The radiation levels in the ocean water surrounding Fukushima are very high because the currents DO NOT disperse the water, rather keeps it in place and concentrated.

I cannot find the link but I think it was on enews.

I would like to challenge this article. Is there a form I need to fill out?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:08 | 1842143 11b40
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And you knew the source how, exactly?

Did you read it on the menu, or did the sushi chef tell you?  Or, maybe you brought along your geiger counter.

Seriously not trying to be a smart ass, but how do any of us know the true source of what we are served?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:19 | 1842742 Hook Line and S...
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It bites having to read eeevvveeerrrything, then extrapolate. Doesn't it.

Not even Evelyn Woods can help us now.


 ( ! )J

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:56 | 1842085 DormRoom
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I have no idea how anyone can be bullish on Japan.. without electricity growth, you can't have productivity growth.

 China's growth over the last decade could have been higher, if not capped by copper (necessary for their electricity grid) & oil bottlenecks.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:54 | 1842088 fuu
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I wonder how much has left the facility after mid-July. We have news of ongoing criticality in 3 reactors at Daichi.

What comes after Quadrillion again? Quintillion? Septillion?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:03 | 1842122 spiral galaxy
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The Federal Reserve should know the answer :-)

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:22 | 1842753 bluebare
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HOW could you leave sextillion off this list?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:55 | 1842089 Ralph Spoilsport
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Great article TD.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:57 | 1842092 Uchtdorf
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That country will be a colony of China 100 years from now. They have ruined themselves with Rockefeller funding.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:09 | 1842153 11b40
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China may not want the liability.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:03 | 1842424 Carlyle Groupie
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Think landfill...

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:21 | 1842522 HedgeCock
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Yeah, Tokyo Bay landfill.... incinerated radioactive shit going there as I type.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:31 | 1842563 Carlyle Groupie
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The best place to store spent nuke fuel will be at a site located in the mountainside of an old reactor site called Fukushima-Daiichi.

Mark my words, we will have lots of it in the future.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:21 | 1842752 Hook Line and S...
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Radioactive golden showers and geiger monitored bukkake

 ( ! )J

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 16:23 | 1842980 Cathartes Aura
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perhaps this is the "goal" of the exercise, for those who think in "whole earth" scenarios, absent the imaginary lines they draw in their farmed animals minds (fictive nationstates) - if you're looking at the planet as your plaything, an island for your toxic shit toy-let?  plausible. . .

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:54 | 1842671 trav7777
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what will be, Mongolia?  Because Japan conquers china, not the opposite

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 16:05 | 1842908 Reptil
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the socialist republic of Mongolia signed contracts with american nuclear industry giants this summer to allow the rich uranium deposits to be mined, and nuclear waste to be "stored" in this country.

anything for a buck eh? -__-

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:58 | 1842099 earnulf
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We continue to see more and more governmental disinformation as situation after situation explodes or goes up in flames or is hit by a natural or man-made disaster.

The sheeple are considered expendible.   Why cause them stress by telling them about problems that the government has no idea of how to deal with or correct.    Gulf Oil flows, we have no idea what problems corexit caused by indiscriminate dispersal.    Fukishima, we can't call back the cesium, so lets not wreck the Pacific seafood industry and tourism by telling them their eventual tumors were caused by governmental incompetence and denials.   Economic problems?   Let's continue to baffle them with bullshit until the whole thing comes apart at the seams and then well simply say that No one could have seen it coming.

Thank God for ZH and blogs like it that tell us what the propaganda machine won't

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:09 | 1842147 Raynja
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Your cancer is not from exposure to radiation or corexit, it is from the oral sex you preformed you infidel.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:14 | 1842180 Ralph Spoilsport
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Preformed oral sex! Ha ha ha you moron.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:09 | 1842455 11b40
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Maybe you can get that in a pouch, like MRE's...just add water.  Yum.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:51 | 1842462 Raynja
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Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:00 | 1842412 Abitdodgie
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November 9th the internet gets shut down , only for 3 min ,but what possible desaster would call for the Government stopping all communications in America , let me think was it somthing to do with cake , France, and poor people.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:05 | 1842111 squexx
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I wonder when I should stop buying canned tuna?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:10 | 1842157 Ralph Spoilsport
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Looks like we need to take geiger counters to the grocery store from now on.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:18 | 1842198 Ewe235
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Stay away from the bananas... they are highly radioactive.


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:44 | 1842348 Landrew
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Bananas are only slightly radioactive:) 1.48 mev gammas Potassium 40 with a half life of 1.2 billion years.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:25 | 1842534 Carlyle Groupie
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"I wonder when I should stop buying canned tuna?"

The day Fukushima happened I went to Sams Club and bought 3 cases. She asked why so much. I said this is the last Tuna that we will ever eat.

**watching as the expiration day approaches**

Pre-Fukushima tuna is tradeable.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:44 | 1842624 MsCreant
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You can eat it up to two years after the expiration date. Call your food bank, they will take donations dated 2 years prior.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:26 | 1842767 Hook Line and S...
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Lasts alot longer than that, just the dolphin, uh, I mean tuna tastes bad. Stay away from canned products with acid like tomato's.

Many studies done. Were talking 10 plus years

 ( ! )J

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:45 | 1842834 MsCreant
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Can you give me more on tomatoes? I have spent some time on the net with this. I have some "slightly" outdated tomatoes I am using now (a few months). I know they are trickier to can than other items...but why "stay away?"

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 17:19 | 1843227 Cathartes Aura
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you may find this of interest MsC -

2. CANNED TOMATOES: Cans are lined with plastic containing BPA – a synthetic estrogen that is highly carcinogenic. This leaches into our foods and since most canned products have BPA in them, and because tomatoes are highly acidic really they melt that BPA lining making the contents pretty toxic. It’s really easy to buy tomato products in glass jars instead (or use fresh tomatoes).

these "synthetic estrogens" are in so many "places" now, it's no wonder such things as breast cancer & sterility are on the rise. . .

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 19:17 | 1843529 Hook Line and S...
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The acid dissolves the interior of the can, making for a metal/tomato broth. Also, with tomato's, if there is any fusarium (or associated bacteria or fungus) on them during the canning process, the pH could go up, which would then create an increased factor for botulism.

( ! )J

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 19:46 | 1843574 MsCreant
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Thank you both for your answer. I feel helpless to prep when I learn stuff like this.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 20:57 | 1843656 Cathartes Aura
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understandably - when faced with supermarket food choices, it can be depressing having to pay such close attention to the labels/packaging.

there ARE manufacturers who don't use the BPA lining in their cans - these tend to be organic, and the cans will "advertise" the fact - or you can look into alternatives like growing & canning (glass jars) your own, it's not so very hard, particularly if you have help and whip through a few batches. . . don't know if you have any CSA's in your area, when veg or fruits are in season we usually go round up as much as we can, preserve 'em, share 'em out to each other's prep-pantries - more time intensive, agreed, but it means we can share the "tools" of canning, including the chore.

I've avoided "supermarket" foods for years now, as the ingredients grow more chemical based, GMO (soy or corn in virtually everything now!) - but have to admit, when "prepping" for possible chaos, certain long-shelf life stuffs might be added even if they might be less than healthy - we all do what we can, eh?


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 21:08 | 1843670 tamboo
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cannned citrus will do this too, my basement eats through both types  of cans like you wouldn't believe.

the other canned stuff is probly a toxic soup but at least the cans havent rusted through yet.

dont eat any bulging cans folks.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 17:25 | 1843241 Cathartes Aura
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even the corrupted FDA recommends to take it easy on the tuna, has for years. . . here's a more recent story on the toxicity of canned white tuna

of course, post-Fukushima, even less "healthy". . .

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:26 | 1842536 Carlyle Groupie
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Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:01 | 1842112 ShankyS
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What's gonna happen to the corporations when they have killed all of us? I guess living for the moment and greed are all that matter. 

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:04 | 1842128 Azannoth
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Don't worry about that all the masters need are around 1000 slaves for each + a few spare workers so I guess 100,000,000 in total human population would be just enough for them

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:25 | 1842135 fuu
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Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:01 | 1842113 Milton Waddams
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I don't have time to think about this stuff... just tell it to me straight, buy or sell deathcare stocks into the closing bell?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:03 | 1842116 Azannoth
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"..particularly the United States, whose western shores are washed by the same currents that pass by Fukushima.." Hiroshima/Nagasaki revenge bitchezzzz

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:04 | 1842123 Barnaby
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So you cut all the tall trees down
poisoned the sky and the sea
taken what's good from the ground
but you left precious little for me

May the river run red, indeed.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:04 | 1842124 TooRichtoCare
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so...I'm going to Nobu tonight...should I make sure the fish comes from the Atlantic rather than the Pacific?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:49 | 1842645 MsCreant
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It may be too oily for Atlantic fish.

Oily to bed, oily to rise, makes a fish toxic, and pumped full of lies.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:58 | 1842695 slewie the pi-rat
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care for another drink?



Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:04 | 1842126 c'mon man
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Very well articulated earnulf!

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:09 | 1842145 BennyBoy
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Be patriotic and filter cesium 137 with every bite of fish you take.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:19 | 1842210 espirit
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Got seal?  I wouldn't disregard radiation poisoning.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:10 | 1842155 Madcow
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Just get your fish from the Atlantic.  This is notthing to get hysterical about.  It only affects people on the West coast of the USA -

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:25 | 1842245 Commander Cody
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Sniff first to detect any oil or Corexit. though.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:32 | 1842786 Hook Line and S...
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The propylene glycol is essential odorless (sex lube and coolant). It's the 2 butoxy you'll pick up


Hool Line and Sphincter ( ! )J


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:12 | 1842171 vato poco
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Please to stop with unfounded rumors and negativity! Rest assured, we would never lie to our fellow Japanese: Some things are more important than money. Like 'face', for example. Much loss of face resulting from these irresponsible exaggerations! Is minor spill of industrial byproducts, nothing more!

Love, your good and sincere friends at Tokyo Electric Power

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:51 | 1842655 MsCreant
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I get American face, thank you very much!

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:13 | 1842175 dcb
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A government telling lies to the people, NO WAY!!!

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:14 | 1842179 azzhatter
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Fuckyoushima is fine. Disregard the glow and move along, we are saving money on neon

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:17 | 1842185 wearef_ckedwith...
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Maybe GE's Jeffrey Inmelt will be forced to leave Obama's Jobs Council due to coming down with radiation caused cancer of some soft tissue.  Then he'll wish GE had paid corporate taxes so he can get the level of healthcare he (deserves).  Heck, maybe cancer treatment could have evolved faster if multibillion dollar corporations like GE paid corporate taxes instead of getting tax credits and claiming the IRS owes them money.


Also, GE might design nuclear reactors better - probably not though - because it would cost more and eat into profits.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:18 | 1842204 CapitalistRock
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We know the Japanese govnment isn't telling the truth. But this is a shock article with only a single data point. What is the level of cesium-137 in seafood off the coast of Florida? Barely detectable. The ocean is absolutely enormous, and believe it or not, it will be a good tool for returning all this crap back to the earth from which it came prior to being enriched. The cesium-137 is far more likely to come into contact with humans when it sits on the surface of the earth.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:25 | 1842241 Shizzmoney
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reminds me of the level in SimCity2000 on SNES where you take over a city and have to rebuild it from nuclear disaster brought on by government cuts

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:30 | 1842275 FranSix
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Very highly likely the birth rate will have been affected in the third trimester if conception occurred after March.  Not that there was any reason to have sex at all after the disaster.

Paging Dr. Ruth.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:14 | 1842483 11b40
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You sound like my first that you, Francene?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:57 | 1842691 MsCreant
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I am not Dr. Ruth, however...

First trimester is when the neural fold is created, which then subsequently forms the brain, spinal chord, nervous and then digestive systems as the cells differentiate. I am not sure why you focus on the third trimester. 

Sex after the disaster is a great way to blow off some steam and re-establish relationships and normalicy. 

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:03 | 1842709 slewie the pi-rat
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...that's just what dr ruth would say...

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:24 | 1842760 MsCreant
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UR a fun 3.14159265-rat.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 16:37 | 1843049 11b40
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That's what I kept trying to tell Francene.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:33 | 1842299 JW n FL
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Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 11, 28319-28394, 2011
© Author(s) 2011. This work is distributed
under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Xenon-133 and caesium-137 releases into the atmosphere from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: determination of the source term, atmospheric dispersion, and deposition

A. Stohl1, P. Seibert2, G. Wotawa3, D. Arnold2,4, J. F. Burkhart1, S. Eckhardt1, C. Tapia5, A. Vargas4, and T. J. Yasunari6
1NILU – Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Kjeller, Norway
2Institute of Meteorology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
3Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, Vienna, Austria
4Institute of Energy Technologies (INTE), Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain
5Department of Physics and Nucelar Engineering (FEN),Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain
6Universities Space Research Association, Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology and Research, Columbia, MD 21044, USA

Abstract. On 11 March 2011, an earthquake occurred about 130 km off the Pacific coast of Japan's main island Honshu, followed by a large tsunami. The resulting loss of electric power at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant (FD-NPP) developed into a disaster causing massive release of radioactivity into the atmosphere. In this study, we determine the emissions of two isotopes, the noble gas xenon-133 (133Xe) and the aerosol-bound caesium-137 (137Cs), which have very different release characteristics as well as behavior in the atmosphere. To determine radionuclide emissions as a function of height and time until 20 April, we made a first guess of release rates based on fuel inventories and documented accident events at the site. This first guess was subsequently improved by inverse modeling, which combined the first guess with the results of an atmospheric transport model, FLEXPART, and measurement data from several dozen stations in Japan, North America and other regions. We used both atmospheric activity concentration measurements as well as, for 137Cs, measurements of bulk deposition. Regarding 133Xe, we find a total release of 16.7 (uncertainty range 13.4–20.0) EBq, which is the largest radioactive noble gas release in history not associated with nuclear bomb testing. There is strong evidence that the first strong 133Xe release started very early, possibly immediately after the earthquake and the emergency shutdown on 11 March at 06:00 UTC. The entire noble gas inventory of reactor units 1–3 was set free into the atmosphere between 11 and 15 March 2011. For 137Cs, the inversion results give a total emission of 35.8 (23.3–50.1) PBq, or about 42% of the estimated Chernobyl emission. Our results indicate that 137Cs emissions peaked on 14–15 March but were generally high from 12 until 19 March, when they suddenly dropped by orders of magnitude exactly when spraying of water on the spent-fuel pool of unit 4 started. This indicates that emissions were not only coming from the damaged reactor cores, but also from the spent-fuel pool of unit 4 and confirms that the spraying was an effective countermeasure. We also explore the main dispersion and deposition patterns of the radioactive cloud, both regionally for Japan as well as for the entire Northern Hemisphere. While at first sight it seemed fortunate that westerly winds prevailed most of the time during the accident, a different picture emerges from our detailed analysis. Exactly during and following the period of the strongest 137Cs emissions on 14 and 15 March as well as after another period with strong emissions on 19 March, the radioactive plume was advected over Eastern Honshu Island, where precipitation deposited a large fraction of 137Cs on land surfaces. The plume was also dispersed quickly over the entire Northern Hemisphere, first reaching North America on 15 March and Europe on 22 March. In general, simulated and observed concentrations of 133Xe and 137Cs both at Japanese as well as at remote sites were in good quantitative agreement with each other. Altogether, we estimate that 6.4 TBq of 137Cs, or 19% of the total fallout until 20 April, were deposited over Japanese land areas, while most of the rest fell over the North Pacific Ocean. Only 0.7 TBq, or 2% of the total fallout were deposited on land areas other than Japan.

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Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:37 | 1842318 mick_richfield
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Needless to say, in the aftermath of the disaster, both TEPCO and the Japanese government were at pains to minimize the disaster’s consequences, hardly surprising given the country’s densely populated regions.

Excuse me?

The withholding and falsification of information concerning events of this magnitude is not only not to be blithely expected and excused, such actions are a crime against humanity and must be punished as such. 

Government and corporate officials have no more right to endanger the lives of millions of citizens by their inaction and obfuscation than they do to commit mass murder. 

National security is not an excuse.  If the Japanese government has a weapons program, then let it stop the lies and ask permission from its people.  Or let the culpable ministers apologize formally and permanently.

The 'officials' in Japan and other countries who have endangered their citizens' lives with lies and the withholding of information are guilty of treason and genocide.


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:34 | 1842577 Dr. Acula
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>Government and corporate officials have no more right to endanger the lives of millions of citizens by their inaction and obfuscation than they do to commit mass murder. 

You're overlooking something: all governments are essentially criminal organizations, as by definition they depend on acts of aggression to extort wealth from people living in a given geographical area. The mere existence of a government official is evidence of citizens having been wronged and endangered.


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:40 | 1842333 zebra
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anyone watched the documentary movie "The Cove"?

Go and take a look!

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:32 | 1842569 Carlyle Groupie
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Is it on Demonoid?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:46 | 1842357 Note to self
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Vermont is trying to get Yankee shut down as we speak.  I hope we all watch that court decision carefully.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:53 | 1842382 tony bonn
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the japanese leadership have a grand history of savage brutality and this latest batch of lies proves that the leopard doesn't change his spots....

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:59 | 1842400 AdahPrice
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Cold water holds more oxygen than warm water, which is why the world's great fish producing areas are near the north pole and the south pole, where the water is cold.  The currents in both the Atlantic and the Pacific run clockwise.  So the current in the Pacific runs along the eastern shore of Japan, where the Fukushima is, northward (clockwise) straight to the northern great fish-producing area.  Therefore, we may see a lot of bad things happening during the next 30 years to the Pacific's great northern fish-producing area.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:16 | 1842494 JW n FL
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Scientists on an aerial survey of Antarctica have come across an 18-mile-long break in an ice shelf — a sign that the sensitive area is giving birth to an iceberg that will be larger than New York City.

"We are actually now witnessing how it happens," Michael Studinger, project scientist with NASA's IceBridge survey, said in a statement Wednesday. "It’s part of a natural process but it’s pretty exciting to be here and actually observe it while it happens."

The scientists were aboard a NASA jet on Oct. 14, making measurements of Pine Island Glacier and its ice shelf, when they came across the crack.



Global Warming is a LIE!!

the Koch Brothers and Tea Party told me so!

I hope the Tea Party Drowns First! living out in the woods in a Farm Praying for the Rapture.. well the end of the world is a little closer due to the actions of people who pray for the end of the World..

These people are not only guilty of Treason Against America.. they are Guilty of Treason against Man Kind!

Silver Eagles for scalps! dont forget to not take the stickers off your cars so you will be easy to identify later!

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 18:20 | 1843373 vato poco
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Wait...where was your "Global Warming is a LIE!" bullshit last week, when the northeast got blasted by a heavy snowstorm, dipshit? You remember: the earliest snowstorm in a hundred years? I hope the global warmists freeze to death cavorting in Key West in a gay bar praying for 2-for-1 appletinis.

Fucking Idiot.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 23:37 | 1843912 AdahPrice
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"Global Warming is a LIE!!" is SARCASM, right?

The commandment, "go forth and multiply, and subdue the earth and REPLENISH it" makes sense only if REPLENISH means PROTECT (i.e. "conserve").  That is, God is commanding Christians to protect the planet.  But some "right-wing Christians" state that they have no responsibililty for protecting the planet.  So they read only the half of the sentence which assigns them the rewards ("subdue the planet") and studiously avoid the half which assigns them the corresponding and prerequisite responsibilities ("and replenish it".  And if you don't REPLENISH your soil and your water, then your grandchildren starve.  That is why such "right-wing Christians" are not actually conservative.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:36 | 1842586 IAmNotMark
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This is bullish, right?


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:01 | 1842634 TomGa
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Just who in their right mind believed anything TEPCO or the Japanese government said from the start??????  After watching reactor #3 blow sky-high, everyone KNEW that the problem was orders of magnitude larger than they were admitting to.


Don't miss the picture of an actual three-eyed fish taken from a Fukushima lake.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:09 | 1842723 HungrySeagull
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All about the Ka-boom. Everything else is bullshit.


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:25 | 1842763 High Plains Drifter
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discussion of scientific paper presented at conference in washington dc.    this being said, my concern at this time, as in japan, where japanese are selling contaminated crops into the general population, what about the contamination on our own organic produce company lands in california at this time...........are we in a way doing the same thing here as the japanese are?  would someone who has extensive organic farms in california tell any possible buyer of their products that their lands were heavily dusted with cesium?  hmmm?  

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 17:27 | 1843233 Dirtt
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I know someone in the state of Hawai'i who had the symptoms of low level exposure to radiation on Sunday, March 13.  The jet stream at the time was over 900 miles to the north.  The subject has a thyroid problem which may have made them susceptible to the presence of radiation.

Fetal position for about 30 hours. The nausea and vomiting started about 65 hours after the earthquake. The subject also was maintaining little contact with others in the days before the symptoms.

Didn't make sense at the time until the theory that the Japanese were lying through their teeth made perfect sense. That prompted the research into low level radiation exposure and every symptom could be attributed to poisoning.  The lightest elements released may have found a way to population areas government just doesn't want you to know.


UPDATE:  For the record, I'm not opposed to nuclear energy.  I've been a critic of Greenpeace and their efforts to thwart nuclear power for some time now. Just throwing out empirical data for those who know how to process it.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 18:24 | 1843390 vato poco
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"I know this dude in Hawaii who had...." is empirical data? If that's your idea of "data", I shudder at what you consider correct "processing" is.

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