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Russia Intercepts Radioactive Shipment To Iran

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The Iranian geopolitical tension is about to get more complicated, after it was uncovered that Russian authorities had intercepted a passenger carrying radioactive material to Iran. According to AFP, the Russian customs service seized a consignment of radioactive isotope Sodium-22 at a Moscow airport from a passenger who was to travel on a flight to Tehran, the customs service said in a statement. "Tests showed that the Sodium-22 could only have been obtained as the result of the work of a nuclear reactor," the customs service said, saying it was alerted by signals that background radiation in the area was 20 times the norm. We expect to hear some loud noises coming from the now hopelessly irrelevant US State Department within minutes. As for the "Russian connection", we doubt anyone will be surprised by the gamma decaying love between the two countries.


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Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:08 | 1986362 Oh regional Indian
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Sodium-22? Pffffffffffffft.....

And the mule was carrying it, radiating, on to a plane? Hmmmm.... so smart eh?

Even the stories are getting dumber by the day.



Fri, 12/16/2011 - 09:45 | 1986537 israhole
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Fri, 12/16/2011 - 11:21 | 1986816 Ahmeexnal
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of the Absurd!

Radioactive falafel. Nothing to worry about.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 09:58 | 1986570 GMadScientist
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B.Y.O. "Yellow Cake"...this time they manufactured more than fairytales about precursors.

I am somewhat baffled that it was in Russia though...wonder if Pooty-poot was in on it or not.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 10:30 | 1986679 YBNguy
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The customs official was not notified of the agreement between Russia/Iran for the transfer of stealth drone data for nuclear materials.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:07 | 1986363 zilverreiger
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The man himself was the shipment? or how should we read this?

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:09 | 1986364 CosmicBuddha
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Isn't sodium-22 used for medical purposes, i.e. a positron source for PET scans? 

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:26 | 1986383 Iriestx
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Yes, yes it is.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 09:45 | 1986536 sessinpo
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Yes, I read this as an overblown story by the media for ratings. Iran has already said they want/are doing research for medical purposes in regards to medicine. It is the western world that claims that Iran is lying and really trying to develop a radioactive bombs, dirty bombs or a nuclear warhead.

It makes no sense for Iran to try to sneak sodium 22 into their country. I do thinnk Iran wants and is trying to develop atomic technology for military purposes. They aren't the only one. This story is just a distraction.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 12:12 | 1986971 Pegasus Muse
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All this western MSM chatter about Iran's alleged nuclear programs!

When is the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) going to investigate Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program? MSM coverage has been completely one-sided. Israel has already violated every item it accuses Iran of allegedly violating.

Every point mentioned in the IAEA report on Iran’s Nuclear Program equally applies to Israel’s Nuclear Program.

-Does Israel have a secret nuclear weapons program: YES

-Has Israel allowed unfettered IAEA access and inspections of its nuclear facilities: NO

-Has Israel secretly built nuclear weapons: Almost Certainly

-Does Israel possess the delivery capability to execute an nuclear attack on its neighbors: YES

-Does Israel habitually threaten its neighbors with annihilation and initiate unprovoked attacks on its neighbors: YES

"Nuclear Threat is from Israel NOT Iran"

"Mordechai Vanunu worked as a nuclear technician at Dimona. A supporter of Palestinian rights, Vanunu believed it was his duty to warn the world about the danger Israel posed. In 1986, he smuggled out photographs showing that the plant was producing enough plutonium to make 10 to 12 bombs a year, and that at least 200 miniaturised bombs had been built."

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 12:13 | 1986984 ceilidh_trail
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your link is blocked by copyright

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 12:15 | 1986995 Pegasus Muse
Fri, 12/16/2011 - 12:41 | 1987114 boiltherich
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Such an eloquent defense of the terrorist state Iran, it seems almost a shame to demolish it with the simple fact that Iran is a signatory nation to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty and Israel is not.  Neither is India, or Pakistan, both of which are nuclear armed and face none of your hatred, I guess if they had Jewish people they would.  Iran can simply withdraw if it so dislikes the constraints of the treaty, or it can go fuck itself for all I care, but the nutbags in Teheran must never get the bomb because they have proven over and over they are terrorists totally willing to use every evil tool at their disposal as long as it is non Shia infidels getting killed.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 13:12 | 1987273 TheFourthStooge-ing
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boiltherich offered us the following thoughtful insight:

Iran is a signatory nation to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty

Yes, they are, and they are in compliance with it.

Iran can simply withdraw if it so dislikes the constraints of the treaty, or it can go fuck itself for all I care, but the nutbags in Teheran must never get the bomb because they have proven over and over they are terrorists totally willing to use every evil tool at their disposal as long as it is non Shia infidels getting killed.

You might want to ask Santa for a drool bib.


Fri, 12/16/2011 - 17:09 | 1987428 Pegasus Muse
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".... Iran is a signatory nation to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty and Israel is not.  Neither is India, or Pakistan, both of which are nuclear armed and face none of your hatred, I guess if they had Jewish people they would."

No hatred.  Digust.  Revulsion.  Yes.  But not at the "Jewish people".  At anyone that would tolerate or defend or do this:   

“UK Jewish MP: 

 “Gaza is the Warsaw Ghetto - George Galloway - 2 Jan 09”: 

“IDF atrocities against Palestinian people”:


People who do this have nuclear weapons?  Not good. 


Fri, 12/16/2011 - 19:46 | 1988816 supafuckinmingster
supafuckinmingster's picture if Iran repudiate their signature on the " Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty" then their behaviour is suddenly acceptable because by the letter of international law they're no longer breaking any agreements? Strange view.....



" Teheran must never get the bomb because they have proven over and over they are terrorists "


Now what is terrorism?.......


"the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.



Now what other countries in the region have been known to act as such........and furthermore, what countries that do act as such are known to possess a nuclear weapon.??


Answers on a postcard please to:


The International Atomic Energy Agency,

Vienna International Centre
P.O. Box 100
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel: (+431) 2600-0; Fax: (+431) 2600-7

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:09 | 1986365 The Swedish Chef
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Long Brent. I have been hurting but I´m still hopeful.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:10 | 1986366 richard in norway
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what the hell is sodium 22 and what can you do with it. on second thoughts i am being  lazy i will find out myself

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:39 | 1986398 richard in norway
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OMG  its worse than we thought, the iranians are devolping an anti matter deathray

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:40 | 1986400 richard in norway
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sodium 22 is used in research on antimatter

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:51 | 1986414 Mauibrad
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The Russians noticed 20 times background?  That's like 200 CPM.  Shit, we been getting that in the precipitation of most cities in the U.S. since Fukushima and nobody even bats an eye.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:54 | 1986417 Mauibrad
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Speaking of high tech Iranian weapons:  How Iran hacked and landed US drone, explains Iranian engineer -

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 09:14 | 1986464 junkyardjack
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Its rumored they've developed technology to put lasers on sharks, they have won...

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 17:34 | 1988280 goldfish1
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Next, it'll be the iranians are smuggling the green hornet lantern, outraging big bang fans everywhere.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 10:13 | 1986623 Barry Mcokiner
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1.21 gigawatts

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:11 | 1986367 zilverreiger
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Na 22 : halflife 2.6027 yr

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 10:00 | 1986590 GMadScientist
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Throw yours in water today! Share the rads with a friend or 300.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:19 | 1986368 Cognitive Dissonance
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Was he carrying it in his stomach/bowels, or like normal people in his shoes or underwear?

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 09:36 | 1986508 Dr. Engali
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Puts a different spin on the shoe bomber. The "I'm going to slowly radiate everybody on this plane so that 30 years from now you all get skin cancer bomber" :>

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:12 | 1986369 jusman
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22Na is a positron-emitting isotope with a remarkably long half-life. It is used to create test-objects and point-sources for Positron emission tomography. (Wikipedia)

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:23 | 1986380 zilverreiger
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20x background isnt that much, he probably had it in a good container for scientific usage, didnt fill out the papers in russia or something. Big deal.

Makes a good FUD headline though.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:25 | 1986382 papaswamp
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US quickly pulled out of Iraq for a reason....suddenly no longer responsible for the airspace over Iraq...easy run for the Israelis. This event seems almost as if Russia wants an event to occur....very interesting.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:28 | 1986387 Money 4 Nothing
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Crisis averted!

 Come to find out under further investigation of this passengers background check, he is a Marine Biologist transporting a  Daiichi Fukishima Atlantic water sample for lab research purposes.

See? nothing to worry about.. International mystery solved.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:40 | 1986399 Ewe235
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I think you mean a Pacific water sample... or did I miss the joke?


Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:41 | 1986401 Money 4 Nothing
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My bad, I'm thinking my coast. Pacific is correct

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:58 | 1986423 Pope Clement
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Not so fast brother, look at a globe - there is really only one ocean.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 12:29 | 1987054 LFMayor
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Dude, I saw a photo of him recently and mistook him for George Clinton, of Parliment Funk fame.  Those dreadlocks are over the top wire and gone

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 19:52 | 1988832 supafuckinmingster
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What happens when the going gets tough?

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 10:04 | 1986602 GMadScientist
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Two birds: one stone. Iran can have anything they can squeeze out of the corium in Japan.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:30 | 1986392 lolmao500
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Sodium 22 is for medical purposes. So this whole story is propaganda... 99% of people will only read ``nuclear material sent to Iran`` so people will think it's for nukes when it's definetly not.

What kind of game is Russia playing?

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:48 | 1986408 Seize Mars
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Russia's not playing the game. It's amateur hour; Hilary "Arkancide" Clinton is in charge of the State Department. It's another fucking amateur flase flag. Just like the fake Iran terror plot, just like Holder's false flag against the 2nd amendment, just like the swine flu, just like...

If you want something done right, it's got to be done by Cheney and Rumsfeld. Now that's professionalism.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:53 | 1986416 trampstamp
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Sure it is ;)

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 14:45 | 1987642 FeralSerf
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I think "professionalism" may be a poor choice of words.  A more apt one, "ruthlessness" comes to mind.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 09:00 | 1986432 Mauibrad
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Yeah, it doesn't make sense that they would announce this finding/arrest.  They've been building Iran's nuclear power plants, have said they would defend Iran, and now this?  Doesn't make sense, unless Putin is intimidated by the recent political machinations of Obama and Clinton.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 10:58 | 1986753 MachoMan
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In order to maintain political stability in mother russia, they'll need to partner up with the west...  as bad as that may be to them.  Further, the type of isotopes found seem to have plenty of plausible non-military purposes...  so, it doesn't help the case against Iran...  Russia gives the U.S. a good headline and appears to be a helper in kicking off WW3 while at the same time not really hurting Iran...

Seems to be more good political maneuvering to me...  maybe I'm a little simple though.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 19:54 | 1988835 supafuckinmingster
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Methinks it would take Lucifer himself packing two colt 45s to intimidate Putin.....

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:30 | 1986393 Alex Kintner
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If you salt your meat with it, will the meat cook without the need for a heat source? I'm working my SHTF supply list.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 19:55 | 1988840 supafuckinmingster
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"If you salt your meat with it, will the meat cook without the need for a heat source?"


You mean without the need for a "conventional" heat source.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:46 | 1986407 max2205
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See something hear something say something must be working

Great job Janet!!

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 10:03 | 1986597 GMadScientist
Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:57 | 1986420 SaudiMail
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Why was Bush getting a flight to Iran from Russia anyway?

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 09:26 | 1986448 jon
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boy they'll just grasp at anything, won't they?

sodium-22 is a positron emitter. this is a critical component to a PET/CT scanner system, a modern healthcare device that even won one of those "of the year" awards in 2000.

there are better isotopes to choose, since sodium-22 has a half-life of about 2.6 years. it's the poor man's positron emitter, and iran is a fairly poor country, no?

sodium-22 is naturally occurring, via cosmic ray spallation. while an impossibly rare find, let's also ask just what the fuck some customs "official" knows about radioactive isotopes. hey, pal, want to explain what those "tests" are, you timecard-punching, knuckle-dragging government bureaucrat?

nuclear reactors and nuclear destructive devices do not need positron emitters to run. they ARE positron emitters.


wake me up when putting the words "iran" and "nuclear" or "radioactive" in a headline are no longer the inspiration for 12 video games, 7 bad movies, and an illegal war

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 09:37 | 1986511 jon
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oh shit! you know what this is? the russians and the iranians want the americans to flip a table over it. they want them to look stupid.

how lucky for them: we are stupid

see you @ fox news

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 09:25 | 1986466 Archduke
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Na-22 is part of the fast breeder reactors coolant loop.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 09:31 | 1986494 jon
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pretty sure that's sodium-24, but you might be right. nonetheless LMFBRs are all prototypes, and most built have also been abandoned over plain old good business sense.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 09:32 | 1986498 ZeroPoint
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Umm Iran admits freely to having nuclear reactors, and have been inspected. Only the mouth breathing, cheeto & beer swilling sheep are going to be concerned about this.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 09:47 | 1986543 swani
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Fri, 12/16/2011 - 10:40 | 1986701 americanspirit
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I believe Israel is getting ready to send some nuclear material to Iran too.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 10:49 | 1986726 eurogold
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Pure hype to make Russia look good in the west.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 11:33 | 1986856 boiltherich
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Of course this was the very FIRST time anybody ever tried to get nuclear materials to Iran or other high bidders wasn't it?  More like it was the very first time some bonehead tried to take it through customs at Sheremetyevo Airport.  Sodium 22 is used for medical purposes, so we can assume by the logic stated above that nobody ever tried to take anything but medical isotopes across the border AND that Iran is running more than 8,000 centrifuges in order to make CAT scanning machines which are available on the open market as well as all the parts and supplies needed to make your own. 

In reality Iran has had more than enough bomb grade nuclear material to build a number of bombs from the black market trade cross border with Russia post fall of the USSR, if not nuclear bombs then at least really dirty conventional bombs.  Any person that states that Iran has not been pursuing nuclear weapons is an outright fucking moron, at least self deluded and possibly posting from an IP address assigned to Teheran.

The Russians should be very cautious of it's dealings with the madmen in Iran lest it be them that are the target once Iran is acknowledged to be a nuclear nation, or have they forgotten Beslan?  Or the dead in the Moscow subway?  Or the dead in their lovely ice rink? 

The 2010 Moscow Metro bombings were suicide bombings carried out by two women during the morning rush hour of March 29, 2010, at two stations of the Moscow Metro (Lubyanka and Park Kultury), with roughly 40 minutes interval between. At least 40 people were killed, and over 100 injured.

Russian officials called the incident "the deadliest and most sophisticated terrorist attack in the Russian capital in six years",[5] a reference to the Avtozavodskaya and Rizhskaya bombings in 2004. At the time of the attacks, an estimated 500,000 people were commuting through Moscow's metro system.[6]

Initial investigation indicated that the bombings were perpetrated by the Islamist[7][8]

The Beslan school hostage crisis (also referred to as the Beslan school siege or Beslan massacre)[2][3][4] of early September 2004 was a three-day hostage-taking of over 1,100 people which ended in the deaths of over 380. It began when a group of armed mostly Ingush and Chechen Islamic militants took more than 1,100 people (including 777 children[5]) hostage on 1 September, at School Number One (SNO) in the town of Beslan, North Ossetia, an autonomous republic in the North Caucasus region of the Russian Federation. The hostage taking was carried out by the group Riyadus-Salikhin, sent by the Chechen separatist warlord Shamil Basayev who issued demands of an end to the Second Chechen War and Russian withdrawal from Chechnya. On the third day of the standoff, Russian security stormed the building, using tanks to make an entrance in the near gallery, after several explosions happened inside the gym. Incendiary rockets and other heavy weapons were used later when hostage rescue was over.[6] Ultimately, at least 334 hostages were killed, including 186 children;[7][8]

The Moscow theater hostage crisis, also known as the 2002 Nord-Ost siege, was the seizure of the crowded Dubrovka Theater on 23 October 2002 by some 40 to 50 armed Chechens who claimed allegiance to the Islamist militant separatist movement in Chechnya.[1] They took 850 hostages and demanded the withdrawal of Russian forces from Chechnya and an end to the Second Chechen War. The siege was officially led by Movsar Barayev. After a two-and-a-half day siege, Russian Spetsnaz forces pumped an unknown chemical agent (thought to be fentanyl, or 3-methylfentanyl), into the building's ventilation system and raided it.[1]

39 of the attackers were killed by Russian forces, along with at least 129 of the hostages (including nine foreigners).

Jan. 24, 2011


An explosion rocked Moscow's busiest airport today in an apparent "terrorist attack", killing 35 and injuring dozens more, according to Russian officials.

The blast erupted in the arrivals area of the Domodedovo airport at 4:40 p.m. Moscow time. In addition to the 35 dead, another 130 were injured in what investigators called a suicide bombing.

If you see the words terrorist bombed... you can know without further reading that Islamist is in the story somewhere, and where islamic terror happens there is a connection to Iran, you will be right 98.7% of the time. 

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 12:01 | 1986948 Mr T
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Boiltherich your a real piece of work
I started to read your lengthy comment chock full of handy links, I got to where you cited 8,000 centrifuges without a link when I knew you were a shill.
How could you possibly know this you shittyit?
How many do your masters the Joos have?
Boiltherich I bet you would eat them too
F u kwit
I pity you

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 12:54 | 1987156 boiltherich
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I pity the person that has no better argument to defend their post than to call someone names Mr. T.  And I also do not care what you think, or how much of Mein Kampf you post at ZH, Israel has a right to exist no matter what you think.  If you are not already in Teheran maybe you should move there, then you can report back in glowing terms what a paradise it is.  


Iran has over 8,000 centrifuges of the first generation IR-1, with nearly 6,000 actively purifying uranium to the 3.5 percent level, according to the latest report by the IAEA, the UN nuclear watchdog, in May.

And do try at least doing a little of your own research OK? 

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 13:27 | 1987331 Mr T
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Oh did I hurt your feewings?
You answered my question quite well
I am glad you understand you would know nothing if it were not for the fact Iran has signed the NNPT
Your shitty country has not
Israel should only exist in your mind or your heart or your mythology
Keep your ludicrous ideals as fantasy
Israel exists on a map because the Brits sold out humans for gold
This has been done before
North Korea is not a signer of the NNPT I am glad you put the fascist country of Israel in that company
I guess in someways you do understand
I pity you more now

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 14:43 | 1987636 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Weapons grade is minimum 90 percent U235.


Fri, 12/16/2011 - 12:09 | 1986972 FeralSerf
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If you see the words terrorist bombed... you can know without further reading that Zionist is in the story somewhere, and where zionist terror happens there is a connection to Israel, you will be right 98.7% of the time.

You had a few typos.  I fixed them for you.  Wou're welcome.

Zionists have had a lot of experience as terrorists.  It was, after all, the Kazars that fomented the October Revolution and the reign of terror that followed.  It's the way they took Palestine in the 1940s too.  And it's the way they've taken over America with the WTC terrorist attacks. 


Fri, 12/16/2011 - 13:59 | 1987452 besnook
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so then it is fair to blame all of israel's terror attacks on jews everywhere including those claiming to be usa citizens.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 14:33 | 1987605 FeralSerf
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That's not what I posted.  A large percentage of Jews, both the Kazars and the ethnic Jews, have nothing to do with the zionist terrorism and find it to be repugnant, as I do.   Zionism is destroying western civilization as we know it.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 14:58 | 1987678 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Members of Iran's Jewish community, the largest of any Muslim country, appear to view themselves as Jews, not Zionists.


Fri, 12/16/2011 - 15:18 | 1987754 besnook
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i responded to the poster boilthe rich who is claiming all terrorism is muslim related despite obvious nationalism by people who happen to be muslim. i simply took his logic to a more personal level. he is thinking i am an antisemite even though the idea is derived from his reasoning.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 12:47 | 1987148 Analog Kid
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From CNN:

The luggage, belonging to an Iranian citizen, contained 18 metal objects packed in individual steel cases, Russia's Federal Customs Service said in a statement. The agency said the material, the radioactive isotope sodium-22, can be obtained in a nuclear reactor.


They forgot to put the word 'only' between '...isotope sodium-22, can' and 'be obtained in a...'



Fri, 12/16/2011 - 12:53 | 1987174 jonjon831983
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Guessing Russia wants the perception that they're doing something.  Less risk giving Sodium-22 to someone than say... dunno a chunk o PU-239.

Plus it would give them a back door excuse to save face and state internationally that Iran has been going behind their backs and hence can act in accordance with the West.

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