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Watch Live Coverage Of Hurricane Irene From Space As International Space Station Does Flyover

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The Virginia earthquake may have been memorable but it will have absolutely no impact on the economy. As for Hurricane Irene, that is another matter: if indeed it impacts the eastern seaboard as heavily as some expect, we would not want to be long insurance companies. For those who want an unorthodox perspective of the Hurricane, NASA will be conducting a flyover at 4:05 pm EDT/8:05 pm GMT, with the Space Station. The live stream can be seen here.


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Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:03 | 1591904 achmachat
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earth is beautiful from up there

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:10 | 1591950 trav7777
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yeah, it only looks shitty up close.

We won't know if Lake Anna NPP cracked and is venting Cs137 into the metro area for another week or so, surely.  Shit, I really should have picked up a geiger counter for a bd present

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:18 | 1592000 redpill
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It's no alien invasion, but I'll take it.


Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:23 | 1592019 trav7777
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well if we see it go pop like fukushima, I am DEFINITELY outta here

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:57 | 1592158 centerline
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LOL.  Laugh if you want, but I have been looking into them.  Cold war models versus new tech.  Once I know more about them, I will probably get one.  Fukashima should be a loud and clear message that no one has your back and you can't trust published data.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:15 | 1592226 malikai
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Get Kelp tablets for yourself, wife, and especially the kids. As for GCs, stay away from the Terra models. I got one a while back and it's supposed to be good at beta but it's shit. For a stationary counter, I got one of the GM-45 boxes for testing seafood in china after Fukushima. They are great, but again, they're stationary. If you've got a hospital or university nearby, the radiology/science department will be the first to see it and will be more likely to talk about it than anyone in the .gov or at the plants.

Also note that Kelp, unlike KI is not just a great source of iodine, but it can be taken as a supplement without the risks carried by KI.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:28 | 1592284 Ratscam
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i know it is difficult to understand the difference between measuring radiation in mikro sieverts per hour and measuring the equivalent dosis measured in beq per kilogramm.
1 particle of plutonium 239 gives you a reading of well below natural radiation measurement mikrosieverts per hour, but will 100% kill you if that particle is inhaled! we're fucked, CAPICHE?

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:36 | 1592308 malikai
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Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:08 | 1592386 Ratscam
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you may start with wikipedia ionized radiation then continue with equivalent dosis, then work yourself through the nuclear physics books if need be!
it,s like horse power compared to newton meters.
or in moronic words: would you prefer a pound of lead hitting your head or rather a pound of feathers? A pound is always a pound, but the impact will be different.
The smart people hence ask for the compression ratio of the feathers before they choose their option!
radiation measurement unequals the equivalent dosis you are exposed to!

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:17 | 1592430 malikai
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Are you on acid or do you normally speak like this?

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:33 | 1592466 Ratscam
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true troll identified

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:42 | 1592488 malikai
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Indeed. Unfortunately said troll can neither speak coherently nor can said troll use proper grammar. Standards sure are falling these days.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 21:10 | 1592873 sherryw
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it's your birthday? happy birthday!

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 21:13 | 1592876 DCFusor
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I'll know sooner than that, because I'm closer and collect rainwater and measure it with a very nice gamma spectrometer (I've been watching for Fukishima as well).  Cs-137 is very distinctive, so much so it's what we use to calibrate the thing in the first place.  But I'll look for I-128 too, as it's hotter in smaller quanities and also distinct and easy to see out of the normal background.

Early reports from North Anna is that despite utter incompetance, no real damage noticed.  Shit, they lost power from the grid, even though they were sitting there making it!  Good thing diesels worked for them.  Around here, all the neighbors have backup generators because APCO power can be counted on to fail whenever the wind blows.  I'm off the grid (solar PV) and don't give a crap myself.

I'll report here of course, as soon as I know something either way.  Took some baselines today, hoping to see a radon release from the quake all by itself.  Short answer, nothing to write home about so far.  Which BTW points out something the self-panicking newsies forget -- without a baseline, how can you know some non-zero count you got means anything?  There IS normal background radiation from U in the soil and cosmic rays from the universe after all...

Has some plain old geiger info from today, along with a couple links to seismic data.  I didn't bother firing up the gamma spec as the geigers didn't show anything exciting.

More when I know more.  I'll do some more tests tomorrow and post somewhere (perhaps on the thread linked above).  The gov and news can spin all they want.  You can't keep a leak secret from someone who owns the tools I own - and the knowledge to use them.


Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:14 | 1591979 Azannoth
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Cuz you can't see the people

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:30 | 1592044 andybev01
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Or the borders.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:31 | 1592049 achmachat
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Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:56 | 1592367 Joshua Falken
Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:04 | 1591909 Cassandra Syndrome
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After today's successful earthquake, a hurricane should take the Dow back over 12,000

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:13 | 1591973 UGrev
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Stop being so pessimistic. 

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:08 | 1591917 mynhair
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Hmmmmmm, no eye.

ok, from the IR sat, it appears to be over Haiti.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:05 | 1591920 malikai
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Seriously guys, the earthquake was extreme. Check out the devastation:

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:09 | 1591943 mynhair
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Looks more like Obamacare.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:10 | 1591948 Jim in MN
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National Cathedral seems to be the worst hit.

"The tip of the National Cathedral in Washington spire crashed onto the steps on Pilgrim Road. Three of the four pinnacles of the central tower are down and there’s significant damage, said spokesman Richard Weinberg. No injuries were reported."

--Wash. Post

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:22 | 1592012 Sudden Debt
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attention span lowering.... lowering... lowering.... GONE!

To bad there wasn't a Tsunami and a nuclear powerstation or anything like it.

It's already passé.


Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:09 | 1591941 lolmao500
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Location of earthquake to be officially named Obama's Fault.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:10 | 1591946 mynhair
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LMAO!  Nice one!

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:10 | 1591951 VogonPoet
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I think you mean Bush's Fault

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:11 | 1591962 caerus
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Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:25 | 1592023 Sudden Debt
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I thought the Hurrican was called Obama?!....

makes more sense.... air... hot air.... wind.... nothing really solid.... => Obama


Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:11 | 1592222 New_Meat
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but I can't spot the teleprompter-->no exact spot for the hot air energy source.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:09 | 1591944 Doyle Hargraves
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That's definitely gonna leave a mark...

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:10 | 1591947 Dapper Dan
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Why did the Nasdaq go up over 4% today? 

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:11 | 1591958 Jim in MN
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To get to the other side.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:17 | 1591989 Mec-sick-o
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Lol, wasn't that the chicken?

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:17 | 1591994 marcusfenix
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because the EU magically got better...

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:23 | 1592018 caerus
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nevermind that...check out es fail at 1160

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:26 | 1592030 Sudden Debt
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So it can fall much harder this friday.


Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:12 | 1591965 LoneStarHog
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Flyover ... now there is an understatement.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:15 | 1591983 Azannoth
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All space objects are technically in freefall, so it should be Fallover

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:21 | 1592010 LoneStarHog
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I saw The Messiah's new approval rating today.  So does that mean he is a space object?

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:13 | 1591974 marcusfenix
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Irene is a beast of a storm...amazing looking at it from orbit.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:14 | 1591977 Catullus
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Seriously.  The hurricane is actually scary.  I was in New Orleans for Katrina and Houston for Ike.  Baltimore is ripe to look like New Orleans.  And they've already set up for the Baltimore Grand Prix downtown.  All I see is future projectiles.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:33 | 1592056 andybev01
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Remind me not to go anywhere near Catullus during hurricane season ;-)

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:37 | 1592069 msamour
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Could you please refrain from visiting Ottawa, Ontario, or at least warn us before you come! i'll arrange to be out of town on that date.

Thank you, a concerned citizen.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:17 | 1591990 Silverhog
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Unfortunately I may get a much closer look at Irene here on Cape Cod.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:20 | 1592001 mynhair
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Invest in some scuba gear.

Storm surge!

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:22 | 1592015 marcusfenix
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yeah, I'm supposed to head to long island on I'm thinking that may not be a good idea...

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:17 | 1591996 Sudden Debt
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This is alway bullish for insurance companies right?

It might even help out the real estate markets with the surplus houses! THE US IS SAVED! Let's just hope the squaters are out before the houses fly into the stratosphere.... but even that is good to lower the unemployment rate and foodstampers.

So Bullish in any possible way.


Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:20 | 1592004 kito
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thats not the hurricane!! thats the smoke from bens printing press!! 

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:39 | 1592072 Shell Game
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ZH'er Ident 7777 economy says, it's this HAARP thing that caused it!


Actually, I rather like this one:

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 21:54 | 1593029 phyuckyiu
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Earthquake centered near G-20 last year, residential memory of an earthquake that large=0. Earthquake centered near DC/New York today, residential memory of an earthquake that large=0. Another earthquake today centered near Norad, residential memory of an earthquake that large=0 ('66 had a 4.6 vs a 5.3 today). Either the Earth is expanding or Tesla really was that smart. Either way we're in trouble.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:23 | 1592017 mynhair
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The East Coast:

Freaks over a 5.9 quake, freaks over a big rain maker.

What, no building codes there?  Guess those are only for us schlubs in FL.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:03 | 1592186 LFMayor
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Flyover denizen here, we laugh at the quarter hour breaking news reports issued when those "big" snowstorms hit them and drop an insurmountable 4 inches.  

The goddam place is populated by metrosexuals and idiots, it's not like we should expect resilience or even common sense from them.

If we're truly lucky, this hurricane will provide enough water to flush that toliet.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 21:16 | 1592882 DCFusor
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Hey, only the local city dwellers are pussies.  Beleive it or not, Virginia at least has quite a lot of nearly unsettled land in it -- and those of us who live here laugh along with you at those idiots.  Then charge them to pull them out of the ditches, bitchez.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 21:50 | 1593012 LFMayor
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No digs intended on real country boys... spent some years in a previous life at Nofolk and had some shipmates from Spotsylvania and Colonial Beach.  Good people, we used to do some off roading and mudding, then buy a bushel of crabs and a shit ton of beer.

I'm not even worried you folks will be okay, a little rain isn't nothing to be scared of.  Take care and good luck.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:42 | 1592061 Use of Weapons
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Possible reason for the rise:

Then the second wave of the financial crisis struck, just as the Libyan investments were frozen throughout Europe, preventing Tripoli's investment officers from pulling out their cash.

In February, the combined stake was worth 2.8bn euros. Today, it is worth a mere 1.2bn euros.

That is a collapse of almost 60% - and the fall is sharper still if you go back to early 2010, when the investments reached their current volume.

Had the Libyan assets not been frozen, one suspects the Gaddafi family might have sold their Unicredit investment, whether because of the bank's deep troubles or because of their need to free up resources for their fight against rebels.


However, the upshot of the freeze was that Unicredit (which, when the European authorities performed stress tests on their banks had one of the worst balance sheets in the area) was able to rely on its biggest aggregate shareholder not selling its stake and pushing its share price down further.

It is impossible to know how much impact this had on the Italian bank - even a 7.2% stake cannot prevent the remaining 92.8% of shareholders selling out if they so choose.

But the unintended consequence was at least a small relief for the Italian bank as it battled the second wave of the financial crisis. Not to mention a crippling loss for the Libyan sovereign wealth funds.


Aka, what % is personal (GS' cool billion) & which is now owed to the international community for good will, medical aid, concrete and so on? Apply liberally all over the banking sector - I seem to remember the personal wealth total being about $23 billion at one point, although that is likely pre-recent issues. Today meant the West can feel justified in confiscating the loot, rather than merely freezing it.


Sorry - meant to be a reply to Dapper Dan's question over the 4% rise. Please note: I'm referencing the official release of said info as the catalyst, not the freezing - which was long factored into the EU issues, and quite deliberately so. Aka, Sky [official on the ground cheer leader for the rebels, Murdoch is paying his way] gets to officially tell the team that the freeze is now... well, they're not the Big G's anymore, let's say.


Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:44 | 1592103 pazmaker
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Carolinas seem to be in the direct path.  Irene will probably hug the coast and continue up north..

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:09 | 1592208 Agent P
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All units, Irene.  I say again, Irene.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 18:56 | 1592371 BlackholeDivestment
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...reminds me of a dream I had with all of these things happening. I had this dream back in 03/4. It was a prophetic dream with a person from Heaven in it, with me and them, among people that were not moved by what they witnessed coming upon them. Things shall get much more intense and extreme, as in the dream. People should take heed to the prophetic call upon this generation but, if you are still in doubt about what is going on and you are just chaulking things up to natural physical reality, keep in mind what is written in prophetic scripture, we have all the conditions required for fulfillment happening with this generation. Jerusalem is key. The weather and geopolitical events are going to get much more intense and sudden destruction shall come. Fear not, by the mercy of our Father in Christ stand fast and do no harm.

P.S. There will be a vote on the 20th of September at the U.N. about the Palistinian State and the following day will be the start of International Peace Day. It sure would be interesting if a WMD event happens before then, say like on 91111. That would ''change'' the 2012 election cycle a bit and the call for Peace sure would come quickly. Not even Iran would be able to say no to a deal and Israel would likely give up part of Jerusalem. (I heard that there was a deal struck in 09 and the Israelis have been conducting sacrifices sinse 2010 some place in Temple Mount without making it public, as part of that deal, don't know how valid that report is) Considering the market reality upon us now it sure would be as good as Krugman's Alien invasion. lol Who knows, maybe we'll get lucky and a WMD event will not happen until a bit later but, that sure would disrupt the market and the NWO boys would love to have a crisis large enough to seal a global market final solution with a peace deal among all nations and Israel. Of course that will not last but a few years before it get broken. sure is some strange timing, Comet Elenin and quakes happening when Earth and the Sun line up with it and it's going to be at it's closest point to the Sun on 911, that's just weird, and we are now entering the solar galactic plain or Mayan Dark Rift in October, when this thing is closest to Earth and crosses our orbit on the 17 of October, the same day the fish head Pope called all the Arch Bishops to Rome. Those boys are all into the space stuff too. Those massive comets that hit the Sun this year are wild too, especially when you consider that the solar flares have just started to get real big as the solar maximum is now starting, which affected the Earth magnetosphere, which can combined with full Moon affect etc... and the fact that the magnetic pole has been moving big time, the Earth is aaah shaking all over. Wild stuff.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:13 | 1592566 Tunga
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And the last time a Hurricane made landfall in the USA was.... was... umm... COREXIT BITCHEZ!

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 20:48 | 1592824 kaiserhoff
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I'm in Wilmington, NC.  Four miles from the beach, elevation 34 feet.  These details have meaning for me.

The locals are talking about surfing and hurricane parties.  They stay too drunk, drugged, and stoned to evacuate.  This could get interesting.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 21:10 | 1592864 erg
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It looks like it's intensifying now and will probably again be a cat 3 soon. The spaghetti models have been shifting eastward with each update. I suspect it will miss all of the States. The maritimes look more likely. That's where I'm at. It may even kick east of us.

Hurricane Juan was a wild ride. I found it to be completely amazing. There was a 105 kt vector but it was deemed a Cat 2. It broke a wind meter at 185 k/h. 114 m/h.


Tue, 08/23/2011 - 22:34 | 1593234 erg
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Could be a bomb tonight. 24 millibars in 24 hrs. The shear is lessening, Great outflow, high sea temperatures. Just my guess.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 23:55 | 1593686 Old Poor Richard
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Earthquake was bullish for stocks.  Why not hurricanes, too?  And supervolcanoes, giant meteors, tsunamis, locusts; what's not to love?

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