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Very safe… 14 March 2011

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Nihonmatsu, Japan: A girl who has been isolated at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels looks at her dog through a window [Yuriko Nakao/Reuters]




1. marisacat - 14 March 2011


WASHINGTON — As Japan copes with one crisis after another at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, a review of federal records indicates that nearly a quarter of America’s nuclear reactors in 13 states share the same design of the ill-fated Japanese reactors.

The plants, called Mark I Boiling Water Reactors, were designed by General Electric. GE, which is donating $5 million to Japan for its relief effort, said Monday it was too early to assess what produced the problems at the complex.

On Monday, the Japanese blasts prompted calls for an immediate review of the 104 nuclear plants now operating in the United States, including many aging facilities, to see if they could withstand a gut-punch by nature that would kill the electricity, cripple the cooling system and threaten a nuclear meltdown.


With the Fukushima complex still making headlines, White House officials sought to assure the public that there’s nothing to worry about.

“The U.S. power plants are designed to very high standards for earthquake effects,” said Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). “All our plants are designed to withstand significant natural phenomena, like earthquakes, tornadoes, and tsunamis.”

Five of the six reactors at the Japanese plant, which suffered a second explosion Monday, use the same General Electric reactor that are at 23 nuclear plants in North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Alabama, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Vermont, according to a database maintained by the NRC.

All but two of them began operating in the 1970s.

Read more: Link to McClatchy DC

There is a map of the reactors at the link, and i think the one up the Hudson from NYC is yup one o the Fukushima GE Specials.

catnip - 14 March 2011

GE’s Immelt Takes First Yearly Bonus Since Financial Crisis

General Electric Co. (GE) awarded Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt a $4 million bonus, the first he has accepted since the financial crisis, after consistent quarterly profit growth and two dividend increases in 2010.

Immelt, who received a bonus of $5.8 million in 2007, declined the payment for the next two years as GE grappled with the crisis and a worldwide recession and its shares trailed the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

Last year, GE profit climbed and the shares topped the S&P 500 for the first time since 2004. The company unlocked a war chest of cash to restart share buybacks, boost its dividend a total 40 percent and make more than $8 billion in acquisitions.

$5 million for Japan? Lunch money.

lucid - 14 March 2011

Unless I’m reading the map wrong, Indian Point is one of the other designs. There are a couple in upstate and Southern PA/Jersey though…

Not that this makes me feel any better about Indian Point.

marisacat - 14 March 2011

The Map was TOO Tiny for me!!

2. catnip - 14 March 2011

Saudis send troops into Bahrain to quell protests By Patrick Cockburn

“quell protests”? That’s putting it nicely, Patrick.

marisacat - 14 March 2011

I love how the official story out of DC is that [our great ally the imperial] Saudis did this without advising Dear Obby.

catnip - 14 March 2011

After what he said to the people of Bahrain? That they should accept “regime alteration”? Fuck. Does this guy even believe his own shit?

3. BooHooHooMan - 14 March 2011

This just in-
There might be a problem in Japan.
Thank God the NYT is right on it.

Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise

WaPo, too –


Fears could mount under a possible escalation of this here thing.
Okay. Next.
Wall Street Journal, I shit you not:

Bounce Leaves Tokyo Shares Down 8.2%

Asian stock markets were all lower, though Tokyo shares, after plunging amid widespread worries about the possibility of a nuclear catastrophe, recovered some in the afternoon, rising to 8.2% down 😯 after bottoming at more than 14% off.

marisacat - 14 March 2011

BUT it’s not Chernobyl! (that is what they keep saying here).

But with warnings of elevated radiation in Tokyo, their denials are dying in the air.

BooHooHooMan - 14 March 2011

warnings of elevated radiation in Tokyo

Seems to me Kan’s government has all but collapsed.
I saw a report on CNBC/GE that there is a no-fly zone over Fukishima (works for all PTB, sparing the world the video for the time being) and that major carriers are dropping flights in and out of Japan.
And that..
a radioactive cloud is expected to reach Tokyo within hours…

marisacat - 14 March 2011

I hope he takes Edano… or whatever the muffin faced idiot’s name is… with him.

BooHooHooMan - 14 March 2011

Panic selling in Nikkei Futures triggered a shutdown( read Goldman, Citi, and BoA derivative tumors attached)… The Hang Seng (Hong Kong) lost 4%..The Dow dropped 2% yesterday and was only redeemed to a minor loss ( :roll) it is said, via massive and thus far undisclosed market operations by The Bernanke and the Federal Reserve .
Oh catch that wave, fellahs, catch that wave.

mattes - 15 March 2011

Geithner on cspan…..Japan selling/dumping US Treasuries won’t hurt us a bit.

…and they are discussing some newish financial instrument.

marisacat - 15 March 2011

Win the Future!

mattes - 15 March 2011

Boy this news got out FAST:

In response to a question, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Tuesday that he does not believe that there is a risk Japan will have to resort to selling some of their U.S. Treasury holdings to raise cash in order to respond to the damage caused by an earthquake and tsunami. “I do not,” Geithner said in response to a question by Sen. Charles Schumer at a Senate Banking Committee hearing. “Japan is a very rich country and has a high savings rate and has the capacity to deal not just with the humanitarian challenge but also the reconstruction challenge they face ahead.”


diane - 15 March 2011

Despite the dire title of that WAPO piece (which has an interesting explanation for the August 2003, major US blackout which I never heard at the time) I guess they were still at the pre-caution stage when the piece was written:

The IAEA reported that Japan has evacuated 185,000 people from towns near the nuclear complex. The agency said Japan has distributed 230,000 units of stable iodine to evacuation centers from the area around the Fukushima Daiichi and Fukushima Daini nuclear power plants. The iodine has not been administered to residents; the distribution is a precautionary measure. The ingestion of stable iodine can help to prevent the accumulation of radioactive iodine in the thyroid.

(Of course, since I’m a “cynical” “paranoic,” that paragraph makes me wonder whether the potassium iodide was even delivered yet.)

4. marisacat - 15 March 2011

ugh a local news channel took a crew out to SFO and talked to people gettng off a flight from Tokyo, mix f white and Asian, not all US born Asian either….

And the stories were awful. Of TOKYO.

One man said he just turned around and headed back to the airport after arriving in Tokyo. Half a day there the aftershocks made him sea sick.

Others talked of how there is no public transportation in Tokyo or so intermittent it almost does not exist.

TOKYO. Not a NE prefecture… No wonder people are leaving.

5. diane - 15 March 2011
6. diane - 15 March 2011

The investor class mags are always so helpful in preparing for the future, from A Service of CNN Fortune and Money:

”Double-digit rent hikes may be coming soon.”

The only logical thing to do with millions of unemployed and the recent enormous swindle of residential property to investor property – when you’re a member of the swine family – Win The Future. ™ ..yours, and everyone else’s too. They must be absolutely salivating over a potential influx of homeless Japanese refugees.

Someone I know was just forced to buy renters insurance (and of course also provided with the contact info of a possible insurer) if they want to renew the lease at the apartment complex they live at (I didn’t even know that was legal, not that it matters, cuz good luck finding an attorney who’ll represent a lowly tenant, or a local “Rep” for that matter.) The person lives so bare bones that I’m pretty sure they’ll have paid more in premiums by year’s end than the replacement cost of their belongings; I’m even more sure that it’s an indication the absentee owner, investor group are aware of fire and water damage issues that their negligence and gluttony has provoked. And yes, that person’s already insanely high, studio rent is going up, … in the ‘bankrupt’ state of Cali, ….thank goodness they have a job.

7. marisacat - 15 March 2011

Angela Merkel has put nuclear under a 90 review/moratorium and today, they say, Germany will close its reactors from before 1980 and they may not reopen.

8. marisacat - 15 March 2011

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Japan Rocked by Two Aftershocks Both Measuring 6.0 Magnitude or Greater [10:34 a.m. ET]

NHK is calling it 6.4, but perhaps on their scale, which is 0 to 7. In which case that would be worse.

marisacat - 15 March 2011

ugh the map NHK is providing shows the 6.4 as west and south of Tokyo, Tokai, they also use Shuzioko (phonetic) prefecture….

Aftershock to waht? Maybe on the same fault as the big one…. I struggled thru the long presser from Japan Meterological authority but learned little.

mattes - 15 March 2011


California is beginning to move too.

Candles, radio, batteries and water. Just in case.

Just hear Japan moved 6 feet.

marisacat - 15 March 2011

I think we are always moving. Tho not like Japan.

mattes - 15 March 2011

Yes. But for some reason this one makes me more nervous.

Also, I believe the moon has a significant pull on us, even though a lot of scientists think differently.

Biggest Full Moon in 19 Years Will Make Your Night Brighter, More Romantic Than Usual


I am taking extra precautions around the house.

mattes - 15 March 2011

Love those scientists!

This month’s perigee will leave the moon, says Steve Owens at Dark Sky Diary, about 8 percent closer to Earth than usual, and about 2 percent closer to Earth than the average lunar perigee. In fact, it’ll be the closest positioning since 1992.

Past supermoons have coincided with natural disasters–the Indonesian earthquake in 2005, Australian flooding in 1954–but scientists note that those are unrelated, more likely than not. Says John Bellini, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey: “A lot of studies have been done on this kind of thing by USGS scientists and others. They haven’t found anything significant at all.” The tides will pull a bit higher, but earthquakes are almost completely unaffected and volcanoes are not likely to show unusual behavior. John Vidale, a seismologist at the University of Washington in Seattle, said “Practically speaking, you’ll never see any effect of lunar perigee. It’s somewhere between ‘It has no effect’ and ‘It’s so small you don’t see any effect.'”

Besides, it’s still 2011. Everyone knows there won’t be any world-ending catastrophes until next year, right?

9. marisacat - 15 March 2011

Oh Gawd. Ob is going to visit the statue of christ when he visits Brazil, leaving …I guess Thursday. And droppin’ in on a favela.

lucid - 15 March 2011

I’m sure he’ll get the whole favela experience…

marisacat - 15 March 2011

I bet he expects the statue to wash his feet.

mattes - 15 March 2011

I am going to throw up. Just too much playing around. His advisers are nuts.

marisacat - 15 March 2011

O B A M A is a fucking nut. Or as Madman pointed out to me when I was in an email blither months ago about him:

He is the manager they send in after a buy-out.


10. BooHooHooMan - 15 March 2011

Anybody have an itch from back in the day to,
ya know, just eat a half a sheet of acid? And seein as how on the outset of the adventure it tasted just like regular paper, ya figure
What the Hell, why NOT chaw down the rest of the blotter?

Then Watch CNBC or Bloomberg Financial today.

A technical sell off ya know.
The Computer trading models just kicking in.
So Don’t panic Dudes and Dudessas.
They’ll talk ya through it, definitely not down, man,
just roll with it: A BIG BUYING OPPORTUNITY! 😆

marisacat - 15 March 2011

oh I never took acid… LOL I asked a friend to describe it to me… and it sounded too much like my personal day to day.

I always figured I’d be the ‘I can fly! I can breathe underwater!’ types…

But i Know what you mean, I feel desperate.

And the USA just looks a mix of heinously predatory AND sclerotic.

BooHooHooMan - 15 March 2011

The thing is, the LSD , and I told this to my offspring miraculously born without gills and the errant fin, that it could lead to the hard stuff, like an IRA rollover invested entirely in Bluechips.
I got out when I could.

BooHooHooMan - 15 March 2011

Well, ya, the usual day to day, I mean the fantastic sights and sounds one can handle, the mosaic tile coming alive like an animated Escher print, playing basketball with Jesus in North Philly, literally, it was him- easily mistaken at the time given his multiplicitous visage and hues of a Warhol, so I x-ray’d him on sight , the Stigmata really gave him away I told his team-mate the Bhudda – him too – before they both knocked me out in the lane.
Came-to, trees inhaling and exhaling, the usual.
Nothing a religiously influenced young fellah in the city couldn’t handle.

I moved on from all THAT long ago, it was the surreal annual mutual fund and “benefit” reviews at work years later when I knew things weeren’t as they appeared, that I was in way over my head with some very bad people. LOL.

marisacat - 15 March 2011

gave me a laugh.. thank you…

I got so much grilling from the hospital and both ambulance drivers… about drugs. I finally said to one ER doc, grass was a reverse gateway drug for me. The mere smell alone kills me. And my fear of needles is epic. 😆 my nickname for the hospital is

Needle Gulag.


USS RR moved “far north”.

Of course no mention that it is part of a STRIKE GROUP of the 7th Fleet.

Oh tell me that China and USA are not revelling in this, in many ways…. they hate that it affects the nuclear predation industry… but other than that….

11. marisacat - 15 March 2011

hmm full text from Reuters…

from what I have managed to read, the updates and articles from IAEA about Japan have been AWFUL. Think Greenspan level of obfuscation and sheer crap.

Chernobyl clean-up expert slams Japan, IAEA

By Michael Shields

VIENNA | Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:52am EDT

VIENNA (Reuters) – Greed in the nuclear industry and corporate influence over the U.N. watchdog for atomic energy may doom Japan to a spreading nuclear disaster, one of the men brought in to clean up Chernobyl said on Tuesday.

Slamming the Japanese response at Fukushima, Russian nuclear accident specialist Iouli Andreev accused corporations and the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of willfully ignoring lessons from the world’s worst nuclear accident 25 years ago to protect the industry’s expansion.

“After Chernobyl all the force of the nuclear industry was directed to hide this event, for not creating damage to their reputation. The Chernobyl experience was not studied properly because who has money for studying? Only industry. [same old same old, same with oil spills, industry controls all — Mcat]

“But industry doesn’t like it,” he said in an interview in Vienna where the former director of the Soviet Spetsatom clean-up agency now teaches and advises on nuclear safety. Austria’s environment ministry has used him as an adviser.

Andreev said a fire which released radiation on Tuesday involving spent fuel rods stored close to reactors at Fukushima looked like an example of putting profit before safety:

“The Japanese were very greedy and they used every square inch of the space. But when you have a dense placing of spent fuel in the basin you have a high possibility of fire if the water is removed from the basin,” Andreev said.

The IAEA should share blame for standards, he said, arguing it was too close to corporations building and running plants. And he dismissed an emergency incident team set up by the Vienna-based agency as “only a think-tank not a working force”:

“This is only a fake organization because every organization which depends on the nuclear industry — and the IAEA depends on the nuclear industry — cannot perform properly.

“It always will try to hide the reality.

“The IAEA … is not interested in the concentration of attention on a possible accident in the nuclear industry. They are totally not interested in all the emergency organisations.”

The IAEA had no immediate comment on Andreev’s criticism.

Andreev said he understood all too well what the Japanese authorities in Fukushima were going through, and that creative solutions would be needed to contain the leaks.

“It is a situation of quiet panic. I know this situation,” he said. “Discipline is the main thing in the industry but the emergency service requires creativity, requires some kind of even fantasy and improvisation.”

BooHooHooMan - 15 March 2011


marisacat - 15 March 2011

It’s a buying opportunity. (App coming soon!)

Fortunately I have never bought into their pabulum. If you feel uncomfortable about a world siutation or an investment, get rid of it, if you can.

BTW, the opening Buffett canceled on in Fukushima, for next week, is a company that is his LARGEST holding outside the US.

Not that he will feel the loss, should things go badly (forget what kind of biz it is). And it must be in a unscathed area, they are still haveing the opening.

mattes - 15 March 2011

Iran Iran Iran!!!

Like Tora Tora Tora!!!!

marisacat - 15 March 2011

Or Libya, all sorts of people very hot for “no fly zone”

Like it is easy or something. We just erect steel mesh butterfly nets and catch all the armed helicopters and fighter planes.

No sweat.

12. mattes - 15 March 2011

Has anyone in this group tried to fly…commercial?

For some reason I dread it. Are they going to take me into the little black room after all these years of blogging.

marisacat - 15 March 2011

I wouldn’t do it. Just from my own perspective, not as advice.

One of my pet hates (or near-to phobias) is anyone I don’t know touching me other than handshake. And i have had many bad experiences returning to the USA. At Customs.


lucid - 15 March 2011

My last flight was to Italy in summer 2009. I’m sure I’ll have to fly at some point this year, but I have not flown since the enhanced screening crap, so I really have no idea on that. [Though I would be very loath to go through on of the scanners].

Given that I was writing lefty screeds on public bulletin boards online for 4-5 years prior to the onset of the blahgs under my real name, I doubt you will have any issues with TSA above and beyond what everyone faces.

marisacat - 15 March 2011

I pretty much agree with Frances Fox Piven: we are allowed to spew online, the leftischer are allowed their books, publications, documentaries, etc., (which overall barely sell, in the grand scheme) and so on, as it hardly matters.

Ultimately it suits the gubmint. It helps support the illusion of free speech.. and so on.

mattes - 15 March 2011

Well…I am not going through the scanners. They’ll just have to feel me up! :)) I’ll wear my good underwear.

marisacat - 15 March 2011

Make them put on fresh gloves. The analysis of the gloves, which are used thru god knows how many passengers is vomit worthy.

13. mattes - 15 March 2011

But Bibi/CNN still blamed it on an Arab, and approved another 400 units in west bank.

NABLUS, An Asian worker is suspected of the murder of the Fogel family, a settler family from Itamar settlement near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, according to Palestinian press sources.

Quds Net news quoted local residents from the area that he was infuriated with an Israeli settler for not paying him his wages carried out the killing of the settler’s family in Itamar, Palestinian press sources reported.

Quds Net news agency on Monday quoted a Palestinian family from Awarta village next to the settlement as saying that Mr. Fogel refused to pay 10,000 shekels in wages which he owed an Asian worker he hired. The worker threatened to kill the settler and his family.



catnip - 15 March 2011

The WH quickly told the Palestinian Authority to apologize. Asshats.

14. marisacat - 15 March 2011

Coolant has cut out at Reactors 5 and 6 at Fukushima (France 24 from a correspondant in Nigata)

15. marisacat - 15 March 2011



…………. 😯

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