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Too much. 16 March 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant disaster: warning of an 'apocalypse? as fallout hits danger levels

Residents return to their evacuation shelter in Natori   [AP]

It’s all too much… I think the Emperor gave a “Keep Hope Alive!” speech.  He’s praying.  Or that is how they translated it… in the US MSM.

Ob sat for an interview with a TV station, somewhere or other.  He looked like he needed to be dusted, a figurine in a cabinet.




1. marisacat - 16 March 2011

Can’t we just have robotics? Or whatever is the updated version of a Chatty Cathy ? Just program them and let them run around saying these things, til the batteries die.

I put off making a cup of tea… and some news caster pops up to say

“Radiation has been detected in the tap water, 50 miles from the reactors… but it is not a problem”.

Jack Crow - 16 March 2011

Tomorrow is pretend Irish means alcoholic day. All we be forgotten. George Stephanopolous and Robin Roberts will finally get back to the real news, which is something vaguely associated with corned beef and the luck of the one day Irish. And somewhere a theocrat will have a stroke over gays in public parades, which will get as much press as Lohan’s miniskirt, but not as much as Charlie Sheen’s underwear.

ms_xeno - 16 March 2011

Thanks for the “figurine” line. I needed the chuckle. :p

marisacat - 16 March 2011

He really did look bad, checked out, barely showing up in the TV interview… I really want to say to both of them:

chill. How many chefs in the WH? Footmen? Doormen? Maids? Gardeners? Housekeeping to change the all important light bulbs? Stuff your mouths with M & Ms and STFU.

ms_xeno - 16 March 2011

Yeah, might as well come clean. Their real job is to look pretty and offer sorry-ass platitudes in a nice tone. Like their idols, the Reagans.

All they need is an astrologist and some of Harry Winston’s diamonds and the transmutation will be complete

2. marisacat - 16 March 2011

Gee what a shock, Michael Lewis in 1989 fantasised abou a massive earthquake in Japan and the economic wake ensuing…

A prescient article by Michael Lewis in 1989 looked at the systemic risk of a Japanese earthquake (via Paul Kedrosky).

Basically it goes like this. An earthquake destroys the Tokyo Stock Exchange and all financial records. Shares of Western insurance companies lead a global selloff. Japan liquidates overseas holdings. This causes the U.S. bond to collapse. Recession ensues.

3. marisacat - 16 March 2011

From The Note:


“Work to stabilize the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was temporarily halted early Wednesday because radiation leaking from the units made the situation unsafe, Japanese officials said,” ABC News’ David Muir, Jessica Hopper, Dean Schabner and Ben Forer report.

“Several hours after work was halted, officials were preparing to return to work but it was unclear whether workers were able to enter the plant, the Associated Press reported. Radiation levels started to rise sharply after steam was seen escaping from unit 3 at the plant, which was damaged first by the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan Friday, and then by an explosion in the reactor.”

Full coverage of the crisis in Japan from ABC News: ABC News

4. BooHooHooMan - 16 March 2011

CIA Contract Killer Raymond Davis released of murder charges in Pakistan after payment of 3 million dollars in Blood Money to..”relatives”.

catnip - 16 March 2011

Murder is cheap.

5. mattes - 16 March 2011

60,000 spent rods. Might be burning.

….don’t worry be happy….

6. mattes - 16 March 2011

…..go shopping…

7. marisacat - 16 March 2011

hmm France was offered the GE boiling water reactors (listening to France 24) and had refused them… the French engineers considered the designs unsafe.

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 March 2011

they used a pressurized design, IIRC. They feel it’s easier to control in the event of a problem.

8. marisacat - 16 March 2011

Madman sent me this

A desperate-looking Yuhei Sato, the governor of Fukushima prefecture, appeared on Japanese evening television. He reported that food and gasoline shortages were worsening because people from outside the region do not want to get near the plant. He warned that there is insufficient fuel to evacuate refugees from the exclusion area, a problem that will grow if the government has to widen the evacuation zone around the plant again. “Please give out correct, accurate information quickly,” he said in a plea to the national government and TEPCO.

9. catnip - 16 March 2011
marisacat - 16 March 2011

I thought the Emperor’s salutation was all about death. To lie down and die. Not make trouble.

10. ts - 16 March 2011

In the hope of cheering everyone up in these awful times (and by the by explaining my low level of posting), my wife gave birth to our second child Monday. Everyone’s doing well, though I need to take a nap.

marisacat - 16 March 2011

Oh immense congratulations! How very wonderful!

I feared yo had a recurance of flue. This is better!

Boy or girl?

diane - 16 March 2011

Congratulations ts! ;0)

brinn - 16 March 2011

Congrats, ts! I’ll bet the whole family needs a nap at this point! 8)

Thanks for sharing!! It did cheer me up! All the best to all of you!!

BooHooHooMan - 16 March 2011

😀 Congratulations, ts! Enjoy that nap! 😉

marisacat - 16 March 2011

yes, enjoy that nap!… because then you are, as my father used to say, a parent for forever… 40, 50 + years or until you die.


marisacat - 16 March 2011

PS: I should add, ts already knows that…


BooHooHooMan - 16 March 2011

When my wife was sleeping my day old daughter daughter slipped me a note:

Who are you? Will you prove useful?
I hear you are long-winded.
That’s not gonna work for me, okay?”


BooHooHooMan - 16 March 2011

(Laughing while typing – not twins!)

marisacat - 16 March 2011

My father (luckily) got a huge kick of the fact I yawned at him when he got the first peek. He said I arrived bored.


BooHooHooMan - 16 March 2011

> — > And forget about the whole Catholic thing.

mattes - 16 March 2011

Congrats!! New life.

BooHooHooMan - 16 March 2011

One other thing! TS!
Negotiate spending money and self-pampering now!
😆 😉

catnip - 16 March 2011

Congrats! Grab all the sleep you can whenever you can get it. 🙂

ms_xeno - 16 March 2011

Mazel Tov, to you and yours, ts. 🙂

ts - 16 March 2011

a girl, 8lbs 10oz. mother and daughter get out of the hospital tomorrow. then we’ll see for better or worse how her 2 year old sister can deal with the competition.

brinn - 16 March 2011

Oh, too much fun – that’s one big girl! 😉 I have a set of boys myself, though 4 years apart….it’ll be better and worse…sometimes within the same 90 seconds! My boys drive each other crazy, but when I separate them it only takes about 2 minutes before they desperately need to “go tell my brother something..”

The largest of the 2 at birth was 6lbs 1 oz — give my best to your wife!!

ts - 16 March 2011

thank you everyone.

marisacat - 16 March 2011

Absolutely, I think it is very very wonderful.

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 March 2011

congrats dad!

wu ming - 16 March 2011

o wonderful! get some sleep, where you can steal it.

11. mattes - 16 March 2011

Whorowitz @ Brooklyn College:

12. diane - 16 March 2011

Slimy rocks in dank places being lifted in the ‘light’ of a catastrophe..as the sleazy rock guardians have the astounding indecency to cry:

… water leak from Canadian nuclear station into Lake Ontario poses no safety risk

The water should be bottled and distributed to ‘HO’ Politicians, Officials, Experts, Lobbiests, Pundits, etc., etc….. everywhere ….


marisacat - 16 March 2011

That is the thing. Thy cannot be believed.

marisacat - 16 March 2011


UK Telegraph

By Heidi Blake, and Steven Swinford

9:53PM GMT 16 Mar 2011

The guidelines on earthquake-proofing nuclear facilities, issued by Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission, stated that the country’s nuclear facilities would “not be significantly affected” in the event of a tsunami.

Experts claimed that the “robust sealed containment structure around the reactor would prevent any damage to the nuclear part” and that “no radiological hazard would be likely”.

Documents seen by The Daily Telegraph also disclose that Japan faced detailed questioning by the international nuclear safety watchdog over whether its nuclear facilities could withstand a tsunami, and repeatedly gave assurances that there was no credible threat.

Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake 81 miles off the Japanese coast triggered a devastating 33ft tsunami which spilt over the sea walls around the Fukushima nuclear power plant and flooded the building. The wave knocked out the diesel engines designed to keep coolant pumping around the plant, causing explosions in three reactors.

Officials claimed last week that the power plant had been built to withstand earthquakes but was not prepared for a tsunami. ….

And this too:

The Daily Telegraph has also seen documents submitted by Japan to the International Atomic Energy Association claiming that all its power plants were tsunami-proof. This newspaper disclosed yesterday that Japan was warned that its nuclear power plants could not withstand powerful earthquakes more than two years ago by the IAEA.

For several days, there is a disgusting theme being run, that but for the big old mean tsuname, this would have been a spectacular success, that Fukushima fully survived the earthquak.

Oh please. We don’t know aht at all.

13. mattes - 16 March 2011

I just found out 10,000 gallons of water leaked out of Zion plant in the 1980’s. Reactor 2.

I went out with a nuclear plant operator for two years that worked at the San Clemente plant. I am tempted to email him….but won’t. He never discussed problems at the plants. Seems there are a lot of big secrets.

14. BooHooHooMan - 16 March 2011

The NRC ‘s Gregory Jaczo gave an unvarnished bleak assessment today ..
It’s obvious he got a memo for the evening news hours to tone it down.

American outlets are now speaking of the “credibility gap” adding to the chaos. Ya think? Cruel cruel irony, that…

marisacat - 16 March 2011

yes no water in NO 4. We are in meltdown.

But did Barry finish his brackets?

There are comments around that either:

He was supplied with the brackets, or he has been eating celery and carrots while watching WAY too much sports.

BooHooHooMan - 16 March 2011

Who is Barry? Is he useful?

Pathetic isn’t it?

marisacat - 16 March 2011

Barry is someone who goes to Brazil tomorrow. To see the christos and apply his healing touch to the poor.

BooHooHooMan - 16 March 2011

Same in the EU

Hmm this from WSJ…European Commission Tones Down Official’s Warning

who now have this as their main offering…

Officials Try to Cool Spent Nuclear Fuel

Officials grappled Wednesday with the new task of cooling overheating spent nuclear fuel at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, as radiation contamination spread on the plant’s grounds and seeped out in small amounts to nearby communities.

The WSJ..with the “simmer down” too..

marisacat - 16 March 2011

the new task of cooling overheating spent nuclear fuel at the Fukushima ….

As I see it, there are no new tasks that involve saving anything.

I just heard that ti took 600,000, six hundred thousand, workers to entomb Chernobyl… which was one reactor. This is six pools and what were 3 active, going reactors. 6 structures, to say nothing of the surrounds…

15. brinn - 16 March 2011
brinn - 16 March 2011

Oh, for fuck’s sake…more from the above:

Dr. Fred Mettler, a leading expert on the effects of radiation and a radiologist at the New Mexico Veterans Health System, oversaw a 1999 Institute of Medicine study that led to the recommendation against a single stringent Pentagon policy governing battlefield radiation exposure.

“Commanders should always seek to minimize the dose in the context of the requirements of the mission,” Mettler said in an interview. “Think of it like getting shot. Do you have a guide to how many bullets a soldier should be allowed to take?”

Um, none please?

More Pink Floyd for me today….

Deaf, dumb and blind, you just keep on pretending
That everyone’s expendable, and no one has a real friend
And it seems to you the thing to do would be to isolate the winner
Everything’s done under the sun
But you believe at heart everyone’s a killer…

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 March 2011

don’t forget the comfort of being out of range.

16. mattes - 16 March 2011

Dark and cold:

They crawl through labyrinths of equipment in utter darkness pierced only by their flashlights, listening for periodic explosions as hydrogen gas escaping from crippled reactors ignites on contact with air.

They breathe through uncomfortable respirators or carry heavy oxygen tanks on their backs. They wear white, full-body jumpsuits with snug-fitting hoods that provide scant protection from the invisible radiation sleeting through their bodies.

They are the faceless 50, the unnamed operators who stayed behind.

Brain scan overdose offers glimpse of radiation threat
36-year-old mother left debilitated with no real treatment options after CT scan mistake


brinn - 16 March 2011

I wonder if these workers have been told anything even resembling the truth about the danger that they’re in?

I know many of the workers at Chernobyl, but during and after (the clean up) were not….

I wish them well and hope that at least a few of them get out to tell their stories…

marisacat - 16 March 2011

Here is the problme, they began floating stories of “the 50” our time, late Monday. IN the beginning it was framed as now, The Heroic 50, which I would never dispute… not my issue. But then last night, popped up the “evacuation” stories, but only today or during the night over night, do we learn that if ther was a temporary evacuation (which appears to have been for about 12 hours or so) it was of 800, of which a volunteer 50 returned.

IF there were any history of honestly or fair dealing in this industry (nuclear, utilites etc), I would say, fog of tragedy, news reporting time lag… etc.

I just don’t buy the timeline. I think it happened days ago.

brinn - 16 March 2011

Oh, I agree that we don’t have a fucking clue what’s rally going on, where/who/when/how these workers are doing….

Hell, many of them may be already dead…

17. brinn - 16 March 2011

Oh, yee-fucking-ha!

Fuck YOU, AT&T!!

We do have Time Warner Cable as the other option her in Austin, but I don’t doubt for a minute that they are in collusion with AT&T — all the customers will switch over to TWC and then TWC will institute is caps….

Damned monopolies — these guys are worse than the WORST robber barons, especially considering bandwidth is not costing them a damned thing (pennies) AND our taxes went to subsidize most of the motherfucking infrastructure!!!

Sorry, it pisses me off, but when I see it there, it is a very lameass thing to be bitching about right now…

brinn - 16 March 2011


I got it ass backwards TWC did this in 2009!

Well, hell…nowhere to go.

brinn - 16 March 2011

on that cheery note…I am off to grade more “papers”….

18. ms_xeno - 16 March 2011

A tiny bit more good news:

I just got back the paperwork for my appeal after OR UI denied my claim. The Admin. overturned the initial decision on the part of the State. So at some point this year, hopefully before my only still-functioning piece o’plastic is maxed out, they’ll have to pay me several hundred dollars.

My hands were shaking when I picked up the damn envelope. I could hardly tear it open.

marisacat - 16 March 2011

Oh that is good news ms_xeno! Do something calming… red wine and a hot bath salts bath maybe. (well that used to be one of mine!)

ms_xeno - 16 March 2011

The red has most assuredly been penciled in. 😉

I can drink a toast to all the poor fuckers who undergo this shit with NOBODY to look out for them. (At least I had mr_xeno sitting next to me during the hearing.) For every day they lived with all this humiliating, petty bullshit and DIDN’T tear the head off some jackass public servant (in either the literal or figurative sense) let us salute their saint-like levels of forbearance.

brinn - 16 March 2011


brinn - 16 March 2011

Will they actually pay you on a regular basis as well?

Something funky is going on with UI, don’t know if I told you, but Texas is currently paying me out of funds originally allocated to me but that I didn’t use all they way up in 2009!!

I am still unsure what this means when this runs out, if they will start paying me from 2010 bennies or will as they did last year, tell me to reapply for a new claim year….too tired to try to figure it…

Glad for you though, ms_x!

ms_xeno - 16 March 2011

brinn, I’m not sure. The mail arrived late today, so no chance to call in with questions. They’d already cued me up for ANOTHER appeal on the 23rd before I got this decision. [sigh] I don’t know if the need for more appeals is invalidated now, or not. That would make logical sense, but what do people who’d dick you around like this over $110 a week in the first place understand of logic, anyway? 👿

Do you know anyone who can look into state law? The deal here is that all compensation is based only on wages earned eighteen months prior to the initial claim, I believe. But I don’t know if that’s a Federal or State Reg.

Good luck. Let me know if you need any emergency mac ‘n cheese airlifted in while you sort it all out. [grin]

19. marisacat - 16 March 2011

Riding near th top of the Guardian:

Japanese deny US claim that reactor may have lost all its coolant


20. marisacat - 16 March 2011

Not to worry, electricity almost back up.


21. marisacat - 16 March 2011



……… 😯

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