28 March 2011


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Not looking for sympathy here, but the life of a political reporter isn’t all champagne and canapes. Consider our man Scott Powers, who was sent over to the Winter Park home of Alan Ginsburg this morning as the designated “pool reporter” — aka scribe — for the fundraiser where Vice President Joe Biden is appearing on behalf of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

Turns out the veep hadn’t arrived, but about 150 guests (minimum donation $500) were already in the house. So to prevent Scott from mingling with the crowd, a member of Biden’s advance team consigned him to a storage closet — and then stood outside the door to make sure he didn’t walk out without permission.
An aide has apologized.


Corbett Report podcast on cause of nukequake....


All protestors and all riot cops are police....


Don't watch this....

Selected paragraphs:
Radiation levels that can prove fatal were detected outside reactor buildings at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, signaling a partial fuel meltdown and complicating efforts to contain the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.


Plutonium-239, a byproduct of fission used in nuclear weapons, was found in soil samples taken on the plant site March 21 and March 22, Tokyo Electric said in a statement today. Two of the five samples contained more plutonium than known to have been deposited by atmospheric nuclear-bomb fallout and probably came from the damaged plant, according to the statement.


Plutonium was part of the fuel mix in reactor No. 3. Used fuel rods from other reactors may also have been a source of the material, Edwin Lyman, a radiological specialist for the watchdog group Union of Concerned Scientists, said on a conference call with reporters. Plutonium inhalation causes lung, liver and bone cancer, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
I object strenuously to the term "partial meltdown". Obviously, it is meant to convey that not all the fuel in a reactor has melted and gone walkabout, but it very blatantly downplays the seriousness of any walkabout nuclear fuels... and, in this case, the worst of them.


You are letting them
Five of the six biggest container shippers are maintaining routes to Tokyo and Yokohama after the U.S. Navy said radiation on vessels from the leaking Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant can be scrubbed off with soap and water.

A.P Moeller-Maersk A/S, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM SA, the top three, are still serving Japan’s two busiest container ports, 2 1/2 weeks after an earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima plant, 220 kilometers (135 miles) to the north. Among the top six shippers, only Hapag-Lloyd AG, the No. 4, is diverting vessels to docks in the south of the country.

The Japanese government is allowing ships to sail as close as 30 kilometers to the stricken reactors, and the International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency, says operations in and out of Japan can continue as normal, with levels of radiation presenting no medical basis for imposing restrictions.

“These are extremely low levels and are easily cleaned off,” Commander Jeff Davis, a spokesman for Seventh Fleet, which is helping with recovery efforts, said by yesterday by telephone. “Even if they weren’t, they still wouldn’t rise to the level where they would cause any harm to human health.”
kill us.

love, 99


  1. Woops. I very cleverly nixed the comments on this post when I republished it. I need coffee well into the night....

    Agent BB2 said:

    Well there you have it...

    Plutonium detected in soil at Japanese nuclear plant

    But wait...

    "We believe the level is not serious enough to harm human health."

    The level of plutonium was similar to that detected in Japan after neighbouring countries such as North Korea and China conducted nuclear experiments, the spokesman said.

    Of course...

    According to the US environmental protection agency, external exposure to plutonium poses "very little health risk"...

    Oh wait...

    ...but internal exposure "is an extremely serious health hazard."

    Plutonium is formed from uranium in nuclear reactors and generally stays in the body for decades, exposing organs and tissues to radiation and increasing the risk of cancer, it said.

    Of course! Just don't eat the dirt!

  2. And then I said:

    Plutonium releases alpha radiation, which gets in you when you breathe it or eat it or get it in a cut or is injected... and you can die like Litvinenko... depending on how much of it gets in.... It leaves a detectable trail wherever it has been.

  3. Which now, sort of, has made up for my blunder...

  4. Fresh as a mother frickin' daisy!


  5. Saw one of these today. Took everything I had not to hook up the tow strap and drag it around town like a friggin' demolition derby pull toy.

    FUCK this country.

  6. Makes me want to test drive it through a fucking Taco Bell with an AK a'blazin! HOORAH! GIT R DONE!

  7. Well, maybe you should reconsider.... Do they come in lead-lined models?

  8. Nope, have to get a dodge ram for the armor option.

    It is painted grim reaper black though, black ops edition ya know. It also features a Glock instead of a cigarette lighter, for those that don't fuck around.

  9. I am soooo nostalgic for the old Army surplus jeep kits... and the swarm of men vying to assemble one for me... and wouldn't mind having a glock cigarette lighter at all....

    Chrysler RUINS everything it touches.

  10. I am soooo nostalgic for the old Army surplus jeep kits.

    In high school my friend ordered one of those through a comic book ad. When the call came from the railroad station that his jeep was there we raced down to get it. Upon arriving we were shown to a pile of wooden crates of varying sizes. My friend asked where his jeep was to which the station master replied, "Well that is it sir."

    I was laughing my ass off at the look on his face!

    He ended up taking summer auto shop class to get started on it and by around Christmas he had it on the road.

  11. I used to have a 1971 Jeepster Commando - a true Kaiser Jeep, removable hard top, Buick V6 which Jeep called their Dauntless engine, automatic transmission with a special torque converter which doubled the output at low RPM and heavy load. In Granny gear with the converter locked in it put out about 1,100 horsepower to the wheels.

    That sucker would climb a hill steeper and steeper until it broke traction and just dug into the side of the hill.

    It had one problem it had a California VIN number, but the previous owner had removed the California Smog components and threw them away.

    Every year when I went to register it I would have to pay $35 for a smog check which it would fail on the visual inspection even though it was putting out less than 25% of the smog compounds it was allowed to have. Then I would have to take it to the Bureau of Auto Repair and pay $50 for them to check it. I would have to bring statements from two auto parts dealers, two new car dealers and two wrecking yard dealers stating that the parts were no longer available. The response of the people at the Bureau of Auto Repair was always "Man, this thing sure runs clean" and give me a one year extension on the smog equipment requirement.

    After about 4 or 5 years the law changed and they no longer would give out the extensions, I could no longer drive my jeep until it grandfathered out of the requirement. I ended up selling it for parts.

    Had I not sold it back then in the 80's I could now start driving it again this year.

  12. I, for one, am sorry you didn't wait. Goldie was as good as a Jeep... just too short for some of the fancier maneuvers

  13. Me too! Most fun vehicle I've ever owned! I used to drive from Yuba Gap to Rough and Ready without ever hitting pavement.

  14. Hey, look.....................................

    Over there----------------------------------->

    It's my point!------------------------->>>>>>>>>

  15. Yes, well, mine is just a little further down; to wit:

    We're all fucked. I'm fucked. You're fucked. The whole department is fucked. It's the biggest cock-up ever. We're all completely fucked.



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