Monday, May 2, 2011

Welcome Home- A Little R&R Goes A Long Way; Fukushima Just Heating Up; Bin Laden DOA, Buried At Sea; Finland Rejects Any Future EU Bailouts, Greece's Future In Question; Suicide Not Allowed For Chinese iPad Workers; More

Greetings to all of my loyal readers. After a short, much needed one week vacation, I am back to report the news that matters. For anyone who has never gone on vacation without internet service or cell service, I strongly suggest you try it, as it is highly refreshing and reinvigorating. It really goes a long way. For those of you who can't get enough reality without the sugar coating, I present to you today's latest news:

Although there has been a media blackout of anything Fukushima, that doesn't mean everything is pink unicorns and lollipops for the radiated citizens of plant earth. In fact, Fukushima is just heating up. Quite literally. The first hot point comes from Michio Ishikawa, the most senior adviser of the Japan Nuclear Technology Institute. On Saturday, he provided some very interesting details about Fukushima you may want to pay attention to. Especially the part about reactors 1,2 and 3 all having complete meltdown. The commentary from the EX-SKF blogger is perhaps even more interesting because it shows that TEPCO and the Japanese gov't knew all along about the seriousness of the situation and exactly as expected, the most important and frightening information would be released when few sheeple people are paying attention. Gee, we wonder why...

Anyone with even one quarter of a radioactive brain remaining knew already from the pictures of Fukushima that those reactors were beyond serious and that official radiation levels being reported were being "massaged." For example, as this video shows, radiation levels 40 miles out from Fukushima are as high as 97.01 µSv/h. Whoops! That's 97.01 microsieverts of healthy and delicious radiation every hour. As a reference the average individual background radiation dose is 0.23μSv/h. Notice the decimal placement. Any questions?

Of course, the big news out today is that Osama Bin Lying Laden was killed in an airstrike, so who cares about a little radiation when the man who died 4 years ago the most wanted man in the world is killed? Lot 'o reasons to celebrate today. Why not honor his death with a burial at sea? Sure, why not. Would you like another glass of Kool Aid?

For those who love interesting tid bits of strange information, confirmation about the death of Adolf Hitler also took place on the same calendar date as the confirmation of Osama Bin Laden's death - both on May 1st, sixty six years to the day. The comedy show must go on.

Two weeks ago, we reported that the EU experiment was a failure and that a Greek restructuring was imminent. With the big distraction about Osama Bin Laden's death taking all the attention away, few people noticed that the little default indicator called the Greek 10yr bond has exploded to 16.25% from last weeks record. Oh, and don't look now, but Portugal just hit 10% on their 10yr bond. Could it have anything to do with Finland sticking to their guns by saying there will be no more bailouts for EU members, ever? More smoke and another mirror (or two) needed. While we're at it, pay no attention to the dollar breaking 72 and silver going to the moon. Whoops!

As the bizarre gets even more so, the UK Daily Mail is reporting that Chinese iPad workers are not allowed to commit suicide. They must sign pledges stating so. The punishment for violating the contract is death.

Finally, for those of you who were planning on taking a ski trip to the French Alps (once the Dr. Deficit "wealth effect" makes you wealthy, that is) you better plan a trip to the South Pole instead. The Telegraph is reporting the Alps have recorded their worst snow cover ever as Fukushima radiation a heat wave melts everything. We told you, the whole world's situation was heating up. And we're not joking.


  1. I just love your posts, your reporting. Glad you are back, I missed you!!!
    Greetings from DE!!! And please go on with posting.

  2. Glad to have you back, J! :)

  3. @thedeadfauvi, Tommy- Thank you. Much appreciated. I don't have any more vacations planned for now so you'll get your steady dose!

  4. I take R&R weekends with no tv, internet or phone- every weekend- and I still can't come up with better content than you!!!

  5. So happy you're back. I was worried about you. :) I love reading your blog and I have been having withdrawals. Welcome back! :)

  6. Thanks for not leaving us forever. Glad it was a good vacation.

    Meanwhile, it's good to keep in mind how much cumulative radiation is ok. (Yes, I get it that Fukushima is spewing ridiculous amounts more.)

  7. If you follow your blog traffic (and I'm sure you do), you will have noticed that one avid reader from Brazil checked in a few times a day, every day, for the past week, looking for updates.

    That would be me.

    Please keep up the good work.


  8. I came here and hit refresh for a week. Could you post that you'll be away next time? If you did, please disregard my comment. I love your blog!

  9. @Everyone- Thank you very much. I appreciate the kind words.

    @Pecos Bill- Thank you for that chart, and yes we all are radiated daily from natural sources. However, the problem is that the radiation from Fukushima is polluting the oceans and the atmosphere with far more dangerous nucleotides. Plutonium comes to mind.

  10. Glad you're back!
    More on Japan anytime you get it.

  11. Totally agree about Fukushima radiation. And, it's far more dire if the radioactive material is ingested, which I think you've posted in the past or at least alluded to.