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  • Freya
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    buy the hell out of cavico, CAVO

     

    They get the money this time and its a lot
    17 Mar 2011, 10:01 AM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Great chart, Freya. This bugger's bottomed out. Like their tunneling contract. Shares now on the board.
    17 Mar 2011, 10:10 AM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    (CPST): May want to set your stops. Early indication of weakening. RSI is making lower highs in spite of PPS making higher highs (right now highest since week of 9/15/2008). Divergence in trend here is considered an early warning.

     

    The weekly is still showing continued strength, so any throwback will likely be short-lived.

     

    But the daily chart has not only the RSI showing a longer-term weakening, but momentum is also weakening. CCI is 169+ right now, indicating a move but not direction. Other indicators mixed.

     

    If you're trading, rather than investing this right now, maybe tighter stops.

     

    If investing, maybe looser stops.

     

    I feel any pullback will be brief and not too deep. Possibly no worse than $15.x area and that would be at the extreme of what I would expect.

     

    I would plan to add/re-enter on any throwback prior to the quarterly and year-end report, or better, before mid-April as ISTR some confab there that CPST will be at and presenting. Can't recall what it is ATM.

     

    Keep in mind that I've been wrong before, will be again and am using experimental settings on my charts right now.

     

    HardToLove
    17 Mar 2011, 10:31 AM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone. Been saving this one. "The Nightmare Before St. Patrick's Day." Enjoy!

     

    www.huffingtonpost.com...
    17 Mar 2011, 10:35 AM Reply Like
  • optionsgirl
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    Mineweb addresses the EPA's assault on the coal industry. The timing is impeccable.
    Proposed EPA regs could cost US coal as much as $125bn:
    www.mineweb.com/minewe...

     

    Guns, I am filled with admiration for what your son is doing!
    17 Mar 2011, 10:59 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    I am so frustrated. Worry about nukes and forget it's St. Pats day.

     

    Something beutifual to finish the day with.

     

    www.youtube.com/watch?...
    17 Mar 2011, 12:10 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    opps fat fingers..
    17 Mar 2011, 12:11 PM Reply Like
  • Joseph L. Shaefer
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    Excellent Human Events post in your intro to this QC, Triple. I was skeptical but fascinated as I read some of the (seemingly, anyway!) informed comments after the article. Thank you.
    17 Mar 2011, 12:11 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    As always, its a good idea to do some digging on your own. Personally I use an "order of magnitude" guideline. If the panic is based upon a reaction to something which is an order of magnitude (or more) from "dangerous" (in this case, the detected levels in Tokyo easily meet this rule of thumb), it means that one should do some more research rather than accept the hysterical tone of the event's reporting.

     

    I don't think there is ANY doubt that the readings inside the key buildings at the power station site are very dangerous, but once again, the reporting seems very confused.

     

    We saw similar results with the recent BPspill in the Gulf...

     

    Regardless, I believe this event WILL set back nuclear power progress a solid decade, perhaps more. Perception will trump reality again.
    17 Mar 2011, 02:09 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    I am so frustrated. Worry about nukes and forget it's St. Pats day and my Birthday. Sheesh talk about side tracked.

     

    Something beautiful to finish the day with.

     

    www.youtube.com/watch?...
    17 Mar 2011, 12:11 PM Reply Like
  • Joseph L. Shaefer
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    A quick birthday wish to a 20-year Marine on my way from our mini-vacation back to the office...

     

    I don't know but I been told

     

    Someone here is gettin' old

     

    1,2,3,4,1,2: Sound Off, Gades!!!

     

    SEMPER FI, DG.
    17 Mar 2011, 12:23 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    LOL, ditto, Joseph...

     

    And DG, pass the word to the Marines...

     

    Us civilians appreciate them laying it on the line for us.
    17 Mar 2011, 02:11 PM Reply Like
  • lower98th
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    A voluntary evacution of US dependents from military bases: www.stripes.com/news/p...

     

    “The order of departure: Women and children first, non-essential person second, essential personnel third, and then me,” Gardner said during a broadcast on the base command channel.
    17 Mar 2011, 12:23 PM Reply Like
  • optionsgirl
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    Happy Birthday! Happy St. Patrick's Day. Drink a green beer, it's good for you!
    17 Mar 2011, 12:29 PM Reply Like
  • optionsgirl
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    Obama is moving forward on a no fly zone in Libya.
    17 Mar 2011, 02:03 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    While the last rebel strong hold is falling. How wonderful the timing.

     

    Fiddling while the world burns, or should we update that to: golfing while the world burns.

     

    Sorry but my disgust of the mans leadership skills is showing through. He seems late to every crisis.
    17 Mar 2011, 03:39 PM Reply Like
  • acehart
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    What leadership qualities. We saw his expertise a while ago with the BP leak. Man can't handle it and is either getting bad advice or spineless. Either way he is a one term pres.

     

    ACE
    17 Mar 2011, 03:53 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    Voldemort's ego emits a blinding radiation...
    18 Mar 2011, 07:35 AM Reply Like
  • lower98th
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    Josh Hayes is getting cranky: seekingalpha.com/insta...
    17 Mar 2011, 02:04 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Happy B-Day, Guns!

     

    A birthday should always be a joyous occasion,
    Family and friends; obvious invasion.
    Duplicate gifts, you don’t even like,
    If you complain, might get a strike.

     

    One simple day, placed on display,
    Carefully observed, for signs of decay.
    Dishonest smiles, they don’t mingle in truth,
    As if you were the only, losing your youth.

     

    At such a wise age, everything seems so clear,
    Excuse to celebrate, they all came for beer.
    Deep down inside, you know that they care,
    Your Zoo is unique, normal is rare.

     

    17 Mar 2011, 02:26 PM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    OG asked me a wonderful question:

     

    How do these spent rods compare to the bombs dropped in Japan in WW2? Do you have any idea?

     

    So I investigated and here is what I found:
    I suspected the POTENTIAL with respect to radiation contained in those reactors and spent fuel rod pounds would be somewhat greater than the bombs dropped in WW II… ACK!

     

    Each of those Fukushima reactors contains the radioactivity of about 1,000 Hiroshima bombs," said Ira Helfand, MD, an expert on radiation exposure in Leeds, Massachusetts, and a board member of the group Physicians for Social Responsibility, referring to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II.

     

    All Radiation is not alike:
    A breached nuclear reactor can throw off other dangerous particles, each with its own adverse effects on the body. "Strontium-90 is absorbed (concentrated in) by bone, which leads to bone cancer and leukaemia," "Cesium-137 spreads throughout the body but favours muscle tissue. Plutonium [if present] is primarily toxic when inhaled and causes lung cancer."

     

    Each particle’s half-life also affects risk. For iodine-131, it is eight days; for strontium-90, it's twenty nine years. tinyurl.com/4ap9r7q

     

    So basically, if strontium-90 blows over land (!)
    If it blows over Tokyo or other major cities (!!!)

     

    Of course all of this radiation potential would not be released unless one of the containment vessels actually blows up… However, the spent fuel rods are not in a containment vessel… if they catch fire a significant amount of their radiation would be released into the environment. Some locally, some in particulate matter which would spread with the winds and settle on everything. That's everything including farm land, cows, buildings, people and so on.

     

    The Effects of Concentration:
    Continuous exposure to small amounts of electromagnetic radiation are not likely to be harmful. So you could live in a building made out of radioactive bricks and not have problems.

     

    The problem occurs if you are exposed to a continuing stream of small radioactive particles. If those are inhaled, they will accumulate in the lungs.

     

    This is similar to what happened in the Gulf oil spill. The oil gets massively diluted [like radioactive particles in the atmosphere], but fish and filter feeders inhale the diluted oil, and over time, its concentrated to a lethal level in the lungs and in the filter feeders.

     

    Other examples of the concentration effect are black lung disease and asbestos in your home. Asbestos in your home is not harmful so long as its not disturbed. However, if the asbestos is disturbed, small particles are created, and you inhale them where they concentrate in your lungs.

     

    Strontium-90 gets concentrated in cows when their feed includes radioactive particles. Now you have radioactive milk which gets repeatedly ingested by babies.

     

    Analysis of Risk Assessment:
    The events at these power plants make you think about risk assessment and priority alignment at Tokyo Electric. It seems they ignored the threat concerning those spent fuel rod ponds in favour of concentrating on the reactors. Was management more focused on saving company assets as opposed to focusing on the seemingly greater threat to the publics heath represented by those spent fuel rod ponds loosing their covering water?

     

    My question is, of course, unfair since I am looking at their behaviour with the perfect vision of 20/20 hind-sight. But I would have thought that in their emergency planning sessions, the issue of the dangers of those spent fuel rod ponds containing more fuel then the reactors themselves would have been apparent.

     

    I would have thought when Tokyo Electric told the world that the explosions in the outside containment buildings were irrelevant that they would have mentioned that the spent fuel rod ponds were located at the top of those exploded containment buildings. And as a result it was possible that their cooling systems had been damaged. I would have thought they would have sent inspection teams up there to investigate. If they did, the results of those investigations were apparently not passed on to supervising institutions, or if they were, the information was not made available to the public. Which of course raises questions with respect to this company and the goverments honesty with resepect to informing the public of serious safety issues... Withholding information has the habit of coming back and biting you.

     

    I am sorry for these long posts.. normally I would put comments like this in a focused insta.. but I still can't publish instas...
    17 Mar 2011, 02:53 PM Reply Like
  • Dialectical Materialist
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    If a nuke gets droppped on the reactor and violently distributes the dangerous radioactivity you describe, I will sit up and take notice. If some particles are simply carried on the wind, I will understand that the risks remain orders of magnitude greater in my locality that I will get struck by a neighbor's car than taken down by Strontium-90.

     

    I'm not saying they should build a theme park on the reactor site, but I'm still not seeing anything that has me even a little worried for the health of those in Tokyo, much less the US.

     

    Your dispersal analogy to the oil spill is apt. And in this case these tiny particles disperse very quickly outside of the immediate area. A kilogram of plutonium, if universally distributed could kill every man woman and child on the planet. It's that deadly even in such small concentrations. Yet we go on living. Why? because highly radioactive particles which are light enough to travel get blocked by matter as thin as paper and heavier radioactive components simply don't travel that far.

     

    Going back to a theme from earlier, I would be more worried about the risk of radiation from the rolling X-ray vans than I would be from a cloud of radioactive steam that was miles away.

     

    You have given great information about this event, User. I just think we all need to put risk of exposure to any of this gnarliness into perspective.
    17 Mar 2011, 04:01 PM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    I totally agree DM, it’s very important to put these issues into an appropriate perspective. It's the process of active discussion that drives understanding.

     

    I see I should have made a clearer distinction between external and internal sources of radiation. External radiation is akin to things like X rays or Gamma rays. The workers at the reactor sites are having difficulties approaching those sites and working in the control rooms. That's because some of the reactors and particularly one of the spent fuel rod pools is giving off large amounts of external radiation, radiation that would pierce their protective suits, radiation that kills in minutes. Dangers from external types of radiation are strictly localized to the sites and their immediate vicinity.

     

    Highly radioactive particles that are light enough to travel pose no external radiation threat, and can indeed be blocked by a piece of paper. However, when I was referring to dangers from radioactive particulate matter I was referring to small particles that have been rendered radioactive by exposure to electromagnetic radiation, or small particles of the actual physical fuel elements that would be created in an explosion or a fire.

     

    In this situation the danger is not external radiation, the danger is internal radiation. Internal radiation concerns entry into a biological unit. For example, plants can absorb radiation with their intake of water. Animals can absorb radiation through an orifice - breathing or eating. In these situations the radioactive materials can become Intimately mixed with the plant or animal. For example, Strontium 90 is absorbed into bone.

     

    We know that the small particles will be carried on the wind, and we know that the further away from the accident site, the more dispersed the particles. Therefore, what's the concern if the density of those tiny particles is low?

     

    The problem is concentration through the food chain. During the 50s when everyone was testing nuclear bombs in the open or underground, small radioactive particles containing Strontium 90 (and other radioactive elements) were carried into the atmosphere. Those small particles were then circulated by winds around the world. The density of those particles was very low. You could hardly detect the radiation. The problem occurred as the small particles dropped from the sky with rain.

     

    Strontium 90 has a chemical similarity with calcium. Unable to distinguish between calcium and Strontium 90, plants took in the Strontium isotope from rainfall, and animals, such as dairy cows, ate the plants. When people drank the milk, they received a dose of the Strontium 90 that the cows had ingested. In addition, human and animal bone does not distinguish between calcium and Strontium 90, so its directly absorbed into the bones.

     

    Was there any real danger? I have seen arguments for and against. However, the fundamental issue concerns the perception of danger. People will be strongly concerned if their children end up with Strontium 90 in their bones. Its not supposed to be there, so the concern is quite real. Reality is perception.

     

    I also looked at the Chernobyl accident.
    First of all I want to make it clear that the situation in Japan is no Chernobyl. At its worse, it's not going to be a Chernobyl. However, Chernobyl provides another example.

     

    Radioactive fallout from the accident settled on Northern Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and the northwestern part of the former USSR. Iceland is more than 1,000 miles away from Chernobyl, and Iceland's radioactivity level was almost negligible. However, some of that radiation fell to the earth in rain. Plants like lichen act like a sponge, and absorb nutrients from the air and from falling rain. So the Lichen, acting as a concentrator, absorbed Cesium-13. In this area of the world, there is a semi-nomadic people who raise reindeer for food. The reindeer fed on the lichen which was contaminated by radiation. So heavily contaminated was the meat that these people were forced to round up and slaughter their herds.

     

    Did they have to slaughter their herds? Well, if they ate the reindeer, they would be ingesting a lot of Cesium-137 which is associated with cancer. Was the danger real? In this situation, I would argue yes because of the amount of Cesium-137 in the meat. But even if some scientific organization said the meat was ok, would people feed that meat to their children?

     

    My primary concern about the dangers of internal radiation are with the Japanese homeland, and perhaps China. I think these areas are most likely to suffer the effects of small amounts of radioactive materials falling with the rain and being absorbed into plants where it will then enter the food chain.
    17 Mar 2011, 09:32 PM Reply Like
  • Dialectical Materialist
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    I read a reference to a study (it might have been on wikipedia on the topic Strontium-90 or it may have been elsewhere) where they tested children's lost baby teeth in the 1950's and found elevated levels of SR90 in the teeth of a surprising number. They tracked these folks and those who died of cancer before they were 50 had had double the concentration of SR90 in their teeth compared to those who didn't. It isn't causal proof, but it is alarming.

     

    So I think I have a better appreciation for what you're talking about now. I wouldn't wish an elevated cancer risk on anyone, but from the perspective of "how Japan will survive this", this seems almost a relief.

     

    As an aside, I was talking with someone who said radiation scares him because he is scared to death of cancer... Then he lit another cigarette...

     

    Hopefully with wise environmental management and clear headed thinking, the Japanese will mitigate their risks going forward.

     

    17 Mar 2011, 11:52 PM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    Here is one link to the results of that study DM.
    tinyurl.com/49kv3qf
    18 Mar 2011, 05:27 AM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Anybody a tad bothered by the ramifications of the Durbin Ammendment?

     

    Seems the banks hate this idea, and will likely lower the limit on charges made using a debit card to $50.00. Banking industry predicts it will lose $12 billion in swipe fees.

     

    The retailers love the idea, because they will only be charged 12 cents per swipe. But just try buying your daughter's prom dress for less than $50.00. Morons! They will be losing sales.

     

    But little old us, will likely no longer have free checking, and will also be charged all kinds of other sneaky charges and fees.

     

    Just try filling your tank up with a $50.00 limit. Grocery shopping?

     

    If the government's goal is to get people to reduce their exposure to credit, then why are they penalizing those who use debit cards, which basically is cash?

     

    Won't this also challenge another goal to increase the velocity of money?

     

    Morons!

     

    money.msn.com/credit-c...

     

    Direct link to Senator Durbin, in case you want to send along your opinion:

     

    durbin.senate.gov/show...

     

    17 Mar 2011, 03:08 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    Turban Durbin is a waste of oxygen.
    17 Mar 2011, 03:13 PM Reply Like
  • lower98th
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    User, that is pretty terrifying to contemplate. No wonder you don't hear it on MSM. And about those rods. I studied the diagrams of the containment building and cores; then the photos of the damaged buildings. It looks as if the structure holding the rods is gone. In which case, as Maya noted, the rods could be spread around the site like pixie sticks. But maybe I have the elevation with relation to ground level wrong.
    17 Mar 2011, 03:12 PM Reply Like
  • lower98th
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    www.philstockworld.com.../

     

    A diagram and schematic in this article.
    17 Mar 2011, 03:20 PM Reply Like
  • acehart
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    DG

     

    Guns, First prayers are with your son so please keep us advised. Now still have a beer on me, enjoy your birthday. Watching updates minute by minute and i will heed your advice.

     

    Also make sure you let the wife know of our concern as well.

     

    I am assuming QE3 AND 4 are no brainers now as Japan can't cash in their treasuries and essentially kill our financial economy yet. I have heard last night that in fact the will vigorously be buying instead. That makes no sense but somehow Benny WILL accomodate them for OUR well being!!

     

    Thoughts?

     

    ACE
    17 Mar 2011, 03:14 PM Reply Like
  • Freya
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    a beautiful pic and a biggg mouth, forget the cabbage, bring on the corned beef, please.

     

    btw I hate Lean cb, the fat is where the flavor is, Happy St. Pats
    17 Mar 2011, 03:55 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Freya: Same with bacon. Lean bacon sucks. Lean hamburger sucks. Steaks without marbling, I let others buy. If I could eat a peach with pork fat in it, I'd eat more peaches!

     

    ####

     

    Get in a war? DOW futures up 78.
    17 Mar 2011, 09:44 PM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    I am so paranoid about this market that I am wondering if today is a bull trap… The Nikkei was down, the S&P is up? Are we being set up for a Friday massacre? Or are we up because POMO is buying?

     

    I just bought some SDS as a small hedge… but if the market tanks, its not going to be enough… I am having a great deal of difficulty reading this market.
    17 Mar 2011, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Reading the market is like reading whats happening in Japans nukes right now. This is a frightened market. Hoping it does not get panicked.

     

    If they do not get a handle on the rods soon, it will become a fire that spews radioactive material that will be worse than Chernoble since there will be 5 , YES FIVE, additional nuclear reactors that will be abandoned right there to add to the conflagration as the radiation soars. When the other FIVE run dry you can add them to the conflagration. NO ONE will ever live in Tokyo again that is alive today. Just my humble opinion.

     

    I am not a nuclear physicist and do not play one on TV but I am taking this issue very seriously and paying a lot of attention since I have a son that is headed right there in harms way. TEPCO has been behind the power curve on every issue that has come up here. Seems they and BO have a lot in common in my book.

     

    Build an extension cord many days after the problem started. I thought this was initially a joke. This just seems like a bunch of nerds trying to throw technolgy at the problem when simple common sense would have worked a lot better. I certainly can not second guess every decision since I do not have all the facts and issues but fly in a generator and put it on site at the extension cord plug in point and you do not need days to build an extension cord, 2 hours and you have power.

     

    They have generators on site but the fuel was washed away by the tsunami, so fly in fuel in a helicopter and start them. Could have been done on day one of this whole sorry story. I am so baffled buy what appears to be utter imcompetence that I think this thing is going to go badly because the management is that stupid.

     

    So any way User I am having bad feelings too but not just about the market.
    17 Mar 2011, 05:00 PM Reply Like
  • Dialectical Materialist
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    I don't want to discount the risk to those in harm's way. Nor do I want to ignore the bravery of men and women like your son and the engineers on site doing what they can to get this under control. But Strontium-90 gives off Beta radiation. This means I could have SR90 in my old heavy steel file cabinet in my office and the walls of metal would likely block the radiation from getting out. Certainly a foot of cinderblock would block it. This is different from alpha radiation (which can't get through cardboard) or Gamma radiation which takes something very heavy like a lot of rock of some lead to stop it. Local exposure to this is deadly. This is nothing to be toyed with and they should work to stop this soon. But a quarter inch of aluminum will shield from the beta radiation given off by strontium 90, and that is why they use metal roofs on the containment structures. It's like a chained up dog -- not too harmful if you are out of its range, but as soon as you step inside its sphere of influence, you are in hot water.

     

    Tokyo, and most of Japan, in fact, will get through this just fine. I say this and I don't even like nuclear power! It's not worth the risk in my book, but what the actual risk is in this case needs to be born in mind. Like the gulf oil spill, there will be an environmental impact. It may be substantial and long lasting in the immediate vacinity. But this is not a nation killer, nor a global disaster.
    17 Mar 2011, 05:19 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Rethink that right after you read this. Know what MOX is. This is why they have been paying attention to nuke # 3. If it goes....well kiss Tokyo good-bye.

     

    news.cnet.com/8301-113...
    17 Mar 2011, 05:27 PM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    Take a look at some of the links VB posted and you'll like nukes alright, but you'll dislike even more the politicians and bureaucracy that limits the potential of human endeavor. One of them has a terrific video that gives history, explains technology, ... all in about 30 minutes of very entertaining fast-paced dialog and diagrams.

     

    Demonstrated long ago by ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratories) was MSR (Molten Salts Reactors, IIRC) that are almost 100% safe. They can be implemented right now.

     

    Also, I've posted links to (LTBR) technology is safer, but not as simple or as safe as MSRs.

     

    But LTBR technology has the advantage of fitting within the constraints of existing political bias and bureaucratic infrastructures.

     

    MHO,
    HardToLove
    17 Mar 2011, 05:30 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    A little more reading on the (MOX), uranium and plutonium at the #3 reactor and in the pool beside the # 3 reactor.

     

    www.lifeslittlemysteri.../
    17 Mar 2011, 06:15 PM Reply Like
  • Dialectical Materialist
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    I disagree. Yes, Plutonium is dangerous. No, a leak in Northern Japan doesn't guarantee the demise of Tokyo.
    17 Mar 2011, 07:02 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Into another war we go.

     

    No-fly zone approved.

     

    Futures down.
    17 Mar 2011, 07:25 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Hopefully we can just direct the Arabe league onto targets and not have to fly this. Launch the Arab League.
    17 Mar 2011, 07:51 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Hopefully, you're right, DG. Why did NATO wait until Khadafi has retaken so much of Lybia?

     

    17 Mar 2011, 08:02 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    DM I agree it does not guarantee the demise but at only 170 miles away its not out of reach. If worst case comes about and they lose this battle and every possible rod is burning, kiss tokyo goodbye. It won't just be Strontium-90. This is an island and the winds change all the time. It will blow that crap everywhere. Tokyo with all that heat rising off the cement there will be a magnet for that crap.

     

    If they loose this battle and it ends up with 6 reactors and 6 pools of rods melting down and another massive storage pool of rods involved we are talking about nearly 600,000 rods casting off radiation. That is worst case scenario. I have not heard how many are MOX but that is not going to help matters that its less than 10% because the heat from that conflagation is going to be intense. There is a reason unit 3 gets all the attention. It is the pandoras box.

     

    On a side note. They finished the extension cord but can not hook it up because the electrical panel is heavly damaged so now they have to fix the panel before they can hook up the extension cord. Could they not have been fixing the panel while the cord was manufactured. This is another example of why I said management has thier head up thier a$$. They are trying so hard to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory while men sacrafice their very life to get the job done. Its pathetic. It must be someones kin folk that got the job because of connections not skills.

     

    I hpe and pray your right in this situation buy I have always been someone that looks at worst case scenario to decide my options. I see this one as pretty bad and I do not want to put a happy face on it till we actually can. With this management team I find that hard to do at present.
    17 Mar 2011, 08:15 PM Reply Like
  • lower98th
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    Mother Jones, on mechanics and effects of a core melt-down.

     

    motherjones.com/enviro...

     

    Could impact area the size of "several northeastern (US) states."
    17 Mar 2011, 08:27 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    My point precisely. The down side of this is not good. Unfortunately there seems to be a lack of leadership running the show so that puts us in a situation where the probability's are leaning for worst case.

     

    I pray it does not come to that but I guess my faith is wavering.

     

    Remembered spell check this time.

     

    Next trip into the plant....make the managers drive.
    17 Mar 2011, 08:37 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    All talk no walk. Would you expect anything less from politicians. Lets send them in first....tied to the missles.
    17 Mar 2011, 09:18 PM Reply Like
  • Dialectical Materialist
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    "They finished the extension cord but can not hook it up..."

     

    I thought you were going to say there wasn't an available plug. I hate that when that happens.
    17 Mar 2011, 11:54 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    DM, that pretty much is what happened. When they got there the box (plug) was damaged or gone. This would be funny if it was not so damn serious. They raised their threat level to 5 last night. I am not sure how that measures in response to our system.

     

    I hope the govt of Japan takes a real hard look at this company if they are running other nuke facilities around Japan. They need a new company to handle these things in Japan.
    18 Mar 2011, 06:34 AM Reply Like
  • Dialectical Materialist
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    Humor and tragedy are often hard to tell apart. There is a theory that laughter is actually the release of "fight or flight" tension that is let go when your cognitive mind realizes your primitive mind's reaction to a perceived threat is overblown. So something incongruous is seen in the initial instance as something horrific and only later harmless.

     

    By reverse correlation, sometimes humor can be used as a way to cope with that for which there is no rational means of wrapping one's head around. I think that is where my wise-crack came from. This looming dark possibility is too much too comprehend, and carrying it around for the last week has taken a toll on a lot of people I know. I can only imagine how exhausting this must be for folks in Japan. I hope we'll see some good news about progress soon.
    18 Mar 2011, 11:40 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    After sending this on PM I thought I might need to send it out to all the Renegades and our followers. It seems very appropriate today and I appreciate the birthday wishes and concern for Daniel.

     

    So from me...to you...my friends...god bless

     

    An Irish blessing for everyone here.

     

    www.bing.com/videos/wa...
    17 Mar 2011, 03:59 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Guns: Don't forget to enjoy your B-day. Rip a cork, rip a tab, get ripped!
    17 Mar 2011, 08:41 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Your late. I even forgot to use spell check previously and it obviously shows. Must be the beers.

     

    Tonight its George Killians Irish Red. Working on # 8 right now. hic* and suppers not even ready. Pulled maple syrup taps and buckets tonight. Its done. Loved it but relieved its over.

     

    Now there is no spell check.

     

    Another song for the days we are a wasting.

     

    www.youtube.com/watch?...
    17 Mar 2011, 08:47 PM Reply Like
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    Sounds like an UP day tomorrow? G7 acting in concert.

     

    From Australia:

     

    SYDNEY | Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:35pm EDT
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Group of Seven rich nations on Friday agreed to join in rare concerted intervention to restrain a run-away yen, hoping to calm global markets after a wild week of often panic selling.
    The U.S. dollar immediately surged over a full yen to 80.73 yen, leaving behind a record low of 76.25 hit on Thursday. Japan's Nikkei share index climbed 2.5 percent, recouping some of the week's stinging losses.
    The G7 agreement to jointly intervene to sell yen came as a surprise to many as sources had suggested they would only give Japan a green light to go it alone.
    Japan's Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda said the Bank of Japan had begun to sell yen at 12:00 a.m. GMT (8:00 p.m. EDT) and other central banks from the G7 would intervene as their markets opened.
    17 Mar 2011, 09:29 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    That means dollar down, metals up. However its all manipulatd so it means nothing. I want the market to lead me by the hand. The market is much prettier than the G7 leaders. Hic* on # 9 now but suppers over and ole dan tuckers just standing looking.
    17 Mar 2011, 09:55 PM Reply Like
  • thistimeitsforreal
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    BCOND looking like a real dud since I bought in a couple weeks ago. Does anyone have reason to believe this is a good one to hold on to? I'm looking to liquidate something and grab some of that recommended CAVO and was thinking about abandoning ship on BCOND.

     

    That AXPW.OB recommended the other day has already jumped from .88 to .95. 8% jump in just a couple of days. Darn good pick there. I got in at .92. Hoping this CAVO is another one of those.
    17 Mar 2011, 10:22 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    4Real: I chose to sell BCOND today, for a loss. Was positively positive this stock should have risen off the technical buy I saw two days ago, when I added. I was wrong. And appologize to anyone I encouraged to believe this stock is a winner. It will eventually be. But it has to "fill the gap" as Hard is so brilliant about his research, and his filling the gap theory.

     

    Also cautioned about getting into Beacon Power, after the reverse 10:1 split. Check the charts. Tomorrow I will post some TA about this stock. I will own it again.

     

    No one here in Quick Chat can predict with likely even 70% accuracy about establishing thereabout new positions that will take off from that point of purchase. But as a gang, I still believe we outperform the guessings of most major trading houses.

     

    And so, Axion Power is doing great. Capstone, too. ATPG could go ballistic, if they get permits. But if they don't, because Uncle Sammy is afraid ATPG doesn't have the billions if they have a leak, may not get those permits. High risk, high reward. Yet could get trampled. Possibly why the CEO is over there doing deals, off the shores of Isreal.

     

    I sugggest that any stock you want to invest in, that you check recent insider buying, versus selling. One of my favorite barometers. Especially if long term hold is your investing thesis.

     

    Suggestion. Go into Blackrock and see what they are doing. Have to follow my own idea, moreso. These guys kick butt.
    18 Mar 2011, 01:13 AM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    The market was up before the G7 acted. They are just riding the wave of a positive market move and claiming credit for it. The G7 has been ineffective for years.
    17 Mar 2011, 10:50 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Blurb on gold over at mineweb. Talking about black swans, currency devaluation and golds climb up.

     

    www.mineweb.com/minewe...
    18 Mar 2011, 06:48 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    This on how many rods are at the plant in Japan. 600,000 estimated rods. My wife is getting as cynical as me. She said once they get the electrical box fixed they will find the extension cord is 6 feet to short. Frustration level in our house is well past 5 on a 1-7 scale you could say.

     

    www.infowars.com/alert.../
    18 Mar 2011, 08:27 AM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    India buying Iranian oil with gold:

     

    www.mineweb.com/minewe...
    18 Mar 2011, 09:25 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Maya, That does not bode well for the dollar.

     

    Seems silver is up today and I expect GPL will be too. Looks like we are past the $34 dollar battle lines and moving up towards $35 now. I would assume that the G7 will print like crazy to support the yen now so Benny just got some buddies to join him in the mad printer department.

     

    Shortages at Just in Time facilities are being effected and shut downs are begining at certain manufacturing locations. Expect that to continue for some time.

     

    Evacuation zone expanded in Fukushima to 30 kilometers. I wonder where all these people are going to go. No gas to go anywhere as it is. Have not heard of any fuel shipments to Japan yet I guess I need to start googling for it.
    18 Mar 2011, 09:37 AM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Making things worse, I'm saw on CNBC that gas stations are only allowing 2.5 gallons per purchase. Have a hard time beleiving that one, though.
    18 Mar 2011, 10:05 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Maya, 20 liters, about 5 gallons is what Japanese TV was saying. Unless they have cut that in half since we last saw that. Don't know for sure.
    18 Mar 2011, 10:51 AM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Sheesh! My shares of TAMO are now up 80%!
    18 Mar 2011, 09:40 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    80% or 8%. Not sure if your talking about today or overall. Looks like 8% today.
    18 Mar 2011, 09:53 AM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Dang! This little cookie is now up 100%.
    18 Mar 2011, 11:03 AM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Overall. Shares obtained Feb. 6. Only 2000 shares. But fun! Tamm Oil and Gas will not be ready to roll until, I believe, 2015, or 2016.
    18 Mar 2011, 10:03 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    A big increase of 4-5 earthquakes all around the ring of fire. Even Ohio had a 2.6. I have not watched this but for a few days so I have nooooo idea what normal is.

     

    quakes.globalincidentm.../
    18 Mar 2011, 10:09 AM Reply Like
  • Freya
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    Ho, ho

     

    Japanese officials are contemplating "Burial" of the complex.

     

    Seems like I've seen this "somewhere" before :)
    18 Mar 2011, 10:45 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Yes and the price of lead went through the roof then. That would bode well for silver miners that have lead.

     

    I remember 25 lbs of lead shot going from around $11 to over $50 for reloading shotguns. I have no idea what the market price for lead was then.
    18 Mar 2011, 10:49 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Another thought on that Freya is they have 3 melted cores and 2 possible fractured containment cores that burying them would seem like the most practical solution since they are going to sit there leaking until something is done. One is the # 3 core which is the worst of the situation. They would need a lot more lead than they did with chernobyl to bury 2 or possibly 3 reactors.

     

    I think the fact that there is talk about this indicates there might be some serious consideration to do just that. Obviously they can not just let those reactors just sit there leaking all over the place especially # 3. I guess we have to see if they can stop the problem first however since they still have not done that.

     

    Miners who produce lead should get a big jump however if they go with burying these units and the more units they bury the bigger the jump. I just hope they get these problems resolved soon so that burial can at least be an option.
    18 Mar 2011, 01:52 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    (BCOND) has just hit a two year low. Normally, I'd be buying back in, but it appears some trading house is liquidating. Money flow index out is at the highest it's been during the past two years.

     

    They did just sastify NASDAQ terms to remain being listed. Seems to be bouncing of the $1.78 two year low. Below is the fourth quarter report:

     

    www.globenewswire.com/...
    18 Mar 2011, 10:50 AM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    Here is twist I had not thought of:

     

    Nissan Motor Co. said Friday it is checking vehicles made in Japan for traces of radioactive material in the wake of the difficulties experienced at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
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    18 Mar 2011, 10:54 AM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    P & G announced price increase coming for detergent and Pampers(?).

     

    I doubt they'll give raises to their workers to offset that increase and niether will othr businesses in the U.S. ... yet?

     

    I'm sure glad the Fed told us we have little inflation and that oil prices would not flow through to the economy over all.

     

    Well, that's what "Mr. B" said.

     

    HardToLove
    18 Mar 2011, 11:00 AM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reports that “All the available information continues to indicate Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories, and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity,” despite the reports of low concentrations of radioactive particles heading eastward from Japan.

     

    While the NRC expects radiation levels to increase in subsequent days because radioactive emissions from the Fukushima plant have grown, the Centres for Disease Control remains confident that there will be no serious health consequences here in the U.S.
    tinyurl.com/4lr5559

     

    ----------------------...
    We will be seeing comments of this sort more frequently in the coming days. The authorities are making claims of no harmful effects because the radiation levels are so low due to dilution in the atmosphere. This claim is correct with respect to the IMMEDIATE danger from EXTERNAL radiation effects, the kind of radiation most people are familiar with.

     

    However, atmospheric dilution can be counteracted by re-concentration in plants which are then ingested. Damage caused by internal radiation are delayed. In the Chernobyl reindeer example, the problem was apparent within a year of the radiation entering the food chain. In the Strontium-90 example, proof of the dangers of radiation contamination of the food chain was not realised until decades passed. (see previous comment for descriptions of these examples}

     

    The Media is constantly complaining that Japanese authorities have not been forthright with releasing pertinent information. Yet the Media does not recognise that the NRC, and the Centres for Disease Control [CDC] are also withholding pertinent information. The NRC and CDC know about the adverse effects of internal radiation, so ignorance is not an excuse for their failure to inform the public. I believe ignorance is the reason for the Media's failure to recognize that the NRC and CDC are also not being completely forthright with respect to the release of pertinent information.

     

    So many people depend on being spoon-fed information from the Media that they have lost the skills and desire to independently dig-out information. This is a skill that should be taught in our schools. A well informed public is the first defence against tyranny.
    18 Mar 2011, 02:02 PM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    Here's a little tech update for this group.

     

    As mentioned previously NXPI is an interesting tech play if you're looking for the next big trend in tech. Here are a few updates on NFC technology. Pay uses NXPI's technology and Google, RIMM, and others have adopted it. BRCM has a competing product but is less entrenched.

     

    Recently NXPI fell on expectation their NFC would be in iPad 2 and rumors that Apple will not adopt NFC for their next iPhone. There is now conflicting rumors on that. There is no need for NXPI to be in iPhone immediately to do very well. NXPI is being developed for a number of handsets already and is the de Facto leader, although everyone likes cherries on top of their dessert.

     

    NXPI should rise as NFC becomes a multi-billion dollar reality.

     

    www.nearfieldcommunica.../

     

    www.appleinsider.com/a...
    18 Mar 2011, 02:05 PM Reply Like
  • nsach
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    Sounds very interesting!
    18 Mar 2011, 04:33 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    From looking at the historical spot price of lead over the period of chernobyl it would appear that the lead price doubled from about 25 cnts to 50 cents. Looks like hopes of making a mint on lead miners wont work out so well. Now I am thinking I was robbed on lead shot back then or the historical prices does not reflect a much larger bump during that period.

     

    It is difficult searching for lead on the web. you can get two words that mean totally different things. Lead that is PB in the atomic chart and lead that is like "He lead his horse to water." Since the spelling is the same you have to get more creative in finding the right one. I have been lead down the wrong path a lot looking for lead on the net.
    18 Mar 2011, 02:16 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Mercury was always a concern in the sashimi but now the entire fishery may be a problem in the waters off the east coast of Japan if they allow enough of this to spew out and drift down into the ocean just off the coast. I wonder if the ocean will dilute it enough to be of no concern or will only certain fish be effected? Kinda back to your concerns about reconcentration of the diluted radiation User. If it can happen to reign deer I guess fish would fall into that catagory too.
    18 Mar 2011, 02:20 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    ATPG just took off like a bat out of Xibalba!

     

    Hoping this is the news I've been waiting for; 2 drilling permits filled!
    18 Mar 2011, 03:04 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Had to look up Xibalba. Learned something today.
    18 Mar 2011, 03:42 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    short squeeze latest is 6.5 days to cover with over 16,000,000 shares shorted. Shorts this weekend are going to be charting high on Hard's "pucker rater!"
    18 Mar 2011, 03:22 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Manager breaks down crying while he admits they have been lying at TEPCO and predictions are for possible 2% hit to world GDP.

     

    www.zerohedge.com/arti...
    18 Mar 2011, 03:50 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    Dollar index now has a 75 handle. Breachs 2010 low. Hang onto your metals.

     

    Maybe the Indian gold for oil is taking effect already. Good grief Maya.
    18 Mar 2011, 03:59 PM Reply Like
  • Freya
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    Diesel for All vehicles, NG for power plants

     

    Hydrogen Fuel cells

     

    No need to retool the Infrastructure, CO2 emmission problems solved, Foreign Oil Independence is here.

     

    Linc Energy, LNCGY
    18 Mar 2011, 04:01 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    CME report 3/17/11

     

    Silver UP 164,133 oz
    103,962,636 oz start
    104,126,798 oz finish

     

    Gold UP 2,000 oz
    11,026,018 oz start
    11,028,018 oz finish
    18 Mar 2011, 05:00 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Squeeze is on. (ATPG) has popped in AH trading, now up 9.71% and $1.71/share on the day. Hoping this holds!
    18 Mar 2011, 07:10 PM Reply Like
  • Freya
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    water table is being contaminated, produce as well.

     

    small dosage currently But how much is too much and can the Nation survive on anti-radiation treatments?
    19 Mar 2011, 01:08 PM Reply Like
  • Joseph L. Shaefer
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    Freya, I claim no special expertise in this subject area beyond command and deployments where CBN training was essential. But I am fascinated by the article Triple placed in the preamble to this QC. IF true, the levels released thus far are well within the "may not be harmful / may actually be helpful" range. Amazing, if further studies prove it to be accurate, how empirical evidence can turn perception on its head...
    19 Mar 2011, 01:17 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    Distribution of nuclear fallout WITHOUT gigantic forces shooting megatons of radiated materials into the stratosphere (such as occured with surface testing during the 50's with the extraordinarily nasty bombs then deployed) would be physically impossible.

     

    Dispersal via the far less powerful forces at work in the upside-down antique Japanese nuke plants will be much less pronounced (comparison ratios of 8million:1 are what I'm currently hearing for contamination potentials for our West coast, ie, total radiation increases much LESS than one sees whenever an active solar cycle occurs) would indicate that this will not comprise a meaningful fallout problem for our country.

     

    Local problems near the event are another matter, of course, and the danger to the emergency workers cannot be discounted.

     

    That this particular catastrophe should befall the Japanese, of all people, is sadly ironic. The Germans just shut down 7 old reactors (which one assumes share many of the nutball design features of those involved in Japan).
    19 Mar 2011, 09:14 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    That's what I've learned, too, TB. Chernobyl threw toxic clouds up 30,000 feet. Fukashima ~ 1500 feet. Still haven't sussed out the effects of if these reactors take months to get under control.

     

    Did notice today at the grocery store that the bottled water shelves were heavily bought out, here in PA!
    19 Mar 2011, 09:43 PM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    It appears there has been a misinterpretation of Freyas comment today.

     

    "water table is being contaminated, produce as well.
    small dosage currently But how much is too much and can the Nation survive on anti-radiation treatments?"

     

    Based on the timing of Freya's typically brief comment, she was referring to reports by Japanese officials that radiation levels in spinach and milk from farms NEAR the tsunami-crippled facility exceeded government safety limits.

     

    This has significant implications for the people of Japan since Fukushima Prefecture boasts Japan's fourth largest farmland area. Many of the agricultural products grown in Japan, including rice, are produced in Fukushima. The highest level of radiation in the tap water was found in Tochigi Prefecture. Tochigi is also in close proximity to Fukushima Prefecture, and its' agricultural output is also substantial.

     

    The type of radiation they were talking about was iodine-131 and Cesium-137. Iodine-131 is no big deal because it rapidly dissipates. Cesium-137 is a whole different story. NO amount of INGESTED Cesium-137 is safe. Cesium-137 has a half- life of 30 years. Besides its persistence and high activity, cesium-137 has the further insidious property of being mistaken for potassium by living organisms and taken up as part of the fluid electrolytes. This means that it is passed on up the food chain and re-concentrated from the environment by that process.

     

    Yes, people can safely live in brick buildings that emit low levels of radiation. But that is external radiation, not internal radiation. Exposure to internal radiation is known to cause cancer.
    19 Mar 2011, 10:46 PM Reply Like
  • acehart
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    Why are the shelves empty in PA of water???

     

    ACE
    20 Mar 2011, 07:08 AM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    Even alpha radiation, normally blocked by the skin, is long-term deadly when coming from the innards.

     

    HardToLove
    20 Mar 2011, 07:18 AM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    No doubt that the locals near those plants are in trouble. The energy available to create the radioactive leaks at the UD (upside down) nukes is plenty to distribute dangerous fallout locally.

     

    Meltdowns can permanently destroy/contaminate local water tables, because the hot radioactives do more than wreck the containment buildings, they burn through the ferro-concrete floors and embed themselves in the ground. The longer they stay hot, the deeper they penetrate the ground, and the more damage they do both at the surface level and below. Any future remediation will have to include digging down deep enough to interesect any affected water tables and diverting the flow completely around the contaminated site. This takes a lot of time and money, of course, and if the problems are deep enough, may be a BIG problem.
    20 Mar 2011, 08:26 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    The disaster that could change things is #3 and its pools of rods. The rest of the radiation can be delt with relatively with minimal damage. I am wondering what they are going to do with these reactors. I believe they will have to bury them once they get them to cool down but if they can not get water pumped into them they could smolder a long time and burn throught the bottom of the containment vessel as some have talked about. That will throw off a lot more radioactive material then and it will go from bad to worse.

     

    I would assume the water table is not very far down since they are so close to the ocean. Lots of radioactive steam with plutonium and uranium, bad stuff not just iodine and cesium, would be released with a very long half life. As that built up in streams and rivers and the food chain it would just contunue to get worse. I am hoping we do not find out how bad it will get. I am still wondering about the ocean life there. I assume it will build up in the fish higher up the food chain as they consume the smaller contaminated fish.

     

    Fortunately #3 is till hanging in and venting has been postponed for now since the pressue has stabilized. I think its because its leaking but that beats a complete melt down or explosion that blows it apart and sends the rods in the storage tank and the core scattering all over the site releasing vast quantities of plutonium, half life 80 years and uranium, 700 mil year half life if I understand it properly. At that point, there is no going back into the plant and the process of getting control over the other 5 reactors and storage tanks becomes a real problem and could lead to worst case disaster. I do not think they can bury this many reactors quickly enough to prevent a disaster of extreme proportions if that should happen.

     

    Lets hope they can keep a lid on # 3 and its storage pool. I read where they can not indefinately use salt water as the evaporation causes a build up of salt in the tanks and that causes the cooling to be less effective. No idea how long is to long with salt water use.
    20 Mar 2011, 01:29 PM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    Banking consideration of limiting credit card charges and ATM withdrawals just makes you realize how much they have been reaming the consumer. It is strange that banks nowadays (just the big ones mostly) look at how to take money from depositors rather than offer them services to get them to deposit at their institutions.

     

    I guess this is mainly because they don't want your money and don't care as then nowadays become dependent on the Federal Reserve discount window where they can get cheap unlimited amounts of money at a lower cost than paying you interest on your deposit. Depositors have now become just an annoyance and a cost to them. This just shows how backwards Geeenspan and Bernanke has made banking throughout their tenure.
    19 Mar 2011, 01:10 PM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    And if many are like me, shows the banks have found another way to lose money too. One of the CCs I use like a debit card (charge up, based on closing date, float and pay off each month) just hit me with pay off two months in a row to avoid interest. No big bold letters of warning anywhere.

     

    Guess how much use that card will get in the future? Let's see, account maintenance and service costs less 0 earned from merchant or me = a loss on the account.

     

    It'll take them a couple years to cancel me for inactivity since I've been with them for *decades*.

     

    By them I'll have a few better cards in my wallet to replace them. With my credit score, I'll probably get a better rate too, for those small-balance couple of month carries I put on each card every couple of years to keep a record of being able to make scheduled payments.

     

    HardToLove
    19 Mar 2011, 01:58 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    ATPG owners: Here's a post pasted in from Yahoo!

     

    ATPG Hedged/Unhedged production forecast 19-Mar-11 12:31 pm Following is the amount of ATP's oil production which is hedged, and unhedged, according to the hedging schedule that was included in the Feb 22nd JPM presentation.

     

    ----------------------... ------------------------------------------------

     

    Q1 oil production is 1.696,500 barrels (29,000 boe/d x 65% x 90)

     

    Hedged: 653,000 barrels @ $78.47

     

    Unhedged: 1,043,500 barrels @ $98.00 (WTI average pricing for Jan/Feb/Mar + Louisiana delivery premium)

     

    ----------------------... ------------------------------------------------
    Q2 oil production is 1.696,500 barrels (29,000 boe/d x 65% x 90)

     

    Hedged: 819,000 barrels @ $79.75

     

    Unhedged: 877,500 barrels @ $108.00 (WTI average pricing for Apr/May/Jun + Louisiana delivery premium)

     

    ----------------------... -------------------------------------------------
    Q3 oil production is 2,203,200 barrels (36,000 boe/d x 68% x 90) Note: Includes Telemarks third well at 7000 boe/d

     

    Hedged: 736,000 barrels @ $81.63

     

    Unhedged: 1,467,200 barrels @ $104.00. (WTI average pricing for Jul/Aug/Sept. No Louisiana delivery premium. Oklahoma storage will likely be back in balance by summer)

     

    ----------------------... ------------------------------------------------
    Q4 oil production is 2,631,600 barrels (43,000 boe/d x 68% x 90) Note: Includes Telemarks third and fouth well at 7000 boe/d each

     

    Hedged: 828,000 barrels @ $84.40

     

    Unhedged: 1,803,600 barrels @ $104.00. (WTI average pricing for Oct/Nov/Dec. No Louisiana delivery premium)

     

    ----------------------... ------------------------------------------------

     

    Total production presently hedged/unhedged for 2011

     

    3,036,000 barrels of oil hedged (36.9%)
    5,191,800 barrels of oil unhedged (63.1%)

     

    ----------------------... -

     

    Total production presently hedged/unhedged for 2012

     

    1,121,000 barrels of oil hedged (11.8%)
    8,390,000 barrels of oil unhedged (88.2%)

     

    Side notes:

     

    For Q1 and Q2, the above figures are based on 29,000 boe/d of present production at 65% oil.
    Q3 and Q4 numbers, only include added production from the third and fourth Telemark well. It doesn't include any other added production which might come on in 2011 including the Clipper field, or the Gomez fields, or any North Sea production.

     

    For 2012, so far ATP has only hedged 1,121,000 barrels at an average price of $89.37 out of an expected oil production rate of 9,511,800 barrels, which would include the four telemark wells at 7,000 boe/d x 67% oil, and 2 clipper wells, and two gomez wells at 5000 boe/d x 60% oil (could be a low estimate, but staying conservative). Again, this production estimate doesn't include any additional oil production which might come out of the North Sea.

     

    Folks, I seriously doubt there is another E&P out there that can benefit as greatly from the rising price of oil as ATP can.

     

    If we hit the $120.00 price mark by mid summer, ATP can hedge up to 5.2 million barrels in 2011, and 8.4 million barrels at $120.00 plus, which would be amazing!

     

    Things are looking bright! Very bright indeed!

     

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    I agree!
    19 Mar 2011, 03:29 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Link to ATPG short interest chart:

     

    oi51.tinypic.com/264l3...
    19 Mar 2011, 03:32 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    I have been adding ATPG this past week. Steadily.
    19 Mar 2011, 09:23 PM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    OK, news just reported we just attacked Libya with cruise missiles, and looks like NATO did too.

     

    Wonderful. No-Fly Zone and we are hip deep in a civil war in North Africa to protect other folk's oil access.

     

    This could tank Monday's markets like a rock.
    19 Mar 2011, 09:25 PM Reply Like
  • acehart
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    French, Britain, and USA all involved. IMHO i think the markets will be up on Monday , especially if they get Khadaffy...

     

    It seems the Brits are taking the leading role, not us !!!

     

    ACE
    19 Mar 2011, 10:18 PM Reply Like
  • acehart
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    Hi

     

    Many of you are alerting me to a yahoo finance chat group discussion where one individual is having trouble receiving 3 contracts of silver and that the comex are offering him SLV paper with a 70% premium.
    I have no verification as to the authenticity of this. However I am trying to get this individual, if he exists, to contact me.

     

    This came from Harveyorgans blog. Anyone still want to invest in (SLV) ??

     

    And now for our physical ETF's:
    First the Sprott silver fund PSLV:
    the premium to NAV rose big time to 18.53% premium to NAV.
    This is the real price of silver!!!!
    The premium is telling us something big is happening to silver.
    The Sprott gold fund PHYS:
    the premium to NAV rose to 6.69%.
    The Central Fund of Canada which is equal parts gold and silver: saw its premium to NAV rose to 7.1%

     

    It is time to play musical chairs with your money if you own an ETF...THINK ABOUT IT !!! OWN PHYSICAL OR PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

     

    I have seen plenty of posts here never expecting silver to hit $36.00 per ounce already.Silver ONLY dropped to around 34 when people were expecting a number in the 20's... You must ask yourself why?? Why is the ASE'S on backorder for a month??? Hysteria?? Or smart investing??

     

    ACE
    19 Mar 2011, 09:35 PM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    Ahhh so the premium is 70%... we were wondering what the premium was.
    19 Mar 2011, 10:49 PM Reply Like
  • acehart
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    interesting article on REE'S

     

    seekingalpha.com/artic...

     

    A must read for us LYNAS investors

     

    ACE
    19 Mar 2011, 09:42 PM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    Yes, I saw that... I liked the way member Inviolent took the author down a notch or two. Hell we have more information in one of Trips comments that appeared in that entire article.
    19 Mar 2011, 10:55 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    I read that, too. Was ready to revolt. But just went gladiator in (another) worthless PM article a few days ago. So I relented, and parked that article in file 13, along with the surge of many REE SA articles that don't hold a candle to five comments Trip's REE concentrator.

     

    ####

     

    Suggestion pals: Open up a three year S&P chart and see if you notice a multi-year head and shoulders potentially developing. Not like we don't have passels of enabling buckets of $hit to turn this market south.
    19 Mar 2011, 11:30 PM Reply Like
  • acehart
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    USER

     

    i FELT the same way. I guess i am starting to get the hang of this stuff.Maybe we should charge a fee for a newsletter generated by the gades. Hell. the info will be miles ahead of other ones i have seen. FREYA yelling from the rafters!!!! BUY THIS !!!!It is a no brainer.

     

    We can even have a sports section with MAYA'S brackets and i can tell people my Mets are already done this season...

     

    DM can report from inside his state (NEVER LEAVES IT ) with his levity. OG can follow that oil slick around until it hits the east coast.Seems everyone forgot about that little dilemma.

     

    DG can open a gun and fruit stand..."Buy an pistol, get a dozen peaches 1/2 price!!! Don't shop after dark or you will be plucking pellets out of your rump.

     

    You guys get the idea, HTL MULTITASKING GETTING A TURBINE FROM CPST to show off ( maybe some long legged ladies )

     

    ACE
    20 Mar 2011, 06:48 AM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    We had and failed one ~1/20/10 - ~6/10/10 and failure was confirmed as we moved up starting in 9/10.

     

    We could consider that failed one as part of a current left shoulder, using the bump after the right shoulder of that failed one as the left shoulder of the new one.

     

    So another may be forming now, but it would have to penetrate the 200 day SMA (which is ~1184 and rising ~$3.5/wk) by a *huge* amount to even get near to the neckline of a ~7/10 - ~8/30/10 left shoulder (~$1040?). And we have a really long span between that shoulder and the head.

     

    I've not seen anything (of course, I've not seen everything) that addresses time-frames, so I don't know if that is a valid consideration either for or against.

     

    On a shorter time-frame, we could make an argument for a left shoulder in the 11/3/10-12/1/10 period.

     

    But we'd be cutting a lot of slack as to the current head forming as there's still an awful lot of time between the shoulder and the head. But in this one proximity is at least better, so I wouldn't completely discount it. And the distance to a potential neckline is better, the neckline being roughly around the 1175 mark. And since necklines can be sloped, the possibility is certainly there.

     

    Going even shorter, the 1/18-3/15 could be a left shoulder. But every time we have a rise, a top and a reverse, we have the potential to go onto an H&S pattern, so this one is no more or less likely at this time than any other up/down move.

     

    hardToLove
    20 Mar 2011, 08:43 AM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    HTL: Thanks for your interpretation. Yes, as you observed, we have had several failed attempts at a head and shoulders occuring. But I was looking at things a little more long term, again, using a three year chart. Well...actually, a five year chart.

     

    First, I want to admit this is a long shot from occurring. But there could be a head and shoulders forming right now. We have a strong double top neckline support from 1217 on 4/22/10, to 1223 on 11/07/10.

     

    I'm also looking at the next strong neckline of support, which takes us back to before the crash. Although we had already done some plunging in 2008, on January 5, 2009 the S&P closed at 934. The fast plunge then sent us down to the intraday low on March 5 of 666. Afterwhich, we wiggled our way back up to close at 944 on June 1, 2009. Classic bullish reverse head and shoulders pattern. And up from there we sailed.

     

    Given the recent surge in world events, and that POMO is about to run dry, and that most major world indexes have already retreated significantly, we may be in the intitial stages of a significant correction.

     

    If we do drop beneath the near term neckline support, of around 1220, the next major neckline of support is in the 939 area. Below that is another strong neckline beginning 2/5/09 at 868 to the July 09, 09 where the S&P closed at 879.

     

    Speculation: Aug 27, 2009 at 1025 could just be when the left shoulder of the current multi-year head and shoulders pattern began.

     

    Extrapolating this within the scenario that "history rhymes," it took three days less of five months for the S&P 500 to go from closing at 1565 on October 8, 2007 to the intraday March 5, 2008 S&P 666 low.

     

    If we take the recent February 17 high of 1343, and push things out five months less three days, we end up with a low occuring on July 14 this year. Last year we had our year low on July 5th. That's pretty close!

     

    If we do continue on this downturn, which neckline will offer support? The 1220, 939, or 879 level? I don't know, but those are the numbers that for me, leap of the charts.

     

    Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. Taxes + March Madness + world events = busy, busy, busy!
    20 Mar 2011, 04:56 PM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    Maya,

     

    My response is so long and detailed I felt it might be inconsiderate for me to hog bandwidth by posting it here.

     

    I've PM'd it to you, out of consideration to the QC participants.

     

    I don't think we've got enough TA "wonks" on-board that it would be appreciated.

     

    If I'm wrong, a few of you let me know and I'll post it here.

     

    Or Maya you can also post it if you feel it should be on here.

     

    HardToLove
    21 Mar 2011, 07:01 AM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    townhall.com/columnist...

     

    Pat Buchanan with a timely overview. Odd to see the banner of the Bush Doctrine now seized and pushed forward by Voldemort and his Death Eaters.
    19 Mar 2011, 10:09 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Part of me wants to back our nation's initiative to "assist" in stopping the killings and butchery Gadoofus is delivering upon his own citizens. The other part of me thinks that with all the mega billions our nation has spent on protecting foreign oil "assets" during the past 40 years, we maybe should have spent those dollars on (researching) the more expensive yet environmentally safe green energy technologies.

     

    The uber wealthy benefit from warring. The rest of us sacrifice.

     

    ####

     

    Super Moon is looking super here in Philly! Here's a really cool site for you star gazers:

     

    www.neave.com/planetarium/
    19 Mar 2011, 11:48 PM Reply Like
  • nsach
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    Could not agree with you more! Wish there was a way to shift our focus around even now, even with our debt problems.
    20 Mar 2011, 01:57 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Oops! No offense, Ace!
    19 Mar 2011, 11:33 PM Reply Like
  • acehart
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    MAYA. to what??

     

    ACE
    20 Mar 2011, 06:37 AM Reply Like
  • optionsgirl
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    If I told you there is an oily sheen 100 miles long x 10 miles wide, around 20 miles from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, would you believe it?
    20 Mar 2011, 01:29 AM Reply Like
  • Dialectical Materialist
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    I'd be surprised, but I would believe it if the source of the report was trustworthy. Is there such a sheen?

     

    And your question reminded me of the age old country music question, "If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?"
    20 Mar 2011, 02:45 AM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    No operator report?
    20 Mar 2011, 05:26 AM Reply Like
  • yellowhoard
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    Zero Hedge posted last night.
    www.zerohedge.com/arti...

     

    Anyone want to guess why the MSM is burying this one?
    20 Mar 2011, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • Freya
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    MLGAF,

     

    MALAGA

     

    Malaga Inc. owns and operates a mine in Peru and is one of the few companies outside of China that produces tungsten. Malaga is a low cost producer due to the availability of hydroelectric power at its Pasto Bueno property in Peru and has a current production capacity of 500 tpd. Future plans are to increase production and thoroughly explore the property to increase reserves and resources. Malaga also owns 10% of Dynacor Gold Mines /quotes/comstock/11t!e... (CA:DNG 1.73, +0.03, +1.76%) .
    20 Mar 2011, 07:22 AM Reply Like
  • lower98th
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    Perhaps time for a new oil spill insta. There are reports of a spill 100 mi x 10mi in the Gulf of Mexico. One rig in area, and near the supposed "floor fault" 20 mi from the BP well. And on that topic, feds may be pursuing BP case:

     

    "The Times-Picayune is reporting (citing two unnamed sources) that federal investigators have recently “visited the homes” of BP officials to ask questions. That implies many things: Why questions at home instead of an office? Why not at their attorneys’ offices? The answer could simply be that at-home visits create drama: When the feds come knocking, the neighbors notice and so does your family and so do your colleagues.

     

    It’s also interesting because nobody – not even those involved in investor lawsuits againt BP – is accusing the officials of profiting from lowballing the flow estimates. It’s more of a “protect the stock price” allegation.

     

    So the shift to a criminal focus may be, as most speculate, a look into actual charges. But it might also be strategic, driving a wedge between individual executives and the company. Anyone facing an “individual” criminal charge suddenly has a different set of priorities – and legal representation – than those safely inside the corporate cocoon. Either way, it’s an interesting strategy, and we’ll be keeping an eye on where it goes from here.

     

    A very solid story in the Times-Picayune, which does a good job adding context about the investor lawsuits and tracking executive trading, is here: www.nola.com/news/gulf... "
    20 Mar 2011, 08:19 AM Reply Like
  • lower98th
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    www.examiner.com/envir...

     

    article with photo
    20 Mar 2011, 08:22 AM Reply Like
  • Freya
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    The thing about contaminated tap water is that first, the water filtration systems had no affect on it and second that its not the water that carried the radiation but that it passed over/through a radiated spot.

     

    Meanwhile, if the water carried radioactive particles to a location, those particles may be becoming concentrated.
    At this point they should be checking the water filtration plants themselves for radiation.
    20 Mar 2011, 10:55 AM Reply Like
  • tripleblack
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    Correct. The better the filtration, the more concentrated any radioactive contamination. In this case, the more modern and complete the system, the more vulnerable as it performs its function. Most systems are NOT designed to enable the capture and safe removal of radioactive contamination. Instead the system itself might well become a reservoir of concentrated pollution.
    20 Mar 2011, 11:43 PM Reply Like
  • acehart
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    GREAT...

     

    Now i read the nuke plant about 30 miles from me ( indian point ) is either being shut down or is being inspected. We always had a problem with this one and god only knows why my family chose to live within this distance of it. In fact my father was a layman building it and told us of times when horns would go off and men in funny suits use to run all over the place...not them poor slobs though!!

     

    Then it turns out he had Thyroid cancer, Kidney cancer, bone cancer. Wish my mom would of allowed an autopsy but what would it have proved anyway. Just thinking about you Dad

     

    ACE
    20 Mar 2011, 12:17 PM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    We are getting a big rainstorm here in California... I usually love the rain... now I wonder what's in it.

     

    The primary fallout from a nuclear disaster is fear. Knowledge allows people to put fear into perspective. Deception engenders distrust and unwarranted fears.
    20 Mar 2011, 01:30 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    News cycle continues to grow exponentially. The size of the massive blob of new oil is confirmed, but the size is still in question.

     

    Oil appears to be generated by the Matterhorn Well site, operated by W&T Technology. Skimming has been going on now for over a day:

     

    oilspillaction.com/bre...

     

    www.foxnews.com/us/201.../

     

    User: Your theory of how the food chain is becoming affected by the BP oil spill is coming true. Crab and crab larva have measurable amounts of toxicities from Pensacola to Louisianan. Watch the small vid box near the top of linked page:

     

    oilspillaction.com/

     

    And now we have another major spill?
    20 Mar 2011, 02:50 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Last night, as I contemplated how I was becoming exhausted of tracking everything going on seemingly simultaneaously, I began watching the following stunning interview (with one eye shut and the other only half open).

     

    This 2 AM shown interview popped me right back into full attention.

     

    It is Pers Morgan interviewing Isreal president Benjiman Netanyahu about the Fukashima incident, how Isreal wants peace with Palestine, how the Middle East protests began a year and a half ago in Iran, where over a million protesters were suppressed. That this then spread to Lebanon and Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and now Lybia.

     

    Netanyahu said Isreal will no longer pursue nuclear generated electricity and seek more off shore drilling of just discovered natural gas fields; that Ghaddahfi should be done away with and everyone would benefiit. That Iran is a credible military option led preferably by the US to knock out Iran nukes. Said Iran has three enriched nuclear bombs. [Did really hear this?]

     

    Netanyahu evaded the question of if Isreal holds a nuclear aresenal by saying Isreal's policy is to not be the first ME country to use them

     

    Scroll down a third of the page to begin several spellbounding videos I found stunning and alarming. The answers rarely interviewed Netanyahu gave Pers Morgan--though often Morgan was overly confrontational and interruptive--covered a great deal of ground, and to me, were encapsulatiing and most of all, frightening.

     

    piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com//
    20 Mar 2011, 03:15 PM Reply Like
  • H. T. Love
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    Japan will be using tanks with a blade to remove debris. Certain radiation can't penetrate the tank armor and steel.

     

    Progress on electrical connections to #2 and dumping or spraying water on the reactors without roofs now is doing well.

     

    On # 2, inspections of equipment to ensure they are dry, clean and operational are needed before they can start the pumps.

     

    When start is done, needs to be done gently and slowly to ensure that any damage done to piping by the trauma suffered will not be exacerbated by a sudden application of pressure and flow.

     

    Difficulty with number 2 includes the fact that there is no lighting and flash lights are being used for the inspections. That *ought* to be an exaggeration as I think they could at least get portable construction lights set up there. They must have some nearby.

     

    Anyway, from what's coming from NHK World feed, they are progressing to the point of stability and are even talking about turning generation on in # 5 & 6, IIRC, reactors were have no substantial damage - IIRC just equipment that was being used during routine maintenance before the quake hit got knocked over.

     

    HardToLove
    20 Mar 2011, 03:17 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Ace: My belief of why the bottled water shelves were mostly bare is that I live about 10 miles away from the Limerick Nuclear facility, I believe the third largest in the country, and on some list I read, the third most dangerous to live close by.

     

    If a melt down happened at this nuke, Philly would be gone. It the winds were to the northeast, New York City. Southwest, Baltimore, maybe DC.
    20 Mar 2011, 03:26 PM Reply Like
  • acehart
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    MAYA

     

    The plant i spoke about earlier was FIRST on that list !!! Gotcha coming and going i guess....

     

    ACE
    20 Mar 2011, 04:28 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Moreso than Diablo Canyon? Either way, something you and I have to live with.
    20 Mar 2011, 09:15 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Latest "oil spill" could be Mississippi dredging. Check this off the list to worry about.

     

    But don't check off how seafood is being affected by the BP spill. See above mention and link of what's happening to the crabs:

     

    online.wsj.com/article...
    20 Mar 2011, 09:12 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Everyone please move opeartions to the new QuickChat at:

     

    seekingalpha.com/insta...

     

    8888888888888888888888...
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