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  • QuickChat #157, Starting March 9, 2011 [View instapost]
    Sheesh, as Guns pointed out, Shimnoedaki Volcano has resumed erupting. But now, a significant eruption is occurring in far eastern Russia:

    That's not all either, an Indonesia volcano began erupting mere hours after the Japan quake:

    This is getting to be beyond coincidence.
    Mar 13, 2011. 05:48 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #157, Starting March 9, 2011 [View instapost]
    Not only is there a substantial lack of information, what information surfacing is conflicting.

    I've both heard on TV and read that either boron, or boric acid is being added to the seawater. We have the Japanese foreign minister stating that there is little radiation released. We have the minister of finance saying one or more meltdowns is likely. Apparently, one reactor is reported to be only two or three hours away from total meltdown. Then other reports say the seawater is effectively cooling the fuel rods.

    Today, we finally learned that a generator has arrived.

    There is speculation that reactor three at the Fukashimi site may have an hydrogen explosion like reactor one did.

    We have it best "guestimated" that 10,000 people have died, when entire towns with populations much larger have been swept away. With some of these towns only having a 5 to 10 minute warning?

    Things will eventually sort themselves out, I expect.

    Two other theories of grave concern have surfaced, and that is the aftershocks are moving south, closer to Tokyo. The next theory also raises concern because it posits that with the 9.0 earthquake being so large, the theory projects elsewhere around the Ring of Fire there will be another "counter balanced" large earthquake. A big one just happened in New Zealand.

    There has been no mention of the Shinmoedake Volcano erupting on Japan's southern-most island, Kyushu, back on February 1, indicating geologic concerns should have already been raised.

    What is being raised, though, is the levels of speculation, not facts.
    Mar 13, 2011. 12:53 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Humor for the Coming Week [View instapost]
    Thanks, John. Needed this today.

    Here's a short but very funny Brit comedy video titled "My Blackberry Is Not Working."
    Mar 13, 2011. 12:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #157, Starting March 9, 2011 [View instapost]
    Looks like the yen is going to strengthen relative to the dollar, due to repatriation of yen to the homeland.

    Amazingly, DOW futures are up 83.

    The fight with the reactors continues.
    Mar 13, 2011. 10:21 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #157, Starting March 9, 2011 [View instapost]
    OG: Can't help but open down. Uranuim stocks, possibly even utililities that operate nukes, like Constellation Energy, may open down. The dollar should gain against then yen, and the euro, due to the Spain downgrade, with Portugal possibly next.

    Dollar priced commodities should in theory go down.

    But, because massive rebuilding must occur in Japan, copper may actually be up. I expect coal stocks to move upward. The boyz will lift refiners pre-market.

    Bastard Khadafi using this time of tragedy to grab back "his" country. Fully expect a no-fly zone by this time next week. Lybian situation is going to get uglier than it already is. US Navy closing in.

    Yemen situation also worsening. Bahrain, too.

    Then there is this top headline story slipping beneath the radar, that Afghan president's cousin was killed by a NATO raid, and now wants NATO out of Afghanistan:

    Every single estimate of Japan loss of life, loss of property, those injured, is being grossly underestimated by the MSM. It's almost as if the Christ Church earthquake never occured.

    Mar 12, 2011. 08:26 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #157, Starting March 9, 2011 [View instapost]
    I heard an interview that computed the main island had shifted by 3 meters, and the underwater fissure by as much as twenty meters. The nearby landscape actually rose by eight feet!

    All figures unconfirmed.
    Mar 12, 2011. 05:58 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #157, Starting March 9, 2011 [View instapost]
    Excellent research, User!

    It appears that a partial meltdown has occurred. Which "possibly" means temperatures did briefly reach 5000 F, the melting temperature of the cesium pellets, a fissile material used. Boric acid is now being poured with seawater into the reactor. Boric acid absorbs neutrons. This process is expected to take several hours. And it will take an expected ten days to fill the entire reactor.

    Still wondering what power sources they are using. Generators must have been helicoptered in?

    I also saw the interview about plutonium not being used in this reactor.

    The evacuation zone has once again been increased, to 12 miles. Citizens are advised to not drink water, and to keep a moist towel applied to their faces.

    Bless those brave people fighting this meltdown.
    Mar 12, 2011. 05:50 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #157, Starting March 9, 2011 [View instapost]
    This reactor story is quite fluid. Seems now the Japan PM may have been intentionally lying, or carefully changing his wording each time he speaks.

    The below article is the best I found yet.

    What seems to be important right now is that the continous onslaught of aftershocks is undermining the ability to both vent to release pressure, and to also cool the rods with seawater.

    A Japanese trade minister has said the reactor is now virtually out of control.

    A second Fukushima reactor is loosing its cooling systems.
    Mar 12, 2011. 02:36 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #157, Starting March 9, 2011 [View instapost]
    How can he say that when cesium has been detected? Why are they continiung to expand the evacuation zone? I understand this is precautionary, but I'm thinking there's more than just that.

    I'm reading, unconfirmed, that the back up batteries only have 5 to 8 more hours of power. I've read, also, unconfirmed, that more batteries are being sent. Why are they not there already?

    When now they are using seawater to cool the reactor....

    Mar 12, 2011. 12:14 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #157, Starting March 9, 2011 [View instapost]
    No problem, Rain. I don't enjoy profiting from this or any other catastrophic event. I did detect a certain dark humor from the "ruthless" comment; I do enjoy the dark humor.

    Though right now, any humor about this tragedy is likely ill-concieved and timed.

    But we are indeed presented with an investing opportunity. This nuclear emergency is likely going to once again shift the world away from nuclear energy. Most certainly stall it. I don't think it's insensitive to speculate here in this forum, to take note of shifting trends, and try to predict which companies/industries are going to benefit.

    Most certainly is going on over in Triple's REE thread.
    Mar 12, 2011. 11:14 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • “Because We Can’t Afford It:” Reining in Government at All Levels [View instapost]
    Traumatized? Ha! How about extremely frustrated. It gets worse. On my last day, my 11th, working for the AFL/CIO roofing union, I was working at a chemical plant north of Pittsburgh. The "Job" for me that day was to tie a rope around a 140Lb cement slabs and by mere rope and pulley, yank those slabs up about 40 feet.

    The person helping me was a high school heavy weight boxer. At the union hall in the morning, the job foreman was asked, "Shouldn't we be taking a gas powered wench?" The foreman looked at me and the boxer, laughed and said, "These two are your wenches."

    After about 7 slabs, we were both plum tuckered out. The next slab my arms gave out and up shot the boxer into the air, hanging on for dear life, because if he let go, the heavy slab was going to come right down on top of us. That he weighed more than the slab, may have save both his and my life.

    It gets worse. The job foreman was responsible for monitoring the pitch buggy. It caught fire. The only way to put it out was to walk up close and toss a Dixie cup of water into the raging fire; the water would then blow up, extinguishing the fire. The foreman wanted me to do it. Insisted I do it, because I was lowest on the totem pole. I quit right there on the spot, went over to a railroad track and sat down. He eventually did take a cup of water to the burning pitch, and was briefly engulfed in flames. Eyebrows singed, hair burned some. A great story to talk about with the boys back at the shop!

    Then we go later in life and onto when I was building restaurants. My first, I handed out t-shirts to all the union employees, which by the way, being forced to use a union cost me about 25% more to build that restaurant.

    The day came when the equipment arrived, ice maker, grills, refrigerators, etc. I was on the truck, helping them move the equipment, making sure each was placed and installed correctly. When it came time to plug it in, there had to be three union workers present, just to plug the refrigerator in; an electrician, a carpenter, and a plumber. Just to plug the dang thing in!

    I objected, and soon enough, a mountain-sized man approached me, threatening me, and told me I was not allowed in my own restaurant, which I was paying him a premium to build! Not even allowed in my own demised premises.

    Surely unions had their place in time. There was a time in this country when sweat shops needed unions from abusive and corrupt corporations.

    But times have changed. I'm not against in total private unions. But I am against public unions. They inherently create inefficiencies. As my comment at the top of this thread states, I believe I should have the right to vote on what public unions are collectively bargaining for.
    Mar 12, 2011. 10:57 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #157, Starting March 9, 2011 [View instapost]
    I'm saddened. This is really scary, frightening. Who would have survived the "hydrogen blast?" Who is in there still working?
    Mar 12, 2011. 09:12 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #157, Starting March 9, 2011 [View instapost]
    DM: Yep, but quite possibly on a just a tad more grandeur scale! Surely not comfortable with my ruthless assessments. However this might be portrayed, I'm thinking of which stock might benefit most from the earth being gyrating by the moon.

    Yeah...okay, it's late Friday night. But it's extremely fun to consider!
    Mar 12, 2011. 02:39 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • “Because We Can’t Afford It:” Reining in Government at All Levels [View instapost]
    Well let me tell you about my experience with my very first day working as an AFL/CIO roofing union employee. Pissed me off!

    Days before this, at 18 years old, I was making $1.10 an hour busting my butt as a carpenter. Wow! Luck would have it, a friend of mine hooked me up with a $7.11 per hour roofing union job. In a mere week I could earn almost what it would take me to earn in almost two months.

    I loved it! Being the college-aged kid I was.

    But then I lived through my first day. I wanted to prove that day that I would outwork anybody working atop the Pittsburgh church roof that was being replaced by us union workers.

    The fat slob union boss, who talked at lunch break about how the "job" was ahead of schedule, told me that if I did not lean on my broom for the rest of the day, that the next day I would be doing everyone's work. Him, legs over the edge of the roof, drinking a six pack. I will never forget that unproductive asshole.

    Unions have had there place. But when it comes to unions protecting the lazy assed, non-productive employees, to allow them jobs and corresponding benefits, based on years of work, rather than quality of work, rather than rewarding their own talented youth, than I'm all for blowing that union up.

    Bottom line, including my own experience, unions create slovenly employees. Unions cloud free and ethical commerce. Unions screwed Detroit. Unions are way over paid, benefit seeking freeloaders, that have in huge part ruined our country's competiveness.
    Mar 12, 2011. 02:19 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #157, Starting March 9, 2011 [View instapost]
    DM: Syntrifical forces at work. No one has written about this that I can find. Moon closer one day, two weeks later farther away. Two weeks later, close as it has been in 18 years. There has to be gravitational effect, compounded by syntrifical forces.

    I predicted...well...the moon predicted this major earthquake. If I'm right more will come during the next six weeks.

    Really hope I'm wrong.
    Mar 12, 2011. 01:56 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment