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  1. OBLONG

    Abenomics

    He does have a full head of hair doesn't he.
  2. OBLONG

    Points To Ponder

    Brown eggs and white eggs. What's with that then?
  3. OBLONG

    Yasukuni shrine

    Tubby, who or what are the black flag people?
  4. Duel. Not seen it for a long time, still good.
  5. You can bet monkeys would like to be in this box
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    Important news of the day thread

    Obama names Billie Jean King as one of two gay Sochi Olympic delegates It remains unclear whether she is going to have sex with either the other delegate or anyone else whilst there, or indeed if (m)any people even give a shit.
  7. Fuel Removal From Fukushima's Reactor 4 Threatens 'Apocalyptic' Scenario In November, TEPCO set to begin to remove fuel rods whose radiation matches the fallout of 14,000 Hiroshima bombs An operation with potentially "apocalyptic" consequences is expected to begin in a little over two weeks from now - "as early as November 8" - at Fukushima's damaged and sinking Reactor 4, when plant operator TEPCO will attempt to remove over 1300 spent fuel rods holding the radiation equivalent of 14,000 Hiroshima bombs from a spent fuel storage tank perched on the reactor's upper floor. While the Reactor 4 building itself did not suffer a meltdown, it did suffer a hydrogen explosion, is now tipping and sinking and has zero ability to withstand another seismic event. A chorus of voices has been sounding alarm over the never-been-done-at-this-scale plan to manually remove the 400 tons of spent fuel by TEPCO, who so far has been responsible for mishap after mishap in the ongoing crisis at the crippled nuclear plant. Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education, warned this summer that "They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of the rods," and said that "To jump to the conclusion that it is going to work just fine is quite a leap of logic." Paul Gunter, MD, Director of the Reactor Oversight Project with Takoma Park, Md.-based Beyond Nuclear, also sounded alarm on Thursday, telling Common Dreams in a statement that "Given the uncertainties of the condition and array of the hundreds of tons of nuclear fuel assemblies, it will be a risky round of highly radioactive pickup sticks." Gundersen offered this analogy of the challenging process of removing the spent fuel rods: If you think of a nuclear fuel rack as a pack of cigarettes, if you pull a cigarette straight up it will come out — but these racks have been distorted. Now when they go to pull the cigarette straight out, it’s going to likely break and release radioactive cesium and other gases, xenon and krypton, into the air. I suspect come November, December, January we’re going to hear that the building’s been evacuated, they’ve broke a fuel rod, the fuel rod is off-gassing. […] I suspect we’ll have more airborne releases as they try to pull the fuel out. If they pull too hard, they’ll snap the fuel. I think the racks have been distorted, the fuel has overheated — the pool boiled – and the net effect is that it’s likely some of the fuel will be stuck in there for a long, long time. --- yikes
  8. OBLONG

    Little things I like

    Lie in on Sunday and a big breakfast.
  9. OBLONG

    Good TV

    I think he meant the sexy pixie milfy wife, not Danes.
  10. OBLONG

    Tablets

    The original ipad crashed a fair bit back then as well. Apple have never overpowered their tablets.
  11. TV questioning if it might be a precursor to something more scary
  12. OBLONG

    Syria

    Kerry says its a guarantee, a guarantee, what Assad will do if they don't strike. Sounds like there's no real choice!
  13. Getting weaker the last week or two
  14. Interesting that it isn't quite as top major news here in Japan......just being taken up more seriously by international media at the moment?
  15. OBLONG

    Cho-yummy things

    And I most certainly will!

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