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Don't u diz ma homelandz , i'm calllin u out broskiez
I didn't "diz" your homeland, I stated a fact. Germany's reaction was exactly that. Like I said in the other topic you don't see many 8.9 earthquakes and tsunamis hit germany. In fact I would say this exact chain of events would never ever happen there.
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There have been around a thousand nuclear weapons detonated on Earth. About 500 were atmospheric detonations. This includes weapons of up to 50 megatons. I think you guys should calm down about these minor incidents.
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...i...i can feel...I feel myself gaining super powers!!!!
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73 000 cubic meters diluted into what, 1600 cubic kilometers? This is just going to cause panic for no reason.
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There have been around a thousand nuclear weapons detonated on Earth. About 500 were atmospheric detonations. This includes weapons of up to 50 megatons. I think you guys should calm down about these minor incidents.
interesting point....there wasn't the same kind of global media crisis hype from most news outlets back then either
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if anything this will improve the water quality in lake ontario.
lol.
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Good enough for government work
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Maybe some of you are unaware of the problems we face in America...

Read this article for some better clarifications on what's real....

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Where there’s muck, there’s brass

UNTIL the Japanese catastrophe of last weekend, the biggest nuclear mess in the Western world could be found at the Hanford nuclear facility in Washington state, where America’s government once made most of the plutonium for its nuclear weapons. More than two decades after the clean-up began, officials have yet to deal with any of the nasty stuff.

At the Hanford site, which sprawls across a sagebrush plain in the south-east of the state, none of the 53m gallons (200m litres) of highly toxic waste stored in 177 ageing and leaky underground tanks has been mopped up, even though the last reactor was shut down in 1987. That must wait until 2019, when a unique waste-treatment plant—described as the largest and most expensive nuclear clean-up project ever undertaken—will begin transforming radioactive leftovers that could poison the nearby Columbia river into still-radioactive glass logs more suitable for long-term storage. If all goes well, gunk-to-glass processing (“vitrificationâ€) will continue until at least 2047 and cost about $74 billion, more than the annual budget of America’s Department of Education.

But all is not well. The Defence Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, which watches how the Department of Energy runs its nuclear-weapons sites, is currently investigating the safety of the waste-treatment process itself. A whistleblower was removed from his senior job last year after warning that the plant could explode once the operation starts. The safety board is looking into the possibility that witnesses at a hearing were pressured by the DOE and its contractors to downplay the risks. The DOE, in response, has sent a peeved letter to the safety board. It insists that the plant will be safe and warns that the safety board has no authority to investigate possible witness tampering.

“The safety board is on a collision course with the DOE,†reckons Robert Alvarez, now at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, and formerly a DOE official who monitored Hanford. “It will raise uncertainty, lead to more delays and drive up the price of the clean-up.†For local residents, this is not by any means bad news. Cost overruns and delays have plagued the clean-up—and the quarter-of-a-million people who live near Hanford are vastly richer because of them. “If the government spends more money, it is good for all of us,†says Leonardo Luzi, the owner and chef at Bella Italia, a pricey eatery in the nearby town of Kennewick.

Thanks to Hanford’s sustained ability to soak up federal dollars, the great recession skipped over Richland, Kennewick and Pasco, fast-growing towns on the Columbia river that call themselves the Tri-Cities. House values soared. Job growth in the area was, amazingly, the highest in the country last year. Environmental scientists earned higher salaries there than in Seattle. Business publications include the Tri-Cities on their lists of the best places to live and work. At the Columbia Mall, where it is often difficult to find a parking space, a Hallmark shop selling greeting cards was recently replaced by a Coach shop selling $800 handbags.

People in the area are still proud of having churned out 64 tons of plutonium over 40 years for America’s tens of thousands of nukes. The material that went into Fat Man, the plutonium bomb detonated over Nagasaki, was made at Hanford, which at its peak consisted of nine nuclear reactors and five plutonium reprocessing plants. Richland High School still calls itself “the home of the bombersâ€. A sign in front of the school features a mushroom cloud. But the local residents also understand that cleaning up after the cold war pays even better than winning it.
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Japan & Canada pale in comparison to our problems..
Edited by _GTech - 3/19/11 at 5:58pm
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I blame sony
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I blame Apple.
Exactly the point I was going to make.
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