Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Not to sound alarmist, but anybody who believes the mainstream media is giving us the truth about what's really happening on the ground, in the air and in the water around the Fukushima plant in Japan, might just as well stick one's head in the sand and hope for the best.

Conditions at the the plant continue to worsen, despite the best efforts of brave individuals trying to keep the entire Eastern coast of Japan from turning into a nuclear wasteland and the media isn't even trying to cover it.

But why listen to me. Here are a few choice links of interest to anyone who doesn't want to grow a third ear or die from thyroid cancer when it could be avoided:

For starters, here' a story about of Australia about how 128 elderly patients were left to die in a hospital six miles from the nuclear plant.

Oh, well, too bad for them, huh? We're here in America, so none of this is affecting any of us, right?

Well, take a look at this map of the dispersion from the disabled plant:

Did that get your attention? Sure, maybe the radiation levels aren't anything to get excited about, but do you trust our dysfunctional media to actually deliver the truth? And why did FOX get their main reporter, Sheppard Smith, out of Japan and CNN do the same with Anderson Cooper, LAST WEEK?

Just ask yourself, how long will it take the "authorities" to put this nuclear disaster to rest? Well, it's been ten days, boys and girls, and we're nowhere close to fixing what's going to become known - I have no doubt about this at all - as the worst disaster - man-made or otherwise - of all time.

Now, maybe the fact that food imports from Japan have been banned, do you feel safer? Oh, and there's more, like black smoke and how Tokyo drinking water now contains iodine-131 at levels unsafe for infants. In case you're wondering how much is too much for adults, the recommended safe level is below 300 becquerels per liter. The water tested in Toyko recorded levels of 190-210 becquerel per liter.

So, why do I bother? The national media gives much more coverage to the stupidity of our
engagement in Libya. Wonder why? The old adage in TV news reporting is, "if it bleeds, it leads," meaning that guys getting shot and killed and bombs blowing up buildings is far more engaging to the dumbed-down populace of the United States (and a lot of the rest of the world) than pictures of steam coming out of blown up nuclear facilities.

Well, maybe that's enough for today. Wouldn't want anyone to get upset or panic. After all, our media and our government have proven, since 9-11, to be worthless, so why should it be any different in Japan? Just go along in your haze of cognitive dissonance, and maybe buy some stocks.

Oh, the Portugese parliament is likely going to dissolve soon, either due to radiation or votes, whichever comes first, I suppose.

So, yes, we should be buying stocks on all this bullish news, some of which is actually being reported.

Dow 12,086.02, +67.39 (0.56%)
NASDAQ 2,698.30, +14.43 (0.54%)
S&P 500 1,297.54, +3.77 (0.29%)
NYSE Composite 8,248.83, +20.42 (0.25%)

Stocks started out negative but ground higher all day. Thank the computers and the algos that do the majority of the trading these days. Advancers slithered by decliners, 3540-2917. On the NASDAQ there were 72 new highs and 42 new lows; the NYSE showed 91 new highs and 18 new lows. Volume was only marginally better than yesterday's which was worse than pathetic. Get ready for a wicked decline some time soon. It may look like a crash, because it just could be one.

NASDAQ Volume 1,715,377,875
NYSE Volume 4,313,727,000

At least those trading in commodities knew what they were doing. Oil was up 78 cents, to $105.75. Gold gained $10.40, to $1,438.00, and silver shot up 93 cents, to $37.20, another new 31-year high. The gold and silver bugs know what's up. If things get any worse, they'll become overnight million-and-billionaires.

Good luck to you still holding any paper assets. They're about to be burned, along with the rest of the fuel rods at Fuk - U - Shima.

Edit: Just had to add that ABC and CBS each began their nightly news broadcasts with nearly 10 minutes of breathless coverage on the death of Elizabeth Taylor. NBC led with Libya, but did report on the drinking water supplies being tainted in Tokyo. Priorities, people, priorities.

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