First layer for cover at Fukushima Unit 4 (PHOTO)

Published: January 15th, 2013 at 11:18 am ET
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Title: Steel Framing Construction for the Cover to be Installed for Fuel Removal at Unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station: Completion of the First Layer of Steel Framing
Source: Tokyo Electric Power Company
Date: January 15, 2013

Published: January 15th, 2013 at 11:18 am ET
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284 comments to First layer for cover at Fukushima Unit 4 (PHOTO)

  • VanneV anne

    Japan’s growing plutonium stocks causing concern
    Despite strong anti-nuclear power sentiment among Japanese caused by the 2011 nuclear disaster, the country will likely continue using atomic energy, meaning it must resolve the nagging issue of how to safely dispose of its nuclear waste

    Jan 01, 2013
    “By hosting a high-tech facility that would convert spent fuel into a plutonium-uranium mix designed for the next generation of reactors, Rokkasho was supposed to provide fuel while minimizing nuclear waste storage problems. Those ambitions are falling apart as years of attempts to build a fast breeder reactor that would use the reprocessed fuel appear to be ending in failure. [A fast breeder reactor is a reactor which can generate more fissile material than it consumes.]…
    “In nearby Oma, construction is set to resume on an advanced reactor that is not a fast breeder, but can use more plutonium than conventional reactors. Its construction, started in 2008 for planned operation the following year, has been suspended since the nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in March 2011 and could face further delays as Japan’s new nuclear watchdog prepares new safety guidelines.
    “If Japan decides that it cannot use the plutonium, it would be breaking international pledges aimed at preventing the spread of weapons-grade nuclear material.


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  • VanneV anne

    “Anonymous
    Posted Oct 28 2011
    “The system Japan was using is by defenition a breeder reactor. It is fed sub fisionable elements,. These elements absorb nuetrons and become heavier elements until after reprocessing probably several times, they become fisionable, and release energy.
    The idea is to utilize raw elements other than just uranium that are also available. And to re-process this waste back into fuel and sort of Burn it up. Less wasteful in theory.
    A problem is that like a car battery that is re-charged, and re-charged, and, and…. Like that car battery plates – the rods lose thier shape also. And having "almost fuel that becomes fuel as it is exposed to radiation means the rods don't just shut down.
    “Breeder reactors should use Heavy water so the rods cease fission if the coolant is removed. If the cooling down area was filled with heavy water then it was used as a breeder pond.
    “The news media leaked out that a barge was being used to transport special coolant from the US.
    “In an earthquake zone water towers should have been in place. Fire boats to use ocean water should have been planned. Rods should be shaped like Chinese money, so a moderator rod can be shoved into the center and force shutdown. A Pot of lead or some other material should exist below the reactor for meltdown to be trapped.


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  • VanneV anne

    “Anonymous
    Posted Apr 9 2011
    “Sir Percy
    “When US sponsored an exemption for India's nuclear deal, you know the Pandora’s Box was wide opened. Later on, there were many more previously unknown Pandora boxes being opened. USA AND NATO have to understand that you cannot have the cake and eat it. There will be bad consequence for their bad behavior.”
    http://newamericamedia.org/2011/04/is-japans-elite-hiding-a-weapons-program-inside-nuclear-plants.php


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  • VanneV anne

    Anonymous
    Posted Apr 10 2011
    “Oppenheimer was probably right: Nuclear power was just a front for the real goal which was to make atomic bombs. It was never truly considered viable.”
    http://newamericamedia.org/2011/04/is-japans-elite-hiding-a-weapons-program-inside-nuclear-plants.php


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  • VanneV anne

    “Anonymous
    Posted Apr 13 2011
    “Shimatsu's theory is very likely true.
    A couple of points to put the naysayer comments below in perspective.
    “1 – Why then, has Mordecai Vanunu's life been destroyed for simply pointing out the obvious about the Israelis?
    “2 – Why would a miniscule fraction of the 100s of billions of dollars of homeland security funds spent in the U.S. NOT be put to use by hiring ‘experts’ to patrol the media/internet and neutralize articles like this with expert-like comments? Of course this is being done. It's a no brainer.
    “3 – 1 out of four of all U.S. employees are paid to "guard" us and maintain our society as determined by their employers.
    “4 – Hypocrisy is the rule for the U.S. and Japanese elites, but it must be hidden. Manufactured erception is the glue for their house of cards. “
    http://newamericamedia.org/2011/04/is-japans-elite-hiding-a-weapons-program-inside-nuclear-plants.php


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  • VanneV anne

    “Anonymous
    Posted Apr 14 2011
    “It is highly likely, or unfortunately true! Why? All western media has been sealing their lips on any doubts or suspicion as if there is nothing like this that has been raised questions! As a result, it is clearly to me that a complicity has been going on between the US and Japan.”
    http://newamericamedia.org/2011/04/is-japans-elite-hiding-a-weapons-program-inside-nuclear-plants.php


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  • VanneV anne

    “Anonymous
    Posted Apr 15 2011
    “Japanese deam: Nuclear weapon-retaliation-destroy U.S.-Japan becomes the No1. The "big" US citizen never will realize or believe our "small" Japanese dream-until they taste our nuclear weapons-they gave us 2-we will give them 4,000!”
    http://newamericamedia.org/2011/04/is-japans-elite-hiding-a-weapons-program-inside-nuclear-plants.php


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  • NoNukes NoNukes

    If you haven't opened PattieB's link, I highly recommend it.

    Get yourself some tea, alcohol, start smoking again, etc., whatever will help:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151251100391033&set=a.10151251096981033.465232.530836032&type=3&l=b5e7823596&theater


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  • Jebus

    I looked at every single picture and I have to say that there is not one shred of CONCLUSIVE evidence of anything there except the silly google(?) fake building shenanagins. Those pics prove nothing that hasn't already been speculated.
    Just my honest opinion and I don't need the attention…


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  • PattieB PattieB

    and as bad as that is anne… I'm tied up with the pile that's sitting just 46 miles from me just now. Pilgrim.

    it lostboth it's cooling pumps, did a release, boron dump on the pile, control rods inserted, yet still went over-pressure by 3.5 bars beyond design spec. and it's not cooling down as it should !! using just the backup cooling systems!


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  • VanneV anne

    Pattie, I'm sorry you have to go through that with Pilgrim. Thank you for all your hard work. I wish I could see the files, but I am not on Facebook.


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  • PattieB PattieB

    OFFSITE NOTIFICATION REGARDING MANUAL REACTOR SCRAM

    "At 1534 EST on Thursday, January 10, Pilgrim Station operators initiated a manual shutdown of the power plant following a trip of the plant's recirculation pumps.

    "The plant is in a safe condition and plant personnel are investigating the cause.

    "The plant will be restarted after a thorough evaluation and any necessary repairs are completed. The plant had been online continuously for 230 days at the time of the shutdown.

    "The NRC Resident Inspector staff has been informed of this press release and notification.

    "This informational notification is being made in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi).

    "The licensee will notify the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)."

    This all says that the auto-safty stuff just didn't work at all, and so we got a major problem!


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  • PattieB PattieB

    "On Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 1534 hour [EST], with the reactor at 100% core thermal power, both recirculation pumps spuriously tripped and a manual reactor scram was inserted as required by station procedures. The cause of the recirculation pump trip is under investigation.

    "Following the reactor scram, all rods were verified to be fully inserted and the Primary Containment Isolation System Group II (Reactor Building) and Group VI (Reactor Water Cleanup System) actuations occurred as designed due to the expected reactor water level shrink associated with the scram signal. All other plant systems responded as designed.

    "Currently reactor pressure is being maintained between 900 and 1050 psig with the Mechanical Hydraulic Control System (turbine by-pass valves). The Reactor Protection System has been reset; Reactor Water Cleanup System and normal reactor building ventilation have been restored. Reactor water level is being maintained in normal bands with the Condensate and Feedwater System. Off-site power is being supplied to the station by the Start-up Transformer (normal power supply for shutdown operations) and the switchyard ring bus has been restored.

    "This event had no impact on the health and/or safety of the public.

    "The USNRC Senior Resident Inspector is on-site and has been notified.

    "This 4-hour notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(2)(iv)(B)."


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  • PattieB PattieB

    this event has been edited since it was first posted!


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    • VanneV anne

      Pilgrim nuclear power plant back online
      PLYMOUTH —
      “The Pilgrim nuclear power plant is back in production after being offline for seven days.
      “A spokesman for Entergy, Pilgrim’s owner, said early today that the 685-megawatt plant was reconnected to the region’s power grid shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday.
      “Engineers and crews manually shut down the plant’s reactors Jan. 10 when Pilgrim’s two large water recirculation pumps automatically shut off.
      “That problem was caused by the failure of an electrical relay. Entergy spokesman Rob Williams said. Entergy extended Pilgrim’s offline time to perform routine maintenance that can’t be done when the reactors are working.
      “Pilgrim was shut down in December for scheduled maintenance.
      “Also in 2012, Pilgrim was manually shut down for three days May 23, after workers detected reduced air pressure in the plant’s condenser. That was Pilgrim’s third emergency shutdown in seven months.”

      Read more: http://www.patriotledger.com/news/x1665863424/Power-plant-in-Plymouth-back-online#ixzz2IJIwhKV0


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  • PattieB PattieB

    yes, but the thing is… the same valve that irradiated 3-mile tripped when it scrammed. No time given for how long it took to close, as it's a pressure valve. I gave difinitive play-by-play of the systems the listed having activated etc: Then they edited the report, and wiped my comments off of the FB CAN site! :-(


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  • PattieB PattieB

    the pumps shut down auto… not a bloody thing else worked auto as it should have!


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  • PattieB PattieB

    At the outset, someone quoted a theory of events.
    I said, "CLOSE!" But the facts were wrong. I have since looked at the author you have been shreading… and your right! That's just nonsensical speculations, and what's more… the author doesn't even get the building #'s correct, nor much of anything right.

    But here's the thing. My data is of fuku direct, people who were on site, internal Tepco documentation, and a direct readout of the # 3&4 reactor control systems. I have additional stuff from the other reactors, but isn't relevant to the issue.

    This is the link for where the files can be copied.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/113622485391538/files/

    Non-FaceBook users need to use this link to look at photos.
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151251096981033.465232.530836032&type=1&l=b5e7823596

    There is more than one set.
    I rest my case.


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  • PattieB PattieB

    At the outset, someone quoted a theory of events.
    I said, "CLOSE!" But the facts were wrong. I have since looked at the author you have been shreading… and your right! That's just nonsensical speculations, and what's more… the author doesn't even get the building #'s correct, nor much of anything right.

    But here's the thing. My data is of fuku direct, people who were on site, internal Tepco documentation, and a direct readout of the # 3&4 reactor control systems. I have additional stuff from the other reactors, but isn't relevant to the issue.

    This is the link for where the files can be copied.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/113622485391538/files/

    Non-FaceBook users need to use this link to look at photos.
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151251096981033.465232.530836032&type=1&l=b5e7823596

    There is more than one set.
    I rest my case.


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  • NoNukes NoNukes

    NSNS: Secret Japan nuclear bomb program covered up using nuclear power industry — Enough to build arsenal larger than China, India and Pakistan combined

    Title: United States Circumvented Laws To Help Japan Accumulate Tons of Plutonium
    Source: National Security News Service
    Author: Joseph Trento
    Date: April 9th, 2012

    The United States deliberately allowed Japan access to the United States’ most secret nuclear weapons facilities while it transferred tens of billions of dollars worth of American tax paid research that has allowed Japan to amass 70 tons of weapons grade plutonium since the 1980s, a National Security News Service investigation reveals. [...] the United States has known about a secret nuclear weapons program in Japan since the 1960s, according to CIA reports.

    [...] The Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations permitted sensitive technology and nuclear materials to be transferred to Japan despite laws and treaties preventing such transfers. [...]

    …NSNS has learned that the country has used its electrical utility companies as a cover to allow the country to amass enough nuclear weapons materials to build a nuclear arsenal larger than China, India and Pakistan combined. [...]

    http://enenews.com/report-secret-japan-nuclear-bomb-program-covered-up-by-nuclear-power-industry-enough-to-build-arsenal-larger-than-china-india-and-pakistan-combined


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    • NoNukes NoNukes

      The diversion of U.S. classified technology began during the Reagan administration after it allowed a $10 billion reactor sale to China. Japan protested that sensitive technology was being sold to a potential nuclear adversary. The Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations permitted sensitive technology and nuclear materials to be transferred to Japan despite laws and treaties preventing such transfers. Highly sensitive technology on plutonium separation from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site and Hanford nuclear weapons complex, as well as tens of billions of dollars worth of breeder reactor research was turned over to Japan with almost no safeguards against proliferation. Japanese scientist and technicians were given access to both Hanford and Savannah River as part of the transfer process.

      While Japan has refrained from deploying nuclear weapons and remains under an umbrella of U.S. nuclear protection, NSNS has learned that the country has used its electrical utility companies as a cover to allow the country to amass enough nuclear weapons materials to build a nuclear arsenal larger than China, India and Pakistan combined.

      http://www.dcbureau.org/201204097128/national-security-news-service/united-states-circumvented-laws-to-help-japan-accumulate-tons-of-plutonium.html


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      • Anthony Anthony

        This makes 311 look like a story about a cookie jar. How big of a war are these people thinking anyways? We can only get blown to smithereens one time, what is the point of the remaining 69 and a half tons of explosives?


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      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        read this last year NoNukes. It's an awesome article…


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      • PattieB PattieB

        One must wonder at the time-factor of this revelation. Right after I blatantly expose the fuku lie. Yet, they STILL only state that it's just MOX at the plant. Downplay the severity of this nightmare! They talk about the rods I have made issue of, and that Japan has them? Yet… they make only slight references to Fukushima, and NEVER say a word about what ELSE was present that caused it to go BOOM! Nor did they comment about the contents of #4 reactor, it's cask pool, nor its spent pool. But consider. The fast breeder reactor is history. Those rods had to be put someplace. Fuku was just up the street. They had no intention of giving ANY of that plutonium back.


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  • NoNukes NoNukes

    AP: Link between nuclear weapons and nuclear power is “becoming increasingly clear” says Japan professor — Nuclear power industry not thrilled people are talking about it

    Title: Japan pro-bomb voices grow louder amid nuke debate
    Source: Associated Press
    Date: July 31, 2012
    [...]
    as Japan weighs whether to phase out nuclear power, some conservatives, including some influential politicians and thinkers, are becoming more vocal about their belief that Japan should have at least the ability to make nuclear weapons.

    The two issues are intertwined because nuclear plants can develop the technology and produce the fuel needed for weaponry, as highlighted by concerns that nuclear power programs in Iran and North Korea are masking bomb development.

    [...]

    Shigeru Ishiba, former Defense Minister and current lawmaker told The Associated Press
    “Having nuclear plants shows to other nations that Japan can make nuclear weapons”
    Hitoshi Yoshioka, professor of social and cultural studies at Kyushu University
    “The recognition that both nuclear issues must be addressed is heightening in Japan”
    The link between the two is “becoming increasingly clear”
    http://enenews.com/ap-link-between-nuclear-weapons-and-nuclear-power-is-becoming-increasingly-clear-says-japan-professor-nuclear-power-industry-not-thrilled-people-are-talking-about-it


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  • VanneV anne

    Breaking News: #Fukushima splashing steam from the cracks in the ground
    August 15th, 2011
    “That’s there is a huge pool on the basement floor of Fukushima,which is shared by units 1~4. They stock 6400 nuclear spent fuel rods in it,and groundwater is flowing into the pool through broken duct.
    “Now the massively contaminated water is in it at least 9.0t.
    “6400 fuel rods is about 140% of the total fuel rods in the reactors.
    “Actually Fukushima nuc plants are built on underground water vein,they always needed to pomp up groundwater. However,because of the accident,they stopped pomp up the water.This fact has not been published yet.
    “They say Tepco “found” this trouble on 8/13,but they can’t not know the fact since the very beginning of the accident.
    “Massive steam might have something to do with this.
    “Possibility 1)
    “Melt-out fuel rods are reacting underground and keep having hydrovolcanic explosion with groundwater.
    “Possibility 2)
    “6400 spent fuel rods are boiling the ground water and it splashes steam from the cracks.
    “Possilibity 3)
    “Both.
    “As a matter of fact, most of the aftershocks have epicenter in Fukushima,just around the nuclear plants.
    “and Fukushima live camera sometimes misses Units because of the too thick smog.
    “It’s above 30C in Fukushima. Considering the heat,the steam must be really thick.
    “I wonder what would happen in winter.”
    http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/08/breaking-news-splashing-steam-from-the-cracks-in-the-ground/


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  • PattieB PattieB

    I'm attempting to make a new blog with all my info… we shall see what happens when I attempt to post it ! ;-)


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  • PattieB PattieB

    well… http://pattiebrassardnukeinfo.blog.com

    but I'm having issues getting it setup… Stuffs in there, but I could use some help with setup… this place works strange! I set it up, test it… fine, but it's not for when you folks look… doesn't work! who's familiar with these type sites?


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    • PattieB PattieB

      It doesn't work like setting up a web site.
      It won't allow me to use the tools for web site gen.
      I don't have the time nor inclination to learn this bizantine setup.
      Anyone who knows how these sites work may apply for the roll of site admin. I'll just do comentary and upload the files.

      Any takers?


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      • VanneV anne

        There are plenty of people on this website who would sabatoge your website as the administrator. No way of knowing who is legitimate, there are so many agendas – most political as extremely varying positions. Your blog is working fine as it is. I wouldn't trust anyone as an administrator.


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        • VanneV anne

          I suspect most as volunteers or paid employees for varying groups. I think I have taken flack from almost every commentator at one time or another. Also, new monikers here all the time. majia is writing a book on propaganda because she teaches that at the university. She may have a grant, or at least will obtain academic recognition for her book and whatever articles she publishes or conferences she attends.

          Although I am one individual, they sometimes accuse me of being a consortium of people. I am completely, totally anti-nuke. But I have even been accused of being a nuke shill many times. People fight over the facts, etc.

          You have your own integrity. I would stick to that and only trust someone in your personal life outside this website.

          Many or most of the people on this website are from other countries (no matter what they claim) who have political agendas opposed to the USA. Most of these websites including FB and most probably this one) really exist for intelligence gathering.


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    • VanneV anne

      Pattie, I can see 3 pages of photos under "Contradictions", and three documents under "Documents". One document I couldn't read because it is in Japanese and I can't copy it to paste into one of the online translators.


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  • PattieB PattieB

    yes… I have tons of stuff on it, but they don't show up. I got a couple to open correctly.. why only a couple? Web sites are not free, and I haven't been able to work. I wasn't joking about my now having limited time left breathing.

    It's why I feel the need to push all this data out there, and then turn it lose.


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  • PattieB PattieB

    That's why I have been posting to C.A.N. as ANY person in the group can copy and add to it. Ray has a ton of thermographics photos posted there… also shows what I state went down quite clearly.

    I took a break from most these chats, except for eyeball on the junk piles… for a while, as I got so much ridicule back in April-May of 2011 when I stated that the rods in the pool were PU-239 breeders.


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    • NoNukes NoNukes

      I have noticed for a while that it is largely the "female" anti-nuke names that get "hounded" on this website, with packs on their heels, nipping and badgering, like they did to you, PattieB, and Anne, StillJill, Whoopie, Heart of the Rose, etc., etc. I just can't remember the hounding of anti-nuke "males" by an equal percentage.

      Is it just simple sexism even on the internet, where you don't even know anyone's "real" gender or sex? Is it easier in our culture to paint a "woman" as crazy, even if she may not actually be one?

      Is it because there are fewer "women" than "men" here, so the nuke employees believe that the "females" are easier to pick off?"

      Or are "female" voices actually powerful for some reason, threatening, maybe the nuclear industry especially wants to silence women?

      What do you all think?


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      • PattieB PattieB

        Consider: 3 women

        1: A home maker who cares for children.
        2: A high school science teacher
        3: Someone like Me… Specificaly tech/space type.

        Then have each make statments like I have, without any proof.

        Who would be called nuts? #1 Ah… no need listen
        Who would get argument, misdirected statments #2… she doesn't have her facts straight!
        Who would the oposition try to make everyone ignore entirely! #3
        Cause if I do a show and tell… Oh shit! Give me one of these spin-doctors? I'll have him questioning his own convictions beyond what he's paid to think-say!


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        • PattieB PattieB

          My first statment to a spinner-type? Did they give you a guarentied seat in a DUMB? Because, if they have not…? There isn't any amount of money that will do you any good with what's coming down the road, buddy boy! Consider carfully, your life, your wife's life, your childrens lives, and your ability to ever HAVE any is now on the exstinct list here!

          The other factor…
          I we, as females… In harmonic-step? For our right to reproduce, and have healthy kids… went on strike!

          No sex, no help-mate, no secretaries, no waitress, NADA! Unless they are all shut down!?

          What do you think would happen?


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        • Anthony Anthony

          As they say, you took that to church PattieB! Just refreshing.


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      • VanneV anne

        I think that men engage horribly with other men more often. And this happens more frequently because there are more men on this site. It is simply the pro-nukes or pro-BP engaging on those who are anti-nuke and anti-BP. The attacks between anti-nuke men and pro-nuke men are the worst because they feel free to say horrible things to each other. Most of the women are anti-Nuke, whereas the shills seem to be men.


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      • Anthony Anthony

        I noticed that emotions expressed in forum settings that are *thought* based or science oriented are usually handled following some unwritten rule and are ridiculed or outright combated. Women are more finely tuned emotionally and when speaking freely and completely perhaps trigger men's reflexes for an attack. Being a rather emotionally sensitive male, I have dealt with this issue my whole life and when I want to not be attacked for my ideas when talking with men, I always do so with a conscious awareness to keep my emotions in check when I talk or write. The adage goes You cant think logically if you are emotional. You can be influenced to make a decisions emotionally which you later defend with logic. i.e. **I bought these shoes that I love so much because I saved $50 off the regular price!** A man hearing a woman saying this stereo-typically may even mock that woman for her musings…ironically if you are honest, he also follows her philosophies for himself.


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  • PattieB PattieB

    * FLASH* NEWS *FLASH*

    Radiologicals Have been released in PADUKA!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv6ywi_RNDk&feature=youtu.be


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