Your Afternoon Underwear-Soiling Update


The chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave a significantly bleaker appraisal of the threat posed by Japan’s nuclear crisis than the Japanese government, saying on Wednesday that the damage at one crippled reactor was much more serious than Japanese officials had acknowledged and advising Americans to evacuate a wider area around the plant than the perimeter established by Japan.


The chief of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that all the water is gone from one of the spent fuel pools at Japan’s most troubled nuclear plant, but Japanese officials denied it.

Telegraph UK:

An official from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in December 2008 that safety rules were out of date and strong earthquakes would pose a “serious problem” for nuclear power stations.

The Japanese government pledged to upgrade safety at all of its nuclear plants, but will now face inevitable questions over whether it did enough.

You’re not helping, Maru.


If we’re supposed to make a no fly zone over Libya shouldn’t we do the same for Bahrain?

@Capt Howdy: Bahrain police, or the “reinforcements” our good buddies the Saudi royal family sent in? Either way, Dear God.

@Benedick AEA, AFTRA, SAG, DG.: I don’t think we ever got around to that no-fly zone, and now Qaddafi’s forces are bearing down on Benghazi and the rebels are about to be annihilated. But hey, the evil dictator will keep that sweet, sweet oil flowing.

Hey Nojo and Catt, should we celebrate So Cal nuclear plume day on Friday? I’m thinking of swapping out the tinfoil in my Tilley hat for a more festive gold color.

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