New Scientist, one of the most reputable magazines in the world, is "sensationalistic media".
You are nuts. 1%? Provide your fucking source.
New Scientist, one of the most reputable magazines in the world, is "sensationalistic media".
You are nuts. 1%? Provide your fucking source.
Because saying this is bigger than the so called disaster better be sarcasm, or else many here if not all will facepalm at you.
I really don't give a damn which one of you morons will come in with your bullshit, the fact of the matter is within the first four days of the disaster the Fukushima units put out half the total radiation Chernobyl did. They've been fighting a losing battle from the beginning. We've had the best part of a month since then. In case you missed it two of the reactors blew sky high and NewScientist reported more than two weeks ago that Fukushima was on the cusp of surpassing Chernobyl in terms of radiative output.
So before you go around dripping with misplaced sanctimony, you best read up a little, sunshine.
Don't forget to add mention of his terrorist conections, after all his middle name is Husein !
Aren't the rebels being bolstered by al Qaeda Iraqi war vets
Heard they found plutonium in the soil, which is a very bad sign.
Cali Uni have found radioactive Iodine in west coast tap water so
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This is now officially a bigger disaster than Chernobyl
So wtf happened to Zephos, someone fill me in, thanking you in advance
Can I quote you on that down the line
And I've been quite surprised at the reaction over here, there was a big row at work today where like 10 people descended on 2 guys who were in favour of the action, the papers are plastered with gratuitous dissection of the cost of the campaign pound by pound. One of them had a poll stating less than 30% of the population were pro military intervention, 53% anti and the rest don't give a fuck either way.
Some TORY MPs have come out in opposition to the action, one of who was a diplomat in Iraq, saying this is a 20 to 30 year commitment the UK are making.
I just read an article where Gaddafi's son is quoted as saying his family funded Sarkozy's campaigns…it'll be pretty funny if (when) they release the details because there's nothing I love more than seeing greasy scummy politicians squirm.
When exactly did Libya defeat Italy ?
They gained their independence by taking away Fezzan from the French, Tripolitania from Britain and uniting it with Cyrenaica, which was backed by Britain.
I think Gaddafi must have mistaken the country he wanted to take over. He was actualy headed for Ethiopia !
lol what the fuck are you smoking
brofist we are legion 4chan wheres the cp at i got my magnets ready in case police knock my door rule 24 on that succubus bro help a /b/ro out
I fucking didn't, alright? And never will. Whatever you want to believe, bro.
Yeah bro, sure thing bro, bros before six year old undead cum-eating succubus hos bro
I WAS about going to try it out myself today. But Sea beat me to it and has proven it to us all.
Man you've definitely read it, I don't know how much more conspicuous you could be lmao
Generalization much? This is just like saying a normal wooden pencil can't be broken because the tag line says "It's UNBREAKABLE"
Well yeah, generalisation is wrong but percentages and averages dictate 100% of comics and shoddily animated cartoons beginning with such a paper thin disgusting premise are garbage.
This has what exactly to do with the earthquake? I'm sorry but this just looks like a fail attempt for talk shit about another site. If you read the rest of the thread you'd notice that Gaara has been called out my virtually every single person in that thread. His rep even went from green to red. There's always gonna be one idiot no matter where you go.
Hahahahhaha well if it isn't narutofan's Greatest Turd himself; three points, 1 narutofan sucks, 2 you suck, 3 you lie because that moron's rep was red for a long time before. Now run along and continue posting monolithic drab tear-inducing theses on why Luffy moves at mach 20.21 and not 19.7 as we previously assumed, prick.
Your most reliable German news show is garbage. There has been no real proof that there has been any meltdown. Assuming there WAS a meltdown, the amount of safety features and containment devices guarantee that it would not even be a fraction of what Chernobyl was. Please stop spreading nuclear alarmist propaganda. People have enough to worry about.
Err….this shows a fundamental lack of understanding of nuclear reactor technology. If a meltdown happens, nothing will contain it. The energy it produces is so intense it would simply melt the concrete and casings that surround the rods.
Good thing they evacuated those areas earlier today.
Keep us posted about updates if/when you can, Steven.
That doesn't mean much as the atmosphere will spread it anyway, Chernobyl affected the UK, and that incident happened all the way over in Ukraine in eastern Europe. Of course this isn't of the same scale but it will occur nonetheles.s
Maybe someone with a better understanding of earthquakes or Japan, or simply someone with a better brain than me can answer a question. The area I live in is known for getting rocked by this monster shake every 150 years. We're overdue for it by a bit, and I was wondering if scientifically speaking the quake that just occurred could have any influence over it. Sorry if that sounds stupid, but just something that's been discussed around here.
What is an earthquake? The build up of tectonic pressure and force that is released in an instant, so of course it could. The fact that it hasn't occurred within the immediate period that this 8 point whatever one did makes me think it's unlikely though, as it would have been triggered almost instantly. Are aftershocks still being felt across Japan?
When I first read about this, while it still sounded severe, it made it seem like the death toll was low. 24 hours later, I'm hearing many people are confirmed dead or missing… and I'm seeing all the videos and images...
It was the same when the 04 Christmas tsunami devastated Indonesia, Thailand and etc. The numbers were small, 30 here, 20 there…but they add up. The people missing, disease, everything. In all of those pictures we've seen of houses being dragged away there is probably a family being crushed or drowned or choked by gas leaks/explosions. These are just the numbers that can be accounted for in the mass chaos 24hrs after the fact, last I heard some 20,000 people were missing. And it's not like a small area was affected, Japan has a 1500 mile coastline. There simply aren't enough services, provisions and aid to go around, and on top of that the infrastructure has been decimated too. Folks will be stranded for a while.
Now imagine that devastation, but on a rural 3rd world country like Pakistan, where those floods took place. People are STILL dying there 6 months after, there was a big initial international reaction but it's all died out. The one thing Japan has going for it is organisation.
Like I said, asshole but with a passion for fashion.
some choice quotes
“You don’t want to have that containment pressurized. When the pressure starts building up, the emergency procedure is to start venting They’ve essentially entered a beat the clock game. As long as there is no fuel damage, there will be radioactivity, but it will be very low.”
It's simply a matter of the lesser evil, radiation being leaked into the region or a full blown meltdown catastrophe
Radiation spread by the venting won’t be at a level dangerous to health
Pretty dumb statement.
Temperatures in the control room rose to higher than 100 Celsius (212 Fahrenheit)
The plant’s operators need to connect to the electricity grid, fix emergency diesel generators or bring in more batteries to power a backup system that pumps the water needed to cool the reactor
Shiiiiiiiiit. I've got a teacher and a friend from Japanese class over there. I know they're okay but nuclear stuff kinda terrifies me… Does anyone know if stopping it is possible?
Long story short yes, but it will require releasing radiation and possibly radioactive material. The cooling system has failed, they can't pump the coolant in. Therefore the rods will keep on heating, catch fire, burn through their casings, burn through the concrete and eventually explode. IF they don't vent the aforementioned "radioactive steam" to reduce pressure. I was reading some reports that said more than a thousand times increase in radiation was detected in that area. There are 6 all together, iirc 4 are operationally sound, 1 was stabilised and 1 is about to go kaboom. If it does fail, the other 5 are likely to go along with it, and then we are all fucked. Nuclear power is incredibly important and the way forward but I just don't get why countries that are on major fault lines are allowed to build them.
And safe "radioactive stream" made me lol so hard.
It's called the ring of fire. It's been this way before you or I were ever on this planet.
Michael Palin made a fun documentary touring it for the BBC I think. It might be available on youtube.
It's the internet. I'm not gonna meet any of you in real life (I hope not). So people can think I'm an asshole. In fact, I EXPECT them to.
There's a difference between thinking you're an asshole for making moronic comments and thinking you're a slobbering ape of a moron for making moronic comments.
Four Rooms is awesome, but Tarantino only directed a bit of that.
Lolllllllllllllll even tarantino does his best not to acknowledge that abomination, writing it out of history like some sort of stasi security agent.
Inglourious Basterds is my favorite of Tarantino's movies.
Followed by Reservoir Dogs/Pulp Fiction, though I probably enjoy Dogs more. And then the two Kill Bill movies, first one was better.
And what about Four Rooms.
Have you seen Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs?
Tarantino is not overrated, he has heavy supporters and heavy opposers, but
Of course I have. Reservoir Dogs was a fantastic little debut that I really enjoyed. It's intelligent, sloppy and unrefined. It's better than Pulp Fiction, which I also really liked by the way. Wow, what an exciting director. Then he steps up the game with Jackie Brown, which was great, for the first time characters that were actual individuals, great stories and flow, his best movie, still.
But what happened? It tanked at the cinemas (and by that I don't mean failed, it simply didn't achieve the figures the hype following his first two big pictures suggested). So he goes back to his safety zone, and instead of seeing his evolution to a butterfly, he degenerates back into a slug. It's like the 20 year old who still hangs out outside high school, or the 30 year old frat boy. Infantile, collegehumor.net level amped to 11. What happened to all that promise, why is the guy flatlining? Don't get me started on Death Proof and Bastards and let's not pretend the likes of Four Rooms didn't happen.
you have to admit he does things nobody else does.
He doesnt' innovate, excuse me for being presumptuous and correct me if I'm wrong but I think you may be conflating that with his distinctive filmic presentation, which really amounts to a much of a muchness. Michael freaking Bay has his own style, so what? Style without substance is worthless.
Also, Kill Bill was great.
I love chop socky garbage cinema, it's my bread and butter. And on that level I enjoyed it. BUT, I cannot push to the back of my mind that the guy who directed this, what is essentially insubstantial filler, gave us Jackie Brown. I'm sorry but it completely deflates the movie. Well, that and the fact it was two movies long, had stupid needless references throughout and characters we were told we should care about but in reality couldn't give a flying fuck.
For the life of me I do not get metal. I lived with a guy in my first year at uni who blasted the likes of Pig Destroyer all day long, he took great delight in telling me how the guy who fronts them had spit up blood and forgotten the lyrics to some of the songs (because if you've heard anything from them, it's simply a growly shouty mess). Needless to say he moved out after the second semester, tuna in the radiator, salad cream spread across the window jambs, bedroom door going missing etc.
And it's not like I didn't try to at least understand it, but I can't help but laugh at guys in gimp hoods surfing on rotating makeshift drum kits made from beer kegs screaming people equal shit.
Tarantino as a whole is pretty damn overrated, Kill Bill and (especially) Inglourious. Jackie Brown was awesome tho.
Assad has been worried as far back as early 2000s about the US embargoes and falling petroleum income leading to his grip being weakened, he basically went to Erdogan in 06 I think and requested Turkey act as the middleman between a Syrian Israeli peace deal. Haaretz and another paper broke this story at the time which has been confirmed by the likes of the BBC. The double whammy, also confirmed through some leaked memos, is that part of the deal was Syria wanting to distance themselves from Tehran because Assad wants to cement his reputation (the sunni majority population don't hold Iran in high regard despite what the Baath says) as well as curry favour with the US with that move.
This is what those papers I mentioned before were worried about; another favourable dictator falls and a sizeable portion of their border will be under threat.
I was reading some Jerusalem Post pieces a while ago and the Israelis are in a right tizzy, Assad will most likely crush the Syrians a hundred times worse if they pull any stunts like he's seen in Libya, but man if he goes too then we've got an even more trigger happy than usual Israel to worry about too. You just know the Egyptian and potential Syrian uprisings will be less sympathetic to them than the previous administrations were.
I wonder what feeling you have when you're proudly and desperately fighting against corrupted soldiers with your bare hands and picked up stuff for you freedom…
It must be really intense, most likely terryfying, but when it ends, damn ! I hope they'll soon feel that magnificient relief.
Gaddafi is probably onto something when he talks about who'll bring back your dead sons so I'd say the emotions will be slightly more complex than relief
Man I'm breaking out in goosebumps at 2000 dead
For all his scumbaggery the fucker sure knows how to dress
Which judgement, the one about beating him up? I can imagine that to end up in this line of work he must have not had it easy. But he accepted to be hired for shooting people fighting for their freedom(fighting with stones & wooden sticks). A mercenary dsn't care about such things but that dsnt absolve him from a beat up. Notice I didnt say kill…
Man it really isn't cut and dried especially if you know anything about the African mercenary business. I'm not defending this guy in the slightest, but it's kind of obvious to understand why someone would become a dog of war when they have literally no other way to feed their family. It's just a sad situation all round; one poor mob funded by some bastard to mow down another poor mob.
By the way there are some pictures floating about of Libyans wielding Belgian rpgs and other equipment seized from some mercs. Belgium will basically sell weapons to anyone, even today, its from here where a large contingent of ex-military merc commanders working in sub-Saharan Africa come from too, partly because of the Belgian Congo and surrounding colonies. The generals who are battle proven essentially became celebrities in those societies, guys like Black Jack Schramme or Mike Hoare. The former was a huge land owner due to his campaign successes and had like 2500 workers on his land at one point.
Holy fuck…just come back from Pakistan a week ago. Saw the whole assassination situation braek out and develop right there, Rawalpindi was a fucking nuthouse, the scale of the public processions in support of Qadri were staggering; I've only seen one protest bigger and that was in London, Feb 03 when about a million people, conservatively, went out anti Iraq war. And I think that Pakistan serves as a very important parallel, not least because it is an Islamic republic like much of the Maghrib and Arabian peninsula, but they are crazy nationalistic, I mean, neocons have nothing on the general population of these places.
But this is the interesting dichotomy, because what allows us to compare the two, despite nationalism, is the pan Islamism movement, and it is incredibly strong and incredibly fierce. Politics is led from the pulpit, every Friday the entire country shuts down for a few hours at juma, and in the sermon in every non state-run mosque, which is the vaaaaast majority, all you will hear is information re the corrupt dogs in power, that secularism has failed and brought ruin to the country etc etc. Its the breeding ground that leads to thousands descending on the court house to shower Qadri in flowers, that leads to police sitting with the guy while in jail and literally weeping while he recites some Islamic poetry (the video is on youtube, the internal investigative services have since kicked the the police officer who recorded the video out the force, I believe).
A good, recent example in Syria, Shaykh Muhammad al Yaqoubi led a scathing rebuttal against the Grand Mufti of Syria for perceived offenses against the Prophet pbuh. The latter basically insulted the Prophet to a foreign delegation, the people were mad but they daren't stand up, because al Assad will have you disappear into the twilight zone. Shaykh Yaqoubi went out on the nearest Friday and lambasted the guy, and people hit the streets in droves. Of course he was then dismissed from his post but it is an indication of the power of the mosque.
This is one of the major obstacles to democratic rule, that regardless of who's in charge people go to the mosque and take the advice of the imam, hell that's true even in the UK. And that is one of the factors that leads to authoritative power structures, because most people simply don't want nor do they buy that they need anything more than Islamic law mandated from the mosques. Another factor is that guys who have jackbooted Pakistan in the past have led to immense moments of national pride; for example Bhutto's infamous quote about how [paraphrased] "we'll eat grass for the next 50 years if we have to, so long as we get a nuke of our own". And how can you blame them, the wounds of partition are still very raw and the posturing India and Pakistan have continued for the last 60 years only let them fester, so when India dropped the smiling Buddha it was do or die, and a scumbag like Bhutto came through with Chagai. Despite all his talk of secularism and writing a whole new constitution, he murdered his political opponents and fed off the Islamic block on a platform of militarism.
Then you have Pakistan's strongest ally, the not too democratic, human rights friendly China opening numerous weapons factories and facilities, armed forces cooperation, developing industry throughout the land and providing all round investment to the nation. People see a tangible benefit from allying with these guys over the democratic West.
The same can be said for the Arab states, at least the oil producing nations, because the people have enjoyed massive social benefits alongside the iron rule e.g. UK imams being arrested by the Saudi religious police. The people don't like it, but they're not about to rock the gravy train…at least until oil is still pumping.
What I'm really trying to say is, as exciting as these revolutions seem, I really don't hold any hope at all that we'll see anything democratic emerge from the ashes (Algeria post-France?). A Yemeni I know from school pretty much agrees re their situation. Almost agree with all Zephos' outlook on the nations, Morocco, Libya, Mauritania and the Gulf oil states are all safe, Sudan won't see anything despite the partition, Lebanon is going down the pan and Iraq and Somalia are already in it. The wildcard is Syria, looks unlikely but anything can happen right now. It's tense.
I love Gaddafi, I think with his tent camp and horses he probably thinks himself like a historical war leader, kinda like Aurungzeb showing up outside enemy cities to lay siege with his moving capital city of 50000 elephants.
Also, I had no idea that Brunei, Taiwan and South Korea were so well off.
Brunei has one of the biggest prospective oil and gas reserves in the world, I think I read somewhere the sultan has the biggest supercar collection on the planet or something. Small population and filthy rich, there are more motor vehicles than humans in the country.
I've been to Borneo and it is an absolutely beautiful island, I guess I really am a country boy born in the city, loved the hiking, the climbing, canoeing and via ferrata we traversed there. The culture is a completely different pace to the UK.
I would love to work for the NPC in Brunei, am currently on BP Singapore's UK cadet programme, the problem is all these international petro companies in Brunei, the Emirates and wherever want guys with like 10 years experience to come and run project, they're not investing in training people up.
South Korea you obviously know; Seoul a smouldering wreck after the war and in 50 years a glittering city has sprung up in its stead. Taiwan is pretty precarious with the Chinese situation.
It's not always one or the other, there can be an overlap, a good example of which is the 70 man Yoshioka war. There was definite gratuity involved, hedonistic even though that may be too strong a word to use here, however it was woven so completely into the storied history of that clan and its defeat, and Takezo's entire philosophy on getting to the top at the time and the slow path he has travelled ever since. It was almost a shellshock moment for the reader; we had been gleefully cheering him on in these grueling duels time and again, and now he has killed 70 people getting himself mutilated in the process. It was the moment that began cementing the change of approach in his and our mindset.
I love how some people in this thread are conflating an entire continent: you can literally tell the difference between small tribes of black African peoples living in Nigeria or Cote d;Ivoire, let alone the population of a land mass bigger than North America.
Agree: 4,46: 1 point
Disagree: 24,30: 1 point
It's like saying Death Note is literature, when it never touched the vigilantism issue staring us in the face with a 40ft barge pole
That didn't stop it from being a fun romp (pre-L-death, of course).
Would anyone seriously compare Paranormal Activity with, say, The Shining?
Lone Wolf and Cub is the only manga I've ever read where I thought this is lit.
Well, that and Nausicaa, but Retsudo for life.
Obviously the major problem here is those saying its one of the best can't contextualise it, so my suggestion would be to read some more fucking books.
I randomly met an old school buddy who I'd lost contact with recently and got to reminiscing, which led me to remember an incident at school with amazing clarity:
Mr Skopek was an East German D&T woodwork teacher, the guy was this wiry giant with Dennis Taylor glasses who didn't give a shit about workshop health and safety and whatnot (for example, he would tell us about dodging falling tools and then attempt to catch a chisel with his boots). Anyway, one day a random lunatic, he was literally insane, burst into the workshop, brandishing a machete. The assistant ducked under a table, everyone shat their pants, you could hear a pin drop, but this dude who jumped the Berlin wall, after a moments hesitation, calmly walked up to him, twatted him with the hammer he had been holding and then kneed him in the head as he lay prone on the floor.
From the same school was an English teacher, Mr Cornall, who did no work ever, never took the register (he used to mark every single person present even if the room was half full), sat on the filing cabinet having us go round and round the class reading a book before interjecting with something pant-pissingly funny, occasionally throwing a fit, slamming chairs or tables against the wall, etc etc. Oh yeah, and his old Ford didn't have working indicators, so he would drive past the bus stop sticking his hand out the window to indicate.
Another guy from there, Mr Razzak, History: all I remember is this one used to have you hold your bag above your head the entire lesson on an emotional whim. This was especially bad after Games (ridiculously heavy bag with all the kit). He also had a collection of WWI guns that he had permission to bring in and flaunt.
Anyway what about you, they don't have to be fucked up like the above examples, even some inspiring teachers, which I may relate at a later time.
Broken nose but +1 in my amateur record win column yeeeeeeeeeeeahh
Yes. Go into a crowd of One Piece fans who are discussing Skypiea and starting calling him Viper. I pretty sure they won't look at you strange.
He posted that on this board and the reaction was restricted to pretty much your sorry aspergers ass that threw a hissy fit. Shut up already.