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2009-10-08 01:20:58 PM
Why is anyone surprised?

I have no idea what you're talking about, so here's a picture of a pooping nuclear bunny with a pancake on its head.

[Pretend you can see it... I'm at work, and Imageshack is blocked]
 
2009-10-08 01:28:40 PM
I thought they were "smart pills".
 
2009-10-08 01:28:42 PM
I wonder who will get the blame for this....

Let the battle begin.
 
2009-10-08 01:29:20 PM
I dunno. I think I'd like to know where the radioactive rabbit poop is, at least for avoidance purposes.

/no possible other reason. Really. None at all.
 
2009-10-08 01:31:08 PM
oh well. it's not like american small businesses needed that money that was taken from them anyway.
 
2009-10-08 01:31:19 PM
Flying radioactive rabbit poop? What did we do to rabbits to piss them off so?
 
2009-10-08 01:32:41 PM
I really can't hear why anyone would find it comic or wasteful.

WTF are you people thinking? Buried nuclear waste had leeched into the ecosystem and they decided to do something about it.

"Ho ho! Wait till Rush gets to this!"

Are you all nuts?
 
2009-10-08 01:36:38 PM
I live right next to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, so I am not really getting a kick out of this.

Seriously, the town I live in is directly down river ( the Columbia) from Hanford.) I was playing golf two weeks ago and a black helicopter was flying up & down the river about 30 feet in the air. I thought it was strange, now I know why. Yeesh.
 
2009-10-08 01:40:11 PM
Any thread referencing dung is obviously racist.

/calling the dung boy citing racism
 
2009-10-08 01:40:13 PM
That rabbit's dynamite!
 
2009-10-08 01:40:28 PM
This has been an issue for a long time. I remember my dad talking about it (and other hilarious random issues connected to it) years and years ago.

I think the tumbleweeds were/are funnier though.
 
2009-10-08 01:42:25 PM
img1.photographersdirect.com

OBJECT FOUND
 
2009-10-08 01:44:13 PM
Whoah! It's like Senator Proxmire is submitting articles...from beyond the grave!!!
 
2009-10-08 01:44:34 PM
Hows does crap like this become eligible for stimulus? I've seen dozens of stories where stimulus money is spent on completely insane things. Rabbit poop, traffic light camera, banks, car companies, and those are the ones I can remember.

Before you all say its radioactive, blah blah blah. There are programs for that type of research. It seems that the government has begun to think of the word "stimulus" as a big freakin blank check to spend on whatever bonehead idea they have in mind.

Frankly, I am sick of it from both sides of the aisle. Both Democrats and Republicans are to blame for this and both had better get thier act together and stop with this spending us into oblivion.
 
2009-10-08 01:46:41 PM
I'm not sure I mind $300,000 to track down loose radiation sources.
 
2009-10-08 01:46:48 PM
Back in 1997 I got paid to search for radioactive mouse poop at the Oak Ridge National Lab, so I'm getting a kick, etc, etc.
 
2009-10-08 01:46:52 PM
Where's the cat that said providing new toilets to parks was stimulus?
 
2009-10-08 01:51:27 PM
yakmans_dad: I really can't hear why anyone would find it comic or wasteful.

WTF are you people thinking? Buried nuclear waste had leeched into the ecosystem and they decided to do something about it.

"Ho ho! Wait till Rush gets to this!"

Are you all nuts?


Honestly, I don't think most of our issues with this re about the fact tht money is being spent in this fashion. On the contrary, I think this is important and critical work. The isssue is that it's stimulus money being used.

It's sort of like taking money out of your kid's college fund for repiring the swimming pool in the back yard.
 
2009-10-08 01:51:29 PM
Lograin: Hows does crap like this become eligible for stimulus? I've seen dozens of stories where stimulus money is spent on completely insane things. Rabbit poop, traffic light camera, banks, car companies, and those are the ones I can remember.

Before you all say its radioactive, blah blah blah. There are programs for that type of research. It seems that the government has begun to think of the word "stimulus" as a big freakin blank check to spend on whatever bonehead idea they have in mind.

Frankly, I am sick of it from both sides of the aisle. Both Democrats and Republicans are to blame for this and both had better get thier act together and stop with this spending us into oblivion.


Yeah, why the fark is the US government spending money on cleaning up this? It isn't like they created what is deemed the most polluted site on Earth! Oh wait, they did.
 
2009-10-08 01:51:40 PM
How big of a problem is said mildly radioactive poop? Does it truly cause a problem? Would it blend in with the background radiation in a short time? Obviously it's emitting at higher levels than background, but what is actual demonstrable risk?
 
2009-10-08 01:53:02 PM
MrSteve007: Yeah, why the fark is the US government spending money on cleaning up this? It isn't like they created what is deemed the most polluted site on Earth! Oh wait, they did.

Citation needed. Especially since NJ is still a state, China still a country, India still a country, etc.
 
2009-10-08 01:58:50 PM
lol volcano monitoring!
 
2009-10-08 02:06:46 PM
Cleaning up radioactive waste is stupid. They should be spending the money on Jesus.
 
2009-10-08 02:07:24 PM
MrSteve007: Yeah, why the fark is the US government spending money on cleaning up this? It isn't like they created what is deemed the most polluted site on Earth! Oh wait, they did.

Other than the fact that you obviously didn't do your research, you didn't read my comment completely either. I get sick of idiots like you who spout off without ever actually reading what is being said. I will paste an important part of it back in for you. Take the time to read it and you will see I said nothing about not cleaning it up.

"Before you all say its radioactive, blah blah blah. There are programs for that type of research. It seems that the government has begun to think of the word "stimulus" as a big freakin blank check to spend on whatever bonehead idea they have in mind."

Good, so please tell me where I said that cleaning it up was a bad idea? Did you not see the comment about the government programs already in place for this type of research? If not, please reread the above passage.
 
2009-10-08 02:09:15 PM
so, to recap: the govt dumped 50 million gallons of radioactive liquid and now it's paying a private company (who presumably employs people who purchase goods and services) to study the consequences.

and the fark teabag brigade is saying, "ZOMG!!!!!!1!!!GOVERNMENTWASTEGARRBL!11!!!"

how utterly predictable.
 
2009-10-08 02:09:49 PM
Lograin: Hows does crap like this become eligible for stimulus? I've seen dozens of stories where stimulus money is spent on completely insane things. Rabbit poop, traffic light camera, banks, car companies, and those are the ones I can remember.

Before you all say its radioactive, blah blah blah. There are programs for that type of research. It seems that the government has begun to think of the word "stimulus" as a big freakin blank check to spend on whatever bonehead idea they have in mind.

Frankly, I am sick of it from both sides of the aisle. Both Democrats and Republicans are to blame for this and both had better get thier act together and stop with this spending us into oblivion.


RTFA Retard,

Radioactive waste was buried by the government. Rabbits got to it, and now they're spreading some radioactivity. Government is cleaning up the mess.

THEY'RE CLEANING UP AFTER THEMSELVES.
 
2009-10-08 02:11:36 PM
Lograin: Before you all say its radioactive, blah blah blah. There are programs for that type of research. It seems that the government has begun to think of the word "stimulus" as a big freakin blank check to spend on whatever bonehead idea they have in mind.

You seem to have missed that they were already picking this stuff up. The money was spent, sensibly enough, on getting better at it. I think a vast amount of the stimulus money is going to go down a (non-radioactive) rabbit hole. But this seems like a pretty good use of funds.
 
2009-10-08 02:17:30 PM
FlashHarry: so, to recap: the govt dumped 50 million gallons of radioactive liquid and now it's paying a private company (who presumably employs people who purchase goods and services) to study the consequences.

and the fark teabag brigade is saying, "ZOMG!!!!!!1!!!GOVERNMENTWASTEGARRBL!11!!!"

how utterly predictable.


I'm just building my barricade for the Night of the Lepus, sure to come soon.
 
2009-10-08 02:18:58 PM
ronapryhs:
Citation needed. Especially since NJ is still a state, China still a country, India still a country, etc.


Here is a good start for you:
Link (new window)

Do a google search on Hanford Pollution. There are a lot of articles out there. I have lived in the tri Cities, WA since 1980. There are a lot of nasty things out on the Hanford Reservation. I worked for the local Caterpillar Dealership here, and I know, personally, that there are (8) D10 Crawler Tractors buried out there. They were leased, and got "crapped up" So they were purchased and buried in a contamination zone.
 
2009-10-08 02:22:50 PM
You don't want the radioactive rabbit poop picked up subby?
 
2009-10-08 02:23:03 PM
Manfred J. Hattan: Lograin: Before you all say its radioactive, blah blah blah. There are programs for that type of research. It seems that the government has begun to think of the word "stimulus" as a big freakin blank check to spend on whatever bonehead idea they have in mind.

You seem to have missed that they were already picking this stuff up. The money was spent, sensibly enough, on getting better at it. I think a vast amount of the stimulus money is going to go down a (non-radioactive) rabbit hole. But this seems like a pretty good use of funds.


Point taken, but again putting it under the "stimulus" title just makes the whole idea of stimulus rather malignant. There are other government programs for this work. My point was that putting something under the title "stimulus" seems to make it a big blank check for whatever agency is handling the money. the point wasn't that they were cleaning it up or that they needed the money. The point was that everything is falling under the "stimulus" moniker and to programs taht have very litte to no direct economic benefit.

People like Steve and Hyperflame seem to think I am trashing the idea of cleaning up the waste. This is not the case at all. It is the idea that some government official thought it best to spend money for stimulating our economy on this pet project when the funds cound have gone to proper usage and the project could have gotten its funding from the correct grant available to them.

Btw, thank you for reading my post and responding logically.
 
2009-10-08 02:23:24 PM
i, for one, welcome our radioactive rabbit poop pooping overlords.
 
2009-10-08 02:24:57 PM
Fano: I'm just building my barricade for the Night of the Lepus, sure to come soon.

www.horrortalk.com

that has to be the least scariest horror movie poster ever!
 
2009-10-08 02:25:08 PM
Devil's Playground: ronapryhs:
Citation needed. Especially since NJ is still a state, China still a country, India still a country, etc.


Here is a good start for you:
Link (new window)

Do a google search on Hanford Pollution. There are a lot of articles out there. I have lived in the tri Cities, WA since 1980. There are a lot of nasty things out on the Hanford Reservation. I worked for the local Caterpillar Dealership here, and I know, personally, that there are (8) D10 Crawler Tractors buried out there. They were leased, and got "crapped up" So they were purchased and buried in a contamination zone.


I always thought that the buried radiation from Hanford was the scary reality behind Twin Peaks. It probably wasn't but it's a scarier idea than what they came up with.
 
2009-10-08 02:30:00 PM
budmur: Back in 1997 I got paid to search for radioactive mouse poop at the Oak Ridge National Lab, so I'm getting a kick, etc, etc.

Come on now. Admit it. That was just a hobby not a job.
 
2009-10-08 02:31:23 PM
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"...or you can get $300,000 to study radioactive bunny poop!"
 
2009-10-08 02:40:18 PM
Yakman's Dad:
I always thought that the buried radiation from Hanford was the scary reality behind Twin Peaks. It probably wasn't but it's a scarier idea than what they came up with.

But North Bend is not downwind.....
 
2009-10-08 02:43:01 PM
Lograin: "There are other government programs for this work"

And they certainly don't have the budget to cover the large one-time expense of adding a helicopter to their operations any time soon.

So it still sounds pretty stimulus-y to me. Given that we're using 'stimulus' to mean 'artificial demand for large cap expenditures'.

But I'd much rather see existing programs given budget boosts to become more effective than single-industry pork like Cash for Clunkers.
 
2009-10-08 02:46:25 PM
How is this different from any other 'stimulus' spending (excluding sex toys)?

It is providing a temporary job to someone, same as any other 'stimulus' spending. The value of the purchase was never a consideration, just to get people back to work.

Like by where I work (New Brunswick NJ if anyone cares). They tore up a sidewalk on a brand new bridge to redo it with stimulus funds. The old sidewalk was perfectly functional, having only been open for a few months, for the 10 or 15 people a week who walked across it, but tearing it up and redoing it gave people a job for a few more months.

My only surprise is that people are surprised this is going on. Govwernment has never been an efficient means for monetary (re)distribution no matter who is at the helm and it never will be. Anyone who thinks differently has a more bizarre faith then most other religions since at least religions admit their dogma is based on miracles. Faith in government efficiency has never occurred but we are all supposed to have faith that 'this time it will'? But will efficient government supporters admit it would be a miracle? I doubt it.
 
2009-10-08 02:50:28 PM
just_a_typical_guy: "...or you can get $300,000 to study radioactive bunny poop!"

*golf clap*

/I harrumphed
 
2009-10-08 02:51:21 PM

FTA:

ince the radioactive scat has been pinpointed, cleanup crews won't have to dig up as much soil to transfer to a huge Hanford landfill where mildly radioactive debris is dumped, covered and protected, Millikin said.



I have a relative who works for a major player in Superfund cleanups, 300k is a DROP IN THE FARKING BUCKET.

What is it that pisses the GOP and her fanboys off most about this? That it involves science? That we're cleaning up after corporations instead of letting every kid in 250 miles get leukemia? That taxpayer money is being used to save even more taxpayer money? That a black man is President?
 
2009-10-08 02:54:13 PM
Lograin: Point taken, but again putting it under the "stimulus" title just makes the whole idea of stimulus rather malignant. There are other government programs for this work. My point was that putting something under the title "stimulus" seems to make it a big blank check for whatever agency is handling the money. the point wasn't that they were cleaning it up or that they needed the money. The point was that everything is falling under the "stimulus" moniker and to programs taht have very litte to no direct economic benefit.

Fair enough. I come down on almost exactly the opposite side of the issue. If you're gonna have an economic stimulus through spending rather than tax cuts (and that's sometimes appropriate), I think the absolute best way to spend the money is to do things which are good ideas but which you might not have found the money for otherwise. This kind of thing, upgrading bridges so they don't fall into the water, going to Mars, etc. It's better in my mind than choosing favored industries and just "stimulating" them or, worse, direct transfer payments to companies or people.

In this instance, a manufacturer of radioactivity detectors, a helicopter operator, a pilot all got paid for doing what they already do best and Hannaford got better at what they're already doing.

I'm a fan of this one and I don't think it's inappropriate to stick it under "stimulus."

People like Steve and Hyperflame seem to think I am trashing the idea of cleaning up the waste. This is not the case at all. It is the idea that some government official thought it best to spend money for stimulating our economy on this pet project when the funds cound have gone to proper usage and the project could have gotten its funding from the correct grant available to them.

Btw, thank you for reading my post and responding logically.
 
2009-10-08 02:54:56 PM
This type of thing is actually a problem in a lot of places. I have a couple of friends who work for DOE in nuclear energy, and one of them was working at a facility in Tennessee for a few months. It being a fairly rural area, there are wild critters that live on or wander across the grounds. She said that the hunters have to bring any deer they shoot in the vicinity in to be tested for levels of radioactivity before they're allowed to eat it. Also, they noticed splotches of radioactive waste on the road, and it turned out to frogs who jumped across the road getting hit by cars and leaving splooges of radioactivity even after the bodies wore away

You have to wonder if this is in fact the best answer to our energy needs...
 
2009-10-08 02:56:22 PM
Lograin:
Point taken, but again putting it under the "stimulus" title just makes the whole idea of stimulus rather malignant. There are other government programs for this work. My point was that putting something under the title "stimulus" seems to make it a big blank check for whatever agency is handling the money. the point wasn't that they were cleaning it up or that they needed the money. The point was that everything is falling under the "stimulus" moniker and to programs taht have very litte to no direct economic benefit.



Define "proper usage".

The point of the stimulus is to get a shot of cash into the economy quickly. Many kinds of "shovel-ready" projects will do as conduits, and work better than, say, throwing cash out of airplanes. Infrastructure and other long-term investment projects are best, but due to government having been drowned in the bathtub, there aren't that many of those that are shovel-ready. (Would that there were plans already in the books for high-speed rail lines in a couple of 300-mile urban corridors, but alas... we're pretty far behind.)

Government cleaning up after itself (after the Cold War, really) isn't a glamour project and isn't the kind of infrastructure investment with immediate payoff, but it does pay honest people to do honest work that is valuable to society at large. And what do we know... once they know what's up with the spread of this rad-waste and can clean it up, maybe that'll clear currently off-limits areas for use for development, new roads/schools, parks, etc.
 
2009-10-08 02:57:35 PM
Apik0r0s: What is it that pisses the GOP and her fanboys off most about this? That it involves science? That we're cleaning up after corporations instead of letting every kid in 250 miles get leukemia? That taxpayer money is being used to save even more taxpayer money? That a black man is President?

Mostly it's that they're not burying your sorry ass with the contaminated poop.
 
2009-10-08 03:03:12 PM
Apik0r0s: I have a relative who works for a major player in Superfund cleanups, 300k is a DROP IN THE FARKING BUCKET.

What is it that pisses the GOP and her fanboys off most about this? That it involves science? That we're cleaning up after corporations instead of letting every kid in 250 miles get leukemia? That taxpayer money is being used to save even more taxpayer money? That a black man is President?


Somebody forgot to take their medication this morning.
 
2009-10-08 03:10:58 PM
Or, as Subby had been led to believe, raisins.
 
2009-10-08 03:12:07 PM
EddyKilowatt: Lograin:
"maybe that'll clear currently off-limits areas for use for development, new roads/schools, parks, etc."


While that may seem like a noble reason there is NO chance that any school, park, mall, housing development etc. will ever go up anywhere near most of those sites. At least not in the next few hundred years.

As a native West Richlander I always feel a little slighted that the chemical weapons depot an hour south in Umatilla (also home to the nearest strip club) never gets any of pub that Hanford gets. The Tri-Cities, stuck between a nuclear waste dump and a chemical weapons depot. I love the smell of radioactive plumes in the morning...
 
2009-10-08 03:12:33 PM
Devil's Playground: ronapryhs:
Citation needed. Especially since NJ is still a state, China still a country, India still a country, etc.


Here is a good start for you:
Link (new window)

Do a google search on Hanford Pollution. There are a lot of articles out there. I have lived in the tri Cities, WA since 1980. There are a lot of nasty things out on the Hanford Reservation. I worked for the local Caterpillar Dealership here, and I know, personally, that there are (8) D10 Crawler Tractors buried out there. They were leased, and got "crapped up" So they were purchased and buried in a contamination zone.


Would it help if I pointed out that I never said it wasn't polluted or even that it's very polluted? My point is that I sincerely doubt that it's the most polluted spot in the world, as the OP stated.
 
2009-10-08 03:12:49 PM
Apik0r0s: What is it that pisses the GOP and her fanboys off most about this?

My guess is that they had a different fate planned for the rabbits...
 
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