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(NBC News)   Seattle's mystery of unknown underground object that stopped its big borer Bertha has been solved, and it's the definition of an anticlimax   (usnews.nbcnews.com) divider line 90
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2014-01-06 09:14:30 AM
Bloggers/columnists that were speculating ancient artifact/crashed alien ship ("nothing human-made could be so tough!")/secret bunker will learn from this episode... absolutely nothing.
 
2014-01-06 09:19:33 AM
That's boring.
 
2014-01-06 09:23:03 AM
It's a streetlight test well
 
2014-01-06 09:23:16 AM
Of COURSE that's what the media's going to say. If it told the truth, there'd be chaos in the streets.
 
2014-01-06 09:23:37 AM
an·ti·cli·max
ˌantēˈklīˌmaks,ˌantī-/
noun
noun: anticlimax; plural noun: anticlimaxes; noun: anti-climax; plural noun: anti-climaxes
1
.
a disappointing end to an exciting or impressive series of events, usually involving a large pipe.


Huh, look at that.
 
2014-01-06 09:23:57 AM
That's what they want us to think, but we know better!
 
2014-01-06 09:24:09 AM
I'm curious as to what they will do... can the pipe be removed, or will they reroute Bertha?
 
2014-01-06 09:24:32 AM
Media speculated it was ancient artifacts worthy of Indiana Jones, I doubt the constructions company though it was anything other than a big rock or metal pipe.
 
2014-01-06 09:24:57 AM
"We need to investigate further to see if there are other factors that could have contributed to the blockage,"  Matt Preedy, a deputy administrator on the project, said in a statement.

So they're not ruling out aliens...
 
2014-01-06 09:26:37 AM

czetie: Bloggers/columnists that were speculating ancient artifact/crashed alien ship ("nothing human-made could be so tough!")/secret bunker will learn from this episode... absolutely nothing.


I'm not sure where they get off making that claim, because it was a steel pipe and according to the same type of people steel is so tough that it can't even be melted by fire.

/9/11 was an inside job! Well, inside the ground. Under Seattle. Where it was a steel pipe. Grumble grumble sheeple grumble...
 
2014-01-06 09:28:37 AM
they clearly didn't call 811 first.

www.callbeforeyoudig.org
 
2014-01-06 09:31:10 AM
mole men?
 
2014-01-06 09:32:20 AM

docmattic: I'm curious as to what they will do... can the pipe be removed, or will they reroute Bertha?


You can't reroute a giant borer like that. They'll have to send workers into the high pressure area around the cutter head to repair the damaged cutters and maybe remove the pipe.

From what I understand it's like working in a deep sea pressure environment. Bertha is under the water table and groundwater pressure is immense, which is why they had to drill a bunch of wells and pump water out to reduce the pressure.
 
2014-01-06 09:32:35 AM
BORE---ing
 
2014-01-06 09:32:40 AM
Bah. Well at least no one took my tungsten bet.
 
2014-01-06 09:32:42 AM
My definition of anti-climax is a naked 90 year-old grandma eating shredded wheat, her teeth in a glass next to the bowl.  So this doesn't match.
 
2014-01-06 09:33:09 AM

doublesecretprobation: they clearly didn't call 811 first.

www.callbeforeyoudig.org


That made me chuckle.
 
2014-01-06 09:33:36 AM
Why are these big machines always called Bertha? Why not Lucy, or Mathilda?
 
2014-01-06 09:33:40 AM
Geraldo's tomb?
 
2014-01-06 09:34:36 AM

dustygrimp: My definition of anti-climax is a naked 90 year-old grandma eating shredded wheat, her teeth in a glass next to the bowl.  So this doesn't match.


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2014-01-06 09:34:43 AM

poorjon: czetie: Bloggers/columnists that were speculating ancient artifact/crashed alien ship ("nothing human-made could be so tough!")/secret bunker will learn from this episode... absolutely nothing.

I'm not sure where they get off making that claim, because it was a steel pipe and according to the same type of people steel is so tough that it can't even be melted by fire.

/9/11 was an inside job! Well, inside the ground. Under Seattle. Where it was a steel pipe. Grumble grumble sheeple grumble...


Nicely played.

Perhaps the so-called pipe is actually where they buried the indestructible debris from the Twin Towers to conceal the evidence as far from New York as possible?

Amusingly, it does seem to be a hallmark of conspiracy nuts that they are able to hold mutually contradictory positions at one time. I used to know one who believed that (a) Phil the Greek had Diana killed and (b) she isn't really dead, she faked it to escape from public scrutiny.
 
2014-01-06 09:35:02 AM
Well well well. That was boring.
 
2014-01-06 09:35:34 AM

dustygrimp: My definition of anti-climax is a naked 90 year-old grandma eating shredded wheat, her teeth in a glass next to the bowl.  So this doesn't match.


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2014-01-06 09:37:47 AM

Bslim: Why are these big machines always called Bertha? Why not Lucy, or Mathilda?


Large Lucy or Massive Mathilda just don't have the same ring to them
 
2014-01-06 09:38:06 AM

dustygrimp: My definition of anti-climax is a naked 90 year-old grandma eating shredded wheat, her teeth in a glass next to the bowl.  So this doesn't match.


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2014-01-06 09:38:28 AM
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2014-01-06 09:38:40 AM
Yeah but who put it there?
 
2014-01-06 09:39:14 AM
"It could be Jimmy Hoffa, it might be Sasquatch or it could be a flying saucer, you know," local historian Feliks Banel told NBC News last month, more than a little tongue in cheek.

I'm glad they added that caveat, I would have thought him serious otherwise.

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2014-01-06 09:39:22 AM
This doesn't address anything. Has anyone seen a picture of the supposed pipe? Has anyone heard from anyone NOT involved with the project that it was a pipe? It should not have taken them this long to determine that it was a pipe that is marked on the utility survey of the dig route. This smells of cover-up.
 
2014-01-06 09:45:27 AM
I was hoping for a vault of advanced alien technology. Siiiiiigh.
 
2014-01-06 09:47:14 AM

Cyclometh: docmattic: I'm curious as to what they will do... can the pipe be removed, or will they reroute Bertha?

You can't reroute a giant borer like that. They'll have to send workers into the high pressure area around the cutter head to repair the damaged cutters and maybe remove the pipe.

From what I understand it's like working in a deep sea pressure environment. Bertha is under the water table and groundwater pressure is immense, which is why they had to drill a bunch of wells and pump water out to reduce the pressure.


According to the article, what they're drilling through is industrial filler. It was above ground until pretty recently. They should be well above the water table.
 
2014-01-06 09:48:57 AM
This will be Obama's Watergate
 
2014-01-06 09:49:30 AM
You know, this is exactly how Reign of Fire started out.....
 
2014-01-06 09:50:04 AM

texdent: That's boring.


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It's a boring machine.
 
2014-01-06 09:50:07 AM

czetie: Perhaps the so-called pipe is actually where they buried the indestructible debris from the Twin Towers to conceal the evidence as far from New York as possible?


Nah. If anything it was where they were storing those reflective stripes they put on stop signs to tell the UN where to go when they invade to take our guns. The next step in the plan is for the UN to pawn the seized guns to buy themselves a GPS.

/Which they will use to guide the airplanes which disperse the genetically modified BPA-containing gluten which is either giving our children a case of teh ghey or irritated bowels depending on if you fear BPA or gluten more.
 
2014-01-06 09:53:39 AM
 Wait until they hit the toxic waste in rusting 55 gallon drums.
 
2014-01-06 09:54:32 AM
I'm still trying to figure out who was disappointed after expecting some sort of "climax" because a piece of drilling machinery was blocked... who built this up, in their minds, to the point where, after being told it was just an 8" well pipe, went "...are kidding? That's it? I waited breathlessly for the news and received... this? Damn, man, damn."
 
2014-01-06 09:55:32 AM

memebot_of_doom: texdent: That's boring.

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It's a boring machine.


And TFA says it's a "two-mile long boring journey".

Sheesh, kids these days. Can't even keep themselves entertained for a two-mile journey.
 
2014-01-06 09:58:16 AM
OK, back the 50 million dollar boring machine out and I'll climb down there and cut it off with a sawzall

Thing can chew through rocks but a small metal pipe stops it?
 
2014-01-06 10:07:17 AM

Interceptor1: Wait until they hit the toxic waste in rusting 55 gallon drums.




Nah that's on the shore of the Columbia River, one of the largest river systems on the continent. And it's been actively leaking for a long time.
 
2014-01-06 10:08:59 AM
Am I the only one slightly disappointed that the headline wasn't a clever pun on a geologic formation?

/not that it's not a good headline just a little...anticlimactic
//sorry
 
2014-01-06 10:13:07 AM

generallyso: Interceptor1: Wait until they hit the toxic waste in rusting 55 gallon drums.

Nah that's on the shore of the Columbia River, one of the largest river systems on the continent. And it's been actively leaking for a long time.


That shiat is everywhere.   There are a bunch of drums just off the Cedar River (Seattle watershed, booyah!)  leftover from the 60s and 70s.   The "cleanup plan" is for the companies that put it there to come in and bury them good.
 
2014-01-06 10:15:19 AM
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2014-01-06 10:22:13 AM
Seattle has a big boner named Bertha?
 
2014-01-06 10:27:01 AM

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Came to post this, damnit.
 
2014-01-06 10:37:10 AM

DavyBoySmith: BORE---ing


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2014-01-06 10:42:12 AM

Cybernetic: memebot_of_doom: texdent: That's boring.

[img.fark.net image 580x387]

It's a boring machine.

And TFA says it's a "two-mile long boring journey".

Sheesh, kids these days. Can't even keep themselves entertained for a two-mile journey.


Or as Peter Jackson likes to call it, a nine-hour trilogy.
 
2014-01-06 10:46:35 AM
Everybody submitted this story with a climactic headline.
 
2014-01-06 10:52:49 AM

Warthog: This doesn't address anything. Has anyone seen a picture of the supposed pipe? Has anyone heard from anyone NOT involved with the project that it was a pipe? It should not have taken them this long to determine that it was a pipe that is marked on the utility survey of the dig route. This smells of cover-up.


OH, there are layers of subterfuge here, my friend. Yes, it's a steel pipe, but they're hiding in plain sight. What they don't want you to know is how the steel pipe got there.

It was part of the plumbing system for the secret underground facility where they kept a captured alien ship and its very-much-alive occupants until they were moved to Dugway, Utah in the newly refurbished "Area 51"-style facility there. When they shut down the old site, they must have missed this pipe. Watch for certain contractors in the area to quietly disappear over the next few weeks.

This project was secretly run by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, so expect Darrell Issa to be coming out will new Benghazi charges soon. That was all part of the plan from the very beginning to divert attention away from what he's actually up to.
 
2014-01-06 10:53:37 AM
zzzzzzzz-snork-zzzzzzz
 
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