Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sumdood: Terrorist?

Wally points us to this interesting turn of events. Sumdood, no longer content with minor shoplifting, wealth redistribution, or unlicensed pharmaceutical dealings, has moved to bigger things...

Bolivian Police Seize 2 Tons of Uranium
Bolivian police on Tuesday confiscated two tons of uranium that was being stored at a building in central La Paz located near the U.S. and Spanish embassies.
Four people, all of them Bolivian nationals, were arrested while they were transferring the uranium from one vehicle to another, Deputy Interior Minister Jorge Perez said.
Moderately pucker-inducing that two tons of uranium is being transferred around Bolivia with little fanfare, but where's Sumdood, you ask?
Perez said one of the people arrested is an engineer who told police he was holding the uranium for other people, but provided no information on the owners of the cache.
(emphasis mine)

See? Sumdood is selling uranium by the ton now! No one is safe! I wonder if the uranium just happened to turn up in the pants the engineer was wearing? Maybe they found the uranium in the trunk of the engineer's car? Perhaps hidden under the spare tire? Oh, wait, no, this was 4,000 pounds - a little hard to hide in the glove box...

So Sumdood can now add "International Man of Mystery" to his long list of misdeeds...

That is all.

12 comments:

John said...

He was holding it for some guy with crazy white hair driving a DeLorean.

ASM826 said...

Sumdood and anyone else who spends much time in the vicinity of that material are going to be studying radioactive side effects firsthand.

Lead. Lots and lots of lead. They should have had it.

notDilbert said...

“………in this week’s episode of IRT -South America , Alex and Lisa backhaul a load of Uranium Ore from the mine on the “Death Road” and learn the hard way not to ask too many questions when they transfer their load to Sumdood in a fleet of Toytota HiLux’s in a La Paz back alley.”

Dave H said...

Refined uranium is heavy. 4000 pounds is about a tenth of a cubic meter. (About as much volume as 26 gallons of water - a decent sized home aquarium.)

Radioactivity varies depending on what isotope it is, but it's always highly toxic.

Roy said...

Reporters are stupid so you can never trust the accuracy of stories coming out of today's media. You would think anyone knowledgeable enough to acquire refined uranium, would be knowledgeable enough to know how to transport it. 2 tons of Uranium is a lot, so I suspect the quoted figure figure includes the shielded container.

Alan said...

Sumdood: "It's not my uranium! It's Mookie's, I was just holding it for him. These aren't even my pants, man."

Anonymous said...

Me thinks somebody be scaming Sumdude or Sumdude be scaming someone else.

Don't be surprised if the Bolivian National PoPo say never mind.

Gerry

Anonymous said...

Alan,

"These aren't even my pants, man."

I love that excuse.

Gerry

nukehayes said...

That much uranium is only 3.35 cubic feet of volume, which equates to about 95 liters. It's not like there were 50 pallets of this stuff.

Mark said...

Why does that make me think of this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_bomb

Lokidude said...

Standing On Corner, Minding Own Uranium.

Ritchie said...

Well, when they write “There is the possible existence of uranium in the screening solids, but it deserves research and scientific expertise,” this makes me suspect that the material in question is probably not uranium metal, but possibly uranium oxide, which is basically dirt you don't want to hang about near, or it could be concentrated ore, or even mine tailings. The leading photo is a file photo. Look, journos waving the Deadly Radioactive Uranium flag.