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    Farmboy

    Sorry, I meant to post a link to info about the Hanford site above, but the link goes to the site's front page for some reason. If you search for "Hanford" at the site it goes to, you can find it.

    Posted in: Gov't gives up on plan to buy land for storing nuclear waste

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    Farmboy

    The US has quite a few examples of how not to run a dump. http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/yakamanationfightsfornuclearwastecleanupathanford_site/. Yucca mountain, which Toshiko mentioned, looks like a better design, but people find it hard to trust when there are so many examples of poor management, and that has to include trust toward whoever is transporting waste to and from a potential site.

    Japan's example so far seems worse than the low bar set by the US. A great site still depends on skilled personnel to run it, and on continued funding forever, in good times and bad. Nevertheless, they have to create a space somewhere, and cutting down on transportation to and from the site seems like the best choice for both safety and cost.

    Posted in: Gov't gives up on plan to buy land for storing nuclear waste

  • 2

    Farmboy

    The rise in both job offers and joblessness suggests more people have started seeking work as they see the labor market improving, leading them to be counted as job-seekers, which pushes up the unemployment rate.

    Or maybe the job offers are so low that nobody can afford to take them.

    Posted in: Japan's jobless rate rises to 3.7%

  • 3

    Farmboy

    Time to call in an experienced ice wall contractor to troubleshoot. They actually exist, and it would have been cheaper and better if they had been called in first rather than wait for TEPCO to discover the principles by trial and error at their customer's and government's expense.

    Posted in: Ice wall to contain Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant isn’t freezing

  • 3

    Farmboy

    Tragedies such as these could have been avoided if the kids (and adults at a younger age) were trained properly.

    I would tend to agree, though rogue waves and sudden flooding represent challenges. I lived near the ocean when I was young, and all the elementary school kids were given "drownproofing" lessons. The lessons basically taught how to survive in the water for a long period of time. I think lessons specific to the dangers in the ocean and lakes around Japan would go a long way toward reducing the number of fatalities in the future.

    Posted in: 11 dead, 2 missing in weekend water-related accidents

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    Farmboy

    Geraldine Thomas, a professor of molecular pathology at Imperial College London, added the radiation doses would have been less than a person would receive on a flight from London to Tokyo.

    Sure, except the monkeys ate that radiation, and, if you like that analogy, they have been on a continuous flight between the two cities ever since this started.

    There's no causative link proven, yet some are accepting this as fact? Sounds like unverified speculation to me.

    There's some evidence pointing toward the possibility of a connection, yet some are not willing to see it as a possibility?

    Posted in: Fukushima monkeys show possible effects of radiation, study says

  • 0

    Farmboy

    This is from an ABC story. The National Guard csnnot legally do what you are imagining. Note the quotes:

    The Texas general in charge confirmed his troops cannot physically detain or send any of the thousands of surging immigrants, many of them mothers and children, back across the border.

    "We are planning on referring and deterring - so deterring with a visible presence," Major General Nichols, Adjutant General of Texas National Guard, said at the news conference.

    And the troops cannot use their weapons to stop illegal immigration.

    Posted in: Texas governor sending 1,000 National Guard troops to border

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    Farmboy

    Investigators believe the man contracted the bacterial infection after contact with a marmot

    I don't even want to know...

    Posted in: Parts of Chinese city sealed for bubonic plague

  • 0

    Farmboy

    When you have a slow drip water pipe at home and choose to ignore it and it starts leaking much more rapidly. What do you do?

    Well, what they've called the electricians to fix the leak in this case. The National Guard doesn't know squat about immigration, legal or illegal, and that is not their purpose. They are being misused, and I hope Perry is stuck with the bill. Meanwhile, if you want to stop half the immigration, go after the people who are hiring them illegally, and shut them down.. .

    Posted in: Texas governor sending 1,000 National Guard troops to border

  • 0

    Farmboy

    The National Guard is supposed to be used for natural disasters, civil unrest, or terrorist attacks. Perry says, "our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor." Which of these categories does that fall under? Who is detaining Central American children in squalor, anyway, and how will the National Guard prevent that? Are they going to arrest the kid? I don't understand his message.

    Posted in: Texas governor sending 1,000 National Guard troops to border

  • 0

    Farmboy

    Farmboy,and a lot of these casualties could have been avoided. How?

    JTMan,

    A lot of the strikes hit only civilians, with no military target damaged or even available. Also, targeting such places as police stations or Hamas residential homes is bound to result in civilian casualties, and does not further the stated purpose of stopping the rockets being launched into Israel.

    If Israel had gone after the rocket launchers only, and then followed up by destroying the tunnels, their PR would have been a lot easier, and there would have been fewer civilian casualties.

    Posted in: U.N. calls for immediate truce as Gaza death toll tops 500

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    Farmboy

    Netanyahu has blamed the civilian casualties on Hamas using innocents “as human shields.”

    Netanyahu is a right wing hawk, and a lot of these casualties could have been avoided. He'll stop the troops when Hamas has been hurt badly. I think he sees only Hamas, and disregards the people he has to go through to get to them.

    That said, I did read that Israel advised people in one heavily-hit area to leave before they started shelling, and Hamas told those people to stay in their homes and not to listen to the Israelis. I believe this report to be accurate, and it speaks volumes about Hamas' priorities.

    Posted in: U.N. calls for immediate truce as Gaza death toll tops 500

  • 8

    Farmboy

    They knocked on the door but there was no answer, so they broke a window and entered, TV Asahi reported. Police said they found Fujiwara and Sakura in a room with no windows.

    Great work by the police!

    Posted in: Kidnap suspect said he threatened to kill girl unless she got into his car

  • 1

    Farmboy

    the olympic is in Tokyo not Nagoya, so what is the Point?

    The point is, it's faster and cooler. People will want it.

    Posted in: Gov't OKs plan to to build maglev line, despite environmental concerns

  • 2

    Farmboy

    I think this is great, and it can only start in Japan. The US is too full of naysayers, as well as companies actively trying to prevent any innovation that could lose them business.

    Japan will develop the whole system, complete with the fuel supply stations, and will then be in good shape for exports when US consumers begin demanding what is clearly a better solution.

    Posted in: After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

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    Farmboy

    He urged JR Tokai to make effective use of waste soil

    Does that mean the soil dug up by the maglev should be used somewhere else, or are we talking about soil from somewhere else being brought in?

    I think the maglev will be good ... people are going to use it a lot, provided business doesn't go completely down the tubes.

    Posted in: Gov't OKs plan to to build maglev line, despite environmental concerns

  • 7

    Farmboy

    There was evidently quite a bit of condomnation.

    Posted in: Politician proposes giving newlyweds pierced condoms

  • 0

    Farmboy

    I think whoever did this has a lot to answer for, but I think clear data should precede accusations. It's too important an issue to get it wrong, and it's especially too important to use this event to sell one political agenda or another.

    Posted in: Global anger intensifies over downed Malaysia Airlines jet

  • 2

    Farmboy

    protection against disease

    While this information COULD be used in a good way, it probably will be used to make wheat more ready to absorb this pesticide or that pesticide, as has already been done with products such as Round-up Ready crops.

    < http://web.mit.edu/demoscience/Monsanto/about.html >

    Agribusiness wants to control the food supply so that more money can be made, and that will be their focus.

    Posted in: Scientists unlock genetic blueprint of wheat

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    Farmboy

    Women have had them since ancient times, though printing them in 3d plastic is kind of new.

    Posted in: Japanese artist jailed for vagina boat vows legal fight

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