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Heda_MadnessOct. 01, 2014 - 07:52AM JST
It was a phreatic eruption which means that seismometers wouldn't have picked up anything untoward. The magma didn't move, it just heated the ground water to the point where it was a steam explosion. An increase in sulphur could have indicated it was likely but a seismometer wouldn't have suggested anything.
None of the experts, international or domestic, felt that it could have been predicted.
Posted in: Sudden eruption of volcano very rare
Heda_MadnessSep. 30, 2014 - 11:32AM JST
Before Mount St Helens erupted there had been a lot of activity for weeks before. With Mount Ontake, all of the experts seem to agree that it wasn't expected and there certainly wasn't weeks of activity like there was in Moujnt St Helens.
Posted in: Japan's volcanoes: Could Fuji be next?
Heda_MadnessSep. 30, 2014 - 10:06AM JST
Actually, for Fuji-san, it's only been in the last few years that it has shown signs of coming back to a more active status.
Hopefully it will go back to sleep pretty quickly.
Heda_MadnessSep. 23, 2014 - 08:19AM JST
I take back what I said about Paisley and his terrorist links... Apologies for that. i always thought/assumed he was just a religious bigot and not someone involved in the sectarian side of things.
Posted in: Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies at 88
Heda_MadnessSep. 13, 2014 - 12:00AM JST
I don't remember Paisely being a gun runner or the Belfast commander of the UDA.
As I said, there was a lot wrong with Paisely. It was often claimed that he was the best recruiter for the IRA but given the comments by Adams, and the fact that he worked with McGuiness I think that the comments on here are unfair.
It would be interesting to see how now, in the 'war on terror' generation we live, how well the likes of Adams and McGuiness would have done without coming to the table.
Heda_MadnessSep. 12, 2014 - 11:35PM JST
In the Guardian there's an article written by Gerry Adams (the IRA terrorist) that is somewhat different to the comments above.
'But it worked. Paisley and McGuinness got on famously. Paisley was still a unionist, McGuinness still a republican. It is to his credit and McGuinness’s great patience that they created a space where each could find common cause with the other.
Paisley embraced the new dispensation.'
He's one of the reasons why there is peace in Northern Ireland. He may well have been a bigot. But the fact he was prepared to sit down and work with terrorists has ensured that the country is as strong as they are now.
He had many, many faults and wasn't at all perfect but peace in Northern Ireland looked impossible as recent as 15-20 years ago.
Heda_MadnessSep. 11, 2014 - 11:51AM JST
The head of LVMH watches said the watch looked like it had been designed by a student in their first trimester. HTC are running an ad featuring the iPhone 6 saying welcome to 2012 with it.
I remember the first iPhone was awesome and they led the way... not anymore
Posted in: Apple unveils smartwatch and new, larger iPhones
Heda_MadnessSep. 03, 2014 - 08:33PM JST
.Which idiot came up with it? (I'm sorry, I don't really know and couldn't be bothered to look it up)
Which 'idiot' came up with an idea that has raised tens of millions of dollars? I guess we share a different definition of the word 'idiot'
"Oh, if you don't do it people will look down on you" sort of thing acts as a sort of pressure so it's pretty much bullying.
How is this bullying? I'm assuming you mean it's peer pressure so you have to do it? Bit like wearing daffodils for cancer, pink for breast cancer, poppy's for remembrance etc? They're also a form of peer pressure aren't they? By your definition.
THERE ARE OTHER WAYS OF GOING ABOUT WITH SOME CHARITY EVENT WITHOUT DRAGGING OTHERS INTO YOUR SELF-SATISFACTION.
Charity isn't about self satisfaction. Raising awareness isn't about self satisfaction. If your friends are doing this for self satisfaction then perhaps it's time you got new friends. When people organise charity events whether it be a charity dinner or rock concert or whatever they need to 'drag others' into it. The more people that know about it, the more it will raise. The more that take part, the more it will raise.
Plus in the southern hemisphere it's spring right now but it's still a bit cold and anyone doing this is outright insane + stupid.
I live in the southern hemisphere. It was freezing when I did it. I had a couple of minutes of discomfort, compared to a life threatening disease. It's not stupid. I've done far more 'stupid' things for charity and in comparison this was an absolute doddle.
Posted in: Ice Bucket Challenge in Japan raises Y27 mil and a few complaints
Heda_MadnessSep. 03, 2014 - 07:17PM JST
Flash mobs, chain letters... maybe it's me but I don't ever remember them raising over 27 million yen in good causes. Secondly when you donate silently and quietly. ..that's excellent but it's also not going to dramatically raise donations is it?
Love it or loathe it, this campaign has raised a shed load of money to very worthwhile causes. I did it. Chose to donate to Cancer as it was more important to me. And I nominated others to do it. ..Their choice if they want to take part or not, it is like any other charitable donation a personal thing.
But it is, in my opinion, pretty pathetic to criticise people who have raised a substantial amount of money for a very worthwhile cause.
Heda_MadnessAug. 22, 2014 - 10:18AM JST
Two top 10 albums in the US, and two top 20 would suggest that they're doing pretty well outside of the UK as well.
Posted in: Arctic Monkeys ready to chill after global success
Heda_MadnessAug. 21, 2014 - 07:28PM JST
Saw them earlier this year and they were really good.
For those of you who haven't heard of them/think they've only had one hit, well I guess that's your loss. Not theirs.
Heda_MadnessAug. 20, 2014 - 08:53AM JST
borscht: you're absolutely right. The "safe" level suddenly jumped upward after the accident. Many people seem to lose sight of this point.
Still, it's almost certainly lower than what is regarded as 'safe' in your own country.
Posted in: Japan to resume Fukushima rice exports
Heda_MadnessAug. 13, 2014 - 01:08PM JST
Whilst their may have been mistakes in the bus, the bus was crushed to 1 m in size.
I remember the media saying there could be survivors but I don't think anyone did (or could) have survived the initial collapse. The force that causes a bus to be squashed to 1 metre in height is huge.
As I said, there may well have been mistakes in the clear up but at no point could it be thought that they cost lives.
Now if you want to look at historical screw ups by the Japanese, then look at what happened during the Hanshin earthquake. Thankfully those lessons seemed to have been learned by March 11.
Posted in: 29th anniversary of JAL jumbo jet crash marked
Heda_MadnessAug. 13, 2014 - 09:34AM JST
It's worth remembering that the pilot of the JSDF helicopter decided that based on the weather, the terrain and the overall conditions that it was unsafe to attempt to land. The fatal flaw was the decision not to send the ground troops based on the opinion that it was unsafe to do so and that no-one could have survived.
It is very easy to be critical of the decisions made that night but hindsight is a wonderful thing.
I would certainly question why they didn't at least try to get someone to the crash site but it could be that it was too windy to winch, deemed too dangerous to attempt or other reasons. None of us have all of the information about the rescue.
What is a fact is that 520 people lost their lives on a mountaintop on what should have been a routine flight.
RIP to those that didn't make it down alive.
Heda_MadnessJul. 24, 2014 - 09:29AM JST
I've driven on the Eastern side of that road on numerous occasions and didn't notice it to be any quieter/busier than most country roads in Japan, especially at that time of the morning.
Not sure what Zichi's first hand experience of the area but suffice to say it's a windy road that needs a lot of care and attention on it.
Posted in: 2 killed, 3 injured in traffic accident in Fukushima
Heda_MadnessJul. 22, 2014 - 10:51AM JST
You do realise that moderators frequently delete my links don't you?
They either claim that they are 'Off topic' or because Japan Today is not here to promote website X.
The is a definite article but I would have thought that the contributors on this board are intelligent enough to understand that there is no scientific hierarchy where scientist x is #1. The link that you've been allowed to publish says Top climate change scientists. Top. The leading. Same Same.
And no the letter doesn't mention Japan. It is addressed to world leaders who influence environmental policy though. And I'm at a loss to understand how that doesn't cover Japan? Was it only aimed at English speakers? The West? Everyone but Japan? I read that as meaning everyone. I read that as meaning it's relevant to Japan, and especially given that article which was wholly about the government's new energy policy.
Posted in: NRA says review of Takahama nuclear plant almost complete
Heda_MadnessJul. 22, 2014 - 05:44AM JST
Brilliant wipeout. You provide evidence of me not answering your question with a link that NOT ONLY answers your question (unless of course you are saying that Hansen et al are not leading scientists to which I would say what's your your expertise to say that) but shows where you have avoided one of my questions. And when questioned about that, how do you respond?
Heda_MadnessJul. 21, 2014 - 01:06PM JST
Wipeout, every time you've asked me for something I've responded.
I've never made any claim which I haven't been able to support with a credible link.
I certainly haven't complained when I've been asked to provide evidence.
As for the costs of the clean up... I don't know how much it would cost. I haven't researched it and I'm not prepared to guess.
I've also never claimed it would cost 50 trillion yen. And I do think that when someone makes definitive claims, it does make sense to be able to back them up.
You accuse me of trying to downplay this disaster. But I've merely repeated what the experts have been saying, what the WHO and UN have said and what science tells us. All of it is available on Google.
Heda_MadnessJul. 20, 2014 - 06:41AM JST
No, I read your comment. I read this:
I would give a list of more than 30 items involving those enormous losses but JT or the text won't let me do that just no doubt some will request the more than 30 links too.
And I can't speak for anyone else but I would be very interested to see the 30 plus stories that average a different way that 16/17 trillion yen will be used to pay for this and how we will end up with a cost of 500 trillion yen.
The problem with the anti-nuclear crowd is that they make unsubstantiated claims about costs and losses and can't provide any independent evidence to support it.
Heda_MadnessJul. 19, 2014 - 10:02PM JST
I know. Isn't it just AWFUL when people ask you to provide evidence and facts to your claims.
Oct. 01, 2014 - 05:10PM JST
Yes amazing isn't it, business is good but some are bent out of shape about that,
Posted in: Japan business confidence up in sluggish recovery
Good back-and-forth game. Both teams keep coming back!
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Oct. 01, 2014 - 05:07PM JST
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Oct. 01, 2014 - 05:05PM JST
I disagree Hawkeye. They are awesome and can clean a train in just 7 minutes.
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Oct. 01, 2014 - 05:03PM JST
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