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Jerome_from_UtahDec. 06, 2014 - 01:32PM JST
Anybody remember "Johnny Dollar"? It was a half hour weekly radio show about an insurance adjuster reporting back to Hartford, Connecticut. This case would have been right up his alley.
Posted in: 'Black widow' potted plants show traces of cyanide
Jerome_from_UtahDec. 05, 2014 - 03:58PM JST
Don't worry about the plant food (CO2). The water vapor in the air is about 1000X as effective doing the "green house" thing as the tiny trace of carbon dioxide in the air. Anybody notice the general cooling of the past twenty years or so? Or the growing layer of ice in Antarctica? According to Al Gore, the earth is supposed to "fry" in about thirteen months based on his prediction made on 27 January 2006. We'll see.
Posted in: Japan's CO2 emissions hit record as fossil fuel consumption rises
Jerome_from_UtahOct. 27, 2014 - 02:20PM JST
The deer harvest is season limited resulting in a limited time for Becker's. Hope I get a chance for a layover on my way west. Are there any outlets near Narita or Fussamachi?
Posted in: Venison burgers and hot dogs coming to Becker's fast food chain
Jerome_from_UtahOct. 27, 2014 - 02:09PM JST
Former VP Al Gore and his fictional "Inconvenient Truth" (banned in Britain as a text) is a huge source of this concern. Man-made global warming due to carbon dioxide emissions is heading to the ash heap of failed theories. The term was changed to "Climate Change" after the warming trend flat lined starting in the late Nineties. Note that this "concern" is coming from the US Executive Branch, not the Congress that writes the laws. We'll see if changes happen next year and again in 2017. The same group of people have enacted regulations that devastated the economies of several US States by forcing the shuttering of power plants and the coal mines that supplied them.
Meanwhile, Japan, Inc. can make a ton of money selling clean coal technology that captures sulfur and particulates which are a real problem, particularly in China and India. Please don't repeat "Kyoto Protocol".
Posted in: Japan coal power plant export push hits U.S. resistance
Jerome_from_UtahOct. 27, 2014 - 01:48PM JST
The ash pattern depends on the jet stream flowing parallel to the islands. It doesn't always flow that way because of seasonal variation. The article didn't give a sense of size and the calderas vary in size. For example, the event in 1815 was bigger than Krakatoa but less known. However, it was the cause of the Year Without A Summer in 1816 that wreaked havoc in the Northern Hemisphere. On the other end of the scale, also in Indonesia, there was an event that almost extinguished the human race according to the genetic records about 70,000 years ago. If Yellowstone blows its top, if there are any survivors, they would be living in the Southern Hemisphere. Where I live, the ash layer would be about five feet deep.
Posted in: Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan: study
Jerome_from_UtahOct. 20, 2014 - 06:42AM JST
Here in Utah, they are trying to "guilt trip" us into buying blocks of "green" power at premium prices. I see they have taken the logical "next step" in Japan. Now that we are going into Winter, daylight is going to be short and the days will be cool, meaning very little air conditioning. Meanwhile, after sunset, people will need power for lights, heaters, and electronic stuff. That power has to come from somewhere and it won't be the sun which is setting west of China. I do not envy the power grid engineers job which has to be quite the balancing act. Meanwhile, with all those volcanoes, has anyone tried tapping thermal power from the earth? It's currently working in Iceland, California, and Nevada.
Posted in: Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite
Jerome_from_UtahOct. 14, 2014 - 11:53AM JST
Problem is that its not just smoking. We have Radon hot spots all over the USA and the problem got worse after 1973 when the energy crises encouraged people to seal up their homes. This radioactive noble gas is #2 after smoking for causing lung cancer. The cancer caused by asbestos is different; but it also has a long latency period and is occupation specific, such as working in a brake shop.
Posted in: Scientists find lung cancer can lie hidden for 20 years
Jerome_from_UtahOct. 02, 2014 - 11:15AM JST
A couple of years ago, I saw a Korean science fiction video that started with the proposition that the assassination had been prevented. It then leaps into a future 1990s in which Korea is still part of Japan and Japan had not gotten involved in the Second World War. The Koreans, of course, were still trying to separate themselves from Japan. In this story, that doesn't happen. Wish I knew the title of this alternative history.
Posted in: Japan protests over banner of Korean assassin at Asian Games
Jerome_from_UtahOct. 02, 2014 - 10:52AM JST
After I read the previous story, I checked the Quake sheet in the DrudgeReport. No quakes on the main island, even in the low 1-2.5 magnitude range. Just checked again and nothing on the main island for the past 7 days. Tessa, thank you for the research. I learned something.
Posted in: A volcano turns deadly
Jerome_from_UtahSep. 29, 2014 - 05:44AM JST
This one showed me a new fact about volcanoes. There were NO seismic events shown on the USGS Quake sheet, before or after the event. So, this one managed to blow its top with no warning. Compare to Iceland where their volcano has dozens of shocks each week. See the drudgereport for access.
Posted in: Volcano erupts in central Japan; 7 unconscious, 250 stranded
Jerome_from_UtahSep. 28, 2014 - 12:18PM JST
When and if it is "my time", I will remember to take extra Vitamin D because it helps the healing process. I wonder if those researchers can go back and compare Vitamin D levels between those patients?
Posted in: Clues to how people bounce back from surgery
Jerome_from_UtahSep. 26, 2014 - 11:19AM JST
Does it release nitrogen or a nitrogen compound? How would one detect a minute change in nitrogen gas when the inhaled and exhaled breath normally contains 78 percent nitrogen with most of the remainder being oxygen and argon being inhaled and the same argon and four percent carbon dioxide exhaled?
If TB claimed 1.3 million lives, how does that compare to malaria which I thought was Number One, especially for young children?
Posted in: Boost in quest for TB breath test
Jerome_from_UtahSep. 10, 2014 - 12:09PM JST
Question: Do these same crew members have a higher incidence of cataracts? That disease is also related to excessive light (especially UV) exposure. So, if the answer is "Yes", then they are on to something. On the other hand, if that isn't happening, then maybe it's time to revisit the ionizing radiation. Also, does it vary between airlines? There are differences between crew uniforms. How much UV gets through those windows? They have to be thick enough to keep the air pressure from blowing them out. The force on the windows is between 400 and 800 pounds and the front windscreens are even stronger due to the bird strike threat.
Posted in: Pilots, cabin crew twice as likely to get skin cancer, study says
Jerome_from_UtahAug. 31, 2014 - 01:13AM JST
One of the Sacramento radio stations ran a preparedness ditty after the World Series Quake:
MILK, BREAD, TOILET PAPER...the three things Americans want when the stores close.
Posted in: Gov't advises citizens to stockpile toilet paper
Jerome_from_UtahAug. 25, 2014 - 01:49PM JST
The key here is predictability. Yesterday's earthquake south of Napa, CA (USA) came with ten seconds warning and the same source said the people in LA the the SF Bay Area could expect 30 to 60 seconds warning or enough time to park the elevators and open the doors. Next up in the scale are tornadoes with warning times ranging from hours down to minutes. Then, there are hurricanes and typhoons that can be predicted and tracked for days. Volcanoes are the most predictable with warnings ranging from years for likely events down to days prior to the actual eruption with Iceland being the most recent example. That being the case, Kyushu Electric seems to be on sound ground with their Sendai facility. On the other hand, if a tsunami is the possible threat, prudence would suggest building a sea wall around the plant that can hold back the worst case which could be a 40 meter wave coming from both directions as it did at Fukushima. Yes, it might be cheaper to move the reactor in some cases.
Posted in: NRA to study ways to deal with volcanic eruptions near nuclear reactors
Jerome_from_UtahAug. 18, 2014 - 02:44PM JST
SWAT teams started in the Los Angeles area after regular police found themselves out gunned by criminals. It didn't take long for the Number One target to be people engaged in the drug trade. Thanks to the War On Drugs, lots of police departments, Sheriff's Offices, and others want the firepower. This is the Demand-Pull side of the equation. That Pentagon 1033 Program simply provides the Supply Push side. This is from Econ 101.
To quiet the "Battle Rattle", both side of the equation need to be addressed.
Posted in: Stop Pentagon program that militarizes U.S. police forces
Jerome_from_UtahAug. 13, 2014 - 08:53AM JST
Have they tested this magic against VHF tracking systems? The answer may calm corporate euphoria about this system.
Posted in: Japan to test first stealth fighter jet
Jerome_from_UtahJul. 18, 2014 - 11:02AM JST
When one of my coworker's cube got plastered with those pastel cuties, I got curious about market penetration. They're all over the place! Hope they stay friendly. ;-]
Posted in: Hello Kitty designer defends cute character as cat turns 40
Jerome_from_UtahJul. 14, 2014 - 12:42AM JST
I've had a couple of Sprint products in the past, but things changed and both got dropped. At one time, Sprint was the out front leader in fiber optics, not so much now; looks like SoftBank owns that position in Japan. T-Mobile keeps on improving their service with the latest being a world wide flat rate for Instant Messaging. Hopefully, SB will keep the T-Mobile management team on board. I will mention this story later this week at our local city's meeting about a local fiber-optic provider named UPTOPIA because of the additional competition aspect. Thanks for your just in time article.
Posted in: SoftBank reported in deal to merge Sprint, T-Mobile
Jerome_from_UtahJul. 07, 2014 - 02:20PM JST
Next bold step is to adapt this technology to "zero" G; as in a space ship or satellite. Also, home grow racks could be adapted to use both natural daylight and the LED illumination. I wonder what this kit would sell for at my local garden store or "big box"? The real beauty is the infinite scalability of the process.
Posted in: World's largest all-LED vegetable plant starts operations
Dec. 19, 2014 - 12:56PM JST
The outlook seems bleak. I am glad not to be living in an area endemic to…
Posted in: Drug-resistant malaria: the world's next big health crisis?
Quote: “It would be terrible if it happened again and somebody’s skin was scratched,” she added.…
Posted in: Over 20,000 bras recalled due to injury fears
Dec. 19, 2014 - 12:54PM JST
Did you miss this from the article?:
"Instead, it ( Korea ) is likely to…
Posted in: S Korea balks as U.S. picks Japan, Australia to service F-35s in Asia
Dec. 19, 2014 - 12:51PM JST
I know this sounds dumb, but this kinda reminds me of Naruto. Korea and Japan are…
So it appears that Sony is not the only Japanese corporation run by morons.
Posted in: Japan auto lobby sounds alarm over weak domestic sales