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Jerome_from_UtahMar. 23, 2015 - 01:47PM JST
Before they "cast those plans in concrete", check the old records about the "Orphan Tsunami" of January 1700 that was caused by the Cascadia fault earthquake off the Oregon and Washington coast. Where did that one hit? Next, what are the highest priority targets? Nuclear reactors and power stations come to mind. Can that in-rushing water be channeled and then released? Raising the JNR tracks on trestles might be more economical with the water flowing underneath and not harming anything. This is how old houses on the US Gulf coast survived hurricanes while newer structures were washed away by the storm surge.
Posted in: Japan opts for massive, costly sea wall to fend off tsunamis
Jerome_from_UtahMar. 22, 2015 - 10:17AM JST
Actually, it's a pretty good idea. After the last two Japanese eruptions that made the news, I checked the Quake sheet on the drudge report and the seismic activity was negligible. That means someone needs to be watching to keep the lava and ash cloud from being the first warning symptoms (maybe too late).
Posted in: Council to oversee 24-hour monitoring of volcanoes
Jerome_from_UtahMar. 14, 2015 - 10:48AM JST
Unions are looking out for their bread and butter, dues paying members who might get replaced in a variety of ways. Meanwhile, in the world of on-line technology, there are a lot of people seeing threats to information sharing from copyright holders and litigation from an expanded group of Internet Trolls who buy obscure patents and then run around suing people. Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF.org) has been sounding the alarm about this agreement for months.
Posted in: U.S. unions gear up to fight Obama over TPP deal
Jerome_from_UtahMar. 10, 2015 - 03:09PM JST
I understand the dog meat is supposed to give one strength. I hope the gentleman understands that it is not popular for some people. I didn't know Madam Park had gone through that experience, too. The fact that she showed up proves her qualities as a leader.
Posted in: South Korea's president visits injured U.S. envoy
Jerome_from_UtahMar. 07, 2015 - 09:32AM JST
New items at the Chitose cafeteria? Venison steak, Bambi-burgers, venison teriyaki, and so on.
Posted in: Transport ministry to investigate how deer got on runway at New Chitose Airport
Jerome_from_UtahMar. 06, 2015 - 12:32PM JST
If you're a Clinton, having Eric Holder or Loretta Lynch call the shots on your case disposition: PRICELESS!
Posted in: Hillary Clinton email trove under review for release
Jerome_from_UtahMar. 05, 2015 - 01:26PM JST
It is Congress' prerogative to invite guests who can give expert testimony from time to time. PM Netanyahu is the consummate expert from his corner of the Middle East. If bad things happen to Israel, then other places in the world are put in more peril including its neighbors. The last time a national leader proposed to make a deal with a fellow whose own book called for the enslavement of its neighbors, a nation was stripped of its border defenses and the path was set for World War II and the Holocaust. According to PM Chamberlain, his agreement had achieved "Peace in our time". This time, there is another book that calls for the subjugation of others and their leaders want nuclear power to make that happen. Bibi's testimony is appropriate.
Posted in: Why Boehner's invite to Netanyahu was unconstitutional
Jerome_from_UtahJan. 20, 2015 - 07:50PM JST
They are talking about .23 percent of a hard to define effect on quality of life or life expectancy. In statistical terms, this is somewhere between the 5 and 6 Sigma level on a distribution curve which makes it really hard to justify. These people want to take us to Bloomberg's or Deblasio's NYC where a soft drink over 16oz (500ml) is verboten and a ban on insulated take-out containers is being contemplated.
Posted in: Lifestyle diseases kill 16 mil prematurely
Jerome_from_UtahJan. 20, 2015 - 07:30PM JST
I can just imagine the reaction of TSA to this baggage item. Also, you have a radio emitter inside an airplane which brings us to the "Please turn off all electronic devices." announcement at push back.
Posted in: Luggage of the future? Delsey launches Pluggage
Jerome_from_UtahJan. 14, 2015 - 12:33PM JST
Netanyahu and Putin are Mensch and thus get respect.
In the USA, our leader (from behind) barely makes the grade of nebbish.
Hoping for better after November of 2016.
Posted in: Putin, Netanyahu in top 10 most admired in U.S. Why?
Jerome_from_UtahJan. 12, 2015 - 03:29PM JST
Some of this was much the same in the Land of the Gaijin: 1. I remember needing that canteen full of water after PT or a march back in the early 1960s. 2. Trains were the same in the States; I remember seeing the road bed whiz by looking down through the hole. 3. Saturday AM was a duty day in 1978 for me; not so long ago. 4. The exchange rate was set at Bretton Woods in 1949. President Nixon burned them down in August, 1971. I remember the term Nixon Shirocku back then. 5. TV sets and also radio sets got the whack treatment in the USA, too. The real culprit was the electron tubes which tended to heat things including connections. Whacking the set would break the corrosion on the pins and sometimes reactivate a tired tube. I saw my first transistor radio in 1958 (Sony) and knew huge changes were on the way.
Posted in: Stinky train tracks, expensive imports and no weekends: Netizens remember Showa-era Japan
Jerome_from_UtahJan. 02, 2015 - 05:29AM JST
That shortage of personal computers was my first thought, too. Paper works without high technology; so, why not an Anime comic book? Of course it would also give the movie due credit. If someone draws it, I would consider buying a copy and if enough others bought copies, there could also be a profit and some royalties to Sony.
Posted in: South Korean to drop Sony film in North by balloon
Jerome_from_UtahDec. 31, 2014 - 02:48PM JST
That stuff is popular with Koreans, too. My first experience was "elastic", to best describe it, something like a tasty rubber ball! So, I took a smaller bite, bite, bite until a piece that I could chew finally came off. If she had a camera, this scene would have made it to You Tube. Well, I'm older now, so I guess I better be careful.
Posted in: Authorities appeal to elderly to be careful when eating 'mochi'
Jerome_from_UtahDec. 31, 2014 - 02:31PM JST
While I won't say the North Korean politbureau wasn't disappointed about the Sony hack, the probability of their doing the actual hack (actually multiple hacks) is low. The haul included stuff from multiple and therefore separate activities which would normally be protected by multiple firewalls, interior and exterior. This means an outside explorer would be hard pressed to even detect the files, much less extract them. The purloined movies are huge files, particularly if the pre-edit versions were carted out. The size of this caper makes the Los Alamos theft look like chump change. However, if we are looking at a soon to be former IT person who is still on the inside, that is a totally different situation and much easier to accomplish. This vote says Inside Job.
Posted in: Doubts remain on North Korean role in Sony attack
Jerome_from_UtahDec. 30, 2014 - 02:56PM JST
Ms. Cho's problems aren't over. I remember a news item about the Korean authorities preparing charges. Stay tuned, Nutso fans, more to come.
Posted in: How a Japanese airline would deal with 'nut rage'
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
Mar. 30, 2015 - 04:30AM JST
About time. Don't they understand that nobody wants to eat whale meat which contain mercury &…
Posted in: Whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no catch
Mar. 30, 2015 - 04:28AM JST
Half the drivers should not be on the road. Looking forward to them being replaced and…
Posted in: Testing of software adds to urgency in race for driverless cars
Mar. 30, 2015 - 04:19AM JST
@GW, you say OssanAmerica's comments are non-sense yet don't provide any counter to any of his…
Mar. 30, 2015 - 02:41AM JST
Taking stalking into account along with the number of violent assaults against women demands more attention…
Posted in: 10% of women surveyed say they have been victims of stalking
Mar. 30, 2015 - 02:40AM JST
how do you learn lessons then restart the reactors? That doesn't make sense
Posted in: Japan makes a start on sharing lessons from nuclear crisis