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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
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
Mar. 03, 2015 - 08:07PM JST
After police stop for minor/major infraction - "I really didn’t know what I didn’t know and…
Posted in: Abe faces questions over improper political donations
Mar. 03, 2015 - 08:06PM JST
Abe Shinzo would be the first Japanese PM to address a Joint Session of Congress, assuming…
Posted in: Abe likely to visit U.S. April 26 to May 2
Mar. 03, 2015 - 08:00PM JST
China's rise could have been a great contribution to world culture. Too bad.
Posted in: China state media stepping-up anti-Western rhetoric
Mar. 03, 2015 - 07:59PM JST
The story of this boy really moving, nvr fails to make my eyes damp with tears…
Posted in: Kawasaki murder victim's mother releases statement to media
Mar. 03, 2015 - 07:58PM JST
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