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Jerome_from_UtahMay. 15, 2013 - 10:07AM JST
Fadamor: Rechargeable batteries are recyclable. Since the chemistry is different, there will be different streams for NiCad, Lithium, and that old standby, lead acid. Here in the USA they are already established along with the mercury containing fluorescent lamp drop off bins. Rob: Me, too. I've seen walkway lights for sale under $2.50 but the Panasonic lamps would abviously be larger. I could have used one a couple days ago when the power went out and didn't come back until 1:30 AM.
Posted in: Panasonic develops solar lantern for people living without electricity
Jerome_from_UtahMay. 14, 2013 - 02:46PM JST
There's some diversion here, too. First, the IG report was due to come out sometime this week. So, to defuse that, it makes sense to wax eloquent on the subject during the slow news weekend.
The real deal is Benghazi, the body count, the slow response, and the blatant lies about some video that virtually nobody has seen. Making that a "non-story" is priceless.
Posted in: Obama calls IRS targeting of conservative groups outrageous
Jerome_from_UtahMay. 09, 2013 - 12:52PM JST
Sailwind is referring to recent statistics that show gun violence is about 50% of the level of the early 1990s while gun ownership in the US is at an all time high. NICS checks are running about one million per year which suggests the number of privately owned guns is increasing by at least that rate. This is in addition to the fact that people with a concealed carry permit get to skip waiting periods in many jurisdictions. Looks like Bloomberg and the other gun control fans have it backwards. John Lott is right; More guns, less crime.
Posted in: NRA kicks off annual convention, saying it is fighting 'culture war'
Jerome_from_UtahMay. 06, 2013 - 01:41AM JST
Super Lib, example of "who is taking our guns": Look up Hurricane Katrina and Guns. There is a video that shows the reality of a lawful gun owner being taken down by an imported law enforcement person. This happened in New Orleans but the shoulder patch is California Highway Patrol. Subsequent litigation revealed that Mayor Nagin's people had dumped over 2000 privately owned firearms into a damp storage unit. The immediate result was to deprive a couple thousand people of their means of defense during a period of limited police response. More recently, Gov. Cuomo of New York and Jerry Brown of California have announced intention to seize firearms, as reported in the media.
Posted in: NRA chief: We will never surrender our guns
Jerome_from_UtahMay. 05, 2013 - 02:15PM JST
The Revolutionary War started in April, 1775 when agents of the Crown tried to seize the guns and powder at Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts. Also known as the "shot heard 'round the world".
Admiral Yamamoto knew about our gun culture when he cautioned against invading the US west coast.
Machiavelli equated gun ownership to freedom in the case of the Germans and the Swiss in The Prince.
We'll keep our guns.
Jerome_from_UtahMay. 04, 2013 - 01:24PM JST
True, Turkey does have an earthquake potential, but the other factor that did in Fukushima isn't there. The tidal wave potential from the Black Sea is a lot less and not full of salt. So, calculate the worst case and build a dam to take care of it. By the way, this also applies to Japan because of a problem that could come from the US West coast. It was Japanese monastery records of an "orphan" tsunami that revealed the exact day of the last Cascadia fault earthquake in January of 1700.
Posted in: Japan, Turkey sign $22 bil nuclear power plant deal
Jerome_from_UtahMay. 03, 2013 - 02:54PM JST
Earth to Middle Kingdom: Take a tape measure to the map. Those islands are closer to Japanese territory than anything else. Next, please note the nut-job just across the Yalu River from you. Do the world a favor and solve that problem before Fatty* Kim does something stupid. *[Kim's nickname inside China.]
Posted in: China says U.S. should be concerned about Japanese nationalism
Jerome_from_UtahApr. 29, 2013 - 08:57AM JST
So, does this mean the Republic of Korea and Singapore are not "Industrialized Democracies"?
Posted in: 2 inmates hanged, bringing number of executions to 5 under Abe
Jerome_from_UtahApr. 22, 2013 - 09:53AM JST
Wakarimasen beat me to it. Tastes must have changed since I was there. Back then, it was dried squid or octopus followed Pocky or tangerines (in season). One American girl ate so many of those fruit that the palms of her hands turned orange and scared her parents. After they figured it out at the Clinic, the parents were told not to worry about it.
Posted in: The 5 most popular snacks in Japan
Jerome_from_UtahApr. 15, 2013 - 07:37AM JST
Native "English" or "American" speakers? I recall a comment that England and America are joined by an ocean but divided by a language. England, America, Japan, and Korea all have distinctive dialects and idioms that make it possible to determine the speaker's origin but also confuse communication. Tempo varies by locale, too, as my mother found out when she moved to Virginia after growing up in New York City. "How do you Yankees talk so fast?" She also found out that you can carry something in a "poke" but the word "bag" carries some extra baggage down south. "Konichiwa" ends earlier in Kyushu than on the Kanto Plains and I recall learning the hard way that the time of "Dinner" is different on the east coast (around 6PM) than in Illinois. (We call that "Lunch" back east.) That one cost me some money.
Posted in: Why do some native English speakers use broken or grammatically incorrect English, when trying to communicate with someone who isn't a native English speaker, but who may understand some English? Do they think that somehow broken English is easier to understand?
Jerome_from_UtahMar. 13, 2013 - 01:33PM JST
I see opportunity in this endeavor. First, the Engineers learn how to extract the clathrates economically. Then, they take their expertise to other places such as the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean and make a ton of money.
Posted in: Japan extracts 'fire ice' gas from seabed
Jerome_from_UtahMar. 01, 2013 - 02:07PM JST
How to tell that a person is a DoD civilian: 20% gross pay cut. The over-all cut is on the order of 2% which would work out to two days off in three months. So, the claim that agriculture products won't get inspected, extra long lines at the airports waiting for the TSA gropers, and traffic delays due to a shortage of ATC people is bogus. However, not all cuts are equal. Those who repair tanks and airplanes for the Army and other military branches will see one day cut out of the work week from late this month to the end of September. The impact on the armed forces is almost certain. This will confirm us that President Carter no longer qualifies as the Worst CEO.
Posted in: Crisis looms in U.S. as budget cuts hit on Friday
Jerome_from_UtahFeb. 25, 2013 - 11:25AM JST
Brings back memories. My first choice was Kirin beer. Good stuff, no headache like I get from American beer. Round about 1965, Sapporo came out with "micro bubbles" and the stuff gave me the familiar "Gaijin Beer" headache. Back to Kirin. Second choice: Akadama Port Wine. Since I drank in moderation, "Akadama Head" was not a problem for me. By the way, what happened to the name Sake?
Posted in: Japan’s favorite alcohol: Beer outranks Japanese rice wine and shochu
Jerome_from_UtahFeb. 25, 2013 - 11:10AM JST
Tokyo-Star: Good idea except that Iron Dome is actually a variant of the PATRIOT anti-missile system the US used in the Gulf War. It's really good but short range compared to the ICBM threat from the crazies. Nobody mentioned what kind of interception tool is being considered; but it sure looks like Star Wars is coming true. 2020: Chances are you're right. This must be Beijing's #1 Excedrin Headache and all one needs to do is look at that night map of the earth to see why. They have more lights on in central Africa than North Korea, except for the Capitol. Talk about a failed state; but one possibly armed with nukes. When people flee TO China, you know there may be a problem. What to do???
Posted in: U.S. early-warning radar system to be installed near Kyoto
Jerome_from_UtahFeb. 17, 2013 - 01:55PM JST
First, timing is everything. If this rock had passed overhead four to six hours earlier, the big show would have been seen in eastern China, Korea, and Japan. Twelve hours earlier would have treated the Americans and Canadians to the event. Thank the Russians for all that great camera coverage; it was awesome.
A few people speculated about EMP. Most of the energy spent slowing the meteor is used to form a plasma shield which does several things. First, it actually insulates the rock and delays the heat transfer to it. Second, the heat in the plasma is high enough to generate lots of light and other radiation. Third, it is electrically active and moving through the earth's magnetic field which means it could generate radio waves, a form of EMP.
Posted in: Exploding meteor causes panic in central Russia; nearly 1,000 injured
Jerome_from_UtahFeb. 16, 2013 - 02:47PM JST
One of my Korean relatives got here Utah) and a trip to the range was a treat. Next trip, he'll be ready for more. Pretty good shot, too. Thanks for the word; I'll have to put Guam on my "go to" list. Last time for me was flight training with a local flying club. Come to think of it, flying could be the next thing for visitors from Japan. Remember, Guam is Great!
Posted in: No guns at home, so Japanese shoot 'em up in Guam
Jerome_from_UtahJan. 29, 2013 - 01:44PM JST
Somebody said Sukiyaki was a "70s" hit. This party started almost 20 years earlier I think my first recollection was in the late 50s and it was part of the rotation in 1962 at a lot of clubs, etc. If Psy matches that record, he will be horse dancing in a walker. For now, he is an incredible show man. Go for it, Psy.
Why is it such a hit? It starts with a good thumping melody with good harmonics included. There may be some frequencies that trigger body responses, too. I wonder if the sub-harmonics trigger brain waves? This is one of the reasons Wagner and Richard Strauss have had enduring hits. When the Beatles applied full arrangement to rock and roll (a relative first), their star was born.
Posted in: After Psy, S Korea dreams of conquering music world
Jerome_from_UtahJan. 27, 2013 - 12:23PM JST
What is the Watt-Hour capacity of those lithium ion batteries? Now, what volume of air pressurized to 3000 PSI would deliver the same amount of work? Yes, this is somewhat out of the box, but not new. Pressurized air starters for diesels are common and the idea is being explored for powering cars in France and India. It also has some history in aircraft to replace flammable hydraulic fluid and that application worked at 3000PSI.
Posted in: What holds energy tech back? The infernal battery
Jerome_from_UtahJan. 21, 2013 - 09:18AM JST
The Dream Liner is one of three problems related to Lithium Ion batteries; so, I would look there first. The other two are Dell laptop computers (a recall due to Sony Li-Ion battery problems) and several different kinds of battery powered cars. That last item resulted in stranded drivers of cars such as the Fiskar and Tesla which depended on the high tech batteries for performance of the super-expensive cars. Thermal runaway is not new. Aircraft NiCad battery installations are under constant surveillance due to this issue which has been around for about forty years which is why NTSB looked there first and proved over charging to not be the cause.
Posted in: As aviation technology advances, regulators fail to keep pace
Jerome_from_UtahDec. 30, 2012 - 04:46AM JST
Hoplophobia: An irrational fear of arms or armed citizens. Term coined by Jeff Cooper in 1962. Hypocrite: A US Senator who has had a concealed carry license issued by San Francisco in 1995 according to one reference. I recall Senator Feinstein bragging about it before 1992 ("The Year of the Woman", by the way.) which helped her win that first Senate race. This same Senator said in 1994 that if she had the votes, she would have banned ALL firearms. "Mr. and Mrs. America, Turn them all in." She is now sponsoring legislation intended to do most of that objective.
Posted in: U.S. teachers take up arms to prevent mass shootings
May. 21, 2013 - 07:31PM JST
Jeez, when is this clown going to get it? Yeah, we get it Hashimoto, it's everyone's…
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
May. 21, 2013 - 07:30PM JST
CHINA SYNDROME **** they want to claim everything including Moon and the planet Mars .. this…
Posted in: China trying to strengthen its claim to Okinawa
May. 21, 2013 - 07:27PM JST
Poor child ! Whether it was his/her father or not, to see one's own mother stabbed…
Posted in: Man stabs ex-wife, then crashes car during getaway
May. 21, 2013 - 07:26PM JST
Damn this is one of those times its embarassing to be living in Japan, the utter…
May. 21, 2013 - 07:25PM JST
Guru it is only unsettled to you, only you
So you think I am the only…