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forzaducatiAug. 18, 2014 - 06:39PM JST
The preliminary report on the flight recorders will be announced in early September, according to various news sources.
Flight recorders aren't able to record if it was a missile, let alone the type of missile, that made them stop recording. They only record the various parameters of the plane and what the pilots are babbling about. That all stopped suddenly due to a "massive explosive decompression". That's all they will be able to announce.
Specialists mentioned that pictures show "tell tale holes left by a missile strike" and these same specialists can possibly determine the type of missile and where it was fired from, by examining the wreckage, but inspectors from Australia and the Netherlands weren't able to, due to first being refused access to the wreckage by the rebels and later because of the fighting going on around the crash site. And besides, people had been rummaging through the wreckage for days or weeks already, so who knows what, if anything, was taken away.
Anybody could have known this by reading the news. Not that conspiracy crap that is clogging the interweb.
Posted in: Ukraine troops enter rebel-held city
forzaducatiAug. 18, 2014 - 05:40PM JST
It's not important whether these armored vehicles are still driving around or have been shot to pieces. Of importance is the fact that these tanks etc. have been seen crossing the border from Russia into Ukraine. By non Russian and non Ukrainian sources I might add. It means that the Russian authorities are lying, which they have been doing from day one, when they decided to annex the Crimea.
What do you fellows think about reports of pro-Ukrainian civilians having been executed/murdered in these rebel held cities? Is that propaganda too?
forzaducatiAug. 16, 2014 - 04:34PM JST
So, what is Putin up to this time. First few trucks of this "aid" convey that are being opened for inspection are.....nearly empty, except for a few carton boxes containing condensed milk. Is that all they can spare for their supposedly oppressed brethren in the People's Republic of Donetsk? Or was it merely window dressing in order to make Putin look good without him showing his naked torso? Or, have they been hastily offloading stuff that the Ukrainian authorities would have deemed as not exactly being kosher? Hey, I'm just guessing here, because why on earth would they send empty trucks?
Posted in: Tensions soar as Ukraine says it destroys Russian armour
forzaducatiAug. 16, 2014 - 10:22AM JST
Depends on whether these restaurant managers made an honest mistake or, however unlikely, cheated on their own account. Or, did Kisoji HQ tell these restaurant managers, we don't care how you do it, but raise profits or else? Also of interest is, did HQ call the Consumer Affairs Agency voluntarily, as soon as they find out the excess of 1000man yen in the books or if it was some disgruntled employee blowing the whistle.
They overcharged customers 1,500 yen per plate and as there were over 7,000 servings, that makes for a handsome profit of over 10 million yen. No chump change. The good thing is, it was real beef. Imagine if a "beef bowl chain" would be caught mislabeling their "beef" for extra profits. That would be far more interesting.
And while they are at it, also check if these overpriced cows are getting the proper amount of beer, massages and what they snack on while listening to Mozart. Sounds nice on tv, but I am having my doubts about that a little bit.
Posted in: Shabu-shabu restaurant mislabels beef on menu at 3 locations
forzaducatiJul. 30, 2014 - 11:46AM JST
Can't remember on which channel, but I have seen the final episode, right here in Japan. Think it was during the New Years holidays. Must have been one of those rare instances then, that we weren't last. They've been airing it for years on NHK, AXN Mystery and Channel Ginga. Channel Ginga has been showing Poirot every week and starting August 3rd, they will be showing Poirot daily for the whole month.
Don't watch that much tv, but Poirot, Joan Hickson's Miss Marple and Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes never ever seem to get boring.
Posted in: TV team: Suchet, Poirot paired for 25 years
forzaducatiJul. 29, 2014 - 10:36PM JST
If you want to see the original Godzilla, Nihoneigasenmonchannel is currently showing 55 hours of Godzilla movies. I managed to watch a little bit and it was comically entertaining, but it failed to keep me riveted to my chair to say the least.
I noticed some actors who were young and unknown then and who are now old(er) and well known. To me, that was about the only interesting thing.
By the way, Godzilla 2014 is topping the box office charts here in Japan, so there is quite some interest in this film locally. I'll watch it, eventually.
Posted in: Godzilla returns: Sequel announced at Comic-Con
forzaducatiJul. 28, 2014 - 09:18AM JST
So, after he fled the country, Japan had this small time crook put on Interpol's most wanted list and then were sitting by the phone waiting for Interpol to call them? Because apparently, he could enter Japan again without anybody at immigration noticing.
forzaducatiJul. 25, 2014 - 01:09PM JST
All we know for sure is that Vlad Put'n is a baaad guuuuy. Of course the Russians do. They have set their eyes on Ukraine or parts of Ukraine and it is just a matter of time now.They can'
t rely on those hoodlum hicks callling themselves freedom fighters, who can't take over that godforsaken piece of real estate on their own. And even Putin knows by now that these goons can't be let near sophisticated weaponry either, for they would point it at everything that moves and think about the consequences only when sobering up again. So why not save some gas and shoot from your own territory.
I just keep wondering about this Putin. What kind of image this fellow is trying to portray when he has his pictures taken while riding a bike (3-wheeler actually) or sitting astride horses and tame circus bears, bare chested no less? This man has serious mental issues. It's laughable at best. Can you imagine PM Abe or The Most Powerful Man On The Planet riding a circus animal bare chested? It stinks of megalomaniac delusions and the Russian people should get rid of this guy before it is too late. But alas, nationalism is blinding. If Putin really thinks he needs to portray himself as a tough fellow, he should try that stunt with a real wild bear, a grizzly or something and show the world what he is really made off.
Posted in: U.S. says Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military
forzaducatiJul. 24, 2014 - 11:17PM JST
That wild theory you mention, refers to that nasty affair of flight KAL007. The Russian government wasn't exactly very forthcoming with handing over the flight recorders. Ok, it didn't took 10 years, but just a mere 9 years for Russia to come clean with what the rest of the planet already knew from day one, that they had more or less knowingly shot down a civilian airliner, murdering 269 innocent folks in the process, by finally handing over the empty flight recorders. Russia's then big boss, Andropov, initially wanted to deny the whole sordid affair. He probably thought, 007, hey I've seen that, that must have been them spies on a spy plane on a spying mission. As then and now, they don't give one hoot about it.
On JT one can read comments from certain people, accusing other people as being easily duped and gullable. That's exactly what I thought when Putin tried to convince the folks back home, that annexing Crimea was justified, by having the Russian media circulating news that Russians living in Ukraine were being massacred. However, Russians actually living in the Crimea/Ukraine hadn't heard, nor seen and/or experienced any violence meted out to them. I saw on TV people being interviewed in Moscow. What? Russians are being killed in Ukraine? We can't have that. Putin, do something about it! And he did. After having finished decorating every single member of the Russian equivalent on the Hell's Angels for being good, patriotic hoodlum bums, Putin complied by creating this myth of "liberating" the Crimea from fascists and now trying the same in East Ukraine, with one result being another 298 innocent people being murdered. And then laying the blame on someone else. Duped and gullable indeed. What did he say again? Nobody should use this tragedy to further their own agenda. What a godforsaken hypocrite.
And as for Ukrainian planes flying over Donetsk, Donetsk was and still is a part of Ukraine. These so called separatists are just hoodlums who couldn't hack it without the support they get from Putin. In the world of Putin, Ukraine is already Russian territory. He could do us all a favour by just getting his kicks by riding a tame circus bear bare chested.
Posted in: First MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands; 2 Ukraine warplanes shot down
forzaducatiJul. 22, 2014 - 02:46PM JST
The flight recorder is not going to tell us anything else than how the plane was performing and the cockpit voice recorder will let us in on some colloquial conversation between the pilots perhaps, which then stops abruptly. That's it. Only from the wreckage, specialists might be able to determine how the plane was shot down, with what and from which direction and somehow I don't think that that will be possible or even allowed.
Interesting notions, about those false accusations against Russia by America and their European puppet regimes. Disappointed that Obama and Merkel haven't beaten up or even shot any journalists and/or mere ordinary citizens yet for opposing their views.
This whole melee going on in Ukraine is all Ukraine's own fault of course. And America's. The CIA was behind it too, albeit just for the heck of it. They helped to kick out a corrupt president, Putin's personal friend and friends are supposed to help each other in times of need, plus the prospect of having a neighbouring country joining the EU and possibly NATO would never have been tolerated by Russia. They had to swallow a recalcitrant Poland already, but they don't speak Russian, so they are of the hook for now.
People like Putin are not going to lose sleep over a couple of hundred people shot out of the skies, it merely interferes a tad in their greater scheme of things. But they are near schezophrenic about having another western leaning country next door, which used to be their province no less! Putin has these delusions of grandeur, of returning Russia to whatever he thinks it once was and isn't anymore. Hope he isn't thinking about the Stalin era.
Putin's plane was flying near flight MH17. Really? Was he on his way to the capital of The People's Republic of Donetsk? I very much doubt that, since even the Russian media thought this wouldn't fly and dispelled this little conspiracy theory.
Yes, Russia is, for the Netherlands at least, an important trading partner, as long as we sing their tune. Just google that incident last year with that drunk Russian diplomat in The Hague. They didn't want our cheese and butter anymore, sniff, it was deemed not to be fit for even dogs to consume. And for good measure, a Dutch diplomat stationed in Moscow was roughed up. As a tit-for-tat so to speak, plus the complementary beating then. Only after we kissed Putin's butt till it turned pink, were the Netherlands once more their "important trading partner".
Also interesting to note is that embassies in The Hague were flying their flags half mast out of respect for this plane disaster, except at the embassy of this important trading partner.
Posted in: Ukraine rebels hand over MH17 black boxes, call ceasefire
forzaducatiJul. 21, 2014 - 03:33PM JST
If you only hobble up and down Ginza it might be just fine, most of the time, but as every driver knows, even if you yourself are observing the traffic rules, some of your fellow drivers might not. Anyway, if you have the presence of mind to tuck in your head when noticing the looming exhaust pipe or drive shaft of a dump truck, you might regret not having used a helmet. Not that it would matter much anymore then.
Posted in: Ginza drive
forzaducatiJul. 13, 2014 - 11:52PM JST
Players like Robben constantly have to endure their legs being kicked and hacked at.
Don't forget that Mexico's Hector Moreno, trying to tackle Robben, broke his own leg in the process.
Posted in: More misery for Brazil as Dutch take third place 3-0
forzaducatiMar. 31, 2014 - 12:40PM JST
Maybe it doesn't register with Mr. Hakamada anymore, after having languished away in solitary confinement for so long, but he is lucky not to have been strung up years ago. Or not, I am not sure, since the man's mind seems to be in pieces.
Because today in the news is the case of a Mr. Michitoshi Kuma, who was accused and found guilty of murdering 2 girls in 1996. He kept denying being the culprit, but was nevertheless hanged in 2008. He was convicted on sloppy DNA testing as crucial evidence, in the same manner as Mr. Sugaya was put on death row. As we all know, Mr. Sugaya was later acquitted and subsequently released from prison. For Mr. Kuma however, it is too late, his bones ain't aching anymore, they hanged him. His lawyers are trying to reopen the case, but this was turned down by the courts. Them judges must have thought, he's dead, what's the use. Another utter disgrace. I can imagine that they won't let you off the hook by merely saying "I didn't do it", but if there is only circumstantial evidence, then the death penalty should not be applied.
Posted in: Freed death row convict's compensation will probably be paltry
forzaducatiMar. 29, 2014 - 12:33PM JST
So if you need a mere 800 million yen, just sending a message with your keitai will get you the money? They must have had quite a cozy and trustful relationship.
When I first heard of "Your Party", I thought this fellow can't be kosher. These politicians always make it appear doing something for kokumin no minasan, but they are just shrewd businessmen, lining their pockets with somebody else's money, preferably Your Money. Your Party my a$$, should read My Party. Alarm bells should have been ringing, but I am pretty sure he got applauded by his fellow politicians for coming up with such a clever name.
And these other politicians jumping on his back now are likely not much better, I guess the trick is being smart not to get caught.
Posted in: Watanabe says he spent some of Y800 mil on lucky charm
forzaducatiMar. 14, 2014 - 03:32PM JST
Maybe some people here forgot that it was Abe himself questioning previous apologies, thus keeping this "topic" alive. I don't believe for one minute he is sincere about it, he just cuts his losses this time, being smart for once.
Posted in: Abe says there will be no change to wartime sex slave apology
forzaducatiMar. 09, 2014 - 12:02AM JST
Well, according to the news, there were two passengers on this flight using stolen passports. One belonging to an Italian fellow and one to an Austrian fellow, both of whom were not on this flight and are actually alive and well. Both had their passports stolen earlier, so who knows.
Posted in: Malaysia, Vietnam search for airliner carrying 239
forzaducatiFeb. 20, 2014 - 02:11PM JST
If you believe the occasional nitwit one can encounter here, it were the Americans raping their way through Japan.These same people probably also still believe that Americans have horns like devils, as the Japanese public were made to believe by Tojo & Co. Of course they know that Americans don't have horns, even the really feeble minded folks found that out in '45, and of course they are pretty much aware of the rampage Japan inflicted on their victims, the problem is, they just can't handle the truth. These weasels try to compare oranges with apples, all they can come up with is "other countries did it too". They are mistaken there as well, other countries did not. Well, the only other country I can think of was Nazi Germany, you know, your WW2 palls. Not something to be proud of. And even Nazis stationed in China were taken aback with what they saw. Or were they lying too? Or were they deemed mentally impaired, like those Japanese soldiers were made out for when describing the atrocities they had participated in? While I am pretty sure that American and allied service personal were engaged in raping here in Japan and elsewhere, it was not state sanctioned or promoted on a scale the Japanese did.
This Momii fellow, his boss Abe and likewise ilk should have their barfing orifices, both of them, be serviced by long lines of eagerly waiting men, you know, to give them an idea what it must have been like for all those girls and women who were violated then and are still being violated through these denials and ludicrous "personal opinions" by people in high places.
Posted in: NHK chief vows impartiality after wartime sex slavery remarks
forzaducatiFeb. 13, 2014 - 09:36AM JST
You can't really put the blame on this guy alone. His mother said that everytime she saw him on tv making some wild claims, she thought "mata uso itte iru no, mou yamenasai". But she didn't raise any alarm bells. His wife must also have known something wasn't kosher, unless he managed to fool her as well with his non existing hearing problems and piano skills. And of course the ghost writer, who was in on this scam go on for 18 years and for some reason finally spilled the beans.
Posted in: 'Beethoven of Japan' says he can hear again
forzaducatiFeb. 11, 2014 - 04:06PM JST
I tried desperately to watch some coverage of this event and all I saw was the same whining over and over and over again. Can't they get some objective coverage of international sports events here for a change?
Hiroyasu Shimizu, the former 500m gold medalist with the incredible thighs, claimed that the Dutch speedskaters stole the cornering technique from the Japanese. Haha, really? And he also claimed that the people in charge of preparing the ice floor are from the Netherlands and that they kept the ice soft on purpose, to give an advantage to the Dutch skaters, adding that soft ice does not suit Asian speedskaters. These sentiments were parroted by fellow former speedskaters Okazaki and Horii. Well, the fellow that designed and oversaw constructing of the Sochi ice rink is actually from the Netherlands and he might be in Sochi at the moment, but to suggest he is keeping the ice soft for the benefit of the Dutch speedskaters is a rather childish claim and certainly not becoming people with first hand experience as speedskaters. No speedskater likes soft ice and it would certainly not benefit the Dutch skaters who are about 15~20 kgs heavier than the Japanese skaters. I very much doubt that any person in the Netherlands would have expected them to win all medals in this event, since they ususally do far better at long distance events, but then, all these 3 fellows have been strong all season.
On tv they also mentioned that the Japanese skaters deserved to finish 1-2, having worked so hard for it, but what have the other 20~30 or so skaters been doing then? Just give some credit to these guys instead of this unsportsmanlike drivel.
Posted in: Mulder twins lead another Dutch speedskating sweep
forzaducatiFeb. 06, 2014 - 04:28PM JST
Hard not to feel sorry for him? How so? He wasn't exactly very sincere for 18 years and adorned himself with borrowed plumes. Worst of all, he pretended to be deaf. According to Mr. Niigaki, the ghost writer, he could converse normally with Samuragochi, never noticing any hearing problems. Niigaki also mentioned that Samuragochi threatened to commit suicide if he quit helping him out. Odd story overall.
Posted in: 'Japan's Beethoven' admits using ghost composer
Aug. 23, 2014 - 10:33AM JST
So here we have some little whale monitoring vessel, a non military boat, with a Russian…
Posted in: Russia detains Japanese whaling research vessel
Aug. 23, 2014 - 10:31AM JST
Anxiety makes Japanese stingy L+OL what a load of BS, its lower wages and bonuses compared…
Posted in: Anxiety makes Japanese stingy, says psychologist
Shonan Maru 2 is a also used as a so-called "security vessel", not just a research…
Aug. 23, 2014 - 10:27AM JST
Interesting period in history, so many millions of Japanese peasants benefited from the war-driven rapid industrialisation.…
Posted in: World War I: Japan's ill-fated 'gift from the heavens'
Aug. 23, 2014 - 10:25AM JST
the US has been trying to encourage closer cooperation between Seoul and Tokyo
By criticizing Japan?…
Posted in: U.S. experts blame both Japan, S Korea for tensions