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praackJul. 02, 2015 - 12:20PM JST
fire is not something you can prepare much for, you can work on containing electric fire, or class a from a cigarette in a seat cushion. however accelerants in a closed space- very tough.
fire extinguishers can only really be used when most of the passengers are out- as they remove air
water sprinklers mean carrying water tanks and that equals weight-3.99 kg of water (approx 1 US gallon) you would need about 1000 gallon per car for a sprinkler system - and water shifts... so corners are a problem at speed
so water is out
no i suspect the train was as safe as any could have been and the train crew operated as well as any could.
Posted in: Woman killed in bullet train fire suicide was on peace pilgrimage
praackJul. 02, 2015 - 12:09PM JST
ha, oxycodone is a prescription drug in the usa as well, when you couple the fact that to get the drug in the US the father would have to go to his doctor and get a prescription- there is no way you would mistake the drug for an aspirin
on top of that this is an executive- not a 15 year old high school drop out, and the method to cover up the drug- in separate containers to try to conceal the scent from drug dogs- sorry , this is a long standing user.
it is a good thing the arrest was made, perhaps proper treatment will take place and she will be able to come to grips with the issue
Posted in: Toyota exec in Japan resigns over drug arrest
praackJun. 24, 2015 - 06:42PM JST
Steve, war is war, sneak attack? history is written by the winner , propaganda runs the war, and believe me- if the US had it's way it would have had it's own "sneak attack": but would have called it a "preemptive strike".
that is what a sneak attack is called now.
the US troops were painted in the same light as the Japanese people were by the USA. prior to my mother passing away she still believed that all asians were Japanese, all followed the same precepts of the war posters she saw as a teenager. the amount of hatred was hard to bear, and the inability to talk to anyone who was Japanese or even Asian was also difficult because of this.
but this is what Propaganda and History bring- an incomplete tale
the A bomb was not justified, just like most of the bombings but i won't get into why now- that history can be discussed later- unless you decide to really study military history
Posted in: Okinawans still haunted by horror of war 70 years on
praackJun. 24, 2015 - 06:58AM JST
a lot of people make comments regarding the war, regarding how Okinawa does not appreciate the US etc, however - has anyone really appreciated what the Okinawan' s have gone through? The USA were the aggressors who came to the island and bombed, set on fire and killed people.
even if the US did not turn into the horrible demon's they were made out to be by the Imperialist troops- i do not think they expected to be kept under occupation ever since. - for that is what it must feel like
Posted in: Abe heckled at ceremony in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle
praackJun. 22, 2015 - 08:02PM JST
what comes up must come down, if you fire directly above you the projectile will come down, if you fire over the subject the projectile will continue until it hits something.
you are fortunate that no one has learned that yet - the hard way. that is why warning shots are no longer used in the united states. not because the US is more violent but because there were injuries.
Posted in: Policeman fires warning shot after truck thief threatens him with hatchet
praackJun. 22, 2015 - 04:18AM JST
strangerland, even if most of the servers are off line - not all can be-, look at the information- US heatlhcare records- Obamacare mandates electronic health care which by law will tie into tax records.
and as we know- no matter how tight the firewall is, how pervasive the hardware appliance and software antivirus- there will be somoene who will get in
these are countries with teams of people and thousands of dedicated servers with tens of thousands that can be purchased on the internet to assist in processing power
China thinks long term, i guess the next step is - given the information- how soon could we have a new spy in the works?
Posted in: Has China learned how to build the perfect U.S. spy?
praackJun. 17, 2015 - 09:01AM JST
how many here have actually read the lyrics to the Kimigayo? not much there, actually pretty when you think of an ancient poem.
it is much less offensive than the Deutschenlied which is still used in Germany.
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praackJun. 15, 2015 - 12:41PM JST
Actually the US bombing campaign had Japan at it's knees already, all ports were closed, all major cities save 2 were firebombed. the US saved those two for the Nukes. There were people in government who wanted to continue - regardless of surrender- but of course the other 8 bombs would not be ready for another month.
the US does not really teach what happened in Japan with the bombs and post war period. just like we don't mention our internment camps.
Posted in: Japanese art on atomic bombings exhibited in Washington
praackMay. 31, 2015 - 03:25AM JST
what is apparent here is that the message from the Singaporean leader is not being listened to : it is being reinterpreted to meet the opinions people already had.
Japan is not a country looking for war, denying war, begging for war. it s a country of peace, which if you compare a Japanese citizen with one from the US, EU and most Asian countries you will find that on most topics the idea of sending troops, taking up arms and such - is not in the vocabulary.
the anger that is present is for an older breed that all but wiped out during the war, almost all of the Japanese Troops died in the war- where most of the other countries that fought in the pacific theater survived.
you talk so well of Germany - yet that country was run by Nazi's well into the mid 60's, don;'t believe me- go check. the west was more concerned about Russia by then. and for the 50's into the late 60's they were not really telling their children much about the war.
war is horrible, the thing is this one is long past, we need to let the wounds heal- all this does is keep them fresh and keeps the hate alive- that is never good for the soul
Posted in: Asia should put WWII behind it: Singapore PM
praackMay. 28, 2015 - 09:25AM JST
china fully expects the US to fold and go home- something the current president might do, and something Madame President Hopeful might do as well.
as for Living Memory's comment's- sign of the times for the 60's . but look at today- russian bears flying over Alaska, China attempting to fly over carrier fleets, china building the island- which can currently land transports- so if a transport can land i hazard a guess fighters could too.
Posted in: Pentagon chief says U.S. flights over South China Sea will go on
praackMay. 26, 2015 - 09:11AM JST
closure is nice - if we have the means and there is still dna in the bones we should try. families need peace.
as for the war- let it go, the propaganda from that time leads you to believe the US would have conducted things differently, Perhaps- but i imagine we would have our ships and planes off their shores just waiting for the message which would have been communicated in the US to the embassy.
then we would have moved in
not really any warning with that scenario- not much of a moral high ground. bur war is war
Posted in: 7 decades on, Pearl Harbor kin seek new ID tests and closure
praackMay. 25, 2015 - 11:25PM JST
I'll be saying a prayer for the Japanese as well as for the Allied troops who had to fight that horrible war. It is a shame such a strife took place, but our peoples have grown closer- though it is tough to tell with reading comments in these posts.
this is memorial day in the states, a day for remembrance of sacrifice, a day to hopefully form peaceful bonds- not one to plot further vengeance
Posted in: Abe honors war dead at Chidorigafuchi cemetery
praackMay. 24, 2015 - 08:10PM JST
Jimizo- the reason the word Homosexuality was not mentioned in the bible is that they used to use the word sodomite- the Germans were a tad offended by the use of the label.
you will shortly see a change to using the Cis lable as they are also driven by psychiatry.
When God sent his Son to die for us many of the laws in the old book were scrubbed, but if it was reiterated in the New Testament we were to follow them- not just ignore them.
If the current trend of society is that Gays Marry- let them Marry by Judge- that is the way of Caesar. If a Church decides to change the bible to meet Society - then it has lost God's way, for the church is now telling God it knows better.
Posted in: Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first
praackMay. 24, 2015 - 10:28AM JST
I take umbrage with the archbishops comments however, and i will be disheartened if another church puts aside the teachings of the bible to cater to the whims of a group coming to power. for man to decide that the bible, especially the new testament is no longer valid is wrong, this was a book written by witnesses of Jesus under the hand of the Holy Spirit.
it was not just knocked together by a drunk in a bar for a couple of chuckles.....
praackMay. 17, 2015 - 11:51PM JST
whale and dolphin, wish i could try some here.. sigh...
oh well will have to wait until my next trip to Japan.
BTW - in the 1050's we would not have this conversation,
in the 1960's some conversation would be occurring to ensure that overfishing was not occuring
we only became concerned after a TV show in the late 60's and couple of movies in the 70's and 80;s and people humanized the creatures - now we honor them as gods. not really scientific just a set of movies and film...
Posted in: Japanese aquariums still rely on controversial dolphin hunt
praackMay. 14, 2015 - 09:42AM JST
don't scream- you don't have any options -
you can go renewable but the price is high, the return rate is not as big as people say and the replacement cost of wind turbines is high as well.
but go ahead- list all the sources allow people to pay what they want, cut the power back- cook on camp stoves
but also get rid of coal and oil fired electric - because if you want green - you need to be green - not just anti- nuclear (which BTW is green)
praackMay. 11, 2015 - 09:03PM JST
36 is pushing it, the initial date is always hazy, so you cannot really set the conception date- and that starts the "40 weeks" and children have a mind of their own anyway.
so if this was a last minute "Vacation" = not a real smart idea
Posted in: Woman gives birth on flight from Canada to Japan
praackMay. 10, 2015 - 09:57AM JST
the world runs on business not politics- otherwise Ukraine would not be happening, neither would Chinese expansion, the crumbling of the middle east etc.
though countries were deriding Russia, France stopped deliver of a naval vessel only at the last minute due to the pressure it was getting from other eu countries. The UN kept contracting with Russia the whole time. most of the restrictions placed on Russia are targeted on a few men and what they have outside the country- not on the country itself.
EU wants it's natural gas and other products and was quite willing to sacrifice the Crimea - remember Putin admits now he put troops in to take it - but no uproar. , no uproar over the commercial jet, heck the west will probably allow them to take everything east of the Dnieper
Posted in: Russia stages WW2 victory parade as Ukraine bristles
praackMay. 09, 2015 - 05:34PM JST
actually nicely posited.
whenever you use a popular medium to set a social thesis you will have issues- however this one does have some parallels with today's societies.
sometimes it is seeing the threads and pulling them together - i believe the writer did that here.
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praackMay. 03, 2015 - 06:58PM JST
nice fictional tale- good reading on wikipedia about alex haley and how he crafted it- but remember- it is fiction
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Jul. 06, 2015 - 11:59AM JST
@klausdorth "This vote is worth less than the paper it was printed on"
Actually, this vote…
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No arguments there. As a neutral, it was good to see a game not decided by…
Posted in: U.S. beats Japan 5-2 to win Women's World Cup
Jul. 06, 2015 - 11:58AM JST
The fact is a LOT more people are lactose intolerant than we believe, because sometimes even…
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Jul. 06, 2015 - 11:57AM JST
The horse has bolted my friend and you let your true feelings out so I doubt…
Posted in: Suga apologizes to Okinawan governor over anti-media remarks
Jul. 06, 2015 - 11:56AM JST
USA deserved to win. Well done.