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Posted in: Up to 1,000 bodies left untouched near nuclear plant due to radiation fears See in context

thepro: where would they go?

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Posted in: Connections See in context

pumpkin: my thoughts exactly.

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Posted in: Radiation discovery fans food fears in Japan See in context

Also, did anyone notice that the ocean contamination has been found several kilometers south of Fukushima?

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Posted in: Radiation discovery fans food fears in Japan See in context

On proudnippon's links: it's precisely the rapid half-life of I-131 that causes the most problems upon ingestion. A half-life means a beta particle and a gamma ray are emitted.

The article is correct that after the last contamination from the power plant all of the I-131 should be back to negligible levels in a few months. But you don't want to be ingesting any of it.

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Posted in: Radiation detected in Fukushima milk, Ibaraki spinach after nuclear accident See in context

If you do consume some, you will not drop dead or immediately develop health problems.

FTFY

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Posted in: Radiation detected in Fukushima milk, Ibaraki spinach after nuclear accident See in context

They are intentionally confusing the public. Your thyroid will sequester ingested radioactive iodine, and it will continue to decay inside your thyroid, destroying the surrounding tissues. So you don't need to eat it every day to receive the 1/5th CT scan dose, just let it cook away inside of you until it has finally decayed into safer elements.

The water and food supply are the real dangers from this nuclear accident.

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Posted in: What do you think of the Japanese government's response to the earthquake-tsunami disaster so far? See in context

hokkaidoguy: I think the main complaint about TEPCO is that the problem has gotten to this point.

Just a partial list:

Backup generators stored at too low an elevation Secondary backup generators not plug-compatible with equipment Removal of over 700 personnel from the site when there were five other reactors to monitor.

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Posted in: What do you think of the Japanese government's response to the earthquake-tsunami disaster so far? See in context

TEPCO management: inept and craven as usual Prime Minister and Cabinet: much better than expected

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Posted in: 180,000 evacuated as nuclear plant crisis intensifies See in context

NYTimes just released information that radiation has been detected 60miles (roughly 100km) from Fukushima.

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Posted in: Kan calls quake worst crisis since World War II; OKs power outages See in context

TEPCO can't even keep their website running.

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Posted in: Does freedom of speech include the right to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater, yell "Shark" at a beach or joke about having a bomb on a plane, for example? See in context

(In the case of the American 1st Amendment) there is a difference between "The government shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech" and indemnification from the effects of such speech. If yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater leads to a frenzied panic where people are injured or killed, that person could be found criminally liable for starting the panic if no fire was present at the time.

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Posted in: Protesters across U.S. decry anti-union efforts in Wisconsin See in context

ohh, it's the "millionaires' and billionaires'" fault.

Well, only those who supported the gutting of America's formerly progressive tax system. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates think differently.

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Posted in: Protesters across U.S. decry anti-union efforts in Wisconsin See in context

Government union benefits are ONE cause for the ever increasing debt of the State. Suggesting that taxpayers and their elected representatives should ignore that fact is absurd.

Only because the states promised the pensions, then spent the tax money collected to cover those pensions on other things.

Government union leadership have been using taxpayer money to elect the very representatives that decide how much the State should compensate government union members, taxpayers be damned

Replace "Government union leadership" with "Multinational corporate leadership" and "compensate government union members" with "gut the corporate tax code and waive regulations" and you have found the reason we are even discussing the pensions of public employees.

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Posted in: NEC develops world's first contactless finger scanner See in context

fingerprint scanner = police state

vein sensor = biometric access management

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Posted in: Tokyo's catnap culture See in context

Even at play, the Japanese tend to run themselves into the ground. On the ski slopes, you will see the groups who got up before dawn “to avoid the traffic,” drove for five hours, had a can of coffee and a rice ball for breakfast, and hit the snow as soon as possible.

That's because after the age of 5 or so, Japanese can't enjoy unadulterated fun without some form of suffering involved to alleviate the guilt.

Unfortunately, this kind of poor planning can be fatal (Google "Accidents on Half Dome" for an example)

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Posted in: Fashionable 'yama' girls take to the hills See in context

Papigiulio - that's the price you pay for not planning ahead. A small backpack with your wife's sneakers inside could have saved you the back stain.

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Posted in: Groupon CEO apologizes to Japan customers for 'osechi' mess-up See in context

Sounds just like the Schindler Elevator fiasco all over again.

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Posted in: What is the best way to resolve the Futenma base relocation problem? See in context

Do nothing. LDP sat on the issue for years, why should the DPJ have to solve it immediately?

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Posted in: Toyota chief's U.S. testimony closely watched in Japan See in context

The problems are now being reported as software issues on the vehicles on-board computers, which would explain why Toyota is seeing problems across a range of vehicles (software reuse) and why they are having a difficult time pinning down the cause of the bug.

I expect this will end up like the Therac-25 bug (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therac-25).

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Posted in: Is Ozawa heading for the slammer? See in context

Minshuto should move forward and fire the entire top three levels of the prosecutors office and the NPA, then order the new heads to start a new investigation, going all the way back to the Lockheed scandal. I'm sure the bureaucrats have collected information on all key political leaders over the years, so let's air it out for everyone to see.

Uncover all of Jimento's cash flows, make it public, and dry them up so if the LDP ever returns to power, it won't have nearly the warchest it has depended on for the last 50 years.

It will be good for all political parties: blackmail is only possible if the victim pays. Free the information, and the bureaucrats will lose their last levers on power. Summarily firing the top three levels will give younger managers at the NPA and prosecutor's office a chance to shine and remove any possibility of amakudari.

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