Jean Val-Jean comments

Posted in: Hydrogen cars could be headed to showroom See in context

I look forward to a vehicle powered by Mr. Fusion. Meanwhile, ...

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Posted in: Beaujolais Nouveau goes on sale across Japan See in context

“Beaujolais nouveau is an initiation wine,” adds Bourjade.

That's an understatement. You can easily get a far better wine for as low as ¥500 if you know where and what to look for.

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Posted in: Tokyo Motor Show opens with eco-friendly theme; U.S. makers stay away See in context

" Relatively high prices(of hybrid and alternative fuel cars) have also dented demand."

Affordability is a big issue for many buyers.

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Posted in: Indonesian, Australia leaders trade jabs over spying allegations See in context

It's a PRISM Planet.

Don't hate the messenger.

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Posted in: Study: Kids are less fit than their parents were See in context

Turn off the TV/video games and go out and play.

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Posted in: TEPCO gives first glimpse of fuel rod removal See in context

At this point, they're doing the easy part.

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Posted in: Japan's trade deficit nearly doubles in Oct on energy costs See in context

" The shortfall was larger than the 810 billion yen in red ink economists had expected on average, and an expansion of 96.1% from the year-before deficit of 556.2 billion yen."

Which means these particular economists are incompetent.

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Posted in: Yahoo vows to encrypt website traffic See in context

There WERE some fairly secure email services, but two of them have opted to close down rather than hand over the keys to BigBrother.

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Posted in: Kennedy meets emperor in ceremonial pomp broadcast live on TV See in context

Did the last ambassador get the royal welcome? Is she some royal family member?

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Posted in: 34 public park toilets vandalized in Atsugi in past year See in context

Gee, they'll have to be replaced. Sounds like it could be a way to improve the economy.

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Posted in: TEPCO gives first glimpse of fuel rod removal See in context

I really do hope the entire operation goes without a hitch.

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Posted in: TEPCO starts removing fuel rods from Fukushima No. 4 reactor See in context

Mike O'Brien, I don't particularly care for Perrow's analyses, however he writes about accident dynamics. His opinion is only one among many various opinions.

You might find a buyer for your magic space rock/acne cure on E-Bay.

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Posted in: U.N. climate chief says coal sector must 'change dramatically' See in context

Olegek, the point is all nations should be treated the same, not some exempted while others having to comply.

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Posted in: TEPCO starts removing fuel rods from Fukushima No. 4 reactor See in context

Yale University professor Charles Perrow wrote about the number 4 fuel pool this year in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. He said one pool contains 10 times the amount of radioactive caesium present in the Chernobyl disaster and warned one slip-up with the removal could trigger a chain reaction. "This has me very scared," he told the ABC. "Tokyo would have to be evacuated because [the] caesium and other poisons that are there will spread very rapidly. "Even if the wind is blowing in the other way, it's going to be monumental."

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Posted in: TEPCO starts removing fuel rods from Fukushima No. 4 reactor See in context

" Jean - looks to me like my "contingency plan" of buying a ticket out should the sky start to fall, is exactly the same as your well-thought out brilliance. In the meantime, I will live my life."

You might rethink the flying out bit, unless you plan to fly west from western Japan.

Having a contingency plan ready is a matter of basic preparedness. I prefer to be prepared if possible.

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Posted in: U.N. climate chief says coal sector must 'change dramatically' See in context

" China, the world’s major coal user, has had several major smog alerts and health scares in its cities this year."

" The World Resources Institute (WRI) observer group said Monday that nearly 1,200 new coal-fired power plants have already been scheduled for development worldwide—more than three-quarters of them in India and China."

And that's why the Kyoto Protocol is a farce, the largest polluters are exempt.

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Posted in: TEPCO starts removing fuel rods from Fukushima No. 4 reactor See in context

horsefella, feel free to have no plan. Stiff upper lip and all that.

Yes, there is real risk in the operation which has begun, and more later. Better to err on the side of safety.

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Posted in: Frenchman deemed too fat to fly finally gets plane ticket See in context

Lucabrasi, the French healthcare system is what the US healthcare system is being transformed into.

" The French health care system is one of universal health care largely financed by government national health insurance. In its 2000 assessment of world health care systems, the World Health Organization found that France provided the "close to best overall health care" in the world." according to wikiwiki.

But medical tourism has many destinations. Many Canadians also go to US for medical treatment.

The central issue with this young man's transportation is the combination of all his health problems.

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Posted in: Bachelet favored to be re-elected Chile president See in context

Chile is a terrific place, except for Bachelet. The free-market ideas which have made Chile a go-to place are seriously at risk with the wealth-redistributionist Socialist Bachelet. She would destroy the current prosperity.

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Posted in: Top Democrat Pelosi denies party members retreating from Obamacare See in context

It's funny that this article is the first real mention of how badly ACA is really doing. Not a word of any of the apologizing the organizer-in-chief has been doing. Pitiful.

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Posted in: 6-year-old boy dies after being hit by car; 78-year-old driver arrested See in context

FightingViking is absoluetly correct: Autotrans cars facilitate such judgement errors. My spouse made a similar error in her 20's, though thankfully didn't injure anyone. Dependence on autotrans cars encourages these types of accidents, very sadly. A tragedy for both families.

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Posted in: TEPCO starts removing fuel rods from Fukushima No. 4 reactor See in context

Moomoochoo, Definitely agree. Gotta have a contingency plan regardless of the type of emergency.

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Posted in: Australian spies tried to tap Indonesian president's phone calls, media report See in context

And now, Indonesia has recalled their ambassador. All the spying crap on everyone is only going to cause a lot of isolation and distrust. Why should anyone trust any closely associated govt of US?

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Posted in: TEPCO starts removing fuel rods from Fukushima No. 4 reactor See in context

Tbird, always always have a contingency plan. My priority is to preserve the health and well-being of my loved ones.

If something goes terribly wrong during this process, which I hope does not, then it'll be time to preserve my family. My friends have the same responsibility to theirs.

There's an app named Tokyo Radiation that I'd recommend monitoring. It's free on PlayStore for Android.

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Posted in: TEPCO starts removing fuel rods from Fukushima No. 4 reactor See in context

Have a plan ready to evacuate, just in case.

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Posted in: Top Democrat Pelosi denies party members retreating from Obamacare See in context

Pelosi in damage control mode. The bigger damage is yet to come.

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Posted in: Feel in danger? Stay classy, buy a bulletproof suit See in context

The best defense is a good offense. If all you've got is a suit of armor, you'll still be a victim.

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Posted in: Girls bar owner arrested for employing middle school students See in context

"There should be a law banning anyone under 20 from working in alcohol serving establishments."

Here's that ridiculous regulatory mindset again. That would eliminate many fastfood/restaurant jobs as well.

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Posted in: Top Democrat Pelosi denies party members retreating from Obamacare See in context

Much of this article is snippets. The following has more:

http://m.cbsnews.com/fullstory.rbml?catid=57612721&feed_id=null&videofeed=null

" "It's the law of the land," she added." Yes, and just as other previous "laws of the land" were repealed, such as Alcohol Prohibition(Amendment XVIII which created SO many problems) and the infamous Fugitive Slave Law.

Obamacare is like watching the massive trainwreck in Matrix-slow-motion.

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Posted in: TEPCO to start removing spent fuel from Fukushima No. 4 reactor on Monday See in context

Does Not give me a "Peaceful, Easy Feeling."

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