nandakandamanda comments

Posted in: Patient in Japan confirmed as having new virus from China See in context

If you can't beat them, join them. I gargle now most mornings to loosen the sticky film in my morning throat where the little aliens cling. I wear a mask where and when necessary, including on my visits to the disease magnet, er... national hospital. Any little barrier in a storm, either in or out.

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Posted in: Rain hits Australian fires, but blazes still rage See in context

Like the old proverb (also adapted ad for a certain salt company), i.e. "It never rains but it pours".

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Posted in: 25th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake observed See in context

We lived in Nada Ku, Kobe and had just sold the flat and moved 150 km away. My wife complained endlessly that we should not have sold the damn thing, which was irritating to say the least, as if she was somehow blaming me, but on the morning that we were woken up by that powerful jolt, and as we saw the emerging footage on TV, she suddenly said how glad she was that we had sold it.

Heard so many sad and horrific stories from people. Can’t believe it has been 25 years.

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Posted in: Three alleged neo-Nazis caught with machine gun ahead of Virginia gun rally: FBI See in context

The rally they were targeting was pushing against stiffer gun laws. Don't make no sense.

And although the scary title mentions possession of a machine gun, they are not being charged with that. The only charges look fairly flimsy, including the 'alien' label for the Canadian :

Quote: The three men are accused of interstate commerce of weapons, harboring illegal aliens, an alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and aiding and abetting. The FBI also said in the court filing that the men had attempted to manufacture DMT...

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Posted in: Court defers ruling on fatal car accident after driver's remarks See in context

No-one deliberate crashes in situations like this. She thought she could make it, as she always turns right there and she knows the average speed of cars on that stretch. Her brain was probably in default mode. The other driver was likely going much faster than she expected, leading to her error of judgement. The fatal accident was further down the chain, where speed would still have been a factor.

With this niggling at the back of her mind, I can imagine she was somehow hoping that the judge might take this into consideration.

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Posted in: Moonstruck: Japanese billionaire's girlfriend applicants top 20,000 See in context

Hah, 20,000 airheads, or should I say space heads?

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Posted in: Patient in Japan confirmed as having new virus from China See in context

The fabled screening which we were assured would protect us all failed with this first patient. He says he took medication to reduce his temperature.

Thus he did not show up on the thermograph.

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Posted in: Roundabouts have been installed at 87 locations in 31 prefectures since the revised Road Traffic Law took effect in September 2014. Do you think roundabouts reduce the number of traffic accidents? See in context

We had one here in the west of Japan many years ago, but drivers ignored the convention and pushed their way in, jamming everything solid. Eventually the authorities gave up and installed lights. Is it a cultural thing?

The outline of the circle is still there, with four flowerbeds. The crossroads still has the name 'Rotary' in it.

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Posted in: Iran makes arrests in plane shootdown; police crack down on protests See in context

They've arrested someone accused of filming the missile hit. (Buried in the article).

Quote: "A person who posted a video online last week of a missile striking the plane has been taken into custody by the elite Revolutionary Guards, the semi-official Fars news agency reported."

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Posted in: Spent MOX fuel removed at Ikata nuclear plant; 1st time in Japan See in context

The problem they had was reported on Saturday but the news did not make its way to this site.

It took their workers about 5 hours to get the fuel rod back in again. That worked, but they are scratching their heads as to why the weight sensor alarm did not go off when the rod was initially pulled up by mistake.

In Japanese, 12 January. The video does not seem to work for me, but the article is still there.


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Posted in: M5.0 quake jolts eastern Japan, including Tokyo See in context

No guarantees on what the earth wants to do.

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Posted in: Connected cars moving targets for hackers See in context

Look at that photo. What an exciting future we have designed and chosen for ourselves. Join the chain! Get taken for a ride.

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Posted in: Man beats fast food worker because one chicken nugget was missing from his combo meal See in context

Those processed nuggets are full of scary stuff. Must have gone to his head.

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Posted in: Volcano erupts on southwestern Japanese island See in context

Yesterday evening I spent some time watching the live feed and the smoke billowing sideways from the summit. A bit scary for the islanders. Reminded me a little of Stromboli.

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Posted in: New questions rise after Iran says it downed Ukrainian plane See in context

So many lovely people in Iran, a place full of history, beauty and heart. The problem lies with the mouth of the government, any government. Can the people, can the world trust what they say? The old saying that 'a man is as good as his word' applies to countries too. It is a long struggle for every country to gain a measure of respect and get people to pay attention. We fail, we fall, we have to get up again.

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Posted in: Automakers display 800 modified cars at Tokyo Auto Salon See in context

Used to go to the Auto Salon at Makuhari Messe as an exhibitor. Loved the event. Great for all the family. Not obvious from the photo above, but there were plenty of unusual things to see.

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Posted in: Iran says it 'unintentionally' shot down Ukrainian jetliner See in context

Sad indeed. All blame aside, a very sad event for the poor crew and passengers and relatives involved.

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Posted in: At least 15 dead in Pakistan mosque suicide bombing See in context

A little background can be found on Arabnews.

Quote: "Daesh issued a statement on Friday night claiming responsibility for the attack, saying that it had targeted the Afghan Taliban. It was carried out by a suicide bomber, the group said, named Abu Jarrah Al-Balouchi. Two Afghan Taliban members confirmed that the mosque and an attached religious school belonged to Taliban chief justice Sheikh Abdul Hakeem, who is considered an influential leader in the organization’s hierarchy. The Taliban said that Hakeem’s brother was killed in the explosion and his son badly injured. “The brother of Sheikh sahib and four or five other people have embraced martyrdom. Maulvi Abdul Ali, son of Sheikh sahib, is critically injured,” a Taliban leader said in an audio message in the Pashto language that was sent to Taliban members, a copy of which was obtained by Arab News.

However, Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf said: “None of the Taliban leaders was present in the mosque. No meeting was taking place there. Any reports suggesting so are untrue.”

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Posted in: Will bootleg N Korean 'missile fuel' find its way to Japan? See in context

Sounds like free advertisement for the North's equivalent to what China and the South have been selling for years. You can even buy several varieties at Incheon, and the size of the crowds attests to their interest. I guess the North is looking for new sources of income.

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Posted in: Iraq is caught in the middle as Iran and U.S. trade blows See in context

Iraq just wants to focus on getting their own country sorted out, if possible without IS, without Iran and without the US and all other foreign forces.

They have more than enough problems already with their Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish populations, unable so far either to build a political structure that reflects that background harmoniously, or to chose a strong leader over all.

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Posted in: 'Designed by clowns': Boeing releases internal messages that disparage 737 MAX, regulators See in context

Sadly you will not know which plane you'll be boarding until the last moment as airline companies generally reserve the right to change aircraft without notice.

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Posted in: Japan asks Interpol to issue red notice for Ghosn's wife See in context

Photo caption.

Guard: "Stick with me here. I'll protect you."

Carole: (thinks) Mmmm... my type of guy.

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Posted in: 'Designed by clowns': Boeing releases internal messages that disparage 737 MAX, regulators See in context

This is larger than Rebublican or Democrat, two words which should be banned from this thread. There are some other words beginning with D and T and N and L which I will not mention.

Corporate culture criticism, yes, political grandstanding, no, IMHO.

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Posted in: Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner, U.S., Canadian officials say See in context

Rumours that Iran is bulldozing the crash site before the NTSB team arrives seem to be an exaggeration. Photos of a front loader carrying larger aircraft parts to a collection point may have been mistaken for a bulldozer.

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Posted in: Trump proposes sweeping rollback of environmental oversight See in context

Maybe now those 40,000 dangerous old U.S. bridges can be rebuilt.

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Posted in: Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner, U.S., Canadian officials say See in context

I guess the Iranians will be asking questions about this equipment that they bought off the Russians.

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Posted in: Australians brace for escalating fire danger in southeast See in context

Stay safe folks. Heed the advice and don't get check-mated.

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Posted in: Man admits to charges in knife incident at Prince Hisahito's school See in context

The whole scenario of plumber's disguise, smuggling knives, working out where the right desk was and cutting the security camera power shows a high degree of planning. He admits to wanting to stab the prince. This guy is dangerous.

(More 'invalid' rubbish)

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Posted in: Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner, U.S., Canadian officials say See in context

NB explosions = explosion.

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Posted in: Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner, U.S., Canadian officials say See in context

A heat-seeker into the engine will cause an initial engine explosions and fire.... then both explanations suddenly make sense.

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