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Posted in: 2 weeks after disaster, 27,000 dead or missing; gov't faces task of clearing rubble See in context

doing the math leads to 3000 unidentified bodies. No mention of a DNA database to match victims to relatives... Even from a toothbrush can sufficient DNA be extracted for a match, but unfortunately in this case the homes have also been destroyed.

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Posted in: Few were prepared for nuclear crisis See in context

Winds are currently blowing onshore onto Fukushima, with some gusts pushing southward. Perhaps we will see another radiation spike these days.

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Posted in: Man dies of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning while using generator during blackout See in context

Even if it gets really cold i wont use a brazier.

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Posted in: 2 weeks after disaster, 27,000 dead or missing; gov't faces task of clearing rubble See in context

So many people did not have time to evacuate, and are buried undeneath the rubble, so its not as simple as scoop and swoop. They have to remove the debris carefully.

In WTC Ground Zero there were countless issues of debris being dumped into landfills without first sorting for human remains, and this caused a lot of controversy.

There should be separate crews removing the easiest types of debris first, such as vehicles, metals and wood. Mud may be contaminated so it may not be recycled so easily.

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Posted in: 28-year-old man accused of punching 2-year-old boy to death See in context

20? this guy needs to go down for the dirt nap. Perhaps the mother is responsible of negligence if there was prior evidence of beating and her leaving the boy with its abuser.

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Posted in: Connections See in context

well given there's not much else to do in this area, i'm amazed that they dont just roll some high voltage cable from wherever they need it.

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Posted in: Cameraman accused of murdering Kanazawa housewife rearrested See in context

You cannot be "arrested" if you are already in custody. However, you could be arraigned on additional charges.

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Posted in: Cameraman accused of murdering Kanazawa housewife rearrested See in context

why was he let go in the first place? did he make bail on the original charges? were charges even filed in the first place? There's lot of key information missing here...

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Posted in: Images of disaster in Japan lend visual power for news networks See in context

In Japan, most advertisers were blocked out of the rotation, but now they flood the the programming. If I hear the AC "ay-cee" jingle one more time i will probably puke.

Yeah the video with the old lady trying to walk away from the tsunami was most disturbing. It reinforces an image of Japans aged citizens, unable to fend for themselves.

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Posted in: In view of the continuing nuclear crisis and ongoing aftershocks since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, are you planning to leave Tokyo or stay? See in context

we have been lucky that winds have been mainly blowing out to sea, but if winds change and radiation goes up im definitely getting in my car and driving a few hundred miles south.

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

Has the government begun to distribute iodine pills? Do they even know what that is?

In Chernobyl, tens of thousands of lives were saved because these pills were distributed en masse.

The half life of radioactive Iodine is 8 days , so it would take more than a month to drop to legal levels. By then the food will have either spoiled or people emigrated to other cities.

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Posted in: Japan will struggle with power crunch after quake See in context

The economic damage caused by the botched rolling blackouts, and the scarcity of gas/diesel could be in the billions.

Can't ask Pachinko parlors to close since this is a very specific type of business that cannot be singled out. They could be asked to turn of the neon signs outside but everyone has to make a living one way or the other.

The 50/60Hz difference in Japan needs to be sorted out NOW. Tokyo is absorbing the full grunt of the power shortage, and like earlier posters said, if all Japan was at 60Hz then we could receive power from Kansai and other areas.

The fuel shortages are killers. The US has a 10% reserve, why does Japan not use their reserves at this crucial time? Some gas stations are charging Y2000 for 10 liters of gas, effectively 200Y/liter. This is illegal and should be prosecuted. In my area lines of cars are sometimes up to 500 cars. People in Kanto/Tohoku need plenty of gas just in case the nuclear reactor finally blows up and everyone has to drive south with their belongings/pets/etc...

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Posted in: Comments from U.S. Embassy and British Chamber of Commerce on radiation danger to Tokyo See in context

thank you for posting also. I had just subscribed to STEP and had even sent an email to JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov, but apparently im still not on their email list. Not really sure what the point was of filling out all those online forms. Perhaps i may be getting a call from the tax man soon...

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Posted in: Fukushima No. 3 reactor's container feared damaged See in context

they really dont know what's going on. Any exerts out there know if covering the reactors with concrete would help?

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Posted in: In classic battle of Man vs Nature, Nature wins again See in context

the fault line for the next quake runs directly south of tokyo, through Izu peninsula, Shizuoka and kansai. I have a feeling that the next few aftershocks will keep moving south, which means that current tsunami warning maps are already unsuitable.

People in tsunami affected areas had approximately 30 minutes to get away, since the tsunami hit at 3:10pm. Clearly very few people knew what to do, or didnt feel the urgency. Whoever said that the tsunami was only going to be 60cm needs to be thrown in jail.

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Posted in: Winner See in context

dammit!

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Posted in: Police nab 77 in 3 prefectures during one-week crackdown on train groping, molesting See in context

how many of those were cops?

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Posted in: Dance on! See in context

Photo of the night. very nice

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for having altered model gun See in context

YOU CAN SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT KID!

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Posted in: Want to look like Aki Hoshino? Read her book See in context

if she's 33 and not thinking about marriage then this means her relationship with the jockey is a sham or maybe his stable is full.

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Posted in: J-pop starlet May J reveals her Persian heritage See in context

Iran is actually a relatively progressive culture, apart from the totalitarian theocrazy that has been there. I'm sure a hottie like her can sell records out there.

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Posted in: New portable TV plays Blu-ray, shows photos See in context

for nearly the same amount i can buy a laptop with blew-ray drive.

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Posted in: Which country's beef gets your vote for the tastiest? See in context

American beef is mostly factory farmed. Cows live in terrible conditions.

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Posted in: Mika Mifune reflects on life with an older man See in context

i love these stories.

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Posted in: Sharp, Microsoft develop smartphones See in context

I am waiting for the new windows 7 phones. The HTC HD2 PRO has the firepower to outclass i-phone and others, but it will not work with the new OS. I need my phone for business, not for twitting and facebooking all the time.

Windows Mobile OS, however, has fallen drastically behind in the "randomly once in a while useful" app category.

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Posted in: Sharp, Microsoft develop smartphones See in context

this doesn't run Windows Mobile 7. Mostly for kids.

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Posted in: Guess the identity of the mystery wolfman See in context

nice to hear they are promoting Benicio's movie in Japan.

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Posted in: Toyota hit with $16 mil fine over recalls in U.S. See in context

they got it easy. They can pay $16 million from their petty cash account.

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