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Posted in: Don't rip Britain apart, May appeals to fellow EU leaders on Brexit See in context


I'm sorry to disagree with you but the UK is Britain and N Ireland. The British are the English, Scottish and the Welsh. The native people of N Ireland are not british. They are Irish. 

Look, the accepted demonym for people from the UK is British. People from Northern Ireland are UK Nationals. Now it would have been nice to come up with a demonym that obviously encompasses the whole of the UK, but what would that be?

People from Northern Ireland aren't second-class citizens, to be ejected from their country at will.*

No one said they were. What I said was: 

NI needs to separate and either form a united ireland with the irish republic or become its own country.

That's hardly calling them second class citizens. Please don't put words in my mouth.

From my point of view that statement is saying that you don't want us in the UK, and we should leave. That's a choice for the people of Northern Ireland to make, as citizens of the UK.

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Posted in: Don't rip Britain apart, May appeals to fellow EU leaders on Brexit See in context


Maybe its time for Northern Ireland to leave the UK. Geographically, culturally and historically it is Irish not British.

What is "British"?, it is the identity of the UK.

Even our passports say the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, yet Northern Irish are considered British.

That's because it is the right of anyone born in the UK to be a UK National - AKA British

For a while it didn't matter, because we were all in the EU, but now that Britain is leaving, NI needs to separate and either form a united ireland with the irish republic or become its own country.

People from Northern Ireland aren't second-class citizens, to be ejected from their country at will.


Britain was quite happy to rip many other countries apart, e.g, when 80% of Ireland wanted independence in 1921, Britain decided it had to respect the wishes of the 20% (descendants of British colonial planters) in north-east Ireland , and ripped the country apart, causing decides of strife. 

There was no referendum on Irish Independance, so you can't say "80% of Ireland wanted it". There was a guerrilla war that had demands they wanted met, people in the northeast of Ireland who did not want those demands met, and a nation sapped from the ardors of the Great War which wanted a tolerable solution. Forcing Northern Ireland into the South would have lead to a massive bloodbath of a Civil War, one which would probably cause massive loss of life in GB too.

Britain also ripped apart the Indian subcontinent and several African colonies, imposing artificial borders.

The peoples of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh did not accept any possible solutions to the problem of becoming a nation together, partition was inevitable.

As for artificial borders - well, all borders are imposed in some fashion.

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Posted in: Gov't acknowledges first radiation death among Fukushima plant workers See in context

Poor reporting, as usual. The ministry ruling allows compensation to be made available, but does not ascribe the illness to radiation exposure - just that it may have had an effect.

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Posted in: 69-year-old camp site employee kills man, injures man's son in Gumma car incident See in context

AzzprinAug. 1  07:37 pm JST

When walking on a road it is safer to walk on the right (for countries that drive on the right, walk on the left) so you are looking at oncoming traffic.

Japan seems to have the idea that everyone should keep within the rules, and so any problems are caused by people breaking the rules. So you are supposed to "go with the flow". Also why people don't check for traffic at pedestrian crossings.

BTW, good to see another Norn Ironer here.

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Posted in: Japan's growing plutonium stockpile fuels fears See in context


Where the hell to put the remains of this since 3/11 mostly useless energy source?

The resumption of Kyuden’s reactors is enabling it to lower rates and decommission its remaining fossil fuel plants. So much for “useless”.

And to expand on Luis’s comment above - caffeine is more lethal than plutonium, and like reactor-grade plutonium, is very, very hard to make into bombs.

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Posted in: Air duct corrosion, holes found at 7 nuclear plants in Japan See in context

Maintenance issues at virtually mothballed nuclear plants hardly risk workers' safety - unless the reactors magically get a fresh fuel load teleported into their cores.

Typical Kyodo fear-mongering.

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Posted in: Activist speaks up for Okinawa at U.N. indigenous issues forum See in context

Civitas Sine Suffragio Today  12:24 pm JST

I have long felt that the Ryukyuans need to get more assertive towards Tokyo and Washington. If they won't listen to peaceful protest, then they will need to take it to the next level - just as the Irish did against the Brits. Sometimes violence is the only answer.

A very shallow comparison, and very shallow thoughts. I do not know if you are talking about the Irish War of Independence, or the Northern Irish Troubles, but in the latter Ireland already had Home Rule coming in, but it wasn't enough for the hardliners. As for the Troubles, if you want to make a fractured, tortured society, by all means go for mass bombings, shootings, abductions, and torture - but don't turn around afterwards and decry the pain and anguish of those left behind, or try and scramble up the blood-soaked hill to claim the moral high-ground.

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Posted in: U.S. military parachute falls on Tokyo school grounds See in context

Er, if the original pack weighed 10-14 kgs as papigiulio says above, then we can assume that the bulk of it still remained inside the pack, making it nothing in the least like 'a flying piece of silk cloth', but more like a flying hammer.

Back in the day a chute failure was apparent when the canopy failed to inflate properly, to did not come out of the pack at all. In the former, the chute was cut away with a knife, and the reserve opened - usually from a pack near the stomach. In the latter, there was no need to jettison the main chute, as there was no risk of entangling it with the reserve.

Apparently in modern systems the reserve is also in the back-pack, but the jettisoning procedure is virtually the same - no dropping of parachute packs.

Searching for "canopy emergencies" on Google will bring up more detailed accounts.

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Posted in: Sakunami Onsen: Where Japan’s tourists should go (but don’t) See in context


Thank you so much for supporting the people of Tohoku.

You might want to check both historical and current radioisotope contamination maps: both Sakunami and Yamadera suffered very little contamination, and now there's none.

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Posted in: TEPCO to resume probe inside Fukushima No. 2 reactor on Friday See in context


You forgot to read your link:

The sands took up and retained radioactive cesium originating from the disaster in 2011 and have been slowly releasing it back to the ocean.

So, not corium - released caesium.

"No one is either exposed to, or drinks, these waters, and thus public health is not of primary concern here," the scientists said in a study published October 2 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

And little or no danger.

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Posted in: Reactors at TEPCO's Niigata nuclear plant pass safety review See in context


I'm afraid you are completely wrong. Tsunami effects from 1960 were used in the initial plans, and tsunami countermeasures were increased twice in the 2000s because of new information.

The 2001 paper was firmed up in 2008 and TEPCO did investigations.

By the way, what is it with people who castigate TEPCO over allegedly not taking countermeasures for the 2011 tsunami, but have no interest in finding out who let 20,000 people die in the same event?


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Posted in: Reactors at TEPCO's Niigata nuclear plant pass safety review See in context

Hopefully sane heads will prevail and get Reactors 6 & 7 operating.


Japan seems to ignore sediment deposits etc from tsunami events in the distant past

Japan does not. The Jogan Tsunami was being investigated, unfortunately some vital information was missing: it was discovered after the 2011 Tsunami that the inland reach (and so power) of the tsunamis were being underestimated. Scientists had previously thought that sediment deposits showed the reach of ancient tsunamis - in 2011 sediment some deposits only went 60% of the inundation limit. (See Goto et al, The future of tsunami research following the 2011 Tohoku-oki event)

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Posted in: Radiation cleanup work begins in Fukushima nuclear plant town See in context

I'm not sure it's really a basket case, but it certainly would be one option.

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Posted in: Radiation cleanup work begins in Fukushima nuclear plant town See in context

wipeoutDec. 26  07:16 pm JST

They're decontaminating the town.

"Partially decontaminating part of the town."

Fair enough. How's about "decontaminating the town enough to lower exposure so that residents can permanently return.


Whether it's really worth considerable expense and effort for an evacuated town with a former population of just 6500 people is another matter. As you're very pronuclear, I expect you'd argue that it is.

Nope, that's a good point. Plenty of towns and villages across Tohoku are in terminal decline. Apparently Akita-ken will drop below half a million inhabitants by 2040. I once lived in a town that had "no habitation zones". Noting to do with contamination, it was just the expense of keeping access to these areas open in winter was becoming prohibitive.

A serious nuclear accident has destroyed this town and the lives (as they were) of its former inhabitants, and the chances of it recovering are not high.

The town has not been 'destroyed'.

Much of the population will not return, the land is poisoned, the fields are untended, and the properties have been largely abandoned for many years and will have considerably deteriorated. At the best of times, small communities like this in Japan have an ageing problem; this will be exacerbated by the fact that it is not going to attract young people back, and a major source of employment in the area, the power plant, is defunct. The place has few prospects.

It's a funny thing, but if the nuclear plant was not there, the town would likely be dying anyway. Perhaps it should be used as a site for low-level waste storage?

In that respect, it actually is hard to see the positive side of this. Frankly it looks cosmetic, and expensively so.

Well, the problem is (and this is the same across Japan) that most inhabitants want to recreate a Showa-Era Furusato that never existed. They want NHK morning drama-esque surroundings, and everything right with the world. The best thing to do with the town is to have a good deep knowlegable discussion about future possibilities.

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Posted in: Radiation cleanup work begins in Fukushima nuclear plant town See in context


And there are still thousands of tons of melted atomic fuel in the ground, somewhere....

The term you're looking for is "resolidified atomic fuel", and the 'somewhere' is in the containment vessels.

If one walks from home to the station and back again and lives in a hermetically sealed bubble, then it might be safe.

I think it's fairly safe to assume they'll be clearing more than the routes to the station

But living in an area where radioactive substances swirl around at the touch of wind and rain and every time a farmer starts burning cut grass etc (often, they do) and in that smoke will be radioactive elements waiting and ready to be inhaled.

Do they 'swirl around' at the touch of wind and rain? I was under the impression that they percolated into the soil and then were taken up by local plants, hence the grass-cutting in the article.

As for farmers - well, there's another bonus: those lung-ailment causing fires will have to be stopped.

Best to stay clear no?


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Posted in: Radiation cleanup work begins in Fukushima nuclear plant town See in context


It might be instructive to add my post to your reply:

"The grass takes up radiocaesium from the soil, so if you cut it and remove it, it removes some contamination from the area.  Then it rains, snows and typhoons."

I bolded the part of my post you seem to have overlooked.

Have you herd of strontium BTW?

You mean the aromic element with atomic number 38? Gosh, no.

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Posted in: Radiation cleanup work begins in Fukushima nuclear plant town See in context


Cut grass along the streets

"Just exactly how does that "decontaminate" the area?"

The grass takes up radiocaesium from the soil, so if you cut it and remove it, it removes some contamination from the area.

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Posted in: Radiation cleanup work begins in Fukushima nuclear plant town See in context


@Shane Sommerville - so much negativity from everyone

"Ok, so what are the positives?"

They're decontaminating the town.


So radiation cleanup going into 2018 involves a a cheap cloth mask and a helmet? Makes my thyroid hurt just looking at that photo.

Radioactive Iodine causes the thryroid problems. None of that left around.

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Posted in: Hiroshima high court blocks restart of nuclear reactor near volcano in Ehime See in context

The court said the nuclear regulators' risk estimate for Mount Aso, 130 kilometers southwest of the plant, was inadequate, citing a past eruption tens of thousands of years ago that caused pyroclastic flows that exceeded that distance.

And Mt. Aso is a very different mountain, because of those explosions. However, it is hilarious that the judge uses this as a reason, because if an eruption like Aso4 occured without warning now, nuclear meltdowns would be the least of our worries. You'd be talking about millions of immediate deaths, millions more over the next few weeks, and more than that later from the ash choking Japan.

Also funny that the judge doesn't seem to understand that what we think of as "Japan" now, and what was there at the time of the Mt. Aso explosion in question is very different: The Seto Inland Sea did not exist, and Japan was directly connected to the Asian continent - this is because of the low seas in the 'ice age'. Pyroclastic flows are going to have a harder time crossing the Seto Inland Sea.

All this case proves is that the plaintiffs and the judge know very, very little science.

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Posted in: Japan's greenhouse gas emissions fall for 3rd straight year See in context


The biggest problem is Japanese dependence on stupid nuke

But 'stupid nuke' is a very low emitter of greenhouse gasses.

japan is perfect for solar, geothermal, wave and wind production. But...

But... is it? And what about the energy storage needs?

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Posted in: Kobe Steel data fabrication to delay restart of 4 reactors for 2 months See in context


Um, you say what? How about Takata airbags for starters? They are up to 26 deaths and over 100 injutires. ...

Maybe you missed it in your haste to write a scathing reply, but I wrote "recent "quality scandals". Maybe you remember them? Nissan, Subaru, Kobe Steel, Mitsubishi Materials - ring any bells?


I was expecting this.....

Good questions, but be careful, the people who populate this site are unforgiving of people who attempt to burst their bubbles.

I read recently that the problem seems to lie with acceptance of tokubetsu saiyō, that is products which don't quite meet the specs, but because the spec is 'over specced' there is a willingness to accept them.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC officials food from disaster-hit region See in context


Apples are from Aomori. Fukushima, Gumma, ibaraki and Yamagata are also very contaminated according to my research as well. The levels in lwate and Miyaki are mostly in fish, rice, mountain vegetables, tabbacco and milk and beef.

You really need to show us your research then! Aomori is around 400kms from Dai-ichi - how did the contamination get there? And between Yamagata and Aomori is Akita - no contamination there?

And how did the contamination get into Yamagata? The name gives a clue - it is surrounded by and covered with mountains.

Please, share your research.

And as for most of the rest of the commenters on the thread, thank you so much for supporting Tohoku. We all need friends like you!

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Posted in: Fukui governor OKs restart of 2 nuclear reactors See in context


Here's a simple task for you - find the part in your link that states how long Solar or Renewables provided 100% or near 100% power. I dare you.

You are biased against anything that doesn't scream the virtues of pro nukes

I am biased against the tricks anti-nukes come up with to justify their stances - Like Germany being put on a pedestal when they're one of the biggest polluters in Europe.

I'm also biased against technical and scientific ignorance.


It is piddling. Look at Germany's CO2 emissions - still among the highest in Europe. What I'd like to see is an achievable low-Carbon power system - Wind, Solar, Hydro, Nuclear, CCS, and storage. That's complex, needs a lot of thought, and doesn't suit people like Greenpeace et al who get their money from kicking up a fuss every few seconds.

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Posted in: World's biggest battery to be ready this week in Australia See in context

Thanks albaleo.

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Posted in: Kobe Steel data fabrication to delay restart of 4 reactors for 2 months See in context


Kobe Steel's possibly sub standard products in a nuclear reactor - nothing could go wrong could it?

Considering that the recent "quality scandals" have not revealed any mishaps caused by them, I doubt there will be any problems, especially as peripheral equipment is involved, not stuff inside the reactor.

Daniel Naumoff

A Chernobyl could have happened as a result of this particular negligence

Wrong type of reactor for a Chernobyl-like result.

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Posted in: World's biggest battery to be ready this week in Australia See in context

Yet again, poor reporting in a technology article:

Musk promised to build the 100-megawatt battery within 100 days of the contracts being signed at the end of September or hand it over to the South Australia state government for free.

Is that a 100 MW battery which provides power for 30 minutes? 1 hour? 10 hours?

Why don't we get this important information?

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Posted in: It is a purely defensive system needed to protect the lives and property of our people. It does not present a threat to Russia or other neighboring countries. We have explained our thinking to Russia. See in context

Define "Missile defense system". If those are missiles programed to hit other missiles, why could they not be re-programed to strike vehicles, buildings, nuclear plants??

They'd need a different warhead, inside a re-entry body, different sensor systems, and different manouvering systems.

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Posted in: Fukui governor OKs restart of 2 nuclear reactors See in context


Even you agreed that there were no pro-nuclear viewpoint on NHK.

The article, unlike mine, gives no evidence to back up its claims, yet you choose to quote it because it fits your narrative.

Your link, from which you claimed 100% solar for several days - didn't even give a duration. My link gave detailed information from the green thinktank Agora and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, and direct links to the data.

You also claimed that solar provied all power in Germany, even for things like transport. That's totally ridiculous.

Do you have any scientific background?


Star Viking, you got it all wrong mate! While your harping on about 5% or the differences between the power sector and other users, Germany has accomplished a great, positive change from the old way of energy production!

Firstly, I was correcting an incorrect statment from Aly: that Germany had gotten all of its power from solar for "a few days" in summer. As for power sectors and other users - it's a big deal, because most energy does not come from the power sector.

There's no single fix all to meet our energy needs but it's a great step in the right direction and is less harmful & dangerous than gas, oil or nuclear.

It's a piddling step - and only achievable because Germany can push it's electricity around the European grid.

If you can't admit that, then you're truly bias against anything that's not nuclear.

I'm biassed against incorrect statements, false news, and hype - especially ones which mislead people as to the magnitude of the task of combatting global warming.

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Posted in: Fukui governor OKs restart of 2 nuclear reactors See in context


"No. It isn't. You are assuming that if the NHK doesn't heap praise on the industry then they are not in effect working for it. That's a false assumption and you know what they say about assuming..."

So they're working for the nuclear industry, but not supporting them? Strange help!

The link that I provided did not talk about solar energy viking. It was talking about renewables. I realized that I forgot to mention that the article was talking about renewables vs just solar, but I was sure that you would check the link. The fact is that Germany used renewables to get 95% of all of its energy on that given day. 

If you had just read the link without even going to it, you would have known.

I was looking for any details in the link that stated that Germany had nearly all of its energy needs supplied by Solar for several days - which YOU claimed in your first post. There is no such information, even if you include all renewables.

By the way, did you read your link?

last Sunday, 8 May, at 11am in the morning, 95 percent of Germany's power demands were met by renewable energy sources. 

At 11am.

Now, on the subject of links - go read mine and see the difference between the Power Sector (electicity), and other energy users like transportation, heating, and the industrial sector.

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Posted in: Fukui governor OKs restart of 2 nuclear reactors See in context


I'm going to make a long reply to address your points, because you seem to be backtracking on your original position.

You wrote: "The nuclear lobby is very strong, and with cosy ties to the LDP and henceforth NHK."

That is a direct implication that NHK is working on behalf of the "nuclear lobby".

I replied: "Really? Then why don't we see pro-nuclear viewpoints in NHK?"

Your response: "Because of the anti nuclear sentiment."

So basically, your inital statement was wrong - NHK is not working on behalf of the "nuclear lobby"

You also wrote: "Germany, got 100% of her power through solar ALONE for a few days in summer."

I replied: "No Aly. Germany got 95% of her electricity (not power) through solar for a few hours last summer."

Your response: "No viking. It was all the power. But you are right that it wasn't 100% . 95% I stand corrected there, but it was not just electricity."

Solar panels produce electricity, so no, it was not all the power. Things like water heating, heat for industrial processes, and transport will be getting their power from other sources.

Whatever the share of renewable electricity was on Sunday, let’s clear up some confusion: First, we are only talking about electricity, not energy. The power sector makes up only around 20 percent of the German energy demand. And renewables made up only 15 percent of total energy consumption last year in our best estimate (no official estimates will be published for a while).

And it was not for a few days, as you insisted, and may not even have been 95%.

On Monday, both Agora Energiewende (a Berlin-based think tank) and Clean Energy Wire (an associated communications team) announced that renewable electricity “probably” covered more than 90 percent of power demand at 58 GW for a couple of hours on Sunday. Yet Agora’s press spokesperson was notably circumspect: “It is far from certain the share was above 90 percent.” He was cautious for good reason. By the end of the day, Agora’s website showed a much different estimate of power demand peaking at 68 GW.

So, your posts today have been very inaccurate.

If you read something that seems pretty amazing, it helps to look for confirming and disproving references.

Reference for the quotes:

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