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Posted in: N Korea vows more 'gift packages' of missile tests for U.S. See in context

Certainly a gift to US arms makers.

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Posted in: Doctors: Radiation not biggest impact on Fukushima residents' health See in context

A spin doctor with an MD.

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Posted in: TEPCO admits it delayed report of Fukushima meltdown See in context

The machine cannot stop the machine.

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Posted in: Japanese mom’s advice to daughter: Ask your boyfriend for many selfish things See in context

Just one word of advice to men: "Run"

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Posted in: California scientists test Ecstasy as anxiety-reducer for gravely ill See in context

While considering indication for use: It is worthwhile to note that we're all going to die.

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Posted in: Japan to earmark $100 bil for Asian infrastructure See in context

Very interested to know where/who this money is coming from... ?...

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Posted in: Cadbury combines Vegemite with chocolate See in context

sporadic rioting breaks out in Australia.

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Posted in: Godzilla appointed Tokyo resident, tourism ambassador See in context

Little irony that the monster awoken by the release of radiation rears his head again.

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Posted in: LDP wants 20% nuclear power in energy mix See in context

Demented and completely out of touch.

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Posted in: TEPCO to make all data on radiation at Fukushima plant public See in context

It is the same thing that both TEPCO and the gov't have been saying all along. There is no reason to believe this ongoing media campaign.

The truth of the matter is that if the company and the government are held fully liable, forced to pay realistic compensation, apply appropriate effort and expense to make real progress in the clean-up, and dismantle the rest of the country's atomic energy infrastructure as they should, it would collapse the country.

Due to the cross-border nature and dependencies of already fragile financial systems it would trigger a global financial collapse. An economic tsunami and meltdown we might say.

That is why everyone is either compelled by self-interest or forced by intimidation to play along with this sham. This complicity is not isolated to Japan. It pervades business, governments, and international organizations around the world. Those that 'blow the whistle' on the problem are suppressed and dismissed as alarmists. Looking around the world at awareness-levels of the problem, we can see that this loosely concerted media suppression and obfuscation campaign has been for most part successful.

The real problem stems from allowing TEPCO and the government to continue in their present form, and without true liability. The only solution is to wrest control over the crisis by legal means, either domestic, meaning the Japanese courts rule against TEPCO and the gov't, very improbable to say the least, or an unprecedented action initiated by a foreign entity, forcing the Jpns to accept intervention by other parties, tantamount to being occupied once again. Highly improbable except with the use of force.

The type of action that is required would surely amount to one of the largest public works projects in history, employing either Japan's military supported by the country's vast industrial complex, or better, an international effort. More probable, and with little doubt TEPCO's and the gov't"s keenest desire: no one will be held liable, the responsible parties slip past, and with time the public interest and opinion go on the wane. Lack of timely action will allow the crisis to go on beyond control, for most part as it is now, unabated.

The long-term result? First the people of Japan incrementally fall ill. Next the world, progressively poisoned by radioactive contamination of the sea, air, and in turn food sources, will also succumb one way or another to the multitude of illnesses associated with exposure. The realization of global consequences being arrived at far too late, and with too few tools to address the complex matters at the global scale, illness will become the norm. It will be Japan's legacy.

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Posted in: Sinking under debt, Kansai airport privatisation presents test for Abe See in context

Just one more example of the pie-in-the-sky pork-barrel-spending ventures the gov't squandered on. Once again the taxpayers are left to absorb losses while the politicians and contractors slip away unnoticed. We'll see many more projects just like this surfacing as the country's economic woes become more apparent. One more "Can't be helped..."

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Posted in: Wearable sensors let bosses know if they run a happy office See in context

This will not end well.

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Posted in: U.S. urges North Korea to compensate Sony for cyberattack See in context

A bigger comedy than the movie itself.

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Posted in: Fukushima wants to host Olympic events in 2020 See in context

It's genius: it casts the Fukushima debacle directly into its antithesis.

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Posted in: Japan's recession worse than thought, data shows See in context

Attempting to "spend your way to recovery" (while increasing debt which comes with its associated interest charges) and tax the middle and lower classes (people who have ever-diminishing real income) has never worked. There is not one example of a long-term sustained recovery in any country in history. To the contrary, history shows us countries and the world going to war due to the inevitable outcome of such policies. The only rational thing to do is to drastically cut wasteful government spending, the type that supports dead-wood industries and special interest groups, rein-in military spending, keep social services and benefits for families with children, Beef-up and support K-12 education, offer assistance for tertiary education expenses (without putting the student/family in lifelong debt), and put Japan's people-power to work. Oh, and yes: Abe and Aso, get out of town.

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Posted in: Airlift to ease Japan french fry shortage See in context

No one thought about such things as frozen cut fries or butter a half year ago? December comes every year guys.

Is it another "inconceivable..." ? "Even though we had some preposterous reports from experts that we had hired for just such information, It was just beyond our imagination that we could run short on butter and frozen cut fries.... even less than the chance of volcanic eruptions or seismic movement under atomic power plants..... cut fries!"

This just proves the point: you can fool all the people, all the time.

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Posted in: TEPCO needs safety review from foreign nuclear operators: adviser See in context

"We don't need no stinking rules..."

If we look back at the track record, Tokai-Mura: When they precipitated their criticality accident there, killing two and exposing the entire population of the town to radiation exposure, it was found that the plant was operating according to a secret inside operating manual that bypassed basic safety procedures (workers were adding fissile materials to the experimental reactor by hand, using buckets) for expediency.

There are no amount of rules or expert-panels that can safeguard against such a culture.

Time has passed, but has the culture changed? I think we can all agree, without a doubt, that the culture has not only not changed, but that they have closed ranks and 'fixed the system' so that they can have their way again. That is, until the next catastrophe. Then it will be: "shoganai... it could't be helped...."

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Posted in: U.S. orders calorie labeling for chain restaurants See in context

Accordingly, disclosure of GMO content should be clearly spelled out in any commercial sale of food, consumable products, skin care, bath products, and medicines.

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Posted in: Why excessively low inflation can damage economies See in context

Another viewpoint: government spending it too high. While wages stay low, taxes and other expenses continue to rise incrementally. The consumers, a growing proportion of whom are slipping into the poverty level, cannot afford basic needs, to save money, or educate their children, are becoming, practically speaking, slaves to the people who own and set prices. Reduce government spending. Balance the budget. Reduce the size of government. Reduce taxes. Then people can afford to pay more.

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Posted in: 2-legged robot runs at high speed See in context

No matter what the criticism and technical/legal obstacles Jpns mfr's are certainly moving the technology sector forward at a rapid pace, one feature at a time. Collectively, the outcome of these many real advancements, the robotic industry in Japan is far ahead of any other country at this time, at least, with the aim of going to market. With concern to this specific research, eventually, augmented stabilization by multiple and redundant systems will make future platforms durable and robust on the battlefield.

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Posted in: Tokyo assemblyman quits after tweeting 'Drop dead' See in context

".....He was reacting to a series of comments from a supporter of the recent decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative government to permit the use of force in defending allies...

The supporter said young jobless Japanese could help the country by taking part in such military action."

The fellow who said this should resign also.

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Posted in: Niigata official arrested for embezzling Y10 mil intended for school lunches See in context

He'll cry.

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Posted in: Lawmaker bawls at press conference over his use of public funds See in context

What's next? Prime Minister?

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Posted in: Fukushima governor wants 2020 Olympic torch relay to go past nuclear plant See in context

It seems only appropriate that the Olympic torch carrier who runs past, or through, the Fukushima No 1 plant should be the Prime Minister, Mr. Abe. A central issue to his selling Japan as 2020 host he assured the world that the situation was "under control." Perhaps he actually meant under his control, but it would be presumptuous for us to second guess his meaning. Ruuun Abe....Ruuuuuun!

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Posted in: Hashimoto says allied soldiers raped women after D-Day See in context

Ironically, Hashimoto is only contributing to a sentiment to accept China's current application to have documents pertaining to Nanjing Massacre recognized by UNESCO, essentially settling the matter on the broad international stage. In turn, this will only add to the "comfort women" activists' confidence to pursue the matter to similar end. Well done Mr. Hashimoto. Insert other foot, now.

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Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution See in context

Oh this is sure to go well for everyone.

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Posted in: Abe says Inose's resignation will have no impact on Olympics See in context

house of cards.

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Posted in: N Korean leader's 'traitor' uncle executed: KCNA See in context


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Posted in: Tongue pierce lets the paralyzed drive wheelchairs See in context


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Posted in: Gov't announces plans for 10 contaminated waste storage facilities in Fukushima See in context

Another knee-jerk reaction with little consideration for the future and possible consequences. But the great charade continues: (1) If you don't know what to do, well then do something and keep appearances up while gov't and TEPCO escape responsibility another step towards obscurity, (2) the tax-payers are footing all these bills anyway so who gives a hoot? (3) With leaked information from project-side and well coordinated bid-rigging on the vendor-side, our 'friends' will make tons of money... and in turn..... (4) By the time this stuff is realized I'll have retired or be out of office, and will have made a clean get-away.

Since this has spiraled out of control and is already recognized to be an incident with world-wide consequences, get some professional help, both for nuclear remediation and some mental care while you are at it.

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