Friday, July 29, 2011

Down the Banksters

Is there any way to get back to common sense and get rid of these two wallstreet parties' duo-cracy?
How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule
The dominant story of the current political debate is that the government is broke. We can’t afford to pay for public services, put people to work, or service the public debt. Yet as a nation, we are awash in money. A defective system of money, banking, and finance just puts it in the wrong places.
Obama’s 2012 Budget Proposal: How $3.7 Trillion is Spent

How are the grapes now?
BBC News - In Steinbeck's footsteps: America's struggles in 2011
The BBC's Paul Mason retraces the harrowing journey taken by migrant workers the Joad family which John Steinbeck described in his 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath, set during the Great Depression, to find out how it reflects the realities of America's current economic crisis.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thank you, America.

Declassified papers show U.S. promoted atomic power in Japan | The Japan Times Online
The United States used atomic power cooperation with Japan in the 1950s to ease the Japanese public's aversion to nuclear weapons and remedy their "ignorance" about such energy, declassified U.S. papers showed Saturday.

the reaming » "It is important to our relations with Japan that we seek to remove the strong Japanese notion that atomic and nuclear energy is primarily destructive. We should accordingly attempt at an early point to include Japan in bilateral and multilateral actions intended to develop peaceful uses of atomic energy." That November, Japan got reams of atomic energy documents.

Take this pee and test it!

Public meeting gets a little testy as bureaucrats stonewall. Civil disobedience. It's not right to stoically do nothing, standing firm against radiation -- with other people's children-- instead of evacuating children as a precaution.

Japanese government killing its own people in Fukushima
On the 19th of July 2011, people in Fukushima had a meeting with government officals from Tokyo to demand that the government evacuate people promptly in Fukushima.

Monday, July 25, 2011

SPEEDI, Exelon, Japan's energy

Over four months too late:
原子力安全・保安院 > 東日本大震災の影響について > 緊急時迅速放射能影響予測ネットワークシステム(SPEEDI)の計算結果について

» Nuclear operator Exelon Corporation has been among Barack Obama's biggest campaign donors, and is one of the largest employers in Illinois where Obama was senator. Exelon has donated more than $269,000 to his political campaigns, thus far. Obama also appointed Exelon CEO John Rowe to his Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future.
Fukushima: It's much worse than you think
Scientific experts believe Japan's nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public.
Powering Japan's future | The Japan Times Online
Last year, Japan produced close to one quadrillion watt-hours of electricity — that's 1 followed by 15 zeros. The vast majority of that — which translates into one billion megawatt hours (MWh) — came from coal, natural gas and nuclear power plants operated by 10 utilities...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Robert Reich

An economics lesson from Robert Reich, complete with notes, in about the same time as a commercial break.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

robotized organs of speech
人間と同様の音声生成器官を持つ発話ロボット #DigInfo
DigInfo TV - 2011/7/13 香川大学 発話ロボット

Saturday, July 09, 2011

The Emperor's Speech
The Akihito address used form and content that subconsciously linked the two occasions in listeners’ minds. Through it, the Japanese state implicitly called on the people to appreciate that, beyond the disaster unfolding in northeastern Japan the country itself faces a shift in direction comparable to that of 1945.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Cities in Dust (Pato Fu)

Pato Fu tocando "Cities in dust" - (Siouxsie & The Banshees) no Estúdio Showlivre ao vivo/2007

Thursday, July 07, 2011

This is your space shuttle's brain

It’s true: The brain of NASA’s primary vehicle has the computational power of an IBM 5150, that ’80s icon that goes for $20 at yard sales. According to NASA and IBM, the shuttle’s General Purpose Computer (GPC)—which controls, among other things, the entire launch sequence—is an upgrade of the 500-kilobyte computer the shuttle flew with until 1991.’s-computer-real

hevan (=a pleis wer nathin evur haepanz)

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

船橋 Radiation

This testing by Funabashi City shows hot spots of around 0.44 and 0.45 microsieverts/hr (μSv/h). These are just at daycares and so on. Two are in sandboxes, one in a field (or garden?).

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Summary of NISHIO Masamichi: The Problem of Radiation Exposure Countermeasures for the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: Concerns for the Present Situation

Nuclear Workers and Fukushima Residents at Risk: Cancer Expert on the Fukushima Situation  
here (google translate).

Friday, July 01, 2011

Radiation in food: intl'ly suggested limits

Experts urge great caution over radiation risks | The Japan Times Online

Intl comparison of radiation limits in the graph.