Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Scourge That is Much Worse than Radiation

Surely, the accident at Fukushima has uprooted many people and changed their lives forever. It is under debate how many people will have their health affected by this disaster.


This article is about another hazard that is afflicting the youth of today. This hazard, this disaster, is going on right now all over the western world; and it is going on right in front of people - and these children's parent's faces - sometimes with those parent's blessing no less! 


This scourge is a slow killer. It destroys minds and imaginations. It is draining the lifeblood out of our youth. Just go to any American city and you will see hordes of obese children who are involved in this past time and, no, I'm not talking about junk food - although that can be said much about.
Previous generation role model


This unstoppable tsunami of brain damage is destroying lives right in front of our faces yet very few are doing anything to stop it. It is a scourge that is destroying the minds of youth today.


Make no mistake about it, even though this horrible infliction is widespread, there are those in the medical community who have been ringing the alarms bells, especially those involved in the area of psychology and physiology, but their voices are rarely heard. They haven't the power to make the dangers well known or to spread the word among the vast public at large. 


The medical community hasn't the marketing or promotional money or ability to take on this giant that is ravaging the minds of today's youth. The big business behind this scourge can buy all the advertising they could possibly want or need in order to poison the minds of the children today. 


But these big companies are not the worst offenders. The worst offenders are, in fact, the parents of these children who are damaged by this now common "disease." It is because the parents actually condone this disease and allow it into their homes. 


The changes that this scourge are causing amongst the youth today can be classified as a mutation. Specifically as a Spontaneous Mutation with one small difference.


A Spontaneous Mutation is defined as:


Spontaneous mutations occur without exposure to any obvious mutagenic agent. Sometimes DNA nucleotides shift without warning to a different chemical form (know as an isomer) which in turn will form a different series of hydrogen bonds with it's partner. This leads to mistakes at the time of DNA replication.


I suppose the disease I'm talking about now cannot be classified as Spontaneous Mutation as, the definition of Spontaneous Mutation is that it will lead to mistakes in replication. Well if, "mistakes in replication" means reproduction, then this definition won't work. The youth afflicted with the problems I am talking about couldn't possibly ever reproduce as they could never get a girlfriend. They seem unable to hold even the most primitive conversations, how could they possibly get a girlfriend? And even if they did somehow manage to get a girlfriend, they could never support a family as they will be too dumb and/or brain-dead to ever hold a decent job higher than flipping hamburgers.


Great! So they become drags on society. 


See? While radiation poisoning is rare, I'm talking about a common affliction that is sending our already wasted youth off the cliff to oblivion. The worst cases of this group won't ever be able to hold a job and will always be sponging off mom and dad or wind up in a crap job or be homeless.


Because of this affliction, the victims seem to lose the ability to perform satisfactorily in a social environment. What I mean is that they have terrible social skills and cannot converse or interact with other people. This is a problem when you are a monkey in a gregarious group of monkeys, er, excuse me, I meant to say a Homo Sapien..



This disease is actually worse than excessive TV watching for the mind. Everyone knows TV is brain damage. I've written about that before in Plug in Drug Redux and Plug in Drug where I pointed out: 

The TV is actually a drug. But its dangers are even worse than anyone suspects. Married couples think, "Without a TV, my husband and I would have nothing to talk about" (I've heard this many times) but these people have it backwards. Because they have a TV, the couples don't talk about important things and make the effort at spiritual growth (no I'm not talking about religion).



Have you figured out the disease yet? It's worse than TV because TV is left at home. This brain damage is portable and carried around all the time. Let me give you some more hints:


In Japan, this summer, I was at a birthday party for my then seven-year-old son. One of the parents told me that his son was just dropped from third grade to second grade. The father was quite puzzled and upset. He later related that he thought it had something to do with having to ride the bus to school. Last year, he said, his son didn't have to ride the bus and he got good grades. Over the summer they moved and now his son has to ride the bus and his son's grades have fallen through the floor.


Hmmm? Could riding the bus be the only culprit here?


Upon further inquiry (and being suspicious of the influence of TV) I asked some more questions. It seems that his son hated riding the bus at first (but loves it now) because the father said that his son had said he had no friends on the bus because "all the other kids had a Nintendo DS." 


"Aha!" I thought. Now we're getting somewhere. The father then told me that he bought a Nintendi DS for his son and now his son likes riding the bus.


I suspect that his son likes the DS. Being on the bus gives him a place to play the DS by himself. Whereas before, the son didn't have a DS so the other kids who did didn't talk to his son. Now, the other kids don't talk to his son either, but at least he has a DS to play with.


The dad confessed he regretted buying the DS as his son now will refuse to go anywhere without the DS and the father actually admitted that he has to use the DS as a bribe to get the child to do regular chores like clean up his room, do his homework, eat dinner...


Doh! The law of unintended consequences can be a bitch!


This father is a sorry failure as a parent and this kid is headed into a world of trouble.


If you are a parent, I hope you read the above and slap yourself on the forehead too. I haven't any kind words for what this father has done to his child.


What will this kid turn out like? You know. You've seen these kids everywhere. It is these kids who "have friends" but don't talk to them. These kids sit on the train together like robots and they all play hand held games while speaking only a sparse a word to each other every few minutes. 


Talk about excellent communication and social skills these games must be teaching these children! Just like you and I and our friends when we were children (HEAVY SARCASM!)


These kids who are zombified by these hand held games are heading for a bad future. Let me tell you about one I saw last night.


He was about 15 or 16-years-old. We were at a fine restaurant and at the next table, there was a family of eight or so having a birthday dinner for what looked like the grandfather. While some of this family spent time talking with the nice old man, two of this dysfunctional family were fixated on their iPhones (a different sad story there) but at least those two people spoke to the nice old guy a few times. 


The kid with the DS? I didn't see him raise his eyes once from the DS for the entire time they were there, which was about 2 hours.


I can just see the situation at home for that family now:


Mom (Divorced): "Junior put down that game and get ready to go to grandpa's birthday dinner." (Repeat 5 or 6 times with no answer)


Junior (Not looking up, finally responds): "I'm not going!"


Argument ensues with Junior not taking his eyes off the game even once (it's safer in that world after all). Finally mom loses her temper.


Mom (Screaming and throwing dishes and breaking them): "Put that down! We've had this conversation a hundred times and I'm not saying it again!"


Junior: "OK. I'll go as long as I can take my DS."


Argument continues. But under time pressures, Mom relinquishes and the family heads out to dinner. Junior never takes his eyes off the DS. They have their typical "wonderful" dinner for their typically wonderful dysfunctional family.


Now, dear reader and parent of elementary school child. Why would you want to do this to your kid? But, if you do, Mr. or Mrs. Parent... If you do give one of these gaming devices to your kid for whatever reason, all I can say is, "Thanks!" 


In the new economy jobs will be tough and our kids will need every advantage that they can get to survive, get a good education and job and make a good living. That parents like the ones who buy DS and gaming devices for their kids are stupid enough to do this to their children makes things all that much easier for my child and parents like me. 


Thanks. After all, someone has to flip hamburgers and do manual labor. I'd prefer it be your child and not mine.    


Make no mistake about it, Fukushima might be bad, but, in the long run, these games will do a hell of a lot more damage to the minds of children than Fukushima will ever do.


You would do anything to protect your child from radiation, right? Why do you voluntarily give them something that will hinder them and hurt their progress?


Don't believe me. Ask any educator or child psychologist or pediatrician. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Politics and Power: Creating Bankruptcy and a Real Nuclear Disaster in Japan

The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history - Friedrich Hegel (1770 - 1831)


A couple of recent articles on Japan have hit my eye. They both have to do with money and how poorly the Japanese government have handled the economy and how the regular Japanese is paying the price.


The first article is about another doofus who thinks that a Japanese government takeover of TEPCO, the company that owns the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, is the answer to our problems. Read this article and wonder no more how this guy never got a job in the real world.



The traditionally left wing Asahi Newspaper reports about how Tadashi Maeda, an adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan, has proposed the nationalization of all nuclear power plants in Japan as a means to secure the long-term viability of atomic energy:
(Tadashi) Maeda, chief of the Corporate Planning Department of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, said during a recent interview with The Asahi Shimbun that the risk of a disastrous nuclear accident resulting in a tremendous amount of monetary compensation argues for the nationalization of nuclear power generation.


Tadashi Maeda is a
blood sucking tax feeder or just plan stupid?


Question: Why should nuclear power plants be nationalized?
Answer: Atomic energy should be in the hands of a state-run operator of nuclear power plants. It is important for the government to assume full responsibility for (their safe operation). The state-run company would acquire the nuclear power operations from utilities and sell electricity to TEPCO and other electric power suppliers as a wholesaler. The profits from the power sales would be used to pay compensation for the nuclear disaster. This way, the financial burden imposed on the public through higher electricity bills and other forms would be minimized. This system would also contribute to ensuring a stable power supply.

Riiiiight! Get that? What he means to say is that the state run company would be a middle man and sell the electricity to TEPCO who would then sell it back to you and me. Now, how in the world will having the idiots in government as a middleman, and taking a cut off the top, going to keep costs low? Isn't this the very same government that wants to double our Sales Taxes? 


This sounds like another sham to try to get more money from the public and private enterprise without it looking like what it actually is: Another tax guised in the mask of protecting the public.   


Now, who in their right mind would recommend such a thing? How could anyone think that the government could run anything and not turn it into a boondoggle with massive red ink? How could anyone think that adding a government run middleman will do anything except increase costs and prices?


TEPCO didn't get to be the biggest power company in all of Asia and the 4th largest power company in the entire world by having a bunch of lazy, useless bureaucrats running their organization.


Who could possibly think it would be beneficial to anyone to have the Japanese government running our nuclear industries? Look at how well the Japanese government has done at running the economy and the social welfare programs over these last 20 + years! What a marvelous job they've done there. Why, we're only at debt that is 225% of annual GDP.


Imagine the work of wonders these geniuses can do if they get a hold of the nuclear industry. If having the Japanese government run the nuclear industry is such a good idea, why stop there? Why doesn't the Japanese government just nationalize all industry, from cars, to electronics, to farming, to broadcasting, to the Internet, and even to production of candies for kids in order to protect the public and companies from high costs?


Hell, nationalize everything and we'll have a workers paradise!


Just like North Korea or the old Soviet Union. Paradise!


How could I have been such a fool not to realize it all this time? That's it! The answer to our problems! Nationalize everything!


You see, I'm married and my wife gives me an allowance to live on, like most Japanese wives do for their Japanese husbands. But, darned if this allowance hasn't been going down annually over these last twenty years. This situation is really getting desperate.


Bloomberg reports:


Japanese men have seen allowances wither to the least in three decades as their wives pare household spending in an economy mired in deflation. Known in Japan as salarymen, the workers receive 36,500 yen ($452) per month for pocket money, amounting to $15 a day and the smallest amount since 1982, according to a survey by Shinsei Financial Co. released today. Japanese wives typically manage their husbands' earnings. Japan's growth of less than 1 percent per year in the past 10 years has crimped pay, forcing housewives to cut back on pocket money and exacerbating the deflation that has plagued the economy for more than a decade. Wages have been dropping since the March 11 earthquake and household sentiment is near a two- year low, making a consumer-driven economic rebound less likely.  


In my case, I used to get about $50 for a night's out at the pub. But recently, over these last ten ~ fifteen years,  that has dropped to about $35 a night as well as cut from four night's a week to two.


This has been during the bursting of the so-called Japanese Bubble Economy. Just like the west and the USA has done over the last three years, the Japanese government has blown hundreds of billions of dollars propping up Zombie banks and defacto insolvent institutions. They did this by borrowing and using tax money.


They used our tax money and have now borrowed us and our children into a debt that they can - we can - never repay. 


One day soon the piper will need to be paid. 


That is the day Japan goes bankrupt....


And idiots like Tadashi Maeda think the Japanese government should take over our industries? See? We never do learn from history. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Stunning Revelation! Tokyo Man Grows Testicles Out of Cranium! Fukushima Radiation?

Shocking Revelation! Man in Tokyo with testicles on his head stuns onlookers!

Train passengers in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area were shocked on their morning commute today by the appearance of what seems to be an elder gentleman who has testicles protruding from his cranium.

"He looks somewhat like a shriveled upside down penis!" shrieked one woman.

A spokesperson, who wished to remain anonymous, tried to calm passengers and the public at large by reassuring those that these recent sightings of the "Testicle Headed Man" were not related in any way to the Fukushima nuclear accident.


Train poster of the Testicle Headed man




Still many of the western press and the anal retentive segments of the foreign community in Japan insist that there is a government cover up and conspiracy. Some were quoted as saying, "They found rabbits without ears, and car air filters that were radioactive, didn't they?"


One commuter, a businessman in his late 40's said, "I've heard of people being called 'dick-head' but this is taking it one step too far. Something must be done."



This reporter, a longtime expert on Japan and drinking stories, has investigated these occurrences and found several examples in Japanese folklore of sightings such as this strange creature.


Call this guy a "dickhead" and he might rip your arms off

As other countries besides Japan have their legendary creatures too. Some examples are the Abominable Snowman, Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster and Elvis Presley. 


Upon further examination, though, this reporter finds that the "Testicle Headed Man" is indeed a Dickhead and a relic of sexist Japanese advertising and marketing for supposed "Health Drinks" are are to help tired Japanese salary men to become energetic while entertaining the mirage that these drinks can also help their flagging libido.


Besides, doing something to help even psychologically with a sagging member, the drinks also help older Japanese men's flagging self-image and tries to convince them that if they drink this stuff, they might get a young girlfriend.




As I said, it's not real. It's all just a legend and a part of some old guy's  imagination.


These old guys can still dream, can't they? 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Free Rock Concert July 24, 2011 in Shibuya!

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Radiation Effects? Baby Born with Three Arms!

Several weeks ago, the western media were all aghast at a rabbit being born without ears in Fukushima. At first, many attributed that event to radiation.


I even had some people write nonsense to me like, "See? Admit you were wrong. Plants and animals mutating are proof of a nuclear disaster!" Again, I will admit that the nuclear problem in Fukushima is a huge problem for the nearby area, but for us in Tokyo, hundreds of miles away, and even further, it is not a big problem.


I already showed that the nonsense about the rabbit being born without ears was most probably not caused from Fukushima as earless rabbits are born all the time and I showed that plant mutations were observed and written about as early as the late 18th century. In MSNBC Links to my Blog About Earless Rabbitts and Fukushima Radiation! I wrote:


".... a while back demolishing that hyperventilated sensationalist nonsense that people were touting as proof positive that radiation from Fukushima was causing birth defects.

Now, after initially jumping on the band wagon, many mainstream media have thought about it for a while, did the minimum amount of research, and backtracked. 

One earless rabbit does not make for proof of massive nuclear contamination. Earless rabbits are born all the time.

(By the way, so are mutated plants and flowers that were first described in 1790 by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe in Metamorphosis of Plants.)

That MSNBC has linked to my article is part of the proof that it is a huge stretch of the imagination to think that one earless rabbit constitutes a nuclear fallout catastrophe for our DNA. Far from it.


This one episode (amongst many) has been touted, then demolished, as proof of a nuclear disaster... Amongst the foaming at the mouth panics that we've had that I've done my best to dissect, we've also had radioactive car air filters (chuckle); a 35% increase in infant mortality that was shown to be completely untrue; "anecdotal evidence" of people having metallic tastes in their mouths that PROVES a nuclear disaster (honest, we wouldn't kid you or make this stuff up!); unprecedented wind pattern changes that, after millions of years of being different, suddenly start blowing nuclear fallout over Tokyo, just because some idiot scientist in the USA doesn't know how to read a weather map; as well as all sorts of pronouncement from some clown Sci-Fi writer named Michio Kaku, who was once quoted as saying as recently as January 27, 2011; 


 "All you can do is run" to people who live near Yellowstone National Park. You might remember a while back when Old Faithful was acting funny. That was when Kaku said in an article that was quoted in the "End Times Are Here" that the volcano under the Yellowstone National Park was a "super volcano" that was going to"wipe out the United States as we know it."


There's a whole litany of this sort of nonsense going on. 


I've shown how pollutants from the oil and gas industry kill over 3 million people worldwide annually and yet you hear no one complaining about that. 


So far the deaths from Fukushima nuclear accident? Zero.


So every time I rake one of these clown across the coals for scaring people needlessly or I take my former "co-workers" in the mass media to task for sensationalism, I get attacked by some readers who just can't stand dealing with facts.


The weird thing is, though, these attacks from the bizarros who actually do wish for Fukushima to turn into armaggedon so that they can claim that they were "right" and we can all live happily ever after with no nuclear power and live like people did in the early 1930's in an agrarian paradise have stopped.


They can't deal with logic and the truth so they've taken their toys away and gone someplace else.


Need I say more?


Here's something that I thought was interesting. In 2006, there was a baby born in China that had three arms. 


China has a much bigger problem with radioactive wastes and pollution than Japan does. China has had a problem with this for a long time, even the Chinese government admits it, but you don't hear much about this radioactive pollution story at all in the main stream media or the alternative media either. 


Curious, I think.


Even more curious when you realize that, China has many more earthquakes than Japan does, a bigger problem with pollution and radiation, a huge problem with poor building standards, and yet, when the Fukushima disaster struck, many foreigners and their companies fled Japan to China. Go figure.


Do not misunderstand my point here. This is not China bashing. I've been to China many times and simply love that country and her people. I'm just stating facts here.


You know that if this three armed baby were to be born in Japan now, the press would be all over it claiming it as proof that radiation from Fukushima is worse than the authorities are letting on and that we are all doomed.


But, no, this is in China not Japan.



From what I understand, this child had a good prognosis to be fine after surgery to remove the extra arm. I hope the surgery was a success and the kid grows up to be happy and healthy and has a long life. That there was nothing reported after the surgery points to a successful result.


You know what they say, "No news is good news."


He is a cute kid he deserves happiness and a long prosperous life. Neither he nor his family deserve to be scared or frightened by pundits from the peanut gallery claiming the end of the world.


By the way, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 33 babies are born with birth defects .

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Anal Retentive Foreigners in Japan

The term in Japanese is ”ケツの穴ちいちゃい男” (Ketsu no ana chichai otoko) it literally means "A guy with a tight a*shole."


You'll never learn this term in any Japanese language textbooks or even from most Japanese friends. I learned this term from working with some Japanese comedian (Taro Furukawa) for over 12 years. Taro is one of my best friends. He is a real rock and roller and he and I have been involved with many legal and illegal activities before which shall remain unnamed.


He's the one who taught me this term, "Ketsu no ana chichai otoko".


Taro Furukawa


"Ketsu no ana chichai otoko" means "a guy with a tight a*shole" but, in English, I think it is closer to being "anal retentive."


Trust me that, god damn! there's a sh*t load of anal retentive foreigners in Japan. Really, I'm not kidding. Sh*tloads of them. The fact that I won't write "shitloads" and instead write "sh*tloads" shows that I am and wimp and one of these anal retentive folks.


Famous bumper sticker in USA: "I + love +
c*nt + tree + music"

Anyway, there's lots of these sh*thead foreigners in this country. God, what a bunch of dilweeds. 

This last week, I got this crap from a few of these dimwits concerning the origin of "Flyjin" and the boring repercussions. I can't believe that people even care about this anymore. They were complaining and insinuating that I was one of the "types" who thought up "Flyjin" and that I was losing friends.

First off, I' not smart enough to think of such a term and, two, I have no friends to lose. 

But, OK, I'm game. I'll play along. That morons who left Japan, at the start of the nuclear problems at Fukushima, split because of the "nuclear holocaust" that was going to happen, but hasn't happened, now defend that leaving Japan, because of said nuclear holocaust, was going to happen because the government was "lying" about that nuclear accident, that was supposed to happen that didn't happen, proves that the people who left Japan were right and those who stayed were "wrong" proves that the "Flyjin" were "right" (in spending hundreds of thousands of yen splitting and then returning though nothing has changed nor gotten better). This proves that the Flyjin were "right" and those that stayed were "fried" as in "Fryjin" even though the Flyjin have returned and the situation hasn't gotten any better or stable since March 15th. And not a single person has "fried".

Whew! Got that? Excellent logical and deduction skills! Bravo!

One clown, who will be unnamed, wrote on his Twitter account about how the term Flyjin started:

"Yes, the term was started by Gaijins. I personally know the sort of bad apples who did. They now have even fewer friends than b4."

Bwa! Ha! Ha! Ha! What a twit. Really? Let's be really anal retentive and pick this crap apart. Don't complain, that I do this only leads more stupid people to try follow this guy as his Twitter account is at least good for comedy.

First he says says:

"Yes, the term was started by Gaijins. I personally know the sort of bad apples who did."

Oh really? Aren't you embarrassed by this? You personally "know the sort of bad apples" who started this? Oh really? Or maybe this is a case of bad apples or jealousy on your part? You personally know the type? Or maybe you personally have penis envy to them?

Which is it?

Then this clown actually writes: 

"They now have even fewer friends than b4."

Laughable. Why? well, if you look, this clown only has 14 followers on Twitter. Fourteen! One four. 1 - 4. One - four! That's even less friends than your dog next door has on Twitter. Jeez. Think before your write, dude! That's just fricking embarrassing.

Anyway....

There's a ton of self-righteous foreigners in this country. You'd think that they'd have their arguments and act together before they go and shoot off some illogical and poorly written nonsense....

But then again, if they did check their work before handing in to the teacher, then they wouldn't be idiot students... That they fail to do the minimum check only proves that they are poor students and will always be anal retentive foreigners in Japan.... With (quite deserving) low paid jobs with little or no job security.

People who couldn't get jobs washing cars back home come to Japan and can at least get a job and a cute girlfriend. It's not too bad.... Yet they complain and run away at the first tinkling of the alarm. 

This is what we call ”ケツの穴ちいちゃい男” (Ketsu no ana chichai otoko).

Attack of the Radioactive Giant Jellyfish

OK, well, I lied on that post about being a suicide blogger. I decided that I am going for the sensationalism! We're doomed! Giant Radioactive Jellyfish are Attacking Japan's Nuclear Power Plants!


Death and destruction! The world holds its breath as Japan waits for the inevitable Armageddon and apocalyptic end!... Read on!


As if Japan doesn't already have enough troubles to deal with concerning nuclear power plants and hyperventilating journalists telling us that it's the end of the world, now we're under attack by jellyfish.... Again!


No, these are not the giant jellyfish that, quite coincidentally, attacked Japan and that I reported on the very morning of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami lead to the nuclear accident at Fukushima nuclear power plant! I faithfully wrote about it in Japan's Attack of the Giant Jellyfish from Space that reported:


Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. It's true! It has been reported from Hiroshima, of all places, that hordes of millions of giant jellyfish have invaded the seas around Western Japan. These jellyfish are massive with some weighing in at over 210 kilograms!




Don't believe me? Well here's proof! The UPI reports:
HIROSHIMA, Japan, March 9 (UPI) -- Giant jellyfish, thought to be from Chinese waters, have been floating into the Sea of Japan and wreaking havoc on the Japanese fishing industry, officials say.

Millions of the creatures, each weighing almost 450 pounds with a bell reaching almost 7 feet across and trailing a tangle of long, stinging tentacles, have moved into the Sea of Japan every summer since 2002, LiveScience.com reported Wednesday.

Armadas of giant jellyfish, Nemopilemanomurai, probably originate in the coastal waters of China, Shin-ichi Uye of Hiroshima University said. Uye said he has documented the movement of young giant jellyfish from Chinese waters into the Sea of Japan on currents, and the growth of these jellyfish along the way.



Go to here to also see news photos and video footage of these giant monsters wrecking havoc on the Japanese coast.


But now, as the summer heat is upon us, along with the Japanese people and businesses lowering their electrical consumption by 30 ~ 40%, Japanese nuclear power plants are working over time to fill Japan's soaring electricity needs as the air conditioners need to be turned on. 


So what timing! Just like out of some Japanese monster movie from the 1960's, some nuclear power plants in Shimane prefecture have come under attack from jellyfish! You cannot make this stuff up! 


Reuters reports:


TOKYO, June 24 (Reuters) - Jellyfish sounded the retreat on Friday after blocking an all-important seawater cooling pipe at a western Japanese nuclear power plant, the plant operator said.
Several Japanese utilities are struggling to meet peak summer demand due to safety concerns after a March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co's plant in Fukushima, north of Tokyo.
The jellyfish managed to block the cooling system at one reactor at the Shimane plant on Thursday, prompting the operator to lower its generation capacity by 6 percent.
The Hiroshima-based operator, Chugoku Electric Power Co , said on Friday the jellyfish, common in Japanese waters during the summer, had backed off and operation was back to normal.
It was the first time jellyfish, about 20-30 cm long (8-12 inches), had interrupted operations at the Shimane plant since 1997, a company spokesman said.
See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRjEuRHfxyo The news report also added a note that I have written on before. It said:

Not resuming operations at the reactors would lead to power shortages around Japan, while replacing all energy generated by nuclear reactors with thermal power generators would raise costs for industry and consumers.
"Would raise costs for consumers"!? Probably an award, or at least a nomination, for the "Biggest Understatements of 2011 Award."  
I'm wondering how the next Keith Harmon SnowArnie Gundersen or Michio Kaku clone will twist this attack of jellyfish upon a cooler at a nuclear power plant into the next coming of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse? 

You Need a Laugh

Sunday morning in Japan. It's going to be an excellent day.


Here's a short from the movie "One Crazy Summer" that should give you a chuckle.


video

If the movie doesn't play, go watch it here. It's pretty funny.

Thanks to Steve "Poots" Candidus.


Steve also always sends along these great quotes to ponder:


"...In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him
to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility
of becoming partly a dog..."   -   Edward Hoagland

"...Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and
your dog would go in..."  -   Mark Twain