Monthly Archives March 2014

Update on Fuel Removal from Fukushima Unit 4

  移送燃料の種類(使用済:528体/1331体、新燃料:22体/202体) キャスクの輸送回数 25回更新日:2014年3月31日 via 福島第一原子力発電所4号機からの燃料取り出しの進捗状況|東京電力. I recommend the following guides: Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials”, Dan Gold’s $5 guides to Getting Everything Done with Evernote and Springpad, and DocumentSnap Solutions’ Paperless Document Organization Guides. Be sure to try DocumentSnap’s free email course on going paperless first before buying his products. Sign up for it on his […]

Getting your Kindle book notes into Evernote

Do you read books on Kindle or a Kindle app on an iPad or similar device? Do you want to make notes or highlight passages in your ebooks but don’t know how? Would you like to have access to all your notes and highlighted passages even when you don’t have your Kindle or iPad with […]

Laugh of the day

Mike Shedlock, or “Mish”, posted recently about a way to securely store your Bitcoins, assuming you have any. Mish thinks Bitcoins have a future, despite the Mt. Gox fiasco. It’s a short but sweet post, and he suggests a particular site. The following was tucked away in the comments section: I hope to one day […]

Report on Fuel Removal from Fukushima Unit 4

No news is good news. I used to think that meant “nothing that is news can be good”, but here I’m using it to mean, “There’s no news. And that’s a good sign!” The tricky process of emptying No 4 Spent Fuel Pool (SFP) of its fuel rods and transferring them to a safer storage […]

Japan’s Self-Defeating Mercantilism – Why isn’t the medecine working?

In the 16 months since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched his bold plan to reflate Japan’s shrinking economy the yen has depreciated by 22% against the dollar, 28% against the euro and 24% against the renminbi. The hope was to stimulate trade and push the current account decisively into the black. Yet the reverse […]

The Malaysian Jetliner: A Non-Conspiracy Theory – LewRockwell.com

A pilot gives the most reasonable explanation I have yet read for the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It does not, however, answer the question, why the FBI is so “frustrated” with the Malaysian authorities about this incident. A lot of speculation about MH370. Terrorism, hijack, meteors. […]

Report on Fuel Removal from Fukushima Unit 4, and on reactor 2

移送燃料の種類(使用済:484体/1331体、新燃料:22体/202体) キャスクの輸送回数 23回更新日:2014年3月17日毎週月曜日に更新します(祝日の場合は翌営業日に更新します) via 福島第一原子力発電所4号機からの燃料取り出しの進捗状況|東京電力. TEPCO’s removal of fuel from the Spent Fuel Pool of reactor #4 soldiers on. 506/1533 = 33%. Last night (Monday, March 17th) I caught the tail-end of a sobering NHK documentary on the Fukushima crisis. It was a reconstruction (dramatization) of what happened on March 11, 2011 and the days and […]

2011.03.11 – 3rd anniversary of Great East Japan Earthquake 東北大震災

Three years ago today, at 2:46 p.m, the northeast of Japan suffered a 9.0-magnitude earthquake — one of the most powerful temblors on record — forcing the evacuation of up to about 470,000 people. The earthquake triggered a huge tsunami which in turn shut off power to Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant which suffered […]

Robert J. Geller: Back to the future: Restarting Japan’s nuclear power plants- Nikkei Asian Review

Robert J. Geller is professor of geophysics in the Graduate School of Science of the University of Tokyo. In the Nikkei Asian Review, he makes 5 interesting suggestions for the future of nuclear power in Japan. via Robert J. Geller: Back to the future: Restarting Japan’s nuclear power plants- Nikkei Asian Review. Here’s a brief […]

Deflation – is it good or bad?

Reposted without comment. Is deflation good or bad? You decide. In the red corner, repeating the “20 years of deflation” myth (prices did not fall for 20 years in Japan; they were flat. The evidence is here): “We should first make sure that Japan exits from 20 years of deflation,” said Hiromi Yoshida, acting secretary-general […]