February 17, 2012
February 15, 2012
Clueless TMZ producers pitch lame nicknames for NBA star Jeremy Lin.
November 19, 2011
Okay, we can all relax, rapper Dumbfoundead is still a card-carrying member of the 99%. Despite all his recent homegrown success~a new album, a million subscribers on YouTube, sold out shows on both coasts and overseas and major mainstream media coverage~”CNN”‘s Jonathan Park (aka LA Koreatown rap artist Dumbfoundead) found himself being informed on the red carpet by a “angry PR person” that he “wasn’t part of this” at the Nov. 2 L.A. premiere of “A Very Merry Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas.” DFD speculated that his FlipCam wasn’t official enough. The good news is DFD appeared to be well medicated when the incident went down. To be fair, I think John Cho (Harold) just didn’t recognize his dogg Ded. Afterall, Asian bruthas got to stick together, yeah?
September 29, 2011
September 23, 2011
NEW YORK (NHK)~A farmer from Fukushima Prefecture has urged people around the world to get rid of nuclear power plants, saying there is no such thing as safe nuclear power.
53-year Sachiko Sato from Kawamata Town spoke at a gathering in central New York on Thursday. The event, organized by a US anti-nuclear group, was attended by about 70 people.
Sato was forced to evacuate from Fukushima to neighboring Yamagata Prefecture with her family after the accident in March at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Sato called on people all over the world to work together to get rid of nuclear plants, for the sake of the children of the world.
Friday, September 23, 2011 09:30 +0900 (JST)
OH, WHAT A NIGHT! Typhoon Roke Tears Through Japan, FukuDaiichi Drenched and Shaken by 5.1 Aftershock
September 21, 2011
TOKYO [9:30 am, Thursday, Sept. 22 JST]~Typhoon Roke, packing 100 mph+ winds and torrential rains, swept the length of Japan from Shizuoka to Hokkaido. Seven are dead and evacuation orders were issued for more than a million people. From the Tokai region the Category 2 storm then headed northeast drenching Tokyo during the evening commute and disrupting public transportation. Roke then whirled its way toward the stricken Fukushima Daiichi reactors.
Workers at the now-infamous Tokyo Electric Power Company-operated nuclear facility had been scurrying to strengthen explosion-damaged reactor buildings, but TEPCO reported control buildings were leaking and that workers had to resort to using ropes to secure vital piping systems against Roke’s high winds. The measures seemed to be working, then at 10:30 pm JST Wednesday night a 5.1 earthquake struck in nearby Ibaraki.
Not to worry, Japan. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) is reporting that “no irregular activities” were reported following Roke’s glancing blow and the ill-timed tremor did not further damage the beleaguered complex.
After a long night, the typhoon cleared the Japanese archipelago, evacuation orders were being lifted, radioactive cooling water had not overflowed from FukuDaiichi.
Here’s NHK World’s report, broadcast Wednesday evening JST as workers at Fukushima Daiichi waited for the full force of Typhoon Roke. Hiro Morita is at the anchor desk.
(This report was prepared using Katsuyuki Ueno’s Yokosonews Twitter stream. Yokosonews is headquartered in Yokkaichi, Japan, a region that has taken big hits from the last two typhoons. Ueno is a former L.A. resident.)
September 20, 2011
VIENNA, NHK~Japan’s minister in charge of the nuclear disaster says reactors at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi plant will be cooled to below 100 degrees Celsius by the end of 2011.
Goshi Hosono spoke at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s annual ministerial meeting on Monday.
Hosono said that decontaminated water has been successfully used to cool down the troubled nuclear reactors, bringing the temperature close to 100 degrees Celsius. He also said spent nuclear fuel pools have been cooled in a stable manner.
Hosono also said the spent nuclear fuel has been steadily cooled and will fall below 100 degrees by the end of this year, instead of early next year as initially predicted.
When the reactors and spent fuel have been cooled below 100 degrees, radiation emissions can be kept very low.
The minister also said Japan will work with the IAEA to remove radioactive materials from areas near Fukushima Daiichi.
He explained the plan to separate the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency from the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, saying it will be merged with the Cabinet Office’s Nuclear Safety Commission to create a nuclear safety agency under the Environment Ministry by next April.
Here’s NHK World anchor Catherine Kobayashi bringing news of Minister Hosono’s bold announcement on her Tuesday morning (8 am JST) newscast.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 07:00 +0900 (JST)