Earthquake near Kamaishi, Japan 7.3 Magnitude

The USGS is reporting a magnitude 7.3 earthquake 23 miles off the coast of Japan, near the previous epicenter that caused the 2011 Tsunami.

earthquake location Kamaishi Japan

screenshot of the USGS reporting location

A Tsunami warning has been issued, we are awaiting reports from our correspondent in Omihachiman, Japan regarding the extent of damage and local response to the quake.

To view it for yourself, here is a link to the location on google Maps.

Japanses Tsunami Donations used for Whaling, not People

If you donated money to the Japanese Tsunami relief and love whales, you are a sucker. At least I feel like one.

30 million dollars was diverted from the tsunami donations to strengthen their whaling fleet – which has a quota of 1000 whales a year – including 50 humpbacks.

Humpback Whale Credit: NOAA

ABC Australia: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-07/japan-whaling-fleet-embarks/3716546

Japan Today: http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japan-using-quake-disaster-budget-for-whaling-aid

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/08/japan-whale-hunt-disaster-funding_n_1135980.html

Learned of this while watching Whale Wars, most recent season. Not the most reliable source so i included above for reference.

I find it curious that when it comes to animals, some we love & some we eat. Personally I am a vegan at heart but would serve whale meat at a family get together just to get people to question their own choices and how that directly causes suffering.

And here is a verbatim quote from my high school teacher. I forget why but a Japanese foreign exchange student (a good friend of mine, FWIW) made him mad and the old male (we think he was KKK) teacher got 12 inches from his face and said it so loud the whole class could hear. This was in 12th grade BTW, we were all like 17 years old. I never forgot it. I was so upset to hear of the diverted donations it makes me want to say what he did – “we should have dropped the third one”

doing it with pure people power – now THAT would be a sport!

Of course, we shouldn’t have dropped the first one and the take away is you can’t judge other people’s culture from the perspective of your own. I mean, I am not going to quit drinking Jameson’s whiskey just because one of the heirs (James S Jameson) bought a little girl and offered her to cannibals just so he could witness the process and make sketches of the process. That would be ridiculous, I don’t live in that century and I’m only 1/8th Irish!

Shoutout to all my Japanese homies back on the motherland – i hope they let me back in!

Ninja Rolls Cause Straight Men to Become Gay

In further proof that ninja rolls cause people to become gay comes the story of Chris Birch, who upon completing ninja rolls on grass became instantly gay;

“I was doing a forward roll down a grass bank one day and …I realised I’d changed.”

Given this startling revelation we strongly recommend that all ninja activities be suspended pending investigation…unless that is your thing, of course. Nothing wrong with that, just sayin’ if you like liking girls then think twice before training to become a ninja.

Japan Earthquake Report in Omihachiman

From the 3/11/2011 8.9 Eathquake off the coast of Japan we have this report from the rural city of  Omihachiman:

“I was teaching 5 years olds. First day the mothers all decided to leave. Had been having dizzy spells all last month, people say maybe from hay fever. I thought it was coming back, but much worse. Whole building seemed to turn to slowly wobbling rubber. Very disorienting. Told the kids it was an earthquake and to get under the table. They were all like, ooh, this is FUN! and I was thinking. yeah, we’re all going to die and you can’t even understand the concept yet.”

Note that to the best of our knowledge there was no major damage or loss of life in the Omihachiman area and it is over 300 miles from the nearest failing nuclear reactor. Train service is normal.

More first hand reports of  the earthquake from areas distant from Tokyo: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/us/c0001xgp/us/index.html

Dear Whale Wars, this is how you stop a japanese whaling ship!

Armchair quarterback notes on all the mistakes  the crew on Whale Wars makes as they try and stop legitimate Japanese research vessels from slaughtering 10 whales a day in the name of research.

this is how you do it?

RE: prop fouling line: Test this stuff, figure out a neutrally buoyant material and deploy it with automatic wire shears rather than a hand knife! This is supposedly capable of stopping the ship for an entire season and yet you deploy this time-sensitive device with a hand knife? The entire mission rests on the sharpness of that blade and the skill of the cutter? come on! lesson learned: the guy cut too slow and the buoy surface before the processor hull. – doh!

Better yet, WEAVE YOUR OWN ROPE with nylon AND metal strands. and practice, practice, practice!
Extra credit: chase the ship in your inflatable while you deploy it to try and distract them, OK? They are obviously watching you the whole time and I bet that rope trailing behind is a pretty obvious sign they should put the thing in neutral.

RE: Your potatoe gun: Dude, seriously? Hand controlled? You made a boat from scratch that broke a world record and with all the time and energy you haven’t figured out a semi automatic system yet? (or at least one that auto monitored the PSI so you would get consistent results without charging it via hand operated valve) I didn’t get a detail shot but I hope it was at least a breach loader. And come on, painting the “RESEARCH” word red? they washed it off immediately and you wasted time and effort on this futile symbolic gesture.
PLUS: all that time and effort and only one dude with a potato gun? was there no room for two shooters? was the third guy busy? (I assume so, communications, etc but still…)

OMG UPDATE: It isnt a breech loader! All that wasted time with tamping – OMG a million dollar operation and you are out there with that spud gun? Think servos and pressure monitors and arduino…

whale dinner in japan

Whale®, it is what's for dinner. Seriously, how could you resist eating this delicacy?

RE: Butyric Acid: What neutralizes butyric acid? Do you think the entire resources of the japanese  government hasn’t figured that one out yet? I bet they spray it with a goo and it is gone in ten minutes unless you give them a direct hit to whale meat it is no big deal just a temporary stinky poo. Ever consider some homebrew pepper spray concoction that atomizes on contact?

RE: Acoustic repellant: this can work both ways, get yourself some earplugs and homebrew your own LRAD system with a sine wave generator and an array of horn compression drivers with appropriate wave guides. (http://www.parts-express.com/)  This would probably make bad TV but FUN FUN FUN…and with your funds you could make a very very large one.

RE: Ramming ships: are you reinforced? do you have your hull hardfaced/fitted with ripping grooves below the water line? If not, why not?

RE: Them firing stuff back at you: They will, wear gas masks and sumo armor at a minimum.  Expect pepper spray, hope they dont bring bean bags to the party.

RE: Your captain firing flares at them: OMG, this is hilarious and silly and pathetic but I guess the TV crews need some kinda flame tio make this interesting.

RE: reconnisance with the helicopter only: How much would it cost to deploy a tetherd weather ballon with video capabilities? Are you kidding? For a couple hundred bucks you can send one of these to 100k feet I think a half mile should be very manageable with hi def video cams and servo motors – no? You really really need more geeks onboard!

RE: The helicopter only being used as reconnisance: does it hath not butryic acid capabilities? leaflet drops? wtf ever?

RE: Communication: I hope to hell ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of mission communications are encrypted and encrypted WELL with one time pad 256 bit AES, minimum! If not, you have lost your battle before you leave port.

RE: Tracking the japanese vessels: how about neutrally bouyant magnetic gps transponders? deploy covertly with the inflatable cause once they know about them game over…but until they do you are gonna get a wealth on information. yeah, this is hella expensive but how much moey does your crew cost per day searching with eyeballs and radar? FREE TIP: Anime porn will get them all hot and bothered, boradcast on all frequencies.

RE: Reducing demand for whale meat: deploying any propaganda worthy of consideration to the Japanese masses? Apparently the meat is only eaten in certain prefectures so it isnt like you need to infiltrate the whole island. FREE TIP: Hit them while they are young with super cute whale anime.

More “insight” to come…………

comments appreciated!

BTW: I was in japan and tried to find whale meat. impossible in osaka. it isnt everywhere but i bet it sure is tasty!

PS: no alcohol on your fleet? dont even think about begging me for direct help. lift that ban and I will be onboard per your desire!

PSS: dear japanese customs , please let me back into your country! I advocated this just for TV to be more fun! I will eat an entire (baby) whale to prove my point! My fantasy is to serve whale meat in a family reunion casserole! PLUS: I LOVE JAPANESE WOMEN!

OM NOM NOM - whale meat sooo tasy, make genitals bigger!

OM NOM NOM - whale meat sooo tasy, make genitals bigger!

COMMENT PLEASE – THE WHALES NEED YOUR HELP!

Idiots Rule

I was walking to the station today listening to a podcast of a talk by Dale Pendell called “Horizon Anarchism.” Just as he was talking about the inevitability of less than desirable people becoming rulers, a guy walked by wearing a t-shirt that said, “Idiots Rule.”

Normally this would have been a slightly above average Engrish t-shirt sighting in Japan. I would have chuckled inside, taken a mental note, and continued on with my business. But the timing suggested synchronistic communication in the unconscious. Yes, I know, it’s just a coincidence, right? But why not try to calculate the odds of such a coincidence? My intuition tells me it’s highly improbable.
Please correct me if I’m wrong, and share with me your calculations.

I have had hundreds of these kinds of synchronicities in my life, including other t-shirt incidents in Japan. So, of course, I have often wondered what they mean, or why they happen. I have come to the tentative conclusion that they are simply reminders from the collective overconscious (formerly known as collective unconscious). They are reminders that the universe is not a Newtonian mechanism, that there is more to life than the daily drudge, that there is a deep connection between inner and outer. I don’t think they are guides telling me where to go next. If they are, I haven’t figured out which way any of them are pointing. No, it seems to me they are more like mile markers, just letting me know where the roads are, or that the road I’m currently on is the right one. Pay attention!