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2019年06月01日

西日本に住む方が東に旅すると今なお体調不良を生ずるわけ

2019/6/1、Hさんから寄せられた投稿を掲載する。

空気中の「はひふへ 」に即座に反応すると感じています。 近くのMPの凸と連動している時もあれば、そうでない時もあります。 風向きかなと思っていましたが、 希ガスの種類もあるのですね。

以前、新幹線の静岡あたりで気分が悪くなったとコメントしました。それ以外に、 敦賀付近を通るときもひどい吐き気がします。日中だけのことでなぜか夜間(帰り)は大丈夫なんです。(風向き?)

別の時期に新幹線の車中で、突然胃がでんぐり帰り、ダメだと思いトイレに駆け込みました。 一息ついて手と口をゆすいでいたら、名古屋に停車しました。ほんの5分間のことです。 列車で遠出するときは用心して、いつも食事を抜いています。(それでも吐くのです、胃液を)

不思議なのは、東や北東方面にいくときは吐き気になり、その方面でしばしの滞在の後、  反対方向に帰るときはなんともないような気がします。  なんともない ≒ 反応していない ≒ 体のセンサーが鈍くなってる? なんだか  そんな感じがするような…しないような… 見えない空気、怖いです。

・・・引用終わり・・・

Hさん こんにちは
静岡、愛知、敦賀、金沢ですね。どこも管理人の現在の注目地点です。
静岡が再稼働すれば、管理人も特に冬季は東京近郊にはいたくありません。防波壁の高さや強度の問題以前に、静岡の施設は欠陥があります。F1事故の後停止したのは、固有の欠陥によるものです。再稼働したら、特に神奈川は大変なことになるでしょう。

愛知は、しばしば若狭湾の影響が出ています。風向き次第ですが、少なくとも敦賀半島にある核施設については、京都や大阪でみられる以上の線量率の変動を愛知に及ぼしているように見られます。

敦賀市については、不思議なことに影響を懸念する声が聞こえません。影響は必ずあるはずですが。

金沢は、越前岬が西に突き出ていることから南風でも若狭湾からの影響はあまり大きくならず、むしろ、より北の日本海側で影響が出ます、能登半島の原発についても西風の際には新潟以北に影響が出ることが多くなっています。

ですが、全く影響がないわけではない。

西に行く時よりも東に行ったときに体感が激しいとしたら、それは佐賀、川内、伊方の影響を受ける範囲の幹線交通の量が少ないためと考えます。中京以西に住む方は、やはり北陸、東海、関東には出かける機会が多いです。逆に西のほう、例えば大分県の温泉に出かけた場合、伊方からの放出状況によっては大変強い体調不良を生ずることもあるはずとみています。

身体症状の改善の由伺って喜んでいます。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:18| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

China could use rare earth metals embargo to land killer blow on US defense industry

RT2019/5/30
China could use rare earth metals embargo to land killer blow on US defense industry
Amid an escalating trade war with the US, China has one potential ace in the hole. A ban on the export of rare earth metals could cripple the American weapons industry without firing a single shot.

Rare earth metals – a group of 17 chemical elements with special characteristics – are in hot demand in both military and civilian high-tech industries. Electric cars, cell phones, guided missiles, and fighter jets all need these precious elements, and China controls the bulk of the world’s share of them.

A ban on their export has long been considered Beijing’s ‘nuclear option’ in the ongoing trade dispute with Washington. After Chinese President Xi Jinping visited a rare earths facility last week, Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin tweeted on Tuesday that China is “seriously considering restricting rare earth exports to the US.”

A state-linked news outlet, Global Times often indirectly communicates the policies of the Chinese government. The People’s Daily, a state-owned newspaper, was even more explicit in an article published on Wednesday.

“Will rare earths become a counter weapon for China to hit back against the pressure the United States has put on for no reason at all? The answer is no mystery,” read an editorial. “Don’t say we didn’t warn you.”
Vitally important to military

All of this potentially spells bad news for the American military industry. The US relies on China for 80 percent of its rare earth needs, and the weapons industry would be dealt a devastating blow if Beijing decides to flex its mercantile muscles and impose an export ban.

The US imported $160 million worth of rare earth metals and compounds in 2018, up 17 percent on the previous year, but significantly less than in 2012, when it imported $519 million of refined rare earths, according to figures from the US Geological Survey.

Neodymium alone is used to make strong and temperature-resistant magnets for missile guidance systems and fin actuators, disk drive motors in aircraft and tanks, satellite communications, and radar systems.

Nearly every guided munition in the US arsenal uses some combination of neodymium, dysprosium, praseodymium, samarium and terbium; from Tomahawk cruise missiles to Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) guided bombs.

Other elements like erbium and ytterbium are vital in the production of laser weapons, like Lockheed Martin’s forthcoming ATHENA system, a high-powered laser that can burn drones out of the sky from thousands of meters away.

“Rare earth elements are central to the entire spectrum of defense technologies that are vitally important to military forces in many countries,”stated the Rare Earth Technology Alliance.

The F-35 fighter jet, already plagued by cost overruns, production delays, and safety and reliability issues, is a veritable smorgasbord of rare earth ingredients. Just one of the jets – currently under production for every branch of the US military and a host of allies – requires 920 pounds (417kg) of rare earth metals. Without a yttrium oxide-infused ceramic coating, the jet’s engines could not sustain supersonic speeds, and without the aforementioned magnets, the plane’s weapons, maneuvering, and communications systems would be rendered useless.

With more than 2,600 of these aircraft ordered, an export ban could deal the project a killer blow.

The F-35 is not the only military behemoth that would be affected. A Virginia-class nuclear submarine needs 9,200 pounds (4,170kg) of these elements, while an Arleigh-Burke guided missile destroyer needs 5,200 pounds (2,360kg).

The Trump administration is aware of the implications. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, then CIA Director, warned the Senate Intelligence Committee about the Chinese threat in 2017.

“It’s a very real concern, and it obviously depends on the elements. But we use them for important technologies to keep us all safe,” he said.

Despite the concern, and despite yearly defense authorization bills ordering the Pentagon to get to work on recovering and recycling rare earth elements, the US was still woefully underprepared for any shock to the supply chain as recently as 2016.

A Government Accountability Office report that year found that the Department of Defense had “no comprehensive, department-wide approach to determine which rare earths are critical to national security and how to deal with potential supply disruptions to ensure continued reliable access.”

Absent this comprehensive approach, the ball is in China’s court for now.

Rare earths or rare metals are not actually rare. They are, however, unevenly distributed.

China is home to an estimated 36 percent of the world’s rare earth deposits, yet controls 85-95 percent of the world’s production and supply. Alternate sources exist in Australia, Brazil, India, Malaysia, South Africa, and the US. Demand for these elements has exploded over the last 20 years, and China is acutely aware of their strategic importance, declaring them a protected good in 1990 and imposing strict export limits.

Beijing has already demonstrated a willingness to use its stranglehold on these metals to settle diplomatic disputes too. China temporarily halted exports to Japan amid a maritime dispute in 2010, forcing the Japanese to capitulate and release a detained Chinese fishing boat captain.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:46| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Los Angeles sues Germany’s Bayer for decades-old contamination by Monsanto chemicals

RT2019/5/31
Los Angeles sues Germany’s Bayer for decades-old contamination by Monsanto chemicals
Los Angeles, California has joined the parade of plaintiffs suing Bayer, holding the German company responsible for extensive environmental contamination caused by toxic chemicals its US subsidiary Monsanto sold decades ago.

Claiming Monsanto hid its knowledge that the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) it manufactured for 42 years were harmful, Los Angeles County is demanding the company pay for the damage these products have done to the environment. The municipality has spent a fortune on cleanup, including retrofitting storm water systems, in an effort to prevent further damage.

PCB contamination is “a big problem in our county. It’s a significant overall cost to clean that up,” said Scott Kuhn, a lawyer working for the county, adding that the compensatory and punitive damages could run into hundreds of millions of dollars.

Monsanto stopped manufacturing PCBs in 1977, officially because they were not “readily biodegradable.” The substances were outlawed by the US in 1979 and have been causally linked to cancer, reproductive and immune system damage, and other health problems. They were once used in electrical insulation and fireproofing, as well as floor finish, paint, and other construction materials.

Internal communications, however, suggest Monsanto was aware of the hazards of PCBs for years before they stopped making and selling them. The company was internally discussing their potential legal liability and warning that “direct lawsuits were possible” even as they publicly declared PCBs were not “highly toxic” in communications with American regulatory agencies.

After purchasing Monsanto last year for $63 billion, Germany’s Bayer has found itself paying through the nose for the company’s past misdeeds following three court victories by cancer victims who claim their non-Hodgkins lymphoma was caused by exposure to the company’s blockbuster weed-killer Roundup.

Earlier this month, a jury awarded a California couple an eye-popping $2.1 billion in punitive damages over Monsanto’s failure to warn customers of the risks posed by glyphosate, the herbicide’s primary ingredient – the largest settlement against the company yet. Another 13,400 or so Roundup lawsuits are currently pending.

Bayer has denied the merit of Los Angeles’ claims, and boasted in its recent annual report that it had “meritorious defenses” against PCB-related claims. Los Angeles is not the first municipality to sue Monsanto for PCB cleanup; St. Louis, Missouri won a $46.5 million judgment in 2016, and West Anniston, Alabama reached a $700 million settlement with the company over PCB contamination in 2003. The states of Washington and Ohio have filed similar suits.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:00| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

Philippines’ Duterte says he used to be gay, but then ‘cured himself’

RT2019/5/31
Philippines’ Duterte says he used to be gay, but then ‘cured himself’
Philippines’ president Rodrigo Duterte made a rather unexpected admission while visiting Japan, saying he used to be gay before he met his wife… then he “became a man again.”

Duterte is something of a self-styled expert on the question of who is and isn’t gay, if the frequency with which he makes the accusation is any indication. After accusing every priest in the Catholic church of being homosexual earlier in the year, during a speech Thursday he decided to ‘out’ a political opponent, and then himself.

You ask any gay person who sees Trillanes move, they’ll say he’s gay. No wonder. Good thing Trillanes and I are similar-- but I cured myself.

He then said that he made the decision to “become a man again” after meeting his current wife, before ambiguously adding “Duterte is gay. So I am gay, I don’t care if I’m gay or not.” The jury is still out on that one.

While he has never been quite so explicit, this is not the first time Duterte has hinted about his proclivities: In 2017, he joked about having considered bisexuality so he could “have fun both ways.”

That is apparently not the only thing he wants both ways, as he has also flip-flopped on the issue of legalizing gay marriage in the predominantly conservative Catholic country. While he claimed to be for the idea early on in his presidency, he later made statements saying the idea was in opposition to the country’s civil and religious principles.

Still, the news might give pause to progressives, who have criticized the leader for his tendency to make ‘homophobic’ comments. In 2016, for instance, he described being “pissed off” at US envoy Philip Goldberg, calling him a “gay ambassador, the son of a whore.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:44| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

What diplomacy? Here are 36 countries the US has bullied this week

RT2019/5/31
What diplomacy? Here are 36 countries the US has bullied this week
It’s been a busy few days for American diplomacy, with three dozen nations ending up at the receiving end of threats, ultimatums and sanctions this week alone. And it’s only Friday.

Mexico is the latest target, slapped with 5 percent tariffs on each and every export, gradually increasing to 25 percent until it stops the flow of Latin American migrants into the US, thus fulfilling one of President Donald Trump’s election promises. Most of those migrants aren’t even from Mexico.

On the other side of the world, India is reportedly about to be forced to face a choice: ditch the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems or face sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA, Washington's go-to cooperation enforcement instrument).

Turkey is facing a similar ultimatum: abandon S-400s (something Ankara has repeatedly refused to do) or lose access to the F-35 fighter jet program. This threat was repeated on Thursday by Kathryn Wheelbarger, US acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. Ankara has already invested some $1.25 billion into the super-expensive American fighter, but with a lot of its parts being made in Turkey, it’s still an open question who would be the bigger loser.

The entire European Union could be facing punishment if it tries to trade with Iran using its non-dollar humanitarian mechanism to bypass the American embargo. Having worked hard on the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, which has repeatedly been confirmed to be working, EU member states are not ready to ditch trade at Trump’s whim – and US Special Representative to Iran Brian Hook on Thursday reaffirmed the threat of CAATSA sanctions.

Cuba, the rediscovered scapegoat of the Trump administration’s newfound anti-socialist drive, is being called out for supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. On his Thursday visit to Canada, US Vice President Mike Pence said Ottawa must stop Havana’s “malign influence” on Caracas’ affairs – despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s meek objections that it could play a “positive role” in settling the crisis there.

That’s 32 countries bullied, threatened or sanctioned in one day (counting the 28 EU members). Years’ worth of gunboat diplomacy, packed into a busy few hours in Trump’s signature “my way or the highway” style.

Mentioning Iran (which was “almost certainly” behind a recent inept attack on oil tankers near the Persian Gulf), China (which dares to buy Iranian oil), Russia (which has “probably” restarted low-yield nuclear tests) and Venezuela (where the ouster of its elected president is the only result of long-awaited talks with the opposition that Washington will accept) – is almost an afterthought. There’s hardly a week passing without the Trump administration churning out half-a-dozen accusations and threats against one or all of those – and this week, the gears were grinding as hard as ever.

Here’s a visual aid: every nation the US has threatened this week, colored in on a map.

American influence, built up over decades, is undeniable: even its adversaries depend on the US dollar and are arguably at the mercy of its myriad military bases all over the globe. Trump and his hawkish inner circle have been more than willing to spend that credit by shouting at everyone to get in line.

In the worst-case scenario, he is dragging the world into devastating wars. In the best case, he is throwing that influence away, showing allies and rivals alike that an ugly divorce could be the only way out of this abusive relationship.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:11| Comment(0) | 国際・政治