Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

This week we marvel at how Japan has now purchased a billion tons of Australia, and we lament the fact that increasing levels of developmental disability have taken all the fun out of playfully insulting and berating Japanese anti-nuclear activists. It’s just so...sad now. 

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Welcome to Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
It’s already Friday west of the international dateline – here in Japan, it’s totally the future. The weekly JTFF is our somewhat Technosnarky coverage of 2-5 particularly important, specifically Japan-related tech stories. Get yourself hip to the micro & macro that went down while North America was sleeping – check in with Akihabara News every Friday morning and BOOM! Ahead of the game, you win.

:: JTFF – July 4, 2014 ::

• Australian Firm Ships Billionth Ton of Iron Ore To Japan
Funny, the JTFF just mentioned last week how amazing it is that, despite being largely bereft of raw natural resources, Japan is neverendingly flush with intellectual capital. And that is something you’d need if, over the course of nearly 50 years, you’d imported a billion tons of iron from BHP Billiton, an Australian mining company that clearly has no shortage of…ore. Because like, if you weren’t super smart and building skyscrapers and Toyotas and bullet trains and stuff, you’d just have this huge pile, right? Anyway, in the macro, it’s also kind of amazing that we have the technology to move a billion tons of anything across several thousand miles of ocean. Hmmm. Interesting.
[AUSTRALIA HAS SOLD A LOT OF ITSELF TO JAPAN - MINING GLOBAL]

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• Hakodate Files for Injunction to Halt Construction of Nuclear Reactor
It’s unclear how many times the JTFF is going to be forced to call this dumb, but it looks like...many, many more. Funny how these same hippies don’t say a single goddamn word about Japan backing out of its Kyoto Protocol agreements whilst simultaneously boosting gas imports and scouring the globe for anyone who’ll sell even a can of coal...EXACTLY because of them. Well, since our screed is so popular, the kids love it, and it’s always good for a pained chuckle, we’ll break it down once again:

“Children of the earth, wherever you call home, if you don’t like nuclear tech, fine - opinions are your right. But, have you anything better or safer that’s viable like... now? No, you do not. Since renewables and alternatives are not ready on a large enough scale, if you refuse nuclear, just like Japan you must either extract or import more fossil fuels. Period. Full stop. That is your only choice. That, or live without electricity.

Still unmoved? Okay, go ahead and add up all the environmental damage and human death and suffering caused by generating electricity with nuclear power. Then, do the same for that derived of fossil fuels. Examine your figures. Comprende? 分かりますか?

If it the point doesn’t yet penetrate, or perhaps you really want to explore intellectual masochism, let’s get more specific: And ohhh boy, there’s just so much to choose from… AH-HA! Okay, go ahead and research the Deepwater Horizon disaster a little bit. That single event in fossil fuel extraction history has caused more death and environmental destruction than all nuclear accidents since Chernobyl, and yes, here's that word: combined.

And just to be generous, here are few more words: Gulf of Mexico. Oil-rich countries of the Middle East. The land area affected by the frakking boom in North America.”

There are no turn-key alternatives, J-hippies. You’re destroying the environment.
[FOSSIL FUEL LOVING DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED WANT TO BLOCK NUCLEAR PLANT - ECHONET DAILY]

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That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all. Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!!

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