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Posts by Iris7

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  • Japan: TEPCO to directly pour water to No.3 reactor fuel (MOX fuel)

    08/29/2011 4:55:34 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    The French core cooling water radioisotope removal system has proved inadequate because of entrained radioactive particulate loading, I hear. The French system appears to be a straightforward high temperature ion exchange resin system.

    One could add a depth filtration step to remove particulates. Borosilicate glass fiber filling comes to mind.

    One problem with filtration and ion exchange is that regeneration of resin releases the trapped radioisotopes into the environment so the filter and ion exchange components must be replaced after one use and treated as, in the Fukushima case, high level radwaste. A very expensive proposition.

    A distillation process would be more practical in terms of cost but I don’t believe such a system is available in the practical sense at this time. There is a lot of radwaste in the Fukushima reactor systems, in the order of
    exabecquerels (one followed by 18 zeros nuclear decays per second).

    I see posts from folks much more qualified than I on your Fukushima posts. Perhaps they would care to enlarge on my comments (which I consider uninformed).

  • Is The Next Domino To Fall.... Canada?

    08/19/2011 12:47:08 AM PDT · 6 of 15
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Not unlikely. Indeed the situation is fragile.

  • N. Korea: Abruptly, Jong-ilís sister disappears from public (& turns up in Moscow)

    08/08/2011 10:45:51 PM PDT · 12 of 13
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Bipolar people generally have periods, which unfortunately can last their lifetimes, where they have a “chainsaw personality”. Sort of a “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” perpetrator personality where maximum hurt is intended and delivered. This is related to the “dysphoric mania” idea, when the sufferer is manic, alert and active and filled with rage and depressed at the same time. Theis very unhappy person generally is only interested in sharing the pain, with interest.

    The use of recreational drugs and alcohol in any amount whatever hasten the progression of the disorder; unfortunately, alcohol will, in their younger days, cause a shift from dark depression to “euphoric”,”happy” mania or hypomania, so bipolars tend to “self-medicate” with alcohol, marijuana, etc., resulting in their disorder getting worse more quickly. The more alcohol and drugs are used the faster the downhill slide. You end up with a person with advanced bipolar disorder who is also an alcoholic.

    I rather think Kim Il Sung and Jong Il were/are bipolar themselves. The elder Kim’s daughter is, and the younger Kim’s sister. The disorder runs in families.

    Some experts think a large portion of the world’s population are bipolar - I have seen one in seven mentioned. If they stay away from drugs and alcohol they can do OK. Goering, Hitler, and Stalin did not.

    Not all bipolars turn into monsters. Winston Churchill comes to mind, and he drank heavily.

    Bipolars who abstain from alcohol and drugs can function fairly well for many years but tend to have a very dark view of human nature. This showed up as an intense realism in Churchill’s case. Less honorable men end up like the Glorious Leader and his son.

    The disorder tends to progress with age until not uncommonly all they want to do is hurt people unless they are simply too depressed to care at all (not uncommon). The disorder is readily treated nowadays with mood stabilizers and other psychotropic drugs combined with absolutely no alcohol or recreational drugs.

  • N. Korea: Abruptly, Jong-ilís sister disappears from public (& turns up in Moscow)

    08/07/2011 12:04:52 AM PDT · 10 of 13
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    From your post:
    “...Kyong-hui was widely known to have suffered from severe alcohol addiction and depression.”

    This sounds very much like someone suffering from bipolar disorder who has self medicated with alcohol over the years. Depression becomes unbearable in the 50’s and 60’s as alcohol becomes insufficient to trigger a “happy” mood swing. Manias and hypomanias become “dysphoric” instead of euphoric.

    And, of course, bipolar disorder runs in families.

    Depression and black rage becomes the norm and suicide the only out.

    I think I am correct in this evaluation. I wish I thought otherwise. Such people are very, very far from rational. They are tired of living and not much afraid of dying.

  • Why South Korea is Eyeing Nukes

    07/31/2011 6:43:23 AM PDT · 12 of 13
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster
    I have some personal information on US nuclear weapons in Korea during the 1970's. The trigger was nearly pulled on at least several occasions. In South Korea's shoes, with Obama having Permissive Action Link control of all US warheads, I would most affirmatively get my own serious level nuclear weapon and delivery systems on line as soon as possible.

    You think Obama would pull the trigger if the North invades? Hah. Give me a break.

  • Blast in China's Kashgar kills at least 3: reports (back-to-back attacks on Sat & Sun)

    07/31/2011 4:39:55 AM PDT · 3 of 9
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Always interesting in Uigerland. China’s darkest dream is a modern military invasion out West to “free” the Uigers simultaneously combined with naval action along the seacoast.

    Remember that MacArthur was relieved for planning an amphibious landing just a few miles from Tianjin after China came into the War on the side of North Korea. It would have worked like a champ.

    Reports from China come in dribs and drabs about Chinese casualties in Kim il Sung’s War. Well north of a million dead, at an estimate.

    Tiger, you have your links all pointing to the same url. Would like to read them, thanks.

  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il's Brother 'Under House Arrest in Pyongyang'

    06/30/2011 9:57:56 PM PDT · 14 of 19
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Indeed.

    I don’t expect that the PRK army generals are much impressed with Jong-eun. To say the least. If not Jong-eun, then whom? The doddering Pyong-il? If him, then whom afterward?

    Jong-eun fancies that he has a subtle mind. His upbringing is unlikely to have made him aware of his own limitations. The Generals don’t want a North Korean Caligula.

    Be some bloodshed after Jong-il is gone.

  • Hundreds protest in Vietnam against China amid sea row

    06/05/2011 6:10:48 AM PDT · 5 of 19
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Lots of oil under those waters. East Asia continental shelf is huge and filled with good drilling prospects.

    Viet Nam and China have a long running war going back before 100 BC. I find the two cultures quite distinct linguistically though I am no expert. The peoples are also morphologically different.

  • How Unique Is Your Web Browser? (You're being tracked based on how unique your browser settings are)

    06/04/2011 9:38:20 PM PDT · 38 of 69
    Iris7 to LibWhacker

    One in 320,000 with scrips off, one in 1.598 Million (unique) with scrips enabled for the Panopticlick site only. Panopticlick kept feeding me suspicious scripts, the latest Java release was going wild with detections.

  • New York Metropolitan Opera stars, fearing radiation, skip Japan tour(avoid-jin?)

    05/31/2011 10:01:52 PM PDT · 10 of 10
    Iris7 to sillsfan

    You have good taste. Sutherland and Sills were great voices.

  • South Korean soldiers use Kim Jong-Il pictures for target practise

    05/31/2011 9:55:02 PM PDT · 13 of 13
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster
    Your images remind me of a nameless ROK Marine Sargent from my Viet Nam days. I learned much from that man. What I learned from him is a big part of why I am still alive.

    He was a fellow with great leadership ability. His platoon of mostly draftees was very fortunate to have him (although I am sure they didn't hold him in the esteem he deserved.)

    A very scary dude.

    Perhaps my nameless ROK Marine Sargent is at the root of my respect for Koreans. He even had a minute to spare for an idiot American GI.

  • S. Korea: Army officer brought N.K. nuke site soil to South: reports(deep-cover spook in 90's)

    05/31/2011 9:34:56 PM PDT · 5 of 6
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Operating inside North Korea is obviously mind shatteringly dangerous and difficult. Some guys seem to thrive on pressure like that, others become, shall we say, “unreliable” or “loose cannons”.

    I prefer to give Mr. Jeong the benefit of the doubt. I wish him a peaceful retirement and long life; he has earned both.

  • Japan: TEPCO says contaminated water may be leaking at Fukushima plant(from storage facility)

    05/26/2011 10:45:46 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    This is just “normal” Japanese “groupthink”. Normal Japanese mass hysteria. Could be some sort of mental defect caused by massive inbreeding. They suffer from severe herding behavior.

    Japanese actions during the Pacific War, when looked at through this lens, make perfect sense. Made times very tough for many decades for many, many people (Koreans especially, Chinese too, of course.)

    Remember Japan well though I haven’t been there in forty years. Excellent place to learn about human nature, though such understanding puts you “on the outside looking in” in any society you live amongst. Humans are not at their best in crowds, and nothing special when not. “Less than angels but more than animals”? I can’t agree with the second part.

  • Japan: Earthquake, not tsunami, may have damaged cooling system at No. 3 reactor

    05/26/2011 10:28:12 AM PDT · 8 of 8
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    I pointed this out in an earlier post on one of your threads. The emergency cooling heat exchanger could not be put on line right after the quake and had to be taken off line after ten minutes, long before the arrival of the tsunami. Almost certainly this was caused by mechanical damage inside the primary containment.

    It is necessary to build reactors to survive a magnitude 11 quake without damage. Better would be to design for a magnitude 12 event.

    No reactors in the world are built to such specifications.

  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il puts son and sun on agenda during China mission

    05/25/2011 10:31:06 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Good example of Mao’s dealings with those he considered rivals or potential rivals.

    Gao was the Shaanxi Soviet honcho as I recall. One of the sentimental Marxist-Leninist types, totally out of their depths with the true master of Power.

  • Japan: 70,000 more should evacuate after Fukushima: Watchdog

    05/25/2011 9:49:21 PM PDT · 25 of 25
    Iris7 to mrsmith

    Interesting.

    The radiocaesium will migrate rapidly downward with rainwater, etc. The rainy season has started in Japan, and probably the surface radioactivity will be much lower on average later this year.

    The usual radiocaesium remediation is removing an adequate layer of topsoil I understand.

    Caesium being so water soluble and forming strongly positively charged ions I would expect you could mix the topsoil thoroughly with water and separate the caesium from the water with hydrogen ion exchange. A big messy job.

    Once you had a reasonably dry concentrate I expect it would form a stable portland cement concrete containment. Keep it dry for a few hundred years....

  • N. Korea: Kim reaches Yangzhou for Jiang meeting(also peeked into discount store)

    05/24/2011 11:00:06 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Excellent analysis. Very much in tune with my understanding of Chinese politics - policy - diplomacy. “The more things change the more things stay the same”, as Sun Tzu might have put it.

  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il puts son and sun on agenda during China mission

    05/24/2011 10:25:22 PM PDT · 5 of 7
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Very interesting about the Shanghai Gang. I keep half an eye on them. They are certainly the key to Kim Jong-un’s staying in power. So the Kims do the Grand Kowtow.

    The Kims are classic paranoids, but is it really paranoia if they are really out to get you? Heh.

    The Southerners still resent the Northern barbarians conquest ending the Song Dynasty. I think this is the key to understanding Chinese politics. Mao was a pure Southerner, and boy did he resent the Northerners trying to boss him around. Whew. Never forgave, never forgot, for sure.

    Just amazing that Zhou Enlai (a northerner)was able to stay alive. Mao sure kept him on a short leash. One smart and cagy cookie was Mr. Zhou.

  • Japan: 70,000 more should evacuate after Fukushima: Watchdog

    05/24/2011 9:58:32 PM PDT · 23 of 25
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    It is conceptually easy to contemplate mass evacuation of 70,000 people but a big decision politically. This problem was sort of in the middle of “have to address now” and “let’s kick the can down the road”. The Japanese were looking for more consensus, as usual.

    It’s a big job doing a real radiological survey over such an area. My own point of view is that where you have several million becquerels per square meter of caesium 134 and 137 you should evacuate everyone under 30 or 40 years of age until you can fence off areas contaminated at about 200,000 becquerels per square meter or more. 20 millisieverts per year won’t hurt anyone who knows what they are doing. For instance, don’t eat the dirt. Wear a dust mask. Keep your skin clean. Don’t eat food grown in the area. It is OK to feed animals contaminated food and eat them but don’t eat anything but muscle and maybe fat. This should be fine but should be monitored as needed.

  • Japan:N-reactor cooling failed before tsunami

    05/21/2011 8:17:53 AM PDT · 4 of 4
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    My guess, leaving fully competent opinion for others, is that the earthquake mechanically damaged the reactor core.

    I just can’t see an alternative with the cooling condenser being shut off due to massive containment pressure changes ten minutes after the neutron absorbing shutoff rods were inserted. If the core were undamaged the shutdown process would have proceeded at that point in time as it had in previous emergency shutdown safety drills, that is, “normally”. It is as if the core fuel element tubes had changed their effective surface area and/or separation distance, or that the neutron flux absorber rods did not insert properly.

    One hopes someone with more background than I will satisfy my curiosity -

  • N.Korea Purges Deputy Spy Chief

    05/21/2011 7:46:13 AM PDT · 4 of 4
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Most interesting. Makes me wonder what the old US Army and DIA Korea hands are thinking.

    Certainly no surprise, except to Colonel General Ryu, maybe.

  • N. Korean leader Kim Jong-il visits China: source(it was his junior in earlier report)

    05/21/2011 7:32:40 AM PDT · 4 of 4
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Looks like the Kims are making the “full kowtow” of “three kneelings and nine knockings of the head on the ground” to the Emperor.

    “The more things change, the more things stay the same.”

  • Japan: New Work Reinforces Megaquake's Harsh Lessons in Geoscience(sibling quake near Tokyo?)

    05/21/2011 7:16:06 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    The “slipping” of materials under even very linear stress increases is mathematically chaotic. Past behavior is not a predictor in such systems. Even with massive instrumentation, unfortunately.

    All you can say, with a high degree of confidence, is that Japan historically has been prone to earthquakes. One can infer that, more than likely, a magnitude 10 earthquake will happen less often than a magnitude 7 earthquake over a “long enough” period of time.

    Humans hate and fear uncertainty, of course, and so tell themselves stories to make themselves less fearful and increase social bonding. Such is human nature.

  • America's Ruling Class-And the perils of a Revolution (the FOX allstars should read this)

    05/21/2011 6:54:29 AM PDT · 12 of 27
    Iris7 to personalaccts

    This Codevilla essay is the best thing I have ever read of it’s sort. A massive blast of truth in a world of lies, indeed.

  • Nuke-powered USS Michigan made public

    05/05/2011 6:05:37 PM PDT · 39 of 39
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster
    The PRC naval build up is the reason for the publicity, I think. SSGN boats combined with nameless reconnaissance and communications assets would be very, very effective against surface and submerged PRC assets.

    Enough said.

  • Death Pods Swarm Towards North Korea

    05/05/2011 5:46:09 PM PDT · 10 of 11
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Watched a public domain gun camera video of an A10 gun attack a while back. I estimate the angle to the ground was 60 degrees. The rotary cannon made a bit longer than one half second burst. The projectiles hit about six seconds later. At 3.000 feet per second plus, slant range was about 3.4 miles, 5.5 km, altitude about 9,000 feet above ground level. Impacts were in a zone 100 m deep and 50 m wide and very evenly dispersed.

    Very exotic gun sight.

  • Workers enter No. 1 reactor building for 1st time since accident

    05/05/2011 5:18:36 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    Iris7 to lefty-lie-spy
    “Pretty amazing how resilient to radiation we are.”

    I am not sure why, but for some reason - propaganda? - people have no idea of the health consequences of radiological exposure. The field is technical, of course. They call it “health physics”.

    Radiological exposure is not some unmanageable bogey man. Sure, 5 Sieverts of gamma radiation will kill but a simple Tyvek suit taped to gloves and boots, with coveralls underneath, a correct respirator correctly fitted taped to a Tyvek hood, a terry cloth under hood, with the Tyvek hood taped to the Tyvek suit, will give adequate protection from 5 Sieverts of alpha and beta emissions. This is what the Fukushima Daiichi workers appear to be wearing. The gamma emissions at Fukushima are probably much less than 1% of the total.

    The robots did the site survey, which is probably accurate since TEPCO was so embarrassingly lax in survey procedure earlier; with a 250 milliSievert dose limit over one year this procedure should be as safe as lying in your bed at home.

    No one really knows the health consequences of relatively small radiation doses. The curve fitting was run through zero, so that only a zero exposure had zero increased risk, and a straight line fit to the data was forced; I suspect that the curve would look more like half a parabola rather than a straight line.

  • N.Korea's Nuclear Facilities 'a Disaster in the Making'

    04/22/2011 11:46:04 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    They are probably running graphite moderated plutonium breeding reactors without real containments and without sufficient control safeguards. The USA did this in the 1940’s and early 1950’s at Hanford Oregon and never had a real problem outside of dumping a few million curies of radio isotopes into the Columbia River. The lads in those days were very careful.

    The British cut corners to far in their graphite moderated breeder program resulting in the Windscale fire of 1957. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windscale_fire

    Probably the NK breeder program make Chernobyl look like a model of prudent engineering. (Chernobyl was a big graphite moderated plutonium breeder built first for weapons material production and second for electrical generation and district heating.)

  • Japan Agency Admits Fuel Melt at Fukushima N-Plant(reactor 1&3; technetium-99m)

    04/20/2011 8:31:52 AM PDT · 12 of 13
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    The only way the reactors could produce hydrogen gas is if the zirconium fuel rod casing was running way above white heat. No hydrogen is produced unless the fuel bundle is very, very damaged with uranium oxide fuel pellets spilling out inside the reactor. The first hydrogen - air explosions that blew the walls and roofs off the containment buildings happened on day 2, as I recall.

    Anyway, that is common knowledge. Most people don’t have common knowledge, unfortunately. Most people don’t think at all.

  • N.Korea's Nuclear Facilities 'a Disaster in the Making'

    04/20/2011 8:15:47 AM PDT · 9 of 11
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    I remember reading, I think in one of “Suvorov’s” books, about a Soviet nuclear installation that ran the entire process of nuclear weapons grade fissionable materials production from the mine to weapons grade U-235 and plutonium from graphite moderated piles. Big place. Ran for a decade, maybe longer.

    Manual labor was done by GULAG prisoners. A train load of prisoners arrived every week. No prisoners ever left.

    No serious attempt was made to make the place survivable, obviously. Radioactive waste was moved with shovels and wheelbarrows. The waste was shoveled into trucks and dumped a few miles away. Reactor maintenance was done by hand. The prisoners appear to have died at about a thousand a week.

    Pretty much the same kind of place we see in NK, maybe. After all, the Kims are Stalinists.

  • [Japan]Nuke workers at risk of overwork death(Fukushima Karoshi?)

    04/20/2011 7:45:49 AM PDT · 4 of 4
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Not surprising. The Japanese are very emotional.

  • ***"Atlas Shrugged" An Honest Freeper Review***

    04/17/2011 9:50:15 AM PDT · 59 of 73
    Iris7 to saganite

    Back in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s I read Ayn Rand’s stuff. I found it puerile.

    “Galt’s Gulch” would immediately attacked by the US Army. You think not? You think they could successfully hide? Do you think that the existing “powers that be” would hesitate a second, a millisecond, to kill some or all seeking shelter there?

    Get real. The world is not about wealth, about freedom, or about a high standard of living. The world is most certainly not about justice. The world is about Power. And Power, as Mao pointed out, comes from the muzzle of a gun. Power is killing.

  • COIN another strategy: Pull out our troops now

    04/14/2011 9:29:27 PM PDT · 3 of 21
    Iris7 to Sioux-san

    The ROE our people have to put up with is intolerable. Fix it or leave immediately.

    Don’t know what I would do in their boondockers. Haven’t seen war up close and personal for over forty years now. I can see why they won’t let us old guys into the services, because I would probably just tell my superiors in the chain of command to get stuffed.

    Also the kids aren’t trained properly. They need a leavening of experienced hands. People who, if the guys are being wasted, will simply say “no”.

  • To Cut Deficits, It's Best To Pick Low-Lying Fruit

    04/14/2011 9:13:09 PM PDT · 31 of 32
    Iris7 to TxDas

    Taught you E&E since you were five, eh? Good man. I remember SERE training well. For one thing, I learned to carry some extra body fat if possible, because vittles are real, real slim pickin’s if you have to run for it.

    By any chance was your uncle who was a POW in New Guinea with the 32nd Infantry Division? That was an activated Guard outfit dropped straight into the Kokoda Track - Buna - Gona - Sanananda fighting with no real training, no air support, no artillery support, and no logistical support for many months, no ammunition, food, or medical evacuation until Kenney got the flyboys straightened out. The outfit was raised right around where I sit this minute. Knew some of those old boys years ago. They also saw heavy fighting on Leyte.

    Desperate, desperate fighting on New Guinea in those days. Combined with Guadalcanal, the New Guinea boys left the Japanese with the insoluble dilemma of deciding where the American “schwerpunkt” was. Not the sort of decision the Japanese are good at, as can be seen today at Fukushima Daiichi.

    We owe a lot to our boys of 1942.

    No enlisted rotation out, eh? Stilwell used his men up to the last drop of blood. Don’t like Stilwell. The Hump was his baby.

    The US Army infantry in Europe were badly trained and poorly lead. Constant retraining was needed, but not supplied, to get replacements up to speed. Raw men were thrown into meat grinders. There were exceptions, of course, I am fond of General James Gavin of the 82nd Airborne.

    Man, you have to be able to SEE the fields of fire from your enemy’s point of view. Have to. I looked at the world around me from that point of view until the late 1970’s, just could not stop. Super easy to turn it back on even after all these years. Being shot at and missed leaves a permanent mark.

  • To Cut Deficits, It's Best To Pick Low-Lying Fruit

    04/13/2011 7:26:51 PM PDT · 27 of 32
    Iris7 to dsc

    I hadn’t realized that navigating Inchon is so difficult. I have heard it’s real tough, but hadn’t realized how tough.

    Nice to have a pithy comment from a Navy man to clear my thinking. A tough Sea and Anchor Detail indeed. Old Navy fellow myself.

    My thought is how easy it would be to run up on those mud flats and be stuck until, well, the possibilities are obvious, eh?

  • To Cut Deficits, It's Best To Pick Low-Lying Fruit

    04/13/2011 7:17:18 PM PDT · 26 of 32
    Iris7 to TxDas

    Thanks for your story about your Dad. He must have been a fine, fine gentleman. So few can survive under such pressure. It took exceptional courage (and some good luck).

    I hope they took him off those missions after his third walk out. With the really bad case of malaria he had they probably did.

    Me, I know I have been living on borrowed time since my Viet Nam days. How vastly more intense was his experience.

    What you say about MacArthur being a publicity hound is true. “Self effacing” he certainly was not. He wanted everyone to see him as Mr. Amazing, as Mr. Incredible. He demanded worship but not excellence from his staff. I could go on. Like I said, a difficult man to like.

    Still, I stand behind what I wrote earlier.

  • North Korea Government Has Detained American for Months (since last Nov.)

    04/13/2011 6:43:19 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Boy, I sure don’t envy that guy. There are places I would dislike being a prisoner more than in North Korea, but not many.

    Probably the guy is in too bad a shape for the North to let him go now, assuming he is still alive, which is doubtful enough. NK interrogation techniques work right at the edge of death and can last for years, as, of course, you know.

  • Russia's nuclear chief says Japan exaggerating nuclear crisis

    04/13/2011 6:31:51 PM PDT · 8 of 12
    Iris7 to Ronin

    Spent some time in Japan myself right after the Occupation. What you say makes total sense. A very strange world the “We Japanese” inhabit.

    The same class of mistakes cost Japan the Pacific War. From my viewpoint it is as if they simply refuse to act intelligently under pressure. The greater the pressure, the greater the emergency, the less intelligent the action.

    An odd place.

  • ISAF Policy: Catch-and-Release IED-Bombers (Afghanistan)

    04/13/2011 6:26:06 AM PDT · 37 of 42
    Iris7 to Travis McGee

    I am an old Viet Nam guy. I have been following the Afghanistan ROE issues.

    The reality is that either we clean up the ROE or we must get out. We must make the choice now. McChrystal was right. Petraeus is wrong. This cannot be allowed to go on. If this takes military disobedience of the POTUS, so be it.

    What you are watching, folks, is what is known as a “debacle”.

  • Reports: Japan to raise alert level of nuke crisis

    04/11/2011 8:10:44 PM PDT · 9 of 12
    Iris7 to smokingfrog

    Thanks for your very good link. The Japanese have a doable plan here. Highly recommended article.

    Professors Ninokata and Koyama have the guts of plan that can be made to work. More power to them. Nice to see that some folks who know what they are doing have arrived at the party.

  • Reports: Japan to raise alert level of nuke crisis

    04/11/2011 8:00:38 PM PDT · 8 of 12
    Iris7 to Nuc 1.1

    Thanks for your post.

    I immediately looked up “Reactor Core Isolation Cooling System”. I can see that this would work if the RCIC survived the earthquake and tsunami and had enough gravity head to function without circulating pumps. If pumps were needed (they are), but the RCIC cooling tank adequately large and “high enough up”, one could, before the batteries ran out, bypass the isolation heat exchangers and connect directly to the primary containment, circulating by gravity (would take some big pipes). Some big activated charcoal and ion exchange filters on the cooling tank vents and one would have a much more reasonable outcome than at Fukushima Daiichi........

    In any case, I never liked the emergency diesel backup for plant power. Also one must, in a place like Fukushima, plan on Richter 11 earthquakes and tsunami in proportion. Many of the US plants are not safely sited, in my opinion.

    Again, thanks for your post. Looking forward to your musings as time goes on.

  • To Cut Deficits, It's Best To Pick Low-Lying Fruit

    04/11/2011 7:27:33 PM PDT · 20 of 32
    Iris7 to dsc

    You are absolutely correct. MacArthur would have never landed on Peleliu, I believe.

    MacArthur was seen as “difficult” by many, arrogant, conceited, etc., but on his good days MacArthur was every bit as wise and brilliant as he saw himself to be.

    Look at the Inchon Landing. For some reason (a recent book makes good evidence that Stalin was doing power games with Mao) the North Korean Army was not defending Inchon, Seoul’s port, adequately. MacArthur made a practice of studying reconnaissance reports in exhaustive detail (and remembering every, I mean EVERY, detail) and saw the North Korean vulnerability from agent and Special Forces reports, aerial photographs, truck traffic on the roads, radio intercepts, etc. and was able to persuade the top American brass that, for whatever reason, the North Koreans were unprepared for an amphibious landing at Inchon. The top American Brass, highly experienced, proven men, were intensely skeptical (as was correct, of course - you want to lose the First Marine Division?) but what observers say was MacArthur’s most brilliant performance convinced them he was correct.

    Inchon came off as MacArthur envisioned. This later forced the Chinese into the war (which was Stalin’s goal) but this is a later part of the story.

    I have read much on the Pacific War and Korea in the early days, before Truman relieved MacArthur for trying to win the war, and am convinced that what I say is true. Simply put, MacArthur was brilliant. He was too willing to risk his own skin, maybe. Personal and moral courage personified.

    Eisenhower did not like MacArthur, to put it mildly.

  • Reports: Japan to raise alert level of nuke crisis

    04/11/2011 6:37:39 PM PDT · 2 of 12
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster; sushiman; Ronin; AmericanInTokyo; gaijin; struggle; DTogo; GATOR NAVY; Iris7

    Fukushima Daiichi has been raised from a level 5 to a Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale 7 by the Japanese government.

    A bit of belated honesty, eh?

  • Lynne Tilton: "I Believe There Will Very Well Be Violence In The Streets In America"

    04/11/2011 11:29:15 AM PDT · 10 of 61
    Iris7 to blam

    Lynne Tilton is, of course, correct. Historically this sort of thing leads to bad ends, like Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, etc. ad nauseam. Demagogic dictators.

  • Hamas capabilities catching up with intentions

    04/10/2011 5:30:14 AM PDT · 11 of 12
    Iris7 to Nachum

    The 9M133 Kornet is also available with a “thermobaric” warhead. Thermobaric is a name for a type of fuel - air boosted explosive. Very effective blast effect is produced; the US “daisy cutter” bombs of the late Viet Nam war were thermobaric designs.

    The Russians (with great ingenuity and insight) developed the idea into a much more effective explosive system than the US had used in Viet Nam. The technology has since been copied by the US and is used extensively by our forces.

    This gadget is no toy. The target acquisition and missile guidance systems are first class.

    At a guess the Kornet thermobaric warhead has the blast effect of one hundred pounds of TNT, more in an enclosed space.

  • Japan's Other Nuclear Disaster

    04/07/2011 9:32:25 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster
  • Vietnamese Communists' Fear Factor is Rising

    04/04/2011 6:30:25 AM PDT · 44 of 46
    Iris7 to Interesting Times

    Thanks for the ping. Looks like I’m back on FR after a few years hiatus.

    Dunno about never going back there, that is a job that needs doing. The War goes on, but the real battlefield for Americans is not Viet Nam but the United States.

    Our War is looking better in recent days. The Lefties are more on the defensive than I have ever seen them. Not to say they won’t win as they are determined and disciplined. They are rattled by their recent reverses however. Many of their “Outer Party” are opportunists and many are simply hysterical.

    Our War, as any war, must be won by prevailing, by outlasting the enemy, by tenacious defense as well as by studying Sun Tsu’s understanding of successful offense.

  • Old times not forgotten: Civil War at 150

    04/02/2011 12:20:43 PM PDT · 87 of 211
    Iris7 to stainlessbanner

    Good to see you.

    Been gone a long time. I became annoyed with the increasingly vulgar discourse.

    Can’t resist this post. Got a live one on the hook.

  • Old times not forgotten: Civil War at 150

    04/02/2011 12:14:29 PM PDT · 85 of 211
    Iris7 to central_va
    I see you assailed unjustly by what appear to be products of the Empire's “education” system. Having raised children exposed to this system of Indoctrination - not Education - I am very familiar with “public” education's insidious attack on mind and spirit, and of the great effort required to save a growing child from mindless conditioned emotionalism and to preserve the child's natural inclination towards critical thought and self awareness.

    My sympathies and warm regards. The War was a great tragedy and destroyed the Republic. We live in post Republic times; there are metaphors in 2nd Century Rome.

  • Japan nuclear crisis: Pressure to widen evacuation zone(Japan balks at UN demand)

    03/31/2011 9:36:31 AM PDT · 22 of 27
    Iris7 to TigerLikesRooster

    Haven’t logged on for years. The quality of freeper discourse became annoying.

    I have been following the Fukushima Daiichi events. Have some background in the field.

    The Japanese Government and TEPCO have been acting like hens in a henhouse do after a weasel has gotten in. Panic, denial, foolish, useless actions, etc. They recently admitted that they don’t have a dose rate meter that can read over one Sievert per hour. Imagine. I can’t believe it.

    Can you imagine letting people walk into water emitting at “4 to 6” Sieverts per hour (which they can’t measure)? They have violated the very first rule, survey dose rate, survey it often, mark the area clearly, and log.

    “Incompetent” isn’t the correct word for this. “Criminal” is.

    Large areas in Japan appear to be contaminated by health hazard levels of Cesium 137. The Government is pushing this under the rug. Probably they are more incompetent than malign, but still, guys, for once in your lives decide to act like grownups.

    A hint: Find out what is going on. Act on the data. Be conservative where health is concerned.

    Me, I would dose all children in the country with potassium iodide. In areas where radioiodine is detected dose everyone. Do it now. It is probably too late for many, many Japanese. I advise Korea to do likewise.

    In most cases one dose will be sufficient. Look at the Polish program after Chernobyl, worked great.

    What a mess.