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'Japan's worst case of industrial pollution was first discovered in 1956 after residents in Minamata, a town on the Japanese island of Kumamoto, noticed that cats in the area had started to behave strangely, dancing around, screeching and scratching.'
 
Nichitsu had started production of acetaldehyde using a mercury catalyst at its Minamata plant in May 1932, and Shin Nichitsu continued production after the war. The plant discharged wastewater from its acetaldehyde plant into to Minamata Bay via Hyakken Harbour. The wastewater contained many pollutants and poisonous substances including methylmercury, a highly toxic chemical.
This chemical was absorbed by fish and shellfish and bioaccumulated up the food chain. People who unknowingly ate the fish over many years suffered from severe mercury poisoning.
In 1965, the company changed its name to Chisso Corporation
Chisso - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chisso
http://business-humanrights.org/en/chisso-corporation-lawsuit-re-minamat...
 
It took 20 years to be reported, 30 years to file a lawsuit, 40 years for criminal proceedings .... and a life time for Fujie Sakamoto to give witness:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31156620
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiOKWwxVH2M&index=11&list=RDgJTJkQs-Br0
 
Meanwhile, 'Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has defined a hikikomori as a person who does not participate in society (particularly school or work) and has no desire to do so. A hikikomori is also someone who doesn’t have any close, non-familial relationships' ... The typical hikikomori’s day starts when everyone else’s has ended. They’re night owls who stay up late, keeping themselves occupied in the bluish glow of TV and computer screens with just their own thoughts for company.
 
Just a Japan thing? - 'in Japan where most college graduates are expected to have a job waiting for them before they’re even officially handed their diplomas and the current state of Japan’s economy makes this task feel all the more insurmountable. The societal shame of failing to get into a good school or get a good job can be too much and staying in your bedroom might feel like the most comforting option.
Sociologists also point to Japan’s culture of amae, which is basically childlike dependence on indulgent parents. Tough love is pretty antithetical to Japanese parenting style, so instead of busting down bedroom doors, demanding their hikikomori children retake their entrance exams or continue the job hunt, they do their laundry and cut the crusts off their sandwiches. It’s hard to blame them: The path of least resistance is usually the easiest.'
source: http://www.tofugu.com/2014/06/18/all-about-hikkikomori-japans-missing-mi...
further reading:  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/20/young-people-japan-stopped-...
further reading: http://mises.org/library/explaining-japans-recession
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw-hTuqsyMU
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Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Being quite fan of both SpaceX & NASA - I tinks I posted somin about this fella previously but I can't find it - lost!

Anyhow will pop it on here for now.  Am sure there was something about Lithium too - pill popping or somin but again that has been erm devoured,

Anyhow, just so I don't lose it completely, it can stay here, for now.

http://offgridquest.com/news/tesla-motors-announces-a-new-home-batter

Have a nice day.

 

 

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Fossil Fuel Perspective

back to the willbewas, this poked - the human race is half a million years older than previously discovered. http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/28-million-year-old-jawbone... - awesome !

so, half a mil translate into newage monetary terms, - say another lottery number

take the 'living wage' and translate ...  time is limited

... so imagine if money were a 'time ticket' at point of exit ...

one for the sci-fi 'files' - fact is you can't travel back in time ...  >>>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VZC3suTGZg

 

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Quicksilver

Doh, thought it was a horse ;-)

http://rt.com/news/252985-mexican-tomb-king-mercury/

"An archaeologist has made the startling discovery of liquid mercury beneath an ancient pyramid in Mexico, which predates the Aztecs. This could mean the presence of a royal tomb right below one of the most cryptic cities in the Americas.

Local researcher Sergio Gomez announced the discovery on Friday of “large quantities” of the element underneath the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent – the third largest in the ancient ruined city of Teotihuacan, which is shrouded in mystery and was once one of the largest in the hemisphere."