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Jake Adelstein latest to succumb to narcotics

Jake’s contribution to the debate starts with a Betteridge headline, and follows with his usual load of conspiracy theories and unnamed sources, and the occasional contradiction, such as:

She hasn’t been able to speak with the company directly because she has been in detention since her arrest.


Suspects are allowed one 20-minute visit per day, excluding their lawyer. 

These two statements are contradictory; Toyota may have decided not to send someone round to visit her, of course, but she is able to speak to the company while in detention.

Does anyone really believe that a high-paid executive of Toyota was smuggling oxycodone into Japan in an attempt to get high

Well, I could believe that, from what I know of oxy and that it seems to get handed out like sweeties in the USA.

The comments are quite, quite full of crazy, and I note that Mr Adelstein has taken to voting up some of the even more ridiculous conspiracy theories there.

Abe literally worse than Hitler and other awful articles

There’s been two pretty bad articles recently, one by Jake Adelstein, and another by someone who could easily be his disciple. Let’s skim through and find the :facepalm: First, Jake:

The domestic press hasn’t been controlled by the state to this extent since, arguably, 1937.

Jake Adelstein hasn’t written a worse article since, arguably, 1973.

why the government didn’t seem particularly interested in saving the Japanese hostages in Syria.

That’s an interesting spin – one could claim that the reluctance to hand over $200 million indicated a lack of interest; is that what he wants to say, or is this just criticism for the sake of criticism?

A freelance journalist who attempted to go to Syria last month was even directly threatened with arrest.

That person was a photo-journalist, I believe, and there is an interesting argument about the right of free movement over the duty of the government to protect its citizens, but again, subtlety is abandoned for the sake of criticism.

The Asahi then also retracted important testimony on the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, perhaps out of fear.

Nope, that is nonsense; it was retracted because it was false. Admittedly, the Asahi could have feared being made a laughing stock again, but that’s not what Jake is trying to falsely convince the reader of.

Kenji Goto, the journalist who was beheaded by jihadis after Abe’s Cairo speech.


Now, the Huffington Post:

Japan, it seemed, was increasingly uncomfortable with the nationalist alternative that Abe and others were offering. But Hatoyama himself lasted less than a year — in large part because of U.S. pushback against his unorthodox foreign policy positions 

That’s not why the DPJ got elected, and unless you could Okinawa as foreign, Hatoyama’s only unorthodox (is that a polite way of saying “insane”?) foreign policy was his East Asian EU, and he lasted less than a year due to cocking up Okinawa all by himself.

The visit sends […] a message to Japanese that this prime minister will push his constitutional agenda forward regardless of the domestic obstacles.

Really? It’s not like he came back and said that the ghost of Tojo told him to invade China.

Less publicized was his participation in an important Shinto ritual that happens every 20 years — the rebuilding of the Ise Shrine — that effectively blurred the distinction between religion and state.

That’s an, err, interesting way of describing it.

Last July, Abe issued a cabinet decision — the Japanese equivalent of a presidential order — that committed Japan to collective self-defense, which means that Tokyo can fight on behalf of allies even if Japan itself is not under attack.

That’s not the way I understand it, or at least there are sufficient checks and balances that say they can support allies attacked within Japanese territorial waters. (Of course, please correct me if I am wrong here.)

the Abe document would not just remove Article 9

No, the draft doesn’t remove it.

The rest about Okinawa is interesting, but it fails to mention that by delaying the Henoko project, Futenma is left sitting in the middle of the town it is in; that is a significant point, I feel. (Oh, as for the current test boring stuff, the crushing of coral by the concrete anchors needs to be addressed, and Abe’s speech for the opening of the Diet in January (I think it was) where he said something to the effect of Okinawa’s residents will be treated with respect has been shown to be empty words, but I’ve not seen anyone pick him up on it recently, either in English or Japanese.)

Lets get all fookooing excited about some vague data trend!

I’ve noticed in the recent months Jake Adelstein getting a bit more excited about Fukushima. Previously he focused on the links between the Yakuza and TEPCO and their subcontractors, obviously his area of expertise, but recently he’s been straying into not quite Fookooshimar territory, but at least into overexaggeration of the contamination. It used to be just on Twitter, but now I have seen an article on The Daily Beast looking at birth defects which is trying to find controversy where there is most likely none.

The article leads off with:

The prevalence rate—the frequency of malformations among childbirths, such as holes in the heart (atrial septal defect)—was 2.43 percent, a number that is still below what is considered a normal figure among radiation experts.

So, err, nothing. I’m also trying to parse exactly what “a normal figure among radiation experts” means, but reading ahead shows me that it should actually be “a normal incidence rate among medical experts”. (Please feel free to correct my paraphrasing!)

Near one group of tanks the levels reached 2,200 millisieverts per hour. An unprotected person standing close to the contaminated areas would receive a lethal radiation dose within hours.

Where “unprotected” means “nude” and “close” means “within tens of centimetres”.

The 2011 Report on Congenital Malformations notes the prevalence of malformed infants as 2.43 percent

I don’t like the word “malformed” here – the report title is obviously a medical understanding of the term, but “malformed infants” suggests extra legs or whatever, whereas both I and my step-nephew have the holes-in-the-heart menioned above but the requisite number of limbs. Furthermore, the survey was for children born during the 2011 calendar year, but as far as my Googling goes, the reasons for holes in the heart are not well known; is it hereditary (yes to some extent), a genetic artifact at conception (don’t know), or something during pregnancy (smoking, perhaps?).

British radiation expert Dr. Ian Fairlie

Get Googling guys! He has real qualifications, but he hangs around with the usual suspects. :roll: Here is an interesting paper that he has produced which I think takes about the worst-case scenario that he as a scientist can honestly produce, and assumes the Linear No-Threshold Model to get 3,000 additional deaths over 70 years, which also assumes everyone who doesn’t die from radiation manages to keep going for another 70 years, yet for the majority of Fukushima Prefecture residents, medical X-rays, airplane flight, and even natural background radiation is likely to be a bigger factor.

Of the roughly 360,000 children, there were 44 suspected cases of thyroid cancer. […] In the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, thyroid cancers cases started to show up after four to five years after the accident.

I think we can all read between the lines. :roll:

BTW, I wish I could find a link to it, or even remember what the name was, but one of the towns near Fukushima Dai-ichi paid for all children to have some expensive DNA-level blood test (I think that was what it was) to see if their genes had been spliced by radiation. About 20% of the children have been tested so far, and the one child they covered came back 100% clear, no dodgy DNA. Cynics would say that of course NHK would make sure they covered someone who was OK, especially as they didn’t report overall statistics on what percentage had been found to have damaged DNA.