Thursday, August 20, 2015

今日の出来事から 8月20日(木) これ3196回目のブログ

 まあ、飽きもせず毎日書いているもんです、ふと見ると3196回目になります。主張することは良いことであると自分では思いますし、アメリカで生きていく上で自分の意思を明確にするのも大事。それが正しいか間違っているかではなく、やはり自己主張して存在感をアピールしないと生きていけない国です。

 昨日も大雨に見舞われましたが、幸いにも浸水はなく、パーティ予約が沢山あったので、予算オーバー、一昨日の借金を返すことができました。
 それでも今月は前年に対して厳しい数字です。あと10日で何とか5%ダウンくらいまで回復させたいところです。

 天津市の爆発事故現場から約6キロ離れた川で、大量の死んだ魚が川岸に打ち上げられているのが発見されました。 危険化学物質が爆発した今回の事故との関連は不明。
 この爆発で大量の青酸化合物が海に流れたという情報が入っています。地表水で基準値をはるかに上回るシアン化合物が検出され、警戒区域外でも観測されました。
 地図で見ると、天津市は東シナ海から朝鮮半島の西側を北上した深い入り江状態のその奥に位置しています。ここの海水が東シナ海に混ぜることは考えにくいですね。ただ、おそらく海苔などを養殖しているのはこの海域ではないかと思います。そして北朝鮮や韓国の西側の海産物にも影響が出るのではないかと思います。
 中国当局の発表を信じるのは難しいことです。嘘が多すぎましし、100なのに50以下としか言わないでしょうから。

 ゴールド急伸です、1139ドルまで上げています。この前まで1100ドルを割り込み、安値を模索していたのが嘘のようです。
 上海株が結局、3.39%下げました。一昨日の持ち直しが消えた格好で3日間で10%の下落。日経平均も20033円と2万円ギリギリまで下げています。欧州全面安、米国も先物で大きく下げています。17000ドルギリギリまで来ています。

 名門病院クリーブランド・クリニックに併設されていたマクドナルドの店舗が、リース契約を打ち切られ、来月で閉店することになりました。
 オハイオ州クリーブランドで事業を行っている同病院は10年ほど前から健康な食生活と運動を促す取り組みを推進し、構内の禁煙を徹底させてきましたが「目標は、慢性疾患の元凶となるリスク要因を減らすことにある」と同病院の広報は説明しています。

 マクドナルドやKFC、サブウェイなどの子ども向けセットのうち、8割に1グラム以上の塩分が含まれていることが分かりました。4~6歳児の塩分摂取量の基準は1日当たり3グラム以下。4歳未満はさらに少なく、成人では6グラム未満に抑えるのが望ましいとされています。
 塩分の取り過ぎは高血圧や心臓病、脳卒中、肥満の原因となり、幼少期の塩分摂取量が多いと、大人になってからこうした問題が起きやすくなるとの報告もあります。

 幻のスーパーカー、生産されなかった車たち
This was actually intended to be the new NSX all the way back in the late 2000s. But then the recession hit and Honda saw the demand for a new supercar go away. The road car project was immediately cancelled, but it lived on as a JGTC race car.HSV-010
Before the Gallardo, Lamborghini thought of building a smaller car with a V10. That car was the Cala, but it was killed even after some journalists drove it.CALA
A series of experimental rotary-powered supercars from Mercedes, they ran and drove, but they never went on sale.C111
Envisioned as a road car and GT1 racer, the Speed 12 had a 7.7 liter V12 and was the scariest car to drive in Gran Turismo 2. It was cancelled due to changing GT1 regulations and the fact that it was just too damn hard to drive on the street.TVR
It looked production ready, it was tested at Nardo where it set records, and it looked like people would be buying it. But VW never put it into production. Instead, it, along with other concepts from Bentley and Audi, serves as inspiration for the Bugatti Veyron.W12
As part of 2010s concept onslaught, Lotus showed a new Esprit supercar that would debut two years later. As all the other concepts were cancelled, the Esprit stood alone as the one that would be built. But after years of delays, it was finally canceled.ESPRIT
What started as a turbine hybrid ended up being a heavily boosted four cylinder hybrid. A handful were built, but Jag ultimately decided against series production when they realized the market for their million dollar car just wasn't there.C-X75
While it wasn't necessarily intended to be built, all the ingredients were there. The concept was a running, driving prototype with a 7.0 liter V12 sitting behind the driver.CIEN
A mid engine, quad turbo, V12 powered 850 horsepower supercar from Chrysler. Sounds too good to be true, but this one seems to have come close. Chrysler built running prototypes that they were track testing, and the upper crust within Chrysler wanted to make it happen.Unfortunately, it didn't work out.M-E42
Lamborghini's first hybrid, this would have been built if the Urus SUV didn't get the green light. Also, our interview with CEO Stefan Winkelmann seems to show a boss that wasn't interested in building a hybrid. At all.Asterion

 フローズンヨーグルトチェーン トップ5は?
<p><strong><a href="http://www.tcby.com/">TCBY</a></strong>, whose story goes all the way back to 1981, was many Americans’ introduction to frozen yogurt, but they do a great job of keeping up with the new competitors. They have a big selection of toppings, from nuts to fruit, cookie dough, other cookies, brownies, and even marshmallow syrup. Creative flavors include taro, bananas Foster, <strong><a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/snackshot-day-froot-loops">Froot Loops</a></strong>, Greek honey vanilla, and Mrs. Fields chocolate chip cookie. While it’s nice to see that there’s a variety of dairy-free options, a surprising amount of flavors aren’t fat-free. In a four-ounce (half cup) serving, their chocolate has 110 calories, 1.5 grams fat, and 18 grams of sugar.</p><p>TCBY has a really fun environment thanks to the colors and lights that decorate the walls, but it isn’t as overwhelming as Cups. They introduced Super Fro-Yo, a frozen yogurt that has nutrients like probiotics, vitamin D, calcium, <strong><a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/cook/nutrition-101-here-s-what-you-need-know-about-protein">protein</a></strong>, and fiber, in 2011. </p>TCBY
<p>Going into <strong><a href="http://www.cupsfrozenyogurt.com/">Cups</a> </strong>is always an experience, with loud music, bright colors, and television screens showing people dancing like they’re playing Dance Dance Revolution. Their toppings include a wide array of fruits, candy, and chocolate pieces like <strong><a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/chocolate-dipped-peppermint-marshmallows/121013">chocolate-covered marshmallows</a></strong>, and creative fro-yo varieties include fudge brownie batter, toasted marshmallow, huckleberry, maple bacon <strong><a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/eat/america-s-best-doughnuts">donut</a></strong>, angel food cake, and orange burst sorbet. A less aggressive environment would be preferable, but their target market seems to be tweens, who don't mind it much. In an 83-gram serving, the chocolate flavor contains 110 calories, zero grams fat, and 20 grams sugar.</p><p>Cups’ frozen yogurt <a href="http://www.cupsfrozenyogurt.com/#nutrition"><strong>undergoes a culturing process</strong></a> that gives it high levels of live and active cultures, but also results in less acidity so the flavor is sweeter and less tart. They offer 24 flavors that vary by location, and more than 50 toppings.</p>CUPS
<p>It’s easy to go overboard at <strong><a href="http://www.letsyoyogurt.com/">Let’s YO!,</a></strong> because their cups are practically bigger than your face, and there are a ton of toppings, from the usual ones, like <strong><a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/best-recipes/cookie-dough-recipe-so-good-you-won-t-want-actually-bake-it">cookie dough</a></strong> and fruit, to cereal and a huge array of sprinkles and syrups. The combinations that you can concoct are endless. Honestly, these toppings blow the competition out of the water. Their frozen yogurt also has just about the same amount of calories and sugar as other places, but its serving size is a little bit larger.</p><p>Founded by Eric Casaburi, the man who launched RetroFitness gyms at the age of 29, Let’s YO! is <a href="http://www.letsyoyogurt.com/Web/ww/en/pressreleases.dhtml"><strong>Casaburi’s idea of</strong></a> a fresh and all-natural way to get a treat even if you’re trying to stay fit, all done in a modern way. He stresses that "Let’s YO’s products are rich and robust with taste, low in fat, stacked with live cultures and good for the body." Their frozen yogurt uses fresh milk, high amounts of live and active cultures, and real fruit. They also offer coffee drinks like cappuccino, caffè latte, and <strong><a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/drink/9-weird-and-wonderful-variations-hot-chocolate">hot cocoa</a></strong> in a café-like environment. Some wackier flavors include snickerdoodle cookie dough, blue daiquiri ice sorbet, and ooey-gooey cinnamon bun.</p><p>In an 89-grams serving, their vanilla contains 100 calories, zero grams fat, and 16 grams of sugar.</p>Let’s YO
<p><strong><a href="http://sweetfrogyogurt.com/">SweetFrog</a></strong>, which began in 2009, has a family-friendly environment with bright colors and paintings on the walls promoting their mascots, Scoop and Cookie. In an interesting twist, "Frog" actually is an acronym for "Fully Rely on God," a mission they carry out by partnering with organizations by each location to become involved in the local community, according to their website. </p><p>The flavors here are definitely creative: they include Tuscan <strong><a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/tiramisu-cake">tiramisù</a></strong>, biscotti, French toast, Greek black cherry, maple bacon doughnut, root beer float, red velvet, and<strong><a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/truth-about-sugar-free"> no-sugar-added</a></strong> varieties like cake batter and blueberry. Their toppings include a wide variety of fruits and sauces and candies like gummy frogs, cheesecake bites, lemon cake, and Kit Kats. As opposed to many other shops, which keep a relatively small variety available, the selection here is almost overwhelming. They offer other items besides standard fro-yo in a cup, too, like waffle bowls, parfaits, and banana boats. SweetFrog has the whole package: a huge selection of flavors and a wide array of toppings, a friendly and not-overbearing atmosphere, little to no fat in all their yogurts, and sugar content around 17 or 18 grams in a serving. In a four-ounce serving, the Alpine Vanilla contains 100 calories, zero grams fat, and 18 grams sugar.</p>Sweet Frog
<p><strong><a href="http://www.yogurt-land.com/">Yogurtland</a></strong> has a very good selection of flavors on tap, including some incredibly creative and outside-the-box varieties like maple doughnut, salted dark chocolate, peanut nougat with almond butter and honey, <strong><a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/travel-photo-day-churros">churro</a></strong>, cinnamon banana bread, <strong><a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/trader-joe-s-speculoos-cookie-butter">cookie butter</a></strong>, and hibiscus passionfruit. They also have a ton of toppings. Their yogurt’s health aspects are stellar, and they offer a great frozen yogurt selection and experience.</p><p>In a half-cup (83-gram) serving, Yogurtland’s vanilla contains 80 calories, zero grams of fat, and six grams of sugar.</p><p>Yogurtland opened in 2006 and now has outposts worldwide. They make their yogurt with a base of milk and “authentically sourced ingredients”; it’s packed with calcium and vitamins C and D, as well as live and active cultures in their probiotics. They offer seasonal fruit and tons of other toppings, from carob chips to cereal. Their environment is really bright and welcoming, too, which makes the experience there that much more enjoyable. </p>Yogurt Land
という感じでした。

 Atlanta, GA 7-Day Forecast
 今日も雨必至! 間違いなく降ります。こんなんで日曜日のゴルフはできるの? ぬかるみの田植えゴルフは遠慮したいですね。

 メキシコの南、中米グアテマラで、まったく雨が降らない激しい干ばつが続いていて、100万近くの人々が食料不足に陥っていることを国連が発表しています。
 現在、大きなエルニーニョ現象が続いていて、それが原因だと述べられていますが、来年の3月頃までは、この干ばつが終息する目処も立っていないようです。
 今年の干ばつは、グアテマラ、エルサルバドル、ホンジュラス、ニカラグアなどの乾燥地域で農業に大きな被害を出していますが、グアテマラは3年連続の干ばつです。
 
 毎日のニュースを見ていて、たまに疲れませんか? ローカルニュースは社会面が多く、強盗、殺人ばかりです。よくもまあ、毎日殺し合いがあるもんだと思います。
 それよりも桜島の噴火の方が大事。自然の出来事ですから止めることはできませんが、何百年に1回の大爆発で「綺麗な噴火」の映像が見れるのではないかと期待しています。これは1つのショーですよ。筋書きもない自然が作り上げるショーです。それがまた地球の形を変えるわけです。かつて島だった桜島は噴火の溶岩によって地続きになりましたし、8つの島ができたそうです。生きている地球の姿を見て、我々人間のスケールの小さいことを実感すべきでしょう。そして世の中には逆らえないものがあることを悟ればいい。
 悟れば下らないことで人を刺したり撃ったりすることも少しは減るのではないかと思うわけです。
 

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今日の出来事から 7月26日(水)

Julio Veinte Seis ( Miecoles) 昨日はミシシッピーから日本人学生のインタビューを受けていました。「アメリカで活躍するプロフェッショナル」ということでブログに落としているそうです。アトランタは後2人、インタビューすると語っていましたが。  中小企業...