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Posted in: Japanese scientist uses egg white for clean energy See in context

Hydrogen has been "on the verge" of making it big in the energy sector for many decades, but still cannot compete with solar, hydro, geothermal, or wind. With solar panels now in the 20% efficiency range, they are becoming cheaper than natural gas for making electricity.

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Posted in: The U.S. is stuck in Syria — with no mission See in context

The only dependable ally the US has had in the area has been the Kurds, and they have been under attack. It was reported yesterday that hundreds of Russian soldiers were killed by American forces when they attempted to attack American and Kurdish forces. Russians are intentionally trying to push the US and Kurds out of the area.

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Posted in: Trump focuses on first responders after Florida shooting See in context

In the USA the courts have a role to play in societal changes, the way they have had in the civil rights struggle, and in reining in the tobacco companies. The rifle manufacturers know this, so they got their friends, the Republicans, to pass a bill making it just about impossible to sue any gun manufacturer or seller. The Republican President at that time, Bush, signed the bill into law. Now, after that fact, they try to act like they care what happens to people who are needlessly killed by assault weapons.

One of the first pieces of legislation to pass during the Trump Administration was a law to make it easier for mentally handicapped people to buy guns. It was a signature issue with Obama that mentally disturbed people should find it difficult to buy weapons. but the Republicans in Congress, and Trump, changed all that less than one month after the trump inauguration.

In the latest GOP budget, 1,600 personnel will be dismissed from the FBI. So, while Republicans rant and rave about what a poor job the FBI is doing, they make sure that the FBI will not be able to do its job. That is SOP (standard operating procedure) for Republicans. They cut the budgets of organizations they do not like, then when the performance of those organizations falters due to their budget cuts, they institute further budget cuts because of the poor performance.

The American system of government is under attack.

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Posted in: Some ordinary behavior can be classified as crimes See in context

Cultural differences are very interesting, and also, things change with time. When I was a kid, corporal punishment at school was accepted by everyone. Now, it will get you arrested. When I was a kid, we didn't think anything about taking a pocket knife everywhere we went, including school. Don't get caught taking a pocket knife to school these days!

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Posted in: 17 killed in shooting spree at Florida high school by expelled student See in context

When is the last time someone killed 17 teenagers at a school in Japan or Australia? Oh, that's right, it is harder to get guns in those countries, so it doesn't happen.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un lookalike provokes N Koreans See in context

That is the trouble with dictators.....no sense of humor.

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Posted in: Ohtani begins with Angels to great fanfare, expectations See in context

The Angels are my favorite team! Best of luck to them, and to Ohtani, in the coming season!

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Posted in: No medal for 5th place Japan in team figure skating See in context

5th place in the world is still pretty darn good.

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Posted in: The tragedy of the U.S. ‘victory’ in Iraq See in context

I am perpetually reminded of how Dick Cheney, the Vice President under Bush, destroyed the CIA spy network dedicated to tracking weapons of mass destruction. They would not support his view that Iraq needed to be invaded because, he claimed, they were pursuing nuclear weapons, and the CIA said they were not.

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Posted in: Trump blocks release of Russia memo drafted by Democrats See in context

He should be impeached and thrown out of office.

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Posted in: In diabetes war, Novo Nordisk aims to break mold with new pill See in context

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170610134818.htm

A lot of research is taking place to cure diabetes. Some research suggests that both polio and diabetes are on the rise over the last 150 years in the developed world because parents think it is a good thing to prevent their children from getting dirty, when getting dirty at a very young age facilitates the acquisition of immunity to common viruses than cause polio, asthma, and diabetes. This line of research may result in a diabetes vaccine within the foreseeable future.

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Posted in: Trump says it's 'un-American' not to applaud him See in context

Applauding a man who appears to have committed treason.......that would make one complicit in treason.

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Posted in: At least a dozen U.S. sailors under investigation over drug use in Japan See in context

Drugs. There seem to be a lot of drugs, wherever one goes. The armed forces test for many types of drugs, and if the test comes up positive, there are definitely consequences. Many jobs in the Navy and USAF require technical expertise and a security clearance. Having a drug test come up positive is likely to cause one to lose the security clearance, and thus one's career (unless one works at the White House) is over. Maybe for grunts a security clearance is less necessary.

Seems to me that some of the drugs on the street these days, like meth, can cause permanent brain damage. From what I have read, LSD, on the other hand, can have beneficial effects for personality disorders. However, LSD users can also experience flashbacks at unpredictable times, which have an obvious downside if one is supposed to be responsible for complicated and dangerous machinery.

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Posted in: Authorities, families plead for elderly drivers to turn in their licenses See in context

Most places in the US do not have efficient mass transit systems. Makes it harder to decide to stop driving.

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Posted in: To make peace in the Middle East, focus first on water See in context

The Middle East is in the middle of the worst drought to hit the area in the last 900 years. However, the Israelis have come up with a cheap, efficient way to desalinate sea water. They are providing fresh water for Israel at about half the cost of the water that is shipped to Southern California from Northern California.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/israel-proves-the-desalination-era-is-here/

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Posted in: Trump praises White House aide accused of domestic abuse See in context

He claims he is innocent, and that is good enough for Cadet Bone Spurs.

But the women, the pictures, and the FBI all said he did it.

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Posted in: Trump says it's 'un-American' not to applaud him See in context

Mr. Bone Spurs is delusional.

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Posted in: Talking sex dolls fill a void in China See in context

I suppose it is inevitable.

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Posted in: Trump wants military parade in Washington See in context

The narcissist wants a parade, so that he can pretend that he is the center of the world. He should move to Moscow, and join Putin. He can pretend that the parade there is for him.

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Posted in: Toyota forecasts record net profit for full fiscal year See in context

Every where I go here in California, I see Toyota Priuses. They are a game changer, and a deserved success.

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Posted in: Trump says it's 'un-American' not to applaud him See in context

The corrupt narcissist wants adoration. He is more likely to get a prison jacket.

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Posted in: Japan turns tables on France with sake nouveau See in context

I confess to being a sake lover.

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Posted in: Brexit reinvents the Dunkirk myth See in context

I have many thoughts on the subjects of the Dunkirk evacuation and Brexit.

As for Dunkirk, its importance is hard to overstate. Almost 200,000 British troops were evacuated, and they were almost the pre-war trained troops. They became the core of the rebuilt British army. Without them, Britain would not have been able to fight on land in the Mediterranean theatre, and Rommel could have taken the Suez Canal.

The Dunkirk evacuation would not have been possible without Hitler's meddling in operations in France. He insisted on the tank forces being redirected toward Paris, instead of first eliminating the Allied pocket around Dunkirk. The German forces remaining to do the job were sufficient to defeat the Allies, but not before over 300,000 were evacuated. Of the French evacuees, most were repatriated back to France before the end of hostilities in that country, where they became prisoners and laborers of the Germans.

As for Brexit, I can't help but wonder how much effect the Russian internet trolls had in the election, as they did in the later American election. The vote to withdraw from the EU passed with 52%. Without Putin's efforts to weaken the EU, would Britain have withdrawn?

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Posted in: Parents initiating teens to drinking a bad idea: study See in context

Our parents let us have a small amount of alcohol with Sunday dinner well before we were teens. As young adults we did the typical binge drinking, but we didn't turn out as alcoholics. This study does not seem to track how the young people behaved after they became adults, which is the most important statistic.

IMO, genetics plays a big factor in whether people go on to become problem drinkers as adults. Another factor is situational. A lot of people I met who were in combat situations ended up with alcohol problems. They self medicated with alcohol during times of stress, which were pretty constant.

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Posted in: Trump says Republican memo vindicates him in Russia probe See in context

Clearly, this president is delusional. The info in the memo is a smoking gun, justifying the Russian-Trump probe. It was written by Republicans, released by the President, and shows clearly why the FISA warrants were issued......to try to get to the bottom of how much collusion there was between the Trump people, and the Putin people.

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Posted in: On trade, America can’t be first if it doesn’t compete See in context

Early during the administration of Bush#2, the Republican controlled Congress passed a bill giving tax breaks to companies in order to make it easier for them to shift production overseas, mostly to China. As long as the 1% gets their slice of the pie, what happens to American workers is of little consequence to some of them.

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Posted in: A good piece of fish needs very little to make it perfect See in context

I whole heartedly agree. The essential ingredient to a good fish dish is high quality fish.

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Posted in: Trump says Republican memo vindicates him in Russia probe See in context

The memo proves his innocence? Which memo did he read? The one I read clearly showed that the rationale for the FISA warrants, and the investigation, are based on solid evidence. What other comment should we expect, from a man who still insists that his inaugural crowd was the largest in history?

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Posted in: Trump steps up fight over Russia probe after release of FBI memo See in context

After all of his obvious and frustrating lies, Trump's comments that this memo proves his innocence are absurd. The memo clearly shows that the investigation is based on solid evidence, Republican lies to the contrary.

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Posted in: Time to limit the payoff for terrorists See in context

It is an unfortunate reality that in war, civilians are usually the principal victims. With terrorism, civilians are almost always the targets, and the victims. I do not understand the moral arguments for attacking civilians, and in fact doubt that there are any.

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