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Posted in: Trump, in new dig, mocks N Korean leader as 'Rocket Man' See in context

Its the Lemon Tart vs. Rocket Man. Neither of them is qualified to lead a nation, and neither of them will leave power voluntarily.

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Posted in: Preparing to live sustainably alongside increasing natural risks See in context

Hurricanes have described as heat engines; they take the heat energy of the oceans and move it to the upper atmosphere. As the oceans heat up, there will inevitably be more and worse hurricanes.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/hurricanes-facts-storms-weather-science/

Meanwhile, one world leader denies that climate change is real, and wants to take the USA out of the Paris Climate Accord, thus guaranteeing that not enough will be done to lessen the destruction and death from hurricanes.

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Posted in: Any lice with that salmon? Parasite plagues global industry See in context

I like the idea of breeding them alongside mussels and a type of "cleaner" fish.......no chemicals used.

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Posted in: Tattoo ink can seep deep into the body: study See in context

As recently as 200 years ago, the average lifespan was less than 40 years. With people living longer, there is a need to be concerned about needless exposure to toxic chemicals and minerals.

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Posted in: Tokyo capsule hotel’s low month-long rates are an awesome way to sample life in Japan’s capital See in context

Good to know, but would give me a case of claustrophobia. I think this is one of those things that highlights differences in cultures. Nothing good or bad, just different. OK for an emergency.

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Posted in: Japan urges world to unite on N Korea after latest missile See in context

Not sure if it would be productive, but the US and its allies are perfectly capable of returning the favor. Perhaps they would find it entertaining to watch a few dozen missiles impact the ocean on either side of NK?

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Posted in: Coal's problem is not climate change See in context

I regret that it is even necessary to have this discussion. Even natural gas is cheaper than coal, with half the pollution. The cost of solar has come down so far as to be competitive with coal. Already in the US many, many more people are employed in the renewable energy industry than are employed by coal companies.

BTW, we installed solar panels on our roof this past spring, and our electricity costs have plummeted. Hooray!

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Posted in: Cancer immunotherapy proves itself in earlier-stage disease See in context

This is big, big news.

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Posted in: 13% of fatal traffic accidents between 2012 and 2016 occurred during twilight hours: survey See in context

From one hour before sunset to one hour after is two hours in total. That is 8 1/3% of the total number of hours in the day. Given that there is very little traffic on the roads from, say, 2200 to 0430, it is probably safe to say that the percentage of fatalities during the two hours mentioned in the article is not too different from the percentage of traffic on the road during those hours. For instance, two divided by 17.5, the number of hours from 0430 to 2200, yields a result of just under 11%.

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Posted in: Japan protests after N Korea fires missile over Hokkaido See in context

Kim is playing with fire. Does he have a death wish?

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Posted in: New exhibition in Tokyo focuses on Japanese 'comfort women' See in context

No historical issue should be ignored. As the saying goes, those who ignore history, are doomed to repeat it.

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Posted in: Trump ends 'Dreamer' immigration program; places onus on Congress See in context

This is what happens when an incompetent, corrupt, con man gets sworn in as President. God help us all.

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Posted in: Trump expected to scrap protection for 'Dreamers' program See in context

I am aware that Japan does things differently. But Japan has a much smaller immigrant population. Over here there are close to million young people who were brought here as babies or very small children, who are good members of society, and who are not able to go back to the countries from which they came without causing them great harm. Much less harm is done by letting them have a practical path to citizenship, than is done by sending them to countries where in many cases they do not speak the language and for which they are very much unprepared. Not only is it cruel to the young people, but in most cases these young people would make model citizens, so making it easier for them to become citizens is a win-win situation.

The only problem is with the unthinking racists who hate all minorities. I am reminded that Trump's own father was arrested for violent behavior at a KKK rally.

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Posted in: Parents find older babies sleep better in their own room See in context

IMO, babies differ. Our youngest would consistently climb out of her own bed, come into our room, and crawl into bed with us, until she was about three, or two and a half. Putting her crib in the same room with her sisters was good for us, but made it more difficult for her sisters to get a good night's sleep. So, IMO, some babies need to be allowed to sleep in their parents' room, because they want to.

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Posted in: Japan's salarymen unable to deal with unexpected See in context

The inability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances is not something that is unique to any one culture.

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Posted in: Qantas to base 4 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in Brisbane See in context

I remember flying across the Atlantic Ocean in a propeller driven commercial passenger plane (very, very noisy, and took a long time). My Finnish grandfather came to America in the 1800s on a sailing ship. Now we can fly in comfort (hopefully), nonstop, all the way across the Pacific Ocean, with wi-fi for our gadgets. How times change.

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Posted in: Trump's options on North Korea going from bad to worse See in context

North Korea is not a threat to the US. If he used nuclear weapons against Guam or any other US territory or state, he should expect an immediate nuclear response. The "mutually assured destruction" that prevented the Cold War from turning hot is in the case of NK not even mutual. Only one side would be totally destroyed.

However, the first and most important voice in the matter of dealing with NK should be from the South Koreans, who have the most to lose from a war, and who have stated that they do not want a military option at this time. Trump's refusal to listen to South Korea is frustrating. Also, the Japanese, who have much more to lose than the US from a NK nuclear strike, should be listened to very closely in this matter. The bottom line is that the US has up to now guaranteed the safety of SK and Japan. Perhaps it is time for China and Russia to join the other powers in the region in telling NK that its current policy is not what is wanted. While the destruction of NK in the event they start a nuclear war is 100% guaranteed, no one wants to see a war start at all, except perhaps Trump.

Regarding Trump, how much of a businessman is he, really? Without the many hundreds of millions of dollars that Putin has funneled into Trump's bank accounts since 2004, Trump would be broke. He is not only an incompetent businessman, he is corrupt, and a traitor. Putin has even funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into Kushner's bank accounts, so there is no reason to expect him to act as a balancing power to his father-in-law.

A modern aircraft carrier costs many billions of dollars, but for much less than the price of a single carrier, Putin has succeeded in completely undermining the American government. A very smart investment by Putin, with terrible consequences for the world. Trump has pulled the US from the Paris climate accords, threatens to destroy the American medical system, wants to weaken progressive taxation even more, and now talks about starting another pre-emptive war, one that may kill tens of millions of people.

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Posted in: In dispute over statues, where do you draw the line? See in context

Tough question, who deserves to have a statue erected and maintained for them? Trump has stated that if one removes statues of people who fought for the right to torture and enslave other people, then we also have to remove the statues of people who fought a war to make America independent of Britain. Could it be? Could Trump be wrong? What a novel idea. Who would think that such a wise and honest leader could ever be wrong?

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Posted in: Trump defends response to Charlottesville violence; hints at pardon for Arizona sheriff See in context

Convicted criminal Arpaio has been pardoned by Trump, before he ever served on day of his six month sentence. Traditionally, except in very rare and high profile cases, such as with Nixon, criminals are not pardoned by a president until they have served at least 5 years of their sentence.

It was a vagary of the US Constitution that allowed Trump to become President, although he got millions fewer votes that the other candidate.

It is also a vagary of the US Constitution that a sitting president can be removed from office by Congress, without any charges of a crime being brought against him. If a majority of the House of Representatives starts impeachment proceedings, and if 2/3rds of the Senate vote to remove him from office, he is no longer president. I think the time has come to remove him from office.

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Posted in: The threat to internet freedom in Trump’s America See in context

I truly hope that Trump is soon removed from office by Congress.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy collisions a propaganda windfall for China See in context

Is it a coincidence that so many accidents involving US Navy ships have recently occurred in Asian waters? One or two incidents seemed possible, but now that there have been four, my suspicions of foul play are raised. The USN should investigate whether the computerized navigation systems on their ships have been compromised.

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Posted in: High school boy in critical condition after 'penalty' run in heat See in context

There was a young man who died at the high school that I attended, many moons ago. He was training for the cross-country running team, and he ran until he dropped. He suffered kidney failure. So far as I am aware, he was not running because he was forced to. Doubtless he should have drank more water, and in hindsight, he shouldn't have been running at all in the high heat of that summer day.

I was reading an account of a battle that took place in the summer. Accounts were that many of the combatants died because they refused to stop long enough to find water to drink. I think that sometimes we use our minds to control our bodies in ways that may be commendable in the short term, but which can have disastrous consequences in the long term.

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Posted in: Bannon's departure may harm U.S. foreign policy See in context

Bannon tried to get Trump to privatize the Afghanistan war. For $10 billion US per year, the brother of the incompetent Education Secretary, and the founder of Blackwater, the infamous mercenaries who killed so many civilians in Iraq, offered to take over the running of that war, so that US and other NATO soldiers might go home. The idea of starting wars, so that private contractors might then step in and make a profit, is disgusting, and Bannon is in favor of it.

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Posted in: Civil war lessons often depend on where the classroom is See in context

The war, in the South, is often referred to as The Northern War of Aggression, despite the fact that Southern forces ignited the conflagration by attacking Fort Sumter in South Carolina. If hotheads in The South had been able to refrain from attacking Northern forces, the whole war could have been avoided. Up until that incident, Lincoln was not ready to go to war.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy relieves Seventh Fleet commander after collisions in Asia See in context

Here's an idea, admittedly with no evidence to back it up....

Modern American warships are heavily computerized. Could 4 episodes in a fairly short amount of time, on 4 different ships, be an indication that something or someone has found a way to interfere with the onboard electronics, especially the navigation systems?

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Posted in: Paris tourism group reports 10-year high for hotel stays See in context

Paris is a great place, been there myself. Meanwhile, tourism in The States is down, because of the crazy man in the White House, and his racist rants.

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Posted in: 4 accidents, 2 deadly, raise questions about U.S. Navy operations See in context

With this many "accidents" happening, I wonder if something untoward is going on. With today's reliance on AI, the internet, and GPS, could an outside party be sabotaging the navigation systems of these ships?

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Posted in: Trump to send more troops to Afghanistan as part of new strategy See in context

".......as part of new strategy." The only thing new about this strategy is that it is 180 degrees opposite of what he said he would do. Come to think of it, that isn't new, either.

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Posted in: Trump to lay out U.S. strategy for Afghanistan on Monday night See in context

We can expect another insane speech from Trump on Monday? When will it end? Be afraid, be very afraid.

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Posted in: GOP doubts and anxieties about Trump burst into the open See in context

Still, although most Republicans repudiate his words, they draw the line at saying his name at the same time. They know that if they say his name while criticizing him, he will attack them on twitter, and then encourage someone more to the right to run against them in the next primary. The Republicans have been systematically gerrymandering every state that they control, which gives outsized power to the radical right within the gerrymandered districts. They are stuck between a rock and a hard place. If they stop gerrymandering, they will lose control of the House of Representatives during Presidential election years, when Democrats traditionally come out to vote in higher numbers than Republicans, but because of gerrymandering the far-right is able to throw out moderates from office during primaries, and to then get their candidates elected. Without gerrymandering the far-right candidates would stand less chance of getting elected in the general elections, when moderate Republicans would have a better chance of getting Democratic votes. Profiles in Courage, it is not.

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