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Posted in: Four climbers found dead on Everest See in context

I find it fascinating that some people, mostly sherpas (?), are able to reach the summit without using bottled oxygen. It is a well known fact that many people will lose consciousness at half the height of Everest, unless they have supplemental oxygen.

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Posted in: 2 more nuclear reactors in Japan clear regulator's safety review See in context

Just from looking at the picture one can tell that this nuclear facility is on the ocean, and it looks like a 9 meter tidal wave like the one that struck at Fukushima would completely destroy this facility, as well.

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Posted in: Email fraud targeting elderly bilks Y40 billion a year ... and it's rising See in context

Sad. Nice people being scammed by professionals. Reminds me of what happened in the American Presidential election.

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Posted in: Lawmakers want Trump to explain giving intelligence to Russia See in context

The real question on the minds of Congressional Republicans?

"How can I get my hands on some of that Russian money?"

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Posted in: Scientists to test whether Zika can kill brain cancer cells See in context

The pace of medical advance is truly amazing.

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Posted in: With hopes for peace uncertain, Trump heads to Israel See in context

....and maybe Trump really is as dumb as he seems.

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Posted in: Constitution debate in new stage as Abe puts Article 9 on agenda See in context

I am curious as to how this will all play out. IMO, it boils down to, do the Japanese trust themselves to renounce and fight off unbridled right-wing nationalism, or do they still consider themselves susceptible to rabid patriotism?

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Posted in: Trump revealed classified info to Lavrov at White House: officials See in context

Putin's Pansy gave Putin's representatives classified information. Who would have thunk it.

Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans, instead of caring about Trump's treason, are more concerned about getting some of Putin's money for themselves. "Hey boys! The line to sell out America forms over here!"

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Posted in: Milestone in quest to make blood cells See in context

An amazing medical advance!

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Posted in: Trump facing a crisis he can't manage with tweet or taunt See in context

At this moment, the American Idiot-in-Chief is lecturing Middle Eastern leaders about Islam. So what's on the schedule for tomorrow? Will the Saudi leader come to the UN and give a lecture to Western leaders about Christianity? Is Trump going to give a lecture in Israel about Judaism? Someone needs to put a sock in this guy's mouth.

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Posted in: Lawmakers want Trump to explain giving intelligence to Russia See in context

After reading the Washington Post report that Ryan and McCarthy knew that Trump was on Russia's payroll even before he got the Republican nomination, and decided to cover it up, I am left wondering if Republicans in Congress are really all of that upset about Trump's treason, or if they are more upset that they aren't getting any of the big bucks from Comrade Putin.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.982508c30f4c

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Posted in: Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia as troubles mount at home See in context

Get out the popcorn, and enjoy the show. One can only imagine what idiocies he will commit in the next nine days.

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Posted in: Controversy aside, GOP sticking with Trump See in context

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.d1f2726aec27

The Washington Post obtained a tape of McCarthy and Ryan, the number two and number one ranking Republicans in the House of Representatives, discussing Trumps traitorous behavior vis-a-vis the Russians, in June, 2016. When asked about that June, 2016 discussian, both men denied that the conversation ever took place. When then told that the Washington Post had their conversation on tape, both men reversed their statements, and said that they were only joking.

It is looking more and more like Republicans in Congress know full well what Trump has been up to, but they just don't care.

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Posted in: Walking linked to improved brain function See in context

Good to know.

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Posted in: Lawmakers want Trump to explain giving intelligence to Russia See in context

Why did he give highly classified information to the people who have given him over $100 million?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.a5e415970747

Before Chump even got the GOP nomination, top Republicans were discussing the problem that Putin was financing Chump's campaign, and his failing real estate business. When a Washington Post reporter recently interviewed Paul Ryan and McCarthy about the conversation, they both vehemently denied that it ever took place. When the the Washington Post reporter then offered to play a recording of their discussion from last summer, they laughed and said they were just kidding about it never having happened.

There is a lot going on behind the scenes, and it is mostly very damaging to both our democracy, and to the body politic of the free world. We are now putting our hopes for a democracy in the hands of just one person, a special prosecutor. It is obvious that most of the Republicans in Congress are not interested in protecting our country. Here's hoping the special prosecutor is up to the job.

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Posted in: Contradictions by Trump create credibility gap for aides See in context

We have Chump attacking America from inside the White House, and Congressional Republicans don't care as long as they get to choose a Supreme Court Justice, take health care away from more than 24 million people, and are successful in rewriting the budget so as to transfer another trillion or two in tax cuts to the super wealthy.

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Posted in: Embroiled in controversies, Trump seeks boost on foreign trip See in context

I'm waiting for Chump to seek asylum in Russia, next time he travels there.

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Posted in: Trump revealed classified info to Lavrov at White House: officials See in context

The Idiot-in-Chief's national security advisor, McMaster, said: "I was in the room. It didn't happen."

And then, just a few hours later, Trump took to twitter to justify his actions, and thus admitting that "it" did indeed happen.

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Posted in: Australia to drug test unemployed in trial welfare crackdown See in context

To be fair, they should also do drug testing on all politicians, and refuse to pay any who test positive for illegal drugs.

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Posted in: Trump fires FBI Director James Comey See in context

NBC has already shown, with public records, how Russians gave Trump over 100 million dollars, and maybe much more than that, through highly bogus real estate deals.

Yates, acting head of the Dept. of Justice, goes to the White House to warn them about a possible spy in their midst, and she is fired.

Comey asks the man who Trump replaced Yates with for more money for the Trump/Russia investigation, and Trump tells the fellow to come up with reasons that he can use to fire Comey.

Like with Nixon, Trump may be brought down by his misconduct in trying to avoid an investigation. At this point, he probably figures he has nothing to lose by getting caught trying to avoid an investigation, because if the investigation goes forward, he might lose everything.

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Posted in: Both guys, girls go for Japan's lifelike silicon companions See in context

Whatever the mind of man can imagine, technology can eventually create. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing.

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Posted in: S Korea's new president willing to visit North See in context

Wishing the people of Korea peaceful and prosperous times ahead.

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Posted in: Japanese-American YouTube couple discuss marital arguments, culture clash See in context

I have traveled to about 20 other countries, and I enjoy the different cultures. IMO, it helps to go with a positive attitude. One should be open to enjoying new and different ways of looking at the world, even if everyone everywhere still share things like love for their parents and children. It helps to have a sense of humor, and patience, and to experience a joy of life.

Never been to the Orient myself, but my mother went on a tour of Japan, and came back raving about what a good time she had.

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Posted in: U.S. can no longer sustain huge trade deficit with Japan: Ross See in context

Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, one of the main American news outlets, has demonstrated how Russians funneled over $100 million to Trump through bogus real estate deals. This information publicly available, although the exact amount of money paid to Trump in land deals outside the USA is not available. What do the Russians get for all of that money? Trump is worsening relations with our allies, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Canada, et. al., and cozying up to murderers and dictators all around the world. Putin is getting his money's worth. Meanwhile, the American FBI can do no better than investigate Hillary's aide's husband's emails.

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Posted in: Solar plant starts operation in Aichi See in context

This is a pretty small solar plant, but is very interesting none the less. On a piece of land that is not being used, the site of a former gas terminal, solar panels, enough to power maybe 200 homes, have been installed. Also, parking lot structures, and roof tops, are examples of places where panels can be installed. I am not familiar with the use of land in Japan, but I imagine that most flat land is in need as farmland. Previously on this web site an article was published showing solar panels floating on a water reservoir in Japan, another smart use of space.

We recently had solar panels installed on our rooftop. Ten panels have a theoretical capacity of 3.25 kWh, and produce enough electricity to offset all of our electrical use for one year. We estimate that we will get our investment back within 8 to 10 years, a rate of return higher than bank interest rates, and the life of the panels may be as long as 35 years, roughly the life of the roof tiles. In addition, the panels are mounted a few inches above the tiles, providing cooling to the roof during the hot summers here in the American Southwest.

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Posted in: U.S. can no longer sustain huge trade deficit with Japan: Ross See in context

It has been demonstrated that most of the products which Trump sells are made overseas, so I guess that means he is not serious about this Buy American campaign.

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Posted in: New world, new policy: Buy American, hire American See in context

In my personal experience, there are not enough trained/educated Americans to do the jobs that require skills, to keep the economy going. Three anecdotes:

1.) at the package delivery company where I used to work (the largest in the USA), the majority of vehicle and building mechanics were men who had learned their trade in their home countries, mostly Mexico, but not only Mexico, then legally came here to work for better wages and fringe benefits. Without those immigrant skilled workers, that package delivery company would have to close its doors. There are not enough native born Americans who are competent mechanics to fill the need.

2.) I talked to the two ATT workers who installed high speed internet cable in our neighborhood, and to our house. The youngest of them was an immigrant from Belize, a country in central America which had formerly been a British colony. The people of Belize speak English, and this young man had learned how to work on telephone lines and high-speed cable in his native country. He told me that although he had been in this country for less than six months, he had been hired by ATT to do a job which started off at $100,000 dollars per year. There are not enough Americans with the skills to install and maintain our high-speed internet lines. BTW, the other man working with him was a much older American, getting ready to retire, making $160,000 per year.

3.) We had a fairly big plumbing job done at our house a few years ago, but still during the economic downturn. We used a reputable local company. The company was owned by an American who was getting ready to retire. The younger man who was taking over the company - buying it from the retiring American - was a well spoken, highly trained, legal immigrant from Mexico. He had several men working for his company, under his direct supervision, and they did good work, for which we paid the going rates. We had earlier hired a company with just Americans, but one of them turned out to be a drug addict who did bad work and who stole from us. The Mexican immigrant told us that even in the economic downturn he was so busy that he was turning down work. His men were working all the hours they possibly could, even as other men were complaining that there were no jobs to be had.

My point is that many people here in the States want a job, but many of those same people have neither the skills to do the jobs that need to be done, nor the desire to do those jobs. Are there abuses in the H1B program? Probably, but the programs to train Americans to do jobs requiring skills have mostly been shut down by the various Republican administrations, in order to save tax money for the 1%, and we are left with the need to bring in trained immigrants.

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Posted in: Trump would be 'honored' to meet N Korea's Kim, if conditions right See in context

As in the vote for president, most Americans would be happy if the mobile fact-free zone were not their president.

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Posted in: Trump would be 'honored' to meet N Korea's Kim, if conditions right See in context

To expect good things from a crazy, incompetent, corrupt con man is the definition of insane.

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Posted in: Effective governance key to improving the quality of Asia-Pacific economic growth See in context

One could argue that effective governance is the key to almost everything, almost everywhere.

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