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Posted in: Matt Gaetz elopes to California, marries girlfriend See in context

Luckey, 26, is from Southern California

That old?

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Posted in: Which is more popular in Japan: British English or American English? See in context

The reasons given for preferring to study US English are mostly logical and fact-based, while the reasons for preferring UK English are emotional and feelings-based.

That's certainly correct in terms of the examples given, but those who gave those answers may not have been correct.

"British" English is spoken very widely - that's the standard taught in European schools, and also in the ex-colonies.


This map shows which countries teach American English - overall, very few. Internationally, British English is the version you are most likely to come into contact with.

However, it doesn't matter too much - you'll be understood whatever version you speak.

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Posted in: University students attending virtual classes struggle with isolation See in context

My daughter started at senior high in April and is in a girls-only dorm. The common room has been closed for over a year now, the kids are not allowed to talk in the corridors

The whole situation sounds terrible. COVID has brought out extremists at both end - the anti-vax crowd, but also those who crave power over the lives of others.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,074 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,492 See in context

Let the people see whats happening in real time. Otherwise mis-information makes everyone confused.

@Rob - yet you post data without any source, (age, pre-existing conditions, vaccination status), and then ask for that data to be issued, suggesting that you don't actually have the data after all.

It would appear to be you that is sharing misinformation.

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Posted in: Elon Musk says Tesla's robot will make physical work a 'choice' See in context

After 1984 which became a reality in 2020-2021 with the rise of Authoritarian/Owerllian states, w

Are you one of those who equates being asked to wear a mask oni a pandemic to 1984?

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Posted in: Do you respect anti-vaxxers' stance? See in context

Yes, surprisingly, there are anti-vaxxers in Japan. I was surprised to see an anti-vaccination demonstration in front of Shinjuku station on Sunday. I didn't see it reported on the news. There were probably 50 people.

It's quite big - anti-vaxxers got the HPV (cervical cancer) vaccination withdrawn, that will lead to lots of deaths and infertility.

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Posted in: New Zealand says it has solved COVID outbreak puzzle See in context

What an hysteric woman. She is crazy.

Classic language. The sentence emphasizes that she is a woman, but then inserts the word "hysteric" because we know women are famously prone to suffering bouts of "hysteria" - it's why they shouldn't have positions of responsibility, right?

In the language of the reactionary right, a female who does something is an "hysterical woman". For a man, it's a "decisive action".

She can say that she has help save thousands of lives over the past year and allowed New Zealanders to live almost normal lives while the rest of the world had lockdowns.

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Posted in: Images of women vandalized as Kabul faces up to Taliban rule See in context

In a comment under yesterday's story on women's rights under the Taliban I read the following comment:

Apparently many people in Afghanistan reject gender study symposiums, or the idea that men can become pregnant.

It seems that allowing women to show their faces in public is just the thin edge of the wedge to the horrors of a gender study symposium.

I noticed something of a shift from a number of alt-right posters to being somewhat more sympathetic to the Taliban.

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Posted in: New Zealand says it has solved COVID outbreak puzzle See in context

What ridiculous hubris. That woman is an embarrassement to NZ.

Total deaths from COVID-19 on NZ are 26, it 5 per million. If the country has been on a par with others, there would have been about ten thousand.

It's saving teen thousand lives and embarrassment? Is living for fifteen months a failure?

How many other countries have achieved the success of "that woman"?

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Posted in: 6 dead, including suspected shooter, in British city of Plymouth See in context

I thought they had strict gun control in the U.K.

Very much so. To get a legally owned weapon you need to get a licence and go through police checks.

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Posted in: Robots are coming for the lawyers – great for anyone in need of cheap legal assistance See in context

Legal work such as described in this article will be outsourced to other countries on a larger scale before AI replaces the human element.

Not necessarily. The AI technology is advancing rapidly.

Even if you outsource some of the heavy lifting of legal work, you can't outsource responsibility and client confidentiality will mean that you can't share it with other companies.

You can set up an offshore service centre, and many large firms do this already to bring down the cost of delivering client projects.

But good luck in finding a cheap offshore location to analyse Japanese case law.

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Posted in: Robots are coming for the lawyers – great for anyone in need of cheap legal assistance See in context

Lawyers, then accountants.. Ironically, it is the the occupations that need significant interaction in the physical world that are the hardest to automate, like truck drivers, delivery.

Given how far self-drive technology has come, I think drivers are going to be high on the at-risk list.

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Posted in: U.N. report: Earth warming likely to pass limit set by leaders See in context

As for the IPCC reports I did read one fully and was not convinced at all.

@Nator - you didn't mention your qualifications in climate science. Are you a leading climate scientist?

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Posted in: Yosozumi wins another skateboarding gold for Japan See in context

I think the goal is appealing to the younger generation tired of the same old sports.

Given that events like synchronised swimming and softball are in the Olympics, I can hardly see why anyone can object to skateboarding. And many established events, such as gymnastics and diving are judged on skill and artistic quality. There is no objective difference between them and skateboarding.

And as for new events, snowboarding was added to the winter Olympics, the snow equivalent of the skateboard.

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Posted in: Yosozumi wins another skateboarding gold for Japan See in context

Minimum age of 18 for all competitors, please.

It is all getting a touch ridiculous. And what 'sports' are coming in Paris- breakdancing?

What's so special about 18? Are you looking for a way to exclude the best competitors? And are you also seeking a way so that some of the world's greatest athletes are nearly 22 before they can compete at their first Olympics?

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Posted in: Yosozumi wins another skateboarding gold for Japan See in context

This is just my opinion but kids winning gold medals in Olympics just brings down the integrity and value of medals! Just reflects that even kids can win Olympic medals so it’s not a big thing! Maybe there should be a different Olympics called the Children’s Olympics or something

The fact that you can't beat a child at an athletic event says nothing about the competitors themseleves. It is just sour grapes from those not capable enough to best them.

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Posted in: Sega closing iconic Tokyo arcade that’s been in business for almost 30 years See in context

Sad. I used to love arcades back a couple of decades. And then they began to whither into purikura venues.

I never been one to spend hours over a game at home, but a few hundred yen killing zombies or driving a racing car in a the arcade did me fine.

They're all gone now. A lot of them still stand empty.

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Posted in: Graham 1st vaccinated senator to test positive for COVID-19 See in context

6 months ago, the Pharmaceutical were promising us 97% efficacy with just 1 shot.

I don't recollect this. It was always much lower. But do carry on with your misinformation.

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Posted in: Biden to launch vaccine push for millions of federal workers See in context

I was expecting a story about the January 6 commission. Strangely absent

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Posted in: Players, coaches criticize IOC for dropping softball for 2024 See in context

I hope they do the same for skateboarding. It was not that great and most of the athletes are not really professional like other athletes!

I guess you never heard of the amateur ethos of the Olympic games.

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Posted in: Players, coaches criticize IOC for dropping softball for 2024 See in context

@spitfire Baseball is a lot more popular then cricket and cricket is a terrible sport.

Totally incorrect. Cricket has far more players around the world than baseball. It is the world's number 2 team sport.

How's the international Baseball world cup doing? Is there one? It's basically a game played in the USA. to a serious level. Even Japan can only manage to rustle up 12 professional baseball teams. One for every ten million people. Lol.

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Posted in: Players, coaches criticize IOC for dropping softball for 2024 See in context

It’s a worldwide sport. It’s played really well in multiple continents and areas of the world,”

Softball is a joke sport. Netball has more of a case to be in the games than softball

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Posted in: Gov't alcohol ban blunder shows limits in anti-virus measures See in context

I'm impressed that the Japanese are doing more to ignore the snake oil unscientific approach than Western countries https://academic.oup.com/cesifo/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cesifo/ifab003/6199605

Plenty of research has different conclusions:



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Posted in: Man given religiously forbidden food at Nagoya immigration center See in context

Given the description in the story, I presume that the miso soup contained ebi. I expect that he was put on the vegetarian option diet (this is normally the default option when dealing with Muslims), but the soup got in by mistake.

I have actually discussed with Muslim friends about travelling to Japan in holiday and normally advise against it if they are strict. To eat widely and avoid food that has not been near mirin, prawn, or meat stock of pork or non halal meat is very hard. Vegetarians have a hard enough time living in Japan.

Personally I dislike religion and the shadow that iron age Mediterranean and desert cultures still have on humanity, but you have to respect it.

But what I do see above is a frankly unpleasant glee among some posters at seeing a Muslim being served food that runs counter to their religious beliefs.

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Posted in: 'I can die': Medvedev survives extreme heat at Tokyo Games See in context

It would pay for these Euro guys to do their research before they come, and not try to hold other people responsible for the weather.

Perhaps her made the mistake of trusting the Japanese authorities who claimed that the weather was suitable for paying sports in July.

It probably would be easier if it were officially recognised that the Japanese authorities tell lies that could cause the death of elite athletes. After all, honesty is not always a priority in Japan.

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Posted in: Olympic broadcasters curb sexual images of female athletes See in context

US women's beach volleyball team doesn't seem to have a problem wearing bikinis.

Yet the men wear shorts...are men not affected by sand in the same way?

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Posted in: Olympic broadcasters curb sexual images of female athletes See in context

Advice includes “do not focus unnecessarily on looks, clothing or intimate body parts” and reframing or deleting a “wardrobe malfunction ... to respect the integrity of the athlete.”

Precisely. No one wants to see a camel toe.

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Posted in: Sebastian Coe backs reviewing marijuana rules in doping See in context

It's not a performance enhancing drug so shouldn't be on the list of banned drugs. Its legality or otherwise makes no difference - if Saudi Arabia ever get the Olympics hardly anyone who has had a sip of alcohol would be allowed to participate.

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Posted in: Algerian judoka to be sent home after refusing potential bout with Israeli See in context

He's basically being punished for a thought crime. 

If he went to the Olympics not prepared to compete against all other competitors, he should not have taken a place on the team. There would have been plenty of others prepared to take his place.

If he was really consistent, he would boycott all Chinese competitors because if its occupation of Tibet, but no, he is focused on one particular country.

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Posted in: Lawson Japan serves up carbs on carbs with their new French Fry Bread See in context

Whether it's chip butty or yakisoba on plain unhealthy white bread, no, no and NO!

Just try it

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