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Posted in: Adults should realize that they could spread the disease to babies and infants. I recommend that people who have prolonged or heavy coughing symptoms promptly consult a doctor. See in context

due to anti-vax nut jobs.

That may not be the case for whooping cough. The article below says vaccination rates are at their highest, in the USA at least.

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Posted in: Britain's Prince Andrew 'appalled' by Epstein abuse claims: report See in context

Koo Stark was not a porn actress, she was a nude model

Wikipedia describes her as "an American photographer and actress". We should be careful. She has successfully sued some media outlets for describing her as a "porn star".

I smile when I remember my grandmother's reaction to Prince Andrew dating her and the speculation that they would get married. "Shocking," she said, and I assumed she was referring to the porn allegations. She continued, "He shouldn't be allowed to marry an American."

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Posted in: Climate deniers get more media play than scientists: study See in context

 CO2 only makes up 400 parts per million there's no way that's a threat

As you're repeating your claims, I might as well repeat my response:

0.04 percent may sound small, but the key question is what is the likelihood of infrared radiation leaving the earth encountering a CO2 molecule. If you consider that if all the CO2 in the atmosphere were in a single layer, that layer would be over a meter thick, I think we can say that's a lot of CO2.

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Posted in: Danish MPs ridicule idea of Trump buying Greenland See in context


Being part of Denmark

But how much of a part? Over the years it has gained degrees of self-control. Denmark now only handles foreign affairs (probably significant here) and defense. Denmark also spends a lot of money on Greenland, so selling it off might be seen as removing a financial burden.

There are also 50,000 people living there with Viking history who don't want to belong to America. 

If they don't want to belong to America, fine. But shouldn't that be for them to decide?

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting elementary school girl See in context

It is offensive to victims of sexual assault me that you continue to use this mistranslation

It is apparently what the the girl said, so I'm not sure how you can call it a mistranslation without referring to the original Japanese. The article also referred to "obscene acts" and "molesting". I think we get the idea. Not nice. However, I hope she has some friends to share the story with and who will tell her not to worry and that she'll get over it rather than people who will tell her she'll be scarred for life.

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Posted in: Danish MPs ridicule idea of Trump buying Greenland See in context

Was any price mentioned?

As a great believer in a people's right to choose, I think the 50,000 citizens of Greenland should get to decide. If they all want a million dollars, that would only be 50 billion, a drop in the ocean some would say and about twice NASA'a annual budget and less than tenth of the USA's military budget. I'd be tempted. (sorry, Friday, let me know if my sums are wrong).

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Posted in: Q&A: Francis Ford Coppola on 'Apocalypse Now' 40 years later See in context

A man's film.

I never really saw it as a movie about the Vietnam war so much. It was more about the general nature of men - much like the book it was based on. Women should perhaps watch it as a warning. (Men should probably watch it as a warning too.)

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Posted in: Huawei launches own operating system to rival Android See in context

I'm having troubles understanding the logic here. How is it preferable to have your enemy spying on you?

I said "my country's enemy" not "my enemy". I think there's a difference. Would you worry more about China looking at your tax accounts or your own country doing the same?

I was joking somewhat.

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Posted in: What sort of wearable tech do you see being developed in the near future? See in context

Tells you whether a politician is lying

I don't think we need any high tech to see if their lips are moving. :-)

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Posted in: Swarovski latest luxury brand to apologize to China See in context

There's no personal preference in front of national sovereignty

Get a life!

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Posted in: Hit rewind: Sony Walkman triggers nostalgia on 40th birthday See in context

Priced at a hefty 33,000 yen --$300 in today's money

But at the time, the exchange rate was about 220 yen to the dollar, so about 150 dollars.

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Posted in: Huawei launches own operating system to rival Android See in context

The question raised about Harmony OS is whether or not it will be open source, allowing people to look for code that may be sending info back to the Chinese government.

I suspect any serious spying code would be embedded in hardware and not the OS.

But if using a Chinese OS makes it more difficult for my own government to spy on me, .... What's that old saying, the OS of my country's enemy is my friend. And so the Chinese should use Android, and Americans should use Huawei.

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Posted in: Words from A-bombed cities' mayors mirror fears of new nuke arms race See in context

You make a lot of good points, Halwick.

I agree that mutually assured destruction was a huge deterrent to all sides during the cold war. But I worry more when smaller nations obtain such weapons as I think it increases the chances of some rogue individual or group starting things off.

When nuclear weapons are abolished, they will be replaced by more effective conventional weapons AND biological and chemical weapons......weapons that nobody mentions but should be.

You're right. And we should probably include electronic weapons these days. It's hard to imagine the consequences if all of our communication systems were to be shut down.

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Posted in: Fujitsu encryption tech for biometric info provides safer authentication in open environments See in context

Palm vein authentication has been a staple in South Korea for years. Well better late than never I guess

I've read that the palm vein authentication system used at 14 domestic airports in Korea was developed by Fujitsu.

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Posted in: Woodstock generation looks back, from varied vantage points See in context

Woodstock was a three-day gig that had limited relevance to anyone outside the US who wasn't at the event

I was a 14-year old in Scotland at the time. Country Joe McDonald's song seemed very relevant to me.

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of teleworking? See in context

The cons, I think, is that you might be less communicative in business field because of lacking of the opportunity to have person to person conversation even though you have telecommunication tools

I understand the point, but I find the telecommunication tools make person-to-person conversation easier in some ways. I've been teleworking for about 20 years, and I now have friends around the world who I've never met in person, but communicate with regularly - some almost daily. In addition to work-related stuff, we share family news, make jokes, curse the boss, etc. But I guess it depends on the nature of the work.

The important thing is to make sure the camera on the computer is switched off. Then you can relax with your teeth out, unshaven, and last night's beer bottles on the table behind you.

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Posted in: The police have released the names of only 10 of the 35 people who died in last month's arson attack on a Kyoto Animation Co studio, saying that people concerned, including relatives of the deceased, have been extremely shocked by the tragic incident. However, many in the media say the names of all the victims should be released, as long as families give their consent. What do you think? See in context

However, many in the media say the names of all the victims should be released, as long as families give their consent. 

I guess most people would agree with that. What's the issue? Are "many in the media" suggesting that more than the ten related families have given their consent? If so, it would be helpful to report this.

One reason to make the names public is to avoid the difficult situation of friends and neighbors of those working at the KyoAni building not knowing whether those people were killed or seriously injured.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

Sorry for the formatting of the first quote. JT rules don't allow one of the words in the quote, I tried to add an asterisk and things went a little wonky. The bold text has no significance.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context


Your quote from Truman appears to be a single utterance, but it consists of two parts that were made more than 30 years apart. The ugly utterance was made in 1911. The words about the bomb itself were in a document that also contained these words:

*"He (Sec. of War, Simpson) and I are in accord. The target will be a purely military one and we will issue a warning statement asking the Jps to surrender and save lives. I’m sure they will not do that, but we will have given them the chance. It is certainly a good thing for the world that Hitler’s crowd or Stalin’s did not discover this atomic bomb. It seems to be the most terrible thing ever discovered, but it can be made the most useful..."

He also wrote this:

“My object is to save as many American lives as possible but I also have a human feeling for the women and children of Japan.” 

I'm not wanting to justify the dropping of the bomb. It was clearly in breach of the Geneva Convention. But then, so was so much else at that time. Robert McNamara, who helped plan the Tokyo fire bombings said this,:

"I don't fault Truman for dropping the nuclear bomb. The U.S.-Japanese war was one of the most brutal wars in all of human history: kamikaze pilots, suicide, unbelievable. What one can criticize is that the human race prior to that time and today has not really grappled with what are, I'll call it the rules of war. 

Was there a rule then that said you shouldn't bomb, shouldn't kill, shouldn't burn to death 100,000 civilians in a night? LeMay said if we'd lost the war, we'd all have been prosecuted as war criminals, and I think he's right. He, and I'd say I, were behaving as war criminals."

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Posted in: Chicago braces for rise in gun violence amid summer heat See in context

Personally I am anti-gun, and most definitely not a republican nor democrat, but stopping the sales of guns will do nothing to stop the carnage.


I agree there is no quick solution, but are there not steps that can be taken to put things on a path to fewer guns? For example, generally prohibiting the carrying of guns outside the home, but allowing the keeping of guns at home. This would allow a sense of security to those genuinely fearful, but induce the notion that just the sight of a gun in a public place is a criminal act and cause people to call the police. Criminals would have to take more care, and the borderline criminals would be less inclined to carry guns. Then take it from there.

Maybe I'm naive, but I've lived in two countries where the thought of owning a gun is far from most people's minds. The sight of a gun in public would cause an immediate response from the police. It's nice to live in such countries - not perfect but better than having guns all over the place.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven mobile payment service to end in Sept due to weak security See in context

The security exploit that was used - allowing users to choose the email address to which the reset was sent, is extremely amateur.

If that was the cause (and it seems it was), it's hard to believe. It's not exactly going to require sophisticated hackers to exploit.

has set up a team consisting of lawyers and others to look further into the cause of the problem

You have to wonder what the lawyers are going to do. Perhaps rewrite the terms and conditions so that no liability falls on the company? :-)

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Posted in: Sunbeam-sailing spacecraft deemed 'mission success' in Earth orbit See in context

We know where

Care to enlighten we ignorant folk?

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Posted in: 2 lawmakers with serious disabilities attend 1st Diet session See in context

I cannot think of any other nation where "severely disabled" citizens can enter their parliament.

You were doing well for the first three or perhaps even the first seven words.

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Posted in: 3 killed, 15 injured in shooting at California food festival; suspect dead See in context

And where is the news about the 1 guy killed and 12 injured in the Brooklyn shooting yesterday too?

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Posted in: Brexit is a 'massive economic opportunity': Johnson See in context

"Taking back control doesn't just apply to Westminster regaining sovereignty from the EU, it means our cities and counties and towns becoming more self governing," he said.

So why weren't the Tories promoting this in the past? Giving more powers to towns is possible whether in or out of the EU.

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Posted in: Japan's young eel catch in 2018-2019 falls to lowest levels on record See in context

The problem with unagi, although delicious, is that eels take 80 years to reach sexual maturity. 

I've read that for European eels, it is about 10-15years. I can't find details for Japanese eels. Is 80 years not a rare upper age for only certain species?

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Posted in: Can Japanese industries survive without nuclear power in the foreseeable future? See in context

Scotland produces double their needed supply

So why does it have two nuclear power stations?

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Posted in: Diet discusses steps for lawmakers with severe disabilities See in context

My wife and I probably said a few insensitive things today while discussing this. After all, we wouldn't let someone with cerebral palsy drive an ambulance. Is there some kind of "disability limit" that should be applied to elected office? But as we like to jest, diminished mental capacity doesn't seem to be a problem for a number of prominent politicians. But then, should someone with severe autism be allowed to serve in government? Probably not, was our initial thought, but if they are selected by a democratic process, who are we to say? And then we wondered whether their elections were contested? Who would want to stand against such candidates and use the usual nasty talk of election campaigns against the other candidates? And then I remembered the blind politician David Blunkett in the UK who taught us that it's OK to slag the disabled, as long as it's done without prejudice to their disability. The blind, the deaf, the crippled can be just as wrong as the rest of us. But what about the cost - new doorways, steps, etc. Are there limits we should apply?

The best thing is discussing these issues openly.

And finally, memories of Ian Dury and that song that was once banned on the BBC and then performed at the London Olympics with great gusto. (A pity he wasn't around to perform it.)

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Posted in: Boris Johnson chosen as Britain's next prime minister; now faces Brexit test See in context

Let's look on the bright side. He's an opportunist and will blow with the wind if he can make out he's doing the blowing. As he'll struggle to get any plan for Brexit through the House of Commons, he'll go for a second referendum with basically May's deal (with a few punctuation changes so he can call it his own) on offer along with No Deal or Remain. He won't care what the result is. He can claim he's delivering democracy. Recedite, plebes!

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Posted in: S Korean jets fire 360 rounds of warning shots at Russian warplane See in context

JASDF was nowhere to be found nor did Japan protest against Russia for invading its airspace.

According to the BBC, Japan has protested to both Russia and South Korea.

'The Japanese government has lodged a complaint against South Korea and Russia. 

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said: "In light of Japan's stance regarding sovereignty over Takeshima, the South Korean military aircraft's having carried out warning shots is totally unacceptable and extremely regrettable."'

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