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Posted in: Arctic could face another record hot year See in context

but it takes a moron to not believe that humans have played a major part in the dramatic climate changes we see today.

While it may be moronic to think it's all a Chinese hoax, it takes a great deal of intelligence and sifting of data to understand how big a part human activity plays in climate change. We still don't have clear models of the effect of human activity on climate. So even if we manage to reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere, we should also consider the possibility that temperatures will continue to rise.

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Posted in: Boris Johnson builds lead in race to be UK prime minister See in context

The public members of the conservative party then have a vote to elect their leader 

Images of walking sticks, hearing aids, searching for reading glasses, and frustration when they can't find Margaret Thatcher's name on the ballot paper.

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Posted in: Euthanasia law comes into effect in Australian state See in context

...including recently a 17 year old girl in Holland, who was chronically depressed after being gang-raped by men which the media does not identify.

That sad case didn't constitute assisted suicide. The girl voluntarily stopped eating and drinking in order to end her own life. Media outlets were criticized for reporting the case as euthanasia.

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Posted in: M6.7 quake strikes off northeast Japan; at least 26 injured See in context

You can get the intensity data at the link below. It reached an upper 6 in parts of Niigata.

https://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/20190618132411353-18222224.html

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Posted in: Man who shared NZ mosque shooting video gets 21 months in prison See in context

My opinion, a crime needs a specific victim or a demonstrable harm. I can't see a victim here. 

I think there are potential victims if the intent was to incite or encourage others to carry out similar acts. Most countries have laws against distributing child pornography. You could argue there is no victim from the distribution process, but if it incites people to sexual acts against children or to produce further child pornography, are such laws not sensible? So if jailing this guy dissuades others from similar incitement, is that not good?

But I agree that it's a difficult area. Someone else might distribute the same material with the intent of simply showing how horrific the crime was. We have many examples of that in the media from wartime atrocities. Or an Islamic extremist might show the footage to others to encourage hatred of non-islamic cultures.

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Posted in: Kintaikyo Bridge: One of Japan's most iconic bridges with surroundings that cater to your sweet tooth See in context

How many of you can say he/she (sorry, no its .. he or she!!) can say they had been on Kintai Kyo in 1980?

So you've never heard the story of the Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman who were on Kintai Kyo in 1980? I thought everyone knew about us.

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Posted in: Japan demands more proof from U.S. that Iran attacked tankers See in context

"Japan demands" or "Japan asks for"? There's nothing in the article that indicates Japan is demanding anything.

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Posted in: The Cultural Affairs Agency plans to issue a directive calling on public offices, media agencies and other organizations to use the surname first for Romanized Japanese names, something which Foreign Minister Taro Kono has been urging. What's your stance on this? See in context

In English, given names come first. In Japanese, family names come first.

But the issue is about romanizing names, and may not be related to any specific language. But even in English, it's normal to retain the original order for Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese names. So why not for Japanese names too?

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Posted in: Samoa bans hit Elton John biopic over gay sex scenes See in context

Why the need for so many movies these days to show any sex scenes?

Right. We had enough of that in the 1970s. We can replay them whenever we feel the need.

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Posted in: Orwell's classic '1984' turns 70 amid enduring interest See in context

@Concerned,

Your doublethink example is completely different from Orwell's concept. It's perfectly normal to see the same thing differently in different contexts. A mountain can be both a thing of beauty or just a big obstacle.

Having an opinion on something is fine. Howling down the opinion of others with no reasoning except to apply labels such as left or right or liberal or fascist seems mindless. But as they said, ignorance is strength.

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Posted in: China may restrict tech access in spiraling U.S. trade dispute See in context

but for almost 100 years the people of HK enjoyed freedom

Don't you mean the UK enjoyed freedom to rule Hong Kong as it wished? I don't recall the people of Hong Kong having any say in things prior to 1998 (unless they were rich that is).

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Posted in: In historic first, G20 weighs aging as global risk See in context

Are you pointing out that Japanese people live longer than them?

I wasn't, but it could explain the situation partly. I was making the point that a more rapid change in birth rate was responsible.

Here are some figures, but unfortunately I don't have historical data that might show which factor was more important.

Life expectancy in Japan, Spain and Portugal is 84.1, 83.5, and 81.7 respectively. The percentage of people aged over 65 is 27%, 19%, and 22%. Fertility rates (children per woman) are 1.478, 1.391 and 1.241.

Sources :

http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/total-fertility-rate/

http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/life-expectancy-by-country/

https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.POP.65UP.TO.ZS

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Posted in: China may restrict tech access in spiraling U.S. trade dispute See in context

NO MORE FREEBIES CHINA!

Then presumably, "no more cheapies America".

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Posted in: In historic first, G20 weighs aging as global risk See in context

Japan keeps on complaining about their aging population, but it’s not that unusual by global standards.

It's true that Japan's birth rate is no lower than many other developed countries, but the speed of the change has been faster, creating a higher proportion of elderly people in the population. For example, Spain and Portugal have lower birth rates than Japan, but the percentage of over-65s is higher in Japan.

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Posted in: Toyota speeds up electric vehicle schedule as demand heats up See in context

So I've always wondered why Toyota has pushed hydrogen over electric cars. 

It's an interesting point. One consideration is that battery-powered cars require on-demand electricity for charging. Hydrogen can be stored and so perhaps puts less demand (or a more manageable demand) on the electricity grid. juminRhe's idea of swappable batteries might get round that problem. Longer term, it may just be a case of which proves more efficient - battery or hydrogen fuel cell. There may be a place for both.

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Posted in: Kimigayo: A guide to Japan’s controversial national anthem See in context

The British people don't seem to ask themselves the same questions about it as the Japanese do of their anthem - "send her victorious"? Over whom?

Over any of those pesky foreigners who might give us a bit of lip, presumably.

The original version contains a verse that gives a hint of who they were. :-)

Lord grant that Marshal Wade

May by thy mighty aid

Victory bring.

May he sedition hush,

And like a torrent rush,

Rebellious Scots to crush.

God save the Queen!

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Posted in: Pretty in prison See in context

Great idea. If it helps them pay their keep and offers a service to the rest of us, that sounds good.

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Posted in: World leaders mark 75 years since D-Day on Normandy's beaches See in context

Thank God the US allowed freedom to flourish.

Right, so that many years later, African Americans got to sit in the same bus seats as others.

Sorry, bass, I picked on your comment as it was the most recent. But many comments here seem to use modern day world views to talk about events before the commenters were born. I'm guilty myself.

I was born ten years after WWII ended. I heard a lot from my parents and other family members. I got the feeling that WWI was worse - we lost more family members in the fighting apparently. I also got the feeling that no one really knew what they were fighting for in either war. It was a time when my mother told me they paid the doctor for treatment with rabbit meat. Churchill was loved by my dad but despised by my uncle. My mother also told me that the starting of the National Health Service in 1948 was a far bigger event than the war. I still can't get my head round that, but I think that's my problem. Things were different.

I mourn those who died in the war. And I recognize that many young US soldiers were among the dead. But I don't think many "gave" their lives. They had them stolen.

I'm less big on the freedom thing than allowing people to prosper. But perhaps it's the same thing.

Trump is the most dangerous American president Europe has seen

Trump may be a clown, but he has yet to prove himself as dangerous as some of his predecessors. Avoiding service in Vietnam will be seen by many as heroic. I still remember sitting at a bar in Osaka with a Vietnam vet and a guy who moved to Canada to avoid the draft. "I wasn't that brave," was what the vet said. I can't forget those words.

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Posted in: Hackers access student data at top Australian university going back 19 years See in context

It does appear to be the work of a sophisticated actor

So not one of the students. :-)

But joking aside, would a student not be the obvious thought for a possible attacker?

I work on educational data systems, and one of our biggest fears is when students are allowed access to the system. There's more of them than us, and it only needs one of them to be a genius to cause trouble.

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Posted in: Senator presses for Folau sacking probe See in context

As a fundamental agnostic, occasional drunkard and hopeful fornicator (past tense), I also think it was wrong to fire him for expressing his views of what awaits us after death. He didn't incite violence or refuse to work with those who disagree with him. If anything, he was concerned about others. Not so different from those who say I should eat quionoa.

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Posted in: Parkland school shooting documentary by Japanese filmmaker shown at NY film festival See in context

Were they COMPLETE in the story, where the “Police” that came on scene REFUSED to enter the building?

Did they "refuse"? From what I recall, they made a decision not to enter, but I don't recall them being ordered or even asked to enter the building. The wrong call perhaps, but perhaps no worse than charging straight in heroically as at least one prominent politician suggested.

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Posted in: Ex-top farm ministry official says Kawasaki attack prompted his murder of son See in context

tended to be withdrawn from social life and exhibited violent behavior

We have no details about the son's violent behavior. But if it had been towards his mother, for example, it might explain the father's actions. I'm not saying that's an excuse, but perhaps an understandable explanation. I'm not sure how I'd behave if there was someone in my house who I thought posed a threat to my family.

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Posted in: Miura invests in 'cold fusion' startup See in context

I think not refuted as a hoax so much as considered impossible by some. Others disagree. It seems the term "cold fusion" is no longer used or only used in a very limited way. The article doesn't say how much investment is involved. They may just be funding research and experiments to see if it is feasible.

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Posted in: Ex-ambassador arrested over murder of son See in context

did you just intentionally choose to miss the point?

What point was that? That a life sentence would be too little? Or that he'll probably get next to nothing. If the first, without having further details of what happened, I'd say your post was mostly pointless. If the second, I'm wondering how you arrive at that conclusion.

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Posted in: Ex-ambassador arrested over murder of son See in context

It'll be interesting to see what his sentence is.

That will probably depend on what he's charged, whether he's found guilty, and what the circumstances were.

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Posted in: Cold ramen? Yes, it’s possible, as this Tokyo restaurant proves See in context

I think cold ramen is fairly common. Usually called reimen or hiyashi chuka. What am I missing?

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Posted in: Automated train travels in wrong direction, injuring 20 in Yokohama See in context

We also have accidents when humans are in charge. Should we expect anything different from automated trains?

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Posted in: Corbyn accuses Trump of interfering in UK politics with Johnson comments See in context

"quite stupefying ignorance that makes him frankly unfit to hold the office of president of the United States"

Boris Johnson, 2015

On the premise that whatever Trump says will never come true, is this some kind of revenge? And then we have to ask who Putin really wants to be Tory leader.

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Posted in: Gov't to review parents' disciplinary right in effort to reduce child abuse See in context

You must be able to envisage the field as is in the legal sense instead of just rolling with your moral instincts before you can hope to write in the desired adjustments correctly.

I think it's possible to write vague rules into the law. Where I am, "reasonable chastisement" is allowed as a reason to physically punish a child (although there is a current plan to remove that clause). No definition is supplied, so it is left up to juries to decide. (Other areas of law have similarly vague clauses, such as "likely to deprave the morals of a minor", etc.)

I'm one of those that think a "quick slap" can occasionally be beneficial to a child. I'm also aware that not everyone will agree on what a "quick slap" entails or what "occasionally" means. I think less in terms of "reasonable chastisement" but more of "unwarranted provocation". If I go up to a stranger in the street and bawl in his or her face continuously about wanting an ice cream or wanting to go home and at the same time pulling the person's clothes or slapping them, I shouldn't be surprised if that stranger whacks me one. So how do we learn about about such social norms as young kids if having a tantrum to a stressed out parent doesn't elicit some kind of physical response if we don't stop after having been told to do so?

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Posted in: Disgruntled city employee kills 12 in Virginia; suspect also killed See in context

the perpetrator, he and he alone, let's put the emotion aside for a moment

OK. Let's assume there are mentally unstable people everywhere throughout the world, and that sometimes they will want to commit violence against others. So he (it's usually a man) looks for a weapon to use. As we've seen from two events from Japan this week, if it's a knife, it can cause death and injury. But that's nothing on the scale of carnage that a gun can cause. The easier it is to obtain a gun, the more mass killings we will see. It's just numbers, not emotion.

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