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Posted in: 1,700 UK scientists back climate science See in context

We don't dispute the link between smoking and lung cancer simply because a large number of scientists have given their informed opinions on the subject. We trust their opinions and finding implicitly without actually knowing anything about cancer ourselves. But when it comes to global warming EVERYONE'S suddenly a scientist, taking tiny fragments of the whole arguement and using that to justify their pathetic ideologies.

If a majority of global warming scientists say global warming is both happening and caused by humans, there's very little chance they're wrong.

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Posted in: Children's depression and suicide a worsening problem See in context

Suicide is cultural. Japan's problem is that it's not a rare event anymore for children to kill themselves, hence it's something that occurs to depressed children.

In SE Asian countries and Carribean countries, suicide is alien to their culture and is extremely rare. The problem is changing an entire culture.

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Posted in: Japan baseball eyes national team for money See in context

$3.3 million? That is nothing at all compared to the amount of money in professional sports. Ichiro makes that much money in 3 months. Reduce salaries by half a percent and problem solved.

Of course, Japanese baseball is dead in the water, as all the best players leave and turn the focus to US baseball. There's very little long term future.

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Posted in: Tokyo crowned new gourmet capital by Michelin See in context

Give me a spicy Indian curry over anything else. How many stars do Little India in Ikebukuro get? Personally I'd give them 4 stars out of three.

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Posted in: Obama's bow to emperor causes outrage in Washington See in context

I notice the Emperor is shaking hands, which is not a Japanese custom. But nobody in Japan cares about that. Too much partisanship, too much storm in a tiny, tiny teacup.

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Posted in: U.S. risks following Japan's example of stagnancy See in context

If the US has a long period of stagnation, I think they will have been extremely lucky. Foreign debt is expected to reach 85% of GDP within 10 years, the size of the entire military budget. At that stage (if not before), the US dollar will be sold down and the whole country become poorer and less powerful. I hope this doesn't happen but it's have to see it being prevented.

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Posted in: Obama salutes Fort Hood shooting victims See in context

Mayuki, thanks for the post. It shed some light on the situation and I now agree with you that religion was probably a factor in this particular case. However, not every Muslim murderer kills for religious reasons and I caution against over-generalisations.

I realise the guy had never been to a war zone but treating victims day after day has got to warp your morale a little.

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Posted in: Obama salutes Fort Hood shooting victims See in context

When Christians go on shooting sprees in America, their religion is not worthy of mention. But a Muslim goes nuts and it's suddenly a religious problem? I think this guy was in psychological tatters from all the trauma he'd experienced and flipped out. Not every Muslim hates America.

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Posted in: Veteran tour escort relates travelers' lack of decorum See in context

I feel sorry for the Japanese as they almost never have genuine cultural experiences while overseas. The choices seem to be group tour (bus, get off, pose for photos, bus) or independent (but they can't speak English so it's out of the question). Fear of the unknown seems to be a big factor as well.

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Posted in: Negotiators scale back U.N. climate pact ambitions See in context

What have sunspots got to do with anything? We're talking about greenhouse gases trapping heat, not sunspots.

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Posted in: Obama, House Democrats confident on health care vote See in context

You didn't make a mistake Sarge. You made two massive mistakes. You overestimated your own country's population by 30% and you were off by 12 000% in another key stat. I'd provide a long answer if I respected your intelligence but as it is, I'll just ask you a question. How does every other first world country pay for their public health system? Or don't you think America can do what Europe can?

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Posted in: Obama, House Democrats confident on health care vote See in context

And Sarge? 4% of 300 million is 12 000 000, not 400 000. You're off by a factor of 30. Lucky you're not a politician.

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Posted in: Obama, House Democrats confident on health care vote See in context

Um, Sarge...? The population of the US is 304 million, not 400 million. Seriously, you don't know the population of your own country? You're off by 96 000 000? And you expect people to be influenced by your comments after parading your gross ignorance?

Most negative comments about the health care bill seem to come solely from fear of change. "Taking away freedom"? What the hell does that mean? Freedom of access to health care is a basic human right in other rich countries. If anything, freedom is expanded, as it should be.

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Posted in: Beauties for a cause See in context

How about 'fly less' or 'eat less meat'? Not such a popular message when it's actually a sacrifice, is it? Turning off the lights - unambitious, low-hanging fruit.

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Posted in: Japan awash in fake medicines See in context

CoolCali, Dolphingirl is quoting the article so read it thoroughly before casting aspersions.

The line about people buying fake medicine does seem concocted though. "Haha, I just spent $50 on fake Viagra, haha." The humour would soon wear out.

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Posted in: Should Noriko Sakai do jail time for possession and use of stimulants? See in context

Yes, if anyone was hurt by her actions. No, if it's a victimless crime.

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Posted in: 10-year-old boy detained for torching Nagoya temple See in context

So an ancient and famous temple burning down isn't big news. Here's a thought. What if it was burnt down by a 10 year old tourist? Haha, it would be slightly bigger news then, wouldn't it?

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Posted in: 10-year-old boy detained for torching Nagoya temple See in context

Japanese Buddhists don't believe in Karma or reincarnation. They're not real Buddhists at all so you can't really apply Buddhist beliefs to this situation, eigonosensei and Altria.

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Posted in: Karzai effectively handed 2nd term as Afghan president See in context

Implicit criticism of Bush, Sarge? I never thought I'd see the day.

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Posted in: Policeman fires two shots during brawl with foreigners in Mie See in context

Thanks everyone for your hilarious and comments and thanks JT for reporting the news in such a hilarious fashion. Still laughing at the T-shirts.

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Posted in: Karzai effectively handed 2nd term as Afghan president See in context

Hasn't the US installed enough puppet dictators recently? I bet this one will turn on them just like Saddam.

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Posted in: EU can't agree on how much climate aid to give See in context

Thanks realist. I was going to trust the word of a majority of the world's scientists but your highly informed comments changed my mind. Thanks again!

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Posted in: 'I hate whale meat,' Hatoyama reportedly tells Dutch PM See in context

If you research Japanese whaling you'll find that it is only a tradition in a few villages. And of course they never used advanced technology that exists today or hunted in the Antarctic.

Also, there was no idea of "Japaneseness" before Meiji so claiming whaling is a Japanese tradition is flawed.

But frankly, the best way to stop Japanese people from eating whale would be if every stopped trying to stop them. Remove the nationalism and presto!

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Posted in: Lift-off See in context

Australia just aren't as good as they were. 15 years ago, those were good times. At least we can still play cricket...

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Posted in: Democrats roll out bill to extend health care to millions See in context

Sarge, by offering higher quality treatment (duh!). Public hospitals offer free basic treatment but if you want to jump the queue or see a doctor with lots of letters after his name, pay extra and go private.

Tens of millions of people will have the right to free health care. If Bush did this, you would be applauding from the rooftops.

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Posted in: Engage and criticize: Obama's split media strategy See in context

Yep, the media in America sucks. But it sucks everywhere and at least in the US there are enough people to make quality news viable. In Australia there's just crap - crappy newspapers and crappy TV news.

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Posted in: Obama signs defense bill with hate crimes law See in context

In most cases it will be clear if it was a hate crime or not. It's hard to be a racist or sexist and hide that away so any racist killing should be detectable and more severely punished.

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Posted in: Google puts songs a click away in search See in context

Excellent. If songs start being sold for 10 cents I might even start spending some money instead of endlessly downloading for free. Much better than the crappy dollar songs on Itunes. I would never pay that much for a single song.

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Posted in: Church of Scientology convicted of fraud in France See in context

strong beliefs in Atheism are exactly the same thing as religion. EXACTLY the same? That's going to need some explaining. But I don't believe there's an invisible, massless, undetectable elephant that follows me around everywhere. But there COULD be. The point is that once you start believing in God then there's no reason not to believe a whole lot of other nonsense as well.

Scientology is clearly a cult. It exists to make money for their shady owners by preying on people with weak minds. It's far worse than any main Christian group and should be outlawed.

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Posted in: Rugby ball See in context

Is it going to be on Japanese TV? If so, what time and channel?

Agree with the photoshopping comments. The guy on the left doesn't even have a shadow.

Moderator: WOWOW will show the game live.

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