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Posted in: Man arrested over 9-year-old stepson's murder See in context

Evolutionary Psychologists have known for a few hundred years that stepparents don't have as much vested interest in seeing the child of another man or woman succeed versus primary progeny. Research has been done on it. Satoshi Kanazawa put an article out about it in 2011.

This is called the 'Cinderella Effect'.

'Stepchildren, those who live with a stepparent (usually, a stepfather), are anywhere from 40 to 100 times as likely to be murdered or maimed as those who live with two biological parents in the household.'

'Parental love for children is evolutionarily conditional on the children’s ability to increase the parents’ reproductive success. Stepchildren do not carry any of the genes of the stepparents, so there is absolutely no evolutionary reason for stepparents to love, care for and invest in their stepchildren. Worse yet, any resources invested in stepchildren take away from investment that the stepparents could make in their own genetic children. So, in the cold, heartless calculus of evolutionary logic, it makes perfect sense for the stepfather to kill his stepchildren, so that his mate (the mother of the stepchildren) will only invest in their joint children, children whom the stepfather has had with the mother and who carry his genes. Only they can increase the stepfather’s reproductive success.

Daly and Wilson call this process “discriminative parental solicitude.” It’s just an academic way of saying that parents play favorites. Parental love for children is not unconditional, and is proportionate to the children’s expected reproductive success, which in turn increases the parents’ reproductive success. The higher the expected reproductive success of the children, the more the parents love them and invest in them. This is why parents always (but usually unknowingly) favor physically more attractive, healthier, and more intelligent children over physically less attractive, sicklier, and less intelligent children. And since stepchildren, no matter how attractive or intelligent, can never contribute to the reproductive success of the stepparents, there is absolutely no evolutionary reason for stepparents to love and care for them.'

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/201101/why-are-stepparents-more-likely-kill-their-children

If grandparents, sisters, brothers or cousins live in the same house it reduces the chance of the step-parents chance to do anything to the step-child only because there are more people around. But that's not saying much when it comes to people that are jealous or have mental health problems that aren't being addressed.

Someone said something like 'these are real people we are talking about and not some movie' and there are there are probably millions of examples of this issue that people don't talk about or never hear about. Reality is pretty shitty. There are lot that people tend to look away from when it comes to humanity and it's genetic tendencies. There are alot of people that deem themselves saints when really they are just as likely to commit atrocities under the right circumstances.

So if you happen to be a friend, neighbor, or relative. Keep tabs on these children. That is why we keep seeing kids being killed without anyone saying or doing anything to prevent it. Make it your business and don't ignore kids that need help.

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Posted in: Abe says ASDF may evolve into 'Air and Space SDF' See in context

I don't see any problem with them adding Space to the name. I mean it fits the Japanese aesthetic of tech advancement. Regan had space defense satellite plans in the 80s and nobody batted an idea the idea. They probably already have defense sats up there that nobody even knows about. So what if Trump brought it up it wasn't even his idea in the first place. America abandoned space exploration for no reason and now its being used to get people to stop being stuck in the idea we are going to stay here forever. One day you may need space defense and if they waited until they needed it then you would cry they weren't prepared. As long as they are producing results it should matter. If they are only doing it to siphon money then you should have a problem.

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Posted in: Hog cholera infection detected at Japanese agriculture lab See in context

These types of outbreaks either came from wild boars infecting the hogs or someone intentionally infected them. Once the sows are infected their offspring is also infected. They will have to cull them and they would have to hunt all of the infected wild boars in that area. Considering its been eradicated in the US and EU then the only other place it could come from somewhere closer.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. seek to sign 'very big' trade deal in September See in context

I'm laughing at the guys saying the corn is worthless both ethanol fuel and plastics are made from corn. There are 20+ products made from corn or the plant itself. You can make whisky, spark plugs, pharmaceuticals, drywall, pesticides, paint, toothpaste, shampoo, paper, tires, syrup. That is just a short list. That corns going to be used for something even if they don't eat it. We already had a ton of bioengineered corn that the media thought was just going to be used for nothing sitting on the docks when people started learning that food is engineered. I can guarantee you the only way it would goto waste is if the greedy or uneducated just let it go.

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Posted in: Japanese researchers build robotic tail to keep elderly upright See in context

It's 3D printed LOL. I can make one at home! :) The real issue isn't balance but pain and joint damage.

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Posted in: 8chan owner blasts 'sinister' shutdown See in context

I love people that read the Constitution to mean that free speech isn't protected from non-government intervention. If that was true then slander and liable lawsuits wouldn't exist. There are literally millions of lawsuits that affect speech already well documented which is usually why the ACLU and other groups get involved. The right to assemble is also a protected in the Constitution, it doesn't specify that the assembly can't be online. Section 230 of the CDMA is going to change and some of these large tech companies are going to learn a lesson they didn't want to learn. Hosting companies that aren't neutral are not going to be around very long.

“Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.”

—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo in Palko v. Connecticut

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Posted in: New drink line-up from Asahi Beverages boosts concentration with NIPPLTQTPVVVPPFLQPE See in context

Whoever wrote this article needs some help, I thought it was computer generated gibberish at first.

Scientific claims proven by what scientists? The ones they paid off? An international group of volunteers?

What is the basis for these claims based on?

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Posted in: Switzerland helping Japanese prosecutors with Ghosn investigation See in context

Meanwhile back at the ranch....

They only involved the Swiss because they are bleeding money and its destroying the brand.

You have to be pretty petty to get mad at a dude for having enough money to rent the palace for a wedding.

They would already had enough evidence without going to the Swiss if they had anything of value. Instead they are drawing it out. In the event that they don't find anything related to them they are going to have a hard time defending themselves from his counter-suit based on the involvement of plants within the company determined to supplant external foreign control. They are going to owe their investors even more.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing 85-year-old common-law wife; says he was worn out from looking after her See in context

I don't think anyone ever expects to have to make choices like this. It's the same for when you have a young child dying from cancer. Nobody can prepare you for it. You just have to live day by day and make the only choices you can. I find it surprising that she was that much older than he was. It makes me wonder how long it took them to identify she had Alzheimer's.

My grandmothers sister had Alzheimer's and she tried to move in with her back in 1988 and my Grandmother was in her late 60's as well. She got stabbed by her sister because she didn't even know who she was. Her sister restarted each day not knowing who people were. She would call people the names of people she once knew if she thought they looked close enough. She would have conversations about things that happened a long time ago and then forget what she was doing. They had to lock all the doors because she would try to escape at night and the police would have to find her. They both ended up dying from complications from the acid spill in Texas City. Imagine having Alzheimer's and acid burns in your lungs and not knowing where you are. I only know because I was there. There is no telling how hard it was for this guy. People who have little experience in real world dealings with death and loved ones can't ever relate to this.

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Posted in: Man served 2nd warrant over murder of wife in legless body case See in context

What taxi service is he using that wouldn't notice a dead body?

Why didn't she turn him into the police? He should have been turned in as soon as she knew about the debts.

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Posted in: Anime studio hit by deadly fire is known for skill, fan base See in context

If this doesn't put a face on mental illness in Japan then I don't know what will. Hopefully what he thought they did wasn't true.

This is devastating. None of those people deserved to be trapped in that building.

If they had security and a working fire suppression and escape system then more of them would have been saved. It's too late to worry about that in hindsight though.

All studios should take threats seriously rather than blowing them off though.

I think that most of these news sites underestimate how much people cared about KyoAni. Clannad by itself was famous even before Haruhi. Hopefully Violet Evergarden doesn't get pushed back because of this.

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Posted in: Ghosn sues Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors for breach of contract See in context

I hope he recovers every cent he spent and wins suits against all of their partners that allowed this craziness to happen since he hasn't been charged. It's been too long for them not to have done anything to prove their claims. Half of 2019 is already gone.

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

So why the about face on this when before the new era he was saying that he wanted it the other way. I know some other readers noticed that article previously. He needs to work on not flip-flopping in the media. They are not going to listen to his request when he was just telling the media to do the opposite.

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Posted in: Trump plans to delay auto tariffs for six months: industry sources See in context

There is no reason that the US and Japan should have any tariffs from either end. I can see Mexico and China for sure as they have been exploiting the shipping and tariff system for a while now. There is no reason that American cars should have any problems in Japan either. It's already bad enough we can't import the older cars that we want to import without them being destroyed by politicians that do nothing to help. Mexico has too much of an advantage and they get away with driving truckloads of parts and vehicles here without really anyone saying anything about how it affects our local manufacturing. It's outsource everything because people other than Americans need jobs more than we do. It has been like that since NAFTA was created and no American corporate types were held responsible for selling everyone out and destroying Americans jobs for a profit that goes to people investing that did not earn any of it. Employees should not have to be subservient to investors. Companies shouldn't be laying off people to make false profits or expecting there to be end over end profit at the cost of people's lives. Contrary to the article there were alot of American companies that were exempted from the the tarrifs and the steel companies were still making a hefty profit on metal they had already produced. There was a meeting of hundreds manufacturers and the larger companies were all making profits and had no complaints. The only people being showcased were the small shops that did not plan for the future.

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Posted in: Questions loom for Nissan in post-Ghosn era See in context

If Ghosn wins his case they will have to give him his job back and reparations on top of losing all that money. Anyone involved in that debacle is going to get merc'd at the end of the day. There is no way in hell that he would get away with doing a ton of crazy stuff unless people that were planning his demise let him do it so they could do this. They unfortunately did not think about the consequences of their decisions on the world stage. Once Chinese manufacturers quality and their electric cars get beefed up by Tesla then Nissan is going to get wiped out. You can already see it coming.

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Posted in: Lawmaker expelled from party over remarks about possible war with Russia See in context

Sounds like y'all have a freedom of speech issue. People should always be open to all possibilities in regards to reclaiming territory that was stolen. Russia is going to have to give up that territory either way. I noticed none of these posts mention US involvement in the talks. I don't think China is going to go out of their way to do anything for Russia anytime soon. They are too busy doing their own expansion into neighboring territory using exports and super rails.

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Posted in: Teen who allegedly made explosive may have traded uranium online See in context

What they are really doing is controlling who can make their own power and not be dependent on the state.

There are kids making fusion reactors out here and learning more than what the state wants them to know.

You can't keep people in the dark forever.

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Posted in: Lawson to test late-night self-service stores amid labor crunch See in context

The interesting thing about this is that there are storage container marts that use RFID and cameras to do self service in China and people are using them currently. There are videos about them on Youtube. I think this has more of a chance of working in Japan than it would in the USA. I think they probably already have a good idea of how much loss they have within the company from employees themselves to be able to pull this off. It would be better to include a security officer or some kind of facial tracking to alert the police of theft. They would basically turn into giant vending machines. The only failures I have seen have been the store like Amazon tried like the pay what you want. BTW the automation is coming to every country. The Second Machine Age is already upon us and the entire world is moving towards people free operation in the industries that don't actually need people to provide a service. In the US automated self driving trucks are already being used by Wal-Mart and they already use RFID and robotic tracking in warehouses and they are able to track the sames of individual items via RFID. So what that means is that people are going to have to move to jobs that require less physical interaction or hard labor to ones that require more brain power and remote operation. We have drone delivery being tested by Amazon. We can already 3D print buildings and objects. We already have automated fast food where pizza and burgers are ordered, cooked and delivered without a single person needing to be involved. So as we move towards more automation people really need to think about why type of work they are looking for and what work is going to look like in the future as eventually we won't need people to do anything. Skilled labor at the top and AI will be the only things driving industry eventually.

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Posted in: Frugal consumers, higher costs take fizz out of Japan's food stocks See in context

All this is going to do is hurt the consumer as there is no such thing as infinite profits.

Packaging needs to be cut back.

There needs to be a system managing the weights and measures to prevent shady company from sheisting consumers on product contents.

In the USA the snack companies cheat by filling potato chip bags with air and we have the same problem with shady companies reducing the toppings and contents but advertising the same weight.

They are always going to say it's about the shipping costs. That is only tied to the fuel and packaging price so they need to reduce the packaging to what is really needed.

I read a previous post that there is this assumption that people are going to inherit money. What does that have to do with purchasing right now. You can't even guarantee that money will exist. Those users may move away or simply stop buying those items.

Japan needs to make sure that these companies are regulated or the consumer is going to lose out. Even fast food places are already charging too much for their products.

Again there is no such thing as infinite profits.

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Posted in: Akita police sergeant arrested for paying high school girl for sex See in context

Enjo Kosai is apparently still popular in 2019.

FYI for those who haven't researched how the consent laws work.

Japan's statutory rape law is violated when an individual has consensual sexual contact with a person under age 13. At 13, Japan's base age of consent is the lowest of any developed country. However, many prefectures also have local "corruption of minors" or "obscenity statutes" (淫行条例) which raise the de-facto age of consent to 16-18, unless they are in a "sincere romantic relationship", usually determined by parental consent. For example, the effective age of consent in Tokyo by local statute is 18. The age of marriage is 16 for girls and 18 for boys with parental permission, and 20 otherwise (as stated in " ナス邃「窶慊カ窶「ナクナスニ停?邸", the Child Welfare Act of Japan.)

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Posted in: Japan to ban physical punishment of children by parents See in context

The sad thing is that kids die because people don't do enough to take them away from abusive parents. Banning children from being physically disciplined is just going to turn them into little murderers. It's already happening in the United States since false data has been propagated on child punishment as fact. There are parents that have never hit their children and given them everything and they still turned out bad. I think they just need to do more with holding the parents accountable once they find abuse. If you find the kid has damage then lock them up. Especially if there are witnesses and evidence. Have the kids carry a wire if you have to. Use technology rather than taking away any methods that may be needed to control an unruly child.

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Posted in: 40 countries, but not U.S., China, agree cars must have automatic braking See in context

Did they not realize that the USA posted videos of hacked regular cars using regular computer controlled braking and they were able to stop a car in highway traffic to prove the point. All you have to have is a hacked Canbus or ODBII system and you are done. They can even activate your horn! ;)

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Posted in: Nissan to freeze payments of unstated remuneration to Ghosn See in context

Look Indicting the entire company. You might as well fire everyone that worked for Nissan till now if you are going to do that. I mean I don't see anyone apologizing their way out of this one. They didn't think this through when they kidnapped Ghosn. They just made everyone think 'screw signing contracts', they would have to prove the contracts were invalid to begin with and then indict all the lawyers that helped forge the document. He apparently illegally saved the company money while he was at it.

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Posted in: 42-year-old man arrested for abandoning mother’s body at home See in context

If you have ever had a loved one die on you and you were the only one there you would know how hard it is on some people. He probably didn't want to see her go. Even if he was a leech he would still be having a hard time. If it was over a year I would probably be more apt to go WTF. A weeks nothing compared to some of the other news articles where this has happened.

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Nikkei arrest due to plot, treason within Nissan See in context

There is no way he would get any money without their lawyers approving everything. Even a CEO cannot pay himself. It doesn't even matter that people were fired in France, if it did he would have been fired because of it and he wasn't. It's obvious that it's a power play to take back the company by the very same people that let it run into the ground in the first place. There is no HR department that is just going to approve someone buying homes or pay for remodeling without some corporate approval. Having been given my own credit cards, working for a company that has international business in more countries than they do their own internal checks and balances should have prevented any money from leaving the company that wasn't approved. You don't get nothing past accountings lawyers, the HR lawyers, or the Chief Counsel unless the company approved it.

So if he was getting money past them it was through employees manipulating data within the company which they can easily do now that he is physically gone. It doesn't take much to change file dates or manipulate server data. So they are going to have to be providing more than just the local evidence to prove anything. Especially if the people that masterminded the coup had access to move assets around without him being directly involved. What's eventually going to happen is that diplomatic relations are going to put Japan, France and the US at odds with each other for holding him for so long. They could easily get the U.N. involved even if he was guilty because of the fact he was supposed to have surgery. They knew he was going to be on leave for a while which is why they setup his capture. If they overpaid him money that is on the company.

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Posted in: Trump agrees to end government shutdown without border wall money See in context

Any of ya'll putting faith in the Mueller investigation need to look at the BCCI Bank scandal and then read the actual indictments for Roger Stone as posted online the day before his arrest. The fact that CNN was at the arrest shows that there are Democrats working with the FBI to release confidential information and it's not going to work in their favor as people are starting to identify that the real issue isn't the Border Wall or Trump but the new class of undercover anarchy vigilantes within government that will eventually sell out Americans even more than they already have. They moved faster to indict Republicans while the Democrats that have rigged elections and traded in shady dealings out in the open are running around free as a bird. Ballot box stuffing, destruction of evidence, refusal to enforce law already on the books, allowing non-citizens to vote in elections. Not one thing has been done about it because they are upholding the status quo just like they did with the bank, housing and automotive bailouts.

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Posted in: Ghosn's continued detention keeps Japan's justice system under microscope See in context

Nobody cares if Japan is not the US or France. You saw the French rioting by the thousands and you think holding this guy is going to help Japanese business relations you are out of your mind. He has been there long enough that they are showing their cards. They are trying to take the company back by orchestrating a coup without thinking that other people are going to assume they set him up from the very beginning to get the company back after it started turning a profit. If the UN starts investigating Japan they are going to have even more trouble because they are already in trouble for all the whaling announcements. The scientists don't even actually know how many of the whales are left and the issues with TEPCO have still been unresolved. All those people dying from cancer from radiation exposure and nothing has been done to the executives anywhere near this level.

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Posted in: Nissan CEO calls on Renault to listen to details of Ghosn allegations See in context

How is this dude that they kidnapped going to make a public comment when they didn't even allow him to see his lawyers. This totally a coup/mutiny by Japanese management that wants to take credit for all the work that he put into making that company profitable again. Screw the fact they ended up with non-voting shares. Why would anyone have wanted a company that was failing to vote on their board. They got you out of the black and now you are backhanding the French by treating him like a criminal without everyone being able to clearly review the evidence. This completely smells like this was a setup on their end from the beginning. They just waited till the company was making money. They just showed everyone that there is no point in investing in Japan if all they are going to do is sabotage their partnerships after they make a profit. Ya'll literally kidnapped a French citizen and fired him without him being provided any due process. I hope that France reduces any aid they are expecting to get in 2019. Even if he was dirty as hell he still deserves basic justice.

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Posted in: Foreign divorced parents fight in vain for child custody in Japan See in context

@Emmanuel My mom stole my sisters from my dad and she was never granted custody. They lived in two different counties in the U.S. and the court system would not force her to return them because she lied and told the court that we had been staying with her and she even went to Social Security and received financial assistance using all of our information. Meanwhile they let me leave and didn't care where I went. She put both of my sisters in mental institutions because she said they didn't listen to her. (Obviously because she kidnapped them.) I can't even imagine having to deal with bureaucrats from multiple countries to have to see my kids. That is just insane. The fact that the UN wasn't involved is crazy as well.

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