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Posted in: Judge to hear Republican bid to void 100,000 votes in Texas See in context

I'm missing what the problem is in the article. I can think of only one issue, that the voter isn't guaranteed an secret vote if there are others in the car.

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Posted in: As anger rises, Muslims worldwide protest French cartoons See in context

Why does any deity of any religion not strike down the unbelievers? Why are these deities so powerless they need mere humans to impose punishments?

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Posted in: Olympic chief says Games cannot be 'marketplace of demonstrations' See in context

Would the athletes please think about the money these OC officials "get". It is quite bad for their business if people start protesting and divert attention.

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Posted in: Dutch finally don masks as second coronavirus wave bites See in context

The government is making even more strange decisions, the Dutch minister of education has just announced that students (universities/polytechnics/colleges) are no longer being advised to wear masks.

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Posted in: Dutch finally don masks as second coronavirus wave bites See in context

Nope, the mask wearers are still a very small minority. Supermarkets and most shops have stated they will not refuse people without masks, they simply don't want to have to argue with their customers, since it still is only strongly recommended.

Just enforce it already.

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Posted in: 'Accident properties' are cheaper, but are the savings worth it? See in context

Just call is what it is: silly superstition.

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Posted in: In quest to go paperless (and save money), Mizuho to start charging for bank books See in context

One of the things that struck me a very odd during my first visit to Japan in the 90s was it's archaic banking system forcing me to use cheques (which were phased out in 2002) to get cash due to a lack of ATMs I could use.

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Posted in: 'The Simpsons' ends white actors voicing characters of color See in context

What is the most important part of the performance for a voice actor. Is it the ethnicity or maybe the sound/expressions of the voice they can make?

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Posted in: Low-tech Japan challenged in working from home amid pandemic See in context


"And how much more productive would you be?"

I am not more productive at home. Even though my setup is the same (even a bit better monitors and keyboard). The problem is distraction and attention span. I tend to blame myself for not hitting my targets when I work at home. And instead of calling it a day and going home I now try to get work done outside normal hours, in a time where there is even more distraction in the house. YMMV though, the morale is that we are all individuals with different needs.

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Posted in: 2,500 unaccounted for in hurricane-hit Bahamas: official See in context

Zichi, French and Dutch troops also have arrived, even some Germans (who have no presence in the Caribics). The irony was they were already there for a disaster drill (Caribbean Coast).

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Posted in: FBI takes down Nigerian fraudsters in $46 mil case involving Japanese woman See in context

zichi, not only women fall for these scams and has nothing to do with intelligence. But is sure makes a better media story to have a poor, lonely, fragile, woman be the victim of these scams than those stupid horny men falling for a "russian mail" bride fraud. Everybody that is lonely can make these stupid mistakes.

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Posted in: Woman in mental institution who killed another patient says she is 'robot' See in context

A robot, no way? Maybe if she would be a cyborg, that would be okay.

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Posted in: Drink up See in context

Gogogo, normally a white beer is a filtered wheat beer (Weizenbier in German) that isn't clear (like a pilsner) but tends to be whiteish in appearance. In Belgium and the Netherlands it is an unfiltered (still containing (active) yeast) wheat beer that is actually white in appearance. The is a Cafe Hoegaarden in Tokyo (though it was closed last time I was in Tokyo), they have a least the latter kinds of beers (which are my favorite), if you love beer try to get hold of Hoegaarden or Dentergems.

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Posted in: White Day next See in context

3 times the value? Just combine this with the fact that march 14th is als pi day and make the factor 3.14.

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Posted in: AIDS awareness See in context

Dear Akula and sensei258,

besides that morals are totally subjective, you are simply ignoring facts as simple medical mistakes. For example in 2003 and 2007 2 seperate hospitals had to screen about 1000 people (on the total polulation of 16m in the Netherlands) for HIV due to malfunctioning sterilization equipment. AFAIK nobody was contaminated.

sources (in dutch so you most likely have to use a translator to make sense of it): and

With the last source stating: this is the 3rd hospital in 2003 where such an error occured, the first link has the inspectors stating that these kind of errors are unavoidable.

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Posted in: At Liberty See in context

And in the background: The Eiffel Tower

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