Frank Vaughn comments

Posted in: Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot See in context

Get well soon Ms. Clinton.

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Posted in: Sony warns not to put your gaming console in the microwave See in context

You do NOT put metal into a microwave. What a stupid and dangerous thing to do. It is amazing that people have not destroyed their homes (at least their kitchens) doing this.

But if Sony Corp. is selling defective units they need to do right by their customers.

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Posted in: Security firm to rent private drone See in context

Private security today and the abusive police tomorrow.

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Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you this year and what was the worst? See in context

Best: the Mrs. and I are expecting :-)

Worst: messed up my back with a bad fall :-(

Happy New Year to all!

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Posted in: Australia's legal challenge to Japan whaling moves closer See in context

Zenkan, don't forget New Zealand.

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Posted in: What is the world's sexiest accent? See in context

Italian and Spain's Spanish

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Posted in: Japan's whaling fleet leaves port for Antarctica See in context

I keep reading about "Traditional Japanese Whaling", so I went to Wikipedia and I found this information:

Japan has since conducted research whaling programs in the North Pacific (JARPN 1994–1999, JARPN II 2000 – present) and in Antarctica (JARPA 1988–2005, JARPA II 2005 – present). The IWC has asked its members that conduct research whaling programs to demonstrate that the research provides critical information, that the research is needed for whale management purposes, and that non-lethal research techniques are not able to provide the same information. The IWC has issued at least 19 resolutions criticizing Japan for failing to meet these conditions and asking it to stop issuing permits. In 1994, at its 46th annual meeting, the IWC established the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in a 23-1-8 vote. Commercial whaling is prohibited within the sanctuary boundaries. Only Japan voted in opposition. As the size of the IWC continued to grow, so did the influence of Japan within the commission. For example, many new Caribbean member nations voted in favor of whaling interests in 2000 including the defeat of a proposed South Pacific Whale Sanctuary. Additional support for whaling was gained in the Pacific, Africa and South-East Asia. As many of these nations received economic aid from Japan, accusations of vote buying were made by anti-whaling groups. In 2001, Japanese fisheries official Masayuki Komatsu stated Japan used overseas development aid as a tool to gain influence

It would appear that other posters above me are correct about the apparent political corruption involved in Japan's whaling industry. But why do the good citizens of Japan allow their tax money to be used this way? And even the IWC has complained about the way Japan does it's "research."

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Posted in: Gerry Anderson, 'Thunderbirds' creator, dies at 83 See in context

RIP Mr. Anderson. I am proud to say that I have the entire "Thunderbirds" series and movies on DVD and I thank you for them.

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Posted in: Is he here yet? U.S. Air Force tracks Santa for kids See in context

An excellent display of Christmas spirit.

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Posted in: Boeing engineers use potatoes to improve in-air Wi-Fi See in context

"SPUDS" Got to love it.

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Posted in: 'It's a Wonderful Life' is top Christmas film with critics See in context

Might be a Christmas movie, but it is one of those flicks that you can watch any time of the year to feel good!

Plus name anything by the late James Stewart that is not good.

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd defiant over U.S. court order to stay away from Japanese whalers See in context

My second thought here:

Captain Watson and his group are not going to change, they are going to continue after the whaling fleet "business as usual." Right or wrong we can all see which side the posters above will take on that.

But I can see that if the U.S. court wants the whalers left alone, the court is going to have to convince the U.S. Navy to send resources down south to "protect" the whaling fleet. A move which would probably be politically unacceptable given the financial status of our two countries at the moment, as well as other reasons.

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd defiant over U.S. court order to stay away from Japanese whalers See in context

One of the most precious rights of the U.S. Constitution is the right of the people to protest. The court is WRONG for trying to say that a group of people can not protest and to top it off that they can not protest in international territory where the court has no jurisdiction.

As this continues through the progression of appeals it will have to be found an unconstitutional ruling.

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Posted in: Hollywood responds to deadly school shooting by pulling films See in context

Tarantino, whose credits include “Pulp Fiction” and the “Kill Bill” volumes, said he was tired of defending his films each

time the U.S. is shocked by gun violence. He said “tragedies happen” and blame should fall on those guilty of the

crimes.

Well said Mr. Tarantino!

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Posted in: Hillary Clinton suffers concussion, forced to stay home See in context

Been there and done that. Get well soon Ms. Clinton.

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Posted in: U.S. Marine gets 4 years for sexually assaulting woman in Okinawa See in context

His prison time is 4 years, not enough for some one who is supposed to be a U.S. Marine. But there will be some additional justice, the U.S. now has that Adam Walsh thing and the Kettering Act and that SORNA stuff. I'm no attorney but said pervert will now be placed onto one of those U.S. sex offender registries for probably the next 25 years if not for the rest of his life, this will affect the kinds of jobs he is allowed to have, where he is allowed to live, most women will now have NOTHING to do with him, don't worry that 4 years punishment is just the start. He has correctly lost his veterans benefits. And for those mentioning "double-jeopardy" and perhaps ex-post facto, the SCOUS has ruled that the sex offender stuff is regulations and exempt from that stuff, so he will be forced to comply. I have even read where people like him are having to wear a GPS tracker for life now.

He harmed Japan and disgraced his own country, he deserves everything he gets and more.

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Posted in: From 2-dimensional notes to real music with swipe of a scanner See in context

When will it be manufactured and estimated cost please?

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Posted in: Ban 'killer robots,' rights group urges See in context

What happened to Sir Asimov's laws? "A robot may not harm a human, or through inaction allow a human to come to harm." (more or less paraphrased).

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Posted in: Spinal steroids may have little impact on one type of back pain See in context

Would like to see the whole study and see what the effect is on other back pain problems

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Posted in: Okinawa legislators protest U.S. military incidents See in context

It is sad that a very few service-people are giving the rest such a bad reputation, but I am all for turning them over to the local government for their punishment and the U.S. should also punish them the second they are released by the local government.

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Posted in: Australia declares world's largest network of marine reserves See in context

Good for the Aussies

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Posted in: Hospital restages daughter’s wedding for bedridden father See in context

Excellent story, the hospital probably enhanced the fathers recovery by doing this.

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Posted in: 2 U.S. states back legalizing gay marriage; 2 states OK recreational use of pot See in context

Good for the Gay rights, but they still have to get the federal government to recognize it and that probably will not happen until 30 or more states make gay marriage legal.

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Posted in: Fans outraged at soaring Rolling Stones ticket prices See in context

I believe the American show-man P.T. Barnum said it best . . . There's a sucker born every minute.

4 shows in a 20K seat arena, that 80K "fans" and the 4 guys are going to earn $25million, that is $312 per ticket just for the 4 guys. Actually sounds like the scalpers are going to make more money than the "Stones"

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Posted in: Australia's first child sex offender register goes live See in context

And so it starts . . .

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Posted in: Fukada hopes air traffic controllers will watch her new drama See in context

Frank! Are you saying "Pushing Tin" was not realistic?!

Hollywood took so many "artistic liberties" that it isn't even funny to those of us who have worked in the RADAR Approach controls.

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Posted in: Fukada hopes air traffic controllers will watch her new drama See in context

Smith, I'm sorry you think it is a boring occupation, personally I would go back and do the career again and again. Yes it is 99.99% routine, but that 0.01% . . .

Plastic, thanks for the complements, I am sure my beautiful wife agrees with you 100%

Yes by international agreement English is the language of Air Traffic Control.

gogogo, you are more correct than you realize. None of us in the profession have ever seen any thing on film that come close to portraying our work, I would say for two reasons, that 99.99% routine I mentioned above and the fact that for security reasons the Federal Aviation Administration does not allow filming of actual work in a control facility and if Hollywood is interviewing controllers they are ignoring what we describe in favor of drama.

But I'll make no opinion about the show as I haven't seen anything of it. It's a new entertainment show and it is up to the people to judge it.

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Posted in: Extradited terrorism suspects appear in U.S. courts See in context

Give them the choice of being tried in the U.S. or being sent back into the desert for our drone pilots to use as target practice.

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Posted in: U.S., Peru boost military ties to fight terrorism, drugs See in context

A US defense official who requested anonymity said Panetta also proposed integrating US advisers into the Peruvian

Defense Ministry.

The very same thing that got the U.S. into the Vietnam war.

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Posted in: First arrests made under new Fukuoka drunk driving regulations See in context

I pray to my God that none of you will ever be put through the horrible pain of either being directly harmed or as in my case loosing a loved one to a DUI. In the case of stopping DUI "better late than never" is good. Allowing some one to commit DUI is no different than some one firing a gun into the air, most of the time the bullets come down harmlessly, but there is always that one that hits an INNOCENT person.

Some one above said that DUI is only 5% of the accidents there. That means that once out of each 20 trips you make you may get hit by a drunk, is that really acceptable to you? Is any percentage of drunk drivers on the road acceptable to you, especially those of you with children in your car?

It is unacceptable for the engineers who drive your trains, for the pilots who fly the planes, of the helmsman who runs your ships to have ANY alcohol in their system, why is it OK for the person driving the car next to yours to have any in their system?

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