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Posted in: Spain reaches first semis in sevens world series after overhauling Fiji in LA See in context

Spain reached its first semifinals in the rugby sevens world series as part of an all-European men's last four at the Los Angeles tournament on Saturday.

World Rugby couldn't get their favourites into the semis at the 15s World Cup (although they got lucky with England's ridiculously fortuitous draw), so they'll have to settle for this, I guess.

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Posted in: Masked shooters kill 4 people and injure 3 at outdoor party in California See in context

After all, the USA has been the home of most of the world's most notorious serial killers in recent history -- and very few of them used guns to kill their victims.

And a whole lot of mass killers who did use guns.

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Posted in: Masked shooters kill 4 people and injure 3 at outdoor party in California See in context

^and still a relatively low gun ownership rate when compared to the US?

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Posted in: Masked shooters kill 4 people and injure 3 at outdoor party in California See in context

How is it that a country like Switzerland has a high rate of gun ownership, but one of the lowest homicide rates in the world?

Good question. Strict ownership requirements, including strict mental health evaluation, background checks, compulsory military service and training. Safe storage laws, permit requirements for firearm and ammunition purchases, local gun registration, responsible gun ownership and gun culture, social cohesion, respect for other people and the law etc?

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Posted in: Tokyo police mistakenly arrest Filipino man for allegedly overstaying visa See in context

Ive had cops question me and when I want to end the interrogation i say thatI am late for a business appointment or some such meeting-they usually get the hint.

Thanks. I find that it you show respect, they'll return the favour. Let them do what they are legally allowed to do, such as ask for your ID and ask questions. If the question is appropriate ( "Are you still at this address?" for example) I answer them truthfully with the least amount of detail necessary. I've been thanked for my time and sent on my way every time.

The above has always worked for me and I appreciate that others may have different circumstances etc.

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Posted in: City in Saitama Prefecture to require multilingual trash rules posted for foreigners See in context

Stick to the rules of your host country whether you think them pointless or not.

Or at least do your best. When they are very complicated or confusing it's easy to make mistakes. Japanese people make them also, going by the condition of some of the collection points along my commute.

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Posted in: Tokyo police mistakenly arrest Filipino man for allegedly overstaying visa See in context

kurisupisu,

Who gets stopped in the street and goes to a police station voluntarily?

Not me for one.

The catch is that not going to the station "voluntarily" gives them a reason to be suspicious. That doesn't mean they should be able to harass you further (although they probably will), it's just the way it is.

Just out of curiosity, if an officer asked you to accompany them to the station, how would you handle it?

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Posted in: Some people try a calorie-controlled diet and increased physical exercise to lose weight, but without success. What advice would you give them? See in context

Then my answer would be 'cut the alcohol'. Alcohol is empty calories, that will destroy any kind of weight loss journey, with no physical benefit whatsoever.

All good advice. The last stage of my 'cut' includes limiting my alcohol intake to one beer on a Friday night. In the earlier stages I do plan for a couple more. Just because I'm looking to shred a few kgs doesn't mean I'm going to cut all enjoyment from my life. The people who do that are more likely to backslide.

I'm not disagreeing with you. Speaking personally, I just take specific steps to reach my ultimate goal, which is looking shredded and buff in the line-up, and I specifically leave room for a certain amount of beer, taking the calories into account. Obviously, removing all alcohol would make achieving the goal quicker and easier as you say, but hey, I love beer so....

I also enjoy an occasional Coke Zero, usually after my hours long Saturday morning mountain bike ride.

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Posted in: City in Saitama Prefecture to require multilingual trash rules posted for foreigners See in context

^Although I'm extremely grateful for the job they do; rain, snow, freezing temps, they're out there doing it. Thanks, people.

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Posted in: City in Saitama Prefecture to require multilingual trash rules posted for foreigners See in context

I also find the attitude of the garbage collectors "confusing." Every second Thursday , there is a pick up for "unburnable" trash. I put out a frying pan shortly before 8 a.m. when collection begins. They left it. One of the illustrations of examples of burnable trash is....a frying pan. How often do these kind of things happen and the Japanese blame foreigners for "not understanding"?

I came to say a similar thing. Often our trash collectors will randomly leave an item (not only those left by me) that has seemingly been discarded in the appropriate manner; correct day, correctly tied etc. I give them the benefit of the doubt in that it may be a gap in my own knowledge - some obscure rule I'm unaware of. In those cases, what would be helpful is if they attached some kind of sticker to it explaining the reason it wasn't picked up. Possibly impractical and costly, I know.

But what sometimes happens is that the person who discarded the item will simply bury it in their burnable trash and get rid of it that way. Not me, of course.

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Posted in: Some people try a calorie-controlled diet and increased physical exercise to lose weight, but without success. What advice would you give them? See in context

Strangerland;

I gave my advice second post in the thread:

I'd advise them to stay off the internet, and talk to a dietician/nutritionist.

I could tell people what I eat, but most people wouldn't maintain it, and everyone has different requirements, so my diet would only be something I would recommend to someone with my body type, and the same goals as me.

Fair enough. I alluded to that same point in my first response also: "It's impossible to give advice without knowing the individual and what they have been trying."

But the question was asked so I did my best.

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Posted in: Some people try a calorie-controlled diet and increased physical exercise to lose weight, but without success. What advice would you give them? See in context

For the survey showing medical professionals’ appallingly low knowledge of how burned fat leaves the body, it’s from this article: https://theconversation.com/when-we-lose-weight-where-does-it-go-91594

Thanks. What a bunch of idiots. Even I knew the answer to that one.

Interesting concluding paragraph, too:

Any diet that supplies less “fuel” than you burn will do the trick, but with so many misconceptions about how weight loss works, few of us know why.

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Posted in: Some people try a calorie-controlled diet and increased physical exercise to lose weight, but without success. What advice would you give them? See in context

The body’s responses when starved to slow the basal metabolic rate and extract a higher percentage of calories from food in the gut, causing the body to maintain its same weight, is well established. Use your search engine of choice…

Right, but if you are in a constant calorie deficit, the calories are simply insufficient to maintain the body weight. So-called 'starvation mode' is not enough to offset that. Again, if it were, nobody would ever die from starvation. It doesn't matter the source, you can't create calories from nothing.

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Posted in: Some people try a calorie-controlled diet and increased physical exercise to lose weight, but without success. What advice would you give them? See in context

englisc aspergend,

Thanks for the clarification.

This;

the repeatedly proven fact that the majority of people who lose weight by cutting back their food intake go on to regain the weight or even more.

is true, but it's a bit obvious that it's because those people believe they can stop doing what they were doing to lose the weight when they reach their goal. Getting there is only half the battle. Once you get to the top of Everest, you still have to get back down, and it's just as hard, if not harder.

you have to work with your body not against it.

Please explain that part. In what way?

I am afraid you will need to do your own research, read a few scientific papers (not weirdos on the internet who “have the answer”) as I don’t think JT will allow the length of post to explain fully and I haven’t the time to do it with relevant links to the research

One or two would be helpful.

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Posted in: Some people try a calorie-controlled diet and increased physical exercise to lose weight, but without success. What advice would you give them? See in context

mikeylikesit,

Good post. Can we get some sources for:

Your body retains food longer in the gut and extracts more calories from it soon after you cut your calorie intake. You can cut calories, but your body keeps absorbing about the same. Fearing starvation, your body may even pack on extra fat every time a few extra calories are available.

and:

 A survey several years ago of medical professionals and dieticians found that 98% can’t even accurately identify how lost fat exits the body. 

Please and thank you.

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Posted in: Some people try a calorie-controlled diet and increased physical exercise to lose weight, but without success. What advice would you give them? See in context

*This is the equivalent of saying 'if you spend less than you make, you'll have lots of money in the bank'.*

Who said lots? If you spend five cents less than you make, you'll save five cents. If you burn 100 more calories than you consume, you'll lose a, however small, bit of weight.

very few have much in the way of savings in the bank

But they do have some savings, and very many have a good amount of savings.

Why isn't everyone a millionaire?

Not much of a point you're making if you can only make it through exaggeration. We're not necessarily talking about losing hundreds of pounds. Moderate weight loss is often enough to allay some health concerns, just like moderate savings are reachable for a good amount of people.

Anyway, the poster to whom I was responding seemed to be suggesting that any amount of weight loss is impossible. It's an untrue and unhelpful comment so I rebutted it. Still waiting for your ideas.

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Posted in: Some people try a calorie-controlled diet and increased physical exercise to lose weight, but without success. What advice would you give them? See in context

.This is the equivalent of saying 'if you spend less than you make, you'll have lots of money in the bank'. It's true, and everyone knows this, and yet, very few have much in the way of savings in the bank. Same as few are able to well be able to make this happen.

Life throws a lot of stuff at people.

Very true. If it were easy, we'd all be walking around looking like underwear models.

What advice do you have?

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Posted in: Some people try a calorie-controlled diet and increased physical exercise to lose weight, but without success. What advice would you give them? See in context

My advice is to enjoy your life fully while it lasts.

It's likely to last longer and be more enjoyable if you eat healthily and exercise an appropriate amount.

Calorie controlled dieting (basically starving) has been shown to be not only difficult to maintain but in most cases counter productive. Every creature throughout evolution has had to deal with periods of food shortage and consequently evolved mechanisms to counter it and survive. Our bodies inherited that deep heritage so you are trying to overcome your hard wired survival strategies. Good luck with that, you will fail which is why it simply doesn’t work. You need to work with your body not against it. Exercise will make you fitter and support your general health but the amount of extra calories you use is minimal compared to your total energy budget.

By the logic, no one would ever lose weight, and no one would ever die of starvation or the associated health outcomes. Obviously, people do lose weight - I drop 5-8 kg every year for bikini season (could do more but I know what works for me) - and unfortunately, about 9 million people a year die as a result of food shortages. Yes, your body will compensate when it recognises times of shortage, but you can overcome that with some knowledge and perseverance. If your diet and exercise regime is appropriate, and you stick to it, you'll see results.

The basic equation doesn't change. If you burn more calories than you consume, you'll lose weight.

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Posted in: Japanese teacher beats up student for making fun of his body by calling him anime character name See in context

Haaa Nemui,

If this had been two adults in a pub, I would be congratulating the teacher

If this had been two adults in a pub it’s just as likely there would have been an assault charge and criminal record, while the person throwing insults would get off with nothing, or in some places a large monetary award.

*-3**( +0 / -3 )*

The internet tough guys don't like your post but you're totally right.

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Posted in: Some people try a calorie-controlled diet and increased physical exercise to lose weight, but without success. What advice would you give them? See in context

It's impossible to give advice without knowing the individual and what they have been trying.

However, first I would tell them that the fact they have been exercising and eating healthier is beneficial, even if they can't see results on the scale or in the mirror.

Then, provided they are actually following the diet and exercise regime somewhat strictly - there's no point dieting during the week and then blowing it all out on the weekend, for example - you could think about what improvements could be made; add/subtract certain foods, increase/decrease specific types of exercise like more weight training, and see where they could increase passive (for lack of a better term) exercise like taking the stairs, cycling to work once a week and so on.

If all else fails; liposuction, gastric bypasses and Ozempic.

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Posted in: How Chinese science fiction went from underground magazines to a Netflix blockbuster See in context

It turned out several candidates had been disqualified, raising censorship concerns. They included New York Times bestselling authors R. F. Kuang and Xiran Jay Zhao, both politically active writers with family ties to China.

I guess they didn't actually read Kuang's work; the awful Poppy War in particular. Obviously anti- everything Japanese, even to an apolitical reader like me. They didn't miss much. A lamentable piece of fantasy sci-fi in my opinion.

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Posted in: I want to eat healthily. So why do I crave sugar, salt and carbs? See in context

as addressed in the article

*The article that you linked to, that is.

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Posted in: I want to eat healthily. So why do I crave sugar, salt and carbs? See in context

Burning Bush,

I'd believed the idea that tofu contained a lot of estrogen, as addressed in the article, and had limited my intake somewhat. I'm glad to read that's not really an issue and will add it to my protein sources. Thanks for the link.

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Posted in: Michigan cop's mistake leads to $320,000 deal with Japanese man wrongly accused of drunken driving See in context

From an earlier AP article:

"The appeals court, however, said that another officer at the scene testified that the (roadside sobriety) tests were administered incorrectly, which may have affected the results....

"Seward said Peca now works elsewhere for a sheriff’s department. The lawsuit will return to federal court in Detroit for trial or a possible settlement."

https://apnews.com/article/wrong-arrest-drunken-driving-michigan-56b545bdf223a84a3073f1d06ca5fd3f

So it appears he was detained for only a relatively short amount of time as the blood test would have been promptly carried out, thereby proving his innocence.

$320K, minus tax & fees, is a nice payload for a few hours.

Sure, but that wasn't the point. The officer did not have probable cause to detain him for any length of time beyond the administration of the tests, and the driver's constitutional rights (to which he was entitled as a visa holder) were violated. I think.

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Posted in: Michigan cop's mistake leads to $320,000 deal with Japanese man wrongly accused of drunken driving See in context

T. Joseph Seward, an attorney who represented Peca, claimed that performance on roadside sobriety tests was enough to make an arrest and avoid civil liability in the lawsuit.

Is the roadside sobriety test the one where you have to walk in a straight line, stand on one leg, bark like a dog and so on? If so, there may have been language issues, the motorist's nerves at being pulled over etc that gave the officer the false impression that the driver was under the influence.

However, confusing 0.02 with 0.22, and admitting to having "no idea what I’m doing," points to at least some level of incompetence on behalf of the officer. Termination of employment is harsh. Perhaps more training and corrective measures - she was still a rookie after all - may have been more appropriate. Maybe it was a condition of the ruling or something. It doesn't mean necessarily mean she can't join another police force. Just not in Fowlerville.

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Posted in: Chief enforcer of U.S. gun laws fears Americans may become numb to violence with each mass shooting See in context

Also, because even in states where gun rights are not trampled upon, there are severe restrictions on where guns can be carried. It has been proven time and again that gun free zones are sitting duck zones.

According to organisations whose websites don't have 15 American eagles and two dozen Gadsden flags per page, that's not really true. Private homes, which are most certainly not gun-free zones (as decided by the Supreme Court in 2008 and 2010) are the setting for most domestic violence-related shootings, accidental shootings and a good percentage of mass shootings. At the recent church shooting in Texas, the attacker was taken out by armed security. Sure, it limited the damage of the attack, but the place was demonstrably not gun-free. In Kansas City, in a constitutional carry state, 22 people were shot and injured despite the presence of over 1,000 police officers. Further, at least one of those attackers was taken out by unarmed bystanders. Finally, schools and universities, which more often than not have armed security personnel on site, often in the form of school resource officers, i.e., armed law enforcement, are frequently targeted by shooters. Examples of those schools that did have armed police on scene are Robb Elementary, Columbine and Marjory Stoneman. Admittedly, the armed officer at Stoneman didn't actually use his weapon, he opted to crouch behind a wall until the attack was over.

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Posted in: 7-year-old boy dies after choking while eating school lunch See in context

Striking someone’s back is actually the worst thing to do, it can cause the object to lodge even deeper in the throat.

Organisations such as the American Red Cross and the NHS recommend back blows before abdominal thrusts. Just make sure the person is leaning forward when you do them, to prevent what you describe. The advice may be different for children.

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Posted in: New Zealand set to scrap world-first tobacco ban See in context

The decision, heavily criticized over its likely impact on health outcomes in New Zealand, has also drawn flak because of fears it could have a greater impact on Maori and Pasifika populations, groups with higher smoking rates.

No doubt. However, no one is forcing the cigarettes into their mouths.

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Posted in: New Zealand set to scrap world-first tobacco ban See in context

You dont think a multi billion industry based on addiction has a vested interest in preserving sales.

And known connections to MPs of the present coalition that is walking back these laws?

Casey Costello, the Minister of Health Responsible for Tobacco, previously chaired the Taxpayers' Union board - which has previously received funding from British American Tobacco - and has links with the Atlas Network, which has also received tobacco industry funding. 

Finance Minister Nicola Willis was previously the board director for New Zealand Initiative, a think tank which lists British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands Australasia as members.   

Chris Bishop, who is ranked third on the National Party list, was formerly the corporate affairs manager for Philip Morris New Zealand.  

Apirana Dawson, who is now Philip Morris' director of external affairs and communications, used to be deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters' director of operations.    

David Broome, listed as the manager of external relations for Philip Morris, used to be chief of staff for Peters office.

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2024/02/experts-detail-swathe-of-possible-connections-between-coalition-government-politicians-and-tobacco-industry-david-seymour-responds.html

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Posted in: 7-year-old boy dies after choking while eating school lunch See in context

I've never thought about it before, but a quail egg, whole, is just about the perfect size to be a choking hazard.

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