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Posted in: Social media inspires Japanese women to dash into rickshaw pulling See in context

Seems like subjugation to me.

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Posted in: Scientists warn entire branches of 'Tree of Life' are going extinct See in context

It's true (apparently) that the human species didn't exist when the dinosaurs went extinct. Yet, the apes would have existed(according to the theory of evolution) and survived. Do you think modern humans would be less capable of survival?

Of course, the ELE the caused the extinction of the dinosaurs and most other flora and fauna was an asteroid strike. That's hardly comparable to a slight, not without precedent warming period.

The Earth HAS been in an Ice Age since the asteroid strike, which still includes the far warmer Medieval Warm Period where Greenland(now covered in glacial ice) was populated and grapes were grown.

The article is disinformation.

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Posted in: Nissan to make all new cars sold in Europe fully electric by 2030 See in context

Take a good look at the used EV market. They get traded in within 2 years on average by weathly owners and companies(lease returns) and then spend a LONG time unsold because the prices are still higher than the prices of comparable ICE cars.

The reality is that the less wealthy cannot (or refuse to) buy an EV for a number of well-known practical issues(impractical range, charging times, etc) as well as the fact that the less wealthy are also far less likely to have off-street parking suitable for charging from home.

The used classic car market on the other hand has been growing due to the strong demand.

With the surging cost of electricity outpacing gasoline/diesel, the cost of charging isn't advantageous.

Nissan (and Toyota, etc.) are making a huge mistake.

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Posted in: Scientists warn entire branches of 'Tree of Life' are going extinct See in context

I seem to recall there having been global mass-extinction level events in Earth's past. Yet, here we are.

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Posted in: Naked man arrested after buying underwear and stealing scooter while drunk See in context

Could it be this guy?

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Posted in: Naked man arrested after buying underwear and stealing scooter while drunk See in context

Would this happen to be the old man who lived naked on one of the neighboring Yaeyama islands for ~30 years before due to his poor health he was "rescued" and relocated back to Ishigaki Island?

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Posted in: Gov't considers support for low-income earners in new economic package See in context

Helicopter money won't help. Kishida is robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Of course, it's not HIS wealth he wants to redistribute. Hypocrite!

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Posted in: Bangladesh man drowns in Yamanashi river See in context

Tragic for the man who selflessly tried to rescue the children.

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Posted in: Japan lifts COVID overseas travel alert for entire world See in context

It's about dog-gone time!

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Posted in: Iran hangs 2 in rare blasphemy case as executions surge See in context

How very medieval...

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Posted in: Japan lowers COVID status to same as flu in major policy shift See in context

Time to get back to normal living rather than living in irrational fear.

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Posted in: The thinking error that makes people susceptible to climate change denial See in context

Here's the truth : the Earth's climate has always been in flux. There have been both glaciations and retreats, cold and warm periods. The actual "Climate Deniers" are those pushing the idea of climate stasis.

Look at the Solar cycle itself, a 12~13 year cycle of peak to low activity cycle, with both rising and falling trends in solar activity. No one dare say human existence has any impact on the solar activity, yet fluctuations in solar activity have a great deal of impact on the Earth's climate.

For the record, warming cycles promote increases in greening and growth cycles of forests and jungles. No one dare say that the Earth was not teeming with life during the very warm Jurassic period.

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Posted in: Surveys suggest over 80% of Japanese people likely to continue with masks after COVID-19 subsides See in context

Dust masks have been a "security blanket" for germophobes/hypochondriacs for years, but are helpful in reducing allergies (dust/pollen) for those susceptible.

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Posted in: Should we really worry about inflation? See in context

"If they electrified the highways to lead to the development of transport trucks moving freight without oil then there wouldn't be any international affect on transportation prices,..."

Just wave a magic wand to make that happen then. And where would the electricity needed to make such a concept possible come from? Pixie dust?

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Posted in: Should we really worry about inflation? See in context

Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we'll be too broke! Things sure have taken a sharp dive over the last 12 months...

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Posted in: New Omicron variant stokes world fears; triggers travel bans See in context

Omicron COVID Variant Found ONLY in Fully Vaccinated

All four Botswana Omicron variant patients were fully vaccinated

The “Omicron” variant of COVID arrived just in time to ruin Christmas.

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Posted in: Baldwin 'reckless' in fatal film set shooting: new lawsuit See in context

Baldwin is absolutely at fault here. His negligence and blatant disregard for firearms safety is the crux of the issue. He belongs behind bars.

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Posted in: What's the difference between a PCR and antigen COVID-19 test? See in context

Apparently, the writer, an expert, is unaware (or deliberately omitting) of the fact that PCR tests have also produced no small number of false-positive results.

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Posted in: Woman turns herself in at police box, saying she killed her husband See in context

No one knows what the woman went through before doing what she did.

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Posted in: Baldwin sued over fatal 'Rust' shooting See in context

The person who pulled the trigger is responsible.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 31 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 216 See in context

Still very good news. Would be helpful to see the breakdown by age-groups.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 25 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 205 See in context

There are probably (statically speaking) a significant portion of the population who at some point were infected but were asymptomatic, and so now have natural immunity. But that large portion of the population is undocumented.

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Posted in: How warming affects Arctic sea ice, polar bears See in context

"increasingly hungry" Well there's an wealth of misinformation in this one article (and without any verifiable sources for the statements) .

From a true reseacher:

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Posted in: A new 'Trump.' SNL's Johnson attracts attention for mimicry See in context

SNL stopped being humorous a very long time ago.

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Posted in: Pelosi, Ocasio-Cortez tell COP26 'America is back' to lead on climate See in context

Did these people also arrive in the Emerald Isles on private jets?

They sure talk a lot about caring for the environment while jet-setting around the globe. I suppose the bard William Shakespeare would have some good words to say.

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Posted in: Ruling coalition agrees on ¥100,000 cash handouts, vouchers for those aged 18 and younger See in context

I identify as 17....

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Posted in: Climate talks struggle with gap between rich, poor nations See in context

To summarize : give us your money.

Seems none of it has anything to do with actually taking care of the planet.

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Posted in: High-profile breakthrough cases trigger vaccine misinformation See in context

It's a scientific fact, proven by credible peer-reviewed research that so-called fully-vaccinated people are just as likely to spread the virus (within intimate groups such as their families) as unvaccinated. The vaccines may reduce the severity of an infection but not actually reduce the spread.

Certain people who have multiple preconditions clearly may benefit from getting the jabs. But others also suffer adverse reactions. Denying the risks and reality of documented adverse events fosters increasing doubt among the populace.

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Posted in: Do you think the COP26 summit currently being held in Glasgow will result in any effective measures to deal with the adverse effects of climate change? See in context

Lots of wringing of hands(while certain elites napped during speeches) and talking about meaningless proposals. La Nina/El Nino have bigger impacts on climate than any human causes.

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