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Posted in: Executions worldwide jumped last year to highest number since 2015, Amnesty report says See in context

Well, the 'numbers' with regards to China are based on spurious assertions and intentional disinformation designed to smear it in the western media.

Cos really China is a model of humanitarian thought and action; all love and compassion. I mean to say, why doesn't it get transmitted to everyone truthfully, along with the smiling faces and beaming desire to just get along. Right?

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Posted in: Holes poked in mesh screen barrier at popular Mount Fuji viewing spot See in context

Whether we have been in Japan for 40 years or 4 days, we are all tourists now.

But there is a kind of freedom to that. Now I can speak loudly anywhere I like and everyone thinks I am an American tourist. Unless I wear my Australia singlet.

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Posted in: I wanted to make money through ransomware. I thought I could do anything if I asked AI. See in context

Now give the AI the capacity to evolve its own ransomware for its own purposes. It would only need some kind of feedback on the effectiveness of each iteration. Suddenly we are talking a different thing.

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Posted in: Finland's wizards making food out of thin air See in context

Great. Plates of solein for the meat-eaters. Win-win all round.

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Posted in: I wanted to make money through ransomware. I thought I could do anything if I asked AI. See in context

Another forewarning of what's likely to come.

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Posted in: De Niro slams Trump at press event outside courthouse See in context

De Niro's not wrong. That's clear.

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Posted in: The U.S. has always had ‘big government’ – even in the colonial era See in context

It always seems to me that the debate is skewed. It's the cost of government and benefits of free markets versus the benefits of governments. The cost of free markets and market failure gets a free pass all too often. I will leave it to the free market proponents to think about their cost.

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Posted in: UK Labour leader Keir Starmer woos undecided voters with a vow to safeguard national security See in context

I'd call it treason a party that is funded by foreign donors. Last year, MPs sought an amendment to close the loopholes enabling foreign donations. Tory MPs were whipped, forcing them to vote it down. Whenever there’s a choice between country and party, the Tories choose party. Or how about the appointment of some of some of these shifty donors to the House of Lords? Nah, the Tories are self-serving scum.

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Posted in: Holes poked in mesh screen barrier at popular Mount Fuji viewing spot See in context

Whether we have been in Japan for 40 years or 4 days, we are all tourists now.

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Posted in: What is it that eventually makes some movies, songs or books a "classic?" See in context

Dunno. In some cases people consider things to be classics when I think they should have been dumped long ago. Meanwhile, sometimes what I think of as a classic barely got off the ground at the time and was soon forgotten. For me, a classic is something I can see something new in with repeated exposure, but something I have to believe was at least partly intentional from the beginning. Ahead of time will always work. Anything that is derivative probably won't, unless it has good claims to being an epitome of the genre despite that.

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Posted in: Fujitsu and Mizuho leverage AI to track trends in humpback whale migration and promote sustainable tourism for Hachijo island See in context

It's "nature", not "natural resources". The second implies an exploiter's point of view. The former sees it as an end in itself.

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Posted in: UK Labour leader Keir Starmer woos undecided voters with a vow to safeguard national security See in context

In a country that needs root and branch reform, Starmer will tinker at the margins and hope to muddle through. It's the default strategy of the country.

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Posted in: China has threatened trade with some countries after feuds. They're calling 'the firm' for help See in context

when a Norwegian committee in 2010 awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident, Beijing stopped buying salmon from the Nordic country

China is so contemptibly petty. It overtly tries to use its power to reduce us all to the school-yard. Imagine the dystopia that has China in charge.

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Posted in: Netanyahu acknowledges 'tragic mistake' after Rafah strike kills at least 45 Palestinians See in context

Come on now. There are no more excuses. Without mealy-mouthed America, Israel would likely be a pariah.

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Posted in: Older Japanese men making up for lost time by dipping into cosmetics See in context

I am going to have breast implants below my eyes

Go ahead, Jind, you could start a new craze.

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Posted in: Japanese mosquito coils taking bite out of malaria in Kenya See in context

Well, I don't use them at all but I have been to plenty of houses where people use them inside. In fact, when I was first in Japan almost 40 years ago, almost everybody did. But they also use kerosene heaters.

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Posted in: Rally for Gaza in Nagoya See in context

James RogersToday 02:24 pm JST

Does anyone know what proportion of the protesters were Japanese?

It was maybe 90% Japanese.

Thanks.

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Posted in: Rally for Gaza in Nagoya See in context

Does anyone know what proportion of the protesters were Japanese?

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Posted in: Maybe it’s high time 'majime' Japan turned 'wagamama' (Part 1) See in context

If we suppress any opinions long enough, we end up not having any at all. It works the same way for our feelings.

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Posted in: Will AI-generated songs be the death knell for music producers, song writers and composers? See in context

I don't believe they will be superior to human-created songs but so many consumers in the world have already been trained to accept much less from art anyway by the market and corporate control.

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Posted in: Maybe it’s high time 'majime' Japan turned 'wagamama' (Part 1) See in context

I am really looking forward to hearing from Japanese here about this, instead of them just downvoting any comments others might make.

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Posted in: Japanese mosquito coils taking bite out of malaria in Kenya See in context

the smoke can be irritating to some

Inhaled smoke of any variety is pretty damaging to the lungs and the rest of the body too when it enters the bloodstream. God only knows what an insecticide, albeit natural, does when added to the mix. Few people would sleep in a room with a smoker smoking all night but these coils are not much different.

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Posted in: Scientists say they can make zero-emission cement See in context

"Once the electricity has no emissions, then our process would have no emissions," Allwood said.

Hmmm.

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Posted in: 88-year-old man with dementia arrested over death of 84-year-old wife See in context

Tragic!

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Posted in: Older Japanese men making up for lost time by dipping into cosmetics See in context

A smear of pink lippy and some blusher always does wonders for my haggard face.

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Posted in: Shrine honors cats at Japan island where they outnumber humans See in context

Cats kill everything around whether fed or not. Maybe you don't know much about cats, Desert Tortoise. Even if the urge to kill were reduced by 90%, with that kind of population density not much else will survive. Most cat owners are probably more irresponsible about their animals effect on the environment than most dog owners, and that says a lot.

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Posted in: Trump booed and heckled by raucous crowd at Libertarian convention See in context

Nuts yelling at a nut. This is where we are, folks.

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Posted in: Shrine honors cats at Japan island where they outnumber humans See in context

I guess there will be no birds or frogs or lizards or small mammals on that island then. Just dumb cats.

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Posted in: Pizza Hut Japan creates Japanese plum pizza, calls it a 'Japanese Margherita' See in context

Perhaps "wafu" is a better word than "nihonfu". In any case, jokes and poking fun are unwelcome anyway here.

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Posted in: More UK Conservative lawmakers set to quit before election See in context

Then I guess the UK will continue its inexorable slide into oblivion if compromise is beyond them. I don't necessarily see healthy majorities producing great legislation. Look at the majorities the venal Tories have had and they either produce extremist market fundamentalism (ie funnelling wealth upwards to their donors) or complete incompetence because they quarrel among themselves. But, personally, I don't want anybody to have too much power to do as they like. Blair's poodle to ridiculous US foreign policy is another example of how too much power allows stupidity to prevail.

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