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Posted in: Gov't to conduct body scanning experiment at subway station in Tokyo See in context

And when you do have to carry something properly wrapped up, will they stop you and make you unwrap it and then will the burden of proof fall upon you, who are in a rush, to have to argue over the definition of 'wrapped'?

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Posted in: Gov't to conduct body scanning experiment at subway station in Tokyo See in context

Ah, but just imagine if such a system had detected vinyl bags of sarin and sharpened umbrellas.

Oh, no, wait a minute. It would not have helped at all.

Everything I hate about this idea has been covered by the posters above. I will confine myself to a single NO, and no, no, no, no, NO!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted in: Teen girls, ages 14 and 15, charged with robbing bank See in context

But were they armed?

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Posted in: For train fans: What is the most enjoyable train ride you have ever taken? Where did you go to and what sort of train was it? See in context

Oops, not Dover, but Folkestone to Calais by Eurotunnel.

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Posted in: For train fans: What is the most enjoyable train ride you have ever taken? Where did you go to and what sort of train was it? See in context

Parts of train journeys remain in the mind. Miniature railways as a child, Romney/Hythe, or with children, Bure Valley in Norfolk. Taking the sleeper from Washington CD down to Montgomery Alabama. Travelling around Kyushu on a steam train, leaning out of the window and getting a face full of hot smoke and cinders when you entered a tunnel. My first ride on the Shinkansen, like Toasted, and the Eurostar to Brussels. Driving along the platform and then into and open door in the side of the train at Dover for the tunnel and the continent. Perhaps the most scenic was a train that takes you from Leeds up across the Pennines to Carlisle.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g186344-d212042-r480047378-Settle_Carlisle_Railway-Settle_Yorkshire_Dales_National_Park_North_Yorkshire_Engl.html

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Posted in: Hamilton still full of drive as he chases 6th F1 world title See in context

Well, the guy has it all in spades. The only questions are will Mercedes be able to take on the latest Ferrari iteration, and which way will Lady Luck wave her magic wand.

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Posted in: How ‘The Vagina Monologues’ came to be in Japan … and why the play is so relevant now See in context

Aw come on madmanmunt, it has all the right catchwords. OK, perhaps too many of them.

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Posted in: The Taliban have not changed, warn Afghans living under their rule See in context

The Taliban would be far from pleased if you called them Arabs, Kestrel. A different part of the world.

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Posted in: Transgender woman hits bureaucratic brick wall in Japan See in context

Despite the minuses I still think Midori and the children should be getting at least an equal amount of the limelight here. For letting go and accepting.

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Posted in: Transgender woman hits bureaucratic brick wall in Japan See in context

Midori and the children are wonderful people, sticking together as a family unit like this.

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Posted in: Japan to ease language requirements for foreign nursing care trainees See in context

Expects, expects, expects. The government is terribly slow, even snail-like, to react to reality on the ground, so they have little right to expect anything.

Always better to hope than to expect, as they will surely be disappointed once again otherwise.

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Posted in: Hamilton expects stronger challenge from Ferrari in 2019 See in context

Been trying to answer my own question above. I see that Toro Rosso have inherited many aero parts from Red Bull. Perhaps Red Bull are using these days of testing for extra publicity by running Toro Rosso cars with Red Bull written large upon them...

Good to see that Daniil is quick, and that the Honda engine is giving signs of working at last.

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Posted in: Bangladesh building fire kills at least 69 See in context

Terrible. It must have been awful for the people trapped inside.

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Posted in: Osaka Prefecture to allow children to bring smartphones to school See in context

Many kids here have shut out their parents completely, both shouty lecturing types of parents, and sympathetic hopeful kinds of parents. The boss kids even turn other kids against their parents. They create a watertight secretive group world of their own. By extension the teacher is another kind of parent, to be shut out. This makes carrying a full class though very difficult, even with mostly respectful kids, and just one or two non-cooperative ones, eyes down, one hand under the desk, peeking at something, who will not let go of his/her smartphone. The phones need to be on manner mode and kept away from the desks, e.g. at the back of the room.

In Australia or the US by contrast there is much more daily communication between parents and children, more open channels.

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Posted in: U.S. Coast Guard officer arrested for mass murder plot See in context

And bad people on both sides... both sides.

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Posted in: IS teen 'shocked' after UK revokes her citizenship See in context

What could she offer? Is she only wanting to take, including free baby-sitting by her relatives?

By contrast here is an American example who has repented and could actually help others if allowed to return.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/pompeo-alabama-woman-joined-isil-return-190220205553875.html

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Posted in: U.S. Coast Guard officer arrested for mass murder plot See in context

He sounds anti-Democrat in the extreme, but the article does not mention who he supports.

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Posted in: Hamilton expects stronger challenge from Ferrari in 2019 See in context

Not been following this too closely yet, but the new mix looks interesting.

The article and photo caption both mention Daniil Kvyat in his Toro Rosso, but the photo is of their sister team's Red Bull, not a Toro Rosso.

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Posted in: IS teen 'shocked' after UK revokes her citizenship See in context

Sadly I do not think there is anyone in the UK able to 'reform' someone with radical thinking like this. Words like 'face robust UK justice' look fine on paper, but does such a thing exist? People are busy and tired. The system is old, leaky and creaking. I do not think the courts are able to deal with them. I do not think the prisons or prison officers are able to handle them or stop them spreading their message. It's always someone else's responsibility and problems get handed along until they sort of disappear, getting mopped up in the general miasma. Perhaps one alone can be isolated and worked with long enough, by an enthusiastic team of experts, but the system is not set up to deal with multiples, such as a group of IS wives, and there are few bright individuals with enough understanding and positive energy to deradicalize someone like this. Gloomy it sounds perhaps, but in the back of their minds the authorities are aware of this.

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Posted in: Does U.S. President Donald Trump deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? See in context

This is the world voting on Trump's record here, not some internal political tit-for-tat bunfight.

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Posted in: No need for Abe: Trump already nominated for Nobel Peace Prize See in context

Ah, but the guy has a get-out-of-jail-free card, quote:

Tybring-Gjedde, who sits on the Norwegian Parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, also confirmed the joint nomination of Trump. "A possible award would of course depend on the talks leading to a credible disarmament deal," he said. (quote: tackling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.)

The devil is in the detail.

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Posted in: Honda to close UK car plant in 2022 with loss of 3,500 jobs See in context

Japanese car manufacturers are facing an onslaught of Chinese EVs. Europe is introducing laws to force people to buy EVs. Japan needs to withdraw and concentrate on being able to deal one way or another with the fast approaching future of automobiles.

Brexit is simply a convenient excuse to get out. And then to add demurely that 'it is not really a factor' is as easy as pie.

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Posted in: Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95 See in context

Quote: She added, "It was just somebody really celebrating. But it wasn't a romantic event."

The guy was probably drunk and smelling of tobacco. You can tell it wasn't romantic by her clenched left hand.

By the same token, she never said "#me too", years later.

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Posted in: Road rage driver arrested for incident in which man fell from truck See in context

Agree with the driver in that he just wanted the guy to let go. Killing him was obviously not a consideration, but a little thought would show that it was an extremely dangerous thing to do.

Luckily the 50-yr old only suffered a twisted ankle, but why after eight months has this just now become news? Have they been searching for the truck driver, or has he been in prison and have the police finally got around to agreeing on the charge?

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Posted in: Japan's baseball practice culture sacrificing children's arms: surgeon See in context

It seems obvious on first reading that something should be done. It sounds as if the fathers need to be educated first, perhaps by a tour of the hospital. Maybe the kids should be taught like Ohtani to be ambidextrous, 50 throws with the right arm and 50 with the left, effectively spreading the load.

You don't want to end up like a crab with one massive pincer, or do you?

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Posted in: Trump calls discussions about removing him 'treasonous' See in context

So in effect the 25th amendment is in itself 'illegal and treasonous'.

I suppose he could have averted the Iraq wars by going to shake hands and and hug Saddam Hussein.

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Posted in: NHK fee collector leaves threatening notes on people’s doorsteps See in context

If there is an NHK sticker visible then they will come around again and again.

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Posted in: U.S. seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars, phones See in context

Englisc even, if Bill Gates will allow me...

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Posted in: U.S. seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars, phones See in context

Not a popular opinion, English, but well said!

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