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Posted in: Unseasonable temperatures hit Sapporo Snow Festival preparations See in context

It is pretty hypocritical to say that unseasonably cold weather is NOT evidence AGAINST global warming but that unseasonably warm weather is evidence IN FAVOR of it. I think that the biggest victim of the climate change debate is science. "A majority of scientists agree that..." Scientific facts should not be decided by a majority vote. That's not science. Yet it seems like every English textbook I see in Japan has at least a lesson or two about how man-caused climate change is a fact. It's no wonder that people see global warming around every corner when they have been raised to believe it and believe whatever they are told by authority figures.

I'm not saying that climate change isn't happening or that if it is mankind isn't causing it. I just want to point out (some of) the hypocrisy.

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Posted in: NHK’s U.S. election banner amuses Internet users See in context

Well Elizabeth Warren wasn't running either, but there she is!

@Morrison: Nice!

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Posted in: NHK’s U.S. election banner amuses Internet users See in context

I don't get why all the politicians are snarling and spoiling for a fight EXCEPT POTUS. It is as if he is some impartial character surrounded by all this drama made by other people. Every Japanese that I have met supports POTUS but doesn't know any of his policies (except for maybe TPP).

As for climate change, I think that the real victim is science. If the Republicans are guilty of denying science, the Democrats are guilty of politicizing it. Even if man-caused climate change is a reality, you don't say "a majority of scientists..." You think science works by a majority vote?

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Posted in: 2 dead, including gunman, in school shooting near Seattle See in context

Anti-gun crowd, what's your solution to the gun problem? Do you want to ban guns altogether, or something else?

Pro-gun crowd, what's your solution to the gun problem? Do you want teachers carrying guns in school, dismantling the welfare state (I'm not sure how you'd do that.), or something else?

Please keep it simple. As far as I can tell, y'all are just going in circles.

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Posted in: Worst date ever! Japanese ladies reveal the top five date ideas to avoid See in context

It might have been helpful for these ladies to say what dates they don't like and then give a preferable alternative.

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Posted in: In some countries, there is a ban on adults and children wearing religious clothing and symbols such as burqas, veils, head scarves, skullcaps, turbans and crucifixes in public places like schools, re See in context

I can't understand why anyone would support the ban other than because they don't like religion. In that case, what gives you the right to force your views on others? Many in the religious crowd do the same thing, though.

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Posted in: Clean-up begins after volcano eruption in Kagoshima See in context

Sakurajima erupts almost 1,000 times a year. Its just normal. I was shopping in Kagoshima City when it went off Sunday. The ash drifts along the street like snow does, so whenever a car or bus goes by you get dusted by the ash. Normally its just a nuisance, but Sunday's eruption was very much so. In the summer, the wind typically blows the ash to Kagoshima, but in the winter it blows to Kanoya. I'm just glad that the ash was sent to Kagoshima instead of where I live.

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Posted in: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans See in context

"I'm embarrassed and outraged."

A lot of good that will do you. You can't do anything about it, even if you're an American.

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Posted in: Zimmerman 'got away with murder' of black teen: juror See in context

The "innocent child" was a 17 year-old. He had training in MMA. He was on his way to buy skittles and an Arizona ice-tea because he wanted to mix them together with cough syrup to make a drug called "Lean." Zimmerman was beaten up, but Martin was not.

Get your facts straight.

The real issue is not that the court system did not work. It did. It is overwhelmingly obvious that the established media is failing. The iron triangle of the media-government-corporations is the problem.

Here's a great video about the Zimmerman-Martin tragedy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebu6Yvzs4Ls I've looked and haven't found any fact-check that debunks it. Watch it or don't. Everyone has the right to choose for themselves whether they take the red pill or the blue pill. (Matrix reference)

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Posted in: Antics of 3 students at Universal Studios Japan result in charges See in context

Are you serious? These "kids" are university students. Why are you blaming their parents? If they aren't old enough to be responsible for their actions now, when will they be? If you're going to blame their parents, blame their grandparents for not teaching the parents to be good...parents. Besides, students spend at least as much time at school as at home. Why don't we blame the Japanese government!!

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Posted in: New NSA spying allegations rile European allies See in context

"I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!"

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