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Posted in: Chile accuses volunteer firefighter and ex-forestry official with causing huge fire that killed 137 See in context

Just more "climate change," at least that's what they call arson in Canada.

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Posted in: 15-year-old girl dies after falling from walkway at mall in Aichi Prefecture See in context

Another 15 year old "fell." Third year of junior high is far too stressful for many 15 year old children to handle.

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Posted in: Japan to require firms to expand support for employees with kids See in context

I'm sure this will go over well with workers who have to pick up the slack without any extra pay.

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Posted in: Google tweaking AI Overview after search result gaffes See in context

This is strike 2 for google's AI.

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Posted in: Japan inflation slows to 2.2% in April See in context

The world price of commodities that Japan imports a lot of like oil, gas, course grains, oilseeds and wheat have stabilized and the demand/supply situation is nicely balanced. Although flooding in Brazil has impacted agricultural production, the drought has broken in North America just as crops are being planted. The risk of a shortage and increase in the world price of the above commodities is very low. There is more downward price risk for commodity exporters than importers.

The only problem is the falling value of the yen.

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Posted in: Yellen urges 'more ambitious' G7 plans for Russian assets See in context

In other words, consumers in the G7 will have access to good cheap technology curtailed and be forced to pay high prices to their domestic rentier class.

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Posted in: Tobacco industry aims to hook new generation on vapes, WHO says See in context

Nicotine is certainly addictive but is it any worse for health than other addictive substances like sugar or caffeine?

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Posted in: Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza strikes; battle Hamas in Rafah See in context

When will Palestinians rise up against their terrorist masters, Hamas?

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Posted in: Bangkok hospital says most seriously injured from turbulence-hit flight need spinal operations See in context

@Entuojo

How so? Australian ABC news reports that crew and people inside the toilets were hurt the most with spinal and head injuries.

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Posted in: Bangkok hospital says most seriously injured from turbulence-hit flight need spinal operations See in context

@Peter Neil & @USNinJapan2

Most of the injuries were minor and probably caused by flying objects causing abrasions on people who were seated with belts fastened. There is no indication one way or another that the 100 people injured were not seated. Probably struck by flying laptops etc.

The unfortunate folks with spinal injuries were probably people in/going to/going from washrooms.

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Posted in: Bangkok hospital says most seriously injured from turbulence-hit flight need spinal operations See in context

@WoodyLee People do keep their seat belts fastened when sitting but there are always some passengers who are taking a bio-break or in-line for a bio-break who do not have seat belts fastened for obvious reasons.

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Posted in: Sony says focus is on creativity, with games, movies, music, sensors, IP, and not gadgets See in context

@Eastmann

You probably buy Sony in 2024. Sony maintains an over 40% market share in digital sensors. Sony mirrorless cameras are excellent and not overpriced. Even if you buy a Nikon camera or a Fujifilm camera or an iphone, you are buying a Sony sensor.

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Posted in: Gaps remain between what's known about obesity and how it's being treated See in context

@virusrex

There is plenty of science behind the effectiveness of shunning. Complete social isolation is a fantastic motivator. It seems to have worked to convince young healthy teens to get a vaccine that did them no benefit.

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Posted in: Gaps remain between what's known about obesity and how it's being treated See in context

The experiment with destigmatizing obesity has failed. Social pressure would do a great job of incentiviseing people to lead healthier lifestyles.

Perhaps something like a BMI passport that restricted access to public spaces for people with a high BMI or withholding healthcare from people who have unacceptable BMIs or shunning of obese people would solve the problem.

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Posted in: Russia deals symbolic blow to Ukraine with village capture See in context

Russia forces don't seem to be in a hurry, taking a slow roll ahead. They move ahead when risk of casualties are low, when they encounter stronger resistance, they dig in and flatten the defence. Russia has 1,000,000 FABs in stock that they can keep gliding into Ukrainian defensive positions for a couple of weeks until it is flattened and then move ahead again. Step by step, take a step forward, flatten the enemy, take another step forward into the dead zone.

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Posted in: Online reservations begin for Mount Fuji climbers to ease congestion See in context

Anyone unwilling to pay a measly 2000 yen is either very poor, in which case I am empathetic, or a cheap foreign resident who thinks they are special.

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Posted in: Osaka police ask public for help on girl missing since 2003 See in context

I remember that sad story. It was around that time, down in Kyushu, that kids on their way to school in our city reported a man in a parked car who was "shaking his wiener" seen on the kids' way to school. The police just sort of shrugged and said they would increase their patrols. The fathers and oyaji-kai were out in force the next morning all along the routes the kids took to school. A couple of kids identified the guy in his car again and he was chased down by fathers as he fled. I chased him to a red light on my bicycle, banged on his car window and yelled at him that we were watching him and we were out in force to protect our children. I remember the car had a Hiroshima number plate. The number plate was reported to police but as far as anyone knew, the police never followed up. He was never seen in our neighbour again.

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Posted in: Yellen to push G7 on bond for Ukraine backed by frozen Russian asset profits See in context

Yellen is carelessly endangering the global economic system and the US currency. It is really shocking. The Biden administration has send a signal to China by imposing tariffs on EVs and demanding that ByteDance divest itself of TicTok. By going after Russian assets, a country the US is not at war with, the message to China is to dump all US treasuries and bonds. China is already dumped $53 billion in treasuries and bonds this year. If they dump their remaining $750 billion, the US dollar will collapse.

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Posted in: Online reservations begin for Mount Fuji climbers to ease congestion See in context

Hawaii charges $25 for non-residents and limits the number of visitors to Hanauma Bay State Park in Oahu.

There are now 8 National Parks in the US that require a reservation to visit at least part of the park to fight over-tourism.

Canada tried to limit national park visitors by making entry expensive until this year when they decided to grant free entry to certain Canadians. The free entry will make certain National Parks overcrowded and will tax delicate ecological areas.

The cost of entry to Banff in Alberta, Canada did act to limit demand. Demand shifted to the next door provincial park area know as Kananaskis Country. K-Country was soon overrun, crime spiked with many parked cars having windows smashed and contents stolen while people were hiking and trash was littered everywhere. The province was forced to limit demand for entry by also charging an entry fee and crime and litter vanished overnight.

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Posted in: French forces smash roadblocks in bid to clear key New Caledonia road See in context

It is long past time for France to give up all overseas colonies.

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Posted in: Ukraine's divisive mobilization law comes into force as a new Russian push strains front-line troops See in context

@stormcrow The smart ones have already left the country.

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Posted in: Ukraine's divisive mobilization law comes into force as a new Russian push strains front-line troops See in context

I remember all the western media reports about the 10's of Russians who fled to avoid the war but this is the first time anyone has reported on the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian men who have fled because they value their lives more than their own government does.

There will be a negotiated peace, all wars end with a written agreement. The longer this war continues without a negotiated peace between Russia and Ukraine, the more men who will die and the worse negotiating position Ukraine backs itself into.

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

@MarkX

I'm not sure where you live but the majority of people in every country of the world produce children and find raising them to bring meaning and joy to their lives and will do anything to protect their children from outside actors who want to manipulate and control their children. You are simply not being a human if you think a "career" and telling others what to do are your purposes in life.

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

@TaiwanIsNotChina

As a matter of fact more that double the fertility rate in Japan; a life of joy and purpose. I never worked to get money to buy a bobble.

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

Denying one's biology is living a false life and living a life without purpose.

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

Was she speaking philosophically?

Everything about the human brain and body are evolved to survive, reproduce and protect children until they are self-sufficient. We are not evolved to spend 1/3 of our time sitting on our butts in an office unless it is only for survival, being able to secure a reproductive mate or to give advantages to our offspring who may also continue to pass on our DNA.

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Posted in: Law change lets Japanese police crack down on rule-breaking cyclists See in context

@chiseledknox

Classifying e-bikes the same as 5cc scooters would solve most of the problems without these draconian measures.

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Posted in: Law change lets Japanese police crack down on rule-breaking cyclists See in context

Someone cycling alone the Kagami River in Kochi doesn't need to wear a helmet or stop at every stop sign and it would be a huge government overreach if police started handing out blue tickets for ignoring minor infractions.

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Posted in: Law change lets Japanese police crack down on rule-breaking cyclists See in context

A case of 2% causing 98% of the problems. Leave cyclists alone. The red tickets are fine for distracted driving and intoxicated driving but the 115 relatively minor violations blue tickets are bad and fearful lifeless Tokyoites spreading their zombie spiritless life to the entire nation. Kanto is the only area of Japan where one can see pedestrians on small local streets with no cars waiting at a red light at 6:00 AM. People in the rest of the country are not brain dead and just look for cars before walking 1.5 meters against a red light across the street.

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