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Posted in: Actress Anne Heche hospitalized after fiery car crash See in context

According to latest news, Anne Heche will be taken off life support soon.

Spare some thoughts for her.

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Posted in: Texan sentenced to 25 years for virus-era attack on Asians See in context

Attacking small kids should have got him life without parole.

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Posted in: Have you changed your summer holiday plans because of the surge in coronavirus cases in Japan this month? See in context

I'll stay in my own country. Japan has never been likely.

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Posted in: Putin bets on an ancient weapon in Ukraine: time See in context

Well, Putin's bulldog Lavrov finally admitted they want to remove the Ukrainian government (despite having denied such notions before).

Russia can't be trusted. They already broke the grain agreement by shelling Odessa.

They want to remove Ukraine from the maps, remove Ukrainian history, culture, language and all what remains to remember Putin of his biggest mistake in history.

I think it is about time to set things right - UN, NATO, whoever. No tyrant should be allowed to do as he pleases.

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Posted in: Unions call for maximum working temperature cap after EU heatwave deaths See in context

Humans are different - a friend of mine is working roads, means dealing with hot tarmac all year long until subzero temps. Drinking 5 or 6 litres of water was not enough to keep him hydrated in temps above 30°C. A few weeks ago he collapsed when daytime temps reached 35°C. He is still in hospital with kidney failure.

Another friend of mine works at a computer base - about 18°C all year long and he feels fine with that. Got out into 35°C and collapsed on his way home.

I do not think there is anything wrong with unions asking to protect workers.

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Posted in: Summer in Japan doesn’t feel like a Japanese summer this year, many are saying See in context

@kohaku - sounds Greek to me, Latin would be something like aqua, not hydra

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Posted in: Wild species relied on by billions at risk, report warns See in context

looks like an arowana, mighty big fish

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Posted in: What word or phrase annoys you when you hear someone use it? See in context

"live and let live"

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Posted in: Russia pounds Ukraine's Donetsk region after seizing Luhansk See in context

It is necessary to provide Ukraine with the weapons needed to drive back Russia and provide them with a basis to be able to negotiate. Selenskyy was willing to negotiate until Russian war crimes in Bucha and other places came up. Now he has no choice but keep it up because surrendering Luhansk, Donbass and Crimea would be his undoing. And this would mean the last democratic leader might go - bring back the corrupt oligarchs Russia would like to see.

Give Ukraine anything she wants - heavy artillery, aircrafts, tanks, whatever.

We all know Putin will not stop after a few bites off Ukraine. He has made wastelands of wheatfields, turned cities to rubble and wrecked industries. He does not conquer - he is bound to destroy.

And he needs to be stopped. At all costs.

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Posted in: Uniforms should ideally be used to help the wearers feel comfortable from the standpoint of both their mentality and the clothing's functionality. See in context

I agree with englisc aspy in general but I'm still against school uniforms. They date back to a time when it was customary to tell by clothing which class you belonged to and even in Britain it didn't work. One of my pen pals flung her school uniform into the corner the moment she came back from school and put it on the next day right back from the spot she left it. Both her parents were working full time to keep food on the table so there was no one to care for it.

My other pen pal did the same but she had a nanny and her uniform was always spotless, ironed and upkempt. Even on an old b/w class group photo you could always tell the upper class kids apart.

Both girls envied me because we had no school uniforms in Germany - the only disadvantage showed in summer, when scantily clad girls hoped for better grades from male teachers.

But they appeared a minority. I would say the best option is, everyone clothes themselves comfortably, cleanly and decently, no display of expensive designers and if someone wants to wear a skirt or pants, it's fine.

The worst option would have been the idea that emerged in the late 70's at my school: the grammar school (Gymnasium) kids would be dressed in white, the intermediate school (Realschule) kids in blue and the secondary school (Hauptschule) kids in red.

The ensuing uproar buried the idea within weeks.

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Posted in: Peaceful walk See in context


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Posted in: Peaceful walk See in context

Maybe he's wearing a mask because on an allergy?

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Posted in: Putin likens himself to Peter the Great; British, Moroccan foreign fighters sentenced death See in context

Whether you call him Vlad of the Long Table, Mad Vlad, Putler, or Ivan the Terrified, I just want him gone. Permanently. ASAP.

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Posted in: Explosions rock Ukrainian capital Kyiv See in context

Peter14,a tenth of Ukrainain support Putin

According to refugees from the Donbass region, 7 to 10% of the population in Donbass/Luhansk support Russia but not necessarily Putin. Their numbers are dwindling, as many Russian speaking Ukrainians feel disgusted by the Russian forces so they prefer to become fully Ukrainian now, teaching their kids Ukrainian language and culture - even though that's rather difficult while being pressured to use Russian money and language in public.

In the western and central parts of Ukraine you'll hardly find any Russia supporters at all.

And definitely no Putinistas.

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Posted in: How the NRA evolved from backing a 1934 ban on machine guns to blocking nearly all firearm restrictions today See in context

Excuse me, I'm just a humble German not understanding why anybody aside from the military should be able to buy military grade weapons. Those weapons serve one purpose only: To kill humans.

I won't go out at lengths why a teenager should be able to buy any weapon at all, I will not moan about gun culture in the US or anything, I just want to know: Why does the NRA think assault rifles and guns for kids mean "freedom"?

In Gemany they would be termed a terrorist organisation and rightfully so.

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Posted in: Zelenskyy opens Cannes Film Festival, links war and cinema See in context

I think he's doing a good job. I've watched him when he was a comedian and was not impressed - as a leader of a threatened country he is doing very well.

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Posted in: Amber Heard cross-examined about fights with Johnny Depp See in context

I remember clearly someone being arrested in 2009 for DV against a partner. It was Amber Heard.

Johnny Depp however never had any arrests for DV, only lots of testimonies from his ex-partners and kids that he's "the sweetest guy you can imagine".

I feel really sorry for Johnny.

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Posted in: French city rekindles burkini row with pool rule change See in context

I think those burkinis look actually very pleasant, a lot nicer to look at than a hairy fat guy in budgie-smugglers as Cleo so aptly put it. Those ladies also avoid skin cancer which is another reason why some more covering while swimming is a good idea. While snorkelling I always wear a t-shirt and shorts because sun burn comes quicker than you expect.

I don't understand why to make it an issue at all. One poster at a German news site complained sweaty burkinis were "unhygienic" but I doubt the ladies wearing them would get sweaty lying in the sun to get a tan.

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Posted in: If you are an employee of a company, educational institution or organization, do you like your job? See in context

Actaully, I would like to be employed again. Being self employed sucks.

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Posted in: Osaka Expo mascot needs name; organizers ask for suggestions See in context

Well... it's a grinning, dripping, bowel-headed thing with 5 eyes. Not even Lovecraft imagined anything like this.

I have no idea what to call it but whatever you do, do NOT say its name thrice!

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Posted in: Report: Germany top buyer of Russian energy since war began See in context

Just some thoughts...

Sanctions work mid-term, realistic effects will not be seen before summer.

It's a shame that Germany didn't see Putin for what he is but who else did?

Relying on Russian Gas was a mistake started by then chancellor Schröder, a social-democrat by name only.

The crap was fortified by Merkel, probably the biggest mistake she ever made.

However, shutting down NPPs was not - we can see in Ukraine what a vulnerable tech they are.

Lots of industries in Germany like steel and glass require factories to keep working 24/7, cutting off energy would mean totally wrecking them. Rebuilding would be costly and take years. That's why Germany is hesitating to cut off Russian gas until an alternative source comes flooding in.

50% of German housing is heated by gas - just like me, as a tenant I have no say in that matter.

I wish JT would ban those Putinistas regurging their same old crap.

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Posted in: Do you think the online advertising ecosystem involving multiple technologies wielded by ad networks, social media companies and publishers is getting too complicated for users to understand? See in context

Instead of the option "I don't know", a simple "eh?" or "huh?" would have been more appropriate.

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Posted in: What do you think of Tesla CEO Elon Musk? Is he the sort of person you'd like to work for or with? See in context

I don't know him personally but from what I read he's not the type of person I would like to know personally.

I'd rather work in a soup kitchen serving the homeless and refugees instead of enriching someone who has more than enough.

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Posted in: Missiles cause multiple explosions in western Ukraine city of Lviv See in context

*meaning "the WHOLE Ukraine" - wouldn't mind if she gets access to the Caspian Sea while going.

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Posted in: Missiles cause multiple explosions in western Ukraine city of Lviv See in context

I used to be part of the German Friedensbewegung way back in the early 80s. I have learned painfully that you cannot appease a raging bull (or in this case, bear) by waving an olive twig and asking him to come to the negotiation table. You can either hide behind said table and wait until he comes crashing through or get the weapons necessary to blast that menace to peace away.

Frieden schaffen ohne Waffen (make peace without arms) only works as long as you're dealing with someone with a conscience, with morals, with values like human life is prescious.

Putinistan has made clear it has no such values.

Give the Ukraine anything she wants, bayraktars, tanks, anti-rocket systems, long-range missiles, submarines, cruisers, whatever.

Cut off the bloody purchase of Russian coal, oil and gas NOW. And keep sanctions intact until Putin and his ilk are gone and the Ukraine is rebuilt.

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Posted in: What do you think the outcome of the war in Ukraine will be? See in context

Not quite sure what I "think", but I "hope" Putin gets his arse kicked, I "fear" Ukraine will not get enough help and I'm "prepared" for WW3. Not that I would like to die from radiation sickness in my dingy old flat, but I would rather suffer that than enduring more years of Putinism.

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Posted in: Some are hurt by remarks meant as goodwill gestures, like, 'You just haven't met the right person.' See in context

Some don't seem to get what Mr Nakamura says. It's like offering a beefsteak to a vegetarian saying, "oh, maybe tomorrow you'll get hungry enough to eat it".

It is deeply offensive.

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Posted in: U.S., Ukraine quietly try to pierce Putin's propaganda bubble See in context

Hack their TV and send them a mix from Western media news, subtitled and on permanent loop, updated daily.

Can be done but needs constant input from worldwide hackers.

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Posted in: Are there any circumstances that justify war? See in context

From a supporter of the 1980s Friedensbewegung: Yes, there are legimitate reasons to wage war - if your country is attacked, for instance. There are less reasons to declare war, but at the moment I'm under the influence of friends fleeing from Ukraine.

Anton drove his wife and their two kids to the Polish border just after the war started, then turned back to fight for his country. He was basically just delivering goods from Lviv to Kyijv when he had to avoid some road damage and came across some village. The village was a mess, hardly one structure remaining and a massive crater right in the middle. Dead cows and pigs strewn everywhere. When he got out of the lorry, a chicken limped towards him, both wings dragging, obviously broken.

He collapsed, and all he ever said since then was "Kurka, kurka...".

He was hurried back quickly towards the Polish border together with some other shell-shocked or handicapped mates and is somewhere along the miles-long line of refugees right now.

If there is a reason to wage war, then it is to prevent anything like this.

I hope Anton will get help in Poland.

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Posted in: With Ukraine war, Europe's geopolitical map is moving again See in context

Lavrov, the ugliest bulldog in history, has made clear that Putin will not have less than total Ukraine.

He will opt for total war next. I listened to his speech for a minute or so and threw up right after.

Maternity hospital housing secret warriors and so on while pregnant ladies and babies were still being rescued from the rubble.

Will the world continue to watch while Putin uses worse weapons on civilians?

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