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Posted in: WHO to reconsider declaring global emergency as China virus evacuations begin See in context

@Tokyo-Engr - every information about 2019-nCoV is interesting. For me it is even more interesting to filter what is credible, logical, entertaining or discardable. I'm at over 590 pages now, still reading.

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Posted in: WHO to reconsider declaring global emergency as China virus evacuations begin See in context

@GreenPeas: I read about that as well - seriously, if I was a scientist working on a new biological weapon, I wouldn't pick a coronavirus as a tool. There are much more efficient options available without much bioengineering necessary. Of course pollution makes lungs more vulnerable to 2019-nCoV but also to other pulmonary diseases, influenza, bronchopneumonia and such. By the way, air pollution in Beijing is even worse, so why not start there?

While cutting down on panic, could we please cut down on paranoia as well?

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Posted in: WHO to reconsider declaring global emergency as China virus evacuations begin See in context

I'm still busy reading every bit about 2019-nCoV, over 500 pages so far from every online page available. I agree with virusrex that for the WHO it's a "damned if you do, damned if you don't"-case.

Here in Germany, with a thriving Chinese community we have 4 cases so far, all originating from the same vector, all patients in pretty good health.

On the other hand, we have fatalities from flu ranging from several hundred to over 20,000 every year - at the moment I see no reason to panic over a new coronavirus with a low fatality rate and long incubation period which enables a working immune system to wake up and work on the intruder.

2019-nCoV seems stable and not likely to mutate into a more deadly strain at the moment. Of course it needs to be watched closely, like every new virus.

But please, don't panic. This is not the thing that's going to wipe humans off the face of the earth.

The human race won't need a virus to accomplish that.

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Posted in: Sleep next to railroad tracks at closest hotel to a train station platform in Japan See in context

"How often does the train run by here?"

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Posted in: 2 dead in livestreamed attack targeting German synagogue on Yom Kippur See in context

Rightwing nutters like this one are emboldened by rightwing talkers like Trump and his ilk who makes them feel safe to live out their irrational hatred by violent means. It is further fueled by judges like that one which turned down Renate Künast's request to prosecute hate-mailers who called her names which would get moderated here.

Germany has a problem but it is not the refugees who are responsible.

The enemy IS on the right!

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Posted in: Livestreamed killings test social media measures to block extremist content See in context

Rightwing nutters like this one in Halle/Germany are emboldened by rightwing talkers like Trump and his ilk who makes them feel safe to live out their irrational hatred by violent means. It is further fueled by judges like that one which turned down Renate Künast's request to prosecute hate-mailers who called her names which would get moderated here.

Germany has a problem but it is not the refugees who are responsible.

The enemy IS on the right!

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Posted in: Do you remember when you first sent or received email? What was your reaction? See in context

Don't remember but I guess it was like "welcome to AOL" or such.

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Posted in: Trump suggested nuking hurricanes: report See in context

KuroAug. 26 01:52 pm JST

With the radioactivity the sharks in the tornado will probably mutate and start firing laser with their eyes... that's probably how discosharktornado starts...

Now that's a B-movie I would watch... thanks for the laugh amidst such a sad topic, Kuro!

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Posted in: Dutch ban on burqas in public places takes effect See in context

Looks like it's not easy to enforce anyway:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/01/dutch-police-signal-unwillingness-enforce-new-burqa-ban

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Posted in: Dutch ban on burqas in public places takes effect See in context

Actually, this ban also covers integral helmets and balaclava masks in offices, hospitals and schools. Sounds quite fair to me.

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Posted in: Do robots and AI lead to more job creation than they destroy? See in context

Just wait until AI becomes smart enough to replicate themselves, mine for resources to build more and more and cut out the middle man - humans. Industrial revolution replaced humans by 1:100 and that was 200 years ago.

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Posted in: Trump tweets threaten to disrupt U.S.-China trade talks See in context

8T: "DemocRATs still living in a dream world."

Seriously, this goes unmoderated?

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Posted in: New drug to boost women's sex drive approved in U.S. See in context

Addressed to the men trying to find the G-spot: Search for spots A to F first.

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Posted in: Häagen-Dazs Japan’s 35th anniversary Green Deep Tea ice cream is no ordinary matcha dessert See in context

濃い is a wonderful word to describe intensity. It means thick (beard, fog, make-up), dark (colours), close (relationship), strong (taste, drinks) and even sensual. Great example for the Japanese language being build on context rather than having precise words for everything.

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Posted in: What do you think of Japanese pop and rock music? Heard anything you like? See in context

Still stuck in the past glory of psychedelic J-Rock:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15g9nz2TZTI

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Posted in: Japanese actor Kenichi Hagiwara dies at 68 See in context

While I preferred the "good boys" to the "bad boys" of the GS時代, this news really saddens me. Great singer, actor and a true character. Still love the PYG supergroup, about time to listen to the CD again.

Thank you ショーケン. You will be missed.

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Posted in: Snowy jump See in context

Not quite, her name is written 有希, Yūki. Could be translated as "there is hope".

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Posted in: Japan to ban physical punishment of children by parents See in context

Sitting here reading, mouth open aghast at the number of yous condoning disciplining children by "smacking" or the use of a belt... Are you serious?! I grew up in the 60s when physical punishment was the norm according to my classmates. When I was in kindergarten age I got a spanking (flat hand to the butt) once and from then I prodded my butt with cardboard just in case it might happen again because I had no idea what I had been punished for. Only once I got a slap across the face by my dad when I came home late from school. I had good reasons to be late but he wouldn't listen. My dad is dead since 2001 but I've never forgiven him that single slap.

Beating kids is wrong, no matter if its "just a slap" or reducing them to a crying mess with belts, spoons, sticks or whatever. Reading all the comments from folks that claim it didn't do them any harm convinces me it did. Very much so...

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Posted in: World's oldest man dies in Japan at 113 See in context

@GyGene: Ashoro https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashoro,_Hokkaido

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for murder of 2 children in 2015 See in context

Death penalty facing a murderer and screaming "You're disgusting!" is like looking into a mirror. It's like beating a kid to lecture him about not beating other kids.

If a murderer cannot be rehabilitated he should be kept away from society. But to kill him to teach other potential murderers that killing is wrong? What's the logic in that?

And don't let me get started about wrongful convictions and all the other reasonable facts that Deadforgood has mentioned before.

I'm against the death penalty. Always have been, ever will be.

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Posted in: 3 dead, 12 wounded in Strasbourg Christmas market shooting See in context

Some posters just won't let get reality into the way they react to news like this. Please allow yourselves to be educated. This sad incident has nothing to do with refugees or recent immigrants.

North-Africans were accepted to France as cheap labourers, stuck into crammy flats in the banlieues and when economy faltered, the banlieues became ghetto-like suburbs. No way to get a job with an address like that, no help in getting a decent education, thus many youths took the only way out in committing crimes like robbing stores and breaking cars to steal whatever seemed of value. Getting nicked resulted in being put in prison cells fitted for six but stuffed with 9 or more young angry guys. One islamist preacher among them would be enough to convince most others that they had been deprived of their chances because the Western Way were the enemy.

That's how terrorists are made. Religion alone won't suffice, it merely acts as a fertilizer on barren ground and desperate seedlings. Give the seedlings the water of knowledge, education and a proper chance in life!

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Posted in: Tuna tank See in context

My desire to eat fish has dropped to an all time low after reading this:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/oct/30/are-we-wrong-to-assume-fish-cant-feel-pain

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Posted in: Disgusting Food Museum See in context

Was surprised they had my beloved salmiakki on display... not surprised about sheep's heads, cow stomach and other local delicacies though. One man's owl is another man's nightingale I guess.

Take it easy, folks. I guess there's a treat and a yuck for everyone there.

I wonder if they have marzipan there as well - I was told many Japanese hated it...

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Posted in: Merkel won't seek 5th term as German chancellor See in context

@ Yubaru: That guy is Volker Bouffier, minister president of the state of Hesse.

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Posted in: Which fashion item or trend do you wish would disappear forever? See in context

baggy trousers - especially if they expose half of their wearers' butts

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Posted in: A stir-fry with easy-prep ingredients done in under an hour See in context

I use sunflower seed oil but other vegetable oils that stand the heat work just as well. I do not use olive oil as it has a distinctive taste and smell.

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Posted in: In your experience, which country's airport immigration offices have been the rudest or most difficult to deal with? See in context

Only had two difficult experiences so far, one while transiting through the GDR from Hamburg to West Berlin in 1982, the other at London Heathrowback in the early 90s. While the issue with the GDR officials was solved quickly by giving me a temporary passport (setting me back 10 DM) I was held up for several hours at Heathrow. Double bag-search, testing "unknown substance" (a small salt shaker which surprisingly contained salt), rub-down body search, questioning why I did not go for the exit straight away but spent time "looking around"... When I was released my hotel reservation was gone and I had to look for cheap accomodation around Paddington late at night. I would have preferred to start my London holidays less stressful.

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Posted in: A simple chicken tikka masala that's neither mushy nor dry See in context

@Strangerland, over here I buy my spices at an Indian supermarket. I don't know if there are as many stores in Japan as in Germany but TRS has a variety of masalas, curry powders and other ingredients that can also be ordered online. Try "pickle masala", I wouldn't want to cook without it once I tested it...

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Posted in: Trauma fears cloud upbeat picture of Thai boys rescued from cave See in context

A lucky outcome helps battling traumata - no doubt some of the boys might suffer from fear of enclosed, dark spaces but I'm sure they'll have all the help they can get. I wish them luck!

It would be far worse if they would be left alone like so many other people who survived horrible experiences. The boys got help, they are heroes of resilience and I have no doubt that they will recover.

And some of them may have found some inner strength that will enable them to do great things in the future.

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Posted in: Trump calls off Eagles visit to White House over NFL anthem dispute See in context

I don't get what's disrespectful about kneeling. If the players dropped their pants and wiggle their bare butts in front of the cameras while the Anthem was played it would be a different matter...

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