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Posted in: Death penalty sought for ex-nurse over murders of 3 patients See in context

Did the disinfectant result in a painful death or did they peacefully pass on? The judges will consider the viciousness (was it painful?) and the callousness (doing it so she didn't have to deal with their deaths on her shift) of the crime as well as the premeditation, and consider all other factors (such as this is her first time in criminal trouble and whether she can ever be rehabilitated.) If the deaths were painful, then I expect she will get the death sentence.

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Posted in: Brave new world: Atlanta heads to World Series See in context

While I have no love for either the Braves or the Dodgers, I believe the Dodgers would have been highly motivated to crush the Astros, who they believe cheated against them to win the World Series several years ago.

The Braves against the Astros? Completely overmatched. Houston wins in five games.

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Posted in: Masters champion Matsuyama wins Zozo Championshipby 5 strokes See in context

Today's 18th was a statement - to make up for yesterday's 18th where he drove into the trees and had to punch out to the adjacent fairway, and then back to 18 (winding up with a bogey). And it was Tringale who put his shot into the trees on 18. Great to watch this, and incredibly beautiful Autumn weather without a cloud in the sky.

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Posted in: Thousands of Islamists continue marching to Pakistan capital See in context

Do not underestimate these people. There is a latent undercurrent in Pakistani society that supports these Islamists. Also consider the Pakistan government, led by a cricket player, is not the most stable. They will have a human catastrophe next door in Afghanistan very soon - which Pakistan is largely responsible for - which will exacerbate the instability inside Pakistan as millions seek refuge or succor in Pakistan. It wouldn't take much for things to spin out of control and these Islamists will be in charge of a nuclear-armed nation.

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Posted in: Dozens missing in Nepal as floods, mudslides kill over 100 See in context

With the altitude in Nepal and it being late October, I would have expected it to have snowed. It is shocking to see persons still in short pants and short-sleeve shirts.

The Nepalese government will need international help dealing with this disaster; it's simply not capable of effectively responding.

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Posted in: Austrian chancellor threatens lockdown for unvaccinated See in context

Rural Austrians are not impressed by his threats. This really only applies to the inhabitants of cities like Vienna and Innsbruck.

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Posted in: Matsuyama has 1-stroke, 3rd-round lead at Zozo Championship See in context

Mr. Matsuyama's bogey on #18 was fascinating. He punched out from a bad lie in the trees, to the adjacent fairway, then took his third shot back up over the trees dividing the two fairways, getting it to the apron of the green. Nevertheless his chip up left him too far away to ice the par putt.

But a lead going into the last day is still a lead.

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Posted in: You can now buy replica JR train containers to sleep, hang out, or do whatever you want in See in context

If this is not insulated for the climate, it will be a miserable "man cave" or "retreat" during both the summer and the winter. In addition, it will need to be maintained to avoid rusting away like other old containers.

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Posted in: IOC voices Olympic concern at FIFA's biennial World Cup plan See in context

@wanderlust, Absolutely correct! The ability to pack many stadiums with Olympic soccer is a major revenue-enhancer for the host country.

I'm looking forward to FIFA and the IOC slugging this out! Two equally greedy, corrupt and well-funded organizations - this should be interesting...

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Posted in: Islamic State claims responsibility for mosque bombing in south Afghanistan See in context

Most of the Sunni Taliban think that the Shiites are lower forms of life, so they will not do much to bring ISIS to heel. Eventually Iran will send some proxy terrorists back into Afghanistan to support the Shiites, and the country will descend into the same civil wars and tribal feuds it has had for eons. (Although with fancy American-made weaponry this time, thanks to the precipitous abandonment by the American Biden administration.)

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Posted in: Nuclear option: Earth's climate panacea or poison? See in context

Great, let's build new nuclear plants. But they can't be on a major seismic fault. They can't be in an unstable country where the fission process or waste products could be weaponized. And they can't be anywhere near a mass of developed and fearful Westerners who don't want it in their backyards. And we have to make sure that the operators have more intelligence than Homer Simpson. Are there any locations left?

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Posted in: Climate justice: Rich nations dodge finance pledge See in context

Mr. Nasheed from the Maldives is a peripatetic leech, always with his hand out. I heard him speak two decades ago. He said the Maldives would have disappeared by now. [checking map] Nope, it's still there, and not any smaller.

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Posted in: Kerry says climate talks may miss target See in context

The problem is that fantasists like Mr. Kerry have come to believe the so-called targets were agreed in a global consensus. If it was a binding agreement, what was the enforcement mechanism? If it was not a binding agreement, then nation states will act in their own interest as they see fit.

At some point most people in the developed world (other than elites like Mr. Kerry and the Heinz family) will be shivering in their winters with unaffordable and unreliable energy sources while China will be a fully-powered technological marvel with energy to spare. President Xi cares nothing for Western dreams, and will never keep any agreements his country may happen to ink.

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Posted in: Ohtani wins Baseball Digest player of year See in context

Wonderful, and well-deserved!

I understand "Baseball Digest" but what does eBay have to do with it? Let's sponsor an award (with no cash attached to it) just to get our corporate name in front of the public or mouthed in the same sentence as a popular star player...

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Posted in: Australia wants Facebook held liable for anonymous defamatory comments See in context

“Social media has become a coward’s palace where people can just go on there, not say who they are, destroy people’s lives and say the most foul and offensive things to people, and do so with impunity,” he added.

Australia has become a coward's palace where police can just go on there, not say who they are, destroy people's lives, and do the most foul and offensive things to people, and do so with impunity. (Fixed it for ya, Mr. Mr. Morrison.)

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Posted in: Microsoft: Russia behind 58% of detected state-backed hacks See in context

It's a national industry and whole-of-government effort. North Korea is the same - hacking and ransomware bring in resources. China and Iran's hackers aren't in it for the money.

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Posted in: M5.9 quake halts trains in Tokyo area; 32 injured See in context

Japan's safety codes are great. I feel confident in any recently-built Japanese structure. Go take a look at the tragic videos of people fleeing the tsunamis on 11 March 2011 - a 9.0 Richter scale / 7 on the Japanese scale quake had hit nearby. (We know about the damage and even deaths in Tokyo, hundreds of kilometers away.) So close to the epicenter, there were no collapsed buildings. Prior to the waves, people were out in the street looking at the occasional downed sign, toppled brick wall, or fallen roof tiles.

The problem is an earthquake in the winter, when toppled kerosene heaters start fires and broken water mains reduce fire-fighting capability (as happened in Kobe in 1995). Or an earthquake during rainy season, which shakes the soft ground and creates landslides. Or, of course, tsunamis along the coast subsequent to an earthquake. Most of the lives lost in Japanese earthquakes over the last four decades have been from the fires, landslides and tsunami waves, and not from collapsed buildings.

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Posted in: Workers at all of Kellogg's U.S. cereal plants go on strike See in context

$120,000 per year is a fantastic wage for people without advanced degrees (or maybe even any degrees). No wonder those cereal boxes at Azabu National cost so much!

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Posted in: Pizza Hut sandwiches? Japanese lunch packs will never be the same again See in context

I would have preferred a Domino's lunch pack. Pizza Hut leaves me with acid reflux.

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Posted in: Truck driver goes on trial over accident that killed 2 children, injured 3 others See in context

No, @Tokyo-m, this road was designed perfectly fine for law-abiding drivers in control of their own vehicles (and yes, it had pavement). It was not designed to prevent drunk drivers from swerving off the road. All societies have a tradeoff between reasonable standards and vastly expensive bullet-proof standards that might work better in extremely rare and unforeseeable crimes.

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Posted in: 2 men wanted for home break-in and robbery of ¥110 million See in context

People overinflate losses from thefts so that they can hide some from taxes or even from their own business partners. Let's say the thieves only took 80 million yen - now, no one will be accounting for the 30 million yen difference, leading to either a tax reduction or a secret stash (or both.)

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Posted in: France says ambassador to return to Australia after submarine dispute See in context

Will the ambassador have to quarantine for another two weeks upon arrival in Australia?

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Posted in: Surfers sidelined as California races to clean up oil spill See in context

So using the geopositioning of these ships starting from right before the slick was noticed, find the culprits and hold them responsible. Either they are still floating out there or they are being unloaded at a berth. Easy to catch!

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Posted in: Anti-virus measures stop legal return of thousands to New Zealand See in context

@Joffy - "What a disgrace the leaders in those two countries were over the last year. They are finally starting to realize their errors. Too late."

No, Ms. Ardern and Mr. Morison are not realizing their errors. Quite proud of theirselves, from my perspective.

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Posted in: Britney Spears' father removed as her guardian See in context

If Mr. Zabel does not have the experience to be a temporary conservator, I am available and my trustee fees are a very reasonable percentage of total assets managed. Ms. Spears, I am here for you!

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Posted in: Ex-nurse goes on trial for killing 3 elderly patients at Yokohama hospital See in context

There is no evidence that these were assisted suicides, which require the invalid to request it / consent to it. Disinfectant in their IVs is pretty nasty and painful. If it was an assisted suicide, she could have given them an extra large dose of morphine or some other controlled substance to allow them to pass painfree and peacefully.

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Posted in: For first time, Dubai Expo 2020 says 5 workers died on site See in context

Five people dead, many more (hundreds likely) injured and maimed (but they didn't release that information.)

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths pass 700,000 in U.S. as Delta variant rages See in context

So many people on this site prove that Mr. Trump was the greatest real estate developer in the history of the world, because he continues to live rent free in their brains.

But as for Mr. Baker, his weight of 300lbs (140kg) means he was obese, which is a significant comorbidity for COVID19. If you don't want to get the vaccine, then please lose some weight and get healthy. He was NOT a healthy 28-year old struck down in the prime of life, but a cardio problem waiting to happen.

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Posted in: 'Demon Slayer' Nichiren Blades ready for new duty: Slicing through your sweets as dessert knives See in context

How do these not violate the Sword Law in Japan? Spear-like objects with blades longer than 15cm and pointed blades longer than 55mm are forbidden (except for tools of the trade like a fisherman's gutting knife or a carpet-layer's cutting tools). If you receive these in the mail from Premium Bandai, do not take them out in public!

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Posted in: Woman arrested after stabbing boyfriend in head with knife See in context

They are both young. Young people do not have sufficient experience or accumulated wisdom to make the best choices in relationships. I'm sure at the start of their relationship she was pleasing and energetic, and he did not notice enough clues to realize she had a violent tendency. Now that he has survived, he has gained understanding and will be more selective in his future partners.

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