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Posted in: Farmer referred to prosecutors for killing protected crane See in context

We've had similar occurrences in the US. Bald Eagles are protected, but considered a nuisance by some people these days.

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Posted in: Mural of murdered Japanese doctor in Afghan capital erased See in context

It's good that the help he provided will be remembered by many people who live in Afghanistan. The Taliban is too unstable to stay in power forever. Eventually, some other group or leader will rise to power. Hopefully the country won't be totally devastated by then and is able to move forward on a more peaceful path. It is going to be memories of interactions with people like Dr. Nakamura that help bring about peace and respect for outsiders.

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Posted in: OnlyFans reverses sexually explicit content ban See in context

It's weird that people knowing you posted erotic material can "ruin" your reputation. I don't see anything harmful with displays of nudity or sexuality. It would be nice if our culture would modernize a bit. With this deep fake stuff coming out now, anyone could have pornographic material with "their face" show up on the internet.

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Posted in: Europe to boost battery production as electric shift accelerates See in context

People often talk about the pollution created while extracting materials needed for batteries as being worse than oil extraction. That is correct in the short term in some instances, but not necessarily the long term. Most mining vehicles are still going to require diesel, but that is changing. They already have electric haulers in use. It will take a while, but that transition will happen eventually. The second factor, is that batteries are totally recyclable. No lithium is lost over the lifetime of a battery. It's internal structure just changes if it forms dendrites or has corrosion, etc... The lithium can be extracted and used over and over again effectively forever. Oil products are one time use. You have to keep going back for more and the output of burning fuel becomes a part of our environment.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

It is important to remember that delta variant of Covid-19 is much more infectious than the prior strains. Even without the Olympic event visitors, the infection rate should be expected to have had a significant increase.

I'm surprised that Japan didn't push for vaccinations.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police arrest 5 trade union members for sedition See in context

The hood seems like a good option for anyone who is arrested. Publicizing the names and faces of people before they are convicted sometimes results in additional victims of that person coming out, but it's much more common that someone is arrested and later cleared or judged innocent in court, but punished by everyone who thinks they are now a criminal.

Of course, it should only be an option as I suspect that most who are arrested for political reasons won't want to be anonymous.....

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Posted in: Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke in 1998 See in context

How nice that they chose to publicize a 23 year old joke that the world would be best forgetting. Lot of people say stupid things when they are young. Holding them responsible for it when they are older and wiser is foolish.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 727 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,329 See in context

It is disappointing how slow Japan has been with the vaccination rollout. Vaccination is the key to herd immunity and opening up travel again. I don't think anyone should be allowed to travel anywhere in the world without proof of vaccination against common known illnesses like COVID, measles, etc.... Yes, vaccinated people can still catch the COVID-19, but the odds are low enough that it would be a major damper on the spread.

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Posted in: Olympics worker arrested for allegedly raping woman at stadium See in context

The standard in California now, is that you must actually give specific consent that you are agreeing to sex.

"Affirmative Consent". That is to protect people who might be intoxicated, sleeping, or simply just afraid.

The concept is definitely a bit odd for many couples, but it is a good way to protect potential victims. They don't need to say no. They can just "lay flat" and not say anything when they feel under too much pressure.

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Posted in: Do you think there should be permanent host cities for both the summer and winter Olympics? See in context

One of the goals of the Olympics, is to bring the world together. Taking turns hosting the event helps to share the burden and potential spoils. Lot of cities still make use of facilities constructed for the Olympics. The event can be a burden, but it presents opportunity. It is up to the city hosting it to make things fit their capabilities. They don't need to build facilities that can seat 100,000 observers. It would be great to see more online video feed. VR is pretty nice too. I would love to have a full 360 first person view and audio on the ground level with the competitors for many events.

If Japan had really held to the technical edge it used to have, that is the kind of experience they'd be offering this year.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist indicted in Myanmar on 'fake news' charge See in context

Glad this isn't allowed in the US... At worst, you'll be ridiculed by poorly chosen president.

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Posted in: Bill and Melinda Gates file for divorce after 27 years of marriage See in context

Even if he gave her 100 billion dollars, he'd still have 10 billion. I don't imagine his life style would change a single bit. The concept of wealth just isn't conventional at their level. It is good that most of their money is supposed to be going to charity.

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Posted in: Woman disciplined after putting up partition between herself and older male coworker See in context

Co-workers can be distracting.... Also, bad lighting.... I used to sit in a corner of the office and faced toward the inside of the room, so I could see pretty much everyone in the room. I bought some large sheets of black posterboard and attached them to the back of my monitors using the vesa mount holes to add a good six inches of "bezel" beyond my screen edges so that I could look at the edges of my monitors without simultaneously seeing everything my coworkers were doing in the background. Much better for focus. It was also great for blocking out extra background light, which seemed to bug my eyes. Many people who saw my setup from a distance, just thought I had extra large monitors.

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