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Posted in: Kindergarten employee arrested for abusing 5-year-old boy See in context

If the child was being disruptive, I don't see this as such a bad thing to do. What was the teacher expected to do?

That’s a pretty long answer in itself. It takes a lot of training to teach teachers how to maintain classroom control.

If the child was only being disruptive for that one lesson, then you basically let them do it. You ask what about the other kids - most of them will have bad days as well. And even if they don’t, the fact of life is that sometimes we end up in groups with people who bring us down. That’s life

If the child is regularly disruptive, then maybe they need to be moved to another class, or from the school depending on the circumstances.

What we can definitely say is that teachers must not become physical with the students, unless it’s to protect the physician safety of themselves or another child, and even in that circumstance they have to be extremely careful to only use enough force to stop the actions, and not to go overboard.

And the police? Really?

Yes, really. Abuse of children is an arrestable offence.

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Posted in: Under pressure from Trump, FBI and Justice agree to expanded Russia probe See in context

Well there’s a new one. Trumpians are saying Trump’s appointment of Mueller is unconstitutional. Weird that they are arguing that their president went against the constitution.

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Posted in: U.S., China work on ZTE rescue; Mnuchin denies quid pro quo See in context

As I said, they'd sell out their own country to make a quick buck.

Looks like Trump has done the same - he just canceled a trade war and is now supporting Chinese jobs, as a result of China investing millions in a Trump project.

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Posted in: Uber to start first taxi-hailing pilot program in Japan See in context

Uber's concept will be done better by other companies I don't think Uber itself will do well.

Why not? They were first, and have the most experience and widest coverage. Their app and service are really good now. I'd say they have a better chance at remaining the leader for the longest than other companies do, so I'm wondering what you think it is about Uber that will cause it to do well.

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Posted in: Venezuelan President Maduro expels top U.S. diplomat, deputy See in context

ah, socialism. Over 100 million murdered and starved since 1917.

Ahh socialism. Responsible for the happiest countries in the world, with the highest quality of life. America doesn't even make the top 10: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/07/these-countries-have-the-highest-quality-of-life

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Posted in: Police launch expert group to discuss autonomous vehicle rules See in context

they know damn well that creating more walkable/bikable cities combined with good public transportation is the positive change the world really needs.

Who is 'they'? I don't think there is some magic force behind what you are ascribing to. I think there is the law of supply and demand, and in our current world, the demand exists for what we have, and the supply for what you describe does not.

When a paradigm comes forth that overcomes the issues with the current system, while still meeting the requirements of the system, that paradigm will win, regardless of whether 'they' want it to or not.

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Posted in: Uber to start first taxi-hailing pilot program in Japan See in context

Uber is a scam.

It's not though. I've been using it (and similar services) a lot over the past year. As a consumer, they are great. Set the pickup and destination, and you just get in the car, and get out when you arrive. You get an email a few minutes later telling you how much your ride was. And while you are waiting, you can see exactly where the driver is, so that you can time your exit or whatever to meet them.

The overall experience in general is just done so much better than the traditional taxi service, and usually around 60-80% of the cost of a taxi.

Taxis are ubiquitous in urban Japan.

They are. And the taxis in Japan are great - some of the best in the world in my opinion. They are clean, and I love the opening of the door for passengers to get out. I've still never seen that in another country. They have gotten a little easier to pay with due to being able to use Suica, but you still have to go through the process of paying.

The problem with ride sharing services is that they don't pay their drivers enough to maintain their cars. They make money while the car is running, but when they have to fix it, it hits deep. And they get a lot more wear and tear on their cars because they are driving. And with other companies stepping in and doing the same, they compete, and it becomes a race to the bottom, where the driver ends up being the one taking the hit. Taxi drivers charge more, but they are also more able to properly maintain their taxis and provide a better service.

So there are pros and cons to both systems. Personally, I'd like to see a middle ground. Taxis using a ride-sharing app for example. Vancouver, Canada does this, though I can't recall if I still had to pay cash/credit card at the end.

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Posted in: Trump suggests FBI may have infiltrated his campaign See in context

Half of the country doesn’t think so.

Not even half the voters supported him, much less half the nation. He couldn't even get as many votes as his opponent. Even including those Californians who you consider a lesser people who shouldn't have an equal vote to other Americans.

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Posted in: U.S. bolsters Asia ballistic missile defense See in context

why? gender should not make any difference

And yet, for the entire history of humanity, it has.

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Posted in: U.S., China work on ZTE rescue; Mnuchin denies quid pro quo See in context

Make China Great Again !

After they invested millions in a Trump project.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-project-in-indonesia-gets-chinese-government-partner/

Jesus. Well now we know why Trump suddenly dropped his trade war with the Chinese, and is now tweeting to save Chinese jobs. It's a quid-pro-quo for supporting his personal projects.

And the Republicans will support it, because 'it's not illegal'.

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Posted in: Trump suggests summit with N Korea's Kim could be delayed See in context

Here is the problem, trying to prove it.So far nothing illegal here

It's insane that the Republican's definition of good presidenting is 'well what he did isn't illegal, or if it is, it can't be proven'.

That's a hell of a low bar to set. Aren't we talking about the president of the nation? It used to be people held the president to a higher level of responsibility than 'it's not illegal'.

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Posted in: What's your idea of Japanese comfort food? See in context

Ramen. And Tanuki-udon.

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Posted in: Police launch expert group to discuss autonomous vehicle rules See in context

Without the internet the world as we now know it would collapse. Banking would be impossible as would so many other necessary transactions. The internet which all smart phones are also using is now an essential service of the modern life. We live in the digital era and a return to analogue is no longer possible.

We lived for thousands of years without the internet, so we have the ability to live without it, and therefore don't 'need' it. And if society collapsed, and the internet along with it, we would still survive. So a return to the analogue is possible. But in doing so, our society as we know it now would cease to exist in the same manner definitely. So while we don't 'need' the internet, it's damn useful, and it would suck to revert to a status where we no longer had the internet.

Automated cares will be much the same thing. After they become commonplace, we'll look back at the times where people used to drive themselves, getting into accidents where people die willy-nilly, as archaic, and not a time we can return to. The idea of having to watch the road while driving will become silly.

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Posted in: Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama See in context

Was he though...?

He was. Though the perspective of Americans regarding political systems has shifted so far right, that to Americans he appears extreme left. But he was well to the right of the rest of the world's 'left'.

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Posted in: Police launch expert group to discuss autonomous vehicle rules See in context

Tell me again: Why do we need autonomous vehicles?

The same reason we 'need' the internet.

In other words we don't. But that doesn't mean they won't be awesome.

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Posted in: Trump suggests summit with N Korea's Kim could be delayed See in context

If the summit is postponed, does he still get the peace prize on time, or does that get postponed as well?

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Posted in: An egg a day may keep the doctor away, study claims See in context

The link between eggs and high cholesterol has been shown to not actually be a link. They aren't actually entirely sure what causes high cholesterol yet - looks to be mainly genetics - but they do know that eating eggs won't raise your cholesterol.

Weight Watchers has recently given eggs a 'zero' score, which means that people on the weight watchers diet can eat as many eggs as they want, and it doesn't count against the foods they can eat in a given day.

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Posted in: Members of student shoplifting gang admit to stealing over 400 times See in context

“Tanki Daigaku,” literally “Short College,”

Actually 'tanki' is 'short term', not just 'short'.

Moderator: Yes, that is a better translation.

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Posted in: Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama See in context

the part in the article where it says Obama's content will be non-partisan... Yeah right.

He was a centrist president. It's not that far-fetched that he'd make non-partisan programming.

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Posted in: NRA links school violence to Ritalin but experts deny link See in context

There are plenty of whatever drugs in Japan

Psychoactive drug prescription levels in Japan are not even remotely close to what they are in the US.

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Posted in: Gunman opens fire in Texas high school, killing 10 people See in context

That's a good point. While the ideal is no guns, the reality is that some people will have guns, and the actually it is that some countries have responsible gun laws. Switzerland is a good example of how things should be done. The US is a good example of how they shouldn't.

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Posted in: 31-year-old arrested for stealing whistles from little girls See in context

the guy is an admitted pedophile

No, he's admitted to thoughts of pedophilia. He hasn't done anything pedophilic yet.

If we make thoughts illegal, those that have these thoughts and wish to fix them are not able to do so, out of fair of being imprisoned for even admitting that they have a problem.

Pedophilia is a horrible crime. About as disgusting as it gets. But someone who thinks of pedophilia and never actually does it, has not committed a crime. We should be creating an environment where people like this can get help when they haven't committed a crime, so that they don't hide it and then end up committing the crime out of a lack of support.

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Posted in: NRA links school violence to Ritalin but experts deny link See in context

Interesting, the NRA, one of the most powerful lobbies in the US, has just taken on the pharmaceutical industry, another extremely powerful lobby. I actually think the NRA may be correct on this one, that proscribed drugs may be behind a lot of the shootings. The question is that if the NRA is right, would they be willing to allow laws that would deny guns to those on these drugs and laws where households with people on these drugs are not allowed to have guns? I think that's not likely. If they aren't willing, it means the NRA is pointing the finger, without willing to do anything about it.

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Posted in: With N Korea summit on shaky ground, Trump to press S Korean leader See in context

Yet the meeting that would never happen according to liberals

The liberals never claimed that.

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Posted in: Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama See in context

This is great news!

I look forward to his first documentary, questioning why Trump is allowed to be president of the USA, even though he wasn't born there, has the wrong skin color, and a funny sounding name.

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Posted in: Trump to ask Justice Dept to look into campaign surveillance claims See in context

I’m not even close to being far right.

Really? So what far-right ideologies do you disagree with? Which policies?

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Posted in: Business titles so complicated nobody knows who's boss and who's not See in context

This is the same in the west. There is no standarization of titles, though for some titles there are accepted responsibilities that go along with it. But it's often quite hard to determine someone's position/rank within an organization from their title.

One thing that bugs me is in the tech industry, where you see 'Web Ninja' or 'Rock Designer'. Although that trend seemed to be more common 10 years ago than it is now.

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Posted in: 2018 midterms show start of Democratic scramble for 2020 See in context

They have no interest in helping the average working person, they do a good job of pretending to though.

Sounds more like bait-and-switch Don than the Democratic party.

Anyways, Obamacare, and all the sh#t the party went through as a result of implementing it, shows that they are interested in helping the average working person.

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Posted in: U.S. toughens stance on Iran; lists sweeping demands See in context

Why didn’t Trump just keep the nuclear framework in place and demand the other things he wants? Makes no sense.

If you're looking at the goal of a non-nuclear Iran, it makes no sense. If you're looking at the goal of whipping his worshippers into a frenzy by undoing something Obama did, it makes all the sense in the world.

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Posted in: Japanese climber who lost 9 fingers dies on 8th attempt at Everest See in context

Good for him. But in doing so, he left behind his grieving parents, and other family members and friends. Sorry to say, but him dying up there was not a 'freak accident' or an unavoidable fate... In my opinion it was somewhat selfish to keep trying when all indications are that you arent supposed to achieve this goal.

Fortunately, we all have the right to be selfish in this life, if it is not hurting others.

Not only did he put himself at risk but others, who probably attempted to rescue him from his fate.

It's Mt. Everest - that's what people do there.

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