Theodore Wirth comments

Posted in: Erdogan says lira crash 'political plot' against Turkey See in context

It is a travesty that the POTUS (this one in particular) can wage economic wars with zero restraint based only on his gut feelings, watching Faux News or something that somebody whispered into his ear.

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Posted in: Trump's trade beef with China may backfire on meat See in context

The Chinese will be better off not eating the hormone- and antibiotic-laced US meat.

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Posted in: Toyota plans to expand production, shrink cost of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles See in context

I do not understand this strategy. hydrogen as a substitute for gasoline is nice and all but the mechancial comlpexities of the drive train, exhaust, intake, cooling system, starting system, charging system, etc. are essentially the same as a gasoline-powered vehicle. Those mechanical components are responsible for the kind of repairs that nickle-and-dime you to death once a vehicle reaches a certain age.

The future for EV vehicles makes far more sense as they are comparbly simple as they have none of the above plus, no belts, no filters, no hoses, no oil changes, no pollution controls, no transmission, no timing belt, etc., plus with regenerative braking the brakes last longer. Note that I am talking pure EV here, not something like Toyota's Prius that because of its hybrid design, is even more complex than a gasoline-powered vehicle as it still has all the above mechanical liabililites of a gasoline engine along with an electric motor that must be charged by the gasoline engine..

Of course, EV means less service revenue for automobile dealers and Toyota may be looking out for them because hydrogen-power will require almost as much service (less pollution controls) as gasoline. This scenario reminds me how the large copier companies are loath to switch from toner-based imaging to the inherently more cost-efficient and reliable inkjet imaging, all because of the damage it will cause to the revenue stream of their dealer channels.

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Posted in: IOC tells U.S. to clean up its own doping house See in context

We (U.S.) are particularly good at moralizing. Witness how we gleefully punish foreign banks for misdeeds, all while we let U.S. banks run wild and bilk fellow citizens.

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Posted in: Disney buying Fox film, TV units for $52 billion in digital push See in context

F Fisney.

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Posted in: Spritely look See in context

Asian women are beautilful but the anorexit look is beyond me.

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Posted in: Do you think flying cars for public use will become a reality? See in context

No. Too many overhead wires, especially in Japan.

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Posted in: Indonesia says 1,200 IS operatives in Philippines See in context

Per capita numbers please? Indonesia is a populous nation.

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Posted in: Mako in Bhutan See in context

Everbody is beautiful. Please enjoy without prejudice.

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Posted in: Professor tells Midway battle story with ship, plane models See in context

Most people cannot or will not grasp the scope of this mano a mano horror show. Today it is shopping while bombs rain down and ~75 years ago it was rationing and a loved one getting his head blown off. Thanks to Ross et. al. for reminding us and realizing that in this day and age we need props in an effort to do so.

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Posted in: Militants attack Christians in Egypt, killing at least 26 See in context

US Christians attack Iraq and admit to killing ~100 innocent civilians.

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Posted in: Trump calls N Korea's Kim Jong-Un 'madman with nuclear weapons' See in context

"I know what I am but what are you?"

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Posted in: Usuki - centuries of history in a provincial castle town See in context

Fascinating. Thank you for your hard work Vicki.

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Posted in: Mnuchin: U.S. partners more comfortable with Trump on trade See in context

Munchkin is incapable beyond following the yellow brick road.

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Posted in: Train delayed twice in Saitama after rock, brick placed on tracks in two places See in context

I am "shocked" that there are aimless vandals in Nippon.

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Posted in: N Korean missile fears in Japan: 'Whatever will be, will be' See in context

Shikata ga nai.

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Posted in: U.S. THAAD missile defense equipment enters South Korean site See in context


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Posted in: Madonna expresses her displeasure about planned biopic See in context

Woe is me.

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Posted in: Abe to visit Russia Thursday for meeting with Putin See in context

I have had numerous encounters with high level Japanese executives and even the lowliest of them were very suave and knowlegeable, but not slimy in any manner. This includes the Canon Inc. luminaries Fujio Mitarai and Ryoichi Bamba.

That said, do not underestimate Abe. He is not a fool. He is a match for Putin and an overmatch for Trump.

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Posted in: Trump takes aim at U.S. financial oversight law See in context

Another day and another opportunity to line his pockets. Sigh. Although we have survived 100 days it has been a surreal blur of ineptitude, corruption and machismo. The only way I can face the reality of this onslaught is like that of AA--"one day at a time."

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Posted in: 3 Seattle officers shot; 1 suspect dead, 2 in custody See in context

I continue to wonder why cops do not lobby to get guns off of the street. Instead, for the most part in spite of union busting they vote conservative and are NRA members.

Could it be something as simplistic as job security? Could it be the mental acuity level of those who are itching to play the role?

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Posted in: Video of passenger getting dragged off flight in Chicago sparks uproar See in context

Do not fly United. Fly united and resist the oligarchy. Maybe do not fly at all, all things considered.

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Posted in: Japan should push back against U.S. attack on yen policy, says Abe adviser See in context

I wish Nippon the best of luck in getting through the thick skull of Trump. If you succeed, you will find nothing of substance. You may be better off lobbying Invanka or Jared.

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Posted in: Do you think the U.S. missile strike against Syria was also a warning to North Korea? See in context

No. Kim Jong-Il and his coterie are far more politcally savvy than that collection of moronic Trumpsters.

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Posted in: This is the nation’s first ever attempt to provide an opportunity for students to systematically learn about nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation at a graduate school. See in context

Especially since national treasure Toshiba has dropped the ball. I hope that students learn that nuclear power overdepends on betting on casino-style US capitalism.

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Posted in: FDA approves 1st drug for aggressive multiple sclerosis See in context

Per the norm for drugs like these I predict that this drug will cost ~$100,000 per year in the US and considerably less elsewhere, even though its development has been subsidized by my tax dollars

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Posted in: Tillerson demands NATO allies ramp up military spending See in context

This is all our idiotic administration is concerned with, ramping up the profits of its campaign contributors of various sorts. Forget the rhetoric of "bad globalism," these sheisters are all about the money including that of Russian suppliers of military weapons.

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Posted in: Heroin use, addiction up sharply among U.S. whites See in context

The outrage is that Congress, PHARMA and the justice system are the cause and enablers of this tragedy. While they all look the other way, people are dying in droves and families are ruined all in the name of protecting profit, graft and greed.

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Posted in: Not my laptop! Airline passengers hit the device doldrums See in context

Workaround: book a flight on a US airline.

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Posted in: Enchiladas don’t sound healthy, unless you do these tricks See in context

I agree with jansob1, an enchilada HAS to have a a tortilla.

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