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Posted in: Comedian Dave Chappelle calls Israel-Hamas war a 'genocide,' urges Americans to fight antisemitism See in context

***I wrote 'genotype' but meant to write 'phenotype'.

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Posted in: Comedian Dave Chappelle calls Israel-Hamas war a 'genocide,' urges Americans to fight antisemitism See in context

Bob FosseToday  11:12 am JST

Since 1950, 29 percent of Nobel Prizes have been awarded to Ashkenazi Jews

Over 80% of Nobel Prizes have been awarded to men. Are they smarter than women?

IQ is distributed along a bell curve. Males are more highly represented on the tail ends of the distribution for all aspects of their genotype (this is across pretty much all species, by the way, due to having a y chromosome and being nature's play thing, as males woo while females choose - this is what Darwin explained when he put forth his theory of sexual selection in 1859), while females tend to be grouped around the middle. This means there are more really stupid and really smart men, but on average, men and women have the same IQ.

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Posted in: Comedian Dave Chappelle calls Israel-Hamas war a 'genocide,' urges Americans to fight antisemitism See in context

Bob FosseToday  11:06 am JST


Suggesting superiority or inferiority based on ethnicity is always wrong all the time. Don’t do it.

No.1, You can't tell me what to do and nor should you.

No.2, Just because a fact is inconvenient it doesn't make it false.

No.3, The fact in question is backed by an undeniable mountain of evidence that available to all. If you're unwilling to engage with it, or unable to do so, it's not my problem; est quod est.

No.4, You're virtue signaling, and most people can see through it.

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Posted in: What happens if you get a traffic ticket in Japan? See in context

Could somebody tell me what the ACTUAL speed limit is, here? I see '80' on the expressway, but everyone goes faster. Nobody seems to be able to give me a coherent answer.

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Posted in: Niseko in Hokkaido to introduce lodging tax of up to ¥2,000 a night See in context

Hopefully they'll redirect some of that money to the Japanese Avalanche Network so that we can get daily condition updates rather than twice a week.

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Posted in: Climbers to pay ¥2,000 fee on popular Mount Fuji trail from July 1 See in context

It's designed to disperse crowds away from the Yoshida Trail:

The active volcano has three other main routes that will remain free to climb

Seems like a smart way of managing crowds and providing everyone with a better experience.

The article should have focused on this angle, instead.

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Posted in: Japanese police make first-ever YouTuber arrest for uploading video game gameplay videos See in context

Japanese police are operating at the behest of private companies. How this could be in the people's best interests evades me.

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Posted in: 2 die in vehicle collision in Hokkaido after car hits deer See in context

To prevent deaths, the government makes gun ownership almost impossible, which prevents hunting, which causes a deer infestation, which causes carnage on the roads, which causes deaths.

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Posted in: Japan to scrap current non-digital health insurance cards in 2024 See in context

Good move. France has had a digitized national health insurance card (Carte Vitale) since 1998. My only concern is the name, which is a mouthful in an English context: "Where did I put my My Number Card?"

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympic executive to be investigated over fresh bribery case See in context

Living in Sapporo, I hope lll

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Posted in: Japan set to waive some visa requirements in October to boost tourism: Nikkei See in context

There is no scientific basis for any of these travel restrictions.

We can therefore assume the government is merely carrying out what their polling is telling them.

Hence the xenophobic sentiment of the policies in place.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder of ‘noisy’ patient in Hokkaido hospital See in context

I totally get it. They should let him off with a caution.

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Posted in: Russia OKs Japanese firms' investment in Sakhalin 2 energy project See in context

Well, thank goodness for that. My entire house in Hokkaido is heated using gas, that, I can only assume comes directly from Sakhalin. Sorry Ukraine, but you're not my problem, and maybe if you hadn't been so corrupt to begin with, Russia wouldn't have been incentivised to invade.

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Posted in: Woman, with only ¥10 on her, arrested after leaving restaurant without paying bill See in context

Reading so many comments on here portraying her as a victim.

Funny when a woman commits a crime she's always a 'poor soul who found herself in a bad situation and it's not her fault'.

Whereas when a man commits a crime he's just a criminal, and let's throw the book at him.

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Posted in: Japan to keep interest in Russia's Sakhalin 2 gas project See in context

Russia holds vast foreign currency reserves in Japan - which are currently frozen - so it's in Russia's interest to play nice with Japan if they ever want to see their money back once the war ends. Good move on Japan's part.

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Posted in: Court refuses to recognize trans woman as parent of child born after transition See in context

I guess that the trans parent in question could 'adopt' her child. But, that begs the question of why not simply grant them parenthood in the first place.

As usual, a fossilized legal system riddled with inconsistencies.

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Posted in: Cut a peach with a rubber band? Former Japanese pro wrestler introduces a surprising lifehack See in context

Or, you could just peel and cut it with a knife in half the time.

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Posted in: KDDI says 70% of services restored after wide network troubles See in context

Networks of that size don't just stop working. They got hacked and they need to admit it. But neither KDDI nor the govt want to admit the degree to which our data is vulnerable/ has been compromised.

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Posted in: U.S. naval officer in Japan faces prison over deadly crash See in context

I've had mountain sickness high up in the Himalayas and that's absolutely not how it works. It subsides as soon as you come down. The reason the judge threw the book at him is because he won't admit that he fell asleep.

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Posted in: Banning Russian LNG imports tough without supply alternatives: trade minister See in context

Only 8.8% LNG from Russia is extremely low when one considers how close Sakhalin is. Good to see that Japan was wiser than Germany and Italy by diversifying its suppliers of oil and gas. Depending on Australia for the bulk of its LNG was a very smart move.

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Posted in: Japan ruling party to debate contentious nuclear sharing arrangement See in context

The invasion of Ukraine shows what happens when a country is foolish enough to relinquish its nuclear weapons.

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Posted in: Uniqlo defends decision to stay open in Russia See in context

One should keep in mind that a lot of the companies withdrawing from Russia are doing so only because of the sanctions. Without SWIFT they are unable to move their profits out of Russia. So don't be fooled by their virtue signalling.

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Posted in: Uniqlo defends decision to stay open in Russia See in context

Surprise, surprise: a Japanese company doesn't care about human rights.

I don't think the athletes sponsored by them will take too kindly to that.

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Posted in: Tokyo condo frees up space by putting a shower in the kitchen See in context

I think they should just put the toilet in the kitchen, too, so as to win precious time in the morning by combining coffee making with bowel movements.

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Posted in: COVID vaccination requests at work pose worry in Japan's booster push See in context


Today 07:04 am JST

No one can force inoculation against there will. That’s infringement. Should be punishable by law. Vaccine doesn’t prevent spreading of the virus. Only helps to reduce severity of the symptoms.

Vaccines don't just make you less ill, they lower the possibility of catching it, even Omicron.

But, crucially, since it makes people less ill, it reduces the viral load, making it less likely to contaminate others.

Why can't you people understand this simple logic?

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Posted in: Japan's military, among world's strongest, looks to build See in context

There's no way they're the 5th military power in the world. That's just laughable.

Japan has no nukes. And Japan has essentially no combat experience.

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Posted in: Sapporo expected to announce cost cuts to land 2030 Winter Olympics See in context

What those of you who keep criticising the IOC fail to understand is that they distribute $3.5 million each day to sporting organisations, around the world. Those who benefit most from this money are poor countries. That's why they had to hold the games. I acknowledge that there are other means of financing sports, but the Olympics is a global party that people love watching, everywhere.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games uniforms for 28,000 volunteers remain unused See in context

My wife volunteered. Some of the kit is pretty good. The shoes are cool and they'd sell them easily. The hats and pants too are really good, and could be sold. But the tops are too heavily emblazoned with the Olympics to be deemed fashionable. Those may need to be destroyed, or refashioned into lintless window wipes.

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Posted in: Beijing tells Evergrande boss to pay firm's debts with own cash: report See in context

Time to buy gold.

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Posted in: Beijing tells Evergrande boss to pay firm's debts with own cash: report See in context

Time to buy gold.

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