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Posted in: 20-year-old man arrested for drunk driving after fatal car crash See in context

Foolishness of youth - but I guess it is not only confined to youth, is it? Alcohol is DANGEROUS and no one should ever drive drunk! I'm sorry for this young man and for all involved and the families who lost precious children! He/they made a HUGE mistake. Unfortunately this will greatly impact his life as well as everyone else involved. The memory of the 2 friends he killed will haunt his mind the rest of his life.

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Posted in: Japan starts accepting requests for eased COVID quarantine rule See in context

I don't see much meaning in dropping the quarantine from 14 days to 10 days for vaccinated people who are not coming for business! For goodness sakes! Open up the country! If they are vaccinate and have a test before coming, why not just a 3 day quarantine? MAKES NO SENSE!

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Posted in: Beach blocks See in context

Well, I'm not a fan. Imagine going to the beach and having these things block your view of the ocean! Personally, I think the climate thing is over-hyped. The climate has been changing since the beginning of time. The earth is more resilient than we think and sometimes I think we have this idea that we humans are able to understand the problem well enough to actually "save the planet". I'm all for reasonable efforts to go green, but nothing overboard.

Are these things really necessary? Maybe. I don't know, but just saying that I'm not a real fan.

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Posted in: Needle-free vaccine patches coming soon, say researchers and makers See in context

Should be a great reduction in medical waste as well. Imagine how many needles had to be made and disposed of for this covid vaccination. A patch would be SO SO much better and easier to administer as well. Hope this works out well for them. Unfortunately the companies are private so investment does not seem to be an option.

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Posted in: Opponents of critical race theory seek to flip school boards in U.S. See in context

I don't know anything about the situation of this school, so I will refrain from commenting on it, but I do support parents who want to protect their kids from the seemingly anti-white racist CRT. I'm against racism of all types whether it is against blacks, whites, or people of any other color/origin. I'm sure CRT has some good points but it has become a tool of the WOKE Left to indoctrinate our kids with anti-white attitudes. This will NOT be beneficial for anyone! On the contrary, it will complicate efforts to address real racism and everyone will suffer.

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Posted in: Treehouse resort leads way in sustainable tourism See in context

I mean, I wish her well, but she is only catering to the rich and wealthy. i have trouble seeing how this is sustainable after the newness wears off. Maybe there are enough rich people around the world who are willing to give this a try, but although she talks about sustainability, the carbon expense required for all these rich people to make enough money to pay her fees probably means it's not so sustainable after all. Maybe there are enough people willing to pay for the feeling of contributing to a "sustainable tree resort. Who knows? Again, I wish her well.

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Posted in: My wife turned into a completely different person. I live with her, but I feel like she’s gone to another world. See in context

Once you become a believer in the conspiracy theory, people shut out reality and nothing anyone can say to them will change their mind because they "know" the truth. We are the ones who are deceived.

If I were this guy, I would try to avoid the subject with his wife and encourage her to find other ways to keep busy. Youtube will suck you in and keep feeding you more of the same stuff you are listening to. Pretty soon you are in really deep over your head and it's hard to dig your way back to daylight.

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Posted in: Science seeks ancient plants to save favorite foods See in context

The answer, scientists say, may be to reintroduce that genetic diversity by going back to domesticated crops' wild ancestors.

This is why evolution does not work. If evolution worked, we would not need to re-introduce genetic diversity into the genome. Evolution would take care of that all by itself. But it can't. Once we lose the genetic diversity, it's gone. So I applaud these efforts to protect the diversity.

But this is why dogs who are purebreds are often less healthy than mixed breeds. The mixed breeds have a healthy genetic diversity and can handle problems much better.

Evolution can help select from whatever already exists in the genome, but once that diversity is lost, natural selection has NOTHING to select. Natural selection is helpful only in it's ability to select the most healthy among what exists. It cannot create anything new and most mutations are negative or harmful so they do not result in more healthy animals/plants/etc.

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Posted in: Police reminding drivers not to perform the illegal 'Ibaraki Dash' maneuver See in context

I've done this on numerous occasions. If I'm going to hold up a whole line of cars and I have a chance to turn before the other cars start going, it seems like it's a good thing that will help the flow of traffic. I didn't know it was illegal.

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Posted in: Australia’s highest court rules media liable for Facebook comments See in context

"Freedom of speech is fine in Australia as long as it is true..."

The problem here is that there are differing opinions about things. What if I post a science article from a creationist perspective that criticizes a university for an article their scientists posted dissing creation scientists?

I happen to believe that evolution is not true - at least in the way it is taught in universities. If I post a negative article on evolution, could I be prosecuted?

There are differing opinions on the safety of the vaccine, usage of Ivermectin, views on the virus(plandemic some call it), etc. Who decides what is true?

If you make freedom of speech dependent on someone's decision about what is true/false, I'm not sure that is true freedom of speech. It's a difficult issue because sometimes it's just really hard to know whether something is true or not.

Is Snopes.com going to be the deciding factor? I wouldn't trust them myself. We all have our biases.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police arrest Tiananmen vigil organizers See in context

True. It's hard to really boycott China, but we could also boycott the Olympic games and encourage others to do the same.

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Posted in: The 'wadokei': the old way of measuring time in Japan See in context

Very interesting article. Thanks!

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Posted in: Fish fins teaching us the secret to flexible robots and new shape-changing materials See in context

"Segmented hinges in the long, thin bones of fish fins are critical to the incredible mechanical properties of fins, and this design could inspire improved underwater propulsion systems, new robotic materials and even new aircraft designs.

The secret is in the structure: ‶

The science of biomimetics is blossoming. More and more inventions are being made by studying the design of things in the natural world.

Not to take anything away from the work of scientists or anything, but humans are more copy cats than inventors!

It boggles the mind that so many people think all this design happened by chance over eons of time. Even our best most intelligent minds put together cannot come up with these designs on their own and we thing that random, purposeless, directionless, mindless natural processes that compose mainly of mistakes in the genomic code actually somehow totally by accident hit on these amazing designs? Please!

Many of the designs we see and seek to copy are complicated and cannot be arrived at one little step at a time because they will not function until everything is put together just right. How in the world could stuff like this evolve? We've been taught just to accept this as true, but no one has ever seen these kinds of complex things actually created by evolution. We just think it HAD to have happened like that since God is ruled out in science.

Well, it turns out that everyone believes in miracles. Some believe in the supernatural design of a Creator and others believe in innumerable lucky and timely mutations that somehow resulted in amazing and efficient masterpieces of design. Which takes more faith to believe?

that random mistakes can create these kinds of masterpieces?

OR

that an intelligent Designer purposefully created these things to function as they do?

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Posted in: Frenchman's hunger strike over 'abducted' kids enters third week See in context

If anyone knows this guy's family, please tell his kids that their father is literally dying to meet them!

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Posted in: GOP state voting restrictions 'un-American,' Biden declares See in context

I think the problem is that they are GOP rules.

Biden thinks the rules are "un-American"? OK, come up with a way to prevent voter fraud then that will ensure fair elections. Many of us also think that VOTER FRAUD IS ALSO UN-AMERICAN!

Both sides probably have some good points so let's put politics aside and come up with a fair solution.

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Posted in: Faith still shapes morals and values even after people are 'done' with religion See in context

It's interesting that atheists are concerned with morality because there is no such thing really, if there is no God. If there is no God, there is no such thing as true right and wrong. There might be general ideas in different cultures about what is acceptable and what is not, but nothing is truly wrong in an objective sense of the word because there is no absolute standard or right and wrong. It's all made up by humans. If we all make up our own standards, why in the world do we have to follow them? We don't and often times we even compromise and break our own standards because we know or think that it doesn't matter - that we are not accountable for our actions - outside of the law of the land. People tell us that bullying is wrong, but if it's not against the law, how can anyone say that it's wrong? It might be their personal view that it is "wrong" or "not good", but so what? Cheating on your wife? Why is that wrong? Isn't it funny that we call it cheating? Kind of shows that we know in our hearts that it is wrong, but why do we feel that it's wrong - if there is no such thing as right and wrong? So either there is real right and wrong(which we all know to be true deep down in our hearts) which points to the existence of God, or anything goes as long as it is not against the law. And even then, it doesn't matter as long as we don't get caught. After all, we don't need to give account of our actions to anyone! We are totally free! (Which makes life totally meaningless, but that's a whole other topic.)

We all look at morality in a very biased manner - wanting to justify the things we want to do, and wanting to vilify the things we don't agree with - things we don't want people to do to us. Can we trust ourselves to really be good judges of what is right and wrong when our hearts are so biased? If we want to, we can almost justify ANYTHING! It's quite convenient to be free from God's law. It allows us to live our lives however we want to. No wonder so many people choose to ignore His existence and live their (sex) lives however they want to. No bias there, right?

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Posted in: The next pandemic is already happening – targeted disease surveillance can help prevent it See in context

Wait! They want us to trust the work being done in the Wuhan Lab from which the current virus might have been leaked?

I'm not a fan!

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Posted in: From lab-made embryos to organs: the ethics of stem cell science See in context

Science has a problem because it cannot create ethics. It can never tell us what we SHOULD or SHOULD not do.

In reality, if there is no God, there is no real right or wrong. There are things that are more or less sanctioned by or not sanctioned by society, but it's not really a moral issue. This means that it is not even wrong to kill a person - again assuming there is no God - because these are simply human made ideas. These ideas change over time. For instance, the idea of abortion was, for many years, frowned on by society. It was not acceptable and those who did it felt like they were doing something bad. But for the most part, because most people reject God, now abortion is thought to be almost a "right". It's a good thing and some ladies even boast about getting an abortion. So, the line in the sand has changed. What used to be unacceptable has now become acceptable by many. Euthanasia is another example of this. Current issues up for debate are the morality of killing a baby at birth if there are defects. A future issue will be forced euthanization which right now is still basically viewed as unacceptable. But that line in the sand will eventually be moved as well.

So when it comes to the ethics of stem cells, here again we run smack into this problem. Science really cannot help us here. The argument is that the end justifies the means. And sure, if there is no God, then why not do "bad" in order for "good" to come? The trend is for the "line that cannot be crossed" to be moved backwards little by little. In other words, small steps/concessions do not bother people as much as large steps/concessions do, but in the end, the result is the same. We end up at the same place. It really seems like there is no real line that cannot be crossed in the end. The only difference is how fast it happens.

I understand why scientists do not like having restrictions placed upon them. Many of them do not believe in moral absolutes so it is frustrating to them to be enslaved by what to them must seem like meaningless "rules/ethics". But it is of utmost importance that some restrictions ARE placed upon scientists or this process of moral degradation will continue at warp speed. Just because others might do it, is no justification for everyone to do it. Where to draw the line is always the problem because people have different opinions, but as a believe in the Creator, I think it is of utmost importance to base our morals on His moral standards.

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Posted in: U.S. warns its citizens against travel to Japan due to COVID surge See in context

This is hysterical! As if it's possible for Americans to travel to Japan.

It's not possible. They cannot get into the country.

There is no need to warn anyone about traveling to Japan!

But this was headline news on CNN! What a joke!

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Posted in: Japan eyes use of robots to boost COVID-19 testing See in context

Check out Draganfly - drone company that does amazing things with cameras, including taking temperature.

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Posted in: 10 die in snow-related incidents over weekend See in context

Since this happens so often, how hard would it be to install heated roofs in new buildings in areas where this type of danger occurs? I guess it would be a bit expensive, but there has to be something that could be done I would think.

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Posted in: Diet session opens; Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050 See in context

Zero carbon emissions? Really? Is that really necessary? Sounds a bit extreme to me and I'm worried about the cost. As long as it will not be too costly, I'm sure it's fine, but the whole global warming thing is overhyped in my mind. I'm not a fan of huge quick radical changes that cost tons of money.

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Posted in: What's fake, what's not See in context

I don't know why anyone would spend money to buy these kinds of products even if they are genuine! I guess they need it for their ego - to feel good about themselves. Money though, has nothing to do with a person's value, importance, or worth. I guess we all seek to put on an image with what we wear to impress others or feel good about ourselves, so I can't criticize them too much. It just shows though that we are placing value in all the wrong things!

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Posted in: Suga's pledge to boost fertility treatment won't reverse declining birth rate, say experts See in context

Lots of issues involved here. I hope this helps couples who are having trouble conceiving, but there are so many other factors that are much larger. There is just a general unwillingness to have kids. Reasons include the expense of raising a child, lack of time because of work, just a desire for more personal freedom vs making the sacrifices necessary to raise kids.

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Posted in: Road rage case involving 44-year-old man in Yamagata sent to prosecutors See in context

"Following his arrest, the suspect told police he got annoyed when the woman honked her horn at him for getting too close."

Right. It was her fault! He's lucky he didn't cause an accident. Alcohol and driving don't mix, but pride and impatience are just as bad.

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Posted in: Take a scenic walk in Yamanashi and spot some awesome rock formations See in context

Hiked the gorge last summer and rode the cable car. Really nice hike and beautiful rock formations. Highly recommend it.

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Posted in: One dead, 11 wounded in Minneapolis shooting See in context

More evidence that all we need to do is to just defund the police!

That should solve all our problems!

LOL!

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Posted in: Gov't to promote staggered holidays to curb congestion, virus spread See in context

Was really excited when I read the headlines! That is something that should have been implemented long ago, but then reading the details, you see their vacation is not a vacation at all! So the proposal is to spend your vacation working? What foolishness!

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Posted in: Scientists grow 'model' human embryos from stem cells See in context

Every once in a while, scientists push the line a little further. This is one of those times. The line of what is ethically permissible keeps getting pushed back. But since it is just one small step at a time, no one gets upset or concerned. But the problem is the that the pushing of the line will never stop. What at one time was thought to be unthinkable will become permissible as little by little the line is pushed back so that it never seems like a big deal. Anyone showing concern is ridiculed and criticized and accused of hindering science. And they always have good motivations for why they push the line back again. https://crev.info/2020/06/research-on-embryonic-stem-cells-takes-dangerous-turns/

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Posted in: Amazon stops police using its face-recognition tech for one year See in context

This is ridiculous! Facial recognition software helps police solve crimes! Are we against solving crimes? Do they think people have the right to loot, steal, & destroy without being held accountable? We need to support our police, not work against them. Of course, changes need to be made in how they treat suspects, especially suspects of color, but I for one, do not want to live in a society where the police are at a disadvantage and are hindered from doing their job.

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