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Posted in: Alcohol more lethal than heroin, cocaine: study See in context

The problem with this study is that it is examining things more from a societal / social view than the actual injury to the user. Alcoholics most certainly outlive meth users which at the end of the day is why most people don't use hard drugs. enough said.....

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Posted in: Republicans, heading for big gains, ready agenda See in context

Agenda: F the middle class, handout more money to corporations who offshore jobs, repeal the healthcare bill. Any questions or should we be painting up the "Mission Accomplished" banners? Remember as long as we talk about "god, gays, and guns" we'll get the people to vote against their own interests.

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Posted in: Laugh-in See in context

The woman who should have been President. Wonder what she's laughing at?

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Posted in: Dark clouds for Democrats as Obama embarks on last push See in context

I'm a moderate independant and have voted Republican as often as Democrat. My problem with many of the candidates we are going to see swept to power is that they are from the far right fringe. I don't see anyone with an answer to our economic problems. People have a short memory, they threw the Republicans out for vague notions of "change" and now they're inviting them back just 2 years later.

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Posted in: Saddam aide Tariq Aziz sentenced to hang See in context

I agree with the majority sentiment here. What purpose does Aziz' death serve? Iraq seems to have been a better place before we "liberated" it. Sadam was a thug but no worse than many others we have supproted for convenience.

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Posted in: All signs point to Republican victories: polls See in context

Great in another 2 years it will be Democratic victories. Both parties are bought and paid for by special interest and could care less about the struggles of the middle class. I'd say it's about time for an armed rebellion to clear them all out.

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Posted in: Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione dies at 79 See in context

He may have lost most of his money in the end but what a ride. Thanks for fostering a young boy's curiosity.

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Posted in: Nap time See in context

When I first came here it was 157 to the dollar, this is just scary.

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Posted in: Bank of America to resume seizing more than 100,000 homes See in context

Has to be done, until the foreclosure mess is unwound the housing market will continue to suffer. The freeze on foreclosures just draws out this painful process.

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Posted in: Mexican authorities seize 105 tons of U.S.-bound marijuana See in context

I always wondered why weed came in from Mexico as it can be grown anywhere in the US. You can grow it in your closet in the middle of winter if you're so inclined. It's the prohibition that drives the drug cartels so just legalize it and tax it.

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Posted in: Bear facts See in context

That's pretty crazy, Japan being so urban it's not a sight I would expect to see, Alaska maybe but Japan?

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Posted in: Make way for the Butt Police See in context

Good article and I completely agree. I am a smoker and it has never made sense to me that you ban smoking on the sidewalk but allow it in bars and restraunts. Japan in many cases is opposite land.

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Posted in: Ahmadinejad taunts Israel from border with Lebanon See in context

One last thought as witneesed by the article the Israelis are playing right into his hands as well.

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Posted in: Ahmadinejad taunts Israel from border with Lebanon See in context

So Ahmadinejad comes to Lebanon to provoke Israel. Lebanon will be the one to pay in the end if there is a conflict. Ahmadinejad wants a proxy war. Lenanon is one of the few countries in the Middle East where for many years Christians and Muslims have lived together in peace. Lebanon though weak is a success which apparently Ahmadinejad would like to destroy. I hope that the leadership of Hezbollah is smart enough to see they are being played by Iran but unfortunately I doubt they do.

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Posted in: China letter demands peace prize winner's release See in context

More political prisoners coming up. So how the hell can anyone defend the Chinese government? Nothing has changed since Tiananmen and yet we continue to send business to China. Are people so stupid or short sighted or maybe both?

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Posted in: In Japan, the customer is not king See in context

Customer service in Japan is just a reflection of broader society. It is far preferrable to what you would get in the US.

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Posted in: Last trapped miner pulled to surface in Chile See in context

Very good news but I can't imagine having to spend that long in the dark underground.

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Posted in: Japanese man convicted of child sex in Cambodia See in context

13 years old might look like 18, depends on the girl but I'm not really buying his story. 7 years in jail is pretty stiff, Cambodia must finally be serious about getting rid of the pedo tourists, good for them.

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Posted in: Hello Kitty telegrams See in context

Kitty I am powerless to resist your charms. Must send telegrams, must send telegrams, must........

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Posted in: Imperial Hotel celebrates 120th anniversary with gastronomic festival See in context

120 years under the name but the original Frank Lloyd Wright building was demolished in 1968.

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Posted in: Wife of Nobel Peace laureate under house arrest in Beijing See in context

Sure we have nothing to fear from China becasue they are an economic powerhouse that has reformed. Maybe some of the China appologists need this little reminder that China is stil a 1 party police state.

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Posted in: Let's dance See in context

She's smiling and seems to be having a good time, Great.

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Posted in: BOJ cuts key rate to around zero See in context

Hasn't the rate been virtually zero since around 1997?

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Posted in: Iran claims computer worm is Western plot See in context

Probably is a western plot. More wars will be faught with computer viruses in the future.

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Posted in: Murdered schoolboy's last act was to save female companion See in context

Sad, a noble young man.

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Posted in: White House chief of staff Emanuel to resign See in context

Wow the puppet master is returning home. Who's going to write Obama's policy now?

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Posted in: Students told to write ransom notes as part of moral education See in context

Sounds pretty funny to me, I certainly wouldn't have kicked up a fuss. I think it was just a light hearted exercise to break the boredom.

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Posted in: Dozens of NATO oil tankers attacked in Pakistan See in context

Anyone see where this is headed? NATO invaded the wrong "stan" they should have been more worried about the one that has nukes.

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Posted in: Japan hikes taxes on cigarettes by 40% to curb smoking See in context

"hikes taxes by 40% to curb smoking" What a flat out lie, they want to raise revenue not cut smoking rates. By the way Phillip Morris did a study (which they were very embarassed by when it went public) in England to argue that smokers cost national insurance and pension schemes less because they die sooner. You know what, that's exactly what they found. Take that for what its worth and how you feel about big tobacco but please quit using the insurance costs against smokers because it is not a valid argument.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for selling porn images of 4-year-old daughter See in context

Wow selling pics of your own kid is pretty low. I doubt in the long run the child will be affected by this however. Where the child will be affected is in losing her mother (unfit though she may be). Mom's money making scheme has destroyed her family.

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