Excuse my sense of humour, but the best was a Mormon in a black Jewish skull cap. Maybe that could be the new attire for the Mormon door knocking fraternity.
Not even Romney would be dumb enough to defend Iran in Israel, besides his team is on their toes after last week.
Iran knows it would be suicide to attack Israel, since the american jewish lobby would force the US military to take action. On the other hand, Ahmadinejad doesn't run the show, the ayatolahs do, and they're extremists. Also, no one likes Israel in that region, so Iran would have support. Thorny MAD situation.
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unemployed 45-year-old man
Why the need to specify profession when reporting crime-related news?
suspect, identified as Akihito Yokokura
Why name suspects in the news if they're just suspects?
I see this kind of behavior all over the media, it's deplorable.
That card is pretty strong evidence.
He could be a friend of the couple.
There's a reason why running around burning people at the stake is no longer fashion, it's illegal: people have the right to a fair trial, some level of privacy and should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Of course "fair trial", "privacy" and "presumed innocent" have different meanings from country to country.
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a woman who complained about having to push her baby’s stroller through clouds of marijuana smoke near dispensaries
What a responsible mother. Instead of complaining and crossing the street for the benefit of its offspring, she prefers to complain and harm the kid.
As usual, some people think it's their right to tell others how to live their lives. Believe this, don't smoke that, can't eat this, deal with condom breakage for life, etc, etc, etc. Hypocrites.
Where are them clouds again?
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Trust me there are a LOT more idols doing this before Mao. I should know, its my private research project.
I don't trust you, i'm not interested, and your "research" is no longer private, is it? ;)
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The only people who saw John Holmes was a nut case were firing range owners who refused him membership.
Did they raise any red flags? Should've.
the main reason I chose to live, work, and stay in Japan is the safety, which includes never fearing that I would end up as a victim of a random shooting.
Nah, just random stabbings and random hit-n-runs, but you're right, no shootings.
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In fact I even believe that you have made comments to that effect. But I could be wrong
You are wrong, i'm not a nuclear expert.
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Now watch the pro-nuclear crowd do their song and dance number to explain it all away.
What's there to explain for the "pro-nuclear crowd"? The ones in charge ignored the risks, any "pro-nuclear groupie" will agree with anyone else who's reasonably sane that this shoudn't have happened. I think you're probably referring to pro-nuclear zealots, but i don't their numbers are great.
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Both the government and companies should establish a new philosophy of disaster prevention that requires safety and disaster measures against any massive accident and disaster ... regardless of event probability,
You mean they weren't already?
The government-appointed panel said there was no proof the earthquake was a key factor in the disaster but added that some impact could not be ruled out, contradicting TEPCO’s own findings, which put the blame solely on the tsunami.
So what? They should've planned for the tsunami.
The panel called on the government to immediately take additional steps, including ensuring that off-site nuclear accident management centers are protected against the kind of massive radiation leaks that made the one at Fukushima useless.
Er... you mean nuclear accident management centers weren't ready to cope with nuclear accidents?
The report also blamed Japan’s nuclear regulators for not paying sufficient heed to improvements in nuclear safety standards recommended by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Yes, there are improvements, didn't they get the memo?!
All right, i guess it's not 1% rational opposition and 99% ignorant fear of the unknown when it comes to nuclear energy in Japan, it's morel ike 10% rational opposition and 90% ignorant fear of the unknown. The people living near NPPs oughta have a way to scrutinize their safety, as should the IAEA; and any NPP in operation should obviously adhere to the highest safety standards (of today, now two decades ago).
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Police said three of the cars caught fire following the crash.
Huh? This is very weird, unless they were driving Hollywood prop-cars.
He said he was trying to light a cigarette when he rear-ended the car in front of him.
The anti-smokers are gonna love this.
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Kudos for Michael Bloomberg. Yet another big american lobby that country could live without.
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But then again, conservatives traditionally give more to charities than liberals, it's just a simple fact.
Probably 'cos they evade taxes more ;)
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while he pushes ( not leads ) the country into the abyss?
OH, so if he was leading americans into the abyss, then he'd be a true american. Incompetent, but at least proudly american. I see...
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Actually the things people (er... right wing) most complain about Obama are what make him popular outside the US borders - yes, there's a world out there! I was amazed he got elected, he's undoubtedly the least world president american's elected in recent decades. I'd be even more amazed if americans could get their heads out of their foxnews and think more of less straight enough to releect him (can't really hope for Ralph Nader, let's nor overwish).
If he wins re-election, you can kiss America goodbye.
It's more likely to be the other way around, capitalism eats itself in the long run... guess what? Welcome to the end of the run. You'll need the Rest of rhe World to be your friends, not to resent you for Bush-style foreign policies.
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If political campaigns focus so much in all of this soap-opera BS, what does that tell you of the american people?
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Have bullies become more violent over the years or/and have parents' education become more nonexistent? There was always someone bigger in my class when i was growing up and i never heard of anyone committing suicide over it. On the other hand, kids have less and less support growing up nowadays - it's almost just tv and videogames.
Yes, those bullies are little monsters, but they're kids as well. Kids who didn't get slapped in the face when they should've 'cos it's considered violence against children these days, or because the parents just don't have time. Neither did the victim's parents have time for some emotional support, but that's speculation.
Blame the parents first, then the teachers and other related adults, then society in general, then the kids.
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Even bicycles can hold 2 people
The potential buyers probably think Why should an individualist like me pretend to have a social life? I'll just buy a single-seater and get home dry. ;) I'd rather ride a bike, preferably with someone else in the back.
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It interrupted programming probably because pandas have some cultural impact for the japanese one way or another.
Also, regardless of your solipsism, this is an endangered species - endangered by us. So i'd be interested and delighted in knowing they managed to breed, especially since they have a hard time keeping their numbers, even in the wild.
That one of them died is sad, more sad to me than if they interrupted regular tv to announce some corrupt politician's death (actually that wouldn't be sad at all).
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whizzed around the western city of Hiroshima at nearly 160 kilometers
So he owns a car which has a top speed in excess of 300 km/h and he posts videos on youtube doing as much as i can with my crappy 1.7 diesel? I'd be too embarrassed to post a video showing i could only do 160 on a Lamborghini.
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Blair Herron asked some interesting questions and yet his post gets voted down. The immaturity of some posters in this forum never ceases to amaze me.
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And your point is what?
My point is that if you want to do a referendum on something, it would be sane, perhaps even democratic, to assume/desire that the people be well informed and fully aware of their options, without emotional bias.
Making a referendum right now would (probably) mean most people (who would bother voting) would probably be against nuclear because they're misinformed and emotionally affected by the Fukushima incident the media and zichi insist on marketing as "3/11".
However, if you're serious about your We The People BS, you should wait a few years for emotions to settle down - but we don't want that, do we? (Nor would it be feasable for an energy/economic POV.) Then at least there would be time for people to get information - from both sides - and decide, rationally and not emotionally, on what they want. Again, probably there would be a high abstention rate and it's possible a NO would win anyway, but i think it's more fair a balanced and rational 60/40 NO to a misinformed and emotional 90/10 NO. But that's just me...
But hey, feel free to rebuke by calling me a communist. That's a very reasonable and rational way of debating serious issues.
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the issue of whether to restart the reactors should have been decided by a full public referendum...
You'd have to wait a few years until all the heat settles before you can claim a referendum. Unless, of course, you wanna bank on all the emotions running wild, which will give you a No to nuclear fairly easy. It won't be as neutral as it could be, but you'll get what you want. Ever considered politics as a career?
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The main reason for KEPCO starting it's Oi nuclear reactors was to reduce it's costs of fossil fuels.
Not a bad reason.
The Oi plant don't have an offsite earthquake and radiation proof emergency control center.
It shouldn't have been restarted then, what happened to the new regulating agency?!
It will take most of the power companies more than five years to install better safety standards on it's reactors. In the realm of possibilities another major nuclear events remains on the table.
There's a much higher possibility that a few planes will crash in those 5 years than a nuclear incident should occur again.
Yes, the NPPs should definitely be upgraded to the maximum safety standards, it's the minimum the power companies should do, but keeping them offline will not help Japan. Fossil fuels used to replace them are expensive and, kinda bad for you, on a daily basis too, no need for accidents. Do keep R&D in renewable energies, but please drop the argument those alone can account for the 30% the NPPS provide, it's ridiculous. They can't. Hopefully someday they will, but not in the short-term.
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Humanitarian aid goes to civilians who have nothing to do with these conflicts. Stopping the aid won't really help.
Stop the arms inflow from the US and Russia (and others), now that would be a great help.
By the way, what does Afghanistan have that the West wants so much? Oil and other natural resources?
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