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Posted in: Being the U.S. VP -- hot seat or just spare seat? See in context

The VP presides over the senate and casts votes in the event that a tie-breaking vote is necessary. They also preside over joint sessions of Congress and are a statutory member of the National Security Council, and the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. Not back-breaking work but they often do have an impact on legislation.

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Posted in: Laird homer lifts Marines to 8th-straight win See in context

@Speed

"Novel" is also used to represent the word 'new' or, in this case, as people are using it to replace the word 'current'. It's not really practical any longer to call this disease 'novel coronavirus' as it has been given an official, publicly used designation which is 'COVID-19'. After all, it is no longer 'new'. Here's an excerpt from the WHO website:

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'CO' stands for corona, 'VI' for virus, and 'D' for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as '2019 novel coronavirus' or '2019-nCoV.' The COVID-19 virus is a new virus linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some types of common cold.

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And, to add some confusion, you have the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) which now calls the virus “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)” as 11 February 2020. This is not used by the public in general as you're probably aware. They've linked it genetically to the SARS disease hence the use of SARS in the designation.

So it's not difficult to understand why people for whom English is not their first language find it difficult to know what to call this disease. It's a bit confusing for some native English speakers as well.

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Posted in: The end of the open plan office? Workspaces get post-pandemic makeovers See in context

Even better would be to keep as much of the current level of telework in place as possible on a permanent basis. The old system is outdated and, as COVID-19 has taught us, can be deadly. The reduced number of people using transportation would also benefit the natural environment through reduction of emissions related to energy production and usage. It makes no sense to return to the past.

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Posted in: Warnings fail to stop Japanese crowds from viewing cherry blossoms See in context

Something everyone needs to know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg7RnPPKN48

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Posted in: If you live in Japan but were not born here, which food or drink item do you miss most from your home country? See in context

As mentioned by an earlier poster - the cheaper prices for fruits and vegetables, but I'd also add that the variety. Most supermarkets only carry limited variety so you have to go to a specialty market and pay fairly high prices for items uncommon to Japan.

Russet potatoes. Baked, boiled, roasted, fried. That huge hunk of starchy stuff mashed and slathered with brown gravy mixed with onions, corn, and peas. Japanese potatoes are good, but russets are golden.

What I miss most is the overall kitchen size and standard size ovens. The microwave/ovens here are not bad but a bit small for the amount of baking and roasting I generally like to do.

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Posted in: Kawasaki enacts Japan's 1st bill punishing hate speech See in context

What a step in the wrong direction. Politics nor government has a right to infringe on how or what people feel or do. This is called oppression and against human right against speech. If someone doesn't like what they hear, tune it out and just move on. It worked for well over 5000 yr, why change it now for political correctness. If someone has bad manners it is not for the law to change them or take that basic free speech away.

No one is stopping people from expressing themselves. But if you do and it is considered personally offensive, then you may be fined. If you want to spew garbage and not be fined, then do it in privacy where people won't be offended by your lack of education, cultural awareness, and idiocy.

So by all means, spew away garbage mouth. Just keep enough on your person to pay the fine.

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Posted in: Former Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone dies at 101 See in context

 But his career was shadowed by links to a huge political scandal, a stocks-for-favors scam.

Was that the Recruit scandal?

The Recruit scandal occurred while Takeshita was prime minister.

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Posted in: Lawsuits detail deadly U.S. Navy collision off Japan's coast See in context

"Lawsuits detail deadly U.S. Navy collision off Japan's coast" gives the impression that the Navy was at fault. "Contain Ship Collision with U.S. Navy Vessel Detailed in Lawsuit" may have been a better alternative.

Titles matter, particularly to the surviving crew members of the stricken ship.

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Posted in: Japan hosts arms show looking for an edge in tech See in context

Japan: Welcome to the beginning stages of a more made-obvious-to-the-public Military Industrial Complex. Now it's in your face and before you know it citizens will be facing down police clad in military armor armed with military grade weaponry. I'll give it 3 to 5 years.

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Posted in: Name five of the most memorable film villains for you. See in context

Vincent Price in everything he ever did. He's the only villain you'll ever need.

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Posted in: Do you see any alternative to Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) dumping radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean as it runs out of room to store it? See in context

How about a volcano since it is hot it would evaporate the water thus making steam. Since it is a liquid instead of a solid like radioactive metal, it may become more disposable. So as to decontaminate radioactive Ions by boiling.

Volcanoes typically don't get hot enough to split the atomic nuclei to render it inert. Shield volcanoes, generally the hottest, reach about 1300 degrees C. This is not nearly hot enough. It would have to be hotter by 10 to 15 times the heat of an average shield volcano. Maybe more - I can't remember clearly as it has been a very long time since studying physics. If the volcano went active and vented a lot of gas, the pyroclastic cloud would be even deadlier as it would be radioactive as well.

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Posted in: Do you support so-called “quota systems” to achieve gender diversity by promoting women to senior leadership positions in companies? See in context

Implementing a quota system would be an excellent way to avoid solving the problem. It won't help to teach men who feel that women are inferior that they are not. It will create an atmosphere of animosity which will lead to more harassment, insubordination, and low morale. In cases where a better qualified person is passed over to achieve quota, it can adversely affect business performance.

These aren't just thoughts, I'm speaking from experience. Having spent 23 years in the military and seeing a similar quota implemented back in the '70s, it was an epic failure. Quotas simply don't work. People have to be educated from youth and the education must be driven socially, not academically. Discrimination in all forms is a social malady after all.

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Posted in: What are your best money saving tips when it comes to grocery shopping in Japan? See in context

Buying locally grown produce is cheaper, helps local economies and cuts down on the energy used to bring it to market. It usually tastes better too.

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Posted in: Japan Post admits to mis-selling 180,000 insurance policies See in context

Another example of what happens with privatization of government/quasi-government organizations and services.

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Posted in: 50 years ago, humanity's first steps on another world See in context

@kurisupisu

And why isn’t mankind in space now?

NASA just gave up the ghost.

Funding is the problem.

NASA budget $18.69 billion (2010)

NASA budget $21.5 billion USD (2019)

as opposed to:

U.S. military budget $534 billion (2010)

U.S. military budget $686.1 billion (2019)

Space isn't as profitable as it needs to be for them to increase funding. Once it becomes more profitable and more individual states participate in the space program to include building parts, making consumables, etc., state senators and Congress members will push for more funding.

But for now, regime change efforts and bombing countries to take their natural resources is much more profitable. So that's where the funding goes.

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Posted in: Trump slams congresswomen; crowd roars, 'Send her back!' See in context

@vanityofvanities

"America was built originally by Anglo-Saxons."

Ever hear of Cahokia? Chaco? Taos? Obviously not.

Native Americans were thriving when white illegal immigrants murdered 100,000,000 natives, then stole and poisoned the land.

Educate yourself: https://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-ancientcities/

This all happened well before white people began using natives, blacks, Chinese, and many others as slaves to build their wealth.

White people basically did nothing except perform as slave masters.

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Posted in: Japan to eye options if U.S. seeks coalition on Middle East threats See in context

@Chip Star

Little as I like Trump, the problems in the ME are not of his making only. Both the Democrats and Republicans have worked to expand wars for the benefit of the MIC. Prime Minister Abe is just a willing pawn in their game of regime change for the purpose of keeping oil within the grasp of leaders chosen by the US and UK.

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Posted in: Putin says liberalism 'eating itself,' migrant influx wrong See in context

Russia meddling in U.S. elections was common dinner table discussion in the late '50s & early '60s. The Cold War never really ended, it just changed shape and focus. Granted, the threat of mutually assured destruction doesn't seem as threatening as it once was, but it's still there.

Save your lame attempts to show indignation over 2016 meddling: It's been going on for decades. If you really cared this would have been a problem for you before that election. Clinton is the 'mastermind' behind the Trump 'Pied Piper' strategy and she lost to an orange-topped carnival barker who decided to moonlight as a political novice.

Russia will meddle in the next election and the one after that too. It's a fact of life just as it's a fact of life that the U.S. pushes for regime change all over the Middle East and even in our backyard, South America. And the U.S. meddles in Russian politics as well. Remember Yeltsin? He was a product of the Reagan administration meddling in their political process. Don't expect Russia, a powerful country both economically and militarily, to do nothing while the U.S. runs rampant over the interests of the rest of the world.

If none of this bothers you and you don't speak out against all of it, focusing your indignation and rage on the outcome of one election is obviously contrived and simply just childish.

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Posted in: Do you consider dress codes forcing women to wear high heels at work power harassment? See in context

This doesn't fit the dictionary definition of harassment. It is however sexual discrimination.

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Posted in: A bill banning parents from physically punishing children is expected to be passed during the current Diet session. Do you think it should be illegal for parents to hit their children as a means of discipline? See in context

Who is naive enough to believe that this ban would actually put a stop to the abuse? It's a bad idea as making it a law will hurt more than it will help. Stupid people will make stupid choices regardless of laws.

I've seen situations where government services accompanied by police visit homes where parents were reported by people out of spite because they felt inferior or inadequate in their own parenting skills. Those visits damaged the life of the home as it was horribly humiliating for them.

Children have also called and reported abuse to police where none occurred. Those parents were terrified that they would lose their children. Once children recognize that they have this power over their parents many will use it.

It's a ridiculously bad idea and needs to just go away.

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Posted in: U.S. experts reviewing low-carb, other diets for guidelines See in context

The meat industry is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Smaller portions of meat mixed larger portions of vegetables is not only healthier but also better for the environment.

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-meat-dairy-industry-track-surpass.html

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Posted in: Japan introduces legal cap on long working hours under labor reform law See in context

The fine of ¥300,000 for a large company is petty cash and won't be a deterrence. That much for a small company could cause it to go bankrupt.

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Posted in: Have you found Google Maps in Japan to be reliable? See in context

It's fine for use at home but Apple map is better and easier to use for driving.

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Posted in: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic? See in context

Would be great if the recycling system were more accessible to everyone. While on a year and a half return to the U.S. in the early 00's I was able to keep large bins to separate plastics, PET, wood, metals, rubber and other miscellaneous materials. I would make the drive on either Saturday or Sunday mornings to deposit them at the recycling center once or twice each month.

That scenario would not work in Japan but having a community centralized recycling capability would work. Even if it only reduced non recycled materials to 50 or 60 percent it would be better than what we have now. I think there would be a lot more participation if something easily accessible were available. This would also create jobs.

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Posted in: Airline complaints: Which bothers you the most? See in context

Rude and indifferent flight attendants on every U.S. carrier I've used over the last 30 years or so has been the norm. It's why I refuse to use them in cases where I pay for the flights now and I'll pay a bit extra to avoid them.

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Posted in: U.S. carriers compete for new slots at Tokyo's Haneda airport See in context

Flying on U.S. carriers has been horrible since the 80s. I avoid them when possible.

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Posted in: Is a cashless society desirable? See in context

Giving banks full control of your money is never a good idea.

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Posted in: Does U.S. President Donald Trump deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? See in context

I guess Trump deserves the inappropriately named 'peace' prize. His 'look the other way' approach to the crisis the Palestinian people face in Israel should help him nail it along with his dogged regime change efforts in Venezuela to increase oil company revenue.

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Posted in: Gov't set to buy island by March for U.S. military drills See in context

Going to build an SDF base on it by the sounds of it, so it will be multipurpose use.

So you want to charge the Americans for providing you with security. Is that the way it works?

The 'security' provided by the U.S. is a façade. In the more than 20 years I spent in the military assigned in Asia in general and Japan specifically, I can affirm that the U.S. is not providing security for anything other than their own business interests. The U.S. military has become nothing but a mercenary force used to enforce imperialism disguised as capitalism.

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Posted in: Clinton pivots from Obama's Asia policy with TPP opposition See in context

Clinton would no doubt change to a favorable position if elected. That's what her corporate masters would tell her to do.

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