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Posted in: The age for starting to use smartphones is getting younger, at a faster pace than expected. It's necessary for children and their guardians to learn about the dangers of online society early. See in context

Bullying or cyber bullying, don't blame technology for cultural behaviour.

Best way to avoid the problem is avoid the technology

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Posted in: Who are the best new artists? Check TikTok See in context

No

I agree, Tiktok should be avoided at all costs if you want to keep your sanity...

I do keep a lookout for independent artists though, but mostly on recommendation of others...

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Posted in: Chinese balloon soars across U.S.; Blinken scraps Beijing trip See in context

The universitieS are full of Chinese students who are functionally spies anyway, this is just a deliberate demonstration

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Posted in: Ex-UK leader Truss to urge tougher China stance in Tokyo meeting See in context

Headline should be:

Deposed globalist to agitate for war against an independent nation

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Posted in: Pain of police killings ripples outward to traumatize Black people and communities across U.S. See in context

Would they be happier if they had their own areas with their own governments and civil service etc?

You could look at how African states fare...

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Posted in: Crimes in Japan rise in 2022 for 1st time in 20 years See in context

Poverty breeds excess crime, simple as.

No, you'd still get types of people who commit crime even if they had all their needs met.

Anyway, I think it's possibly just the level returning to the pre-2020 average since people haven't been going out anywhere near as much as before.

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Posted in: Japan reports 45,299 new coronavirus cases See in context

Going down... but when will it go back up? Will everyone panic again?

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Posted in: Black police officers aren't colorblind – they're infected by same anti-Black bias as U.S. society in general See in context

American society assumes that Black people are prone to criminality

The FBI crime statistics would be worth quoting if this could be dispelled, no?

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Posted in: Under-funded WHO seeks reinforced role in global health at key meeting See in context

Laughable

They should be disbanded given their track record

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Posted in: Cheaters beware: ChatGPT maker releases AI detection tool See in context

Or, if your student submits a grammatically-perfect paper on "The Phenomenon of Modularity in General and the Concepts of Umwelt, Coverage, and Hylozoism" but can barely tell you what they ate for breakfast that morning, you might have a case for suspicion.

At a university a friend teaches at they just get the student in and ask them what they wrote...

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Posted in: NATO chief wants stronger ties with Japan to defend democracy See in context

By 'democracy' do they mean 'oligarchy' because the West is obviously not run in the interest of the average person

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Posted in: Japan reports 57,264 new coronavirus cases See in context

If the date wasn't on the article you wouldn't know what year between 2020 and 2023 it was from

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Posted in: Ukraine has a mixed record of treating its citizens fairly See in context

Ukraine scores in the bottom third of all countries in terms of its human rights record, according to our data. Its score of 42 out of 100 is the same as that of the Central African Republic – a country rife with violence against civilians and political instability.

I know an online commentator who calls Ukranians a term that I will politely rephrase as 'Africans with white skin'...

Quite amusing that's pretty much the same comparison the article makes.

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Posted in: AI: World likely to hit key warming threshold in 10-12 years See in context

"AI, please tell us what we want to hear."

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Posted in: Over 500 women in Japan used overseas sperm bank as demand grows See in context

I feel sorry for such children as they will never have a father and will be raised by a strange mother...

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Posted in: Japan, Greece step up security ties as 'strategic partners' See in context

Is Greece economically free of China? My impression is that it is the most bought-out member of the EU.

They are... Greece has been in a pretty dire situation for a while now.

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Posted in: 'Laverne & Shirley' actor Cindy Williams dies at 75 See in context

a brief illness

Wonder what that was, hmm...

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Posted in: Vaccine misinformation spawns 'pure blood' movement See in context

unfounded claims that receiving blood from people inoculated against the coronavirus "contaminates" the body.

Notice how they can't say it's inaccurate, only "unfounded".

If HIV can be passed in blood, why not synthetic mRNA that persists in the body? See: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34654691/. We'll find out how this pans out eventually...

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Posted in: Combating antisemitism today: Holocaust education in the era of Twitter and TikTok See in context

Grow up and stop being a victim

I don't understand why this is continuously brought up over and over again when it has nothing to do with us? Millions of other people died, and a hell of a lot more under communism than the nazis, but we never hear anything about things like the Holodomor...

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Posted in: Apartments with no bath or shower rising in popularity among young Tokyoites, report says See in context

In the end you will spend more money going to the sento, plus time and inconvenience.

This is exactly what I thought.

If you want to wash everyday it'll cost you about ¥500 at some places, so about ¥15,000 a month.

https://travel.navitime.com/ja/area/jp/guide/NTJmat0292/

You're better off in a share house because they often throw in all utilities and internet with the rent.

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Posted in: Japan online watchdog gets power to request removal of harmful content sites See in context

The internet is international and they can only remove posts from Japanese sites.

What, like China?

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Posted in: Magazine warns Japanese society on verge of becoming an 'income-based caste system' See in context

yes.capitalism at its best.

And real communism has never been tried, right?

Maybe it's time to go back to a more tribal way of living where relatives live and work together.

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Posted in: EU wants to send more migrants away as unauthorized arrivals grow See in context

Yeah I'll believe it when I see it

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Posted in: The pros and cons of software running your car See in context

No software for me, thanks.

It's completely unnecessary and just adds a weak point.

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Posted in: Japan decides to ease medical rules on COVID-19 on May 8 See in context

So this will practically drag on for at least another year as people continue to enforce the rules on each other, and if there's another 'scariant' it'll all come back anyway. The plastic screens will stay up in convenience stores and possibly restaurants, even though they obstruct airflow and cause more of a problem (there should be an explicit instruction to take them down). They'll still be checking people's temperature in restaurants, because they can and it puts on a good show.

The only good I see coming of this is children might be allowed to take their masks off in school.

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Posted in: How ChatGPT robs students of motivation to write and think for themselves See in context

They didn't have any in the first place then

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Posted in: Japanese salted plum industry in dire straits, according to umeboshi company’s tweet See in context

They could sell umeboshi salad dressing?

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Posted in: Microsoft scrambles to fix global outage See in context

All this abdication of responsibility to tech companies won't end well

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Posted in: Luxury sector impatient for return of Chinese tourists See in context

Seems more like begging than anything

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Posted in: Japan reports 79,354 new coronavirus cases See in context

Maybe this will disappear when it gets downgraded to flu?

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