Ah_so's past comments

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    Ah_so

    Why do people still continue to insist the atomic bombing was about ending the war when we now know different?

    But we do not agree on this, as you know full well.

    This is a very controversial topic. I think that this shortened the war, even if only marginally and it therefore saved Allied lives. How many Allied troops needed to die to justify the dropping of a bomb? You can argue that an American general could consider the minimum could be a single US soldier. Realistically it could have been several thousand before Japan sought peace.

    Posted in: Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in US

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    Ah_so

    The mental illness known as the Marxist dream.

    @JoeBiggs - to my knowledge, Marx's dream did not involve living for free. In fact, Marx was highly critical about those who live for free by exploiting the labour of others. You seem to confuse communism with laziness; for all its faults, it was never this. Rather, it is about each receiving the full value of their labour rather than having a slice creamed off by a landlord or capitalist/

    If you're avoiding spending money, how would you get the the airport? Both Haneda & Narita are MILES AWAY. And I'm sure turning up frequently would raise a few eyebrows of the security staff...

    @sighclops - surely this all depends on where you are starting from. Miles away from where exactly? Haneda is actually very close to Tokyo - the monorail costs 490 yen from Shinagawa.

    Posted in: How to eat for free, get free lodging and free entertainment

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    Ah_so

    What is often forgotten about inflation is not the effect on prices, but the effect on wages. We all love the prices of goods falling and do put off buying consumer goods, even though we know that the price will fall in time, except to perhaps wait for the sales.

    What is bad is a deflationary spiral that feeds into falling wages. Once wages start falling, the psycological effect is significant and people begin to hoard not spend, expecting the worst. This leads to a fall in demand, which leads to job losses and lower wages and so on. This is something you can really see in Japan, especially in its rural backwaters, where prices and wages and the general condition of things have declined over the past 20 years.

    I think that people are more atuned to notice a nominal fall in wages than a relative fall in wages. If wages fall 1% and prices 2%, you are better off, but you will not feel like it - it may lead to reduce spending. If wages increase 1% and prices 1%, you are not better off, but unlikely to change behaiviour.

    Posted in: Inflation vs deflation: Which is right for Japan?

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    Ah_so

    Well, that's unsurprisingly macabre! Any effort to compare these numbers to the average on a summer day?

    The typical summer day would be zero. But then, far fewer people are actually in the water on a typical summers' day, so it is difficult to compare.

    However, you are more likely to get people in the water on Marine day who otherwise rarely go in, and so are more likely to be unfamiliar with the currents and tides.

    Posted in: 6 dead, 3 missing in water-related accidents on Marine Day

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    Ah_so

    This is just another sign of how far left politically correct bull is effecting our society. Personal responsibility means just that, personal responsibility.

    @JoeBigs: this has absolutely nothing to do with political correctness - quite strange that you should think it is. This decision reflects a widespread cultural norm where the biological father and social father do not have to be the same.

    In social anthropolgy, this is referred to as the genitor and pater. In the West, these are usually combined, and the Western outlook of things is usually more dominated by biology. Hence adopted kids determination to get to know their "real" parents. However, it is just the Western way of doing things, not the correct way.

    Posted in: Supreme Court rules DNA test results cannot revoke paternal status of child's father

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    Ah_so

    Income disparities exist in all countries, but no other country has fewer limits on upward mobility than America. Anyone can be part of the top 1%, and in fact, more than 80% of the wealthy in America were not born wealthy, they became wealthy on their own. No where else is easier to become wealthy or successful than in America.

    You make a slightly of-topic comment, but reveals you as a paid up, unquestioning believer in the American dream. The reality is somewhat different - evidence shows that in the USA, your birth is actually a pretty good determinant of your status as an adult, more so than most developed countries. America is one of the countries where it is more difficult to become wealthy or successful if not born middle class.

    http://www.epi.org/publication/usa-lags-peer-countries-mobility/

    Japan has far better social mobiliy than the USA - the Japanese child growing up poor is much more likely to rise up the ladder than his American counterpart. This is something I admire in the Japanese.

    Posted in: Japan's child poverty rate hits record high

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    Ah_so

    The most STUPID thing I have ever read..... ignore ALL science because it's inconvenient

    @gogogo

    You are right - science is being ignored. However, we need to recognise that what is happening here is the separation of the biological concept of the father with the social concept of the father.

    This is not unique to Japan - it happens in a number of societies. In the West it is partly recognised through adoption. I have no blood ties to the man I call "uncle", but I consider him a member of my family because he married my aunt.

    The court is not denying that the biological father is someone else, but that the person who performs the social function of father is a different person to the biological father, not unlike in an adoption. It may not fit your world view and the social norms to which you are familiar, but it does not make them wrong, just different.

    Posted in: Supreme Court rules DNA test results cannot revoke paternal status of child's father

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    Ah_so

    How does McDs Leaving Japan make some of you people happy dont understand that, you have a choice on wether to enter the stores or not, if Mcds bothers you then go to the combini and eat spam onigiri...

    A sensible comment, but one that several other subsequent posters have not read. A dislike of McDonald's appears for many to be a statement of one's world view - a vaguely anti-capitalist, green outlook that can be easily encapsulated in the dislike of a fastfood restaurant, all summed up in 'Supersize Me'.

    Of course, when Super Size Me came out, many people thought that the results were unsurprising, that if you only ate a lot of something that was unhealthy, without variety, then it would have consequences [although of course the results would be even worse if you just ate lettuce]. Most surprising was that no experiment has ever been able to replicate the effects that a month of McDonalds had on Spurlock. This suggests that Spurlock is pretty unique or he exaggerated the effects to make the documentary watchable. I wonder what.

    But all this has had an effect on the sales of McDonald's. I will go there once in while, perhaps once a year and would rather go to other burger joints. I would not share the jubiliation if it collapsed.

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    Ah_so

    Just this past week, a study from Taiwan came out showing how, regardless of women working or staying at home, the more education women received, the fewer kids they had, resulting in a consistent, slight decline each generation in the nation's average IQ.

    @milkeylikesit: can you provide a link to this study about Taiwan's falling IQ?

    Posted in: A silver lining to Japan’s demographic crisis

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    Ah_so

    It's called sharking. It is filmed and will appear on the net at some stage.

    What you are refering to is staged - it is cheaper to pay an "actress" rather than go to prison for a sexual assualt in broad daylight. What we have here is someone acting on their own, at night, probably influenced by the videos.you describe.

    Posted in: Woman robbed of underwear while walking home

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    Ah_so

    I like Kirin Ichiban and Classic, Asahi Super Dry, Yebisu premium (gold can), and Sapporro draft. They are all pretty good when ice cold.

    And so you might - they are all near-identical pilsner lagers.

    Posted in: Unhappy hour for Kirin as its beer sales tumble in Japan

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    Ah_so

    Do not know do not care. Keep it away from me and mine and stick what ever the crap you want into you.

    Just to point our the logical fallacy in your argument, if you do not know if it is harmful, why is crap and why would it become harmful if it came into contact with you?

    I presume that your diet is completely drug free (no alcohol, nicotine, caffeine) from your tone - good on you. If not, then you would be a hypocrite, but I am sure you are not!

    Posted in: Is smoking pot harmless?

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    Ah_so

    Just as I suspected. That cloud exhaled into the air we all breath is NOT coming up as "pure water", which in my book means it may as well be regarded as NOT pure and as dangerous. I hope this is the last gasp of the villainous tobacco industry. Too bad people are so willing to engage in this, as every smoker shares their stupid habit with every bystander and person unlucky enough to follow them down the street.

    You have a bit of thing about vaping. Just as an experiment, which would you prefer - I put you in a small garage an offer you a choice - a car with its engine running or an e-cig vaping? I think you prefer the latter, because the former will almost certainly kill you and the latter do no harm, as far as we know

    Yet put you into a normal street, the person vaping up a head is suddenly an apparent threat to your life, when in reality the cars driving up and down are actually the ones pouring dangerous fumes, thousands and thousands of times more deadly.

    Posted in: As millions vape, e-cigarette researchers count puffs, scour Facebook

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    Ah_so

    Germany to win. But in my experience, the actual world cup final tends to be an anti-climax.

    I will switch off the Japanese commentary. 'MESSI! MESSI! MESSI!'. Yes, I know. He's the little fella wearing number 10.

    I made that mistake in '98 and switched to the Spanish commentary for England vs Argentina (no English commentary available. Had to sit through the endless "GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL" commentary when Argentina scored. I switched back to Japanese.

    Posted in: What is your prediction for the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina?

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    Ah_so

    http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Schizophrenia/Pages/Causes.aspx

    "Three major studies have shown teenagers under 15 who use cannabis regularly, especially ‘skunk’ and other more potent forms of the drug, are up to four times more likely to develop schizophrenia by the age of 26"

    Some will suggest that correlation does not prove causation i.e. the type of person likely to become schizophrenic is more likey to want to use strong cannibis, but I think the medical cause and effect is more likely: using pyschotic drugs can to lead to psychosis.

    Posted in: Is smoking pot harmless?

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    Ah_so

    Go on then... I can't think of a single example. Can you?

    Ithink it is quite common in Japan to thik that certain social problems are identifiably foreign and could not happen here, until they do. Attacks by soldiers on their own will one day happen here too.

    Posted in: Ex-JSDF commander: Mass murders by disturbed soldier could never happen in Japan

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    Ah_so

    From what I have read, any harm that these cause is likely to be very minimal indeed and the second hand risks zero.

    The health risks of walking down a a road with a traffic jam far outweigh the risks of vaping.

    Posted in: As millions vape, e-cigarette researchers count puffs, scour Facebook

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    Ah_so

    The research is mixed, but the bottom line is that no-one can PROVE epileptics have more accidents conclusively. Most often epileptics can feel a seizure coming on and have anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes to pull over.

    Frungy - thank you for posting some research on this ocassion. When making a counter-intuitive claim as being backed by research, it helps to quote it from the office. I did a little bit of digging. To quote Taylor, Chadwick and Johnson 1996: "...there was no evidence of... increased risk of accidents in the population with epilepsy." I think this does support what you say somewhat. The next sentence does not agree with your line so much: "However there was evidence of a risk of more severe accidents in the population with epilepsy."

    http://europepmc.org/scanned?pageindex=1&articles=PMC1073944

    So it seems that the frequency of accidents is much the same, but they more severe when they occur. As you say the evidence is mixed, but I think that the laws in most countries have it about right at the moment. This is not to take away from the other valid points that you make, surrounding tiredness etc. Youth is another severe risk, which is arguably a genetic condition of sorts, but young people are allowed to drive.

    Posted in: Man with diabetes who caused accident arrested for dangerous driving

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    Ah_so

    no real defense against this law as epileptics don't suffer more accidents than other drivers.

    You have not provided any evidence for this and I am somewhat sceptical. Epilepsy is a condition that can strike randomly to sufferers, so I would find it almost impossible to believe that the accident rate is the same, unless the act of driving somehow suppressed the likelihood of having an attack, which I find unlikely.

    In many countries epileptics are prevented or limited in their ability to have driving licences. In the UK, you cannot have a licence for 2 years after an attack (10 years for heavy vehicles). This may mean that they have a lower chance of being in a car accident, because they are not driving in the first place!

    Some of the arguments above seem to depict this law as an attack on human rights, as if the freedom to charge around in a couple of tons of steel at 60 miles per hour with a serious medical condition is some God-given right. Quintilian says:

    The new bill equates drunk driving with insulin-induced hypoglycemia and epilepsy, which strikes me as grossly unfair to people with medical conditions. Even conscientious insulin users can have a difficult time predicting hypoglycemia, and some don't recognize it in time.

    This is not a moral judgement on medical conditions so not "unfair". If you are dangerous to other drivers with a condition, then you you should not be driving. "Fair" has got nothing to do with it - it is a pragmatic decision - that's life, deal with it. This is not the school playground.

    If you crash into someone drunk, with an epileptic fit or diabetic stupor, you are morally equivalent in my view, if you were aware of the condition. In every case you got behind the wheel in the knowledge that you might lose control.

    Posted in: Man with diabetes who caused accident arrested for dangerous driving

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    Ah_so

    The challenge was absolutely shocking - a knee to the small of the back can have long term consequences. I do not know if it was deliberate, but cannot see what it could be as he was approaching Neymar from behind.

    Brazil do not look that strong now. Only David Luiz is really standing out for me. Oscar has been quiet and Fred has not really turned up.

    Posted in: Neymar injury bombshell rocks Brazil

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