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    Alphaape

    @Alphaape: BOAC did not fold. Themselves and BEA merged to become British Airways.

    My mistake.

    Posted in: Int'l probe demanded after Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Been a bad year, a really bad year for Malaysian Airlines.

    I imagine that Malaysian AIr will go the way of the olc BOAC (British Overseas Air Corporation) when they had a spate of bad crashes and folded, enven though they were a government airline.

    Posted in: Int'l probe demanded after Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine

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    Alphaape

    MH have not acted irresponsibly as 'Alphaape' suggests above.

    Reports in US media are starting to say that the plane may have been outside of the NOTAM zone, so that would put the blame solely on either Ukraine or Russia since the plane was probably flying where it was supposed. Also, I beleve the NOTAMS was for all altitudes and not just below 30K feet.

    Posted in: Int'l probe demanded after Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine

  • 0

    Alphaape

    This premise was explored in the Spielberg movie "AI". The direction the movie took is very plausible for how humans would view human-looking androids.

    It is also somewhat explored in the ScFi TV series "Caprica" from the Battlestar Galactica universe. The bottom line concept was that your spirt or essence would be able to be programmed into an artifical form (i.e. rise of the cylons).

    Seems like scifi is coming true.

    Posted in: Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future

  • 11

    Alphaape

    Why was the plane flying over a war zone in the first place?

    The FAA (USA) sends out a NOTAMS (Notice to Airmen) which lists warnings for planes and ships that may travel into hazard areas. The FAA is the default standard to most aviation entities throughout the world. They had a warning about flying over the Ukraine that went into effect back in April 2014, and was in effect until April 2015. It is not required for foreign arilines but mandatory for US arilines, but world arilines normally follow.

    Anyone can go to the FAA website and look at the NOTAMS in effect and see the one for Ukraine and other areas. Why this airline chose to fly this path, the world wonders. Just another bad deal for Malaysian Airlines. Ample warning has been issued and many other airlines have avoided this area since April 2014.

    Posted in: Int'l probe demanded after Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine

  • -3

    Alphaape

    I wonder, do they dream of "electronic sleep" to borrow a quote from Blade Runner.

    Posted in: Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future

  • 2

    Alphaape

    So for those who keep saying that Israel is the bad buy, they are at least willing to sit and talk, and yet Hamas is not. Hamas may not agree on some of the discussion points, but that is what you do when you have talks to bring up the points you disagree with and then try to find a solution. Just by saying "no" and continuing to lob missiles into Israel tells me that they are not really wanting to work out the issue. So the next deaths of supposed "innocents" that are blown to bits by retalitory Israeli stirkes are on Hamas and not Israel, since Israel is ready to talk.

    Posted in: Israel to discuss Egypt's Gaza truce proposal; Hamas says no deal

  • -4

    Alphaape

    The people would not be dead if Hamas would not have started firing rockets in the first place. Whatever your position is on Israel and Hamas, at one point they were in negotiations and then Hamas started firing rockets. What is Israel suupposed to do? They have stopped some of them with their Iron Dome system, but is that the only option they are allowed to use to gain world support? They are just going to have to sit there and take it while Hamas throws a tantrum like a child? No, Israel has a right to defend itself. You shoot rockets at them, they can shoot back at you. Just because they have the means to deflect some of them and they don't doesn't give Hamas the right to act as the injured party.

    Posted in: Israeli strike kills 18 family members, stirring debate over targets

  • -2

    Alphaape

    The president by Executive order is letting them in then why can't he do the same to send them back? Cutting the red tape sending the Fed judges who will see them according to the court documents they are getting before being released and not show up is far easier than the mess now. A lot of the money is going for their legal defense. Another waste of the US taxpers money. T

    Posted in: Obama seeks $3.7 billion to deal with minors illegally crossing border

  • 0

    Alphaape

    @Laguana: if Obama were serious he would post Federal judges at the holding facilities and have the cases reviewed and if they are not justifiable send them back on planes to their homes. Letting them enter and be on the honor system is not showing leadership. Even in a very liberal Democrat run city like Baltimore said no to housing these illegals. They know that they have enough issues with the poor and under privileged they have now and can't support a "temporary" holding of these kids because that becomes a permanent issue. We don't expect minors to "self deport" even though they chose to "self import" themselves to the USA so they will be put in already overcrowded schools and social services. Obama can easily order them to be sent back after their condition is stabilized. Funny how the First Lady of Honduras visited a camp and didn't take any of her citizens back with her, all while on a diplomatic mission. If she doesn't care for her own citizens then why should the US taxpayer.

    Posted in: Obama seeks $3.7 billion to deal with minors illegally crossing border

  • 0

    Alphaape

    @Laguana: Do a Google search on how much LA county spent in 20012 on providing welfare benefits to illegal aliens. The amount was upwards of $600 million. If as you say illegals don't use welfare but do work and pay taxes, then what jobs are these minor children going to be doing that US citizen minor children will not do? The bottom line is that these children need to be taken care of by their parents and the government s of their own country. If they can't then the issue lies with their country and not the US. We have our own poor to take care of, which I am constantly reminded of by the left that we are not doing a good job of. If that is the case then why send minors 1000 miles to find social services if they don't exist?

    Posted in: Obama seeks $3.7 billion to deal with minors illegally crossing border

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    Alphaape

    Obama said fences don't work. Then why is the White House gated?

    Posted in: Obama seeks $3.7 billion to deal with minors illegally crossing border

  • 2

    Alphaape

    The real issue is tax revenue. States would lose out on tobacco tax revenue. When they forced more fuel efficient cars o people in the US the revenue from the gas tax started to go down because we were driving more but using less gas causing a decrease in revenue. Smokers now have an option to smoke but states will lose the sales taxes from tobacco.

    Follow the money and you will see who is behind the anti e-cigs.

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

  • 2

    Alphaape

    If the border wasn't secure, then how would they be catching all these people >trying to cross it?

    Simple, they are crossing the border and after they get on the US side, they just wait there until the Boder Patrol arrives. They "self import" rather than "self deport." There are certain sectors where they know Border Patrol will be, and the go there and wait. In the past, they would cross and hope not to get caught, but now they are hoping to get caught.

    Perhaps their preferred proposal is that of their previous, failed presidential candidate: telling a 10-year old Guatemalan child to "self-deport." It might save money, but it is neither feasible nor humane.

    As I mentioned, they seem to find a way to "self import" why can't they "self deport?" They have been able to make it the 3,000 mile trek from Central America to the US Border without the support of US welfare and other social services, so why can't they go back home that way.

    It's not in humane for the USA to return them home via a plane ride. It is more humane than having a 10 year old child making a 3,000 mile trek by themselves, put into the hands of smugglers who may want to do them harm just to come to America for a chance for a better life. If they are willing to sacrifice children and pregnant women for this trip, then I have a simple solution. Use that daring and energy, and turn it against the ruling class in your home country and demand for better chances and opportunities for the people there, instead of having to send your future generations to another country to be taken care of.

    I love it when those who say that these illegal immigrants will do the jobs that Americans will not do, so please tell me, what jobs do 10 year olds and younger have to do in America now that American 10 year olds and younger are not willing to do now? Or are they willing to go to the overcrowded public schools where English is not the primary language of learning and must be taught basic English to begin to pick up on an American education, all at the expense of legal US residents.

    Fix the border, and tell other countries that it is your responsibility to take care of your own. I find it interesting that many on the left said that we should not be doing nation building in Iraq (and I agree) when "W" was in office. Well, we should not be doing nation building for Honduras and other Central American countries on the backs of US taxpayers in the form of welfare and other social services by having their citizens enter the US illegally. The money they will eventually wire back to their countries will not only go to help their families, but also make the owners of the wire remittance companies very rich. Don't believe me, Carlos Slim, the world's richest man is Mexican. He owns the rights to the wire remittance companies and telephone industry (i.e. cheap calling cards and plans to Mexico) in Mexico. What is the biggest source of his income, from people living and working in the USA (some illegal) sending money back to Mexico using his services.

    It seems that the Occupy movement kept on yelling "tax the 1%" to help out the rest of America, well I for one believe that the rich in these Central American nations need to start helping out their own and not rely on the US taxpayer.

    Posted in: Obama to seek $2 billion for border control

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    Alphaape

    Obama just proposed more emphasis on border security and repatriating illegal aliens, and some of the more conservative members on this board get angry.

    If the border is so secure, then how is it that minor children can just walk across and give up to the nearest Border Patrol. I would believe yout stats if the Border Patrol were going across the border to Mexico and picking up the people who are waving their arms in the air to rescue them, but these people are surrendering on US soil, after they have crossed a supposedly secure border.

    The First Lady of Honduras recently toured one of these holding facilities. The proper response should have been "how many of your countrymen can you take back in your plane" instead we get lectures from her on how we should be taking care of her citizens.

    Posted in: Obama to seek $2 billion for border control

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    Alphaape

    Of those, the most common cases involved “power harassment” and cases in which workload suddenly skyrocketed but the employees were given no extra compensation to match the increased workload

    Not sure how it works in general industry, but I know of MLC (Japanese workers on the US bases) who use this stunt to pull off up to a year with pay just because they are "stressed." I know of several on first hand experience that have used this, and when I looked at the work environment, there was no power harrasment, or other of the causes. The bottom line was that the person just was too lazy to do the work, and figured out a way to get their full pay for up to 6 monhts, and then ride out the workmens comp until it ran out, basically having a paid vacation for a year. In the meantime, their job is still held open and if filled can only be done so by a temp.

    Yes there may be some legit cases, but there are a lot of people who are learning how to rig the system and get what they want.

    Posted in: Increasing workplace harassment blamed for spike in work-related illnesses

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    Alphaape

    It's not the military that are doing all of this. As others have pointed out, it's the local Japanese taht are doing a lot of this. The plan is to push the rowdy crowd down further past Miura beach. There will probably be a few Shore Patrols in the area, and I have heard of cases of Navy vs. Japanese "gangsta" types where the USN personnel were doing nothing to be provoked and they were. I guess the USN types will just have to swim on the base.

    Posted in: Zushi beach ban on alcohol, loud music goes into effect

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    Alphaape

    U.S. has abrogated its responsibility to New Zealand because the latter won't let it operate any nuclear-powered vessel in its territory. With the USN nuclearizing almost all its ships, that makes defence impossible.

    Not exactly true. The main reason is that the US would not (and still doesn't) let anyone know if it's vessels are carrying a special type of weapn. Not so much how they are powered but what they can do. So NZ will not let USN ships enter ports (it usedto be that way).

    I am just curios where Abe will take from the additional young people that are needed for military service? I thought there is already a shortage in the labor market.

    In the USA, once males reach 18 they have to register for the Selective Service (i.e. draft). If they don't, they will not be able to hold a Federal job or receive financal aid for college. We haven't drafted anyone since 1973, but you still have to register.

    Abe andthe LDP has never made to my understanding a move to bring up something like that for Japan. So the alarmist who think this means that Japan is ready to go back on the warpath again don't really understand what it would take for that to happen. Changing the constitution has nothing to do with that.

    Posted in: Japan set for landmark easing of constitutional limits on military

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    Alphaape

    Obama calls Republican opponents feckless obstructionists

    It seems that he is using the term "feckless" to describe the GOP, and it is the same term that Hillary described Obama in the book that is out "Blood Feud." She thinks he is a no good leader, and she and Bill are now trying to distance themselves from him for 2016. It will be interesting to watch, but sad because instead of truly looking out for the AMerican people, Hillary and Obama and the Dems (GOP too)are only looking out for their own self interests and how they will be viewed.

    Posted in: Obama calls Republican opponents feckless obstructionists

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    Alphaape

    I said this in another similar post and I will say it again. No need for alarm. Japan's SDF is a volunteer force. And if you look around Japan, it seems that most able bodied men who would be the ones that would have to do the fighting, don't have the inclination to join the military or have militaristic views. If you notice, only the ones who really want war are the ones that are well past the age of going to war.

    If after he did this he began to campaign on the need for a military draft, then I would be worried. But until a sizeable portion of young Japanese males drop their magna comics, and come out of their shells, Japan is not going to be able to fight any prolonged war like they did in the past.

    It is good that at least maybe they can start taking part in some peace keeping missions, but nothing more will come out of this. Japan is only acting like the rest of the world.

    Posted in: Japan set for landmark easing of constitutional limits on military

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