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    CraigHicks

    I see so many obese people walking or sitting around sipping on sports drink, which is just fructose and water. Without the "sports", it builds up fat cells but provides nothing to build up the extra immune system requirements for all that extra flesh, leaving the body open to all kinds of diseases (including cancer) that it cannot fight off properly.

    I know this is just a single aspect of the problem, but it might be a good place to start.

    Posted in: Obesity clips up to 8 years off your life, says study

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    CraigHicks

    @HonestDictator ... Easily impressionable idiots and mentally disturbed people are the only ones who would believe what's done in a fictional game is what should be done in real life.

    "Easily impressionable" and "mentally disturbed" sounds like a stage of development that a lot of teenage boys have always gone through. So maybe you're right, and these games are indeed one factor in the surge of school shooting massacres.

    Posted in: Australian retail giant pulls Grand Theft Auto V after protests

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    CraigHicks

    Maybe Takata should take the big step and switch away from ammonium nitrate, the explosive chemical which is used by Takata, and not used by any other airbag maker. Apparently ammonium nitrate allows for a more compact design, so if a car was designed around a smaller airbag supplied by Takata, that could pose a big problem. Might require changing the airbag, the steering wheel, and maybe even the steering column!

    I can't imagine that any new car designs would include ammonium nitrate airbags in the near future.

    Posted in: Inside Takata, tantrums, but little sense of crisis over air bags

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    CraigHicks

    This new years I got a room with a "sea view" booked in a west Izu pension, only 3,500 yen per person per night! Hopefully the sunrise is included in the view, otherwise we'll go down to the seashore to watch.

    If you are stuck in Tokyo, the Chuo line and Keio line trains run special early trains out to Takao-san so you can watch the sunrise. BUT, if you go all the way to the top of Takao-san, where it is most crowded with people and a Shinto priest chants a prayer over loudspeakers, the trees block the view, so I find it better to choose a spot further down where the sunrise can be seen. Be prepared for low temperatures slightly below 0 c.

    A Tokyo-to mountain for fantastic sunrises is Kumotori-san, whose peak is at the junction of Tokyo-to, Gifu pref., and Yamanashi pref. The peak is over 2000 meters high. There are two yama-goya (mountain huts with futons which charge a fee) available about 30 minutes down from the peak, and there is a "free" emergency shelter on the peak where you can sleep in a pinch but you should bring a sleeping bag. I've experienced pre dawn temperatures of -12 c, but I've heard it can get much lower than that. (If you stay in the "new" yama-goya which is on the dark side of the mountain you will need eizen spikes on your boots to walk down the icy slopes). From Okutama station there is a bus to Kamozawa, where a trail on the sunny of the mountain begins - 3 to 4 hours to the top walking.

    Posted in: Tokyo metropolitan gov't building accepting applications to watch first sunrise of 2015

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    CraigHicks

    "Formaldehyde—a substance found in ... embalming fluids—was present at much higher levels than carcinogens found in the smoke from regular cigarettes, the official said."

    This is pretty efficient. Pre-embalming while imbibing carcinogens will make the whole funeral process go more smoothly.

    Posted in: E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times carcinogens: Japan researchers

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    CraigHicks

    In an unfortunate and unwise choice of strategy to locate Osama Bin Laden, information was gathered under the false front of an immunization program in Pakistan. In fact it yielded no information of value, but incurred a great and lasting cost on health care efforts in Pakistan and elsewhere, and unnecessarily put health workers lives at risk. Could it be that both Muslim terrorists and Muslim haters would prefer to see moderate peaceful thinkers of any religion killed? I would hope the answer is no, but then I cannot understand how such a misguided was formed.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-cia-fake-vaccination-campaign-endangers-us-all/

    http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110714/full/news.2011.418.html

    https://ispub.com/IJPH/2/1/13962

    http://news.sciencemag.org/2011/07/cias-fake-vaccination-drive-angers-public-health-world

    http://www.wired.com/2012/05/pakistan-polio-fake-cia/

    Posted in: Four polio vaccinators shot dead in Pakistan

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    CraigHicks

    @WA4TKG ... Sorry, I am one of those DREADED NRA members you obviously HATE.

    Sorry, I wouldn't waste my mental energy hating YOU when I need that mental energy to think logically and clearly. An exponential increase in gun rage incidents/accidents (sometimes committed by juveniles) is logically incompatible with "open carry" laws. Your logic is broken - HATE is not acceptable substitute for logic.

    Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

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    CraigHicks

    @Kearimashita - ... prolifeation of diseases that spread to the wild population ...

    If these are caused by virus or bacteria to which their farmed siblings are immune, it is likely the wild fish will eventually also develop immunity, especially if they interbreed.

    Posted in: Surrogate sushi: Japan uses biotech for bluefin tuna

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    CraigHicks

    @WA4TKG ... When an ARMED Policeman is ( likely ) pointing HIS GUN at YOU, DO WHAT HE SAYS.

    Unless you are an "open carry advocate" backed by the NRA. Then you strut your feathers, fully armed with guns and secret camera in front of policemen hoping they will stop you and your can post your video on you tube, as well as suing the police department.

    Go search on you tube for "open carry", I got 726,000 hits. You won't be able to watch them as fast as they are being added. Who needs logic when you've got guns.

    Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

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    CraigHicks

    There has been a trend, a global trend, clearly seen if compared to circumstances 60 years ago, to denigrate engineers and engineering, and replace them/it in management with financial wizards and wizardry. Since financial wizardry has no tools but to lower costs and float imaginary balloons, the resulting entropy inevitably leads to a collapse of quality, long term financial ruin, injury and death. It can be seen clearly in the Takata case, where Takata engineers were overruled by Takata management who were unable to grasp the engineering risk and unwilling to defer to those engineers who could.

    Fortunately there are companies that buck this trend, so there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

    Posted in: Plant with troubled past at center of Takata air bag probe

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    CraigHicks

    Of course I think she is -probably- a murderess because of the circumstantial evidence and motive. However, reporting "traces" of cyanide in the men's bodies and in the trash, is highly irresponsible. The case is now prejudiced - as in "already judged". As a matter of principle the police (anywhere) should err on the side of caution before releasing information, unless perhaps it is necessary for the purpose of protecting the public or gathering more information.

    For example, the police leaked information that Yoshiyuki Kouno was the man who released poison gas in Matsumoto, killing seven (that number seven again!), sickening many more and sending even his own wife into a coma. It was revealed that Kouno had a large amount of pesticides stored at his residence. But it later turned out that Kouno was not involved at all, it was in fact a test run executed by Aum Shinri Kyo in preparation for their Kasumigaseki sarin attack.

    Trace amounts. Many many people have been wrongly punished for trace amounts of opiates showing up in their blood tests, when the actual reason is substances in poppy seeds commonly found on bagels, rolls, breads, and in salad dressing. Here is a partial list of cases: http://www.snopes.com/medical/drugs/poppyseed.asp

    Being thorough about justice is well worth the effort.

    Posted in: Police find cyanide at home of 'black widow' suspect

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    CraigHicks

    "and reportedly recovered cyanide from her trash"

    Cyanide is present in acetonitrile false fingernail remover, and false fingernails are popular in Japan.

    Posted in: Police find cyanide at home of 'black widow' suspect

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    CraigHicks

    She wanted the man to be “elderly” and “living alone,” the paper said, citing an investigator. She also made remarks suggesting that “it would be better if he has an illness”.

    This statement should actually work in her favor, as it indicates that her partners were already likely to be close to death, so it is not unusual that they should die soon.

    Furthermore, arsenic is ever present in the environment, and in our own bodies. Levels vary between individuals by a factor of 100 or more [http://www.greenfacts.org/en/arsenic/l-2/arsenic-3.htm]. In the debate over whether Napoleon died of arsenic poisoning it has been argued that the traces of arsenic found in his hair could have come from his environment [http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/napoleon/c_arsenic.html]. So the statement "traces of arsenic" taken literally is not proof of anything. It should be "levels of arsenic impossible to occur naturally, 10,000? or whatever times the normal for smoking, fish eating, elderly Japanese gentlemen living in an industrial area".

    Posted in: 'Black widow' still on hunt as husband No. 4 died: reports

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    CraigHicks

    @WillB ... ISIS represents 100% pure, fundamentalist, unadulterated, Sunni islam. Which is precisely why they attract to so many fanatical believers. You can dislike them, but you can not argue against them on religious grounds.

    You appear to have allied yourself with ISIS - "you can not argue against them on religious grounds". Just what they need as weapon against the majority of Sunni Muslims who argue against them on religious grounds.

    Whose side are you on?

    Posted in: Beheading of U.S. aid worker in Syria draws condemnation

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    CraigHicks

    http://www.xanthous.jp/2014/11/18/sodegaura-city-fatal-accidents/

    @donAlbert ... Anyway, if passengers on the back seats were wearing seat belts, they probably had bigger chances to survive than without strapping in.

    From the pictures, I agree with donAlbert. The back seat area is intact.

    In my opinion, from the safety point of view, the design of passenger seats in cars, trains, and planes is completely wrong. They should all be facing backwards - then the impact would be absorbed without slack evenly along the back from head to bottom - there would be many fewer injuries - even if seatbelts weren't being worn!

    Posted in: Dump truck, minivan collide, leaving four dead in Chiba Prefecture

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    CraigHicks

    "unspecified objective evidence refuting the claims of both the alleged victim and the eyewitness"

    This is very vague. It's entirely possible that there is not really sufficient evidence to either convict the man of rape or the woman/eyewitness of perjury.

    Posted in: Man jailed for rape released after accuser's testimony proven false

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    CraigHicks

    I imagine one or both of the ladies failed to show the proper obsequious deference towards Ruiz on his birthday, which caused him to throw a murderous temper tantrum.

    Posted in: Honduras beauty queen, sister found dead

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    @Frungy ... I am dubious about these charges. ...

    But surely it could not be merely a coincidence that on the same day as "Black widow with seven dead partners arrested", we also have "7 children injured by dog in Oita" reported in the same edition of the Japan Times, could it?

    Posted in: 'Black widow' with seven dead partners arrested

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    CraigHicks

    Nobody told poor Aso-san that he was supposed to say this AFTER the election.

    Posted in: Aso says sales tax hike delay must not happen again

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    CraigHicks

    It cost the Germans almost 2 trillion dollars for the first 20 years of re-unification.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/11/07/us-germany-wall-idUSTRE5A613B20091107

    IF change were going to occur in the next 20 years, I think a Chinese supported coup d'etat would be the most likely given the historical connections between Chinese military and North Korean military. And it would probably turn out to be a big headache for the Chinese.

    Posted in: S Korea puts economic unification tab at $500 billion

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