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    Fadamor

    As I understand surrogacy, it's used when the wife cannot - for one reason or another - carry a baby to term. You would have another woman carry the baby for you.

    Contrast this with one guy having eggs fertilized by his seed and implanted in at least fifteen women. Is he trying to start his own baseball team?

    Posted in: Thai women were paid $12,500 to act as surrogates: police

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    I'm just amazed that a municipality of 250,000 is still considered a "town". I live in a "city" of 55,000.

    Posted in: Report finds 1,400 children sexually exploited in northern England town

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    Williams, not funny in my opinion.

    I won't give you a "thumbs down" because you clearly state that it is your opinion rather than a fact. I will only say the man was a comic genius when he burst on the scene with his portrayal of the alien Mork on "Happy Days" followed by the show "Mork and Mindy". His work as one of the hosts of Comic Relief over the years earned him tens of thousands of additional fans who had never watched him play Mork. His energy on-stage could reduce his veteran comic co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal into bouts of uncontrollable laughter. In MY opinion, a man who can make professional comics laugh uncontrollably is a "funny" man.

    Posted in: Billy Crystal pays tribute to Robin Williams at Emmys

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    Why is it always male teachers in Japan but in the USA it is always female teachers?

    FAIL. There was a male teacher here in Northern Virginia who would visit students, get them passed-out drunk, then fondle and take photos of their genitals. He was convicted in Virginia and is awaiting trials in two other states he taught at. He ALSO had victims in Japan when he was an English teacher there for a couple of years.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/kevin-ricks-former-manassas-teacher-sentenced-to-20-more-years-in-prison/2013/01/22/869fdf8e-64e1-11e2-9e1b-07db1d2ccd5b_story.html

    Using absolutes like "always" or "never" just invites hundreds of examples where the absolute is false.

    Posted in: 25-year-old teacher arrested for molesting student in Yokohama

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    Orlando is developing a "Jim Carrey with hair" look?

    Posted in: Full bloom

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    The obvious solution is to build an ice wall around the reactors so that any magma flowing towards the reactor(s) will quickly harden, re-directing the still fluid magma elsewhere. Hey, they've already got something in place in Fukushima! ;-)

    Short of anime-esque force fields surrounding the reactors, YOU CAN'T DEAL WITH A VOLCANIC ERUPTION. It's not just lava. There's pyroclastic flows, ejecta, ash. You name it, a volcano has it. Pyroclastic flows can reach 1,000°C

    Posted in: NRA to study ways to deal with volcanic eruptions near nuclear reactors

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    While new construction has to meet earthquake standards, the older ones like that old county courthouse don't get renovated to meet standards because of their historical status. City planners are stuck between a rock and a hard place regarding the older buildings. As much as the city would like to bring everything up to code, there's resistance from various historical preservation societies because doing so would change those historic buildings.

    Posted in: Strong California wine country quake causes injuries, damage

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    Ah, false advice here folks! You treat the sting with vinegar! All the lifeguards on beaches in Australia keep large bottles if vinegar on-hand during blue-bottle season (Jan-Feb).

    How nice of you to identify your advice as "false". Given the choice of lifeguards or peer-reviewed articles in journals, we should ALWAYS believe the lifeguards... None of the references listed in the Wiki entry obviously know what they are talking about because after all, the lifeguards have EXTENSIVE medical training regarding the treatment of marine venom, right?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_man_o%27_war#References

    Posted in: Portuguese man-of-war spotted on Kanagawa beach

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    'til next we meet, Robin, "Nanoo nanoo". Maybe in your case they can relax the rules a bit regarding where those who commit suicide are destined.

    Posted in: Actor-comedian Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicide

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    Just attended an anime convention in Maryland and the Kodansha representative at their panel talked about AOT and the spin-offs. Even he noted that the "AOT: Junior High" series was a head-scratcher. But I guess they've licensed "Junior High" and "No Regrets" for publication in the U.S. Will this "No Regrets" anime make it to the States as well? We'll see.

    Posted in: 'Attack on Titan’s' Levi getting his own two-part anime DVD series

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    He declined to comment on the demand for its return, saying: “We have not received any official request.”

    This is key. No OFFICIAL request has been made. A sovereign nation isn't going to respond to unofficial requests or demands to return items in their possession.

    China probably has jurisdiction over this stele because it was taken from lands occupied by Russia at the time. Russia at the time occupied Manchuria and the Liaodong peninsula. If it was taken from there, then it wasn't in Korea. The Chinese government should be making an official request, not some private organization demanding the return of the stele.

    Posted in: Chinese group appeals to emperor for return of 1,300-year-old artifact

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    Fadamor

    American torpedoes during the early part of WWII were notorious for impacting but not exploding. A perfectly aimed shot resulting in the torpedo striking perpendicular to the hull would crush the trigger before it could detonate the warhead. Early reports from submarine captains were disregarded as attempts to hide firing a badly-aimed shot, but by 1943 the complaints had risen to the point were the flaw was discovered. Two years of torpedoes not detonating and instead burying themselves in the mud (in the case of shallow water) or sinking to the bottom once the propellant was expended. The warheads are still there.

    Posted in: Clearing WWII's explosive legacy in the Pacific

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    As for telling the Japanese why they were bombed... I think there are a few reasons why those weapons were used, and I still believe it was to test them. Detonating them over a desert told them nothing about the effects on cities... so they used Japan as a testing ground. I also think it was to show the world who now wore the trousers. I believe Nagasaki and Hiroshima were sacrificed for these tests... why else use two different types?

    There's a couple of threads that led to the bombing of Hiroshima:

    The first thread was, as you mention, the "we're the man with the big stick" syndrome. "Who's going to believe us unless we actually use it?"

    Once the initial tests at the Trinity site were completed, the scientists involved were in disagreement over whether it should be used in the war to kill people. Some of them forwarded a proposal that the military choose an unpopulated island near Tokyo and use it to demo the bomb for Japanese officials. The military nixed the proposal because they were concerned about the embarrassment that would happen if the bomb fizzled.

    Before the United States entered WWII, then-President Roosevelt sent a letter to all the leaders who were at that time involved in hostilities. Read this and imagine Roosevelt's reaction to Hiroshima and Nagasaki had he still been alive:

    Appeal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Aerial Bombardment of Civilian Populations, September 1, 1939

    The President of the United States to the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Poland and His Britannic Majesty, September 1, 1939

    The ruthless bombing from the air of civilians in unfortified centers of population during the course of the hostilities which have raged in various quarters of the earth during the past few years, which has resulted in the maiming and in the death of thousands of defenseless men, women, and children, has sickened the hearts of every civilized man and woman, and has profoundly shocked the conscience of humanity.

    If resort is had to this form of inhuman barbarism during the period of the tragic conflagration with which the world is now confronted, hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings who have no responsibility for, and who are not even remotely participating in, the hostilities which have now broken out, will lose their lives. I am therefore addressing this urgent appeal to every government which may be engaged in hostilities publicly to affirm its determination that its armed forces shall in no event, and under no circumstances, undertake the bombardment from the air of civilian populations or of unfortified cities, upon the understanding that these same rules of warfare will be scrupulously observed by all of their opponents. I request an immediate reply.

    http://www.dannen.com/decision/int-law.html#E

    The second thread was the ferocious fighting that the Japanese defenders gave during the battle of Okinawa. The body counts eliminated most of the objection to using the "atomic weapons".

    Posted in: Do you think that ceremonies for victims of the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should include references to the victims of Japan’s acts of aggression before and during World War II?

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    Fadamor

    Top earner based on gravity alone?

    No not Gravity alone. She also did voice work on another project and she gets residuals on her older movies every time they're re-broadcast. "Gravity" grossed $716,636,615 world-wide. If she had a clause in her contract that said she gets 1% of the gross, that's $7,166,366 in her pocket. The movie had an estimated budget of $100,000,000 so even if the clause stated she only gets 1% of the net, she's still bringing in $6,166,366.

    Posted in: Sandra Bullock tops Forbes list as Hollywood's top-earning actress

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    Fadamor

    So first it was, "Japan has the highest number of elderly over 100 years old... WHOOPS! It seems we've been counting people who've been dead for a while." Now it's, "Japan is a very safe country... if you ignore that cities have been withholding 10% of the crimes committed in order to make them look safer."

    Posted in: Osaka police admit hiding 81,000 crimes to clean up image

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    The ministry said in a report that the figure referred to cases concerning children aged 18 and under, who were beaten or sexually abused by parents, siblings or other relatives, TV Asahi reported Tuesday.

    OK, so "children" (in the eyes of Japanese Law) who are 19 can be abused all 365 days of the year, but they'll never show on the report? Either 19 year-olds are minors, Japan, or they're not. Make a freaking decision!

    Posted in: No. of reported child abuse cases exceeds 70,000 in 2013

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    Fadamor

    Justice should be dispensed with checklists and absolutism, not dependent on theatricals and luck.

    Unlike the TV courtrooms, most judges will shut-down a lawyer who tries for a "Matlock stunt" or a Johnny Cochrane poem. Judge Ito received harsh criticism for letting the OJ Simpson trial turn into a bigger circus than it already was. I think you'll find most courtrooms are lacking "theatricals" these days.

    Posted in: Guam man guilty over deadly Japanese tourist attack

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    Fadamor

    So now you know where the extra money you paid to sit in the green car went.

    Posted in: Shinkansen robot 'Project E5' to appear at train festival in Yokohama

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    Fadamor

    Lithium can ignite on exposure to air. Magnesium does not. So likely safer unless fire already exists.

    A Li-ion battery is different from a Lithium battery. A Lithium battery actually contains Lithium metal and is considered hazardous waste. A Li-ion battery only contains an ion of Lithium, not the actual metal, and is NOT considered hazardous waste.

    That said, there ARE hazards with Li-ion batteries:

    Lithium-ion batteries can be dangerous under some conditions and can pose a safety hazard since they contain, unlike other rechargeable batteries, a flammable electrolyte and are also kept pressurised.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium_Ion_Battery

    Posted in: Japanese team develops high-energy-density magnesium rechargeable battery

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    Fadamor

    I read a book about a previous outbreak that summed up this virus's motives. In order to survive it needs to spread body fluids from an infected person to another host. It starts with sneezing and runny eyes, then progresses to nosebleeds, then to explosive vomiting and diarrhea. In the final stages internal and external hemorrhaging result in blood being released from all available orifices. The host is practically dissolved from within as the virus attempts to spread.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hot_Zone

    This infected doctor knew that this is how Ebola operates and yet despite all the precautions he still became a host. That's probably the thing that scares me the most.

    Posted in: Second Ebola patient headed to U.S.; N.Y. tests possible victim

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