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    JohnBecker

    Let the government start making noises about deporting them to NK and see how fast the Chongryon shut up.

    Posted in: Real estate company gets control of de facto N Korean embassy

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    What a well-composed, powerful photo. Fantastic!

    Posted in: Lonely protester

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    OssanAmerica, you say yourself that the rising sun ensign was flown during the Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War, and WWI. The author didn't say it was inherited from the WWII Japanese Navy, he said it was inherited from the wartime Imperial Navy, which fought in the three conflicts you mention. He did not say anything about WWII.

    Posted in: Japan raises military profile in naval war games with U.S.

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    Fuel cell vehicles run on compressed hydrogen gas, which in the Mirai’s case is stored in two tanks mounted underneath the vehicle. They emit no exhaust, though fossil fuels are used in the production of hydrogen and to pressurize it.

    Fossil fuels are used currently to produce the electricity needed to produce and pressurize hydrogen. If the electricity comes from renewables or nuclear, there are no fossil fuels involved. Vehicles that run on electricity (whether it's generated on board by fuel cells or externally) don't care where the electricity comes from, and can take full advantage f the cleaner generation technologies of the future.

    Posted in: Toyota to start sales of fuel cell car next month

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    No surprise, this was a foregone conclusion when the nuclear plants went offline. Until they come back online and/or alternative power starts getting some traction, this won't change.

    Posted in: Japan CO2 emissions hit record yearly high

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    Ah_so, there are plenty of ways for Facebook to make money that don't involve appropriating the intellectual property of its users.

    Posted in: Facebook to curb promotional posts on user timelines

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    It's even easier than that, Mark_McCracken... just put up a fence anywhere that a standing person could be struck by any part of a roller coaster or any other ride, and pour concrete on the ground inside the fence so there's no tending to be done. Problem solved.

    Posted in: Employee hit by roller coaster at Kagawa theme park

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    That's a lot of money for what, on paper, looks like a very pedestrian vehicle. 3.3 liter V6 making just 233 horsepower? In a car that weighs more than 3,000 pounds? And looks funny?

    Maybe the paint job will disguise the weird looks.

    Posted in: Things to pick up at 7-Eleven: Milk, melon bread, Evangelion sports car

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    I think we can assume that Spotify is great for less known artists, not so much for big stars. If Taylor Swift does better financially by taking her music off Spotify, there's really no reason for her to stay.

    Posted in: Spotify defends payout norms after Taylor Swift withdraws music

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    There's no need for Japan to arrest anyone. The world environmental community needs to come down hard on the Chinese government until they arrest the poachers, confiscate the boats and destroy the catch. Take care of the problem at the source.

    Posted in: Coral in Ogasawaras under threat from poachers

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    Lovely. although sure it will draw firw for being a waste of good electricity.

    Beautiful colours (although I find them rather too "cool" for winter - a little more "red" would have made them "warmer")

    Every year, the illuminations come out. And these two comments come out about 5 minutes later.

    Posted in: Night lights

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    Formula One is nearly finished.

    Formula 1 is far from finished. It is still wildly popular in most of the world. The core teams will always carry the sport while the fringe teams come and go (see Caterham and Marussia). It's true that costs are too high. I imagine that has always been the case for all but the core teams. Living on the bleeding edge of technology is always expensive.

    As for building up popularity in the U.S., that's going to be tough. The European races start at 8:00 am in the eastern U.S., at 5:00 am in the west. The Asian races start in the middle of the night in the east and late on Saturday in the west. The only races Americans get to see in the middle of the day are Brazil, Canada, and the U.S. race.

    While the Texas circuit is very nice, I think the only race that would really capture Americans' (and the world's) attention would be a street race in New York City. I don't know how in the world they would pull it off, but that would become the greatest racing event on the calendar. They're trying to do a race across the river from the city in northern New Jersey, but it wouldn't be the same.

    Posted in: F1 should look to Hollywood, says U.S. Grand Prix boss

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    Wow. I can't think of a sadder way of saying, "I give up."

    Posted in: Solo wedding service for single women who want to be brides for a day

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    I wonder if they'll give me a family discount?

    Posted in: Venison burgers and hot dogs coming to Becker's fast food chain

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    Way to go, Tigers!!!

    Posted in: Japanese baseball result

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    JohnBecker

    I can't believe the Giants are out and the Tigers are in. Go Tigers!

    Posted in: Japanese baseball result

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    There are plenty of people who would think of nothing but dollar signs after catching that ball. But more and more often, the people who catch these balls are giving them back to the players. For a true fan, meeting the player and shaking his hand (and getting a picture and an autographed item) is more than a fair trade. And good move by the Giants to change their minds and give the guy tickets to a World Series game.

    Posted in: Giants fan who caught home run ball gives it back

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    JohnBecker

    If I were a running fanatic and had spent years of conditioning and thousands of dollars for the opportunity to travel to and run in the Beijing Marathon, I have to imagine I would put on the mask and hope for the best. It would be really difficult to get there and say, "No, I think I'll just watch."

    Posted in: Beijing marathoners don face masks to battle smog

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    Go Tigers!!!

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    Fadamor, the green flag was near the crash site, but it indicated the condition of the track in the segment past the crash site. The segment of the track that includes the crash site was under a double yellow flag. This is old news - I'm surprised you missed it.

    Posted in: Marussia hits out at 'false' Bianchi reports

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