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    JohnBecker

    Thanks for the scores and standings, JT!

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    JohnBecker

    Japan should stop screwing around and build a Coast Guard base there. Or maybe an oil drilling platform. Force China's hand, make them put up or shut up. There is no way in the world that China wants this to turn into a military confrontation.

    Posted in: 3 Chinese ships seen in disputed waters

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    JohnBecker

    I live in Knoxville, Tennessee, home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers. The stadium holds about 102,000. It's located right on the Tennessee River, so many local people travel to the game by boat. These people are sometimes called the "Volunteer Navy." Also, there's a small regional airport about a mile up the river. They operate a temporary aircraft control tower on game days to handle all the fans flying private planes in for games.

    In Knoxville, as in other major university cities, these games are a Big Deal.

    I hope Real Madrid / Man U is on TV! Even if Man U isn't that great this year, it'll be fun to watch.

    Posted in: 100,000 sellout for Real Madrid-Manchester United clash in Michigan

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    JohnBecker

    It was never a mystery that this was going to happen. It's just a question of how many reactors will be put back online, and when.

    I would feel a lot better about this if some language were added that would earmark all money saved (by using nuclear rather than imported fossil fuels) for research on renewable energy and nuclear waste disposal.

    Posted in: Japan approves energy plan reinstating nuclear power

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    JohnBecker

    Lennon/McCartney, Rogers and Hammerstein, Duke Ellington, Dozier/Holland/Dozier, George and Ira Gershwin, Jagger/Richards.

    Posted in: Who gets your vote for the greatest songwriter of the last 100 years?

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    JohnBecker

    If you go all the way back to his Food Network shows, then the Travel Channel shows, and now CNN, you can see such growth in the attitude, storytelling and cinematography. Watching the show is like following around that adventurous friend who always wants to see what kind of trouble he can get into next.

    Posted in: CNN bringing back Anthony Bourdain's hot series

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    JohnBecker

    Kiss were never important to the music. They gained notoriety for their makeup, costumes and pyrotechnics. Maybe that makes them noteworthy enough for inclusion in Jann Wenner's "Bands I Like or Have Been Browbeaten Into Including" club, but it certainly doesn't make them important enough to make me care about their petty squabbles.

    Posted in: Kiss not the first to tell Rock Hall to kiss off

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    JohnBecker

    Thanks for the scores and standings, JT!

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    JohnBecker

    Many older people expressed concern that 18 might be too young to understand politics

    Judging by the governments Japan has had in recent years, I'd say the oldsters don't understand politics that well, either.

    Posted in: Bill submitted to lower house to change legal referendum voting age to 18

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    JohnBecker

    Being that it's so easy to get China a little bit bent out of shape over something so trivial (US will never lift a finger over Hong Kong), it's good to exert a bit of pressure in a bunch of places. It's a shame Obama didn't meet with the Dalai Lama at the same time. And then join a summit of all the nations whose territories are being threatened by China. And then put forth a few resolutions in the UN about China's coddling of North Korea. And then go to the International Court of Justice to sue China over its turning a blind eye to intellectual property piracy and counterfeiting. And on and on....

    Posted in: China warns U.S. against interference in Hong Kong

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    JohnBecker

    I started watching Letterman at the very beginning of his original late night show on NBC. I've watched him essentially for all of my adult life. The show wasn't as great after it moved to CBS, and it's been in decline for a while. But it's still going to be a different (late night TV ) world when he's gone.

    Posted in: David Letterman to retire from 'Late Show' in 2015

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    JohnBecker

    China holds nearly $1.32 trillion in US Treasury bonds, any hint of US delaying payment or defaulting would be unimaginable.

    Amazing!

    So China owns the US!

    China owns 8% of total U.S. debt. That hardly constitutes "ownership."

    http://www.factcheck.org/2013/11/who-holds-our-debt/

    Posted in: Hagel reassures Japan that U.S. committed to its security

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    JohnBecker

    So you get in 15 minutes early and sprint to Monsters Inc. If you're lucky, you get out in time to sprint to something else and get close to the front of the line. That's a nice perk if you're staying at one of the hotels anyway, but it's not much extra incentive to bring in more hotel guests.

    Posted in: How to get into Tokyo Disney Resort 15 minutes before it opens (without hopping the fence)

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    JohnBecker

    Windows peaked with XP (15 years ago) and even that was clunky and unreliable. They've just dropped XP and now are trying to copy every innovation Apple has included to keep their market share. Vista was a failed attempt at copying the OSX interface. Windows8 is a failed attempt at copying iOS. And, does anybody remember the iPod killing Zune? Of course not!

    You kind of skipped Windows 7, which is great.

    Posted in: Microsoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone feature

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    JohnBecker

    I'm kinda confused... I understand why "The Joshua Tree" would be preserved, that album got me hooked up to U2, but the others doesn't make sense...

    They're being preserved as historical documents, outstanding examples of style and subject matter of their times.

    Posted in: U2, Linda Ronstadt among 25 albums to be preserved

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    JohnBecker

    I wish they were doing more to develop new antibiotics.

    Antibiotics are great, but the drug companies would much rather develop drugs that have to be taken daily by healthy people. Antibiotics for a week or two, or a cholesterol drug every day for the next 40 years - which do you think the drug companies are more interested in?

    Posted in: Studies find new drugs greatly lower cholesterol

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    JohnBecker

    One person suggests their personal experience trumps science.

    "One person" stated that it worked for me, and may not work for everyone. I thought I was most reasonable in that respect, along with my hope that there would be resonsible legislature to control this product. What "science" do you think I'm trying to trump? I smoked for 32 years, I found nothing that helped me to quit until I used an e-cigarette. I drew no conclusions from this, I merely stated that I quit because of the e-cigarette. You are the only one trying to draw further conclusions.

    This is the technique of the shill for addiction. If Mr. Somebody suffered for 32 years with nicotine addiction wouldn't they be the first to INSIST on regulation? Imagine the cost and damage to them, their loved ones and wallet. Still, here, the voice of industry beacons. 'Come, smoke, it's all good.'

    I didn't insist on regulation because that wasn't my major concern. Apparently it's your major concern. So if you want regulation, why don't you start off with the ones I suggested?

    Mr. Somebody may have no cravings because their addiction has abated. An addiction clinic can do that for you in thirty days.

    Yes, my addiction has, clearly abated. I'm guessing you have never smoked, or you would realize that what makes smoking such a hard addiction to break is the fact that it's both an addiction and a habit. It's not just chemical dependency, it's a cigarette when we're driving or talking on the phone or after eating. The e-cigarette is uniquely capable of handling those situational cravings, due to its replication of the acts of handling a cigarette and drawing on a cigarette. That's why it worked for me. (I'd quit cold turkey years ago, after having my wisdom teeth taken out. I was back to smoking again within 5 months, because the habit pulled me back in. This isn't a simple matter of detoxification.)

    Nicotine is a drug, a Neurotoxin, that means it destroys your brain, seek help your body can be cleaned of toxins and adding them back with unregulated sexy advertising is irresponsible. But, the 32 year victim of addiction already knows this.

    What this "32 year victim of addiction" knows is that he never would have been able to quit without the e-cigarette. Not with a nicotine patch or gum (both of which I imagine you hold in the same level of contempt), not with Chantix, not with anything else. 5 months of e-cigarette usage, versus smoking for the rest of my life. Only someone with a slightly twisted agenda would fail to see that this is an easy choice to make.

    Posted in: E-cigarettes may not help people stop smoking, study shows

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    JohnBecker

    I smoked a pack a day for 32 years. On July 22, 2011, I started using an e-cigarette with the intent of quitting. On July 26,, 2011, I smoked my last cigarette. On January 2, 2012, I stopped using the e-cigarette. Since then, I have used neither cigarettes or e-cigarettes. I don't have cravings, I don't miss the taste, nothing. I am D-U-N done.

    When e-cigs are used as a smoking cessation aid, they can be effective. I'm proof. They may not be effective for everyone, because everyone is different.

    There may be risks inherent in their use. But I would rather take that risk (for the 5 months that I used it) than continue smoking for the rest of my life.

    The government is interested because it drives them nuts when there's commerce going on and they aren't getting a piece of the action, as they do with cigarettes. If the government wants to get involved, sure, go ahead. But tax e-cigarettes and supplies at 1/10 the rate of cigarettes. Limit advertising and sales exactly the same way you do for real cigarettes. Establish rules (not guidelines) for acceptable ingredients and standardized "doses" of nicotine.

    If these things are kept out of the hands of kids, and if they're not marketed to non-smokers as something "cool," I don't see any problem with the things. They're safer than cigarettes, and they might help people quit, as they did for me.

    Posted in: E-cigarettes may not help people stop smoking, study shows

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    JohnBecker

    There are only two places I can think of that are viable for nuclear waste storage. The played-out mines at Hashima (Battleship Island) and the Senkakus.

    Posted in: Gov't settles on Okuma, Futaba towns for interim nuclear waste storage facilities

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    JohnBecker

    It's just the ruling regime flexing their muscles a bit. Most of the people convicted aren't even in custody, and the judgment will be overturned on appeal. Not to mention the fact that western ambassadors are undoubtedly visiting the government officials responsible and calmly asking if they're out of their ****ing minds.

    Posted in: Egyptian court sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death

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