KnowBetter's past comments

  • -1

    KnowBetter

    What happened to the ice age we were heading to from the end of WWII through the 70's and into the early 80's?

    Come on, you guys all remember that right? I mean you're all old enough to remember that, right? Scientists were all saying for over 20 years that the planet was cooling and we were headed for an ice age. What changed that? Or better yet, what started that cooling trend in the first place considering the world had been at war for over six years and two nukes were set off. That couldn't have cooled off the planet considering all the pollution war generates and let's not forget the rebuilding process after the war and LOTS more nukes being set off in the name of 'testing'.

    You believe whatever you want to believe just don't forget the past predictions didn't have the internet to fan the flames of panic and instant fear mongering. Don't forget the past predictions that we were cooling down on earth for about 40 years all the while during MASSIVE wars and rebuilding. Let's not forget all the earthquakes and volcanoes either as I'm sure they have the ability to release LOTS of green house gases into the atmosphere as well and there's not a damn thing we can do about that either.

    Localized pollution is VERY MUCH REAL as is DANGEROUS SMOG in those regions and that MUST BE DEALT WITH. FOCUS ON THAT!

    Posted in: The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may reshape Earth

  • 16

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    WOW!!! China 'stooping to a new low'. Clearly China has a problem with its image of public cleanliness in terms of public washroom facilities and even with some of its people doing their 'business' in public areas so how do they shift that attention away? Let's make fun of Japan for having super clean toilets that keep one 'sparkling clean'. Very mature!

    China needs to change their flag's colour from red to green for the envy they have on most things Japanese is out of control!!! China copies just about everything Japanese from tech to kawaii and yet they appear to have a hate on for Japan that is out of control. The day China as a whole matures enough to see this behaviour as counter productive will be the day that China begins to join the modern 21st century.

    Posted in: China media mock Japan's luxury lavatories

  • 0

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    WOW! No one noticed the possibility that since there has always been speculation that Park Geun-hye has been doing the deed in that manner that maybe this is her way of staying out of jail when (IF EVER) it comes to light.

    Yeah, I know it's a bit of a stretch but then again I was surprised that the Korean Airlines Cho-nuts nutter from incident to jail sentence being handed out took less than two months INCLUDING the investigation. Something clearly changed in South Korea and I think Ms Park Geun-hye and party knows it. Otherwise, why change the wording of the law now after all these years?

    Posted in: South Korea legalizes adultery

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    Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the top NATO commander, told the House Armed Services Committee that he has laid out military options the administration could consider for Ukraine, ranging from sending small arms to more sophisticated weapons that would take longer to arrive and require extensive training.

    OH THE IRONY OF THIS MAN'S FAMILY NAME IS PAINFUL!!!

    It's too bad that there soon may not be any other way to deal with Putin the war monger. If only someone from within his close group would see the light and realize that letting Putin continue down this path will not bode well for them or anyone in the region and 'remove Putin permanently'. It's quite sad already at how many have lost their lives over this land grab by the washed up ex Soviet Cronies of yesteryear.

    Posted in: U.S. mulling lethal aid to Ukraine; Russian response a concern

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    Using a smartphone to carrying as if you were seated all the while walking/cycling and texting, etc. bothers me the most.

    It's bad enough we have to watch out for people walking/cycling on the sidewalks/pavement/pathways but add texting while doing that and the fact that most have no idea of what's going on around then and you're just inviting trouble.

    Posted in: What smartphone habits by some people bother you the most?

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    I hung out with Gene Simmons during a football game back in 2011 and have to say that he's a pretty smart and cool guy. He's super laid back considering how much he has going on and pretty damn funny too.

    'volland' FYI, the oldest member of Kiss is Simmons at 65 and the rest: Paul Stanley 63, Eric Singer 56 and Tommy Thayer 54. So, no they're not "four 70 year old men being friendly with underage teenies..."

    Posted in: Give us a KISS

  • 0

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    You have to take into consideration that due to the tight streets in some areas (a lot of places in Japan), fire engines tend to be a lot smaller. Take that into consideration and also that of sensationalism of most online 'rags' to pad numbers and you'd get half that number. Also, I bet they counted the chief's SUV and support vehicles not having any hose or water capabilities as a 'fire engine' as well.

    Posted in: 2 dead, 6 injured in Tokyo apartment building fire

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    Y3.34 bil in lost cash handed in to police in 2014

    Of the total, 2.74 billion yen—74% of the total—was returned to the owners, Sports Nippon reported Monday.

    I swear... ONLY IN JAPAN!!! Just one of the many reasons I love Japan, its people and its culture!

    Posted in: Y3.34 bil in lost cash handed in to police in 2014

  • -1

    KnowBetter

    Rarely do I fear that 'I'm missing out on something' if I just unplug for a while. Not that much is really important however there have been a few times in recent years that I missed out on some smokin' hot 24 hour deals because I was so tired I just said to hell with it and took a nap only to find out that they sold out within hours of being available online. Still feel I missed out on those events as they have NEVER been repeated again but everything else, meh, it can wait.

    Posted in: Fear of missing out drives Internet addiction in Japan

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    'wanderlust' Helmets, ropes, safety boots, work wear, hi-vis safety vests and traffic directing LED wands and a BILLION ways to mark out traffic with pylons and poles but it's pretty hard to find fall arrest harnesses in DIY home centres in Japan. I know have tried and it took a lot more work than it should have. The blank stare you get when you ask for one is priceless followed by are you a mountain climber, are going to go rock climbing?

    The dollar amount was just an example for those NOT in Japan, you know the ones that can't figure out why someone would go up on to a roof to get rid of all that damn weight before their post and beam (balsa-wood like) home collapses. I mentioned it in dollars also because I ended up buy one online from the US and of course I remember the dollar amount.

    Posted in: Man dies after falling 8 meters from roof while clearing snow

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    If I have the time off that Saturday March 14, it sounds like a perfectly great idea to take the wife out on a 'date' along that line with the views and all. It will after all be 'White Day' when the line opens.

    Posted in: Seats on March 14 Hokuriku shinkansen sell out in 25 seconds

  • 0

    KnowBetter

    There's nothing wrong with clearing snow off a roof BUT one must always use safety equipment such as a proper fall arrest harness rope system. It may sound complex and expensive but they're not, usually about $300 including 30 metres of safety rope and it saves lives. The issue is why are they not so readily available in Japanese home improvement centres? Then again, seat belts are mandatory in cars and you still see people from time to time not wearing the in cars. It just boggles the mind. Sad way to go.

    Posted in: Man dies after falling 8 meters from roof while clearing snow

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    KnowBetter

    I'm sure in South Korea Samsung has some kind of backroom deal with the government to use that 'snooping' technology but it's only now out in the open because someone in North America I believe took the time the read the fine print and interpret what it actually meant.

    Posted in: Samsung reveals potential for smart TVs to eavesdrop

  • 0

    KnowBetter

    Light fog is enough reason to slow down but most don't because they expect things to either stay the same or get better. That's the sign you have no fear of death and some would say is a stupid way to live. Driving is a privilege and not a right.

    When driving you have to remember at all times that you are moving at speeds most of the time that a sudden deceleration (crash) will have enough force to detach main blood vessels from key components which will lead to death whether or not you get mutilated during that crash. In simple terms, you will bleed out internally before anyone can help. That's a sad way to go but all it takes is driving faster than your vision safely allows. This applies for fog or even just plain old good weather night time driving. If you can't see what's ahead you should be driving at a speed that you can stop without fear of a collision.

    Posted in: 100-car pileup on South Korean bridge leaves 2 dead, 42 hurt

  • 2

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    If you follow so closely that you can not stop in time then you are just as guilty and so is the next person and so on. A 100 vehicles do not just sudden pile up on top of each other unless as a collective group the majority are stupid and arrogant.

    As a driver you MUST be able to safely stop at ANY speed while on a highway if a condition presents its self ahead of you on the roadway such as another vehicle suddenly blowing out a tire or in this condition of bad weather. Fog, heavy rain, low sunlight, etc. are no excuse for driving like an idiot. If you can see far enough ahead, then adjust your driving to match. Being in Korea and around Seoul made me realize that a lot of Koreans drive like they are the only ones that matter. This massive pile up comes as no surprise from what I seen while there in South Korea.

    Posted in: 100-car pileup on South Korean bridge leaves 2 dead, 42 hurt

  • 1

    KnowBetter

    'smithinjapan'

    I was just hoping for a quick synopsis of the movie, or who directs it, etc. The are a couple other names dropped on the bottom which seem to indicate the movie is likely French, but still.

    The story (Ni d'Ève ni d'Adam) is actually written by Belgian writer Amélie Nothomb and was published back in 2007.

    Snipped from Wiki:

    An autobiographical novel, Tokyo Fiancée deals with a romance Amélie had with a young Japanese man in Tokyo, she was tutoring him in French language when she was 21 years old. The novel is partially concurrent with Nothomb's earlier novel, Fear and Trembling.

    Posted in: Tokyo Fiancee

  • 0

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    A group of burly diggers from Saitama took home the first prize of 100,000 yen and a golden shovel after burrowing down a staggering 3.48 meters in the allotted time of 30 minutes in Narita on Sunday.

    Yikes! Being in a hole 348cm deep would concern me a tad as the shoring would be next to nothing if at all if they dug that in 30 minutes. I guess the Japanese version of the UK's 'Health and Safety' were not at that event.

    Posted in: Harry Potters zapped at Japan hole-digging contest

  • 2

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    There is something very 'Air Force One' going on here with this paint scheme. Other than that, that is one nice looking train!

    Posted in: 2,800 people get first ride on new Hokuriku shinkansen line

  • 8

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    Clearly, this guy's job would most likely be the reason he's going there. 'The State' has no business stopping a person of legal age from travelling for legal means. Since 'the State' has NOT made it illegal to travel to Syria, the only thing they could do is make that person or any person sign a form stating that they have been officially warned against travel to said country and should they find themselves in trouble for the reasons that that the advisory was in effect for... they'd be on their own. Legally 'the State' would be off the hook.

    Posted in: Man's passport confiscated after he refuses to give up Syria travel plan

  • 2

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    I watched the film on Netflix and it was nothing for NK to have gotten all bent out of shape about. Seriously, NK needs to deal with its own problems before they go all mental on others.

    Posted in: Pascal's exit from Sony concludes the 'Interview' saga

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