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    Laguna

    Gee, Wakarimasen, visiting the most populous Islamic state in the world to seek their cooperation regarding this issue does not seem like a bad idea. They likely will not be sending aid to those fighting the ISIS, but they could be instrumental in blocking Indonesian volunteers who want to fight with the ISIS.

    Posted in: Kerry in Indonesia seeking support against Islamic State

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    Laguna

    Kinda missed Benghazi - it seemed such a sure bet to be a major topic in the upcoming elections, but not really a peep. MarkG, you might want to read up on the Snopes debunking of the "stand down" myth (or you might not; reality can be such a bummer when you've worked yourself up in a dander about something): http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/benghazi.asp

    Strangerland, be careful to distinguish between Bush's Iraq debacle and Obama's very restrained policies. Remember that these people have control over their national destinies for the first time ever. They will make mistakes, just as America did when it was young (native Americans and slavery come to mind), but you have to learn to crawl before you can learn to walk, and the peoples of these regions had no room even to crawl under despot rule.

    Posted in: 75 killed in five days of fighting in Libya's Benghazi

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    Laguna

    Do you like natto? I enjoy eating almost everything

    Translation: No.

    He sounds like an interesting guy who has led a charmed life. I'd love to share some red wine with him.

    Posted in: From Sanskrit to Schroders

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    Laguna

    Like what, exactly?

    Well, he could guarantee health care access to all. While that is precisely the opposite of the government controlling people, certain parties may portray it as such.

    Americans 'can't give in to hysteria or fear' over Ebola, says Obama

    Not only can they, they have: a certain party can combine hysterical fears of Ebola-laden ISIS terrorists crossing the completely unguarded border from Mexico with an imminent election, as several ads from GOP candidates illustrate. Pathetic.

    Posted in: Americans 'can't give in to hysteria or fear' over Ebola, says Obama

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    Laguna

    Those under the mistaken assumption that illegal immigration is higher under Obama might check their facts - and direct their vitriol at Reagan and Bush instead, under whose administrations illegal immigration was far higher than today.

    Jeffrey Passel is a senior demographer with the Pew Research Center and is a leading authority on immigration statistics. Allowing for the people who changed their status, Passel finds "a net increase of about 1.6 million" during the Reagan years. To put that in annual terms, while the flow might have gone up and down, the average rate of 200,000 per year held true throughout Reagan’s administration. For Obama, Passel said the numbers are "far less than under Reagan."

    http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/jul/24/deirdre-imus/deirdre-imus-more-illegal-immigrants-pouring-now-u/

    Posted in: Obama authorizes Guard, reserve call-up for Ebola fight

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    Laguna

    Whatever happened to the "states rights" Republicans? After all, Texas is a sovereign republic under the leadership of Gov. Rick Perry - who, by the way, is about to depart office leaving this legacy:

    The Texas health insurance exchange will be federally run by HHS after Rick Parry decided not to run a state based health insurance exchange in Texas. Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured in the country. 25% of Texans are currently uninsured, although the State will not run it's own exchange the federal Government will step in to run the exchanges to help insure Texans.

    http://obamacarefacts.com/insurance-exchange/texas-health-insurance-exchange.php

    We were told we have no resources available for the boarder....

    And what is it with GOP fascination with some link between Ebola and border security? (Might want to throw the ISIS in there as well, and Benghazi too, just in case.) The Mexican-American border under Obama is more secure than it has been in decades. Google it - or just continue to live in your fantasy world.

    Posted in: Obama authorizes Guard, reserve call-up for Ebola fight

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    Laguna

    From what I've read, the 787 is composed of 50 percent composites and 20 percent aluminum (compared with 12 percent composites and 50 percent aluminum for the 777). while the MRB is composed of only 10-15% composites. Still, it is a good first step.

    Posted in: First Japanese passenger jet in 4 decades rolling out

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    Laguna

    When the dead ebola victims start piling up on the white house lawn are we going to get any serious leadership or just more political rhetoric in news releases.

    Exactly. I am happy to hear that more people are aware of the damage caused by the sequester to vital government programs. The sooner full funding is restored to the CDC and the NIH - and the sooner the GOP stops blocking appointment of the Surgeon General nominee - the better.

    Posted in: Obama, Abe discuss TPP, Ebola by phone

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    Laguna

    Beijing, Seoul Expected to Protest Vociferously on Saturday

    Posted in: Dozens of lawmakers expected to visit Yasukuni Shrine on Friday

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    Laguna

    Useful for reading once more today what happened two days ago.

    Posted in: What can newspapers offer that digitally delivered journalism cannot?

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    Laguna

    This guy should set up a Kickstarter campaign. I would contribute.

    Posted in: Biker assaulted by iron bar-wielding Nara innkeeper

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    Laguna

    North Korean televisions and radios are restricted to a very narrow band of frequencies for obvious reasons. Perhaps some TV supplier could offer a similar product in Japan that excludes the NHK frequency. Hotels would provide a good market.

    Posted in: Tokyo court rules that hotels must pay NHK fees according to the number of rooms with TVs

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    Laguna

    Some of us have to prepare our business and homes for such storms and that takes time and money!

    While others of us...well, prepare our business and homes for such storms, expending time and money. It would be cool if meteorologists were prescient. Just be thankful that you don't live in an age in which a typhoon announced itself by knocking down your house.

    Posted in: Typhoon slams into Japan; 68 injured

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    Laguna

    The Pentagon budget for 2015, at $756.4 billion, dwarfs the CDC's such that the latter makes up 0.0078% of the former. To put this into perspective, the Pentagon spends at least $140 million every year on golf courses. If you want to find boondoggles, go to where the money is.

    Posted in: Dallas health worker tests positive for Ebola

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    Laguna

    NIH funding down 23% over 10 years. For fiscal 2014, CDC's budget $5.9 billion, down from the $6.5 billion allotted in 2010. Surgeon General's nomination blocked for a year due to NRA objections. Folks who oppose utilizing the military to fight Ebola have to understand that that is the only American government institution that has not been savaged.

    Oh, well. At least we have an excuse to quarantine Texas.

    Posted in: Dallas health worker tests positive for Ebola

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    Laguna

    A main reason I've sworn off Apple is the abomination know as "iTunes." From what I've heard, a copy of the album was placed on every online iTunes account with no notification, so unwary users who synched their devices found themselves listening to Bono during their morning jog.

    Not the end of the world, certainly - but a type of spam nonetheless. iSpam, shall we. If you don't want some unknown entity to mess with your play list, eschew iTunes.

    (Loved U2 back in the'80s, though; remember seeing "Rattle and Hum" completely baked and had to blinker my eyes with my hands for the duration.)

    Posted in: U2 go from rock legends to accused spammers

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    Laguna

    The opposite of a スマホ is an アホホ.

    Posted in: Driver talking on smartphone flees from police, hitting woman on bike

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    Laguna

    The only player in the region you would take on ISIS in a muscular way is Assad with his Aleveit loyalties. Why in the world don´t we let him??

    Good point, WilliB - really - but there are two points you have overlooked.

    First, Assad is anathema to many big players in the region (particularly Turkey and the Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia). He is also allied with the guys that the US wants to marginalize - Iran and Russia. The US cannot come out in support of Assad.

    Second, the US is not lifting a finger to hinder Assad. Bombings assiduously avoid Assad assets, and it appears advanced warning may be given to the regime. So, in a very real sense, the US is "letting him." This has long been Obama's policy: to allow both sides to punch themselves senseless.

    The problem is that the third side: those opposed to both Assad and the ISIS. Obama thinks he can separate Syria and Iraq, solving the latter while leaving the former to its own devices. We'll see if that is possible.

    Posted in: U.N. warns of massacre if militants take Syrian town

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    Laguna

    You make us sound so inhumane!

    Sorry for that, MarkG - really, the passive suggestions suggested above are at least not so vicious as that trend circulating among certain right-wing groups ("President Ebola" and "the ISIS will infiltrate Ebola into the US via the southern border" - and forgive me if my reading that into your comment was incorrect). Some Republicans have even complained that the funds to fight Ebola requested by Obama would be spent in Africa, not in the US. One might remember that the former is where the outbreak is occurring, while the latter is where it is not.

    Regarding the use of American soldiers in the fight against Ebola, you can expect that they will be setting up field hospitals and providing logistical support to first-responders; they will not be dressing in hazmat suits and directly contacting patients. As such, their exposure to the virus will not be particularly large (unless they choose to eat bush meat).

    One might wonder how conservatives would respond if a similar virus were sweeping Britain or the Netherlands. Would they suggest isolation and American passivity - or would they demand the opposite?

    Posted in: Ebola toll passes 4,000 as fears grow worldwide

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    Laguna

    Good suggestions above! To summarize: Fence off west Africa and wish them luck.

    Posted in: Ebola toll passes 4,000 as fears grow worldwide

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