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    Nessie

    What's "pork-a-palooza" in Japanese?

    Posted in: Abe unveils Y28 tril economic stimulus package

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    Nessie

    Best way to celebrate the perennially corrupt, unfair Olympics: Turn off the TV. Get your bum off the sofa. Head for the hills.

    Posted in: Do you think Russia should have been banned from the Rio Olympics over allegations of state-sponsored doping?

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    Nessie

    Another factor contributing to Japan’s sense of safety, Komiya said, is the fact that the island country has never been invaded.

    Huh?

    Posted in: Mass killing raises questions about security in Japan

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    No, I don't believe Steven Pinker. He seems to have an unwarranted belief in the selflessness of mankind.

    Wolfpack, read the book. It's just the opposite. He argues that humans are naturally violent and that only through trade (not self-interested), state monopoly on violence (not self-interested) and other systems has violence been declining. Even counting the deaths of the World Wars, the rate of violence shows a long-term downward trend. Read him before you say you don't believe him. Or if you prefer to just avoid arguments you don't agree with, you could do that too. There can be long-term trends punctuated with ebbs and flows.

    Posted in: 18-year-old gunman kills 9 in shooting rampage in Munich mall; commits suicide

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    Nessie

    Deep Space Nine is most certainly included in Star Trek conventions. You do know the series was called Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, right?

    Posted in: New 'Star Trek' series to be called 'Discovery'

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    Nessie

    DS9 was arc-driven to various extents across the seasons. It's one thing that made it above average among the Treks. The other was allowing more interpersonal conflict, which Roddenberry shied away from.

    Posted in: New 'Star Trek' series to be called 'Discovery'

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    Nessie

    Human nature is as it has always been. Pretending that human beings will be able to evolve beyond what they are is wishful thinking. Obama's uninformed belief that the arc of history bends towards progress is a falsehood.

    Hi, Wolfpack.Check out Steven Pinker's "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined". He convincingly argues that the world has, in fact, become increasingly less violent. He gives several reasons.

    http://stevenpinker.com/publications/better-angels-our-nature

    review from the guardian

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the bestselling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. With the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps, Pinker presents some astonishing numbers. Tribal warfare was nine times as deadly as war and genocide in the 20th century. The murder rate of Medieval Europe was more than thirty times what it is today. Slavery, sadistic punishments, and frivolous executions were unexceptionable features of life for millennia, then suddenly were targeted for abolition. Wars between developed countries have vanished, and even in the developing world, wars kill a fraction of the people they did a few decades ago. Rape, battering, hate crimes, deadly riots, child abuse, cruelty to animals—all substantially down.

    How could this have happened, if human nature has not changed? What led people to stop sacrificing children, stabbing each other at the dinner table, or burning cats and disemboweling criminals as forms of popular entertainment? The key to explaining the decline of violence, Pinker argues, is to understand the inner demons that incline us toward violence (such as revenge, sadism, and tribalism) and the better angels that steer us away. Thanks to the spread of government, literacy, trade, and cosmopolitanism, we increasingly control our impulses, empathize with others, bargain rather than plunder, debunk toxic ideologies, and deploy our powers of reason to reduce the temptations of violence.

    Posted in: 18-year-old gunman kills 9 in shooting rampage in Munich mall; commits suicide

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    Nessie

    But that still leaves the question of why he was denouncing Turkish immigrants?

    I think that might have been comments from the person taking the video. Just a rumour, though.

    Posted in: 18-year-old gunman kills 9 in shooting rampage in Munich mall; commits suicide

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    Nessie

    “I am full of anger. I can only imagine that there is a political force at work here,” he said.

    "A vast, not-me-wing conspiracy."

    Posted in: Candidate in Tokyo gubernatorial election sues weekly magazine for libel

  • 0

    Nessie

    " was arrested for fraudulent obstruction of business"

    a.k.a. "messing with the cops"

    Posted in: Man arrested for posting false tweet claiming lion on the loose after Kumamoto quake

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    Nessie

    The upside of demographic aging. Geezers gonna geeze.

    Posted in: No. of detected crimes in 1st half of 2016 lowest since 1989

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    Nessie

    What happens when thin-skinned movie stars meet professional trolls

    Posted in: Twitter announces crackdown after online abuse of 'Ghostbusters' actor

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    Nessie

    I agree that the only real long term solution is the elimination of the CCP one-party totalitarian dictatorship.

    With two parties, it's more likely they'll try to out-hawk each other, since the Chinese public is at least as hawkish as the government.

    Posted in: China says it is closing off part of South China Sea for military exercises

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    Nessie

    ISIS trying to prompt a Frexit?

    Posted in: Truck attacker kills at least 84, injures scores during Bastille Day celebration in Nice

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    Nessie

    Tokyo governor race a fight to save reputation

    A.k.a. closing the barn door after the horse.

    Posted in: Tokyo governor race a fight to save reputation as 2020 Olympics host

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    Nessie

    Get your story straight, y'all.

    Sometimes it seems like the Imperial Household Agency is the Church of Scientology, and the Emperor is an unwilling member.

    Posted in: Imperial Household Agency denies emperor's wish to abdicate

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    Japanese companies are no less trustworthy than their Chinese counterparts when it comes to these things.

    This is a ridiculous claim. Japan has food safety problems of its own, but it has a better tracking system, and it doesn't have the large tracts of toxic farmland you see in China. Food safety issues of China may be exaggerated in Japan, but that doesn't mean the countries are the same.

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    Nessie

    "stimulus hopes bolster risk sentiment"

    What does that even mean?

    Posted in: Yen gives up post-Brexit gains

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    Nessie

    I had a tenner on him copping to this.

    Posted in: Former Giants pitcher Kasahara admits to betting

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    Nessie

    Japanese economy is 3rd in the world, exports per capita 39th.

    Japan is also 4th in the world in exports. And many of the players on your list above Japan are either oil producers or financial centers.

    Posted in: Ruling bloc wins landslide in upper house election; voter turnout at 54.7%

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