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    albaleo

    @choiwaruoyaji

    Nice list. But the deadliest lie come truth has to be:

    "Wow. It's true what they say. Size isn't important."

    Posted in: Japanese women list top 10 lies they can spot the second a guy says them

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    albaleo

    Converting among units and using different bases is good for the brain. When we're invaded by aliens who use a base of 14, those of us who can mentally calculate stones and pounds will have a survival advantage. Furthermore, maintaining various systems of shoe sizes around the world will confuse the invaders to the extent that they will leave at the earliest opportunity. We should be thankful for the USA's commitment to our wellbeing.

    "why do US cooking recipes give quantities in cups"

    Because if you don't have any scales handy, it's a simple way to measure reasonably consistently. When baking, proportion is more important than amount. Were you never in the boy/girl scouts?

    Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?

  • 0

    albaleo

    "Imabari is famous for their towels and gets tons of tourists daily especially from China."

    Really? Something must have changed in the last few years.

    Posted in: Woman found on Ehime street dies from stab wounds

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    albaleo

    I think we all know there will be no solution until there is an effective security and policing system in Palestine. Security against Israeli aggression and policing of the Palestinians who fire rockets into Israel. That is a situation that is normal in most developed countries. It's unlikely to happen from within Palestine without help. Will any outside country take up the task? It would be nice if it were the USA, but I can understand the difficulties. How about Germany shows us how to do it? Any country that succeeds will gain enormous kudos by doing something great: helping to build a prosperous Palestine and creating good relations with Israel. Let's not give up hope.

    Posted in: U.S. rebukes Israel's victorious Netanyahu on Mideast policy

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    albaleo

    @Burning Bush

    "I prefer, value and demand privacy and anonymity." "Stand tall, be proud..."

    Are these not contradictory?

    @Scipantheist

    "Snowden signed a contract saying he wouldn't reveal the NSA's secrets and Bradley Manning signed an equivalent statement when he became a soldier."

    At some time, they probably also swore to defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

    Posted in: Worry more about your privacy and less about surveillance

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    albaleo

    @scipantheist

    "You russkies need to learn what democracy actually means: rule by the people. IOW rule by all of Ukraine"

    You seem to be saying existing national boundaries trump the right of self-determination. That's a new definition of democracy to me.

    Posted in: Hatoyama praises 'happy life' in Crimea; slams Tokyo's stance

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    albaleo

    Nice. Let's hope those kids and kids everywhere can sleep safely tonight.

    Posted in: Message from Gaza

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    albaleo

    One politician at least had the dignity to describe the event without resorting to self-serving justification:

    "In that single night, we burned to death 100,000 Japanese civilians in Tokyo: men, women, and children." (Robert McNamara)

    Posted in: WWII firebombings of Japanese cities largely ignored

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    albaleo

    this privacy concern is only a problem for people living in America under a US style health insurance systems

    I don't think so. Life insurance companies would likely use this kind of data to determine premiums. That is probably a concern in most developed countries.

    Posted in: Health checks by smartphone raise privacy fears

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    albaleo

    "It's a tradition"

    I guess I'm getting old.

    Posted in: Why do most concerts held in Japan prohibit taking pictures?

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    albaleo

    "they are so precise that current technology cannot even measure them"

    I'm puzzling over that one.

    Posted in: Two clocks keep time for 16 billion years

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    albaleo

    @Jimizo

    "I was going to use the word 'citizen' but people living in the UK are still referred to as 'subjects'."

    I don't think so. My passport says I am a British citizen. Since 1981, almost no one is described as a British subject.

    Posted in: Prince William to arrive in Japan on Thursday

  • 7

    albaleo

    Because it's easy to do but extremely difficult to do well.

    Posted in: Why is teaching at English conversation schools in Japan such a maligned profession by some people?

  • 2

    albaleo

    As the singer said, "Get out while you're still young".

    Posted in: Pep rally for graduates

  • -5

    albaleo

    “human life outweighs the Earth”

    It's hard to argue with that. But us older cynics will wonder if all human lives are worth the same. Four legs good..., etc.

    Posted in: Japanese police arrest Red Army member on return from U.S.

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    albaleo

    "it's a quite common expression often used in modern English."

    Indeed, but can we be sure of the writer's intention any more? Play fast and lose sounds like a clever proverb. As we say in these parts, festino lente.

    Posted in: Why do so many native English speakers (mainly Americans) wrongly use "loose" instead of "lose?"

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    albaleo

    @Bertie

    But can "loose" be used as an adverb? And if not, what are we to make of Shakespeare's "Play fast and loose with faith." (King John) Did he perhaps make the same mistake as the spotty youth of today?

    Posted in: Why do so many native English speakers (mainly Americans) wrongly use "loose" instead of "lose?"

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    albaleo

    "nowt to do with class"

    But oft times to do with quackery. :-)

    Posted in: Why do so many native English speakers (mainly Americans) wrongly use "loose" instead of "lose?"

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    albaleo

    @volland

    Perhaps. But if it wasn't oxygen and non-exploding hydrogen that fizzled off one electrode when doing the electrolysis of water experiment, could you tell me what it was?

    @turbostat

    Thanks for the information. I'm still trying to work out whether it supports my case or volland's. Or are we both a couple of dunces?

    Posted in: Toyota, Nissan, Honda to jointly support hydrogen station infrastructure development

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    albaleo

    I see "loose" used wrongly on mainly British forums too. I've always seen it as an indication of youth rather than nationality. Perhaps I should start using it too.

    For those uncomfortable with "Americanisms" and other "corruptions of the Queen's English", be careful that the following words don't apply to you.

    "Thou eunuchs of language; thou quacks, vending the nostrums of empirical elocution."

    Posted in: Why do so many native English speakers (mainly Americans) wrongly use "loose" instead of "lose?"

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