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albaleoNov. 23, 2014 - 06:05PM JST
Lucabrasi's post reminds of when we went to the family court to change our daughter's surname. (I'm guessing Lucabrasi may have done this for the same reason if his kids were born before the law change of 1985.) Anyway, the first stage involved making an application with the clerk of the court. His surname was Nomi. My wife thought this was some kind of test, the implication being, "If I can live with this name, you'd better have a good reason for changing yours."
Posted in: What are some of the weirdest names you've heard or read about people giving their children?
albaleoNov. 21, 2014 - 05:35PM JST
The article doesn't make it clear whether the girl had congenital myopathy or not. If so, it might explain why others hadn't noticed a problem. And I guess it might indicate the problem was a failure to cope with the condition. That's not an excuse, but I find the description in the article a little different from other reports of abuse on young children by parents. Of course, it's possible that the couple's explanation is correct and the authorities are wrong. I guess we'll find out at the court case.
@Marilita, one reason for not revealing the name is that it is the law. Another is that she hasn't been found guilty of anything yet.
Posted in: Parents arrested for starving 3-year-old daughter to death
albaleoNov. 11, 2014 - 06:43PM JST
“The most important thing is to have access to the crash site.”
The air traffic control transcripts might be useful too. Whatever happened to those?
Posted in: Putin blames Ukraine for obstructing MH17 inquiry
albaleoNov. 03, 2014 - 10:31PM JST
"the vile Jobs approach"
That's a strange comment. In relative terms, Jobs didn't accumulate much wealth. (Only $11 billion - ha ha.) Far less than Gates and others such as Paul Allen, Steve Balmer, Larry Ellison and Michael Dell. Even after donating to his foundation, Gates' personal wealth outstrips that of Jobs. You could argue that Jobs did more. Apple is bigger than Microsoft in stock value, so has created more shared wealth than Microsoft, and if your pension fund holds Apple stock, you might be glad of his contribution.
I commend Gates' charitable activities. I just wish I could be like him. :-)
Posted in: Bill Gates to give $500 million to fight malaria, other diseases
albaleoNov. 02, 2014 - 08:02AM JST
"Why don't the power companies expand their operations to meet applicants' demands?"
Aren't you confusing the supply and demand thing? Shouldn't the power companies' first priority be to meet the demands of consumers and not suppliers?
Posted in: After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom - and glut
albaleoNov. 02, 2014 - 07:46AM JST
I'm not sure why, but I found that expression more unsettling than the video.
Posted in: Some fans love Pharrell’s 'It Girl' video; others call him a pedophile
albaleoOct. 17, 2014 - 01:35AM JST
"16 days later than an average year but earlier than last year "
Should be enough for The Guardian to announce that Global Warming is real. Thank goodness for that. How could we live without the threat of impending doom. :-)
Posted in: Snow falls on Mt Fuji summit 3 days earlier than last year
albaleoOct. 11, 2014 - 08:03AM JST
"Mmm. I like a man with firm buttocks."
Posted in: Comparing notes
albaleoOct. 06, 2014 - 03:45PM JST
Okazaki, you seem to be saying a whole country deserves blame because of the decisions of some officials at Honda. That's an ugly attitude to take. Also, Hokkaidoguy raises the valid point that an earlier start would have seen more rainfall. I see it as an unfortunate accident. Very few cars were going off the track in the rain. We've seen much worse at other events. About the recovery vehicle, the usual priority is to get any crashed car off the track as quickly and as safely as possible. There was a gap in the barrier right where Sutil's car had come off, and it seemed a reasonable decision to have the recovery vehicle use that to remove Sutil's car quickly. If they hadn't acted, and other cars had slid into Sutil's car, I'm sure we would have heard people criticizing the officials' inaction.
Posted in: F1 drivers, teams shocked by Bianchi crash
albaleoOct. 04, 2014 - 05:22PM JST
I think the headline is misleading. The study as described here shows that moisturizing reduces the incidence of atopic dermatitis among babies. Atopic dermatitis is quite common in babies. Most babies who have this condition get over it and don't go on to suffer allergies when older. What is not clear is whether those babies who responded to the use of moisturizers would have been among the group that would have gone on to suffer from allergies.
Posted in: Moisturising newborns prevents allergies: study
albaleoOct. 01, 2014 - 06:12PM JST
As a 9-year old in Scotland, I heard about the Shinkansen and its incredible speed. It was a great symbol of the modern world. I was still as excited 16 years later when I got to travel on one for the first time. And after 15 years of regular business trips on the Shinkansen, I still found it wonderful.
Posted in: Japan's bullet train marks 50th birthday
albaleoSep. 29, 2014 - 10:59PM JST
Scrote, a federal solution is often touted. But you left out the most important item when dividing up powers: money. Should each country have full control over revenue and borrowing? Should each country have full control of its natural resources? If not, how will decisions at the central level be made? Population-based representation, in which case England gets to make the key decisions. Or equal representation for each constituent country, in which case England stands to be controlled by people who make up about 10% of the population? Cameron might soon be wishing that Scotland had voted Yes.
Posted in: Last-minute promises to Scotland will scar the UK
albaleoSep. 27, 2014 - 05:37PM JST
'Islamic leaders all over the world Must Condemn these "radical" Muslims. Many seem to quietly have no opinion and even seem to look the other way with these "Radicals".'
Try googling "Muslim leaders condemn ISIS". But this doesn't usually get big headlines in the western media.
Posted in: Oklahoma worker beheads colleague after being sacked
albaleoSep. 20, 2014 - 09:28PM JST
"SNP would naturally be the first choice of Westminster to sit for Scotland at the Devo Max roundtable."
Before we get to the round table, we are likely to see Westminster politicians tearing lumps out of each other. Nicola Sturgeon can probably afford to put her feet up for a while. I have visions of Cameron in a few months saying, "I know we asked you to vote No, but I've been thinking..."
Posted in: Scotland leader quits; queen urges unity
albaleoSep. 19, 2014 - 01:21AM JST
" Independence is thick in the air, not only in Scotland, but also in..."
I agree, but it isn't just independence from a larger parent state that is driving this. While there are many reasons Scots may be voting Yes, I think most of us feel a strong warmth to England, to places such as Newcastle or Liverpool and even the southerly Brixton. There is a view that forces greater than ourselves dictate how much we earn, how much we pay for electricity, where we cross the road, what food we should enjoy, etc.
Robert Burns wrote, "Bought and sold for English gold, what a parcel of rogues in a nation". The rogues were the sellers and Scotland's own.
We've had lots of calls today from friends and family in Japan. They seem to suddenly know more about Scotland than me. Maybe their revenge for me boring them with interesting facts about Japan.
It's not every day you get to vote to create a nation state. Apologies if I seem a little tired and emotional. I fear the result may be a tad depressing. Why change, after all? (But fingers crossed.)
Posted in: Scotland begins historic independence vote
albaleoSep. 18, 2014 - 09:17PM JST
There may be a tripe and onions revival. My mother would have liked to see that.
albaleoSep. 18, 2014 - 07:47PM JST
"We evolved the foreskin to protect the head..."
And as a place to keep chewing gum don't forget.
Posted in: Foreskin clip joints take unwary males for a ride
albaleoSep. 18, 2014 - 07:33PM JST
"what natural resources, national productivity would they be able to work off of to be a productive nation in a global market"
Good question. In addition to Cleo's list of riches, here are some other snippets: 8.4% of the UK population, 60% of the UK fishing catch (12 countries fish in Scotland's waters, and it represents a significant part of Spain's economy); about 90% of UK's surface water; about 25% of Scotland's generated electricity is exported; 50% of UK's wind turbines (resource or liability?); about 50% of UK woodland.
albaleoSep. 16, 2014 - 09:50PM JST
"Also Scotland isn't 'ruled' by Westminster"
Technically it is if you believe in the sovereignty of parliament.
"than an independent socialist state controlled by separatists"
Even if that whole is an independent ****** state controlled by UKIP?
Posted in: Cameron appeals to Scots to keep Britain intact
albaleoSep. 15, 2014 - 03:27AM JST
I was moved by David Haines' brother's statement. In it he included words from the Koran,
"Since good and evil cannot be equal, repel thou evil with something that is better."
Posted in: Video shows beheading of British aid worker
Nov. 25, 2014 - 10:38AM JST
I've already seen a trailer for this movie. I wonder if it was fake or something.…
Posted in: 'Star Wars' trailer to be released this week
Nov. 25, 2014 - 10:37AM JST
I can't wait to hear the anti-gun zealots comment on this story. After all, personal firearms…
Posted in: Man fires shots into ex-wife's apartment in Yokohama
Everyone have some skill, So find it and utilize it.
Posted in: Do you think Japan should allow immigration by unskilled workers?
Great article. Everyone who has bought, or intends to buy, a home in Japan should read…
Posted in: Cultural lessons in housing and construction
Nov. 25, 2014 - 10:35AM JST
He promised to implement policies that would benefit the middle class.
I'd like to see an…
Posted in: DPJ takes aim at 'Abenomics'