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    albaleo

    Like when a scientist concludes that the earth is round, it really means that the issue is up for grabs and that the earth is probably flat.

    No. It means that people will believe that scientist when he supports his idea with reasoning, consistent evidence and falsifiable theories. You know, like Einstein's relativity.

    Posted in: Obama calls climate change an 'indisputable' security threat

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    albaleo

    Marry someone whose parents live in the countryside. Go and visit them. See snakes, frogs the size of rabbits, insects shaped like aliens. And that's just the wildlife sharing your futon. Decide that wildlife is overrated.

    Posted in: What is the best way for humans, especially city dwellers, to learn about wildlife without encroaching on their habitat or putting them in zoos, aquariums, etc?

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    albaleo

    but there are a LOT of teachers these days cropping up and doing things they unilaterally thing is appropriate when teaching

    Showing initiative. We can't have that, can we?

    Posted in: Teacher reprimanded for taking fingerprints of 6th grade class

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    albaleo

    "The flag of a nation is a canvas on which these nations can represent themselves to each other."

    Perhaps, but it might be more interesting to view a national flag by the challenge it presents to young children when drawing it. The US flag is all straight lines, but very complex. The drawing is easily done with a ruler, but the layout requires a degree of measurement skill, especially to get the right number of stripes. In contrast, the Japanese flag is conceptually simple, but needs great dexterity in drawing a decent looking circle free hand. What does this tell us? I've no idea, except that kids in Belize must be screwed up. Can I claim my PhD?

    Posted in: Understanding the U.S.-Japan relationship through national flags

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    albaleo

    "If these negotiations proceed well…(the) UK is likely to vote to stay in the EU"

    It doesn't really matter how they proceed. Cameron will return to Britain waving aloft a document and declaring it a victory for common sense, even if the agreement is largely incomprehensible. The Daily Mail will still urge voters to leave the EU, but the Sun will have headlines such as "Europe needs us". The vote will be 60-40 to remain in the EU. In the end, we need the EU to blame stuff on.

    Posted in: Uncertainty over UK role in EU could choke Asian investment

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    albaleo

    Darts, sure. But from 50 meters.

    Posted in: Tokyo opens bidding for sports to be added to 2020 Olympics

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    albaleo

    “does not ensure that American workers are put first.”

    I don't think inserting such a provision into a trade agreement would go down too well. I hope this quote lost something when taken out of context, or is Duckworth a complete idiot?

    On ISDS, “We treat our own companies the same way we treat somebody else’s companies.” I don't think it's so straightforward. Say a company from country A has a patent on a certain chemical fertilizer, and it invests a lot of money to set up a production plant in country B. Then a health concern emerges in country B about the effects of the chemical and it gets banned. This may be seen as an attempt by competing companies in country B to protect their interests, and the company may feel entitled to sue country B. But where does that leave the health concerns of residents of country B?

    Posted in: 5 things to know about trade as U.S. Senate debate begins

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    albaleo

    Does it really make that big of a difference.

    Your original posting suggested it did.

    Posted in: NATO, EU urge restraint as Macedonia clashes leave 22 dead

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    albaleo

    the armed group in Albania is muslim, but for some reason the AFP omitted that information

    With your imaginary group of armed Mexicans, would they be described as Mexicans or Roman Catholic? Is it not for the same reason that religion wasn't considered relevant here? I'm no expert on Albania, but from what I read, this is an issue of Albanian ethnicity and not religion. I could be wrong, so someone please correct me if I am.

    Posted in: NATO, EU urge restraint as Macedonia clashes leave 22 dead

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    albaleo

    “I think the public gave it the very pretty name Charlotte, and I don’t think there is any problem with it, so we’ll go with Charlotte,”

    It's nice to see outbreaks of common sense like this. I hope it's a sign for the future.

    Posted in: Oita mayor says no name change for Charlotte the monkey

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    albaleo

    UK never named their animal with the first name of a royalty of any country.

    There's a chimpanzee named Louis at Edinburgh zoo. I don't imagine the Luxembourg royal family took great offense.

    Posted in: Oita zoo under fire for naming baby monkey Charlotte

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    albaleo

    If the SNP sweep everyone else in Scotland aside I will be saddened... the last thing we need up here is one party politics

    It seems to me that's what we've had since 1960, only it has been the Labour party until recently. If nothing else, an SNP clean sweep should give the other parties a sharp kick up the backside.

    Posted in: Britain in final hours of tight election campaign

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    albaleo

    and instead try to desperately cling to power like some sort of despotic dictator from "Bongobongo land".

    Well, we had some low flying military aircraft in the Tweed Valley last night. Just regular exercises perhaps, but they don't normally do that at night time. Perhaps it was a warning! Now where did I put that tinfoil hat?

    Posted in: Britain in final hours of tight election campaign

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    albaleo

    They also say the plant is not strong enough to withstand an earthquake as powerful as the one that struck on March 11, 2011

    I find this an unhelpful statement. Surely it's the intensity of the earthquake at the location of the nuclear plant that should be of concern. A plant might survive an M9 earthquake that occurs 100 kilometers away but will it survive an M7 earthquake 25 kilometers away? Sorry if this seems like nitpicking, but to my mind it weakens their case by focusing on the Tohoku earthquake as a measure of earthquake resitance.

    Posted in: Residents appeal court decision to restart Sendai nuclear reactors

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    albaleo

    Anybody ever heard of the greenhouse effect?

    Some may even understand it.

    Posted in: Picnic

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    albaleo

    It seems I was wrong. Except for the "thug" part.

    Posted in: Final push begins in Britain's election

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    albaleo

    We had ketchups and were going to spread ketchup on stomach area to pretend we killed ourselves.

    Toshiko, I think some of us would like to hear more about your story. Perhaps like others, I've assumed you were about my age (60). Is this something you really experienced? Please tell us more. I've heard stories such as that by Kabukilover about practicing with bamboo spears, and various other end-of-war experiences. But no ketchup stories.

    Posted in: Mourners pray for kamikaze pilots ahead of WWII anniversary

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    albaleo

    This report was based strictly on the number of deaths in childbirth

    That's not what was reported: "based on five indicators related to maternal health, education, income levels and the status of women"

    Posted in: Norway ranks as world's best place to be a mother

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    albaleo

    "Worst of all has been the behavior of a mob of SNP thugs that ambushed Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy"

    Except they were ex-labour thugs, and not SNP members.

    Posted in: Final push begins in Britain's election

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    albaleo

    I posted the following comment on Japan Today some time back. Apologies for the copy-and-paste, but I thought it was appropriate.

    "In the early 1980s, I met a former kamikaze pilot in Kyushu. He was introduced by an English friend of mine. He was one one of my friend's English students. Naturally, I asked him how come he was still alive. He explained that he was 19 at the time right at the end of the war, and they preferred to send the younger pilots (16 year olds). So although he was trained, he was never sent on a mission. Apparently, the younger ones were more likely to hit their targets. The older boys had a tendency to ditch in the sea and perhaps be picked up by a US ship. (I guess wisdom comes quicker in war time.) His general attitude was that it was a time of madness, but he strongly suggested we visit the Kamikaze museum near Ibusuki, perhaps so we would learn how insane it was. We did visit the museum, and we learned it was insane. Don't send your children to war."

    Posted in: Mourners pray for kamikaze pilots ahead of WWII anniversary

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