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    albaleo

    @strangerland

    'burning ethanol only releases water and oxygen"

    It mainly releases carbon dioxide and water, plus perhaps some carbon monoxide and other things depending on the burning efficiency and the purity of the ethanol.

    Posted in: U.S. study: All-electric car may not be so green

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    albaleo

    Surely patriotism concerns action and nationalism concerns belief. Beyond that, there are many ways to interpret both words.

    The opposite of a patriot would be a traitor. In the USA, many will differ about which describes someone like Edward Snowden.

    Nationalism comes in many shades. Sometimes it's a belief that your country comes before other countries. Sometimes a wish to shake off the controlling power of another nation. Sometimes a wish to take control of another nation. And sometimes it's just the comfort of having shared languages, histories, climate and ways of doing things.

    Personally, I dislike most forms of nationalism. Nevertheless, it is a very real and sometimes powerful emotion, especially when combined with a perceived grievance. Isaiah Berlin once remarked that is was something that Marx had failed to consider.

    Posted in: What is the difference between patriotism and nationalism?

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    albaleo

    @Vernie

    I think you are correct. On the other hand, a meteorological agency might also employ vulcanologists if its remit required it.

    Posted in: Meteorologists predict possible eruption at Mt Azumayama

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    albaleo

    A city in Japan decides to try something different for a few months and JT readers give them a hard time. :-)

    @Fadamor "Rice = starch = pure carbohydrate"

    Perhaps, but rice plus some oily fish such as mackerel or sardines, a few beans, some tofu, and some sesame seeds is pretty good for calcium and Vitamin D.

    Posted in: Niigata town drops milk from school lunches

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    albaleo

    What's the point of a recall if you don't know what the cause of the problem is?

    Posted in: Japan: Auto recall overhaul needed for global problems

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    albaleo

    @toshiko

    "And they call all religeon as Shukyo and that is about the attention religeon get in Japan."

    I always enjoy your posts on Japan today, but this was perhaps the best. That's the best explanation of Japanese attitudes towards religion I've come across. It saves me writing that book I was planning. Take care. Keep posting.

    Posted in: Sankei newspaper apologizes over ad for anti-Semitic books

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    albaleo

    "Taken from the wells of a nearby town, the distillery’s water is prized for its mineral content and softness, while maturation occurs in hard-to-come-by sherry casks, specially crafted from oak in northern Spain."

    Further complex tastes are added to the water by the nearby Meishin expressway. Some believe this gives the whisky its special character which was once achieved in Scotland by highly skilled operatives known as "jakeys" pumping town gas through the liquid.

    Posted in: Secrets of the world's top whisky: Japanese water and Spanish casks

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    albaleo

    @donkusai

    I agree that our children should learn how to think rather than what to think. But to commit to such an idea, you have to accept that the outcome may not be what you expect. So if your kids decide the views of Koshimizu are not so stupid, would you reconsider your own views?

    One of my kids once doubted the Apollo moon landings. He had a point. "You expect me to believe that people landed on the moon in 1969 when today we still seem to have trouble keeping a few people in orbit around the earth." So I shouldn't be surprised if he had said, "You expect me to believe six million people were killed for their religion in the space of a few years. Come on, dad! Be serious!" I think the suppression of books like this would add evidence to his reasoning. "You're just being brainwashed, dad. That's what they want you to believe."

    And so I have to remind myself why it is that I believe millions of Jews were killed. There is a mountain of evidence, but most of it has been presented to me second or third-hand. Maybe it's all a lie. But I find that one of reasons I believe it took place is that the counter-arguments put by people like Koshimizu are even harder to believe. Koshimizu's ideas are spectacularly crazy, in my opinion. But they shouldn't be suppressed.

    Posted in: Sankei newspaper apologizes over ad for anti-Semitic books

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    albaleo

    @chikv

    You and your facts. They won't like it, you know. :-)

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    albaleo

    @Stuart hayward

    I agree that the numbers look strange, particularly the 2005 reference. Others sources (Wikipedia, World Bank) show little change in emissions between 1990 and 2008, and then perhaps a sharp drop between 2007 and 2009 (no data after that, and only one source had data after 2008). Who to believe?

    Posted in: Japan's CO2 emissions hit record as fossil fuel consumption rises

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    albaleo

    I have images of furikake dealers hanging around school gates. "The first 2-gram bag is free, kid."

    I've always thought it says something about the state of a society when politicians are discussing the contents of school lunches. But I'm still not sure what it signifies. (It happens here in Scotland. This week, the big story from Aberdeen is whether to allow kids to eat sandwiches.)

    "Hashimoto was insistent that schools must be allowed to decide for themselves without interference from the city government." These may be the first sensible words I have heard from the man.

    Posted in: Osaka mayor weighs in on school lunch debate

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    albaleo

    I agree with Yoshimi that it's well worth studying the policies and more especially the activities of the JCP. The members I've met don't fit the description of "self-serving politicians". They seem less concerned about gaining power than making things better. They are often involved in local issues, often as simple as making sure old and disadvantaged people get proper access to health and welfare benefits. If you're fighting local politicians and dubious companies who are trying to close public facilities or otherwise make people's lives less pleasant, you could do a lot worse than ask the local JCP for help.

    Posted in: Japanese Communist Party says it will reverse most of Abe's policies

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    albaleo

    It's time to vote for the JCP, the only party that has consistently opposed the ruling oligarchy.

    Posted in: Low voter turnout could erode Abe's call for fresh mandate

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    albaleo

    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?

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    albaleo

    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

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    albaleo

    “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

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    albaleo

    "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

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    albaleo

    "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

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    albaleo

    "uninformed Westerners"

    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

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    albaleo

    "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

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