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    albaleo

    but they will have to ditch their emotional baggage

    Does anyone know what that is referring to?

    Posted in: Japan thrash Uruguay 40-0 in Rugby World Cup warm-up

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    albaleo

    Excuse me but "ensnare Japan in U.S.-led wars" is a bit far fetched.

    Since 1945, the USA has been involved in aggressive military operations in about 20 countries. Japan, due to its constitution, has been involved in none.

    The idea of allowing "collective self-defence" that is being touted might seem reasonable in some circumstances. For example, in U.N. operations, if a group of JSDF troops are providing non-military aid to a village, and in the same village, a Danish peacekeeping force come under attack, perhaps the JSDF troops should give military backup to the Danish troops. But Abe's comments frequently refer to the USA suggesting his plans go far beyond this. So I don't think the fears are far fetched.

    Posted in: Student group injects new exuberance into anti-war protests

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    albaleo

    and what about the bread company or the shop retailers? are they going to want there money back?

    I'm pretty sure they'll be kneading the dough.

    Posted in: Man arrested for scamming millions of yen with complaints of soggy bread

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    albaleo

    The next James Bond

    Do we need a next one?

    Posted in: Time for black or gay 007, says Brosnan

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    albaleo

    junior high schools in Osaka moved up nearly 20 places in mathematics

    Without further information, this doesn't mean much. Assuming a normal distribution of results, if these schools were previously near the mean average, a tiny improvement could produce a huge jump in terms of ranking. As similar improvement at schools previously near the top or bottom would produce a much smaller jump in ranking.

    Posted in: Osaka junior high schools move up in national academic achievement tests

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    albaleo

    The scientific method is: hypothesize - test - conclude - peer review.

    I don't recall the "peer review" element being included when I learned about the scientific method. It seems an odd concept. I think providing a falsifiability condition was sometimes included. (e,g if you drop an apple and it falls upwards, then my theory of gravity is wrong). For understandable reasons, climate theories don't usually provide such conditions. But it also illustrates the uncertainties of climate science. I hope peer review is not intended to act as a surrogate for falsifiability. I always thought it was an editorial method to keep really bad papers out of journals.

    Posted in: Global insecurity and refugee crisis linked to climate change - expert

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    albaleo

    Was this another police murder or not?

    By using 'another police murder', your question reveals your prejudice. The question is whether the victim was unlawfully killed by police officers.

    Posted in: Prosecutors investigate deadly St. Louis shooting by police

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    albaleo

    Riding as a passenger in a vehicle operated by a person intoxicated

    I may be wrong, but I thought it was more along the lines of "riding as a passenger in a vehicle operated by a person known to have been drinking". So if you've been drinking together before getting in the car, you have no excuse. (This was the target of the law change.) But if someone offers to pick you up and give you a ride, you may be OK.

    If my wife's family is anything to go by, the law changed behavior considerably. Previously, either through pressure or a feeling of obligation, someone would often drive others home after drinking. Now, everything gets thought through more carefully. (taxis, designated drivers, sleep over, etc.)

    Posted in: Should bar owners who serve alcohol to customers, knowing they are driving, be liable for prosecution if the customer is involved in a traffic accident? Also, should passengers in cars driven by drunk drivers be liable for prosecution if the driver causes an accident?

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    albaleo

    Not Marines, but Air Force and National Guard.

    And let's not forget the British IT consultant. (It makes me proud to be in IT. :-) )

    Although this was in many ways a terrible incident, it has a feelgood element. I saw a picture of the heroes on the BBC. Two young, fit looking lads with smiles that would charm everyone's grandmother, and a man who looks like an IT consultant. (Sorry, Chris. ) Well done, guys. You make the world a better place.

    Posted in: 3 Americans praised for subduing train gunman in France

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    albaleo

    It would be interesting to know how the 140 cities were chosen in the first place. How useful can the results be if Amagasaki and Mansfield are excluded?

    Posted in: Melbourne rated world's most liveable city; Tokyo ranked 15th

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    albaleo

    An attribute that is absent in Abe's "speech written by a committee."

    Bertie, while I'm sure Abe's speech was written by a committee, it would be naive to think that the Emperor's was written by him personally. I don't think you are naive.

    I was impressed with Abe's speech. It covered many important topics. It reminded us of the western colonization of Asia. (Something I'm sure that was missing from Queen Elizabeth's speech on VJ day.) It described the extent of the horror. (Over 10 million dead.) It described japan's mistakes. ("Japan took the wrong course and advanced along the road to war.") It contained remorse. ("I bow my head deeply before the souls of all those who perished both at home and abroad. I express my feelings of profound grief and my eternal, sincere condolences.") It recognized the suffering in foreign countries and Japan's guilt. ("Upon the innocent people did our country inflict immeasurable damage and suffering") And there was much more.

    I know some people question the sincerity of the speech. But how can we measure sincerity? I think that we can assume that Abe approved it, even if he didn't write it. It's on record. What more can we ask for?

    Posted in: Support for Abe bounces back after war statement

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    albaleo

    Sorry kids, but he is not good enough for the big league.

    Right. He's only ranked Number 4 in the world. What a wimp! (sarcasm, in case you wondered)

    Posted in: Nishikori pulls out of ATP Cincinnati Masters

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    albaleo

    any minimally capable Orthopedist or Radiologist can give the age (within a couple of years) with a simple X-ray of the hand of a child

    And perhaps they did, giving a bone age of 10, two years either way for a typical range of 8-12. But perhaps the bone age was inconsistent with something else, such as tooth development, so it's decided to publish a broader range to ensure people don't dismiss concerns about a neighbor's kid they haven't seen recently but who falls outside a narrower range.

    Posted in: Police still unable to identify young girl found dead in Takatsuki

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    albaleo

    I understand that Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, was among the critics of the original stadium design. It is kind of ironic as his design for a museum in the UK (in Dundee) is currently the subject of a report that says, "... the project's planners chose an ambitious and complex elite design by Kengo Kuma but planned to build it with an initially inadequate budget - the biggest single cause for the startling rise in cost is the original understatement of its original price tag."

    Posted in: Japan releases Olympic stadium guidelines, but no cost estimates

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    albaleo

    Does anyone know for sure that U.S. help was refused or is it a canard

    I think it's difficult to say. The US forces initially helped locate the site. Then it was decided that the SDF would carry out the rescue, even though US forces were prepared to help. That might make sense in terms of communication, coordination, etc. The decision to pause rescue operations overnight was probably more significant than whether or not US help was declined/refused. Whether that decision was right or not, and whether the same decision would have been made by US forces, is not clear.

    Posted in: 30th anniversary of JAL jumbo jet crash observed

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    albaleo

    The headline and the story, once again, are miles apart. This is pretty cheap journalism. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised.

    The "may have to be" element implies something quite different from the quotes from this guy.

    Posted in: Departing U.S. Army chief says Iraq may have to be partitioned

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    albaleo

    Why not take this moment in history to make a real revolution, the revolution of unplugging nuclear forever here.

    Revolutions are usually messy, and don't have the desired outcomes. A mad rush to embrace non-nuclear and fossil fuel free energy is likely to lead to chaos. Using the existing nuclear plants seems sensible to me. Save money initially by reducing imports of fossil fuels. Hopefully use the savings to develop better alternative methods of providing electricity.

    Posted in: What is the importance of nuclear power in Japan?

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    albaleo

    @Strangerland

    That produces what I expected to find. Tethering when rock climbing is done in conjunction with some other form of constraint (anchors, belaying, etc.).

    Posted in: 2 rock climbers die in mountain accident in Yamanashi

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    albaleo

    What should I google for?

    Posted in: 2 rock climbers die in mountain accident in Yamanashi

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