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    donkusai

    “The unyielding Chinese people fought gallantly and finally won total victory against the Japanese militarist aggressors, thus preserving China’s 5,000-year-old civilisation and upholding the cause of peace,” Xi said.

    ...only to have Chairman Mao pretty much destroy it a few decades later during the cultural revolution.

    Posted in: China marks 70th anniversary of victory over Japan

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    ...and this is why our planet is going down the drain. When political agenda trumps scientific investigation, you know we're in trouble. The whole issue has become a "must win on ideological grounds" issue. Stop. Forget whatever you've been told. Do proper research (as in scrutinise your sources and find out where the information is coming from and double check the "facts" they "quote") and the picture becomes clearer. ...but to the die-hards, I'm sure anything I say, or anyone else, is not going to change the opinion of people with their heads firmly buried in the sand.

    Posted in: July was hottest month on record for world

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    Money talks, and always will. It's why we need regulations, but it's a hard balancing act between fighting corruption and allowing the market to work properly. A little too far either way and we get chaos. I wholeheartedly agree with Mlodinow. Governments need to listen to business, but politicians are elected to represent the people. A health economy is good for the people, but a corrupt legislature is not.

    Posted in: Watchdog: Few states actively fighting corporate corruption

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    It's great to see Japanese players getting experience like this. The Japanese team is great, but they need a little more experience in how others play football if they really want to step up to challenge the likes of the teams that regularly make the top 16 in world cups. The work of players like Okazaki can only lead to better things. Well done.

    Posted in: Okazaki says he changed his game to adapt to Premier League

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    I couldn't answer the poll question yes or no. Clearly the answer is "no", except in the instance of having to defend yourself against the aggression of another country. So starting a war is always wrong. Only thugs think that wars solve problems.

    Posted in: Are there any circumstances that justify war?

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    History is always coloured by the lens you look through. Was the dropping of 2 atomic bombs on civilian populations morally wrong. Yes, it was. Was the Japanese WW2 military's decision to not sue for peace when things were clearly nearly over, but to drag the war on and put the same civilian population at deliberate risk morally wrong. Yes it was.

    So what was the correct choice to make, the morally wrong one, or the morally wrong one? Those are the decisions that wars lead to... and that was the root problem... war. Stupid, power hungry leaders. Rampant, rabid nationalism. Inability to want to appear weak in the eyes of the voters / fellow leaders. Problems that we still have by the mountain-full today.

    Posted in: Hiroshima bombing order offers glimpse into fateful day

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    What harm could possibly come from an document that democratically elected governments want to keep secret from the people who elected them? (...and yes, that was meant to be read sarcastically)

    Posted in: Secrecy around TPP trade deal fuels suspicions and worries

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    I've never understood why the whole refugee thing isn't handled in a much more culturally sensitive way. If you are fleeing your country in fear of your life (which certainly happens), you'd think the U.N. or whoever would aim to resettle those people into a nation that at least remotely resembles the culture that someone already knows. Putting a refugee into a country which has a culture that goes against the values you have seems really badly thought out. You end up with issues like the one reported here.

    Posted in: More anti-Islam rallies, counter-protests flare up in Australia

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    The US had caused the removal of a democratically elected leader, to replace him by a brutal dictator. After the revolutionaries got rid of the dictator, they realized the US was trying to reintroduce a puppet dictator. That is why they attacked the embassy

    I remember seeing a documentary on this. They shredded the documents at the embassy, but the Iranian students sat and put them back together one by one so they had all the evidence. Shredders have been redesigned since to not just shred is strips.

    As for the agreement - great news. Iran have a very young population, and the younger generation are far more pro-western liberal than the older. The more we bring Iran back into the global community, the better it will be for all of us in the long term.

    Posted in: Iran, 6 big powers clinch landmark nuclear deal

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    donkusai

    Well, Kyoto would definitely make my top 10 list, and would be number 1 on my Japan list. Well done Kyoto.

    Posted in: Kyoto voted world's best city to visit by Travel + Leisure magazine

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    donkusai

    jerseyboy: ALL the commentators in the U.S., which has no axe to grind in this match, are saying as much (offside). Was that not even mentioned there in Japan?

    Well, it certainly wasn't mentioned in Australia, and they did have an "axe to grind in this match". I think that pretty much says it all on that theory.

    Posted in: Japan beats Australia 1-0 to advance to semifinal against England at Women's World Cup

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    would they really constitute a danger other than perhaps nipping someone?

    That's the issue, Serrano. We don't know. They didn't go through the required quarantine or health checks. They may be harmless, they may carry infectious diseases that are not currently present in Australia and could be devastating to the ecosystem (it's happened before).

    Posted in: Johnny Depp's dogs survive quarantine wrangle in Australia

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    donkusai

    I've been using Apple computers at home since 1986 and Microsoft PCs at work since 1989. I've always preferred Apple's philosophy, but over the last 5 to 8 years I've seen Apple become more Microsoft-like, and Microsoft start to become more Apple-like. Weirdly enough, I seem to dislike the middle ground they're both fighting over now more than I dislike either individually in the past. Kinda depressing when you think about it.

    Posted in: Microsoft opens Windows 10 to Apple, Android apps

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    I think they found with the French trains that, when they start getting up to these sorts of speed, the reaction time of drivers becomes irrelevant. If they saw anything, they'd be past it before they could really do anything, so driverless seems fair enough. Well done, JR Central.

    Posted in: Maglev train sets world record speed of 603 kms per hour

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    This move has the support of the vast majority of Australians. The deluded can continue to not vaccinate their children, but it's going to cost them, just as it costs the rest of Australia currently to subsidise the medical costs of treating children suffering from perfectly preventable diseases.

    Posted in: Australia to deny benefits to parents refusing to vaccinate children

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    donkusai

    Clearly Vox Populi has found a way to "monetize" trolling.

    Posted in: New .sucks domain stirs up storm over free speech

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    donkusai

    The motto of the NRA’s annual convention this weekend is: “If they can ban one, they can ban them all.”

    Yep, the day that gun is denied to a homicidal, delusional, mentally ill guy who has vowed to take as many people down with him, that's the day that they'll deny every citizen the right to own a gun!

    Oh wait, MAJOR logic fail. Some gun sales are already denied. Guess what! They're not all banned! Fancy that!

    Posted in: NRA leaders warn members of looming gun-control efforts

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    donkusai

    gokai, if I understand it correctly, it should mean cooler ocean temperatures in the western Pacific and less evaporation, so less moisture in the air leading to drier conditions. Strong El Nino conditions can lead to drought along the western side of the Pacific (including Japan) and increased rainfall along the east.

    Posted in: El Nino likely to emerge by summer, says weather bureau

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    donkusai

    Genetic causes of melanoma make up about 1/3rd of all melanoma cases. Sun exposure make up another 1/3rd. The other third are classified "unknown cause". No one cure will solve all cases, but I hope this can make an impact on a significant number of diagnoses. I know far more about melanoma than I ever wanted to and I count the 12 years since I found a huge one one my leg as a blessing. Any cancer is bad. Any progress scientists make is also a blessing and should be fully supported by government and private funding.

    Posted in: Scientists report promising new melanoma vaccines

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    donkusai

    Wc626, al-Shabab have been around a long time and were more well established and organised than boko-haram, so they're hardly a new group. It's only the concerted effort of the Somali, Kenyan and Ethiopian governments to crack down on them over the last half a decade that have seen them diminish. But I agree with the rest of what you say. Anyone who thinks they can justify their own opinions by killing innocents don't deserve to be called human.

    Posted in: Al-Shabab militants kill 147 at university in Kenya

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