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    The theory that a mental illness such as depression had affected the co-pilot was suggested by German media, quoting internal aviation authority documents.

    That is a quote from the media. Lubitz had been hiding the facts about his illness, but authorities were aware of the man's history. Anyone could come to the conclusion they should never have allowed this man to pilot a passenger plane.

    Posted in: Mad, sad or bad: The psychology of murder-suicide

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    When politics and religion get mixed there is a problem.

    Posted in: Tea Party's Ted Cruz launches White House bid

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    The plaintiffs need to prove that kicking a ball in a schoolyard was illegal or extremely irresponsible and/or that the boy was aware of any dangers involved.

    Posted in: Parents of schoolboy liable for Y15 million after wayward soccer ball leads to man’s death

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    Elizabeth writes: "The arguments about the cost are silly,"

    I agree. It boils down to unwillingness and lack of vision which seems strange coming from a perceived advanced nation. Conforming to a world wide metric system governing weight, volume, distance, temperature, etc. can only be beneficial and cost saving in the long run. Fiercely conservative forces keep opposing change for reasons defying logic.

    Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?

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    Anyway, the TGV runs faster and cheaper than the Shink with less technology.

    Which is a moot point.

    Posted in: Japan's shinkansen best in world at safety, punctuality, tech, but not marketing

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    sing Edelweiss......

    Huh??

    Posted in: No to Abe

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    Electricity has never been "cheap" in Japan

    Agreed. Electricity is cheap in Canada, expensive in Germany (understandable) and for Japan it's something in between. The fact that Japanese homes have retained the smelly outdated kerosene heaters is not so much because of high electricity prices but rather because of the way houses have been built for ages. They lack thermal insulation.

    Posted in: The days of cheaper electricity are over and probably won't be coming back. It's time for the Japanese economy to make the transition to a less industrial, more service sector-oriented economy.

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    Or any developed country with a modern legal system. Can you imagine the lawsuits...Ah, Japan!

    Well, I am pleased Japan has not (yet) entered the sphere of the 'modern legal lawsuits'.

    Posted in: Model Miranda Kerr is hungry for tonkatsu in her new Japanese commercial, but what’s she selling?

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    Athens insisted it would not be blackmailed over its debt crisis.

    They are not strange to doing some blackmailing of their own. Like pulling the nazi card out of the deck. Not honoring the latest agreements and questioning EU sanctions imposed on Russia because of its annexation of Crimea does not help much either to put any trust into the new government. Tsipras may look good on the screen and in photographs, but so far he's been low on substance. Is he now going to play the 'Putin card?' And/or the 'Beijing card'? Securing help from Moscow will come at a heavy price to pay. If Tsipras thinks he can get a better deal from a shrewd and untrustworthy thug like Putin he is blind and not fit for his job in spite of his unique way of trying to get his country back on track.

    Posted in: Greece rejects blackmail; seeks meeting with top EU leaders

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    http://www.tokyoreporter.com/2015/03/09/parliamentary-love-hotel-meetings-between-ldps-nakagawa-and-kado-preceded-street-kiss/

    And what is your comment?

    Posted in: Agriculture vice minister in trouble for kissing married colleague

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    Many decades after the fact Greece demands more compensation from Germany. The same Germany that destroyed Europe but also helped to rejuvenate it, in fact is now its strongest economy. Tsipiras is liked by his fellow citizens for his approach to squeeze more concessions out of the EU and especially from Germany, but his job is to wrangle his country out of its dire situation and alienate the EU countries is not going to help. Bringing up Nazi Germany is pretty low and won't bring the man or the country much respect.

    Posted in: Greek PM accuses Germany of using legal tricks to avoid WW2 reparations

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    The land where one can sue the pants of, well anyone, for whatever reason. And often successfully too for outrageous settlements. Kim surely must have felt she had to be compensated somehow for her distress. What better venue than Weinstein Law Firm and Kobre & Kim. Screw the airline and get red hot revenge. Although it will be hot, this case is far more serious than the hot coffee spill.

    Posted in: Nut rage flight attendant sues Korean Air, former exec

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    Personally I think she has the right to kiss and be kissed (by) anyone she likes and it's no one's business to interfere or try to make a tabloid scandal out of it.

    Shukan Shinchi may have been right the kissing occurred. But I somehow can't forget this is a tabloid which has repeatedly denied the holocaust and that says something about what kind of magazine this is.

    Posted in: Agriculture vice minister in trouble for kissing married colleague

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    Floating currencies are a natural adjustment mechanism, and with the Euro, the dreamers in Brussels threw that out of the window, ignoring all warnings.

    Nonsense. Greece made a commitment when adopting the euro and when getting into heavy borrowing and now they face the music, but they are stalling in honoring their repeated promises. It's not about dreamers in Brussels but about the dream of the Greek nation which turned into a nightmare they can't end

    Posted in: Eurozone warns Greece to stop wasting time on reforms plan

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    The resignations saved Rutte’s government a potentially embarrassing parliamentary debate on the issue that had been scheduled for Tuesday.

    The last word hasn't been said about the issue. The opposition will demand explanations, answers from PM Rutte.

    Posted in: Dutch justice minister quits over deal with drug trafficker

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    Best: Amsterdam. Fast and comfortable. Worst: Calcutta, runner up Bangkok.

    Posted in: In your experience, which city’s taxi drivers are among the best and the worst in the world?

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    Excuse me for being old fashioned, but I think when the time comes that cars will drive you instead of you driving the car, I am out :-)

    Posted in: Car industry welcomes Google, Apple but battles loom

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    Fortunately Ford is OK - meaning he's going to make a complete recovery with probably only a few extra scars. I wonder if he is thinking of getting another vintage plane.

    Posted in: Harrison Ford injured in light plane crash

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    Sioux

    190F is a good temperature for coffee? Do you not understand what "third degree burns" are?

    Do you not understand that the proper temperature for brewing coffee is between 195 and 205 F? The 'third degree burns' were self inflicted. Sad but true. The poor woman had ordered hot coffee, not iced coffee or lukewarm coffee and as it happens, hot coffee is, well, hot.

    Posted in: Japan awash in weird warning signs

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    But it added with disdain: “World-class toilet seats are not what Chinese manufacturers aspire to make.”

    From the Global Times. Yes, very global indeed. The comment on what the Chinese manufacturers aspire to make does not in any way reflect on how Chinese copy manufacture practices has evolved in the recent past. Copy, produce, flood the markets. 2 million Chinese visitors came to Japan in the past year, The Toto washlets seats were very much in demand. These seats are easy to fix to standard toilets, The tourists know what they are getting. They know what the media are trying to deny them for whatever stupid motive. Millions of Chinese have no proper sewage, clean water. They should stick to the holes in the ground. Mocking clean lavatories may do the trick. Congratulations and welcome to China in the middle ages.

    Posted in: China media mock Japan's luxury lavatories

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