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    Good thing for Michael Moore that his new guests don't eat pork. But I wonder how long his guests will stay? Michael Moore represents everything muslims oppose.

    Posted in: U.S. filmmaker Michael Moore opens home to Syrian refugees

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    And each of these hypcrites will produce more CO2 during their travels to Paris than the average American family will produce in a year, not to mention the effect all of the hot air they emit during their bloviating.

    These "leaders" will be driven around in their motorcades, stay at luxury hotels, eat the best that Paris has to offer, and all in the name of fighting climate change. Padon me while I vomit in disgust.

    Posted in: 138 world leaders to attend Paris climate summit

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    No, they should not be using drones for airstrikes. Obviously this technique is not effective as the IS is expanding and infecting more of the world. Like a cancer it must be treated immediatley and aggressively. But Obama is so afraid of sending troops back to the middle east that he would rather see the entire region collapse.

    Drone strikes are not and have not been effective. And if the IS is to be defeated, it will have to be fought conventionally.

    Posted in: Do you think countries such as the U.S., Russia, France, Britain and others should continue air strikes and drone attacks against Islamic State targets in Syria and northern Iraq?

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    The only thing I'll say at this point in response to your diatribe on the virtues of that every time I take a flight on Singapore Airlines, I'm reminded of the evils of socialism

    Are you implying that Singpore is socialist? In comparison to Singapore, Japan is Stalinist. The top tax rate in Singapore is 15% for companies or indviduals, what are the rates in Japan? Singapore has one of the lowest tariff schedules of all countries, 99% of goods imported are duty-free. Singapore does not bail out failing companies, and when opening a company in Singapore one needn't grease the palms of a dozen or so bureaucrats before one can get running. Incorporation is fast, simple, and inexpensive. Singapore is the closest thing we have in Asia to a free-market capitalist system. And what is the result? a country which 50 years ago was rated as the poorest in all of Asia, and is now one of he richest. There is a reason that companies from around the world have incorporated the Asian offices in Singapore, and it is not because of Singapore's "socialist" system.

    Posted in: BOJ's corporate call to arms a sign of lost faith

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    Actually, 47 democrats have joined the GOP, which means that Obama cannot veto the resolution.

    Posted in: Republicans rush to shut U.S. borders to Syrian refugees

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    She is not going to be president anyway, so she can say whatever she likes, no matter how stupid. Her and her husband were as much behind the war in Iraq as Bush was, and for her to say that she would "resist sending US forces" is several years too late. It was her husband's CIA chief which said that WMD was a "slam dunk", and Hillary was one of the senators who voted for the war.

    She and Bernie are right. ISIS is a problem that Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc. need to take charge in dealing with.

    No, they are not right. Saudi Arabia has it's hands full with Yemen and Iran already, and Turkey is struggling to deal with their own problems. Iran is one of the agents fueling the unrest, by arming shiites, and trying to destabilize Iraq. It was America which opened the can of worms which is crawling all around right now, and America needs to go out and step on them. America invaded Iraq, and did not leave a stable government behind. It watched the collapse of the regimes in Egypt and Libya, and did nothing to promote stability there. America watched Syria "cross a red line", and refused to to anything. So far everything America has done has been wrong, and Hillary has been secretary of state as debacle after debacle has unfolded. President Obama is more afraid of returning US troops to the middle east than he is of seeing the entire region collapse.

    Like it or not, the middle east is still a main supplier of the world's energy, and the IS can disrupt the world's economies if they grow strong enough. Another problem is that the stream of Syrian refugees are being sent around the world, and there is more than a small chance that a few are IS fighters.

    The problem is that if the IS is not dealt with harshly and quickly, it will continue to grow and infect others. Already the infection has reached Europe. Honduras arrested 5 Syrians the day before yesterday who were traveling with fake Greek passports, they were planning to travel overland and enter America over the southern border. Were there any which have entered and who have not been caught?

    Sorry Hillary, I supported you back in 2007, but not anymore. I'm tired of your lies, and I wouldn't trust you if you told me the sun shined during the day time.

    Posted in: Clinton says she would resist sending forces to fight IS even if there is attack within U.S.

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    the real effects are already happening. 1000 year storms have increased in frequency.

    Storms have not increased in frequency, nor are they expected to. The most current IPCC (2015 AR5) report on climate change specifically states that no increase in severe weather event is predicted.

    High tides are now flooding some major cities.

    Pray tell, which cities are being flooded? My Florida home sits on the beach on the Gulf of Mexico, my family has owned this home for nearly 50 years, the tide gauge today shows no change since 1964, none at all.

    Regional decades long droughts have been ongoing since the 1990s.

    According to the Hadley Climate Research Unit, the main repository of climate records used by the IPPC, there has been no statistical increase in temperature since 1998, as of now we are at 18 years, 9 months without any global warming.

    Droughts had occurred throughout history, and droughts are occurring no more quickly than they ever have.

    The hottest day ever recorded on earth was in 1913, and no day from the 90's until now comes close. However, we have seen many cold weather records being broken. The British Antarctic Survey last year recorded the coldest temperature ever measured on earth.

    We were supposed to see all arctic ice disappear by 2013, but instead arctic ice is recovering, and while lower than average, ice is still increasing. In the antarctic, ice is now at all time records for volume and extent, that means that there is more ice in antarctica that has ever been measured in human history. How is this possible when the world is supposed to be getting warmer?

    Nasa's summary of antarctic ice increase is as follows*

    Mass changes of the Antarctic ice sheet impact sea-level rise as climate changes, but recent rates have been uncertain. Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) data (2003–08) show mass gains from snow accumulation exceeded discharge losses by 82 ± 25 Gt a–1, reducing global sea-level rise by 0.23 mm a–1. European Remote-sensing Satellite (ERS) data (1992–2001) give a similar gain of 112 ± 61 Gt a–1. Gains of 136 Gt a–1 in East Antarctica (EA) and 72 Gt a–1 in four drainage systems (WA2) in West Antarctic (WA) exceed losses of 97 Gt a–1 from three coastal drainage systems (WA1) and 29 Gt a–1 from the Antarctic Peninsula (AP). EA dynamic thickening of 147 Gt a–1 is a continuing response to increased accumulation (50%) since the early Holocene. Recent accumulation loss of 11 Gt a–1 in EA indicates thickening is not from contemporaneous snowfall increases. Similarly, the WA2 gain is mainly (60 Gt a–1) dynamic thickening. In WA1 and the AP, increased losses of 66 ± 16 Gt a–1 from increased dynamic thinning from accelerating glaciers are 50% offset by greater WA snowfall. The decadal increase in dynamic thinning in WA1 and the AP is approximately one-third of the long-term dynamic thickening in EA and WA2, which should buffer additional dynamic thinning for decades.

    Posted in: Global warming: What if we do nothing?

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    Does it really take such a governmental think tank to tackle this issue? Good grief-

    Any excuse to spend the taxpayer's money will be exploited, regardless of how redundant the matter is.

    The issue of strollers is not a real problem, therefore there is no need to spend a lot of money to find a solution.

    Posted in: Gov't panel discusses baby stroller use on public transportation

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    And the third quarter should be the strongest of the year, as it is when new car models are being built for release, the build up for the holiday season is building up, and materials for the New Years holidays are ordered.

    If the third quarter is bad, it is nearly certain that the next two quarters will be bad too.

    You may recall that Guy and I said stimulus under Abenomics is the right thing, but that the consumption tax hike would derail the plan. We said that before the higher tax came into effect. And of course, what we predicted came true. (By the way, the hike was not part of Abenomics.)

    I have been more right than any of you. My prediction for last year's "growth" was spot on. My prediction for this year's is also spot on.

    Tell us exactly how stimulus can in any way help Japan's economy. Even in the absence of a sales tax increase, it appears that stimulus spending would have no positive effect. The increase of the tax was 3 percent, the goal of the easing and stimulus programs was to increase inflation to 2% to 3%, the result of either would be the same, to rob the people of their money, or the value of their money.

    Lastly, where has this stimulus money gone to? It has gone into the pockets of the politically-connected, who are always the main beneficiaries of any government spending. Since neither the money, nor the economic effect of the money has made it into the mainstream economy, then it was an exercise in futility, which benefited the chosen few at the expense of the rest of us.

    Posted in: Japan slips back into recession in July-Sept quarter

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    "Renting yourself out" is just another expression for having a job, isn't it? Whether for cash, food, or lodging, doing something in exchange for these things is known as "working", right? Perhaps one-third of the world's population gets by the same way these "homeless" people do.

    Posted in: Homeless guys happy to 'rent' themselves out

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    And, as of today, Japan is in recession, for the second time since Abe took office. I think that is all the proof we need about Abenomics.

    Posted in: Abenomics' first two arrows of monetary and fiscal stimulus were meant to buy time, but Japan failed to make progress with painful reforms needed to boost its growth potential.

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    They are doing this because they hope to profit from carbon credit trading schemes. They realize that they probably cannot prevent governments from eventually looting energy industries, which governments will say is being done for the common good. So these industries will try to find a way to adapt, and limit the economic damage the looting will cause.

    And make no mistake, it is nothing but looting. Government officials will charge extra taxes and fees, purportedly to improve the environment and the well-being of everybody. But much of the revenue gained from these taxes and fees will be distributed amongst friends and cronies of politicians, and will be used to provide jobs for the politically connected. The common people will not benefit at all. CO2 will not be reduced, global warming will not be affected one way or the other.

    By the way, we have now hit 18 years, 9 months with no statistical increase in global temperatures, and this is via the IPCC's own data.

    Posted in: Why are oil and gas companies calling for more action on climate change?

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    Japan is one of the few, or is possibly the only industrialized country that applies sales tax to food. The problem with this is that food is already very expensive in Japan to begin with, and even untaxed, the average Japanese grocery bill is double that which Americans and Europeans pay. Somehow the government seems not to realize that the high cost of staple items is one of the factors pushing down the birthrate in Japan.

    On the front page there is a story about how the governmnet is trying to reinvigorate growth by increasing the birthrate. The primary factors behind Japan's declining population are the high cost of food and basic necessities, and the high cost of housing in the metro areas, which happen to be where all of the jobs are. Abolishing the sales tax on staples, removing any tariffs on food items (TPP appears to have failed in this area), and decentralizing businesses and industries would go a long way to inprove things.

    If the population continues to fall, the 1.3 trillion yen lost by reducing taxes on food will be only a drop in the bucket of future lost revenue.

    Posted in: The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition Komeito Paty are locked in a debate over applying a reduced sales tax rate for fresh foods when the tax rate rises to 10% in April 2017. Komeito wants the reduced rate to apply to all food and nonalcoholic beverages, which would lead to a loss of ¥1.3 trillion in new tax revenues per year. The LDP wants to be more selective, applying the rate to vaguely-defined fresh foods. What's your view on the issue?

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    Naïve BS. It's industry that does the regulating through lobbying, expensive lawyers, and palm greasing.

    Naive? Industry, lobbyists, and lawyers do what they feel they need to do, and if the people do nothing to stop them, whose fault is that? If people were less ambivalent about their rights and responsibilities as citizens, and went to the trouble to vote, or visited the offices of their representatives, then they have to suffer the consequences. Lawyers and lobbyists get what they want because they ask for it, the people are too busy watching tv. If people were less naive about what they could get accomplished if they simply got off their asses and took the trouble, they might be amazed.

    The US gun rights extremists, like extremists everywhere, are frightening people.

    99% of people who own guns are not extremists. Believe it or not, many so-called liberal people are gun owners, and more than a few gay people own and carry guns as well. Most gun owners possess guns for hunting, or shooting as a hobby, some are collectors, and some feel they are needed for self defense. This is one reason that whenever election season rolls around, the gun control issue seems to fade away. Gun ownership is not a left-right matter, many conservative people see guns as instruments of evil, and many liberal people see guns as necessary for their safety.

    As a former police officer, I know that the police cannot be everywhere all the time. In the best case, if you call 911 someone will respond within 3 or 4 minutes. If you live outside the city, this can be much longer. And in cases of civil disturbances (like when I experienced the riots in LA in 1992) 911 may not work at all, and no one can be sent to help or protect you.

    On a fundamental basis, no matter how advanced a society you may think you live in, it can turn out that when it comes to defending yourself or someone else, you are the last and only resort.

    Posted in: NRA may be losing its grip on the public's imagination

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    mpoverished parts of countries do this when they have nothing to do or have no hope for the future.

    The most impoverished parts of Japan are better off than the wealthier districts of developing countries. Few 16-year-olds have no hope for the future, most don't think more than a season ahead. As typical students in Japan they probably had plenty to do. All that happened was that a few young people were doing something stupid (which happens every minute of every day), and one of them was unlucky. We don't need to make this a political or theological problem.

    Posted in: 16-year-old boy dies after inhaling lighter gas

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    Pointless, masks in the hospital are used more to prevent transmissions from staff to patients than vice-versa. The area most sensitive to collecting viruses is around the eyes. Someone with a cold wipes their nose, and then puts his hand on the door knob as he leaves. You leave a moment later, opening the door by turning the same knob, and a moment or two later you yawn and rub your eyes, and bingo, you catch a cold. Keep your hands clean, don't touch your face, and avoid having small children, and you can go for years at a time between colds.

    Posted in: How useful are face masks in helping combat the spread of flu and colds?

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    This is true, and in fact is a good thing. The constitution should always be open for re-examination.

    The American constitution was written with the premise in mind that the majority is not always right. American by definition is not a democracy, but a constitutional republic run by democratic means. Some of the greatest tyrants in recent memory were elected democratically, and abused the democratic system to create dictatorships. Plato himself characterized democracy as one of the weakest forms of government for this reason.

    If 51% of the people vote to take away the rights and property of the other 49%, is that okay? Of course it is not, and that is why the American constitution limits what rights can and cannot be changed or abolished.

    Lastly, by limiting the ownership of guns (or anything else) to a particular class of people, then society is no longer equal. Do you consider yourself too irresponsible or reckless to own a gun? Do you think that just because a person is a soldier or police officer that they are more responsible and less reckless than ordinary people? I have been a soldier, and I was a police officer for more than ten years, and I am here to tell you that if you think these people are more competent to be armed, you are nuts.

    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    Above is the second amendment, as it is written. You probably think from the words that it is says only the "militia" has the right to keep and bear arms, and that it must be well regulated. You would be wrong. First, who does the regulating in America? It is not the militia itself, nor the government in Washington which regulate the country, it is the people. And since it is the people who have the end authority to regulate not only the militia, but the government, the people are given the ultimate power to do so. It is the people who are supposed to be "well-regulating" their servants in Washington, and in America, politicians serve at the will of the people. Americans are not subjects, they are citizens, and as citizens they have the right so say and go where they like, and have more means than just a simple vote to regulate those who are supposed to serve them.

    The moment you take away a fundamental right and power from those who are supposed to be the ultimate authority over every politician, every policy, and every act the government performs, then the role is reversed, the government becomes the authority, and the people exist to serve the government. To avoid this, the people are given vast rights, and the ability of the government to curtail or abolish these rights is limited. And in a true free society where each and every person is in fact equal, this is how it must be.

    Posted in: NRA may be losing its grip on the public's imagination

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    A good story, but not really relevant to real entrepreneurs. Nowadays all we hear about are "startups" which make people rich almost over night, but require little real investment or sacrifices, and which employ very few people. Compared to the "greedy corporations", modern startups employ very few people, can easily move to tax havens, make their owners very rich, but contribute much less to society in the end.

    Your average entrepreneur is a shop or restaurant owner, which sells goods made by others, employs staff, and which indirectly employs the makers of the things it sells. These mom-and-pop type small businesses remain the backbone of the economy, and though the owners may not become instantly rich, they generally make more money than those who punch a time clock every day. We need to increase the numbers if these types of businesses, which are generally less risky, and which do more to benefit the national economy. The modern " startup" is something like a lottery winner, where luck is by far the greatest determining factor to success.

    Posted in: Making happiness pay

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    How about investing that money in "natural intelligence"? Are people becoming so stupid that we can no longer trust them to think? A billion dollars would go a long way in trying to find ways of improving education, and increasing the intelligence of the people. But then again, if people were smarter, they might not consume so much, and this might affect the bottom lines of companies like Toyota.

    Posted in: Toyota invests $1 billion in artificial intelligence in U.S.

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    But the two issues are different. The ultimate victory for same sex-marriage came when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

    Wrong. The US Supreme Court also ruled that the second amendment was also a constitutional "individual" right. Why is this rather obvious fact left out of the article?

    If any right, including the right to own guns, can be regulated, limited, or abolished, then so can any other constitutional right, including the right for gay people to marry.

    The problem with having a great deal of personal freedom is that freedom requires a great deal of personal responsibility. We allow people to drive cars, and accept the fact that granting this right means that 40,000 Americans dies unnecessarily very year, and millions are injured. We allow people to smoke tobacco, and doing so means that 480,000 people very year die prematurely from it. We allow people to drink alcohol, and accept the unnecessary deaths, illnesses, and the serious problems alcohol causes to families and society.

    If the goal of gun control is to reduce unnecessary death and injury, it seems rather foolish not to take on problems which cause vastly more unnecessary deaths and injuries. But how much of your liberty are you willing to give up to be "safe"? Would you accept the abolition of motor vehicles? The abolition of alcohol, tobacco, and sugar? These three things will kill more people in the next month than guns will kill in the next decade.

    The gun control issue is generally irrelevant to the safety of most people. Though a great deal of people are killed each year by guns, more than half of those deaths are suicides. Others are accidents and self-defense shootings, the final number is murders committed by guns, and this number is relatively small compared to the number of guns and gun owners in America. In Japan a little more than 30,000 people kill themselves every year, a number much greater than total gun deaths in America, despite Japan having nearly two-thirds less people. If America has a problem with guns, what kind of problem does Japan have? And what can be done about it?

    The gun control issue is just a political football, like many others. On the list of the great many problems America has to deal with, guns are not even on the first page. But issues like gun control are controversial, and excite morons who support gun control, or want to abolish gun control. National debt continues to creep upward, infrastructure is falling apart, school scores are declining, social security is approaching insolvency, the medical care system remains a shambles. Rather than do something about these problems, politicians on either party love to play games with stupid non-issues like gun control, abortion, prayer in schools, or gay marriage. For all I care, people can pray in school before entering a gay marriage after having an abortion at a gun range--these issues are pointless and irrelevant. What I want congress to do is fix infrastructure, fix the schools, fix the healthcare system, and fix social security. But doing these things would require hard work and sacrifice, and no one becomes a politician to do such things.

    Posted in: NRA may be losing its grip on the public's imagination


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