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theFuNov. 20, 2014 - 08:18AM JST
Perhaps the USA needs to look at how other countries handle this?
Any proposal that places even 1 illegal immigrate ahead of the people legally waiting is a failure. A respect for law needs to be part of the requirements.
Perhaps just a migrant worker solution would go a long way to solving this. The Mexicans I've asked about this love Mexico and just want to work in the USA, not relocate their families there.
Hopefully there is a compassionate, realistic, viable solution that is fair to everyone. I won't hold my breath.
Immigration isn't the only part to the problem. Automatic citizenship needs to be reviewed too.
Posted in: Obama to unveil plan to fix 'broken' U.S. immigration laws
theFuNov. 20, 2014 - 08:05AM JST
http://www.one.org/us/ebola-tracker-comparison/?country-94708=on&country-94728=on&country-94730=on&country-94735=on&country-94739=on&country-94740=on is a quick comparison link.
UK and USA are green for more than other countries - whatever that means.
Looks like Japan and China have some room for improvement.
I'd love to see something similar to compare celebrity support - a little peer pressure would be good.
Corporate giving comparisons too?
Posted in: Bono, Affleck stay silent in ad on Ebola response
theFuNov. 11, 2014 - 12:14AM JST
Hey world, YOU wanted President Obama. You got him (I didn't vote for him). For the first year after his first election, I was hopeful that the world mass knowledge was greater than mine in picking a President. YOU were wrong. If I recall, his credentials were "community leader" and half-term senator. Impressive.
I really like that he was given the Nobel Peace Prize, then started killing non-combatants overseas. Nice. Good job world.
I suppose we all need selective memory and there is no guarantee that the other option (who was that?) would have been nicer to the world.
The office of the President of the USA deserves respect in the same way that Premier or Prime Minister from any other country deserve respect. Sometimes, the men themselves do not, but we seldom know that before a first election.
Clout? Zero. But he does have a nice airplane to use for 801 days more. Yes, we are counting the days.
Posted in: Asia trip tests Obama's post-election global clout
theFuNov. 11, 2014 - 12:01AM JST
Business likes it when politicians don't screw around with the rules. They can make plans. Gridlock means they can't screw around too much, although President Obama has been pushing the "executive order" to new heights of meddling. President Bush did a little too much of that as well.
In America, we pretty much hate all politicians. I think that anyone who wants to be elected should be barred and a raffle pick of candidates would end up providing better people who are willing to make hard choices. I know this sounds stupid.
Don't get me started on how both the Dems and Reps buy elections. So-called campaign finance reform will never work until only people who can actually vote in an election are allowed to provide money - no PACs, no corporations, just human citizens who actually reside inside the district for the election. How else do the people being represented actually get representation when a huge company 200-2500 miles away can provide $1M in finance to a campaign and completely own the politician even though the company cannot vote. If we want politicians to represent voters, then only individual voters should be allowed to fund campaigns.
Not sure that having 20+ political parties is an answer either. That just seems to lead to more name-calling, subtle as it may be.
Posted in: Why political gridlock works for the U.S. economy, but not for Japan or EU
theFuOct. 23, 2014 - 05:45AM JST
Who keeps $2K in the house? Heck - we might have $50 here now - maybe. How did Somali immigrants get $2000 saved? This isn't baby sitting money, is it?
Also - how does anyone under age 18 get onto an international flight without a legal guardian? Guess I'm very naive?
3 of them? Someone at the airline needs to be fired.
Posted in: FBI: Denver teenage girls may have tried to join jihadis
theFuOct. 23, 2014 - 05:37AM JST
The Chinese middle class are the only real hope for full democracy across China.
Too bad they don't see any of the protests in Hong Kong in the state-run media.
Sadly, I think the HK students are about 40 yrs too early to have any effect, but democracy will come, eventually.
I don't see how China can change anything different and still save face. Direct elections just isn't part of the current plans for anyone in China. More outrage must happen in more places first.
Posted in: No end in sight to Hong Kong protests after talks
theFuOct. 23, 2014 - 05:30AM JST
An IP Address is NOT a computer or a person.
Whatever idiot thinks this is true doesn't have a clue.
Posted in: Court orders Facebook to reveal revenge porn IP addresses
theFuOct. 23, 2014 - 05:26AM JST
Ms. Clinton is unelectable for many historical reasons - nothing to do with her sex. Many people remember the things she has and has not done.
I am not a democrat, nor a republican. Neither of those options provides choices that fit my morality. Both are guilty of allowing the NSA to continuously violate the 4th amendment.
Abortion isn't an issue that matters to me. Let the woman+husband choose. Keep wacko religious people out of office.
I care more about government slowly removing our rights and all the herd animals not noticing. Mooooo.
Don't know what I'll do in these next elections, the smear campaign has begun in my state for governor.
None of the above isn't an option, sadly.
Posted in: Clinton says women's rights under assault by Republicans
theFuOct. 23, 2014 - 05:14AM JST
Overall no, it is a bad thing. Humans have been disconnected for 50,000 yrs. We make connections by talking, sharing REAL experiences, not virtual, touching each other. Hard to maintain the birth rate if men and women don't touch.
Being always connected has changed something about our lives - mostly for the worse, IMHO.
I've seen families at dinner texting each other rather than talking. Sad.
Sure, technology has some great, helpful, uses too. Being able to reach a parent when a child is sick - perfect example. Being able to call police or fire departments in an emergency.
Chatting about nothing or texting funny jokes all-the-time ... not so much. Some people feel the need to be texting when on a train and can't seem to stop. Look out the window. See the world go passed. Smell the air.
Posted in: We’re living in the age of being connected or reachable 24 hours a day by one device or another. Is this a good thing?
theFuOct. 11, 2014 - 04:13AM JST
Well said - I think that is the treatment from NOVA. Unknown to me if the US military is working the same or different treatments.
I knew China had huge investments in parts of Africa, but didn't think they had much in west Africa. Did find a few articles about supplies ($200K + $5M + $32M) from China since April going to the 3 main countries with the outbreak. Not a trivial amount, so China deserves credit. The article I found also says that over 1,000 Chinese medial people are currently in African countries working in teams. If these articles are the truth, seems like the Chinese are all-in fighting the outbreak to me. We need their continued help and it is appreciated greatly.
Posted in: U.S. military planes arrive at epicenter of Ebola
theFuOct. 11, 2014 - 02:37AM JST
The way of the world is that countries with the greatest economic ties will help. Don't know whether China or Russia have many ties to west African nations. No they?
Liberia has ties to the USA, clearly. The American people and government are helping. I suspect this will get much larger than 3000 soon. We should learn from our lack of AIDS response in the early 1980s and throw whatever resources are needed at this sooner than later. I only know 1 person from Liberia; worked with him for 5 years and consider him a great friend. I know his wife, family, and have meet some of his family who live in Liberia. I want to help, just as I helped financially with all the recent disasters across Asia the last 15 yrs.
People are people everywhere. We should help, if we can.
Other countries can and should help. This will be a global issue very quickly. Just imagine what happens as this terrible disease spreads to our lands. Hopefully none of the people send will bring in additional diseases by accident for the local populations.
Don't know about the treatment/doses the US government is providing, but did see a PBS-NOVA episode THIS weekhttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/surviving-ebola.html on surviving Ebola and a highly experimental treatment that uses infected tobacco plants to create special proteins that prevent the virus from reproducing as much. It is a highly labor intensive product (manually injecting into each leaf) requiring multiple weeks. In 20 days, at least 1,000 more people will have been infected.
Now is not the time to criticize President Obama on this stuff regardless of your personal politics. There are plenty of other things he can be criticized about anyway.
theFuOct. 07, 2014 - 05:39PM JST
When I first came to Japan doing consulting work, there were 2 daily meetings -
* AM - what are we doing today. What is the status. Fairly short.
* PM - what did we actually get done. What is the status. Did we learn anything new. Longer.
Management just wanted to ensure we were all on the same page and that surprises were minimized. They wanted to tap the brains from people in the room to make the best decisions possible (usually). Perhaps this was an unusual company?
Back in the USA, my job had many more meetings daily as I worked many different projects - usually 10-20 at a time. Some days, I'd have only 1 or 2 hours that didn't have meetings scheduled. Fortunately, these were all conference calls as the different project teams coordinated tasks, so I could work at my desk and have the call muted most of the time after my design portion was handed off to the many deployment people for work (the real physical things). Of course, on newer projects, I'd have to run the meetings to capture the vast knowledge of the other members in to a cohesive plan.
Posted in: Why do Japanese companies have so many meetings each day?
theFuOct. 06, 2014 - 04:32PM JST
This is like asking which color is better - red or green or black.
It is a matter of taste.
CDs usually contain more audio data than the other formats.
Extremely high quality downloads can contain this same amount, but that is not the usual situation. Most digital downloads are compressed somewhat - commercially purchased are 256Kbps which is more than enough for portable players and average ears. When I ripped my huge CD collection years ago and storage was expensive, 160Kbps was enough for my ears (too many years listening to loud hard rock).
Records have a distinctive sound that some "ears" prefer. Nothing wrong with that and there is something soothing about moving the needle onto the record to listen.
In the end, "good enough" sound that is convenient is all 99% of the people want. Larger audio files is wasted on people listening in noisy environments, on consumer-grade headsets.
For me, the best sound quality that is usable comes from ripped CDs into FLAC files (lossless format) or slightly compressed OGG files played back through a nice receiver with excellent speakers in a quiet neighborhood away from exterior noise. There is not any difference in audio quality between the CD and lossless FLAC files, so either is the same. Most portable music players don't handle FLAC, so that is not practical.
Posted in: Which offers the best sound quality for listening to music?
theFuOct. 01, 2014 - 07:56AM JST
Being marked as a tourist is very handy for thieves.
In FLA, USA, some rental car agencies found their vehicles targeted by thieves just by having the rental car bumper sticker.
Common sense when traveling is necessary. Being drop-down-drunk is never a good idea - even in your home city.
Posted in: Thai tourism minister wants wristbands for tourists, party curfews
theFuSep. 25, 2014 - 10:43PM JST
You had me at "miniskit-wearing doctor". ;)
Posted in: Ryoko Yonekura returns as Doctor X for third season
theFuSep. 25, 2014 - 10:39PM JST
I'm torn. There are legal reasons to own shoes like this.
In both Texas and Massachusetts , taking upskirt videos was found to be allowed by each state's Supreme Court if it happens in public. Photography is considered protected speech in the USA. In Texas the anti-perv law was found unconstitutional.
If you don't want to be photographed or video taped, don't go into public places and don't wear clothing that invites the pervs. Wear pants.
OTOH, should my daughters have to change what they wear to avoid this behavior? Personally, I rather they did, but I know telling them NOT to wear revealing clothing won't work at all. I can here is now, "Oh daddy ...."
Perhaps there is a middle ground? I dunno. I do know that as a photographer, taking photos of public places needs to be protected.
Posted in: Own a pair of secret camera shoes? The police should be by shortly for a visit
theFuSep. 25, 2014 - 10:22PM JST
Based on my groups experience in Barcelona, there are 10,000 people just in that city who should have been arrested and probably 500K across Europe.
In 2 days in Barcelona, people in my small group had $5K in cash stolen and 2 smartphones, which later turned up in central Africa and Indonesian cities (cell phone tracking). These are world travelers and one of the guys has lived in 10 different countries. Sure, he should know better, but ...
Posted in: 1,000 arrested in EU crackdown on organized crime
theFuSep. 17, 2014 - 12:41AM JST
As an American, my only question for this decision is ...
will the corporate tax rate be lower than elsewhere?
how easy can my company relocated legally to the new Scotland?
will the corporate tax rate be lower than elsewhere?
how easy can my company relocated legally to the new Scotland?
Posted in: Should Scotland be an independent country?
theFuSep. 15, 2014 - 11:48AM JST
Until we have forced integration, people will not understand that we are all basically the same. We want the same things; to raise our kids so they can have a little better life than we did, with hard work and to live without fear that anyone we know will be harmed. If that isn't the opportunity provided, then groups feel cheated and loose hope. That leads to violence as the only solution they can see. There needs to be opportunity for a better life for everyone in bad situations.
We have to mix the children of the groups who are fighting. Mandatory for decades so that the people learn these "others" are just like them, for the most part. The parents will be against it, so it has to be government mandated and sponsored. Distrust will slowly go away as the older, unmixed generations die off. In 30-40 yrs, the hatred will be mostly gone. If we allow separation to be a way of life, nothing will get better.
Of course, we should test this out with the Israelis and Palestinians first. Short 2-week programs where they mix teens from both sides have created friendships for over a decade since that first meeting. It worked wonders across America in the 1970s-1990s. Some of my best friends are not like me in skin or culture or religion. We still have farther to go and there will always be a minority of haters, but complete distrust between the different peoples is gone for the majority of the population. OTOH, I'm in the "white mans club" according to my black friends, so I can't see the lack of equality in the same ways they see it daily.
Posted in: What do you think is the best way for the global community to deal with the Islamic State?
theFuSep. 14, 2014 - 11:00PM JST
I wish the average American was as outraged over this as I am.
It is time to amend the constitution to provide the same protections for electronic communications as we have in the postal and phone communications.
While we are at it, secret courts need to be outlawed - period. If it is important to do, then it can and should be done in public - or delayed 1 yr at most. If the government cannot have an operation public in that timeframe, then they shouldn't be doing it at all.
It is a matter of trust.
Posted in: Yahoo describes surveillance fight
Nov. 25, 2014 - 01:02AM JST
The whole throw away house concept here I find disgustingly wasteful & they are not cheap.…
Posted in: Cultural lessons in housing and construction
Nov. 25, 2014 - 12:56AM JST
No. Just like it's "viruses", not "viri".
Posted in: Toyota recalls nearly 423,000 Lexuses in U.S. for fuel leaks
Marilyn Marie Lee
Nov. 25, 2014 - 12:55AM JST
This part of the ocean should be declared a non military zone: no warplanes, no warships,…
Posted in: Chinese island project in disputed waters justifiable: general
Nov. 25, 2014 - 12:50AM JST
They're ALREADY doing it...the slave labor force under the guise of Work Force Training.
Posted in: Do you think Japan should allow immigration by unskilled workers?
Nov. 25, 2014 - 12:49AM JST
(ignoring bass4funk because he's obviously just trolling)
The U.S. goes for the investigative "big get" -…
Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences in the way Japanese and U.S. media report the news?