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theFuDec. 14, 2014 - 10:58PM JST
America is a police state. This is by virtue of having way way too many cops, much more than could possibly be properly trained, or even of sufficient IQ.
America is a police state. This is by virtue of having way way too many cops, much more than could possibly be properly trained, or even of sufficient IQ.
Really? Wouldn't know it living here.
I haven't seen any police at all in over a week. Last time I saw any was last Sunday in a pizza place where 4 officers came in for a late lunch. They were polite and stepped out of my way.
On the road is the most likely place for most Americans to see a cop. I've always been treated respectfully when pulled over, even as a teen driver. Sometimes I didn't agree with the citations, went to court and had everything thrown out (the cop WAS wrong) and the court saw it. Other times, I paid the fine (deserved) and moved on.
For me, I'm most likely to see police in and around the airport, but not really anywhere else in my Atlanta suburban town. OTOH, we teach our kids to be respectful towards ALL adults here, including Police officers and to never point any firearm (real or fake) at any human, period.
Even when I worked in midtown Atlanta for a decade, I'd see police once every other week in a patrol car or the transit police standing outside a subway station. That hardly makes the USA a police state, but I can understand if I had to live in a dangerous part of town how the police there might act very differently and could always be on-edge and worried about violence. Over time, that constant worry might cause them to be just a little rougher with people they meet. I think of Israeli troops working a checkpoint and using completely arbitrary decisions to throw off anyone wishing harm. I haven't seen that in the USA.
Police state? Nope, but I can understand why people living around the world and seeing these headlines could believe that. Those a tiny, tiny, tiny, slices of life views and have very little to do with an average American experience.
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theFuDec. 04, 2014 - 01:22PM JST
That nobody speaks English.
That all toilets are fancy with multiple controls.
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theFuDec. 04, 2014 - 01:10PM JST
So - I've never seen a "Takata" store in the USA.
When dealing with the NTSB, providing the requested answers is the best policy. This company needs to hire an American PR firm quick if they don't want to be banned from selling anything inside the USA again.
Offering to do whatever the car makers wants is a good step, but passing the buck won't work with the NTSB. They need to show up, bring data, answer honestly (which seems to be culturally difficult for many Japanese IME) to the hearings.
That is how Ford, GM, and other companies survive these things - they stop stonewalling, take their lumps, perform the requested follow-up, pay the fines AND solve the root problem.
It isn't like Takata has stores all over the USA - so I don't really understand how a recall can work without the car makers being involved. The NTSB has to be reasonable about these things.
Americans are a highly mobile society, so not doing a nationwide recall just doesn't make sense. Vehicles sold in Detroit are often moved to Alabama, Florida, Texas ...
BTW, I have a 2001 Honda, but it doesn't use the Takata-made airbags. Just had some seat belt buckle warranty work done last month (free) at the dealership. That trivial replacement took over 3 hrs for some reason, even with an appointment. If it wasn't safety (my life and the life of my family) related, I probably would have just removed the stupid warning light rather than getting it fixed.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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theFuSep. 25, 2014 - 10:43PM JST
You had me at "miniskit-wearing doctor". ;)
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.
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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 ...
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