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theFuFeb. 05, 2014 - 08:57AM JST
On the Earth, the climate changes. Always has, always will until the Sun expands and encompasses the orbit of Earth.
It was warmer during the Roman and Greek times than it is now. This is proven by ice cores from Greenland AND in the Andes Mtns of South America. It has been warming and cooler over the millions of years since the Moon was blasted away from it.
CO2 amounts are rising, but is that just correlation or is it causation? THAT is the real question. In the 1970s scientists though another ice age was about to happen and more CO2 was suggested as a way to get higher productivity from farming. Humans are certainly responsible for much of the CO2 released, but there are other huge CO2 factories on Earth too - volcanoes as an example.
Any climate scientist will tell you that 30 yrs of "trend data" for climate studies means NOTHING. They need a few hundreds years of data before making a bold statement such as "global warming." We need 180 more years before "blobal warming" can be declared based on science. At this point it is an unproven theory that may or may not turn out to be fact.
Posted in: Global warming: Fact or fiction?
theFuFeb. 05, 2014 - 03:47AM JST
Why admit anything now?
Posted in: Do you think there are Japanese abductees still alive in North Korea? If yes, why do you think the North Korean government hasn't let them go?
theFuFeb. 05, 2014 - 03:46AM JST
Rushed home to catch the kick-off, but missed it by less than a minute. Fell asleep by the 3rd set of commercials ---- about 10 minutes into the game? Seems I didn't miss anything. The DVR recorded the game, but I haven't bothered to watch that.
The last few years, my friends scheduled business meetings during the superbowl by accident and didn't notice it. We aren't pro football fans. The last time I recall watching the entire game live was during a trip to Asia - in Hong Kong and got reservations at an expat bar with 80% Britts and 1 really, really, really obnoxious American from New York. Fun time even though I didn't know who was playing then either.
Not all Americans love sports and certainly not Pro football. College sports are more to my liking.
Posted in: Super Bowl most-watched TV event in U.S. history
theFuJan. 31, 2014 - 05:07AM JST
I am not German by citizenship, just ancetry, but they definitely appear to agree with my feelings and the US Constitution about spying (4th amendment is clear on this). The USA government has lost their way. I only hope my elected representatives are willing to hear the wisdom of these words.
Perhaps she will call VP Joe Biden to get the communications flowing? You know, like Vice Pres Biden did to Japan's PM Abe?
Posted in: Merkel rebukes U.S., Britain over surveillance
theFuJan. 30, 2014 - 09:56PM JST
Japan’s prime minister decided to visit a shrine in Japan and people outside the country care?
Every country has dead people, some with questionable histories. Paying respect towards the dead seems like a pretty common thing.
Has Joe Biden never visited the Vietnam or Korean War memorials in Washington? Seems that both those counties might not appreciate those places too.
Posted in: Biden spent hour on phone asking Abe not to visit Yasukuni shrine
theFuJan. 30, 2014 - 06:06AM JST
Nice attempt at a redirect from what the rest of the country AND world is discussing. Nice try.
Clearly stealing a page from President Bush, President Clinton, well.... every politician who came before.
Odd, but I miss the days of President Clinton taking a poll about every decision before he made them. President Obama doesn't appear to care how unpopular his programs are. Short of impeachment, we are stuck until 2016.
To be clear, President Bush needed to be impeached too, then brought up on charges against humanity for starting two needless wars when 20 covert teams with unlimited funding should have been used instead.
Posted in: Obama challenges U.S. Congress on inequality in State of the Union address
theFuJan. 16, 2014 - 11:00PM JST
Weather is a factor for all contests and has been throughout history. I don't see this as any different.
Being "the best on any given day" is what these contests are about. The competitors know when and where the contests will occur months if not years in advance. They can train for it, if they like.
If the contest is about "the best performance" - why don't we allow every athlete to "phone it in" from their home gym? For contests with racing, seems like that would be the way to get the best performance to me. Clearly, this is a crazy statement, I'm just trying to make a point.
The best, at the location, on the date, in whatever weather - THAT is the goal of these contests.
Posted in: What do you think about sporting events being held in extreme heat? Tennis players are suffering at the Australian Open, the debate continues over whether to shift the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from summer to winter; and even Tokyo's decision to hold the 2020 Olympics from July 24 to Aug 9 is being criticized.
theFuDec. 22, 2013 - 10:04AM JST
New headline - UFO Attacks Tokyo Tower!
After all, it was unidentified.
Posted in: Elevator to Tokyo Tower’s upper observatory deck reopens after September trouble
theFuDec. 22, 2013 - 12:24AM JST
Mr. Snowden is a P-A-T-R-I-O-T, just like John Hancock, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and all the other framers of the US Constitution. He is risking his life over doing what he believes is right, just like they did 200+ yrs ago. He is doing more good for the world than almost anyone else I can think of in the last 10 yrs.
Is there unnecessary damage? Probably.
Could he have affected change any other way
- perhaps by reporting up his management chain? Probably not.
- leaking to selected reporting outlets, while keeping himself anonymous? Probably not.
- did he need to become identified? Probably. It was a matter of personal safety. If he tried to stay hidden, eventually, he would have been discovered in a hotel room with a bullet in his brain. Of this I am positive.
President Obama is a liar, but so were every other President of the USA for the last 100 years, at least. President Bush wasn't any better, that is certain.
If every US Citizen took the time to read the US-Constitution and 1st 10 Amendments annually, I don't think we would be in this situation. These are fairly short - perhaps 30 minutes total to read them all AND comprehend them. Wikipedia has copies. Pay careful attention to the 4th Amendment, please. It is only 4 lines long. I think that is why Mr. Snowden felt he needed to leak all these documents - his agency was systematically violating the 4th amendment to the US Constitution. That's big stuff folks.
Spying on US Citizens without a warrant is clearly against the US Constitution. Spying on other people around the world ... well, that is a completely different question. It is clearly bad for US businesses, but I think that every other country does something similar, just not with the same levels of expertise. Should we be buying made-in-China network equipment? Probably not.
I should say that I've held a DoD clearance where I couldn't talk to my boss about my job. My annual performance reviews were a joke. He would say that the client was happy, tell me I'd gotten the highest rating in the group and that was all he could say, then hand me a 3% pay raise with 50% of that coming as cash added to my next paycheck.
Fortunately, I never had any moral complaints about the secrecy involved. Did think long and hard about whether I could spill any secret information as part of our mandatory, annual, ethics training. I couldn't, at least not on purpose or through any deliberate action or inaction; not in my character.
Did Mr. Snowden harm data gathering around the world? Yep. No doubt. Should that data have been gathered in the first place? I don't know. I do KNOW that the data gathered inside the USA is unconstitutional, it will just take a little more time for the Supreme Court to agree with me. They've gotten that ruling wrong previously, but those are smart people and will overturn that ruling in the future, I'm positive. I have faith.
Posted in: Obama says Snowden leaks caused 'unnecessary damage'
theFuDec. 21, 2013 - 12:30AM JST
Whatever happened to having only the cash you need on you for the day and burying everything else in a money belt?
I've never been pick-pocketed in the USA, but when I'm in crowds (especially subways), we play finger the thief to keep our guard up. They are really easy to spot. You know, these are the people who were waiting for a train when you arrive, get on with you, you stare them in the eye, they get off at the next station which doesn't have any connecting tracks and you see them waiting at the stop for their next victim as the train pulls away. If I see 1, there is almost always another - he got on the same train, just through a different door.
A well-traveled friend was pick-pocketed 3 times in 2 days in Barcelona for almost $2000 in losses (2 unlocked, hi-end, smartphones and cash). His credit cards were not used at all. The smartphones disappeared for a few months, then were seen on a cellular network in central Africa.
I keep everything on one side of my body, in the front pocket, the other side and back have nothing of value. Plus my $30 black plastic watch screams "POOR!" ... though I travel for fun 8 weeks annually.
Japanese travelers need to be extra careful when abroad. Folks around the world are generally nice, but there are a few bad apples everywhere.
Posted in: Anna Umemiya victim of pickpocket in New York
theFuDec. 19, 2013 - 07:30AM JST
@zaldaus - if any US official or visitor violates local laws while in a different country, I expect they will be caught, tried and punished as a local is. Anything less is dishonest according to my "sense of fair play", which is central to the American culture. Publicly inciting people to riot, if a crime, should be cause for arrest.
@prvcalgary: The work was performed long-term in the USA, that means USA laws are in-force. If she flew over for 1 or 2 weeks to work, then a contract from India may have more relevance, but not for a long-term employment agreement where the work was performed inside the USA. The USA minimum wage is a law and must be followed. It is impossible to live on minimum wage in NYC. We have all that indoor plumbing, potable water and that costs money.
Cavity searches are part of the USA. Nobody likes it, but since contraband does get into prison using human cavities, the searches must continue. Knives, cellphones, smartphones, shivs, and drugs are all commonly hidden. It wouldn't be "fair" if only certain people being held for trial were searched. Everyone needs to be searched equally. Modesty doesn't matter. Being from India doesn't matter. Sorry. These rules are put there to protect everyone in holding from each other. The US Supreme Court has ruled that strip searches are constitutional http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-04-02/politics/35453183_1_strip-searches-minor-offenses-jail-population so there is no help that way.
What a representative from India in India says has no relevancy to this. It is political posturing. All of this could have been avoided by following US labour laws.
Heck, the only way I would think that even the President of the USA has any relevancy to this is if he grants her an official Presidential Pardon. Short of that, her case needs to be handled just like every other similar case. Please understand that we like to believe the USA is founded on the "government of laws, not men." http://reason.com/archives/2009/01/05/the-rule-of-law-not-the-rule-o No special treatment based on station in life is central to our cultural beliefs. That may seem foreign to people from some countries and there are definitely exceptions that happen in the USA for well connected people. To an average American, we find well-connected people getting special treatment highly offensive. I've wanted to see 3 Presidents taken away in handcuffs and charged with violating many, many different federal and international laws, tried, and if found guilty, sent to prison for the rest of their lives. Nobody is above the law.
Posted in: India outraged after female diplomat arrested, strip-searched in New York
theFuDec. 18, 2013 - 11:13PM JST
Instead of arresting her, they should have simply ejected her from the USA.
I doubt the jailers had any consideration of "diplomatic immunity." They were just following standard procedures for NYC where they cannot assume any person brought into the population isn't "keestering" contraband.
In a smaller town, this sort of search would not have been performed since she would not have been mixed with other people.
So, did they find anything in their search?
She has caused embarrassment to India by violating US law while on a foreign mission, but we don't know if that is true or not. I can't wait to see the results of the court case. Of course, she will probably leave the USA to avoid charges and "doin' time."
To be clear, this treatment was just normal in-processing at a large institution for criminals. It had nothing to do with her charges. Special treatment should not have been expected. Human trafficking is a serious crime in the USA.
When I visit foreign countries, I read up on laws that I'm likely to violate. I know not to spit in Singapore and not to talk negatively about the King of Thailand when I'm visiting those countries. I wonder if this woman did the same before coming to the USA? Based on the falsified documents, it seems she definitely knew she was systematically violating US law. This was not a simple mistake. Corruption by a public official is one of the worst crimes in our culture.
I have no sympathy for her.
theFuDec. 16, 2013 - 03:20PM JST
Bad Santa - just re-watched this and laughed at all the stupid jokes and crotch hits even though I knew they would happen.
The most recent Two And a Half Men Xmas episode was funny too, I am embarrassed to say.
Christmas Vacation - "last year we didn't get sqwat"
The Christmas music Argyle played in Die Hard is memorable still too.
Posted in: What are your five favorite Christmas-themed movies or TV shows?
theFuDec. 14, 2013 - 12:08AM JST
a) If the use of any device is deemed "aircraft safe", then there shouldn't be any laws against it.
b) Airlines should set and enforce rules based on their business models.
I can see where AL-1 would allow unlimited talk and AL-2 would prevent it. The market will decide which works. Or perhaps a "talking seat" area would be sold for a 50% added cost? I'd be flying AL-2 (btw).
OTOH, if the charges for using a cell phone were at airphone costs ($10/min?), then perhaps it should be allowed by the airlines? Or perhaps a graduated scale for pricing? 1 min is free, 2 min is $10, 3rd min is $50 and just add a zero for every additional minute of total use on a flight? I could live with that.
Regardless of the outcome, there doesn't need to be a law preventing talkers, provided that thorough testing shows it is safe.
Posted in: U.S. moves ahead on plan to allow mobile phone use in planes
theFuNov. 02, 2013 - 06:33AM JST
The first time I read Ender's Game, it was fantastic.
Each re-read has revealed subtle items that I've missed. I hope the movie does it justice.
The other titles in the Enderverse are good too.
If LOTR gets 3 movies, this series should easily.
Oh ... and please don't ruin the ending for people who don't already know it. I loved The Sixth Sense for that reason.
And the plot for this movie is nothing like Hunger Games. Nothing at all.
Posted in: 'Ender's Game' explores complexity of youth, isolation and warfare
theFuOct. 28, 2013 - 10:17PM JST
I am not married to a Japanese wife ... nothing for/against that.
On my first trip to Japan, I was trying to be very considerate and dropped back to the teachings from Mom on being polite.
Got into a half full elevator of women ... when the door opened at our floor, I moved to let them out first. They knew I needed to get out too, so they waited.
The doors closed - nobody left.
Posted in: Japanese women list their foreign husbands’ odd behavior
theFuSep. 24, 2013 - 08:42AM JST
In America, technologically savvy people pirate using RSS feeds and overseas torrent hosts. Making illegal copies is easier than paying for cableTV ($$$), lets us have access to the content on any device ... laptop, smartphone, tablet, HTPC and higher quality than paying a service. Plus downloading a HiDef movie is about 70% smaller than streaming it and it is possible to keep a copy forever.
Why so much smaller? No commercials (those are removed) and better compression. Commercials are about 40% of the storage for any TV recording. I was shocked to learn that.
*Of course, I don't know anything about this first hand.
The only downside is almost all ISPs in the USA have data caps (150G-250G/month) which will easily be surpassed if HiDef streaming daily. Working from home and running into the datacap sucks, it means going into work the last week of the month. I use Amazon streaming and free hulu to stream stuff and have an OTA antenna to get about 70 local TV channels. More content than we can watch, but I do miss some shows only on cable like Pretty Little Liars - a guilty pleasure. I know that the data network provider can figure out if I'm illegally copying content by the sort of traffic.
Notice that I don't call any of this piracy or stealing - those terms imply that someone else cannot make use of the asset. A small, but important difference. If someone makes an illegal copy, they haven't prevented anyone else from buying the content or stopped the license holders from making 1,000,000 more copies to sell.
The copyright holders have been overly successful in getting copyrights extended. The goal is to allow creators to make a profit, but not to keep the material out of the public domain indefinitely. That harms societies and prevents new ideas and new creations. Derivative works were expected when copyright laws were originally created. Disney has been leading this and abusing the system, IMHO. But that is a different comment for a different article.
Posted in: World watches American TV, not always legally
theFuSep. 18, 2013 - 11:05AM JST
I don't know the laws of France, but protection of personal property seems like a reasonable use of force to me. Whether deadly force was too much or not, I cannot say based on the article. If the shopkeeper was beaten, perhaps.
Owning an illegal firearm definitely needs to be charged, in a completely separate case.
The use may have been justified.
Posted in: Uproar as French jeweler charged for killing thief
theFuSep. 18, 2013 - 10:49AM JST
Religious freedom is critical.
Public safety is a concern too, so operating a motor vehicle should require unobstructed views.
The fact that a hidden face is disconcerting to many in the "western world" doesn't seem to matter. I'm willing to be uncomfortable, provided it is for someone elses' religious freedom. That doesn't mean I have to like it, but certain principles matter more than my comfort. I find it off-putting and suspicious - like they are hiding something. Cultural difference is all it is.
I've asked Muslim women about hiding their faces, explained how it made me feel. They find it empowering. That shocked me, but it lets them go out into the world without fixing more than their eye makeup. No need to worry about full-face makeup or a hairstyle if the day is busy. Clearly, this was a small sample poll.
Posted in: Britain faces up to Muslim veil ban debate
theFuSep. 14, 2013 - 07:04AM JST
All over the world, there are rules that are different from what we see at home. As a visitor to a different country, I expect to follow the normal rules, even if I think they are dumb, foolish, anti-religious or too religious. There is an entire history and/or cultural reason for most of them. I'll be leaving in a few weeks or months anyway.
Learning to understand some of the new-to-me rules is fun!
OTOH, if I don't agree with a rule in my own country, I can and should work to get those changed.
Posted in: Hokkaido onsen bars Maori woman over her face tattoos
Mar. 12, 2014 - 07:29PM JST
Nessie, please read Kurumazaka's post. We're talking about the father of the japanese hornet, the Asian…
Posted in: Asian hornets seen for first time in Japan
Mar. 12, 2014 - 07:25PM JST
Round it up, and it's the same as the tax increase. They should have gotten Bob…
Posted in: Stocks close 2.59% lower
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Was there also freshly sprayed lousy grafitti? All indicators are pointing to Bieber's entourage...
Posted in: Homeless men pelted with eggs by youth gang in Matsuyama
Mar. 12, 2014 - 07:19PM JST
Knox is spot on. Only a few have the gift to see reality as such. Knox,…
Posted in: How come Japanese couples don't say "I love you" to each other as often as their Western counterparts?
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I guess my (ex) Japanese husband believed in the expression "When in Rome, do as Rome…