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    viking68

    hamln: to be clearer, time is a function of mass and speed.

    Mass itself bends space and time. So, the further out in space you are, the further you are from a mass, and the slower time for the passengers of your space craft compared to someone on earth.

    I could never get my head around how speed affects time, but the effects are so small and the energy so high to get to a speed where it would be noticeable, I never worried about it. Speed also affects mass, or momentum to be more precise. We don't really see any of these effects except probably in nuclear centrifuges that are very fast and increases in mass must be accounted for.

    Mass and time, however, is more of a common issue. For example, satellites are far enough away from the mass of earth that their time runs slower than on earth. It is small, but the relativistic effects must be taken into account.

    Needless to say, relativity (including time/space/mass) are heavily proven science. For that matter, so is quantum physics. Each new discovery is merely a refinement of already proven science.

    Posted in: Scientists glimpse Einstein's gravitational waves

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    Our universe is slowing down and that's why time is slowing down. In other words time was faster in the early universe than it is now. Expanting space causes red shift to the light, slowing time causes blue shift.

    Time is relative to mass.

    Red shift is only a doppler effect causing light waves to lengthen relative to movement away from us. Red light has a longer wave length than blue. Can't think of a reason that has to do with time. Have never heard of a blue shift since everything on a cosmic scale is moving away from everything else, unless you are looking at something much closer like the planets in our solar system.

    Posted in: Scientists glimpse Einstein's gravitational waves

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    viking68

    There are turtles standing on each other's backs all the way down.

    Well, 25 years in Japan does admit to weight causing things to fall. He's on to something.... But centuries late. But, me thinks he is trolling.

    What causes the weight? Mass + Gravity = Weight

    Gravity is one of the most proven sciences out there. It has been proven since Newton. All else has been refinement.

    Similar to the world not being flat, then round, then oval, then bulging at the center. The fact is the earth is not flat and each change in science does not make the original correct observation/theory correct, the earth is round (and not flat).

    Posted in: Scientists glimpse Einstein's gravitational waves

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    The movie celebrates a man who, as the title suggests, was unbroken.

    It is not about Japan. Japan is only one of the many things that the man had to overcome to survive.

    Posted in: Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan

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    What was accomplished with this arrest? Nothing.

    The dealers have already thrown their phones in the trash and moved to a new location.

    Money would be better spent on education and treatment of addiction. Enforcement is a losing game. Focus on the demand, not the supply. However, that would require admitting a problem exists, and Japan is not a nation known for admitting problems.

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    edojin: perhaps it is better that the police step in and try to take control of his life.

    That statement sounds wrong for so many reasons. The government or people who know better should take over a person's free will???

    edojin: I still remember the days when Japan was a drug-free country.

    This statement is also pretty shocking. Goes along with: I remember when there were only Japanese in Japan.

    Posted in: Former baseball star Kiyohara arrested over drug possession

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    viking68

    Is this supposed to be a Jedi Mind Trick?

    "China is your partner, China is not a threat."

    "China is your partner, China is not a threat."

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    viking68

    Every year, elderly people (in Japan and other developed countries) die in their home here because they don't realize how susceptible they are to heat stroke or hypothermia.

    In the U.S., city governments usually go out to check on the elderly to make sure they are not trying to live in an environment that could cause heat stroke or hypothermia, and they are offered shelter or ways to limit the risks.

    Older people in Japan tend to not want to use heaters or air conditioning. They see it as being strong and frugal. Of course, these ladies may also have been poor and trying to save money. Sad anyway you look at it.

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    A film made by a Mexican is a heavy favorite this year and has the most nominations. His film won best picture and director last year. What about that for diversity?

    Besides, boycotting the event will do little for their careers. History will remember the winners not those protesting.

    Posted in: Calls for boycott of Oscars grow over diversity of nominees

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    “Alaska, North Dakota, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming are all states that will experience some amount of economic or fiscal fallout as a result of sustained low oil prices,” said a statement from the rating service Standard & Poor’s."

    Interesting that it's generally the red states (Republican for non-Americans) that will suffer from lower oil prices. They have reaped the economic benefits in recent years and their politicians proclaimed the boom was due to their policies. I suspect now the blame for coming unemployment and deficits will shift not to oil fundamentals but to Washington and a president they love to hate.

    The oil producing states may suffer because the oil boom will limit the cash coming in, but states like Louisiana and the other states with oil refineries will still do well. They will hold onto the margins as much as possible to remain profitable. That is why there is always a lag in the pump prices. The oil refineries are still keeping their prices inflated with the excuse that they took losses while oil prices were so high.

    Airlines are doing the same. Maybe prices have come down, but the reductions are not as fast as the costs have come down.

    It is the classic ratchet effect, prices freely go one way (up), but they don't go the other way (down).

    Posted in: Benefits of cheap oil will come, but not soon

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    viking68

    The Republican agenda is simple:

    if Obama takes a position, take the exact opposite position.

    Do not offer alternatives or help, just try to destroy the position, with rhetoric if reasoning will not work.

    Last week it was the U.S. sailors who managed to get captured by Iran. Now that they are released, we hear nothing about it. What is it this week?? If nothing, go back to Obamacare (always a goody)? Or will they default back to Clinton's email server? Or a combination of both.

    Posted in: Iran prisoner swap puts Republicans in a tough spot

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    He has my respect.

    Posted in: Sean Penn: a Hollywood rebel with many causes

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    viking68

    The whole thing sounds fishy, but the actions of the prosecutors undermine the legal system.

    The prosecutors involved in not notifying the court and defense counsel of the tests should be disbarred or at a minimum sanctioned so that future abuses will require disbarment.

    Instead the prosecutors office called the ruling "deplorable" because it did not accept their arguments. Probably because there was evidence of the evidence being cooked by the prosecutors, which created reasonable doubt.

    In addition, what does "deal appropriately with the ruling" mean? Maybe a translation thing, but dealing with something is what is said when you have a problem that you want to go away.

    If I were the judge, I would hold the prosecutor in contempt, but Japanese courts do not have the power to rule someone was in contempt of court. At the least, the court should put additional burdens to test the procedures and evidence presented by the prosecutors.

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    Very good movie. I will try to watch it again.

    Yes, there is a lot of plot similarities with a new hope, and people are hanging their negative opinions based solely on this criticism. It doesn't detract from the movie. The cast is outstanding, the writing is great, and the film making is top of its game. Were their plot hole, probably, but who cares when the movie just works.

    It is new while incorporating a lot of what people liked about the originals. More Han Solo and Chewy, and less princess Lea & C3PO.

    Posted in: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' smashes box office record

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    viking68

    Congress will have to spend taxpayer dollars to insult China

    I don't know the details of the deal, but what does the word sell in your country mean? It certainly doesn't mean gift.

    Posted in: U.S. plans to sell warships to Taiwan

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    Blockbuster was the first to fall many years ago to Netflix and inexpensive DVDs. The networks are holding on to the same sinking ship.

    Apple is promising to sweep the networks up in the whole internet TV craze with the new AppleTV and a yet to come subscription service, but the networks are still holding out. Offering piecemeal TV like CBS will not work. People will not pay al a carte. If the networks wait too long to join an Apple type service, they will become as irrelevant as Blockbuster.

    Posted in: TV operators seek silver bullet to fight online rivals

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    viking68

    Whhhaaat?

    Russia isn't bombing ISIS and is instead bombing rebels fighting against the cruel and corrupt Assad government?

    Who would have expected that to happen?

    Posted in: U.S. urges Russians to focus airstrikes on Islamic State

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    viking68

    Hmm, lots of bluster, but no comments in response to Russia's Navy base in Tartus, Syria being the real goal.

    Russia is only interested in preserving Assad so that they can remain in Tartus.

    Russia doesn't want to target Al Qaeda or ISIS. They already have their hands full with Chechen terrorists and don't want new terrorists groups interested in attacking Russia.

    Posted in: Putin jockeying for deal with U.S. on Syria

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    viking68

    The problem is the U.S. has adopted a policy of indirect intervention after Bush stuck American soldiers in Iraq. Afghanistan was the correct battle after 9/11 because Al Qaeda was there, but Iraq was gratuitous and caused serious issues in Afghanistan by drawing needed troops and equipment.

    As a result of the problems Iraq caused, the U.S. has only played an outside role in the Arab Spring, and they have been doing the same in Syria. Russia learned that caution after their invasion of Afghanistan.

    Turkey should the principal player to keep Syria, IS and Al Qaeda in Syria in check since they share a border with Syria, but Turkey is more interested in waging a decades long war against the Kurds in Northern Iraq and Syria. If someone should act against Syria, IS or Al Qaeda in Syria, it should be Turkey.

    The U.S. is training Syrian rebels to battle IS, but it hasn't been very successful because: (1) vetting our radicals, war criminals, and people who only want to attack Assad eliminates over 90% of the candidates, (2) viable candidates don't always pass the training, (3) rebel commanders are inexperienced and have failed to protect those who finished the training or their families, (4) Al Qaeda and IS have used more sophisticated intelligence operations against the rebels. The rebels that have been trained are in daily contact with U.S. controllers, and they direct U.S. air strikes against Al Qaeda and IS.

    The comments that the U.S.is supporting Al Qaeda and IS is just absurd Russian propaganda.

    The Russians are only interested in their Mediterranean Navy base leased from the Assad regime. They are not interested in Al Qaeda or IS. They will only work to keep those rebels wanting to attack Assad in check to preserve the Assad regime, which keeps their Mediterranean base open. Russia wants to keep that navy base so bad that Russia will forcefully keep it (and point fingers to the U.S.' Guantanamo base as an incorrect justification) if the Assad regime fails.

    Posted in: Putin jockeying for deal with U.S. on Syria

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    viking68

    I find this story pretty amusing. Good on them to change the name. President McKinley did not deserve the honor of having a mountain named after him, especially since it already had a name....

    My only problem is that the name Mt. McKinley is ingrained in my brain and the name Denali is ingrained in my brain as a huge gas guzzling GMC SUV, the Yukon Denali.

    I'll need to think of the big GMC SUV as a mental crutch when thinking about the mountain.

    Posted in: White House says Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

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