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    albaleo

    Single payer is Socialism on steroids. How is that a win for the people? America has a $20 trillion national debt. Be real will you!

    Socialism of a kind, I guess. But is it any different from publicly provided education or even police forces? Hardly steroids. A healthy workforce benefits companies too. As for being real, take a look around at developed countries that have single payer (or single provider) systems. They spend a lot less of their GDP on healthcare, and have better overall health.

    Posted in: Blaming conservatives, Trump signals new openness to Democrats

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    albaleo

    It's a fundamental human trait that it's difficult to pronounce, or even properly identify, phonemes that are not in our native languages.

    True, but I'd argue that correct pronunciation of phonemes is not the biggest obstacle to reasonable English pronunciation for Japanese. (After all, we happily accept the heavily accented English spoken by Europeans and Brummies.) I think two more important elements are the stress-timing and the blending of words. Both can taught and learned to some degree. Using nursery rhymes to illustrate stress timing can be fun. (Hickory Dickory Dock, etc. ) Illustrating that "at eight o'clock' is really said as "ə tay tə clock" can be an eye opener for many students. With a bit of coaching, you can point your students to some written text (e.g. "the valve is very hot") and ask them to speak it "correctly" without hearing it spoken first. They'll soon be sounding like true Scotsmen. :-)

    Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English?

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    albaleo

    @CrazyJoe

    Always. Love-- the Yanks

    Thanks and appreciated. I hear one of the victims was an American tourist. I feel for his family. Love to you guys too.

    Posted in: 5 dead, 40 injured in attack at British Parliament

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    albaleo

    If it happens in Baghdad AP calls it terrorist attacks.

    I just looked at a few AP reports on bombings in Baghdad and the word "terrorist" was not used. In general, reference was made to named groups (e.g. ISIS). Not so different from this article. Although I'm still not sure of the difference between rebels and insurgents.

    Posted in: Syrian troops respond as rebels renew attack on Damascus

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    albaleo

    Acts of terrorism will remain just that. But would it have been worse if it was not for the likes of Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams and their control on the Republican side? We'll probably never know. Things are better now for most. If he contributed to that then I thank him.

    Posted in: Martin McGuinness, Irish rebel turned politician, dies at 66

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    albaleo

    @Goals0

    in 1991 there were 693,050 special permanent residents ... In 2016 there were just 338,950 Many have taken Japanese nationality.

    But from that group of special permanent residents, many have probably died just due to age. (Their children may have taken Japanese nationality.)

    My memory is a bit vague on this, but when my daughter was born in 1984 (just prior to the big family law change), I think she was given special permanent residence. It may not have been "special" but she was given a permanent residence status on a simple card with no photo. She obtained Japanese nationality within a few months of birth, and I'd largely forgotten her temporary status at the time. Does anyone else remember that situation?

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    albaleo

    Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level.

    That will be from a report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Their report makes a lot of assumptions, and should probably be checked carefully. But the gist is that illegal immigrants add costs in the form of public education and medical care and contribute relatively little in tax revenues. I don't think anyone would be surprised by that, especially in light of M3M3M3's comments about how easy it is to live in the USA once you have entered.

    What the report doesn't cover is the role played by this section of the population in the economy. Low-wages mean lower costs. Presumably someone is benefitting from that. In any economy, the poor (whether illegally there or not) generally receive public benefits disproportionate to the tax contributions they make. But thinking that simple removing the poor will remove the costs while the benefits will magically remain is wishful thinking.

    Posted in: Trump wants to build 30-foot-high wall at Mexican border

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    albaleo

    NATO spending is $918 billion with the US $664 billion, UK $60 billion, France $44 billion and Germany $41 billion.

    These figures can be difficult to assess. I think these amounts refer to total military spending by NATO member countries (please correct me if I'm wrong). But what part of that spending is really a contribution to NATO concerns? For example, is the UK's defense of the Falkland Islands a NATO matter? Likewise US spending in Asia. What about all countries' involvement in the Middle East?

    Posted in: Trump says U.S. must be paid more to defend Germany

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    albaleo

    this is terminology from the time of the attacks, not to mention historical evidence

    That's true, and it shouldn't be removed from historical records. But to display it in such a public way in these times is out of order.

    Posted in: Pearl Harbor mural canceled over concerns about headline

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    albaleo

    Quite disturbing for anyone in Japan who consumes fish processed here

    It's not in use yet, so not a huge danger right now. But I think the main fear is not of fish becoming contaminated but for those working at the site who will breath the air.

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    albaleo

    The national police official said there was no immediate sign of any link between the Orly incident and the Stains shooting.

    That may have been updated. Other reports quote police sources as saying it was the same man.

    Posted in: Man killed at Paris airport had criminal past, flagged for radicalism

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    albaleo

    EU imports far more UK goods than the UK imports from the EU

    Is that right? I read that in 2015, UK exports to the rest of the EU were £220 billion, while imports from the rest of the EU came to £290 billion.

    Posted in: Toyota to invest in UK plant despite Brexit uncertainty

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    albaleo

    At risk of lowering the tone again, but sometimes the satire rings more truthful:

    http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/international/he-spouts-exactly-the-same-bollocks-in-private-gchq-confirms-20170317124290

    Posted in: White House says Trump stands by claim Obama wiretapped him

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    albaleo

    I see he's now blaming GCHQ in my country for the wire tapping.

    The GCHQ response was "nonsense, utterly ridiculous and should be ignored". That's three denials in one sentence which, for we cynics, is generally taken as confirmation. :-)

    Posted in: White House says Trump stands by claim Obama wiretapped him

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    albaleo

    10 other victims probably mean the kids with shrapnel in them.

    Other reports suggest these were minor injuries sustained while escaping, but it's not very clear.

    Posted in: 4 shot, 10 hurt in French school shooting; student arrested

  • 0

    albaleo

    Bull Durham, Fitzcarraldo, Mash, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, The Life Of Brian

    (perhaps showing my age)

    Posted in: What are some of your favorite feel-good movies or films that have inspired you to do something positive?

  • 1

    albaleo

    and those travelling north and south in Ireland will once again pass via a border without the free movement of pigs and other goods

    I'm not sure there was ever a border that restricted free movement, whether of people or other smelly beasts, except for those military road blocks during those times we don't like to talk about. This could be a first.

    Posted in: Brexit explained: What's next on the UK's road out of the EU

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    albaleo

    Interesting post, M3M3M3

    Clearly, the judiciary's proper role is to judge the law. They cannot start judging the mind of the lawmaker.

    The judge clearly disagrees, and quoted from another case:

    The Court recognizes that “purpose needs to be taken seriously under the Establishment Clause and needs to be understood in light of context; an implausible claim that governmental purpose has changed should not carry the day in a court of law any more than in a head with common sense."

    He seems to be saying that it's not enough just to paper over the flaws in the previous order.

    Posted in: Federal judge in Hawaii puts Trump travel ban on hold

  • 0

    albaleo

    I share clamenza's discomfort.

    But as they say, the morals that we worship are all gone, or something like that.

    Posted in: The Who to play Vegas residency as final tour ends

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    albaleo

    but they are REFUSING to release the brand name

    Whose "they", and in what sense are they refusing?

    Posted in: Headphone batteries explode on flight to Australia

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