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    gonemad

    Fortunately, no one in our family watches prime-time TV nonsense any more. That said, there is no restriction in any form regarding the media consumption of our daughter. It doesn't mean we don't care, we do keep an eye on what she watches. The important point is that she can always talk to us when she gets into contact with disturbing (not only violent) content. When you put up barriers, children will try to circumvent them just out of curiosity, but as a result they will not be able to talk their parents easily, because they first have to admit they broke the rules. Leaving our children alone digesting excessive violence (both physical and mental, btw!) is one of the worst failures we can commit in education.

    Last but not least, many programs aimed at children are incredibly violent as well, albeit typically in a less striking form. It's important to talk about this violence as well.

    Posted in: What's your view on violence in prime-time TV shows? Do you try and restrict what your young children watch?

  • 1

    gonemad

    “Supposedly we all want the same goal. I’ve heard that again and again,” a visibly angry Kerry told the council. “Everybody sits there and says we want a united Syria, secular, respecting the rights of all people, in which the people of Syria can choose their leadership.

    How can he say this when it doesn't even reflect the position of the US, let alone it's allies?

    Posted in: U.S., Russia abandon diplomatic niceties in testy Syria debate

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    gonemad

    They had also agreed to keep the nuclear fuel cycle intact and would set up a committee to decide a policy for future fast-breeder development by the end of the year.

    Seems you guys haven't read this line. There's your next trillions going...

    Posted in: Japan likely to scrap Monju fast-breeder nuclear reactor

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    gonemad

    From where are they generating money?

    @Schopenhauer, this money is from decades of surpluses in the balance of trade. Japanese politicians like to boast about the huge surpluses, but all this money has to be invested into foreign assets or given as a credit to foreign entities. The sum of trade surpluses or deficits of all countries is zero. So when you have countries with an (almost) permanent surplus, there must be others with a permanent deficit, which at some point will default on their loans. This is what happened here, just that Japans spares Cuba the loss of face.

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    gonemad

    but are young ready to vote?

    Why don't you ask the same question when it comes to older people?

    Posted in: Japan lowers voting age, but are young ready to vote?

  • 0

    gonemad

    Yamato and his sister should be taken away from the parents immediately, as they almost killed him.

    We have now read about this case daily for two weeks. The parents have gone too far, that's sure. But abuse is still another category and from what I have read so far I don't feel in the position to judge it. There are a lot of important details missing which make the fine line between a (terrible) mistake and abuse. The fact that the boy almost got killed as a consequence is not relevant per se. But even if come to the conclusion that this case actually constitutes abuse, it doesn't mean that the children should be taken away from their parents. That would probably place a much higher psychological burden on them than what has happened so far. What we have to judge against is the danger of a repeated abuse in future. I'm glad that this difficult decision is not with a self-righteous crowd in the net lusting for vengeance at any cost.

    How often do we have to read about this, parents locking their kids in plastic containers, leaving them at pachinko parlors, or in cars while they go into said parlors, tying them to trees, putting cigarettes out on them, etc., before something effective is done?

    The mere fact that I don't remember ever having read any of this shows me that you're heavily exaggerating. For what purpose?

    Posted in: Abandoned boy reflects Japan's attitude on discipline, abuse

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    gonemad

    “They might buy one piece; if it’s very special, it’s very valuable, has a memory of a trip somewhere,” Quinlan said.

    And this won't happen when you sell the same boring stuff everywhere.

    Posted in: Luxury brands struggle to attract Internet generation

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    gonemad

    Yes, Abe should visit Pearl Harbour, but only after going to Nanjing.

    Posted in: Do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should visit Pearl Harbor to reciprocate for President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Hiroshima?

  • 0

    gonemad

    Sure Trump will change - be forced to change. But there are certain character traits which you cannot (easily) dispose of. When you want to see what a thin-skinned person craving for recognition will do for the country, just look at Turkey and the disaster Erdogan is creating there.

    Posted in: How do you think a President Trump would differ from candidate Trump?

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    gonemad

    As others have mentioned, Japan's productivity is already quite low when compared to other western countries. With an increase of only 15% (not 13%) in 29 years, which is less than 0.5% increase per year, Japan would be left behind in the dust. Actually, much higher increases in productivity are required if Japan wants to keep up with the rest of the world. Japan has much bigger problems than the population decline.

    Posted in: By 2045, there will be 13% fewer workers per person in Japan. That means each worker would need to produce 13% more in terms of economic value to offset the decline and maintain current living standards.

  • 1

    gonemad

    If torture is part of the price you pay for targeting our law abiding communities with terror

    @Akula, how come you don't see the inherent contradiction?

    Posted in: Do you support torture as an interrogation method if the objective is to prevent a terrorist attack or capture criminals?

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    gonemad

    Takata acknowledged the concealment but told the Journal that the instances were not related to the airbag explosions.

    Then what else do you hide?

    Posted in: U.S. Takata employees warned of airbag issues: report

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    gonemad

    the quality of fruits shipped from the prefecture is “fully vouched for.”

    What does this mean specifically?

    @Heda_Madness

    Even the farmers said they did not eat the rice** in 2013.**

    137Cs has a half life of 30 years, so the radiation level is practically the same today.

    But as you know things have changed a lot since then and now rice from Fukushima is below the acceptable Japanese levels (well below European acceptable levels).

    What exactly has changed since 2013?

    That said, I still agree with you that most of the food produced in Fukushima should be safe. It's a matter of control and trust in the controls. Just some oyaji politicians munching Fukushima food in front of a TV camera doesn't help to inspire trust...

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    gonemad

    @Illyas, politics is a completely different matter than business and the fact that somebody is attacked from his political foes doesn't mean much if anything. Apart from that, I'm not familiar enough with the details of Trump's career so that I don't want to comment on this particular case. At least he's still successful with his other companies.

    Posted in: Why Europe isn't creating any Googles or Facebooks

  • 1

    gonemad

    How come that I already knew the main suspects before reading the article? I think it's time to apply the laws against organized crime, finally.

    Posted in: Swiss authorities probing seven banks for metals price fixing

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    gonemad

    I'd like to add one cultural item to the list, which from my point of view has a big impact: it's the way how society deals with failure. When you start your own company and it fails (which is not rare), in most parts of Europe or Japan you would have a really hard time to find employment again or the capital to start yet another company. Your career is burnt. In contrast, in the US, both companies and venture funds appreciate your experience. Your start-up may have failed, but you still learned a lot of valuable things. It just depends on yourself to get on your feet again.

    Posted in: Why Europe isn't creating any Googles or Facebooks

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    gonemad

    It would have been interesting to get a statistic on how many of those attacks were specifically directed at the local governments versus all the random attacks which all of us are subjected to on a daily basis and which just happened to find a victim in some of their systems.

    Regarding the IT capabilities of public institutions, well, I would be the last one to disagree that there is a lot of ineptitude. But let's not get presumptuous. I have worked in high-tech companies where every single employee except the support staff had a good education and regular update training about IT security. Yet there was always someone to commit even the most stupid mistakes. Almost every day you can read that some IT security company has been hacked - shouldn't they at least know what they're doing and protect themselves? IT manufacturers, even the most renowned market leaders, regularly build incredible flaws into their products. So, when even the tech-savvy can't properly handle IT security, what can you expect from those who still have other jobs to do? How much does it help in this context that always the lowest tender gets awarded for public contracts?

    To put it clear: I think infected systems are the norm rather than the exception these days. For the next couple of years, we will continue to read news like this in ever increasing numbers from all places on the globe.

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    gonemad

    To me, anyway, what the teen put together looked a lot like a bomb

    No personal offense, but that's what happens when people get their knowledge primarily through TV series and Hollywood films. Big red LED display + wires = bomb. I just wonder what will happen next. Will buyers of cheap LED clocks automatically be put on terrorist watch lists?

    Posted in: American Muslims fear a new wave of Islamophobia

  • 3

    gonemad

    Children don't need censorship. They need parents which care and which they can talk to.

    Posted in: We need to make more efforts to inform parents about using filtering functions to restrict access to harmful websites.

  • 3

    gonemad

    Don't get fooled by the word "secondary". It indicates that the water circulation is separated from the primary cycle, but both have to work in order to cool the reactor. Corrosive salt water in the secondary cycle is a serious issue with regard to long term reliability.

    Posted in: Sendai reactor power ramp-up halted due to pump problem

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