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Old 2010-12-24, 04:00   Link #10881
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Anyway here's a new supercar....from Russia!

Russian supercar challenges Ferrari and Lamborghini


My God, look at that beauty! Oh how i wish i would like to drive one of those.
I really like that a lot. I'm hard to please when it comes to supercar looks too, so that says a lot.
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Old 2010-12-24, 10:03   Link #10882
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I assume you're refering to the legislation, which actually, is how legislation in Tokyo has been like since Ishihara.



Really? Can we have the titles of the books?
Its pretty easy to Google (o.O) but the main one often quoted is:
Season of the Sun (太陽の季節) which has been adapted to live-action.
It was extremely controversial at the time (1950s) and there were attempts to ban it.

His entire bibliography:
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No, actually, it's the Japanese central government in Nagatacho (as opposed to the metropolitan government in Shinjuku) which refused to fund it this year as bureaucrats were practically running EVERYTHING.
welllll, that isn't the official explanation given in the news article I read. It basically said, "there wasn't enough support" ... which I suppose could be read both ways. When 10 or more of the largest publishers pull out, leaving gaping holes in the fair, one might expect a cancellation of the fair simply to save face.
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Old 2010-12-25, 06:42   Link #10883
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Flights cancelled in Paris, more snow delays in Europe
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle1849188/
It's been how many consecutive day than europe's transport is been problematic because of the snow ?
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Old 2010-12-25, 08:15   Link #10884
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Eh. It's a change from problems due to strikes. Kinda reminds me of the volcano thing - everyone gets it, instead of just us French.
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Old 2010-12-25, 08:24   Link #10885
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http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news...113_78508.html

At least the PRC did not go all out this time. I mean, they seriously did not have any dubious reasons to even think of doing what they did with Senkaku.


Of course, that did not stop a certain PRC official newspaper from blasting ROK for the rightful military drills that has been conducted recently: http://english.donga.com/srv/service...=2010122404878
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Old 2010-12-25, 11:36   Link #10886
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I was in a homeless shelter recently with my daughters and neighbors serving a hot meal to some folks who didn’t have a roof over their heads.

They smiled gratefully and thanked us as they sampled my pasta recipe and other dishes. This was a frozen moment when I had to ponder the investment one makes not in stocks, bonds and funds, but life itself.

My friend Mitch Anthony, speaker and author of “the Bean is Not Green,” always has great insights on this process. He says we need to take stock of our “return on life (ROL).”

Return on life is about measuring what’s important to you in non-tangible terms. A warm place to sleep. A job. Health insurance. A decent meal with people you love.

To evaluate your return on life, you literally have to stop thinking about money. Just stop. Look at what you have and what you can give. What do you value?

“Everyone has a unique set of values,” Mitch tells me. “We have a vision of life. What adds to or subtracts from it? What are our responsibilities to others?”

To gauge ROL, we need to know how much and how often we value certain things. Are we spending too much time at work or worrying about it at home? Do the things that matter most occupy the least amount of our daily existence? What have we put in the backs of drawers that need to be revealed?

In order for us to have this self-conversation, we need to throw out some ideas that have dominated the financial arena and poisoned our lives.

Forget about forecasts.
Nobody has a decent crystal ball, especially after 2008. The world is moving too fast. You can’t plan your life around a business channel. What are your needs? How can you best address them with current resources and time?

Stop focusing on performance.
So you didn’t get a raise or bonus this year. Did you achieve what you set out to do? Are you getting closer to your goals? Life isn’t a steady upward curve. It really looks more like the stock market, which is a jagged line.

Forget about timing.
Some people can plan careers and they are defined by certain milestones: Becoming a manager or partner, getting the big raise, retiring. Life going forward won’t be that simple. We will gradually retire or work into our ninth decades. We will un-retire and pursue different careers. Work isn’t what it used to be.

The one thing we shouldn’t embrace is regret, that indisputable anxiety that we’ve not gotten the best return on life. Or to quote Stephen Sondheim from A Little Night Music: “Isn’t it rich/Isn’t it queer?/Losing my timing/this late in my career?”

The best ROL leaves us with no residue of remorse. It flows organically, like an idea whose time has come. You won’t find it jumping out at you from the business headlines or a blog.

How do you know you’re making a good life investment? You can feel it in your gut, your neck and your heart. I’m not talking about a mutual fund or bond that may or may not pay you back. I’m talking guarantees with the full faith and credit of what makes you tick.

For some, it may be learning piano or a new language. For others, it may be volunteer work or a trip to Antarctica.

I can tell you I’m finding immense pleasure just cooking for my family and others, taking that daily walk and breathing deeply. I can’t value any of these things in monetary terms, but they have value beyond words. I can measure them in warm smiles.

Most importantly, you can gauge your return on life in terms of what you can do for others. This is the compound interest of giving and it could be anything from a kind word to going to a friend’s funeral and talking with survivors.

There’s going to be so much in life that will make you sick with anger and grief. You’ll get a much better return from your life energy if you can multiply good will. That’s the most valuable asset of all.

Happy holidays and peace, prosperity and health!
I laughed when I reach the part about health insurance. It seems that Medicare is really f***ed.
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Old 2010-12-26, 00:48   Link #10887
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West African presidents to tell Gbagbo to quit
http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNew...6BL1LF20101226
Is there someone than is supporting Gbagbo ?
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Old 2010-12-26, 11:31   Link #10888
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West African presidents to tell Gbagbo to quit
http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNew...6BL1LF20101226
Is there someone than is supporting Gbagbo ?
all talk unless the AU really puts boots on the ground Gbagabo will get away with it and fine plenty of people willing to deal with him even if it is under the table.
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Old 2010-12-26, 15:27   Link #10889
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Pakistan suicide bomber was woman covered in burqa
http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNew...6BP10P20101226
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Any increased use of women as bombers may complicate efforts by Pakistani security forces to stem a spreading wave of Islamist suicide attacks because it is harder to spot and search burqa-clad attackers in conservative tribal society.
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Old 2010-12-27, 02:13   Link #10890
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Sony to spend $1.2 billion to boost image sensor output

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(Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Monday that it plans to spend 100 billion yen ($1.2 billion) to boost its production of image sensors.

The company said it will tap the Japanese government's subsidy scheme to help with the investment.
Translation : Sony is using government subsidies to fight Microsoft's Kinect.
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Old 2010-12-27, 03:36   Link #10891
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I wonder what the various governments will do about the amount of debris in orbit. There was a news report that lists it at a problem now. There is enough pieces of metal and other materials larger than four inches across (I think it was upwards of 40,000). four inches might not seem like much, but a paint flect from a shuttle launch put a divot in the window of one of the shuttle some years back. (not to mention the frozen foam on launch that put a hole in Columbia's wing that basiclly killed it on reentry.) Something four inches across (and going at orbital speeds) would probably cause a hull breech.
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Old 2010-12-27, 06:55   Link #10892
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http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news...113_78508.html

At least the PRC did not go all out this time. I mean, they seriously did not have any dubious reasons to even think of doing what they did with Senkaku.


Of course, that did not stop a certain PRC official newspaper from blasting ROK for the rightful military drills that has been conducted recently: http://english.donga.com/srv/service...=2010122404878
Dubious reason? Just comparing these incidents implies a lack of understanding the distinction between nature of these incidents. Diaoyudao (also called senkaku in Japanese) is a disputed territory that's important both strategically and economically. I have not payed close attention to the recent incident, but I doubt the significance is on the same level.

As for the military drill, sure it is legit, but for what purpose? The first joint one between the US and ROK after the shelling already sent a strong signal to the North. As for the later drills, I think they are merely aimed at the audience in the south. Basically, they are moves for the military to save face. I doubt they have much impact on the north or anywhere else.
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Old 2010-12-27, 07:00   Link #10893
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It's a thin line between deterrence and trying to compensate for something.

This is a regime which has assassinated a First Lady (Park Chung Hee's wife), several Cabinet ministers on an overseas trip (to Yangon, pissed Burma so much that they broke ties with NK for some time), downed at least 1 commercial plane, allegedly sunk a military vessel and shelled civilians. And each time, SK can only suck it up.
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Old 2010-12-27, 07:56   Link #10894
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Winter blizzard disrupts travel in northeast
http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNew...6BP1EW20101227
I don't think than the result will be has bad as what was in europe a fews day ago...
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Old 2010-12-27, 08:05   Link #10895
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Dubious reason? Just comparing these incidents implies a lack of understanding the distinction between nature of these incidents. Diaoyudao (also called senkaku in Japanese) is a disputed territory that's important both strategically and economically. I have not payed close attention to the recent incident, but I doubt the significance is on the same level..
It's actually the same: PRC always tries to extend its EEZ into Korea's zone, and the only reason why things don't fire up is that PRC has no "solid" reason to claim all the extra waters as its own. Plus, you also have those %^*%& fishing ships ramming police forces. It's just the usual Sino-centric mentality that PRC has been showing towards its eastern neighbors.

Also, for me, it'll always be Senkaku. Japan's claims against supposed "Chinese" and "Russian" islands is perfectly legitimate, unlike the one against Dokdo.


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As for the military drill, sure it is legit, but for what purpose? The first joint one between the US and ROK after the shelling already sent a strong signal to the North. As for the later drills, I think they are merely aimed at the audience in the south. Basically, they are moves for the military to save face. I doubt they have much impact on the north or anywhere else.
No, the drills are part of the regular winter exercises. Yes, it's been beefed up with more stuff than usual, but seriously, if PRC is going to complain, then both Koreas has every right to complain about the river-crossing exercises in front of the Yalu that the PLA does every once in a while
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Old 2010-12-27, 10:01   Link #10896
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Sony to spend $1.2 billion to boost image sensor output



Translation : Sony is using government subsidies to fight Microsoft's Kinect.
Actually, they could easily get about nearly that much by terminating its 'favored status' with Square Enix (T3B's ending was WTFtastic, according to spoilers on Gamespot's forums - go Google it, can't post here - way too long.

Given how SQEX tends to drag its feet on releasing games, Sony could easily terminate contract by stating that since SQEX fails to release on time, PS3/PSP sale bundles are affected adversely, esp. when SQEX also does XBOX now, thus it would justify ending the amounts of money given to SQEX for PS3/P game development.
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Old 2010-12-28, 04:13   Link #10897
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I thought that everyone should know that 'Death Panels' are back in style. I marvel at the stupidity.
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Old 2010-12-28, 04:37   Link #10898
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I thought that everyone should know that 'Death Panels' are back in style. I marvel at the stupidity.
I didn't know that they were in style in the first place. Could you provide us with an article that clarifies your claim?
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Old 2010-12-28, 05:14   Link #10899
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New provision restores Health Care 'Death Panel' fears.
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I guess you're right. Cue the STUPID SQUAD (aka real americans fighting gubmit' socialism) in 5-4-3…
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