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Old 2009-02-28, 15:21   Link #1681
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With the Taepodong-X missile which is capable of putting a satellite in space, it is able to shoot down satellites FROM space. Anything that is able to go up that far is able to bring something down with it.
No. It doesn't work that way. There's a huge difference between being able to put something in low orbit and being able to put something in geosynchronous orbit. Also being able to put something in space doesn't mean you have the ability to shoot down something in space, it's a bit more complicated than that. Even if they could, and they can't, North Korea would then be using it's limited supply of missiles in that role, rather than attack cities with them. Finally, it wouldn't even effect communications on a level that could be useful to the North Koreans. Theater level communications would still work. You don't need a sat link to talk to another unit 20 miles away for example. It might cause some confusion at first, but that'd be too brief for the North to capitalize on to any great degree.

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And keep in mind that China is their ally. North's collapse or invasion might be the cause of WWIII.
If it's an invasion of North Korea out of the blue, maybe China would intervine. However, if North Korea does something stupid like invade the South, China would likely only put troops along the border to keep refugees out. Hell, they might actually join the war against North Korea. That'd earn them points in the South and closer relations after the war is over.

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And with a country that is so unmodernised and third world, it is beyond logic why it would need a nuclear power plant. It is just a waste of uranium hexafluoride.
While I do agree that their energy program was just a cover for weapons development, nuclear power could help greatly if they wanted to modernize the country. Though I don't see that happening under their current leadership.
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Old 2009-02-28, 16:00   Link #1682
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http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...67.html?via=mr

So put the paper down, stare back and ask yourself a selfless question.
Does the woman in your life really need a job?
Admittedly, this is not a fashionable question. From Iceland to Australia, men are blamed for causing the credit crunch, while a more feminine approach to finance is proposed as the solution.
Of course there will always be a place in the world of business for exceptional women. Women also have an important role to play in jobs that are too demeaning for men, like teaching. But the general employment of women is another matter. Indeed, working women almost certainly caused the credit crunch by bringing a second income into the average household, pushing property prices up to unsustainable levels.
is this guy joking or actually serious?

this article sounds like it came form the onion but i found in the Irish Times Opinion and Analyst Page.
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Old 2009-02-28, 21:07   Link #1683
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We must not be bowed by threats to NHK

The recent explosions and rifle bullet threats to NHK cannot be tolerated! It is the same thing as declaring war against the freedom of the press, the freedom of speech, and also democracy. For some strange reasons, I don't understand why people are always targetting the media when they truly represent the voices of the people.

Last I remembered, there seems to be lots of unfriendly voices towards BBC, CNN, and FOX NEWS. And now, people are targetting NHK... What's with these people anyways? Perhaps, they are supported by some shady organization or more possibly, a government-based group maybe? It makes me wonder sometimes...
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Old 2009-02-28, 22:47   Link #1684
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Now, why would anyone want to threaten NHK? Are they running any stories which would shine the light on any shady deals involving powerful interests? It could very simply be someone's idiot of a sick joke.
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Old 2009-03-01, 02:38   Link #1685
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle5821799.ece

is there really that big difference between AlF and the Taliban?
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Old 2009-03-01, 03:12   Link #1686
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We must not be bowed by threats to NHK

The recent explosions and rifle bullet threats to NHK cannot be tolerated! It is the same thing as declaring war against the freedom of the press, the freedom of speech, and also democracy. For some strange reasons, I don't understand why people are always targetting the media when they truly represent the voices of the people.
No, they don't. They're a mix between the voices of the ones owning a paper/radio/TV network... and the voices of journalists.
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Old 2009-03-01, 03:41   Link #1687
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We must not be bowed by threats to NHK

The recent explosions and rifle bullet threats to NHK cannot be tolerated! It is the same thing as declaring war against the freedom of the press, the freedom of speech, and also democracy. For some strange reasons, I don't understand why people are always targetting the media when they truly represent the voices of the people.

Last I remembered, there seems to be lots of unfriendly voices towards BBC, CNN, and FOX NEWS. And now, people are targetting NHK... What's with these people anyways? Perhaps, they are supported by some shady organization or more possibly, a government-based group maybe? It makes me wonder sometimes...
I belong to no organization, and as for your first paragraph, you must be joking. Fox used to (and perhaps still now) receive memos from the top of the chain (owned by News Corporation) about what to report and where to place emphasis.
http://www.mediachannel.org/views/di...alert228.shtml

The only media that truly represents the "voices of the people" is produced by the people, not by some company's employees. And even that's iffy, because people generally like to say what others like to hear, not what's really happening.

Also, it's not like I hate them all, I simply refuse to place all of my trust on any single source. Take it as "pics or it never happened" - I don't believe it until all sides are heard or I actually saw what happened in its full view.

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle5821799.ece

is there really that big difference between AlF and the Taliban?
Yes. The Taliban strictly pronounce and carry out what they believe in, while the ALF either lies about being peaceful or can't control their agents from being violent. The ALF is pretty much a loose anarchical banner.
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Old 2009-03-01, 04:07   Link #1688
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Yes. The Taliban strictly pronounce and carry out what they believe in, while the ALF either lies about being peaceful or can't control their agents from being violent. The ALF is pretty much a loose anarchical banner.
Bare in mind that a lot of western media seem to refer to all Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan as Taliban. My guess is that some of them are pretty loose and anarchical as well.
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Old 2009-03-01, 12:13   Link #1689
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Bare in mind that a lot of western media seem to refer to all Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan as Taliban. My guess is that some of them are pretty loose and anarchical as well.
That of course. I usually define "Taliban" as the entity governing Afghanistan from 1996-2001, as they're probably more organized back then.
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Old 2009-03-01, 13:19   Link #1690
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That of course. I usually define "Taliban" as the entity governing Afghanistan from 1996-2001, as they're probably more organized back then.
Of corce they there back them, then a group is organized as ''cells'' the communiucation betweem the cells are rather rare to inexistant
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Old 2009-03-01, 23:55   Link #1691
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Philippine Star: Ebola pig slaughter starts

Two scary things:
1. That some diseases can jump into other species.
2. An extreme animal-rights group would have a field day.
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Old 2009-03-02, 00:04   Link #1692
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Inter-species "jumping" of diseases is actually nothing new. It's just very less known among the common people. Figures, since such knowledge is highly specialised.
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Old 2009-03-02, 00:10   Link #1693
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The fact than this time the diseease is '' Ebola'' and not the flu would scare a little more the common people. When we hear of Ebola it's always Ebola Zaire than everyone think first, not Ebola Reston.
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Old 2009-03-02, 00:15   Link #1694
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Against the Ebola Zaire virus, I can only say: quarantine x3. The mortality rate of that beast is no joke. Just keep it out of your body.
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Old 2009-03-02, 00:21   Link #1695
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Not everyone really knows how and why species-jumping happens, so it seems that the newspaper should try to have a educational sidebar on that subject, and what is the difference between the two Ebola strains.

At least the best thing done by the veterinary services managed to detect it in the swine and isolated them before they could be sold.
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Old 2009-03-02, 12:03   Link #1696
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If I had the nuclear football and a heart of stone, I would just nuke the heck out of North Korea with Minutemen. Screw Amnesty International, Greenpeace and IAEA.

North Korea is a pretty screwed up country, a revolution or coup de grace in the country would make no difference to the lives of the people there.
As bad as things are, though, I don't think being nuked would improve their lives much either.
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Old 2009-03-02, 15:18   Link #1697
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Not everyone really knows how and why species-jumping happens, so it seems that the newspaper should try to have a educational sidebar on that subject, and what is the difference between the two Ebola strains.
Life is opportunistic. It is always seeking new niches to expand in. Just because, say, the Douglas Fir has a particular environment it thrives in doesn't mean it isn't always trying to expand that range. In the case of viruses, many of them are so targeted to particular species that they lack the toolkit/connectors/protocol to continue when placed in another species. Some viruses (virii ) happen to have a bit more flexibility in their surroundings or mutate so rapidly that their chances are higher.

Some reasons ebola zaire *hasn't* done very well in moving into homo sapiens is that:
1) it usually kills its host - often very rapidly.
2) humans understand the isolation technique (unlike many other animals).

The successful viruses are ones that don't kill or incapacitate their hosts (at least for long enough to spread).
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Old 2009-03-02, 22:43   Link #1698
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Chinese Man Sabotages Christie's Auction

Why isn't this guy arrested yet? Not just that he disrespected everybody who took part in the auction, he also made a fool of everybody there. This sort of action committed during auctions should not be tolerated!

If everybody follow him in future auctions, the world will only turn chaotic. It is the first time that I hear of a guy who went to an auction, made the highest bid and then go off to say he won't pay for it, claiming that the auction items were originally his. What a joke!
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Old 2009-03-02, 23:07   Link #1699
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My first thoughts on this issue: "Honto ni BAKA da!"

Seriously, I can see no good from his action. YSL's buddy now intends to keep the two heads by his side, which is really letting the Chinese "bidder" off the hook. Under auction norms (and apparently French law), the heads can go under the hammer again, and if the price is lower the second time round, this Chinese fellow is liable to pay the price difference.

Smart, REAL smart. Besides, I believe that the proceeds from the YSL auction is going to charity. Without this disruption, the rest of the items did fetch a king's ransom. This Chinese bidder shouldn't be proud of anything. If anything, it shows how ignorant he is on how the world works.
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Old 2009-03-02, 23:42   Link #1700
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Its rather inappropriate to only look at the schewed point of the autioneer's view. You have to take in consideration that those relics are still "looted relics", can you justify someone selling off a stolen painting/sculpture/other piece of work if they took it from a museum? Essentially they are doing this to China and to add to the bullcrap trying to push for Human Rights with it as a threat, if anything this just discourages more and prompts action from the global Chinese population.

The biggest problem however is how did the owner even gotten those pieces of art in the first place? And of course whose liable to the price that needs to be paid for the art, the government? Some wealthy businessman? Its a political headache and each side is doing its share of unneccessary bullshit.
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