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Posted in: Want a job? Employers say: Talk to the computer See in context

But its AI-based assessments, which rank the skills and personalities of applicants to flag the most promising for further review, still consider speech and word choices in its decisions.

So if you can satisfy the algorithm, then you might get the job - based upon one's choice of vocabulary (which varies from geographic region to region), rather than their technical talent that they bring to the table? Discrimination lawsuit just waiting to happen in 9...8...7...

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Posted in: With 8 mil Americans out of work, why are more companies not filling jobs? See in context

ArtistAtLarge - You forgot perhaps the seventh and possibly the most important reason - health care; or rather, the lack of a national heath care system which makes even a $15 an hour wage unlivable. Folks need to recognize that the US willingly refuses to offer affordable health care to all citizens who pay their taxes, while competing against countries that do offer universal care. If a US employer does offer health care, it's often a High Deductible High Co-pay (HDHC) plan, in which the employee (with dependents) usually to pay on average premium of in excess of $15K plus the deductible of another $8K before the insurance pays anything. So most low-wage employees forsake health care, as they'd only clear about $8.2K if they were to use forced to use their full insurance and had to pay the deductible (i.e. ($15 an hour*2080 hours (i.e. 40 hours a week)) (-) $15K+$8K) = $8.2K)). Until health care becomes affordable in the US, even offering wages at $30 an hour isn't going to resolve anything.

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Posted in: Burger King Japan’s Shrimp Spicy Ugly Beef Burger isn’t for pretty prawns See in context

The price for a self-induced triple-bypass keeps getting lower by the year. Ugh.

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Posted in: Local gov’t employee arrested for vandalizing police car in Ehime Prefecture See in context

Police said there have been over 10 similar reports of vandalism filed by residents of the same housing complex. A police officer on patrol spotted Fujii after he vandalized the police car.

Good greif, be direct with the car owner if you don't want someone parking nearby your house. That's some low caliber passive-aggressive behavior going on there.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist indicted in Myanmar on 'fake news' charge See in context

...an embassy official said, adding that the embassy will continue to urge the military government to release him

Good luck with that approach.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics could be held without fans: Hashimoto See in context

...could be held behind closed doors

Why bother? If that were the case, you could just as well have the Olympics on the most remote island in the world, and achieve the same result at 1000th of the cost.

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Posted in: Not all gloom: World leaders tout success at climate summit See in context

On the summit's opening day Thursday, Biden pledged the U.S. will cut fossil fuel emissions as much as 52% by 2030. South Korea, Japan, Canada and South Africa also joined in specific new emissions efforts timed to the summit.

One shouldn't be obfuscated by the large percentages thrown around alone. 52% on face value may seem like a large number (and compared by what the last circus administration did - it is); however, it's not at all clear what this number actually means, and what's being used as the baseline to determine progress. The US is using estimates it made back in 2005 as the base year (meaning there's more pollution, so the effect is minimized), while other nations are using 1990 numbers (means the opposite - and is viewed as a more aggressive approach). The Devil is in the details, and it's those details is what's missing in determining how effective Biden's approach will or won't be. Also isn't discussed is how or if the US is going to start eliminating its fossil-fuel subsidies, which isn't all handouts to energy barons (a tiny percentage of it does go towards less fortunate for energy bill aid); however, the main issue is that a subsidy is simply corporate welfare/socialism from the US Government that gives fossil-fuel creators an unfair economic advantage over renewables.

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Posted in: The release of one million tons of contaminated water into the marine environment imposes considerable risks to the full enjoyment of human rights of concerned populations in and beyond the borders of Japan, See in context

Well, there goes that coveted seat at the UN Security Council that Japan's been jockeying for since the early 70's.

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Posted in: Apple announces $200 mil forestry fund to reduce carbon See in context

I thought that removing battery chargers from newer models of iPhones was supposed to help reduce their carbon foothold? It sure didn't reduce the prices of their products by any amount.

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Posted in: Do you think vaccination will be the silver bullet against the coronavirus? See in context

Regimented doses of vaccines combined with face masks, and social distancing is what's needed. Unfortunately, those actions alone won't work, as society has never been disciplined enough to make it work. It's always about me, me, and me.

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Posted in: Study finds leaving middle seats open on planes reduces virus risk See in context

The group cited a Harvard University report funded by the airline industry as showing that the risk of transmitting the coronavirus on planes is very low.

That's good to know there couldn't possibly be any bias in that report. Total impartiality.

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Posted in: 5 students arrested after putting glue on playground equipment See in context

Slow news day.

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Posted in: N Korea says it won't take part in Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns See in context

Whelp, there went their chance for another opportunity for a medal / propaganda right’s in weightlifting.

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Posted in: 47 anaphylaxis cases reported in Japan after 580,000 Pfizer vaccine shots See in context

...580,000 shots of Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine were administered to health workers

When placed in context with the total number of folks who are fully vaccinated (i.e. had two shots of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines), it's even more inadequate to reach some level of herd immunity - a quick Google search found that as of 03/25/21 there were 823K doses given, with a little over 41K fully vaccinated - meaning only 0.03% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Whenever the bureaucrats get exposed for bungling-up stuff, their defense mechanism is to toss what I call a "factual smoke bomb" to obscure either their incompetence and/or deception (in this case the 47 folks who had adverse reactions to the vaccine out of 580000 shot, so about 0.008% of the population was impacted).

I and my wife already got our vaccines. She got both the Moderna (1st shot was a sore arm, 2nd was a mild flu-like symptom for the afternoon), and I got the first shot of the Pfizer (I didn't notice any side effects). Still it's now a little easier to get the vaccine, but it's not a cake-walk either (took about 30 minutes in a make shift drive-through at a sport stadium parking lot).

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Posted in: A sobering strategy for pandemic times - brewers bank on alcohol-free beer boom See in context

While non-alcoholic beer is estimated to account for just 1% of overall beer sales worldwide, rapid growth is predicted.

I don't think folks are all that fired-up to drink fake-beer that has a lousy metallic aftertaste.

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Posted in: Drink banana beer and promote Izu Peninsula tourism industry See in context

A unique craft beer made with bananas

Vodka and apple juice costs less, tastes the same, and achieves the same results. However, to keep a local business out of the red and closing their doors, a little altruism on our part for their high asking price may be forgiven, for the time being.

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Posted in: The end of the pay phone? Japanese government considering getting rid of them See in context

...currently mulling over the idea of reducing the number of pay phones in Japan, and relocating existing pay phones to evacuation shelters, where they can be used in emergencies.

So, The Government wants to spend a ton of money to rip the pay-phones, and then pay even more have to move them into emergency shelters (which may already be within walking distance of such a facility per the universal service rules)?

In the words of Spock, "...his pattern exhibits...two-dimensional thinking."

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Posted in: ANA to offer employees leave for up to 2 years See in context

All Nippon Airways Co will introduce in April a sabbatical leave that will allow its employees to pursue personal interests such as studying for up to two years...

It's called a furlough.

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Posted in: Republicans signal deep resistance to Trump Senate trial See in context

"I think the trial is stupid. I think it's counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country and it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire," Marco Rubio

Says the person sold the gasoline and wonders why Rome burned so quickly.

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Posted in: Drinkable cheesecake See in context

Drinkable cheesecake = hard pass.

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Posted in: Visiting Texas to see border wall, Trump takes no responsibility for Capitol riot See in context

It's obvious Trump has the un-Midas touch (i.e. whatever he touches turns to ..... hint it's definitely not gold). This border wall that he has been so gung-ho about, that's going to keep all of these big bad illegal aliens out of the US (and that Mexico didn't pay for...), made it even easier for the coyotes to cross the border (as the Trump minions destroyed the natural border landscape that made it challenging for coyotes to travel across) SMH.


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Posted in: KDDI to offer cheapest large data mobile plan amid gov't pressure See in context

When you only have three main carriers and a handful of MVNOs, you can't expect too much competition or much in price differences. Besides, it's considered a major faux pas at the private golf course to be the guy who's trying to rock the boat.

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Posted in: Pelosi says House will impeach Trump unless Pence, cabinet force him out See in context

That sick SO* and his ilk need to spend the rest of their lives in prison - and definitely I'm definitely not of those "Club-Med and/or Rich-Folk" style of prisons either. I'm talking being locked up in a dirty, general-population, in a typical US Federal prison, where the general-inmate population knows exactly who you are as soon as you walk in. Trump and all and those who helped enable this insurrection, and those who allowed four innocent folks to be killed because of this revolt, need to suffer the consequences of their actions (I'm intentionally not counting that QAnon conspiracy theorist who was killed as part of the innocent victim list; which would make would make it five, as she clearly rejected her oath to defend the US Constitution – an oath you swear to when you enlist into the US Military).

There should not be a free-pass from punishment due to the race you are, or the privilege of the social/economic -status you happen to possess. If are you encouraging folks to form a sedition, and completely rejecting The Constitutional process - by ignoring the established process of how to amend or to even completely dissolve The Constitution - then you don't get to claim immunity from the punishment that results from advocating or engaging in that type of that malfeasance. The US Constitution clearly allows a non-violent process to dissolve the current system, and start a new one - without resulting into a coup d'etat.

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Posted in: 4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, forcing Senate to evacuate See in context

Trump, as well as his group of flunkees in both houses of Congress need to have The 25th Amendment levied against them - now. Trump was on Twitter still ranting about how the election was stolen from him, while expressing love for the insurrectionist who stromed into an active meeting of Congress. He and his ilk got to go - now.

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Posted in: GOP plans to upend Biden win for Trump rips party apart See in context

GOP plans to upend Biden win for Trump rips party apart

I'm sure that Putin is saying, "your leaders in Congress are trying too hard to do my job for me."

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Posted in: McConnell puts off vote on $2,000 aid checks; Trump calls Republican leaders 'weak' and 'tired' See in context

Our leaders (not me, of course!)

Okay, common ground. We can agree that he's never been a leader.

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Posted in: Shakey’s creates okonomiyaki pizza See in context

So its Strawberry Cream Cheese Pizza will remain available through the end of February.

No, please let 2020 end at 11:59 PM December 31. I think we've endured enough this year.

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Posted in: Adult entertainment guidance center appears in Akihabara; some worry neighborhood is changing See in context

dichotomy has to do with the service being offered...

Yeah, that's putting it very PC. Talk about an area business change that's the equivalent of a cultural groin-pull.

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Posted in: Former Prime Minister Abe has stealth cameo in 'Cyberpunk 2077,' gamers say See in context

Cyberpunk 2077" was already going to be one of the highest-profile video game releases of 2020

Which version or on platform were you able to play without it crashing, so I could understand the context of this praise?

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Posted in: Hundreds of Japanese adherents of QAnon contesting Trump's election defeat See in context

adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory...

Folks do realize that QAnon is basically Scientology for broke folks right?

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