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Comment: Re:Is it fair to compare it to previous solo recor (Score 1) 37 37

i don't think it's even psychology or training programmes, it's the extreme tails of human genetic ability, and finding those really really fucking rare individuals who have the traits necessary to break rcords.

If a sport becomes popular (basketball in the USA, track in Jamaica), more individuals are drawn to those activities. And as a result the odds of finding someone who's genetically gifted for that event increase.

Human beings are not different in a genetic sense before or after Bannister broke the 4 minute mile barrier; what has changed is a wider pool of people competing.

Comment: Re:Seriously?!?!? (Score 1) 212 212

The only point I was making is that Japan did not attack Pearl Harbor out of the blue. It was a direct response to embargoes placed on them by the US.

And, yes, the US was entirely in the right in placing them. Cutting off the Japanese supply of oil would have crippled Japan's war effort. Which was the entire point of the embargo. Sensing their vulnerability, the Japanese decided to attack the US, in attempt to disable the pacific fleet, and secure their access to oil.

Comment: Re:this looks interesting (Score 1) 214 214

I cannot imagine the Japanese doing that. Did you really just mean "China", but didn't want to put too fine a point on it? :)

(North Korean scientific claims, such as the recent ebola/aids/whatever cure are so obviously silly that they don't merit serious consideration)