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Ayn_Randian wrote:I don't know how many states are no fault divorce states, but it's the vast majority, I would wager.
All. NY was the last to switch (in 2010!) for a few dumb and/or vicious reasons, though it was possible to emulate no-fault by jumping through some hoops.

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Ayn_Randian wrote:Guys, in most divorce cases infidelity is irrelevant. I don't know how many states are no fault divorce states, but it's the vast majority, I would wager. Infidelity had no bearing on spousal support aka alimony, no bearing on custody issues, no bearing on child support, and no bearing on equitably dividing marital assets and proving separate property.
In my youth I lived in a jurisdiction where adultery was the only grounds for divorce (ie Canada).

People either simply split up and when they "remarried" lived "common-law" or if they had the resources they hired a detective to collect "evidence" against the party who was willing to bear the shame of being the guilty party, who could also recruit someone who was willing to bear the shame of being the co-respondent (ie the slut - or cad - who seduced the wrongdoer).

I actually don't know what Australian divorce laws were (marriage laws were strictly by state until the Federal Guv took them over a few years ago) except for the fact that almost no one got divorced and Australians thought that American divorce laws were shamefully lax.

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I've been Googling and have been unable to find the specific magazine article I was thinking about -- the agency that hires attractive people to set up spouses for divorce -- but I did find a related one from three years ago, which I hadn't even heard about at the time:

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/ ... h_help_of/

"Private detective accused of setting up divorcing men for DUIs with help of alluring women."
A former police officer turned private detective has been accused of setting up divorcing men for drunken driving arrests with the help of alluring women who pretended to have a romantic interest in their targets.

The private detective, Christopher Butler, has also been accused in a federal indictment of selling drugs for police and helping cops open and operate a brothel, the Los Angeles Times reports. His alleged crimes involved California police departments in San Ramon and Danville and a state narcotics task force.

The newspaper profiles one of the men who was set up. David Dutcher, a rocket engineer, met a woman known as Sharon on Match.com a few months after he separated from his wife. Sharon was blonde and beautiful, Dutcher recalled, and appeared eager for an eventual sexual encounter. On their second date, Sharon asked Dutcher to meet a friend celebrating a real estate deal at a restaurant. The friend was downing tequila shots and asked Dutcher to help finish them. Next the women asked Dutcher to join them at a home with a hot tub. On the way there, Dutcher was arrested for drunken driving.

The allegations of DUI set-ups came to light after a former Butler employee said the stings were engineered for divorcing wives and their lawyers. Sharon, it turns out, was a former Las Vegas showgirl employed by Butler’s detective agency.

Dutcher’s estranged wife, Susan Dutcher, said in a sworn declaration that her lawyer’s paralegal suggested she hire Butler to obtain evidence that her husband drove while drinking. She said she did not authorize his arrest, however. Susan Dutcher’s lawyer at the time, Mary Nolan, denied having anything to do with the hiring of Butler.
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I have no patience for a person who gets behind the wheel in a compromised state, but I also have no patience for somebody who would try to encourage that behavior. If you see a person in a compromised state getting behind the wheel, the only ethical response is "Dude, give me the car keys" not "Yeah, let's go."
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thoreau wrote:I have no patience for a person who gets behind the wheel in a compromised state, but I also have no patience for somebody who would try to encourage that behavior. If you see a person in a compromised state getting behind the wheel, the only ethical response is "Dude, give me the car keys" not "Yeah, let's go."
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Linking from a phone is tricky, but Googling shows that the detective got prison time for, among other things, stealing drugs from evidence lockers. It also looks like at least some of the DUI cases were thrown out. That should go in the "Government's Good Side" thread.
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Did Japan legalize marijuana when no one was looking?
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YLSNED, in this case that Japan's housing market is the complete opposite of that of the west, in that houses lose value like durable goods and are worthless after like 30 years, and a neat little article as to why....
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That explains something I've seen in tv shows. When someone moves out, they knock the house down and sell an empty lot, or talk about someone building a house next door. Of course, given how insubstantial a lot of Japanese construction is, it ties into that as well.
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There was a Freakonomics podcast about it and they said that modern Japanese houses are now better build than most American and European houses, but the culture endures. One side effect is that people don't put the same money and effort into maintenance, so it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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Mo wrote:There was a Freakonomics podcast about it and they said that modern Japanese houses are now better build than most American and European houses, but the culture endures. One side effect is that people don't put the same money and effort into maintenance, so it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I'll believe better built in some ways, but you'd think they might use some insulation? Nahhh. Double glazed windows? Probably not. Thin walls, thin doors, a lot of windows. That's the way to go.
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Highway wrote:
Mo wrote:There was a Freakonomics podcast about it and they said that modern Japanese houses are now better build than most American and European houses, but the culture endures. One side effect is that people don't put the same money and effort into maintenance, so it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I'll believe better built in some ways, but you'd think they might use some insulation? Nahhh. Double glazed windows? Probably not. Thin walls, thin doors, a lot of windows. That's the way to go.
Though with a climate that mostly resembles Cascadia, and a penchant for inhabiting small spaces mostly in urban heat islands, how much R-value do they really need?
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There is suffering when climate controlling through the nightmarish humidity of rainy season. They are all in on modern prefab techniques and many use structural insulation systems these days.

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I don't know if it's all that much Cascadia. It's really warm in summer, although the winters are generally milder. I tend to think of it as a more hot and humid mid-Atlantic, at least for the majority of the country. Comparing Tokyo to DC and Seattle, Tokyo is wetter than both (by a lot), and the temperatures more closely match DC, off by a 1 C warmer in winter, 1 C cooler in summer and warmer nights. In contrast, Seattle is 6C cooler than Tokyo in Summer, about the same highs in winter, but .

The lack of central HVAC is probably the biggest driver of no insulation. Mini-split systems are used for AC, and kerosene heaters and kotatsu still rule for heat.
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I had a shirt mold while I was wearing it during rainy season in Osaka. That's gross.

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JasonL wrote:I had a shirt mold while I was wearing it during rainy season in Osaka. That's gross.
Did the mold speak kansai-ben?
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I just looked up kotatsu and, damn, that looks like a house fire/accidental burn waiting to happen...
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That's not really something you hear about. I'd hazard a guess that there are probably more fires resulting from kotatsu cords than heating elements.
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Highway wrote:
JasonL wrote:I had a shirt mold while I was wearing it during rainy season in Osaka. That's gross.
Did the mold speak kansai-ben?
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No better thread than this one to put this.
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Hands-free robotic tomato feeder/bag gag inserter/monkey-on-your-back

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dammit

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took me a while to figure that one out.
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