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Posted in: Americans and guns: It's complicated See in context

The American political system allows for the unfettered misuse of lobbying funds, what in most countries would be called bribery. Gun manufacturers spend a fortune controlling politicians. Likewise, the oil industry funds and controls politicians. Thus, the USA is the only industrialized country without a functioning high speed rail system - the oil lobby won't allow it.

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Posted in: N. Korea calls Trump a 'psychopath' See in context

We have a saying; even a broken clock is right twice a day.

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Posted in: Fast-paced thriller puts Japan and its Asian neighbors in the spotlight See in context

Thanks for the info. Will look up this author.

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Posted in: China propels rise of electric ultra-high-performance cars See in context

Where does one drive such a car?

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Posted in: Republican lawmaker shot, others wounded in Virginia See in context

The man who was shot is a right-wing Republican, with well known, publicly stated, anti-gay sentiments. The police officer who saved his life, and who got shot as well, is a black, female, lesbian. Any chance the congressman will apologize to the policewoman for his public statements opposing gay rights?

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Posted in: Top U.S. Navy commander visits Japan over destroyer collision See in context

How does one spell "gross incompetence?" Does not speak well for the US Navy.

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Posted in: Trump blasts 'witch hunt' but lawyer insists no probe See in context

All in the same morning, on camera, Trump's lawyer said that there is no probe, that there is a probe, and that he does not know if there is a probe. At this rate, Putin will be giving Trump political asylum before the year is out.

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Posted in: Charlie Chaplin narrowly escaped assassination by Japanese 'terrorists' in 1932 See in context

Maybe that is what defines an extremist; someone who is willing to kill innocent people to further his cause.

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Posted in: Japan, South Korea stumble on road to 2018 World Cup See in context

Most spectator sports leave me cold, but there is something about the World Cup that is exciting, whoever is playing. Go Mongolia!

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Posted in: Comey says Trump fired him to undermine FBI's Russia investigation See in context

We know of at least three people who Trump fired because they refused to stop investigating the Russia-Trump scandal. Meanwhile, Republican Senator Graham said Sunday that Trump should just get out of the way of the investigation, since (he said) the investigation will find him not-guilty of wrong doing. I think Sen. Graham is very wrong.

On the Rachel Maddow show, on MSNBC, Rachel showed how Putin has been funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to Trump since at least 2004. She was able to show how the Russians did this using only publicly sourced information. Just imagine how much information an investigation by professional investigators could find.

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Posted in: Man dies after losing consciousness while skydiving in Saitama See in context

The results of the autopsy are needed. A lung embolism or stroke seem reasonable explanations, at this point.

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Posted in: Comey says Trump fired him to undermine FBI's Russia investigation See in context

Comey says Trump fired him to stop the investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians, led by Putin.

Trump himself said on national television that he fired Comey to stop the investigation into the Russia scandal.

The only question on this particular matter seems to be, did Trump ask Comey to stop the investigation before firing him, as Comey says he did, and as Trump denies?

If it can be shown that Trump lied, under oath, then even before we find out how deep the collusion goes, Trump can be convicted of a felony.

Of course, no one believes that Trump would lie, do they?

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Posted in: Worker at Ibaraki facility has up to 22,000 becquerels of plutonium in lungs See in context

The odds of these 5 dying from the effects of radiation in their lungs is close to 100%, I would think.

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Posted in: Top S Korean cinema chain threatens Netflix film boycott See in context

I am a big fan of Netflix, but CGV's position on this issue seems very reasonable.

BTW, Asian cinema is getting better and better, IMO, but most people in the West have a hard time with subtitles, which is their loss.

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Posted in: Starbucks Japan brings out a new green tea Frappuccino topped with a whole chocolate mini cake See in context

At a Korean store here in California I had a delicious red bean, cinnamon espresso drink. I recommend that Starbucks look into it.

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Posted in: Trump announces U.S. withdrawal from Paris climate pact; allies voice dismay See in context

Even democracies are capable of putting an idiot in charge.

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Posted in: White House braces for more scrutiny, Trump defends Kushner See in context

With so many former intelligence officials condemning Kushner's actions, and with only current Trump appointees defending him, it seems pretty obvious that Kushner's behavior was worryingly abnormal.

It is looking more and more like the current administration in the White House is inappropriately influenced by their ties to Moscow.

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Posted in: Denver sportswriter out of job after tweet about Japanese Indy 500 winner See in context

As a US military veteran myself, I find nothing wrong with Mr. Sato winning the Indy 500; on Memorial Day, or any other day. We have a saying, "May the best man (or woman) win." Congratulations to Mr. Sato.

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Posted in: Tokyo bathhouse offers 'naked school' to lure bathers See in context

While visiting my relatives in Europe 50 years ago, I used the community showers because our family did not yet have private bathing or showering facilities. The use of the shower, with a towel and a small piece of soap, cost 14 cents in American money. The family had only recently upgraded from an outhouse, and had only one faucet in the house, at the kitchen sink. Instead of communal bathing, they had a large, public, heated, indoor swimming pool, which was open year round. The family now have showers at home, and some families have their own hot tubs, and/or saunas. Private swimming pools are still rare in the old country.

There was a natural, sulfur hot springs in the mountains not too far from college, here in the States. Clothing was optional, at the time. I found the sulfur hot springs very soothing, and would gladly use it again if it were available around here.

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Posted in: Man held for coercing 18-year-old woman into unwanted porn shooting See in context

Firstly, I am not a fan of rape. Period. However, the issue of legal consent is interesting, and varies widely from country to country. I do not know about the age of consent in Japan, but when I searched that subject, I got answers varying from 13 to 18.

Here in the States, the age of consent varies from 16 to 18, depending on which state one lives in. Worldwide, the age of consent varies from 13 to 21, with women not having the right to consent at any age in some Sharia law countries.

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Posted in: Trump dismisses 'fabricated' report of son-in-law's outreach to Russia See in context

It has been established that more than 2/3rds of everything that comes out of Trump's mouth are lies.

Something just came out of Trump's mouth.

Therefore, even without knowing anything about the subject at hand, it is most likely that what Trump is saying is a lie, which indicates that the accusations against Trump's family member are probably true.

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Posted in: Trump dismisses 'fabricated' report of son-in-law's outreach to Russia See in context

With several top intelligence officials going on the news Friday to support the story, it looks real to me.

Meanwhile, Trump's recent overseas trip may have seriously hurt efforts to battle global warming.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/29/opinion/trump-g-7-summit-energy.html?emc=edit_th_20170529&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=49359514

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Posted in: Great white shark jumps into Australian fisherman's boat See in context

I too have pulled in half of a fish. I assumed that a shark got the other half.

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Posted in: Trump's son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy: 7 sources See in context

Trump has had financial dealings with Putin going back at least as far as 2004, and those dealings have been lopsidedly favorable to Trump. Even if Putin did use shady real estate deals and unsecured loans to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to the Trump family, he got a real bargain. For less than the cost of a nuclear submarine, he has installed a US Presidency that is Russia-friendly, anti-NATO, incompetent, and corrupt.

At the rate things are going, the new relevant slogan may soon be "Make America Great Again -- Impeach Trump!"

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Posted in: What's known and not known about marijuana See in context

I am aware that weed is not an opiate, but sometimes I wonder if the body rejecting opiates has any link with it reacting badly to marijuana as well.

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Posted in: What's known and not known about marijuana See in context

The rules regarding pot use should be similar to the rules regarding alcohol use, in that sales to minors should be prohibited, and one should not be under its influence while operating machinery or while at work.

Marijuana has been the number one crop grown in California for several years. Decriminalizing it allows for increased tax revenues, and reduces law enforcement expenditures.

If it sounds like I am a marijuana user, I am not. Tried it, and definitely do not like it. Found out after a surgery that my body does not tolerate opiates.

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Posted in: 'Smart genes' account for 20% of intelligence: study See in context

It should be possible to obtain DNA samples from many historically brilliant people, including Einstein. The results of comparative testing should be fascinating.

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Posted in: Debate heats up over Cool Biz temperature rules See in context

From the point of view of comfort, I think that 26 or 27 degrees would be much more tolerable.

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Posted in: Not a fan of tofu? This Thai peanut veggie bowl recipe will make you a fan See in context

One of the dishes we always order at our favorite Thai restaurant is tofu in a peanut sauce. Soooooo good.

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Posted in: U.S. may review plan to relocate forces in Okinawa to Guam See in context

When North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950, it was the rapid relocation of US Marines from Okinawa to South Korea that prevented the complete overrunning of the South. Okinawa is centrally located between the main islands of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. No doubt the PRC would like to see the US Marines relocated out of Okinawa, but if they have no aggressive plans in the area, there is nothing to worry about.

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