As an outsider looking in at the US election and it’s aftermath, the Republican approach prior to, during and after the election was to throw as much “mud” as possible to see how much would stick in order to undermine the integrity of the process. The constant barrage of baseless claims that the process is fraudulent despite no evidence to the contrary was simply to sow distrust among voters giving the Republicans a shiny object to point at if they lost. This Emperor has no clothes rationale is as childish as it is dangerous. All because some do not want to hurt the pride of the leader and his followers or to relinquish power.
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Interestingly, my student and I contacted Takashimaya here in Kyoto a few ago about another sign in English they had put up which also contained errors. I offered to proofread that sign and any others they wanted to post in English explaining that it was in their best interests to use correct English. They responded by saying that the Japanese person in their sales department who had written it would be offended if they did so and this was more important than having a sign with correct English. Oh, well.
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“And Sally Yates clearly abused her position if she prosecuted people for obstruction on “far, far less evidence”. Abuse of power.”
What do you base this argument upon? Do you have any evidence to support this theory?
The point Sally Yates was trying to make was that Trump committed acts of obstruction of justice so frequently and on a scale so large that they paled in comparison to the cases she prosecuted. It does not imply that those cases did not meet the required bar for prosecution which you erroneously claim.
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The solution is not rocket science. It’s blatantly obvious what needs to be done and that is:
More stringent background checks on all gun purchases.
A mandatory waiting period for all gun purchase so the above process can be completed.
A total ban on all assault rifles.
Restrictions on the number of weapons a person can own.
An amnesty period where illegal weapons and those who own more than a maximum number can hand them in to authorities.
Mandatory classes for any individual who wants to own a gun to educate them on gun safety and use with a set standard that all people must achieve before a license is issued.Education in all schools that has as its focus the aim of reducing gun ownership and the number of firearms in circulation.
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The solution to America’s mass shooting problem is obvious to everyone and is the giant elephant in the room. The reality is the Constituon that makes it a right to bear arms is so enshrined in the culture and psyche that no matter how prevalent these shootings become there is little hope for major change.
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Japanese fans feel they can relate to these so called “idols” because of the fact they don’t have a high skill level. This means they can closely replicate their songs at places like karaoke. But when you hold theee idol groups up for comparison against those from other countries the gulf in talent and production values is clear for all to see.
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As an outsider looking in, I must say I completely agree with “meija”. The logic of blaming a party (the Democrats) that does not have control of the House, Senate and Presidency for the shutdown just sounds completely ludicrous. The Republicans should be looking at themselves and the actions of their leader for the current situation they find themselves in.
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This cash grab is nothing new for Kyoto. The renewal fee (koshinryo 更新料) that landlords demand tenants pay every one or two years here in Kyoto is a classic example of "biting the hand that feeds you." It's all about the money, plain and simple.
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You get what you vote (or in this case 45% of people who didn't vote) for. The Presidential pivot from Trump will not come.
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Integrity, honesty, thickness of skin, poise, open-mindedness, sanity, to name just a few.
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An article which rings true for many foreign people (and some Japanese people for that matter) living in Japan . As a personal trainer myself I have researched and sampled a wide variety of gyms in Japan from Tipness to Konami, from Ward gyms to Gold's and all the points raised I have witnessed or experienced in some form or another. The large number of rules, the frustrating lack of consistency with their enforcement and the reluctance of trainers to pinpoint training mistakes stand out. Generally, the writer makes all the salient points - choose a gym based on your needs, which should include what you want to achieve, your budget and your previous experience and knowledge of fitness. For what it's worth, I would recommend Gold's Gym over all the others as the environment is generally more conducive to getting results and full-time membership,at around 9,300yen per month, is pretty reasonable. Don't forget to always have an exercise plan that matches your fitness level, use your time effectively and efficiently and always employ proper form!
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Serves her right!
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By believing fashion is "gaman" .
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The Aussies have a penchant for the adjective "fantastic" and the overused rhetorical phrase " How good is it ?" while the Kiwis love to agree with you by overusing the adverb "absolutely" while peppering their speech with stock phrases such as "At the end of the day..." , " From the get go..." and " "All's good!." Sweet!
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The over use of the adverb "essentially" (an ESPN analyst once used it 10 times in a 2 minute segment - I counted!) and the total butchering of the Conditional 3 form - I would've WENT there if I WOULD'VE known. Geez Louise !!
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Undertakers and bureaucrats.
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What an "unfortunate" choice of words !
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"......aggravating a long-running dispute....."
I think the PM and his cabinet ministers may know a thing or two about "aggravating" situations. Reflection time me thinks!
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'...it was established with the purpose of giving people a place to meet potential partners all day long."
Based on this premise it would cost women a mere 500 yen to stay all day long but the guy would have to pony up 25,500 yen. Guys, cut your losses and head to Starbucks!
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Why the preoccupation with labels and age ? Just live your life regardless of the expectations society and age place on you and you'll be much more content.
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" I wonder how NHK is going to present this piece of news?"
Probably by getting a rather large container of dark sand and submerging their head right in the middle of it! In this current climate it would most likely be professional suicide for an NHK report to criticise the criticism made by these lackeys.
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"The right to bear arms - correct me if I am wrong - includes the necessity of local militias as a defense against overbearing government. Yet, despite the clearly overbearing government prying into everyone's business the targets of deranged shooters often seem to be normal people going about their lives. I just don't get it."
Moonraker, the Second Ammendment which you refer to is a right that was written for a time that necessitated such action but clearly lacks any legitimacy in the 21st century. I hope you're not suggesting these deranged shooters,who seem to pop up with increasing regularity, should shift their focus to the government?
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The Original Wing, I don't think he'll last until August. If he makes it to the All Star break then that'll be an accomplishment. The partial tear in his UCL has prompted commentators to describe his condition as like a "ticking time bomb" as the ligament could snap at any moment. When it'll go, nobody knows!
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The law must be based on common sense which needs to apply to ALL who use an intersection and that includes drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. If you cross the intersection on red then you should receive no legal sympathy in the event an accident happens due to your negligence. Everyone should be responsible for their own actions. This is the only way for people to learn.
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"And I can't understand the emphasis on "the women plight" in this article. These women, at least in theory, can (and they hope) to find a wealthy husband as a way out of poverty. What about plight of men, who hang on in the same circumstances, but without even a hope of catching a wealthy wife?"
An interesting point! It still seems that in Japan women hope to improve their financial situation in life by getting married and this is certainly implied by some of the women mentioned here. If they expect some guy to "rescue" them from their predicament they first have to think about what they themselves will bring to the relationship. It is not a one way street.
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"So now are you saying that man-made global warming causes drought as well as flooding?"
As Cleo said, of course it does! Global warming results in dry areas becoming drier as it affects the movement of water into the atmosphere from the land and water but it can also allow the atmosphere to hold more moisture and thus result in heavier rainfalls. This leads to extreme weather patterns which you are now seeing and have seen on the Australian east coast.
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It's noise pollution of the most annoying kind !
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