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Posted in: American Airlines raising bag fees and changing how customers earn frequent-flyer points See in context

American shows their priorities here. They're trying to squeeze out additional profit without doing anything that would meaningfully improve their service or otherwise add value to the customer. The baggage service is fundamentally unchanged, and having to go to certain sites for reservations will only decrease customer's choices and buying power.

As someone who's stuck flying out of one of American's largest hubs, it'd be greatly appreciated if they could improve the cleanliness of their aircraft and improve the overall quality of their product. But it's much better for them to find ways to increase profit margins without having to make any significant investments.

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Posted in: Middle-age homeless sleeping in cars or cafes due to soaring cost of living See in context

I used to stop at a fair number of Service Areas/Parking Areas/Michi no Ekis in suburban and inaka-type places... seems like there were always a handful of vans similar to the one shown above, parked with the windows completely covered. Naively, I figured these folks were just travelers or campers, but looking back a lot of those cars were people in these kinds of situations.

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Posted in: Casio to celebrate 50th watch anniversary with commemorative timepiece See in context

That's a sharp-looking piece of equipment right there.

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Posted in: Putin says he prefers 'more predictable' Biden over Trump See in context

As always, you'd be smart to not believe a single word that comes out of this man's mouth. Looks like plenty of folks here have taken the bait.

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Posted in: U.S. conservative talk show host Tucker Carlson says he will interview Putin See in context

"Conservative" is too kind of a word for Carlson. "Turncoat" is more like it.

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Posted in: There are some geographies where our market share is remarkably low, like Japan. We should at least have a market share proportionate to, say, other non-Japanese carmakers like Mercedes or BMW, which we do not currently have. See in context

I think it's pretty well established by now that the only foreign luxury cars Japanese people are interested in are German. Anything else is niche, at best.

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Posted in: Sam Waterston to leave 'Law & Order' later this month after 400 episodes See in context

An amazing run, and it was great to see him come back even for a few seasons. His (real-life) daughter played his (fictional) daughter in a recent episode as the opposing lawyer in the case, which must have felt like an exclamation point to his time on the show.

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Posted in: Carl Weathers, linebacker-turned-actor who starred in 'Rocky' movies, dies at 76 See in context

As far as anyone was aware publicly, he was in excellent health so this comes as a shock. A rare combination of athleticism and genuine theatrical skill.

His portrayal of Apollo in particular will leave a tremendous legacy. If you haven't seen the revised cut of Rocky IV, it features a few extra/extended scenes of Weathers as Apollo in a more complex role. Worth checking out.

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Posted in: Toyota sets new global record for annual vehicle sales See in context

A lot of folks in here apparently aren't familiar with Toyoda's recent history with EVs. Toyota, most likely influenced by Japanese goverment policy, bizarrely put their eggs in the hydrogen fuel cell basket. That didn't pan out and now they're desperately playing catching with other automakers in the EV space. This isn't Toyota being "smart", this is Toyota making a massive strategic miscalculation. They're strong enough with ICE and hybrids, and have enough size and inertia to make things work for the short term, but make no mistake, they are lagging other automakers when it comes to being ready for post-ICE landscape.

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Posted in: Delight for Mahomes, anguish for Allen as Chiefs foil Bills again See in context

Buffalo had the ball in Kansas City territory at the two minute warning with multiple timeouts, and (one assumes) did not want to give the ball back to Mahomes for another comeback. And then... they throw incomplete on multiple long pass plays. How about a little bit better play calling, situational awareness, and clock management, guys? The FG kicker should never have been in that situation.

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Posted in: Ron DeSantis ends his struggling presidential bid before New Hampshire and endorses Donald Trump See in context

So after all of that big talk of being a serious challenger, not only did his campaign crash and burn, he goes crawling back to Trump. Doesn't even have the guts to endorse somebody else! What a humiliating turn of events.

Still, I wouldn't feel too bad for him. No doubt, he's got a lifetime of easy TV gigs and cushy right-wing think tank positions ahead.

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Posted in: Nissan to invest $1.4 billion to make EV versions of its best-selling cars in UK See in context

The Sunderland NMUK plant is absolutely critical to Nissan and to the local economy (and therefore politics). It wasn't going anywhere in the first place, but this big investment solidifies it even further for both Nissan and the UK.

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Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right? See in context

Motioning to myself by pointing at my nose, and not my chest. Also doing the "come-here" motion Japanese style with my hand facing down, instead of motioning with my fingers facing up.

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Posted in: Nissan, Renault launch 'rebalanced' alliance See in context

Looks like Nissan got what they wanted. Hope that it was all worth it.

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Posted in: M'bishi Motors to withdraw from China, invest in Renault's EV venture See in context

One of the very few things MMC had done well was being early to the hybrid SUV game with the Outlander PHEV. Even with that head start, they couldn't capitalize with that technology. Now just about every car company has an electrified SUV of some sort, and they are all but totally dependent on crossover technology and design from Nissan to make any kind of competitive product. Rudderless, indeed.

Despite this, in my professional experience, they were one of the most arrogant companies that I've ever had the displeasure of working with. I think they're totally in denial of their actual (lowly) position in the industry, which doesn't bode well for any chance of actual improvement. Nissan's poor little brother it is, then.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Japanese snacks or sweets? See in context

Black Thunder is really good and makes a great gift to bring back overseas. Chip Star Nori Shio is another guilty pleasure.

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Posted in: Can you make a good chicken ramen broth with KFC fried chicken? See in context

I'm ok with trying new foods based off of whatever is available, but the amount of sodium in this thing has to be off the charts. Eat at your own risk!

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Posted in: Toyota to offer Century SUV in bid to win more wealthy customers See in context

A lot of folks on here clearly don't understand the Century's place in the Japanese automotive landscape and what it represents.

The type of person who would buy a new Century is from a very select slice of society. Ownership of a Century symbolizes and solidifies that rank. Concerns that you or I would have when buying a car simply do not matter to such an individual. It's a Century, only a very few people will buy one, they will not drive it, it will be made to incredibly exact standards to a level that most people will never notice and have details that wouldn't even occur to the average consumer.

Judging this by normal car or even standard luxury car standards misses the point. (For the record, I thought the sedan design was stately, but this SUV is fairly hideous. Again, to the owners of these cars, what you or I think is absolutely irrelevant. They have bought this car to show their rank in the Japanese hierarchy, and to have the highest possible level of Japanese craftmanship in their automobile, and that's that.)

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Posted in: Victor Viktor See in context

So Viktor's the Victor, but what about his vector?

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Posted in: Japan to issue new banknotes See in context

I'm sure those diagonal bars running across the tops and sides of the bills are some sort of anti-forgery measure, but from an aesthetic standpoint they're seriously unattractive. Couldn't they have come up with something else?

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Posted in: Kobayashi to make NASCAR debut as 1st Japanese driver to race with Toyota in Cup Series See in context

“I think I'm a guy who doesn't need much practice, to be honest,” the 36-year-old Kobayashi told the AP. “I think once we jump in the car, we will be OK in a couple of laps. So I'm not really concerned about form.”

Um, yeah. Remember this quote. Juan Pablo Montoya had a much more impressive resume than Kamui's, and ended up with his fair share of disappointing results in a full-time, top tier ride. NASCAR, especially at the super speedway level, is its own beast. Don't think that it can be tamed so easily.

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Posted in: Japan to raise hydrogen supply sixfold by 2040 to promote renewables See in context

The Japanese government sure loves its hydrogen, doesn't it? There must be some strategic value here that's not readily apparent, because I'm not sure why they are so interested in it compared to other green technologies. Their obsession has already hurt Toyota, setting them back years behind the competition in the EV race. Hopefully other promising avenues won't be cut off either.

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Posted in: Study says warming-fueled supercells to hit southern U.S. states more often See in context

Perhaps my eyes aren't good, but I think that picture caption is incorrect- there's no tornado per se, but a wall cloud or even just a mesocyclone.

Regardless, just in time for this article, another massive severe weather event is forecasted today (March 31) across the Mississippi River valley- afraid that by the end of the day we may have another round of grim statistics amd broken lives.

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Posted in: Japan's aerospace industries falling further behind See in context

I have no idea why Mitsubishi's SpaceJet isn't called out by name here- truly a massive corporate, techincal, and strategic debacle that lighted absolute mountains of money on fire.

Comparing it to Sukhoi, which has had decades of continous airplane manufacturing experience, is a bit bizarre though.

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Posted in: Ito En releases drinkable cold ramen See in context

Sorry, tonkotsu, not tonkatsu. Apologies.

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Posted in: Ito En releases drinkable cold ramen See in context

This article kind of makes it sound like this is the first Ramen drink on the market, but that's not the case - there is already a canned Ippudo tonkatsu broth drink that you can get from vending machines. I got it not knowing what to expect, but somehow I didn't hate it. Who knows, this might turn out halfway decent as well.

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Posted in: Actor Sam Neill reveals blood cancer diagnosis See in context

Sam's tweets about his life on the farm in New Zealand are a delight. Looks like he has really been enjoying life out there. Hopes he gets back to good health soon.

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Posted in: New Nissan-Renault alliance no longer aiming for greater synergies See in context

So in other words, they're really throwing in the towel now. Sqeezing suppliers by combining their purchasing power was the only thing they were good at doing together. If they don't even have that anymore, then there's hardly anything left.

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Posted in: With 'Air,' Affleck tells lesser-known Michael Jordan story See in context

Why must we hear endlessly about people from Boston and their fan allegiances? (Hey, did you know that the Red Sox didn't win a World Series for a a really long time?) It's not like people from other cities don't care about their own local sports teams, you know.

Some Hollywood A-Listers want to make a movie about a massive pop-culture phenomenon. Sometimes, that's all that it is. Give people from the rest of the country a break.

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Posted in: Darvish gets $90 mil from Padres to stay through 2028 See in context

Glad to see the Padres spending aggressively in order to win, rather than several other MLB teams who would rather keep payrolls low at the expense of the on-field product. At the same, San Diego's big stars need to start bringing in pennants and championships, or this era of the club's history will ultimately be seen as a massive disappointment.

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