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Posted in: Ohtani is AL starting pitcher; will bat leadoff in All-Star Game See in context

For those who think Ohtani is better than Babe Ruth or any others players, only time will tell. Ohtani is a great player, and may well be one of the greatest of all time, now called GOAT, but playing only a few seasons does not assure this. Comparing players from different eras is quite difficult. Too many factors involved, such as training, special foods and diets, medical advances….  Back in Ruth’s time, players ended the season and went back to work on the farm, or other jobs. Now athletes continue training with state of the art machines and maybe play in other countries during the MLB off season if their contract allows.  Also, 100 years ago in Ruth’s day, it was considered the dead ball era. The ball did not travel as far due to its internal composition.   Too bad there was no radar gun to measure the speed of the pitch.

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Posted in: Ohtani is AL starting pitcher; will bat leadoff in All-Star Game See in context

NOMINATIONJuly 13 12:49 pm JST

If Smith were white, he’d be gone. But he’s black and saying controversial (eg “dumb”) things is his schtick, so he issues the non-apology apology and goes on his merry way

Perhaps one of the few things I have ever agreed with you on. I am actually surprised you have this take.

Of course if he were white, he would be gone. Has Stephen Smith said similar things about Hispanic players? How about black players whose English is poor, and speak more jive than proper English?

How can Smith be racist?  Liberals tell us all the time that minorities cannot be racist, but are only the victims of racism.

For posters that think baseball is a dying sport.  Where do you get that, or is it because you could not care less?   If it is a dying sport and MLB doesn’t know s…about marketing, then where does it get the money to pay all the salaries.  Remember A-Rod, $250 million dollars total for several seasons? That ain’t chump change!

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Posted in: Classrooms grapple with racial slurs in classic American novels See in context

GBR48Today  10:02 am JST

Never censor the arts. If you do, for whatever reason, you are aligning yourself with Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao and their like.

The standing of American universities will decline further if they embrace censorship and start silencing and sacking academics in such a manner. Avoid them. There are better universities elsewhere in the world, that still respect academic freedom and the importance of protecting our cultural heritage. Places that assume anyone intelligent enough to undertake a degree can understand that people lived differently in the past, and are able to deal with it.

I would agree totally. Watch what happens fifty years from now after such words are banned, statues taken down, etc..  When someone then claims that there was racism in America but has no proof because the N word and associated books, statues of the Confederacy, etc. no longer exist, there would be nothing to support such an assertion. Don’t erase history, face it, deal with it and make it so it does not happen again. By the way, if anyone thinks that blacks don’t have disparaging terms for whites or other people, even other blacks (Uncle Tom), then they don’t live in reality. It is always easier and more convenient to live in a fantasy world.

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Posted in: A traveler's checklist for Thailand's Phuket sandbox program See in context

Desert TortoiseJuly 1 10:35 am JST

open to visitors from 63 countries and three territories rated by Thailand as low or medium risk for COVID-19

But NOT Japan!

I would not be too envious. Been to Phuket. Let's just say the locals are maybe too casual about communicable diseases. It caters to a pretty raunchy European crowd that likewise isn't too fussy about sharing germs around. For an American the whole thing was kind of eye-opening. Japan and other self respecting developed nations should not feel any need to look to Phuket for their example.

Phuket was fine when I was there, and would love to go back again.  Northern Thailand is quite nice. The worst part of Phuket and Pattaya were the foreigners, especially from European countries. Many seemed to have no respect for the Thai culture and were very loud and obnoxious. Fortunately, this was not all of them. Like anywhere, some people are considerate of others and some don’t give a rat’s behind thinking that since they are tourists and spend their money, they can be complete jerks and justify it.

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Posted in: How to live without too much effort See in context

ToraJune 25 07:48 am JST

I would also put sleep way up there. That and long-term, smart investing. So invest more, sleep more and work less.

Yes, well said. I will add, let your money make money for you, too. That is what smart investing is all about. Also, one needs to do what one needs to do, for him/herself and family. Family is so very important. One of my favorite quotes is : "No one on their deathbed said, I wish I spent more time at the office."

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Posted in: Pot producers up cultivation with an eye to getting foreign athletes higher (if not faster and stronger) See in context

LagunaToday 02:42 pm JST

I was struck during my last visit to Seattle on how the THC business has progressed. A visit to a dispensary was like a visit to a Luis Viton boutique. There were concierges knowledgeable about the effects of each product and would explain in detail. Of course, it's more expensive than the stuff on the street, and you could just grow your own, but it is progress. I wish Japan would get on the bandwagon.

Really? Why do you want Japan to turn into another Seattle, even if only in the realm of selling pot or edibles? Seattle was great at one time, but now has among the worst homelessness problem in the country. The crime rate has skyrocketed and liberalism continues to destroy what was once a fantastic and safe place. The BLM chop zone destroyed businesses and BLM tried to burn down a police station with the police still in it. Two black children were killed in the chop zone. I guess their black lives did not matter. No, Japan should not get on the bandwagon. Let Japan be Japan. Not every foreign influence is a beneficial one.

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Posted in: Why do women still get judged so harshly for having casual sex? See in context

Express sisterJune 2 06:11 pm JST

Better yet, this one by Woody Allen, " Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go its pretty damn good.”

I'll do you one better, from a source unknown to me:

Sex is like pizza. Even when it's bad, it's good.

Very good way of describing it. I never had a bad pizza, but some are just not as good as others.

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Posted in: Why do women still get judged so harshly for having casual sex? See in context

As Isaac Newton never said: "If I have been further it is by erupting on the shoulders of giants."

Better yet, this one by Woody Allen, " Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go its pretty damn good.”

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Posted in: Please take Tokyo Olympics condoms back to your home country and use them there, organizers say See in context

StrangerlandToday 01:08 pm JST

Sex has been banned already apparently.

What? That's a pretty silly assertion. They are literally giving out condoms to the athletes, and as adults, how can they be banned from having sex?

I would say it refers to this from the article:

"However, the Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee insists that its distribution of condos is completely compatible with proper social distancing protocols. Why? Because they don’t want athletes to use the condoms while they’re at the Village at all, clarifying;

“Our intent and goal is not for athletes to use the condoms at the Olympic Village, but to help with awareness by taking them back to their own countries.”

In other words, the Olympic condoms are meant to be souvenirs from the competitors’ time in Japan, which they’ll enjoy using once they’re back home."

Nonetheless, distributing condos involves much paperwork. Distributing condoms would be much easier.

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Posted in: Please take Tokyo Olympics condoms back to your home country and use them there, organizers say See in context

zichiToday 10:00 am JST

Do they have the five rings on them? How does one do sex and social distancing at the same time?

Some of us come pretty damn close.

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Posted in: Over 30% in Japan see rise in exposure to secondhand smoke See in context

StrangerlandJune 1 09:25 am JST

The fact that smoking is legal is in no way an argument for making smoking areas more comfortable for smokers.

No more than any other park that is.

After all, they are citizens who pay taxes, and have a right to have their needs seen as well.

So, smoking and the resultant negative effects of secondhand smoke on other people is no problem for you. Yet, people that don’t get the covid vaccine, thus possible negative effects on others, are terrible people in your eyes. Ah, the laughable liberal “consistency”.

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Posted in: Vietnam to test all 9 mil residents in largest city See in context

StrangerlandJune 1 12:23 am JST

A developed country should not lag behind a developing one unless Japan gradually devolves into a developing one.

Um, so should they all pace to make sure they do it at the exact same rate? We could give everyone a trophy for participation too!

Or we could acknowledge that in the real world, every country will go at a different pace, and therefore it's a logical impossibility that there ISN'T a country that would lag behind. It's literally impossible for them to all go at the same rate.

Participating trophy? That is the liberal way. You don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, do you? No need to be the best to get a trophy.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open, citing mental health issues See in context

StrangerlandJune 1 07:33 am JST

The winner of this tournament will face a question-mark on the tournament for the rest of their lives. Did they win because they were the best, or did they win because the best exited early.

Yes, all you people who whined about her not joining the press conference, well this is what you get. This is why you can't have nice things.

Not at all.  Will Novak Djokovic face a question mark for the rest of his life when he defeated Andy Murray to win the 2016 Roland Garros tournament after Rafael Nadal withdrew due to an injury?  I doubt it highly.  Djokovic may have also had an injury but played through it. Murray is world class. By the way, how many lives does one have? I thought the winner of this tournament has only one life, not lives.


This is why you can’t have nice things? 

 Huh?  You need to get off the weed and LSD as it does not make you a “Better person” or one of the “Enlightened few”, as once claimed.

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Posted in: Faith in numbers: Fox News is must-watch for white evangelicals, a turnoff for atheists...and Hindus, Muslims really like CNN See in context

kyushubillToday 04:25 pm JST

Cable news is pure trash no matter the network. Talking heads just blah blah blah as if they are experts on anything discussed, but show they know nothing about everything. People just watch and believe everything they're told to believe.

Even when what they're told to believe is self contradictory and changes from day to day, they believe it because they're told to believe it. FOX, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, et al are pure brain cell cancer.

I can agree with Kyushubill. What gets me, among other things, is that the people who claim there is "white privilege" in America, almost always liberals, never call out Chris Cuomo at CNN. After all, his brother, Andrew, is the Governor of New York State, and their father, Mario, was also a Governor of New York State. Also, CNN host Anderson Cooper is the son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. Why don't we ever hear of this white privilege? As if these powerful and wealthy families had nothing to do with Chris Cuomo and Anderson Cooper getting these jobs at CNN.

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Posted in: Shikoku is a hidden gem of history and spirituality See in context

Been to Shikoku many times. Ritsurin Koen in Takamatsu was fantastic, and I had the best udon in Takamatsu, too. The Iya Kazurabashi (祖谷かずら橋) (vine bridges) in Miyoshi are quite unique. Just a short train ride from Tokushima. Ehime has the best citrus (mikans) anywhere. So much not mentioned in this article, but maybe that is good, too.

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Posted in: Muslim women using Sharia to push for gender equality See in context

Researchers found that for centuries a Muslim woman was required to walk ten steps behind their husband because the man was considered superior. Now, researchers found that the husband walks ten steps behind their wife. When the husbands were asked how this shift occurred, they all responded, "Land mines".

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Posted in: A pizza recipe with artichoke, mozzarella — and cicadas See in context

Desert TortoiseMay 24 03:46 am JST

After eating this "pizza" do you make cicada sounds when you burp?

Probably not, unless you identify as an insect (not impossible in today's world), or have a tymbal muscle on your abdominal segments.

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Posted in: The truth about tooth decay See in context

Be true to your teeth, or they will be false to you.

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Posted in: Anti-Israel protest See in context

oyattosa!!!May 22 10:11 pm JST

Muslims have no business protesting in foreign countries.

And then they wonder why Japan takes so few refugees...

Exactly! If one wants to protest something happening in a different country, go to that country and protest, or do something about it in that country.  Muslims in Japan are guests of Japan, and should not protest for things outside of Japan.  I could not care less about Muslims protesting something in Japan that is happening in the Middle East. I felt the same way for people in Japan protesting for BLM.  Go to Chicago and protest the killing of black children by other blacks if black lives truly mean something to you.

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Posted in: Anti-Israel protest See in context

GuruMay 22 12:35 pm JST

Why are Muslims not protesting against thousands of rockets fired by Hamas against Israel?

Why are Muslims not protesting that Hamas is using residential facilities to house their armed forces thereby leading to collateral damage?

Israel population has 20% Muslims who are free to leave for Islamic countries but Israeli muslims dont want to leave. Show me a Muslim country which has 20% Jews and we will talk.

Good point! For the same reason Black Lives Matter does not protest against the murders of black children by other blacks in Chicago. The black children murdered in Chicago does not fit into the Black Lives Matter narrative movement. Why? Because the lives of black on black crime don’t matter. Thus, the Muslims not protesting against Hamas using human shields and the lives that Hamas takes with the thousands of rockets sent toward Israel, does not matter.

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Posted in: Tesla CEO Elon Musk adds 'Saturday Night Live' hosting job to his to-do list See in context

Lazarus KnowsApr. 26 11:25 am JST

He’s cute, rich, smart. I would leave my partner and live him on Mars if we have a swimming pool and jacuzzi.

You'd probably die.

Maybe of AIDS? Ick!

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Posted in: Marian Anderson sings for the Empress of Japan in 1953 See in context

Voice lessons were expensive, however, and Anderson’s parents struggled financially. Her father, John Anderson, a “devout Baptist,” worked in the Philadelphia area as a general laborer while her mother, Anna, a schoolteacher at heart, had no choice but to take on odd jobs, from “scrubbing floors” to “working in a tobacco factory,” doing what she could to raise her three daughters, Marian being the oldest.

What a difference from today when back then the black family was a close unit and single parent mothers were only in the 24 % range. Today, 74 %.  Anyone wonder why the black community has so many problems, such as crime because there is no father figure? And yet, BLM wants to eliminate the nuclear family.

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Posted in: Marian Anderson sings for the Empress of Japan in 1953 See in context

Back in the United States, newspaper columnists viewed Anderson’s performance through a racially-minded lens, declaring to their readers that Anderson was the first person of African descent to ever set foot in the royal palace.

If a black person becomes mayor of a town, for example, the liberal press always says that it is a first for blacks, stroking the sense of segregation. Why not just call the person a mayor and show the respect due? Do we ever hear of the first Hungarian-American mayor? Of course not.

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Posted in: Ranks of 'refugee smokers' surging with no place to puff See in context

theFuApr. 29  11:35 pm JST

Didn't most of the world pass these smoking restriction laws in 1990?

I'd think the best location for smoking would be on rooftops. Setup a corner with butt holders and let smokers and friends have at it. Airports have smoking rooms with high volume air exchanges.

Had a girlfriend who smoked, once. It was like kissing an ashtray. Not for me.

I, too, had a girlfriend that smoked and it was like kissing an ashtray. However, she did have a couple of attributes that made me forget about the smoke.

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Posted in: Young widow arrested for killing Japanese 'Don Juan' in 2018 See in context

NAMApr. 28  04:35 pm JST

Wow, that is one rollercoaster of a story and life! They should totally make a movie out of it.

Imo, he sounds like a pretty awful person who married an even more terrible person. But it's a fascinating story, and I would like to watch it and feel better about my own life and decisions lol. Just goes to show you money and young beautiful women aren't everything.


But maybe it is the closest one can ever get to everything.  Didn’t Woody Allen once say that “sex without love is an empty experience, but as far as empty experiences go, it is one of the best.”

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Posted in: Misinformation, disinformation and hoaxes: What’s the difference? See in context

expatApr. 26 12:09 pm JST

What's the similarity? They are the bread and butter of media outlets like Fox, OAN and Sinclair, and a mainstay of the GOP keeping its base "informed".

Here is the perfect example of what this article is talking about.  According to expat, evidently only the conservative outlets, Fox etc., is spreading misinformation. No mention, of course, that CNN and MSNBC do the same to keep their base “informed”. Wake up, all sides do this.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says cancelation not being considered See in context

George TownesApr. 24 07:25 am JST

Oh, the torch relay will be coming through my little hamlet in the middle of June and I have been asked to be part of the town staff in helping out with the day's festivities.

As I believe these games and everything associated with them should be cancelled, I think I will call in sick that day. I am feeling a bit under the weather…cough, cough

I once called my work and told them I had eye trouble and could not come to work that day. The supervisor asked me what was wrong with my eye. I told him I could not see myself coming into work.

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Posted in: Asia and the great reconvergence See in context

1glennApr. 24 07:43 am JST

The US particularly is dependent on technically trained immigrants. I worked for over 20 years at a top company that could not stay in business without legal immigrants doing the work that requires technical know how. I worked alongside these people, and respected them, but I find it worrying that the American economy is so totally dependent on immigrants. Which leads me to Trump's misguided attempts to stop immigration. Without legal immigrants doing the jobs that not enough Americans know how to do, or even want to learn to do, America would collapse. For a man who claimed to be in favor of policies to make America great, he was very intent on doing the opposite.

Not true at all concerning Trump.  Trump often spoke about the need for people to come to the USA, legally, to help it grow and prosper. He wanted people, such as doctors, researchers, engineers etc., and others with such talents and education.  Here is a reference for you from the Washington Post which was never friendly to Trump:

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Posted in: Asia and the great reconvergence See in context

EvilBuddhaApr. 23 05:52 pm JST

With a population of 4.56 billion the economic shift was inevitable. However, the stories of demise of the West are quite overrated, since most of the innovation and research still happens in the West.

Also missing in this article is how many millionaires from China and India prefer to migrate to the West and take along their capital (both financial and human) with them.

Exactly!   That’s why Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, which over the last 25 years has seen an influx of Chinese from Hong Kong, is called Hongcouver, a combination of Hong Kong and Vancouver

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Posted in: 4 pro baseball stadiums will close to fans during state of emergency See in context

JimizoApr. 25 12:11 pm JST

Sports are a very important part of a healthy society. Football is one of the most popular with people playing twice a month.

Yes. Football is the best sport for a variety of reasons. Great exercise being one of them - 5-a-side gets you in shape.

Baseball seems to involve a hell of a lot of standing around doing nothing in particular.

Both American football and soccer are great games, but I will disagree with you about baseball. You obviously have never played the game, or certainly not been coached well enough to understand everything that goes on.  No matter where the ball is hit, all nine players are moving somewhere (or should be moving), such as backing up throws or potential throws. Even when the ball is not hit, the players are anticipating it will come to them and what they will do with the ball, depending if there are people on base, the score of the game, etc..  Not to mention the excitement of the fans in Japan at the Tokyo Dome and other stadiums.

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