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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:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/trump-wants-a-different-kind-of-immigrant-highly-skilled-workers-who-speak-english-and-have-job-offers/2019/05/15/9c1d8eca-772b-11e9-bd25-c989555e7766_story.html:

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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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Posted in: Winter Olympic boycott chatter shouldn't go any further See in context

Kyakusenbi_ArimasuApr. 17 04:50 pm JST

I was interrogated in China and I was not protesting the Olympics, Government or anything else. It had to do with what they found in my backpack when they clandestinely went through my items.

I still say boycott it.

Any more information? What did they find? Maybe the interrogation was appropriate. Clandestine? In what type of circumstances? I can't believe any of this without some details.

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Posted in: Japan’s first vegan fruit sandwich shop serves up delicious mango treats See in context

Pukey2Apr. 14  10:15 am JST

When it comes to mangoes, nothing beats those from Thailand and the Indian subcontinent.

 

I guess you have not tried Philippine mangoes.  These are delicious, especially from Cebu and the Guimaras Island area. These are the top export mangoes from the Philippines because it is known as the sweetest of all the Philippine mangoes. Also, there is a tree in India that reportedly has over 300 varieties of mangoes growing on it.  Now that's impressive!

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-many-kinds-of-mango-are-there

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Posted in: Death of man attacked by bear sparks conversation about what to do when facing one See in context

kohakuebisuToday 08:35 am JST

especially if you insist on venturing out to hike or forage for wild flowers this spring.

I've seen bears riding a road bike on tarmac roads five times, but have only seen one once running or mountain biking on woodland trails. That one was up a tree. If you ride a road bike on non-main roads in inaka, i.e., the best roads, it's all "bear country"

I am pretty sure I know what you mean, but it does seem like the bears are riding on the bike, not you.

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Posted in: Roaches thriving amid coronavirus See in context

Roaches are, in a sense, the comic side of the coronavirus tragedy. They’re ugly, slimy, noisy and not fragrant; we don’t want them in our cities, homes, workplaces and places of recreation. But they are harmless,

I have not seen a slimy roach and it is not true they are harmless. Although they don't bite, they can carry harmful bacteria on their legs/tarsi after coming in contact with bacteria laden areas, such as animal feces, and then transfer it to food. Also, they can also be dangerous as an allergen source and asthma trigger, just like dust mites.

GBR48Apr. 15 12:51 am JS

Any increase is likely due to climate change.

Be more worried if roaches can get Covid as that would be a fertile reservoir for new variants. We know cats can get it, but I haven't heard of any testing regime for felines.

No, not climate change. Every problem in the world does not originate with climate change. It is more likely food left around in one's kitchen and not sweeping the floors. Ants will also find the food on the floors, and that is not due to climate change.

As for roaches getting Covid, that's absurd. I would not lose sleep over it. It is quite a different scenario as compared to species of Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malaria.

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Posted in: Wily crooks harness pandemic to spawn new scams See in context

Larr FlintApr. 11 01:44 pm JST

I'm afraid there is more to come...

I would like the police to step-up and chase those criminals.

The only problem is the PUNISHMENT for that kind of SCAMS which is very low compared to the EARNINGS the criminal makes.

Another compelling reason for capital punishment.  There will be no repeat offenders to swindle other elderly people. Robbing the elderly is just disgusting as they ususally can't fight for themselves or understand what is going on.

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Posted in: Will the Oscars be a 'who cares' moment as ratings dive? See in context

Concerned CitizenToday 10:19 am JST

While there are still a lot of great productions, Hollywood has become terminally infected with open disdain for whites, religious people, conservatives, and many others. So of course those people have begun to tune out.

Then of course there's the problem of great content being replaced by gratuitous violence, materialism, shallowness, and all manner of poor quality.

It's unfortunate because Hollywood used produce many classics.

Nailed it!

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Posted in: New strategy: Politicians in crisis refuse calls to resign See in context

Desert TortoiseApr. 11 11:48 am JST

Not that I have an ounce of sympathy or respect for Representative Gaetz, but let's see the evidence against him first. There is another dynamic at play the article does not mention. For may, the mere accusation of a man doing something sexually inappropriate absent anything more than heresay evidence becomes grounds for firing the person, cancelling their show, removal from office, boycotting their business or whathaveyou. My suspicion on the Gaetz matter is the evidence is there and probably damning but I can fully understand him saying "oh yeah, prove it". The US criminal justice system is after all founded on the ideas of innocence until proven guilty, the burden of proof in on the accuser and it requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt, which in most states means a unanimous jury verdict, to convict someone of a criminal offense. Defendants have the right to know who their accuser is and cross examine them. Accusers cannot hide behine anonymity even in cases of sexual assault.

This is one of the few times I would agree with you.  Yet a difference is that with Gaetz, it was only accusations of sexually inappropriate conduct, which is bad in itself, as compared to Gov. Cuomo.  Cuomo has similar accusations against him and also sent thousands of covid positive people to nursing homes which resulted in the death of thousands of elderly.  He subsequently received an Emmy Award for his news conferences about COVID, while the elderly perished.  Then, his office tried to cover up the nursing home scandal, and even admitted to it. Then, he had his family and other contacts jump the line for a covid vaccination, due to his influence. The average Joe could not get this. The sexual allegations against Cuomo have yet to be verified, and he deserves the presumption of innocence on this one, but the other examples I just mentioned have been proven. These alone should be enough for him to resign. But as true as you are reading this, it will be true that he won’t resign.

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Posted in: After Amazon: Labor tries to regroup in wake of Alabama loss See in context

iluvyokohamaApr. 11 10:19 pm JST

Amazon is not an example of the Free Market System but is an example of the Greedy Capitalism that is destroying the United States. Jeff Bezos does not like the Free Market, he doesn't want competition and has destroyed thousands of small businesses. Bezos spent millions of dollars fighting the union when he should have been spending that money on improving the working conditions of his overworked and underpaid workers. Amazon is an Evil Empire and Jeff Bezos is an Evil Person who has no soul or conscious.

If capitalism is so bad, and yes, it has flaws like everything else in life, why are people flocking by the millions to come to the United States?   Do you see people by the millions trying to get into Cuba, or Russia?  Are people sneaking into Cuba or Venezuela for a better life?

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Posted in: Police report record number of cannabis offenders in 2020 See in context

Christine LougheadApr. 10 06:55 pm JST

Keep it illegal and crack down on all of those using it . You don’t need this repulsive crap in Japan like we have here in Canada . Every apartment building smells like crap and every time I leave the house I smell it and when coming in and out of stores or even smelling it on people in stores . It’s everywhere . Not to mention the effect it has on employment and the increase in car accidents from driving while high. It’s ruined so many peoples lives here .

I agree totally, the stench is horrible.  Just as bad as cigarette smoke stench. But since many people smoke it, and evidently many posting on this forum, and if it is going to eventually be made legal everywhere in the US, then we can at least make money on it.  Investing in cannabis companies and the manufacturers of cannabis growing equipment both on the TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) and NYSE, has proved fruitful for me.  So all of you that love to smoke it, whether new timers or have done so for decades, keep doing it.  Every puff you take is money in my pocket. I also invested in health care so if the weed smokers develop more health problems down the road, that's money in the bank, too.  Just don’t smoke it near me.

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Posted in: Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics See in context

Mr KiplingApr. 10 03:28 pm JST

A little more info... Homosexuality is a crime in 70 countries. Punishable by death in 13!

Are they going to ban Iran, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Somalia, can you see a patern?, Sudan, UAE, Pakistan....

Talking about ending LGBT discrimination at the Olympics and NOT mentioning this is a complete cop out.

Of course, politics is politics.

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Posted in: DMX, rap's dark, tortured star, dies at 50 See in context

Raised in the New York suburb of Yonkers, the artist endured a grim childhood, growing up in the projects with his mother and siblings where he suffered abuse.

At 14, he entered a cycle of incarceration that would persist throughout his life, committing robberies that regularly landed him in jail.

Even after he achieved celebrity for his artistry, DMX continued to have run-ins with the penal system, with charges including drug possession, animal cruelty, reckless driving, failure to pay child support, and tax evasion.

Never heard of him, but this is so often the result of a fatherless home.   His father was possibly in jail or dead from some nefarious reason. The actor Denzel Washington, a black man, was quite right when he talked about fatherless homes in the black community, three times more prevalent than only decades ago.  The fate of most blacks in this situation will never change no matter how much government money is thrown at them.  Here, listen to Denzel yourself (less than two minutes):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOdE8iGn9Ak

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend expresses resolve to marry her See in context

Aly RustomApr. 9 07:30 am JST

If I were in their shoes, I'd just elope.

Maybe fruitcakes are running the show, thus, they cantaloupe.

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Posted in: U.S. weighs Beijing Olympics boycott with partners, allies See in context

Fighto!Apr. 7 06:58 am JST

Excellent move by the US, taking the moral leadership, and more freedom-loving nations will hopefully follow suit. It is to be hoped Japan withdraws also.

Who wants to go to Beijing for a propoganda exercise, meanwhile up to 2 million innocent Muslims are languishing in concentration camps? Worst genocide since WW2.

Enough is enough. Boycott Beijing 2022, boycott Communist, genocidal China.

Any genocide is horrendous. I don't think two million Muslims were killed. There have been worse genocides since WW2. Look up the ethnic Germans known as Donauschwabens who were killed after WW2 by Tito in Yugoslavia and in nearby countries. They were Germans who had nothing to do with Hitler. If they weren't killed outright and their land and homes taken away, then they were shipped to labor camps in Russia where they died of disease and starvation. There were many genocides after WW2 and again, genocides are horrendous.

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Posted in: Wear to be seen See in context

nandakandamandaApr. 7 09:12 am JST

Looks like two women to me.

Maybe he identifies as a woman.

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Posted in: In apology, Amazon admits some drivers in U.S. have to 'pee in bottles' See in context

Lazarus KnowsApr. 6 04:48 pm JST

Distinctly right wing? Is that so?

Yep. Left wingers are pro-union and pro-worker. Right wingers are not.

So tell me about Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon, the liberal Washington Post newspaper, among other companies. Mr. Bezos is more left leaning than right leaning. He is generally classified as being on the left. If left-wingers are pro-union and pro-worker, why is Amazon fighting the establishment of a union within Amazon and why this article about Amazon in the first place if left leaning Jeff Bezos owns the company? Not all left wingers are pro-union and not all right wingers are anti-union.

I commented on your remarks about Ellen DeGeneres, and your thinking that you are eternally loving, but it was removed as off topic.

You did get one thing correct. I spelt the word "aisle" incorrectly. I meant to do that and left off the "a".

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Posted in: Japanese photographer captures Great Buddha’s ritual cleaning See in context

Thomas GoodtimeApr. 6 03:32 pm JST

I wonder how the workers clean the statue of buddha in the West

I'd imagine it's quite easy as there probably aren't any statues of Buddha

You probably can find some in Asian restaurants, but certainly not this size.

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Posted in: Ohtani's 2-way play, Walsh's walkoff HR lift Angels over White Sox See in context

MuratafanToday 04:41 am JST

No matter what you say, getting 7 strikeouts in one game and then hitting a 451-foot bomb is impressive....even for an ol' codger like stickman. If it was so easy, how come nobody else has done it?

The fact that the phrase 'good old days' was even used tells me everything I need to know. In the good old days, only Nolan Ryan would throw as hard as Ohtani and he had plenty of walks too. And, Nolan didn't exactly hit 450-foot dingers.

Well said! Nolan Ryan had a tremendous amount of stikeouts, and also walks. That is similar to home great home run hitters that also strike out often. Also, the fastest pitch and hardest hit HR may be meaningless to some on this forum, but it does mean quite a bit to opposing teams. They now know, even better than before, that he is not someone to take lightly. It used to be that when facing a pitcher at bat, it was considered a sure out. That is one reason the designated hitter rule was created, so as to bring more action into the game. But Ohtani does not need a designated hitter. In fact, he can, and probably will be at times, used as a designated hitter when not pitching.

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