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Posted in: Walkman outsells iPod in Japan See in context

I use my pda for all of that. Not enough memory? Just pop in another card, no being stuck with built in memory.

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Posted in: Mrs Bush, Rice: Bush presidency not a failure See in context

First off to be clear I am an American. SO you don't need to be saying things to me like, "In America this, or saying things like "In my country..." I know how "it is".

My point is, people have stereotypical views of things, ask someone what they think a terrorist looks like and they will give you a description of Osama Bin Liden or someone who looks like your 7-11 clerk.

But back on the subject, there is a stereotype, we are always told to "look for suspicious people" yet many of the suspicious people often reported on the news by the general public are minorities or people of color. There are countless reports of middle eastern, people of color, muslims being removed from flights simply because other passengers were not "comfortable" with them. Many of these people are just as American just as you or I, none of them are terrorists, none of them were charged, they were removed because someone felt uncomfortable because that person has a stereotype.

I have stereotypes, you have stereotypes, everyone has stereotypes. I'm just saying "terrorists" come in all shapes and sizes and we need to try to move away from those stereotypes.

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Posted in: Mrs Bush, Rice: Bush presidency not a failure See in context

I didn't say bank robber was charged or convicted, I'm saying you can be charged because of the broad nature of the definition of "terrorism".

No one said "global terrorism", I'm just pointing out that "terrorism" has a broad definition and there have been many terrorist incidents pre and post 9/11 committed by both Americans and Foreign nationals.

Moderator: Back on topic please.

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Posted in: Mrs Bush, Rice: Bush presidency not a failure See in context

Hate to play both sides, but again, MANY. Terrorism has a very broad definition and due to various laws passed since 9/11, pretty much any major crime can be charged as "terrorism". Rob a bank and the bank robber can be charged with "terrorism". Before and after 9/11 there were and still are many "terrorism" related events.

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Posted in: Mrs Bush, Rice: Bush presidency not a failure See in context

By the way, how many terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11 again?

Many. Antrax attacks which left five dead, attacks on US Embassies (which is "U.S. Soil").

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Posted in: Shinsei Bank to offer 24-hour ATM service over year-end holidays See in context

Were Shinsei bank ATMs closed last year? I recall them working or my memory has gone bad. But anycase thats good news.

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Posted in: Shinjuku See in context

Piss Alley

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Posted in: Woman standing on platform dies after being hit by passing train in Fukuoka See in context

Gar, I meant waist not waste.

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Posted in: Woman standing on platform dies after being hit by passing train in Fukuoka See in context

Newer lines have them because they can be built during construction.

In regards to the hundreds of already existing lines, the problem would be in retrofitting every single rail station platform in a metropolitan area with these gates, talk about disruption? Notwithstanding on heavily used lines you have trains with different door numberings, one train set might have four doors, another has 6 and another has 8, so alignment would also have to be taken into consideration.

Taking into consideration the number of millions of passengers traveling each day without incident (and I mean accident and not suicide) the system as is is still pretty safe.

Now as regards to some of the barriers, you have two types, some that are there to prevent accident, usually waste high, and others built to the very top ceiling (found in some subways), the waste high ones are good in preventing accident, but anyone wanting to commit suicide can easily jump over one.

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Posted in: Koki Kameda See in context

No, Cleo, it's not an "American police uniform".

How is it not your stereotypical American Police Uniform?

It IS a "American Police Uniform" in that sense.

I don't know about you or if you ever worked in law enforcement, because in the US law enforcement is not centralized there is no "standard" in what uniforms look like, Some places eg uk, japan etc. do have general standards so a uniform in Tokyo pretty much looks the same in Hiroshima. In the US, each jurisdiction has their own standards, some places have excellent uniforms, some departments just throw some stuff together like in the photo. In the US there's even a "Best Dressed Law Enforcement" award each year.

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Posted in: Koki Kameda See in context

Considering the movie is about NYPD officers, the uniform is all wrong. Otherwise one can certainly say it is your "poor" police department's choice of a uniform.

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Posted in: Tsukiji fish market See in context

I know some people making a big fuss about this, honestly, I don't get up that early, and if I did, I wouldn't be going to a Tuna auction.

Also from a business point of view, I can totally understand, it is a place of business and you have many people obstructing the business.

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Posted in: Do children need to have cell phones with them at school? See in context

They they need them at school...no. Do they need them going to and from school..yes.

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Posted in: Japan to arrest anti-whaling activists, newspaper reports See in context

Double standard, some say Japan is breaking the law so its ok for these vigilanties to take the laws into their own hands. Then someone mentions international waters, but then another person says its Australian waters so what do you want it to be?

Just because someone robs you of your money, you can't take the law into your own hands and rob them back.

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Posted in: Greenpeace protests anti-whaling arrests See in context

So two wrongs make a right? Hey I'm no big fan of whaling, but still doesn't give Greenpeace, or SeaShepard crews to go an take the laws into their own hands, or in this case, pretty much breaking into some place and stealing stuff.

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Posted in: Japan to arrest anti-whaling activists, newspaper reports See in context

Obstruction of business is a broad definition. The IWC allows it, if you have a beef, then take it out with the IWC.

Maybe some readers are missing the part where its when these "activists" actually board a Japanese ship is when Japan can detain them. Not when they are on another ship. I've said it before, I don't care if it is a whaling vessel or a ship full of nuns, if someone illegally boards a ship with the probable intent to cause disruption of operation, or even harm, the ship's crew has a responsibility to protect their vessel and those on board, and knowing the history of these so called activists, I have nothing against Japan detaining them. If it were my ship, I would do the same. I don't care if they are anti whale activists, pirates, or Jahova's witnesses, if they are trying to illegally board my ship, yeah I'm going to detain them, and I'm sure if you were a ship captain you'd do the same exact thing.

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Posted in: Japan to arrest anti-whaling activists, newspaper reports See in context

" Australia owns 48% of Antarctica so anyone within, I think, 200 kilometres of those parts of Antarctica are in Aussie waters."

No country owns Antarctica or any parts of it. They can only claim parts of it, and Australia's claim is only recognized by four countries . Antarctic territorial claims are not recognized by most countries, including Japan.

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Posted in: Japan to arrest anti-whaling activists, newspaper reports See in context

They aren't exercising such powers against other ships, they are exercising against people who board their ship. I'm not a fan of whaling, I don't eat whale, I'm just looking at this from a non whale standpoint. If I'm the Captain of a Ship, and someone boards my ship that I don't want on, I'm going to defend it, I don't care if its Somali Pirates or Sea Sheperd activists. Their goal is to disrupt the operations of my ship and potentially endanger the lives of the people on board.

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Posted in: Japan to arrest anti-whaling activists, newspaper reports See in context

International law gives captain's of ships (to include Aircraft) broad authority of events that happen on their ships (aircraft).

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Posted in: Kitajima gets his hands on Quarter Pounder See in context

Actually there are 2 stores in Tokyo that sell nothing but Quarter Pounder and double Quarter Pounder sets. They aren't branded as McDonalds, but simply QUARTER POUNDER.

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Posted in: Palin is inundated with A-list offers, from world travel to movie deals See in context

"Sarah Palin isn't for taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor, she's for creating wealth that everyone can enjoy, and her state is pretty darn good at it."

Socialism isn't defined as "taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor". Her state is pretty darn good at practicing socialism. The state has collective ownership, takes profits from the rich oil companies and "redistributes the wealth" back to the citizens of Alaska.

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Posted in: Palin is inundated with A-list offers, from world travel to movie deals See in context

It must really grind your gears to know that Palin herself practices what you worry about "Socialism". While she was trying to scare everyone into thinking Obama will turn America into a Socialist country, She herself governs the most "socialist" state in the US. You were trying to tell me last time she isn't for spreading the wealth, but her actions and words show differently.

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Posted in: Palin is inundated with A-list offers, from world travel to movie deals See in context

Give it a bit of time and people will be like "Sarah Palin who???".

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Posted in: Obama outlines plans to create 2.5 million jobs See in context

"Our crumbling roads and bridges"

And what is NOT true about this statement? At least he's not being a hypocrite like Palin when it comes to Socialism.

The US DOES have a large crumbling infrastructure, the Minnesota bridge collapse last year was just the tip of it. There are over 150,000 bridges in the US rated structurally deficient or obsolete.

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Posted in: The Michelin guide for 2009 gives Tokyo restaurants the highest number of total stars in the world with 227? Do you think Tokyo is the best dining city in the world? See in context

I think some people might be confused on what exactly the Michelin guide rate or say. It doesn't say "Japanese food is the best" or that food Japanese food is great compared to that of others, eg it doesn't say Sushi is better then Lambchops. All it does is rate individual restaurants based on various criteria. You can have good tasting food and not get a Michelin star. Tokyo just happens to have lots of restaurants that meet the Michelin criteria to issue a star (or stars). There's lots of dining in Tokyo, and there's more in a city like NY with variety, but Michelin doesn't rate a city based on variety, it rates it based on each individual restaurants performance with a large bias towards French restaurants (even on other city guides) so variety has nothing to do with it.

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Posted in: JR Tokai female staff issued pepper spray for self-defense See in context

Many of the attacks have happened in Empty early or really late evening trains. The odds are that any attack would be in a car full of babies, eldery or otherwise other people that can just call the police is very small. So the question about it it affecting those people is kind of mute and even if it were, well, you sure got the attention of a lot of people to distract the perp.

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Posted in: Can Blu-ray save Christmas for Hollywood? See in context

I doubt so, blue ray is jack if you don't have a good TV to go with it. The switch from dvd to blue ray dvd is not as dramatic as it was from VHS to DVD which was totally different. I don't even have a blue ray, DVDs are cheaper and look just fine to me.

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Posted in: Shizuka Kudo leaves her idol days behind See in context

Actually many high profile events have been held at the Shinagawa Prince.

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Posted in: Tokyo police, rail authorities hope to scare Halloween pranksters See in context

Last thing I need is to get stuck or delayed by a group of people doing jackassery, I don't care if they are foreigners, Japanese, martians, whatever.

Want to hold a party and drink, go to a bar or something.

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Posted in: Tosa dog bites boy, postman in Osaka; owner arrested See in context

Dogs chasing postmen, who would of figured.

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