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Posted in: New Zealanders give up guns after massacre, drawing some online criticism apparently from U.S. See in context

Campaign finance reform (overturning the Citizens United decision) will cure much of America’s ills and rest control of the legislature away from big money and give it back to the voters. As long as special interests can pump millions or billions of dollars into brainwashing campaigns, then things will never get better.

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Posted in: When filming sex scenes, 'intimacy coordinators' are key See in context

Pay someone to ficilitate communication between actor and director? That sounds like a failure of leadership.

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Posted in: Trump says talks with Kim failed over N Korean sanctions demands See in context

Winning, lol.

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Posted in: At Sundance, a fresh look at man's first walk on the moon See in context

Where are all the man’s never landed on the moon nuts?

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Posted in: Japanese teacher punches high school boy in face; social media on his side See in context

I am shocked at how my ignorant comments here are supporting violence. Yes the kid was very disrespectful, but violence is never ok, unless you are protecting yourself or others from other violence, especially an adult against a minor. Both should be disciplined, with the teacher, if not being outright fired, then the next closest option and the student being suspended or possibly expelled for his role. There is no doubt both were wrong, but there was only one adult in the room and he failed miserably to act like one.

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Posted in: Husband arrested after 79-year-old wife found dead in mountains See in context

He admitted to killing her, but was only charged with abandoning her body?

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Posted in: U.S. startup eyes next generation of burgers with relish See in context

I look forward to trying it. I have heard good things about the taste and texture and the environmental impact could be a game changer.

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Posted in: Oregon hotel apologizes a week after kicking out black man See in context

Agree Luddite. In college I had a couple of black fraternity brothers who I lived with at various points. Glad I did. It opened my white privileged eyes. The amount of subtle (mostly) and even overt prejudice and racism was astonishing. From we are standing in a group at a bar drinking beers and someone asks my friend to clean up a mess thinking since they are the only black person there they must be a bus boy, to driving by our flag football practice and yelling “ni**** go back to Africa!” out the window of their car.

They had to put up with this all the time and if ut had been me, I probably would have turned violent and often. They are better than me in that respect and it makes me want to puke when I have to listen to folks victim blaming and try to minimize the fact that racism is alive and well.

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Posted in: Japanese rice wine kit lets you brew your own tasty sake in the comfort of your own home See in context

Kirin, Sapporo, Asahi, and Suntory only. Which charge 2 USD PER CAN of Budweiser quality beer.

I'd argue that they are a lot better than Budweiser.

Indeed. My in laws visit once a year here in the states and they bring me 12 cans of Sapporo Red Star, which is not so easy to find even in Japan. This summer I will go to Sapporo and bring back Blue Star which is like a Belgium White beer.

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Posted in: Diabetic amputations on the rise in the U.S. See in context

I think im smart cutting my sugar down to like 1/3 of a teaspoon per coffee, but when you have 5 a day ummm lol.

If you buy decent beans and grind them yourself, then you don’t need sugar. I haven’t put anything in my coffee for decades, unless I’m somewhere where the coffe is swill and my need for caffeine supersedes my palate.

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Posted in: Dementia puts financial assets of elderly at risk in Japan See in context

The government estimates that number will increase to 7 million to 8 million, or 6 to 7 percent of the total population, by 2030

Do the math people! 7% of the total population have dementia. At present, over 60’s make up around 35% of the population. This means around around 25-30% of the over 60’s are suffering from dementia.

I would love to the formula you used to come up with that, lol. You realize Dementia is not spread evenly across all age groups, right? I imagine you could find the statistics, but I would say conservatively 95% of Dementia cases are concentrated in the over 60 cohort.

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Posted in: Town hosting wrecked Fukushima plant may allow partial access in 2020 See in context

They should be forced to watch this 60 Minutes investigative report before they move anywhere near there.

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Posted in: Town in Niseko ski resort area to tax lodgers See in context

The small lodging tax complainers here must never come to Florida.Orlando has a 6% resort tax on top of the state sales tax.

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Posted in: Ghosn says he does not want to make false confession: sources See in context

 I can't ask my employer to hold on to half of my salary every year and then pay it to me in one lump sum after I retire

Not true. Ever heard of deferred compensation? I have many high earning clients that have comp plans that pay them less now and spread the payments over 5-10 years after they retire. The taxes are paid in the year when the income is received.

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Posted in: Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn: Did he fall or was he pushed? See in context

The only annoyything he did was be born in a foreign country and do what no Japanese CEO was able to do for these companies.

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Posted in: Ghosn allegedly shifted personal investment loss of ¥1.7 bil to Nissan See in context

For example the use of the company jet for private use, was it "illegal"? No one is stating such a thing, but it is being used to bury him further.

It’s not illegal, but it is undeclared additional condensation, so he will be open to a tax fraud indictment. You cannot avoid paying taxes for any gifts or benefits you receive. Last month I received a Yeti tumbler at work for something I had done. Before accepting it, I had to sign a tax document noting its value and that it would be added to my W2 tax forms. That was for a $27 cup not a $50k plane ride taken monthly. He is done based on everything I have read.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over Australia strawberry needle scare See in context

What was her point?

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Posted in: In Japanese film 'Sea', guilt leads to revenge after sexual assault See in context

Victims blaming makes me sick and both men and women do it. I’m glad this subject is shedding its taboo label.

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Posted in: Kumamoto councilwoman who took baby to work kicked out of conference for using cough drop See in context

Where were the adults that day?

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Posted in: Trump: Heads of state 'were laughing with me,' not at me See in context

Trump is oblivious to reality. And yes I see the irony in that statement.

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Posted in: Police officer in koban stabbed to death in Sendai; attacker shot dead See in context

Sounds like suicide by cop.

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Posted in: 1st case of unlicensed private lodging sent to prosecutors See in context

This is primarily about controlling tax revenue. By making a regulation hurdle which forces them to register, you implement a system that makes it easier to track the properties and keep on top of the tax revenue generated by each property. It’s the same with all of the sharing/gig economy. Uber is another example. Municipalities wish to outlaw Uber because the taxi service is a monopwhere the government forces taxi companies to pay large licensing fees in order to operate. Uber undercuts this system and licensing revenue has dropped dramatically everywhere they operate. Only in areas where public pressure to keep the gig economy open is greater than the pressure to close it by the business owners losing revenue is it allowed to flourish. Japan is not known for organized public pressure in support of dramatic economic and societal change.

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Posted in: Mayor of Japan’s Conan town to Conan O’Brien: 'If you want the money, come visit' See in context

That's how the american world works. Trying to get money even if you don't deserve it or on the base of a stupid reason.

And this how you would expect someone who is ignorant of the situation to respond. Conan is a biting satirist. He is brilliantly intelligent and his humor sometimes flies above those with less evolved senses of humor.

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Posted in: New Netflix series 'Insatiable' faces fat-shaming, homophobia accusations See in context

I’m ok with a little bit of fat shaming. Skin color, sexual orientation and ethnicity are all things you are born with. They are not a choice, so I never understood how one could hate someone for the way they are born. For most people, though, weight/physique is mostly about personal discipline. Getting proper exercise and monitoring caloric intake are quite simple and those who don’t have amount self-respect to take care of themselves don’t deserve my respect. Obviously, so people have medical issues which prevent them from maintaining a healthy weight and those people have my sympathy. And all the obese children here in the US waddling around behind their morbidly obese parents-the children have my heartfelt sympathy because they are being neglected and forced into a lifetime of unhealthiness. This politically correct idea that if you are fat, then be proud of it is crazy! It’s terrible for you personally and it is a major drain on society for the added cost of healthcare and lost production.

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Posted in: Prosecutors rip into Trump's ex-campaign chief Manafort as trial opens See in context

The noose tightens.

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Posted in: Global foreign investment flows tumble on Trump's tax reform, OECD says See in context

Even CNN are reporting unemployment down, economic growth up and as good as full employment-all the detractors need to take it all in....

What do you mean EVEN CNN? They are a news organization. Where do you get your news?

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Posted in: 1/3 of households in Japan on edge of bankruptcy: BOJ study See in context

As in bank savings? Why would you put any money in a bank in Japan or pretty much anywhere in the West for that matter at present interest rates? Barely keeping up with inflation. You would have to be dumb to do so. Better off putting it index funds, retirement savings or even gold. Hiding it under the pillow as almost a better option.

In what country can you receive interest from a bank account that exceeds ir even matches inflation? I can answer that for you. No where. It doesn’t exist. To grow your money faster than inflation requires taking risk and you should not take risk with your emergency savings. Long term retirement savings yes, but “I need the money today to pay for my kids surgery” savings, no. As a Finacial Planner in the US, I see this a lot here. About half of Americans have zero saved for retirement and have less than $1k in the bank for emergencies, so they are one missed pay check from financial difficulties. Savings is all about discipline. We are a single income family and I make less than 6 figures, yet we own two homes and the one with a mortgage is rented and nets me $1k/month in income which more than covers the bills on my second home allowing me to max my retirement savings and save for another income property. We live a nice life, coming to Japan every summer, but we are miticulous about saving and watch what we spend. We rarely eat out, thus are able to save more. Saving money is mostly about discipline and if you are not saving at least 15%, then you are spending too much and need to rework your budget. It may not be easy, but it can be done.

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker says LGBT couples lack 'productivity' See in context

What is psychology wrong with people that can’t accept those who are different? Shame.

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Posted in: Diet OKs law to allow up to 3 casino resorts See in context

Pachinko parlors on sale now!

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Posted in: Court orders retrial of deceased man convicted in 1984 murder See in context

Hopefully every policeman, prosecutor and judge who participated in this travesty will rot in hell.

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