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Posted in: G-20 shut Trump out on climate, strike deal on trade See in context

From the photos you would think the Trump women dominated this G19+1 meeting. -Certainly by height alone.

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Posted in: Ivanka sits in for Trump at G-20 See in context

Ivanka Trump has been involved in politics since the Wollman (NYC-Central Park) ice rink. Without Ivanka's constant encouragement (pressure) and steadfast dedication most political pundits have concluded the rink would have been eliminated from Central Park. It was basically Donald's ingenious building and political/media wit and Ivanka Trump vs the NYC political elites and media. Ivanka won when no-one thought it could be done. The rink still stands and for many a center-piece of Central Park.

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Posted in: What is your definition of "fake news," an expression that is frequently used by U.S. President Donald Trump? See in context

CNN = FNN (Fake News Network)

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Posted in: Trump doesn't seem to be heeding calls to tone down tweets See in context

I had know idea "Twitter" was "real news" now ---Always considered "Twitter" sort of "fake news"

Mika's father (Zbigniew Brzezinski) is a hard-core "globalist/Lib"

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Posted in: China's Xi warns Hong Kong to toe the line as he swears in new leader See in context

Hong Kong housing is getting expensive from all the Chinese coming over and speculation = many HK are leaving to Taiwan. Gov has been filibustering = hard to get legislation to approve new housing and land to build upon is scarce.

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Posted in: U.S. likely to bar Japanese investigators from interviewing warship crew, official says See in context

Makes one wonder if the responsibility of this situation is worse than the initial foolishness. Seems to be a great distraction for the TEPCO court case however (similar case in foolishness/responsibility)

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Posted in: Gunman kills doctor, wounds 6 others in Bronx hospital rampage See in context

Seems to be felons are allowed guns in NYC. Law abiding citizens must have an (impossible to get) license to get a handgun however.

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Posted in: Japan regulator ends LNG resale restrictions See in context

$5.25mBtu in Singapore (has been much higher)

US spot price $3.

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Posted in: Former TV announcer Mao Kobayashi dies of cancer at 34 See in context

-English version of blog slowly being edited.

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Posted in: Trump says he did not record conversations with former FBI chief Comey See in context

It seems people are a little slow on this:

Almost every political (foreign and domestic) transaction in the White House is taped or recorded (audio, video, or text) and has been for many years.

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Posted in: Air bag maker Takata files for bankruptcy in Japan, U.S. See in context

One poorly run Mexican plant can really destroy a whole global corporation it seems. Globalization at its' finest. Not worth the cheaper costs if you ask me to produce in Mexico.

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Posted in: Former TV announcer Mao Kobayashi dies of cancer at 34 See in context

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Posted in: Prince home state marks death anniversary with celebrations See in context

Record Store Day 2017 is today April 22. There is a new Prince album for this also.

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Posted in: Japan OKs pact to supply munitions to U.S. more flexibly See in context

Do you think the US military could air drop some Yukon Gold potatos to Calee et al?

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Posted in: Unseating Assad risks unleashing even more chaos See in context

With the shortage in butter and now "potato chips" I would say Assad is rather insignificant. Let Assad push the terrorists out of Syria and give Japan butter and potato chips.

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Posted in: Battery-powered trains emerge as lower-cost, eco-friendly alternative See in context

Huge difference between LNG (must be cooled) and CNG (just compressed). Those busses are most likely CNG. You can easily compress Natural Gas at home to get CNG also. (Japan generally does not have natural gas lines at home due to earthquakes etc)

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Posted in: What is the worst experience you have had with an airline? See in context

It is sort of amazing with the planes being so reliable now that the passengers and staff are so unpredictable. If anything I would stack the advantage my way and get as many people I know on that plane trying to make the experience as predictable as possible.

I was on a plane (USA Midwest) where the seats were 2 side by side facing another 2 seats. Flight was good but one passenger (40's business woman) wanted to make everyone's life miserable. So it was an annoying 2 hr flight with every minute of her life being the most precious and precarious. You would think better seats would help -but it really does not and depends on the people in the seats.

With all the pat downs, body scans, limits on what you can take (shampoo, lotion etc) commercial flying has become miserable now and some people take great joy in that misery. = No thanks. Flying private has little of these problems.

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Posted in: Video of passenger getting dragged off flight in Chicago sparks uproar See in context

So far this is costing United Airlines $800 million in value and US shareholders can/will also sue for loss of value.

This Dr could not miss this flight and didn't want the worry of trying to find another (over booked?) flight. Could have outright offered cash on the spot for another passenger to be bumped and explained his situation.

-He was bumped for 4 employees of another (affiliated?) airline = Not bumped for United Employees. =Probably a contract between United and others that they must accept these extra passengers.

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Posted in: Tillerson arrives in Moscow to push Putin on Syria See in context

As of now there is no scheduled meeting with Putin. = Most of this article is based on pure speculation.

-As for Russia siding with the "Rebels", moderates, McCain's Army, Al-CIAeda = not going to happen and why would Russia/Syria give up the gains and momentum when they are winning and pushing these terrorists back to Turkey/Saudi Arabia et al.

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Posted in: Video of passenger getting dragged off flight in Chicago sparks uproar See in context

The embarrassing incident spiraled out of control from a common air travel issue— an overbooked flight. United was trying to make room for four employees of a partner airline, meaning four people had to get off the flight to Louisville.

He was bumped for employees of a "partner airline." Obviously United cares more about other airlines than their own paying customers.

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Posted in: New report gives U.S. airlines better grades across the board See in context

No thanks -I'd rather walk.

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Posted in: Toyota announces $1.33 billion investment in Kentucky plant See in context

Some of the most reliable cars you can buy and they needed the upgrades to remain competitive. Problem #1 is that people are buying suvs (small and large now) = will enough 4 doors be sold to justify this plant upgrade.

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Posted in: Trump advisers: U.S. seeks to fight IS and oust Syria's Assad See in context

The only real fight against ISiL, iSiS, al-Qaeda, "McCain's Army" in Syria has been Assad. As long as Trump does not send out more money to these terrorist groups they will most likely dry up. The Obama money-train to these terrorist groups is hopefully over, but countries like Saudi Arabia that give money to these terrorist groups in Syria should have UN sanctions brought against them.

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Posted in: Battery-powered trains emerge as lower-cost, eco-friendly alternative See in context

Could use LNG as a segue to electric. = Many bunker fuel type (diesel) ships are making this transition.

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Posted in: How can Japan solve the shortage of daycare centers? Given that some neighborhoods don't want them due to perceived noise and traffic congestion problems, where should new ones be built? See in context

I would say a phone app can be made to give your location and walking/riding/driving paths to/from work to find areas of need in suitable locations. In areas of smaller need commercial daycare may not be needed and could be governed by the parents working among themselves as a group.

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Posted in: NHK fee collector arrested for forcibly kissing woman See in context


Pay NHK fee (no kiss or optional kiss)

Do not pay NHK fee (mandatory mafia/Yakuza/NHK kiss)

-just showing the NHK love.

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Posted in: Which cell phone do you currently use? Are you happy with it? See in context

Galaxy Note 4. -Last year of the replaceable battery. LG Vista 2 (again replaceable battery) as a back-up. A few iPhone 4s laying around. LG G4 -but the screen then whole phone failed. Wanted the larger screen + replaceable battery.

If you buy the older phone, many of the cases/protectors/accessories are very cheap.

With the Note 2/3/4 you get the Samsung smart case (chip in case). LG is similar.

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Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English? See in context

With the advent of emojis you really don't need English anymore.

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Posted in: Russia, Turkey, Iran must hold talks to stop Syria violence: U.N. See in context

Hopefully Russia, Iran, and Syria can persuade Turkey from exporting their terrorists.

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Posted in: Nissan declines talks with union after Mississippi rally See in context

They are targeting Nissan while the real need for unionization is the food manufacturing industry. Meat and poultry could really use unionized labor to cut down on the massive injuries in those areas.

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