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Posted in: Violent death in America stalks ordinary walks of daily life See in context

Jeans and T-shirt

It's certainly true that it's mainly in the States.

There are several factors, I think.

One is that it's still very easy to get hold of firearms in the States compared to most other countries.

Another is the prevalence of violence in the media. There always seem to be a large number of killings in US movies.

And yet another is the ubiquitousness of psychs. TV stations have their psych advisors, schools have them in abundance, businesses, etc., etc., the US is riddled with them. People imagine that the psychiatrists and psychologists know all about the mind, but in reality, they are almost useless.

Psych is a pseudoscience. It catalogues. It presents lists of impressive sounding disorders, but is powerless to do anything to help. Well, that's not entirely true. There are some successes. But the real successes are rare and if it were a science it would be happening one on one.

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Posted in: Violent death in America stalks ordinary walks of daily life See in context

And so many of the people who did the shooting were on psychiatric drugs at the time, undergoing some kind of mental “treatment” at the time or had a history of psychiatric "treatment."

Wasn't very effective, was it?

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Posted in: Kim slams North Korea pandemic response; deploys army See in context

egads man!

As you say, "He is disconnected from reality."

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 50 years of end to U.S. rule amid protests See in context

If land taken by the U.S. military is returned to the prefecture for other use, it would produce three times more income for Okinawa than the island now makes from bases, Tamaki said recently.

He's right. The US military far from contributing to the economy, which it was in 1950, is holding it down. Kadena is a total waste of space. They could accomplish the same thing in one tenth of the space they occupy. Okinawa is not a dumping ground.

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Posted in: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years after its reversion to Japan See in context

I cannot see what anyone has to disagree with in the article here. It is refreshingly telling the story as it is.

Spot on!

Good article!

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Posted in: Google gets more multilingual, but will it get the nuance? See in context

I was at a bar in Sapporo many years ago and the miso soup was so delicious that I asked Mama what the secret was. "Ago dashi," she explained. I knew what dashi was, a broth or powder used in flavouring, but I didn't know what ago was.

When I looked it up on the internet, I found a page about ago dashi, but couldn't read it easily because it was in Japanese. So, I clicked on Google translate. Ago, by the way, is a flying fish. But when I saw the Google translation for ago dashi, it was "The jaw, it comes out!"

I have the same question as the headline, "Will it get the nuance?"

Probably not, because it's too far onto the machine side, a much better application, way over on the human side, is deepl. You input natural English and you get natural Japanese and vice versa.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,764 new coronavirus cases; record high 2,702 in Okinawa See in context

And Yubaru, just for your information, we are quarantined and not going anywhere until we are OK to move. My intention was just to give people a little hope. With the shots and the medication available, for many people covid is not much more than a heavy cold.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,764 new coronavirus cases; record high 2,702 in Okinawa See in context

I'm not trying to make nothing of covid, I just note that with all the thousands of cases reported in Tokyo, only eight are seriously ill:

https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,764 new coronavirus cases; record high 2,702 in Okinawa See in context

And two of those in Okinawa are me and the missus. Doesn't seem like a big deal though, fever normal and almost zero symptoms after three days.

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Posted in: ADHD in adults is challenging but highly treatable See in context

Antiquesaving,

I sympathise. I've heard many similar stories.

My nephew was diagnosed with ADHD. His mum took him off ALL sugar and his behaviour changed 180 degrees overnight.

Drugs are NOT the solution and psych is completely clueless.

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Posted in: ADHD in adults is challenging but highly treatable See in context

Hype! A good teacher with patience can handle learning disabilities with NO drugs.

Of course it doesn't make money for the pharmaceutical industry though.

Keep psych OUT of education, please.

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Posted in: Ideally, Germany and Japan would take leading roles in the defense of democracies in Europe and Asia. There are reasons why this may not happen soon. Some Asians might still hesitate to trust the Japanese. Europeans are less wary of a Germany that has publicly atoned for its murderous past. See in context

Japan simply hasn't moved on. Most of the populace is walking around in some kind of haze of unreality, looking through rose coloured glasses. The official date is still Reiwa, Heisei, Showa, the years after the coronation of the current emperor.

Scratch the surface and the old imperial Japan is still there.

That's why Japan isn't trusted.

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Posted in: 50 years after return, Okinawa's strategic importance grows for U.S. See in context

Someone mentioned Operation "Tomodachi"

Some "friends" these turned out to be:

https://japantoday.com/category/national/79-u-s-sailors-sue-tepco-over-radiation

It was just another PR caper.

I note that the article itself has mysteriously been removed, but the headline remains,

"79 U.S. sailors sue TEPCO over radiation during Operation Tomodachi"

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Posted in: Okinawa urges dropping base transfer plan ahead of 50th return anniversary See in context

The huge presence of US military more or less guarantees that Okinawa will once more be a theatre of war. In an act of aggression, this is going to be the first place to hit.

But if Japanese politicians would get off their rear ends and use diplomacy, really communicate with the neighbours, this wouldn't happen.

And if the US military absolutely HAS to be here, they should be paying rent - at the same rates that we would have to pay if we rented it. Kadena alone would be a major boost to the Japanese economy.

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Posted in: Nearly 80% of Japanese think Okinawa's U.S. base-hosting burden unfair See in context

William Bjornson

Well said!

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Posted in: Pelosi meets with Ukraine president in Kyiv See in context

Ukraine is not fighting for freedom. Nor is Russia. Let's not kid ourselves. It's about money.

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Posted in: U.S. Marine indicted over sexual assault of woman in Okinawa See in context

Okinawa is home to the bulk of U.S. military installations in Japan. Many local residents are frustrated with noise, crimes and accidents linked to the facilities.

Yes! And the government in Tokyo yawns and sips another mizuwari. Meanwhile the communist party gets more and more popular here.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya beef bowl chain exec dismissed over sexist remarks See in context

They should dismiss the whole Yoshinoya chain. It's disgusting. It's not often that I take one bite and cannot finish the plate. Yoshinoya is marginally worse than MacDonalds.

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Posted in: Couple at heart of Abe cronyism scandal found guilty again over fraud See in context

They say that when you find one gokiburi, there are another 30 waiting to be caught. It's the same with the LDP. Isn't there anyone who can stand up to this continual corruption?

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Posted in: Anno Hideaki’s 'Shin Ultraman' tag teams with McDonald’s on Shin Tatsuta chicken burger See in context

I was coming home late the other day and hadn't had a chance to eat all day. It was a choice of a conbini or Mac. It's years since I'd eaten at a Mac, so I went in and ordered.

It was horrible. I don't know how people can eat this garbage out of choice. The meat tasted of meat in the same way that cherry cola tastes of cherries. The bun was soggy and the French fries were tasteless. No, that's not true. They were very salty.

Never again!

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Posted in: Average value of Japanese lawmakers' assets grows to ¥29 mil See in context

I love Japan, but cannot understand why the voting populus stands for being ripped off like this!

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Posted in: 62.9% of people with foreign roots in Japan questioned by police: survey See in context

I've been stopped and questioned once in 50 years. And that was only because the guy in the police box wanted to practice his English!

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Posted in: Singapore court dismisses mentally disabled man's death sentence appeal See in context

His death will save lives.

With that hanging over their heads, would be smugglers are going to think twice about strapping drugs to their legs.

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Posted in: Japan’s supply of Zima runs dry; online resellers take over and jack up prices See in context

Zima!?

Does anybody really drink that?

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Posted in: Former Komeito lawmaker convicted of illegally brokering loans See in context

"Suspended sentence?"

One law for the rich (or LDP connected) and another for the rest of us!

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Posted in: Court rules police removal of Abe hecklers from speech illegal See in context

That must be a blow to the ultra right Japanese police force!

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Posted in: 4 U.S. Marines die in NATO drill after Osprey crashes in Norway See in context

Ospreys fly over Okinawan cities daily. It's only a matter of time!

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Posted in: 11 years later, fate of Fukushima nuclear plant cleanup uncertain See in context

11 years?

Early days yet. No point rushing things. Reports to be written. Meetings to be held. More reports, more meetings.

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Posted in: Mother, 1-year-old daughter killed in tunnel crash along Shin-Meishin Expressway See in context

As Eastman says, you do NOT change lanes in a tunnel. This is very clearly explained in the course for a Japanese driving license. And you DO use seat belts!

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