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Posted in: 6 killed in Germany shooting, suspect arrested See in context

Strict gun control measures do not prevent mass shootings.

They do.

That's why you hear of this in Germany for the first time in years, while you hear about it in the US every few days.

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Posted in: Trump calls for end to killing in Syria rebel bastion See in context

"Russia, Syria, and Iran are killing, or on their way to killing, thousands" of civilians in jihadist-held Idlib, Trump tweeted, adding: "Don't do it!"

I'm sure that will stop them in their tracks ! What a show of strength !

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Posted in: Putin says impeachment case against Trump 'fabricated' See in context

Well, if Putin says it, you know it's trustworthy...

Why the quotation marks? 

Because the article is quoting what Putin said. Hence the name : quotation marks.

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Posted in: Johnson talks with Trump, welcomes new lawmakers See in context

Finally, Brexit will get done, and both the UK and the EU can move on from this whole mess.


No, I guess British lawmakers will find a way to complicate things...

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Posted in: Trump threatens to bypass Commission on Presidential Debates See in context

Trump said his record “is so good" that “perhaps I would consider more than 3 debates."

Nowadays, the guy implodes immediately when asked simple questions by journalists... If asked to debate a tough subject he will collapse so quick he may turn into a black hole.

Also, what's happening with that last picture ? Is he melting or something ?

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Posted in: North Korea threatens to resume calling Trump ‘dotard’ See in context

She said North Korea will respond with its own harsh language if Trump again uses similar phrases and shows that he is intentionally provoking North Korea.

In a thousand year, when historians study the correspondence of our leaders, they will wonder why we let 6 year old rule the world.

Anyway... It's sad to see these two break up, they were making a cute couple.

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Posted in: Trump says he asked Abe to pay more to host U.S. troops See in context

"And we're, you know, paying for your military essentially," Trump said Tuesday

Ok, even Trump supporter must admit that this is a totally ridiculous claim.

Everyone here saw articles about the Japanese government voting a higher budget for the SDF.

(Or, you know, buying F-35s. Meaning that the US is getting much more money from Japan than it is giving away.)

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Posted in: U.S. considers 100% tariffs on French Champagne, cheese, handbags over digital tax See in context

The U.S. Trade Representative's office said its "Section 301" investigation found that the French tax was "inconsistent with prevailing principles of international tax policy, and is unusually burdensome for affected U.S. companies", including Alphabet Inc's Google, Facebook Inc, Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

From the country that spent the last 3 years imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of products from different countries. Bullies are always the ones that whine the loudest.

Anyway, France will not lose any market. It will just move to China.

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Posted in: Young Japanese men say paying for dates is hardest part of life as a guy: survey See in context

Tell you what, I’ll hit the gym, then help her carry the heavy bags, then pay for dinner... and guess what, good things may come your way!

Or you may go home separately and never hear from her again after she got what she wanted from you. There are plenty of women using men like that (there have been a few articles on this site).

So when you use a significant amount of your tiny pay check on a date with a girl who never intended to see you again because it's expected of you, yes, it sucks.

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Posted in: Global temperature rises could bring 'destructive' effects, U.N. says See in context

The earth’s climate always has and always will change.

And these changes take thousands of years. What we are experiencing right now is happening in a few dozen years. It's almost 2020, do we really have to explain that every time ?

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Posted in: 15 tons of sweet potatoes stolen in Ibaraki See in context

Sweet potato is just that delicious.

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Posted in: Japanese boxer formerly on death row for 46 years attends pope’s mass See in context

46 years in prison awaiting to be executed for nothing.

Considering the Japanese system of forced confession, it makes you think. How many inmates on death row right now are innocent, and how many innocents have been executed over the years ?

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Posted in: Police question Kobe teachers over bullying of colleague See in context

The education board said the three men and a woman in their 30s and 40s, who have all admitted they bullied the teacher, forced him to eat spicy curry and daubed some of it on his face, while saying they believed they were on good terms with the victim and did not know he had been in distress.

So, these immature and irresponsible grown ups are supposed to be teaching and educating young children. Shame on them.

A lawyer for the accused teachers, however, said one of them is claiming to have had no involvement in forcing the male teacher to eat spicy curry, despite having admitted to physically and verbally aggressive behaviors toward him.

At least he's denying the least severe accusation...

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Posted in: U.S., S Korea break off defense cost talks amid backlash over $5 bil demand See in context

U.S. officials have not publicly confirmed the number, but Trump has previously said the U.S. military presence in and around South Korea was "$5 billion worth of protection".

It seems the US military is ready to be made into a mercenary force.

From "This we'll defend", to "Here's our price".

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Posted in: Trump says he will 'seriously consider' testifying in impeachment inquiry See in context

"Even though I did nothing wrong, and don't like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!" Trump said on Twitter.

Please, please, please, please ! Do it !!!

I can't wait for his dementia affected slurry word salad and republicans trying to defend it on live TV !

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri admits taking illegal drugs for over 10 years See in context

Considering how hard show business is in Japan, I'm pretty sure half the celebrities on TV are taking drugs.

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Posted in: Japan may slide toward recession as Abenomics impact fades See in context

There is near market consensus that it will contract outright in October-December, as consumers take the hit from an October sales tax hike and the fallout from the trade war widens.

Who would have thought...

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

If only Japan had oil, it would be for free !

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Posted in: Elementary school girl slashed by 14-year-old boy in Aomori Pref See in context

Police said he has admitted to attacking the girl, whom he did not know, and quoted him as saying he meant to kill her. But he gave no reason.

Another one...

It's good he was caught before he could actually kill someone or hurt more people.

Now he must receive psychiatric treatment or be kept away from society if incurable.

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Posted in: Superheroes vs cinema? Debate continues over Scorsese remarks See in context

I get Scorsese's point, but why single out Marvel all of a sudden ?

The Marvel movies are a cultural phenomenon right now, but there has been movies like this before.

If he wants to talk about films that are "not cinema", there's plenty to chose, from Transformers to Saw, or 90% of comedies, horror, action or martial arts movies. "Movies were better before" is a myth. There has been terrible movies before, and there are great movies nowadays.

And you can enjoy both entertainment movies and serious ones, just like you can enjoy both classic music and heavy metal, or both 19th century literature and cartoons.

Just enjoy what you enjoy and be done with it !

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Posted in: Post-meal waste at Japanese sushi restaurant sparks controversy online See in context

I worked in this kind of restaurant. These people are a minority. By far.

Doing sashimi option would be a new burden on the staff to accommodate less than 1% of the customers. I am not surprised few restaurant chains chose to do it. The clients pay for it, what they decide to do with the food is not the restaurant's problem.

If these people didn't want to waste rice, they could go to a sashimi place instead. If you come to a sushi place, we will assume you want to eat sushi. Restaurants can't accommodate everyone, and are not responsible for how people were educated.

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Posted in: Europeans look to China as global partner See in context

One moment spoke volumes: Chinese President Xi Jinping sampling French wines, which Trump's administration recently slapped with heavy new tariffs.

I called it when Trump talked about these tariffs.

Wine makers will have plenty of work selling to China. Selling real wine.

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Posted in: Reaping wind at sea could become $1 trillion industry: IEA See in context

If it's the prospect of profit that makes the people in charge seek alternatives to fossil fuels, that's too bad, but I'll take it. If that's what does the trick, it's good enough.

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Posted in: 2020 Democrats commend troops, not Trump, for Syria raid See in context

"Stop congratulating Obama for killing Bin Laden," Trump tweeted. "The Navy Seals killed Bin Laden."

The man said it himself ! No need to congratulate the president in this kind of situation !

So, congratulations to the soldiers who went after Baghdadi, and a big thank you to the Kurds who provided the intelligence.

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Posted in: Lawmakers eye restoration of ex-imperial members to ensure male succession See in context

Anything to avoid putting a woman on the throne, huh ?

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Posted in: Gov't funding for imperial ceremonies sparks rare dissent See in context

I'd rather see my taxes paying for this than more fighter jets.

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Posted in: What are some of the most common stereotypes that people in your native country have about Japan? See in context

Believe it or not, the biggest stereotype people were telling me about right before I came to Japan for the first time, is that Japanese people eat dogs.

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Posted in: Environmentally friendly straws catching on in Japan, but some hesitate See in context

It's just an idea but...

What about stop using straws when you're an adult ?

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Posted in: Trump leaves Turkey and Syria to argue it out; Pelosi says he had 'meltdown' See in context

"I viewed the situation on the Turkish border with Syria to be for the United States strategically brilliant," Trump said.

More delusion of grandeur...

Just calling something "brilliant" doesn't make it so. Just like putting deodorant on dog poop doesn't make it a cake.

"Syria may have some help with Russia, and that's fine. It's a lot of sand,"

Ok, granpa is off his meds again.

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Posted in: Stepfather gets 13 years in prison over fatal child abuse See in context

At least it's not just a tap on the wrist...

I would still be curious to know the reasoning of the judge. You can argue about the length of the sentence, but I don't see any reason to give less than the maximum.

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