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Posted in: No holds barred See in context

Frungy - so we're talking about the potential for concussions/brain damage as a result of sustained damage? If so, boxing is way worse than MMA. UFC fights are 3 five-minute rounds, and the fight can involve grappling both standing and on the floor, and striking to all parts of the body. Boxing is 12 three-minute rounds, where the boxers wear gloves to protect their fists (not the opponents head), with the vast majority of the blows aimed at the head. Plenty of experts back up that having smaller MMA-style gloves which can end fights much quicker, have less of an effect on long-term brain damage/concussion than sustained blows to the head like we see in boxing. You only need to compare the state of MMA and boxing veterans to see the difference.

And while we're on the subject, is American Football in your crosshairs too? Because there is a much longer and extensive history of concussions/brain damage caused by that sport. Way more so than MMA, and I don't hear people calling for that to be banned.

MMA and UFC don't market themselves as "no holds barrred" - that's just the name of the article, and was the company's tagline in like 1995. What is your point exactly? That MMA fighters couldn't win a real fight against supposed masters of other martial arts? That it isn't a true representation of martial arts? (it isn't and doesn't claim to be by the way) Do yourself a favour and look at the martial arts background of all the present UFC champions (male and female) - I'd love to hear your rebuttal that these people are not elite level in a number of martial arts.

About the navy seals being tougher than marines - whatever. My point is that these fighters are elite in a number of disciplines, and are not some pumped-up gym rat claiming they could take on the whole world and win.

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Posted in: Intoxicated student illegally enters grounds of Uniqlo president's home See in context

It's not that serious; it's not like the dude took a leak on Yanai's house or anything.

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Posted in: Ishikawa late arrival for Presidents Cup in Australia See in context

Ryo Ishikawa's flight was delayed? Great story.

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Posted in: Potpourri of post-quake crimes contradicts foreign media's reporting of placid Japanese See in context

It's all pretty relative - to a section of the Japanese press, stuff like this is worth reporting. For the foreign press, some guys who stole a snowboard, 12,000 yen and a TV or whatever barely compares to general crime that goes on in their own countries.

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Posted in: Princess Aiko hospitalized with cold symptoms See in context

tmtmsnb, what would say if Obama's kids were taken to hospital with a cold?

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Posted in: Princess Aiko hospitalized with cold symptoms See in context

ebisen (and everyone else screaming blue murder for “picking on a 9-year-old”) , the criticisms here aren't aimed at Aiko – it’s the blatantly obvious over-reaction and mollycoddling shown by the girl’s parents in taking her to hospital for having a cold, among other things.

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Posted in: Princess Aiko hospitalized with cold symptoms See in context

I expect they'll get the 'royal discount' on the hospital fees then. Get well soon (so you don't continue to waste even more hospital resources!)

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Posted in: Nice offer See in context

This is completely misunderstood - she's clearly offering Kisu, the fish. I hope it's tempura.

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Posted in: Newborn baby found in convenience store toilet trash can See in context

Not the first time we've heard a story like this, and unfortunately not the last.

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Posted in: Thai flooding halts car production by all 9 Japanese automakers See in context

some14some - somehow I don't think any of these factories are going to make an overall gain from these floods.

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Posted in: Olympus discloses $687 mil advisory fee amid row over CEO's ouster See in context

Very interesting story this - good on Woodford for exposing the truth.

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Posted in: Republicanism wanes as queen heads to Australia See in context

harper - sorry for my inappropriate comment. It should just be off with Philip's head - the Queen is alright.

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Posted in: Japan's ear-cleaning salons offer childhood fantasy See in context

If you're a middle-aged guy getting this done, you are definitely at a low point.

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Posted in: Republicanism wanes as queen heads to Australia See in context

Off with their heads!

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Posted in: Why Japanese values and morality confound us so See in context

It"S ME

I feel like we're going to get into a long debate here, but anyway.... Despite what 'other countries' may define it as, Atheism is not a religion - as you say, it denies the existence of a God, and religion in general. People defining it as a religion are totally missing the point - if I support Miami Heat, and you say you don't like basketball and don't support any team, are you a basketball fan? No, you're not. Same thing with religion and atheism.

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Posted in: Why Japanese values and morality confound us so See in context

I feel like I've read this article about 1000 times before. Japan is good because nobody really cares about religion . The end.

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Posted in: Fukushima reactor on track for cold shutdown by year-end: TEPCO See in context

Rejoice! TEPCO have saved us all!

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Posted in: 50% of Americans support legalizing marijuana: poll See in context

Meanwhile in Japan, 99% of people are convinced it is a lethal drug, equivalent to cocaine and heroin.

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Posted in: Who is your favorite comic book, movie or TV superhero? See in context

Is V from V For Vendetta a superhero? Not sure if the character would want to be classed as that, but he's my favorite if we're counting him in.

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Posted in: Protesters in Tokyo join 24-hour global 'Occupy Wall Street' movement See in context

Qomolangma, I can't actually tell if you're being serious or not with that 'manifesto.' It seems like you're speaking soley in clichés. Anyway, in a nutshell the protests are largely a load of rubbish - basically blind opportunitism to join a protest because it was trending on Twitter or something.

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Posted in: Commercial space travel only a matter of time See in context

Good luck with the organic farming in Fukushima pal.

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Posted in: Japan eyes simpler immigration procedures, including automatic gate See in context

By international standards, going through immigration in Japan is a breeze. You queue up for a bit, put your fingers on a machine, get a picture taken, and occasionally get asked a few questions. Immigration in places like Heathrow is a nightmare.

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Posted in: Olympus ousts British CEO after 6 months due to conflicts See in context

If Tim Cook told his Apple engineers to put an extra button on the iPhone, but didn't tell the head of that division anything - you wouldn't say that was 'good communication' for a CEO would you?

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Posted in: Olympus ousts British CEO after 6 months due to conflicts See in context

Ok, so this guy was made CEO, and decided to run the company by communicating directly to employees, and not including division heads in anything? That doesn't sound like a good CEO to me - Japanese company or not.

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Posted in: Can the achievements of Steve Jobs be compared to those of Thomas Edison? See in context

Jobs' legacy is that he changed the industry.

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Posted in: Can the achievements of Steve Jobs be compared to those of Thomas Edison? See in context

Steve - the "iTunes killed the album" argument is hardly a new one. Do you not remember people saying the same thing when bands started producing singles? That's been around for a lot longer than iTunes. I do agree that iTunes has changed the way people buy albums, but if anything, it's forcing artists not to churn out 'filler' on their albums to make a full album purchase worthwhile.

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Posted in: Can the achievements of Steve Jobs be compared to those of Thomas Edison? See in context

Steve - fair enough, if a key factor in buying music for you is the resell value, then I guess CDs are the best option for you. I suppose if you consider CDs will be used less and less from now, your collection of swamp rock CDs will be a lot more valuable in the future so you should probably be thanking Apple for getting you a bit more money at your car boot sales!

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Posted in: Can the achievements of Steve Jobs be compared to those of Thomas Edison? See in context

Steve - don't expect your CDs and cassette tapes to last forever!

FYI, musicians get a much larger cut by selling their music through iTunes than through a record company. Apple obviously has to make a profit, but they don't have anywhere near the costs a record company has (promotion, costs of producing CDs at factories, printing the sleeve, buying a case, transport to the record store, etc.), hence the artists get a larger cut of the sales. YOU are being ripped off buying CDs because you have to pay more to fund the costs the record company has to cover to make the thing! If anything, iTunes is getting you a better deal. Clearly good business.

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Posted in: Can the achievements of Steve Jobs be compared to those of Thomas Edison? See in context

Well Steve, I'm afraid the places you buy your CDs will gradually disappear over the next 10 years. Notice any Tower Records/HMV stores disappearing in Japan recently? Record companies are in huge trouble too - they don't have a role in the "music download" business model.

I understand wanting a physical product - I'm not so bothered about CDs, but I always want the DVD for a TV series or film. The problem is, services like iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc., are cheaper for the consumer, quicker to get hold of (just turn your computer or iPhone on), and with the absence of a record company eating all of the profits means more money for the musicians. Steve Jobs and his pals made this happen.

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Posted in: Can the achievements of Steve Jobs be compared to those of Thomas Edison? See in context

malfupete

I listen to music with my ears... iTunes didn't change that for me.

It's not about how you listen to music - iTunes changed how you purchase music

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