Brooks Slaybaugh comments

Posted in: Chinese man gets Japan's 1st skilled worker visa with no time limit See in context

People who miss a pension payment or get behind in paying will not get PR.

It started in Nagoya then spread throughout the country.

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Posted in: Ukraine retakes key Kyiv suburb; battle for Mariupol rages See in context

My idea is this is the end of Putin. He governs Like this is the 19th century. He thinks he is like a czar. Even young men from Belorussia are going to Warsaw then heading for Ukraine to fight the Russian forces. The Russian army is a joke since Plan A did not work. They thought oh they will just give up in Kiev. Nope, those Turkish drones are doing wonders and Ukrainian soldiers are doing the night shift, hunting for Russians, blowing up tanks, stealing Russian tanks. Looking for the Z sign.

Ukrainian soldiers are brave and have high morale. They are willing to die for their wives and children.

I think Russian soldiers don’t want to fight Ukraine and feel guilty. Before Moscow existed Kiev was the capital and I think Ukrainians were Christian before the Russians.

it is almost like a nasty civil war. Lots of Ukrainians live in Russia, Lviv used to be a Polish city. The Poles make fun of the Russians and think they are the best Slavic nation. Now they are. Two million refugees in Poland. Krakow cannot do more. The generosity of Poland fills me with awe. I lived in Warsaw before and Siberia.

The Russian army is not paid well and is not well fed. Why should they die for Russia? Putin pretends to be a strong man but he is weak. The other issue is logistics. Russian tanks ran out of gas. WTF? This is war they thought they would win. Putin can fire the generals but at some point he has to quit, kill himself, or get killed, go into exile since he is a failure.

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Posted in: In your experience, how hard or easy is it to get a driver's license in Japan? What were the written and driving tests like? See in context

I went to Yokohama. Failed at first. Second time I passed. Was in the car with an angry Brazilian. He failed. Speak politely to the cop and watch out with left turns. I practiced with a school next to the site on Sundays for a month. The hard part is the window opens at 8:30 and get there before it closes. Otherwise wait until 1:00 p.m. They give people a hard time. One Estonian said she had driven illegally before. Apparently if the US gives Japan information from each state the test will just be on paper but that will not happen.

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Posted in: The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone See in context

Maybe ARK could help with a fund me campaign. I think the problem with feral cats is that they cannot be adopted. They are too used to the feral life.

ARK rescued animals ten years ago.

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Posted in: Sapporo decides to sell new beer with English mistake on label See in context

I recommend Sapporo's beer brewed in Shizuoka. Draught beer is very smooth.

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Posted in: Japan's middle class slowly sinking into poverty See in context

With dogs it is harder. Most places won't rent to people with pets.

I am thinking of buying a place in Osaka but to save money i have to think about a bit of a hike to a train station.

Kanto can be quite expensive.

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Posted in: Padres acquire Darvish in blockbuster trade with Cubs See in context

Darkish is getting older so he relies on breaking balls. I think he has reinvented himself and he is relying on deception now by using different speeds.

Theo Epstein has a year left as general manager so this is a salary dump.

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Posted in: Leaders push Brexit trade talks beyond Sunday deadline See in context

The UK had better get used to humble pie instead of French cake if it ends up being a No Deal Brexit.

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Posted in: Former Tokio pop group member arrested for riding motorbike while drunk See in context

Yamaguchi's wife left him. He may have a kid too.

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Posted in: Former Tokio pop group member arrested for riding motorbike while drunk See in context

Wife left him.

Blood alcohol level of .75!

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Posted in: Former Tokio pop group member arrested for riding motorbike while drunk See in context

And the driver in front of him was an off duty cop. Looks like a fender bender. It could have been worse.

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Posted in: Search resumes for girl who went missing at Yamanashi campsite one year ago See in context

I was in Doshi last week. The river is shallow. My bet is kidnapping and it was odd someone on social media threatened the mother. She just wants her daughter back. I saw the poster of the girl at Michinoeki.

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Posted in: Blast in Fukushima restaurant kills 1, injures at least 18 See in context

The bank was next to it. I think the injured came from there.

NHK reported that the dead man was doing some work on the walls, like changing the wallpaper.

Windows blew out as far away as at Koriyama's Women's University.

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Posted in: Queen Latifah: Let ‘Gone with the Wind’ be gone forever See in context

I think in Minnesota the book To Kill a Mockingbird is to be banned. Goodbye free speech.

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

The Interpol travel passport is not recognized in Turkey.

So if he used that, how was that possible?

I assumed he had a Fake French passport.

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Posted in: Osaka girl says she was fed only once per day during confinement See in context

Apparently the Osaka girl was not living with her father and she might have a father complex.

Sad story. Good it is all over.

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Posted in: Couple arrested over murder of 54-year-old woman in Kawasaki See in context

Tough call but considering this happened very close to where I live (next to my neighborhood, in fact), I have to question what the police did.

Also, as I live in the ward my taxes pay for these cops.

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Posted in: Mourning continues 1 week after Kawasaki knife attack See in context

It means something since I used to live near where Iwasaki lived. In fact I used to walk my dogs near the house

for over four years. It is hard to believe a hikikomori could live like that, in a room upstairs. It is a quiet neighborhood with quite a few elderly residents.

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Posted in: Taiwan seeks double-murder suspect who fled to Japan See in context

KIT will hire non- native teachers with a MA. They tend to go to a college in Vermont. So that is why I asked.

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Posted in: Taiwan seeks double-murder suspect who fled to Japan See in context

So they met in the US. Did they study in Vermont?

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Posted in: Three 18-year-olds killed, one in coma after traffic accident in Shizuoka See in context

I think they were not wearing seat belts. I think it was reported on TV.

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Posted in: Over 20 dead in U.S. polar vortex; frostbite amputations feared See in context

I am from Vermont and I am reading. My mother is buried in Williamstown and my cousins are in Boston.

My aunt is near Alewife. The cold is nothing compared to Minnesota.

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Posted in: What are some of the main causes of stress in your job or at your workplace? See in context

Given the silent treatment. Having a boss who knows the answer to something, yet lies and says he does not.

General passive/aggressive behaviour.

Oh, and always talking to another employee about me and he has to relay information to me.

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Posted in: 11 die in fire at Sapporo facility for people on welfare See in context

Nhk reported that the victims were 65 or older except for one wbo was 48.

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Posted in: Tokyo Metro hit by spate of train graffiti See in context

Actually one incident was shown on TV. From security cameras, the people were speaking English. They sprayed a train and were walking around between a station in Tokyo one night about 3:30 a.m.

I couldn't tell if they were native English speakers or using English as a common language.

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Posted in: Noel Gallagher discards any trace of Oasis sound in new album See in context

It was on Youtube some time ago. Not the Stone Roses, some no name Manchester band.

There was a video stating that Oasis stole these melodies.

I heard what was done but I cannot say whether it was stolen. Anyway,

like or loathe him, Liam was a good singer.

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Posted in: Noel Gallagher discards any trace of Oasis sound in new album See in context

I heard somewhere that Oasis stole a lot of ideas from some band in Manchester.

By that I mean some of the guitar parts or melodies. Is that true?

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Posted in: Foreigners' perspective on election barely discussed despite growing presence See in context

OK, i just get the letter every couple of years to apply for the council. If it is just public relations, too bad.

Giving up 8 Sundays a year seemed a bit much, plus the two year commitment.

Better than other cities. I never got PR but I read somewhere that it was posssible.

As I may move out of Kawasaki, it doesn't matter.

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Posted in: Canada's Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie dies at 53 See in context

Now I remember. They had that weird cover on the album that came out in 1992. They did get airplay on college radio in upstate New York in Ithaca, at WICB in Ithaca College. Youtube is good. You can check out live in San Francisco in 2009 at the Fillmore playing Courage acoustic as the crowd sings along.

Also live in Syracuse, same year.

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Posted in: Foreigners' perspective on election barely discussed despite growing presence See in context

Foreigners who have PR and live in Kawasaki can vote in local elections. There is also a foreigner council that meets about 8 times a year where they discuss various issues.

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