CaptDingleheimer comments

Posted in: Anxiety about Wuhan's isolation mounting among Japanese firms See in context

I'm sorry, but I'm cynical as all hell when it comes to this stuff.

We should not underestimate viruses or natural disasters. We should be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. Like war preparations, we should not be disappointed if the preparedness went unused.

Agreed, and the villagers shouldn't underestimate the wolf pack.

But when the shepherds spend their days on the hill hollering down into the valley about the wolves, when the wolves are actually two mountain ranges away, the villagers might be forgiven for becoming somewhat complacent.

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

I'm part of the 1%.

I was arrested for assault and battery in rural Tohoku about 12 years ago after getting into it with 2 guys in a bar. I was interrogated in the police station for hours, even slapped around a bit. All I would say was "bengoshi hoshii" (I want a lawyer).

Finally I got sick of doing that so I DEMANDED a phone call to the US embassy, knowing darn well that the embassy would tell me that I'm A) an idiot and B) on my own. But the hillbilly cops apparently thought that Donald Rumsfeld himself would call in an airstrike on their little police station if I involved the US authorities and I was back out into the cold night within 30 minutes of my 'demands'.

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Posted in: Anxiety about Wuhan's isolation mounting among Japanese firms See in context

I'm sorry, but I'm cynical as all hell when it comes to this stuff.

I don't doubt that this is an illness that I don't want to get, but I've been around long enough to know that the news media are like pigs frolicking gleefully in their own sloppy manure when these 'apocalyptic' diseases break out. I can never tell if I'm reading about an actual significant global health emergency, or if I'm just delivering the 'clicks' the news organizations are after. The line between them is as gray and hazy as the Wuhan sky.

Time will tell, I suppose. If when next week a Republican US senator says something homophobic or the wings fall off another Boeing and this Chinese coronavirus disappears like flatulence in the wind to make way for the new 'crisis', I think I'll have my answer.

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Posted in: Abe says new unit will defend Japan from space tech threats See in context

Awwww, Japan is so cute.

The US makes a Space Force, and Japan comes in right after to announce this.

I'm reminded of the US Navy's 'Blue Angels' flight demonstration team that performs at airshows... Japan came in right after with their own team, 'Blue Impulse'.

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Posted in: Trump calls for more from Japan as security pact turns 60 years old See in context

Homeboy needs to get his hand out of his pocket for the photo.

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Posted in: University of Tokyo fires associate professor over anti-Chinese Twitter posts See in context

Racism aside, the guy sounds like he's nuts.

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Posted in: Japanese billionaire Maezawa seeks girlfriend for SpaceX voyage See in context

A family friend was a very successful entrepreneur who passed away not long ago, leaving hundreds of millions of dollars and a successful spin-off business to his only son, now in his late 20's.

The kid can't find a woman to settle down with, though he really wants to start a family. He feels that everyone is just after his money. There's probably some paranoia and cynicism thrown into the mix, but I don't envy his predicament. The money sure would be fun, but so is a wife and kid.

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Posted in: White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban See in context

I dislike Trump, but I dislike Democrats more.

Makes my decision this November an easy one. Not a fun one, but an easy one.

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Posted in: Ghosn case adds to Nissan's financial problems See in context

I test drove a few Nissans once several years ago, just shutting the door you could tell the things were put together like tin cans. No thanks.

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Posted in: Pink signs to mark designated traffic lanes for Olympics See in context

Just think about all the meetings, and the meetings about the meetings, and the drinking parties to celebrate the meetings about the meetings, and the rest of the meetings that dozens of people must have had to come up with the final color and design for those signs.

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Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan hits record high in 2019 See in context

Lots of this can likely be attributed to technology that enables us to plan trips ourselves nearly start to finish in our native languages, with ample information about our destinations right at our fingertips.

20 years ago, most people wouldn't have known where to start if they wanted to visit Japan. They'd have needed to hire a travel agent. Now you can learn about -and book- an obscure rustic onsen from your phone, in English (even though nobody who works there speaks English), all from your couch in your home country. Google Maps has you covered for routing the train and bus schedules.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't, prosecutors condemn Ghosn's remarks in Lebanon See in context

It is rare for a justice minister to publicly speak about individual cases.

...especially just after midnight when they should be in bed.

But way to go admitting that this guy is living rent-free in all your brains, MoJ!

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Posted in: Drunk ANA flight attendant causes 4 domestic flights to be delayed in Fukuoka See in context

The rule says 24 hours and she admitted to less, so she broke the rule.

However... 0.14mg/L BAC is barely negligible. Hardly warranted to use the word "drunk" in the headline.

That's either clickbait, or very poor research/editing.

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Posted in: Thunberg keen to visit Japan in 2020 See in context

"9 out of 10 scientists who don't want to get fired agree: You do not question the 'consensus' on climate change."

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Posted in: Ghosn seen on security camera leaving Tokyo home alone on Dec 29 See in context

Smart time to pull it off: The day when half the cops in Japan are drunk at some bonenkai or sleeping off a hangover from one the previous night.

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

Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced

I suspect many of those who were supposed to be watching him were red-faced as he made his escape.

He chose the weekend of peak bonenkai season when half the cops in the country are probably in izakaya getting hammered!

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Posted in: Attacker stabs 5 at rabbi's home in New York See in context

There have been a few attacks a week against Jews in NYC for much of 2019. You just haven't heard much about it in the media because they've mostly been committed by blacks so it doesn't fit the media's narrative of the hateful, angry white male.

Or, as NYC city councilman Joe Borelli recently put it,

“It seems like the outrage ended when they couldn’t tie these hate crimes to Trump.”

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Posted in: Man fined ¥300,000 for online hate speech See in context

Making threats of violence against someone is one thing, but nobody ever seems to be able to definitively explain what 'hate speech' is, what it isn't, and how those rules couldn't be quickly twisted to arbitrarily put lots of people on the wrong side of the law.

Moreover, there's that pesky Japanese constitution:

Chapter III, Article 21

Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed. (集会、結社及び言論、出版その他一切の表現の自由は、これを保障する。)

No censorship shall be maintained, nor shall the secrecy of any means of communication be violated. (検閲は、これをしてはならない。通信の秘密は、これを侵してはならない。)

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Posted in: Over 30% of Japanese managers feel intense stress from working with foreigners: survey See in context

Japanese people in positions of power in general are little Napoleons; I would never work for one.

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Posted in: Do you enjoy spending the Christmas-New Year period in Japan? See in context

As a single man in Japan back in the day, I found a single lady to celebrate every Christmas I spent there.

So Christmas was just fine for me those years.

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Posted in: N Korea warns U.S. could 'pay dearly' for human rights criticism See in context

The North Korean regime is gonna look pretty funny making all these threats when they're melted into a puddle of molten glass...

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Posted in: JAL top in passenger survey for flights from North America: U.S. study See in context

I know US airlines get a bad rap, but I have had some very friendly service start to finish on US-Japan flights on American, United, Delta, etc.

That being said, this survey is consistent with the best experience I've had flying US-Japan, which was on Japan Airlines. The first flight we took our then 9-month old son on to visit his grandparents in Japan (JAL's daily Boston-Narita service) stands out in how the crew bent over backwards to help us. From the moment we got on board. The highlight was when they invited us into the aft galley when it was closed off during their break so that my son could stretch his legs and crawl around on the floor, and get passed around to be held by the stewardesses. They didn't have to do that, it was their well-deserved break.

Side note* Domestically in the US, Jetblue takes the cake. I have NEVER had an interaction with any employee of that airline that wasn't an absolute pleasure. They are my favorite airline for the human factor, but they don't have international service (save for a few routes to resort destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico). I'm curious what their hiring process is that they only seem to end up with lovely employees.

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Posted in: Airbus sees strong sales haul this year on Asia demand, long-range A321 See in context

Boeing shot itself in the foot with US style capitalism.

Absolutely, and it's also George W. Bush's er I mean Trump's fault.

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Posted in: Mother asks public for help on daughter who disappeared from Yamanashi campsite See in context

I have little doubt that this was the work of some sick molester prowling around by himself.

Had it been any sort of accident or even a bear attack, there would be ample forensic evidence.

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Posted in: Japan drops to 121st in 2019 gender equality ranking See in context

Hey, James Brown said, "It's a man's world..."

...and then he busted his old lady's lip open.

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Posted in: Johnson's win may deliver Brexit but could risk UK's breakup See in context


"Whenever things don't turn out the way I wish they did, it's all because of racism and homophobia."

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Posted in: 'Star Wars' fans camp outside LA theater week before film opens See in context

Triumph the Dog should make a comeback and head over there for some interviews.

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Posted in: Japanese lawyer comments on legality of tattoo ban at hot springs See in context

I have tattoos and I've been to numerous 'NO TATTOOS' onsen without a problem.

The ban is absolutely a ban on Yakuza. People don't care when a white guy with tattoos shows up.

...And even if a tattooed Yakuza showed up, I doubt anyone would have the balls to do a damn thing about it.

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Posted in: What’s better for the environment: a fake Christmas tree or a natural one? See in context

I put up real trees every year, and on top of it, when the tree is dried out I set it on fire in the field behind my house and enjoy the 30' flames.

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Posted in: Busty Japanese YouTuber chef sells ad space on her chest See in context

I like boobs and I like food.

But if this is video is about a woman cooking mediocre food with her boobs pretty much covered up, I'm not subjecting myself to becoming any dumber than I already am by watching it.

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