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Posted in: Why do you think billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates, whose foundation has plowed billions of dollars into making vaccines against diseases like polio, malaria and HIV, is a regular target for fringe groups and anti-vaxxers accusing him of benefiting from vaccination or even using them for harm. See in context

Probably for the same reason most conspiracy theories exist:

Because there are *millions of men in their 30s in this country (the US) that still live with their parents either in the basement, above the garage, or in their childhood bedrooms, who deliver pizzas or drive for UBER, typically in a 20-year old Buick they inherited after a grandparent died. These men are bitter about the successes their peer have in life (careers, families, homes), and rather than self-reflect on the mess that is their own lives, they seek to make sense of the chaos of the world by imagining things.

a short-form way to refer to these men is simply "losers"

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Posted in: 16-year-old boy arrested for cutting cage wire mesh at zoo, allowing 70 monkeys to escape See in context

Amazing. Easily the best headline I've seen here in ages.

Too bad the monkeys didn't find their way into the hills.

When I lived in southern Akita years ago, a monkey came down from the hills in Yokote, ran into some little granny's yaoyasan vegetable market, and went bananas flipping all the tables over and tossing fruit all into the street. He grabbed an armful of mikans and hit the bricks. It made all the local papers.

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Posted in: Trump says he thinks 2020 election will end up at Supreme Court See in context

Huge sacks of 'missing' mail are gonna turn up all over until Christmas.

My old man, gone some 25 winters now, would be rolling in his grave if he saw the state of our national affairs at present; and yet he's STILL likely voting for Biden.

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Posted in: Suga holds talks with IOC chief, Koike about Olympics See in context

I just don't understand why an accomplished country would go so bananas to get the Olympics in the first place. To build a bunch of junk that's used once and then just sits there.

Montreal has some big chunk of crap UFO-looking thing left over from an Olympics in the '80s. It's absolutely massive. They have little kids' soccer games in there or whatever, but otherwise the city is stuck with the bill of maintaining an empty monstrosity.

My home state of Massachusetts was in the running for the Games, and when it won the bid, we the people put up such a racket telling them to go pound sand that they gave up and went elsewhere.

Japan seems to try so hard to be noticed by the rest of the world. But so quick to shut it out. It's odd.

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

If you can't handle a motorcycle properly after a few beers (a rather basic life skill), you shouldn't be riding a motorcycle.

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Posted in: U.N. at 75 faces a deeply polarized world See in context

The polarization at the moment seems to be between the ubiquitous adherants to the new cultish religion of Wokeness, and those who seek to avoid them.

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Posted in: Speaking positively about marijuana online leads to arrest of Japanese man and woman See in context

I'm stoned out of my gourd right now.

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Posted in: As sports embraces activism, what should Tokyo Olympics permit? See in context

Depends if Trump wins again.

If he does, it will be the Victim Olympics.

And wait until some Western SJW's get wind of the plight of the Ainu. You can expect to see some kind of 'performance' surrounding that. ...Not from any actual Ainu, mind you, but from someone from a Commonwealth country who looks like they wouldn't get followed around in a Williams & Sonoma.

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Posted in: Complaints overwhelm red-tape hotline hours after launch See in context

Japan is the only place where I've ever been to a meeting to prepare for a meeting that was to be held in order to plan for the meeting.

And that was in the private sector.

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Posted in: Suga reshuffles LDP leadership; likely to retain key ministers, except Kono See in context

Look, they're all doing the "FIGHT-O!!!!" fist....

That's how you know those guys all mean business!

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Posted in: Suga pledges to balance fighting coronavirus and promoting economic activities See in context

I think what's great about this, as a casual observer anyway, is that Suga is a totally self-made man.

Do any political trivia buffs know how many other postwar PM's were not elevated in their political careers by their family connections?

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Posted in: Kamayahama Beach: Home to Akita’s premier sand sculpture festival See in context

The one time I went to that thing, I was lucky enough to see a drunk guy get arrested for climbing on one of the sand castles and knocking it over.

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Posted in: Actor Iseya arrested for alleged cannabis possession See in context

Somebody must have turned him in. This article didn't mention it, but several similar recent articles say that an anonymous tip led to the raids.... Is an anonymous tip enough to get a Japanese judge to sign a search warrant?

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy dies after choking on large grape at Tokyo kindergarten See in context

No mention of teachers performing the Heimlich maneuver on the boy; are teachers certified in first aid in Japan?

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Posted in: Peach plane diverts to Niigata airport to offload passenger who refused to wear a mask See in context

Less than $5K fine to divert a plane full of passengers?

Sounds like that guy should count his lucky stars that he got off with such a bargain...

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Posted in: Go To travel subsidy program to cover half of costs from October See in context

Heard that places are increasing their prices .... so in the end you pay the same.

Precisely what happens when governments print money.

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Posted in: Japanese kids suffer near worst mental health among richest nations: report See in context

How did New Zealand rank lowest? We keep hearing about what a utopia that place is.

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Posted in: LDP to exclude rank-and-file members from election to pick new leader See in context

Sounds shady, but he's my horse in the race knowing only that he's a self-made man who grew up on a farm in southern Akita (a place dear to me heart). His family isn't part of any political dynasty like many of the others.

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Posted in: Bicyclist arrested for splashing woman with urine as he rode past her See in context

About 15 years ago in Tohoku, I was seeing a girl who had a stalker, the parent of one of my students, as it were. Several times he (I assume) left a PET bottle with urine in it open and leaning against the front door to my apartment, so that when I opened it, it would tip over and spilling my genkan when I opened the door.

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Posted in: Fears pandemic will worsen birth rate, exacerbating Japan's aging crisis See in context

There needs to be a full-blown effort to get young people in Tokyo to move back to the prefectures, with interest-free loans to build or renovate a house. There is a HUGE stock of vacated housing, some of which can be renovated, some of which should be torn down and the plot rebuilt upon.

The other angle needs to be to encourage companies to allow more remote work, and subsidize (in the form of tax write-offs) the Shinkansen tickets back to Tokyo for a meeting once or twice a month.

I work a 'big city corporate job' remotely from rural western Massachusetts where my son has miles of hilly woods and streams to play in behind the house. If I was living in Boston paying twice the living expenses with 5% of the personal physical space, my wife and I might still be childless.

I really believe that Japan will only be saved by decentralizing Tokyo and going back to the furusato.

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Posted in: Tired of Zoom calls? Company offers at-home hologram machines See in context

"Zoom calls"....

Yes I'm tired of Zoom calls. But if it's at-home holograph machines we're talking about, the priority is that I'm tired of two-dimensional pornography.

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Posted in: Virus cluster reported among Shimane high school soccer team See in context

Nobody got sick. Who cares.

Look, Japan doesn't have an election coming up. Here in America, we have to milk the virus for all it's worth so we can keep the economy in the toilet until November so we can get rid of Trump and also to show everyone that "capitalism has failed", but Japan doesn't have to do all that.

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Posted in: Abe to avoid visit to Yasukuni Shrine on 75th anniversary of war's end: report See in context

Can't they 'disinter' the war criminals and stick them in exile in a shrine out on Sado Island or something?

Seems silly that Japan can't honor their fallen over those clowns.

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Posted in: Couple arrested for extorting ¥1.1 million from man over video voyeurism See in context

The fact that a woman in a miniskirt can walk around in train stations and easily bait men into trying to film her underwear is more telling about Japan than it is about any of the parties involved here...

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Posted in: Former 'Terrace House' cast member arrested for marijuana possession See in context

Half the people who work at Netflix smoke weed, he won't be getting fired so as long as he keeps working for them, nor will he need to apologize for "inconveniencing" his fans.

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Posted in: Wilford Brimley, 'Cocoon' and 'Natural' actor, dies at 85 See in context

Finish your darn oatmeal or I'll make my horse take a big dump on your front lawn.

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Posted in: Chiba police officer arrested for drunk driving See in context

Now that his LE career is over, let's hope that his very next step is to quit drinking.

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Posted in: Cirque du Soleil accepts purchase offer from creditors See in context

They screwed themselves when they got rid of the bears riding bicycles and the bearded lady,

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Posted in: Tokyo lifts coronavirus alert to highest level; 165 new cases reported Wednesday See in context

It's pretty slick how when faced with a public crisis, high government officials in Japan don these blue collar work uniforms, apparently to get the public to think they're getting ready to go roll up their sleeves and unclog a sewer pipe by hand somewhere.

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Posted in: Lawmaker admits receiving ¥1 mil in casino bribery scandal See in context

Not a very good negotiator if he risked his entire career over it and only walked away with about $10K...

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