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Posted in: Japan has a cat aptitude test to show off how much you know about our feline friends See in context

Piskian, Cats only eat people in situations like the human death is undiscovered and there is no cat food available, under dire circumstances even people will eat people.

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Posted in: U.N. says N Korea increasing repression as people reportedly starving in parts of the country See in context

JeffersonLivesToday said;

"Communism at work!!!! Such a great system!!!"

No, it's an example of totalitarianism at work.

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Posted in: Burger King Japan’s new Crown The One Pounder is like a cheeseburger on steroids See in context

Mr Kipling said,

"Considering the amount of hormones fed to US cattle, the writer may want to edit this comment."

I live in Tennessee and organically raised, hormone free beef is widely available, and my Wyoming cousin raises hormone free grass fed beef on her ranch.

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Posted in: Silkworm sashimi, cricket curry on menu as bugs make comeback in Japan See in context

I order Mexican chapulines (grasshoppers) online and find them to be quite tasty.

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Posted in: A new bar in Dubai is offering 'gourmet water' infused with minerals to 'suit your mood' See in context

Infuse my water with 23 year old single malt whisky.

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Posted in: Japan's willingness to engage with N Korea may test allies' patience See in context

"If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies."

~Desmond Tutu

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Posted in: Miniature drummer See in context

I have a sudden craving for giant onion rings.

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Posted in: 4 injured after explosion in bar in Tokyo's Shimbashi district See in context

Lighting a cigarette anytime is bad but lighting one while smelling gas is kinda stupid.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing 13 crows with pesticide claims they were noisy See in context

We should remember that crows eat carrion and help keep roadsides clear of dead animals that would otherwise be health concerns.

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Posted in: Tanabata festival See in context

I was stationed at Yokota AB for eight years back in the 1960s and 70s and looked forward to the Fussa Tanabata every year, it was great fun.

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Posted in: Islam's call to prayer ringing out in more U.S. cities See in context

Let those who are adherents of Islam get something like a weather radio that announces the call to prayer inside their house for their ears only. I am an atheist who likes to sleep in most mornings.

Several years ago a local church got a bell system that was short lived. Even the faithful asked for noise ordinance enforcement so they could sleep in.

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Posted in: Godiva releases first-ever chocolate 'daifuku' in Japan See in context

Just give me a traditional daifuku with anko stuffing along with a cup of green tea from Shizuoka and I will be a happy old man.

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Posted in: California artists, chefs find creative ways to confront destructive 'superbloom' of wild mustard See in context

As a child in Tennessee we kept wild mustard under control by eating it. Cook it with a bit of bacon and splash on some vinegar and you have a side dish that is both nutritious and delicious. After moving to Japan I discovered the it was also good pickled.

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Posted in: Sushiro in Hong Kong may be best in the world and a bittersweet visit for our reporter See in context

Japan may have started sushi but many other places have adopted it and made it their own. I loved sushi in Japan years ago but I now enjoy a California roll and a local specialty here in Tennessee, a tekamaki roll that contains tuna marinated in sriracha sauce. Delicious!

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Posted in: Couple arrested for leaving partially burned newborn baby found on Shizuoka coastline See in context

I assume that an autopsy will be performed on the baby. If it is determined that the child was a stillbirth and the couple couldn't afford funeral home services their punishment should be minimal. If the infant was burned to death punishment should be severe.

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Posted in: Farmers face a soaring risk of flash droughts in every major food-growing region See in context

I am shocked by the lack of interest readers have shown for this article. I worry about my great-grandchildren and the world we are leaving them. Global warming is very real.

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Posted in: Here is the portable trashcan you never knew you needed See in context

If it slows the proliferation of strewn trash I am very much in favor of it.

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Posted in: McDonald’s brings back the Japanese '90s with Heisei comeback menu, videos with J-pop hit See in context

@TokyoLiving: Like many other fast foods McDonalds should not be the main source of our sustenance but an occasional indulgence is fine. A blanket condemnation is going too far.

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Posted in: Bring a gourmet experience to the outdoors See in context

Cooking on a camping trip was simple when I was young. I would impale a small creature on a pointed stick and roast it over hot coals.

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Posted in: Crash of private Japanese moon lander blamed on software, last-minute location switch See in context


"We can put money on the moon. But we do not have a debt ceiling today."

No money was sent to the moon, it was spent on salaries down here on Earth.

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Posted in: Pop that whole onion in the microwave! 7-Eleven Japan supermarket sister’s Butter-Pom Onion recipe See in context

My daughter was cooking something similar 30 years ago, microwaved onion with butter only. It was tasty but the addition of ponzu sauce sounds like a nice touch.

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Posted in: Pieces that may be from wetsuit, surfboard found after surfer attacked by shark off South Australia See in context

Being eaten by a shark or bear is certainly no fun but statistically you have a greater chance of being killed by a stinging insect.

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Posted in: Australia told to shoot kangaroos before they starve See in context

If I was on the verge of starvation I would certainly consider consuming a bowl of eagle stew. It's been years since I ate any roo but remember it tasting similar to venison.

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Posted in: Cleaning has never been simpler with the Thanko Handi Mop See in context

I fail to see any real advantage over a spray water bottle and a paper towel or two at a fraction of the cost.

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Posted in: 103-year-old Japanese curry rice restaurant got it right a century ago; still serves it today See in context

I like Indian curry, Southeast Asian curry, and Japanese curry, they are all different but variety is the spice of life. Having choices is great.

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Posted in: Why Kurt Vonnegut's advice to college graduates still matters today See in context

Vonnegut had the ability to make you pause in your laughter and think, perhaps I should be crying.

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Posted in: The law often shields police officers from accountability See in context

@wallace; I believe Peter said 6.5% of the population are "Black Males" which sounds about right out of a total population of 14%.

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Posted in: 5 seasonal spring fish in Japan See in context

One of the things I really miss about living in Japan is the great seafood I used to eat. Su-saba sashimi washed down with a chilled beer was heaven on earth,

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Posted in: Don’t throw out leftover rice! Testing to find the best rice freezing/microwaving container See in context

Leftover rice that has been refrigerated and is slightly dried out makes much better fried rice than freshly cooked does.

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Posted in: 'Dame Edna Everage' comedian Barry Humphries dies at 89 See in context

Rest in Peace Barry, you were one of a kind.

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