Charlie Sommers comments

Posted in: China warns U.S. of retaliation for law backing Hong Kong protesters See in context

"So liberals will be anti HK protestors now? no comments at all from the usual Trump haters."

Even a broken watch shows the correct time twice a day. One or two correct actions don't atone for a multitude of mistakes, horrible decisions, and outright lies.

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Posted in: Man arrested for writing graffiti on centuries-old Kyoto temple did so for extremely weird reason See in context

"A 10 year stretch in prison will make him think about this action. Unforgivable."

I agree he needs punishment but your recommendation seems rather severe.

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Posted in: Search continues for 12-year-old girl who vanished 5 days ago in Osaka See in context

I agree with shogun36, a better picture might help with the search.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics water survey shows mixed results on E.coli levels See in context

I was with the USAF at Yokota AB back in the 60s and 70s. At that time we were told that swimming in Tokyo Bay was like taking a dip in weak urine. It doesn't seem to be appreciably better today.

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Posted in: Man arrested for incinerating father's body See in context

A body, even a relatively small one, seems like it would be quite difficult to burn in an average home. I am curious as to how this was accomplished and wish the article had gone into more detail.

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Posted in: Asahi CEO bets on better tasting alcohol-free beers See in context

I must be an alcoholic, my favorite brew is 8.1% ABV.

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Posted in: Thai chef aims to turn insect eating into fine dining See in context

Fried meal worms are nutty tasting and quite delicious, the only grasshoppers I have eaten were too dry and had little taste. I would like to revisit the hoppers and try some fresher ones with a bit of juice left in them. I would also love to try some sago grubs, they look like they might be tasty.

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Posted in: Passengers, restaurants struggle with water cut-off at Haneda airport Terminal 2 See in context

Thank goodness the toilets still flushed. I can imagine the horror of the situation if they didn't.

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Posted in: Jamaican-style ramen in Kyoto: A cross-cultural hit, or just jerking your taste buds around? See in context

I think I'll try my own version of this and stir a bit of Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning into the broth. I'm betting that it will be delicious. ♥

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Posted in: Some tips from Harry See in context

He is a royal by accident of birth but seems to have grown into a caring and pleasant young man. I would happily share a few beers with him and we could amuse each other with interesting tales of our military experiences.

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Posted in: English tourists seriously injured in Australia shark attack See in context

Swim in freshwater rather than the ocean,

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Posted in: Gov't funding for imperial ceremonies sparks rare dissent See in context

I think ancient time honored rituals are uniting. At Japan's current population level if every man, woman, and child contributes ten yen that would provide 1.268 billion yen for the ceremony and I honestly don't think it would be much of a hardship for even the poorest.

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Posted in: Plastic bottles vs aluminum cans: Who'll win the global water fight? See in context

People need to start drinking tap water in countries and locations where it is safe to do so and if they need to take water with them there are containers that can be cleaned and reused multiple times.

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Posted in: High on ease, low on nutrition: Instant-noodle diet harms Asian kids See in context

As GW said it can be turned into a reasonable meal with the addition of lots of veggies. We have it probably once every two weeks and search the fridge first for both leftovers and veggies that need to go. As an occasional treat it's okay and adding an egg is a good idea too. '

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Posted in: Tokyo ward barred homeless from evacuation shelters during typhoon See in context

Before I would spend a night outside in high winds and torrential rain I think I would fabricate an address.

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Posted in: Facebook researchers use maths for better translations See in context

I yearn for better translations thru Google. Presently many languages translated into English come out totally incomprehensible.

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Posted in: Man suspected of puncturing tires of cars, bicycles See in context

Vandalism is a crime I have trouble understanding. Stealing, by comparison, is almost understandable, the thief profits by being enriched the amount of the stolen goods but the vandal gains nothing.

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Posted in: Vietnamese intern arrested over knife attack on compatriot See in context

It would be extremely difficult to kill someone by slashing their stomach with a utility knife if the knife in question fits the description I have in my mind. What most people call a utility knife is also called a box cutter and has a blade less than an inch in length. Only if he had been slashing at the victim's throat would I consider it attempted murder.

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Posted in: Catch of the day See in context

"Isn't the saury catch decreasing due to overfishing by China and Korea in international waters?"

Yes, and it's hard to imagine fall in Japan without these delicious little creatures. With grated daikon and a squirt of soy sauce nothing is tastier.

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Posted in: What to do if you are stopped by the police in Japan See in context

I returned to my hotel in Ueno late at night many years ago only to find a steel door barring my entrance. I had not been informed of this by the English speaking staff before I ventured out for an evening of night clubbing. I went to a nearby koban and a very polite young officer escorted me to the hotel's backdoor and helped me gain entrance. I was very thankful for his helpful professionalism.

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Posted in: Post-typhoon blackout in Chiba reaches Day 4, affecting 330,000 homes See in context

The expired bottled water in Futtsu is safe to drink. After long-term storage, the bottled water's appearance, smell or taste may change somewhat, but the water will still be safe to consume. And while bottled water manufacturers put expiration dates on their labels, these dates are meant to be indicators of quality, not safety. It would pose a greater risk to your health to go without water than to drink expired water.

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Posted in: Curry for breakfast: Coco Ichibanya now has morning sets See in context

Years ago when I lived in Ushihama, Japan I would frequently go to a local market and get a piece or two of curry-pan for breakfast. Delicious and satisfying, ♥

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Posted in: Flat-packed cities: Wooden skyscrapers sprout over concrete concerns See in context

I just pictured myself lounging about in the penthouse apartment of a high rise wooden building when a smoker on the first floor set the building aflame. It was not a pleasant picture.

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Posted in: Japan has canned fried chicken See in context

I could see how this might be useful on a camping trip in the wilderness. It would probably not invite the attention of bears when you popped it open.

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Posted in: Wall climbing See in context

@ Mr Kipling, You sound like the type who only goes to an automobile race to watch the wrecks.

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Posted in: Library of spider silk could hold secrets for new materials See in context

I am continually amazed by the complexity, diversity, and beauty of life on this planet.

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Posted in: Japanese researchers build robotic tail to keep elderly upright See in context

For some reason I envision a train car crowded with elderly passengers all swishing their tails like irate cats. It is not a comforting vision.

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Posted in: Daimonji: Kyoto's fiery mountainside festival See in context

I am in Tennessee but shall sip a cup of sake anyway in honor of this event. I wish I was there.

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Posted in: A part-time job stint for the adventurous, on Iwo Jima See in context

"~$1350 for a 16-day stint? Pass"

Don't forget the room and board and experience of a lifetime.

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Posted in: Trump's America: Where politics dictate definition of racism See in context

I like them big, I like them small.

The truth is, I like them all!

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