Charlie Sommers comments

Posted in: Biden expected to nominate Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan See in context

Happy DayToday said;  

"Absolute disaster as mayor of Chicago, which is the murder capital of America."

Wrong! I don't think the mayor of any city dictates the number of murders allowed but Chicago is not number one in that statistic. They rank 28th with 18.26 murders per 100,000 people. At the top of the list is Saint Louis, Missouri with 64.54 murders per 100,000 people.

Rahm did well as mayor and will more than likely make a great ambassador. Intelligence is the quality most needed to be a diplomat and he has plenty of that.

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Posted in: Veggie satay: Singapore lab cooks up Asian favorites, minus the meat See in context

Vegetarian food can be great even when it doesn't mimic meat. Many of the meat substitutes are questionable thanks to being highly processed. Just enjoy vegetables for what they are you might be pleasantly surprised.

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Posted in: Should you add wasabi to your soy sauce at a sushi restaurant? See in context

Wasabi and soy sauce are great mixed, they compliment each other as well as peanut butter and jelly.

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Posted in: Ishikawa town builds giant squid with COVID relief funds See in context

If they build statues of a giant bag of panko and a bottle of Bulldog Sauce I will put this town on my bucket list.

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Posted in: Infant's body found buried in garden of abandoned house in Nagano Prefecture See in context

Until an autopsy is performed the cause of death is unknown. Why must everyone assume the child was murdered when it could easily have died from natural causes and then been disposed of in a rather callous way?

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Posted in: Police appeal for help from public over 2008 murder of 15-year-old girl See in context

@BertieWooster, No, it's never too late to find the killer of this beautiful child.

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Posted in: S Korean fishermen protest See in context

I must side with SJ Today who said. "...Contrary to public belief, this issue is not environmental or chemical, but psychological and political." It would possibly have better if the water had been released without proclaiming it publicly.

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Posted in: Do you really need 8 glasses of water a day? Your kidneys say 'no' See in context

@ starpunk; The water in Flint Michigan is as much an indicator of the overall purity of water in the USA as the summer temperature of Death Valley is of the US climate.

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Posted in: Warp drives: Physicists give chances of faster-than-light space travel a boost See in context

@ 1glenn;

 "The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible."

~Arthur C. Clarke

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Posted in: Creme brulee filled roasted sweet potatoes make a sizzling return See in context

The sweet potatoes I grew to love back in my USAF days living in Ushihama looked very different. We bought them from a push cart that came through the neighborhood and rather than orange flesh theirs' was a pale greenish white and no further adornment was necessary. Delicious!

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Posted in: 'Glossy Green tea donuts' sound weird, look amazing in Mr Donut team-up with Kyoto matcha master See in context

The only doughnut worthy of the name is the standard glazed yeast doughnut. Nothing goes better with a morning cup of coffee.

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Posted in: Man arrested for keeping body of 86-year-old father at home See in context

If the aim is fraud and a continuation of the fathers pension check couldn't that end be met even if the body was buried somewhere? That would seem more respectful to the deceased in my opinion plus I would imagine that a decomposing corpse would add a rather unpleasant aura to a home.

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Posted in: Osaka YouTubers’ stupid plan to live-stream marijuana dealer’s arrest backfires See in context

Good think that this dangerous substance was taken off the streets! It's as dangerous as parsley and may have caused someone to experience a feeling of elation, caused some laughter and resulted in an increased appetite.

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Posted in: Lost to mountain, Japanese internee's remains return home to California See in context

@ 1glenn, Among their many decorations the 442nd earned 21 Congressional Medal's of Honor.

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Posted in: Chinese ban on Taiwanese pineapples boosts sales in Japan See in context

I can't imagine a delicious dish of subuta without a few chunks of sweet pineapple. If it came from Taiwan I would be just as happy as I would be with domestic fruit.

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Posted in: We put Japanese custard pudding on toast and it’s the best thing ever See in context

Sounds edible to me, a bit like French toast for breakfast. I think I would serve it with a few rashers of bacon on the side.

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Posted in: Japanese restaurant combines solo shabu shabu dining with the fun of a sushi train See in context

Sounds absolutely marvelous!

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Posted in: Drink banana beer and promote Izu Peninsula tourism industry See in context

Beer should be made using malted barley, water, hops, and yeast. End of story!!

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Posted in: Help Japanese farmers reduce food waste with curry paste made from imperfect produce See in context

People are too picky. In my childhood we gardened extensively and quite often had less than perfect fruit and vegetables. The trimmed portions were fed to the chickens or put in the compost heap. If we found a worm in an ear of corn we would cut off the damaged portion and perhaps save the worm for fish bait. My mother was raised during the great depression and her motto was, "Use it up or wear it out."

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Posted in: Starbucks Japan moves into spring with Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino See in context

@Addfwyn. Move over and make room for another black coffee drinker. I love the taste of coffee and don't try to make it into a dessert.

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan expands rice burger menu with first-ever rice fish burger See in context

It mightn't be the healthiest food on the planet but there is no great harm in occasionally eating something just because it tastes good. Probably shouldn't do it daily though.

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Posted in: Crafting the perfect sake in Kanagawa See in context

Nothing was as comforting during the chilly autumns I spent in Japan as a meal of nabiyaki udon accompanied by a tokkuri or two of warmed sake. A true taste treat.

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Posted in: Fly me to the moon: Billionaire Maezawa seeks 8 passengers for lunar trip See in context

@theFu, You have to admit the Earth is still a pretty nice place with decent food.

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Posted in: Mos Burger adds sliced bread to their menus See in context

Give me pumpernickel or give me death, well...a dutch rub anyway.

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Posted in: Panasonic begins crowdfunding for new companion robot NICOBO See in context

I live in a home with four flatulent cats and I myself pass gas quite frequently. I fail to see how a farting robot would bring any additional joy to my life.

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl on bike dies, mother injured after being hit by car See in context

Before this man is condemned in the court of public opinion I would like to pass on a description of what happened to a friend who had a probable petit mal seizure at my dinner table years ago. He was sitting at the table when he suddenly pitched forward and put his face in his plate of food. He then fell from his chair onto the floor. He recovered immediately and is still around 40 years later with no reoccurrence. I hate to think what the outcome could have been if he had been driving at the time.

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Posted in: Hives, chills reported following COVID-19 vaccination in Japan See in context

I took an antibiotic for an infection and broke out in a very itchy rash, my doctor changed the prescription and I was cured. I didn't condemn all antibiotics, individuals react differently to the same things.

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Posted in: British PM Johnson backs Tokyo's hosting of Olympics See in context

@Sven Asai, He could go for a buzzcut or a shaved head, either one would look more appealing than the bird's nest he presently sports atop his bonce.

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Posted in: Ramen chain releases gyoza taco and okonomiyaki hot dogs See in context

Yes! Yes! Yes!

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Posted in: Various rumors swirling around 'painful' corona vaccination See in context

I have had both my Moderna vaccinations and neither one caused undue pain at the injection site. The second injection caused a bit of lethargy and some joint pain for a few days but I'm happy I had it.

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