Charlie Sommers comments

Posted in: Unity has long been a theme, and anxiety, for new U.S. presidents See in context

"Arresting peaceful protestors and silencing opinions is probably not the best way forward then."

So you think the people carrying racist confederate battle flags while chanting "hang Mike Pence" and in possession of plastic hand-restraints for probable hostage taking were peaceful protestors? I am both shocked and saddened by your naiveness.

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Posted in: Sapporo decides to sell new beer with English mistake on label See in context

Incorrect spellings don't just happen to the Japanese. When I was stationed at Yokota AB as an air traffic controller back in the 1960s the AF printed a proficiency manual with the printed name "proficeincy manual" on the cover.

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Posted in: Korea Town See in context

I would like to see Japan and Korea develop a relationship as close as the one that exists between the USA and the UK. We may not be the best pals but we share many interests. Let's all try living in peace.

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Posted in: Fukuoka town erects 7-meter gorilla scarecrow as symbol of strength against COVID-19 See in context

Adding a bit of lightness to a dire situation does no harm and actually may give hope to many. I thank the people of Fukuoka-ken and cheer for the gorilla's success.

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Posted in: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to perform at Biden inauguration See in context

The inauguration itself is the greatest entertainment, a man who will restore some of our national pride in the eyes of the world will be taking the helm.

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Posted in: KFC Japan’s Creamy Croquette Chicken Filet Sandwich wants to comfort you this winter See in context

Well...I must differ with the above commenters. It may not be health food but an occasional treat won't damage you that much. Don't eat them on a daily basis but you could probably eat one every now and then and live through it. I would love to try one. They had me at sakura shrimp and lobster sauce.

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Posted in: Heavy snow temporarily strands 90 vehicles on central Japan highway See in context

I am always amazed by things that some can give a downvote to.

"P. SmithJan. 8  07:25 am JST

Hope everyone was safe."

How could this possibly be voted down by a rational person???

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Posted in: Easy fix to avoid skin forming on hot milk See in context

The skin atop your warm milk or pudding is the best part. Just slurp it off!

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Posted in: Japan’s best croquette shops announced in 7th annual Croquette Grand Prix See in context

In the good old days when I was a control tower supervisor at Yokota Air Base, on swing shifts I would often lend one of my team members my car and send him on a mission to a small shop in Ushihama to get us some Menchi Katsu and fried squid. We all loved them and I never had better.

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Posted in: Mother arrested over attempted murder of 8-year-old daughter See in context

@ P. Smith,

The fact that your excellent comment received any down votes at all indicates that there are many with absolutely no understanding of, or compassion for those who suffer from, mental illness. It's not just in Japan but sadly is a worldwide phenomena.

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Posted in: Always make a superior brew with this artisanal coffee drip pot See in context

I often make my coffee the old fashioned way in a pan on the stove. After sitting for a few minutes I pour it into a serving container through a tea strainer to remove the grounds. It tastes delicious.

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Posted in: Curry rice restaurant teams up with convenience store for Super Spicy Curry Buns See in context

Curry pan used to be one of my favorite breakfast foods.

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Posted in: Alcoholic soup in a cup See in context

Actually alcohol does not warm you in the winter, its action is the exact opposite. When you consume alcohol the capillaries under your skin expand, which accounts for that red face, and you loose body heat at a faster rate.

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Posted in: Japan's capsule with asteroid samples retrieved in Australia See in context

@Sal Affist

How does this achievement effect us down on earth? The miniaturization required of electronic parts used in space vehicles has spilled over into areas that are beneficial to your life in many ways. Many medical procedures have been improved and surgeries made less invasive thanks to this knowledge.

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Posted in: Biden is facing high hopes, tough choices on border wall See in context

Many undocumented people in the US came in legally and just overstayed their Visas. A lot of contraband enters the country through legal portals disguised as something else. Look no further than the Great Wall of China to find out how effective walls are at keeping out undesirables.

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Posted in: Kyoto’s Fire Ramen restaurant expands overseas with first location outside Japan See in context

I am a lover of all things "chili pepper" and was hoping the name came from the addition of capsicum.

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Posted in: Are 'yakiimo' poised to become the next trendy food? See in context

One of my favorite sounds when I lived in Ushihama back in the 1960s was the cry "o-imo" that came from the lips of the ojisan pushing his cart of goods as he neared my home. My wife or I would rush out clasping a few yen to trade for one of his delicious treats. All I can say to those above who don't seem to care for them is they must have bought from the wrong ojisan, the ones we bought were always creamy and delicious.

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Posted in: English mistake makes Kyoto the enemy of the world See in context

The best comment on language I ever heard was by a chiropractor that I had taken a Filipino friend with a backache to see. My friend apologized to the doc for his poor English and got this reply, "I'm sure you speak English much better than I speak your language."

We all need to learn tolerance.

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Posted in: Major floods in Manila as typhoon batters Philippines See in context

Dear Zaphod, "Climate" is not only a talking point for politicians but is of great interest to "scientists" as well. Men and women who have devoted their lives to keeping this planet habitable for all of us.

Sadly "climate denial" is the talking point of many politicians.

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Posted in: Pandemic-hit sex workers flock to NPO for sympathy and advice See in context

Well said Sneezy. I have often wondered how society justifies making the sell of a service illegal in light of the fact that it can be given away free with impunity.

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Posted in: Sink your teeth into this pink tiger sandwich and satisfy that growling tummy See in context

My attention was gained at "smoked duck", an unusual sandwich ingredient that sounds divine. The cheese was a favorite of Charles de Gaulle and I'm sure adds to the taste.

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Posted in: Chocolate-covered shrimp snacks make a comeback in Japan this winter See in context

But will they be as good as chocolate covered grasshoppers?

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Posted in: Post-election vote tallying raises fresh security concerns See in context

Trump is fighting for his very existence. He realizes that a prison term may be on the agenda if he loses.

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Posted in: Japanese culinary specialist delights with simple and delicious recipe for King Oyster mushrooms See in context

I am salivating at the thought of this. Quite often the simplest recipes are the best.

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Posted in: Man stabbed, robbed of ¥70,000 in Tokyo park See in context

shogun36 said;

"Talk about a stab in the dark and hitting the jackpot. 

How often do people walk around in the park at night with ¥70,000 on them?"

In the year 2020 that's not that much cash.

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Posted in: Use of smartphones wasting more kids' time, wrecking their brains, says doctor See in context

I am addicted but I also have severe mobility problems and I'm approaching the age of eighty. The internet allows me to keep up with and interact with the outside world. The quality of my life would be drastically downgraded without electronic assistance.

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Posted in: Trump no fan of Sacha Baron Cohen See in context

@Reckless...Just don't look at it.

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Posted in: Unagi vs anago – All you need to know about Japan’s gourmet eel dishes See in context

I love them both but kabayaki unagi is hard to beat.

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Posted in: Fishermen oppose release of Fukushima water into ocean See in context

All this polluted water helps cast a dim view on the safety of nuclear power. I have no suggestion on what to do with the water but it should cause mankind to work a bit harder on developing clean sources of energy for use in the future. Solar power, wind power, geothermal power and harnessed tidal power all come to mind.

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Posted in: Surfer vanishes in suspected shark attack in Australia See in context

"...You are really scraping the bottom of the cynical barrel with that crap about climate change."

So 95% of the world's scientists are feeding us a load of crap?

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