Charlie Sommers comments

Posted in: The perfect baked potato begins with russets See in context

Rather than Crisco or olive oil coat your potato with bacon grease for a great skin with a wonderful flavor.

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Posted in: Visually impaired man hit and killed by train after falling off platform See in context

@Osaka_Doug,

Good for you. We should all be helpful to each other on our trip through life. ♥

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Posted in: Japanese gov't, prosecutors, Nissan call Ghosn's accusations baseless See in context

Let me think about this. If I was accused of a crime I was innocent of and was going to be tried in a country with almost a 100% conviction rate what would I do?

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Posted in: Japan earmarks ¥1.78 bil to boost promotion of sake See in context

Sake, sumo,and squid, these three items helped keep me entertained during my Japan years. :-)

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Posted in: A plateful of plastic: Visualizing the microplastic we consume See in context

BigYen said;

"According to the article, increased plastic consumption by humans must have been happening for decades. How do the researcher's fears square with the fact that within that timeframe life expectancy has been increasing in every developed country, and in most of the developing ones?"

The increase in life expectancy is not necessarily because people are living longer. Life expectancy is the "average" age at which people die. Infant mortality, which used to be rampant, has been considerably tamed in recent years and that accounts for the higher average age at death.

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Posted in: Ghosn carried spare French passport while out on bail in Japan See in context

Let me ponder this for a moment. If I was awaiting trial in a country where the conviction rate is 99.9% and had an opportunity to flee, what would I do?

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Posted in: 12 dead, several missing as Australia counts cost of devastating bushfires See in context

@ GuruMick;

We have many of the same ilk here in the USA, people who, for some illogical reason, think that scientists have banded together to pull the wool over their eyes. I am an old man and will be gone before the scenario plays to its ultimate conclusion but feel a great deal of sadness for my descendants who are going to end up with an uninhabitable world.

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Posted in: Meatless burgers, hemp cocktails and pasta straws - 2019 eco-friendly food trends See in context

Cannabis is a miracle plant. Cloth made from its' fibers is durable, paper made from it is environmentally friendly as it requires little bleaching with dioxins. The seeds are nutritious and produce a high quality oil. It can be fermented into alcohol that can fuel your automobile. After retting out the fibers the stems can be compressed into a type of press-board that can be used in home construction. Oh...you can smoke it too, it's very relaxing.

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Posted in: 67-year-old man fatally beaten after calling police to report intruder in house See in context

"Getting more dangerous out there"

No, the world as a whole is at the safest level in history. The population is much larger but the "percentage" of violent people is lower than it's ever been.

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Posted in: 2 junior high school students arrested for extorting ¥220,000 from boy on threat of violence See in context

Why would the parents have kept that amount of cash on hand? Banks are a much safer place to keep medium or large sums of money.

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Posted in: 11 arrested after 600 kgs of stimulant drugs found on fishing vessel See in context

I feel sure that they had the drugs for personal use only. :))

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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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