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Posted in: How to turn leftover gyoza wrappers into a tasty lasagna that’s easy to make See in context

Instead of using only half a pack, make extra filling, use all the wraps and freeze half. Makes life easy-peasy next time you want to have gyoza on the menu.

Other ways to use up gyoza skins - fill them with apple pie filling, deep-fry and dust with sugar.

Cut the skins in halves or quarters, deep fry and sprinkle with salt n pepper, herb salt, whatever takes your fancy - nibbles for drinks.

Use to line shallow tart tins, fill with whatever veggies, mushrooms etc., you have to hand, pour over mixture of egg and milk or cream, sprinkle with cheese and bake. Mini quiches.

Fill with curry-flavoured potato and deep-fry. Mini samosas.

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Posted in: 66 abortion clinics shut in U.S. since court ruling: report See in context

when is an abortion late-term?

After the 6th trimester.

What?

Surely that would be an alien??

doctors that think they know everything better or that we should follow the science

When it comes to medicine, I think most people would agree that doctors, you know, the people with degrees in medicine and years of study under their belt, do know better than Joe Average.

If you're not going to follow the science, who are you going to follow? Your own whims? Next time you need surgery, instead of asking a qualified physician to help you, maybe you should ask a friend with the same whims as you. Or do it yourself.

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Posted in: 66 abortion clinics shut in U.S. since court ruling: report See in context

When does a fetus become a baby? 

From the moment the cells are coming together.

When does an embryo become a fetus?

Once a heartbeat is detected.

Sorry, I don't have a medical degree, I hope you can help me sort this out.

So the moment the cells (egg and sperm?) come together, that's a baby?

And when that clump of cells (the baby) develops enough to generate a detectable heartbeat some weeks later, it becomes a foetus?

So when is it an embryo? And when, after developing from egg-and-sperm to baby and back to foetus, does it become a baby again?

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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan; some trains suspended See in context

If Donald Trump can visit North Korea in only one ton of presidency and make inroads with the regime then what is stopping the Japanese government?

What inroads would those be again?

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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan; some trains suspended See in context

these articles seem aimed at stirring fear.

Actually I think it's the missile tests that are aimed at stirring fear.

How about Japan just tell NK they are going to test a few missles and test a few back at them.... they can't claim anything because they did the same.

Sounds good in theory, but testing a missile over NK in the same way would mean it coming down in China. I think Xi might want to express a very strong opinion abut that.

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Posted in: Musk and Zelenskiy in Twitter showdown over billionaire's peace plan See in context

@elonmusk- We gave Starlinks to Ukraine & lost $80M+ in doing so, while putting SpaceX & myself at serious risk of Russian cyberattack.

Kudos for the Starlinks.

Could it be the sudden switch to 'Let Russia have everything they demand, for the sake of 'peace'', is a sign that the serious risk of Russian cyberattack is no longer just a risk?

Has Musk been hacked? Taken cyber-hostage? Standing to lose a lot more than the pocket-change $80 million?

Seems there'a a lot of it about these days. My Roomba suddenly started talking Russian a little while after the invasion (though how the orcs imagined that would help their speshul millidarie operayshun, I do not know).

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Posted in: British PM Truss forced into humiliating tax U-turn See in context

she should have done more to "lay the ground" for the policy.

I think that's the Tory version of the Japanese 説明が足りなかった/we didn't explain it clearly enough.

In either case, it's the public's fault for not understanding the policy and how brilliant the politicians are, not the politicians' fault for having lousy policies.

Do you need an arrogance implant to be a politician?

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Posted in: Yuzu Pringles: New Japan-exclusive flavor is so stimulating it’s turned Mr P’s eyes to stars See in context

Pringles are way too salty, especially the Sour Cream flavour.

Nutritionally speaking I'm sure they are, but it's true (for me at least) that once you pop, you cannot stop. And yes, the sour cream and onion are the most irresistable. I wonder if the yuzu will add to or detract from that.

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Posted in: U.S. Marine arrested over assault in Okinawan bar See in context

Marines go through an intensive training which teaches self control.

which training was apparently wasted on this particular Marine.

The marine was drunk which can lead to violence. Apologize, pay compensation....

...go home and repeat that intensive training. Or find a different job.

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Posted in: Russia abandons key bastion; Putin ally suggests a nuclear response See in context

At least 90% of residents would vote to join Russia.

How could you possibly know this?

It's obvious, the only kind of referendum the pro-putler lobby understands is the kind that has the result determined before any 'voting' takes place.

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Posted in: Russia abandons key bastion; Putin ally suggests a nuclear response See in context

What is false? Is the website fake?

What's false is your claim that it's a site recruiting American mercenaries to fight Ruzzians.

It's been pointed out before,; the site is recruiting people to conduct rescue operations - extraction / evacuation operations of individuals and families throughout the countryside and major cities of Ukraine.

No mention at all of fighting anyone, though as you'd expect applicants need to have the military experience and know-how necessary to operate in an active war zone.

And rather than being aimed at money-hungry American mercenaries, it states clearly that the people it wants are already in the area, adept in conducting rescue operations, and speak Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, and/or Moldovan.

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Posted in: Kishida condemns Russian annexation of parts of Ukraine See in context

 In 1991, when USSR collapsed - nobody asks Russian-speaking people in south-east of Ukrainian Soviet Republic what they want.

Yes they did.

In the referendum on the Act of Independence held on 1st December 1991, there was a 54.19% vote favour of independence in Crimea, 83.9% in Donetsk, 90.13% in Kherson, 83.86% in Luhansk, and 90.66% in Zaporizhzhia.

The turnout in these areas was lower than the national average, but in all areas apart from Crimea a majority of the total electorate voted overwhelmingly in favour. Ethnic Russians voted 55% in favour.

And this was a proper referendum, not a sham of the type ruzzia excels in.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991_Ukrainian_independence_referendum

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Posted in: White House announces multi-billion dollar plan to attack obesity, hunger See in context

Does Schwarzenegger talk like that? 

Sorry Schwachan, it was meant to be redneck hillbilly.....

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Posted in: Most pregnancy-related deaths in U.S. are avoidable: CDC See in context

Many of the mental health related problems could perhaps be mitigated somewhat by removing the financial burden of childbirth. Make prenatal, delivery and postnatal care free at point of use.

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Posted in: White House announces multi-billion dollar plan to attack obesity, hunger See in context

lol This is obviously a cunning political strategy.

A Democrat Prez telling the nation to lose weight? The Republicans will go the opposite way simply out of principle, refuse to 'let the guvmint tell us wot we cn eat', pile their plates even higher, double up on the snacks, balloon in size and chomp their way into an early grave. Come the next election they'll be either dead or unable to lift their sorry fat backsides into their mobility vehicle to make the trip to the polling station, resulting in a landslide victory for those who don't need the guvmint to tell 'em wot to eat coz they already eat right.

Clever one, Joe. Crafty.

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Posted in: New UK coins featuring image of King Charles revealed See in context

Nice looking coin, mind.

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Posted in: Russia to annex more of Ukraine on Friday at the Kremlin See in context

This job offers US$1000~2000 a day + bonuses to go and fight the Russians. https://silentprofessionals.org/jobs/extraction-protective-agents-ukraine/

No it doesn't. It offers the dosh to go (or, according to the link, be there already) and conduct rescue operations - extraction / evacuation operations of individuals and families throughout the countryside and major cities of Ukraine.

No mention at all of fighting anyone, though as you'd expect applicants need to have the military experience and know-how necessary to operate in an active war zone.

Therefore, I encourage everyone to take up this US$1000~$2000 per-day + bonuses job to go and fight the Russians in the Ukraine.

Did you bother to read your own link? Not everyone is anywhere near eligible to apply.

*MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (do NOT apply without meeting these minimum qualification requirements):*

– Must have 5+ years combined experience from either military and/or private military experience with at least 1 year of overseas combat experience

– Have strong working knowledge of how to implement Soviet-era and NATO small arms

– Have critical thinking skills with ability to work through complex problems quickly and efficiently for the preservation of life

– Ability to navigate with map and compass

– Candidate must be very physically fit

– Possess a high-degree of professionalism, responsibility, resolve and maturity

– Must be able to brief, persuade, and instruct others on objective requirements

– Possess a current US, UK, CAN, AUS, NZ, UKR, POL or dual citizen Passport with a EU or Schengen nation

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

– Candidates who are currently residing in Ukraine, a border country, or within an EU or Schengen nation

– Ability to speak Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, and or Moldovan language(s)

– Candidates with prior backgrounds in a Tier 1, SOF or combat arms MOS are highly desired and will be given primary preference

– Have a strong working knowledge of Ukrainian highways, roadways, terrain and culture

– Have prior experience conducting rescue operations with little to no support within war-torn or active warzone battlescapes

etc., etc.

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Posted in: Russia to annex more of Ukraine on Friday at the Kremlin See in context

The Kremlin is several 100m meters, perhaps a km, away from St Basil's.

Three or four hundred metres. Well within russian 'oops missed the target' range.

And if Putler will be standing on the stage with the target on it, no need to destroy the building.

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Posted in: UK Labour leader accuses government of trashing economy See in context

This afternoon I spotted a homeless man sitting in a shop doorway.

I felt bad for him.

So I went to the most affluent part of town, found the most affluent-looking house, and popped a 5000 yen note through the letterbox.

That will trickle down to the homeless person in time.

I'm glad I was able to help that homeless man.

(for the totally tone-deaf..../sarc off)

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Posted in: UK Labour leader accuses government of trashing economy See in context

It is nonsense to suggest that one needs to collect tax revenues in order to change tax rates, 

Not sure if you're being deliberately pedantic, or just not very good with words.

Yes, taxes are revenue. If revenues go down, in everyday parlance that is a cost.

If tax revenues are (say) 1000 pounds and Liz cuts taxes so that revenues are now only (say) 800 pounds, then that tax cut has cost the economy 200 pounds. (Not to mention the extra interest that will have to be paid in the future to service the ever-growing fiscal debt - that makes it a cost in your sense of the word, too.)

they don’t tax a whole lot of things. If they would slash the tax rate, but eliminate all the things exempt from VAT, it is likely that tax revenues could increase depending on the precise changes.

The things currently exempt from VAT tend to be things people on lower incomes need to buy - basic foodstuffs, children's clothing, safety helmets, etc., while VAT is levied on items the well-off might be in the market for - restaurant meals, designer chic, alcohol, fast cars. By asking for a standard rate on everything from basic necessities to luxury goods, you're asking lower-income earners to subsidise the rich.

Which is basically what Liz is doing with her slashing of tax rates on high earners.

What you'd expect of the Nasty Party, par for the course.

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Posted in: Kremlin says referendum result paves way to annex part of Ukraine See in context

Split Ukraine into East & West, stop the ugly war..

Better idea; Ruzzians go home, stop the ugly war.

Icing on the cake if Putin can be persuaded to fall out of a 30F window.

Clutching a transparent ballot box filled with fake ballots, if he likes.

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Posted in: What advantages does marriage offer that a single lifestyle doesn't? See in context

Marriage changes the mindset.

You can shack up together, enjoy the togetherness, and at the first argument/difference in opinion/misunderstanding, storm out and go home to Mum/camp on a friend’s couch. End of relationship.

Once you’re married there are emotional/legal/social ties that encourage you both to take a deep breath, calm down and work on sorting out the kinks. I know of plenty relationships (chez cleo included) where couples have worked through the bad patches and come out that much stronger at the other end, and where if they hadn’t been married they would likely have split and gone their different ways.

Of course some differences are too great to work through, some people don’t take their wedding vows seriously, and divorce happens. But being in a relationship where both parties have vowed publicly to have each other’s back come what may, is a powerful thing. Just make sure you’re sure before you tie the knot.

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Posted in: One-person fryer is game-changer for tonkatsu, tempura, and all your favorite izakaya fried foods See in context

Looks like it would be fun to use for an oil fondue, nice and neat on the table and surely much safer than heating oil on a gas burner.

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Posted in: Kremlin stages votes in Ukraine; sees protests in Russia See in context

Does anyone remember the anti war protests in the UK against UK involvement in the Gulf war? Over a million people in London. Did it stop the war?

How many of those protesting in London were arrested simply for being there? How many threatened with 15 years in jail? How many handed conscription papers?

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

Itsonlyrocknroll: They insist they did not register (to vote) because they didn’t register, it happens automatically. When the birth of a baby is registered, that registration follows the person around wherever they move in Japan, and at appropriate times notices are sent out about school enrollment, vaccination, elections, etc.

Whether individuals are actually interested in using their vote is a different matter, of course.

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

Abe could have had a decent and simple Japanese funeral without the mobs of VIPs. 

He already did.

 for a start 18 to 25 year olds fail to register to vote, 

I thought citizens were automatically added to the electoral register when they reach voting age?

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Posted in: Choosing your own bicycle in Japan See in context

if you don't look Japanese, you get stopped by the police. Japan is a terrible place for riding a bike.

I cycle or walk everywhere. I have never, not once, ever been stopped by the police while riding my bike, and I could not look more non-Japanese if I tried. As finally rich points out, not everywhere in Japan is Tokyo.

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Posted in: Putin escalates Ukraine war; issues nuclear threat to West See in context

It's an abject admission that the Special Military Operation is not going to plan. It's an admission that russia has lost more military manpower than it can afford to. An admission that russia is losing.

Putin said that top government officials in several unnamed "leading" NATO countries had spoken of potentially using nuclear weapons against Russia.

after Mad Vlad announced 4 days after the invasion he said he wasn't planning, that he had put russia's nuclear forces 'on special alert'.

"We cannot, have no moral right to hand over people close to us to the executioners, we cannot but respond to their sincere desire to determine their own fate."

By flattening their homes, tying their hands behind their backs, administering electric shocks, breaking bones, shooting them in the head, cutting off their genitals. throwing them unceremoniously into mass graves?

Mad Vlad has totally lost it. Hopefully those around him charged with actually pressing the button will refuse to join in his madness any more, and put a bullet in the back of his head.

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Posted in: The Japanese government plans to launch a nationwide travel discount program in October to support the hotel, restaurant and transportation industries hard hit by the pandemic. Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

The last time they tried this GoToInfect plan, it seems the only people to benefit were the lager, higher-end hotels and resorts, while the smaller, cheaper family-run places were left out.

I suppose it's one way of getting money into the economy, but I'm not sure it's the best way, or even a reasonably good way.

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Posted in: Pets left in limbo as Australian owners get cold feet See in context

The mantra used to be, A pup isn't only for Christmas.

Now it's become A pup isn't only for a lockdown.

Like EvilBuddha (who obviously isn't evil at all) I don't understand how or why anyone who has shared their life with an animal, taken comfort from its presence, loved it and cared for it and been idolised in return, can just dump the animal when it becomes 'inconvenient'.

I understand this 'lockdown pup' thing isn't just an Australian phenomenon. Shame on all those who would so easily discard their Best Friend.

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