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Posted in: Man shot dead in Gunma Pref; suspect on the loose See in context

the dead guy was a Yamaguchi-Gumi branch gang member

And Blacklabel wishes he'd had a gun.

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Posted in: Man shot dead in Gunma Pref; suspect on the loose See in context

the dead guy was a Yamaguchi-Gumi branch gang member

And Blacklabel wishes he'd had a gun.

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Posted in: Man shot dead in Gunma Pref; suspect on the loose See in context

the dead guy was a Yamaguchi-Gumi branch gang member

And Blacklabel wishes he'd had a gun.

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Posted in: Man shot dead in Gunma Pref; suspect on the loose See in context

the dead guy was a Yamaguchi-Gumi branch gang member

And Blacklabel wishes he'd had a gun.

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Posted in: If you live in Japan but were not born here, which food or drink item do you miss most from your home country? See in context

My home-baked wholemeal bread is way better than anything they have in the shops, but despite numerous attempts I have never had any luck making crumpets. They just don't come out right.

I will have to have a look at Ebisu Station. Thanks for the heads-up, gaijintraveller-san.

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Posted in: If you live in Japan but were not born here, which food or drink item do you miss most from your home country? See in context

Crumpets

As mentioned above, good cheese at a reasonable price

Crumpets

Rhubarb

Crumpets

Cooking apples

Crumpets

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Posted in: Man shot dead in Gunma Pref; suspect on the loose See in context

One man had a gun and the guy who didn’t is dead. Food for thought.

Firearm related deaths in Japan : 0.06 per 100,000 of population

Firearm related deaths in USA : 12.21 per 100,000 of population

Food for thought. indeed.

(The phrase 'shoot yourself in the foot' comes to mind....)

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Posted in: Abe rebuffs opposition resignation call over contentious gov't event See in context

If the worst he can do is decide who he wants as friends and throws a party for them, yup yup

I'm sure it's not the worst he can do by far, but if he wants to entertain his friends he should use his own money, not our taxes.

And he should be open about it being a party for him and his friends (party members, supporters and Yax), instead of claiming it's for 'persons who have rendered meritorious service to society'.

And shredding the guest list to stop it getting out who was being treated to a good time on the public yen? Like Watergate, while the deed is bad enough, it's the cover-up that's the real problem.

If the opposition parties had their wits about them, Abe should have already been ousted for appropriation of public funds for private use, destruction of public records and violation of the election laws

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Posted in: Trump sets presidential record for most tweets in a day See in context

less eating might mean less time on the Golden Toilet and as a result....

...fewer flushes!

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Posted in: Couple dreams of revitalizing Fukushima with Jersey milk See in context

Actually, they seem to be treated well. They are dairy cows, not killed for meat at a young age

Read the article. They seem to be treated well until they are sent to be butchered at four years old.

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Posted in: Couple dreams of revitalizing Fukushima with Jersey milk See in context

those bred for milking last only four years before they are deemed no longer productive and sent away to be butchered

It's snippets like this that make me contemplate taking the last step to veganism.

Poor cows.

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Posted in: Breaking down Harry and Meghan's bid for 'financial independence' See in context

She'll be the breadwinner,

He's got more than enough from his inheritances to keep any normal couple in clover for a lifetime. They won't want for bread, I'm sure.

and it's obvious that she's making the decisions.

It's a time-tested formula that works for very many couples.

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Posted in: Thousands of armed U.S. gun rights activists join peaceful Virginia rally See in context

you chose to address the means, the tools, that these monsters chose to use to murder others instead of addressing the REAL problem, which is the individual desire to murder their fellow human beings

Let's address the real problem, then.

Why do some countries produce more individuals with a desire to murder their fellow human beings?

And why the h3ll do the govmints of those countries allow said hordes of murderous individuals access to the means to kill quickly, easily, and extensively?

Interesting that the US is #86 in the list of countries by intentional homicide rate (still higher on the list than even places like Yemen, Afghanistan, Iran and Libya) but #1 in the number of guns per 100 residents.

Of the 85 countries with what we can (I suppose) assume is a higher proportion of murderous individuals in their populations, 25 are in the Americas, 42 are in Africa, 10 are in Asia, 7 in Europe and 1 in Oceania. Only one country has more guns than people.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_guns_and_homicide

if you don’t want a gun, that’s your right to decide, but don’t tell me I don’t have the right.

Till you choose to come and live in Japan, right, bass?

The right to walk the streets without fear of getting randomly shot, the right to sleep peacefully in your own home without fear of a 'home invasion' trumps the dubious 'right' to have a higher homicide rate than any other civilised nation.

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Posted in: Survey ranks Japanese prefectures by how much people want to continue living there See in context

No plans to move from the sticks of Tochigi; the weather is reasonable, the air is clean, lots of green stuff, plenty of open space, very rarely affected by natural disasters of any kind.

If I were to move, I would consider Tokyo.

Certainly not the 23 wards, of course! Southern Tokyo, as far south as it's possible to get and still be in Japan.

Ogasawara. Generally not as many typhoons as Okinawa (though they seem to have been having some doozies in recent years), beautiful seas (one of Tochigi's major lacks) and very friendly people.

The biggest drawback would be the distance from family, with a 24-hour boat ride the first part of any journey to see the kids and grandkids. And no transport at all when the seas are rough.

Okinawa would be a very close second, except for the typhoons, distance and military.

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Posted in: 'Sad' Harry says he did not want to end royal role; Meghan's father criticizes them See in context

 it's Canada, not North America that they're going to

Canada isn't in North America??

Meghan is on record saying that she will not live in the United States as long as Trump is the president.

My guess is that they'll live in Canada for a year (or five, if the worst comes to the worst) and then move to California as soon as there is a better atmosphere there. (There's surely a reason they keep saying North America, and not Canada)

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Posted in: 'Sad' Harry says he did not want to end royal role; Meghan's father criticizes them See in context

Her son is American,..... he can be President someday

Doesn't the prez have to be born in the US? Archie was born in London.

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Posted in: James Bond producer rules out female 007 See in context

It's very arrogant and presumptious to assume that you can assign cultural backgrounds to people of other ethnicities.

It's racist to assume that people are 'different' just because their skin happens to be a different colour.

Especially given that you are speaking as a white priveleged female.

I agree that I am indeed white, comparatively privileged, and female.

What that has to do with commenting on UK culture escapes me.

Unless you're assuming that I am infested with a particular set of cultural prejudices that are all to do with the colour of my skin, rather than the colour of my heart?

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Posted in: Bongo the robot dog: Like a real dog but quieter, cleaner and cheaper See in context

cats aren’t allowed out because their crap is considered antisocial

My cat isn't allowed out because it's dangerous out there; cars on the roads, hawks in the sky and nutters who leave out poisoned food especially 'to discourage strays'.

if you don’t let them go outside, their litter tray will need to be cleaned every day.

Teach kitty to use the human toilet. All it needs then is a quick flush and a treat, no nasty 'catty' smell pervading the house, and money saved by not needing to buy cat litter.

Bongo can be yours for 12,800 yen plus tax (which is about a tenth of the price of a real-life puppy).

A dog from a rescue costs either nothing or the cost of shots/microchip/spaying/neutering that have already been incurred - and which you would have to pay out for later anyway.

Every pup bought from a pet shop denies a home to a dog languishing in the rescue centre, and encourages the puppy mills to pump out more to keep the cages filled.

One of my granddaughters has a little pink fluffy 'robot' pup that walks around, knows its name and responds to simple commands in English and Japanese. Her sister has a birthday coming up, and another 'pet' dog might be on the cards. We'll maybe take a closer look at Bongo.

Real live pets are not an option since both parents work.

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Posted in: James Bond producer rules out female 007 See in context

If a black person played James Bond it would be terrible cultural appropriation

Why?

A black Brit has the same cultural background as any other colour Brit.

That said, James Bond is a white male with an eye for the ladies, ie Sean Connery.

Anything else is make-do.

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Posted in: Koizumi, wife have baby boy See in context

You have info that Junichiro wasn't a good father?

It's common knowledge that after his divorce he had custody of his two elder sons who were raised by his sister. He refused to let his ex see them.

A third son born after the divorce has never met his father, who has refused to meet him.

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Posted in: 3 of Japan’s best whiskies about to disappear as shortages loom See in context

5,000 yen for a bottle of whiskey?

No, ¥5,000 for a bottle of whisky. Different creature.

Cheap whiskey (or even whisky) is fine for mixing with hot water, honey and lemon to clear the sinuses when you've got a cold, or dabbing on a dog tick before removing it.

The better Japanese whiskies are very nice, refined and clear; but yer can't beat a good, smokey, peaty single-malt Scotch.

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Posted in: Queen, Prince Harry, senior royals set for crisis meeting See in context

I assume that Meghan had to relinquish her US nationality also

No. Like any other foreign bride of a British citizen, if she wants UK nationality, she has to apply for it. That involves living in the UK for at least 270 days of the 3 years prior to making the application. They've been married less than 2 years, so she isn't even eligible to apply yet.

She also needs a permanent residence document to prove she has permanent residence status: not sure how living in Canada half the year will affect that.

https://www.freemovement.org.uk/can-meghan-markle-still-get-british-citizenship-if-she-and-prince-harry-move-abroad/

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Posted in: Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs See in context

Why should the Canadian taxpayer (most of whom surely have less money than the part-time royals) foot the bill?

What's in it for Canada?

Being 'financially independent' means you pay your own way, not scrounge off the taxpayer.

Harry has inheritances from the estates of his mother and his great-gran the Queen Mother totalling over ₤40 million. He can pay his own way. (Leaving aside the fact that those inheritances were funded from taxes in the first place).

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Posted in: Australian 'megablaze' finally brought under control See in context

So you agree that this whole field includes a lot of guesswork and is not "settled science"

That human activity is affecting the climate is neither guesswork nor 'unsettled science'. It's happening.

The guesswork, or rather range of uncertainty, which is not the same thing, lies in the detail, eg the exact speed of change, the exact number of centimetres sea level will rise by exactly when, the exact day the next super typhoon will hit, and the exact spot at which it will hit. We cannot predict these things with accuracy years in advance.

Rather like tipping over a basketful of marbles; there is no guesswork in predicting that you're going to have a floor covered in marbles. Predicting where exactly each and every marble is going to come to rest is another matter. Because you cannot predict accurately where the red marble is going to end up, are you going to deny that the basket got tipped up in the first place?

Observing that the predictions are wrong and thus the computer models are not reliable is not "poo-hoo"ing, it is simply stating a fact.

No, it's showing that you didn't understand the prediction.

It's a fact that the global temperature is rising and that that is leading to more extreme weather around the world; storms, flooding, drought, melting glaciers, record heatwaves.

I don´t know why you keep bringing medicine into this.

The claim higher up the thread that The Earth like the human body is alive and undergoing changes just a the human body.

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Posted in: Australian 'megablaze' finally brought under control See in context

Do you demand ‘correct predictions’ for everything?

For computer models that claim to accurately reflect reality, yes.

Computer models can only be as accurate as the info fed into them, and when trying to predict something as complex as what happens when sudden huge changes are made to the environment (like the rapid rise in CO2) there is a lot of guesswork and inevitably quite wide ranges of uncertainty.

Those who pooh-hoo the predictions seem to be people who latch on to one particular value, usually at the top or bottom extreme of the uncertainty range, and when there isn't an exact match, tell themselves that 'proves' all the models are nothing but a pack of lies.

A bit like your doctor giving you a prognosis of 'no more than a year or two' unless you get a kidney transplant and you deciding, when you're still alive 366 days later, that the doc is a quack and you don't need any medication let alone a transplant.

https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019GL085378

We find that climate models published over the past five decades were generally quite accurate in predicting global warming in the years after publication, particularly when accounting for differences between modeled and actual changes in atmospheric CO2 and other climate drivers. This research should help resolve public confusion around the performance of past climate modeling efforts, and increases our confidence that models are accurately projecting global warming.

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Posted in: M5.0 quake jolts eastern Japan, including Tokyo See in context

In the past I've slept through a number of quakes that were all over the news when I got up in the morning.

This one had me sitting up in bed wide awake, though it didn't seem to disturb the dogs at all and there was no quake alert on the smartphones.

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Posted in: Australian 'megablaze' finally brought under control See in context

I have said many times that the best lithmus test for credibility is to be able to make correct predictions. Now, ALL of the climate predictions that I have seen up til now have turned out to be wrong. What does that say about the credibility of the climate activists?

It says nothing about the credibility of those warning of the dangers of man made global warming, and reams about your own mindset.

Do you demand ‘correct predictions’ for everything?

Let’s say your doctor diagnoses you to have a potentially life-changing or even fatal disease, and suggests a course of treatment likely to slow or halt the progress of the disease, allowing you to lead a reasonably normal life.

You get a second opinion, and the second doctor diagnoses the same disease but offers a slightly more pessimistic prognosis and a rather more invasive treatment.

Getting a bit desperate now and unable to reconcile the different ‘predictions’ you’ve been given, you consult a faith healer who tells you not to worry, any symptoms you have we’re planted in your mind by nefarious pharma companies hoping to make money off you: just stay cheerful, ignore the discomfort, chant ‘alleluia’ five times a day and all will be well.

How comforting.

And gullible.

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Posted in: Australian 'megablaze' finally brought under control See in context

Climate change has nothing to do with these fires,.........add on the drought drying larger areas that increases the amount of fuel available to burn,

And the drought was caused by.....?

The Earth like the human body is alive 

No, it isn’t. It’s a finely-balanced system that relies on all the individual parts remaining stable to maintain overall stability. Things do change gradually in the natural course of things, yes; but natural change is measured in hundreds or thousands of years, if not longer, and is a different creature to the drastic changes we are seeing today, measured in mere decades.

I’m glad there finally appears to be some good news for Australia. Too many lives lost and homes destroyed. The effect on wildlife has been devastating: the animals that escaped being burned to death now face starvation because all their food has turned to ash and cinders.

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Posted in: 9 essential gadgets worth having in your kitchen See in context

Got them all except the sous vide.

I find a slow cooker indispensable for rehydrating and cooking beans, preparing fruit for jams, general stews, casseroles, soups and pot pies, processing the annual onion glut for freezing, etc. Far more versatile than not quite simmering stuff in plastic bags, but I suppose it depends on what kind of stuff you are in the habit of cooking and what your family want to eat.

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Posted in: Gardening trends for 2020? Think unconventional, sustainable See in context

I have yet to see a gardener in these parts interested in re-wilding or providing for wildlife, and bok choi, mizuna and komatsuna are staples, not ‘novel’ by any stretch of the imagination.

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