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Posted in: Cryptocurrency bitcoin marks 10 years See in context

It's wonderful for money laundering and despotic regimes

That's the spirit!

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Posted in: Cryptocurrency bitcoin marks 10 years See in context

Utterly staggering unsustainable energy costs in running a single transaction, let alone more than one:

The Wright brothers' first flight lasted about 50 seconds, flew a distance of a couple hundred meters a few meter above the ground. Worthless. And yet, look at air travel today. The first automobile could travel only at 2.25 miles per hour with four passengers aboard... for about 15 minutes. And yet, look at cars today.

That's the point people always seem to miss when criticizing new technologies. Technologies evolve and overcome early problems.

That is why so many serious investors and financial experts are getting involved in crypto. They see the potential. Yes, there will be critics like Nouriel Roubini (who sadly seems slightly unhinged these days), but his criticisms are along similar lines - nothing that can't be rectified. Probably the most valid criticism is simply that the most powerful governments will not allow it to flourish. That would be a crime, but people in the West are easily cowed by governments these days. "Terrorists and criminals are here, so give us all of your rights and we'll keep you safe."

Cryptocurrency is here to stay. It may not be the same Bitcoin we have now, it may be other currencies, but they will not go away.

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Posted in: Gunman kills 11, wounds 6 in Pittsburgh synagogue See in context

In reL "Both sides"

Both sides are not shooting and bombing and driving cars into and terrorizing each other.

Maybe not in reL, wherever that is. But in reality, they are.

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Posted in: Journalist freed from Syria returns to Japan to relief, rice balls and criticism See in context

Damn, too many foreign posters who think they know better than the Japanese.

How can you presume to speak for all Japanese? Your opinion is yours alone. Some Japanese may share it. But to assume your opinion is the proper opinion of all Japanese is quite an egocentric approach.

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Posted in: Investigators focus on Florida in hunt for sender of bombs mailed to Trump critics See in context

To be replaced by? Perhaps an all-powerful state led by Trump, who'll then be able to control US resources like Putin does in Russia

I would hope people would be smarter than that, but history doesn't make it look promising.

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Posted in: Investigators focus on Florida in hunt for sender of bombs mailed to Trump critics See in context

On the bright side, political violence in America today is nothing, nothing, compared to the 1960s.

Give it some time. A recession, a currency or stock market collapse, or some other trigger should spark some real fireworks.

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Posted in: Journalist freed from Syria returns to Japan to relief, rice balls and criticism See in context

Dear Japanese Foreign Ministry: Do not issue this guy a passport or he will go back to doing the same thing that got him captured in Syria...

Perhaps Japan should just surround itself with barbed wire and be like North Korea, shooting anyone who tries to leave? Freedom of movement is a basic human right. Unless you think saving a few tax dollars is worth giving up your freedom.

Regarding this journalist Yasuda, I am a mountain journalist. 

If the government was providing unreliable details about a dangerous volcanic mountain, and this mountain journalist was exposing the truth that people need to know, then by all means rescue him.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder after stabbing co-worker See in context

Mochizuki was quoted by police as saying, “The day before, Iwase made fun of me and called me ‘a piece of garbage.’ I brought the kitchen knife from my home to kill him.”

Because, clearly, that will make him change his mind.

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Posted in: Suspected bombs target Obama, Clinton, other top Democrats, CNN See in context

I rest my case.

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Posted in: Foreign divorced parents fight in vain for child custody in Japan See in context

Many men that marry Japanese women are shocked when the charming and wonderful girlfriend they had turns into a stubborn self-centered middle aged man after marriage.

That would shock me, too. I would be prepared for all kinds of changes, but not for her to become a middle aged man!

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Posted in: Suspected bombs target Obama, Clinton, other top Democrats, CNN See in context

Really? I see little evidence of such a tolerant, respectful attitude here.

Read the 3 comments directly above yours. oops.

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Posted in: Japan grants cryptocurrency industry self-regulatory status See in context

Just another reason not to put money into cyberspace. “A fool and his money are easily parted.”

Yes. Better to put it into the stock market and investment firms and banks, where you can be parted from your money by trained and licensed professionals.

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Posted in: Suspected bombs target Obama, Clinton, other top Democrats, CNN See in context

Chances are, since all of the intended targets were long-term political targets of the current American president and his followers, that the attempted murders are down to someone who agrees with, and/or has been influenced by, the kind of divisive rhetoric put up every day by Trump and his supporters.

That's one possibility. There are many others. I find it interesting that none of the targets were injured or barely escaped injury. As though the person sending these didn't actually want to hurt any of them.

False flags are more common than ever. The USA itself has a history of false flags. It could also be a non-government actor, from either side. Or it could be a lunatic, like the lunatics who have attacked Republicans recently. Rand Paul was assaulted and seriously injured by a crazed doctor of all people.

As others have said, don't allow yourself to be manipulated. Wait for more facts, keep your eyes open, and always question motives. It's very disheartening to see people who I know are well-intentioned veer off into hate and fear mongering. Your neighbor is not your enemy.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist happy after 3-year hostage ordeal ends in Syria See in context

Where do you think that news from war zones comes from? 

Why, certainly the CIA and Pentagon will tell us all we need to know!

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Posted in: Suspected bombs target Obama, Clinton, other top Democrats, CNN See in context

It's very telling that the Trump fans start out their comments attacking the victims:

Pot, meet kettle. Actually, manipulating the American public is easier than making a McDonald's hamburger. Both sides are responding just as the bomb makers have hoped. When will you guys learn to stop everyone as an enemy, and work together?

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Posted in: Japan confirms ID of journalist freed from Syria See in context

Japanese mentality we say is if one knows the risk, do not ask for help, its a lost sense of pride.

You have to understand, they probably told him what to say on the video, so begging for help was probably part of the script. He could have refused, of course, but they would respond by torturing or killing him. That's why we shouldn't read too much into the words of someone who is making a video while a gun is pointed at his head.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist happy after 3-year hostage ordeal ends in Syria See in context

Doesn't look to happy in the picture. He looks more like a guy getting carted off to incarceration than freedom!

Pictures are always misleading. It has been days since his release, and I am sure he has run through the gamut of facial expressions since then, from silly grins to to tears to smirks. His slouch and expression are of the moment, he might be digging in his hand luggage when he looks up and notices a camera pointed at him.

This picture was probably the only one they were able to get, but media constantly misleads by snapping pictures of people smiling at funerals (as people do), or celebrity couples making dour faces for a moment (maybe they just dropped their keys). I could take a picture of you on the happiest day of your life during the moment you mimic a frown after somebody makes a bad joke, or a photo on the worst day of your life when you crack a smile at a black joke, or smile at someone who just held a door for you.

Can't imagine what's going through his mind after 3 years in captivity, knowing he us headed back to his family in Japan. Probably going through a mixture of elation, disorientation, fear and anticipation. Or he may just be trying to tie his shoe.

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Posted in: Suspected bombs target Obama, Clinton, other top Democrats, CNN See in context

Notice that it is getting ugly under Trump's watch. His often inflammatory speech enables his base to act like this, and to think that it is ok. Trump is the polarizing figure in American politics.....

A right proper Pavlovian response. The state is doing a good job.

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Posted in: Readers pick 'To Kill a Mockingbird' as America's best-loved novel in nationwide vote See in context

A pretty good argument could be made that children's books are far more influential than adult-themed books will ever be. Children and teenagers are still forming their ideas about the world, and are more open to new ideas. Adults often claim to be influenced by a book - but I get the impression that's on a more superficial level usually. Not life changing - though some may call it that. But kids, with their open minds and limited experience, can find whole new worlds in books.

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Posted in: Readers pick 'To Kill a Mockingbird' as America's best-loved novel in nationwide vote See in context

J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" - children's books, again.

Either you never actually read it, or you have grown terribly old and joyless.

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Posted in: Do you think ordinances designed to restrict hate speech and eliminate discrimination infringe on freedom of speech? See in context

Not a difficult question. Regulations, laws and ordinances are - by definition - restrictions on freedom. Amazing how few people seem to recognize that basic fact.

Laws are trade-offs between freedom and security. You could rephrase the question to ask "Do you think ordinances designed to restrict hate speech and eliminate discrimination infringe on freedom of speech unreasonably? I would argue that is the case. As Tokyo-Engr said, unintended consequences can be severe in this area (not to mention intended consequences by those who actually pass these laws).

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Posted in: Japan confirms ID of journalist freed from Syria See in context

It was very much un-samurai like attitude he was begging his life.

Easy to say from behind the safety of an anonymous computer connection. The fact that he's alive would suggest he did the right things.

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Posted in: Foreign divorced parents fight in vain for child custody in Japan See in context

This is a disgrace in so many ways. The parent is a disgrace to traumatize their own children by suddenly depriving them of a father/mother. It's selfish and cruel. The government is a disgrace because it does nothing to stop it.

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Posted in: Trump threatens to cut Central America aid over migrant caravan See in context

The Democratic Party has a tradition since at least the 1960s of speaking against the abuse of power by those who have too much against those who have too little. 

Oh, gosh. Thank you so much for that. I was need of a laugh today.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't orders Facebook to improve data protection See in context

Just few years back similar incident happened to JAL, JTB, Japan Pension Servicesand many other in Japan. Do Govt ask them to improve their protection?

The agency was established less than 2 years ago. Do you have evidence that they haven't warned domestic companies as well?

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Posted in: Trump reluctant to abandon Riyadh over missing journalist, wants evidence See in context

Sad to see so many people here who have no understanding of history or politics outside of "Trump is evil." Such people are easy to manipulate. The US has always accommodated the Saudis, regardless of who was president, regardless of their poor human rights record. Blaming it all on Trump demonstrates a complete ignorance of world affairs. Sad to know such uninformed people actually can cast a vote.

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Posted in: Drunk man dies after being restrained by police See in context

Sometimes It takes so many officers in Japan because the police are just being too nice. 

That's far preferable to USA cops, who would taser him, beat him with clubs, or just shoot him like a dog.

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Posted in: Grain pain: Japan's aging rice farmers face uncertain future See in context

Exactly. There is quite a lot of quality Japanese-style rice grown in California. 

Yes, and it's heavily subsidized by cheap water in a state that is fast running out of fresh water.

This is my problem with CA rice. It's a water intensive crop, and California doesn't have the water to waste. It's an ecological disaster waiting to happen. I can't understand why rice in grown in a state that is completely unsuited for it. It won't be too long before this all comes to a head.

The only reason California rice is cheap is because the growers are not paying the true cost of water. Soon all Californians will pay.

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Posted in: Man arrested for abusing 3-month-old daughter because she wouldn’t stop crying See in context

I think creatures like this should be sterilized, to eliminate any chance of them having another child to abuse.

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Posted in: We can’t find success using the Japanese business model. Selling cuts of steak at reasonable prices doesn’t translate into customers rushing to our shop. See in context

People just aren't as stupid Overseas when it comes to quality and price.

Actually, yes they are. People have made fortunes from this knowledge all around the world. Just visit any number of popular and outrageously expensive yet mediocre restaurants near Silicon Valley or West LA for example.

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