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Posted in: Have you ever made a New Year's resolution that you kept? If so, what was it? See in context

I resolved to drink more and I stuck to it. It just takes willpower. This year I'm going to eat more fatty foods.

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Posted in: 23-year-old man arrested over death of girlfriend 11 years his senior See in context

Why on earth is the girlfriend's age so important that it is mentioned in the headline?

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Posted in: Was I a date, a friend or just a potential English teacher? See in context

Your Japanese friend sent you an email in English? Shocking. These pesky natives are getting above themselves! Dump her immediately! If you want a new friend I'm sure you'll find one, because you sound very sophisticated.

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Posted in: What are your top 5 eating cities in the world in terms of restaurant variety and quality? See in context

Mombasa, Perm, Omaha, Limerick, Coober Pedy

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Posted in: Does Fukushima show a split in philosophy between Asia and Europe? See in context

You're right, Endame. The article uses two countries in Europe, which it refers to as "a few", and three Asian ones to make a ludicrous generalization about European and Asian "philosophies". It's hard to imagine such a sophomoric piece appearing in any European newspaper.

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Posted in: Tokyo elects first openly gay politician in the history of modern Japan See in context

Dubya has stated in the past that he thinks gay people should have fewer rights than others. Fortunately, such views are becoming rarer in civilised societies.

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Posted in: Palin warns of China's rise in visit to India See in context

Perhaps she is unaware that her own country is the largest stockpiler of ballistic missiles, submarines and "new-age ultramodern aircraft". But of course there are different rules for America, aren't there?

By the way, what is a "new-age" aircraft? Does it run on crystals?

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Posted in: European countries rethink plans for nuclear reactors See in context

Foxie, Europe has had plenty of large earthquakes, Especially in Italy, Greece, and the Iberian Peninsula.

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Posted in: Costco reshapes wholesale industry See in context

I think they've got crab cakes.

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Posted in: Honda brings back Giorno scooter See in context

Single stroke engine? There's no such thing, unless Honda has invented something new.

Moderator: That was a typo. The text has been corrected.

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Posted in: Bush visit to Geneva canceled after protest threat See in context

"I am more embarrassed by the ignorance and lack of "civility" shown to an ex American President."

It would be best for him to stay home. We don't need his simple-minded "reflections".

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Posted in: Traditional Finnish soup See in context

You can find dill in Daiei.

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Posted in: Which foods and drinks should you avoid before going to bed, if you hope to get a good night's sleep? See in context

Red Bull, a dozen pickled eggs, and a bowl of sugar tend to keep me awake.

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Posted in: Snow, ice trap passengers in Europe's airports See in context

GJDailleult,

I agree 100%. An airport's purpose should be to provide a service to the public, not to put profits into the coffers of some corporation.

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Posted in: NPO makes a difference for orphans by providing mentors See in context

Tessa, the volunteers most likely come from countries that don't even have orphanages, and where many people are willing to be foster parents. Japanese orphans are victims of primitive social attitudes and need any help they can get, even from foreigners.

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Posted in: Bone-chilling cold grips U.S. Northeast See in context

Is Ontario in the U.S.?

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Posted in: European officials: No bailout yet for Ireland See in context

Europe does not have a welfare budget, individual European countries do. And, yes, are cutting them, savagely in some cases. Now we'll have a generation deprived of decent education, health care, and pensions, all in the name of bailing out reckless, greedy bankers. Well done.

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Posted in: Celebrating Japan's vegan and vegetarian traditions See in context

Smithinjapan, I didn't say that cooking adds nutrition and vitamins. Certainly it is healthy to eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. However, cooking breaks down complex carbohydrates and allows us to extract more energy from what we eat. It probably isn't a good idea to eat only raw food.

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Posted in: Celebrating Japan's vegan and vegetarian traditions See in context

"The human vegetable diet includes lots of nutrition-rich grains and legumes not available to the gorilla, which is one reason we (most of us) don't have the same size belly as a gorilla."

Also, we cook our food, which enables us to extract a lot more nutrition from it. if we ate only raw food, especially vegetables, we would have to spend a lot more time eating.

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Posted in: BP CEO hits back at media and politicians over Gulf spill See in context

Smash capitalism.

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Posted in: In Japan, the wheels of progress turn slowly, especially on roads See in context

If I go jogging, I move at around 8 km/h. Does that mean I'm not a pedestrian? I suppose I'll have to screw a number plate to my bottom.

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Posted in: One man’s culinary paradise is another’s cultural wasteland See in context

"...renowned for their blandness, stupidity, serious problems with race.." Mr. Jarvis certainly knows how to make friends.

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Posted in: One man’s culinary paradise is another’s cultural wasteland See in context

"One that has Indian food that's uncompromising..." Like chicken tikka masala?

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Posted in: Kiddyland See in context

Is this the new cabinet?

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Posted in: What are the best foods to keep in case of an emergency? See in context

sashimi

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Posted in: Pressure builds on Florida pastor who wants to burn Quran on Sept 11 See in context

bdeigo, when have atheists ever had bible burnings?

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Posted in: 'Nippon Civilian Police' skirts a fine line between vigilance and vigilantism See in context

It's telling that he wants to recruit from amongst the ranks of the "outraged".

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Posted in: 'Nippon Civilian Police' skirts a fine line between vigilance and vigilantism See in context

What a self-important, childish tosser.

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Posted in: ANA to launch CLICK check-in service See in context

Self service doesn't seem to work in Japan. At the shopping centre near my house they have men stationed at the car park to operate the ticket machines lest drivers become confused by the single big green button. Whenever I go to Narita, it doesn't seem as though many people have checked in on-line, and the self-service machines are mostly idle. I suppose since most Japanese travel on package tours, they have tour guides to handle such complexities.

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Posted in: Israel drafting new list of goods banned from Gaza See in context

I wonder what items they consider as materials that can strengthen Hamas.

Food, water, medicine.....

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