Derrick Smith comments

Posted in: Crossbow killings put focus on unregulated sales of 'hobby weapons' See in context

In the US there are people that hunt with crossbows as well as the compound bows. I am pretty sure anything can be made into a weapon if someone wants it badly enough. Regulation just makes the items that people can regularly get out in the open into underground items. You are only hearing about instances of people that got caught. I have not heard of crossbows being an issue in the US or anywhere else for that matter. I am sure there is a bigger problem with serial killers and organized crime than there is with unregulated weapons. When someone takes away one weapon they will just modify their tactics and use something else. I mean you had people fighting with sharpened rulers for a while there.

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Posted in: 35 years after Live Aid, Bob Geldof assesses personal toll See in context

He was ill equipped to handle a revolution so it got broadsided by a career he didn't really care about. People shouldn't be giving millions to countries that have governments that are just eating the money and running off. What he started is the marketing machine that shows you pictures of things that can't be fixed by money alone but sells you the idea that if you do donate that you will ascend into heaven via goodwill and happiness. The fact that Africa is still doing the same thing it was doing in the 80s and 90s shows that the Live Aid's were just window dressing for the elite that needed tax write-offs. U2 used it to get more album sales. Michael Jackson did all kinds of aid stuff for multiple countries that probably did more than Live Aid did by itself. He should have handed the reigns off to someone else and kept doing what he wanted to do for himself.

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Posted in: Big four Japanese brewers post first-half sales drop See in context

They should do what everyone else is doing and make up for it selling hand santizer. They have the equipment to do it and nobody is talking about how much money its made in other countries.

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Posted in: Sendai training foreigners to be leaders in time of disasters See in context

It would be better for them to pair up the leaders so that the there is one foreigner and one Japanese native there for every location. There are disaster training groups that have been around the world to assist with disasters and they already have software specifically for these types of issues. A couple of my friends were in Japan, Puerto Rico, The Philippines, and spots in the US like LA. If they partnered with those groups and trained up locals to work with foreigners at the same time they would have more people to break down the work load when there is a disaster. Use the tech that is already there because there are already vending machines in some areas that are setup to be anchor points for data and water in some places. It's easy to get around the lack of electricity. People have portable batteries that can last several days more than a couple weeks. There are solar setups that can be used as well as portable generators that you can drop in any flowing water to get power. They should be training the basics but still using modern tech as well. If some kids in Africa can do it then there is no reason that adults in Japan shouldn't be able to work things out. It's pretty sad that there are English classes in Japan but people are still lost because nobody is being thrown into situations where they have to use the language in order to pass their courses.

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Posted in: Ghosn says he is helping everyone who stood by him See in context

I left this case alone to come back to find a blockbuster movie. If they couldn't provide proof to Interpol and the FBI/CIA had nothing on Ghosn then that's how he was able to escape. He was being held with no evidence and they just wanted to take over the company. It's not the first time this has happened.

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Posted in: Half of telecommuters in Japan work longer hours than before pandemic: Rengo See in context

I've worked remotely from home since before 2008 when we did DSL and Dial-up support and you have to learn to manage your own work-life balance. You can't let your bosses do it for you. The problem is people in JP don't stand up for themselves and they get railroaded into working long hours. They may need to get some counseling.

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Posted in: Comedian says pandemic will prod pretty girls into sex industry See in context

For the guy who said he had six sisters. How many of them have social media accounts and date men via Tinder or any other online service? There are at on of these girls out here posting there as well for services. I have sisters too and they do whatever they want. My nieces post pics to instagram looking for dudes. I don't get offended for them when they are putting themselves out there. Ya'll are always trying to take the agency away from females and turn them into babies that can't make their own decisions. Girls that lost their sugar daddies due to the virus were out there posting all kinds of pics that they weren't before the outbreak, that doesn't make them victims by a longshot. There are posts by women saying they broke up with their boyfriend and they are looking for a replacement because they have been locked up at home for a while. When posts say 'can you help me out' and nobody from any of these places flags them just like Twitch doesn't ban streamers making money off kids for life when they do something like Alinity did.

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Posted in: Comedian says pandemic will prod pretty girls into sex industry See in context

They shouldn't be mad at at him considering alot of those girls are already on Instagram showing their goodies for OnlyFans accounts. Nothing he said was false and they are already out there right now making money. Maybe they need to get with 2020 and realize that it's been going on for a while with Twitch and Twitter as well.

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Posted in: Parents, teachers scramble to cope after Abe urges school shutdown See in context

The WHO changed their estimate and the thread level is now high.

Hindsight is 2020. Either the WHO is wrong or Abe is ahead of the game.

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Posted in: Abe's abrupt call to close schools triggers confusion See in context

People lose all common sense when faced with facts.

A virus such as this has not been seen before and currently has no cure. They don't even know where it came from. They posit it came from bats the virologist wasn't even sure but knowing where it came from at this point is not going to help the average person.

There is more than one flu going around on top of a measles outbreak in Kanto.

One of the flu's affects small children and the elderly and an result in death if not treated immediately. This is a separate virus than the Covid-19 one and has been going around since 2018. A ton of people have gotten it and have had fevers that lasted multiple days, dizzyness, weakness, shortness of breath. A ton of people have gotten it from their kids and at work. Especially from call centers and retail work where people don't have a choice but to communicate in boxed in environments. We had a call center that housed 5000 employees and the entire call center was infected with Swine flu. This the perfect environment for Covid-19.

The test needed to identify Covid-19 is not an off the shelf affair and the Chinese and Japanese government has stated that people that don't have flu symptoms can still be carriers. Wasting regular tests is not going to help anyone. Who do you think manufacturers the test in the first place? Where do they ship from? Why are the masks out of stock. Use your basic context clues.

If a government official says something to the effect of don't hang around large groups of people, ie at work or at school then there is a reason and saying that its going to end society at large is retarded. The longer people can stay away from each other the more likely the flu will have run its course since there has been no announcement on how long it takes to stop being contagious. I'd rather someone tell us that up front than to find out months later when alot of vulnerable people are dead.

Think about the population size of China and compare it to Japan and the US. You know the official numbers of people that have died are not being reported accurately because some people died months ago before anyone was even aware in the media that it had spread. But you can see the results by looking at the number of people that have died on the cruise ship. Do you really think that your office ventilation system is vastly better? The AC system in a building that doesn't bring in fresh air or recirculate air through a bacterial inhibitor (UV-C) system or physical bio-filters is nothing but a lint trap for the flu. And there are currently no regulations in the building industry to prevent the spread of viruses.

Watch this video by the WHO and think about what would happen if another plague level event happened because some dumb people want to go to work or they want to send their children back into the same environment. A complete disregard for peoples lives because an employer is more import than the workers.

Japan's elderly population could take a direct hit if people want to ignore any of this even if the death count is considered small now. Say goodbye to your the grandparents that managed to survive not get pneumonia. Compound sicknesses usually are never taken into consideration till after a patient has contracted something else like strep, upper respiratory infections, etc.

Someone said that they didn't want their kids at home because they would be bored. Better they are bored than dead or almost dead in the hospital. They also were worried for the parents. Maybe its time for them to learn how to take care of their kids rather than having school baby sit them all day.

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Posted in: Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing as 7th death reported See in context

Trying to get tested is a waste at this point because they already know via China that there is no way to tell if someone has it even if they test negative. They can still have symptoms later. On top of the fact there is another flu that is also going around with close enough symptoms that was killing people in the US well before the Coronvirus was identified. It was only killing the elderly and the young. My daughter had a 101 degree fever for several days and was just allowed to go back to school and she tested negative for the flu last week. Parents that use school to dump their kids off so they can work are going to end up spreading the disease here. There are employers that were trying to scare employees into coming to work if they didn't have their doctors sign off even though people have been super sick several times over the last year.

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Posted in: Japanese companies confront reality of racial harassment See in context

I was born hafu/mixed in the 70s in the US. I am half black and half white. I have experienced racism from both sides of my family. I have been discriminated against at school, at work, by neighbors by complete strangers in person and on the internet. My white family in Kentucky didn't even bother to tell us that my my grandmother (mom's) died and waited a couple months after they sold my mothers home. At school I had people tell me I was pretty smart for a black boy. At work I had management block me from moving up in the company and I was HR & Training management for a much larger company with thousands of employees under me before I came there. They still questioned my ideas even when they were working at other companies. Nothing about the abuse that people go through in Japan surprises me because there are people that still claim that reverse racism is not a thing Japan has always had a habit of glorifying European (Caucasian) and Western countries on TV, and in print either in the news or manga. Unless its sports or movie related you don't see Black or Mixed people.

The only difference between the East and West is that the US had slavery and wars for reasons that people were racists. Chinese, Japanese, Koreans and Vietnamese have all fought against the United States. If the animosity had never been there to begin with I doubt it would be as bad as it is now. It's all about the brainwashing though on all sides either by the government or by people that were tricked into fighting and then that survived those wars taking the bad blood home.

The only way to remove racism from decision at work is to make every persons decision questionable the higher you go in the company there should be internal reviews on management by the employees. If it wasn't for skip level meetings I would never have moved up in the larger company because it held people accountable for listening to their employees. HR could not sweep issues under the rug when external HR lines were used to report incidents. This same thing should be applied to bullying in schools in Japan as well since people tend to look the other way more there than in the US. If something like that had existed for me as a kid in the 80s I would have had a completely different time at school.

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Posted in: JR East to test anti-groping app on rush-hour trains See in context

Maria is obviously not aware of the conviction rate in Japan where people have been kidnapped and made to confess without a lawyer. Gohsn was held for how long and he had money. If they want to catch these people install cameras in the train and tell everyone that they are being recorded so there won't be anyone trying to play games with the system. People ignore the daily violence against main even more than the violence against women and this has been psychologically and legally proven. The entire process needs to be fair so that people aren't used as scapegoats because its too easy to point fingers and have the police thinking that the accuser is mentally stable and believable 100% of the time. The train company can literally pay people to watch cameras to identify groping. They can also increase people security on the train because like hell I would want anyone driving the train and trying to manage watching for gropers at the same time.

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Posted in: Ex-nurse helping revive struggling fishing business in Hokkaido See in context

Whoever wrote this was obviously not doing her a favor in this story because they didn't include any pictures like Mainichi and Kyodo News. It doesn't showcase the success.

I was thinking 'she married her cousin?' and he sounds like he was being pretty dumb about being a fisherman and not trying to learn about anything else so he got into a hole because he doesn't have enough of an education to know he was being screwed. She was 37 and he was 31. She basically bailed him out using her sales experience and then she created new jobs for people that were in the same boat. Now she's got some old dudes after her for bypassing the bureaucracy. I could see someone writing an entire manga about this.

Title: I Was A Single Parent Working in Nursing and Somehow Married My Cousin. Now I Run A Fish Company In Another Prefecture.

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Posted in: Abe says new unit will defend Japan from space tech threats See in context

Look the ISDF is my idea alright. The microsats should be in place momentarily. We can use reflected space radiation to disable any of the internet sites we don't agree with. 2chan and 4chan will monitor the Chinese and the Soviets. They don't have anything better to do anyway so might as well put them to work. :)

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Posted in: Woman arrested for helping ex-husband commit suicide See in context

If she does get something for helping him it'll be because the police forced her to admit it. They gotta keep up that conviction rate.

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven to end contract with franchisee who cut opening hours See in context

In the U.S. 7-11 stores are 24hrs. If they just use multiple workers.

Most convenience stores are not known for paying workers a living wages.

The only time they close is for maintenance or remodelling.

90's 7-11 in the US was going bankrupt because of miss-management and their competitor Stop--N-Go was pretty much destroying them on service which is why they are insistent on the hours because that is what killed the brand before.

If he doesn't want to have the contract he should change the store to his own brand and work with his own vendors so that he can make his own hours. You literally learn that as you go through the franchise process.

If 7-11 has a system to provide workers that they can call to sub for the times he will be out then he should have done that.

Imagine if he had to compete with all of the stores that we have in the states. They are literally everywhere.

Circle-K, Timewise, Chevron, Big Chief, Little Chief, Stop-N-Go, Stripes, Shell, Texaco , 24/7 Store, Raceway

If he was closed people will go somewhere else. If he's the only shop around then he would be making a mistake. I would have been looking for some relatives to hold down the fort while I went on vacation.

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Posted in: Kyoto Animation arson attack puts media at crossroads in divulging victims' names See in context

I think they are keeping the names out of the news not out of respect but more because there is important info to be gleaned from who died. The investigation is not over according to local news in the city where the incident occured. When news of victims is reported in the US it's because they could have friends and family elsewhere that were not notified of the event. People could be using the dead persons name for nefarious purposes as longs as nobody knows they died. There historical record in the public view brings closure to the event. If they hid everything then what would happen if the dude got off and got away because nobody knew it happened but the locals?

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Posted in: Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Gion to forbid photos on private roads See in context

They should really just pull a Disney and pay actors to stand around looking cool. Teach them some local stories and have them act like they live there. They get to make money. Tourists get wrangled away from people's actual homes. Nobody has to worry about pictures being taken. If you don't want anybody around them stop advertising trips there.

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Posted in: 3 workers sustain burns while inspecting maglev train See in context

An Arc Flash is considered an explosion. What Makes an Arc Flash so Dangerous?

An arc flash can produce bright, intense light; temperatures near 35,000 F; sound pressure approaching 165 dB; and a pressure wave that can hurl shrapnel and molten metal at speeds of 700 mph.

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Posted in: Man arrested over 9-year-old stepson's murder See in context

Evolutionary Psychologists have known for a few hundred years that stepparents don't have as much vested interest in seeing the child of another man or woman succeed versus primary progeny. Research has been done on it. Satoshi Kanazawa put an article out about it in 2011.

This is called the 'Cinderella Effect'.

'Stepchildren, those who live with a stepparent (usually, a stepfather), are anywhere from 40 to 100 times as likely to be murdered or maimed as those who live with two biological parents in the household.'

'Parental love for children is evolutionarily conditional on the children’s ability to increase the parents’ reproductive success. Stepchildren do not carry any of the genes of the stepparents, so there is absolutely no evolutionary reason for stepparents to love, care for and invest in their stepchildren. Worse yet, any resources invested in stepchildren take away from investment that the stepparents could make in their own genetic children. So, in the cold, heartless calculus of evolutionary logic, it makes perfect sense for the stepfather to kill his stepchildren, so that his mate (the mother of the stepchildren) will only invest in their joint children, children whom the stepfather has had with the mother and who carry his genes. Only they can increase the stepfather’s reproductive success.

Daly and Wilson call this process “discriminative parental solicitude.” It’s just an academic way of saying that parents play favorites. Parental love for children is not unconditional, and is proportionate to the children’s expected reproductive success, which in turn increases the parents’ reproductive success. The higher the expected reproductive success of the children, the more the parents love them and invest in them. This is why parents always (but usually unknowingly) favor physically more attractive, healthier, and more intelligent children over physically less attractive, sicklier, and less intelligent children. And since stepchildren, no matter how attractive or intelligent, can never contribute to the reproductive success of the stepparents, there is absolutely no evolutionary reason for stepparents to love and care for them.'

If grandparents, sisters, brothers or cousins live in the same house it reduces the chance of the step-parents chance to do anything to the step-child only because there are more people around. But that's not saying much when it comes to people that are jealous or have mental health problems that aren't being addressed.

Someone said something like 'these are real people we are talking about and not some movie' and there are there are probably millions of examples of this issue that people don't talk about or never hear about. Reality is pretty shitty. There are lot that people tend to look away from when it comes to humanity and it's genetic tendencies. There are alot of people that deem themselves saints when really they are just as likely to commit atrocities under the right circumstances.

So if you happen to be a friend, neighbor, or relative. Keep tabs on these children. That is why we keep seeing kids being killed without anyone saying or doing anything to prevent it. Make it your business and don't ignore kids that need help.

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Posted in: Abe says ASDF may evolve into 'Air and Space SDF' See in context

I don't see any problem with them adding Space to the name. I mean it fits the Japanese aesthetic of tech advancement. Regan had space defense satellite plans in the 80s and nobody batted an idea the idea. They probably already have defense sats up there that nobody even knows about. So what if Trump brought it up it wasn't even his idea in the first place. America abandoned space exploration for no reason and now its being used to get people to stop being stuck in the idea we are going to stay here forever. One day you may need space defense and if they waited until they needed it then you would cry they weren't prepared. As long as they are producing results it should matter. If they are only doing it to siphon money then you should have a problem.

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Posted in: Hog cholera infection detected at Japanese agriculture lab See in context

These types of outbreaks either came from wild boars infecting the hogs or someone intentionally infected them. Once the sows are infected their offspring is also infected. They will have to cull them and they would have to hunt all of the infected wild boars in that area. Considering its been eradicated in the US and EU then the only other place it could come from somewhere closer.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. seek to sign 'very big' trade deal in September See in context

I'm laughing at the guys saying the corn is worthless both ethanol fuel and plastics are made from corn. There are 20+ products made from corn or the plant itself. You can make whisky, spark plugs, pharmaceuticals, drywall, pesticides, paint, toothpaste, shampoo, paper, tires, syrup. That is just a short list. That corns going to be used for something even if they don't eat it. We already had a ton of bioengineered corn that the media thought was just going to be used for nothing sitting on the docks when people started learning that food is engineered. I can guarantee you the only way it would goto waste is if the greedy or uneducated just let it go.

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Posted in: Japanese researchers build robotic tail to keep elderly upright See in context

It's 3D printed LOL. I can make one at home! :) The real issue isn't balance but pain and joint damage.

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Posted in: 8chan owner blasts 'sinister' shutdown See in context

I love people that read the Constitution to mean that free speech isn't protected from non-government intervention. If that was true then slander and liable lawsuits wouldn't exist. There are literally millions of lawsuits that affect speech already well documented which is usually why the ACLU and other groups get involved. The right to assemble is also a protected in the Constitution, it doesn't specify that the assembly can't be online. Section 230 of the CDMA is going to change and some of these large tech companies are going to learn a lesson they didn't want to learn. Hosting companies that aren't neutral are not going to be around very long.

“Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.”

—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo in Palko v. Connecticut

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Posted in: New drink line-up from Asahi Beverages boosts concentration with NIPPLTQTPVVVPPFLQPE See in context

Whoever wrote this article needs some help, I thought it was computer generated gibberish at first.

Scientific claims proven by what scientists? The ones they paid off? An international group of volunteers?

What is the basis for these claims based on?

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Posted in: Switzerland helping Japanese prosecutors with Ghosn investigation See in context

Meanwhile back at the ranch....

They only involved the Swiss because they are bleeding money and its destroying the brand.

You have to be pretty petty to get mad at a dude for having enough money to rent the palace for a wedding.

They would already had enough evidence without going to the Swiss if they had anything of value. Instead they are drawing it out. In the event that they don't find anything related to them they are going to have a hard time defending themselves from his counter-suit based on the involvement of plants within the company determined to supplant external foreign control. They are going to owe their investors even more.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing 85-year-old common-law wife; says he was worn out from looking after her See in context

I don't think anyone ever expects to have to make choices like this. It's the same for when you have a young child dying from cancer. Nobody can prepare you for it. You just have to live day by day and make the only choices you can. I find it surprising that she was that much older than he was. It makes me wonder how long it took them to identify she had Alzheimer's.

My grandmothers sister had Alzheimer's and she tried to move in with her back in 1988 and my Grandmother was in her late 60's as well. She got stabbed by her sister because she didn't even know who she was. Her sister restarted each day not knowing who people were. She would call people the names of people she once knew if she thought they looked close enough. She would have conversations about things that happened a long time ago and then forget what she was doing. They had to lock all the doors because she would try to escape at night and the police would have to find her. They both ended up dying from complications from the acid spill in Texas City. Imagine having Alzheimer's and acid burns in your lungs and not knowing where you are. I only know because I was there. There is no telling how hard it was for this guy. People who have little experience in real world dealings with death and loved ones can't ever relate to this.

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Posted in: Man served 2nd warrant over murder of wife in legless body case See in context

What taxi service is he using that wouldn't notice a dead body?

Why didn't she turn him into the police? He should have been turned in as soon as she knew about the debts.

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