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Posted in: Dead whale See in context

Sad for the whale, happy for all of the other creatures that are going to be sustained by its remains.

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Posted in: Quake chaos forces Wajima kids to leave families to continue studies See in context

Online school should be an option.

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Posted in: `The Honeymooners' actress Joyce Randolph dies at 99 See in context

Rest in peace, Ms. Randolph. You and the other Honeymooners made my life better.

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Posted in: Do you think Japan can play any role in bringing peace to the Middle East or Ukraine? See in context

I would say yes, but only during the rebuilding phase. Both conflicts have layers upon layers that Japan should avoid.

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Posted in: Man finds firefighter sleeping in his living room See in context

BeerDeliveryGuy: Too bad you didn't get her number! She was a keeper!

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Posted in: Do you think Japan is more politically stable than the United States? See in context

I don't think Japan is either more or less politically stable. They are both pretty status quo.

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Posted in: Are you making fewer phone calls than you used to, preferring instead email, texting, FaceTime, Snapchat or other social media? See in context

As a teacher and a guide I'm not supposed to be making calls, so I mostly text, either with my phone or my watch.

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Posted in: Japanese AI device reads stories to your kid with your voice, even if you’ve never read them See in context

I can see positive applications for this. Capturing a parent or grandparent's voice for story time if they live far away or are out of town for work might be comforting. Also, if I knew I didn't have a lot of time left, I might leave my voice as a way for my children or grandchildren to keep a part of me in their lives.

I'm a school teacher, and being able to clone myself for story time so I can grade papers or deal with other issues might not be a bad thing either....

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Posted in: Which decade do you think was the most creative musically? See in context

@JeffLee, I think you're spot-on.

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Posted in: Which decade do you think was the most creative musically? See in context

It all really depends on what type of creativity we're talking about. The 80's saw a lot of innovation with technology in music. Videos, synth, mixing, etc. Prince, The Police, U2, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Ozzy all came into their own in the 80's, along with the 2nd British wave of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Spandau Ballet, etc. But the songs that were written in the 60's and 70's by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Heart, the Mamas and the Papas, etc laid the foundation for the next several decades.

And then we could argue it out about genre. Country, punk, metal, dance, hip hop all had different growth in different eras.

One thing holds true, though. Jpop stinks and is awful in every decade with very few exceptions.

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Posted in: Do you respect anti-vaxxers' stance? See in context

Lovecrafting: The science was from a study at Oxford.

Yes, I've guided tours because it was lucrative, a good way to use my language skills, and a lot of fun during the summer season.

When school is in session, I'm a certified science teacher. I get to hear both sides of the story from credible sources, which is why I respect both opinions. Sorry if I don't consider your mass condemnation of those who choose not to be vaccinated a credible source.

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Posted in: Do you respect anti-vaxxers' stance? See in context

This from the Financial Times, August 19 article, "Are vaccines becoming less effective at preventing Covid infection?"

"An Oxford university study published on Thursday found that the efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine against symptomatic infection almost halved after four months, and that vaccinated people infected with the more infectious Delta variant had as high viral loads as the unvaccinated."

You're not safe, nor are you protecting other, by being vaccinated. Downvote it all you like, the science isn't in your favor.

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Posted in: Do you respect anti-vaxxers' stance? See in context

I had COVID-19 and quickly recovered. My only symptoms were a temporary loss of smell and taste, as was everyone else in my family. I know many others that had that and maybe some other flu symptoms. I know a few others that had more serious symptoms, including two who died, but who also has a host of comorbidities (diabetes, obesity, and heart disease being at the top of the list).

There was a big push in our community for vaccination, and now, the people I know that are turning up positive are fully vaccinated, with no difference in symptoms than those of us the weren't vaccinated. They did all suffer flu-like side affects when they got vaxed, so I guess they got double the suffering, who knows.

I have no intention of being vaccinated, since the CDC admits that vaccination doesn't hinder transmission and because I already have antibodies that protect me (tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies and had people jokingly offer to pay me for my blood). They say they may wear off in a year, so I'll get tested again then. In many places, COVID-19 had transitioned from pandemic to endemic, which means that it is going to stay with us, have its seasons like other viral illnesses, and just be a part of society. I'll likely have it again, just like I've had the flu throughout my life, and I'll end up with a fresh batch of antibodies.

Oh, and to those who are saying that it's the unvaccinated that are causing variants, you have no idea what you're talking about. All viruses produce variants regardless. Those of us who took university biology know that the big fear has always been superviruses and superbacterial agents resistant to vaccines and innoculation because of vaccines and innoculations. Vaccinated or not, COVID-19 is still going to vary.

So, finally, in answer to the questions, yes, I respect everyone's choice in the matter and do not fear this illnesses. I do find it unfortunate that a segment of society is trying to force vaccination on those of us who neither want not need it, as it comes far more from paranoia than science.

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Posted in: Australia administers first COVID-19 vaccines despite anti-vaxxer demonstrations See in context

Yeah, well, I tested positive for the antibodies, so I'm not messing with a needless vaccine.

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Posted in: Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi, 40, found dead at home in apparent suicide See in context

The first thing of hers that I saw was Queen of Lunch back in the day, and then a few years later Yomigaeri. I'm really sorry to hear this news, and pray for the peace of her loved-ones.

While there are an unknown number of reasons she might have chosen this, one thing I've come to fear lately are the various depression or anxiety-related medications that people are taking. The television commercials warn that suicidal tendencies can be a side affect of many of them, and I can't help but wonder if she was taking a prescribed med that lowered her inhibitions. Regardless, I hope her friends and family rally around her little ones, because they are going to need that long-term love and support as they deal with the loss of their mom.

As a fan, I'll just remember that she was talented and beautiful, with an infectious smile.

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Posted in: Private mics for karaoke See in context

Even without the pandemic, it kind of makes sense, just like other enthusiasts that have their own bowling balls, or pool ques, etc. It kind of makes sense to have your own high-end mic if karaoke is really your thing.

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Posted in: Woman’s body found on Mie river bank See in context

I always feel sorry for people that find dead bodies. I know the real victim here is that poor woman, but still, the guy that found her is going to need some time to regroup

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Posted in: Japan lacking burial grounds for expanding Muslim population See in context

Absolutley not Muslim, but just thought I'd sound off and say that I'm planning for a completely natural burial, should I actually die (Here we are, born to be kings, we're the princes of the universe....) No embalming, no coffin, no cremation (which I find repugnant), just a biodegradable shroud and a nice deep whole in the ground, and since I can't do that in Japan, I'll not be dying there.

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Posted in: Has the coronavirus made you rethink what's important in your life? See in context

What was important before has remained the same, but for me, it's strengthened my desire to change career paths and do something that keeps me closer to home.

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Posted in: Queen guitarist Brian May reveals recent heart attack; says he's good now See in context

Reportedly one of the kindest men in the music industry. Godspeed on your recovery!

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Posted in: Politician apologizes for ¥8.9 mil face mask price gouging See in context

From the information provided, I don't see what the problem is with what he did. He had masks and legally placed them for legal sale on a legal auction site. They belonged to him and he had the right to sell them for whatever he could get. In reality, masks don't protect you from covid19, so morally, there is absolutely nothing morally questionable about what this man did and he should not need to apologize. If uninformed and paranoid people want to buy useless masks at inflated prices, that's just fine.

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Posted in: Sumo tournament begins without spectators for 1st time See in context

I wonder if the silence made the day seem more like a meditation than a sporting event?

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Posted in: Gov't postpones debate on imperial succession as divide surfaces See in context

Open succession up after Akishino takes the throne. He's a badass and would make a cool Emperor.

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri admits to using MDMA, other illegal drugs See in context

I wonder if they call the drug, "Mari" in Japan....

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Posted in: Japanese entertainment mogul Johnny Kitagawa dies at age 87 See in context

I had a friend who was trying to make it as a talent back in the 90's, and so was her little brother. She told me he was starting with Johnny's, and I asked her if she and her family were okay with it, even though the word on the street was that Johnny was a gay pedo rapist. Her reply kind of started the end of our friendship, something like, "If he has to have sex with Johnny or one of his other senpai's to get their support he should just do it because it will be worth it." Apparently that was part of her plan as well....

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for possession of marijuana See in context

Hey Ganbare Japan, as a tour guide working out of Vegas, where cannabis is legal, I can say that a lot of Japanese people are excited to try it.

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Posted in: Crown prince says royal duties need review as members decline See in context

What he and his brother need to do is take on more consorts and start having more children. Five wives a piece should do it.

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Posted in: Kao's #beWhite campaign leaves firm red-faced See in context

This whole conversation has been 面白い (literally)!

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Posted in: Godzilla: From radioactive colossus to unlikely climate hero See in context

Interestingly enough, the climate change activists in the new movie are the villains, just like in real life.

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Posted in: What will imperial couple do in retirement? See in context

Tequila. She seems more like a gin person, but for him, I think retirement should include tequila.

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