Dr Maybe comments

Posted in: Japanese drama set in New York is your next binge-watch series See in context

"a Japanese reporter who moves to New York and joins an online news site called HodoBuzz. Striving to distance herself from her past fame as a variety talk show host, Wada sets out to deliver hard-hitting local Japan news"

Someone moves to NY to cover stories from Japan. That sounds ... (Do I have to say any more?)

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Posted in: Facebook threatens to block Australians from sharing news stories See in context

Great!! Bring it on. No more BS stories passed around to ill-informed suburbanites? YES!!! Facebook...how can I put this?....take a flying leap!

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Posted in: Man commits suicide after killing ex-girlfriend See in context

Domestic violence, rape... same deal in Japan. A man might be arrested, but the chances of him being convicted are very slim. Lawyers strongly encourage the victims to take a bit of cash and hit the road.

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Posted in: Leaderless WTO in troubled water with no land in sight See in context

@DesertTortoise

Well said, but I'm afraid that the people you would most like to read and consider your comments have taken one look at your post and thought "Too many words".

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Posted in: Australia records its deadliest day of pandemic See in context

Maybe "nursing homes" has a different meaning in the US. To me it means a kind of "retirement village", full of very old, full-time residents. No one would send patients with an infectious disease from the general population into old folks homes. No one.

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Posted in: Trump calls Abe 'greatest prime minister in Japan's history' See in context

@bass

Your choice of link today is a little puzzling. Of course it's at the low end of the credibility scale, as usual, but it seems like there's all kinds of ideas coming out in it, and the writer doesn't even know what he/she wants to say. It almost makes you almost pine for straight out, nutcase Breitbart. For example:

"The world is learning to expect plenty of words from Washington, but ever-less action: Trump has become a president who speaks loudly while carrying a small stick. For America’s allies, it’s the worst possible combination."

It seems like you're making my case for me.

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Posted in: Trump calls Abe 'greatest prime minister in Japan's history' See in context

@Bass

Well, most leaders will do that to the US, they want our money so the kissing is real...

No, the most impoverished nations in the world may be interested in your money, but the majority of mature democracies around the world are interested in your CO-OPERATION on very serious shared problems, for example the climate crisis. Oh wait! I forgot. That's all a marxist hoax, right?

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Posted in: Trump calls Abe 'greatest prime minister in Japan's history' See in context

@Randy Johnson

Wow. A load of negative comments. Perfectly encapsulates the leftist mindset. 

All the while benefiting economically.

And who's benefiting economically? The rich (DUH!!!). How many people thrown out of blue collar jobs in the mid-west rust belt are now saying: ""Oh yeah, my share portfolio is doing great! I'm saved!"

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Posted in: Australia records its deadliest day of pandemic See in context

@elephant200

It seems like you don't understand much about Australians.

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Posted in: Australia records its deadliest day of pandemic See in context

i@n

Hmm, lockdown not working for some reason?

And your point is... ? (Doing nothing to try to stem the outbreak would be so much better??)

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Posted in: Race for new PM starts after Abe's resignation; Aso won't run See in context

@cracaphat

Well said. Being considered good looking is hardly an open and shut case for being given leadership of a major country. The old men on offer inspire little hope, that's for sure. But throwing in some young dude who's done nothing of any actual substance (someone please correct me, if you can think of something), and gives every appearance of being far short of "intellectual heavyweight status" (to put it as nicely as possible), would be a mistake.

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Posted in: Trump pays highest respect to 'great friend' Abe See in context

@AgentX

You nailed it. I couldn't agree more. Sadly, these are the times we live in. In this inter-connected world, with response (or lack of it) by the US to the climate/environmental emergency we face now SO critical, 4 more years of Trump = "That's it folks!... we're all screwed".

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Posted in: Health experts decry Trump's shunning of virus rules See in context

@bass4funk

Rubbish. The New York Post? Breitbart? Get serious.

Strange how the article you refer do doesn't supply the supposed "video" in question. You just choose to believe it because you like the sound of it.

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Posted in: Health experts decry Trump's shunning of virus rules See in context

@Blacklabel

I can understand why you would say that. But the marchers have a pressing need to do something. Blacks ARE being shot by police on a regular basis. They DO have a reason to feel severely pissed off at being targeted by police. They can't sit back and do nothing until the pandemic is over. This could last a year or more yet. Most of the marchers at least wore masks. The RNC attendees mostly didn't.

As stated in the article:

"Few in the audience wore masks when virtually all leading public health professionals, including the administration's, say face coverings play a big part in slowing virus transmission."

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Posted in: Health experts decry Trump's shunning of virus rules See in context

Love to know if the "health experts" are Blue or Red?

Health experts are health experts. They care about health... you know, keeping people healthy. Yes, they vote, but they believe in doing their jobs to the best of their abilities. It really is that simple. Some people still have a conscience.

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Posted in: Health experts decry Trump's shunning of virus rules See in context

*care about rules

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Posted in: Health experts decry Trump's shunning of virus rules See in context

He's never been one to are about rules or the wellbeing of anyone but himself, and (possibly) most of his family, so it came as no surprise that he would organise the show that he did. And to give him some credit, he may be a moron but he does know how to stage a spectacle that pushes the desired buttons in his target audience.

The circular thing ("presidential seal", is it?) placed behind the head at just the right height to frame his head, for example, reminiscent of so many images of Jesus, guaranteed to get evangelicals coming in their panties. The countless flags with the eagles on top of the staffs (when in doubt, order another few dozen flags...100 might not be enough). Eerily reminiscent of those nights in Nuremberg in the 1930s. Melania in her faux military outfit. You just know her husband is dying to wear a uniform too. He wasn't going to be made to wear one to Vietnam obviously, but now that he can order others to do the shooting for him, he's probably spending the time between holes on his golf courses daydreaming about the design he'd like best.

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Posted in: Japan's 'flying car' gets off the ground, with a rider aboard See in context

Even when roads were flooded and bridges destroyed these vehicles could still get there quickly. 

Excuse my negativity, but get there quickly and what? Deliver a 10 kg bag of rice? They don't look like they'll ever be able to carry much. Helicopters do a fine job already. I'd feel so much more positive if all the smart scientists/designers focused on finding ways to make us less dependant on fossil fuel, developing renewable energy sources etc. I know there are many doing just that already, but in a world of dwindling, finite resources, this is amounts to wasting time and effort on a stupid toy.

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Posted in: Who is next after Abe? Potential successors See in context

Koizumi would be the "ladies" pick and would be popular with a lot of younger folks, but he really doesnt stand a chance, due to his age and inexperience

And, you might add, his lack of credibility. Saying "I want to make environmental issues sexy" or whatever the exact words were, doesn't strike you as a mature candidate with something to offer. Few of them have much to offer of course. Thumbs up to the "anyone but Aso" posts. What a turkey!!

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Posted in: Trump accepts nomination for second White House term; says 'No one will be safe in Biden's America' See in context

@Ulysses

Mike Pence's greatest contribution is that he has done exactly nothing over the last 4 years.

Not so sure about that Ulysses. Being such a massive hypocrite takes work. There's all that kissing of the big chimp's backside that needs to be seen to, plus sending millions to sleep the moment he opens his mouth. The only person who can make the late Stephen Hawking seem charismatic.

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Posted in: Trump accepts nomination for second White House term; says 'No one will be safe in Biden's America' See in context

@PTownsend

Right! And this November, the US (& the world) HAS TO get what it needs! Trump out, or it's lights out.

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Posted in: Biden, Harris criticize Trump response to unrest, pandemic See in context

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” - Adolf Hitler

Clearly someone told this to Trump (he wouldn't be able to read that many words in one sitting), and he took it to heart. It's probably the closest thing to a guiding philosophy that he has. Apologists for him seem to have adopted the same idea. It really is tiresome. You can't argue with someone who points to their dog, and says "This is my fish".

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Posted in: Biden, Harris criticize Trump response to unrest, pandemic See in context

@Serrano

Once again we have someone who still actually believes Trump suggested injecting disinfectant into themselves. Pathetic. Once again...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXARy68kl1E

Sorry to have to school you in elementary level debate/argument, but posting a link to some dimwit raving in his own blog does NOT count as evidence to prove your ridiculous assertion. The whole world saw Trump say that injecting bleach would be worth a try. I don't think you honestly expect us to believe you don't know that, but anyway, here's a link to the big chimp in action, the words leaving his mouth:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrB3EuUcVDE

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Posted in: Man attacks woman with brick as she walks home See in context

@Do the hustle

 What’s the bet he ‘just wanted to kill someone’?

Close, but delete "someone" and type in "a young woman". I think you'll be closer to the mark then. The "incel" thing isn't confined to Japan, by any means, but is relatively rampant here, in my opinion. (No, I don't have any data. None exists. Just a gut feeling, having lived here 30 years and followed world news closely for longer.)

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Posted in: Osaka withdraws from W&S Open semifinals in call for racial justice See in context

Well done, Naomi.

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Posted in: Young people losing interest in sex, but why? See in context

@Vanessa Carlisle

Japan just seems to be copying without feeling or thought, creating a sexless society out of a mistaken sense of "pure image".

I agree with a lot of what you've posted, about the healthiness of having an interest in sex, the primacy of the psychological side of it etc., but with regard to the above, I think you're on the wrong track. I think most young Japanese (I'm talking late teens) have no inhibitions based on "purity". I sometimes hear stories from my university students, and also see the behavior of the older siblings of my daughter's friends, so I think I have a pretty good window into this. Purity is not the issue. It really is more economic ("I don't have enough money to take her on a date") or indifference ("My video games are way more interesting"). The latter, in particular, is what you might look at more closely.

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Posted in: Australia reaches 25,000 coronavirus cases; officials urge more testing See in context

@cracaphat

Let's try this again, very slowly.

*"Premier Daniel Andrews is attempting to push legislation through state parliament to extend Victoria's state of emergency declaration by another year, giving him the ability to extend or reimpose restrictions *over that period."

Look at the highlighted text. The meaning of "the ability to" is that he can make that call, if and when he feels it's urgent, without having to waste time by convening parliament and trying to get authorization while a serious situation gets worse.

"Over that period" means within that one year timeframe such a call CAN be made, when needed. It does NOT mean that it's an automatic one year lockdown. Are we clear now?

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Posted in: Australia reaches 25,000 coronavirus cases; officials urge more testing See in context

@cracaphat

Wanting to extend the S.of E. for another year is so draconian and undemocratic.

No, it absolutely is NOT. He is aiming to have "the ability to extend or reimpose restrictions over that period." That's what a competent leader would want.

till the virus has gotten bored and decides to kill itself off.

Sorry to disappoint you, but viruses don't "get bored and decide to kill themselves off".

If you get bored in lockdown, you could always explore online education.

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Posted in: GOP convention showcases rising stars, dark warnings See in context

It's hilarious to watch the GOP reduced to being cheerleaders for a demagogue.

It isn't hilarious to watch the US in danger of sliding into dictatorship or civil war.

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Posted in: GOP convention showcases rising stars, dark warnings See in context

@Blacklabel

Not going well for the Bringer of Light these days.

Apparently you didn't read the article:

"The GOP convention marks a crucial moment for Trump, a first-term Republican president tasked with reshaping a campaign he is losing by all accounts, at least for now."

strangely, suddenly none of the liberals here are adamantly claiming Trump wont win. any takers?

If a free and fair election were guaranteed, there's no doubt Biden would win. However, I think most sensible people are aware that Trump and his enablers are organising fraud, cheating and disinformation on such a massive scale that it's going to be an uphill battle for Biden. Voter suppression (particularly of less privileged, likely Democrat voters) has been picking up pace for years, and now he has his stooge as head of the USPS to work on holding back postal votes from Democrats until after the deadline, not to mention the fact that even though the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee recently stated that there is **no doubt that Trump's campaign colluded with Russians linked to the FSB in 2016** (you were strangely quiet about that one, I remember, Herr Label) there has been no serious effort launched by the administration to stop further Russian meddling in 2020 (I wonder why...). Then there's Facebook, only making belated, grudging efforts to take down a tiny amount of the blatant Trumpite disinformation from its site.

Put it all together, and its about as far from being a level playing field as you could get. That's why Democrats and the majority of people around the world, who desperately want to see the back of Trump (with the exception of a few dictators and their supporters), are watching this unfold through their fingers.

The irony of Trump whining about rigged elections... !!

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