Equality comments

Posted in: After back-to-back mass shootings, America grows numb See in context

" ... mass shootings still represent only a tiny portion of U.S. homicides." 307 mass shootings and at least 1,250 dead because of them are a "tiny portion" of all US homicides. How sick is that fact?

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Posted in: Fireman arrested for breaking into ex-girlfriend's apartment See in context

She no longer felt a burning desire for him. Either that or she got back together with an old flame.

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Posted in: Tokyo water parks go on code red alert after pool attacks See in context

I can imagine the criminal might be a school teacher or other type of respected figure in society” Higano said. He believes the perpetrator considered his acts “play” because if he really intended to cause serious injury or death, he would be more likely to attack a woman’s breasts.

Ooooookay ....

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Posted in: Japanese ladies list top 5 companies whose employees they’d most/least like to date See in context

About 137th I believe ...

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Posted in: Consumer group warns men against quick foreskin snip See in context

private insurance

LOL

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Posted in: China tells Japan to stop interfering in South China Sea See in context

I believe the Nations of the Far East have to come together and tell the Chinese to mind their own business!

That's a good idea in principle, but unfortunately would not be very effective since China's armed forced are more powerful than that of all of the other Far East Nations combined (not to mention it's nuclear arsenal)

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Posted in: Have a day nice See in context

One of my favorites was a slogan for Meisei University that was mistakenly bang on. Appealing to new university prospects to join the academically challenged hordes that ambled down its dusty hallways was the simple, yet highly apropos slogan, "Grow Up!"

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Posted in: Japanese artist draws infographic of strategies learned in U.S. to survive a terrorist attack See in context

Get in the habit of checking where exits and emergency exits are.

Good advice (especially at shopping malls, movie theaters, etc.)

Playing dead will not work.

It worked for (at least) one person during the Orlando terrorist attack.

When “something” happens, don’t go toward it, run away.

Things that do not stop bullets: – Trashcans – Flower vases

Made me smile. :-)

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Posted in: 'Star Trek' fan favorite Mr Sulu is gay in new film; Takei disapproves See in context

flavor is of the month

Gay people and minorities aren't exactly the "flavor of the month" as they make up a significant proportion of the world's population. The film industry has come under significant pressure for being overwhelmingly hetro and white, so why not add a little diversity? Change has to start somewhere!

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Posted in: Number of new cancer patients reaches record high See in context

Wait until the effects of Japan's highly carcinogenic fish and vegetables start to rear their ugly head. Rates of cancer will go through the roof and remain extremely high for a generation or longer. You can't dump millions of tons of radioactive water into the ocean without eventually paying the piper.

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Posted in: JAL offers new domestic fare for overseas visitors to Kyushu Region See in context

I'm guessing that one would have to present an overseas airline ticket to take advantage of this. Shame, as I'd love to visit Kyushu on the cheap.

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Posted in: Hello Kitty melons ripening up for summer’s cute fruit harvest See in context

Well, maybe for 5,000 yen .... but not for 5,500!!

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Posted in: Precision medicine can widen cancer care options: studies See in context

These types of advances are very encouraging!

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Posted in: Toy 'arms race' turning Lego violent: study See in context

An unfortunate sign of the times ...

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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of abandoning ex-wife's body See in context

Did his ex-wife let him stay the night?

How is this relevant? If she let him stay the night, is she somehow partly to blame for her murder?

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Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact? See in context

It's up to you who you want to believe, NASA and the world's leading environmentalist scientists or Republican leaders from coal producing states. For those who give more credence to NASA and the worlds leading environmental scientists (like myself), here is a statistical graph to help move the discussion along.

http://climate.nasa.gov/climate_resources/9/

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Posted in: Investor group launches campaign to curb antibiotic use in food See in context

FizzBit - Thanks for the list of restaurants. It's vegetarian pizzas for me from now on!

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Posted in: Tearful badminton player wants mercy for teammate Momota over casino visit See in context

If the let this chimpira wannabe go to the Rio Olympics, it will send a terrible message to everyone.

Chimpira wannabe? Are you joking? He's risen to the number two ranked badminton player in THE WORLD. Do you have any concept of the thousands of hours of hard work and dedication it takes to achieve that??

he visited more than 6 times

No, he actually visited six times, not more than six times.

I find it incredibly hypocritical of the Japanese government to let some forms of gambling (horse racing, pachinko, etc.) flourish while having such harsh penalties for other forms of gambling such as casino games. In fact, the current government is pushing for the opening of casinos in different areas of Japan, so how bad can it really be?

Give this kid a fine of a couple hundred thousand yen and let him compete!

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Posted in: U.S. woman fights for her dream in Japanese pro wrestling See in context

Good for her. It takes guts to abandon the secure route of of a traditional job like teaching and to follow one's dreams. I wish her all the success in the world!

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Posted in: Roses are red, elbows are blue: Japanese women jostle for chocolate See in context

Good article. I especially enjoyed what the Japanese interviewees had to say and the Stones' song references at the end.

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Posted in: Why Bernie Sanders can win the White House See in context

After nearly 10 miserable years of Democrat caused misery, mistakes, wars started and the prophet Obama throwing the Democrats under the bus, all Republicans need to do is show up.

You mean "misery" like ...

... taking an economy on the brink of collapse and turning it into one of the strongest in the world (unemployment rate when Obama was elected in 2008 - 7.1%; unemployment rate last month - 4.9%; +7.9 million jobs as of July 2015; S & P 500 at +177%, etc, etc.

... ending two wars (in Iraq and Afghanistan)

... Affordable Health Care Act (number of uninsured Americans dropped from 18% to 12.3% (11 million more adults now have insurance); projected savings over 15 years - $231 Billion

... sweeping financial industry reforms

... I could go on and on ....

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Posted in: Drug firm announces promising results for HIV-killer combination See in context

Great news! Hopefully this new medical discovery will be soon be administered to those in need. Recent medical advancements are truly amazing!

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Posted in: Bieber kisses two of Japan’s most popular idols See in context

How these delusional fans actually think that they would ever stand a snowball's chance in hell of dating their idols is beyond me. I guess the Beibs spoiled their little fantasy. Or did the AKB girls spoil the fantasies of millions of teenage girls around the world? Who knows? And WHO CARES?!?!?

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Posted in: Stallone still packs punch with Rocky fans ahead of 'Creed' See in context

What is this, like the 7th sequel/spin-off? Enough already! The Rocky cash cow has been milked dry!

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Posted in: Air Canada begins Toronto stopover promotion See in context

@the Fu -I hope you get the chance to visit. Besides the usual tourist attractions, the ethnic diversity is amazing, with two Chinatowns, Greektown, 2 Little Italys, Koreatown, Little India, etc. Not to mention world-class theater, the beaches, proximity to Niagara Falls, etc. But, as mentioned, you'd definitely want to avoid the winter!

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Posted in: Video asks young Japanese adults what they know about Canada See in context

Thanks for putting a big smile on my face. Sad to hear that Justin Bieber is the best known Canadian (sigh), but nice to hear that they would all like to visit. :-)

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Posted in: Rapper Diddy released on bail after arrest at UCLA See in context

Just goes to show that whatever race, occupation, or offense, fame and money = reduced or no jail time.

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Posted in: Pinched pensions limit Japanese consumer clout See in context

the government thinks that they can stimulate the economy by increasing the sales tax

The government doesn't want to increase the sales tax to stimulate the economy - a strategy that has been criticized by leading economists - but rather to simply to increase its coffers. It not only needs this money to pay down the ridiculous amount of debt it has accrued, but to fund more 'committees' and 'working groups' for useless studies (i.e. more $$ for cronies) and to fund more projects, which increase their kickbacks. The J. government is unbelievably corrupt. Why don't we hear more about it? Because the Abe government has muzzled reporters with its new secrecy law!!

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Posted in: Nuclear non-proliferation talks end without agreement See in context

Yeah ... great idea. Let Iran continue to build the bomb and take away Israel's nukes at the same time. OH, I FORGOT, Iran's 'secret' underground nuclear facility and thousands of spinning centrifuges are simply to meet it's energy needs. Silly me ...

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Posted in: Man buying porn refuses to be served by female convenience store clerk See in context

As polite as clerks are, most shoppers are just as respectful toward the hard-working individuals who are ringing their purchases up.

I suppose that's true if one considers grunts in response to questions being respectful.

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