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Posted in: After testy VP debate, Trump rebuffs claim he 'loves' Putin See in context

Did I miss the day that Putin became suddenly classified as a "dictator"?

You must have. He's been arresting anyone who even remotely looks like they might be a viable alternative candidate - usually for some sort of tax fraud. If they can't find evidence of tax fraud, the potential opponent is usually murdered in a drive-by shooting by "unknown assailants". This effectively turns Russia into a "one-party state" dictatorship. Even though Dmitry Medvedev is ostensibly Prime Minister, "President" (for life) Putin is the one who has been in charge since PUTIN was Prime Minister.

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Posted in: Tricked into porn: Japanese actresses step out of the shadows See in context

I wouldn't call that a "legal victory" by any measure.

That's because you want to eat your cake and have it, too. Having a case thrown out that was trying to force someone into porn is a "legal victory" for the defendant. Period.

I'm sorry, but I find it hard to believe that these women don't know what they are letting themselves in for. I find it more plausible that they get involved in the grumble flicks, then decide they want out for whatever reason (well, not everyone wants it in the tradesman's entrance).

So you have observed first-hand the tactics used by the "scouts" and had a chance to read the contracts these women are signing? No? Can't really help you, then, if you're disbelieving people without getting any facts.

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Posted in: Do you think automatic translation technology will get good enough one day so that we won't need human interpreters or translators? See in context

Weblio is much better than google translation, considering the ambiguity of the original English sentence.

Ambiguity (and obscurity) are the hallmarks of my native language! :-) We excel at ambiguity, obfuscation, and death-by-idiom! XD

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Posted in: Supporters defend Trump in wake of tax revelations See in context

So Hillary (definitely), the NY Times (definitely), and probably almost every media outlet and many or even most of the politicians criticizing Trump on this do the same thing in their tax returns, and they're still criticizing?

All corporations have had years where they've greatly reduced or even eliminated the taxes paid in a year. I remember General Electric making headlines one year for not paying taxes after a large depreciation of capital rendered their assessed tax for the year at $0. The key here is the tax-free period is only for that year. They didn't receive just shy of two decades-worth of tax-free years like Trump has. THAT's where the criticism lies. Even though he did it legally, it was a loophole designed only for real estate moguls to take advantage of. 99.9% of the American public would never be able to take advantage of that benefit. Never mind "the 1%"! Trump is taking advantage of perks available to only the "POINT 1%"!!

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Posted in: Duterte tells Obama 'you can go to hell;' warns of breakup See in context

Exaggerations and fear mongering knows No bounds with liberals.

What amazes me the most this election cycle is how Trump supporters can actually type something like this with a (presumably) straight face after Trump declarations like the huge exaggeration:

“Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.” (Donald Trump on ABC's "This Week" November 22, 2015)

or the fear mongering regarding Mexico:

“They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing their problems,” he said. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting.” (Donald Trump in his speech announcing his candidacy - June 16, 2015)

I guess Trump supporters feel that if they take all the criticisms of their candidate and try applying them to the opponent's supporters, then everyone will forget what a douche their candidate is.

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Posted in: Van Morrison: A legendary singer, into the music once again See in context

Morrison can't sing for a toffee and the songs are largely tuneless and dragging.

The majority of the rest of the world seems to disagree with you.

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Posted in: Indonesian faces six years in jail over porn billboard See in context

6 years for a prank? Good grief.

In Indonesia something like this is considered a crime against Islamic Law. No lewdness allowed.

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Posted in: Osaka sushi chain apologizes for using too much wasabi in foreign customers' orders See in context

I think it was all a prank by some TV show to see how foreigners might react to loads of wasabi. There must be footage of these customers the moment they bite into a piece, but they probably won't release it now that there's this uproar.

And you're basing this on... what? A show pranking customers doesn't make sense for the restaurant because the restaurant's reputation is the thing being damaged the most if they're going to treat their customers like this. Can you imagine some restaurant owner saying, "This is going to make many of my customers upset, BUT I GET TO BE ON TV!" Yeah. Not happening.

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Posted in: Trump in hot water after suggestion that vets with PTSD are weak See in context

All of a sudden the anti-war liberals care so deeply about our veterans?

Carefully re-read what you just typed, THINK about what you just typed, and then consider this... Someone who is "anti-war" - whether they be liberals or conservatives - is someone who cares deeply about the men and women who serve in our armed forces. Someone who is "pro-war" considers the men and women in our armed forces to be mere cannon fodder to be used to make a political point. So which one are you... "anti-war" or "pro-war"?

The I guess the president is pretty much useless

Not useless, but all the President can do is set POLICY. However, when it comes to funding programs, the President IS pretty much useless. The U.S. Congress is the one who is responsible for acting on that policy and funding the programs to make that policy happen. The governmental support our military veterans do (or do not) receive is determined by where Congress decides to allocate funds. The President - BY LAW - cannot fund a single thing with government money. The President could want 50% of the annual tax revenue coming in to be used for veteran's affairs, and nothing would happen unless Congress decides to do it.

This is basic elementary school U.S. Government-stuff people. It's what we teach the 8-year-olds in the elementary schools I work at.

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Posted in: Clinton tears into Trump on taxes See in context

No one was promised anything, Comey took a dive, we get why he did. I know he can't stand Hillary, maybe I would have done the same. I want to enjoy my life after retirement and not have to either look over my shoulders, give constant speechs on why I let her off the hook. I get it, doesn't mean what he did was ethical.

Typical Republican male Bos taurus feces. "People aren't doing what we expected, therefore they must have been threatened in some way because we're NEVER wrong." Get over yourselves.

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Posted in: Duterte tells Obama 'you can go to hell;' warns of breakup See in context

adding that he may eventually decide to “break up with America.”

A leader of a sovereign nation telling another leader of a sovereign nation to "go to hell" sounds like the break-up has already happened. We don't need to go to hell, we'll just sever ties with Duterte's Phillipines and let Duterte dogeza before the Chinese.

Heck... look at Trump... we've got our own problem with a Duterte type crazy man.

Exactly. Duterte is giving us a preview of what Trump would want to do once he was placed in the White House. I say WANT to do because unlike the Phillipines our Congress would shut down Trump in a bi-partisan manner similar to how Congress has been shutting down Obama in a partisan manner.

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Posted in: Clinton tears into Trump on taxes See in context

"Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." Mark Twain

I know it by a slightly different quote: "Never wrestle with pigs. you both get dirty and the pigs love it." George Bernard Shaw

lasttimetrumppaidtaxes Prodigy offered its services for the first time on the World Wide Web (previously you had to dial into their servers) January 17, 1995

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Posted in: Trump in hot water after suggestion that vets with PTSD are weak See in context

under the democrats. 22 us vets commit suicide everyday.

Actually, the daily suicide rate of vets has sat pretty much at 20 to 20.5 since 2008 when Republican G.W. Bush was in office. I'm sure the increase to that level in 2008 had less to do with who was sitting in the White House and much more to do with how long the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had been dragging on.

Source: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/docs/2016suicidedatareport.pdf Page 23

Clinton draft dodged as well. I guess a lot of people did back in the day.

True, but as far as I know Bill Clinton has never tried to divide veterans into "strong enough to resist PTSD" and "not strong enough". For all we know the people sitting in that meeting with Trump were administrative desk jockeys who never set foot in a war zone yet Trump declared them "strong".

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Posted in: Osaka sushi chain apologizes for using too much wasabi in foreign customers' orders See in context

but they also showed foreigners who said they liked lots of wasabi, and were eating pieces of sushi with huge amounts of wasabi.

That's fine, but then why aren't they serving their sushi drenched in soy sauce? They don't - they put it on the side. Slathering wasabi on sushi - but only for foreigners' orders - means that they are changing their default recipe based on the nationality of the customer regardless of the customer's actual wishes. That's targeting and when you target with something that is bound to cause discomfort, that's targeting with ill intent.

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Posted in: Clinton tears into Trump on taxes See in context

The peoples source besides Hannity and others, common sense an understanding of working in the public service and the lack of transparency, those sources.

As I thought, you have no true source, only rhetoric.

You can believe that garbage if you like, most people don't, that's mine and other peoples opinion.

Ahh! A true Trumpster! You're even mimicking your messiah by resorting to using unsubstantiated phrases like "most people" as some sort of official verification of your personal opinion. Regarding "opinions", I'll just refer to the well-worn adage, "Opinions are like rectums... everyone has one and they all stink." As far as my comment about Trump being the only billionaire, I must admit that I'm taking a leap of faith here that Trump at least has SOME of the money he claims he has. I gave the source of my data (unlike you) and so even though I doubted he was worth even THAT much, it was the amount listed so it was what I quoted. I did not rely on my personal opinion. You should try it.

Sure they did and they also made a career at making millions by....ahem...speaking ROFL.

Is there something wrong with making money by speaking in front of audiences? Motivational speakers have been doing that for decades. Tony Robbins has a 2016 net worth of $480 million and while only part of that worth comes from speaking engagements, it's still a major source of income for him. It seems to get your goat that a former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State can charge significant speaking appearance fees. Even Trump would be quick to point out that if the fees requested were outrageous, Clinton would not have been invited to speak. Supply and demand. The price will adjust to match the demand. Always has and always will.

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Posted in: Trump in hot water after suggestion that vets with PTSD are weak See in context

Very laudable, Lizz. I'm sure patriotic Americans who pay federal taxes would be pleased to have their hard-earned contributions to the federal government allocated to such a worthy cause.

I saw what you did there. :-)

He saves that for POWs and the parents of dead American Muslim soldiers.

...and handicapped reporters, and opposing candidates enduring pneumonia.

The left wingers never have anything good to say about him so they just can`t be taken seriously. Another spin by the ALT left media.

"No matter how many divorces he's had, Trump always manages to find someone willing to marry him." There, I said something good about Trump so now you can take me seriously.

Well, he never said "weak".

This is Trump! Of COURSE he never said "weak". His entire campaign has been stuffed full of innuendos and generalizations. Here's what he said while talking to a Retired American Warriors PAC, "and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it. But a lot of people can’t handle it". Amazingly, he declared everyone in the meeting "strong" because they "can handle it". This leaves the obvious interpretation that those who could not "handle it" are not strong a.k.a. "weak".

Trump went so far as to propose a Russian cyberwar against the USA. That should be treason.

Oh didn't you hear? Trump has explained that. He says it was a joke. So is Trump trying to become President of the U.S. or is he trying to become the opening act at the Comedy Club?

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Posted in: A small but growing number of elementary schools and individual teachers in the U.S. are doing away with homework to allow kids more time to play, participate in activities, spend time with families, See in context

Of course, this wouldn't have anything to do with teachers not wishing to spend extra time marking homework to give them "more time to play, participate in activities, spend time with families, read and sleep," would it?

Your comment would be more applicable to the secondary schools where the teacher deals with many more students in a given day. Compare an elementary school teacher who sees just 26 or so students during the day to a secondary school teacher who can see 26 * 5 periods of students a day, then calculate the time to grade their assigned work.

At the elementary school level, homework - especially in math - reinforces basic skills that are acquired through repetition. Many of the things taught these days do not require instant recall (when was the last time you had to instantly recall when the Tokugawa Shogunate was established?) Those things can be looked up on the internet almost anywhere now. But things like the addition and multiplication tables and the basic elements of factoring are more likely to be needed on-the-spot and homework drills can improve those skills. Reading skills also are improved with homework assignments. The more a student reads, the more fluid the pace of reading and therefore the student has an easier time retaining the meaning behind the words on the page.

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Posted in: Osaka sushi chain apologizes for using too much wasabi in foreign customers' orders See in context

Just had sushi last night but not in Osaka, thank goodness. The sushi chef added just a trace of wasabi between the sashimi and the rice of the nigiri sushi I ordered, and included about a teaspoon's-worth of wasabi on the side in case I wanted more. This seems to be the sensible thing to do rather than dumping the wasabi on the sushi in advance. In my case, I add only a smidgen more to the sushi and the majority of the "on-the-side" wasabi remains unused.

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Posted in: As Clinton cheers, Trump digs in after debate See in context

Trump is amazing(ly clueless). His handlers announced he was going to make a nine-sentence statement regarding Clinton and instead of a quick soundbite-worthy statement, he went off on so many tangents the nine sentences took about 25 minutes to complete. With every tangent I bet his handlers were screaming in their heads, "JUST. READ. THE. #@&%*. SENTENCES!"

Even when he HAS the teleprompters he can't control himself. Yeah, this is a guy I want near The Button.

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Posted in: Supporters defend Trump in wake of tax revelations See in context

If elected, neither Trump or Clinton will make any change to the loop hole ridden overly complicated tax code.

To be fair, no President in the history of the country has been able to affect the tax code. Congress is the only one that can do it. The President can suggest, encourage, and even threaten Congress, but in the end it's in their control.

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Posted in: Kim Kardashian robbed at gunpoint of $10 mil worth of jewelry in Paris See in context

Who will open the door for masked men dressed as Police Officers?

That was my initial question, then I figured the "mask" was the balaclavas you see the SWAT teams favor these days. Besides, the robbers had the concierge at gunpoint at the door. They probably ordered him to get her to open the door.

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Posted in: When was the last time you did something for the first time? What was it? See in context

Two years ago this month: Traveled to Japan

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Posted in: Do you think automatic translation technology will get good enough one day so that we won't need human interpreters or translators? See in context

Seeing as the question leaves the time frame so open-ended, the answer is obviously "Yes".


(That said, things still are not to the point where you can't tell if it was translated by a human or a machine.)

(The translation by Google Translate)

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Posted in: Supporters defend Trump in wake of tax revelations See in context

The main thing that has come out of this disclosure of his old tax return is:

Now we know why Trump didn't want to release his tax returns - they would show zero taxes paid over many years. Even though the method used was perfectly legal, the perception of a rich elite using loopholes only available to the rich elite in order to avoid paying taxes for over a decade would reflect very poorly on the person taking advantage of the loopholes.

Since the revelation, the one thing we HAVEN'T heard from Trump or his Campaign handlers is that as President he would work to close such glaring gifts to real estate brokers - though that's not surprising considering his family benefits greatly from such tax folderol. Indeed, the tax code plans Trump has actually presented to the public would be even MORE favorable to real estate brokers than they currently are. (Contrast this to Clinton's tax proposals which would actually cause a tax "hit" on the Clinton's methods of income in recent years.)

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Posted in: Kim Kardashian robbed at gunpoint of $10 mil worth of jewelry in Paris See in context

Why is this news?

Someone in a foreign country robbed of $10 million in jewelry would normally make the news wire regardless of who it was. If it was just because the victim was a Kardashian then the news item would have been likely placed in the Entertainment section of JT. Instead it was (properly) placed in the World section.

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Posted in: Hitachi develops new technology to prevent lane departure See in context

The problem with GPS is that even if you use a technology like WAAS (used only in the U.S. for Aviation precision approach landings) to augment the GPS signals, the accuracy only gets down to about 3 meters. Three meters is fine for a commercial airliner on a large runway, but on a normal road can put you in the other lane or off the road.

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Posted in: Toyama man first person in Japan to be arrested for selling jailbroken iPhones See in context

This is the real Apple, Inc. They want absolute control over anything they make and when you buy something of theirs you agree to this control.

A guy made a computer from scratch and set it up to run the Apple OS X. He legally purchased copies of the Apple OS and then offered the computer with the OS on the internet. Apple sued him to stop the sales. If you read the fine print in the Apple OS X End-User License Agreement, it forbids third-party installations of Mac OS X. (i.e. NO ONE BUT US!)

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Posted in: Woman held over pepper spray incident at Takadanobaba Station claims she was victim of groper See in context

So nine people all tried to molest her?

Pepper spray doesn't just hit the intended target. At the high school I worked at during the lunch period, the School Resource Officer resorted to pepper spray in the cafeteria when one of the students physically accosted him. The entire cafeteria had to be evacuated due to the effects of the pepper spray. I'm surprised only nine were affected in this incident.

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Posted in: Supporters defend Trump in wake of tax revelations See in context

Trump is a tool, but he did nothing illegal in taking advantage of the tax loopholes Congress provided him over the years. This is Congress' fault rather than Trump's fault. As I've said previously, however, he loses any ability to complain about the government not spending enough in a particular department.

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Posted in: Kim Kardashian robbed at gunpoint of $10 mil worth of jewelry in Paris See in context

@kay:I wrote earning, not asset. Her TV show earnings.t

Even so, Forbes Magazine placed Madonna at the twelfth-highest earning celebrity for the 2015-2016 "season" that Forbes uses ($76.5 million). Kim Kardashian only came in 42nd ($51 million).

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