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Posted in: Trump says next summit with N Korea's Kim to come after November U.S. elections See in context

It’s true there are no missiles flying, but things are far from terrific. They are busy stalling Mr. T while constructing more missiles. Not sure if this link will work, but the Washington Post story is interesting.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-spy-agencies-north-korea-is-working-on-new-missiles/2018/07/30/b3542696-940d-11e8-a679-b09212fb69c2_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.469d0085599e

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Posted in: Senate confirms Kavanaugh for Supreme Court by vote of 50-48 See in context

If I were like Trump, I would mention how he cried like a little girl at the hearings. Luckily I would never stoop to this level...

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic costs cut by $4.3 bil; more to come: CEO Muto See in context

No toilet paper, fewer portapotties, no water in the pool, and turning the power off at 5 pm are all excellent cost cutting possibilities... The not enough hotels scheme and the not enough trains scheme are already in place. Lots of money will be saved..

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Posted in: Increasingly human-like robots spark fascination and fear See in context

Re: Atlas

“.When it comes at you with an ax you will be very very unhappy! When it pulls you out of a burning building you will be very very happy. It is not inherently good or evil”

Never mind Atlas... Erica is programmed to rip your throat out in a heartbeat.

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Posted in: Taylor Swift gets political; endorses Democrats in midterms See in context

It’s good that people take the time to participate in our democracy. If more people did it in both parties, they might have more conversations than fights. Name calling isn’t really a requirement of participatory democracy, but people growing up now don’t realize this.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi develops office lighting that imitates blue skies, sunsets See in context

Now that’s fun! In the US, if you told your boss you wanted to work on making the lighting look like the sky, you would immediately be sent in for counseling so that you could later be fired. I think it might be cool to work for Mitsubishi. Good work out there!

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Posted in: Increasingly human-like robots spark fascination and fear See in context

The Will Smith date with Sophia is the best.

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Posted in: Proposed rule change worries some about radiation regulation See in context

The job of the current EPA chief is to destroy the EPA, so we’ll see more relaxation of rules designed to protect people from harm. Maybe renaming the EPA as the Environmental Destruction Agency would be good.

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Posted in: Japan to skip naval event after S Korea protests over flag See in context

While I can be sympathetic with older Koreans who were in the war, and agree that Japan should be sensitive as well, I am not so sympathetic to the constant fanning of anti-Japanese sentiment that seems to be taking place in Korea as part of their own nationalism. It is possible to be proud of South Korea without hating Japan, and I wish that message could be as strong as the message of constant “victimhood” being drummed into South Koreans for political purposes.

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Posted in: The dangers of post-retirement part-time jobs See in context

I don’t see that any of these accidents were necessarily related to age, or that anyone can draw any conclusions about working seniors from them. Do bees only sting part-time senior workers? Young people die too. Should we avoid being young?

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Posted in: M5.3 quake hits Hokkaido; no tsunami danger See in context

Browny1,

It was 5.2 on the USGS scale.according to the article. It was a weak 5 on the Shindo scale. Tsunamis are generated by a certain kind of slip at a higher magnitude than this.

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Posted in: M5.3 quake hits Hokkaido; no tsunami danger See in context

I mean, not to be rude, but a 5.3 quake, later revised to a 5.2 quake, is barely news, and of course there is no tsunami. You don’t get a tsunami from such a small quake.

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Posted in: Saitama hospital threatens to inject owners of illegally parked cars with needles See in context

Well, once you injected a few people, the illegal parking would stop. If not, then there are always non-elective vasectomies or unneeded hemorrhoid operations that could be offered...

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Posted in: Strong typhoon approaching southern Japan See in context

Looks a bit weaker, but will skirt along the northern coast and probably zap Hokkaido pretty badly. The trouble is that the ground is already soaked, and some places are already without power. Take care everyone.

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Posted in: Trump: I told Saudi king he wouldn't last 2 weeks without U.S. support See in context

We should all hope the King lasts a long time, because the alternative is to buy oil from an entirely different sort of folks within that country. This would not be a happy change, Even without Trump’s love, thr King is a stabilizing force within the region.

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Posted in: Denny Tamaki, critic of U.S. bases, elected Okinawa governor See in context

The issue is whether Tokyo can make a deal that affects Okinawa without the consent of Okinawa. This situation is also affected by the recent lack of enthusiasm on the part of the US about defending Japan.in spite of an agreement to do so. I can’t say where this is going, but if if Okinawa wants a different situation, they at least need a loud voice that Tokyo can hear.

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Posted in: Trump says threat of auto tariffs made trade talks with Japan possible See in context

Well, the new Trump trade deal with Mexico and Canada is basically NAFTA by another name, so I imagine the new Trump trade deal with Japan will be a warmed over, bilateral TPP. Both deals will be slightly worse for both sides. Real progress.

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Posted in: Nagoya City Council debates if toilet paper really needed in public restrooms See in context

It has to be said that, even if Nagoya had toilet paper, it wouldn’t suddenly go up in the rankings. Still, toilet paper would be nice.

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Posted in: Over half of survey participants unfamiliar with katakana words used by government See in context

English speakers have only to wait, and the whole Japanese language will be turansufoumudo into Katakana, without us having to study a lick of Japanese. This is soooo good!

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Posted in: Trump's Supreme Court nominee tearfully denies woman's sexual assault allegation See in context

Everyone should just wait until the results of the investigation, and they should stop rushing the investigation.

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Posted in: Trump says he and Kim Jong Un 'in love' See in context

There’s someone for everyone. I wish them every happiness.

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Posted in: Photos from Japanese space rovers show asteroid is ... rocky See in context

It IS surprising to see a Roosevelt dime in the picture... No, okay, it’s a cool picture even without that.

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Posted in: Trump: Heads of state 'were laughing with me,' not at me See in context

In the US, people show respect by demonstrating a serious demeanor and flowery words. In Japan, people bow and use respectful language. In some countries, people have feasts and celebrations. In Europe, however, people laugh, especially when they want to show a great leader that they totally agree with a dumbass statement. Sure, that sounds right.

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Posted in: S Korea's new gender minister vows to settle 'comfort women' fund issue See in context

The issue has been settled and then made unsettled many times. At this point, it is useless to continue this discussion. There is nobody in Japan left alive who cares, and there is nobody in Korea who will ever consider the matter settled, no matter what Japan does. It may not be pretty, or fair, but that’s the way it is.

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Posted in: Super typhoon See in context

http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/typh5.html

5-day track above

It will hit hard, then weaken, but will impact every part of Japan. Also, it is moving slowly, which means an extended effect from flooding, etc. Be careful out there, folks. Get your emergency supplies now.

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Posted in: Trump's Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh rejects 'false accusations' See in context

SerranoToday

You gotta hand it to Kavanaugh, it takes balls to admit you were a virgin for quite a long time after high school.

Yes, I do think this is odd at a time when people were quite active sexually, and if is true, which I doubt, speaks to how out of touch he may be with women’s issues.

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Posted in: Trump calls N Korean leader Kim terrific during U.N. visit See in context

I would be more concerned except that I know crooked, lying, and terrific are the only adjectives he knows, and crooked or lying would have started a world war. So things are terrific.

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Posted in: Accuser of Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh agrees to testify to Senate committee See in context

Well, he is a nominee for the highest court in the land, and, while he doesn't need to be a saint, he needs to show that he is of impeccable character. This rape charge, if it has any validity, certainly won't help him, whether or not he can be punished for it. In any case, he shouldn't be rushed into the position. I would think GOP folks would agree with this if they had any sense. If wrongdoing is found after he his in office, then the whole party would be painted with the same brush.

More immediate is evidence that he lied under oath. That will certainly hurt him if it is true.

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Posted in: World Rugby advises teams to cover up tattoos at 2019 World Cup in Japan See in context

This was well-meant, I think, but Japanese are capable of understanding that cultural norms are different in other countries. Tattoos in some countries are neither ornamental nor symbolic of group membership. Some tattoos are there to prevent misfortune or attract good fortune. Some are religious. It would be a shame to force people to turn their back on their own culture when the point of an international event is more about reaching across boundaries.

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Posted in: Trump comforts storm-ravaged Carolinas with hot dogs, hugs See in context

Have a good time!

He should have passed out 10% off coupons for Trump hotels to complete the effect.

I wonder what other mindless inappropriate comments are available after a tragedy? You can always have more kids? It’s good to change houses and wives every few years anyway? Lost a house, but gained a pool, right?

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