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Posted in: Egyptian reform leader calls on Mubarak to go See in context

Al Jazeera rocks, as usual.

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Posted in: Magazine convinced war is only way to revive the U.S. economy See in context

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan led to the US borrowing more than a trillion dollar to China. Besides the international trouble & basic human rights trouble, I doubt adding to the debt by starting a new war will be such a urge for the US in the near future, and it will definitely not kick start the economy but only add to its problems.

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Posted in: U.S. House votes to repeal Obama's health care law See in context

When did "social"-based words became something negative?

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Posted in: Arizona shooting once again ignites gun control debate See in context

If the guy actually proves to have mental issues, how could he have access to guns ? Even if he was sane (well, as sane as you can be when you shoot people), he's an example of why i'm pro gun-control:

When people snap (and people snap everyday and everywhere), I'd rather the only thing that comes to their hand is a stapler or even a knife and not a gun, whatever the type of it.

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Posted in: 'Social Network' finds friends in critics, awards See in context

Same here. Dialogs are just perfect. Learned some things about Facebook, but actually learned even more about Harvard !

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Posted in: Erika Sawajiri in lingerie most watched YouTube video in Japan this year See in context

Question is: what was the n°1 video on the locally much more popular NicoNico Douga.

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Posted in: Hackers strike at MasterCard to support WikiLeaks See in context

"U.S. officials in Washington say other countries have curtailed their dealings with the U.S. government because of WikiLeaks’ actions."

No. Other countries have curtailed their dealings with the US gov because of US gov action, which was revealed by Wikileaks. Quite a difference, if you ask me.

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Posted in: Japanese grappling with high cost of death See in context

How come cremated remains are considered "corpses" as in "abandonment of a corpse" ? Not much sanitary hazard right here...

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Posted in: Which of Tokyo's commuter rail lines have the best babes and worst habits? See in context

“On the Meguro line that serves Sensoku and Ookayama, there are lots of affluent elderly people of large stature, and they can be quite annoying,” says a regular user. “On three occasions I’ve seen them blow up at nearby passengers, saying ‘I’m wearing a pacemaker, so don’t use your cell phone around me!’”

This guy is basically saying people with pacemaker are a nuisance to his little commuting habits. Wow.

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Posted in: Does J-pop really suck? See in context

A lot of thing about how SMAP music sucks, but let me remember you guys that SMAP are a group of dancers, not singers. Same goes for EXILE, Kat-Tun & the rest.

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Posted in: Ex-Marines arrested for selling assault weapons to LA street gang See in context

"But, but, I love my country !" Yeah, and ?

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Posted in: With staid Japan as host, no silly shirts for APEC leaders See in context

They should just put Happi on.

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Posted in: Finnair starts offering passengers iPads See in context

I'm seeing iPad style tablets in all seats soon, even economy class, cause that will soon be cheaper than the "entertainment system" already in place.

So game & movies & news on the iPad instead of (most of the time) crapy screen.

Wouldn't do on Emirates, though, they have a kickarse system even for eco !

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Posted in: Becky attends Suntory cocktail contest awards ceremony See in context

Love this kind of "news".

"Some semi-famous person does thing at some random event".

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Posted in: No word from China's imprisoned Nobel winner See in context

On related news, Prime Minister Wen says basically the same stuff as Liu, on CNN. "I believe freedom of speech is indispensable for any country ... I often say that we should not only let people have the freedom of speech. We, more importantly, must create conditions to let them criticize the work of the government," he said.

And I actually believe he is sincere. So the question is : will he get purged, or is change actually possible.

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Posted in: Pressure builds on Florida pastor who wants to burn Quran on Sept 11 See in context

"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" is a message lost on this dude, who pretends to be a minister...

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Posted in: X Japan makes U.S. debut at Lollapalooza See in context

Hair metal is back...

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Posted in: Rice paddy artwork See in context

Benkei & Ushiwakamaru, isn't it? No need to dumb down for the readers, we're coming to this site to learn.

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Posted in: If a longtime expat starts offering you advice, walk the other way See in context

That's funny to hear such a remark from this guy, considering the number of suits these days that sport a good chapatsu.

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Posted in: Audit: US cannot account for $8.7B in Iraqi funds See in context

Somebody's been trigger & cash card happy, apparently...

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Posted in: BP's Hayward to leave as CEO; Russia job in works See in context

I'm not sure he'll have so much fun, cause the FSB seems to be quite interested in the Russian arm of BP too.

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Posted in: Couple charged with killing son of Japanese film producer in Beverly Hills See in context

@Pukey2 : Well, "Chie" definitely is a Japanese name, but MistWizard is overly generalizing both about Japanese & Western behavioral patterns.

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Posted in: What would be your ideal summer fling? See in context

All those sound straight out of drama and/or harlequin-style books. But that's no wonder considering the quality of the question in the first place...

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Posted in: Open season See in context

Such metrosexuality !

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Posted in: Japan's forestry management system a mess See in context

Just one thing: WWF is not a UN affiliated body but an independent NGO.

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Posted in: You put your left foot in See in context

Or a lot of guts. But still, I don't think that's quite it. Group effect, more like. Confidence through your peers. And there are a lot at the Japan Expo.

I left France a while ago for Japan, but I may return one day and not be shocked too much by any difference with my present home !

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Posted in: Ex-champ Kobayashi arrested at New York hot dog event See in context

Eating sports are a disgusting thing on many levels.

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Posted in: Anti-Cove See in context

Google check results don't mean something is true. Before it was the JMSDF flag, it used to be the Imperial Japanese Navy flag. The same kind of pattern of a rising sun flag exist for other uses too.

It is still considered a sign of militarist and imperialist Japan in most neighboring countries, though, and used to be forbidden during the American occupation.

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Posted in: Police arrest more than 600 at Toronto summit See in context

It's not just hooligans. I do not support those actions, but nothing changes and anger is rising, so it does not come as a surprise either.

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Posted in: Japan finding out who gets big pay under new rule See in context

So executives with reasonable paychecks is considered a bad thing?

That kinda goes against the current public opinion in the West, at least, especially after the golden parachutes stories et al. at Wall Street & co.

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