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Posted in: Trump says high court nominee 'on track,' as accuser offers to testify See in context

"Attorney Debra Katz made the rounds Monday on morning television to argue her client’s sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should be taken seriously....

But while her client's claims have raised bipartisan concerns about Kavanaugh, Katz, a longtime Democratic donor known for representing sexual harassment accusers, also has a history of downplaying or dismissing accusations made by women against Democratic politicians -- including former President Bill Clinton and former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.

“Paula Jones' suit is very, very, very weak,” Katz said on CNN’s “Talkback Live” in March 1998 in a discussion about Jones’ claims against Clinton, according to a show transcript. “She's alleged one incident that took place in a hotel room that, by her own testimony, lasted 10 to 12 minutes. She suffered no repercussions in the workplace.”

Jones, who worked as a government employee in Arkansas, accused Clinton, while governor of Arkansas in 1991, of propositioning her for sex. Clinton settled a lawsuit with Jones in 1998.

“Clearly a one-time incident that took place in 10 to 12 minutes, she was not forced to have sex, she left on her own volition, the courts increasingly are finding that that is not enough to create a sexually hostile work environment claim,” Katz said in April 1998, according to a transcript of CBS Evening News.

''If a woman came to me with a similar fact pattern, that is someone in the company above her propositioned her but only once and she suffered no tangible job detriment,'' Katz told The New York Times in 1998, ''I would probably tell her that I'm sorry, it's unfair, but you don't have a case.''

I guess it depends on who's accused...

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Posted in: Trump says high court nominee 'on track,' as accuser offers to testify See in context

" What does amuse me is that there is a significant group of posters on this site who are determined that Kavanaugh is completely innocent of the accusations and is telling the truth. And why? For one reason - he is associated with Donald Trump."

And you're sure he's guilty for precisely the same reason. Nobody gets to point the bias finger here, without a whole lot more introspection going on.

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Posted in: Trump says high court nominee 'on track,' as accuser offers to testify See in context

Making sure I get this.....the FBI is to be trusted when they leak like a sieve and it hurts Trump, but they are NOT to be believed when they clear someone Trump-related? The opinions about the FBI are swinging like a weather vane in a hurricane....

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Posted in: Trump says high court nominee 'on track,' as accuser offers to testify See in context

This was given to the FBI this summer,and they chose not to re are several reasons-

It’s over 30 years ago

she doesn’t remember the date it happened

she doesn’t remember whose house it was

she can’t remember who invited her or who she went with

when she told her therapist in memory recovery therapy under hypnosis, she didn’t name anyone, and only said it was Kavanaugh this year, so her statement and her therapists’ notes don’t agree...she said she remembered in therapy

The FBI has done SIX background checks on Kavanaugh leading up to the confirmation process, an FBI not happy with this administration, so you won’t convince me they went easy on him, and there were NO indications of any aggressive incidents in his past.

Good luck when this becomes the new standard of proof for prosecution. That is what y’all want, isn’t it? “30 years ago at a party I was groped, and I just remembered he did it! Get him!”

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Posted in: Railway services to typhoon-hit Kansai airport resume See in context

"  but to me it smacks of now knowing if the train would be able to pass over safely or not"

You think they'd just gamble and send a train over a bridge that might give out??

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Posted in: Woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct comes forward See in context

“He's conservative. Just deny deny deny until it all goes away.”

”I did not have sex with that woman”.....

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl, 2-year-old brother killed in car crash See in context

" NO SEAT BELTS!!!!"

False. The car was fitted with two child seats, the older child in front, the younger and the mother in the back.

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Posted in: 2 dead, many injured as typhoon hits western Japan, shuts down Kansai airport See in context

Rainyday, I’m happy for you! I netted our persimmon tree, but after lunch took a look to see the net flapping in the wind! The tree survived, I have to check tomorrow to see if the fruit is still there. I hope so, the tree is loaded this year.

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Posted in: 2 dead, many injured as typhoon hits western Japan, shuts down Kansai airport See in context

We just lost an 18-foot-tall tree.

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Posted in: 2 dead, many injured as typhoon hits western Japan, shuts down Kansai airport See in context

Yes, a little sick of the 'much ado about nothing' JT jaded-Japan-expert typhoon bravado. Car port roofs are already being blown away here, and we're not in the center yet.

Since when is 120 mph wind 'nothing'? Anyone saying it's nothing is far away , or isn't in Japan...

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Posted in: Japan braces for likely landfall from strong typhoon See in context

" Again "my neighborhood"."

Yup. The red line right now is right over my neighborhood. Ganbarou! Be careful.

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Posted in: Court upholds male-only right to deny legal fatherhood See in context

Why wasn’t the later child put in the other man’s koseki?

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Posted in: American man arrested for urinating on another passenger on flight to Japan See in context

'He was drunk and cannot remember what he did. Where have I heard that before? '

Must not be his first trip to Japan...

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Posted in: You really can't go wrong with cake, cream and strawberries See in context

' Try making that in the oven toaster....'

That cracked me up!

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy missing after grandfather sends him home alone See in context

Still nothing. They're using drones now, too. I sure hope they find him. Poor little tyke.

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Posted in: Pikachu parade See in context

I can only imagine how hot they must be! Yikes!

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Posted in: Princess Mako's parents told boyfriend, mother to solve financial issue: source See in context

" Confirms that money is apparantly still the most important thing a lot of the time."

" Wow so the financial situation of the male's parents is the whole basis of marriage?"

It's the mother's unsavory actions, borrowing the money then refusing to pay it back, claiming it was a gift, the kind of thing you see on Judge Judy....the royals are very very careful of who they marry. That she asked if the royal family could pay it for her is another indicator of the mindset of this family. They are well advised to be cautious and make sure no other problems are hidden.

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Posted in: Tokyo businesses may be asked to turn up ACs and open doors to help keep Olympic spectators cool See in context

This totally ticks me off every year...while people are sweltering in 28C office spaces, on a short walk in Center Gai in Kobe you see dozens of shops blasting the air conditioning out into the street. Cool is is a total joke, and so is this.

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Posted in: Manafort is first ex-Trump aide to go on trial in Russia probe See in context

Manafort is on trial for his dealings in the Ukraine in 2014.

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Posted in: Annual eel-eating day becomes pricey treat in Japan See in context

People used to eat different fish in different seasons, and the eel season was short and in summer. Now eel is frozen and eaten year round, more demand means declining stocks...it's not hard to figure out. The custom of eating fish mainly in peak season has been all but abandoned, and it's starting to have an effect. Who'da thunk it?

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Posted in: Japanese inventors step up to offer relief from sweltering heat See in context

Do away once and for all with the old wives’ tale of it being dangerous/unhealthy to run the aircon while you sleep, and lower the electricity rates for,these two months so people can use it without going broke! It enrages me when they say on the weather report that it will be hard to sleep because of the heat (mata negurushii yoru). Use that time to encourage people to take care of themselves instead!

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Posted in: Study suggests weaning babies sooner onto solids can aid sleep See in context

Solids take longer to digest that breastmilk, so of course they'll sleep a little longer, but is another hour of sleep the objective, or the best nutrition possible?

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Posted in: All 13 rescued from flooded Thai cave See in context

Great news! So happy to hear it!

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Posted in: Why have record rains been so deadly in Japan? See in context

One other thing is that when developers come in and bulldoze, they obliterate the natural pathways of water that existed in these areas, pave over them and hope that a network of ditches will do the job. If you look at older neighborhoods, say along the Hankyu Line in Kobe, Ashiya, Nishinomiya, the hills in Maiko etc you see that the rain drainage took precedence, and the houses were built around it, the opposite of present policy and construction techniques. You can't ignore topography. What happened when they changed the course of the Minatogawa? The first typhoon and whole ichiba and neighborhood flooded. They had to do part of it over. If you get over the projected rainfall and capacity of the ditch system, the water overwhelms the new construction and reverts to it's natural path. It should be taken into consideration.

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Posted in: A rushed summit and demands that North Korea denuclearize in short order or else is not a serious test of diplomacy. See in context

Another example of what I'm calling 'future news', reporting on events that have not yet, and may never, occur. 'could be' 'might happen'....Mr. Haass sounds a bit unhinged...

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Posted in: Japanese Princess Kako-brand diapers to go on sale in China, without permission of course See in context

‘Princess Kako is certainly a trademark acquired by us.’

They’ll stop at nothing....various companies in China have gotten trademarks in China for the names of different Japanese cities, things like the words ‘Sanuki Udon’ and other food names so they can slap labels on Chinese-made products. It’s rather a different way of thinking...

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Posted in: At least 50 dead, about 50 missing as torrential rains lash Japan See in context

'  No rain.'

Where are you that it's not raining? :-)

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Posted in: Two more dead as record heavy rain hits Japan See in context

A tokubetsu keiho (heavy rain) has been issued for Hyogo ken, Tottori ken, Okayama ken, and Hiroshima ken . Fukuoka ken, Nagasaki ken and Saga ken had tokubetsu keiho issued this afternoon.

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Posted in: Two more dead as record heavy rain hits Japan See in context

No, this is not normal rainy season rain. The remnants of a typhoon combined with the front. This is nearly unprecedented amounts of rain. I’ve never seen the Sanyo Expressway, Chugoku, the Kita Kobe Yuryou (Route 7), the Dainishinmei and the Hanshin Expressway shut down for what’s coming up to 15 hours (24 for some stretches of road). We had a typhoon and the rainy season front affect the area about 3 years ago, but even then the Dainishinmei wasn’t closed, and the roads that closed opened in a few hours.

The rainy season ended in Kanto last week. It will be between the 10th and 20th in Kansai.

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Posted in: Car carrying five 13-year-old students crashes, killing one in Okayama See in context

' parents collectively at fault for allowing them to be out at that time of night'

' what kind of parents let their 13 year old kids stay out all night? ?'

Never heard of kids sneaking out after their parents fall asleep? What parent is going to say, 'Here, take the keys to the car' to 13-year-olds?

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