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Posted in: Eyeglasses switch between near, distance vision See in context

“How are these any better than varifocal contact lenses?”

I never tried VC but I have tried progressive lenses. I can’t use them. The transition between the two lens is too distorting for me. And for many others I understand. This product sounds very exciting.

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Posted in: Trump says Texas shooting due to 'mental health problem,' not a gun issue See in context

Yes it is a mental health issue. People who support the sale of semi automatics are crazy.

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Posted in: Trump dump delights peckish carp; causes stir on Twitter See in context

“What a big fat crass doofus, 70+ years of inherited wealth, power and arrogance is not a pretty sight. Well done, America.”

I can understand the big fat part but how else is he that different than Abe?

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Posted in: Japan's recovery not felt at street level See in context

"Japan is merely 10 to 20 years behind the USA. I don't mean that in a negative way. I just mean that the US has set the trend."

Its true. But there is another story happening in the US too. Small 'craft' based businesses are making a strong come back. I think the older generation is not in a position to understand or take advantage of this movement. But the next generation can. If you can't compete with Walmart offer what they can't. Local, artisan quality.

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Posted in: N Korean missile fear spurs pre-emptive strike debate in Japan See in context

"Japan has shown extraordinary restraint and control over North Korean provocations through the years. Incredible restraint. Japanese restrain has saved many, many lives."

Shouldn't you say US restraint? By relying on the US Japan has largely given over the defensive decision making to the US. Till now the countries seem to have worked in lockstep. But what if Trump decides he has had enough? And starts a war. Against Japan's wishes.

This is the downside of a hired gun. They may get you into a gun fight you don't want.

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Posted in: N Korean missile fear spurs pre-emptive strike debate in Japan See in context

Japan can be a pacifist country because it has a well armed body guard in the US. The relationship has worked out for both sides for decades. But does it really make sense for one nation to rely on the whims of another?

I don't think so. I'm no hawk but I am a realist.

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Posted in: Japan unlikely to develop nuclear arms: expert See in context

who is this expert? Japan couldn't catch up to NK? I find that extremely hard to believe.

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Posted in: Wheelchair user crawls up plane stairs in dispute with Vanilla Air See in context

thepersoniamnowToday  07:57 am JST

"For all the focus on politeness, disabled people are really looked down on in Japan."

I was taking the train from Tokyo to Narita last year. It was a regular commuter. A woman got on in a wheel chair at a local stop. A JR employee helped her onto the train and set her up, then left. I wondered what she would do when she got to her stop. The answer: another JR employee was waiting for her on the platform and came on to help her off.

I think it's unfair to paint the entire country with this anti handicap brush. I think a rigid adherence to the rules is a more probable explanation for this fiasco.

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Posted in: Video of passenger getting dragged off flight in Chicago sparks uproar See in context

Several years ago I flew United to Japan using my ANA mileage, with a connection in SF. The flight from NY was running late so the airline provided a shuttle to get us to the other terminal quickly. It was me (American) and a group of about 30 Japanese passengers. We got dropped off at a side door and were told an airline employee would meet us at the at the head of the stairs to help us get to our gate. So far so good.

Unfortunately there was no employee waiting for us. I scanned the area in a mild panic, we only had minutes to catch our flight. I spotted a gate with Tokyo posted on the board. We all rushed towards it. It was empty except for one UAL employee working at the counter. I tried to explain our situation. The woman said she was not open. I asked her if she could point us to the right gate. She repeated she was not open. I told her I understood but I tried again to get her to appreciate our situation, that we needed assistance. She told me to step away from the counter or she would call the police! That set me off.

I raised my voice in anger and implored her to please call the police. I asked her what she would tell them? That I was demanding customer service. I was livid. All the Japanese passengers stood quietly behind me shocked. I assume at both the lousy customer service but also at my emotional response to being threatened with the police.

At this point my voice got the attention of a supervisor in the back. He came out to inquire. The original Servive agent completely changed her tune and story and tried to make out she was helping us all along. The supervisor took over and figured out by now we had missed our connection. He did bump me up a class which was nice. But I remembered why I only fly ANA to Japan.

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Posted in: Confessions & Confusions: Raising dual culture children See in context

Our family moved to Japan when our daughters were 5 and 6. They spoke English and Japanese. They attended regular Japanese school for three years before returning to the USA. In our case, imo, our kids suffered culture shock. We have been dealing with some issues that might be traced to this cultural confusion. But since they are 15 and 16 now it's hard to say. Teenagers being teenagers.

I have come to the conclusion we should have been more aware of the challenge moving presents to kids. Especially between cultures.

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Posted in: Could Trump actually be good for European defense? See in context

@1glenn

And Obama and NATO kept Putin in his place?

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Posted in: Trump picks conservative judge to shift Supreme Court balance See in context

Originally the court had an even number of justices. I think an odd number makes the court too powerful. To easy to influence laws. With an easy to reach majority we get the ideological split and it becomes equivalent to the legislature. Politicians competing for seats. It is so politicized. If they stay with an even number the justices will have to convince the other side if they want to over turn a law. Or reinterpret the constitution. What a breath of fresh air that would be.

I hope they fight over this ninth justice for a generation, or until the country learns to cooperate with each other again.

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Posted in: Ramen restaurant offering customers virtual dates with idol singers See in context

Strangely seductive. I want ramen, now!

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Posted in: America seen from abroad: Arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free See in context

I already conceded these are subjective opinions. The only point I am arguing is about the beer. By no credible standard can you say America does not produce good beer. It's like saying you can't get good sushi in Japan. It's just plain wrong.

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Posted in: America seen from abroad: Arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free See in context

I guess even facts are subjective!

This seems agood illustration on how useless these 'surveys' are. People have limited perspectives. I know my view of Japan changed dramatically after living there. After many years it's still baffling. I would suggest American is just as complex and baffling.

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Posted in: America seen from abroad: Arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free See in context

That would be two continents, north and south. If you want to be a stickler.

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Posted in: America seen from abroad: Arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free See in context

The opinions in this article are all very subjective. You can't really argue with them. But stating America makes bad beer is a statement of fact which is patently false. I suggest people who hold this position should educate themselves.

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Posted in: America seen from abroad: Arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free See in context

I'm not sure about the rest but....America makes great beer. If you don't know that you are just ignorant. Sorry.

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Posted in: France left soul-searching after brutal church attack See in context

"French culture has always had the gun and bomb within politics."

So you think these attacks are just part of French political tradition?

Maybe you are bending over backwards to avoid facing reality?

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Posted in: France left soul-searching after brutal church attack See in context

New leaders, with different priorities, will be elected in Europe if this continues. And I'm afraid it will continue. It appears the globalist elites are losing control.

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Posted in: Islamic State claims attack that killed 85-year-old French priest See in context

Euro governments will likely be helpless to stop these attacks using status quo methods. Elections will probably bring in new governments willing to impose more extreme controls. It could be ugly I'm afraid. It could lead to lots more conflict. Perhaps that is what the terrorist want. Decent people at each other's throats. But something needs to be done. This problem has been looming for many many years in Europe. The powers that be didn't deal with it while it was still manageable.

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Posted in: Islamic State claims attack that killed 85-year-old French priest See in context

I'm afraid these attacks will just continue. To grow in frequency and depravity. There are many 'soldiers' waiting for their turn. This boy was born in France but he obviously finds his identity elsewhere.

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Posted in: Obama slams suggestion of Muslim test in wake of Nice attack See in context

'The fact is Muslims are suffering because of America more than anyone. But so far they have not been able to get their house in order. Somehow we must separate those who support our societies and values from those looking to destroy us"

I have a suggestion. Instead of being clever why not make your point. Your little transcribing trick doesn't shed much light.

I will try to understand you, I suppose you are blaming America for all political turmoil in the in the Middle East. Is that right?

For argument sake I'll give you that conceit., America is the root cause of all problems in the region. So that means we should therefore not try to isolate the terrorist to protect ourselves? Why? To punish ourselves? And I take it moderate Muslims should seperate themselves from the US because we want to destroy their societies? I suppose the radical terrorist are not the problem we are. Is that right? Ok suppose we are the problem and not radical Islam, how do you suggest the Moderates go about separating from us? To what end? Can you clarify?

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Posted in: Obama slams suggestion of Muslim test in wake of Nice attack See in context

Of course mistakes are made. But which choice is the mistake? History might tell us. In the meantime we need answers to a serious problem. The status quo is not working. Next suggestion.

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Posted in: Obama slams suggestion of Muslim test in wake of Nice attack See in context

History is filled with examples of temporary measures taken in time of war and disaster. Healthy societies need to do that in its own self interest. Things do return to normal. Those who think it means the Nazis are coming are the paranoid ones.

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Posted in: Obama slams suggestion of Muslim test in wake of Nice attack See in context

There is a lot off hand wringing about armbands as a result of Newt's suggestion. Of course that is hyperbole. No one has said anything about arm bands. As distasteful as it may be to some the fact is something more needs to be done. If tactics are failing new tactics will be explored. It's pretty basic stuff if you look at history. People demand peace and security from their leaders.

The fact is Muslims are suffering because of this more than anyone. But so far they have not been able to get their house in order. Somehow we must seperate those who support our societies and values from those looking to destroy us. Using support of Sharia Law as a litmus test is one of the better ideas I've heard. But I'm open to hear others.

And let's remember, this is not just about the US either. Changes will be coming world wide if this continues. And unfortunately it's only escalating.

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Posted in: Obama slams suggestion of Muslim test in wake of Nice attack See in context

There are only so many attacks a society will tolerate before a reset kicks in. Unfortunately these attacks will continue till that line is crossed. Elections will bring new governments with more hard line solutions. You may as well start getting used to it.

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Posted in: Obama slams suggestion of Muslim test in wake of Nice attack See in context

'The ISIS has lost some 20% of their territory since January, and things aren't looking up for them.'

After Isis then who?

Islamic terrorism has been growing in scope and depth for decades. It gets bigger and more depraved by the day. You cut off its head and ten more grow in its place. There are long term and short term tactics needed. No question the west needs to pull back from the region. That will take time and serious leadership. But containing and isolating the threat is a more immediate concern. The walls have been breached the barbarians are no longer at the gate. It has been opened. Oops.

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Posted in: Obama slams suggestion of Muslim test in wake of Nice attack See in context

'Any responsible leader reserves judgement until the facts are in, as making judgement without the facts is irresponsible.'

I believe Hollande quickly commented that the connection to terrorism was clear.

The progressives will quibble about layers of motives and actual connections to real cells etc. This problem has gone past one of organized religious fanatics. Angry Muslims of all stripes are joining the fight because they want to. It's broadening and deepening. We are in for a rough ride. And PC approaches will crumble. Besides the west coast Japanese camps FDR arrested Germans and Italians living in the US. They don't come more progress than FDR. Hold onto your hats.

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Posted in: Obama slams suggestion of Muslim test in wake of Nice attack See in context

The world is facing a deadly challenge. An evil ideology is spreading with the aim to bring down societies that oppose it. The Nazis used tanks and uniforms. Later the Communists used more subtle weapons in addition to tanks and uniforms. Now the Shariast (is that the term?) are using terror and the Koran in addition to standard weapons. The good people on this earth must find a way to repel these barbarians. It won't be easy. IMHO we will have to reassess what is politically and morally acceptable. This is war I'm afraid.

A test for Sharia supporters makes some sense. it would not be a religious test but a political one. We need some where to draw the line. That seems a feasible one. We wouldn't take in Nazi sympathizer, why should we accept Sharia sympathizes?

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