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Posted in: 'Exhausted' Kanye West hospitalized; cancels tour after bizarre rants See in context

This is nothing more than a publicity grab. He will recover, put out a new album (from all the song he writes from his hospital bed (songs of personal suffering)), schedule a new tour, sell out venue after venue and have a new reality show to document it all. I gotta give it to him...he knows that millions will fall for this hook, line and sinker.

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Posted in: False giant quake alert sent out; lightning may be cause See in context

Having lived through the 2011 earthquake and the numerous large aftershocks, the early warning system does what it is meant to do, send out a warning. And if you know how the system works, if nothing happens five seconds after the warning sounds, then nothing is going to happen. It's just that simple. No harm, no foul.

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Posted in: Trump attacks Muslim father's convention speech See in context

Trump was just being Trump. He will probably say that he was just being sarcastic. Such a moron. Sad! So Sad!.

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Posted in: 'Star Wars' may propel U.S. toy industry to best year since 1999 See in context

Good this year, sales are. Yes, hmmm. Strong with hasbro, the force is.

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Posted in: Regulator declares nuclear reactors safe after quake See in context

Play with fire and you'll get burned. Play with earthquakes and you'll end up with another nuclear disaster. Anyone there have any common sense, anyone...Bueller.

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Posted in: Steel nut found in Kanagawa elementary school lunch See in context

Maybe the lunch center was looking to put more iron in the children's diet.

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Posted in: Sendai reactor power ramp-up halted due to pump problem See in context

If the PM is so confident that the nuclear plants are safe, he should move his office there. Those who don't learn from history.... you all know the rest. Just wait until the next accident that is due to either a natural or man made disaster and those in charge will say, "There is no way we could have foreseen this."

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Posted in: Bolt in Gatlin's crosshairs at Beijing world championships See in context

Gatlin spent those four years researching how NOT to be caught while being tested. Once a cheat, always a cheat.

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Posted in: China slammed over lack of transparency after Tianjin disaster See in context

Remember this is the same government that hurriedly buried a derailed train car after the July 2011 high-speed train crash in Wenzhou, with deceased victims falling out of the car during the burial. The government stated that they wanted no investigation.

Oh, just in case any Chinese officials happen to be reading this, here is the Chinese word for transparency: 透明度.

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Posted in: 6 die in water-related accidents on Sunday See in context

Ah yes, the weekly Monday moronic, crass comment. Show a little respect for the dead and their grieving families.

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Posted in: Google lets users map their steps See in context

I have this wonderful device that I have had for 46 years that allows me to vividly recall places I frequently visit and those that I haven't been to in 30 plus years. The storage capacity is around 2.5 petabytes (or a million gigabytes). Think I agree with warispeace on wanting to keep my memories my own.

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Posted in: 30th anniversary of 'Back to the Future' celebrated at Hollywood Bowl See in context

Still my favorite movie and favorite trilogy! Can't believe it has been 30 years. Wish I could hop in a Delorean and be 16 again.

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Posted in: Sugary drinks may cause 184,000 global deaths a year: study See in context

Since I moved to Japan eight years ago, it's been my town's spring water (from the tap), Oi Ocha and coffee...that's it, that's the list.

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Posted in: Drone falls onto elevated train tracks in Hokkaido See in context

It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Note to big business: drone delivery = NOT a good idea.

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Posted in: Model citizen See in context

The model's name is Ami Sano. She was born without arms and only a partially formed left foot. She was a cheerleader at the high school she attended. Read more about her here: http://www.cy8cy.com/my-name-is-sano-ami-sano/

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Posted in: Iwate city puts tsunami behind it See in context

Living just 20 mintues from coast, I can still remember the events of that day clearly. It took me almost two months before I ventured to the coastal areas mentioned above. The first time I saw Taro after the tsumami, I could not wrap my mind around what I was seeing. The town had been been flattened by the tsunami. Today, the Taro area remains mostly the same as it was after the tsunami. This was the second time in the last 100 years that the town of Taro had been devastated by a tsunami. The last major tsunami struck in 1933. Most of the residents have relocated to other areas of Iwate, but those that remain are still unsure on whether to rebuild or not.

I encourage any of you who have not been to Iwate, to come visit. Other areas, including my town of Iwaizumi, have chosen to rebuild. And although we will never forget the events of March 11th, we are looking towards the future with optimism and hope.

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Posted in: Minor tsunami hits Iwate coast after M6.9 quake See in context

Didn't feel the first one while walking to the office this morning. However, I did feel the second one this afternoon and it was one of the strongest quakes I have felt in the Iwate area in the past couple of years.

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Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan? See in context

The best Engrish that I ever came across was back in the mid '90s. A box of used videos was marked as 'USED VD.'

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Posted in: Japan's bullet train marks 50th birthday See in context

Happy 50th to the Shinkansen.

If you have never tried it, go to a station where the express Shinkansen only passes through and go to the home (platform). You can watch as the Shinkansen flies by at top speed only meters away. It is worth the 150 yen platform ticket.

Here is a short YouTube video of my experience.


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Posted in: Apple core See in context

After buying an iPhone 6, a man was spotted setting up camp for the next big thing...an iPhone 7.

It's a phone people...it's just a phone. Bunch of lemmings.

If Apple were smart they should branch out and start producing home appliances and cars; with new models every few months.

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Posted in: Pick two fingers See in context

The two finger salute is just to let others know that he is Japanese.

Everyone, especially the Japanese, falsely assumes that this is the peace sign. In fact, the next time you see a Japanese person doing this, tell them that this is not a peace sign. Tell them that that it means Japan. When they look at you strangely, ask them (in Japanese) how many fingers they are holding up. When they reply nihon, they will then realize the true meaning of this subtle gesture.

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Posted in: Chibatman called in by police; receives their official approval See in context

I heard the police contacted him using the Chibat Signal. Maybe he can rid the area of dengue carrying mosquitoes.

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Posted in: Hello Kitty not a cat, has never been: Sanrio See in context

Well, at least I can still believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Great Pumpkin.

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Posted in: Car stolen with two young children in back seat See in context

Simple solution: Take your kids into the store with you (oh...and your keys too.)

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Posted in: Spider-Man slings into Japan - ahead of U.S., for a change See in context

At least they didn't change the name of the movie to "男のクモ2" to appeal to Japanese audiences

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Posted in: 4 students arrested for beating up younger student See in context

According to the story, this foursome has a history of beating up others. Would a little jail time or counseling help these four? 15 years old and already throwing away any chance at a future. If I had done this, my father would have let me sit in jail and think about what I did.

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Posted in: Teacher beats student over flippant comment; loses 10% of salary See in context

Since it was the school athletic festival there were more than likely someone from the local board of education or police that were invited. Were there not other parents present, possibly the injured students' parents. The fact that they (BOE officials) witnessed this and only gave him a 10 percent cut in pay is absurd. What, did the injury to his vertebrate cause a 10% reduction in movement. Teachers can be canned for DUI but not for abusing a student in front of other students and teachers. What a joke.

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Posted in: Dream flight See in context

Dream Flight? More like a nightmare for Boeing.

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Posted in: Rakuten Eagles back ex-MLB star despite arrest See in context

At the moment, it is our understanding that he did not do anything wrong - Rakuten Eagles public relations director Yoshiki Sato .

We received a report it was a domestic fight which escalated, Eagles president Yozo Tachibana told Japanese media. Unless there is any more big surprises, we intend to go ahead as planned with his contract.

Really?!? So that is the company line. What about the visible injuries she sustained? So let me get this straight, it's OK to beat your wife, tell her you want to kill her and then act like nothing happened. I'm sure that the Eagles are more concerned with filling seats than with more important issues, like supporting the victims of domestic violence. Just last month NFL player, Javon Belcher shot (10 times, yes you read that right, 10 times) and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, before taking his own life, leaving their three month old daughter without a mother. I am sure Nicole Jones was scared: From CBSSports.com: Jones grabbed her by the ankle, pulled her down and put his hands around her neck and said, "I want to kill you, I want to [expletive] kill you."

They should take a stand by terminating his contract and sending a message that domestic violence is not to be tolerated on any level.

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Posted in: Saitama policeman scratches cars in drunken rage See in context

Maybe using a coin was his unconscious way of saying that he was having money problems at home.

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