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Posted in: Hollywood raids bookshelves in search of good stories See in context

Then surely you're thrilled to hear that James Franco is still kicking it around? Is there a greater visionary talent working today?

Seriously, it's one of my favorite books though I prefer the Border Trilogy and Suttree. I think it'd make a better limited-run TV series, say 6-8 hours. Was excited a few years back when Tommy Lee Jones, a McCarthy friend, was thinking about giving it a shot. Sadly it didn't pan out. As it stands the only good adap of a CM book is No Country for Old Men, which read like a screenplay to begin with. BM is a masterpiece by and large for its long winded, gorgeous prose, which is frankly unfilmable.

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Posted in: Trump's son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy: 7 sources See in context

I can say in all honesty, I'd never heard of the MSM until I joined this site.

Seriously? You've never read or seen Manufacturing Consent? It's been widely used as a term of derision by the left for as long as I've been online. Just b/c the right has co-opted and corrupted the critique doesn't mean that corporate media is our friend.

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Posted in: Two men killed in Oregon train stabbings after anti-Muslim rant See in context

America is a free country. But making a spectacle of yourself with your religion will sometimes have consequences. Great on these citizens for defending that freedom. But blaming Donald Trump? You might as well blame Obama and Bush as well for perpetuating the lies of 9/11, where it all started.

Translation, a pity these guys didn't see her provocative act for what it was. Then they might have avoided these trifling "consequences." If only they'd seen this guy for what he is, a righteous warrior trying to free a young women from oppression.

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Posted in: Two men killed in Oregon train stabbings after anti-Muslim rant See in context

"If Donald Trump is the Next Hitler then I am joining his SS to put an end to Monotheist Question," a rambling post on Jan. 23 reads.

Says it all doesn't it. All manner of cretins come out from under their rocks and walk among us when white nationalism gets mainstreamed. Thanks Donald. Of course, he and others on the right will be quiet as churchmice about this. Had it been a Muslim screaming at two little blonde girls, had he knifed white guys trying to intervene, however....

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Posted in: Clam crowder See in context

No doubt, this is some of the "harmony with nature" I'm always hearing about. Like the ant-like processions up Fuji-san, with tons of garbage left in their wake, or hanami parties along concreted rivers. Shizen is wonderful

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Posted in: 2 arrested after driving recklessly along road and posting footage online See in context

Mandatory surrender of driving privileges for anyone under 30!

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Posted in: G7 leaders reach impasse on climate; urge cyber crackdown See in context

Maybe, maybe not. But that doesn't change the fact that the party in power is not the party that the people chose, as Bass was trying to claim.

By any objective assessment the Democratic party is less popular than it's been for nearly a century. They hold less power than they have since 1920. In addition to their obvious and ongoing congressional failures, they now hold majorities in only 31 of the nation's 98 legislatures, having lost 800 seats since Obama was first elected. And only 15 governors are Democrats.

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Posted in: G7 leaders reach impasse on climate; urge cyber crackdown See in context

Come on Stranger, while we both see through DT's faux populism, there's a reason why Democrats wield so little power at all levels of government. If they'd spent more time representing their constituents instead of giving paid speeches at Goldman Sachs or plugging the TPP or backing wars & interventions abroad we'd not be stuck with Trump in the first place. Liberals should spend less time defending a horrible, twice-failed primary candidate and more time advocating for the authentic populism that Sanders or Warren represent. I don't care that Clinton won the popular vote--that's sadly not how American elections are decided. Bottom line is she lost to a total moron. Perhaps she and her party could spend more time reflecting on why that is. The Russkies, dumb voters or the electoral college is about as far as they've gotten after nearly 7 months. In other words, zero accountability and by and large they're pushing the same neoliberal "cures" their corporate benefactors favor.

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Posted in: Man arrested after requesting bank cashier hand over Y1 million See in context

Like the 26 year old who attempted to rob some conbini the other day, I suspect that these guys have mental issues. If you're an unemployed male between the ages of 25-50 in this country, odds are you're a bit off. It's simply not that hard to find a job.

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Posted in: Opposition steps up offensive against Abe over school scandal See in context

If the opposition were really interested in being relevant again they'd come up with a clear platform of how their policies differ from the ruling coalition. Pick five and drill them home every chance you get. I hate this government, but the opposition here has always been first and foremost about scandals du jour, as opposed to clearly broadcasting what it is that they actually stand for. Your average voter correctly sees them as a faction currently out of power, the fact that many of them are former LDP members only adds to the suspicion. Most voters (& nonvoters too) need a positive rationale as to why you're the better choice, not merely that Abe-san has some shady connections. I don't see anything different with the DP now than before Renho took over. So far, like Koike, it seems a superficial gloss on the same old same old.

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Posted in: English education to start for 3rd graders from FY 2018 See in context

Quantity over quality

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Posted in: What is your stance on doctor-assisted suicide? See in context

As someone in my mid 40s, I think about this more and more. Presently b/c of the situation with my parents and in-laws, all in their mid 70s or early 80s. One has serious dementia, another has a chronic disease that leaves her bedridden or hospitalized most of the time. Luckily they have spouses and extended family nearby to help care for them and there's plenty of money.

But I absolutely do not want to be a burden on my own wife or child. And I want a way out if things ever get bad enough. In the US, living wills and DAS are a big part of the national conversation. It's legal in 6 states and pending in another 1/2 dozen. And if you're single or without kids, god help you when you get older. Spend some time in nursing homes and I daresay you may rethink your opposition.

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Posted in: Say thank you or be identified, police tell owners of lost items See in context

When someone is thanked or does something perceived by others as a 'good deed', they receive a little release of dopamine in the brain. People are so deprived of self-expression from birth here in Japan that they crave being a busy body, nosy or doing a good deed so they can be excessively thanked so that they can receive that shot of dopamine to the brain.

Jeebus, I thought I was cynical.

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Posted in: Professor concerned that female soldiers would be naked after bombs blow off clothes See in context

I'm into my 3rd year working at a university (my 2nd school now) and this type of moronic comment surprises me not in the slightest.

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Posted in: A simple guide to 'izakaya' See in context

Aly, really? I don't look at it as an either/or thing. Izakaya are a great place to bring the family or meet up with friends or coworkers. But I also always feel trapped at my table with just those people, especially work events where seating is even designated, and those other more interesting or attractive people over there penned in as well. I'm too old for clubs but they and pubs are hanging with your mates and mingling or meeting new people. This is especially advantageous if you're single and aren't into gokon.

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Posted in: Just say no when it comes to hosting Olympics See in context

One look around Rio and they could have also figured out that $12 billion might have been better spent improving the conditions of the millions of impoverished Brazilians who crowd into the city's infamous favelas.

You think? Similar to what many of us were saying when Super Mario Abe was pursuing the games. That perhaps such money could have been spent improving the lives of victims of the disaster in Tohoku or building enough daycare facilities in Tokyo or funding education or making it less necessary to raise regressive sales taxes.

Here's an idea, have the games in agreed upon designated areas each and every time for eternity. All participating countries, plus corporate sponsors contribute to the costs of hosting, facility upgrades etc. I know I know, common sense...

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Posted in: Toxic substances detected in Tsukiji fish market soil samples See in context

Between Fukushima, microplastics and markets built atop toxic waste dumping grounds, it's a wonder that I don't eat more fish.

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Posted in: LDP calls for free education among other areas of Constitution change See in context

Free public education, K-12, would be a good starting point. But as katsu says, this does nothing to address the plague that is juku or extremely expensive but often superior private schools, both of which are only options for families with means. I'd add that it'd be nice to have a broader discussion about whether the be all and end all of Japanese education should be the entrance exam.

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Posted in: Say thank you or be identified, police tell owners of lost items See in context

I'm surprised the police don't hand out catalogs full of return gifts.

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Posted in: 2 Chiba teachers fired for filming up girls' skirts, kissing students See in context

"Training for the future. Lessons learned for the school girls. Besides the kissing could very well have been the other way around too."

How is this training, exactly? Entertain us. I'd love to see how a mind like yours reasons something like that out. I think the term you mean is grooming. Apparently, that's just something girls in their mid teens should expect, isn't it? That is when they're not busy seducing innocent men in their 30s.

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Posted in: 2 Chiba teachers fired for filming up girls' skirts, kissing students See in context

A nation of perverts. Or at least that's what the bucho of my department once told me in a rare moment of honesty.

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Posted in: Japanese women sound off on line separating male friend and boyfriend See in context

I always refer back to this when the topic comes up:

Harry: No man can be friends with a woman that he finds attractive. He always wants to have sex with her.

Sally: So you're saying that a man can be friends with a woman he finds unattractive?

Harry: No, you pretty much want to nail 'em too.

Sally: What if they don't want to have sex with you?

Harry: Doesn't matter because the sex thing is already out there so the friendship is ultimately doomed and that is the end of the story.

Sally: Well, I guess we're not going to be friends then.

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Posted in: Police hunt Manchester bomber's network, angered by U.S. leaks See in context

I gave up my membership of the Labour Party in disgust after the Iraq War and I'd like to see Blair and Bush tried for war crimes.

However, the problem of Jihadism is a worldwide phenomenon. Can it all be blamed on and dated from the 2003 Iraq invasion? Are Muslims the only group to have suffered at the hands of others?

I understand what you're saying but I'd hope you've maintained some disgust over the years since they left office. Last year alone, Obama dropped over 26,000 bombs on seven nations:

Syria 12,192

Iraq 12,095

Afghanistan 1,337

Libya 496

Yemen 35

Somalia 14

Pakistan 3

In fact, Nobel Barry authorized 10 times as many drone strikes as his half-witted predecessor and spent his entire 8 years in office at war, longer than any president in history. I imagine you'd agree that these bombs haven't improved the situation in any of these nations and that, in fact, they do more harm than good. Drone bomb my daughter's wedding party and you're going to see an instantly radicalized gaijin bent on vengeance with nothing to lose.

I get that Europe is grappling with some serious challenges and if I lived there I'd probably be in favor of stricter curbs on immigration, more surveillance, less tolerance for extremist clerics--the entire gamut. But while the actions of these monsters cannot be laid at the feet of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, neither did the seething hatred of the Muslim world for the West begin or end with that invasion.

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Posted in: Parties split over fish market move in pledges for Tokyo assembly race See in context

How are they split? Shii is the only person in this article who clearly stated his position on the market. The other 4 parties are barely distinguishable.

And good heavens, "child-raising support"!? Google that and try to find a non-Japanese site using the term.

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Posted in: Kisenosato pulls out of summer tourney due to lingering injuries See in context

If he was rush-promoted, then there was precedent for it. Kakuryu was also promoted after a single yusho. And he didn't win his second title until his 9th tourney as yokozuna. I'm no fan of Kise but he fought valiantly this past tournament as well as for 10 days in this one. Again, that's 6 days longer than Kakuryu, who quite after 3 losses in 4 days even though he appeared to be fine, merely terrible, as usual.

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Posted in: Debate heats up over Cool Biz temperature rules See in context

"At 28 degrees some people perspire a lot, and this of course requires them to do more laundry," observed Koichi Hagiuda, a vice cabinet secretary, apparently implying that heavier use of washing machines will consume whatever energy is saved by using less air conditioning.

My office could be 28 or 20 but I'm still doing the same amount of laundry. At least until my doko-demo-door allows me to bypass my 30 min. commute through a sweltering urban jungle.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s green tea beer garden gives you all-you-can-drink matcha and 'hojicha' beer this summer See in context

Are they brewing their own stuff or just adding matcha flavoring to Super Dry?

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Posted in: 15-year-old arrested over forcing classmate to eat insect, dog feces See in context

"Give him a taste of his own medicine- force him to eat feces"

To paraphrase Mr. Gandhi, feces for feces make the whole world stink.

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Posted in: Armed forces to be deployed to key sites in Britain after Manchester suicide bombing See in context

After we deal with them, we can have a rational conversation on foreign policy without fear and intimidation.

Why can't we do both at once. Deal with threats at home and work towards a more rational foreign policy? Why continue to send huge sums of money to states run by tyrants. Why continue to meddle in other nations' internal affairs, whether via perpetual warfare (Trump is now weighing additional troops in Afghanistan in year 17 and counting), sponsoring coups or arming one band of militants against another, only to switch sides when that, quelle surprise, backfires.

Meddling, mind you, that most Americans find pretty alarming when it's done to us. In other words, the US could walk and chew gum if it chose. And it's funny how little Americans are mobilized to action and the curtailments of civil liberties when things like Sandy Hook or Oklahoma City happen. A Muslim kills a bunch of people and its camps, Big Brother and mass deportations. A white guy does it and we're like, gosh, if only those grade schoolers had been armed!

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Posted in: Trump budget calls for deep cuts to social safety net See in context

Does anyone know who costs the taxpayer more - low income welfare cheats, or very high income tax dodgers?

Or reckless bankers repaid with our tax dollars after costing Americans a 1/3 of their net worth during the great recession. Privatize & offshore the profits, socialize your losses, then ask the voters to choose between two parties that are both cashing your checks. B/C apparently the fox is going to police the henhouse.

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