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Posted in: Sanders scores decisive win in Nevada; Biden headed for 2nd-place finish See in context

Seems Sanders may be on his way to earning the privilege of being soundly defeated by Trump in the general election.

And yes, barring any shockingly unforeseen decline in the economy or some similar major surprise, Trump will win re-election.

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Posted in: Macho culture seen putting women off data science jobs See in context

Sorry, I have a hard time putting the word "macho" together with a career field that conjures up images of nerdy-looking guys in dweeby shirts and ties and thick glasses.

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Posted in: Trump scoffs at 'Parasite' Oscar win See in context

Pretty obvious to me that he was just joking, so ... lighten up, people.

I recently read of a recent study which found that conservative Republicans are generally happier and more upbeat than liberal Democrats. In fact the latter group seems to generally be a dour lot.

This story is just further evidence of it. Not to mention further evidence that some people just can't contain their raging illogical hatred of this man.

Again, lighten up, folks.

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Posted in: No handshakes: Viral outbreak spooks Asian places of worship See in context

Churchgoers were advised to avoid hand contact and receive the Eucharist, which symbolizes the body of Jesus Christ, in the hand instead of the mouth.

Correction: In Catholic teaching, the Eucharist does not symbolize the body of Christ.

According to Catholic teaching, it IS the body of Christ.

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Posted in: Number of infections on virus-hit ship in Yokohama up 70 to 355 See in context

Bugle Boy of Company BToday  05:34 pm JST

Americans on the ship will be transported to the State Department-chartered planes at Tokyo's Haneda airport. The planes are scheduled to leave on Monday.

No they won’t. It was just reported that the Americans will spend another two weeks in quarantine on military bases here in Japan.

And about 90 minutes after you posted that, NHK News7 reported ... well, nothing of the kind.

It reported that the Americans are being bused to Haneda Airport pretty much as I speak.

I'm guessing you read that on some unreliable, "alternative new" site or something. Don't believe everything you read on the Internet, as Julius Caesar once said.

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Posted in: Actress Rose McGowan blasts Natalie Portman Oscars cape See in context

Why didn't the media report that Portman has never hired a female director? Why are we hearing this from another actress?

I think we know why.

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Posted in: Popular singer Makihara arrested over alleged drug possession See in context

I didn't know poppers were illegal in Japan.

Well, now you know.

Do the police in Japan need search warrants based on probable cause?


Or is it okay for the police to search your home for illegal drugs based on an ‘anonymous’ tip?

Only if a warrant is issued.

I would think, or at least hope, that any half-decent judge would tell the police, "No, I'm not issuing a warrant just because someone called you and said, 'Hey, this guy Taro has drugs in his house.' Not reliable enough."

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Posted in: 112-year-old Japanese recognized as world's oldest living man by Guinness See in context

SaikoPhysco Today  07:47 am JST

and by now.... he has collected more kokumin nenkin than they ever projected. No wonder Japan is bankrupt.

That's right, let's not smile at this story or celebrate the true joy of it in any way.

Let's gripe and moan and exude negativity instead, adding a touch of money-only materialism. Heaven knows the world doesn't have enough of those things.

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Posted in: Trump looks to rattle Democrats with New Hampshire rally See in context

Rizdown Today  02:50 pm JST

The Democrats don't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning in November.

Actually, I like the snowball's chances a lot better. The Democrats have weak candidates, even weaker than Hillary was.

Trump is on a roll, the economy is doing OK and America always loves a showman.

The economy is doing better than just OK. It's one of the strongest economies America has ever had, and the numbers clearly show that.

It's been particularly good for African-Americans, whose unemployment rates are literally the lowest they've ever been. (This means that if Trump is a "racist," he isn't being a very effective one.)

And Trump has proven himself to be more than just a showman. There are things about him that I don't like and disagree with, but on the whole he's done a good job.

I can only imagine how much more he could get done, if not for the Democrats' constant political harassment and the media being so wildly against him.

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Posted in: Trump looks to rattle Democrats with New Hampshire rally See in context

He's not rattling the Democrats; he's just speaking the truth about them.

The Democrats are a mess right now.

Biden either speaks incoherently or snaps at voters and reporters for asking legitimate questions. And if he is nominated, the whole situation with Ukraine and his son will doom his campaign.

Warren has been caught in lies, including her ridiculous claim of Native American heritage, and several of her black campaign staffers have quit because they felt they were being tokenized.

Sanders and Buttigieg don't stand much of a chance against Trump either. Sanders is too radical and Buttigieg isn't even that popular in his own city and state.

Trump will be re-elected. It won't be a landslide, but it will be convincing.

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Posted in: Oscars, movies help pass the time on cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama See in context

Yubaru Today  07:52 am JST

There are sick people all over the world, and these are a bunch of relatively rich folks who are sick.

Go visit any hospital in Japan and tell me how the sick and others pass their time!

People who are "relatively rich" (whatever that means) are still human beings. Or are we now evaluating people based on how much money we perceive them to have?

Let's judge people on their skin color while we're at it too!

Not to mention, most people in Japanese hospitals aren't exactly poor.

At least if you're in the hospital, you can have visitors. The ones on the cruise ship can't. And most of them aren't even sick.

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Posted in: Two 16-year-old boys arrested for marijuana possession See in context

Asakk Today  06:18 pm JST

Father of the year!! Really stupid by calling the police! Now your son's futur is ruined by having a record for drug

The article says that another family member, not the father, called the police.

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Posted in: Prosecutors probe 2 Americans for allegedly helping Ghosn escape See in context

Forget about Ghosn, Japan, and forget about the two guys who helped him get out.

Carlos Ghosn is now Carlos Gone. So are those two guys. You're never getting any of them back.

You've got bigger problems now, Japan, like containing that coronavirus.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for groping woman on train See in context

he can’t remember the incident because he was drunk at the time

No excuse.

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Posted in: Trump peace plan delights Israelis, enrages Palestinians See in context

Trump peace plan delights Israelis

I like starting the day off with good news.

enrages Palestinians

I suggest anger-management classes.

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Posted in: Oscars go green with plant-based menus, no plastic bottles See in context

garfield1275 Today  11:50 am JST

Our planet has already entered irreversible self destruction mode.

Please. Spare us the doom-and-gloom alarmism.

We were all supposed to be dead 30 years ago, to hear the enviro-radicals tell it.

We have environmental problems, true, but they tend to be localized -- not global. The worst environment disaster in human history was, arguably at least, the Chernobyl meltdown. Yet we're all still here, and the effects of that disaster were for the most part locally contained.

I'm all for having clean air and water and so on, but let's stop with the hyperventilating radical-environmentalist rhetoric.

This movement has been so colossally wrong with so many of its predictions that it lost all credibility a long time ago. If it ever even had it.

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Posted in: Oscars go green with plant-based menus, no plastic bottles See in context

Meaningless, symbolism-over-substance virtue-signaling.

They'll still have gas-guzzling limos idling outside. And they'll still fly around in private jets and party on huge yachts.

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Posted in: Comedian Teruyoshi Uchimura, TV announcer Asami Miura voted most ideal bosses See in context

This may be the most meaningless and pointless surveys ever done. How do any of the survey respondents know these people well enough, to know whether they would be good bosses or not?

Famous people can seem very likable and personable while on camera but can be the exact opposite in private, even to the point of being complete jerks. Believe me, I have seen it.

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Posted in: Pompeo loses his temper with journalist over Ukraine questions See in context

Let me get this straight:

When Joe Biden was the vice president, his son Hunter lands a $50,000-per-month job with a Ukrainian company -- a job for which he is totally unqualified.

A Ukrainian prosecutor investigates that company.

Then-Vice President Biden gets $1 billion in aid to Ukraine held up unless the prosecutor is fired.

But Trump gets impeached for simply asking the new Ukrainian president to look into all this.

This is truly stuff from an alternative leftist universe.

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Posted in: Trump attends anti-abortion rally See in context

Good for him.

I applaud President Trump for speaking up in defense of the right to life of unborn babies -- who are undeniably, as confirmed by science, human beings.

And to anyone who thinks otherwise, apparently you must think that pregnant women have two sets of DNA (the baby's exists from conception), two hearts, two sets of chromosomes, two hearts, two brains, two pairs of arms and legs, and approximately half the time, a penis.

Yes, you have a right to control your own body. But that does not extend to the "right" to kill someone else's body -- which an unborn baby's body undeniably is.

It's high time to set aside the ideology and shrill angry emotion of the pro-abortion crowd. It's time to get with logic and science. Unborn babies are human beings -- fact. And killing human beings is murder.

Again, I laud Mr. Trump for defending, by his words as well as his actions, the weakest and most vulnerable human beings there are -- unborn children.

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Posted in: Eminem album urges gun control, sparks anger over bomb lyric See in context

I don't believe this. He's gotten rich and famous via a genre of "music" (I hesitate to call it so) that frequently glamorizes and glorifies violence, including gun violence. What hypocrisy.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer quits after client's flight to Lebanon See in context

No surprise there.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

MrHeisei Today  10:45 am JST

It looks like most people who read English news articles in Japan are sympathetic with Ghosn - baffles me why. The guy was screwing the system for years to amass and keep his fortune. But you don’t want to hear the truth..

Seems Mr. Heisei isn't a big fan of that "innocent until proven guilty" thing.

The good news is that Mr. Heisei, presumably, isn't part of the Japanese judicial system.

The bad news is that some people who share his mindset do seem to be a part of it.

I'm neither sympathetic nor unsympathetic to Ghosn, Mr. Heisei.

But I am sympathetic to the idea that people should get a fair trial -- and Japan's way of doing things, judicially speaking, doesn't seem to make way for that.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

BigYen Today  10:23 am JST

Far too many posters here have been using the Ghosn case solely as an opportunity to whack the Japanese legal system

Does that surprise you? It does not surprise me. When a judicial system is "whacked," it's usually done by pointing to particular cases as examples. Cases such as Ghosn's.

And it's even more natural to turn to specific cases as examples of judicial system flaws when the defendant is such a high-profile person like Ghosn. So, why would using his case be surprising?

while assuming solely based on that criterion that Ghosn must therefore be innocent

Nobody's assuming anything -- well, at least I am not assuming anything.

Is it possible that Ghosn is guilty of something? Of course it is.

But whether he is or not, his case still serves as an example of how Japan's judicial systems needs some pretty major shoring up if it's to be brought up to modern international standards of human rights. Standards that are included in international accords to which Japan is a signatory.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

BigYen Today  10:23 am JST

Japan's judicial system and Ghosn's guilt or innocence of the charges agaisnt him are two completly different issues

No they're not. His guilt or innocence was going to be determined within that judicial system.

If there are flaws in the judicial system, then obviously the determining of a person's guilt or innocence within that system is going to be very much connected to it.

Your comment is sort of like saying, "The dirty air in your city, and your ability to breathe in a normal manner, are two completely different issues."

In fact, the latter has a great deal of bearing on the former -- both in your statement, and in my analogy.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

Educator60 Today  07:27 am JST

“Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Wonder why Takano threw those in his statement. Neither are holidays in Japan.

But Christmas would be a holiday for him and his wife.

For Christians in Japan, Christmas is very much a holiday. It does not matter that the Japanese government doesn't designate it a holiday.

And Thanksgiving would possibly be a holiday for Mrs. Ghosn; she has American citizenship so it's quite possible she celebrates it.

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Posted in: Man beats fast food worker because one chicken nugget was missing from his combo meal See in context

When questioned about the incident, the customer told officers “I haven’t done anything wrong.” 

I'm speechless.

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Posted in: Japan asks Interpol to issue red notice for Ghosn's wife See in context

Wakarimasen Today  04:27 pm JST

He jumped bail from an Interpol member country. I think that is all that is needed for a Red Notice. He will end up back here.

If that's what you think, then no offense, but your nickname was chosen well. Again, no offense.

Interpol only refers cases to local/regional police agencies. Lebanon and Japan have no extradition treaty, so for the local police to arrest him would be a waste of time.

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Posted in: Prosecutors raid Tokyo office of Ghosn's Japanese lawyer See in context

Reckless Today  02:35 pm JST

Attorney client privilege is the absolute foundation of the profession.


These prosecutors are out of control and need to be brought down a peg or two for sure.

Yes, although if they have genuine and reasonable cause to believe that Ghosn's lawyer helped to aid his escape, then that's a different story.

The question is, do they? Or is this just an attempt to intimidate or to save face?

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Posted in: Prosecutors raid Tokyo office of Ghosn's Japanese lawyer See in context

In what other civilized country / modern democracy do prosecutors raid defense lawyers' offices?

This is deeply disturbing. It suggests that there is no respect for attorney-client privilege.

What if, just surmising, it was learned that Ghosn had seen a clergyman while out on bail? Would that mean that the clergyman's home, office, or church would be raided?

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