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Posted in: What's known and not known about marijuana See in context

There seems to be a whole lot of "mays" when it comes to the negative side effects of pot, but we do have a lot of "certains" when it comes to cigarettes, alcohol and prescription drugs. Eliminate the hypocrisy and legalize it already.

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

Of course a writer for the AP just had to get in his Russia jab.

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Posted in: Brazil packed with travel riches, so why so few tourists? See in context

Brazil packed with travel riches, so why so few tourists?

Rife with roaming ruffians ready to really rip you off?

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 launches mascot design competition See in context

Four we know for sure about the winning mascot design:

1) It will be both cloyingly cute and weird.

2) Most foreigners in Japan will mock the absurd design

3) Dentsu will somehow be involved.

4) There will be some aspect of it that will have been copied from some other design.

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Posted in: American passenger arrested for assaulting ANA employee See in context

I hope the guy in the Hawaiian T-shirt wasn't the flight marshal.

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Posted in: Digging for clams See in context

Isn't there a warning out for clams in Japan right now? I guess not all areas, but there have been cases of paralytic shellfish poisoning recently.

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Posted in: Michael Moore to make Broadway debut with Trump show See in context

I saw the headline and naturally assumed that MM would be playing the part of the stage.

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Posted in: Clinton blames misogyny, FBI, Russia, herself for 2016 loss See in context

I'm still glad she lost. The latest from Ted Rall sums up HRC nicely:

Page after page reinforces the conclusion that this is a woman who does not, cannot, does not want to learn from her mistakes.

When you think about her policy history, this rings true. After all, she voted to overthrow the secular socialist dictator of Iraq in 2003, lost the presidency in 2008 because of that vote, yet then as secretary of state advised Obama to arm and fund the radical jihadis against the secular socialist dictators of Libya and Syria. About which — despite creating two failed states — she has no regrets. There’s really no other way to put this, so I’ll just say it: this makes her an idiot.

She didn’t have the right personality to lead human beings. She didn’t deserve to be president. America, and the world, are better off without her.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/02/despite-everything-i-am-happy-hillary-lost/

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Posted in: Japanese destroyer leaves port reportedly to escort U.S. warships See in context

I love the euphemism "escort." Basically, it means floating in the water next to the more important ship in the water.

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Posted in: Coppola and 'Godfather' cast reunite at Tribeca Film Fest See in context

I wonder if his daughter, the one who almost ruined GF3 with what was one of the worst acting performances in history, attended.

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Posted in: U.S. plans to move 4,000 Marines in Okinawa to Guam from 2024 See in context

Jeez, wtf-smith, can't I just be curious about how the removal of 4000 individuals from a community will affect life there? I did add the "or not." It could very well be that the crime rate increases...and that would also be an interesting observation. I have no idea what will happen. One would expect the overall number of crimes committed to fall (unless those 4000 are complete saints), which would be a good thing, but the hit to the economy might actually increase crime. Again, it will be interesting to see what happens. I'll be able to handle whatever statistical truth emerges, regardless.

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Posted in: U.S. plans to move 4,000 Marines in Okinawa to Guam from 2024 See in context

It'll be interesting to see if the crime rate falls or not.

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Posted in: Buddhist temple in Kyoto pays monks after unpaid overtime work claimed See in context

So the temple management were "monk"yeing around with the payroll?

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Posted in: 12 dead in Ukrainian Black Sea chopper crash See in context

Have they started blaming Putin, Yet? You know someone in Ukraine will.

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Posted in: All-you-can-drink whisky cocktails for Y100 at seafood restaurant with branches in Tokyo See in context

One thing they fail to mention in this article is that the reservation period ended on on the 16th. Hope you got yours in.

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Posted in: Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to U.S. See in context

@FizzBit

Hehe, three zabutons for you.

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Posted in: Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to U.S. See in context

I'm just an individual and don't get paid to use my employer's sources to post their dis- and misinformation.

Can I trust this?

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Posted in: Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to U.S. See in context

So Assad was supposed to let the U.S., Turkey and the head choppers from Saudi and Qatar overthrow Syria and put into power other wicked people who would create a blood bath for anyone not Sunni?

You're known by the company you keep...".

So that would make Hillary a very bad person, too?

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Posted in: N Korea ready for war if Trump wants it, official says See in context

This whole mess could have easily been avoided a couple of years ago during the Obama administration. N.K. has repeatedly offered to suspend their nuke and missile testing program if the U.S. would only stop conducting their massive war games with S.K. every year.

So why wouldn't the U.S. do this? The empire deliberately wants to maintain a high level of tension on the Korean peninsula to justify its forces in S.K. and Japan, and provide for a flimsy excuse to deploy the THAAD system, with its 2,000 km range X-band radar, to spy on China

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Posted in: Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to U.S. See in context

Breaking news: The U.S. just bombed an ISIS chemical weapons warehouse near Deir Ezzor, releasing a toxic cloud that has killed many.

But it's the U.S., the the western media will barely mention it.

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Posted in: Japan to introduce English road signs ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

This will be worth a laugh.

Turn light, turn reft.

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Posted in: Miyazaki mangoes sell for record Y400,000 at year's first auction See in context

You figure a decent beer in Japan, take Yona Yona, costs 260 a can. That one mango is worth 1,538 cans of beer. Hmmmmmmm.

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Posted in: Japan disappointed with Security Council failure to agree on Syria See in context

"then go ahead and do it"

Can't agree with this, but I do with the rest of what you said. We've all seen the debacles that result when the U.S. "goes ahead and does it."

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Posted in: Japan disappointed with Security Council failure to agree on Syria See in context

"Except the analysis of a RUSSIAN defence and military analyst and a former Syrian government adviser..."

Sorry, I don't quite understand your English.

The expert in question is:

Theodore Postol is Professor of Science, Technology and National Security Policy in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. He did his undergraduate work in physics and his graduate work in nuclear engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Postol joined the staff of Argonne National Laboratory, where he studied the microscopic dynamics and structure of liquids and disordered solids using neutron, x-ray and light scattering, along with computer molecular dynamics techniques. Subsequently he went to the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment to study methods of basing the MX Missile, and later worked as a scientific adviser to the Chief of Naval Operations. After leaving the Pentagon, Dr. Postol helped to build a program at Stanford University to train mid-career scientists to study developments in weapons technology of relevance to defense and arms control policy. In 1990 Dr. Postol was awarded the Leo Szilard Prize from the American Physical Society. In 1995 he received the Hilliard Roderick Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2001 he received the Norbert Wiener Award from Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility for uncovering numerous and important false claims about missile defenses.

http://sts-program.mit.edu/people/emeriti-faculty/theodore-postol/

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Posted in: Japan disappointed with Security Council failure to agree on Syria See in context

"absolutely no evidence that this attack was the result of a munition being dropped from an aircraft"

http://imgur.com/a/W4zQx

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Posted in: Japan disappointed with Security Council failure to agree on Syria See in context

It's becoming increasingly obvious that Assad government didn't launch any chemical attack against the Al-Qaeda terrorists, therefore, Russia was the only voice of sanity on the SC in vetoing the ridiculous resolution. Let's have a thorough, independent investigation into the attack and see what conclusions are arrived at before any resolutions are passed condemning whatever party carried the attack out. Jeez, talk about putting the cart before the horse.

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Posted in: Tillerson arrives in Moscow to push Putin on Syria See in context

The way you describe it, parts of any country (artificial lines drawn by someone on a map) never have the right to secede under international law. The U.S. itself was formed in violation of international law, or the dissolution of Yugoslavia was illegal (again, the hand of the U.S. was involved)--or even that of the USSR. Crimea wasn't really supposed to be part of an independent Ukraine anyway and the people made the wise choice to rejoin Russia for the safety of the people and their culture. It was absolutely nothing like your silly Hitler analogy.

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Posted in: Tillerson arrives in Moscow to push Putin on Syria See in context

"Russia's invasion of Crimea was the most illegal and outrageous violation of international sovereignty we've seen since Hitler annexed Poland in 1939."

Russia didn't invade Crimea. The troops that were already there secured Crimea from an illegal coup of the central Ukraine govt., started by the U.S. Crimea--historically part of Russia--voted almost 97% to return to Russia. Comparing this to Hitler's annexation of Poland is absurd and shows you have a precarious grip on history. The Russians of the Crimea made the right decision, as Ukraine has gone down the toilet. The Kerch Strait Bridge will be opened next year, with the rail link to be opened the following year. The poor people across the border in Ukraine will watch as the Crimea thrives economically in the years to come.

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