Loki520 comments

Posted in: Tokyo, other areas lift restrictions on eateries amid virus resurgence worries See in context

It's over thanks to the effective work of effective government and forward-thinking citizenry.

That is either some top-shelf sarcasm.... or Goebbels would be impressed.

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Posted in: Baldwin was practicing drawing gun when he fired fatal shot: director See in context

It was an accident. There shouldn't have been any real bullets on the set and the gun shouldn't have been loaded at all.

You are arguing that 1) the real bullets on the set got there "accidently" and 2) the weapon was loaded "accidently."

You can't "accidently" transport rounds unless you willingly disregard every known safety precaution involving firearms. And, if you don't "know" the safety precautions... you shouldn't be handling any weapons at all until you do. And you can't "accidently" load a firearm. There is simply no way to do so.

Look at it this way... even if everyone else on that set screwed up, and it appears a whole lot of them did, this would not have happened if the person handling the weapon had just practiced the standard firearms safety protocols. And, the first one of those is to personally check the condition of a firearm when you initially take possession of it. A blank looks like a blank. And squibs should be colorized to differentiate from live.

There are times when using a firearm with real bullets in a movie makes sense and can be safe.

No... and no. It doesn't make sense for real bullets to ever be used during filming.... and as long as people refuse to follow normal weapon handling responsibilities, or defend those who don't, then it will never be "safe".

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Posted in: 'Facebook Papers' explode ahead of platform's earnings report See in context

Facebook is a business. Don’t like it, don’t use it. Don’t scream for governmental interference in the market.

The largest interference, that coming from social media, in the market is already government entities.

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Posted in: U.S. details new international COVID-19 travel requirements See in context

so what’s the point of restrictions? 

> To prevent new outbreaks and new variants.

I'll believe it's an emergency when they (USG) start governing as if it is.

When they lockdown the border, and quit losing track of the invading hordes... as well as quit relocating them throughout the country prior to vax'ing and 14 day quarantine... get back to me.

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Posted in: The dark side of ramen See in context

Maybe, just maybe, her ramen was as unpalatable as her music? Or that she exploited her "talent" status until she thought she could do anything with talent?

Maybe people in this country like to see knowitall "superstars" fall on their keesters every once in a while, instead of blithely moving from unrelated success to unrelated success simply because of their one area of "competency"?

Or maybe the otaku are a bunch of sad, self-hating jerks?

Embrace the healing power of the word "and".

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Posted in: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman See in context

Baldwin is not at fault.

We shall agree to disagree.

You can't "accidently" fire a weapon. You either pull the trigger or you handle it incorrectly (i.e. drop, etc.).

The weapon can't "inadvertently" send anything down range. You either allowed the firearm to be loaded with something it shouldn't be or you, once again, handled it incorrectly.

Anyone, and everyone, handling a firearm is directly responsible for the condition of the firearm at all times, without exception. Once you are handed a weapon, it does NOT matter what the person handing you the weapon tells you they've done. It does not matter what you just watched them do. Basic safety checks are what you do 100% of the time you take possession of a weapon as well as each/every time you put it down.

And you never, EVER, point a weapon with a functioning firing pin at something you aren't willing to kill. No exceptions.

If you can't be mature enough to handle a weapon responsibly, then the only thing you should ever handle is a realistic looking plastic or metal replica.

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Posted in: Minister fends off criticism that decision to suspend travel subsidy campaign came too late See in context

We will speed up (the process of) considering the matter,

Not only are "we" doing nothing, we are gonna speed up the process to think about doing nothing further.

That has got to be the most political thing ever said.

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Posted in: U.S. TV shows try a new election playbook - making voting part of the story See in context

 but nothing is totally bad either. 

You've never seen Battlefield Earth? lol

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Posted in: How Trump fell out of love with his generals, and why the feeling is mutual See in context

Do not... EVER... use any edition of the Military Times as a credible reference for anything. Especially polls.

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Posted in: Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed to prevent spread of virus See in context

The question now is: Why?

I guess there IS such a thing as a stupid question.

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Posted in: Kagawa politicians want to set daily limit on how much time kids can spend playing video games See in context

But on the other hand, video gaming has, for decades, been one of the primary things Japanese parents fret are threatening to ruin their children’s futures

Parenting is hard.... apparently.

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Posted in: Christmas in Japan is a time for love, preferably romantic See in context

but rather with pretty lights, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and a romantic night out with a special someone.

I actually feel pretty sad for anyone whose idea of a "romantic night out" includes KFC.

Christmas in Japan is a time for love, preferably romantic

Other than Christmas is the time for unromantic love?

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Posted in: Anti-train groper badge design contest announces this year’s winners See in context

The pair were seeking funds to produce anti-chikan pins, which young women could attach to their bags or clothing to let would-be gropers that they were not going to take any abuse quietly.

So.... those aren't wearing it are fair game?

Here's a better campaign. Kick 'em in the 'nads, even if you have to follow them off the train to do it.

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Posted in: Japanese lawyer comments on legality of tattoo ban at hot springs See in context

It is refreshing to visit a hot spring and be free of the sight of disgusting tattoos.

Right? I feel the same way about ugly feet, overweight bodies, surgical scars, eyeglass frames without lenses, and everything else that I find aesthetically unappealing. I think all establishments should ban those things I find disgusting.

/s

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Posted in: Democrats zoom in on Trump impeachment charges this week See in context

So what? If someone's proven to be guilty of a crime it doesn't matter what good things they also do.

I believe it was Carville that stated "The economy, stupid".

The economy is what the left has to concern itself with. Doesn't matter what they throw at him (and let's face it... impeachment won't successfully give the left what they want) Trump, Pence, and the GOP, will campaign on the state of the economy in 2020 and will absolutely destroy the left if they don't quickly achieve their desired results (and... again... not gonna happen). And since they are putting ALL their eggs in this basket...

At this point, impeachment theater isn't going to suddenly start changing people's mind about who they are going to vote for. Those against Trump are already against him. Those who are for him... are for him. And those who are still on the fence after all this will be swayed by things such as the economy, etc. Barring some actual and true "bombshell" for an October Surprise, this was a damn stupid hill for the (D) to die on going into the 2020 campaign season.

So... yes. it absolutely DOES matter what other things are happening and especially the overall economy and job numbers.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters See in context

HK police did good job to protect HK people and HK property.

100% absolute support without any hesitation.

Correction: SOME of the people and property. You know... the people and the property that fell into lockstep.

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Posted in: Swift says AMAs performance in jeopardy over music dispute See in context

And this is right where the madness of the concept of being able to own ideas leads. Some chuckleheads who had nothing to do with it gets to own them while the creator is barred from using them. Pure insanity.

Nothing to do with it? Who do you think takes ALL the risk and finances "it" when the creator is starting out? Yea... it is the "chuckleheads"...

It's not she started off in the 70's and 80's when it was unknown how shady these types of deals were. You can sort of feel bad for those starting back then finding out the hard way. No... since then it is widely KNOWN that these deals are created to benefit chuckleheads at the expense of the creators. She knew enough to get a deal that gave her ownership after a set period of time so she knew she would be locked out of that type of flexibility until then.

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri admits to using MDMA, other illegal drugs See in context

Isn't this the second time she's "fallen from grace", Japanese talento-style?

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Posted in: Trump impeachment hearings focus on Ukraine pressure campaign See in context

The only way to challenge Donald Trump Presidency is at the ballot box.

And the more they continue with this type of B/S, the less chance they have at that.

And the participants in the Democratic Party campaign clown car aren't helping either.

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Posted in: S Korean court holds 1st hearing on 'comfort women' civil suit See in context

In a word, yes. japans like a jilted partner that can't come to terms that the relationship is over.

You have that EXACTLY backwards. Several apologies... compensation paid (more than once)... and to you it is Japan that can't come to terms that it's over?

it is fine, the trial will decide of that matter.

It's not a trial. It's merely a kangaroo court whose sole intention is to allow the ROK to continue playing the victim in order to attempt to garner world support so they can successfully blackmail Japan.

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Posted in: Single? I'm self-partnered, says British actress Emma Watson See in context

Money doesn't equal happiness

Millions upon millions of people would disagree with you.

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Posted in: Drug cartel gunmen kill 9 U.S. citizens, including 6 children, in ambush in Mexico See in context

The American government seems to be powerless to stop the drugs going north and the gun south.

Because the "War on drugs" is profitable and allows them to concentrate authority and power.

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Posted in: In impeachment testimony, U.S. diplomat says she was told to tweet support for Trump See in context

Perhaps what may be overlooked in this act of corruption by Trump is what would have happened had he been successful. He would be campaigning next year bellowing out that his rival is corrupt. He would be demanding investigations and probably leading "lock him up" chants. He would be using his corrupt ways to paint someone else as corrupt.

If you think he's not gonna do that anyway, then you haven't been paying attention.

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Posted in: Trump threatens to withhold emergency aid from fire-hit California See in context

The Trumpers here ought to give this passage a hard look 

Point out a fairly significant difference between the threat given and the action taken (which is the only thing that really counts).

Get called Trumper.

You're getting played

Say's the person that obviously, at least on this post, believes anything less than 100% compliance in his beliefs equates to support for PDT.

And THAT is why, come 2020, we're gonna be stuck with this idiot for another 4 years. ALL the left has to do is not act crazy... and they can't even do that.

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Posted in: Yokohama legal firm refuses to return passport to Filipino woman See in context

The exact same trick human trafficker use. Passport possession.

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Posted in: Trump threatens to withhold emergency aid from fire-hit California See in context

Donald Trump threatened once again Sunday to withhold federal aid

Yet...

"Last night they approved seven additional emergency grants in record time,"

So... what was said... and what was done... are two different things.

"But what's so insidious, and what's so remarkable is that he's doing everything right to respond to these disasters and everything wrong to address what’s happening to cause them."

Pretty sure that...

"Every year, as the fire’s rage & California burns, it is the same thing-and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$ help. No more. Get your act together Governor,"

Is his method of addressing it by pointing out your crap eco policies that are contributing to the annual raging of the flames.

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Posted in: Olympic medalist referred to prosecutors for car collision, injuries See in context

Hiraoka admitted to causing the collision but was not arrested after police deemed him not to be a flight risk.

Oh, the irony

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Posted in: Uniqlo pulls ad after South Korean objections See in context

I think pretty much all of the people talking the Koreans down here don't have any experience of trauma, war or rape, or know anyone who does either...

You mean like the vast majority of the living Koreans?

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Posted in: Trump escalates impeachment fight, barring envoy's testimony See in context

This is all political theater at the moment. It shall remain so until the House has a formal vote to proceed. Until then... their expecting the Don to cooperate under the threat of impeachment. Which goes to show... they haven't been paying attention.

As it stands, this "inquiry" is merely the Democrats way of reaping the rewards of an impeachment (ramp up base support, try to convince fence-sitters, make accusations, etc.) without having to actually give the accused the legal tools that would otherwise be at his disposal to defend himself in an actual impeachment.

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Posted in: South Korea drops Japan from 'white list' in trade row See in context

"stemming from Tokyo's use of forced labour during World War II."

Wrong. How is there still confusion over the actual cause? Are the intentionally trying to misinform?

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