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Posted in: 2 Japanese men arrested in Cambodia for allegedly killing taxi driver See in context

The two admitted to killing Cambodian man Him Chan, 40, with a knife around 5 p.m. Sunday to steal his taxi which they planned to use in committing further crimes, according to Huot Sothy, deputy police chief in Siem Reap Province.

Nowhere in the article does it say they are intelligent.

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Posted in: Japan reluctantly supports U.S. exit from arms pact with Russia See in context

As I commented in Saturday's article about this: The problem is that Putin has already effectively abandoned the treaty by developing new hypersonic nuclear weapons. The Chinese have also done the same in tandem as well as developing submarine based weapons. The entire western world is (sadly) dependant on the US to keep them free and safe from Russian and future Cineese aggression. There really is no choice but to counter that threat. Unlike the Russians, the US has abided by the treaty. Therefore the US is announcing its abandonment of the treaty, which Russia already has done. China never was bound by it. Putin and Xi are pulling the western world back into a Cold War that only they seem to want. Do people want a weak US that can’t protect them? The other option would be for all nations to build nuclear capability and beef up thier own militaries. But that’s not going to happen. The situation is regrettable, but Putin and Xi are making it nesesarry.

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Posted in: A-bomb survivors worried about U.S. plan to withdraw from arms pact See in context

The problem is that Putin has already effectively abandoned the treaty by developing new hypersonic nuclear weapons. The Chinese have also done the same in tandem as well as developing submarine based weapons. The entire western world is (sadly) dependant on the US to keep them free and safe from Russian and future Cineese aggression. There really is no choice but to counter that threat. Unlike the Russians, the US has abided by the treaty. Therefore the US is announcing its abandonment of the treaty, which Russia already has done. China never was bound by it. Putin and Xi are pulling the western world back into a Cold War that only they seem to want. Do people want a weak US that can’t protect them? The other option would be for all nations to build nuclear capability and beef up thier own militaries. But that’s not going to happen. The situation is regrettable, but Putin and Xi are making it nesesarry.

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Posted in: Top U.S. Navy officer urges China to avoid confrontations See in context

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said "we use rules rather than weapons to safeguard and promote our own interests," and that the U.S. should focus on cooperation with China instead of issuing such a report.

China only uses rules when they favor China. Otherwise it is China’s way or the threat of war. Everyone knows this.

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Posted in: JAL unveils tougher rules to control crew's alcohol consumption See in context

It’s hard to believe the former limit was 0.1. That’s more than legally drunk in many countries and twice the legal limit in some. Yet they could fly hundreds of people at that level? Crazy. It should be zero.

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Posted in: Google Japan unit found to have underreported ¥3.5 bil in taxable income See in context

More and more Google appears to be more of a global crime organization, with a search engine.

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Posted in: Merkel, Abe, other leaders to attend Davos forum as Trump sits out See in context

If Trump was to attend he would be criticized for doing so while government employees are not being paid. If he doesn’t attend it will be construed as a personal weakness. He can’t win either way.

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Posted in: 10 same-sex couples to sue Japanese gov't over marriage equality See in context

If three people (or more) professed love for each other and mutually agreed to enter into in a polygamous Mormon style wedding with perhaps one old guy and several young women, would you grant them that right or deny them?

A mediocre attempt at misdirection. No one is asking for polygamy to be legal. Nor beatsiality nor the ability to marry a child. Any other red herrings you want to throw out there without discussing the actual subject matter?

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Posted in: Autonomous robot prevents growth of weeds by stepping on them See in context

Not only would a robot be less costly, isn’t there a constant labor shortage?

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Posted in: Autonomous robot prevents growth of weeds by stepping on them See in context

An employee would cost much, much more annually than this robot, which is a one time cost and most likely minimal maintenance costs. Sheep could easily damage electrical lines and the panels. And no need for pesticides.

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Posted in: The biggest hits and misses in Hollywood's 2018 See in context

“A Quiet Place” sequel is one I welcome as I felt it ended a bit short of where I wanted it go. Most of the sequels these days are worthless.

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Posted in: Japanese space probe launches new robot onto asteroid See in context

Starpunk,

The US media is too focused on Trump to report any news anymore, much less international news. That’s why I have to go to places like this to get my US and international news now, along with European news sites.

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Posted in: Accuser of Trump's Supreme Court nominee to testify on Thursday; new allegation from 2nd woman See in context

@CrazyJoe

You need to check your news source. Apparently whatever source you have is quite biased. What the senator actually said was “Unless there's something more, no I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this.”

Sounds to me that yes, he is sceptical, but is open to hearing and Ford’s testimony. Remember, innocent until PROVEN guilty. Sounds like you’ve made up your mind prior to any testimony, which shows your clear bias.

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Posted in: Will a 'Saturday Night Live' makeover boost the Emmys? See in context

I’ve tired of watching these millionaire actors slapping each other on the back while spouting their political beliefs. No more for me!

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Posted in: U.S. Senator John McCain dead at 81 See in context

Sad to hear of his passing. He was one of the few centrists left of either party.

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Posted in: Soldier's nephew in Japan receives second WWII souvenir flag See in context

It was a kind gesture, repeated, to return both flags to the family.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. to meet again on trade in Sept See in context

They need to find something other than cars to talk about. Even most Americans don’t want American cars!

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Posted in: Japan to buy advanced U.S. radar for missile defense system See in context

@ Yuri Otani

Your answer is zero. President Trump hasn’t broken any treaties. The Iran deal was never an official treaty because President Obama never had it ratified by congress, which is why Trump could just wipe the deal out with a stroke of a pen. TPP was never completed either, which meant Trump could just decide not to be a signatory. He’s renegotiating the NAFTA treaty, but still abiding by the current treaty.

So to reiterate the point, Trump has honored all treaties while not agreeing to new ones and attempting to renegotiate others. That’s what a leader does, lead. Whether you or I agree with him or not he’s leading. It was disappointing to see our last president make such weak, easily undone agreements.

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Posted in: 2 years on, Brexit vote has taken a toll on UK economy See in context

Seems the largest problem with Brexit is May’s foot dragging, leaving everything uncertain for the future of the U.K. Businesses don’t know what to expect and are rightly hesitant to make new investments until there is some sort of clear vision of the future. Get on with it Ms May or step asside and let someone with the will and vision to do it move past this period of uncertainty and stagnation!

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Posted in: Woman suspected of killing brother and making it look like suicide See in context

Charcoal eh? I wonder if she was a fan of Erased. She clearly isn’t very intelligent though.

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Posted in: Trump rebukes Japan over nontariff barriers against American cars See in context

Why would anyone in Japan WANT to buy an American car?? I'm an American and I never buy American cars. They are horrible. I have always owned Japanese cars because they are reasonably priced for what you get. They are reliable and are driver-centric. American cars are big beasts with everything looking tacked on. Japanese cars last for decades, American cars last for a few years. Not only that, but most Japanese car makers are now making cars in America that are more American by content that supposed American cars. I've ben telling people for years, buy American, that means a Japanese car!

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