MilesTeg comments

Posted in: George Clooney to launch Los Angeles high school film program See in context

I'll give him credit for starting an interesting social initiative that will hopefully improve vocational opportunities for underprivileged kids. That's great.

But his involvement with Nestle and Nespresso coffee pods is utterly backwards. Nespresso has been accused of child labor practices in Central America and Africa where their beans are harvested. The Nespresso pods/capsules are far from environmentally friendly and can't be recycled in many countries including Japan. Nestle is also the company that strongly promotes the privatization of drinking water. I often try to avoid buying anything Nestle.

While I have nothing against someone making more money, he chose one of the worst companies to partner with. He speaks out against child abuse and environmental policies of corporations and industries but has no problem profiting from them.

There are lot's of celebrities that support sustainable social initiatives with their own money not for publicity but because they believe in them. I'm not so sure Clooney is one of them.

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Posted in: 'Conbini warp' an increasing traffic problem for businesses, authorities across Japan See in context

Japan is full of 'situational behavior'. You're on your best behavior in the office but once on the train you release pent-up frustration by being rude and selfish. Same for roads and parking lots. In general I find Japanese drivers 'fairly' courteous but in parking lots quite different. They step on the accelerator hard to go a few meters for no reason. They cutoff people walking in the parking lot. They leave their vehicles idling stinking up the place especially diesel trucks. They cut across parking lots to avoid stop signs and traffic lights. They dump their ashtrays in the parking lot. They back out of the parking space quickly and abruptly without even looking. I'm constantly telling my 8yrs old son to pay extra attention cause he has to walk across the parking lot to enter the 7-11.

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Posted in: Man suspected of killing Canadian Muslim family with his truck was motivated by hate: police See in context

MatejToday  01:12 pm JST

there are many attacks happening around the world like this,so why this particular one need extra publicity?

What evidence is there that this incident is getting 'extra publicity'. Should it get no attention? Why shouldn't it get exposure and attention. Because you'd rather not know about it or keep your head in the sand?

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Posted in: Premium melons go for ¥2.7 mil at auction See in context

$30,000. Shallow and superficial. Kind of sums up some people and attitudes. Look! I'm watching a TV show that shows that these people have 24carat gold faucets in their bathroom! Look! She bought this Hermes gum case for 30,000 yen! The only reason people buy these melons is to impress people as status symbols. I'm sure it tastes like a..........melon....a good melon...but just a melon.

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Posted in: 'Demon Slayer' 1st film in Japan to top ¥40 bil at box office See in context

My 10yrs old son wanted to see this so I had to accompany him. In my younger days I was a big fan of Heavy Metal and Epic magazines as well as graphic novels but never got into Manga/Anime and Demon Slayer summed up why. While the story is so-so, I found the artwork, as I find most Manga/Anime, hackneyed and uninspiring. Much like Attack on Titan which is even worse artistically. The quality is just not that great. Typical big saucer-like eyes, spiky hair, little attention to detail, overall just childish artwork. I understand that this stylized look is the appeal for some. To me they just look and sound like children's cartoons. And yet I loved the Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Ghost in the Shell - Innocence (2004). Fantastic artwork and mature, compelling story. I know that there are some others that are also in the same category but I much prefer American or European graphic novel artists. Some of the artwork is just mind blowing. My son enjoyed Demon Slayer so good for him. I didn't and seriously don't know what the big deal is about.

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Posted in: Army of fake fans online boosts China’s global messaging See in context

Unless the Chinese people start thinking for themselves and demand more from themselves and their government instead of sheepishly supporting everything the government says for fear of losing face internationally, they will remain mindless puppets of the state. They're even too dumb and blind to see that Hong Kong was the template for the future of China but they'd rather label those fighting for democracy as terrorists or threats to their way of life. It's unbelievably foolish and myopic. When they continue to criticize and malign their own citizens for speaking out against the government and for trying to tell the truth, only demonstrates that they're not ready to be a world leader.

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Posted in: Wealthy nations, once praised for success against virus, lag in vaccinations See in context

For some countries like New Zealand and Canada, it's a supply problem that has been slowing down vaccinations. It's not ideal but it's understandable considering the logistics and negotiating involved. Japan doesn't have a supply problem. The vaccine is sitting in warehouses. It's again outdated thinking and unwillingness to change (Japanese are special so require domestic clinical trials, only MDs can administer vaccinations) that is retarding the process. It's completely self-inflicted as usual.

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Posted in: Pet seller arrested for keeping 85 dogs in poor living conditions See in context

There are like 5 or 6 animals shelters in all of Japan yet hundreds of dubious pet shops and puppy mills where conditions are horrific and abuse rampant. Yet people continue to buy pets at these questionable places simply because they refuse to do research or don't care. Friend who loves Goldens says there are some legitimate breeders but their dogs are very expensive. Based on the unpopularity of child adoption in Japan, in the same sentiment, Japanese may dislike the idea of adopting a rescue or foster dog as they're often older and not puppies. That they've been discarded makes them more unappealing. My last two dogs back in Canada were fosters and I find every one has a sad story to tell if someone is willing to give them a new lease on life.

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

Japanese students have less access to IT at school than other Western countries. They're falling behind the IT curve. My son's public school had no online lessons during lockdown. There are no PC labs or even wifi at public schools. The teachers are IT ignorant; can't even setup a simple Zoom meeting so they're afraid to use IT for fear of looking dumb. But yes they can be expensive.

Why not have the ministry of education step-in and work out a plan with Apple or other manufacturer to supply devices across the board at discount rates. It's called corporate social responsibility (CSR). Not exactly the same but my nephew's school in California had musical instruments donated for free by Fender USA. He got a free guitar. What better way to get future loyal buyers when they get older.

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Posted in: Japanese NBA player Hachimura, brother targeted with racial slurs See in context

Eisenach Today  08:47 am JST

Hey Hachimura,

What do you think about this:

Japanese woman assaulted in US reflects on anti-Asian hate crime spike:

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210421/p2a/00m/0in/023000c

Hey Hachimura take an "interest in the matter." Since you live in the US.

How does his commenting on the racism he has experienced from Japanese about his black ancestry discredit or diminish the current racist-based attacks faced by Asians in the US? Both are repugnant and demonstrate that racism is a constant threat to society all over the world. For all we know, he may have been subjected to racism for his Asian ancestry in the US as well.

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Posted in: Australia bans arrivals of its citizens from India; says offenders face jail, fines See in context

And yet when the US was experiencing record high infection numbers last year, US celebrities suddenly starting showing up in Australia while Australian citizens were denied entry. I get the need to protect the country but the point made about improving quarantine procedures for citizens makes more sense. That being said, possible the new strains is what's making them freak out like this....which is partly understandable.

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Posted in: 1st batch of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Japan See in context

And they already have a major stockpile of Pfizer's vaccine just sitting around. It's one things if you're having difficulty getting supplies like many countries but Japan must be the only that has a large stock yet are vaccinating at a snail's pace. And their plan is to open a huge space in central Tokyo that will require reservations? What about decentralizing vaccinations and allowing hospitals and clinics all over Japan to vaccinate? It's not as if it's a super technical process and Japan has probably the best distribution systems in the world with their takkyubin/delivery (refrigerated trucks) network.

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Posted in: 3 nuclear reactors to become 1st in Japan to operate beyond 40-year limit See in context

This isn't anything to celebrate or be optimistic about.....on the contrary. And after what happened at Fukushima; also old reactors.

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Posted in: Japan to issue new 500 yen coins in November See in context

In Canada, they've finally started rounding-off to make pennies redundant. Pennies and ¥1 coins make no sense.

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Posted in: Japan to issue new 500 yen coins in November See in context

People don't use coins very much nowadays. They use their Suica, Pasmo, and other types of cards. Why forge new 500 coins? It's a waste and outdated. So of course this government will do it.

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Posted in: Let's fight terrorism See in context

Incompetent, misguided governments are more dangerous than terrorists. Look around the world. Most of the major problems are self-inflicted by governments and their supposed leaders.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says cancelation not being considered See in context

Not even one of them said that the most effective measure is vaccination. Instead they're calling for 'expert panel' meetings and having restaurants/bars stop serving alcohol. It's funny how media aren't even bringing up the question. Then again, it's common that the media are muzzled in Japan or are afraid to challenge for fear of Japan losing face. Of course if it involves 'Gaijin' or in particular other Asian nations, then fire away!!

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Posted in: Japan rolls out vaccine slowly, despite looming Olympics See in context

Paul Today  06:34 pm JST

Yet still over 50000 new cases a day and rising. Are you sure the vaccine works? It's gone from 95% effective to 'about' 90% effective. I think it's on the way down to around 50.

In January and February there were over 250,000 a day. There's a clear correlation between when they started vaccinating and decreases in new infections. About 50% have been vaccinated so of course you're still going to have new infections because some are still refusing to wear masks and social distance.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.html

Fact Checking: Provide credible sources that say they're rising and that that vaccines' effectivity is going down to 50%,

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Posted in: Japan rolls out vaccine slowly, despite looming Olympics See in context

They are world leaders in incompetency and stupidity. Just cause there have been relatively few deaths doesn't mean you can purposely slow down vaccinations. This is now the 3rd 'lockdown'. How many more businesses will suffer and people will lose their jobs. It's a joke.

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Posted in: Death of man attacked by bear sparks conversation about what to do when facing one See in context

daito_hakToday  11:15 am JST

 It would be better, if the bear looks likely to attack, to pierce its eyes or mouth with something you can manipulate from afar like a long stick or ski pole.

*This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. **That it can be provided as a realistic advise just goes beyond my imagination? What to pierce a bear's mouth means? Look, I lived for 16 years in Hokkaido and I saw by my own eyes a brown bear. There is no way that the advise above would work against an animal that is 2m high and can weight until 400 kg, and which strength is terrifying. Those are brawn bear, not puppies. This animal will charge you at a striking speed and crunch you if you even wave anything against him.*

Hilarious and sad at the same time as he's spreading falsehoods and claims to know more than the experts yet most likely has zero actual experience.

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Posted in: Death of man attacked by bear sparks conversation about what to do when facing one See in context

P. SmithToday  10:43 am JST

Several experts state that unless you hit the brain or spinal cord directly, the bear will only be wounded and become even more dangerous. If a bullet would have difficulty, shotgun pellets which are much smaller and dispersed over a wider area would be even less effective. Not surprisingly your points need to be fact checked. You can't fix stupid.

Where do you have to hit a bear with spray for it to be effective? I’m the face, which is the same place where a shotgun blast would need to hit.

The article is about bear attacks in Japan. Where the poster is from is irrelevant.

I mentioned people who read this site, not those who post. Where they are from is relevant given shotguns are widely available in many countries.

*I posted the US Fish & Wildlife site and a simple Google search will provide other expert advice which you can easily do. I posted the information they provide as experts which clearly you're not if you actually think shotgun pellets would be more effective than bullets and that firearms are the best defense. Go check the sites and argue with the experts about bear pepper spray.

Shotguns and other firearms are not widely available in most developed countries as they have gun control. Getting a license can be a long and arduous process involving training, background checks, and registration. Wrong again.

The article is about bear attacks in Japan and your point about shotguns is not what the experts advise. You've refuted absolutely nothing.

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Posted in: Death of man attacked by bear sparks conversation about what to do when facing one See in context

P. SmithToday  10:25 am JST

The article is about Hokkaido, JAPAN so your point is utterly worthless.

You’re presupposing that only people in Japan read this site.

It's also wrong. The vast majority of wildlife and bear experts including the US Fish & Wildlife Service state that using firearms against bears can be even more dangerous and is not recommended. Bear pepper spray is a better defense. 

http://www.bearsmart.com/docs/BearSprayVsBullets.pdf

This is about bullets, not shotgun pellets. Thanks for your considered input though.

Several experts state that unless you hit the brain or spinal cord directly, the bear will only be wounded and become even more dangerous. If a bullet would have difficulty, shotgun pellets which are much smaller and dispersed over a wider area would be even less effective. Not surprisingly your points need to be fact checked. You can't fix stupid.

The article is about bear attacks in Japan. Where the poster is from is irrelevant.

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Posted in: Death of man attacked by bear sparks conversation about what to do when facing one See in context

P. SmithToday  08:35 am JST

Love the stupid advice about bringing a shotgun with you when it's next to impossible to get and carry one around here.

The problem with your analysis is I wasn’t advising anyone to take a shotgun, I was merely explaining it is a good defensive devise against bears.

It’s almost as if you have to spell everything out in painful detail lest people twist your words.

The article is about Hokkaido, JAPAN so your point is utterly worthless. It's also wrong. The vast majority of wildlife and bear experts including the US Fish & Wildlife Service state that using firearms against bears can be even more dangerous and is not recommended. Bear pepper spray is a better defense.

http://www.bearsmart.com/docs/BearSprayVsBullets.pdf

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Posted in: TEPCO banned from restarting nuclear plant over safety flaws See in context

After several government reports clearly stated that reactor problems were caused by TEPCO's incompetence and management, they should have a spotless record. That they still have security flaws now demonstrates that they have complete disregard for regulations and safety and that management hasn't changed at all. They are the epitome of old style Japanese corporate arrogance and elitism.

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Posted in: NHL grapples with vaccine inequity between U.S. and Canada See in context

Costa Rica's population 5mil. Chile's 19mil. Canada 39mil. Chile and Costa Rica are also tiny in terms of area compared to Canada which is the 2nd largest in the world after Russia. There are surely some government issues but it's part of a bigger picture that include lack of domestic production and logistics; sheer size of population and geographical area.

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Posted in: Police report record number of cannabis offenders in 2020 See in context

Merely perpetuating the lies and racial basis behind the persecution of marijuana and its users that started in the US in the 30’s & 40’s. Copy cats with no factual medical reasons.

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Posted in: Japan considers prioritizing Olympic athletes for COVID-19 vaccination See in context

Consider.......consider....think about......create a committee to do more considering........maybe.......maybe not........what should we do........hmmmm..........consider again........hmmmm.....

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Posted in: China pushes to expand virus origin search to other countries See in context

YuriOtaniToday  11:51 am JST

Yet how does blaming China improve things? Do you really want a war with China perhaps nuclear?

It's not about blaming. It's about acknowledging that it started there. Once that's done, then steps can be taken to decrease the likelihood of it or something similar happening again. If you think that amounts to blaming, then you're just as bad as the Chinese about saving face.

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Posted in: China pushes to expand virus origin search to other countries See in context

Not only are you dealing with a lying government in denial, you're also seeing a population blindly supporting the government believing anything they say in an effort to save face when in actuality it's making it worse. The Chinese are sheep.

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Posted in: Tens of thousands rally around Australia to demand justice for sexual assault victims See in context

Ego Sum Lux MundiToday  01:01 pm JST

mountaingrillToday 12:48 pm JST

I hope these protestors are treated better than those in the UK. The images of the police dragging women away from the vigil were truly disturbing. Power to these ladies.

They were in violation of Covid-19 gathering ordinances. Or doesn't that matter when it's for a cause you favor?

It has nothing to do with bias. It has everything to do with discretion and planning. The man accused of the murder is a policeman from the same police force. Knowing that, the police could've taken a more conciliatory approach maybe even show solidarity with the crowd then together with the organizers, ask people to disperse and go home. The event started in the late afternoon when there was still sunlight. Why not show a presence from the very beginning before people started arriving to discourage the gathering. Instead the police waited for darkness to fall before physically removing people. You allow them to gather and demonstrate peacefully then all of a sudden arbitrarily decide it's time to break this up when it gets dark.

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