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Posted in: Conflicts push global military spending to all-time high: report See in context

It's a shame so much money is spent on weapons of war that could be much better spent on helping all the world's citizens. After 300,000 years of man's existence I keep waiting for humanity to grow up. Unfortunately it seems the leaders we choose are stuck in perpetual childish pursuits.

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Posted in: Judge warns Trump over juror intimidation; 7 jurors picked for trial See in context

bass4funkToday 07:57 am JST

Don fell asleep, AGAIN.

If it gets boring again, why not?

If the selection of the twelve (plus six alternates) people that will decide your fate in a criminal case bores you, you are an idiot.

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Posted in: Winnie the Pooh becomes a killer: Where is remix culture going? See in context

"Disney pathetic trash..," what are you talking about? "They made good films in bad times. They make bad films in good times," please explain, I've watched a lot of movies from every era, there were always good ones and bad ones. I think the loss of copyright will make for a lot of cheesy movies and maybe some good ones, I welcome them all.

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Posted in: Disney wins proxy fight, turning back activists See in context

'Iger's position was boosted by strong quarterly earnings in February,' Disney understands that we are a diverse nation and it's time to appeal to that diversity. Unfortunately there are bigots that think they are the only ones of importance and Disney shouldn't try to appeal to a wider audience as times change. Disney still makes a lot of 'family friendly' programming and if someone doesn't want to watch their other programming then don't. A billionaire trying to take control of Disney wouldn't serve anyone but the billionaire and maybe the bigots.

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Posted in: Fukui court allows 5 aging nuclear plants to continue operations See in context

Clayton K. CharToday  09:44 am JST

Is the service period for a reactor based on science or is it arbitrary? Exactly which parts degrade and deteriorate over time and can't be replaced?

Did you mean to ask which parts don't degrade or deteriorate over time, because they all do.

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Posted in: 'Scolded' braless passenger wants meeting with Delta Air Lines boss See in context

"This time of year, Salt Lake City is chilly. Would you like to see men or women traveling in wet t-shirts in front of your children?" Sure why not, if children are raised correctly they aren't going to be traumatized by human bodies. Of course if they have been brainwashed by their parents and a story book they will end up being traumatized by many things in life. Woman should have equal rights and not be judged by a different standard.

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Posted in: Chocolate snack-shaped translator earphones See in context

Their function seems cool, but why would you make something that small look like candies, Danielsan has it right.

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Posted in: Doctor gets 18 years for consensual killing of woman with ALS See in context

To tell you the truth I live in the US, so I don't have intimate knowledge of your laws. I do read JT every day and have seen other crimes including murder that got a lesser sentence. As soon as I read the headline for this story I thought that it sounded like a really long sentence.

Personally I think we should all have the right to chose the time of our death, with common sense restrictions. There are only a few states that allow euthanasia in the US, I wish there were more, but religion stands in the way. Anyway I hope they find a way to lesson the sentence of what sounds to me to be a empathic doctor.

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Posted in: Hit them in the pocket: How cities are going after SUVs See in context

I'll only speak about what I saw in the US. I remember the gas shortages in the 70's and people clamored for smaller more efficient vehicles. Then when gas prices started to fall, instead of thinking great, let's keep them there, many people said great, give me my big polluting gas guzzler back.

I've for a long time thought that fees for vehicle registration should be calculated on their efficiency. I applaud Japan for including size in the equation.

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Posted in: ‘I never lost a fight against a man’: The story of the only woman to join Japan’s notorious yakuza See in context

Wandora: "What a strange worldview. She excelled at violence."

I don't see this article as glorifying her, but just telling her interesting story. I have seen throughout history the glorification of violence by people that did it on a much larger scale than she did. Thousands, hundreds of thousands killed and the main architects of those deaths are often glorified because they were 'on the right side,' which is an arbitrary assessment at best.

She does not get a pass for being a criminal, but at least she's attempting to do better, when so many others go to their graves while still committing evil acts. And I think that makes for an interesting story, be it as a cautionary tale or partial redemption is a matter of opinion.

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Posted in: Orderly manner See in context

gogogo, I was wondering why they all look like westerners.

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Posted in: Foreign English teacher in Japan calls student’s ability garbage; says it was an 'American joke' See in context

I agree with First15, living in the US all my life, I think when you have more rules than words, then rules takes on a esoteric meaning.

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Posted in: 'Parasite' actor's death prompts criticism of police, media See in context

Sad that a person could be driven to this by such repressive drug laws. Wars on drugs never work, they only make some people rich and many others suffer. Ask someone from the US how effective it is. I hope his family eventually finds peace.

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Posted in: Colorado Supreme Court, in landmark ruling, bans Trump from state’s ballot under insurrection clause See in context

Isn't it amazing that even with mounds of evidence any investigation into trump is a witch hunt and yet with no evidence at all, an impeachment inquiry in to Biden is absolutely justified.

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Posted in: Nippon Steel to buy U.S. Steel for $14.1 billion See in context

It seems to me the problem is that corporations don't reinvest capitol to upgrade their processes such as arc-furnaces which would keep them competitive in the future. Instead they use profits for stock buy backs, high corporate officer salaries and payments to stockholders. I heard a long time ago that Japan and other countries plan 10 to 20 years ahead, while for too many US companies it's all about grab what you can in the here and now.

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Posted in: Man shoots woman and 3 children, then himself, at Las Vegas apartment complex, police say See in context

So what, it's the US, we have guns, guns, guns galore. We have more mass shootings than there are days in the year. Right-wing politicians will pose for christmas pictures with every member of the family holding guns, including the children. Republican politicians say there is nothing we can do about it, even as they vote against stronger regulations put forth by Democrats. Mass shootings have become have become as much of a tradition as any other regular happenings. I feel for the extended members of the families that will have to deal with this.

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Posted in: Verdict due Tuesday in landmark Japan SDF sexual assault case See in context

Wandora @ 9.58am

So, are you saying that it is ok for military personal to sexually assault each other and woman shouldn't expect special treatment. And if that is the case then I certainly would not volunteer to serve.

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Posted in: Israel and Hamas agree to extend truce for two more days, and to free more hostages and prisoners See in context

"no civilized people take hostages.. only terrorists and countries like North Korea and Russia." Really, take a look at the number of people in US jails for BS reasons. It was 'civilized' countries that kept slaves for many years and still find ways to circumvent laws to keep people hostage, usually for economic reasons.

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Posted in: ‘Barbie’ joins $1 billion club; breaks another record for female directors See in context

Personally, I'd like to thank the Right-Wing for all the free advertising.

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Posted in: Japanese startup unveils space viewing tour on balloon flight See in context

Could be fun and wouldn't pollute like the rockets do.

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Posted in: Couple in their 80s found dead in suspected murder-suicide See in context

This is what happens when you don't have, 'Right to Die Laws'. Everyone should be able to decide the time of their death especially as we age. No I don't believe your average young person should have carte blanche for ending one's life, they should be offered as much help and counseling as possible, but as you age and the mind and body deteriorate it should be your choice when to sleep forever.

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Posted in: Japanese firm shifts copper foil plans from South Carolina to Georgia See in context

All those incentive payments come out of tax payer pocket's as will any infrastructure costs to accommodate the plant. Also there is no guarantee the plant won't move when those incentives expire.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over death of mentally disabled son See in context

"What a weak failure of a mother", wow, you have no idea what her or her son's life might have been like. I'm not saying it was a good decision, but I know stress breaks people all the time and before the, 'seek help', replies, I've also seen that way to often help can't be found. She will have to live with what she did, one life ended and one was ruined, empathy is free, there's no charge for having it.

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Posted in: World leaders rage against neighbors on 2nd day of U.N. debate See in context

It's always better to at least provide an opportunity for a meaningful dialogue, even if it is not used and I'm willing to bet that much more goes on in the corridors of the UN than in the assembly room.

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Posted in: Chinese director Zhang Yimou defends casting of Matt Damon See in context

I had to log on just to say, nicely said kaynide.

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Posted in: Tokyo police release PR video in English to assure foreign visitors Japan is safe See in context

Very funny, I had a good laugh, at about the 6 minute mark two cops catch a criminal and say, 'I found the gun', next scene two cops catch a criminal and say, 'I found the drugs', next scene cops are chasing man out of a door and I really expected them to say, ' I found the man in the bad suit'.

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Posted in: Trump looks to grab attention as Republican rivals debate See in context

bass4funk, what makes you say that Bernie is bad, have you looked at his voting record or the things he stands for or against?

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Posted in: Trump escalates fight with Fox News before debate See in context

CrazyJoe, I logged in just so I could give you a thumbs up, thank for your comment.

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Posted in: Islamic State ambushes, kills up to 50 Iraqi troops See in context

Burning Bush, MarkG, how much more of your money are you willing too donate, to continue making weapons makers even richer? Also you might want to research past wars and look at the amount of bombs dropped and the armies that still survived and kept fighting.

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Posted in: Tooth found in stew at Tokyo hotel restaurant See in context

Dan Lewis, I may be easy, but that was funny.

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