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Posted in: Clinton, Trump clash over who is best for U.S. minorities See in context

I really think Trump is a little late in arriving for this particular party. Did he really think his "what have you got to loose" statement would be a rallying cry? Maybe in a crap game it would be, but this the election is more than that. I suspect his remarks are reflective of his poverty of thought and ideas on issues.

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Posted in: Politicos spar over ethics surrounding Clinton Foundation See in context

Didn`t Trump have problems of his own with overseas donors? Will they be expecting access?

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Posted in: Trump stand-ins struggle to speak for and defend nominee See in context

Confusion in the ranks seems to be rampant. I think the Republican Party would be far better by Preibus doing a Pontius Pilate on Trump and turn the partys attention to next time. Id gladly give him the towel for when he would dry his hands afterwards. All the surrogates can do is rearrange the seating arrangements of the Wilhelm Gustloff, so I would hope that more reasonable ones would find themselves better things to do.

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Posted in: Philippine president says his bloody drug war not genocide See in context

It would likely be called murder in most countries. My advice is start avoiding going there because one will not know who is considered a "bad guy" until after their lead level is raised to an unhealthy level. Also the rule of law seems to be going down the drain along with the blood of people, deserving or not.

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Posted in: Trump says he would track immigrants to ensure no visa overstays See in context

This particular exercise in futility is going to cost a boat load of money so where is Trump going to pay for it from - probably the middle class. All this is going to do is keep honest people honest and illegal activity goes on. It is a great fig leaf for Trump to wave about!

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Posted in: Europe's refugee crisis simmers despite efforts to solve it See in context

Go back to the sources. Afghan refuges are from where? Syrian refugees are from where? Somali refuges are from where? Iraq etc. etc. and so forth.

Get these places sorted out - and I dont mean Trumps carpet bombing blather. I mean take away Daeshs reason for being and find Assad a new home. For countries that with economic weaknesses, these need to be strengthened to make the country attractive to its people vice a European nation. For the latter, it might be more expedient to throw dollars, euros and yen at the problem than expend lives to restore order from anarchy. For the former, more troops (not aircraft) would in the short to medium term be required. Once the countries are safe again, Im sure most refugees would even pay to go back to the country of their origin and upbringing.

We can moan all about countries not taking their fair share (what ever that means) but until the source countries are safe and economically sound, we`re "dancing on the head of a pin". So everyone might just as well get on with the job at hand.

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Posted in: Japan, China, S Korea slam N Korean missile launch See in context

I`d like to see the submarine that they are using to fire this missile. Having the missile capability is one thing. Deploying it in a submarine will be quite another.

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Posted in: Tokyo prepares for 2020 Olympics, facing rising costs and new sports See in context

Another example of "careful what you ask for because you may get it". Why not sub out some event - equestrian events could be run in Tohoku and soccer and baseball could be played in Osaka. While the big print says the Olympics will open and close in Tokyo, I don`t know that the small print precludes events from taking place elsewhere. Remember Beijing? Equestrian events were in Hong Kong. Worth a think or two?

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Posted in: Abe's Super Mario act gets social media buzzing in Japan See in context

New career possibility after retirement?

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Posted in: Thyroid cancer 'epidemic' down to overdiagnosis: study See in context

"If ye seek it, ye shall find it" If the patient`s are being railroaded into unnecessary procedures, that is a problem for the medical community, not the screening process per se. It is the interpretation of, and decision making based on, the results that needs to more closely scrutinized. Hopefully this will not lead to a decrease in screening and thus the rise of more untreatable or at the best more radical treatment of thyroid cancers because of this situation.

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Posted in: Muslim man goes on hunger strike after being served pork at Yokohama immigration center See in context

Why is he in the slam in the first place? There is more to this story of course but the pressing issue is the menu selection.

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Posted in: China says its navy carried out drills in Sea of Japan See in context

This is not new major news. When we sail, the Chinese observe and vice versa. The same goes in the Baltic, Black Sea and Mediterranean with the Russian Navy. It must be a slow news day because this has been going on for decades. The JT just realized that this is going on? It is a good opportunity to see the other guys in action so as to get a newer appreciation of the progress they are making so the more the better, just so long as they remember the rules of the road and don`t buzz the observers too closely.

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Posted in: Visiting flood-damaged Louisiana, Trump moves ahead with campaign turnaround See in context

Obama and Clinton did the responsible thing and stayed away. Donald barged in when he was asked not to. Not very presidential. Also, one truck of supplies while good for a photo-op is a fart in the whirlwind compared to the need of the people.

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Posted in: Man falls asleep in Japanese store’s massage chair, wakes up to find himself locked in See in context

It must be a nice chair.

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Posted in: Biden's remark on Japan's constitution raises eyebrows See in context

I havent read Dowers book lately so it is time for a reread of it. Also check out Beate Sirota`s work on the project.

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Posted in: Germany to face Sweden in women's soccer final See in context

Sweden, youbetcha!!

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Posted in: Japanese women win table tennis bronze See in context

Good for them!

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing refrigerator, other items from hotel room in Takasaki See in context

How did he get the stuff past the front desk? As I recall, emergency exits are alarmed aren`t they so that would leave only the main exit. Strange.

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Posted in: Ehime prison inmate goes missing; found 3 hours later on rooftop See in context

What time did he breakfast?

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Posted in: Japan spots 230 Chinese fishing boats off disputed isles See in context

I think Japan is concerned that if things go south with China and the Senkaku Islands, the US might not necessarily get involved. The US made it plain to Taiwan not to pull "The Dragon`s Tail" too hard or too often. I imagine this has not been lost on the Japanese government. Someone has already posted that the sovereignty issue should not be an issue. Unfortunately it already is with Vietnam, Taiwan, The Philippines, China, and Japan. Getting that particular Genie back into to the bottle before negotiations can commence will be a very neat trick for someone to pull off.

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Posted in: Trump: Japanese will 'watch Sony TV' if U.S. is attacked See in context

I am a Republican who tries to vote in favour of what is best for the country and not the party. This year Mr. Trump is a menace to both the US and its allies and while Mrs. Clinton is not Angelic, I will much prefer voting for a rational person for President than the man who keeps psychiatrists and pundits awake at night trying to figure out what of several personality disorders he might be afflicted with. I know some see him as The Second Coming but I, after seeing him performing on various stages around the US, see him as The Second Coming of Mussolini. I see a few similarities in both of their posturings on public stages.

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Posted in: Teacher who sat for anthem deserved pay cut: Japan court See in context

Standing for the national anthem is just common courtesy. I think an admonishment would have been sufficient by way of a penalty.

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