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Posted in: Japan's Nikkei tops 40,000 for first time, as investors await China political meeting See in context

The stock market is nothing but a rich man’s gambling club

That's not true.

About 60% of American adults own stocks. The vast majority of them are not rich.

And for these scores of millions of Americans, stock ownership is vital for them to build wealth, ensure a comfortable retirement, and/or put their kids through school.

So, let's not be so quick to knock the stock market.

True, the richest 1% own a disproportionately high number of stocks in terms of population -- but what else should we expect? Rich people are always going to own the most of pretty much anything.

Simple reason: because they have more money than the rest of us.

And, rich people often own shares of stock in the same companies that many working-class people also own stock in. The investments made by those rich folks do end up benefiting the financial situation of the middle class investors.

So, again, let's not be so quick to knock the stock market as "nothing but a rich man's gambling club." This strongly suggests to me that you own no stock yourself and thus see no value in it for "regular folks."

You couldn't be more wrong.

This idea that the stock market is only for rich people is just not factually accurate.

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Posted in: Are social media networks changing the news gathering and disseminating process for better or for worse? See in context

There would be lots of facts that are inconvenient to "progressives" -- the Hunter Biden laptop story, for instance -- that we never would have heard about without social media and alternative news sources.

The mainstream leftist media bent over backwards trying to censor that story (and the left has the gall to complain about "election interference"!), and would've gotten away with it if they were our only news sources.

Too bad that story didn't come out till after the election. Polls show that a high-enough-to-change-the-outcome percentage of voters would not have voted for Biden had they known about it.

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Posted in: Masked shooters kill 4 people and injure 3 at outdoor party in California See in context

How is it that a country like Switzerland has a high rate of gun ownership, but one of the lowest homicide rates in the world?

Maybe those "guns don't kill people, people kill people" folks really know what they're talking about.

Guns could be entirely eradicated in America, and America would still have a large number of homicidal maniacs.

After all, the USA has been the home of most of the world's most notorious serial killers in recent history -- and very few of them used guns to kill their victims.

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Posted in: S Korea to take steps to suspend the licenses of striking trainee doctors See in context

purple_depressed_baconToday  04:23 pm JST

So the South Korean government's answer to the doctor shortages in hospitals is to...suspend the licenses of trainee doctors? That makes sense...not.

Those doctors are on strike, and illegally so. They're not working now anyway.

I'm sure that if they agree to end the strike and go back to work, the license suspensions will be lifted.

What else is the Korean government supposed to do? End the reforms, as the doctors demand?

No, they shouldn't do that, because they're needed and (as the article says) the vast majority of the South Korean public supports them.

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Posted in: An Oscars comeback? How the film academy went global and found its footing again See in context

I've never watched the Oscars and I'm not about to start now.

I'm not interested in watching a bunch of sex fiends and drug addicts play dress-up and give each other trophies for playing make-believe in front of a film camera.

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Posted in: More than one billion worldwide now afflicted by obesity: Lancet See in context

Raw Beer Today  04:39 pm JST

One reason why there are so many obese people is the terrible advice people are given by doctors and "experts".

Exactly.

It's almost as if the doctors, not to mention Big Pharma, actually want people to be fat and sick.

And I don't think it takes a rocket-scientist genius to figure out why.

It's stunning to me that as recently as the 1990s, the "experts" were telling us to load up on foods that, at least today, every dummy knows will get you fat if you eat too much of it:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/rebuilding-the-food-pyramid/

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Posted in: More than one billion worldwide now afflicted by obesity: Lancet See in context

Moonraker Today  12:26 pm JST

But, inevitably, the companies that make the rubbish food and drinks have pushed back against this and very often won or succeeded in watering down any regulations. Private profits, socialised costs, that's how it works.

I get what you're saying, but nobody is being forced to consume "rubbish food and drinks."

We know this stuff is bad for us. It's up to us to not eat or drink it, or at least to eat or drink it in moderation.

This mentality whereby we look to government to solve every problem is just as unhealthy societally as "rubbish food" is physically.

The government doesn't care about you, so stop looking to it to solve every problem in your life!

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Posted in: Self-proclaimed YouTuber arrested for breaking into 78-year-old woman's home See in context

Okay, NOW I wonder what is going on in Hokkaido . . .

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Posted in: Man arrested for stalking after breaking into home of ex-girlfriend in Hokkaido See in context

SpeedToday  11:40 am JST

What are they drinking up in Hokkaido? A stabbing in the other articles, violence between family members the other day and now this.

Three stories involving three bad actors in a prefecture of 5 million people.

We're drinking the same things as everyone else, and most of us are just fine.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stalking after breaking into home of ex-girlfriend in Hokkaido See in context

falseflagsteveToday  03:59 pm JST

Oh no not again!

Is there something in the water up there turning people potty? Well, there seems to be a lot of this type of thing lately.

Yes. Two or three people behaving badly in a prefecture of 5 million people -- definitely "a lot."

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting bar employee in Yamaguchi Prefecture See in context

That this sort of story makes the national news in one of the world‘s most populous countries means that this country is generally very safe.

I doubt this sort of story would even make the local news in most Western locales.

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Posted in: U.S. makes its first Gaza aid airdrop as mediators to seek truce deal See in context

Critics say airdrops are far less effective than aid deliveries by truck, and it is nearly impossible to ensure supplies do not end up with militants.

Oh, it‘s almost certain Hamas will take them.

But the Biden regime can pat themselves on the back for at least appearing to be noble, caring people ahead of the election.

Which is of course probably the whole point.

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Posted in: Nihon University not to reform scandal-hit American football club in 2024 See in context

I've got no problem with them punishing the players who were guilty of the drug offenses. They take marijuana possession and use very seriously here in Japan, and it's good that they do.

(And here come all the down-votes from all the pot fans. Go ahead. I don't care.)

What I do have a problem with is punishing the innocent players by shutting down the whole football program.

I don't know if this is legally realistic, but I wonder if they should sue the university.

After all, they presumably enrolled in Nihon University in part because of its football program.

If the university "sold" its football program to these students as part of their student recruitment, then it seems unfair (maybe even fraudulent) to now ban them from playing football because of something they didn't even do.

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Posted in: Trump is not isolationist, former U.S. envoy to Japan believes See in context

"America First" doesn't mean "America Only."

I'm not sure why so many people seem to have difficulty sorting out this simple difference.

An analogy: For most of us, our families come first. That doesn't mean we don't care at all about other people, though. Of course we do.

But we take care of and make ourselves available to our families first, and then we tend to other people after that.

Same with Trump's "America First" mentality.

Why would we not expect any world leader to look after his/her own country first, while addressing the concerns and situations of other countries secondarily?

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Posted in: I want to eat healthily. So why do I crave sugar, salt and carbs? See in context

I want to eat healthily. So why do I crave sugar, salt and carbs?

Because they taste good, would be my guess.

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Posted in: Michigan cop's mistake leads to $320,000 deal with Japanese man wrongly accused of drunken driving See in context

Paul Today  10:23 am JST

And, how come a police officer that does not know what he is doing is allowed to patrol?

This cop was a woman.

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Posted in: Joy, envy in Japan as baseball star Ohtani speaks more about marriage See in context

Ohtani got married?

That's nice.

I have to get back to work.

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Posted in: Joy, envy in Japan as baseball star Ohtani speaks more about marriage See in context

Protestant Today  06:52 am JST

You can’t help but pity all the empty existences of those who live vicariously through their idols and sports heroes.

Exactly -- well said.

And the fact that your comment is getting more 'down' votes than 'up' votes is evidence that many people slobber over the lives of celebrities and give them borderline 'cult worship.'

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Posted in: Baseball superstar Ohtani announces marriage to Japanese woman See in context

NOMINATION Today  08:29 pm JST

Congrats! Hopefully she doesn't mind Ippei constantly being a 3rd wheel lol

He's married to a former Nippon Ham Fighters cheerleader. (He was a translator for the Fighters' gaijin players when Ohtani was on the team.)

So he probably won't be a third wheel. More likely they'll do a lot of double-dates.

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Posted in: Kishida apologizes for LDP political funds scandal See in context

About time.

Better late than never, I guess.

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Posted in: Japan 2023 average new condo price hits record high for 7 years in row See in context

In Tokyo and the three neighboring prefectures of Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama, the average unit price of new condominiums surged 28.8 percent last year to 81.01 million yen

81 million yen? That's about a half-million US dollars.

In Tokyo, I would think the average price would be higher than that.

That said, it's reason no. 38,247 why I'm glad I'm paying 70,000 yen a month to rent a decent-sized three-bedroom house here up north.

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Posted in: Japan defeats N Korea 2-1 to reach women's soccer tournament at Paris Olympics See in context

I was surprised that only 20,000 attended

Why does that surprise you?

It's women's soccer.

I don't mean to knock it -- my niece is an outstanding soccer player on a championship university team in the States -- but it's just not at the same skill level as men's soccer.

Hence the lesser popularity.

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Posted in: Older U.S. adults should get another COVID-19 shot, advisory panel says See in context

87% of children are not following the recommendations

Turning kids into pin cushions by pumping them with one COVID booster after another -- or even giving them a vaccine at all -- is insane to the point of almost being abusive.

With very few exceptions, kids are at virtually zero risk of death or serious consequence from COVID.

Again, except in the very rare case of a child having some serious pre-existing autoimmune-compromising health condition, the risks to COVID vaccination for kids far outweigh any benefits.

Benefits, in fact, are virtually nonexistent for this age group.

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Posted in: Older U.S. adults should get another COVID-19 shot, advisory panel says See in context

Why are a huge majority of Americans openly refusing to follow CDC guidelines?

Because it isn't to be trusted. That's why.

And this is the left-leaning ABC reporting this (see link below).

Which only means that the CDC's performance was even worse than was reported here.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/cdc-covid-guidance-confusing-overwhelming-organization-overhaul/story?id=88502792

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Posted in: Older U.S. adults should get another COVID-19 shot, advisory panel says See in context

Why are a huge majority of Americans openly refusing to follow CDC guidelines?

Because it isn't to be trusted. That's why.

And this is the left-leaning ABC reporting this (see link below).

Which only means that the CDC's performance was even worse than was reported here.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/cdc-covid-guidance-confusing-overwhelming-organization-overhaul/story?id=88502792

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Posted in: N Korean women seek Olympic 'glory' in qualifying showdown with Japan See in context

Coulda been: "More likely the fear of consequences should they fail."

You can kind of argue the same for the Japanese women. There wouldn't be any imprisonment or things the NKs might face, but I guarantee they would at the very least be embarrassed and then completely forgotten by the media and fans. 

I can't believe these two situations are being compared even slightly or remotely.

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Posted in: U.S. airman dies after setting himself on fire outside Israeli embassy in Washington See in context

Express sister Feb. 27  06:49 am JST

An extremely brave man and a friend of justice. Rest in peace.

Brave?

It wasn't brave. It was pointless and insane.

In what kind of topsy-turvy, bent-and-twisted, inside-out, back-to-front universe does this sort of behavior qualify as bravery?

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Posted in: U.S. airman dies after setting himself on fire outside Israeli embassy in Washington See in context

Strangerland Feb. 27  07:29 am JST

The US wouldn't need to support Ukraine if Russia hadn't unilaterally invaded a sovereign nation and tried to take it over.

That comment is based on a faulty premise.

The faulty premise is that the U.S. needs to support Ukraine.

It doesn't, so let's not characterize it as a given, irrefutable fact.

What Russia did isn't right.

But how does that obligate the U.S. or anyone else to keep giving money and weapons to Ukraine -- which since its incorporation about 30 years ago, has been one of the most corrupt governments in the world?

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Posted in: FX reaches back over 400 years for its next series, adapting hit novel 'Shogun' See in context

TokyoLiving Today  11:09 am JST

Please don't ruin It.

Alas, if it's anything like most remakes, they probably will.

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Posted in: FX reaches back over 400 years for its next series, adapting hit novel 'Shogun' See in context

The book was great, as was the 1980 TV miniseries.

I shudder at the thought of how much this remake is going to mess it all up.

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