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Posted in: Japan, it’s time to end your love affair with cash See in context

Alfie hit the point on the head with his reference to "nudging". At least as far as what this article(haha) is about.

I believe Cleo misinterpreted the earlier comment about "trashing rooms", and believe the poster that said it may have been half asleep to even add it to the conversation, where it could be/was misconstrued, and had nothing to do with anything, regarding the article.

As for the cash vs debt card debate... I'm fully on the side of cash.

While it's great that some cardholders get "goodies" as a part of holding such and such card. Those goodies are never truly free. Whether the cost of the perks is offset by the number of people taking advantage of them(meaning the LACK of such people), or whether they are paid for in full by utilizing profits made from interest charges on the less credit worthy, or acct "service charges". Nothing is really free in life, even if Cleo feels that it enhances HER lifestyle. Someone somewhere paid for it. Were everyone to manage their finances perfectly, then there wouldn't be as much of a need for credit, and of course the "goodies" would go away as there is no one paying for them.

For years we've been fed the agenda of business, banks, and credit card issuers. Really, the banks and card issuers are more to blame for it than business, simply because they had to convince businesses to get on board by touting the "benefits" to them via poorly controlled spending habits of consumers.

For years you could buy gasoline for cheaper with cash, simply because the dealers KNEW they were getting hit with processing costs for utilizing credit card companies. In the new economy it has shifted to where the cash payer gets overcharged for goods and services, to offset the hassle of distinguishing between cash and credit purchases. We'll just jack the price on everything, in order to make sure we cover the expenses related to credit, and profit off of the cash payer. I'm not arguing whether this is "fair and just", I'm just stating the simple truth.

My largest beef with the credit issuers are the falsehoods they twist to fit their own agenda. Inconvenient pocket change? lol Faster checkout times? Hahaha haaa... ( At least they did amuse me with their pathetic round of commercials about this a while back). More secure transactions? ROFL LMAO LOLOLOLOL...

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Posted in: What would you say is Japan's most well-known food overseas, after sushi? See in context

I hate answering questions half asleep... Ramen and sushi.

ugh. Sorry everyone.

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Posted in: What would you say is Japan's most well-known food overseas, after sushi? See in context

Ninjas and pokemon. Everyone else gave great answers, but...

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Posted in: Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join, earn Eagle Scout rank See in context

"So in other words, girls should be denied the rights to the same educational opportunities as boys because the boys might want to kiss them.

Don't feel too bad, it's a common sexist attitude that has unduly influenced American thought for years. It frankly amazing it took this long for it to come up in the thread."

Well... Thanks for labeling me sexist, I suppose. Is this because I'm against the idea of the BSA taking girls into regular membership? Or that I'm denying the right to boys to kiss girls? I'm not clear about where you stand on this... Are you supporting the BSA's decision to embrace female members, while bashing the Girl Scouts of America for not being gender inclusive?

You're insinuating that I'm attempting to deny girls rights to educational opportunities because boys may want to kiss them? You've horribly oversimplified what I was alluding to, but thank you for trying.

Since I'm familiar with BOTH the BSA and Girl Scouts organizations... What specific "educational opportunities" are there that young women would be missing if they weren't allowed to be in the BSA? I do mean specifically what will girls miss out on? And to make things perfectly clear... Are you even aware that the BSA already runs the Explorer program that is co-ed as well as vocationally oriented?

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Posted in: Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join, earn Eagle Scout rank See in context

I'd like to take a step back from all of the inclusive, gender-bending, adult world views regarding this decision, and bring up something that I think is a valid point.

Did any of the male members of this particular forum lust after members of the opposite sex when you were adolescents? Was it due to "gender conditioning" as a result of living with, or near, male family members, or was it something as simple as a biological impulse?

And lets be honest... Female members of the forum probably had the same sorts of things going on in their heads as well.

I spent many years in the BSA when I was much younger, and I can still recall how we reacted when faced with young women of our own age group. We had a week long canoe trip one summer that coincided with a canoe trip that a girl scout troop had decided to enjoy. For 2-3 days of this trip it was decided that the two groups would travel together.

The two groups set up camp separately each afternoon. Each evening, as things wound down from preparing meals and doing the cleanup, the boys and girls sought each other out. This wasn't a cultural exchange or any lofty exchange of ideals, it was teenage hormones at it's most base level. I don't believe that anything too terrible happened at that time. The boys mostly being in it for a quick kiss or two, and maybe the chance to feel up the girl they liked(read... OMG boobs!).

With that being said... I agree with the Girl Scouts decision regarding allowing males into their membership, and am mildly appalled at the decision of the BSA to allow females into the organization at the membership level. I believe the BSA didn't approach this idea as cautiously as they should have.

Now the children will no longer have to go looking for trouble, it will be in the tent next door. At least until someone complains about not having the right to share a tent with someone of the opposite gender. facepalm

This is one of those ideas that looks good on paper but the reality of which can be so much more awful. To take it a step further, one could argue that the spate of lawsuits revolving around the sexual abuse that is sure to occur, will most certainly bring about some sort of change in the way the genders regard each other. Even if it were to lead to the BSA to take the forefront for womens rights in some way, shape, or form, would it have been worth it to the daughters and sons sacrificed to make it happen?

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Posted in: Little evidence shows cannabis helps chronic pain or PTSD See in context

"There are plenty of testimonials from people including veterans who ingest cannabis for a variety of medical reasons including chronic pain and PTSD with very good results."

While I'm not explicitly against medical marijuana, and I do believe clinical trials should be done... I'd like to remind you that throughout history there were plenty of things that had "testimonials" and "good results".

Just a few off the top of my head...

Mercury as a cure for syphilis, as well as other purported diseases and symptoms.

Heroin as a cough suppressant. From our good friends at Bayer no less.

Lobotomies...

So... Of course I don't expect any "ringing endorsements" from the U.S. government without clinical trials to prove/disprove it's efficacy to treat anything. Certainly not ringing endorsements based on "testimonials" from people diagnosed with PTSD or chronic pain. I do feel for them, and do wish that the U.S. would fund the trials to clear up the fog of smoke surrounding the controversy regarding medical marijuana.

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Posted in: Visa 'declares war' on cash See in context

Cash is king. VISA can go suck an egg.

I've had my card numbers stolen twice. Unexpected charges from unexpected places tends to be a bit stressful. Yes, I did report them, and they were handled accordingly, but the extra hassle and stress from it wasn't worth it. The first time it was a bank card, and I had to take time off from work and come home to resolve it personally. I was living in a hotel and working 7 day wks at the time. So I lost nearly 600USD to take the day off and drive home. The second time was much easier, when I saw the charge on my statement, I managed to call and have it handled.

A few years ago they had a big push with advertising, which showed a line of customers queuing up to pay their orders, until one clown needed to pay cash. The line ticked along in a quick and timely fashion until the cash payer stepped up.

Unfortunately, in reality it almost never works that way. Usually the cash payers pay, get their change, and walk off, while the card reader is still processing a credit/debit payment. I don't know how many times I've seen a line slow down because of card users. Card reader is slow... Have to punch in a debit password number... This card is no good, let's try another... Oh! You exceeded the pre-approved amount and now it wants a signature for your purchase...

If only there were even a sliver of truth in advertising....

I expect VISA's war on cash to go as well as the U.S.'s war on drugs/terror.

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Posted in: Can U.S. defend against North Korean missiles? Not everyone agrees See in context

I'd guess this is to keep the DoD budgets from getting cut in any way, shape, or form. The best way to defend against NK missiles is still called "preemptive strike", which brings another boatload of problems along with it.

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Posted in: Japan's population falls at fastest rate since 1968 See in context

"Japan's most valuable resource is its workforce" Probably true, but terribly sad, considering they're consistently ranked from 17th to 21st in the world depending on who does the math. And by math, I mean hours worked to GDP calculations.

"Higher taxes, insurance and pension premiums are killing Japan's consumers, which is driving the economy down and will only get worse as the population shrinks and ages."

Absolute truth there.

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Posted in: U.S. woman arrested over disposal of 100 live bullets at Haneda airport See in context

"100x .22 bullets are not light, and should of shown up on any xray."

Yes they should have shown up. Light is a relative term... Approximately 137 .22lr bullets weighs 1 lb. I wish you luck picking up your mobile phone, it must be a struggle for you. If by "not light" you mean "dense", then my apologies.

TSA should have caught this, but these are the same type of "jobs" created by the last two administrations. I.E. minimum wage or just above. You need about the same qualifications to work as a TSA screener as you would need to be a McDonalds cashier. Although, I think Mickey D's wants you to be more customer friendly.

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Posted in: Promises, pomp and protests as Trump sworn in See in context

Don't have a for, or against, stance towards the guy. As for myself, I'm just waiting to see how his presidency unfolds.

I saw this gem earlier and couldn't help myself though... "Trump's leadership is so bad that he is keeping many staff members from the Obama WH."

I'd believe it's pretty easy to see the political slant of the person who posted this, but I'm curious as to the other alternatives available when dissecting this comment. If we remove the poster's personal opinion.... "Trump's leadership is so bad that..."

It would leave us with this... " he is keeping many staff members from the Obama WH" This part would be the factual information from the poster's statement.

Looking at the factual statement leaves the interpretation pretty open.

Is it that Trump's leadership is so poor?

Is it that Trump is attempting to bridge ideologies by retaining liberal democratic staff within the WH from the former presidency?

Or is it simply a nod to how business works? Politicians generally dump the entire group and begin handpicking friends, political backers, and cronies. A business mind probably wants to get moving as soon as possible with the least amount of fuss. You wouldn't buy a company and fire every employee. If you did, the business would immediately be unprofitable, because no work is getting done. Also, you'd be starting over with new staff that would need to be trained, at a cost of time and money. You replace a few key players, and possibly eliminate a few positions, then you get back to work. This would generally considered a "smooth transition". Further down the road you can assess where you're at and implement further changes, but normally you don't just unilaterally fire experienced staff, right off the bat. Why throw the entire organization into chaos if it's unnecessary?

Anyone have any other ideas? Or is it truly that Trump is just such a bad leader?

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Posted in: Do you think that U.S. President Donald Trump can unify his country, in view of the massive protests against him and his disputes with mainstream media? See in context

I would be inclined to say no. Without ignoring the media and getting to work as the President he won't unify anything, and unfortunately he seems to lack the ability to ignore the media.

As for the womens marches over the weekend...? I'm not entirely sure that they weren't misrepresented by either the organizers, or the media, at some point. My 72 year old mother(sound mind, sound body, thankfully) went down to Chicago to join in the Womens Rights rally this weekend, and was sorely disappointed/disillusioned that the entire thing seemed to be an orchestrated anti Trump rally, rather than having anything to do with womens rights around the world. As an aside... I have no idea who she voted for for the presidency, but she was saddened that the original agenda/platform of womens rights had been shoved aside and reduced to a rabble of people complaining about who was elected President.

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Posted in: OPEC risks Pyrrhic victory with oil policy See in context

I do agree with PTownsend and wish for the focus on renewables, regardless of what oil prices do. I worry that with lower prices it will take the focus away from the push for renewables though.

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Posted in: What do you think about online dating sites? See in context

Not to take away from any of the other posters thoughts regarding weirdos and scammers, but... I think they seem to be full of people who have unrealistic expectations as to how humans even form relationships. I don't advocate not having standards, but it seems in many cases that OLD has become like the Amazon.com of dating, they all seem to be window shoppers (outside of the scammers and weirdos). You write some perky/funny short BS profile message, post a few pictures, and if lucky manage to go out to coffee with someone. Then... Based on a 15-45 minute coffee meeting, you automatically decide that either this one is a candidate, or not. I'm not trying to rule out the "rules of attraction", I get that some people just don't "do it" for you. I would also never wish for anyone to ignore a "gut feeling", if they seem to think something is off. What I don't understand is when I've seen people be attracted to each other, but due to something said in a coffee meet, then the attraction is tossed aside because of an issue with something the other person may have said or done. I find it rather sad, and almost comical, at the same time. You don't go out and get a relationship, like you go out and get a latte. People are nervous, people are insecure, people have bad days... The list could go on and on for why someone flubbed the first meet, yet because of something relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, the "relationship" never launches. At this point it's back to the computer to find the next "prince charming", or "hottie", to line up a coffee meet with. When you didn't get what you wanted you just go back to Amazon and place your next order.

Of course the best part of OLD is cruising the forums to read the posts about how every man is like this... Or... Every woman is like this... It's really just too much fun! XD

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Posted in: Colorado mom gave pot brownie to son who jumped from window See in context

There's a reason it's called dope... ;)

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Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system? See in context

And here I thought it was because we didn't NEED to use our fingers and toes to count... ;)

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Posted in: The relevant ministries and agencies have to ensure the funds are spent effectively. Some of the projects do not appear to meet the needs of residents in the stricken areas. See in context

I'm guessing "effectively" means running it through government tied contractors and down through the ranks of Yak subcontractors in order to best benefit Japan? Might as well pour 4 trillion yen's worth of concrete over fukushima daiichi and call it a day. Useless wads!

The filpside to this could of course be that they are actively monitoring projects to ensure that money isn't being mis-spent?

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Posted in: 18-yr-old suspect admits killing Kawasaki boy to punish him See in context

The shame is that an 18 year old is considered a minor. Over here he's considered an adult, and the 17 yr olds would likely be tried as adults.

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Posted in: Power outage affects 380,000 homes in Nagano See in context

But hey! They're working on reforms! :p

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Posted in: Cabinet approves bill to reform power sector See in context

National grid my ***. It'll never happen as long as the government kowtows to the utility Directors. Pray you're lucky enough to be on the side that has power, the next time that something goes majorly wrong.

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Posted in: 7 youths arrested for beating up cyclists last October See in context

“hunting those without a license”

Do you need to have a license to hunt?

“playing music without a license in Kawaguchi was illegal,” But...

"violently punched and kicked" Assault, and "stole two of the bicycles" theft, aren't?

No wonder the birth rate continues to plummet in Japan. Between lack of social services, and the office work ethic that often keeps parents out of the home(fathers), and the shop till you drop ethic of those left behind(mothers). Then you get to look at the news and see what fine examples of Japanese youth you have running around. I wonder if these youth are the ones that grow up to be mental 20-50 yr olds that walk out, and go all stabby, on some poor innocent? Too bad Japan doesn't have squat for mental health services, or they might have already found a correlation, and have been able to answer this question.

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Posted in: Do you agree with Sony Pictures' decision to cancel the Dec 25 U.S. release of the film "The Interview" after threats from a hackers' group? See in context

Well... I couldn't vote on this either. Sony never said the movie wouldn't be released, they merely stated that it wouldn't be released Christmas Day. I think all of the "freedom of speech and expression" are carrying things too far, in light of the fact that SONY never agreed to never release the film. They lawyered up, and decided they didn't want to be at risk on Christmas Day for anything that could have happened, so they'll release it a week or two later... Big Deal. As to those who will definitely go see it, now that there is conflict over the movie... You've been duped. If you weren't going to watch this piece of garbage before, then why in the name of all that's unholy would you watch it now?

I'm not a big conspiracy theory guy, but I know the US(My) Government is full of liars, idiots, and charlatans. Consider this...

Mr Kim, did you just launch a missile over Japan?

Yes. Whatchu gonna do about it?

Mr Kim, did you just shell that S Korean island?

Yes. Whatchu gonna do about it?

Mr Kim, did you just test a nuclear device again?

Yes. Whatchu gonna do about it?

Mr Kim, did your troops fire shots over the border into S. Korea?

Yes. Whatchu gonna do about it?

Mr Kim, did you hack SONY Pictures?

No.

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Posted in: Storage of nuclear waste in interim facilities to be delayed See in context

It's been my personal experience in the electric utility industry, that some landowners hold out, once agreements start to be made with their neighbors. In these instances, the utility is already contractually obliged to pay the neighbors, if the purchase hasn't already been finalized. Once the utility has gathered enough acreage then the holdouts can usually rest assured that they have a bargaining chip when entering negotiations with the utility for the purchase of their property/ies. It's all about the money. I don't have an issue with it personally, especially in the case of property owners in and around Fukushima Daiichi. Lets face it, the J Gov doesn't seem to have the peoples backs.

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Posted in: S Korea considers lifting ban on Japanese seafood products See in context

So... A South Korean team of experts not necessarily under the thumbs of Japan Inc. will be taking a look around? Be interesting to see what the results of their visit are.

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Posted in: Cyberattacks to worsen in 2015: McAfee researchers See in context

Bain and Co.? Romney strikes back. lolol

"Big corporations often underestimate the severity of the problem these days."

And yet, they have no issue telling us how secure our transactions are, and herding us towards their wares.

It's always, how "transactions are encrypted for your security", or some other such mumbo jumbo. The reality is that online/credit purchases have always been the least secure form of transaction. I've had my accounts hacked before, and my bank accounts compromised, but I can't remember the last time I got mugged walking into a store with cash.

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Posted in: New Okinawan governor takes office See in context

Well... where do I go from here? I do admire some things about Japan. However... The question didn't ask me to consult you about your feelings. I'll post it again in case you missed it.

"If you could call the shots would you keep them here or take them home? And why?"

Looked at in the simplest of terms I'd have to be some sort of politico to have the power to call the shots, and attempted to answer accordingly. As I stated before... The majority of Americans are tired of policing the world. But thanks for insulting their intelligence and compassion. So as a politico, you would have me ignore the wishes of the majority of the populace, in favor of what exactly? Or which vocal minority?

While you yourself may love Japan and it's history, and it's cultural contributions to the world, and maybe it's manga and plush toys... Should you assume/demand that all intelligent caring Americans feel the same way about Japan? What about intelligent caring Americans who hold French culture dear? Or possibly even Greek? Italian? Or Irish culture? Because they don't share your interests in Japan does this make them stupid and uncaring?

Japan does have a lot of history, and some really admirable things going on, but that doesn't change the reality that most Americans could care less, nor does it make them stupid. If anything most of them are more concerned with the things going on in their own country right now, and working towards/wondering if, there is a way to clean up their own backyard.

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Posted in: Sony CEO ordered 'The Interview' toned down; Rogen objected See in context

Judging by the previews, the movie looks pretty stupid and I wouldn't want to see it anyway. Definately made for the "sub90s" (people with an IQ of less than 90).

I wholeheartedly agree. I find it offensive that Hollywood deems to market itself to the mentally handicapped youth of America and the ever growing contingent of "medical" marijuana users. I guess their only excuse is, that it's just too easy to take their ticket money. I've given up on Hollywood myself with the slew of sequels and remakes they churn out. Dumb and Dumber was exactly that, but apparently it isn't enough to insult people once, now they want us to go watch Dumb and Dumber 2?

If I was NK I'd be offended too, just for a different reason... Namely being attached to such low grade fare.

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Posted in: How come there are no new Christmas carols or songs created anymore? Why do we just keep listening to all the old favorites written decades ago? See in context

2 questions... 2 answers...

Because there is no real talent anymore. Just look at Hollywood and the same old tired cliched movie plots, not to mention the constant recycling/regurgitating/remakes of classic and not so classic films, and the ever popular continuing sagas(Rocky 1,2,3,4,5,6,7...? or Fast and Furious 14? or whatever number they're up to now.) Music is after the money too, so of course you have covers, and anything that is going top the charts, getting airtime. To find anything really original in way of film or music you really need to dig, and most people won't.

We listen because it's forced upon us. When I was younger the Christmas albums would come out, and go on the record player for a few nights during the season, usually as background music if my parents were entertaining. You might have a few groups of carolers come around too. We didn't have a lot of radio airplay going on in our household on a day to day basis. Now the radio is blaring the stuff from just before Thanksgiving until past New Years, it's jingled and jangled all over commercials, it's piped into every freaking store/doctors office/gyms speakers, you cannot escape it short of going into a hermitage for the month of December. In short, it is pummeled into our ears at every opportunity.

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Posted in: New Okinawan governor takes office See in context

F4HA604DEC. 11, 2014 - 09:46AM JST Just a totally unloaded question straight out of curiosity from a Canadian to the Americans of JT.

If you could call the shots would you keep them here or take them home? And why?

Again, just curious, for those of you who bother to give me an answer thank you for your time.

I'd back taking them home. Japan seems to be moving towards standing on it's own 2 feet, the locals seem to do nothing but b!tch about it, and really the majority of Americans are tired of our government trying to be the worlds cop(to put it kindly). This doesn't begin to touch upon the fact that for all of the "talk" about allies, most Americans could give a rats ass about Japan, or many of our other so called allies. The people of the US don't "want" Japan, if they did we would have taken it during WW2, so we don't really care if China wants it or not.

I apologize if this seems rude or blunt, but the majority think of Japan as ninjas and sushi, otherwise they just don't care, and all of this BS is at the behest of the politicians and their handlers.

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Posted in: Paraglider snagged on power lines for 3 1/2 hours before being rescued See in context

Sounds like some 59 year old man used up a lifetime of luck! Glad he's okay.

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