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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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Posted in: What can newspapers offer that digitally delivered journalism cannot? See in context

While I like the ease, speed, and convenience of digital media, I find the lack of editorial standards and structure in many articles disturbing. Why pay someone to do a quality job, and pay someone else to proofread it? When you can get any schmuck to do it for free and support themselves w/ popups.

There are good writers, editors, journalists, and reporters floating around the internet, if you can find them. Newspapers tended to gather them under one roof. Digital media does not. Amateurs abound.

The speed with which news is delivered is partly responsible as well. Anyone can upload a twit? tweet? Post on a blog, or submit an article with a click. In most cases it either never gets proofed, or it gets a glance and goes into a newsfeed, as is. Once the news is out, someone may go back later and proof it, but the main concern seems to be getting the story out, not necessarily making it digestible. While this may be considered acceptable for important local/world events. I take issue with it being applied to ALL forms of media. The world really couldn't wait to hear the latest buzz about the Kardashian clan, so you had to hurry to get your disjointed, misspelled article to the internet as quickly as possible? The local game(pick whichever sport you wish) just ended, and sports reporters need to have their write ups in 60 seconds after the clock stopped ticking at the game? I just streamed the game and watched it, I think I can spare you some time to write your witty, insightful take on what I just watched. I don't need it while the horn or buzzer is still signaling the end of the match.

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Posted in: College girls tipple, then topple en masse on Shinjuku street See in context

"Twelve people at the same time? The likelihood drops to the "winning the lottery" sort of odds."

So even with all of your experience you are still leaving it open to some sort of mathematical likelihood that it "could" happen. Thanks for your input.

Kind of like how TEPCO dismissed the odds of a large earthquake/tsunami could wreak havoc on their station at Fukushima Daiichi, even though the likelihood was probably along the "winning the lottery" sort of odds...

Good to know that it isn't IMPOSSIBLE for these girls to have reacted that way all at the same time. ;)

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Posted in: 3 children, mother fall to deaths from 14th floor of Chiba condo See in context

Sounds like instead of immigration reform, Japan needs mental health checks, and remedial lessons in child care to sort out the "declining population" problem.

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Posted in: 2 quakes strike off coast near Fukushima See in context

This made me giggle... "Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which runs the Fukushima plant, said that it had found no anomalies at the site following the quakes."

Of course they didn't... Anomalies don't just run up to you, and rub up against your leg... You have to go look for them. Too bad I don't trust TEPCO to be out there looking very hard.

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Posted in: Japan's population target unlikely without migrants but door stays shut See in context

Abe will be long dead and gone by 2060, when his miraculous plan is supposed to come to fruition, but won't. If the lack of elderly care and lack of pensions happens, then maybe the few that remain will actually step up and do something, instead of sticking their collective heads in the sand. No one else really cares what happens to Japan, so it is up to the japanese to do what they feel is best. If it pans out... Great. If it doesn't... Time to try something else.

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Posted in: How do you think the taste of Japanese rice compares with rice produced in other countries? See in context

"As I am from San Francisco, a center for enlightened food, i.e. fruits, nuts, and flakes" Sorry, made me giggle since I must be a plebe.

As to rice I prefer long grain, brown, or basmati myself.

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Posted in: Cop commits suicide after killing policewoman See in context

While I do agree with the condolences to the families, this next bit... "24-year-olds are just children. " Is just a bunch of Hoo Hah. Anyone with a pulse is someone's child, do we cut all of them some slack? The Tepco meltdown couldn't be helped... After all Tepco's executives are just children... See how ridiculous that sounds? It is this attitude that allows 18-80 yr olds the opportunity to remain "children". Lets just admit that parents and society are failing to teach these people personal accountability, and ethics. I know 16 year olds with their heads screwed on tighter than that guy. I'm not here to debate whether being a well brought up, accountable 16 yr old is right or wrong, but at 24 years old anyone with half a brain and a sliver of conscience knows that this was wrong. Do the world a favor and quit enabling the children to run the playground.

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