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Posted in: Trump warns that migrants who throw stones at U.S. military may be shot See in context

Turning into quite the little authoritarian dictator......

Dictator? He is not talking about shooting Americans.

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

Manners and discipline no matter where you are. Each nation has it’s own culture. Most outsiders wouldn’t understand.

I often get that "it's our culture" thing. But what most Japanese don't seem to understand is that it is not their culture. Marijuana was made illegal in Japan by the US (GHQ) right after WWII.

Unless you meant that it is Japan's culture to be obedient sheep that do not question anything; in that case you might have a point...

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Posted in: Fistfight at North Carolina high school ends in fatal shooting See in context

Precisely the reason why guns are not only not necessary, but should be illegal.

I suspect the gun that was used WAS illegal.

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Posted in: U.S. to deploy over 5,200 troops to Mexico border See in context

It will be nice to see the US military do something useful for a change...

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Posted in: 2,500 attend Pittsburgh synagogue massacre memorial See in context

What this nutter did has nothing to do with Trump, IMO.

Trump has many faults, but it's sad to see so many exploiting this sad event to crap on him.

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Posted in: Gunman kills 11, wounds 6 in Pittsburgh synagogue See in context

I hope they will not use this as an excuse to further censor the internet.

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Posted in: Florida man charged in connection with 14 mail bombs sent to Trump critics See in context

white van belonging to him, the windows of which were plastered with pro-Trump stickers, the slogan "CNN SUCKS" and images of Democratic politicians with red cross-hairs over their faces.

Seems like he wanted to get caught.

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Posted in: U.S. talk show host Megyn Kelly off air after blackface comment See in context

She shouldnt have apologized to anyone.

And yet she chose to. Should she have been forced not to do what she chose to do?

Perhaps she was forced to apologize...

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Posted in: Woman drives 7.3 kilometers with angry boyfriend on hood of car See in context

She said she stopped the car a few times but he still wouldn’t get off. After Yamada stopped the car for the last time, her boyfriend — who was not injured — called 110.

Did she steal his car?

Anyway, it appears a woman is not allowed to escape an angry man...

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Posted in: Investigators focus on Florida in hunt for sender of bombs mailed to Trump critics See in context

Authorities described the devices as crude while security experts said their goal may have been to create fear rather than to kill.

I doubt the bombs were sent be a Trump supporter. This reminds me of the anthrax attacks around 911. Real anthrax was sent to people who opposed foreign aid (to Israel) or the Patriot Act, but plain white powder was sent to those who were pushing for war.

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Posted in: Women demand Tokyo Medical University compensate them over entry test rigging See in context

If test scores of female applicants were manipulated, some form of compensation is in order. But I hope people realize this kind of thing is not limited to Japan. There is also a lawsuit against Harvard for its alleged anti-Asian bias.

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Posted in: Trump struggles for a plan should the migrant caravan arrive See in context

I'm pretty sure he knows how to handle it. While I expect the response will be firm, I hope he does not follow the Israeli model of tear gas and snipers.

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Posted in: Juntendo University medical school suspected of bias against female applicants See in context

Juntendo University is suspected of having discriminated against female applicants...

The Tokyo-based private university possibly curbed women's enrollment in the medical school by setting higher passing scores for them, the sources said.

"Suspected...possibly..."

Well, have they or haven't they?

Do they have anything tangible, or is this all speculation based on the uneven outcome?

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Posted in: Growing caravan of migrants pushes deeper into Mexico See in context

Fair enough that you cannot believe this is spontaneous. However, just because people can't believe something, doesn't necessarily mean it isn't true.

Fair enough, but just because one does not see the hands manipulating the crowds, doesn't necessarily mean they are not being manipulated.

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Posted in: Growing caravan of migrants pushes deeper into Mexico See in context

Who is organizing this? I can't believe this is a spontaneous movement.

We don't want to be separated.

Hmmm, who made her say that?

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Posted in: Do you think ordinances designed to restrict hate speech and eliminate discrimination infringe on freedom of speech? See in context

One problem is: who defines what is and isn't hate speech?

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Posted in: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate; Trump finds explanation believable See in context

Saudi Arabia is a state sponsor of terror. I hope people can put politics aside and recognise this.

I hope people will also recognize that the US and Isreal are just as bad. The only difference is that the Saudis are incredibly incompetent at it; I guess they never felt the need to hide it. They murdered the guy at their embassy, with a video clearly showing the guy entering but not exiting. The 15 men involved in the murder are all on video, and 7 of them belong to MbS’s personal security and protection detail. Not very smart; they forgot about the all-important plausible deniability.

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Posted in: Trump reluctant to abandon Riyadh over missing journalist, wants evidence See in context

Except the Deep State doesn't exist.

Hmmmm, I guess that explains why policies never seem to change, regardless of who the president is or which party is in power.

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Posted in: Gov't takes measures against Okinawa blocking U.S. base work See in context

The real discussion should be about whether the US military should be in Japan at all. I think they should just pack up and go.

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Posted in: Trump gives Saudi Arabia benefit of doubt in journalist's disappearance See in context

Compare this response to that in the Skripal case, for which there was no credible evidence linking it to Russia.

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Posted in: Healthy breakfast ideas for each day of the week See in context

Never mix yogurt and fruits. Always eat this after 30 mins of your meal.

All related to Gastric/Gerd problem.

BackpackingNepal, I'd appreciate it if you could kindly elaborate on this. I regularly eat yogurt with fruits (banana, blueberries...). I used to have GERD, but I assumed it was due to my nighttime tequila/lime shots.

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Posted in: Standing tall See in context

Unicorn?

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Posted in: Why is U.S. society so polarized over politics? What do you think are the root causes of this bitter division? See in context

Many are terrified of the swamp getting drained.

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Posted in: Taylor Swift sets new American Music Award record; urges people to vote See in context

I wonder if she would have won the award if she was a Trump supporter.

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Posted in: Trump's U.N. envoy Nikki Haley quits; denies 2020 ambitions See in context

I could never stand her. I'm glad she's leaving.

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Posted in: New Okinawa governor urges government to move U.S. base out of prefecture See in context

New Okinawa governor urges government to move U.S. base out of prefecture

How about out of the country. They are not needed.

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Posted in: IMF chief urges revamp of Japan's economic policy, more women in workforce See in context

The gender pay gap is BS. A woman counterpart, doing the same work, will get the same pay.

Nope, I know this first hand.

If that were true, it would be stupid to ever hire a man because you can hire a woman to do the same work for much cheaper.

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Posted in: New governor vows all-out efforts to block base move within Okinawa See in context

All US military should just leave. They are not needed.

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Posted in: Republicans aim to confirm Kavanaugh this weekend after FBI report See in context

"We believe all survivors"

Sounds reasonable enough, if they are truly survivors. Unfortunately, this has turned into "we believe all accusers", and there are plenty of examples of accusers who turned out not to be survivors...

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Posted in: IMF chief urges revamp of Japan's economic policy, more women in workforce See in context

Wages given to women are totally different from men. For example, a factory worker man earns 1000 yen per hour, his woman counterpart is 850 yen only.

The gender pay gap is BS. A woman counterpart, doing the same work, will get the same pay.

When you go to a dentist/gynecologist, doctors are men, assistants and clerks are women.

Funny, my dentist is a woman. And since coming to Japan, I’ve been to 3 ophthalmologists, all were women. Other doctors were a mix, but generally the older doctors are men. You can’t expect the ratios to equalize overnight. Even if we only hired female doctors, it would take time to achieve equality of outcome.

I tend to agree with Matt. Men and women have on average different interests and aptitudes. So equality of outcome will probably never be achieved if we have equality of opportunity. We should never force equality of outcome; that is not a good thing. All we should do is aim for equality of opportunity.

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