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Posted in: Russian ex-President Medvedev says Kishida should disembowel himself See in context

Strong words from a mere toady, Med-boy.

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Posted in: Toyota pushes zero-emission goals by converting old models See in context

"Gazoo"? For some reason I immediately thought of that little green alien guy from The Flintstones (voiced by the late, great Harvey Korman) :)

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Posted in: Man dies after being shot outside residence in Saitama Prefecture See in context

"Someone dies by a firearm in Japan, and it makes the news. Here in the States, over 300 people die by firearms every single day. If they all made the headlines, there would not be room for any other news."

True. Here in Columbus OH (mid-sized city by American standards) you have shootings literally every day. Not always fatal (though I think 144 did die last year). Most will only appear on the local news, and then only once or twice, the exception being if they are notorious enough (as in, mass shooting).

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Posted in: Japan's trade minister calls for new world order to counter rise of authoritarian regimes See in context

"At first I read New Order, and I thought great, they are putting out new music"

I saw New World Order and my mind went to Ministry. But still, incredibly poor choice of words by Nishimura, given how the tin-foil hat people interpret the phrase.

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Posted in: Winter storm batters U.S. power, snarling Christmas travel See in context

Stephen ChinDec. 25  11:40 am JST

Relic 1980

"Are you still Farenheitinging in Ohio? Does Ohio weather get better or worse after you have waited five minutes? I mean, "Do you like the weather better or, don't like it at all, after you have waited five minutes?" Stephen Chin in Montreal, Canada."

Well, perhaps I was exaggerating JUST a little :)...but after our frosty weekend, by this coming weekend it's supposed to be in the high 50s.

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Posted in: Winter storm batters U.S. power, snarling Christmas travel See in context

Stephen Chin

"Is Planet Earth sommersaulting ?"

Well, after we got wind chills of up to -32 F here in Columbus OH yesterday, by this coming Friday were supposed to get temps around 60 F and possible storms! People around these parts comment that "if you don't like Ohio weather, wait five minutes." :)

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Posted in: Winter storm batters U.S. power, snarling Christmas travel See in context

Here in South Columbus OH the temps are finally rising just a little bit. I think the high was 12 degrees F today, and is currently 7 degrees (about 7pm Saturday). Winds aren't as high as it was yesterday, so the wind chill, while still below zero, isn't QUITE as bad. Went out to get some milk for a pie that will be made tonight, and the rough weather apparently wasn't an impediment, judging from all the cars I saw at the local shopping center.

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Posted in: Massive winter storm in U.S. brings rolling blackouts, power outages See in context

I'm right here in my home, in South Columbus OH. Right now it's -3 degrees F outside and a wind chill of -25. Earlier in the day it was -8 and I have a good 4 inches of snow, not counting snow drifts. Thankfully our power provider American Electric Power has been on the ball in the Columbus area, and quickly fixed any outages within I'd say a couple hours. My guess they (hopefully) learned their lesson after a June debacle that saw some 200,000+ people lose power when it was 97 degrees outside.

There's a number of churches and organizations helping the homeless get to shelters, though I can imagine they're getting full about now (9:33pm Columbus time). And the city buses, since it's a Level 2 Snow Emergency, are free to allow people to keep warm.

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Posted in: North Korea slams Japan's military buildup; vows counteraction See in context

I guess His Impotence's missile scare tactics aren't performing well?

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Posted in: Lawson opens 1st avatar-staffed convenience store in Tokyo See in context

"At least they are not asking for tips like they do in America now. So strange."

What convenience store in the US asks for tips in-store?

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Posted in: Ukraine says Russians will take one week to withdraw from Kherson See in context

"Russian state media and pro-Kremlin war hawks defended the withdrawal as a necessary move while acknowledging a heavy blow."

"Retreat? We didn't retreat. We advanced in another direction!" :)

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Posted in: Crush kills at least 151 at Halloween festivities in Seoul See in context

Horrible...reminds me of a concert my friend in high school went to in 1979, The Who, at Riverfront in Cincinnati OH. I think 11 kids died in a crush, and he told me it was all he could do to stay on his feet. I don't know the area, but surely there had to be some sort of crowd control that could have diverted these kids in Seoul to a larger street.

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Posted in: Police drive 'gyoza king' murder suspect 500 km to avoid yakuza public transport attack See in context

""They (Kudo-kai) don't care at all about harming bystanders" to achieve their objective, the source said."

"The vehicle carrying Tanaka, a senior member of a gangster group linked with the Kudo-kai crime syndicate, arrived at the police station in Kyoto shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday as a swarm of reporters and photographers awaited his arrival outside the building."

If this gang of thugs truly didn't care about harming bystanders, then what was stopping them from whacking this guy from among the "swarm of reporters"?

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Posted in: New hires at Lawson convenience stores to work remotely via avatars See in context

This all makes me think of the useless and bizarre things that came out during the venture capitalist-driven insanity of the late-1990s. Convince a VC and get billions in funding for a CueCat! Except this concept is even worse, because the human element is reduced to a couple of generic anime avatars.

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Posted in: Bizarre bicycle vandalism reported to mayor of Mie town; he admits doing it See in context

The mayor clearly doesn't have enough to do in his official position. If he's going to micromanage like this, perhaps he should pick up a copy of Sim City or something.

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Posted in: 'Passengers who don’t want to be groped, please use the rear train cars' announcement angers many See in context

Seems like the authorities need to bust the chikan, and bust them HARD. Then name and shame them if guilt is proved.

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Posted in: 5 Hong Kong speech therapists jailed for conspiracy to 'brainwash' children with cartoons See in context

Par for the course from a Communist government overseen by Winnie the Pooh.

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Posted in: North Korea passes law allowing for nuclear first strike See in context

Perhaps the little man and his sister running the Hermit Kingdom should realize what would happen to their precious "Communist Paradise" if they tried to follow through on their threat. Yes, it would likely kick in Mutually Assured Destruction, but that pudgy lunatic would not like the results of his foolishness.

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Posted in: Republican congressman: Sitcom with Danny DeVito as voice of Satan is 'evil' See in context

Hmmm...I've never heard of this show, but now that I have, maybe I'll check it out (not really, I rarely watch TV these days :)). But ultimately, Mr. Johnson needs to remember that, if he indeed values Free Speech, he needs to remember also that others he may not like have that same 1st Amendment right. And don't go hiding behind your Trumpified version of "Christianity" (more like Trumpianity) with your blatherings. As a Christian and human, I also have the right to be silent on things I clearly know nothing about.

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Posted in: Outgrown or unwanted? See in context

",in America people trash is considered public property,"

Depends on the state and sometimes, even the city. Here in Columbus OH it's illegal for people to go through trash because of the worry of "dumpster diving", i.e. computer hackers looking for information they can exploit. Though to be honest, there are homeless who periodically go through trash to find recyclables they can take to the local recycle lot and make some money. That's why we take our aluminum cans and put them in a separate bag and sit them by the trash, so they can get them without going through our trash.

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Posted in: Tadanobu Asano, who plays Hogun in Thor films, marries model 18 years younger See in context

So he's 49 and she's 30. Big deal. They're both adults, and they look like a nice couple. I expect this kind of headline out of the Nationalmidnightstar, not Japan Today.

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Posted in: Prices set to rise in Japan for over 10,000 food items on weak yen See in context

"The solution to higher prices is to switch to the cheaper supermarkets.

A little time and effort can be rewarded…"

I don't live in Japan, but do grocery stores use coupons there? Here in Columbus OH I use grocer and product coupons to help pare down expenses. We also look at stores that have comparable products at cheaper prices to save money. Granted, even the Dollar Tree stores have hiked their prices to $1.25. People around here joke they are now Dollar and a Quarter Tree stores.

Some locals are also starting gardens, and we cut down on waste by canning vegetables and potatoes we won't get to right away. Heck, we even pick apples to make our own pectin, and grapes to make homemade jelly!

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Posted in: What does 'plead the Fifth' mean? Will the Trumps do it? See in context

They will plead the Fifth more often than that walking tree says "I am Groot".

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Posted in: Japanese junior high school girl removed from class for three days for grooming her eyebrows See in context

"She was punished with three days of besshitu toko, “separate-room schooling,” a form of disciplining in Japanese schools where students who have broken a rule must do their day’s schoolwork in a separate room, away from the rest of the class, essentially a form of in-school suspension. She was also made to write an essay reflecting on her transgression."

Call it what it actually is: school-sanctioned humiliation.

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Posted in: Nintendo Japan officially provides spousal benefits to same-sex partnerships See in context

This is good. People who love one another (and because of archaic, bigoted laws, can't get married) should be able to do this. Love is love, and if people want to hate same-sex relationships, then they are not worthy of consideration.

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Posted in: Nintendo issues warning to make sure your Switch can handle the heat See in context

I play my Switch Lite in an air-conditioned room, so no problem. Bought it during the pandemic when I was lucky to actually find a Lite...the regular model couldn't be found at all back then.

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Posted in: Back from the dead, VHS tapes trigger a new collecting frenzy See in context

I've mostly collected old anime released in the US back in the 1990s; none of the ones I currently have are sealed, so they for the most part aren't worth much, other than the very earliest releases (Gunbuster and Dangaio, both from US Renditions, a subsidiary of Books Nippan, for the most part).

The annoying thing is that these high prices are driven by places like Heritage Auctions and, like the video games are likely investors who bid on these things with the intent on driving the prices up, then auctioning them again to drive prices up even more. Like crypto and NFTs, just a big scam.

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Posted in: Survey reveals average monthly allowance of Japanese high school students See in context

"Remember back to the simple days of your youth when you got money for doing absolutely nothing but existing? "

Nope. Our family was poor, so our "allowance" for doing chores was called "room and board".

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Posted in: Putin likens himself to Peter the Great; British, Moroccan foreign fighters sentenced death See in context

More like Adolf Hitler, from what I see. Or Ivan the Terrible, or Vladmir the Incompetent.

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Posted in: Pariah to president: Marcos Jr returns family to Philippines supremacy See in context

"Those who forget the past" and all that....

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