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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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Posted in: As Putin marks Victory Day, his troops make little gains in Ukraine See in context

I find it funny how Dictator Putin can laud the Soviet Union's victory against the Nazis (of which the Soviet Union had a whole lot of materiel help from Britain and the US I may add), yet clearly adopting the brutal Nazi methods when going up against the Soviet Union's former allies in WWII.

Complete with false stories about why Russia "had" to fight Ukraine (a "Nazi" threat? PLEEZ).

Guess Dictator Putin will make up any lie he can to excuse his lust for lebensraum.

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Posted in: The metaverse threat: TV will die with its audience See in context

Eh, to be honest I just turned 60 a couple weeks ago, and I rarely watch network TV anymore...just not anything I'm into these days, and if I want to watch something I can either stream it or watch one of my 600+ DVDs/Blu-rays :)

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Posted in: Death toll nears 6 million as pandemic enters its 3rd year See in context

"No, it's not. You can clearly see almost everywhere where there are vaccinated people that they make up a proportionate amount of deaths. The truth is let out in the article who is actually most affected..."

And according to the CDC, that "proportionate amount" adds up to much less than 1 %.

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Posted in: Akita governor who owns cat gifted from Putin blasts Ukraine invasion See in context

The cat can't help it if his former owner was a huge... Johnson.

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Posted in: Low-cost sterilization of dogs, cats curbs killing of strays See in context

Good idea to have inexpensive ways to spay/neuter cats. Most of the cats that come to our back yard are strays that come because they were abandoned by their former owners or born on the street. One cat ultimately had three litters in or next to our back yard, until we were able to catch her and have her fixed. As soon as they were old enough, we fixed the kittens that stayed as well.

Fortunately for us, there's an organization here in Columbus OH that does the job for around $40 per cat and will also give them their vaccinations as well. Too many people may also just have the female fixed but ignore the male because "they won't come home pregnant". Just because it won't be your problem, don't mean it won't become the neighborhood's problem.

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Posted in: Burger King releases King Yeti in Japan See in context

Looks like a veritable Feast o' Doom. Don't get me wrong; back in my teenage years (mid-late 70s) I could have polished this off. But next month I turn 60, and well....I wanna turn 61 :)

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Posted in: Trump, 2 of his children must testify in New York investigation, judge rules See in context

"Did he actually call this investigation racially motivated? Donald Trump, white victim??"

More like "orange victim" of a bad spray tan to me :)

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Posted in: The promotion of the anti-parasite drug ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment has generated a lot controversy worldwide. What's your view on it? See in context

I'm not a horse, nor do I have intestinal parasites. I have no use for it until I become one or have the other :)

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Posted in: U.S. airlines warn of 'calamity' if 5G deployed near airports See in context

So this is a problem the airlines have known about for awhile, yet didn't do much about until recently. Hmmm, reminds me of Y2K, where the problem was well-known with tech companies, yet nothing was done until a few years before zero hour.

Figures.

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Posted in: American businessman promises urgent flights of potatoes to Japan to ease French fry shortage See in context

"Never thought I’d see the day Japan needed to receive food aid. Things are bleak."

Back in the day it was worse. My mother, back in the 50s and 60s (she was born in 1933), used to contribute to an organization that specifically sent money to help Japanese children in need. I still have a thank you card one of these children sent to her.

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Posted in: American businessman promises urgent flights of potatoes to Japan to ease French fry shortage See in context

"ain't civilization greattttt."

And crispy :)

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Posted in: Race, politics at heart of Spielberg's new 'West Side Story' See in context

"What is it with liberals and race? I just don't get it."

What is it with conservatives and willful blindness? Unfortunately, I DO get it.

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Posted in: 90-year-old man arrested over wife’s death in fire See in context

Presumably they will investigate whether or not he suffers from dementia? Surely there's a reason why a 90-year old would do such a thing as this?

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