Sal Affist comments

Posted in: IOC president Bach meets with Meloni over 2026 Winter Olympics concerns See in context

Costly construction delays, a leadership vacancy linked to a volatile political climate and a lack of sponsors amid a spreading financial crisis have been areas of concern for the 2026 Games.

Oh, poor Mr. Bach, the IOC didn't pick as well-heeled a mark as Tokyo. Maybe your vastly wealthy organization can step in and fund a lot more so you won't be embarrassed as you preside over it.

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Posted in: Floods trap many in Florida as hurricane heads to South Carolina See in context

Build everything out of concrete like in Okinawa. Put everything on pillars so the residences and businesses are on the 2d story, and any flooding or storm surge only takes away the cars parked underneath.

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Posted in: Ohtani takes no-hitter into 8th as Angels beat Athletics 4-2 See in context

Unfortunately Justin Verlander has the American League Cy Young award already packed up and ready for display at his house.

Ohtani will not win either award.

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Posted in: Ground Self-Defense Force issues rare apology over sexual harassment case See in context

As a military force that likes to pretend they are steeped in the samurai traditions, they should be told to atone for their embarrassing the general/the Ministry/Japan in the traditional manner shown on all the old Edo-era dramas.

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Posted in: Asian shares mostly gain after Dow tumbles into bear market See in context

There will be a rebound in stocks this week as programs trigger buys at the bear market level, and active fund managers buy shares to window-dress their balances before the end-of-quarter statements need to be written.

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Posted in: Kipchoge clocks 2:01:09 for world record in Berlin Marathon See in context

This is the course where someone will break the 2-hour mark. It is pool-table flat and usually in a cool season.

Do the women still have men drafting for them? Several decades ago female runners like Paula Radcliffe and Mizuki Noguchi would set their world records after having "pacers" box them in and remove any wind resistance.

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Posted in: Iran says U.S. attempting to use unrest to weaken country See in context

The USA does not need to use internal unrest to weaken Iran. The mullahs have done that themselves with their corruption, mismanagement, and oppression. The current American regime would like nothing better than to prop up the mullahs with more planeloads of cash and dropping of sanctions in exchange for a toothless agreement.

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Posted in: Canada won't require masks on planes, drops vaccine mandate See in context

Removal of the vaccine mandate for non-citizens entering Canada means unvaccinated professional athletes like Major League Baseball players would be allowed to play in Toronto in the playoffs should the Blue Jays make the postseason.

It would also apply to the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. Unvaccinated players are currently not allowed to cross the border into Canada.

I can't believe they are doing this right before the playoffs and at the start of the NHL season! It provides a small advantage to the Canadian home teams!

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Posted in: Two plead guilty over death of 5-year-old boy left on bus See in context

They will get suspended sentences if they plead guilty (already done), settle with the family (or at least deposit any rejected sum with the prosecutors of evidence of their effort), and they haven't had any previous convictions. Jail is for criminals, and first-time offenders often are not seen as true criminals.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting wife after she asked for divorce See in context

Um... I've never once threatened divorce during a disagreement with my husband. Have you ever thought maybe your wife just wants a divorce?

No he's right, my wife does the same, just empty threats.

Mrs. Affist did the same while she was going through menopause. But she got better.

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Posted in: Europe's cars get a second life in Africa, but at a cost See in context

Do they really have clean paperwork? There are a lot of cars stolen from G7 countries that wind up in Africa and South America and southeast Asia. The Toyota Hi-Ace van is one of the most desired and stolen vehicles - all the ones stolen in Japan are exported to Third World countries.

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Posted in: Former pro baseball pitcher Murata released after assaulting security inspector at Haneda airport See in context

I know if any of us foreigners had pushed her, we certainly would not have been released so quickly. Probably he was released at the direction of a senior NPA official who secretly wanted an autograph.

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Posted in: Iran denounces Western support for 'rioters' See in context

"Sedition is the cause of riots and is directed by America," they chanted.

Ah yes, the Great Satan is always responsible for all things the mullahs do not like. (Sometimes, they add Israel, the Little Satan.) COVID19's initial wave of infections in Iran was blamed by the mullahs on the USA instead of the shrine-licking fools themselves. The mullahs have had over forty years to track down all the agents of the USA inside of Iran (and they have hung many people on such false charges.) Not many American agents left there by now... The truth is, no one in Iran believes anything the regime ever says, but some people will chant it because they are paid to or rewarded for it.

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Posted in: United States clinches ninth consecutive Presidents Cup See in context

Other than the name and adding a few Asians like Mr. Im and Mr. Matsuyama, how is this different than the Ryder Cup?

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Posted in: Italy's right-wing, led by Meloni, set to win election See in context

If comparisons can be made, Mr. Trump will be the Berlusconi of the US (lots of indictments, not much jail time) and Ms. Meloni will become the Thatcher of Italy (tough-talking little lady.)

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Posted in: Breyer: Supreme Court leaker still appears to be a mystery See in context

Two possible reasons - (1) they don't want to find the person because that attorney is well-connected politically, and there is actually no real crime that can be prosecuted; or (2) the Marshal of the Supreme Court (colonel Gail Gurley) is as competent at this inquiry as she was in her Pentagon legal job on January 6, 2021. [She reportedly was the Army's legal advisor during the many delays and refusals to bring the D.C. National Guard to the US Capitol building. Look how that turned out.]

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Posted in: Nursing care worker arrested for attempted murder after placing plastic bag over resident’s head See in context

I hope that at least one of my many children will take me in when I am elderly, rather than sending to me die or be murdered in a place like this by a worker like that.

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Posted in: Airbnb hosts are sick of Airbnb, too See in context

For various reasons, my family needs to cook our own food when we travel, so being able to rent a flat or a house with a fully-stocked kitchen was preferable for us. But we haven't done it since before the pandemic, and now it looks like the system is falling apart.

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Posted in: Toy firm allegedly bribed ex-Tokyo Olympics executive See in context

When will the connection to the LDP be exposed? With this much money floating around, some LDP politicians surely had their hands out as well.

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Posted in: Iranian state-organized marchers call for execution of protesters See in context

These people are the families and relatives of the government employees, the basidj, the morality police, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard. Their husbands/sons/brothers receive a bonus for their attending the demonstration.

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Posted in: Turkey sending 3,000 police to Qatar to help secure World Cup See in context

I would highly recommend to any hooligans to not cross the Turkish police. They have many uses for their nightsticks or batons.

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Posted in: Arrested ex-Tokyo Olympic exec may have been asked to favor Kadokawa Corp See in context

*a source** familiar with the matter said Saturday. ..... prosecutors are looking into why the money was paid and whether all or part of the amount was transferred to anyone, the source said. ..... According to the source, the acquaintance may have asked Takahashi to help Kadokawa ....*

This is more unethical conduct by the prosecutors' offices, leaking information from their cases ahead of any public indictments. The Justice Minister needs to clean up his ministry!

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Posted in: Swedish leader tackles crime, energy fears on campaign trail See in context

Nothing at all about the coronavirus, and how the party of Mr. Lofven and Ms. Andersson handled it so successfully. If I were Swedish, they would have my vote for their level-headedness when the rest of the world lost its mind.

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Posted in: Internet buzzes with sympathy, support, understanding for Abe's accused killer See in context

If the Unification Church caused him so much pain, he could have attacked them rather than Mr. Abe, and the resulting news would have generated the same level of news attention.

The cults have brought nothing but pain to many people because they do not have the right answers to people's problems, and in fact cause additional ones.

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Posted in: Ohtani reaches 400 MLB strikeouts as Angels beat Astros in 12 See in context

Angels have only scored 6 runs in Ohtani’s last 4 starts. He needs to go to a team that scores runs, like the Dodgers or Blue Jays.

Or Cardinals or Astros or Padres or Yankees. (or the NPB Swallows)

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Posted in: Russia reports 50,000 COVID-19 cases for second day running See in context

I do not wish anyone to suffer but I pray this will distract the warmongers and force them to take care of their own citizens, instead of taking care of Ukraine.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over murder of 51-year-old man with whom she lived See in context

They were probably mutually using each other for their own purposes, until the moment he stopped, and she she realized she had been used.

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Posted in: Hamas executes 5 Gazans charged with murder, aiding Israel See in context

Firing squads for traitors and hanging for murderers. Unfortunately for them, the evidentiary standards are not very high and the "training" of the judges is a farce. Many times there is no forensic evidence whatsoever, and only witness speculation or third-party testimony (known as "hearsay" in Western countries.)

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Posted in: Tofu shops facing fight for survival amid rising costs See in context

Please support your local merchants to help them get through this. Mrs. Affist loves to buy from the local tofu-shops. She says there is a taste difference (although I can't tell.)

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Posted in: Mother arrested for leaving 3 children at home while she went drinking See in context

She probably won't mind if the authorities take away her children. They appear to just be a distraction to her current activities.

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