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Posted in: Fire at Cairo Coptic church kills 41, including 10 children See in context

Imbaba is a poor neighborhood (although this article characterizes it as a "working class" neighborhood.) It is entirely possible the wiring was ancient and jury-rigged. Many Coptic churches cannot get permits to renovate and upgrade to newer and safer conditions.

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Posted in: Takata air bag claims another driver's life; 19th U.S. death See in context

Here in Japan, I received a notice for both of my Honda cars that they could not be re-registered (because they would not pass the sha-ken inspection) until I had gotten the airbags replaced. (And it was free at my local Honda dealer.) If Florida had done something like this, this driver's death could have been avoided.

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Posted in: Snickers owner apologizes after referring to Taiwan as a country See in context

Do they still advertise that "Snickers really satisfies?" Seems like someone got indigestion.

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Posted in: English FA to block unpopular changes to team colors See in context

Don't read too much into these jersey color changes. The football club owners have seen in American sports and Japanese baseball where loyal fans will buy jerseys in every conceivable color to support their team. Many fans collect dozens of expensive jerseys in an array of colors. For minimal fabric and design cost, the owners can soak the faithful for huge sums on a regular basis.

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Posted in: Blinken: China military drills are 'significant escalation' See in context

Why do paste-eating Western politicians think that everyone is just like them? Mr. Putin threatened to invade Ukraine if it joined NATO, and then when Vice President Harris gave a speech indicating NATO would welcome Ukraine, Mr. Putin followed through on his threats. Mr. Xi (through his foreign ministry) said the CCP would be really upset if Mrs. Pelosi went to Taiwan, and now the CCP is following through on their threats.

Meanwhile, Western politicians like Mr. Biden make empty threats like turning Saudi Arabia into a pariah state, and then he comes to fist-bump and beg. The world sees the difference between the empty suits of the West and the strongmen who say what they mean and mean what they say.

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Posted in: Israel and Gaza militants exchange fire after deadly strikes See in context

Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad is smaller than Hamas but largely shares its ideology. Islamic Jihad is for those too extreme to be in Hamas, although others view this as simply a matter of patronage (IJ is an Iranian proxy while Hamas gets much of its funding from the Gulf petro-states.)

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Posted in: Angels rebuff calls to trade star Ohtani See in context

The Angels are still paying Justin Upton $20million this year. That obligation ends, so it is freed-up cash. Ohtani brings in about $10million in extra advertising for the club. I have yet to see how much of a slice the team gets from his jersey sales but millions have been sold (even my daughter bought one). And more fans attend his games, even as the visiting team. The Braves had the highest three-game (non-playoff) stretch in years over the weekend, as fans come to watch him - gate receipts are a factor. I think the Angels can squeeze enough money out of all these revenue streams (and cut losses, in the case of Upton) to pay for him at the $35-40million salary range for 6-7 years. The problem is that Ohtani and his agents will want 10 years at $40 million per annum, and everyone knows that very few players are worth that once they turn 37 (Justin Verlander is the exception this year.) So the last three or four years of the contract are like a deferred salary to sweeten the salary made during the age 30-36 stretch. Some players like Pujols and Upton got so bad that they were released in the last year with guaranteed millions in pay for no work at all.

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Posted in: Thousands ordered to flee California wildfire near Yosemite See in context

This location is a treasure on earth, one of the wonders of the world. I hope it is not lost to future generations.

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Posted in: Man arrested over sexual assault of woman in her Tokyo apartment See in context

The police have 23 days to get the correct story out of him. This is just his initial trial balloon. Just as none of you believe it, the Police don't either. "So you thought a woman you didn't know would welcome you into her home? You've been reading too many manga." If the victim was drunk, she would have been unable to legally consent to sex, making the act involuntary after all.

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Posted in: S Korean office workers hit convenience stores as 'lunch-flation' bites See in context

I recently returned from a business trip to the USA and found all restaurant and food prices staggeringly higher than on previous trips. And the high prices are disguised by failing to include the substantial sales tax or value-added tax, as well as the server's gratuity, which together add another 25% to the listed price.

We are fortunate to be in Japan where food prices have not increased so dramatically.

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Posted in: 'Stop interfering in Afghanistan', says Taliban leader in rare appearance See in context

Russia and PRC could care less what the Taliban do to the Afghani people, as long as Russia and China get the abundant natural resources available in the country. In fact, a stone-age people are less likely to complain about things like pollution and environmental consequences, because they won't understand the side effects of any resource-harvesting in their provinces.

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Posted in: EU prepares emergency plan to do without Russian energy See in context

Good luck with that. Buy blankets and stock up on firewood in advance of winter.

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Posted in: COVID cases up by more than 30% in Britain last week See in context

Dr Jonathan Van-Tam, a former deputy chief medical officer for the UK, told the BBC that COVID-19 is now **“much, much, much closer to seasonal flu” than when it first emerged.**

more than 3 million people in the UK had COVID-19 last week, although there has not been an equivalent spike in hospitalizations. The number of COVID-19 deaths also fell slightly in the last week.

Summary: it's just the flu now. Lots of people catching it, but hospitalizations not increasing and deaths are even decreasing. So let's deal with it like the flu - put our efforts into an annual shot and developing effective therapeutics like Tamiflu has been for the flu.

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Posted in: Man arrested after sending knife to Imperial Household Agency See in context

I don't see what the point was.

After relentless questioning, the police will be able to poke a hole in his story.

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Posted in: MLB batting average, home runs down through June See in context

Pitchers are very dominant in MLB games, so they need to lower the mound again as they did over 50 years ago to restore some of the hitting and scoring. Fan interest in low-hitting games and high strikeout totals is negligible.

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Posted in: PGA Tour refuses to release players for Saudi-backed opener See in context

At some point, the PGA tour players will see they can make so much money on the Saudi-sponsored tour in 12 events as they could over a whole year on the PGA. They will leave, and in between the Saudi events, they will come to Japan and the various European tournaments and have quite a nice profitable career. The bigger question will be when will the American networks start to broadcast all the events?

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Posted in: Angels rookie Reid Detmers throws no-hitter against Rays See in context

Wonderful performance. I hope Mr. Otani will get to play in the postseason this year. The Rays are a pretty good team and the Angels have overpowered them. Now Mr. Otani gets to pitch tomorrow morning to close out the series. The Angels also have four series with losing teams like Oakland and Texas in the next few weeks, so hopefully they can continue their run of success.

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Posted in: U.S. intelligence officials questioned for misjudging Afghanistan, Ukraine See in context

The USA intelligence officials long ago lost the ability to do analysis of humans and get any human intelligence. Now everything is signals intelligence and intercepts and economic analyses (guesses). They have nothing that gets them connected with emotions and personalities.

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Posted in: New Zealand to fully reopen to the world in August: Ardern See in context

The Land that Time Forgot. 2 full years is such a long time.

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Posted in: Suzuki extends hitting streak to 9 as Cubs beat Rays 4-2 See in context

I wish him great success there. He is missed already this year in NPB!

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Posted in: Chebet leads 1st Kenyan sweep in Boston Marathon since 2012 See in context

Kawauchi-san was around 20th. Maybe he runs best in the cold and chilly weather?

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Posted in: 15-year-old girl stabbed to death at California high school See in context

Wait for more details to come out, to establish the relationship which caused him to hunt her down. This was not a mentally ill person, but someone with full clear intent and malice aforethought. A mentally ill person would have randomly slain anyone.

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Posted in: Boris Johnson to face MPs' fury over 'partygate' See in context

I defend everyone's right to party! Even BJ! But the confrontation with the MPs should be entertaining and I may learn a few new words (or words I haven't heard since English literature class in secondary school).

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Posted in: Couple at heart of Abe cronyism scandal found guilty again over fraud See in context

Now that they have sentences, why aren't they rolling over and singing about Mr. Abe's involvement? You know, cut a deal and save their skins? Provide state's evidence in exchange for a suspended sentence?

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Posted in: U.S. Marine indicted over sexual assault of woman in Okinawa See in context

@Monty, this was someone from the US marines and not the US army. The marines think they are elite killers. The army is a step up from security guards.

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Posted in: Potential jurors in Kardashian case air hate to their faces See in context

I could be neutral. I have never watched any of their shows, and the only one I recognize is Kim because she was part of the Kimye duo. But judging by what I have read here, I might come to despise them before the end of the trial.

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Posted in: Intruder arrested after entering woman’s apartment via balcony See in context

However, he was identified from personal belongings he dropped on the balcony.

I imagine what he dropped on the balcony as he fled had to be DNA-tested in order to identify him.

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Posted in: Heim puts on show with 5 RBIs off Ohtani in Rangers 10-5 win See in context

Mike Trout's second homer of the season was a massive 472-foot solo shot to straightaway center.

THAT is a blast. After the Astros CF pulled one back last weekend, Trout's first homerun of the season came several innings later, at 440 feet to center. Try pulling that one back!

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Posted in: Islamic State 'Beatle' found guilty of all charges in U.S. hostage deaths See in context

He wanted to be sent to Britain or the United States "where he could get a fair trial," she said.

It's great when you get what you hoped for in life.

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Posted in: North Korea marks key anniversary, but no word on army parade See in context

What happened to the nuclear test or ICBM launch that was supposed to occur with today's festivities? Another fizzle?

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