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Posted in: N Korea may be capable of sarin-loaded missile attack: Abe See in context

N Korea may be capable of sarin-loaded missile attack: Abe

Trigger the collective amygdala, why don't you.

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Posted in: What is the worst experience you have had with an airline? See in context

On a business trip to Europe last year, my flight back to the airline's hub was cancelled for technical reasons. They immediately got everyone onto a third-party flight to another major hub airport, and promptly onward to my original destination for a (now much curtailed) mini city break.

The next afternoon, en route to Narita, I mentioned my plight to the veteran purser, who locked eyes with me over the rim of her reading glasses.

"What do you want me to do?" she asked. Knowing I was chancing my arm, I paused before replying "What are the options?" She gave me her iPad to input my details, saying that she couldn't guarantee anything, but that my case was in the system.

The upshot: 250 Euros credited to my bank account, validating the old adage "Ask and you shall receive."

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Posted in: What is the worst experience you have had with an airline? See in context

My meal fix: preorder Asian Vegetarian. Invariably a very healthy, mild curry, perfect for long haul.

A stewardess once frowned, "You're not Asian." I could only reply, "I'm not vegetarian either."

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Posted in: 6 years sought for man caught by police using GPS without warrant See in context

The cops needed a sharp reminder to follow legal procedure,

A custodial penalty would be great. Barring that, fire them.

but that's no reason to let this scum slide off the shovel

Guilty until proven innocent?

Those prosecutors again:

prosecutors claimed that their illegality was “not significant”

It was illegality nonetheless. Who polices the police?

as the GPS use was essential in the investigation and

What other illegality will be deemed essential?

it did not greatly interfere with the defendant’s privacy

It did interfere with his privacy. Illegally.

Throw the case out

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Posted in: 6 years sought for man caught by police using GPS without warrant See in context

It's not rewarding criminality to throw this case out.

We're setting a dangerous precedent otherwise.

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Posted in: Tillerson arrives in Moscow to push Putin on Syria See in context

Meanwhile White House Press Secretary Sean Sphincter (spelling?) claims that not even Hitler used chemical weapons.

alternative facts

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Posted in: Mister Donut teams up with Kyoto tea specialist for new premium matcha doughnut range See in context

One day in the future, all this poison will be illegal.

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Posted in: Stroke hospitalizations rising among younger U.S. adults See in context

Thanks, Big Food! But hey, Big Bucks for Big Pharma.

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Posted in: 23-year-old man arrested for beating 1-year-old son See in context

A 23-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly beating his one-year-old son about the head, which left the child unconscious and in critical condition, police said.

Isn't that attempted murder?

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Posted in: J Geils, 'Centerfold' musician, dies at 71 See in context

Oh no! Lois Griffin will be devastated.

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Posted in: Toshiba's survival in doubt after reporting unaudited results See in context

The Showa paradigm is dead, and Toshiba must follow.

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Posted in: What is the worst experience you have had with an airline? See in context

Sitting on the tarmac for hours at JFK with zero information, and no access to the toilets. Being told an hour out from Europe that the US-bound plane had run out of alcohol. Being scolded in a loud voice like a naughty child "What, you want another beer?" (only my second) on a domestic US flight.

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Posted in: Police mascot Pipo-kun anthropomorphises into muscly man in new anime clip See in context

Pipo-kun has the features of a variety of different animals, with a large pair of eyes to see into every nook and corner of society, oversized ears to hear the voices of Tokyo residents, and an antenna to quickly pick up on changes in the public.

transforming from a cute and friendly young boy into a stern-looking, muscly chest-baring man

Orwellian mascot goes to ni-chome? Another inspector?

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Posted in: Potato chip shortage due to typhoon damage in Hokkaido See in context

A potato famine strikes dread into my Irish heart.

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Posted in: Video of passenger getting dragged off flight in Chicago sparks uproar See in context

I can't believe what I've read. The poor man, poor fellow passengers, and poor employees and police who have been radicalized by a brutal system.

What's next: tasered if you complain?

The absolute worst customer service experiences I've ever had were on US carriers or in the US itself, and this is not in character with the vast bulk of Americans I encounter on this planet.

Now, with visitors now having to endure all sorts of harrowingly invasive practices like interrogation, revealing social media passwords and smartphone PINs, there's no way I would abuse my family by vacationing in the US.

Sorry, America. It's not you. It's the regime.

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Posted in: Gunman kills estranged wife teaching class in Calif, then himself; 8-year-old student also dies See in context

Thanks, Zichi

So 56% of American households don't have guns, suggesting most are not in favor of them. There's no Electoral College to dismiss this majority.

Of those who do have firearms, how many do so only because there are so many guns in society?

Perhaps @NoLiving (I see the Google Alert is still working a treat) could enlighten us?

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Posted in: Gunman kills estranged wife teaching class in Calif, then himself; 8-year-old student also dies See in context

My heart goes out to the families and deepest sympathies to them.

We believe you, Donald

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Posted in: Edible chopsticks have a special flavor, but don’t taste like 'food' See in context

While not appetizing, I'll bet they keep you regular.

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Posted in: YKK starts serving halal meals at cafeteria in Japan See in context

Isn't fretting over how your chemical-laden, factory-farmed, processed meat is dispatched a bit rich?

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Posted in: Gov't asking Japanese firms to invest in Toshiba's chip unit See in context

Gov't asking Japanese firms to invest in Toshiba's chip unit

Next we'll be reading how big Renesas has suddenly become.

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Posted in: Tokyo IT firm is looking for 'Beer Interns' willing to drink while on the job See in context

Ruby Off the Rails?

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Posted in: Kyoto 'Silence Taxi' service prohibits drivers from instigating small talk See in context

Tessa reminds me of taxi experiences with introverted Swedes: teasing words from my Volvo (driver).

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Posted in: Parents arrested for abusing 5-year-old son with frying pan, saw See in context

As a father I'm speechless reading this.

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Posted in: Kyoto 'Silence Taxi' service prohibits drivers from instigating small talk See in context

Let's persuade humans to be less human.

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Posted in: Japan supports U.S. missile strike in Syria See in context

Good boy!

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Posted in: Global reaction mixed after U.S. attacks Syrian gov't base with cruise missiles See in context

Saudis elated.

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Posted in: Abe brushes off fears of threats to civil rights by conspiracy bill See in context

Abe brushes off fears of threats to civil rights by conspiracy bill

“Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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Posted in: Trump to press China on N Korea See in context

another bluff could leave him looking the way he hates most: Weak.

Must be full of self-loathing, then.

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Posted in: Hope at home for Toshiba's nuclear arm after U.S. debacle See in context

Business-as-usual, then.

Ginza tonight?

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