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Posted in: 12-year-old Prince Hisahito starts 1st overseas trip in Bhutan See in context

Nice photo, but I agree with Chip Star.

Just burning our taxes, he's too young to do anything useful.

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Posted in: 23 dead, 13,000 people hospitalized in week in Japan due to heat See in context

1glennToday 10:01 am JST

If we don't stop global warming, this sort of thing will get much worse.

Hahaha! Al Gore just called; he want's his year 2006 quote back!!

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Posted in: Can we eat Big Macs and still avoid climate chaos? See in context

The first 3 responses are perfect examples of why efforts to change are wasted.

Belligerence, disbelief and misinformation.

3 strikes...we're out.

Even if we magically reduce emissions to zero tomorrow, the planet will still warm due to what is already out there. Our actions have kick started a cycle that future generation 'may' survive...but the interconnection of the problems and consistant denial has me doubting our species will continue beyond the 2100 deadline.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers, FINA test water quality, temperature See in context

Wait a minute...they tested water quality and temperature by having a bunch of people jump in and swim?

How does it taste? How do you feel?

Lol...well it's on par with how they are handling Fukashima, so...whatever.

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Posted in: Trade war may escalate to currency war, hurting Japan See in context

The orange moron and the State that wants to own us all.

I wish they'd both just go away. Can't we just give them equal halves of the moon and send them off to do their thing there with the Tardigrades?

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Posted in: Heat headache as Tokyo swelters a year before Olympics See in context

Planting big shade trees. Go ahead, suggest it in the Izakaya and enjoy the bemused looks people give you. Hahaha.

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Posted in: Do video games, mental illness drive U.S. massacres? See in context

There is no demonstrable link between video games and gun violence.

There is a link between gun ownership/access and gun violence.

America refuses to deal with the problem at the source, that is to say: Guns.

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Posted in: Typhoon leaves 1 dead in southwestern Japan See in context

Are you ABSOLUTELY certain you didn't leave something up on your roof?

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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context

serendipitous1Today 10:13 pm JST

And no doubt customers will fight when one who paid 10% and sits at a table overhears the other only paid 8% but is also sitting at a table. Ridiculous. Just make it 10% across the board (or, even better, 5%).

Only in a society of programmed snitches could that happen....oh wait.....

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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context

What is also going to be hilarious, is...

'I'd like to sit and eat my lunch, but I'll have the drink and dessert to go.'

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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context

Meh...seems simple enough...just 3 buttons on the register. Take out, Eat in, With toy. Boom

Who cares what happens after the sale when you're only making Y900/hr?

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Posted in: Biden and Harris do battle, face attacks in combative U.S. Democratic debate See in context

Sorry America, this has to be the weakest line up fo Presidential candidates I've ever seen, and these are the Good Guys,

Land of the Lost.

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Posted in: Sophie the robot whips up oodles of Singapore noodles See in context

"The robot will let chefs cut down on repetitive tasks and focus on understanding customers' needs."

"Sophie will cut the staffing of the laksa station from two chefs to one, whose main role will be to replenish the ingredients and keep the station clean."

Hahaha! You can see the problem right there in these 2 conflicting 'goals'. Sophie allows the shop to let go of the chef, and keep on the lower paid kitchen hand, who certainly won't be spending their time 'understanding customers needs'.

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Posted in: Macho gorilla pillow lets you snuggle on its ripped chest for a comfortable sleep See in context

JeffLeeToday 08:58 am JST


Hahaha! Just wait until someone realizes the goldmine that awaits K-Pop bot band pillows...with complimentary bananas.

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Posted in: Japan's annual eel-eating day hit by high prices See in context

BTW, does anyone know of a good place to get a Falafel roll in Tokyo?

Getting tired of eating species out of existence.

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Posted in: Olympic robots to offer 'virtual' attendance, help out on field See in context


I'm going to rent one of the 'virtual attendance' screens, and rent an old lady to put on a vitual striptease for the poor folks stuck in lines!

My Olympic hobby has been decided!

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Posted in: Yoshimoto president ordered comedians not to meet press over scandal See in context

The tear filled apology for being caught was probably the funniest thing these guys have ever done!

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Posted in: Japanese town celebrates first whale catch of the season See in context

'Bringing the children down to see the first whale is part of the school's efforts to normalize the slaughter.'

Fixed it for you!

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Posted in: Musk shows off progress on brain-machine interface See in context


Sign me up. It's a step toward the future: The rich upper class, cyber augmented and immortal, and then all the poor and sick who die relatively quickly.

My advice...train your kids to get rich, and get on board the immortality train. Destination:Mars.

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Posted in: Do you think machines will ever be as good as humans at translating from one language into another? See in context


and the education ministry is counting on it. In English language education, Elementary school children will be taught how to interact with translation 'robots'. The role of foreign English speakers in the classroom is being diminished. To become fluent and functional in a language you will need Private tutoring; there will be growth in that area.

As mentioned by Ah_so, the phone apps already exist...they just need refinement, advancement won't stop. Google is not just going to say 'meh...it's pretty good now, let's just stop'.

In fact in the end I think apps will be more accurate translators because they won't insert a personal bias into the translation.

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Posted in: Whale meat fetches 'celebration prices' after Japanese hunt See in context

LudditeToday 04:10 pm JST

Another day, another whale meat article.

Get used to it. This barrage is going to continue until everyone has been re-educated that Whale meat is and always has been a daily part of everyone's life here.

I predict it will be on all public school menus nationally, and expect less tuna and more whale on shelves in supermarkets.

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Posted in: U.S. pressuring G20 allies on climate change language: French official See in context

Any Politician denying climate science and ignoring the need for immediate and drastic action, is an enemy of mankind and a direct threat to your grandchildrens survival.

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Posted in: Japanese students more open to use of marijuana, survey suggests See in context

''due to the influence of the internet...''

'said the increased use of the internet...''

'influenced by watching videos of drug use and developments abroad...''

You can see where this is going.

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Posted in: Scientists take a peek behind those sad puppy dog eyes See in context

I get a “come over and talk to me” look from my neighbor’s Golden Retriever every time I leave home.

Haha...do you take some time and go over and talk to him/her? You should. (I'm sayign that without alluding to any puns btw. I mean it.)

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Posted in: Arctic could face another record hot year See in context

shonanbbToday 06:06 pm JST

The earth is a living entity and we have no effects on it except plastic pollution.

....and there you have it everyone. This is why your children's children will be the first generation living in huddled masses underground subsisting on each others recycled bodily waste on a barren and desolate rock devoid of all other life.

They will be so grateful to us.

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Posted in: No 'Endgame' for Marvel fan: he's seen 'Avengers' film 110 times See in context

lol extanker....the dide works 10 hour days....they probably are proud! Hahaha.

Andy Warhol said it best:

Apparently, most people love watching the same basic thing, as long as the details are different. But I’m just the opposite: if I’m going to sit and watch the same thing I saw the night before, I don’t want it to be essentially the same – I want it to be exactly the same. Because the more you look at the same exact thing, the more the meaning goes away, and the better and emptier you feel.

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Posted in: Japan's commercial whaling to restart July 1 after 3-decade hiatus See in context

Vince BlackToday 05:12 pm JST

Japan just keeps flushing its image down the toilet

Yep. It's a national pastime, but the tourists all smile and pay compliments, so it dosen't have any impact here.

You, me and a handful of other foreign residents being angry just has no impact in a country where millions are apathetic.

But...I'm guessing the meat will be cheap, so as wages stay stagnant and sales tax rises, everyone will dig in and not think about it too much. A return to Post war glory with whale on the menu!

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife appeals to Trump for help in U.S. media interview See in context

Hmmm...I kind of get it.

They are being treated in and unusual and unfair manner...it's a desperate plea. Perhaps designed to bring more overseas focus on the case?

Trump raises a lot of negatives though, and if Trump is seen as your friend....well....it might backfire.

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Posted in: Sigourney Weaver marks 'Alien' anniversary:'I thought it was a small movie' See in context

Hmmm...I'm gonna sound like a fool, but hey, that's what the internet is for...

Yes. The best film of it's genre. Stands up to fresh/repeat viewing today.

I agree with a lot of the comments above...at the time this film was produced there was no fuss made about Ripley . The only spin was 'this film is terrifying!'

But, yes, it should be noted...:

*Female lead.

*No guns at all (industrial flame throwers and cattle prods withstanding).

*We all still love the film.

Dear Hollywood, produce the films with original stories, superior writing and original locations...escape the 'Mystery Box' cookie cutter group think format.

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