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Posted in: 5 students caught breaking 104 school windows 'just for fun' See in context

maybe it was protest at what passes for an education system in this country.

Probably. That's pretty much why I did it in my hometown, at about the same age too. Daddy didn't pay - oh no no no.. i did. It took months. Family court did its job and it worked out. These kids? Let's hope for the best. But.. still, how is this news?

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Posted in: Namie Amuro and troupe dance off against Maori haka for Coke ad See in context

cliffworks, it's a war dance. It's primal, tribal. At the base of it that's who we are. Does this Maori dance glorify war? I imagine not.

If however you are concerned about those promoting the night stick, look to the Grammys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4RL8lyN6Hc

Interesting to compare. Both are dark - but hot! Perhaps this Coke ad is the Japan twist to the social engineering.

And after that, how can they call it healthy? Argentina banned Coke-0 outright over health concerns.

Moderator: Stay on topic please.

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Posted in: Ready, aim, fire See in context

I think this is the first time for a GSDF "regional troop unit" to be sent abroad. Three weeks of drills matches the Vancouver Olympics coincidentally. "Amphibious regaining of a remote island occupied by an armed group." That's interesting. And nice picture, it could almost be Vancouver Island.

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Posted in: 16 security cameras installed on Akihabara streets See in context

This is not good. To J-walk is personal choice. I ALWAYS wait for the light -just me, and I'm satisfied. I don't need to be coerced by a camera. Take away a person's sense of free will and they go into depression. (i'm setting an example for kids in my neighbourhood, and yeah it's a different story when I'm on the bicycle)

And who is watching? Heightened surveillance increases the potential of abuse of authority. Once power is given it is rarely give up. It's creaping away from us little by little..

“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” - Ben Franklin

So we give up privacy for what real benefit? Street crime moves down a block (if there was any to start!). My TAX money goes into pockets of contractors, middlemen and politicians. It's the 21 century! We've survived this long. Actually we'd do well to learn from Germany of the 1930's, and Communist Russia. Anyone teaching? Read them 1984, or watch it online.

Surveillance / Summaries of Discussions: http://www.lkwdpl.org/cffr/polsumm.htm

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Posted in: 16 security cameras installed on Akihabara streets See in context

Security is a growing, self serving fear mongering industry. It's an oxymoron come to think of it. Panasonic is Osaka based. Are all cities receiving as many cameras as I've seen in the Osaka subway?

If folk at home are employed to monitor, then they're going to know my schedule easy. Hmm.. maybe they can bring some soup for me when I call in sick then.

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Posted in: 16 security cameras installed on Akihabara streets See in context

Hmm.. maybe the one pictured above is a "smart" camera.

http://www.ipcamerashelp.com/panasonic-i-pro-h264-3-megapixel-ip-security-cameras-wv-np502-wv-nw502s/

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Posted in: 16 security cameras installed on Akihabara streets See in context

Surveillance cameras are going in everywhere. Just look up. You might be amazed. The Panasonic dome cameras are all over the Osaka subway now. Each with an individual processor brain, face recognition. The camera inside can whip around. Connected together they communicate with each other to follow you from one, to the next, to the next. This they do idly. Now consider that they also have a "lean function" and it starts to get pretty invasive. The Panasonic WV-CW380 pictured above has no brain. But, if they've got a series of 16, and looking at the price, it's more than likely they've got a few.

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Posted in: Baghdad blasts strike popular hotels, killing 37; 'Chemical Ali' hanged See in context

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems to infer an Al-Quaida link to these attacks. It'll be interesting to see how that plays out.

Saddam was not Al-Qaida's friend. They would have threatened his grip. No, they didn't arrive in county until.. wait for it, the US invasion. Nice shot guys! Did the CIA like holding the door open?

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Posted in: Baghdad blasts strike popular hotels, killing 37; 'Chemical Ali' hanged See in context

I don't understand the unrest at his demise. The people feared him. He was Sadam Husein's first cousin!

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Posted in: Obama says terror attack 'dots' not connected See in context

There was "news speak" in the book 1984, then "Fed speak" out of Greenspan. Now it's "Obama speak".

"intelligence was not fully analyzed or fully leveraged" - In other words, remaining freedoms you have will be taken, more spending on monitoring you.

Kurt Haskell is a credible eye witness to the suspect getting onto the plane 1) with assistance 2) without a passport 3) without security:

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2010/01/kurt_and_lori_haskell_we_talke.html

Haskell tells of another person video taping him throughout the flight (backed up by a 2nd witness). He tells of another man after deboarding.

IMHO, it stinks high heaven.

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Posted in: Kyushu sex worker tries to drown 5-year-old son in bathtub See in context

This may be the better news of the day. Trouble coping, she called out. A sex club worker.. we don't know the story (Kyodo -the no news co). Single mom trying to cope, not easy the best of times. Hope she gets support now? From where? If anyone has advice, might I ask that we share and see that those who may need it receive it.

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Posted in: 5-year-old boy survives fall from 8th floor apartment See in context

pathetic

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Posted in: Nanking Massacre movie has strong opening in China See in context

"Demonising your enemy is insulting yourself," Lu says.

I look forward to seeing this movie, hopefully in Japan.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/news.php?id=5401&sec=10

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Posted in: Supermarket investigator exposes slipshod quality management See in context

At most restaurants I think you're getting irradiated eggs. I know there's at least one company that specializes.

In Nara a few years ago a seven year old girl died eating sukiyaki with her family at home. Hers was the only egg in the pack that was salmonella infected.

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Posted in: Dark Mocha treats See in context

Second try:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3PoU6fEQpQ&feature=channel

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Posted in: Dark Mocha treats See in context

How about they kick out the freeloaders with textbooks who fill seats in their shops day in day out with no regard for the business nor for the people lined out the door? At 25% of available seating by observation, isn't getting to be a bit much? The stuff is frickn' awesome but if the place is full of loafers and no seat for me then there's no sale. There are better things so spend money on.

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Posted in: Japan stocks plunge as U.S. auto crisis mounts See in context

Bento

those analysts keep on guessing..

No, they're fibbing.

Corporate media is just that - it is a prepared corporate message.

Meet Peter Schiff, Mark Faber, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), and you'll see where things are headed.

"Power of the press belongs to those who own one." - Ben Franklin

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Posted in: 15 of 20 top AIG execs agree to return bonuses See in context

People have got to see through the smoke and mirrors.

Had AIG been allowed to fail there would be no bonus issue to start with, and no absurd outflows of funds to the likes of.. JP Morgan ($400m), Morgan Stanley ($1.2b), Wachovia ($1.5b), B of A ($5.2b), Merrill Lynch ($6.8b), Goldman Sachs ($12.9b). Never mind the roughly $35 billion AIG had handed out to non-American banks.

Yeah, follow the money.

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Posted in: 15 of 20 top AIG execs agree to return bonuses See in context

lets have the names of the other 5

For a lynching? Disgraceful.

AIG gets $185 - billion - in bailouts from tax payers. The bonuses are $165 million. It works out to 0.09%. It is a red herring.

Your country is selling you out people. It's time to wake up.

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Posted in: Ryoko Shinohara touts 'C1000 Vitamin Lemon' See in context

This is fluff!

Synthetic C, or ascorbic acid, is common food additive. It's often found in candy. Besides the sweeteners, emulsifiers and junk, I think that's all C1000 has going for it (dunno, rose hips listed anyone?). C1000 tastes great but I would never consider it a healthy drink. Besides it's carbonated.

And you can't find C-1000mg supplements in Japan, either. I don't know why. Outside C-1000mg is only found in time-release form, and for a reason. The body can't absorb that much as a single shot, generally. If you've had bright yellow pee after having your electrolyte topped up at the hospital that's the excess C coming out. And I've never experienced that from drinking C1000 Vitamin Lemon.

It's trash, imho.

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Posted in: Helicopter service starts from Shin Chitose to Niseko Village resort See in context

What? I don't want to buy the helicopter.

Let's compare with a chopper flight Vancouver-Victoria over there in NA. Flight time is about same and tickets start at CAD $75 (6000yen) for a student willing to do stand-by. The scheduled flight goes back and forth about a dozen times a day. Show up with cash and the regular 1 way is like $200. Honestly I haven't taken it. Float plane is cheaper.

At 189,000 yen you'd better come pick up me and my friends at the top of the tower across the street, fly us to the top of untouched mountain peaks until our legs fall off, build us a table (with your bare hands!) overlooking a glacial valley then fly up lunch from a restaurant caterer - none of this curry-rice crap! Also, I want bad weather a money back guarantee and a minimum of unspoiled peaks by day's end. You can film us if you like while we're skiing down and try to sell us the tapes. I'd probably pay extra for that ;-)

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Posted in: Convenience store chain Lawson reportedly to buy am/pm See in context

Really.. I don't even have to cross a light and I've got 6 within a two minutes' walk. elbudamexicano you gotta find a better place, or buy a fridge!

Was am/pm doing so poorly? Ah.. maybe I should have spoken to their driver sooner about his idling. I got it turned around tho but it did take a while.

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Posted in: Job cuts swell ranks of homeless in Japan See in context

The good news is you can set up a tent or cardboard practically anywhere. The bad news is the best spots are gone. More homeless here too. I think more people should hi to these guys every now and then. Every time the police are around they always seem to know what the story is.

In Sadanori Suzuki's case I suspect he'd have gone from capsule hotel, usually pretty nice, expensive, -to- the internet cafe. Has he considered becoming a forester? They're hiring.

@ tkoind2: I agree.

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Posted in: Japan stocks fall to near 4-month low See in context

Hey, I hear hemp still grows wild in Hokkaido. Don't know if it's as good as the stuff you've been smoking but I'll meet you up there in a while, eh?

Oh and uh, yeah, we'll talk about stocks there too ;-)

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Posted in: Japanese stocks tumble as Topix hits 25-year low See in context

Are you guys for real?

The US is creating another bubble. Watch where the dollar goes in 6 months time. The yen will go with it. Buy gold. Oh, are you still trusting the banks here too? Several are already lined up for handouts. I can't remember which ones, do you know?

@ some14some: Look at the decimal point. This is hardly a drop in the bucket. And how do you figure Japan was the contagion? Oh no, we're just a domino.

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Posted in: Japan stocks fall to near 4-month low See in context

all this negative energy from Japan is dragging down the rest of the world

Really? It doesn't take an economist, man. Just check the business pages. Toyota, Panasonic, Sony, Nippon Steel shutting blast furnaces etc. That's reality. There is more ahead and a lot has yet to filter down. 60% of our food needs to be imported. Make plans, buy it now.

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Posted in: Japan stocks fall to near 4-month low See in context

As a kid has anyone had the pleasure of rolling large stones off of high cliffs and watching them fall? Nakagawa's performance today was just like that. There is some perverse pleasure in seeing big rocks fall.

Sometimes a rock will get momentum and even before it reaches the edge already you know, it's gone! Ready? The economy is up next!

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Posted in: Department stores kick off Valentine chocolate campaigns See in context

Word to the wise - Don't expect to breeze through the department store for the choco on the way to meet your sweety come the 14th. That might be a mistake. Last minute flowers works fine because nobody does that here and they're not busy. But over where they do the chocolates.. it is quite a different story.

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Posted in: We shall all have to pay - eventually See in context

Buy silver, buy gold. Stock up on food and make good friends of your neighbours - you're going to need them. And can you fix stuff? It should be interesting.

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Posted in: Cop arrested for taking picture of woman’s legs on train in Kanagawa See in context

You guys are missing the point. Yadda yadda, police lieutenant, yadda yadda suspended sentence.

Lieutenant or not, perv or not, he hasn't done anything (that we know of). By leaving your home and entering public place it's accepted that you've given up some degree of personal privacy. Society wouldn't work any other way.

Under a woman's skirt is not a public place, nor is a bathroom stall (unless you open the door that is), nor a room in love hotel. You'd EXPECT complete privacy in these places. And there's the litmus test. This guy was on a train!

But not to defend him personally, I'm thinking about rest of society. Wake up!

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