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Posted in: Ice dance See in context

Nice to see Japan producing young pairs skaters. That seems rare here.

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Posted in: At each end of Pacific, skepticism over China farm purchases See in context

U.S. farm exports to China, which hit a record $25.9 billion in 2012, plummeted last year to $9.1 billion. 

(as a result of D.Trump's policies.)

Now suddenly he expects farmers to believe it's going to skyrocket to $40 billion? ($50 according to the President). He is insulting the intelligence of farmers.

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Posted in: Tottenham ban fan who threw cup at Chelsea keeper Kepa See in context

Can he also be arrested? Is there such a things as "attempted assault"? Public nuisance. Whatever gets a person an ASBO. (Anti-social Behaviour).

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker arrested over alleged bribe from Chinese gambling operator See in context

Scummy industry meets scummy profession. Bribery and corruption ensues. Anyone surprised?

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Posted in: What if you knew a cookie would take 20 minutes to run off? See in context

I do look at the calories in labels when shopping for snacks and convenience food. I won't buy things that don't list calories, outside of whole foods, such as fresh fruit, boiled eggs, etc.

I love the idea of the walk / run minutes symbols. (Though each person's individual burn rate is going to be very different. Most likely these rates are based on white American males aged 18-25, of "average" weight/muscle mass.) I think they might encourage me to exercise more, to "earn the choco, by pre-burning the choco". I'd probably enjoy the chocolate even more, as well.

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Posted in: Israel to grant holiday travel permits to Gaza Christians See in context

Well isn't that generous.


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Posted in: Blind Japanese skateboarder uses cane to ride the rails See in context

I would buy a ticket to watch this!! I wonder if this isn't in the Paralympics as he's in a class of his own.

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Posted in: Public insurance to cover preventive breast, ovary removal operations See in context

The coverage will not extend to people who have yet to develop cancer,

My sister just had this done in Canada. It's too bad that I have to wait to develop cancer before getting the "preventative" treatment.

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Posted in: Lost in translation: Swimmer Sun Yang's doping case hits interpretation snag See in context

 Are they not the trier of fact here?

The are the "arbiter". Not sure if that is the same thing. It does seem best to let the accused pick their own interpreter/translator.

I guess I missed when this first came up. I hadn't heard of it.

II wonder, if the testers showed up with inadequate identification, why'd he let them take a blood sample in the first place?

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Posted in: Ibaraki issues warnings against fake police officers after elderly woman conned out of money See in context


This scam would never work with my grandmother. If someone calls her claiming to be one of her grand kids or relatives, she would call our phone directly and ask if we just called her.

I think you failed to read the article. This scam does not rely on a vulnerable grandparent not directly checking in with their kids. This fake police scam relied on a socially conscious senior wanting to help the police take down some ore-ore scumbags.

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Posted in: Same as Olympics: Tokyo Paralympic ticket demand tops supply See in context

This is fantastic news!

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Posted in: Abe determined to amend Constitution after debate in next Diet session See in context

IF the changes were to overhaul the koseki system, reference to "both sexes" in the section regarding marriage, and to clarify/broaden the meaning of the word "kokumin" in regards to who has rights, I'd be in favour.

If it's to allow the PM and his cronies to send other people's kids to war, never.

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Posted in: America’s influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump See in context

And Canada is ready to join France in imposing a "digital services tax", despite Trumps threats of 100% tarrifs.


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Posted in: Japanese lawyer comments on legality of tattoo ban at hot springs See in context


Japan’s history with tattoos is quite different than many other countries.

"quite different than many other countries" is a pretty weasel-worded way to make sweeping statements that are really pretty Eurocentric.

Actually, Japan's history is pretty much the same as it's big neighbors. China also used tattoos to mark criminals. Korea also has some history of using tattoos to mark criminals.

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Posted in: Thin skin: Japanese firm develops ultra-fine spray-on face mask See in context

Is it biodegradable?

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Posted in: Gov't compiles ¥26 tril stimulus package to prop up economy See in context

No thank you to that 5000 yen. (Really just giving back a pittance of our own tax money).

Please stop wasting the tax money we already pay. It will cost the government bundles more to administer this act of largess.

I saw an article today about how Swedish parliamentarians are not provided with cars and drivers, but are expected to use public transportation and live like ordinary citizens. Brilliant idea. https://mg.co.za/article/2019-05-31-00-no-perks-for-swedish-mps

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Posted in: 'Nasty', 'two-faced', 'brain dead': NATO pulls off summit despite insults See in context

People think that was classy.

What people? The one's in your imagination?

I don't think it was "classy". It certainly is normal, expected, and what I'd do. (I'm not "classy" either).

If you don't want to be laughed at, don't be a laughingstock.

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Posted in: Folau, Rugby Australia reach settlement in anti-gay sacking row See in context

Andrew Crisp

Good on him and its good that he won.

What makes you think he won? He may have settled for $1 and "an apology for any hurt and harm".

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Posted in: Folau, Rugby Australia reach settlement in anti-gay sacking row See in context

I'm sorry to see that the Australian Christian Lobby is providing him financial support, rather than providing him a better education in the teachings of Christ. Glad this is settled and I hope he fades into obscurity now, at least until he grows as a human being.

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Posted in: U.S., refugee Olympic teams to be more prominent in Tokyo opening ceremony parade See in context

What about China (2022) and Italy (2026)?

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Posted in: Elon Musk's 'pedo guy' tweet defamed British diver, lawyer says as U.S. trial starts See in context

Musk is an ass. I hope he loses in spectacular fashion.

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Posted in: Trump, citing U.S. farmers, slaps metal tariffs on Brazil, Argentina See in context

Trump needs to do something in the name of the US farmers who are suffering and going into bankruptcy at high rates, as a result of his China policies.

He says these tariffs on steel and aluminium are for farmers. Will they believe him?

(Surely this will make farm implements more expensive.)

Does Trump think the farmers of America are stupid?

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Posted in: U.S. considers 100% tariffs on French Champagne, cheese, handbags over digital tax See in context

Meh. Let the Americans eat American cheese.

More quality cheese for the rest of us.

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Posted in: Substitute teacher lectures Utah child over his 2 dads See in context

You expect some bullying from kids in schools, and hope that the adults can catch and prevent it. You don't expect the bully to be the adult. FFS. Picking on a newly adopted orphan? This person should not be around children, ever.

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Posted in: Former Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone dies at 101 See in context

 But his career was shadowed by links to a huge political scandal, a stocks-for-favors scam.

Was that the Recruit scandal?

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Posted in: Department store reviews plan for staff to wear menstruation badges after outcry See in context

When I first came to Japan I was shocked how many office conversations among the women were about constipation. I would seriously be less surprised if an employee suggested a badge for that. Weird. Jaw-droppingly weird. All of it.

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Posted in: Department store reviews plan for staff to wear menstruation badges after outcry See in context

I want to know WTF kind of policies they have in place that at least one woman thinks they need sympathy for having their period. Do they have really long shifts without breaks of something? Do you need special permission from three levels up to take a loo break?

If you're having serious problems, see a doctor. Maybe get on a low dose pill. Don't expect everyone else to want to publicly deal with your menses and don't expect me to be public with mine.

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Posted in: Sacked Folau raises compensation claim to A$14 million See in context

Jesus didn’t mention homosexuality.

No. He did not. He broke the old rules. Threw them out with the footbath water. And he said, "above all, love thy neighbor."

If your goal is to model your life on JC, you be nice to others. If your goal is to feel superior and assert control over other people, you use the name of JC to label yourself as superior and behave like Folau.

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Posted in: Sacked Folau raises compensation claim to A$14 million See in context


I have little sympathy for bigots who choose to parade their bigotry.

Amen to that.

I also have a particular dislike for people who claim to be Christian, and then behave in exactly the opposite way that a real follower of Jesus Judge-not-lest-ye-be-judged Christ would. Being an @sshole in the name of Christ. I shake my head in wonder.

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Posted in: Lotteria offering venison burgers for 'Good Meat Day' on Nov 29 See in context

Chronic Wasting Disease is a prion disease, like Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, aka Mad Cow DIsease), scrapie (which affects sheep) and Kuru and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (which affect humans).

Avoid eating deer/elk brain if you like, but to date there are no known cases of humans getting CWD from eating deer anything.

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