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Posted in: Celebrations See in context

Watching these celebrations... Seriously demented and kimochi warui.

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Posted in: Quake devastates companies' supply routes See in context

Some people suffer(!) and fear shortages of Kikkoman soy sauce: ynetnews[dot]com/articles/0,7340,L-4042347,00[dot]html

Excerpts: Many of sushi's basic components come from Japan or are imported through the battered countries. Will Israelis soon suffer from a shortage of the beloved rolls' necessary ingredients? [...] My only fear is that they'll have to import Kikkoman from the US, and that will affect the imports to Israel. [...] After the tsunami I received phone calls from hysterical people fearing a shortage of Kikkoman.

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Posted in: Muslims seek change in way Hollywood movies portray them See in context

@tkoind

Can't support you in the moment with a longer comment due to logistics. But thanks for your positive efforts and thanks for keeping the flame burning.

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Posted in: Muslims seek change in way Hollywood movies portray them See in context

@tkoind Agree with all your posts on this subject and related matters.

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Posted in: Here and there See in context

By far the most overrated director in Hollywood. Another movie about bored boring rich people gazing out of the windows of expensive hotel rooms. This time no Bill Murray who saves the show by improvising over a non-script.

Who is she making fool of this time?...

Herself.

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Posted in: Queensland floods recede to reveal extent of damage; 25 dead, 55 missing See in context

@ proxy

from Toowoombadotorg:

Toowoomba is a picturesque mountain city located in south east Queensland some 127Km west of the states capital, Brisbane. Clinging to the edge of the Great Dividing Range escarpment at an altitude of seven hundred meters above sea-level, the city affords breathtaking views of Table Top Mountain and the Lockyer Valley region across the east.

Excerpt from mail above was from a 60 yea old Toowoomba local born there and running a business in town.

There will be heavy rain in the future; maybe they will build smarter now.

A know-it-all-better attitude, implying people were stupid and by extension blaming their stupidity for this disaster, is, considering the situation, neither helpful nor appropriate.

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Posted in: Queensland floods recede to reveal extent of damage; 25 dead, 55 missing See in context

@proxy

If you talk only about the tiny area (as opposed to the whole picture) around the river in Brisbane you might have a point, I don't know the area around Brisbane River that well. But in respect to Toowoomba where most people died and many people are missing you are indeed wrong. This is from a mail from a personal friend in Toowoomba:

"It is crazy here. Like a war zone. Toowoomba is on top of the mountains and we never thought there would ever be a flood. How wrong we were." And as far as I remember there isn't even a river closeby.

So to point out perceived deficiencies in detail without understanding the geopgraphy and the whole picture is indeed "Another well informed comment l see".

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Posted in: Tokyo Auto Salon See in context

nandakandamanda

Very succinctly put!

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Posted in: WikiLeaks release gives hit list to al-Qaida, says U.S. See in context

Thanks for the clarification. I totally agree that at the least the name of informers should be blanked and that the information should be made public according to its relevance. But it is the reaction of our intellectually and democratically challenged leaders who make Assange into a folk hero.

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Posted in: WikiLeaks release gives hit list to al-Qaida, says U.S. See in context

The scandal is the leak, not the messenger. What the leaks expose is that the vast majority of our leaders neither possess the intellect nor the moral fabric to govern in a democracy.

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Posted in: Do you agree with WikiLeaks' decision to release sensitive documents? See in context

This from Twitter: It's not wrong to lie, cheat, steal, corrupt, and torture. It's wrong to let people know about it.

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Posted in: WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks See in context

The land of freedom fries where freedom's fried.

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Posted in: Noose tightens around WikiLeaks' Assange See in context

Some things never change. The lynchmob is crying for the blood of the messenger. Killing journalists and innocent people from a helicopter is "sound judgment" while making public the sinister workings of the powers that be is "endangering lives". The fatwa of Islamic radicals on Rushdie and a Danish cartoonist are a threat to freedom of speech, while they tell us that the fatwa on Assange is to protect "free" countries. No difference between you and your enemies: same language, same methods, same lies, same hypocrisy.

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Posted in: European police on alert for Wikileaks founder See in context

Just saw this in the UK news. Seems they are no hurry to arrest him:

The Independent has learnt that Scotland Yard has been in contact with his legal team for more than a month but is waiting for further instruction before arresting him. [...] Police sources confirmed that they have a telephone number for Mr Assange and are fully aware of where he is staying.

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Posted in: Tokyo salon owners sound off on current state of male style See in context

BlackWidow

Is it men doing other men's nails? hmm..I always thought men liked(those who do anyway) their nails done by women, who let's face it, are a bit more savvy about it? And I'm talking about manicure, not glitter by 'nailists'.

I think you are on to something here...

I usually have my nails done in Bangkok (second home) in a reputable(!) saloon. While I lean back and relax one lady does the pedicure and massages my feet while 2 others left and right do the manicure on the outstretched hands. Pampered, flattered and getting spoiled by three ladies (rolls eyes) - nothing unmanly, effiminate or herbivore about that. I wouldn't discard a mani/pedicure done by a man on principle, but definitely prefer the situation described above.

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Posted in: Tokyo salon owners sound off on current state of male style See in context

Yeahhhh.... ummm... sorry, but getting a manicure has absolutely nothing to do with good health.

smithinjapan Here you are wrong. Just ask a dermatologist or google "health and manicure". Top hit is "How does manicure help nail health". I myself had an infected nail bed years ago and needed to have the nail surgically removed. Since then I occassionally enjoy mani and especially pedicure, because in my job I often have to walk all day. You may also find it interesting that many athletic runners get pedicures. They say that it gives them an edge and prevents injuries.

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Posted in: U.S. cuts access to files; Interpol seeks WikiLeaks founder Assange See in context

Why do we need Assange/WikiLeaks to find out this stuff? Why aren't "real" journalists out there getting this kind of information instead of just sitting back and covering the reaction?

Wchich brings us back to Murdoch....

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Posted in: Tokyo salon owners sound off on current state of male style See in context

In fact, Ken’s customers are almost entirely alpha-male sorts. The salon’s regular clientele are predominantly company execs, doctors, entertainers and high-end service industry types, with a roughly even split between Japanese and expats.

No surprise here. The only surprise is that this article was written by a woman. Any 'high-end' alpha-male knows that sophisticated women care a lot about (male) grooming. If you don't have well manicured nails your chances with refined 'high-end' ladies are impeded. This article has nothing to do with herbivore males - on the contrary - as above quote illustrates so well. Please note also that half the customers of Ken's Nail are well-to-do expats (who can and do afford to be pampered).

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Posted in: WikiLeaks reveals more sensitive U.S. data See in context

"If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear."

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Posted in: Bright and early See in context

The best special effects are the ones you don't see.

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Posted in: Scanners and pat-downs upset airline passengers in U.S. See in context

.... to extort your enemy into changing.

...and divert resources. While the US has now a state of the art security 'system' wasting billions (obstructing free movement, trade, travel, 'preventive' wars) there are now more beggars on the street of big US cities than in many 3rd World countries.

Dogs... Just got back from Chicago. No full body scanners yet, but sniffer dogs on the bridge to the plane. Much more sensible and cheap as DC2020 points out.

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Posted in: Scanners and pat-downs upset airline passengers in U.S. See in context

m5c32:

.....define terrorism as the deliberate creation and exploitation of fear through violence or the threat of violence in the pursuit of political change. All terrorist acts involve violence or the threat of violence. Terrorism is specifically designed to have far-reaching psychological effects beyond the immediate victim(s) or object of the terrorist attack. It is meant to instil fear within, and thereby intimidate, a wider `target audience' that might include a rival ethnic or religious group, an entire country, a national government or political party, or public opinion in general. Terrorism is designed to create power where there is none or to consolidate power where there is very little. Through the publicity generated by their violence, terrorists seek to obtain the leverage, influence and power they otherwise lack to effect political change on either a local or an international scale.

Source NY Times, Bruce Hoffmann "Inside Terrorism". Plenty of similar thoughts by informed sources on the net.

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Posted in: Scanners and pat-downs upset airline passengers in U.S. See in context

The terrorists win when people sacrifice their reason and logic on the altar of security and nations bankrupt themselves morally and financially with "wars on terror".

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Posted in: Scanners and pat-downs upset airline passengers in U.S. See in context

Security is a superstition - irrational. The insecure sheeple demand it more than anybody else.

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd, whaling protester Watson take their feud public in NZ See in context

News only for the sheep.

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Posted in: Survey: Europeans back Islamic veil ban, Americans opposed See in context

To Nessie and others with a real interest in this subject: http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/the-truth-behind-the-burqa/

A fascinating and informative take on the subject by someone who obviously knows about what she is talking about.

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Posted in: Iniesta scores in extra time to give Spain World Cup See in context

Thanks to the Dutch the dirtiest and ugliest World Cup final ever. Glad that football won over thuggery.

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd kicks out activist on trial in Japan See in context

"The decision by anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd to ban New Zealander Pete Bethune from future protests was a bid to help him avoid jail time, says his wife Sharyn."

But she doesn't support it. The article continues (link @ KeikoTokyo):

"I've heard a few opinions that are saying that it's the best move for him and the Japanese might go easy because they know he's not going down to the southern seas and is no longer part of Sea Shepherd," she said.

This view was held by Sea Shepherd's founder and president Paul Watson [surprise...] and deputy chief executive Chuck Swift, she said.

However, she did not believe the tactic was a good one and feared that the prosecution could use the Sea Shepherd ban against him. "It's very unfortunate, I feel, that it's just before the summing up of the trial."

@KeikoTokyo

So who told Jason Stewart this? Did Paul Watson say this to him? Or was it his own assumption?

we did have the full permission of the director of Sea Shepherd Paul Watson to be carrying those bow and arrows

That doesn't leave much room for interpretation. If the written word is not enough, here is the original news clip with picture and sound:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-tRB_kOMN4

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd kicks out activist on trial in Japan See in context

@ KeikoTokyo

Jason Stewart, the Aucklander who was at the helm of the Ady Gil during the collison, told TV3 that Bethune had been given the go-ahead to take the bow and arrows on board. "It was never a secret that we were carrying bow and arrows on the Ady Gill and in fact we did have the full permission of the director of Sea Shepherd Paul Watson to be carrying those bow and arrows," he told 3News.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/3789030/Sea-Shepherd-ban-on-Bethune-bizarre

In a TV3 interview recorded before the Antarctic campaign, Mr Bethune displayed the weapons and said they would be used to shoot "nasty chemicals" into dead whales so the whaling ships would not take them on board.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10266219.stm

@ cleo

Thanks for evading my question. Bu in the meanwhile we know Bethune's reaction for being dumped:

Anti-whaling activist Pete Bethune says he is “completely gutted” by Sea Shepherd’s decision to ban him from future protests.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Bethune-gutted-by-Sea-Shepherd-ban/tabid/423/articleID/160030/Default.aspx

So he was never told what they are doing "for his benefit". Many thanks Mr. Watson, impeccable timing as usual, gurantees maximum media coverage.

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd kicks out activist on trial in Japan See in context

So when Japan tells you it is whaling for "research", what do you think? Do you believe it, or not?

No I don't. They are exploiting a loophole in the regulations. But my view on whaling is not as black and white as you might wish. I do not tell people what to eat (unless it is endangered species). I would have no problem if Japan catches whales in their own territory. SS Watson managed to rise the support for whaling in Japan despite falling consumption (probably now rising again). The 2 sides are made for each other: Watson promotes defiance in Japan and that swells his bank accounts and satisfies his pathological narcissistic needs. Without the fuzz whaling would slowly die its natural death like any other industry not commercially viable.

@ KeikoTokyo

Please read the sentences you copy more carefully: "But I do agree with the the current methods of Greenpeace in Japan"

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