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Posted in: 'Elderly hour' in Australian stores as panic-buying continues See in context

@serrano--if your local supermarket is in Tennessee, you can find your TP stacked in a storage unit behind 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer. Rather than neck wringing, a public shaming in the mass media has been proven to do the trick.

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Posted in: 2 members of U.S. Congress self-quarantine over virus contact See in context

Next CPAC event will be exciting:

Palin around with tour-ists on the good ship Princess Cruz, then quarantine survival camp at the Into the Wild bus site.

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Posted in: California public venues, schools close to stop virus spread See in context

@nanda--figure out where the ship should go

Seems the cruise industry will be looking for mid sized ports to hunker down and wait out the PR storm. Remember the Westerdam, which ultimately had one false positive for Covid-19? Last I read, it was being banished to Juneau, AK.

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Posted in: Sanders hits Biden over Social Security, trade, as new U.S. presidential contests loom See in context

Pudcast--whazzat?

Wookie search--who he?

Tweeter--what it do?

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Posted in: 6 dead, including gunman, in Molson Coors brewery shooting in Milwaukee See in context

@zichi--this beer conglomerate has been doing a lot of firing and moving staff around in recent times, reportedly. Its a shame that it set off a violent response.

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Posted in: World battles virus epidemic as cases multiply outside China See in context

Make sure you get your 3 yens worth playing with plastic bags. I hear you can wear them in public to show up the ordinary mask wearers. Opaque type needs eye holes.

(^。^)y-~

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Posted in: Trump scoffs at 'Parasite' Oscar win See in context

Do you go to the picture book aisle to gaze at the pretty doodles?

Do you ignore the scrawl on a postcard and stare at the photo?

Reading, what a hassle.

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Posted in: Trump scoffs at 'Parasite' Oscar win See in context

Wah hah hah--why no Academy Awards for amazing films by Republican producers like Captain Ron? Steve Bannon, what a star.

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Posted in: Gov't says 2 elderly people from cruise ship have died; another 2 officials infected with coronavirus See in context

@T-E, that case Velius mentioned was reported on NHK as a nurse at the boat restaurant nomikai where the taxi driver got it, later passing it to his mother in law who was the first Japanese fatality. The doctor may have contracted it later from the infected nurse, the news said.

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Posted in: Noriyuki Makihara shoots to top of Amazon sales ranking after arrest for drug possession See in context

One of the best album covers I have ever seen was his Life In Downtown.

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Posted in: China to cut tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. imports See in context

Is this enough to make up for the supply chain disruptions that will be kicking in with much of China on open ended lock down? How to keep backed up ports from delaying the imported goods?

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Posted in: Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine: One of western Japan’s oldest shrines See in context

Pretty near there. About 45 minutes on the train.

They used the Sacay spelling from some antique European maps of Japan. They reprinted a section in the free Natts railway magazine this week, and here are the other place names surrounding Sacay: Farima--maybe Arima onsen area?, Ecunocuny, Cavachi, and Hiamato--most likely Hashimoto in Wakayama close to Nara. Somehow Osaka/Naniwa didnt make it onto the map, but Lake Biwa is there unlabelled.

Now watch those exotic names get used for next years car models.

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Posted in: Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine: One of western Japan’s oldest shrines See in context

Thanks for the sweet story albaleo. Hankai tram is good for that slow old timey feel. As you know, it runs right through Sakai near the joint Sen no Rikyu and Yosano Akiko museum and the newly opened four level Pheniche Sacai ? Concert hall. You can jump off and walk towards the JR line to some of the kofun mounds that were given World Heritage status this year. And somewhere on the Hankai Line is a corrugated metal lunch joint open only 2-3 hours a day owned by an 89 year old cook who is a minor celebrity in China for his outstanding rice.

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Posted in: Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine: One of western Japan’s oldest shrines See in context

It is one of the most visited shrines over the first week of January. I took two visitors there directly from KIX and they looked bedraggled by the time we made it through the gauntlet. The oddest thing was a lone grumpy white evangelical picketing with handwritten signs against hatsumode. But even he had the sense to stay across the street away from the onrushers.

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Posted in: Vissel Kobe to meet Kashima in Emperor's Cup final at new National Stadium See in context

I bet TV revenues from this kind of game help cover some of the big salaries. I remember Iniesta is making 10 - 20 million per year plus a wine selling deal with Rakuten.

But speaking of overpaying players, in baseball the Yankees just promised to pay a pitcher over 300 million for nine years. That amount is more than the combined yearly salaries of all the players in NPB, just for one person. Craziness.

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Posted in: Vissel Kobe to meet Kashima in Emperor's Cup final at new National Stadium See in context

Not a serious fan of footy, but even I can appreciate the sight of grizzled veteran Iniesta alongside speedy youngsters 10 or so years his junior. Mix in the return of Villa for his last ever game and we have the makings for some dramatic new years day viewing.

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Posted in: U.S. diplomat says top levels of Trump administration were in on Ukraine pressure See in context

@bass--whiny unprofessional and incompetent sound pretty good compared to this mess. They can join Sneezy, Grumpy, and the other dwarves in the Disney party.

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Posted in: U.S. diplomat says top levels of Trump administration were in on Ukraine pressure See in context

@burning bush--a vile of radioactive toxins, eh? You get half credit for effort, but for next time they are vials.

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Posted in: U.S. diplomat says top levels of Trump administration were in on Ukraine pressure See in context

@blacklab--consult your whistleblower ID sources on the question of Muellers party affiliation and report back the answer like a good boy.

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Posted in: Group riding bikes through underground shopping mall in Osaka cause ruckus See in context

The context for this story is Osaka city govt agreeing to convert 2 of 6 lanes on a section of Midosuji St. into exclusive bike lanes, maybe as part of the winning World Expo bid. It works great when the cyclists stay in their new zone, but at some bottlenecks around the station I have witnessed small groups of swerving riders sideswiping innocent pedestrians. Would be a shame if a citizen backlash meant the end of the bike lane experiment.

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Posted in: Drug cartel gunmen kill 9 U.S. citizens, including 6 children, in ambush in Mexico See in context

@stormcrow--your numbers are off because you equated 1000 people in ten days with 30,000 a month. Not to dispute it's horrific but you added an extra multiple of ten.

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Posted in: Drug cartel gunmen kill 9 U.S. citizens, including 6 children, in ambush in Mexico See in context

@theFu--oops, honest mistake. It was his father George, later governor of Michigan, who was born in one of the Mexican expat enclaves, according to Smithsonian.com etc. Yes, Mitt is American-born and says he doesn't know any of the people involved in this shooting. I still think he would be better diplomatically to deal with this.

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Posted in: Drug cartel gunmen kill 9 U.S. citizens, including 6 children, in ambush in Mexico See in context

Task Utah Senator Mitt Romney with leading how this is handled. He has more credibility as someone who was born in one of the northern Mexico Mormon enclaves, which were set up to get away from US fed and state police raids in the first place.

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Posted in: Cole, powerful Astros hammer Nationals 7-1; lead World Series 3-2 See in context

Don-man the Con-man won less than 10% of the vote in the city of Washington D.C. so you'd think he would know better than to go out in public there. It is probably the reason he never goes out for meals there either.

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Posted in: GOP mourns Cummings as friend, statesman See in context

Bass: Doh-nald was at the Bush funeral? If not, why?

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Posted in: Democrats subpoena Pentagon, White House budget office in impeachment probe See in context

@wolf CIA operatives in the CIA? Doesnt that seem redundant?

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Posted in: U.S., Japan sign limited deal on agriculture, digital trade See in context

@NB--those spotless cowboy hats and business suits must be hog farmer chic.

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Posted in: Osaka reveals pressure of being No. 1 See in context

Coach B? Have heard nil besides the management book he is selling in Japan. Maybe JT should be reporting on his career instead?

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Posted in: Osaka, Thiem win China Open titles See in context

Congrats Naomi!

A feel good story about her dad becoming her interim coach, even though she downplays his role in the quote. He was the one who had the far-fetched idea to train his first daughter Mari to play pro tennis on local public courts, with Naomi tagging along. From that humble start to the absolute top--amazing!

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Posted in: Murray, Barty, Osaka advance at China Open See in context

@fxgai--I dont think it is coincidental that she is playing better under her dad Leonard Francois. A laid back lowkey dude with patience for her quirky side.

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