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Posted in: Dozens of gas blasts rock Boston suburbs, injuring at least six See in context

@Goodlucktoyou--not true, Boston Globe reported a teen in a car was killed by a chimney from an exploding house. RIP to the victim Leonel Rondon.

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Posted in: Osaka's U.S. Open win re-opens cultural discussion in Japan See in context

@DaDude, I'm not sure that your statement that Naomi is the product of an expensive tennis school is correct. I've seen interviews where Naomi and her father (and initial coach) talked about her childhood training regimen, which was practice tennis all morning, eat lunch sitting on the court, then more tennis all afternoon. So the main expense that I can see was the lunch. The older sister, also a tennis pro ranked around 350 in the world, was actually the one being groomed for stardom, but it turned out that Naomi grew into a taller and more powerful player. I'm pretty sure both girls were home-schooled at night to make room for their full time tennis program. It's kind of like what Ichiro's father using all available time to practice one sport, except for the home schooling part.

Now that Naomi is being coached by Serena's former hitting partner, I'd guess a fair amount of her winnings are being paid out to retain that kind of top level coach.

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Posted in: Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan See in context

@Serrano, you're on the right track. Now let me intervene and explain how I read the "whimp/wimp" comment.

Most civilians think of the White House as a posh pinnacle where the best of the best work at managing the country, and high achievers are invited to receive an award or join a cultural event. A lodestar of the good ship America, if you will, but also a bit frilly and touristy.

The joke of Mattis being called wimpy is that the harsh reality of working at Trump's White House is so depressing that Mattis has to flee to the ends of the earth, a place that pompous politicians would never follow. Mattis as a career military man and student of history probably likes to deal with fairly predictable and containable foes, and avoid asymmetrical battles and friendly fire. Thus off to Taliban turf he goes to clear his head for a tenaciously dogged surge of letters to the editor.

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Posted in: Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan See in context

@Serrano, are you sure the nickname Mad Dog isn't tongue in cheek? I mean, Mattis is a never married man who reportedly likes to collect and read history books, with a library numbering in the high thousands. Do you know something else besides his bookish public persona that we should know? I'll bet he could accurately place the word "lodestar" in a sentence as well as anyone in the Trump administration if you catch my drift.

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Posted in: Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan See in context

@PTownsend, he could avoid being blatant by mixing in some Grateful Dead "Dark Star" quotes, or something about dwarf stars, the death star, or--ahem--people euphemistically known as adult film stars.

Yet it may be impossible to use "lodestar" in a sentence (outside the context of a New York Times op-ed).

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Posted in: 4 dead in Cincinnati bank shooting See in context

"a cheap shop"--your cunning punning about dollar stores is way over my head.

And you say mass shootings in the U.S. are by nearly all by drug gang bosses? Do a five minute skim of who the shooters were in the recent mass shootings with double digit victims and let us know which street gangs they were from.

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Posted in: Trump warns of violence if Republicans lose fall elections See in context

@Serrano, a civil war over "globalism" or "isolationism" makes very little sense. If conservatives want to reject international business agreements, then they shouldn't celebrate foreign companies as saviors of the economy like Governor Scott Walker did with the massive tax relief deal for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn/Hon Hai to open a plant in his state, or like Trump's company asking the government to give foreign workers visas to be employed at his resorts. Are conservatives going to storm Mar-a-Lago and demand that only Americans get those lousy low paid jobs? The idea of anyone taking it to the level of a "civil war" is farking comical.

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Posted in: New York subpoenas ex-Trump attorney Cohen in Trump Foundation probe See in context

You got the two for one special at Taco Bull. Amazing that you fit your yacht with the private helicopter in their parking lot.

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Posted in: Five killed, 44 shot in night of violence in Chicago See in context

@Nishikat, thank goodness for marginal gun ownership, eh? Crazy to think that the floods and heat wave over the last month have probably harmed more people than all the shootings over the last however many decades. For us casual news skimmers, we should be able to estimate the two major sources of shootings in Japan this year: cop's service weapons (off the top of my head, the 19 year old officer slaying his supervisor and at least one other case involving a stolen service weapon) and rural hunters mistaking people for deer, boars, or bear. Even though there are some gun use issues in Japan, it's remarkable to have so few shootings that hunting accidents are major news every year (I don't think they are ever treated that way in the USA).

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Posted in: Five killed, 44 shot in night of violence in Chicago See in context

Though I should commend Fizzbit for his point when he brings up "a lack of parenting." Take the perpetrator of the nation's worst mass shooting at the country music festival in Vegas a year ago. When he was 7, his father was arrested for bank robbery. As the son grew up with a crime-free record himself, and held jobs with the post office, the IRS, and later was worth millions from gambling, American gun laws paved the way to amass a ton of guns. Since "had a criminal parent" doesn't factor into US gun laws, there's no way to screen out people from problematic families. But this familial pattern comes up repeatedly--the teenage son of the guy who committed Alaska's only fatal newspaper shooting was able to acquire a gun and kill another kid. US lawmakers undoubtedly have the data (but maybe not the b@lls) to figure this problem out.

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Posted in: Five killed, 44 shot in night of violence in Chicago See in context

@Jimizo--they can just pick them up on the black market or get acquaintances to be straw buyers, etc. It's a good thing that motorcars capable of transporting guns from outside Chicago don't exist yet (FizzBit level sarc).

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Posted in: Bob Dylan captivates fans in Japan at Fuji Rock See in context

I think spelling should be Al Kooper--his solo albums would be a good listen for Dylan/Young/Skynnrd fans.

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Posted in: Bob Dylan captivates fans in Japan at Fuji Rock See in context

@WA4TKG and others on the Neil Young/Lynyrd Skynnerd lyrics spat: the amazing coincidence is that to launch their career, LS signed to a new record label called Songs of the South run by Al Cooper, who was a great session guitarist/organist/singer responsible for one of the most memorable organ riffs ever, the one he made up on the spot for Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." Once into rock's elite circles, LS made up with Neil Young, who gave them three unrecorded original songs, and they reciprocated by wearing a Neil Young shirt on one of their later album covers.

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Posted in: Temperature soars to 41.1 C in Kumagaya; highest ever in Japan See in context

@Belrick, the official figures are based on collection protocols like being more than 150 cm off the ground and so on. Of course lower than that and closer to the concrete, higher readings will register.

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Posted in: Trump blasts May's Brexit plan; says it puts trade deal in doubt See in context

@Simon Foston, you're on the right track, but bookish Mattis is nowhere near as polarizing as Johnson. The Keebler Elf, Jeff Sessions, would be a lot closer to the mark.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy dedicates Japan-based destroyer to McCain See in context

Doh, there are three generations of McCains who served as naval officers, and all their names are on this one ship.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy dedicates Japan-based destroyer to McCain See in context

Interesting that both John McCain elder and younger have navy ships named for them now.

Seeing how successful comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was at convincing Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Roy Moore, and others that he was an honest to gawd veteran of the service (United Parcel, that is), should we go with USS SBC next?

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Posted in: Walmart reportedly looking to sell Seiyu supermarket chain See in context

@Sam, do you have any epic takes about the idea of chowing a million yen carton of grapes at the same time as a soggy 100 yen pizza-man?

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Posted in: Walmart reportedly looking to sell Seiyu supermarket chain See in context

The new owner will pipe in the wrong '80s music, like Billy Idol, Adam Ant, or Lionel Richie ('Say you, say me, say it together...')

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Posted in: Trump nominates conservative Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court See in context

Last anyone heard from him, Ken Starr was impeaching himself out his job as president of Baylor University. They should ask for Kavanaugh's judicious thoughts about his old boss's handling of that whole fiasco.

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Posted in: Trump nominates conservative Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court See in context

Did you have any idea that abortion is a religion/ethics problem? See, Trump is critical of "witch hunts" so we can guess that he takes a dim view of religious overreach into personal affairs. I mean, his grandpa was a brothel owner in Alaska, right? Expecting Trump to morph into a genuinely pious anti-abortionist is a tall order.

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Posted in: Trump nominates conservative Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court See in context

@Blacklabel, someone seriously attacked ACB for "the number of children she has"? Give us the name of this JT rogue so we can administer a harsh keyboard beat down. We'd invite you but seeing as you're going to be busy jousting windmills with Pancho Villa, we'll just tell you all about it some other time.

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Posted in: Trump nominates conservative Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court See in context

Yeah, I don't see anyone here complaining that ACB wasn't selected besides our buddy Wolfpack. Anyway, the focus on abortion is pretty ridiculous when you can see that Trump could give 1.5 sheets about it. Seriously, do any of y'all think Trump spends more time worrying about abortion than, say, shopping for golf tees? Heck no.

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Posted in: Vanilla-flavored creamy seafood cup ramen See in context

I would questing using this to slop the hogs out of pity for the oinkers. That said, looking at Sora News' strange food features is a guilty pleasure. Funny that I was glancing at one of their articles about Ramen Pizza earlier today. Eventually they are bound to stumble across the next big food trend if they search frantically enough.

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Posted in: 8 boys rescued from flooded Thai caves See in context

I thought "on a plane to Moscow" was the punchline to a political gag, until I recalled that FIFA offered to give them tickets to the WC final. What are the odds of the parents signing off on another extracurricular event, I wonder?

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Posted in: Trump nominates conservative Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court See in context

This Brett K. dude is tight with the Bushes and the disgraced ex-Baylor University president Ken Starr. Let's hear some squeals of joy from the neocon swamp fossils.

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Posted in: Trump nominates conservative Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court See in context

@Wolfpack--I saw it reported that ACB has only served as a judge for eight months. Too little experience?

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Posted in: Ohtani's pinch-hit homer lifts Angels past Dodgers See in context

@onewrld--the "saga" is probably a lot less Bieber-esque than you imagine. Ohtani is virtually the team's lowest paid player (endorsements aside), he didn't drive a car in Japan and lived in the team's dormitory, and he has a all-consuming focus on embodying the "complete" baseball player but is held back by his injuries. If he were healthy and consistently productive, then he might try to chill and develop a playboy streak, you never know.

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Posted in: Trapped Thai soccer team gets diving lessons as rescuers plan for extraction See in context

@Wakarimasen, the long answer that I gathered from TV news reports is: one of their team building activities was hiking into the caves to pray. There is a sign outside the caves saying the flood risk is from July to November. Since they went in one week before July 1, they assumed that it was still before the high risk rainy season (a clumsy analogy might be the official start of climbing season on Japan's Fujisan being possibly safer/warmer than June 30 but still fraught with weather risks). After a rainstorm hit suddenly, cutting off the single escape route and forcing them several kilometers deep into the cave complex. The rescuers had to combine diving, rock climbing, and debris clearing and estimated an experienced adult diver would need about 6 hours from the entrance to their location, with several underwater stretches. Since the kids are not experienced divers, and obviously have never done rock climbing weighed down by diving gear, the rescuers will need to train them to a certain level of proficiency before they start guiding them out. I seriously doubt the decision will be to wait through months of monsoon rains though--then they would be risking dozens of lives (kids and rescuers) if the whole cave complex gets completely flooded.

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Posted in: No plans to change fair play rule: FIFA See in context

Change the name to Fierce Play and award advantage for totally goofy things like cumulative hair length of the starting eleven, a penalty for smelly socks, and tiebreak becomes viewers voting for the best goal celebration dance.

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