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Posted in: Toyoda grilling See in context

the thing with the cameras is that it's an exceptional case. Most hearings, you get the local affiliate to maybe cover it. On a slow day, you send in the president of the local fan club with a broken digital camcorder to "record" the event. It would be so much easier to get business done if they weren't all in the way.

On another note, a number of other (non-Toyota) cars just got recalled today.

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Posted in: Toyota chief's U.S. testimony closely watched in Japan See in context

SuperLib - it might not be all of the picture, but it is a big part of the picture. It was recently noted that other car manufacturers have similar defects reported but they aren't being grilled like this. See http://www.consumeraffairs.com/recalls/arecalls_auto.htm for more on this. Why aren't the heads of Ford and Volvo and Nissan and Subaru and Chrysler and Honda being called to the carpet for their vehicles?

That said, I do think this is a problem that Toyota has not effectively dealt with, and should have.

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Posted in: Israel says it will keep parts of West Bank forever See in context

The Israelis are playing games again to inflame the Palestinians and stop any real progress toward peace. Well, it's working. About the only solution is for the US to come out and declare non-assistance for both sides. Basically, pull back our funding, our logistics, our help, and our material aid to both sides. We screwed it all up when we continued the error the British made in the early part of the last century... unfortunately, Obama's hands are tied by his need for fundraising from the Jewish community. There will be no peace deal until we stop backing one side over the other (it would be equally disastrous if we switched to supporting the Palestinians) and get our hands out of the pie.

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Posted in: Mechanical pencil See in context

To this day I don't go anywhere without my Pentel P205 0.5mm mechanical pencil that I bought five years ago (cost: $7). Unless I lose it or run over it with my car, it should last me 20, maybe 30 years with a minimum of care (like an occasional spring may need to get replaced). How long does a 100yen pencil last? Maybe a month or two if you're lucky. Better to buy the better quality product and buy less of them over time.

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Posted in: Polish police find stolen Auschwitz gate sign cut into 3 pieces See in context

the sign is made of wrought iron, if I remeber right. depending on the thickness, they may have noted the price for iron and decided that the sign was worth more in their pockets than it was on the gate. Might just be a common theft of a valuable material, who knows?

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Posted in: Rediscovering Japan, Reintroducing Christendom See in context

that bit about the yamabushi should have been deleted...minor point anyway, and long since debunked.

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Posted in: Rediscovering Japan, Reintroducing Christendom See in context

seriously? he's going off of 300 words (etimologically, this is not enough to provide any meaning) with similarities and old speculation. The yamabushi and s We're talking about a theory which has been debunked for at least a generation of scholarship both Western and Eastern. This is yet another attempt to claim the world for Christ by means of utterly ridiculous theories. Let's take a look at the usual claims: tengu (didn't start looking non-Asian until the 1500s, before then, they were beaked like birds), religious garb (rough, general similarity does not prove causality, as this book's author should know), linguistic "similarities" (Japanese words and grammar have almost nothing in common except 300 "similar" words), and folklore (the stories bear vague cross-cultural similarities, as do Native American and Russian folklore, or Chinese and Mayan, if you look hard enough at the message being conveyed, and not the way they are presented, the stories, or the characters).

In short, this book is bogus.

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Posted in: Fisheries lab succeeds in producing 'man-made' tuna fry See in context

The answer for feeding the world is to have less people or more land, take you pick as to which one is more possible). As for the tuna, good that they're working to keep the species going, but it doesn't solve the basic problem of too many people eating this specific fish. You can grow as many fish as you want, until people stop seeing it as a (relatively) cheap and popular product that prosperous people buy and eat, nothing will change.

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Posted in: Mino Monta kissed by pair of sexy ladies in new Lotte commercial See in context

The guy may be a schmuck but you can't deny his line. After receiving that manner of dual kiss, I'd be glad I was born, too.

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Posted in: Singalong See in context

Bamboohat - it took a second look, but I think you are right. The little guy is definitely checking out the goods. Whatever works, right?

As to Mrs. Hatoyama, her smiling like that is creepy... Jim Jones creepy.

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Posted in: AP picture of mortally wounded Marine sparks debate See in context

The point being missed here is the issue of honoring the fallen. There is little that riles us up like ridiculous reporters thinking they are doing us or the country a service by showing us these pictures. They are doing one thing and one thing only and that is dishonoring the dead. It's the moral equivalent of peeing in someone's grave during the funeral.

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Posted in: Mystery sign See in context

honen - I was trying to be family friendly, but yes, that's the idea. In either case, don't beat it like a drum. Cause, you know, the sign says so.

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Posted in: Mystery sign See in context

come on, people! it's so obvious the sign says "no beating your belly like a drum." You know, tanuki style.

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Posted in: Softbank Mobile See in context

f&c - I'd have to agree. no recent dish on her though.

I like the concept of a solar-charged phone, but I don't see how that's at all practical in Japan.

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Posted in: Hoppers See in context

What's with the facial expression on the one in the top row. Looks like she's really miffed at something...

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Posted in: Robot teacher See in context

this sounds a little like Ghost in the Shell, especially GITS:SAC. The sad part is she looks just like my ex-girlfriend who, coincidentally, had the name Saya (ok, Sayaka. close enough). She was quite robotic as well, but entirely human...oh for the days when humans were humans and not autonomous robotic life forms. Ah, what the hell...

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Posted in: Tokyo Motorcycle Show See in context

not bad!

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Posted in: High School Musical See in context

and the one clown car that hadn't left america is now abroad.

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Posted in: Is Japan becoming a 'drug heaven?' See in context

and for the record, he lived on the third floor, I lived on the ground floor, and i talked to him pretty much only at breakfast in the cafeteria. So I can't verify his account, but I'm just sayin'...

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Posted in: Is Japan becoming a 'drug heaven?' See in context

according to my Chinese dorm buddy, living in a dorm in Tokyo with me in 2002-2003, weed is abundant, cheap, and easy to get. He claimed to smoke up all the time, with no problems from authorities. He also seemed respectable, so that may have made the J-police think he was not a threat. Still, if it was possible back then, it should be possible now. I'm wondering why the media is drawing light to this issue now, rather than years ago.

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Posted in: Soka Gakkai boosts advertising on TV See in context

openyoureyes - I can see your point, to some extent. Religious people do not always do religious things, and often that means concentrating on matters of a "this-worldly" persuasion. You do have to put food on the table somehow, after all. What I was trying to get at is that the focus of religion in general, and especially Buddhism, is to concern oneself less and less with the phenomenal world (which is seen as devoid of a permanent existence) and the matters within it. That's why, by and large, Buddhists have been quite wary of the political realm, and with good reason. It's pure delusion at best and ego worship at worst. And Buddhists are supposed to be trying to avoid/refrain from that.

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Posted in: Soka Gakkai boosts advertising on TV See in context

sarge, please don't try to put words in my mouth. I would have said the same thing about the other denominations if this article/piece had been about whatever other denomination. They have no business in the world of politics either.

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Posted in: Soka Gakkai boosts advertising on TV See in context

In general, Kukai and Openyoureyes are right. Buddhists have no business whatsoever in the world of politics, and those who are practicing Buddhists know that. Historically, most of the issue that Japanese people find with SG boils down to two or three things: past things, like the shakubuku, dabbling into politics, and being socialist rather than communitarian (as Japanese people have historically been). They have been, as it were, the nail that sticks up that needs to get hammered back down. Most people in Japan and elsewhere wish they would stop being so pushy, much like Mormon and jehovah's Witnesses' missionaries, and just go away.

Doctrinally, I find their claims to be the "only true form of Buddhism" (borrowed from Nichiren and his rampant nationalism) to be utterly ridiculous and not worth serious discussion (though I could, and could do so using their beloved Lotus Sutra). That's why I have zero sympathy when they complain about criticism.

Mike B - there are some that are quite tolerant. I don't know what pvc (polyvinyl chloride, or some new internet abbreviation?) you're talking about, but so long as it doesn't distract from the services, most people don't care. One that I would recommend is Shinnyo-en. They tend to be quieter, and much less well-known. Orthodox Christian monastic communities are also quite accepting, though they tend to be quite ethnic.

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Posted in: Triumph Image Girl 2009 See in context

hehe, no comments...eyes must be stuck on the screen. Not too shabby, though. This company knows what they're doing.

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