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Posted in: More than half of online users get news from Facebook, YouTube and Twitter: study See in context

Unfortunately, mainstream media in the United States has NO professional journalists. They are all, "spokespersons", commentators and "talking heads".

It's a tossup as to whether the, so-called, "News" or online information is most truthful and informative. For example, the Press and The News is "supposed" to be the link between the "event" and The People -. but if you live HERE you can see the glaring inconsistencies and disconnects between these two pillars. NO coverage of a certain popular and major Presidential candidate because the media is owned by six corporations who are more interested in prolonging their subversion of fact in order to keep the corporate status quo than in reporting the truth and informing the populace. So, we seek information online as well?? Go figure !!!!

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Posted in: Trump urges ban on immigration from countries with 'history of terrorism' See in context

Is he including the USA? We have all kinds of that here. Domestic, home-grown, militias, imported - (GMO and organic), "Christian", anti-Christian, lynch mobs occasionally, and various hues and credos ad nauseam . .

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Posted in: Democracy is on the ropes. So what are we going to do about it? See in context

What are we going to do about it? Stay informed! Write about the successes and even the failures of democracy that you see and hear about! Contact other like-minded people. Ask questions! Make a "stink" if necessary! Don't just watch democracy fail. You are part of our democracy! Add your voice!!!

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Posted in: Google’s three most-searched Japanese foods in other countries surprises Japan See in context

One of my favorite Japanese foods is called "Chukazansai". It is Chinese bean thread salad. Just open it up, add fresh cut-up tomatoes and sliced cucumber, mix it up and "Voila!" - a refreshing, lo-cal salad in 4 or 5 minutes. Different and delicious! Hime and Shirakiku make and packages this.

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Posted in: Russia to boost military presence on disputed Kurils See in context

All nations seem to be reclaiming and holding fast "their" territories. Is something coming? Whaddup?

Japan, U.S. to back ASEAN's sea surveillance

Russia to boost military presence on disputed Kurils

China, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Korea, et al in on the action.

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Posted in: Japan probing bitcoin exchange after huge reported theft See in context

Like, go ahead and invest in an easily manipulable exchange.

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Posted in: 265 copies of Anne Frank's diary vandalized in Tokyo libraries See in context

WHAT??? No security cams in any of those libraries?

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Posted in: White House insists it is still pushing TPP pact See in context

Bottom line: It may be good for the ALREADY wealthy and money-heavy corporations, BUT, it is NOT good for American Workers. The ability to buy inexpensive and more often than not, substandard goods, does NOT put more salary in the pockets of the American Workers.

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Posted in: Abe as unpopular as Kim Jong-Un, S Korean poll shows See in context

Hmmm. Abe doesn't threaten to annihilate South korea as often as Un does. Maybe he should step it up a little so the S. Koreans have a really imminent reason to dislike him.

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Posted in: Celebrities want to tie TPP trade pact with Japan to dolphin hunt See in context

AFTA, NAFTA, CAFTA, WTO, and NOW the TPP are disasters for American workers. Oh, sure, the corporations profit well from theseo-called, "Free Trade Agreements", but that does NOT translate into JOBS in the United States. We have lost more jobs than we gained through these scams. As an American, I do NOT support passage of the TPP and I am working towards the rescinding of ALL of these crappy deals for American Workers. IMHO, President Obama, (whom I voted for in both elections), has dropped the ball. Maybe he's trying to hedge his position for his eventual return to private life. Iow, you can trust a politician - - to always be a politician! Loyalty towards his constituency is quite another thing.

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Posted in: Yukio Mishima – 'The Lost Samurai' See in context

His ritual death must have been a great shock, (and, perversely, perhaps an influence), on some of the attending members of the JSDF.)

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Posted in: Snowden declares 'mission accomplished' on leaks See in context

Agencies like the NSA need to focus on cybercriminals that do harm to Americans rather than spy on their own countrymen.

Cases in point: The recent 40 million credit card accounts stolen from Target and the increasingly frequent cyberlockers and ransomware criminals and similar pirates infesting the net.

Snowden did Americans a service by alerting them to the misplaced priorities of our "security" agencies.

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Posted in: Obama pledges overhaul of U.S. surveillance programs See in context

President Obama may not think that Snowden is a Patriot but I must direct my thanks to Mr. Snowden for the information that I DID NOT receive from the President or the NSA!

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

I think the glorification of war is an immoral act. Words in a Beatles song: "I saw a film today, Oh Boy! The English Army had just won the war." I think the writer was as put off as I am listening to the constant crowing of the "victors". It's all so much horsepucky and vainglory.

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Posted in: Lifelong sex? Men say yes; women not so sure See in context

Well, women should understand a man's weakness for younger partners.

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Posted in: Former U.S. sailor extradited to Japan on drug-smuggling charge See in context


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Posted in: Chinese ask: Why doesn’t Japan hate America for dropping the A-bombs? See in context

Many Japanese DO hate America for the deplorable use of the A Bombs. Many MORE realize that Japan was "on the wrong track" and under the thrall and control of poor leaders. That being said, China's hatred for Japan is obvious and the goading of "Hate America" is a transparent FLAW in the Chinese leadership and possibly the Chinese culture - (IF the majority of Chinese citizens "swallow" this attempt at propaganda.

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Posted in: Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran See in context

YUBARU: It doesn't matter WHEN you decide to be good, as long as you DO IT!

WHY NOW ? ? ? ?

If not NOW, WHEN?

If not YOU, WHO?

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Posted in: Israeli air strike hits Gaza militant base after rocket fired See in context

Israel should make the terrorists in Gaza pay dearly for aggression. The price SHOULD be SO high that the exchange ought not be worth it.

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Posted in: China calls Japan-U.S. island drill off California provocative See in context

China will continue to try to get away with as much as it can. For all its size, it will be stopped by stumbling over itself.

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Posted in: 20-year-old man held for abducting 11-year-old girl in Nagano See in context

I hope some of the brutal men in the prison he will be sent to likes little girls like him.

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Posted in: N Korea can't hit America, but South Korea and Japan in range See in context

Eric, North Korea is the epitome of a bad neighbor. The regime starves its own people in order to support an unnecessary, "over the top" military and is angry at every other nation for the desperate need that they themselves have caused.

If this is not an exact example of crazy, I don't know what else is.

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Posted in: N Korea can't hit America, but South Korea and Japan in range See in context

Forget about America sending troops into N. Korea until AFTER the radiation half-life cools down.

If, on the other hand, N. Korea tries to fight a conventional war, US troops will be deployed along with S. Korean troops.

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Posted in: Big U.S. budget cuts begin as both sides trade blame See in context

During one of the presidential debates, Obama declared that he did not propose the sequester, but that Congress did. Drawing largely on the reporting of Bob Woodward, it has been concluded that concluded that the Presiden't claim was a big, fat, Pinocchioan fib.

The sequester was clearly an idea advanced by the White House in order to avoid a second debt-ceiling showdown in Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.

I voted for President Obama both times and I like him but I just want to get some facts in here.

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Posted in: Mother of Romanian murder suspect apologizes See in context

The article seems to indicate that the older, Japanese boy was the instigator. Nonetheless, they should be prosecuted to the full

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Posted in: Obama orders $85 billion spending cuts; blames Republicans See in context

During one of the presidential debates, Obama declared that he did not propose the sequester, but that Congress did. Drawing largely on the reporting of journalist Bob Woodward, it was concluded that the President was telling a big, fat, fib.

The sequester was clearly an idea advanced by the White House in order to avoid a second debt-ceiling showdown in Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.

I don't think Obama is really that upset about it. He's getting the revenue he wanted all along.

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Posted in: China 'fully prepared' for currency war: banker See in context

China rearing it's ugly, greed,y head. This will only get worse.

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Posted in: 2 U.S. sailors get 9-10 years for raping woman in Okinawa See in context

No wonder that Okinawa wants the US out of there.

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Posted in: Woman stabbed to death in Tokyo's Kichijoji; one suspect in custody See in context

Yes, the nationality of the offender DOES matter. It's called news reporting! If the perpetrator was found to be an American, I would expect it to be reported thoroughly. As an American, I want to see all of my countrymen who violate the laws of other nations weeded out and punished. They are bad examples and unwanted ambassadors.

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Posted in: Aggressive Obama outpunches Romney in Round 2 See in context

Debates occur in the British Parliament. We here in the US are treated to name-calling contests.

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