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Posted in: With extraordinary political optics, Winter Olympics begin See in context

Ironic that the most authoritarian country's leadership in this photo appears to be having the most fun.

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Posted in: Pence arrives in Tokyo; leaves open chance of talks with N Korean officials at Olympics See in context

President Trump has said he always believes in talking, but I haven’t requested any meetings. But we’ll see what happens.

Hope Pence made sure he got his mother and father's permission first before such an engagement; after all, it's considered bad manners to offend the parents.

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Posted in: Trump steps up fight over Russia probe after release of FBI memo See in context

The last time I checked - any monitoring under the FISA provision of US national security required law enforcement (e.g. FBI) to show probable cause to a federal judge to get a warrant in advance to authorize surveillance of either a US group or individual (unless when surveillance was directly authorized by the AG through the POTUS). So are folks who are now high-fiving themselves over this report, also implying since the FBI organization is now corrupt and bereft of honesty, that we also have equally corrupted judges who apparently have an axe to grind against a then candidate Trump? Perhaps there's some whacked-out implied statement (i.e. BuzzFeed nonsense) the prior administration somehow orchestrated this entire shindig. Be careful of what straws you are grasping for - they tend to come up short.

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Posted in: Facing the ‘two-year mark’ in Japan: Should I stay or should I go? See in context

Head the words of wisdom from The Clash - you'll be better for it.

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Posted in: Two men arrested for assaulting woman, stealing her handbag See in context

Not minimizing the victim or the crime itself, so why is organized crime is now debasing itself to crimes of assault and petty larceny? I guess times are getting tough these day, so now they're into purse snatching? I thought that the Yakuza was supposedly this Japanese crime syndicate that's into big money crimes like: money laundering, drugs, racketeering, human trafficking, blackmarket military weapons sales, and business extortion? I guess maybe I've read too many cheap novels in my days.

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Posted in: Trump says 'I'm not a racist;' keeps door open for DACA deal See in context

Well, at least he's now not denying he's a still a racist - it's just he's now trying to control the public perception of what's the order of magnitude.

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Posted in: Japan's traffic deaths drop to record low under 3,700 in 2017 See in context

An agency official attributed the decline to a police crackdown on traffic violations and the revised road traffic law which took effect in March last year...

Isn't "police crackdown on traffic violations" a PC way of saying "revenue enforcement?"

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Posted in: Mitsubishi says it is on track to deliver long-delayed jets by 2020 See in context

"We are proceeding pretty much in line with plans," said Hisakazu Mizutani, president of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp, referring to the mid-2020 deadline. "We can just about make it."

Translation: We're not quite out of the initial engineering design and development / prototype phase that starting back in September 2010, and it'll be sporty - at best - to satisfy the newly imposed deadline that's three years later than initially promised as aircraft design requirements are still aren't fully understood or realized.

Expect Pratt & Whitney, Mitsubishi, and Japanese regulators to each be playing more of the public blame game at each other the closer the new deadline approaches, as to appease both their shareholders and their bureaucratic government leadership.

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Posted in: Trump to Kim: 'My nuclear button is bigger,' as talks dismissed See in context

Not sure if anyone is even listening to themselves these days. Haley has been advocating in the UN for the past few months for total isolation of North Korea. Trump as recently as November at the Yokota air base has advocated that he's open to talks with North Korea (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/05/donald-trump-i-would-sit-down-for-talks-with-kim-jong-un). Kim just keeps up the nuclear hellfire of the US banter just to get under Trump's skin.

I'm all for someone doing something to deescalate the situation, even if it's only a bandaid or Dennis Rodman way of starting to deal with the problem. You're not going to make any reach any headway in North / South path taking an East / West approach.

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Posted in: American blogger makes more extensive apology for suicide video See in context

He said he had wanted to raise awareness about suicide and possibly save lives, and denied his goal was to drive clicks.

Say's the clickbaiter who'll do anything just to get another million subscribers. Societal decline if this is what passes for entertainment these days.

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Posted in: Analysts expect Tokyo stock market to keep rising in 2018 See in context

I'm a but cautious about the BOJ's optimistic '18 prospects. The government debt per GDP (for both the US and Japan) is approaching unmanageable levels without implementing significant cuts and tax increases to account for these deficits. Neither options of which in this current political climate are palatable for a multitude of reasons (e.g. security concerns, appeasement of base supporters. a bereft of executive leadership, etc.).

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. has gotten 'nothing' from Pakistan aid See in context

The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools

Except you paid for 15 years worth of direct military air passagway into Bagram Airfield Afghanistan from the Arabian Sea to fight the Taliban. Pick your poison, as I don't think Iran or China are going to be too eager to grant the US access into that landlocked country.

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Posted in: Defense ministry seeks Y730 mil for land-based Aegis missile system See in context

Japan's Defense Ministry has requested an additional 730 million yen...

In other words, it'll be just a 10% downpayment to lay-a-way a Lockheed Martin GBI interceptor, and I'm sure that doesn't include service-after-the-sale costs either.

https://mostlymissiledefense.com/2012/07/24/ballistic-missile-defense-how-much-does-a-gbi-interceptor-cost-july-24-2012/

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Posted in: Winter greens, apple, cranberry, goat cheese salad comes together in 20 minutes See in context

1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

Ugh...pass.

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Posted in: All-you-can-drink craft beer membership lets you drink yourself silly all year round See in context

It costs 12,960 yen up front for a one-year membership, letting you drink to your heart’s content with each two-hour visit.

They'll be asking to leave after 45 minutes into my two-hour binge, and they'll offer me a refund with the promise of never returning! I'll make them glad to see me go away.

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Posted in: Trump: I should have left UCLA players in jail in China See in context

I didn't realize that arrogance was a contagious disease, until I read Ball's comment. I'd like to see Ball blurt out that flippant comment to the parents of Otto Warmbier (who had thought taking something as trivial as a North Korean propaganda poster from the hotel he stayed at wasn't that big of a deal). Big time wrong. Authoritarian countries tend to have little tolerance for disobedience - civil or otherwise - from visitor or citizen regardless of your status or talent.

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Posted in: Abe offers $1 billion in rural aid to Myanmar's Suu Kyi See in context

I suppose Abe didn't get the message that Suu Kyi isn't in charge. Also, someone needs to privately tell Abe to stop letting his mouth keep writing checks that his *** can't cash.

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Posted in: Trump says tougher gun laws not answer after Texas shooting See in context

There have been 33 mass-shootings (i.e more than four folks shot in a single incident constitutes as a "mass shooting" in the US) since the church shooting at Sutherland Springs TX - with 109 injured and 22 killed - and that's not including the infamous Las Vegas mass murder at occurred Oct 1, '17. Oddly none have occurred in in Chicago yet - you know - that terrible bad-land Trump always mentions as being a completely lawless area. Its been proven if the perpetrator is rumored to a Muslim, you can absolutely guarantee Trump can't wait to go next-level vengeance on this issue in a New York Minute without getting the full facts.

However; if the perpetrator happens to be a WASP, that somehow completely changes the crime dynamics of the issue (at least to cast of Fox and Friends, and to Sean Hannity). No, what you've got is an extremely easy-access-to-guns-for-nutcases problem - regardless of your political or social affiliation. If you're having to tell (or worse - pass laws to do so) they need to bring firearms to their place of worship to feel safe - you've got way bigger societal problem than arming parishioners so they can level the playing field against nutcases who shouldn't even be allowed to look at a firearm - let alone own one.

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Posted in: Trump, Abe toast 'bromance' as two-day summit wraps up See in context

When you play golf not just once but two times, the person must be your favorite guy

Oh gawd..only Maria Bartiromo and Lou Dobbs from Fox News kiss up more to Trump.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. will arm Japan to shoot down N Korean missiles See in context

Some people say my rhetoric is very strong but look what has happened with very weak rhetoric in the last 25 years

A rhetorical question, but does Trump actually understand what the word rhetoric actually means? Its not as if there's strength-levels of rhetoric (like some video game), but I'm pretty sure there are for BS though.

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Posted in: Trump says he'll push Japan for more 'reciprocal' trade, in a friendly way See in context

Japan had a $69 billion trade surplus with the United States last year, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

I wonder trade deficit he's going about, if that does include the already $17 billon in Japanese defense procurements from US defense contractors or not? https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33740.pdf

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Posted in: Kim Jong-Nam murder suspects visit airport crime scene See in context

...the nerve agent was applied in "binary" format, with each woman applying a different chemical, and the lethal agent resulting from the reaction

Can be done - but it's hard as hell to not be able to not smell it - let alone to not get yourself and everyone else killed in the process. The two witless assassins must've used their entire life's supply of luck to carry out their attack ("prank"), and not get themselves and everyone killed in the process. The binary method uses two separate containers one of O-Ethyl O-2-diisopropylaminoethyl methylphosphonite ("QL" which isn't toxic), and then combine it with the other container containing sulfur to start the chemical reaction to create the viscus material called VX.

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Posted in: Trump to release JFK files, subject to 'further information' See in context

Classic Trumpism - whenever the heat on your *** starts gets too hot, quickly engage in an act of subterfuge, and toss a politcal smoke bomb (to draw those who have an attention span of a gnat) onto an unrelated piece of trivia.

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Posted in: Charges, insults fly after Trump aide assails congresswoman See in context

The only thing I've noticed over this debacle is whenever the administration attempts to discredit the congresswoman, she refutes their claim with proven and refutable facts, then the administration immediately pivots onto another baseless conspiracy claim (which most likely originated from Breitbart) against her.

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Posted in: Trump tax cut plan gains momentum after budget vote See in context

The US deficit is already $666 billion or $80 billion higher than last year (http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/20/news/economy/deficit-2017/index.html), and that's not even considering any new tax breaks the two chief financial dotards in charge (Steven Foreclosure Mnuchin and Mickey teary-eyes Mulvaney). With all of these so-called "deficit hawks" roaming the halls of the US Congress, you'd think at least one of them would be real and admit there isn't money to offer tax breaks...even to their ultra rich donors.

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Posted in: Gov't arranging emperor's meeting with Trump See in context

I wish Trump will not embarrass the emperor.

I wouldn't set my expectations so high of Trump. If anyone can swipe defeat from the jaws of victory...it's Trump.

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Posted in: Trump says predecessors didn't honor fallen soldiers; response heated See in context

Trump was too busy playing golf to go to Dover AFB to pay his respects, but had enough time to come up with another lie about solders KIA not being honored by past presidents. I'm sure his letters of condolences to the fallen solders will be back-dated and sent out tonight overnight mail via FedEx to the familes.

"He's a deranged animal," Alyssa Mastromonaco

A little profane, but the first part of her tweet is what hit home - she, as well as the Press, flat-out called Trump on his BS. He's never been held accountable for anything in his life until now, which is why folks now realize he's a pathological liar.

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Posted in: Sales tax hike 'obvious' choice for Japan debt woes: IMF See in context

The government can also look around for other areas for taxation. But clearly, any strategy for fiscal adjustment needs to feature an increase in the consumption tax.

As opposed to something as radical or Draconian as...I dunno...cut spending to be less than income (none of that water-treading balance budget nonsense), so that debt can actually be repaid? I'm sure there's plenty of places where spending government isn't justified or done to support someone's nepotistic pet-project. Folks in government need to learn how to separate the wants versus the needs.

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Posted in: Iran, EU and Russia defend nuclear deal after Trump threat See in context

Finally a real president. somebody with guts. unlike Obama

You mean having the guts to slam POWs just for being captured, while he got five deferments so he could play tennis and golf?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/07/18/trump-slams-mccain-for-being-captured-in-vietnam/?utm_term=.cedaca662816

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Posted in: Gov't estimates 3.2 mil Japanese suffer from gambling addiction See in context

The survey covering 10,000 adults received valid responses from 4,685. People aged between 20 and 74 at 300 locations were randomly selected for face-to-face interviews.

Why not include 18 year old since that the legal age one can enter a pachinko parlor if you're going to make it a somewhat statistical representative sample population. Also the 3.8% number seems to be a bit on the low side, as I would think it may be closer to 10%, if there wasn't such a stigma of publicly admitting you have a family destroying compulsive disorder.

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