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    BertieWooster

    Christopher Glen,

    Good post.

    Just to add. To those who fondly imagine that the presence of the US bases in Okinawa is helping the economy here, it isn't. In 1945, Okinawa was the poorest prefecture and it still is. The bases haven't lifted the economy. In fact, they are holding it down because they occupy prime areas for peaceful redevelopment.

    And for those who bleat, "Oh right, more hotels, mansions and shopping arcades," I'd much rather see tourists having fun and enjoying themselves than a heavily guarded fence with suspicious looking guards at every entrance, The bases are so gloomy! Lighten up, guys!

    Posted in: Abe, Okinawan governor clash over Futenma base

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    BertieWooster

    Christopher Glen,

    Actually that fact is kind of in dispute.

    It's very much in dispute. I can't believe that Abe can't confront this and mean with Chinese representatives to sort it out.

    Isn't that his job?

    Posted in: Breaking the ice

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    BertieWooster

    ThePBot,

    I wonder what would have happened if the US didn't invade Iraq?

    Or if, prior to this, if they hadn't recruited, trained and armed a bunch of lunatics that we refer to as Al Quaeda?

    They did this so that they would fight the Russians and get them out of Afghanistan. A completely useless act, since Russia was broke and was about to leave anyway and they were having about as much success in that country as the US has. None.

    Posted in: Breaking the ice

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    BertieWooster

    How can this be any good if the negotiations are secret and the people whom it affects directly are not even vaguely consulted? The fact that this is happening at all shows that "freedom" and "democracy" are just words, with no meaning to them whatsoever.

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. trying to seal trade deal before summit

  • -3

    BertieWooster

    What sparked the idea of moving Futenma might indeed have been influenced by the brutal rape of a 12 year old by three US servicemen, it might be connected to the Yumiko-chan rape and murder incident, but it might also be because of the inconvenience and danger this base gives to the people of Ginowan City:

    Often dubbed as “the most dangerous airport in the world,” MCAS Futenma is located in the middle of densely populated area, and every day the locals suffer from the loud noise of aircraft and terrible odor of their exhaust gas. In the area that should be designated as a clear zone, or buffer zones on both edges of runways, 3,600 people (800 households) live, with public facilities including hospitals and child care centers numbering as many as eighteen. Fighters and helicopters fly over these houses and facilities, exposing the local people to serious danger.

    Posted in: Abe, Okinawan governor clash over Futenma base

  • -4

    BertieWooster

    Wc626,

    Where, on this planet at this time, is the US creating peace?

    Posted in: Breaking the ice

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    BertieWooster

    So you know why PM Abe repeated the mantra that the Henoko relocation plan is the best and the only solution for the Futenma issue to be solved. No doubt, he's afraid of having to provide the Marines with a replacement in mainland Japan.

    Exactly. No one will take them.

    And why should they?

    WWII ended 70 years ago. It's time the US moved into present time.

    Posted in: Abe, Okinawan governor clash over Futenma base

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    BertieWooster

    Move US bases to US soil and let the US pay for their own bases instead of sponging off Japan.

    Posted in: Breaking the ice

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    BertieWooster

    “I said that I will never allow a new base in Henoko,” Onaga later told reporters, adding he had asked Abe to convey the prefecture’s stance to U.S. President Barack Obama at their summit in Washington on April 28.

    Good on you Onaga-san. A rarity in Japan. A politician who actually expresses his people's views.

    I note with interest that the BBC was at Henoko, filming the antics of the heavily armed Coast Guard bearing down on guys in kayaks!

    Posted in: Abe, Okinawan governor clash over Futenma base

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    BertieWooster

    What an incredible waste of money!

    Flying a military jet costs 40,000 dollars per hour.

    The Osprey costs DOUBLE that.

    Put that money to peaceful use and we would have peace.

    Posted in: Japan scrambling warplanes as often as during Cold War era

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    BertieWooster

    EmmanuelKant,

    There is a good reason why colds spread so quickly in Japan.

    Colds spread more quickly in Japan?

    Because of not washing your hands after doing a number two in a public lavatory?

    And that makes it OK to slash someone with a knife?

    I must confess I find it hard to follow your logic.

    Posted in: Woman slashes husband for not washing his hands after using toilet

  • -1

    BertieWooster

    Pandabelle,

    Hackintoshes are easy to make.

    Have you tried explaining that to the Apple legal department?

    Posted in: Palm-sized desktop PCs

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    BertieWooster

    Maybe this is what led up to the "last straw."

    Her Bathroom Procedure:

    Take off clothing and place it in sectioned laundry hamper according to lights and darks. Walk to bathroom wearing long dressing gown. If you see husband along the way, cover up any exposed areas. Look at your womanly physique in the mirror - make mental note to do more sit-ups. Get in the shower. Use face cloth, arm cloth, leg cloth, long loofah, wide loofah, and pumice stone. Wash your hair once with cucumber and sage shampoo with 43 added vitamins. Wash your hair again to make sure it's clean. Condition your hair with grapefruit mint conditioner enhanced with natural avocado oil. Leave on hair for 15 minutes. Wash your face with crushed apricot facial scrub for 10 minutes until red. Wash entire rest of body with ginger nut and jaffa cake body wash. Rinse conditioner off hair. Shave armpits and legs. Turn off shower. Squeegee off all wet surfaces in shower. Spray mold spots with Kabikilla. Get out of shower. Dry with towel the size of a small country. Wrap hair in super absorbent towel. Check entire body for zits, tweeze hairs. Return to bedroom wearing long dressing gown and towel on head. If you see husband along the way, cover up any exposed areas.

    His Bathroom Procedure:

    Take off clothes while sitting on the edge of the bed and leave them in a pile. Walk naked to the bathroom. If you see wife along the way, shake wiener at her making the 'woo-woo' sound. Look at your manly physique in the mirror. Admire the size of your wiener and scratch your behind. Get in the shower. Wash your face Wash your armpits. Blow your nose in your hands and let the water rinse them off. Make fart noises (real or artificial) and laugh at how loud they sound in the shower. Spend majority of time washing privates and surrounding area. Wash your rear, leaving curly hairs stuck on the soap. Shampoo your hair. Make a Shampoo Mohawk. Pee. Rinse off and get out of shower. Partially dry off. Fail to notice water on floor because curtain was hanging out of tub the whole time. Admire wiener size in mirror again. Leave shower curtain open, wet mat on floor, light and fan on. Return to bedroom with towel around your waist. If you pass wife, pull off towel, shake wiener at her and make the 'woo-woo' sound again. Throw wet towel on bed.

    Posted in: Woman slashes husband for not washing his hands after using toilet

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    BertieWooster

    borscht-san,

    When I was teaching at a university in Tokyo, there was no national anthem at ceremonies.

    I think it would be totally out of place.

    Posted in: It is not something that we should be forced to do. Universities are public organizations for students, and how they, their parents and society think about the issue is what counts.

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    BertieWooster

    "Smartphones are nothing more than poison to intelligence, personality and creativity."

    "If God had meant us to fly, he'd have given us wings!"

    "No one will ever need more than 640k of memory!" (Bill Gates)

    It seems that each generation produces its own crass statements like these.

    Posted in: Smartphones are nothing more than poison to intelligence, personality and creativity.

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    BertieWooster

    Borscht,

    Has anyone gone to a university ceremony without the national anthem or flag?

    Yes.

    They would have torn the speakers out of the walls if they had tried that in London.

    They used to play God Save the Queen in cinemas when I was a kid, but I'm ancient and they stopped doing this YEARS ago.

    GW

    Japan should let things grow organically, not FORCE people to do things

    You know, generally, I think they do.

    That's what's so weird about Meinherr Abe and his right wing mob.

    Posted in: It is not something that we should be forced to do. Universities are public organizations for students, and how they, their parents and society think about the issue is what counts.

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    Ah_so,

    You are quite right. My pricing information was out of date.

    The SSD's in the Asus models above are good, but tiny. The 1 or 2 Terabyte fusion storage in the Mac Mini is much more usable. Also, with the Mac Mini you can run OSX, Windows, Linux or Unix or all four.

    Better value, as you say.

    Posted in: Palm-sized desktop PCs

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    BertieWooster

    Don't know what the negative comments are about.

    We saw them in Sapporo about 10 years ago and they were BRILLIANT.

    It wasn't a show where you had to sit through hours of backing bands for ten minutes of two or three of the main band's tired and worn out hits.

    They put EVERYTHING into it. Just as Jagger says.

    They were leaping about the stage for a good two hours.

    And not just "Honky Tonk Women." and "Satisfaction" either. There were new numbers too.

    The Stones are phenomenal!

    Posted in: Mick Jagger to other bands: Make every show count

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    BertieWooster

    This story is a good example of painting a picture by omitting facts.

    Obviously this was not a blissfully happy relationship that suddenly went sour when hubby failed to wash his hands after using the toilet ONCE.

    There's going to be MUCH more to it.

    Is this the MILLIONTH time it's happened?

    Was he drunk?

    Was she?

    Is she in the middle of psych "treatment?"

    Is he "seeing someone else" and this was the last straw?

    Posted in: Woman slashes husband for not washing his hands after using toilet

  • -4

    BertieWooster

    They look remarkably like the Apple Mini, which debuted in 2005.

    Except that the Apple mini is cheaper and you don't have to hack it to run OSX.

    Posted in: Palm-sized desktop PCs

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