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    There are no streetlights at the scene and police said there was no moon Monday night. Police said they will question the girl’s parents to try and determine what she was doing walking along the road late at night by herself.

    What difference does it make what she was doing walking around at night? If there are no streetlights and no moon (and probably no sidewalk) the driver MUST adjust speed accordingly - like most drivers in Japan do - even if that means driving well below the posted speed limit.

    It is sickening to see the police insinuating in a public statement that the driver couldn't help it and that it is the parents fault. More top down car-centric chauvinism.

    Now that I've made it clear where I lay the blame, let me say we should do our best to keep our loved ones adorned with reflective high-vis material at night.

    Posted in: 12-year-old girl dies after being hit by car in Ibaraki

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    @AKBfan ... That's why so many people ride their bikes on the pavement because roads just aren't safe.

    It used to be legal to ride either on the pavement or in the road, but the law has changed and now it is illegal to ride a bicycle on pavements below a certain width. Although it is common to see police still doing it. And many drivers believe that bicycles do not ever belong in the road, and assume it is law.

    @mmwkdw ... Was there a road defect in the area where the accident occurred ? ... holes not being filled-in correctly

    In addition to the holes, the road surface itself is often uneven - there is often a depression where the vehicle tires press down on the road over time, with a corresponding ridge to the left of that, and then another dip into the gutter which is also filled with debris and drain covers. The result is that bicyclists frightened and worried about holding up traffic will try to move rapidly to the side of the road onto the ridge or into the gutter where they are in grave danger of falling over - which combined with a rushed careless driver could result in the type of accident that occurred here.

    Very sad, and this kind of accident can easily be avoided with more cautious driving.

    Posted in: 13-year-old girl riding bike killed by truck

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    @nigelboy ... By manipulating the monetary exchange rates to suit Abe's economic goals, the cost of fuel oil (which comes from overseas) for the bathhouse has increased.

    Many of the sentou use scrap wood from demolished houses. In the Ota-ku area some buy waste jet engine oil from Haneda airport facilities (by regulation jet engine oil has to be replaced frequently, so there is a lot of waste oil). All on the dark side of course.

    Posted in: Abe says he is 'neutral' on whether to raise sales tax to 10%

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    Use the brakes to slow down to whatever speed is necessary not to pass dangerously - that means a distance far enough not to crush her if she falls over. The side of the road is filled with wheel sucking drain covers, uneven road surface, all sorts of debris which can make a bicycle fall over as the rider tries to get out of the way of a big truck in a hurry. Give her a chance to stop, pull over, and get her balance, or wait as she wobbles forward - we're talking about human life here.

    @smithinjapan ... My guess is not that she had a cell phone, as some are wondering, in use, but given that she was coming home from volleyball likely had a heavy school/sports bag throwing her off balance and she fell.

    That is a very prejudicial rationalization - cold and heartless. And you seem to infer by your interjected personal experience of the little boys who rode their bicycles recklessly near you that this little girl must have been irresponsible just like those little boys - can't you see those events are unrelated and what nonsense petty logic that is?

    It's a pretty slippery slope when you start a priori justifying the road death of a little girl. - some years from now you might be reflecting on your words as you sit in the defendants chair accused of collaboration in road crimes against humanity.

    Posted in: 13-year-old girl riding bike killed by truck

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    Having IS sitting on top of the better part of the remaining oil reserves of the middle east creates terrifying stress and a sense of unbearable anxiety in the middle-eastern-oil dependent developed countries of the world. It also creates a dilemma : attempt another oil boycott and constantly suffer anxiety about who is breaking the boycott, or don't boycott and worry about funding the IS.

    How about diverting the funds for fighting IS towards developing alternative energy sources to replace middle eastern oil? Among the many alternatives Thorium based reactors should be included. China is moving right ahead in alternative energy development including plans to have a production Thorium reactor online by 2024.

    Posted in: What do you think is the best way for the global community to deal with the Islamic State?

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    @UK9393

    Michael Chang is currently Nishikori's coach (since January).

    Posted in: Nishikori overcomes barriers to make Asian history

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    During the 50 years after the Japanese left in 1945, did the British ever think to change the system so that the governor was elected by the HK citizens? Very unfortunately, not. I think Britain's parliament should launch an investigation as why Britain handed HK to the Chinese without a long standing democracy in place.

    Posted in: British parliament rejects Chinese call to halt Hong Kong democracy probe

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    Sam Scarmardo, the range’s operator, has said the parents had signed waivers saying they understood the rules ...

    Sam's first instinct is to cover his ass when he should be saying "I am so sorry we got the parents to sign a waiver which would have denied medical coverage to the little girl if she had been injured for life, a fate only avoided by luck". Sam is the definition of a coward. A coward with lots of guns.

    Posted in: Girl who killed instructor at shooting range said Uzi was too much for her

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    @bass4funk ... No, but I have been to Iraq and been in a combat zone for a brief period and I have seen death and destruction and what the enemy can do and what our military is capable of and what happens when you don't take the enemy seriously! So I DO have more experience to make a stronger analytical point on the issue

    How you ever read "The Forever War" by Dexter Filkins, correspondent for the NY Times in Afghanistan and Iraq, embedded with US troop during the battle of Fallujah? Since he has more experience than you, in case of a difference, do his conclusions about the situation on the ground override yours? (I am not going to say "analytical points", because Dexter Filkins usually just describes facts and lets facts speak for themselves.)

    Posted in: Video purports to show beheading of second U.S. journalist

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    @yabits ... "Some states are making it illegal to record the activities of the police without their consent -- even if they are on your property."

    To quote from the link that you yourself gave: "As another report concerning the Allison case documents, in every other example where people have been arrested for recording police officers, the charges have been dropped and the case thrown out of court. Despite this fact, the state is so desperate to make an example out of Allison that an assistant from the Attorney General's Office was recently sent to speak against him during a hearing."

    So if I take the information in your provided link at face value, a law preventing the filming of police does not now exist either as civil or common law. Instead it says a coordinated effort is being made by multiple agencies to establish it as common law that filming police counts as federal eavesdropping. In the case centered on in the link, Allison was offered a plea deal which he refused. If he had taken the plea deal, it would established a beachhead in common law so that others could be prosecuted more easily next text.

    I cannot vouch for the information itself; I am merely explaining what was written in the link which you provided.

    Posted in: Justice system finds little trust among African-Americans

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    I think after talking to him and noticing that he is a eunuch (if that is true) then his captors hostility will be somewhat abated and they will use him for ransom instead. Weren't eunuchs generally liked and trusted by all the power brokers in the Ottoman caliphate? Of course if their ransom demands are too high, he may be killed while negotiations are ongoing - several million dollars yes Japan would pay, 100 million there would be much air drawn through teeth, and "saaaa, dou desyou ka ne".

    If he comes back, as I am praying for, I hope that his face book pal Tomogami will give him a good talk about the dangers of self indulgent romantic idealistic military adventurism.

    Posted in: A broken man living on dreams pulls Japan into Syria hostage drama

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    @turbostat... "Bench not public."

    Why would anyone suppose that a bench in a shopping mall could not be used to sit and rest tired feet? Regardless of whether the bench was private or not, if it is put in a mall as courtesy for people with tired feet, then it's rather rude to tell some people on a case by case according to their appearance that they can't use it - he was sitting on it right? Not lying down on it not even eating or drinking on it. Please note the court has acquitted the man Christopher Lollie of any of the charges, including trespassing, with which he was charged. The law coincided with common sense civil behavior in this case.

    http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_26433870/st-paul-skyway-arrest-should-be-probed-by

    http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_26426299/st-paul-police-defend-skyway-arrest-charges-dismissed

    Lollie was also tasered in the course of his unwarranted and unnecessary arrest after he had left the bench area; tasering is an unnatural act which can cause long term damage, e.g. neck or back pain, and has resulted in death at least once in the US.

    Dave Titus, St. Paul Police Federation president, said Thursday, "These three cops in the skyway, you couldn't get nicer individuals. This guy was acting like a jerk."

    I understand that I can't make Mr. Titus not think Mr. Lollie is a jerk. People are free to choose who they think to be a jerk. But Mr. Titus and his colleagues are obliged to follow the law in how they exercise their power - not use it to persecute those they personally think are jerks. Hopefully there will be some feedback from this case that will help them learn - best of all would be if they were self motivated to eschew mean and needless conflict. Here's hoping.

    Posted in: Justice system finds little trust among African-Americans

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    HK would be a great place for China to begin its journey to democracy, China shouldn't miss the chance. For those imagining nostalgia for British rule, why didn't Britain let HK establish its own democratic civil government say around 1945-1947? A big missed chance to have left a worthwhile legacy.

    Posted in: China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong

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    Jace Zack, chief deputy for the Mohave County Attorney’s Office, said the instructor was probably the most criminally negligent person involved in the accident for having allowed the child to hold the gun without enough training.

    But Mr Zack, the gun range company accepted payment for the girl to shoot the gun, the gun range company persuaded the parents to sign away the girls right to compensation in case she was critically injured for life, the gun range company handed the girl to the instructor who is merely paid to execute his employers instructions. How can the gun range avoid responsibility?

    Posted in: U.S. gun tourism grows in popularity

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    This man is like a squirrel with too many nuts, eventually he would forget where he put them all.

    Posted in: Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'

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    @Michael D. Maxwell ... "Oh yes she got paid!!!!!"

    A cash payment does not cancel a crime or turn a victim into a criminal

    Posted in: U.S. Army retires general for not properly investigating sex assault in Japan

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    CraigHicks

    It's a moral crime that this incident could occur without recording it on camera, as the technology is there, affordable, and already in use by several police departments in at least the US and UK.

    Posted in: Justice system finds little trust among African-Americans

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    Increasing sales tax negates any beneficial effects of inflation. Better to let inflation do its work alone: after 10 years of 4% inflation the national debt principal will be reduced by one third [adjusted by inflation, and assuming no new principal :) ]

    Posted in: Japan's economy stalls as incomes, spending languish

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    At least Obama and his cabinet understand it is a lot easier to go in than to get out. Sure, the US could line up a massive invasion of US troops backed by manned and unmanned air power which would have initial stupendous success in curtailing ISIS. That much planning anybody could do. Then what? With the benefit of 11 years of hindsight wouldn't it be fair to say it isn't likely be "mission accomplished"?

    By 2008 two thirds of US voters thought the Iraq War was a mistake (with hindsight). Also, the US recognized Iraqi govt (in practice just the Shiite govt) has resolutely rejected immunity for US troops in Iraq. Obama has to take these facts into account and he is doing so.

    Posted in: IS executes scores of Syrian troops; Obama admits he has no strategy

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    Boycott TV.

    Posted in: 'Modern Family,' 'Breaking Bad' win Emmy Awards

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