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    Farmboy

    Great plan to up the price of the DVDs for what sounds like a really stupid movie that otherwise wouldn't sell. The follow-up will be be 'Freedom parties' all over the world where brave souls can host private showings. Wonderful marketing, and great work by the "hackers," who we'll find out years from now are actually New Jersey residents.

    Posted in: Sony cancels Dec 25 U.S. release of 'The Interview' after threats

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    Farmboy

    You seriously believe Cuba was "free" before the revolution?

    Do you think they're free now?

    Posted in: Obama announces U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba

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    Farmboy

    who insisted that my smoke was causing his drying laundry balcony to smell of tobacco

    That's true. It does, but smokers can't smell smoke. I'm with the smoke haters. Sign me up.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

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    Farmboy

    there are several women out there willing to share their knickers with him

    No woman want to compete for affection with her own underwear.

    Posted in: Teacher arrested for intruding into woman's bedroom

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    Farmboy

    If they just want to be bitter and angry forever, they can do that on their own time.

    I don't disagree that normalization is a good idea. I think its time has come, but I'm very sympathetic with Cubans who are angry about this. They have that right, and after being told that the day would come that Cuba would be free again, and then having the US cave in on all of that without much consultation with the community... I think it's a bit shabby., even if the actual event needs to occur.

    That said, many of the young Cubans in Miami are looking forward to normalization. The old Cubans seem, according to stories I'm reading, to be varied in their acceptance. Most protests have been pretty anemic so far, so we'll see. It's still recent news, and maybe stronger protests will come later.

    Obama might, besides the obvious, also be angling for a Guantanamo shutdown through the back door, which would annoy Republicans, and certainly there is a certain "annoy Russia" aspect to this move as well.

    Visitors can enjoy rum, cigars, beaches, and cool old cars. Medical care is excellent, I hear, so it might turn into a cheap care destination. For the Cubans in Cuba, it's a chance to get all the stuff they've been waiting forever to get, provided their government will allow it. People's lives are still controlled with a very heavy hand. We'll see what the future brings.

    Posted in: Obama announces U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba

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    Farmboy

    their overbearing hostility

    You do need to understand that many of them lost members of their family during the revolution, not to mention everything they had. That does tend to make people a bit hostile toward the people who did the killing and the stealing. If they visit, they'll be visiting the folks who are now living in what used to be their home.

    Posted in: Obama announces U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba

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    I wonder how this went over in the US Cuban community. Will they be happy that they can see their homeland, or angry that the US is associating with people who destroyed their lives? Either way, it's time to normalize relations.

    Posted in: Obama announces U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba

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    Farmboy

    And he's not going to change. Will he continue to teach, but at a different school in a different city?

    Posted in: Teacher arrested for intruding into woman's bedroom

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    Farmboy

    I wonder who wrote this AP article? It seems to espouse only a positive view. Even Abe's supporters don't seem to support everything he does, so this is rather odd, and I mean, really, "Voters are fairly evenly divided on Abe’s policies..." I wonder what poll that was? How did the author determine this?

    Voters in a recent poll by the Japan Times found about 55% were opposed to his security policies, and about 33% supported them.

    For economic policies, "62.8 percent of the respondents said they do not think his measures will make the economy better, while only 27.3 percent said they do."

    The Japan Times link is below. Where is the author's link? Usually, articles are based on something, even slanted articles. I'd be curious to see what was used in this case.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/12/16/national/politics-diplomacy/55-do-not-support-abes-security-policies-poll-shows/#.VJDu6ckpjIo

    Posted in: Abe emerging as a rare strong leader in Japan

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    Farmboy

    Japan already grows its own potatoes. It should grow more commercially.

    First, Japanese potatoes are too short for MacDonald's fries. They are fine for other uses. However, MacDonald's will sell shorter Japanese fries during this "emergency." Second, there is no food shortage here, just a shortage of fries and butter. If you are imagining hungry Japanese people looking longingly at the sky, waiting for a fries drop, you need to rethink that.

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan rations french fries due to strikes on U.S. West Coast

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    Farmboy

    Park has condemned “groundless” allegations over her personal life and administration.

    I enjoy reading groundless allegations as well, but if they were that groundless, why spend so much time and money covering them up?

    Posted in: S Korean activist slams Japanese journalist in court

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    Farmboy

    What was that program years ago that could translate from English to Redneck to Elmer Fudd? That might be a useful tie-in.

    Posted in: Microsoft's Skype moves toward auto-translation

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    Farmboy

    Patriotism? Is there an app for that?

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

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    Farmboy

    Who needs butter?

    Have you ever heard of anyone living off the margarine of the land? No, it just doesn't work.

    Posted in: Japan runs short of butter as dairy farms dwindle

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    Farmboy

    http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1737304,00.html

    Above is a 2008 article from Time that explains why there is and was a shortage. I think it has very little to do with tired cows.

    Posted in: Japan runs short of butter as dairy farms dwindle

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    Farmboy

    I'm not saying it isn't a problem, but it's really, really funny if this criticism is coming from China. Take a look at how they dealt with their pollution problems.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/10/apec-china-blocks-access-us-air-pollution-data-beijing

    Posted in: As Japan burns more coal, climate policies under pressure

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    Farmboy

    To the point of the Nanking massacre. It happened. People in Japan's right wing, which is where this denial comes from, should stop denying it.

    To the point of why people keep bringing up Tibet, it's because China refuses to look at its own history and current actions, so everything that we are hearing from China seems hypocritical. Nobody in the region thinks of China as a benevolent actor in world affairs... nobody but China.

    Countries do tend to look at the sunny side of their own histories, but sometimes the rose-colored glasses are a little too opaque.

    Posted in: Xi says Nanjing Massacre undeniable on 77th anniversary

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    Farmboy

    but when was the last time China invaded another country other than Tibet?

    2014, I think.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-23790860

    Posted in: Xi says Nanjing Massacre undeniable on 77th anniversary

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    Farmboy

    It's a rather nice-looking volcano. Not a great time to go see it, though.

    http://www.earth-of-fire.com/japan-azuma-volcano-in-alert-level-2.html

    Posted in: Meteorologists predict possible eruption at Mt Azumayama

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    Farmboy

    NHK denied a massacre in Nanjing, reportedly dismissing accounts of it as "propaganda".

    One of the 12 NHK governors expressed that personal opinion. It is misleading to say NHK did it.

    Posted in: Xi says Nanjing Massacre undeniable on 77th anniversary

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