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Jeff OgrissegApr. 21, 2014 - 01:05PM JST
Is there just an overabundance of funds for stupid research these days? Wasn't it just month or two ago that another group of nitwit researchers thought that Twitter would reveal proof of aliens living among us?
Throw some cash my way and I'll conduct a study about how not using Twitter has not affected my life.
Posted in: Researchers use Twitter to predict crime
Jeff OgrissegApr. 21, 2014 - 12:57PM JST
What utter nonsense! This is the sad state of journalism today, where a non-issue like this is played as news. This summit is about figuring out regional security, not Michelle. This was 10 minutes I'll never get back.
Posted in: Michelle Obama's absence likely to be felt in Japan
Jeff OgrissegApr. 18, 2014 - 10:36AM JST
Does a geta feel funny when it's on the other foot?
Posted in: Air France geisha poster prompts satirical home-made fixes
Jeff OgrissegApr. 18, 2014 - 10:10AM JST
Oh, come on. That last sentence is just comment bait! These Japanese Olympic athletes are meeting their Emperor and Empress to be congratulated in person for winning their medals, for crying out loud -- can you even comprehend what this must be like for them? Why tarnish this by introducing speculation about Masako? This is not about her.
Posted in: Meet and greet
Jeff OgrissegApr. 17, 2014 - 09:36PM JST
Faced with the sight of someone brazen enough to reach across the counter for the cash drawer, you grab the orange balls and retreat. The average joe in Japan is not equipped to stop this kind of crime. The cameras are working and the store has insurance. The right thing to do is to back the hell up, let the bad guy run right toward the height markers at the front door (so cops know how tall he is from the video footage), and then try to bean him with the splatter balls if you've got the aim. It makes a mess but you emerge unscathed.
Or is that not common sense?
Posted in: 24-year-old man arrested for robbing convenience store
Jeff OgrissegApr. 17, 2014 - 04:22PM JST
What goes, or doesn't go, through these criminals' minds before they pull a robbery like this? Even without the cameras, he didn't give himself much of a headstart. The clerk got himself punched, and should have just pitched a couple of those ubiquitous bright-orange splatter balls at the robber.
Jeff OgrissegApr. 16, 2014 - 01:19PM JST
Among the first suggestions at the panel was a new fluffy yu-ru kyara mascot to dance and sing in order to calm the wild animals. The mascot's design and personality will well reflect the hearts and minds of the local community and serve as a friendly bridge between the poor farmers and the savage beasts who lurk in the forests.
Yeah, not really, but conditioned reflex took over.
Posted in: Gov't discusses measures to stop crop damage by wild boars, deer
Jeff OgrissegApr. 15, 2014 - 12:52PM JST
Hold on. A ward office with a night shift? A ward office employee on the job at 05:40? The Umbrella Man is from Opposite World.
Posted in: Man wielding an umbrella attempts to rob Urawa ward office
Jeff OgrissegApr. 11, 2014 - 09:16AM JST
Three words: when in Rome
Posted in: U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Emperor Akihito in Tokyo on April 24. Last time Obama met the emperor in Japan, in 2009, he shook hands and bowed, which upset some members in the U.S. Congress and media. Do you see anything wrong with him bowing to the emperor?
Jeff OgrissegApr. 06, 2014 - 09:52AM JST
So, now the TV is listening to what goes on in the room? That's a bit tooooo Orwellian for me. Pass!
Posted in: VIERA TV with voice command control function
Jeff OgrissegApr. 03, 2014 - 08:00PM JST
The language of this article hides the truth about what happened on the ground in Ukraine and Crimea. This makes it sound like Russia invaded against the wishes of Crimea, which broke away overwhelmingly at the polls after the EUS-led coup to oust the democratically elected government installed a bunch of new-Nazis in Kiev. Facts are facts in this instance, and Japan is making a rather immature mistake. Clearly, Tokyo does not understand much about diplomacy.
Posted in: Japan to cancel Kishida's visit to Russia
Jeff OgrissegApr. 03, 2014 - 07:50PM JST
This is completely in line with the U.N.'s Agenda 21.
Posted in: Fukushima meltdown unlikely to cause many cancers: U.N. scientists
Jeff OgrissegApr. 02, 2014 - 03:23PM JST
I didn't understand the misery until about 4 years ago. Now I wish my nose and sinus could be removed like a rack component for cleaning on the worst days.
Posted in: Spring in Japan: beautiful blossoms and hay fever misery
Jeff OgrissegApr. 01, 2014 - 02:44PM JST
Thank goodness! 4.7 inches is about the limit of pocket comfort.
Posted in: New iPhone 6 screens reported to enter production as early as May
Jeff OgrissegMar. 29, 2014 - 12:37PM JST
Stories like this don't mean much to some of us without a photo or more details about what these allegedly famous people have done that should make me notice. Otherwise, why should I care about a housewife in Paris who wants to break up a 10-year-old boy's family life?
Posted in: Miho Nakayama reportedly to get divorce after 12 years
Jeff OgrissegMar. 26, 2014 - 01:33PM JST
JT wasn't the only spoiler, but it could have passed on this story when considering there is always a time lag on U.S./U.K. shows (at least a day, but usually months).
Having said that, there was only about a half-minute of buildup when it happened, so the moment was kind of "meh?" No more worries about attorney-client privilege in this arc.
Posted in: 'Good Wife' leaves viewers shocked, bereaved
Jeff OgrissegMar. 25, 2014 - 09:53AM JST
Way to fan the flames, Reuters. Russia did not start the unrest in Ukraine to order to install the new neo-Nazi government. And Russia did not invade Crimea.The G7 is all cow and no hat.
Posted in: G7 warns Russia of more sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates
Jeff OgrissegMar. 25, 2014 - 09:36AM JST
Shinzo? Shinzo? Eyes up here, mister!
Posted in: Dutch treat
Jeff OgrissegMar. 24, 2014 - 09:54AM JST
So, hold on. Is this a campaign or a regulation? Because the former might be a swell idea in the right hands, while the latter is pretty much grandiose, delusional overreach.
Posted in: Aichi city plans to block children using smartphones after 9 p.m.
Jeff OgrissegMar. 21, 2014 - 03:29PM JST
tmarie is correct. The police had their heads fully up each other's rumps after the murder of the Yokohama family and the Matsumoto gas attack (trial run for Tokyo attack). These whiz bangs decided that harassing the man who made the first emergency call was great police work. Messed up his life and his wife's and the cops barely apologized.
Posted in: 19th anniversary of Aum sarin attack on subway observed
Apr. 24, 2014 - 01:57AM JST
My thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of these kids that met such a…
Posted in: Divers feel with their hands for corpses in depths of S Korean ferry
Apr. 24, 2014 - 01:45AM JST
I can't say I blame the sherpas for walking out. They deserve better and everybody else…
Posted in: Everest sherpas abandon climbing season
Apr. 24, 2014 - 01:43AM JST
bilderberg_2015Apr. 23, 2014 - 09:06AM JST
No. In fact, I don't even consider Japan a first-world…
Posted in: In the world of geopolitics, do you think of Japan as part of the West?
Laughed at the headline. Laughed harder that the Chinese Foreign Ministry bother to respond to Bieber's…
Posted in: Justin Bieber says sorry after visiting Yasukuni shrine
Apr. 24, 2014 - 01:42AM JST
That's one job I would not want to have to do. These are very brave and…