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    JohnBecker

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again.... You can find weird anywhere in the world, but nobody does weird like the Japanese.

    Posted in: 20-year-old man arrested for pouring urine on woman

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    Yahoo to buy AOL? File this under the heading: News Stories That Would Have Been Newsworthy in 1998

    Posted in: Activist investor pushes Yahoo to buy rival AOL

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    For those wondering about a camera left unattended... press photographers have several camera bodies at their disposal, but they sometimes don't need to have all of them at hand. They can be left in a press room in that case. Also, there are times when photographers set up remote cameras that can be in positions where photographers themselves aren't allowed during competition. Those cameras are triggered by radio.

    These are just guesses, but it's not unusual for press photographers to have cameras that are not on their persons at all times.

    Posted in: Japanese swimmer expelled from Asian Games for stealing camera

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    JohnBecker

    Thanks for the scores and standings, JT!

    Maybe next year, Tigers....

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    JohnBecker

    The body-only price is roughly the same as the price in the U.S. Surprising - I thought camera equipment was always more expensive in Japan.

    Posted in: Nikon FX format full-frame DSLR

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    98 - good. 2000/ME - bad. XP - good. Vista - bad. 7 - good. 8 - bad.

    If they hold true to form, this new one could be a winner. As Microsoft OSs go.

    Posted in: Microsoft to introduce new Windows software September 30

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    JohnBecker

    Ah, Tigers. Another year that could have been.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    JohnBecker

    the max he can get is suspended sentence

    For attempted murder???

    Posted in: 26-year-old 'club host' arrested for stabbing girlfriend in Shinjuku

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    How about investigating the accident that led to the death of their child before questioning grieving parents that were not there at the time?

    In the article, it said:

    Police quoted the man driving the car as saying that he suddenly saw the girl walking on the road and applied the brakes, but couldn’t stop in time.

    ...which indicates that the police are investigating the accident.

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

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    JohnBecker

    If this is the lead story in the National section, that's a pretty good day.

    Posted in: 18 Santas arrive in Japan a little early to spread yuletide cheer

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    They've been adrift for a while, Pandabelle. They really need a winning streak, NOW.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    Is it possible that those two were saved by not wearing seatbelts?

    No, they were saved by dumb luck. Because the other person thrown from the car died.

    Posted in: 17-year-old girl killed after car crashes into wall in Ibaraki

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    JohnBecker

    The Tigers are giving me heartburn! C'mon!!!

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    JohnBecker

    Maybe in your neck of the woods. Iggy and the Stooges -- Detroit, 1969.

    Iggy and the Stooges were never referred to as "punk" until after the Ramones, when all the Detroit hard/garage rock bands came to be called "proto-punk." I'm talking about the word, not so much the sound.

    Posted in: Martin Scorsese in early stages of Ramones movie project

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    JohnBecker

    At her age, I'm assuming she got a GED.

    (For those not from the US or Canada, the GED is what you get when you don't finish school at 18 but go back and take classes as an adult to get a diploma.)

    Posted in: AKB48's adult member 'graduates' after 4 months

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    A film about the most overrated band ever, directed by the most overrated director ever. How fitting.

    I respectfully, but vehemently, disagree. I got to see the Ramones four times in the late '70s/early '80s, when they were in their prime. They were surprisingly musical, exciting, and fun. Sure, they tailed off after that, but what band doesn't?

    It's nonsensical to refer to them as overrated - they were the band that brought the word "punk" into the musical lexicon. There were those who referred to them as the "Beach Boys of the '80s," and that characterization is, incredibly, pretty spot on. (Not Pet Sounds Beach Boys, more like "I Get Around" Beach Boys.)

    It's hard for me to get a handle on the rampant egocentricity that allows one to turn "I don't like them..." into "they're the most overrated..." as if you are some sort of authority on musical taste. Incredible.

    Posted in: Martin Scorsese in early stages of Ramones movie project

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    A couple of vital points to make. First, those kidnapped weren't idiots like the current trio of Americans who went to NK to preach Christianity (which is explicitly forbidden) and were subsequently imprisoned, they were kidnapped from Japanese soil. This is no less than an act of war. Second, even political hacks like Abe and his people take this stuff seriously. Not just to appease nationalist nut jobs or black van types, but because the first duty of any government is to protect its citizens from all threats, foreign and domestic. Maybe I'm giving Abe more credit than he deserves, but it's hard to imagine anyone in Japan who wouldn't take every opportunity to pursue this matter until its satisfactory conclusion.

    Posted in: Japan to seek return of all its citizens held by North Korea

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    Yes, Abe is not living in the same century as the rest of us. Makes you wonder why he is in the position he is.

    Maybe the voting public are in the same century as Abe?

    Posted in: Mr Abe was never a real reformer in the same way his predecessor Junichiro Koizumi at least tried to be. He looks backward, not forward.

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    JohnBecker

    I don't see why the author keeps bringing up the United States. This is an international issue, and should be addressed at the UN.

    Posted in: East and South China Sea disputes need creative diplomacy

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    Even the trolls would have a hard time coming up with something bad to say about Mr. Belafonte, Ms O'Hara or Mr. Miyazaki. All more than worthy of recognition.

    Posted in: Movie academy to honor Belafonte, O'Hara, Miyazaki

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