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    KnowBetter

    The only 'drills' that should ever be practiced at school, work places and even home are for emergencies depending on your area such as fires, flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis and the like. Terrorism of any sort inside of the USA should be the last thing that children should ever have to deal with.

    I find it odd that the USA spends so much money in other countries trying to stop wars, killing, maiming and suffering and the parallels between aboard and at home are so similar but yet no one in the USA is ever willing to realize it.

    Clearly the whole world looking at the USA and shaking their collective heads in disgust is NEVER going to have any effect. Maybe the world should invade the USA, capture the NRA, the right wingers, gang bangers and other gun nutters and force a new government upon them that blocks civilians from pretty much owning guns and automatic weapons. I wonder if that would make the world a safer place? ;)

    Posted in: U.S. schools preparing for the worst, with active shooter drills

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    I have NEVER seen sooooooo many cops on the beat in Tokyo. This past five days I couldn't walk a block without passing at least two cops and in some areas they were two to a corner and two or three walking mid block. At Shinjuku Station and around the underground walkways just around Shinjuku alone there must have more cops than all the cops walking the beat in most mid sized western cities. Funny thing was they had their hands full being roving information counters helping tourists and the like.

    Posted in: On patrol

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    Sushiro is always better for quality, freshness and flavour than Kura or Kappa I have found and it doesn't matter at what time of the day you go. Kura can be quite bad later in the evening when the dinner crowd has died down.

    Posted in: Anyone for sushi?

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    What this story fails to mention is while in the short term it appears that the Chinese buyers are helping the local economies THEY ARE KILLING IT FOR LOCALS.

    The Chinese buyers are driving up local prices so that people who were born in the area can no longer afford to live and/or buy and therefore must move out of the area. This in turn creates a problem because anyone just above median income and below for the area can NOT afford to live there. So who will do their jobs when they move out.

    It's not just the younger generations but the older ones too as they will get taxed out of the very homes they have already FULLY paid for because of the ridiculous property value increases and the assessed value which property taxes are charged upon. Remember, seniors are retired and live on a fixed income so if you suddenly double or triple their taxes, how are they going to be able to pay for that?

    Also, the Chinese buyers that buy up all that property DO NOT help the local economy. The property is kept empty, they don't work locally so they don't pay any income taxes. They don't buy anything locally because they simply aren't there but they also buy up every property so the locals can't. It's the same as a swarm of locusts descending upon a lush green valley and eating everything up in site then leaving as soon as they arrived. HOW DOES THAT HELP THE LOCAL ECONOMY?!?

    Posted in: Chinese pouring billions into U.S. real estate: study

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    It's either a game of musical cones or the J-keystone Team practicing for the new 2020 Olympic event, Synchronized Cone Dancing. Note the speaker in the top right hand corner for the music.

    Posted in: Precautions

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    @ Himajin Maybe it will be a new fetish for the unmarried and they can 'play house' and get their freak on by pretending to come home from a long day at work. Then start cooking in the kitchen which turns into more than just the veggies getting a little 'steamed' and hot... Oh jeez, now what have I started?

    Posted in: Gov’t to convert love hotels into regular lodging facilities ahead of 2020 Olympics

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    Aaaaaaawwwwwwww, that's the spot,... right there, yeeaaaah.

    Looks like the Hippo is getting a little WaterPik action on the back teeth. Next maybe a little flossing?

    Posted in: Thirsty hippo

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    Firefighters said there had been a fire at the Kawasaki substation and JR East is investigating a possible link between the fire and the power cut.

    Not to point out the obvious but what are the odds that the two are not connected, pardon the pun?

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    NOOOOOO, That's not a gingerbread house, it's an oven!!! Get out of there before that wicked witch bakes you!

    Posted in: Sweet house

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    You all do what you're going to do but clearly the 80/20 rule is alive and well here. The world was flat once was it not? This is all a power struggle just like religion and the masses are eating it up due to peer pressure and/or fear. There's a saying "People are stupid, a person is smart". Think about it... alone, for once.

    Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact?

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    Here's an idea, lower taxes so people actually have money in their wallets to spend. The more money people have, the more they spend or at least the people in government sure as hell do.

    Posted in: Gov't eyes shopping vouchers, promotions to boost consumption

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    WOW! This story doesn't even mention how Netflix gained such a huge international customer base because of its tech savvy subscribers using VPN to access the US Netflix content and by word of mouth through forums and chat groups which by the way Netflix was well aware of and made Netflix $$$,$$$,$$$. Now Netflix decides that it's going to listen to its content providers and block ALL VPN. Great so if you're using VPN at work or have a tablet and you're staying at a hotel or in a free wi-fi area and you want to watch Netflix, you HAVE TO TURN OFF YOUR VPN security even if you are using a VPN server that is in your country and you are in that same country where your billing address is for your credit card. Netflix took the easy way out and now is starting to pay the price in lost revenue.

    Speaking of price, Netflix is raising the grandfathered pricing for loyal long term customers starting May 9 from $7.99 in the U.S. and Canada to $9.99 if they wish to keep the same plan but are blocking VPN and most Netflix customers have no clue that is about to happen. A lot of Netflix customers are now finding without VPN active that their Netflix service is slower or even stops streaming altogether now because their ISP can see (IP address) that they are watching Netflix and is throttling them. I have first hand experience of this slow crappy service. Content loading takes forever and the image quality is lousy. It takes several page refreshes to get a show or movie to start and then 10 to 15 minutes into it, the image get all pixelated.

    As soon as everyone loses their grandfathered pricing, there will be no incentive for them to stick around. That coupled with that crappy image quality if you're getting throttled by your ISP for watching Netflix and no VPN for security and/or more Netflix content options will see a MASSIVE downturn in Netflix's profit. I predict that people will now get Netflix for a month at a time only when big new releases come out, binge watch them and bail. This probably means most that leave Netflix will only come back for about 4 to 8 months out of the year at max. This will all start to play out starting May 9th as billing cycles start to reflect the 25% higher pricing.

    Posted in: In Asia, Netflix trips on regulation, content, and competition

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    If you think that looks cool, you should see the machines they use to clear that. Now that's a snow blower!

    Posted in: Awesome

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    Every Mc Ds is suffering right now because people might have just finally woken up and been grossed out enough not to eat there anymore. Back in the day when they ACTUALLY grilled the meat patties on a metal grill and assembled the burger right away it was good. Now the meat patties are cooked and stored in plastic tubs then stuck on a bun that is rarely if ever heated up. Back in the day they buns were actually put in a large clam shell style toaster. I know this because as a 15 year back then that wanted things, you started working at Mc Ds to pay for it. Oh yeah and the cheese actually melted over the meat patty. I have never seen that happen in the last 10 years, mind you I've only been to Mc Ds about 15 times in the last 10 years.

    Posted in: McDonald's targeting buyout firms as it seeks to sell North Asia stores

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    KnowBetter Apr. 16, 2016 - 04:41AM JST

    A M5.3 about 8kms to the west and a M5.5 about 5kms to the east of Aso hit just after 3am within 50 minutes of each other. Having family in Kumamoto is making me more concerned than normal about this as Aso is an active volcano and I've been on that beast and have been chased off when it 'burped'. Hopefully this is not a waking giant getting ready to let rip. Be safe and keep your wits about you, people of Kumamoto and surrounding areas.

    After posting the above at 4:41AM, I thought to myself, I hope it doesn't get worse and yet now you can clearly see a pattern of the quakes spreading from the main two quakes along a mainly eastward line to the north-east and a few to the south-west. Let's just hope that this is pretty much the end of Mother Nature's show of force and that has released all the pent up energy in those fault lines. The last thing anyone needs is Mt Aso coming to blows with the region. That whole area is one massive ring of volcanoes that no one needs springing to life and since this area was not known for these big quakes, it makes me wonder if this just might be the beginning of a new cycle for these volcanoes and this massive caldera. Afterall, these quakes just might be enough to 'rip open' the crust for the 'hot filling' to come out. It is after all under pressure just below the surface.

    Posted in: Small eruption on Mount Aso after earthquake

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    A M5.3 about 8kms to the west and a M5.5 about 5kms to the east of Aso hit just after 3am within 50 minutes of each other. Having family in Kumamoto is making me more concerned than normal about this as Aso is an active volcano and I been on that beast and have been chased off when it 'burped'. Hopefully this is not a waking giant getting ready to let rip. Be safe and keep your wits about you, people of Kumamoto and surrounding areas.

    Posted in: Baby rescued from collapsed house 6 hours after quake

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    It's bad enough that in North America UPS, FedEx, Purolator, USPS, Canada Post, DHL, etc. have drivers that drop and throw packages but I've never seen someone getting hit by one of those packages. As good as the delivery services are in Japan which by the way are by far the best I've EVER experienced on this planet, I'd be worried about a package being dropped by a drone or more likely by the 'butterfingers' recipient on the balcony MANY FLOORS UP OVER THE SIDEWALK. That won't end well.

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    I have been to Miyajima many times and have always found the island to be a very peaceful place. If you get there early in the day, I strongly recommend a hike up the trail to the top of the mountain and then take the tram down.

    Just watch your stuff around the waterfront tourist when you get mobbed by the deer as the little buggers can at times become overly 'curious' and poke their noses into low hanging bags and purses. One thought it had found a snack in my wife's shoulder bag and bit into her Nexus 7 tablet but luckily the flip case took the brunt of the bite pressure saving the screen from being shattered. That deer must not have had breakfast that day I reckon.

    Posted in: Cultural break

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    Russell Peters said it best when said that "soon there will be no white, black, brown, red or yellow, there will just beige". Since we are all pretty much the same under that 'skin label', when will the old cronies finally give up and get with the times? I'm guessing "when they're six feet under" as the saying goes.

    Posted in: Model Melody Yoko -- in tune with a changing Japan

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    "Another safety option on some vehicles automatically steers vehicles back into their lane if they start to drift into another lane without the driver turning on a turn signal."

    WOW!!! This might actually force people to use their turn signal now!!! Just checked the weather reports and there seems to be NO cooling trend in hell yet. Hmmmmm.

    Posted in: Self-driving cars not ready for U.S. roads, experts warn

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