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    Laguna

    Apparently it was an 18 liter container of kerosene, which is flammable but not explosive. Good thing it wasn't gasoline, or the entire car would have been obliterated and the train derailed.

    Posted in: Man dead after setting himself on fire in bullet train; woman passenger also dies

  • 0

    Laguna

    Whenever I take my wife shopping at the local shopping street, she loves regaling the stall staff with stories of how her American husband eats his cauliflower raw. They look at me like I'd just ordered a half-kilo of dog meat.

    Sounds like a good recipe, but I'll likely still continue to take it raw.

    Posted in: Cauliflower steaks keep you firmly in the produce aisle

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    Laguna

    If he hit the women at around 4:30 PM and claims to have been drinking for nearly 12 hours, that means he must have started drinking around 5:00 AM. Wow.

    Posted in: Man goes on trial over hit-and-run deaths of 3 women in Otaru

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    Laguna

    The debts will not be re-paid anyway; continuing the current system simply means that they will grow.

    Completely agree, WilliB, and this is what confuses me about the EEU's stance. Greece is already running a primary surplus (surplus of receipts over spending sans debt payments) of something like 5%. Forgiving the debts would allow Greece room to restructure and stay in the EEU.

    Either way, Greece will never repay the money. The question is whether the powers that be are willing to bring down the EEU just to make a point.

    Posted in: Greece's future in balance as creditors reject aid extension

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    Laguna

    WilliB - Greece would still have its debts, but with a greatly devalued Drachma, repaying them in Euros would be all but impossible. Frankly, leaving the Euro means default.

    Also, as I mentioned above, markets seem to have considered that the integrity of the Euro system would trump any other concern (as I still consider it will, after the brinkmanship is played out); sacrificing Greece would force investors to turn a very skeptical eye on other weak Euro members, possibly leading to a domino effect and resulting in a Euro only composed of a few core states.

    Now, the Euro is a flawed system. They can fix the system, or they can scrap it. At the moment, they do not seem willing to do either. This is the definition of crisis: Either decide, or events decide for you.

    Posted in: Greece's future in balance as creditors reject aid extension

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    Laguna

    A common currency without a standardized system of transfers between prosperous and needy areas and without the flexibility of an entity able to assume debt will fail. Even during good years, rich states in the US like California transfer billions to less well-off states like Louisiana; during the Great Recession, states (which are unable to run deficits) received a huge amount of funding from Washington, which can borrow.

    It may be best for everyone to let Greece leave the Euro so that a vastly devalued Drachma can restore their competitiveness (though they'd still have Euro debts unless they defaulted). The problem is that markets would than see that Germany and other EU powers are willing to sacrifice unity for profits, and other weak countries such as Spain and Italy would take an immediate pounding. Where that would end is anyone's guess.

    Posted in: Greece's future in balance as creditors reject aid extension

  • 3

    Laguna

    The comming primary debate will be exiting....for the republicans.

    Hard to argue with that: Many GOP candidates will undoubtedly have to exit, feet planted firmly in mouth.

    I'm a bit disappointed with the Supreme's ruling on Obamacare as I had looked forward to watching the GOP finally have to stop pretending that they have an alternative and actually do something. Obamacare would have continued unaffected in states which had set up their own exchanges - i.e., blue states - while millions in red states would have been thrown off their insurance. As it is, the GOP can now continue to pretend to govern, railing against Obamacare while offering zilch.

    Posted in: Supreme Court decisions pose political challenges for Republicans

  • 11

    Laguna

    Wait - people put AWAY their futon?! Someone tell my daughter!

    Posted in: Are futons awesome or simply awful?

  • 3

    Laguna

    Obama on Mt. Rushmore next to those conservatives?

    Right, kind of hard to believe: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, all four trying to preserve the status quo.

    Posted in: Gay U.S. couples wed on historic day as conservatives resist

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    Laguna

    White America elected him, a black man, to the most important position in the world.

    Actually, he won a minority of the majority, but a majority of the minority. Still, he's had a good June: Obamacare, again reaffirmed by the Supremes, seems unstoppable; TPP (whether you like it or not - but it is an Obama priority) passed the fast-track vote in Congress; and now, the Supremes have given Constitutional freedom to an issue that Obama embraced late in his career but fully when he did. Next up, and soon: Peace with Iran.

    Lame duck, this guy, eh? He's on track to leave the largest impact on American society since Kennedy.

    Posted in: Obama urges reckoning with racism's 'uncomfortable truths'

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    Laguna

    The answer for gay marriage is to ban government sanction for any and all marriages.

    Wolf, as zurconium stated, no one, no matter their sexual or religious beliefs or race, would want to get married by a church that does not welcome them. This has nothing to do with religion at all.

    The problem with your assertion is that it is EXACTLY government sanction that the gays are seeking. Cohabitation has been quite normal for over a decade, and some liberal churches already perform "ceremonies" for gays - but their unions are not recognized by the government, meaning they had none of the rights available to spouses. They could not make medical decisions for their loved ones, could not join in long-term legal contracts such as joint mortgages, could not share each other's pensions, to name a few.

    This is purely a secular issue.

    Posted in: Gay U.S. couples wed on historic day as conservatives resist

  • 1

    Laguna

    No, the government imposed severe tariffs that benefited the North at the expense of the South; the South was fed up and wanted to secede.

    High tariffs on manufactured goods and low ones on raw materials undoubtedly benefited the North but did not materially harm the Southern - their raw materials were far more than competitive with those from Europe and the West Indies; and while they were piqued at having to pay more for their European furniture and clothing, pricey bureaus and dresses were a minor complaint and not a component of the decision to go to war.

    Look at the timing: the period from the mid-1800s to the outbreak of the war saw rapid expansion of the US both to the south (Florida, Texas) and the west. The North and the South each strove to expand their influence by increasing the number of Free or Slave states; the result was that states were admitted in pairs, one of each, to maintain the status quo. The South could see, though, that due to geographic and demographic factors, Free states would inevitably outnumber Slave states, giving the Federal Government power to end slavery once and for all.

    It was slavery - the South's determination to preserve it and their understandable anxiety that this ability would soon disappear - that was the ultimate factor in their decision to leave the Union.

    Posted in: Obama urges reckoning with racism's 'uncomfortable truths'

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    Laguna

    I see numerous GMs on the road, seemingly increasing year by year.

    Of course, they're all hearses.

    Posted in: They send their cars over by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn't exist, folks. They beat us all the time.

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    Laguna

    “I think building something that would have made use of the old stadium, with modern functions, would have been good,”

    Sheesh. How many times did I suggest this? What - don't they listen to non-Japanese JT posters? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM?!

    Posted in: New Olympics minister faces host of thorny issues

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    Laguna

    Dude, that was AWESOME! Like, when the monster came out and ... what, those eyes and things and ...hang on, lemme finish this donut and pass that over my way, then we'll watch it again.

    Posted in: Colossal Titan stars in Tokyo government anti-drug campaign

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    Laguna

    Too late to bring back the elegant, understated, historic stadium from the 1964 Olympics, eh? Damned shame. Should have listened.

    Posted in: Japan to keep Olympic stadium design as cost soars to Y250 bil

  • 1

    Laguna

    What is his "agenda" behind the obvious encouragement of racialism by the "way" and the "timing" in which it was said?

    kazetsukai, your comments seem to suggest that Obama was behind a white supremacist murdering nine worshipers inside a church. If, as many conservatives suggest, gun ownership should depend on sanity, you would likely like to get used to being unarmed.

    Anyone paying attention to the situation knows that Obama has paid great sensitivity to his role as the first black president - his balanced matter drives those who assume a black man would rule with passion crazy; his refusal to emphasize the historical aspects of his presidency often dismay his supporters. This president has been measured beyond all measurement. If the subject of race is not to be brought up now, I ask you, when?

    Posted in: Obama says history of slavery and segregation still 'part of our DNA'

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    Laguna

    Back in the day, it was the chase that thrilled me most. Online dating sites must be like fishing at a tsuribori.

    Posted in: What do you think about online dating sites?

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    Laguna

    Over the years, most of those same friends turned out alright, their kids & mine mingle. Luckily we all grew up in typical middle class or upper middle neighborhoods and had very responsible law abiding parents.

    I am glad to hear that. The same was true in my case - but then, this was California, which is a bit more accepting of racial differences than other states.

    Many articles have requested recently that white people be aware of their status, and I would think that non-Japanese (particularly Caucasians, who would not have experienced this in their own country) living in Japan would be a bit sensitive to this. Of course, a major difference is that discrimination towards Caucasians is often positive - but it is, too, sometimes negative, and either way, the feeling that the way one is treated is due to prejudice is palatable and uncomfortable. But then, we are ultimately visitors here; imagine carrying that burden in the land of your birth.

    Posted in: Obama says history of slavery and segregation still 'part of our DNA'

  • 3

    Laguna

    ...Takata Corp may have placed profit over safety ....

    Gee, y'think? There might be a lesson here somewhere .... something along the lines of "haste makes waste" ... let's say, "Corner cutting on product safety will bankrupt your company and put people in jail."

    Posted in: U.S. senators say Takata may have put profits over safety

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