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TorafusuTorasanApr. 24, 2014 - 01:58AM JST
@badsey, you're right to correct me because everest is not even open to climbers most of the year, especially not in winter. I was thinking about hard core types that decide to attempt Mt. Fuji, Japan Alps, or Colorado's Rockies in the off season and don't make it back. Seems like we can read about fatal cases every winter. Are they training for the Himalayas?
Posted in: Everest sherpas abandon climbing season
TorafusuTorasanApr. 23, 2014 - 04:50PM JST
@MarkG, I don't buy what you are saying about the Average Guy being able to climb Everest, given that you need to send tens of thousands of dollars just to register with the Nepalese government. The Average Guy will find much more normal pursuits for his hard earned money.
Definitely not average, these winter/snow climbers are a different, crazier breed who probably wash their socks in Starbucks latte before drinking it.
TorafusuTorasanApr. 11, 2014 - 06:51PM JST
@lostrune2, the biggest Division 1 university football and basketball programs are almost as "big business" as their professional counterparts in the NFL and NBA. People in states like Nebraska or Oregon without any big league professional sports teams avidly support university football. Some of the stadiums sites have interesting background stories. I've heard that Wisconsin's stadium, Camp Randall, is built on the site of a Civil War prisoner of war camp.
Posted in: 100,000 sellout for Real Madrid-Manchester United clash in Michigan
TorafusuTorasanApr. 03, 2014 - 03:19PM JST
Buried in this article was the most interesting tidbit: a biopic about Jake Adelstein starring Daniel Radcliffe and Beat Takeshi as his domineering editor ratcheting up pressure to deliver scoop after scoop, until all hell breaks loose when Adelstein goes too deep undercover and tries dancing on a mikoshi at the Sanja Matsuri. Script still in development.
Posted in: Yamaguchi-gumi launches website with song, anti-drugs message
TorafusuTorasanMar. 29, 2014 - 12:44PM JST
Obama was mildly startled when he picked up the phone and heard Putin's voice say, "Steven Seagal? Stevie, my brother! You are still America's biggest actor, yes? Any hotel at Sochi is yours for the asking is you sing my praises."
If only Obama were a judoka instead of a basketball fanatic, Putin would be eating out of his hand.
Posted in: Putin calls Obama to seek diplomatic end to Ukraine crisis
TorafusuTorasanMar. 29, 2014 - 12:37PM JST
Too bad, Nishikori was on a roll, but Djokovic would have undeniably been a tough opponent to beat.
Posted in: Nishikori pulls out of Sony Open semifinal with groin injury
TorafusuTorasanMar. 29, 2014 - 12:35PM JST
Whew, at least he didn't blow it all on tooth rotting Lucky Charms cereal.
Restitution should include forming a comedy trio with Horiemon and Karpeles. They would all dress in stained T-shirts and spend their days in pawn shops and flea markets digging through old wallets in search of missing bitcoin. The punchline would be when a cheap plastic charm falls out instead, and none of them can afford the million yen to buy it.
Posted in: Watanabe says he spent some of Y800 mil on lucky charm
TorafusuTorasanMar. 22, 2014 - 01:36AM JST
Get back to me when they are at the edible internet stage.
Posted in: Google expands Android platform to wearables
TorafusuTorasanMar. 22, 2014 - 01:33AM JST
Ron, the most newsworthy refugees by boat are those leaving North Korea. They are usually detained for a while before getting on flights to South Korea for settlement. Other asylum seekers do apply to stay in Japan, but the number accepted is quite low, in the double or triple digits at most.
Posted in: Italy picks up 4,000 migrants at sea in 4 days
TorafusuTorasanMar. 20, 2014 - 08:59AM JST
The plot timeline and the actual film production schedule are thirty years apart? Is that a subtle ploy to get us thirtysomethings to watch a kids movie? Disney Star Wars, 'nuff said. I am more nostalgic about hearing the NPR radio version of Star Wars at age 7 or so.
Posted in: New 'Star Wars' film to be set 30 years after 'Return of the Jedi'
TorafusuTorasanMar. 20, 2014 - 07:20AM JST
Gorbachev was not behind the 1954 transfer of Crimea to Ukraine. What other territories do you reckon Putin should go for?
Posted in: Abe threatens Moscow with more sanctions over Crimea
TorafusuTorasanMar. 15, 2014 - 03:48PM JST
@Tom Mix, it is unconstitutional because Ukraine's constitution states that Crimea is part of the country. If all Ukrainians hold a vote to say goodbye to Crimea, then so be it. That is definitely not the vote that is taking place this weekend.
@avigator, what about the non ethnic Russian minorities in Crimea? "Nobody is pointing guns" at the people? So you are saying the Russian troops and supporting militias are not armed with guns? As McCain pointed out, Ukraine has rocks against Russia's real weapons.
Posted in: West braces for Crimea vote to leave Ukraine
TorafusuTorasanMar. 12, 2014 - 07:42PM JST
You know things are bad when the pronouncements of people at the highest levels start to devolve into gibberish, like way back in the hunt for Iraq's WMDs. I seem to remember Rumsfeld or Chaney coming up with the timeless quote about the weapons being a little to the north, northwest, west, or south of the capital. There there was Rumsfeld covering all the bases with his "known knowns, known unknowns, unknown knowns, and unknown unknowns" quote. Not much comfort in these non-reassurances.
Posted in: Malaysia says it is not sure which way jet was headed
TorafusuTorasanMar. 12, 2014 - 02:09PM JST
Memorandum to all male office staff. If you start your weekend a day early, you will be able to buy White Day stuff at half price over the weekend and present it to the OLs on Monday (with the hangaki tags removed, of course).
This is the peak allergy season, and if you are like most workers, you have more than half your vacation days remaining, so why not get started on that doctors note right now.
Posted in: Memo to guys: White Day's approaching
TorafusuTorasanMar. 12, 2014 - 01:01PM JST
The article is too short to report about the dueling banjos plunking out the classic song "The Cat Came Back."
This is hinted at in the line "prompted owner Lee Palmer to kick the animal up the backside", which would rhyme nicely with "the fur was a-flying all over the doublewide" in an updated country version of the song.
Posted in: Cat takes Oregon family hostage
TorafusuTorasanMar. 12, 2014 - 12:30PM JST
Uh oh, the presidency of the elder George Bush went downhill after he started sock shopping (I think because he couldn't find any American-made as he promised).
Posted in: Obama takes New York shopping detour on fundraising trip
TorafusuTorasanMar. 12, 2014 - 11:29AM JST
@kansaifun, don't know the last time this kind of thing happened, but in the history of commercial aviation there are cases with very little wreckage recovered. In recent days, there has been some good reporting about a 1950s airline that went into Lake Michigan, with some debris indicating what happened (58 fatalities), but the bulk of the plane going undiscovered until today. The only people who have kept up the search are a few writers/explorers who specialize in discovering wrecks. Lake Michigan is obviously nowhere near as deep or as vast as the mostly unexplored Pacific, so it is plausible that this is another plane that will fail to turn up in our lifetimes. On the other hand, it took two years to reach the Air France wreck five years ago, thanks to an unmanned submarine that could descend to mountains on the bottom of the Atlantic.
Posted in: Wild theories fill void left by missing Malaysian plane
TorafusuTorasanMar. 10, 2014 - 04:41PM JST
If all products remain at the same price after April 1, you could estimate it as a 3% across the board increase. But companies seem to be preparing for a lag in sales after the tax hike by implementing extra price increases. One small example I found was Suntory announced they are raising some of their conbini juice/soda drinks from 140 to 159 yen to be better situated for the tax increase. So 19 yen plus another 5 yen tax means that product has gone up by 24 yen, or about 17%. If this happens two years in a row, that will be a major rise in prices that trounces all the talk of it being only 3%, 5%, or 8% more to pay.
Posted in: Taxzilla's coming! What to do?
TorafusuTorasanMar. 06, 2014 - 06:41PM JST
RIP to Ms. Radtke. This story is also being reported in her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is too bad that it will take her untimely passing to read what could be an exceptional story of a talented young person becoming the CEO of a currency exchange in Singapore.
Posted in: American bitcoin exchange CEO dies in suspicious circumstances in Singapore
TorafusuTorasanMar. 04, 2014 - 04:43PM JST
One faceless bureaucrat to another: "Hmm, no Maori King, so let's get backstage passes to a Lorde concert. Good call, that was a really catchy song she wrote about William and Kate. "We'll never be royals"? That's it, trip cancelled!"
I think Prince Harry must get all the party-minded bureaucrats. He always seems to have a blast in Las Vegas or Jamaica. Anybody else remember how he raced Hussein Bolt for the win? Maybe the Maori King didn't want the same treatment, having to pretend William can beat him at rugby.
Posted in: New Zealand's Maori king refuses to meet Prince William next month
Apr. 25, 2014 - 01:18AM JST
Rest assured for the next week or so, the morning headlines will be drumming the beat…
Posted in: Obama ate only half the sushi course: media
They the parents should also blame the President for refusing help from Japan. Instead she is…
Posted in: Angry parents seek autopsies of S Korea ferry victims
tmarieApr. 24, 2014 - 02:58PM JST
Do they ask for wheelchair bound to fold up their…
Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport
Apr. 25, 2014 - 01:16AM JST
The Chinese courts did not name the Chinese party awarded the compensation...... why not???
Posted in: China frees ship after Mitsui O.S.K. pays $28 mil
Apr. 25, 2014 - 01:15AM JST
Ooooh, oooh! Does this mean there'll be a plot this time?!
Posted in: Summer movie preview: Bay reboots 'Transformers'