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TorafusuTorasanOct. 31, 2014 - 01:22PM JST
If it makes any difference, the Maine governor who is overseeing the quarantine is a Republican embroiled in a tight election race. Why do I have a nagging feeling that the whole ebola furor is going to quiet down after the elections next Tuesday? Chris Christie could camp out at the airport to personally oversee the arrest of returning medical workers if it helps his party pick up a few wins in the midterms.
Posted in: Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in U.S.; rides bike
TorafusuTorasanOct. 30, 2014 - 11:05AM JST
Still, it's better than BFF's kid's name: Benghazi Soetero Squirrel
Posted in: Israeli leader lashes back at harsh U.S. criticism
TorafusuTorasanOct. 29, 2014 - 12:08AM JST
Hey, the UN Study Group for the Equitable Distribution of Ebola to Preppers and Wingnuts is supposed to be a secret. How did you find out about it?
Posted in: U.S. modifies Ebola guidelines after quarantine uproar
TorafusuTorasanOct. 28, 2014 - 11:47PM JST
@fxgai, sure it sounds great, but Hashimoto is unable to make the sale from his weak position in the upstart minor party Isshin no Kai rather than a more established party. Shintaro Ishihara, former Tokyo governor, was aligned with Hashimoto for a while, but how much clout does a lifelong Edoko like Ishihara have in Osaka city politics? Hashimoto needs a lot more allies locally, not just token bigwigs like Ishihara, before he can have an impact.
Posted in: Hashimoto's plan to integrate Osaka prefectural, city governments voted down
TorafusuTorasanOct. 27, 2014 - 01:57PM JST
@AKBfan, that's like the old Monty Python skit, "nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"
The last place I expect them to attack would be a submarine assault on the Mariana Trench.
If these ruffians ever do set up their own state, they will find out that governing is a lot harder after the "shock and awe" of their brutality wears off. The wanton slaughter is a double edged sword that may bring in new recruits temporarily, but undermines their chances of anyone accepting them as partners.
Posted in: Kurds thwart new IS bid to cut off Syria's Kobane
TorafusuTorasanOct. 27, 2014 - 01:20PM JST
Considering that hundreds of thousands of American citizens were imprisoned for years by Executive Order 9066, without trial or sufficient cause, of course there is going to be some resentment of politicians declaring open-ended quarantines (21 days is the standard quarantine until Christie and Cuomo say so?).
I wouldn't be surprised if the quarantines get dialed down after the midterm elections. Chris Christie is the head of the Republican Governors Association, so a lot of the responsibility for GOP success in this election is riding on him. Gov. Andrew Cuomo does not want to be overshadowed by a NYC mayor like Pataki was by Giuliani dealing with 9/11. But these governors would be wise to study the story of former Republican governor of Colorado, Ralph Carr, who sacrificed his political career by taking a principled approach to opposing the hysteria over Japanese-American interment.
Posted in: White House questions new Ebola rules; nurse plans to sue
TorafusuTorasanOct. 26, 2014 - 10:42PM JST
@kitzrow, it will be hard to keep a lid on it when you have dozens of medical workers assigned to one patient. Someone is bound to alert the media.
The main quarantine facility is in Yokohama according to NHK.
Posted in: Poor health systems in Asia cause for Ebola alarm
TorafusuTorasanOct. 26, 2014 - 10:31PM JST
According to Robert Whiting, the Colonel was the closest lookalike to Randy Bass that the fans could find to toss into the Dotonbori in the 1985 Japan Series celebrations. Good to see some fans keeping the dive alive this year as well.
If both the Tigers and Royals pull it off, it will mirror the MLB and NPB championship results from 29 years ago. That and the two recent eclipses make me think the planets are aligned.
Posted in: Japanese baseball result
TorafusuTorasanOct. 24, 2014 - 01:28PM JST
While we're at it, why don't we finally address the deleterious effects of mental illness and homelessness on well to do Canadians. Mom has a high flying job for a national government agency and she has only met her son once in the last five years to get a reading on his mental health? That seems to be as much a factor in this case as the Islam angle.
Posted in: Canada shooter planned to go to Syria: police
TorafusuTorasanOct. 24, 2014 - 11:00AM JST
Wow, two stories on this case in a row where the second comment blames Obama. The shooter's mother holds a high level ministry position in the Canadian government.
TorafusuTorasanOct. 21, 2014 - 05:02PM JST
Those statistics should weigh the ease of access to citizenship, after which people are no longer counted as foreign nationals.
Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match
TorafusuTorasanOct. 21, 2014 - 04:33PM JST
Comparing the physique of these two fighters, I'd say the trim mayor could outrun the bulging gut endowed ultranationalist if it came to blows, er, slaps.
TorafusuTorasanOct. 20, 2014 - 06:15PM JST
@kyushubill, that must be a different story. This article explicitly states the places involved: Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Pref., and Shirahama, Wakayama Pref. The writer bends over backwards to provide helpful hints like "south of Osaka."
In contrast to Okinawa, military-related protests are extremely rare in the sleepy beach resort town Shirahama. The biggest draw in the off season is the baby pandas at Adventure World, so to get 500 protesters together in that kind of out-of-the-way place is actually a big deal. Almost all local Kansai and Kii folks would be my guess.
Posted in: 2 U.S. Osprey aircraft take part in tsunami drill amid protests
TorafusuTorasanOct. 20, 2014 - 04:14PM JST
Abe: "Just finished watching The Social Network."
Zuck: "Oh yeah, I've never watched it myself."
Abe: "You should see the scene where the idea for Facebook was sparked by the lame parties put on by the Jewish fraternity. Only nerdy Asian girls at those parties. It was a knee-slapper."
Zuck: "Hey, hand me your translator's Google glasses so I can watch it."
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TorafusuTorasanOct. 20, 2014 - 04:04PM JST
@SamuraiBlue, sorry, should have said "local Asahi Shimbun office in Wakayama." Note the operative word: "local"
Interesting that Yomiuri's local branch office also overlooks the same park in Wakayamashi, but the SDF don't seem to park their jeeps directly in front of the Yomiuri office. Makes you wonder which newspaper is more at odds with the LDP, hmmm?
TorafusuTorasanOct. 20, 2014 - 02:34PM JST
"Would love for some common sense to start taking hold on these isles"
Well, there was some common sense staging the exercise in Shirahama during the off-season. Can you imagine the crowds on "Shi-lala-hama" fleeing a Russian-style beach landing like the one attempted in the run up to Sochi Olympics!
Maybe what titaniumdiOxide meant is that the Osprey doesn't look Gundam enough to satisfy the average otaku.
When I saw the placement of Japan's military personnel directly across the street from the local Asahi Shimbun headquarters yesterday on Keyakidori in Wakayama, it sure didn't seem "common sense." Intimidation of journalists might already be happening with the new state secrets law clamping down on the media by the end of this year.
TorafusuTorasanOct. 20, 2014 - 01:48PM JST
I see a lot of knee-jerk responses to the protesters such as Ted2014 calling them "stupid" and SamuraiBlue calling them "similar to hippies."
But thanks to the local protesters decades ago during the nuke plant construction bubble, the Kii Hanto was kept free of nuclear power plants. In hindsight, that was downright visionary--the opposite of stupid--and local protest leaders from Wakayama Pref. were publicly praised after the Fukushima meltdown three years ago.
The current protesters are probably suspicious that Osprey maneuvers are just part of a larger military push by the Abe government. The same day the Osprey flew into Wakayama, for example, the SDF had a public display of some of their vehicles and personnel at Wakayama Castle Park. Were these two things just a coincidence or a ploy by Wakayama's government to set the stage for upcoming base relocations to the mainland?
TorafusuTorasanOct. 18, 2014 - 11:09AM JST
"Those people [Texas Presbyterian medical staff] are already contained" says BFF, in italics.
If that is true, please explain how they keep turning up on vacation cruise ships, flights to and from the Midwest, and more places we don't know about yet.
It is going to take some amazing contortions of logic to explain why Mali should be locked down at the same time that anyone in Dallas is allowed out of city limits. If Rick Perry's border guards aren't busy, he could order them to form a big ring around the city to enforce the quarantine--a simple task compared to sealing off the vast Texas border.
Posted in: World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost
TorafusuTorasanOct. 16, 2014 - 05:16PM JST
By Mali, I'm certain he means one of the following:
a. Senegal (1 case, no fatalities)
b. Spain (1 case, no fatalities)
c. Nigeria (20 cases, 8 fatalities)
d. Guinea-Sierra Leone-Liberia (8000+ cases, 4000+ fatalities)
e. One of the 190+ countries in the world not currently afflicted by ebola but all the same just begging for martial law airport closures 'cause they got funny-sounding names.
(Source: WHO/Yahoo News)
Posted in: Obama: Ebola monitoring must be 'more aggressive'
TorafusuTorasanOct. 16, 2014 - 01:14PM JST
"Just shut down the borders out of Africa"
a. To annoy all the expats and missionaries in Africa who don't live in ebola hotspots.
b. To cripple the economies of Africa's most successful countries and put the blade runner Pistorious in his place.
c. To satisfy right wingers for whom the word "border" is a secret code word for Canadian fishing trips.
d. To mess with airlines for not allowing the Knee Defender product.
Matthew Adam Arnold
Nov. 01, 2014 - 10:06AM JST
TBS's site had a short video of the deceased boar. The markings and fur certainly make…
Posted in: 6 people bitten by wild boar in Tokyo
Nov. 01, 2014 - 10:05AM JST
He should have got double that! He will be out and no doubt recycling his twisted…
Posted in: Man gets 7 years in prison for kidnapping, confining 9-year-old girl
"No memory" , lol. The typical Japanese forgiveness for drunken behaviour in play
Posted in: ASDF member arrested for pushing man onto train tracks
Nov. 01, 2014 - 10:03AM JST
The companies will find a way to agree on ways around becoming more competitive. You may…
Posted in: Japan's wireless carriers told to unlock phones from next May
Nov. 01, 2014 - 09:59AM JST
Stark reminder that space tourism is still, unfortunately, rocket science.
Posted in: Spacecraft for tourists explodes on test flight in Calif