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badmigraineDec. 20, 2014 - 03:37PM JST
There's a superficial racism in pieces like this in which Japanese athletes who do well are praised as "samurai" and warriors. What if we saw pieces in this style ascribing tired old racial or cultural stereotypes to athletes from, for example, Kenya, or Israel, or Saudi Arabia?
Posted in: Warrior spirit leads Nishikori to new heights
badmigraineMay. 01, 2014 - 01:18PM JST
I didn't think "fat" but I was stunned to see the ridiculous shape of it. It looks like a giant hedgehog.
Posted in: Japanese fans say new American Godzilla is too fat
badmigraineApr. 26, 2014 - 08:46PM JST
How good or bad it is for this or that part of your body is irrelevant. If you get drawn down that path, you've already given up the high ground and are just talking about what kind of stick you agree to be beaten with. Same story with the foolish "medical marijuana" approach. The real point is, why and how are you regulating what I choose to put into my own body? It is not done to help me or society--the tragic and astronomical costs of the war on drugs have been shown again and again. I could drink bleach or smoke ground PET bottle caps, and the police would not smash down my door and waste vast amounts of public funds processing, trying and jailing me. There are so many vested interests, people and entities with a huge stake in keeping a few recreational drugs illegal, that it will never change much. As a famous man once said, "Thanks for a country in which no one is allowed to mind their own business."
Posted in: Marijuana may cause heart problems in young adults
badmigraineOct. 17, 2013 - 04:39PM JST
Oh, right, that's it! Not a point card.
Posted in: Electronics chain K’s Denki credits success to 'not working so hard'
badmigraineOct. 17, 2013 - 10:22AM JST
Strange, our local K's Denki has a point card and we use it all the time. I wonder if any other "facts" in this article are as flexible.
badmigraineOct. 11, 2013 - 09:27AM JST
Let me guess...as per govt. recommendation and Docomo past practice, Docomo will unlock all the smartphones as normal for their usual 3000 yen fee...EXCEPT, they refuse to unlock iPhones. Of course.
Posted in: NTT DOCOMO unveils 16 new mobile devices
badmigraineOct. 10, 2013 - 12:18PM JST
Actually, the service she provides sounds much more pleasant than what I have to go through here in the office every day.
Posted in: Dominatrix arrested for practicing medicine without a license
badmigraineOct. 09, 2013 - 10:46AM JST
Sometimes, the hypocrisy, stupidity and blindness of law and its enforcement apparatus just beggar belief.
Posted in: Elderly man busted for arranging sex for senior citizens
badmigraineOct. 06, 2013 - 08:46AM JST
The TPP is a terrible, secretive deal rushed through under the radar that favors special interests and is deeply un-democratic. It threatens free speech, privacy and online innovation, and exports the requirement that all signatory countries now repeat the last 12 years of DCMA mistakes that the US has actually lived. Read all about it here:
Posted in: U.S. pushes Pacific trade agenda despite shutdown
badmigraineOct. 04, 2013 - 01:28PM JST
Actually, I read that printer ink is the costliest item on the planet, way more than nuclear power. If you price it out by ounce, nothing beats it.
A close second is cellphone data. My Softbank bill shows I incur about 720,000 yen in fees every month, but--thanks to their kindness in bearing the huge loss themselves--I only pay 5500 yen per my data plan. Clearly Softbank is losing more than the entire Japanese GNP every year by generously providing people with data plans, and bearing 98% of the massive costs itself--which far outweigh the costs of nuclear power.
Posted in: Nothing is costlier than nuclear power. The consequence of a nuclear accident is enormous, and it takes 40 to 50 years to decommission a nuclear reactor.
badmigraineOct. 03, 2013 - 08:05AM JST
The politician side
Posted in: Which side do you think is most to blame for the U.S. government shutdown?
badmigraineOct. 01, 2013 - 08:23AM JST
Maybe better not to publicize this kind of incident, it only gives other idiots ideas.
Posted in: Plastic cords stretched across all 4 roads at Ibaraki intersection
badmigraineSep. 30, 2013 - 08:36AM JST
This would be like asking the head of GM to do more to promote walking and bicycle commuting. And an elected official has almost no potential to revise a national business culture. Even if one could, Abe and the culture that spawned him represent the self-same status quo he'd "need to do more" to change here.
Posted in: Women account for only a small 7% of senior positions in management in Japan. Prime Minister Abe needs to do more to change the business culture that tends to bar women from playing an active role.
badmigraineSep. 28, 2013 - 09:43PM JST
I think that's the right explanation, but then the next question is, who are all these people dull enough to need this ridiculous artifice--a pre-announced raid--and/or, who are the people dull enough to think they have to put on this farce because people are dull enough to need it?
Posted in: Police to raid Novartis over alleged data fabrication
badmigraineSep. 21, 2013 - 07:42AM JST
Mike, wow, I'm a Michigander and I didn't know that!
Posted in: Bringing HoneyBaked Ham to Japan
badmigraineSep. 20, 2013 - 05:08PM JST
Just plain old looting, the bare face of corruption and corporate socialism. It's not even thinly disguised. Back to the good old days of everything rigged, corrupt and for sale in Japan! The US is not far behind at all.
Posted in: Gov't plans to offer more than Y1.4 tril in corporate tax cuts
badmigraineSep. 20, 2013 - 01:53PM JST
Amazing that in a so-called democracy, we still have these feudal family dynasties like the Bushes and Kennedies. It's galling enough to see it in Hollywood, with all the nepotism and cronyism, but to see these entitled fools use money and connections to walk into positions of massive power, control and responsibility for sale, makes me sick. What experience and qualifications does this clown lady have to hold one of the most-coveted and important ambassadorships the US has? The extent of the selloffs by US politicians and blatant, pay-to-play corruption...it's mind-boggling.
Posted in: Caroline Kennedy says she is humbled to carry father's legacy
badmigraineSep. 17, 2013 - 11:40AM JST
When I lived in the US for 2 years with my Japanese wife, she went crazy over the honey-baked hams we got for holiday meals. She also loved roast turkey with yams, mashed patooties and stuffing. And the leftovers kept paying off for a week as sandwiches, soups, etc. I'm getting hungry just reading this thread! Not sure how the Costco one measures up, I'll give that a try for sure. But there are levels of yummy to honey-baked hams and I know from personal experience that the HoneyBaked Ham ones are hard to beat. Back home we always got that one on purpose, after trying others. It really is fantastically good.
badmigraineSep. 16, 2013 - 11:02AM JST
Posted in: Abe's Fukushima under control remark backfires at home
So TEPCO's hand-chosed consultant, a nuclear village insider, who is paid directly by TEPCO, and probably vetted in advance by government players, says the things that TEPCO/J govt. want to hear...it's a "tiny detail", a tiny bit of runoff.
You wonder why they need a consultant at all for such a tiny, insignificant droplet of very slightly radioactive water.
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