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    Farmboy

    If he gets in, how about starting an organization to remove the USA from his authority, and calling it TREXIT.

    Posted in: Trump calls Clinton 'corrupt' and 'a liar'

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    Yubaru

    If the rate of crime of base personnel is only 50% of the rate of the general population, it is still increasing the total crime by 50%.

    And it's pure ignorance to think that there ever will be zero. You along with others seem to think that the US military are or should be angels, that is unrealistic and ignorant.

    Shit happens, and remember I didnt call you ignorant, reading comprehension helps.

    Posted in: Worker at U.S. base on Okinawa arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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    chikv

    @albaleo

    Is it the method of delivery (spray versus shot) or the contents of the vaccine?

    Well, that is precisely the issue, they choose to include an extra strain since the delivery method was apparently better than the usual shot, so when things did not go as expected the people responsible have now an extra possible reason why.

    For influenza is most likely a combination of factors, this year strains may not be so easily recognized by the immune system, they don't go so well with this delivery methods, the mixing of strains is not adequate (maybe because one of the four dominates the response and leave the body without defenses against the other three for example) etc. Unfortunately its much more difficult to find the reason why this is not working as expected the more the factors you have to consider. AstraZeneca took a risk and now will have to deal with this extra difficulty.

    Posted in: Flu spray fails again; panel urges shot instead

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    Jason Santana

    Look at the foreigners in Okinawa as a whole they have committed a lot more crimes than the so called American did

    Posted in: Worker at U.S. base on Okinawa arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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    kcjapan

    "I have a gut feeling this is some sort of larger plan to give the US and Britian a free hand in starting a war without needing or asking for the approval of the EU" - comments

    Add in the elimination of NATO and global chaos ensues. Brilliant.

    Posted in: EU members to hold crisis meeting after Brexit shock

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    kcjapan

    The result on Thursday saw 52% of voters, 17,410,742 people, back a British exit, on a turnout of 72%.

    9,053,585.84 exit EU

    8,357,156.16 stay EU

    696,429.68 votes to exit over votes to stay.

    Posted in: More than 2.5 million and rising sign UK petition for new EU referendum

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    kcjapan

    "You have no idea what you're talking about. Watch some of his speeches, and stop relying on the corporate MSM for you're opinions, because his words totally contradicts your opinion." - comments

    Strange, with Donald J. Trump saying so many interesting things about everything that isn't his concern, who can provide any quote of Mr. Trump's genius?

    The tactic that Trump is a brilliant loser no one listens to is pure comedy.

    Have one of these assumed brilliant ideas ever been heard by anyone except the Trump-aholic?

    Why not simply offer a Trump genius quote with attribution.

    Hearing how smart Trump is, is like listening to Trump tell an audience how smart he is.

    Provide a quote, provide an attribution and what is so great about it?

    Not too much to ask of the true believer so concerned with how Trump can save America with a little racism and prejudice as a kicker.

    Somehow the down trodden, Trump is trying so valiantly to con, haven't a list of Trump's great ideas handy?

    Posted in: Behind the support for Brexit and Trump: Economic resentment

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    Lisa Daxer

    It makes me angry that she is considered not to be worth living because she has an illness. He killed her. She deserved good care, not murder. He should have taken her to a hospital and said that he cannot care for her anymore. It must have been horrible for her to realize that her own husband that she loved was killing her.

    Posted in: 87-year-old man arrested for killing bedridden wife

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    ThePBot

    My view is the 55 number is still too high, but for each military DUI, there were 105 involving local Okinawa citizens. This is not a criticism aimed at them, but one directed at the media and politicians who exaggerate and skew the issue to fit their own personal agendas.

    Cool. I wonder what the crime per capita is between locals and US servicemen when it comes to more violent crimes like rape and murder?

    Posted in: Worker at U.S. base on Okinawa arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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    M3M3M3

    @itsonlyrocknroll

    Will the UK actually leave? ......The referendum was close, that 48.1% leads me to think otherwise.

    I guess anything is possible, but which of the power players do you think has a clear incentive to stop Brexit? By my count, none of them. The European Union really can't afford more accusations that it overturns democratic referendums. It would be absolutely toxic and could spell trouble in other eurosceptic member states. I think many in the EU will want to see Brexit run its course, even if only for a few years. Backtracking on Brexit would also be fatal for a furture PM Boris Johnson and would inevitably lead to huge defections to UKIP. An economic disaster caused by Brexit would be a great opportunity for Labour to get back into power. The average man on the street with a mortgage and a pension has an incentive to see the UK remain, but odds are he voted for Brexit. This is why I'm not optimistic.

    Posted in: More than 2.5 million and rising sign UK petition for new EU referendum

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    redfender

    Maybe all these posts are irrelevant!

    Posted in: Worker at U.S. base on Okinawa arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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    ebisen

    Just leave already, ffs sake!!! where's the flush?

    Posted in: More than 2.5 million and rising sign UK petition for new EU referendum

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    Dom Palmer

    Even the effectiveness of the flu shot or vaccine varies from year to year therefore in the end the more people who get the vaccine, the better herd immunity is and the more effective it can be.

    The flu vaccine has another issue about effectiveness that is touched on in the article. Making the flu vaccine takes a LONG time, so production of a given years vaccine starts months before flu season starts. That means exactly which strains of flu are going to predominate during a given year isn't know when production starts. An educated guess has to be made and if that guess is wrong then the vaccine will be much less effective.

    Posted in: Flu spray fails again; panel urges shot instead

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    dibbellcc

    I spent almost half my life on Okinawa. As active duty (Navy), DOD civilian, and as a registered alien. I experienced 7-30 day, when we switched from driving on the right side to the left side of the road, endured not being able to catch a cab during the spate of taxi driver stabbings, restricted Liberty after the child rape, yes it applied to civilians too. No matter where you live on the island, even way out in Haebaru, a taxi will come down the road, paved or not, never waiting more than a few minutes. There is no excuse for driving under the influence. Besides, with the exception of base clubs, there are few places to park a POV near favorite drinking places (probably changed in the 11 years I have been back). The more effective way to deal with offenders is to hammer them. HARD, publicly and swiftly, not group punishment

    Posted in: Worker at U.S. base on Okinawa arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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    YuriOtani

    Let the Russians keep the islands and no peace treaty. No problem! I do not see why Japan should give Russia a peace treaty with nothing in return.

    Posted in: Japan, Russia hold talks on elusive WWII peace treaty

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    danalawton1@yahoo.com

    @redfender..... before you go too crazy trying to "VET" the world, find out how many of the incidents were 1st time offenders. How do you VET a 1st time offender. You mentioned a homeless guy that burned a shrine or something.... suppose he did start a fire in a dumpster 10 years ago.... its on his record.... how the heck do you keep track of homeless people to keep an arsonist away from wood or something burnable? Vetting people is not a viable solution. Close the basses and have the Americans go home is the only way to solve the problem. I jumped around but you might get my point.

    Posted in: Worker at U.S. base on Okinawa arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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    Farmboy

    Robot trolls could put a lot of people out of work.

    Posted in: AI and journalism

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    domtoidi

    BertieWooster is absolutely correct. How dare Yubaru call BertieWooster ignorant?

    This is yet another example of uneven moderation. This post will get deleted for being truthful and logical, but Yubaru insults other posters without any consequences. I can't even post, "I like kittens," without being deleted.

    The crimes commited by US military, dependents and foreign civilians are incremental crimes that would not occur if the bases were not in Okinawa.

    If the rate of crime of base personnel is only 50% of the rate of the general population, it is still increasing the total crime by 50%.

    How can an adult not understand that?

    Posted in: Worker at U.S. base on Okinawa arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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    itsonlyrocknroll

    Hi M3, Will the UK actually leave? ......The referendum was close, that 48.1% leads me to think otherwise. Could be after a period of refection, taking into account global markets are instinctively wary of the indeterminate, sterling fx on Monday might be a pointer.

    Hi wtfjapan Polls are forecasting close to the 60% target that Nicola Sturgeon has set. I an inclined to go with a blocking strategy in the Westminster Parliament though as apposed to a outright push for independence.

    Posted in: More than 2.5 million and rising sign UK petition for new EU referendum

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    shallots

    @sensei258 There are lots of cases in Japan that get soft peddled: Usually white collar crime committed by people with friends in high places or who relate to the judges. Now here's a case that probably deserves some mitigation. This is just a horror story. I cannot begin to know the darkness surrounding these lives. I don't know. I mean, these forums are the very definition of quick, ill-considered, off-the-cuff judging. Still, I wouldn't be so quick to judge here. These people seem ill and beyond desperate to me.

    Posted in: Woman jailed for 4 years for murder, assisted suicide of parents

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    FizzBit

    The fact is that illegal immigrants in the USA are there because they are doing work that no Americans wants to do.

    Wrong again. Legal immigrants working in the US get Green cards. This gives them every right a citizen has, except to vote. Companies that hire them pay taxes and so do the holders, but they have rights, and can also collect Social Security after 10 years of work. Illegal immigrants are paid in cash, no taxes, but still get a lot of free medical benefits, this is a needless drain on our economy. And with all the ETB card free money, I'm not surprised the farmers can't find any workers.

    What part of that sentence confuses you about his party identity.

    You have no idea what you're talking about. Watch some of his speeches, and stop relying on the corporate MSM for you're opinions, because his words totally contradicts your opinion. You do know the meaning of the "establishment" right?

    Posted in: Behind the support for Brexit and Trump: Economic resentment

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    shallots

    Government by referenda is a bad idea. Representative government is smarter in the long run. Cameron is a bonehead. You cannot make such a huge decision based on a few percentage points in the heat of the moment. Big questions like these are what political careers are for. They should be one or lost based on more sustained representation.

    Posted in: More than 2.5 million and rising sign UK petition for new EU referendum

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    Attilathehungry

    Who let Joe out of is cage?!? Someone must have slipped up.

    Posted in: Japan could go nuclear 'virtually overnight,' Biden tells Xi

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    Attilathehungry

    Prosecutors not acting as officers of the court is a huge problem. They should have a duty to introduce ALL evidence, not just that which is good for their case. The importance isn't winning, it is truth.

    Also, the lack of privacy and confidentiality between lawyers and defendants is horrible. Combined with lack of access to counsel, this can easily make any accused lose hope in a fair trial and confess just to get it over with.

    Posted in: I discovered that there are deep-rooted problems in criminal justice cases. Defendants are forced to make confessions apparently because they want to escape the relentless questioning by police who keep saying to them 'You did it.' Prosecutors are allowed to avoid submitting evidence advantageous to defendants.

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    shallots

    This article seems like it was written by an automaton.

    Posted in: AI and journalism

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    shallots

    I think the message is the one that get's Japan into its continual messes: "everybody look like you're doing something!" However, you cannot make Japanese young people look like they're interested in politics. Not unless you pay them to look that way.

    Posted in: All parties encourage online campaigns to reach teens

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    wtfjapan

    How do you personally see the process of independence evolving? opinion polls just today show the majority of Scots would support an independence vote up from the 45% in 2014 referendum.

    Posted in: More than 2.5 million and rising sign UK petition for new EU referendum

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    Attilathehungry

    Congrats to the UK for registering their independence.

    Remember back when the EU was called the EEC, it was a simple economic partnership, based on trade and business. It has since mutated into a multiheaded monster which demands social conformity and is bent on eliminating the unique culture of its members. The Brits don't want to be European. They want to do business, but also maintain their identity.

    As for the argument about illegal immigration being good for an economy, that is nonsense. It drives down wages, and also hurts the lower classes of the host country. Illegals compete for jobs and win because they are willing to accept substandard wages. Remove them, and the subsequent tightening of the labour market would create opportunities for legal residents. It may force businesses to offer higher wages for crap jobs, but there is nothing wrong with that.

    Posted in: Behind the support for Brexit and Trump: Economic resentment

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    shallots

    hmm...I use Viber...just bought by Rakuten. One of these...Line or What's App kept annoying me with age verifications all the time. These chat apps seem to rise and fall...I don't see how they are reliable investments since they don't create anything new besides incidental content. But I know nothing about tech so maybe keep the explanations coming folks! Seems like something new will come along and these will be replaced within a decade. No?

    Posted in: Line, the year's biggest tech IPO, struggles to show its growth plan can work

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    kabukideath

    From everything I've read, there was no single straw that broke the camels back. Some voted because of migrants, some voted because of economics, and some voted simply because they don't like the EU

    Some voted out of respect for the Queen, while others simply don't like to be told what to do.

    "The Queen of England reportedly asked dinner guests earlier this week to give her three good reasons the U.K. should remain in the EU. “I still think lots of people listen to what she says,” said Carol Wyce, turning to her daughter. “Her saying that is going to sway a lot of England, isn’t it?”

    "Barack Obama’s April visit to the U.K. was “really, really bad for the Remain side around here,” said Richard Everett, a local government official for the UKIP. Mr. Obama, who warned Britons against voting against EU membership, “was our trump card,” said Mr. Everett, 57, who is a self-employed handyman. “The British don’t like being told what to do. Never have, never will.”

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/town-at-the-heart-of-u-k-euroskepticism-celebrates-brexit-result-1466855589

    Posted in: Behind the support for Brexit and Trump: Economic resentment

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    ThePBot

    Believe me, if this Brexit turned out to be worse for the UK (most likely if guys like Farange leads the country), then the ones who voted to leave are going to blame the rest of Europe for something like "They're shunning us......that's why" or some other bogus thing like. If they don't learn and take responsibilities, then they'll never fix the REAL problem.

    Posted in: Behind the support for Brexit and Trump: Economic resentment

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    FizzBit

    I understand Nova the risks of eating like this, but couldn't you say this has more to do with DNA than anything else?

    Posted in: Smoking your own ribs as easy as grilling them

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    dmacleod

    Yes, he's biased BS too"

    According to who? Clinton New Network?

    No, according to the fact that you are trying to pass off a comedian's opinion as a fact. Opinions are not facts. Learn the difference.

    Oh, but Clinton News Network IS a credible source for factual information, right? Haha

    Really? Did I say that? There is no such thing as the "Clinton New Network." You made this up--like so much of the other nonsense that you post here.

    Posted in: Sanders says he'll vote for Clinton, but no endorsement yet

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    ThePBot

    If these incidents keep happening, I'm going to start to believe they're trying to rub it in the faces of the locals.

    Posted in: Worker at U.S. base on Okinawa arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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    inkjet

    87 and still believes politicians. I guess he will never learn.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivor hugged by Obama trusts promise will be kept

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    mukashiyokatta

    The flu shot is just a piece of Big Pharma product -- do not fall for the propaganda.

    Posted in: Flu spray fails again; panel urges shot instead

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    Jason Santana

    DaDude that is so hypocritical! Why don't these people look at themselves before correcting anyone else. For example if I were a job interviewer and my suit is all messed up how can I keep other people to the same standard? The same here how can Okinawa criticize Americans or let's just say foreigners in general when they are all messed up themselves? Honestly we're not even the worst offenders if you want to talk about foreigners. Think about the amount of foreigners from Korean and China that have done way worst things more often and you never hear about them.

    Posted in: Worker at U.S. base on Okinawa arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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    Serrano

    "Yes, he's biased BS too"

    According to who? Clinton New Network?

    "Youtube (where anyone can post anything that they want) is not a credible source for factual information."

    Oh, but Clinton News Network IS a credible source for factual information, right? Haha

    Posted in: Sanders says he'll vote for Clinton, but no endorsement yet

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    DaDude

    Apology on TV in 4....3...2....1

    Posted in: Ex-actor Takachi arrested for drug possession

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    DaDude

    Actually Ghibli products cost an arm and a leg to begin with so this is not exactly a surprise.

    Posted in: Studio Ghibli producer apologizes while announcing price reduction for art exhibit

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    M3M3M3

    @itsonlyrocknroll

    How do you personally see the process of independence evolving?

    How about this scenario: the UK does finally manage to negotiate an exit agreement with the EU. The UK agreement doesn't include full single market access or freedom of movement, but it's written in a very flexible way that allows the UK to take up these options within 5 years. The last provision then says that the same terms will be automatically extended to any part of the UK that breaks away in the next 5 years. It would put an independent Scotland outside of the EU initially, but with an instant trade deal. How's that for wild speculation?

    Full EU membership would certainly require Scotland to gets its budget under control. A few substantial cuts might not be that hard to sell depending on what the Tories are getting up to south of the border. I think the Euro will not be as scary as it was in the last referendum if the pound stays at historic lows.

    I also think Spain is a complete non-issue this time around. The danger for Spain has always been creating a precedent of quick EU access for break away regions. This time, it's the exact opposite. The precedent being created is that your country might break into pieces if you decide to leave the EU. It actually creates a clear distinction between the situation in Scotland and in Catalonia. I think Spain would probably welcome this.

    Posted in: More than 2.5 million and rising sign UK petition for new EU referendum

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    DaDude

    It seems like whenever this happens, all of the comments are exactly the same. Bertie criticizes the U.S., Yubaru comes in soon after to defend, Bertie disappears, someone says it isn't fair that U.S. base workers are treated like this while Okinawans statistically commits more crimes than Americans in Okinawa, Strangerland calls Americans guests and Okinawans have more rights to do what they want.

    Posted in: Worker at U.S. base on Okinawa arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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    redfender

    Make it Relevant! Vet everbody! VET them all!

    Posted in: Worker at U.S. base on Okinawa arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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    Jason Santana

    There's always doing to be those who just cannot follow the rules but it's probably because they have gotten away with it for so long that they start ignoring those rules. However in saying this local incidents when compared to the ones that happen on and off base from Americans is huge. There have been numerous stories on this site of various things happening that are much larger than this story. Unfortunately if and when we were to leave Okinawa just take a look at whose across the pond both to the north and the West. Who do you think will be worst those who try to follow or the majority of those who don't care about the rules at all?

    Posted in: Worker at U.S. base on Okinawa arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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    u_s__reamer

    For once in their lives the economically disenfranchised were able to taste the sweet smell of power having been allowed a counterfeit vote to put a make-believe end to their years of pain and suffering while wallowing in nostalgia for a mythical ye olde England before the arrival of the immigrant hordes. They were made to believe by the right-wing gutter press that their hurt could be avenged by pulling the plug on the educated and moneyed elites who had looked down on them and mocked them from the stinking dunghill of class privilege. Their exhilaration as they stuck it to their "betters" was palpable, but the back-to-the-future Brexit vote has apparently left some with a bad taste in the mouth, a big "Bregret", the political equivalent of post-coital tristesse. Like Samson they have brought down the "Faulty Towers" of the UK's crumbling social contract onto the heads of the whole rotten political establishment who are running around like Chicken Little in a panic. But as the French are wont to say, "plus ca change", and so I have always believed that the ruling classes will soon recover their senses and end the charade of this referendum by smoothing the ruffled feathers of their EU chums and returning to business as usual. The question remains, though: have they let the genie out of the bottle? Can the duped electorate be "rebottled", or is the path open to an unprecedented upheaval of the social order?

    Posted in: Behind the support for Brexit and Trump: Economic resentment

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    mukashiyokatta

    This shows just how EMPTY and MEANINGLESS the statements by the US military, Caroline Kennedy, and others are in response to these incidents. This is what Americans are -- they are going to keep offending NO MATTER WHAT.

    Posted in: Worker at U.S. base on Okinawa arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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    Lizz

    Like San Francisco? Or New York? Or LA?

    I don't know about San Francisco but New York and Los Angeles have had Republican mayors in the last 10 to 15 years.

    Posted in: Behind the support for Brexit and Trump: Economic resentment

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    lostrune2

    If they were outside the compromised system, then they have a good chance

    Posted in: 67 Russians apply for exemptions to ban from Rio Olympics

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