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    nedinjapan - Maybe he called her home phone, and then her mobile when there was no answer? Seems more plausible than having people using police surveillance to track their sister.

    Posted in: Top court to rule on legality of warrantless GPS surveillance

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    not smart enough to have avoided falling off the edge of the platform in the first place

    if it's the same boy, it was mentioned on the radio news this morning that he had just had 'treatment' on a leg (injury?) and probably wasn't very steady on his pins.

    All the more reason to stay away from the edge, I suppose.

    Glad he wasn't hurt apart from the scatches.

    Posted in: 14-year-old boy falls onto tracks; uninjured as train passes over him

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    I would support a complete ban on smoking anywhere, make the production and sale of coffin nails a criminal act carrying a custodial sentence.

    Filthy stuff, tobacco.

    Posted in: Would you support a complete ban on smoking in public places in Japan?

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    how to manage overpopulation of the animals

    Birth control.

    We are bound by suburban rules in dealing with them, and violence is not how we deal with neighbors we don’t like.

    Posted in: The deer that inhabit tourist sites are not domestic animals or pets, and there are no laws specifying how people should interact with such ‘semi-wild’ animals.

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    If money were no object I would renovate our current house because I like living where we live. New kitchen, new bathroom, new dog-proof flooring, new wallpaper & furniture all through.

    I would buy out our neighbours on either side, knock down their houses and build a garden with a water feature and plenty of room for the dogs to run around.

    I would also buy and knock down the factory down the road some fool threw up twenty years ago, blocking our lovely view of Mt. Fuji, and replace it with a park/dog run.

    Posted in: If money were no object, would you buy an apartment, existing home, or have one built to order in Japan?

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    I cannot understand why people who claim to be "educated" would not know that Trump was referring to a documentary on Fox the previous night

    You equate 'educated' with being up to date with what airs on Fox?

    (1) Most of the world don't even get Fox on their tellies

    (2) It wasn't a documentary, it was an interview with some bloke whose claims have been deemed false or unsubstantiated by the Swedish authorities, criminologists and a wide range of news organizations and fact-checkers

    (3) Trump gave no indication that he was referencing Fox News so no one listening would have any reason to assume that was what he was talking about. He said 'You look at what's happening last night in Sweden'. He did not say 'You look at what was claimed about Sweden last night on Fox News'.

    Posted in: Trump comment about immigration 'problems' baffles Sweden

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    This makes me so angry.

    Monkeys have souls?

    The zoo authorities obviously don't.

    If the zoo's monkeys were breeding freely with wild (invasive) monkeys, presumably the wild monkeys were able to get into the zoo, whose borders were not secure: the zoo must take responsibility for not keeping its monkeys safe.

    If the aim is simply to stop the 'invasive' gene spreading, then as Reckless points out, they could have just neutered them. There is no excuse at all for killing animals just because they've become 'a problem'. As for protecting 'the indigenous environment' - the monkeys are (were) in a zoo; that's not indigenous.

    culling of them is allowed under the law

    Then the law is obviously an ass and a soulless fool.

    Posted in: Chiba zoo culls 57 monkeys carrying 'invasive' genes

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    Funny but I don't hear feminists rant about the social club for women only called "Curves" or any of the many other women only social clubs.

    When circuit training becomes an Olympic sport, I'm sure the people who run the little Curves places will have to decide whether to let men in, or not take part in the Olympics.

    Mind, I've yet to see a Curves big enough to host an Olympic event.

    Posted in: Admit women or lose Olympic golf, IOC tells club

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    I don't think Trump will be going to Scotland, he's not exactly popular there:

    I think he will. The problem is, even in Europe people as in the US that voted for Trump or really want a change to the far extreme right are gaining ground and tired of these globalist tree huggers, but many of them are silent. What happened with Brexit and the US is huge indicator that this domino affect is not going to stop

    You do realise that Scotland voted overwhelmingly (62%/38%) against Brexit, and that the Scottish Parliament recently voted 90/34 against triggering Article 50?

    As for a state visit for Trump - it's a ridiculous idea and May was a total dimblehead for issuing the invitation so soon into the presidency - there have only been two others, and they had to wait years for the honour. But now the invitation has been made, withdrawing it would be a further show of incompetency.

    Politicians do best when they don't do nothing.

    The Independent is reporting that any visit is likely to take place in August or September when the MPs are either on holiday or in their constituencies, so there will be no addressing of Parliament by Trump.

    Pity Her Majesty won't be able to use the excuse of being on holiday. Word is the Don is asking to play golf with her/on her private course in Scotland. And he wants tea in Buck House.

    All pomp, no substance.

    Posted in: Amid protests, UK lawmakers debate downgrading Trump visit

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    I would agree with choiwaru if Ms. Tsuruta were adding her comments to an actual translation and making it part of the message; she isn't. As Strangerland points out, she is merely giving her opinion and commenting on one aspect of her work. And like Strangerland, having been in a similar situation professionally many times, I can relate to what she says.

    Posted in: He is so overconfident and yet so logically unconvincing that my interpreter friends and I often joke that if we translated his words as they are, we would end up making ourselves sound stupid.

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    Her job is to translate the words as best she can.

    No, her job is to get across the message of the person she is translating for, as accurately as possible. If the words are meaningless gobbledegook it is impossible to translate them.

    their job is to just translate the content

    Now you're getting closer. As Ms Tsuruta says, if you translate the content of what Trump says as is, you end up with something that is meaningless. Rubbish in, rubbish out.

    I don't believe it is the role of the translator/interpreter to make such comments.

    It isn't. And that isn't what Ms. Tsuruta is saying.

    When you have utterances like So one thing that I felt it was very important to do — and I hope we can correct it. Because there’s nobody I have more respect for — well, maybe a little bit, but the reporters, good reporters. Or another one: I mean, I watch CNN, it’s so much anger and hatred, and just the hatred. I don’t watch it anymore because it’s not very good. ... I think it should be straight. I think it should be — I think it would be frankly more interesting. I know how good everybody’s ratings are right now, but I think that actually — I think that’d actually be better. I don’t watch it any more because it’s very good — he’s saying no. It’s OK, Jim. It’s OK, Jim, you’ll have your chance. But I watch others too. You’re not the only one so don’t feel badly. But I think it should be straight. I think it should be — I think it would be frankly more interesting - 'translating the words' will certainly make any translator sound like she doesn't know what she's doing. But as for translating the content - there isn't any.

    Posted in: He is so overconfident and yet so logically unconvincing that my interpreter friends and I often joke that if we translated his words as they are, we would end up making ourselves sound stupid.

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    What Strangerland said. Translation involves expressing the meaning of the original in the target language. When the original is cleverly written with puns, word-plays, etc., it can be extremely difficult if not impossible to incorporate all the linguistic threads and strings, but the main idea can still be gotten across.

    When the original is unclear as to meaning, ungrammatical, or sheer gibberish, there is no meaning to translate.

    An unprofessional translator will make a guess, send in the work and wait for payment. The professional translator will ask for clarification.

    Posted in: He is so overconfident and yet so logically unconvincing that my interpreter friends and I often joke that if we translated his words as they are, we would end up making ourselves sound stupid.

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    Isn't the whole point of going to a dentist to get the tooth fixed so that it doesn't need to be pulled?

    My local dentist has dental nurses (sounds a bit like the hygienists/therapists in the article) do the initial check, scaling, etc., while the qualified dentist does all the drilling/filling serious work, and the final check. Seems to work fine as a system.

    Tales of kids in America going to emergency rooms with abscessed teeth is shocking and shaming. A country as rich as the US, and you seriously cannot give your children proper preventive dental (and medical) care on the nation's dollar?? What a scandal.

    Posted in: Would you let someone who's not a dentist pull your teeth?

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    Vegetarians are welcome to swap in some tofu for the bacon.

    Yes of course we are, because tofu tastes just like bacon. Or maybe Sara just assumes people who don't eat meat really don't care what their food tastes like, we just need to get as much protein as possible and tofu is the only non-flesh alternative. We don't, and it isn't.

    Tofu is a good food in its own right, but it is not, never has been and never will be, a substitute for bacon.

    And I disagree with her claim that there's nothing sexy about cauliflower. Boiled or steamed, it’s bland at best. The word is subtle. I love cauliflower. I love its subtle taste. Maybe that gets lost if you have lumps of flesh pummelling your palate. It's great boiled, steamed, frittered, in curry, in gratin, roasted...even if it doesn't come in 5kg sizes. (The smaller ones are sweeter, anyway).

    I must admit I have never tried using cauli as a rice substitute. If I had a glut of caulis out of the allotment I might try this.

    Posted in: Cauliflower is a surprisingly versatile vegetable

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    Whether they happened before or after, the issue is, that its happened and if Trump exaggerated the time, date when the incident happen, point is, it is happening.

    Nothing happened in Sweden, before or after Trump's claiming it did. He's admitted that it didn't and that he was referring to something he had seen but not understood on Fox News.

    Can't trust da media, Don Boy.

    So we have a POTUS who not only gives more credence to a TV show than he does to his own state intelligence organisation .... but who doesn't even understand what that TV show is telling him.

    Posted in: Outside of Washington, Trump slips back into campaign mode

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    I'm sure it was some months ago now that I watched a report on TV about local businesses (bars, restaurants, shops) reacting to 'early Friday' by having special Friday Happy Hours, Friday afternoon sales, etc. People seemed to like it. Maybe it was some pilot scheme outside of Tokyo.

    Most people leaving early will simply see it as a way to get home earlier to relax at home or get some errands done.

    Would that be a bad thing?

    Posted in: Abe hopeful 'Premium Friday' will boost consumption

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    A couple of packs of mozzarella and a small pack of bog-standard cooking cheese (not gonna try looking for Monterey Jack) to feed a small army - not too bad.

    Ricotta (preferably fresh) is ridiculously easy to make and you don't even need any rennet or cultures. Just bring whole milk almost to a simmer (about 90-93 degrees C), turn off the heat, stir in some lemon juice or vinegar and let it curdle. Leave it to sit while the curds settle, remove the whey off the top (use it in baking) and strain the curds into cheesecloth. A couple of litres of milk (not UHT pasteurised) will make at least a couple of cups of ricotta.

    Good to see that the recipe tries to go metric - pity about the butter and shallots.

    Posted in: Cheesy white and green spinach lasagna nice for a cozy gathering

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    Political propaganda has no place in schools. Nationalistic claptrap in particular should be kept well away from little children.

    As for English education in Japan .... where to start?

    Many of the people teaching English don't speak the language themselves. This means they have no option but to stick exactly to the textbook (probably swatting up on it the night before) and teach to the test. And the test has little if anything to do with real English. In real life we don't talk in multiple choices, we don't converse by filling in the blanks or rearranging a given set of words into a grammatical sentence, or replacing a word or phrase with another that means nearly but not quite the same.

    Grammar is taught like chemical or mathematical formulae: practicing mechanically turning active voice sentences into passive voice, with no reference to or explanation of the difference in nuance and emphasis, is nothing but a waste of time that merely teaches kids that English Is Hard, Complicated and Indecipherable, and has nothing at all to do with everyday life.

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    Bloody hell, the thought of having 2 wives

    And two mothers-in-law!

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    At the height of the 11-year-old-in-the-baby-carriage incident someone posted: “Baby carriages are not for school kids!”

    I wonder, did anyone bother to check whether that particular 11-year-old was disabled, or suffering from some temporary injury?

    Do they really need to get on the train during the morning/evening rush hours though??

    If they're doing the 'working mother' thing and their employer has inflexible working hours, or allows flexibility only once a day, then yes they probably do need to get on the train during rush hour. I can't think of a single reason why anyone who didn't have to, would do. Especially with a kiddie tagging along.

    Posted in: Insults fly back and forth online over baby carriages




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