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    commanteer

    Really amazing advancements in this area.

    Posted in: Scientists develop robotic hand for people with quadriplegia

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    commanteer

    Trump is brilliantly using Twitter to circumvent the corporate media. This is why the author, and others in the media, are threatened by this behavior. Trump speaks directly to the people, and makes the corporate media obsolete. And makes China nervous, which is what one should do before negotiating with them.

    Posted in: Trump's brave new world of Twitter diplomacy

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    commanteer

    I'm sorry if this disappoints your narrative.

    That supports my narrative. Obama is the straight man, until he morphs into the incredible Hulk. Parodies aren't usually designed to flatter their subjects. The fact is, the mainstream comedians wouldn't touch Obama. Instead of being social critics, they were in awe of the man.

    Posted in: Trump on the attack against 'SNL' again

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    “There are certain things that come with the presidency — the football with the (nuclear) codes, Air Force One and being parodied on ‘Saturday Night Live,’”

    I must have missed all the Obama parodies on SNL. Any links?

    Posted in: Trump on the attack against 'SNL' again

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    commanteer

    Well, the only thing good I can say about casinos is that they might run pachinko parlors out of business.

    Posted in: Japan's lower house passes long-awaited casino bill

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    commanteer

    7 people were taken from the hospital to hospitals?

    This particular hospital is not equipped for these sorts of medical emergencies.

    Posted in: Taxi rams into Fukuoka hospital; 3 dead, 7 injured

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    commanteer

    Where I live, in Southern California, there are 5 Casinos, and doing fine.

    Well, Southern Cal already had gangs, drugs, street prostitution, and crime. So the casinos wouldn't have had much of an impact. In a place like, Japan, though, they would likely bring more trouble than they are worth. The government gets more tax money to spread among their cronies. Everybody else has to deal with the fallout.

    Posted in: The government hopes to get a casino bill passed in the Diet this month. Do you think casinos should be legalized in Japan?

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    commanteer

    Looking at Google maps, the hotel lobby is perpendicular to the access road and partially obstructed by concrete pillars.

    You are looking at the wrong older entrance. There is a new building on the road behind the one you were looking at, with floor to ceiling glass around the lobby, and an access road that heads straight for the lobby before veering left. It would be quite easy to drive into that lobby.

    Posted in: Taxi rams into Fukuoka hospital; 3 dead, 7 injured

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    commanteer

    After all of Obama's early faux pas that were studiously ignored, suddenly the shoe is on the other foot.

    And quite possibly this was a brilliant move on Trump's part. If anyone else did this, China would assume it was calculated and have a fit. With bombastic Trump, they're not sure, but they are unsettled. A great way to humble China a bit without being in their face about it.

    Not sure why so many Democrats are so worried about appeasing China.

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

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    commanteer

    4M yen in regional Japan probably affords a family a reasonable if hardly extravagant lifestyle

    I don't see how. Places may be cheaper than Tokyo, but not that much cheaper. Schools, orthodontics for kids, car, it all adds up quite quickly. A single guy on 4M yen? Sure, that's doable. But with kids, it must be very stressful. And much, much worse for single parents. Even for that low salary, they can never be home to take care of their kids.

    Posted in: Hard work yields no rewards; Y4 million salary barrier is impenetrable

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    commanteer

    "I am confident a brighter, more peaceful future lies ahead.”

    And he wrote that after Trump got elected. Coming to his senses, I guess.

    Posted in: Hiroshima peace museum receives thank you letter from Obama

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    commanteer

    I like her as an actress, and I agree with her point of view. But I wish entertainers would just be entertaining for a change. I watch GOT to get away from the world's problems, not to give a public forum to the very well paid actors for expressing whatever opinion pops into their heads.

    Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' star Maisie Williams: Stop going to dolphin shows

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    commanteer

    It's a film and they are actors. Imagine if some rumour said one was gay?

    You are missing the point. The point is that the Chinese actresses in Sayuri spoke heavily accented Japanese and used Chinese mannerisms, which completely broke character for anyone familiar with Japan. Many leading men are gay, but it's not that difficult to act "not gay." I doubt Chinese actors will be convincing Japanese, except to audiences with no familiarity with Japan.

    So far as location, yes it matters. Kyushu is a lovely place, and since the story is set there, it would have been a great way for the world to learn about it. However, the setting won't spoil the movie - it's just a sad loss for Kyushu.

    Posted in: Pope chats with Scorsese, tells director he read 'Silence'

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    commanteer

    I hope they settle the island issue. Good relations with Russia could be very beneficial to Japan.

    Posted in: Japan's trade minister says deals with Russia to be 'win-win'

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    commanteer

    why these people can't protest for what really matters?

    Believe it or not, having your homeland taken from you by force actually matters to most people.

    Posted in: Anti-Russian protest

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    commanteer

    I know I still remember a couple bullies from school, and if the opportunity were right in front of me, I would probably couldn't resist taking some revenge even after all these years. This stuff stays with people.

    That said, it stayed with this guy to the point of being a mental illness. I hope he gets treatment rather than jail time.

    I also hope that the 4 "victims" own up to what they've done to contribute to this man's mental illness, and make proper apologies. That would probably help him quite a bit.

    Posted in: Man arrested for mailing more than 500 garbage items to former bullies

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    Too bad he filmed it in Taiwan. I am guessing it was financed by a Taiwanese. Makes more sense than the official explanation (that Taiwan is quieter and more rural than Japan - even Kyushu where this likely took place?).

    I hope he at least used Japanese actors. The Chinese pretending to be Japanese were really distracting from the story in Sayuri.

    Posted in: Pope chats with Scorsese, tells director he read 'Silence'

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    commanteer

    A major difference between the Clinton Foundation and Trump Enterprises is where the money ends up - ploughed back into charitable work or in Trump's pockets.

    Far less of a distinction there than you think, especially after seeing exactly where and to whom that "charitable" money goes.

    Posted in: Trump says he's leaving his businesses to avoid conflicts

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    commanteer

    If there was two hours of daylight savings time, there would be more sun for electric.

    Uh, no. Solar panels will get the same amount of sun no matter how we fuss with our clocks.

    Posted in: Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom

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    commanteer

    "Reciprocal causality" indeed. It has been a long time since I have seen so much verbosity express so little. The authors are all over the map with obscurely phrased triteness, and offer no specific proposals. No surprise they work in academia.

    What kind of conclusion is "Joint actions based on mutual interests but also accepting divergent interests will make better outcomes not just possible but likely." That's a whole lot. Reminds of college days, when I used language like that to turn a 3 page report into a required 20 page report.

    Posted in: Freedom and globalization simultaneously possible

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