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    donkusai

    I find it "regrettable" that so many politicians these days seem unable to say any other word... Someone needs to invest in a thesaurus.

    Posted in: Abe calls Russian missile deployment on disputed isles 'regrettable'

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    donkusai

    Was listening to the radio. Their meteorologist was saying that cold air, normally trapped in the arctic, has been pushed down as a front by warmer air around the pole (I guess "warmer" is a relative term when talking about polar areas). He was saying that they're not sure if this is a one off, or it'll become a regular thing. Either way, enjoy your snow! :)

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    donkusai

    A big thumbs up to Obama for being so positive in the handover of power, and a big thumbs up to Bush 8 years earlier for clearly doing the same. Regardless of which side you support, the respect for the votes of the people shown by BOTH sides needs to be acknowledged. Weirdly... I actually think that when Trump leaves office, he'll be as equally gracious and helpful as both Obama and Bush were. For Clinton supporters, this is a small but important renewal of faith in democracy...

    Posted in: Trump meets Obama for first time at White House

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    donkusai

    The election has been run. The people have had their say. That should be respected. Trump was actually quite gracious to Clinton in his speech. Sure, protest if and when he does something outrageous (you know it's gonna happen), but not now.

    As an aside, I was just listening to R.E.M's "end of the world as we know it" (wonder why) and I swear I just heard a line about the reporters being trumped. First the Simpsons, and now this...

    Posted in: Trump election win sparks protests across U.S.

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    donkusai

    The focus here should be is Clinton dependable and trustworthy? It is plain to see that she is not.

    I agree with this. On my list for people who should be president, I'd put her 2nd last. Unfortunately, the guy I'd put last is also running for president... :(

    Posted in: FBI clears Clinton after new email review

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    donkusai

    For sheer nastiness and thuggery on the pitch, Kevin Muscat takes some beating.

    Arg... even as a Aussie, I don't like this guy. He was the thug's thug. We don't need that in the game.

    I don't think "vicious" is quite the word. Halilhodzic did say "more street-smart", which I think is more accurate. The Japanese team has great technical skill, but it doesn't take much for stronger teams to push them off the ball or to dominate them physically. If the Japanese team can learn to mix it physically, to push the edges of the rules a little more, I think they'll do so much better. I can't help but to remember how the Japanese rugby team beat South Africa. If the football team could show that level of fight, they'd dominate Asia and give the big teams pause for thought.

    Posted in: Japan's soccer players too respectful, need to be more vicious, says coach

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    donkusai

    One of the problems with free trade deals, and reporting of trade in general, is the way things are calculated. One millionaire business owner can profit $100,000, and 18 families can lose $5,000 income a year, and that's seen as a net gain for the country of $10,000, despite there being 1 winner and 18 losers. Magnify this across a nation's populace, and a lot of people get burnt and disfranchised. They're told that it's good for the country, but all they see is job loses and 20 years of stagnant wages.

    Add the lack of transparency, the ability for private companies to sue governments for anything they enact that may affect company profits, and the way it seems some of the biggest businesses pay little to no tax while the rest of us have to carry that burden... no wonder popularism is becoming so popular. No wonder people will support an "outside", even if you know they'll be an absolute disaster, over the status quo, because the status quo is seeming just as much a disaster, just one that's taking its time to play out.

    Posted in: Canada-EU failure signals more bad news for free trade deals

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    donkusai

    Or a Samsung phone.

    ...a gas bottle delivery driver using a Note 7? ...or perhaps an elderly man who was tired of life and wanted to go out with a... umm, well, wanted to make a departing statement. It certainly seems the 72 year old was probably behind it, with the house fire and all, though the 2nd blast is more than a bit odd...

    Posted in: 1 dead, 3 injured in 2 blasts in Tochigi park

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    donkusai

    I thought Australia's performance was a big step up from some of their previous games. They made a match of it. The thing about the All Blacks, though, is they play as well in the last 20 minutes as they do in the first. They are consider one of the world's best sporting teams for a reason.

    Posted in: All Blacks overcome Australia for record 18th straight win

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    donkusai

    Agreed, outrider... and the cost of not monitoring them can be just as staggering...

    Posted in: 2 Sydney teens charged with planning Islamic State attack

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    donkusai

    If you want free access to guns in your society, then you have to accept this sort of thing happening regularly. It's your choice. We accept the risk of accident and death as a result of car accidents for the benefit that cars bring to our mobility. If you're happy to accept these sorts of things as the down-side for the benefits that having guns freely available in society brings, then that's fair enough. Guns for hunting and stuff like that can be handled in a more controlled and safe manner. So far, the only argument I've heard for the existing free access to guns is "the 2nd amendment" and "freedom", which usually translates to "we need to protect ourselves from the government and from other people with guns". Really. Well, if you think all the deaths are worth it, then you have to live with that decision. Good luck with that.

    Posted in: 14-year-old boy kills father before opening fire at South Carolina school

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    donkusai

    "It's just a big opinion poll." ...one that would actually reflect the opinion of the nation. This is an issue that people feel strongly about on both sides. I for one would like to see this vote go ahead and the result acted on, whichever way it falls. We're looking at a redefinition of a core social institution.

    Posted in: Australian gov't plan for vote on gay marriage hits stumbling block

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    donkusai

    Biggest earthquake I've experienced in Japan was a 7.4 in 2004 (though epicenter was a little off the coast). It came 5 hours after a 7. Helmets are stored in an easy access place. When safe, you exit the building. Clearly these folks have done that. Hopefully, next time they have to do it for real, they'll do it with great success. Personally, I hate earthquakes. It's the out-of-the-blue danger that adds to nastiness.

    Posted in: If there's a quake...

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    donkusai

    The Canadian passed Arai, but Arai held on and then passed Dunfee up the inside. The two ran into each other as Arai passed and Dunfee nearly fell, he stumbled a lot and his timing was all out from that point on. It wasn't too far from the end. The Canadians put in a protest, Arai was disqualified, then the Japanese protested the disqualification, and Arai was given back the bronze.

    Personally, it looked at first like Arai barged through Dunfee, but I'm not sure if Dunfee may not have seen Arai at the last moment and may have contributed to it. Personally, I think the judges had to make a tough decision.

    Posted in: Toth takes 50-km walk gold; Japan's protest earns Arai bronze

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    donkusai

    Great effort by the Japanese. I don't follow much of the track and field, so this result was a bit of a surprise to me. Watching the race, they fully deserved the result. Well done.

    Posted in: Well run

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    donkusai

    Just another social media over-reaction. A movie studio stuffed up a poster. The people of Hong Kong may well fear for their independence from mainland pressures, but is a poster stuff-up from a low-grade Hollywood sci-fi movie really what you want to spend your day whinging about?

    Posted in: Hollywood poster blunder sparks backlash in Hong Kong

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    donkusai

    smith, I agree - slightly odd way of describing things. Often in sports like gymnastics, that little bit of flair, or bit of personality that comes out, can be the difference between two technically excellent competitors. Maybe that's what he was getting at with the "robotic" comment, that it was mechanical and lacked feeling, and that was the difference between a medal and not. Well done Japan for stepping things up and doing well.

    Posted in: 'Robotic' Chinese gymnasts told to shake up after new low in Rio

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    donkusai

    How to create a movie that'll bomb... Take an older series of movies that have already run their course from popular to ordinary where the story is pretty much already well known, and then replace all the characters so there's even less reason so see it. Will Hollywood ever learn?

    I agree with kaynide. Why not just a create a new movie with these actors and it let stand on the strength of its script, production and performances. Sure, it won't have the "Oceans" brand, but it also won't have the baggage.

    Posted in: Rihanna, Anne Hathaway expected to join female 'Ocean's Eight'

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    donkusai

    gary, considering the distress signal was sent by the Greek ship, it would seem the Chinese Coast Guard weren't listening to anyone, not just the Japanese (if they weren't simply ignoring it).

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    donkusai

    Never stop fighting, and you can do amazing things. Get job by the Japanese 7s. They may or may not make it to the medals, but they're doing a lot of the right things to make stronger opponents take them more seriously. Well done.

    Posted in: Japan upsets New Zealand in men's rugby sevens

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