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    spahnmatthew

    In the US Navy, it is tradition to name aircraft carriers after US presidents. Battleships (which are no longer produced to the best of my knowledge) named after US states. Cruisers were traditionally named after US cities (though that may have changed). Destroyers are named after US servicemen who died heroically in battle. Munitions vessels were traditionally named after volcanoes (someone at the DoD had a sense of humor).

    Posted in: Japan's 2nd big helicopter carrier enters service

  • 4

    spahnmatthew

    My Eurasian daughters are beautiful, inside and out. They are a product of the best of my wife and me.

    Posted in: Two halves of a whole: Japan’s habitual ‘labeling’ of bicultural kids

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    spahnmatthew

    A "water bug" is nothing other than a euphemism for "industrial-scale cockroach".

    See that photo? Go ahead lady, munch a roach with your cocktail. Nutritious it may be, but it won't help you find a boyfriend.

    Posted in: Japanese celebrate Valentine's Day with insect sweets

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    spahnmatthew

    It's a Faustian Bargain. Sure, go ahead and do it.........then they'll own you for the rest of your life!

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    I do not like it when actors and actresses leverage their celebrity status to impress their political views on me. That belief holds true for other people in power, including CEOs (paging Howard Schultz and Eric Schmidt). Reason being, a CEO's job is to run a company, not impress their values on me.

    These days though, in Hollywood circles, Streep's antics would be well-received. She is a talented actress, but when I flip through the channels and come across one of her movies, I see the activist almost as much as the character she attempts to portray and that hinders my enjoyment of the film to the extent that I typically find something else to watch. This dynamic is the downside of activist entertainers. I vote with my wallet at Starbucks too for the same primary reason.

    Decades ago, reporters asked Elvis Presley on his view on the Vietnam War. Elvis replied that his job is an entertainer and he keeps his political views to himself. Classy response. Hollywood, take note from The King.

    Posted in: Robert De Niro says Meryl Streep's Globe speech was 'great'

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    Today, cover glass addressing the mobile phone market is dominated by Corning's various forms of "Gorilla Glass", known for their clarity, strength, and antimicrobial properties.

    To see for yourself, please refer to the following link and refer to page three: <http://www.corning.com/content/dam/corning/microsites/csm/gorillaglass/PISheets/CGGPISheetAnitimicrobiaGorillaGlass1402_11%20export.pdf

    While Corning has developed various types of cover glass, they all have antimicrobial properties to some extent.

    This antimicrobial glass is also penetrating many touch screen markets too.

    Years ago when smart phones were originally introduced, the cover glass did not have antimicrobial properties, and I recall folks from Motorola telling me that a toilet bowl has fewer bacteria than the typical mobile phone cover glass. That has changed, gladly, for the better.

    Posted in: Keep your smartphone clean

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    spahnmatthew

    For what it is worth, I view the role of parents as the motor to instill values in their children such as calibrating their moral compass, promoting citizenship of the community, personal responsibility, strong work ethic, etc.

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    spahnmatthew

    @sensei258:

    D@ng, she's still hot. I like to find her under my tree at Christmas

    Or around it!

    Posted in: Artelligent Christmas

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    spahnmatthew

    Kudo to the girl who recorded the incident and license plate, but I hope that becomes more "street smart" in the future. It could have turned out so much worse for her than a simple saliva-drenched foot.

    Posted in: Serial foot licker apprehended in Kyoto

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    Sec. Clinton complained about lack of transparency and villified Dir. Comey (who was appointed by Pres. Obama and until recent days could do no wrong by Democrats). She could still help voters out in the final days before the election by coughing up her 33,000 missing emails. Or she could let her aide Huma Abedin explain to the press what she may have sent to estranged husband Anthony Weiner, whose laptop contains the new-found emails. But that kind of genuine transparency might be hard to contain. And with a week until Nov. 8 the Democrats need someone else to blame for all of their previous lack of political transparency.

    If Sec. Clinton had been forthcoming from the beginning this would not be an issue. Her issue is of her own doing when she created her personal email server to hide her correspondence from public-records laws, or when she claimed not to have sent classified information or did as little as possible to cooperate with Congress and the FBI.

    Posted in: Clinton says she won't be 'knocked off course' in final week

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    spahnmatthew

    Thank you JT for the "uplifting" content.

    Posted in: New range of light-up costumes perfect for Halloween

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    spahnmatthew

    In Japan, is it common to perform autopsies to determine an official cause of death?

    Once is an accident. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is a trend....Investigate!!! 46 times.......????

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    spahnmatthew

    Heartbreaking...

    Posted in: 2 children perish in house fire in Hiroshima

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    spahnmatthew

    I'm so relieved that he fought the bear successfully! I relate to him, as I was mauled by a bear while backpacking in the Sangre de Cristo mountains in New Mexico. Fighting the bear was the only way to extract myself from its jaws.

    I am an experienced backpacker, not only in various terrain of the lower 48 USA but also in Alaska. I recall encountering a black bear while descending a glacier in Alaska and it was my experience with dealing with bears that saved my life there too.

    From what I am reading in this article, this was a black bear. Black bears tend to be more aggressive but if you fight it ferociously you can repel it. Also, a person can intimidate a black bear as well, for a bear can perceive a stern tone of voice. Believe me, I know what I'm talking about. It sounds as if the person did the right thing by fighting the bear and in so doing repelling it long enough to extract himself from that perilous encounter. I'm so happy that he is safe.

    There are other instances where fighting a black bear will not make any difference, but that is outside the scope of the conversation. Once again, I'm so happy he is safe.

    Posted in: Man uses karate skills to fight off bear in Gunma

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    I first tried a washlet at a Japanese resort in Guam. Love them. I've noticed them in resorts in the USA too. And my wife's friend in Long Island City has washlets installed throughout her condominium, so hopefully these novel and sanitary washlets are starting to catch on in the USA. Certainly when it comes time for me to renovate my bathrooms, I plan to install washlets in my house.

    Posted in: What do you think of Japan’s high-tech toilets?

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    spahnmatthew

    While I certainly have no insight on the specific event regarding the American swimmers, I DO have first-hand insight on the motivation by the Rio police, based on my experience in that city.

    In 2006, my wife and I were on holiday in Brasil, four days of which were spent in Rio. We were walking on the sidewalk on Copacabana Beach. I recall that we were very close to a fancy hotel that celebrities frequent when it happened. We were not wearing any jewelry and had no valuables among us, for we are streetwise New Yorkers and we were aware that Rio can be dangerous.

    It was dusk and there were folks having drinks sitting at tables on the sidewalk. My wife cried out suddenly, and that saved my life. As I turned, I saw him lunge at me with a knife. I caught his arm as he was mid stroke to plunge the knife into my chest. At that moment, another person grabbed me from behind to try to immobilize me. I yelled for help and fought these two guys to a stalemate, the whole time with my eyes fixated on the knife. My wife fought the guy behind me and tried to pull him off of me. Soon folks sitting at the cafe tables started getting up and approaching us to help. The two guys stopped their assault and melted away toward the Favelas, brandishing the knife as they retreated.

    Luckily, I was unharmed.

    We spent more than three hours at the Rio Police station combing through books of suspected perpetrators. We were unable to identify the assailants. We filed a police report, so this is all on the record.

    The police had us talk with a kind and gentle-mannered person who introduced himself as a police interface with tourists. As for motive, based on our report and the location of the assault, he said that killing a white guy is not uncommon for gang initiation (I am white and my wife is Asian). He begged us to not tell anyone of our assault, for he said that Rio relies on tourism for its economy and without tourists, the police will have insufficient resources to protect and keep the peace.

    In good conscience, I have not kept silent about my experience to any friend considering traveling to Rio.

    I have traveled to Brasil extensively multiple times and I must say that the other cities and countryside areas have been wonderful experiences for me. My only horrible experience was in Rio.

    As for the robbery of the American swimmers, it is probable that this high profile robbery could affect tourism in that city, providing local police with fewer resources to combat the violence there. And if the American swimmers can somehow be discredited, then the Rio police can argue that their city is safe and inviting for tourists.

    Please, I urge you...avoid Rio for your own sake. It's not just the violence, but also the pervasive petty graft at restaurants, beaches, etc. There are other areas in Brasil that are fabulous and worth experiencing.

    Posted in: 2 Lochte teammates in robbery probe pulled off plane

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    spahnmatthew

    Note to self: "Watch female Olympic volleyball"

    Posted in: Nice lunch for athletes

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    spahnmatthew

    Mr. Trump may not have been my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth choice GOP candidate, but I prefer him over his Democratic opponent who has shown herself to be a congenital liar.

    Posted in: Clinton promises steady hand in dangerous world

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    spahnmatthew

    A thoughtful and considerate action to accommodate the temporary influx of foreigners. I prefer to keep the symbol unchanged so as to preserve cultural tradition. I will be curious to learn how popular onsens are with foreigners.

    Posted in: Gov't reveals new hot spring symbol for foreign tourists ahead of Tokyo Olympics

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    That the mother took the time and reflection to impart some nuggets of wisdom to her daughter speaks well of her... I believe that many of us can benefit from reading her list from time to time.

    Posted in: Japanese mom lists 14 ways life with a spouse differs from life with someone you’re dating

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