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    bass4funk

    45 more months of Trump the Failure will ensure a democratic victory, even with the electoral college and gerrymandering.

    45 months is a long time, when I picked up my first bass guitar, went from playing "Mary had a little lamb" to playing "Teen Town" by the sadly late Jaco Pastorius, a lot can change, more than enough time to sharpen his skills. As long as he can get tax reform into gear and focus haveily on the private sector, you might need to add another 45 months to that.

    Already his worshipers are starting to slink away.

    What a bunch of bull.

    Give it a few months Bass and you'll look around and suddenly realize your group is as sparse as a Trump Inauguration.

    And then as in typical liberal fashion, the Unicornverse starting to flutter in a colorful delight, followed by a bad trip. Lol

    Posted in: In legal battles against travel ban, Trump’s own statements are his worst enemy

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    goldorak

    Pheeeww! Glad Kisenosato isn't a JT softie as he would never have won one of the most incredible basho of all time. What a champion!

    Posted in: Injured Kisenosato suffers 2nd loss; Terunofuji takes lead

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    thepersoniamnow

    Like a horror film. May she Rest In Peace and the killer be sentenced to death.

    Posted in: Naked body of young girl found near drainage ditch in Chiba

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    Brian Wheway

    It looks like Mr Trump is starting to drain the swamp, but he's refiling it with fresh pond life! well I hope he does a good job.

    Posted in: Trump to nominate businessman Hagerty as U.S. ambassador to Japan

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    Monozuki

    The young girl's too early death is really unbearable and sad. RIP. Hope police crack the case ASAP.

    Posted in: Naked body of young girl found near drainage ditch in Chiba

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    Brian Wheway

    IF they have been poisoned what someone could be doing is mixing bicarbonate of soda with the dry bread, what happens is the birds eat the bread, the soda reacts with the fluids in its guts/stomach, this produces a gas which expands thus killing the bird, as humans we can belch to relive the said gas pressure, but a bird can't do this, this fact was told to me by some who does pest control.

    Posted in: 50 crows found dead in Tokyo park

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    lostrune2

    Police also said a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl has been missing in the city of Matsudo, 10 kilometers away, in the prefecture since Friday and that they are looking into her disappearance in connection with the dead girl.

    Murder-suicide by young lovers in a society that doesn't understand them possibly?

    Posted in: Naked body of young girl found near drainage ditch in Chiba

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    lostrune2

    Ironically, if she was assaulted domestically, she wouldn't had been repaid with the same # of years, even as a local

    Posted in: American guilty of attacking Japanese tourist at Niagara Falls gets 22 years

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    lucabrasi

    The biggest pot of gold??

    Certainly an enormous crock. Not sure it's full of gold, since 8th November....

    Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English?

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    Cortes Elijah

    This is what makes me loose faith in humanity. You are ment to love and care for children and guide them into a bright future, not destroy it.

    Whatever happened to this young girl, I hope justice is done.

    Posted in: Naked body of young girl found near drainage ditch in Chiba

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    katsu78

    SerranoMAR. 26, 2017 - 12:04PM JST Just a quick question to those who voted for Obama - do you remember this? If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan.

    Yes, I do. And it was an over-promise that Obama was mistaken to make.

    The thing you need to keep in mind though is that human beings who aren't replicants don't generally form emotional attachment to abstract things like insurance policies. Usually we meat folk just want our healthcare to be as inexpensive as possible while providing the best possible healthcare coverage. So while some few people might legitimately be angry about their health care plan changing because it changes either of those variables, most people are pretty happy with how the Affordable Care Act turned out.

    The vast majority of people who are just angry about Obama's over-promise are not health care consumers angry that their new policy under the ACA isn't as good as what they had before, they're just people generally angry about the US's first black president and trying to invent reasons to say he was a bad person and to feel like they've scored points against him on some Internet battlefield. The ACA is far from perfect, but you can pretty easily tell the people who legitimately care about making things better from the partisans in the peanut gallery who just want to waste everyone's time with BS because the former group actually proposes improvements, while the latter group just harps on one single over-promise over and over again.

    I mean, assuming you're not a replicant. If you are no disrespect, I'm down with the clickwise. 01010111 01100001 01110100 01100011 01101000 00100000 01101111 01110101 01110100 00100000 01100110 01101111 01110010 00100000 01000100 01100101 01100011 01101011 01100001 01110010 01100100

    Posted in: Trump, after stinging defeat, promises a 'great' health plan

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    Brian Wheway

    Robert have you got out of bed the wrong side today? If people take shed loads of pictures of cheery blossom, whats the problem with that?

    Posted in: Getting the right shot

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    Goodlucktoyou

    Stole 10000 yen for murder?

    Posted in: Murder suspect extradited from Argentina

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    DaDude

    Back in L.A. like 20 years ago, I went to a Cypress Hill concert and they threw a lot of "roaches" into the audience. For some reason, the crowd didn't seem to mind.

    Posted in: Osaka man arrested for throwing dozens of cockroaches around at anime music event

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    zichi

    @Luca

    yes there are so many, need to be able to say "good morning faeries!" when crossing streams, in the various local tongues otherwise they'll come in the night to steal ya gold. Doffing ya hat is recommended too.

    With our faerie students we recommend American English because its the one with the biggest pot of gold at the end of its rainbow.

    Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English?

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    Madverts

    The EU should have a referendum more like. I can't see any of us wanting any part of the road Erdogan is taking Turkey....

    Dictatorship and beyond.

    Posted in: Erdogan: Turkey might hold referendum on EU membership

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    Disillusioned

    So, does anybody still doubt that anime attracts all the weirdos? TIJ!

    Posted in: Osaka man arrested for throwing dozens of cockroaches around at anime music event

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    Goodlucktoyou

    Banning young girl flirt books in combini would be a good start to stop these pervos.

    Posted in: Naked body of young girl found near drainage ditch in Chiba

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    Goodlucktoyou

    @since1981 you have to understand that JT the tabacco company is about the 5th biggest company in Japan. It has strong amakudari connections. Who cares about citizens health.

    Posted in: No violator punished under antismoking ordinance launched in 2010

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    Robert Dykes

    There are more photos of cherry blossoms than grains of sand of in the ocean. Seriously... put the camera down and just enjoy the fleeting moment, that's the whole point! A couple selfies or pics of you and your SO under the hanafubuki is one thing, but how many times have all of you seen people spend their entire time taking 1000 pictures of cherry blossoms like it's the first and last time they will ever exist. Do you really think they are sit there in the cold of December going through their camera admiring their spring photos? No, they will never ever get viewed even once.

    Posted in: Getting the right shot

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    goldorak

    Goldorak, Aaron Smith often doesn't play 80 mins, either for the Highlanders or the ABs. Although I agree with your point in principle, these days a lot of players on the bench (esp in NZ) could easily be a starting player on another team & so fresh legs vs a minor drop in skill is sometimes worth it.

    Sorry mate, don't think you can compare AB and landers situation. First of all, AB often have the game in the bag when Hansen subs Smith (or any other top player) at the hour mark or later. Secondly, you guys have so much depth that yes it does make sense to bring flesh legs especially when it's guys like Perenara or Kerr-Barlow who are the on the bench.

    Completely different story with landers & Smith. His sub Kayne Hammington is on debut and is nowhere near the 3 AB I mentioned earlier. I (and am sure many ppl in Dunedin) didn't like nor understand why Brown chose to bench Smith with 15 or 20min to go vs Chiefs, saders etc when the game was still in balance. I get that rookies need some game time but I think the W is/should be more important than grooming new players. Can always do so when they play saffas, aussies or wolves ;)

    So yes am very happy Brown kept him on the field for 80min vs brumbies (not a fan of the Canberra based franchise tbh)

    Posted in: Stormers beat Sunwolves; Highlanders & Blues win in Super Rugby

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    Pukey2

    Most of the public would have preferred a different candidate (品客薯片叔叔) to Lam who just represents the same old same old, kowtowing to Beijing and putting them before the people and interests of Hong Kong. Hell she might even take the oath in Mandarin.

    Even the Japanese are allowed to vote which corrupt politicians they want in government (albeit with up to 5 votes for rural voters). Beijing will choose the corrupt ones for the Hongkongers. One day, maybe one day.

    Posted in: Beijing's pick Lam chosen as Hong Kong leader

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    lucabrasi

    @zichi

    Sure and you're forgetting the silver-tongued delights of the leprechaun and the Belfast docker....

    Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English?

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    Robert Dykes

    There is a plot of land just down the street from me that is for sale. It has some garbage on it, lots of weeds, and some of the niehbors kid's junk. I guess by Abe-Kagoike logic I should be able to get this land pretty much for free. Hell! Most most of the land for sale in Japan needs tons of TLC so does that mean and land with garbage on it should just be free.

    Between this and Tsukiji land poisoning, this is just ridiculous. Worst of all this just goes around in circles until they get bored while our tax money pays for all this.

    Posted in: Abe's school scandal far from over with Kagoike's testimony

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    Laguna

    And this is why neither party will support a repeal, or a much cheaper and easier to run single-payer system,

    sangetsu, perhaps you do not remember the 13 months starting eight years ago during which the ACA was negotiated. Many Dems fervently wanted a single-payer system, but Repubs vehemently resisted. Obama, displaying a trait that would haunt him repeatedly, tried to find a middle road - and got zero GOP votes as a result of his compromise (remember that when you hear Trump whinging about lack of Dem support after the 20 days spent on his healthcare plan with Dems frozen out of negotiations - the final version of the bill wasn't even available until midnight before the vote).

    The ACA will evolve into a single-payer system the next time Dems control a sufficient amount of government leverage. It will likely start by making Medicare a buy-in option for everyone; that way, those who prefer private insurance will not be affected. The groundwork could begin after the Dems retake congress late next year. Really, though: How many Repubs would support this? Please do not dump both parties in the same basket.

    Posted in: Trump, after stinging defeat, promises a 'great' health plan

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    Kurobune

    Way to hang in there, Fed ! Rog and Stan again in the final ? We'll see. Gotta love tennis !

    Posted in: Federer, Wawrinka advance in Miami

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    Monozuki

    I have caught myself picturing in my mind that the Osaka man was thrown into a roach motel when being arrested. LOL.

    Posted in: Osaka man arrested for throwing dozens of cockroaches around at anime music event

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    zichi

    I was also wondering which brand of English, the British mother tongue, the greater spoken American English, or Canadian, Caribbean English or Aussy?

    Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English?

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    Simon Foston

    bass4funkMAR. 26, 2017 - 08:08AM JST

    For me, I care about the American people, both parties with their tit for tat need to chill, because it will only get worse.

    A very commendable sentiment. Oh, but what's this?

    bass4funkMAR. 26, 2017 - 03:31PM JST

    They're still laughing and shaking their heads about the Dems screw ups.

    Dems have never been known to be organized on anything.....wait, except for the environment, my bad and they make a great vegan salad as well.

    Looks like someone else needs to drop the tit for tat stuff. But you can't, can you?

    Posted in: Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

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    John Montgomery

    This is not evidence students have lost their language.

    Absolutely. What this idiot seems not to appreciate is that text communication is largely a visual version of spoken communication. Hardly anybody speaks in perfectly formed sentences with impeccable logic. Real people speak in disjointed sentences, punctuated with pauses, takebacks and visual cues. They construct and challenge arguments piece by fragment, not in neat logical sequences. The way people use Line reflects this, with adaptations to the limitations of text. Emojis are an integral part of the communication process, especially for a passive participant in a group.

    One other thing these moaners often overlook is that in the past many millions of people rarely communicated in writing. If they weren't in a white-collar job, they just didn't need to. Now we have almost the whole population reading and writing every day, those with lower literacy levels are more obvious. It's still something to celebrate, rather than whining about the failings of the young.

    Posted in: Educator finds young users of LINE app losing their grip on language

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    Ah_so

    This is Japan. Why does anyone need to learn English if they won't use it outside their professional loves?

    In a more interconnected world, it is a tool that it is helpful to have. The Internet is basically an English language system. Lots of people who do not have English as their first language need English to get the full benefit of the Internet.

    Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English?

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    Disillusioned

    Close to home? I live in matsudo and am moving to Abiko!

    Posted in: Naked body of young girl found near drainage ditch in Chiba

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    stickman1760

    the NHL does feature the world's best players, there is no doubt about that. Players from Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, Denmark, Austria, all go to the NHL to play alongside the best players from Canada and the US. Its just a fact. Also, it was the US players who trashed their dorms in Nagano. Don't blame that on NHL players.

    Posted in: NHL asked for decision on Olympics by end of April

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    nandakandamanda

    Great race by Ferrari, and congratulations to Seb who must be feeling renewed confidence at last.

    A good start to the season, for those lucky few who could watch the race live.

    Posted in: Vettel wins F1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix

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    zichi

    Trump and the GOP on brink of a civil war

    Posted in: In legal battles against travel ban, Trump’s own statements are his worst enemy

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    zichi

    That's just so sad and bad and the perv needs catching before he can do it again

    Posted in: Naked body of young girl found near drainage ditch in Chiba

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    nandakandamanda

    I really hate to agree with you, but this kind of stuff makes me see red. Unbearably sad.

    Posted in: Naked body of young girl found near drainage ditch in Chiba

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    Ah_so

    You never leave a child alone for a second

    You do in the real world. You just don't if there is open access to an 8th floor balcony.

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy falls to his death from 8th floor of condo

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    wtfjapan

    Might as well adjust to the changes instead of mopping over something that's unchangeable!! Scotland would disagree, it seems more than likely they may leave the UK in favor of the EU. time will tell.

    Posted in: Tens of thousands in London protest Britain's EU departure

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    clamenza

    for a 33 year-old who attends anime song concerts, throwing cockroaches seems about right.

    Posted in: Osaka man arrested for throwing dozens of cockroaches around at anime music event

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    Gary Moore

    @philly1 @Tamarama

    It is a valuable insight into the problem that Richard pinpoints with Murakami's oeuvre.

    Using a French word for work when the English word for work would have fit perfectly fine is the definition of gobbledygook. You could argue that it's a more precise word to use since the erudite class hijacked the french word and then limited it to the arts... but how ostentatious is that?

    When precision interferes with accessibility, most people who respect their readers go with accessibility. In this case, there is no way confusion would have resulted from using "work" instead of "oeuvre".

    Posted in: Why Haruki Murakami should not receive the Nobel Prize for Literature

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    Strangerland

    The numbers still seem implausibly high to me.

    The numbers likely aren't only sales in Japan. Japanese porn is popular world-wide.

    Posted in: Japan's oldest porn queen retires -- at 80

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    nandakandamanda

    The target was probably a HUGE truck bomb parked by IS in the middle of the housing area. Iraq forces asked for it to be hit, but the resulting explosion seems to have taken out the whole neighborhood.

    Quote:

    'Local lawmaker Faris al-Sanjari told Reuters the coalition air strike had targeted a truck bomb causing a huge explosion. “You can’t kill dozens just to destroy a booby-trapped truck parked near houses,” he said. One witness told Reuters heavy air strikes in the area began on March 7, but on Friday a strike hit a massive ISIS truck bomb in a residential area, which exploded and destroyed seven homes where dozens of people were hiding. Another resident said 25 homes were damaged. With fighting still going on, residents have been unable to recover bodies since the strike, the resident said.'

    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2017/03/23/Government-forces-prepare-new-push-for-western-Mosul-.html

    Posted in: U.S. acknowledges its forces were behind airstrike on Mosul

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    Strangerland

    I think maybe in the future when liberals and Dems can put aside the rhetoric, the hate and the fierce ideology, get a real message, think about the working man, stop being PC about everything, they just might win some elections one again. But I'm not holding my breath. I'm not that naive.

    45 more months of Trump the Failure will ensure a democratic victory, even with the electoral college and gerrymandering.

    Already his worshipers are starting to slink away. Give it a few months Bass and you'll look around and suddenly realize your group is as sparse as a Trump Inauguration.

    Posted in: In legal battles against travel ban, Trump’s own statements are his worst enemy

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    HaiDesu

    This is very sad. The animal that did this to her should surely hang slowly.

    Posted in: Naked body of young girl found near drainage ditch in Chiba

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    wtfjapan

    daylight saving is great for families with kids, you can spend the extra hr outdoors while it still light. When youve had dinner shower and ready for bed its just getting dark. While is also dark when you wake up by the time your ready on your way to school/work it just becoming light.

    Posted in: Are you in favor of daylight saving time?

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    Ah_so

    You're doing a surreal math! Of course not every man in Japan buy porn. But the ones who do spend money with porn, probably spend much more than 4000 JPY a month, be it with DVD/Bluray or online paid streaming

    The numbers still seem implausibly high to me.

    Posted in: Japan's oldest porn queen retires -- at 80

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    tmarie

    RIP. Poor kid probably just wanted to see his mom so climbed up on the table/chairs to get a look. Sorry Gramps, but you don't leave a kid that age alone, more so in a highrise with windows that might be unlocked. I keep wondering how many of these accidents we need to read about before people actually stop leaving their small children unattended. I constantly see small kids in my neighbourhood wandering around alone - not even ele school kids. There is a small pond near my house and I shudder when someone kid will will go in because they are just curious.

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy falls to his death from 8th floor of condo

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    DaDude

    I am sure many upon many parents have had an experience to run upstairs or outside to grab something while leaving their child unattended. I am sure not a single person expects the worst for the quick time they are gone.

    Reading about these types of cases makes me happy to live in a house. Even a fall from the 2nd floor can be dangerous so I bought child safety locks for the door and windows.

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy falls to his death from 8th floor of condo

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    Mlodinow

    @Kiyoshi, does that include Nth Korea?

    Posted in: New high school textbooks have more descriptions on defense policies

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