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It's a tragedy that President Trump didn't use this moment to try to cut more, and to cut the biggest unsustainable spending: Medicare and Social Security.
From: Reason | By: John Stossel | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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It's not that he wanted to die.
From: Fox News | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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The head of an ultra-nationalistic Japanese school operator at the center of a land and political scandal has testified in parliament that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife for an elementary school where she once...
From: Fox News | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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An educator accused of using his political clout to curry favor with Japanese politicians, including the first family, is set to address parliament Thursday....
From: CNN | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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The U.S.’s relatively high infant mortality rate is one of the darkest stains on the nation’s public-health record. Compared to babies in other wealthy nations, infants in the U.S. are far less likely to make it to their first birthdays—in 2010,...
From: Slate | By: Christina Cauterucci | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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The World Go Championship is underway in Japan. Organized by the Nihon Ki-in, it is the first international tournament that will include both professional human players and an artificial intelligence Go-playing program. 1st-day coverage is up on youtube,...
From: MetaFilter | By: sfenders | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Snow White and the Huntsman isn’t the most lively adventure movie – it’s fairly serious and has a certain grit that, tonally, is quite distancing. Director Rupert Sanders seems to be going for a dour tone once again with his second feature,...
From: SlashFilm | By: Jack Giroux | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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The United States will face a Puerto Rican team determined to bring a victory home to a country coping with economic strife.
From: New York Times | By: BILLY WITZ | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Increased ticket sales in countries like Brazil and Japan could not offset steep declines in places like Germany, Britain and Mexico. China was flat.
From: New York Times | By: BROOKS BARNES | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Japan's particular regulations on land taxes and building codes inform this small and minimalist home, which makes the most of an odd-shaped lot....
From: TreeHugger | By: Kimberley Mok | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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North Korea seems to be indifferent to Trump, as it tests its advancing nuclear missile capabilities
From: Salon.com | By: Taylor Link | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Following the example of Japan, which has already begun constructing numerous floating solar arrays to meet it’s renewable energy goals, UK’s Thames Water has now announced plans to do the same. They are already building what will be the largest...
From: Jetson Green | By: Christine Walsh | Monday, March 20, 2017
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After making terrific horror movies like You’re Next and The Guest, director Adam Wingard was supposed to break out in a big way last year with the very fun Blair Witch, a film that didn’t manage to find its feet at the box office. However, it...
From: SlashFilm | By: Jacob Hall | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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The original Ghost in the Shell manga is known for its beautiful and haunting visuals. The urban landscapes, robotic/humanoid characters, and muted color palette mixed to create a unique, melancholy ambiance that serves as the basis for Paramount’s...
From: Entertainment Weekly | By: Dan Heching | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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The following is a gist of the sworn Diet testimony given Thursday by Yasunori Kagoike, head of scandal-hit Osaka school operator Moritomo Gakuen. Kagoike said: He was handed an envelope containing ¥1 million ($8,900) by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s...
From: Japan Times | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed Thursday, as European benchmarks edged lower after a day of gains in Asia. Investors are awaiting a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether President Donald Trump's ability...
From: CNS News | By: Associated Press | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui and three current and former Osaka Diet members were named by Moritomo Gakuen head Yasunori Kagoike on Thursday as being involved in a shady land deal that has shaken the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Osaka’s...
From: Japan Times | By: Eric Johnston | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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VAIO, freed from the Sony yoke, made one ropey-looking Android phone all on its own. Then, learning several lessons, it made a gorgeous, machined slab of aluminum that, unfortunately, ran Windows Phone 10. Now, like practically all other phone makers......
From: Engadget | By: Mat Smith | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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This weekend brings a new big screen version of the Power Rangers to theaters, and the early reviews seem to be mixed. You’ll have to find out yourself if Lionsgate can take the multi-colored teenage superheroes and make them even more popular. But...
From: SlashFilm | By: Ethan Anderton | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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TOKYO (AP) — Most Asian benchmarks were higher Thursday after Wall Street steadied overnight. Investors are awaiting a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for the capacity of the administration of President...
From: Seattle Times | By: ELAINE KURTENBACH | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Extremely high radiation levels were detected using cameras and robots in tainted water inside a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Japan Times reported Tuesday, citing Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. (Tepco)....
From: The Raw Story | By: International Business Times | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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“You were part of it,” my former boss said with a laugh, “watching me roll around in agony for a couple days in the hotel room and not doing anything about it.” “We were angling for a palace coup,” I joked, “but the reality is … the doctor...
From: MLB Trade Rumors | By: Chuck Wasserstrom | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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A unanimous Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. The court struck down a lower standard endorsed...
From: Japan Times | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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The tree genus called Paulownia has several species, mostly native to Asia, that grow fast on difficult soil. They tend to thrive after forest fires, which kill its enemy fungus. It's also called the Princess Tree.The genus, originally Pavlovnia but...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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The standing of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is set for another boost after 13 further applicants were granted membership. The accessions will bring the total roster of member countries to 70, and leave Japan and the U.S. as the...
From: Japan Times | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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When I met Shinobu Yaguchi at a Chicago sushi restaurant on March 1, I made my usual mistake with well-known directors: mention that I had interviewed him before. He, understandably, blanked, since the interview was 20 years ago for his 1997 indie comedy...
From: Japan Times | By: Mark Schilling | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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A woman suffering from fertility problems due to an ovarian defect successfully gave birth using an egg from an anonymous donor in the first such case using in vitro fertilization in Japan, a nonprofit organization supporting the treatment said Wednesday....
From: Japan Times | By: Mizuho Aoki | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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The government and the power industry must reconsider whether they are sufficiently assessing the risks of a nuclear power plant disaster. The post Take nuclear disaster ruling seriously appeared first on The Japan Times....
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Not shy in expressing his love for photography, designer Ryo Ishikawa introduces his own custom camera strap under the Fxxking Rabbits label. The polyester strap is of the vibrant variety in "CAUTION" yellow, with contrasting black graphics and text...
From: Hypebeast | By: Hypebeast | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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EDF, through its EDF Energies Nouvelles unit, will help develop the 800 megawatt solar photovoltaic project, taking over the stake from Abdul Latif Jameel's FRV.
From: The National Abu Dhabi | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Why does it matter if Rex Tillerson skips a NATO summit?
From: The Atlantic | By: Uri Friedman | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Drone strikes require deeper reforms than changing which officials approve a “kill list.”
From: The American Conservative | By: Peter Van Buren | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Vending machines are everywhere in Japan, lining side streets and train stations.
From: CNN | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Yet another weirdly sexualized photo of Dad and daughterHere's one I haven't heard before:Watching TV commentators applaud him for containing himself for a little over an hour was like hearing a parent praise...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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The top Republican legislative priority in peril, President Donald Trump dangled possible changes to the health care bill Wednesday aimed at placating conservatives threatening to torpedo the legislation. The White House seemed to make progress after...
From: Japan Times | Thursday, March 23, 2017
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After 24 years on the air, “Power Rangers” is going back to its roots with a new movie that puts a new spin on the original team of “teenagers with attitude’ from Angel Grove. But what happened to the original team that excited little boys and...
From: The Wrap | By: Jeremy Fuster | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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A World Baseball Classic champion will be crowned Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Team USA will take on... Read More »...
From: NESN | By: Nicholas Goss | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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The wisteria tunnels at the Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan are almost otherworldly in their beauty. While thousands of tourists flock to Japan to see the country's fabulous displays of cherry blossoms every year, the lesser-known wisteria...
From: SavvySugar | By: Kate McKenna | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Less than two weeks until Opening Day. Soon, the Orioles will have everyone back in camp. In today's links, Pedro Alvarez's outfield adventures, cord-cutters keep getting screwed, and Birdland's own Bull Moose. Hello, friends. There are now 13 days remaining...
From: Camden Chat | By: Mark Brown | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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On a glide path toward confirmation, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch parried fresh attacks from Democrats Wednesday on abortion and special education, insisting that “when you put on the robe, you open your mind” as he faced a final day before...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Construction starts for coal-fired plants in China and India were down by 62% in January from last year
From: Time | By: Joe McDonald and Katy Daigle / AP | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Play on, LEGO brick layer, ’cause the projects adults are coming up with using these little plastic toy bricks are totally incredible. Some amazing recent creations either made from or inspired by LEGO bricks include a functional camera that prints...
From: WebUrbanist | By: SA Rogers | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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At the very least, perhaps we can expect the upcoming Ghost in the Shell to be mostly pleasing to the eyes and ears. Director Rupert Sanders has exhibited a sharp eye in his commercial work and even his underwhelming directorial debut, Snow White...
From: SlashFilm | By: Jack Giroux | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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A radiation level of 11 sieverts per hour has been detected in tainted water inside a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said Tuesday. The reading was measured in a survey...
From: Japan Times | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Tanner Roark came up big in LA. Max Scherzer is set to pitch in West Palm Beach. Koda Glover is dominating in Florida, will he close in D.C.? Links and more below... These Wire Taps are being written before the end of the WBC game, so pick one of the...
From: Federal Baseball | By: Will Kubzansky | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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This is Kate Preusser’s third piece as part of her month-long residency. Read her previous posts here. Listen to her appearance on FanGraphs Audio here. When Benji Gonzalez, a 27-year-old non-roster invitee for the Twins, poked a single into right...
From: Fan Graphs | By: Kate Preusser | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and that infamous factory of cheese, “The Gong Show,” has died. He was 87. Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Children and adults can now check out books for free from tiny libraries in over 50,000 neighborhoods in 70 different countries. Some libraries are built with sustainable materials, some consider height differences between kids and grownups, while others...
From: Inhabitat | By: Lacy Cooke | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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The NIH's track record suggest that Trump's proposed $6 billion budget cut won't be the end of science, progress, or discoveries.
From: Reason | By: Eric Boehm | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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One of its biggest investors is Donald Trump’s favorite Japanese businessman.
From: Vanity Fair | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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