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by Shawn
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: What's happened to Eikaiwa?
Replies: 58
Views: 9290

Re: What's happened to Eikaiwa?

Well now, it sounds like I'm being goaded into another blog post. :mrgreen: I'll do some research. If you have any other information or tips, PM me.
by Shawn
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: School results time
Replies: 9
Views: 138

Re: School results time

I can only imagine! I just got sucked into the stupid Chonaikai in our area (less than 6 months after moving in and I was appointed Kumicho, so I have to take care of the stupid notice board and garbage stuff) which took up all Saturday afternoon....the prospect of more useless meetings is not appe...
by Shawn
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: What's happened to Eikaiwa?
Replies: 58
Views: 9290

Re: What's happened to Eikaiwa?

I won't say that I'm back blogging, but just couldn't resist posting the CBC story for its GEOS flashback factor. The contracts and law surrounding them would be a good idea for a post (a lengthy one). I'll need to brush up on the law and probably need to look at a few contracts to understand what h...
by Shawn
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: School results time
Replies: 9
Views: 138

Re: School results time

Senseiman,

You have no idea how much of a time suck kindergarten/elementary school will be. Your wife will be saddled with most of the responsibility, but you'll also have to make a cameo or two.
by Shawn
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

I'm really gawking at the level of incompetence involved here. Let's look at the Republican timeline for "repealing" Obamacare. 2010: Affordable Care Act is passed and incorporates many ideas from Republican plans for health care in the 1990s. 2010 to 2017: Republicans gnash teeth and wail about how...
by Shawn
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

Aaaaaaaand TrumpCare goes down in flames. Not because of a vote, but because it wasn't draconian enough for the ultra nutbar Freedom Caucus. Now that Obama is gone, we can see the Republican Party for what it is: cynical, clueless, and rudderless. Somehow, Trump thinks he can pin this on the Democra...
by Shawn
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: What's happened to Eikaiwa?
Replies: 58
Views: 9290

Re: What's happened to Eikaiwa?

Shawn, It's not just Canadian banks. Wells Fargo here in the states just got popped for doing the same shit. Nice to see ya updating the blog and breathing a little life back into LJ!! You're right, but when I read that CBC article, it just looked like an eikaiwa Greatest Hits of doing business. :c...
by Shawn
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

Trump has flung all the bullshit possible, and now it's time to clean up the mess. He'll have to answer for his idiocy (or try and blame it on someone else). The question now is: Who in the Trump administration isn't connected to Russia?
by Shawn
Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

This.
How much more can the American public take?
by Shawn
Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The North Korea Question
Replies: 14
Views: 448

Re: The North Korea Question

So, Tillerson is in South Korea. Apparently a pre-emptive strike is on the table. Wonderful.
by Shawn
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

So, now there is a budget. Again, it reads like a greatest hits of words uttered on the campaign trail forced into a budget. :shock: Build the wall, beef up the military, gut arts and sciences. What is most telling is what is missing: discussion of revenues, a forecast about the economy, and nothing...
by Shawn
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: School results time
Replies: 9
Views: 138

Re: School results time

My guys are still small and just getting into elementary school. I am amazed at how much time school requires of mom! It's like a job for her, attending this and that, prepping for events, and then dealing with all the other moms.
by Shawn
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

I'm not surprised that that government is doing this. Trump said he was going to build a wall. The next step to get the land for it. $2,900 for an acre seems awfully low, then again, it is in the boondocks and along the border with Mexico. That's what you get for supporting Trump, Texas. He intends ...
by Shawn
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: What's happened to Eikaiwa?
Replies: 58
Views: 9290

Re: What's happened to Eikaiwa?

I've been blogging up a storm. :cheers: Another entry, this time about how Canada's banks are like an eikaiwa. http://www.letsjapan.org/how-canadian-banks-are-eikaiwas Direct link to the news story here' http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/banks-upselling-go-public-1.4023575 It's shocking...
by Shawn
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

I've kind of given up posting about Trump because every day brings some new revelation or idiotic Tweet. The rollout of Trumpcare has been jaw-dropping. It's not a plan to provide healthcare at all, but a massive tax break for the wealthy. It's not even a plan; it just wrecks everything and people w...
by Shawn
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: What's happened to Eikaiwa?
Replies: 58
Views: 9290

Re: What's happened to Eikaiwa?

I decided to update my blog:

http://www.letsjapan.org/more-things-ch ... -stay-same

Seems that working conditions in eikaiwa are still terrible.
by Shawn
Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

So Muslim ban 2.0 was signed and it now exempts Iraq and holders of green cards. Maybe there will be less chaos this time? But this fixation with border security has become extreme. In my youth, I frequently crossed the border to get cheap gas and what not. Now, I read about a Canadian citizen being...
by Shawn
Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

But I heard he didn't say anything explicitly racist or sexist and mostly avoided rambling attacks on personal opponents, so by current standards that makes this the greatest presidential speech of all time and Trump one of the best orators in American history. And that's what gets me. He simply re...
by Shawn
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

Back to the topic of this thread, Trump addressed Congress yesterday. Four observations: 1. He basically gave the same campaign/inaugural speech but without any personal attacks or ad libs. :hohum: 2. For some reason, the much of the media took this to mean that he was being very presidential. :shoc...
by Shawn
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

This forum is absolutely unreadable. Has it been hacked or was it a buggy software update?? Oh and to stay on topic with the thread Fuck Donald Trump. It's amazing that he is even getting backlash from Fox news for blocking CNN and BBC. . Good! For some reason, the latest update is broken in Chrome...
by Shawn
Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

The Gestapo is up and running: Border Agents Ask Muhammad Ali's Son: 'Are You Muslim?' Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a fa...
by Shawn
Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

This forum is absolutely unreadable. Has it been hacked or was it a buggy software update?? Oh and to stay on topic with the thread Fuck Donald Trump. It's amazing that he is even getting backlash from Fox news for blocking CNN and BBC. . Good! For some reason, the latest update is broken in Chrome...
by Shawn
Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

Fascism marches on! America takes another step down the path by banning CNN, The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, RealClearPolitics, BBC, and The News from a press briefing because Trump doesn't like what their reporting. Trump still trotted out his "the press is the enemy of the people" line at ...
by Shawn
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

Does Trump intend to start another nuclear arms race ? Because... President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its weapons capacity. ...sounds like he does. And this makes no sense: “I a...
by Shawn
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Board update
Replies: 0
Views: 117

Board update

I recently updated to version 3.2 of PHPBB. For some reason, the layout in Chrome is a complete mess. The topic icon gets repeated all across the screen and dropdown menus are all hanging out. Everything looks fine in Firefox and Edge, however. How are things with you? Any strange issues with the fo...
by Shawn
Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: A Thread for Translators
Replies: 171
Views: 61447

Re: A Thread for Translators

The problem of trying to parse Trump : As political leaders in Japan pay close attention to how U.S. President Donald Trump will go in office, so, too, are interpreters who have had a nightmarish experience translating his disjointed speeches. “He rarely speaks logically, and he only emphasizes one...
by Shawn
Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

Trump's pick to replace Flynn turns down offer. "Ummm.... no." If you were offered a shit sandwich, would you take it? In the span of a month, Trump has become absolutely toxic. Working for the administration or associating yourself with it would be bad for your career. And that goes for government...
by Shawn
Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

You're being way too nice mate. The whole thing is about to implode. It's going to be a spectacular Hindenburg-like disaster. Wherever Obama is right now I bet he is enjoying the show. He did like that show Homeland and this has certain parallels. You just might be right. Obama is probably laughing...
by Shawn
Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

Let's turn our attention back to policy. Gen. Mattis spoke to NATO leaders the other day and basically told them to pay up. “I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the fair demand from my country’s people in concrete terms,” Mattis said. “A...
by Shawn
Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 4853

Re: The President Trump Thread

I watched that live. Yes, he said it. "One state or two state solution. I'm for whatever the two parties decide to work out." International leadership and wise diplomacy at its finest! :thumbsup: So I wake and turn on the news to see what wacky White House antics the day brings. :shock: Did you see...