Abbeyroad45 comments

Posted in: New exhibition in Tokyo focuses on Japanese 'comfort women' See in context

These women were heavily stigmatized when they returned to Japan, because everyone knew who they were and where they had been. Would be nice to see some official acknowledgment of their suffering. Women who went to the front as nurses, cooks, etc. were also forced to sleep with a quota of soldiers daily. There has been much written about this by Japanese historians but it doesn't get much publicity.

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Posted in: Japan's cutesy 'kei' cars hit rocky road See in context

They really aren't safe in a crash, as I have experienced personally. I like the economic value, but I could never put my kids in one.

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Posted in: Trump pardons ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio See in context

Arpaio was by all accounts a failure of a sheriff. Far from fighting crime, 911 response times skyrocketed during his tenure because he had all his people working on illegal immigration and harassing his political opponents. It was basically a free for all for rape and other sex crimes, most of which weren't investigated at all. And yet he had no real effect on illegal immigration into the county anyway. He wasn't "just doing his job." He was doing a terrible job, besides being a racist nutbag, and the county was less safe with him in charge.

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Posted in: Gov't studies safety of painless childbirth See in context

This has a lot to do with inexperience. Anesthesiologists at major hospitals who attend many C sections are experienced in giving epidurals, but these hospitals usually don't offer optional epidurals. The smaller private hospitals that do have a hard time finding anesthesiologists with enough relevant experience, creating a safety hazard. In countries where these practices are the norm, doctors get ample experience during residency. Another issue is they often insist on induction in order to suit the anesthesiologist's schedule, which adds a layer of complexity. I looked into this before having my own children and found there wasn't a hospital local to me that offered this in conditions I considered safe.

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Posted in: 3-year-old boy left in car dies from heatstroke See in context

I don't let my inlaws drive my kids to nursery or watch them alone because of this kind of thing. They are far too inattentive and forgetful to be responsible for such young children. If they were 10 years younger it would be different, but the reality is that they can't do it anymore. There have been a few close calls because my spouse insists on giving them endless chances but at this point I have a good grasp of what they are and aren't capable of and I don't allow those lines to be crossed. When the kids are older and can look out for themselves better then they can stay at grandma's alone, but I can't bet their lives on grandma's ever encroaching senility.

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Posted in: Court rules Korean school entitled to gov't tuition-free program See in context

It's not special privileges. The ruling is that they can't treat the schools differently than other private schools just because of the actions of the North Korean state. A fair ruling, since most of these schools have a long history in Japan that predates the North Korean state, and the private school subsidies can be used at other types of international schools.

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Posted in: Boy dies from heatstroke after being left in car; 1-yr-old boy also dies in car while dad plays pachinko See in context

It's likely that he was doing something in the car, playing a game or reading or the like, and the mother told him to come along when he was ready, and he fell asleep or passed out when it got hot inside. I wouldn't expect a 9 year old to be a good judge of how long it would be safe to stay in the car. The mother letting him wait in the car by himself is perfectly safe in milder weather, but she should have checked up on him.

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Posted in: Trump pressures Republicans to pass health care reform, warns 'Obamacare is death' See in context

I still cannot find anywhere in the Constitution where health care is delegated by the states or listed in the Constitution. 

Seriously? What kind of health care do you think they had in the 1700's? Since leeches were still a legitimate cure then, I think the framers of the Constitution can be forgiven for not forseeing the need for health insurance.

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Posted in: Trump pressures Republicans to pass health care reform, warns 'Obamacare is death' See in context

bottom line is I don't care how many people lose insurance, I don't care how many people die, I don't care how this affects the USA going forward but I must destroy Obamacare. Because he dissed me once.

You've hit the nail on the head. Bet he would never have gone after it if they hadn't called it Obamacare. Trump has even spoken in support of single payer health care in the past. He has a strange obsession with Obama, though.

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Posted in: Parents of terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard agree to let him die See in context

How terrible that these parents and their grief were used like this. The experimental treatment wasn't going to give him a normal life, and though their desire to hope that it would is understandable, they were misled by professionals who should know better. A very sad story.

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Posted in: Trump pressures Republicans to pass health care reform, warns 'Obamacare is death' See in context

It's been well documented that Trump squandered the family fortune, and that most of his businesses weren't successful until his children took over. In recent years he has made some money selling his name and image as a TV personality, but most of his businesses have failed through poor management, to the point that US banks won't extend credit to him any more. I believe that the money from the Apprentice was drying up and so he decided to run for president to make money. I do think he didn't expect to win, and just wanted to ride the donations and book deals, TV appearances, etc., for as long as he could, but winning gave him an unprecedented money making opportunity as well as an insane ego boost.

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Posted in: Trump pressures Republicans to pass health care reform, warns 'Obamacare is death' See in context

The health insurance companies have come out against this bill, citing, among other reasons, that the "junk plans" the bill authorizes will be a regulatory nightmare. Insurance is regulated at the state level, so the "buy your insurance across state lines" thing that Trump keeps touting is basically meaningless. No insurance company will want to pay the costs to make a plan compliant in multiple states, so they will never offer such plans. The whole idea is ridiculous and obviously dreamed up by someone who doesn't understand the insurance system at all. When even the companies who are supposed to be protected by your plan think it is garbage, well, that should tell you something.

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Posted in: Trump tweets frustration with Republicans See in context

Trump thinks they are a "team" and wants them to push through deeply unpopular legislation so he can "win" at the cost of their own jobs. In the meantime he seems deeply confused as to what health insurance even is, doesn't seem to understand how our government works, and doesn't care that his Russia problems are going to destroy the party, and probably his family as well. The GOP rats are going to start leaving that sinking ship soon.

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Posted in: Australians stunned by Minneapolis police shooting of woman See in context

You said it. Of course this time the officer is black so he'll probably get convicted, unlike all the white officers who did the same thing. Lock them all up imo.

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Posted in: 'Inhumane' treatment in Japanese hospital behind NZ man's death: kin See in context

Hammerhead, we do know that because the family was in the hospital with him and saw him restrained. They didn't need to understand the language or read his medical records, it was done openly, right in front of them.

Also, you seem to be projecting a lot with your comments about money. Nowhere does it say they are suing for money. It says they are publicizing the case in the hopes of preventing the same thing happening to others.

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Posted in: Woman in wheelchair falls down an escalator; kills a passerby See in context

I know this store well, and there is actually a large elevator a few meters away from the escalator where this happened. It's actually one of the largest elevators in the mall because it is next to the furniture store, so it is hard to miss. There's really no excuse for doing this.

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Posted in: Rare footage shows Korean 'comfort women' from World War Two See in context

Given that there is only 18 seconds of footage, it will be rather difficult to determine much other than the women in fact existing at that location, but of course it'll be used as evidence on the infamous Worst Possible Variant.

Go ahead and watch it, it's surprisingly telling.

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Posted in: You can do good, fair, transparent and sustainable trade agreements where you win and I win, and not the American view, which seems to be, 'You lose and I win.' See in context

Abbeyroad45 you must be American to know so much about how they are raised and think

Yes, I am. Many Americans do think of life as a zero sum game. If my neighbor is winning then I must be losing because we can't both be winning. It is a common way of thinking.

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Posted in: You can do good, fair, transparent and sustainable trade agreements where you win and I win, and not the American view, which seems to be, 'You lose and I win.' See in context

That's because so many Americans have been raised to think that if someone else is doing well, then they must be doing worse than they should be.

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Posted in: BOJ policymaker praises Hitler's economic policies See in context

Hitler's economic policies basically consisted of looting the countries he invaded and stealing from the Jews. The only real problem was that the quantity of countries to invade and Jews to murder was finite. Otherwise well done, great job.

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Posted in: Man arrested for threatening Saitama kindergarten employee with knife See in context

Agree with cracaphat, if my man here got a job he would not have to sit at home and work himself into a murderous rage over children being children.

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Posted in: U.S. top court to rule on Trump's travel ban, other cases as talk about Kennedy swirls See in context

Too bad all those tweets made clear the unconstitutional intent, eh.

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Posted in: Trump's new idea -- a 'solar wall' on Mexican border See in context

Illegal immigration isn't actually a problem, that's why nobody's ever really tried to solve it. The illegal immigrants work for next to nothing so businesses and industries love them and have successfully kept them in the country. Blaming them for drugs is just silly, as obviously drug mules have to actually go back to Mexico. Calling them members of border did the 9/11 hijackers cross again? The wall is just a pretend solution that appeals to the authoritarian-loving base.

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Posted in: Trump's new idea -- a 'solar wall' on Mexican border See in context

You know what has had the most profound effect on drug trafficking? Legalization and decriminalization by the states. We have seen that people are willing to spend a hefty premium to buy their drugs legally, and even when only two states had legalized, the effect on the Mexican drug trade was enormous. If every state legalized or at least decriminalized marijuana, the Mexican drug lords wouldn't have any customers any more. Study after study shows that marijuana is much less harmful than just about every drug, including alcohol and tobacco. Legalize and the wall issue will take care of itself, besides creating huge tax revenues for states.

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Posted in: Trump's son-in-law Kushner seeks to revive Mideast talks See in context

Saying he has a strategy is rather generous. I don't believe he has a realistic plan or strategy for anything, and is expecting that, like with his businesses, he'll just say what he wants and the people below him will make it happen somehow. The obvious evidence that it doesn't seem to be working at all seems lost on him.

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Posted in: Record number of court-ordered child custody suspensions in 2016 See in context

Child abuse is usually generational, so often in these cases there are no competent relatives available. Children being forcibly removed can sometimes save their lives.

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Posted in: Rap anti-hero Tupac Shakur bigger in death than life See in context

Sounds like many of the commenters here have never heard Tupac. He certainly didn't glorify violence or degrade women. On the contrary many of his songs spoke against violence, such as Life Goes On. The man was an artist.

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Posted in: Kyoto Board of Education administers English test for teachers with disheartening results See in context

I think teachers need to know a subject to be able to teach it. This would be a given for a math or science teacher, so I don't know why English teachers get a pass. When I was teaching I saw students get very discouraged by the low level of English ability of their teachers, which is readily apparent to students.

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Posted in: JAL screening passengers from nations subject to U.S. entry ban See in context

I disagree with a Muslim ban and a country based ban, but I think every foreign traveller entering the US (and my own country) should be required to check a box on their arrival card explicitly declaring that secular man-made laws of the state are superior to all religious law in all circumstances, that they believe men and women enjoy universal equal rights, that every person has a universal right to chose or leave their religion without negative consequences, that people have a universal right to choose their sexual orientation etc.

If any country required this, Trump and US republicans would never be able to leave the country. Look at Pence and Ryan and what they are trying to do. US evangelicals are every bit as militant, backward, and self-righteous as radical Muslims.

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Posted in: Park employee didn’t collect admission fees from 160,000 foreigners over 2 1/2 years because one scared him See in context

There is no way he could have actually let that many people in for free for that long with no one catching on. Blaming suspicious foreigners is a common tactic when one is caught embezzling though, saw it at a company I used to work for.

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