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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000 See in context

It's doubtful whether all 500,000 of these individuals would still be alive had Covid never happened.

Dying with Covid does not necessarily equate to dying from Covid.

The vast majority of these people were already in their final years and many had seriously underlying conditions.

Statistically, the total number of deaths in the US in 2020 is not far off from 2019, 2018, or 2017.

Curiously, while Covid deaths are way up, pneumonia, heart disease and respiratory failure are all way down.

@Burningbush,

Laughably false.

American life expectancy fell by one year, to 77.8 years, in the first half of 2020 alone. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/us/covid-life-expectancy.html

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Posted in: Calls grow to relocate 2022 Beijing Winter Games over human rights abuses See in context

China Olympics 2022: Just over 11 months away.

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Posted in: New S Korean ambassador eyes political solutions to issues with Japan See in context

@SJ

> The problem here is the Japanese government has systematically controlled the thoughts and actions of the Japanese people who are traditionally obedient. For example, https://www.heritage.org/asia/report/the-pearl-harbor-anniversary-japan-still-says-dont-blame-me

You have linked a far-right conspiracy website to support your bigoted views. Not a good look.

The "Heritage.org" website is full of far-right nuttiness such as "Why Aren't US Attorneys Investigating Voter Fraud Allegations?" and "BLM’s Leftist Agenda".

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Posted in: Coronavirus forcing more and more women into poverty See in context

This article is fiction.

The fabricated details are laughable.

No one making 130,000 yen a month is going to blow 50,000 yen on a desk. You can buy one at any recycle shop for a pittance.

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Posted in: Lesser-known K-pop bands struggling amid the pandemic See in context

K-pop acts are more vulnerable.... young performers spend nearly their entire adolescence — as long as 10 years — training and abiding by strict rules imposed by labels that often include strict dieting and rigid practice schedules.

Child abuse.

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Posted in: Genderless high school uniforms spread in Japan to meet needs of LGBT students See in context

This is the final stage of decadence that often precedes a civilization's collapse. 

Comedy gold.

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Posted in: Genderless high school uniforms spread in Japan to meet needs of LGBT students See in context

@girl_in_tokyo,

If you refuse to respect gender identity, you are active causing harm to people with gender dysphoria, and there really is no excuse for behaving in such a hateful, harmful way towards other human beings.

Agreed. Unfortunately, your wisdom seems to be lost on some of the retrograde bigots who contribute to these comment sections.

I guess they see themselves as "frontline soldiers" for Donald Trump's asinine culture wars.

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Posted in: Genderless high school uniforms spread in Japan to meet needs of LGBT students See in context

@longtimenosee,

.....one's gender is a function of the size and shape of the sexual dimorphous nuclei in the hypothalamus. And the size and shape of thus nuclei is a function of exposure to androgens during prenatal development. So even if you have XX genes (which could be due to a failure of the Mullerian system shutting down), you could have a high androgen exposure during prenatal neurodevelopment, and in fact have a male brain. We are our brains, period. All other parts are replaceable.

So as I said, no one chooses your gender, it's how we are born.

This information is presented this textbook used in postgraduate neurophysiology courses:

https://www.pearson.com/us/higher-education/product/Carlson-Physiology-of-Behavior-11th-Edition/9780205239399.html

Excellent post. Thank you for the informative link.

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Posted in: Universal Music buys Bob Dylan's entire back catalog See in context

Lay Lady Lay is headed straight to an erectile dysfunction drug commercial.

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Posted in: Suga tells U.N. Olympics will serve as proof humanity has defeated pandemic See in context

Delusional hubris.

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Posted in: Increasingly desperate Vietnamese blamed for surging crime wave See in context

Racist article victim blaming Vietnamese exploited for cheap labour.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics: Many rules, no partying, no hanging around See in context

@Toasted Heretic

How dare you post something positive and optimistic. This is Japan Today!!

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Posted in: Anxious nation awaits Election Day See in context

Looks like Don Jr. has his sights set on 2024. After that Barron Trump?

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Posted in: War of Resistance sculpture See in context

@1glenn,

Not the case.

Most fighting and insurrection against the Japanese was done by Mao's followers. The Nationalist Kuomintang mostly conserved their forces for the civil war they planned after WWII.

General Joseph Stillwell described Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek's strategy in WWII:

"Chiang Kai-shek will not make an effort to fight seriously. He wants to finish the war coasting, with a big supply of material, so as to perpetuate his regime."

According to General John Magruder  (General Marshall's envoy in China) the Nationalists hoarded American aid "largely with the idea of post-war military action" and that Chiang's Nationalists regarded their armies as "static assets to be conserved for assistance in fighting against...fellow country-men..."

General Magruder called FDR's belief that Chiang fought the Japanese an "alluring fiction" from the world/of "make believe."

Furthermore, the majority of the Nationalist Kuomintang were ill trained and badly supplied, and they behaved in the Chinese tradition of locust armies, surviving by plundering civilian homes. A British writer visiting Chiang's front observed, "If anything is calculated to make the Chinese peasant turn spontaneously to Communism...it is having troops permanently billeted on him."

The Nationalists, portrayed by American WWII propaganda as beloved by the Chinese people, had to kidnap most of their soldiers. Fearing that their "recruits" would desert, Chiang Kai-shek's commanders often marched shanghaied men, all of them tied together with ropes around their necks, hundreds of miles from their homes. They were then stripped naked at night to keep them from running away.

Joseph Stilwell observed these dragooned "Nationalist soldiers": many were less than four and a half feet tall, under fourteen years of age, and barefoot. Stilwell wrote in his diary, "The wildest stretch of the imagination could not imagine the rabble in action except running away."

There you have it; directly from the eyewitness accounts of American military leaders and western media there at the time.

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Posted in: Samsung touts $2,000 foldable phone as a 'VIP' experience See in context

Not paying $2,000 for something that will be obsolete and worthless in 24 months.

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Posted in: Biden hits campaign trail; blames Trump for city violence See in context

@PTownsend,

Trump did NOT start the fires. They've been burning since the first Spaniard/Portuguese/Dutch/French/Englishman etal stepped foot anywhere on American (the entire continent) shores. 

Had to thumb you up for working in a Billy Joel "We Didn't Start The Fire" reference.

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Posted in: New crackdown on smoking spurs search for loopholes See in context

There are always some people eager to tell child labourers, victims of physical abuse, racism, sexual harassment, and unhealthy working conditions that it is their fault for failing to "find a new crappy job".

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Posted in: New crackdown on smoking spurs search for loopholes See in context

@Kobe White Bar Owner,

Totally agree!

The right of employees to work in a smoke free environment must be protected.

Given the Covid pandemic this should not even be a matter for debate.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 75th A-bomb anniversary See in context

@jeancolmar,

Emperor Hitohito's imperial rescript surrender speech to the Japanese troops made no acknowledgement of the bombs:

https://apjjf.org/-tsuyoshi-hasegawa/2501/article.html

In his speech to the soldiers and sailors, especially die-hard officers who might still wish to continue fighting, the emperor did not mention the atomic bomb. Rather, it was Soviet participation in the war that provided a more powerful justification to persuade the troops to lay down their arms.

The emperor did refer to bombs in his imperial rescript announcement to the general Japanese population. However he also stated in the same speech:

"We declared war...out of Our sincere desire to secure...stabilization of East Asia, it being far from Our thought either to infringe upon the sovereignty of other nations or to embark upon territorial aggrandisement."

LOL. I suppose you fervently believe this as well?

In reality, what motivated Hirohito to surrender to the U.S. was neither a pious wish to bring peace to humanity nor a sincere desire to save the people and the nation from destruction, as his speech to civilians stated and as the myth of the emperor’s “sacred decision” would have Americans eager to justify nuking civilians believe. 

More than anything else, it was a sense of personal survival and deep responsibility to maintain the imperial house (which Russian occupation would most certainly have dismantled), which had lasted in unbroken lineage since the Jinmu emperor.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 75th A-bomb anniversary See in context

@Serrano

Most people are pretty sure the A-bombings had a lot to do with Hirohito announcing the surrender.

That is your opinion. I place greater trust in the six of the seven US WWII five star officers who concluded that the nuking of H&N was unnecessary.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 75th A-bomb anniversary See in context

@jeancolmar,

 If you read Hirohito's surrender speech he indirectly mentions the atomic bombs as one major reason to give up.

Incorrect.  Emperor Hitohito's imperial rescript surrender speech to the Japanese troops made no acknowledgement of the bombs:

https://apjjf.org/-tsuyoshi-hasegawa/2501/article.html

In his speech to the soldiers and sailors, especially die-hard officers who might still wish to continue fighting, the emperor did not mention the atomic bomb. Rather, it was Soviet participation in the war that provided a more powerful justification to persuade the troops to lay down their arms.

The emperor did refer to bombs in his imperial rescript announcement to the general Japanese population. However he also stated in the same speech:

"We declared war...out of Our sincere desire to secure...stabilization of East Asia, it being far from Our thought wither to infringe upon the sovereignty of other nations or to embark upon territorial aggrandisement."

LOL. I suppose you fervently believe this as well?

In reality, what motivated Hirohito to surrender to the U.S. was neither a pious wish to bring peace to humanity nor a sincere desire to save the people and the nation from destruction, as his speech to civilians stated and as the myth of the emperor’s “sacred decision” would have Americans eager to justify nuking civilians believe.

More than anything else, it was a sense of personal survival and deep responsibility to maintain the imperial house (which Russian occupation would most certainly have dismantled), which had lasted in unbroken lineage since the Jinmu emperor.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 75th A-bomb anniversary See in context

@Serrano,

The non-atomic bombings of Tokyo and other Japanese cities killed around 333,000, wounded around 473,000 and made millions homeless.

The American military obliterated over 60 Japanese cities with napalm and white phosphorous. All of these over 60 events were arguably war crimes.

No invasion or nukes were ever needed to end WWII. Soviet entry ended it and convinced the Japanese to surrender to the US to save their emperor.

Here is a starting point for your research:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/05/30/the-bomb-didnt-beat-japan-stalin-did/

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 75th A-bomb anniversary See in context

@Vanessa Carlisle

What ended the war was the leadership, especially Hirohito, fearing capture, torture and slow execution by the Soviets as they entered the war........If they did not surrender to the U.S. immediately they would lose their chance for an actual trial and possible exoneration, jail term or swift hanging. All the leadership wanted was to run from the Soviets.

Exactly. The apologists for mass murdering civilians with nukes conveniently ignore this fact.

Truman was well aware that Soviet entry would end WWII as his diary entries prior to the Hiroshima strike clearly show.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 75th A-bomb anniversary See in context

@Serrano

Do you fully understand how much more terrible the firebombings of Tokyo and Dresden were?

All were heinous war crimes. However the death toll from Hiroshima was by far the highest.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 75th A-bomb anniversary See in context

@kwatt

Soviet entry into the war against Japan ended WWII.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/05/30/the-bomb-didnt-beat-japan-stalin-did/

The atomic bombings were nothing more that cynical live human experiments on people deemed subhuman by American propaganda.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 75th anniversary of A-bombing See in context

@wtfjapan,

Sorry dude, but the Americans had been raping and pillaging throughout the Asia/Pacific region well before 1931. I suggest learning about the Philippine genocide and a the Boxer Rebellion.

Conservative estimates are that America's global invasions have claimed over 50 million lives most of them civilians.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 75th anniversary of A-bombing See in context

@smithinjapan,

But hey, you probably deny the Rape of Nanjing, live vivisection....

Never made any such denials. Your statement is a classic example of a straw man argument.

And yes, you did minimize Imperial Japan's role in this, and you continue to do so, making the deaths of all these innocents by the bombings meaningless.

Nope. There has been no minimisation from me. Another facile straw man argument. You clearly don't even know what a straw man argument is.

Your words speak for themselves:

...the war crimes carried out by Japan were a million times worse...

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 75th anniversary of A-bombing See in context

@smithinjapan,

....it is YOU who minimizes the senseless mass slaughter of innocent children, but suggesting that pointing out the IJA' s atrocities in minimising.

Never suggested such a thing. Your statement is a classic example of a straw man argument.

My original post stands: you are minimising the senseless mass slaughter of women and children. Your own words speak for themselves.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 75th anniversary of A-bombing See in context

@Smithinjapan

...the war crimes and atrocities carried out by Imperial Japan were a million times worse...

Gotta love the western supremacists trying to minimise the senseless mass slaughter of innocent women and children.

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Posted in: U.S. forces begin virus testing on all personnel arriving in Japan See in context

Now?! Is this a joke?

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