Bernd Laurent comments

Posted in: De Niro is back in the boxing ring, but the gloves are off See in context

Another boxing movie? Of all the topics in the world..

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Posted in: Canada announces ban on transgender discrimination See in context

Transgender privileges are so 2015, it's 2016 for gods sake! Like, DUH! (Trudeau-style reasoning)

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Posted in: 4 dogs cause flight delays after wandering onto Haneda Airport runway See in context

doggone dogs!

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Posted in: Suga confident Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid was clean See in context

Let's hope the Tokyo Olympics get canceled. The average citizen does not benefit from this 2 week doping test obstacle course.

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Posted in: Home gardening pod lets you grow vegetables indoors with little effort, no soil See in context

Where do the nutrients to grow the plant come from?

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Posted in: Residents evacuated as fires threaten Canada's oil sands town See in context

What a tragic situation. Let's hope the weather gods send rain.

Well this could be interpreted as a godly sign of anger with the oil sands industry. But I too hope the civilians are safe.

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Posted in: Better education can decrease wealth inequality See in context

But why should the ruling elite be interested in changing the status quo?

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Posted in: Japan eyes more foreign workers, challenging immigration taboo See in context

a tight labor market and ever-shrinking work force

Oh really, tell that to the Japanese who work several part-time jobs overtime to make a living, or those who never had the chance for higher education to qualify them for highly-skilled jobs. This talk about the shrinking workforce is just to gloss over the fact that they want to avoid raising the wages and rather import cheap labor from abroad.

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Posted in: Kansas withdraws from Syrian refugee resettlement program See in context

The US has been involved in Syria from the start, not with troops but supporting several sides of the conflict. But in all fairness, so have Saudi-Arabia, Turkey, Russia etc.

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Posted in: Kansas withdraws from Syrian refugee resettlement program See in context

A family of three and two men have been resettled there in the past 15 months.

Oh wow, are they sure they are not overdoing it? I mean considering the American involvement in almost any war, that is a laughable achievement. I do agree that we shouldn't ship the refugees to far off places, but why did Germany have to take in so many then?

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Posted in: Twitter eyes Japan for revenue from data for businesses See in context

Japan, with its 35 million users

sure. Bot-accounts are not actual users!

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Posted in: 'Japan as Number One' author Vogel still upbeat on country's future See in context


what's the problem with that sentence?

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Posted in: Canada to legalize marijuana in 2017 See in context

Good move! But whoever thinks that there will be less organized crime is suffering from a (possibly marihuana induced) delusion.

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Posted in: Hi-res headphone adapter See in context

A sampling frequency of 192 kHz has no value for the music listener. In fact this extreme resolution may lead to distortions and make the sound worse. 96 kHz is the maximum useful resolution, while 48 kHz captures all the audible sound just as well at a fraction of the storage space.

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Posted in: Asia's top film festival in crisis See in context

Sad to see formerly democratic countries like South Korea, Turkey, Spain, Brazil etc. descend back into totalitarian regimes.

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Posted in: Japan executes two death row inmates See in context

Yes some people deserve to die. But I don't trust any government or justice system to judge over a person's life. Put them in jail and let god be the judge over their life.

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Posted in: Ninja-seeking Aichi Pref inundated with overseas applications See in context

I'm sure it's 100% authentic. Authentic in the minds of fedora-donning part-time bushi for that matter.

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Posted in: Fukushima 'decontamination troops' often exploited, shunned See in context

Why aren't Abe, the Tepco bosses and all those nuclear fanboys on JT cleaning up the mess they made? 'Radiation isn't lethal' is their mantra after all...

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Posted in: Japan's porn industry preys on young women, say rights advocates See in context

The biggest problem I see is not the few girls who do this job voluntarily, but the ones being "forced" into this occupation because they cannot get a regular job that will earn them a living. There are plenty of young women (and men) with no money or time for a university degree who barely survive on part-time jobs in this country. If the girls are looking for fame or luxury, that job is a risk they decide to take, but when it's a matter of necessity we are talking about modern slavery.

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Posted in: When you’re in a romantic relationship, how difficult is it to have close friends of the opposite sex? See in context

I've met men and women who love their partner's mad jealously or even outright bans on friends of the opposite sex.

Believe me, extreme jealousy is not love, it's more akin to an addiction. These people need professional help.

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Posted in: By 2045, there will be 13% fewer workers per person in Japan. That means each worker would need to produce 13% more in terms of economic value to offset the decline and maintain current living standar See in context

Cut executive income to a tenth of the lowest salary, reduce working hours and you'll have a boost in economic productivity never seen before.

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Posted in: Canada moves to repeal law that revokes citizenship in terror cases See in context

So you believe in equality only when it serves you?

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Posted in: Canada moves to repeal law that revokes citizenship in terror cases See in context

“This law created two classes of Canadians,” Immigration Minister John McCallum told a press conference. “We believe very strongly that there should be only one class of Canadians, that all Canadians are equal, that a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”

If all Canadians are supposed to be equal, they should all be allowed only one passport.

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Posted in: Do you support torture as an interrogation method if the objective is to prevent a terrorist attack or capture criminals? See in context

First off, what kind of human being's actually train someone how to torture others? What kind of students are interesting in this practice?

At the right price you can get pretty much anyone to do anything. The American Psychological Association for example, biggest association of psychologists on this planet.

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Posted in: 7 dead, several wounded in random Michigan shootings See in context


Ha ha - got downthumbed for pointing out the obvious. Nobody will remember this after a week or two except for the families of those killed. Happens a lot when the perpetrators are white guys.

"Terrorism, in its broadest sense, is defined as the use of violence, or threatened use of violence, in order to achieve a political or religious aim."

Please tell me, what was the political or religious aim of this nut?

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Posted in: Sakai city launches initiative to cover up adult magazines at convenience stores See in context

Will they cover up news magazines and violent manga too?

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Posted in: Illegal mosaic-free porn business busted See in context

Why all the outrage directed at Japan? You don’t have to look very far to find antiquated nudity laws in your own country, which get strictly persecuted despite other much worse crimes taking place. Take for example the R-Rating which is applied to anything slightly erotic, while violence is deemed OK for children older than 13.

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Posted in: Is it acceptable to break up via instant message? See in context

Couldn't all these excuses like the person might go mad, it's a hassle, be used by employers to fire employees as well then?

No. because there are many laws and regulations about work but none about breaking up. It's done by your own rules.

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Posted in: Is it acceptable to break up via instant message? See in context

It depends on the reason for breaking up.

Absolutely agree, Cleo.

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Posted in: 'Star Trek' vet to helm new series See in context

Let's just hope JJ "Lens Flare" Abrams is not involved.

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