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Posted in: Noose tightens around WikiLeaks' Assange See in context

the very american revolution that established your republic was taking the system down wasn't it?! it shook the yoke of british imperialism, aristocracy, eclasiastical authority and in short went against all the entrenched interests and prevalent prejudices. it has issued a thoroughly revolutionary proclamation of human rights and equality as self evident and vowed to protect and uphold them.

now another revolution in thinking is necessary more than anything. it is for this end that the info such as wikileaks provides is needed and every progressive thinking human should support the leaks and fervently oppose political hunt on assange.

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Posted in: Noose tightens around WikiLeaks' Assange See in context

mikehuntez, taking down any country's system on the contrary becomes the duty of every thinking and sensible human when that system is corrupt beyond repair and when it has clearly become an obstacle to human progress.

every important improvement in human morality, philosophy, politics, science etc. has emerged via struggling against prevalent superstitions and traditions embodied in the institutions of the state etc.

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Posted in: 2 million Americans lose jobless benefits as holiday season arrives See in context

can you not see that BOTH of your so called parties are nothing but an extension of the big business and operate directly under the influence of the financial capital? people are having their thanksgiving meals in the community kitchens! any of us can be next.

elite and political class including both parties must be done with and the power of the state placed in the hands of the population before we even have a chance at a change we can believe in. as beelzebub said: to the barricades!

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Posted in: WikiLeaks: Espionage? Journalism? Something else? See in context

maybe data dump does not equal journalism but consulting with the pentagon about what can and what cannot be published beforehand as "major responsible media" are doing is even less so, it's mere propaganda!

this exposes the interests for which the peoples of the world are made to fight and hate each other, and these are most certainly not the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population! this is the second time in history general public has been given the glimpse of the dirty dark side of spying game misnamed diplomacy; last time it was the workers of russia exposing the back-room dealings of the imperialist powers of the time: russia, germany, france etc. it's time for another revolution of information

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Posted in: Is religion more of a destructive or benign force in the world today? See in context

Religions, more often than not, are but masks for objective social forces. Ex: Catholicism expresses the interests of the landed nobility and of the feudal order, while Calvinism (or Puritanism) represents those of the bourgeoisie or capitalism, Judaism mirrors the interests of a precapitalist mercantile class.

Organized religion is often nothing more than an attempt (albeit a somewhat successful one) to conceal the true driving forces of social dynamics from the masses in order to exploit them easier into toiling and fighting for interests they wouldn't consider worthy otherwise.

It is in this that religion reveals its most destructive role in the world.

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Posted in: Gloom, anger spreads as European economies teeter See in context

Commenting on this process, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung noted: “The financial crisis has come round to where it all started: the banks. And they have grown cheekier. While Lehman had to go bust to prove the need for tax payers to bail out banks, potential crises are now to be ‘preempted’ by EU taxpayers. Thus the banks will not be held liable for the risk—TO COVER WHICH THEY CHARGE ABUNDANT INTEREST—that a calamity will occur and a major debtor will default.”

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Posted in: Gloom, anger spreads as European economies teeter See in context

The bailout of Ireland by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund makes clear that society confronts a disaster if the international banks are allowed to continue their plundering of national treasuries and dismantling of social welfare systems built up over decades. The financial rescue package has exposed the role of every European institution and national government as the servant of a global financial aristocracy. Not a single government, nor a single parliamentary party is either willing or able to check the ever-expanding power of international finance capital. Only a continent wide grassroots movement to expropriate and democratize banksters' empires and redirect those means towards the benefit of the society as a whole can lead us forward from this impasse. Or you can blame Muslims, immigrants, Chinese, N Koreans etc

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Posted in: 4 in 10 say marriage is becoming obsolete in U.S. See in context

"Officials say such a move will reduce the number of families and children who are considered poor based on the new supplemental measure, which will be used as a guide for federal and state agencies to set anti-poverty policies."

I believe this is the whole point of the article. The headline should read: "Government using bogus research to justify fixing statistics in order to look less incompetent".

All that while this is happening: "Some 15 percent of US households, 17.4 million families or about 50 million people, were too poor to buy adequate food last year, according to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). More than a third of these households, with as many as one million children, were missing meals on a regular basis, the study found."

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Posted in: Japanese ship intercepts ballistic missile in test off Hawaii See in context

160 km above the pacific? that's outer space, above 100 km. is this article accurate? can they shoot something that high?

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Posted in: French rioters rampage, block airports See in context

solidarity with french workers! as solomon burke (RIP) sang:

none of us are free! none of us free if one of us is chained, none of us are free!

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Posted in: Bank of America to resume seizing more than 100,000 homes See in context

GJDailleut nailed it with the post above. Please read and re-read it! Seconded...

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Posted in: In your experience, which country's tourists are the least well-behaved whenever you have seen them out and about? See in context

thank you citizen12 at 08:38 AM JST - 1st October!!!

you rephrased it just perfectly! i used to work in the tourist industry for a spell and i have had so much good experience with people of just about any nation, matched with equally bad behaviour from other people of the same countries. i have found that there is no sense in trying to differentiate according to nationality. all it does is create stereotypes and prejudice. but you can meaningfully classify by other criteria:

in my experience well behaved people usually meant young couples or families (the later sometimes demanding but rarely rude), older people, single or not, people coming to attend some entertainment, sport, cultural etc event since they are more in tune with the country they visit an so on.

you want to be on the lookout for groups of youngsters, especially all male groups, sometimes even the teacher (trainer, representative) can lose all authority esp if alcohol gets involved. also, people get carried away on occasions like national sports matches, festivals or major holidays with all the partying etc.

so i would argue that age, or even class, are more of a factor in discerning the degree of well-behaved-ness than nations could ever be (chinese=1.3 billion people).

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Posted in: Anti-austerity protests sweep across Europe See in context

it has never been established! we're not talking about mandarins but of involving the interests and needs of the masses into political process and holding those invested with power responsible for its use!

the stalinist and other national-capitalist projects' failure only shows that socialism can never be established unless on a world-wide scale. you trying to represent this as failure of socialism or rationalization of the economy shows either that you've been brainwashed by propaganda or have an ulterior motive in prolonging the confusion of the population.

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Posted in: Anti-austerity protests sweep across Europe See in context

it doesn't allow me to post links for some reason but go to world socialist web site for yesterday's coverage of this strike and you can find millions of other examples as well

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Posted in: Anti-austerity protests sweep across Europe See in context

you want examples tim? commenting on an article that describes the struggle of european people for basic human rights and being denied them brutally?!?! what do you think the tread is all about?

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Posted in: Anti-austerity protests sweep across Europe See in context

the blatant lie that there is no money will simply not fly! we know how many has been horded, we see the incomes rising for the elite all through the crisis. even now corporations are posting record profits due to all the sacked workers or so called cost cutting measures. just look at the new census data in the us!!

when all banks and major resources (including the biggest corporations) are put under democratic control and made to work in fulfilling the needs of the majority of the population you will see how hidden money turns up.

i see you appreciate the fine point that this is a systematic problem which has to be addressed. this is precisely why it cannot be any individual solution to this (systematic) problem and why we need to mobilize to fight it, now! this is what we've been saying all along!

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Posted in: Anti-austerity protests sweep across Europe See in context

tim: "Where it is enforced, at gunpoint, by people who claim we are all equal, but some are more equal than others..."

i think this is the exact description of the way things are now. we are told that we're all equal but if you try to materialize that equality by asking (god forbid striking) for it, you will only get suppressed, at gunpoint!

so is it fairer that the minority oppresses the vast majority or are we allowed to fight back?

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Posted in: Anti-austerity protests sweep across Europe See in context

government used tax (population's) money to bail out banksters, and now population has to pay for it again, through cuts in social services (inadequate as they were to begin with). this amounts to having someone unilaterally take your money to casino, lose it, AND have the nerve to ask you to repay him the loss!!! this is what these protests mean! we won't foot your bill. we will not have the losses and risks socialized again while the profits remain private! as simple as that.

citizens have a formidable front to oppose: world financial elite and their national govt managers PLUS the corrupt unions who have long since stopped representing workers and advancing their rights, and formed a backstabbing coalition with the big capital, for the small piece of the cake. divided by nations, creed, race or any other reactionary notion mainstream propaganda spews we will not rise to the challenge. we are in desperate need of a common identity, one that will not necessarily negate any of the old ones, but will be able to transcend and integrate them all and dominate in times of class struggles.

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Posted in: Anti-austerity protests sweep across Europe See in context

people who cannot comprehend why we complain that abject poverty and deprivation is allowed to coexist side by side with enormous, publicly unaccountable wealth seem to think they live in a vacuum, cut off from society at large in a garden with money-growing trees with magical money that can create more money just by being timely invested or withdrawn.

in effect, wealth is created by workers, that is overwhelming majority of population who work for pay, as opposed to invest money and expecting return on their investment. clearly thinking people must realize that money cannot breed, it is just numbers we extrapolated from existing wealth to ease the transaction of it. real wealth is only created by work! illusional capital is born when a part of the real wealth created by workers is being plundered from above and privatized by expropriation.

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Posted in: Anti-austerity protests sweep across Europe See in context

it is ridiculous to claim that the wealth is not finite, as if we all live in some financial vacuum of numbers or smt. we live in very finite world and the wealth that privileged few horde in the amounts they do, can only be at the expense of everyone else. to deny this is to be either delusional or deceitful.

i support tkoind2 in his calls for international citizens' solidarity against the attacks of financial and political elite on the living standards of the population!

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Posted in: 'Confessions' to be Japan's candidate for foreign-language film Oscar See in context

i just love the page outline:

"38-year-old man admits to groping 100 girls"

'Confessions' to be Japan's candidate for foreign-language film Oscar

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Posted in: Many will be left behind when job market picks up See in context

i never bought into the personal responsibility propaganda myself, but it's evident to all now that this crisis is systematic in nature and there can be no solutions to it on an individual level. i.e. work at yoshinoya type!

lack of empathy on the part of insulated few notwithstanding, i would say it is a fact that jobs paying living wages have largely been terminated, never to return. i speak both from personal experience, and from what i gather from other people when i say this.

resulting fall in material standards of living, however deploring, is not in itself the worst that will befall the civilization. with it it inevitably brings regresses in spiritual and moral fields as well. as we have less and less we tend to succumb to negative feelings like insecurity, fear, greed, suspicion of others (especially markedly different people) and this in turn leads to corrosion of human and moral mores we came to think of as firmly established. you can see this in whipping up of anti-immigrant, muslim or roma etc. passions being stirred in "the west" nowadays. in the end we might easily proceed to first beggar thy neighbor and then dog eat dog international policies as seen many times before.

we need solidarity, empathy, imagination, grasp of the bigger picture now more than ever. we must not be divided again by petty considerations of the past: religion, nations, race etc. these problems are the same in nature and very similar in appearance all over the world. they have the same source and painful conclusions have to be made already before another decent into barbarism enflames the globe.

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Posted in: Firepower See in context

do these "ground self-defense forces" belong to the ministry of peace by any chance?

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Posted in: Mona Yamamoto announces her marriage See in context

she sure looks kind of pregnantish in this pic

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Posted in: Fitness industry under pressure See in context

i don't understand comments that say they "detest" gyms just because they don't feel the need to use them? be aware that there are a lot of people who feel, real or percieved, need for gyms and walking or running just isn't cutting it for them.

for example, anyone seriously working on endurance (whole body, muscle endurance or anaerobic endurance) will find it difficult, not to mention dangerous, to train for it outside at least 2-3 months a year. people working on changing their body composition, gaining lean body mass, toning their muscles or enhancing their power and/or strength have no way but to join a gym or buy expensive and heavy equipment that is virtually impossible to move when relocating and takes more space than is readily found in tokyo aptms.

also, on a personal note, my trainings are a bit on the longer side and pretty frequent so municipal gyms end up costing the same as the private ones. but for your regular user i think they just terrific, if one happens to be near you.

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Posted in: Generations See in context

too bad not a single banner is readable. the one under the flag looks like a poem or a song but nothing political. i wonder do these guys have any political programme at all other than your normal right wing scapegoating of foreigners/immigrants with "they took our jobs" kind a pseudo-thinking? "took-a-durrrr"

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Posted in: Fitness industry under pressure See in context

first of all, i think the title should be changed to the tune of "anytime fitness to open in japan" because that's what it's all about, almost nothing on the overall state of the industry in japan.

as some posters have said, local, public, community sports facilities are really great but are you aware how few of them are around. same goes for enthusiast run, local private gyms: really good in terms of service and value for money for the lucky few that do have one near by. unfortunately, in metropolitan 23 wards that kind of business model simply does not pay, and that leaves so many people with big chain stores only.

as someone who worked at megalos as a PT i agree with the posters who said that most of the clubs are really more of a social gathering spots for shufus and elderly with very few serious about their training. an exception is gold gym with very professional staff and guests, high quality new machines and no closing days, some work 24h!! however, i still miss out on it since i don't have one close enough.

as with a lot of businesses in japan, the real problem is how set in their ways they seem to be, with little or no will to improve or improvise. anything outside of the manual and it's simply not even considered. i had to argue with 3 different instructors in the gym i work out at just because i wanted to squat and deadlift barefoot. apparently, you had to have shoes since it was the rule, and this is japan. honestly, that was their reasoning. i had to have a talk with the manager eventually before i could get my point across and let them leave me to my own training methods that in no way obstruct their work.

as with eikaiwa, i feel it is simply another tatemae/honne business model. it passes itself as a sports gym but in reality it is just a social club, turning ever more to care for elderly facilities. as such, they feel that their upmost priority is to diminish the risk of anything and everything even if it means that no training or serious fitness activity can take place there anymore. self defeating, i know, but i think i can understand the reasoning of the managers. the result is another sad, listless place in "safety japan", as if we needed any more of those.

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Posted in: Economic fatalism and elections See in context

so economy matters, but it's not all there is to it. but it matters. but it's not all. but it does matter. but not in absolute terms. it is however significant. "This is why politics is also a game of inches."

whole article summed up to save your time.

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don't mention it!

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Posted in: How important are ratings given to companies and countries by agencies like Standard & Poor's and Moody's? See in context

they are a tool world financial elite uses to compel national elites to pass on the costs of systemic financial collapse (of aforementioned intl. elite's doing) on to the working population of each country.

their slogan: austerity for middle and lower classes or watch your country's ratings go down and interest up! france, iceland, uk, japan, greece, germany, romania, usa, aus... every time the same slogan, and every time masses fall for it hook, line and sinker.

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Posted in: Uchimizu See in context

uchimizu is a strange custom indeed. it seems to me that all it accomplishes is driving the humidity up, as if we needed any more of that. the only logical explanation i can come up with is that it is a residue from the times the streets were just dirt and wind would get it all in your face and clothes if you don't sprinkle it...

any thoughts?

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