Bob Macaroni comments

Posted in: Japan detects suspected Chinese submarine near southern island See in context

I do understand your point (we metaphorically use the term war to refer to things other than war), but I was talking about a hot war (a literal war), which I think was pretty clear. We define war as an intense armed conflict between different groups either from different countries or within countries. Therefore, in reply to your message, war is restricted to "shooting guns".

WilliBToday 02:28 pm JST

Bob Macaroni

It makes no sense for China to engage in war with the Western powers. Everyone would lose...

They are already engage in a war, on many levels: economic, psychological. diplomatic, criminal etc etc.

This depends on your definition. "War" is not restricted to shooting guns.

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Posted in: Japan detects suspected Chinese submarine near southern island See in context

Fighto!Today 12:33 pm JST

More aggressive behaviour ny the Communists. There is no doubt they are eyeing those southern island chains to build more of their military bases. Okinawa is on their agenda - make no mistake about that.

Further reason Japan has no oprion but to dramatically ramp up military spending. Two more Carriers and 5 or 6 more anti-submarine destroyers would be a bare minimum. More bases are needed in Southern Japan, and a huge military recruitment drive will be needed in the colleges and universities.

Most dangerous times we live in since 1945.

Despite your invective, it makes no sense for China to engage in war with the Western powers. Everyone would lose...

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Posted in: 20-year-old man arrested over attempted murder of parents See in context

First, what is this alarming trend? Where are the data you are using to make such a statement? A few selected articles in an online "news" website that are intended to trigger the predominantly foreign readership is unlikely to be representative of family violence in Japan. Second, you need to look up the difference between inter and intra.

snowymountainhellToday 05:56 pm JST

With Japan’s alarming, current trend of inter-familial violence this could have been much worse.

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Posted in: Climate change pushes New Zealand to warmest recorded winter See in context

BlacklabelToday 02:38 pm JST

so what is the negative impact to humans of 0.2 Celcius higer temperature?

The figure you quote was how much warmer this winter's average temperature was compared to the previous record temperature (which was incidentally last winter). This winter was 1.3 degrees warmer than the long-term average. In answer to your question, increasing temeperatures may increase the range of diseases such as malaria. But rising temperatures have a number of negative effects in the climate (e.g., increasing catastrophic weather events), ecosystems (changing ranges of different species), and loss of land due (or increasing costs of remediation to encroachment) to things such as encroachment from the sea. But google is your friend...

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Posted in: China bans men it sees as not masculine enough from TV See in context

WobotToday 09:15 am JST

China is using a more sensible social strategy than the West's ultimately degenerative neo-liberalism though. They will be healthier in the long run.

You do not understand what neo-liberalism is, it is an economic paradigm...

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Posted in: Japan's Defense Ministry seeks ¥5.48 trillion budget amid China worries See in context

Japan's spending as a proportion of GDP is still relatively low at less than 1 % which is likely a result of the constitution. Compare that to China's (spending 1.7 % of GDP), Russia (4.3 %), or the United States (3.7 %) and you will see that Japan is not likely to catch up to these other big players any time soon...

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Posted in: Spike Lee re-edits 9-11 documentary featuring conspiracy theorists See in context

One of the few times I find myself agreeing with Bass for Funk. The number of people writing here in support of conspiracy theories should be an indicator as to agendas of the readership in relation other topics. Time to get rid of the comments? Definitely. They serve no purpose...

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Posted in: New Zealand virus outbreak grows to 31 cases See in context

MarkXToday 01:49 pm JST

I'm not here to judge or criticize anybody, I'm just very interested with New Zealand being basically closed off to all, and tourism being one of its biggest economic factors, how are they doing economically? We hear about how lockdowns destroy economies and companies, but we haven't heard anything like that from New Zealand.

Most countries have some entry restrictions for tourists (e.g., Japan). But to answer your question (even though you are not criticising anyone), the NZ economy seems to be doing ok and it is growing. In relation to tourism, about 9 % of the GDP is generated through tourism of which less than half that percentage is incoming international tourism. Moreover, domestic tourism has filled some of the void left by the fall in international tourists. So the effect of closing the borders has not been that bad on the economy as a whole (but yes, some tourism operators are struggling)...

Regarding all the commenters piling on the New Zealand government and their prime minister. NZ has managed the pandemic much better than most other countries. For example, the NZ government has spent more on supporting businesses and with greater results during lockdowns than any other OECD economy. Moreover, the amount of time that the country has spent in total lockdown has been minimal and the lockdowns have been effective because of the high rates of popular support for these measures. People who are calling Ardern (you know who you are) seem to have some sort of gripe with center left leaning moderate parties and female leaders. Grow up.

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Posted in: Japanese sandwiches give foreign reporters culture shock at Tokyo Olympics See in context

I doubt Bach is eating these abominations...

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Posted in: Frenchman in Tokyo ends hunger strike over his 'abducted' children See in context

Although none of us commenters really know what went on in this situation, I have every sympathy for this guy. When the children become curious about their father or try to find their father, he has created this history that can be searched by the kids if they just type his name. Therefore, in this case at least, her strategy has a good chance of backfiring if what he claims is true...

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Posted in: Frenchman's hunger strike over 'abducted' kids enters third week See in context

Ashley ShibaToday 07:34 am JST

Yet, foreign men still think it is great to marry a Japanese women and don't think of the consequences if the marriage doesn't work.

Crazy right? I mean who doesn't get into a relationship before thinking about how it might end [that is sarcasm by the way]...

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Posted in: Japan to begin accepting requests for vaccine passports from July 26 See in context

RMToday 04:50 pm JST

Segregating the population because of a experimental vaccine is a terrible idea.

A few points: (1) there are multiple vaccines that use multiple methods to confer humoral immunity and (2) how are these vaccines 'experimental'? Please explain the second point as it is really the crux of the point that you are trying to make.

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Posted in: Top court says laws requiring married couples to have same surname constitutional See in context

Christopher LoweryToday 08:33 am JST

Personally, I don't understand why you would want two different last names as a married couple, What message does that send? However, the women and the man do both have a choice. To me, the problem isn't the law.

Just because you do not understand something is no reason to disregard someting. But imagine two professionals who have both built their reputations (or brands if you will) under their unmarried names. If they marry under the current law, one of them has to change their name and effectively start with a new brand. This is a big problem for women in academia for example because they may have many publications in their maiden name. Upon marriage, one of them (generally the woman) will have to start publishing under a new name. Can you not imagine the problems this might cause?

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Posted in: Paris Jackson says paparazzi caused her long-term trauma See in context

@yen: I included you in that grouping of plebs and nobodies, because... well, we are ;) All the commenters are. We are know nothing fools wasting our time commenting on these poorly translated and unrepresentative "news" articles. This website posts news that its editors know will trigger the predominantly foreign readership (many of whom do not even life in Japan). Our uninformed opinions about what goes on in someone else's head are completely irrelevant. Time to get a life, don't you think? But thanks for the pep talk.

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Posted in: Paris Jackson says paparazzi caused her long-term trauma See in context


Well, it was a poor choice of words on my part, apologies. And I agree with you that it is all too easy for people to comment on this website and online in general. There is absolutely no reason to have comments on any of the stories on this site. It does not add anything to the content here. But I digress, what I should have written was that you or I are not qualified to comment on the pressures placed on celebs by the media or on anything. None of us have any idea about any of the stories on this site, but there is no shortage of triggered fools shooting their mouths off. Whilst I would agree that celebrities need to accept some intrusion into their lives, us plebs cannot really imagine with what these people have to deal with. You are just speculating and you do come off sounding uncharitable and bitter. Sure, it is not the same as front line combat or being raped, but I am sure it must have an effect on some people's mental health and who is it for us know nothings to say their feelings are wrong or bs. Take it easy and let's leave it there shall we?

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Posted in: Paris Jackson says paparazzi caused her long-term trauma See in context

BigYenToday 10:21 am JST

The American Psychological Association defines trauma as "an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster" not as an emotional response to too many clicking cameras. Unfortunate, sure, a pain in the ass to deal with, but trauma? Just another soi-disant celebrity victim in a world where the slightest difficulty is unquestioningly endorsed by a cooperative and approving media.

It is hard to comment given that you and I are nobodies and never had to deal with these people in your face 24/7, baiting you for some kind of reaction, and generally invading your privacy. Perhaps if you walked a mile in her (or any celebrity's) shoes, you might feel differently...

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Posted in: 15-year-old boy arrested after man stabbed in shopping center toilet See in context

obladiToday 04:12 pm JST

As if there wasn't enough to worry about already...

The last refuge--the shopping mall toilet--is no longer safe.

LOL, I feel really sorry for you if shopping mall toilets are the only refuge in which you feel safe. But just to clarify, the kid attacked him outside of the cubicle...

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Posted in: Man shot to death at Vancouver airport in gang incident See in context

People are killed everyday in gang related violence throughout the world. Why is this story so special?

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Posted in: Olympic host towns pull out over pandemic See in context

500 million yen for a training camp? Surely there is an extra zero or two in there or someone is getting royally ripped off and/or something fishy is going on...

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Posted in: Kyoto police investigating cream puff attack on Bentley See in context

If you look at where the mark in the glass was and where the chou cream made contact on the rear window, it would seem it is impossible for the mark/chip to be from the pastry...

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Posted in: Music and tech team up to cut the milliseconds See in context

That is not a guitar, it is a bass...

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Posted in: Will Smith slavery film 'Emancipation' ditches Georgia over voting law See in context

bass4funkToday 10:36 am JST

> Nonsense. Prove illegals vote in droves, you can't. 

You can’t prove they don’t.

If you are the one claiming that a fraud took place, it is incumbent on you to make that case and provide evidence of the fraud. Otherwise the courts would be full of cases with people accusing others of fraud with the prosecution claiming, "prove you did not commit fraud". As Hitchens famously wrote, "that which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence"...

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Posted in: Japan considers prioritizing Olympic athletes for COVID-19 vaccination See in context

@mike: to clarify, you are on record in previous comments having previously exclaimed (in bold) that there would be no way you would ever take the vaccine, blah blah. I would argue that you probably do not really understand the vaccine hence your trepidation. But that is by the by. Above you posted a comment indicating distain for the Japanese government on this position for. I feel you are being a little inconsistent as in your logic and called you out. You are the one who got their knickers in a twist. Take it easy mike :)

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Posted in: Japan considers prioritizing Olympic athletes for COVID-19 vaccination See in context

Mike: trying to claim the moral high ground I see. As you are well aware, I have not attacked you personally. I have just given my opinion, as you do all the time... However, if your arguments had any substance, maybe we could actually address them. Give it a try mike.

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Posted in: Japan considers prioritizing Olympic athletes for COVID-19 vaccination See in context

@robert: I guess they believe discussion = action...

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Posted in: Kofu City official gives speech telling new employees to 'play around' to fix birth rate issue See in context

I can imagine a bunch of sexual harassment cases coming out of this as the male employees might think they are been given the green light to harass female employees for sex. But if we entertain his comment seriously, I am sure they will not pay their employees more, reduce working hours, or enable them to take leave if they get pregnant which would better enable them to start families...

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases rising in 42 of Japan's 47 prefectures See in context

Sorry, but there are hundreds of stores and private clinics selling tests.

And if your doctor won't refer you, go to another hospital.

If you want a test it's easy to get.

And, what are your symptoms?

We are constantly told by many the medical professionals know best, yet when they don't think someone has corona suddenly they are part of a conspiracy.

Yes, you are right, there are thousands of clinics even, but it is not free to get tested. Perhaps 20-40 k per test. It is not such a big deal for me to know, so I assume it is covid and behave accordingly. But that is by the by... My point was that many people may not have the financial resources to ge tested on their own coin (you know people are working less and have less money here in case you didn't notice), especially if there are 3, 4, or more family members to test. Although it is not your business what our symptoms are, here you go: temperatures in excess of 38, dry cough, sore throats, fatigue, loss of chemoreception ability, fatigue, and conjunctivitis. So you be the judge. Our doctors just said it was a virus. I accept it could be anything and I am not a medical professional (I am assuming you are not either given you are reading and replying to these comments). I am also not saying there is a conspiracy at all, I think the government have been pretty blatant and open about their policies. There is a need to show corona is not a problem here (because of something beginning with O and ending in C) so it makes sense to limit testing...

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases rising in 42 of Japan's 47 prefectures See in context

If you believe the figures you are an idiot. It is impossible to get tested unless you are at death's door. All members of my family have been suffering from a virus with similar symptoms of corona for the last 3 weeks. The local doctors have refused to refer us for testing simply saying we have 'a virus'. Helpful, eh? We are just working on the assumption we have it. This is all so Japan can say it is doing a great job, let the games go ahead.

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Posted in: TV commentator in New Zealand apologizes for mock Asian accent See in context

If it's not funny than don't laugh, it's your right to laugh, sneer or shun or change the channel.

It's not your right to cancel people nor to declare their speech "hate speech" because you don't like them.

This is not a simple freedom of speech issue as you insinuate here. This guy is a paid broadcaster with responsibilities to not be culturally insensitive. He should have had the brains and forethought to realise it would be stupid to even try what he did.

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Posted in: TV commentator in New Zealand apologizes for mock Asian accent See in context

Okay, so you're not allowed to do a comedy Japanese accent. How about a French one? When I'm talking about my holiday in Paris for example, am I allowed to put on a fake French accent for laughs? Or how about a Scottish accent? Are we really being banned from comedy accents now? The world has gone insane.

If one is employed as a sports commentator on an international broadcast, then culturally insensitive renditions of any accent are unlikely to be a good idea. Think about it... However, I am sure you will be fine doing your hilarious version of a French or Spanish accent to your friends and family.

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