Chikatilo comments

Posted in: Do you think it is a good idea to include patriotism in school curricula? See in context

I know the poll is set this way, but just knowing the majority of people here oppose teaching of patriotism in schools says nothing about the merit of their point of view.

If Patriotism is not taught, then they need to provide something better to be taught.

You just don't leave a void that can and WILL be filled by all kinds of elements later on. If a sense of responsibility, duty and even belonging is not going to be attached to ones nation, it will attach somewhere else.

Now in itself is not a bad thing, it completely depends on the way it is taught, and WHAT exactly is taught. It's one thing to teach a nation is superior or first world than most of other nations, and make it a case for elitism, etc. And it's an entirely different thing to teach history, roots, civility and duty for whatever the home nation has gone through and achieved as a group to form responsible sensible citizens.

Just leaving a vacuum is not better. Kids in a bad environment can swiftly fill that void(worse when paired with a parental void) with apathy, gang affiliation, chaos, detachment and so on.

Some people propose teaching humanity as a broader sense of belonging, however, it all has to be well thought through and throughout.

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Posted in: Jorja Fox hopes 'CSI: Vegas' will spark science appreciation See in context

@proxy

@Skeptical You nailed it.

Yes, but... what is the point? What does Skeptical want to happen? No more TV shows?

Is the same old debate, is rap music the cause of violence? is heavy metal the cause of satanism? are violent video games the cause of violence?

Isn't people to blame for their OWN actions and lack of judgement and discernment. Do we have to blame the creators??

It is entertainment, anyone who confuses it with reality is at fault not otherwise.

Skeptical's points while true are moot to this story and correspond more in the teaching and educating of people not to believe everything on the TV screens!

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Posted in: Have you had a long-term friendship, work or family relationship break down over COVID issues? See in context

@runner3

Just re-read your first post. You cannot deny you write so proud of yourself how you shun your so-called relative. I guess you were not really close to that relative anyway. Otherwise one would expect at least a trace of sadness, concern. a bit of shame even for having to cut him off. But no, you are just proud to ostracize another human being. I guess you are one of the ones who claims science is always evolving, and one should not discriminate those who aren't like us in color, or sexual partner preference. But you understand people from decades ago blatantly and systematically discriminated against others because of one wrong idea or presupposition. Right now you cannot imagine your way of thinking about COvid and the vaccines to change drastically in the future with any new science, so you behave like you do. But what if future science proves vaccines did more harm than good, or prove useless, or covid is defeated by human heard immunity? Not saying I expect any of that, or have my hopes in it. Just saying what if your way of thinking was wrong. What then?

From people like I am happy your unvaccinated relative is keeping away from you ALL. Because that's another way to look at it, he is shunning you all down. You bigoted, self loading, hypocrites.

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Posted in: Evidence shows that, yes, masks prevent COVID-19 – and surgical masks are the way to go See in context

@Jimizo, Vreth, virusrex

Masks don't work is an outright stupid statement.

So much that there is NO merit in pointing our how stupid it is.

And I honestly don't believe ALL so called "anti-maskers" believe that masks DON'T actually work. If ANYone actually believes masks don't work one can certainly doubt their mental capacity and judgement ability.

That said, I don't know the REALITY of "anti-maskers" as a real group or a even a thing. I know only for certain my environment and my way of life, my country(which is not the US) and Japan.

And I have not met ANY anti-masker, and the people commenting here, that you refer to as such, NONE is an anti-masker per se, NOR do they believe masks DON'T actually work. They just don't want to be forced to use them because 1) think their immune system is enough, 2) think only symptomatic people or high risk people absolutely need them, 3) understand to use them in places with crowds or indoors with a lot of people, 4) don't feel the threat of a 99.9997% survival rate virus commands such fear of death to wear a mask all the time, 5) they are not ANTI-maskers in that they have no problem if OTHER people choose to wear them as they please and 6) see the hypocrisy of a large number of authority figures not following their own mask rules when is not convenient for them and the flagrant disregard of such rules as if Covid didn't existed, say for demonstrations, violent or not, without social distance,.

And with that what I mean, is where do you come from with the idea that a large number of people don't believe in masks? It seems to me you are witch hunting, exaggerating the obvious idiotic stances of clearly dim witted individuals and granting them more importance than they deserve by giving them all your energy and thoughts.

I think most people on any political spectrum understands what mask can and cannot do. The large number of people who dislike the masks do so in the manners I enlisted above from 1) to 6).

I find your condescending attitude as just a way of feeling better about yourselves because you "understand" masks prevent something from going in and out of your mouth.

Get your heads out of your cloud and realize the debate is not whether masks work or not, but whether mandates and actual enforcement of mask rules and even discrimination is warranted.

You are no heroes fighting evil monsters who hate masks. You come through as self serving, trying to elevate yourselves from others, by pointing at their stupidity when that said stupidity is soo obvious ANY one can see it, while obviating entirely the actual mask debate (listed from 1) to 6) in my opinion, I might have left something out).

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Posted in: Making the online world safe for children See in context

@itsonlyrocknroll

This is a matter for parenting, not for the state, or government.

It doesn't seem you really thought that one through.

Surely parenting involves teaching our children about the dangers of internet and monitoring them, setting rules and so forth. But that isn't unlike any other aspect of parenting. In other words, parents do the same thing for the outside world already, teaching them the dangers outside home, setting rules and monitoring them.

That doesn't mean the government doesn't need to set any regulations to prevent kids having access to something that is no good for them or setting policies and rules to protect kids from environments no good for them, AND proving environments where children can safely be children. Each parent and government has it role in protecting children. It is no different in the internet. Regulations, and implementation of such rules and punishing of those who break them needs to be done by the government, assuring safe internet spaces for kids, and parents need to keep teaching and supervising.

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Posted in: China, Russia slam Japanese ministers' visits to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

@kennyG

For those who always compare Japan with the 3rd Reich... 

You really have some hyperbole issues. Surely their final objective was different (extermination VS domination) but there were war criminals on both sides. That is the issue here, and that is the only thing being compared, if any, in the comment I made. A war criminal is a war criminal. Or are you saying is okay to show respect to Japanese war criminals because they didn't try to exterminate Koreans or Chinese, but not Germans because they did try to do so Jews and Poles? Ridiculous. We should all oppose any revering or showing of respect to ANY criminal. Period. That's all.

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Posted in: China, Russia slam Japanese ministers' visits to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

@kennyG

What kind of war crimes against peace and humanity did Imperial Japan do to Russians? Japan had been expecting them to mediate to cease fire with conditional surrender.

Fine. I don't know if there is any war crime committed against Russians by Japanese. Still, the Japanese didn't commit any war crime against my country, nor did Mao or Stalin, but it still repulses me when Japan honors their war criminals, and when Mao or Stalin are revered. That's why is called crimes against "peace and humanity", nothing to do with who were they specifically against. Just think about it, same would be said if dead Nazi War Criminals were "shown respect" for having fought for Germany. It's very basic. Japan IS at fault here.

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Posted in: China, Russia slam Japanese ministers' visits to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

@Kentarogaijin

I will repeat it a thousand times more..

It's the culture of Japan.

The history of Japan.

The customs of Japan.

The religion of Japan.

The sanctuaries of Japan.

The life of Japan.

Japan can do its ceremonies and it is nobody else's business.

China praises Mao.

Russia praises Stalin.

The US praises the settlers who killed hundreds of thousands of indigenous people and the slave-owning rebels of the civil war.

Why Japan cannot honor its fallen in wars ?????????......

You fail to follow your thought through. Surely China, Russia and the US (and other nations) have their "heroes" as you mention. In principle each of course have the right to do it. As they already DO. The question is not whether they can or cannot. The argument here is as any family member of a victim of Mao's regime, or Stalin's regime or descendent of American natives dispossessed of land and life by settlers would feel when these are honored in a any way, so does people in China, South Korea, Russia feel when war criminals are "showed respect" in Japan. Is basic sympathy, if your neighbor's son had killed your son in a criminal act, and let's say he also died somehow, but for some reason the family still were your neighbors, how would you feel they celebrate or commemorate his birthday and/or dead day?? That's what some people feel, that's what they complain about. And I find it reasonable. Surely the temple was there before the war, but they AFTER the war ENSHRINED CONVICTED war criminals there. You surely have to find that objectable if not outright despicable. They basically honor criminals there.

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Posted in: Biden says he stands squarely behind Afghanistan decision See in context

@oldman_13

It is disgusting me how the right wingers are all over this and crucifying Biden, when in fact he is only doing what Trump said he was going to do last year but did not. It was Trump that invited the Taliban reps to the U.S. to negotiate a deal and truce. Now all of a sudden these right wingers care so much about the well being of Afghanis.

Get your facts right, Trump negotiated the deal with a deadline for leaving the country on August 31st THIS year. He did what he said he was going to do. The deal was negotiated in Dubai not in the US. And the deal was set with many conditions on the Taliban to make the deal valid, the Taliban however DIDN'T keep their end of the deal, ignoring the conditions set, so the onus was on Biden to drop the deal or use the deal conditions to punish the Taliban for breaking the conditions, but he chose to just keep the US part of the deal nonetheless, and without any consequences for the Taliban. So, of course the Taliban would take the country immediately after the US left, the US stance was already one of non giving a damn. This is clearly all on Biden. The deal was set with conditions to be met in order to make the final decision viable. And it wasn't, so he had the tools to make the call, alas, unpopular, but chose not to. It is fine. The US had to leave someday. But don't blame it on Trump.

Biden is standing by his decision as would any good leader. America is not responsible for being the world's police state. Thank you Joe for having the courage to finally end this two decade imperialist invasion of Afghanistan and war for oil.

This is clearly all on Biden. The deal was set with conditions to be met in order to make the final decision viable. And it wasn't, so he had the tools to make the call, alas, unpopular, but chose not to. It is fine. The US had to leave someday. But don't blame it on Trump.

But, still Americans should be very angry and extremely furious and demanding answers and rolling of heads, so to speak, for the 20 years and trillions of dollars for nothing.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

"Anniversary" seems like the wrong word to me here. I know it's basic meaning is a recurring yearly event. However, in practice is more related to celebratory or congratulatory events than mournful ones.

The word "Memorial day" (although sounds like the name of an American Holiday is is exactly that) or Commemoration day would seem more appropriate.

I am the only one who finds it a little off putting?

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Posted in: Washington football team bans headdresses, face paint See in context

I am not American. However in mu country we also have a history with native peoples, and most of us are descendants of a mix of races.

That being said I see no major problem with the naming of this team ever. As anything it can be taken as anyone pleases. The only thing that should matter is the OBJECTIVE in mind when the name was taken or chosen. If it is to honor the legacy of said culture and culture, what is the problem? It seems the issue here stems from "Redskin" being used as a pejorative term for the natives in the area in the old times. If that was so, it is understandable, but after the years went by, haven't the native peoples assimilated and embraced the name? If they haven't then it would be the problem.

So what do they actually call themselves? Wouldn't taking that name solve the issue.

There being teams named Cowboys, Vikings, Buccaneers, Patriots, Chiefs, Raiders, Braves, Cherokees, Aztecs, and the like, it is for they represent strength, girth, resilience and such, so it is in the same line that the name should be taken.

I saw a documentary of how native communities feel the Washington team was one of the few remaining things in popular culture and society than, even if remotely or bluntly, makes them feel part of society and or serves as a reminder, as a token for society not to forget them.

Seems like a fair reason to leave it as it was to me.

I see more damage in seeing evil where evil does not lie, and feeling that something has been achieved by it. When it absolutely accomplishes nothing for those people. It could otherwise push them more into oblivion. Better use that effort in integrating them better and fuller into society. Talk about minorities in need of support and with real margination. They would be better served by more efforts to make them more conspicuous and noticed and pushing aid efforts and infrastructure, and so much needed peer support and integration. Not bullying a team to change it's name. For crying out loud.

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Posted in: Disney sails into new LGBT waters with 'Jungle Cruise' film See in context

Sounds fascinating. So you’ll be able to explain why some people have a propensity for talking a right load old bollocks. You’ve already given us a practical example. What’s the science behind it?

It's easy to be sarcastic when having no real counter argument.

My research field was not sexuality, and I wasn't a full time researcher, I spent some 8 plus years in the research lab as undergraduate and then some other positions, mind you this was not in the US. We did sleep research. However, this university lab is one of the biggest if not the biggest in the nation, with several branches and divisions, and buildings. So there were several researchers there doing sexuality related research. And our professors oversaw all of them. I got to sit in research meeting were research technicality and minutia were discussed and determined for all kinds of studies as well as results reports and analysis. This is where at some point policy makers sent some letters and suddenly homosexuality research was eschewed in a way or another.

My argument is simple. As humans let's respect each other, love each other. But we don't have to agree with all our practices. And we don't need to throw them at other people's faces, and or ram them to kids. Specially the most controversial ones, where the hard , unbounded science has been compromised to say the least. Like I said, you don't actively promote adultery or smoking, right? One has no scientific mark, but there is plenty of social science about it, and the other there is plenty of science. That should be the way. Not just touting as "normal" and "ok" or such without an abundance of science, both hard science and social science.

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Posted in: Disney sails into new LGBT waters with 'Jungle Cruise' film See in context

It's not about liking them or not. They are people who deserve all due considerations and respect. And nobody is ever forced to like all people in the world anyway. All we owe each other is respect and love(understood as consideration as an equal) as human beings. It's about agreeing with some practices or not. Take adultery or smoking for instance. Not agreeing with them, doesn't consequently mean disliking people who practice them. And it certainly doesn't call for any type of disrespect. Although, certainly association with them would not be actively sought. Likewise aldultery and smoking are not actively thrown at you in every A rated entertainment or promoted to kids. 

The science never stopped you say? Really? I spent nearly a decade in the physiological psychology field, the hard science branch of psychology, and I can tell there was a time when studies and scientific programs were halted and other prevented from starting when politics moved to "normalize" it and policies changed. I would be very surprised to see science has made headway into understanding the homosexuality spectrum. As not all homosexuals are created equal.

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Posted in: Disney sails into new LGBT waters with 'Jungle Cruise' film See in context

You really have to answer the question as to why there's a necessity to represent minorities in every piece of entertainment. Minorities are minorities for a reason and as minorities appropriate representation and respect is needed. No more no less. Don't need to overexert and force things.

More importantly it is really disappointing and troubling how easily this "sexual diversity" is accepted by some and promoted by others and surreptitiously thrown in there by others.

It is true love and happiness are humanity's goals, and to each his own right to do as it pleases in their private lives. But so much science was suddenly eschewed and halted when the politics went woke to claim there was nothing inherently abnormal or wrong with homosexuality. However, due science did exist and countless of psychological studies.

Developmentally a great deal of the switch was established as a compensation or correlating with a coping mechanism for childhood trauma or abuse. There's a whole spectrum of why people go that way. Very few of them actually experience the "one sex in the body of another sex". Some others just progress to it as a form of perversion as they go throw all forms of sexual fetishism and deviancies, and it comes as the next dark thing in the list. Anyways, now all this very scientific study is politically incorrect, and ALL of it has been de facto normalized??? I understand not discriminating against people or being rude or deriding them for their practices, but normalizing it and more so, promoting it, making it the cool thing, and even more outrageous putting it in the minds of kids... all the while the science of it has been stopped for decades now??? Not all homosexuals are made equally and as hurtful as it may be, it is not normal. Not the popular thing to say. But just biologically it isn't. As humanity we have to look at it more seriously rather than just another choice of drinks, or choice of colors. The impacts and consequences could be and surely are being in some areas disastrous and painful.

And this is all without the religious aspect of the matter for some.

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Posted in: Biden steps up efforts to fight virus surge fueled by Delta variant See in context

Come on now. People on both sides have been negligent, laughable and obtuse at times. 

Don't make this any more political than what it is, and don't make it any more scientific than what it is. I don't fathom politics too broadly or deeply to be able to even try to understand the divide between the 2 sides, but as a trained scientist in physiological psychology (the only branch of psychology that is actually hard science since it is about the relation of the psyche with the bodily processes and systems, mostly with the brain. 

People on both sides, claim "science", "science" as if it were a panacea, a land of purity of truth and absolutes. This lack of consciousness about what science really is and how it REALLY works is the real demise of all, left or right, left and right, and all in-betweens.

Science is first and foremost a HUMAN effort, a HUMAN endeavor, just as sports, art, industry and yes, religion, are. And as such is subject to the same pitfalls: errors, manipulations, bias, over-extrapolations, exaggerated reports, and so on. The big difference is it is "peer reviewed". However, peer review is also subject to the same human pitfalls, bias, manipulation, errors, etc. If you a scientist is reviewing a study that proves a hypothesis that suits his agenda or the agenda of his employer, would he choose to give his approval or rather sound the alarm as to possible errors in the science, and if he did raise the alarm, would his institution support him? There are examples of this going one way or the other when scientist critique one another's studies. Moreover, of the thousands of studies made worldwide each year only a few are actually reproduced for the sole purpose of testing a said study. Most peer-review is paper based and then some related or "similar" studies are made. Note I put quotation marks in "similar", this is because a similar study doesn't necessarily proof one other similar study was right or wrong... they could both be wrong, or both right in having different results. You see, the way the scientific method work is you come up with a hypothesis you wanna test it's validity , you need to select a target "universe" for that hypothesis to be tested in ("universe" would be the target group where such hypothesis will be tested, the larger the group the larger and more complex your sample needs to be). For this reason few if any at all studies focus on large brunt groups like "humanity" or "male" or "female"... however this is what most TV or news reports or even politicians want to make you believe, that the science has proven that "humanity" is this or that or "males" or "females" this or that. Sometimes the result can be extrapolated from a significant enough sample to a boarder larger group, but for that, statistical calculations are done to determine the statistical significance of the result obtained and other statistical tools like ANOVA. 

So a hypothesis that has been tested as true, depending of its statistical significance can be extrapolated to a larger group or not. The lesser the statistical significance the lesser relevant to a large scale of the result. But you NEVER hear any news program or politician mention the statistical significance data of any of their uttered science. 

Then there is the issue of HOW said hypothesis is going to be proven. Like said above as a human endeavor, there is bias involved, from the selection of the hypothesis there is always been a huge ethical debate as to the better way to select hypothesis, because YOU may be interested in proving a CERTAIN hypothesis, and thus neglect proving the OTHER ones you don't covertly want to be truth. And then how the variables and conditions are set to prove such hypothesis. You need a controlled situation of variables and conditions so you can invariantly ascertain that the cause that originated the effect INDEED did so, and not some other conflagration of phenomena. If you miss to control a variable, or manipulate a condition here and there you can inadvertently push for the result you want. 

Most scientific studies are of course done by groups of people and not a single person, but those people pertain to a certain institution with a certain patronage or linkage, thus with certain interests at hand, as any other human institution or infrastructure. So you see how it is that all over the place there are scientific studies that claim to prove or disprove what the other just proved. A truly scientifically trained mind should look at the validity of the hypothesis stated against the target sample, they way the study was controlled and the variables selected, how it was actually done (because you can have everything spot on on theory, but blunder in execution), and the statistical significance of the result. And thus be able to judge if the study is actually scientifally relevant to the reality of things, or just another failed attempt at understanding reality.

The more we become scientifically literate to be ale to judge said science by ourselves, and the more we demand to be shown the actual studies and data, and actually look at them, the better it should be all to grasp soil in this and all divides. 

As long as you keep just going by what your choice commentators and politicians say IS the truth, no one will ever close the gap, it will just become wider and wider worldwide.

As long as you show and actually think you are okay with division and annihilation of the other side there will never be bridging of humanity. 

Wake up, science is not he key. Humanity is the key. We are all humans. We all dislike impositions, we all dislike tyranny. It just depends what were interpret or feel as imposition or tyranny at the moment. We can empathize with that.

Sorry to transition to a metaphor, but it's like the anime Demon Slayer portrays demons and demon slayers. (Am I the only one who sees a psychological and ideological correlation between how demons are and think and the left, woke people, and how the demon slayers and right, conservative people are? Each side just wants to exterminate the other as a group, although some individuals hold more harmonizing views)

I don't mean to politize the story, nor do I mean to imply the author had any of that in mind. But it just fits perfectly to each side of this world political divide so well. As Tanjiro sees demons as pitiful, sad humans who couldn't overcome their hurt or obstacles or character tests and thus become irate and spiteful of anything pertaining to the establishment and societal rules and norms, looking to achieve what they were denied wrongfully or from birth, by inflicting on others the same level of treatment or wrong they complain about. While the slayers sometimes go completely berserk to eradicate the demons being blind as to their original humanity and what originally pushed them to become demons. You cannot tell me it doesn't perfectly illustrate the worldwide divide, in this initial superficial degree of course.

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Posted in: This fall is going to be insane for anime See in context

@Chizuko

Really? I am intrigued. Could you provide some link that sums up what people thought of the ending and the unresolved issues. Personally, I if think further I do feel some faintly touched side-plots and some backstories unrevealed or such, but nothing that ruins the end for me at least, every other manga/anime story I know (which is not an extraordinary amount) has those issues as well. Anyways, I'd like to know what the complaints were.

But like I said, it's the author's prerogative, so it it what it is.

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Posted in: This fall is going to be insane for anime See in context

@snowymountainhell

You right, I have no idea of the context you were replying to. Appreciate your calm reply.

Understood. Will not jump to conclusions next time.

And let's enjoy some of these new anime.

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Posted in: This fall is going to be insane for anime See in context

@snowymountainhell

How absurd. The articles make the first connection between the video games and the crimes, but ASSUMING that is the sole reason, cause or factor is beyond irresponsible and pathetic. And no, I don't like video games, haven't played one in decades. But just the reasoning and logic you show is dumfounded.

Perhaps the fact that those mentioned were all unemployed and well beyond their 30's is more telling about their character and why they recurred to violence. Surely for them the games could be an escape, but so is pachinko, mahjong, and other stuff. Also murder also occurs after road rage, couple unfaithfulness, money disputes and such, but you wouldn't blame cars, love or money for it, right? It is always the people. People are responsible. Not things. Think through things before posting.

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Posted in: This fall is going to be insane for anime See in context

@Chizuko

I also noticed the items just don't sell that much. I guess it was an over saturation of products on one side & misjudging and misunderstanding the target market and fanbase. Pretty bad merchandising, or perhaps I should say pretty rushed and poorly thought.

the poor rushed finish of the manga that left many very disappointed,

You lost me there. "Poor and rushed ending"? I have never seen or heard that complain about the manga anywhere. What do you mean? The ending does not seem rushed at all, it's one thing the author didn't want and actually couldn't drag along the manga forever as others do, so it had to end when and how the author had originally planned it to, no matter how successful it were. That's the author's prerogative. As for the disappointment, on some level it does feel disappointing, after further thought, but how many endings for manga or anime have ever been fully completely satisfying??

On a side note, am I the only one who sees a psychological and ideological correlation between how demons are and think and the left, woke people, and how the demon slayers and right, conservative people.

I don't mean to politize the story, nor do I mean to imply the author had any of that in mind. But it just fits perfectly to each side of this world political divide so well. As Tanjiro sees demons as pitiful, sad humans who couldn't overcome their hurt or obstacles or character tests and thus become irate and spiteful of anything pertaining to the establishment and societal rules and norms, looking to achieve what they were denied wrongfully or from birth, by inflicting on others the same level of treatment or wrong they complain about. While the slayers sometimes go completely berserk to eradicate the demons being blind as to their original humanity and what originally pushed them to become demons. You cannot tell me it doesn't perfectly illustrate the worldwide divide, in this initial superficial degree of course.

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Posted in: Jill Biden to have busy 3 days in Tokyo See in context

Believe me, I couldn't care less about her. But I do have a question. as I understand she is vaccinated, so is she really supposed to quarantine?? Or in other words, are vaccinated people around the world still needed to quarantine?? and if so... what's the point in being vaccinated??

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Posted in: Racist abuse targets 3 English players who missed penalties See in context

Racism is wrong and not at all acceptable.

Now, after a sports failure, no matter who fails, a boy, a girl, a chinese, a black, a latino, a white, a short guy or a tall guy, etc. Everytime there will be hateful words thrown at them in the spat of the moment. I can bet it has happened to all of us. In the heat of things we have at least once hurled an insult at somebody that pertains to his persona, his self, be it weight, color, personality, size, height, voice, disability, etc. In the heat of heats of altercations. deceptions, disappointments, people will almost unconsciously recur to hurling insults that use those characteristics of the other person, because almost innately it is what is understood as going to cause the greatest pain or insult. Not saying it is excusable or permittable. Just saying it is a human reaction. It may come from deep rooted racism or just spiteful rancor or disappointment of the moment.

And anyone who would have missed those kicks and those who have missed have summited to such all kinds of abuse from one side or the other. It's not just them and it's not just racism.

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Posted in: Toyota halts donations to Republican objectors to Biden's win See in context

@PTownsend

Multiple levels of government including the courts have claimed it was fair.

So, Trump and Putin are dishonest, but the courts are holy entities of honesty.

If you distrust one government apparatus, that distrust must extend to all government.

If the courts, or let's say one court, 2 courts, 3 courts, 4, 5, 6, etc.. had said "hey there's something phoney here".

Would you just oblige that there was fraud and demand for Biden to step down. Or is it just because is casually fits your desire to not see the other guy win it??

Large scale fraud calls for large scale cover up and it commands that a large scale apparatus would be in place to prevent anyone from finding the truth.

Now I am curious as to your "proof" of how dishonest Trump and Putin are. Putin is so much a better world leader that senile Biden and Trump is a proven leader.

Likewise there is proof of the Biden's dishonesty mind you.

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Posted in: Women hold only 5.9% of director-level jobs in Japanese gov't See in context

@Commodore Perry

The US was at the right spot in generating an providing equality of opportunity.

Now the leadership and the mass culture seems hell bent of equality of outcome and are pushing quota agendas on every position even awards like the Oscars are forcibly representing so called "minorities" in the awarding, not just the inclusion to the competition, but actually forced to pick a winner from those. And job positions are also being filled by race, gender, etc quotas. So much for putting the best qualified people period in the position.

It is the end of the US as a powerhouse. The fall will be an ugly one.

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Posted in: Women hold only 5.9% of director-level jobs in Japanese gov't See in context

Also notice the glaring absence (seemingly) of women commenting here. They just don't care about these jobs that much in this country. A big reason should be the conditions under which those positions have to be performed in this country. Covid has done away with the frequent company upper echelon "nomikai" and going to the hostess bars, and so on. But still not the most appealing conditions. Conditions need to change, then maybe some more women could see themselves as being part of that group of people.

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Posted in: Women hold only 5.9% of director-level jobs in Japanese gov't See in context

Gender gap in the workplace...

This statistic is meaningless without the counter data showing how many women actually want, aim for and actively seek a top-managerial position in Japan. And that has nothing to do with skill. They may have the skill but not the willingness or desire for a director-level job.

As do some men as well, who might have enough skill or expertise but aren't willing or don't aim for that goal. Thus inevitably some people who do not necessarily have the best skill or expertise but are willing and seek the position eventually get it.

This is more an affront to the system of things that makes it impossible or just unappealing for some people to aim for those positions, say for women wanting to be mothers as well, or men not willing to subject all of their time to the every need of the company.

If conditions changed, how many women would be willing and desiring for such positions, and against that how many women actually get those jobs.

Those should be the statistics that matter.

Now onto the gap itself, it's not a problem or a bad thing per se that there is a gap, and that should be carefully thought and acknowledged as well. Men and women are different, and different jobs in different companies and fields call for different skill sets and abilities, even at same level positions across different industries.

For example, in high paying jobs, although not flashy as a "director-level" position, but there is deep sea fishermen, or high rise construction workers, oil rig workers and even less glamorous (and less pay) firefighters, etc... what is the percentage of women there?? do we want or care for that gap to be closed??

Just because there is a gap doesn't mean it needs or wants to be filled, we should be smarter than this.

If woman is skilled and willing and seeks a high level position she should be able to apply and afforded every same opportunity to be evaluated and considered and eventually granted the position provided she covers the requirements, period. And conditions (child care, guaranteed rest days and controlled overtime, etc) should be in place for ANYONE wanting to do so to be able to apply. THAT is what matters. Not an isolated statistic that doesn't say a meaningful thing.

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Posted in: World's rich floor it in post-pandemic luxury car rush See in context

Where are all the peddlers of the idea that we need lockdowns (and masks even)? where are all the fear mongers that were NOT against closures and economic shutdown? where are all the cowardly impotent people who prefer to corner in fear of a virus less deadly than the flu, with lower (current) odds of dying that car accidents, second\hand smoking or just your everyday cancer, a virus from which 99.9997% of healthy people recover on their own, a virus which a healthy immune system dispenses like is nothing?? These people have been manipulated and handled better that sheep would and just to the benefit of the same upper echelon of always. The eyes cover is never coming off.

I have no sympathy for any of them.

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Posted in: Court rules restrictions on transgender official's use of women's toilet legal See in context

@Yotomaya

Another setback for transgender rights. I've said this elsewhere. Being intersex is "normal". About 1% of the population is estimated to be (that includes trans men, women and non-binary). The fact that their existence and their right to be treated like humans are still contested only shows how long of a way we have to go.

Some of the trans people I know have transitioned in a way that it's hard to tell they are transgender. Some haven't, some don't want to. Either way, it's nobody's business to ask what's in their pants. You wouldn't do that to a cis gender person.

Where do you get your figures. I had found a figure of only 0.07% of the world's population with gender dysphoria.

For arguments sake let's say at 1% or even at 0.07%, it doesn' t matter because they surely need to be treated humanely and politely and decently. No question about it.

The questions is, however, how to afford them what they need without encroaching in the other 99% or more people's sphere or without alienating them! The fact of the matter is why would 99% of people need to accommodate for the 1%, not that they don't need to respect them, and not that the 1% needs to conform to what the 99% says either! But certainly likewise the 99% shouldn't have to conform to what the 1% want either.

In other words, a solution viable for both needs to be worked out.

In the cases you mention they clearly "transitioned" to being a man or woman, so that's the END of it. THEY are MAN or WOMEN, they are NOT trans anymore. And they should go on living their lives as MAN or WOMAN. And that's it. But in cases like the one in the article, a guy says he identifies as a woman, but HAS NOT transitioned!! Still has his male genitalia but only uses women clothes... certainly you have to see in those cases it creates a conflict and an encroachment in the other 99% liberties and "emotionally safe" environment, etc. And the 99% shouldn't just out of the blue be forced to accommodate this person, LITERALY a man in women's clothes in the ladies toilet or a man in women's clothes in the men's toilet. AND if he were actually a WOMAN, she should understand the feeling of having a man in your toilet. Just as it is unfair to expect this 1% to conform to what the 99% would say, it is unfair, perhaps even more so, to have the 99% accommodate as per the whishes and even whims of the 1%. (Again, for a FULLY transitioned person with gender dysphoria, the story is simpler, they are now MAN or WOMAN, that's the end of it. The issue arises for people who don't physically transition, or those without the actual gender dysphoria body and diagnostic but that psychological issues moves them to want to switch, those pose a challenge for society that needs to be worked out on middle grounds) That's why a middle ground was searched for in this case, determining certain toilets for him to use. I think is pretty reasonable for his/her situation. The 99% doesn't need to fully accommodate to his condition, and him/her is not completely shun out or left out of the workplace. If you think about it it happens the same to every other minority, wheelchairs, blind people, even kids, they have special toilets and special accesses, as needed, so the 99% don' t need to all use access ramps or canes or guiding aids or small toilets, they still have their stairs, their quick roads and proper sized toilets. That is the way to aim for. Not to just ram things.

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Posted in: Israel strikes Gaza tunnels as truce efforts remain elusive See in context

** Correction. 15 rockets = 15,000 rockets

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Posted in: Israel strikes Gaza tunnels as truce efforts remain elusive See in context

Why does every one commenting here take a partial stance or pick a side??? What do you personally gain? What's at stake for YOU? You think is a battle of good versus evil with a clear good side and evil side? don' answer, I know some clearly think so. What I what to get at is, there are humans on both sides of the conflict and it is a long one. Break the conflict to its simplest core, and it is: Israel wants to exist where the UN and treaties granted it land, the Palestinians don't want them there and would prefer to have the Jews eradicated rather than coexist.

Israel has no ill will towards any Arab state to start any aggression other that retaliate received aggressions. The other side on the contrary is hell bent on ridding the world of the Jews. You tell me which side is evil.

Now as I said above there are humans on either side, real humans being hurdled around and shepherded around as human shields and material for propagandistic causes.

Hamas amassing 15 rockets with a purely aggression objective should be enough to know where the impasse lies in this conflict. Arab world will never tolerate a Jew State. Period. No matter how much Jews want to coexist.

What do you suggest other that sharing your vitriol??

Want to exterminate the Jews as well. Very humane of you. Want to save the good Palestinians the suffering?? Get the world rid of Hamas and Hezbollah and let peaceful Arabs be peaceful Arabs!!

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Posted in: Porn site operator arrested over female athletes' images on website See in context

@girl_in_tokyoMay 11  08:14 pm JST

ChikatiloToday 07:19 pm JST

There are magazines in every convenience store that expose TV personalities and athletes showing more that they would intentionally intend... why are those OK but his are not??

Because they did not consent.

Consent means they get to decide how their image is used.

No consent = sexual harassment.

That's why.

Every time you comment directly to me, you seem to miss the point.

The magazines I am talking about are not the ones of gravure, where the models chose and appear intently in sexy outfits and poses.

I mean the magazines where stills from TV shows and the like show TV announcers, "talentos", sportswomen and the like in unintentionally revealing candid situations or poses, from the daily TV shows.

That is exactly the same as what he was doing. Except the fact the magazines obviously get the publishing rights from the owners of the TV shows. But not him.

That's all his REAL crime. He is also lewd and perhaps a pervert. But that is not in itself a crime. Not that I defend him for it, anyway.

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