Chris Case comments

Posted in: Democrats rail against economy-for-the-rich in first debate See in context

So much of the insane conflict in America stems from the delusion, articulated in the Declaration of Independence, that there is such a thing as a God-given right. Rights are granted by humans, and if you're born with one, it's only because the society into which you're born has agreed that it be so. There is nothing to which any organism is actually ENTITLED simply by virtue of existing.

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Posted in: Science says: Sex and gender aren't the same See in context

There are people who call themselves scientists who contradict each other, so it is an instance of the fallacy of Appeal To Authority to speak as if there is unanimity among them. especially on an issue of semantics such as how the word :gender" is to be used. If you want to find "scientists" who do not agree, you shouldn't have to do your own googling for very long

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Posted in: Science says: Sex and gender aren't the same See in context

What a presumptuous headlineL "Science says" ! There is no such voice as "science". There are people who call themselves scientists because of their involvement in the pursuit of scientific truth, but there is no monolithic consensus on many things, especially subjects like this.

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Posted in: The right way to sanction Putin’s Russia See in context

When am article begins with four controversial statements for which there is no actual evidence, the only reason to continue reading it is to find out how far the brainwashing by America's corporate establishment media has destroyed the intellect of the author.

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Posted in: Tokyo tests water sprinklers to combat heat at 2020 Olympics See in context

I've never understood why they didn't plan the Olympics for Tohoku, in some tsunami-devastated region that needs the economic boost mire than Tokyo does,

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Posted in: The dangers of putting Putin under pressure See in context

This is typical of western media's strategy of accusing Russia of everything of which the US and NATO are conspicuously guilty.

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Posted in: The dangers of putting Putin under pressure See in context

The author's thought processes are well demonstrated by his assertion that alleged interference can be clearly part of a trend. If an allegation makes something clear to him, he is too easily convinced to be a reliable opinionator.

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Posted in: Unseating Assad risks unleashing even more chaos See in context

"Any attempt to unseat Assad faces huge hurdles and risks unleashing chaos. It could also relieve the suffering of nearly 1 million Syrians living under constant siege and bombardment."

Relieve? Perpetuate,more likely.

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Posted in: Japan to introduce English road signs ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

"Inverted pyramid"? It's neither, but just an equilateral triangle

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Posted in: Gratins are one of the best things that could ever happen to a potato See in context

I doubt that heavy whipping cream can bhe found outside of central Tokyo....

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Posted in: Hollywood's latest love: Gender-swapping See in context

"Why not feed the scripts into a computer for the rewrite?" What makes you think they don't?

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Posted in: Why Trump could be good for Japan See in context

The writer ought to realise that using incorrect grammar such as "how good of a deal-maker" makes him sound less than totally literate.

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Posted in: In the lab: six innovations scientists hope will end malaria See in context

The cure has already been found, but Big Pharma is doing its best to suppress it, as it cannot be patented. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrwZN1cPfX8

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Posted in: 5 life-altering mistakes foreigners make when living in Japan See in context

I find it helps to remember that Japanese people also are only living here temporarily.

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Posted in: Tarantino on the battles behind 'The Hateful Eight' See in context

I don;t deny that there are people who enjoy Tarantino films. In fact, that's my point. Finding gory sadism entertaining is quite common, especially among Americans.

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Posted in: Tarantino on the battles behind 'The Hateful Eight' See in context

Tarantino has become the Donald Trump of cinema, wallowing in and appealing to the basest aspects of the American character, its thirst for violence and gunplay. If you enjoy this, you should take a good look at yourself.

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Posted in: Trump reflects America's obsession with 'winners' and 'losers' See in context

"The winner-loser mentality is a media creation". This hardly implies it is not the American mentality. Quite the contrary. The American whose thinking is nor primarily conditioned by media is hard to find.

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Posted in: Boston museum cancels 'Kimono Wednesdays' after racism protests See in context

Rumour has it that a protest movement is underway in Tokyo insisting that the practice of wearing western style clothing, in particular the use of zippers and shoelaces, is unacceptably racist.

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Posted in: Scientists race to beat mosquito resistance in fight against malaria See in context

The cure for malaria exists, but pressure from the pharmaceutical industry prevents it from being widely known. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrwZN1cPfX8

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Posted in: The No. 1 thing that foreign men find 'not so kawaii' about Japanese women See in context

At least few of them indulge in the terrible "vocal fry" that is endemic among American young women. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEqVgtLQ7qM

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Posted in: Bradley Cooper sets high targets in new film 'American Sniper' See in context

Almost all American heroes, from the cowboys/outlaws to the gangsters to Dirty Harry to Dexter are sociopaths if not psychopaths. That they are now governed by sociopathic bankers and their puppets is not unrelated to the predatory and violent values on which the country was built.

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Posted in: Man arrested for torching 6 houses under construction See in context

Lots of people start fires when irritated, but they usually just use them to light cigarettes.

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Posted in: 5 South Koreans arrested over stolen Buddha statue in Japan See in context

The vast majority of theft from temples in Japan is carried out by Japanese. Particularly in the 1980s it was possible to find temple carvings being sold at antique auctions, with no provenance stated, but clearly removed from temple buildings, with or without approval. You may notice that many temples now have wire netting placed over the carvings above the doors, etc....

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Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success See in context

The oldest one I know in Tokyo is DUG, the jazz cafe in Shinjuku that was operating when I came here in 1969 , which retains the same atmosphere, though I'm not sure how the coffee quality compares with others. http://tinyurl.com/md2yedp

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Posted in: 26 students stung by hornets in Kumamoto See in context

Vespa simillima are not the largest hornets, but are prey to the Vespa mandarinia, or osuzumebachi, which are.

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Posted in: The all-star avocado See in context

A useful tip: to prevent guacamole from turning brown (oxidising), compress it into a container and cover it with a layer of water. It will not mix with the avocado, and can easily be poured off. This will be effective for several days at least.

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Posted in: How to eat for free, get free lodging and free entertainment See in context

Nobody seems to have mentioned the WWOOF program, nor the Couchsurfing system. The latter doesn't necessarily guarantee food, nor periods of stay longer than a few days, but the WWOOF program does.

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Posted in: Tokyo must embrace diversity and inclusion to avoid a bleak future See in context

I'm not sure that fear of difference needs to be learned. It seems a pretty basic reflex in all life forms. Show me a gaijin who's had a baby start crying upon seeing his foreign physiognomy, and I'll show you a ...well...how about a scorpion?

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Posted in: Abe says he achieved 'historic' success with Obama See in context

Good news that no progress was made on TPP, that instrument of international corporatism.

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Posted in: Gas cylinder full of nails explodes in police dorm in Sapporo See in context

I can't imagine how one could possibly fill a camping gas bombe with anything without opening it and thereby releasing all the gas.

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