Christopher Blackwell comments

Posted in: What do Japanese think about Trump’s 'I remember Pearl Harbor' comment? See in context

I am amused at Trump if that was his choice of words. I am a bit older than the President, and while I know of Pearl Harbor, having heard about it from my father and studied bout it is my school history, I certainly do not actually remember Pearl Harbor as I was born almost four years later. But never try to figure out whatever this President means by what he spits out of his mouth, as even he does not know what he means when he says something. Watch for him no to clam that he never said it, that to is common when he gets caught making embarrassing statements.

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Posted in: Not having children is selfish, says LDP Secretary-General Nikai See in context

I suspect the drop in Births is much the same in Japan as it is in the United States. The cost of living continues to climb faster than wages, so fewer people can afford to raise a child any more.

The birth rate has dropped in the United States to below replacement level, and even those births are coming later in life such as the thirties and forties, when they used to be in the early twenties. But today fewer people can afford a place to live on the salaries available and even some working people are now homeless, and the number grows each day.

Meanwhile programs designed to help low income families are being cutaway. So how can the poor afford to have a family any more?

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Posted in: Gov't to delay landfill for U.S. base transfer in Okinawa See in context

Perhaps Okinawa is tired of playing the Occuppied Country that it has played since the end of World War II. Having foreign troops for seventy years can get tiresome. I was there in 1966 as a Marine and I have no problem seeing why they might be rather tired of US troops. Why not let the rest of Japan share the wear and tear for a change. Okinawa suffered one of the worst single battles of the war, and they never wanted to be part of Japan either.

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Posted in: Man seeks inheritance, damages over same-sex partner's death See in context

What is the law in Japan if you make your partner co-owner of everything property, vehicles, and assets. Here in the states co-ownership agreements make wills unnecessary according to my lawyer. Now some might want a will for other things, like the right to get the death certificate.

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Posted in: Reports of measles rising in Okinawa; damage to tourism feared See in context

Actually, you don't need the tourists, just their money. So do a Go Fund Me for Okinawa. I remember Okinawa, but of course from fifty years ago. I understand the problems of being a place of a lot of young military, not to mention that they must feel like it is a Army of Occupation that has been there forever. Not too mention that every military base ends up as a Hazardous Waste site over the years.

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Posted in: One killed in apartment fire at Trump Tower in New York See in context

The Trump Tower did not have a sprinkler system. Trump fought against the bill to require it, then claimed he would spend three million to install a system, then never did install one. This is the second fire there this year.

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Posted in: Japan's isolated older 'hikikomori' shun society for years See in context

I have a different view, as once I got back from the Viet Nam War, I could no longer play the political games at work, though I had been able before to some extent. I am just not a social person, so that I rarely make friends, nor keep them for long. So finally I gota letter from afriend to work with him digging agates. Did not pay much, but it also did not cost much to work out of a VW bus. Most important was I had a lot of time on my own as my friend was mostly a solitary person as well. I now own my own property and my home is my shop so it pays its own costs. Still it lets me live on my own except for an occasional customer,so Istill havemy freedom, do nothaveto fit in and enjoy living mostly on my own out in the boonies. Not every one is designed to be social, and to conform. They simply can't do it and survive. Not all of them are lucky enough to figure mostly how to live on their own. My younger brother with similar problems, but stayed in the city failing at holding jobs finally committed suicide. Could have been me if my friend had not asked me to go mining with him. We need a place in society for outsiders to survive in. I am still not social and have no desire to be social. Meeting and greeting is fine, starting conversations with strangers is not a problem, but maintaining friendships is too much effort, and does not work for me.

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Posted in: Coates hopes 'Black Panther' hype transfers to comic book See in context

By the way I will watch it when it gets on DVD. I have watched a fair number of basically Black based movies and have enjoyed the difference in point of view.

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Posted in: Okinawa governor says U.S. forces crazy, out of control See in context

Peple seem to forget thatt he majority of people in Okanawa never wanted the American military bases there. So try to imagine what it is like to have a foreign military of occupation in you area for for 78 years and have no say so about what goes on. Then you might understand that most who do not make money off the bases are not liking it much, especially having young men looking at their daughters like whores.

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Posted in: Governor tells U.S. envoy bases are 'discrimination' against Okinawa See in context

Remember that closed American military bases always turn out to be toxic waste dumps. Ask the Fillippinos about the bases that we closed there are hear the full horror story

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Posted in: U.S. Vietnam War deserter helped by Japan pacifists back for speeches See in context

As a Marine Vietnam veteran, now nearly 72, I have no bad feelings about this man, any more than I have no bad feelings for the anti-war crowd. In a war there are no good guys,only bad and worse and the longer the war, the worse the soldiers on both sides get. The war taught me a lot as a conservative and trusting youth so that I will never trust any war we get into.

Remember 3,000,000 people died in Vietnam, most of them killed by use. Yes the other side also have blood on their hands. As I said there are no good guys in any war.

A very old saying is, That the first victim of war, is TRUTH." To get us to support a war, our government, like all governments, will lie to us about the reasons for the war, about our alleged goals, and about the alleged enemy. In fact lying is considereda ligitimate tactic of war by our Defense Department, including lying to us ordinary citizens as much as needed to maintain the war. Nothing has changed and it is still true in our present wars,whether it is wars we know abour orthat are fought in secret to hide from us. As I said all governments do this to get into war and to keep it going. This is equally true of terrorist groups and militias in various parts ofthe world.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy relieves Seventh Fleet commander after collisions in Asia See in context

Just a wild thought. We have had terrorism by jet airliner, terrorism by bomb, terrorism by truck. Could we be seeing terrorism by ship

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Posted in: Residents of Tottori town hold drill in case N Korea fires missiles over them See in context

Ah, reminds me of my childhood, Duck and Cover. It was totally uselessthen and even more so now. Why not be honest, and tell the kids the lucky ones will be those that die in the blast. It is those that survive that will be miserable and possibly wish they were dead. In high school they could read from medical studies that the US government did on the survivors and what it was like. And that was only two small bombs.

We are talking about possible world wide nuclear war and that will not be survivable for most of, if not all of, the worlds humans. Just let one idiot fire one missile, and it quickly gets out of control as the United States, Russia, and China quickly follow their defense treaties with their various allies.

Remember Russia and the United States have already had 8 close calls of nearly starting and nuclear war. As long as any nuclear bomb exists, as long as any delivery system exists, we will live under the threat of extinction.

As Japan is learning there are limits to how much radiation you can clean up. Any amount over long exposure is dangerous. Even radon gas, from our now well sealed homes, can kill you over time.

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Posted in: Man wants to move out of his home, so he takes off all clothes and walks through the neighborhood See in context

One question, was he good looking enough to make watching enjoyable for some people? [Grin]

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Posted in: Japan holds evacuation drills as N Korea presses on with missile tests See in context

I am left to wonder what is the value of evacuation drills, in case of nuclear strike, where you have a few minutes warning time at best, if you get any warning before it goes off. Reminds me of our old duck and cover exercises here in America back in the 50s. Looks like doing something, but accomplishing nothing of value at all in reality.

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Posted in: U.S.-born singer Chris Hart obtains Japanese citizenship See in context

I have a variety of friends that permanently live in foreign countries. It works for them, much like our ancestors when they left their counties. That is my rule of thumb, if it works, it is probably right for the person. Same with changing citizenship, or having dual citizenship. Their business, none of mine.

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Posted in: TEPCO says it will make plan this summer to clean up Fukushima plant See in context

I wonder how one makes a forsomethingneverdealth withbefore,that wehaveneitherthenecessary knowledgetodealwith,northetechnolog neede todoanythingabout. Remember that we have watched six years while they have made very little progress at clean up, or even slowing down the damage being done.

There is no way to ever clean up the area around Fukushima, just moving a bit of dirt around in the living areas, but not the surrounding countryside, which can wash and blow more radiation back into the living areas.

Anyone here that isw illing to move into the affected areas, knowing this, regardless of how cheap the prices might be.

Nor can most of the owners, who know that they can never sell that land and property that once they lived in, and could have sold fairly easy at one time.

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Posted in: Asked about Putin, Trump says U.S. isn't 'so innocent' See in context

This is the one case, on America being far from innocent in meddling with other countries, that I have to agree with Trump. This is a rare case of catching him telling the truth.

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Posted in: Philippines' Duterte says he has personally killed people See in context

Not sure that that is not what we see with some of our American police, killing unarmed people, men, women, and children and never investigated or brought to trial, at least rarely ever. Our minorities communities often have far more to worry about from our police, than our gang members. Oftern in minority areas, the police are just the biggest, best armed street thugs around.

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Posted in: Aussies accused of premeditated brief display at Malaysia F1 See in context

When you are in someone's country,you play by their rules, their morals, or you may end up in jail, or worse. Sorry, but I have no sympathy for these fools.

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Posted in: America divided on flag, anthem, other symbols See in context

The amazing in the United States, that as the country falls to ruin in corruption, is that most Americans care far more about our symbols than either the country, or most of its citizens. As a nation, we have forgotten what little we ever knew about our history, and never talk about the future anymore, the sure sign of a dying people.

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Posted in: Missing Hokkaido boy found alive in SDF hut in forest after 6 days See in context

The kid was smart enough to find a safe place, and had water. His survival makes perfect sense to me. Personally I have gone two weeks without food. But without water, no that would lead to death. I will leave judging the parents up to others. We seem to have no shortage of people willing to cast judgement .

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Posted in: U.S. schools preparing for the worst, with active shooter drills See in context

I would have a person play the shooter, but with a back up person to stop the action to explain some possibilities for the kids. Questions like when is hiding the best option? When is running away the best option, and where to? I might with older kids consider if you are behind the shooter is that a possible attack plan that might give everyone a better chance, perhaps at high school level.

This a lot like training for war. You want your actions to go on automatic and not be panicking and freezing, because you life might well depend on it. Sure it is sad this is necessary training. But if you give the children some ideas of what perhaps they can , or cannot do, then more may survive when it happens. That is what we are training them for. I can assure you that kids in street gang neighborhoods are already knowledgeable about avoiding getting hit by bullets. But kids in more peaceful areas are totally unready.

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Posted in: Obama's Hiroshima visit stirs differing views across Pacific See in context

As a Marine Viet Nam War vet, one thing I learned in war is that there are no good guys in a war. Each side commits atrocities that they deny, while of course attacking how horrible the atrocity of the other side is.

War is mass murder. That itself is an atrocity. The first victim of war, is truth. In other words all sides in a war lie, and continue to lie afterward.

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Posted in: Questions swirl about Prince's health with unexplained death See in context

Frankly his private life and problems are really none of our business. All he owed his fans was his music and his performance. The rest should be private. The same goes for all other celebrities. Would any of the fans like people digging into their private lives and problems?

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Posted in: Sushi alert: Grim outlook for bluefin tuna See in context

It might be wise to end all fishing of tuna fr a few years and let them recover. Over in Chile there are tons of dead fish washing ashore, because of the warming of the oceans so fish, and whales are under great stress and then there is the pollution as well. There is plenty of pirate fishing and even fishing using slave workers. It is time to crack down on over fishing, or there will be no fish to catch. If the oceans die, we die with them. Just recently the scientists discovered that 90% of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia has bleached and died.

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Posted in: Regulator declares nuclear reactors safe after quake See in context

Of course we can be certain that the agency is telling the truth. After all they did in Fukushima. Well, maybe that is not a good example to use for their truthfulness.

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Posted in: Scores feared trapped as death toll from 2 Kyushu quakes hits 37 See in context

Well I am surprised to have the results of my suggestions proven true, two earthquakes and a small volcanic eruption. Now I hope that is the end of it as the people have gone through quite a shock with all this. Some day there may be worse ones, or more of them, let us hope that will not be for quite a while from now.

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Posted in: Scores feared trapped as death toll from 2 Kyushu quakes hits 37 See in context

Raised in Los Angeles and have been through a few Earthquakes. One thing no one has thought about is that you can have several faults close to being triggered and then have one quake trigger another. This happened when on fault line in Joshua Tree area set off one in Big Bear Lake a few years back. So it would be possible to have a swarm of earthquakes. In Los Angeles the most damaging Quakes have not been from the biggest faults but from the array of smaller faults that run all through the area that Los Angles is built on, some of them from faults that scientists did not even know about until they created a major earthquake. The Northridge quake was one of those unknown fault lines

One interesting aspect of Japan is how much of it has active volcanoes. Just as eruptions can cause earthquakes, so can earthquakes cause eruptions. In both cases volcanoes and fault lines only have to be near the point of moment of release for one to trigger the other. But geological history shows there have been very active volcanic and earthquake periods in the past and they can happen again.

The Japanese are pretty tough, a s most people living in earthquake and volcanic ares have to be. However if this should speed up and happen more often, it still could become more than could be endured, and you could even see refugees leaving Japan.

I am not saying it will happen in the near future, but it can happen. Just imagine Mount Fuji in full eruption for a couple of years. Moving seventeen million people and setting them up elsewhere would be a task daunting for any country s so far no one has ever actually done it.

Here in the States, Seattle and the Surrounding area comes to mind. Not only a major volcano, but an earthquake dangerous are as much of the city is built on swamp land and an area that has in the past few hundred years had a major tsunami caused by the most powerful earthquake offshore of Vancover Island that swept across the Pacific and hit Japan without warning. I believe the Japanese called it the The Orphan Tsunami of 1700 AD. Seattle and the surrounding towns would be heavily damaged if another one hit and some parts of the land would rise or fall as much as a dozen feet or more. I believe that Earthquake was in the 1600s of early 1700s. Now consider if you had the volcano go a well and all that snow suddenly melted and washed down Mount Rainier.

So it can happen, and someday no doubt, it will happen.

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Posted in: U.S. is pulling back from the world See in context

Ironically America pulling back and becoming isolationist might be the best thing for the world as a whole. No more launching destructive wars in third world countries, no more arming and training questionable terrorist groups and no more interfering with every country in the world. Sort of the same when China pulled back into itself and became isolationist.

With the United States, being your ally can be far more dangerous than being your enemy. Sometimes we do people more good as their enemy. As an enemy you tend to know where we stand, but as an ally, you never can be safely certain. Look at South Viet Nam, they were our ally and we nearly destroyed it, while doing only little damage to North Viet Nam, our alleged enemy. Of course now it is their turn to worry, as they have the misfortune to be our ally now.

A Marine Viet Nam Veteran Fall 1966 to Fall 1967.

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