Christopher Blackwell comments

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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Posted in: Trump warns of riots if he is denied party's presidential nomination See in context

Perhaps he is hoping for help from his Mafia ties. He was on quite friendly term with some of the Mafia controlled unions particularly in the building trades. It would be much like businessman working with the Yakuza in japan.

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Posted in: Manhunt underway in Pittsburgh area after 5 partygoers shot dead See in context

If it is Black on Black killing, But we are also seeing increased attacks by neo Nazi groups and suspected KKK. So lets wait until someone is caught before we speculate. The important thing is catch the actual perps, and not just whoever the police find to be convenient , as has happened in some murders. Black deaths often are not investigated with the same vigor as the deaths of White people by our police. There is also a possibility that the wrong victims were targeted, we have had that even in crime shootings. It doesn't make the victims any less dead.

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Posted in: Study examines little-known WWII internment camp in Alaska See in context

What interesting was how few German and Italian Americans were interned. There was a strong racist tone tot he Japanese American internment.

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Posted in: Damning study finds a 'whitewashed' Hollywood See in context

The worse thing is it limits the stories told, as well as the points of view. There is also a little matter of age as well. We need more stories that make use of older talented actors as well as stories told by children. I would also like to see more of our character actors made into lead actors. Taking what appear to be ordinary people and then putting them into difficult situations to show what they are made of. Lets face it heroes are not all young and pretty. Much of the eye candy hasn't learned to act yet. We need a lot more reality and variety than Hollywood is willing to give us.

Even I, an alleged White person, get bored with all white movies, or with people of color only being played to stereotypes. I made the discovery of a number of smaller Black films, including some old ones that were probably created for the separate Black audience of the day. I look forward to seeing a lot of Black Actors that I have not had a chance to view before, and so me stories quite different from point of view. Same goes for films using other Actors of color.

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Posted in: Fukushima Daiichi plant chief confident new disaster won't threaten clean-up See in context

I am glad he is so confident no new disasters well take place. Now if he willing to move their with his family to prove how confident that he is. It is so easy to make claims when you don't live near by.

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Posted in: Russian gangs set sights on 2020 Olympic opportunities See in context

Don't forget that the sports officials, athletes, and fans will need a great many male and female prostitutes and areas to gamble, party drugs, pornography, and what not as well. This goes back to the original Olympics in Ancient and Classical Greece, so it is a time honored tradition. So plenty of chances for the various gangs to make a financial killing.

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Posted in: China threatens sanctions against U.S. companies: Is this the future? See in context

Gee I rather hope they do it to as many American corporations as possible. Nothing that I would like to see more than American corporations with their tails between their legs being forced to do their manufacturing back in the United States. I think that would do a lot to end our trade deficit and improve our economy and improve salaries for our workers. Go for it China.

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Posted in: Police restrict access to Oregon refuge after fatal standoff See in context

Stupid unorganized dim witted nitwits. What did they think was going to happen. Peaceful assembly to protest is allowed, even guaranteed, but armed rebellion in not allowed in any country and cannot be allowed by any government. If the were not white, and if the Bundy brothers did not have a rich conservative daddy, they would have been closed down in the first few days. So another example of White skin privilege. Had they been Black, Latino, Native Americans, or Muslim, they would have been closed in on right at the beginning. Open carry only applies to White people in American and always has. So much for th great pretense of equal justices under the law.

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Posted in: Group urges changing Buddhist temple mark on maps to avoid Nazi connotations See in context

We call it the swastika. However it is a very ancient symbol found all over the world. Even our American Indians used it. Here in New Mexico one of our local railroads used it as a symbol and the student year book at a local University was called The Swastika. Needless to say when we got into World War II it was dropped. However I think instead it would be better to teach the people the older meanings of it and stop stereotyping what was a positive symbol as evil.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker says 'comfort women' were prostitutes See in context

Nothing more foolish than a politician like Yoshitaka Sakurada trying to change history about a subject that he has no personal knowledge of. Of course Japan is hardly the only country whose politicians try to rewrite history to fit their political needs We commonly see this in the United States as well.

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Posted in: Fire occurs at Hamaoka nuclear plant; no danger to public See in context

Problems and crisis are always profitable. Things running smoothly are not near as profitable. Fukushima will continue to be profitable to sub contractors as long as the problem is never solved. It will also be profitable to doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. It will remain profitable for rental properties is supposed safe areas and to real estate companies. And so it goes right up to government workers and politicians that will benefit from it all. It will be profitable for the Yakusa as well.

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Posted in: Should the statue of a girl dedicated to the memory of Korean women forced to work in Japanese military wartime brothels be removed from outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul? See in context

Countries should deal with both the good and evil of their history. Now if I could just get the United States to do it. Starting with our past and present treatment of the American Indians and, Black slavery, the Jim Crow period, a right up to present day treatment of Blacks, every minority, or immigrant group to come to America there are plenty of atrocities that we should deal with right up to present day. Just about every people has something similar in their own history, even if not quite as spectacular. Why are we all so afraid of the dark side of history.

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Posted in: Okinawa countersues Japanese government over U.S. base move See in context

Another reason to worry about US bases, all of them prove to be hazardous waste sites, polluting both the land and the ground water. That is even true in the United States.

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Posted in: Okinawa countersues Japanese government over U.S. base move See in context

I think they are protesting as being treated like a colony by the Japanese, just as they were treated as a colony by the Americans before them. I think they are tired of having no say so it what gets done to them. I don't find that the least bit difficult to understand.

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Posted in: Teacher who paid for sex with 12,000 women in Philippines convicted over naked child photos See in context

Busy guy. Now I wonder how many of us have had sex with 12,000 of anything, or would need to, or want to? The problem is what is to stop this guy from continuing his hobby? Guys going in for underage sex do not change their ways. How can anyone allow this person to ever roam the streets of anywhere in our world?

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Posted in: Angry single men stage anti-Christmas rally in Tokyo See in context

I can understand that being alone can be rough on a friends, family, and lover time of spending money, feasting, and partying time if you can't do it for whatever reason. I was often too poor to take part. So I gave it up, all the holidays that affected e that way, here in the States, Thanksgiving Christmas, and New Years Eve. That was fifty years ago, end of problem.

Unloved? Or are they upset about just not getting laid? Getting laid is the simpler problem to solve. Getting loved requires effort, and thinking about someone else a bit more than yourself. These young men seem to think it is all about them, their needs, and that may be the problem. Meanwhile what is wrong with having the freedom to do whatever that you want, and not having to worry about someone else not wanting to do it, or trying to make you feel guilty for doing what you want.

They should enjoy it while they have such freedom. That ends soon enough for most men. Meanwhile there are a lot of unhappy married men, or unhappy men with girlfriends. A lot of men can't handle either. As they say, "Be careful what you wish for, you may get it?"

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Posted in: U.S. veterans who firebombed Japan in WWII meet survivor See in context

Again even if wining the war was a laudable achievement, it does not change in the least the atrocities committed. There are no innocent people military-wise, only the tens of millions of innocent victims who did not deserve what was done to them. In any war, the number of innocent civilians far out weighs the number of combatants killed.

In Viet Nam the 3.5 million people killed were by far innocent civilians. Nor are civilians killed by accident, as alleged collateral damage. Killing civilians is part of the strategy of war, and always has been. War has always been about making money, lots of it. But those that profit from war, and from dragging it out as long as possible, do not risk their own lives, but mostly the lives of the poor. War is the atrocity, nothing more and nothing less.

Marine Major General Smedley Butler sued it up this way, "War is a Racket!"

That is all that we need to understand.

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Posted in: U.S. veterans who firebombed Japan in WWII meet survivor See in context

We Americans talk about the war atrocities of other nations at war, but ever about the war atrocities of our own. Remember we not only did this to several cities in Japan but also in Germany We make our ow excuses but we not accept the excuses of other. It would be fine it they ever ended, but we continue the in every war since including the ones we are in day. War is mass murder. There are no good guys on any side of a war they are all just as evil. As long as any country goes to the war, the mass murder continues and the atrocities build day by day, month by month, year by year. I know this from personal experience as I am a disabled Marie Viet Nam veteran. Note that we did not invade North Vietnam we invaded South Vietnam against their wishes. We did not carpet bomb North Viet Nam, we carpet bombed South Viet Nam with more bombs than were used in all of World War I and World War II together. We did not drop millions of tons of poison on North Viet Nam we dropped it on South Viet Nam 2,000,000 tons of just Agent Orange alone, who knows how much of Agents Green Red, Blue or White. I am left to wonder if North Viet Nam could have wo without our help. Ho Chi Min was partially financed by the Rockefeller Family when France refused to allow Standard Oil off shore drilling rights off the shores of the French Indo China. Yep it was just another oil war.

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