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Posted in: Trump attacks Sessions; suggests DOJ hurt GOP in midterms See in context

If there is a deep state, they're not exactly working for liberal policies.

Guess again. Though I mean liberal in the current misuse of the term to mean oppressive, leftist and reactionary.

One doesn't need evidence to indicate something is wrong when one of two more or less identical groups of people get prosecuted 100 times more than the other. The stats are damning enough by themselves. That people would actually take them at face value shows how low the level of discourse has become.

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Posted in: Trump attacks Sessions; suggests DOJ hurt GOP in midterms See in context

Are you implying that convicted felons who register as Democrats eventually run and get elected into office? In what reality?

I'm not implying that. But if I were, it is already possible. One can become a senator even while they are still serving a prison term. Is the US a great country or what?

Both parties take that money, but the GOP takes more. That's just fact.

Not a fact. The official PAC and large donor stats for the past year show that Democratic senate candidates received almost twice and much as did the Republican candidates. The average donation amount was also about double. And the presidential election? Super PACS donated 204 million to Clinton, only 79 million to Trump. Again, not surprising, since large corporations love regulation that keeps competitors at bay.

So yes, by all means, follow the money. Let's start with that half-million dollar speech Clinton gave in Russia, and the huge donations to the Clinton Foundation made by the Saudis.

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Posted in: Trump attacks Sessions; suggests DOJ hurt GOP in midterms See in context

It's the same data the Trump haters provide here day in and day out. "Look at all those guilty pleas and convictions. Why, they must be witches after all!"

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Posted in: Trump attacks Sessions; suggests DOJ hurt GOP in midterms See in context

Here's another link: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republican-presidencies-have-91x-the-convictions-rate_us_5a3d5406e4b0df0de8b064e5

Republican presidencies have 91 times the convictions of Democratic presidencies. That really is remarkable. It's remarkable in the way dictators run for election and get 99.9% of the vote. It's remarkable the way discriminated-against minorities might have an extraordinarily high conviction rate. It's too remarkable to be taken at face value by anyone with a working brain.

To believe this represents justice is to believe that there are nearly 100 crooked Republicans for every crooked Democrat. And to believe that means to abandon reason to a kind of unthinking religious fervor.

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Posted in: It's not a bad thing not to go to school. I want to tell kids that there are places where they can do something outside schools. See in context

Some people aren't just meant to be institutionalized

That's a good way of putting it. I would add that many of the kids who do fine in school might have done much better if they had had an alternative. Those are the kids who get top grades easily, and go through the system with flying colors. The problem is that the same system took away from time they could have used to develop their real talents and interests. And the same system instills a kind of brainwashing aimed at creating passivity that is very damaging, even to those who are aware of it.

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Posted in: Trump attacks Sessions; suggests DOJ hurt GOP in midterms See in context

But you're not only naive but objectively wrong to believe all things are equal on both sides.

First link: 7 out of 10 convicted felons are registered Democrats.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/jail-survey-7-in-10-felons-register-as-democrats/article/2541412

Yet in the political sphere, all those Dem politicians so loved by convicted felons are clean as a whistle? When Democrats get elected to office, they clean up their act?

Let's go back to Occam. A simpler explanation is that Democratic politicians are more inclined to abuse the courts and police agencies to advance their political ends. That's a better bet for them than leaving it to Democracy. And that's why they are so dangerous to democracy.

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Posted in: Trump attacks Sessions; suggests DOJ hurt GOP in midterms See in context

Put it another way, what does it say about the right that the Republican administration's DoJ can only find evidence of criminal behavior and wrongdoing on the right and not much on the left.

What does it say about the DoJ that it can only find evidence of criminal behavior and wrongdoing on the right and not much on the left?

Occam's razor says the simplest explanation is the most likely to be correct. In this case, the simplest explanation is that there is more criminal conduct on the right than on the left at the moment.

Nothing about politics is simple. Using your interpretation of Occam's razor, the Watergate break in would have been seen as a simple theft by common burglars, all of the people arrested by Hitler and Stalin were in fact guilty, etc. One has to be extremely naive to believe that criminal behavior is confined to one party or another. If anything, it is the party in favor of more powerful government that generally engages in more criminal behavior (as more power enables more corruption).

The USA has been a banana republic for some time. Most people haven't noticed and don't care as long as the politicians they are fans of are in office.

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Posted in: Abe vows further efforts to attract 40 mil foreign visitors by 2020 See in context

To all of those who say tourists should be steered off the Golden Route... really? What is there to do in the countryside?

What you need out there are scooter rentals, ziplines, massage parlors... oh wait, Thailand has those.

There is much more to life than scooters, ziplines and massage parlors. Frankly, I don't know how any of those can give you a memorable experience.

What is there to do on the Golden Routes of the world? How much time can you spend taking selfies at the Eiffel Tower or Taj Mahal before you turn blue? And inevitably, these places are packed with other tourists and locals who make their living off tourists. There is nothing at all of the local culture to experience at most famous landmarks.

In the countryside, there are restaurants that haven't changed their ways to accommodate tourists tastes. There is great scenery, great food, and all kinds of oddball places. I found a warehouse in the countryside of Oita that could have housed a 747. Instead, it was packed to the gills with antiques, collectibles and old junk. In the countryside, people can be friendly and aren't looking for an easy way to separate tourists from their money. Driving aimlessly in the countryside almost always brings up an undiscovered waterfall or beach, some great scenery, some mysterious old temples, friendly locals and good food.

And if you really need a massage parlor, maybe some old village granny will help you out.

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Posted in: It's not a bad thing not to go to school. I want to tell kids that there are places where they can do something outside schools. See in context

for every 1 kid rejecting school because they can do something better on their own, there are 5-10 who reject it because they want to sit at home playing video games or picking stupid fights online.

I don't think it's that bad. For one, those kids don't often have the initiative to refuse to do anything they are told, which includes going to school.

While video games would not be healthy, doing nothing constructive can sometimes be healthy for kids who have had their creativity squashed by the school system. These kids need time to "detox" from the passive frame of mind that schools put them in. Kids are naturally inquisitive and will come out given time. Kids who are not inquisitive and not interested in much tend to go along to get along in schools.

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Posted in: It's not a bad thing not to go to school. I want to tell kids that there are places where they can do something outside schools. See in context

It's not a bad thing not to go to school.

Exactly. Even westerners fall into the trap of thinking something is wrong with a child who refuses to attend school. In fact, it might mean something is right with the child. He/she refuses to participate in the prison-like charade that defines most schools.

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Posted in: Obama, Meghan McCain rebuke Trump in tribute to fallen senator See in context

And agree with him or not, he's always been civilized and willing to work with the whole political spectrum

Yes, he worked with everyone from the extreme left to the moderate left. That's the whole political spectrum according to most of the media.

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Posted in: Abe vows further efforts to attract 40 mil foreign visitors by 2020 See in context

 just spent 8 days in Kyushu, visiting all prefectures and all major spots, and for 8 days I saw a grand total of 6 Western travelers.

I live in Kyushu, and I see more than that number every day - without trying. I agree that the bulk of tourists are Asian, but the number of Western visitors is also way up. There is only one direct flight from Europe to Kyushu that I know of, but that alone would bring in several hundred visitors a day.

But then I think there are already too many tourists as it is.

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Posted in: Obama, Meghan McCain rebuke Trump in tribute to fallen senator See in context

And if an ethnic group described in disparaging terms the group that attacks them, everyone would know whom they meant.

Which is a much, much more applicable analogy

If you want to claim victimhood, you'll have to get in line. Especially since you are saying that the party of the wealthy, the corporations, and the media is a victim of what? The mostly working class voters who support Trump? How are these wealthy politicians being attacked exactly?

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Posted in: Obama, Meghan McCain rebuke Trump in tribute to fallen senator See in context

it just shows the truth of your party,

It shows no such thing. They attacked the usual target, using the usual stereotypes. If a white supremacist described an ethnic group in stereotypical and disparaging terms, but without using their name, everyone would know who they meant. But it wouldn't reveal the truth of anything except about the speakers themselves.

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Posted in: Obama, Meghan McCain rebuke Trump in tribute to fallen senator See in context

The saddest part is that those who defend Trump will never understand....

Yes, yes. We have heard it before. Those Trump voters are simply stupid. The non-Trump voters are smart. Got it.

would-be tinpot dictator who seek to take the country back to the Gilded Age. The peasants that voted for him would do well to remember what their lot in life was like back then.

Peasants? I remember when the Dems used to care about the plight of the working class. Now we are back to "peasants?" It must be hard for someone who has never worried about their next meal or a roof over their head to grasp that some people have to work hard to provide both - and that those people might have a better understanding of the world despite missing out on 4 years of sex, drugs and propaganda at some overpriced university.

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Posted in: How would you define power harassment in the workplace? See in context

I don't know how it's defined. But I do know that the broader the definition gets, the more attractive robots look.

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Posted in: Man accused of killing 9 people in Zama likely to be judged mentally fit to stand trial See in context

"Mentally fit to strand trial," not just mentally fit. He is mentally fit in the sense that he didn't believe his victims were rabid raccoons sent by the devil to destroy him. He was mentally fit enough to take advantage of depressed people to satisfy his rather perverse cravings.

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Posted in: Obama, Meghan McCain rebuke Trump in tribute to fallen senator See in context

Irony always goes unnoticed these days. Imagine a bunch of crooked politicians using a man's funeral to slam their political enemies, and at the same time talk about how not to be mean, petty and divisive. With no awareness at all of the contradiction.

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Posted in: Japanese messaging app operator Line to launch cryptocurrency See in context

It doesn't mean much. You can use the tokens on Line, much as you would use frequent flier points. If you wanted to convert them to JPY or USD, though, you would find it difficult (but not impossible). The restrictions are just there to protect Line from liability in case of an aggressive regulatory agency (like the SEC).

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Posted in: Woody Allen's latest film release in doubt See in context

Woody's reputation will recover. At least he didn't come out as a conservative - that would have ended his career.

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Posted in: Japanese messaging app operator Line to launch cryptocurrency See in context

Line (Naver) is a Korean company

The point being?

> friends of mine were hacked recently

I haven't heard of any Line Pay hack. 99% of the time people are hacked, it's because they were sloppy about security. Don't download apps without checking them, don't use easy passwords, don't use the same password for all accounts, don't open email attachments from people you don't know, etc., etc.

How exactly was your friend's hack the fault of Line?

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Posted in: Cash stolen from parked taxi in 11 seconds in Sapporo See in context

I don't have a whole lot of sympathy for drivers who park illegally, especially smack in the middle of downtown.

Give him a break. He needed a toilet, there was almost no traffic and the road was plenty wide. Hard enough for a cabbie to make a living.... On top of which he has the bad luck to have one the few such thieves in Japan being the only person around at exactly that moment.

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Posted in: Does it bother you that governments may be monitoring your email and phone calls? See in context

Kind of ironic that the government gets to know more and more of our formerly private life. But meanwhile, we know less and less what our government does.

The people who live off our hard earned taxes get to keep more secrets than ever, while we have fewer secrets than ever from them. Doesn't take a genius to see how wrong this is.

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Posted in: Former Vice President Biden salutes McCain as 'a brother' See in context

McCain was too classy and honorable to align himself with Trump

Oh, please. Just read about McCain outside the coordinated corporate media tripe. McCain was a nasty piece of work, and many of the things I could recount here would get my post deleted. He was a man who abused and insulted his wives, sang "bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran," continued to call Vietnamese by a racial slur, never met a war he didn't like.... He was a narcissistic and destructive politician.

Now, because he dies and was an enemy of Trump, he's classy and honorable? Here's one example of how classy he was: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/07/report-mccains-profane-ti_n_95429.html

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Posted in: U.N. body urges lasting Japan solution to 'comfort women' issue See in context

The UN is a joke. Funded by taxpayers from various countries so that corrupt UN reps can play both sides against the middle while they fly and dine first class.

This is a typical example. The UN poses and preens for China and Korea, and contributes nothing meaningful to the discussion. On what basis does the UN have any moral authority?

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Posted in: Self-driving taxi with paying passengers tested in Tokyo in world first See in context

Driving is less complex than translating for a computer. 

Perhaps that's true. But if self-driving cars made errors at even a 10th of the rate as the best translation software, there would be mass slaughter in the streets. People rarely die from translation mistakes.

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Posted in: Basketballers who spent night with prostitutes get 1-year suspensions See in context

It would be the same as if they were out with women in Kabukicho. Just because the women may have been dressed sexily, doesn’t pin them as prostitutes.

Jakarta is not Kabuki-cho. A sexily dressed woman hanging on a Japanese guy she just met that night is almost certainly a prostitute.

I doubt the women were exploited - they were probably there by their own choice. But the legality is irrelevant. They were not there on their own dime - they were representatives of the Japanese team, which was financing their trip and had every right to dictate the terms. Common sense should have told them that consorting in public with prostitutes while wearing team colors is not a good idea. But they are young, and were probably a bit drunk. Hopefully, lesson learned.

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Posted in: Self-driving taxi with paying passengers tested in Tokyo in world first See in context

Interesting that the problem most people have with these cars in the US is that they are too conservative and safe. They can take forever to make a turn or cross an intersection, so people just illegally drive around them.

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Posted in: Self-driving taxi with paying passengers tested in Tokyo in world first See in context

I'm glad these people weren't around when cars were invented - we would still be using horses and buggies.

"But what will all the horses do? Cars are useless because they require gasoline - they won't go far before they run out of gas. Where will they get gas? Cars are useless because they don't do as well on mud trails as horses - they need paved roads and there aren't any. Cars will be handled by inexperienced drivers and will result in fatal accidents. At least horses require some degree of skill." yada yada

From a US organization: "Close to 3,000 teenagers are killed each year in car crashes nationwide, making traffic collisions the leading cause of accidental death among teens ages 13 to 19, according data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)."

Does anyone thing self-driving cars will be worse than that?

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