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Posted in: OLs licking their lips at young fresh-faced new hires See in context

Why the hell are still you running this story, JT? It's been festering here for over 2 weeks now. Don't you have anything fresh to replace it with?

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Posted in: German historians want Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' republished See in context

grsmaz,

Hitler was a Christian. Does this mean that Christians are neo nazis?

Actually, Hitler just called himself a christian. Big, big difference, buddy.

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Posted in: Woman arrested after trying to flush infant down toilet in Nagoya See in context

They ain't fathers, Sarge. Just...sires. And that's why they're AWOL.

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Posted in: Memorial concerts for X Japan guitarist hide to be held See in context

Sorry. I hope the guy is at peace.

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Posted in: Memorial concerts for X Japan guitarist hide to be held See in context

Wonder how many fans they were able to rope into going?

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Posted in: Woman arrested for beating sister to death with rock in Yokohama See in context

Some14some,

Well said! Bad news is depressing, true, but maybe it helps to keep the majority of those who watch it on the straight and narrow.

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Posted in: Woman arrested after trying to flush infant down toilet in Nagoya See in context

Alfie in Tokyo,

What precisely would that (putting her away for a long time) achieve?

If it's discovered that the woman is responsible for her actions, and it was murder, and not a terrible accident, then at the very least it would probably stop her reoffending, and send a clear message to others that this kind of thing is wrong. It's all quite simple, at least on paper.

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Posted in: 38 killed in Baghdad clashes See in context

Anybody read Frank Herbert's Dune? The same strategy was employed in it, and also by a group of religious fanatics against an empire. This story's quite eerie in the parallels that can be drawn to that novel

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Posted in: Woman arrested after trying to flush infant down toilet in Nagoya See in context

Poor child. Poor woman. Poor plumber. It's so desperately sad that Ritsuko felt so helpless that she took it out on someone even more helpless than herself.

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Posted in: Which professions do you respect the most? See in context

Surely the oldest profession in the world should get the most respect. This is Japan, after all!

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Posted in: What are your views on parents hitting young children as a means of punishing or disciplining them? See in context

someone did that already, damn it.

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Posted in: What are your views on parents hitting young children as a means of punishing or disciplining them? See in context

Everton2,

Some did that already. Alfieintokyo's parents.

My experience is that soon or later that child will start to hit others as a result of examples you have set.

I have yet to see a kid spank another, or give them a slap on the back of the hand. Punch, kick, headbutt, etc., yes, been there, done that, when I was a kid. It wasn't because my parents spanked me though, it was because I was a kid, and I was angry. In fact, my parents taught me in no uncertain terms (you know what I mean)that hitting other kids was wrong. And you know what, I stopped doing it partly because I knew how much it hurt. The old warning "let's see how you like it" is a pretty good way of teaching kids a little consideration for others, I suspect.

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Posted in: What are your views on parents hitting young children as a means of punishing or disciplining them? See in context

Blue Tiger,

I agree. The former is abuse; the latter, punishment. As long as that punishment is followed up with loving support to help the kid improve, then I don't see a long term problem with it. The problem with the enforcement of any sort of consequences, corporal or otherwise, is that lack of support after the offence.

Williamsmith,

I don't believe discipline of any kind is necessary. Discipline only teaches what to think, not how to think.

Perhaps you'd like to reconsider your opinion. As I just suggested, discipline followed by support, including teaching kids HOW to avoid doing bad or stupid things, should be part and parcel of every parent's toolbox.

Maybe you just need to define more clearly what you consider discipline to be, as I can't imagine that you're suggesting we should not correct our kids when they, for example, hit another kid!

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Posted in: Phonetastic See in context

This is the most refreshing review I've ever read on Japan Today! I though making fun of a product would have got you the sack and forced you to have to work at the Japan Times. It sure the hell ain't another ad posing as news, capone.

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Posted in: McWrap Chicken See in context

And you just beat me to saying "you beat me to it", dammit! Katanana or English, it still sounds like Mickey D's is finally saying it like it is.

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Posted in: SMAP meal set suspended at Osaka prefectural government office See in context

JT,

We are all deeply grateful for the translations of Japanese news stories that you provide, and it's good to see that even prefectual governments can come to their senses and overrule their leaders.

However, could you please, please get your people to use English words like "celebrity", "star" "actor", etc. rather than the Japanese "talent". Or would you at least consider proofreading the stories before putting them up? In fact, I'd be happy to oblige; For a small fee, of course!

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Posted in: Body of newborn baby found in Saitama river See in context

Blue Tiger,

Think before you speak next time. Read telecaster player's comments and try to understand the logic behind them, and just try to imagine yourself in the position of the baby. Which would you prefer if your life was literally in the hands of a woman who was going to get rid of you one way or the other? I'm not trying to be nasty, mate, but you need to try puuting yourself in other people's place first. In fact, you should also put yourself in the woman's shoes and ask yourself what you'd do? A little sympathy, and even empathy goes a long way.

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Posted in: Bladeless blender See in context

Thanks for the update, JT!

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Posted in: Hamas rejects Carter's call to halt rocket fire on Israel for 1 month See in context

Sabiwabi,

Israel was created by force and it expanded by force. Israel never stopped the war they started.

Are you suggesting that, assuming that creation of a state by "force" is wrong, Israel has no legitimate claim on any of its territory? And if so, Israel could "stop the war" by giving it all up?

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Posted in: Victims finally learning to speak out against Japan’s outdated rape laws See in context

as an advanced industrial nation they lag far behind other countries in treatment of rape victims

On the contrary, they celebrate them! I mean, look at all the rape videos available here.

Yep, this, of course, is the same country who's pollies are only just now "eyeing" jail time for pedaphile's who have kiddie porn on their computers. Can we see a pattern here? Hmmm.

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Posted in: Pope blesses ground zero in NYC, praises American church See in context

57.000 people at Yankee Stadium and worldwide media coverage vs. Sagecat's >The Pope is a non-issue. Enough said.

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Posted in: Task force eyes imprisonment for possession of child porn images See in context

proxy,

I guess it comes down to common sense. For example, having a picture of your 4 year old in the bath would be fine. If a stranger had the same image on their hard drive, it wouldn't. If an uncle had it on his drive, and scores of others like it, you'd be calling the cops.

Regarding clothing catalogues and the like? That's already happening here in Australia, and there are many people furious about this sexualisation of kids. So sooner or later, the law will have to be changed to stop it. The law is always going to be playing catch up, I suppose, as good people can't always predict the twistings of evil minds. However, It's shameful that Japan is taking so much longer to catch up than other nations.

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Posted in: Rice, in Baghdad, calls al-Sadr coward See in context

Everton2,

I agree. But the correct spelling is lose. Sorry, had to say it. :)

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Posted in: Pope meets with victims of clergy sex abuse See in context

It must be said that it's not the church itself who protects these scum, but cowards in positions of power within the church, like bishops, who simply sweep things under the carpet by transferring people rather than getting them arrested, as they should.

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Posted in: U.S. government to collect DNA from every arrested criminal and store samples in database See in context

"Using authority granted by Congress"

Well spotted, O previous poster whose name is hidden from me by a system bug. You can't just blame Bush for this one, but "democrats" as well.

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Posted in: Japanese designer adds recycling, polyester to luxury in 'ecological fur' See in context

Semperfi,

So is Imai. Like many designers, she's a moron who wastes valuable oxygen.

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Posted in: Man arrested for cutting electric wires for toilets at convenience stores in Tokyo See in context

You know, it's the first thing that crosses MY mind when I'm feeling a little testy.

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Posted in: 1-year-old boy dies after being left in car by pachinko-playing mother in Kagoshima See in context

Dear Evil Robot,

Just imagine a world where this kind of thing never got reported. How many more kids would die because people hadn't been made aware of the effects of being inside a closed up car? You really need to consider the media's role in public education.

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Posted in: Clinton, Obama focus on faith at forum See in context

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I respect a woman's right to choose and it is mind boggling to think that there could seriously be a viable and fair alternative to this view.

It's only mind boggling if you leave the kid in the womb out of your ponderings. If you think about him or her then your mind may be less boggled, and a little more balanced. Why not follow Obama and Clinton's example and try looking at things from everyone's point of view?

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Posted in: Clinton calls Obama divisive and elitist See in context

A key Clinton supporter, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, noted that Obama’s “bitter” remarks only reinforced the perception, however mistaken, that the Democratic party was “culturally elite.”

But they are culturally elite! That's supposed to be a good thing. Seriously, would you want some cultural moron leading the country...again?

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