Danny Nguyen comments

Posted in: Father arrested for flinging baby daughter across room See in context

Some people are just unfit in doing their part in various steps of life, especially raising children.

I hope that man never comes close to his daughter ever again. He had his chance at being a good parent, but he failed miserably. I'm glad things have not gotten worse although it is already bad.

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Posted in: Supreme Court rejects appeal by 'vagina kayak' artist over obscenity See in context

Yet they don't clamp down on the seedier kid porn anime industry

That is what leaves me absolutely furious. What the artist is definitely not as bad as all of the nasty stuff featuring underage girls and boys in anime/manga.

I like women and all but this seems gross. What about children seeing it also. Nasty.

OK. Then people would have a right to sue the shrines because hosting a penis festival is also gross and inappropriate for children. Don't you think? You tell me how penises are more appropriate than female genitalia then. If one is inappropriate for public display, then so should the other.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 293 new COVID-19 cases See in context

In my home Canadian province of Quebec, we are having a new spike because young people have been attending bars and night clubs with disregard for social distancing. Considering how all countries screwed up with elderly care homes, that is dangerous. Here's the thing: people who go to bars are among the most undisciplined ones in all of society. In Japan, I guess some of the most indisciplined people are those who attend those adult establishments.

In both cases, the risk should have been assessed better and thus such estbalishments should have been the very last to be allowed to open, which would be only when we would have enough countermeasures and very limited spread.

For those who are obsessed with reopening at all costs, you seem to be OK with enjoying of a drink rather than think about your older and more vulnerable relatives. If so, you need to get checked because you are failing as human beings.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually molesting 9-year-old girl in car See in context

Despicable piece of trash. I hope the authorities will eventually have enough evidence to send him behind bars for a long, long time.

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Posted in: U.S. base in Okinawa confirms 32 more coronavirus cases; Iwakuni base reports several See in context

While this should be treated seriously, we all know this is already blown out of proportion and will be big news forever.

How is that blown out of proportion? If anything, it tells us how the DOD in the US are doing an extremely poor job at screening their own people and their relatives on home soil before they are deployed. Furthermore, deploying troops is supposed to be done through tightly controlled military flights and nothing else. Honestly, I believe that rotating troops by bringing fresh faces from the US should have been postponed because of the hazard posed by the virus at home. At best, they should have rotated among overseas units only where COVID is better kept in check.

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Posted in: Man City honor Liverpool - then hammer them 4-0 See in context

I wouldn’t say Man U are resurgent. They have done okay since the league resumed but are nowhere near Liverpool or City, and Solskjaer isn’t in the same class as Klopp or Guardiola. I’d be surprised if they got within 20 points of the winners next season.

The main problem with Manchester United was that they didn't know how to break down lower teams that park the bus while United had to bed in the new players and deal with quite a young squad, but Solskjaer does great against top teams. Against Klopp and Guardiola combined, he has a 3-1-2 record overall this season.

Since Bruno Fernandes was signed in late january, Solskajer found ways to break those bus-parking opponents down to greater effect too. The Portuguese playmaker also played once against the top 2 this season and it was in a 2-0 United win over City right before the pandemic. I swaw somewhere that United and Wolves are equals as the best 2 teams in the PL on points since February.

Also don't forget the growing confidence of the teenager Mason Greenwood as well. He was already a scoring machine with the U23 team, but he has become even better since he started more regularly in the senior side.

Considering that it will be very likely that Manchester United will get fresh blood to build upon a good team core, the competiton at the top will definitely be more ferocious. But of course, you can never predict anything in the Premier League when teams can be in a bad form at any time and when untimely injuries strike any team.

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Posted in: Russian voters agree to let Putin seek 2 more terms See in context

Look back to the nineties to see what happens when you have the alternative.

That is one of the biggest loads of rubbish I have ever read; Yeltsin was not that different from Putin. Boris Yeltsin successfully launched a self-coup in 1993, illegally dissolving the Russian pariament. If anything, it's the Russian people who severely lack a spine to force change.

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Posted in: Russian voters agree to let Putin seek 2 more terms See in context

Sounds to me that the new Age of Enlightenment has not yet reached Russia and probably never will. What kind of population can be this kind of masochist to support authoritarians after authoritarians after authoritarians without ever thinking of something different to break the cycle?

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Posted in: Japan caught in dilemma with mainland China over Hong Kong See in context

There is no dilemma. China is rising like Nazis of old, performing a genocide dwarfing stuff from former Yugoslavia, violating borders with neighbors, and treating other countries with no respect for international conventions. Until China starts suffering consequences for their actions, this thing will only get worse. The situation now commands for a Winston Churchill instead of a Neville Chamberlain.

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Posted in: China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population See in context

Han Chinese need to stop these abuses from their govt. Where are the riots from the Han people?

They are in the same boat as the majority of Serbs under Milosevic or Germans under Nazi rule. When they down tools instead of fighting harder for what is right, don't expect history and nations to show much sympathy towards them.

Who is "they"? Does that include the people of Hong Kong or of Tienmanmen Square? You do realize how difficult it is to speak against the regime in mainland China, or do you not?

Han Chinese are the "they". They have downed tools instead of fighting harder for what is right, and they seem OK with that. They should not expect sympathy from anybody if they bend over like they did.

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Posted in: China passes controversial Hong Kong security law See in context

Can we call this a new version of the Anschluss? It looks quite like the last step of an annexation. Just as someone mentioned before me, it is more than time to declare China a terrorist state for a number of reasons in recent times.

We can count the destruction of democracy in Hong Kong, ethnic and cultural genocide in Xinjiang, a lack of transparency and cooperation in fighting COVID-19, threats against Taiwan and Japan, violating borders with a neighbor (India), bringing charges of espionnage against people as means of retaliation to the fact that one of their darlings has been found criminally liable for extradition by an independent court, etc. That is more than enough to treat China as a pariah.

As for people who applaud this move against Hong Kong, one message stands: you are either a despicable person or a wumao. I can't wait to see how history will judge you.

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Posted in: China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population See in context

Hate the CCP, not the Chinese people.

If they start to wake the hell up and rise against their government, I wouldn't have any issue with the people. However, the fact that they tolerate and even condone this to happen in favor of Han Chinese makes them complicit and unworthy of any sympathy. Did Serbians get sympathy when they went after Bosnians and Kosovars as they did? No. Did Germany get any sympathy once we found out what the Nazis did to Jews and Slavs during WW2? No. Why would the Chinese people deserve any more sympathy than Serbs and Germans had when all cases revolve around ethnic cleansing?

Another problem I have regarding this context is the number of Muslim countries choosing to turn a blind eye on what has to be the worst government-sponsored anti-Muslim action in the last few decades. The people in the Middle-East and North Africa would go mad if a Western country did something against Muslims, but they keep their mouths shut about this. I mean: can you be more two-faced than this? Shocking.

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Posted in: Japan conveys objection to Trump's plan to add S Korea to G-7 See in context

Australia and New Zealand have been categorized as some of the most developped democratic countries for a long time; they are also not in the European Union. Why not include them if you want to expand the group in the East?

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Posted in: Margot Robbie to star in female-centric 'Pirates of the Caribbean' See in context

Being a massive Margot Robbie fan, I'm really happy that she got the nod. Now until people start moaning about the concept of a female-led pirate flick in this environment, there are a few things to consider here.

First of all, the movie described here is a spin-off and thus does not affect the main series that much.

Second, history tells us that female pirates in the Golden Age of Piracy (1650s-1730s) were some of the first modern gender-breakers as they chose a pirate's life in an effort to take advantage of the many rights, privileges, and freedoms that were exclusive to men at that time. In fact, all pirates chose such life to move away from restrictive conventions of the time. Anne Bonny and Mary Read are perhaps the most famous examples out there, but there were many more than just them.

And third, the recent success from "Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey" shows us that there is a way for a female-led flick to earn success both from critics and at the box-office. As it is the same for any big budget movie, directing and screenwriting will have a crucial role in drawing audiences.

Food for thought.

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Posted in: Joel Schumacher, director of 'St. Elmo's Fire,' dies at 80 See in context

His adaptations of John Grisham's "The Client" and "A Time to Kill" will always remain my favorites. I don't think I would have seen any better director to work on doing legal thrillers and dramas with such passion.

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Posted in: S Korea to demand removal of Japanese sites from World Heritage list See in context

I guess with their North Korea policy ending in disaster, time to distract by going back to the tried and true method of bashing Japan...wondering how long before Moon joins his predecessors in prison?

Very good question. Not only Moon tried to get cozy with North Korea, but he is also kowtowing to China's Belt Road Initiative because he and his base despise Japan beyond any rational limit. He's either totally blind or he's doing it on purpose to destroy the future of democracy in a still-young democratic republic that is South Korea.

For comparison's sake, Britain/England has been responsible for 700 years of devastating colonial rule over Ireland, which is far longer than Japan's colonial rule. But would Ireland have gained anything by acting towards Britain like South Korea does towards Japan? No. Why? Because building and protecting the future of the Republic should be the most important thing instead of dwelling in the past. It is also a reason why Ireland did not join Germany during WW2 despite the historical antagonism with Britain as siding with one side could have brought retribution and destruction upon the then-young Republic of Ireland. Moon and his "base" better learn that part of history.

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Posted in: China warns of reprisal as Japanese city changes disputed area name See in context

China should shut up for once. They still owe a hell lot of stuff to the world for this COVID-19 thing while neighboring countries owe them next to nothing at all for the last 70 years. The CCP reminds me of something I occasionally pick up on my shoe in the gutter. Very unpleasant on a hot day.

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Posted in: 6 virus cases at 3 Premier League clubs as training resumes See in context

Utter nonsense to even think of restarting the Premier League. The Dutch Eredivisie did the right thing by cancelling the season and by declaring a no-contest for the title. I wish more leagues could follow the Dutch example.

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Posted in: Bodies of 36-year-old man, 2-year-old girl found in storage yard See in context

Really sad and tragic story.

For those of you out there who are feeling deeply depressed or who have suicidal thoughts, please seek help. Talk to someone on whom you can trust. Don't keep everything to yourself. More often than not, it helps a huge lot to speak about your own problems. You don't have to be alone to face your own problems, but don't drag innocent ones if you feel overwhelmed. Mental health is important, especially these days.

LET'S TALK!

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Posted in: S Korean Olympic speed skating champion guilty of sex harassment See in context

That kind of reported stuff alone would be worth a ban from the team at best. But the fact that prosecutors are going for a prison sentence means there is a lot more and worse abuse out there coming from him. Unless the whole case is exposed, I don't think that people can have a full conversation about what is and what is not acceptable.

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Posted in: U.N. chief says pandemic is unleashing a 'tsunami of hate' See in context

What? The UN has almost always been ineffective.

True. Since I had contact with news talking about failures from the UN in Somalia, in Rwanda and in Bosnia back in the 1990s, I have been despising the UN for being ineffective in finding solutions. It is no longer the same organization that stood firm in the 1956 Suez Canal Crisis (under Lester B. Pearson) or in other instances up to the 1970s.

Is it that complicated to acknowledge what UN chief said is sensible and the only way to get out of this mess?

Demanding that we go at the bottom of this pandemic would have been the thing to do because that is the only way that the blame game will reach its limits. We are in this mess because we don't push for further access to facts. Worse than that, there is at least one country out there that thinks they can get away by hiding facts from international public eye.

The "lifted millions out of poverty" talking point is one that the CCP loves to use

Speaking of that line, it's staggering that China loves to use that line while Japan went through that phase to greater effect and with a quicker pace within a couple of decades after WW2. I feel that scholars need to talk a lot more about the Japanese economic miracle for a good example of how a country transformed itself in little time to become a juggernaut of world economics while its population does not even compare in size to the US, China or even India.

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Posted in: 568 new cases of coronavirus reported in Japan See in context

Can't happen because of the constitution.

I thought that Article 41 of the constitution provides the Diet with sufficient power to authorize aggressive government action against the coronavirus and other threats to public health. I think I saw that in the Japan Times. Is it not? I mean: they applied something similar of an emergency measures bill for Fukushima in 2011 at the peak of the nuclear crisis.

If anything, I think that Abe cares too much about his political image instead of focusing on what has to be done to protect the people. And besides, no one in the right mind can compare this particular set of circumstances with any set of normal circumstances.

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Posted in: 568 new cases of coronavirus reported in Japan See in context

Genuine questions I want to ask here to those who know Japan better than I do:

1) What does it take for Japan to enforce the kind lockdown you see in France or anywhere other country where they chose to go with tough measures to fight against community spread?

2) Do the various police forces in Japan have enough manpower to enforce a lockdown?

3) If law enforcement units don't have enough manpower, is the JSDF even considered to intervene against violators or to provide logistics in hotspots?

That being said, this is no longer the time for the government to meet and meet. There is a need for drastic decisions to be made and to be enforced at this time. What numbers currently are now, they don't matter. What truly matters now is how to prevent an explosion of new cases.

The ball has been fumbled once by the government. They better not fumble it again.

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Posted in: Trump airs video slammed as propaganda at virus briefing See in context

I disagree, you have a hostile media with the typical usual suspects that are trying to hit him with gotcha questions, I don’t blame him for being hostile with the media, any chance they can get to embarrass this President, they’ll take it.

George W. Bush was a different kind of idiot, but he had the decency of taking criticism and satire like a man. On top of that, Bush was not dismissive of experts and aides around him. Any sense of brain and decency has been lost with the current thin-skinned buffoon we have as POTUS. Just the fact alone that he said that presidential power is absolute is a direct violation of the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution. You don't believe me? Read about it.

We are in this mess because the leaders of the so-called top 2 superpowers in the world have been acting like petulant children who want to be treated like (mad) kings instead of doing what they are supposed to do: be accountable to the people.

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Posted in: Many go to work despite Abe's call for telework See in context

OK, I looked at the first post and I saw this:

How about school teachers? Or cleaning staff? Or the tens of thousands of construction and trades workers? Or, the tens of thousands of shop workers?

I'm sorry, but they are forced to stay at home here in Canada. Only cleaning staff are declared to be frontline workers and thus are paid and provided whatever protective equipment necessary.

I strongly support teleworking. The future belongs to companies that use a lot of those hi-tech apparatuses, and those are the most competitive in the world right now. Even for school matters, it would be great if teachers start applying new tech-based methods for the time being. Can't rely on the same old all the time, especially in extraordinary circumstances.

The real problems here are the lack of will from the authorities to 1) PROVIDE better financial support to individual workers who are put on forced leave because of COVID-19 (so far it, the proposed amounts are a joke), 2) ENFORCE social distancing with hefty fees and even arrests if people get caught in the streets, and 3) PENALIZE employers who don't take measures to protect their employees (who are borderline modern slaves at times).

As people say in my home province: Il faut que ça change. Deep changes need to happen on both social and cultural levels after this pandemic because there is no way that full normalcy will ever resume anywhere. If those will eventually happen in many countries worldwide, I don't see why Japan can't change.

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Posted in: China says Taiwan attacks on WHO are venomous, aimed at independence See in context

Tedros needs to be fired and then sued for negligence against humanity.

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Posted in: Warnings fail to stop Japanese crowds from viewing cherry blossoms See in context

Why is everyone so all grouchy? Japan has very low infection rate so your chance of getting infected is very small. Besides, Japan's healthcare system is well equipped to deal with any possible outbreak.

No disrespect, but that kind of stuff is bordering magical thinking. Let's see first if the rate is as low ONLY after the pace of the testing process has been increased to levels we see elsewhere. Otherwise, dismissing the seriousness of the virus is the worst thing that can happen now; you won't help the population without transparent facts.

The Japan Times wrote an article last year that reminds all of us that lessons from the 1918 influenza pandemic still need to be applied. For the record, Japan was also hit hard by that disease at the time. If anything, both individuals and the Japanese government need to revisit those lessons. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/08/national/century-later-spanish-flu-pandemic-still-holds-valuable-lessons-japanese-global-health-experts/#.Xnj_2ohKhPY

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020 See in context

The World Cup is in 2022, if it clashes with the Olympics I guarantee the football will pull in the TV audiences.

No one ever talked about 2022 thus far. As of now, 2021 is a very, very good shout for setting up the Olympics.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020 See in context

We all understand that it is ultimately IOC who decides whether or not the Olympics will be cancelled, BUT Abe is the PM of the Host nation and he could and should have shown leadership by asking the IOC to postpone it. He didn't. In the end, the canadians just said well we are not coming. That took leadership, and it did have an effect on the IOC as they are now in serious discussions since you now have countries that have elected not to come at all. You're right that it isn't Abe's call at the end, BUT its not as if he didn't have ANY sway neither.

Well said. Any politician, regardless of party and ideology, is a coward without any morals from the very moment that money is prioritized over human lives. That is the reason why Shinzo Abe deserves to be called out by responsible Japanese citizens and responsible foreigners alike in this context.

As for Thomas Bach, it only perpetuates corruption within the IOC since it first became public under Samaranch. The more it goes, the less it changes.

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Posted in: IOC chief rebuts growing calls for Olympic postponement See in context

"You can't postpone the Olympic Games like a football match next Saturday,"

Ask UEFA how they did it for the Euro, you bleeping idiot. That was supposed to be an event involving 12 venues in 12 European countries, with a ton of logistics to consider for crowd movement and travels in order to get the event done. Is Bach even aware that, outside of the IOC headquarters, Switzerland is suffering badly with this outbreak as well? According to Johns Hopkins, there are 6,575 positive cases in Switzerland right now.

If the IOC maintains the Olympics, I hope they and the Abe government will be prepared for far bigger revenue losses than if the Olympics are postponed until a time when the crisis will be further behind us.

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