Darren Brannan comments

Posted in: Head of Australian prison abuse inquiry quits; replaced by aboriginal leader See in context

About time.

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Posted in: How France sank Japan's $40 bil Australian submarine dream See in context

Mostly shoring up support by using Aussie labour and steel as this govt has allowed industry to go tits up.. That is what they say initially, but we will see if it happens. Also done to avoid angering the Chinese. Either way, the idea of subs vs drones and future tech is the bigger argument. Will they really add much to Australian defence? I doubt that Australia could stop China, which is the most likely source of foreign aggression, with 100 of these subs.

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Posted in: Film company asks Australia court to block download site See in context

Due to geoblocking and sweet deals with the likes of HBO, it would require Aussies to sign up with two or three streaming services to get all of the content they would like to watch. Of course, Rupert Murdoch has cornered the market and his company is firmly entrenched with the biggest Internet provider that is already making signals of privatising the rather lame national broadband network. Australians pay considerably more for content than other countries for a much reduced library and this will be horrendous if Murdoch effectively manages to buy the internet infrastructure too. This explains the frustration felt by many Australian net users, who already have their metadata collected by the government and have a censored internet.

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Posted in: Frogs' popularity set to soar See in context

Saw frog sashimi in osaka once

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Posted in: Party in Shibuya combines house music with cutting open a tuna; girls get in free See in context

Cutting up some fresh tunes.

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Posted in: BABYMETAL to release new album next April See in context

My high school kids in Australia think they are cool and quirky. Beats 99 percent of JPop in my opinion.

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Posted in: Studio Ghibli unveils new animated film set for release in Japan next year See in context

Ghibli can be hit and miss. I would rather see someone with passion for creating a new classic at the helm, regardless.

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Posted in: Cameron makes case for Britain to air strikes against IS in Syria See in context

Drop books instead of bombs. These turkeys took out the strong men who unfortunately provided work for the multitude of illiterate unemployed males in the regions that are affected. Education and the provision of employment opportunities is the only way to beat extremism. Annihilating families and destroying infrastructure will only create more angry young men wanting revenge.

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Posted in: Japan plans to deploy troops near disputed islands See in context

Poor Okinawa, always the meat in the sandwich.

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Posted in: Japan links Australian submarine bid to regional security See in context

Australia's military has always been a cash cow with staggering blowouts in funding. Labour pushed a homebuilt line but Labour has zero political power under Bill Shorten. The Collins subs didn't exactly show cutting edge technology. We should be buying Japanese trains and Japanese subs. But Australia may throw the deal France's way in some post-Paris solidarity move. The Germans have been presenting a deal that may satisfy both sides of Australian politics by employing Australians to build. I just hope the money isn't squandered as it has been in the past.

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Posted in: Why do extremists drive Toyotas? asks U.S. See in context

Let's not forget that the Middle East has always been the number one destination for stolen Japanese cars from the chop shop. Plenty of cars make their way there through crime syndicates too.

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Posted in: 'Yakuza 6' to feature baddest yakuza film dude of all time: Beat Takeshi See in context

Like a dragon and yakuza graveyard, Gozu.. Now THAT is yakuza eiga for me. Takeshi was great in Sonatine though.

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Posted in: Love no longer blossoms for Miss Piggy and Kermit See in context

the muppets were awesome.. the movies unfortunately, have all been horrible.

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Posted in: Man stabbed while walking home in Hyogo See in context

no, Zichi the reward for info on the man who stabbed that 16 year old boy in sannomiya is still on the police webpage.

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Posted in: Man stabbed while walking home in Hyogo See in context

Remember they never got the perp who murdered that young kid in Kobe either..same MO..random stabbing.Just down the road from Kobe.I used to call Nishinomiya my home so this is very scary.Glad the guy is OK.

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Posted in: Hollywood version of 'Death Note' making progress, with Adam Wingard as new director See in context

the acting in the movie makes me cringe.

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Posted in: Confusion in Japan, Australia over submarine tender pledge See in context

well said. Abbott is in self-preservation mode. expect a populist knee-jerk course of action. Australia has cut industry back so far as to make a domestic sub a really dubious choice.

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Posted in: Australia wants new Japan propulsion system for its submarines See in context

most of us in Australia just wish our submoron Tony Abbott would get on any submarine with duracell batteries.

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Posted in: Australians told to prepare for more counter-terror raids See in context

wowser government fuelled by Rupert Murdoch and his right-wing spew..and a populace who have no political nous.Abbott is turning Australia into a neo-fascist state.Privacy laws swept away, taxes increased, internet metadata kept for two years, costs rising, rising, rising.. universities and healthcare costs spiralling and our natural environment being raped by faceless multinationals for the gains of a few.I fear the government more than these 'supposed' terrorists.For a country that needs a strict budget, Abbott keeps coming up with money for fighter planes and submarines.

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Posted in: Haruki Murakami's new novel goes on sale in U.S. See in context

oh here we go again..yet another hipster collegian writer clone who drinks coffee and whisky and an awesome Jazz collection.

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Posted in: Spring in Japan: beautiful blossoms and hay fever misery See in context

was fine for 15 years..got back to Australia and the first Spring gave me a splitting sinus infection, fungal infection and a nasal polyp...I am certain this arose from the 15 years of pollen I absorbed in Japan.I feel sorry for all those who suffer.

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Posted in: Yakuza mobsters becoming 'Goldman Sachs with guns' See in context

plenty of stories say that they pimped out women to pay back that 'charity' after the quake.I have read stories that Goldman Sachs is allied with Yamaguchi Gumi and that other big banks are allied with rival gangs..might sound funny but the news lately kinda hints at that.Money is money.

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Posted in: Qantas jet bound for Tokyo from Sydney grounded after snake found See in context

probably some nut trying to smuggle one for the petshops.

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Posted in: Abe's claims to have Fukushima under control criticized See in context

yet news that unprecedented hotspots have been found was on Aussie tv just this morning.

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Posted in: Assad says chemical weapons claims 'insult to common sense' See in context

help the jihadIs and then use them as a pretext to invade and further encircle Iran. then isolate china.

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Posted in: Gasoline prices continue to rise See in context

ha! go whinge! 1.56 a litre here in australia.

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Posted in: TEPCO says 300 tons of contaminated water leaking from Fukushima tank See in context

feel vindicated in removing my family from japan inc. didn't trust em then. still don't.

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Posted in: University reveals more claims of fabricated Novartis drug data See in context

damn...my Japanese dr put me on that after my MI.

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Posted in: Australia defends decision to leave asylum-seekers' bodies in ocean See in context

because if the shoe was on the other foot I am sure the Sri Lankan govt. would be out there trying to rescue a boat full of illegal economic migrants,right?

Australia will get kicked whatever they do and they rightfully tried to save lives first.

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Posted in: JJ Abrams boldly going from 'Trek' to 'Star Wars' See in context

JJ Abrams lost me with LOST.

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