Icewind007 comments

Posted in: High school girl slashed in neck by man in Chofu See in context

That's scary...being the same age as the girl, I know I would freak out if that happened to me.

As a guy who is a little older than the girl, I wouldn't exactly be calm about that happening to me.

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Posted in: Florida pastor cancels plan to burn Qurans on 9/11 See in context

I find it irritating that the US would, in the name of fear, urge him to not do something he has the right to do.

The country is becoming more coward-like by the day.

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Posted in: Hundreds of thousands party as Mexico turns 200 See in context

Happy Birthday Mexico! Here's to a new Independence from the drug cartels!

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Posted in: 17-year-old arrested for reporting around 3,000 false crimes See in context

I would hate to have to be the guy that has to sift through those calls...

How in the world did they let this go on for so long?

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Posted in: Are kids old enough to be playing adult games? See in context

If you try to force a kid to be a kid until they are legally considered and adult, don't wonder why they are suddenly having trouble working it out in the adult world once they hit that magical age of adulthood.

The learning experience should be gradual, not sudden. Everyone learns at their own pace so don't keep your kid in a shell, lest they retreat when finally faced with an adult decision.

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Posted in: Dolphin activist Ric O'Barry won't swim off into the sunset See in context

This man, from what he said, truly seems to be looking out for the good of everyone. He knows his facts and he's made many sacrifices to get this across.

He is not some hypocrite looking to make money off of publicity (coughal gorecough). He wants to keep a stable ecosystem, protect the people, and stop what is harming the economy.

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Posted in: N Korea calls for Japanese apology, reparations for colonial rule See in context

I am still wondering what good apologies are from people who likely had nothing to do with the incident from many years ago... Also, we all know that the apologies are not exclusive... North Korea hasn't exactly been a saint recently...

I believe we should learn from the past, not dig up dirt for some cheap publicity.

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Posted in: Was the dropping of the atomic bombs necessary? See in context

It was certainly necessary so that Americans and its allies did not have to lose more lives. It also showed the sobering reality of what war can become. It also highlighted what can become of a country that wants to do the next Nazi, Nanking, or any other mass torture and murder.

The "instantaneous" method was far, far more merciful, except for the relative few who were either fortunate or unfortunate enough to survive the explosion.

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Posted in: Do you think a man holding a door open for a woman, holding her chair for her when she sits down, or giving up his seat for her are outmoded gestures of politeness or do they still have their place in See in context

I'd give up my seat for the elderly, not just an elderly woman. I'd give my seat up for a person and their overactive child, not just a woman and a child. I open doors for anyone who looks like they could use assistance. Not just for women.

Yes, it is so outdated that some are rightfully insulted when someone takes the time to do such a simple gesture for someone else who could have done it just as easily. Treat people equally and proper judgment and more respect will be had by both parties.

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Posted in: Bieber's 'Baby' is most-watched video on YouTube See in context

If you knew the habits of little girls, you'd know why there are so many VIEWS of the video. Girls are abnormal and they will listen to a song more than once in a row. They will view a video again and again until someone else in the vicinity rips off his (or her) ears off to have a bit of relief. This really tallies up those watch counts.

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Posted in: 3D television: a new device, a new language See in context

It seems some people do not realize that objects at a distance become inheritantly less "3-D" looking. A soccer field at a distance will not show 3-D well by any means. Even in person, a soccer field will look flat.

I would recommend anyone complaining about substandard 3-D visuals that cause headaches and such to see "Despicable Me" in 3-D. It is how it should be done. It is clear, bright, and smooth. It looks real and certainly not hard on the eyes. That is an example of how 3-D should be.

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Posted in: 15-yr-old girl sent to family court for stabbing classmate See in context

dolphingirl: It is extremely hard for parents to know how to raise a child correctly. There is no formula to follow or step-by-step process. You only have so much control over the environment. You cannot make everyone else treat your child the way you want them to. Every individual person's temperament is different.

I never want to hear that if a "child is raised right" that there wouldn't be behavior problems. The world does not work that way.

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Posted in: What do you do to keep cool and fresh during the summer months? See in context

If I don't have AC for some reason, a mist spray bottle and a fan does wonders.

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Posted in: You put your left foot in See in context

I never knew they had these kinds of events in Paris. It may be just me, but it seems a little out of place.

I have far more disgust for those who bash random (strange, different, unfamiliar) hobbies than those who do the hobbies. They may not be your cup of tea, but no one wants to hear your negativity gushing out. It has little to do with their "mental health" and more to do with yours.

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Posted in: Would-be thief asks store manager to report him to police See in context

^Nevermind about the can of coffee... I've been out of Japan for too long. lol facepalm

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Posted in: Would-be thief asks store manager to report him to police See in context

Wait... when he "helped" himself to a can of coffee... did he steal it?

And what's a can of coffee?

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Posted in: Hurricane warnings for Mexico, U.S. as Alex grows See in context

Yes, it certainly is already a disaster, ecologically and economically. I live over 50 miles off the shore of the gulf and I can still smell the oil...

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Posted in: Kanji catching on all over, but frequently misunderstood See in context

It's rather unfortunate that when a person doesn't know kanji, it's cool. When they learn it, it loses it's magic. Due to this, people who don't know kanji are far more likely to be the ones getting them tattooed on without knowing the actual meaning.

But how hard is it to research before getting ink done?

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Posted in: 18-yr-old girl arrested for online sale of photos of herself naked See in context

My American mind finds nothing moralistically wrong with this. But it was against the law. The entire story is meh.

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Posted in: Miley Cyrus: 'I'm not trying to be slutty' See in context

If that's what she's like without trying to be slutty, what would she be like if she tried?

Paris

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Posted in: Utah executes condemned killer by firing squad See in context

As costly as an execution is, keeping them in jail for a full life sentence is still more expensive.

Also, there's nothing wrong with executions. The way it was carried out was a little strange, but it was his legal decision and that cannot be considered wrong by any means. Modern civilization is STILL build upon lives and the loss of them. We've not somehow ascended past this point and I doubt we ever will. This is evidenced in wars, executions, and everyday crimes. This IS civilized.

While I do not believe executions will deter a few people, it sure is a deterrent to many, and I believe they should stay for those many who value life, yet sit on the thin line between holding back and a major crime.

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Posted in: What do you think of the iPad? See in context

It's a pretty nice toy. Very smooth functionality, very noticeable speed increase from iphone or ipod touch, very easy on the eyes, relatively light, and easy to use. Great for any casual computer user, especially with 3g service.

That said, I am not getting one because it does not suit my personal needs. My ipod touch is well enough for me. I have a powerful laptop that, although heavier, is far more capable, faster, less limited, bigger screen, better controls (kb and mouse), and CHEAPER.

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Posted in: Why Japan matters: iPad mania, cloud computing and social intelligence See in context

It's true that many other countries really churn out the technology required for today's devices, but no country sells it better than the US. It's a shame, really. If only Japan could get on top of marketing their tech like the people outside the country want.

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Posted in: Woman drowns while trying to rescue child at Chiba beach See in context

People need to learn to swim... Even as a child, I was having fun with rip currents and at any moment I knew how to rest on top of the water. It took mere minutes to teach me how rip currents work and how to get out of them whenever I wanted.

With such knowledge, there is no reason to panic and this tragedy could have been avoided.

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Posted in: Dolphin hunt film canceled in Tokyo after protests See in context

Why would a protesting movie not be shown because of protests?! And why would this at all reflect on Japanese pride or the Japanese as a whole? What small percentage that actually use any product of this practice feel that is represents the Japanese people as a whole?

In any case, if they aren't hurting the ecology and they kill the animals with accepted humane means, then there's no problem. If they are, then I'd understand why this movie means anything. (however, I don't know if this is true or not)

Just because dolphins have been given this "majestic, beautiful creature of the sea" title from movies and shows, there should be no reason to consider them different from any other source of meat.

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Posted in: Bite this See in context

patties: about 850 calories cheese: about 800 calories bread: about 200 calories

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Posted in: What should the U.S. military brass and/or Japanese authorities do to reduce the number of crimes committed by U.S. military personnel in Japan? See in context

The same thing should be done to them as for any crime. Punish them normally.

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Posted in: Ronald McDonald under fire from child obesity opponents See in context

It's not a clown that makes kids fat. It's not food that makes kids fat.

It's the lack of moderation and the continually overbearing government that is giving children too many "rights" for their "safety" that prevents them from doing activities that they want to do and prevents parents from making them.

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Posted in: High school student arrested for stabbing father in Chiba See in context

The article never mentioned if the father did anything illegal... This "violence" may have been just yelling and throwing things around. If he did not do anything illegal, that would explain why the cops had no grounds for interfering.

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Posted in: 8-year-old girl in critical condition after being stabbed on Osaka street See in context

So this woman was not only standing there all day smoking, but she was concealing a knife the whole time too?

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