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Posted in: TEPCO to employ foreign workers at Fukushima plant under new visa system See in context

Yeah, didn't see THIS coming at all.

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Posted in: Why does politics divide a country into "us" versus "them" (using the U.S. as an example)? Why can't people on both sides come together on issues to unify their country instead of dividing it? See in context

The only answer to this cliche question would be a cliche answer: divide and conquer. It's much easier to push through a corporate 1% serving agenda that will be to the detriment to a severe majority of people if they are distracted with details and baited into identity politics.

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Posted in: Deified as the voice of his generation, Kurt Cobain lives See in context

But not this. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain would be in any of my all time favourites list, way ahead of Nirvana. Opinions eh, we've all got them!

Yes sir. And I think no less of you because you like a band I do not like. Talking up your favorites and trashing ones you don't like is all a part of the fun for some.

For the record I've been on both sides of the record: I've made em and I've been a critic. While the former is definitely more fun and fulfilling the latter is also a form of entertainment not to be taken too seriously either from those sitting in lazy boys or those you read in the Village Voice.

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Posted in: Swedish superstars ABBA: New song later this year See in context

Which always amazes me. How can one find fault with ABBA?

Let me help you. They made bland awful repetitive pop music in a decade that was defined in part by just that. Not to mention their if-hitler-had-won-the-war creepy on stage image and, oh yeah, DISCO. Them, Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles were neck and neck there for a long time for most awful band but I’d have to give that nod to the Eagles just because they were/are such rotten people.

No thanks needed ;)

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Posted in: Deified as the voice of his generation, Kurt Cobain lives See in context

I loved and still love Nevermind, but the the other albums don’t really grab me. There are some storming tracks on In Utero - Pennyroyal Tea and Heart-shaped Box, but the album is not one I listen to right through. Maybe my expectations were raised so high after Nevermind.

I find In Utero to be a much deeper record. I love Nevermind of course but the combination of the saturation of the singles in the mainstream and that it is basically a heavy pop record (not a slight just a comment on the hooks and tunefullness) made it so that I can hardly ever go back to that record. It is a superb collection of songs whereas I find In Utero is a record that keeps you in the same sonic headspace for the whole record. Obviously there was an amount of self-sabotage to the record that he even admitted once they got too big and started seeing meatheads showing up to shows but to me it is still mostly melodic (besides Friendly Radio Unit Shifter).

I think if he hadn't taken his own life and the band had gone on to make a few more records people would have looked back at In Utero as the moment when Nirvana really found their sound. That is unless he really did make the new wave/breakdance record he was threatening to make in those last interviews.

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Posted in: Deified as the voice of his generation, Kurt Cobain lives See in context

The Posies and Pavement were better bands.

Pavement was one of the worst bands of that decade. All the Malkmus took from punk rock is that he didn't have to try very hard or tune his guitar to play onstage. There is not one song in the Pavement's cynical ironic discography that even comes close to whiffing the greatness of Nirvana's worst. Indie hipster trash of the worst kind.

The Posies were pretty good and could write a tune but man what a bore live.

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Posted in: What do you think will be some of the biggest challenges that Crown Prince Naruhito will face when he becomes emperor on May 1? See in context

Relevancy of an emperor in the 21st century seems like a big one.

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Posted in: Airline complaints: Which bothers you the most? See in context

Do I have the right to not have the kid directly in front/behind me screaming for most of a 8 - 12 hour flight?

No, actually you do not. Although we all have the right to buy all the surrounding seats or seats in first class to avoid such distressing humanity.

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Posted in: California governor places moratorium on executions See in context


Your criticism of my comment is not unwarranted. I was short and did come off as definite when the debate on what constitutes a “life” or at least “the right to life” is ongoing and certainly not a done deal as you suggest (or I did).

“Unfortunately there's no agreement in medicine, philosophy or theology as to what stage of foetal development should be associated with the right to life.” (BBC)


Being against a government deciding whether or not someone lives or dies and indeed literally killing someone and believing that a woman should have a right to decide what happens to her own body including abort a pregnancy is not contradictory so far as I dice it up. 

And about the “lie” I was not saying he was lying i was saying lay/lie. Like let sleeping dogs lie but understandable that you misunderstood that in your fury to reply. I didn’t think about how that could be taken when I posted.

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Posted in: California governor places moratorium on executions See in context

Wait, I’m confused....pro-life for convicted criminals, but pro-choice and for late term abortions....which is it? You guys are so all over the map!

It's really not that hard to comprehend if you want to. A fetus is not a life. An adult human being is. Not sure where you get the late term part from so I'll leave that lie where it is.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs bills to ban harassment, promote women's advancement See in context

change should come organically from society and the market

...which are both in a chokehold by old men. No penalties, no progress here unfortunately but you go ahead and hold your breath.

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Posted in: Ready-made liquid baby formula finally goes on sale in Japan See in context

Think of all the burns/scalds I could have avoided from imperfectly sealed baby bottles exploding when I shook to emulsify when preparing formula for my babies if it had come 8 years ago. Man did I fear those bottles by he end of it LOL!

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Posted in: Teen cannabis use linked to higher risk of adolescent depression See in context

Would need more info into this study to buy the suggestions though personally. There are many users I know personally who use it to self-medicate for depression (either consciously or subconsciously) whether that is a good idea or not. I would have to wonder how many of these people would have suffered from depression regardless of their interaction with the plant.

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Posted in: Police officer who died in 2017 suspected of stealing more than ¥85 mil from safe See in context

He had returned tens of millions of yen borrowed from colleagues and others for gambling, but it was not known how he obtained the money.

Err. And the investigation into police officers who apparently admitted to gambling with colleagues leading to tens of millions of yen in debt lead to which charges exactly?

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Posted in: Extended Golden Week loses luster for working parents See in context

Scheduled to begin Saturday, April 27, and run through Monday, May 6, people working in medical and nursing care services, tourism staff and beauticians, among others, will in many cases have to work right through the break.

So I take this as these industries are "essential" while childcare is not. Not that this is any surprise given this administration's track record.

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Posted in: Court upholds 'sterilization' rule for gender change See in context

This ruling doesn't force anyone to do anything. It simply states the criteria for changing gender on birth certificates. It is entirely voluntarily whether someone wants to meet the standard.

As usual, LGBTQ activists throwing a fit when they don't get what they want.

This is true but perhaps the issue here isn't what defines a male or a female but that you can only choose A or B. There is probably a degree of misunderstanding all around here, I agree. It's not the ruling itself that worries me it is the further ignorance for the need for greater flexibility in terms of legal definitions of sex to accommodate people who don;t necessarily fit well into either category.

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Posted in: Court upholds 'sterilization' rule for gender change See in context

Chip star, show me a definition of legal gender where it is not defined as "one of the two sexes".

"As of August 31, 2017, Canadians can indicate that they do not identify as male or female on their passports." That is from Wikipedia but it is public information and easily obtained.

That is of course defining one's sex. I'd be curious to see how a legal definition of gender (which is identity based) would work in the 21st century. I don't know if I've ever met 2 people who are truly the exact same gender as we probably all have different ideas of what it means to be a man or a woman or other. That people do not fit into impossibly narrow definitions of what it means to be whatever society/cultures thinks they should be is not a failure of the person but of the classifications and perhaps language.

Ultimately, I always have to wonder what should give any person or group of people the right to tell others what to do with their own bodies and minds and why are so many people preoccupied with it. Ultimately I think we are all on a quest to find ourselves and be comfortable in our own skins and that should bond us together not divide us.

There is a lot more grey in this world than there is black or white.

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Posted in: At Davos, battle lines are drawn over trade and cooperation See in context


Less hard now that you actually explained how you got from point A to Z. Perhaps we don't all read all the same media as you and therefore make the same assumptions. Please don't take my comment as a slight. I was sincerely trying to understand what you were saying as it sounded interesting and it still does.

I do wonder where the world goes with China now (and vice-versa). I agree that the Neo-liberal experiment has failed as badly as China's (oddly consumerist) take on communism. Both have resulted in inequality, trampling of human rights and a wild and ever-widening wealth gap.

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Posted in: At Davos, battle lines are drawn over trade and cooperation See in context

The free-trading neo-libs have been in charge for the past 30 years and have given us 19th century levels of inequality, stagnant wages, a shrinking middle class and the elevation of a communist authoritarian state now poised to become the world's dominant economic power.

I'm trying to understand the logic here. So the Neo-Libs (which I am decidedly not one of) are elevating a communist authoritarian state and this communist state is in favor of free trade? Free trading communists? Who is the "us" and where is the "state" in this? Did you mean that neo-liberal policies have created a ground-swell of people interested in socialism, communism or Marxist theory in reaction to the inequality, stagnant wages and shrinking middle class? I'm having a hard time connecting the dots.

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Posted in: Many Japanese firms have no plans to strengthen governance after Ghosn arrest: survey See in context

I'd be interested to see the actual survey because I have read several similar ones over the past few years that have had radically different results.

Actual change is still of course far more elusive.

Comp and nomination committees are important but they would probably be limp when the CEO/Pres and Chair of the board are the same person. Someone needs to watch the detectives. Lack of knowledgeable and active external boards has to be considered priority one to improve corporate governance. It seems the independent people who do often sit on boards are just people picking up an extra paycheck for doing very little as either a nice name for the company to have or as a pat on the back.

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Posted in: Backpack-wearing train users in rush hour have been ranked as the biggest annoyance among commuters, according to the results of a survey released by Japan Private Railway Association in Tokyo. What do you think about that? See in context

Huge backpacks staying on shoulders, taking the space a human could take and smashing against people is near the top surely. It's baffling to me how little concern for fellow human beings many people can have. Another might be the people who stand directly in front of the doors as they open at an express stop and make no effort to see if people need to get off or step out to allow people to get off (preferable) and just stand there until inevitably people have to push them out the door (which I have zero issue with myself).

The newspaper in the face is an amazing one as well. I simply push the paper back to their faces.

People leaving bags on seats of crowded trains (you'll be surprised how little many people will say when you simply pick their bag up and drop it on the floor)

Young and able-bodied people sitting in the priority seats while elderly, pregnant and children stand and they pretend to sleep (i also pretend often to not notice that I'm stepping on their feet).

And my personal favorite, people who push you in or out of the train when it is already obviously moving at an orderly and unstoppable manner already (sometimes my elbow slips backward in spasms what can I say?).

As for the stuff that people do that I don't want to see? Well, I just don't look at them.

It's the passive part of passive-aggressive I'm most ashamed to taking part in.

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Posted in: The health ministry plans to introduce standard methods to calculate the costs of services associated with medical treatment for foreign nationals, such as interpretation, by the end of March. This means medical institutions can have foreign patients shoulder an appropriate amount of the cost of an interpreter, which is an added expense for hospitals. Do you support this idea? See in context

I'm just curious if anyone on here has ever heard of anyone being offered an interpreter at a hospital in Japan? I've only ever been to or had friends stay at hospitals in Tokyo so it's of course not a great sample on which to base an opinion.

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Posted in: Sanders eyes 'bigger' 2020 bid despite some warning signs See in context

I totally believe in Capitalism and unapologetic about it and proud of it and believe it to the highest order, may the best man win, the person that works the hardest to achieve unlimited wealth. I like the self-empowerment, the absolute right to make as much wealth based on your merit, blood, sweat and determination.

As evidenced by your sorry-I'm-gone-golfing silver-spoon fed yuppie poster boy President eh?

Your American dream (no, we can't even call that capitalism I'm sorry) is a fixed game. If it were ever a level playing field you might be making some kind of sense here but it is not.

If liberals and progressives want to be like Scandinavia, then they should live there and not in the US.

Or they should exercise their democratic right to create a country in that image if they so please.

Be honest, you really think liberal, "progressive" and socialist are all the same thing don't you? They are expletives in your vocabulary.

Is it really that hard to step outside of your own experience or suppose how life might not be the same for everyone born in your exact position in life? Are you really that detached from humanity? Or are you simply busting your hump to be lazy?

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Posted in: Thousands of Australian students skip school for mass climate protest See in context

At 13 though? Not sure about that. Surely we do not want to see this become the norm when in reality, kids, and they are kids, really should be in school. 

It was one day not a semester. Perspective.

My first experience with a walk-out was 11 years old. Most of the kids there were goofing off and didn't likely learn much. But I can tell you I did. I learned how powerful voices group together can be. How you can be heard when you join together even when you can barely do long division. I spent my late teens and early 20s volunteering and engaging in activism. I ended up playing a part in a court decision that led to the changing of a CRTC (Canadian broadcast standards body) regulation regarding censorship in relation to sexuality (a bit beyond gender pronouns) and language. They told us to stay in school that day too. And to be honest what we were protesting regarding education cutbacks; yeah, they happened anyway. Can't say I remember a single other thing that happened that week.

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Posted in: Thousands of Australian students skip school for mass climate protest See in context

I'd say one day of missed school is worth a day engaging in civil duty. Some people go their whole lives not learning the value of that. Even if everything you say is true Matt I'd still put forward they should be immensely proud of themselves. The seed that was planted in this one day may grow into something that saves their generation. I wonder if we could say that about one day of national curriculum? Or maybe I'm as cynical as you sound after all.

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Posted in: JAL raided over pilot's heavy drinking before flight from London See in context

Airlines have their own rules and take voluntary steps to detect alcohol problems, in contrast with the United States and Europe, where legal frameworks exist, according to the transport ministry.

This is bonkers. Yet somehow they managed to scrape together enough authority to raid theirs and a few other offices on this issue?

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Posted in: The Rolling Stones plan 13 U.S. live dates next year See in context

Listening to their back-catalogue, you realise how much a blues more than a rock band the Stones always have been.

I'd have to disagree. They are almost the definition of a rock band. That anglicized blues sound is one of the defining features of rock n roll. The covers from the first 10 years are bluesy but the real reveal is when they start writing their own material which is at first anyway, quite less bluesy (Tell Me, Out of Time etc.). I think Dylan was right when he said that rock n roll was the sound of the mixing of black and white musicians/music (which is why it was killed off via re-marketing along racial lines with "rock" being aligned with white culture and the term "soul" being invented for black culture).

Either way, it was nice to hear them get a bit gritty again with the B&L record.

I have to wonder though what a US tour has to do with Japan (in a JP newspaper)?

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Posted in: TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt See in context

So if "it's just a tshirt", is wearing a tshirt with a swastika on it alright?

The ones with the circle around it and the line striking through it are sometimes crudely inspiring.

Context is key

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Posted in: TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt See in context

This is an interesting one to consider. According to the description the angle of the tshirt in question (I have not seen a picture) is celebrating Korean liberation from Imperial Japan. Heady stuff for a pop group no doubt. The nuclear bomb image sounds like it was insensitive and heavy-handed but there are those who argue that without the bomb Japan would not have surrendered and therefore released control over Korea ultimately (I'm not making that argument myself keep in mind, just indicating it is a valid argument for many).

Yes, if the show was on the other foot of course the reaction would be the same or more dramatic. But that other foot was not the appendage of the oppressor was it? Surely that context is of some consequence here.

That being said, it does sound like the shirt was worn to elicit some kind of response from either or both sides. Perhaps that goal has been achieved then?

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Posted in: Citizens to file suit against use of public funds for new emperor's enthronement rites See in context

Isao Tokoro, professor emeritus at Kyoto Sangyo University specializing in the history of the formation of Japanese laws, said how to fund the ceremonies was decided after thorough debate held upon the previous occasion and they are constitutional.

So hold them again. Do we not reasonably expect that perhaps some attitudes or context may have changed in almost 3 decades since the last go-around?

Definitions of the throne, in relation to the divinity of the individual who sits on it (separation of church and throne???), certainly changed several decades back due to changes in context. It's a reasonable assumption to make that others may have changed in 28 years as well.

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