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Posted in: Sanders says he's running for president in 2020 See in context

Let them. If they succeed it would be our fault not theirs.

Exactly.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka loses 2nd round match in Dubai See in context

I suspect that the problem for many commenters is watching a powerful and successful young woman firing her male employee.

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Posted in: Sanders says he's running for president in 2020 See in context

I don't usually agree with you sir, but you are 100% correct on this

Aly, at least half of the comments so far are from Trump supporters. They don't have any love for Bernie. They wouldn't have voted for him in 2016 and they won't be voting in and Democratic primary next year either. They're simply stirring the pot, hoping to exploit real divisions in the party.

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Posted in: Sanders says he's running for president in 2020 See in context

Sanders is too old. Sorry but the country needs someone younger. And someone with merits other than not being like Trump.

Reductive much? Sanders' only merit is that he's not Trump? How is that uniquely true of Sanders, as opposed to Bill Weld, Joe Biden, Howard Schultz? Some 60 to 70 million Americans will vote for the Democratic nominee next year and I can bet you the principal merit in their eyes will be that that nominee is "not being like Trump."

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka loses 2nd round match in Dubai See in context

God, the gossipy armchair psychologists with insider knowledge & insights about a two time Grand Slam winner who is also a poised young woman. Yes, if only she'd listen more to anonymous voices on the internets.

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Posted in: Sanders says he's running for president in 2020 See in context

I’m tired of him and his followers claiming the high ground while completely denying that they served as handmaidens to trump and all the awfulness he has brought.

Please elaborate how folks like me are handmaidens to Trump. Is it b/c I studied Russian in college? Or b/c as awful as a candidate as HRC was that I still voted for her in the general?

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Posted in: Sanders says he's running for president in 2020 See in context

I think he's too old, a younger person is needed this time.

Generally agree but doesn't it depend on the quality of the younger candidates? Beto who sounds like a cipher--all hope and change and very little in the way of policy ideas--or Wall Street darling Cory Booker?

"Our plan last election failed miserably. What should we do?"Democrat 2: "Let's do the exact same thing again. It's sure to work this time!"

Brilliant analysis. Last time we had 2 candidates, one basically anointed. This time we're going to have at least a dozen, including the guy who lost last time. Other than that, it's exactly the same.

And Kabuki checking in with right-wing conflation of socialism and social democracy. In there world and the talking pts. demanded of them, seizing the means of production and forced communes are the equivalent of affluent Nordic societies.

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Posted in: Sanders says he's running for president in 2020 See in context

He has the best policy ideas but I think his time has passed. I'll still vote for him in the primary unless by that point, late in the campaign, the race is down to two other candidates. But win or lose, 2016 or 2020, having voices like him in the debate is hugely beneficial. He forced Clinton to the left on some things and he's shifted the national conversation in significant ways over the last 3 years. Naturally, corporate friendly voices in the Democratic Party or Trumpists online, think any such movement is a bad thing but that's b/c they now how resonant his populist themes and ideas are.

Even if his campaign fails, he'll no doubt force more candidates more palatable to the establishment like Harris to be less dismissive of "Democratic Socialism." 13 million of us voted for him for a reason, he's the most popular politician in America for a reason. Dismiss him at your own risk.

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

Why saying 10 days holidays?

There are 4 days of weekend and already 3 days from standard Golden Week.

It is a mere 3 additional days, or have I missed something?

I agree with you. People are getting a week off plus the following Monday. Of course, weekends here are so rarely "holidays." Kids going to club activities or juku, salarymen going in on Saturdays. But in my world your "holidays" equal the days you normally work that you're getting off. While 6 days off sounds tremendous in Japan, many in the west have been taking their 2 weeks annual leave in one chunk for years and yet the world continues to turn on its axis. Not to mention places like France with their annual sabbaticals.

Not to make light of those in the service industry etc. with kids--it is something that needs to be addressed--but there will always be some who are unhappy about anything and it's the media's greatest duty to air their grievances. No doubt the vast majority of Japanese are thrilled to have a long break--some of my in laws are going to Okinawa, others to Canada.

The inflexibility of the service industry is what gets me. I have a brother in law back home who works for a big box store. When his kid has long holidays, he and my sister simply divide up the days off they'll need to take. He can use his leave anytime he wants and if he doesn't have enough he can trade shifts with coworkers or make it up himself by working additional shifts ahead of/after the time desired off. Imagine the look of astonishment on the face of your Uniqlo or Family Mart manager if you brought up this ideas.

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Posted in: Trump visit to Japan eyed for May 26; may be 1st guest to meet new emperor See in context

this has to be killing Trump hating anti-USA liberals on this site to hear this

Not killing me at all. I simply feel pity for the Japanese, being held hostage to the whims of their brown-nosing Trumpophile for a PM. I don't blame DT for this. It's all on Abe and his fellow right wingers.

And BTW, hating Trump doesn't make us any more anti-US than does the hatred you and yours felt for Obama or Clinton et al. It's called democracy. We owe no one fealty.

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Posted in: Road rage driver arrested for incident in which man fell from truck See in context

The guy shouldn't have driven off but the "victim" shouldn't have climbed onto the step either. Sounds like he also suffered from road rage but b/c he's the only one who got injured, presto, he's the victim.

I can only guess more of these incidents are being reported. Never heard about this type of thing in Japan until the last few years.

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Posted in: Video of Ootoya restaurant employee exposing himself posted online See in context

I can only assume these Darwin-award winners thing any recognition is good recognition.

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Posted in: Trump visit to Japan eyed for May 26; may be 1st guest to meet new emperor See in context

Nothing like selling out the thing held most sacred in your culture.

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Posted in: Abe nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on U.S. request: Asahi See in context

Mark you calendars for 2029!

He'll probably still be PM.

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

I haven't actually said anything one way or another, nor either of the options presented in the above quote.

See, when you said on a political level, that you didn't have a clear defintion of what it means to be extreme left, I was attempting to offer up some ideas, and history, and context. Thus the mention of Warren and Sanders and Nordic countries and FDR et al. B/C if you aren't able to distinguish between Sanders or AOC, on the one hand, and Cory Booker or the Clintons or Joe Biden, OTOH, then you have a pretty limited understanding of a topic you spend an awful lot of time writing about--American politics and in particular "liberal" democratic politics.

Anyway, your response read like one of Bass' point by point rebuttals, which as you'd imagine, says nothing to me. No worries, just thought you might be interested in going a bit deeper. Carry on, I won't bring it up again.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for smothering 74-year-old husband to death with pillow See in context

And no doubt you had little interest in learning the truth: if you'd bothered to glance at even the synopsis at the head of the link I posted, you'd know that the main underlying cause of spouse-on-spouse murder worldwide is DV in one form or another.

I just bothered to glance at it and it's obviously about all spouse-on-spouse murder as opposed to the specific topic under discussion here: stressed out caregivers, without proper support systems, who often carry out mercy killings or crimes of anguished desperation. Is DV a huge problem, sure, does it play a role in crimes such as this, sure. Obviously, there's no age limit for abuse. But that particular article does little to prove that most of these incidents are a result of DV. Complaints and stress from constantly caring for someone, which is all we know at this pt. is not DV.

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

Well, let's take policy for starters. Here's the most left-most candidate likely to run next year. How many of these policies would you call extreme left?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Bernie_Sanders

And are you saying the views espoused here are historically extreme or only in light of the corporate-friendly norms established in recent decades? B/C as a student of US political history, they're pretty mild correctives to decades of policy being determined exclusively by centrists and conservatives. e.g. Obama's ACA being written by the conservative Heritage Foundation or initially put into practice by Romney.

Your second paragraph loses me entirely. Just b/c the right-wing is flat out loony doesn't mean that Sanders or Warren are the equivalent of Josef Stalin, or that investments in Nordic-style taxpayer-funded social safety net measures are the same thing as seizing the means of production. In Europe such "extreme left" American politicians would be considered centrists. Or that b/c the populism we have at present--proto-fascist xenophobes--necessarily invalidates all populism. Every single worthy achievement in American political history was borne of grassroots efforts to improve society--in other words populism. From the revolution to abolitionists to suffragettes to Civil Rights to war protests to Occupy Wall Street, Greens, the BLM movement or even Metoo. These are all people powered social justice movements. Ridiculed by the right but still righteous and clearly on the right side of history.

Otherwise, where would we be exactly, relying on the Davos set, wealthy politicians on the take who really, no, seriously, have our best interests at heart? Sorry, but your visions of health care for all or affordable education must be set aside as pie in the sky fantasies while we funnel trillions to industries right this minute destroying the planet or profiting from endless conflict.

I hear you about the lynch mob mentality in US public discourse and especially online, though again I feel like you're echoing what many conservatives are saying, which should give you pause. That poor Harvey Weinstein is really a victim of extreme feminists or what's wrong with putting on blackface. But it's true that there is a strain of modern social-media liberalism that operates like a mob, taking people out, which seems at times like it's the sum total of their aims or achievements. If only we can prevent Liam Neeson from making another movie then presto racism will cease to exist! Most people shrieking about such things online wouldn't be caught dead at a BLM rally, that's for sure. Not to mention that few of us are likely to survive a thorough examination of our youth. Hashtag hypocrisy. Are there things that are beyond the pale, sure but I think the entire PC-SJW debate is a great way to sidetrack larger discussions about creating a more just world. It's like displacing discussions of climate change by focusing on Al Gore's house.

Here's a great piece on the topic of punishment by the way, by Freddie deBoer:

https://medium.com/@jesse.singal/planet-of-cops-50889004904d

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

extreme left positions

Define extreme left. Give me a few examples on the issues. Are Bernie or Warren extreme left? Was FDR, LBJ or even Teddy Roosevelt extreme left? As a self-IDing "liberal," I'd say don't adopt right-wing frames. At best, you have someone like Bernie with relatively mild, Social Democratic/Nordic tendencies. There is nothing extreme about any of that.

And for the record, centrists have dominated the Democratic Party since Clinton won his first term. If America is in a ditch, as most of us believe, it sure isn't exclusively a result of GOP venality. Maybe the pendulum in the Democratic Party needs to swing farther left.

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Posted in: In America, high-speed train travel is off track See in context

The US rail network is dedicated to freight

No, it's not. Here's Amtrak's national map: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Amtrak_routes

If you think there's no appetite for better public transportation in large US cities or better and faster rail transport between large US cities, at least regionally, then I suspect that you don't spend much time in the country. Amtrak between Boston and DC, my hometown, is hugely popular. Air travel, despite this superficial article, is quite the opposite. Most of us fly simply b/c there aren't other options.

Would LA to NYC be feasible, of course not. But for a nation that spends trillions on its military and a relative pittance on its citizens' health care, to take but one example, what is financially possible is always subjective. Entrenched, powerful industries obviously don't want any reforms. If China or Europe can make it happen, so can the US. As with all things, if politicians weren't bought and paid for...

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Posted in: Woman arrested for smothering 74-year-old husband to death with pillow See in context

Too high, but not a particularly Japanese phenomenon.

And those who tend to make such claims no doubt have little interest in the underlying problems that lead to most of these deaths, here or elsewhere. The lack of support for caregivers principal among them. If you have money in Japan you can have all the home healthcare assistance you possibly want and/or parachute into 5-star roujin-houmu. Sadly, the overwhelming majority are left to fend for themselves. One can only hope such voices regularly seen here wind up being caregivers themselves someday.

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Posted in: How should teachers deal with young children who come to live in Japan without being able to speak Japanese? See in context

What Strangerland said.

Don't spend any money on them. Spend it on Japanese kids.

Hey, I get that many folks are flat-out opposed to immigration, though I always find it ironic when foreigners here make such arguments. But if the government is welcoming these people in, for however long, then they damn well better offer sufficient support for children. Do you think the thousands of Japanese kids in public schools in America or England, to take only a few examples, are not having money spent on them?

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Posted in: Tour brings foreigners to areas devastated by nuclear accident See in context

I get that people are curious. The destruction wreaked by natural disasters is frankly pretty awe-inspiring. Footage of 3/11, along with 9/11, is the most startling thing I've ever seen. Maybe it's just a matter of sufficient time passing. Still seems a bit too close to me. I remember some folks sneaking in to film the no-go zone years back and that just seemed disrespectful, voyeuristic and ghoulish.

I'd like to say there are parallels to my long-time home of Kobe but of course this city is completely renewed, evidence of the disaster is nearly nonexistent and other than those who died, the town is generally thriving. Not to mention there isn't a bleeding, radioactive ulcer that's being nearly expunged from national discourse. Walking through towns in Fukushima, where thousands died seems a little more unsettling. Do they enter homes or schools? Just seems like you're walking on people's graves. Not to mention concerns about tours offering sanitized versions of what happened or what the status is today.

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Posted in: Olympic volunteers: One-time chance, or exploitation? See in context

If you're wealthy or retired or like the one guy, getting paid leave to volunteer, no worries. But the sheer number of volunteers makes it hard to imagine there aren't an awful lot of them who could use at least a stipend for meals, lodging etc.

"To me, it's very clearly economic exploitation," Joel Maxcy, the president of the International Association of Sports Economists and a professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, told The Associated Press.

Maxcy described a situation in which volunteers assemble the product but "someone else is collecting nearly all of the money derived from those labor efforts."

This is especially galling given how these sporting events are initially sold to the populace, as having huge economic benefits for a city or its residents. Then you see what Coates' per diem is. No doubt he and Mori are both being taken about by chauffeurs clad in white gloves, staying at 5 star hotels etc.

I mean, I could go and volunteer to tidy up my university president's garden or wash his car on Sundays, but I'm not. That said, it is hard to imagine the Japanese ever viewing things this way. If they're up for it, who am I to judge.

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Posted in: Rubio warns Venezuelan soldiers to let aid enter See in context

Marcobot Rubio heading up the US's latest effort to meddle in Latin American affairs? God help us. Empires looking to bleed nations dry of their resources and gain access to their markets--same as it ever was. And just b/c Russia opposes it doesn't make us right.

And Chip Star, this is not simply a GOP problem. Dick Durbin and Kirsten Gillibrand fully back Trump's moves. Pelosi and Biden have both voiced support of Guaido. They may not be calling for armed intervention quite yet but they're clearly part of our nation's long bipartisan consensus of meddling in foreign nations' affairs.

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Posted in: Companies need to instill flexibility in career paths, eliminating the gap between regular and irregular positions. Workers need to be judged and rewarded based on output rather than face time. See in context

Of course, but as long as they're hoarding yen and profiting from exactly this two-tiered system (haves vs. have nots in the labor market, those who can afford to marry or buy homes and those who can't to take only a few examples), don't expect any changes or long-term vision. As conservative as Japan is, you'd think rectifying things like this or achieving better gender equality would be vigorously pursued, like 10 or 20 years ago, let alone in 2019.

Meanwhile, in lieu of doing any of that, except for bland PR efforts and milquetoast urgings, they're going to let in more immigrants to exploit. The 40% plus of regular Japanese workers toiling PT or on contracts won't see their lot improve and this country will continue to stagnate.

As with all problems, the solutions are obvious. Corporations simply don't like them and as the dominant patrons of our beloved 'leaders,' they're likewise resistant to doing anything.

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Posted in: Hollywood 'your name.' anime live-action movie will feature Native American girl, Chicago boy See in context

Not sure if this will work but I loved 500 Days of Summer.

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

While I'd prefer someone like Bernie, Brown or Warren, Harris is looking increasingly formidable. A ton of endorsements already, including the great Barbara Lee and Dolores Huerta. And it's really hard to see how the 2020 Democratic primaries are going to look favorably on old white guys.

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Posted in: Even though staff members are struggling with harassment, they have no place to report their complaints. See in context

Sexual harassment, power harassment? And right to organize how exactly? A union, simply a division to address harassment? Too often these quotes are stripped of sufficient context. Regardless, the government's stance is unsurprisingly authoritarian.

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Posted in: Pence rebukes EU; rejects Merkel's call to work with Russia See in context

This guy makes Ted Cruz look charming and he's a slimy goblin. The only way Pence will be POTUS is if Trump dies or is impeached. He'll certainly never be elected. But this is yet another reminder of how little things would change if the Donald were removed.

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