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Posted in: Hatred of journalists turning to violence, watchdog warns See in context

Putting a photo of Trump along with this story is sheer propaganda.

At absolutely no time has Trump ever supported, encouraged, or advocated violence against journalists.

And I completely fail to see how Trump could possibly have anything to do with journalists' deaths in places like India, Tanzania, and Gambia.

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Posted in: Travel agents scramble to adjust itinerary of Golden Week tours to Paris after Notre Dame fire See in context

I hope they still go anyway, although of course they won't be able to go inside.

Judging from the photo above, the exterior still looks rather beautiful considering that there was just a major fire.

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Posted in: University professor accused of getting students to produce MDMA See in context

Cricky Today  04:09 pm JST

ingredient in party drug ecstasy, giving users a heightened sense of energy, empathy and pleasure.

how dare he!

There is absolutely no place in society for energy, empathy or pleasure.

Yes, of course -- because it's absolutely impossible to have energy, empathy, or pleasure unless one uses Ecstasy.

Seriously, I truly pity anyone who needs a drug in order to be energetic or empathetic or experience pleasure.

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Posted in: England warns Vunipola for defending Folau's anti-gay post See in context

And the attempts at Thought Control continue ...

Polau was not attacking, expressing hatred toward, or inciting violence against any people.

He was expressing moral disapproval of a behavior.

Anyone who can't sort out the difference between those two things is an intellectual lightweight.

And it wasn't just homosexual behavior that he said he believed was immoral. There were several others -- but it's a telling commentary on our society today that people are only upset about the homosexuality part.

I'm getting tired of people trying to tell us what we can or cannot say, what we're allowed to think or not think, and what we're permitted to believe or not believe.

I'm tired of people trying to control our speech -- because it's a very short step from controlling speech to controlling thoughts.

The guy believes homosexual behavior, as well as certain other behaviors, is morally wrong.

That doesn't mean he hates the people engaged in those behaviors -- and anyone who thinks he does needs to stop constantly responding to things emotionally and employ a little logic and reason once in a while.

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Posted in: These are some of the craziest questions ALTs of color in Japan get asked See in context

What is it with this "person of color" term?

Are white people colorless?

Everyone is a person of color.

White is a color too.

If you don't believe me, look in a box of Crayolas. One of the crayons in the box is clearly labeled "white."

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Posted in: Democrats subpoena banks as they probe Trump finances See in context

Wow, imagine that. A bank in Europe lending money to a major American conglomerate.

There is nothing illegal about that at all, and the Democrats full well know that.

Then again, maybe they don't know that. Most of them are economic illiterates and left-wing ideologues who have never worked in the private sector, and who don't know anything about the world of business or economics.

This is just more political harassment of a president who can't be defeated by his opponents when it comes to real issues.

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Posted in: Fire ravages Notre Dame cathedral in Paris; spire collapses See in context

News reports are now coming out, saying that despite the size and intensity of the fire, the main interior of the building has largely withstood it.

So I guess the medieval Catholics who built the cathedral 800 years ago really weren't so "backward" or "anti-science" after all!

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Posted in: Police knew woman had problems with U.S. serviceman before their deaths See in context

The police met her multiple times in January and February to ensure her safety. When they called her in mid-March, she said there were no issues between the two at that time and she was doing alright.

Hopefully this paragraph, though buried almost all the way down to the bottom of the article, will ward off the Japan-bashing (and Japanese police-bashing in particular) that the misleading headline might otherwise generate.

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Posted in: New women-only gym in Tokyo offers free all-you-can-eat donuts and other sweets to members See in context

TIJToday  08:32 am JST

In the US, somebody would sue the gym. Seriously.

There is a U.S. chain of gyms called Planet Fitness which gives out free candy -- not just on Wednesdays, but every day, from what I hear.

As far as I know, it hasn't been sued for doing so.

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Posted in: Trump weighs sending 'unlimited supply' of immigrants to sanctuary cities See in context

The mayors and leaders of these "sanctuary cities" frequently talk about how welcoming the U.S. should be of "immigrants" who are in actual fact illegal entrants.

So, I don't see why they would have a problem with this suggestion by Trump.

This is yet another example of the American left-wing not wanting to practise what they preach -- and then lashing out at Trump for revealing their hypocrisy.

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Posted in: Court extends Ghosn's detention until April 22 See in context

And the "hostage justice" continues ...

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Posted in: Man arrested for fatally stabbing roommate See in context

DisillusionedToday  04:15 pm JST

Police said Saito has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying there was financial trouble between himself and the victim.

Yeah, he owes you some money so just stab him to death and spend the rest of your life in prison. After living in Japan for nearly two decades, that makes perfect sense to me.

The article didn't say that the victim owed the killer money. It could have been that, or it could have been the other way around.

The article only said there was financial trouble between the two. It didn't say who owed money to who.

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Posted in: Ghosn, suffering from kidney failure, was arrested illegally: defense document See in context

alwaysspeakingwisdom Today  07:55 am JST

More likely Ghosn's high cholesterol is due to Ghosn's extravagant lifestyle. By the way, while he was in jail, he was placed on low fat diet which helped lower his cholesterol level and improved his health.

Oh dear. Someone didn't read the article carefully.

The issue isn't high cholesterol. The issue is chronic kidney failure.

It's even in the very top paragraph for easy viewing.

Having said that, though, I wonder why this issue wasn't raised by Ghosn's lawyers before.

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Posted in: NHK reporter laughed at for asking black hole team for more on Japan’s contributions See in context

Speed Today  04:26 pm JST

Oh, lay off. It was an innocuous and interesting question and a bit humorous to boot.

I think people are being a bit too critical here.

So do I.

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Posted in: Folau's anti-gay post condemned as 'unacceptable' See in context

"These comments are really disappointing and clearly don't reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity that we support"

So I guess Christianity, and Christian beliefs about how we risk damnation unless we repent of certain sins, are not part of the "inclusion and diversity" that they claim to champion.

This man hurt no one with his words. He did not call for violence or mistreatment of homosexuals, atheists, or any of the other groups he listed.

He simply stated his belief that certain sins, if not repented of and turned away from, can lead to Hell.

If these people really believed in "diversity and inclusion," they would make room for the freedom to voice those beliefs.

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Posted in: Safety steps for foreign drivers introduced amid rise in accidents See in context

Eight times more users ... Five times more accidents. Doesn't that mean the accident rate is going down? 

Yes, but the number of actual fatal accidents has gone up -- because the number of foreign visitors has gone up.

So, the rate is going down -- but the raw frequency is going up.

And the number of fatal accidents involving foreign drivers is going up while the country's population is going down -- and presumably, many of those killed in such accidents are probably Japanese.

It's best to look at this at the human beings involved regarding this issue, not just the statistics.

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Posted in: Wreckage confirmed to be crashed Japanese F-35 stealth fighter; pilot still missing See in context

Prayers for the missing pilot, his family and friends, and his fellow squadron members.

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Posted in: Wreckage confirmed to be crashed Japanese F-35 stealth fighter; pilot still missing See in context

rainyday Today  11:12 am JST

So Lockheed Martin is joining Boeing in the club of American aircraft manufacturers whose planes fall out of the skies when they are still brand new?

From the article: "The crash was only the second time an F-35 has gone down since the plane began flying almost two decades ago. It was also the first crash of an A version of the fifth-generation fighter ... "

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Posted in: Ghosn not getting much help from France, analysts say See in context

Educator60 Today  07:09 am JST

What would be the purpose of taking the Lebanese one if they knew about but purposely didn’t take also the US one? That makes no sense to me.

Perhaps the Japanese prosecutors feared that the U.S. Embassy would raise Absolute Holy Hell if an American citizen (which is what she technically is) was having her passport confiscated even though she was not being charged with a crime.

The French and Lebanese reactions to those passports being confiscated was noticeably weak. But America's response may not have been, and perhaps the Japanese were wary of that.

Don't mess with the USA!

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Posted in: HBO brings down curtain on TV phenom 'Game of Thrones' See in context

I never watched it. Most TV programs are "junk food for the mind."

Like junk food, it's okay in moderation -- but more than that, and it becomes an intellectually unhealthy world of make-believe.

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Posted in: Sexual harassment toward job-hunting students by alumni widespread See in context

Marsh Mallow Today  09:48 am JST

So, she had the chance to walk away, but now she is playing the victim

She was a victim because he was forcibly kissing her -- and yes, she also had a chance to walk away but did not.

So, you're incorrect and correct at the same time.

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Posted in: Sexual harassment toward job-hunting students by alumni widespread See in context

The two went out for dinner and drinks, where the man forcibly kissed the woman and asked her to come to his place after getting her drunk.

Sexual harassment, forcible kissing, sexual assault, etc., are all horrible.

But this "getting her drunk" comment really makes me bristle.

Unless he was physically forcing the alcohol down her throat, or spiking her nonalcholic drinks, or something like that ... he did not "get her drunk." She got herself drunk!

We can't claim to be "strong independent women" but then blame someone else for our drunkenness.

The sexual harassment and assault is HIS fault. But "getting her drunk" is what she initially did to herself.

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Posted in: Sexual harassment toward job-hunting students by alumni widespread See in context

seadog538 Apr. 8  04:46 pm JST

How is it viewed if a woman offers herself to a man to receive a favour? Is that harrassment?


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Posted in: Virgin territory: Study shows heterosexual inexperience rising in Japan See in context

There's actually nothing wrong with this.

Sex isn't supposed to be a game. It's a serious act with, at least potentially, very important consequences.

There's nothing wrong with waiting till one is married before having sex -- or at least till one is older.

In fact, in the West this would be counter-cultural. I would tell young people in the West that if you really want to be a "rebel," if you really want to avoid "conformity," if you really want to be a "cool counter-cultural person," then wait till marriage or at least till later in life before having sex.

Those who have sex in very young adulthood or adolescence aren't being "cool." They're just copying everyone else and conforming.

My advice is to rise to a higher moral and behavioral plane -- that's the way to be different and "cool."

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Posted in: Trump's Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns See in context

I don't blame her for resigning.

Trump's political opponents have sought to obstruct Trump's (and by extension, her) every effort to protect the border and to put a stop to the suffering and exploitation of migrants that illegal immigration causes.

She was trying to do a very important job, but opportunistic Trump-hating politicians were doing everything they could to impede her.

So I understand it if she feels she's had enough of that nonsense.

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Posted in: Brazilian man dies after being arrested for attacking police officer in koban See in context

JeffLeeToday  09:16 am JST


" simply do not barge into where a police officer is, then pick up an object and assault him with it...,"

Indeed. That's why I am a bit suspicious of the police's version of events.

You are taking Oldman's words out of context.

He was not saying that it's impossible for the man to have done what he did. He didn't say it was implausible.

He said that you don't do such a thing and then expect no consequences from it.

You filtered out those italicized words and thus changed the meaning of what he wrote.

You're not correct if you're implying that people never assault police officers in kobans.

Remember, for instance, the incident last year when a police officer was actually murdered in a koban in Sendai?

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Posted in: Brazilian man dies after being arrested for attacking police officer in koban See in context

old man_13Today  07:28 am JST

I am certain there will be those that will side with this Brazilian man, and his supporters angling for the 'xenophobic' and hateful Japanese cops using excessive force against a foreigner.

I don't see any of that here. People just want to know the truth of what happened.

However, I am certain rational individuals will realize that you simply do not barge into where a police officer is, then pick up an object and assault him with it, and expect no consequences.

I'm sure everyone already does realize that.

Sorry, I have no sympathies for the Brazilian man.

Nobody approves of his actions, but he's still a human being who has suddenly died, which is never a good situation.

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Posted in: Brazilian man dies after being arrested for attacking police officer in koban See in context

Always terrible when someone suddenly dies, no matter the person or the situation.

I fear that he may have been under the influence of drugs or something, which may have caused or contributed to his death.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress surprise public in rare stroll outside palace See in context

The couple, known as morning walkers, walked the same route and viewed cherry blossoms also in 2017 and 2018.

They have already lived a long time and they seem to be in very good health for their age.

Maybe the morning walks have something to do with that.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress surprise public in rare stroll outside palace See in context

It is likely to be their last such stroll during his reign

Why? His reign isn't over for another three weeks.

That is plenty of time for another such stroll.

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