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Posted in: Spain to outlaw sex without explicit consent after outcry See in context

I am glad to see Spain wanting to do something about a problem, although I'm not certain about this implementation. There's room for abusing the law, and if rape and sexual assault is a big problem, it really is a cultural thing, and that's where you have to look. It will be interesting to see how this law will affect relations in the future.

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Posted in: Trump's remarks about immigrants changing European culture draw ire See in context

Cultures have continually changed, with and without the help from immigrants. A cultural change isn't necessarily a bad thing, but when people want to appear nationalist to camouflage their racism or xenophobia, this is what they turn to - protect the traditions! We are losing our way of life!

It's pure hysteria and it's ridiculous. There's a governmental party in my country, Denmark, who wants to force daycares to serve pork once or twice a week, because that's apparently an important tradition. It's beyond stupid and only serves to cause diversion, distrust and hatred.

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Posted in: Scarlett Johansson quits transgender role after LGBT backlash See in context

I would like to live in a world where every actor can do their job and act out every kind of character, but I don't think we're quite at this point yet. Some groups of actors (transgendered in this case) are having an extra hard time finding jobs and aren't even allowed a chance to tell their own stories. Transgendered actors are definitely out there, and if the team behind this movie wanted to, they could have found someone. Until LGBT-actors are on equal footing with everyone else, I do think we should turn to them first when trying to tell their stories. They deserve the chance.

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Posted in: Are you for or against the death penalty? See in context

People give me thumbs down when I ask about the difference between 'for' and 'depends on the case' but no one comments or tries to explain. Why is that? I genuinely would like to hear people's take on it. I mean, clearly some do think there is a difference.

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Posted in: Are you for or against the death penalty? See in context

"For" or "Depends on the case" - aren't they the same? I don't think there's anyone who wants the death penalty for ANY transgression of the law. I'm 100% against, but I would imagine people who are for would only want it in severe cases.

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Posted in: James Woods suggests his agent dropped him over politics See in context

What's with the talk about free speech? The agent never told him to shut up. James Woods is of course free to have his own opinions and say them, but the agent is also free to not agree and not wanting to work with someone like that.

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Posted in: University professor tweets sexual harassment is his hobby See in context

@Kazuaki Shimazaki

Thanks for adding this detail, which seems kinda important. I don't know why this article didn't include it. It's still not the smartest thing to tweet, but it puts it into a different context.

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Posted in: Have you had any bad experiences using Airbnb? See in context

My uncle rented out his apartment through Airbnb. It was then used as a brothel and his pc got taken apart, so I don't think I'll ever be on that side of the equation.

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Posted in: Gunman angry at Maryland newspaper kills five in targeted attack See in context

Law-abiding citizens won't "suffer" because you take their guns away. Comparing them to people living with a relatively high risk and fear of being gunned down is ridiculous, it's false equivalence. Some hunters might be inconvenienced at best, but that is not suffering.

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Posted in: In team sports, who is more likely to win between a star team and a team of stars? See in context

Maybe it's just my lacking knowledge of sports, but... What? What is the difference?

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Posted in: Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving ends See in context

@Jimizo

Well, Bob Marley was actually quite the misogynist, so it might be pretty appropriate...

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Posted in: Princess Takamado says it is great honor to be in Russia See in context

@MiaTanaka

Oh hush, there's no need to be so self-righteous. Being religious doesn't necessarily mean you're unintelligent and vice versa. Besides, people make up all sorts of arbitrary rules regardless of religion. It's just how we make sense of the world.

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Posted in: For those of you who have used marijuana, if someone has never tried marijuana, would you recommend they try it at least once? See in context

If they want to try it, I guess? I don't really consider it a must-try-thing. If you're curious and want to space out a little, sure. But I don't think I'd encourage people who have no interest.

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Posted in: 23-year-old man arrested for killing older sister See in context

@cracaphat

To add to your comment, I've been reading a book about the role of the mother in Japan, where it talks about the mother letting children focus completely on their studies, and taking pride in doing all the chores around the houses, especially letting male children off easily. I do think that creates young people who aren't able to be independent and live by themselves. A little off-topic, but worth thinking about.

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Posted in: Trump retreats from U.S. moral leadership stance See in context

Instead, we are here to offer partnership, based on shared interests and values.

But what are those values then, if they don't concern human rights and liberties? I suspect the values Trump are talking about are to be found in the financial department only...

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Posted in: 'Otaku' dating service says some of its female members specifically refuse to date 'Love Live!' fans See in context

62 percent of the participants ended up becoming couples at the end of the day.

I wonder how long these relationships lasted...

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Posted in: Trump ready to impose tariffs on about $50 bil in Chinese goods See in context

Trump no longer believes that Beijing's influence over North Korea is a compelling reason to ease up on trade talks now that his administration has opened up a direct line of communication with the nuclear-armed country

Are you serious? You really think that after just one meeting with NK they'll forget about the Chinese powers behind them and become America's BFF instead? That's just not gonna happen.

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Posted in: Trump's announcement that he will end U.S.-S Korea drills catches Pentagon off guard See in context

@BeerDeliveryGuy

The more you know! Thanks, I thought they were some kind of seaweed-wreaths......

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Posted in: Japanese transgender professor to run for mayor to tackle child abuse See in context

@Nan Ferra

I don't think so. That doesn't even make grammatical sense. This person is a woman, 'she' is appropriate.

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Posted in: Japanese transgender professor to run for mayor to tackle child abuse See in context

Good on her, this is an area that is in dire need of attention in Japan. And good on the person writing this article for actually using 'she'!

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Posted in: Game arcade operator found guilty of fraud by rigging claw machines See in context

Although this is a douchy thing to do, again I'm frustrated with the absurdity of punishment in Japan. This guy actually gets jailtime - the mangaka who had kiddie porn got a small fine. Priorities...

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Posted in: Trump's announcement that he will end U.S.-S Korea drills catches Pentagon off guard See in context

What the heck are those flying things in the background of the picture?

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Posted in: Trump, Kim sign agreement; N Korean leader to get White House invitation See in context

As much as I dislike Trump, I am excited for this meeting. It's yet hard to really see what everyone is after, especially NK and China, who's definitely lurking in the shadows. Maybe it goes nowhere, I still reserve some skepticism about the outcome with these two... colorful gentlemen, but maybe we'll be going somewhere.

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Posted in: What do you think will be the outcome of Tuesday's planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? See in context

If anything comes out of it, I think China will be the winner. I'm theorizing that the reason NK is finally meeting a president is because they and China know Trump can be manipulated - just a few strokes of his ego and you're good. I'm not sure this would have ever happened if China haven't given NK the clear and assured their support.

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Posted in: Following artist’s child porn conviction, 'Rurouni Kenshin' manga restarts in Japan, but not America See in context

This really pisses me off, to be frank. This guy got close to no punishment. I can't believe they are so ready to forget, acting like it's no big deal. I can't believe his wife is still working with him, apparently she's okay with this too. Really disgusting.

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Posted in: Canadian man goes to court alleging paternity harassment See in context

@Sam Whitte

Yet there are countries with generous maternal/paternal leave (where people actually take advantage of it) and it still works out. To be brutally honest, most people can be replaced in a corporation for a period of time. Very, very few people actually hold everything up, so no, a business probably won't die from someone being away a number of months. It really comes down to having the human decency of allowing someone to spend time and bond with their new child without having to worry about where they'll get their income from.

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Posted in: White House calls Trudeau back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time See in context

Trump did him a favor by showing up? By living up to his responsibilities as a president, engaging in diplomacy with a group his country is politically engaged with? If Trump and his allies really don't think they can gain and contribute in this group, that his mere presence is a gift, then maybe they should leave it and be America Alone.

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Posted in: 8th time lucky for adoptive mother and actress Jun Sena See in context

@MarkX

I was thinking the same thing. I don't know if it's an awkward translation, but it really sounds like she thinks it's a much less attractive route, when so many kids are just waiting for a loving family. Adopting a child is a good thing, it's worth considering even if you are able to conceive.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court rules for baker in gay wedding cake case See in context

This case has me a bit conflicted, I must say.

On one hand, the baker absolutely should be free to believe whatever he wants. The issue comes when this affects other people. Are your beliefs more important than eliminating discrimination? Because that is what's going on - the baker is discriminating when he refuses his services because of sexuality.

Then again, as has been pointed out, can you force someone to lend their artistic ability to something they don't believe in? And just what does 'artistic ability' mean? Can a carpenter then also refuse his services on the same premise?

In my personal opinion, the discrimination is the biggest thing, and I think that trumps the religious freedom in this case. Maybe because I'm not from a very religious country. Of course, it could have been avoided if the couple just went somewhere else, but I actually think it's important to talk about dilemmas like this. It's a part of deciding what kind of society you want to be.

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Posted in: Trump calls off Eagles visit to White House over NFL anthem dispute See in context

I don't really get why the military is involved here. Isn't this about the anthem? Is the military really the pinnacle of patriotism in America? Is that what makes America American?

I feel like the same people who like to shout about all their rights, right to bear arms, right to free speech, also gets completely frenzied in this case, when people use those rights in a way they don't like.

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