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Posted in: Death row inmate hanged; 6th execution since Abe became PM See in context

For all those braying about how wonderful this is, just google Johnny Frank Garret, David Spence, Timothy Evans or Cameron Willingham. All innocent men executed by the government.

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Posted in: Woman found strangled to death in Kanazawa hotel room See in context

The murder happened across the street from my office. Local scuttlebutt( a couple of my friends are reporters at the local newspapers) is that the women were in a relationship and had a fight of some sort that got completely out of hand. Lots of people in town are being surprisingly hush-hush about the whole thing.

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Posted in: 28 killed as sectarian riots spread in north India See in context

Ah, religion.

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Posted in: U.N. criticizes several countries, including Japan over death penalty use See in context

What do Carlos de Luna, Larry Griffin, Ruben Cantu, David Spence, Ellis Wayne Felker and Cameron Todd Willingham all have in common? They were all executed for crimes and now are believed to have been innocent and thus wrongly executed. Until the death penalty is used fairly regardless of race or socioeconomic status and there is no room for doubt in any case, it should be shelved.

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Posted in: Australian author Bryce Courtenay dies 2 weeks after publishing final novel See in context

Sad to hear this. "The Power of One" was a fantastic book. (The movie was horrible.)The follow-up, "Tandia," was great. "April Fool's Day" was gut-wrenching and beautiful. "The Potato Factory" was interesting and, in some ways, disturbing. This man was a consummate storyteller. He will be missed.

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Posted in: Judge denies bid for park Nativity displays in Santa Monica See in context

Religious displays in public parks, at government buildings or any other tax-payer supported area are a violation of the separation of church and state. It's that simple. When Christians don't get their special privileges to preach or display their beliefs, they cry persecution.

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Posted in: 'God particle' a gateway to new vision of universe See in context

I really wish they would stop calling it the "God particle." @Guza! The US was going to build one, but Congress cut the funding in the early 1990's. Google "Superconducting Super Collider." @T-Mack The Large Hadron Collider will not destroy the earth. There's a good explanation at Skeptoid. Here's the link. skeptoid.com/episodes/4109

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Posted in: Roman jewelry found in ancient tomb near Kyoto See in context

ubikwit, You're welcome. It is quite a good read. A couple other books that really struck me about the breadth of ancient trading were THe Lost History of Christianity, which explores the movement of Christianity to the East along the trading networks and An Edible History of Humanity. If you get an opportunity, check them out.

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Posted in: Roman jewelry found in ancient tomb near Kyoto See in context

Speed, Don't know if a Roman ever made it to Japan, but an East Asian made it to Italy. His bones were found around 2009. His mitochondria DNA showed him to be East Asian. Also, a 5th century Buddhist statue from India was discovered in a Viking burial in Sweden. An interesting book is Silk Road:Warriors, Monks and Merchants by Luce Boulnois. Very good read about how things went back and forth along the Silk Road.

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Posted in: Following poem, Israel bars entry to Guenter Grass See in context

oginome, Sorry but this is going nowhere. Thank you for the exchange.

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Posted in: Following poem, Israel bars entry to Guenter Grass See in context

oginome, Grass stated that he wanted to join the Kreigsmarine to escape his family situation at home. Not the best of ideas during a war, but that is his stated reason. Not any love for Hitler or Nazism. Not to fight for a genocidal fascist regime. Since we do not have any other statements by Grass or others who knew him at the time, his statement is the only evidence we have for his reason to join the Kreigsmarine. You state that Hans and Sophie Scholl were conscripted into the Hitler Youth and BDM, but other young Germans, including other members of the White Rose, refused to join these organizations at all. They chose not to refuse entry. So, by your logic, the Scholls must be Nazis. Thus, any member of the military who fought in the German armed forces was a Nazi, including members of the White Rose who were in the military.

You stated that Grass was a Nazi. Being a Nazi usually implies that one is an anti-Semite. It seems to be a prerequisite for being a Nazi. So, I stated my opinion about that. As far as being an attention seeker, you are correct. Any celebrity who wants to highlight their views will state them openly knowing that there will be a reaction in the media. It's the nature of the beast.

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Posted in: Following poem, Israel bars entry to Guenter Grass See in context

Oginome, Grass was drafted into the Waffen SS in November 1944 after being turned down for the Kreigsmarine. After 1943, the Waffen SS was no longer a volunteer organization. Men were drafted into it. The Nuremburg Trials declared the SS a criminal organization, but exempted those who were drafted in after 1943. These men had no choice. These men who were drafted were not all rabid Nazi fanatics from the movies. As for membership in a certain group making you a Nazi, Hans Scholl was a member of the Hitler Youth and Sophie Scoll was a member of the Bund Deutscher Madel. So, going by your criteria, they were Nazis by their membership in these groups. Also, several of the members of the White Rose were in the Army. Does that make them Nazis? I was also wondering if anyone here commenting as actually read any of Grass's work other than this poem? His novel, Crabwalk, pretty much shows that he is not an anti-Semite. Being against the policies or actions of the Israeli government does not automatically make a person an anti-Semite.

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Posted in: Female manager of gentlemen's 'snack club' stabbed to death See in context

THis attack happened about 10 minutes from my house. The snack was really in a residential area, not the downtown area. Neighborhood gossip says the guy was jealous about her paying attention to some other customer. He had also supposedly given her a large amount of money. Like I said, just neighborhood gossip, but the local obachans seems to know what's happening better than the police.

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Posted in: Woman jumps to her death at Shin-Koiwa Station; 5th suicide there since July See in context

George Palmer The spot is called Tojinbo. It's in Fukui. Pretty well-known jumper spot here in Hokuriku.

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Posted in: Christians and Muslims clash in Cairo, 1 dead See in context

This is a disappointment. The "Egypt-for-All" organization had been working to bring together Copts and Muslims. Many Muslims went so far as to offer themselves as human shields around Coptic churches during the celebration of Coptic Christmas in January. This was done as a sign of solidarity with the Copts after an attack on New Year's Eve on a church in Alexandria. Sad and worrying.

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Posted in: Japan excavating site linked to WWII human experiments by Unit 731 See in context

For an excellent in-depth coverage of Ishii, Unit 731 and other aspects of human experiments done by the Japanese during the war, you should read "Factories of Death" by Sheldon Harris.

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Posted in: 'Pink Panther' director Blake Edwards dies at 88 See in context

Great director. I still think his greatest directorial achievement was to get Julie Andrews to go topless in SOB. Wonderfully shocking and a major image change for her.

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Posted in: Steve McQueen Exhibition to be held at Marunouchi OAZO See in context

Forgot to mention that the song is by the Drive-by Truckers.

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Posted in: Steve McQueen Exhibition to be held at Marunouchi OAZO See in context

Any Steve fans should check put the song "Steve McQueen." Great tribute to the coolest man whoever lived.

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Posted in: What is your definition of a hero and who are some persons, either living or deceased, whom you would consider to be heroes? See in context

Dewaashita Thanks for looking at Ponheary's site. I have never met a more giving, positive and determined person in my life. After all that she has experienced in her life, she still see the best in people. Probably a reflection of herself in others. If you ever plan to go to Siem Reip, get her for your guide. You'll have the best time and end feeling like one of the family.

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Posted in: What is your definition of a hero and who are some persons, either living or deceased, whom you would consider to be heroes? See in context

Ponheary Ly, the bravest and greatest person I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

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Posted in: Khmer Rouge's chief jailer gets 35 years for war crimes See in context

The book by Nic Dunlop called The Lost Executioner is a great telling of Duch's life and his pursuit and capture.

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Posted in: Vatican blasts anti-Catholic hate campaign See in context

Here's an interesting article about the systematic rape of children by priests of Natives in Alaska and Canada and the coverup. The best part is by the former priest who was usually the lead in covering up the rapes. http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/the-pedophiles-paradise/Content?oid=1065017

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Posted in: Light-up See in context

steen, Don't know if you are being serious about the ugly strings, but here goes. They're called yukizuri and they are used to protect the trees from the heavy snow that we get here in Ishikawa. They stop the branches from breaking. Kenrokuen is famous for its yukizuri. Luckily we got some good snow yesterday and it was a great evening for the light up.

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Posted in: Italian group claims to debunk Shroud of Turin See in context

The Shroud was judged to be a fraud in the 14th century by a Roman Catholic bishop, who stated that the shroud was painting. The image was not allowed to be displayed for over 40 years. For anyone interested in reading a little more about this, you should check out "Relics of the Christ" by Joe Nickell.

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Posted in: Which conspiracy theory would you most like to find out the truth about? See in context

Willi, The only silhouette I found was the one where they stopped the parking gate film right before the object hit the building to show that a 757 could fit into the blurred shape on the film. True, the website is mostly crap, that's why I was surprised that I found the report there.

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Posted in: Which conspiracy theory would you most like to find out the truth about? See in context

hellokitty, I'm not a big fan of the following website, but the writer does a good job explaining the facts of the Pentagon attack. Give it a read. He does a very good job explaining about the size of the impact hole in the wall of the Pentagon. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread79655/pg1

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Posted in: Which conspiracy theory would you most like to find out the truth about? See in context

WilliB, Thanks for the link. Good stuff.

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Posted in: Which conspiracy theory would you most like to find out the truth about? See in context

Ivan, Here are several good websites that debunk most of the 911 Troof Movement. http://www.debunking911.com/ http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/1227842.html http://www.layscience.net/node/124 http://screwloosechange.blogspot.com/ http://wtc7lies.googlepages.com/ Have fun reading.

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Posted in: Art installation See in context

The pool is very cool, but when looking up through the "water", if the glass on top has not been cleaned that day, which is usually the case, the effect is really diminished.

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