For some reason, I'm getting a strange flashback of the "Dr. Strangelove" movie. I for one don't think more nuclear weapons is the answer. It just ends up being a numbers game to see how many millions of lives lost is acceptable. Contrary to what Trump may believe in, nuclear deterrence theory doesn't work. According to retired General George Lee Butler (who was once in command of the U.S. Strategic Command), he deemed nuclear deterrence as “a slippery intellectual construct that translates very poorly into the real world of spontaneous crises, inexplicable motivations, incomplete intelligence and fragile human relationships.”
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And here we go yet again, it seems to me I read about this every week, day even
I know, it's sad to hear what this world is coming to, and not just in Japan. I guess the difference in the killing of kids in Japan and the killing of kids in the U.S., where I'm from is the motives. In Japan, it seems the primary motive is depression and a feeling of hopelessness amongst wives who get no help from husbands. In the U.S., it stems from jealously, as it seems everyday, there is news about someone killing their own kids to spite their ex-wives (or in rare cases ex-husbands).
As for abuse of kids, I hear the same kinds of stories both in Japan and the U.S., such as many people unwittingly killing their own kids by leaving them in cars to fry in summer, malnourished kids, some going around selling their own stuffed animals for food, and kids tied up, like dogs, outside of places like Walmart, while their parents are shopping inside. It's pathetic and evil how people treat kids around the world.
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Wawrinka's will, or just concentration, kind of vanished.
Excuses, excuses. Why give excuses for someone losing. Just admit that Nishikori played better than Wawrinka and leave it at that.
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Judging from the hoards of people protesting outside of the Diet and the thousands of protesters across the nation, the next election will sway in Minshuto's favor. We can then expect a new bill being passed then.
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Congrats to Hanyu! I love his demeanor. Doesn't panic and let the spotlight faze him. Also, when he falls like he did on his last jump of the night, he just smiles with a 'aw shucks' attitude. He also politely applauded the crowds support. Cool.
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What's the world coming to nowadays. A man here killing his own daughter, three dead infants killed in Massachussetts; how can all of these parents kill their own children and not allow them a decent sort of life?
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kurobune: So true. Why can't some posters on this thread just congratulate these two competitors. Why do some people use it as a way to bring up a bunch of red herrings and make up stories like people making excuses that Nishikori whined his height played a factor. All I've heard from Nishikori is praise for his opponent. In fact, I've even seen many interviews from those in his town of Matsue that they were disappointed and proud that he got this far. Not one mentioned any excuses like height. Even commentators like Aya Sugiyama and Shuzo Matsuoka never said anything like that. Only some haters on this thread would say, "I heard 'someone' the other day say ..." So convenient.
Anyway, congratulations to these two competitors, Cilic and Nishikori. Great job!
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And once again, you miss the biggest point. Did Williams walk onto a platform and jump off for all those around to be splashed with and the driver traumatized for life, likely to escape debt or other responsibilities?
smithinjapan: No, Williams did not, but there are so many non-celebrities in the world who also did not. But why should we call those common folk who die quietly and cause no one else physical harm, selfish and cowards, but put Mr. Williams on a pedestal for his actions. Seems like a double standard to me. Was his life more important than the average citizen who also faced depression, and tried everything in their power to combat it peacefully? IMO that is totally wrong. Besides, you could say that Robin Williams' suicide did cause trauma for a lot of people. Sometimes emotional and mental trauma caused could be even deadlier than physical trauma. I don't really think his family and loved ones are better off now than he is dead. I'm pretty sure they are very shocked and will be deeply affected by this for a long time. RIP Mr. Williams, you will be missed, but also to the many others who face depression everyday and can't win the battle against it.
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not because the Koreans were the ones whining, it was the Western countries who were whining, their figure skating experts, and their press that screamed controversy.
chucky: Most skating experts like Scott Hamilton, Michelle Kwan, Elvis Stojko, and Tara Lipinski are saying that there is no controversy. In fact, the Western countries are only 'reporting' that Koreans are whining. There are also many articles (that I've already previously posted) that state that Sotnikova won fair and square. Yet people are picking staws by saying that there were two judges siding with the Russians. How about tonight's gold medal hockey match between Canada and Sweden? Don't you think having three Canadian officials in the game would be also biased?
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You know, instead of concentrating on Asada's free performance, there were many Japanese who were happy on Friday simply because Kim didn't get the gold medal
Pukey2: Why stop there? You could also say that there were many Koreans who were gloating and happy that Mao didn't win a medal at all. After all, it stands to reason that those who would whine when things don't go their way, also tend to be the ones who would revel in another's misery.
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It's strange but I haven't heard any response.
Good point. That's the difference. There have been quite a number of controversies in these Olympics. For example, even though Russia lost a hockey match against the U.S, on a controversial movement of the net, you don't see millions of Russians signing petitions. In the ladies moguls, even though many people thought Uemura should have won the bronze after she performed better than the winner, you don't hear about millions of Japanese in an uproar calling for a recount.
As with Mao's performance, I too thought her free skate was the best and should have been given more points, but I, like others, prefer to savor the good feelings from that moment and share the same feelings as Mao that at least she was able to go out with a bang, medal or no medal. I think the well-wishes from people around the world (e.g. Michelle Kwan and Plushenko) is a worthwhile reward.
Yet, here we are again, with millions of Koreans protesting Kim getting a silver instead of a bronze, and not celebrating the fact that she got something that few people ever come close to getting. At the very least, Kim herself stayed classy. It's too bad that many of her own people can't.
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It's unfortunate that this "controversy' is overshadowing some wonderful performances in these Olympics. Sotnikova won fair and square. As mentioned before, many well-known skating experts have said that Sotnikova won it fairly. For instance, Scott Hamilton said that she did enough to win by taking advantage of the points system in place:
Also, there is a complete explanation of why she won at this link:
Yes, there were two questionable judges, but even if they gave such high scores, one of their scores was thrown out anyway since the highest and lowest scores are always disregarded, and the law of averages plays itself out in the end. Artistically, Kim may have had an edge, but technically, Sotnikova was better.
All in all, I agree with Yahoo writer Dan Wetzel, when he says 'enough already, Sotnikova beat Kim fair and square':
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after the Russian woman fell but Kim skated perfectly
No, Sotnikova did not fall, it was the other Russian, Lipnitskaya that did. Sounds like some posters and many Koreans are misinformed and letting their sense of nationalism cloud their judgments. Besides, Kim did not skate cleanly. She may have not fallen, but she landed offbalance on some of her jumps and her moves didn't have the same fluidity that it did in Vancouver. Overall, she was very conservative, while Sotnikova put all of her energy and effort into her routine.
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And again, controversy rules at the Olympics in figure skating. Kim Yuna should have won gold here, just like Mao should've won gold in Vancouver. Judging at the Olympics are full of scandal. It's a pity that it should take away from some wonderful skating performances.
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I see little worth in her music. It is formulaic and irrelevant.
Jaymann: You're pretty much describing 99% of the music in the world. Nowadays (at least for the past century) pretty much all music in the world can be considered "formulaic and irrelavant". It just depends on how you look at it. You could say that there just isn't anything original anymore, whether it be classical, rock, jazz, pop, reggae, country, etc. IMO, the most redeeming quality of music nowadays is serving as a type of landmark in our lives; reminding us of our good times and bad.
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What gun supporters would like us to believe is that it isn't the gun that kills, but crazy lunatics with no way out. Which just means that while people in other industrial nations actually care about living at peace with others, Americans only care about who has more guns to protect themselves from other fellow Americans with guns. Sad, but true.
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Yoshinoya offering Japanese rice topped with beef
I think Yoshinoya is comparable to a McDonald's or Denny's back home in America - terrible. I can't believe how much grease and undescribable goo is covered over the food served at a typical American Denny's. Not to mention how wilted the French fries always tends to look at Denny's (at least the McDonald's fries almost always looks better).
In Japan, at least there is always Matsuya serving a more balanced food set. I once had a hamburg lunch set there with garden salad, miso soup and a bowl of rice for only 560 yen. Actually, the best deals for food in Japan are at university school cafeterias. Well-balanced, tasty, and extremely reasonable. And you don't have to be a student to go there. I often go to the university cafeteria in my area and get a shogayaki teishoku with a side salad, tofu, and miso soup all for about 350 yen. They also have free tea or water there.
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Why? You are more likely to be killed by a drunk driver in the US than you are to be killed by a gun. You are more likely to fall to your death in the US than you are to be killed by a gun.
True, but I'm more likely to be shot by a gun in the States than in many other developed countries. When I was living in the States, there were a few gun-related crimes which hit quite close to home (one where a teacher was shot by a student in my high school and another where a former co-worker was mugged at gunpoint, and another where a friend was carjacked). Yes, (knock on wood) nothing gun-related happened to me, but pretty much everyone I know knows someone who has been a victim of some gun-related crime in the States. And let's not forget stories where innocent kids get killed in accidental gun deaths as in the story below:
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Seems to me that both the iPhone and Android are too expensive for me. This is why I still stick to my keitai (which I've owned for the past four years). I pay only 1,995 yen a month for unlimited Internet access and email. Yes, I don't get the fancy touch screen functions and apps I may receive with a smartphone, but at least I can access the Internet, email friends and family, and make phone calls. Can't really see much more being needed.
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Although I'm not a big fan of Ms. Pamyu Pamyu, I've heard she has a huge following in Europe, where young adults view her as a colorful fashion trendsetter and try to copy what she wears.
She definitely won't make it very far
Yup, she ONLY has a successful business in fake eyelashes and her own clothing line, numerous appearances at fashion shows, several videos that became viral hits on the Internet, a certified gold album, and her own autobiography. All of that and she isn't even an adult yet.
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I don't know where your ethics lie but mine in the realm that a) smashing up anything is bad and b) throwing rocks and lighting a fire at a school for children IS just as bad as smashing up businesses and embassies.
I never said it was not bad. Yes, burning anything is bad, but to blow it up out of proportion like you did, since you did say that that hatred shown by a few bad individuals is the same as a whole nation (ala China) following the government's orders to protest against another country. The fact is that there are bad apples and racism in every country in the world. Yet, what is happening in China is shocking because it is happening nationwide and the systematic brutality (with people physically getting hurt) is downright appalling.
smithinjapan: Have you even read the article about the little burning on the gate of that school? No where in it did it say a mob was involved at all. Nothing conclusive has come out of the case yet. Yes, it could have something to do with hatred against Chinese (since it was a Chinese school), but then again, it may not. Don't just start jumping to conclusions without reading all the facts of that case first. You would have a case if a mob was involved in a burning. And as for burnings in China, you must be blind not to see all the burnt-out buildings and cars. And this is not images I see on Japanese TV, but on CNN and the BBC, which shows much more detail.
there's just little if any media coverage of it, due in part to right-wing threats to the media.
smithinjapan: You may be right and you may be wrong about this. I do agree with you that we have a right to speculate that there could be some violent protests happening in Japan, but we just don't see them where we are living at the moment in Japan, and local media cover it up, but unless I see it for my own eyes, or see it on other impartial media outlets that I view, then I will reserve judgment. By the way, are you saying that violent protests in Japan IS POSSIBLE as in a speculation, or are you saying that there are indeed violent protests that you've witnessed, but never hear in the news because the media covers it up?
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So what was your issue with my post? I didn't make anything up and nor did I defend China's actions. Just because no one was physically hurt doesn't mean no one was hurt.
You think those kids feel safe to go to school now?
They're KIDS for god's sake. Do these people have no ethics??
tmarie: The problem with the story you mentioned is that the fire that was started at the gates to the Chinese school was a small one and quickly put out. No one was even in the vicinity of the area of the fire. You seem to think that this fire was worse than other cases of arson in which people actually died.
"You think those kids feel safe to go to school now?"
Kids in Japan already have enough to fear from (e.g. bullying, molesters, speeding cars), than a fire at the gate of their school. I think fires that have burned down entire production plants like in China, which caused many Chinese people to lose their jobs and thus hurting their families because they will now have no source of income to use for food to feed them, are much much worse. Yes, there are stupid Japanese people who have unwarranted hate doing stupid stuff like that, but nothing like the mass millions I see physically attacking Japanese and Chinese people over the past week. It's gotten so bad in China that I see the mobs there attacking even each other without understanding that they may be attacking fellow rioters.
Oh, and for your information, small fires at schools happen quite often where I come from. I remember in my high school, some idiot (or delinquent) started a small fire near the principal's office. It's just one form of vandalism; like busting windows and spray painting graffitti.
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Hello?!! This is all being orchestrated by the chinese government.
I totally agree with pioneer1. The Chinese government must feel pretty pleased with themselves that they've been able to divert anger away from them and onto Japan's claims of a rock in the sea. Those people out in the streets are there because many of them have no real jobs to go to in the first place. China's economy is fine and dandy ... for the few percentage who can call themselves amongst the very rich, but there's a steep drop from that level to the very poor, and it's getting worse and worse every year. Not to mention the fact that the government likes to make stupid decisions at the cost of numerous of its own citizens' lives and money (e.g. the costly, expensive, and shodily built rapid train system). Unless of course, Chinese people somehow think that winning a small rock in the middle of the sea will somehow put food on the table and make their lives so much better.
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The Chinese government has played a HUGE role in all of this violence and unnecessary rioting. Everyone knows that this anti-Japan sentiment is just a convenient distraction from the real problems facing China (e.g. the ever-worsening divide between the rich and poor, government censorship, and government corruption). It is why the government controls when and where people are allowed to protest.
After all, the common Japanese and Chinese citizen could care less about these islands in the sea.
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Great tournament and congratulations to the U.S., Germany, and Japan for finishing 1-2-3. Also, kudos to Japan for winning the Fair Play award and for the hospitality shown in all games by both fans and players alike. It was unbelivable that they could put together this tournament in a matter of months. Thanks.
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Missray - that would have been a very deep observation of only it had been remotely true
hoserfella: Oh, but it is true; it's just that commonfolk just like to stick their heads in the sand and pretend that it isn't true.
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The job growth percentage during Obama's term (+0.84%) is still higher than that of George Bush before him (+0.51% first term, -0.84% second term). He is even doing better than Bush's father, George H.W. Bush (+0.69%). Of course, they all pale in comparison to job growth during the Clinton years (+2.60 during his first term and +1.60 during his second term).
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Both inward looking and suffering from rampant political corruption.
You've pretty much described 90% of the countries in the world there.
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In the U.K Channel 4 have staged a grand coup by airing the Paralympics live everyday from morning til night.
Good point. I'm so glad that public stations such as the BBC and NHK have been showing great events from the Paralympics. It's too bad that other stations like NBC in the U.S. can't do the same. These games have truly been inspiring. I've been enjoying events like the track and field races (as in the picture above) where athletes in different categories, such as being legally blind, having no legs, to being a paraplegic.
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What people think is funny is like what people think is beautiful. It's all in the eye of the beholder (or in each person's sense of humor). I remember back home there were people who really never got Eddie Murphy's jokes at all, and then there were people who loved him. The same could be said of every comedian in history. I mean, look at Andrew Dice Clay .. I never thought he was funny at all, but he kept popping up on and on ... To me, Cheech and Chong were funny, but others hated them.
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