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Posted in: Mother suspected in murder of 1-month-old baby boy See in context

She acted against her strongest biological need to protect and perpetuate her genes. That act is clearly irrational - unless you accept "evil" as a possibility (but your writing is far too logical and lucid for that). I understand that mental disorders are not well dealt with in many countries, including Japan. Nevertheless, this is the heart of the issue isn't it - not horror of the action.

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Posted in: Mother suspected in murder of 1-month-old baby boy See in context

ahhhh cue the blood-thirsty, revenge-rabble so prevalent on these pages. The women was clearly mentally unhinged - better to ask why this wasn't spotted by her doctors, nurses and midwives who should still be intimately involved with her post-natal. A sad story for sure - as for the horrified indignation... the less said the better.

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Posted in: Which decade do you think was the most creative musically? See in context

@jessebayboy, No - that is not correct. Making music by it's very definition is a creative process. Which is what the question asked. You have confused "creativity" with "things that I like". A common enough mistake. Most people listen to music or maybe play a little guitar or something like that. Yet, they invest huge amounts of emotional capital into the artform. Only a handful of us study Music, work as musicians and/or teachers of the subject.

I constantly remind my music students that just as when I teach them Mathematics there is a wealth of knowledge about Music which requires study and practice outside of personal taste and listening experience (massively important aspects, but only a fraction of the Artform).

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Posted in: Which decade do you think was the most creative musically? See in context

There is more music being created now than at any other point in history - the 2000s (whether you like the music or not) is technically the correct answer.

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Posted in: Supreme Court rejects calls for death penalty for murderer See in context

Great to see that the Japanese Supreme Court is finally beginning to move to a more civilized and human position on state sanctioned murder. (Cue the rabid revenge-mongers punching the "dislike" button)

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Posted in: American father wins custody of child after divorce from Japanese woman See in context

@wipeout - your points are devastating to tmarie's argument.

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Posted in: Nike, Adidas lead suppliers' battle for gold See in context

No one cares about NFL outside the US - so a fairly good chance for Adidas I'd say

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Posted in: American father wins custody of child after divorce from Japanese woman See in context

This case is a great and wonderful victory for parents fighting the obscene family courts of Japan. So sad that this would never had occurred had the myopic and racist Japanese courts/government been left to find justice by themselves.

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Posted in: Parents of ex-Aum fugitive Naoko Kikuchi apologize See in context

why? He was an adult responsible for his own actions.... An apology frm his parents is just meaningless

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Posted in: Ex-lover arrested over death of kindergarten teacher in Gifu See in context

Well put Cowboy Ted - the modern world is big enough to contain all lifestyles and the thought that ancint ideas on family are all the we can hope for are illogical and restraining.

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Posted in: Little doggie See in context

That doggie has real style... A "Style Doggie" as it were

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Posted in: Man cooks, serves own genitals to 5 paying diners See in context

what a knob

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Posted in: Emperor, empress leave for UK to attend queen's diamond jubilee See in context

Seeing as the topic is already raised above by other posters.... it is not the cost of out-dated, hereditary, leaders that is the issue, but rather whether or not they serve any tangible purpose at all. Also, what it says about our development as the human race that some (an ever decreasing amount as well...) feel the need to elevate some due to an accident of birth. I reject even 1p or 1y of my money being spent on this ridiculous and utterly meaningless pantomime. They are just people, born into total privilege.

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Posted in: Japanese beer heads cause Westerners to froth at the mouth See in context

if you can put more than a shot of whiskey in your beer.... ask the barman to fill the thing up - I always do. Not satisfied, leave the beer and the bar without paying

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Posted in: Emperor, empress to visit Britain for Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee See in context

well written those who protest this expensive visit of one outdated expensive abstract to another. Governments have better ways to waste our money surely. What is the point of these people?

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Posted in: 42% of U.S. may be obese by 2030: study See in context

There is far too much acceptance of fat people. Apologists abound! We say "lose weight" as an euphemism. Tell people to "lose fat". Tax junk food more, stop advertising sugar and fat-heavy foods on TV. Take VAT and GST off vegetables. Stop promoting sugar-filled fruit as healthy (in large doses they are not). Charge extra on buses and planes. Charge more for health care when the FAT require it for their lack of control. I am not ft because I control my diet and exercise regularly - this is called self-control.

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Posted in: 9 Hokkaido students hospitalized with alcohol poisoning See in context

hahaha choice! You are only young once fellas....

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Posted in: Veggie sushi will win over all your senses in the end See in context

meh.....!

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Posted in: One in seven thinks end of world is coming, with Dec 21, 2012, likely date - poll See in context

why is this surprising? In my country alone over 60% of people actually believe in a divine power or theistic explanation of the universe. What is so different than believing in Dec 2012? or Walking on water? or flying pigs and other irrational delusions?

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Posted in: Cleavage cover to keep prying eyes away See in context

worst invention ever?

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Posted in: Tokyo mega-quake would kill over 9,600, simulation shows See in context

a sobering thought for all of us living on the Rim of Fire. The figure seems very low though... One could imagine it being much more. Still, we mustn't live our lies in fear of chance! Random chance brought us into being and randomness may return us to dust... the universe chunters along without any meaning irrespective.

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Posted in: Looking good See in context

the dude on the right (never herd of him btw) s wearing more makeup than the goddess in the middle.

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Posted in: Prosecutors: Zimmerman ignored warning to back off See in context

...if you allow, in Law, the indiscriminate carrying of small, lethal firearms; well these problems are likely to arise are they not?

To suggest (or imply), as someone has above, that the majority-vote of the Florida electorate is somehow a test of a Law's worth, is as laughable as it is absurd.

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Posted in: 8 dead after epileptic driver in minivan rams into pedestrians in Kyoto See in context

If he drove with epilepsy then he is culpable and ethically reprehensible. I have sympathy for people with incurable conditions but there is a reason that laws are in place to lessen the negative impact that the impaired place society in when doing dangerous tasks (and operating a 2-tonne moving object is a a dangerous task).

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Posted in: Let's hear it for the boys See in context

One very cool thing about the recent Korean groups<

There is so much wrong with that phrase....

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Posted in: Let's hear it for the boys See in context

after months honing their musical skills in the gym and the beauty salon... these elite musicians are ready to wow the musical world with their undoubted talent..... barf!

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Posted in: How do you feel about being a ‘gaijin’ in Japan? See in context

It speaks a lot about ourselves when we worry about these things. I accept that the world is full of ignorance and racism. If a person's opinion does not affect me then I cold really give a toss what they say or think. If it does affect me, well, that is an entirely different , matter.

I would certainly defend myself against a racist attack (verbal or physical). I would object to being denied entry on the grounds of race... (and have done - let's face it no family restaurant likes a screaming row in the lobby). As to private opinions... who really cares?

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Posted in: NZ police seize marijuana vending machine See in context

never had a chance to visit the daktory... frankly, here in NZ there is no need. But I can understand that up in Auckland establishing a decent supplier may be tricky; I always watch their developments with interest though. Massive double standards by the Keystones here in NZ. They are a terribly ill-disciplined and none too bright bunch. Very quick to break laws in order to enforce laws, sadly, - the NZ police. Constantly being caught doing so, then investigating themselves, and taking no action.... sound familiar?

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Posted in: Herbie Hancock launches International Jazz Day See in context

have seen him play 3 times. All modern jazz. Though I do enjoy his more 'pop' oriented albums as well; it is in Jazz where he shines brightest for me. Last time I saw him play was in London with Wayne Shorter. Front row, middle seats - LEGEND!

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Posted in: Speeding Ferrari driver caught after YouTube post See in context

'Love' the last part about struggling against the Porsche... now there's a car!

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