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Posted in: Norway suspect says killings were atrocious but necessary See in context

Or are you actually trying to say the police are blameless here?

Perhaps the police were busy with other stuff, like the bomb that had just blown up the executive government quarter?

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Posted in: Norway suspect says killings were atrocious but necessary See in context

LOL. Yeah, cuz when ya think of Vikings, it's the debates they held and recorded for posterity that comes to mind, forever wrangling over the ideal form of governance, ranging over 2500 years of Greek,Roman, and European history. Pirates were also actually quite civilized. Just watch one of those Johnny Depp flicks.

Your sarcasm reveals a cartoonish view of Scandinavian history. The Icelandic Althing is the oldest parliamentary institution in the world still extant, founded in 930.

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Posted in: Iraqi deaths higher than U.S. count: WikiLeaks See in context

Wikileaks and Julian Assange have destroyed the dangerous and malignant lie, propagated by the once respectable Lancet Journal of all sources, that as of 2004 close to 600 000 Iraqis had been killed.

The Wikileaks number is recorded violent deaths. The Lancet number is estimated violent deaths. Big difference.

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Posted in: Old photos reveal tale of Japan and Jews of WWII See in context

Japanese text books use this as proof that they were against the Nazis instead of staunch allies.

Care to give some specific examples? I'm hitting the shops today for some new study material.

You don't need to buy them, you can read them for free online, in English translation:

je-kaleidoscope.jp

I think the one by Fusosha is the most controversial one.

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Posted in: New Jersey student who was secretly taped having sex kills himself See in context

I don't recall too many cases where people get sentenced to hard time for leaking unwanted sex tapes.

Perhaps the legislation is not up-to-date. I've read stories about people developing severe mental problems after sex/nude videos of them were leaked on internet. They know it will stay there forever, and get paranoid someone will recognize them. And now, for the first time, I read about an actual suicide. Punishing such leaking is a sure way to reduce the problem.

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Posted in: New Jersey student who was secretly taped having sex kills himself See in context

And it looked so fun in American Pie.

Seriously, kids need to be tough that these kinds of camera games could potentially be one of the worst crimes. It seems so innocent, but as we see, the consequences can be much the same as for rape: fear (of being recognized on internet), chronic depression, and, as in this case, suicide.

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Posted in: Gunman opens fire University of Texas; then kills himself See in context

@MisterCreosote

I came close to buying one.

What made you change your mind?

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Posted in: What are some of your candidates for the worst movie of all time? See in context

Signs. It's so bad it gives bad movies a bad name.

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Posted in: French parliament debates ban on burqa-style veils See in context

The only veils that need banning are these veiled attacks on this Islamic tradition.

It is a tradition that deserves to be attacked, not because it is Islamic, but because it is misogynic.

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Posted in: IWC OKs new quota of indigenous whale hunting for Greenland See in context

Th fin whale, the worlds second biggest animal, can get up to 100 tonnes. I wonder how the inuits killed these animals in pre-modern times...

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Posted in: IWC OKs new quota of indigenous whale hunting for Greenland See in context

KeikoTokyo,

I don't think anyone calls Japan's whaling indigenous hunting. But killing whales with modern harpoons, transporting the meat with planes across Greenland and putting it on supermarket shelves; perhaps you could explain how that qualify as indigenous hunting?

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Posted in: IWC OKs new quota of indigenous whale hunting for Greenland See in context

An ethnic alm to the inuits, how nice.

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Posted in: 'The Cove' puts Japanese fishermen everywhere on the defense See in context

bamboohat,

you gotta expect some scrutiny and judgment for things that aren't accepted in other G7 (G8?) Countries.

3 out of 7 (4 out of 8) of these countries hunt whales. So not sure what you are referring to.

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Posted in: Foreign-born politicians put new face on Japanese officialdom See in context

morriconelover

But today tensions are fewer, and the name law is not so strict anymore. But some citizens rights groups in Japan will still argue that there is a form of discrimination inherent in this issue.

And where is the discrimination? That they can't use hangul? I saw an British documentary about Japan, where they aimed to disclose discrimination in Japanese society. They interviewed a zainichi, who used the unexisting name change requirement as her primary reason for not taking Japanese citizenship. The lie went unchecked.

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Posted in: Australian PM threatens legal action against Japan over whaling See in context

If we cannot resolve this matter diplomatically, we will take international legal action. I’ve said that before—I’m serious about it.

"And if Japan doesn't stop now, I will say it again - even louder!"

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Posted in: Star of Taiji dolphin-hunt film wants to win over Japan See in context

Dilbert14, your views on dolphins and their behaviour are fascinating. But since Mod deletes all our posts that are not explicitly about Taiji or The Cove, I'm afraid we're not able to discuss this issue further. Sad, I would love to know more about your views.

Moderator: We ask all readers to please stay on topic.

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Posted in: Star of Taiji dolphin-hunt film wants to win over Japan See in context

Dilbert14,

We're the only animal kill unreasonably.

From the wikipedia article on killer whales (the largest species of the dolphin family): "Although, unlike transient killer whales, resident killer whales have never been observed to eat other marine mammals, they are known to occasionally harass and kill porpoises and seals for no apparent reason."

Since the dolphins are so intelligent, do moral standards apply to them? And if so, is the described behavior morally deplorable?

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Posted in: Star of Taiji dolphin-hunt film wants to win over Japan See in context

Dilbert14,

How can you think they deserve respect and randomly slauhter them?

So if I understand you correctly, you believe that some species are worthy of our respect and should not be killed, while others are not worthy and can be killed for food. Right? Please tell me, how do you know which species belong to which category?

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Posted in: Emotional intelligence – a harmonious balance See in context

There is also a tolerance for silence in communication.

Have to disagree on that one. You have to make a grunt (AKA aizuchi) between each sentence your conversation partner utters. However, anyone who has ever lived with a woman should have already developed an aizuchi autopilot.

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Posted in: Clawing back tenant rights See in context

Rule 1: Avoid the moving season (March-April)

Rule 2: Negotiate.

Rule 3: Have a Japanese seishain spouse.

Just moved to a 2K the other day. It's really tenant's market out there now. Negotiated away the key money. Didn't pay rent from we took it until we moved in (1 month). Only 1 month deposit. We could pick and choose between apartments, and they all seemed desperate to find a tenant. Same with the moving company, we had 3 men working for us for 6 hours for less than 40000 yen, they initially asked for more than 80000. The contract is very clear on what the deposit covers, and it is damage, not wear and tear. The problem is that the landlord is in possesion of the money. I've heard that the courts normally side with the tenant, the burden of proof is on the landlord. However, realisticly we won't go to court over one month rent (Is there a small claims court system here?). But threats are anyway free :)

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Posted in: Japan whaling town gets season's first catch See in context

Brunobear, do you think you are doing the anti-whaling cause any favor by referring to Japanese as unenlightened warmongers that need to be like westerners?

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Posted in: Japan whaling town gets season's first catch See in context

Brunobear,

Uncommon sense says that if the rest of the world decided to eat whale meat in preference to farmed animal meat, then whales would not last more than a few years.

False dilemma.

The fact is though, that the rest of the world just doesn't want to eat them, only some Japanese pre-decomposers.

False, and I suspect that you know it.

The youth of Japan will toss the whaling policy out within a few years and join an enlightened age of the western peers.

Classic!

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