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Posted in: It's curtains for turbo-capitalism See in context

Nope, people are not losing their minds they did that when they gambled on shares with no real value pushing prices up to stupid levels. Like paying a $1000 for a 10 cent apple like before the first depression. Now people have their minds back and are saying "No way I'm not paying a $1000 for a 10 cent apple."

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Posted in: It's curtains for turbo-capitalism See in context

Japan and China is not expected to be hit for another 3 months but Japan may be hit hard before then. Japan has had 13 years of deflation and stagnation to sort out the banks and stuff them full of cheap money. The next hit will come from no export dollars and as Obama said today America needs to produce its own small green cars not buy them from other countries. Nearly every country is talking towards protectionism and the more people that loose their jobs the less atractive free markets are going to look to politicians who want to keep their jobs.

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Posted in: Palin defends terrorist comment against Obama See in context

Noripinhead Palin as an "Attack dog" would make a great cartoon. I'm not sure who she is attacking for though, as her bites are hurting McCain the most. She is doing really well for the Democrats just appearing as a true blue blooded, white suppremacist, Mrs Red Neck America.

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Posted in: Biden, Palin spar over Iraq, economy in debate See in context

The Democrats did not want Palin to loose as she is their greatest asset. Biden played for a draw, if he had wiped the floor with her he would lost a lot of womens votes. Worse than that the Republicans would have dumped her and possibly come up with a better candidate. Biden played it very well you could see in his smile he picked every mistake Palin made and choose which ones to respond to. Palin on the other hand just tried to fit the answers she had rote learned to the questions while trying to campaign at the same time instead of debating. Palin looked like a pre-schooler against a master.

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Posted in: Dow plunges after Congress rejects bailout bill See in context

The problem can not be solved unless it is defined right in the first place. Pushing more money into the market will not help as too much money going into the wrong part of the market caused the problem in the first place. The finance sector had too much money and had to try and invest it some where. They made bad investment in the mortgage sector true but they forced up share prices by buying into companies with no assets. Companies who lease, cars, computers, offices and don't even own their stationary until after they use it(stationary is bought on at least 30 days credit) became worth billions of dollars simply because investers had to put their money some where. Many of these companies did not even make a good profit, some are still running at a loss and as some people may notice are now crashing. Investing in companies with no assets is high risk and if you can't afford to throw away the money you should not invested in them. The financial sector however is not investing their own money so could afford to risk other peoples money, so poured cash into one risky venture after another. They had to invest your money as they had to make a living out of it. The clever ones hung around the blue chips like little fish hang around coral, venturing out to grab a profit and quickly diving back in when things turned dangerous. The dummies just kept buying high risk stocks and mortgages with no assets. Pushing money into the market and inflating the share prices instead of investing in slower growth companies with assets and this starved important slow growth companies of money.

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Posted in: $700 bil rescue plan finalized; House to vote Monday See in context

Quote from the article above “The center of gravity is here temporarily. ... God forbid it’s here any longer than it takes to get credit moving again.”

With this attitude the government is just throwing money away. Now more companies have no assets than at the start of the Great Deppresion and they want to get further into lumber. When are people going to wake up to the fact that companies worth billions have no assets. Until investment and assets balance in value the stock market can crash at any time like Wall St did in the 30s for the same reason. The only way to stop this happening is to let the dud companies go bust and keep the $700 Billion to restart the economy insteady of bailing out people greedy enough to invest in fresh air which is what they have been doing. It is time to cull and save the healthy companies, not prop up companies that will drag the economy down for years to come. Better a couple of years of pain than another 20. There is no such animal as "mortgage-related assets held by cash-starved financial firms." these so called "assets" are actually "liabilities" the government is taking over on behalf of the tax payer, if they were assets people would invest in them and there would be no cash shortage. No one has said what the government will do with this huge liability once they have it or the cost to the tax payers of holding these liabilities. The cheapest thing would be to turn it into public housing and just write off the $700 bil but the politicians have thought that far ahead yet too busy with elections to think important things through properly.

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Posted in: Japan ups food import inspection amid China milk product scare See in context

Natosucks, an article the other day said it was common for Chinese food producers to include melamine in processed foods, even vegtable and meat extracts so if this is the case your list will end up a long one. Food authorities are saying it is not dangerous in food were only small portions are eaten but all those small portions add up. If it is a banned substance in local foods all imports containing it should also be banned. After all it is only to boost the nitrogen content so companies can make false claims about food quality, so why protect companies that cheat.

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Posted in: How difficult or easy is Japanese to learn, compared to other languages? See in context

Tried it Nippon5 but they all want to practice their English so did not help

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Posted in: How difficult or easy is Japanese to learn, compared to other languages? See in context

Some people learn language easily others find it difficult depends on how the brain is wired, how good your teachers are and how motivate you are. I find learning Japanese very boring so find it hard to learn.

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Posted in: Iran's leader gives thumbs down during Bush speech at U.N. See in context

He who speaks with fork tongue can not calm waters with snake oil.

He who nationalises the temples of neo-conservatism can not condemn communism.

He who uses terror must condone terror.

He who does all these things should not expect applause

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Posted in: How do you think Taro Aso will do as prime minister? See in context

He won't resign that is for sure but he will upset a lot of voters and get kicked out at the next election, so it is a good thing for Japan

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Posted in: Stalking the predators See in context

Want to be a vigilante read this; Pedophile gets compensation http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/newshome/5026729/ferguson-gets-2000-compensation/

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Posted in: Stalking the predators See in context

"Street gangs the world over have adopted a zero-tolerance policy against pedophilia and violence against children, and a similar rule often exists within prisons, where child molesters are targeted by other convicts."

BPA;Where did you get this fairy tale from? Pedophilia is in every section of society even judges have been found in pedophile rings and every religion has its pedophiles. Why do you think young offenders are not sent to adult prisons and why do the young pretty boys and girls get raped in prison systems? While people tolerate soft porn and prostitution the pedophiles will breed in the shadows because one feeds the other.

Every country that does not have laws which allows its residents to be prosecuted for pedophilia committed in other countries, is aiding the pedophiles of that country.

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Posted in: Obama, McCain blame economic woes on greed, policy See in context

Home ownership is the biggest con of the century. Firstly the truth; no one can "own" their own home in any country. All countries have laws that allow goverments to take back land, if and when they want to, if your house is on it that land it is just too bad. You may get compensation but this is not always market value but you never get compensated for the full cost of being thrown off what you wrongly believed was "your land".

The reason governments create the dream of "owning your own home" is because it creates a compliant work force; you have a big mortgage so are frightend to upset the boss in case you get the sack. Right wing governments do not give incentives like first home buyers grants or tax beaks out of the goodness of their hearts, they do it to create mortgage slaves.

This time the U.S. and other neoconservative goverments have gone too far in their dream of creating more mortgage slaves and created havoc in what used to be the safest part of the financial market. Take away this stable foundation, the mess of assetless and overated shares created by stupid money from superannuation funds is sure to collapse. And yet the neoconservatives still cruise along with their heads in the sand saying market forces will put it all right! "BUT" when asked how? The Magical Market Wonderland is the only words they seem to know, none of them actually knows how it works, just that it fixes every thing.

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Posted in: Japan's housing market weathers subprime crisis See in context

There is no such thing as earthquake resistant houses, if the ground liquifies or moves a meter or more it is bye, bye house. Subprime is not going to effect Japan so much because of the cheap cash flow the banks have with near zero interest rates. Subprime could however hit the share values of the banks that were overcommitted by investments in that area.

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Posted in: The English of most would-be translators is awfully poor. Few Japanese can actually read English accurately. See in context

What is a "good standard" of English? English English, American English, South African English, Australian English, Singapore English ................ The English can't define "good English" as English is a living langauge that is changing all the time. It is totally abitary with little snobby groups always pushing their views of what "good English" is. The dominant groups in education come and go with each group trying to inflict their warped views on the English speaking world. English has now been so degraded even English teachers who have been taught to write in short sentences can no longer understand the written English of their grandparents written in long sentences. Adding to the confusion are English "teachers" who do not understand simple concepts of English, like the use of prefixes or suffixes and tell students they are wrong because "they the teacher" can not find the word in a dictionary. The quote should have read very few people can read English accurately, because a lot of English speaking English teachers do not understand English that well. You can not attack the students when the teachers are at fault and comparing Japanese with speakers from countries that were previous English colonies proves little. Japan has some very good English speakers, I was very impressed by some high school students in Hokkaido their English speaking skill and comprehension was better than some expensive private schools in England and their teacher was Japanese. I do however understand the frustration of Kotaro Shibata at the poor educational level of students.

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Posted in: Japan struggling to fight shortage of skilled engineers See in context

Pasha 51 why promote engineering and science among students when you will lose most of them when they graduate. You have to want to be an engineer or scientist they are born, not created in a class room. You have look after the ones you get, the people who think they want to be engineers because of other personal agendas don't last in engineering, it is too demanding.

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Posted in: Japan struggling to fight shortage of skilled engineers See in context

Tatanka if they offered the same money, I would ask for more. Then take the money and enjoy Beijing

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Posted in: Japan struggling to fight shortage of skilled engineers See in context

I have seen many young students doing 2 weeks work experience in engineering. They come full of the glamour of being an engineer, after getting their hands dirty in the workshop and going home tired after just doing a little of the work and seeing what engineers actually do in the first few days, they are very happy to join the engineers in the office. Even here students soon wilt when faced with filling in reports under supervision and accompanying engineers going about their daily work by the end of their 2 week period most have decide engineering is not for them. Engineering is a hard life at any level and the rewards are very poor. This is why many engineers move into sales or easier jobs with the same money or more money. Japan is just finding out engineers with their higher mathematical and management skills have no problem finding work in other fields paying higher salaries. They don't have to put up with poor management inherient in Japanese companies, in some cases they just move overseas seeking a better life style.

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Posted in: Our approach to reducing crime should not be killing those who harm us. On the contrary, in the interest of learning what makes them tick, we should keep violent criminals alive and conduct thorough r See in context

Where do people get the idea that punishment is a deterent. Locks are only to keep honest people out they are useless against thieves. People are incarcerated to give them time to consider if it is worth doing another criminal act and to give society a break from them. This is in no way a deterent or there would be no repeat offenders. The death penalty is the ultimate solution, again it is not a deterent but it does protect innocent people which is why we have laws in the first place. We shoot animals if they become dangerous to society because it is too high a risk not to, the same logic should apply to people. To use dangerous people or animals for research is too dangerous, researchers should not be exposed to those kinds of risks. When we start exploiting criminals we become criminals. Exploitation is often why we have criminals in the first place so how is more exploitation going to solve any problems? Lady if you can not control your emotions and think in a logical manner, please don't think at all. A historian of all people should understand how dangerous and clever sociopaths are considering many "great leaders" were sociopathic, how are people less inteligent going to learn from them?

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Posted in: The Catholic Church and Yasukuni shrine See in context

The Japanese are not praying for war criminals, at a Shinto shrine they seek to honour ancesters and family it is their responsibility to do this. Under the Japanese concept of death once a person is dead the spirit nolonger retains the evilness or faults that is in the living. In dying war criminals remove the shame inflicted by their actions on the whole nation and are honoured as ancestors. They have accepted responsibility by giving up their lives and removed the shame inflicted upon the nation, They are not honoured for their evil deeds. This does not say that the Japanese nation condones what the war criminal did it is a resposibility under Shinto teaching. This concept is complexed and very different to Buddhist thinking. Japanese politicians themselves cause more confusion because like the average Japanese they may appear to be Shinto on Monday, Christian on Tuesday and Buddhist on Wednesday. However, at the Shinto shrine they are Shinto and honouring Shinto concepts not war criminals. If a few not so bright ultra rights think otherwise there is nothing any one can do about it, every country has its idiots they should not be seen as representing Japan and the Japanese should have the balls to see that these people do not represent them.

Moderator: Stay on topic please.

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Posted in: The Catholic Church and Yasukuni shrine See in context

Nelsiton sorry if this has touched on a sore point but try reading history with an open mind and you will see that this is the truth. That is why I used grass house instead of glass house, people in glass houses can see out those that live in grass houses can not.

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Posted in: The Catholic Church and Yasukuni shrine See in context

If some one wants to honour the dead at Yasukuni it is their business, not that of some interfearing priest from a religion that has committed more atrocities in the name of God throughout the world than any other. He certainly needs to remove the mote from his eyes and realise people in grass houses should not throw stones.

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Posted in: Monsanto to promote GM soybeans in Japan See in context

GM plants are modified so weed killer does not kill them, this allows the farmer to spray weed killer directly on the plants he will harvest and sell as food. Great for the farmer saves him lots of time but what about the consumer who eats the sprayed plants? This benifit is also short lived as cross pollenation is producing super weeds so this means more gentic modification, stronger weed killers and more profits for the chemical company.

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Posted in: What do you think is causing the recent spate of random stabbings in Japan and how can society address the problem? See in context

Society has always had crazies and always will, however Japan is changing no longer do Japanese have a job for life. No longer are people staying in their own community and this is the biggest problem. The system of support that came from living in small units with one person as a community leader is breaking down as young people seek the same independance as Westerns have. This means stress levels rise and people who have border line mental problems succum to the extra pressures. They are no longer protected from harsh reality by friends and neighbours who have always made allowance for their "strange" behaviour. The school yard bullies are no longer stopped from picking on them by older kids because parents no longer teach their children that they have responcibility towards the community. These "strange" people turn inward and fantasy takes over their lives. To make matters worse when they do some crazy act the law sends them to some doctor who puts them on medication and then pushes them back into society with no one making sure that they keep taking their pills. Some of these people put back into society are so dangerous that parents after spending years pleading with authorities the lock their children away, have tried to kill their own kids or asked some one else to do it for them. A massive amount of money and a completely new way of handling mental health issues is needed along with new laws to bring mental health services up to scratch. Until this is done the problems will continue as more and more people with border line mental illness tip over the edge of no return. Not through fads but by the ignorance and fear of mental illness of politicians who keep throwing the problem in the too hard basket instead of providing better services to society.

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Posted in: It’s time for emperor to rev up his own sound truck See in context

Stop the crap the KluKlux Clan is still going strong in the US and the Nazi Party in the UK. They are no different to the idiots in Japan, every country has these extremist bigots, rednecks or whatever you want to call them including China

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Posted in: What is causing the global food price spike and what should be done about it? See in context

Drought is causing shortage and some countries have stopped exporting rice causing shortages but intercompany buying and selling plus greed by monopolies is having the greatest effect. Companies within monopolies trading under different names sell to each other at inflated prices to avoid taxes and maximise profits. Stopping this by not allowing business entities to own other smaller entities would be the best approach and make these price ripp-offs visible to both government and public.

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Posted in: Why is Japan considered Western and China not? There is no map of the West. See in context

Possibly the question is wrong; for the Japanese to live in parts set aside as European Areas they had to be considered "White" not "Western". In South Africa Japanese were also considered "White" in their papers and Chinese always "Coloured". Japanese were not considered as Westerns but as Westernized Asians. If you look at some Japanese they are much whiter than some Europeans, so even though the decisions on colour were political the logic for them to be classed as "Whites" was there.

I know some Chinese were also "White" but you could not have convinced the "White" powers ripping China off that they were. In short it was politically racist but expedient to keep the Japanese as allies.

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