soundandthefury comments

Posted in: Families who left radiation zone voluntarily ask TEPCO for compensation See in context

It's ME,

can I get some monies too?

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Posted in: Political jockeying begins for post-Kan premiership See in context

Noda has distanced himself from Kan’s call for a future free of nuclear energy, declaring in a magazine interview this month that Japan’s best option was to restart reactors after they have undergone thorough safety checks.

Right, couldn't see that coming about the move to restart the nuclear reactors even though it has been conclusively demonstrated that the prior standards of earthquake resistance (S1, S2, and so on history) are inadequate measurements.

I just have one question for these nuclear pundits, and I have the pleasure of quoting an oft used phrase by Tokyo mayor Ishihara, "Does he really love his country?"

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Posted in: Is Japan becoming a 'drug heaven?' See in context

This article is so pathetic I don't know where to begin complaining: getting weed in Kabukicho -- who goes to the most heavily policed area to score? Nonsense. And who really thinks that a foreigner can sell drugs on any street corner without Japanese permission?

And stop confusing marijuana -- which has historically been used in Shinto ceremonies, medicinal, manufacturing, and dietary purposes -- with debasing drugs (like meth) that is, again, historically a Japanese drug.

It is an sad form of racism, the kind regularly pandered to on shows like Asahi's Super Morning, Friday, and as a Lebowski fan, I resent the mis-guided analogies.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for molesting woman on train See in context

There is no excuse for such behavior, taking advantage of women is just wrong and blame shifting is cowardly racism, shame on you above posters for marginalizing this attacked woman.

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Posted in: Defense chief questions why China needs aircraft carrier See in context

Yasukuni

I don't like China having an aircraft carrier, but it's their right and their business. I think Kitazawa is out of line there, and his comments don't serve any useful purpose.

Don't you think that if your name is Yaskuni then you don't have a right to comment about China's military?

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Posted in: Defense chief questions why China needs aircraft carrier See in context

just- a guy

In contrast to China’s slew of new frigates, submarines, and other warships, the carrier will actually add little to the country’s naval capabilities, according to Western analysts.

I did enjoy reading your post, even though I could hear the dubbed voices of South Park going over it.

But why so defensive there, and you are all over the map with your references. Don't worry, we know China will continue to expand its military, and there is no reason to justify it, just keep the South Park accent going and nobody will mind.

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Posted in: Aircraft sex scandal costs Cathay Pacific pair their jobs See in context

I find the details about the oral sex to be vague, can anyone supply additional details?

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Posted in: Honey, do you mind going back to work? See in context

Nicky,

This is why support groups exist for ALL kinds of people.

Thank you for such a lovely post, it is a breath of fresh air to hear that men and women can exchange roles and support each other without being labeled in the shackles of historic gender identities that don't always apply in modern times. Some women are better at making money than their husbands, and some dads can light up a neighborhood by playing with the kids. Thank you for affirming this.

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Posted in: 'Radioactive rice' joke causes trouble for Tokai Television See in context

Censorship and free speech issues have little to do with it.

No, in the end the trouble is because of people being offended. Incompetence and faulty reports in the Japanese media are routine, and if that is all it were then the network wouldn't have to take countermeasures to appease that horrible disease called PC (politically correct).

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Posted in: 'Radioactive rice' joke causes trouble for Tokai Television See in context

Sometimes jokes are the only education people get.

Exactly, I didn't know that the rice was radiated . . . if it wasn't for this "offensive joke" I would not check labels next time when I shop. I can just imagine future textbooks in Japan: there was no radiation problem, the islands are Japan's, WW2 was a skirmish started by America, "these are not the droids you are looking for"

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Posted in: 'Radioactive rice' joke causes trouble for Tokai Television See in context

he show would be axed as a result of the joke, which he agreed had been in bad taste.

Censorship is a serious affront to those of us who value liberty. And if we are going to die early from eating Japanese food, at least we should be able to joke about it. Laughter is good for the mind and body, I am not sure about Japan.

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Posted in: Giant tent being built over Fukushima plant's No. 1 reactor See in context

Well, before the official erection of the tent I hope that there is a proper ceremony -- like sports day -- only with hot Docomo girls passing out flyers about nuclear power, or maybe Tepco has some eye candy that can show up in short skirts, and hopefully the wind will be strong and blowing out to sea.

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Posted in: British PM unveils tough anti-riot measures, including social media controls See in context

Not to every condone violence, but the recent events and disorder in England seems like the logical conclusion to centuries of colonialism. Sad though. Food in England has benefited from immigrants, but now they are pissed off and what not.

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Posted in: Giant tent being built over Fukushima plant's No. 1 reactor See in context

I am happy to hear that they are pitching a tent over all that bubbling energy . . . does anyone know what color? There will be a lot of pictures taken, and the background is mostly blue and green, so I am guessing a burnt orange, or maybe a light purple. I don't want them to get away with a dull gray.

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Posted in: Republicans hit hard at each other in debate See in context

Is democracy the best form of government? Looking at the Americans list of candidates on the right and the value of democracy seems dubious -- Bachman? Are you serious? She does not understand the division between church and state, nor does Perry. And Romney? How can anyone take Mormons seriously. Time to return to government run by educated people, the common man does not need to be consulted.

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Posted in: Republicans hit hard at each other in debate See in context

Bachman, a semi-literate version of Palin, and the hate that comes out this woman: her husband runs a clinic that takes tax dollars to "retrain" gay people. Bachman is against gay marriage and supports her husband's work. How the tea party can support a woman who takes tax dollars to deprive people of their basic human rights is totally amazing.

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Posted in: Republicans hit hard at each other in debate See in context

Bachman, Palin, Perry . . . the division between church and state? These people are making a mockery of the principles that make America great. They appeal to fringe groups of fanatics.

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Posted in: Japanese TV show invokes Hitler as motivator See in context

Such TV Programs show how ignorant and incompetent the Japanese Media is overall. No sensitivity or Respect toward other nations whatsoever. This is an embarrassment. The Japanese government should be ashamed to allow the Media air such nonsense.

Do you make a distinction between free speech and bad taste?

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Posted in: Japanese TV show invokes Hitler as motivator See in context

Jerome from Utah,

Our own "Dear Leader", Barrack Hussein Obama

We understand that fictional views of history are popular in Utah, so it is quite possible that you are referring to Obama as Dear Leader only by a misfired joke -- but Orwell's Dear Leader is such a far comparison, it is a stretch that makes it unbelievable fiction.

Hitler was a master at these kinds of logical stretches -- though he would not go that far. An educated populace needs to resist them.

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Posted in: New nuclear safety agency to be set up under Environment Ministry See in context

The embattled prime minister, who has signaled his intention to step down in coming weeks,

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

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Posted in: New nuclear safety agency to be set up under Environment Ministry See in context

Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a parliamentary session Thursday that “someone who is not a blind advocate of nuclear safety or promoter of nuclear energy but is fully aware of the problems of nuclear power” should head the new regulatory agency.

I thought that was the function of NISA? It remains unclear how a new bureaucratic office will solve the problems of collusion. Still the decision making process is behind closed doors, and Japan's nuclear programs are really behind schedule.

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Posted in: M5.9 quake jolts Japan disaster zone See in context

Tokyo Electric Power Company, operator of the crippled plant, said it had noticed no additional problems resulting from the latest quake, which also shook buildings in Tokyo

I am happy to hear that Tepco did not notice additional problems. I remember waking up and my bed was shaking, my mind started racing, "Is this the big Tonnankai Earthquake? All the reactors, the spent fuel pools that are not designed to withstand a major earthquake, is our plutonium safe?"

People criticize Tepco for constantly lying, withholding data, and not seeming to care, but they forget about mornings like this, when I guess someone near the Fukushima plant was able to know that there was no additional damage. Anyway, I feel better knowing this, thanks.

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Posted in: TEPCO says it has lost contact with 143 nuclear plant workers See in context

Just watching the news, and the restart of Tomari has been postponed! Tepco is the best friend of the anti-nuclear movement.

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Posted in: TEPCO says it has lost contact with 143 nuclear plant workers See in context

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said Thursday that it has not been able to locate 143 individuals working to restore the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant since May.

If you didn't know, there have been a number of reports about the kind of people sent to the front lines and they are since unaccounted for -- they are usually homeless, don't have records, and won't be missed.

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Posted in: TEPCO says it has lost contact with 143 nuclear plant workers See in context

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said Thursday that it has not been able to locate 143 individuals working to restore the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant since May.

In Tepco math, just how many people is that? I am trying to remember a time when Tepco provided accurate data and it is difficult.

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Posted in: Japanese TV show invokes Hitler as motivator See in context

Navel-gazing until You can see Your own country from a critical point of view is a very painful part of education. It takes a lot of mental and emotional work and it won't leave You unchanged in the process. Most countries shy away because they fear the consequences for their pride.

Very well put, and I have met a number of Germans who are very advanced on this issue. Being able to recognize the flaws in oneself creates an opportunity for growth and redemption. It takes evolved people to to do this and I appreciate your honesty.

Several years ago at the Mori Art Gallery in Roppongi, there was a retrospective on German art pre WW2 and its influence on Japan--both in art and political philosophy; the curators bent over backwards to blame the Germans -- as though Japan needed a lesson on fascism.

I have a number of Japanese friends who go on and on about how they can't understand why China and Korea still hold grudges, if you say you are sorry, then you need to mean it. Jokes about war atrocities are not funny.

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Posted in: Japanese TV show invokes Hitler as motivator See in context

Do you want to win friends and influence people? Naturally, we all do. So why not take some lessons from a despised master of manipulation—Adolf Hitler?

HItler was a master at appealing to the dignity of German nationalists.

Outside of my apartment building in the parking lot there is a black van, and sometimes when I am walking through Yotsuya on Route #20 I hear them on the loudspeakers -- actually I don't know if it is them or not -- but anyway, it really made me feel hurt that I work hard to join in a society only to have to listen to horrible insults shouted over low quality speakers (can't they improve the sound quality?)

Anyway, I overcame this. I have made a point to talk with these men in the black van. We have beers now several times a month. They aren't bad guys, in fact they really love their country, a bit misguided perhaps, but I don't feel bad when I see a black van anymore, and the next time I meet a foaming nationalist, I am going to make it a point to be nice.

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Posted in: Japanese TV show invokes Hitler as motivator See in context

“Now YOU can use the techniques Hitler used to brainwash a nation to get ahead at school, work and home!” bleats the tagline on the show’s website.

I agree with the comment that it is important to understand Hitler and why he was able to seduce one of history's most sophisticated cultures into its role on the world stage. Today, seemingly, Hitler is repeatedly used as a false analogy to marginalize others (son Ishihara likened Kan to Hitler for requesting the shutdown of Hamaoka)

By more closely examining Hitler's methods, we can learn more about ourselves, we can have a better understanding of our dark sides, and hopefully we can find new ways not to tolerate the kind of loose babble that leads us to marginalize and destroy others.

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