tigris comments

Posted in: Sea Shepherd kicks out activist on trial in Japan See in context

@sarcasm123

There is no discrepancy and it ain't funny. I am not sheep following blindly a narcissistic shepherd. But I do agree with the the current methods of Greenpeace in Japan and their comments on Paul Watson:

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/paul-watson-sea-shepherd-and

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Sea Shepherd kicks out activist on trial in Japan See in context

@ KeikoTokyo

Jason Stewart, the Aucklander who was at the helm of the Ady Gil during the collision, told TV3 that Mr Bethune had been given the go-ahead to bring the bow and arrow on board.

That debunks your whole argument.

The same article quotes Bethune's father:

The father of anti-whaling campaigner Pete Bethune believes conservation group Sea Shepherd has cut his son adrift because the former Hamilton sailor was taking the limelight from the group's other high-profile activists.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/3790276/Bethune-ban-jealousy

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Sea Shepherd kicks out activist on trial in Japan See in context

Where are the die-hard Pro-SSCS guys on this.

The shepherd just sacrificed a lamb so the sheep are hiding in the bush.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Sea Shepherd kicks out activist on trial in Japan See in context

@Cleo

Thanks for the simple and straight answer. As you have been such a loyal supporter of SS and Bethune I have one more question: If you were in Bethune's shoes in a Japanese jail - How would that make you feel in terms of loyality?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Sea Shepherd kicks out activist on trial in Japan See in context

@Cleo

I rephrase, if that makes any difference to you: Why would SS come out with this information about bow and arrows 6 days before the conclusion of Bethune's trial. And please explain how the information that Bethune indeed was carrying a dangerous weapon helps him to get leniency in a Japanese court.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Sea Shepherd kicks out activist on trial in Japan See in context

@ Cleo

Would you please enlighten us why SS 'disassociates' themselves now, one day before Bethune's trial conclusion. Depite that the bow and arrows has not been featured in any media since months and was not an issue at the trial. Why now?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Sea Shepherd kicks out activist on trial in Japan See in context

They are dumping this guy because he is co$$$$$ting them BIG and revealing too much @ their operations .

SS Watson dumps Bethune for maximum effect and manipulation of the media. Tomorrow when the trial concludes we will read worldwide: Bethune who was expelled/kicked-out/dumped from SS for.... was found guilty of.... Just think about the timing and that the bow and arrows never came up in the trial.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Sea Shepherd kicks out activist on trial in Japan See in context

Also, from the five international reports I have read, the Japanese report is the only one that refers to his removal as 'kicked out'.

The above article is not a Japanese report, it is from AP. Others refer to his 'removal as 'kicked out' are: The Canadian Press, NZherald, TVNZ. Other vocabulary used is abandoned, axed, dumped. Just shows that SS Watson ruthlessly exploits anything and anybody to manipulate the media.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Sea Shepherd kicks out activist on trial in Japan See in context

Great timing.... months after Ady Gil sunk, one day before Bethune' s trial concludes (tomorrow). Pathalogical narcissist Watson obviously can't handle any other name in the media but his own.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Japanese company meetings: Getting by at the table See in context

I have worked for 3 companies here, 2 Japanese, one foreign. Meetings were all totally different. Most annoying was the foreign company where it took 10 minutes to decide who is writing down what was said.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Israeli commandos storm aid flotilla; 10 killed See in context

The Israelis are getting really unconvincing in their PR. In first reports the Jerusalem Post claimed the commandos boarding the ship were attacked by people throwing rocks - sure, plenty of rocks lying around on the deck of a ship. After that they added clubs and knives. Then guns. I am sure they will 'find' missiles too in no time. Even if it were true that the Israelis were attacked it would be perfectly legal to defend the ship against piracy and terrorism in international waters.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Bangkok burns after protest leaders arrested See in context

@calic0cat

Thaksin is not just normally corrupt, he was much worse. We can see it now: He is prepared to destroy the country for getting his hands back on his money and power. Not Chavez, more like Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines. Thaksin's whole family and business friends were in his cabinet changing laws at will to enrich him/themself massively. Just before he sold his shares of Shin Corp he changed the law to avoid paying taxes for a profit of US$1,88 Billion. He was starting to run the country like a dictator with some democratic underpinnings for better packaging. What's better? A dictator or a junta? I was in Thailand at the time of the coup and personally thought (very reluctantly!) - like many - that it was the only way to stop him considering his ruthlessness and where this was heading. Consider also that he had THOUSANDS of people extrajudicially executed, many shot in the back on the street. It was by all definitions a massacre. The world opinion didn't care much then. It was a difficult decision for the Thais and they pay the price now. It was certainly not a good policy, but there was no best one.

This is a good read, even I don't agree with every word: http://www.somtow.org/2010/05/dont-blame-dan-rivers.html Please read also the 'clarifications'.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Bangkok burns after protest leaders arrested See in context

@ Badseye

Recommend that you have the Thai rice you are eating checked. Post come-down effects of Thailand's most popular drug Yaba include anxiety, confusion and paranoia.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Bangkok burns after protest leaders arrested See in context

@ Badseye

It is not so black and white or black and red as you suggest in your comment. The blackshirts are an armed militia who are part of the redshirts. Together they fight the yellowshirts and their foot soldiers, the military. The blackshirts were commanded and trained by former military general Seh Daeng ('Commander Red') who was murdered last week. Seh Daeng, a rather shady character was known in Bangkok for running a protection gang for prostitution rackets before he aligned himself with former PM Thaksin who stuffed his pockets. Thaksin (aka as Thugsin, Toxin or Taxin) is running a 'democracy' scheme on the run from justice around the globe using and financing the poor reds. First from England, but after his visa got revoked there, from China, then Dubai, Cambodia and recently from Montenegro. I guess that makes him a globalist. The blackshirts shoot at the military (the yellows), civilians and since yesterday at journalists, foreign as well as Thai. Also at fire fighters, preventing them to extinguish the fires at the buildings they torched.

Most Thai people not on the payroll of globalist Thaksin, including sympathizers for the reds and yellows are tired of all this and much too poor to spend more than 2 months off work to protest in Bangkok. Others in Bangkok, the rich and the poor just want to get on with their lives. The rich worry about their profits and the poor worry about their livelihoods.

This sounds quite confusing. But with the international media, especially the so-called 'liberal' media like BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Germany's Der Spiegel writing uninformed badly researched drivel, it is kind of hard to see through the fog. None of the above mentioned media (neither FOX TV nor anybody else) did thorough research on the backgrounds of the red leaders. Nobody knows who they really are and where they are coming from. Only their names are mentioned. Anybody out there who can repeat them?

In fact the foreign media coverage was so bad and distorted, riddled with factual errors, that I was embarrassed working for the media myself. The western media just love this David and Goliath or Robin Hood and the sheriff stories - anybody with a democracy banner in the so-called third world is their hero. It is a kind of reflex. They only woke up yesterday after being hunted down and shot at by the 'freedom fighters'. You may read a Thai pinned and thought provoking analysis about this here:

http://www.somtow.org/2010/05/dont-blame-dan-rivers.html

Don't forget to read 'A few small clarifications'. While I don't agree with every word I consider it as one of the best written contributions to this mess.

Finally , Badseye, enjoy your Thai rice!

@ Bholder

I also recommend that article above to you. I humbly disagree with what you wrote in your comment (last paragraph) you wrote on May 17th, 11:08AM.

Seems so far everything is quiet in Bangkok this morning. Even the ones who went berserk yesterday need to sleep off the after effects of Yaba.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Bangkok burns after protest leaders arrested See in context

@ Patrick Thanks for the laugh! The first on such a sad day.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Bangkok burns after protest leaders arrested See in context

@ calic0cat The government which was ousted a few years back was not 'duly elected' - it was bought. See my post above: "Democracy is not the goal it is a TOOL." (ousted PM Thaksin)

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Bangkok burns after protest leaders arrested See in context

@smithinjapan

If it keeps up,....boil over into a kind of revolution.

I doubt it. First, Thailand is still very much a feudal society and with the leaders in jail the vandalism and aggression will probably simmer down soon. Second, at its height the protesters amounted to 50,000-60,000 people. A minority in a country of 61 million. The large majority of Thais, including yellow and red sympathisers are totally fed up with both 'active' protesting factions. Including the people in Isaan (the north where most protesters come from). Most of the farmers up north are more concerned about the bad harvest they might have this year. Most just want to get on with their lives, be able to go to back to their place of work. There is also a huge number of poor people in Bangkok who lost their job or income during the protests. It always hits the poorest most, as usual. But in the longer run there will bombings and acts of terrorism (see my comment above).

@Badsey

What has this to do with Socialism/Libs?? Are you insinuating that the current Thai government and PM were Socialists - supported by the royals? Give us all a break. Throwing around words like socialism, liberal etc without having a clue about their meaning and appropriate use or justification is just flaming. Just hot air, meaningless in an intelligent discussion. You prove the point I made above.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Bangkok burns after protest leaders arrested See in context

@ Bholder

I doubt it. What will probably happen is that there will be some form of 'elections' in the near future and another scumbag, no matter from which side will take over. That's how it works these days in the 'information' age.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Bangkok burns after protest leaders arrested See in context

@ thedeath

Thanks for your concern. All the people I know seem to be ok. Everybody is shaken. The 3 journalists at twitter are fine too. tulsathit is still active, the 2 others at home.

Unfortunately this will not be the end. It will continue as a well financed terror and guerilla campaign. As the mastermind said many years ago: "Democracy is just a tool, not our goal" (Thaksin in an interview with The Nation 2003-12-11). He knows how to you use this "tool" well and is a master in propaganda. What is so sad, that people are so gullible and I mean not only Thais. The reporting in the main media, BBC, CNN...etc etc has been terrible. They hail Thaksin as a democratically elected leader who got thrown out, forgetting that he had hundreds of his opponents executed, not speaking about the atrocities in South Thailand under his regime. No word about him dismantling democratic institutions, check and balances, election fraud, vote buying on a massiv scale, tax fraud, intimating critical media or just buying them up and firing the journalists, or in the worst case making them disappear. Most say, he was corrupt, but hey there was 'democracy' and peace. Truely sad.

This is a war between the HAVE plenty (the 'elite') and the HAVE loads (Thugsin and his leaders), but is fought over the backs of the HAVE NOTHING's (soldiers and police) and the HAVE EVEN LESS's (the poor). from a poster in Bangkok

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Bangkok burns after protest leaders arrested See in context

Now it's really open season on journalists - not just foreign ones:

Thailands Channel 3 TV is sending SOS to troops/police for protection against red shirts.

From a Thai journalist: Angry Din Daeng reds going after reporters. http://twitter.com/tulsathit

It is those fearless guys who provide us with news from the spot. They should be highly commended.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Bangkok burns after protest leaders arrested See in context

@michaelgtodd

Your welcome. Thailand was my second home from 1995-2008. Experienced the coup and was at the airport during the occupation. Have lots of friends, colleagues and former neighbors there I am worried about.

The many peaceful protesters who have justified claims are gone since last week. What's left is the militant wing of the reds, many of them who armed and dangerous. As a journalist I would be now more worried about them because the propaganda that all protesters are peaceful and unarmed is blown. The tweets of vaitor and freakingcat (and other major news orgs) confirm that. Hope they are careful and not too crazy. I am sure they don't wear vests and helmets because that would give them away.

As long as Thaksin is fomenting and financing the unrest (now from Montenegro) this will not end. He is absolutely ruthless and will do anything to get back his power and money in Thailand. He is also a master of propaganda with unlimited funds. Many people who know the situation well are angry about the major western news outlets who portrait this as a Robin-Hood style uprising. It is far from being that simple.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Bangkok burns after protest leaders arrested See in context

Open season on foreign journalists?

Just in from a young German journalist at the scene: For other journalists at DinDaeng: get rid of camera and green batch otherwise you get caught by reds!

One dead Italian journalist is confirmed.

Newest updates from the scene: http://twitter.com/vaitor http://twitter.com/freakingcat

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Recriminations erupt in ash-fueled aviation crisis See in context

The doubters above should offer themselves as test dummies - pun intended.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Mika Mifune reflects on life with an older man See in context

marushka

Typical age difference for society where women can not climb social ladder in working environment or they are just lazy to work….

That's BS. My 16 year younger partner chose an older man because younger man are just too insecure and conservative too support the ambitions of a career woman. In the meanwhile (after 16 years together) she has a management position and her income is three times more than mine. She usually gets home at 11PM - no houswife waiting with food etc. in this household, which is fine with me, I do the household chores. Try that with a younger guy, say 25-35 years old, Japanese or foreign. According to my wife your chances would be close to zero.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Pope's preacher: Accusations akin to anti-Semitism See in context

Its a fact that the church is being singled out, not a defense.

Really?

The report, which found "endemic" sexual and physical abuse over decades, has caused widespread shock in mainly Catholic Ireland. [.....] They were required to pay €128 million ($228m), but a redress scheme has already paid out almost €1 billion ($1.78bn) in compensation and legal fees to about 12,500 of more than 14,500 victims.

That's only for Irland. http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/irish-abuse-victims-slam-catholic-church-reaction/story-e6frfku0-1225717673090

Internationally, an endless list: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/minilist.htm

Also, the church is not any organisation, but (still) a pillar of society supposedly guiding their flock in ethics and morals. Comparison with other organisations is therefore not a legitimate argument. We are not talking about a sports club, but about predators who abuse their victims when and where they are most vulnerable.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: 'Heroes' actress Hayden Panettiere gets chilly reception in Taiji See in context

Amazing really. The hypocrisy, the self-righteousness. Ms. Heather Who? a third rate Hollywood starlet with entourage visits Japanese backwaters to teach the locals better ways to live and expects therefore an audience with local officials. With a delusional sense of self-importance and entitlement on that scale I think she needs to check herself into therapy for Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Swiss ban mosque minarets in surprise vote See in context

A right-wing campaign to outlaw minarets on mosques in a referendum being held in Switzerland today has received an unlikely boost from

radical feminists

and

prominent feminists

that Islam threatens their rights.

Now that is funny.

Swiss women have the right to vote only since 1971 (nineteen seventy-one). Since 1988 there were already 4 female prime ministers or presidents in Muslim majority countries: Bangladesh (twice), Paksitan and Indonesia. http://www.terra.es/personal2/monolith/00women3.htm

Smithinjapan: excellent post

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Taiji sets dolphins free following int'l outcry over 'The Cove' See in context

The reason for the dolphin slaughter is business. The reason for the rapidly expanding dolphine therapy industry is business based on questionable 'research'. But the biggest business - a multi-million dollar industry - is so-called animal rights activism which the movie 'The Cove' is part of. The movie is a propaganda tool for fund raising (click here for donations....). PETA averages almost 40 million dollars a year, Greenpeace is pulling in 35 million and HSUS a whopping 100 million. The hypocrisy of all those groups is that by far the most lucrative campaigns for fund raising happen to be animals which a lot of people in North America, Australia and Europe think are cute, intelligent or both - but are not on the endangered list of IUCN (IUCN Red List of Threatened Species).

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Taiji sets dolphins free following int'l outcry over 'The Cove' See in context

@bgaudry

Agree totally with your excellent posts.

@Damien 15

Your arguments about DAT (dolphine assisted therapy) display the same ignorance you see in others. I am sure Ric O'Barry wouldn't approve that dolphines from Taiji are caught and kept in captivitiy in questionable conditions for the 'rapidly expanding DAT industry'. In fact the Whale and Dolphin Conservation society is calling for a total ban on DAT because it is 'cruel and ineffective'.

Ineffective because: '- There is no scientific evidence to prove that the therapy is effective.'

Cruel because: '- Dolphins are removed from the wild to stock the growing number of DAT facilities, and this has both serious conservation and welfare implications for the animals.'

Exactly what Ric O'Barry is fighting against.

http://www.blisstree.com/autismvox/no-more-swimming-with-the-dolphins/

http://www.newscientist.com/blog/environment/2007/10/dolphin-assisted-therapy-cruel-and.html

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Walkman outsells iPod in Japan See in context

Take the X-series walkmen, the Vaio type P, or the new PSP Go. They all have distinct looks and some neat features but carry a pricetag that's just not reasonable for what they actually do.

Exactly. I own an iPod Touch but rarely use it as a music player. Instead I use it for the job loaded with software specifically written for my professional needs. I also carry around data bases and presentations which I can connect to any digital projector. In addition I use it as a phone internationally - anywhere with WiFi - without worrying about telephone contracts and local standards.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites


©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.