THere is no excuse for that kind of behavior. The man should be fired immediately and the whole employment environment at that company should be investigated. It's not like they didn't know this was happening. They allowed him to treat their employees like this. The employee should sue the company. Big changes need to be made there.
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China is scary. They have long tentacles that are reaching even to Japan! They think they can bully the whole world and make them do their bidding. Often times, the lure of money through trade agreements enables them to do that. Many of us are suckers for money and will quickly sacrifice our own principles for a buck. It is true that the human heart is sinful.
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This is so sad. I've known numerous people with the same problem. It's like the Japanese gov't gives their citizens the right to kidnap their kids and prevent them from having any contact with the estranged parent who is often foreign. But in this case, many of the parents seem to be Japanese! Family relationships are often really screwed up here and it is the kids who suffer. This lady is probably telling her kids all kinds of lies about their father, but sometime, when the kids grow up and learn the real story, it might backfire in a dramatic way!
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"The education board put the four teachers on leave starting Oct 1."
This should have been reported by other employees long before it got this far. I am glad however, that these teachers were placed on leave and are being disciplined for their harmful actions. Bullying is common among children, but there are a lot of adults who act like kids as well - and that is even more shameful!
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"My understanding of hate speech was insufficient."
No doubt about it. It was simply a matter of an insufficient understanding of hate speech.
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So sorry for the students who had to put up with this abuse and harassment! Some days I'm embarrassed to be an American. Other days, I feel proud, but today is not one of them.
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As a Christian, I hate to jump on the Kanye bandwagon until we know this is really genuine and not a PR ploy like his wife is known to do. But whatever his motives, it seems like he has a positive message for today's youth. So many artists are out there promoting sex, booze, rebellion, drugs, etc. It's refreshing to see someone standing up for what is right and even admitting his own struggles in the past. That is not easy to do and it gives me some hope that his conversion might be genuine. Time will tell. Celebrities can often fall hard because they are so much in the public eye and there will be people out there who want him to fall so he will have to on guard. Anyway, I'm anxious to hear his new album.
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I have a better idea. How about if we just get rid of those scenes? Then there will be no need for this kind of thing. It will be good for the actors as well.
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That is a great idea! Let's do it!
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Yeah, and like Al Gore the Climate Guy said, the arctic ice is gonna be totally gone by 2013. Wait! That was 4 years ago and look at the arctic ice today! Deeper and wider than it's been in a long time. Hmmm. Obviously our climate models are not very accurate!
The climate changes all the time. It changed before man affected it and it is still changing today. There were ice ages in the past and antarctica was forested at one point. What we don't know is how much man effects the climate. There are so many factors involved here and so many different greenhouse gases that it is really hard to know if we can ever really know these things.
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Actually I think this is a very interesting idea. A bit strange, but it does help people judge personality more accurately and personality in a marriage is all important. Of course looks are important too, but in this type of a situation, it probably provides a better way to judge a person.
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"The motive of the attack at the Roman Catholic St. Yoseph Church in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, was not clear."
Sometimes the police seem to be mentally challenged!
Facts: The guy was a Muslim. He was using tactics often used by Islamic terrorists. He tried to set his bomb off and kill lots of people - Where? In a Christian Church!
Let's see! I wonder what could have motivated him to do such a thing!
OK, OK, granted there is a small outside chance it was some kind of a personal vendetta against the priest or something like that, but come on, terrorism is terrorism. It's not really all that hard to figure it out.
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I think marriage gets a bum rap these days because we are mostly in it for our own benefit and do not really commit to each other like we should. I believe the Creator knew what He was doing when He established marriage as the norm. Unfortunately, many of us evaluate marriage using a "me first" type of standard. If we can see the immediate benefit, then we'll do it. But true love involves sacrifice and commitment and when both sides understand this and are willing to work on it, the value is there and outweighs the sacrifices made. We all have our moments which makes it difficult for our partner to put up with, but learning to forgive and work through issues leads to a deeper more stable marriage. Sure, you can avoid the commitment, use your partner for sex, save your money for yourself, and live for yourself and be relatively happy for a while, but we were made for relationship and marriage has always been the foundation of society. the further we stray from this, the worse off our society(and we personally) will be. Child rearing takes time, patience, commitment, love, sacrifice, and money, but I love it! It's worth every bit of whatever sacrifice is involved. "Me first" is not always the way to happiness.
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However, a recent survey shows there’s at least one situation in which Japanese guys are generally more willing than girls to raise the stakes in a relationship.
Right. Guys get the benefits of a relationship without commitment.
One woman said: "Living together can make you lose the impetus to get married.”
Exactly. And, actually statistics show that couples that live together are more prone to divorce than those who do not. It's common, but there are good reasons to avoid this.
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No, but if the choice is him or Hillary, it's a no brainer for me. It would be a reluctant yes, but how sad that it has come down to these two!
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Posted in: Infidelity is immoral and will be criticized by the public, but it is not directly related to politics. Miyazaki should not have resigned. It might have been tough, but the correct thing to do would h See in context
I disagree. Immorality is a character issue and character is important in politics. We all have character flaws, but when we break marriage vows, this reveals something about a person and it does definitely make it difficult to trust what they say and promise as a politician. It is hard enough to trust even without that kind of an issue.
And in Miyazaki's case, his hypocrisy did him in - taking maternity leave and then betraying his wife and child in their time of need!
I agree with his decision.
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I watched the whole thing and didn't even catch any of the overtones. Dumb out of touch Caucasian I guess.
But I do have problems with the Black Lives Matter movement because it seems racist to me. Some of it's supporters were making up racist things to make whites look bad and trying to foment anger among the blacks.
I'm a support of All Lives Matter because blacks are no less and no more important than anyone else. Black Lives do matter, but that doesn't make it right to discriminate against others and falsely attack/accuse them.
And it doesn't mean that there is racism behind every black death at the hands of whites - unless you are willing to see racism behind every white death at the hands of blacks.
So, All Lives Matter because Racism is Wrong.
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Why no mention of Star Wars here?
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Posted in: If you found a bag with a large sum of money in it, say 10 million yen, in some isolated spot, and there was nothing to indicate who the owner was, what would you do with it? See in context
"it seems that most Japanese will take it and report it to koban except some kinda jerks/idiots. It must be a criterion of ordinary Japanese."
I'd rather call it doing the right thing.
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My point is, Cleo, that there are more than just two categories for people. It is possible that any white terrorist or Muslim terrorist is truly mentally ill. AND, that their illness influenced their actions.
At the same time, it also is probably true that there is a tendency to do just what you said. And that is wrong. Each case needs to be decided based not on skin color, but on the actual evidence. I think we can all agree on that.
I think the definition of what is terrorism also comes into play here as well. Is any murder an act of terror?
For me, I see terrorism as random killing that stems out of some kind of ideology. You could have a pro-life terrorist if that ideology is what prompted them to act, although by that very act, they are showing that they are not truly pro-life.
You could have a Christian terrorist if that person's faith is what prompted them to try and kill other people, but again, their actions are totally against what they profess to believe in.
The difference between these and Muslim terrorists is that their actions can easily fit with their beliefs because there are so many verses in the Koran that, if you read it for what it says, call for killing, violence, beating, taxing, looking down on, etc of non-Muslims.
It is totally different than the "love your enemy" teaching of Christianity - which isn't often carried out very well either. But for instance, look at how the US treated Japan after WWII - and Germany. And look at how ISIS and the Taliban and Al Qaida treat their enemies when they defeat them. The difference is night and day!
There is no other religion in the world that believes in converting people by force! In Christianity, such a thing is absolutely impossible. An insincere conversion is not a conversion at all. Force does no good, but Muslims are all concerned about the outer appearance as opposed to true heart change.
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Yawn. Thursday. Wake me up if the turn out not to be white males.
Open mouth, insert foot! Happens so often when we make assumptions and jump to conclusions without all the evidence.
I seriously doubt that skin color has anything to do with this kind of a crime. My bet is that it has far more to do with a person's beliefs than their skin color. Some of the terrorists have been Muslims. Some have been atheists who singled out Christians. Some have been racists - the white guy who killed some blacks in a SC church. Some have been mentally ill - probably like the recent Colorado shooter. Some have been troubled kids. There was an Asian shooter on a college campus in VA a year ago or so, but I doubt it had anything to do with his skin color. I bet it was other influences in his life that prompted that. There was a black guy who tried to kill a bunch of people at the Family Research Council, but he was stopped by the security guard fortunately. He was a left winger and that was the inspiration for his crime, not his skin color. So, I don't quite get understand your racist comment here.
You are free to disagree with me, but from my perspective, these crimes have nothing to do with skin color.
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Are you suggesting the US should send psychiatrists to the Middle East to help 'these people'? Funny how when it's swarthy men with beards it's terrorism, and when it's (apparently) home-grown Americans, they must be mentally ill?
Cleo, Are you saying it is impossible for a person to be mentally ill AND a terrorist? I think you need to add a third category there. Mentally ill terrorist. I think the white guy that recently killed a few people in Colorado would fit that description. The guy was clearly not right mentally. Whether that totally explains his motive for what he did, I don't know, but it's clearly not as black and white as you are trying to make it.
Besides, why do you think these people are "home-grown Americans"? What does that mean anyway?
Does it mean you think they are white? Any more, being a home grown American says nothing about their skin color. They could be black, Asian, white, or Latino and still be home-grown American. It is likely these people were Muslim terrorists from the reports I have heard. I suspect it is the radical Islam teaching they bought into that influenced them and had nothing to do with their upbringing as an American. They are home-grown radical Islamists who committed an act of terrorism.
Your post is out of line! You are jumping to false conclusions.
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I don't blame him either. Buddhist funerals are a money making racket! And it's not a once and done thing. You have to have ceremonies on certain days and years for a long time, each of which cost money.
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"Scientists who support the use of embryonic stem cells say they could transform medicine, providing treatments for blindness, juvenile diabetes or severe injuries. But critics object to them because they are harvested from human embryos."
Adult stem cells hold so much more promise and have already been proven to help in concrete ways. They avoid the problems of rejection and tumor causation and have so far been far more successful that embryonic stem cells. I don't know why anyone keeps fooling around with embryonic stem cells when all the action is with adult stem cells.
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Wow Patrick, so sorry to hear about that! Doesn't the law that requires you to pay her alimony also give you visiting rights? Hope things get better for you!
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For me, an American, this is a very difficult answer. I don't know enough of the history to answer it, but I would question at the very least, the second bomb. Why were two bombs necessary? I don't think they were. I think Japan would have gotten the message very clearly with just one bomb. The first bomb saved some lives and took others. Could it be called a necessary evil in a fallen world? Opinions on that are sure to vary, but I keep coming back to the second bomb. Why?
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But nothing was said about the kid driving illegally. Isn't the driving age 18?
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It seems that the more prosperous a country becomes the more apt they are to face this problem of a falling birthrate. There are many 'benefits" to not having kids - more time, freedom, money, less headaches, etc., but I'm afraid that the root reasons for choosing not to have kids is too often connected with selfishness. I do realize that raising kids in Japan is different than having them in say, America, for instance. Some are simply afraid to have kids. They lack confidence in how to raise kids and are fearful of an unhappy family life. I can't judge any particular person's motives, but at least for some, it seems they feel the cost of having children in terms of time, energy, sacrifice, and money outweighs the blessing of children. I'm sure there are lots of other reasons couples specifically choose not to have kids, but my guess would be that self-centered reasons enter into it more often than not.
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"The PRB also predicts that the portion of the population aged 65 or older will also make up a full 23% of the entire population."
It already is 25% of the population! By 2060 it is predicted to be 39%!
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I'm not sure what mocking really accomplishes whether it be a person, their beliefs, their looks, or whatever. Sure, it makes you feel superior to the object of your mockery and may help to turn the tide of public opinion against the object of your mockery, but it can also cause real hurt in the lives of those you mock.
That said, I will vote for freedom of speech 100% of the time, but that doesn't make mocking right or a good thing to do in my eyes. The attackers were terribly wrong to react as they did too of course, but, even if it is permissible under freedom of speech, I still maintain that mocking really serves no healthy purpose and usually does more harm than good.
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