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Posted in: American ALT teacher fired from high school after exposing genitals See in context

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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Posted in: Kanye West claims he will be U.S. president one day See in context

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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Posted in: Wanted: Intimacy coordinators. Hollywood's fastest growing job See in context

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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Posted in: IOC wants to move Tokyo Olympic marathons, walking races to Sapporo See in context

That is a great idea! Let's do it!

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Posted in: Japan may become 4.5 C hotter if no anti-global warming steps taken See in context

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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Posted in: Face saver: Surgical masks worn at speed dating sessions See in context

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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Posted in: Would-be bomber fails to detonate in Indonesian church See in context

"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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Posted in: Men more enthusiastic about moving in with girlfriends than vice-versa, survey says See in context

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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Posted in: Men more enthusiastic about moving in with girlfriends than vice-versa, survey says See in context

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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Posted in: Would you like to see Donald Trump become the next U.S. president? See in context

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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Posted in: Beyonce takes U.S. by storm with new activist role See in context

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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Posted in: 'Jurassic World' No. 1 as Japan’s box-office revenue for 2015 is 2nd highest on record See in context

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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Posted in: California shooting rampage leaves 14 dead; 2 suspects killed in gun battle with police See in context

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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Posted in: California shooting rampage leaves 14 dead; 2 suspects killed in gun battle with police See in context

Laguna says:

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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Posted in: California shooting rampage leaves 14 dead; 2 suspects killed in gun battle with police See in context

Cleo says:

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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Posted in: Man says he left mother's body at home because he couldn't afford funeral See in context

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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Posted in: UK scientists start stem cell trial of potential blindness cure See in context

"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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Posted in: Poll asks for top 10 times Japanese men are disappointed in their adult daughters See in context

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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Posted in: Do you think the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were morally justifiable? See in context

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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Posted in: 16-year-old motorbike rider killed after being rear-ended by car See in context

Tragic accident!

But nothing was said about the kid driving illegally. Isn't the driving age 18?

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Posted in: Number of children in Japan falls to new low See in context

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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Posted in: Japan tops list of countries with shrinking population projection See in context

"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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Posted in: Hayao Miyazaki says Charlie Hebdo drawings of Muhammad were a mistake See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo police raid 4 stores selling 'dangerous drugs' See in context

Kakakaka.... says: "Well they are some records of people getting high more than 3000 years ago. I don't think people gets high to escape life but rather to be more connected to it."

Say what????

People do drugs to get more connected to life? So you think this is a good thing?

With reasoning like that you can justify anything you want to!

I fail to see how losing control of your faculties, becoming hooked, and spending big bucks on this stuff that leads to personal ruin helps you to feel more connected to life.

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Posted in: Japan slowly begins to openly discuss crossdressing men in heterosexual relationships See in context

How unfortunate for the women whose husbands suddenly turn into otoko no ko!

I doubt that is a turn on for most women and if your beloved husband all of a sudden pretends he is a woman, wow, not that would put a strain on the marriage!

My wife would never stand for it.

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Posted in: Welcome to Brazil See in context

Why? What is the purpose of spraying the plane? I don't get it? Is it a "just in case" type of a thing? That must use a lot of water!

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Posted in: Monica Lewinsky breaks silence on Clinton affair See in context

Sensei528 says:

"my boss took advantage of me" - Stop playing the victim.

What? You think it is all her fault?

She even admitted that it was consensual and that she too was to blame!

Can you read? Or do you just want to continue to inflict pain on her.

They were both wrong to have sex like that and they have both lived to regret their sin.

Now, can you forgive and move on?

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Posted in: Climate change boosts risk of war, hunger, floods: U.N. report See in context

Anyone else find it interesting that the official word has changed from "global warming" to "climate change"? I mean, who can argue with the idea that the climate changes? Of course it changes. Global warming is so much more accurate, but it is controversial so they changed the term to try and get more believers. What I would like to see is clear evidence that global warming is caused by man. The climate has changed many times in the past before man was even on the scene or before the industrial revolution began. The earth's climate is effected by many different things, some probably still not well understood by us. I'm not jumping on the climate change bandwagon just yet. I'm not against going green whenever possible, but spending trillions of dollars on something that is not well understood? I'm not a fan of that - yet.

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