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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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Posted in: Baseball star Tanaka charters Dreamliner for flight to New York See in context

Looks like his success has gone to his head! Bad sign!

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Posted in: Takeshi hopes to be included in 2020 Olympic opening ceremony See in context

Oh brother! This guy has a really big head!

"Why not me?" he asks. Perhaps a better question would be "Why in the world you?"

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Posted in: Attacks in Kobe, Osaka spark concerns over 'Knockout Game' See in context

"One, this "Knockout Game" is hardly indicative of any sort of "cultural" value held by American society, and is so limited in scope as to result in many questioning its actual existence at all. "

Sorry. I take issue with LFRAgain who questions the existence of such a "game". Of course there is no such "cultural" value, but the actual existence of the phenomenon is really not in question any more. The examples are numerous. It is mostly blacks attacking whites, Jews, or Asians and seems racially motivated. There is a whole book out on it documenting cases around the nation entitled "White Girl, Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It" by Colin Flaherty. He documents hundreds of episodes in more than 80 cities since 2010 and more have taken place since the book was published for sure. Ask the victims of the game whether they think it is real. Experience has a way of changing our views on the issue.

However, I too doubt whether these two crimes are a part of this game of racial violence.

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Posted in: Luxury Okura hotel chain ensnared in food-label scandal See in context

Tessa said:

I don't disagree, but the problem is that they claim to be different from the rest of the world.

Tessa, I read your note after posting the previous message and I also agree with what you are saying and with what Ben4short said. Sometimes Japanese people do seem to think they are morally superior to other people, but this clearly shows that not to be the case.

This is not the first such scandal in Japan. Just think of how many unreported problems like this exist!

So, you also have a good point, and I think you also see the other side of the coin as well - that in some senses, we humans are all the same - imperfect beings who struggle with dishonesty, as well as many other sins.

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Posted in: Luxury Okura hotel chain ensnared in food-label scandal See in context

Ben4short said:

Wrong. The myth that is being debunked by this scandal has nothing to do with food but everything to do with Japanese honesty and integrity.

While I agree that it does have implications for the reputation of Japanese honesty and integrity, I think it would be unfair to claim this is only a problem the Japanese have. I think what this shows is the sinfulness of the human heart whether one is Japanese, Russian, Chinese, or American. People are the same everywhere. Maybe Japan has less violence than other countries - which is a great thing and something I love about Japan - but that doesn't make Japanese people any better than anyone else. Our faults or perhaps we could say, our sinfulness shows itself in different ways in different societies, but our hearts are all the same.

Dishonesty is a problem wherever you go. The need for laws to protect people from this problem is all the evidence we need. And if we are honest, it is a problem in our own hearts as well. Again, it just shows itself in different ways and it is easier to hide from others if it is in our own hearts.

Truly, all have sinned and come short of the holy standards of God. This is a human problem as opposed to simply a Japanese problem.

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Posted in: Man arrested for using fountain pen-like spy camera to film up girls' skirts See in context

Scott says:

And part of the over-reaction is seeing this primarily as pedophilia, predatory behavior and something akin to rape, when its more like the core crime here is not the sexual aspect but the harassment and invasion of privacy (the private space under their skirts) to get the shot.

Yes, right now it is harassment and an invasion of privacy as far as the law goes, but it needs to be stopped ASAP. It is not just something to be laughed at. It could easily lead to more serious stuff as well as strengthen his enslavement to his sexual desires. It shows that he has no self-control and also has bad judgment - which I guess could be said of all of us.

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Posted in: Man arrested for using fountain pen-like spy camera to film up girls' skirts See in context

The police got the report on Tuesday and arrested the guy on Thursday!

Nice work!

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Posted in: Weiner to stay in NY mayor race despite sex scandal See in context

"What does any of this private stuff has to do with his fitness to be mayor? Nothing."

Well Scott, some people think that character matters.

He has shown that he cannot be trusted. He has shown that he has bad judgment. He has lied to the public. He has shown no respect for the sacredness of sex. He has shown he is not faithful to his wife, even if only mentally and emotionally. In short, he has shown us, by his actions, that he is not fit for public office. Actions speak louder than words.

If you're OK with that, go ahead and vote for him.

For many of us, that is not OK!

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Posted in: Lifelong sex? Men say yes; women not so sure See in context

I don't know, but it is hard for me to imagine guys being sexless for months, let alone years. It makes me wonder if these guys are not getting their needs met somewhere else. I understand the rigors of the company world are quite hard and being tired I can understand, but not for years! Something is fishy here.

If any woman thinks her sexless husband really has no interest in sex, then I think she is a bit gullible. Not that there are not rare birds for whom this might be true, but it would seem to me that the chances of them being either gay or getting their needs met somewhere else are quite high.

Thoughts?

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Posted in: Physicists unveil results helping explain universe See in context

Discovering how certain particles act and react is wonderful. But science is limited as to what it can "tell" us. In reality, it can't "tell" us anything. We must learn to interpret the discoveries we make. Whether science can ever tell us why the universe is here or where it came from is quite uncertain. These questions are outside the domain of science and relate more closely to philosophy.

This experiment deals with actual particles and as such can be observed, repeated, and verified, but questions about the origin of the universe are outside the realm of this kind of science since they deal with history that cannot be repeated, observed, or verified. But kudos to the hard work and dedication of these scientists!

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Posted in: Japan baseball boss apologizes for ball switch See in context

"instructed to lie".

What great role models we have here!

And if players lied to them, they would be upset, right?

Is honesty a value worthwhile practicing or not?

If we adults don't practice it, then how can we expect our kids to practice it?

True. I think he has lost trust and to show that honesty really does matter, perhaps he should resign.

Oh, a "livelier" ball is one that is made to travel when hit than the previous ones. In other words, they made the baseballs so they can be hit further which is why the number of home runs has dramatically increased this year.

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