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Posted in: Sarah Palin: Serious 2012 contender or pretender? See in context

Oh God, I just read some comments in support of her. The universe has indeed been rent asunder.

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Posted in: Sarah Palin: Serious 2012 contender or pretender? See in context

Serious!? God, I hope not.

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Posted in: Senate candidate: Muslim law taking hold in parts of U.S. See in context

Sharia Law being applied by courts in the US - absurd, and just plain ignorant. Sharia Law being argued in mitigation occasionally, possible - as other mitigating circumstances are often argued and given appropriate weight by the court before applying US law to the facts. This has probably happened more than most people realise, but simply gets more attention now for obvious reasons. Muslim communities living according to the precepts of their faith have probably existed in the US for a very long time, it's not hard to imagine that Sharia Law has been brought up in mitigation in a US court before now.

The point to remember is that it will always be US law that will be applied to the facts regardless of someones faith, and if that doesn't happen, there is an appeals process to (hopefully) correct errors of law.

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Posted in: N Korea calls for Japanese apology, reparations for colonial rule See in context

Japan apologizes (yet again, and (yet again) everyone says "Nah, ya didn't mean it.", "Ya weren't sincere enough.", "Where's the money?".

A Japanese PM could stand in front of the Diet and publicly cut his nuts off as a show of remorse, and everyone would say, "Nah, he's a Japanese PM, he wasn't using them anyway - not good enough."

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Posted in: Iran's Ahmadinejad calls official version of Sept 11 attacks a 'big lie' See in context

What Ahmadinejad forgot to mention was that the Freemasons, the Bavarian Illuminati and the Elders of Zion were all in on it as well.

When something this big goes down you can sure those guys won't stand for being left out of it.

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

...there shall, in that time, be rumors of things going astray, errrm, and there shall be a great confusion as to where things really are, and nobody will really know where lieth those little things wi - with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment. At this time, a friend shall lose his friend's hammer and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, about eight o'clock. Yea, it is written in the Book of Cyril that...

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Posted in: Ichihashi transferred See in context

There is nothing to "understand" about this bag of filth. He killed, he ran away, he actively evaded capture and would have continued to do so if some rather quick thinking people hadn`t done the right thing.

His actions all speak volumes about the type of person he is.

I am so happy he has FINALLY been caught.

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Posted in: The Year of No Money in Tokyo See in context

I hope he has a better writing style than his reviewer.

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Posted in: Mr James See in context

I admire Mr. Debtos activism, although I dont always agree with him. However, allowing this little piece of ridiculousness to offend him is a little beneath him. Dont be so sensitive Arudo, its completely harmless. I also think it insults the intelligence of the Japanese people to suggest that this will somehow play to their xenophobic tendencies. How will this contribute to a fear of foreigners (which is what xenophobia really is)? I`m sure most will see it for what it really is, simply a campaign using a dorky white guy to sell bad-tasting chicken, and nothing more.

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Posted in: Youth escapes from reform school, then turns himself in See in context

Had to run a few errands I guess.

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Posted in: Kellogg’s Fruit Granola See in context

It aint the fat thats the problem. Its the added sugar. Mostly its just candy-in-a-box masquerading as something healthy. It will rot your teeth and make you fat.

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Posted in: Two young girls punched by stranger on street in Hyogo See in context

WTF!! I can`t even process this. This nut needs some of his own medicine.

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Posted in: Jessica Michibata in the pink See in context

Im sure Jenson could do better. I couldnt - but I`m sure he could.

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Posted in: Teacher gets pay cut for putting chalk in yawning student’s mouth See in context

I don`t get it??!! Was there a problem?

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Posted in: 3 death row inmates executed See in context

The really cruel thing about the way the DP is carried out here is that the condemned is never given a date. They are never told that the order for their execution has been signed. These guys would never have known that today would be their last. The guards just show up for you and haul you off to the gallows. By the time you realise what is going on you`re standing on the trapdoor.

There`s no justification for that.

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Posted in: Innocence lost: the dark side of Akihabara See in context


sigh Well have to agree to disagree on whether its a growth industry or not. If you have reliable stats which establish that the audience for this material is relatively constant, Ill concede the point. The same goes for whether or not its a growth industry.

All hedging aside, your answer is "yes, it`s okay to eroticize children".

So, if I follow your argument; there will always be people who will get their freak on to this type of material, therefore we should appease them by supplying it, since it does more good than harm to encourage these people to think that having sexual fantasies about children is okay. Therefore, exploiting children for the sexual gratification (and profit) of adults is actually doing society a favour. Afterall, it doesn`t do any damage, and we are all better off because of it.

That`s your argument?! Sorry BC, I appreciate the vigour with which you defend your arguments, but this is simply wrong on so many levels, and to believe this argument is simply naive. There are consequences for allowing, even encouraging, people to believe that having sexual fantasies about children is okay.

Im sure you can think of a few. Again, well just have to agree to disagree on this point.

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Posted in: Innocence lost: the dark side of Akihabara See in context


Clearly, I was being circumspect when I wrote "some". It doesn`t undermine the argument though.

Do you think it`s okay to eroticise children? Is that your point? I had trouble following your "rant".

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Posted in: Innocence lost: the dark side of Akihabara See in context

If you eroticize children, it is bound to stimulate some twisted idiots out there, who will in turn demand more of the same. The demand feeds the growth of the industry, which then tests the limits of their so-called freedom by encouraging the parents of ever younger girls to put their children in harms way for a quick buck and the spurious promise of a future "career".

It can`t be justified. Even the apologists for this type of product know it.

There is no such thing as a "free" society. All freedoms have limits to the extent that the exercise of your "freedom" will impact others in your "society". Those restrictions protect everyone, particularly the vulnerable. Children are the most vulnerable in our society, and we vest the policy-makers and law-makers with the obligation of protecting them and others. But of course, they are not solely responsible.

This industry belittles society, and diminishes it`s dignity. How can anyone tolerate this? These are children who have no capacity to appreciate the consequences of their actions. Parents, and society at large should know better.

Eroticizing children for profit is NOT a grey area. It`s not acceptable.

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Posted in: Ibaraki man arrested for dangerous driving after hitting 4 people, including 2 kids See in context

The driver, in all liklihood, was busy texting, and speeding, and smoking. He may have also had a small animal in his lap with it`s head out the drivers side window.

When are people going to understand that they operating a dangerous piece of machinery; it requires skill and vigilence.

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Posted in: Serial groper caught in the act on Yokohama train See in context


I saw a similar incident in a Department store, on the escalators. A perv was "upskirting" some schoold girls with a video camera he had in his man-bag, which was resting on his knee, just a few cm`s below the hem of the girls skirts. They were going up and I was on the other escalator going down, when I saw it I pointed at him and started yelling that he was filming up the girls skirts and started laughing. It got everyones attention. The guy was so embarrased he took off past the girls up the escaltor.

I know he got away, but it was an effective way to stop him without getting arrested for assault. It is an unfortunate fact of life here that the foreigner will always be the "most suspect" person first, especially where they try to intervene in these situations, but that doesnt mean we shouldnt draw attention to it.

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Posted in: N Korea warns U.S. of 'thousand-fold' military retaliation See in context

North Korea knows full well that the US and its allies are not plotting against it militarily (in other ways - hell yes). The North knows that they dont have the stomach for another war in Korea. Kim-ill-suited-for-power also knows that if he starts anything itll all be over quickly, and the outcome wont be pretty for him and his lapdogs. The north simply doesnt have the resources to prosecute a war.

Which means, all this is the same blow-hard rehtoric weve always heard from the diminutive dictator. Hes chucking a tantrum to get more candy to shut him up.

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Posted in: Woman who missed doomed Air France flight killed in car crash See in context

Im with Bento on this one. Nuthin to do with fate, just missed a plane and hit a truck ... and we all know driving is degrees of magnitude more dangerous than flying. Tens of thousands die on roads around the world every year.

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Posted in: Jetstar flight from Japan makes emergency landing in Guam after cockpit fire See in context


All Airlines turn their planes around quickly. If its not in the air, its not making money. Usually the most time they spend on the ground is during scheduled maintenance. Any other time spent on the ground is just costing money. That`s the business.

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Posted in: Despite court order, Minako Komukai goes ahead with plans for strip show See in context

Prohibitions similiar to this often turn up in employment contracts, but can be struck down if they are found to be too braod and restrictive - so, "never work in the entertainment industry again" mmmmm, too broad and restrictive? I think so.

Let the show go on - I`d like to be there cheering her on.

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Posted in: Single mothers, squeezed by recession, turning to prostitution as last resort See in context

Does she have a Louis Vuitton bag? Or several?

If her plight is genuine, I feel for her. But, if she owns just one of those boring, expensive bags, then no sympathy - learn to manage your money properly.

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Posted in: How should the West react if Pakistan falls under Islamic extremist control in the future? See in context


I agree. Provide a stable economic environment, a sound economy which allows people to be independently prosperous (relatively speaking) and give everyone easy access to a basic education which encourages a curious and questioning mind. And have a well trained and disciplined defence force which carries a BIG stick.

The Taliban will always be a problem, but with these things in place they will only ever be a group of fringe crazies, a canker on the arse of society.

Prosperity will trump self-destructive ideology everytime, and work hard to crush it.

Appeasement never works (well, historically at any rate).

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Posted in: Pregnant junior high school teacher harassed by students’ 'Miscarriage Club' See in context

Take them to a Womens Hospital - make them look in the bucket, see what their scheme would have done had it been successful, then prosecute them for assault. Recommend 100 hours of community-service to be completed at a community based center assisting the differently-abled.

Oh, and a good flogging probably wouldn`t hurt.

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Posted in: Which conspiracy theory would you most like to find out the truth about? See in context

Oh, and the moon landing - seriously! Does any clear-thinking person believe that we didn`t go to the moon?!

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Posted in: Which conspiracy theory would you most like to find out the truth about? See in context

Listen carefully folks:

UFOs dont exist. This needs no further explanation - just think it through. There is no JFK conspiracy. After all this time we still have no evidence of it .... that`s an awful lot of people keeping a very big secret. AIDS is not some biological-warfare experiment gone wrong. Viruses mutate, adapt and cross-over - live with it. 9/11 was witnessed by millions - it went down the way you saw it. No conspiracy, just fundamentalist/fascist terrorism. Diana dies in a tragic accident. Do you really believe she was important enough for the resources of an entire Nation to be used to assisinate her and then cover it up? Not to mention how many people would have to be keeping that one a secret too.

Let them all go - get on with your lives.

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Posted in: Some 4,000 environmentalists and anti-capitalists are demonstrating against the G-20 summit in London. How do you feel about the protests? See in context

The whole thing reminded me of a Monty Python film.

"Bloody Peoples Front for the Liberation of Judea - splitters!!!"

"The Popular Peoples Front for the Liberation of Judea are the real deal."

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