Wouldn't it be great if Japanese people had the intellectual motivation to question their government...?
Certainly, but, as we all know, the destruction of intellectual motivation begins early with Japanese education and really kicks in with junior high school and the onset of puberty when young minds are rigorously molded and regimented to remove rational thought outside of STEM subjects. Intellectual curiosity, natural to young people, is efficiently crushed by a mountain of uninspiring textbooks, endless testing and examinations. To make sure the individual teenage mind is finally emptied and deprived of autonomous thought the coup de grace to intellectual development is dealt in the form of hundreds of hours of mindless bukatsu training, homework and sleep deprivation. This tried and tested social engineering must go a long way in explaining the weird workings of the jellied brains belonging to the multitude of "Manchurian Candidate" voters who produce the same predictable results like clockwork. However, the downside for democracy of this narrowly schooled and depoliticized citizenry is that it inevitably results in apathy and disengagement, thus all but guaranteeing a consistent, low-voter turn out which can only suit the incumbents. Of course, the rock-solid foundation of the LDP's political hegemony is the finely-tuned, gerrymandered electoral system while the icing and cherry on the cake prettifying Japanese democracy is the bowing, white-gloved, fist-pumping noisy election rituals. The only comfort to take from this dreary pantomime is to remember that all things must pass and indulge in some magical thinking: "Abegeddon" and "the Last Trump"!
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Demented "tripledown" Donnie's defense of his conduct on the podium as the crowd brayed "Send Her Back" is belied by the TV cameras which captured for posterity his utter incompetence and irresponsibility. The yawning gap between what he says and what others see and hear is damning proof of his egregious divorce from reality. Chump's repetitive, self-deluded riff of "who you gonna believe? Me, the POTUS, or your lying eyes and ears?" has long passed its sell-by date. Time to invoke the 25th!
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Trash is the hallmark of Putinesque Russian Kulchur.
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And people wonder why Japan has the death penalty. Think about this case and you will find the answer.
I do often wonder why, but this arson horror only goes to show that it can be nothing more than pure revenge since, logically, a deterrent doesn't work after the horse has bolted. The answer can rather be found in London Zoo where once I stared up into an out-sized mirror placed beside the big primate pen and then as I looked down I saw the sign beneath: "THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL IN THE WORLD!" Society has to find ways and means to protect itself from violent, deranged individuals, but it cannot prevent the sudden homicidal outbursts of modern-day berserkers .
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Another definition of racism manifested itself when a gammon-faced Republican politician opined that he , too, was "colored": "I'm WHITE!" These self-deluded dudes are grotesque caricatures of good ol' Bible-Belt Bubba disingenuousness with the grits and gravy.
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"The four horsewomen of the Apocalypse" are not the only women coming for Trump. Stormy is number five, still there in his rear mirror catching up fast to join her sisters in bringing a well-deserved Apocalypse to an abysmal administration.
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@ John Smith
It's good that Japan has the death penalty, it is scientifically proven to dissuade criminals here in the US
Where did you study science? Trump University? Murder rates in states that still have the death penalty exceed those in states that have abolished it. There, fixed it for you. And, btw, executing the arsonist might well bring comfort to you, but none, I imagine, to the victims' families.
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So much unimaginable suffering caused by one sick mind (and a fire trap?). This is a major human tragedy; so many families plunged into grief by this sudden, life-changing event, so much creativity wasted. Apart from the individual culpability of the perpetrator, Japanese society owns this tragic incident, too. This should be a wake-up call for better mental health care, but even with the best treatment perhaps a sick person will always be able to somehow slip through society's safety net. Such shocking incidents like this put one's own petty problems into a different perspective.
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If Trump could read, I'm sure Mein Kampf would be on his little bookshelf. Still, the ugly atmosphere of his raucous rallies must remind many of the mustachioed brown cockroach. He certainly knows how to play his crowd like a violin and, again, I'm reminded of the method in his madness by fatboy slim Hermann:
“Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peace makers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
The mob roar of "SEND HER BACK!" should send a shiver down the spine of anyone who loves freedom.
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Trump's desperate message of "America, love it or leave it" is just an old 1960's right-wing retread which the draft-dodging dotard remembers from those distant days when he discovered his bone spurs which sadly prevented him from "doing his dooty" in 'Nam.
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It's time our views on violent crime and social sanctions caught up with the science: there will always be violent individuals among us whose abnormal brain functions are the direct cause of their unrestrained acts of violence. Goodman is absolutely right to demand more compassion from society. Too many of us still refuse to accept the reality of our primate natures.
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The overwhelming power of sexual attraction is no joke. It's the reason for so much suffering in the world. Of course, it must be so because if this drive were weaker, our species would die out.
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This man cannot be trusted.
Since I don't know him, I can't comment, but I've learned the most important history lesson: NO GOVERNMENTS can be trusted because suspiciously very few of these patently corrupt government officials ever serve any jail time.
Commanteer's post is irrefutable: too many people are being socially conditioned and are sleepwalking into the world of 1984. In a real democracy a passport should be a right, not a privilege. In fact, the modern passport is a recent 20th century invention, a fact that should alert us to how much freedom has been taken from us by the state in the last hundred years.
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Odd how people continually vote against their interests.
Yes, this phenomenon has always been a conundrum for people who can and like to think, but the sad fact is that the misnomered homo sapiens prefers not to think and nowhere is this more true than in Japan where the general population has never been educated to ask the question "why", and once inducted into the work force and subjected to the stressful regimen of long hours and boring work duties, does not have the time, energy or inclination to give thought to what harm their politicians are actually doing to them. Still, I think it would be wrong to assume that Japan's political coma will go on forever. The chronic "Groundhog Day" scenario of the LDP's hegemony will end when a generation of young Japanese appears which has learned how to think thus terminating the Jurassic Period of Japanese politics.
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Trump clearly has an obsession with the better man, Obama, who must surely be the stuff of his nightmares, which might explain why the White House "Midnight Rambler" sleeps so badly and dumps his tweets on the world to dispel the dark night of his soul.
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Pity the poor "First Immigrant", Melania, who has to listen to her spouse's habitual anti-immigrant invective. And what do her parents, themselves immigrants to Trumplandia, feel about their son-in-law's threats to send them all back to Ruritania? At least Melania might soon be up for a humanitarian deportation to escape the looping loony tunes she hears every day from ol' potty mouth.
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The bar for presidential conduct has sunk to its nadir as Trump adds one more disgraceful outburst to the mountain of dross that will ultimately be housed in "Trump Twitter", the tiny Presidential Library that will stand as a blot on the landscape and as a mark of shame memorializing the political immaturity of "Homo Americanus".
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Perusing the (visible) record of the LDP's post WW2 corrupt monopoly of political power and their long, never-ending litany of money scandals ranging from Lockheed, Recruit to the "lost" pension records and the consequent trashing of pensions for 50 million+ workers, and chalking up the world's highest national debt per GDP, apart from their calculated, successful de-politicization of the citizenry, the "practical administrative ability" of the murky LDP is the last thing that comes to mind, innit?
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To maintain its dominance the ruling caste in Japan, like those in all "democracies", depends on a rigged electoral system that can function for many decades by gerrymandering and tweaking the rigging until it no longer works, i.e., when the desired results can no longer be produced, even by blatant voter fraud and ballot stuffing, then their last resort will always be the military coup against which only a revolution from below will work. The wheels of history revolve slowly, but one day the wheels will inevitably come off the LDP's creaking machine and then...?
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The oyajis in the Japanese government had better sober up quickly and smell the weed before they find themselves so far behind the curve that they will never be able to catch up to the commercial potential of cannabis about to be exploited by the "hipper" foreign entrepreneurs.
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Posted in: Do people think about their retirement money on the assumption they'll live to 100? I don't think ordinary people do. People have to think now about whether or not they've got any money. See in context
The Japanese have endured centuries of poverty and oppression, so they don't want to look back, but they don't have clue about how they want their future to be. They're just living comfortably numb which allows their rulers to run riot making mega moola to feather their nests while the sun shines. The bill to be paid by future generations will come when Aso and his ilk are a footnote in history.
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This leak of diplomatic cables, a trivial matter in itself, is causing profound aftershocks for USUK relations that might rumble on for some time. The hapless Julian Assange is fortunate that it was not Wikileaks but Goebbels's favorite newspaper, the Daily Mail, that published the leak, otherwise he would be renditioned to suffer a draconian jail sentence at the behest of the vindictive bully in the White House.
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Thus spake HMV. The High Courts are where Japanese democracy goes to die. The Supreme Court, where it is buried.
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The ubiquitous three monkeys of the Japanese media undoubtedly ENABLED Johnny's abnormal proclivities and will continue to enable his posthumous reputation for as long as it is "decent", but then the circling vultures of commerce will descend to feed on the indecent remains of his reputation for there will be lotsa yen to be made pickin' Johnny's bones.
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Johnny's true character just oozed from his unpleasant face; even if you knew nothing about him, you would give a dodgy-looking dude like him a wide berth, unless you wanted something from him.
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"Johnny", the mogul of bad taste whose bizness dumbed down millions and set Japanese pop culture back half a century, leaves a malodorous legacy as an unindicted perv whose iniquitous influence is sure to exhumed in the near future. Johnny will go down to posthumous disgrace like Jimmy. Neither are missed.
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Why apologize for the truth?
Because politicians play a hypocritical game where only consummate liars can succeed. Everybody knows the difference between appearance and reality because we are all compelled practice it in our daily lives. Still, the truth will out and with the passing of each day the unmasking of Trump continues apace until he stands before the bench of history in all his naked vulgarity as the dysfunctional "king with no clothes" who dragged the presidency of the USA into the gutter. Darroch rocks!
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Learn from history, so it never need be repeated.
This pearl of wisdom is in vain: the one thing we can learn from history is that no humans in positions of power ever do learn from history, and "plausible" deniability by destroying incriminating documents does not help us at all to remember what we never knew because the facts were buried and hidden from historical record by those who arrogate to themselves the right to create our "reality" for us as in 1984.
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All governments destroy incriminating documents (The second Bush administration allegedly "lost" 5million emails, Obama even more.) The destruction of records is partly motivated by shame, but much more so by the fear of incarceration or even execution for treason etc. All this amounts to the destruction of a country's history, but this is never a serious concern for the flag-hugging "patriots" who infest the corridors of power. It is worth repeating what Chip Star stated so succinctly and simply yet apparently beyond the intellectual or moral capacity of some to rationally process or: It's repugnant how certain apologists for Japan's war crimes claim that these crimes didn't occur because there are no Japanese records of the atrocities.
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