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Posted in: Fixing American 'dumbocracy' See in context

Bill Costello, M.Ed.

What does an M.Ed now about economics? It is an educational specialization isn't it? How do these people get published?

...the economic center of gravity shifting from the West to the East, China begins to emerge as an alternative model to the U.S.

Please. China is simply the factory of the world and, just like Japan, once the price of labor goes up they will lose that crown to some poorer and hungrier country. The sign of a good system is one that can survive this transition successfully. Japan dropped the ball and it is yet to be seen if China does the same. In the 80's there were those who talked about the economic center moving away from US to Japan, but now Japan is a stagnant, debtor nation with no real political power, US is still powerful and the EU is gaining strength.

Unfortunately, Americans are not well-informed about economics. If they were, they would have learned from the economic failures of socialism—in China...the economic center of gravity shifting from the West to the East, China begins to emerge as an alternative model to the U.S.

Contradiction?

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Posted in: Pressure builds on Florida pastor who wants to burn Quran on Sept 11 See in context

"Every burned book enlightens the world."

(Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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Posted in: Pressure builds on Florida pastor who wants to burn Quran on Sept 11 See in context

whereismayhem wrote- ...even if HUSSEIN Obama visits him...

Why did you capitalize "Hussein"?

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Posted in: What are some of your candidates for the worst movie of all time? See in context

"Above the Law" was great, but any other Steven Segal movie can go on the list. What's with the black leather coat man? You look like a Darleck from Dr Who.

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Posted in: 'Nippon Civilian Police' skirts a fine line between vigilance and vigilantism See in context

NCP’s founder, Shuichi Araki, previously lived in the United States and claims to be the only Japanese national ever licensed to work there as a bounty hunter.

Is this suppose to impress people?

This must be some type of joke website: (http://www.bountyhunter-jp.com/index.html) Who would willingly put up pictures like these? i love the one with him holding the American flag to his chest. What message are we meant to read from that? He looks like another American wanna-be tough guy.

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Posted in: 'Nippon Civilian Police' skirts a fine line between vigilance and vigilantism See in context

This vigilante group most be aligned with a larger organization to pay for all these activities. How am I suppose to trust that a 16 year-old child can make a rational decision without prejudice or emotion? Say they want to detain me but I don't agree. Can I sue them for assault? If I feel threatened by them and choose to defend myself, am I allowed to fight back?

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Posted in: EXILE concert tour expected to draw 1.1 million fans See in context

That's a big band. Looks like most of the fans are actually members of the band.

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Posted in: Japan split over maiden names, foreign suffrage See in context

For me the interesting part of this discussion concerns the Japanese born "foreign" residence of Japan. Calling them Japanese might not be accurate, but they are certainly not foreign if all they have known is Japanese language and culture their entire lives. How is it possible for the Japanese government to enjoy the benefits from this groups lifetime of labor and tax payments without allowing them a say? Why do so many people in Japan view change as losing something when most of the world sees it as a gain?

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Posted in: Do you consider the word "gaijin" racist? See in context

If I have known the person for a short time and they call me a gaijin then no I don't think it is racist. However, if they continue to use the term gaijin after they have come to know me better and understand where I come from then I think it is racist.

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