Alphaape's past comments

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    Alphaape

    I am from AR where Bill and Hillary where there. I could share stories that many in the press ignore. I know plenty of Dems in the state who were mad when the so called party leadership shifted to Obama in 2008. Made for a few interesting family debates among my people. I kept out since I was leaning GOP.

    But the point others have made, a lot of Dems don't agree with the agenda that the Dem party is forcing down people's throats any more than all people who would vote GOP are fully in agreement. Hillary could win, if she just stopped trying to be "the everyperson" candidate and be herself.

    I'll never forget the 2000 World Series between the Mets and the Yankees. Of course instead of trying to run for the Senate in the state that got them to the White House, Hillary changed her residency to NY, even though she had lived in AR since the 70's up until the move to the White House. At the games, it was interesting to see which team she was rooting for. Since both were from NYC, she had to choose carefully on what the focus groups told her, and how they thought the voters would respond. Never could get her to commit to a team, and the joke on the comedy shows at the time was when she was asked who she was for, she said "I'm for the team from New York."

    Fast forward to today and you have the same thing. She changes to fit whatever areana she is in. Just be yourself and let the people see who you really are, and if you are that great, it should be an easy walk. After all, if the opposition is going to put up false claims you should be able to counter them with the truth, unless you can't.

    Posted in: Clinton says women's rights under assault by Republicans

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    Alphaape

    @ bass4funk: I agree to your comments. I think it is good to have 2 parties, and both need to learn how to compromise. In the past during the 80's Reagan and Speaker "Tip" O'Neal and the Dems had disagreements, but they did learn the art of compromise. Sometimes not in the best interests of the populace, but if we got screwed over, it was by both parties. Now all we have is just a one party screw over, whether by Dems or GOP.

    So much for Hillary saying that college costs are rising, yet she got over $200K from a speech at UNLV (roughly about $2K a minute). She claims they were poor when they left the White House, yet they are very wealthy now (I'm not against that at all), but don't call other being unfair in trying to better themselves and holding back someone else while you manage to "Do as I say and not as I do."

    Posted in: Clinton says women's rights under assault by Republicans

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    Alphaape

    “If women’s rights are denied or rolled back anywhere, it is a threat to everyone’s rights.”

    Funny how when she was Sec. of State she didn't want to push "women's rights" as justification to do something about ISIS. After all, when she was for the war in Iraq before she was against it, she saw justification for using force to oust Saddam, yet now when we clearly see what ISIS will do to wormen and generally how they are treated in the Middle East, we get nothing from her.

    One reason why I don't watch that show on CBS "Madame Secretary." Her machine has to resort to fiction to make her look good vice her own record.

    Posted in: Clinton says women's rights under assault by Republicans

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    Alphaape

    A second lesson is one he expresses in these terms: “Japan is a Galapagos society. Most adults have no idea what goes on in the real world.”

    Probably the greatest quote I have read here in JT that sums up the Japanese attitude at times.

    Posted in: One Japanese man tells why he wanted to fight in Syria

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    Alphaape

    If the opposition is "clutching its pearls" over this issue, then both parties need to be fired. If the opposition thinks that this is the most pressing matter concerning the people of Japan, then they have missed the boat. All this tells me is that they just want to get a chance to get their hands in the "till" to steal from the people just as the other party. If the majority party can't say, "deal with it" and it's only a fan and try to focus on the real issues, then they need to be fired since they can't seem to focus on what the real problems are.

    Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan

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    Alphaape

    Life imitates art in this case. In the USA a seried was on called "The Knick" which is about a turn of the century hospital (1900) in NYC and the obstacles it faced. One of the characters was a hospital administrator much like this guy. The fictional guy was in debt to his ears from the local mobster, and to pay his debt, he was scimming off the funds being donated to the hospital, as well as doing other seedy things with hospital money and resources to pay his debt. Also, as a married man, he had a mistress who was a "working girl" whom he funneled money to.

    I wonder in this case if a similar pattern will be found. Much older guy, young wife, and probably a few "creative accounting" tricks have been found at the hospital that would probably call into question this guys behavior. Whatever the case, sad to see someone have to take the life of another just becuase they couldn't hack it themself.

    Posted in: Hospital director, wife found dead in apparent murder-suicide

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    Alphaape

    @Alphaape You can't really blame the European colonizers for bringing disease, though. The germ theory of disease hadn't even been proposed yet, so they had no way of knowing the consequences.

    @ Illyas:No I am not trying to blame the Europeans at the time, just pointing out how many have tried to rewrite history and become a victim. Not only the Europeans who colonized the Americas, but also the whalers who traveled the South Pacific did the same thing.

    You are right on Duncan. He knew all along. If you can't tell that people all around you are dropping dead, and he knew he couldn't go to a neighboring country due to their sealing off their borders.

    Posted in: Obama authorizes Guard, reserve call-up for Ebola fight

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    Alphaape

    We just celebrated (in some places) Columbus Day this week in America. Yet in some places like Seattle they have changed it to some type of "Native Peoples" Day celebration, due to the fact that they believe Columbus led the European invasion into the New World and with that brought about the downfall of the native population not only by war and kiling, but also by introducing new diseases into the New World. Diseases like small pox, various forms of VD, and others were introduced which killed off the many of the American populations, since they did not have any natural immunities to them.

    So many on the far left will say Columbus was bad for brining diseases into the New World, yet they will not back a plan to quaranteen people from West Africa and place a travel ban for people who are coming from there to America. Some of the neighboring nations to the hardest hit areas have done such a thing, and guess what, their case rates have stabalized.

    I think an order to stop travel to that area, and quaranteen people from that area until cleared is the best way forward. But I am sure I will just be called some "right wing loon" for suggesting that we get control of our border and keep this disease and many others out.

    Posted in: Obama authorizes Guard, reserve call-up for Ebola fight

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    Alphaape

    I don't know if the news changed but originally they said Duncan helped out with a pregnant neighbor, not a relative, and that people didn't realize she had Ebola, they thought it was a problem with her pregnancy.

    From the reports I have read, the family knew the woman had Ebola, since a relative of hers had already died from it, and he was in an area where it was rampant.

    Funny how the WHO has said Nigeria is ahead of the Ebola outbreak. The reason why was strict containment of their borders. Also, they have made the hospitals that the first few patients had gone to basically a quarantine zone, and stopping people from leaving.

    For those who are against a quarantine, think of a nation as your house. Would you let into your home a person who was very contagious and sick into your home and let them lounge and spread germs in your home? Even with the upcoming flu season, people are advised to stay at if sick so as to not spread it in the office, or kids are told to stay at home to not spread it in the schools. What's so hard about saying if you come from an area of rampant Ebola cases, it is not some anti-PC measure of saying that you can't come to our country or if you do you must be placed in some sort of quarnatine. Back during the mass immigration from Europe through Ellis Island and Asia through Angel Island, if you were sick, you were sent back. No treatment in the US just put back on the boat and sent back from where you came. Being too PC will be our undoing.

    Posted in: Obama: Ebola monitoring must be 'more aggressive'

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    Alphaape

    Why?

    What is amazing is that some of the countries that border Liberia and other hard hit countries with Ebola have sealed their borders from allowing people to leave them and enter their countries. Some of these countries are run by dictators. So some Third World dictators have enough sense to seal off their borders with countries they border where Ebola is rampant. Nigeria has done this, and the numbers of cases there are down.

    With a travel ban, you don't stop the flow of aid going in, but if people do go in, they are immediately put in quarantine until they are cleared. That way you can still keep the flow of supplies into the country, and keep a reasonable measure of safety on who is coming out.

    Also amazing is the fact that the US has sent over $160 million to Liberia and other places to help fight this disease. And yet, the US "patient zero" made a dash for the US to get better treatment. I don't buy the "he didn't know" defense. With all of the connectivity around, even in third world places, if he didn't realize that his family member died of Ebola then he was just plain stupid. If we have sent so much money to these places, where has it gone? Why are we (USA) sending military troops to help build shelters and mobile hospitals when these countries get millions to do this and yet where does it go? Recently there was a case in the USA where a son of one of these tin pot dictators (from Equatorial Guinea) was fined for $30 million from his lavish spending (buying the Michael Jackson white studded glove) along with other lavish items, all the while the rest of his country is living dirt poor His money was mostly made up of USAID and other foreign aid money.

    Yet we hear that the US Healthcare system is not fair to the "poor" and yet a man would travel from Liberia with Ebola just to make it to a US hospital and at last estimate, run up a $500K medical bill that will not get paid, and stil his family has gotten Jesse Jackson and the rest of that crowd to drum up the "race card" in the disparity of treatment.

    Ebola is a bad disease. Not going to jump on the band wagon and say "It's Obama's fault" no it's not for the disease. But I will fault him for not getting control (his appointees) and not being truthful with the public, and not taking it serious. The head of the CDC should be fired. One could get more truth from Pravda or Izvestia than what comes out of his mouth. But he is just a product of his upbringing. He was in the forefront back in the 80's when AIDS was first starting to spread, leading againt measures like quarantines until we found out more about the disease, since it would lead to a social "stigma" against the group then that were the majority of the cases, gay men. Kanye West famously said "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during the Katrina crisis, I think Obama has dropped the ball more on this one that Bush and Brownie may have done.

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    Alphaape

    Probably the same people who get upset if they walk into a shop and don't get the loud and annoying "irashai" when they walk in. I would imagine that some of it is probably guilt. Those who hear the noise of the kids may regret not having spent the time with their own if they had them, or the life they could have had. Whatever the case, I can understand to a point, but I don't think that complaining and banning them is a solution.

    Posted in: New daycare centers held up by residents opposing noisy kids

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    Alphaape

    When they follow them in their cars, they are usually filming the bikers for identification purposes and collecting evidence of their crimes. Since it is both difficult and dangerous to actually try to catch them in the act, they dont try (which makes sense actually).

    I doubt that. If it is a dangerous job to arrest them, then what are the police here for? So by your logic, if a guy is speeding away, the police should just get his license number and then show up to his home and ask him to turn himself in. On the same note, the police are able to just walk into your home if you are a registerd gun owner and count your bullets to make sure you haven't taken the gun out and shot it. So law abiding citizen who goes through the paperwork to own a gun in Japan, is subject to random searches, while guys that are openly riding Helter Skelter and making loud noises are only followed at a safe distance? Doesn't make any sense.

    To the poster that says that there is no law against noise pollution in Japan, I see all the time where local residents have submitted complaints to the local J-cops about noise coming from local bars near the Yokosuka base on noise complaints. the J-cops respond and will try to find out and ask them to tone it down, but of course they are foreigners who are making the noise. They have to exercise the full weight of their authority then.

    Posted in: Biker assaulted by iron bar-wielding Nara innkeeper

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    Alphaape

    Nakamura, currently a professor at University of California, Santa Barbara, never lived in Tokyo and was not from an elite university or a giant well-known firm.

    He once said students looked down on him when he was studying in the United States—where he had been sent by the company—as he did not have a PhD.

    That is the crux of the problem in Japan. If you are not from Tokyo or some "big named" school, you are a nobody. I am sure that in his peer group, some who did come from the right places are still at the same level, progressing slowly until they reach their rightful places (as they believe) but just putting in the time and showing up.

    When on considers that UCSB is not a really "big time" school but has a Nobel winner (I know he didn't do the work there, but they get to claim the credit), is probably unheard of in Japan. Many of the so called smaller places and schools have produced some of the biggest names, and they were not hampered by the mentality sometimes seen in Japan in regards of "where you come from."

    Posted in: Nobel winner Nakamura was salaryman who took on bosses

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    Alphaape

    Reading the J news today and according to a journalist who interviewed him he said he will commit suicide if the authorities stop him going. He wants to die anyway, but thinks that it will be more interesting to go and fight and die for a completely different culture and religion.

    If he has a death wish, then I say let him go. Better for him to die from 500lb laser guided bomb deliverd via the US than to jump off a building in Tokyo and kill an innocent bystander.

    BTW, he should see who ISIS has next up for the "ISIS haircut." A former US Army soldier, who went to Syria to "find himself" so to speak and actually converted to Islam. Still I guess that wasn't good enough for them so he is due to get the scalp treatment. The thing with these guys who come from places like Japan and other First world, they think that with their backgrounds, they will be seen as some sort of reverse "Charisma Man" to borrow an expression and wil be reverred. But in actuality, these people hate anyone who is different from them. They even have divisions among themselves, some of the so called leaders of ISIS are living it up, while those who are not in on the inner circle are the ones out getting shot at.

    Let him go, one less person who will cause a train delay or some other collateral death due to his wanting to exit the gene pool.

    Posted in: Police question university student, others over plan to join Islamic State

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    Alphaape

    Sorry, if you want to talk sense and use logic, there's other websites available for that kind of behaviour.

    I recommend that you go to Mecca and look at the people going to the Haji (oops you can't enter Mecca if you are not Muslim).

    You will see not only "Arabic" or Middle Eastern looking people, but people of every race and creed. Muslims are not an ethnic group. So could they be Japanese natives, possibly. There are Japanese who are Christian, Catholic, and other religons so it is not too far a stretch to say that these guys may be Japanese.

    Posted in: Police question university student, others over plan to join Islamic State

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    Alphaape

    Agree that Japanese laws shouldn't apply outside Japan, but The offence is "preparing for private combat", with no reference to where that combat might take place. And merely by buying a ticket and going to the airport he'd be technically breaking the law.

    So I guess technically if one does push ups and extra physical fitness training and runs an obstacle course before he travels overseas, could that be considered as "preparing for private combat?" If he bought a ticket to Syria, though it may be silly if one doesn't have any relatives there, I don't see why that woud be a violation of Japanese law, since Japan has not declared war against any of the parties, nor have the declared them off limits.

    Posted in: Police question university student, others over plan to join Islamic State

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    Alphaape

    In Japan, the penalty for someone convicted of preparing for private combat is up to five years in jail.

    That's what I find more troubling. I can see somewhat if they were going to go to war domestically, but if one leaves to go fight, how is that breaking Japanese law? So you are saying that Japan laws travel world wide? If that is the case, then why are so many in Japan upset when a military member does something wrong in Japan and they want to try the person under US law?

    If the kids had any sense, they would have just booked travel to Italy or Greece, and gone through to Turkey from their outside the Japanese authorities. Something tells me these guys are probably not too bright, and don't really understand what they may be getting into. If they do understand, like others have asked, are they Muslim converts or from that part of the world origninally.

    Lesson learned, never post what you plan on doing on the internet.

    Posted in: Police question university student, others over plan to join Islamic State

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    Alphaape

    I've had two procedures done. One was similar to this case but was a cornea transplant. The other was knee surgery. In both cases, before I went under, the medial staff asked me multiple times which body part would be operated on, and had me even sign statements attesting to that. For the knee surgery, before I was put under, they marked my knee with an "X" and it was the same doctor who was going to do the surger doing the marking.

    No excuses here. Sloppy on the doctors and staff part.

    Posted in: Doctors perform cataract surgery on patient's wrong eye

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    Alphaape

    I guess I can thank the "terrorists" for making me use only digital for my media. Think about it when one flies these days, before you even get to the plan you are basically stripped down and all your possessions inspected. You wear shows and clothing that make it easier to get inspected. You find that you don't pack as much stuff in your carry ons these days since you have to go through all the process of unpacking and packing back for inspections.

    For a long flight to the US or other destinations from Japan, if you bring CD's or DVD's to watch that will mean at least 4 or 5 discs, along with a player. Digital media, just use your phone and some ear plugs and you can watch or listen to your hearts content until your batteries die. Digital media is just so easy to use and so portable over physical CD's or DVDs.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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    Alphaape

    Japan seems to be moving "slow in the fast lane" at times when it comes to technology. I haven't bought a CD in years. Funny thing, I was walking in one of the base exchanges looking for a children's CD, when I realized that they don't have a music CD section anymore. All they have now are movie DVD's and games. I guess people have just shifted to the download age. Can't even really find a decent portable CD player on base, but walk out to any Japanese electronic store, you can still find them

    Digital downloads are convienent, and lets you the buyer pick what you want and not have to buy the "whole thing" for just one song. But, I do miss going into the old "record stores" like Moses, Camelot, Tower Records, etc. to just browse the album covers.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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