Alphaape's past comments

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    Alphaape

    Probably not a big news story in Japan since they don't have the same comcept of "Free Speech" as Americans. In America, you can make a movie about killing a world leader. Probably not a good idea and it could cause you problems as we have seen, but the bottom line is if a studio wants to do such a thing, then they can do it. Whether it will be successful or not will depend on if the American people will go see it.

    With Japan and a lot of other countries, that inherent right of "making a distasteful" movie is not there. I doubt that the studios would allow such a project to go through, and if it did, someone from the government would be there to put a stop to it. Look at Canada, they are a free people, but there you could not ge this movie made since it probably could be broguth up on hate speech.

    What upsets Americans the most is not the fact that Sony was hacked, evevn by a foreign country, but the fact that some other country can dictate what we can see by making threats about possible harm to theaters that show the move,who in turn looked at what liability that they would incur if something did happen and made a business decision to pull the showings. Was this a much anticipated movie what was going to shatter all records and win a lot of Oscars, I doubt it. But the fact that Americans will not be able to see it, because of the rantings of a government not of their own is what makes this much more of a story than in Japan, since here from what I have seen, studios and media will try to shy away from controversy as much as possible.

    I am sure that the honchos in Tokyo at Sony are not too happy with the US FBI looking into this, since all it does is keep it in the news and they can't just make this go away.

    Posted in: Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan

  • 1

    Alphaape

    @ toshiko:

    Yes is not a US company you are correct but Sony Pictures in CA is a US subsidary. They employ US employees and are subject to US laws.

    The US government is not bothering Hollywood. Freedom of speech in the US allows you to speak out yes, but more importantly it does not allow the government to stop you from speaking, unless you are going to cause a riot or a disturbance.

    No freedom of speech rights were denied here. Sony can still release the movie, only that NK or the group affiliated with it said that they would strike out. They did not stop them, only their concerns about what may happen if they did stop them.

    Also, back in the 80's when oil tankers were being targeted in the Persian Gulf, many of them were from Japan and other nations but what the the US did to escort them was to have them temporarily fly the US flag so that if they were attacked, the US Navy would be there to defend them.

    The US government has the obligation to ensure that commerce can be done, and this case is not a matter of free speech but of free commerce.

    Posted in: Sony cancels Dec 25 U.S. release of 'The Interview' after threats

  • 0

    Alphaape

    There are precedents. In “The Great Dictator” (1940), Charlie Chaplin played a version of Adolf Hitler, dubbed Adenoid Hynkel.

    In this day and age, a movie like "Casblanca" could not be made. Those were Nazi's who were the bad guys. What I predict will happen is Hollywood will fall back to their normal "bad guys" for movies. These will include the CIA, Christians, or some other "right wing" group that will not fight back as hard, in protest to being portrayed as a bad guy.

    They even pulled the puppet movie 'Team America" that made fun of killing his father that some theaters were going to run to protest this but the studio that owns it stopped that idea.

    I just keep being reminded of that old saying "when they came for me, no one was there to stop them" keeps popping up. Bottom line to all of this, Culver City, where Sony Pictures in the USA is located is a new provence of NK now since they bowed down for them.

    Posted in: How Kim Jong Un became the target of 'The Interview'

  • 0

    Alphaape

    I think it is a shame that a US company was forced to not release a movie from threats from a foreign power. Where are my tax dollargs going for National Defence when the US Gov. has not really said anything about this or demanded that NK find out who did this and take actions.

    If a car carrier (full of GM cars) pulling into Incheon with cars was sunk by a NK sub and cost GM up towards $200 million, I am sure that the US Govt would be all over such an incident, or when oil tankers were being shot at in the Persian Gulf and had to be escorted by the USN back in the 80's, it was an attack on free commerce fo US businesses and the government stepped up.

    This incident is similar. Yes it is probably a very crappy movie, but the bottom line is that it was made and the company had the right to make it, and they were denied their ability to conduct business. Private companies are not allowed to do foreign policy, so I am really surprised that the US hasn't done much on this.

    Of course, I am sure that there are some things going on behind the scenes (I hope) but I think a stronger response should be made by the US government.

    Posted in: How Kim Jong Un became the target of 'The Interview'

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    Alphaape

    I guess Al Quadi will call up Clint Eastwood and let him know that since he was behind the movie "American Sniper" that he can expect something bad to happen to him.

    What I don't get is where is the US Govt, in all of this. Sony Pictures, an American company was attacked by a foreign power at a loss of up to $200 million as some are saying, so where is the reponse from the US government? What happens next time if they attack Boeing, or some other company by some foreign country.

    Sony Pictures is guilty of probably making a bad movie, but they have been known to do that from time to time. But not a word from the US Gov on some government attacking a US company, or from the UN either. I remember a time when some rebels would attack a Banana plantation in Central America and the Marines were sent in. Now a company on US soil is damaged, and no US Gov out in front telling NK they had better back off.

    Posted in: Sony cancels Dec 25 U.S. release of 'The Interview' after threats

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    Alphaape

    My dog can barely concentrate on two things at once - and three is way beyond him - yet he's marginally smarter than your average tea partier.

    @ Laguna: Calling people names who don't agree with your opinions is not going to further critical discussions. All it does is make you look like a person who says they tolerate personal beliefs, as long as they match your own. I would suggest you step away from the "talking points" and research things yourself and don't castigate a political group because they don't follow your beliefs.

    Posted in: Obama announces U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba

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    Alphaape

    Coming soon, the closing of Gitmo since we will have normalized relations with Cuba. This will be a precondition that we will have to abide by.

    Even though for some reason even while Cuba has been communist since the revolution they still abided by the treaty to keep the Gitmo base open.

    @Alphaape There's a big difference between letting the guy with the funny hat do some negotiating for you and letting him decide what your birth control laws are going to be

    I can buy that, but do you think that he will let the guys in the funny hats (yarmulke's) assist with the tensions between the two warring sects in the Middle East do negotiating for us since after all they live there too. .

    Posted in: Obama announces U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba

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    Alphaape

    Your paltry understanding of the separation of church and state would mean that only atheists could be involved in government.

    @ Jake Lonergan: I actually have a very keen understanding of separation of church and state. I realize that you can't let your personal beliefs interfere with running a country, and people were talking about this issue when Kennedy ran back in 1960. Also, I seem to remember the hysteria on both the right and the left in 2012 with Romney and his Mormanism.

    Not blindly taking sides, but pointing out that it seems odd when the current Admin will want to work with the Vatican on this issue, but yet turn around and try to force Catholic organizations to fund health insurance that covers issues that the church is against. It just so happens that they helped in negotiations with Cuba in this case. But I am sure if the next President sided with the Church and outlawed practices that it is opposed to, then we would get those very same "separation of church and state" arguments from types like you.

    I think that the Vatican does a lot of good, but I don't think that they need to be running diplomacy since it can lead them to be partial when they need to be impartial.

    Posted in: Obama announces U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba

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    Alphaape

    The details of the prisoner releases and policy changes were largely finalized during a meeting at the Vatican last fall.

    Gee, I thought that so many on the left would be up in arms when the Church gets involved in US policy. But now I guess we see the Vatican working with the US Government. So much for seperation of Church and State. Yet, the Church gets upset with provisions in Obamacare that allow for the payment of contraceptive devices. If the Church wants to get involved in politics then they need to really make a stance on the massive killings going on in the Middle East by another religion.

    Posted in: Obama announces U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba

  • 1

    Alphaape

    I guess next they will target Netflix and other online streaming sources that will have the video on demand. Only thing this will do is move the film to "cult status" and it will build up a following at midnight movies.

    "Team America - World Police" had Kim Jong-Il as the villian. I don't remember the NK's having an issue with it. But it was a puppet movie and had much adult comment, so I am not sure why they didn't protest that movie then.

    Posted in: Sony cancels Dec 25 U.S. release of 'The Interview' after threats

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    Alphaape

    About 10 years ago, they loosened up the restrictions of collective farmers and allowed them to keep 1/10 of an acre to grow their own crops and to sell them and keep the profit. As a result, 1/10 of every farm was producing more than 50% of the agricultural output over the state run portion of the farms.

    Just follow the money on this move. You will see businesses begin to move away from other Central American countries to set up manufacturing and other industries in Cuba, since compared to other countries, they will have the cheapest labor, and those Wall Street hedge fund guys will laugh all the way to the bank and cuban resorts. I expect Hilton, Trump, and other resort hotel chains to dust off old plans as well as the airline and cruise industry to get fired up for the tourist boom that will happen.

    Posted in: Obama announces U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba

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    Alphaape

    It was done somewhat before with the remake of "Red Dawn" when the studio (not sure which one) changed the enemy from China to NK. There was no outcry then since it showed NK taking it to the USA, the same with one of those White House take over movies where the main villan was from NK.

    FBI is going to release a report that does point back to NK. I say if that is the case, time for the US to stop all aid to NK. Obviously if they have the people and skills who can hack into an industrial network, even though the majority of the people can't get internet access, then they don't need help with growing food or feeding their own people. Let them do it themselves since they now have the technical know-how to do things like this.

    Posted in: Sony cancels Dec 25 U.S. release of 'The Interview' after threats

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    Alphaape

    When the west is going to wake up seeing Islamic doctrine as it is????

    Because Islam has not gone through a reformation as Christanity and Judaism has. There are many similar things in the Old Testiment that put prohibitions on people and foods that many don't follow today and are still considered in step with their religion. Even now, the debate on gay marriage and rights. Many Christians are villified for wanting to take a more literal biblical interpretaion on the status of being gay, yet some church's are recognizing gays, and more to the point, when was the last time a group of Christians stormed into a gay establishment and gunned down all that were there?

    These extremists are not making this stuff up, just following their religion.

    Don´t make the mistake of judging them from our value system.

    In what value system is it allowed to go into a school and gun down kids just because their parents work for the government or in response that girls should not be educated? It's a matter of basic humanity. I get that we all can't get along and there will be differences between civilizations. But to murder just because you are protesting that some girl won a Nobel Peace Prize is backwards, and no justification for it.

    Posted in: Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

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    Alphaape

    Pascal, in my opinion, is welcome to her opinions, comments, or jokes. I would hope that most people would understand that her comments were made in jest.

    I agree, but the difference between her and you and I is the people that she hangs around with. She may harbor some of those feelings and that is her right. Yet, she has the connections and funds to donate to groups like the Dems and other political groups that can extert influence on the average person, pushing her agenda on others, while at the same time not really believing in it. Thus, we get a classic example of "do as I say, not as I do." If anything, it is people like her that have done more to create the divisions in the USA that those on the right.

    Pascal is what some would say in LA is a "West Side Liberal" in terms of she will say one thing, in this case support for Obama and race issues, yet do another thing and would make sure that you could not live next to her or would not really spend any time with you unless the cameras were around.

    Again, she is entitled to her opinions, but then don't go out and try to get people elected to push a certain agenda all the while not fully believing in it.

    Posted in: Sony Pictures reassures staff after hackers vow 'Christmas gift'

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    Alphaape

    This is a case of Muslim on Muslim killing. Yet, the people in this area and the rest of the world will get upset with the USA for doing nothing more than playing loud music and roughing up suspects who follow this particular religion who slaughtered their own kind.

    Time for people to wake up and understand the threats we (the rest of the civilized world) is facing with the Taliban/ISIS extremists.

    Posted in: Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

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    Alphaape

    Just as I predicted... that is the real-world response to the fluffy feel-good speech at the Nobel Price party.

    Read another story about this event that it was in response to the young girl getting the Nobel Peace Prize and their beliefs that girls should not be educated. Never understood these backwards types.

    Posted in: Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

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    Alphaape

    What's the difference between former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling who made his comments on his private life that were taped with his comments about race that cost him to loose ownership of the Clippers and vilified as a racist, and the comments made by the COO of Sony on her comments about Obama? None, there were both private comments. The only issue is that the Sony COO made her comments on company email and Sterling made his comments in private. Using company emails, private companies don't have to protect your private rights. The Board of Directors could go into any email account and look at emails so though the COO has the right to have her private opinions, she should not be surprised that company emails were hacked and her comments put on display.

    Let that be a lesson to all, be careful what you say on company emails.

    Posted in: Sony Pictures reassures staff after hackers vow 'Christmas gift'

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    Alphaape

    It was a nutbag with a criminal history.

    @ smithinjapan: I agree it is a nutbag with a criminal history, but he wasn't waiving a flag that said that. He was expressing his beliefs in what he felt was justifying his actions. Also, there have been several cases in the USA of these types of people, who have professed muslim ties, and have gone on killing sprees in the USA 2014 (during the summer of 2014). In one case a Muhammad Brown told investigators that one of his killings (out of a total of 4) was a “just kill.” The devout Islamic adherent proclaimed: “My mission is vengeance. For the lives, millions of lives are lost every day," he quoted.

    But, you never really heard about this guy in the US press (unless you want to bash Fox News) because of a few factors like him being a Black American, and an Islamic convert and it just didn't fit the narrative. There are other cases of these so called "Lone Wolf" type stabbings and killings in the USA, and they don't get they coverage in the press.

    Yes the US press can oversensationalize things somewhat, but what is worse is when they just don't report the news openly instead of trying to drive some type of agenda. Also, looking at some of the comments on the news reporting on this incident in the UK, they British press did as much as possible to not bring up his religious affiliation in order to be as "PC" as possible.

    Posted in: Gunman, 2 hostages killed as police storm Sydney cafe

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    Alphaape

    Um... you do know there were a couple of shoot first and ask questions later high profile incidents in the States recently?

    Yes I do. But in one of those cases a Grand Jury has said that the cop shot in self defense. Also, you do realize that after that case, a city burned and the police stood by and did not try to stop the looting.

    If the Aussie police would have had a clear shot and made sure that this guy was alone and not part of some larget plot, then I am sure that they would have taken the shot a lot earlier. But, I believe that since he flew up a certain religious flag, the police were concerned about the "optics" of the situation and didn't want to make themselves look bad if they had gone in quicker. Just look at some of the reporting and how they kept dancing around the elephant in the room, that the man was from a certain religious belief.

    Posted in: Gunman, 2 hostages killed as police storm Sydney cafe

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    Alphaape

    The Australian media was also very professional in reporting the story without over-sensationalizing as would have been the case if the incident had been in the U.S.

    Not so, there have been many cases where the US police have waited patiently until all resources were exhausted. Have you ever seen those high speed chases on CA highways and the police tend to block off traffic, and keep innocent drivers off the roads so that some loon can keep driving like a mad man so that they can get them to a less populated area and then stop them.

    Don't just jump on the "social media bandwagon" and think that US cops shoot first and ask questions later.

    Posted in: Gunman, 2 hostages killed as police storm Sydney cafe

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