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    Alphaape

    One of the lessons learned from the Vietnam POW experience was a revision to the Code of Conduct for POWs. During the conflict, POWs were not expected to reveal information, and it did the job well. However, after debriefings upon their return, military officials realized the POWs are humans, and each human has a specific breaking point. So it has been revised somewhat, to reflect that. What they teach in SERE (Survival, Evasion, Rescue, Escape) school for military personnel is that you at least try to hold out for as long as you can. Most likely if your command knows you have been captured, they will go through and change call signs and settings so that anything you do give, will not be effective.

    McCain endured a lot, and has nothing to be ashamed of in his service to the Nation. However, he did use his time as a POW to help launch his career as an politician. There are other POWs from the conflict, and yes they have gone on to do some great things, but I don't recall them only standing on the point that they were a POW. They may have some credibility with certain military issues, but McCain has failed in numerous other areas in his political life that had nothing to do with his time as a POW. Heck Bob Dole lost the use of his arm in WW2, and when he ran he really didn't bring that up at all. But is seems that the very same people who thought McCain was a weak choice back in 2008, and didn't really support him until he brought on Sarah Palin are now all in a huff about Trumps comments.

    Is Trump brash and shoots off his mouth, yes. At least we know what we are getting. Rather have someone up front with me so I can see what he is up to, rather than some smooth talker who speaks in "political speak" that sounds good but will screw one later down the road and then cast blame on someone else or because I wasn't "enlightened" enough to fully understand.

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    When you see both parties talking bad about someone, then you know he must be a threat to them both. Funny how the Dems back in 2008, said similar things about McCain. Case in point, I received a forwarded email from one of my relatives talking about the three other times that McCain had lost an aircraft, and was somehow allowed to continue to fly because his father was a top Admiral, or how it was McCain's plane that inadvertently ignited a rocket while still onboard the USS Forrestal that caused the devastating fire. So you see on and on how the game is played.

    Like Trump or not, he is making some sense. As far as being racist, why don't those of you who are not of Mexican decent (in reference to his supposed comments) go down to Mexico and see what the local populace actually thinks of non-Mexicans, or how the Mexicans who are Black (yes there are some) or more native tribes (the real Mexicans) face discrimination, or the comments that they make towards Obama. I believe one Univision commentator was relieved for comparing Michelle Obama to a character from Planet of the Apes.

    What Trump has done, is bring up the issues to the front just as those in power do in their private meetings, without the carefully scripted comments as to not offend anyone. The comments he makes are probably made on both sides of the aisle. Just look at some of the disdain that Hillary has shown people and the way she treats the press.

    People need to stop clutching their pearls, and get off the fainting couch and find out what the candidates are talking about rather than watching some cat video on You Tube.

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    Furthermore, she's deceiving herself if she reckons there will be no blow back from these indiscretions. She might have some major issues trying to get her license

    I have known several people who were "book smart" and could do well in school and made it through medical/law school, only to be some of the most insane people you would ever meet. With her feelings about older men, can you imagine if she became a urologist and had to do those "men's exams" to men! Being able to feel empathy and compassion are key requirements to becoming a medical professional, something I don't think that this woman has.

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    This lady has some serious mental issues. Heaven help the guy who tries to "wife" her.

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    The official Kuwait News Agency on Friday quoted the Interior Ministry as saying that while Abdulazeez was born in Kuwait, he was of Jordanian origin.

    Someone had mentioned this yesterday, but even though he was born in Kuwait he probably was Palestinian, and this has proven to be true. His trip back to Jordan a few years ago probably led him to make a side trip into Syria and get radicalized. Though, reading about how his father treated his mother, he probably didn't need to go that far to pick up some of the "throwback" beliefs that he held.

    RIP to the Marines and Sailor who lost their lives. I just hope that the US Government doesn't play politics with this, and not give the victims the proper recognition as being killed in action vice the old "workplace violence" like they did the Ft. Hood victims and the other victims who were killed at a recruiting station before by a Muslim. That's a slap to theirs and their family faces, with our government not being able to call it what it is, an act of terror and we need to start treating those radicals as enemy combatants.

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    A good commercial!

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    Is that a heart? Is Pluto showing the love?

    Earlier reports had indicated that it was a near heart shaped formation. I find the solar system/space so fascinating. The things we think that are unique only to earth in form somehow we wind up finding when we head deeper into space.

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    I am so glad that this has happened and it shows that even though we have our problems, we humans can still achieve a lot if we try.

    $720 million mission

    I saw on another board people were complaining about the costs of these types of missions, and how organizations like NASA and other research projects are wasting the taxpayers money, that could be better spent on the "poor." I say "poppy cock" to that. We spend far more on the poor and needy per year than the $720 million for 10 years that has given us valuable information on how the solar system is formed and what we can do to advance our species. I say that we need more projects like this to further science.

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    I feel sorry for the kid, but I have to ask, did the kid ever talk to the father about the situation? I can see if the father knew of this and the school did nothing. But then, the father can't blame the school if the one persons that the kid should have been able to talk to are their parents. What was the relationship between the two?

    In no way am I saying the dad is at fault. I can agree with the lawsuit against the school. But dad needs to look in the mirror and ask himself if he had done all that he could have, and what type of relationship did the kid have with the father.

    I at least hope that the diary held the names of the students who were doing the bullying and they hold them responsible.

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    In regards to this case, if he wanted to let off some steam, there are a myriad of places where he as a Japanese male could go to let off "steam" that doesn't involve stealing some woman's underwear or flashing them with his pants off. I just want to know where he works, since I will make sure not to eat there.

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    The museum said it had hoped to create an “interactive experience,” helping museum goers appreciate the rich details, embroidery and fine materials of the garments. It said similar events took place when the painting, depicting a woman in a kimono, travelled throughout Japan for an exhibition.

    If the museum display showed a map of Japan and the areas where the kimono's came from, then it is not racist or imperialistic. It is simply a display named after a specific manner of dress from a specific Asian country. If they showed a map of all of Asia as representing the kimono, it's not racist, but just stupid on the part of the museum on not being able to pinpoint where the kimono's come from.

    But overall, this is just another "perceived insult" that some groups keep peddling to keep themselves relevant. I can't see anything wrong with the name and the intent of the event. The museum should stand fast and hold their ground. Their job is to enlighten and educate the public, not cower because a few who don't know much about the world except to be eternally "PO'ed" about something makes a loud noise.

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    does no one realise that outright bans don't work.

    So you are saying that just make them all legal, and if you want to take them do so at your own peril. I don't think that is the answer. Have you ever seen the Vice documentary about the rampant Heroin addiction in places like Iran and Afghanistan, and Russia? People are burnt out and totally wasted. Do you want a doctor working on you that you knowingly know is strung out on Heroin?

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    I think that they should be protesting against Mainland China and their suppression of freedoms that are in Hong Kong compared to the rest of China than being concerned about the Japanese PM, and Japan's ability to project power off their shores.

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    Why not have a conversation about both at the same time? One side does place all the blame on the police, and on the flip side you place all of the blame on the black community. The truth is somewhere in the middle but people are too busy presenting one extreme and blaming the other for their own extremes.

    @ SuperLib: When you try to bring the two sides together, from what I have seen the police get "out shouted" and out rallied by the victim lobby. But I have seen on many local levels ministers and other responsible citizens trying to encourage cooperation with the police to help solve matters.

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    We are talking about "exporting culture" here, aren't we? If the exporter changes everything for the tastes of importers, all the exoticness is lost and the product becomes second line to domestic products of the importing country.

    @ CH3CHO: My point was that AFRN did follow the guidelines set up for government censors but the rest of the broadcasts weren't government driven and trying to promote what it thinks the world wants, unlike the BBC who thought that they knew what was best. It left it up to the people. The young Britons picked up on this, and decided that they liked the music from the Americans rather than what the BBC suits thought what was good for them. Same concept as to why Cool-Japan is not doing well. What they are pushing, the people in the rest of the world don't want to see or hear. What they could do is make sure that the artists have the venue to get their work across, and not try to push what they think is "cool" upon the rest of the world.

    Posted in: Gackt lashes out at Cool Japan: 'Almost no results of Japanese culture exported overseas'

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    Cool Japan is a copy of the Cool Britain campaign concept run by the Blair government nearly ten years ago. That campaign also was critized within the UK for being ineffective.

    I recently watched a documentary "The BBC at War" that discussed how the BBC covered it's first time in war during WW2. One of the things that came out was that the owners/directors of the BBC were very "high minded" in regards to what they thought radio broadcasting should be, and as a result had strict rules on what would be aired in regards to popular entertainment with music and variety shows and news, think of the Lord Grantham from Downton Abbey and you get the picture. By late 1942, with the arrival of large numbers of US GI's, they found that the BBC broadcasts were not interesting, and the music and news so bad that they would start tuning into Radio Berlin. The BBC wouldn't change their programming so they recommended that the US troops broadcast their own signal. As a result, Armed Forces Radio Network (AFRN) started and surprisingly the GI's tuned in but was not expected, the British citizens (younger crowd) began tuning in and listening to the popular music (Big Band sound like Benny Goodman, etc). They started listening so much that BBC listeners dropped dramatically so much so that the BBC considered options of limiting the AFRN broadcasting times or reducing the power of their signals so that they couldn't get picked up over larger areas of Britain.

    Cool Japan is like this in regards to the stiff shirts who were in charge of the BBC during WW2, not understanding what the people want, and trying to force artists and patrons to come around to what they "think" they should like, and it never works. Those in charge of Cool Japan would do themselves a big favor and take a look at that documentary and figure out a better way of at least funding the entertainers to work independently.

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    @ MarkG: Antonio Brown will not even provide information to the police. Obviously he knows who was targeting him, and has refused to cooperate with law enforcement to bring them to justice. So when police have to deal with this type of attitude day in and day out, one can see why they sometimes get frustrated. Not condoning police brutality, but at what point do the "community leaders" stop using police violence as the cause to all of the problems and tackle the real issue of the Blacks (name your group) in a community not helping the police find those who are actually doing the shooting and the killing.

    Yet, Mr. Brown will have someone in his crew or he himself will take justice in his own hands. bun control aside, it wouldn't matter since by law, he isn't allowed to own a gun or buy one because of his felon status. Yet he will get one, and someone else will be killed. The circle will continue sadly.

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    “Naruto” performances, the singer couldn’t help but notice the lack of people in the audience.

    Probably because the stuff he is performing is not that good to those outside of Japan. Japan does have a lot of industries that are could be considered "cool" outside such as their cars (better than some US models), some of their electronics, and other items such as anime. Maybe some of the so called talent that they want to present just doesn't go over well.

    As we saw in an earlier post here on JT about the comic trying to use a fake American accent to bridge difficult situations and how many of the posters said that her schtick just isn't funny, that could be the same for this campaign. People are more worldly these days, but humor and art is mostly local. There are a few cases where some shows transcend cultural boundaries and those that do, are not some product of the government, but based on the artistic creation done by the creators and actors. Just because the government stands behind it, doesn't mean that people will like it. That is where the Japan government misses the mark, the rest of the world doesn't need the government to tell them what is funny and what is cool.

    Posted in: Gackt lashes out at Cool Japan: 'Almost no results of Japanese culture exported overseas'

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    The illegal who gunned down someone deserves to be punished to the full extent of the law. However, his actions are his own, and I'm not going to condemn Mexicans as a whole because of his actions, nor am I going to say Trump was justified in his racist comments because of this guy's actions. This guy is responsible for his own actions and that's where it ends.

    @ Strangeland: Good points, but here is where I see differently. You have a nut white guy shoot up a Black church in SC, and people want to say it was because of the Confederate flag and it should be banned. It wasn't he was just a loser who was off his meds. Not saying I am for the Rebel Flag since those who fought on that side in the Civil War owned my relatives, but what I am saying is that a rebel flag doesn't make all of them want to go gun down innocent Blacks.

    To Trump and his opinion and the story I pointed out, that guy shouldn't have been in the USA in the first place. He was deported 5 times and was in jail on charges that should have sent him back to ICE, but the public safety officials were following their orders from their leaders and let him go. This shold not happen. When a shooter shoots up a place, everyone who is anti-gun points out that tougher gun laws are needed. When an illegal who shoots an innocent women gets captured, and we see he has been deported 5 time previously, we don't get the cry for tougher actions against illegals (you do in some cases, but the media and civic leaders will shy away from this point).

    Yes his actions are his own, and he deserves to be put to death (ironically that is when Mexico will try to take him back or not extradite him to the USA if he is facing a capital offense since they don't have the death penalty in America), just the same as the white shooter in SC. But, in this case the shooter in San Fran was at that place because of a failure of the public safety and leadership of San Francisco in turning him over to ICE.

    Not all illegals are this type of hardened criminal, but they are illegal because they did break US immigraiont law. Not all are from Mexico but this guy was. Sad to say this is not just a "one time" event one could easily look over the internet and find hundreds of stories on how illegals have been charged with bad crimes in the USA, and like it or not Trump is right on this one.

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    It proves that Greeks are just on right track.

    Read an article from a man who wrote a book on the Greek crisis. He states in his article how the residents on one island are according the statistics 90% blind. They claim this disability so that they can money for thier disabilty, and yet the government doesn't put 2+2 together to figure out that there are still drivers on the same island renewing their license. Or how homes will have at least on part of the roof not completed and showing the steel support rods simply because under Greek law, you pay the property taxes on finished buildings (if you even bother to pay in Greece at all) or how in some of the most affluent areas in Athens, doctors are reporting their income at the poverty level so that they don't have to pay taxes, or get subsidies.

    Greece did this (a large portion of it) to themselves. People there don't pay their taxes (not talking about the 1% but everyone) or contribute to help them fund their own selves. It is said only the foolish pay for the subway tickets in Athens since they don't take tolls but rely on the honor system, so how is that going to pay for itself?

    It is a sad state, and yet the people keep electing the people who enact laws, or don't enforce them as long as they "get theirs" and this is what you have.

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