Alphaape's past comments

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    Alphaape

    What's amazing is that in the US, the US airlines are not taxed on the fuel surchage. So all of that is just extra money for the bottom line, yet they keep complaining about the cost of doing business. Not just the bankers on Wall Street who are getting away with cheating the consumer.

    Posted in: Qantas to raise ticket prices to offset dropping of fuel surcharge

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    Alphaape

    Understand what your nation has done before you comment.

    @ warispeace: The US has done nothing to Syria (where these guys were captured) and have not removed Assad. ISIS is fighting in Syria trying to rebuild what they call they mandate or Caliphate as to the way it should be. If anything, you need to research and find out that the majority of the ME borders (Iraq, Saudi Arabia) were desgined after the end of WWI where the former Mesopotamia became Iraq, and the Arabs there shook off the control of the Ottomans (fellow Muslims). This conflict has been going on long before any major US involvement.

    If you want to go down the road in regards to energy hungry nations in regards to geopolitics, then I hate to say but this was a long time coming for Japan. Japan gets most of it's oil from the ME region, not the USA these days since we have become somewhat self sufficient and even an exporter of oil. So Japan and other EU nations and China still get the majority of their oil from the ME, and there are major Japanese oil exporting companies that are there to take in the trade.

    So like it or not, Japan has interests in the region for oil just as much as the rest of the world. And those ISIL radicals will blame them just as much as they blame the rest of the world.

    Also, in regards to you thinking the US has upset the reason geopolitically, why was it then that last week ISIS executed teenage boys in their occupied territory for watching a soccer game (again Muslim on Muslim and no US team was playin) since according to the reason they were executed, the boys were not focusing on the Koran and the Islamic teachings enough and were distracted by the secular soccer game as justification.

    No, ISIS is a pox on the ME and Islam, and instead of giving in to them, they need to be removed. It is sad that this man is caught up in the middle of it, but that's just the way it is.

    Posted in: Japan seeks Jordan's help in gaining hostage's release

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    Alphaape

    Actions have consequences. The rise of IS and the attempt by Iraqi woman, Sajida al-Rishawi, to bomb Amman hotels are directly tied to an illegal invasion and occupation, which Japan supported logistically and financially.

    I think you need to do a bit of research and look at the whole conflict in Islam between Shia and Sunni, from over a thousand years, and how even under the Ottomans it still existed before you jump to the conclusion that just because Japan gave money to one side Japan brought this on itself.

    Understand who ISIS is, what they think and then make a comment.

    Posted in: Japan seeks Jordan's help in gaining hostage's release

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    Alphaape

    So in their minds, boycotting Israel and treating ISIS like Lord Voldemort would make ISIS guarantee the safety of Japanese in the region? Good grief! What planet do these people live on.

    @ WilliB: This is why the common man in Japan has no real clue as to what is going on in the world. If they think that ISIS will respect their Article 9 in their constitution they are sadly mistaken. They don't seem to get it that the big Buddah in Kamekura represents everything that ISIS is against, and would love to see it blown up if they ever came here because it offends them.

    I can't wait to see the normal monthly protestors outside the US bases who hold up their "No War in Iraq" signs and blame it all on the US. These people really have no clue about what's going on there.

    I'm not saying one needs to have a Masters in Diplomacy to get the big picture, but they don't seem to realize that the world outsid of Japan doesn't care about pacifist Japan, or if they agree with US, Israel, Britain, etc. All they care about is how are you showing reverence to their religion, and if you are not a believer, then you are subject to their will, and their rules which means death to the infidels.

    Posted in: Rally for hostage

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    Alphaape

    @ ReformedBasher:

    I agree with you that if you go to any country and look at the latest protest, and ask the people protesting what are they there for and you probably would get the same amount of blank stares and not knowing as people have pointed out on this board. But not to just "bash Japan" but they (the Japanese) like to think of themselves as unique in the world, and the rest of us don't seem to be able to quite understand what it is to be "Japanese." If that is the general feeling, then so be it, but what I have tried to point out is that line of thinking will leave one clueless as to what is going on, both at home and abroad.

    As far as some have said about the journalist, no the press shouldn't shy away from conflict and these types of stories need to be told. But, they need to understand that they do so at their own risks and if governments are really going to stand by the right to free expression, then they need to make sure that when these same journalist make it back and report on what they find, that it is not buried somewhere if it goes against said governments "official policy." There are places all over the world where nut jobs are killing the innocent (Boko Haram in Africa) and we get scant news because the news is not widely reported, or if it is, a one time sensational story to spike ratings and then on to the next crisis.

    Posted in: Rally for hostage

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    Alphaape

    Gosh, those Japanese, right? I think it's really important you guys educate them in the proper nuance and semantics of adapting a punchy Internet slogan.

    I don't think that the Japanese should be educated in the proper nuance of English in this case, but the nuances of the group who took them hostage and kiled one. I tried to explain the situation to some Japanese co-workers of mine, and they had no idea of what was going on in the Middle East and ISIS. They all thought it had something to do with Abe wanting to change the Japanese constitution, or from the impacts of what Bush had done. When I tried to explain to them that the difference between Sunni and Shia has been going on since 600 A.D. they had no idea what I was talking about.

    In part, I think they need to be taught the real reasons of the conflict in Syria and what ISIS represents and the danger that Japan will face one day.

    Posted in: Rally for hostage

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    Alphaape

    I disagree with Harvey's views. The "Je suis Charlie" phrase was exactly what Nessie above says, about solidarity. It says that if you want to win, you'll have to kill me too. All mouth maybe, but I don't see anyone else around here doing anything better to save the guy.

    I find it interesting that some would say that "you'll have to kill me too" in these types of protests, yet when wars or fighting actually occurs, all we hear is that it is just for "big business" or corporate greed and when one tries to get the teachers and students to sing the national anthem in this country, it is just something that is done by the "nationalist" and the right wing cooks.

    These guys made their own decisions to go there. And though I don't think that they were wise, I still respect them for going. These people with these solidarity signs need to understand also that those people who killled them, will also want them dead for their own beliefs and would stop at nothing to do so.

    So before you go about protesting and saying that "you have to kill me too" you had better be prepared to face an enemy who thinks that they have the religious authority to do what they do in the name of their god, and would think nothing of it to kill as many women and children as possible to get their point across.

    Posted in: Rally for hostage

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    Alphaape

    I guess people like Michael Moore would also call bomber pilots and drone operators cowards also, since they are normally far off from their targets. What those who have issues with the character's role don't understand is that the sniper still has to get into position, which normally means being in a war zone also. They may have found a better place to hide, but they are still in a war zone.

    I think what More and others don't like is that the main character, Chris Kyle thought of the Iraqi's as savages and didn't care for them. I once heard him say that on the O'Reilly show and Bill tried to help him "walk that statement back" and he didn't. The things he saw there, with them using women and children as shields to cover the insurgent activities left a mark on him as well as what he had to do for his job. So he was bitter about the Iraqi's, but he wasn't going around saying what one would expect as a bigoted person. In other words, he had an opinion, which didn't really sit well with some, but he wasn't going out trying to force that opinion on others. Something that the left really doesn't get sometime.

    Surprisingly, Whoopie Goldberg spoke out against the likes of Moore and Seth Rogen on "The View" when she said people all stood behind the movie "The Interview" when it was going to be pulled on the grounds of artistic freedom, so those people should also respect the rights of Clint Eastwood to make the films the way he wants.

    Posted in: 'American Sniper' triggers angry debate

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    Alphaape

    The GOP, now firmly in the jaws of crackpot evangelicals, gun nuts, half-arsed Ayn Rand cultists and tea party lunatics is staking out positions ever further right. This is a pity as there are some decent people in there.

    @ Jimizo: When was the last time any of the members of that group marched and protested that something should be shut down, or occupying public streets to close off business, or killed anyone for their so called "far right" beliefs.

    I think you are missing the point on what the USA is really about. Like it or not, the USA is a center right nation. Case in point, my home state (Arkansas) in the 2014 midterm elections has put all of its Congressional delegation (Congress/Senate) into the GOP, the first time since Reconstruction, and during that same election it also elected a GOP governor. You think that things would be falling apart in your world view yet in that same election the voters of Arkansas also voted to raise the minimum wage for the state. So, if we follow your usual leftist line of thinking, that sort of "progressive thinking" by the good people of Arkansas should not be able to occur since they tend to vote GOP.

    Also, since the state house in that last election gained a GOP majority, a GOP state senator has introduced legislation to separate Gen. Robert E. Lee day from the MLK holiday, and that was backed by Dems. For those who don't know, Arkansas is one of 3 states that celebrates Gen Robert E. Lee day on the same day as the MLK holiday. The reason why he wanted to separate the two days is because Robert E. Lee (General of the Confederacy during the Civil War for those who don't know it) represents everything that MLK stood against, and it dishonors MLK with having Lee celebrated on a day when we should be celebrating our advancement of racial progress. But funny thing, since MLK day was made an official holiday, the state legislature in AR has continued to keep the Robert E. Lee Day in conjunction. For those who don't know, Bill Clinton was the governor of the state then and the great "liberal leader" back then didn't do anything to change the Lee holiday, nor did any of those on the far left barking about the so called GOP and their war on minorities and women.

    To sum it up, if you only just spout talking points that they want you to hear and not do any research and see what is actually happening, people like you will continued to be fooled while the world is passing you by.

    Posted in: Obama sets progressive agenda in State of the Union speech

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    Alphaape

    The previous link I posted shows what happened the last time Japanese hostages were taken in the region. And they were on a humanitarian mission!

    Those who were on a humanitarian mission deserve to have the government doing all it can to get them back safely. But at some point, even those who go there for humanitarian reasons need to access the worth versus the risk. I commend those who want to go to help out, more power to them. But does there going to help out and things turn bad and then they expect others (i.e. military, etc) to come to their rescue, is it worth their noble feelings about themselves to put others in danger to rescue them.

    Posted in: Abe fighting against time to find way to free hostages

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    Alphaape

    I hate to say this, but those two brought it on themselves. The one who had the issues and went there on his own was asking for trouble going there, and the reporter who went looking for him (and a story) brought that on himself. I would have more sympathy for them if they were there on some type of humanitarian mission, but these two were there on their own, and not in any governmant mission.

    The Japanese governement (in my opinion) has the obligation to warn it's citizens on the issues in the region and to advise not to go there. If they want to put a tourist embargo similar to the one used by the USA and Cuba for people going there not on official business they should. But since there isn't such a restriction then the fact that they are captured falls on the two individuals.

    Sure the J-Gov can protest officially and let them know that they need to release their citizens, but if I were Abe, I would just be upfront and tell the people, that they are not going to pay the ransom, and advise them not to go there. If people as individuals or businesses want to go to these regions, then it is on them. They need to be prepared to handle these situations.

    Obviously, if they were directly working for the J-gov, that's a different story and he should be making full effort for their release.

    In a related story, in Iraq, ISIS did release a few teenage boys after their family paid their ransom in gold jewlery and money. The reason the boys were held captive was because they were caught breeding pigeons, and according to ISIS this was taboo because they focused their efforts on breeding pigeons and not focusing on the Koran and Allah. So much for having outside interests and doing anything for the betterment of mankind. And by the way, the killed the pigeons.

    Abe, don't give in, just tell the people not to go there and let them make an adult decision (like these two did) even if it is a bad one.

    Posted in: Abe fighting against time to find way to free hostages

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    Alphaape

    Read that many of his proposals are not transfer programs but instead rely on tax deductions. In other words, if you're poor and don't pay taxes, you won't benefit, but if you're lower-middle to middle class, you will

    It doesn't really work like that. What happens is that people will get the deductions, and if they don't pay taxes (due to low income), they will still get it in the form of a tax rebate. That is why so many illegal aliens have filed taxes illegally (using fake social security numbers) so that they can get the Earned Income Tax credits (EIT) and wind up getting millions of dollars, all the while not paying any taxes.

    If Obama wanted to go down as a great president, he would just do away with the current tax system, and go with a flat tax based on income. That way, everyone who earns an income pays taxes. No loopholes, tax havens, etc. and everyone just pays a flat portion of their income.

    Posted in: Obama sets progressive agenda in State of the Union speech

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    Alphaape

    The reason - she couldn't bear the thought of "foreign blood ie. not family" raising her niece so she wouldn't give the necessary family consent.

    I have seen this in a similar case. It seems that this is one of the main reasons why we see kids like the one you mentioned stuck in limbo. If the aunt doesn't want "foreign blood" raising her niece, then why doesn't she step up and do it? If she can't afford to do so, then she should do what is best for the child, and not her selfish desires. The girl in your story had to suffer all because a relative didn't want to help out.

    In many cases, couples who can't have children don't want to adopt, since they have those same feelings of "foreign blood" in their family. But when you do research on some of the historical figures in Japan, you would find that some samurai's or warlords "adopted" some people into their family having them take their name and pass down their inheritance. Over the generations, the "adopted" people somehow became part of the original samurai's "blood line."

    Probably the only way this will change, is if someone who has survived the current system makes it to the top in J-gov and tries to make changes in the system. But, I doubt that this will happen knowing the hassles that they would have to face from being raised in an orphange.

    But then, at the same time we see stories of relatives being duped into giving money to strangers who say they are relatives (close relatives) and one of the reasons why this is so rampant is because in some cases, the families are not really keeping in touch with each other and makes this easier to happen. Yet, those very same victims who don't have much of a tie with their supposed family members and are duped, are probably the same ones who look down on adoption and "foreign blood."

    Japan is interesting at times.

    Posted in: No. of long-term orphanage residents on the rise

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    Alphaape

    I might be accused of being selfish, but I cannot help wondering if we had a different, more peace loving prime minister at the helm of our goverment instead of war-loving Abe there might have been no threat from IS

    @ Onishi: They could care less about the Japanese Prime Minister or the Article 9 to your constitution about not going to war. For them, it is their religion that matters. They are killing fellow Muslims who do not adhere to their interpretation of Islam, case in point the stories last week of them throwing men off a building in Mosul for being gay, or the killing of 12 other Muslim youths who were simply watching a soccer match.

    Neither Bush, Blair or any other world leader has anything to do with this groups formation. If you study and understand the conflict, this inter-Islam violence has been going on for centuries. I love it how people try to blame the west and it's support for Israel for all of these conflicts. If the Middle East was such a perfect place of peace and harmony when the Ottomans last ruled it (100 years ago), then whey didn't they allow their fellow Muslims autonomy to set up self rule as long as they were aligned with them? The reason, the rival between Sunni and Shia and the secular Muslim conflict was goig on then as it is now.

    IS did not care about Japan in the first place.

    You may think that this is because Abe has said Japan will pledge money to help countries in the area fight ISIS, and that is what brought this on. Hate to say it, but sooner or later, Japan was going to feel the conflict between Islam and the rest of the world. If you take a look at the conflicts going on in Southern Thailand (Muslim vs. Bhuddist), Southern Phillippines (Muslim vs, Catholic) as well as in Myanmar (Muslim vs. Bhuddist), or India (Muslim vs. Pakistan) you willl see a common antagonist. Nothing to do with these countries and their belief that Israel has the right to exit, or if they follow blindly behind the USA. It is with the Islmaist in the region who want to impose their beliefs on the surronding peoples.

    Posted in: IS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages unless it receives $200 mil ransom

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    Alphaape

    I think that the publisher will probably do it. Look at how they have gone from talking about Columbus as an explorer when I was growning up, to today's view that he was an exploiter and started the genocide of the local indians (Native Americans).

    What happened in the past happend, both good and bad. As long as the Japanese government is not still hiring "comfort women" for their SDF members who pull into various ports (obviously these protestors have never been to the freeport in Subic Bay lately), then it should be told as it happened.

    It happened during the war, and after the war (read a story on how the J-gov at the time thought it was the duty of the "Pan'Pan" girls to work the occupying GI's in order to get the much needed foreign money into circulation), just as the push for the new formed South Korean government did with the women who worked the "Camp Towns" outside of the bases there.

    Now to try to act as if it didn't happen is just wrong, and denying their own past.

    Posted in: Japan asks U.S. publisher to change 'sex slave' reference in textbook

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    Alphaape

    The old rich pensioners should be means tested before receiving the pension, if they are creaming it off the stock market, have a second home down in Izu, travel to Hawaii and drive a benz then do they really need the pension from the govt ?

    They are trying this with US Social Security and I say no! The money is taken out by law and you have no say in what amount is taken out. So, if you work your entire life, and manage to make something of yourself or save enough to where you don't need the governments assistance when you retire, that is good for you. You made the sacrifices and it paid off for you. The government has no right to now come and say that "we took this from you with the promise to hold it for you, now that you did better than we expected, we are not going to give you back the amount we promised." That is robbery pure and simple.

    That's why I say time to privatize these systems. If they were to tell me, that we see you have made such amount and you have points to retire, then tell me up front and I can decide if I want you to keep taking the money out of my "suppposed retirement account" and let me do with it as I want or you just keep taking away and then telling me, so sorry we overspent so you need to make it up.

    If they take it out, and promise to pay you back a certain amount, then they must regardless of how much you may have managed to save on your own.

    Posted in: Gov't to use sales tax hike revenue to expand welfare spending

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    Alphaape

    Sad for the parents of the girl that lost her life, but I am the beneficary of a transplanted cornea so I can appreciate their loss.

    But why is this news in Japan? Are Japanese that adverse to donating their organs? What I don't get is when they have their funeral service (majority Bhuddist), they pay big money to get a "death name" from what I have been told. If their old name is not good enough and they want to get a "new one" then why worry about leaving organs that could help someone else?

    Am I wrong on my assessment, and if so please tell me what I am missing?

    Posted in: Organs from brain-dead child removed for transplant operations

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    Alphaape

    I went to a medical college hospital in Tokyo the other day and paid less than one hundred yen while it costed me 1,000 yen for transportation. This is ridiculous.

    How about the money you didn't have to spend on your healthcare be used for your transportation. If you got away with paying less than 100 yen to see a doctor, I don't think you would gather any sympathy from having to pay 1000 yen for transportation.

    Last time I checked, the trains and taxi's are privage businesses, and they employ people and pay them a wage, and I know this may sound harsh, but they deserve to make a profit on their business expenses.

    I find it interesting that many here may denounce the USA and say that we don't provide enough services and get away with lower taxes, but when you start to get hit with some of those tax increases, all of a sudden it's a bad thing.

    Posted in: Gov't to use sales tax hike revenue to expand welfare spending

  • 0

    Alphaape

    @kchoze: Good post. If someone offends your religion, then let them do it. According to your beliefs (whatever they may be) they will get their ultimate judgement someday, and it is not up to a person to go and "shoot up" a place to act for god.

    People ask where they got the guns, from the same religious organizations that promote the censorship of others speech rights. Just because guns may be banned in a country, that only means that the people who follow the law will not be able to legally own a gun. Those who have no intention of following those laws, will find ways to get guns.

    Posted in: Je suis Charlie? Attack sparks debate on free speech limits

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    Alphaape

    The real "radicals" in the Muslim communities would be the ones who are willing to state the fact that a reformation needs to take place within Islam so that these type of behaviors don't keep occuring. But those people would face more scrutiny from the Islamists because they would be seen as apostate, which is worse than being an infidel since an apostate is one who knows what they are supposed to do under Islam but refuses to do so.

    That radical cleric from London who penned an opinion piece on why the West needs to understand that there is no such thing as Freedom of speech if it involves defacing Islam is what people need to really begin to understand and see what the world faces. They (he) dosen't see it as extreme, but as it should be, and that is why we will continue to have these problems. That issue needs to be resolved within the Muslim religion and I don't have a say in that. However, you pick up an AK-47 and aim it at me or some other instution that you don't like, I have an issue with that.I have seen many things that I don't like that poke fun and attack my Christian faith, and I may get upset but I don't go out and demand that they stop or get a gun and put an end to it.

    Posted in: Middle East media fear growing Islamophobia after France attack

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