Alphaape's past comments

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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.

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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.

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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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    Alphaape

    And if it's Japanese it's 100% distorted propaganda like the rest of their approach to the war

    A few moths back, I posted a comment on the Japanese approach to Angelina Jolie. When the movie Malficent came out, she was feted like Hollywood royalty and there was a big press push for everyone to go see the movie and she was the darling of the J-media. Her new movie that she produced "Unbroken" which comes out on 25 Dec and tells the true story of the American POW who was an Olympic runner and his story of being used as a propaganda piece and the treatment he received in the Japanese POW camps, is a bit to "uncomfortable" to the J-press so they have slammed it and her. Just like the movie "The Railway Man" another movie about life in a Japanese POW camp, no matter if they have big named stars in them, broach the subject of Japanese atrocities in WW2, and it will not get much play in Japan.

    Posted in: Battle lines

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    Alphaape

    two 17-year-old boys who have known the victim since junior high school.

    Looks like these two were trying to make their "bones" to get in good with the bad guys since they knew the victim.

    This is outright scary. Japanese are honest and kind people in general, so hearing such things is kind of unnatural for me.

    That's jsut a sterotype. Bottom line is that they are all humans just like the rest of us, subject to greed and vice. No particular race/ethnicity is immune.

    Police said that earlier in August, the same gang had intimidated the boy and forced him to lie to his father that he owed a debt of 1.2 million yen in cash to different debt collectors, which the father paid.

    I would start off by reporting the debt collectors to the police. If a kid is a minor, they aren't allowed to enter contracts (at least where I'm from) and then go from there. If someone is preying on the young that should be illegal. I imagine they knew the dad/family would pay in order to not "cause a scene" and they preyed on this. Time for people to start standing up.

    Posted in: Gang of 4 arrested for extortion of Y2 mil from student's father

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    Alphaape

    They just follow the rest of the sheeple and become haters of something they know nothing about.

    @ Disillusioned: I think you need to look at the story line and the photos and then reevaluate your comments about "sheeple." Of all those people in line, I wonder how many had a good Apple phone that is still working fine, and just downloaded the iOS update and still want to drop down the yen to buy a new one.

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    Alphaape

    I guess the public servants of Fukuoka see how the American service members feel with their prohibitions on drinking now in place. The vast majority didn't do anything wrong, yet they must suffer for what somone else did.

    I don't see how the lawyers let the mayor get away with this. I know that the company is all important but I don't believe that they can really regulate your life like that. And who was going to police this?

    Posted in: Civil servant suing Fukuoka for one yen over employee drinking ban

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    Alphaape

    At age 65 I figure that this is a payoff position for him for doing the "party work" for so many years. To an outsider looking in, I think that is the problem with Japan politics. Not enough positions to go around for the "political elites" in terms of the children of long time politicians and their family members. As a result, you get people whose only thing they know how to do is to graft to politics as usual because it is expected of them to go into that field and if they hold on long enough, something will come up to reward them.

    Probably why it is hard for an outsider (not foreigner but outsider Japanese to the political families) to get ahead and that is why Japan keeps getting stuck with these boobs who really shouldn't be in a position and people who may have real solutions will not get the chance to rise up and make a difference.

    Just my opinion.

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    Alphaape

    If I were a fan, I would just get my entertainment elsewhere. Now I see why the governent has it's hands in trying to regulate what people can download and see from the internet. Why bother with this ridiculous crap when there is a world of entertainment out there that is much better.

    Fans should just vote with their pocketbooks and not see the talentos from these companines.

    As some have posted, what better way to build up a fan base than to think that you may have a "chance" at dating to keep the faithul wanting to see them.

    Posted in: Pop idols’ management demands Y8 million in damages after two members caught dating fans

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    Alphaape

    “Success looks like an ISIL that no longer threatens our friends in the region, no longer threatens the United States,” he said, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State, which has declared a “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq.

    in WWII, victory was beating then enemy period. Now we have this sort of "desired end state" sort of statements that helps us define what "is" means (to borrow a phrase). I think it is time to drop the PC and call things as they are. Not go off and kill them all and let God sort them out, but to just deal with them as they deal with others. They behead a journalst, then start treating them the same way. Show them no mercy like they don't show no others. But what we have now is focus groups on the side who are somehow "offended" if we say we will cover our bullets in pig oil and when you get shot you will not enter heaven, or say that we will rub their bodies with pig oil (stuff that came out from the infamous Abu Gharab so called torture). Yet those same groups will not get upset when their side lobs off a few heads on the internet.

    I would have a lot more respect for Obama if he just said, ISIS, you're going to be dead soon and those who follow will also. Here's a hint, we don't say words like that, and they still do the bad things to people and don't follow civil rules, so why should we?

    Posted in: Kerry says 'all bases covered' in coalition bid to crush IS

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    Alphaape

    Part of the problem is that probably not a lot of foreign men in Japanese porn. Don't watch that stuff much anymore but when I did see it, I would see scenes of "group sessions" and some of the homeliest looking guys partaking. So I am not seeing what the issue is here.

    Posted in: Japanese male porn stars rarer than Bengal tigers, actor says

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    Alphaape

    In 2012, a Chinese teenager had his kidney removed to fund the purchase of an iPhone and an iPad. That led to the arrest of members of an illegal organ trading group.

    Well hopefully he still has his other kidney to give up for the new model. Just think, he gave up an organ 2 years ago for an Apple product, and now it is going to be obselete. I just hope he did at least get the insurance plan in the event that he dropped it or broke it, hate to see him give up body parts just to have someone steal his devices.

    Posted in: Japanese fans already lining up for Sept 19 release of iPhone6

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    Alphaape

    There are photo ops of famous politicians in USA who were blind sided by Mafia and Hells Angels affiliates who simply got pictures of themselves shaking hands with said politicians,no political or social affiliations whatsoever at all,just photos like any American citizen can take with a politician.Politicians will take photos with any "Joe citizen /potential supporter".It's probable that this could be the truth

    I agree. I remember seeing a photo of Nancy Reagan taken with some serial killer (Ted Bundy I think) who was dressed in a clown outfit. Did Nancy have anything to do with him and his killing, no. She just happened to be in the same picture as the guy. I would be more concerned if this lady had a paid membership card to the organization and was very active in their political beliefs. Then, I think that would be cause for concern. Just snapping a picture with some guy is no grounds to claim that someone holds those particular beliefs.

    I wonder, if she had taken a picture with Steve Jobs, and was then seen working on a windows device, would this be an issue? No, then this shouldn't either.

    Posted in: Two of Abe's new picks deny neo-Nazi links

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    Alphaape

    North Carolina offered twice as much in incentives for the Toyota HQ as Texas ($100M vs $50M), but couldn't match that feature.

    It not only applies to businesses. When a pro athlete has an offer on the table from a team in FL or a team in CA, the teams in FL can offer a lower bid. Because FL has no state income tax as compared to CA. Consider this, in addition to the Federal taxes if you made $1 million, (about 34% or $340,000) in CA you have to pay an additional 13% ($130,000) compared to NV ($0).

    I get it that they will have tax loopholes, etc, but the bottom line is, even with all of the loopholes, you still are going to wind up paying a lot more in taxes in a place like CA as compared to NV. So businesses and people move away, and the state gets no tax (from sales taxes being spent in CA). Just make the tax rate lower, people will tend to spend more and you get more income from sales taxes and others vice trying to make a large grab before one gets to spend.

    Posted in: Tesla, Panasonic to build battery plant in Nevada

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    Alphaape

    Another blow to the CA economy. These are good paying jobs that don't require college degrees. Part of the problem of why they are leaving CA is that the CA state has made such environmental regulations that go above the Fedearl standards that end up raising the price of manufacturing. To be fair to the CA government, Gov. Brown did try to come up with a $500 million incentive package (that would equate to 10% saving of the cost of opening the plant) and that would have eased some of the environmental restrictions to that of the Federal level and offered some tax breaks to the company, but the majority Dem CA state Assembly didn't vote on it, they let the August deadline pass, and made it a point to be proud of on getting out in time without having to stay for an extra session to pass this bill. Yet, this same band of legislators will push for a bill banning the use of plastic bags in grocery stores and forcing consumers to pay an extra .10 cents "bag tax" that goes to the stores and unions with ease.

    So much tech talent and good jobs that are going to be leaving CA to head for NV, a state that doesn't have a state income tax either. CA only has themselves to blame, they keep electing the same people to run the state and they keep screwing it up.

    Posted in: Tesla, Panasonic to build battery plant in Nevada

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    Alphaape

    but tore it up at the airport and shouted that he wanted to seek asylum.

    He needs to read his passport carefully. It states that if you denounce your citizenship then you are no longer a US citizent (words to that effect). He is old enough to know what he has done, and he should be held accountable and face the consequences. Obviously this guy fell into the trap of being too smart for his own good. My guess, he wants to get out now so that he can gain another "15 minutes of fame" on writing about how much he loves America now that he has been to NK. I say let him stay there. He made all of the effort to get there so now that he is there let him stay.

    Posted in: Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

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    Alphaape

    He should have been busted a rank and forced to retire then.

    That's what did happen if you read the article. He was forced to retire at a 1 star vice 2 star level. To show how much he is going to lose (assuming he did 30 years), since he was a 2 star and if he would have retired at that rank he would make about $10,053 a month or about $120,634 a year for the rest of his life. This does not include the annual Cost of Living Adjustments that he would get. Since he was busted down to 1 star, his monthly pay would be $8,874 a month for $106,485 a year for life. So you can see that in the long run, every month he draws a retirement check (even though it is quite large) he is paying for not doing what he should have done. I think that is punishment enough.

    Posted in: U.S. Army retires general for not properly investigating sex assault in Japan

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