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    Alphaape

    Christianity wins the lion's share of atrocities in history, by far!

    @ smithinjapan: I guess you have no idea what Muslims are doing to non-Muslim girls and people in places like Nigeria and other parts of Africa these days. They are also doing them to fellow Muslims.

    I say if a person is offended by alcohol, then don't drink or buy it. Just because you may want to practice a different religion that has prohibitions against it, then you should be secure in your faith to let others around you do what you consider a sin as long as you don't partake in it. Drinking is not going to kill someone, unless they drink and drive and you can put measures in place to prevent that. But if someone wants to sit in their home alone and have a drink, how is that going to affect your religious beliefs?

    “This is not a religious or ideological issue,” Abdul Hakim of the Prosperous Justice Party told Reuters. “This is purely for the protection of the children of the nation.”

    That is probably the funniest things I have read. I watched a Vice documentary awhile back on the large numbers of smokers in Indonesia, especially among the children. They showed kids as young as 6 and below smoking, picking up the habit from seeing the adults. If they really want to "protect the children" then they should ban cigarettes along with alcohol. That way they can be healthier and still have the opportunity to live a long life in some of the third world conditions that you see in Indonesia.

    Posted in: Islamic parties seek ban on alcohol consumption in Indonesia

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    Alphaape

    His family said officers also used stun guns at least twice with no effect.

    So what are the police supposed to do when the stun guns don't work? Just allow the perp to get away?

    I think that the cop in the case in SC is wrong in this case, there is no excuse, but that doesn't mean that the cops should be disarmed. I think in this case another serious issue that is not getting the proper attention is why the man (Scott) ran in the SC case.

    He was no seasoned criminal, he was weary about going back to jail due to being late with child support payments. He had previously held a job that was paying $35,000 (good for that state), and lost it when he was jailed for back child support. His family even said that he would often take the long way home while driving, since he didn't want the chance to be stopped by the police for any traffic stops. He was aware of the broken brake light and was attempting to get it fixed until this even happened.

    At his funeral, one of the SC Congressmen (a Dem) made the comment that we need to look at this whole child support system. How can a man expect to pay child support, if he is in jail? I know from my own personal story my brother is divorced, and was laid off and still had child support due. He had to pay it out of his unemployment, and yet the ex wife and the court thought they had the right to take him to court. When ordered to go to court in Chicago, he had to fly from one part of the country to another during a snow storm, only to have his ex-wofe's lawyer not show up, and the normally unreasonable judge finally saw that maybe my brother was doing what he was supposed to do and not being a deadbeat.

    There are so many cases in the US on how men are getting screwed when they slip up with child support. I am not talking about the types that you see on shows like "Maury Povitch" and the "you are the baby's father" but men who are trying to pay child support, and due to circumstances beyond their control may have a few problems paying and are subject to this type of treatment.

    That is the real story here besides the blatant killing of this man. He was not afraid of the cops or a criminal, but of the system that was stacked against him, and it was just his bad misfortune that he came face to face with the wrong type of law enforcement officer.

    Posted in: Police use of stun guns eyed in officer-involved killings in U.S.

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    Alphaape

    Where is the Batman tech? Just use your computer and shut his car down. Or fire one of those GPS trackers onto the car. Then he'll just abandon the vehicle somewhere. You'll still catch him.

    So what if he ditches the car in a crowded area? GPS tracker on the car will not do any good. I know the idea of using "whiz bang" gadgetry sounds nice, but it will not replace the fact that it will still take manpower to actually grab this guy up.

    Posted in: Man driving stolen minivan killed in crash following pursuit by police

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    Alphaape

    For those who are worried about the so called far right "Tea party" that seems to frighten everyone, Mayor De Blasio of NYC, Hillarys campaign manager for her senate bid in 2000 said this today on Face The Nation on why he's holding off on an endorsement until she has presented her vision for the country.

    "progressives such as himself want to see all Democrats running for office move from the center to embrace the farther left causes of "progressive taxation," increases in wages and benefits, and a willingness to tax the wealthy to fund investments in infrastructure and education. "

    I want those who keep bashing the right and the Koch brothers to keep watch on how many campaign stops and fundraisers that Clinton will make to Hollywood and the Upper East side in the next few months asking for money. Those very same people who if they really wanted to help people out instead of giving $30K a plate for a dinner could just as easily support a local food bank and feed hundreds, or donate to a failing school to help out, even though in places like LA (Hollywood) the amount spent on each student in the public schools is among the highest in the nation and yet they still have over a 70% high school dropout rate for black male teens.

    The nation is more center right than people tend to believe. I am not talking about the right wingers that so many here seem to be afraid of, but most Americans want lower taxes, and the opportunity to at least try to make it and not have either the government impede them, or special interest groups who can afford $30K a plate dinners get in their way either.

    Posted in: Hillary Clinton launches presidential campaign

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    Alphaape

    If Madame AIPAC gets in then you should buy more shares in "defense" contractors. She is a puppet of the hardcore, right-wing zionists. And they want to see their surrounding Arab countries destroyed.

    In a round about way, this is happening because of her. Her inaction back in the "Arab Spring" and bad policy by the US has left us with the current situation in the Middle East. It's not Israel who is killing Arabs, it is Arab vs. Arab in places like Syria, Yemen, Lybia, and Iraq that are causing so much trouble and disturbances.

    I have never seen a poll that she is over 50%

    Whatever her poll numbers, they went down when she made those comments at a speech at a national recreation organization convention that there was not enough "fun" in America these days and maybe there should be more "fun camps" opened for adults where they can go and let go of the cares of the day to day life and just have "fun." This didn't set too well with people since I will admit the right equated it to the "re-education" camps seen in totolitarian regimes. That was a bit of a stretch to some point, but what the American people are beginning to tire of not only from her but the rest of the political front runners is how they try to be "everything for everybody" and the rest of their doublespeak and broken promises.

    She has a long way to go, and if she does make it through the Dem primary process, the very same press that is going to cover for her at the expense of maybe some better Dem candidates will then go after the GOP nominee with the whole "gender issue" and "sexist" attitudes but not doing so against primary contenders, since they will need to use that in the general election against the GOP.

    Posted in: Hillary Clinton launches presidential campaign

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    Alphaape

    The far left party of the Dems wants Elizabeth Warren, the Sen from MA to make a run for it. Some Dems want O'Mally the former Gov. of Maryland, and then there is Webb from VA. Warren is too far to the left and I think that the American people have tried it with a far lefty, and want someone who is more centrist. That will be key for someone like Webb. O'Mally may not be as good a choice, sine he was last defeated by a GOP candidate in MD for his old position, in part because the voters of MD (a heavily Democratic state) partly due to the high taxes and some of his policies, one of which was that he signed a law giving in-state tuition to MD colleges for children of illegal immigrants, however he refused in 2014 to open a facility to house the influx of the children from Central America during the summer rush of the illegal alien children flowing into the USA, and the White House accused him of being hypocritical for not supporting their plans to house these children in his state. I guess he saw the way the wind was blowing on the whole illegal alien issue.

    There are probably several other candidates on the Dem side that could do much better than Hillary. The problem is that she has the name recognition and the big donors ready to give to her. Funny how she says she is for the "regular" person, yet she hangs with the elite.

    As far as the media goes, CBS may as well come out and endorse her directly since they keep airing that show "Madame Secretary" about a fictational female Secretary of State who balances her professional career with her home life. I keep seeing the articles on the web of which show will get cancelled and so far this one is still being aired with a Season 2 planned. If that is not in the tank for someone then I can't imagine if they did come out and endorse her what type of coverage she would be getting.

    Posted in: Hillary Clinton launches presidential campaign

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    Alphaape

    (not just the super rich Koch crowd).

    Why is it that the left hates the Koch brothers, but yet George Soros and his Media Matters group has given more to liberal causes and to the "1%" and no one utters a word.

    Advantage of her, comparing nameless other DEM candidates is that she behaves like a low income thrifty housewife. She will appeal to mothers and grandmothers. Grandma Clinton visit daycare center. Beside that, she does not look her ageThis is primary. I'd bet she will win Primary.

    You must not have been really watching the US news. Even the left leaning media has brought up the issues of how Hillary is seen as too elitist. She tries to come off as an "aw shucks" down home person, but then she will turn around and make statements like "she hasn't driven a car in 20 years" (when you have a driver to do it for you), or that she says that they were broke when they left the White House in 2000 (with Bill getting a salary for life of upwards of $400K/year) and she managed to win a Senate seat while supposedly broke.

    I've known too many people who have had personal interactions with her who will tell you that this is the image that her spinmeisters have for her, and backstage she is a completely different person.

    I don't think she will be a good choice, and I haven't seen anyone on either side whom I will eventually vote for.

    Posted in: Hillary Clinton launches presidential campaign

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    Alphaape

    There are term limits for politicians in place now, they are called ELECTIONS!

    If the person is not doing what they are supposed to be doing, but being in the grip of lobbyist and special interests, then vote them out. Don't keep electing the same people based on their party affiliation, or who their family was.

    If they can't cut it, then vote them out!

    Posted in: Are you in favor of term limits for elected politicians?

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    Alphaape

    1. They do what they’re told to do, but nothing else

    I think that this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. I have seen many veteran employees who will only do what they are told to do, and if something comes up that is out of the ordinary, they will balk at it or give some reason why they can't.

    1. They can’t use polite speech

    Seen this one a few times too. Especially if the new or potential employee is an employee who is married to a foreign spouse or who has lived and worked overseas (especially America) where they may have picked up some of the American attitude and thought and don't show reverence to some older Japanese employees. We once missed out on a potential employee who would have been highly skilled at the job, but the senior Japanese didn't want her. End result, we took someone who showed the proper speech, and she wound up not being able to do the job and out on 2 years sick leave at our expense. But, she knew how to speak properly.

    Posted in: 5 ways to bug your older Japanese coworkers at a new job

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    Alphaape

    He is so stupid, and yet he is a university student? This does not bode well for Japan.

    All it takes is passing the cram school and the exams. Doesn't need any common sense.

    Posted in: University student arrested for making false calls about subway attacks

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    Alphaape

    The best way to counter this is to let people find out for themselves about what really happened or how the other side thinks. Case in point, I have had to explain to many a person who thought that they had how life in the USA was and why things happened in the USA past based on what they were taught in their schools about my country. Many times they may be missing some key points that are not covered in general texts.

    Do I get in a tizzy that their textbooks are wrong? No use doing so, the only thing to do is correct when they are wrong and just like I may have some wrong preconceptions about their history one just has to have an interchange of ideas with others.

    Posted in: S Korea condemns Japan's approval of history textbooks

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    Alphaape

    If an educated, highly intelligent man like Plato were around today, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't be believing in a 6,000 year-old earth, the 'sin' of homosexuality or natural phenomena like hurricanes as punishments for not following the teachings of ancient books given our increased knowledge of the world.

    @ Jimizo: You assume that just because one has a belief in religion, they can't understand science. I believe in what the Bible says, but aso understand and accept the theory of evolution, and the scientific explination of how nature works. Even Einstein thought that the more he gained in knowledge and understanding of the way things are, that it was much more than just some "random chance" for it all coming together.

    As far as being spiritual goes, what does that mean? Spirits of what? You see you can't say that "I am spiritual" without a religious belief since no one has actually seen a "spirit" then you will have to profess a belief in it similar to a religion. To say ok I believe in God but on my terms, well that really doesn't cut it. Either you do or you don't. If you don't then that is the choice you make. No one should deny you the right to do something because of your beliefs, and on the same token, you don't have to accept what others believe.

    WIth this law, you can't discriminate against gays. So if a Somali immigrant in the examples I cited frown on gays and wants to throw them off the roofs of buildings or stone them (as ISIS and the law in Saudi Arabia), then they can't do it. Being gay is protected under Federal law and this law does not allow someone to do those things that are criminal. If hey don't want to do business with them or interact with them then they don't have to. Then they need to understand that they may loose business, but it doesn't give gay groups the right to protest against them and run them out of business.

    Posted in: U.S. religious fight over gay marriage likely to persist

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    Alphaape

    One positive is young people are becoming less religious in the US and it will become harder for people to cloak their prejudices in religion. For the upcoming election the GOP candidates will still have to pander to the gay-bashin', snake-handlin', I-didn't-come-from-no-monkey neanderthals but their influence will wane going forward. This is a good thing for equal rights and for politics.

    @ Jimizo: I take it that you are not religious and are liberal. So just because someone choose to believe in religion, and have conservative leanings, you then want to lump them with the broad sterotypes you listed. What if I, as being a religious person said that all gays and those who don't believe in my style of religion are a bunch of hedonistic sinners who should be banished and don't know what's good for them. Then of course I would I be labled as homophobic and a bigot. That's what you are doing with your generalizations.

    Yes there is a decline of Christian populations in the West, but what you are not realizing is that it's not so much the secular progressives that are taking their places, but the rise of Islam. Look at places like France and other locations in Europe where the Christian population is decreasing but the Islamic (including converts) is growning. You may not agree with this, but anthropologist and other researchers can show that no matter what the society and how enlightened or savage, man tends to have a need for some other "mystic" thoughts to explain or justify their existence. As enlightened we like to think of men like Plato, and the ancient Greeks, they still had their beliefs in their gods at the time.

    Religious people remain free to practice their religion; but they are not legally entitled to run a business that discriminates against customers. See the difference? It's not a religious issue in the first place: it's a business and discrimination issue, and businesses do not have total freedom to operate in any manner they wish.

    @ wipeout: You must not have heard the cases in the US in Minnesota about the Somali (Muslim) taxi drivers who refuse to allow passengers with seeing eye dogs or carrying alcohol to ride in their taxis based on religious grounds (Muslims believe that the saliva from dogs makes them unclean and we all know the prohibitions on alcohol). From a 2007 story (on ABC news and not Fox News so you know it is not some right wing talking point), they were seeing from 8 to 20 refusals a month at the Minneapolis/St-Paul airport.

    They came up with a set of rules that allowed the cabbies to turn away customers if they found relgious objection, but they must go back to the end of the taxi line at the airport. One of the spokespersons for Somali immigrants in the area says there are schools of Islamic thought that allow for compromise. Under the Hanafi School of Islamic law, if Muslims live in a country that does not enforce their religious law, they can defer to the written laws of that country. "American society has a rule of respecting religions," says Mouhamed. " We hope there is room to accommodate all faiths."

    So if the Somali immigrant Muslim taxi drivers can refuse to carry a fare based on religious beliefs, where is the uproar from the so called anti-religious groups and liberals over this?

    All this law does is says that those Somali taxi drivers (if they are in Indiana or Arkansas) can have the right to refuse service. If they want to miss out on the fare then that's their loss. I would be more against this law if is said that those who refuse to service would get some special compensation, then that is the state endorsing a particular religion, but it isn't.

    Posted in: U.S. religious fight over gay marriage likely to persist

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    Alphaape

    I truly despise these small-minded bigots, but as I don't see any way to make their brains expand I suppose some sort of compromise is in order

    You seem to have fallen into the same old "Gay mafia" trap and believing only one side of the story. The laws will not let people discriminate against gays. It only protects them the right to practice their religion as they see fit. Actually, these types of laws have helped more non-Christians than the anti-gay relgious types. In Arkansas, a state prisoner was allowed to keep his beard long, which is against the Arkansas prison rules due to the grounds that his relgious beliefs (Muslim) allowed him to do so. Same goes for various cases of Native Americans who hold similar beliefs (the one that comes to mind is a case of an Apache man and his hair) as well as allowing Sihks to carry the dagger that they must wear according to their religion.

    Under this law, if a person were to go into a Muslim owned eating establishment and ordered a "ham sandwhich" and they said that they don't serve pork due to their religious beliefs, then they can't be sued. Just like the case with the bakery in Oregon who refused to cater a gay wedding, a bakery whose owner is Muslim would not have to bake a cake with an image of the Prophet on it if someone ordered it (since that represents idolatry), but if this law was not in place, you would have people sueing them like in the Oregon case and forcing them out of business.

    There are laws that protect gays from discrimination. President Clinton even signed a similar law (as referenced to the cases I mentioned earlier) on the Federal level. So if one store has angst against someone being gay, you don't have to shop there.

    And gays need to get over it that not everyone agrees with them and their lifestyle. Just like me as a straight man can't be "turned gay" I believe that gays can't be "turned straight" and they are who they are. So in that case, they can do whatever they want in the privacy behind closed doors just as I can (rampant sexualization doesn't really need to be displayed in public by both sides) and leave it at that. And I am a firm religious believer (Baptist), and don't care what they do.

    Posted in: U.S. religious fight over gay marriage likely to persist

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    Alphaape

    he went into the office on the weekend of March 28-29, when no one was around, and glued the letters to the woman’s desk.

    How did he get into a closed office? So much for office security. I hope that it wasn't an office that had much PII (Personal Identification Information) about people just lying around, since if a crazed lovesick loser can get in, any professional ID theif should be able to walk right in and tap their computer network.

    Posted in: Woman's ex-boyfriend arrested for stalking after gluing messages to her desk

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    Alphaape

    You mean other than the millions of Palestinians they occupy and oppress?

    As bass4funk stated out, you keep firing rockets into a country you are bound to get hit back. Also, Israel has never stated that they would wipe Palestinians off the map. Something that Iran has said it will do to Israel. Also, if they did carry through with that act (Iran nuking Israel), you do understand that every Palistinian in Israel and in the "occupied" areas would also be obliterated.

    So throwing up the Palestinian atrocity shield is probably not a valid discussion point. After all, when the area was occupied by Muslims (Ottaman Turks) there was not Palestinian state then, so if the fellow muslims didn't do it, why is everyone blaming Israel?

    I don't think that this will be a good deal, just like the so called deals the US and others have made with North Korea and we see how that has gone so far.

    Posted in: World powers, Iran reach nuclear deal

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    Alphaape

    This is good news! Now let's have Israel also agree to nuclear disarmament, and safely destroy their stockpile of atomic bombs.

    Why didn't you say that Pakistan should also destroy their nukes? Is it ok for them to have them even though their main adversary India still has them? Why is it important that Israel should not have nukes? Has Israel ever said that it will wipe an Arab state off the map?

    Posted in: World powers, Iran reach nuclear deal

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    Alphaape

    Natsuko Kayama, 44, a porn star with 25 years’ experience in the industry, told AFP she wanted to outlast the oldest swingers in town.

    Not sure if the adult industry in Japan has the drug/substance abuse that you read about with so many of the adult entertainers in America, but I would imagine that if she has been doing this for 25 years (starting at age of 19) I am sure that she probably doesn't have the skill set to do anything else in life. This lady has spent the past 25 years working and dealing with people in this sub culture, that I doubt if she would be able to fit into a regular environment (i.e. office space or what we would consider a "regular" person).

    So it comes down to a matter of survival. There wil always be a demand for younger attractive people. The older ones will get discarded by the side so they must make sure that they create a demand for them or else they will have nothing to fall back on. More power to them if they can still have followers, and there will certainly be a demand for all types.

    As long as there is viagra, ciallis, levetra, etc there will be a demand for all types of women.

    Posted in: 'Silver porn' shows 50 shades of greying Japan

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    Alphaape

    You can always see the typical "old guy/young woman" in these types of films, but I have noticed not just here in Japan but elsewhere the concept of the "MILF" and "Granny" genre that is all over porn these days.

    Posted in: 'Silver porn' shows 50 shades of greying Japan

  • 5

    Alphaape

    I have a little one, and she can really let it out loudly when we try to get her into the car when she doesn't want to go. That being said, I can at times understand the complaints of noise pollution. But, as I pointed out, it's only going to be for a certain period of the day and not all of the time. The amount of background noise in Tokyo that one hears from cars, trains, loudspeakers, etc far out weighs any noise these kids can make.

    As for the complaint being about the neighborhood changing, none of the residental streets I have seen in Japan are designed for young kids or pedestrians in general. Narrow streets, bicyclist who dart in and out or walkers who see you trying to park and yet will walk right in your way because they believe that they have the right of way while you are trying to maneuver a car into a tight parking space, is not good for anyone.

    I imagine as some have said, some of those who are complaining probably have no kids, or had them and didn't do anything with them and now that they are older regret what they didn't do and as seen so many times here in Japan, everyone must be miserable if someone else is (in their opinions).

    Posted in: Residents up in arms over children's noise at daycare centers

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