Alphaape's past comments

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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

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    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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    Alphaape

    Sad to see her die. The show was such a great one, along with other "country comedies" from that same time period that have stood the test of time and are still funny. A lot better than some of the stuff that is out these days.

    She accepted her character and used it to her advantage and that is a good thing. Unlike "Ginger" from Gilligan's Island and the youngest Brady kid Cindy, who tried to run away from the roles that made them famous.

    RIP Elly May. Jethro is the only cast member still alive.

    Posted in: Donna Douglas, 'Beverly Hillbillies' star, dead at 82

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    Alphaape

    I’d worry about the reasons behind the divorce. Maybe he’s just not suited for marriage.

    Probably because it had something to do not only with him but his former partner. This same question could be asked to single men, would you marry a divorced woman? I suspect that you would get the same answers with some saying that they don't want to raise another mans kids, or don't want some guy who used to sleep with his wife being able to hang around the house and come by at any time to see his kids and you have no real say in it.

    People have reasons for divorce some good some bad. If the women don't want to marry a guy with a divorce that is their right, but they need to make sure that whomever they date, they need to make sure that they work with their partner and not place too many demands that are unreasonable to your partner.

    Posted in: Survey reveals 55% of women in Japan wouldn’t marry a divorced man

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    Alphaape

    I hope that the J-gov does not do what it normally does and fall back to the old "You should have not put yourself in that position" argument you tend to see when something bad happens to Japanese overseas and try to make it so that it does not have to make a political statement from Tokoyo about conditions in another country. I think it is time that the J-gov come out with a strong statement that goes along the line of putting the blame solely on these idots who did this, and make the Indian government realize that they have a problem that they need to address, the raping of not only Indian women but any woman that it seems goes to India by a bunch of malcontent males.

    India also needs to realize that it is not just the "rape" problem that it has, but it's culture of families chosing to abort a female fetus over the preference of a male fetus in the hope that when the boy comes of age and marries, a proper dowery will be given to the boys family. What this has done and been proven by demographers is that there is a higher ratio of men to women, that leaves the poor men (which will be the case in this case) with no options since there aren't enough women to go around. Also you have these same men who will treat other women like possessions for them to "have" and all along if something happens to a female relative of theirs they are ready to carry on some blood feud over the honor of their family.

    India has a lot of problems, and I hate to say it some people there may be advanced, but it seems like the majority are stuck in the past in the mindset of how to treat women.

    I hope that this young lady recovers and the dirtbags that did this get thrown into jail or worse.

    Posted in: Indian police arrest 3 for gang rape of Japanese scholar

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    Alphaape

    All the writer of this article has to do is go to any Don Quxoite in the wee hours of the morning, and they will see more than their fair share of potential criminals based on the criteria they set (poor students). Not all crimes are committed by foreigners in Japan. And regardless of the numbers, there still will be more Japanese committing the crimes simply based on the population.

    Posted in: Impoverished foreign students fall into life of crime

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    Alphaape

    I guess it's better for them to sell Columbia Pictures and be less focused on the American market, if they want to survive,

    I think that was a plan all along. In this case, it shows that Sony Pictures does not follow the "company line" as Sony HQ in Tokyo. You can put as many Tokyo executives in the USA you want, but they will have to contend with what we Americans like to call "Freedom of Speech" in other words the ability to produce a bad and controversal movie because we can. Not saying that they would make a profit but we have the ability and don't like to be told by the corporate bosses or government what is acceptable and what is not (within the boundaries of the law that is).

    Either some hedge fund types will make an offer or heaven forbid some Chinese company will put in a bid for Columbia pictures, an offer that Sony will find too good to pass up, and say that they want to focus on providing quality products for the consumer vice movies.

    Posted in: Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap

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    Alphaape

    @ tim can: You are just specutlating and falling for the social media trap that a lot of people have lately, not knowing what really went on and trying to make up a scenario that fits your agenda.

    Today in America, more young black men were killed by other young black men than will be killed by white policemen in the next two or three years. Where is the outcry for black-on-black violence? Where are the marches and protests? Where are the news crews and reporters?

    This is a very good point. Of all the cases of police shooting blacks in the USA, they are still lower than the cases of Black on Black crime in the city of Chicago for one year. There aren't any mass protests in cases where Black on Black killing crimes occur, and if so only for a moment so people like Sharpton, Jackson and company can come down get in front of cameras and say we need to give them more money to put in place programs to help, when we have spent billions so far to no avail.

    I am a Black man and have lived in areas that have seen large cases of Black on Black crime. Many causes for this to happen but the root cause if no jobs and family breakdown. When I was growing up, there were jobs, and one tended to see the head of the household go to work and set an example for the younger ones. It didn't always turn out like a "Leave It to Beaver" episode, but a family structure was there and some of the bad things we see today just didn't happen as much. Now you have young girls having babies, and young men with no sense of responsiblity to take care of them since it is better for the girl to get state assistance. If young men have no sense of personal responsiblity to take care of their child, what makes you think this person will want to put in the time in school, or a job. Thus the cycle keeps going.

    This case is not a White cop wanting to gun down a Black youth, but a case of a foolish boy pointing a gun at a cop, and paying the ultimate price for his stupidity. I can't rally behind that.

    Posted in: Anger after latest police killing of black teen in St Louis

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    Alphaape

    Unlike the case in Ferguson, this suburb has more Black police officers on it, and some of the higher ups in the city (mayor)are Black. But also unlike Ferguson, this case has a video to show what happened.

    From another article........ "Belmar said the 18-year-old had a considerable criminal record in the less than two years since he turned 17, with three assault charges, armed robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon."

    In additon to this information, I have also read where the mother said that he was "trying to turn his life back around" for those who don't know, that means that he was a bad kid, and maybe he did tell his mother that, but he still hadn't made a full commitment to do so. That doesn't mean that it is ok for him to get shot by the police, but it also means that if he wanted to change his life, being out at 11pm, 18 and being out with the same crowd that you used to run with and with a gun is not exactly keeping you safe.

    I am gald to see that the Mayor of this city, admits that this situation is not the same as the Brown case, and is willing to let the investigation continue before making comments that could be seen as inflamatory. Mayor DeBlasio of NYC could learn a thing or two from this small city mayor.

    Before the anti-gun group gets on to this story and compare how safe their country is compared to the USA lets put this in perspective. I understand that gun ownership and laws are tough in Japan, and not many people have them. But, so are the drug laws (compared to the USA), and yet you still have people here in Japan getting high and the bad people are willing to take that chance to bring them here because there is money to be made. Same with guns, there are guns here in Japan and the bad people have them. They may have more control in their use of them, but I am sure that the press doesn't really tell all of the stories that they know about in regards to gang and gun useage. My point is, banning them will not stop this from happening. This guy, whether he was trying to turn his life around was still a criminal with a lengthy record, and would find a way to get one like he found a way to do other things that were illegal.

    Does not mean he needs to be shot, but then when you point a gun at police, you take your life in your own hands. The social media people need to ease off on the send button until the facts come out, and not speculate on things that didn't occur to start a riot.

    Posted in: Anger after latest police killing of black teen in St Louis

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    Alphaape

    This stories ties into the other story on JT about the company banning couples for Christmas Eve due to the fact (they said) that they were concerned about their employees having to see these couples together and not be able to enjoy themselves since they have to work.

    I pointed out in a response to that article that it would be just as easy for resturant to close that evening also, and looking at what type of place it was, not really a place to take a date to (unless you are on a budget).

    I have heard stories of how companies like the ones mentioned in this story just work their people to death. If they wanted to know how many customers a particular person served, it would very easy account for that by issuing each server a number and have it encoded on the sales receipt, so that a count can be made at the end of each day.

    Such a simple solution as that and many others also goes hand in hand with another article posted on JT today about the Sony hacking scandal, where it was stated in the article that "a veteran freelance tech journalist and consultant based in Tokyo, said the tendency stems from reporters and editors who often don’t have a deep understanding of technology. And neither do their aging readers."

    I guess that applies to company managers as well. I think that sentiment goes along with some of these companies who don't fully utilize the tools that they have available with their equipment.

    As far as the customers berating the employees, I guess it is that old "goes around comes around" mentality I have seen a lot here in Japan. If someone gets belitled at their work, I have seen them tend to pass it on down to customer service people that they have to deal with. Not a good way to do business, but I have seen it quite often here.

    Posted in: 'Black companies' getting worse

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    Alphaape

    Ironic, considering this movie actually was made in Canada. http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2014/12/interview-cancelled-sony-pictures/

    @ strangland: Sure it was filmed, but no Candian company would green light it or if they did, they could face a hate crime law. More recently, some guy in Canada was brought up on charges of offensive speech and I hate to bring it up, but Fox News is not allowed on Canadidan TV. It may have been filmed there, but not by a Canadian company.

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

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    Alphaape

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

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

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

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

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

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    Alphaape

    @ toshiko:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Alphaape

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

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

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

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

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

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    Alphaape

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

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

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

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

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

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    Alphaape

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

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

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

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

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    Alphaape

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

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

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

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    Alphaape

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

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

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

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

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

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    Alphaape

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

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

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

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

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

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