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    Alphaape

    This game reminds me of the Star Trek the Next Generation episode where the crew was being taken over by the introduction of a game that brainwashed them. Sadly, we have no Commander Data or Ensign Wesley Crusher to save us.

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    Alphaape

    And another seemingly respectable life will end in disgrace and staining his family. Why the lack of control? Why the impulsivity? All for what?

    One just doesn't start at age 68 to grope women on the trains. I imagine that he has had a long history of doing this. It's about time that he was caught. Who knows, he may have been caught before and it wasn't reported. His family should not be stained, it is him and him alone who is the one who should carry the shame of being convicted of this crime. He is a grown man and is responsible for his actions, not his family. He's old enough to know better.

    Posted in: Policewoman grabs man trying to grope her while dozing on train

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    Alphaape

    US police officers killed 1,186 people in 2015.

    @ dorntodi: But in Chicago in 2015, 446 people were shot and killed, with 401 of them being Black. The USA has over 300 million people; compared to Chicago's roughly 5 million, you would see you have a higher chance of being shot by another Black in Chicago than you would be by the police.

    I'm going to put this out there to clear the air. I have heard some on the right say that this was Obama's fault, for the comments he made about the two police shootings prior to this. And some on the left have said that this is Trump's fault because he is racist and brings up these feelings in people. Well, it is neither person's fault, but the fault of the shooters and their lack of understanding that brought this tragedy to happen. Obama may say some things, and people may not agree with them, but I don't think he called for the people to march out and take matters in their own hands and do something like this. Trump, some may not like his views, but if by what they are saying so far about the shooters, they weren't going to be voting for him anyway, and if he was so racist, it would be the thousands at the rally who would have been shot and not the police. The shooters are responsible for this, mainly for them not being able to understand that in order to make changes you have to work with people to do this, and pointing a gun at them though a good motivator, will not get the type of change that is needed. Shoot up a BLM rally, now you will have every BLM rally tainted as being suspect for causing this, setting back the voices of the people whether you agree with them or not. I compare this event to when our people riot in our own communities. All that happens is businesses and our areas are destroyed, thus making people less likely to want to invest there and pushing us down more. Shoot up a BLM rally, doing the same thing.

    Posted in: 5 Dallas police officers killed, 6 wounded at protest

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    Alphaape

    As a long time reader to JT, I seem to remember many years ago when the US was heavily involved in Iraq, that many who opposed the war and 'W" pretty much said the same thing. The USA had no right to topple him, he kept the lid on things, etc. Some, those who were for "W" and his policies even pointed out to how his heavy handed tactics made Gadhafi change his mind and get rid of his weapons program. And how bad it was that he was allowed to be killed and look at Libya now.

    Yet Trump states the obvious, and both sides seem to forget they made the same arguments in the past.

    Posted in: Trump praises late Iraqi leader Saddam as terrorist killer

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    Alphaape

    the Contracting office then determines if the company falls under Art IB or Art XIIII of the SOFA - if they do not, then SOFA is not authorized.

    One chief reason that many want SOFA status for jobs is the provisions that fall under State Dept. Rules for people working in foreign countries as contractors and the benefits one can get if you have a Government contract job. If you are an American citizen and obtain a Japanese visa, you fall under the Japanese labor laws and your compensation is determined by the company you work for.

    If you get a contractor job working on the bases as a government contractor, then you would fall under the provision of the DSSR (Dept. of State Standardized Regulations) which are the controlling regulations for allowances and benefits available to all U.S. Government civilians assigned to foreign areas. Contractor civilians assigned to foreign areas shall not exceed the allowances and benefits in the DSSR. So you would get by design of your contract certain types of extra money like some housing allowances and Post Differential (PD) that one wouldn't get if they were working for a Japanese company with a Japanese visa. Working for an American company in Japan, you may get incentives that may match the rates of the DSSR or even go better, but you would still be under the Japanese laws, so if you break one, you will get dealt with by the Japanese authorities and not the US Embassy. They will come and visit and offer assistance but that is about all.

    Getting SOFA status means getting more money in your pocket. That's why the big push for some to gain that.

    Posted in: U.S. military to limit legal protection to some contractors in Japan

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    Alphaape

    Another thing that I find atrocious is that American SOFA status persons work off base in Clubs and bars with no legal visa and work permit to be working off base.

    SOFA status personnel are not allowed to work off base in establishments that have a majority of their revenue from alcohol sales. If found out, they can lose SOFA status and barred from base. Case in point back in 2008 when a SOFA status bar owner, who happened to be very high in the CNFJ Human Resources department, killed a Japanese man who was drunk when he threw him out of his bar (right across the street from CFAY main gate) and the hit is head and died. This civilian, spent the full time before being charged (21 days) in jail and his case was handled by the Japanese courts. He was in clear violation of the SOFA rules, but sad to say that they are not really enforced unless they come up in cases. They don't go out looking for violators, but if caught you are in trouble.

    The Japanese status should be removed prior to getting the SOFA stamp.

    I have had to go through this process when hiring Local Hire personnel for GS jobs. If done right, it is a pain and slows the hiring process down, but it does get done.

    Local civilian hires do not get housing assistance either. They are also responsible for Japanese Taxes and also American taxes unless they give up their US Citizenship.

    Not all true. I was a Local Hire GS at one time, and with the SOFA stamp I paid US Federal and State taxes. I owed no Japanese taxes at all.

    Posted in: U.S. military to limit legal protection to some contractors in Japan

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    Alphaape

    Even diplomats under the Vienna Convention? My my...

    In a way, the SOFA is just a milder version of the Vienna Conventions. Where they can get off sometimes by being thrown out of the country to be dealt with by their native lands, the SOFA though not that powerful tries to give military/civilian personnel some of the protections that they would receive if they were back in the USA. It is not a "get out of jail free card" as some believe, but in a way shows how different the Japanese law is compared to the US laws. In the USA you are limited to a few hours that police can detain one without any evidence or charges being filed, not like the 21 days one gets to be the guest of the police in Japan.

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    Alphaape

    They should also do a story on the men who look for sugar mommas. There are a lot of middle aged and elderly women who are sitting on wads of cash, and look for some young men to spend it on. I recall back in the 90's (before the internet took off) that there was such a place in Tokyo/Yokohama where Navy guys would go and "work" as basically hosts in the club in order to get picked up by such women and have gifts showered on them. So much so guys didn't have to spend their regular paychecks. But as soon as the economy slowed by the mid 90's as well as over zealous clamp down on that type of behavior it stopped.

    But there are still some guys that are on the look out for these types of women, and I have known a few who don't mind being shacked up with a woman that is either much older than they are, or maybe not so "hot" looking but they are getting paid for it. To each their own I say.

    Posted in: More girls turning to sugar daddies to wine and dine them

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    Alphaape

    while we were eating he got up and excused himself to the bathroom, and then left and went home, so I was stuck with the 30,000 yen bill.

    She should feel lucky that the person didn't do anything more serious to her. That should be a good lesson for her to wake up and figure out that there are other ways of getting things, and selling yourself to a high bidder is probably not the best way.

    I sort of ran into the phenomena back when I was single and on a various online dating sites. It would seem that there was one lady who wanted to meet, but for the first meeting would want to choose a very expensive venue like Blue Note Tokyo to do an initial meeting, so we could have dinner and catch a concert, all on my dime. Didn't fall for it. Talking with friends who also had received responses from this same "profile" they too got the "let's meet an expensive place X to get to know each other" so I guess she was trying to get as much out of the site as possible.

    People against having sugar daddies just don’t have the courage to get one themselves, or they’re not pretty enough to make much if they did so they’re just jealous of cute girls that are investing in themselves.

    The person I related in the story above, wasn't that cute or young, but that is something that whomever made that quote needs to understand, beauty and youth fades. And like it or not, it is easier for an older somewhat not attractive man to have a date than a woman who has wasted her time chasing after the cash and when youth leaves her she is left alone. There will always be someone younger and prettier coming along.

    Posted in: More girls turning to sugar daddies to wine and dine them

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    Alphaape

    How did they find out? Probably the best thing that could have happened to him if he sets his mind in that mode of thinking. Since he was groomed from elementary to go to a particular high school, and then to a particular college and then to the salary man, maybe he will be able to chart his own path. I would recommend that if possible, take the chance to study abroad, where no one cares what elementary and high school you went to, broaden your horizons, and you will eventually surpass all those who stayed on the path and are slugging away trying to get that position at some company in Tokyo while you can pursue a different path.

    Posted in: High school student expelled for having sex, sues school for Y6 million

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    Alphaape

    I've never agreed with how your lowest civilian worker (who isn't already him/herself a military spouse), like a cashier, is covered by the SOFA to the same extent as senior active duty personnel.

    @ USNinJapan2: Those types of people want to get SOFA status simply for the fact that they will be able to stay in Japan without the need for sponsorship or getting a work visa to stay in Japan. I have seen many a cashier at the NEX or some NAF personnel want to get that SOFA stamp on their passport so that they can have the benefits of being associated with working on the base (schools, commissary, etc). Many times, when kids "age out" of being dependents of either military or civilian parents, they try to get it.

    I think the big issue of this will come out to be what is on and off duty. I remember a few years ago when a civilian worker had an accident in Okinawa that killed someone while he was driving. He was out driving home late at night, but he was leaving work and going home. That, I believe would make him still being covered under the SOFA status now as being on a duty status, where the US authorities would have the first rights.

    But as some have stated, if it is a American on American crime whether on or off base, the J-cops will pass it back to the USA. Again another case to back that up, when a Sailor killed his kid up on Negishi years ago, it was given to the Japanese to have first right to prosecute, but they turned it back over to the Navy to handle.

    I don't think that some of the Japanese officials don't fully understand it themselves.

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    Alphaape

    You wouldn't feel that way if a bunch of rightwingers stood outside your shop with bullhorns screaming at you to die because you are a cockroach, which is what happened in Shin Okubo and at a korean elementary school. That's why they passed this legislation. Things were getting out of control.

    In that case, I would ask to see if they have a permit to have a demonstration, if not, off they go.

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    Alphaape

    It's times like this where US needs to take care of all it's citizens instead of trying to import more in. Not enough money for the poorer areas? Are you kidding? I call that lack of proper prioritization of funds.

    So very true! Case in point, there have been 5 known babies born in the USA with birth defects associated with zika. These children are getting the best treatment there is in the world so far to assist in their lives, at huge costs. Funny thing is, they were all born to women who were not US citizens (the most recent one born is FL was born to a Hatian mother) so automatically they are US citizens, with the ability for their mothers to get the full gamut of medical and social services for the child for the rest of their lives.

    Yet, we have poor neighborhoods and areas with these conditions, and it seems we look the other way. The very poor in America, have access to health care and other social services that can put an end to this type of condition. Where we (US) fails as a country, is making sure that the lower to mid-middle class, and middle class are able to get the required services without having to spend themselves into the poor house just to qualify for services. I really feel sorry for those children born with the zika birth defects, but we should not be allowing pregnant women coming from these areas into the USA to give birth to these children and thus straining our resources. In the first case, a mother from Honduras, she traveled to the US to give birth, after her doctor in Honduras had recommended that she seek treatment in the USA, as she explained through an interpreter. That should not be.

    Posted in: Zika virus a concern for poor urban areas along Gulf Coast

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    Alphaape

    Yeah, we really should be allowed to hate LGBT people; it's in the Bible, after all, ain't it?

    I believe that people should have the right to not like something, or even detest or hate it. But, just because they don't like it or hate it, they shouldn't be able to take active measures to harm or deny those persons the ability to live their lives.

    Who defines "hate speech?" If by looking at the reactions to some posters here, if anyone says that they are in favor of redoing trade deals so that their own native persons are not getting screwed, or controlling their borders so that the numbers of outsiders entering into their country is limited, or taking pride in their country, but not to the point where saying that the world needs to be like them, by force if necessary; then they are labeled as being xenophobic, nationalist, racist, etc. That's not always the case, people should have the right to differ, and if need be able to express their distaste, albeit in a non-violent manner.

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    Alphaape

    I find it hard to imagine that they didn't have a reserve pilot in stand-by. They must really be running a very tight ship. This is concerning since how many pilots come to work who may be sick, since they know that there may not be enough reserve pilots to take over and JAL doesn't want the reputation of canceling flights and fosters a culture of "duty first" never mind if you are sick.

    Posted in: Drunk JAL copilot arrested for hitting policeman

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    Alphaape

    Something that I found in another story on this, but not listed in this article talks about the delays in getting the military response there. Part of it has to do with deciding "what to wear" to the fight.

    In a newly revealed two-hour secure video conference on the night of the attacks led by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and attended by Clinton and others, State Department officials raised concerns about the diplomatic sensitivities of the attire to be worn by assets launched. According to one commander, the report states, as forces prepared to deploy, “during the course of three hours, he and his Marines changed in and out of their uniforms four times.”

    Those types of decisions come from the top, or from those very near the top that know what their bosses think and are trying to make sure that they are covered. Whoever at State and the Pentagon who debated this, should be fired immediately, regardless of party affiliation.

    There are probably many other bits of information in this report, that may get glossed over. They may seem trivial, but one needs to ask oneself, if this were an attack on "W" and his failings, or having to do with a bad business deal from Trump, wouldn't every aspect of this report be all over the news, and Wolfie in the "Situation Room" over at CNN would be going into overtime.

    Posted in: Final Benghazi report: No 'smoking gun' pointing to Clinton

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    Alphaape

    I don't know how to break this to you, but "passporting rights" has nothing to do with the airport.

    In regards to special banking privileges, Switzerland is in the center of Europe, not a member of the EU, controls its borders and many of the rules of he EU don't apply to them and they have many "special rights" or agreements with the EU and other nations. So if they can do it, why can't the UK/

    Posted in: UK will retain access to the EU single market, says Brexit leader Johnson

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    Alphaape

    I don't know how to break this to you, but "passporting rights" has nothing to do with the airport.

    Understand, but the bottom line is that if the UK wants to keep them, and more importantly if the EU wants them to be there, regulations will be passed to allow them to do so. It works like that in the USA, and we are not part of the EU. So saying that those banks will have to move, I just don't see it.

    Alphaape: It's hard to see how limits on electric kettle power will save any energy. It will just take longer to boil the same amount of water; the energy used will be the same.

    I agree, but somehow those who are pushing this in the EU don't see it. Similar think happened and still is going on in the US, in places like CA, where they local governments mandate the use of "low flow" toilets. End result, not that much water is being saved and they are more of a pain to those who have them for other reasons. Yet, unlike with the EU, the consumer has somewhat of a choice. A city may not sell them, but one can just drive to another area and pick one up. Unlike the EU, where what's supposedly good for Brussels is good for all.

    Posted in: UK will retain access to the EU single market, says Brexit leader Johnson

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    Alphaape

    It is in both EU and UK interests to have free trade and services agreements less the immigration & federal EU rules

    This is how it used to be when it first started, but slowly the bureaucrats came in and started changing thins all in the name of "free trade."

    There is zero chance of banks in the City of London retaining their passporting rights to operate in the EU.

    London banks were doing well before the UK joined the EU. All that means is that now when they go to the airports, they have to follow the same procedures as someone from the USA going there. I doubt the banks will move, since like it or not, of all the EU countries, England is probably the most stable.

    One of the reasons why people voted to get out of the EU was due to the needles regulations that a non-elected group in Brussels tries to dictate the everyday life of regular Britons. Case in point, the tea pot.

    The EU is now going to take a look at limiting the size and power of toasters and kettles after the Brexit vote. The European Commission plans to unveil long-delayed ‘ecodesign’ restrictions on small household appliances in the autumn. They are expected to ban the most energy-inefficient devices from sale in order to cut carbon emissions.

    The plans have been ready for many months, but were shelved for fear of undermining Brexit vote if they were perceived as an assault on the British staples of tea and toast.

    Jyrki Katainen, the Commission’s vice president for growth, said they should push ahead with the plans for standardized energy usage limits as they could contribute significantly to emissions targets (where is the real science data to back that up). But he “admitted that ecodesign standards were sometimes ridiculed in the media in terms of the political and geostrategic issues the union was faced with", according to official minutes of the meeting.

    Much like those "low flow" toilets that do more harm than good, they (EU) realized that they had to wait to do this since the Brits would see this as an affront to them. Even though the UK is only about 11% of the population of the EU, they account for 1/3 of all kettle sales, probably due to their love of tea.

    What's the connection, well for some enterprising person out there, I would start making sure that I began producing English made teapots (short and stout) and start marketing them and selling them. It comes down to all politics being local, it's those little local businesses that have been replaced by the big chain stores that gets their good cheaply made outside of your country in China and then flooded on the local market. Small local business make money, and yes not large like the big stores they make money that makes the economy go. I'd rather see a small business make sales and hire people to stimulate an economy, than having a bunch of refugees come into your country, and get government handouts as a way to stimulate an economy by their spending.

    Posted in: UK will retain access to the EU single market, says Brexit leader Johnson

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    Alphaape

    A pointless demonstration. The weekend of the Orlando shooting, 8 people were killed and 32 other injured in Chicago alone. Chicago, has some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation, and some of them were found to be unconstitutional. I am willing to say with 99.99% certainty, that the shooters in the Chicago area, were all persons who would not be able to legally purchase a gun due to a prior criminal record.

    Chicago is a very Democratic city and look at the violence. Also on this issue, the very liberal VOX website also proved a point Blue states have 42 percent more mass shootings than red states. Vox published its data after the Orlando terror attack last Sunday, and it suggests that blue states, which tend to have extremely strict gun laws, are ironically much more likely to have mass shootings than red states with less strict gun laws. The analysis found that 543 of the mass shootings listed by Vox occurred in blue states while only 330 occurred in red states. This means that a mass shooting, as defined by Vox, is 42 percent more likely to occur in a blue state after accounting for population differences.

    So sitting there and holding hands though symbolic is not going to do anything. How about getting the criminals off the streets that would be a better start.

    Posted in: After Capitol all-nighter, Democrats push on for gun control

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