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    Alphaape

    A good commercial!

    Posted in: Heart-warming father-daughter Toyota commercial moves Japanese viewers to tears

  • 3

    Alphaape

    Is that a heart? Is Pluto showing the love?

    Earlier reports had indicated that it was a near heart shaped formation. I find the solar system/space so fascinating. The things we think that are unique only to earth in form somehow we wind up finding when we head deeper into space.

    Posted in: Pluto close-up: Spacecraft makes flyby of icy, mystery world

  • 5

    Alphaape

    I am so glad that this has happened and it shows that even though we have our problems, we humans can still achieve a lot if we try.

    $720 million mission

    I saw on another board people were complaining about the costs of these types of missions, and how organizations like NASA and other research projects are wasting the taxpayers money, that could be better spent on the "poor." I say "poppy cock" to that. We spend far more on the poor and needy per year than the $720 million for 10 years that has given us valuable information on how the solar system is formed and what we can do to advance our species. I say that we need more projects like this to further science.

    Posted in: Pluto close-up: Spacecraft makes flyby of icy, mystery world

  • 4

    Alphaape

    I feel sorry for the kid, but I have to ask, did the kid ever talk to the father about the situation? I can see if the father knew of this and the school did nothing. But then, the father can't blame the school if the one persons that the kid should have been able to talk to are their parents. What was the relationship between the two?

    In no way am I saying the dad is at fault. I can agree with the lawsuit against the school. But dad needs to look in the mirror and ask himself if he had done all that he could have, and what type of relationship did the kid have with the father.

    I at least hope that the diary held the names of the students who were doing the bullying and they hold them responsible.

    Posted in: Father of bullied boy who killed himself files criminal complaint

  • 0

    Alphaape

    In regards to this case, if he wanted to let off some steam, there are a myriad of places where he as a Japanese male could go to let off "steam" that doesn't involve stealing some woman's underwear or flashing them with his pants off. I just want to know where he works, since I will make sure not to eat there.

    Posted in: Chef says he stole women's underwear from balcony because he was stressed out

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    Alphaape

    The museum said it had hoped to create an “interactive experience,” helping museum goers appreciate the rich details, embroidery and fine materials of the garments. It said similar events took place when the painting, depicting a woman in a kimono, travelled throughout Japan for an exhibition.

    If the museum display showed a map of Japan and the areas where the kimono's came from, then it is not racist or imperialistic. It is simply a display named after a specific manner of dress from a specific Asian country. If they showed a map of all of Asia as representing the kimono, it's not racist, but just stupid on the part of the museum on not being able to pinpoint where the kimono's come from.

    But overall, this is just another "perceived insult" that some groups keep peddling to keep themselves relevant. I can't see anything wrong with the name and the intent of the event. The museum should stand fast and hold their ground. Their job is to enlighten and educate the public, not cower because a few who don't know much about the world except to be eternally "PO'ed" about something makes a loud noise.

    Posted in: Boston museum cancels 'Kimono Wednesdays' after racism protests

  • -1

    Alphaape

    does no one realise that outright bans don't work.

    So you are saying that just make them all legal, and if you want to take them do so at your own peril. I don't think that is the answer. Have you ever seen the Vice documentary about the rampant Heroin addiction in places like Iran and Afghanistan, and Russia? People are burnt out and totally wasted. Do you want a doctor working on you that you knowingly know is strung out on Heroin?

    Posted in: Heroin use, overdose deaths mounting in U.S.

  • 7

    Alphaape

    I think that they should be protesting against Mainland China and their suppression of freedoms that are in Hong Kong compared to the rest of China than being concerned about the Japanese PM, and Japan's ability to project power off their shores.

    Posted in: War fears

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Why not have a conversation about both at the same time? One side does place all the blame on the police, and on the flip side you place all of the blame on the black community. The truth is somewhere in the middle but people are too busy presenting one extreme and blaming the other for their own extremes.

    @ SuperLib: When you try to bring the two sides together, from what I have seen the police get "out shouted" and out rallied by the victim lobby. But I have seen on many local levels ministers and other responsible citizens trying to encourage cooperation with the police to help solve matters.

    Posted in: Deadly weekend in Chicago highlights city's gang warfare

  • 0

    Alphaape

    We are talking about "exporting culture" here, aren't we? If the exporter changes everything for the tastes of importers, all the exoticness is lost and the product becomes second line to domestic products of the importing country.

    @ CH3CHO: My point was that AFRN did follow the guidelines set up for government censors but the rest of the broadcasts weren't government driven and trying to promote what it thinks the world wants, unlike the BBC who thought that they knew what was best. It left it up to the people. The young Britons picked up on this, and decided that they liked the music from the Americans rather than what the BBC suits thought what was good for them. Same concept as to why Cool-Japan is not doing well. What they are pushing, the people in the rest of the world don't want to see or hear. What they could do is make sure that the artists have the venue to get their work across, and not try to push what they think is "cool" upon the rest of the world.

    Posted in: Gackt lashes out at Cool Japan: 'Almost no results of Japanese culture exported overseas'

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Cool Japan is a copy of the Cool Britain campaign concept run by the Blair government nearly ten years ago. That campaign also was critized within the UK for being ineffective.

    I recently watched a documentary "The BBC at War" that discussed how the BBC covered it's first time in war during WW2. One of the things that came out was that the owners/directors of the BBC were very "high minded" in regards to what they thought radio broadcasting should be, and as a result had strict rules on what would be aired in regards to popular entertainment with music and variety shows and news, think of the Lord Grantham from Downton Abbey and you get the picture. By late 1942, with the arrival of large numbers of US GI's, they found that the BBC broadcasts were not interesting, and the music and news so bad that they would start tuning into Radio Berlin. The BBC wouldn't change their programming so they recommended that the US troops broadcast their own signal. As a result, Armed Forces Radio Network (AFRN) started and surprisingly the GI's tuned in but was not expected, the British citizens (younger crowd) began tuning in and listening to the popular music (Big Band sound like Benny Goodman, etc). They started listening so much that BBC listeners dropped dramatically so much so that the BBC considered options of limiting the AFRN broadcasting times or reducing the power of their signals so that they couldn't get picked up over larger areas of Britain.

    Cool Japan is like this in regards to the stiff shirts who were in charge of the BBC during WW2, not understanding what the people want, and trying to force artists and patrons to come around to what they "think" they should like, and it never works. Those in charge of Cool Japan would do themselves a big favor and take a look at that documentary and figure out a better way of at least funding the entertainers to work independently.

    Posted in: Gackt lashes out at Cool Japan: 'Almost no results of Japanese culture exported overseas'

  • 3

    Alphaape

    @ MarkG: Antonio Brown will not even provide information to the police. Obviously he knows who was targeting him, and has refused to cooperate with law enforcement to bring them to justice. So when police have to deal with this type of attitude day in and day out, one can see why they sometimes get frustrated. Not condoning police brutality, but at what point do the "community leaders" stop using police violence as the cause to all of the problems and tackle the real issue of the Blacks (name your group) in a community not helping the police find those who are actually doing the shooting and the killing.

    Yet, Mr. Brown will have someone in his crew or he himself will take justice in his own hands. bun control aside, it wouldn't matter since by law, he isn't allowed to own a gun or buy one because of his felon status. Yet he will get one, and someone else will be killed. The circle will continue sadly.

    Posted in: Deadly weekend in Chicago highlights city's gang warfare

  • 0

    Alphaape

    “Naruto” performances, the singer couldn’t help but notice the lack of people in the audience.

    Probably because the stuff he is performing is not that good to those outside of Japan. Japan does have a lot of industries that are could be considered "cool" outside such as their cars (better than some US models), some of their electronics, and other items such as anime. Maybe some of the so called talent that they want to present just doesn't go over well.

    As we saw in an earlier post here on JT about the comic trying to use a fake American accent to bridge difficult situations and how many of the posters said that her schtick just isn't funny, that could be the same for this campaign. People are more worldly these days, but humor and art is mostly local. There are a few cases where some shows transcend cultural boundaries and those that do, are not some product of the government, but based on the artistic creation done by the creators and actors. Just because the government stands behind it, doesn't mean that people will like it. That is where the Japan government misses the mark, the rest of the world doesn't need the government to tell them what is funny and what is cool.

    Posted in: Gackt lashes out at Cool Japan: 'Almost no results of Japanese culture exported overseas'

  • 0

    Alphaape

    The illegal who gunned down someone deserves to be punished to the full extent of the law. However, his actions are his own, and I'm not going to condemn Mexicans as a whole because of his actions, nor am I going to say Trump was justified in his racist comments because of this guy's actions. This guy is responsible for his own actions and that's where it ends.

    @ Strangeland: Good points, but here is where I see differently. You have a nut white guy shoot up a Black church in SC, and people want to say it was because of the Confederate flag and it should be banned. It wasn't he was just a loser who was off his meds. Not saying I am for the Rebel Flag since those who fought on that side in the Civil War owned my relatives, but what I am saying is that a rebel flag doesn't make all of them want to go gun down innocent Blacks.

    To Trump and his opinion and the story I pointed out, that guy shouldn't have been in the USA in the first place. He was deported 5 times and was in jail on charges that should have sent him back to ICE, but the public safety officials were following their orders from their leaders and let him go. This shold not happen. When a shooter shoots up a place, everyone who is anti-gun points out that tougher gun laws are needed. When an illegal who shoots an innocent women gets captured, and we see he has been deported 5 time previously, we don't get the cry for tougher actions against illegals (you do in some cases, but the media and civic leaders will shy away from this point).

    Yes his actions are his own, and he deserves to be put to death (ironically that is when Mexico will try to take him back or not extradite him to the USA if he is facing a capital offense since they don't have the death penalty in America), just the same as the white shooter in SC. But, in this case the shooter in San Fran was at that place because of a failure of the public safety and leadership of San Francisco in turning him over to ICE.

    Not all illegals are this type of hardened criminal, but they are illegal because they did break US immigraiont law. Not all are from Mexico but this guy was. Sad to say this is not just a "one time" event one could easily look over the internet and find hundreds of stories on how illegals have been charged with bad crimes in the USA, and like it or not Trump is right on this one.

    Posted in: Emmitt Smith, Flo Rida out of Miss USA; Macy's dumps Trump

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    Alphaape

    It proves that Greeks are just on right track.

    Read an article from a man who wrote a book on the Greek crisis. He states in his article how the residents on one island are according the statistics 90% blind. They claim this disability so that they can money for thier disabilty, and yet the government doesn't put 2+2 together to figure out that there are still drivers on the same island renewing their license. Or how homes will have at least on part of the roof not completed and showing the steel support rods simply because under Greek law, you pay the property taxes on finished buildings (if you even bother to pay in Greece at all) or how in some of the most affluent areas in Athens, doctors are reporting their income at the poverty level so that they don't have to pay taxes, or get subsidies.

    Greece did this (a large portion of it) to themselves. People there don't pay their taxes (not talking about the 1% but everyone) or contribute to help them fund their own selves. It is said only the foolish pay for the subway tickets in Athens since they don't take tolls but rely on the honor system, so how is that going to pay for itself?

    It is a sad state, and yet the people keep electing the people who enact laws, or don't enforce them as long as they "get theirs" and this is what you have.

    Posted in: Greek PM urges 'No' vote to 'live with dignity in Europe'

  • 0

    Alphaape

    I want ot see Macy's and all of the other people who ha dbad mouthed Trump on this issue say something about the illegal Mexican who gunned down an innocent woman in SF at Pier 14 this week. Yes Trump has said something about this tragic incident, but surprise, suprise, all we hear that it was in bad taste.

    They don't see it as bad taste that the guy who did the shooting, had been deported from the US 5 times, and was released by the county sheriff just before even though he had his status as an ICE hold person because the city and county of San Francisco are "sanctuary cites" and don't believe in turning over people to ICE because they think it violates their 4th Amendment rights (even though they are not citizens). As a reult, a guy that could have easily been handed over to ICE to be deported (and come back for a 6th time) was just simply let go. Never mind the past deportations for drugs and violence in CA and other states he had racked up.

    Not all Mexican illegals are rapist and murderers. The fact that they broke the immigration laws of the US makes them criminals (go and not pay a partking ticket in CA and see what happens to you when you license gets suspended and the fines really begin to rack up), yet we are supposed to just forgive them for breaking our laws. Trump may be silly, and has a self-inflated ego (every really listen to Bill and Hillary and the rest speak? They are the same they just know how to present it better), but he is right on this issue.

    RIP to the poor lady who was shot for no apparent reason out on a stroll with her father.

    Posted in: Emmitt Smith, Flo Rida out of Miss USA; Macy's dumps Trump

  • -1

    Alphaape

    I guess the gasoline on him didn't give off a bad odor, or no one wanted to ask him why he smelt like gas. I would have figured that with all of the smokers in Japan, if had doused himself before he left home, he should have been a fireball well before he got to the station with all of the smokers I have seen around here.

    Posted in: Woman killed in bullet train fire suicide was on peace pilgrimage

  • -1

    Alphaape

    Actually it's like minded Republican closet rednecks who are doing the spinning on this site.

    @ cracaphat: Hard for me to be a redneck since my ancestors were owned by them (and the owners were members of the Democratic party too).

    See this is the refuge when one finds that someone they don't agree with is speaking some truth. Throw out the racist card. Let me ask you, do you really think liberal Hillary or even far left Bernie Sanders will really be "down with the people?" If anything, by what we are seeing from their past, they harbor just as many "bigoted" ideas as you think someone like Trump does.

    In the stats I brought up, I didn't say that all of the 95% of arrest warrants were for murders in LA in 2002 were Mexican, but that they were illegal aliens. Now putting partisan politics aside, if the majority of illegal aliens in LA county have been documented coming from Mexico and Central America, wouldn't it be accurate to say that based on the illegal population make up in LA county, a large percentage of the arrest warrants would be of Mexican or Hispanic decent. That's just going to be simple math. If you bring this out, why is that being racist? How many H1B (the so called smart workers visas that the tech companies want) visa applicants are coming from Mexico? You may not like Trump, and he may be blunt, but he is speaking the obvious. The ones who can make a living in Mexico are staying, and the poor are being sent out.

    At least he is being up front and honest. If you don't like his style then don't vote for him.

    Posted in: Emmitt Smith, Flo Rida out of Miss USA; Macy's dumps Trump

  • -3

    Alphaape

    Trump defined illegals not by the fact they broke immigration laws, but speculated that they are also rapists. And he was specific to Mexicans. That's trying to define a group by the worst possible potential and people rejected that. It's the same mechanics racists use.

    From an LA Times (a very liberal newspaper) article back in 2002:
    95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.

    Not saying that all of these people are from Mexico, but I would put a bet on it that more of them in these two statistics are from Mexico than the illegal aliens in the USA from Canada or Japan.

    Posted in: Emmitt Smith, Flo Rida out of Miss USA; Macy's dumps Trump

  • 1

    Alphaape

    I feel sorry for the family of this woman who did nothing to deserve this. As for the guy, his name should be "mud." I just hope this idiot doesn't inspire others to want to do this type of thing. I would have thought that there was some type of fire suppression system that doused the cabins with water in case of a fire, so I am curious as to what are the fire and life safety for these trains.

    Posted in: Woman killed in bullet train fire suicide was on peace pilgrimage

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