Alphaape's past comments

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    Alphaape

    I take it from this story that this guy was an only child. I say that because if he had siblings or other close family, wouldn't they have known that his father had not been seen for 3 years? I know that in some cases Japanese families are estranged from each other, but this is a bit extreme.

    Posted in: Man keeps father's dead body at home for 3 years to keep collecting pension

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    Alphaape

    The president also said underlying problems such as poor education, drugs and limited job opportunities must be addressed.

    In 2009, Obama and the Democrats rammed the $840 billion federal stimulus package through Capitol Hill under the guise of immediate job creation and economic recovery. An estimated $64 billion went to public school districts; another nearly $50 billion went for other education spending. This included $13 billion for low-income public school kids; $4.1 billion for Head Start and childcare services; $650 million for educational technology; $200 million for working college students; and $70 million for homeless children.

    I could go on and on, but the money has been allocated, but it has not been spent wisely by those who are supposed to be looking out for the people. All of those things the President cited are causes, but in order to stop these problems, a hard look needs to be given to some of the soical ills that each of them brings.

    Posted in: Schools reopen in Baltimore; streets quiet after curfew

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Isn't there such a thing as insurance in Japan so when a person dies the family gets something? Also, how much would a person make in pension? Would it really be worth it to keep a dead body hidden for so long to get what amount?

    Posted in: Man keeps father's dead body at home for 3 years to keep collecting pension

  • 1

    Alphaape

    but there was an officer on horseback who arrested an individual saying he had assaulted the horse, but video showed no such thing happened. The officer was charged with false arrest and filing a false report.

    Recently ( 2 weeks ago) in San Bernadino in CA, a suspect was fleeing from the sheriffs and he actually stole a horse for part of the chase. It was caught live on news helocopters. After the deputies caught up with him, they pinned him on the ground and about 6 others came in and started beating and kicking him, while he was clearly on the ground and the news cameras were rolling. and was being chased by

    The deputies were suspended, and the horse thief last week settled with the sheriff's deptartment for $650,000. So the system does work and when cops do bad things, they get caught and punished. By the way, the horse thief was again in the news for doing something bad and getting arrested again. His money will be spent on legal fees.

    Posted in: Riot erupts in Baltimore after funeral for man injured in police custody

  • 0

    Alphaape

    For a government to put a strain on diplomatic relations because of the bad actions of a few of it's citizens is not a way to run a government. Think of all the honest people from your country (Australia) who could gain from better relations between the two nations. Yet, because a few citzens broke laws in Indonesia which I believe are against the law in Australia you get in a tizzy. Their discipline may be a bit different than yours, but it's theirs to enforce not yours. Of course if these guys were completely innocent and set up, I can understand, but to be willingly doing it, they should take their chances and if caught suffer the consequences.

    Posted in: Indonesia executes 8 drug convicts; Filipina spared

  • 1

    Alphaape

    @LRFAgain: If there are no job opporunities, then why is the area full of poor illegal immigrants from third world countries as well as poor Blacks? My borther used to visit the area for his work when he lived there and he will tell you a different story.

    Let me ask have you lived in these types of areas? Are you Black or White? Your posts sounds like the typical White liberal guilt that we have seen from time to time, and totally discount what Blacks (like me and many others) have done that come from areas like these to succeed.

    Job opportunities? Let's start with the CVS store that was burned down. Do you know how much a manager of one of these stores makes? It would be enough to lift a person from poverty. As well as the workers there, maybe they would be making a little more than the minimum wage, but what else are they going to do now. So I guess you think that the local stores that have been destroyed by locals who built them didn't put the hard work into it, but just "lucky" as you suggest. If you don't think that those businesses that have gone up in smoke would not afford the owners a step into the middle class, then you will need to reevaluate your probably beliefs that fast food workers should get more than minimum wage since a majority of those stores are owned by small business owners who like those whose stores have gone up in smoke, are so tight with what they make in profit, that paying higher wages would result in a bad business model. But according to you, that work is not going to get them into the middle class so which is it?

    My ancestors were slaves, share croppers and very poor, yet somehow they managed to get one generation into school and a little better off than the previous, and that cycle is trying to continue. Hate to say it, but just because you are born poor does not mean that you have to stay poor, nor does it mean that the only way to get better is to resort to a life of crime.

    A history lesson for you: this part of West Baltimore used to be a thriving area with many stores for shopping and home to many Black owned businesses. Then in the wake of the assignation of Rev. Martin Luther King in 1968, and the resulting riots that occurred aft wards in the area, have in part set the course to what we have today. After the riots of 1968, the area never recovered.

    Burning your own area is not going to solve anything.

    Legalise drugs and won't be no corner boys. and hold the cops to account.

    They will still be there. To sell drugs legally will mean you will have to get some type of license. And if you have a criminal record, one will probably not be able to work in such an industry. Also, if you are poor and have no job how do you suppose one would get the money to buy legalized drugs? The same way that they do now, stealing which causes the crime rate to go up. Junkies are the ones going around and comitting the petty crimes and nuciance crimes like stealig copper wire to sell illegally in order to make money to buy drugs, since once one gets too strung out on drugs, you loose the abilty to hold a steady job. The crime will remain, whether legal or not.

    Posted in: Riot erupts in Baltimore after funeral for man injured in police custody

  • 1

    Alphaape

    The businesses that are being destroyed hire Blacks who live in the area. If I owned a busines and it was burned and looted, I would not rebuild in the same area expecting things to change. I would take whatever money from the insurance that I have had to pay at exhorbitant high rates for being in a high crime area and cut my losses. All that would be left are the same people who are crying that they can't survive on minimum wage jobs, yet will not rise up and report these "corner bos" and others who are doing bad in the neighborhood and report them.

    If the police did something wrong, then they should be put on trial. The cops in this case were most likely Black, so it is not a case of Black victim, White cop. Yes he was carrying a knife (Gray) and had an arrest record for drug possessions and was probably violating his parole for being out on the "corner." But still that is no need for him to be killed, and to a point, he should not have resisted if he was caught.

    Riots will not serve any purpose and will only bring down the area.

    Posted in: Riot erupts in Baltimore after funeral for man injured in police custody

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    Alphaape

    @ Lizz: You are correct. Mr. Gray was probably a "corner boy" a lookout for the local drug sellers. If he had nothing to hide, why run? My brother used to live in Batimore (we aer both Black) and he said the area where this occured, he wouldn't want to walk down the street in the middle of the day.

    No excuse for burning your own neighborhood if you feel there is an injustice. Start by cleaning up your area to not give the police the reason to be there.

    Posted in: Riot erupts in Baltimore after funeral for man injured in police custody

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    Alphaape

    I know, it's just that it seems to be only about ANZACs in the media... and the great unwashed believe what they see in films rather than the reality.

    As I posted earlier, since last year (2014), the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI, the BBC has been airing some pretty interesting programs about the war and the people who fought it. One of them had to deal with the "Empire" soldiers from places like India, Africa, the Carribbean and other British Dominions as well as the Aussies and Kiwis (some of them were Aboriginals and Maoris as well) and their contribution to the war effort. It also looked at the same perspective from the French and their territorial fighters from Indochina (today Vietnam), Africa and their other possessions at the time.

    Not trying to downplay any one race and their sacrifices, since I am well aware that the majority of casualties on the Allied side were white men on the Western Front, but as they say the victors get to write history when wars are over. In this case, we have heard and seen in media that it was just a war of whites killing each other in Europe, with small side shows in the Middle East and Eastern Africa. But that is not true, many races and nations participated in this war, and many men and women died from the fighting.

    Posted in: Thousands gather to remember the fallen at Gallipoli centenary

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    Alphaape

    One of the good things that came out of this fiasco in terms of the planning from the top was the story of Winston Churchill and the aftermath. He was First Sea Lord and one of the major proponents of this campaign, and he staked his reputation on it. It failed, not because of the men doing the fighting, but because of the leadership in the field in regards to the generals and policy makers.

    Churchill was to take a lot of the responsibility and as a result, he was forced to resign (i.e. fired) from his job. But, to my point where something good came out of this, he went and volunteered to fight with the Army (he was trained as an Army Officer) and spent time in the trenches on the Western Front.

    Unlike today's military/civilian leaders who seem to "fail upward" Churchill took full responsibility and paid a price for it. Afterward, his experiences in the trenches helped shaped some of his military thinking, and as a result, when WWII came around he didn't just throw away the youth of Britain away on useless campaigns. There were some, but not like on the large scale that was done by the leadership of Britain in WWI.

    Posted in: Thousands gather to remember the fallen at Gallipoli centenary

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    Alphaape

    There have been a few good docu-drama series on BBC, ABC (Aus) on the events of this campaign and the 100th anniversary of WWI. All have been pretty well done, and hopefully some of the "idots" leading the nations around the world are looking at these and reevaluating the need to send young men and women to war for needless reasons.

    Posted in: Thousands gather to remember the fallen at Gallipoli centenary

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    Alphaape

    I feel for the families, but I agree with the ruling in this case. Yes there have been tsunamis in the past that were over 20m, but no one could have predicted with great accuracy that one would be that big after the earthquake. I am sure that the early warning systems alarms were sounding and hopefully they had done drills in the past for emergency response training, but to automatically know that one would be over 20m at the time is not something that I would blame the bank for.

    Now if the manager told them to remain at their desks and continue to work until the end of the shift and wait until someone from upper management or the government told them to evacuate, that's a different story.

    Posted in: Sendai court upholds ruling bank not responsible for employees' tsunami deaths

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    Alphaape

    The one thing that has been predicted as a result of global warming (for WHATEVER the reason is) by scientists is that ALL weather events will become more extreme.

    THe weather and climate on the earth has been constantly changing well before man had anything to do with it. One could just look at the Sahara Desert. It was once a more hospitable area with a habatat suitable for supporting human life. But over time, due to Ice ages and climate shifts more to do with sunspot activity the area has become what it is now. It went from being a relatively green area to a desert one, and guess what, the polar bears somehow managed to survive.

    These weather changes will occur with or without man's help. The problem with them now is that more humans live in areas where we didn't and these drastic events will have a greater impact. California is going through a drought now, as it has been going through since the planet has been around. The difference is that before 38 million people didn't live there then as they do now.

    Posted in: Wild weather smashes Australian state for third day

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    Alphaape

    Will this be enough for the climate change denying PM Abbott and the people who elected him to finally wake up?

    @ warispeace: You do realize that Australia is coming off an 11 year drought don't you? So now are you saying that man-made global warming causes drought as well as flooding?

    Man should watch what pollution we put into the atmosphere and water and try to conserve as much as possible. but putting a tax on carbon dioxide and other so called green measures are nothing more than window dressings for goernments and groups to rob people of money and resources.

    Posted in: Wild weather smashes Australian state for third day

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Maybe the j government would rather have organized crime without guns compared to the U.S. Which has disorganized crime with guns, murders everywhere.lol

    If you think that the yakuza don't kill people with guns and other means you are mistaken. The difference between the US and Japan is that many of the crimes they commit are not reported as much as they are in the USA. Mobsters whether in the USA or not will kill each other. The thing you should take a look at is see how many "missing person" reports have been filed by family members of people who had reputed gang ties, and then you will probably get a closer look at how many yakuza killings go on. But then again, the J-press and Gov are probably not going to be forthcoming with those numbers.

    Murders happen here in Japan also. Everyday there is a new post of some person killed by another. Yes they may not use guns, but it still happens. Just as with the USA, lower level crimes are disorganized in Japan the random killings and convenience store robbery that goes on happens here just as the USA.

    Still, it is not a nice banner to fly if you think that the Japanese system of organized crime is much better, why don't you tell that to the many older people who have been scammed by the telephone operators into giving away huge sums of money to supposed family members in distress that have been run by organized crime. But according to your logic, that's a good crime since no bodies were left in the streets from bullet wounds.

    Posted in: U.S. Treasury freezes assets of Kodo-kai yakuza group

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    Alphaape

    That was President AWOL Bush and the GOP-Tea. Well noted.

    @ kcjapan: The teaparty wasn't around when Bush was president. As far as you hoping the world will not have to deal with a GOP president, how's it going so far with the Dem in office. The Arab Spring, the rise of ISIS and the other issues were started before the GOP held both the House and Senate, and compared to say the ruling "juntas" in places like Zimbabwae, Venzuela, and other places where the "populist" liberal leaders have taken over and assumed lifetime employment, how are they doing so far? Makes the GOP not look that bad.

    Posted in: Republican hopefuls bicker over America's role in world

  • 0

    Alphaape

    I imagine that he was developing into a hikikomori and maybe the mother was trying to cut off his access to the internet to get him out of the house. If he were one of those "dyed hair" dropouts, no internet at home probably would not matter since they are out all night and there are plenty of net cafe's they can crash at.

    Mother was probably doing him a favor making him get out and interact. Judging by his actions, he needs to let go of the net, have some real interactions and control his anger. Can't do all of that playing online games.

    Posted in: 15-year-old boy arrested for stabbing mother in back

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    Alphaape

    Good for her and I hope she keeps that attitude through life. As far as the city is concerned, they need to learn how to be able to distinguish between a cheat and a person trying to get back on their feet. If anything, they should be encouraging this type of effort.

    I could see the city's case if it were the parents who were actually working full time and bringing in more than they would be getting in welfare. But this was a kid that was doing part time work, hardly an amount that would be able to support a family of three with all expenses.

    Posted in: Family branded welfare cheats because daughter gets part-time job

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    Alphaape

    But her distrust remains, largely because of the continued U.S. military presence in Okinawa, home to several U.S. bases.

    They had to get that in somewhere.

    Posted in: Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy

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    Alphaape

    @ kcjapan: You are not making much sense. Once again, I have asked provide proof of any GOP/Tea Party (and for the record, there is a huge rift between the GOP and Tea Party, but don't let facts get in your way), have made blatant racist remarks.

    Wanting to secure the border to keep illegals from entering the USA, how is that racist? I guess according to your logic, I should just be able to land at Narita and come into Japan and demand that I am given rights of citizenship because I "feel" that I should. Making sure that voters have ID to vote, you need an ID to cash a check, use a credit card, buy alcohol and cigarettes so how is it racist to ask to show proof of state residency (I as a resident of my home state can't go and vote in another state's elections unless I show proof of residency)? They have not said that people of color or women or gays not be allowed to vote based on their origins or background.

    If anyone is being pompous, again it is the Dems and the "heir apparent" in nominating Hillary. Sure there have been some who are trying to upset the status quo, but they get marganilized and looked over since the big and powerful machine of Hillary holds sway not only over the donor base, but the media. Name for me one news show that would have someone like Webb from VA who is a potential Dem candidate on, when they get a call that says Bill Clinton would like to come on and discuss why Hillary should be the nominee. Guess which one would get the air time. Or you can look at how the Hillary campaign has given the press the do's and don'ts as to what they can ask of her. So the arrogance would appear to be more on the Dems side rather than the GOP.

    Posted in: Republican hopefuls bicker over America's role in world

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