Alphaape's past comments

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    Alphaape

    people have very good reason to attempt to gather the facts for themselves and gain the ability to hold the justice system accountable. With the many people freed from death row by the Innocence Project, we should not put a lot of faith in the criminal justice system.

    That goes both ways. One of the reasons cops may feel a bit frustrated when dealing with some communities is the lack of help they receive when trying to solve crimes. How many people who are doing the rioting and looting are the types that will actually offer up assistance to the police and bear witness in court to crimes comitted by black on black? The "wall of blue" that people like to talk about when police protect each other is also rampant in some communities that do not trust the police.

    I bet there are some who know what may have actually went down, but will not speak up. Whatever the case, if the cops over reacted sad for someone to lose their life, but in the same manner, why would you walk in the middle of a street, or possibley steal a box of cigars to make a fe "blunts" and then complain when the cops pull you over. The cop doesn't have the right to be judge, jury and executioner, but if one fights with the cops, then you get what you could expect to happen.

    How many here, if they were cops and had to wrestle someone down and during that melee they grabbed your gun honestly think that the person would give it back to you following the "Queensberry" rules and give you your gun back and continue to fight fair and honest? If you answer yes, then you will not be on the force for long.

    Let's let the trial begin, gather the evidence and if needed a trial be had to determing guilt or innocence. But I can tell you this, if the trial is held in Ferguson, and the cop is found not guilty and one of the complaints about the trial being that the jury was made mostly of whites, sad to say the people have only themselves to blame. The town is 65% black, but only 5% vote. Jurors are pulled from voting registrations, and they have pretty much assured that if they go to trial in this town, the lack of black participation in the voting process will come back to bite them if a trial is had.

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    From your previous posts on JT, I got the impression you are in the military. The US government is more understanding about the people exercising their right to vote and. Low-income employees don't have that luxury or convenience to vote.

    @ Silvafan: Yes I was in the military and still in Japan working. Funny thing, I just mailed my absentee ballot for a local school board election. If people want to vote, there is a way to do so. You are correct, the US government bends over backwards to get people to vote, and there are many organizations that will help people to get registered, yet they don't want to do it. People can absentee and many places have early voting. Just as simple as going to the county regisra's office to get it done. As a matter of fact, I got my ballot online and I am half a world away from my hometown, and yet I can still find the time to vote.

    I think it is more condescending to say that lower income people can't manage their time to get the important things in life done unless someone "helps" them out.

    I bring up the comment on booze and smokes because it takes an ID to get them,and I understand people don't check ID all the time. But it also takes an ID to get an EBT card or any of the social welfare programs that people need, and yet they can find time to get them. If people can't, then those so called "community organizers" ahve failed since I can think of many ways that people can get the proper ID and documents necessary to register to vote.

    One of my relatives is a leading activist. I have personally seen her photos with some of the biggest names in US politics and see her mentioned in the papers where I am from often. She will admit to you, that it is frustrating at times trying to get people to do something simple as to register or go vote. People expect a quick "hand out" without any effort. And she's a die hard liberal Dem.

    Go to a place like Ferguson, and you will see a different world from what some facts may state, and what actually is going on.

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    This includes stringent driver’s license or other ID checks, rigid timelines for filing voter applications, the lack of information or misinformation about voter registration forms and materials, and non-existent or feeble voter registration campaigns.

    Not going to buy that excuse. One of the first places destroyed was a "QT mart" that was looted and destroyed. Some say it was because the store called for the police because the person killed and friend had stolen something. I'll wait to see about that part, but I can say without a doubt, the highest selling items in a store of this type were booze and cigarettes. Both require a valid ID to purchase. Also, the store (as like most in these areas) accepts the EBT (welfare) card for payment on food items. Again, to get this card, one needs to take the time to go and register and apply. They just don't give one to you for nothing. So saying that Blacks don't know how or can't make the time to register to vote is more discriminatory than anything else I have seen.

    Felony-disenfranchisement policies have led to 11 states denying the right to vote to more than 10 percent of their African American population.

    But stil there are more whites in prison than Blacks, so that would mean that more whites are being disenfranhised than blacks. I know plenty of blacks, no criminal record, who simply do not vote for their own reasons. Yet they are the first ones to demand something from the government.

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    I saw a guy wearing a similar uniform at the Yokosuka Navy base Friendship Day on 2 Aug. He looked a bit out of place. Funny thing, if he is that fired up, then why show up on a US military base wearing that stuff? After all, it is the uniform of the losing team. I dare them to wear them in Korea or China.

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    The inherent racism and humiliation and misery that comes from living in a society that, as a policy, just doesn't care about its poorest citizens.

    Not true. See my above posts, the people here don't vote. Politicans pander. They pander to whatever group will keep them in office. Right now, they tend to think that the wave of the future will be the Hispanics and thus the large influx across the boarder. Funny thing, they want this group into the country to change the US voting patterns. But here, no one is pandering to the Black vote, since here they don't vote. They just will sit by and wait for their handout.

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    The reverse is true. Local politicians are leaving the community alone like a vacuum since there are no voters. The local police is usually useless for petty crimes. They just do not care.

    I saw a picture of some of the looters, and one clearly showed a guy in a store and you could see the gun (9 mm type) in his pants as he was looting. That's what needs to be addressed. Not an NRA gun issue, but an issue on what we are willing to accept in our communities.

    I am Black, and if I had to live in MO, I would take as much care as to not want to live in the area. Not that I think I am better but I want to be around people who will be involved in their community and particiapte. Listening to a radio host talk about this place, only one person on the city council is Black. To correct my previous post, only 3 out of 60 police officers are Black. Yet, they want to complain about police and jobs and opportunities, and they don't even take the time to go register to vote. The numbers of people there on some type of government assistance is high, yet they will not go and register to vote.

    Land of the Free indeed. Policing in the US is about as heavy handed as it gets in the democratic world.

    Another aspect that has drawn a lot of conservaties to actually rally with the looters in a way (politics makes strange bed fellows) is the fact that the various police units have shown up with armored vehicles, and military gear. Sort of reminds one of South Africa in the 80's with the anti-apartheid riots. They are up in arms (no pun intended) on who a local government agency can come in and be just as well outfitted as the military. I am sure that they are not for the looting and lawlessness, but they do bring up a valid point, what are the police going to do with all that tactical gear?

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    appointing a local African-American officer, Captain Ron Johnson, to take charge, instead of the St Louis County police who had led the crackdown.

    An interesting fact is that the town is about 65% Black, yet the number of registered voters is (Black) in the last few elections was about 5%. When you have a population that is that disinterested in their local governance, you will get elected officals who don't look like the majority.

    I can get their frustrtions to a point, but not to the point where they think it is ok to loot and burn, especially when some of those businesses are Black owned. If they think the police have a history of corruption in the city (70 person police force, only about 5 Black officers), then they need to start taking part in local elections, and becoming involved with the system to effect change. You can't complain about a system, when you don't participate in it.

    I wonder, how much does the community that is up in arms assist the police when there is Black on Black crime and the police try to find the offender? Then you get the "wall of silence" not from the police but from the community. I see it in my community back in the states. The police shoot someone, tensions get high. But the local bad guys od the shooting, and no one talks yet they know who did it, and a few days later another person (normally someone who had something to do with the first shooting) winds up being shot or killed.

    To stop the cycle, the people need to start being part of the process.

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    “If you raise your fist in response to your opponent’s fist-lifting, that only leads to a fight.”

    That is true, but if you don't you will get punched in the face. Interesting dynamic in seeing the difference between Japanese soldiers in WW2 and US. When you look back on some of the comments that US GI's make from their time in WW2, they do say war is not good for everyone, but at the same time, they are at the front of leading the cause for patroitism (i.e. American Legion, VFW, etc) and making sure that America had a strong military to protect itself. They have dissented in the various military entanglements the US has been in and not just a bunch of war mongerers, but at the same time, the recognizce the need for a country to be able to defend itself.

    I guess that is the diffrence between a victor and a loser, not trying to make light of the subject but there is a difference in mentality.

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    I agree somewhat with this man, but I think he is missing another point. It is fine to say things like there should not be anymore wars, but in reality, that will not happen. He seems to forget that Japan will need young men (and women) that are willing ot defend Japan. Not to go fly planes into the enemy, but to take a stand and defend Japan. Today, you don't seem to have that many young people in Japan who are willing to want to serve their country by defending it. Not saying that they should revamp the old Imperial Army mentality, but should not be willing to just "give up" and let peace rule.

    In an ideal world that would be nice, but the world is not ideal.

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    Passengers don't need access to the tracks. Full floor to ceiling barriers with doors that open only when the train is aligned are possible.

    It will not stop them. Why go to a station where barriers are, when you can just wait on the street as the train passes and jump in front of it.

    If a person wants to die by being hit by a train, they are going to find a way to do so, either at the station or on the road.

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    If Chinese people have problems with the Japanese Government and right wing nationalists, that's fine, but its totally childish of them to place their blame on kids who have no relation to the war, but what do you expect from a 2nd world country? its also wrong to postulate your morality with a country thats still very poor and people who aren't as rich as a typical 1st world nation

    Same could be said about Japan. An upcoming film by Angelina Jolie called "Unbroken" about a former US Olympic runner who was shot down in the Pacific in WWII and spent years in a Japanese POW camp, has already caused somewhat of a stir since it shows the brutality that he endured in the POW camp by the Japanese. The same Japanese who were all over Angelina when she showed up for the premier of "Malfecent" now don't want anything to do with her since she is bringing up something bad from Japan's past. Same as with the movie "The Railway Man" bring up the past not told in the way Japan wants it to be told, and you will be seen as a troublemaker and get the same result as they say the Chinese will give to the athletes there.

    I think they should probably be more concerned with the general crime and being a victim since the locals will know that they are not from there but tourists.

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    For the past 13 years, we have been told Islam is the religion of peace. When a man wants to burn a Koran in Florida, the world's media explodes. Now that Islamist are going to force convert people, destroy churches and let people starve, the world and the Muslim groups say nothing.

    Even when the US was there in Iraq, great pains were made to not destroy any religious buildings and respect the local relious beliefs. I didn't see any report that these very same people who are being threatened by ISIS going around and making muslims convert and accept Christ at all, because if they would have, the media would have picked it up and ran with it.

    This group, along with Boko Haram (we seem to have forgotten about that) are pushing their religious beliefs on others at the tip of an AK-47. Don't really see the media making that the point, but I have heard that this is all Bush's fault.

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    African-Americans call this kind of stuff "Ghetto". Anglo-Saxons (Caucasian) might refer to the same kind of material as "White Trash" or even "Redneck".

    @FPSRussia: Ver good points! Not to say that there is a sterotype of the docile Japanese woman, but to air this type of stuff on TV is on par with the "Jerry Springer" show in the USA. Fun to watch for those who have enough sense to seperate fact from fiction, but too many people can't do that and this will lead to some unintended consequences.

    People like to talk about the effect of media (TV, music) on people. Take a look at some of the things that are picked up by mass culture based on what one sees or hears. In Japan, a place I have found to be not the most forthcoming in expressing emotions on a normal level, imagine what this show will do to those who can easily be swayed by the media.

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    Scary stuff. Seems like the movie "Planet of the Apes" is happening in real life with the possible spread of the virus.

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    Alphaape

    And the Superbowl.

    There was a PSA in Britian during the World Cup that spoke out against domestic violence. It seems that there is a spike in the UK during big soccer matches. So I guess those soccer hooligans really get riled up for the games.

    As with other fads in Japan from TV, I wonder how long before everyday people begin doing just this same thing for everyday conversations and dealings with people. I see some of it from time to time but I guess this will just bring it to the fore front.

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    If the family is ok with it, then why should it matter to anyone else? They are going to raise the child, not the opinions of others. When I meet people, I don't go and ask how they were conceived or any of those deeply personal questions. I judge them on how they act, not who their parents were.

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    In a way this makes sense. Why should the Tokyo/J-Gov build a center in the area to conduct such activites as the equestrian (horse) events in an area that after the games are gone, will not have the demand for such a venue. If I am not mistaken, golf will be part of the games so why would you want a golf course in the middle of Tokyo?

    Cut costs, move some events to other areas that are close, and make sure the transportation piece can support it.

    For the rest of the J-people, this should be a lesson. Just because they can promise you (government) one thing, keep in mind "the house always wins" and nothing is for free.

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    I imagine that the developers of the condo will plug the fact that it is where a garden once stood and have a very small atrium to honor this. This will drive up the prices for the condo's and you will have people lining up to just be one of the first to get a condo just to say they have one in a famous place.

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    @Alphaape: BOAC did not fold. Themselves and BEA merged to become British Airways.

    My mistake.

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    Been a bad year, a really bad year for Malaysian Airlines.

    I imagine that Malaysian AIr will go the way of the olc BOAC (British Overseas Air Corporation) when they had a spate of bad crashes and folded, enven though they were a government airline.

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