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BertieWoosterDec. 20, 2014 - 07:09PM JST
How about doing exactly as you suggest in the United States?
It needs it.
Posted in: How do you successfully end wars?
BertieWoosterDec. 20, 2014 - 07:07PM JST
Actually it's not just this flea market, there seems to be a welcome swing away from department stores and supermarkets toward local markets selling local produce. The farmer's markets in Okinawa are doing brisk business. The beer festival in Kokusai dori was packed, as were several other events and fairs this summer and autumn.
There is much more opportunity for communication in a market than a cold, clinical department store or supermarket. And the goods are cheaper and the local produce is much better quality.
Posted in: Flea market bargains provide cheer amid Japan's economic gloom
BertieWoosterDec. 20, 2014 - 11:20AM JST
Exactly. Terrorism is an idea, a way of fighting. It is not an opponent, but a method used by the opponent.
It is an underhand way of fighting. But so is PR:
BertieWoosterDec. 20, 2014 - 08:27AM JST
What you write is perfect.
Building up our military to protect us from "them" who are building up their military to protect "them" from us benefits only those who make money from such things. Similarly slaughtering thousands and maiming hundreds and thousands more, ruining cities doesn't create peace, it just builds up the need for revenge that emerges as terrorism.
There are still huge areas of Vietnam that are dangerous because of the bombs and mines the US military left there. The Middle East is a complete mess because of the US covert and overt activities there.
There is so much truth in the old bumper sticker "Fighting for peace is like folking (misspelling) for virginity."
War does not produce peace.
It produces misery and drives the aggression underground.
If we worked for peace, we could get it.
If the same money that is wasted on "protecting democracy" were used to help people's lives rather than terminate them, we could build peace.
BertieWoosterDec. 20, 2014 - 08:15AM JST
Depends where they go in Japan.
For me, one visit to Kyoto is enough.
But getting off the beaten track and there are some wonderful places to explore.
Posted in: Do you think Japan is the sort of tourism destination that most people would only come to once, or is it a repeat destination?
BertieWoosterDec. 19, 2014 - 07:07PM JST
There is a big misunderstanding here.
Abe is PM. He is not supposed to be a leader. He is supposed to represent his people.
I wonder who Abe does represent?
His American handler?
The ghost of his grandfather?
The voices in his head?
Posted in: Abe emerging as a rare strong leader in Japan
BertieWoosterDec. 19, 2014 - 07:03PM JST
Psych doesn't have a clue what it's doing. Breivik's case is a good example. Psychs couldn't even agree whether he was sane or not.
Comparing this to medicine, a simple medical examination would be able to tell whether a person was healthy or not. And whether a cure had been accomplished.
Psych doesn't seem capable of doing this.
It's not complicated.
How did they decide that Breivik was sane?
Because he thought that what he was doing was right?
Since psychs are patently incapable of distinguishing something as basic as sanity, I doubt very much whether they could tell whether a person was a potential terrorist or not. And I would be very much against a national "potential terrorist screening," along the lines of the dead but unlamented "teenscreen."
Posted in: Can identifying mental illness stop terror attacks?
BertieWoosterDec. 18, 2014 - 08:59AM JST
The vast majority of serial killers are on psychiatric drugs or have a history of mental treatment. Psychiatry doesn't seem to be capable of either identifying or "treating" mental illness. In the article above, one psychiatric report stated that Breivik, who slaughtered 77 people in a gun rampage in Norway was SANE!
Psychiatrists and psychologists are therefore not likely to help discover and/or treat potential terrorists.
BertieWoosterDec. 17, 2014 - 04:54PM JST
This line says it all: "not worried about public opinion"
The last thing on the minds of Abe and his ultra right wing buddies is actually listening to or representing public opinion. Having bought the Japanese media, with a secrecy act in place in case anyone goes against him, and a populace that redefines gullible, it's easy for him to create "public opinion."
It's very easy to close your eyes and ears and barrel forward.
That is not strength.
BertieWoosterDec. 17, 2014 - 11:08AM JST
The guy has a God complex. He thinks the near-death Japanese economy will fix itself just by his mandate.
Posted in: Abe urges business leaders to increase wages
BertieWoosterDec. 16, 2014 - 09:03AM JST
Only in Japan?
On the tube (underground) in London, late at night, a couple started kissing. No one said anything. The couple continued. The kissing got more and more passionate until they were folking (mistype) on the floor of the carriage. Still no one said a word. When they had finished, the guy pulled out a cigarette and was about to light up, when a woman said, very politely, "Excuse me. It's no smoking in here."
It actually happened.
Posted in: Sex is going public, but decorum is fighting a losing battle
BertieWoosterDec. 16, 2014 - 08:49AM JST
Whats the next step?
Photos of Abe in public places and classrooms.
Statues of Abe in town squares.
People having to greet each other with "Heil Abe!"
Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools
BertieWoosterDec. 15, 2014 - 09:08PM JST
Yes, John, exactly as you state.
LDP/KOMEITO before Sunday's vote:326 seats
LDP/KOMEITO after Sunday's vote:326 seats
Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.
And it cost 60 billion yen of taxpayers money to achieve exactly nothing!
Why is this idiot at the helm?
LDP - neither liberal, nor democratic.
Posted in: Abe faces battle on reforms despite big election win
BertieWoosterDec. 15, 2014 - 06:57PM JST
Well, it wasn't a win across the boards.
The voter turnout was atrocious.
And the LDP failed miserably in Okinawa:
Posted in: Big win could help Abe pursue nationalist goals
BertieWoosterDec. 15, 2014 - 06:54PM JST
Abe failed miserably in Okinawa:
Now it gets interesting.
BertieWoosterDec. 11, 2014 - 08:55AM JST
Onaga represents the majority of Okinawan people.
That's why he is governor of Okinawa.
Abe represents the right wing rich.
That's why he is PM.
Posted in: New Okinawan governor takes office
BertieWoosterDec. 10, 2014 - 06:05PM JST
Yoshinoya gyudon is described in the article as "a bowl of rice topped with sauteed beef and onions."
You may not like "nankotsu" and "horumon" but at least they are what they are.
Yoshinoya gyudon might be more accurately described as "low quality beef, with bits of gristle and fat on poor quality white rice."
Posted in: Japan's beef bowl - symbol of deflation - to get price hike
BertieWoosterDec. 10, 2014 - 05:47PM JST
So, when are Bush, Cheney and crew going to brought to justice?
Posted in: Brutal CIA questioning didn't work, Senate report says
BertieWoosterDec. 10, 2014 - 05:45PM JST
Profit made by speculation on the stock exchange should be VERY heavily taxed.
Moving money around doesn't help anyone and doesn't produce anything.
It's just pachinko on a different level.
Posted in: We believe the stock market rally since Shinzo Abe came to power in December 2012 has increased the wealth of the richest Japanese.
BertieWoosterDec. 10, 2014 - 09:00AM JST
Right. The rich get richer while the poor get poorer.
This is what you get when you vote in LDP, a curiously named party that is neither Liberal nor Democratic.
Dec. 22, 2014 - 12:46AM JST
Computer error above. Meant for different article.
Cuba already said no McDonals in other words.…
Posted in: Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system
Dec. 22, 2014 - 12:43AM JST
This article is not about amendment of the Constitution. And the last paragraph of your…
Posted in: Japan, U.S. delay update to defense cooperation
Dec. 22, 2014 - 12:27AM JST
Anonymous is on it: http://www.inquisitr.com/1691688/anonymous-announces-vengeance-on-north-korea-for-sony-hack-with-opripnk/
Posted in: N Korea proposes joint probe with U.S. over Sony hacking
Dec. 22, 2014 - 12:23AM JST
And once again we have people claiming that the problem isn't racism, but rather people pointing…
Posted in: Two New York policemen shot dead
Dec. 22, 2014 - 12:21AM JST
The guy wanted to kill cops. Race has absolutely nothing to do with this case.…