BertieWooster's past comments

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    BertieWooster

    Taketomo-san,

    I believe it's important to remember those who gave their lives for the country , regardless of how misguided they were.

    Really?

    Did they give their lives for their country or did they in reality give their lives for a few very rich people who, while ordinary people were getting shot, blown up and psychologically ruined, sat out the war in a very safe place, counting their profits?

    War is about economics.

    They may try to mask it as "religion," "making the world safe for democracy," etc., but it's you and I who lose our lives, homes, limbs and loved ones. Not the 1% who don't even get their boots wet.

    Posted in: Out of date

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    I'd say that Robin William's death is more to do with the dangers of psychiatry than fame. He was having psychiatric treatment for depression and alcoholism.

    The result was suicide.

    Posted in: Williams' death serves notice of dangers that come with fame

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    voiceofokinawa,

    The figures you quote are so shocking, they deserve a repeat:

    According to DOD statistics, South Korea is said to have paid $21,772 and Germany $21,720 per one U.S. sercice member in 2012. Compare these figures with Japan's $105,976.

    Rip off!

    Posted in: Buoys floated off Futenma replacement site in Okinawa

  • 4

    BertieWooster

    Out of date.

    Only three words, but oh, so true.

    Posted in: Out of date

  • 3

    BertieWooster

    Abe wants "World Peace!"

    I'm sorry but this line cracked me up.

    He wants world peace so, he's beefing up the military, building a huge mega base in Henoko, beefing about the Russians not handing back the Kuril islands and all of his cabinet are going to Yasukuni to really piss off the Chinese and Koreans.

    If Abe's "peace" is as effective as his "Abenomics," I think it's time to move to New Zealand.

    Posted in: Abe pledges Japan's commitment to world peace

  • -3

    BertieWooster

    Japan4life

    The reason why the bases take up so much land is because of the need for Military Family Housing, Dependent Schools and Leisure Facilities for the Dependents.

    Have you been on any of the bases? You have to have transport because it's just too far to walk between buildings. Kadena particularly is laid out as if it was in Nevada, somewhere where there is plenty of space.

    Space is totally wasted on these bases. Kadena could easily function in one tenth of the space it uses.

    The US military needs to relocate.

    To its own territory.

    There is no reason to be here. North Korea is a joke. China is not a threat. At least not in a military sense.

    Posted in: Buoys floated off Futenma replacement site in Okinawa

  • -4

    BertieWooster

    smithinjapan,

    Whereas much you post I can agree with, I'm afraid I don't see this:

    a HUGE number of Japanese businesses will move around nearby to profit from it

    I don't see a HUGE number of Japanese businesses profiting from Kadena, Futenma, etc. Do you?

    US bases for Okinawa in 2013 made up a mere 4% of Okinawa's total income. It's my guess that's going to be even smaller. Tourism is increasing dramatically. And the US bases stand directly in the way of this. They occupy prime land and - as I said - discourage investment.

    This is one reason why so many people in Okinawa are against the bases.

    Posted in: Buoys floated off Futenma replacement site in Okinawa

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    I don't know how the US thinks it can "contain" China when a) its economy is so closely tied to China's, b) the US is in MASSIVE DEBT to China, c) much of US manufacturing is subcontracted to Chinese companies, d) the US has a very large population of Chinese, many of whom don't even speak English well and keep good contact with mainland China.

    If you ask me, it's getting a bit too silly!

    Posted in: Nagasaki mayor criticizes Abe's defense policy

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    All the Japanese ever did was fish around them.

    The original occupants were seals, birds and Ainu.

    If the islands belong to anyone, it would be the Ainu. But the Yamato people (Japanese) pretty much killed them off. As for the indigenous flora and fauna of the islands, is anyone going to tell me that Honshu cares?

    Russia needs these islands to protect its back door. It's not going to give them up in a hurry.

    Posted in: Japan protests Russian military drills on disputed islands

  • -4

    BertieWooster

    Notice that they did this in the small hours of the morning, long before any protestors arrived.

    LDP fights dirty.

    For Abe, Okinawa is a "sute-ishi," an expendable. With so many bases on this small island, in any act of aggression, Okinawa is likely to be the first place to be hit. Abe is very willing to sacrifice Okinawa for the rest of Japan. And, of course, Abe is doing his best to create antagonism in the first place.

    With 74% (in a recent survey) against US bases in Okinawa, Abe has some gall to call his party "liberal" and "democratic." It is clearly neither.

    What Mayor Inamine said is spot on: “Pushing forward with this tramples on the human rights of the people, and the rich diverse natural life of this region. This is no longer about democracy.”

    Posted in: Buoys floated off Futenma replacement site in Okinawa

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    That's from now on, is it?

    Why the change of heart?

    Posted in: We would never consider dumping the water into the ocean unless we received the consent of local residents.

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    BertieWooster

    tinawatanabe:

    Aren't you aware of China's threat?

    What threat?

    Abe is building a huge megabase in Henoko, pointed directly at China. Russia did a similar thing in Cuba and the US went apes**t.

    Posted in: Nagasaki mayor criticizes Abe's defense policy

  • -7

    BertieWooster

    I don't see much difference between hard line Islamists and hard line Christians.

    This is an actual conversation between people I was working with:

    "Are you going to move back to the States?"

    "We're still not sure. We keep praying for guidance, but He doesn't answer."

    "Insha'Allah," for Muslims, "Trust in God" for the Christians.

    Both are extreme.

    Both need to get a life.

    Posted in: Can Islam and the Western world coexist peacefully?

  • 3

    BertieWooster

    And Abe still wants to reopen the nuclear power stations?

    Posted in: M 6.0 quake hits off Aomori; no tsunami alert

  • 5

    BertieWooster

    Nagasaki mayor questions Abe's defense policy

    So do MANY of us!

    Posted in: Nagasaki mayor criticizes Abe's defense policy

  • 10

    BertieWooster

    Other countries have incest, rapes, gang rapes and Japan has some ojisan making the world a happier brighter place (in his eyes) by festooning cars with underwear.

    I think I prefer the Japanese version.

    It's far less traumatic.

    Posted in: Wakayama man arrested for attaching underwear to cars of women he doesn’t know

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    FizzBit,

    Do you mean that tonight (Saturday) is the time we should dook it out?

    I think this thread is just a whole lot of garbage :)

    Posted in: What suggestions do you have for reducing the amount of garbage that gets thrown out each day?

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    Let's not forget the ENGLISH channel, that the French call La Manche (ze sleeve).

    Posted in: Them's fighting words! The politics of place names

  • 2

    BertieWooster

    wipeout,

    This seems to have become unnecessarily complicated.

    Perhaps I didn't make myself clear enough.

    I didn't criticise the way PET bottles were recycled. I expressed surprise at the huge amounts of PET bottles left for collection. I suggested that reusable containers be used rather than recycling PET bottles.

    I was surprised that clothes can be made from recycled PET bottles. I didn't know this. Now I do. I thank you and others for pointing this out to me.

    I would have thought that it would be more efficient to make clothes using the same material and for people to use reusable containers rather than recycling PET bottles. Surely recycling uses extra energy.

    And please, let's try to be a little more tolerant. We are here to exchange ideas, not to criticise each other.

    Posted in: What suggestions do you have for reducing the amount of garbage that gets thrown out each day?

  • 3

    BertieWooster

    Yubaru,

    I resent your inappropriate language and insult.

    You wrote:

    making an arse outta yourself

    It is very out of place on this forum.

    And thank you borscht. Your answer and link were very informative.

    Posted in: What suggestions do you have for reducing the amount of garbage that gets thrown out each day?

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