BertieWooster's past comments

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    BertieWooster

    Major General Smedley Butler from a speech in 1933. True then and just as true today:

    War is just a racket.

    I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

    I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers.

    It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

    I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

    Posted in: Protecting Japan

  • -6

    BertieWooster

    Protecting Japan?

    From what?

    In case nobody noticed, there ain't nobody attacking!

    Posted in: Protecting Japan

  • 5

    BertieWooster

    Papi2013,

    This sex slave issue is just one component of Japan's pattern of attempts to silence free speech, in their attempt to beautify their WWII history.

    Quite true, but please note that the source of the attempt to silence free speech is not "Japan" but the Japanese ultra right, represented by the grandson of Nobusuke Kishi, Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

    Posted in: Ex-reporter files lawsuit over comfort women stories

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    Yes, but Christopher, Nobusuke Kishi is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's grandfather!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobusuke_Kishi

    Posted in: Ex-reporter files lawsuit over comfort women stories

  • 5

    BertieWooster

    shonanbb,

    How come the word prostitute is not used rather than comfort woman?

    Good question.

    "Comfort woman" is a euphemism, rather like using "number 2" for "sh*t."

    I think a closer translation might be "woman who gives relief."

    Prostitute implies that the lady received payment and that she chose this profession. "Sex slave," which is very definitely not PC in Japan is even closer to the truth.

    Posted in: Ex-reporter files lawsuit over comfort women stories

  • 18

    BertieWooster

    Thanks for the link, Sensato. It makes interesting reading. Much of it can be summarised as "We didn't do it, so!" But I found this very interesting:

    House Resolution 121 (Comfort Women Resolution), adopted by the United States House of Representatives in 2007, includes in its statement of justification, “Whereas the ‘comfort women’ system of forced military prostitution by the Government of Japan, considered unprecedented in its cruelty and magnitude, included gang rape, forced abortions, humiliation, and sexual violence resulting in mutilation, death or eventual suicide in one of the largest cases of human trafficking in the 20th century.”

    I find it hard to believe that that statement is fiction, as Nishioka insists.

    Posted in: Ex-reporter files lawsuit over comfort women stories

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    Laguna,

    It is likely the material was not introduced during the local preparation process; however, McDonald franchises use pre-formed paddies for their burgers.

    "Paddies?"

    You mean people from Ireland?

    So that's what the human tooth fragment was!

    Posted in: Woman finds dental material in McDonald's Japan burger

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    This is why Abe and the LDP is in power.

    No competition.

    Someone step up to the plate, PLEASE!

    Posted in: DPJ candidates

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    commanteer,

    How about taking a random selection of 3000 low cost restaurants/izakayas for comparison? Almost certainly, they would have even more cases of contaminants in food

    You know, I don't think so.

    The "food" at fast food establishments is all automated. They drop the carcasses in at one end and burgers come out the other. No human actually cooks it, not in the real sense of the word. The "food processing operatives" unwrap it, reheat it and rewrap it for delivery to the victims - sorry! - customers. Nobody really gets a close look at it.

    The "master" or "mama-san" in an izakaya, on the other hand, actually cooks the food. Well, most of them do. And they therefore have a chance to see what's in it. Also, since their customers are sitting right in front of them, if they see something grotesque poking out of something they are about to drop into the frying pan, they are more likely to hoik it out.

    The main reason I never eat fast food is just this. You don't know what's gone into it.

    Posted in: McDonald's apologizes for tooth, plastic found in food

  • -3

    BertieWooster

    Just think about the stuff that WASN'T found!

    Posted in: McDonald's apologizes for tooth, plastic found in food

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    lucabrasi,

    Everyone should pay a 100,000 yen deposit before flying.

    And get it back if they behave.

    That's actually a very good idea.

    Posted in: How should airlines deal with unruly and inconsiderate passengers during a flight?

  • 2

    BertieWooster

    elkario,

    i agree wholeheartedly with what you write. There are many places around the world where the capital is not the largest city in the nation, Brasilia, Canberra, Washington etc. And it makes total sense to spread the power. As I said, I don't think Abe is capable of this. He lives in the past and cannot think beyond Tokyo.

    Shouganai, ne!

    There are teaching jobs in Okinawa, the salary might not be as good as Tokyo, but the quality of life is MUCH better!

    Posted in: Abenomics boost for property shrinks back to Tokyo

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    elkario,

    If I were Abe, I'd give tax incentives to move offices and factories outside of Kanto, an would move a significant amount of Federal jobs to smaller cities such as Yamagata, Sapporo, Hiroshima, and Gifu.

    If Abe were Elkario, I'm sure this is what he would do. It's very sensible.

    Unfortunately he isn't. And moving plum jobs to "inaka" areas would not be well received by his "friends."

    He has to support them because it was they who put him there and it is they who keep him there.

    For some reason that's beyond my understanding.

    Posted in: Abenomics boost for property shrinks back to Tokyo

  • 3

    BertieWooster

    Before boarding a plane, passengers should be required to sign a document that says that they agree that if they are disruptive or violent on the plane they will be blacklisted and will never be able to fly on any plane anywhere ever again.

    Posted in: How should airlines deal with unruly and inconsiderate passengers during a flight?

  • 2

    BertieWooster

    Abenomics boost for property shrinks back to Tokyo

    Not surprising. Abe can't see further than Tokyo in any case.

    Posted in: Abenomics boost for property shrinks back to Tokyo

  • 7

    BertieWooster

    scipantheist,

    The US will be there to stop Mongol invasion.

    I wouldn't worry too much about Mongol invasion. In the 13th Century, it might have been a concern, but not now.

    Posted in: Australians reject siding with Japan against China in island dispute: survey

  • -1

    BertieWooster

    bass, I've said it before and I'll say it again.

    I wish I had your faith.

    It must make things so much simpler.

    Posted in: Do you think North Korea was responsible for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures?

  • 11

    BertieWooster

    TPP benefits the major corporations like Monsanto at the expense of the small producer and the consumer.

    That's why the negotiations are conducted in secret.

    To keep us in the dark about how they want to shaft us.

    Posted in: Obama urged to push harder for TPP trade pact

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    darnname,

    I think the figure is 4 percent that comes from the US bases being housed in Okinawa. It's probably much less nowadays because of the restrictions. Tourism is the big pull.

    The Okinawa Prefectural Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports announced on Sep. 19th that tourism income in fiscal 2013 increased by 12.1% to 447.868 billion yen setting a new record.

    Tourism however, is limited because of the bases. Futenma and Kadena are both in prime locations for development. These areas could provide HUGE income and make Okinawa independent of Tokyo. In addition to this, people don't want to visit a place that has wall to wall US military. Just as you're lying on the beach, soaking in the sun, an Osprey hammers its noisy way above you. The roads are often filled with military trucks and you have to make wide detours to get round some of the bigger bases. Entrepreneurs do not wish to invest in Okinawa, because if there were a strike, it would be Okinawa that gets it first. This is also why no other part of Japan will have any more bases. When it was suggested that the marines move to Kyushu, a petition was gotten up within 24 hours and the plan was stopped.

    The presence of US military is holding down the Okinawan economy.

    And the bottom line is, Okinawa is NOT US territory. What on Earth are 74% of the US military in Japan doing on 0.6% of the total land mass of Japan?

    Posted in: Cars rally against Futenma base

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    How can we think anything when we have no actual evidence?

    Until I see something conclusive I have an open mind.

    Posted in: Do you think North Korea was responsible for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures?

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