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Christopher BlackwellMay. 14, 2013 - 12:54AM JST
Most of us would be more than happy to have the career that she had. She is one smart and one tough lady, and a lot of women journalist own their careers to inspiration from her early work.How many of the men here make near as much money, or have near as much influence as she has. I would suspect none of us do.
Posted in: Pioneer U.S. TV anchor Barbara Walters to retire
Christopher BlackwellMay. 12, 2013 - 10:43AM JST
As always, when trying to understand what a politician is doing, check first who is paying how much money to do what. Then the rest is easy to understand.
Posted in: LDP to pledge to restart nuclear reactors in policy platform: Nikkei
Christopher BlackwellMay. 04, 2013 - 10:50AM JST
The only war s the war that the NRA leadership is fighting against its own members that have said they want full background checks on all gun sales. But perhaps the members should be aware that their alleged organization has been take over by the gun manufacturers that care nothing about the members but only in increasing semiautomatic sales to everyone, including criminals. As the gun manufacturers put more money into the NRA than all 4,000,000 members the Leadership feels it is their duty to puppet any line that the gun manufactures want . Ironically for years the NRA has supported full back ground checks on all gun sales so this counter view is against what the 73% members want. Time to pull membership money out and put it into a lobby for gun owner and not gun manufactures. The NRA has been stolen from its members and their concerns.
Posted in: NRA kicks off annual convention, saying it is fighting 'culture war'
Christopher BlackwellMay. 04, 2013 - 08:06AM JST
Look at it this way, the sharks and large mackerels were very happy with the special treat. Nothing like a good feast to put them in a good mood.
Posted in: Newly released sardines disappear after 2 days in Kobe aquarium
Christopher BlackwellMay. 02, 2013 - 11:53AM JST
What is it about young people needing to tell everyone what they are doing or have done, even if it is a crime? Of course I admit the authorities must appreciate the help and making their work a bit easier.
Posted in: 3 men charged with obstructing Boston bombing probe
Christopher BlackwellApr. 30, 2013 - 11:31AM JST
Sorry but we have never had a democracy. A democracy would require every American to vote on everything the government does, every policy and every law.
We claimed to be a republic, that is with elected representatives to did what their citizens wanted. Of course we have never really had that either.
As stated elsewhere we have had a plutocracy where what laws get passed depends on who bribes the most congress people. As often said we have the best government that money can buy. The bribes make the $300,000+ salary we pay them look like pocket change. Money comes to our politicians by box full. If you have not bribed you congressman , then he doesn't listen to anything that you say. It has bee this way for at least 150 years, if not longer.
Note in the original constitution, if you were not a white male landowner, you were not allowed to vote. Most Americans did not own land back then. If you owned slaves each of your slaves gave you a 2/5 of a vote more. So if you owned 2,000 slaves that gave you an extra 200 votes. So slave holders out voted everyone else. don't worry though they don't actually teach real history any more, nor even the theory of how government works, and certainly never taught how it actually works. Instead we just spout the mantra of Democracy, without the slightest idea what that would actually be.
Note that the government successfully ignores what the majority of the citizens say that they want.
Posted in: Is American democracy dysfunctional?
Christopher BlackwellApr. 29, 2013 - 09:36AM JST
As they get more organized, you might be surprised how much they will accomplish. It too a could of generations to do what has been accomplished in the United States and the younger generation will not view gay people as their elders did. In turn their children will think it is all much the same and will wonder what all the ruckus was about. By the way they might want to get George Takei of Star Wars fame for some ideas.
Posted in: Thousands march for gay rights in Japan's first 'Rainbow Week'
Christopher BlackwellApr. 29, 2013 - 01:46AM JST
I am left to wonder when Abe will suggest going back to worship of the emperor.
Posted in: Abe says restoration of sovereignty day signals hope, pride
Christopher BlackwellApr. 28, 2013 - 01:37PM JST
Once when I was seriously ill I had a team of doctors, or a committee. While one doctor can easily make a decision, it can take forever fore a committee to argue their way through to the answer, if they ever reach one.
So this committee might do well enough if the problem has unlimited time to be solved. Otherwise, it might be better to hire a single person with full authority to actually do something and see what happens. But of course I forgot, the real need is to cover their hind ends, in case something continues to go wrong, which it most likely will based past history.
Actually solving the problem might mean taking risks and that must be avoided at all costs, after all the bottom line is the important thing. If the cost gets too high, some one might suggest something drastic, such as cutting the salaries and benefits of the big wigs and we cannot have that. That would not be according to recent tradition. Could we not just have the big wigs fall on their swords, which was also once considered traditional for abject failure.
Posted in: TEPCO, govt set up panel to study contaminated water problem
Christopher BlackwellApr. 25, 2013 - 12:30PM JST
It can spread around the world very easily. Ah the wonders of modern transportation. A Pandemic could do it in four days. So far we have ben lucky. Someday we will not be lucky. Over crowded areas are wonderful places for a plague to get a good start. Poor people make wonderful incubators as always. But once it gets a god start it will no longer matter and plague can be very democratic.
Posted in: H7N9 flu 'one of most lethal' says WHO as virus spreads to Taiwan
Christopher BlackwellApr. 23, 2013 - 09:05AM JST
I suspect that a real clean up of the surrounding are is never going to happen. Nobody anywhere in the world has ever attempted to clean up the surrounding countryside after a nuclear incident and I see no sign of it happening here either. Lets just hope that they can keep things together long enough to decommission the plant itself. That alone is looking unlikely at the rate accidents keep on happening and their refusal to replace bad equipment with reliable equipment. we should not be depending on jerry rigged equipment this late into the disaster.
Christopher BlackwellApr. 21, 2013 - 01:20PM JST
By the way nothing difficult about making bombs. A friend of mine was doing that by the time he was 14, and he knew a great variety of ways to make things go bang back the in the early 1950s, including making one dirty bomb with radioactive isotopes. No great smarts are required.
Posted in: Boston bomb suspect hospitalized under heavy guard
Christopher BlackwellApr. 21, 2013 - 01:17PM JST
I am bored in hearing about him. I really have nothing more that I need to know, including the alleged reason. I think a new blackout about him and limiting it to when he goes to trial, the verdict and then punishment is all we need and it would hurt his little ego if he spent time in jail waiting for his trial with no newspaper coverage. I am tired of the media making it all about him and his brother. They are not worth the newsprint and the air time. But this is how the new media makes its profits , by sensationalizing the story dragging it out as long as possible.
Christopher BlackwellApr. 17, 2013 - 09:48AM JST
The single terrorist is the one that may be impossible to stop. Meanwhile George Takei of Star Trek fame put it this way.
When tragedies strike, heroes rise to meet the challenge: the first responders seen sprinting toward the blast site, the runners who changed course to run to local hospitals to donate blood, and the fine citizens of Boston who at once opened their homes to marathoners in need of a place to stay. When we come together, we cannot be brought down.
Posted in: 3 dead, 130 hurt after two bombs explode near Boston Marathon finish line
Christopher BlackwellApr. 16, 2013 - 09:06AM JST
The one man terrorist, even a two man terrorist group, is nearly impossible to stop, and impossible to infiltrate.
This appears to be a pro. So now we can only hope that catch the actual perp. There is going to be a lot of political pressure just to catch someone and blame them for it.
Meanwhile it would be nice if the media would now shut up about it until they have actual new facts to report. However remember this is the groups that run on the "If it bleeds, it leads. So instead we will get talking heads supposing and repeats on old information, old videos and of course every rumor that comes their way, whether based up by evidence or not.
Christopher BlackwellMar. 26, 2013 - 04:27AM JST
Gee why do you need experience people in those jobs when all that is important they they obey the boss and the party line? [Grin] God forbid that politicians actually picked someone qualified to do a job, it might make the politician appointing look bad in comparison. [Grin]
Posted in: Australian PM names new cabinet, emphasizing loyalty
Christopher BlackwellMar. 22, 2013 - 08:53AM JST
Of course the money spent of whaling could be spent on something actually needed. They even stole disaster money to keep it going. Remember 87% of Japanese don't eat whale meat and are not likely to do so in the future. Remember 6,000 tons of last years harvest remains unsold.Without constant government aid whaling would collapse as it is a many loser.
As for Green Peace, they have not used explosives on other ships.
Posted in: Sea Shepherd sues Japanese whalers in Netherlands for piracy
Christopher BlackwellMar. 22, 2013 - 08:44AM JST
People should be frightened and disgusted by the displays. Anyone who was a victim of the attack went through hell and it should not be made to like like it was not. next thing you know someone will suggest cute little disney characters skipping through scenes of ruin. Remember most who died were not military personal fighting war, but civilians who had absolutely no say so over what their government was doing. That is what make such a horrible death even more terrible. In any war the great majority of those killed are not soldiers, but totally innocent civilians.This is true of all wars past and present, regardless of the countries fighting them. If we have to candy coat the past, then how will we ever learn the lessons and stop repeating the mistakes.
Trying to hide the full horror of death by nuclear bombs would be similar to taking out the gruesome exhibits from the holocaust museum. As long as any country has nuclear weapons, there remains the danger that more civilians will die because of them. If a country spends much money on military, then it will have to find wars to fight, to justify the expense. So far only one country has ever used nuclear weapons do you want that on Japan's conscious some day. Ask that before you gain nuclear weapons. Afterward it is only a question of when will it happen.
Posted in: Opinions split on whether or not to remove mannequins from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Christopher BlackwellMar. 19, 2013 - 10:48AM JST
Know any other country in the world with a thousand military bases in the world. Know any country that outs spends all of Europe, Russia and China in Military spending. Know any other country that regularly goes to war agains the third world countries that are of no danger to it and then flattens entire countries. There might be a good reason why people worry about the United States as the most dangerous country in the world, especially if your country is sitting on top of oil. Controlling the worlds oil supply has been the reason for most of the wars that America launches from Vietnam on.
Posted in: 10 years on, Iraq war changed int'l opinion toward U.S.
Christopher BlackwellMar. 18, 2013 - 01:27PM JST
I would worry more about his wanting an easily changeable constitution, then having Japan take full responsibility for its own defense. As for changing history, why not start honestly reporting Japanese History and learning from it, so as to not repeat failed polices of past government what destroyed Japan last time.
By the way the same would be true of all other countries as well. Honest history would save countries a lot of future grief. Those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Posted in: Abe vows to change constitution, reestablish 'proud Japan'
May. 19, 2013 - 03:43AM JST
nigelboy, hope you end up with your stomach disemboweled. c u nt..,.,
Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation
nigelboy, hope you end up with your stomach disemboweled. c u nt...
nigelboy, hope you end up with your stomach disemboweled. c u nt..
nigelboy, hope you end up with your stomach disemboweled. c u nt.
nigelboy, hope you end up with your stomach disemboweled. c u nt