Deplore's past comments

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    Deplore

    European Union leaders and Obama said the referendum plan was illegitimate and would violate Ukraine’s constitution.

    Obama, more concerned about the Ukrainian constitution than the American one.

    Posted in: Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

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    Deplore

    Russia should annex the Crimean peninsula. The locals clearly wish to be part of Russia, and if the West actually respected self-determination instead of just paying lip service to it, they'd acknowledge this.

    Posted in: Obama says Putin not fooling anybody over Ukraine

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    @GalapagosnoGairaishu

    Yes, it's clearly all the fault of the neo-Nazis and racists on YouTube. The Muslims who rioted and killed people over a video clip aren't the real problem.

    Posted in: U.S. court orders Google to pull YouTube anti-Islam film

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    A healthy society would fear for her mental health. Here, she was praised for being kawaaiiiiiiiii.

    Eh, mid your own business. So long as she got work done, what's it to you? Not everyone is as outgoing as you think, nor is it necessarily a sign of mental health if they are. Humans didn't evolve to live in cities of millions of people packed together.

    Posted in: Why do Japanese people wear surgical masks? It’s not always for health reasons

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    —Victims increasingly declined to cooperate with investigators or recanted — a sign they may have been losing confidence in the system.

    Or that they were false accusations. Alas, that doesn't fit the narrative though, now does it?

    Posted in: Documents reveal chaotic U.S. military sex-abuse record in Japan

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    what about singapore - chinese, malay, indians and 25% of it's labor force being foreigners?

    We're talking about an extremely well governed, authoritarian city state when it comes to Singapore. I'm not saying that there aren't outliers or that it's a 1:1 correlation, but if you buy into Emile Durkheim's concept of Pre-Contractual Solidarity it makes a lot of sense. Ultimately, societies need unifying forces like nationalism, religion, or belonging to the same 'tribe' in order to function. Hence why even in 'multicultural' societies, communities will tend to segregate along ethnic lines. White neighborhoods, black neighborhoods, Chinatown, etc. We're genetically predisposed to empathizing and associating with those who resemble ourselves, both in beliefs and appearance. To try to enforce integration is fraught with peril.

    As for the EU's free trade agreements with the Swiss - since when did a FTA require free movement of peoples??? When the EU negotiates FTAs with non-European entities, it's not like they require free movement clauses with them. To punish the Swiss for this decision would amount to nothing more than bullying. The EU is stuck in a catch22 - if they punish the Swiss, they stir up more anti-EU sentiment, and if they accept the Swiss decision, they embolden EU-skeptics who advocate a Europe-wide FTA but not a political union.

    Posted in: EU to review Swiss ties after vote curbing immigration

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    I'll write it again: Professional baseball, football, and hockey players are all over-paid entertainers.

    Here's the thing, bud: You don't get to decide who's overpaid, the free market does. And it just so happens that professional athletes offer a very valuable service.

    Posted in: Baseball star Tanaka charters Dreamliner for flight to New York

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    Good on Switzerland! European nations have every right to protect their national identity, including their ethnic makeup. Every statistic indicates a strong correlation between increased multiculturalism and increased crime rates. It isn't a coincidence that some of the most peaceful countries are the least ethnically diverse - such as Japan, or Iceland.

    Posted in: EU to review Swiss ties after vote curbing immigration

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    I still don't understand all this attention paid to the Russian gay issue. Was this much scrutiny placed on China when they hosted the Olympics? I'd argue that the average Chinese person has less freedom and lives under a more totalitarian regime than the Russians do.

    Posted in: Welcome

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    Pretty sad how relative freedom of speech is in European countries. I much prefer the US stance, where freedom of speech is absolute, so long as you aren't directly harming another person.

    Posted in: Dieudonne answers British ban with 'quenelle' to Queen Elizabeth

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    I'd like to ask the question that Serrano asks, "What is going to happen when the oil and gas run out?"

    Cleaner, renewable energy sources will become more economically competitive while oil and gas become less economically competitive. Markets work.

    Posted in: America's energy revolution transforms international relations

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    jeff: Maybe for too many years the prerequisite has been hiring anyone as long as they have a penis.

    Hey paul, maybe fighting discrimination with discrimination is inherently absurd? People should be judged based on merit, and nothing else. Quotas are a horrid idea.

    "If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today." -Thomas Sowell

    Posted in: Davos 'boys' club' hears call for gender quotas

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    Remarkable development for an ex-Confederate US state that was basically a white supremacist, apartheid-style dictatorship until just a half-century ago.

    You don't need to use hyperbole to make a point, MASSWIPE. Apartheid it may have been, but a dictatorship it was not. Try to actually look up the definition of a dictatorship.

    Posted in: The U.S. Government uses names decided by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, a well-named board. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names' standard name for that body of water is the Sea of Japan.

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    A short attention span matched with a glib certainty seems the highest aspiration of too many in America. Most of them are members of the GOP-Tea. 'You have my sword?' Comically deranged, that's deplorable.

    You're trying a bit too hard there, kcjapan. While decisive leadership isn't always a good thing when the leader's decisions aren't actually very good, I don't know of any good leader who was indecisive. Abe is a breath of fresh air compared to the impotence of the last dozen or so PMs before him. And as for "glib certainty", I'd much rather state my views clearly, concisely, and with a hint of eagerness than mold them after your condescending posts.

    Posted in: Abe tells world to stand up to China or face consequences

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    Honest Abe must be the best Prime Minister in years. He's not afraid of anything! Whereas other PMs wouldn't have dared to say a word about the impending Chinese threat, Abe is willing to stand up to the behemoth in order to safeguard a future Japan free from the grasp of the CCP. As an American, I can't help but admire such decisive leadership when compared with the incompetent leadership currently in charge of the Republic. You have my sword, Mr. Abe!

    Posted in: Abe tells world to stand up to China or face consequences

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    Sunshine became electricity source. Never heard sunshine is converted to chemical material. Just paying less utility cost now.

    And where are you getting your electricity from at night or when it's overcast outside? Either from energy stored in some other form, typically chemical in nature (batteries), or from a coal/natural gas/nuclear energy plant that supplies baseline power to the electrical grid.

    Posted in: Tokyo governor election turning into referendum on nuclear policy

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    Not a bad comparison. Germany was a rising power in the same way China is now, attempting to displace the longstanding great power, Britain (representing Japan in this comparison).

    "Although the rivals then had strong trade ties, that did not prevent the outbreak of war in 1914, Abe said,"

    So, then, how on earth are they alike again?

    All he's saying is that believing that war is impossible due to trade relations is misguided. It's a warning, not a prediction.

    Posted in: Abe sees World War I echoes in Japan-China tensions

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    So, maybe read the article about Solar Energy in Calif or maybe Solar Energy in PA,etc to see how nuclear power plants are replaced in the outside of Japan. Sunshine is free. Compare construction cost of Solar Energy plant and Nuclear Energy plant. Nuclear Energy had been antiquated topics for quite many years.

    Mind explaining how you intent to use solar energy as a baseline power source? Converting solar energy into chemical energy (batteries) and then back into electricity is extremely inefficient, at least with current technology. The only baseline power sources that are viable in Japan are:

    a. Coal b. Natural Gas c. Nuclear energy

    Pick your poison. I choose next generation nuclear energy, ideally thorium reactors.

    Posted in: Tokyo governor election turning into referendum on nuclear policy

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    Not anymore. People in the USA have gone from loving Japan to being absolutely shocked and horrified that the government would defend such a thing.

    Who are you to speak for the West? The majority of people in the US haven't even heard about this issue, and many of those who have heard about it don't care. So long as the animal isn't endangered, whining about another country's diet is simply ethnocentric. I eat beef, and I wouldn't be happy to see Indians campaigning against beef consumption. I would never eat dog, yet I don't complain about its consumption in some North Asian countries. Apply the same standard for dolphins and whales. They're all mammals. None of them are endangered.

    Posted in: Fishermen take cover to slaughter dolphins in face of Western criticism

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