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HonestDictatorMar. 26, 2015 - 10:05AM JST
Nothing wrong with clowns imo. Sure some may scare kids, and give other's phobias, but hey, they're still an old form of slapstick comedy and entertainment. Would there be any good comedy today it weren't for ye olde court jester and his buffoonery and silly costume?
Posted in: Clowning around
HonestDictatorMar. 24, 2015 - 11:47PM JST
Since I work in the health industry in the US, we actually use the metric system for all science and medical procedures. As for why it hasn't been switched over? The reason I was given in school was that the federal government has been slacking off on this for a ridiculous amount of decades. After our class was taught the metric system, we preferred it vastly over ye' olde systeme of measurement. All that needs to be done is correcting a lot of textbooks, and phasing out the imp' system over time. Should only take about 10-15 years or less.
Oh the changes that could be had if we had a better measurement system.
Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?
HonestDictatorMar. 24, 2015 - 11:39PM JST
Spiritual void usually is what happens to people that don't feel satisfied with at least one aspect of their life. We still have people that join cults, commit suicide, or use drugs even if they're wealthy, intelligent, and have good family or companionship.
An atheist said something really interesting of a comparison between religious and non-religious charitable organizations, "We have the ability to help heal diseases, and the body, but we do not have anything to offer that can help heal the human heart."
Call it a soul, spirit, or what have you, but for some reason, people that have it all can still feel empty inside. Raises some questions about "soul-searching". Sadly this young man's heart didn't appear to have any strength to cling to something good, so he jumped on the Islamist bandwagon.
Posted in: 'I am responsible,' says grieving father of Australian IS suicide bomber
HonestDictatorMar. 22, 2015 - 10:39PM JST
If he's having so many daughters, its his fault and it's just not meant to be (since the males genomes determine the child's sex).
As for this monk, all he needs is to get on his PC and surf the net for his jollies, get a girlfriend, or get married. The actions he's been doing like this lead up to more aggressive tendencies like sexual assault. Becoming a monk just for the free room and board pretty much makes any religious aspect of it pointless. Religion is supposed to be about spiritual growth and improvement of one's self into a better human being. If one can't abide by those standards, then they shouldn't be or put themselves in a position that requires an individual to at least have certain standards of an "upstanding" lifestyle.
Posted in: Buddhist monk arrested for filming up girl's skirt on escalator
HonestDictatorMar. 22, 2015 - 10:17PM JST
I keep trying to figure out how these folks with mental issues have the amazing capability to make and get access to weapons? Not so crazy IMO. But then again there is such a thing as criminally insane.... "Just brilliant enough to know how to kill people, but not smart enough to know they shouldn't."
A Jehovah's witness to boot eh? I'm guessing this guy must have been seeing demon's and thought he was sending the sinners straight to hell.
Posted in: Sheriff says New Orleans airport attacker had explosives
HonestDictatorMar. 22, 2015 - 10:11PM JST
The biggest reason integration fails in western societies is because Islamic ideology has too many teachings against integrating and adapting to "infidels". It teaches more about converting and subverting societies to the Islamic way of life, instead of adapting to the society of the nation they immigrate to. It can only be changed from the inside, and Islam is long overdue for reform. It's literally centuries behind the majority of other major religions.
Reminds me of how many stories I hear about a woman or man attempting to marry someone of Islamic faith and being told they have to convert to being muslim before they can marry them. Other religions have attempted to do this but in this day and age many ignore such demands placed on them by fanaticists and get married any ways without placing such demands on their intended spouse (because there are laws against forceful coercion in religion in many western nations).
Posted in: Australia a hotbed of Islamic State recruiting
HonestDictatorMar. 22, 2015 - 10:00PM JST
We can thank China for spurring this movement. No territorial aggression from the CCP, no need for Japan to work over it's peaceful constitutional stance. But the CCP wanted to flex its "big boy" muscles.
Posted in: Civilian R&D agency to get military role to spur arms innovation
HonestDictatorMar. 14, 2015 - 02:48PM JST
I see a major flaw in these ground to air missiles. They're basically launching torpedoes since only work in water!
Posted in: N Korea fires seven missiles into sea
HonestDictatorMar. 13, 2015 - 11:42AM JST
Looks like we need more research into bionics now doesn't it? There are 2 ways to tackle this, either R&D more into mechanical devices that can wear out and require some sort of energy or moving parts, or develop more biological based items like growing and adapting cells into functional human body parts. Always beautiful to see this kind of engineering being done.
Posted in: 'Iron Man' star Downey presents boy with bionic arm
HonestDictatorMar. 13, 2015 - 11:10AM JST
Wow, so you claim the prez must be trying to blow this whole thing up into a national issue... As a black male I think there is probably an issue specifically with the PD in Fergeson. In my city I've been stopped by black cops/ Hispanic cops/ female cops blah blah blah. So here when there is an issue with police violence its hardly seen as racial profiling.
How many police officers in the Fergeson PD are black/Hispanic/native American etc? Therein lies the problem and it pretty much does lead more to racism than you'd actually want to believe or apparently want to acknowledge.
Unfortunately, the criminally minded hate the police no matter what and will always be present to try and make themselves feel like they're sticking it to the law...
Posted in: 2 police officers shot outside Ferguson Police Department
HonestDictatorMar. 12, 2015 - 09:57PM JST
@frontandcentre, I'm thinking they finally got a taste of the extremism that they've been supportive of for so long and hopefully it might have caused a lot of them to come to their senses. But there are no guarantees.
Posted in: Iraqi forces, militias sweep into Islamic State-held Tikrit
HonestDictatorMar. 12, 2015 - 09:54PM JST
30 isn't enough, Get at least 50,000+ and they'll really make a statement. Even 10,000 would be decent. As long as its enough numbers to outnumber lil' kim's soldiers 5-1. I'd love to see 10-1 just to make them poop their pants. It's ridiculous how long Kim's regime has been allowed to exist. I want to see reunification for Korea.
Posted in: Nobel laureates among women planning march across Korean DMZ
HonestDictatorMar. 12, 2015 - 09:49PM JST
4 of the people I work with are "conservatives" and are staunchly against anything Obama says or does. They blame him for everything they possibly can. All 4 are Caucasian males, and are making around 100-140k+ (as they're pharmacists) and not a single one of them has undergone abject poverty and believe the republicans aren't the ones destroying the US from the inside out. At least all of them stated that they would never vote for Jeb Bush if he chose to run for office, but the mindset of many republicans is that making money and life comfortable for only themselves is priority.
Posted in: Democrats denounce Republican letter on Iran nuclear talks
HonestDictatorMar. 12, 2015 - 09:43PM JST
If people would do things the legal way, many more people would be on their side. All it takes is for any felon in a crowd to s**t things up.
HonestDictatorMar. 11, 2015 - 10:00PM JST
...and roughy half of America's voting population supports these goons?
...and roughy half of America's voting population supports these goons?
@Cleo, nope. voter turn out was a spectacular 36% for those goons. Too many dems and independent citizens decided to sit out and watch instead of doing some sort of civic duty called voting which could have helped.
HonestDictatorMar. 11, 2015 - 09:54PM JST
Instead of sending copies of this carptacular film, I agree that it would be better invested in making a documentary focusing on the comparison between the living standards of SK and those from NK that escaped to SK as well as some exposure to the outside world in democratic countries and Kim's tripe.
Posted in: S Korean activists plan to send 'The Interview' to N Korea
HonestDictatorMar. 10, 2015 - 04:25AM JST
I can understand both sides, and while I do believe Isreal should return some areas back to the Palestinians, the Palestinians have had decades of opportunity to prove themselves as peaceful neighbors. All we've seen from Palestine is the same s**t different day/year/decade/etc.
If they were more diplomatic in their actions instead of allowing idiots to go around the border shooting rockets and mortars then this situation would have been much more decisive.
Posted in: Netanyahu says Israel will not cede land to Palestinians
HonestDictatorMar. 08, 2015 - 10:03PM JST
Many black youth today don't even know the sacrifices that were made by the older generations for what rights we have today. I've still experienced prejudice on a much smaller scale compared to back then, but I can't even imagine what it would be like to be forced to go to a "colored" fountain, and only being able to go to a for "colored only school, or being told I would have to sit in the back of the bus....
Very few kids today have a grasp of what they can accomplish now compared to then. But it also depends on their parents inspiration and support towards helping their children make better choices.
When I was going to school for my pharm tech course, a young black girl asked me if I was a studying to be a doctor (Because she'd never seen any Afro-American doctors). I told her If I had been 8 years younger I would have been aiming for a PharmD, but if she was interested in medicine she should get herself set up while she was still young to accomplish those kinds of goals due to the time and dedication and time it takes to get a doctorate. Also told the same thing to one of my co-workers who was around 20-21 and finished her Pharmacy Tech certification. I told her if she wanted to be a pharmacist she'd better get in on it while she's still young. Now she's fully enrolled in classes and still works at the pharmacy.
In my class I was 1 of 2 Afro-American students and 1 Native American student that actually completed the course.
Its much better seeing the younger generations being motivated to do things beyond trying to become a "Rap star", or gang banger, or ghetto-fabulous, and actually using their head to find a more stable and helpful career to improve their lives.
Posted in: Obama marks Selma civil rights milestone
HonestDictatorMar. 07, 2015 - 03:38PM JST
Good news for digital cash only, it would make it extremely hard for criminal organizations to do business as nobody would use paper or coins. Bad news is that it could open a whole new world up for criminal hackers.
Posted in: Greece to hire undercover army of tourist and student tax spies
HonestDictatorMar. 07, 2015 - 03:36PM JST
The only reason any monarchy exists is because some relative in the past was able to rally up an army, kill and invade with said army until their "power" was firm enough for them to feel they should claim themselves king and they could "rule" over subjects. Remember these folks even fought with others in their family to gain the throne. In this day and age, things aren't done like that any more and its really pointless for people to claim this unless they work their way up in the world to be a political leader. If a descendent of an old king or queen were alive today and worked their way into wealth the normal way instead of being "born" into it off of citizens taxes then they can "monarch" themselves all they want. Should only be able to throw your weight around if you worked for it, not by name only.
Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in this day and age?
Mar. 28, 2015 - 05:50AM JST
Nigelboy, “on March 25th, your beloved FM response was neither confirmation or denial which begs the…
Posted in: Abe expected to skip China's Victory Day parade
Mar. 28, 2015 - 05:45AM JST
@monkey Why can't they just buy TV commercials instead of annoying everyone everywhere!?
Too expemsive for…
Posted in: Campaigning begins for 960 local elections
Mar. 28, 2015 - 05:23AM JST
Stairway to Heaven?
Mar. 28, 2015 - 05:21AM JST
"cleanup work has been dominated by one group of Japanese utility, construction and electronics giants" -…
Posted in: Auditors say billions of yen wasted in Fukushima cleanup
patty cake champion
Mar. 28, 2015 - 05:19AM JST
It's comforting to know that Japan is not the only country in the world burdened with…
Posted in: Royal tour