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JimizoNov. 24, 2014 - 09:02PM JST
He was twelve. How about taking down 10, 8, 6 year-olds? Kids in the US are brought up in a place where guns are loved and romanticised. Of course kids, particularly boys around this age, are going to ape the stupidity of the adults with toy guns. Kids like to get into mischief. It's called being a kid and they shouldn't be blown away by a firearm for doing so. Remember, these kids will need to get into the habit of handling guns for the day when they'll be warding off the nuclear-armed tyrannical US government with pistols ( quack, quack, banana, banana, I'm the Marquis de Sade etc.etc.),
Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer
JimizoNov. 24, 2014 - 05:15PM JST
'This tragedy is one part parenting failure, one part neighborhood snitch failure, and a large part police state consequence.'
And, of course, in no part due to the consequences of living in a country absolutely awash with firearms which can and do find their way into the hands of young children. Barking mad.
JimizoNov. 24, 2014 - 04:39PM JST
'You mean, the truth that the liberal media conveniently chooses to overlook?'
That's the polarisation I was talking about. My ridiculously biased program tells the truth while yours doesn't. Fox is an arm of the insidious Murdoch empire which has traded on half-truths and law-breaking during its life in the gutter. It's a rightwing rant on air. The likes of MNSBC are not to be taken seriously either. You just happen to prefer the hopelessly transparent febrile rants of one over the other.
Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences in the way Japanese and U.S. media report the news?
JimizoNov. 24, 2014 - 03:30PM JST
Mahjong is another type of gambling mentioned with a naughty grin by some of my coworkers. Some of my older coworkers like to drop in on parlours where the stakes can be quite eye-opening. Legal? It doesn't seem to concern the police.
Posted in: Nearly 5% of Japanese addicted to gambling – even though it’s still 'illegal'
JimizoNov. 24, 2014 - 01:37PM JST
A policeman kills a kid with a toy gun because he is in a country knee-deep with the real things which kill tens of thousands every year. Just sick.
JimizoNov. 24, 2014 - 12:41PM JST
'Excuse me, but let's get something straight'
Excuse what? Get what straight? I made a statement of fact.
' In Japan you would never see opinionated shows like on the 3 major cable networks hard-hitting and doing in depth investigative reporting, it's just not the way the news in Japan operates.'
You make these 'opinionated' shows sound like a good thing. I remember Ted Koppel taking Fox News to the cleaners along with MSNBC for dragging down the standards of US journalism to the level of mud-slinging tabloids on air, contributing to the polarization you can see in US politics - the Kenyan Muslim socialist or knuckle-dragging, god lovin' simpletons in league with moustache twirling plutocrats. These shows can't be taken seriously by anyone with half a brain. NHK is a sham of a public broadcaster but Japan's media would not benefit from the kind of Punch and Judy stupidity you seem to think is a good thing.
JimizoNov. 24, 2014 - 09:55AM JST
Both are quite poor with a few exceptions. Neither country is respected for press freedom. As FightingViking and Lucabrasi pointed out, widen the question so we can include countries which have more respect for their freedom of the press.
JimizoNov. 24, 2014 - 12:51AM JST
Injuries? Ah, bless. Is this the same club that's been throwing money around like a coked-up gambling addict in a casino? The players you have out on the pitch now are worth double the entire squads of most teams in the premiership.
Posted in: United inflicts 1st Arsenal home loss in 15 months
JimizoNov. 23, 2014 - 01:06PM JST
This is the worst league for years. Chelsea are strolling away in 2nd gear and City are struggling at home to beat sides they would have taken to the cleaners in the past. Liverpool, Spurs and Everton are very ordinary. As for Arsenal, I just watched this and they can have no excuses for not burying this very mediocre Man U side which has absolutely stunk away from home all season. Just not good enough.
JimizoNov. 22, 2014 - 11:17PM JST
Give the silly nationalism a rest. Nobody cares apart from people who are either insecure or hateful. Yes, Japan has many things to be proud of but its ability to deal with non-Japanese and ability to speak English are not two of them. The quicker Japan can dispense with making excuses as to why they are unable to speak another language the better. I'm a person of pretty average intelligence who was able to pick up Japanese quickly. Maybe it was because I didn't have any pseudo-scientific/nationalistic rubbish rattling around my head that this was a particularly difficult language for a British mind to grasp. The verb is at the end of the sentence. Got it. I also didn't fall into fits of laughter or find it strange that Japanese people pronounce imported words differently ( "McDonald's" - how hilarious ). In short, Japan needs to grow up and drop the Nihonjinron based rubbish if they want to speak another language.
Posted in: Education minister proposes English education for 3rd grade
JimizoNov. 22, 2014 - 07:52PM JST
'Japan is not a country that borrowed much of it's language systems from other parts of Asia. Japan borrowed Kanji mainly more than 1,000 years ago. Most kanji words Japan uses now are Japan made. That's why Japan's kanji and Chinese kanji are so different.'
This kind of mindset is part of the reason Japan has failed to engage well with non-Japanese and speak English. I've never yet met a nationalist from any country who hasn't tried to play down the influence of foreign culture on their own to try to prove some kind of uniqueness, intelligence or innovation on the part of that country. Nobody outside nationalists really cares. All too often this kind of thinking tries to portray Japan as a somehow unique country and foreigners as alien to it. The barriers Japan creates are fixed in the mind by this nonsense and they very often exaggerate the differences between cultures and the difficulties of learning another language. Many Japanese are still shocked when I speak the supposedly ultra-difficult Japanese language which is somehow based on telepathic understanding between a particular 'race'. This is counterproductive and based on dangerous nonsense.
JimizoNov. 22, 2014 - 04:14PM JST
The teaching of English in Japanese schools has been a colossal waste of money, resources and valuable educational time. Throwing more time and money at this isn't going to solve this problem. This is a problem of the Japanese mindset. To be realistic, the majority of Japanese people don't need English or would be incapable of using it when confronted with a non-Japanese speaker anyway. They can also live perfectly happy lives without it. Teach it from JHS onwards and make it an option in HS. Those who have an interest in it and a flair for it should be encouraged but hammering this into the heads of those who will probably never have, nor even want, the opportunity to communicate to a non-Japanese is pointless. How many Japanese people really need English in their daily lives? Under 10%?
JimizoNov. 22, 2014 - 12:52PM JST
'How about politics ? Start 'em off young and who knows ? A "decent" PM might get elected...'
Ah, we can dream. Perhaps the first subject of debate could be if it's a good idea to have politicians who are in power because of their bloodline. Other interesting topics for debate could include revisionist history, the neutrality of national broadcasters, political corruption and wealth gaps.
JimizoNov. 22, 2014 - 11:30AM JST
I've seen quite a few elections in Japan but in a competitive field, none quite as farcical as this one. The majority either don't understand why or care that an election has been called. The PM is sliding in the opinion polls and his increasingly unpopular policies have dragged Japan into recession. While all this is going on, instead of going on the offensive, a spokesperson for the main opposition party says his party isn't ready to govern and another opposition party disbands 3 weeks before the election. It's an absolute shambles which is greeted with a sheepish grin, a shake of the head or a resigned shrug of the shoulders by the Japanese people I've spoken to. Nothing will change.
Posted in: Abe's support rate at lowest ever
JimizoNov. 22, 2014 - 10:01AM JST
I've been here for 15 years and have lost count of the number times I've heard vacuous tongue flappings from Education Ministers regarding English education. It has about as much substance as Abe's 'beautiful Japan' noise making. As for 'challenging debates', do they do that in Japanese in Japanese schools? What debates would he deem suitable? Soba or udon? Another empty suit.
JimizoNov. 21, 2014 - 04:01PM JST
“Unfortunately, the DPJ has not recovered to a point where we can say to voters, ‘Entrust the government to us,’” DPJ Secretary General Yukio Edano told a news conference. The Democrats were trounced in 2012 after three years in power."
Quite the 'battle' you have there, Shinzo. The main opposition party is admitting it is crap.
Posted in: Abe dissolves lower house, seeking mandate for 'Abenomics'
JimizoNov. 21, 2014 - 03:50PM JST
'That's the price you pay for freedom'
More like the price you pay to the arms industry.
Posted in: Congressional panel predicts China will keep confronting U.S.
JimizoNov. 21, 2014 - 12:53PM JST
It's pretty hard to justify the CCP's butchery over the decades. The question here is how much of a threat China poses to its neighbours rather than to its own people. China doesn't have a sense of invading and remaking countries in their own image but historically does regard itself as the natural power of this area and deserving of what that entails. I've met many Chinese who ask if the US is not an imperial power or a subjugator, why do they have a gargantuan military, get involved in 'interventions' all over the world and have bases all over the world? They also ask why the China is portrayed as a greater threat to other nations given that the US has been pretty much constantly involved in invasions, wars and bombings since WW2. They are very good questions.
JimizoNov. 20, 2014 - 09:22PM JST
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JimizoNov. 20, 2014 - 02:13PM JST
Exactly. Others on this thread have pointed out how the UK allows in people preaching foul nonsense ( some of which includes medieval views of the treatment of women ) which makes this guy look like a progressive in comparison. I've got no time for this idiot but the double standards are staggering.
Posted in: 'Pick-up artist' Blanc banned from UK
Nov. 25, 2014 - 12:02AM JST
...a consuming culture of zombies mesmerized away from any real talent.
Posted in: One Direction, Katy Perry win big at American Music Awards
Nov. 25, 2014 - 12:00AM JST
This is what conservatives yell out when they want everyone to assume their brain-dead position.
Posted in: Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting
From the internet:
Perhaps some are still in thrall to the information superhighway.
Posted in: Netanyahu warns against 'historic mistake' in Iran nuclear talks
Nov. 24, 2014 - 11:58PM JST
zorkenNov. 21, 2014 - 05:54PM JST
Exactly correct. The initial report use the phrase "trace amounts".…
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Nov. 24, 2014 - 11:56PM JST
Mercedes won 16 of the 19 GPs? Yawn! Well done Mr.Hamilton. Hoping things are more competitive…
Posted in: Hamilton claims second Formula One title