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JimizoOct. 25, 2014 - 12:36AM JST
'China neither distorts its history, nor are foreigners treated as second class citizens'
I can only conclude you've never been to China. I've defended China from idiotic and ignorant comments on this site from people who've never set foot in the country ( there are plenty above ) and if they did would search assiduously for every possible reinforcement of their prejudices. That said, try finding material relating to or even mentioning Mao's butchery in China. As for racism, China could teach a masterclass. African workers in China were subjected to shocking racist abuse in China. There is also a widespread pseudo-scientific belief that the Han 'race' miraculously appeared in China and didn't migrate from Africa. As I said, I'll defend Chinese people ( not its corrupt and hypocritical government ) from the idiocy and bigotry you'll find on this site, but I honestly can't make sense of your comment.
Posted in: China criticizes U.S. missile defense radar in Japan
JimizoOct. 24, 2014 - 12:50PM JST
I don't see the need for sneers here. Halloween is a good chance for people to make a few quid and for people to enjoy themselves. Great.
Posted in: Halloween is now the second most popular “imported” festive season in Japan after Christmas. Why do you think it has exploded in popularity in recent years?
JimizoOct. 24, 2014 - 09:50AM JST
Do the LDP have application forms for cabinet positions with only the box 'surname' marked as required information?
Posted in: New trade minister hit by S&M bar scandal
JimizoOct. 24, 2014 - 01:07AM JST
You still haven't explained why a particular view of religion is twisted. Conflicting sects have been killing and demonizing each other for centuries and many still do. What authority do you reference to call any interpretation of a religion twisted? You also seem to put forward the idea that Islam is separable from the Koran ( accepted by Muslims as the perfect word of god ) or Christianity from the bible. Don't you accept that the Koran and the Hadiths contain verses which incite violence towards those who don't share a particular belief? On whose authority do you tell Christians that discrimination of homosexuals is wrong when it is clearly stated and punishable by execution in the text and not refuted by Jesus in the New Testament? I certainly don't know the correct interpretation but I can say that these texts contain ideas I would regard as evil. Can you tell us the correct interpretation?
Posted in: Joining Islamic State is about sex and aggression, not religion
JimizoOct. 23, 2014 - 08:57PM JST
'notice Brendan Rogers not so smug now.'
I don't remember him being smug. Liverpool were outplayed and couldn't defend last night. Great to see a round of applause from the Liverpool fans for Ronaldo, an ex-Man U man. Top fans who don't deserve Balotelli - an utter knob.
Posted in: Real make Liverpool suffer in Champions League
JimizoOct. 23, 2014 - 04:51PM JST
'The Bible has been used as a context for millions of killings. Are you saying Christianity is inherently evil?'
Anything which advocates slavery and executing people for things like homosexuality is evil. Wouldn't any morally normal person agree?
JimizoOct. 23, 2014 - 03:33PM JST
'But the very fact that you need to identify one group of Muslims against another group of Muslims'
I think you'll find it's the religious who are most guilty of identifying one group of Muslims against another and in the case of Sunni and Shia are prepared to slaughter them on that basis. This has nothing to do with Islam? What
other basis would they find to do it?
'The problem isn't Islam'
If someone were to start a cult and write a book which contained incitements to kill and this caused the murder a particular group, the fault would lie with those sickos who followed the message and the cult leader and text would be completely blameless?
JimizoOct. 23, 2014 - 02:30PM JST
'But the Muslims I know (and I know a lot) are totally appalled by groups like this.'
Being the well-educated, decent person you are, I'm sure your Muslim friends are the same. That doesn't mean that there are many ( more than many people care to acknowledge ) Muslims who have morals and hold beliefs which are not too far removed from those of 1400 years ago. Nor does it mean that the texts don't contain verses justifying atrocious acts. Murderous fanatics such as IS attempt to justify their atrocities with reference to religion, not nationalism or other causes. That's what they say. I see no reason not to take them at their word on this.
JimizoOct. 23, 2014 - 01:09PM JST
I'm not convinced the likes of IS or Al Qaeda are examples of people twisting religion. It seems to me those who stay closest to the texts are often accused of twisting it. People like IS can and do reel off verses to justify their actions. Those verses are there for all of us to see. Progressives will reel off the verses justifying their view and fundamentalists will reel off verses justifying their view. I don't know who has the authority to say who is twisting what.
JimizoOct. 23, 2014 - 12:42PM JST
'Simply because it is common doesn't make it a part of the religion, Jeff! A lot of bad things are a part of the "Christian world" but that doesn't make them a part of or even influenced by Christianity.'
Very true but can you convince anyone that a violent organisation called 'Islamic State' in favour of imposing brutal Islamic Law has nothing to do with Islam? Religion is hardly incidental here, is it?
JimizoOct. 23, 2014 - 09:11AM JST
Excellent post. Glad to see some actual knowledge and sanity prevailing on this thread after the madness of the first two contributions.
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JimizoOct. 22, 2014 - 08:40AM JST
This should help the lonely nights in the Osaka Kobans fly by.
Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park
JimizoOct. 21, 2014 - 07:46AM JST
Make the penalties harsher. Make sure these filthy devices are as scarce as possible.
Posted in: Man jailed for 2 years for making guns with 3D printer
JimizoOct. 20, 2014 - 11:12PM JST
'Actually, Kickboard, I came on to do just that. He's doing very well for Milan. If only he could do as well for the national team.'
23 goals in 59 games from midfield including goals in World and Asian Cups ( he was voted player of the tournament in 2011 ). I'm just wondering what you would regard as playing well for the national team.
Posted in: Hot-shot Honda fires AC Milan up to fourth
JimizoOct. 20, 2014 - 09:05PM JST
Is there any possible topic on this planet on which you are unable to bring up 'Communist China'? Lazy, arrogant and frankly inept politicians have been found abusing taxpayers' money yet again. This isn't about the dark forces of the left which seem to whirl around in your fevered imagination. Politicians should follow the law and stop abusing people's hard-earned money. It's pretty simple.
Posted in: Trade, justice ministers quit as Abe loses 2 of his 5 women ministers
JimizoOct. 20, 2014 - 05:05PM JST
'Jimizo- Define "well educated". :)'
The ability to read the basic characters used the script of your native language would be a good start.
JimizoOct. 20, 2014 - 04:15PM JST
Male or female, this side of Japanese politics has not and will not change. Political blue-bloods with all the laziness, complacency and arrogance of those believing they were born to rule continue making politics in this country a joke. This is a well-educated country with many smart people who could offer something better than this and have the common sense to understand that misuse of taxpayer cash actually matters. The problem could be that these smart people are smart enough to know how difficult it is to enter this club and take their talents elsewhere.
JimizoOct. 20, 2014 - 12:52PM JST
Some game at Loftus Road. I felt sorry for QPR who deserved a point for sheer effort but they missed sitters and scored 2 oggies. Harry first in the sack race?
Posted in: Liverpool wins thriller in Premier League
JimizoOct. 20, 2014 - 12:43PM JST
He's in very good form and proving many doubters wrong including many AC Milan fans. He said he was good enough for one of the top leagues and it seems he was right. Good on him.
JimizoOct. 19, 2014 - 10:45PM JST
'...the guys who tried to sweep the sexual exploitation by priests under the carpet here'
Call it the sexual abuse and rape of children rather than 'exploitation'. I also prefer the word 'criminals' to 'guys'. Anybody who attempted to cover up one of the worst crimes imaginable ( including the disgusting violation of deaf children ) and in some cases shifting them to another area where they continued to prey on the defenseless should be serving a life sentence.
Posted in: Setback for Pope Francis as synod fails to agree on gays, divorcees
Alejandro S. Arashi
Oct. 25, 2014 - 01:06AM JST
I've had these functionality for more than a year now using Dropcam
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Oct. 25, 2014 - 01:03AM JST
To be honest, while we are on the subject of puppets, almost ANYONE would be better…
Posted in: Minister hit by bar scandal also under fire for owning TEPCO shares
Oct. 25, 2014 - 01:02AM JST
Lmao, popster. Your so-called "collapse" of the US is only the result of letting people lead…
Oct. 25, 2014 - 12:56AM JST
I hope the suspect gets a fair trial.
Posted in: Israel vows crackdown after Palestinian car attack
Oct. 25, 2014 - 12:52AM JST
Welcome to the twentieth century.
It is the twenty-first century in my calendar.
Japan is a…
Posted in: Top court rules in favor of pregnant woman who was demoted