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KabukiloverJul. 03, 2015 - 12:18PM JST
BertieWooster is right: Abe and his crew are fascists. Only they are sneaky airbrush fascists who want the media to coverup anything bad about Abe and the LDP. When Abe was heckled in Okinawa NHK didn't report it, like much of the rest of the media. The Asahi reported it. JT reported it. Yahoo, USA reported it.
Anyway, the LDP people in question here are good old boot in the face fascists. No, they are not breaking down doors and smashing press yet, but they have advocated the closest thing to it: a collective conspiracy for bring these Okinawa newspapers to ruin.
Why are these LDP types being "punished" or "reprimanded" ? For letting the truth about Abe and the LDP out of the bag?
Posted in: Okinawan news editors lash out at LDP calls for press curbs
KabukiloverJul. 02, 2015 - 10:33PM JST
Let me clarify that. The same sort of irrational propaganda that demonized Putin and Russia is not demonizing the Greek government and Greece.
Posted in: The real reason Tsipras wants a referendum on debt deal
KabukiloverJul. 02, 2015 - 08:13PM JST
Welcome to Putinization of Greece.
KabukiloverJul. 01, 2015 - 08:36PM JST
The U.S. And Europe while turn a blind eye on Saudi Arabia and its assorted evils until they run out of oil.
Posted in: Saudi strikes hit homes, markets in Yemen: rights group
KabukiloverJun. 30, 2015 - 08:50PM JST
As I recall, there was a comedian in Hungary who did funny Japanese imitating on TV. The Japanese government issued a complaint and she was taken off the air. It is all in good fun until your nationality or ethnic group or race is made fun of. This Japanese so called comedian ought to shut up.
Posted in: Comedian suggests using Japanese with American accent to stealthily broach uncomfortable topics
KabukiloverJun. 30, 2015 - 08:24PM JST
While I find it impossible to feel any compassion for a person who killed to innocent people while killing himself I also find it pretty obvious that the man was out of his mind. This horrific crime might have been avoided if mental health services in Japan were better. I am also for a tast force looking into this, though I suspect it's conclusions will be of little worth.
I hate to say this but our train services need better security. This guy got flammable substances on board. The damage could have been infinitely worse.
Posted in: Man dead after setting himself on fire in bullet train; woman passenger also dies
KabukiloverJun. 29, 2015 - 09:41PM JST
Confidence in Abe is not slipping fast enough. Abe is arrogant and harebrained. His economic policies have done more harm than good, is views on education are moronic and his militaristic ambitions could get us all roasted. It is that simple. And that frightening.
Posted in: Abe's ratings slip amid doubts over his security policy
KabukiloverJun. 29, 2015 - 09:31PM JST
First, the Greek crisis has nothing to do with socialism. There is not now nor ever has been socialism in Greece, unless you consider the ancient communalism that existed prior to the city state. The whole mess has been caused by capitalism. Admit it.
Greece, whatever its faults, is more sinned against than sinning. I am not thinking of King Lear but Madame Bovary, who committed suicide not because of adultery but debt. Naive and vain, she was easy prey to shysters.
Whether or not the EU are shysters or short sighted fools is secondary. The fact is that the EU had a hand in Greece's problems. It is up to the EU to help find a way out of the Greek mess.
Here is what has not worked.
Demanding Greece repay its debt. This like trying to drain blood out of a turnip. Greece is broke. Get it? Broke. Let me repeat it. Greece is broke. Flat broke.
Austerity. That has created poverty and suicides but it has not done anything of substance regarding the debt That fact is under your nose.
In an alternate universe the EU, led by Germany, could turn itself into the mean old debt collector and put the entire nation of Greece into debtors' prison. If that were possible it would be more humane than anything the EU has done so far. As least in a debtors' prison you are given nourishment, shelter and medical care.
To return to this universe, the least harmful thing would be to relieve Greece of its debt. Debt forgiveness can be more economical in the long run. Then the EU, not led by Germany, could consider a sensible bailout to get Greece working again.
Bailout after all this?
Remember the depression of 2008? The automobile companies and others were going broke. The U.S. voted for bailouts. The American public was enraged. It was the first time in living memory (if ever) that the U.S. government was immediately frightened of the American people. The government tossed the public a pacifier by increasing federal insurance on bank accounts from $100,000 to $250,000. Then they started the bailouts and they worked well for the common good, even though some of the money went into the pockets of people who helped bring the depression of 2008 about.
This is not an altogether perfect analogy. But what is most important for the common good of Europe and probably all of us in some way is to get Greece back on its feet. Without that nothing will work.
Posted in: Greece imposes capital controls, banks to remain shut
KabukiloverJun. 26, 2015 - 01:03PM JST
Attention should be paid to the ground flying controller who diverted the plane over the most dangerous area of Ukraine. Given the politics involved I think it is close to impossible to have a impartial investigation. I only do see why anyone would deliberately shoot down a passenger plane.
Posted in: Key countries call for tribunal for Malaysia Airlines crash over Ukraine
KabukiloverJun. 25, 2015 - 09:34PM JST
The Business class is all I need. No need to spend more on first class. I do not fly very much on my own and I shop around.
Posted in: Modern air travel has become increasingly unpleasant as airlines continue to shrink seat sizes to fit more passengers on board, especially in economy class. What do you do to make your flight more bearable?
KabukiloverJun. 25, 2015 - 08:01PM JST
Buy business class.
KabukiloverJun. 23, 2015 - 08:01PM JST
"May have"? Did.
Posted in: U.S. senators say Takata may have put profits over safety
KabukiloverJun. 23, 2015 - 07:24PM JST
I hoe the hecking of Abe catches on.
Posted in: Abe heckled at ceremony in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle
KabukiloverJun. 22, 2015 - 11:27PM JST
Okay art but far from great art. Sold on basis of Hitler'S reputation.
Posted in: Paintings by Hitler sell at German auction for $450,000
KabukiloverJun. 21, 2015 - 10:31PM JST
The sheer numbers of women protesting against the security bills ought to wake people up. There has been nothing like this since the 60's. And now it is not simply college kids but moms. Stick it to Abe, Ladies.
Posted in: 15,000 women surround Diet to protest new security bills
KabukiloverJun. 21, 2015 - 10:12PM JST
Those Republicans are not simply gutless wonders but also slimy opportunists and likely underground racists. Sen. Lindsey Graham is pretty much an above ground racist.
The Stars N' Bars was the flag of The Slave Power that formed the Confederate States of America, dedicated to not simply keeping slavery within its realm but spreading it into the American territories and Latin America by conquest. The Stars N' Bars, among other things, represents the illegal importation of captured Africans who were cramped into holds of ships and who died by the scores before coming to places like Charleston.
White Southerns go on forever about how they are misunderstood and misrepresented as ignorant and bigoted rednecks. Well that is how unfortunately they will be seen as long as the Star N' Bars keep flying over South Carolina's capital and as long as white Southerners see the vile racist Confederacy (which no nation formally recognized) as a vestige to be venerated.
Posted in: Confederate flag sets off debate in 2016 Republican class
KabukiloverJun. 21, 2015 - 07:15PM JST
Good for you ladies. Stick to Abe.
KabukiloverJun. 21, 2015 - 10:38AM JST
So much for Japan's respect for international law.
Posted in: Japan says it hopes to resume whaling later this year
KabukiloverJun. 21, 2015 - 10:35AM JST
Avoid the Bank of China.
Posted in: Italian prosecutors seek to indict Bank of China, 297 people
KabukiloverJun. 21, 2015 - 12:51AM JST
Influence is subtile. I am mistrustful or at least skeptical of political news. Movies are a mixed bag. Kurosawa's "ikiru" affected me profoundly. Others no doubt changed me.
Posted in: To what extent have your views on politics and social issues been shaped over the years by media, mainstream or social?
Jul. 04, 2015 - 08:43AM JST
The Watson/Williams match was absolutely amazing ! I was really hoping Heather could pull it off,…
Posted in: 2 points from loss, Serena wins at Wimbledon; Venus next
Jul. 04, 2015 - 08:39AM JST
One of the techniques countries use when in economic difficulty is to weaken their currency, as…
Posted in: Greek PM urges 'No' vote to 'live with dignity in Europe'
Posted in: Solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii after flight from Japan
Cool story, thanks JT.
a bank account has been opened under Taira no Masakado’s name in…
Posted in: Japan is full of ghosts: Visiting the grave of Taira no Masakado’s head
the period after early adulthood and before old age, about 45 to 65.
Posted in: Poll asks: Is a woman 'middle-aged' at 30? 40? 50?