Laguna's past comments

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    Laguna

    The Americans might find themselves forced to cooperate under the table with the Syrians. But I don’t think Arab countries will accept Syria as a member of the club fighting the Islamic State.

    The UAE, with Egyptian logistical help, was exposed as the mystery bombers against fundamentalist forces in Libya. A new paradigm is unfolding here, with Arabic secular states banding together to put down fundamentalist movements. While the ultimate results of these recent movements are impossible to predict - how successful or sustained they will be, and what types of governments will result - one thing is clear: America has its hands clean.

    This is the Obama doctrine at work. It will take time, and it will cost many lives, but it will not be American time or American lives - and a home-grown solution is really the only viable future.

    Posted in: Syria warns U.S. against unilateral strikes on Islamic State

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    Laguna

    As a parent of younger children, a key point is to discern whether damage was caused accidentally or maliciously. Kids get bumped around a lot, and in there former case, there is absolutely no reason for complaint. In the latter case, depending on its frequency (more than once requires intervention) or seriousness, consultation may be necessary.

    My son and daughter made it through school with typical bumps and bruises (and 3rd degree burns for the former and a broken bone for the latter), but I judged all of it to be the result of a healthy, active childhood.

    Not all parents feel the same, though, so beware about being on the receiving end.

    Posted in: What to do when your kids get you in trouble

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    Laguna

    No fan of McDonald's in the least, but governments should not be allowed to play such blatant political tricks and still remain in the WTO. If Putin wants to sanction Western countries, call it what it is and do so. The same goes for China.

    Posted in: Russia targets McDonald's in expanding East-West trade war

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    Laguna

    Agreed, SuperLib. A theme science shares with geopolitics is that some stake out a position rational only within their preconceived ideology and refuse to be budged by facts. Hence, anthropological global warming is nonexistent, and Obama funded the ISIS. Argument and facts are futile. Identical posts appear repeatedly regardless of newly revealed information.

    The situation in the Middle East is far from desirable, but at least the US, for once, has kept relatively clean hands since Obama. Let them learn to work it out while mitigating human suffering is the only viable course.

    Posted in: Obama warns of jihadist 'cancer' in Iraq as U.S. reveals failed hostage rescue attempt

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    Laguna

    ...in 1973....

    Groundhog Day. Some things in America never change.

    Posted in: There is never an excuse for shooting unarmed suspects

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    Laguna

    Okay, I'll concede that Kerry has a “hideous lantern jaw" - heck, he probably would himself. That does not change the fact that North Korea is a kleptocracy which systematically murders its residents.

    Posted in: North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

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    Laguna

    I disrespect anyone who plays into the Young General's game of pretending that North Korea is anything but a kleptocratic hellhole.

    Posted in: Bob Sapp tops bill for Pyongyang fight night

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    Laguna

    jeff198527, you obviously have no financial background whatsoever. First, America has never failed to redeem a T-bill. Second, if needed, the US could simply print the money to do so, a convenience countries which borrow money in foreign currencies do not have.

    Posted in: Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury debt top $6 trillion

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    Laguna

    Habits, fizz bit - nice to see some sensible comments. Extrapolation has been too broad. A man was shot for walking in the middle of the street. All the rest is window dressing.

    Posted in: Missouri declares state of emergency, curfew after looting

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    Laguna

    What wrapping it up already?! - I was just getting into it! Oh well, there's always next season, which begins tomorrow.

    Posted in: China wraps up anti-Japan propaganda campaign

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    Laguna

    ...regardless of what happens, you have to follow the law and listen to the police, if you don't, you will always get the short end of the stick, always.

    (Always? Cliven Bundy, and the thugs who supported him.)

    Posted in: Police allege Missouri teen robbed store before fatal shooting

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    Laguna

    Had Brown been a white teenager, there would have been no international news reports, no riots, no Al Sharpton, and no comments from president Obama.

    Two possibilities for that:

    1. Had Brown been a white teenager, he would not have been so cavalierly shot.

    2. If Brown HAD been white and shot, the policeman responsible would be in a world of sh!t.

    Again, do any conservatives care to comment on the difference between the treatment of this young man and that of Cliven Bundy?

    Posted in: Police allege Missouri teen robbed store before fatal shooting

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    Laguna

    Every country holding USTbills knows they will never be redeemed for the most part.

    No American T-bill has ever not been redeemed. What makes you say this?

    Posted in: Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury debt top $6 trillion

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    Laguna

    I work in the service industry - not retail or food-and-beverage, but in an area where a customer drops a big wad of cash - and I define service as such (also applicable to the former areas):

    1. "Want" as an intransitive verb means "to lack" - when a customer realizes that they want something, you as a provider are already a step behind. Learn to anticipate so that that unpleasant emotion never arises.

    2. Grasp what resources your facility is able to offer and create clear lines of delegation so that needs can be fulfilled immediately without you having to take the eye off of the ball.

    3. Understand that your role as a provider is incidental to your customers' experience. Do be pleasant and helpful, but balance that by being as invisible as possible - particularly by knowing when to shut up, and by never, ever putting your own needs over theirs.

    4. Remember that there are no "customers" - there is "this customer"; in other words, cookie-cutter patterns must be avoided in favor of customized service whenever possible.

    5. Pay your workers enough (and in a way) so that they will care about results. I learned more by working for tips at a resort restaurant in LA in college than I ever could have in school.

    These tips are valid for every culture. Both America and Japan are rather hit-and-miss, I have experienced.

    Posted in: Japanese people reflect on examples of excess customer service

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    Laguna

    To bad for him that he wasn't Cliven Bundy. He could've ripped off the government for a million bucks, stare down the Feds, and still be alive to crow about it. What could be the difference between Clive Bundy and this kid?

    Posted in: Police allege Missouri teen robbed store before fatal shooting

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    Laguna

    No one is trying to justify the looting, but almost anything is understandable from such a population so degraded. Look here at examples of headlines which glorify white murderers and denigrate black victims:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/14/media-black-victims_n_5673291.html

    Or here for a black guy arrested because a white guy near him was making a ruckus:

    http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/08/12/westlake-mall-cop-ignores-agitator-maces-african-american-bystander-at-israel-protest

    And that's just this morning. Again, no one is trying to justify looting; still, general rioting seems entirely justified.

    Posted in: Police replaced in riot-hit Missouri city as Obama urges calm

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    Laguna

    Ferguson, Missouri could have been the site of another terrorist attack, but thanks to the paramilitaristic actions of the local PD, even terrorists would avoid that place (assuming they're not white). Anyway, it's good to see surplus military equipment from the Iraq war being recycled.

    Posted in: Police fire tear gas, stun grenades at protesters in Missouri

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    Laguna

    There are 40,000 believers who are sitting on top of a mountain at the top of the Kurdish territory of Iraq without food or water. And the best we have is a C-130 flying over, dropping a few gallons of water and some MREs. If we had good sense we would arm the Kurds, as we said we would! Those people, the only friends we’ve got in the region apart from Israel, we’ve left them with their pants around their ankles. We do nothing but stand back and watch ISIS use the weapons that we created. Where is the outrage in this country that we have not kept our promises to those Kurdish people They stand there tonight battling with little more than the hopes that America will once more be a nation that values people who love freedom and who love God. And why aren’t we there?

    Interesting point: Mike Huckabee said this yesterday. The GOP response to this will be interesting to watch.

    Posted in: Obama welcomes new Iraqi leadership as 'step forward'

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    Laguna

    Love it or hate it (and I love it), kanji is inseparable from the written Japanese language. I remember getting all tongue-tied trying to read kindergarten books to my kids written only in kana.

    The logic is rather simple: Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are written in kanji, while their stems are written in kana, as are particles which denote language function. There is even more fun when you write kanji as hiragana or katakana to denote different emotive values.

    Translation software geared towards the Japanese language works quite well if the input is correct. (As a translator, I know this; I use software to quicken my job, but I often rewrite convoluted sentences in Japanese before entering them to the program.) The article struck me as a bit strange. Who cares what foreigners think? It would be like complaining to Greece for their continued use of the Greek alphabet or to Britain for their insistence on wacky spelling.

    Posted in: The fuzzy logic behind Japanese attachment to kanji

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    Laguna

    WSJ indicates Maliki will be pushed out. It will be interesting to see who the Iraqi president will choose as the next PM.

    The Obama administration is signaling that it wants a new government in Iraq without Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, convinced the Shiite leader is unable to reconcile with the nation's Sunni minority and stabilize a volatile political landscape. The U.S. administration is indicating it wants Iraq's political parties to form a new government without Mr. Maliki as he tries to assemble a ruling coalition following elections...

    Posted in: Iraq accuses Islamic State of Yazidi atrocity; U.S. conducts new strikes

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