Laguna's past comments

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    Laguna

    China passed a major milestone this year, one unnoticed by most: for the first time, the number of young workers entering the economy was eclipsed by older workers retiring. Over the next few decades, China will by necessity become increasingly preoccupied with dealing with this situation. China is and will remain a powerful regional player, but it does not have the strength to become anything more. What you see now is China at its high tide.

    Posted in: Japan denies plan to join China-led development bank

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    Laguna

    Agreed. Iran and America have more common interests than not. Of course, both sides must move beyond stale rhetoric - "Death to America" and "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran" (our brilliant statesman, McCain - this still seems to be the Republican stance) - but an invigorated Shia involvement in the Mideast might be the impetus for all to get their acts together.

    Really, the combined Sunni coalition against the Houthis in Yemen is a good thing as, for the first time, the Sunni are acting on their own for their own purposes. Of course, Iran has a functional democracy, unlike the Sunni coalition members (and unlike Iraq under Hossein - and remember what happened to him). Trial and error will awaken their people to better forms of government.

    Posted in: Iran nuclear talks near deadline; differences remain

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    Laguna

    Ok, how many times libs can invoke RACE, BUSH, CHENEY, WMD? Yes, how many times in an hour can you libs say these three words?

    Okay, to be fair, one was an acronym.

    Posted in: The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

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    Laguna

    I say the US should commit to have the exact same emissions as China until the end of time.

    Right: Cut of your nose to spite your face. In fact, I think China is serious about addressing their horrendous environmental situation. Think of the United States in the late 60s and 70s, with leaded gasoline obscuring Los Angeles and the Cuyahoga River actually ablaze in Ohio - in my lifetime, at least these problems have been mitigated.

    Of more concern than China is how congressional Republicans will respond.

    Posted in: U.S. offer for global climate treaty: 28% emissions cut

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    Laguna

    What's more ironic is that most Japanese don't associate the name "Hirohito" with the emperor. It is the "Showa emperor," which would be equally unrecognizable in America.

    Posted in: It is an ironic result, given that the United States is Japan’s top ally.

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    Laguna

    American Evangelical Christians simply want to use Israel to fulfill what they view Biblical prophecy. They have no fondness for Jews themselves. Google "can Jews enter heaven" for some very frightening confirmation of this.

    Posted in: The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

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    Laguna

    At any rate, it's only 500 and something days until the next Democrat is inaugurated president.

    Posted in: Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin

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    Laguna

    Let's see: Stock market booming, employment growth strongest since the early '90s, uninsured rates at historic lows, no ground troops anywhere, progress being made on the environment - yes, all of this is terrible! If only we had a Republican in office to reverse all of these!

    Posted in: Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin

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    Laguna

    Interesting how the usual right-wing crowd is not here to discuss this. Not like it's going to go away; it's one of several millstones around their necks.

    Posted in: Immigration becomes volatile issue in Republican race

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    Laguna

    Letting the locals take care of it is the best of all options.

    Posted in: Diplomats and U.N. staff flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden

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    Laguna

    Ironically, Obama's executive action - while for him simply a humanitarian stop-gap measure that stretches the powers of the executive branch to its fullest as it awaits necessary action from Congress - is probably the best approach for the GOP: allowing legal approval for residency (as long as you don't screw up, in which case ICE will deport you with no qualms) with no path for citizenship. This should be the best of both worlds for Republicans: these interim residents are blocked from most social benefits, still have to pay taxes, and cannot vote.

    But of course, the GOP being what it is, we'll soon see an avalanche of would-be candidates trying to out-excoriate Obama's action, thus simply painting themselves into a corner both unrealistic and inhumane. (In fact, these points will be key for the GOP nomination: who can be the most unrealistic and most inhumane.)

    Observing the actions of the "party of stupid" is about as enjoyable as watching a slo-mo train wreck.

    Posted in: Immigration becomes volatile issue in Republican race

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    Laguna

    "Don't put generators critical for cooling the reactors in the case of, say, an epoch of tsunami, in the basement." I think that is kind of a central lesson here.

    Posted in: Japan makes a start on sharing lessons from nuclear crisis

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    Laguna

    Yemen is a disaster. Even with a stable government, they'd likely never overcome their water crisis. Let the Saudi's have the place. http://www.newsweek.com/2015/01/30/al-qaida-plans-its-next-move-yemen-300782.html

    Posted in: Saudi Arabia begin airstrikes against rebels in Yemen after president flees

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    Laguna

    Way to manage a crisis, dude! I used to get blind drunk before I have kids, but in the subsequent 20 years, I've kept myself in a condition able to handle crises that arise when you're responsible for two children (and they are of a variety and frequency quite surprising). I'd say Wakayama is better off without a "crisis manager" who can't even stand.

    Posted in: Wakayama City official arrested for taking fruit knife home from work

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    Laguna

    If the pilot remaining in the cockpit had become incapacitated, wouldn't the plane simply continued on the route input to the flight computer? I assume that route did not include instructions to descend into the middle of the Alps.

    Posted in: Report says one pilot locked out of cockpit before Germanwings crash

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    Laguna

    Hello?! A few words to the mentally unbalanced who want to vent their rage on feral animals: 動物愛護センター. It just might save your job.

    Posted in: Chiba school apologizes after teacher buries kittens alive

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    Laguna

    If I had to be executed, I'd choose the guillotine; if I had to execute someone, I'd choose the same. It is flawless, painless, and in our modern world, can be programmed so that nobody has "blood on their hands."

    Of course, this will never happen because of the need to maintain the illusion that, somehow, modern execution techniques are scientific and humane and not at all related to past barbarity even though that is all just pretend.

    I'd go with the guillotine. Perhaps we could find a more suitable American word for it such as "Justice Freedom Peace iThing."

    Posted in: Utah's reintroduction of firing squads bucks global trend

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    Laguna

    Sounds like something triggered sudden decompression that incapacitated the pilots. Many pilots will not bother to radio problems as they're too busy trying to fix them, but eight minutes is a long time.

    Posted in: Black box recovered from Airbus crash site in French Alps; 150 dead

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    Laguna

    Remove them and the hideousness of most modern Japanese architecture will be all-more apparent.

    Posted in: Tokyo considers removing overhead power lines in run-up to 2020 Olympics

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