Laguna's past comments

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    Laguna

    Funny to read just a few links below the article titled "Consumers fuel steady U.S. economy as rest of world struggles" the concept that Romney is disappointed in Obama's presidency - and that many posters on JT share that view. Certainly, challenges remain, but America under Obama is clearly charting the course much better than any other country on earth.

    Himajin, this is from the WaPo:

    Other sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said Obama received triple the number of threats than previous presidents during his initial candidacy and first year in office. That number has declined significantly since then, they said, but is still elevated compared with Obama’s predecessors.

    I was rather looking forward to the Romney 3.0, new and improved to spew lines concerned about improving the plight of the working poor, but it appears it's now up to the likes of Walker and Bush to explain how exterpitating unions and removing subsidies for health care coverage will do this.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-new-dynamics-of-protecting-a-president-most-threats-against-obama-issued-online/2014/10/07/a525ef6c-4b11-11e4-891d-713f052086a0_story.html

    Posted in: Romney says he will not run for president in 2016

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    Laguna

    I for one think it is a wonderful thing that America is willing to put into risk so much that one resource without which life is impossible - water - to benefit some Canadian industrialists. Good thing the tar sands were not in Mexico, though; such generosity in America is generally limited to our northern neighbor.

    Posted in: U.S. Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

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    Laguna

    I just want to point out (some of) the hypocrisy.

    Scientists would never point to single weather events such as the blizzard in New England or the warmth in Hokkaido as evidence of anything. Climatological anomalies are sufficiently vast to negate meaning from any particular event.

    Scientists do note from a vast number of measurements over a very long period of time that average temperatures of the planet are rising and have been rising since humans began dumping carbon into the atmosphere. They conduct studies which are rigorously peer-reviewed both to the phenomenon itself and to its probable causes. They hypothesize attendant effects such as increased ocean acidification then measure actual conditions to confirm whether their hypotheses are correct. That is their job, and, as holders of advanced degrees, they are most underpaid for doing it. There is no hypocrisy involved. What is hypocritical is ignoring information gleaned by thousands of professionals who have given their lives to understand this phenomenon simply because it's snowy in New England or warm in Hokkaido at the moment.

    Posted in: Unseasonable temperatures hit Sapporo Snow Festival preparations

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    Laguna

    My point is that democracy is not born in an instant. When the Arab Spring began, Obama had three choices: side with those seeking freedom, the dictators, or do nothing.cont

    It took America well over a hundred years to work out the kinks in its system (though kinks remain), and this was from a society well-versed in English law. They will work it out as well if given the chance - and that would never come under continued dictatorship.

    Posted in: Gunmen storm Libyan hotel; 10 dead

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    Laguna

    So, Mr. Obama, your support of those "freedom fighters" aka Al Quaida in Libya worked out great, didn´t it!

    They were not all Al-Qaeda. Hindsight is plenty 20-20; Obama could have left them to the tender mercies of Gadaffi, and that would have been that - except that the internal stresses that the country must work out would remain unresolved.

    Your remark could well be rephrased, "So, Marquis de Lafayette, your support of those 'freedom fighters' aka American independence seekers worked out great, didn't it?" after the Battle of Antietam. Some things take time.

    Posted in: Gunmen storm Libyan hotel; 10 dead

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    Laguna

    Rule of thumb for the Olympics: with the exception of gymnastics, if victory is not measured by the first over the finish line, drop the sport. No basketball. No baseball. Certainly no synchronized swimming. The major reason why the Olympics have become such a tragic, bloated farce is the proliferation of "sports" which do not hue to the ancient Greek Olympian theme. Let them find their own venues.

    Posted in: Organizations for karate, squash, snooker and 10 pin bowling are lobbying for their inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Which of these, if any, would you like to see included, and which current Olympic sports would you like to see dropped?

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    Laguna

    The rapid degradation of China's environment will, a decade from now in hindsight, be the story of the century - unless they get their act together. It's not all bad news: environmental protection can drive economic growth for developed economies, and China certainly recognizes this (hence the recent CO2 emission agreement with Obama) - but the government needs to start walking the walk like, now.

    Posted in: Japanese rice: the new, safe luxury food in China

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    Laguna

    Putin's logic: I know you're so concerned I'll partition your country that you'll seek NATO help; therefore, I'll partition your country so that you won't seek NATO help.

    The guy is obviously not playing with a full deck.

    Posted in: Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine

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    Laguna

    SuperLib, excellent post. At any rate, no sentient human should "believe" the media; they should ingest information from many different sources and use their power of logic to infer.

    Posted in: Obama ramps up pressure on Russia after deadly Ukraine blitz

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    Laguna

    Simply make the system for foreigners the same as it is for Japanese.

    Oh, please, no! Do not subject non-Japanese to the byzantine insanity of the family registration system!

    Posted in: Forged resident cards use postal system to evade authorities

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    Laguna

    The Ukrainian army is armed with outdated, dilapidated weaponry which, once captured by the separatists, suddenly becomes new and advanced. Amazing what the patriotic feelings of these people can do, and I'm sure Russia has nothing to do with it.

    Posted in: Pressure mounts on Russia as Ukraine rebels launch offensive

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    Laguna

    Asaaze, I agree with you in a way. This reminds me of Japan in the late 19th - early 20th c. when it annexed Taiwan and Korea. Had they stopped then, they might have gotten away with it - but they didn't, and the rest is history.

    I'd guess that Ukraine would be okay with Russia annexing Crimea as long as it stops there.

    Whether Russia is able to learn from history remains to be seen.

    Posted in: Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

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    Laguna

    Laguna, do you really believe that a nation that has a successful manned space program and builds nuclear submarines does not have technology to build a bridge, however big?

    Okay, you're probably right - but Russia would have to rely either on foreign contractors, all of whom have declined (even the Chinese!) for fear of non-payment, or domestic contractors, who have also declined for reasons of their own (maybe too hard?).

    Another point is that, as the strait leads to Mariupol - Ukrainian territory - under international convention, Russia would need Ukrainian agreement to build the bridge. Now, getting a country to agree to building a bridge to a peninsula you have stolen from that very country can be tricky.

    If Mariupol ends up in Russian hands, the bridge is unnecessary; if not, it will likely never be built. As for the timeline of the World Cup, that is presuming too much - not about the bridge, but that the Cup will indeed be held in Russia.

    Posted in: Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

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    Laguna

    Over 10 and a half million bucks for running a coffee shop. That's a lotta dough for the joe - and makes me glad I never patronize the place.

    Posted in: Starbucks CEO gets 24% pay hike

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    Laguna

    Heavy fighting in the region in the fall raised fears that Russian-backed separatist forces would try to capture city to establish a land link between Russia and Crimea.

    Putin had promised to build a bridge to connect Russia and Crimea. It was doubtful whether Russia had the technological ability to do so; the sanctions ensured that they do not have the financial ability. Seems Putin has decided its cheaper simply to seize the corridor. Plus, he can at the same time kill people he doesn't like - something he's quite good at, even in his own country.

    Posted in: Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

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    Laguna

    they are not emigrants

    Well, most of them aren't - and the ones which are not probably wish that they were.

    Posted in: Pro-Russian rebels reject Ukraine peace deal; launch new offensive

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    Laguna

    Russia consists of more than 180 nationalities

    Somewhat limited compared to the US, but both countries share a similarity: some are more equal than others. The difference is how these differences are balanced out over time. If Russia would grow up and accept true democracy, perhaps it wouldn't find itself where it is: surrounded by Kremlin-controlled autocracies or free people desperately trying to get away.

    Posted in: Pro-Russian rebels reject Ukraine peace deal; launch new offensive

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    Laguna

    Burning Bush, please read what I wrote: it is true that hyper-nationalist elements exist, but they exist on both sides - and, arguably, more so on the Russian side.

    Instructive might be a look at Belarus, arguably Ukraine's twin. The president, Alexander Lukashenko has been in power since 1994 (remember Clinton?) largely because he has continued many Soviet-era policies such as state ownership of large sections of the economy; brooks no political opposition (his opponent in 2006, Alaksandar Milinkievič, was detained and beaten by police; he won his forth term by 80% to 3% to the runner-up in an election Russia called fair, after which rival presidential candidates and protestors were beaten and arrested by the state militia and sentenced to prison); and toadies to his Russian overlords.

    This is Putin's vision of Ukraine: a Russian satellite state which enserfs its workers and toes the line. How Ukraine will turn out if left to its own devices is unknowable, but it certainly could not be worse than Putin's plan.

    Posted in: Pro-Russian rebels reject Ukraine peace deal; launch new offensive

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    Laguna

    Watching that game reminded me of why I hate soccer.

    Posted in: Japan set to stick with embattled soccer coach Aguirre

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    Laguna

    Hostage crisis reminds Japan it is a target

    Poppycock. Any non-Sunni wandering into IS territory is a target. Japan is no more a target than, say, Cuba.

    Posted in: Hostage crisis reminds Japan it is a target: analysts

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