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Piotr GierszewskiNov. 07, 2013 - 02:49AM JST
I wish people would remember that Santa Claus actually had green costume, but the Coca-Cola ad campaign caused people to think it was actually red.
Posted in: A Disney Christmas
Piotr GierszewskiNov. 05, 2013 - 04:32AM JST
Nice. Until now I could only associate northern part of Honshu with Fukushima and Masamune Date. I like to read popular articles about physics and fantasize about different theories, though I'm quite stupid and I usually guess wrong. If I will ever have a chance to visit Japan then I'll definitely visit the region.
Posted in: I see
Piotr GierszewskiNov. 05, 2013 - 02:38AM JST
I'm absolutely against the use of marijuana in any form. I accidentally inhaled this substance once (as a passive smoker), and all I got was a shivering feeling of paranoia, suicidal thoughts and a realistic hallucination that I was choking to death. That's enough for me. I didn't feel anything that marijuana smokers tell everybody - absolutely no feeling of relax but rather a feeling that I was unable to do anything and totally hopeless.
Posted in: Would you support legalizing marijuana use? If so, why? If not, why not?
Piotr GierszewskiNov. 03, 2013 - 06:23PM JST
@Nostromo: American culture of killing people? You think only Americans can kill another person? That's a silly statement. Americans have more guns than representatives of some other nations and some crazy people seem to use them from time to time in a completely random and unreasonable shootings. But think about the Jihad - holy war of the form of Islam that glorifies aggression towards non-believers and is politically involved. And emotionally unstable nationalists of all kinds who would like to kill everyone they don't approve because otherwise they won't feel "safe" (in fact they will never feel safe). Culture of killing isn't just american. It's a way of life that people are taught by their significant others, sometimes by official institutions. People are taught it, and then act accordingly. And that's the real problem.
Is the access to weapons also a problem? Potentially every solid object can be a cause of death - but people are taught not to use them that way. I think that in the american case the problem is that the american protestant based model of morality is fading away and people are left alone with their problems as there are no functional institutions or family to help them.
But I totally agree with the fact that people are responsible for the death of others. If someone doesn't believe me than let me get to the peak of the mountain of literalism. When it comes to guns, bullets kill one people after some other people got a weapon, pointed it at the person they wanted to kill or not, had bullets loaded, consciously pulled the trigger being aware of the consequences and shot the bullet causing immediate fatal injuries or bleeding resulting in death - that is lack of symptoms of life such as body warmth, breathing, pulse, reaction to stimulus, electrical brain activity and else. From this line of thinking it's clear that the person who shot bears 100% responsibility for the death of other person, because he or she started the deadly chain of reactions. Other case is if the person feels responsible.
Last but not lease. I was wondering if the attacker was playing the game "Papers, please" where there is a similar motive of a terrorists shooting at a border gateway. For an unstable person every random suggestion of a crime can be a motive for realising it. Something like a conversation overheard in a cafe (motive from Crime and Punishment).
Posted in: Police seek motive after deadly LA airport shooting
Piotr GierszewskiNov. 03, 2013 - 05:37PM JST
That's what I missed during the Japan Week in Poznań sigh
Posted in: Japan Expo Belgium
Piotr GierszewskiOct. 26, 2013 - 10:52PM JST
@FightingViking: According to the marker made by USGS in Google Earth the magnitude was 7,5. So we have three different versions. 7,1; 7,3 and 7,5. So the average is 7,3.
Posted in: Fukushima workers evacuated after quake
Piotr GierszewskiSep. 18, 2013 - 01:31AM JST
@Liam Roberts: Paralympics in 1064? You must mean 1964.
Posted in: Supreme Advisor
Piotr GierszewskiSep. 14, 2013 - 03:39AM JST
Interesting. Other thing is that classical music makes people more disciplined, or perhaps the other way around - disciplined people are more likely to listen to classical music.
Posted in: Ig Nobel Prize
Piotr GierszewskiSep. 14, 2013 - 03:02AM JST
"Dogs bark, the caravan goes on", I'd say.
It would be a great step forward if China was able to be so critical about its own actions. I know from the experiences of communist states in my area that the overwhelming propaganda forced people to hide their real beliefs and caused the whole society to develop "learned helplessness" and heavy paranoia. Sociologists who want to know what is the world-view of Chinese society have to keep in mind that they don't like to talk about their opinions, and they will talk the propaganda speech, because of the psychological pressure.
Posted in: China: 2020 Olympic success will depend on how Japan faces its history
Piotr GierszewskiSep. 08, 2013 - 04:27PM JST
Congratulations, Tokyo has won the Olympics...!
Posted in: TOKYO AWARDED 2020 OLYMPICS
Piotr GierszewskiSep. 03, 2013 - 03:35PM JST
@Bertie Wooster: It's not that electric cables lying underground are completely safe. I know a case when during a construction of a metal fence a pole accidentally pierced the cable underground, and after a while local people called fire-fighters because the fence was sparkling. One fire-fighter thought of a dangerous way to check if the fence was electrified - he decided to touch the gate. Unfortunately he was electrocuted and eventually died.
Also, when it comes to earthquakes I think that it is possible for the cable to break underground, and such a situation would make it harder to fix.
Posted in: Power of nature
Piotr GierszewskiSep. 02, 2013 - 06:09PM JST
The PM served people a nice populist cake, but is there really a way to deal with the leaks? I did a little research on the web and couldn't find any satisfying answer. Is it possible that nobody thought of such scenario to happen? That would be terrible.
Posted in: Abe pledges comprehensive, prompt steps for Fukushima
Piotr GierszewskiSep. 02, 2013 - 05:56PM JST
The latest Obama's speech has a clear message: "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."
Posted in: Scornful Syria hails 'historic American retreat' as Obama hesitates
Piotr GierszewskiAug. 28, 2013 - 05:53PM JST
People were brutally murdered in Syria and now more deaths are planned to teach Syria a lesson. But what for? To overthrow government so that another one will do the same? To say delicately I am highly sceptical about this.
Posted in: U.S., allies preparing for strike on Syria
Piotr GierszewskiAug. 28, 2013 - 05:34PM JST
Politeness is one thing, and being sincere is something else. Politeness which is a formality is not sincere at all. You may hate someone but still you act politely because you are in the sphere of life which requires being polite (to use the Japanese terms). It's something that a person from western society wouldn't do. Western people usually think that if someone is polite that means he is a caring, loving person and his or her intentions are nothing but good. It's not the case in Japan though, because it's more like a daily routine. I think people are a bit hypersensitive about this in Japan. If someone breaches this law of politeness even a bit, the insulted person is obliged to protect own honour by either self-defence or revenge (and in extreme cases by ending own life). According to Forbes, Russia, France and Great Britain are on the other scale of politeness and are considered the rudest nations in the world. Still they are able to maintain a stable society without a rigid etiquette. Social contacts aren't very nice but people feel less stressed and scared.
Posted in: The top 10 words to describe Japanese people (according to foreigners)
Piotr GierszewskiAug. 17, 2013 - 04:23PM JST
The classic sociological definition of power says that the state has the monopoly to use physical violence upon its citizens. As far as I know Japan is a sovereign state and it has the freedom to decide about its military forces, so I don't know what is the fuss about.
Posted in: Constitutional watchdog hints it won't block Abe on military changes
Piotr GierszewskiAug. 14, 2013 - 06:05PM JST
It would have been a horror for me if I was on this train. When I was a child I was stupid enough to change the voltage of a running computer power supply which resulted in me being showered by sparks (of course the device broke). It was quite traumatic to me, and now I am overly scared of being electrocuted. Perhaps it could be even called "electrophobia".
Posted in: Lightning strikes moving train in Japan
Piotr GierszewskiAug. 14, 2013 - 05:51PM JST
Another insoluble problem for Sino-Japanese relations. With strong negative sentiments present on both sides of the East China sea I don't think anyone has a true intention of improving the diplomatic relations.
Posted in: Abe may make offering to Yasukuni Shrine through representative, media report
Piotr GierszewskiAug. 10, 2013 - 02:13AM JST
USA considered bombing Germany with A-bombs as well, if things didn't go as planned. The atomic bomb is controversial because it doesn't just kill people, it leaves radiation. A-bomb should be banned like gas weapons which were eliminated after the Great War (WW1).
Posted in: Nagasaki marks 68th anniversary of atomic bombing
Piotr GierszewskiAug. 08, 2013 - 10:55PM JST
I'm grateful that modern technology is able to give such detailed images, since sadly I don't think I will ever be able to afford a trip to Japan.
Posted in: Smile please
Mar. 30, 2015 - 07:36PM JST
No legs required to bum a lift in it
Posted in: Mini Honda
patty cake champion
Mar. 30, 2015 - 07:33PM JST
Time for Okinawa to secede from Japan.
Sure, if they can afford it.
Posted in: Hayashi countermands Okinawa governor's halt order on base work
Mar. 30, 2015 - 07:32PM JST
In Okinawa in January.
Posted in: Where is your favorite place in Japan to view cherry blossoms?
Mar. 30, 2015 - 07:31PM JST
The year 2020 is quite far away. Sure this is not about saving some yen in…
Posted in: Narita airport ends ID security checks for non-passengers
Mar. 30, 2015 - 07:29PM JST
Japan has been bestowed the honor of hosting more than 40,000 American troops in Japan for…
Posted in: Japan's long wait to address U.S. Congress