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SaketownJul. 04, 2014 - 01:09AM JST
I laughed so hard until I WAS CRYING!!
I can't wait for Sanma or Hamada &Matsumoto to get this guy on their J-Celeb TV Circuit Shows!
"Blah Ha Ha Ha Haaaaaaaa Wha Ha Ha Haaaaaaaa..."
Posted in: Lawmaker bawls at press conference over his use of public funds
SaketownJul. 01, 2014 - 08:37PM JST
I think the message being sent to China is now Loud and Clear: "BRING IT ON!"
Posted in: Cabinet adopts resolution dropping ban on collective self-defense
SaketownJun. 27, 2014 - 09:56PM JST
Well, Japan Lobbied for the Olympics with their long drawn out lectures on how "Safe" Japan is and their "O-Mo-Te-Na-Shi" -They Won it - Now they Own it.
Nobody said the Olympics come cheap. China spent the money, Russia spent the money and if Japan insists upon making second decisions with Venue Changes and Stadium Design Changes due to budgeting costs or other Nationalist Reasons without consent if the IOC - then the IOC will rip the Olympics away from Japan and award the 2020 Games to Istanbul and this generation of Japanese will not see another chance to host the Olympics for another 50 Years.
Furthermore, Former PM Mori needs to go. This Man's mouth is a Loose Cannon and he is (and has been) a Huge Liability to the Japanese Olympic Committe as long as PM Abe keeps him as Chairman - The IOC doesn't like him, I do not like him, and he's simply a liability to this organization. I don't like what he said to Former President Bill Clinton to Bill Clinton's face, I don't like what he said about U.S. Forces in Japan. I think he's a Raciest, and Hard Right Nationalist and Japan should rethink at having him chair that organization.
Posted in: IOC warns Tokyo over potential 2020 venue changes
SaketownJun. 21, 2014 - 12:44AM JST
COWARDS! - Come Forward!
They should come forward and debate their "point of view" Face-to-Face with Ms. Shiomura.
LOL - they're probably a bunch of Mama's Boys anyways.
Besides, I admire Ms. Shiomura for her courage and determination and I hope she presses forward with her willingness to help Women in Japan to get a fair voice and free of discrimination.
Posted in: Gov't calls on Tokyo council to clean itself up after sexist jeers
SaketownJun. 13, 2014 - 09:41PM JST
What I find interesting about these "Encounters" is that to date, there has not been any Fighter Jets from either side, going up against each other.
Have you all noticed that its usually a Fighter Jet vs Surveillance Plane(s)?
I am only guessing that the reasoning for this, may be that Fighter Pilots; may actually engage each other in an Aerial Dual, Lock Radars on each other - leading to a Fighter Pilot deploying a Stinger Missile (fearing for his life) and in turn downing one of the Fighters - hence creating a serious international incident sparking rebukes from either side that one started the agression causing the loss of the Fighter Jet and possibly the death of the pilot resulting in sanctions and other forms of economical punishments to one side or the other.
I can only speculate it all has something to do with that "Status Quo" thing which neither side wishes to disrupt as it feeds their economies.
...just something I've been observing lately.
Posted in: Japan demands China withdraw plane encounter video footage
SaketownMay. 29, 2014 - 01:06AM JST
Cracking down on the Internet will certainly boil over with people's tempers, but hoping for a revolution is not likely to happen anytime soon.
I just don't think the Chinese have the nerve like the Ukranians to take to the streets and die for what they believe in and that tells me that most Chinese are satisfied living under a communist government (or they're just cowards).
Besides, there are too many multinational corporations that have big investments inside China and they certainly will not let anything to change the "Status Quo" which feeding their economies.
I wouldn't even expect Washington to back a rebellion inside China based upon the economical impact of losing the Status Quo.
Its going to continue to be a sad reality until the Chinese People muster up the nerve and the belief that they will have to to start dieing for Change and Freedom.
It's not going to be graciously handed to them via Twitter, Facebook or Webo or whatever the hell they use over there...
Posted in: China cracks down on instant messaging services
SaketownApr. 24, 2014 - 01:57AM JST
My thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of these kids that met such a horrible & dark end to their young precious lives.
This job that the divers are doing is an unnerving task that will probably require them to get some therapy and counseling after all the kids have been recovered and I can only say that the divers are Hero's to say the least.
As far as the Captain and his crew that abandon all those kids just to save their own a**'s - I just hope they understand that no matter how much the law punishes them for their inactions - they will have to face their own conscience for the rest of their worthless cowardice lives.
Not sure if I can even find the words anymore...
Posted in: Divers feel with their hands for corpses in depths of S Korean ferry
SaketownApr. 10, 2014 - 01:32AM JST
It's clearly obvious that the inner circle of Oyaji Doctors find it insulting that a gifted 30 Year Old Scientist made the breakthrough discovery of STAP Cell Research I often coin as "Immortality" that they have failed to deliver in the past and to cite her research as "Flawed" due to a breach in protocol is an unfortunate setback to this study.
I think RIKEN should move forward with Obokata and her research with STAP Cells (if you'd like to live longer and healthier).
BTW: If there is ever a need for a live human specimen to conclude that STAP Cells do work then give me a tap on the shoulder - I'm all for that immortality thing :)
Posted in: Obokata apologizes for mistakes but says her conclusions were accurate
SaketownApr. 03, 2014 - 02:13AM JST
About 26 Million Dollars a day is being spent on this search.
Less than 9 Days and the Flight Data Recorders batteries go dead and we won't be able to find it.
Yea, satellites are locating lots of Junk and nothing related to this plane.
What gives here?
There should be SOMETHING related to this plane floating up towards Australia according to the ocean currents in the Southern IO.
Like that Seat Cushion they always tell you to use as a Flotation Device, Suite Cases, Cloths, Carry On Luggage, Serving Trays, Needless to say a Human Body? - Something.
We're chasing shadows here.
This plane landed somewhere or it crashed on land and the Malaysian government has too much invested tourism to lose to admit they have a jihadist problem manifesting in their country.
Posted in: Malaysian police say jet mystery may never be solved
SaketownMar. 28, 2014 - 02:54AM JST
Filing a lawsuit is not going to change the almost certain fact that MH370 has somehow disappeared into the abyss.
I know from my days serving in the U.S. Navy that it's almost impossible to search for anything during High Winds and Heavy Seas. Believe me, the most experienced and veteran sailors still get Sea Sick during those conditions, plus the search planes are unable to go aloft due to the extreme turbulence and very low visibility.
The fight now is against time. The Flight Data Recorder only has about 9 Days left in the battery before it goes dead and stops emitting the audio beacon.
I really hope they find it soon.
Finally, my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the passengers. Watching their grief on TV is so heartbreaking and I wish we can deploy everything the world has to offer find ther Father, Brother, Mother, Sister, Husband, Wife, or Child so we can bring some kind of closure to their suffering.
Posted in: Storms ground MH370 search after new debris sighting
SaketownMar. 28, 2014 - 02:36AM JST
So, what would've happened if Kim actually Won the Gold?
Would South Korea still do the right thing and still site the 2 Judges that should've recused themselves from judging the competition due to their questionable history of corrupt and bias judging?
I think not.
Actually Kim should've never have had a Gold Medal (in my opinion) to begin with. She didn't break any Olympic World Records like Mao Asada did in Vancouver did she?
Kim - You got trumped by a Russian in Russia.
Besides, If anyone had any misjudgment placed upon them, then it was Mao Asada in Vancouver . She should've been the one awarded the Gold Medal. Of course she never complained about because she's got more class than that.
The only way judging the results can ever be changed is if the Russian Skater was is found to have bern doping before the competition.
Enjoy your Silver Medal Kim - now you know how Mao felt wen she got trumped over you for her deserved Gold Medal in Vacouver.
Posted in: ISU chief defends unpopular judging at Sochi Olympics
SaketownMar. 26, 2014 - 02:06AM JST
My thoughts and prayers to ALL the Families that have had their emotions RIPPED by this incompitent Malaysian Government and the incompitent Malaysian Airline Officials.
The Nerve and Audacity of these People and PM Razak!
Oh, it IS apparent that PM Razak has other motives to suddenly squash this investigation and recovery operation and I believe his motives (and Malaysian Airlines Motives) are very self serving.
One, they are losing billions in tourism and Malaysian Airlines is losing money as a result of their FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE!
Two, Mr Razak doesn't want to admit that Malaysia has a problem with Islamic Extremism and Jihadism AND it's possible that the Captain and his co-pilot had turned off the transponder and took Flight 370 on a Joy Ride somewhere into the IO.
Three, Mr Razak and his Administration have put themselves in a position that makes the world to believe that they know something they're not sharing with investigators OR they have tampered or destroyed evidence that does lead this investigation to a hijacking.
Finally, we (The U.S., Australia, China, Japan, and Britain) wil continue the search. We are bringing 2 U.S. Navy ships to the area that will be carrying "Towed Array Sonar". This Passive Sonar Device will be towed behind the ships while submerged and it will be used to detect the Flight Data Recorder that is sending out an Audio Beacon right now as I am typing this post. The Flight Data Recorder will continue to emit the Audio Alarm (which sounds almost as loud as a car alarm) and the Towed Array Sonar wil pick it up and we'll locate it.
The Flight Data Recoeder will transmit its audio alarm for another 10 or 12 Days or so. After that, the battery goes dead and we won't be able to hear it. There is no Satelite beacon unfortunately.
But I am confident that we will find it - THEN the truth will be known!
And as for PM Razak and Malaysian Airlines: They'd better pray to their Allah that the truth separates themselves from what comes out of the Flight Data Recorder, because if there is any indication that they did indeed tamper with evidence or destroy evidence or try and obstruct the investigation - Then I can assure ALL the families sickened by this Malaysian Government and their incompetent Airline - There will be Hell To Pay!
And not exactly from The U.S. but from Comminist China.
Posted in: Bad weather halts search for crashed Malaysia jet
SaketownMar. 25, 2014 - 12:45AM JST
I feel sorry for Taiwan (Republic of China) that their PM took a BIG UNILATERAL STEP out of the democratic process on deciding to go forward on HIS Trade Pact with Communist China
Of course Xi and his Communist (1 Rule Party) will take the same steps as Vladimir Putin just did with the Ukraine when their President made the same Trade Pack with Russia.
The PRC will wait until Taiwan begins to descend into chaos and then move the PRC Military in just like Pitin did with Crimea calling it an "Annex for Security".
Only this one will be coined as "Comminist Security".
Oh Wow, if the PRC takes Taiwan, then guarantee theyll have the Senkakku Islands and the Okinawan Shelf AND most of the Western Pacific all to themselves.
And what will Washington do? Try and toss them out of the G-7? Or G-20? Or sanction China?
Posted in: Taiwanese police use water cannon on protesters to retake gov't HQ
SaketownMar. 22, 2014 - 02:54AM JST
Problem with this situation is trying to use Land Based aircraft to conduct a search in the IO that's has a 7,000 - 12,000 nautical mile search grid.
The planes can only search about 2,000 miles out, then they have to return or they'll run out of fuel and become missing themselves.
What we need are Aircraft Carriers deployed to the IO from many countries.
Russia, France, China, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, India, Thailand, Spain - all have Aircraft Carriers.
Let's get serious and stop wasting efforts with short ranged aircraft and FIND THIS PLANE!
Posted in: Search plane fails to find Malaysia jet debris
SaketownMar. 20, 2014 - 02:38AM JST
Well, here's the deal, Mao Asada had several disadvantages going into these Olympics.
Mainly the rivalry between Kim & Mao that the Japanese Media put on Mao and the astronomical expectations placed upon the Japanese Olympians during the race up to the Olympics.
Could a more frozen over ice rink cause a triple axle landing to go astray? I think Ice Skating Experts & engineers would have to answer that question, BUT the Russians knew she would be performing the triple axle in order to Medal and was there been a plot by the Russians to cause Mao to lose that opportunity? Coming from a country that specializes in sleazy geopolitical land grabbing plots - Probably.
Home Turf Advantage does play a key role in the Olympics and we learned that when China used 13 Year Olds in the Gymnastics during the Beijing '08 Games, lied about their ages, their parents confirmed they were 13 and then the Chinese produced fake birth certificates and called their parents crazy and stupid. Nevertheless, they went on to collect their Gold Medals.
So, what can Japan do in 2020 to gain the Home Turf Advantage? Overwhelm the world with kindness I guess because the Japanese are too honest to be as sleazy as China and Russia.
BTW: The IOC is the 3rd largest & most corrupt entity in the world - Following the UN & the G-20.
Mao should continue her skating career as an Olympian. I think she has what it takes to get the Gold. I actually think she was robbed of her Gold Medal in Vancouver because she did break the Womens Figure Skating Olympic World Record in Vancouver, but had to settle for the Silver. Therefore Kim shouldn't be crying over the loss of a 2nd Gold Medal in which she should've never been Medaled Gold from the beginning.
The Russians took advantage of their Home Turf and got what they wanted - Gold Medals.
And I am sure Brasil & South Korea will play on some kind of sleazy Home Turf Advantage for when the corrupt IOC comes to their home towns bearing Gold Medals.
Posted in: Each of Mao Asada’s Olympic performances led to a power station’s worth of electricity demand
SaketownMar. 18, 2014 - 02:23AM JST
Knowing whether or not Megumi is actually alive or dead will remain a mystery as long as North Korea remains a hostile Communist "Kim" Regime backed by Communist China.
There are just too many Walls and Barriers both politically, economically, and militarily that will prevent Mrs. Yokota from ever seeing her now 50 Year Old Daughter.
The bureaucrats in Washington say they've "addressed" the issue with Communist China about the North Korean abductions, but what fruit if any, have those meetings harvested? Nothing. Why?
Because, we got a U.S. Foreign Policy Team that 1. Lays down No Ultimatums to Communist & Dictator Regime Leaders & 2. Cow Tows to Communist Powers that owns their debt.
So, where does that leave the Japanese Government and The Yokota's? - Helpless.
And who knows what state of mind the now 50 Year Old Megumi Yokota would be in IF her mother actually had the chance to see her face to face after spending almost 4 Decades with "The Kim Regime".
I applaud The Yokota's for trying to do what our so called "Powerful Government" has failed to do for so many years and coming up with the same pathetic excuses every time the Korean Abduction Issue comes around.
And if people were to ask me, what would I do to get North Korea to own up to the truth?
Simple, I'd impose No Fly Zones over North Korea.
I'd arm the skies with flying droned and I'd rattle the Commies Cages everywhere throwing that "Status Quo" into a Tail Spin!
That's right! I'd put a Gun to the head of "The Status Quo" because THAT is the only thing holding Japan and The Yokota's and the international community from ever getting ANY issue resolved with Communist China & The Kim Regime.
Posted in: Parents of abductee Megumi Yokota meet N Korean grandchild
SaketownMar. 17, 2014 - 09:51PM JST
What a sad sad ending to an incident that could've been completely avoided have not the Dive Captain left the Dive Team and instead, he should've stayed with the dive teams site and called for help once he knew the dive team wasn't going to make it back up and a storm was approaching.
Sorry, but I still blame the Dive Captain for this act of negligent homicide.
Thoughts and prayers to 2 divers who died and to rest of the duve team who survived this horrible experience.
Posted in: Body believed to be missing Japanese diver found in Indonesia
SaketownMar. 14, 2014 - 03:14AM JST
I think it's obvious at this point to say that someone in the cockpit turned off the transponder and took the plane on a 4 Hour Joy Ride.
4 Hours at 35,000 is a long Joy Ride that probably took the plane anywhere over Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, or back over Malaysia or over the Malacca Straits, Andaman Sea to the Bay of Bengal.
Posted in: Malaysia: No debris at spot shown on China images
SaketownMar. 13, 2014 - 02:20AM JST
Let me translate what the "Grey Zone" really is:
It's often coined as "The Status Quo".
The Status Quo in Asia, is the Economical & Geopolical status that had been in place in Asia since WW2.
Currently The United States are the retainers of The Status Quo and the U.S. wants the Status Quo to remain in place & as it is, because it allows the U.S. to continue trade surpluses with Communist China while within keeping U.S. Military Bases in the Asian Region i.e. Japan & South Korea.
Communist China wants to change the Status Quo because by changing or deflating the Status Quo will allow China to further their expansion of economic territory throughout the Region and eventually push the U.S. Military out of Asia
Who would this impact? Everyone who breaths Clean Air!
Japan & South Korea and the rest of Asia are steadfast to retain their territories, however, China is also steadfast at aquirimg more land & wealth from their Asian Neighbors with Ancient Maps, ADIZ's, Fishing Zones, & Redesigned Maps in their Passports in order to advance their Economic & Political Agenda - Hence change the Status Quo.
The Senkakku Islands & The Spratley Islands all have vital resources that China needs in order to advance their Power. Will they acquire them? That depends on the attitude of Washington.
Nobody wants to give up what's been theirs for Centuries, yet China has more than just the Moon on their radar and if China wants it then they expect neighboring countries to just give it up without any economic bennefit from the country that is being incurred upon by Communist China.
Sooner more than later, if the U.S. doesn't start making ultimatums towards China, then the U.S. is certainly going to drop the Ham Sandwich with the Status Quo.
Posted in: Japan, U.S. differ on China in talks on 'gray zone' military threats
SaketownMar. 13, 2014 - 01:30AM JST
Well of course General Raudzali Daud is now retracting his remarks that the plane was going off course - He'd be found guilty of negligence if he's had this data all along and failed to share that with THE REST OF THE WORLD!!!
What is the deal with Malaysia lately?
How can you allow a Commercial Airliner to go off course, lose radio contact, track it and say you tracked it and THEN deny that you tracked it?
Was someone simply sleeping at the switch in the control tower and just doesn't want to admit it?
Or did Ultraman steer the plane off course?
The FBI and The Commies in China need to get EVERYONE in General Daud's Staff and probe their freak'en brains until sombody owns up to the truth!
My thoughts and prayers to the families.
Posted in: Malaysia says it is not sure which way jet was headed
Aug. 01, 2014 - 10:41AM JST
I think a huge factor that showed non-smoking places to consume food can be successful was…
Posted in: Japan's smoking rate drops to record low
Sounds like a great way to kill the golden goose.
Instead, corruption and spending need to…
Posted in: Japan must hike sales taxes again to conquer debt: IMF
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Nonsense. What you're seeing here is that people are merely reluctant to SAY they're smoking.
Japan cannot liquidate these foreign assets, partly because they have a collateral effect. Also, selling these…
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