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SushiSake3Jun. 30, 2015 - 10:16AM JST
I think the high construction costs will fade from the spotlight when athletes start dying.
The Olympics will be held between July 24 - Aug 9.
That's around when the temperature hits 36-38 deg C.
This is an insane time to hold a major sporting event. Just think athletes coming in from colder countries who are not prepared to compete outside in temperatures that will be borderline 40 degs if not hotter.
And the people who placed the bid for Tokyo mist have known this.
The outdoor events won't be a display of peak performance, more like survival skills.
Incompetence and negligence at its finest.
Posted in: Olympic stadium to cost Y252 bil, sports minister says
SushiSake3Jun. 29, 2015 - 01:31PM JST
FANTASTIC news, exhilarating, in fact. :-)
History is pivoting right in front of us.
Absolutely amazing to see how (relatively) quickly attitudes have changed in just the last decade - especially in the US - wrt this issue, which shouldn't even be an issue IMO.
Looking back, first slavery got the boot.
Then opposition to mixed race marriages (illegal in America until circa 1965?).
Now opposition to gay marriage.
We are on a roll!
Key point I came to realize about gay marriage is that it's way more than just a gay rights issue - it's a human/civil rights issue, which - to me - puts the drive to legalise GM right up there with the civil rights movement in the US in the 60s, only in a different area.
This is big stuff. Epic.
PS: Funny to see so many heads exploding on the Right.
Posted in: Supreme Court ruling makes pride parades historic, jubilant
SushiSake3Jun. 18, 2015 - 07:14PM JST
Is this going to be Rodney King all over again?
Posted in: Gunman kills 9 people in South Carolina church
SushiSake3Jun. 17, 2015 - 09:39AM JST
Jeb bush: “I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home,” Bush said. “But I don’t get my economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope.”
Climate change is acidifying the oceans, melting glaciers, changing rainfall patterns, affecting seasons, etc.
Um, how is any of that in any way related to "economic policy"?
He's already going off the rails and it's only day 1 of his campaign. :-)
"In the Italian version of the 192-page document, posted on Monday by the weekly magazine l’Espresso, the pope again backs scientists who say global warming is mostly man-made and says that developed countries have a particular responsibility to stem a trend that will hurt the poor the most."
That's why bush is critical - like most conservatives, he rejects facts-based scientific data and prefers instead to believe the lies spin by Faux news and other conservative blowhard media.
On the other side of the aisle, we get this: "But Vice President Joseph Biden, a practicing Catholic, invoked the pope’s encyclical at clean energy conference at the White House on Tuesday. “Usually encyclicals are only issued on what the church thinks are incredibly important initiatives,” Biden said. He cited a growing consensus about the need to fight climate change, adding, “This doesn’t only have a moral component to it, it has a security component to it, as well as it has an economic component to it."
Now that's smart. Realize climate change is an issue and do something about it - as Obama has been doing for years to his immense credit - do not ignore a problem your own scientists are clearly stating is a problem.
Even the US military recognizes the threat of climate change to global security.
Meanwhile, pretty much all we get from the Right is flawed logic, dangerous ignorance, and a refusal to do anything.
Posted in: Jeb Bush says pope should steer clear of climate issue
SushiSake3Jun. 17, 2015 - 07:17AM JST
Bass: "What a bunch of BS! No, they want an affordable alternative where the system doesn't burden other tax payers.That's what they want."
Haha! If the Republicans really wanted an alternative healthcare system they would have proposed one by now.
Paul Ryan's your man for that and - wait! - to date he hasn't proposed anything, in fact he hasn't even planned any meetings to discuss it.
What's this telling Americans?
It's telling Americans that this bunch of GOPpers don't give a rat's ar*e about Americans' healthcare.
And what's the end result of that?
People fending for themselves and those without the means to pay for treatment possibly dying..
Sorry if that's uncomfortable to digest but that's reality - the GOP doesn't give a toss about Americans' health.
And with you constantly going on about your situation, your business and your financial situation. It seems pretty clear you don't give a toss about other Americans' plights either.
No wonder your country is heading down the tubes!
Posted in: Jeb Bush launches presidential bid
SushiSake3Jun. 17, 2015 - 12:35AM JST
Bass: "You mean, LATE TERM, so we're talking about 9-10 months which makes NO sense, how about adopting, or libs just care about easy process of elimination."
No, there's conservatives out there who are battling for abortion to be banned pretty much from the moment of conception.
Bass: "Gay marriage is not a serious issue now."
Haha. :-) It's pretty much all the Christian conservatives bemoan about at present.
Just check ChristianPost.com and you'll see what I mean.
Bass: "Michelle Obama telling and forcing people and schools what to eat..."
LOL! What, like healthy food?
Bass, do you have a problem with the president's wife encouraging schools to feed healthier food to American children?
But I agree - it'a terrible because she's infringing on school's freedoms to choose to feed cr*p to kids!
Socialism ! Big gubmint!! Haha. :-)
Bass: "Hmmm...So then why is it that over 57% of people hate it and that a large majority of people are OVER paying on their premiums and picking up the tab for others,"
Picking up the tab for others?
Um, mate, that's how universal healthcare works.
Ask anyone in the nearly 100 other countries (including Evil Socialist Nations like Sweden) that have had universal healthcare programs for years.
Bass: "If Obama took it upon himself to change and give Obamacare to 11 million that didn't have it, fine."
Glad you're finally seeing sense!
Now, when Republicans holler about gutting or getting rid of ObamaCare, here's their alternative:,-- [ N O T H I N G......]
That's right - nothing.
Republicans and many conservatives are quite happy to strip 11 million Americans of potentially life-saving healthcare and let them fend for themselves.
If they can't fend for themselves and make their own way, let them die is the conservative message, and let's not forget how much conservatives love to trumpet about how America is a "Christian nation" under God who also let poor people die and made the rich richer.....hey, hang on!!!!
"Hundreds of thousands of consumers nationwide who bought insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act will face a choice this fall: swallow higher premiums to stay in their plan, or save money by switching."
Um, mate, again, welcome to the real world.
Find me a country where health insurance premiums aren't going up. I used to work my country's largest private health insurance company. Premiums go up if customer counts fall, if people migrate to cheaper plans, and as medical tech costs rise.
Premiums are like taxes: if there's not enough premium income to meet costs, premiums will probably rise
It's basic economics.
SushiSake3Jun. 16, 2015 - 10:22PM JST
Bass: "I thought in the US, we had freedom of speech and choice or does that apply if liberals dictate what freedom is?"
LOLOLOLOL!!!! Gotta love the selective amnesia/hypocrisy! :-)
Conservatives love talking about how important their "freedoms" are while going all out to restrict women's freedom to choose whether or not to have an abortion, restricting teaching of other religions (non-Christian) in schools, restricting homosexuals from getting married, where does it end?
If you guys want people to respect your freedoms, first, try respecting theirs.
Bass:"People are having a tough times paying their premiums on Obamacare."
It's called healthcare. It helps keep people healthy.
It doesn't grow on trees or come out of a cereal packet. Yes, it costs money, welcome to the real world.
Obamacare is helping 6-7,000,000 more Americans to afford to pay their doctors and health professionals and yet according to some conservancies, Obamacare is "destroying America!"
Moonbats, for sure.
Bass: "No, I am not a partisan, I just don't like and don't accept liberal hypocrisy."
LOL! This, from the same guy - who as pointed out above, exhibits exactly the same characteristic he criticizes.
Bass: "Maybe, I am just passionate about my country and tired of liberal moonbats destroying it."
Hahahahaha! :-) Hey, man, you gotta stop this, you're wearing me out. :-)
Liberals destroying your country?
After bush and co. sent the deficit into the stratosphere, started 2 unwinnable wars that
directly led to the deaths and maiming of nearly 50,000 Americans, and the rest of the Republican cabal who are completely ignoring slash denying climate change, the greatest threat our species has ever faced, and you're going off about liberals????????
SushiSake3Jun. 16, 2015 - 09:53PM JST
Bass, why do you always support, stick up for and defend candidates who......lose?
What is that telling us about your judgement?
SushiSake3Jun. 16, 2015 - 06:04PM JST
It was like this before the last 2 elections - lots of "tough" "fightin'" talk from the conservatives, and then they got steamrolled by the Community Organizer-in-Chief.
After watching USS GOP slowly sinking beneath the waves, the same conservatives started hassling their president's community organizing skills, the same skills that sunk their ship of fools.
Pretty funny. :-)
SushiSake3Jun. 16, 2015 - 01:30PM JST
If you want to win an election in the US and your political philosophy and election strategy involves hating on and opposing:
Women's choice and rights over their own bodies
The LGBT community
The entire middle/bottom class
Rights to clean air and water
...while ostracizing anyone who isn't Christian, claiming to be Christian while supporting bombing of other countries and persecution of LGBTs, and propping up a bunch of largely undereducated loser candidates every time ......you're just not going to win.
Blatantly obvious, largely why the GOP has lost 2 straight, and they STILL don't get it.
SushiSake3Jun. 16, 2015 - 12:25PM JST
On the Dem side, if it isn't going to be Hillary, it'll be Warren, and both women could mop the floor of any and all GOP candidates.
Point of interest - Obama is going to be instrumental in choosing the next president of the US (who will not be a Republican).
Whoever he gives the keys to his ground game election machine to is going to win.
Yes, that's the same ground game election machine that conservatives have been deriding for nearly a decade that was based on something else conservatives love to belittle;: the "community organizer" skills of candidate Obama.
And those are the same "community organizer" skills that Obama used to bury the GOP in 2 straight elections, soon to be 3. :-)
Looking forward to the next round of GOP "soul searching" as they try to figure out why they lost yet again in 2016, the answer to which is blatantly obvious and has been for years.
SushiSake3Jun. 16, 2015 - 10:51AM JST
That's it - game over lights out for the GOP.
BTW, this election is most likely not going to be Bush vs. Clinton.
Trump's going to announce he's running soon, yet another sign that the Repugs have no idea what's good for America.
We all know what republicans are against - here's a shortlist:
.......but what are they for?
Oh, hang on - we know that, too.
Republicans' voting records show exactly what they are for:
Bottom line here: if the GOP keeps putting up extremist, clown candidates, they're just gonna keep on losing.
They've been doing well in mid-terms of late, but when it comes time to step up to the big plate, they collapse.
2016 is going to be no different.
SushiSake3Jun. 08, 2015 - 08:46AM JST
Only one group of people to blame for wrecking this man's life and those of the people he killed - bush and the other GOP war criminals who launched the war against a country that was never a threat to the US.
Posted in: U.S. soldier who killed 16 Afghans says he was 'consumed by war'
SushiSake3Jun. 05, 2015 - 07:18PM JST
WilliB, you think Clinton's going to win?
Good luck with that.
No, after the entire GOP line-up do what they do best and implode one-by-one like fireworks, Hillary is likely to have been attacked by her rivals even while each of them is slowly sinking beneath the waves of failure.
If she goes down with the ship, Elizabeth Warren will be ready and waiting to become the first female president of the United States.
As I said above, the GOP just never learns.
They also never adapt, and are always boxed in by their own corrupt Christian-based ideology that doesn't tolerate the LGBT community, rejects Latino immigrants, marginalizes women, and ignores blacks.
They defeat themselves.
It's hilarious. :-)
Posted in: Jeb Bush joins Republican race for U.S. president
SushiSake3Jun. 05, 2015 - 05:26PM JST
Jeb Bush ....yawn.....he will fail like all GOP candidates will in 2016.
It doesn't matter who they are - if the party continues to alienate blacks, women, Latinos and LGBT voters they will continue their losing streak.
The GOP alienated blacks, women, Latinos and LGBT voters in 2008 and got beat.
They had a sit down, pumped out some reports and said they would do it differently in 2012 - and guess what? - they learned nothing and got beat again in 2012.
At present, there's no indication they won't make exactly the same mistake in 2016.
Some people just never learn.
I thank them for that. :-)
SushiSake3Jun. 01, 2015 - 01:59PM JST
Only 11 years after millions of people worldwide protested against the oncoming Iraq invasion, bass4funk is finally seeing the light as to the epic screw-up the bush-GOP invasion was.
Saddam knew the cultural, ethnic and tribal differences and boundaries between his country's tribes, and while not respecting all of them, he knew how to keep them apart.
In contrast, bush, cheney and co. rampaged in and shredded everything, unleashing hell that now conservatives like bass still blame Obama for, a president who didn't even vote for the war and who campaigned to get out, which he's almost done, except now, folks like John McCain - who supported the war - now want to exacerbate by sending more troops back in !!
How insane are conservatives going to get??
One of Obama's greatest legacies is (as mentioned above) what he hasn't done: -
No. New. Idiot. Wars.
That is absolutely awesome.
And Obamacare, or "Giving a toss about Americans" - is also good, and yet conservatives criticize the president for both.
The real terrorists in America are conservatives - socially, fiscally and militarily.
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SushiSake3May. 27, 2015 - 10:04PM JST
The reactor that melted down at Chernobyl burnt out of control for 2 weeks sending a cloud of radiation over much of Europe.
I'm not sure how the amount of leaked radiation differs between both meltdowns but Chernobyl was real serious.
Posted in: Gov't may lift most Fukushima evacuation orders by 2017
SushiSake3May. 27, 2015 - 07:16PM JST
Olympic games ALWAYS go over budget.
Costs always 'spiral' and 'explode.'
Surely most people on this site know this???
People expressing surprise are like those who are shocked to find politicians aren't honest. :-)
Posted in: Tokyo governor hits out at 'ridiculous' bill for 2020 Olympics
SushiSake3May. 27, 2015 - 07:07PM JST
There will be no pulling wool over anyone's eyes with regard to radiation levels in affected areas, especially by the government.
People have Geiger counters and can quite easily take readings and compare those readings against what they know to be safe levels.
SushiSake3May. 25, 2015 - 06:53PM JST
This isn't a failure of US strategy - It's a success of ISIS strategy - they scared the pants off the Iraqi soldiers, who turned and ran.
This has happened before.
"Republican Sen. John McCain, who chairs the Armed Services Committee, called for thousands of U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq, including spotters who can better direct air strikes.
“We need to have a strategy,” he said. “There is no strategy.”
LOL! Like, the last 2 war strategies "worked." :-)
To his immense credit, Obama has listened to the American people and not put any troops on the ground and not started any new wars.
Americans are justifiably fed up with war in no small part because the last 2 wars launched by the last Republican administration failed spectacularly, emboldened Iran, led to the creation of ISIS, drained US coffers, rubbished America's credibility and reputation, and on most other accounts, FAILED.
“I think there is a major hesitation to get too deeply involved in Iraq again,” said Michele Flournoy, a former senior Obama administration defense official."
"But, she said, “This is a terrorist problem that affects us and we have to take a more forward leaning posture.”
ISIS doesn't affect America at all. ISIS aren't even on the same freaking continent.
Posted in: U.S. defense chief: After Ramadi, Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue
Jul. 07, 2015 - 12:59AM JST
I enjoyed it for what it is,,,,Science Fiction ! & a few good laughs from Der…
Posted in: Arnold (but little else) is back in 'Terminator'
Jul. 07, 2015 - 12:58AM JST
lucabrasi: Tom is having a melt-down because Japan lost.
@Smith. Ohh, it was worse just after…
Posted in: U.S. beats Japan 5-2 to win Women's World Cup
Jul. 07, 2015 - 12:56AM JST
Thanks smith, Strangerland and Tom.
Honestly don't really understand the dispute. Canada are pretty good, right?…
Jul. 07, 2015 - 12:51AM JST
Whatever. A gasket has been popped
Heh, that's an understatement. It's made him delusional.
Jul. 07, 2015 - 12:49AM JST
lucabrasi: Tom is having a melt-down because Japan lost. There are a number of sorry people…