Tamarama's past comments

  • 1

    Tamarama

    I don't see why people get so offended by this kind of union. Men are always going to be attracted to beautiful women, be they 20, or 50. And wealthy men are often confident and very charismatic and offer women complete financial security.

    Everyone wins.

    Posted in: TV announcer Mariko Oe to marry Monex billionaire Oki Matsumoto

  • 3

    Tamarama

    Just another perk of being filthy rich. I imagine he'd be well pleased with himself.

    Posted in: TV announcer Mariko Oe to marry Monex billionaire Oki Matsumoto

  • -2

    Tamarama

    The only REAL way this kind of thing gets resolved is if the countries of the region take ownership of, and responsibility for, the existence and flourishing of extremism in their region. In fact, it's time the Middle Eastern States got serious about this and acted as a unified body.

    America's presence doesn't work, and in fact only makes it worse. Americans were shocked in the aftermath of 9/11 - they asked; 'Why us? What did WE do?'

    Well, the answer is that the US has long been meddling in, manipulating and militarily striking in this region. As sad and shocking as 9/11 was, it wasn't surprising.

    I am disgusted that Australia will participate in this. Time for the Middle East to take responsibility for it's own grubby backyard.

    Posted in: What do you think is the best way for the global community to deal with the Islamic State?

  • 0

    Tamarama

    This is a great discussion, one that particularly interests me, because not only is Japan's mass migration to urbanised environments a fascinating modern story but the abundance of cheap rural land in beautiful locations is something that particularly interests me and my wife, and we intend to buy somewhere coastal fairly soon.

    The problem is that this process is going to continue over the course of the next 20-30 years, and land and houses in some places in the hinterland will quite literally be worth basically nothing, because the land tax is payable every year and many people do not want or can't afford the burden of paying for something that is just a financial liability. You buy in the knowledge that it is not an investment in the same way real estate is in other places.

    People might have other views, and I'd be interested to hear their thoughts on this, but that's the way it seems to me at this stage.

    Posted in: Demographic crisis empties out Japan's rural areas

  • 0

    Tamarama

    How on Earth this is a problem in Australia is beyond me.

    The last series of Australian submarines - the Collins Class, were a disaster, beset by all manner of problem.

    Why on Earth would you pay much more, for a potentially significantly inferior Submarine, just to say you made it yourself? When it comes to matters of defence, that is the epitome of stupidity.

    Posted in: Concern growing in Australia over plan to buy Japanese submarines

  • -4

    Tamarama

    SmithinJapan

    Thunderbird: they're Russian islands, so what if they do? They have every right to carry out these drills.

    And by that reasoning I assume you would support Japan's right to conduct similar such drills on the Senkakus?

    Posted in: Russian forces to conduct drill in east, including disputed islands with Japan

  • 18

    Tamarama

    Well, the Chinese Communist Party can consider their propaganda campaign a success. Hooray for them.

    It's a shame that Chinese people don't seem to know how much the modern State of Japan has done for China since WW2, after the fall of Imperial Japan. Massive quantities of aid, business development, trade etc etc. Unbelievably generous financial loan arrangements

    Which the China still quite happily takes, whilst pouring on the anti-Japanese propaganda and making regular incursions into Japanese territory.

    Posted in: More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll

  • 0

    Tamarama

    I've gotta say, that is a GREAT photograph of Mount Aso.

    Posted in: Six cool sightseeing spots off the beaten track in Japan

  • 1

    Tamarama

    Sigh.

    Isn't this kind of thing what got us into this in the first place?

    We're actually really close to peace. Really close. Still. Let's be positive!

    You must be kidding. Look at the state of Iraq, Syria and Israel right now. It's a region beset by war, violence, religious devision and discontent. I'd be willing to bet that this proposed action is ultimately going to make that worse, not better.

    Posted in: Obama says key allies ready to join U.S. action in Iraq

  • 7

    Tamarama

    Here's an idea. Sugamo prison, which is where most (all?) of the Class A War criminals were interred and executed was where the Sunshine building in Ikebukuro now is. Maybe politicians like Ms Takaichi can go there instead, do a little shopping for the departed souls, get a Katsu Curry, stand in front of the little plaque there and save everyone else a whole lot of grief.

    Posted in: New internal affairs minister says she will visit Yasukuni Shrine

  • 0

    Tamarama

    The sudden and dramatic rise of ISIS leaves the West, and particularly the US with some pretty big and hard questions to answer.

    After invading Iraq on a false pretence post-9/11, and hunting down and deposing Saddam Hussein, who had previously enjoyed US support, the US has tried to democratise Iraq and build a functional Army, and virtually the minute they leave after a decade of involvement in the country, ISIS overrun these forces, arm themselves with modern weaponry and begin to run amok.

    So the cycle begins again. Back to square 1, except this time it's worse, not better. You don't have a dictatorial strongman in charge, you have armed religious nutters running the gong show.

    This is after nearly a century of fairly direct political and social meddling in this region by Western powers.

    All the more reason to kill all off these radical lunatics and give them a speedy send off to their 72 virgins.

    This isn't going to happen. Won't work. Hasn't worked. Why? Because this isn't a disease - it's a religious and social ideology based deeply in the history of this region - both domestic and International.

    How long does the US and West try to police what goes on in this part of the world? In perpetuity? In 1000 years will your average US citizen have to do a mandatory stint on active service in the policing of the Middle East so that the region continues to operate to our satisfaction?

    Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon are all much more moderate, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia....where is the responsibility of these countries to step in to prevent the slaughter of their Muslim 'brothers' in the region?

    Time, me thinks, for the Islamic world to step up here and take the lead. Geographically, socially, culturally it is their responsibility as much as anyone else's. Intervention by the West isn't working.

    Posted in: Video purports to show beheading of second U.S. journalist

  • 5

    Tamarama

    My thoughts go out to this man, his family, and indeed all of the people around the world who are suffering at the hands of extremism. It takes many forms.

    Posted in: Video purports to show beheading of second U.S. journalist

  • 1

    Tamarama

    Good for him, good move.

    Posted in: Dortmund brings Kagawa back from Man United

  • 15

    Tamarama

    Ha! That's fantastic! Good on him.

    Posted in: Chiba Batman

  • 1

    Tamarama

    and Burnley only managing a draw v Man U

    Sean Dyche will be nervous - they might be calling for his head there at Turf Moor after a showing like that.

    Posted in: Chelsea beat Everton in goalfest, City crash

  • 1

    Tamarama

    Ha ha.

    No, I won't be doing that. As I pointed out to you before, I supported City when they were in the 3rd Division.

    But another strong point for United against Burnley there. Might be very valuable at the end of the season.

    Posted in: Chelsea beat Everton in goalfest, City crash

  • 0

    Tamarama

    'Don't judge someone until you have walked a mile in his shoes' seems apt here.

    Posted in: A broken man living on dreams pulls Japan into Syria hostage drama

  • 10

    Tamarama

    Splendid.

    Posted in: Porn queens raise Y5 mil for AIDS charity at 'Boob Aid'

  • -1

    Tamarama

    No, I am opposed to such a ban.

    Because the clothes aren't really the issue - the lack of understanding and acceptance between religions is. I support people's right to be religious, providing it doesn't interfere with their sense of universal brother and sisterhood. In a secular society, there should be no such ban providing the people adhere to the recognition of the importance of the ideals of the group as a whole and the common bond amongst all members, which is our humanity first and foremost.

    Posted in: In some countries, there is a ban on adults and children wearing religious clothing and symbols such as burqas, veils, head scarves, skullcaps, turbans and crucifixes in public places like schools, recreational facilities and so on. What’s your stance?

  • 6

    Tamarama

    Jesus, seriously?!

    Just get it done properly, people. Please.

    Posted in: Heavy equipment falls into Fukushima reactor pool

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