Tamarama's past comments

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    Tamarama

    akkkl

    I agree, I think if Abe was the same kind of statesman as Obama he would have taken the chance to do that.

    Guess he's not cut from the same cloth.

    Posted in: China says Nanjing more worthy of remembrance than Hiroshima

  • 2

    Tamarama

    Moonraker

    Sadly, unless they become obsolete (meaning something more terrifying replaces them), too expensive to maintain (as we consume all the resources for doing so) or are all used up (in nuclear annihilation) it is hard for me to ever see a world without nuclear weapons.

    Absolutely agreed. Who amongst them will want to give them up?

    The US? China? Russia? Israel? etc etc.

    Can't see it.

    Posted in: After Obama's Hiroshima trip, Japan ponders role in making nuclear arms-free world

  • -1

    Tamarama

    The Uranium miners just spat their morning coffee all over the screen.

    Posted in: Japan to cut emphasis on nuclear power in next energy plan

  • 2

    Tamarama

    Instead of raising taxes, how about saving money by cutting down on unnecessary expenses?

    Doing both would have been prudent I would have thought.

    Posted in: Abe looks at postponing sales tax hike until Oct 2019

  • 3

    Tamarama

    I think he is an absolute twat, but I like what he does. Mostly.

    Posted in: Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson rams whalers for a living

  • 0

    Tamarama

    Tamarama, you can't say they are totally unrelated. Japan started WWII in Asia by invading China. As an ally of China, the US ended the war with the 2 atomic bombs.

    Thanks, but I don't need the history lesson. In as much as they were both terrible events of WW2, yes, they are related.

    In as much as this is a solemn occasion where the man who sits in the same seat in office as Truman; who authorised these atrocious attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, has come to acknowledge the terror and wanton destruction his predecessor visited upon the innocent, it has nothing to do with China.

    If they had any class, they would offer support for the visit and acknowledge the suffering of the innocent Japanese who died in the atomic bombings. That's what they should have done. Instead they took it as an opportunity to stick the boots in and make it about them. That's terrible.

    Posted in: China says Nanjing more worthy of remembrance than Hiroshima

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    Tamarama

    Yes, but how many people in Japan know what happened in Nanking?

    I'm sorry, but the Atomic bombing of Japan has nothing to do with China, and it is bombastic and inappropriate for them to try to take this as an opportunity to grind an axe.

    Posted in: China says Nanjing more worthy of remembrance than Hiroshima

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    Tamarama

    I find it appalling that they would make such a comment. It's shows an incredible lack of empathy and a total absence of sensitivity. It's truly disgraceful.

    Everybody KNOWS why the bombs were dropped. The fact remains that tens of thousands of innocent civilians were killed by those bombings, and that is a ghastly thing to do REGARDLESS of what side of the fence you sit.

    China have all the diplomatic nous of a Christmas Leg Ham. Seriously.

    Posted in: China says Nanjing more worthy of remembrance than Hiroshima

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    Tamarama

    These are important, terrible stories that need to be told and heard. You can just tell by reading this that none of them are really able to adequately convey the true Hell's Inferno and the depravity of man these people have experienced. Ordinary people, doing ordinary things who just happened to be victims of one of the World's very worst acts of violence and wholesale slaughter.

    Very, very sad stuff.

    Posted in: 'I still hate the glow of the sun': Hiroshima survivors' tales

  • 7

    Tamarama

    Outstanding all round by Obama. A true statesman and leader of men.

    Posted in: Obama visits Hiroshima to ponder 'terrible force unleashed'

  • 0

    Tamarama

    Ban there guns, man. Just ban them.

    Posted in: 5-year-old girl playing with gun fatally shoots herself in Louisiana

  • 6

    Tamarama

    If you read memoirs and accounts of people fighting at that time against the Japanese, there is an overwhelming consistency in their reports and sentiments - that even in the absolute depths and depravity of war that turns men into complete dogs, the Japanese wartime mentality and attitude defied logic and all reason. Left even the most battle hardened and experienced soldiers completely exasperated and bewildered. One of my own Grandfathers was very much of this experience and there is no doubt, by all accounts, that he was simply a different man when he can home. He told me that the men they fought on Bougainville were well and truly beaten - they were cut off from any supplies and reinforcements, had little ammunition and no food, were starving and cannibalistic, but the only way they would stop is that they had to be killed. So that's what happened, and for guys like my Pop who had to do the killing, it never made a scrap of sense and scarred them forever. That would have been consistent for all forces fighting Japan at the time. I mean, I can clearly remember the first time I heard about the Kamikaze pilots from WW2 - I simply couldn't conceive of the reason behind such madness. The futility of it was extraordinary. So, I think that broad understanding and experience projected into a potential invasion of Japan was just going to be too much, too costly, too terrible. So, in that context I can understand the decision. I can see why they did it. It was a crime, for sure, in a long list of WW2 crimes, but the complexity of the situation makes it hard to judge in isolation.

    Perhaps when Obama is asked about it he should just offer a 'Mokusatsu'. Just him going there is enough for now.

    Posted in: Obama's Hiroshima trip stirs debate on Truman's fateful choice

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    Tamarama

    I'm really clear about this, Barack Obama should not apologize for the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, just as no modern Japanese Prime Minister needs to constantly apologize for what happened in WW2 either. I have absolutely no doubt it was a war crime, but it was a war crime committed in a certain context, political and social atmosphere and environment that cannot be appropriately replicated and judged now. And I can't imagine what these people have been through in their lives, but I am actually surprised that they have called for this.

    I absolutely support Obama's visit, but no apologies.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

  • 0

    Tamarama

    I used to live in Nakaitabashi, know then station well!

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    Tamarama

    Yeah, I know a couple of people who had terrible experiences on them, but not many. My overwhelming impression was that they were very 'clean'. They are mushrooms after all. The first time I took them I just picked them from the ground.

    Posted in: Magic mushroom ingredient may ease severe depression, study suggests

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    Tamarama

    I've had a couple of great experiences on Magic Mushrooms (a long time ago now). The full evaporation-of-ego-and-sense-of-petty-self-in an inter-planetary-cosmic-sense-of-universal-connection-to-everyone-and-everything. Dissolving into the universe and feeling the excruciating beauty of existence and experience. The mountains and the rivers breathing and falling outward into the cosmos etc, etc, et al. Those experiences have never left me, because they were kind of things I KNEW deep down already, but you lose sight of or they get squashed by your flexing ego and general detritus of day to day life. I don't doubt the positive effects on these folks.

    Posted in: Magic mushroom ingredient may ease severe depression, study suggests

  • 2

    Tamarama

    Let me share a school story. About a fortnight old.

    My wife's niece is 13, in Junior High School in Tokyo and a member of a school Club. In this school club, she has been assigned a Senpai who is a year older than her. Now, ostensibly, a senpai is a mentor of sorts, but in truth, the Senpai/Kohai relationship is simply institutionalised bullying, and this young girl's senpai has taken to her role with gusto. She has made her Kohai's life a living misery - to the point where the girl, who is a studious and committed student is refusing to go to school. All of this happens in plain view of the teacher who runs the club

    On encouragement by her parents she plucked up the courage to report it to her homeroom teacher. Who promptly did absolutely nothing. Pretended she hadn't even heard the words.

    The parents, increasingly worried and somewhat exasperated, called a meeting with the Club teacher....who proceeded to COMPLETELY IGNORE BOTH OF THEM in the meeting and focus only on speaking to the girl herself, whom she promptly accused of trying to derail the Club's attempts to make the regional finals in whatever stupid little competition they were entered into. She bullied the girl into apologising for her selfishness, made her commit to greater efforts in club, and didn't once speak to the parents.

    Now, when I heard this story, I could scarcely believe my ears. Not only is that wildly incompetent and unethical behaviour by both teachers involved, it is clear that it is fully endorsed by the administration of the school, and I can only think more widely by the Educational system in Japan. I can only speak for Australian teachers, but I know for a fact that that kind of negligence would likely land you in court in that country.

    So, I say, good on them for attacking this system. Japanese education needs to wake up. Japanese school administrators need to wake up. The ministry for education in Japan need to wake the hell up.

    Japanese kids deserve more and have the right to demand more.

    Posted in: Student shuts down 444 school websites to 'remind teachers they are incompetent'

  • 4

    Tamarama

    The Olympics: Drugs, doping, corruption, power abuse etc, etc.

    Absolutely no interest in it.

    Posted in: Japan to question officials involved in Tokyo's 2020 Olympic bid

  • 0

    Tamarama

    If they want me to give boxers any kind of serious consideration, they shouldn't flank them with two girls dressed like that. No sir.

    Posted in: Clash of Champions

  • -1

    Tamarama

    As CrazyJoe says, class act. This is the gesture of a statesman - politics and noise aside.

    It's leadership. It's standing above the yapping and the crowd to lead the people.

    I salute you sir. I wish you were around for another 4 years.

    Posted in: Obama to make historic visit to Hiroshima on May 27

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