Tamarama's past comments

  • 1

    Tamarama

    We have honored this commitment for more than 60 years, and all I see is that our involvement hasn't prevented war but got us involved in more meaningless wars.

    I think you need to ask yourself why the US has so many military bases in this region - rethink your understanding of why the US is there at all.

    Because....the meaningless wars you talk about - I assume Korea and Vietnam, were wars where the US and China came up against each other - in Korea's case, directly. Not so meaningless in that context.

    Since WW2, the US has looked to contain China, confine it. There is no way they will just up sticks and leave now.

    Posted in: Democrats commit to U.S. defense of Japan under 'rebalance' to Asia

  • 2

    Tamarama

    It's important to honor your commitments and this is an important reaffirmation of these. Trump has been highly irresponsible in his flippant comments regarding Asia and countries like China and North Korea would be mightily encouraged by what they hear coming from his electoral spiel.

    Any withdrawal by the US might prove to be the ultimate spark to the tinderbox of simmering tensions all over Asia. The resultant conflict might make WW2 look like a nursery spat and the US would be drawn straight back in, at massive, massive cost.

    The US has to remain firmly committed to it's cause in Asia for as long as the insanity of the Chinese Communist Party rules in the Middle Kingdom.

    Posted in: Democrats commit to U.S. defense of Japan under 'rebalance' to Asia

  • 2

    Tamarama

    Nice story, I wish her well.

    Posted in: Japanese schoolgirl swimmer set to melt hearts in Rio

  • -1

    Tamarama

    Perhaps it is an unwillingness to really recognize that the Emperor is in fact just a man, and not some divine descendant of Amaterasu. Abdicating and handing over responsibility is what men do, not Gods.

    The Emperor seems very comfortable with that idea. Clearly others aren't.

    Posted in: Hurdles ahead to enable possible abdication of emperor

  • 0

    Tamarama

    No they didn't considering the fact that Australia today has just as many if not more firearms today than at the time of the Port Arthur massacre.

    OK, didn't mean that literally, because there are of course guns in the hands of farmers and others with a license, but I'll cop that. Some facts courtesy of the ABC from this year:

    The increase in guns must be seen in context. Australia's population grew by five million in the same period, so per-capita firearm ownership remains 23 per cent lower than it was before Port Arthur.

    The risk of an Australian dying by gunshot remains less than half what it was before Port Arthur.

    About 80 per cent of gun deaths in Australia have nothing to do with crime. Instead, they're suicides and unintentional shootings.

    Fewer Australians now own guns. Since 1988, the proportion of households with a firearm fell by 75 per cent.

    Those who already possess several guns have bought more. Until recently, the average Australian shooter owned three to five firearms. The same people now keep a larger collection, which tends to skew statistics slightly.

    Seeing as this logic basically applies to everything that then means that we should have less of everything.

    ............

    Posted in: Former Marine kills 3 Baton Rouge police officers, wounds 3 others

  • 3

    Tamarama

    This kind of this beautifully illustrates the difference between a society that has a sensible and serious policy on gun ownership, and others that don't. Imagine if he'd had a gun?

    Thank god he didn't.

    Posted in: Knife-wielding man injures 4 in Fukushima library

  • 2

    Tamarama

    John San,

    At least you are thinking carefully about alternatives. I applaud that. Some of the things you have mentioned are not dissimilar to the conditions currently in Australia.

    What is a gun designed for? What's it's purpose?

    Seeing you aren't willing, allow me. The gun's sole purpose is to shoot a projectile to kill or maim a living being. That's what it was originally designed for by the Chinese, and it remains the primary function of a gun to this day. Armies don't carry hammers into battle, for example, THEY carry highly refined guns designed to kill as many people as they can with maximum efficiency - ruthlessly brilliant killing tools. Those tools also mean that the person that holds it does not have to kill at close range with, say, a knife, so it has a two fold purpose: to kill, and to do so from a safe distance. That it is a tool, an inanimate object, is completely spurious and beside the point. A nonsense, deluded argument. Because, when a 2 year old picks up Mummy's Smith and Wesson, killing Mummy or himself is the last thing he is thinking about. But he has happened to pick up a Gun, not, for the sake of an argument, a hammer, and whilst he might even be trying to hit a nail with it, the gun discharges and does what it is designed to do, which is efficiently kill, and the results are predictably tragic. So, did the child kill his Mum? Well, to kill means the act of causing death to another. In our example, I don't really think you can say the child did - the gun is what shoots the projectile, the projectile is what kills her. We call it an accident, but an accident with a hammer might result in a broken finger. An accident with a killing tool, results in a death.

    Guns kill. Less guns means less deaths.

    Less guns is good.

    Posted in: Former Marine kills 3 Baton Rouge police officers, wounds 3 others

  • 0

    Tamarama

    Japan T

    Our government is there to serve the citizen, to govern with the consent of the governed.

    As opposed to which government.....?

    How do you eliminate guns?

    By eliminating them. Australia did it.

    The only legal way to repeal it is through a constitutional convention.

    Yep, high time for another one. 1787?!

    Inanimate objects do absolutely nothing. Thus, they do not kill. A person can use a gun to kill someone but the gun is just the tool, not the killer. Thus, guns do NOT kill.

    What is a gun designed for? What is it's purpose?

    Posted in: Former Marine kills 3 Baton Rouge police officers, wounds 3 others

  • 0

    Tamarama

    You've heard of Oliver Cromwell, Napoleon, Lenin, Castro, and many others. It's ignorant to think it can't happen your lifetime.

    Ignorant?! No. I don't think your examples here are pertinent either. And I would be extremely surprised if it happens in my lifetime.

    I am Australian, and the Government turning tyrannical is so far from my mind as to be a complete fantasy. As it is in Japan, and many stable democracies I can think of, including the US. It won't happen.

    It's a complete straw man argument as a reason for citizens in the US to need guns.

    Posted in: Former Marine kills 3 Baton Rouge police officers, wounds 3 others

  • 0

    Tamarama

    These last two mass shooting of cops were done by semi auto rifles and they have to be banned.

    Why would you just stop there? As long as other guns are freely available, your problem doesn't go away. What are the other guns for?

    so, what do you do when you're government becomes tyrannical?

    This is a fascinating clue to the paranoid state of the Union. How many times in the history of the United States have the government become tyrannical? How many times have the people had to take up arms against their government since 1788? That this idea even exists in the mind of contemporary America seems bizarre, frankly. It's a warped sentiment that allows for so much death and killing in the US for something that may never, ever happen.

    Posted in: Former Marine kills 3 Baton Rouge police officers, wounds 3 others

  • 4

    Tamarama

    So if everyone being armed is supposed to stop killers from killing, and the police are all armed, then why aren't they able to stop the killers from killing?

    How dare you try to use logic and reason to come between Americans and their guns, Strangerland.

    The answer is so frighteningly simple. Remove the guns. Change the laws. Ban people from owning them and being able to access them anywhere.

    Of course it's possible.

    Posted in: Former Marine kills 3 Baton Rouge police officers, wounds 3 others

  • 8

    Tamarama

    Really....don't.....like.....Japanese TV. At all. Agree entirely with choiwaruoyaji.

    I am particularly vexed around Oshogatsu when the in-laws attach themselves to 2 TVs over the course of the week and positively bathe themselves in it.

    I find the vast majority of it quite moronic.

    Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner

  • 6

    Tamarama

    Jiji Press?!

    It's important that Abe, along with all leaders of the region do this, and I applaud him for doing so.

    He's going to get the inevitable, and predictable calls of 'hypocrite' by the usual suspects here, but that's just static really. Asia needs to unify against the neighbourhood bully here and send a strong and unified message.

    Posted in: Abe seeks to pressure Beijing on South China Sea ruling

  • 0

    Tamarama

    Sadly, my wife will not really be needing their services.....

    Posted in: New fashion brand for large-breasted women smashes crowdfunding goal

  • 2

    Tamarama

    Sorry, but wrong.

    Oh, really??? Firstly, the information you have provided is from 2012, so the assertion that the US of 2012 'doesn't really need to protect oil imports militarily' may have changed from, say 2001/2. Right?

    This would suggest that, even today, Iraq still supplies the US with a significant amount of oil:

    https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/petmoveimpcusa2nusep00im0mbblm.htm

    And this would suggest that oil supplies from Iraq were peaking in September, 2001:

    https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=PET&s=MTTIMIZ1&f=M

    Right?

    At least Saddam is gone, NO one misses the butcher of Baghdad! Thank God for that.

    Depends who you ask, I'd suggest. Have you seen what modern day Iraq is like?

    http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/07/middleeast/iraq-baghdad-bomb-toll-rises/

    That's 3 days ago. 300 people killed in Baghdad. Yep, things are really swimming along there in Iraq, huh.

    you have to give Obama credit as well and especially the overwhelming sectarian violence that brought most of the carnage.

    No, this is about the Iraq war started 2003. Obama assumed office in 2009.

    I feel if Europe wouldn't at that time been so cowardly, we could have possibly at least stopped a lot of the carnage in the aftermath, but that's all history now. Time to move on.

    You say cowardly, I say discerning and circumspect and not blinded by aggressive American rhetoric. I admire them for it. They have a conscience.

    Posted in: Iraq war was illegal, says Blair's former deputy

  • 6

    Tamarama

    That war was all about protecting US Oil interests in the Middle East. It had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction and certainly nothing to do with democratizing Iraq or anywhere else in the Middle East. US hegemony - the kind of behaviour that led to 9/11 in the first place. And Britain were stupid to be drawn into it, as were Australia.

    And look at what it has left us with. A super violent and divided Iraq, ISIS, which rose directly out of the ashes of the war, and Syria in complete ruins.

    What wonderful work, America.

    Posted in: Iraq war was illegal, says Blair's former deputy

  • 0

    Tamarama

    I'd say 'No comment', some14some.

    Possibly a launch commander taken around the back of the shed, never to return, as well.

    Posted in: N Korea test-fires submarine-launched missile: Seoul

  • 1

    Tamarama

    I have already invested in a couple of Internet of Things (IOT) companies, which, all things going as they should will facilitate an early and comfortable retirement. Smart cities are a very exciting prospect indeed.

    Posted in: Will smart cities save Japan?

  • 3

    Tamarama

    So are convicted felons who arm themselves, drug dealers, gangbangers and radical muslims. If guns are the problem, then so is religion, tolerance, pc and assassins on Black Lives Matter payroll.

    Complete and utter rubbish. You are just trying to deflect the blame. Convicted felons, drug dealers, radical muslims, religion, pc, tolerance etc etc all exist in other countries. What is completely indefensible for you, is that regular and mass shootings like this only happen in the US.

    If you take away everything that is common to the US and other countries, it leaves you with the guns.

    It's just so obvious.

    Posted in: After deadly shootings, Obama says police must root out bias

  • 8

    Tamarama

    More deaths by guns in the US, eh?

    What a surprise.

    Posted in: 5 Dallas police officers killed, 6 wounded at protest

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