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Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJan. 16, 2015 - 03:46PM JST
The easiest remedy for those who are offended by these kinds of images is a simple one: DON'T LOOK AT THEM.
The Pope is so wrong on this, as are the many others who are straw manning the idea of protecting free speech into the concept of "unlimited free speech". Few people are arguing for that. There are already many limits on speech, such as;
a/ incitement to violence
b/ criminal conspiracy
c/ breach of contract
d/ libel and slander
e/ uttering threats
None of these standards are disputed by even the most libertarian of free speechers. Simply being offended is part of the price of living in a pluralized democracy. Speech need not have any specific merit or public good behind it to deserve protection. It is overtly offensive and outrageous speech that needs protection the most of all.
Posted in: Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJan. 14, 2015 - 09:16AM JST
IMHO one of the biggest problem is that followers of Islam first need to look inside themselves. What is being done in their name? How can they reconcile living in a secular democracy with being a 'good' Muslim? How can they reform their faith into something more compatible with 21st century values and human rights?
In truth, only a very small number of Muslims would ever perpetrate such attacks. However, A surprisingly large minority (in some countries majority) support the ideals behind them. Legal penalties for blasphemy, adultery, and the like. Death penalty for apostasy. Prison/death for gays. These are not radical positions at all within the Islamic faith. They are mainstream belief. And they need to be changed before any meaningful reform can happen.
Posted in: France declares war on terrorism after attacks
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJan. 13, 2015 - 02:22PM JST
That's good. Now, why doesn't Japan Today show it as well? This would be a true representation of the "je suis Charlie" spirit. Be bold in defending freedom of the press!
Posted in: Charlie Hebdo publishing prophet cartoon on new cover
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJan. 13, 2015 - 02:21PM JST
Most of the lunches I had in my time teaching public school tended towards the bland and nasty. The biggest problem was the timing of them. By the time the food leaves the lunch center, gets shipped to schools, gets distributed to classes, and finally gets served, it is generally all room temperature.
The worst was the lunch in the staff rooms. The office ladies would divvie up the food at sometime around 1130am, even though lunch wasn't until past 1200. No reason to do so at all, it made everything congeal. After that, everyone had to wait until the school principal at his desk finally deigned to start eating before having their own food. Until then , everyone studiously ignored the tray of lunch sitting on their desk since of course they were "too busy" to start eating.....
Personally, I dont think force feeding kids food they don't like, and shaming/bullying them into finishing it, is a really good way to instill values and broaden their taste buds.
Posted in: A brief history of the evolution of Japanese school lunches
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJan. 10, 2015 - 12:28PM JST
I think they react badly to criticism because they are largely insulated from it. No dissidence or dissent is tolerated in most Muslim countries, particularly in terms of religion. These beliefs are packed into whatever better land they choose to immigrate to.
Posted in: Charlie Hebdo suspects, accomplice, 4 hostages killed
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJan. 10, 2015 - 12:25PM JST
What she said makes sense. I have read similar reports about NK defectors in the South. They are often marginalized, ignored, and discriminated against. South Korea is not exactly a warm and welcoming host at the best of times, as anyone who has lived/worked there can attest.
As time goes by, I realize that there really isn't a lot of space between the North and South in regards to their political thought and beliefs.
Posted in: Seoul to deport American over positive N Korea comments
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJan. 10, 2015 - 12:21PM JST
Mitt is a good man. I imagine many Americans are regretting re-electing the current president. The economy remains the biggest issue to most people. I can't understand why they elected and re-elected a man who has no experience running or managing so much as a lemonade stand.
Posted in: Romney considering 3rd run for White House
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJan. 10, 2015 - 12:17PM JST
Freedom of speech is easy when it is speech you agree with. Much harder when it is not. Offensive speech needs protecting much more than common sense.
I wonder why people simply don't believe the terrorists when they say "I am doing this to revenge my prophet". This IS Islam at it's core. It is true that very few Muslims would go so far as to actually perpetrate crimes like this. However, a substantial number would SUPPORT such attacks and understand their motivation. Surveys have been done in myriad predominantly Muslim countries that show widespread approval for harsh Sharia law. Death for apostates, death for blasphemers, death for insulting the religion and/or prophet, death for adultery. These are NOT extreme positions within Islam. They are mainstream.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorDec. 22, 2014 - 11:28AM JST
Yeah, there is nothing really in common between discrimination and hate speech. Let haters have their say, then either ignore them or prove them wrong in the court of public opinion. I'd rather know who the haters are than have them skulk about in the dark.
Posted in: There can be no such thing as a developed country without anti-racial discrimination laws. I feel angry about organizations promoting xenophobia using public facilities for their activities.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorDec. 01, 2014 - 11:45PM JST
Sympathetic with a truly private school or institution that then made decisions about who to admit or reject. IMHO if you take the public's money, then you take the public as customers/students.
Posted in: Man sues women's university over rejection
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorDec. 01, 2014 - 11:31PM JST
Actually, in Japan there isn't much difference. Most so-called "private" universities get government funding to some degree or another. Ditto for private high and junior high schools. Plus, students get government sponsored loans and scholarships to attend. If they were actually private, I would be more sympathetic.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorNov. 10, 2014 - 10:50PM JST
Perhaps, Dutchman, people are somewhat immune to stories about a suicide bomber from The Religion That Shall Not Be Named (at least in this article). It's nothing new or unusual, sadly.
Posted in: Suicide bomber kills 47 boys in Nigeria school massacre
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorNov. 08, 2014 - 02:51AM JST
She is a name without any substance. An Obama financial supporter and member of the 1%. A lightweight. Somewhat similar to the windbag she replaced, John Roos. Another friend of Obama, whose sole qualification seems to be his fundraising prowess (he raised over $500,000) for Obama's presidential bid. He was also rewarded with the ambassadorship.
Japan is an important American ally and trading partner. It is insulting to Japan in the extreme to grant the ambassador's post as a gift to reward political support. Make her ambassador to the Solomon Islands, or to Lesotho.
Let's contrast our Caroline to the Japanese amassador to the United States- Kenichiro Sasae. A former vice foreign minister, a professional diplomat for 30 years, graduate of the Tokyo University school of law and politics.
Posted in: This month marks one year since Caroline Kennedy became U.S. ambassador to Japan. Do you think she has done a good job so far?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 20, 2014 - 07:56AM JST
I wonder why the writer felt it necessary to mention that Obuchi has two children. This is constant in the media. I don't recall ever reading "Shinzo Abe, father of zero".
Posted in: For 3rd day in a row, media expecting Obuchi to resign
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 16, 2014 - 02:01PM JST
Is this crap pornography? Perhaps, perhaps not. It certainly does skate very close to the line, though.
What really gripes my cookies, though, is thinking about the parents of these 'models'. WTF are they thinking? Who ever told them it was a good idea to have their prepubescent daughters pose in such magazines? I guess they are simply either greedy or stupid. To me, this is akin to child abuse or exploitation. As a father, I couldn't sleep at night knowing that my 10 year old daughter was wank bait for thousands of greasy cretins across the country.
Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 07, 2014 - 10:34PM JST
Unfortunately, this kind of result is commonplace when dealing with liberals. They try to refute facts with emotional outbursts, ignore inconvenient truths, and generally refuse to listen. As for Affleck, he is paid to read other people's work. He isn't used to being challenged on his ideas. His type generally live in a comfortable cocoon of support from like minded people.
The truth about the state of the Muslim world is uncomfortable for many, it is true. Recent polling done by Pew Research (hardly a right wing organization) shows many disturbing trends in the way Muslims perceive the world and react to it. In countries like Egypt for example, a large majority of the population voices approval for stoning adulterers and the death sentence for apostasy. I am not saying that the majority of Muslims are actually violent- they aren't. However, there is widespread tacit support FOR violence when it comes to what are seen as attacks on their faith.
Can you imagine the outcry if a survey found that, for example, 80% of Italian catholics were in favour of the death penalty for anyone who voluntarily left the Holy Mother Church?
Posted in: Ben Affleck defends Muslims on U.S. TV talk show
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 06, 2014 - 11:11PM JST
First of all, there is very little English education here. There is a LOT of Eigo education, but little English. I mean classes taught by Japanese to Japanese in Japanese using Japanese textbooks to pass a Japanese test to enter a Japanese university. Not much room for English there...
a/ False mythology about the utility of English. Many Japanese equate learning English just with communicating with native speakers, or doing business in the US or UK. Reality is that most English speakers in the world are NOT native speakers. Learning English means that Japanese can communicate with Koreans, Germans, Malaysians, Vietnamese, etc.
b/ False notions of nationalism. The idea that learning a foreign language too well by necessity means that you are somehow less Japanese. How many times have we heard, "I'm Japanese, so..." as an excuse for something?
c/ lack of drive. English needs to be taught as a skill, like a sport, rather than as an academic endeavour. Sitting passively in class with an open book and closed mind won't do anything. Language learning requires active participation, gambling, and expecting temporary failure. These are not things most Japanese like to do.
Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJul. 14, 2014 - 10:56AM JST
Social anxiety happens everywhere, but IMHO the response in Japan is different. The emphasis here is on keeping the family name clean and avoiding embarassment, rather than on treating the afflicted.
Mental health issues in general are not well understood here.
Posted in: Society's shut-ins are getting older
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJul. 13, 2014 - 10:24PM JST
Sorry, but there really is no such thing as a true "hikkikomori". Answer these simple questions:
a/ Do they bathe/crap/pee in their rooms?
b/ Do they do their laundry in their rooms?
c/ Do they cook/eat in their rooms?
d/ How do they get money to buy smokes, games, snacks, etc?
There is a whole lot of enabling going on, by families who are far too generous and understanding. Simple solution, lock/nail the door shut when the hikikomori goes out to Lawson's, takes a bath, eats lunch. Then, have a counselor standing by to talk to them. If they talk, they can go back to their room. If not, the door is over there, and have a nice life...
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJul. 12, 2014 - 03:29PM JST
Yabits; consider the fates of the Jewish communities of various nations in Africa- Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and so on.All these nations had thriving Jewish communities, and all were driven from their homes, beaten, killed, exiled.
What is to stop the same thing happening?
Posted in: Shattering myths: The conflict between Israel and Hamas
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Posted in: Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine
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