donkusai's past comments

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    donkusai

    What harm could possibly come from an document that democratically elected governments want to keep secret from the people who elected them? (...and yes, that was meant to be read sarcastically)

    Posted in: Secrecy around TPP trade deal fuels suspicions and worries

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    donkusai

    I've never understood why the whole refugee thing isn't handled in a much more culturally sensitive way. If you are fleeing your country in fear of your life (which certainly happens), you'd think the U.N. or whoever would aim to resettle those people into a nation that at least remotely resembles the culture that someone already knows. Putting a refugee into a country which has a culture that goes against the values you have seems really badly thought out. You end up with issues like the one reported here.

    Posted in: More anti-Islam rallies, counter-protests flare up in Australia

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    donkusai

    The US had caused the removal of a democratically elected leader, to replace him by a brutal dictator. After the revolutionaries got rid of the dictator, they realized the US was trying to reintroduce a puppet dictator. That is why they attacked the embassy

    I remember seeing a documentary on this. They shredded the documents at the embassy, but the Iranian students sat and put them back together one by one so they had all the evidence. Shredders have been redesigned since to not just shred is strips.

    As for the agreement - great news. Iran have a very young population, and the younger generation are far more pro-western liberal than the older. The more we bring Iran back into the global community, the better it will be for all of us in the long term.

    Posted in: Iran, 6 big powers clinch landmark nuclear deal

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    donkusai

    Well, Kyoto would definitely make my top 10 list, and would be number 1 on my Japan list. Well done Kyoto.

    Posted in: Kyoto voted world's best city to visit by Travel + Leisure magazine

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    donkusai

    jerseyboy: ALL the commentators in the U.S., which has no axe to grind in this match, are saying as much (offside). Was that not even mentioned there in Japan?

    Well, it certainly wasn't mentioned in Australia, and they did have an "axe to grind in this match". I think that pretty much says it all on that theory.

    Posted in: Japan beats Australia 1-0 to advance to semifinal against England at Women's World Cup

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    donkusai

    would they really constitute a danger other than perhaps nipping someone?

    That's the issue, Serrano. We don't know. They didn't go through the required quarantine or health checks. They may be harmless, they may carry infectious diseases that are not currently present in Australia and could be devastating to the ecosystem (it's happened before).

    Posted in: Johnny Depp's dogs survive quarantine wrangle in Australia

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    donkusai

    I've been using Apple computers at home since 1986 and Microsoft PCs at work since 1989. I've always preferred Apple's philosophy, but over the last 5 to 8 years I've seen Apple become more Microsoft-like, and Microsoft start to become more Apple-like. Weirdly enough, I seem to dislike the middle ground they're both fighting over now more than I dislike either individually in the past. Kinda depressing when you think about it.

    Posted in: Microsoft opens Windows 10 to Apple, Android apps

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    donkusai

    I think they found with the French trains that, when they start getting up to these sorts of speed, the reaction time of drivers becomes irrelevant. If they saw anything, they'd be past it before they could really do anything, so driverless seems fair enough. Well done, JR Central.

    Posted in: Maglev train sets world record speed of 603 kms per hour

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    donkusai

    This move has the support of the vast majority of Australians. The deluded can continue to not vaccinate their children, but it's going to cost them, just as it costs the rest of Australia currently to subsidise the medical costs of treating children suffering from perfectly preventable diseases.

    Posted in: Australia to deny benefits to parents refusing to vaccinate children

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    donkusai

    Clearly Vox Populi has found a way to "monetize" trolling.

    Posted in: New .sucks domain stirs up storm over free speech

  • -1

    donkusai

    The motto of the NRA’s annual convention this weekend is: “If they can ban one, they can ban them all.”

    Yep, the day that gun is denied to a homicidal, delusional, mentally ill guy who has vowed to take as many people down with him, that's the day that they'll deny every citizen the right to own a gun!

    Oh wait, MAJOR logic fail. Some gun sales are already denied. Guess what! They're not all banned! Fancy that!

    Posted in: NRA leaders warn members of looming gun-control efforts

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    donkusai

    gokai, if I understand it correctly, it should mean cooler ocean temperatures in the western Pacific and less evaporation, so less moisture in the air leading to drier conditions. Strong El Nino conditions can lead to drought along the western side of the Pacific (including Japan) and increased rainfall along the east.

    Posted in: El Nino likely to emerge by summer, says weather bureau

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    donkusai

    Genetic causes of melanoma make up about 1/3rd of all melanoma cases. Sun exposure make up another 1/3rd. The other third are classified "unknown cause". No one cure will solve all cases, but I hope this can make an impact on a significant number of diagnoses. I know far more about melanoma than I ever wanted to and I count the 12 years since I found a huge one one my leg as a blessing. Any cancer is bad. Any progress scientists make is also a blessing and should be fully supported by government and private funding.

    Posted in: Scientists report promising new melanoma vaccines

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    donkusai

    Wc626, al-Shabab have been around a long time and were more well established and organised than boko-haram, so they're hardly a new group. It's only the concerted effort of the Somali, Kenyan and Ethiopian governments to crack down on them over the last half a decade that have seen them diminish. But I agree with the rest of what you say. Anyone who thinks they can justify their own opinions by killing innocents don't deserve to be called human.

    Posted in: Al-Shabab militants kill 147 at university in Kenya

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    donkusai

    Hey, if you can use funds allocated to help tsunami victims to pay for whaling in the Southern Ocean, using climate funds to pay for coal power stations isn't any real surprise. The saddest part of this is the way that governments these days seem almost completely unaccountable for their actions. Either side of politics will just say some slogan-ridden gibberish and one side of the media will fully support whatever they say and the other will denounce it. In the end, nothing is achieved, no one is accountable, and the corruption rolls on.

    Posted in: Japan uses climate cash for coal plants in India, Bangladesh

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    donkusai

    I know that money is important for sport, but in F1, the money seems more important than the sport. Thanks to that, it is no longer available to watch in my country without a minimum $1,200 donation to Rupert Murdoch. As an F1 fan, this is the first race I've been unable to watch in 20 years. It seems it is now a sport I read about rather than follow. Shame about that. Glad to hear Vettel won, but it's all just text on a screen now.

    Posted in: Vettel stuns Hamilton to win Malaysian Grand Prix

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    donkusai

    Well, the American's have done so well managing the world's finances after the wonders of what the Global Financial Crisis did for the world, who can blame Australia and, let's face it, most of the region, for not wanting to put all their eggs in the one basket.

    Posted in: Australia signs up for negotiations on Chinese-led bank

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    donkusai

    Feel really sorry for the family here. Kids always go through a rebellion stage before settling down into something more stable. They'll never get this chance. their son's rebellious choice shouldn't have even been an option in a sane world. As I said, I feel sorry for them.

    Posted in: 'I am responsible,' says grieving father of Australian IS suicide bomber

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    donkusai

    Whatever you do, don 't mention the war! I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it.

    Posted in: Former U.S. POWs, Koreans seek conditions for Abe's address to Congress

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    donkusai

    I also hear cup noodles raise your IQ, and I'm sure family mart reheated pasta meals increase your bank balance. I'm looking forward to seeing who they use in the upcoming ads to showcase these facts.

    Posted in: Model Miranda Kerr is hungry for tonkatsu in her new Japanese commercial, but what’s she selling?

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