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ensnaturae2Apr. 14, 2015 - 02:24AM JST
You can get telly from everywhere with free OLA unblocker, I think...
Posted in: Documentary maker Ken Burns unravels mysteries of cancer
ensnaturae2Mar. 07, 2015 - 09:17PM JST
The most important issue in all harassment and bad treatment related to parental care.is to remember that, ultimately...it is the children who suffer stress as much as, if not more than their mothers, in these circumstances. If there is even more harassment because of the unmarried status of a mother, and lack of support from its father as is commonly the case in Europe and USA, so that the parent is at the mercy of a hostile society, this may also adversely affect any child's development and the rest of its life, as well as causing the distress for its mother.
Posted in: Japanese activist wins U.S. Woman of Courage Award
ensnaturae2Mar. 06, 2015 - 08:08AM JST
Not accurate to say... Islam is a religion same as any other religion!.
It is a whole political/legal/religious system in one org.
Posted in: CCTV shows British schoolgirls in Istanbul on way to Syria
ensnaturae2Mar. 04, 2015 - 07:55PM JST
Thank you WilliB....its astonishing how few people recognise the similarity between the brutality of the jihadis, and the brutality of Muhammed himself, and those who hope to emulate him. Please, all readers ... go check up for yourself... the military stature of Muhammed. He was not simply a prophet of peace.. not by any means...An immensely powerful ..military General who fought and won numeros battles...and carried out his own brutal slaughter and enslavement. And he is the model and perfect example for all young Muslims to emulate, and the rest of the world obliged ...by extremist threat, to respect.
Hate and bigotry have nothing to do with the discussion about the religious and political system that YOU will choose for yourself, your children and grandchildren if you support the development of Islam and Islamic law. Have you examined carefully, the system .. religious/political... of Islam?...and do you want it to be your own? What do you know about Muhammed, as political?military and religious leader? Are you aware that he was a fierce military leader and that he kept his own slaves? Islam is not about any kind of religious faith alone... it is about creating a world system of law and order of a very particular kind, with religion inseparable.. from your government. There is no more detailed, precise book of rules than the quran. There is no reason to hate anyone. It is simply a question of safeguarding your preferred rights and freedoms in law and government. It is very unlikely that Muslims will ever make strong complaints against the killings and cruelties of extremist, as long as they reflect Muhammeds own. He is beyond criticism, for Muslims, they are not allowed to say he was cruel or wrong. Hate no one, be kind to everyone. but do not throw away those few precious freedoms won so far, by handing power to a religious organisation of any kind.
ensnaturae2Mar. 02, 2015 - 11:25PM JST
It is not enough for the overwhelming majority of Muslims to reject the jihadi madness.!
It is not enough for the religious leaders of Islam, to say Peace is their motivation.
Are young Muslims around the world...encouraged to revere. and emulate the man Muhammed...as a perfect example...who kept slaves, who practiced butchery....who was prepared to fight with all the violence necessary to protect and spread his faith ...of Islam? Or are they not?
Is everyone else around the world permitted to see and discuss fault of any kind, in the leader of Islam, Muhammed, ...or not? Muhammed kept slaves and butchered his enemies. Was he a perfect example, or not? Is he beyond criticism,... so that how ever many more young people ...will look up to violence and cruelty as a good way to defend a religion, or not?
overwhelming majority of Muslims
ensnaturae2Mar. 02, 2015 - 10:57PM JST
The determination to protect and respect religious freedom, fails to take into account important differences in Islam from others of the worlds religions. With many battles, carefully recorded and undisputed, Mohammed was a successful military leader, a General, a statesman, charismatic and bold, as well as prophet. Young Muslims worldwide are exhorted to look up to him as a perfect example ... and this is how many of them think of him. It must be remembered that the violence done by extreme groups, is a reflection of that offered by Muhammed himself, to enemies of his faith, with slavery and extreme brutality the result of actions taken by infidels, against the spread of Islam, and its essential Sharia law. If Muhammed is to be considered perfect, and to be emulated by all Muslims, without criticism, and with reverence, then I fail to see how his own brutality and that of his followers, will be easily excluded from carefully studied behaviour patterns, and detailed events. Perhaps there are Muslims here who can clarify? Meanwhile, while no criticism of the leader himself may be offered, then I suspect young people worldwide, may well be attracted to what appears to be a group of daring, devil may care, followers, following Muhammeds own example and passions in their spiritual fire.. for the faith?
ensnaturae2Feb. 20, 2015 - 05:57PM JST
I always buy my reading glasses, 6 to 10 pairs at a time, in the 100 yen shop. There is no way at all to compare cost and value with any other reading glasses available. Thus..they are disposable, if a little scratched or marked, if squashed out of shape. My eyes benefit from always clear view lenses. I have learned too, that ones sight can be altered by different conditions and events... stress or certain ailments, moods or foods...might all bring about different sight capability, so I have a selection of different lens strengths from 1.50 to 3. And out of my selection..I choose the best for the day. I buy the largest lenses available, those with wire, no-ornament frames...for a painter... they give the least cluttered and widest possible view. Thank you Daiso. Another product I always buy when in Japan is the big packs of chopsticks. I need to do so little washing up, when a set of chopstixs at such a micro price for a huge pack, can be used several times before being recycled for other uses. I have no use whatsoever for style or name brands of anything, and the most basic of kitchen goods available, suits my purposes. I do not want to waste a moment of my life working to pay for nonessential trivia. Basic food supplies are sometimes useful ..although there is not a lot to beat the Kombini onigiri...The scissors and nailclippers proved much more durable than I could have imagined, and the soft crayons in brilliant colors together with good art papers in different sizes, are excellent. Different kinds of bags, in a wide range of sizes and styles, seem to last for ever. I found the padded insoles for shoes, very comfortable.
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ensnaturae2Feb. 11, 2015 - 04:51AM JST
I was thinking about a situation where I might be confronted with children and others, under attack... probably you and I and anyone...might look around for a way to protect those being harmed?
Posted in: Death sentence upheld for man convicted of killing 7 in Akihabara
ensnaturae2Feb. 08, 2015 - 06:16AM JST
Yes, I would be interested to hear ideas on improved public safety and protection from random attacks. Ridicule and sneering responses to anyone's thoughts on this serious matter...are unwelcome and completely out of place.
Perhaps there might be some kind of instant warning/alarm systems installed, since violence of this kind appears to be considerably more common now, than it has been in the past. Certainly in other big cities, around the world including London ... I can think of two street 'beheadings' and a couple of horrific attacks by fire or other barbaric violence, that passers by felt unable to intervene or prevent. There have been installations to assist in health emergencies, eg defibrillators ..why not instant 'street violence alarms' etcetc...?
Plus...education in how to manage out breaks of violence in ways least likely to result in personal harm.
If someone went berserk with a knife..anywhere near YOU...what would you do about it?
My first thought might be to pick up the nearest, most substantial self defence 'weapon' I could see...maybe a metal cafe chair, on the pavement, or a hefty p!ant pot...perhaps a bike or a table....something to throw at or strike the person intent on doing harm.
ensnaturae2Nov. 18, 2014 - 02:14AM JST
I have to rethink that as fluent in another, second, language ...not Japanese.
Do I care if anyone talks back to me in English?
I've just addressed them in what I assume to be their mother tongue?
Why would it matter unless I've got some kind of juvenile hang up that tells me
people who mirror my own behaviour (in this attempt to communicate in first language of hearer) are taking the pee. or in some way out to cut me down. Ha ha ha! No I hope I have sufficient confidence to face the world without tying my brain into knots of that kind! Silly silly...try to be brave ...everyone.... and git over it....
Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English?
ensnaturae2Sep. 11, 2014 - 06:30PM JST
I do not know how well the schemes progress, surely one excellent government idea...must be the arts villages ...there are a number of them up and running in rural locations, eg http://www.transartists.org/air/akiyoshidai-international-art-village... and as far as I know...they bring tourism and new jobs/new lives, to places that had been abandoned. This is a familiar story...globally. ..those people interested in art/creativity for its own sake...who appreciate adventure maybe or wild beauty or a thousand other aspects of a life where everything is possible...but perhaps very little or nothing provided for the usual, preferred comfortable life...will be sure to seek out, and find, the worlds most beautiful...undervalued unappreciated places ...as work places and for their homes. Artists communities are most often the places that begin poor ...and end expensive. The gentrification of those areas of New York, for example - that were once rambling and chaotic mixes of abandoned industrial buildings and collapsing tenements...become prized locations in the same way... as artists move in and make them their own...but soon cannot afford to pay to live there any more. I remember when it was cheap and easy to find a room just off the Kings Road..Quentin Crisp was a neighbour in those days..it was a cheap and colorful life. The same kind of communities developed in many poor places of UK...and spread through Europe...many parts of France remain arts centres ..but the cheap homes and workshps disappear...as travelling to find a new home...becomes so much cheaper and easier. Compare this kind of exodus and development..to the state of rural Japan. so beautiful, so cheap, so rich in culture and art already... but still...as yet...mysterious and inaccessible ...as a new home or work base...for creative people worldwide...The lack of real information that might indicate safe or less safe bits of the landscape..diminishes the potential. However...since I first came to Japan accessibility has changed drastically..fares are becoming ridiculously cheap..around 500e ...and the possibility of finding a glorious bolt hole in the hills of Japan, or on its empty , dreamlike coastline..once unimaginable... is fast becoming easy to pick up like a nut fallen from a tree..So much changes so fast. the internet will sell those lovely parts of Japan...I hope they will be protected and treasured.
Posted in: Demographic crisis empties out Japan's rural areas
ensnaturae2Aug. 29, 2014 - 02:36PM JST
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheSnowQueen#Story. Is the link to the plot of the real Snow Queen, I have no idea if 'frozen' resembles it....
Hans Christian Anderson's story was for ever a beloved tale...but because of its close ties with New Testament (bible)..is unlikely to be accurately reproduced as Anderson himself might have approved...however..the eternal plot about the triumph of love over cruelty and wickedness is likely to survive for ever.. My own hope might be that Japanese children have their own 'Snow Queen'...story...as I had Anderson's in my childhood. Perhaps Frozen is it...I dont know...I havnt got what it takes to watch whole movies as animations.
Posted in: 'Frozen' on track to become second highest-grossing film in Japan
ensnaturae2Aug. 07, 2014 - 04:37PM JST
Is it my imagination....or has nobody here or in the clinic or anywhere else...recognised the risks inherent in inbreeding?
If this is in any way a common practice in Japan, it could account for the decline of the population. Homozygosity....The clinic lacks fundamental essential knowledge and should be closed down.
Posted in: Maternity clinic in Nagano sparks debate over sperm donation controversy
ensnaturae2Aug. 03, 2014 - 04:52PM JST
I thought ....oooo ....something very new and different....in JP pop?.....
Same as usual, just louder.
Actually....a diabolical noise.....
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ensnaturae2May. 02, 2014 - 06:44PM JST
'TRUSTING' the police - would be a bad slip down a greasy pole. Dont go there. Not because one policeman or another is more or less likely to behave in a moral way - but because creating good, fair laws, with an ongoing attempt to enforce them - is the only safe way to build a sound structure for any society. Without that attempt or determination to maintain good laws - those who choose to make their own best uses of circumstances, or those who attempt to take control without justification, and for wrong purposes, may gain strength & opportunity.
Posted in: Police may film interrogations under new proposals
ensnaturae2May. 02, 2014 - 06:27PM JST
"Is it better for people to just be told its the bully's fault and then pray for karma to come do something about it? "
'Praying' (in all its forms) might look like a waste of time to you...but that could well be because you clearly have no conception at all - of what a 'bully' may be capable of. What are you thinking of? A comic strip cartoon character, who can be persuaded to slip on a banana skin while everyone laughs? You imagine, for a moment, that the word 'bully' inevitably means some kind of schoolboy with a pea shooter and a grudge? When you have actually met someone, who is in any kind of position of power - sufficient to cause YOU profound psychological or physical or material distress - without your having a crumb of power to defend yourself or escape - without even that miserable recompense - 'retaliation'.... When you feel your own life, or the lives of those you love, may be in the hands of someone whose interest and motivation is entirely self-gratifying, and there is no help to be found, no law to protect you, no power to crush that of the offender (and millions of people around the world, must, at this minute be in such a position right now -) only then - can you come back with your insolent, disrespectful and ignorant comments that defend bullying and the cruelty it brings about.
Posted in: 2 Fukushima police officers found dead in apparent suicides this week
ensnaturae2Mar. 30, 2014 - 03:06PM JST
Japan needs an 'Innocence Project' (USA)?... "the IP mission - is nothing less than to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment......... "DNA Exoneree Case Profiles..
There have been 314 post-conviction DNA exonerations in United States history. These stories are becoming more familiar as more innocent people gain their freedom through postconviction testing. They are not proof, however, that our system is righting itself.
The common themes that run through these cases, from global problems like poverty and racial issues to criminal justice issues like eyewitness misidentification, invalid or improper forensic science, overzealous police and prosecutors and inept defense counsel, cannot be ignored and continue to plague our criminal justice system.
Eighteen people had been sentenced to death before DNA proved their innocence and led to their release.
The average sentence served by DNA exonerees has been 13.6 years.
About 70 percent of those exonerated by DNA testing are people of color."
"In almost 50 percent of DNA exoneration cases, the actual perpetrator has been identified by DNA testing"
The Innocence Project - Understand the Causes
Posted in: World's longest-serving death row inmate freed in Japan
ensnaturae2Mar. 21, 2014 - 06:52AM JST
yes !!.....onsen, ....plus people almost always being civil to each other, no one-upmanship, & no thieves, no thieves and ....no thieves. (and safe city streets at night)
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ensnaturae2Dec. 08, 2013 - 07:13AM JST
fuss about nuthin time. Old folks cant usually achieve a lot in terms of physical aggression - and a few weird oldie habits that look and/or sound freaky in public - never trouble me. I hope when Im old enough to be thought of as old, I will be able to enjoy a bit of free expression, not usually available to those who must meet deadlines and quotas, or do any clock watching. I am always tolerant of weird people - and odd behaviour, unless it is dangerous. in any age group.
I dont need automatons, I am fine with nutty people young or old. (inc myself). Old peeps in Japan - in my experience - are most often wonderfully tough, amazingly fit - and so grateful for small kindnesses. May the angels take care of each and every one.
Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable
ensnaturae2Nov. 23, 2013 - 06:00PM JST
What an exceptionally curious notion that is! That anyone 'has to remain loyal to their own country'! Who chooses the country that he or she is born into? I choose to support actions/ideas/effort/thought - in fact all human effort that appeals to me as having worth or value - regardless of nationality. To feel bound to any 'club' organized and maintained by human reason, is not guaranteed to place you or me on the side of 'right'. I was glad to leave UK and have no regrets in doing so, after 17 years. The people of the whole world - are MY people - not those of any particular patch of terrain, or historical association - and I will support whatever I see as valuable to world peace and creative effort, in whatever field I see it - including sports.
Posted in: Japan shocks Belgium with 3-2 victory
Apr. 19, 2015 - 11:04PM JST
Agreed ArtistAtLarge. I would add we need to also maintain the cleanliness of all the worlds…
Posted in: Can't pay? Won't pay -- putting a price on water
Apr. 19, 2015 - 11:01PM JST
@mikey: How about his next book? Is it selling as well as Taiyo No Kisetsu was?
Posted in: Japan must apologise for WWII until it is forgiven: Novelist Murakami
Apr. 19, 2015 - 10:58PM JST
Oh they're all losers anyway according to Harry Reid. Though in reality they need to be…
Posted in: Republican hopefuls bicker over America's role in world
Apr. 19, 2015 - 10:54PM JST
@5petals: As for imports, many new players like Korea that would gladly take Japanes place, most…
Posted in: Japan stands tough against rice imports in trade talks with U.S.
Apr. 19, 2015 - 10:53PM JST
I'm not entirely convinced that any of these candidates truly loves America. I also have questions…