gelendestrasse's past comments

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    gelendestrasse

    What Obama wanted to do for these people is not unreasonable, but the way he did it just turns the issue into a political football to be kicked around. You have to feel sorry for the people caught in the middle.

    Posted in: Obama defends moves on immigration

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    Queue the Chinese protests and overflights of the area in 3, 2, 1....

    Posted in: Chinese skipper arrested for poaching coral brought to Yokohama

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    If the Muslims got to the western hemisphere they would have written about it. Back then they were good at such things. Nowadays it's all distortion to use religion as an excuse for excesses by repressive governments.

    Posted in: Erdogan says Islamic explorers discovered America 3 centuries before Columbus

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    I see the second guessing has begun even before the grand jury announces it's result. Of course they have access to information that we really don't but every expert on JT is ready with their opinion. Oh well, let the games (and riots?) begin. Seems to be a foregone conclusion that somebody isn't going to be happy and if it's the "protesters" then history shows that there will be trouble, not peaceful marches. Why is that ironic?

    Posted in: Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

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    chastised Russian President Vladimir Putin at a glacial G20 summit in Brisbane at the weekend over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine bloodshed, causing him to fly home early

    Go home and pout, Putin. We've see enough of Stalin and Hitler that we're not going to put up with your tyranny this time around. And get your troops out of Ukraine.

    Posted in: EU sanctions separatists as Ukraine crisis deepens

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    It's really a moot point, Tokyo is not going to allow Okinawa to give the boot to the bases.

    Posted in: Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-U.S. ties, say analysts

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    I can't imagine that Putin is going to do anything other than send aircraft into Japanese airspace. And I don't expect a plane carrying Putin will be one of them.

    Putin is not going to do anything with the northern islands and a gas deal with Russia is in invitation for extortion later. Best to forget about it.

    Maybe Abe is trying to appear diplomatic?

    Posted in: Abe wants to invite Putin to Japan next year

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    NATO says that Russia is moving combat troops, artillery and SAMs into eastern Ukraine at the same time the Russians are busy sending bombers around the globe. Putin has really lost it this time.

    Posted in: For 26th time, U.N. has emergency meeting on Ukraine

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    While the deal might not be that bad Obama ought to try arm twisting rather than executive actions. If the Republicans are dumb enough to not give compromise a try then there you are.

    As far as the science is concerned there is a lot of data that shows that the temperature really started to rise as the additional CO2 from the industrial revolution took off. So there is some correlation. It is also understood that CO2 is a greenhouse gas, so the mechanism is known. Correlation with causation is pretty much scientific proof.

    Now we can argue if any of these agreements are going to really accomplish the stated goals, but there is reason to try. I am not sure it will be enough. Nor am I convinced that there are any good alternatives other than nuclear. But that's another topic.

    Posted in: Republicans vow EPA fight as Obama touts China climate deal

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    I hope they drag Bush and Cheney in for a grilling. That the USA ever stooped to torture is appalling.

    That said I have to agree that the UN is going after the easy targets while the really nasty actors are left to keep on torturing at will. Then they'll wring their hands and the UN and EU will whine to the USA to send in troops to stop the bloodshed. Bunch of gutless wonders.

    Posted in: U.N. anti-torture panel question U.S. officials

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    He ought to or it will be more stagnation. I don't know what is going to get the economy going again.

    Posted in: 72% of Japanese firms want Abe to delay tax hike

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    The US administration has been anti-Israel for the whole time. Not that Bibi has done anything to reduce the tensions. The settlement building is a big problem and he knows it. People are right to be unhappy with that and diplomatic pressure is called for. But insults aren't diplomatic pressure, they are just juvenile. So nothing is accomplished and the settlements will continue. Not very constructive.

    Posted in: Insults against Israel PM 'disgraceful, damaging': Kerry

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    I think Shimazaki-san has it right. It wouldn't be a good idea for Japan to start shooting at Chinese planes. Just give Beijing something else to complain about. Far better to send some surveillance aircraft to fly just outside Chinese airspace and scan the countryside with radar. That sounds like a much better way to tweak the Chinese noses and get some information at the same time.

    Posted in: China calls on Japan to end jet scrambles

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    A simple blood test would tell if she had ANY virus and would end the whole problem. Why she won't do that I can't understand. In the meantime I don't know if it's funny or sad to watch people panic over what is, essentially, nothing. Ignorance. Pretty soon they'll be burning witches again....

    Posted in: Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in U.S.; rides bike

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    BoJ knows what it's doing, it's the politicians and the consumption tax increase that have slowed the economy. That is tipping things back toward price destruction again. Until Japan can start to grow exports and the young people get real jobs, not the poorly paying temp positions, the economy is going to stay slow. BoJ is trying to keep it from going backwards.

    Posted in: This is how it works

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    gelendestrasse

    I don't see the criticism of NASA being necessary. Everybody has rockets fail and getting other companies involved is better than having a government funded monopoly involved.

    Posted in: Unmanned supply rocket heading to space station explodes at liftoff

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    Even if the NK gave out honest information would anybody believe them? It's gotten to the point where they have no credibility.

    Posted in: Japan, N Korea hold 2nd day of abduction talks

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    The thing of it is, back in the 1990s this type of thing never seemed to happen. It was an orderly sardine can. I suppose the chikan were there but you didn't even hear about that. Have things gotten that bad? It almost seems like orderly society in Japan is starting to fray a little.

    Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for pushing man off train platform

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    Don't they vet these people before they appoint them? Or is corruption so widespread that the pols just think it's business as usual? But then again, giving away 80 yen fans and then having somebody say you've given away valuable incentives - it's getting a little deep in here....

    Posted in: Abe's agenda challenged as scandals mount

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    Culpable manslaughter I could understand, but murder and the death penalty? Sounds like they are over reacting. Again.

    Posted in: S Korea seeks death penalty for ferry boat captain

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