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gelendestrasseMar. 28, 2015 - 09:19PM JST
When I think of all the vouchers for cabs we are handed because we've missed the last train (again) the idea of showing up an hour earlier just makes me cringe.
Posted in: Abe asks gov't employees to start work early, finish early in July, August
gelendestrasseMar. 28, 2015 - 10:17AM JST
Because the US wants everybody to know how to divide by 12.....
Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?
gelendestrasseMar. 18, 2015 - 08:36AM JST
Meh, the state only meddles in things to either tax or regulate them. Like the laws against interracial marriage back in Jim Crow era. Or keeping religions separate. The state has no interest in religion and therefore no interest in marriage. It only gets to the courts when there's a breakup, especially with kids involved. That's the only time the state should get involved.
Posted in: Do you support same-sex marriages?
gelendestrasseMar. 18, 2015 - 08:29AM JST
Leadership? What leadership? You mean like the leadership in Syria or Ukraine?
Posted in: Clinton: Republican letter to Iran undermines U.S. leadership
gelendestrasseMar. 18, 2015 - 08:27AM JST
Yeah, that's a big bomb. It would have wrecked everybody's day.
Posted in: Undetonated one-ton U.S. bomb found near downtown Osaka
gelendestrasseMar. 18, 2015 - 08:25AM JST
Where' Hillary, down on the server farm?
Posted in: Dinner guests
gelendestrasseMar. 16, 2015 - 05:53AM JST
Japan has atoned. They have apologized. They have NOT kowtowed to either China or Korea. Nor should they. Japan doesn't like to shout "mea culpa" like Germany, so that makes them different. But they have learned their lesson. Enough is enough.
China is just looking for leverage. Yeah, Japan and the Europeans made a mess of China up to 1945. But from 1945 - 1990 the Chinese were the ones making the mess of China all on their own. Who is going to "atone" for that?
Posted in: China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year
gelendestrasseMar. 08, 2015 - 01:51PM JST
I dunno smith, you're proabably right but you would hope they were hoisted by their own petards
Posted in: 2 men arrested for using 14-year-old girl to work as prostitute
gelendestrasseMar. 08, 2015 - 01:45PM JST
ohhh, let's give the Iraqis some weapons so ISIS can collect them later...
Posted in: Weapons exhibition
gelendestrasseFeb. 27, 2015 - 09:43AM JST
Yeah, those Japanese toilets are going to take over the world....
Posted in: China media mock Japan's luxury lavatories
gelendestrasseFeb. 15, 2015 - 08:18AM JST
Where do you see NATO backing Ukraine? Merkel nixed the idea of even supplying weapons, let alone troops. In the meantime Russia has boots on the ground. Seems a bit lopsided to me.
Posted in: Fierce fighting in Ukraine as cease-fire deadline approaches
gelendestrasseFeb. 15, 2015 - 08:14AM JST
Yep, couldn't get a date...
Posted in: Killjoys demand end to Valentine's Day
gelendestrasseFeb. 12, 2015 - 10:59AM JST
At 10pm wondering if I'll make the last train am I happy? No, I am not. If that takes a sensor to figure out somebody has been sucking too much sake.
Posted in: Wearable sensors let bosses know if they run a happy office
gelendestrasseFeb. 12, 2015 - 10:58AM JST
Japan's wartime past is nothing to be proud of but not many are. At the same time trying to whitewash the whole thing just gives people (read China and Korea) something to whine about. I can't believe that Abe is so tone deaf that he hasn't figured that out. But it seems that he is.
Posted in: Japan's global PR message could misfire with focus on wartime past
gelendestrasseFeb. 09, 2015 - 08:47AM JST
As long as Putin wants to stir the pot there will be no peace and no ceasefire.
Posted in: Germany, France, Russia, Ukraine to discuss peace talks
gelendestrasseJan. 16, 2015 - 09:45AM JST
He should go but he shouldn't make any speeches. No point risking foot in mouth disease.
Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Pearl Harbor in spring as part of activities to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II. It would be the first visit to Pearl Harbor by a Japanese prime minister. Do you think this is a good idea?
gelendestrasseJan. 16, 2015 - 09:42AM JST
Sure you can insult the faith of others. We've seen "piss Christ" as art, and others, attacking Christianity. But nobody was killed over that. In fact the US government gave the artist a grant. So there's a big difference between "can not" and "should not" and poor taste in general. But poor taste isn't an excuse to kill somebody.
Posted in: Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression
gelendestrasseJan. 16, 2015 - 09:37AM JST
While I'm not happy that China and Korea constantly bring the issue up Japan, and Abe and his revisionist cronies, seem to be hell-bent on whitewashing the past. Unlike Germany, Japan's leadership won't admit to the atrocities that were committed. So even when they apologize and pay compensation it's overwhelmed by the rhetoric that nothing happened. That means it will go on and on and on.....
Posted in: Japan asks U.S. publisher to change 'sex slave' reference in textbook
gelendestrasseJan. 11, 2015 - 10:32AM JST
Yeah, right. Guess the fat little freaks liquor cabinet is running dry.
Posted in: N Korea offers U.S. deal to suspend nuclear tests
I thought the Algerian / French reporter interviewed on the BBC yesterday said it well. Paraphrased: "you have to have freedom of speech but this wicked attack on Islam by Charlie Hebdo shows the need to have laws that stop people from saying wicked, evil things."
In other words free speech is OK as long as you don't say something I think is wicked. If you do the law should stop you. That's an oxymoron.....
Now what we need is a cartoon of the Statue of Liberty bashing mohammed over the head with her torch with the caption "submission."
Je Suis Charlie!
Posted in: Je suis Charlie? Attack sparks debate on free speech limits
Apr. 02, 2015 - 01:25AM JST
Educator: I agree. In North America, we usually refer to "sexual harrassment" or "verbal harrassment". Not…
Posted in: Gov't to make workplace maternity harassment illegal
Apr. 02, 2015 - 01:23AM JST
Iran is a difficult issue, prevent today, or next year, Iran will eventually have nuclear material.…
Posted in: Iran talks push past deadline
Apr. 02, 2015 - 01:17AM JST
RIP Okawa-san. Everyone: it's a good idea to sit with your elders and ask them so…
Posted in: World's oldest person dies at 117
Apr. 02, 2015 - 12:54AM JST
"Joni is an extreme talent, and at 71 while I doubt her health will be…
Posted in: Singer Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles
Apr. 02, 2015 - 12:40AM JST
"Although "workplace harassment" is commonly used in the English-speaking world, "maternity harassment" is not, and…