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graftonOct. 22, 2011 - 09:45PM JST
Idealists toxic wasting against the wind.
Posted in: Global ban on exports of toxic waste advances
graftonOct. 22, 2011 - 09:30PM JST
Who in the big bad world really cares that Gadhafi is dead? It matters to the people of Libya of course and a nasty select group of business people who either don’t want past secrets told or want to get in there rebuilding what NATO knocked down. But is this going to make that big a difference to many lives? Not very likely is it? Just this weeks news. And maybe next weeks conspiracy. As we saw with Bin Laden he was no sooner announced as dead that we were being told why it wasn’t true. What added to the Bin Laden is alive conspiracy was that many of the team that were said to have killed him were themselves killed a few weeks later. Very neat getting rid of the witnesses that might say the wrong thing. Even here we have got one post that has already got in on the Gadhafi isn’t dead conspiracy. Any body got any good ideas how this might play out next week? A game a bit like fantasy football played out with dead heads of state. Oh dear! Just remembered the heir to Saudi has just died too. I wonder how that is connected to Gadhafi’s death. Not doubt we will learn the “truth” next week.
Posted in: Gadhafi's body stashed in shopping center freezer
graftonOct. 22, 2011 - 11:13AM JST
Ghadafi is dead, and the images of that death may well have been gruesome but for many that was needed. Though it hardly inspires confidence in what the new Libya will be like. Now we can expect the factions to start fighting to find who is going to rule next. By the way wouldn’t a reasonably educated journalist use the word stomach rather than belly?
graftonOct. 22, 2011 - 10:56AM JST
Why are these people living near an air base? Because it is and has been their home for longer than there has been an airbase. The people were there first.
The bases are not there to defend Japan, they are there as a first line of defence for the US. And if it ever did come down to a shooting war with China they would be destroyed on the first day. A defence again NK? Never going to happen.
These bases are used as training bases because there is next nothing else for them to do. So fine, if the US really wants to keep their bases, do so. But move all the flight training back the states. There is no need for it to be taking place from anywhere in Japan.
A semi mothballed base that can be activated in a short time and no local noise.
Is that really so difficult?
Posted in: Okinawa noise pollution trial begins with 22,000 plaintiffs
graftonOct. 22, 2011 - 10:13AM JST
“There is still a lot of radiation that is being leaked into the ground through cracks that is being kept a secret from everyone”
“a secret from everyone”
A secret from everyone but you and now all JT reads.
I do accept that there are others that deserve recognition for the work and risks they took. But with “logic” like yours I’m not going to get too worried about anything you say I should be worried about.
Posted in: Heroes of Fukushima
graftonAug. 21, 2011 - 09:00AM JST
“IBM unveils computer chips that mimic human brain”
Men’s brains or women’s brains?
And will they think about sex every nine seconds?
Posted in: IBM unveils computer chips that mimic human brain
graftonAug. 21, 2011 - 08:15AM JST
Wow! Kawashima is somehow in the wrong because a bunch of savages have now respect?
Maybe some people need to get their priorities sorted out. Football is nothing more than a sport, and it would seem a sport that attracts the lowest life forms as supporters.
Posted in: Belgian soccer match halted after Fukushima taunts
graftonMay. 03, 2011 - 02:06AM JST
This is not the celebration at the end of a war, this is the celebration at the death of a single man, all be it one that deserved to die (assuming that he is dead). Celebrating the end of a conflict, an end to the killing makes sense. But what we see here is not an end to anything other than one man’s life. What we are seeing is barbaric, it is not how any civilised person should behave. To be pleased that Bin Laden is dead is fine, but to dance in the streets because was killed is obscene. Relating what is seen here with anything in history is refusing to see just how obscene it really is, this is your America in the 21st century, is this how you want your country to be seen, just like the Arabs that celebrated the destruction of the World trade center?
Posted in: Celebrations
graftonMay. 03, 2011 - 01:43AM JST
It is early days yet to be accepting everything the White house has to say about this. I would normally be one of the fist to knock the conspiracy nutters but this just smells so bad that it almost invites conspiracy theories. Nobody other than the hit team has seen the body, and then they say it was dumped at sea. Was it and was he killed? Not sure that the US would want him seen to be taken alive, but on the other hand this man has a lot of information in his head that the US with enough time could extract. Saying that he is dead and the body has been thrown in the sea makes perfect sense if what you really want to do is put his friends minds at rest while taking your time over extracting all he knows. The fact is nobody is ever going to see him again whichever way it went. But let us not assume that we are being told the truth, that is not something that governments do.
The team that went in and got him (however they “got” him) deserve nothing but praise. The fact that Pakistan has yet again been shown to be totally corrupt and not to be trusted shouldn’t surprise anybody. And the fact that Americans are out on the street celebrating is just a little too disgusting.
Posted in: BIN LADEN BURIED AT SEA AFTER BEING KILLED IN FIREFIGHT WITH U.S. FORCES
graftonMar. 10, 2011 - 10:34PM JST
I suppose getting the Sunnis out isn’t such a bad idea, having Sunnis and Shiites living together will in the end lead to them killing each other, it normally does.
“The death toll in Muslim-Christian clashes over the burning of a church rises to 13, with about 140 wounded”
No change then, those two well known religions of peace getting along as usual.
Posted in: A look at political unrest in the Middle East
graftonMar. 01, 2011 - 07:09AM JST
The picture is fine and the cranes are as ever elegant.
Posted in: Crane dance
graftonFeb. 27, 2011 - 03:15AM JST
Finally the West starts doing something and what do they do, they box the rat in so that he has no way out (even if he wanted one). Gaddafi, his family and friends now have only one option, fight it out. Bright thinking from the UN, US and all who think (claim) they are trying to help the people of Libya. The only safe place for Gaddafi and Co. is Libya under Gaddafi control. Sounds like the makings of a blood bath.
Posted in: Protesters hit by hail of gunfire in Libya; U.S. freezes Gadhafi assets
graftonFeb. 27, 2011 - 02:48AM JST
At this time it would be wrong to judge this racist scum for insulting these nice people so I will of course wait until he is deservingly hung from the nearest lamppost. However I do know that some people should face terms in prison when they write “I don't know nothing about France and her laws,”. Don’t know nothing is only too true. It’s painful to read so how could you write such a thing?
Posted in: Dior suspends Galliano for alleged anti-Semitism
graftonFeb. 24, 2011 - 08:13AM JST
“To regain support and assistance, he said, “they have to start showing respect, not belittling us, not being belligerent to us, not treating us like we are their lackeys.”
But whatever else the CIA does it will never be so stupid as to actually trust the ISI.
Posted in: Pakistan's intelligence agency ready to split with CIA
graftonFeb. 21, 2011 - 07:27AM JST
“Why should America invade another country?”
Because it is good for your arms business.
“Americans are tired of being the local police.”
You might find that had “the local (?) police” stayed at home more often the world may no be the way you want it to be but it would be a lot less dangerous for a great many people.
Nobody is asking the wonderful US to invade again, we all remember what a fantastic job you made of it the last time and how when it got a little too hot and unprofitable you just did a runner.
Besides what are your super troopers going to do if the do manage to capture the pirates, build another illegal prison outside US jurisdiction and keep them there for how long? You really do over value your own worth.
Posted in: U.S. weighs response to Somali pirates' hijacking of yacht with 4 Americans
graftonFeb. 21, 2011 - 12:09AM JST
I read the headline “70,000 protesters surround Wisconsin Capitol” and thought finally the democracy demonstrations had spread from North Africa to the US.
Well, maybe next year.
Posted in: 70,000 protesters surround Wisconsin Capitol
graftonFeb. 21, 2011 - 12:05AM JST
Given what they were doing, bible distribution, they must have god on their side so we can all (including the US government) leave this to their god, he is sure to see that the get home safe.
Well think about it, sending in a team of highly trained American killers to take out the pirates is hardly a christian thing to do is it?
graftonFeb. 20, 2011 - 11:38PM JST
“They're Russian islands, bottom line. Any claim to the contrary is moot. They were taken in war, and are lived on and administered by Russia”
Will you clarify something for me?
Do you believe what you have written to be both a normal and acceptable way for things to be? Simply, do you believe this is right?
Posted in: At this point in time, who has the best claim to the disputed four Russian-administered islands off Hokkaido?
graftonFeb. 17, 2011 - 09:43PM JST
“If there is ever an all-out war with Israel, those Iranian warships will be destroyed.”
Too true, but what if those ships do come through the canal and then do try to dock in Gaza? Is the Middle East stable enough at the moment for what will follow? I am not even sure the world as a whole is stable enough for what might happen.
Posted in: Israel claims Iran warships planning to transit through Suez Canal
graftonFeb. 17, 2011 - 09:20PM JST
Pay any blackmailer once and you will go on and on paying, with the “price” creeping up all the time.
Anybody that sees piracy as a good career move needs to read the job description and that job description needs to include the warning that they might at some point get a big hole blown in their head or be left out at sea to swim a few hundred miles to the nearest land. If the applicant accepts these conditions of employment then fine. Become a pirate.
As much as we all agree that the world does need human rights there must be a point where the rights of the victims take priority over the rights of the victimiser. And as much as they may claim to be, the Somalis are not the victims here, the crews of those ships take priority and have a right to real protection.
“Halima Hassan, a sister of one of the dead pirates, said her brother was innocent and was killed as he was guarding the coast “from illegal fishing vessels.”
Since when did bulk chemical carriers take time out to do a little fishing?
Posted in: Norwegian shipper: Kill pirates on the spot
May. 26, 2013 - 02:17AM JST
People get their identity stolen already, it would be dumb to have something like this. Just…
Posted in: All Japanese citizens to be issued ID number
Steven C. Schulz
May. 26, 2013 - 02:01AM JST
Many, many props to Mr. Matsumoto. God bless you.
Posted in: Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran
May. 26, 2013 - 01:58AM JST
Facts? How about these?
Unemployment in Sweden among its immigrant population is more than 2X that…
Posted in: Stockholm police get reinforcements as Britain, U.S. warn over riots
comon China you dump all you cheap product on overseas markets, now somebody is doing the…
Posted in: WTO panel to examine Japan-China steel duties dispute
May. 26, 2013 - 01:53AM JST
i use to like her before, now shes just a high price call girl . the…
Posted in: Fujiwara receives Nikkei Social Initiative Award