hidingout's past comments

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    hidingout

    Its so sad watching Obama mess up one issue after another. What a tool.

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    "De-shrine" or remove the A class war criminals from there and no one would have any issue for these law makers to visit this shrine.

    Respectfully, that's bull**** and you know it. There are what, a dozen war criminals enshrined there? A drop in the bucket compared to all the common foot soldiers and cannon fodder whose souls have rest there. In ROK they build statues to their convicted (and executed) criminals and wave flags in honor of at least one of them during sporting events. Compared to that, a quiet prayer is far from provocative.

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    hidingout

    I'd like to congratulate these members of government for attending the shrine as is their right in a democratic society that allows freedom of religion for all. If only PRC and ROK would spend their time dealing with their own internal problems instead of wailing about such a non-event. And it would also be nice if the gaijin living in Japan would belt up about this issue as well. Nothing to do with any of us.

    Looks like most of us (the whole of hamanity) **don't actually give a rat's **about this issue....

    Your three posts in this thread say otherwise.

    Equally ridiculous to the furore over this is him sending a gift to a bunch of dead people.

    Real classy to mock the religion of other people. What are you so scared of?

    Shinto originates in The Jomon Era, which is before The Yayoi Era, 4 B.C. more than 2,000 years ago.

    Facts are lost on this bunch tina. Save your breath.

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    hidingout

    Affleck, well known for his progressive views,

    Oh really? And here I thought he was known for being an insipid Hollywood liberal. I guess the editorializing of his views as "progressive" is in no way an attempt to sway the tone of the article.

    @ wolfpack

    No Affleck, they were not being racist. Since it's okay for Progressives to be anti-religion the only thing he can come up with to support his politically correct views is to throw down the old reliable race card.

    Exactly. For all of Ben's supposed "expertise" on the subject he has somehow failed to realize that muslim isn't a race.

    'm just amazed that a far Lefty like Maher could see through the PC flak and call it like it is.

    Maher didn't used to be as far left as he is now. Losing his show and getting attacked the way he did for his post 9-11 comments I think caused him to dramatically shift to the left. He used to be one of the few true Libertarians with a public voice. Still and all, he's worth listening to because unlike most liberals and socialists he remembers what he said yesterday and attempts to hold positions that are consistent with one another. I may not agree with many things he says but at least the man doesn't pander his principles. I respect that.

    Of course not all Muslims support Islamic fascism, but there is a lot of latent support for it and a lot of wealthy Muslims that fund it.

    Yes, but the very accurate point Maher and Harris were trying to make (over Ben's outraged wailings) was that even if you use conservative estimates a quarter of the religion falls into the category of fundamentalist. Lets not forget that in North America you are a fundamentalist Christian (by the definition of the left) if you are against abortion, believe the husband is the head of the household and hold that homosexuality is a sin. By those three criteria alone I would venture to say that the number of fundamentalist muslims is far greater than the conservative figures thrown out by Maher and Harris. Hell even a lot of "westernized" muslims support little enclaves of sharia law within the democracies that were kind enough to accept their immigration from whatever hell hole they fled.

    If you doubt the fact that Bill Maher was calling it like it is, look to this very thread to find liberals trying to justify the sickening outrages perpetrated by islam using the very examples Harris cited on the program ... thirty year old bombings of an abortion facility and the occasional use of the word "god" by Bush or other US presidents.

    Affleck made an ass of himself ... not that anyone was surprised I'm sure. Props to Bill Maher for taking on the stinking leftist rhetoric that pollutes so much of the debate in North America.

    Posted in: Ben Affleck defends Muslims on U.S. TV talk show

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    hidingout

    Ridiculous. That money pays for research, there are no results guaranteed in the research. It's not like we already know there is a way to predict earthquakes, and these guys are simply trying to recreate results, rather they are doing research into something that has never been done before, and for all anyone knows, may not be able to be done. Demanding results because you are paying money is like stomping your feet and demanding the sky be green because you want it to.

    Yup. Couldn't agree more. Ridiculous barely scratches the surface. The lengths to which some folks will go to complain is mind boggling. Not to mention irritating.

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    hidingout

    Surely the team can rise above it and the nation shrug and not go 'mental', as you say, like many posters on here are.

    Sure. Japan can, and they did. We both know it would be a far different story if someone dared insult the commies.

    Posted in: Sun apologizes for 'ugly' anthem jibe

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    hidingout

    All countries have people who will step up to the microphone and wilfully mock their opponents.

    People. Sure. Professional athletes are taught better. By the time they reach the level of international competition they are supposed to have learned the basic values of sportsmanship. The fact that the best swimmer in PRC hasn't learned this is troubling. Imagine if an Australian or Canadian swimmer had said something comparable. We would definitely have heard from the appropriate sporting authorities governing swimming in those nations. The apologies would have been profuse. In PRC its crickets.

    Not all countries have professional athletes who are thieves.

    Oh really? Do you have some stats or other evidence to back up this claim? I recall many stories of athletes stealing stuff. Shall I post some links for you, or can you use Google?

    Posted in: Japanese swimmer expelled from Asian Games for stealing camera

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    hidingout

    Four people were buried by the ash, with one having been dug out, Kyodo News reported.

    Uh .... if the other three "buried" people were not "dug out", doesn't that account for four fatalities right there? Sloppy reporting.

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    hidingout

    Pukey has a good point, though, and I notice a few posts that are rather sheepish in tone than some of those made yesterday in regards to what Sun said and towards China as a whole.

    Not really. Pukey had one point only, to trash Japan. As usual. I feel sorry for you if you can't see the difference in behavior here. All countries have thieves. Not all countries have professional athletes who will step up to the microphone and willfully mock their opponents.

    Mr Tomita's actions were criminal in nature. I suspect he will pay a lot harder than an average thief would who stole a camera from a bag on the train etc.

    And for those saying "Japanese are honest", "Japanese don't do this kind of thing", get a grip please. Just yesterday an acquaintance of mine had his camera bag stolen while we attended the sports day of an acquaintance's child. There are thieves everywhere. If you don't watch your stuff because you think "all Japanese are honest", be prepared to lose your stuff someday.

    Posted in: Japanese swimmer expelled from Asian Games for stealing camera

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    hidingout

    It's good that Japan plays this cool. If it was the opposite situation then we'd likely see anti-Japan riots in China.

    Oh absolutely. The communists would go mental if a Japanese athlete had insulted them or caused them to lose face.

    And Sun's words (as represented here) fall laughably short of an apology. The guy is obviously a dickhead.

    Posted in: Sun apologizes for 'ugly' anthem jibe

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    hidingout

    Too little, too late.

    My thoughts exactly.

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    hidingout

    I hate this sign. It'd be like having signs in the southern US saying "Love Black People" or signs all over the world saying "Be Friendly to Muslims". All races and persuasions need to be respectful to all other races and persuasions, including their own.

    I'm not in love with this sign either. But it is not the same as saying "love black people" or "be friendly to muslims" as you suggest. Those examples specifically mention certain ethnic or religious groups - and ignore the obvious fact that there are many many many "black" and "muslim" citizens in the USA. The sign above lumps everyone who is not a Japanese citizen together.

    Why not just say, "Be Respectful to All Fans"

    The sign is most likely a response to various incidents in Japan where foreign players (not fans) have been targeted for mockery and abuse. Its a clumsy way to go about it, but I suggest they are trying to be proactive in admonishing their fan base that such behavior will not be tolerated in their stadium.

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    hidingout

    “The Chinese let their anger out tonight, honestly speaking, the Japanese national anthem sounds ugly.”

    Sun Yang, all stupid.

    “I didn’t hear what he said so it’s hard to comment, but first and foremost we’re all athletes and we have to respect each other. We also have to show human values so hopefully we can continue to compete in that atmosphere.”

    Kosuke Hagino, all class.

    If these two comments don't summarize perfectly the differences between the two nations in their "squabbles", I don't know what would. Well done Mr Hagino, you are a credit to your parents and your nation.

    Posted in: China's swim king Sun calls Japan's national anthem 'ugly'

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    hidingout

    The poll question is stupid. Obviously military action will never stamp out the fundamentalist nutjobs because they breed like flies. But if the world does nothing we run the risk that these sort of people will grow emboldened and spread like a disease across the entire region. We also face the possibility that they will become a threat to the world outside their little "caliphate" and carry out, or sponsor, acts of terrorism anywhere in the world (already seen in Australia). And finally, by doing nothing, we condemn millions of people (who do not voluntarily subscribe to the disgusting policies of this group) to live lives of misery and oppression under the boot heel of these thugs.

    So no, military action is unlikely to ever be "effective" against a lot of cowards who fight like Muslim fundamentalists tend to fight. But doing nothing in the face of the kinds of actions this group has already carried out, would be far worse. The best and smartest course of action would be a merciless bombing campaign the likes of which hasn't been seen since WW2. Troops on the ground is not a smart strategy imo. Just keep hitting them harder and harder with the drones.

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    hidingout

    I have a Samsung Note. I bought it because I am most familiar with Android OS. I will never buy another one. It is rubbish.

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    hidingout

    The flag is considered offensive in China and South Korea

    So many many things are considered offensive in ROK and PRC that one has trouble remembering them all. Is it your suggestion Wooster that Japan should change its historical flag - in use long before WW2 - to appease the nationalists in PRC and ROK?

    For Koreans and Chinese, it's the exact equivalent of a Nazi symbol.

    Well its really nothing like the swastika which was originally a symbol of auspiciousness in several cultures before being hijacked and corrupted by the Nazis for a relatively short period (no more than thirty years). The sixteen ray flag, in contrast, has been in use in Japan since the Edo period. It has been the flag of the Navy since the late 1800s, was once the national flag, and is a common symbol of good fortune throughout Japan. Even your beloved Asahi Shimbun uses it in their logo.

    It's hideous.

    That's your opinion. I think its beautiful.

    Posted in: Japanese rising sun badge upsets some at Asian Games

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    hidingout

    This is a show I'd definitely like to attend. I've seen Nagabuchi live twice and the man sings his guts out for the fans. An outdoor show is always a risk, but if the tickets aren't too prohibitive, the combination of Nagabuchi and Fuji is something I's probably kick myself for missing if I didn't go.

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    hidingout

    Yes, and if you read my comment I am fully aware of that, and asked hidingout first "So what?" when he pointed out that some are buying and reselling. It's not illegal, so who cares if many of them are buying two units to resell at least one. Second, since hidingout said, "They looked Chinese to me", I asked him what "Chinese looks like"? He seems to be one of those guys who thinks all Asians can be told apart by looks.

    I'd love to respond, and tried to do so twice. Apparently I'm not allowed. Let me just say that my original post may have misled you to believe that I was judging based on appearance alone. Not so. I could hear and see large groups of Chinese shouting back and forth at each other up and down the line.

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    hidingout

    I walked past the Apple store in my town yesterday. People were lined up four blocks deep. They all looked chinese to me.

    It comes as no surprise that they are buying the phones to resell them back in PRC. Get a job.

    Posted in: Chinese buyers in Tokyo lead charge in iPhone 6 global debut

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    hidingout

    Nojima's words are being maliciously misinterpreted for the sheer glee of doing it.

    Nailed it. Its a nice try Jack, but as you said in your first post, little chance of being heard while the feeding frenzy is going on.

    I think its perfectly OK to ask a person (male or female) with whom you are acquainted why they aren't married. Its obviously not OK to ask the question of someone you have just met or don't know at all.

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