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lucabrasiJul. 31, 2015 - 12:58PM JST
So according to you, a straight man and woman who marry in a civil ceremony shouldn't be able to claim they're married?
Or is that different?
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lucabrasiJul. 30, 2015 - 12:42PM JST
Or maybe just really loves him. I'd forgive the missus if she had an affair and then came back to me.
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lucabrasiJul. 30, 2015 - 12:38PM JST
It'd be ten times worse. Just in the opposite direction....
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lucabrasiJul. 30, 2015 - 08:39AM JST
Sounds very odd. It's like a jewellery company saying "The platinum wedding ring you ordered for ¥70,000 is going to lose us money, because platinum's so expensive at the moment. So we're going to use tin instead. Okay?"
Surely a deal's a deal.
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lucabrasiJul. 30, 2015 - 01:52AM JST
Oh, the old death penalty. Iran, Iraq, China, Saudi Arabia,Texas, Oklahoma.
The true mark of civilisation....
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lucabrasiJul. 30, 2015 - 01:20AM JST
Kiwi or Jamaican.... : )
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lucabrasiJul. 30, 2015 - 12:38AM JST
Seriously don't want to sound anti-American, but they've had four Olympics out of twenty-five. That's a lot. If you include Montreal and Mexico City, that's six in North America. Out of twenty-five. Too many. Time for east Europe, north Africa and south-east Asia to have a chance. Pay for it with a mutual fund.
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lucabrasiJul. 30, 2015 - 12:28AM JST
I suspect I'm the nearest hippie.
I think it's brilliant!
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lucabrasiJul. 30, 2015 - 12:05AM JST
Yes, but why did the war start? Japan didn't suddenly decide to invade Indonesia. She considered her options and went for the best one. No different to Britain's invasion of India or America's invasion of the Philipines. Immoral and horrible, but strategically the best option.....
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lucabrasiJul. 29, 2015 - 02:59PM JST
I wasn't thinking of completely messed-up countries, more of places like,say, Peru or Kenya or Cambodia. I'd have thought they'd all benefit and put on a decent show.
lucabrasiJul. 29, 2015 - 02:12PM JST
Yes, I meant the government.Individual Japanese can't be blamed, of course. Agree that the info is available, but how many people have the curiosity to research the country's sordid past. Most Brits know nothing about the horrors we inflicted on Ireland or India.
No links, but surely you recognise that there is a dismissive attitude towards Asians in general among some in the west or Australia. Two instances off the top of my head: last time I went to England with my Japanese wife, she called a ch.... (rhymes with "pink") within an hour of leaving the airport, and a friend of mine working in a hotel in Melbourne was nicknamed "little monkey" on his first day of work.
And I'm positive that the fact that Germans are "like us" makes postwar reconciliation easier....
And it's not me thumbing you down : )
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lucabrasiJul. 29, 2015 - 01:36PM JST
Agree completely that Japan lacks remorse for what she did, and until history is taught properly in schools that will always be the case.
What I'm saying is that, while some people in the west continue to look down on Japanese people because of their skin colour, there will never be genuine reconciliation whatever Japan does.
lucabrasiJul. 29, 2015 - 01:14PM JST
Do you remember the Bridget Jones movies?
At one point Bridget's mother says "The Japanese: such a cruel race."
People may say the Germans are robotic and hyper-efficient, but never "cruel".
it's an unfortunate stereotype and it comes down, I think, to an element of racism.
lucabrasiJul. 29, 2015 - 01:01PM JST
Agree re the correct teaching of history, but I think there's just a touch of racism in there. Germans tend to be white, like their Russian, British and American ex-enemies. It seems to be harder for some folk to forgive the Japanese....
lucabrasiJul. 29, 2015 - 12:12PM JST
Surely if the IOC awarded the games to the States on account of the money it receives from NBC, that would be a straightforward case of bribery?
I'd like to see all participating countries pay into a central fund which could be used to pay for the games wherever they're held. That way poorer countries would be in with a chance.
lucabrasiJul. 29, 2015 - 11:32AM JST
Thanks, Kurobune, of course. There weren't any Olympics in 1990....
lucabrasiJul. 29, 2015 - 09:37AM JST
Got a link? I've never heard of any threats in regard to the Moscow Olympics.
Boycotts, yes. But no threats.
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lucabrasiJul. 29, 2015 - 09:06AM JST
I've done it, turning into a small town square where there was a busy market being held.
Thank God I didn't hit anyone; I've never driven since.
Brings me out in a cold sweat even writing about it.
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lucabrasiJul. 29, 2015 - 08:43AM JST
How sad to see such a lack of faith in our Dear Leader....
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lucabrasiJul. 29, 2015 - 07:36AM JST
Come off it. Los Angeles has already hosted two Olympics. So has Lake Placid. And Atlanta had the games recently (1990?)
Time for a break from America. Why not somewhere interesting like Iceland or Mongolia?
Aug. 04, 2015 - 12:07AM JST
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Aug. 04, 2015 - 12:02AM JST
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Aug. 03, 2015 - 11:57PM JST
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Aug. 03, 2015 - 11:55PM JST
In the 5 year-old wave pool case, I think it basically comes down to parental supervision.…
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Aug. 03, 2015 - 11:47PM JST
firstname.lastname@example.org you fail to see is that America would have definitely fought to the bitter end…
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