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praackSep. 27, 2014 - 09:11PM JST
it is very sad, this war is about proving if weapons work, removing old supplies and putting new troops to the test. very good to do when the foe is so weak in comparison.
even the shots of the attack on the Oilfields were a joke - no derricks, or pumps but a man dipping a bucket of crude oil from a hole in the ground - and the USA saw a threat in that
Posted in: The U.S. may still be fighting in Syria in 2024, 2034, 2044 . . .
praackSep. 26, 2014 - 12:01PM JST
it all comes back to oil,
the USA only got in to the fight when the Kurdish oil fields were in danger, and now they strike the syrian held ones- i have no doubt there will be a small "independent force" installed to keep the pumps going but not for Assad.
the Islamic State held no danger to the US or EU, to that area maybe - but Iraq gave them most of their arms just to remove a government without an election.
and please don;t point to the hostages- the USA lost points when they refused to negotiate- they did for Bergdahl- a soldier who decided to go native, and then left those poor reporters go to their deaths- if the US was such a good policeman it would be helping the Ukraine instead of fighting camel herders
Posted in: U.S.-led strikes hit Islamic State-held oil sites in Syria
praackSep. 26, 2014 - 11:54AM JST
this is the world to come- China uses all avenues to push the party agenda, so where in other countries comments such as his would bring some complaint - in China it will bring him more honor.
such a shame- a big country like China promoting bulling tactics... just like a kid in a schoolyard
Posted in: China's swim king Sun calls Japan's national anthem 'ugly'
praackSep. 25, 2014 - 10:49AM JST
actually pretty impressive, she is outspoken on two major policy points - she does not block people from facebook or other accounts- where in the US you are not only blocked but investigated /fined and jailed.
she is open regarding how she feels- unlike the US where for some reason we expect political wives to lose all feelings, start wearing butch clothing and styles and act "just like one of the guys"
as for how well she can speak English - does not matter - there will be an interpreter at the Japan Society ( oh BTW you can take lessons on how to speak Japanese there - novel concept I know....)
Posted in: Abe's wife tells U.S. audience about pain of political life
praackSep. 23, 2014 - 07:29PM JST
he is just following what the majority of polls are beginning to say- nothing unless 100 % and renewable will never allow replacement of fossil fuels. of course you also get the loss of your natural landscape- that will go down well
but with everyone in the west still talking of Fukushima as if it is a radiation suit only zone all the time it is tough to get the truth out.
people are living there again and not dying or growing third arms
such a setback for Japan
Posted in: Abe says Japan will not restart nuclear plants unless safety is restored 100%
praackSep. 22, 2014 - 10:09AM JST
actually 3 months is pretty quick for remains id - i suspect the police will do the same - try to get dna analysis- fail and then you will see the US Government get involved with the remains detail.
next time you here about this it will next year some time
Posted in: Japan insists no mystery behind skulls at Chicago consulate
praackSep. 22, 2014 - 10:07AM JST
oh yes geothermal and wind- if there was true geothermal that could be controlled they would be using it- it would mean free money to the corporations- charge people for only the cost of sinking a shaft. but it is not so. as for Wind- sure you can line the whole coast of japan with wind turbines farms, all the mountains all the plains. - also watch all the tourists leave..... - and then start replacing the turbines every 12-15 years or so
Posted in: Industry minister tries to convince public on need for nuclear energy
praackSep. 21, 2014 - 08:22PM JST
i have some comments regarding the atmosphere in the country and the would like the president to tell the people something for once- oh wait - that's truth,,,, duh,
but i understand the concern regarding knives- even a small once can hurt, but no-one would know he had it.
the trick here is the unlocked doors- i expect card key locks will be installed.
as for Mr Gonzalez- wondering if he is looney as everyone is painting him- might be his only defense actually otherwise it is prison for wanting to talk to the president.
Posted in: Secret Service boosts security outside White House after intrusion
praackSep. 21, 2014 - 11:58AM JST
well thank god for all that military training and hardware the police have, and the convenient forgetfulness of the need for search warrants when performing mass searches in neighborhoods.
Posted in: One in four Americans want their state to secede, but why?
praackSep. 19, 2014 - 11:46AM JST
Actually you need to get past the emotion and look at what the catch is about- mink whales- not endangered, not threatened, hundreds of thousands in the oceans. and yes the whaling commission has turned into another conservation organization - not really concerned about proper fishing but only about the latest turn of hype.
Posted in: IWC heaps pressure on Japan but rejects whale sanctuary bid
praackSep. 18, 2014 - 07:34PM JST
a very nicely researched and written piece- and the comments have not had any of the political hacks from the great bear pollute it yet. they will soon...
this piece is quite correct- the appeasement that is being used by the west- the way every county has removed any real support from the Ukraine - i'll bet they are sorry they decided to declare themselves neutral
Russia will actually not be happy with just eastern Ukraine- that is just a start- but instead the west puts it's head in the sand and worries about the Scottish vote and Islamic State- even though both do not have what it takes to affect directly people in the EU and USA- like Russia does.
Posted in: Russians love their children, too - but that alone won't stop a nuclear war
praackSep. 16, 2014 - 08:51PM JST
sometimes i wonder about the origin of the writing here- and giving credence to sea shepherd
read the article in Wikipedia - it disputes much of the misinformation put forth here including high mercury levels, early deaths etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taijidolphindrive_hunt
the photos with lots of blood are the old culling method- but it came from the film and so makes great press, shame that everyone continues to think they still use that technique.
the current method is probably better.
Posted in: Season's first dolphins slaughtered at Taiji
praackSep. 15, 2014 - 10:30AM JST
oh for the love of god- a man can do nothing if he is not excited- trust me - it won't work if you are not interested or scared.
so the story here is just not jiving with reality
sounds like a few guys just did not go as far or as high as they expected when they readily hopped into bed
sour grapes- and i have to say it- real men tell no tales
Posted in: Female bosses not averse to sexual harassment
praackSep. 08, 2014 - 08:22PM JST
hmm farmboy has an interesting idea,,, perhaps tasers in every car that only respond to the women's anatomy.
and i have to agree- the guide should be on the how to spot Chikan - not on the who attracts chikan based on questionable internet evidence from a link long dead.
we do not want Japan to be in the same light as India where women are afraid to walk the streets
Posted in: Women who attract 'chikan,' and women who don’t: An illustrated guide
praackSep. 05, 2014 - 10:22AM JST
though I take photo's the issue of privacy and asking permission is more in vogue today- yes you can still take some in public, but when you spend your time creating a portfolio with a women in the next seat- sorry a bit too much without a waiver signed.
i think if the nascent photog had a at least asked and was granted permission .
so sorry those who feel this was a "regular" photographer- a regular photographer sitting next to someone would have asked the question at a minimum.
Posted in: Man arrested for taking 'normal' picture of woman on train
praackSep. 05, 2014 - 02:49AM JST
such a fail- Nato has declared that Ukraine is on it's own because they declared themselves Neutral - which they did when the cold war ended and they were asked to remove heavy weapons and nuclear weapons.
the US will not come to it;'s aid because of many factors- including the grounding of the space program- all satellites use Russian rockets to get into orbit, and of course the access to the space station.
they talk appeasement and have already drawn the line through eastern ukraine to start- but in reality the whole country will fall to russia shortly after
Posted in: Putin unveils Ukraine peace plan ahead of NATO summit
praackSep. 05, 2014 - 02:44AM JST
actually with whaling it tends to flow right down into the humanization of a species- lets face it - they are not human.
so the only thing I tend to get upset about is protected status- so is the species protected? is the species at risk? and if the species is protected but no longer at risk - why is the protection still in place.
if people continue with humanizing the species on this planet then we need to learn to eat dirt
Posted in: Japan to resume Antarctic minke whale hunt despite ban
praackSep. 05, 2014 - 02:38AM JST
well Xbox had a confusing launch- aimed not at gamers, also has lower specs that will show as the titles mature- unless programmers are paid to program at lower spec only.
but i think you'll see the PS4 getting additional graphics ability that are just not available to the Xbox- abd the power of an APU with DDR5 is not going to be seen in the xbox with an apu and ddr3.
so if you are looking for true Next Gen - it is the PS4- not the Xbox one - Xbox one equates to low end PC of today- PS4 is equal to mid level gaming PC
Posted in: Japan launch of Microsoft Xbox One falls flat
praackSep. 03, 2014 - 07:50PM JST
well typical in the Chinese way of changing history, within the next 10 years you will see photos where the Chinese will have representatives on the Missouri - then MacArthur will become the focus of why Japan became a problem- because China was "run out" of Japan during the occupation - preventing Japan from becoming a pacifist nation that hated nuclear weapons and really does not not like war
ummmm - wait - .....
oh well- truth does not really matter when dealing with China
Posted in: China's top leaders remember victory over Japan
praackSep. 03, 2014 - 09:02AM JST
good Cop routine Mcgeee? hmm i remember Bergdahl- and so does Isis apparently-
there would not be any beheadings if the US had made the deal back several months ago - but now after we made a deal with Bergdahl for 5 Al-Queda leaders we are trying to go back to "the US does not negotiate with terrorists" routine- not working though....
Posted in: Video purports to show beheading of second U.S. journalist
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Posted in: Miranda Kerr’s photo shoot for Vogue Japan stirs up controversy
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Posted in: Man kicked to death in argument over ramen shop seat
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Posted in: Cameron reminds China of obligations over Hong Kong
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