praack's past comments

  • -4

    praack

    china fully expects the US to fold and go home- something the current president might do, and something Madame President Hopeful might do as well.

    as for Living Memory's comment's- sign of the times for the 60's . but look at today- russian bears flying over Alaska, China attempting to fly over carrier fleets, china building the island- which can currently land transports- so if a transport can land i hazard a guess fighters could too.

    Posted in: Pentagon chief says U.S. flights over South China Sea will go on

  • -1

    praack

    closure is nice - if we have the means and there is still dna in the bones we should try. families need peace.

    as for the war- let it go, the propaganda from that time leads you to believe the US would have conducted things differently, Perhaps- but i imagine we would have our ships and planes off their shores just waiting for the message which would have been communicated in the US to the embassy.

    then we would have moved in

    not really any warning with that scenario- not much of a moral high ground. bur war is war

    Posted in: 7 decades on, Pearl Harbor kin seek new ID tests and closure

  • 3

    praack

    I'll be saying a prayer for the Japanese as well as for the Allied troops who had to fight that horrible war. It is a shame such a strife took place, but our peoples have grown closer- though it is tough to tell with reading comments in these posts.

    this is memorial day in the states, a day for remembrance of sacrifice, a day to hopefully form peaceful bonds- not one to plot further vengeance

    Posted in: Abe honors war dead at Chidorigafuchi cemetery

  • -2

    praack

    Jimizo- the reason the word Homosexuality was not mentioned in the bible is that they used to use the word sodomite- the Germans were a tad offended by the use of the label.

    you will shortly see a change to using the Cis lable as they are also driven by psychiatry.

    When God sent his Son to die for us many of the laws in the old book were scrubbed, but if it was reiterated in the New Testament we were to follow them- not just ignore them.

    If the current trend of society is that Gays Marry- let them Marry by Judge- that is the way of Caesar. If a Church decides to change the bible to meet Society - then it has lost God's way, for the church is now telling God it knows better.

    Posted in: Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first

  • -15

    praack

    I take umbrage with the archbishops comments however, and i will be disheartened if another church puts aside the teachings of the bible to cater to the whims of a group coming to power. for man to decide that the bible, especially the new testament is no longer valid is wrong, this was a book written by witnesses of Jesus under the hand of the Holy Spirit.

    it was not just knocked together by a drunk in a bar for a couple of chuckles.....

    Posted in: Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first

  • -1

    praack

    whale and dolphin, wish i could try some here.. sigh...

    oh well will have to wait until my next trip to Japan.

    BTW - in the 1050's we would not have this conversation,

    in the 1960's some conversation would be occurring to ensure that overfishing was not occuring

    we only became concerned after a TV show in the late 60's and couple of movies in the 70's and 80;s and people humanized the creatures - now we honor them as gods. not really scientific just a set of movies and film...

    Posted in: Japanese aquariums still rely on controversial dolphin hunt

  • -4

    praack

    don't scream- you don't have any options -

    you can go renewable but the price is high, the return rate is not as big as people say and the replacement cost of wind turbines is high as well.

    but go ahead- list all the sources allow people to pay what they want, cut the power back- cook on camp stoves

    but also get rid of coal and oil fired electric - because if you want green - you need to be green - not just anti- nuclear (which BTW is green)

    Posted in: Kansai Electric to increase electricity rates for households by 8.36%

  • 4

    praack

    36 is pushing it, the initial date is always hazy, so you cannot really set the conception date- and that starts the "40 weeks" and children have a mind of their own anyway.

    so if this was a last minute "Vacation" = not a real smart idea

    Posted in: Woman gives birth on flight from Canada to Japan

  • 1

    praack

    the world runs on business not politics- otherwise Ukraine would not be happening, neither would Chinese expansion, the crumbling of the middle east etc.

    though countries were deriding Russia, France stopped deliver of a naval vessel only at the last minute due to the pressure it was getting from other eu countries. The UN kept contracting with Russia the whole time. most of the restrictions placed on Russia are targeted on a few men and what they have outside the country- not on the country itself.

    EU wants it's natural gas and other products and was quite willing to sacrifice the Crimea - remember Putin admits now he put troops in to take it - but no uproar. , no uproar over the commercial jet, heck the west will probably allow them to take everything east of the Dnieper

    Posted in: Russia stages WW2 victory parade as Ukraine bristles

  • 0

    praack

    actually nicely posited.

    whenever you use a popular medium to set a social thesis you will have issues- however this one does have some parallels with today's societies.

    sometimes it is seeing the threads and pulling them together - i believe the writer did that here.

    nice reading

    Posted in: 'Fast and Furious' may signal America's speeding decline

  • 1

    praack

    nice fictional tale- good reading on wikipedia about alex haley and how he crafted it- but remember- it is fiction

    Posted in: U.S. TV to remake 1970s slavery classic 'Roots'

  • 0

    praack

    in reality only two are truly at fault and they are the police in charge of the van, they have pulled everyone- from the arresting officers, through the officers at the other scenes to the final officers at the jail.

    that is why the union is a bit upset, the charges are for the crowd - not for what happened and who was at fault.

    if you go on a witch hunt you will always find a witch

    Posted in: 6 Baltimore police officers charged over Gray's death

  • 2

    praack

    women;s rights in the US has a stellar record !, well may not so much., sure women finally made in-roads with the workplace in the late 60's early 70's due to necessity of a weak economy and rising prices, but it tok until this century for women to really get in to middle management.

    even then women still are not in senior management or regularly on boards of directors

    what i am saying is - this takes time , and a lot of factors need to be taken into consideration including child care options, need, want/drive for steady employment over home life and, yes, available job growth

    Posted in: Abe tells Harvard he's trying to improve status of women in Japan

  • 1

    praack

    Jandworld, has anything changed? look around you, a country that hates war, a country that wishes to remain peaceful that wishes someone truly acknowledge the nuclear bombing and the fire bombings that took place. a country that does want to change a constitution put in place by the west.

    most of those in congress have never walked the streets and paths of Japan, never met the people. they look at the monuments and posters of the past war and believe all the hatred.

    then they read more hatred here

    Japan is peaceful , will remain peaceful unless other countries push it into a war stance - i am praying that never happens

    Posted in: Japan's view of WWII history rankles some U.S. veterans

  • 0

    praack

    Actually Jerseyboy - the South Korean Embassy does enlist the services of several lobby groups to push their agenda- every once in a while they get named if the contract is high- or if the change is frequent- such as in 2010 . all lobby groups must be reported to the Justice Department.

    so no Ossan is not pulling the wool over our eyes- it is just something that no one reports in the news,

    Posted in: 25 U.S. lawmakers urge Abe to reaffirm war apologies

  • -2

    praack

    i don;t know what to say, i have a western mindset, i sit here astounded in discovering how many Nazi's were allowed to live unpunished by Germany and the allies - yet here we are revisiting Japan and whether the apology was deep enough

    is is almost like one country got a free pass the other one is kept with each generation paying reparations over and over

    Posted in: Japan must apologise for WWII until it is forgiven: Novelist Murakami

  • 2

    praack

    agree on the intrusiveness of drones - though i hear there are some good uses they are far outweighed by the bad ones- from war to invasion of privacy.

    Posted in: Drone may have been on roof of PM's office for days

  • 2

    praack

    japan4life - you have hit the correct nail on the head- the USA is the driver hear- not Japan- and the US will not do anything to anger China - who owns the US Debt load, supplies the Apple Products to the faithful and is always pointed to as being the next Big Sales Audience.

    at least until the next industry is hit with fines and driven from the country for not giving up all their industrial secrets to China....

    Posted in: Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years

  • -13

    praack

    "It might be reasonable to expect guarantees" oh that is rich, where in the world can a natural disaster be guaranteed not to happen?

    as for power in this century- we are at a breaking point, all alternative methods are either not able to scale up- or are not cost effective to do so.

    without nuclear you are left with fossil fuels, which increase air pollution and global warming.- all of the projected decreases in air pollution were based on the heavy use of nuclear energy.

    you may malign it as much as you want- but the only options are- to increase fossil fuel and kill the planet - or decrease our use of energy by 50-60 percent to start getting us in the range of current energy plants and alternative e-sources.

    and even that number may be too small- we might have to cut to 70 percent of today's energy

    Posted in: Japan nuclear watchdog hits out at reactor injunction

  • 0

    praack

    in reality if the decision of the commission is to discontinue all whaling then they should just say it.

    Arguing if a scientific plan is "good enough" in the court of public opinion is just that- collecting public opinion that was set from some movies years ago.

    in this case - if they keep pushing Japan- Japan may leave the IWC and just start whaling again- as there is no real world wide law that everyone needs to be part of the IWC or follow it's rule

    Posted in: IWC panel: Japan's Antarctic whale hunt still not convincing

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