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    praack

    Japan4life is correct in that most people on post do not come off post anymore- all their needs are met - unless they want someplace off base to "shack up".

    even with that - from people based in Japan they still frequent the base for most of their needs.

    it has been an uneasy relationship- Japan has been kept virtually defenseless by the imposed constitution- oh yes there is the defense force but that will only last a couple of days. The USA was supposed to take care of all defense for Japan- thus preventing Japan from having to become a military force again.

    but that has it's price - i think the price should be a little bit negotiable in 2014

    Posted in: Buoys floated off Futenma replacement site in Okinawa

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    hmm , good for the world?, evidence of how far we've fallen- we actually for the USA Babymetal breathes a breath of fresh air- since most acts are not new but old stars from the 60's through the 80's - new acts don't get much of a chance.

    there is a band- and front singers- and no one is covering pieces from the crop of known groups.

    so is that really bad? - i think it is good!

    Posted in: BABYMETAL plays first ever U.S. show

  • 0

    praack

    so site integrity is gone- it lies in the hands of the people who probably shot the plane down- the black boxes will end up in Russian intelligence hands - no doubt be doctored or disappear,

    and the EU will continue to do nothing- sure 154 dutch - but not their plane, all this tells us is that the war has escalated and Russia will eventually win.

    Posted in: Int'l probe demanded after Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine

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    6 men in minisubs- that is a bit against the odds- but then again - China is probably about ready to announce that a new "ancient" document has just been discovered that shows that Australia was part of one of the old dynasties- so i guess Abbot should change his tune....

    Posted in: China blasts Australian PM over comments during Abe's visit

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    praack

    so strange that only a few months ago we were reading articles about the positive image mascots gave to the military and other agencies. Even Zoos!

    now all of a sudden they are a waste of time and money- or is it that there is a need to cut spending and the projects of real waste are not going to be touched- but these will be ...

    Posted in: Hundreds of mascots face chop with finance ministry budget cuts

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    praack

    oh SemperFi,,, Tianenmen Squarewas nothing compared to other massacres and purges over the years- of course none of them happened either.

    and as for EthanWilbers comments- true Germany does not openly support the Nazi regime- however it has supported the myth that the military was not involved and moved very slowly with investigations, prosecutions and the return of property- to the point that most property never was returned to the Jews, most Nazi's lived full lives and died peacefully in their sleep and prosecutions did not happen.

    and don't even get me started on France......

    Posted in: Japan blasts Chinese bid for U.N. recognition of Nanjing massacre

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    praack

    wow tough crew, the only person who actually addressed the mentally ill correctly was Farmboy. I state that information after spending 13 + years as an Emergency Nurse in Trauma hospital with a Pysch ER.

    Psych patients would come in - get 2 weeks inside and be forced out- i remember some crying saying they could not make it, they could not keep it together out there. and sure enough something always happend. the lucky ones were stopped by the police before things got too far.

    the unlucky ones hurt themselves or ones they loved or some innocent bystander, I could never find it in my heart to hate someone who was so disturbed and wanted to stay inside where they could do no harm and yet were put on the street with no access to counseling or medicine or more importantly the oversight of someone making sure they took the medicine.

    with the exception of the home-grown terrorists we have several cases of a failed mental health system and gun check program which by HIPPA law cannot check to see if someone has a mental health issue.

    Posted in: Obama urges national soul searching over gun violence

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    praack

    Bergdahl is different from both the writer of the article and what Zurconium even places in the post is bit farther from the truth. When you go awol because of your belief system - and don't moan- there are other ways he could have gone conscientious objector but instead inserted himself into a combat zone and then left his post.

    oh you can say he is innocent until proven guilty- even a military man should get his court martial-but remember their initial search was to do that, bring him back and courtmartial him.

    so is he "thinner" now- probably - rations are not as good with the terrorists (or are they now being called an ARMY now)

    and since we do 5:1 swaps it should be easy to clear out Guantanamo Bay now- then we can get down to what the french do really well- PAY MONEY!!!. this will not make things better- but more difficult

    Posted in: Bergdahl reveals impossible choices faced by hostages' families

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    praack

    Bravo Sony!

    I do hear Microsoft is better if you are looking for a home theater experience, now that MS has embraced Blu-Ray (remember when they said NEVER to Blu Ray)- but also if you really big with cable TV.

    but for me- I watch netflix and play games, have not had tv channels in my home since they went digital and i lost all the local stations. Still got cable for internet- just not wasting 100 bucks a month to get the one or two channels i really want.

    Posted in: Sony back at top of console sales after eight years

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    praack

    it's all ((( this G7 stuff, it means nothing to Russia or the Ukraine, G7 makes a statement to Russia and in back room deals all the world leaders (who make up the G7) meet with Putin to ensure their trade agreements are not being upset over that Silly Little thing called the Ukraine.

    they just say - Ahh Vlad- we understand you need a bit of Lebensraum, that Ukraine is not really a country that it is only Velikorossiya ,, just play along a bit and don't get too greedy and we will let it happen.

    i feel ashamed that our countries are acting in this manner

    Posted in: Abe says he wants dialogue with Putin despite G7 threats

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    praack

    was wondering what he was doing since the residuals for the show ran out

    Posted in: U.S. activist barred from Taiji Whale Museum files suit

  • -3

    praack

    how do you think Japan was going to meet the goals of the Kyoto Protocols? it was the nuclear energy that was driving the initiative to cut greenhouse gasses. you cannot build enough windplants to power the island, and if you want Japan to stay independent you cannot keep cutting power- it is not just homes affected but business.

    like it or not - until another source of energy is discovered nuclear is the cleanest one out there- and the safety record is better than the others.

    where the companies have failed is training the people correctly and being transparent as to what to do and when to do it.

    the failure rate in Japan is much higher in the rest of the world- and that is process/people related- not equipment.

    Posted in: Utilities seek gov't support after posting losses

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    praack

    to be expected- the USA has proven to be toothless when it came to Russia and its continued takeover of the Ukraine, the Asian pivot never materialized as President Obama decided not to get China upset. The first lady was more worried about the Chinese people so visited them rather than coming to Japan.

    So of course China looks at this information and makes the decision that the USA will not move to protect treaties, agreements or any other previously agreed upon deals. To them the USA is has already given up

    Posted in: China seizes Mitsui O.S.K. ship over unpaid wartime contract compensation

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    praack

    so funny- upper execs now under fire, middle execs have already experienced this in the USA and found that females can be just as good as males.

    it's just that you have to push to break the status quo- that's the issue, once there no one will give it a second thought.

    in fact to the common worker it will never matter- swap one big manager in for another? most won't even notice the picture was changed on the wall.............

    Posted in: Women execs ruin companies, magazine claims

  • 1

    praack

    a lot of things have happened over the last decade or so - Nafta, free trade, tax cuts for outsourcing, HI-B Visa's

    all put in place to ensure the middle class lose position and wealth.

    for a US company to build in mexico and outsource the jobs means lots of tax breaks- for a foreign company it means much less taxes, no unions, less cash to employees.

    quite frankly our government does not care if we are all working at mcdonalds - no matter what major party- the business runs the shop now

    Posted in: Mexico overtakes Japan as No. 2 car exporter to U.S.

  • 0

    praack

    the jury awarded 9 billion US dollars , Takeda is ordered to pay 6 billion , Lily 3 billion- however the actual award was only 1.5 million - so expect that 9 billion to be overturned. it shows a jury that has lost it's objectivity.

    in fact by going so far overboard in punishment the initial award can be appealed by arguing the jury was not being partial and had already made up it's mind to punish the drug companies.

    oh yeah- the jury delivered the verdict with only 4 hours of deliberation - i think they had lunch first

    Posted in: Drug giant Takeda says it will fight $6 bil U.S. damages order

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    praack

    actually if the levels were too high the alarms would have gone off on the ship and everyone would have been in nbc suits or locked below decks- that did not happen.

    and they monitor all the time- not just for a local nuclear accident- so yes this is a frivolous lawsuit - but a lawyer smelled money and these sailors want a piece.

    Posted in: 79 U.S. sailors sue TEPCO over radiation during Operation Tomodachi

  • -3

    praack

    this has industry and large government all over it. it is not something the people in the usa want, but then again- nothing president obama is doing this semester is done with the people in mind.

    the only thing TPP really brings to the USA is the IPP coverage- as if that will really cut out the counterfeits. the additional ability to gut out Japan's agricultural livelihood is a secondary - and nice- one .

    they wish to import in california rice, fruit from mexico beef from the usa, then start buying the land up in Japan.

    Posted in: U.S. steps up pressure on Japan to make good on trade promises

  • 0

    praack

    even for Kyushu- 30 % is 30 %. and fossil fuels are not cheap- you need to transport them to the islands.

    wind power will never supply enough- sorry green team. and where does the much heralded beuaty of Japan goes once all the island is covered in wind turbines- and the seas are covered with them as well.

    Solar- same thing

    the whole Kyoto accords were based on Nuclear- sure they would continue to work on alternate ways- someday a way will be found without nuclear- but you could never cut fossil out and switch to wind/solar and meet the needs of society

    keeping the plants closed will not be good

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    praack

    the southern hunt was based on gathering enough numbers to bring in the required n for the data- with the interference they never caught the required number of whales per category- so though one or two years could be shrugged off you cannot keep saying the hunt is for science when you cannot meet the numbers needed to conduct research.

    however that was due to the research protocols set up- if they scale back the protocols they can start again. the ruling was never against the validity of the hunt only over the research set up.

    as for sidestepping the ban- it's not a true ban- if is a voluntary decision - it is not a ban. I would say Japan like a lot of things - made the decision based on respect of the USA- which is sometimes a bit dense in it's understanding of other cultures.

    Posted in: Australia, NZ fear Japan may try to sidestep whaling ban

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