praack's past comments

  • -3


    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 for man to decide that the bible, especially the new testament is no longer valid is wrong, this was a book written by witnesses of Jesus under the hand of the Holy Spirit.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

  • 0


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    "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


    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

  • 2


    not really a big airport, 41 flights a day and that's with the military sharing the field- newark has 402,000. the last time it was close to 41 was in 1957 - then it was only a measly 61 per day in 1939

    the pilot was well trained, the maintenance staff had checked in, yes the tower made a mistake- but as someone else said- that's why you practice touch and go

    Posted in: JAL plane aborts landing after car spotted on runway at Tokushima airport

  • 1


    In the USA the standard age is 32-40 years and most of the plants have another 40 years to go on the license. the idea that 40 is the optimum time period for operation is incorrect- the question is how good the control systems are, the containment vessel is and whether the plant received regular updates.

    you should also do the same with fossil plants- however most stay untouched from the time of installation till the time they are mothballed, there is a new attempt at a :"Clean coal fired solution" however there are inherent safety solutions there- as the CO2 buildup along with the mercury removed from the atmosphere (coal still remains 66% responsible for acid rain and mercury) are normally stored on site initially and there is a large potential to leaks.

    however when people start talking nuclear and safety all real numbers tumble out the window- no one wants to look at safety numbers of nuclear energy vs the other big energy sectors, and no one wants to look at the polution numbers as well

    Posted in: Nuclear Regulation Authority inspects 3 aging reactors

  • 2


    nice haiku, appropriate, always sad - but nice that they are finding their way home at last

    Posted in: Bodies of Japanese WWII soldiers found in Palau cave

  • 0


    it is clearly stupid when you do not understand that the enemy is one of religion and not of country boundaries that were set during colonial rules.

    when reporters are out they here from the troops how they will smash the opposing Sunni's or the opposing Shia's - none of this garbage about fighting Iraq, Syria or any other country.

    to them it is a religious war, so when IS rolled into an area that was controlled by people of the same religion- well the main troops melted away leaving the material- or joining forces (do you really think someone picks up driving an Abrams using a a YouTube video?)

    the US is acting just like a colonial power, while the countries surrounding IS are clearly staying out of the conflict- as it depends on the religion if they contribute to the cause or not - Islam is made up of more than one branch to us infidels you know.....

    Posted in: Why arming U.S. allies can be like sending weapons straight to the enemy

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