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samwattersMay. 23, 2015 - 12:35PM JST
Many men also are also slipping into poverty. Japan is a dying country. The motors have been cut and we are running on momentum but that is going to end in about 10 years. It's going to get ugly, folks.
Posted in: Women sinking into poverty face bleak future
samwattersMay. 19, 2015 - 10:49PM JST
@Sensato. Thanks for the links! Now I understand why they didn't include a pic!
Posted in: Nagoya 'rubbish house' resident may boast mother of all messes
samwattersMay. 19, 2015 - 05:58PM JST
“We have been in talks with the contractors,” said Shimomura. “We hope to present a precise budget and plan by the end of the month. We would like Tokyo to contribute to the costs of building the stadium.”
Meanwhile people in Fukushima.....
Posted in: Masuzoe fumes over Olympic stadium demands by gov't
samwattersMay. 19, 2015 - 07:24AM JST
A picture would have been nice.
samwattersMay. 16, 2015 - 02:40PM JST
Yes. Get rid of the chance for a career on the pubic dime and you are more likely to attract people who care about service. That's the theory anyway and it sure can't get worse than the people who are in office now.
Posted in: Do you think there should be term limits for elected leaders, as in the U.S., for example?
samwattersMay. 12, 2015 - 01:08PM JST
Retire, Mr. Brady.
And not for the reasons you are probably thinking---I'm a Patriots hater, I'm jealous because you married a super model and you seem to win the Super Bowl every other year---these are all true but not the reasons you should retire. You should retire because you still have moutains of money, four Super Bowl trophies, the gorgeous family and your health. TV studios will throw even more money at you and give you a platform to speak of how poorly you and the Patriots were treated. But most importantly you should retire to stick it to Commissioner-turned-dictator Roger Goodell. There has never been a more smug, self-serving, inconsistent commissioner in sport. Sepp Blatter must love you for you make him look good.
The league needs you Mr. Brady. Without you there is no truly elite quarterback and no one to play the Darth Vader-role you fill (which is why "Deflategate" is such a big deal). Without you who is the league standard at quarterback? Peyton Manning? Chokes in big games more than old men eating rice cakes on New Year's Eve. Russel Wilson? Not after that Super Bowl killing interception. Younger brother Eli? Tony Romo? Nope. Aaron Rodgers? OK, he's great but talk to me after he wins three Super Bowls. The loss of you Mr. Brady will hurt the league substantially. If you retire for this unfair treatment, the backlash against Goodell would be tremendous. I mean, Ray Rice cold-cocks his wife in an elevator and Goodell tries to hide it. When it came to light (Roger claimed he never saw the video) Rice got a two-game suspension until publilc pressure forced a stronger punishment. Goodell is destroying the NFL; the recent strike was in large part because he refused to negotiate with the players, he is head of a multi-billion dollars industry that will not support a pension plan for its retired players many of whom are crippled and his ruling is completely arbitrary. Roger's salary for the 2014 season? About $45 million. That's about what you and Peyton make together, Mr. Brady.
Like I wrote earlier, you have nothing left to prove. True football fans (not necessarily Patroit fans) know what you have achieved. You can walk off into the sunset with body, mind and bank account intact. You can also give other players who have been treated badly by Goodell the revenge they seek for if you retire the ire against Roger the Emperor will result in his removal.
Please, Mr. Brady, retire.
Posted in: NFL suspends Brady 4 games for deflated footballs
samwattersMay. 08, 2015 - 06:19PM JST
Your tax yen at work; civil servants with no common sense.
Posted in: Gifu woman held for cashing dead parents' pension for 50 years
samwattersMay. 06, 2015 - 09:26PM JST
The JapanToday has a poll asking if people are tired of hearing about the Chinese and Koreans complaining about WWII. I would love to see the next poll with the same question only with "abduction issue" as the main point.
Posted in: Japan turns to U.N. to pressure North Korea on abductees
samwattersMay. 04, 2015 - 11:24PM JST
@luca. Got it! :)
Posted in: 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest venue in Dallas
samwattersMay. 04, 2015 - 10:58PM JST
Well, no Luca. In this particular case you sound a bit like people (usually from the Left) who say they are all for free speech until it's speech they don't like.
Yes, the AFDI does not like Muslims and they are against the Islamization of America. They are not disguising their views in any way, shape or form. If you are a Muslim or even religious you probably consider them bigots. But still, they have the right to say what they want to say. Same goes for Jermiah Wright, the preacher who basically says white people are evil, or the Skin-head/Nazi-types who deny the Holocaust or my least favorite, the Westboro church. Now if the AFDI or Reverend Wright or Westboro openly advocates violence; then we are talking about something entirely different. But sponsoring a "let's-draw-the-prophet" contest is not enciting violence and falls under the banner of freedom of speech.
One a different note thanks for the debate. You are one of my favorite posters on this site as your ideas are always well thought out, well written and you never revert to name-calling to make a point which is why I engaged you on this point. Thanks again!
samwattersMay. 04, 2015 - 10:26PM JST
@Luca. Point taken. But the events I listed above also have an agenda. The cross-in-urine group is taking a shot at Christians, the Westboro church is, well, their just nuts and the Bush-haters just hate Bush. You probably could make a case that the majority of all speech has an agenda. But the point is that the previously mentioned groups were allowed to make their voices heard---regardless of how vile some of these groups and their messages are---and did not have to fear for their lives. Muslims who wish to live in America MUST get it through their heads that religion is not sacred in regards to free speech rights in the US. And while I am no fan of Israel, I would have to agree with the AFDI that people who become violent at a cartoon are certainly acting like savages.
samwattersMay. 04, 2015 - 09:45PM JST
"Okay, American "Freedom Defense" Initiative, I'll take you at your word that you're not a hate group and only interested in freedom of speech.... So how about, for your next contest we all draw pictures of Moses, using pigs' blood for paint?"
WIth all due respect Luca you don't know what you are talking about. Lots of other whack jobs sponsor art contests, protests, etc. and do not have to fear for their lives. Here are a few examples:
1.) Beakers/jars filled with urine in which is an upside-down cross in the name of art.
2.) Demonstrations by the Westboro church at the funerals of dead soldiers with placards saying "God hates fags."
3.) And just type in "George W. Bush funny" into your Google image search machine for a whole catalogue of nasty stuff/funny stuff.
Yes, Luca, it's about freedom of speech.
samwattersMay. 04, 2015 - 04:15PM JST
One of the many differences between France and Texas.
"Can the two shooters challenge the government for infringing on their rights?"
@SuperLIb. Maybe but the Second Ammendment is at least as equal in Texas.
samwattersMay. 04, 2015 - 03:41PM JST
I have a very radical suggestion; segregate the police force in some areas. Make it a rule that 2/3 or the police must represent the ethnicity of cities with major crime rates. All PC aside, these are usually black communities; in some parts of America it is beginning to look like South Africa in the late 1980's. African-American citizens almost always automatically distrust white officers (often for very good reasons). Creating a 2/3's rule will result in one of two scenarios; 1.) the level of what is referred to as police brutality will decrease significantly (therefore proving that America is still a horribly, racist country or 2.) the level stays the same or increases (therefore saying something about these communities that we may not want to hear) I honestly don't know which it is (maybe a combination of both) but I think this solution will provide us with some sort of answer.
Posted in: Unrest is spreading in many U.S. cities over police brutality. What can be done to ease tensions and improve law enforcement in multiracial communities?
samwattersMay. 04, 2015 - 03:26PM JST
Yes, yes, a thousand times times! But I am also tired of the carping about Hiroshima and I never pass up an opportunity to say it to the occassional nut job.
Posted in: Are you tired of hearing calls from South Korea and China for Japan to address World War II issues with apologies?
samwattersApr. 23, 2015 - 10:11PM JST
I generally don't have any more problems with President Obama then I have had with any other presdent during my life time but I would like to ask a few question (assuming that's allowed):
"Rising sea water in the Everglades pose a risk to Florida’s $82 billion tourism industry, he said, adding that for every one dollar taxpayers put into the national parks, $10 is returned to the economy."
How high has the water risen in Florida? Do we have a measurement or is this a future projection?
"Obama spent “Earth Day” in the subtropical wilderness to caution that a warming planet is leading to “stronger storms” and “deeper droughts” that risk hurting the economy as much as the ecosystem."
This problem will most likely be solved by the private sector rather than government. As a matter of fact, a group of "climate entrepreneurs" have created a way to reduce the velocity of hurricanes (say, from a Class 5 to a Class 3) by cooling the water in the "Hurrican Alley" before it can cause disasterous storms. The method is so simple---called a hydraulic head---that it will blow you away. Government prefers long, expensive programs that usually don't work very will if at all.
"In December global leaders are expected to meet in Paris to thrash out a binding mechanism for reducing emissions."
Can I assume that all of our world, UN leaders will be kayaking and backpacking to Paris or will they each by flying in their own personal jets which will burn fuel which raises emissions.....but seriously, can these folks at least do something symbolic and Skype or use Google meetings?
Posted in: Obama says climate change can no longer be denied
samwattersApr. 23, 2015 - 10:40AM JST
I am not a scientist and do not know how much mankind is contributing to global warming/climate change or if the sceintists are even correct (I remember the panic surrounding global cooling in the 1970's) but I do know that giving more money to what we call government will not fix the problem.
samwattersApr. 21, 2015 - 10:29AM JST
"As it was explained to me a long time ago here in Japan: we want to make things better but not change anything."
My favorite post of 2015!
"As usual here, everything has to be done in a more complicated fashion than necessary, also avoiding to deal with the problem at hand in favor of ridiculous, childish 'solutions'."
A very close second!
Why not just have one car on every train set aside for women only? It would likely solve the problem.
Posted in: New anti-chikan cell phone stickers let you mark train gropers with sign of shame
samwattersMar. 20, 2015 - 11:42AM JST
"The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for the attack that killed 21 people at a museum."
Thanks for the heads up, IS, but most of us already suspected that....
Posted in: Islamic State claims responsibility for Tunisia museum attack
samwattersMar. 13, 2015 - 09:54AM JST
Falling asleep while reading a good book is one of Life's great pleasures. I love autobiographies by successful people.
Posted in: In this digital media age, do you still like to read books (the printed kind)? And who are your favorite authors?
May. 25, 2015 - 12:16PM JST
China and Korea always claim Japan is seeking the way to return to militarism only by…
Posted in: China raps Japan after Abe's wife visits Yasukuni shrine
May. 25, 2015 - 12:15PM JST
SMH at the commentators here that think this is all a US conspiracy. Watch Kremlin news…
Posted in: Syria regime to accept de facto partition of country
May. 25, 2015 - 12:13PM JST
Okinawa really has no options. It's not like it can secede from Japan otherwise it would…
Posted in: Thousands surround Diet to protest U.S. base relocation plan
May. 25, 2015 - 12:12PM JST
No, I confused nothing. When I spoke about NASA, I meant exactly NASA, involved in Toyota…
Posted in: Toyota pledges to help find cause of Takata airbag defects
May. 25, 2015 - 12:10PM JST
When all their secondary products are about control away from people it's not much of…
Posted in: Has Google's dominance already peaked?