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samwattersAug. 29, 2014 - 10:49AM JST
@scipantheist. True, 0.001% appears to be small potatoes but please consider this. 1.)These are people who have given up their US citizenship, something that was almost unthinkable twenty years ago. 2.) This group does not include the thousands of US citzens who already live overseas who are most likely not coming back. 3.) The US economy has become a system of a few supporting the many. I'd bet a nice steak dinner that the majority of people leaving the US are high earners. So I kind of see the 0.001% you're snorting at as akin to turning off the engine of a hugh barge in the middle of an ocean; it will continue to move for a while on its own momentum and no one will really care but when that same barge finally stops in the middle of nowhere and cannot be started it will get really ugly. Again my hometown of Detroit is a wonderful microcosm of what could be coming; government made disasterous decisions, the tax payers left and even now the public servants are still waiting for their "promised" pensions. The US government will probably grant immunity to these illegal immigrants for a number of reasons, both good and bad. But the majority of the citzens can't and don't want to pay the cost (remember, government doesn't earn one dollar it spends; those dollars have to be taken from someone else) and what happens when there is no one left to pay?
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samwattersAug. 29, 2014 - 01:50AM JST
@SuperLib. It was a Reuters article. The figures given for people renouncing their US citizenship were 500 in 2011, 1800 in 2012 and 3000 in 2013.
samwattersAug. 28, 2014 - 05:04PM JST
@WA4TKG. I thought you were making a joke; I did not realize your marriage in Japan had ended and your were in the process of being deported and/or having your visa revoked. No offense was intended in my post and I apologize if my post was offensive. I had assumed you were planning on leaving the US to live in a different country and wanted to point out that many people are already doing just that as they have lost all faith in the US government (regardless of party) to make sane, rational decisions. I also agree with you that US immigration policies are a mess. A friend of mine just paid thousands and thousands of dollars over years and years so his Japanese wife could stand in line and legally obtain permanent resident status when she could have gotten the same thing if she would have just dashed across the border.
samwattersAug. 28, 2014 - 01:59PM JST
"I'm moving to Mexico."
@WA4TKG. You may only be half-joking. Record numbers of people are emigrating out of the US. For every bad government initiative there is an equally bad assumption. In this case the initiative is granting huge numbers of illegal aliens amnesty (again!) with the bad assumption being that the working tax base can-and-will support it. People are already voting with their feet; see my native Detroit for a preview of what's coming. This is not a battle between Rebublicans and Democrats; this is a battle about national sovereignty.
samwattersAug. 21, 2014 - 11:34PM JST
I guess we' ll have to agree to disagree on the uploading part but I want to comment on a few points you made.
"...I can't justify the uploading of any material showing death and, as you mentioned, rape, or the viewing of same."
I nor the rest of society needs your justification, permission, etc. However noble you deem your ideas to be you are arrogant boarding on reckless if you think you are so superior to control what others view or do not view.
"Here in the UK there is speculation that even viewing the video could be a criminal offence."
If that is true then it is truly a sad day for a great country.
And again you ducked my claim that your ghoul statement was out of line. Your original post barely mentions the "effers" you ridicule in your last post but rather attacks the people who view them.
Posted in: Do you think Twitter, YouTube and other social media should remove images of grisly murders, such as the execution of U.S. journalist James Foley or the 7-year-old boy holding a severed head in Syria, for example?
samwattersAug. 21, 2014 - 10:36PM JST
”The question should really be "Do you agree that the transmission of deaths, by whatever means, singly or en masse should be banned across all visual media?" I would say yes. A person's last moments should never be splashed around like entertainment."
Perhaps you see entertainment. I see information that might be useful in the future. Either way individuals should be allowed to decide for themselves in my opinion. And again your statement that people who watch these videos are ghouls was way off base.
samwattersAug. 21, 2014 - 10:22PM JST
"Anyone who can actually view this material without revulsion is either a ghoul or as bad as those who uploaded them."
@Thunderbird. This is most over-reaching blanket statement I have read this year. You really owe some people an apology. Social media can stop grotesque injustices; a group of football players in Ohio were brought down by social media when they published photos of a girl that they gang raped, social media refused to let the IRS scandal die when those in power were proved to be bold-faced liars with their claims that it was only a few "rogue agents," and social media will give us the perfect response when Islam apologists resurface in a few months. Are the videos disgusting? Absolutely. Are they disturbing? Yes. But we need the truth. I wish YouTube was around during WWII; I bet if we could have seen human skeletons walking around Nazi concentration camps the world might have intervened earlier.
samwattersAug. 21, 2014 - 09:57PM JST
@TorafusuTorasan. Thanks for the info about N.M. Very interesting. I think cameras would work if they were made mandatory across the nation and penalties for turning them off were swift and severe. I usually side with the police; their jobs are hard and dangerous but the bad apples do need to be weeded out.
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samwattersAug. 21, 2014 - 04:18PM JST
I would like to propose two things. 1.) All law enforcement officers should wear video cameras that record their actions. GoPro immediately comes to mind. That would solve many of the "officer-said, suspect said" problems. Some of these "eyewitnesses" who are coming forward are being proved to be either lying or seriously biased. 2.) Given the anti-police atmosphere in minority communities a greater effort in recruiting a more representative police force should become a priority. Ferguson is 80% African-American yet the majority of law enforcement officers are white. This problem was bound to happen.
samwattersAug. 21, 2014 - 01:33PM JST
No, I want the truth. I can avoid it if I choose or I can keep my finger/mouse on the END button but I want access to all information and not just want some apologist or pundit thinks I need to know.
samwattersAug. 20, 2014 - 09:20AM JST
I watched Bob Sapp being interviewed by Michael Irvin who asked him what position on the line he played. Bob Sapp replied that he "played the Ass-back, as in the coach yelling 'Where do you think you're going? Get your ass back here.'" One of Bob Sapp's former NFL coaches once said that the term, "looks like Tarzan but plays like Jane" was made for him. Interesting person, good at markeing but can only wonder at what cream puff they have lined up for him to fight.
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samwattersAug. 04, 2014 - 04:11PM JST
An excellent decision and bravo for reaching the verdict in a relatively timely fashion. Best wishes to the victims for a brighter future.
Posted in: Guam man guilty over deadly Japanese tourist attack
samwattersJul. 30, 2014 - 08:17AM JST
@serendipous. I thought so,too. Still kudos to the swimmer for keeping his wits about him and making it home safe.
Posted in: Man adrift at sea swims for nearly 40 kilometers before being found on beach
samwattersJul. 25, 2014 - 07:31PM JST
"The girl hurried to the school and notified the principal who called police.
The man is described as being about 165 cms tall, chubby, in his 30s with close-cropped hair. He was driving a black station wagon, according to the girl."
Good job to the parents who are raising this young lady. And good job to the girl for having the presence of mind to retain all of this information and relay it to the principal.
Posted in: Man reportedly tries to get 9-year-old girl into his car in Chiba
samwattersJul. 21, 2014 - 05:43PM JST
Folks, this is happening all over Japan these days. I have counted four separate incidents during this year alone. Two weeks before this incident we had what could have been a smiliar situation in my neighborhood in Tomakomai (Hokkaido). A man in his 50's~60's was parking his car near the elementary school/nursuery school/kindergarten area for hours at a time. Members of the neighborhood would look inside the car while they walked by but the man would not make eye contact. More chilling was that he was in our neighborhood everyday with a different car. I started going house-to-house and asking the other families if they had seen this guy. Their answers made me feel better and worse at the same time; "Yes, we've seen him and feel uneasy but we don't want to cause any problems." After a group meeting, we contacted the police who started patrolling the neighborhood and found this guy sitting in his car directly in front of the kindergarten. The police ran a check on him, found no prior records nor warrants for his arrest and had to let him go. This guy's answer for why he was parking around the neighborhood? Just killing time. The neighborhood knew better and we made a plan; the next time this guy arrived in the neighborhood a number of mothers were at their windows taking photos of the car, the license plate and his face. The following day he was back again and I walked out of my house wearing my GoPro head camera and got into the passenger side of the man's car. He told me to get out or he would call the police. I said that was a swell idea and then pointed to the surrounding houses and told him that he was being watched and recorded. I then placed an A4 sized paper with all of the pictures of his face, car, etc. on the dashboard and asked him what he was doing (a few fathers had told me that he may be scoping out an ex-wife or trying to see grandchildren taken from him in a divorce or a laid-off worker who hasn't yet found the courage to tell his family that he lost his job). The man said nothing. I then told him that the paper on his dashboard was one of many copies distributed to every local school and every neighborhood committee (chounaikai) and if he was thinking of snatching a kid, he should reconsider. I then got out of the car and walked back into the house and the man drove away. The neighborhood committee then made a report complete with a copy of my head cam video and took it to the police. We have not seen the man since. I hope this story illustrates the need for us to work together to protect our children from bad adults. It's not about being tough but rather about keeping your eyes open and talking to your neighbors.
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samwattersJul. 20, 2014 - 10:58PM JST
@Laguna. I am ashamed to say that I am not familiar with the issue or Russian pirated software but if that will help the cause of making sure the downing of this aircraft does not get swept under the carpet then I am with you.
Posted in: Rebels have taken away all plane crash bodies
samwattersJul. 20, 2014 - 09:53PM JST
No more talk. This (the carrying of bodies to secret location and refusing entry to assistance by the rebels) is proof-positive that Russia is involved. Let us common citizens around the globe use the same social media that put the spotlight on Putin and his band of animals (which, I want to emphasize, does NOT include the average Russian citizen) and demand things some of our spineless political leaders won't do.
1.) Boycott and protest Russia hosting of their World Cup whenever it may be. I suggest printing t-shirts, posters, etc. and selling them with all proceeds going to the families of the victims.
2.) Copy/record anything on YouTube that pertains to this crash/attack. Great amounts of files on Twitter, etc. have already by deleted. Got any? Share them. Makes sure this act is not swept under the carpet.
samwattersJul. 18, 2014 - 09:55AM JST
"Population decline is caused by a decrease in the number of women in their 20s and 30s, and the outflow of young people to Tokyo."
Ah, no. Here are some of the intelligent reasons why the population (and childbirth rate) is decreasing.
1.) Children are expensive. Last count said the average cost of a first-born is about 25,000,000 yen (US$250,000) and that gets you to the beginning of college. Hence, the drop in number of children which is leading to population decline.
2.) No affordable day care. We live in an era where two incomes are necessary more often than not and you can't have two incomes if one of the parents (usually the mother) can't work. Hence, the drop in number of children which is leading to population decline.
3.) Marriage on the whole sucks. It was fine when you got married at sixteen and died when you were in your thirties but to get married and have to stay with the same person (and his or her family for forty or fifty years----more on that later) is a drag most of the time. Hence, the drop in number of children which is leading to population decline.
4.) Women's rights. Women are slowly and finally starting to be allowed to earn a living on their own and do not have to rely on a man for financial support and social acceptance. Of course there are still some gold-diggers out there but the majority of women are not in that group and want to enjoy a life of independence. Hence, the drop in number of children which is leading to population decline.
5.) In-laws. These days when you marry your spouse you marry his or her family. The increase in life expectancy means that as your children are walking out the door to begin their lives they will pass their grandparents who are walking in so they can be taken care of. This is physically, emotionally and financially exhausting for "the sandwich generation." Hence, the drop in number of children which is leading to population decline.
6.) The insatiable elderly. This group, for a number of reasons, consumes far more than they contribute which is leading to increased taxes (which are often wasted) to pay for them. The ever increasing amount of taxes combined with the ever increasing rate of taxes is more than the average person can financially bear. Hence, the drop in number of children which is leading to population decline. And finally....
7.) Idiot politicians like Masuda whom I bet has never changed a diaper, cleaned a house and got his seat from a relative. As long as Japan is run by fools like this, we will continue to decline but at least be treated to a steady supply of comedy.
Posted in: Population decline is caused by a decrease in the number of women in their 20s and 30s, and the outflow of young people to Tokyo. We need to implement measures to stem the low birthrates and over-concentration of people in Tokyo.
samwattersJul. 16, 2014 - 09:13PM JST
My friend (a woman) told me this story. She was being mercilessly pursued by a loser-type guy and when she was at her wits end she finally gave in a went on a date with him with the understanding that she would choose the restaurants. They first went to an unagi (eel) restaurant and ate two bowls unagi-don (grilled eel on a bed of rice). Then it was off to a Chinese restaurant for a huge helping of ebi-chilli (sweet-and-sour shrimp) followed by a visit to a donut shop for a few glazed donuts. Then they hit the bars for a round of screwdrivers, cocktails and shots of Jack Daniels. On the ride home in the taxi, she then leaned over and barfed in this guys lap. While the taxi driver was yelling at the man, she quietly got out of the cab and went home. She has never heard from that guy since.
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samwattersJul. 14, 2014 - 07:54PM JST
@Laguna. I see your point about the law regarding physical presence on US territory but just as the courage of Rosa Parks forced a ratified law to be repealed (we must remember that at one time that segregation was legal as disgusting as it is to admit that) we US citizens must find the courage to demand that this outdated law of physical presence guaranteering hearings and placements and etc.that lead to citizenship also be changed. I truly fear if it is not then the US will be on a irrevocable path to ruin. This issue is not about Republican or Democrat; it's about the US retaining its soverignty.
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Aug. 30, 2014 - 11:10PM JST
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Aug. 30, 2014 - 11:09PM JST
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Aug. 30, 2014 - 11:08PM JST
I agree. Japan has always contributed to the world peace and financially supported U.N. mission…
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