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samwattersOct. 21, 2014 - 11:06PM JST
"Even before Oslo became the fourth city to drop out of the race for the 2022 Games, the International Olympic Committee had started reviewing its bidding system to make it more appealing and less expensive for future host cities."
There is a wonderful article that highlights the greed of the IOC swine written by Dan Wentzel of Sports Illustrated on the Olso negotiations. Here is what members of the IOC demand when visiting a city that wishes to become a candidate city. Read on and prepare to get angry.
1.) First class tickets for each IOC and their "assistants."
2.) A car waiting for them at the airport, preferably a Mercedes or BMW complete with driver.
3.) A lane of traffic all to themselves (yes, I'm serious!) with red light operations stopped or police officers waiting at every intersection to stop traffic.
4.) A special entrance to the hotel that cannot be used by any other guests (no, behind the hotel, near the kitchen is not acceptable).
5.) Upon arrival the IOC team will be met by every hotel employee who should be smiling enthusiastically (yes, again, I am serious).
This is in addition to all of the under-the-table bribes that cannot be proven but we know exist. The IOC team went to Oslo, Norway, received this treatment and then said the price for hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games would be...
....are you ready for this......?
.....71 billion US dollars. Makes me wonder what Tokyo has promised.....
Norway told the IOC to go to hell. When reminded of the confidentiality agreement Norway made this information public.
"There is strong interest (in 2024), Bach said in a recent interview with The Associated Press."
Bach is lying. There is no interest by any legitimate country to host the Games. No one in their right mind wants to host a two-week sports festival that costs more than a 2-year war during an economic period that resembles a depression. The IOC; crooks, liars and scroundrels.
Posted in: Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024 Olympics
samwattersOct. 19, 2014 - 12:04PM JST
I've written this many times; in my native Detroit---one of the most violent cities in America---crimes against children were not tolerated. Remember, we didn't have GPS trackers, cell phones or beepers in the 1970's when the kids left the house in the morning, came home for a quick lunch and then went out again until the cars started using their headlights. The joyous adventures that I had as a child and the independence that it learned from them have helped me as an adult and I lament that I cannot allow my son the same freedom because of how society has changed.
Posted in: Nowadays, for fear of child predators, it is no longer considered safe to let young children go by themselves to and from school, to a friend's house, play in parks or at the beach, go to shops and so on. Was it like this when you were young?
samwattersOct. 17, 2014 - 11:24PM JST
"I know for a fact that I can run faster than hornets can fly."
If you can then you are the fastest human in the world; Japanese hornets have been clocked at 45kph.
Posted in: 26 students stung by hornets in Kumamoto
samwattersOct. 15, 2014 - 10:59AM JST
@Marcelito. The employees from the president on down at Hokkaido Electric Power (or Hokuden as it is known in Hokkaido) will not receive a winter bonus this year. Granted none of them will starve but they are making an effort to share in the pain.
Posted in: Gov't approves Hokkaido Electric rate hike
samwattersOct. 13, 2014 - 11:20AM JST
Regular paper newspapers are easier to read in the bathroom than a tablet, or so some say!
Posted in: What can newspapers offer that digitally delivered journalism cannot?
samwattersOct. 06, 2014 - 07:08PM JST
"Allow them say, 150% of the national average salary, then watch them scramble to raise national incomes across the board."
@Cleo. Now THAT is an idea worth considering!! Does anyone know if such a proposal can find its way to the ballot box? It varies but in the US an initiative must be proposed and voted on if 20% of the community or 20,000 people sign the petition. Is this possible in Japan?
Posted in: Abe still neutral on whether to raise sales tax: Amari
samwattersOct. 06, 2014 - 12:09PM JST
"Investors are the ones risking their money and thus have a right to be concerned with whatever they wish. Of course growth would be great but they don't want to see the government's finances fall into further disrepair either, this is just the reality."
Intelligent point. Fair enough. Investors are more-or-less floating the country now.
"Government finances will get worse in any case since the tax hike alone isn't enough (it was merely a first step towards their initial goal of eliminating the primary balance deficit by 2020), but the pace at which finances worsen will most probably slow because of the tax hike increase (an improvement to that extent)."
But the first step to eliminating debt is to stop adding to it. If the government wants to increase the taxes then it must show that it will reign in its spending. In 1997 the public was promised that the tax increase would be matched by corresponding spending cuts. They lied; they spent and borrowed more. We are now being sold the same gaggle of promises and threats and we're not buying it this time unless the government shares in the pain. Don't misunderstand me, I think the majority of Japanese would be willing to share in the sacrifice of higher taxes but "share" is the operative word.
"No easy / smart options, only tough ones. Whichever route the government chooses they will be criticised, unless they can really show some guts, be honest and start by eliminating some Diet members as a symbolic show of unity with the public."
Excellent idea. We should begin with the Upper House, the so-called "chamber of wisdom." Did you catch the news about the diet not being able to meet because some woman decided to wear a scarf which is in violation of some rule which irritated some other people .......our taxes in action! Thank you for a thoughtful, well-written post.
samwattersOct. 06, 2014 - 08:16AM JST
Idiots, the lot of them.
I am a simple man, still use my fingers to count on ocassion, so can Abe or any of these other fools explain to me how an increase in tax will reduce government debt if the government spends over a 100% of what it takes in? And how about all of the other taxes that pour into the glutton's coffers in Tokyo and the rest of our regional and local government offices; there are the income taxes, the property taxes, the price of gasoline is 45% tax, the car tax, the inspection/shakken fee is again 40%~50% tax, etc. etc. etc. I mean, jeezus, how much do you really need? The average Japanese elected official makes 22,000,000 yen a year (about US$200,000) and the national civi servants aren't far behind. You are taxing and spending yourself into extinction. Japan depends way to heavily on taxes to support itself and it needs to change. What happens if this continues? Mass flight from Japan by tax payers--don't worry, the ones getting supported will stick around---and economic death. See my hometown of Detroit for an example of the tax-spend-die philosophy employeed by corrupt politicians and civil servants for an example. Set your browser's safety on "high" if the images of homeless and/or dead people bother you.
samwattersOct. 04, 2014 - 10:55AM JST
"The killing was also condemned by the Muslim Council of Britain, the country’s biggest Muslim umbrella organization."
If this is true (I cannot find it in the article) then I applaud the statement. However more is needed; we must create a way for Muslims to distinguish and distance themselves from radical Islam and Muslims must choose to do so or risk being rightfully placed in the category of "supporter of militant/radical Islam." I am an atheist but support the rights of all to practice non-violent religions but the dangers being posed by what some claim are minority radical elements of Islam cannot continue to be ignored. I would welcome any suggestions from the Muslim community as to how the separation of radical Islam from mainstream Islam can be achieved or even if it can be achieved.
Posted in: Jihadists behead British aid worker; battle for Kurdish town
samwattersOct. 04, 2014 - 10:44AM JST
"Japan' s upper house of Diet often called " a chamber of wisdom " - LOL...thats the real joke of the day."
Well said. It is common knowledge that the Upper House is bereft of knoweldge; it is a freakshow being a collection of former pro wrestlers, actors, "talents" and strange single-issue people. It is a complete and total waste of time, energy and money. One of the reasons Toru Hashimoto became so popular was his promise to eradicate it if he was elected. I would call it a circus but that would be an insult to clowns and bearded ladies who actually do some real work.
Posted in: Diet rocked by dispute over justice minister's red scarf
samwattersOct. 03, 2014 - 07:59AM JST
December 10 will be a sad day for Japan. The more I learn about Abe the more I just can't help being repulsed by the man.
Posted in: State secret law to take effect Dec 10
samwattersOct. 02, 2014 - 10:36AM JST
"Bottom line here is that if there is no evidence of a threat, as the author above admits, why even spend the time writing about this bizarre fantasy of ISIS committing crimes against Tokyo?"
Because it is a KUCHIKOMI article which is meant to stir up debate, discussion and disagreement and right now no subject is more polarizing than Islamic State.
Posted in: Could Islamic State reach Japan?
samwattersOct. 01, 2014 - 12:44PM JST
Posted in: Japan protests over banner of Korean assassin at Asian Games
samwattersOct. 01, 2014 - 12:16PM JST
"Ahn shot and killed an unarmed 68-year-old man. And this is heroism?"
"Given the circumstances, yes."
While one's opinion of Ahn certainly depends on which country one is from, I think the salient point is that these Games are supposed to be unifiers to help us move into better relations so the world can become more peaceful rather than for chances for countries to scream at each other, "You great-grandfather did this to my great-grandfather." Zootmoney got it right; the world was a different place 100 years ago. Let's see each other for what we are now rather than complain what a different generation did decades ago.
samwattersOct. 01, 2014 - 10:34AM JST
@CraigHicks. You're right, Craig. That is a positive step!
samwattersOct. 01, 2014 - 08:48AM JST
These games have been an embarrassment from the start for Asia's so-called "Big Three." From stealing cameras (Japan) to nasty comments about national anthems (China) to complaining about foreign-born athletes (China and Japan) to this classless act (Korea) and the equally dumb response (again Japan) these Asian games have been like watching a kindergarten class of spolied children.
samwattersSep. 29, 2014 - 02:31PM JST
Do you think teleworking will gain wide acceptance in Japan?
No, too many men in Japan use the office as a means to escape their family.
Posted in: Do you think teleworking will gain wide acceptance in Japan?
samwattersSep. 27, 2014 - 03:14PM JST
"My point is that this guy lost it because he'd been fired for doing something that his Christian colleagues do every day."
According to the report by ABC Nolen also threatened violence to people who refused his attempts at conversions. I don't know if Christians do that or not but either way religion should be a person's private business and the office is not the place to recruit. Full disclosure; I'm an atheist so I generally don't favor when group over the other except when violence is used.
Posted in: Oklahoma worker beheads colleague after being sacked
samwattersSep. 27, 2014 - 01:50PM JST
Hi, Cleo. This is from the article above.
"A worker who had recently tried to convert colleagues to Islam beheaded one of them in a frenzied knife rampage after being fired from his job, police in Oklahoma said Friday."
According to ABC news in the US his attempting to convert fellow workers to Islam was the main reason he was fired. SInce this is the first instance of workplace violence involving the removal of a head which just seems to be the M.O. of Islamic militants I think it's reasonable to reach the conclusion that this was done in the name of Islam.
samwattersSep. 27, 2014 - 01:26PM JST
"Sounds more like another American nutter than a Muslim extremist who's only available weapon to vent was a knife?"
I will never understand why even intelligent people cannot bring themselves to blame Muslims when Muslims do bad things in the name of Islam.
Oct. 22, 2014 - 10:49PM JST
Hey! Hang on! Yeah, the perp is dead, but so is the innocent woman. There's nothing…
Posted in: Woman found stabbed to death; suspect jumps from building roof
Oct. 22, 2014 - 10:48PM JST
The interest rate of long term (10 year) Japanese Government bond is less that 0.50%…
Posted in: Shaky Japanese economy hit by growing trade deficit
Oct. 22, 2014 - 10:45PM JST
Time for a new advertising agency...
You do know that these operations are named using a…
Posted in: U.S., Japan to conduct joint military drill for island defense
Oct. 22, 2014 - 10:43PM JST
bass still living in dreamland I see....
Posted in: Clinton says women's rights under assault by Republicans
Oct. 22, 2014 - 10:39PM JST
The way this article reads, the issue was actually that the perps created a fake Facebook…
Posted in: Court orders Facebook to reveal revenge porn IP addresses