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BrainiacSep. 15, 2014 - 07:35AM JST
First, choke off their funds by hacking into their bank accounts. Second, choke off their arms supplies. They must be buying their weapons from someone. Third, governments should pressure YouTube, Twitter and Facebook to stop IS from using social media to post grisly images. Without money, weapons or PR outlets, all they can do is stand on street corners and shout slogans.
At least, I 'd like to see all the above attempted before military action.
Posted in: What do you think is the best way for the global community to deal with the Islamic State?
BrainiacSep. 12, 2014 - 07:37AM JST
I love ponzu. All summer I have been using it on cold shabu-shabu.
Posted in: Ponzu packs a punch
BrainiacSep. 12, 2014 - 07:33AM JST
How does Lagarde manage to stay perpetually tanned?
Posted in: Sushi chat
BrainiacSep. 11, 2014 - 11:13AM JST
I've asked this question for years and no one has ever been able to give me a satisfactory answer. Why aren't exchange rates pegged? How would it be bad for economies if the exchange rates were pegged? I'm not an economist, so can anyone explain it to me simply please?
Posted in: Businesses in Japan are growing concerned about the yen weakening further. What would you like to see the yen-dollar exchange rate stabilize at?
BrainiacSep. 11, 2014 - 07:41AM JST
I wonder if this is the same lowlife who stabbed the guide dog or whether it was someone who just snapped and did it on impulse.
Posted in: Visually impaired school girl kicked from behind in Saitama
BrainiacSep. 09, 2014 - 09:00AM JST
I just watched "Back to the Future II" recently, which was made in 1985 and which was partly set in 2015. It was interesting to see what filmmakers back in 1985 thought life in 2015 would be like. Flying cars, for example.
Being influenced by movies, I thought there might be flying cars. I definitely thought there would be a cure for cancer by now. I thought plane travel would be faster but flight times between countries has hardly changed since the jumbo jet was introduced.
Posted in: When you were younger, which inventions or technological developments did you think we would have by now, but which have not eventuated?
BrainiacSep. 04, 2014 - 07:49AM JST
Robotics; some automotive technology, particularly in collision-prevention systems; some cell phone contents; biotech is strong; cameras; high-speed rail tech; anime; toilets; vending machines; and lots more that I just can't think of right now.
Posted in: Which industries do you think Japan still leads the world in?
BrainiacSep. 02, 2014 - 07:44AM JST
I sometimes make short karate chops in the air when I want to walk in front of someone. I also sometimes bow when I shake hands. But otherwise, it is mainly language - adding Japanese words to English sentences.
Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right?
BrainiacAug. 27, 2014 - 03:04PM JST
Horrible shoes on Sasaki. No style at all.
Posted in: Full bloom
BrainiacAug. 27, 2014 - 08:15AM JST
I love chilled somen, and chilled pasta as well in summer.
Posted in: Somen noodles perfect for a Japanese summer
BrainiacAug. 26, 2014 - 01:54PM JST
Definitely, especially U.S. and British TV programs. I think it's always been that way. Movies tend to rehash the same topics, but TV shows are often well written an d more original. Recently, I have been watching programs from the 1970s, such as "Columbo" and "Kojak." And despite the outdated fashions, cars etc, the stories hold up well. More recently, I have been enjoying "The West Wing" and "Twin peaks" all over again. Great viewing.
Posted in: Do you think TV programs these days provide much higher quality entertainment than movies?
BrainiacAug. 22, 2014 - 04:25PM JST
I doubt he is innocent. In that situation, an innocent man would not risk his life and jump onto the tracks. He'd stay there and heatedly proclaim he is innocent. I know that's what I'd do.
Besides, if he is innocent, what could he hope to achieve by running? Does he think he can just go home and show up for work the next day as if nothing happened? He'll be looking over his shoulder and panic every time he sees a policeman.
Posted in: Train groper escapes along tracks at Ebisu station in Tokyo
BrainiacAug. 22, 2014 - 02:09PM JST
Anxiety about one's financial future could make one stingy, I suppose, especially if you are living on a tight budget. It doesn't leave much disposable income for charity.
Posted in: Anxiety makes Japanese stingy, says psychologist
BrainiacAug. 22, 2014 - 09:49AM JST
In my opinion, the most effective way to fight these groups is to choke off their supply of weapons and their funds. Someone must be selling them their rifles and ammo. A concerted international joint police effort should be made to put those arms dealers out of business. Then, governments should go after their bank accounts. Use the best hackers in the world, if need be, to find these bank accounts and empty them. Without funds and ammo, all they can do is shout slogans on street corners or on YouTube videos.
Posted in: U.S. warns of long cross-border war against Islamic State
BrainiacAug. 21, 2014 - 08:53AM JST
I saw this question on JT's Facebook page and the majority of readers there want to be able to see these videos if they so choose. Well, I have to ask what sort of a person would want to watch a video of a man being beheaded? How is it in the public interest to have such videos available to the public? I suppose those people want the right to watch snuff movies, as well.
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?
BrainiacAug. 21, 2014 - 07:54AM JST
Just once, I'd like a reporter to ask the parents, "How can you not know your daughter was pregnant, if she was living with you? Are you blind, stupid or both?"
Posted in: 17-year-old girl arrested over death of newborn infant
BrainiacAug. 21, 2014 - 07:46AM JST
I saw a report on NHK last night and I think they said there are more than 30,000 locations nationwide where houses have been built right at the foot of mountains like this, and are in danger of being engulfed by landslides. I suppose in a densely populated country, you're in trouble, no matter where you build. If you're near the coast, you are risk from a tsunami, near a mountain, it's landslides, near a river, it's flooding, and anywhere else, typhoons.
Posted in: Landslide
BrainiacAug. 20, 2014 - 02:55PM JST
As usual, when someone does something generous or charitable, some readers have to be critical. Masayoshi Son's generosity is well-known. For example, he is donating his salary for the rest of his life to the victims of the Tohoku disaster.
In this case, he was probably asked by the organizers of the Ice Bucket Challenge to participate, just as the other celebs were in the related story. I'm sure he was happy to do so. What do critics think he should have done? Say no, or do it in secret so no one knows about it?
Posted in: Ice Bucket Challenge
BrainiacAug. 20, 2014 - 10:09AM JST
I think this rice will be the most stringently tested rice in Japan and is probably safe. I'd be willing to buy it if it will help Fukushima farmers. I have already been buying peaches from Fukushima each summer since 2011 and will continue to do so.
Posted in: Japan to resume Fukushima rice exports
BrainiacAug. 20, 2014 - 08:34AM JST
Yes, I do miss the simplicity of life back then. I enjoyed being able to go on a holiday without having to check emails. I enjoyed writing letters and receiving them, especially postcards from friends and relatives overseas. I read more books than I do today.
But I suppose everyone generation can say the same thing about the "good old days." My grandmother used to get nostalgic for a time when there were no TVs and the family all had dinner together every night.
Posted in: Are you old enough to remember a time when there were no cell phones, no email, no Internet and no way to keep you connected to the world 24 hours a day? If so, do you sometimes think back on that time fondly?
Sep. 16, 2014 - 01:53PM JST
You guys are forgetting that these are crazy fundamentalists as well. I don't know what the…
Posted in: Obama picking his targets in Iraq and Syria while missing the point
routine is not hard to master.
Posted in: Will Apple's digital wallet kill the card swipe?
Sep. 16, 2014 - 01:52PM JST
apple has quite a bit of catching up to do.
Seeing as they are the #2…
Posted in: Apple a decade behind Japan on mobile payment curve
Plug in 365+ times a year as opposed to 52 times a year? Which one is…
Daniel neagari: "That is a pretty good idea... the problem is, that even if Japan does…
Posted in: Nations square off at whaling conference