smartacus's past comments

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    Brainiac

    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?

  • 6

    Brainiac

    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

  • 3

    Brainiac

    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

  • 7

    Brainiac

    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

  • 3

    Brainiac

    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

  • 8

    Brainiac

    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?

  • -1

    Brainiac

    Besides the usual reasons of greed, ideology and natural resources, another is that there are still too many nations without democracies. I may be wrong but I can't think of one example in human history where two democracies went to war against each other. Of course, I know that the Nazis were elected democratically but they quickly turned Germany into a dictatorship.

    Posted in: Most people wish, hope and pray for peace in the world. So why are there still so many wars going on?

  • 0

    Brainiac

    Aladdin, Awakenings, Insomnia and any Academy Awards ceremony he hosted.

    Posted in: What are your favorite film memories of Robin Williams?

  • 0

    Brainiac

    I think moderate Islam can co-exist in the West. I have many Muslim friends in Australia and the U.S. and they are all decent people. It's the extremists who are the problem. In Japan, the Muslim community don't seem to have any problems.

    Posted in: Can Islam and the Western world coexist peacefully?

  • 9

    Brainiac

    Whoever invented air conditioning deserves a monument, By the way, I don't know how they are going to manage the Olympics in this heat in 2020. The marathoners will collapse.

    Posted in: 39 prefectures record highest temperatures so far this year

  • 1

    Brainiac

    We don't know whether it was rape or attempted rape. It depends on the legal definition of rape. For example, if there were no penetration, then the act might not be considered rape. The guy might have masturbated in front of the woman. Also, perhaps the police and woman do not want the stigma of rape hanging over her. We don't know and shouldn't presume anything. If the police say attempted rape, that's sufficient.

    Posted in: Man held over attempted rape of woman in park toilet

  • 0

    Brainiac

    I'll definitely have to visit this place.

    Posted in: Go ahead, bake my day

  • 0

    Brainiac

    I sleep on a damp pillow case every night when it is really hot. It helps me to drop off to sleep much faster.

    Posted in: 3,179 people taken to hospital for heatstroke July 14-20

  • 3

    Brainiac

    This was an unusual case and I certainly don't think the police were at fault, despite what readers such as Frungy think.

    On the very day that the victim consulted police for the first time, the stalker had already made his plans. Police tried to call him but it wasn't his phone. Furthermore, police called the girl once she got home and asked if everything was alright. And the guy was in the closet, waiting until she ended the call.

    Even if a police officer had escorted her home, there is no way that he would have gone into the house, opened every closet or looked under the beds. Parking a police car outside the house would have made no difference since the stalker was already inside. Besides, police so not have the manpower to assign officers around the clock. Also, police would never give her a can of mace; they might advise her to get one, but remember, there was no time. She was killed that very day. Same with the mobile panic button. It wouldn't have prevented the attack.

    I think we just have to accept that this was one of those cases where circumstances and timing were in favor of the perp. Stalking is a very difficult crime to deal with. It's very easy for some readers to say the police should have done this or done that, but as we all know hindsight is an exact science.

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  • 2

    Brainiac

    The Blue Planet, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Civil War

    Posted in: Name 3 of the best documentaries you have ever seen.

  • 2

    Brainiac

    I find it weird that the very existence of McDonald's seems to bother some people on this thread. I bet the haters also hate companies like Starbucks and Coca-Cola.

    Personally, I quite enjoy a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder once a month and the kids love McDonald's occasionally. It's a friendly experience.

    Also, the contributions that McDonald's makes to local communities in terms of CSR and sports sponsorship and too many charities to mention here are enormous. And don't forget they employ more than 150,000 people in Japan.

    By the way, there are more healthy items on the menu these days compared to a few years ago.

    Anyway, the magazine is just speculating. McDonald's is certainly not going to be leaving Japan.

    So if you don't like McDonald's, don't eat there. It's quite simple.

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  • 0

    Brainiac

    sillygirl

    I have never shopped at Costco. How fresh is the fruit there? For example, where do they get their big peaches? Are they imported? And how much cheaper are they than what I pay at my supermarket (680 yen for two peaches from Yamanashi)?

    Posted in: Why are summer fruits, such as peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, etc, so expensive in Japan?

  • 0

    Brainiac

    It's a nice restaurant and the food is excellent but what I don't like about steakhouses is they charge you about 7,000 yen minimum for a piece of steak and that's all you get on the plate. You then have to buy side orders like mashed potatoes, cream of spinach, etc. If you're a first timer and you don't know this, you may feel like you're not getting value for money.

    Posted in: Ruby Jack’s: Playing for high steaks

  • 2

    Brainiac

    You have to be very sensitive to what the other person is going through and understand that they are feeling depressed, frustrated and sad that you can't return their feelings. A face-to-face talk is best, in which you can try to explain that you are not interested in a relationship and that you wouldn't be a good match. Don't do it by email and don't use platitudes such as "You'll get over it" and "There are plenty of fish in the sea," etc. The other person can't see that; they only have feelings for you at the moment.

    The situation can become more difficult if you're working in the same office and may not be resolved unless one of you leaves the company.

    It's also important that the person suffering unrequited love have a friend in their life who can talk to them. If you know such a person, you should ask him/her to speak to that person.

    Posted in: If you are the object of unrequited love, what is the best way to deal with the situation so that it doesn't worsen?

  • 4

    Brainiac

    He can't seem to stay in Japan more than two weeks before going abroad again.

    Posted in: Abe to visit 5 nations in Latin America, Caribbean

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