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theFuSep. 17, 2014 - 12:41AM JST
As an American, my only question for this decision is ...
will the corporate tax rate be lower than elsewhere?
how easy can my company relocated legally to the new Scotland?
will the corporate tax rate be lower than elsewhere?
how easy can my company relocated legally to the new Scotland?
Posted in: Should Scotland be an independent country?
theFuSep. 15, 2014 - 11:48AM JST
Until we have forced integration, people will not understand that we are all basically the same. We want the same things; to raise our kids so they can have a little better life than we did, with hard work and to live without fear that anyone we know will be harmed. If that isn't the opportunity provided, then groups feel cheated and loose hope. That leads to violence as the only solution they can see. There needs to be opportunity for a better life for everyone in bad situations.
We have to mix the children of the groups who are fighting. Mandatory for decades so that the people learn these "others" are just like them, for the most part. The parents will be against it, so it has to be government mandated and sponsored. Distrust will slowly go away as the older, unmixed generations die off. In 30-40 yrs, the hatred will be mostly gone. If we allow separation to be a way of life, nothing will get better.
Of course, we should test this out with the Israelis and Palestinians first. Short 2-week programs where they mix teens from both sides have created friendships for over a decade since that first meeting. It worked wonders across America in the 1970s-1990s. Some of my best friends are not like me in skin or culture or religion. We still have farther to go and there will always be a minority of haters, but complete distrust between the different peoples is gone for the majority of the population. OTOH, I'm in the "white mans club" according to my black friends, so I can't see the lack of equality in the same ways they see it daily.
Posted in: What do you think is the best way for the global community to deal with the Islamic State?
theFuSep. 14, 2014 - 11:00PM JST
I wish the average American was as outraged over this as I am.
It is time to amend the constitution to provide the same protections for electronic communications as we have in the postal and phone communications.
While we are at it, secret courts need to be outlawed - period. If it is important to do, then it can and should be done in public - or delayed 1 yr at most. If the government cannot have an operation public in that timeframe, then they shouldn't be doing it at all.
It is a matter of trust.
Posted in: Yahoo describes surveillance fight
theFuSep. 14, 2014 - 08:16AM JST
More power to those guys. Perhaps if the pay rate was higher, more people would try?
I know I couldn't do it - let alone 4000/70 (about 57) times a month!
Perhaps if the industry had contests to get 100 amateur men performers at a time for a long weekend of sex and let them wear masks they'd find 1 or 2 who could do it long term?
Posted in: Japanese male porn stars rarer than Bengal tigers, actor says
theFuSep. 14, 2014 - 08:06AM JST
I've been sexually harassed at work twice, but never in Japan.
Fortunately for me, it wasn't my boss doing it.
Once just a simple written letter to the person made it clear her advances were unwanted and she stopped. This was after at least 10, clear, "I'm not interested" statements were made over a week period. This was before email was common.
The other time, she refused to listen and ignored both a written letter and highlighted company policy paragraphs. She showed up outside my home late one night and phoned for a booty call. I notified her boss, who reassigned her to a different floor, then at her next review she was let go. There were lots of inappropriate emails from her as proof.
Nobody needs to be subjected to unwanted sexual advances, especially at work. It is bad for the subject, bad for the company. That doesn't mean people at work can't hook up - just be clear if you are advancing to listen to the response and act accordingly.
Posted in: Female bosses not averse to sexual harassment
theFuSep. 14, 2014 - 01:12AM JST
Meh - battery life is too short.
Come back when it is a
* portable storage device
* that doesn't require any outside services to work
* connects to local mouse, keybaord, and video;
* securely, automatically, and becomes "my desktop" wherever I am
* with a week or more battery life.
* 2TB of storage should be enough
I'd pay $200 if there aren't any outside services required.
Or $30 if they are mandatory, since I'd have to be extremely selective and constantly worry about privacy concerns.
Posted in: What do you think of smartwatches? Would you wear one?
theFuSep. 07, 2014 - 11:49AM JST
I chose my first sentence poorly. Sorry for the confusion it caused. The topic was why foreign films don't do well in the American market, right? Sorry to have stayed on topic, but not being clear that I was.
Do I know any Americans? THAT is just funny. I'm surrounded by them daily for the last 40-something years, except for the occasional trips overseas - usually only 6 times a year these days. ;) Oddly, both my neighbors are NOT native Americans, but the rest of the neighborhood is. I live outside Atlanta, ya'll.
When Americans want to watch TV/Movies, we are lazy. We don't want to work at reading, understanding, and translating non-native sentence structures for understanding. With Asian films, often the historical and cultural aspects of a plot are completely lost too. That is too much work for little payoff. Action movies are easier to understand, so they work better. Asian gore films translate too, but have smaller audiences. I am describing the majority of people in the "fly-over" states where people may have never traveled outside the USA. My Mom had no interest in going overseas - except to Australia, but she loved hearing about my trips everywhere and seeing the photos.
In my extended family of US university educated people - in mostly science and engineering degrees - 4 of 23 will watch a foreign film. We are light on liberal arts in the family. We 4 (the folks who would watch) enjoyed God of Cookery over Xmas together as the rest of the family did other things.
BTW, I'm American - AF-brat and never lived overseas. I worked 80-100 hrs for a few years as my business grew. Now I work much less - and have time to enjoy movies more. Was I lazy - definitely NOT - in relation to my work and business. I enjoy strenuous outdoor activities too, so I'm not lazy then either. However, there are times when watching the "boob-tube", reading subtitles is just too much effort.
Posted in: Foreign films a tough sell in America, but remakes thrive
theFuSep. 07, 2014 - 08:24AM JST
Most Americans are lazy.
There are 20 foreign films in my streaming queue today - might watch 1 this week because reading the subtitles takes much more effort than watching English programming. We half-watch things and multi-task on others just like people around the world do if multiple screens are easily available. Subtitles don't work so well with that behavior.
I'm catching up on a little TV now. The audio is enough to follow the show. Don't need to watch it closely. Can't do that when reading subtitles.
theFuJul. 26, 2014 - 08:04PM JST
Seems like a good rule for all military people in foreign countries, not just Korea and not just the AF.
Posted in: For incoming U.S. airmen in S Korea, a 30-day ban on booze
theFuJul. 24, 2014 - 02:04AM JST
"When We Left Earth" - Every July 20th, I think about this.
NOVA's "Earth From Space" http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/earth-from-space.html
"Just the FACs" - Military channel. Dad flew an O-1.
Posted in: Name 3 of the best documentaries you have ever seen.
theFuJun. 18, 2014 - 11:48PM JST
If the local government wasn't ok with this, then it is called "kidnapping" and it is illegal. Last time I checked, kidnapping was illegal most places in the world.
If, the local government is fine with it, great! Lock em' up!
I thought there was a way to do this within international legal frameworks ... "extradition", isn't that the word?
Posted in: U.S. commandos capture suspected ringleader of Benghazi embassy attack
theFuFeb. 05, 2014 - 08:57AM JST
On the Earth, the climate changes. Always has, always will until the Sun expands and encompasses the orbit of Earth.
It was warmer during the Roman and Greek times than it is now. This is proven by ice cores from Greenland AND in the Andes Mtns of South America. It has been warming and cooler over the millions of years since the Moon was blasted away from it.
CO2 amounts are rising, but is that just correlation or is it causation? THAT is the real question. In the 1970s scientists though another ice age was about to happen and more CO2 was suggested as a way to get higher productivity from farming. Humans are certainly responsible for much of the CO2 released, but there are other huge CO2 factories on Earth too - volcanoes as an example.
Any climate scientist will tell you that 30 yrs of "trend data" for climate studies means NOTHING. They need a few hundreds years of data before making a bold statement such as "global warming." We need 180 more years before "blobal warming" can be declared based on science. At this point it is an unproven theory that may or may not turn out to be fact.
Posted in: Global warming: Fact or fiction?
theFuFeb. 05, 2014 - 03:47AM JST
Why admit anything now?
Posted in: Do you think there are Japanese abductees still alive in North Korea? If yes, why do you think the North Korean government hasn't let them go?
theFuFeb. 05, 2014 - 03:46AM JST
Rushed home to catch the kick-off, but missed it by less than a minute. Fell asleep by the 3rd set of commercials ---- about 10 minutes into the game? Seems I didn't miss anything. The DVR recorded the game, but I haven't bothered to watch that.
The last few years, my friends scheduled business meetings during the superbowl by accident and didn't notice it. We aren't pro football fans. The last time I recall watching the entire game live was during a trip to Asia - in Hong Kong and got reservations at an expat bar with 80% Britts and 1 really, really, really obnoxious American from New York. Fun time even though I didn't know who was playing then either.
Not all Americans love sports and certainly not Pro football. College sports are more to my liking.
Posted in: Super Bowl most-watched TV event in U.S. history
theFuJan. 31, 2014 - 05:07AM JST
I am not German by citizenship, just ancetry, but they definitely appear to agree with my feelings and the US Constitution about spying (4th amendment is clear on this). The USA government has lost their way. I only hope my elected representatives are willing to hear the wisdom of these words.
Perhaps she will call VP Joe Biden to get the communications flowing? You know, like Vice Pres Biden did to Japan's PM Abe?
Posted in: Merkel rebukes U.S., Britain over surveillance
theFuJan. 30, 2014 - 09:56PM JST
Japan’s prime minister decided to visit a shrine in Japan and people outside the country care?
Every country has dead people, some with questionable histories. Paying respect towards the dead seems like a pretty common thing.
Has Joe Biden never visited the Vietnam or Korean War memorials in Washington? Seems that both those counties might not appreciate those places too.
Posted in: Biden spent hour on phone asking Abe not to visit Yasukuni shrine
theFuJan. 30, 2014 - 06:06AM JST
Nice attempt at a redirect from what the rest of the country AND world is discussing. Nice try.
Clearly stealing a page from President Bush, President Clinton, well.... every politician who came before.
Odd, but I miss the days of President Clinton taking a poll about every decision before he made them. President Obama doesn't appear to care how unpopular his programs are. Short of impeachment, we are stuck until 2016.
To be clear, President Bush needed to be impeached too, then brought up on charges against humanity for starting two needless wars when 20 covert teams with unlimited funding should have been used instead.
Posted in: Obama challenges U.S. Congress on inequality in State of the Union address
theFuJan. 16, 2014 - 11:00PM JST
Weather is a factor for all contests and has been throughout history. I don't see this as any different.
Being "the best on any given day" is what these contests are about. The competitors know when and where the contests will occur months if not years in advance. They can train for it, if they like.
If the contest is about "the best performance" - why don't we allow every athlete to "phone it in" from their home gym? For contests with racing, seems like that would be the way to get the best performance to me. Clearly, this is a crazy statement, I'm just trying to make a point.
The best, at the location, on the date, in whatever weather - THAT is the goal of these contests.
Posted in: What do you think about sporting events being held in extreme heat? Tennis players are suffering at the Australian Open, the debate continues over whether to shift the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from summer to winter; and even Tokyo's decision to hold the 2020 Olympics from July 24 to Aug 9 is being criticized.
theFuDec. 22, 2013 - 10:04AM JST
New headline - UFO Attacks Tokyo Tower!
After all, it was unidentified.
Posted in: Elevator to Tokyo Tower’s upper observatory deck reopens after September trouble
theFuDec. 22, 2013 - 12:24AM JST
Mr. Snowden is a P-A-T-R-I-O-T, just like John Hancock, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and all the other framers of the US Constitution. He is risking his life over doing what he believes is right, just like they did 200+ yrs ago. He is doing more good for the world than almost anyone else I can think of in the last 10 yrs.
Is there unnecessary damage? Probably.
Could he have affected change any other way
- perhaps by reporting up his management chain? Probably not.
- leaking to selected reporting outlets, while keeping himself anonymous? Probably not.
- did he need to become identified? Probably. It was a matter of personal safety. If he tried to stay hidden, eventually, he would have been discovered in a hotel room with a bullet in his brain. Of this I am positive.
President Obama is a liar, but so were every other President of the USA for the last 100 years, at least. President Bush wasn't any better, that is certain.
If every US Citizen took the time to read the US-Constitution and 1st 10 Amendments annually, I don't think we would be in this situation. These are fairly short - perhaps 30 minutes total to read them all AND comprehend them. Wikipedia has copies. Pay careful attention to the 4th Amendment, please. It is only 4 lines long. I think that is why Mr. Snowden felt he needed to leak all these documents - his agency was systematically violating the 4th amendment to the US Constitution. That's big stuff folks.
Spying on US Citizens without a warrant is clearly against the US Constitution. Spying on other people around the world ... well, that is a completely different question. It is clearly bad for US businesses, but I think that every other country does something similar, just not with the same levels of expertise. Should we be buying made-in-China network equipment? Probably not.
I should say that I've held a DoD clearance where I couldn't talk to my boss about my job. My annual performance reviews were a joke. He would say that the client was happy, tell me I'd gotten the highest rating in the group and that was all he could say, then hand me a 3% pay raise with 50% of that coming as cash added to my next paycheck.
Fortunately, I never had any moral complaints about the secrecy involved. Did think long and hard about whether I could spill any secret information as part of our mandatory, annual, ethics training. I couldn't, at least not on purpose or through any deliberate action or inaction; not in my character.
Did Mr. Snowden harm data gathering around the world? Yep. No doubt. Should that data have been gathered in the first place? I don't know. I do KNOW that the data gathered inside the USA is unconstitutional, it will just take a little more time for the Supreme Court to agree with me. They've gotten that ruling wrong previously, but those are smart people and will overturn that ruling in the future, I'm positive. I have faith.
Posted in: Obama says Snowden leaks caused 'unnecessary damage'
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I don't accept current copyright laws as they were paid for by media corporations and enacted…
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