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ubikwitMay. 18, 2013 - 04:17AM JST
Hollywood sucks, as do the movies discussed in this article.
Posted in: JJ Abrams boldly going from 'Trek' to 'Star Wars'
ubikwitMay. 16, 2013 - 02:57AM JST
Yes, that and also having the leverage to exert pressure to force some action on the part of Sony.
He is trying to promulgate and exploit a weakness of Sony that he can actually make worse by applying pressure, forcing them to (re)act in response to his high-profile prevarications.
analysts latched onto the idea as a way for Sony to unlock hidden value
analysts latched onto the idea as a way for Sony to unlock hidden value
is indicative of the fact that the finance industry stands to profit if such a course were adopted, but no one else. The so-called "hidden value" would simply be funny money swept up and away in trading transactions, with no impact on the real economy.
Posted in: U.S. hedge fund boss lobbies for breakup of Sony
ubikwitMay. 15, 2013 - 03:06AM JST
Like all war mongers, Hashimoto is a sociopath.
Posted in: Gov't - but not Ishihara - backs away from Hashimoto's comfort women comments
ubikwitMay. 07, 2013 - 07:10PM JST
Aso is still an idiot and he proves to the world that he knows next to nothing about the history of his country or the region.
China and Japan had rather productive relations between the Qin and Tang dynasties, and was particularly influenced by Chinese culture during the Tang dynasty, when many Japanese diplomatic missions were made and many books, etc. were brought to Japan from China.
Students of Buddhism will know that Kukai, Saicho and Esai Zenji all traveled to China and sent time there studying and being ordained, with Kukai being made the leader of the Shingon sect by his Chinese teacher. There are many other examples of positive interaction. China feel into decline toward the end of the Tang, and that is when Japan stopped sending diplomatic missions and scholars, but trade continued.
@House Atreides The 1274 invasion may have been something of a departure, but that was after China had been sacked by the Mongols, who then attempted to invade Japan.
Posted in: Japan has never had smooth ties with China: Aso
ubikwitMay. 07, 2013 - 06:56PM JST
It was obvious that the ridiculously overvalued yen had to (and could) be reigned in.
Noda was a tool, allowing the US Federal Reserve to act in a manner that unilaterally inflated the value of the ye, and Wall St. capitalized on that.
Noda's idiocy allowed the LDP to sweep back into power.
The real problem with Abe is that he is aligned with factions of the US establishment connected to the military industrial complex.
Posted in: Japan's neighbors cautiously welcome 'Abenomics'
ubikwitMay. 06, 2013 - 01:29AM JST
An exchange rate of 100 yen to the dollar is what the policy should be geared toward at present.
This is more about international balance than domestic inflation, though the two are obviously connected.
Posted in: BOJ minutes show some members wary of risks of bold easing
ubikwitMay. 06, 2013 - 01:26AM JST
There's nothing wrong with the Constitution.
These troglodytes don't have the cranial capacity to actually accomplish something within the light of day in the modern world of democracy, so they want to throw things back to the good old days of FEUDALISM!
Posted in: Abe's 'stealth' constitution plan raises civil rights fears
ubikwitMay. 06, 2013 - 01:17AM JST
From the salaries of the newly employed, for one.
The overvalued yen hits the manufacturing sector and puts people out of work.
That creates added strain on the social welfare system at the same time as resulting in reduced income from taxes.
The American QE is all about keeping the economy afloat and reducing unemployment.
The Empire Finance sectors of the US and UK and their crony politicos are responsible for the present debacle.
Posted in: 'Abenomics' detractors brace for 'I told you so' moment
ubikwitMay. 01, 2013 - 01:53PM JST
The only thing that Abe has done right thus far is to take on the no-brainer task of addressing the ridiculously overvalued yen.
Reversing the damage caused by Noda under the yoke of his Goldman Sachs handlers is the easy part.
ubikwitMay. 01, 2013 - 01:40PM JST
Would be nice to have captions for the photos.
Posted in: Good gardening
ubikwitMay. 01, 2013 - 05:57AM JST
Interesting. Where will this go from here?
Posted in: Italian judge rejects Nomura funds seizure
ubikwitApr. 25, 2013 - 02:13PM JST
This is something I've been pointing out here since the onset of the TPP fanfare.
TPP is a divide-and-conquer wolf in sheep's clothing.
Why can't we work withing the GATT framework? It would seem that the TPP will have to be in conformance with GATT, at any rate.
Tarrifs are not necessarily a bad thing. For one, they protect small countries from larger countries in many ways. That is why GATT has provisions that prevent economies of scale from dictating trade policy.
Neo-liberal free-marketism is a smoke-and-mirrors screening of corporate activity against small enterprise around the world.
Posted in: WTO faces irrelevance: NZ trade minister
ubikwitApr. 20, 2013 - 02:10AM JST
shut down the funny money express.
Posted in: Italian police seize JP Morgan records in Monte Paschi probe
ubikwitApr. 18, 2013 - 03:57AM JST
lock 'em up.
Posted in: Italian police seize 1.8 bil euros from Japan's Nomura
ubikwitApr. 18, 2013 - 03:49AM JST
Like Reagan, she was a tool of the ruling class.
I doubt it. She had a negative impact on many more peoples lives than she had a positive impact on.
It makes me ill to look at her photos. I loath the sector of Britain she represents.
Sorry to speak ill of the dead, but the pomp was not deserved.
A much more low key affair was in order, and it probably represents partisan opportunism and a lack of respect that it wasn't otherwise.
Posted in: Thatcher's body lies in chapel as funeral debate rages
ubikwitApr. 18, 2013 - 03:37AM JST
The problem with this report is that there is no mention of the collaboration between the crime organizations and Western intelligence agencies interested in leveraging the criminal organizations to destabilize the respective societies alla mode Laissez-faire.
Posted in: Organized crime worth $90 bil a year in East Asia, Pacific
ubikwitApr. 14, 2013 - 02:38AM JST
Well, the West was aiming to displace a thorn in its side in the form of an Iranian-allied Syria, but the lack of foresight backfired, just like with Iraq.
Now it's a total calamity, and the only way out has to be elections, which Assad will probably win.
So the best the West can probably do is to gain concessions on reform from Assad in return for helping halt the violence.
That's what they should have done in the first place, instead of trying to discredit him.
Posted in: West struggles for Syria strategy
ubikwitApr. 14, 2013 - 02:31AM JST
The point you miss is the burakumin and yakuza connection, for which he himself, and not just his father, is well known.
According to most studies on the yakuza, approximately 60% are burakumin.
The main point should have been (if it wasn't) the potential of an organized-crime connected politician rising in popularity.
Posted in: Hashimoto's feud with Asahi resurfaces
ubikwitApr. 12, 2013 - 06:10AM JST
He does not get to keep his job, as the Diet impeached him: "dismissal".
Posted in: Assistant judge fired for taking upskirt film
ubikwitApr. 10, 2013 - 04:41AM JST
I wonder what play they saw.
Posted in: An afternoon at the theater
May. 20, 2013 - 11:20AM JST
Shintaro Ishihara's worst nightmare.
Posted in: 'Moe' madness: Gov't realizes selling power of cute 2D girls
May. 20, 2013 - 11:19AM JST
i had a 17 euro mpman which was about 3,5 cm³ which could record at quite…
Posted in: Ultra-lightweight micro-cube MP3 player
May. 20, 2013 - 11:17AM JST
If I billed my clients extra for the electricity I used while working on their projects,…
Posted in: Do you think airlines are sneaky about fuel surcharges, fees for extra baggage and other charges for various services?
May. 20, 2013 - 11:15AM JST
Of course it is. But in the end people dont really care or they wouldnt fly.…
My uncle attempted suicide, failed and was hospitalized for his injuries. Once he regained enough strength,…
Posted in: Murder suspect commits suicide in hospital