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    viking68

    FizzBit And what if we're self employed?

    It is still considered foreign source income. You would not get the foreign earned income exemption since that applies to employees, but you should have your U.S. tax liability covered by foreign tax credits related to taxes paid in Japan....

    Per the 2014 instructions for 2014: "Gross income means all income you received in the form of money, goods, property, and services that is not exempt from tax, including any income from sources outside the United States or from the sale of your main home (even if you can exclude part or all of it)."

    Posted in: Attention U.S. taxpayers: Are you ready for FATCA?

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    What the heck is going on with this case? Was the sacred apology not given, and res ipsa there is guilt.

    Damages need to have negligence or some intent on the kid's part to hit the guy and proximate cause to the negligence/intent and the injury/death.

    An 80 year old guy getting dementia. An 80 year old dying. How in the world is that a proximate cause to a misplaced ball. Maybe the broken leg, but I would fault the city and not the kid.

    Posted in: Parents of schoolboy liable for Y15 million after wayward soccer ball leads to man’s death

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    I am curious if there is a difference when considering gender.

    The general consensus among employers is that Japanese women have better English ability and have spent actual time overseas. Whereas men tend to only have the occasional trip to Hawaii as their overseas experience.

    Posted in: 58.4% of high school seniors say they don't like studying English

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    China is getting more PR advice with comments like this, but doesn't China question Japan's desire for peace as a matter of course and certainly if Japan doesn't agree with it?

    Posted in: Chinese envoy urges Japan to stick to past apology

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    I too am afraid of a Republican congress and President.

    Jeb would also bring in the prior Bush croneys and empower the fringe Republican nutters.

    I kind of like Bobby Jindal too, but I don't know enough about him yet. Still, I don't want Republicans to control everything. The country usually functions better when one party doesn't control both the WH and congress. Republicans recently broke that typical rule of thumb by becoming the party of No.

    Posted in: Clinton emails breathe new life into Benghazi panel

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    Laguna, I also am not a Clinton fan. I was glad that during Bill Clinton's terms, the budget was finally balanced. He turned into a moderate, like most presidents do. Overall, he was one of our best presidents.

    H Clinton seems fairly reasonable when when compared to who the Republicans would want to put up for the job. I do like Jeb Bush, who seems to be smarter than his brother and less apt to be led by hawks. Still, I would rather not have another Bush in the WH after what we got from the last two. The first two Bush's just left a bad taste in my mouth after expecting so much from them, and we could only expect more of the same from Jeb.

    She is capable and smart, aside from using a personal email server which creates unnecessary questions. Plus, I would like to see a (capable) woman as president.

    Posted in: Clinton emails breathe new life into Benghazi panel

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    viking68

    It is all pretty calculating, the excuses unbelievable, and pretty stupid. However, there are at least two people on any email, the sender and recipient. The evidence is there. If there was something bad hiding in the communications, I am sure the Republicans will let us all know.

    However, the one thing Republicans don't want is to have all the information. Then they have to act on facts, which they are not so good with in any case. They want uncertainty because otherwise there is nothing there to raise a stink about and detract from their own agenda..

    Now, look at what flawed evidence Republicans are known for: fabricated and trumped up evidence about aluminum tubes being purchased in Africa for uranium enrichment by Iraq in order to support a war responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths, outing a CIA operative because her husband had the courage to stand up to those lies, fabricated video evidence of WMD that the CIA was pressured to go along with without verification, unwillingness to source check the lies spread by their inside man Curveball because it would have conflicted with their goals of having a war, Cheney working behind Bush's back, the creation of a new intelligence agency at the DoD under the control of Rumsfeld and Cheney to provide misleading support for the war because the Republicans didn't have the CIA firmly in their back pocket.

    The huge issue with Clinton and the only thing Republicans can seem to hang their hat on to discredit Clinton is Benghazi, where terrorists attacked a small consular building that was inadequately protected. Several people lost their life because of whatever decisions where made. No proof has been found that puts the blame Clinton for decisions that led to the attack. In fact, you could blame the Republicans for setting up America's intolerance for war with the Iraq fiasco. After that, America had to tip toe and take half measures in exerting foreign power.

    Yet, Republicans were responsible for hundreds of thousands Iraqis dying, tens of thousands of our troops were killed and maimed, and spending of billions of taxpayers money on a war initiated based on their lies.

    When looking at what Republicans did in Iraq and their grasping at any shred of information to defame Clinton, their credibility remains that of a petty and spoiled child.

    Posted in: Clinton emails breathe new life into Benghazi panel

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    presto345MAR. 11, 2015 - 11:11PM JST The land where one can sue the pants of, well anyone, for whatever reason. And often successfully too for outrageous settlements.

    Better than in Japan where court settlements for sexual harassment at the workplace may get JPY1-4M after losing your job for not going along with the sexual advance. At least in the U.S., there is some room for a rational decision from a court.

    Posted in: Nut rage flight attendant sues Korean Air, former exec

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    Korean Air and Cho made a mistake for not settling this privately. The incident could have been over.

    Now, they get all the additional publicity the case will bring, and it will all be bad for the company on top of any damage awards. Since the company is involved and there is a potential perverse corporate culture involved, punitive damages could be severe.

    I am more interested in the attitudes about the case in Korea. Will we get the ahh, America is full of a bunch of ambulance chasing lawyers. Or, we will get, justice has been done only because the lawsuit was in America. Probably more of the former than the latter.

    Posted in: Nut rage flight attendant sues Korean Air, former exec

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    lucabrasi so set herself up as Japan's enemy, frustrating any attempt to expand like the Europeans were allowed to. That's the reason for Pearl Harbor. The reason, not a justification or excuse.

    America meddled in Japan's invasion with China by supporting mercenaries (the Flying Tigers) and eventually cut off steel exports to Japan, which started the "set up". Japan needed the steel to support its expansion in Asia. Japan saw America as becoming more threatening and could eventually oppose Japan with its large navy of battleships. The Nazis also wanted America involved in the Pacific to pull it away from the European theater.

    So, Japan decided to destroy Pacific fleet (more specifically its battleships) in a decisive ambush at Pearl Harbor. The attack was meant to stop America before it could enter the war. Japan failed to destroy the carrier fleet though, which with the loss of the battleships became a new and more effective form of warfare.

    Posted in: Japan mourns victims of Tokyo firebombings

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    Please do speak up. Yell if you have to.

    Posted in: Japan mourns victims of Tokyo firebombings

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    His sentiments will never see the light of day in Japanese mainstream news. Japanese would rather forget than remember their nation's role in the war, their friendly alliance with Nazis, etc..

    Posted in: Firebombing survivor fears Japan starting down road to war again

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    WilliB, Agree with you 100%. Milton Friedman is the man.

    Still surprised that Germany agreed to the whole EU thing since most countries would be and have been pulling them down. Germany has been very resilient in spite of countries like Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Left to their own, these country's currency exchange rates would reflect the inequities of the their government's fiscal policies.

    Now, the Greek government is trying to pull historical WWII excuses for poorly managing their own country. Nice try.

    The counter argument is that the EU as a whole is more productive because of competitive advantages are accentuated, less barriers to trade, etc. Therefore, the EU should bear the costs of a member state's failed fiscal policies, or turn the EU into even more of a federation. These are not realistic solutions at this stage. So, Germany is resorting to the main power it has, the fiscal or spending power, to effectuate a federation of those countries that fail to manage their fiscal policies.

    Posted in: Eurozone warns Greece to stop wasting time on reforms plan

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    Its just a wack a mole tyrant now that the big tyrant Saddam and friends are not longer there. Yes, the U.S. (specifically George W, Paul Brenner, Wolfawitz, and other Republican friends) were mostly responsible for starting the whole mess.

    All the little tyrants like ISIS and big tyrants like Iran are now taking charge in the void left by an ineffective Iraqi government, which is ineffective because the tribes are still fighting each other for power.

    Iran may be a good neighbor for Iraq, but it ultimately wants to form its own caliphate by joining with Iraq. Is that bad? Not sure. Iran hasn't been the best actor in the world and could end up as a one or two nation sized ISIS with the wrong Mullah in charge.

    Posted in: U.S. skeptical about Iran's intentions in Iraq

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    many Japanese civilians killed themselves out of fear or shame, many were instructed to, or forced by Japanese soldiers to kill themselves

    They weren't exactly Japanese civilians. Okinawa was independent and spoke their own language before Japan invaded the islands. The Japanese at that time didn't consider Okinawans Japanese. They killed themselves mostly because the Japanese soldiers told them Americans would be worse than they were. Some were forced to kill themselves to cover up the crimes committed by the occupying Japanese forces.

    There wasn't a lot of places to hide?? The island has numerous caves where the forces did hide. There is a long and steep hill with all kinds of caves overlooking a bay where the landing took place. It was here that the most intense battles were fought. It took two days after landing before the real man to man shooting started.

    Otherwise, I agree with everything else. We have a life of luxury compared to what regular Japanese and allied forces had to live and die in. We shouldn't forget the history or try excuse away the past. I only hope that as a society we will never repeat these atrocities.

    Posted in: WWII firebombings of Japanese cities largely ignored

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    WilliBFEB. 25, 2015 - 09:48AM JST Reformed Basher:

    " Religion is not a bad thing in itself. But as you said, Extremism is. "

    We keep hearing this but it is false. "Extremism" of what? Are you afraid of extreme pacificists? Of extreme Amish? Of extreme humanitarians? Of extreme charity donors? Of extreme nuns? Don´t you see how silly this slogan is?

    Lets be clear about this: The issue here is extreme fundamentalists Islam, and nothing else. In case of ISIS very specifically extreme Sunni Wahabi Islam. Fwiw, the rule imposed by ISIS is not substantially different from the laws in Saudi Arabia.

    I tend to agree with the statement extremists (in context) are what we should be worried about, whether it is Muslim extremists, the tea party, churches in the U.S. that still allow marriage to children, Christian based religions that take a similar with us or against us stance.

    Posted in: Islamic State abducts at least 90 Christians in Syria

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    The Republicans knew there would be a veto. They just played another tired hand of politics, and the right wingers are eating it up like it means something.

    I understand that there is an EPA study being conducted to address the plan for the pipeline to be run over endangered wetlands. The Alaska pipeline springs leaks all the time. Republican politicians only seem to care about their political image and not about protecting America's environment.

    Posted in: Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill, defying Republicans

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    To be clear, prosecutors sought a life sentence and did not pursue the death penalty. He will not have a full life in a Texas prison.

    Besides, what is wrong with a Chris Kyle day? Although he could be a little nutty at times (watching friends die will do it to you if you are not already nutty), the guy saved a lot of people.

    Posted in: Killer of 'American Sniper' Kyle jailed for life

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    viking68

    Volland:

    Have you seen the movie? Or are you making your "incredible" comments the same way that the supreme leader is?

    Based on what other people are saying any your own bias.

    Posted in: Iranian supreme leader calls 'American Sniper' anti-Islam proaganda

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    The book and movie were told without a lot of bias. The "supreme leader" should see the movie. He would probably agree with a lot of it. I doubt he would ever go to Fallujah or Sadr city because during the war, there were a lot of savages (ex-military, fundamentalists, tribal warfare, criminals, etc.) running around.

    American Sniper (the movie) is more of the story of a husband and wife dealing with the husband's profession of killing, PTSD, and the husband having to choose between a profession he loves (which is literately killing him (PTSD, high blood pressure)), and a family that needs him home. It isn't an action packed military movie. It ditches a lot of the more noteworthy scenes in the book to explore the family angle and PTSD.

    American Sniper (the book) has this family aspect of the story, but it is also a fairly well balanced and humble telling of a remarkable soldier. He does characterize the Muslims he encounters (mostly extremists) as savages, because they acted like savages, and he even calls a woman who pulls a pin on a grenade with her child present evil. I have heard other soldiers make the same comments after being face to face with militants and seeing the evil they do to each other.

    It certainly was not propaganda. He equally criticizes his "headshed" (immediate superiors) and upper military policy makers who make decisions based on politics and play lip service to his advice that they asked for.

    Posted in: Iranian supreme leader calls 'American Sniper' anti-Islam proaganda

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