viking68's past comments

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    viking68

    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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    viking68

    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

  • 5

    viking68

    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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    viking68

    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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    viking68

    Wag the Dog?

    Abe did not create this situation. The murderous ISIS and the two who went in search of adventure and money created the situation.

    Abe contributing the USD200M to help refugees of ISIS was a remarkable humanitarian gesture. Abe contributing the money did not mean, as others have said, that Abe caused the two's demise. He shouldn't hold back the aid just because ISIS decided to pick up some hostages to use as blackmail to prevent Japan from helping refugees.

    My only criticism would be why spend money there and not at home. It is a fair criticism that doesn't appear to be reflected in the polls.

    Posted in: Abe's approval ratings rise in Japan after hostage crisis

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    viking68

    StrangerlandJAN. 28, 2015 - 11:28AM JST

    China - where I come from we call it "little man syndrome".

    Third largest country in the world in size Most populous country in the world Second largest economy in the world One of the largest armies in the world I'm not sure that you can attribute 'little' to China.

    Here is the urban dictionaries definition of little man syndrome for those who don't understand the metaphor:

    A man, small in stature, who attempts to overcome the way he believes other people perceive him (as a diminuative character) by 1) attaching himself to authority figures, 2) trying to manipulate himself into positions of control, 3) migrating toward positions of leadership, and 4) having a fairly volatile temper.

    China has made some very respectable improvements in many areas, but it still feels like more developed countries have taken advantage of it it, or people look down on China, and it needs to act like a bully to be respected.

    The alternative name to the small man syndrome is the Napoleon syndrome, i.e., he was a short man and needed to conquer Europe to prove he was as strong as other men.

    Posted in: China to hold military parade to 'frighten Japan'

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    viking68

    ISIS had them for months already

    noypikantoku

    Indeed! if they're main intention is to kill these guys, then they've killed them right after when they got caught, like what they did to their other enemies....Ask yourself, why would ISIS Keep these guys for months??? why keep a liability when they can just kill them anytime they want??? think!

    They kept them alive because they could prove valuable in the future. They are not a liability. They have value otherwise they wouldn't be alive after getting caught.

    ISIS will kill anyone who is not ISIS. The length of time the person stays alive depends on their future value to ISIS. Most Muslims have no value to them and are quickly executed.

    We mostly hear about the valuable hostages, like the Jordanian pilot and these poor fools, who are kept to make a point.

    Posted in: Japan seeks Jordan's help in gaining hostage's release

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    viking68

    ISL are savages. I don't expect a happy ending unless some lucky commando raid pulls him out of the mess.

    Goto will be in this nightmare for some time to come since he is worth more alive than dead to ISL as a political wedge against further Japanese contributions to victims of ISL.

    There is also the Jordanian-Japan relationship that will feel pressure as long as he is alive.

    It may also work against ISL if Jordan and Japan's relationship gets stronger. In that case, his longevity will be shorter.

    Posted in: Japan seeks Jordan's help in gaining hostage's release

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    viking68

    Japan will just buy the U.S. rice and store it. Japan has one of the world's largest rice stores from storing U.S. rice it was required to buy.

    Posted in: Japan offers compromise on rice in Asia-Pacific trade talks: Nikkei

  • 1

    viking68

    The U.S. government should not encourage these murders by paying terrorists. The situation will only get worse.

    Posted in: White House reviewing policy toward U.S. hostages held by militants

  • 0

    viking68

    The driver was trying to downplay the injury to the woman, which is the wrong thing to do in accidents since someone could be (and was) seriously hurt, and then tried to blame someone else to deflect guilt.

    Posted in: Man revives woman with AED, but branded 'pervert' for removing her clothes to apply electrode pads

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    viking68

    ==> Why struggle with your addiction when you can get the Beta?

    Looked at the PS Now pricing, it is high unless you are looking for a one week rental of a single player game and don't want to play multiplayer for an extended period of time. The long term rental price is about 80% of the full purchase price. You are better off buying a new ps3 for around ¥25,000.

    Plus, my network failed the PS Now connectivity test. Maybe because it is US only now. So, I will not be using the Playstation Now service. Plus, decent ps4 games are starting to arrive, the last of us remastered and destiny are two.

    Posted in: Sony PS4 sales surge past record 10 million mark

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    viking68

    Please recommend a new mascot!!

    Posted in: 116 cases of babies falling from baby slings reported

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    viking68

    He played his cards for the wrong team. Australia needs Chinese trade.

    Wrong, China needs Australian resources. Besides, China is ready to raze Africa for their resources, to include endangered resources in nature preserves.

    The Chinese government is also jealous of the Chinese nationals living in Australia.

    Posted in: China blasts Australian PM over comments during Abe's visit

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    viking68

    PS3 has better games and does more than the PS4. You can also get a new PS3 for only about JPY25,000. So, PS3 is a better value right now. Subscribe to PS+, and there are about five decent free games a month. There are free games on PS+ for PS4, but they are much smaller games that you wouldn't get if they weren't free.

    Destiny is the only game of interest to me on the horizon, and it isn't out until September and is being offered on all consoles.

    Other games being released are just upgrades from PS3 versions, like Diablo III, The Last of Us, Final Fantasy (#?). Most PS4 owners already have them and don't want to pay again.

    The new Metal Gear needs to be released, but again, it is being released on all current and last-gen platforms. So, there is no incentive to buy a new machine.

    Posted in: Despite success abroad, even Sony’s PlayStation 4 can’t inject life into Japan’s console market

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    viking68

    Good idea but what exactly would China gain from agreeing to this?

    China gains by ignoring it. The rule of law and agreements apply to others.

    Posted in: U.S. proposes construction freeze in South China Sea

  • -2

    viking68

    kibousha:

    Businesses/employers are taking the opportunity to increase prices, which on the whole are increasing more than the tax increase.

    Employers also are expected to adjust (increase) salaries so that employees have approximately the same disposable income as before the tax increase.

    Both of these changes should increase inflation outside of just the tax increase.

    Technically, things should eventually balance and inflation would stop, but there also is low unemployment. So, there will be competition for scarce labor applies, which will increase salaries for those areas, e.g., nursing is commonly a scarce labor force.

    Then you have competition for products from the scarce labor pool with a relatively higher salary (and more disposable income) than non-scarce labor pools that increase prices/creates inflation.

    The additional increase in taxes next year will give inflation another push. One prominent economist in Japan suggested increasing the tax by 1% each year and not stopping as a mean to pay down government debt and create inflation.

    Posted in: Inflation hits 32-year high; jobless rate falls to 17-year low

  • 0

    viking68

    "And now all the vultures are coming down from the trees" Dire Straits

    Posted in: Jackson's fortunes blooming five years after death

  • 2

    viking68

    A trip to the bacta tank will make him as good as new.

    Posted in: Harrison Ford broke leg, not ankle, on 'Star Wars' set

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