viking68's past comments

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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    viking68

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

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

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    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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    viking68

    Out of the 8.4 million households watching the game on NHK, how many paid the sales people demanding monthly subscription fees?

    Posted in: Japan's World Cup loss draws huge TV ratings

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    viking68

    sangetsu03, I have seen some very grainy looking films in theaters that just looks terrible.

    I also hate the choppiness of a tracking shot in dimly lit scenes. It really takes away from the movie when I see these types of faults.

    Shooting in ISO 50 would be difficult without the scene being very very bright and any motion will blur. So, the claim of ISO 50 is better is a little overstated since I doubt it is ever used.

    Given these complaints, I am OK with digital. Prometheus looked great, and it was filmed not only in digital but in 3D.

    Posted in: Digital vs celluloid debate grips movie world

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    viking68

    "This operation will continue till the surrender or elimination of enemy," Khawaja Asif, the Pakistani defence minister said.

    This seems to be my advice. Let's hope they follow through. 30,000 Pakistan troops are being deployed along with gunships, artillery, and attack jets.

    Posted in: Taliban warn all foreign firms to leave Pakistan

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    viking68

    Pakistan needs to move their army from the Eastern border, where it is useless, to the Western border and crush the militants. It also needs to do a lot to change the current status. Otherwise, Pakistan will continue to turn into a larger and nuclear armed Afghanistan.

    Pakistan needs to shut down the Madrassas and imprison all the hardliners like Egypt did in the 70s, but the hardliners do Pakistan's dirty work. So, it hasn't and probably will not happen.

    Instead, Pakistan has played India as the big enemy at their Eastern border and has nurtured the enemy in their own borders. The government Pakistan also has played a double game for too long with America, Afghanistan, India, and the people of Pakistan.

    Pull out, sure. I want to see that. But we also need to be concerned with nuclear weapons falling into extremists' hands.

    Posted in: Taliban warn all foreign firms to leave Pakistan

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    viking68

    the government has Zero business trying to tell people what to do

    I generally agree with this statement, but in this case, it is the government telling the government what to do.

    Posted in: Michelle Obama takes on Republicans over school lunches

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    viking68

    My problem is, I just hate the BIG GOVERNMENT trying to dictate what we can or cannot eat.

    In this case, the government is already involved by feeding children at school. If so, then the government should do it correctly and should not be subject to the whims of a local school board looking to save money or to pay their friends for the cheap processed food that is fed to children.

    The rules require government, which is already involved, to give nutritious food to children rather than claiming french fries and catsup are a vegetable. That doesn't seem so wrong.

    The republicans are just trying to make an issue for the Obamas and talking points for Fox news. They have no interest in the school and certainly not for the health of the children.

    Or, do you think local schools should continue to buy from "BIG (caring) CORPORATIONS" like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Heinz?

    Posted in: Michelle Obama takes on Republicans over school lunches

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