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zurcroniumJun. 19, 2013 - 12:56PM JST
no matter how courageous your cousin in, he is just one man. The whole invasion and 12 year war is a total and absolute failure. The Russians failed and now the US. Nothing is gained, only losses.
Posted in: U.S., Taliban to start talks on ending Afghan war
zurcroniumJun. 19, 2013 - 12:34PM JST
we all know what is going to happen. It is only how fast that is the question.
zurcroniumJun. 19, 2013 - 11:59AM JST
Another failed war from bush and the republicans. The taliban will control the country like it did before 9-11 and they will do what they please, no one will care. Karzai has already sucked out his billions and will be gone.
The war was a huge costly destructive failure that we liberals knew would end up with zero, nothing being accomplished, Just thousands dead and trillions in debt. The taliban offered OBL to bush before the invasion and bush refused. Big, huge, massive mistake. Bush did not want to capture OBL, he let him go in the hills of Tora Bora too after the US military had trapped him. It took Obama finally to kill OBL.
If you want a single reason as to why republicans are such failures, here it is. There are so many others but this one is just massive.
zurcroniumJun. 18, 2013 - 06:17PM JST
If this minor band can reunite and get this much response, why can Plant get over it and let Zep reunite and tour. That would change the world.
Posted in: Black Sabbath emerges from the dark with new album
zurcroniumJun. 18, 2013 - 05:55PM JST
No doubt second hand smoke is being inducted into the aircon units. So not only are these feeble pathetic addicts killing themselves, they are killing others as well that do not smoke. And where are used cigs going, hey look out below. Once they get their fix, its to the deck with cancer stick. Maybe one of them will start a fire, that happens everyday.
Smoking is a public health issue, for the losers who smoke and for the rest who breathe air. Smoking needs to be banned in all public spaces. Period.
Posted in: Smoke-out
zurcroniumJun. 14, 2013 - 11:07AM JST
How about the scouts harassing women endlessly at train stations. They loiter about smoking in non-smoking zones and annoy the women who pass by. Their bosses of course are making a payment to the cops to get away with this illegal activity. It is sad that the police care so little about the protection of women.
Posted in: Shinjuku announces plan to ban street barkers from September
zurcroniumJun. 14, 2013 - 10:59AM JST
Perfect match, fake news and fake talent.
Posted in: Sarah Palin back at Fox News
zurcroniumJun. 05, 2013 - 11:06PM JST
I've met more safe drivers in the 80's than those in their 20's. Fault is with the driver, not their age.
I've met more safe drivers in the 80's than those in their 20's. Fault is with the driver, not their age.
The fact is that 20 year olds have the skills to drive but take risks while an 80 year old just plain does not have the skills left to drive. Need to be tested yearly from age 60 for vision, reaction time and general character. Take these tired geezers out of the car and less kids, rare enough now in Japan, will not be run over by them.
IN this case clearly the driver hit the bike and saw what he did and then tried to get away. Jail time.
Posted in: Driver arrested after car hits mother, daughter on bike, killing girl
zurcroniumJun. 02, 2013 - 11:07AM JST
Germany got beyond its horrid past in WW2, far, far worse than Japan. Yet in 2013 Japan cannot move beyond its own war crimes. Its amazing really how the Japanese far right and seemingly a majority of Japanese cannot be honest about history and then be able to move on to face today's issues rather than issues from the 1940s.
Its an anchor on the future of this country as Japan's future is in Asia now, not the US, where these crimes occurred.
Posted in: Japan's sex slave legacy remains open wound
zurcroniumJun. 02, 2013 - 10:45AM JST
More dogs than kids in this country, old folks voting for the party of the 1970s in droves (LDP), old folks sitting on vast sums of wealth yet sucking from government programs and now making kids stop playing? I have an idea old greedy complainers, it is pretty quite in the cemetery.
Fortunately where I live old folks help in morning with the kids crossing streets. They care about the future of Japan as opposed to those shallow folks mentioned above in the article. Where I live is probably unusual in that regard. Lots of kids and no complaints as for as I know. Of course we have the second-hand smoke problem here as selfish smokers insist of smoking around kids and putting them at risk for cancer but that is another issue.
Posted in: Aging Japan complains over the noise of children
zurcroniumMay. 31, 2013 - 07:16PM JST
Income inequality is taking its toll. In Japan the middle class is getting squeezed thanks to the winner dog loser dog strategy of the LDP Koizumi-learned from his buddy Bush. Stress in increasing in society and many are not making it, especially the young who cannot find full-time jobs. 100 yen shop use to not exist here but now they are everywhere.
Smoking is considered to be only for fools now and most of the time non-smokers do not have to be forced to risk cancer so a selfish addicted junkie can get his or her fix. Still more work to be done on this problem however. Taxes on tobacco need to go way up like over developed countries to capture costs of the damage smokers force on society.
Japanese women have curves now, that is a huge plus.
As stated above in another post, the worse thing is that Japanese people have given up on Japan. Not all but too many. Hence the LDP being in power again and the birth rate tanking. I see no way out of this one for the country. Japan needs an FDR/Obama type but it is electing a Hoover/Bush type. The move to the right will hasten the decline of the country but others will be blamed for it.
Posted in: How has Japan changed for the better since you have been here and how has it changed for the worse?
zurcroniumMay. 30, 2013 - 10:03PM JST
You poor addicted smokers pretend it is your freedom right to smoke and anyone, like the big bad government who looks out fo the interest of the public welfare. But the fact is you have no freedom for your pathetic addiction. You are less free because you are slaves to nicotine. And why is that, because the tobacco companies convinced you to smoke. The manipulated you like a puppet on a string. Some freedom you have.
The fact is that tobacco usage is a public safety issue, just like herion usage. It has to be regulated and minimized because the users are addicted and cannot stop by themselves. They are too weak and feeble mentally. That is why they smoked to start.
Everyone benefits from reduced smoking, even the addicted smoker who cannot stop smoking on his own. Even though he knows it will kill him. Lung cancer is the number one cause of death in Japan, why, smoking. And we all pay for the health bills of the the smokers as they die a slow death that is their own weakness and feebleness.
Posted in: WHO urges global ban on all tobacco marketing
zurcroniumMay. 30, 2013 - 09:47AM JST
As McCain has stated, a genuine wacko-bird. She is dropping out as she would lose in the next election cycle even in a very safe republican district. And she is going to be found guilty soon of election rule violations when she ran for president. Even she could see it was all over.
Bachmann and Palin are perfect examples of the kind of women that the republican like, attractive but very stupid. The old angry white guys club that runs the republican party likes these types. They will pick another wacko bird female soon to swoon over.
Posted in: Conservative lawmaker Bachmann to leave Congress
zurcroniumMay. 30, 2013 - 09:39AM JST
It is a horrible industry preying on the human life to gain obscene profits. Japan is so far behind the curve on getting tobacco use down and second-hand smoke contained.
If Abe really wants to improve Japan he should triple the tobacco tax.
zurcroniumMay. 28, 2013 - 09:32AM JST
Japan has not had an international pop hit since sukiyaki in the 1960s. Don''t hold your breath for anything from AKB48 that is successful outside of Japan.
Posted in: Japan still skeptical of PSY’s popular appeal
zurcroniumMay. 28, 2013 - 09:26AM JST
Wow, the yaks must really be getting desperate.
Posted in: 700 watermelons worth Y350,000 stolen from greenhouse
zurcroniumMay. 28, 2013 - 09:23AM JST
He was 16, he is not legally allowed to drink. That is why the clubs picked up the inflated charges. Shows how scummy the cabaret clubs are. They are just yak fronts mostly anyway.
Posted in: Court invalidates Y4.8 mil bill after teen takes dad's credit card on tour of hostess clubs
zurcroniumMay. 28, 2013 - 01:05AM JST
Inequality of wealth leads to stagnation and greater numbers of people living in poverty. The facts in the US are there for all to see. The middle class in shrinking, poverty is at all time highs and the concentration of wealth in the USA is nearly that in the robber baron days in the 1920s. A 2011 study by the CBO found that the top earning 1 percent of households gained about 275% after federal taxes and income transfers over a period between 1979 and 2007, compared to a gain of just under 40% for the 60 percent in the middle of America's income distribution. And why is this. Reagan and Bush tax cuts for the wealthy which was a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the rich in large part. This was justified by the trickle down theory of Laffer which of course is now proven a complete fraud.
Why the middle class votes for republicans is just plain insane. You might as well just give the rich your money before the republican politicians figure out how to take it from you and give it to their rich masters.
All of this is criminal and unfortunately many vote for their own poverty. They are the real losers.
Posted in: Does inequality help growth - or hurt it?
zurcroniumMay. 26, 2013 - 08:07PM JST
Last paragraph was not needed, we all know what he did before he fell.
Posted in: American serviceman falls to death from Yokosuka apartment
zurcroniumMay. 26, 2013 - 11:18AM JST
84%? Lets try 100%.
Posted in: 84% of women don’t want to see men's nipples at office: survey
Jun. 20, 2013 - 04:34PM JST
is this even worth commenting about, of course this is art as much as all the…
Posted in: Yes, but is it art?
Jun. 20, 2013 - 04:33PM JST
**4 terms, 2 months each....
That doesn't sound too good either. Does this mean students starting…
Posted in: University of Tokyo gives up on plan to start academic year in autumn
Jun. 20, 2013 - 04:32PM JST
Are "high school students" the same as "schoolchildren"?
For sensationalism purposes and to "grab" people's attention…
Posted in: Man arrested for punching schoolchildren outside station in Ibaraki
Jun. 20, 2013 - 04:31PM JST
Yes, skirt is long but pretty tight. Though she does have a little bit of a…
Posted in: Japanese student named Brisbane ambassador
Posted in: Hashimoto may resign if his party fares badly in Tokyo assembly election