A Realist's past comments

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    A Realist

    I have never been able to understand the appeal of the Oscars or other "awards"; a group of people in the industry giving each other awards and telling each other how great they are doesn't mean much to me anyway. But when they start handing out awards based on quotas or political correctness it reaches a whole new level of stupidity.

    Posted in: Oscars still lagging in female and minority representation

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    BertieWoosterFEB. 20, 2017 - 08:16AM JST The American electorate chose Trump.

    What does that say about the American electorate?"

    What that says is the American electorate must be a lot smarter than you appear to be.

    By the way, Trump was referring to a documentary aired on Fox the previous night, which showed some of the crimes committed by "refugees" in Sweden. Of course the Swedish government did not like that, because they like to pretend such things do not happen and prefer to cover them up. No politician will ever admit their polices might have been wrong (although I note they never denied that the incidents in the documentary happened). Then some "refugees", ingrates that they are, rioted the very next day to prove that Trump was right after all.

    Posted in: Trump comment about immigration 'problems' baffles Sweden

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    That is a common refrain always heard from CEO's - "not enough skilled workers." I heard the same thing from CEO's of big tech companies. Of course they neglected to mention that they fire skilled American technicians to replace them with ones from India, paying them a lot less and threatening to revoke their company-sponsored green cards if they ask for more money or want to change jobs and work for another company. Why pay Americans more than they can pay allegedly "skilled workers" from some third-world country? Might cut into their profits.

    Posted in: CEOs to Trump: Jobs exist; skills don't

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    Russia illegally stole those islands and doesn't seem to want to return them; but when has Russia ever cared about International Law? As long as Japan is hamstringed by being the only country in the world with a "pacifist constitution" nothing much it can do about it. If Japan had a normal constitution like every other country in the world this issue might have been settled long ago and the islands would have been returned.

    Of course all the Japan haters on this site will quite naturally side with Russia. If China demanded Japan hand over the Senkaku Islands and Okinawa to China, then all the Japan haters would agree with China too. I cannot fathom why so many people on this site, who presumably live and work in Japan hate it so much, but that's the way it is. Some people are just born to hate, its who they are and what they do.

    Posted in: Japan protests Russian military buildup plan in decades-old islands dispute

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    nishikatFeb. 24, 2017 - 04:38AM JST Illegals who do receive public assistance Illegals can't receive welfare. Just like Trump can't get Mexicans to pay for the wall. to allow everyone to come And it will continue even after Trump builds the wall for 10s and 10s of billions- to be charged to the US tax payer. It won't decrease the millions coming in. But it will increase the sales in ladders."

    Of course lots of illegals receive welfare and other social benefits. How hard do you think it is to make fake I.D.? Anybody with even intermediate Photoshop skills could make any kind of fake I.D. you might want.

    I am not sure what you think a wall is. Do you think it would be like the Great Wall of China or Hadrian's Wall? This is the 21st century, have you heard of things like sensors, electronic alarms and drones? Do you know they have border guards and vehicles and helicopters and can get from one place to another quickly?

    There are many ways to "get Mexico to pay for the wall." The easiest way would be to simply put a tariff on goods from Mexico coming over the border, or a tax on financial transactions to Mexico. The Mexican economy, such as it is, largely depends on trade with the USA.

    Posted in: Millions living in U.S. illegally targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules

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    gogogoFeb. 23, 2017 - 09:15PM JST Sounds like they are trying to stop something that has already happened in the past, this news story would go a long way if they actually said what that was."

    Don't be ridiculous. There have been lots of stories where this has happened in the past, lots of technology that could have military applications has been transferred to China, Russia and both North and South Korea, you would know that if you actually followed the news in detail. None of those countries is exactly Japan's best friend. You can't change something that has already happened, but you can try to prevent it in the future.

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    A Realist

    Japan has offered to take the issue of who has sovereignty over those islands to the ICJ. South Korea, which illegally occupied them in 1954, refused. Japan can really do nothing because it is the only country in the world with a "pacifist constitution." That is why Japan is constantly pushed around by South Korea, Russia and China. If Japan had a normal constitution like every other country in the world, those countries might not be so brave and bold. As it is, they know Japan can do nothing militarily.

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    KakukakushikajikaFEB. 20, 2017 - 10:48AM JST It is obvious (and he said on Twitter too) that he was discussing all the problems Sweden is having

    No he was not: "“You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump said."

    Last night seems pretty specific to me, not a general situation."

    I cannot understand why people who claim to be "educated" would not know that Trump was referring to a documentary on Fox the previous night that showed events in Sweden, riots and assaults by "refugees" or migrants or whatever they call themselves. Those people are Muslims. Nobody denied those things happened, but the Swedish government chooses to cover them up, ignore or minimize them, presumably they do not want to admit their policies may have been wrong. I have also heard denials that there are "no-go zones" in many European and British cities inhabited by Muslim refugees and migrants; I know for a fact that there are; they are not safe, especially for women. It must be wonderful to live in some kind of fantasy world where everyone is just wonderful, but if you live in such a world you are living in denial.

    Posted in: Trump comment about immigration 'problems' baffles Sweden

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    Citizen2012FEB. 20, 2017 - 09:40AM JST Actually he seems trying to leverage the famous "NO GO ZONE" syndrome, fear of muslim in Europe that FOX News has been reporting already in France and UK, of course, those are all lies and fake news :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gorU1WztIGw

    I don't personally know about "no go zones" in Paris or other European cities, but I have friends in the UK who inform me that there really are "no go zones" in some cities with large Muslim populations in England. I don't think they are lying. If you frequent YouTube, there are all kinds of videos that allegedly show some no go zones in France and other places. But I suppose you, like most people, just believe what you choose to believe.

    Posted in: Trump comment about immigration 'problems' baffles Sweden

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    I suppose it doesn't take much to "baffle Sweden" or brainwashed sheep anywhere. In fact there are all kinds of crimes committed by immigrants, migrants and refugees last night and every night in Sweden and every other country where there are large numbers of "refugees." Of course politicians and the authorities do their best to pretend they don't happen because it might show that their policies are misguided. Why doesn't the media do some in-depth investigating and talk to the victims of those crimes and maybe to the police officers who investigate them instead of relying on BS from politicians for their information?

    Posted in: Trump comment about immigration 'problems' baffles Sweden

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    A Realist

    What startling news. China is upset? Never heard of China being upset about anything before.

    Posted in: China upset at disputed islands mention in Japan-U.S. meeting

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    A Realist

    Apparently the "liberal" losers who exist on hate are unable to fathom that most people do in fact think Abe is doing a good job.

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    A Realist

    More fake news. I watched the news conference and it was in no way "rambling;" any questions were answered very clearly. I guess the reporters at the event did not like being called dishonest because they are, the truth always hurts.

    Posted in: Trump blasts media in rambling press conference

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    A Realist

    You should hear what some Chinese and Koreans say about Japanese.

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    Santa Claus and Sherlock Holmes, without a doubt. Although whether Santa Claus is really a "fictional character" like the others on the list is debatable. As far as I know there have never been any books written about Santa except for children's books and he was not invented like the other characters, who come from fictional stories, novels, movies and comic books. Dracula is an enduring character, but I think only to fans of the horror genre, and comic book superheroes are well, a dime a dozen. I doubt if anyone will be reading Harry Potter books a hundred years from now, By the way, although Dracula is (very) loosely based on a real character, he was pretty much unknown until the 1897 novel of the same name and the movies, which appeared much later. Sherlock Holmes appeared 10 years earlier. There were many other fictional characters who were very popular for a time, but most of them are forgotten now.

    In more recent years there have been some very popular fictional characters from Japan - Godzilla, Hello Kitty!, Pikachu, but they have not been around all that long. I know of no other Asian characters that enjoyed worldwide popularity. In fact except for Santa Clause all the choices on that list come from England or the USA.

    Posted in: Who would you say has been the most famous fictional character of the past two centuries?

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    A Realist

    Will somebody please explain why Japan should be obligated to "take in refugees"?

    Posted in: Japan took in 28 refugees in 2016, despite record applications

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    A Realist

    Globalization is a failure. All it does is lower everything to the lowest common denominator for ordinary people and make the rich richer.

    Posted in: Is globalization a good thing for the world's economies?

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    A Realist

    Taxi fares are very reasonable in Japan compared to in Canada.

    Posted in: Who will gain and who will lose from Tokyo's new taxi fares?

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    A Realist

    I didn't know there was anyone alive dumb enough to trust the media.

    Posted in: Trump's 'war with the media' raises questions of trust

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    A Realist

    Not only is Streep an overrated Clinton flunky, but a self-important, arrogant, spiteful one at that, and a liar as well. Doesn't anybody remember her promise that she was going to "move to Canada" if Trump won the election? She never did and apparently has no intention of doing so. The arrogance of those overrated, overpaid celebrities is only exceeded by the foolishness of her "fans" who would pay attention to her hateful opinions.

    Posted in: Trump denounces Streep as 'overrated Clinton flunky'

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