Alphaape's past comments

  • -7

    Alphaape

    It is sad on the loss of life in both bombings, but it would be even sadder that instead of this being the 71st Anniversary that next year we would be approaching the 70th Anniversary of the end of the war with Japan. Truman saw the battle reports from Okinawa, which was compared to July 4, 1863 (Battle of Gettysburg) in regards to the loss of US military lives and casualties, and he saw the estimates of upwards of almost a million casualties expected in full invasion (which was planned for late 1945, with plans to invade mainland Japan by 1946. We could have been at war for at least another 2 years, with more civilians being fire bombed like Tokyo was along with the military casualties.

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, where on the first day the British took over 51,000 casualties, and look how Gen Haig and his staff are viewed today for the waste of British lives in those battles for the Somme. Any commander in chief, if he had a weapon that could have prevented such slaughter and did not use it is failing those very troops that he is in charge of

    War is Hell, people have to die, a fact of life. I would offer up sympathy if the USA just dropped A-bombs without provocation as a racial policy. But it didn't. It did so during a war that saw Japan do just as much damage to the people and lands they took over.

    Yes the people can memorialize their dead, I can respect that. But don't go preaching to the world that your country wasn't at fault. That's only telling half of the story.

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  • 14

    Alphaape

    Experts and media have speculated that Akihito will seek to abdicate while he is still in good health so he can monitor Naruhito, who is seen not quite ready for succession.

    Naruhito has been watching his dad for 27 years plus was brought up in the IHA system, what more does he need to learn to be able to assume the duties. With that much training, he should be able to do the job with ease. There is something more to this than being let out.

    Posted in: Japan awaits emperor's video message on possible abdication

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Pope Francis said on Sunday that it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism.

    I think that the Pope needs to take a look at the latest magazine published by ISIS itself, telling its followers and the world that those who say such things are wrong about them.

    The 15th issue of Dabiq, published on July 31, is titled “Break The Cross” and appears to be primarily directed at those that ISIS considers its enemies, particularly Christians. One section is devoted to the words and actions of Pope Francis and is headlined “In The Words Of Our Enemies.” An editorial titled “Why We Hate You and Why We Fight You” takes aim at Westerners and “apostate ‘Imams’ in the West” who refuse to define ISIS’ motivation as being Islamic. ISIS calls this rhetoric purely political.

    Just to show how up to date this magazine is and how much they watch US politics, they show a picture of Khan's grave, the one who's father spoke out against Trump at the DNC and the following controversy, ISIS declares in a caption below Khan’s grave that the soldier is an “apostate” of the Muslim religion and urges other Muslims to “beware” a similar fate.

    And yet, if you say that you want to screen so called refugees who are not US citizens and have not Constitutional rights while they are outside the USA, you are called racist. They (ISIS) is not playing by the rules, and it would be better if those who are in the decision making process and influence those who do realize that and stop leading the world to slaughter like a bunch of sheep and do something about this group and call it for what it is.

    Posted in: Pope says it wrong to identify Islam with violence

  • -2

    Alphaape

    Again, no one in the media can explain how the Russians hacking the DNC will help the GOP? When Hillary saw SoS, she allowed the deal to go through that her husband (former President), helped to broker with a Russian company that resulted in the Russian company owning 25% of a uranium mine in Utah. Compare that to owning a hotel resort in Russia (which Trump doesn't) and you tell me which is worse? If they can get away with 25% of a uranium mine under her watch, wouldn't they be doing more than enough to help her get into the White House, no telling what they can get away with then.

    Do we really know this, or is Clinton making it up? How do we know it wasn't a supporter of Sanders who was upset by DNC bias towards Clinton?

    Of all the conspiracies, this one would actually make sense. Since Bernie would be considered a "Red" if he were running back during the Cold War days, it would be in their interests to strike back at the one who was causing his campaign the most problems, with then a potential data dump from Trump if Bernie would have made the Dem nomination.

    Posted in: Clinton says Russia behind DNC hacking; draws line to Trump

  • 3

    Alphaape

    Prior to Germany's invasion of Poland the American Left and Germany had a working relationship with respect to the eugenics programs dreamed up by Progressive thinkers.

    You should also mention that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood was a major proponent of the eugenics movement. Funny how I was watching a NG show on sex, and they had her on it talking about birth control for women, and the real reason was that she thought that the poor and downtrodden were better off not worrying about feeding and raising so many kids, and that handicapped children were a burden on society. I believe a few prominent politicians have has to "walk back" their acceptance of their awards named after her.

    Still, I really think this guy is deserving of the death penalty. But sadly, he will not. I base this on the fact that the families of some of the victims don't want their names to be known since they didn't want their relatives conditions to be known. That kind of shame will help push this story off the national spotlight, since there isn't a "poster board" representative of the victims and it will fall to the way side as just something that happened to people who are not viewed in a positive light by some in Japan society.

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  • -1

    Alphaape

    I wonder how many Russian investments Mr Trump has on those tax returns they have now announced wont be shown?

    Before we look at Turmp's taxes, you should look into the whole story of how a uranium mine in Utah is now partly owned by the Russians, a deal brokered through by a former President whose wife was Sec State and approved the deal.

    In regards to the emails, the 30,000 emails that are missing were on a private server and not a government server. The same private server that was supposedly already hacked, and our cyber experts can't seem to find. Was he being sarcastic, yes. Will the Dems say the same thing about those somewhat racist comments found in their leaked emails were taken out of context, you bet they will. Heck DWS is no longer the DNC chair but now a national campaigner for Hillary, a paid position with no responsibility and accountability. Nice to fail upwards.

    Posted in: Obama implores Americans to elect Clinton; Trump asks Russia for help over emails

  • 0

    Alphaape

    and then told city officials the next day he is a member of the Freemasonry.

    What does that have to do with anything in regards to the disabled? They don't have any hatred for them, as a matter of fact, normally Masonic Lodges put on events to raise money and volunteer time at such places as part of their community service.

    This guys mind is twisted all around, but still he knew enough to plan this attack at a time when he would get the least resistance from the staff, so he is not too crazy to get the Death Penalty in my opinion.

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  • 6

    Alphaape

    But police have not disclosed the names of the victims on grounds that their relatives do not wish to have them identified due to their disabilities.

    That's part of the problem. People not willing to talk about their relatives with disabilities, somehow thinking that it would bring some shame to their family. I don't mean one has to go out and tell the world all of the details of your medical conditions, but if someone is disabled, it's just that, a person with a handicap. Who knows what the cause was and really it doesn't matter in the long run. The person has been able to survive (in some cases up to 70 years) and though it may not be the "normal" Japanese lifestyle they did have one, and didn't deserve to be killed by this nut case.

    I wonder did working there cause his attitudes to change since he saw the neglect that he thought those there were facing? If you don't want to see handicapped people in the world, then why go work in such a place.

    My goal is creating a world in which euthanasia can be given to people with multiple disabilities—in cases where it is extremely difficult for them to live at home and be socially active—with the consent of their guardians.

    I hope he gets his wish for euthanasia pretty soon, but I doubt that this guy was socially active at all.

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  • 0

    Alphaape

    This game reminds me of the Star Trek the Next Generation episode where the crew was being taken over by the introduction of a game that brainwashed them. Sadly, we have no Commander Data or Ensign Wesley Crusher to save us.

    Posted in: The wait is over for Pokemon Go fans in Japan

  • 20

    Alphaape

    And another seemingly respectable life will end in disgrace and staining his family. Why the lack of control? Why the impulsivity? All for what?

    One just doesn't start at age 68 to grope women on the trains. I imagine that he has had a long history of doing this. It's about time that he was caught. Who knows, he may have been caught before and it wasn't reported. His family should not be stained, it is him and him alone who is the one who should carry the shame of being convicted of this crime. He is a grown man and is responsible for his actions, not his family. He's old enough to know better.

    Posted in: Policewoman grabs man trying to grope her while dozing on train

  • 2

    Alphaape

    US police officers killed 1,186 people in 2015.

    @ dorntodi: But in Chicago in 2015, 446 people were shot and killed, with 401 of them being Black. The USA has over 300 million people; compared to Chicago's roughly 5 million, you would see you have a higher chance of being shot by another Black in Chicago than you would be by the police.

    I'm going to put this out there to clear the air. I have heard some on the right say that this was Obama's fault, for the comments he made about the two police shootings prior to this. And some on the left have said that this is Trump's fault because he is racist and brings up these feelings in people. Well, it is neither person's fault, but the fault of the shooters and their lack of understanding that brought this tragedy to happen. Obama may say some things, and people may not agree with them, but I don't think he called for the people to march out and take matters in their own hands and do something like this. Trump, some may not like his views, but if by what they are saying so far about the shooters, they weren't going to be voting for him anyway, and if he was so racist, it would be the thousands at the rally who would have been shot and not the police. The shooters are responsible for this, mainly for them not being able to understand that in order to make changes you have to work with people to do this, and pointing a gun at them though a good motivator, will not get the type of change that is needed. Shoot up a BLM rally, now you will have every BLM rally tainted as being suspect for causing this, setting back the voices of the people whether you agree with them or not. I compare this event to when our people riot in our own communities. All that happens is businesses and our areas are destroyed, thus making people less likely to want to invest there and pushing us down more. Shoot up a BLM rally, doing the same thing.

    Posted in: 5 Dallas police officers killed, 6 wounded at protest

  • 1

    Alphaape

    As a long time reader to JT, I seem to remember many years ago when the US was heavily involved in Iraq, that many who opposed the war and 'W" pretty much said the same thing. The USA had no right to topple him, he kept the lid on things, etc. Some, those who were for "W" and his policies even pointed out to how his heavy handed tactics made Gadhafi change his mind and get rid of his weapons program. And how bad it was that he was allowed to be killed and look at Libya now.

    Yet Trump states the obvious, and both sides seem to forget they made the same arguments in the past.

    Posted in: Trump praises late Iraqi leader Saddam as terrorist killer

  • 0

    Alphaape

    the Contracting office then determines if the company falls under Art IB or Art XIIII of the SOFA - if they do not, then SOFA is not authorized.

    One chief reason that many want SOFA status for jobs is the provisions that fall under State Dept. Rules for people working in foreign countries as contractors and the benefits one can get if you have a Government contract job. If you are an American citizen and obtain a Japanese visa, you fall under the Japanese labor laws and your compensation is determined by the company you work for.

    If you get a contractor job working on the bases as a government contractor, then you would fall under the provision of the DSSR (Dept. of State Standardized Regulations) which are the controlling regulations for allowances and benefits available to all U.S. Government civilians assigned to foreign areas. Contractor civilians assigned to foreign areas shall not exceed the allowances and benefits in the DSSR. So you would get by design of your contract certain types of extra money like some housing allowances and Post Differential (PD) that one wouldn't get if they were working for a Japanese company with a Japanese visa. Working for an American company in Japan, you may get incentives that may match the rates of the DSSR or even go better, but you would still be under the Japanese laws, so if you break one, you will get dealt with by the Japanese authorities and not the US Embassy. They will come and visit and offer assistance but that is about all.

    Getting SOFA status means getting more money in your pocket. That's why the big push for some to gain that.

    Posted in: U.S. military to limit legal protection to some contractors in Japan

  • 2

    Alphaape

    Another thing that I find atrocious is that American SOFA status persons work off base in Clubs and bars with no legal visa and work permit to be working off base.

    SOFA status personnel are not allowed to work off base in establishments that have a majority of their revenue from alcohol sales. If found out, they can lose SOFA status and barred from base. Case in point back in 2008 when a SOFA status bar owner, who happened to be very high in the CNFJ Human Resources department, killed a Japanese man who was drunk when he threw him out of his bar (right across the street from CFAY main gate) and the hit is head and died. This civilian, spent the full time before being charged (21 days) in jail and his case was handled by the Japanese courts. He was in clear violation of the SOFA rules, but sad to say that they are not really enforced unless they come up in cases. They don't go out looking for violators, but if caught you are in trouble.

    The Japanese status should be removed prior to getting the SOFA stamp.

    I have had to go through this process when hiring Local Hire personnel for GS jobs. If done right, it is a pain and slows the hiring process down, but it does get done.

    Local civilian hires do not get housing assistance either. They are also responsible for Japanese Taxes and also American taxes unless they give up their US Citizenship.

    Not all true. I was a Local Hire GS at one time, and with the SOFA stamp I paid US Federal and State taxes. I owed no Japanese taxes at all.

    Posted in: U.S. military to limit legal protection to some contractors in Japan

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Even diplomats under the Vienna Convention? My my...

    In a way, the SOFA is just a milder version of the Vienna Conventions. Where they can get off sometimes by being thrown out of the country to be dealt with by their native lands, the SOFA though not that powerful tries to give military/civilian personnel some of the protections that they would receive if they were back in the USA. It is not a "get out of jail free card" as some believe, but in a way shows how different the Japanese law is compared to the US laws. In the USA you are limited to a few hours that police can detain one without any evidence or charges being filed, not like the 21 days one gets to be the guest of the police in Japan.

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  • 2

    Alphaape

    They should also do a story on the men who look for sugar mommas. There are a lot of middle aged and elderly women who are sitting on wads of cash, and look for some young men to spend it on. I recall back in the 90's (before the internet took off) that there was such a place in Tokyo/Yokohama where Navy guys would go and "work" as basically hosts in the club in order to get picked up by such women and have gifts showered on them. So much so guys didn't have to spend their regular paychecks. But as soon as the economy slowed by the mid 90's as well as over zealous clamp down on that type of behavior it stopped.

    But there are still some guys that are on the look out for these types of women, and I have known a few who don't mind being shacked up with a woman that is either much older than they are, or maybe not so "hot" looking but they are getting paid for it. To each their own I say.

    Posted in: More girls turning to sugar daddies to wine and dine them

  • 10

    Alphaape

    while we were eating he got up and excused himself to the bathroom, and then left and went home, so I was stuck with the 30,000 yen bill.

    She should feel lucky that the person didn't do anything more serious to her. That should be a good lesson for her to wake up and figure out that there are other ways of getting things, and selling yourself to a high bidder is probably not the best way.

    I sort of ran into the phenomena back when I was single and on a various online dating sites. It would seem that there was one lady who wanted to meet, but for the first meeting would want to choose a very expensive venue like Blue Note Tokyo to do an initial meeting, so we could have dinner and catch a concert, all on my dime. Didn't fall for it. Talking with friends who also had received responses from this same "profile" they too got the "let's meet an expensive place X to get to know each other" so I guess she was trying to get as much out of the site as possible.

    People against having sugar daddies just don’t have the courage to get one themselves, or they’re not pretty enough to make much if they did so they’re just jealous of cute girls that are investing in themselves.

    The person I related in the story above, wasn't that cute or young, but that is something that whomever made that quote needs to understand, beauty and youth fades. And like it or not, it is easier for an older somewhat not attractive man to have a date than a woman who has wasted her time chasing after the cash and when youth leaves her she is left alone. There will always be someone younger and prettier coming along.

    Posted in: More girls turning to sugar daddies to wine and dine them

  • 0

    Alphaape

    How did they find out? Probably the best thing that could have happened to him if he sets his mind in that mode of thinking. Since he was groomed from elementary to go to a particular high school, and then to a particular college and then to the salary man, maybe he will be able to chart his own path. I would recommend that if possible, take the chance to study abroad, where no one cares what elementary and high school you went to, broaden your horizons, and you will eventually surpass all those who stayed on the path and are slugging away trying to get that position at some company in Tokyo while you can pursue a different path.

    Posted in: High school student expelled for having sex, sues school for Y6 million

  • 1

    Alphaape

    I've never agreed with how your lowest civilian worker (who isn't already him/herself a military spouse), like a cashier, is covered by the SOFA to the same extent as senior active duty personnel.

    @ USNinJapan2: Those types of people want to get SOFA status simply for the fact that they will be able to stay in Japan without the need for sponsorship or getting a work visa to stay in Japan. I have seen many a cashier at the NEX or some NAF personnel want to get that SOFA stamp on their passport so that they can have the benefits of being associated with working on the base (schools, commissary, etc). Many times, when kids "age out" of being dependents of either military or civilian parents, they try to get it.

    I think the big issue of this will come out to be what is on and off duty. I remember a few years ago when a civilian worker had an accident in Okinawa that killed someone while he was driving. He was out driving home late at night, but he was leaving work and going home. That, I believe would make him still being covered under the SOFA status now as being on a duty status, where the US authorities would have the first rights.

    But as some have stated, if it is a American on American crime whether on or off base, the J-cops will pass it back to the USA. Again another case to back that up, when a Sailor killed his kid up on Negishi years ago, it was given to the Japanese to have first right to prosecute, but they turned it back over to the Navy to handle.

    I don't think that some of the Japanese officials don't fully understand it themselves.

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  • 1

    Alphaape

    You wouldn't feel that way if a bunch of rightwingers stood outside your shop with bullhorns screaming at you to die because you are a cockroach, which is what happened in Shin Okubo and at a korean elementary school. That's why they passed this legislation. Things were getting out of control.

    In that case, I would ask to see if they have a permit to have a demonstration, if not, off they go.

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