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    BertieWooster

    Why are there US bases in Japan?

    Because Japan pays the rent and bends over backwards to do just what the overlords want.

    Why are they in Okinawa?

    Because no where else in Japan will have them!

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    BertieWooster

    What's the calorie level of these bad guys?

    Posted in: Krispy Kreme Halloween doughnuts

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    "Do what I say = legal."

    "Don't do what I say = illegal."

    S.Abe

    Seems to me we've heard this kind of reasoning before . . .

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    BertieWooster

    Yes, Daniel. There are many in Okinawa who long to get their land back. Abe's LDP shackled Japan is democratic only in the same way as the word is used in the "People's DEMOCRATIC Republic of Korea."

    However, let's not give up just yet. Onaga has a lot of people on his side.

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    BertieWooster

    The problem with vaping is that it does work as a method of reducing or quitting cigarette use and therefore cuts into tobacco companies' profits.

    Tobacco companies are already suing governments that try to protect their citizens, claiming this costs them profits. Philip Morris is suing Uruguay for “excessive” regulation of tobacco, because Uruguay requires health warnings to be prominent on tobacco packaging. According to a NY Times report, “Uruguay’s gross domestic product is half the size of the company’s $66 billion in annual sales.” The company is also suing Ireland and Norway, claiming that prohibitions on store displays reduce their profits.

    We can expect much more of this unethical behaviour if and when the TPP actually gets implemented.

    Posted in: Scientific evidence grows for e-cigarettes as quit-smoking method

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    It works. Two of the people I work with quit easily, painlessly with e-cigarettes. They adjusted the nicotine content until it was zero. They no longer smoke, nor use e-cigarettes. Both of these people had done everything else from cold turkey to patches and one of them had been so addicted that he would go nuts on a long plane flight.

    Posted in: Scientific evidence grows for e-cigarettes as quit-smoking method

  • 10

    BertieWooster

    Good up to elementary school, beyond that, a pathetic sham.

    Posted in: What do you think of the quality of school education in Japan? If you have a child at school, are you happy with that school?

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    ALL of them!

    And that includes the royal family.

    Posted in: Which celebrities - Japanese or foreign - are you sick and tired of reading or hearing about?

  • -3

    BertieWooster

    If Obama supports the Clint, let's hope the Trumpet gets in!

    Posted in: Obama: Clinton 'steady,' Trump 'not fit in any way' to lead

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    BertieWooster

    Tamarama,

    You are quite right. There is much we don't know about this case. On the other hand, I do think that a teacher has no right to blame students for lack of attention. It's not their fault that he's boring. If a teacher is not capable of getting and holding students' attention, he is in the wrong profession.

    However, I cannot agree that teaching is a tough, thankless job. I've been a teacher all my working life. Teaching elementary schoolchildren in England and English in Japan. The only part that I would say was tough was when I first started teaching, just after finishing university when didn't really have a clue what to do in the classroom. But, as I gained experience I got to really enjoy it. And far from being thankless, I find it a most rewarding thing to do. It's also a lot of fun!

    Posted in: Fukushima teacher tapes students’ mouths shut for talking during class

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    BertieWooster

    rabblerouzer,

    The headline "Smart weapons, dumb armies" is awfully similar to "guns don't kill people, people kill people."

    Good point.

    The most highly decorated officer in the US forces, Smedley Butler had it right:

    WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

    In the World War a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows. How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

    You can read the rest here:

    https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.pdf

    Posted in: Smart weapons, dumb armies

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    BertieWooster

    What makes the situation worse is that arms sales are HUGE business:

    The three largest defense companies in the world are all United States companies. With a combined total revenue in 2001 of $100 billion and employing 400,000 people, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing are three powerhouses of American business. Their combined revenues account for 1% of the United States' $10 trillion GDP.[ii] Each company is on each of the Fortune lists: America’s Most Admired Companies, Global Most Admired Companies, Fortune 500 and Global 500.[iii] Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing are also the three top arms-producing companies in the world.

    http://web.stanford.edu/class/e297a/U.S.%20Defense%20Industry%20and%20Arms%20Sales.htm

    Posted in: Smart weapons, dumb armies

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    BertieWooster

    Students not doing well. Students not concentrating, but chatting, writing notes to one another, generally not paying attention.

    Whose responsibility is it?

    It's the TEACHER'S, 100%

    If the teacher can't take that level of responsibility, he or she should do something that doesn't require responsibility - join the LDP, become a lawmaker, etc.

    Posted in: Fukushima teacher tapes students’ mouths shut for talking during class

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    BertieWooster

    What a ghastly word history!

    It makes otherwise taboo words like "mekura" (blind) and "tsumbo" (deaf) seem mild.

    Posted in: Last-minute cancellation by Chinese tour groups driving businesses crazy

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    BertieWooster

    Why on Earth doesn't the ministory just get rid of him?

    Obviously he's not suited to be a teacher.

    Posted in: Fukushima teacher tapes students’ mouths shut for talking during class

  • 3

    BertieWooster

    Show some respect!

    Shunsuke Mutai, parliamentary vice Cabinet Office minister and prominent LDP member, is one of Japan's leaders and most eminent figures and therefore not be criticised!

    To do so would risk punishment under the new conspiracy laws.

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    BertieWooster

    Where does all this money that Abe is so generously frittering away in hand outs come from?

    I thought Japan was in debt.

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    BertieWooster

    The strongest measures!

    Got it.

    Abe's going to close down all the pachinko parlours.

    Then NK won't have a source of foreign currency!

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    BertieWooster

    What exactly are the "strongest possible measures?"

    Nuke them into the 19th century?

    Total annihilation?

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    BertieWooster

    Christopher,

    If there are higher levels of radiation in the air of Tokyo due to the nuclear test, what could the gov. do to protect people?

    If something happened in or near Tokyo, I expect the government would go apes**to and pour money and technology into fixing it.

    Posted in: Japan tests air for radiation levels after N Korean nuclear test

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