commanteer's past comments

  • -3

    commanteer

    I love the way Democrats like to throw around words like "reality" and "facts" as though they hold unique knowledge of these things, and while revealing that they are as blind to reality and facts as a Disney cartoon.

    Posted in: Trump collides with reality on Russia

  • 2

    commanteer

    Why should someone have to live, when their life has no meaning and holds no joy? What's the purpose of dragging it out at that point?

    How about raising the kids they gave birth to, rather than saddling them with tragedy, guilt and abandonment? Take what you just said, about life having no meaning. A parent who commits suicide, in addition to abandoning a child, is sending the message that the child had no meaning the them. It's cruel. While I have some sympathy for people who commit suicide, I can't stand the tendency to fetishize them ("Oh, poor John... he was so sad) when they often leave a lifetime of destruction in their wake.

    While dissillusioned's quote was over the top, he has a point.

    Let's respect their decision.

    Why? If they are suffering from a terminal illness and want to cut to the chase, that's one thing. But there is little to respect in a decision that eases one's temporary pain by handing more pain to others.

    Posted in: 1 in 4 Japanese have considered committing suicide: survey

  • 1

    commanteer

    Buy fake friends to impress people who don't care on a sometimes isolating social platform. That's sad all around. I know people who fill up their Facebook with posts of their "glamorous" life, when their life is anything but. Many of those same people have 1000s of "friends" who they maybe met once, if at all. All the while creating the illusion to themselves and others that their life is just tops.

    On the other hand, I know a guy who sometimes seems to know everybody in the world. He has a dormant Facebook account, with maybe one profile picture and no updates.

    Posted in: Company offers fake friends photo service to help customers look popular on social media

  • 1

    commanteer

    Great aquarium. You can grab a seat right next to this tank and drink a coffee, a snack or a smoothie while huge whale sharks and mantas swim by your table. And the prices are no more than you would pay at a coffee shop anywhere in town.

    Posted in: Blue world

  • 7

    commanteer

    Pretty brave to be hiking in your 70s.

    Actually, most of the people I run into on mountain trails here are at least in their 60s. Plenty in their 70s too.

    Posted in: Man, woman apparently fall to their deaths on Chiba mountain

  • 1

    commanteer

    Whatever Facebook says, I assume any information they have on users is readily available to the IRS, CIA or any other government agency that wants it. The same is probably true of all large internet companies.

    There are many interesting projects that are working on decentralizing the internet, so that info doesn't rely on one server or company. But I think people will be too lazy to care. So Facebook and Google will continue to be best friends with our overlords.

    Posted in: Facebook says its data can't be used for 'surveillance'

  • 1

    commanteer

    This is more or less common sense. Of course parents need to teach kids about the dangers in roads. I constantly told my kids never to trust that a car will, for example, stop at a red light. Every morning I see drivers with their eyes glazed over in intensity and a manic desire to get to work because they couldn't wake up 5 minutes earlier. They are in a kind of trance, and won't snap out of it unless they run a kid over.

    So, yeah, we have to teach the kids to be very careful - because we have no sway over these "adults."

    Posted in: First-graders and younger children tend to focus on what interests them. They sometimes move in ways that adults can never predict. They are short of hazard recognition.

  • -2

    commanteer

    You've got three attempts at misinformation here. The first is an outright falsehood: no one thinks Russians hacked the election.

    I'm glad you agree the election wasn't hacked by Russians. Yet, many people think exactly that, because that's the expression used time and time again by the media. Look for yourself and you will see. It's much more inflammatory and satisfying than saying that Russians may have influenced the election (dubious in itself), which doesn't have the same ring to it.

    The "second attempt at misinformation" is simply your rereading of the first, so we'll scratch that one.

    Your last point relates to plausibility. You think it's plausible that a country with a fraction of the economy, influence and population of the US could have significantly influenced the election. Not terribly plausible to me. And not even illegal. Influencing foreign elections is standard operating procedure for the US.

    Meanwhile you say that the deep state is not plausible. So Eisenhower warning of the military-industrial complex was a delusion? The deep state (maybe your definition is different from mine) is as obvious as trees in a forest. Always has been, though it was previously called different names. It refers to the mix of unelected lobbyists, moneyed interests, military, the CIA, secretive groups and bureaucracy that are there regardless of who is president. The difference is that they have grown much more powerful recently, take many more liberties with US citizen's rights, and worst of all, now enjoy the actual support of people who's short term hatred of Trump overrides any sense of wanting to preserve freedom and human rights.

    JFK wanted to dismantle the CIA. Since then, no candidate has been brave enough or stupid enough to challenge this large and out of control government agency. I'm glad to see someone do it, whatever the motivations. But it's unimaginable to me that so many Americans actually support the CIA at this point. Talk about loving one's oppressor.

    Posted in: Trump White House sees 'deep state' behind leaks, opposition

  • 6

    commanteer

    The reason was that ruthless record companies did and still do try to take ownership of artist's songs in exchange for making them famous. Until recently, struggling artists has little choice in the matter if they wanted to succeed. Note these are the same record companies that now cry when downloaders "steal" music.

    Posted in: Paul McCartney should wait to get back Beatles songs, Sony/ATV says

  • 1

    commanteer

    It's sad to see Turkey fall like this. Look at the line up of allies - Iran, Russia, Turkey. Not exactly economic powerhouses. They will all be vassals of China in another 10 years, assuming China holds together. Look for splits between West and East in Russia and Turkey. Look for Iran to rejoin the West when the crooked old clerics finally fall.

    The world is undergoing a realignment like we haven't seen for 100 years.

    Posted in: Turkey's Erdogan says apology from Netherlands not enough; attacks Merkel

  • -3

    commanteer

    Europe’s state of uncertainty is something Russian President Vladimir Putin has been more than happy to exploit.

    "Happy?" How would this person know? And exploit? How? Oh....

    There are plenty within the national security establishments of both Europe and the United States who believe Russia’s intervention in Syria was partly designed to ramp up the refugee crisis

    So the happy exploitation is basically the opinions of a few unnamed stooges and spies (i.e. professional liars). And the author considers that enough? This kind of rubbish is all too typical of news these days. And while it may be an opinion piece, it is read as factual by many. Just reaffirming existing stereotypes, and adding a dash of big bad Russia (without a dash of evidence).

    Posted in: Europe on knife edge of uncertainty, maybe catastrophe

  • -3

    commanteer

    I am amazed that the same people who deny a deep state exists "because there's no evidence" willingly believe the Russians hacked the election - with no evidence other than the claims of those in the deep state (which they say doesn't exist).

    Denying a deep state exists is like denying trees exist. It has been a commonly accepted part of politics everywhere for well over a century. But now that Trump complains of it, it magically ceases to exist? That's pretty much a conversation stopper right there.

    Posted in: Trump White House sees 'deep state' behind leaks, opposition

  • 4

    commanteer

    But then again, we all do have the opportunity to make something of ourselves.

    True. But this article does smack of elitism. For a person of her obviously privileged background, one would expect at least this level of success.

    To illustrate the point...

    And when things don’t go well — let steam off by traveling.

    What a lovely life, to be able to drop what you are doing and jet off to places around the world. For most people, when things don't go well, they have to double down. Or triple down. They sure as heck don't leave their business and family to "let off steam" in some foreign locale.

    Nothing against this woman, I'm sure she's a fine person. But she's an odd choice to inspire the struggling entrepreneur.

    Posted in: One Indonesian woman's road to a successful business In Japan

  • 6

    commanteer

    I don't know why people are shocked. This is normal. New laws and enforcement mean more arrests, simple as that. If anything, I would imagine the actual acts of crime have gone down.

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  • 6

    commanteer

    Can one actually sue for damages in lost bribes?

    Posted in: If she continues to take no steps, I would have to consider taking legal action.

  • -3

    commanteer

    Cyberwarfare is well underway, led once again by Putin-philes. Russia apparently has done a good job training its people to use technology to undermine businesses and government,

    Maybe you should confined your hysterical Russian obsession to articles that are actually about Russia.

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  • -2

    commanteer

    It's a fake controversy. There has always been "fake news." The "controversy" has been created to help put in place censorship and stifle free speech. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Posted in: What do you think about the growing controversy over "fake news" circulating online via Google or Facebook, and efforts by the internet giants to weed out hoaxes and misinformation?

  • 6

    commanteer

    Young/inexperienced drivers have L or P plates, why not have a sticker for older drivers over say 70yo?

    Those stickers already exist.

    Posted in: Should there be an age limit for driving licenses?

  • 13

    commanteer

    I think it's pretty clear that North Korea is finally approaching its final days. China has started to recognize that, and has pulled back support (and coal). The assassinations in Malaysia and in NK are acts of desperation. The fat boy is losing his grip.

    It may well happen this year. The big question is what North Korea's collapse will look like. It may be a very dangerous time for us, during the collapse and even after.

    Posted in: Abe says N Korea launched 4 ballistic missiles; 3 land 300 kms from Japan's coast

  • 7

    commanteer

    Sad. In Chernobyl, those older people who chose to stay in their homes (despite the danger), have vastly outlived their neighbors who chose to evacuate. Being uprooted in old age is a health hazard in itself.

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