commanteer's past comments

  • -1

    commanteer

    Grow up People! A whole country and possibly the world is at stake here. What are we 5 years old????!!!!!

    This is all so unbelievably ridiculous. In addition to regular doses of reality TV and poor education, I believe the rampant drug use (both legal and illegal) in the US contributes to this sad state of affairs.

    I agree with people who say that Americans don't deserve these two candidates. They actually deserve much worse.

    Posted in: Trump goes on offensive against former beauty queen; Clinton calls him 'unhinged'

  • -11

    commanteer

    For all the downvoters (who I guess don't equally support sexual assault victims), even the NY Times, which has endorsed Hillary, has concerns about this: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/21/us/politics/90s-scandals-threaten-to-erode-hillary-clintons-strength-with-women.html

    Posted in: Trump goes after Bill Clinton

  • 0

    commanteer

    Well, of course. But if we withheld technological progress to save jobs, we would all be living as subsistence farmers, riding horses if we were rich enough, and using manual typesetting to write letters.

    Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars will eventually put millions of people out of work around the world?

  • 1

    commanteer

    I'm not a fan at all of the Japanese education system (nor the American system). They all need to be rebuilt from the bottom up. That said, Japan does an admirable job in equality of education - at least compared to many other countries.

    Posted in: Academic achievement gap closing between top, underperforming areas

  • 1

    commanteer

    Typical Communist BS thinking

    Though I generally agree with your sentiments, China has not been communist for a long time now. A case could even be made that the USA is closer to communism that China is. One could also make the case that China is more business friendly than the US.

    They are an authoritarian government, yes. But talk of communism is really from another era, and undercuts your argument.

    Posted in: Contested waters remain thorny issue for Japan and China

  • -13

    commanteer

    Hillary was the victim of a cheating spouse

    I'd say she used up her victim card when she used the full power of the White House to try to destroy her husband's rape and sexual assault victims, calling them "bimbos" no less. And now she claims to be a supporter of victims of sexual assault.

    Really, you want to defend these actions?

    Posted in: Trump goes after Bill Clinton

  • 1

    commanteer

    I should warn you all, I think current trademark/patent laws are highly destructive, anti-innovation, and anti-competitive. And it is appalling that they arrested this very small fish (6500 yen over the course of a year).

    Bizarre that they even had a press conference for it, with all the offending mugs laid out for photographers and the media - the same way major drug hauls are.

    I think perhaps they were looking to make an example, and preferred to put a foreigner into the grinder rather than a Japanese person.

    All that said, i don't know what he was thinking. Hard to believe an educated person would not know that the Olympics have heavily enforced trademarks. Though it's also hard to believe anybody would take that much risk for such small profits. They don't seem to have been the focus of his online store. So maybe he really just didn't know.

    Posted in: U.S. man arrested over Tokyo Olympic logo trademark infringement

  • 5

    commanteer

    @thepersoniamnow I did read it again. My point was that there shouldn't be any police involvement at all in these things. They are corporate disputes. Thousands of cease and desist letters are sent out daily to people who are making 100 times more money than this guy is. If they don't respond to the C & D, the companies go after them in court. Civil court.

    That's why even a fine or warning from the police is inappropriate. It's not their job.

    Why are my taxes being used so that our police can do corporate trademark enforcement for rich companies? This is draconian, and it's crime that out law enforcement authorities are being used this way. Some poor guy struggling to support himself in Kumamoto is now having his life (and maybe his family's life) destroyed over a couple mugs. All at taxpayer expense!

    Posted in: U.S. man arrested over Tokyo Olympic logo trademark infringement

  • 1

    commanteer

    If some countries who hate the US decided to stretch the definition of terrorism, why haven't they already done this and seized all of America's assets in their country?

    You are talking about the political class in each country. This new bill takes the decision away from the political class and gives in to the courts.

    A refugee in Germany or the UK who has had family members killed by US forces could sue the US in a UK court, for example. The politicians would have nothing to do with it. Judges, who tend to be less nuanced in these matters, will happily levy punitive fines against the US.

    At the moment, it is the US that is the economic bully on the block, forcing foreign banks to do their bidding. That will probably change in a few years, as other countries try to get out from under the US boot. Ironically, that could be hastened by wealthy nations ridding themselves of US investments to reduce their exposure to these lawsuits. The pressure on the economy would be great, which would probably be a good thing for the Americans. They might stop being so frivolous and get back to realistically working on the economy.

    Posted in: Congress rebukes Obama, overrides veto of 9/11 legislation

  • 8

    commanteer

    You often hear in the news of people arrested for selling stolen items, illegal items, not paying tax, or things like this.

    All of these things are crimes, indisputably so. However you are missing the point. This man committed a civil infraction, which should not under any stretch of the imagination be a crime warranting arrest. And yet it is.

    Even more than the possible targeting of him because he's not Japanese (quite possible), this is a bigger concern. Nations that use criminal law where civil law will suffice are almost always dictatorships. Instead of suing for slander, a dictator can simply have his critic arrested and silenced.

    In this case, it's the mega-corporations using these laws to squash new competition. Or to force people to conform to outdated and expensive distribution models. The Olympic organizers are notoriously tough on trademark infringement, though this is the first time I have heard of them having someone arrested.

    Posted in: U.S. man arrested over Tokyo Olympic logo trademark infringement

  • 25

    commanteer

    This arrest thing is simply craziness. There is almost no money involved. More importantly, trademark disputes have always been civil matters, not criminal matters. The trademark holder sues the violator, and collects damages. Worked for a century.

    Until now. Giant entertainment companies have bought off politicians to turn common civil disputes into criminal cases involving arrest. One of the worst excesses of corporate-government fascism is now standard I guess. And few people complain.

    Posted in: U.S. man arrested over Tokyo Olympic logo trademark infringement

  • 0

    commanteer

    Right, longer to stop than necessary, ya'll give too much credit to the driver for knowing how far he had to go to make the meter go up ONE damn click.

    It's not that difficult to understand. The drive does this as a habit, and a certain percentage of the time the meter will roll over another 80 yen. If it works one out of 8 times, and he picks up 40 passengers each shift, he'll make an extra 400 yen per shift. Not much, but it's not as though it takes a lot of extra work.

    Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting cabbie after fare goes up just as taxi stops

  • 0

  • 0

    commanteer

    True, but you miss the whole apocalyptic part of their belief. You miss how they believe the west and Islam are incompatible and there will be one final battle between Muslims and crusaders at Dabiq. So, when you and Trump want to lump all Muslims together, you play right into their hands.

    You miss the part where the ISIS prophecy says that they will lose this final battle. The prophesy states that out of the destruction will rise a great leader who will spread their sick version of Islam across the world.

    So unless you actually believe this rubbish yourself, why would you care that we are "playing into their hands?"

    You also seem to suggest that ISIS represent Muslims in the comment "final battle between Muslims and crusaders." They don't. The final battle will be between ISIS and western backed forces.

    Always good to know what a psychotic lunatic is thinking, just in case. But once you start hesitating over taking clear action because the lunatic might "want it" then you are crossing over the line and starting to believe the lunacy yourself.

    Posted in: Clinton says Trump gives 'aid, comfort' to ISIS recruiters

  • 1

    commanteer

    I use a password software service for $50 a year. I also keep a back-up in a hand-written notebook. Still things get forgotten or confused.

    But it's better than using the same password for everything. One hack anywhere and all your accounts are exposed.

    Posted in: How do you remember all the passwords and user IDs you use in your daily life?

  • 0

    commanteer

    Komatsu the robot stays in the factory and produces. The first thing he does is put Toru out of a job.

    Toru will do what people have always done - find another job. Or create his own job. Let's be honest, how great can your job be if a robot can do it better?

    Technology has been replacing people's jobs since the industrial revolution, and life has only gotten better for most people.

    Posted in: Abe: Japan's shrinking population not burden but incentive

  • 1

    commanteer

    As Yubaru's first comment pointed out, Abe didn't demand anything. The headline was written that misleading way to arouse ire in people who don't read the article. Standard journalism these days, sad to say.

    Posted in: Abe demands world find new way to stop N Korean nuclear threat

  • 13

    commanteer

    I agree, the shrinking population is a good thing. It's delusional to expect a population to grow forever.

    So he's basically saying let's not worry about tackling the root of the problem.

    If by "root" you mean wasteful government spending and unsustainable debt, I agree. The government needs to shrink dramatically. Meanwhile, robots and stuff are fine.

    Posted in: Abe: Japan's shrinking population not burden but incentive

  • 4

    commanteer

    Isn't "oldies" a rather offensive and discriminatory term? Like fatties or baldies? There are valuable workers of all ages, and worthless workers of all ages. No need to draw lines based on other personal criteria.

    Posted in: Unable to keep pace with change, salarymen over 50 'destroying their companies'

  • -6

    commanteer

    This is one issue that isn't going to go away and is going to damage Trump. And so it should.

    It has already gone away, and the only people who care about it are those who are already committed against Trump. It seems the anti-Trump crowd will continue not to get why people support Trump right up until the election, which is good for Trump.

    I don't like Trump or trust him, but I would probably vote for him. There are millions like me, which is why the attacks on his character fail to shift support, and why all the Trump bashers get so frustrated - they are playing politics the obsolete way.

    Posted in: Trump supporters struggle to sideline 'birther' issue

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