katsu78's past comments

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    katsu78

    DisillusionedMAR. 22, 2017 - 06:11PM JST LGBT couples? I had to read the article to find out what it meant. Is that a thing now or is it just Janglish?

    It has been a standard part of authentic English discourse for years, maybe over a decade. Certain variations of the expression (i.e. LGBTQ) have not seen widespread use, but LGBT is a fairly normal term.

    Also, congratulations on reading a separate article! Doing research to increase your understanding of the world is a behavior we demand of kids but sadly too many people think they can just abandon it when they become adults. Please continue building your knowledge of the world.

    What happened to using, same-sex couples?

    As vallum said, not all LGBT couples are same-sex. LGBT also avoids the confusion of either or both of the participants being transgender and the hand-wringing that comes from conservative people who want to reject the concept of transgenderism and insist that a person's biological sex is always obvious and fixed at birth.

    Posted in: Sapporo to become 1st major city to recognize LGBT couples in June

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    bass4funkMAR. 22, 2017 - 02:42PM JST You don't seriously think that Obama's "Hope and Change" slogan equates to "change for the sake of change" just because it has the word "change" in it, do you? No, I'm saying, his hope and change wasn't the change we wanted and hasn't worked out for most Americans, socially or politically (especially for the Democrats)

    Then your comment is completely irrelevant to the context because I was discussing a poster who asserted that some people think change for the sake of change is progress, which you then tried to link to "Hope and Change".

    Which means either you don't know that your comment was irrelevant, in which case I'd encourage you to read the thread better, or you do know that it's irrelevant, in which case I'd encourage the mods to do something about your obvious trolling issues.

    You guys are really an entertaining bunch, that's for sure.

    At this point, the entertainment is pretty much entirely in your imagination because either through your ignorance or through your incessant need to troll you're not actually interacting with anyone here who disagrees with you. You're just verbally masturbating, pretending you've won a challenge against an enemy you made up in your head.

    Posted in: Trump to GOP: Pass health care bill or seal your fate

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    bass4funkMAR. 22, 2017 - 12:12PM JST I don't think there is a single person anywhere who wants government policy to simply be "change for the sake of change". We had to listen to "hope and change" talk for 8 years, I guess that's the new narrative now.

    If you want to appear to have the courage of your convictions, you should quote the name of the person you are responding to so they can find you easily - unless of course your goal is less to have a reasoned debate than to take potshots at people you don't like and hope they don't notice you enough to reply.

    As for your reply, could you please say something relevant to the discussion that makes the slightest bit of sense? You don't seriously think that Obama's "Hope and Change" slogan equates to "change for the sake of change" just because it has the word "change" in it, do you? I mean, that's a sentence parsing error I wouldn't expect even of children. The next time you reply to a comment here, please try to do so in a way that isn't a complete waste of everyone else's time, would you?

    Posted in: Trump to GOP: Pass health care bill or seal your fate

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    katsu78

    alternative medicine : medicine :: alternative facts : facts

    Tokyo-EngrMAR. 21, 2017 - 10:07AM JST Some "indigenous techniques"

    I really like this term that you used, it helps us address the issue more rationally. "Alternative medicine" is for things that are alternatives to medicine - i.e. their efficacy cannot be shown through scientific study. As opposed to "indigenous techniques", which implies traditional approaches to medicine that simply haven't been studied yet and which there is no evidence supporting or disconfirming their effectiveness.

    Posted in: What do you think of alternative health care methods such as homeopathy, indigenous medicine, acupuncture, mind-body medicine and so on?

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    LagunaMAR. 22, 2017 - 09:46AM JST Yet another "Mission Accomplished" for the GOP (though this time, they had eight years to plan. ...

    I agree with you and gave you a "good" for your post, but a small correction - Americans have been debating how to deal with healthcare since the 90s. So it's more of a "they had ~22 years or more to plan"... and this is the best they could come up with. There are potentially US military personnel stationed in Japan and reading this who are younger than the debate on health care in America.

    Only it's not the best they could come up with, because a far more successful healthcare system was designed by a Republican. It used to be known as Romneycare. Later, when it got pushed as a compromise measure by the nation's first black president, it was given a different name and was suddenly branded as the worst thing ever.

    This is how sad the Republican party has become - the one successful compromise they made in recent memory gets picked up by a black man, and they'd rather abandon credit for it and its success than work with a black democrat for the good of the country.

    Posted in: Trump to GOP: Pass health care bill or seal your fate

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    katsu78

    Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters that if Republicans pass the legislation, “people will reward us. If we don’t keep our promise, it will be very hard to manage this.”

    We'll reward you with extended time off and vastly reduced responsibilities in 2018, yes.

    theFuMAR. 22, 2017 - 09:15AM JST Change for the sake of change isn't necessarily progress.

    I don't think there is a single person anywhere who wants government policy to simply be "change for the sake of change".

    Posted in: Trump to GOP: Pass health care bill or seal your fate

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    kyushubillMAR. 21, 2017 - 07:40AM JST Then why have Julia have autism then?

    Why not?

    Posted in: 'Sesame Street' to tackle autism with new muppet

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    razyJoeMAR. 21, 2017 - 07:43AM JST If, as President, you accuse a past President of an impeachable offense - and your charge is a lie - you should in turn be impeached.

    As much as I think Trump should be impeached, let's not jump the gun here. Lying about someone, even as President, even about a President, isn't a crime unless it's done under oath. Obama of course has grounds to sue for defamation, but he won't because he has class.

    Posted in: FBI probing Trump-Russia links, wiretap claims bogus

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    bass4funkMAR. 20, 2017 - 11:30AM JST And is loved as well, you didn't take a poll

    Fortunately, Gallup did. 37% approval rate.

    and he still rides pretty much unchanged with his base, because as wth everything he does, they don't care, the same as with Hillary or Obama base.

    Exactly. His base doesn't care. Like I said before, they have chosen to live in a fantasy where they imagine everyone who opposes Trump hates America, and their opinion will not budge until they decide to start facing reality.

    I have a lot of family that live in the South and the heartland and they will tell you something entirely different.

    Which means it's time for you to acknowledge that the picture of Americans' perception of Trump is more complicated than your "Real Americans" BS.

    No, don't apologize for the things you made up. Apologize for making them up, please. Haven't done that yet and NOT about to start.

    No, I suppose like Trump you have a pattern of refusing to acknowledge when you've lied. Pity, really.

    Other presidents go through up and down polling, Obama, Bush, Clinton rode the same waves,

    No President has ever gone through such a wave in their first 3 months. Trump's presidency is a failure, and Americans of all political stripes are beginning to see it. I mean apart from the ones who insist on living in their fantasy world safe space bubbles where everyone who criticizes Trump hates America.

    Well, I don't support the majority liberal policies, so what should I do.

    Well, not straight up lying to defend a known liar would be a good start. Not trolling forums with pointless distractions would be another. But the best thing for you to do would be to start reading corroboratable facts and learning that your extremist political positions just don't fit reality. You wishing something was true doesn't make it true.

    Posted in: Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO vast sums

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    katsu78

    bass4funkMAR. 20, 2017 - 10:02AM JST The majority of Americans do not support this tin-foil-hat-wearing insane clown or his posse. In the coastal areas of the US, you are right, not in the heartland or the working class.

    Yes indeed, the majority of Americans in coastal cities do not support this tin-foil-hat-wearing insane clown or his posse.

    But you should probably not overstate his popularity in "the heartland". I come from the heartland and he is vehemently hated by many, but clearly not quite the same margin, as on the coasts. Those in the heartland who do see through his insane conspiracy theories hate him all the more strongly, because our areas are going to be disproportionately harmed by his idiotic policies.

    So we should apologize for the Alt Left and the radical Anti-fada groups that are determined to undermine the president and the rule of law

    No, don't apologize for the things you made up. Apologize for making them up, please.

    Sincerely, The Real Americans

    It's telling that you have to invent a personal attack to smear all Americans who disagree with you (also telling that the mods continually permit it despite otherwise aggressively silencing other posters who post content even slightly verging on ad hominems, but that's another story for another time...)

    But most telling of all is that you post this claim on the very day that Gallup Polls show Trump at a record low 37% approval rate. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-gallup-poll-new-record-low-approval-ratings-russia-healthcare-wiretapping-twitter-a7638601.html

    At this point, the people who continue to support Donald Trump are an extreme minority who likely can only do the mental gymnastics to continue their support by convincing themselves that everyone who disagrees with them hates America. Right on cue, you come into here and post nearly exactly that same idea. Well done.

    Posted in: Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO vast sums

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    katsu78

    "But no guys, if you are okay dismissing Obama's wiretap you have to also dismiss the Russia election tampering! Because we don't decide what's true based on a rational evaluation of facts, we decide it by every time we dismiss a conspiracy theory from the right, we have to dismiss a theory about a conspiracy from everyone else, regardless of if there is any evidence. It's called objective balance! At least that's what Vlad over on 4chan told me..."

    Posted in: Intel documents offer no evidence of spying on Trump Tower

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    katsu78

    Heh, lucky video games, always the target of junk science news reports claiming their very medium is destructive.

    So here's the question: is it a junk science news article because it reports on a junk science experiment that just correlated hours playing games and sexist attitudes with no concern for which games were part of those hours and how much immersion in the toxic subculture that surrounds rabid game fandom outside of games? Does anyone really think that 3 hours playing Minecraft vs. 3 hours playing Dead or Alive: Xtreme Venus will lead to equivalent sexist attitudes?

    Or is it a junk science news article because the original study acknowledged those likely far more important influences but the AFP reporter didn't adequately explain them because science is hard and press organizations don't give their reporters enough time to adequately understand science before blasting it into the public?

    Because at this point I'd put the odds at 50/50 either way.

    Posted in: Video games linked to sexism in teenagers: study

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    katsu78

    gogogoMAR. 19, 2017 - 07:54AM JST Talk about 1st world problems

    Yes, let's talk about them. People who don't want to be part of the conversation are free to go elsewhere and discuss things that do interest them.

    Posted in: Selena Gomez reveals Instagram addiction, low self-esteem

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    Simon FostonMAR. 19, 2017 - 12:17PM JST bass4funkMAR. 19, 2017 - 08:20AM JST But you don't mind if Trump can't or won't prove his allegations against Obama, do you?

    bass4funk has personally been making baseless accusations against Obama for as long as he's been posting here. Of course he doesn't mind.

    Posted in: Trump says U.S. must be paid more to defend Germany

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    katsu78

    Shame on AP for not clarifying that 2% spending on NATO is a goal, not an obligation. No money is owed.

    René PihlakMAR. 19, 2017 - 06:48AM JST of course he's a Russian agent.

    We don't have the evidence to say that. It is obvious his actions are squarely aligned with what is in Russia's best interest, but to be fair that may be because Trump is an idiot, not because he's an agent. We need a congressional investigation to decide.

    Posted in: Trump says U.S. must be paid more to defend Germany

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    gogogoMAR. 19, 2017 - 07:57AM JST offensive is subjective and different for all cultures. I can't see how this would work. Half the US will flag Trump as offensive

    "They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

    Posted in: Google hopes to improve search quality with 'offensive' flag

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    katsu78

    The Matrix is just an unoriginal rehashing of Buddhist theory with a goth fashion aesthetic and a techno soundtrack. It shouldn't be remade not because there is something sacred to the original, but because there is nothing of substance to remake. Gullible audiences got taken in by the white room CGI gun catalog scene and failed to notice there was nothing else to the franchise until sequels featuring Santa Claus in the shopping mall electronics section and Elrond-with-fake-eyes drove the point home that this was a series cribbing notes from someone else's big ideas and nothing original to sustain itself. Let it die the death it deserves along with everything else pretentious and empty from the 90s.

    Posted in: 'Matrix' reboot? Some say studio should choose another pill

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    katsu78

    Good lord, that handshake scene was downright painful to watch.

    Posted in: Trump, Merkel try to sidestep differences in first meeting

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    katsu78

    “I read that the average weight for Japanese women in my age group is 55 kg and I’m (her voice drops to a whisper) 56.5! I really would love to get under 55 kg.”

    Japanese healthcare is generally far better than in my home country, but this attitude is very backward. Too many Japanese people, instead of looking at health holistically, treat it like school test results. If you're behind the average even by a tiny margin, it's like being in the back half of the class and bad. It's not about maximizing your long-term health and it's certainly not about living life to the fullest - it's about avoiding the attention of not being average enough.

    Posted in: Where super-thin is still in: Attitudes to body image in Japan

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    katsu78

    LagunaMAR. 18, 2017 - 07:42AM JST Fortunately, Republicare will go nowhere; unfortunately, instead of acting like adults and fixing ACA flaws, the GOP will do its best to let it - FORCE it - to fail. They don't care about how it affects Americans - to them, it's simply an ideological game.

    Your whole post was great but this really nails it. The Republicans would rather hurt America than see a black democrat president succeed at making America better.

    Posted in: Trump OKs changes in GOP health care bill, winning support

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