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    The movie details how his fellow troops — initially extremely suspicious of Doss — came to admire his moral and physical courage.

    A little drama added to make the story more interesting. No trooper is ever suspicious of a combat medic, and few troopers are as courageous as combat medics. As for "unarmed", medics had never carried battle weapons, and were issued only a sidearm which they can use to defend their patients. These sidearms were almost never used.

    International agreements prohibited hospitals, ambulances, and combat medics from being fired upon, which is why they always had or wore a large red cross on a white background. Though this prohibition was only vaguely honored on the western front during the war, in the Pacific and the eastern front, medics were often primary targets, because killing them had a strong demoralizing effect.

    But times have changed, and modern medics are not marked any differently than other soldiers. Since Korea, medics are targeted as any other soldier, and are often the primary targets. As a former medic myself, I carried both a rifle and a sidearm.

    Posted in: Armed with faith: Movie shows WWII exploits of unarmed medic

  • -4


    Nonsense. As anyone who has ever been arrest in Japan could tell you, there is no "presumption of innocence" in the Japanese legal system. A person suspected of committing a crime is assumed to be a criminal, at least for the time being, and since one is assumed of being a criminal, one cannot be fully trusted, and should be restrained. How many stories have we read about suspects being held at police stations for crimes simply walking away?

    When I worked in law enforcement, all suspected criminals were handcuffed at all time, except when they were in a holding cell. This is done for the safety of all involved. If one doesn't want to be cuffed, then one should not get one's self arrested.

    Posted in: Exposing defendants in handcuffs and waist ropes in court and before the media not only significantly hurts their dignity as humans but also goes against the principle of the presumption of innocence.

  • 0


    If commercial success equals artistic merit, Justin Bieber should be due for a Nobel soon. Joni Mitchell has it right. Bob Dylan manufactured an alter-ego, borrowed from traditional music and affected an image.

    Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, etc. all borrowed from others, particularly from my uncle, whom many consider the father of folk music. They all affected their own images, and marketed themselves in their own way. But their music and lyrics (though wonderful) did not strike a chord with the public as Dylan's did. Dylan has never cared a rat's backside about what other people think of him or his music, as far as he is concerned, they can take it or leave it.

    And don't discount Bieber getting a Nobel prize, considering the types of people who already have it.

    Posted in: What do you think of Bob Dylan's continued lack of response to being awarded the Nobel literature prize on Oct 13?

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    Trump’s argument misses the very real concern that bribery is expensive. It’s not just the expense of the bribe itself, it’s the expense introduced when a company makes it clear that they’re prepared to negotiate outside the terms of the contract. Suddenly, everything is negotiable and the bribe taker wants to be paid for interim approvals, for follow-on work, for final approval and, ultimately, for releasing funds for payment. The written contract is quickly subordinated to the bribe-based relationship, which can introduce expense that renders the contract unprofitable.

    What is overlooked is that bribery and corruption already occur in the awarding of contracts. Though bribery itself is illegal, other practices which encourage illicit bribery are legal. These practices are the fact that government contractors can collect more than the contracted amount when their projects are finished sometimes years behind schedule, or several times over the contracted amount. These cost overruns, which occur in order to pay off politicians and bureaucrats have driven the costs of infrastructure and other expenses so high that they can no longer be afforded.

    America spends more than any country on infrastructure, yet infrastructure is crumbling. America spends more money on education than any other country, yet the quality of primary education is very low compared to other developed countries. America spends far more on healthcare than any other country, yet America has no real national healthcare program. Extremely high costs with minimal services is an obvious sign of corruption, yet most seem oblivious to it. The money being spent is not getting to those it was intended for, but it is going somewhere, isn't it?

    Posted in: The price of doing business

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    It went wrong when the people found out they could vote themselves money. It went wrong when the majority figured out it could rob the minority. These were the fears America's founders had when the created America's system of democracy, and why many of them were skeptical that a democratic system would be workable.

    The people always vote for whoever promises to give them the most in pensions, medical care, or bring government jobs and projects to their cities and states. They never thought about how these things would have to be paid for, or the corrupting influence that controlling such vast amount of spending on their lawmakers.

    Posted in: What went wrong with democracy?

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    Joni Mitchell (and many other real troubadours) disagree.

    They disagree because Dylan "went commercial" and made money. They never forgave him for becoming a mainstream success, or stooping to become wealthy, and they never will. None of these other "troubadours" ever reached Dylan's level of success, and if his music wasn't very good, that doesn't say much for their own work.

    Posted in: What do you think of Bob Dylan's continued lack of response to being awarded the Nobel literature prize on Oct 13?

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    Of course the elections are rigged. Were it no so, Hillary would already be president, and Obama would still be a senator. I caucused for Hillary back in 2008, and those who worked in the campaigns knew all of the crap that was pulled. That's not to say that Hillary's supporters' hands were clean, but Obama's supporters were very well orchestrated (Chicago is infamous in how it exercises "democracy"). Though polls are fairly accurate for deterring results, in states were caucusing rules were the loosest, Obama managed to win, despite losing in these states' the polls. In states were caucusing rules were more stringent, results matched the polls.

    Posted in: Obama disputes Trump on rigged election, tells him to 'stop whining'

  • 8


    Okay so according to the article, a boy is bullied or "teased", no one helps him, he takes matters into his own hands and the bullies become the victim. So, he had two choices, suicide or stand up to his bullies because no one would help him.

    Standing up to them is one thing, stabbing them with a knife is another. As a kid who changed schools often due to my father's work, I often had run-ins with bullies. I got into several fights, not always winning, but bullies don't mess with people who fight back. As a kid I had a gun at home, and more than one knife (I was in the scouts), but it never occured to me to use them. My grandfather warned me about bullies, not to be afraid of taking a few licks, and not to be afraid of handing out many of my own.

    Posted in: 16-year-old student arrested for stabbing 3 at school

  • 0


    Good on Samsung though, it is a tough but responsible decision to withdraw such a popular product.

    It would have been better for Samsung if they had made the product well enough that it didn't need to be withdrawn. I almost bought one of these phones while I was in America last week just for the fun of it, and to see if it would blow up. But the store said that they were no longer allowed to sell them, and that they hadn't had a chance to take down the display models yet.

    Posted in: Japan bans Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on aircraft over fire risk

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    As an aside, I ventured into a Takashimaya a few months back considering buying dress shoes. Well, of course the prices were well hidden like in a magical knot,

    I found them hidden on a label on the sole of the shoe. Due to tariffs on leather, dress shoes are more expensive than they should otherwise be. A pair of Bruno Magli loafers which cost 130,000 yen at Takashimaya cost $799 at Neiman Marcus. I don't buy clothes or shoes in Japan because I don't like to get bent over. I do my shopping when I spend time in America. Outlet malls in Japan charge the same price which you would find at normal retail shops in America, outlet malls in America are an amazing bargain. It is funny to see the looks of amazement on the faces of Japanese people when they look at American outlet prices.

    So long as products remain overpriced in Japan (which is why the economy is deflationary), sales will continue to decline.

    Posted in: Japan's retailers forecast gloomy end to year

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    If they cut down the weight, then the engines would not be working so hard and therefore less emissions.

    You forget that safety requirements have been greatly increased over the years, and these require reinforcements in numbers, doors, and other parts, all of which add weight. Cars must pass front, rear, side, and off-center impact tests, and to pass these tests, more metal must be added. Cars for the Japanese market are lighter than those made for the American market, as they have fewer reinforcements in the doors and bodywork. You cannot import a Japanese domestic car to America, but you can easily import an American market car to Japan. A Japanese Kei car cannot be sold in America, because it meets almost none of the safety requirements, the only exception being the old Suzuki Jimny (known in America as the "Samurai"), but the Jimny needed twice as large of an engine as the Japanese version to be sold for use on American highways.

    The rules and requirements which must be met when making a car can fill several books, and many of these rules and regulations are seemingly incompatible with each other. The state wants cars which are safe, use less fuel, and produce less emissions. But making cars safer reduces fuel economy and raises emissions. The cost of meeting these rules and requirements adds greatly to the price of a car, and when the price gets too high, people buy fewer cars. Manufacturers are in a tough spot, trying to balance regulatory burdens with the demands of their customers.

    Posted in: Carmakers forced back to bigger engines in new emissions era

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    Another reason for smaller engines are tax breaks in those countries which tax vehicles by engine size, like Japan. The bigger the engine, the higher the tax. And also increased fuel mileage requirements lead to decreased engine sizes, even though in real-world conditions they must be pushed very hard to match the performance of their larger cousins.

    I used to have a Cadillac El Dorado with an 8.2 liter engine. A light touch on the throttle could set the tires spinning, flooring the throttle would create clouds of tire smoke. But surprisingly enough, in normal driving the car got surprisingly good mileage. Certainly not as good as VW or Toyota 2 door car, but the El Dorado could seat 6 people in comfort, and carry bags for 6 people as well. The car made 400hp and 550 lb-ft of torque at fairly low RPM, which is more than the large diesel trucks on Japanese highways.

    Another car I used to have was a Ford RS2000, with a 2.3 turbo 4 cylinder engine. From 0 to 30, the Cadillac was faster, from 30mph and up, the Ford was faster. The Ford got better highway mileage, but city mileage was about the same. One-fourth the engine size certainly did not add up to using one-fourth as much gasoline.

    Posted in: Carmakers forced back to bigger engines in new emissions era

  • 2


    Leaks are pretty much the only way we can learn the truth about what goes on in our capitals. Those whom we elect and send to our capitals are among the least honest and most unscrupulous human beings which walk the earth, we certainly can't count on them to tell us what they are really up to. It seems the only window we have to see what is going on is from those who "leak."

    Posted in: Leaks aren't always good for politics - or journalism

  • 1


    This is pretty shocking. In all the times I've been to Japan I've never encountered racism, and I've never experienced the refusal to sit next to me that others seem to have.

    Racism in Japan is very oblique, most foreigners would not notice it. Japanese will usually no sit next to me on the train if there are other seats available, and when one does, most of the time it will be a woman (Japanese often used to think that I was Paul Walker). But racism becomes quite obvious when doing something like renting an apartment or office, or opening a business bank account.

    Posted in: Osaka train driver apologizes to Japanese passengers for ‘having many foreigners’ on board

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    So the government has borrowed another 4 trillion from the taxpayers to give to the taxpayers, which the taxpayers will later have top pay back with interest. Anyone who is incapable of comprehending basic math, exercising simple common sense, or being able to count the change in one's pockets should immediately run for high pubic office in Japan, or try to get an appointment to the BOJ.

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  • -6


    Sorry, but all Americans take advantage of whatever deductions they can, be it for mortgage interest, dependents, and numerous other exceptions, not to mention taking advantage of duty free stores, or getting sales taxes refunded when traveling.

    Tax "avoidance" is completely legal. Tax "evasion" is a different matter. but a great deal of Americans or others are not aware that there is a difference between these two terms.

    Over and over again courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging one's affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everybody does so, rich or poor; and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands: taxes are enforced exactions, not voluntary contributions. To demand more in the name of morals is mere cant. Commissioner v. Newman, 159 F2d 848 (1947).

    Posted in: Trump calls tax avoidance smart; most Americans call it selfish and unpatriotic, poll shows

  • 0


    This is not about families of victims trying to get compensation for their loss, but about greedy law firms which stand to make millions. The families will get less of any settlement or award than their lawyers and their law firms will.

    Posted in: Suing governments over terror no sure thing despite U.S. 9/11 law

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    It is not that the Middle East is exporting terrorism to America; America imported terrorism (to the Middle East),

    Funny, but islamic terrorism has been the topic of news stories, fiction and movies decades before America invaded Iraq.

    “After almost 10 years of investigation, it turned out there was no legal basis to declare war against Iraq. You see, it's a useless war," he explained.

    The war commenced after a formal declaration by America's congress or president, and such a declaration by it's nature makes that decision completely legal, whether that be right or wrong.

    “Look at Iraq now. Look what happened to Libya. Look what happened to Syria. Even children are being doused with gasoline. They were pushed to the wall for the failed promises," he added.

    Iraq, Syria, and Libya have never been known for being peaceful and safe places, children and others have been doused with gasoline or had worse things done to them under their previous dictators and rulers. It won't be long until gasoline starts being poured on people in the Philippines.

    Duterte also said he would not call the Abu Sayyaf rebel group criminals, as they were “driven to desperation,” thanks to failed promises and a lack of governance. “That’s why they were pushed to the wall,” he said. “They were radicalized.”

    The definition of the word "criminal" is relative, and all the more so in developing countries like the Philippines. One would say that killing criminals without due process is itself a crime. I guess he doesn't realize that he is pushing drug dealers against the same wall he criticizes others for using.

    As Duterte continues the typical tyrant-dictator practice of killing those who are deemed by him to be dangerous to society, making empty promises to improve safety and reduce poverty, the more he can work to making himself the richest man in the Philippines. He will do like Chavez and others have done, to focus the attention of the people he is oppressing on America and other countries, and making them believe that America and other countries are the source of their poverty.

    We can add another developing country to the passenger list of the doomed ship "Corrupter". But like the Hitler Duterte seems now to admire, he knows the people to be stupid, otherwise they would never have elected him. And Hitler also said that as it was the people who gave him the mandate to rule, the people must suffer the same fate as the Nazi politicians and soldiers, and pay with their lives.

    Posted in: Philippines leader likens himself to Hitler; wants to kill millions of drug users

  • 6


    I wouldn't miss it. I don't look forward to "unagi no hi", and having to eat unagi out of politeness to my relatives. They say eating unagi helps you feel cool in the summer months, I say turning on the air conditioner works better, and saves a trip to the grocery store or restaurant.

    Posted in: Will 'unagi' vanish from the dinner table?

  • 3


    The parliament will soon start to deliberate a government stimulus package with planned spending of 7.5 trillion yen by the national and local governments on infrastructure projects in an attempt to boost domestic demand.

    It won't work, we all know it won't work, it can't possibly work. All the 7.5 trillion will do is to pad the balance sheets of Japan Inc, and further lighten the wallets of the taxpayers. And this will only be a temporary measure which will buy only a little more time.

    When a person or a business borrows money to spend frivolously on things they don't need, and doesn't have the means to pay it back, we call what they do fraud. When the government borrows money and spends money frivolously on things we don't need, without the means to repay the money, they call it "economic policy."

    An economy can only work if every party in it is restrained equally by the same rules.

    Posted in: Japan's August retail sales dip renews pressure on policymakers


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