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    sourpuss

    @Yoshitsune Your assumption that he must have been a good rider is a little odd. One doesn't have to be good to ride through the trees at speed. That may be the thrill of snowboarding, but if you have a wife and a kid and you still do it, you're not thinking. Leave thrills and spills for the young and independent. I did a lot of "backcountry" skiing when I was a kid, but gave it up when I got married. I can still get enough kicks on the runs inside of the tape.

    I feel bad for his family.

    Posted in: Canadian man dies in snowboarding accident in Nagano

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    sourpuss

    @kyushubill

    Now, now. Stop making sense.

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

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    sourpuss

    I just don't get it. Why was this melba toast movie nominated for even one oscar?

    There are no memorable songs at all, Ryan Gosling is meh, and the story is dull as dishwater. Seriously, Disney movies have much better music than this one did. Chicago was muuuuuuuch better than Lalaland (I'm really reaching for a comparable movie here), with much catchier tunes and great dancing. Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere were all wonderful, and so was their dancing.

    I wish Roger Ebert was alive today, because I'm sure he'd agree with me. Lalaland, no thumbs up.

    Posted in: 'La La Land,' 'Beauty' may herald new era for musicals

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    sourpuss

    About 5-6 years ago, I picked up a bottle of Hibiki 17(yr?) for 10,000 yen after sampling it at the airport on the way back to Canada. They were pushing it because it had won a gold at the international spirits challenge, and I bought it on a whim as something to try with the family back home.

    Last year I couldn't find anything at the airport. It was all sold out, save for a 50,000 yen bottle of Hibiki 20(yr?) Next time I go back, I'll pick up something from the supermarket and pack it in my check-in luggage.

    Posted in: Japan one-ups Scotch with whisky, coveted around the world

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    sourpuss

    Yes, incredibly silly.

    So you did exactly as I expected, and avoided answering the question entirely. I guess death

    The details of how any particular country chooses to treat the people it incarcerates, while not totally unrelated, is a separate question.

    Again, you avoid addressing the issue. This is a real case in the real world, not fantasy. Perhaps you'll be having tea with Breivik on your next flight. I guess that's justice in your way of thinking. Not mine.

    It's simply saying that you do not have the right to take another life, and that the morals of society as a whole are more valid than the morals of a murderer.

    If the values of society are giving murderers everything that they haven't given to victims, then you can enjoy not truly addressing the pain and loss of life of innocent people. I mean, you do realize that convicted murderers are eligible for parole in most so-called "advanced" societies. The murderer gets a second chance for life that the victim will never have. Sounds like a pretty "morally bankrupt" argument to me.

    Posted in: What's your stance on the death penalty?

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    We were reimbursed for everything, so it cost us zero. Plus my wife was paid 60% of her salary during 2 years of maternity leave. The same for the second child. Still, that's not why we chose to have children. We probably would have had a third had we been a little younger.

    It's hard to make a blanket statement about the medical costs here for having children aside from the fact that if you consider all options, it is possible to get great care in Japan pretty much for free.

    Posted in: Cost of giving birth in Japan

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    sourpuss

    Saw this woman on tv a couple of times. Something scares me about her.

    Posted in: Decluttering guru Kondo now has an app for tidying up

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    sourpuss

    If workers are pulling 100 hours of overtime, the company should hire more workers

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    @browny1

    Frankly I don't wish to be equated with such contempt for life.

    By holding the lives of murderers as more worthy of protection than those of innocent victims, you are doing exactly that. The mistake you make is that you hold all life to be equal. If a convicted murderer and a person who were both drowning in a river, who would you save first? It seems like a silly question, but whether you refuse to answer it or not, you can understand that one life is more valuable to society than the other.

    I simply believe a society basing it's ultimate revenge / justice call on the death penalty, actually lowers the bar of human civility by approaching the actions of the Killers, which in turn de-bases our society.

    What is human civility? If you mean the presence or absence of state involvement in death, then what is a military for? What is euthanasia or abortion? These are all choices in favor of some kind of state-sponsored killing. And I support all of them, including the death penalty.

    Once you deny the option of the death penalty for people like Anders Breivik, you start down the slippery slope of treating him like a "normal" member of society, which, demonstrably, he is not. You must make sure all of his human rights are protected. Does he have a warm bed? Does he have enough nutritious food? Does he have access to exercise facilities? The internet? an education? A Sony PlayStation? Is he safe from physical or mental harm? Does he have a chance to start a new life all over again?

    Where does it end? And why didn't his victims get the same guarantees when they were alive?

    In opposing the death penalty, you are basically saying that one mass-murderer's rights are more important than those of all of his victims put together. He could, one day, be sitting next to you on a plane to Hawaii to enjoy is retirement, all in the name of the Norwegian government, telling you about his good ol' days of death and destruction. What are you going to do? Laugh along with him? This is not some imaginary "what if" scenario, this is real. And if this isn't the debasement of society, then I'm not sure what is.

    Posted in: What's your stance on the death penalty?

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    sourpuss

    I'll bite on this. I am not opposed to the death penalty, and don't think the act itself is barbaric, uncivilized or what have you. This is why:

    Until the unlawful killing of innocent people can be stopped, there is no real reason for the lawful killing of the guilty to be done away with. It is no more than an equal reaction to a crime, and often (especially in the case one individual who kills many) it is much, much less than an equal reaction.

    People argue that the taking of life by the state is no better than the initial killing, but I would say that that is pretty convoluted thinking. Once a person crosses the line and takes the life of an innocent person, the former's life loses its value to society. It, in effect, becomes tainted, and is worth much less than that of an innocent person. After all, which is of more benefit to society, an innocent person or a person who takes innocent lives?

    To punish a killer by anything less than death is to value innocent life less than guilty life. Society is basically saying that they care less about victims than victimizers.

    Caveat: This is my philosophical stance, not my practical one. There are many case (accidents, dictatorships etc) where I believe exceptions should be made.

    Posted in: What's your stance on the death penalty?

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    sourpuss

    One important factor preventing progress in how women are viewed in the Japanese workplace is the ongoing prevalence of highly gendered uniforms

    Of course! All they have to do is change the way women dress, and then it'll be smoooooooothe sailing!

    (Shakes head in disbelief)

    Posted in: Fashion frees women from dull office uniformity

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    @Disillusioned Why does the death penalty need to be a deterrent? All it needs to be is an equal reaction by society against a person who breaks society's rules. All of your examples are moot and rather facetious, because, as you know, it is not the family who asks for the death penalty, but rather it is society as a whole doing so. That whole "an eye for an eye makes the world blind" thing does not apply unless you live in a lawless society and are in the midst of a family feud. It's a straw man.

    Posted in: Death penalty commuted to life for man who fatally stabbed 2 people on Osaka street

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    sourpuss

    The truth about the effects of Fukushima radiation will probably never be known because the only voices that get any attention tend to be those who shout loudest(extremists) or from the highest position of authority (government).

    Neither should believed. The truth is almost invariably somewhere in the grey middle.

    Posted in: Doctors: Radiation not biggest impact on Fukushima residents' health

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    @Disillusioned

    Stating that not receiving the death penalty is unfair to the families of the victims is only revenge.

    Revenge is underrated when it comes to the state meting out justice to people who take the lives of innocents.

    Posted in: Death penalty commuted to life for man who fatally stabbed 2 people on Osaka street

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    sourpuss

    The guy lacks any sense of what members of his constituency might feel about this, and shouldn't be a politician.

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    sourpuss

    The truth about Fukushima and radiation is probably somewhere between what the government says, and what the conspiracy theorists her say.

    It's probably worse than what the doctors (and government) are saying, but not by as much as what the most extreme views here are insinuating.

    Posted in: Doctors: Radiation not biggest impact on Fukushima residents' health

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    sourpuss

    Criticizing people for using outdated software in relation to ransomware seems misguided, to me. User behavior vis a vis email is the real issue.

    This is hardly a uniquely Japanese issue. The lone fact that the increase in incidence is a recent phenomenon makes this newsworthy.

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    sourpuss

    This is so goofy, you just have to laugh.

    It's ultra-PC harcore feminists criticizing a Hollywood celeb who's going on about artistic values. It's like they're speaking different languages, and they both think that shouting louder will make their point clearer.

    Posted in: Actress Emma Watson says revealing photo does not undermine feminism

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    sourpuss

    "I'll be irate if more prohibitive laws come as a result of this!"

    That's a pretty selfish way of thinking, considering how dangerous these flying toys can be. It's not like your human rights are being violated or anything.

    Think about the victims, not the operators.

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    sourpuss

    This is a good step.

    I hope they are also patrolling the intentions of any local Muslims with an ax to grind.

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