“You are really stubborn in your belief. You say that it is people in the religions who are to blame completely ignoring the fact that people are the ones who make religion. Not the other way around. Far too many horrible things have been done in the name of religion and thus you cannot conveniently separate the two.
I have lived my whole life being castigated as evil, marginalised, politicised, threatened with prison, and death, and most of that came and comes from religion.
You cannot defend against the truth! Period. Please stop deluding yourself, it is almost too painful to hear!”
“America is a very sick country. It is unbelievable that people go to the movie with a loaded gun in their pocket. This is nuts!
It is about time that the misinterpretation and manipulation of the 2nd Amendment -- read NRA - be stopped. The founders could not in anyone’s wildest imagination know what the situation in the nation would be like 200 plus years later and certainly would not agree with how the amendment is being used to justify the carnage on US streets. Glad I don’t have to live there in that wild-west atmosphere!”
“It does not matter if you like this situation or not and does not matter that you are or are not Gay.
If you hang a shingle out to the public, you do not have the right to serve or not serve someone because of their sex, their orientation, their religion or colour.
This is correct and if the shop keeper does not want to abide, he or she can shut their business and by doing so, do us all a favour!”
“You are absolutely nuts!
I agree anyone is entitled to have any opinion and belief they want, no matter how crazy and or nutty, but they do not have the right to take away my rights because of theirs and they do not the right to force a minority conform to their views because they do not like or agree that minorities have the right to exist.
Every person has rights and no one has the right to abridge others God-given freedoms. That includes Ms Svenson, and it includes you and I!”
Glyphics on Dec 7, 2013 at 03:37:26
“Exactly. Merry Christmas and may Christ bless you.”
“You are a very sick individual to have said this.
The only thing that is devious, is the hatred and the deniying of the same human rights that all Americans deserve under the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
HP should remove you offensive and homophobic view from this site.
I am not opposed to different views, but hatred is not a view, it is hatred!
And by the way, God has nothing to do with this secular stance.”
kaykaythere on Nov 3, 2013 at 06:56:26
“This poster has been removed many many many times. He is one of our GayVoicesBashers who comes here solely to start trouble.
You will see them and their man low Fan count profiles here all the time.
“Call people who are against nuclear power whatever makes you feel good then answer for me the one often ignored by proponents of NP . . . the question of waste. Where is all this crap waste going to be stored safely for the next three thousand plus years?
This alone makes those in favour of NP look a bit naive.
Try having one of these plants screw up in your own backyard - Tokyo is only 135 or so from my house - and your view cannot help but be impacted.
Nuclear power is the stupidest and most suicidal technology of the last century period!”
Iosivich on Oct 11, 2013 at 09:21:15
“Hai, wakarimasu! But, in the long search for the the perfect, long-term cheap and viable energy source, fusion is one of many interims, neh? Mata atode ne.”
“With a catch name like yours, you should be ashamed to spout off about Prof Chomsky who is, to me anyway, the Socrates of our time.
Refute his points, fine, but calling him a dupe, let alone a Russian dupe -- sorry to inform you that the the Soviet Union is no more -- shows to me that you have never really bothered to read his works nor to give them more then the “floss over” your name suggests.”
flossophy on Oct 9, 2013 at 20:51:12
“I've flossed through too many hours of Noam's work and speeches.
And he's no Socrates.
But if you haven't noticed... the "Iosers" of the Cold War are on the ascendancy as the "winners" of the Cold War are fumbIing around and sta.gnating. I heard Chairman Putin is a big fan of Noam's work.”
“The Japanese Government is not AIDED by the nuclear industry, the Japanese Government is the nuclear industry.
The LDP, the current government, funded, built, and supported and promoted the nuclear industry from its inception in Japan and the two are inseparable.
No one in Japan believes a word that this Government or those at TEPCO say about Fukushima or nuclear energy anywhere.
The Government and TEPCO have been and are lying through their noses.
Maybe the rest of the world will wake up to this fiasco after the ocean begins to glow in the mid-day sun.”
mairs on Aug 5, 2013 at 21:27:38
“Thanks for the explanation. I was also referring to industry people in other countries who help obscure the issues.”
“Glad you asked that. The truth is that ALEC writes and sponsors these SYG templates that are passed around like candy to ALEC member representatives in states all over the country who introduce the bills as their own. These laws are written by right-wing butters, all members of ALEC. That is why many states have similar look-a-like bills. You are a fool if you think that people in all of these states are like minded. ALEC is taking over the function of the people one state at a time and before you know, it will be too late to do much about it.”
“Standing up to authority and standing on principle are laudable, but so is taking responsibility for ones actions.
Snowdon’s deed could be viewed in a different light had he not been in such a hurry to save his own neck and evade any consequences. By running away to China - of all places - and now Russia, makes him look not only insincere but irresponsible.
I do not feel the same towards Manning, nor Ellsberg who stood on principle and faced the consequences. These two men deserve our respect, Snowdon not so much!”
Varys on Jul 5, 2013 at 19:59:54
“If he hadn't left, you'd be telling us why he's a traitor anyway. It makes no difference because the propagandists will just spin a different story and you'll be here repeating it.”
“Basic rights like these should not be up for the majority to decide.
Perhaps we should pass a law that disenfranchises people like you who do not understand the Constitution. How would you like that?”
“Why is it that conservatives always equate equal rights for all as the undoing of the USA?
Equal rights for all is protected in the Constitution and the real question is why is it taking so long for minority rights to be protected against the tyranny of the majority?”
“I would just add that what these and all victims need in not just another hallow apology, they have far too many of those, but an officially Japanese Government-sactioned, through the Diet, apology with the Japanese people’s approval.
Further, the nationally-controlled curriculum needs to not only reflect this responsibility but actually give students the time to study the period without making vague references like referring to its invasion of China as “an incident” and downplaying its atrocities in not only China, but in Korea, Taiwan, Okinawa, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam, not to mention Guam, Saipan, Borneo and everywhere else they occupied.”
“I would be careful of going overboard with this line of inquiry.
The main fact as to why we all know more about what the Germans did in the war is due to the tireless work by Jewish groups who were united in not letting what had happened to their people never to be forgotten.
This is laudable and it is regrettable that other groups like Gypsies, homosexuals, and non-comformists lacked the same attention from organised groups dedicated to making sure that we never forgot what had happened to them as well.
In Asia, the victims were multi-national, from across all societal and racial lines and there were no groups who took up the banner, thus there is an incredible amount of mis-information, not to mention out-and-right nonsense, about these events not only here in Japan, but in the West as well.”
“As always, the devils in the details.
The Japanese Government did indeed set up such a fund and a few ex sex slaves did take money form the fund. The problem was, and is, that the Government set up this private fund so as to avoid having money go directly from the Government to these people and therefore be able to avoid any responsibility for the action. This meant and means that the fund, and any apology connected to it, was and is unofficial, the whole point. The Government thus tried to sage its guilt and get these annoying women off their backs, but not accept any responsibility for what they had done.
Most of the sex slaves understood this crucial distinction then, as well as now, and have refused to accept these funds.
As for Murayama’s so-called apology, it was not an official apology, it was “personal,” and was not sanctioned by the Diet then or since. The current Government intends to pass laws that make even these “personal” apologies just that and to make them legally non-binding on the state.
The claims for an official apology by these and other victims have gone unanswered and will continue to underlay Japanese relations in the region until they are responsibly met.
This becomes more difficult as time goes by. The wartime generation is dying and young Japanese are uneducated about this period in their history. Without responsible action by the Japanese, this issue will continue to poison relations.”
Anne Mccormick on Jun 23, 2013 at 01:34:38
“The lives of these women were destroyed. It's time for Japan to finally give these women what is demanded; a very public apology and acknowledgement of what happened,”
“It is a complex story and perhaps we are still too close to these events to really know the whole story, but we do know that after the Pacific War, US Occupation had one goal and that was to establish a democratic and stable Japan. No matter how important this was, the US first had to stabilise the country as its people were literally starving to death as a result of the irresponsible Army leaders of the country who were willing to see every man, woman, and child die in the continuation of their imperial policy of running over the region.
The main task of US Occupation was to create a bulwark mainly against Communism that was overtaking China and whom were very active and feared in Japan itself. These dangers were enough for the US to go to any ends to avoid controversy that would make stabilising Japan any more difficult than it already was.
Thus the emperor was allowed to avoid any responsibility for the war, and many war criminals and criminal activity, like those of Unit 731, were ignored.
Unresolved issues from the Pacific War and Japan’s wartime atrocities underlay many of the issues between its Asian neighbours today and the US is partially responsible for the consequences of its Occupation policies that helped this come about. Read Retribution, by Max Hastings for a thoughtful discussion of these events.”