“Agreed, this needs to be fully addressed within Japan and taught in schools (it's barely mentioned but is mentioned). There is a tendency in Asian countries to not discuss difficult issues but some things need to be out and clear or they inevitably come back around. Japan has done many good things since the war..their constitution prevents them from entering their defenses in a war anywhere. They can support troops but aren't allowed to fight. But they need to do as Germany did and accept full responsibility and acknowledge heinous crimes were committed and commit to not forgetting what they did. Make reparations to those individuals still alive and if need be, keep apologizing. And remove those who were convicted of war crimes from Yasukuni shrine.”
“War makes monsters of men. Whether just "following orders" or simply going off the moral rails...the things people see and experience in war rob them of humanity. Those are few who leave war unscathed in some way. Soldiers aren't taught to think for themselves..they are taught to obey, and to be faithful to their platoons, the men who "have their backs" Obedience and order is what is taught, but when that inevitably breaks down, simple mob rule can break out...you do what your buddies are doing and you don't think. Most soldiers are young and don't have much life experience either. All of these aren't excuses but all combined, it doesn't bode well that put in hellish experiences with death and gruesome realities all around them, they lose their way and see it as just another part of war. How do you teach young kids to kill on command and remain human and moral?”
“And every country honors their war "heroes". Yasukuni unfortunately houses about 1000 convicted war criminals which were added after WWII. This is what the controversy is about but the shrine is much older than that and houses other war dead as well which is why Presidents and other dignitaries honor it. It is like our Arlington cemetery (if we entombed war criminals in it anyway)
Nanjing should never be forgotten and it should be taught in Japanese schools (it is usually glossed over but still mentioned) It ranks right up there with the Nazi camps if not on the same scale.
But if you are looking to stop honoring war criminals, please also protest at the tombs of Mao, and Ho Chi Minh, and countless other evil dictators and conquerors (Columbus day anyone?) There's plenty of indignation to go around...”
“Look at any conquering nation against another...they were ALL evil! The Spanish invading the Americas, The Mongols invading China, China invading Tibet, North Korea vs South, Hitler invading everyone, Germany on Russian, Russian on Germany..etc.. In all wars, in all places, atrocities are committed on those who are the weakest...usually women and children. There are no winners. We ALL have a responsibility to remember ALL atrocities committed against our fellow humans.”
“As much as I defend Japan on many fronts, there are plenty of things I just have to shake my head at. I taught in Japan for years and always looked into the history books of my students...so many things left out or obfuscated over. This issue is something the gov wants to just go away...and there are plenty of ultranationalists who want to eliminate it from history altogether. There have been a few half-hearted official apologies but nothing quite acceptable. There are however, also plenty of Japanese who don't want the atrocities forgot as they know all too well that once forgotten, history has a nasty way of repeating itself. The entire history of Asia is full of horror stories of atrocities going back thousands of years in every country and every generation. These must not be forgotten!”
“Um, that would be China...again. Look at all the 3rd world countries China is "helping" with economic development (and the overwhelming steering of their national politics in favor of Chinese rule). Then look at how much China is willing to help in international disasters (they aren't). Make no doubt, China is trying to take over the world, slowly but surely. Sometimes they are more bold than others, but they are still wrong. And this is no doubt another place where they are simply wrong. This is and has always been about Chinese expansion into areas that aren't theirs. This is their MO and has been forever. They will be stopped.”
LilPuppy on Nov 26, 2013 at 14:51:17
“and America hasn't done what you said exactly for the past century..give your head a shake”
Nov 3, 2013 at 14:05:38
“Only way for me to sleep on planes is to lie down...otherwise I've been awake for 18 hours on flights..no pill, alcohol or anything else works. It's maddening with the seats so tight front to back and side to side. I'd pay to lay on the floor if they'd let me.”
“I LOVE scents...artificial, natural, doesn't matter. Scent is linked directly to our brains and our memory. Without certain smells, we wouldn't remember certain things. I would rather go blind than be without my sense of smell. That said, there are obnoxious scents...and thus, trigger obnoxious memories or experiences, but I'd still rather be inundated with those than be without. The earth would be a very sad sad place without the myriad scents in the world.”
“Actually if you get out of the US you get to see a world where PLUS size doesn't really exist. For the last 50-70 years, as the US got wealthier, portions got bigger...and the size of the population increased with it...along with a myriad of diseases stemming from poor diet (not for lack of anything, just an overabundance of everything), lack of exercise, and rampant laziness...to our current sedentary lifestyle. There will always be outliers...larger and smaller people. Why are we labeling everyone... just give everyone a size number and be done with it. That said, larger sizes, statistically in the US, are the new norm. And I think we should all be fighting to keep them from going up. I'm not talking about 0 size being normal either, but I think we can all agree that Americans in general are gluttons and eat too much crap and don't get nearly enough exercise.”
“All depends on where you live... here in Colorado..dress shoes are a no go..period (ok, well almost). Sandals/Tevas/Flip flops are good just about anyplace except out for dinner and to work. Crocs, I can't stand them no matter where or who wears them.
Fashion wise, I agree with most of these though...if you're going for east coast/big city fashion. Function wise, sandals work for many things.”
“What do any of these photos have to do with faith in Hollywood? And why would anyone have faith in Hollywood to begin with? It's entertainment, I have faith in entertainment to entertain me..but that's about it.”
“Welcome Westboro Baptist "Church" member. Hard to "take it to the creator" if there isn't one or they don't believe in the same things you believe in. Maybe you are talking about their mother's? It's a good bet they'd approve wholeheartedly.”
“Show me the stats, I'll bet I could find about the same number of harm to humans from just about any breed...golden retrievers, poodles, chihuahua's...especially chihuahua's... it's not the breed's fault, it's the human's fault. Maybe white people were bred to conquer and subjugate native tribes then?”
sixties chick on Jun 12, 2013 at 12:47:43
“"In the 8-year period from 2005 to 2012, pit bulls killed 151 Americans and accounted for 60% of the total recorded deaths (251). Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 73% of these deaths."