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I actually get along better with my MIL than my wife. I respect that she works.

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I was driving past a row of dealers today. The lots were empty, except for used cars. Not a single new car at the Cadillac, Hyundai, Ford…

One of my cars is a Hyundai SUV. I got a letter offering to buy it at 25% over book value.

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It will not end until the gl0b@1!$+$ say it is finished. This will put the world’s populace under the matrix of the 1 w0r/d govt of the final @n+!€hr!$+ through the snake bite mandate.

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What lie was that?

Travel history. It’s been all over the news. Sure I know “but one of my team checked the wrong box.” That’s a scapegoat and if he can’t or is unwilling to take responsibility for his own travels, maybe he shouldn’t be traveling. He’s blaming everyone else but it all rests on him. All of it.

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Massively behind other G7 nations in anything important or useful

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Japan last year emitted about 1.15 billion tons of greenhouse gas, down 5.1% from the previous year and 18.4% below the 2013 level, according to the latest government data.

Yeah, we know how credible government data is. Who in their right senses will believe these numbers without a bag of salt.

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Blacklabel

Stacy Abrams wont even be seen with him in person.

Seems not true.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/589836-abrams-treads-carefully-in-relationship-with-biden

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“You need to soak in hot water to boost your immunity. There are people who don’t do that?!”

“Taking a bath is important to improve blood circulation. Have things gotten this bad?”

How about moving into the 21st century.

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You can still delete that @9:07am error. The corrected version is @9:12am. - Regards

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I am cheering for anyone but Nadal to win the men’s side.

It’s just not fair that these greats are vying to have the most slams of all time and that historic competition is disrupted by the nonsense about views and decisions about vaccinations. Nadal doesn’t probably care about it as he is well satisfied with his achievements as it is, but I think many people besides them care.

it’s just not tennis.

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The chip shortage underscores the folly of concentrating the global supply chain in and around China, a communist dictatorship whose ultimate goal is global domination of industry.

What the heck are you talking about? One of the biggest shortfalls is from a fire in the plant at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing.

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”Give us more money!”

...and control!

Some do not want this pandemic to be over so soon.

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The Democrats used the supposedly "racist" filibuster just last week to block Russia sanctions.

Now they want to "carve out" exceptions so only the things they want dont have to get 60 votes.

Ummm what? so anything you want is unrestricted but everything else still is? based on what?

How would you even categorize the things that are exempt other than "Dem priority/non Dem priority"?

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Over the last two years I've lost track of the number of times I've been opening a package from a country that was - at that moment, being described as a Covid hotspot on the TV news. I get mail regularly from the US, Canada, continental Europe, India, Australasia, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand. I'm fine, and my postie does not wear a hazmat suit. Mail is not an issue.

Covid Zero is neither viable nor sustainable, and will erode the competency of the CCP in full view of their citizens.

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No shoutouts for the tobacco company execs and their contributions to society?

I didn’t say that the world is perfect, only that the situation is the reverse of what you said. By and large, those that have become wealthy in recent free market societies have positively contributed to society.

As for tobacco, I don’t care for it myself, but if people want to smoke, like many more people like to drink, then that’s their personal decision. I am not one to say how other people ought treat their bodies.

If I had things my way people would have to pay their health expenses themselves in principle, making them responsible for the consequences of their own smoking and other vices. You shouldn’t have to pay for their bad decisions, only your own bad decisions. Getting rid of the socialization of the costs of people’s decisions would be the solution to that “problem”.

Take Buffett who famously went on TV with his secretary to say that she pays a higher tax rate than him.

He did, but it’s not me who decided to tax income.

But you would want business people to be taxed less?

No, I want low taxes for everyone.

I’d switch to consumption tax, if it were down to me, with 0 tax on income - at least a much lower flat rate.

Then the rich with their greater propensity to consume would pay far more in taxes (and it’s amounts I care about as a fair share, not some rate based judgement).

On the flip side needless handouts need to be cut. Take the Japan tax rebate for home loan mortgage balances. It’s welfare for the rich. Rather they should pay every yen of the consumption tax on their new homes, which dwarfs the amount of tax the poor pay for their part, on their much lower consumption.

We currently face a ridiculous situation where the richer the people get, the bigger centralized government gets. Government need not get bigger in proportion to the wealth of the people. As with people spending on tobacco being responsible for their own health costs, so too should they be responsible for their other spending, because that will produce better outcomes, and mutually agreed outcomes - between those involved in the exchanges. You don’t get asked when some reckless decision by someone else is partially paid for with your taxes.

If Buffett has had good success with his investments and his good management has indeed benefited those around him, and Coca Cola drinkers, including his secretary who is gainfully and voluntarily employed with Mr Buffett, why should it be that government grow proportionally bigger through higher tax revenues?

And the great accomplishments of Musk and Bezos, their vast wealth enabling sub-orbital flights for billionaires.

… so you think these are bad guys?

I'll stand by the example of Prince as an enviable contributor to society

Absolutely, but it’s sad that you dismiss and demean the massive contributions of others to society.

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the issue is that the Republican Party of Nixon was the 1964 Southern Democrats. That is whole “Southern Strategy.” Attempting to link the Democratic Party of John Lewis and Elijah Cummings to the Dems of 1964 who held that record breaking filibuster is beyond dishonorable

Ok, so the Democrats tried at every given turn to stop the 1964 civil rights act to become law, so now how are their rights being jeopardized? No Democrat will give an answer, they know it’s crap, if the country were inherently racist a guy like Obama would have never become President. Again, you guys can have all the temper tantrum’s you want. Manchin and Sinema two Democrats are the ones and not the Republicans that are upholding the constitution and preventing the US to fall completely off the cliff of No return. When the GOP retake the House this year the Dems will be very happy they lost on this bill. They will need the filibuster and they know it. Those are the people holding it up, NOT the GOP.

It’s not going to pass.

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My mother died alone, of cancer, in an end-of-life unit, while my sisters in the UK were forced to obey the law and simply "be with her" on Skype rather than hold her hand as she took her final breath. Because the Rules applied to them.

Her Majesty The Queen sat alone and uncomforted at the funeral of her husband of 73 years. Because The Rules applied to her.

This pampered Bullingdon oaf says he doesn't even understand what a party is, wasn't aware that there was a party in his own garden, and thought that tables groaning with food and booze with 40 of his associates swilling it all down, unmasked, could be mistaken as a work event.

Rules are for other people.

The offence itself is unforgivable, and Johnson deserves to be hounded out of office and into exile.

The worst thing about it, though is the insulting level of the lies he thinks we are prepared to swallow.

"Yes, tell them I didn't know I was at a party in my own back garden. They'll believe that - they didn't even go to Eton, they're practically animals."

This man must go, and never show his face in public life again.

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I didn't see anything in there about the proposed voting legislation by a Dem that requires a vaccine passport to vote. I'm sure that didn't go over well with the constichuency.

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wow the entire group is on full press Biden/Democrat party defense today.

so something bad must have happened that the orange guy isnt involved with. so what actually happened?

"Voting legislation that's a top priority for Democrats and civil rights leaders seemed headed for defeat as the Senate opened debate Tuesday, a devastating setback enabled by President Joe Biden’s own party"

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Zainichi Koreans have in a way become their own race.

The Japanese say they are Korean. Koreans, from Korea will say they are Japanese and speak Korean with a very strange accent.

Some try to blend in, become Japanese and/or at least use their Japanese name.

But, whenever I have seen a zainichi Korean meet another zainichi Korean, there is a terrific bond. A shared history that only they can understand.

Look forward to researching more about Yang Yonghi.

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Attempting to link the Democratic Party of John Lewis and Elijah Cummings to the Dems of 1964 who held that record breaking filibuster is beyond dishonorable

This the first time you've interacted with bass?

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*1964 on the Senate floor Democrats held the longest filibuster in the nations history, 75 days. All doing their best to prevent the passing of one thing. The Civil Rights Act."** They just seem to forget that critical part of history. The issue is the Dems have no room to quack about.*

the issue is that the Republican Party of Nixon was the 1964 Southern Democrats. That is whole “Southern Strategy.” Attempting to link the Democratic Party of John Lewis and Elijah Cummings to the Dems of 1964 who held that record breaking filibuster is beyond dishonorable

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Georgia actually has more voter rights than New York or Delaware.

Easier mail in ballot approval, longer early voting period.

So its all hyperbole from the Democrats.

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Neither side can say anything about either former men.

You did, though.

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KurukiToday  09:12 am JST

Really sad to hear young people driven into a situation where they want to end their life.

I hope they're resting in peace now, and that society will work towards a better world for everyone.

The world today, even with COVID, is a million times better place to live than ever so blaming the world is kind of ignoring the underlying lack of mental health. Suicide is down overall in Japan (and worldwide) and humans are evolving to a kinder less egocentric environment both internally and externally.

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another defeat for Biden. He really does not have the mandate to make all these changes.

Obama and Clinton were at least personally possible and had enough support from the people to put pressure on others to get what they wanted. Biden has nothing, Stacy Abrams wont even be seen with him in person.

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of course he would say that, he wants more funding.

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Ai is interesting, he sounds like both a dissident and a CCP autocrat in the same breath sometimes.

How is the West more hypocritical on human rights than China is? He sounds like Xi there.

And to say China doesn't care about the boycott? Of course they do, China is a face culture and being roundly snubbed on the world stage is the biggest loss of face. They're just pretending not to care because lashing out in anger would be an even bigger loss of face (they always value their high "EQ").

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Who cares? It's not like it was a rave party! It was some drinks outside in a flippin' garden!

I would guess that all the people who were prohibited from enjoying "some drinks outside in a flippin' garden" at the same time Boris was ignoring the rules and partaking probably care.

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