For context, Palestine as part of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency receives about $2-3 billion in aid annually from various countries around the world. The largest donor of which is the United States who has provided Palestine with almost $900 million in aid since Biden became President and $9 billion since 1994. As recently as Jan '23, Secretary Blinken was in Palestine pledging to donate another $50 million.
Since 2007, the EU has institutionally provided the Palestinian government with €750 million and member states have individually donated about €2 billion. There was talk this week of cancelling a further €700 million in aid but some members complained so the EU backtracked on that.
All this pales in comparison to the $260 billion (inflation adjusted) subsidies that the United States has provided Israel since 1943, the most of any country to receive aid from the US.
For even more context, Rahm Emmanuel's father was a member of the militant Zionist group Irgun that was responsible for the King David Hotel bombing that killed 96 people in 1946, including 28 British who were stationed there. The attack was initially blamed on Palestinian terrorists as Irgun disguised themselves as Arab workers but it soon became apparent who was responsible.
So yeah... giant grain of kosher salt with what the Ambassador says.
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Back in the 90s, Canada was taking point on negotiating a Middle East peace deal and my father was tasked to be Ambassador to Israel which would have put him square in the middle of brokering a treaty.
Having lived in Israel during the Six-Day War, he turned down the posting. I later asked him why and he diplomatically responded, "Jews love to kill Arabs. Arabs love to kill Jews. They can kill each other."
The more things change, the more things stay the same.
HOW ISRAEL WENT FROM HELPING CREATE HAMAS TO BOMBING IT - Feb 2018
Puck drops in 2 days.
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Raw Beer Today 11:47 am JST
As Robert Malone put it: "Kariko and Weissman get the Nobel, not for inventing mRNA vaccines (because I did that) but for adding the psuedouridine that allowed unlimited spike toxins to be manufactured
Malone is likely referring to the recent research from Italy showing spike protein was found persistently circulating in 10 out of 20 vaxxinated subjects involved in the study for a period of over 180+ days (the end point of the study). The 20 C19 positive and 20 negative (40 total) unvaxxinated subjects had no such forever spike proteins. Malone doesn't go into detail about why unlimited spike toxins are created but from what I gather it has to do with the methylpseudouridine substitution designed to evade the immune system resulting in there not being any mechanism to actively degrade the ModRNA, so it's continually executing the instructions to produce the spike proteins.
I have another entirely independently arrived at theory as to why this is occurring but will leave it for another day because my mom's plane is arriving in a few minutes.
It will be the first time seeing her in person since coronavirus started. She followed my advice exactly during this whole kerfuffle because she knows that I love her and would never lead her astray.
"Through love one acquires renunciation and discrimination naturally" - Ramakrishna
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Strangerland Today 01:09 am JST
nobel prizes to the people who came up with them.
They didn't "come up" with the ModRNA vaxxine. They figured out how to bypass the natural defenses of the immune system by making a methylpseudouridine substitution in the genetic code. This no longer makes it MRNA but now classifies it as ModRNA, which theoretically is not limited to usage for only coronaviruses.
The Japanese government has known about the effects of ModRNA since before the vaxxines even started as it was published in the "SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccine (BNT162, PF-07302048) 2.6.1" document that was available on the PMDA website from early 2021.
Page 9 - Translated from Japanese
BNT162b2 is a modRNA in which all uridines have been replaced with 1-methylpseudouridine. This substitution results in the inactivation of Toll like receptors (TLRs) 7 and TLR8, and thus reduces the effect of innate immunity. This reduction in innate immune effects increases translational efficiency.
In other words, the ModRNA has to destroy your immune system so your immune system doesn't destroy the ModRNA. This explains the results in every country that used the platform.
Jan 1 2021-Dec 31 2022 - Official ONS UK Data for over 60s
Risk for COVID-19 deaths - 1/1362 for unvaccinated, 1/987 for vaccinated (1.38x higher)
Risks for non-COVID-19 deaths - 1/350 for unvaccinated, 1/88 for vaccinated (3.98x higher)
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TaiwanIsNotChina Today 01:14 am JST
Always struck me as odd that there are people that are okay with the regular childhood vaccines but when it comes to mRNA they are like NO MICROCHIPS FOR ME.
Always struck me as odd that there are people who equate a 200 year history of taking a dead or attenuated cultivated virus to create a vaccine as being the same as taking a 7.5 kilobyte genetic sequence of ACGT code uploaded onto a virus database by a Chinese scientist (Zhang), that was truncated into a 1 kilobyte file containing only spike protein, printed out on a DNA printer, converted into Ψ substituted ModRNA (which wins Nobel prizes!), and followed up by an additional 30 steps to add adjuvants such as lipid nanoparticles. It's an entirely different process, all of which has no history of human usage, was rushed to market with minimal quality control in the complex supply chain and had suspect clinical trials.
It's even odder when those same people dislike China but willingly inject digital DNA mystery fragments originating out of China. I won't even eat broccoli from China.
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If this "-" represents the 75 years that cannabis has been outlawed in post-war Japan, then this
"------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------" represents the amount of time cannabis and hemp was an integral part of Japanese culture.
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Quo Primum Today 05:09 pm JST
Let's not engage in cultural imperialism by trying to foist this negative aspect of Western culture onto Japan.
Cultural imperialism is the Americans changing the laws in 1949 to destroy a thriving hemp textile industry and to impose their own values of petroleum based drugs over a potent, natural anti-inflammatory that could be called panacea for it's ability to prevent illness. The properties of cannabis to also heal physical aches and pains explains the usage (and arrests) of sumo wrestlers, football players and mma fighters in Japan. Cancer rates have exploded since the occupation and it's the Ministry of Health that continues to push for cannabis regulation to this day because it's competition for their lucrative, side effect laden alternatives.
Universal health care makes up the largest expenditure of tax revenue in Japan, so anything which can reduce those costs as well as improve the quality of life of an aging society needs to be seriously considered.
And then there is this
Cannabis consumption is associated with lower COVID-19 severity among hospitalized patients: a retrospective cohort analysis
Notably, active users had lower levels of inflammatory markers upon admission than non-users for CRP (C-reactive protein), ferritin, D-dimer and procalcitonin. Based on univariate analysis, cannabis users had significantly better outcomes compared to non-users as reflected in lower NIH scores, shorter hospitalization, lower ICU admission rates, and less need for mechanical ventilation.
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Quo Primum Today 05:09 pm JST
Most Japanese don't want marijuana in their country. They don't want it as part of their culture.
Googling "oldest artistic representation of cannabis" brings up a cave painting found in Kyushu which has been dated back to the Jomon era about 10000 years ago.
If this represents the 75 years that cannabis has been outlawed in post-war Japan, then this
represents the amount of time cannabis and hemp was an integral part of Japanese culture.
The etymology of Jomon refers to woven hemp ropes which are part of Shinto rituals and led early 20th century American scholars to describing Japan as having the finest grown hemp in the world. Wild Japanese cannabis was regarded for it's medicinal potency and easily available at the apothecary during a time when cannabis elsewhere was assayed at less than 2% THC.
My samurai ancestors, from the Chiba clan naturally, were hemp farmers.
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Emmanuel keeps taking potshots at China trying to turn Japan against them. Someone needs to remind him that this isn't Israel, we're not trying to surround ourselves with 360 degrees of enemies.
Xi's recent BRICS speech in South Africa mentioned the United Nations, 2030 and sustainable development goals multiple times... they are controlled by the same entity as the United States and the rest of the G7. If their goal is to maneuver the public towards war, then the only solution is peace.
Getting rid of antagonists like Emmanuel out of the country would help. His aren't isolated incidents, behavior like this has resulted in the Jews getting kiked out of 1030 countries since 1200BC.
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This could all be avoided if the LDP was more clear in their messaging. However, the government can only tapdance around how tritium doesn't present a problem because directly stating that moderate radiation is essentially harmless, or that radiation hormesis (recognized as a healing treatment in Japan) can actually be good for you would hurt their green transformation (GX) economy plans.
The science bears out this truth. The radiation from a nuclear power plant only results in 1 death in 300 years, magnitudes less damage than from coal in significantly less time. Disposing windmills and solar panels at the end of their lifespan results in far more pollution for Earth than nuclear. A 50-year follow-up study on the Manhattan project workers who were regularly exposed to up to 7000 mSv of radiation showed no elevated cancer or mortality risk. People in Hiroshima and Nagasaki who returned to live there survived to 88, longer than the average lifespan in Japan. The trains were running again 3 days afterwards and the trees grew back fine. Fukushima has less ambient radiation than Tokyo. There is no evidence to support the necessity of LNT or 1 mSv as a safe exposure limit. Tritium doesn't bioaccumulate as the molecules are too large to be uptaken from food or water.
Plutonium is the same and only presents a danger when inhaled as dust particulates, which can easily be blocked out. Ironically, nuclear fallout is the the only time that wearing a mask is beneficial to your health.
Here is a good study from 2018 explaining in more detail.
Health Impacts of Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation: Current Scientific Debates and Regulatory Issues
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Oh no, not another Jewface controversy...
A simple rule to follow is that if Hollywood is making a movie about a historical event then it's going to be filled with nothing but fabrications. These movies aren't made for entertainment, artistic merit or profit.
As with Oppenheimer... too many people are getting close to the truth.
So does anyone think this Golda Meir (born in Kyiv, surprise surprise) movie will whitewash her tenure by painting a sympathetic, strong and heroic female figure as is the fashion these days? Or will they finally tell the truth about the (ongoing) ethnic cleansing of the West Bank and her (ongoing) state policy to cover it up as described in this June '23 Haaretz (Tel Aviv) exposé about chemical warfare to drive out Palestinians for a Jewish land grab?
Israel Poisoned Palestinian Land to Build West Bank Settlement in 1970s, Documents Reveal
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The July 29 article from the Asahi Shimbun confirming a 2nd undeniable link after a 14 year girl died post booster states there were "approximately one to nine deaths per million inoculations." So, nearly a million doses required to prevent one hospitalization and potentially 9 deaths resulting from it. "Unofficial" (establishment disavowed) sources put the vaxxine death rate at 1 in 1000 meaning 13 milion people worldwide died from the jab, nearly double the 7 million who died "with" covid. In 2022 the most ModRNA'd country in the world Japan had the largest population reduction in the world, even more than Ukraine.
On July 26th, the Executive Director of the Japan Medical Association Kamayachi Satoshi, declared that vaxxines were not recommended for anyone other than those at high risk.
The math on this risk/cost-benefit equation has barely changed since 2021, the only thing that has changed is the Japanese government's policy. Still no guidelines on how to prevent COVID.
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The Cleveland Clinic's bivalent booster follow up study of 50000 employees showed that compared to the unvaxxinated
One dose = 1.7 times more likely to test positive; Two doses = 2.63 times more likely; Three doses = 3.1 times more likely; More than three doses = 3.8 times more likely. Fact checkers claim this doesn't prove anything other than CURRENT STRAIN VAXXINES MUST BE DEVELOPED! which is logistically impossible given the speed of mutation and regulatory approval.
According to page 4 of official UK data here^ from autumn 2022 between the ages of 40 to 49, 932000 doses of the vaxxine had to be administered to prevent a single COVID hospitalization. For at-risk +70s, the number needed to vaxxinate (NNV) is 7500. As these are only hospitalizations, the NNV is even higher for preventing death. Put another way, it cost taxpayers between 5 to 20 mililon dollars to prevent a single hospitalization of a person under 60 with no underlying conditions.
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Asiaman7Today 07:08 am JST
If Japan didn’t surrender in August, the Soviets would have invaded.
The Summary Report (Pacific War) of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey, published in 1946 concluded that Japan would have surrendered before November 1 without the atomic bombs and without the Soviet entry into the war.
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Cucked KYODO with no chill. The last sentence of this article is 10 times more offensive than Barbie Twitter.
Instead of using polls from an American public that has been systematically dumbed down into being unable to see further than their nose, KYODO should be referencing primary sources.
Adm. William Leahy, Truman’s chief of staff - “the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender. In being the first to use it, we adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.”
Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet - “the atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military standpoint, in the defeat of Japan.”
Adm. William Halsey Jr., commander of the US Third Fleet - “the first atomic bomb was an unnecessary experiment. It was a mistake to ever drop it. [The scientists] had this toy, and they wanted to try it out, so they dropped it.”
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower “voiced my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives." "It wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing.”
Maj. Gen. Curtis LeMay - “the atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all.”
The CFR needed the atomic bomb for their NSC-68 plans to pit the Americans against the Russians in the cold war. Both sides they controlled.
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The LDP made the claim that Japan extending the invitation for Brazil and India to attend the G7 meetings was enough to bridge the BRICS economic block.
Clearly, it's in the interest of Japan to participate in projects with China and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation nations rather than take an antagonistic stance with 75% of the world's population and 60% of the GDP... because that's how the lines are drawn.
While being mindful of the influence that China can buy with their money, Japan can continue to keep the lines of communication open and use their alliance with Korea as the cornerstone for keeping peace in the region. The Koreans didn't appreciate Pelosi's destabilizing visit and I don't think their tiny $200 million donation to Ukraine is because they are cheap. The Koreans weren't too pleased about being spied on by the Americans either.
So it looks like the Rothschild envoy Macron was serious about capitulating control over the region in April. A public sign that Japan is no longer under the Western bankers thumb and now free to progress forward with peace and prosperity rather than be brought into a pointless conflict with their friends and neighbours.
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"Japan should be asked to join NATO. Then we would have the beginnings of an architecture for a new world order. It is based on the United States as the remaining superpower and on open society as the organizing principle. It consists of a series of alliances, the most important of which is NATO and, through NATO, the Partnership for Peace which girds the Northern Hemisphere.
-George Soros, 1993"
So this nonsense is over? Along with the fetid carcass of the American Empire and the old new world order?
There is no need for collective defense. If Japan goes to war I don't blame whoever they go to war with, I blame the government for failing to negotiate a diplomatic solution prior to the necessitation of violence.
Perhaps a lesson that Ukraine could learn from?
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EastmanToday 01:16 pm JST
in this country basic law is japanese constitution.
The ban on same-sex marriage has been ruled constitutional multiple times and as recently as December 2022.
Modifying it would require the government proposing a constitutional amendment, passing it with 2/3 approval in the Diet and then holding a majority rules referendum within 180 days.
However, the government wants to make other amendments to the constitution (article 9, emergency measures, constitutional reform procedure etc) in addition to the same-sex issue and ONLY ONE can be proposed per round. All this has to happen before the next election cycle starts, so after all the inevitable deliberations and wrangling there's barely enough time left for even one amendment.
Same-sex marriage may be the easiest to pass but it's also the least pressing. I am in favour of same-sex marriage but would put my own personal opinions aside and vote "no" in a referendum because any amendment means recognizing the legitimacy of the constitution, something no samurai can do.
It's still possible to improve the rights of sexual minorities without trivializing the religious foundation of the country, which is what this is really about.
Izanagi and Izanami, not Izanagi and Izanasteve.
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Really grateful for Rahm Emanuel and the rest of the Ambassadors in Japan helping raise awareness of this issue. As if it wasn't clear before, it's become even more evident to the electorate that the pressure to change Japan's culture is coming from outside forces for whom this is none of their business.
LDP Councillor Wada Masamune responded to the interference in domestic policy by tweeting, "If Ambassador Emanuel wants to use his position as U.S. Ambassador in any way to influence Japan, we will take immediate action to bring him home."
Japanese are fully capable of deciding what requires change and will do so at our own pace. The Prime Minister's sacrifice of an aide, who may or may not have already been on the way out, to advance the Hegelian Dialectic is not the proper foundation for discussing societal change.
Four groups representing sexual minorities held a press conference last month calling any changes to laws unnecessary, and reported not having experienced discrimination as a result of their lifestyle choices. The updated wording of the bill reflects the changes they proposed to protect the private spaces that women use.
No Japanese are as bigoted as the LDP speechwriter. And no Japanese uses Agence France-Presse for national news either. Who is reading this article?
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Last I checked 8 different groups have sued the government for the not an obligation in theory but obligation in practice implementation of Mynumber.
Courts have already ruled in 3 instances that it is not unconstitutional. The fact people are taking it so far as to bring up their constitutional rights in lawsuits shows the extent of the imposition.
As more of the risks and machinations get revealed, some people have even started returning their Mynumber cards at government offices.
Here is a 5 minute video explaining how to go about it.
It seems like a reasonably straight forward process. Fill out the paperwork and agree to paying 1000 yen in the event that you want to re-apply. They will punch a hole in the IC chip and it's done.
Unlike some other things, this is reversible.
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The House Oversight Committee held a press conference yesterday regarding the evidence gathered on the Biden family obfuscating and washing the $10 million they received from Chinese and Romanian "business deals." Articles on the influence peddling was published on 42 different websites.
25 lean right, 4 lean left, 7 center and 6 untracked. Included on the left was CNN, Washington Post, NPR and NBCNews, who apparently don't regard the disclosure of bank transaction records as "evidence."
Here is the link to the findings, straight from a .gov website.
News articles on the migrants released around the same general time as the Biden revelations can be found on 9 websites.
2 left, 3 right, 1 centre and 3 untracked. This website, if you can believe it, is classified as leaning left.
Much ink to be spilled for a former president whose only power is possessing the nuclear codes but nada for the current president eh?
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The government is stating publicly they are phasing out health insurance cards in 2024 but there are already measures being put in place for people without Mynumber to apply for an annual health card. Similar bureaucratic headache but at least it won't be linked to a bank account that lays the groundwork for CBDCs.
In other words... too many people are calling the government's bluff.
Judging from the backlash online regarding the terms and conditions of Mynumber stating how the government is able to change the terms unilaterally and that they are also not responsible for damages resulting from information being leaked, I highly doubt 77% have signed up.
デマTaro is probably attempting to exploit the same lemming effect tactic as the vaxxine.
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Really impressive how Ms. Takahashi was able to pivot from a career extracting DNA to analyzing it.
Though she ought to be censured for making a mockery of parliamentary affairs.
How are politicians supposed to sleep with a baby making such a racket?
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Kishida walks around like Abe wasn't killed for less.
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Looks like 24% of assembly members are regular readers of the comments section on this website.
A foreigner whose understanding of Japan is sufficient enough to warrant the right to vote would understand why foreigners must never have the right to vote.
If you're unaware of your level of awareness, signing up for MyNumber is automatic disqualification.
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One of the issues described by Dr. Fukushima at the meeting for Victims of the Vaxxine was the ModRNA getting past the blood brain barrier. The European Medical Agency's EUA paper showed 2-3% of the ModRNA expresses itself in the brain. Current research suggests the 3rd dose results in a neuroinflammatory cascade after being primed with the first 2.
There are often no physical symptoms to this problem and the ability to reason can remain in tact, so it can be difficult to spot. Signs are decreased empathy, short-term memory loss, inability to learn new information, inflexibility, irritability, anger, perseveration (thought loops), impaired creativity, diminished inference and utilitarian moral judgements. The last one is interesting, a 2007 Nature study found those with prefrontal cortex damage saw nothing wrong with directly harming one person's life to save more total lives, even if it meant their own children being harmed.
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Slow news day huh?
I guess Reuters was on a hard deadline or ran out of space or something as they didn't include this part of the Russian Foreign Ministry's statement.
"The Kishida administration has consistently destroyed the positive results of bilateral relations accumulated over the years through the efforts of both Russia and Japan, in favor of the United States, without regard for the interests of its own people."
That sums up my initial reaction to the headline as the LDP government has caused more problems for the Japanese people than Russia ever has. It's not just geopolitics, it's a pattern.
The only time Russia is ever brought up in Japan is when the LDP is trying to deflect responsibility from their failures.
If visiting graves on the Kuril Islands is such an important humanitarian issue then Kishida should have prioritized the needs of the descendants over the needs of a country 8000km away in either direction. Can't have it both ways.
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After 3 years of having never worn a mask once and going about my business in perfect health without consequence, I finally caught the corona last week.
My left nostril got a bit stuffy, tender to the touch and kind of changed shape so it aligned horizontally instead of up to down like my right nostril, which was normal.
I asked my mother over Skype what to do and she told me that my nostrils have never been the same shape and to stop picking so much.
Thank heavens everything is fine now but I'm worried that my old unvaxxed mother is not taking the pandemic more seriously.
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As mentioned, the Ministry still fails to make a distinction between deaths with or from coronavirus, so these numbers cannot be taken at face value.
At a Diet session a couple months ago, the Ministry admitted a few car accident deaths were marked as coronavirus. That means all bets are off because statistics are as easy to manipulate as people.
Does an 85 year old who had coronavirus, recovers in the sense that they are no longer testing positive and then dies 2 months later count as a coronavirus death? According to the Ministry, it does.
Didn't that use to be called old age?
It's in the government's interest to inflate coronavirus deaths as much as possible to explain away the fact that compared to 2020, 15% more people (in excess of ~10000 a month) died in 2022. This increase cannot be accounted for with the mere addition of coronavirus deaths.
All cause mortality is a statistic that cannot be manipulated, so in the interest of accuracy it lags by about 2 months. Deaths trough in June and peak in January. This much is normal. The difference between the green and magenta lines is not.
Where is the empathy regarding this unprecedented problem?
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