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Posted in: Do you think political correctness will be the death of comedy? See in context

PC has been around as a concept since the early 90s and it hasn't killed comedy.

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Posted in: The Ten Commandments must be displayed in Louisiana classrooms under requirement signed into law See in context

There is a reason most people don't know the 10 Commandments, and that's because they are silly. Let's take #2:

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

No pictures of any animals whatsoever, whether you worship them or not. And if you do draw a picture of an animal, your great grandchildren will be punished.

And people want to put this poppycock up in public schools?

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Posted in: Top Japanese skateboarders took part in 'underage drinking' See in context

This is ridiculous. The individuals involved obeyed the local laws. How is this even news?

Japan needs to grow up, relax and stop behaving like this. It makes thr country look a silly.

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Posted in: New York's top court declines to hear Trump's appeal of gag order in his hush money case See in context

It’s a little bit of the theater of the absurd at this point, right?

Anything involving Trump is a theater of the absurd.

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Posted in: Anti-abortion movement in U.S. making big play to thwart citizen initiatives on reproductive rights See in context

These religious fanatics are the best thing that came along for the Democrats. Whenever they try to restrict women's right to bodily self-autonomy, democracy springs into action and defends their human rights.

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Posted in: Is June the worst month in Japan? See in context

Climatewise, Japan has a lot of months that are pretty bad for visiting. Too hot, too cold or too wet.

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Posted in: UK royals unite on palace balcony, with Kate back at her first public event since cancer diagnosis See in context

The little princes look ridiculous in those suits. The little princess looks just like her mother, which is for the best, rather than looking like princess Anne, like the rest of the royals.

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Posted in: 88 Vietnamese hired by Japan confectionery maker left idle without pay See in context

Since when is making sweets considered a skill?

Can you make sweets? If it's unskilled work, I'm sure you can, even without training.

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Posted in: Trump turns 78 -- and age is increasingly an issue See in context

Here's Trump's latest ramblings about sharks and batteries:

“So I said, ‘Let me ask you a question, and [the guy who makes boats in South Carolina] said, ‘Nobody ever asked this question,’ and it must be because of MIT, my relationship to MIT —very smart. He goes, I say, ‘What would happen if the boat sank from its weight? And you’re in the boat and you have this tremendously powerful battery and the battery is now underwater and there’s a shark that’s approximately 10 yards over there?’

By the way, lot of shark attacks lately. Did you notice that?

So I said, so there’s a shark 10 yards away from the boat, 10 yards or here, do I get electrocuted if the boat is sinking? Water goes over the battery, the boat is sinking. Do I stay on top of the boat and get electrocuted, or do I jump over by the shark and not get electrocuted? Because I will tell you, he didn’t know the answer. He said, ‘You know, nobody’s ever asked me that question.” I said, ‘I think it’s a good question.’ I think there’s a lot of electric current coming through that water. But you know what I’d do if there was a shark or you get electrocuted, I’ll take electrocution every single time. I’m not getting near the shark. So we’re going to end that.”

And there are people, millions actually, some otherwise quite normal, who would vote for this raving lunatic and make him the world's most powerful man. If it weren't so serious, it would be laughable.

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Posted in: Tourists get taste of old Japan at hidden 'snack bars' See in context

To me "snakku" means "gaijin not welcome, but this will be very expensive either way."

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Posted in: Hunter Biden convicted of all 3 felonies in federal gun trial See in context

Witch-hunt!!

Rigged!!!!

Corrupt judge!!!!!!

...Or just someone who was found guilty by a jury of his peers based on the evidence put before it, and who will accept his punishment with dignity.

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Posted in: It is unacceptable to deprive permanent residents of stability in their daily lives and life plans because of minor violations of laws and regulations. See in context

Why contribute to a pension scheme, for example, if I don't even want to use it myself?

Because it is likely that in the European country that you refer to, if you get to retirement age and for some reason have no financial resources whatsoever, whatever your previous intentions and preparations, the state will still house and feed you, and not allow you to starve.

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Posted in: Body of missing TV presenter Michael Mosley found on Greek island See in context

Can't say I really ever knew who he was. I was slightly familiar with the name, but that's about it. Very sad for his family, if course.

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Posted in: AI 'gold rush' for chatbot training data could run out of human-written text See in context

Even canonical literature fails the woke litmus (not enough PoC in Austen, Eliot or Dickens).

Perhaps AI can develop a sense of humour by reading the hilarious ramblings of the conservative right and their persecution fetish about being cancelled.

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Posted in: Israel rescues 4 hostages taken in Hamas' Oct 7 attack; at least 94 Palestinians are killed See in context

A high price to retake the four hostages. One hostage was killed. One Israeli police officer. 100-200 Palestinians were killed.

It is. And a price Hamas accepts. It could have released the hostages previously. But it won't because it wants this war because it is happy to sacrifice its citizens on order to have a war. Israel has one duty - to its citizens.

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Posted in: Apollo 8 astronaut dies in small plane crash at age 90 See in context

Where's the body ?

A few posts in and already a conspiracy theory emerging.

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Posted in: Mourners can now speak to an AI version of the dead. But will that help with grief? See in context

Ban it. It’s getting scary now and will be used to hurt people. This is like an episode of Black Mirror

Forcing your will on people about how they interact with technology is also like an episode of Black Mirror.

If this helps people cope with grief, then I am all for it.

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Posted in: Biden calls for solidarity with Ukraine at D-Day anniversary ceremony near the beaches of Normandy See in context

All of our Presidents were respectful towards the people who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we all deeply relish.

All, apart from one, who called them "suckers" and refused to go where they had been because it might mess up his hair.

What a nasty man.

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Posted in: Biden calls for solidarity with Ukraine at D-Day anniversary ceremony near the beaches of Normandy See in context

My granddaughter escaped from Normandy at the start of the war. My uncle went on the first day of D-day.

My mother lived in Kent and remembers her mother talking about how so much traffic was passing by their house in the middle of the night (just before D-day).

And my grandfather got shot at by a remaining German sniper that he ran and he tried every door in the street until he walked into a brothel. He stayed until dawn.

It's a long time ago but still within living memory.

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Posted in: Hunter Biden's sister-in-law says she found and threw away his gun See in context

If he's found guilty by a jury of his peers then that's it. Likewise, If they find him not guilty, then that's the end.

That's the beauty of the jury system.

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Posted in: Japan to replace cedars with low-pollen trees to tackle hay fever See in context

Rather than focusing on species with low pollen, they ought to focus on plantingt the different kinds of native trees that would have been there before the cedar was planted. (perhaps they are, but it wasn't mentioned in the article)

I took it to be implicit that that is what they would end up doing.

Large parts of Japan still have the native forests and they are attractive, especially in Autumn, and in my experience do not lead to hayfever.

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Posted in: Trump's attacks on U.S. justice system after guilty verdict could be useful to autocrats like Putin See in context

Former U.S. Justice Department special counsel Robert Hur defended from both Republican and Democratic critics on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee his conclusion that President Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified documents likely broke federal laws but was not worthy of prosecution. Same for Trump. Not worth the effort basically.

@Christopher - your whole "they're just as bad as each other" post overlooks some vital things.

Regarding the handling of classified documents, Biden had a handful of low level classified documents, in what appears to be an oversight. There was no mens rea. Trump by contrast took vast quantities of the rip secrets and mislead and obstructed those trying to retrieve them. He also used to show them off to people Had he returned them wilfully and not required an FBI search, there would be no case. His acts were egregious and needed to be responded to.

Likewise, Trump and the modern MAGA Party, where he is a backed by semi-fascist groups like Project 2025, is likely to lead to the end of American democracy. This isn't a lunatic conspiracy theory - they are very clear what they want.

Trump will likely also be able to add one or two Supreme Court judges. The 6-3 majority will likely become 7-2. Given how politically charged the Court is now, with it's recent approvals of obvious racial gerrymandering, the reversal of Roe, and the likely reversal on contraception freedoms, it will change American society completely, for at least a generation.

If Biden gets in, you have a continuation of American democracy for another 4 years and possibly beyond. If Trump gets in, you get a liar, cheat, rapist, fraudster, felon, who displays clear signs of narcissistic personality disorder and who will undermine democracy for a generation, perhaps permanently.

There is no "both sides" here. The closest equivalent is in France where the left wingers hold their nose and vote conservative to keep out the Front National. You might not like Biden, but the alternative is much worse.

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Posted in: Trump's attacks on U.S. justice system after guilty verdict could be useful to autocrats like Putin See in context

Stalin noted the "useful idiots" in the West that supported his regime, and Putin too has created legions of useful idiots in the MAGA wing of the GOP.

They are tearing their own country apart and only needed a little prompting from the Putin machine, even rejecting the jury system that lies at the heart of the criminal justice system.

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Posted in: South Korea to suspend military pact with North over trash balloons See in context

The article makes clear that this was in reply to South Korean provocations. Seoul is at fault here.

You know perfectly well that the article doesn't make this clear or even suggest it. And what kind of government responds to provocation with balloons of trash? I know your posts are consistently anti-West, but do you think that this is to be taken as a serious comment?

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Posted in: Jury finds Donald Trump guilty on all 34 counts at hush money trial See in context

Not whining, just calling it out for what it is.

It's justice - nothing more. The unanimous decision of a 12 person jury based on the evidence presented and the law in NY state.

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Posted in: Jury finds Donald Trump guilty on all 34 counts at hush money trial See in context

The walls are closing in, we said.

What walls? the MAGA faithful asked. What crime? They asked.

These walls. These crimes.

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Posted in: A Japanese government panel has proposed changing the country's age definition of elderly people from 65 or over, to 70 or over, in line with an increase in healthy life expectancy. What do you think about this? See in context

My father-in-law ran his business until he was 80 and that was mostly manual work - of course 65 isn't elderly for a lot of people.

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Posted in: 1,300-year-old Kyoto shrine changes bell policy following altercation with foreign tourists See in context

Everyone is quick to judge here. Definitely the English tour guide appears to be rude - someone even comments to him in English that he can be rude, so it is clearly a character trait. However, we cannot see the evidence that leads up to this incident.

We see 100% of what happened after she pressed record, and 0% of what happened before she pressed record. Or maybe we saw 100% of what happened of the footage she released, and bot footage that she choose not to release.

The Japanese woman behind the camera may have been haranguing them for ages before that. She may even be someone who hangs around there just to berate foreigners. After all, isn't it the temple's job to stop people ringing the bell, not middle aged self-appointed guardians of Japan's heritage? The guide said that they had already apologised, so why wasn't that the end of the incident?

I am not saying that the guide acted well, but you cannot come to a conclusion without the whole story and both sides. I would be interested to hear what Joshua has to say.

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Posted in: Trump trial jurors finish first day of deliberations without a verdict See in context

The judge instructions said they can find Trump guilty of any of the 3 predicate crimes or any other crime they choose

he told then to leave “the law” to him and just decide if Trump did “a” crime or not in their mind.

so now the jury can convict for something that isn’t even a crime as long as a juror thinks it is.

Are you still banging on about this point? The framework in which this is being done is well-established. It isn't New York's problem that you don't like it or understand it.

But if you are really desperate to pick one, I suggest the one that Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to in relation to the Stormy Daniels payment, because he committed that crime at Donald Trump's behest.

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Posted in: Australian police arrest man accused of running naked through an airliner See in context

In-flight entertainment was never that good, but I don't think that this was necessarily an improvement.

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