Algernon LaCroix comments

Posted in: Racism row erupts as William and Kate visit Boston See in context

albaleoToday  05:27 pm JST

No need to kick up a stink about it, just politely correct her and move on.

The reports I've read says she did correct her, but the older lady didn't move on but persisted with questions about her country.

Perhaps, but I doubt it was intentionally racist. More likely she was asking about her heritage, but wasn't as diplomatic as she could've been. In any case, as itsonlyrocknroll pointed out, Ms Fulani was looking to make an issue out of it regardless of what happened.

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Posted in: High-profile Australian parliament rape case won't resume after mistrial See in context

This trial has been a media circus and has obviously taken its toll on Ms Higgins but also Mr Lehrmann. Never forget that even in a rape case, the accused has to be presumed innocent and it's up to the prosector to prove otherwise. All those jumping on the bandwagon to side with Ms Higgins have done her a huge disservice and have destroyed any chance of a fair trial by presuming Mr Lehrmann's guilt.

The time it takes for a woman to report a rape has no bearing whatsoever on the viability of her claim.

This is entirely a man's perspective with little attempt to put themselves in a woman's shoes.

Do you think when women get raped it's easy to just mossie up to the local police station and make a claim?

In Japan, at least, it is estimated that only 4% of women who are raped ever report it. Is that because it never happened? Or do you think they don't report it because it's not a big issue?

Actually, it matters a lot. A conviction requires evidence beyond reasonable doubt, and as time passes that evidence is likely to fade and degrade. Any conviction based on he said/she said is a gross miscarriage of justice.

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Posted in: Racism row erupts as William and Kate visit Boston See in context

PaustovskyToday  04:59 pm JST

I've lived here for nearly 2 decades in total, and if a Japanese person asks where I'm from, I don't get offended. This is blown right out of proportion for some PC point-scoring.

And how does a question asked in Britain to a British woman relate to your experience of being asked in Japan to a non-Japanese person. 

Your misdirected anger would only make sense if you were Japanese but being asked in Japan where you were from.

Anger? No, just an eyeroll. And your comment doesn't even make much sense because this story was dealing with two people of different ethnic backgrounds.

With so much recent immigration in the UK, that without hearing someone's accent but noting the different skin colour, as the case may have been here when Lady Hussey asked the question, may have assumed - wrongly as it turned out - that Ms Fulani had been born overseas. Is there anything inherently wrong with that? No need to kick up a stink about it, just politely correct her and move on.

Similarly, there are plenty of people who are not ethnically Japanese who have Japanese citizenship (I don't), but it's a very small proportion in terms of the entire population, so it'd be natural for a Japanese to ask that's same question. If I were a citizen I wouldn't get offended, just politiely correct the person or make a joke of it, depending on the situation. But I'm not easily offended.

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Posted in: Racism row erupts as William and Kate visit Boston See in context

I've lived here for nearly 2 decades in total, and if a Japanese person asks where I'm from, I don't get offended. This is blown right out of proportion for some PC point-scoring.

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Posted in: Japan starts power saving period amid fear of supply crunch See in context

A completely engineered crisis. Dollars to donuts that the people who tell the plebs to cut back on power use won't be doing the same, whether its in Japan or elsewhere.

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Posted in: Racism row erupts as William and Kate visit Boston See in context

This story sounds like a bit of an emotionally charged beat-up designed to stir up hate against an out-of-touch, wealthy old woman.

The controversy erupted Wednesday when a Black advocate for survivors of domestic abuse said a senior member of the royal household interrogated her about her origins during a reception at the palace for people working to end violence against women.

Using the word "interrogated" here seems like a gross exaggeration judging from the context of the conversation. An interrogation implies putting a person under pressure with a series of questions, like what the cops do, not a couple of inappropriate questions.

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Posted in: What do you think of bicycling etiquette in Japan? See in context

Organised chaos

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Posted in: COVID protests escalate in Guangzhou as China lockdown anger boils See in context

Blacklabel Today  02:57 pm JST

All the people who fully supported lockdowns in their own countries and actively supported their own neighbors losing their jobs and freedoms? They are super concerned about these China lockdowns and want them lifted. no lockdowns! 

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Yeah, funny how the people doing the same in the West were smeared as "far-right" and "conspiracy theorists" by so many of the people cheering on the protestors in China right now.

And they cant seem to figure out why their feelings have changed.

It's not about the principle, it's about the side. They want to appear concerned about oppressed people abroad, but are quite happy for people they disagree with at home to be locked down, arrested, shot at, censored and the like.

Blacklabel, at least we can cheer on the protestors in China with a clear conscience.

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Posted in: Biden hosts congressional leaders to discuss his agenda See in context

The crazies will obstruct it in defiance of the will of the people, as it's also in defiance of Biden, and they can't let Biden enact the will of the people...

You do realise that the will of the people was exercised this time around to give the GOP control of the House, right? Whether you like it or not, the people gave the "crazies (i.e., people you disagree with)" the power to block Biden's destructive agenda. Biden has abused his position for the last 2 years by selling out his country to the highest bidder, so the country needs the House to block his agenda before he, or whoever owns him, to do even more damage.

To think that Biden and his cronies have the best interests of the American people in mind is ludicrous. The RINO wing of the GOP aren't much better, but there are some sane GOP members like Ron Johnson, Rand Paul and the like to but the brakes on.

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Posted in: Vehicle pollution zone to cover all of London See in context

Ecofascism.

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Posted in: Chinese police out in numbers to prevent more COVID protests See in context

Funny how so many of the people in Western countries who were defending harsh lockdowns and vax mandates in their own countries are cheering on the Chinese protestors now. Do these people have any self-awareness?

Nah, didn't think so.

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Posted in: 'Gaslighting' Merriam-Webster's word of 2022 See in context

Conservatives must spend a lot of time looking up words.

Socialists have to resort to gaslighting because they have nothing of value to offer, just misery. Gaslighting is their way of trying to say "Hey, look over there!"

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Posted in: A beginner’s guide to onsen in Japan See in context

I think they're great when there's almost nobody else there, but I'm not keen on crowded ones. The best are the outdoor rockpool types out under the snow. Sooooo invigorating after a day of skiing.

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Posted in: WHO renames monkeypox as mpox, citing racism concerns See in context

As if we needed any further evidence the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Shouldn't the WHO be concentrating on more important problems, such as how a political hack came to be its chief?

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Posted in: U.S. bans sales, import of Chinese tech from Huawei, ZTE See in context

China needs to be diplomatically and economically isolated until the CCP falls and the Chinese have a choice about who they elect. Anything else is window dressing.

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Posted in: Progressives returned for third term in Australia's Victoria state See in context

TokyoLivingToday  04:36 am JST

And the conservative tears don't stop to flow in the comments..

It's disappointing, yes, how such a rotten and corrupt government could get back in. But the scale of the reaction isn't even in the same universe as the insanity from the left when Trump won in 2016. And they're still obsessing about him.

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Posted in: Progressives returned for third term in Australia's Victoria state See in context

The Libs were completely useless. Independents might fare ok in the upper house, but results won't be clear there for a while yet.

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Posted in: Progressives returned for third term in Australia's Victoria state See in context

Progressive? LOL. Like Jay and Hermitage Nads said above, the government is run by a corrupt socialist-left faction autocrat who

signed a secret MoU with Beijing on the Belt & Road against the best interests of his state and country;

locked down his state longer than any other place outside China, with harsh penalties for people who dared to go out for more then an hour a day and more than 5km from home, and destrying thousands of small businesses

essentially forced the vax by preventing the unvaxxed from participating in society with his CCP-like vaccination passports, even though the vaccination was still experimental

oversaw a complete fiasco of a hotel quarantine security program to keep his union mates happy;

has been questioned by a corruption commission and refuses to cooperate;

had the state police harass people who publicly questioned and protested against the harsh vaccination and lockdown rules, with the police firing rubber bullets into the backs of anti-lockdown protestors

essentially bribed the Victoria's upper house cross-benchers into passing an emergency law that gives him unilateral power to declare a health state of emergency, bypassing parliament - against the advice from many of Victoria's most eminent legal experts

trying to suppress a public inquiry about Labor's use of public funds for party t-shirts;

bullies journalists who dare to ask him hard questions

runs the most heavily staffed office of any leader in the country, with the lions's share being "communications (propaganda) officers"

has dug the state into an enormous debt hole of about A$100 billion, almost double that of the next biggest (NSW) through profligate spending of other people's money without the income stream to pay it off

has presided over a health system that has ambulance services on the brink of collapse

awarded an insanely overpriced contract to a French company under investigation for corruption to build and run the state's desalination plant, giving the French company something like a million dollars a day even when producing nothing

is vociferously anti-Christian, but claims to be a Catholic when the situation suits him.

There's more, but I don't have time to write. But the only "progressive" part of this government is that they're progressing the state down a path of misery and bankruptcy. The Liberal Party was weak and used none of the political ammo they could have to destroy Andrews, so they failed to convince the majority of Victorian voters that they could do a better job. And the majority of Victorian voters swallowed the lies and have returned a government whose senior members should be rotting in prison now.

Glad I'm in Japan.

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Posted in: Chinese ship with largest-ever cannon enters Japan's waters near Senkakus See in context

Sink it.

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Posted in: Canada's Trudeau defends use of emergency powers in 'Freedom Convoy' protests See in context

Klaus Schwab boasted that Trudeau, among others, is essentially property of the WEF, so it's not surprising that the showpony completely overstepped his powers. And he'll try it again if he can come up with the right excuse. What he did was a trial run for what the globalists want to do with dissenters. Remember, he admires China and Fidel Castro. 

But next time he'll fail and hopefully be arrested or chased out of he country.

The only thing vulgar/offensive about this is the censorship.

F@ck you moderator, you coward. You won't be spared in the backlash.

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Posted in: Australia to prevent repeat of former leader's power grab See in context

ScoMo is a snake, a pretend conservative who sold out his country to foreign interests so this kind of act is natural for him. As others have said, why the secrecy? He broke the trust of his Liberal colleagues and basically held Australia in contempt.

Which makes me wonder what else he did that we haven't found out about yet.

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Posted in: Japanese coffee house’s 'reverse scam' dessert once again has diners floored See in context

Unusual for a Japanese food chain to over-deliver.

But they compensate by under-delivering on quality coffee, swill that makes dishwater cringe.

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Posted in: Researchers test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine See in context

Brought to you by the same honest, upstanding corporations who released the safe and effective

covid jabs. What could possibly go wrong?

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Posted in: Maskless World Cup scenes spark anger in zero-Covid China See in context

Yes, I wear them on the train because I’m a responsible member of an interconnected society.), and other responsible safety measures, these draconian measures are not necessary anymore.

Give yourself a big pat on the back. People who are actually responsible members of society let their actions speak for themselves. They don't need to tell everyone within earshot how morally superior they are.

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Posted in: Celebs look for exit strategies from Twitter See in context

Are these the same "celebs" who said they'd leave the US when Trump won? And how many of them actually did? You could probably count them on one hand. These people are narcissists who will go wherever there are people who'll indulge their craving for attention, approval and perceived importance. If they think Twitter is where they'll get it, they'll either stay or come back soon enough if they do leave.

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Posted in: Multiple people dead in Virginia Walmart shooting, including gunman See in context

My guess is that there's family breakdown in there, and possibly child abuse.

Maybe nobody, including teachers and police, listened when the shooter asked for help at a younger age, and the anger and resentment built up until this horrible incident.

I'm not excusing what happened, but these events don't come out of nowhere. There's always lots of trauma leading up to them. And if a gun hadn't been the weapon, something else would have.

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Posted in: New Zealand group wanting voting age set at 16 wins in court See in context

Quick, get their votes before they realise what a disaster socialism is.

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Posted in: Do you think the pandemic has changed your personality or that of your relatives or friends in any way, as far as you can tell? See in context

virusrexToday  07:48 pm JST

Not in any noticeable way for most, a couple of friends had negative experiences that made them reconsider their distrust for anything the doctors recommended, but generally speaking people that have been rational and informed before continued being so right now (and got benefited from their attitude) while those that have always been "skeptic" and only listened to whatever they wanted to hear continue to do so, the pandemic became just one of the things were they do that.

Fewer and fewer people are taking the stuff you're flogging, so I guess you're right about them being rational and informed, if a little late.

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Posted in: FIFA chief Infantino accuses World Cup critics of 'hypocrisy' See in context

This guy's comments won't make any difference to my indifference toward soccer, possibly one of the most boring spectator sports ever invented.

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Posted in: Australia's climate policies don't match its big talk at COP27 See in context

Albanese's climate change minister, Chris Bowen, telling the conference Australia was a "willing climate collaborator", made a pitch to host COP31 in 2026 along with the Pacific island nations.

A collaborator in the same mode as Quisling, selling out his country's energy security for some perceived but hollow moral purity. The best thing about it is, from Bowen's perspective anyway, that he won't be accountable for any of the damage he and his cronies do. Even if they're booted out of office by a betrayed electorate, he'll keep on feeding from the public trough via his pension.

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