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Posted in: U.S. pushes for Ukraine aid, united front against China's trade practices at G7 finance meeting See in context

The West has been swallowing anything Zelenski says but now even the friendliest MSM is asking questions.

Zelenskyy said on Friday that his country's armed forces had secured "combat control" of areas where Russian troops staged an incursion this month in northern parts of Kharkiv region.

This was the headline!

But unusually the MSM actually pointed out that this statement is contrary to what was actually going on and as he was saying this Russia destroyed trains, took another town, etc...

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Posted in: U.S. pushes for Ukraine aid, united front against China's trade practices at G7 finance meeting See in context

Ukraine spends almost all its tax revenue on the military

Did it?

Zelenski fired the guy in charge of Kharkiv defence because of corruption.

Fake companies got the money, no minefields, no tank trenches, no dragon teeth!

This was why just and initial 2,000 Russian soldiers were able to penetrate so far!

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Posted in: Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza strikes; battle Hamas in Rafah See in context

JboneInTheZone

Today 11:39 am JST

Bone...I sort of give up on you....but really, the "post a source " thing is BS.

> Why?

Because many here includin myself have posted links multiple times at yours and zibala constant requests and many repeatedly only for you to deny we did, ignore and change the subject or point, call anyone involved in the information not acceptable, you don't even acknowledge the 28 resolutions against Israel, you claim you can't find the report on Hamas and UNRWA (which was part of an article published here on JT).

It doesn't matter if we post 500 links to the information or reports you will and have ignored and dismissed them every time!

So no point in playing your game!

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Posted in: Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza strikes; battle Hamas in Rafah See in context

Corey

Today 09:25 am JST

As to the question, when will Palestinians rise up against their Hamas controllers?

Well that question was answered long before October 7th!

In the west bank Hamas power has been growing!

Proof is that Israel was conducting raids and kidnapping people, students, professors, lawyers, etc... from the West Bank that Israel claimed were spreading Hamas views, then holding them indefinitely in blackhole prisons without charges or trial!

All this did was make Palestinians in the west bank hate Israel more!

Palestinians in the West bank are tired of the regular conquering of more land by illegal settlers backed by the IDF, the inability of the Palestinian authority police to do anything because the IDF will attack them if they even try.

They are fed up with the IDF blowing up things like water cisterns built by the UN to deny them water independence and claim they are stealing water from illegal settlements!

Israel's occupation of the West Bank has pushed more towards Hamas than any other factor!

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Posted in: Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza strikes; battle Hamas in Rafah See in context

JboneInTheZone

Today 09:24 am JST

So this "IDF has killed 14,000 Hamas and not 35,000 civilians rings hollow if Hamas was able to regroup in the North!

> How do these two points contradict eachother? 14,000 Hamas terrorists being killed and remaining Hamas terrorists regrouping in the North can both be true at the same time

I notice you regularly cut off the rest of a comment to make something look different.

Nice of you to forget to add the rest with the full breakdown based on UN numbers and Israel's claims.

The propositions just don't add up if we are to believe Israel!

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Posted in: Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza strikes; battle Hamas in Rafah See in context

JboneInTheZone

Israel says it has no choice but to attack Rafah to root out the last battalions of Hamas fighters it believes are sheltering there.

Only one problem with this!

The latest UN reports not relying on Hamas number puts the number of women and children at 40% to 50% of those confirmed killed!

That is a minimum 14,000 a Israel claims 14,000 Hamas killed, so we are to believe that 14,000 women and children were killed, 14,000 Hamas but only around 5,000 to 7,000 non Hamas m'en?

Seems very improbable that twice the number of women and children are killed than civilian men.

What is more likely is Israel count's every male killed as "Hamas" which is what several preliminary UN reports are saying!

Then we have the fact Hamas is back fighting in the North which means Israel really didn't eliminate them as claimed!

The IDF and Israel lied about UNRWA members being involved in October 7th, lied about the hospital having Hamas based there because the independent investigator for the UN asked Israel to provide the proof it claimed it had and Israel couldn't provide a single things, it didn't provide some that the UN investigator rejected, no it had nothing, zero not a single thing and when the Whitehouse ask to provide proof of the babies on October 7th again Israel couldn't give the Whitehouse a single piece of proof so the Whitehouse retracted it's statement on that!

Seems Israel and the IDF say/claim a lot but when asked to provide facts and proof they suddenly trunk silent!

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Posted in: Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza strikes; battle Hamas in Rafah See in context

Israel says it has no choice but to attack Rafah to root out the last battalions of Hamas fighters it believes are sheltering there.

But we know this to not be true by Israel's own admission!

Israel has reported that Hamas has regrouped in the North and Israel is again fighting them in northern Gaza!

So this "IDF has killed 14,000 Hamas and not 35,000 civilians rings hollow if Hamas was able to regroup in the North!

Again seems the western news has a very bias slant and amnesia when reporting everything Israel says as the truth!

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Posted in: What happens if you get a traffic ticket in Japan? See in context

Trapped

Today 07:56 pm JST

This article is wonderful, if not for allowing all of this lived experience to be added.

Expect for the fact parts are wrong and those with "lived experience" corrected it!

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Posted in: What happens if you get a traffic ticket in Japan? See in context

Side note, if you feel you have been given a ticket wrongly think long and hard before deciding to go to court and fight it.

The laws are strange in Japan.

A traffic violation is technically a criminal act.

The way around it is if you pay then no charges are filed.

But if you decide to go to court then technically the prosecution is changing you with a "crime" and if you lose technically you are a convicted criminal.

Now as a Japanese citizen it real has little or no affect but as a foreigner it is possible you could lose your right to stay in Japan especially if you don't have PR.

In theory any conviction even a small one like a traffic violation is an automatic revocation of your Visa.

I haven't known anyone that this has happened to but when I saw a lawyer with the intent to fight a ticket, he informed me of this possibility and he said he had clients end up losing their visa!

This site explains it better!

https://sumikawa.net/legal-services/traffic-violation-in-japan/

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Posted in: What happens if you get a traffic ticket in Japan? See in context

Japan implements a unique demerit point system for traffic violations called kotsuihan. The severity of the offense determines the number of points added to one’s record.

Nothing unique!

Long before I came to Japan the same system was and is in place in my country!

Each infraction results in a different number of points lost.

You start with 12 once you hit zero, you lose your license!

So 11km to 20km over the speed limit 1 point, 21 km to 30 over 2 points, etc... and the fine gets more expensive each increment , passing a school bus with flashing lights and the stop sign out is 9 points! Red light/stop sign 3 points.

Why does the author think this was unique to Japan?

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Posted in: What happens if you get a traffic ticket in Japan? See in context

Yellow

> The last category is yellow tickets, which are given out for parking violations. If your driving infraction is caught by a camera, your notification will also be one of these. Take the yellow ticket to the nearest police station to be exchanged for a white, blue or red one.

As others pointed out don't go to the police!

Now under the newer system the ticket placed on your car may not have the fine amount written or a means of paying it!

But don't worry, one will be sent with the "reminder" of the violation to the address the car is registered!

When that one arrives you can pay online or conbini!

Seeing the ticket was issued to the car and they cannot verify who was driving, no points are taken.

In the old days parking tickets were given only by the police but today in places like Tokyo the old guys in green on bicycle do it. No more plastic thing attached to your car mirror!

If you don't pay the ticket, the car owner will not be able to renew the shaken!

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Posted in: Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation See in context

The attempts by 2 here to try and claim Palestinians are new 7th century, 20th century to the area remind me why religion and hard line religious people are the biggest problem.

One religion claims that North America was once populated by "white" people and the first nations/native Americans came and conquered and replaced the whites !

Does anyone actually believe this is true?

Well the same applies here!

The facts do not support the hardline Israeli claims about the Palestinians science has clearly put those false claims to rest.

The sad part is that we most read these false claims every time an article on Israel is posted.

And yes we must rebuke and correct them if not their false information will keep spreading!

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Posted in: Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation See in context

Tdawg

Today 11:46 am JST

Post the link!

> Its linked in the post

> https://www.reddit.com/r/arabs/comments/gsyzz2/saudi_arabians_and_iranian_jews_had_the_highest/

> Even this one despite trying really hard to dismiss the lack of DNA connection to the region by the majority of the Jewish population point out the most connected to the area are not Jews.

> Jews have more Canaanite DNA than Palestinians. If you want to use that as the determining factor to who should occupy the land then it should go back to the Jews

Reddit?

Did you even read what you linked?

It says nothing of the sort!

It actually says Lebanese and Palestinians have more!

Did you think I wouldn't read the facts only the Haaretz attempt at manipulation of data?

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Posted in: Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation See in context

Tdawg

Today 11:24 am JST

Palestinians are 70% Canaanite.

> A 2020 study showed that Iranian Jews have a 90% Canaanite ancestry, even higher than that of Palestinians

Post the link!

I have previously posted the links (yes plural as I posted multiple ones) showing the facts!

Even this one despite trying really hard to dismiss the lack of DNA connection to the region by the majority of the Jewish population point out the most connected to the area are not Jews.

https://medium.com/migration-issues/who-has-claim-3-000-years-of-religion-in-the-land-between-23f220a697f7

All article claiming that Jews are as connected do on thing in common, they don't post the percentages, they avoid it!

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Posted in: Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation See in context

zibala

Today 11:25 am JST

What a joke! They came from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria etc.

> In the 20th century.

Except that the Canaanites DNA was from Israel university researchers and the testing done in New York USA!

Sorry your stories and claims are far out weighed by fact and science!

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Posted in: Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation See in context

Tdawg

Today 10:23 am JST

No they haven’t. The group we refer to as Palestinians came around the 7th century

This is something pushed and created by Israel and supporters of Israel.

In the 7th century Muslim Arabs from the Arabian peninsula invaded and conquered the region!

They did not remove or replace the people living there.

They ruled and administered the region, in the same way later ottoman empire conquered the region and ruled and administered the region.

This false claim that the Arabs moved in, is just that false!

The people today known as Palestinians have been in there since long before the Israelites going back to the time of the Canaanites and science and DNA has clearly proven this!

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Posted in: Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation See in context

Tdawg

Today 10:23 am JST

No they haven’t. The group we refer to as Palestinians came around the 7th century

Well let's see!

DNA from Canaanite graves going back 3000 to 4000 years in the area known as Israel was analized and here are the results.

Druze DNA is 80% Canaanite.

Palestinians are 70% Canaanite.

Mitzvah are 40% to 50% Canaanite

Sephardic are 30% to 40% Canaanite

Ashkenazi are 60% European and less than 20% Canaanite!

So the facts do not support your claims the people called Palestinians today can trace the majority of their DNA/roots to the exact location they are in and were expelled from in Israel!

Stories and claims are beaten out by facts and science!

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Posted in: Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation See in context

zulander

Today 10:11 am JST

So Ireland will recognise a state arbitrarily drawn up by the British.......... and yet still lay a claim to Northern Ireland ? hmmmmm

Wow grasping at straws!

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Posted in: More companies in U.S. offer on-site child care, but is it a long-term fix? See in context

sakurasuki

Today 07:16 am JST

More companies in U.S. offer on-site child care, but is it a long-term fix?

> Still better than Japan, Japan Inc just won't easily allow people to take their parental leave.

Really?

Ok parental leave, I will give you that.

But sorry but as a single father in Japan one thing I could get that none of my family or friends could in the USA or Canada 25 years ago was public daycare at a reasonable price!

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Posted in: Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation See in context

zibala

Today 09:43 am JST

All the while Israel has become a powerful democratic country

Democracy?

A Democratic doesn't design it's system to disenfranchise 21% of its population by vote manipulation so that they get only 3% representation in their Parliament.

A democracy doesn't have a minority's affairs committee with zero minorities on it and then under pressure puts a single minority without voting rights

This is called apartheid!

You consistently go on about how "Arabs" are somehow foreign to the area when the facts prove that the Palestinians have been there since the time of the Canaanites before the Israelites arrived.

You consistently say there was no country called Palestine but there was a country called Israel in the past. But in reality there was no country or even Kingdom called Israel. There was never an actual United Kingdom known as Israel. There are some theories that they might have existed for some 90 years but even that is just a theory. All there were were A. Grouping of Chiefdoms And tribes in a in a loosely United form!

You seem to confuse stories in the Bible/ Torah and actual facts of History!

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Posted in: Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation See in context

Tdawg

Today 09:24 am JST

You say Israel offered blah blah blah....at camp David!

And the Palestinians knew that everything Israel offered was a lie!

Proof is simple to find!

140 settlements in the west bank not one more! That was what was agreed!

How many are there now? 280 with more than double the number if settlers!

And those 140 illegal new ones were taken by force and violence by Israel with the IDF acting as "protection" when Palestinian authority police tried stopping those illegal settlers!

The list of violations by Israel started right after signing the agreement, seizing Palestinian land to build a wall, to build walled in roads to settlements, more land taken to build more walled roads to the 140 illegal settlements, blowing up of UN built water cisterns under the excuse Palestinians would steal water from the illegal settlers!

Israel lied in every aspect in the small deal it did make, what fool would have believed anything Israel said or signed!

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Posted in: More companies in U.S. offer on-site child care, but is it a long-term fix? See in context

How about paying people a salary like in the past were it is capable for a single person to work and raise a family while the other parent can stay home? It doesn't matter if it is a man or a woman working or staying home with the children, as a single father raise by 2 parents with a stay home parent, the difference between what I got and what my children got are night and day!

And as for single parents, well again speaking as one, if you can avoid the situation then do that, the idea you can work and raise a child on your own and do it well is a myth!

It doesn't matter if the daycare is at the office or not, kids get sick, kids gave problems in school, a thousand different things pop up and all of them will pull you away from work, if you don't lose your job you will lose promotions etc...no company is going to promote someone that regularly has to miss work regardless if it is form children or something else, the promotion will go to the person that can put more work in and be available without any problems!

In office daycare or not, if the child is sick you can't bring them to the daycare, then how long will they be at daycare each day?

The one with children at the daycare will need to still leave at a reasonable time for the good if the child.

So the ones without children or with a stay home partner will end up having to work more to cover for those with children in daycare.

This is not speculation it has been proven over and over again in multiple studies.

It is common sense. A company division has a deadline, the ones with children in daycare leave in time, they have no choice they need to get the child from daycare, so who stays at the office to make the deadline? Well the ones that don't have children in daycare!

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Posted in: Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation See in context

While some 140 countries — more than two-thirds of the United Nations — recognize a Palestinian state

My biggest takeaway from the article is the above!

It shows the arrogance of the western nations!

Two thirds of the UN countries!

In a real democracatic world this would be the end of the story and it would be a "fait accompli" but we live in a world where a few powerful rich western countries rule by decree!

Suddenly 3 rich western countries go with the other 140 and only now is it important or relevant!

The arrogance of western countries is beyond measure!

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Posted in: Japan racks up ¥462.5 bil trade deficit as imports balloon due to cheap yen See in context

One factor behind the weakening yen is Japan’s low interest rates, with the benchmark still barely above zero, a policy the Bank of Japan has taken to keep a stagnant economy going and encourage lending.

I will never understand this idea of raising rate to "help" the economy!

You raise rates, cost of buying a house goes up, rents go up, cost of expanding a business goes up, cost of loan repayment goes up, cost of buying a car goes up, etc...

So businesses looking for a loan to expand decide not to, people looking at buying a house, change their minds either don't buy or buy cheaper! People keep their car longer to avoid higher interest rates and higher payments. Companies and businesses barely getting by can no longer afford the higher payments so close or go bankrupt.

Food prices go up, companies cut their workforce, etc...

Look at Canada, 5 hikes and business insolvency jumped 41% and the combined personal and business jumped nearly 24%.

And consumer prices are still going up!

Using the USA as a Guage doesn't work! Its economy is too different, no social systems like in Japan, no actual national health care, etc...so the up turn in the economy in the USA is only on paper, the Rich the banks, etc..but not the lower or middle class.

The use and need for food banks in the USA is at an all time high and the highest number of first time users.

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Posted in: Japan racks up ¥462.5 bil trade deficit as imports balloon due to cheap yen See in context

All the more reason to stop all these silly anti tourists things and have as many foreign tourists come here brings their money, spend it and leave it here!

Every yen they bring in is one more yen brought back countering the deficit!

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Posted in: Japan ranks 3rd among top world travel destinations after U.S., Spain: report See in context

Rakuraku

Today 05:40 pm JST

Yeah, I get your point!

That is why I go to the tourism board or tourist associations sites.

I couldn't find English information on this for France only French and even then it was confusing because there are two competing associations with vastly different numbers.

The government board only has PDF over 100 pages of Data and typically difficult to pinpoint the exact data and if you are fluent in French (my first language) it is still difficult to find!

I think they like the 77 million as a headline as it makes them look good!

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Posted in: Japan ranks 3rd among top world travel destinations after U.S., Spain: report See in context

As I pointed out "visitors" and "tourists" are different things.

Take France. One will find a lot of headlines 77 million international visitors 2023.

But if you look for tourists you get a very different number.

2 different French associations have slightly different numbers

One says 39 million the other 29 million tourists!

To give an example, one of my siblings have already been 5 times to France this year, all for work, so a foreign visitor but not a tourist!

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Posted in: Japan ranks 3rd among top world travel destinations after U.S., Spain: report See in context

Rakuraku

Today 01:33 pm JST

You are confusing visitors and tourists.

Business trips are not included in tourist numbers, as for France and even Spain many EU residents own condos in those countries, they are again not counted as "tourists" but part time residents!

Mexico is similar as cross border family again doesn't count as tourists.

Stats are a funny thing, they should show facts but in reality one can manipulate them by playing with wording and criteria!

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Posted in: Japan ranks 3rd among top world travel destinations after U.S., Spain: report See in context

Sanjinosebleed

Today 09:09 am JST

I think Japan needs to diversify its travel destinations for tourist. I agree with stickman that Kyoto has become a no go zone due to the crazy overcrowding. There are just as many beautiful places in Japan outside Kyoto but if tourists doyknow about them they won't go.

Now tell us how this "diversify its travel destinations for tourist" is to be achieved?

I mean, every time some place in Japan starts getting a few foreigners they instantly panic and go into the "Oh no, gaijins!"

And then start doing everything to discourage tourists.

Raise taxes or try imposing a foreigner only tax!

They block places and views to stop foreigners from coming!

Basically any place foreign tourists suddenly find interesting or popular, the reaction will be stop them

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Posted in: Swarmed with tourists, town blocks off popular Mount Fuji viewing spot See in context

Well perhaps these people will decide to no longer go and they will stay in Tokyo and visit one of the antique shows on this weekend!

I know for a fact myself and the other dealers (all Japanese except me) will be happy to serve them and let them spend their money with us!

And for the curious.

Japanese tourists spend around ¥1,000 for some souvenir, western maybe around the same, but the Chinese will haggle but will blow ¥ 10,000 to ¥30,000 each without batting an eyelash!

Last months show, several vendors hired Chinese sales people, that is how much tourism brings in!

If they don't want the money other places will gladly take it, just don't come begging for handouts when the town has no more money!

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