On Canadian news they point out the Balloon was known for quite some time flew right over Canada, no reaction as it crosses Canada heading to Montana.
Suddenly it became a big deal.
I wonder what happened to the great NORAD system plenty of empty space over the journey across Canada to Montana then back out to sea to stop it if it really was a spy balloon!
So let it take all the photos upload to a Chinese satellite and only then shoot it down over the ocean where now they can claim the couldn't recover it if in the event it actually was a weather balloon.
So if they recover it and it is a weather balloon.
They will say they couldn't find it in the vast ocean.
If it is a spy balloon and they recover it then more points.
If they don't find it in the ocean then they still to " it was a spy balloon" no contradictory proof.
Convenient place to shoot it down.
Oh and no the "it was too dangerous over land because of people"
Let me point out you could drive all day and not see a single house or person Montana 380,000 km2 for 1.1 million people ( Japan is only 378,000km2 )
So let's make this clear.
It went through Alaska, Yukon, BC, Alberta into Montana. very sparsely populated.
Wait until the balloon is over the lower 48 to make a big deal about it
Then wait for it to cross again sparsely populated Idaho through Neva and California before shooting it down conveniently over the ocean where it will sink.
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While the USA regularly boasts about its spy capabilities using satellites.
Now seeing China has already demonstrated in 2007 it has satellite killing rockets.
So what next? If a USA satellite "loitered" over sensitive areas of China would the Chinese be justified is shooting it down?
The USA seems dead set on war within this decade with the political ground work being prepared.
This balloon, the day before the CIA claiming Xi ordered the military to take Taiwan by 2027.
I have no doubt China is planning to take Taiwan one day one way or another.
But I also have no doubt the present USA government leaders are looking for a fight to distract the population and regain power and control in the world.
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Transphobic is just the same as homophobic. Restricting the lives of others to one that they agree with.
Not even close!
No gay man will show up on a date claiming to be a woman.
If my son goes on a date expecting a woman no gay guy will show up,
But under the present company view a woman with a penis could and under the western media and government view, that "woman" isn't required to declare their little surprise between their legs.
I would say that is quite a difference.
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Do you think what Arai said about hating to see LGBT couples is troubling? I certainly do
You want an honest answer.
Then yes and no!
I think yes if referring to gay and lesbian couples.
I think no for the rest!
Pride parades once showed loving couples with family, children etc...
Not they are strange things that under most circumstances would get many arrested.
Sex toys, inappropriate non clothing, etc...
This undermined the original message that it was about love not sex.
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One instance of someone transitioning means nothing. There are millions who have transitioned, and have no interest in detransitioning.
You avoided as usual.
Those supposed millions ( I would like to see facts on that) have been adults.
Now they are targeting children and using lies.
Not just that they are moving to laws even questioning if the child knows what they are says about it even taking away parental rights.
This is what the non L&G part of this group are pushing and will push here also.
Did you at 12 know what you wanted in life, were you mature enough to make life decisions at 12?
You dismiss her and old rag, they attack her then complain about being victims.
The soon the L and G distance themselves from the rest the better and more accepted the L&G community will be.
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Gosh, another reason not to live in Tokyo with dangerous TikTok gangs and sushi lickers.
In a video widely shared on social media, a customer at a Sushiro branch in central Japan's Gifu Prefecture
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I posted at
Today 02:01 pm JST
Amazing how do many are worried about the Transgender or upsetting the LGBTQIA.
But mention a serious problem like that of Chloe Cole a child convinced by so-called experts to stop her puberty cut of her breasts and total silence.
But the LGBTQIA community that complains so much about discrimination and bullying, has no problem going after her, no problem about going after rape and abused women only trying to get their lives together again in a safe environment without men as with JK Rowling centres offer.
Before the slue of down votes try looking up the Chloe Cole story and remember she was 15 at the time of doctor recommended mutilation of her body, and look up the women's shelters and ask if you were raped or beaten by a man would you like you roommate to have male genitals?
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Today 02:04 pm JST
Let's be reasonable.
Sure I have seen kids blocking traffic dancing before YouTube and tiktok but usually drunk high or messing around.
We are not talking like that.
We are talking tripod camera even music, we are talking multiple groups doing it on the same area
In some areas of Tokyo you will have dozens of kids all along the road, recording their tiktok in hopes of becoming the next sensation.
And once they get an audience they need to maintain it by doing more and more crazy things
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I don't buy that someone is born feeling like another race. If you can bring me someone, and show me they really feel that way, I'll be open to discussion.
> I do buy that some people are born feeling like they are the wrong gender.
You mean like Chloe Cole?
I suggest you go look at her yes HER case.
12 years old the doctors suggested "transition therapy" 15 years old breast removal.
In the end she is a disfigured young woman.
80% of children with "gender dysphoria" will correct themselves by adulthood if left alone and most will realize they are homosexual.
But we can't have that it wouldn't make for good drag queen story time.
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Today 12:55 pm JST
How would anyone know if a person/group was making a video for TikTok
We get out of the house and look!
All you have to do is look at what they are doing.
It the person if dancing infront of a camera blocking traffic, they are not doing it for their health.
There are so many tiktok trends these days I don't think most can keep up.
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Would you say that Western Europe, North America etc. are generally more ‘enlightened’ on the issue of LGBT rights in the 21st century?
> I’d say generally yes.
No I would say they are going the wrong direction.
I again point out I have no problem with gay and lesbian including marriage.
The rest of the alphabet group is the problem and not just for me but for Gay and Lesbians and women in general.
Look at JK Rowling, look at the craziness going on because she rightfully will not let biological males in to her privately funded women's shelter for physically and sexually abused WOMEN.
Think about that, a woman is raped she is in a shelter, no men allowed she feels safe suddenly their is a penis equipped person in her room.
But this community doesn't care about the raped or physically abused woman all they care about is that their T person gets to do what they want.
Where is the logic?
Please drop the " they are women they aren't a threat"
The results of the full scale experiment
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It is sad, though. Conveyor-belt sushi is one of the coolest things about Japan, in my humble opinion. It's a shame that a few childish idiots have to ruin it for everybody.
Is it these idiots or is it YouTube and tiktok?
Think about it, no tiktok or YouTube these fools wouldn't have bothered doing it because it wouldn't be fun just them.
The "fun" part is up loading it and seeing 1 million people watch it.
The cinnamon challenge would not have happened if no one was recording it and posting on YouTube and tiktok and supermarkets wouldn't have had to hide the cinnamon.
These were high school kids they do stupid things as we all did at that age.
But today social media is so important that getting views gives these already immature boys incentive to take things too far.
We have seen people have their girlfriend shoot them with a real gun thinking a large book would stop the bullet ( yes they died) all for views!
I was out walking in ikebururo the other night after dinner with my wife.
Everywhere we went was someone recording a tiktok.
One group was out in the middle of the street dancing while blocking traffic.
The run out on a red light set up the camera/phone then remain when the light turns green and dance while the cars beep wanting to go on the green light.
The challenge apparently is to block the traffic until the light turns red again.
This is what our society has become.
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Today 11:21 am JST
I wouldn't want to live next door to a reactionary bigot like Masayoshi Arai
You probably wouldn't say a thing and probably would like it.
It is highly likely he lives in a well to do neighbourhood most of us cannot afford or even be let into and if you or any of the rest complaining actually did get in and accepted, you would keep quiet to maintain the privilege.
This is just simple human nature.
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Today 10:49 am JST
> Excellent summation of the divide and conquer strategy!
> Christian evangelical right group "Family Research Council" mapped out three non-negotiables in the fight against transgender people:
You do realise this is Japan a non Christian country and the man in question is most likely buddhist/Shinto?
So drop the religion stuff and use common sense.
As a man I am not interested in a woman with a penis, but in today's society I am told this is not acceptable thinking.
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How would your employer react to you expressing your unguarded opinions to customers, clients or the media while on the job?
I wouldn't care! I am not that thin skinned like more of today's bubble wrapped society.
If you are not careful you will end up also in trouble.
If you express your opinion.
A friend of my nephew said he wasn't attracted to large women in a private conversation in a restaurant at lunch time.
Someone overheard that, not a coworker or someone from his business, just another customer.
They followed him to his office then made a complaint.
He has to go for "re-education" (sensitivity training) was given a written warning.
Again a private conversation in his own time at lunch.
He appealed to the labour board and they upheld the company's "disciplinary action".
Welcome to 1984 and big brother coming soon to a country you live in.
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Today 07:10 am JST
Typical Japanese problem-solving approach. One idiot does something stupid once, and then the entire public is inconvenienced or even punished forever
I am not sure what you mean by this!
Are you claiming that this is just a Japanese way to react?
Please if so you need to get out more.
On my last trip home to Canada many many stores now require you to check your bags at the entrance no purses no backpack in some cases no bulky coats.
Why? Because some people shoplift.
Skateboards in the park and rollerblades not permitted only in designated areas, why? Because some people couldn't act properly.
This is not a "Japanese" reaction it would have been the same in most countries once this stuff starts happening and gets on YouTube and tiktok,
The cinnamon "challenge" cause supermarkets to put the cinnamon in locked cases to stop children and to ask why they wanted cinnamon because it was a dangerous thing to do that stupid challenge.
So everyone got inconvenienced.
This was in much of North America.
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This is the same fear mongering as years ago in countries that already have same-sex marriage. A few members of society having rights doesn't affect others who want to live the same way.
If you are talking about Gay and Lesbians, then correct.
If you are talking about the rest in the "getting longer" acronym group, then it does or will.
I long campaigned way back is thev1980s for Gay and Lesbians rights.
The one thing we campaigned on was they cannot change, but they knew they were men loving men and women loving women, no debate on the men and women part.
Now we are told that people can "decided" later if they are male or female or something else?!?!
You look at other countries like Canada, you can now be charged for misgendering, lose your license to practice or work for "deadnaming", be fined for not using the "prefered pronoun.
John and Lisa: Lisa both use "them" they".
John and Lisa go to Disneyland they get on space mountain but they gets motion sickness so didn't......
They then go for lunch but they decided to skip eating...
Anyone figure out who did what?
A single person uses a heterosexual dating app, under the laws in many countries a woman or man is what you say you are.
The app by law will ban you if you state you want a biological woman or man. So surprised the "woman" you are on a date with didn't tell you " she" was equipped with the same tools below the belt as you are.
And it isn't just heterosexuals having this, I have a lesbian niece that went on a date only to find out the " woman" had the wrong piping not the kind of assets she as a lesbian is interested in.
But under the law asking is verboten.
The L and G community was making great progress until this 70+ gender and transgender pushed the envelope.
Ladies how will you feel seeing male genitalia in the "women's" locker room because the man "identifies" as female, or your little girl is at the "sento' on the women's side and a self identifying female with male genitalia walks in and starts to bathe with you and your daughter?
These are not what if in other countries, these are what is actually happening.
This was not what the original gay and lesbian pride was about, it has been hijacked by extremists.
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In 2021, there were 874 murders.
> But you are saying how many went unreported?
Read the title correct.
Number of homicide cases recorded by the police in Japan from 2012 to 2021
Not cases for 2021 and even then is incorrect
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I brought you official numbers from a reliable source which I linked as well,on the other hand you are just staring numbers without even showing us from which source you get them.
All available on the same World Population Review site you used.
How hard was that to understand.
But apparently it was so here same source you used.
And one more
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Today 04:47 pm JST
I don't want to be mean but giving a random "peace index" which again is a total made up things based on perception not facts and especially based on "European" view point.
Now try using actually statistics.
Crime is lower in Japan than Nordic countries.
Just looking at homicide rate.
Norway is double that of Japan.
Austria is nearly 3 times that of Japan
Sweden and Finland are near 5 and 6 times the homicide rate of Japan.
Just standard crime rates Denmark, Sweden Norway, Finland and Austria all higher than Japan.
All available on the same World Population Review site you used.
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Today 04:40 pm JST
You seem to make a lot of claims but somehow not one fact to back anything you say up.
Please tell us these no go zones in Tokyo, Osaka, etc...
You see in London, Paris, Marseille, Toronto, New York, Vancouver L.A. etc... Anyone living in those cities will tell you where to avoid going if you value your life.
But 30 years in Japan and I cannot tell you any place in Tokyo that is actually dangerous.
Of a few dodgy places like Kabukicho, but dangerous, No.
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Today 04:23 pm JST
Yes, and you are probably a male so have no awareness of what it's like to be a female in Japan.
What does being a man have to do with it?
Oh right your selective reading.
You forgot to point out I said there are several areas in my home city that I wouldn't go at night some not even in the day time.
Man or woman, don't know any like that in Japan.
Please give it a break.
If I or other men have no go zones in their countries take a guess how bad it would be for women in those zones.
You can invent all the guessing on the "real" crime rate you think it is in Japan but the reality is that Japan is far far far safer than any western country for men and women.
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Today 03:41 pm JST
There were about 900 murders in 2022
That would be nearly triple the number in murders per year for each of the last ten years.
The most murders per year in the last ten years was 429 in 2012
2001 the number was 697
2020 was 318, 2019 was 319......
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We get the same comments over and over again.
Sexual assaults under reported in Japan.
The crime rates are higher experts say, blah blah blah
Sexual assaults and harrassment are under reported in every country this we know.
The crime rates in every country are under reported as many chose not to report certain things and especially in certain areas of certain countries where even talking to the police can be fatal.
30 years in Japan and I have yet to find a place so dangerous that it is to be avoided at night even less during the day.
My home city in Canada is considered one of the safest large cities in North America and I can point out several areas not to be in at night if you value your life and even a few were I wouldn't go even in the day time.
So stop trying to pretend Japan has anything even remotely close to most western countries in the way of crime.
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For those making up all the bravado stuff the claims of more Russian dead over Ukrainian.
Here is the full interview of an Australian volunteer in the Ukrainian army, the guy is pro Ukraine the interviewer is a pro Ukrainian YouTuber, note the parts where the Australian soldiers says it was the Ukrainian forces not Wagner that lost thousands.
Note were he points out his unit has lost 80% casualties.
Not where he describes what happens to Ukrainians refusing to fight.
" Best case prison, but sent to the front to be killed or shot"
Again this is a PRO UKRAINE YouTuber.
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Here is an interview with an Australian fighting for Ukraine with explanation of what and where this are.
Interesting as to where are all the weapons sent to Ukraine?
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About 40,000 Ukrainian civilians have been killed .
From 24 February 2022 to 2 January 2023, OHCHR recorded 17,994 civilian casualties in Ukraine: 6,919 killed and 11,075 injured.
and displaced 15 million to 30 million have
According to the UNHCR there are about 7 million, nearly 3 million in Russia where the largest single number are.
Facts are real
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Today 07:59 am JST
Russia uses Russian based weapons systems to target Ukrainian civilian populations and the Ukranian army. Ukraine needs Ukrainian based weapons systems to target the Russian army inside Russia. It's not rocket science
As it is now, Ukraine's Russian tanks are being serviced in Poland as are there russian-made airplanes the future German tanks will also be serviced in Poland as will everything else they don't even have the infrastructure to service their howitzer sent by the US
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Today 04:25 pm JST
US military bases are extremely contaminated, according to a bioremediation expert I once talked to...
Let me remind you this is Japan the country the name Minamata disease for mercury poisoning.
I went to purchase land in 3 locations in Adachi-ku and 2 came with "decontamination" papers one for Tannery contamination the other for Benzene from fuel storage.
I opted not to buy, good thing the benzene cleaning was not done as claimed and The housing built had to be removed and a new decontamination process done.
Remember Tokyo's new fish wholesale market not properly decontaminated!
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The same PFAS etc...were found in North Tokyo Arakawa-ku and Adachi-ku, no bases anywhere near but previous location of Tanneries.
PFAS are in
Water-resistant fabrics, such as rain jackets, umbrellas and tents.
Personal care products, like shampoo, dental floss, nail polish, and eye makeup.
Stain-resistant coatings used on carpets, upholstery, and other fabrics.
So the base seems a convenient thing to blame, blame the Foreigners.
What types of industries were in the area previously.
Anything producing any of the above and could be responsible.
The tanneries in northern Tokyo closed some 40 years ago but the contamination is still present.
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