This is just an extension of the rewriting of history, the wanting to please everyone regardless of facts and reality. Cleopatra, Hannibal, etc...in Hollywood, places like Canada in supposed historical places with government locations and reenactments of battles and forts garrisons and 17th century battles between the French and English, inserting women and ethnic soldiers in live reenactments and books to the point that when asked many youth today in Canada actually think that the British and french in the 1600 and 1700 had females soldiers, etc..in the ranks of their armies.
So with the above being acceptable and AI programs designed to "learn" from what they collect around them (AKA from the web) and unable to tell the difference from what is being "created" based on modern "inclusion" theories vs what was reality before modern times and the internet, one shouldn't be surprised if these AIs make George Washington a woman, or Henry the 8th an Asian, etc...
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It is hilarious to watch the supporters of Israel and especially the USA politicians!
Mileikowsky (AKA Netanyahu) and his backers have made it clear they want to declare Israel a "Jewish state" so basically a religious state and it seems all the Israeli backers and especially the USA politicians don't seem to have a problem with that!
But any country that calls itself and Islamic country, well suddenly they are all against a religious state!
So lets not play games! If you support the present Israeli government under Mileikowsky (AKA Netanyahu) you are supporting a goal of a religious state that will make those of the religious minorities second class citizens or worse!
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Today 07:25 am JSTSomething irrelevant to the Hamas massacre against Israeli civilians,
Lets look at who is massacring who:
2009 to October 7th 2023:
Israelis killed by all Palestinians: just over 400
Palestinians killed by israeli authorities: over 6,500 half being women and children.
Palestinians killed by illegal settlers in the west bank 3,000.
Since October 7th 2023:
Israelis: 1,700 including IDF
Palestinians: 29,000 of which 99% are civilians and 70% of those killed are women and children!
In the west bank 1,000 Palestinians killed by settlers in 2023 alone mostly elderly, women and children and their land taken.
So a grand total of.
Israelis killed by Palestinians: just over 2,200 between 2009 and October 7th
Palestinians killed by Israelis between 2009 and October 7th: over 39,500.
Who are the real victims of massacres? Clearly not Israelis but a clear genocide of Palestinians has been in effect for decades.
Numbers don't lie.
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A little reality check!
On February 14th the official Ukrainian military new service published an article by the head of the Ukrainian ground forces Illia Yevlash titled:
Russia will soon feel the results of Syrsky's trip to Avdiivka!
Then Azov was sent in and was destroyed!
On the 17th Avdiivka fell to the Russians.
This is reality not wishful thinking of armchair warriors.
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Today 11:32 am JST
> So again where are the men that are going to use all those weapons going to come from?
> Ukraine. It's not a problem
Really? Then crunch the numbers and tell us where the men are going to come from?
Ukraine expanded it requirements to register for military duty to include more women.
Ukraine's own leaders have said that eventually they will have to use women in Frontline combat!
This is Ukraine saying these things not Russia.
If there was " no problem" as you claim, then why is Ukraine saying and doing these things.
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Today 11:29 am JST
AS - I wasn’t asking for Weeb Union’s prediction, I was asking for yours. You don’t have to attack people personally
I made no personal attacks.
I just wrote the facts!
You keep claiming I said things I didn't!
You claim I said Russia was going to take all of Ukraine, which anyone here being honest knows I have never said that!
I have always said it was going to try and take up to the areas per 2014 that always voted pro Russia!
If you would stop making things up that I never said then we would have no problem.
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Today 11:27 am JST
Mr. K - I will definitely take that bet, lol. By when do you think the Russians are going to take Kharkiv?
In an article published by the Ukrainian controlled media.
Ukrainian troops complained that when they liberated the city of Zaporizhzhia the local population welcomed them and the troops felt safe.
But those same troops said that in Karkyiv they felt unsafe and the population was hostile towards them, the same in other cities near by.
Funny thing happened after that was published!
A "mandatory" evacuation was ordered in the same places named in the article!
Strange how this was overlooked by western media!
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I like how some here keep ignoring the elephant in the room.
The Ukrainian claim and it's supporters claim that more money and more weapons will change things.
Well here is the elephant!
Fact in June 2022 Ukraine had 700,000 men with the average age of 30~33 this according to the West!
Today after hundreds of thousands more have since been drafted into the military Ukraine has under 600,000 and the average age is now 43.
Where did all the younger men go?
Ukraine claims 650,000 men of fighting age left the country. Western numbers say 6 to 8 million people left but Poland says 15 million have crossed it's borders.
Which is it? Are the Poles making things up?
You can send all the money and weapons you want, if there are no men to fight or only old conscripts all you are going to do is get more people killed.
It is interesting that the places where the most people were conscripted from were cities like Karkyiv and Odessa, largely ethnic Russians (again according to western news).
Today Ukraine's population is estimated at 32 million 15% of that is below 14 year old and 19% over 65 and even with the exit of many women and children to other countries half of those remaining are women.
So again where are the men that are going to use all those weapons going to come from?
-7 ( +3 / -10 )
Today 10:17 am JST
If according to the west the average age of Ukrainian military men in June 2022 was 30 and today it is 43, what will more money and more weapons change? Will money and weapons grow more younger troops?
Ukraine is running out of men!
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Today 10:17 am JST
> So a war of attrition were Ukraine has less men, less available men, less weapons, less ammunition, sounds like pie in the sky dreaming that Russia will run out before Ukraine.
> Which is why the house of representatives should vote on the Ukraine aid package. If they have a vote, it will pass, because a majority support it.
> In the long run, helping Ukraine would be better than the US being drawn into a war with a NATO Baltic country, I am sure you would agree
Your phone has a calculator function, use it!
Russia producing 125,000 shells a month (USA numbers) Europe hasn't reached 40,000 a month as a whole, the USA says it will reach 80,000 in 2025 again western number which also says Russia will reach 200,000 a month by 2025.
Russian population and available manpower is 3 times Ukrainian pre invasion 4 times or more presently!
People forget that the parts "retaken" bu Ukraine happened when Russia had only sent in 200,000 and Ukraine had 700,000 troops.
This is something the west and Ukraine often forget to mention!
Now Russia has 600,000 in Ukraine more weapons more ammunition more men and despite wishful thinking that will not change even if the USA passes the money permission today.
Any help authorized today won't arrive for at least 6 months to a year.
Russia by that time will be dealer in Ukraine!
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Today 09:42 am JST
> I wouldn't call that a victory.
> Denial of reality doesn't change it.
> Exactly! 50,000 troops
Did you or Ukraine make that number up?
We will add it to the rest, ghost of Kyiv, avdiivka isn't strategic, Ukraine only lost 30,000 to 40,000, summer offensive is going as planned and Ukraine broke through......
Russia has increased it troop numbers, its ammunition, tanks etc...this is according to the USA, UK EU, etc...
While Ukraine in June 2022 Ukraine's army had nearly 700,000 with the average age of 30 today according to the west it is 500,000 and the average age is 43.
Do the math Ukraine has losr far more Men.
Next, "it is a war if attrition" this us what you and all the others claim and Ukraine is winning!
Well population, Ukraine pre invasion population was 1/3 that of Russian, 12 to 15 million have left since then including 650,000 to 800,000 men of fighting age (USA/UK figures).
The USA and the west admit that Russia is out producing the west in ammunition tanks etc...
So a war of attrition were Ukraine has less men, less available men, less weapons, less ammunition, sounds like pie in the sky dreaming that Russia will run out before Ukraine.
Remember the great summer offensive?
Well Ukraine was given tons of weapons and they failed to get past one town at best which today the Russians are already in Robotyne in less than a week after restarting the push.
Ukrainian troops pull back beyond the tank line near verbove, and it is looking bad for the tiny gains Ukraine made in the great summer offensive where they lost 30% of their equipment (USA number again) to gain one town that they are now losing.
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A step in the right direction but careful not to step in the same caveat as many western countries.
My ex-wife reneged on the child support we "amicably" agreed upon at The time of the divorce (she cheated, she was making 4 times more money).
I had the children but broke and no family in Japan to help.
But Canada blocked our leaving for Canada based on its interpretation of the Hague convention and Canadian dual custody.
I needed her signature to get the children's Canadian passports, her permission to move to Canada which she decided not to do unless I paid her for it all and I am not talking a few hundred thousand yen but in the tens of million yen. (Which I didn't have but she expected my parents to sell their house to pay her)
So my children for their "protection" according to the Canadian government remained in Japan in basic poverty like many other single parents, and it is even worse for a gaijin single parent!
I know many friends in Canada that the ex despite not paying the bulk of the cost for the children were blocked from getting a higher paying job in a different location because the ex refused to give permission to move beyond a certain distance.
Included in any changes should be, if the ex spouse without primary custody blocks the one with primary custody, then they should have to pay the difference in pay or lost revenue for blocking!
In Japan this can be a big deal, if one parent is the primary caregiver and they are transferred for example from Tokyo to Osaka they usually must do so or lose their job.
If the other parent blocks the primary caregiver from moving and they suffer lose of revenue or lose their job then the one blocking should be responsible to pay.
This is not a vindictive thing this is a way of assuring that the children have a proper home, and do not suffer loss or end up in poverty.
My view is strictly based on what is best for the children.
Yes being able to interact with both parents is important but if that results in the living conditions being less than ideal then doing what is best for the livelihood of the children should be the priority!
I speak from experience, children are not stupid, it doesn't matter how much I tried hiding things, they knew went the rents was late and utilities not paid and they suffered the stress of wondering if they would end up homeless.
I always managed in the end but had we been able to return to Canada they would have not had such stress, a good job was waiting, a house was available, family to help me care for them etc...
The new law needs to be balanced with common sense for what will benefit the children more and that is not always a few days a month or even a week with the other parent but is sometimes material things like housing, schools, extracurricular activities, etc... things that will better prepare them for their future!
0 ( +2 / -2 )
Today 11:11 am JST
> Whats your take on the impending Avdeevka fall to the convict rabble army? I think Antique is right when he says thats a way bigger deal than a hit on the landing ship, don't you?
> Nope. And definitely not worth the massive loss of Russia troops and equipment
I did a quick calculation of all the tanks and troops Ukraine claims to have destroyed or killed from the start to today in Avdiivka.
And if true they have destroyed more tanks than western analysts and the USA government said Russia had in stock!
Amazing I guess Russia now has a minus inventory of tanks!
It always amazes me how people are so willing to swallow the propaganda from the side they support.
This goes equally for the pro Russians that make up just as main fanciful claims.
-3 ( +2 / -5 )
Today 10:54 am JST
AntiqueSavings- what about you, what is your guess as to the next member of the ever-shrinking BSF to be sent to eternity? Bonus points if you can guess the method by which it is destroyed
My guess isn't a ship, it is Avdiivka which the Ukrainians according to the USA have lost more men and equipment than Russia.
It will fall, next Heorivka, probably followed by Ivanivske and Chavi yard.
But hey that could all change if as Ukraine is worried about The massive Russian buildup in Zaporizhzhia turn into a full scale attack!
You should try looking at proper reports from the war and not only what you want to hear.
I suggest suriyak maps q neutral report or Deep state ua a pro Ukrainian one.
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Not even close. And the cost in men and machinery for Avdiivka alone isn't even close to being worth it. If I was to give a fair assessment of Avdiivka, I would say it was Russia's biggest failure in the war to date.
I guess you like only the news you want to believe.
Avdiivka is a strategic place for Ukraine, thus why they had so much invested in it!
Look at the map if you really did!
Donetsk is right next to it and it was the main point of attack on Donetsk a major city under Russian control.
Avdiivka is also the last major defendable position for a wide area, if it falls a large portion of Ukrainian territory is open to Russia without good defendable locations.
As for losses, even the USA and UK are saying Ukraine has lost far more troops trying to hold Avdiivka than Russia has taking it!
Not me saying this but Ukrainian allies.
The reason Zelenski refused to let Zaluzhnyi pull back from Avdiivka is because it meant pulling way way back to the next place far behind the lines that Ukraine can defend with any possibility of holding which is Kostiantynivka and would mean a huge loss of territory.
Instead Zelenski ordered more men into the avdiivka meat grinder and fire Zaluzhnyi.
I don't care about which side is right or wrong!
I point out the facts that Soo many here refuse to even look at!
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Russia is hurting in the Black Sea and it means they have to hide their ships. The can't control the grain corridor. So not even close to equivalent.
Ask yourself this simple question:
If Ukraine loses the land battle and Russia takes territory possibly advancing all the way to Odessa will the above you wrote be of any importance?
My view is no!
If Ukraine loses its southern territory and access to the black sea, then Russia wins and it can return to rebuilding the fleet to full strength.
Again pinpricks that change nothing at the front, where Ukraine is losing territory daily!
-2 ( +3 / -5 )
Today 10:33 am JST
Does any of what you say change the situation on the ground at the front?
Will the sinking of one landing ship (remember that it is not a battleship but a landing ship) change the situation that Avdiivka is now basically cut off Mar'inka has fallen, Heorivka is about to fall, Ukraine is reporting a massive amounts of Russian troops built up on the Zaporizhzhia front and that all reports are saying Ukrainian units are a nearly half strength.
Will the sinking of this ship change any off the above?
-1 ( +3 / -4 )
Today 09:54 am JST
Let's see if your professor is correct once things get going!
He forgot to mention that 99% of grain was shipped via land and only a single ship has left Ukraine!
"As for the defensive plan, the areas where they can operate safely are restricted. There are fewer opportunities to bomb Ukraine with missiles. They've lost logistically important landing ships... making it harder to supply Crimea."
Russia doesn't supply much by sea to Crimea it is by land,
I guess the recent missile attacks reported and you commented on didn't happen, right?
The destruction reported by even Ukraine of a staging ground with thousands of troops in Selydove located far behind the front was done by birds? No missiles!
It is interesting that Ukraine made this annoncent just after western news published this:
Reuters also reported the same as well as others!
The timing is interesting seeing this same ship was damaged last year and Ukraine initially claimed they sank it!
And it hurst Russia militarily as well:
Pinpricks! No different than firing V2 at British targets.
It doesn't change the situation at the front!
Ukraine is sending paper armies to the front, calling something at half strength a brigade, etc.. doesn't make it so!
USA, UK and EU analysts are pointing out most Ukrainian units are at half strength or less but the Ukranian propaganda will say " we sent in XYZ unit, brigade etc.." omitting the fact they are at half strength, therefore not actually a brigade etc ...
I know facts certain people here don't like are all called "Russian" propaganda but when pro Ukrainian western news is saying it, when Deepstate ua. (Ukrainian government sanctioned site) is showing it on their maps, you cannot keep going on about Russian propaganda.
Look at the map for yourself or at least try to!
-1 ( +3 / -4 )
Today 07:56 am JST
I wonder which ship of the Black Sea Fleet is the next to meet its maker? Should start a pool.
But lets also have a pool on a more important measurement of the war, which town or city will be next to fall into the hands of the Russians.
This is a great "distraction" article and it works judging by the comments here.
"Look look look over there we sank a ship, no no no don't look at the land battle look over there at the far away from the facts on the ground"
That is what this article is, an attempt to distract from the imminent loss of Avdiivka and the rest in the actual battlefield.
-3 ( +3 / -6 )
Is this article a joke?
The black fleet has over 80 ships, Ukraine claims to have "destroyed" 25 but a good number of those have been seen still around but damaged not destroyed, the vast majority of the ships destroyed were smaller vessels like tugboats etc...
This is an attempted to distract from reality.
Sinking a few ships is like V1 and V2 hitting London, makes for good propaganda but doesn't change the reality on the ground.
While the frontline on land has remained largely static,
Why not report on the real important part of the war?
Avdiivka is now split in two, Russian has cut nearly all resupply roads into the town and is just a few hundred kilometers from full encirclement.
Russia is advancing on nearly all fronts, bother Ukrainian reports and Russian reports are saying Russia has amassed a very large force on the Zaporizhzhia front (those that don't know, the area of the Ukrainian failed summer offensive).
Mar'inka has fallen, Heorivka is now half taken,etc...
So one more ship destroyed, is that going to change anything on the ground at the front?
Russia gained more territory in 2023 than Ukraine did in it's vaunted summer offensive and since the beginning of January has taken even more and is doesn't look like that trend is about to stop.
Zaluzhnyi knew this and wanted to save men and equipment by a strategic withdrawal of Avdiivka.
But "fight to the last man" Bahkmut method Zelenski and Syrskyi instead poured in more troops including what western news called elite units (they omitted to use the name Azov when translating from the Ukrainian article) which by their own account got hit hard.
Now the main defenders are in danger of being fully encircled and cut off from supplies like in Maruipol another fight to the last man order from Zelenski.
Zaluzhnyi was Ukraine's best hope, Zelenski has no place in war he knows nothing and Syrskyi is a butcher of his own men.
-3 ( +3 / -6 )
Today 05:47 pm JST
Are all these fathers dead? Surely they are required to pay for their children until the age of 18
Simple answers are no and no.
Under the system here in most cases a single payment may be made or an agreed monthly payment but once the divorce is done, family court has basically no real capability of enforcement.
I know I made the "amicable" divorce with a written support agreement and after multiple times and water money I honestly was never able to get the children's mother ( who is very very well off) to pay her agreed monthly support!
The system is still in the Edo/Meiji world.
One parent takes the children the other moves on to a new life!
Remember PM Koizumi, he got divorced, he took both sons had his sister and family raise them, his ex-wife never had any contact again and she was pregnant with their third son and he never had contact with him and the 2 sons his family was raising never had contact with their brother who was being raised by their mother.
The problem here is that those in power will not or do not want to change the rules/law.
This applies to paternity using DNA, dual custody, child support, etc... and we all know why, because it would all impact on the men as they could no longer just walk away and ignore responsibility.
0 ( +2 / -2 )
Today 06:07 pm JST
I won't say it is not important
> But there are so many other things to do Chief
Yes like cutting government waste and corporate cost!
And eliminating this waste of time and money of changing names and everything that follows would give government workers and company HR more time to work on more important things!
-3 ( +1 / -4 )
A few points!
Even though the government recently said certain professionals could keep their birth name (not change surname such as doctors lawyers etc..) the powers that be have final say and in many cases used the "clause" :
If they are well known or changing will affect their professional acknowledgements.
In other words if the government decides the woman doctor doesn't have enough of a professional "reputation" they have been known to reject her keeping her surname.
For businesses and government not changing names makes fiscal sense!
Think about the cost!
Every time someone has to change their name, the company has to change everything related to that name, change email and keep the old one also to make sure things get sent to the new email, health insurance, pension, bank accounts, passport, driver's license, etc...all need to be changed and that cost in time and in directly in money.
Then add in the 35% divorce rate and the right to change back to their birth surname and we get all the same cost again with more wasted time for going to the passport office, reestablishing the koseki, etc...
It also puts an undo burden mostly on women who end up losing credit rating they built up prior to marriage and now have to restart creating a new credit history because in most cases everything is shifted to the spouse's surname and after a number of years the past birth surname information/credit rating is lost in the mix!
Not changing names would help many mostly women retain and build their business portfolio without confusion.
My wife was well established in her field, her name is a very big part of her reputation before she met me, when she contacts people her name means something, her reputation precedes her initial contact.
If she suddenly was to have to take my name then things would be like starting from scratch, (funny enough marrying a foreigner she had the right to keep her surname) .
Imagine now she calls or contacts:
"This is Yoko Tanaka from blah blah blah"
Her name and connection to blah blah blah is well known.
"Hello this is Yoko Smith from blah blah blah, I used to be Yoko Tanaka......"
Thankfully she didn't have to deal with this because I am not Japanese.
But many if her friends have and were not pleased and yes it hurt them professionally.
-4 ( +0 / -4 )
Lennon's post-Beatles work would never had been the same or of similar impact if he was totally solo.
You are correct! He might have actually made something good!
-10 ( +4 / -14 )
Ono was like most of the so-called artists I have met in Japan especially the women!
Rich father paying for it all and not able to live in her so-called art.
Daddy paid for living expenses, exhibitions travel etc...
Easy to be an "artist" when you don't need to actually sell anything!
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Mc should have been less focused on gender/biological sex and more in the "single" part!
As a single father it was no better, perhaps worse in many cases.
At the beginning of being single, the single parent subsidy was only available to women, when the law changed the cities made it near impossible for men to apply or get it with constantly being told
"why don't you get a better paying job, your a man"
To make matters worse single mothers could at least get a lower office worker job not good pay but they could leave on time to pick up their children from daycare etc..
No such option for men.
I and several single fathers I knew lost several jobs as we were told "No" to leaving on time I was even fired for leaving because my son was rushed by ambulance to the hospital and an emergency surgery!
City, school officials, employers would constantly tell me and other single fathers to:
" find a new wife to take care of the children and get a better job"
I don't know a single father that was ever able to satisfy the city criteria for single parent support!
The stigma of single parents in Japan is not just reseverd to women but also men, certain things may vary but the results are the same!
But the biggest difference was with the government.
Watching the social workers and single parent aid section treat the women as needing help and with compaction then the sound of disgust when a single father was there needing help was an eye opener.
It was nit just me but I know several other Japanese men that got the same treatment.
All of us got told to " find a wife" from daycare teacher, to employers some going as far to try and "arrange" marriages between us and single mothers with the comments.
" it will be better for both of you and the children"
The above happened in government daycare and elementary school and was by both teachers and school directors.
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I have seen trained birds make better "art"!
As for music, two cars fighting are more musical, look for the video of Chuck Berry, John Lennon and Yoko playing together and check out the face of Berry as Yoko "Sings"! The pain is obvious!
3 ( +14 / -11 )
So high interest rates didn't help, the IMF was pushing Japan to make all our lives and businesses to function harder by paying higher rates.
Japan refused and it is doing fine, now the IMF says that because and despite not raising rates the economy is improving and inflation lower again Japan should raise interest rates!
But the USA, Canada etc...raised rates and all it did was raise consumer prices, mortgage payment, rents and hinder businesses trying to expand or stay afloat.
And now those higher rates remaining is causing problems on the stock markets.
I may not have a degree in finance but it seems a simple thing to see!
If my mortgage rates go up, my other spending goes down, and that means I buy less which means the businesses I was buying from revenue goes down so they need to cut something out like workers or raise prices.
If those businesses rates go up then they cut employees and raise prices which means I will buy even less.
etc. etc. etc.
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I remember when certain women in Australian sports spoke out in their objection to trans-women competing against born female, they all got doxxed!
People showed up at their homes, place if employment, harassed them on the street, etc...
These were widely reported, but nothing was done!
Why wasn't something done back then?
-3 ( +4 / -7 )
Today 04:56 pm JST
Why didn't they ban this before? Only now?
> Very few nations have laws against "doxxing". They should : it is cowardly and dangerous, and targets those who have nothing to do with events on the other side of the world.
You didn't answer the question!
Certain groups with certain mentality on both the far left and far right and especially the cancel culture supporters have been doxxing people they disagree with for years now and no one did anything!
So again why now? Why only after this particular group was the target.
I remember after 9/11 all over the western world, doxxing of another group (including in Australia) was common, why wasn't it a problem then or why wasn't it urgent then to do something?
All over Australia and north America those perceived to support Russia have complained about doxxing but nothing was done!
So why now?
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