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Posted in: The right way to run Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS hearing See in context

Trump put forward Kavanaugh expressly because Kavanaugh now claims presidents should be above the law. 

Wow! You and The Donald must be best buds to know that. I’m impressed. Bigly.

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Posted in: Russia, Turkey, Iran fail to agree on ceasefire for Syria's Idlib See in context

Thanks for the lengthy history lesson Ike-in-Tokyo-from-89 but is it about Syria???

Russia may be able to dominate Syria now and in future, but most likely will be seen by those opposing its presence as an invading force. 

As long as Russia's in Syria (yes, I know Russia was 'invited'), there will be fighting. The wars fought for control of oil and gas continue for the benefit of the .01%, the oil and gas sheikhs, czars, titans, their global financial backers, and the big war industries worldwide.

I think that since 2015 Russia has rotated about 70,000 troops in and out of Syria (AP reported this recently). I don’t consider that an invasion and locals may not either - unless they’re ISIS supporters. The Russians learned their lesson in Afghanistan and had a refresher in Chechnya: keep the numbers small and provide support.

As for “wars fought for control of oil and gas”, Russia has an abundance of both. To deny Syrian oil and gas or the transport of such via Syria to the West? The USA is again a major exporter.

Propoganda or not, I think Putin is the only leader who has said it’s time for Syrians in Europe to go home. Amen. Why? Because they ARE Syrians and they can rebuild their devastated cities. If that aid comes from Russia and not the West, let Russia reap the rewards.

@asakaze

There were no "starvation of Ukrainians", there was a huge famine that affected not only Ukraine, but other parts of the USSR as well. 

... for many of the same reasons.

As Ike-in-Tokyo-from-89 said it was Soviet policy. I gather it was not ethnically driven, but ideologically driven - take from the “rich” and give to the State. Many of the dead happened to be Ukrainians.

I believe Nikita Khrushchev, a Ukrainian himself, survived well enough.

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Posted in: Obama, Meghan McCain rebuke Trump in tribute to fallen senator See in context

Obama in a pulpit preaching to the choir. LOL.

I know, Katsu78, I know... (pat, pat) I know ...

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Posted in: 930,000 Japanese teens addicted to internet: survey See in context

Katsu78: Do you have teenage children? It doesn’t sound like it. If only on-line games were the sole cause ...

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Posted in: Former Vice President Biden salutes McCain as 'a brother' See in context

What a wonderful final humiliation of Traitor Trump by a true American hero. 

“... a true American hero.” How American and unintentionally ironic your statement is.

Like JFK, John McCain had an excellent spin doctor as co-author for his autobiography.

McCain seems to have ignored, or forgotten, warnings from superiors about how to approach a heavily defended (primarily with AAA) target near Hanoi and as a consuquence was shot down. To some degree he cooperated with his interrogators. Given that he was badly injured on ejecting from his plane, that cooperation may be understandable. His refusal to be released earlier than other fliers is indeed praiseworthy. But, he did get himself into the mess and that demanded fixing.

JFK’s loss of the PT-109 through negligence should have led to being cashiered out of the navy. As his father was the former American Ambassador to the UK and ambitious for his son’s post-war political future, that could not be allowed to happen hence the story of his (truly) heroic rescue of his crew. If he had done his job, they wouldn’t have needed rescue.

The experiences of these two icons are remarkably similar.

But, as men, R.I.P..

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Posted in: Trump still fuels racial divide a year after Charlottesville See in context

My personal view is that the more we learn about neuroscience and how the brain functions, the more likely it is that we will discover an innate biological underpinning to racism (just like many other human behaviours).

If proven, ”an innate biological underpinning” might leave actual perpetrators of racially inspired violence off the hook. “The devil DNA made me do it.” Not good enough.

Is there anyone who thinks that people who hold what may be considered “racist” views by some cannot restrain themselves from acting them out? Most people can and do. That’s tolerance.

My personal view is that the more often people restrain themselves, the more likely they are to not act with intolerance.

Let the intolerant at both ends of the spectrum duke it out. MSM needs to provide jobs for reporters.

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Posted in: Japan to raise maximum age for new recruits to boost dwindling military ranks See in context

Reminds me of an old take-off of a US Army recruiting poster:

“Join the Army; travel to exotic, distant lands; meet exciting, unusual people and kill them.”

In the LSDF case, I hope this is never used.

Is there a downside to recruiting even fit 32-year olds?

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

Utorsa:

Giggling on camera before announcing the mass murder of civilians with a nuclear weapon is a clear indicator of his mental state. 

...and...

Truman's own words reveal his psychology. Upon learning the news of the destruction of Hiroshima, Truman remarked, "This is the greatest thing in history."

As I wrote earlier, no one knows why he chucked BEFORE the filming. Please don’t pretend again that you know.

”Greatest”?

Best, as you might have it or biggest as I take it.

I quote myself and add a correction:

But, for someone to think with so little evidence that anyone (even Truman) would find the death of so many people assuming is... Well, it’s hard to describe that psychology. 

Not “assuming”, but “amusing” (auto spell was on).

By “someone” I meant you and by “that psychology” I meant yours.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

Ike-in-Tokyo (?):

I watched the clip. Truman was chuckling. Why? Utorsa, you don’t know why. No context is provided. You just tried to fit it into your narrative. It’s an editing technique propagandists use.

utorsa:

Truman giggled prior to announcing the mass murders at Hiroshima. Context is provided. You just tried to avoid it. It's a technique propagandists use.

I’d like to weigh in. I looked at the film clip too. Truman “chuckled” or “giggled”. Whatever.

If Truman had done so AFTER his speech I would unreservedly support Utorsa’s claim.

However, Truman did this BEFORE his speech. I think it’s safe to assume that something was said to him shortly before the speech that made him laugh. I have no idea what that might have been.

But, for someone to think with so little evidence that anyone (even Truman) would find the death of so many people assuming is ... Well, it’s hard to describe that psychology. Maybe you would like to explain it. I’m drawing a blank.

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl dies from heatstroke after being left in car See in context

Why not implant a nanochip

Make that “Nannychip”.

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl dies from heatstroke after being left in car See in context

they had forgotten she was in the car.

Yeh. Ya got 10 kids and ya lose track of one or two. Happens all the time.

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Posted in: Film inclusion report says rhetoric doesn't equal results See in context

Some people don't want equality, as they know it will highlight their own shortcomings when they have competition for work, status etc.

Equality of opportunity, yes. Equality of outcome is not possible except through coercion.

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Posted in: Trump says 'very happy' with progress in NKorea talks See in context

The dictators Putin, Xi and Trump still are at large.

Xi and Trump are very large but don’t think Putin is.

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Posted in: Trump says 'very happy' with progress in NKorea talks See in context

please give your source stating that there are indeed American nuclear weapons in South Korea.

Don't have to! In society today, a person just passing along something they think they heard from someone somewhere is enough for it to be a fact and it's on everyone else to prove them wrong even when they are right or wrong.

No logic to that is there?

Nailed the problem. BTW, Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un are expecting. Just what and when isn’t clear.

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Posted in: U.S. launches campaign to erode support for Iran's leaders See in context

I look forward to coverage of American collusion hearings from Teheran. Uncle Sam is the Great Satan making him more evil than Putin.

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Posted in: Man arrested for death of friend he threw into Dotombori River See in context

The difference between “acquaintance” and “friend” is rather important. Or was the victim neither?

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Posted in: Scarlett Johansson quits transgender role after LGBT backlash See in context

“Rub and Tug”. About a woman running a prostitution business under cover of a massage parlor who then decides she’s really a man. Who woulda thunk?

Maybe Ms. Johansson just thought the script sucked and bailed out. Calling it an ethical decision on her part is Hollywood-style win-win.

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Posted in: Trump criticizes May, London mayor, giant balloon mocking him See in context

But Trump is ornanger than Hubbard.

I’m with you. Trump is indeed “ornanger”. More “ornanger” than any other president.

What’s “ornanger” mean?

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Posted in: Trump criticizes May, London mayor, giant balloon mocking him See in context

They were free to do so. Wonder why they didn't?

Well, let’s see. Could be that the Democratic Party convention chose the right person in 2008: a person-of-color (though he lived culturally as a white male most of his life and discovered his blackness somewhat late) trumped a “progressive” white woman. What reporter or journalist who wanted to keep his job would attack the nation’s first black president in the often rabid manner Trump is attacked? Zero.

Trump, on the other hand, is an acceptable target for politically correct media: white, male, rich, perhaps not personally likeable, arrogant and (openly - unlike many other politicians of different parties) full of himself.

Or maybe ... Barach Obama was just a swell guy. Oops. Forgot. He’s from Chicago.

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Posted in: After talks with Pompeo, N Korea accuses U.S. of 'gangster-like' demands See in context

”You dirty rat ... you dirty rat ... you killed my brudder!”

Sums the guy up. I don’t recall Trump having a sibling murdered.

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Posted in: Scarlett Johansson's plans to play trans man spurs backlash See in context

So I guess trans people shouldn't be allowed to play normal people.

Why not? Trans people are the perfect actors.

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Posted in: Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle See in context

A true breakthrough for minorities everywhere!

The aristocracy leads the way?

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Posted in: NRA endorses curbs on rapid-fire gun devices See in context

All Democratics should now campaign on only one issue: Repeal the second amendment!

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Posted in: Trump's claim Akie Abe wife cannot speak English generates buzz See in context

Northernlife:

Mighty big coming from this baboon wonder if the twat can understand any Japanese.....maybe hes fluent in Russian.

Of course the twat can understand Japanese.

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Posted in: NHK sorry over Hitler T-shirt worn by talk show guest See in context

A broad based international commission should be established (without consideration of expense) to investigate each and every incident in which an image of Hitler appears (no matter how artless it may be) in order to decided for the global public how they should receive it. Clearly, people cannot and should not be allowed to think for themselves and draw their own conclusions.

Not.

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Posted in: KKK holds march in Virginia town See in context

too many white Americans who are not KKK members hold the same racist views

Quantify "too many" and give your source, please. And let me preempt "One is too many". That's trite.

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Posted in: Silicone Sally: Japanese men find true love with sex dolls See in context

I'm late to this article chat but isn't anyone here aware that this is an afp news agency fake pretend article written by a UK tabloid reporter who knows how to tell a tall tale. Most of this article is fake news.

Aren't you aware of irony?

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Posted in: KKK holds march in Virginia town See in context

Is this piece a "news report" or "op-ed"?

The KKK is a joke. It's only use is to give SJWs something to fear.

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Posted in: U.S. prepared to use force against N Korea: U.N. envoy See in context

South Korea, long the object of North Korea's military passion, is no longer their target and is unlikely to be hit with nuclear weapons. 

Kim states that he wants a united Korean peninsula under his control. Hit the south with nuclear weapons? What's left to loot?

What would be interesting to see would be the offer of a great powers conference to guarantee the territorial integrity of North Korea.

Perhaps it could be modeled on the Treaty of November 15, 1831 by which Great Britain, France, Austria, Prussia, and Russia guaranteed the perpetual neutrality of Belgium and the integrity and inviolability of its territory. Such an agreement would be more successful than the first for who in the world would want to march an army through NK to attack a third party?

What Kim craves is international respect. It would cost nothing to offer it. If he fails to respond in the hoped for way, nothing lost. Of course, he might simply prefer the position of Caligula (who may have copied it from Tiberius): "oderint dum metuant" (Let them hate me as long as they fear me.) I could live with that and I wouldn't waste any time hating him when all he deserves is ...

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Posted in: Silicone Sally: Japanese men find true love with sex dolls See in context

And this is healthy?

Perhaps not healthy, but apparently very profitable.

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