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Posted in: New Zealand to apologize for 'racist' historic police raids in 1970s See in context

So yes it is a hot topic because it was a textbook description of racism: if group A is considered a group because of how people look, it is racism.

Okay, help me work through this. Say I'm a copper working on immigration violations and an informant passes on intel that a bunch of Samoan illegals have gone to ground in the local Samoan community. Not knowing exactly where the illegals are, I instruct my team to go door-to-door in the Samoan community to root them out. Should I go rousting the Chinese and Indians too justto make up the numbers?

it was a textbook description of racism: if group A is considered a group because of how people look, it is racism.

No. Racism is a judgement value based on skin color or race. If A thinks B is inferior based on B's skin color or race, that is racism. If A thinks A is superior to B based on A's skin color or race, that is likewise racism.

Acting on intel that there might be Samoan illegals in the Samoan community is NOT racism because there is no judgement value. In NZ, being Samoan or of Samoan heritage is not in itself a crime (I think).

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Posted in: New Zealand to apologize for 'racist' historic police raids in 1970s See in context

Maybe imagining the Japanese police knocking at 4am on the door of every caucasian-looking person in the country, raiding all the pubs in Tokyo and the clubs in Roppongi every night,

If cops were given intel that group A contained or was even sympathetic towards a sizeable group of lawbreakers, it would be negligent of them not to act upon said intel. And, as for the aggression, if those illegals are in the habit of making a run for it like a visa overstayer might, you are going to need the hounds to make chase.

This is only a hot topic because of the race/victim angle being worked.

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Posted in: New Zealand to apologize for 'racist' historic police raids in 1970s See in context

Ardern said the notorious "dawn raids" were carried out by police and immigration officials seeking to identify and deport visa overstayers.

Imagine being roused from you beds at daybreak. The horror!

Minister for Pacific Peoples William Sio, who has a Samoan background, said the raids were "racist and discriminatory".

Translation: the illegals in my community deeply resented being subjected to immigration law.

Sio fought back tears as he described his own family's experiences.

"The memories are etched in of my father being helpless... someone knocking at your door in the early hours of the morning with a flashlight in your face, disrespecting the owner of our home," he said.

"An Alsatian dog frothing at the mouth, wanting to come in without any respect for the people who live there. It was quite traumatizing."

Pure melodrama. Or is it supposed to be farce? 3/10

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Posted in: Historic Asakusa shopping street in danger as Taito Ward calls for shop evictions See in context

The question is what the government is trying to do with these plot of lands. That place attract both tourists and locals, so there is definitely something behind the government move to evict these shops.

Whatever it is, we can be sure that it will involve concrete. Lots of concrete.

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Posted in: American father, son to go on trial for helping Ghosn flee Japan See in context

Ghosn ate up all the tatemae they served him..

Indeed. Ghosn's colossal ego was his downfall... the Japanese were blowing smoke up his rear all along and he couldn't see it.

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Posted in: Fans told to 'respect' England players over kneeling row See in context

Southgate came out and said that players who refuse to take the knee are not welcome in his squad.

Pure Communism.

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Posted in: Fans told to 'respect' England players over kneeling row See in context

England is the only team in the whole of the Euros which is getting on their knees... let's hope Croatia keep them there.

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Posted in: Hurdles remain to getting ex-nurses involved in vaccine rollout See in context

The woman, who feels frustrated every time she sees a media report about the shortage of personnel to administer vaccines, is now looking for a job on the condition that she only works while her child is attending preschool.

Well, okay, you can't administer jabs with your sprog tearing around.

She also wants to work at a clinic rather than a group vaccination site due to fear of being infected by the virus, but so far has been unable to find a job that meets her requirements.

Sounds like a cop-out. You know the type: "Sure, I'll do it if conditions a, b, c... oh and x, y, z are fulfilled." It's like Heracles negotiating with the Oracle at Delphi.

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Posted in: Booing of anti-racism gesture reinforces need to take a knee See in context

Good for the players protesting racism and bigotry that is so prevalent in the UK and EU.

And yet millions in the developing world risk their lives daily to enter Europe. Why, if it is so bad?

Truth and ideology never made good bedfellows.

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Posted in: Japanese company develops no-contact touch panels for hospitals See in context

Japanese company develops no-contact touch panels for hospitals

Gee, that is clever. Now if only someone had invented touchless panels.

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Posted in: Booing of anti-racism gesture reinforces need to take a knee See in context

Professional athletes have a unique platform to highlight social injustices and bigotry.

In that case, perhaps they could start by refusing to endorse sponsors who goods are produced in sweat shops, and, for that matter, boycott the Qatari World Cup which is itself built on slave labour.

Nope. They won’t do anything that hits the bottom line. Empty gestures are fine, of course.

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Posted in: Four decades on, where's the HIV vaccine? See in context

This is a well known fact and it is what killed boxer Tommy Morrison.

There are claims that Morrison faked his blood tests, so I would take this with a very large pinch of salt. He may not even have been taking his meds.

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Posted in: Suga refers to Taiwan as country, drawing fire from China See in context

The entire free world has Taiwans back

The entire free world is being bought up with its own money. By China.

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Posted in: Uber Eats deliverer arrested for exposing himself inside convenience store See in context

Reading this article, I am reminded of that timeless Canadian classic movie, Porky’s.

I think I have a way out of this. We, uh, call the police, and we have 'em send over one of their sketch artists. And Miss Suzuki can give a description. We can put up "Wanted" posters all over Kyoto... "Have you seen this tallywhacker? Report immediately to Kyoto police. Do not attempt to apprehend this tallywhacker, as it is armed and dangerous. It was last seen hanging out in Seven Eleven on Shijo-dori.

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Posted in: Uber Eats deliverer arrested for exposing himself inside convenience store See in context

Filthbag. Sounds like he is a serial offender too. Lock the creep away.

Maybe it's just desperation? Despite being active as a courier, it would appear that no-one is prepared to take delivery of his package.

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Posted in: Uber Eats deliverer arrested for exposing himself inside convenience store See in context

Well, that's one way of clearing the line for the register, that's for sure.

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Posted in: Nikon to end camera body production in Japan by end of year See in context

Smartphone cameras have reached the point where they are good enough for casual photography, and this includes the post-processing software available on the phones. Besides, who wants to lug a heavy camera around with them all the time?

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Posted in: LGBTQ groups, supporters rally in Tokyo for equal rights See in context

It’s a little peculiar that you care. Perhaps you would like a dress code?

If you would like your cause to be taken seriously, might suggest not leaving the house looking like the aftermath of a clown's stag party.

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Posted in: LGBTQ groups, supporters rally in Tokyo for equal rights See in context

Peculiar, isn't it, that for all talk of diversity, LGBTQI activists all dress in the same gaudy manner - like Tarzan, who, having found Jane's handbag, decides to eat her lipstick. We are told that male and female are "spectrums" and that anything goes and yet the aparrel, costumes, manner and general appearance of LGBTQI activists is about as diverse as the ubiquitous McDonald's arches.

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Posted in: Osaka thanks fans for support after French Open departure See in context

What must be gulling for grand slam tennis.

Did Naomi attempt to discus this with tournament officials before announcing her intentions on social media?

She does seem to have put professional tennis in her crosshairs, but why?

We are seeing a trend of celebrities who, while nevertheless being at the top of their game, claim victimhood and trash their chosen professions. I think it is a cynical ploy of one-upmanship, and Naomi thinks she should be pro-tennis' rule maker.

I, on the other hand, think Osaka has gotten too big for her breeches.

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Posted in: American arrested on suspicion of smuggling cannabis oil See in context

Customs officials said the cannabis oil was in two bottles marked hair treatment.

Looking to put a little more grass on the fairway...?

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Posted in: Facebook suspends Trump for 2 years See in context

and a Nobel Prize

Yeah, for being black. O’bomber certainly wasn’t the humanitarian - ask the Afghans.

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Posted in: 'Girl from Ipanema:' Re-imagining a classic for today's Rio See in context

The girl from Ipanema was “tall and slender”.

Perhaps they should entitle this “The girl who ate the girl from Ipanema.”?

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Posted in: Facebook suspends Trump for 2 years See in context

How long before big tech cancels all non-Democrat voters? When China opened up in the early eighties, it was prophesied that the country would become more like the West. Au contraire - the West is becoming more like China.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested over hotel stabbing that left woman dead, man injured See in context

I assume no, so what? Don´t you have anything in your past that you keep private?

What a way to miss the point. I am sure that if you had sex for money in a past life, your wife would be filing divorce papers any time around about now.

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Posted in: Panda's possible pregnancy delivers stocks bump See in context

All pandas, wherever they may be, are property of China. * them.

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Posted in: Osaka still top-earning female athlete ever: Forbes See in context

She's not even the #1 tennis player in the world but I will admit her marketing team is top notch. How else would she attract all these endorsements? It is not as if she is particularly likeable.

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Posted in: Talk of Trump 2024 run builds as legal pressure intensifies See in context

Trump was quite simply by all accounts and measures the absolute worst president in American history.

Worse than Nixon or Carter? I don't think so.

Trump is and was a blowhard, but put his rhetoric and your own blinkers aside, what did he actually do that was so terrible?

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested over hotel stabbing that left woman dead, man injured See in context

I know a girl who financed her degree at Waseda by working at deli health.

I wonder if hubby knows she worked at the delicatessen?

It is not uncommon for female students to pay their way through college by way of the sex trade. I knew a girl who worked sex chat lines - devout Chrisitan, too, LOL!

Still, one would think that a chance encounter with a lunatic is something of an occupational hazard for sex workers, along with lifestyle diseases.

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