Clayton K. Char comments

Posted in: China suspends visa issuance to Japanese travelers, industry sources say See in context

Unless the trip to China is to conduct existing business, now is not the time to go. COVID is still rampant and the risk of getting an infection is high. Also, if you are elderly or have a pre-existing condition, you may be risking hospitalization or your life.

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Posted in: North Korea slams Japan's military buildup; vows counteraction See in context

The people of the DPRK can look forward to a new round of starvation when their government diverts more of their country's scarce resources on military spending.

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Posted in: North Korea passes law allowing for nuclear first strike See in context

"The law will allow North Korea to carry out a preventive nuclear strike "automatically" and "immediately to destroy the hostile forces" when a foreign country poses an imminent threat to Pyongyang, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said."

Not the smartest strategy to make public. Instead of serving as a deterrent, it will provide their enemies with justification for nuking them first without warning.

Why wait for them to strike first?

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Posted in: Energy crisis spurs nuclear comeback worldwide See in context

Nuclear energy will always have proponents and opponents. 3-mile island, Chernobyl, and now Fukushima are examples of how dangerous nuclear energy can be and therefore, it is a genuine concern.

However, putting those examples aside, how has nuclear energy performed over the past several decades when it comes to providing safe and reliable electricity for countries worldwide?

Solar energy works only on sunny days unless storage batteries are used. Hydroelectric energy works only when water levels are sufficient. It has been reported that China's Three Gorges Dam has insufficient water levels caused by drought.

Wind energy needs wind and storage batteries.

The biggest drawback of nuclear energy is what to do with nuclear waste. However, new technology to process nuclear waste is on the horizon.

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Posted in: Trump's angry words spur warnings of real violence See in context

From day 1 when Trump was sworn into office, the Democrats have thrown everything at him including the kitchen sink e.g. Steele Dossier, 2 impeachments, and inciting an insurrection on January 6th.

Now it's an FBI search of Mar-a-Lago for classified documents.

Will the Democrats give up? No, Trump is a clear and present danger to their platform of socialist ideas. These ideas allow them to support social programs which will get the beneficiaries voting for Democrats for the rest of their lives.

The understaffed and unprepared Capitol Police allowed the protest to get out of hand. Why did the persons responsible for the Capitol Police retire immediately after January 6th?

Were they brought before the special hearing as witnesses?

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Posted in: Yen slides to 24-year low against dollar See in context

Do you blame Putin and his special operation in the Ukraine, or do you blame America's President Biden for the inflation in the U.S.?

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Posted in: N Korea launches missile toward sea; Kishida calls it threat to peace See in context

Kim Jong Un is feeling ignored. He's re-seeking attention on the world stage.

Firing missiles is his way of getting attention.

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Posted in: Russian invasion shows urgent need for U.N. reform, say scholars See in context

One word best describes the UN, feckless. Former President Trump called the UN out in public but no one would listen.

He also called out NATO allies for not paying their fair share in the percentage of GDP.

We now have a war going on in Russia's invasion of the Ukraine and whether we like it or not the US and NATO are being drawn in.

When your enemy perceives you to be weak, it's when they attack.

Russia's mistake was to underestimate the resolve of the Ukrainians to fight for their country and overestimate the competence of their professional military and the conscripts.

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Posted in: 68-year-old woman arrested over murder of bedridden 46-year-old daughter See in context

Where were the caregivers to assist the mother? Unless a social system is setup to support caregivers, incidents like this one will be occurring more frequently.

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Posted in: France tries Chilean accused of murdering Japanese ex-girlfriend See in context

"a biased accusation with no scientific proof... based on suspicions and conjecture".

When there is no confession by the suspect and no body, circumstantial evidence is used to get a conviction.

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Posted in: Japan overturns decision to cancel U.S. drone acquisition See in context

Reading this article had me confused.

The original decision was to purchase the drones.

A subsequent decision was made to cancel the purchase.

However, the decision to cancel the purchase has now been reversed.

Japan will purchase the drones.

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Posted in: Hamilton wins 3rd straight in chaotic Saudi Arabian F1 race See in context

Verstappen drove like a mad man. His driving bordered on reckless. His style of driving was not entertaining.

It was amazing how Hamilton kept his cool driving on hard compound tires and drove around Verstappen when Verstappen's medium compound tires wore out.

Hamilton's consistency and patience won the day.

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Posted in: Several nations pledge to phase out climate change culprit coal See in context

Great rhetoric! However, without China and India, it will have little effect on climate change. China is continuing to build new coal power plants this year and into the near future years. The country is currently going through a period of energy shortage. Flooded coal mines and dispute with Australia.

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Posted in: Toyota ranked one of worst major automakers for emissions efforts See in context

Greenpeace? They're still around?

Are they still protecting whales?

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Posted in: Joint Chiefs chairman calls Afghan war a 'strategic failure' See in context

A strategic failure in which he participated in.

Why is he still wearing a uniform? He should have resigned.

Biden and his administration officials planned for all contingencies when it came to the military withdrawal. Was a strategic failure one of the planned contingencies?

Blame Trump, the Afghan government, and the Afghan defense force, but don't you dare blame Biden and his administration officials who planned for all contingencies.

They should all be awarded Oscars for playing their parts in this fiasco.

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Posted in: Blinken tells irate Congress the U.S. was ready on Afghanistan See in context

Liar liar pants on fire! Blinken graduated from the school of repeat a lie often enough and people will start to believe that it’s true, even the person telling the lie.

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Posted in: Biden picks Emanuel for Japan ambassador; Burns for China See in context

How does Japan view this appointment? Good or bad?

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Posted in: Palestinians see victory in Gaza truce as Israel warns Hamas See in context

If they see this as a victory, what does a defeat look like?

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Posted in: Suez Canal chief: Vessel impounded amid financial dispute with Japanese owner See in context

What does the Egyptian pilot has to say?

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Posted in: Will Smith slavery film 'Emancipation' ditches Georgia over voting law See in context

All of this fuss over a voter ID. You would have thought that Georgia was the first and only state to require a voter ID while the other 49 states did not require a voter ID.

Advice to all of the protagonists, boycott all states which require a voter ID.

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Posted in: Amazon warehouse workers reject union bid in Alabama See in context

In the beginning, unions provide a great benefit to the workers. Collective bargaining has more leverage than individuals.

However, over time, union leaders provide a great benefit to themselves and not to the workers. This phenomena is not exclusive to unions. It happens to all organizations, for profit, non-profit, local, state, and federal governments.

Unless union workers pay close attention to their unions, workers will end up paying dues and not getting their money's worth.

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Posted in: Barring fans from abroad for Tokyo Olympics creates many questions See in context

The truth be told, it was never about the attendees. It was about the TV revenue from the broadcasters and advertisers.

One problem, will anyone watch the Olympics? Yes, but probably only the diehards which will be a fraction of the usual audience.

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Posted in: 21-year-old woman arrested for sending hundreds of nude selfies to woman in her 70s See in context

I would describe it as infatuation. Infatuation is a powerful and intense feeling one gets over another person. However, it's usually temporary. Apparently this is an exception.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

Wow, both men are over 80 years old! In the U.S., Feinstein is 87, Pelosi is 80, and Biden is 78. Nothing against older people, but it prevents younger people from moving up.

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Posted in: New Zealand investigates new COVID-19 case linked to quarantine facility See in context

"The new case was diagnosed in a person self-isolating at home in Hamilton, a city in the North Island of New Zealand, who was released from a two-week hotel quarantine on Jan. 30 after testing negative twice for the virus."

What now? Apparently the first two test results were faulty due to human or technical errors?

21 day quarantine around the corner?

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Posted in: Trump supporters rally in Tokyo See in context

It's called free speech.

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Posted in: Tokyo District Court upholds ban on dual citizenship See in context

If dual-citizenship were constitutional, how about triple and quadruple citizenship? Slippery slope?

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Posted in: F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Whether you like him or not, Hamilton is an excellent driver. His driving is flawless and he seldom makes a mistake. Consistency in performance is what makes him a champion. More power to him.

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Posted in: Coe supports athletes' right to advocate for social or racial justice at Olympics See in context

The Olympics is not a venue for social or racial justice. It's a venue for amateur sports. If the Olympics is going woke, people will stay away. One only needs to look at the recent NBA finals in the United States. There was a heavy price to pay for the NBA going woke. The Commissioner just announced that next year's NBA will not allow players to express their social and political views on the court. Why? They lost money big time.

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Posted in: Pelosi says U.S. postmaster general has no plans to restore mail cuts See in context

During Obama's 8 years in office, the USPS removed 12,000 plus mailboxes. Not one complaint was made by the Democrats.

Now that the Democrats have decided that mail-in voting is the flavor of the day, they're having a cat fit. They want you to believe that mail-in voting is absentee voting and if you're against it, you are guilty of voter suppression.

Mail-in voting and absentee voting are not the same. Mail-in voting is the mass mailing of ballots to all registered voters i.e. living, dead, those who have moved, etc. Absentee voting is voting by mail after submitting an application for a ballot to the elections office and receiving a ballot by mail.

Over the past decade, first-class mail volumes have dropped in half. Less processing of 1st class mail, but keeping the same amount of employees. Any private business would have gone bankrupt years ago.

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