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Posted in: Trump booed and heckled by raucous crowd at Libertarian convention See in context

Libertarians are supposedly big believers in Marketolatry and can see when business defrauds workers, engages in wage, and to top it off for Trump, steals from undocumented workers the whole faith in free markets breaks down.

https://www.axios.com/2019/04/30/trump-organization-undocumented-workers-new-york-investigation

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Posted in: Trump booed and heckled by raucous crowd at Libertarian convention See in context

Of course that protects the people at the bottom, but if you can get a job from a poor person or a pay raise from a socialist, then let me know.

Or just work for a businessman like Trump and don't get paid!

https://theweek.com/articles/783976/brief-history-trumps-smalltime-swindles

Classic robbing Peter to pay Paul, or a reverse Robin Hood as it were.

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Posted in: Trump booed and heckled by raucous crowd at Libertarian convention See in context

He added: "We should not be fighting each other." He asked libertarians to work with him to defeat Biden, an appeal which was greeted by many boos, although the vast majority in the crowd were fiercely opposed to Biden and his administration.

Because Trump, like most of the right wing libertarians, are libertarians in name only.

They are against government benefits going to the poor, needy, less well-off, universal health care, so-called "entitlements".

But like Trump they love corporate welfare and socialism for the rich and want their businesses to have every government protection and advantage.

https://www.nydailynews.com/2020/10/27/his-corporate-welfare-trump-has-shoveled-cash-to-massive-companies/

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Posted in: Shrine honors cats at Japan island where they outnumber humans See in context

On a small island off Japan’s northeastern coast, visitors make offerings at a shrine for unlikely local guardians: cats.

Following in the footsteps of the Pharaohs.

Tourists are expected to walk up and down the island's hills while visiting.

With a little promotion this could be a must visit and boost the local island economy from the ground up.

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Posted in: A century ago, anti-immigrant backlash almost closed America’s doors See in context

The anti-immigrant American Party, or Know-Nothing ticket, did flourish in the 1850s before imploding over the issue of slavery.

MAGA should definitely rename itself to this.

Truth in advertising.

Trump even proclaimed he loves his poorly educated followers.

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Posted in: Thousands protest against mass tourism in Spain's Balearic Islands See in context

On Friday, about 1,000 protesters took part in a demonstration against mass tourism in Ibiza, one of the most popular Balearic Islands.

I reckon Ibiza sees more broad based economic benefits from tourism than the current tourist boom in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan is changing its yen bills soon, so beware of scam artists, government warns See in context

“Current-design bills can still be used even after the new bills have been issued, so there is no need to exchange your current bills for the new versions. Please be cautious of false claims that ‘Your current bills will become unusable’ and related fraud attempts.”

As they often do, I feel the bureaucracy is patronizing the people of Japan.

Few people will fall for this scam.

On the other hand, when the BOJ tells people that its loose monetary QE policies are to "fight deflation and economic stagnation and will result result in a virtuous cycle of wage growth" instead of just helping boost the assets of large asset holders;

a large proportion of the residents of Japan are scammed.

Fraudsters might also target senior citizens with reduced cognitive functions, and it’s possible scammers could also go after foreign tourists coming to Japan during the country’s unprecedented inbound travel boom by trying to convince them that the money they either brought with them or got at the currency exchange after arriving is no good.

Nice grouping foreigners with the cognitively impaired.

Those scammers better brush up on their English or they won't get far!

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Posted in: Fujitsu and Mizuho leverage AI to track trends in humpback whale migration and promote sustainable tourism for Hachijo island See in context

Fujitsu Limited, Mizuho Financial Group Inc, Mizuho Bank Ltd, Mizuho Research & Technologies Ltd and Hachijo town in Tokyo have announced that Fujitsu will deploy its AI-based image recognition technology in a pilot program to better grasp trends in humpback whale migration in the area, while exploring potential use of this data to promote ethical tourism.

Most probably will have a better return and redound more benefits to the people of Japan than the government lavishing taxpayer supported subsidies to whale slaughtering factory ships.

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Posted in: Mister Donut apologizes for selling 'Meat Pies' that didn’t contain meat See in context

Was the cheese also vegan? No mention of what that was made of.

Good question. Vegan cheeses are a thing and combined with a plant based meat substitute could have made a popular offering for the dietary conscious.

Instead MisDo chose the deceive the customer option for short term profit, knowing there would be no consequences like the family restaurant using a plastic cheese substitute.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/japanese-chain-finds-melamine-in-pizza-official/articleshow/3619536.cms?from=mdr

Business scams can be very profitable when consequences are minimal to none.

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Posted in: Mister Donut apologizes for selling 'Meat Pies' that didn’t contain meat See in context

quote: So they didn't capture the market of non-meat eaters/vegans which they could have with the offering and also mislead the meat lovers.

Vegans don't eat cheese.

I know. But I didn't want to get into the gradations of vegetarianism like the vegans who do not eat root vegetables or those that exclude honey as an animal product and those who do not.

In the case of a food offering that people are using to fulfill their dietary needs, businesses need to be held by a delinquent bureaucracy to a higher standard and precision in terms should be demanded.

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Posted in: Mister Donut apologizes for selling 'Meat Pies' that didn’t contain meat See in context

“We have come to understand that the Melty Four Cheese and Meat Pie, which was sold from October 4, 2023 to April 5, 2024, had no meat in its ingredients, and instead used soy meat. We sincerely apologize for any worry or inconvenience caused by the product’s name inviting misunderstanding.”

These corporate execs whose highly paid jobs could easily be automated away do put their business and econ educations to use in corporate speak to avoid responsibility, which is very easy to do in a legal system that favors corporate negligence like in Japan.

The management "came to understand" the listed ingredient had been substituted after seven months? Does it usually take them this long to come to understand what is in their offerings?

And what about the apology for the "worry or inconvenience caused ", not for mislabeling and negligence?

People who choose with their earnings a labelled meat product and have a plant/soy based product substituted would rightly feel they were defrauded.

And the other way around.

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Posted in: Japanese dog of 'Doge' meme fame dies See in context

The Japanese dog whose photo inspired a generation of oddball online jokes and the $23-billion Dogecoin cryptocurrency beloved by Elon Musk died on Friday, her owner said.

"She quietly passed away as if asleep while I caressed her," Atsuko Sato wrote on her blog, thanking the fans of her shiba inu called Kabosu -- the face of the "Doge" meme.

Rest in Power Kabosu.

Cryptocurrency was promised as a democratization of finance and escaping the control of government and Wall Street.

Atsuko Sato should be a billionaire but the meme and bitcoin have been appropriated as usual by cryptowhales like Musk as another financialized instrument that keeps them flush during highs and lows and just impoverishes smaller investors.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/billionaire-tim-draper-stands-bullish-155523307.html

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Posted in: Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who skewered fast food industry, dies at 53 See in context

After he exposed the fast-food and chicken industries, there was an explosion in restaurants stressing freshness, artisanal methods, farm-to-table goodness and ethically sourced ingredients.

For using the power of film for this he should be remembered.

In one scene, Spurlock showed kids a photo of George Washington and none recognized the Founding Father. But they all instantly knew the mascots for Wendy’s and McDonald’s.

And showing the consequences of neo-liberalism and Marketolatry on the American intellect.

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Posted in: Mister Donut apologizes for selling 'Meat Pies' that didn’t contain meat See in context

“We have come to understand that the Melty Four Cheese and Meat Pie, which was sold from October 4, 2023 to April 5, 2024, had no meat in its ingredients, and instead used soy meat.

So they didn't capture the market of non-meat eaters/vegans which they could have with the offering and also mislead the meat lovers.

Total business fail and leads one to think that a GPT model could do the job of capitalism better that most execs.

Those are some overpaid jobs that could be automated away!

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Posted in: Trump or Biden? Either way, U.S. seems poised to preserve heavy tariffs on imports See in context

After entering office, Biden retained many of Trump’s trade policies. He made no effort to revive Obama’s old Pacific Rim trade pact. He kept Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, while letting some trading partners avoid them until they reached a quota. He retained the China tariffs. Biden turned up the heat on Beijing by restricting its access to advanced computer chips and the equipment to make them.

More duopoly rope a dope as in the title.

Heard an old take that the President of the US is like the manager of McDonald's.

You rant and complain to them when you do not get good service. You can maybe get them fired and replaced.

But you will never talk to the owners. They will carry on with whatever policies maximize their gains without deigning to listen to how you may have been mistreated.

It is the American political economy today.

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Posted in: U.S. applications for jobless benefits fall as labor market continues to thrive See in context

A sign seeking job applicants is displayed at a restaurant in Wheeling, Ill., Thursday, May 16, 2024. On Thursday, May 23, 2024, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Photo is telling. These jobs resisting expensive automation have jobs , jobs, jobs!

Though layoffs remain at low levels, companies have been announcing more job cuts recently, mostly across technology and media. Google parent company Alphabet, Apple and eBay have all recently announced layoffs.

Outside of tech and media, Walmart, Peloton, Stellantis, Nike and Tesla have recently announced job cuts.

While high paying specialized jobs are bleeding through LLM automation.

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Posted in: Trump says Putin will free jailed U.S. reporter Gershkovich for him See in context

"Evan Gershkovich, the Reporter from The Wall Street Journal, who is being held by Russia, will be released almost immediately after the Election, but definitely before I assume Office. He will be HOME, SAFE, AND WITH HIS FAMILY," Trump said.

As a personal favor even after Putin said he preferred Biden.

Too bad Trump did not stand up to the murderers of WaPo reporter Jamal Khashoggi.

Sounds like two tier injustice favoritism for an Islamic oligarch.

Trump though seems pretty equal in his love for oligarchs, even Communist in name only ones like Kim and Xi.

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Posted in: Major Japanese insurers admit to leaking customer info to competitors See in context

Japan's four leading property and casualty insurers admitted on Thursday to having shared contract information of their auto insurance customers with their competitors, following a recent series of scandals exposing industry-wide compliance issues.

The four firms involved are Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co, Sompo Japan Insurance Inc, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co.

Let me guess there will be no consequences.

Meanwhile individuals are being arrested for online slander and leaking of data.

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Posted in: Comedian Dave Chappelle calls Israel-Hamas war a 'genocide,' urges Americans to fight antisemitism See in context

American comedian Dave Chappelle called the Israeli war on Hamas in Gaza a “genocide” Thursday to cheers during his performance in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, while urging Americans to fight antisemitism so Jews don’t feel like they need to be protected by Israel.

Chappelle has a very good take.

Leave it to a brilliant comedian like him.

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Posted in: Japan to work with ASEAN to train 100,000 digital professionals See in context

Japan aims to work with ASEAN to train 100,000 highly skilled digital professionals in the fields of artificial intelligence and semiconductors over the next five years, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday.

Meanwhile the CEO of NVIDIA is talking about AI making coding education tangential.

https://www.indiatoday.in/technology/features/story/nvidia-ceo-says-dont-learn-coding-because-ai-tech-giant-exec-says-jobs-will-be-hit-story-in-5-points-2509126-2024-03-01

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Posted in: Wi-Fi, drones and sharp blades on Japan's whaling mothership See in context

Wi-Fi, drones and sharp blades on Japan's whaling mothership

Which circle of Dante's Inferno is this? The Japanese innovation 2024 one?

Once inside workers will butcher the whales using 30-centimeter blades attached to wooden staffs, discarding around half the animals' total weight as waste.

More publicly subsidized makework like the uniformed baton wielding traffic guards.

Tokoro, the president of whaling firm Kyodo Senpaku,*

Could probably find the real beneficiaries of this by looking at this individuals campaign contributions and connections.

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Posted in: What effect do you think the increasingly bitter U.S. presidential election campaign is having on the U.S. image around the world? See in context

No, because these tiny countries don’t have the population size nor do they have the industries we have in the U.S., their systems would never work on the same level as it does for their tiny populations, as their population increases that too, will change and we are already seeing signs of this. Longterm this is unsustainable.

Wrong as usual.

The USA already off-shored most of its industrial base during the 'greed is good' neo-liberalism of Reaganomics.

And this has nothing to due with immigration and Sweden.

In fact, how immigration has become a hysterical taking point for one political party so much that they block some sensible immigration reform shows how dysfunctional the American duopoly has become.

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Posted in: Cannes gets steamy with strippers and sex motels See in context

She strikes gold when a transactional affair with Ivan (Mark Eydelshteyn), the 21-year-old son of a Russian oligarch, rapidly escalates into something more.

A love story as old as time.

It was probably better when Steven Soderbergh did it with an actual adult film star in the Girlfriend Experience.

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Posted in: What effect do you think the increasingly bitter U.S. presidential election campaign is having on the U.S. image around the world? See in context

What effect do you think the increasingly bitter U.S. presidential election campaign is having on the U.S. image around the world?

The duopoly is a fact

But few countries have room to criticize , like Japan with the LDP gerontocracy.

Maybe the vibrant democratic socialist nations of Europe or NZ can shake their heads again at the political economic mess of the USA.

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Posted in: Japan, Saudi Arabia to cooperate in entertainment, tourism See in context

Resource-poor Japan relies heavily on energy imports from the Middle East.

When you sanction one murderous oligarch for your fossil fuel needs you need to go begging to another.

Maybe it is a signal to actually move toward to SDGs with not just green washing and invest massively in sustainable, alternative sources.

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Posted in: Daily marijuana use outpaces daily drinking in U.S., a new study says See in context

Daily marijuana use outpaces daily drinking in U.S., a new study says

Undoubtedly a healthier trend, scientific fact.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/society/2010/nov/01/alcohol-more-harmful-than-heroin-crack

Why one remains widely distributed and legal but others do not the reasons lie in political economics, not health of the populace.

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Posted in: Death penalty sought again in retrial of 88-year-old man acquitted of 1966 murders See in context

Prosecutors are only seeking the death penalty "as a matter of course" and "the defense team's rebuttal was so strong that I'm sure we'll be able to win," she told reporters.

Your tax yen at work as hangmen judges and prosecutors must doggedly preserve the image of Japanese prosecutorial infallibility.

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Posted in: Japan racks up ¥462.5 bil trade deficit as imports balloon due to cheap yen See in context

One factor behind the weakening yen is Japan’s low interest rates,known as Quantitative Easing and supplementing the incomes of large asset holders ,a benchmark still barely above zero, a policy the Bank of Japan has taken to keep large asset holders wealth from stagnating while the rest of the economy stagnated , and encourage depletion of middle class wealth.

Fixed to remove the voodoo economic propaganda from the BOJ, LDP and Kyodo.

https://reason.org/commentary/how-quantitative-easing-helps-rich/

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Posted in: After backlash, Trump pulls social media post with reference to 'unified Reich' See in context

There are no Marxist or socialist policies.

yes, there are.

You listed none; except possibly:

Forcing Americans to pay for other people’s healthcare

I suppose you enjoy living in a society where people die from not being able to afford insulin, lost health insurance with changes in employment, and medical costs are the number one cause of bankruptcy.

https://www.texastribune.org/2022/06/16/americans-medical-debt/

You have amply illustrated the MAGA empty rhetoric of "radical left, Marxist, socialist" and a lot of glaring educational lacunae.

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Posted in: After backlash, Trump pulls social media post with reference to 'unified Reich' See in context

crazy radical Marxist policies that are crippling the nation.

Calling all opposition "radical left Marxists" was a National Socialist, Austrian Corporal thing even before coming after the Jews.

The parallels are rife, and MAGA is sure complicit and enabling of them.

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