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Posted in: Nikki Haley planning Feb 15 launch for 2024 White House bid See in context

Haley will take zero votes from the Trump support. She only hurts everyone else. So she is welcome to join.

And will either be able to address the economic issues of millions dropping out of the American labor force, waves of automation of white collar jobs and geopolitical challenges of a multi-polar world?

The rise of MAGA has worsened the aspect of American politics that just take it as a pointless team sport.

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Posted in: Nikki Haley planning Feb 15 launch for 2024 White House bid See in context

Could say the same about Americans then.

Im physically in Japan and it’s US politics. I’m an American. Try again.

Whoop-dee-do same boat here.

So what is your brilliant analysis of the merits of the propsective nominees for the Republican Presidential nomination, Haley and Trump?

It must surely be brilliant and penetrating.

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Posted in: Nikki Haley planning Feb 15 launch for 2024 White House bid See in context

Nikki Haley is moving closer to making her presidential campaign official.

Haley, Pompeo, Bolton etc have a little too much geo-political acumen for the proper pit-bull stubborness in the battle against woke cultural Marxism and CRT.

If she can pivot and excel more in her lib-owning, she has the other qualifications for the GOP nomination.

https://aflcio.org/press/releases/sc-gov-nikki-haleys-real-economic-record-corporate-subsidies-over-public-good

Namely a commitment to feeding corporate welfare queens. But that is pretty much a given in America one party system (so good we have two of them).

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Posted in: Kishida grilled in Diet over son's excursion during overseas trip See in context

Kishida, meanwhile, refused to elaborate on the issue further, simply saying, "As we have heard various opinions, officials must pay attention to their behavior with a sense of tension."

"The laws for the LDP are more like guidelines that can be bent according to the amount of attention drawn ."

The public has been experiencing a high sense of tension trying to survive under Kishida's "New Capitalism".

Nice that Kishida is offering that LDP officials feel a sense of tension while passing out souvenirs from their tax-payer paid travels to foreign sightseeing spots.

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Posted in: Cheaters beware: ChatGPT maker releases AI detection tool See in context

OpenAI cautions that its new tool – like others already available – is not foolproof. The method for detecting AI-written text “is imperfect and it will be wrong sometimes,” said Jan Leike, head of OpenAI's alignment team tasked to make its systems safer.

How long did it take internet pirates to rip out DRM and copy protection watermarks?

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Posted in: Canadian province tries decriminalizing drugs to fight overdose crisis See in context

Many health experts argue decriminalization would encourage drug users to use them in safer spaces where they can access medical care.

The drug war and scheduling of drug prohibitions are failures and have never been about public health.

Mostly it has been about demonizing certain ethnicity and class and their lifestyles or ways to earn capital.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(10)61462-6/fulltext

The article from the Lancet lays it out clearly: Tobacco is most addictive and alcohol the most damaging.

Full stop.

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Posted in: Kishida grilled in Diet over son's excursion during overseas trip See in context

Even within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, headed by Kishida, skepticism was rife about the appointment by the leader, who has touted his own "ability to listen" to the opinions of others in decision-making.

Of course the "others" he and Kishida senior are listening to are other LDP gerontocrats and their offspring, never the suffering public.

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Posted in: Japanese firm got U.S. sanctions exemption to pay Myanmar military company: official See in context

A Japanese construction firm was granted an exemption by the U.S. government to make payments to a Myanmar military-owned company despite sanctions aimed at cutting off the Myanmar junta that seized power in a coup from sources of revenue, a Japanese official said.

And next article just under that:

NATO chief wants stronger ties with Japan to defend democracy

Defending the interests of capital is the priority for the one party representative "democracies" East and West.

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Posted in: Contracts in Tokyo Olympics bid rigging case totaled ¥40 bil, sources say See in context

Dentsu officials initially denied being aware of any illegality during questioning by prosecutors but have since admitted to collusion.

Lying to officials, concealing financial transactions from authorities are all dealt with very severely in Japan with their rule of law and respected bureaucracy aren't they?

Not if you are Dentsu or LDP.

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Posted in: 10 wounded in drive-by shooting in Florida See in context

But let's not factor that into this, right? Let's not acknowledge that a great many shootings in America involve drugs and drug-dealing.

Marijuana in this case ,illegal in many red states like Florida and legal and safely available in blue .

Your point is?

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Posted in: 10 wounded in drive-by shooting in Florida See in context

Ten people were injured Monday afternoon during a drive-by shooting in a central Florida neighborhood, police said.

But wait, were the victims subject to the woke lib socialist mind virus?

Were they being taught critical race theory in African American studies courses?

Because according the Gov DeSantis and 5he Republicans those are the key issues affecting the livelihood of Floridians.

If not, thoughts and prayers as always.

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Posted in: Florida GOP leaders want to get rid of gun permits See in context

As DeSantis said, Florida is where liberalism and wokeness come to die.

I am sure Floridians are celebrating their freedom to own a gun and freedom from wokeness and liberalism as they struggle to make a living.

https://www.floridapolicy.org/posts/florida-ranks-49th-for-worst-income-inequality-in-the-u-s

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Posted in: Boris Johnson says Putin threatened him with missile strike See in context

"He threatened me at one point, and he said, 'Boris, I don't want to hurt you but, with a missile, it would only take a minute' or something like that. Jolly," Johnson said, recalling the "very long" and "most extraordinary" call in February 2022 which followed a visit by the then prime minister to Kyiv.

Sounds very Bond villainish.

Johnson does come from a literary background.

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Posted in: Pop culture portrayals of Japanese and Korean heroes make for interesting contrast See in context

Some analysts have suggested that Koreans' flocking to recent films and books which foster strongly negative feelings about Japan may be a form of blame-shifting over such difficulties as the crowd stampede that resulted in 151 deaths in Seoul's Itaewon district last October, or the nation's present economic doldrums.

A film about the assassination of despotic colonial governor Ito is to shift blame about the Itaewon stampede?

Pretty outrageous claim by "some analysts" who must have been drawn from the ranks of Nippon Kaigi.

And sounds like sour grapes over the international cultural resonance of recent Korean cinematic offerings.

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Posted in: Florida GOP leaders want to get rid of gun permits See in context

Saying gun owners don't need a government permission slip to protect their God-given rights, Florida's House speaker proposed legislation Monday to eliminate concealed weapons permits, a move Democrats argue would make a state with a history of horrific mass shootings less safe.

So sayeth the GOP. It's right there in the Bible where God handed Moses an AR-15 on Mount Sinai and told Jesus "Power flows from the barrel of a gun".

Republican leaders, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, have expressed support for the idea, so the bill should not have a problem passing in a legislature with a GOP a super-majority.

These are the red meat issues the GOP feeds it's base and probably a vision of the 2024 election.

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Posted in: Tyre Nichols case revives calls for change in U.S. police culture See in context

*ALL police** represent the interest of capitalism and impel state-sanctioned violence.*

Kudos to BLM for correctly identifying the cause of the problem.

As MLK did when he moved beyond simple identitarian politics before his assassination and identified the socialism for the rich and rugged capitalist struggle for the poor which is the root of many socioeconomic issues.

It is more inclusive and illustrates the police are mainly there to protect the assets of large property holders and to keep dissent down.

Tried to get police assistance when you were victim of a crime?

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Posted in: Company uses whale meat vending machines to promote sales in Japan See in context

The outlet features white vending machines decorated with cartoon whales and is the third location to launch in the Japanese capital region. It opened Tuesday after two others were introduced in Tokyo earlier this year as part of Kyodo Senpaku Co's new sales drive.

A heart-warming story of Japanese Late Stage Capitalism.

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Posted in: Tyre Nichols case revives calls for change in U.S. police culture See in context

Despite calls to “defund the police," an Associated Press review of police funding nationwide found only modest cuts, driven largely by shrinking revenue related to the coronavirus pandemic. Budgets increased and more officers were hired for some large departments, including New York City’s.

Just quoting this before the usual suspects on the right pop in to say it is all because "the socialist lib Dems in the Blue States have been defunding the police."

Militarized police in the US need funding cuts, and the flow of surplus weapons from the military to local police needs to stop and tactics need changing.

None of this is happening now.

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Posted in: 34% of Japan's small, mid-sized firms intend to hike pay: survey See in context

Meanwhile in a recent poll down the page:

Kishida has called on businesses to raise wages at a pace that matches the recent sharp inflation that has hit households. Only 16.5 percent believe such an increase will come true, significantly lower than 80.7 percent who believe it is unfeasible.

There seems to be a disconnect and the Japanese worker wondering:How much? When?

Companies in Japan Inc. seem to take the lead from the LDP in giving extremely vague promises of benefits to the public that yield returns that are tiny to none.

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Posted in: 78% urge election before tax hikes to cover Japan defense budget rise See in context

Kishida has called on businesses to raise wages at a pace that matches the recent sharp inflation that has hit households. Only 16.5 percent believe such an increase will come true, significantly lower than 80.7 percent who believe it is unfeasible.

Despite polling from a disproportionate number of stay at home, landline using LDP or nothing supporters, no one believes in New Capitalism .

The Great Resignation in Japan is the overwhelming learned helplessness towards the system.

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Posted in: Trump opens 2024 run; says he's 'more committed' than ever See in context

Yes, so benefitting Americans. Oh I’m sorry did that surprise you that I had a good one?

I disagree it is a good one.

Sec Ed DeVos , billionaire Amway scion with Erik Prince and their private military business were a symbol of the Trump kleptocracy benefiting cronies.

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Posted in: Trump opens 2024 run; says he's 'more committed' than ever See in context

Pompeo's position on the Chinese influence on US universities--he would seek to put a stop to their influencing these institutions such as their funding and research initiatives which are meant to benefit China; and China's efforts to turn Chinese students at these institutions into spies for the CCP.

That is a legitimate concern and action was needed. Unfortunately some of Pompeo's other moves could increase instability in the region.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/Pompeo-urges-Washington-to-recognize-Taiwan-as-sovereign-nation

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Posted in: Trump opens 2024 run; says he's 'more committed' than ever See in context

Name one policy accomplishment or proposal of any of these individuals that would benefit the American public.

school choice

Benefiting parents who have the time to home school or send their children to private schools.

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Posted in: Trump opens 2024 run; says he's 'more committed' than ever See in context

, to failed liberal policies,

Name one.

massive expanding entitlements,

Not under Obama or Biden.

domestic policies leftist policies particularly geopolitical that have been corrosive to our military

Geopolitical or domestic ?

defunding our police

Where and when?

to infrastructure,

Focusing on rebuilding America's infrastructure?

to wokeness, to vilifying, male masculinity,

Wokeness is threatening whose male masculinity?

As I thought, a collection of catch phrases that bear no relation to the real issues facing the American public.

It is all Trump has.

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Posted in: Trump opens 2024 run; says he's 'more committed' than ever See in context

im fine with Trump/Desantis/Pompeo/Cruz/Scott as President at this moment.

Name one policy accomplishment or proposal of any of these individuals that would benefit the American public.

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Posted in: Trump opens 2024 run; says he's 'more committed' than ever See in context

I wish any of the Trump supporters could give some examples of "absolute benign racism" or the existential threat to the US of the "progressive, woke, radical left, cultural Marxist establishment".

These have been written about concerning Trump and his administration's messaging and are parroted by his supporters but maybe I am slow but I have no idea what they represent.

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Posted in: Trump opens 2024 run; says he's 'more committed' than ever See in context

Yes, kids don’t need to learn about absolute benign racism. If the parents want to teach them that at home, that’s their choice

Cannot parse this syntax.

So makes about as much sense as the Trump and Republican rhetoric against wokeness, CRT, cultural Marxism or whatever empty culture war grift that comprises the bulk of what they campaign with to their electorate.

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Posted in: Trump opens 2024 run; says he's 'more committed' than ever See in context

In New Hampshire, Trump promoted his campaign agenda, including immigration and crime, and said his policies would be the opposite of President Joe Biden's.

At least Trump did a good job of summing up the Republican platform.

But leaders of both parties are united in their love of the biggest welfare queens, large corporations.

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/99-reasons-to-dump-trump/ny-edit-his-corporate-welfare-20201027-6pkt2tjccjcbbkwwd3h46qug6y-story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/21/america-used-to-regulate-business-now-government-subsidises-it

Trump is as big a socialist for the rich as Biden is.

The only exceptions are Bernie Sanders and the "Squad".

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Posted in: Magazine warns Japanese society on verge of becoming an 'income-based caste system' See in context

Japan's economy was still struggling to recover from the Lehman Shock of 2008 when the COVID pandemic knocked it for a loop. The impact has been so profound that a special report in business magazine Shukan Diamond (Jan 21) concluded Japan's once egalitarian society is on the verge of morphing into a "Japanese version of a caste system."

What do the two disaster capitalism shocks have in common? Massive public wealth transfers to corporations while the public was left with the rugged struggle with free market capitalism.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/04/cramer-the-pandemic-led-to-a-great-wealth-transfer.html

Is it any surprise the rich get richer and the poor get poorer under socialism for the rich, rugged free market capitalism for the poor?

Japan used to be more egalitarian, as were other nations.

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Posted in: Kishida says return to deflation can't be ruled out See in context

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday that a return to deflation in the world's third-largest economy cannot be ruled out, because domestic demand remains weak.

Amazing prognostication skills by PM Kishida. That is why he gets paid the big yen.

Rising inflation, stagnant wages and his tax hike plans and yes consumer demand is low.

"The government and the BOJ have agreed to closely cooperate towards economic growth in tandem with structural wage hikes and the sustainable, stable achievement of the inflation target," Kishida said, reiterating his previous remarks.

Reiterating something that has not worked out for decades and only benefited large capital holders with easy money.

Human Tape Recorder Fumio Kishida.

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