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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court allows evictions to resume during pandemic See in context

The posters on here seem to think property owners are rich and heartless. If the property owner does not have an income from his/her rental, where does the money for Maintenance, upkeep, taxes and a laundry list of expenses come from? You can bet when a pipe bursts or the toilet clogs, the tenant is on the phone wanting it fixed and the property owner is on the hook to pay. When you can no longer pay, the court/government takes your property and sells it to the highest bidder. You loose permanently but the squatting tenant just moves to another place. When the government bars you from exercising control of your property, they have in effect nationalized it, but still want you to pay tax on it. The British Crown housed troops in the homes of private citizens in American colonies in the 1700s and forced them to provide sustance as well....... this is not much different.

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Posted in: Harris accuses China of intimidation in disputed seas See in context

Why was the contested Japanese islands left out of the mix?

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Posted in: Japan urges Iran to ensure safe navigation in Persian Gulf See in context

.....like a mouse offering a snake cheese..

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Posted in: New island discovered south of Tokyo after submarine volcano erupts See in context

I'm sure China can come up with a centuries old map that says it is theirs.

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Posted in: Westerners rush to leave Kabul; Afghan president flees country See in context

“This is manifestly not Saigon,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.

Really? I was sitting in an USAF ops break room in Utapao in April, 1975 watching the evacuation of Saigon unfold. Looks the same to me......

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Posted in: Biden orders 1,000 more troops to aid Afghanistan departure See in context

Afghanistan:

Russia tried and failed.

USA tried and failed.

China, can't wait to see them in the quagmire.

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Posted in: Japan scraps plan to obtain U.S.-made anti-ship missiles for F-15 See in context

Defense arms manufactures are greedy to an unbelievable degree. I have been associated with the US military for all my working life, the cost of anything defense related is 10 times it's actual cost.

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Posted in: Sapporo hopes Tokyo Games success will boost 2030 Winter Olympic bid See in context

You might not like the Olympics but that's not a reason to use them as a scapegoat for covid.

The sharp increase in cases has nothing to do with the Olympics.

I don't think anyone is pushing the idea that the virus is being brought in by the athletes. Go back and read the part about the guy who traveled from Tokyo to Sapporo to watch an event and multiply that by a few hundred thousand, that is the cause of the virus spike. The sheer number of people put in motion by the Olympic event spreads the virus. Athletes, volunteers, contractors, drives, support staff, VIPs, etc. etc. and the list goes on. I read an article yesterday how Symone Biles hired a private gym and hour away from the O village to practice, along with her coaches, medical personnel and staff.

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Posted in: Why do you think some Olympic medal winners bite their medals? See in context

RC is correct, started when people would bite a coin to check if it was gold or not. 24K pure gold is relatively soft. Just note, most gold jewelry that is advertised as 24K is not, it has enough other metal to make it hard enough not to scratch.

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Posted in: Sailing away See in context

Great photo! Sailing is awesome.

Sailing is awesome, been sailing most of my adult life, own a sailboat... BUT there is no way in the known universe it should be an Olympic sport!

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Posted in: Amazon to launch 'Lord of the Rings' series in September 2022 See in context

Agreed! Don't mess with perfection.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police investigate Olympic chants, China anthem booing See in context

nobody cares about this sort of stuff. Getting on with our lives is our priority.

It is never a good idea to not care about this "sort of stuff" when the government or such entity is involved. You may find out the government has other plans for your getting on with your life. A healthy and wary eye to circumstances is prudent.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police investigate Olympic chants, China anthem booing See in context

It's only countries like China and USA where you can get into trouble for this.

Well no, there are a lot more, but you are correct about the two named. The process is different, but the results are the same.

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Posted in: Vaccinated Americans are getting angry at holdouts See in context

That is the funniest thing I have seen in days - YouTube as an authority which can be relied on for the truth :P

yeah, anything like this should be verified on Wikipedia.....

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Posted in: Sneaking a peek: Fans find creative ways to glimpse Olympics See in context

and you have this reality check.....

Through five days of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, NBC’s average primetime audience of 15.2 million viewers is down 47% from Rio in 2016 and 57% from London in 2012. The opening ceremony, delayed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, drew 16.7 million viewers for NBC on Friday, the smallest audience for the network broadcast since the 1988 Seoul Games.

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Posted in: Japanese sandwiches give foreign reporters culture shock at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Yes, prefer heavier crusty bread such as sourdough, rye or such. The Japanese large slice white bread is great for occasional sandwiches and munching, not so much for meals. Not a fan of mozzarella cheese on sandwiches, I like a cheese that lets you know its there, something like sharp cheddar or pepper jack.

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Posted in: Video of Israeli athletes breaking cardboard village bed goes viral See in context

Hang on a minute fellow posters, I need a bit of time to come up with something in this article to be "enraged" about.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

@Michael O’ Dereiter

I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the meetings

My adult beverage is now spewed all over my computer screen. Best post of the day!

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

Well, it seems that after having the band continue playing on the upper decks to entertain the plebs, the captain and crew seem to get a little bit worried about the water reaching their kneecaps...

No worries mate, Bach has a Gulfstream idling with the Champaign chilled and the money bags stowed. The Captain will be long gone before the ship slides to Davy Jones Locker.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

There used to liberals, moderates and conservatives in American politics. Now there is only left, right and hate.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

despite having spent all their time with their heads buried in Fox “News.”

What news sites are on the approved list so I don't get insulted?

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

Okinawa should have a referendum on the bases

There was a referendum a couple of years ago, 80% voted in favor of removing the bases, problem was only about 40 percent of the population voted. The results were filed away in a cabinet and the drummers moved on to something else.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

Korea and Germany pay a much small % of the costs (I think Japan pays 70% and the ROK and German pay 30-40%). Is the US asking for more from these countries too?

Korea has full authority to engage in military offensive engagement, Germany as well. This means if the US calls them for help, they can come. Japan can only stand on the beach and yell good luck. Germany also falls under the NATO alliance and members all contribute to a central fund. Last but not least, the US asked and got more from Korea in the recent negotiations.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

The US is not here to defend Japan. They are here to ensure the world that Japan would never try to colonize the rest of Asia like in the 1930s and after.

Japan has a fleet of black vans on standby to deploy at a moments notice. Be afraid, be very afraid.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

Maybe it may be true, but no US soldiers died for Japan for 76 years. because no war and ever.

You just made my point! No Japanese solders either. .......... Rent well Spent.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

japan should ally more with south korea. Japan doesnt need more USA bases and what not.

Korea and Japan allies? ......You're not from around here huh, Pilgrim?

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

But the US been lately provoking China surprisingly. That is a worry.

I keep forgetting how peaceful and benign China is. They have every right to absorb the all the islands in the South China Sea as well as to make new ones. Hong Kong is now brought back to fold and pretty soon Taiwan will be showed the path. The Rhyku's are a worry though, may have to enlighten them as well. The world will be a better place.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

Zichi

 But over the years many Okinawans have protested against the bases. I believe their voices should be listened to. They especially want the Marine unit to leave.

When it comes to Okinawa and the CJG, it quickly becomes a carbon copy of the CJG and the Olympics. After WWII, the US military ended up on Okinawa because it was off the mainland and the easiest/best location to occupy. The Japanese government was happy not to have the US in view to remind them they lost the war and Okinawa was somewhat sparsely populated for a Japanese prefecture. There is a very robust political machine in place here that drives who becomes governor and many other key government jobs. It also keeps the drumbeat for ousting the US military. It is well funded and when you look at the reality of the local population verses the perceived "outrage" there is a void that don't add up. Who has the most to gain from the US leaving the region? I agree the Okinawa PEOPLE should be able to have a dialog with the CJG and have their voices heard, as well as getting some or all of the US moved out, IF that is what the people want, not just a small vocal group with an agenda. Okinawa deserves to be the beautiful place it is capable of, not just a political pawn between the US, CJG and and another foreign country.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

1.That’s ridiculous, but that money comes from the department of state, so it has nothing to do with the defense budget.

The defense budget pays for the military and all associated costs.

they should cut the amount of money they pay for people to live off the installation…

Military personnel only live off base when sufficient housing is not available, or it is more advantageous to the government. Due to the high cost of rent on Okinawa, you can be sure the Military would have everyone on base if there was enough housing.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

Why does not Japan defend itself? Has nothing to do with the United States. All Japan would have to do is make changes to it's Constitution to allow its Military to take offensive military action. The US does have military forces in Japan and it's not all about protecting Japan. It has always been the US policy to fight wars on foreign soil if possible. That in itself is not totally a bad thing, if you don't think a hulking B52 or a swarm of fighters drilling down on your position is a deterrent to aggression, then you need a reality check. Little Kim would be slinging a lot more rockets out in the Pacific if he did not have to keep an eye out over his sholder. As far as Taiwan not being attacked.. The Chinese consider Taiwan as part of China. One day in the very near future, China will roll up on the Taiwan beaches and deploy Hong Kong diplomacy. Will Japan be there waiting for them?

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