The LDP-Keidanren-Kokkakomuin nexus is sure gonna be hopping mad about this movie. Probably accuse it of being financed by the Chinese government.
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Of London's role in the pact under Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he added with derision: "Britain in this whole thing is a bit like the third wheel."
C'est la vérité! An accurate description of the British since 1945.
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Sounds like a Japanese art collector got them off some rapacious Turks back in the day. Nice to see them finally go home, but I wonder what the quid pro quo was to do this?
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Chatter in certain military circles that it's about to kick off around Taiwan.
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Those guys in that pond need to try harder - have they contacted the XR theater directors, they usually have some good ideas.
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Unethical, unworkable and unprofitable. Many business associations were lobbying the UK gov to drop this whole idea. To say nothing of the push back from citizens' rights groups.
Big Pharma may be making out like the bandits they are in the current climate of deliberately induced fear, but other powerful, well-connected sectors of the economy/society are not going to sit back and let them eat their slices of the pie as well.
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Fantastic Medvedev! Beat the GOAT and the obnoxious NY crowd who booed, forced him to play through noise on match points, called “out” during points, and cheered faults from both players. Classless, as usual.
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Raducanu may have won the match, but Fernandez won the post-match on court speeches to the crowd. She paid a wonderful tribute to NYC on the anniversary of 9/11, even though she wasn't born when that tragedy took place. It was a bit tone deaf of Raducanu not to do likewise.
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GOAT and anti-woke/anti-vaxx. Love the guy!
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Always said WA should be an independent country.
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"Hello, is that Mr. Xi?"
"Yes, who is this?"
"It's Joe, I wanna talk about the thing"
"The thing? What thing?
"C'mon, maaan, the thing, y'know, the thing!"
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To all the usual whiners complaining Emma Raducanu is not really British, she is more British than Greg Rusedski was or many of the other so-called 'Brit tennis players' who take UK citizenship in their 20s after having been brought up and learning their tennis outside the UK.
Emma has lived in England since the age of 2, attended local schools throughout, and is very much a product of the LTA and it's tennis development academies in the UK. She is culturally and socially way more British than people like Rusedski, Norie, Edmund, Konta, etc.
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It looks like Kim has been dieting a bit. Obesity and Covid are a dangerous combination, so that was probably the motivation to do it.
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I don't like these neo-liberal/neo-con globalist career politicians, but it's kinda cool that these guys do debates in both French and English.
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Ditto the above responses: A 'NO' that is harder than diamond.
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The fate of Dr Nakamura and his mural is symbolic of a lot. I mean, how could the whole Washington/NATO defense and foreign policy establishment get it so wrong? One answer is that, if you want to become and remain a member of the establishment, you must never make waves. Since almost all the people in question want to be something, not do something, they follow that rule regardless of where it leads. A defeat in a war is but a small matter when compared to a risk to their careers.
Another answer is that members of the Western foreign policy establishment are almost all nominalists. That is to say, if they give something a name, it takes on real existence in their minds. The Afghan National Army offers a perfect example. Because we called it an 'army', gave it lots of American money, equipment and training, and knew its order of battle, it was an army, dammit! But it wasn’t an army. Apart from a few commando units, it was a ragtag collection of men who needed jobs and had little or no interest in fighting. Those men seldom saw their pay, because it was stolen before it reached them. Rations and ammunition often suffered the same fate. That army collapsed overnight because it never really existed outside the minds of Western nominalists.
That same nominalism applied to the entire Afghan government. Washington nominalists thought it was real; Afghans knew it was not. A Marine battalion commander wisely noted back in 2011 that “Talking to a 14th century Afghan villager about the government in Kabul is like talking to your cat about the dark side of the moon: You don’t know for sure what it’s like, and he doesn’t care.”
We see the same inane, inept nominalism running all through American policy-making. Washington nominalists think Iraq is a state. It isn’t, because real power is in the hands of ethnic and religious militias. The state is merely a facade, but since it has a parliament, elections, cabinet ministers, ambassadors, etc. it is 'real' to the nominalists. Not surprisingly, US policy there has been a series of disasters ever since the initial disaster of invading the place.
The Washington establishment’s civilians have been soaking in nominalism ever since they began their “education” at various elite institutions. Woe to any who pointed out that the U.N. has proven worthless in one crisis after another, that our “democratic” allies are all really oligarchies or that “human rights” vary enormously in their definition from one culture and people to another. To call an entity a state or an army or a democracy means it magically becomes one. And the magical thinking that dominates the establishment’s picture of the world leads to repeated debacles from which it learns nothing.
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Djoko seems to wind up the woke/pro-vaxx types something chronic, so I'll cheer for him.
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Always a pleasure to see Osaka lose. The Canadian girl played very well and also behaved very well.
Also, a shout out to Dan Evans who came back from 2 sets down to win his 3rd round match and make the last 16. Nice to see some Brits still have that bulldog spirit of old.
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Given the darkly violent, exploitative history of Brazil, are people surprised by things like this? The whole history of the so-called 'New World' is an obscenely tragic one, from Canada to Peru.
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I'm sure millions of discarded face masks for getting into rivers and oceans are helping the situation.
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Flew in on a private jet and no quarantine. The gap between these elites and the average schmuck is now greater than that between Louis XIV and the average French peasant. And all we get from the so-called Left is crickets...
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C'mon, the AP love her, they can barely conceal their glee when either she or Gauff or Serena wins.
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When you've got a ton of sugar, salt, trans fats put in all kinds of food and drinks, and a stressed, depressed population who are then bombarded with ads for said 'goodies', what do you think is gonna happen. Meanwhile, healthy food gets more and more expensive.
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Hard evidence is coming in from the United Kingdom, and it conclusively establishes that the vaccines are NOT reducing the likelihood of a Covid-infected person dying.
The UK government just reported the following data, tucked away in their report on variants of concern: Less than a third of delta variant deaths are in the unvaccinated.
Let me say that another way – two-thirds of Delta deaths in the UK are in the vaccinated.
To be specific: From the 1st of February to the 2nd of August, the UK recorded 742 Delta deaths. Out of the 742 deaths, 402 were fully vaccinated. 79 had received one shot. Only 253 were unvaccinated.
Look at the bottom line: 402 deaths out of 47,008 cases in vaccinated; 253 deaths out of 151,054 cases in unvaccinated. If you get covid having been vaccinated, according to this data, you are much more likely to die than if you were not vaccinated!
Do the math. An unvaccinated individual in the UK who contracts COVID has a 1 in 597 chance of dying. A fully-vaccinated individual has a 1 in 117 chance of dying, which is 5.1 times greater.
The vaccines are clearly not effective, as they actually increase one’s risk of dying of Covid. And that doesn’t even account for the mounting evidence of serious adverse effects.
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Japan skating on thin ice by playing nice with Iran. Israel and its proxy armed forces, aka the USA, are watching.
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ToshihiroToday 10:08 am JST
The end justifies the means, I guess.
That's an ethic that leads straight to Hell.
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Yeah, like this is the most pressing problem regarding ESL in Japan...
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The astonishingly rapid victory of the Taliban may be the Imperial USA’s Suez moment: The scale of global humiliation is almost off the charts.
This is entirely obvious to any historically literate observer. This catastrophic defeat was the neoclowns’ war. This was the failure of the self-styled “national security right” who flattered themselves into believing that they dictated reality with their words. Afghanistan is the neocons’ failure. It is AIPAC’s failure. Genuine Americans never wanted, supported, or endorsed the concept of an empire in the Middle East.
To quote one veteran who served in it: “My friends died for nothing. My soldiers died for nothing. I served for nothing. And the communists took over at home.”
Adolf Hitler erroneously blamed the Jews for the German defeat in WWI. He was wrong to do so because Germany never had any chance of winning that two-front war even before the USA got involved. But anyone in the future who wants to blame “the national security right” for the US defeats in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan will be absolutely correct. This was Bill Kristol’s war. This was Paul Wolfowitz’s war. This was Richard Perle’s war. This was David Frum’s war. This was Max Boot’s war. This was Michael Ledeen’s war. This was Jennifer Rubin’s war. This was Ben Shapiro’s war.
But it was not America’s war, and no American should ever forget that. These second- and third-generation immigrants to America have systematically labored to destroy what was once, briefly, the greatest nation, the greatest Christian nation, on Earth. Now, imagine how much worse the situation would be today if the cursed neoclowns had gotten their way and US troops were also trapped in Iran and Syria and Pakistan and Ukraine.
But their time is passing. Their failure is inevitable. Those who corrode and corrupt their way to influence and power will never be able to hold on to their positions, because with power comes responsibility and neither corrosion nor corruption are capable of serving as a foundation for building anything but chaos and Hell on Earth.
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The US retreat from Kabul is rapidly proving to be even more ignominious than the famous flight from Saigon:
The US Ambassador to Afghanistan and some of his staff were seen fleeing their Kabul workplace with the stars and stripes flag Sunday, as the Pentagon increased the number of troops deployed in the region by 1,000 to 6,000.
Ambassador Ross Wilson and the flag were both seen arriving at Kabul Airport, as other Americans still in the country were ordered to shelter in place, with shots being fired at the city’s airport.
Embassy staff will be evacuated within the next 72 hours, as the Taliban makes stunning advances into the Afghan capital city, which worst-case scenarios estimated lasting at least 30 days after the US withdrew from it.
An official security alert was issued by the US government after shots were fired at the airport, sparking fears American jets could be shot down as they try to flee the country, which the Taliban have vowed to rename the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
The Imperial USA has not yet been destroyed, but this marks another step toward its eventual collapse. The nations are rising.
Only 1.85 million people in a nation of 36 million bothered to vote in the last Afghan election. The Afghans knew they were being ruled by an illegitimate foreign government.
Just like Americans.
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