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Posted in: An isolated Trump faces looming impeachment threat See in context

@itsonlyrockandroll,

I see, I agree with you that media obsession with Trump has been over the top. I suppose it’s like that old media adage- Dog bites man is not news, man bites dog is news. Sensationalism is de rigueur in the modern 24hr media world. I hope we can get back to focusing on real debate once he’s gone, search for political common ground and ensure the American democratic experiment continues unhindered.

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Posted in: An isolated Trump faces looming impeachment threat See in context

When not making teas/coffees and plating the hob nobs, long enough to learn grasp that never ever, let your opponent’s command the political/media agenda at any cost.

I don’t think an open debate about whether Trump should be impeached or removed under the 25th amendment while his allies sprint for the exits equals him ‘commanding the political agenda’.

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Posted in: Stay or go? After riot, Trump administration officials debate early exit See in context

the New York Times published a 5,500-word feature on her family’s shipping company, its deep ties to the government of China, the money it has provided Chao and her husband and his campaigns, and Chao’s apparent efforts to use her positions to bolster the business. Among the highlights of that piece: Chao repeatedly sought to include family members and relatives affiliated with the company in meetings with top Chinese officials during overseas trips (this was reportedly stymied by State Department officials); in a response to a Senate confirmation questionnaire, Chao failed to list multiple honorary awards, titles, and appointments she had received in China; her agency has proposed U.S. maritime program budget cuts that would hurt competitors of her family’s business; she took at least 21 meetings or interviews with Chinese-language media in her first year in office, including multiple appearances with her father, the company’s former chairman; she attended an event celebrating a company deal that involved transit projects that fell under her oversight; she did not recuse herself from any decisions affecting the shipping industry. The Times also reported that 13 members of Chao’s family had given $1.1 million to McConnell’s campaigns and political action committees tied to him between 1989 and 2018. The paper noted that Chao’s father had given the couple a gift of between $5 million and $25 million in 2008 that catapulted McConnell to become the 10th wealthiest senator.

As for de Vos:

Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said it was “possible” her family has donated $200 million to Republicans.

Those bastions of ethical behavior.

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Posted in: South Korean court orders Japan to compensate 12 former sex slaves See in context

For those who seek a balanced approach to this issue from an actual historian, rather than jaundiced views from dubious sources, listen to Dan Carlin’s excellent ‘Hardcore History’ podcast series- ‘Supernova in the East’. Forensic in detail yet eminently listenable.

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Posted in: South Korean court orders Japan to compensate 12 former sex slaves See in context

Until Japan honestly and openly acknowledges the heinous war crimes it committed, and addresses them in education, it deserves no respite.

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Posted in: Trump says his term is ending; transition will be orderly See in context

Grab your popcorn for the civil war within the GOP.

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Posted in: 4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, forcing Senate to evacuate See in context

When did the left storm the capital and attempt a coup?

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Posted in: 4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, forcing Senate to evacuate See in context

Damn, even Fox News is taking Trump and the protesters to task, saying this is a horrible situation fueled by lies and conspiracies.

... that they cynically promoted.

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Posted in: Warnock, Ossoff win in Georgia, handing Senate control to Democrats See in context

@bass4funk

their already slim majority 

The exact same margin was a ‘landslide’ when Trump won.

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Posted in: 4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, forcing Senate to evacuate See in context

‘The law and order party.’

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Posted in: Fox News extends streak; sets cable news records in 2020 See in context

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.

H. L. Mencken

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Posted in: New Year arrives with U.S. topping 20 million COVID cases See in context

Mrtinjp

Over at the New York Times, columnist David Leonhardt compared the US’s coronavirus death toll to that of the rest of the world. He noted the US accounts for about 4 percent of the world’s population but 22 percent of its confirmed Covid-19 deaths. So how many lives would be saved if those numbers were even? Leonhardt calculated: “about 145,000.”

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Posted in: Beijing Winter Olympics nearing amid fears of Tokyo's cancellation See in context

I hope the international community boycotts the Chinese games. Genocide, human rights violations, undermining of democracies worldwide, aggression and attempts to claim virtually the entirety of the South China Sea, even state-sponsored drug cheating at Olympic level- the reasons are myriad. I doubt that it will happen, but it would send a message, at least.

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Posted in: Trump urges supporters to amass on Jan 6 to pressure Congress to not certify Biden's victory See in context

What are the so called Proud Boys Proud of?

Rich fantasy lives, room temperature IQ’s, sedition.

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Posted in: Trump urges supporters to amass on Jan 6 to pressure Congress to not certify Biden's victory See in context

Is there a need for these idiots above to be donning bullet-proof vests ?

The entire Trump administration needs bulletproof shoes, all they do is shoot themselves in the foot.

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Posted in: Trump urges supporters to amass on Jan 6 to pressure Congress to not certify Biden's victory See in context

Their dedication to losing is impressive.

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Posted in: Unemployment benefits for millions expire as Trump rages See in context

During the weeks of contentious negotiations over this relief bill, president Trump was mainly focused on his false claims of election fraud, golfing and did not weigh in on the bill. His new demand for more generous stimulus can be seen as laying the groundwork for another pseudo-populist presidential run in 2024, or simply an attempt to damage Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell ahead of special elections in Georgia after McConnell acknowledged Trump’s defeat.

Just more of the same from the sociopathic failed president.

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Posted in: Japan sets whaling catch limit for 2021 at 383, same as 2020 See in context

@ascissor

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227136-100-why-japans-whaling-activities-are-not-research/

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Posted in: IOC accused of ignoring human rights for 2022 Beijing Games See in context

An unfolding genocide in Xinxiang- IOC sits on its hands.

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Posted in: Mayor defends councilwoman's ouster over sexual assault claim See in context

Again, perhaps you didn't clearly understand or misinterpreted my post, because i was quite careful to use phrases like "some men" "men who" and "of those men", to make clear that it is clear that am speaking of a very specific subgroup, and #notallmen. Maybe you missed that?

Perhaps it's you who have misinterpreted my comment. I did not say that men don't coerce or rape- I don't know how many times I have to reiterate that. I am not discussing, prosecuting, defending or commenting on the female experience of dating, nor am I suggesting that men do not behave hideously at times, nor that they should be excused such behaviour in any way. You inserted yourself into a conversation that had nothing to do with your issue of choice- which, in a public forum, is obviously your right. However, your protracted lectures lack relevance in the discussion of the slandering of foreign men in Japan and their depiction by the original commenter as implicitly guilty of such behaviours because of his/her anecdotal experience and their physical presence here.

Not advice - more of a strong suggestion for your own good.

Again, unless you are suggesting that I am party to these behaviours by the mere fact that I am A) male, or B) calling out a poster who tars all male foreigners in Japan with the same proverbial brush, your 'strong suggestion' is misguided and lacks any relevance. Maybe dispense with the indignant display, 'for your own good', as you say.

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Posted in: Mayor defends councilwoman's ouster over sexual assault claim See in context

@chumbawanga,

You have repeatedly stated that the reason for comments you believe to be misogynist have been posted here is that expats have less empathy due to the frequency with which they allegedly coerce or attempt to coerce women into sex. That is an unsustainable argument.

@girlintokyo

My argument is that a group cannot be labeled as perpetrators of a crime due to the actions of an individual, much less due to a post on a news forum that another feels is insensitive. Thank you for the detailed examination of your personal experiences, none of which I doubt, but they do not address the issue I raised. Your sanctimonious over-explaining of an irrelevant point does nothing to address that argument, unless you wish to imply that not only the subset of expats in Japan, but in fact all men, are guilty of sexual coercion and/or rape.

Now go out there and treat the women you meet with some gd respect.

Thanks again for the advice, once more neither solicited nor relevant.

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Posted in: Mayor defends councilwoman's ouster over sexual assault claim See in context

Actually, what is truly disgusting is that many men seem to be quote purposely conflating the two as a way of justifying their own bad behavior towards women. "She didn't say no, therefore I didn't rape her"

Thank you for making my point. Dating and consensual sex is different from being coerced or forced, ie. rape. Third time I’ve said this- yet, you somehow agree with @chabbawanga who posits that the reason some posters are insensitive, ambivalent, or according to his/her unsubstantiated anecdotal experience apparently somehow complicit or actively involved in such atrocious crimes, is the simple fact that they date Japanese women while living in Japan.

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Posted in: Mayor defends councilwoman's ouster over sexual assault claim See in context

Do you think those particular Japanese women whom you date are not capable of making their own decisions about whether to date you? Of course they are.

The lack of empathy shown in a number of these comments (most likely written by "expats" in Japan), comes as no surprise, because I have seen first hand how women are often treated in Japan (by "expats").

Sexual violence and consensual dating are different things, it’s disgusting that you are equating the two.

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Posted in: Mayor defends councilwoman's ouster over sexual assault claim See in context

....I don't have any photographic evidence, or research papers on the matter.

You should have stopped there.

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Posted in: Trump lashes out at Supreme Court, Barr as efforts to overturn election fizzle See in context

Trump is going to be Constitutionally elected on January 6th, down vote all you want, but it's a comin.

Lol Perfect.

Come back and post this again on Jan. 7.

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Posted in: Supreme Court rejects Texas lawsuit and Trump bid to overturn election loss See in context

election proceeded could very well tip the balance towards Republicans and perhaps even some libertarian/conservative independents in the next mid-terms.

Say it softly and it’s almost like praying.

Trump’s attempt to destroy the American democratic experiment and the spineless Republicans who kowtowed to his worst narcissistic impulses will stain the GOP for decades.

Looking forward to the coming civil war in the GOP- that’s the hangover you should be concerned about.

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Posted in: Supreme Court rejects GOP bid to halt Biden's Pennsylvania win See in context

Oh dear, another failure from the one term, impeached, loser outgoing president.

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Posted in: Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani tests positive for COVID See in context

Totally shocked, can’t imagine how that could have happened.

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Posted in: Trump raises $170 million as he looks to future See in context

This just in- Barron Trump appointed head of the DOJ...

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Posted in: Trump raises $170 million as he looks to future See in context

Looking forward to Trump’s meltdown after Barr’s statement.

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