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Posted in: Zelenskyy fires more aides in a reshuffle as Russia launches drones and missiles across Ukraine See in context

Ukraine has no solution regarding the long range powered heavy glide bombs. They have almost no signature relative to other missile ordnance.

US Patriots systems had to evacuate or were destroyed or damaged from eastern Ukraine due to new and improved glide bombs. Nobody knows for sure as it's 'secret' but plenty of talk about their destruction,

We know Patriot systems cannot be secured near the frontlines and as glide bombs extend their range and killing power, Patriot systems will be at risk everywhere.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan draft U.N. resolution on nuclear weapons ban in space See in context

Waste of paper in this age of US led global destabilization, space-based arms race inevitable, already happening. Just like the silent nuclear powered drone bomb submarines circling the Pacific and Atlantic.

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Posted in: Yen's fall to 34-year low unlikely to prod BOJ to tighten policy soon See in context

Normal US annual money supply increase, approx. inflation plus economic growth, b/w 4 and 5%, 2021 Biden Admin money supply increase, by far largest % increase in US history. Any surprise investors around world sought out higher US rates, sold their (e.g. Yen) currencies?

Question, why US above record money printing? Turns out China and Russia BRICS led de-dollarization, set off global financial wars, inflation and capital flows being weaponized. No surprise BRICS seeks $de-dollarization.

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Posted in: Grassroots revolution: the road to legal cannabis See in context

factcheckerToday  10:33 pm JST

Meanwhile in Japan, we can only dream of common sense. Until then, the Yakuza and other crooks will be the dispensers of a product that should be sold like alcohol. Legal and controlled with excise duty going to the state.

Bingo, would we rather put the criminals out of business, increase safety and taxes and close jails or the opposite?

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Posted in: Yellow sand observed over Tokyo, Osaka See in context

While no expert, have read China's land's steadily turning into desert as topsoil disappears. Why, the key question and how to mitigate and hopefully reverse. It's certainly not in their interests to suffer desertification.

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Posted in: Grassroots revolution: the road to legal cannabis See in context

Medical research compelling on health safety of cannabis vs. alcohol or tobacco, as cannabis after all is prescribed for medicinal use. Ditto crime, as alcohol contributes to far more crime and accidents.

So, opposition to cannabis not based on scientific or sociology findings, but rather pure business corruption.

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Posted in: Grassroots revolution: the road to legal cannabis See in context

travelbangaijinToday  07:44 pm JST

HopeSpringsEternalToday 07:00 pm JST

In states like Colorado, tax revenue from recreational pot and pot based products, now far exceeds alcohol and tobacco combined. Colorado far better than most US states in areas like crime, education, health, income, etc.

At what price? Do kids have to walk past homeless encampments to get a better education? The lower crime is the result of heavy-handed police funded by the revenue from cannibas?

Half-stories are being told here, but I'm confident the Japanese are aware of the British Opioid history against Asians to know better to sign on to this.

Colorado a great test case, really depends upon effective Govt. regulations and enforcement to keep it safe and free of the criminal element.

Forget to mention, states also saving tons of $dough due to decriminalization, no more prison time, court costs etc., rather more tax revenues and less crime!

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Posted in: Japan rail operator gives up plan to launch maglev train in 2027 See in context

Whole magnet thing in Asia is weird, some seriously strange ideas about the magnets, from medical to religious etc.

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Posted in: Japan's February factory output falls 0.1% on weak auto sector See in context

Most don't realize auto sector has entered secular decline. With autonomy and robo-taxis coming, far fewer will even need to own a car. EVs will be far cheaper and require far less maintenance, while lasting far longer.

Consulting firm Mckinsey estimates auto industry will have approx. half the global GDP it does today by 2060.

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Posted in: North Korea again rules out any meetings with Japan See in context

NK doing just fine, economy growing rapidly, building strong network of global partners and they have ZERO national debt, while retaining their full independence.

NK to enter BRICS eventually, engage other countries using their respective currencies on a partnership basis with no risk of domestic interference risk. Smart plan.

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Posted in: Grassroots revolution: the road to legal cannabis See in context

In states like Colorado, tax revenue from recreational pot and pot based products, now far exceeds alcohol and tobacco combined. Colorado far better than most US states in areas like crime, education, health, income, etc.

Few rich cities giving homeless $free ride with handouts, hardly relevant to the issue of legalized marijuana.

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Posted in: Yellow sand observed over Tokyo, Osaka See in context

WeiWeiToday  06:28 pm JST

Yellow sand a lot like inflation/deflation, everyone realizes something's not right, but understanding root causes and solutions, difficult and not easy to achieve.

Only difference being that yellow sand is perfectly understood, why it comes and from where.

Great you have perfect climate understanding, as I was under the impression climate's a complex subject with great uncertainty, difficult to model etc. Please do share!

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Posted in: Japan rail operator gives up plan to launch maglev train in 2027 See in context

Possible, the 'water' issue being used to kill this project, that likely cannot be justified on any economic basis.

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Posted in: Japan's February jobless rate rises to 2.6% See in context

What jump out below, highly cyclical areas consumers cut in a down-turn. Seems recession already here, just like US. GDP positive due to huge Govt. deficit spending and high prices, but underlying activity clearly dropping.

Among sectors that shed job offers in February, the manufacturing sector declined 8.7 percent, while the accommodation and food services sector fell 8.4 percent. The lifestyle and entertainment services sector shrank 7.9 percent.

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Posted in: Kobayashi Pharmaceutical factory inspected over dietary supplement deaths, illnesses See in context

in my opinion, "large scale commercial production" of supplement products opens up a whole can of germs and their byproducts.

Makes sense, something changed in their production, probably due to trying to scale up too quickly, quality control, etc. Seems they had strong growing demand.

As many suffer high cholesterol, especially older folks, and many prefer an easy short-cut. Better to make dietary and lifestyle changes, than supplement risk.

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Posted in: Japan to maintain trade sanctions on Russia for another year See in context

Sanctions and trade with Russia relatively minor. Multi polar world Russia's building with China and BRICS, far riskier in terms of economics/markets & military conflict.

BRICS de-dollarization, real basis for rapidly rising global tensions to include sanctions, multi-polar growing pains.

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Posted in: Yellow sand observed over Tokyo, Osaka See in context

Yellow sand a lot like inflation/deflation, everyone realizes something's not right, but understanding root causes and solutions, difficult and not easy to achieve.

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Posted in: Kishida seeks meeting with N Korean leader and end to deflation See in context

NK not interested in US satellite Democracy, they wish to preserve their way of life, while engaging world thru the non-domestic interference partnership format of BRICS.

They're on their way, especially as they've established a serious nuclear deterrence. Far better for Japan and others to pursue engagement of NK in a constructive manner, especially once their admitted into the BRICS.

It turns out LOTS of countries like NK, do not want to be ravaged by $ based global inflation and/or deflation. BRICS allows member countries to use their currencies.

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Posted in: Network political contributors have a long history, but are they more trouble than they're worth? See in context

For example, many political contributors now using X platform, as alternative media. Because of the review system in place on X, false or misleading information is quickly identified, so consumers naturally feel far more confident in the content integrity and validity.

Big traditional and cable media often won't even cover topical issues, like the #1 voting issue right now, open borders, illegal immigration, and the crime it's creating.

Intentional big media omission of important subjects like above is suppression, and most political contributors don't like it because voters are their audience, and top issues matter the most to them. X has found a sweet spot, gap in market, for political contributors to thus thrive.

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Posted in: Network political contributors have a long history, but are they more trouble than they're worth? See in context

Major traditional networks, ABC, NBC and CBS lean heavily toward democratic party. Within cable, CNN and MSNBC ditto. Fox only major outlet leaning republican.

Media industry campaign donations also heavily favor democratic party not surprisingly, usually upwards of 90%.

It's why so many now tune out major media above and tune-in other sources and influencers that are far more balanced and objective, rather than simply political arms of the Democratic Party, with the exception of Fox.

Many serious political contributors now prefer to build their own digital ecosystems, rather than participate in above corrupt media, controlled by hidden stakeholders with clear political agenda and bias.

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Posted in: Putin says he won't start war with NATO, but Western bases hosting Ukraine F-16s would be targets See in context

From my understanding, F16 airfield requirements make them not viable for Ukraine at this stage of the war. Combat aircraft with far less need for runway, or even no runway, would thus be far more suitable.

But the above's been known for years, another NATO tactical miss-step, nothing new.

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Posted in: Putin says he won't start war with NATO, but Western bases hosting Ukraine F-16s would be targets See in context

Keep in mind the newest Russian glide bombs are semi missiles, propelled for 50+ miles before gliding with no electronic signature. They're also 3 metric tons in weight.

Above means no airfields in Ukraine will be operational, easy target, thus F16 NATO direct involvement quandry.

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Posted in: Putin says he won't start war with NATO, but Western bases hosting Ukraine F-16s would be targets See in context

It's important for JT readers to understand context for the F16s urgency. The Patriot batteries have been greatly marginalized due to Russian technological advances with glide bombs especially.

Same glide bombs will destroy airfields within Ukraine, so question becomes how can Ukraine's Airforce utilize F16s independently without NATO direct involvement?

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Posted in: Plunging births push Japanese diaper maker to switch to adult market See in context

Follow the market, demographics is destiny, can't blame these diaper companies for trusting their market research!

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Posted in: Japan enacts revised ¥112.57 tril budget for FY2024 See in context

Let's see...about 30 trillion will be debt service and another 30 trillion deficit spending. Nice budget, over half with no economic value or unsustainable.

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Posted in: Kishida seeks meeting with N Korean leader and end to deflation See in context

HopeSpringsEternalToday 08:58 am JST

NK and deflation an odd combination. NK has clear vision, BRICS and de-dollarization, no interest in US satellite Democracy. NK has no sovereign debt either, so their future is not mortgaged to the hilt like Japan.

NK looks at Japan, sees EXACTLY path not to pursue. They prefer their independence within the partnership framework of BRICS they seek to join.

Yes, when you people are starving to death, you are the winner!!!

Just call balls and strikes, NK has clear path to prosperity, they're all in on multi-polar BRICS, Japan's wasting its time. Best to open up markets slowly and engage in win:win, not diplomatic, build real goodwill.

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Posted in: Trump's team cites First Amendment in contesting charges in Georgia election interference case See in context

The DA issues don't take away from Trump's attempt at vote tampering. Not at all.

Two points. DA takes away from timing. Second, what you and media call vote tampering, others call trying to ensure integrity of the election. Executive power's scope includes issues pertaining to election integrity.

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Posted in: Putin says he won't start war with NATO, but Western bases hosting Ukraine F-16s would be targets See in context

If Ukraine's unable to utilize F16s 100% independently of NATO, then question becomes, does NATO wish to directly engage Russia in this Ukraine conflict?

NATO members for example, French likely would be ok with above while Germany would not be with direct NATO involvement. Thus, no NATO consensus on F16s.

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Posted in: Putin says he won't start war with NATO, but Western bases hosting Ukraine F-16s would be targets See in context

Below article details 'risk' to Raytheon Patriot business, as US Govt. not interested in these expensive Patriot batteries 1B+ being destroyed with their $3M per missile cost by cheap Russian glide bombs.

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Russia’s Glide-Bombs Are ‘Miracle Weapons.’ And Ukraine Is Still Months Away From Fighting Back With F-16s.

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Posted in: Putin says he won't start war with NATO, but Western bases hosting Ukraine F-16s would be targets See in context

2020hindsightsToday  09:44 am JST

HopeSpringsEternal

Ukraine's situation desperate, losing 4 Patriot Batteries to Russia glide bombs this month hugely impacted battlefield & Ukraine's viability to avoid failed state status.

That didn't happen. Ukraine haven't lost Patriot Batteries.

SEE above, JT readers prefer factual comments.

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