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Posted in: Trump ousts hawkish Bolton, dissenter on foreign policy See in context

gokai_wo_maneku

Trump says he fired Bolton. Bolton says he resigned. Is the USA now a place where both of these are true at the same time?

Let’s face it, Trump lies ALL the time. Bolton probably only lies SOME of the time. I go with Bolton’s version of events.

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Posted in: Trump says Cohen hearing may have contributed to North Korea summit failure See in context

There is an unwritten rule that Americans support the President while overseas. This may not have happened to another President. But Trump has only himself to blame. No other President treated the ‘other side’ with such malicious contempt. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Trump’s dwindling list of allies will eventually run out.

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Posted in: Senator's dramatic demand spurs panel to seek FBI Kavanaugh probe See in context

@cla68

‘The FBI has already said that it doesn’t fall in their purview.’

did you hear that on Fox News?

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Posted in: Trump vents anger on NATO allies, EU, Trudeau See in context

Digging in to the chronology of this story I have changed my view. It seems Trump launched the first volley on this post summit fray. As usual I’m disappointed and embarrassed by the guy.

How all this effects the summit with Kim is not so clear. The Kim’s always use a similar style of negotiating themselves. I expect it to be a surreal display in any case.

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Posted in: Trump threatens U.S. allies on trade before leaving G7 summit See in context

Wtfjapan

The same argument can be made against the other G7 leaders. No one wins a trade war. At least in the short term. And the US does have the largest stick.

Again, I don’t support Trump but I also believe we who oppose have to frame our aurguements and positions in a way that will win his supporters over. Not drive them deeper into the darkness.

The dairy issue is relatively small but both sides are focusing on it for a reason. It is a grassroots (pun!) issue. It’s a people issue. Those who dismiss Trump’s point of view so easily are making a big mistake. In the end for whatever (good?) reasons Canada may have they are in fact protecting the market. They need to use finesse to win their argument. Trudeau’s statement that Canadians won’t be pushed around while walking out the door of their compromise meeting was shooting a volley. The Resistance can deny that all they want. Trump returned fire as could be predicted. The surprise was with Trudeau not Trump. But The Resistance frames it as Trump’s responsibility, his amateur behavior. Well I can tell you his supports won’t buy that. Result, a deeper divide.

Not well played in my opinion by Trudeau if his goal is to get back to business as usual.

I say this as someone anxious to get Trump out of office.

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Posted in: Trump threatens U.S. allies on trade before leaving G7 summit See in context

‘That makes Trudeau’s position much stronger. Unlike Trump, he has the support of his people.’

Unfortunately this is not quiet true. Trump’s numbers are rising. He got elected in the first place partially because the Dems abandoned the working class. I understand trade is a very complicated issue. But when it gets argued in simple terms in the media Trump wins. He looks like he is the one fighting for the working class. While his opposition looks more concerned with the G7.

I want Trump out. But the opposition keeps using tactics which just make him stronger.

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Posted in: Trump vents anger on NATO allies, EU, Trudeau See in context

Strangerland

So you seem to agree with Trump, Trudeau used his statement to undermine Trump. That may work to boost his popularity, as Trump’s aggressiveness boosts his with his supporters. But is it the best way to make true progress on the issue? I doubt it. And more importantly Trump’s supporters will just dig deeper. And Trump will gain more support with the American working class. In the end I believe cooler heads will prevail over trade. But the way this spins in the media just reinforces the perception Trump is misrepresented in the media. Trudeau is given a pass in this drama. Trump supporters see this and that deepens the divide and mistrust. Trump winds up looking like he cares more about the American worker while the press cares more about NATO and the G7.

As far as Kim. Who knows? Maybe Kim will relate to Trump’s style. That whole spectacle is like a Saturday Night sketch. Let’s hope the comedy improve doesn’t go off the rails.

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Posted in: Trump vents anger on NATO allies, EU, Trudeau See in context

I want Trump gone as badly as the next guy. But his opponents just keep giving him all the political boost he needs to keep on ‘winning’.

We all know the various positions on NATO and tariffs and the hard deep divisions around them. But didnt they all just try to meet on some sort of common ground? Did Trudeau need to attack Trump at this moment, when the ink was not even dry? Why? Is that diplomacy? As Trump leaves on an important mission where is good faith of allies? I get it Trump is a jerk and I want him gone. But by issuing his strong statement Trudeau basically challenged Trump. When you challenge Trump you get slapped. We all know this. What did Trudeau think he would gain? Fight around the table. Not in the media. That is where you lose to Trump. Now Trump looks like the tough guy who doesn’t back down. The opposition can complain all they like. Trump wins this round again.

Please let’s stop making this easy on him.

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Posted in: Trump's angry tweets leave G7 in disarray; Abe in delicate situation See in context

I really want Trump to go away. But if the opposition keeps simply attacking his fight for trade equality they will pave the way to his reelection.

Tarrifs, quotas and subsidies make ‘free’ trade extremely complicated. It’s easy to point out imbalances and unfair trade practices. Trump is, in a ham-fisted way, fighting for American industries. At this point he is controlling the domestic political argument. And the American worker will respond. When will the Dems remember their base should be the American worker?

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Posted in: Tokyo is world city facing greatest risks: Lloyd's index See in context

‘Japan/Tokyo should worry about the next megaquake coming its way than the media-hyped NK bogeyman threat.’

I’m sure the insurance company has included natural disasters into the equation. I haven’t read the report but I would bet the NK threat is just one part of the whole appraisal.

I imagine the insurer is most concerned about the NK threat because of the scale and the recovery time. Cleaning up after an earthquake would be small potatoes in comparison. If NK were to use its bombs (small probability) the resulting damage would be off the scales (high risk). They are talking about the risk level, not the probability level. At the end of the day the insurer needs to cover for all posabilities. Especially the very, very expensive ones.

I imagine as a result of this report we will see more policies written to exclude acts of war.

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Posted in: Tokyo is world city facing greatest risks: Lloyd's index See in context

‘Seoul is the capital of a developed country and has 10 million people, Tokyo has 13 million though a larger hinterland.’

The relative effect may be greater for Korea if Seoul was destroyed, I have no proof either way. But the insurers aren’t gauging relative damage. They are gauging straight economic losses. What would an insurer have to pay out to compensate for damage?

I’ve been to Seoul and Tokyo. I’d rather pick up the tab on Seoul. Tokyo is in another league economically.

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Posted in: Tokyo is world city facing greatest risks: Lloyd's index See in context

I think critics of this report may be confusing probability with risk. Yes Seoul may have a similar, maybe even a greater, chance of being hit by NK. But they risk much less. Remember this report focuses on economic risk. And Tokyo would suffer greater economic loss if attacked. That is what the insurance people are gauging.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing daughter after she reportedly kills her mother See in context

No way. I don’t believe this guy for a second.

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Posted in: Trump considers benching Giuliani from doing TV interviews See in context

Trump likes to weave chaos. Guiliana’s performances could be intended to just bring more chaos to the mix. From a PR stand point it could work. People are fatigued. Truth has become essentially irrelevant. No one trusts anyone to be bringing the true facts out.

But from a legal stand point it won’t be so easy. At some point the facts will be nailed down.

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Posted in: Trump reimbursed lawyer for payment to porn star: Giuliani See in context

‘Looks like our Prez is a cash cow for lying porn stars.’

That’s unfair. She seems to be only one on the up and up here.

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Posted in: Trump reimbursed lawyer for payment to porn star: Giuliani See in context

‘At least we'll never ever ever have to hear the sanctimonious religious and moral hyperventilation from the GOP ever ever again ‘

It is a nice sentiment but seriously, hypocrisy is something you can bank on.

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Posted in: Trump reimbursed lawyer for payment to porn star: Giuliani See in context

What a mess Trump is. He spins chaos. Remember Get Smart? It looks like Chaos is in Control now.

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Posted in: Trump lawyer Cohen will invoke 5th Amendment rights in Stormy Daniels case See in context

‘When your lawyer needs a lawyer it’s time to get a lawyer.

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Posted in: U.S. concerned about sexual harassment in Japan: report See in context

I find this interesting.

In the US when someone brings up a specific case of sexual harassment, like Trump’s, the opposition points to something like Clinton and says, hypocrite! Thankfully as a society we are moving past this nonsense. The issue is bigger than political sides or countries.

Why do people have this need to deflect? If the report is not true make that case.

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Posted in: U.S. concerned about sexual harassment in Japan: report See in context

Any government is a huge bureaucracy. There are segregated areas of responsibility. The State Department is not responsible for commenting on domestic issues. That should be pretty clear.

But to the bigger argument, that no member of any government should criticize another country’s actions unless the country in question is free of fault. Is that really desirable? Or even logical?

I don’t think so. There are many competing voices in the world. Many in the US government are very critical of our national shortcomings. I believe just because they have not succeeded in solving our problems negates the need for them to voice their views internationally . Communicating with words is the best way for countries to make change happen.

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Posted in: N Korea's Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests See in context

“The process could take longer than Trump term in office.”

Indeed. The the 2018 World Series could take longer than that.

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Posted in: N Korea's Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests See in context

I predict Kim will get exactly what he wants.

He will keep his weapons, agreeing only to limits. The sanctions will be mostly lifted. His security to run NK the way he wants will be quaranteed. He will even improve conditions in NK.

I think he played his hand perfectly. The little bastard.

Of course Trump might insist on having the weapons. Then all bets are off.

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Posted in: U.S. concerned about sexual harassment in Japan: report See in context

As an American connected to both countries it’s clear to me they both have major social problems. They deal with these problems in very different ways. One thing is common, all politicians respond when being exposed for their shortcomings.

I welcome this report. Anything that sheds light on an issue is a good thing.

Of course America has no right to be self righteous. But leaving our selves out of this report I think may have more to do with the role of the State Department. It is to monitor international conditions.

America needs lots of work. I would welcome any report that sheds light on our problems too. As long as it is honest. There is a pretty high level of self reflection and criticism in the US. But not enough, obviously, as the problems persist.

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Posted in: Trump has decided to remove his national security adviser: Washington Post See in context

Soon the only people left will be his family.

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Posted in: Razzie Awards name 'The Emoji Movie' worst film of 2017 See in context

Moonlighting, Three Billboards, Lady Bird, The Florida Project....I can’t take the time to list out all the quality movies produce lately. You need to get out more. Or take off the blinders.

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Posted in: Saying 'Me Too' in Japan carries risk of being criticized, ignored See in context

I get so fed up with life in America sometimes. I start thinking about moving back to Japan then I’m reminded, men screw things up everywhere.

Hey men, unless we are part of the solution we are part of the problem.

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Posted in: Hokkaido man to sue gov't over forced sterilization under eugenics law See in context

Eugenics was the law of the land in the USA too. Forced sterilizations and all that. It was a great liberal cause. Even the great Oliver Wendell Holmes, the ultimate progressive champion, supported it and the laws were upheld in the Supreme Court.

In many ways it’s still practiced in the USA today. For instance, Down Syndrome babies are routinely aborted. We will never be free of this. Don’t just point fingers at the Nazis and Imperial Japan.

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Posted in: Coincheck may be unable to reimburse customers after theft See in context

rocknroll

im not sure what they can do. It’s untracable. If Coincheck broke laws they can be punished. Probably fines. But the money is untracable and uninsured.

i understand Bitcoin hasnt been hacked yet. But isnt just a matter of time? I put my faith in common sense solutions.

the old saying, you can’t cheat an honest man comes to mind.

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Posted in: Coincheck may be unable to reimburse customers after theft See in context

My understanding of crypto currency is limited. But it seems at its heart its value is in being an unaccountable ‘currency’. If that is a fair characterization then I see the value for those looking to hide something. But it strikes me the lack of transparency also makes theft harder to track.

Of course at the moment it’s perceived value is its get quick allure.

Of course I could be dead wrong. But I have no interest in finding out first hand.

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Posted in: CBS suspends Charlie Rose; PBS halts his show following allegations See in context

‘What’s going on here?’

seems pretty obvious. There is a cultural shift and the male dominated power structure that enabled these sorts of actions for ever is beginning to crack.

i hope it starts in Japan.

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