‘my high school bandmates’
Tony lives in my area and has played at my venue. He is a nice guy. He loved my wife’s ramen we serve there.
Dylan’s tune is a stark tune for stark times. A funeral dirge for a lost America.
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It always drove me crazy when I lived in Japan. Watching parents walk through parking lots with their toddlers trailing behind them. Seemed very common.
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“You're joking, right? In Tokyo the kombini, supermarkets and drugstores were quickly stripped bare “
Not in my area. I was deeply impressed by the restrain on display. I often relate that to my fellow Americans.
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bass4funkToday 09:06 am JST
Trump fired the Pandemic task force in 2018. It doesn’t take miracles. It takes science.
“Actually, he didn’t fire him, it was Bolton that did. But he has a team, so we should let them do their job. Harping on them, won’t help the public, it definitely won’t help the Democrats.”
Typical cult response. You asked and I answered. Your come back is very lacking indeed. You referenced expecting a miracle. Funny enough this is what Trump mentioned would end it.
Lets not forget Trump called for Obama to resign during the Ebola outbreak. Typical bully, he can dish it out but whines when he gets called out. Shameful time to be an American.
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After Don JR accused Dems of ‘wanting millions and millions to die’ so it would hurt his Daddy, Pence came out and defended the remarks. Saying junior’s message was ‘let’s put politics aside.’ Meanwhile, Daddy, as usual can’t stop patting himself on the back in between denouncing the Dems.
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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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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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‘The FBI has already said that it doesn’t fall in their purview.’
did you hear that on Fox News?
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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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‘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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‘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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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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No way. I don’t believe this guy for a second.
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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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‘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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‘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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What a mess Trump is. He spins chaos. Remember Get Smart? It looks like Chaos is in Control now.
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‘When your lawyer needs a lawyer it’s time to get a lawyer.
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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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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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“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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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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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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