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Posted in: Democrats voice horror over Saudi mass executions See in context

Pardon me zichi, I unintentionally echoed one of your comments.

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Posted in: Democrats voice horror over Saudi mass executions See in context

The spending power associated with Saudi Arabian arms sales has in effect brought the silence of the present US administration.

The numbers are truly mind boggling

The beheading and then crucifixion of the headless body is monstrously barbaric. I understand one of the executed was just 16 years old at the time of his arrest.

U.S. Signs $15 Billion Saudi Arms Deal, Despite Human Rights Concerns

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Posted in: Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving See in context

The driving evaluation assessment and medical testing procedures need to be revised.

A course of instructor lead driving courses designed specifically for the over 75 could also incorporate a more thorough procedure for evaluating if the elderly person is medically fit to remain on the road.

Funding for a twice daily transport service for remote communities, also a form of car share service should be implemented.

Sincere condolences to the husband and father of Mana Matsunaga, 31, and Riko, 3.......

Kyodo News has pictures of wife and daughter.

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Posted in: Top Democrats leave open option of Trump impeachment after Mueller report See in context

The Democrats should concentrate fully on a costed and creditable policy platform.

The current 2016 policy platform is due for a update 2020 Democratic National Convention.

The 2020 presidential election is just 18 months away.

Unless there is political unity within the party, an impeachment process would be an asinine and illogical undertaking, would enquire the support of 20 republican representatives in the Senate, and divert valuable media campaigning resources away from leading and setting the 2020 presidential election political agenda.

Focus on winning 2020 presidential election...

Democratic Party Platform.......

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Posted in: 5 members of Bad Lobster biker group arrested See in context

Surely Tadpole than Lobster

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Posted in: 5 members of Bad Lobster biker group arrested See in context

Reading the headline I am expecting grizzly Hells Angel anarchy, full throat Harleys grrrrrr, not acne with attitude having teenage look at me hot flush on stripped down mopeds. More rebel without a clue....

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Posted in: What do you think Japan and South Korea should each do to ease tensions over wartime history and territorial disputes? See in context

A meaningful path to reconcile historic grievances are a fanciful pipe dream.

The Government of South Korea displays little respect for law of treaties.

The Government of Japan made a stark political and diplomatic misjudgement in 2015 entering into a bilateral agreement. on “comfort women” in the flawed belief that a “deal” of this nature could sweep such horrendous acts 'final and Irreversibly' under the carpet of history.

The whole ghastly deal has a politically poisonous level of insensitivity towards the victims.

A start would be to take the process away from the toxic influence of the political establishment of both counties.

Some form of Independent Royal commission. A program of education into all aspects of disagreement. The tone respectful and conciliatory, a move away from the barking belligerence currently deployed by Moon Jae-in Government.

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Posted in: Democrats make legal bid for all Russia probe evidence; Trump poll numbers drop See in context

I am not boo hooing, I am simply asking the current Democrat policy alternatives ?

If Donald Trump is Spectre who is the equivalent Democrat 007, Jane, James or otherwise?

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Posted in: Democrats make legal bid for all Russia probe evidence; Trump poll numbers drop See in context

The next Presidential democrat candidate? …....Chosen perhaps from the present Democrat Congressional/ left /centre?

Senator Elizabeth Warren? Or perhaps Joe Biden?

We know Beelzebub bad boy Donald Trump is lost forever doomed to a political purgatory unredeemed.

So where do we go from here? Where is the agreed Democrat policy alternative?,,,,,,,,,,

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Posted in: 'A good day': Trump claims victory with Mueller report out See in context

Honestly not blowing political raspberries at the Democrats. The Lib Dems are fielding quite a selection.

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Posted in: 'A good day': Trump claims victory with Mueller report out See in context

A crucial question to ask is what influence/effect will The Mueller Report to going to have on the 2020 Presidential Election, the campaign and or the candidates?

President Trump -- dependent on which direction one leans across Americas political divide, is viewed a constitutional bogeyman, the Dick Dastardly sent to demonise democratic socialism, a shady charlatan wedded to white suprematism. Mocked relentlessly on Saturday Night Live. It will require more than indignant outrage and accusations of political demonization to claim the Presidency

Whether Donald Trumps 2106 election campaign benefited from alleged Russian Government involvement, President Trumps naysayers will need more than Mueller Report to successfully remove Trump from office. My I ask out of the Democrats running in 2020 who is up for the task?

Meet the Major Candidates Running for President in 2020.......

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Posted in: 'A good day': Trump claims victory with Mueller report out See in context

When referring to Internet Research Agency role, in actual turning function into an overall mission and the quantifiable success rate in influencing public opinion at the ballot box.

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Posted in: 'A good day': Trump claims victory with Mueller report out See in context


I got though to Sater’s Overtures to Cohen to Travel to Russia, Volume one (Russian Interference) in an attempt to educated myself.

At this point I was questioning the logic in doing so, without adequate knowledge of the America political electoral system, large sections, whole pages are redacted.

I also started to question my own sanity. An understanding of the role of the Internet Research Agency would be helpful.

Commenters might find this link easier on the eye.

Read the Mueller Report: Searchable Document.....

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Posted in: Consumption tax hike may be delayed depending on June data: PM aide See in context

I really don't want to rain on the ruling LDP governments parade, frankly I have lost count how many promises and pledges have been announced, free preschool, all children 3 to 5 eligible, irrespective of their parents' income, revenue in the region 1.7 trillion yen expected from this 2% consumption tax hike.

Consumption tax by definition, will affect large families disproportionately.

Comprehensive Tax reform proposals need to be fully implemented. From corporate tax reorganisation, relaxation for the earns stripping rule, incentives for SME business etc etc

Most of all careful consideration given to the bottom 25%, plus a full review on government spending. Honesty, some will have to contribute more, also some benefits could be subject to means testing

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Posted in: Trump: World's greatest expert on... almost everything See in context

President Trump can be relied upon to provoke, exacerbate, and antagonize.

President Trump wallows in winds ups and mocks relentlessly, rude and ill mannered.

The quotes, some laugh out load one one-upmanship, President Trump is every lib dem panto villain.

Name calling just encourages Donald Trump legion of analysts and advisers to ever more levels of rhetorical retaliatory belligerence.

Democratic party must rise above the tantrums, some justified, some more reactionary how dare you very much, self righteous outbursts.

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Posted in: Some of Samsung's new folding phones are already breaking See in context

At $1,980 eye-wateringly expensive. As a tablet, the Galaxy Book2 12" is a fine road warrior, good display, fits in a shoulder bag and can be purchased a shade under $1000. I brought a note 9 from a auction site for 47,000 yen , 6 months old even threw in a decent leather case.

Interesting future technology certainly, however still a smart phone with a thousand dollar hinge

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Posted in: OECD says Japan's consumption tax rate should be more than doubled See in context

albaleo The functional difference is that the consumption tax in question is imposed by Government on all Japan domestic/import transactions, also on provision of services and defined/ paid at the point of purchase.

On a business in the UK Value-added tax is collected from producers according to the value added along the supply chain. It is commiserate on what the producer charges and pays for i.e raw materials and labour fees or charges for the finished product. For a UK business i find VAT exemptions more flexible I can defer.

I am of the opinion both taxes are regressive.

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Posted in: 'It has to stop': Omar says Trump encourages violence, hate See in context

The whole tragedy, the loss of life, the national conscience of animosity towards the perpetrators of 9/11 will forever be an open wound.

Politically a Pandora box of agony and pain. In respect to the families of the victims, party polities has no place so best to leave well alone.


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Posted in: OECD says Japan's consumption tax rate should be more than doubled See in context

Less government, and there will need to be savings across the board.

Politicians will need to be open and transparent in where the cuts will need to be made, and yes how tax reforms will be implemented.

Personally I have no problem in contributing more if it spent on policies that will provide a safety net to families that are most at risk

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Posted in: 'It has to stop': Omar says Trump encourages violence, hate See in context

Victimhood mentality and rhetoric from a political perspective can be as negative as much as bring about positive change.

To constantly be bombarded with a whining aggrieved form of identity politics is more than likely going antagonise and irritate, even though driven by noble intent. Apologise if that offends,

The civil liberties attached to minority groups when viewed in the context of national mainstream political campaigning, contributes to but does not necessarily win Presidential elections

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Posted in: 'It has to stop': Omar says Trump encourages violence, hate See in context

President Trump is not, never has been, either a diplomat or a politician.

President Trump has no experience of political office. This political media campaign to hound and smear is being waged against the entire Democratic Party. President Trump has a ruthlessly effective team of media analysts and advisers.

The Democrats wil need to be a whole lot smarter than just calling President Trump out.

Ilhan Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib own rhetoric and protestations are being utilised with commandingly potent results to lambaste and pillory the Democratic Party as a whole.

To politically tar and feather all Democrat politicians.

Sarah Sanders is an example.....

"I think it's a good thing that the president is calling her out for those comments and the big question is why aren't the Democrats doing it,"

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Posted in: OECD says Japan's consumption tax rate should be more than doubled See in context

There is vast difference in scale between Consumption tax and European Value Added Tax.

The amount of Consumption Tax can have a profound effect on the economy, especially implementation and collection.

Consumption tax is collected on all transactions made by all companies. Levied also on B2B business transactions, on purchases a business make for supply chain activity, services to sustain business activities. Without considerable reform and restructuring thought the entire system of Taxation.

Even small rises will have traumatic effect across the whole social economic structure of Japanese society. The counties growth model and government policies to combat depopulation.

To suggest a rise to 26%, even in incremental stages is a witlessly counterproductive endeavour.

OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria, attending a news conference in Tokyo came unprepared and fell back on stating preposterous irrational opinion. The Government of Japan needs to consider all characteristics of change to achieve a more balanced and effective system of taxation not just any single element.

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Posted in: What do you think about the habit of "manspreading" on trains? See in context

Legroom renegades, space invaders, the territorial clearance insurgent.

Irrespective of gender they capture and maraud in all shapes and sizes, even carrying musical instruments. Its enough to make one reach for the bicycle.

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Posted in: Trump wishes 'no ill will' with tweet on Muslim lawmaker, White House says See in context

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, are sound operators across a multi faceted political spectrum.

George W. Bush "I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully," …..Says it all.

I have allot of admiration for these next generation Democrats. Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib etc. I won't pretend or profess to be on the same page politically.

All these young Democrats should be able to hone there message away from student hyperbole.

For the purpose of political expediency, for effective phasing, idiom, the message needs to focus on unification between groups and communities that suffered resentment manifested from historic religious animosity

The need to be aware how rhetoric contributes as an incitement for instigating the very divisions that lead to intolerance.

Of course the same could be levelled at President Trump and his use of twitter.

Ilhan Omar could learn from this. Think before you twitter

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Posted in: Trump wishes 'no ill will' with tweet on Muslim lawmaker, White House says See in context

Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar, is a competent and skilled civil rights activist, intelligent, graduated from North Dakota State University with bachelor's degrees in political science and international studies.

Without doubt a solid grounding in political organisation and campaigning strategy.

So Ilhan Omar choice of words, irrespective of there context, the characterisation of such a heinous atrocity instigates and incites the behaviours and criticisms that Ilhan Omar and Senior Democrats should be at pains to avoid.

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Posted in: Amazon: Woody Allen's #MeToo comments wrecked movie deal See in context

First and foremost an accomplished and gifted film-maker. Reputedly morally flawed. Still a virtuoso writer/director.

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Posted in: Idol group that covered up singer’s attack by fans at home dismantles team system for 'relaunch' See in context

Whatever ones opinion on the the whole ghastly Idol entertainment genre and industry, 23-year-old Maho Yamaguchi was assaulted, the perpetrators walked away scot free, the “cover up” still a criminal offence.

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Posted in: New 'Star Wars' film titled 'The Rise of Skywalker' See in context

Repetition, cinematically so, with some toe curling dialogue, count the yippee's

Then the Romeo and Juliet, Anakin and Padme scene,

My goodness you’ve grown,” …...“So have you… grown more beautiful, I mean…” …..Little wonder Tatooine. depopulated to a dust-bowl!........

Still my nephews and nieces adore the whole Star Wars thing, after all Kylo Ren lightsabre is brighter and longer than Reys and splays out at the sides.

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Posted in: U.S. charges Assange after London arrest ends 7 years in Ecuador embassy See in context

I understand that Assange, alienated friends,supporters, even media sympathetic to WikiLeaks.

Of all the bastions and defenders of press freedoms and champions of disclosing/publishing government malfeasance, Julian Assange vanity will be the nemesis to blame for his own downfall.

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Posted in: Man stops train from leaving station in Japan; video goes viral online See in context

Pity the fellow, declining years for some brings the accompanied psychological changes. Some mellow, others gain a unique ability to inflict an infuriating level of cantankerous crotchety stroppiness.

A polite but firm return to the platform to contemplate his action whilst waiting for the next train could have the desired affect. With respect, his actions are akin to child-like attention seeking.

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