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Posted in: Japanese firms brace for economic contraction after Olympics See in context

will be

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Posted in: Japanese firms brace for economic contraction after Olympics See in context

As I've been saying for years, the Olympics will Japan's swan song.

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Posted in: 'All roads lead to Putin': Impeachment ties Ukraine, Russia See in context

How to avoid being called a Russian agent online:

Don’t be Russian

Support all US wars

Trust the CIA

Believe everything the TV tells you

Get excited for President Pete

Reject the evil Hawaiian woman

Believe all problems began January 2017

Obey

Obey

Obey

Obey

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Posted in: Finnair’s Sapporo flights to become year-round See in context

Finnair: hard to imagine, but worse than United.

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Posted in: Web inventor has an ambitious plan to take back the net See in context

So he’s saying there should be rules and no rules at the same time.

I think he's saying that western oligarchs get to make the rules.

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Posted in: WADA panel recommends neutral status for Russia at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Russia should boycott the Olympics altogether and hold some event for their athletes in the Kurils in late July and early August of next year.

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Posted in: New acts rule Grammys as Lizzo, Lil Nas, Eilish lead in nominationss See in context

That Lizzo alone represents an 5 AKBs.

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Posted in: U.S. diplomat says top levels of Trump administration were in on Ukraine pressure See in context

"the Ukrainians needed those funds to fight against Russian aggression."

Actually, the funds were needed to lethally arm neo-Nazis to carry out ethnic cleansing in eastern Ukraine. But, hey, why quibble over minor details like that? Even Obama was against this.

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Posted in: U.S. official denies knowing Ukraine aid linked to Biden probe See in context

Russian interference and meddling in US elections and politics

Clickbait amounting to a tiny percentage of what was spent on the election. OOooooo, big time "meddling." Poor American democracy is so fragile. Funny how PT never mentions Cambridge Analytica.

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Posted in: Sweden drops Assange rape investigation after 9 years See in context

Fifth, almost entirely omitted from current media reporting is that the initial Swedish preliminary investigation in 2010 was dropped after the chief prosecutor of Stockholm concluded that “the evidence did not disclose any evidence of rape” and that “no crime at all” had been committed. Text messages between the two women, which were later revealed, do not complain of rape. Rather, they show that the women “did not want to put any charges on JA but that the police were keen on getting a grip on him” and that they “only wanted him to take a test”. One wrote that “it was the police who made up the charges” and told a friend that she felt that she had been “railroaded by police and others around her”.

https://justice4assange.com/Note-to-editors-Sweden.html

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Posted in: Abe denies allegations his office covered expenses for supporters See in context

If PM Abes supporters choose to pay to attend a cherry blossom watching trip, and pay for it themself, whats the problem. It isnt their fault the accomodation and food was so cheap. Its just opposition parties trying to cause trouble.

Yeah! Who cares that the cherry blossom viewing event that these political supporters of Abe were attending was paid for with taxpayer money to the tune of more than 55 million yen?

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Posted in: Chinese swimming star defends failure to take doping test See in context

He should have to right to refuse being injected with a needle and having his blood taken against his will.

He does have this right, but he doesn't have a right to compete in FINA sanctioned events without complying with their rules.

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Posted in: Pelosi says Trump’s Ukraine actions amount to ‘bribery’ See in context

Given how rich Pelosi and her husband are, I bet she knows a thing or two about bribery.

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Posted in: Bolivia battles to restore stability as fallen Morales reaches Mexico See in context

Hopefully, the people won't stand for this coup of their democratically elected leader. The OAS is a a U.S.-corrupted puppet.

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Posted in: Democrats vow to insulate impeachment inquiry from 'sham investigations' See in context

Selling arms to a neo-Nazi, failed state like Ukraine should really be the impeachable offense.

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Posted in: Morales says he's headed for Mexico as clashes rock Bolivia See in context

Only to some here is a democratically elected president a "arbitrary dictator." Up is down, apples are oranges, huh?

...was followed by Morales' clumsy attempted rig the subsequent election

What's rigged is the OAS--with U.S. empire money. Any election outcome the U.S. doesn't like is a "rigged" one. So much concern for the people .

"Bolivian Coup Comes Less Than a Week After Morales Stopped Multinational Firm's Lithium Deal"

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/11/bolivian-coup-comes-less-week-after-morales-stopped-multinational-firms-lithium-deal

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Posted in: U.S. military ops in Syria getting complicated for Washington See in context

Most of the oil in Syria is nowhere near Kurdish lands.

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Posted in: U.S. military ops in Syria getting complicated for Washington See in context

It's not the SDF's, either.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police fire tear gas as chaos grips city See in context

These protestors seem to be quite geared up. Wonder who their benefactors are?

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Posted in: Hong Kong police shoot protester as activists block streets See in context

These cops need Glocks.

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Posted in: Defiant Koike confronts IOC over moving Olympic marathon See in context

Interesting that the completion rates in Doha were comparable to past marathons and no one suffered heat stroke (the more serious condition) and no one came anywhere close to dying.

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Posted in: Luxury travel See in context

Oh, baby, do I want to drink a beer in one of those seats.

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Posted in: Defiant Koike confronts IOC over moving Olympic marathon See in context

Civil twilight will be at about 4:30 am on that date in Tokyo, just start the Marathon then--should be cool enough. And if some runners drop out, so be it.

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Posted in: Tokyoites split over holding 2020 Olympic events in Sapporo: survey See in context

There have been several cases where events have been in other cities

Interesting and I'm aware of some of these cases, but not quite what I was getting at. Maybe I should have said: "Is this the first time a host city has had an unplanned change of venue due to inadequate facilities/environment?"

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Posted in: NHK sues head of minor political party over unpaid subscription fees See in context

They COULD do it, but by going "pay per view" they stand to lose a HUGE percentage of their current customer base, as many people would probably "opt out" of their scheme!

I definitely would. And it would mean they would have to lower their subscription price to a price point attractive to viewers. Not sure how much I would pay a month for NHK...maybe 300 yen.

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Posted in: Tokyoites split over holding 2020 Olympic events in Sapporo: survey See in context

Will this be the first time a host city was incapable of holding all the events?

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Posted in: Burger King has 'Ghost Whopper' at 'Shibuya Ghost Store' with zombie staff See in context

That's pretty clever.

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Posted in: Japan sees signs of mood in S Korea to defuse tensions: Suga See in context

And the sinusoidal wave of Japan/Korea relations ticks up once again. I've been seeing this for 30 years now...yawn.

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Posted in: Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Gion to forbid photos on private roads See in context

I just pulled up Google maps and looked at which areas in Gion were available for street view--almost all. So pictures are okay in all those areas...where the hell else do you need to take a photo?

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Posted in: Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Gion to forbid photos on private roads See in context

It's interesting how they're framing this as an anti-photography law, when actually, it's a trespassing law.

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