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Posted in: U.S. military grounds all V-22 Osprey aircraft after Japan crash See in context

This is just a cautionary move. We all know by now that the V-22 is the safest aircraft statistically speaking and that all the accidents have been due to pilot error. Right?

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Posted in: Taxi driver arrested for running over pigeon See in context

I'm sure its not all Tokyo taxi drivers, but from my experience, they have short tempers and are very territorial. I once parked in a 'taxi only area' (and it was huge, plenty of space) and instantly a taxi driver pulled up beside me and started yelling and screaming at me.

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Posted in: Waiting for Shohei: MLB free-agent market slow as Ohtani mulls big money See in context

I'd love to Ohtani on the Blue Jays, but I'd hate to see him disappointed if they end up like the Angels. The Jays have a two year window before most of their studs go to free agency.

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Posted in: Japan hopes for early easing of tensions in Gaza, Kishida tells Israel president See in context

"... tensions in Gaza"

Just call it what it is. Collective punishment at minimum.

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Posted in: U.S. Osprey with 6 aboard crashes into ocean near Yakushima; one death confirmed See in context

I think there is an 'incident' involving an Osprey at least once a year either in Japan or globally, and the reaction from the "Team America" peeps is always "They are safer than helicopters". Hmmm, maybe they should think about either correcting the design flaw or leaving Asia all together.

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Posted in: Biden turns 81 as voters show concern about age See in context

I can't imagine what his condition will be like in 5 years, let alone 6 months from now. They say the job of POTUS adds years to your body. Biden must be in his 90s by now having to deal with two wars and all the domestic issues in the US, oh and climate change!

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Posted in: Patients and staff leave Gaza's biggest hospital; dozens killed at crowded refugee camp See in context

The IDF are clowns. They showed a simple calendar on the wall of a hospital and said it was a Hamas hostage supervision schedule.

Then they showed an MRI machine and said it was really a portal to an underground tunnel system used by Hamas.

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Posted in: Japan cracking down on illegal taxis as tourism boom drives demand See in context

because it's operated by senior driver who know cities better than younger driver that operate licensed taxis.

I can assure you thats not the case in Japan.

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Posted in: Cannabis-derived gummies probed after 9 fall ill in Tokyo See in context

This is what happens when you make something used by millions around the world illegal. You get people making things from home that aren't properly tested. Just imagine if they banned alcohol. You would have people making and selling all kinds of concoctions from their 1DK apartments in Ikebukaro. Reminds me of the 75+ year old teacher that made yogurt at home and then fed it to his students who all got sick.

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Posted in: ‘The Marvels’ melts down at box office See in context

I shouldn't say I don't like watching Marvel movies because I liked Ironman and Batman (Yeah, I know DC). Anyways, the others don't appeal to me. Same formula all the time; big fight scene at the end, good vs evil, big special effects and a very simple story line. Nowadays when I want to watch a movie, I want to watch a movie that makes you think with real acting. Fight Club, Fargo, or Shawshank Redemption, Matrix etc. Even Joker made you scratch your head after. Its like, I understand what Hollywood is doing because it can't gamble on movies like it used to but sequel after sequel and reboot after reboot is getting lame.

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Posted in: Feeling crowded yet? Census Bureau estimates world's population has passed 8 billion See in context

I thought the photo was of a pro-Palestinian rally (because they are getting huge!)

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Posted in: Israel fights Hamas deep in Gaza City and foresees control of enclave’s security after war See in context

So they want to create "Mini Gazas" in the West Bank, and turn Gaza into the West Bank and occupy it again. Dear Lord! What an absolute nightmare the Zionists have created.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing at least 50 air conditioner units in Gunma See in context

Stealing metal parts for cash has become increasingly common in many countries around the planet Earth recently. In North America (Canada and the United States of America) it has become quite common for criminals to steal the Catalytic converter because of its platinum components. I often wonder why criminals in Japan have opted to stealing AC units vs auto parts.

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Posted in: Former pro baseball player gets 16 months in prison for stealing whisky from supermarket See in context

I found an interesting article on Ono. Gives you his backstory.


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Posted in: Pressure rises on Israel to pause fighting and ease siege as battles intensify near Gaza City See in context

First off, this is neither a genocide or ethnic cleansing. Please stop using these terms. This is war. Using these words is quite irresponsible. If Israel wanted to to commit genocide or ethnic cleansing, they could have done it many times over.

"This is war"

Are you serious? That sounds like something someone would say who is committing genocide, but doesn't want to admit it in public. The plan is to push all the Palestinians in Gaza into the Sinai, then create "mini Gaza's" in the West Bank and gradually drive them into Jordan. If that isn't ethnic cleansing, I don't know what is.

This is about pushing Israel out and they have every right to defend themselves, especially against an enemy who cowardly hides behind civilians.

Where does it say that Israel has a right to defend itself? Where does it say that? Is it written somewhere?

The Palestinians DO have a write to resist occupation through armed struggle. Its written here:

In 1982, UNGA Resolution 37/43 affirmed the legitimacy of the struggle for independence, territorial integrity, national unity, and liberation from foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, including armed struggle.

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Posted in: After weeks in besieged Gaza, some foreign nationals and injured Palestinians allowed to leave See in context

Its absolutely abhorrent what is taking place in Gaza right now. Even in the West Bank, over 100 Palestinians have been murdered by extremist settlers there since 10/7. Bibi's days are numbered.

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Posted in: U.S. military, diplomatic leaders urge divided Congress to send aid to both Israel and Ukraine See in context

Let Israel pay for its own wars. Ukraine too. Lots of corruption in both countries with the billions they recieve. Apparently Ukraine officials are stealing money "like there is no tomorrow"


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Posted in: Israel pushes deeper into Gaza and frees Hamas captive; Netanyahu rejects calls for cease-fire See in context

Whatever Israel does to "win" this war, it will lose in public opinion and their economy will suffer. I can't imagine tourists flocking to Israel after this massacre is over. One thing this conflict does do for the Palestinians is increase public awareness. Yasser Arafat and the PLO's hijackings in the 1970s brought global attention to the Palestinian issue, but even today people aren't really aware of what is going on in Israel and the occupied territories. Just a little research and knowledge about the issue tends to sway people in the right direction in regards to whom to support.

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Posted in: Israel pushes deeper into Gaza and frees Hamas captive; Netanyahu rejects calls for cease-fire See in context

Whenever the UK leaves its colony, it just had to bury a bomb there to make sure there will be conflicts there. 

Yup. Not many know this, but Jewish terrorism (Irgun) played a huge factor in why the British left their mandate in Palestine. The King David Hotel bombing in 1946, which targeted British officials killed 91 people and changed public opinion in the UK regarding their presence in the region. Some might even say that Israel was founded by Jewish terrorists. The brains behind the bombing of the hotel was Menachem Begin who would later become PM of Israel.

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Posted in: Fearful Maine residents stay home amid massive search for suspect in killing of 18 people See in context

Well, if there is one thing the US is good at, its selling weapons. Weapons to its own people for "defense", or weapons to other countries like Israel for "defense".

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Posted in: Israeli airstrikes surge in Gaza, killing dozens at a time in destroyed homes, witnesses say See in context

Iran, a government hated and despised by its own people, is supporting Hamas.

True, but even if you replaced Iran's theocratic government with a democratic one, there isn't any guarantee it wouldn't support Hamas. Plus, the US government (which is also despised by its own people) is supporting Israel. Why does Israel need billions of military aid every year? Its because it won't make peace with its neighbors and it keeps building settlements on land it illegally occupies.

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Posted in: Israeli airstrikes surge in Gaza, killing dozens at a time in destroyed homes, witnesses say See in context

Israel typically kills 10x more Palis when it retaliates. So if 1400 Israelis died from the Hamas campaign two weeks ago, I assume they'll be around 15k Pali casualties before this thing is over. They'll probably go higher though, especially if there is a ground invasion.

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Posted in: Japan to OK train fare hikes for holidays, weekends due to 'overtourism' concerns See in context

I swear the J-Gov is being consulted by the same handful of people that stopped tourists from entering the country during Covid. A few paranoid baba's that own shops in Kyoto want their traffic flow to be just right. Not too busy, not to slow. Not too noisy, not too many foreigners especially. Just like how it used to be.

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Posted in: After blast kills at least 500 at Gaza hospital, Hamas and Israel trade blame as rage spreads in region See in context

A misfired rocket? I doubt a Hamas or an Islamic Jihad rocket could take out an entire hospital. Even in the event of a misfire, I doubt that was the case. Its more likely that it was the IDF. They would also lie about it.

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Posted in: Israel says it won't allow aid to flow to Gaza Strip until Hamas releases hostages See in context

Thing is, Hamas broke the cardinal sin of killing too many people at once. Had they only killed or kidnapped a handful, like the IDF does when it "defends" settlers, it would have been business as usual. Maybe a few more work permits and the usual ghetto suffering for the people in Gaza.

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Posted in: Palestinians scramble for safety as Israel pounds sealed-off Gaza Strip to punish Hamas See in context

Maybe paliestines so called ally Egypt should open the border and start accepting refugees.

Thing is, Gaza is a refugee camp itself because of the creation of Israel and Arabs being kicked out of their homes.

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Posted in: Israel blockades Gaza Strip as Hamas threatens to kill captives See in context

This is just the beginning of the destruction of the terrorists

It didn't work out so well for the US in Afghanistan after 9/11 though did it? Taliban still in power there. Nothing will change in Gaza regardless of what Israel does. The US is about to give the Israelis a blank cheque to fight Hamas. You can thank US tax payers for fueling this conflict for years. No conditions put on US aid to Israel.

An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind.

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Posted in: Israeli soldiers battle Hamas on second day of surprise attack; strikes level buildings in Gaza See in context

Israel will retaliate by killing 10x as many Palestinians and by restricting them even more is usually how this plays out.

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Posted in: King Charles III's image to appear on Australian coins this year See in context

You can bet that many of those coins will be defaced with all sorts of images.

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Posted in: Japan school absenteeism at record high of nearly 300,000 in FY2022 See in context

Gaming is addictive. A study that came out a few years ago determined that almost 1 million Japanese teens are addicted to the internet. Add that to "school is boring" and Covid measures and you have kids that just want to stay home all day.

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