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Posted in: Caroline Kennedy arrives in Australia to take up ambassador post See in context

Her arrival comes more than halfway through President Joe Biden's term

Actually, her arrival comes about a third of the way through Joe Biden's term. It may be a small point, but why does a paid AFP journalist write a line like this without checking (or caring) if it's correct? And why does their editor let it remain?

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Posted in: Indo-Pacific alignment against China still elusive despite Biden trip See in context

There's an interesting historical parallel here. China is relentlessly pushing its authoritarian model across the Pacific, reaching further and further into the neighborhoods of the US, Australia and New Zealand. Now that they've established a 'base' in the Solomons, the west if finally starting to take notice and push back. Similar dynamic played out in 1942 when Imperial Japanese forces pushed as far as to set up a base on Guadalcanal in the Solomons, right where Honiara is today, causing the US to finally hit back.

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Posted in: Eye-openers in Akatsuka, a northwestern Tokyo suburb See in context

I discovered this pretty little park when riding my bike up to the river one weekend. I'm sure there are hundreds of similarly surprising and rewarding spots all around Tokyo. They really help to offset the less pleasant parts of Tokyo -- crowds, traffic, noise, etc.

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Posted in: U.S. pays $2 mil a month to protect Pompeo, aide from Iran threat See in context

bass4funk: You praise Pompeo, a man who served as the most loyal cabinet officer of the most destructive president the US has had in over a century. Pompeo supported the trashing of our alliances and the weakening of NATO, undermined our diplomats and intel services, and silently acquiesced in Trump's despicable groveling and hero worshipping of dangerous dictators like Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin. All this led to where we are today. Putin was getting everything he wanted out of Trump, including tacit support for his takeover of Ukraine. Pompeo supported Trump in this. Thank God the US has a 'normal' president again, who has managed to reunify its allies to oppose tyranny. No thanks to Mike Pompeo.

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Posted in: U.S. pays $2 mil a month to protect Pompeo, aide from Iran threat See in context

bass4funk: But he helped kill two of the greatest terrorists in recent memory, good enough for me and good enough for the families that these people killed and did so unapologetically., now That’s a warrior.

Since Obama took out Bin Laden you'll no doubt be consistent with your lavish praise for the man who gave the order vs Pompeo who was not in the chain of command and simply basked in the glow of his boss.

That would be, hIs boss who still cherishes the 'love letters' he received from your North Korean threat, and who took the side of your 'crazy madman in Russia' over the unanimous assessments of his own intel people. The same intel people who found Bin Laden. You're all over the map.

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Posted in: U.S. pays $2 mil a month to protect Pompeo, aide from Iran threat See in context

Pompeo caused great harm to the US and the world. He was on the call when Trump tried to extort Ukraine's president by withholding needed defense aid, lied about it afterwards, consistently supported Trump's lies about this corrupt fiasco, all of which undoubtedly delighted Putin and other tyrants around the world. He threw his own ambassador to Ukraine under the bus, thus besmirching his office and his oath, just to please his demented boss. Even in recent weeks he has praised Putin. None of this made the US or the world safer. Whatever benefits he is getting from the US taxpayer are too much.

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Posted in: Lessons on climate grief from the people of the sea ice See in context

Theres more ice now than ever. We're good. Theyr'e good. We're all going to be just fine.

Yeah, uh.. no. We're not, and your 'data' is the very definition of cherry-picked and disingenuous.

We can dispense with your first reference, a publication whose name (NoTricksZone) conveys a sense of its reliability. (One commenter in the paper you referenced described it thusly: ...a blog where authors and commenters call the greenhouse effect a hoax and can’t do proper math …)

And you really should read all the way to the end of the other paper you reference. Here, let me help:

Climate projections forecast the total disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic by 2040, with the exception of the Last Ice Area. The Last Ice Area might represent the last refuge for ice-dependent species as the world warms.

I would say, nice try, but what you're trying to do isn't... nice.

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Posted in: China sentences Canadian to 11 years in case tied to Huawei See in context

I've been on the fence about whether the world should boycott the Beijing winter Olympics, but this breaks the camel's back. Boycott!

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Posted in: Japanese media call on U.S. to review visa changes for journalists See in context

This move is shortsighted in the extreme, just one more malicious, incompetent stunt by Trump and his right wing crazies to put a thumb in the eye of longstanding US allies. Chinese journalists have already been squeezed in the US by having to register as government entities, which Japanese journalists are not required to do. This move is pointless, unless you think there's suddenly a dire need to restrict international reporting on the US by all countries, including free, democratic ones.

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Posted in: Japan to ease entry ban to allow long-term stays from Oct 1, but not tourists See in context

If anyone has experience getting the PCR test in the States 72 hours before returning to Japan please post your experience. I have been unable to find such a provider in Florida yet. I guess these travelers will have that problem as well.

I'm using a company called The Covid Consultants. They send you a package by Fedex, you spit into a packet, return it to them overnight, they get the result in 24 hours and email to you. You print it out and take it to the airport.

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