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Posted in: Sweden, Finland take steps toward NATO membership See in context

In their short history, Finland has already been attacked 3 times by the Soviets since 1918 - they've been repelled each time. Finns know not to trust them

Russia can't do squat, especially with how much trouble they're having in Ukraine. Finland and Sweden are not Ukraine. Finland and Sweden already at near NATO level and regularly train together

Putin has become the greatest recruiting tool for NATO


Though a public debate on membership has been ongoing in both countries for years, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has jolted public opinion in support of NATO. A recent poll by Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper showed that 57 percent of Swedes supported joining the military alliance, a jump from 37 percent in January of this year. In Finland, the figures were even more lopsided: soaring to 76 percent in support of membership from 28 percent in January.

The peoples of Finland and Sweden are deciding for themselves what's best for them

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Posted in: Shanghai announces gradual reopening of businesses See in context

Even low- to mid-income countries don't use Sinovacs anymore - it has lower efficacy compared to other vaccines


China was the world’s biggest Covid-19 vaccine exporter. Not any more

Shipments have dropped off this year and Chinese vaccines no longer make up the bulk of supplies in low- and middle-income countries

That is partly to do with the availability of other vaccines with better efficacy data


Top Chinese official admits vaccines have low effectiveness

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Posted in: Passengers on German train overpower knife attacker See in context

Good thing the attacker only had a knife - so that the other passengers could overpower him unarmed

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Posted in: Cardinal, pop star released on bailed in latest Hong Kong security arrests See in context

They're even arresting 90-year-old priests - how scared is this goverment

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Posted in: Philippine election winner Marcos visits dictator father's grave See in context

I remember reading reports that when it became apparent that "People Power" was becoming a force in the land and Marcos's adamant refusal to give up power was only going to upset the deeply entrenched US racket in the islands thereby posing a threat to US interests, he was given a presidential bum's rush with a one-way ticket out courtesy of the American taxpayer. Not being privy to government papers, that's just my take on the end days of the Marcos dictatorship.

Marcos already lost the support of the important military generals like Enrile - Marcos was done one way or another

The US just gave him a more dignified way out - since the US supported him and his fight against the communist separatists during the Cold War

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Posted in: Bodies found in Lake Mead renew interest in Vegas mob lore See in context

Bodies found in Lake Mead renew interest in Vegas mob lore:

Some people in US are working hard in emulating what has been going on in Mexico, where wild and point-blank shootings among drug cartels and armed drug addicts are daily affairs.


These were from decades ago - when the mobs controlled the Vegas casinos

The Vegas casinos are now owned by multi-billion corporations

Still, maybe Jimmy Hoffa's there

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Posted in: EU plan aims to help get wheat from Ukraine to the world See in context

In addition to the port blockade, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has accused Russia of stealing grain and trying to sell some on global markets. It cited official estimates indicating that Russia already may have stolen 400,000 to 500,000 metric tons of grain that cost over $100 million. It asserted that “practically all ships leaving Sevastopol with a load of grain are carrying the grain stolen from Ukraine,” referring to a major port on the Black Sea.

Why is Russia stealing grain - are they that poor

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Posted in: UK warns 'no choice but to act' to change Brexit deal See in context

So what's Britain been doing with all these negotiations and putting their signature on the Brexit deal - if they don't believe in what they have just signed

Are they just wasting everyone's time

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Posted in: N Korea reports 6 deaths, 350,000 ill after admitting COVID-19 outbreak See in context

We should send aid.

The North Korea regime has been rejecting aid

For awhile now, South Korea has been offering them aid - North Korea has not been responding

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Posted in: U.N. holds emergency meeting on Taliban crackdown on women See in context

If the Taliban want the money

These global financial assistance was agreed upon with the previous Afghan government on the condition that it should help the Afghan people - both men and women

If the new Afghan government don't do their part of the condition, then the world don't owe them the financial assistance

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Posted in: Kremlin warns of retaliation after Finland moves toward NATO See in context

In their short history, Finland has already been attacked 3 times by the Soviets since 1918 - they've been repelled each time. Finns know not to trust them

Russia can't do squat, especially with how much trouble they're having in Ukraine. Finland is not Ukraine. Finland is already at near NATO level and regularly trains together

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Posted in: U.S., Russian defense chiefs speak for 1st time since invasion See in context

Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu spoke with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday after months of refusing direct contact with his American counterpart.

Took them long enough

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Posted in: As Musk buyout looms, Twitter searches for its soul See in context

A toxic cesspool. A lifeline. A finger on the world's pulse. Twitter is all these things and more to its over 229 million users around the world — politicians, journalists, activists, celebrities, weirdos and normies, cat and dog lovers and just about anyone else with an internet connection.

It'll become even more of a cesspool

Look at 2ch, 4chan, 8chan, etc.

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Posted in: Google gets more multilingual, but will it get the nuance? See in context

"Google Debuts Smart Glasses Built With Real-Time Language Translation"

The device basically brings Google Translate to a pair of smart glasses by displaying the translated text over the lenses.


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Posted in: Elon Musk says Twitter deal 'temporarily on hold' See in context

Elon Musk said Friday that his plan to buy Twitter for $44 billion is “temporarily on hold” as he tries to pinpoint the exact number of spam and fake accounts on the social media platform, another twist amid signs of internal turmoil over the proposed acquisition.

It's a lot - but that's well-known already

Why is he acting like it's new news

Is he looking for an excuse to back out of the deal

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Posted in: Toshiba in early talks with 10 potential buyout 'partners' See in context

involve a partnership with a Chinese company. Access to 1.4 billion customers?

Not a chance

"Any move by a foreign equity fund to take Toshiba private would likely face regulatory hurdles, because the company handles sensitive sectors such as nuclear power generation and defense equipment."

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Posted in: Ex-police officer gets suspended sentence for stealing cash from house damaged by fire See in context

The case came to light in December when Misono was arrested on suspicion of using his smartphone camera to take voyeuristic videos of women. When prefectural police searched his residence, they found the bag of cash taken from the house. Some of the money was burnt.

When ya have low morals, ya have low morals everywhere

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Posted in: U.S. to host Rugby World Cup for 1st time; Australia gets 2027, 2029 events See in context

What about support for national sport??..

1st hot dog eating contest world cup !!..

Ah, for a moment there, thought you're talking about China's national sport (without the "hot") Lol

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Posted in: Should you watch end credits at the movies? Japanese celebrity’s comments spark fierce debate See in context

Just check AfterCredits.com like with the Marvel MCU movies

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Posted in: 'Jeopardy' savors run of super champions after host stumbles See in context

A lot if these shows are rigged

Jeopardy is too popular and makes too much money to jeopardize (see what I did there) themselves like that

Especially after the rigged quiz shows scandals of the 1950s, it's now illegal (criminally punishable)

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Posted in: New coronavirus strain found in Sendai See in context

Variants happen all the time, but the more the virus spreads and replicates, the more chances of variants

Hopefully, this variant doesn't amount to much

But we shouldn't give the virus too many chances to produce more variants - we don't want the chance of a dangerous variant arising

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Posted in: China digs in on zero-COVID strategy despite public's frustrations See in context

I wouldn't believe anything you read about China being reported .

Obviously its very bias .

Yes, Chinese state media censors heavily - what Putin is doing now, Chinese state media have already been doing for a long time

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Posted in: New York City's first-ever Japanese heritage parade set for next month See in context

Oh yeah, and it's going to quickly turn into pasty chunky anime cosplay day.

Cosplay is actually explicitly mentioned in the submission form as not allowed

*"OUTFIT DETAILS: All marchers should wear Japanese fashion or Japan-inspired outfits. This includes wearing traditional garments like kimono as well as more modern fashion such as street fashion, Harajuku fashion, and Lolita fashion. Please note, this does not include cosplay. The Japan Parade is looking to welcome a large number of outfits inspired by Japan, but marchers cannot dress as actual anime characters."*

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Posted in: Macron re-elected French president after far-right battle See in context

Winston Churchill was once asked whether he thought that Charles de Gaulle was a great man. “He is selfish, he is arrogant, he believes he is the center of the world,” Churchill replied. “You are quite right. He is a great man.”

Macron has a 36% approval rating. How’d he get 58% of the vote?

Simple: ya put him beside someone with an even worse approval rating

It's like in a date having a wingman who's uglier than you - you'll always come out quite handsome to your date. (And now ya know the secret to having a good wingman, lol)

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Posted in: Opposition wins Slovenia vote, defeating right-wing populist See in context

Reflecting strong interest in Sunday's election, turnout was higher than usual — more than 64% of Slovenia's 1.7 million voters cast their ballot, compared with 52% in the previous election in 2018.

Jansa, in power, faced accusations of sliding toward authoritarian rule in the style of his ally, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. He came under EU scrutiny amid reports that he pressured opponents and public media, and installed loyalists in key positions for control over state institutions.

Wonder if Putin's war in Ukraine is recently pushing people off the appeal of strongmen, now that they see how that power is being abused so blatantly in Russia

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Posted in: Zelenskyy meets U.S. secretaries of state and defense See in context

Hardly, they would have had those MiGs by now or at the very least air support

The US won't provide air support regardless, especially a non-interference president

(And especially a president who holds onto a grudge against Ukraine after the "perfect phone call")

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Posted in: Sri Lanka to receive World Bank help to face economic crisis See in context

And now, people are revolting against Rajapaksa - just as planned

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Posted in: Japan offers tender notice on oil reserve release for IEA effort See in context

At least Japan isn’t releasing state reserve then giving away to Europe like Biden has done. I doubt the US MSM had a lot of reporting on this.

Um....... what do ya think Japan is doing here? It's exactly that - they're releasing some of their oil reserves to the market, and a lot of that market goes to Europe because that's where the needs are

These have been reported on financial news, and it's not just Japan and the US - other European allies too. And it's not a give-away - Europe is paying for it

That's only fair - ya can't ask Europe to reduce or quit Russian oil, and then not help Europe. It'll take Europe some time to acquire alternative oil sources, so they'll need help in the short term

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Posted in: Nicolas Cage faces off with a new foe: himself See in context

Also he’s just married his 5th wife who happens to be 27 and Japanese.

Oh, what's also interesting is that he already has grandchildren - meaning, his grandchildren will be older than their upcoming uncle or auntie, lol

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Posted in: Nicolas Cage faces off with a new foe: himself See in context

Also he’s just married his 5th wife who happens to be 27 and Japanese.

And having their first baby - 31 years after his first son, lol

But that's not that weird for Japan

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