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Posted in: Abductees' kin urge new gov't to make progress with N Korea on issue See in context

Like every other administration I’m sure they’ll promise to look into it, then forget all about it.

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Posted in: Over 140 detained after anti-Putin protest in Moscow See in context

Unfortunately, the Russian people were too poor and working too hard in the 90's to realize the freedoms they had at the time after the Soviet Union fell. It won't be until every single one of their freedoms are gone before they realize what they lost under Putin.

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Posted in: Street Kart company ends crowdfunding campaign with dismal support See in context

I’ve seen these idiots weaving in and around traffic in Tokyo. It doesn’t surprise me a bit to hear people don’t want to fund lunacy. The payback would be zero.

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Posted in: Academy delays 2021 Oscars ceremony because of coronavirus See in context

Would anyone notice if it just didn't happen at all?

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Posted in: Coronavirus outbreak stokes anti-Asian bigotry worldwide See in context

I bet I know a condo manager in Seattle that's about to get hit by a discrimination lawsuit. And he will lose. Stupid idiot.

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Posted in: State of the nation: Trump misplaces Kansas City Chiefs See in context

Haha. Kind of like President Obama saying there are 52 states. (there are only 50). Or president Bush vomiting on the Japanese prime minister. Presidents, they are human! There is a Kansas City Kansas, but he should have know that this Kansas City is in MO.

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Posted in: Japan to step up precautions against China coronavirus See in context

They need to shut this down now or risk a pandemic. The only reason that countries haven’t just shut down flights from China all together is, as Hobart_Mark says, ¥¥££€€$$.

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Posted in: Video: Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown See in context

Ah, the friends that Japan keeps!

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Posted in: Iran probe says Ukrainian jet was on fire before crash See in context

Well well well. The UK media are currently reporting that... it WAS an errant missle fired by the Iranians.

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Posted in: Japanese firms growing pessimistic about economy amid U.S.-China spat See in context

It has nothing to do with Japan’s own protectionist policies though, right?

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Posted in: Twitter, Facebook accuse China of Hong Kong discord campaign See in context

Crazy Joe:

You mean the people that don't think the way YOU do.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

It’s clear by most of these comments that a clear perspective of what happened is lost due to time and lack of proper education of that period in history.

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Posted in: Scorcher See in context

Is there more than a concrete enclosure for these monkeys? That looks horribly depressing!

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Posted in: Orwell's classic '1984' turns 70 amid enduring interest See in context

FYI: President Clinton was not impeached for any sex act. That is and was his personal business. President Clinton was impeached for suborning perjury... persuading Monica Lewinsky to lie under oath about it.

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Posted in: Orwell's classic '1984' turns 70 amid enduring interest See in context

When I first read the book some 35 years ago I was comfortable knowing that it could never happen. Now here I am today watching it become reality.

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Posted in: 25 years after murders, OJ Simpson says 'life is fine' See in context

FYI: The US legal system does not find defendants "innocent". They are simply "not guilty" based on reasonable doubt. Same difference, but legally quite different.

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Posted in: Abe, Trudeau extol Pacific trade pact without U.S. See in context

Canadian beef exports to Japan have tripled in recent months "while the Americans do not have that kind of access."

That's kind of funny. Every time I'm in Japan I dine at least once at a restaurant that is so very proud of the American beef on their menu. Even funnier is that most Americans want to try Japanese beef, not American.

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Posted in: 2 Japanese men arrested in Cambodia for allegedly killing taxi driver See in context

The two admitted to killing Cambodian man Him Chan, 40, with a knife around 5 p.m. Sunday to steal his taxi which they planned to use in committing further crimes, according to Huot Sothy, deputy police chief in Siem Reap Province.

Nowhere in the article does it say they are intelligent.

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Posted in: Japan reluctantly supports U.S. exit from arms pact with Russia See in context

As I commented in Saturday's article about this: The problem is that Putin has already effectively abandoned the treaty by developing new hypersonic nuclear weapons. The Chinese have also done the same in tandem as well as developing submarine based weapons. The entire western world is (sadly) dependant on the US to keep them free and safe from Russian and future Cineese aggression. There really is no choice but to counter that threat. Unlike the Russians, the US has abided by the treaty. Therefore the US is announcing its abandonment of the treaty, which Russia already has done. China never was bound by it. Putin and Xi are pulling the western world back into a Cold War that only they seem to want. Do people want a weak US that can’t protect them? The other option would be for all nations to build nuclear capability and beef up thier own militaries. But that’s not going to happen. The situation is regrettable, but Putin and Xi are making it nesesarry.

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Posted in: A-bomb survivors worried about U.S. plan to withdraw from arms pact See in context

The problem is that Putin has already effectively abandoned the treaty by developing new hypersonic nuclear weapons. The Chinese have also done the same in tandem as well as developing submarine based weapons. The entire western world is (sadly) dependant on the US to keep them free and safe from Russian and future Cineese aggression. There really is no choice but to counter that threat. Unlike the Russians, the US has abided by the treaty. Therefore the US is announcing its abandonment of the treaty, which Russia already has done. China never was bound by it. Putin and Xi are pulling the western world back into a Cold War that only they seem to want. Do people want a weak US that can’t protect them? The other option would be for all nations to build nuclear capability and beef up thier own militaries. But that’s not going to happen. The situation is regrettable, but Putin and Xi are making it nesesarry.

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Posted in: Top U.S. Navy officer urges China to avoid confrontations See in context

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said "we use rules rather than weapons to safeguard and promote our own interests," and that the U.S. should focus on cooperation with China instead of issuing such a report.

China only uses rules when they favor China. Otherwise it is China’s way or the threat of war. Everyone knows this.

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Posted in: JAL unveils tougher rules to control crew's alcohol consumption See in context

It’s hard to believe the former limit was 0.1. That’s more than legally drunk in many countries and twice the legal limit in some. Yet they could fly hundreds of people at that level? Crazy. It should be zero.

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Posted in: Google Japan unit found to have underreported ¥3.5 bil in taxable income See in context

More and more Google appears to be more of a global crime organization, with a search engine.

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Posted in: Merkel, Abe, other leaders to attend Davos forum as Trump sits out See in context

If Trump was to attend he would be criticized for doing so while government employees are not being paid. If he doesn’t attend it will be construed as a personal weakness. He can’t win either way.

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Posted in: 10 same-sex couples to sue Japanese gov't over marriage equality See in context

If three people (or more) professed love for each other and mutually agreed to enter into in a polygamous Mormon style wedding with perhaps one old guy and several young women, would you grant them that right or deny them?

A mediocre attempt at misdirection. No one is asking for polygamy to be legal. Nor beatsiality nor the ability to marry a child. Any other red herrings you want to throw out there without discussing the actual subject matter?

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Posted in: Autonomous robot prevents growth of weeds by stepping on them See in context

Not only would a robot be less costly, isn’t there a constant labor shortage?

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Posted in: Autonomous robot prevents growth of weeds by stepping on them See in context

An employee would cost much, much more annually than this robot, which is a one time cost and most likely minimal maintenance costs. Sheep could easily damage electrical lines and the panels. And no need for pesticides.

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Posted in: The biggest hits and misses in Hollywood's 2018 See in context

“A Quiet Place” sequel is one I welcome as I felt it ended a bit short of where I wanted it go. Most of the sequels these days are worthless.

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Posted in: Japanese space probe launches new robot onto asteroid See in context

Starpunk,

The US media is too focused on Trump to report any news anymore, much less international news. That’s why I have to go to places like this to get my US and international news now, along with European news sites.

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Posted in: Accuser of Trump's Supreme Court nominee to testify on Thursday; new allegation from 2nd woman See in context

@CrazyJoe

You need to check your news source. Apparently whatever source you have is quite biased. What the senator actually said was “Unless there's something more, no I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this.”

Sounds to me that yes, he is sceptical, but is open to hearing and Ford’s testimony. Remember, innocent until PROVEN guilty. Sounds like you’ve made up your mind prior to any testimony, which shows your clear bias.

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