Oh no!! Two people kissing!! How will I ever recover from seeing that!! - person in the 1800s.
How is this still even an issue in 2022? The kids tv shows my kids were watching 5 years ago had same sex couples. My office has same sex couples. Life has same sex couples.
Weird to be so oversensitive.
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What is it with Donald Trump & Fox TV when it comes to loving all things Putin? Why do they choose to ignore all of the thousands of innocent Ukrainians who’ve been murdered? Or ignore all of the Ukrainian hospitals, orphanages and schools that have been deliberately targeted and bombed by the Russians? Can anyone explain this love and respect Trump & Fox TV have for a terrorist and murderer?
There are a lot of people for whom 'owning the libs' has become more important than anything else. It's become so tied up with their personal identity that they're willing to put it above people's lives, safety, family and country.
And Putin doesn't like BLM, Women's Rights, LGBT rights and all that 'woke' stuff, so he's basically their hero.
You're right though, it is weird to find millions of Americans who are actively wishing that their leader and their government was much more like that of Russia.
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Cut the 8% sales tax on essential items like basic food to 0, or if that's impossible, to 3% or 5%.
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But the one sided propaganda by western news is not any more believable than Russian news.
BBC, CBC both claimed on the same day that Russia's Airforce was doing 200 sorties a day then in a separate article on the same day claimed Russia wasn't flying because of SAMs fired by Ukrainian military. Well which is it?
And the western News telling us now 7,000 to 15,000 Russian dead, followed by another article of a hospital, school, shelter hit by Russian shelling.
But zero mention of Ukrainian military casualties, sorry if I find the constant lack of that detail a little on the propaganda side of things.
I think the reason you're getting confused is that you don't understand the difference between a free press and propaganda.
The situation is confused. The information isn't complete. It is sometimes contradictory. A free press does its best to report such things, and doesn't attempt to fit it all into some larger narrative. Which is why a report one day might report one thing, and a report the next day might say something different. It's not some massive plot by the entire media in dozens of countries.
Many news sources that I've seen, including the BBC, state in their articles that the Russian dead figures are estimates and impossible to verify, and that there are no figures for the Ukrainian military dead. They are open about that. Neither side wants to release the figures for their military dead, which is hardly surprising.
I'm not sure why you're so upset about the media reporting about hospitals, schools and shelters hit by Russian shelling. Do you want them not to report that? Do you not understand why people would care about that? Do you not care about that?
There seems to be some weird kind of subconscious blindness going on where people are willing to ignore the big picture horrors of war because they're so focused on minor details like Ukraine (in common with all countries) having a few right wing nationalist nutters.
"Why do they keep reporting on Russia bombing hospitals and killing civilians, and not on the Azov Batallion???!"
If we start invading countries and using indiscriminate medieval tactics just because they have racist policies or politicians who pander to right wing groups then we're going to have to invade a whole bunch of countries.
But, as you admit, nothing in Ukraine remotely justified the invasion... so why do you keep posting posts that try to justify the invasion?
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What insights do any of us have? I can only be guided by the news-media. For me that is Al-J. I am also guided by what UK MP's say in parliament. There is very little actual/factual information for us.
One thing that does bother me is why the picture frame (at least it looks like one) is empty behind zelenky. It seems to be a strange back-drop and my tin-hat thinks it is a signal to NATO leaders of some sort.
Al-J did have a ukrainian yesterday saying he was fed-up with the war and just wants it to stop. One person on a news is not a nation but it does indicate not everyone wants to continue.
-4 ( +0 / -4 )
It is essentially upto Putin and Zelensky but many people on here seem to call-out appeasement and say very little of their own solution. You are right it is very much upto the ukrainian people and what they want to sacrifice.
However that changes if they expect others to die for them and the rest of the world to suffer. As it stands we have been pushed closer to WW3, countries around the world have spent tax-payers money (that could help their own people) to assist ukraine and we are looking at large parts of the world not being fed. These are all part of the consideration.
It is easy to tell people they are wrong on a forum. Much harder to come up with a solution.
-5 ( +1 / -6 )
How to do propose to get novichok from Porton Down to Moscow?
-4 ( +1 / -5 )
It is no longer 40km long and is no longer a convoy.
-4 ( +1 / -5 )
Can at least one person give a decent answer on what would be acceptable as an agreement for a cease fire. If that is not possible then at least say how long you are willing to have this war go-on. Each day is more death and more destruction.
How many ukranian lives is it worth for Crimea.
How many ukranian lives is it worth for the membership of NATO.
How many ukraninan lives is it worth Donbas.
There does need to be some movement on both sides and personally I think not being a member of NATO seems reasonable considering that Ukraine is not a member and it is unlikely that NATO would agree with it joining. Unless of course if NATO wants war.
To me it comes down to which parts of Ukraine are going to be recognised as russian. As people seem to have left the country during the war I can not see why once the regions have been agread that people move about a bit as an individual choice.
The anti-appeasment brigade need to actually put some cards on the table as it looks like all they are doing is pro-longing a war.
-1 ( +3 / -4 )
The global market does prevent products that I would like from the UK actually getting to Japan. They make it as far a Malaysia so its not distance stopping them.
The US does not have a good track-record on foreign wars and does always seem to make a profit from them where for some reason the UK always makes a loss.
-4 ( +1 / -5 )
I do not support putin but I do not think the war between putin and zelensky is worth one drop of british blood.
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I wonder how old you are. I think there must be at least 20 years difference in age between us and therefore a massively different outlook in life. Of my two grandfathers only one was in the army and he was an RAF engineer building spitfires and creating RADAR. He died before I was born so the only person I have ever known properly who was active in WWII was my father-in-law and even he was younger than 18 when it finished.
That might explain why you think wars can be won and are in times a good thing to have. I personally think wars are never worth fighting and never resolve the underlying problems.
-3 ( +1 / -4 )
I personally do not want US involved in anything outside of the US. I would be happy for twitter/fb to be removed. I would be happy for no more MC.D's. I would mourn the loss of coca-cola and futurama, bobs burgers, re-runs of taxi. I never buy US meat in Japan although would mourn the frozen peas.
As for the war the less US is involved the more likely it will be resolved soon and that is what I most dearly want.
-3 ( +2 / -5 )
I would agree but I am not expecting it to happen. At least both sides are talking.
-3 ( +1 / -4 )
Plenty would dispute your version of history and the need to bomb Japan. You also seem to forget 20 years worth of cold-war and various times when it could all gone wrong.
Plenty would also dispute that life after the war was normal in the UK. It took a long time to rebuild the UK and Europe.
I would also gently remind you that even if Ukraine win many Ukrainians will not find it easy to forget that relatives had died, property has been destroyed, children have been traumatised and another generation of people will have so much hated in their heart that they will want to fight again in the future.
-1 ( +2 / -3 )
Radiation reaching another country and it being a problem are two different things. Also I was talking about a future explosion not the one that happened which I aknowledged reached other countries.
A canadian universsity detected radiation that they followed back through weather patters to Korea. They said it was to do with the Norks but they could not excempt it from just being from a Japanese or Korea reactor.
Ukraine has had a barbaric history to say it is peace-loving is to fail to read anything of its history. Did it start the war NO. Did it poke the bear possibly. Is it peace-loving when it has constantly asked to involve NATO then I think not. Your idea of peace-loving and mine much be very different.
-5 ( +2 / -7 )
The UK were in debt until 2007. The Chinese and the Russians lost millions of lives. Plus because of WWII the nuclear bomb was invented. We have all lost because of that.
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NATO has ignored the use of chemical weapons in other conflicts. They have been accused of actively covering up for their friends.
As for Chernobyl I think both sides need to be careful. Putin in protecting it and Zelenski to stop using it as propaganda. If it did get bombed and exploded it would not be the same as a bomb. It would spew out radiation and depending on the height on the blast it would cover a large area. The original melt down sent material as far as the UK. The equivalent at fukushima did not get much further than tokyo.
I expect if it did happen it would be mainly the Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, and maybe Poland that woud suffer. I doubt it would stretch much further than that.
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Have you been watching ollly-stone? He is a puppet and you need to take that into account.
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History does give context to what is happening now. What putin did was wrong but to say it was done a whim is stretching reality. He made a decision based on his odd-ball-thinking. Plus being English and seeing how the EU has treated the very sensitive issues of Ireland I can not help concluding they have been happy to poke the bear as well.
-5 ( +4 / -9 )
Can you name a country that is actually peace-loving. The UK and the US have constantly been in varous wars and causing all-sorts of trouble. The UK is hardly a peace-keeping country and I really can not think of one that is.
0 ( +4 / -4 )
No one really knows what is happening in Ukraine because both sides and its media are on a war-footing. What we do know is both can not be reporting honestly at the same time. We also know is that Ukraine had a very troubled history and outside influences from all sides have pushed agendas that have ended up in death and destruction.
This has to stop because everyday that passes is more death and destruction. No one is winning. No one ever wins in a war.
It is very annoying to me that we do not have decent journalist reporting properly but that has been a problem for a long time.
I have come to the conclusion that neither side wants it to stop so as normal elites get to play whilst ordinary people suffer. I have also concluded that we will never know the truth.
As to the off-topic. I am based in Japan but am English. I get my information mainly from Al-Jazeera. I read the RT headlines and I watch UK parliament. I do not use Twitter, FB and I do not watch BBC, ITV, CH4 or SKY. I am also not pro-Zelenski or Putin as I think both of them need locking up and both of them are to blame for the prolonging of this conflict. Although I also think that outsiders would quickly replace zelenski with something similar and putin is not acting alone and would also be replaced with something similar.
-1 ( +5 / -6 )
@Ucho et al
It would be interesting how people think it should be negotiated.
It makes sense for the sanctions to reamin in place. It makes sense for Ukraine not to join NATO or EU (which is unlikely anyway). It makes sense that Ukraine still as its own forces.
So the real questions is how much land does russia get and I do not think they would do this without wanting a least a corriodor to the sea. The contested places would be the two nuclear stations as I think they are sticking points for both. I would tell the russians to give back mariupol and keep chernobyl.
Those who say russia has to give it all back should realise that just prolongs the war. Those that say ukraine should have no army are doing the same.
-2 ( +0 / -2 )
My tax burden is tiny. The Japanese government would have to raise VAT for me to suffer. However inflation which is a stealth tax gets us all. It is inflation that they want because many countries borrowed from central banks and inflation with low interest rates helps the pay-back.
0 ( +1 / -1 )
Actually according to this there are some cable Japan to US but that is a long way in terms of financial transactions. https://www.submarinecablemap.com/
It would also make the Yen/Dollar connection even more incestuous.
-2 ( +1 / -3 )
I very much doubt it is possible to cut-off china without serious problems. The UK may be food-safe but Japan is not. Many of the components in all of our online devices come from China. There is a massive internet link from Japan to China that then splits to the rest of the world. I am not quite sure if Japan could communicate via the internet if it has to cut-off china and russia and the yen is a safe-haven currency so those with massive funds would very much not want that to happen.
Apart from Gas/Oil russia was and easy split. That can not be said for China.
-1 ( +2 / -3 )
The US army do have a habit of bombing Brits in joint operations. In some places that was the main cause of death in the British army.
-4 ( +0 / -4 )
mistake buy should read bury.
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Contrition on both sides would help. As it stands people are being killed each day and infrastructure is being destroyed. At some point both sides have got to be realistic. Al-J news had a Ukrainian helping to buy bodies saying he just wants it to end and I imagine he is not the only one. I imagine plenty of russian front-line soldiers would also glady stop.
What we have is a loony russian and a blinkered ukranian both of which are not in danger sacrificing there populations. Maybe they could both travel to turkey and sort it out with pistols at ten paces. Or to be fair we could put them both in prison and allow the russians and ukraines to elect someone knew in each country.
-9 ( +0 / -9 )
I suggest you read this for context:
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