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Posted in: China urges Japan to support Beijing Olympics See in context

Biden’s strategy for these Olympics is a great example for Japan to follow.

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Posted in: Chinese fashion photographer in Dior controversy apologizes See in context

It isn’t too shocking that countries that have no protections for speech in place can punish its people.

Is anything China does to its people shocking to anyone anymore?

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Posted in: Taco Bell Japan’s DIY Tacos Kit gives us what we want and more See in context

KniknaknokkaerNov. 26  02:19 pm JST

Maine is the only place with lobsters?

Nope. It’s not even the only place with “Maine” lobsters.

*The American lobster, Homarus americanus, is found in its greatest quantity in Maine,* but can be found from the Canadian Maritimes to North Carolina.

https://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/about/wildlife/lobster

Some people prefer to be incorrect and argue than correct.

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Posted in: Chinese fashion photographer in Dior controversy apologizes See in context

RegBilkToday  01:40 pm JST

This is inaccurate unless you want to define “offensive.”

Nope. You claim to have a bar number, you should be able to do the research yourself to discover the error you made.

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Posted in: Flash mob thefts terrorize U.S. retailers ahead of Christmas See in context

"I wouldn't even characterize that as organized crime, that was domestic terrorism," Rachel Michelin, president of the California Retailers Association told Fox40 television in Sacramento.

Theft, no matter how large, is not terrorism because the actors are not trying to intimidate or coerce the civilian population or the government.

Words have meanings for a reason.

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Posted in: Chinese fashion photographer in Dior controversy apologizes See in context

RegBilkToday  12:50 pm JST

Fortunately, the United States has a First Amendment that forbids the government from punishing people for "offensive" writing

This is inaccurate unless you want to define “offensive.”

Defamation is not protected speech, but is offensive.

Obscenity is not protected speech, but is offensive.

Fighting words are not protected speech, but are offensive.

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Posted in: China urges Japan to support Beijing Olympics See in context

Alfie NoakesToday  07:49 am JST

The Chinese leadership was publicly vociferous in its support of Tokyo 2020. Not returning the support for Beijing 2022 will be a betrayal of that Chinese goodwill.

Exactly. Don’t let that stop people’s China-bashing.

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Posted in: Death toll from Siberian coal mine fire raised to 52 See in context

The AvengerToday  07:50 am JST

Condolences to the families of the bereaved, hard working men trying to provide for their families.

Agreed.

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Posted in: Germany latest country to pass 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 See in context

prionkingToday  04:15 pm JST

It would be interesting to find the true split between "with COVID" and "of COVID".

Agreed. If only the article stated how many people died with COVID.

Oh, wait, it does. The very first sentence:

BERLIN

*Official figures released Thursday show Germany has become the latest country to record 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.*

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Posted in: New Zealand to stay closed to foreign nationals for another five months See in context

This is one way to keep anti-vaxxer from threatening your country.

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Posted in: Russia, China sign roadmap for closer military cooperation See in context

bass4funkToday  02:07 pm JST

Russia and China have no love for one another....but they share one overarching goal - to re-elect Trump or a similar autocrat-friendly Repub in 2024.

Zero proof of that. But keep the jokes coming..

I’ve posted numerous links to incontrovertible evidence that China and Russia want to re-elect Trump.

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Posted in: It's not just Peng. China is cracking down on MeToo movement See in context

bass4funkToday  02:16 pm JST

It’s all relevant

No, it isn’t.

I do, so why is it that these liberal progressive groups and these athletes that are so pro-China are silent on the whereabouts of this woman?

None of this is relevant to my assertion that “conservatives” in the US would love a Chinese-style crackdown on Facebook and Twitter.

If you want to engage me on my original post, do it. Don’t clog up the threads with your deflections and obfuscations, please.

bass4funkToday  02:17 pm JST

So I should quote liberals sites? Why?

No, you should try to think for yourself.

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Posted in: It's not just Peng. China is cracking down on MeToo movement See in context

BlacklabelToday  02:13 pm JST

Of course they do. thats why I said it was odd that Hollywood and NBA players/other Japanese tennis players are suddenly silent, when they complain/comment about everything else.

So it was just lack of writing skills that caused you to put quotation in this post?

BlacklabelToday  01:54 pm JST

Odd silence from NBA players, Hollywood and a certain Japanese tennis player when the “oppressor” is China.

We use quotation around a word when we are communicating that the word is not being used correctly. You must have missed that in Writing 101 way back in first year of uni.

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Posted in: It's not just Peng. China is cracking down on MeToo movement See in context

lue in greenToday  02:10 pm JST

> The people vote for leadership. They are not "governed", without consent.

When the government is fraudulently placed in office, the people do not consent.

> CCP is trying to push its ways onto the USA, by way of a puppet president,

Ridiculous..

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Posted in: Ex-South Korean strongman Chun Doo-hwan dies at 90 See in context

vensinsNov. 23  05:42 pm JST

> If he were Japanese, he would have hung by the neck. Interesting that the Koreans pardoned their own but scream for Justice from Japan.

If he were Japanese, he wouldn’t have been the leader of South Korea 1979 to 1988 because the US booted all the Japanese facials out of South Korea in 1945.

You are correct that had he been Japanese, he would have been hanged because he likely would have been a war criminal, and the Allies hung 14 of those people.

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Posted in: It's not just Peng. China is cracking down on MeToo movement See in context

bass4funkToday  01:59 pm JST

American “conservatives” would live a Chinese-style crackdown on Twitter and Facebook.

So where is the Meetoo movement? Nothing from LeBron? Why doesn’t Biden condemn China in the most harshest terms? AOC and the Squad? Why the silence from everyone on the whereabouts of this woman the condemnation of the CCP?

None of this is relevant to the fact that American “conservatives” would revel in a Chinese-style crackdown on Facebook or Twitter.

It’s be really helpful if you kept your responses relevant to the original post.

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Posted in: It's not just Peng. China is cracking down on MeToo movement See in context

BlacklabelToday  01:54 pm JST

Odd silence from NBA players, Hollywood and a certain Japanese tennis player when the “oppressor” is China.

So you don’t think China oppresses it’s people?

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Posted in: It's not just Peng. China is cracking down on MeToo movement See in context

American “conservatives” would live a Chinese-style crackdown on Twitter and Facebook.

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Posted in: 8-year-old child injured in Wisconsin Christmas parade crash dies, taking toll to six See in context

itsonlyrocknrollToday  10:56 am JST

Darrell Brooks, 39, was charged with five counts of intentional homicide, and now faces a sixth murder charge, prosecutor Susan Opper said.

Let the police, investigators, present the facts and evidence, reports etc 

Then judicial review, and finally to a judge/jury run there course. 

Don't let such suffering for the families turn into a media circus. 

If Brooks is found to be culpable, then the full weight of the judicial system must bear down without fear or favor. And harshly.

Well stated.

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Posted in: U.S. to release 50 million barrels of oil to help bring down energy costs See in context

Sam WattersToday  08:49 am JST

We ( the US) were energy exporters a year ago. 

Not quite.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2021/11/14/is-the-us-energy-independent/amp/

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Posted in: U.S. to release 50 million barrels of oil to help bring down energy costs See in context

bass4funkToday  09:49 am JST

> Yeah, yeah, yeah, Trump…ok so back to the current President

Now you know what the rest of us felt for the four years of Trump when all you could talk about was Obama.

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Posted in: Waukesha parade crash suspect's bail raises questions See in context

RiskyMosaicToday  10:26 am JST

> Not challenging, just asking:

> Section I of the Declaration of Rights of the Constitution of Wisconsin says this. "All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." 

Does the inherent right to life not include the right to self-defence? I appreciate it could be a long answer. If you have a link or a reference, that'd be great.

You are thinking like a lawyer now. Your idea that the right to life inherently includes the right to self-defense is 100% correct. This is Wisconsin’s constitution; the federal constitution doesn’t explicitly guarantee the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” That language was lifted from the Declaration of Independence.

I have no issue with people making logical inferences like you did with the Wisconsin constitutions. I have serious issues with people making utterly incorrect assertions about the federal constitution, though.

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Posted in: Waukesha parade crash suspect's bail raises questions See in context

Seth MajerToday  08:04 am JST

> Tell me where in the Constitution does it say that it isn't a right.

Lmao! This isn’t how the constitution works. It enumerates rights for people and limits on government.

NOMINATIONToday  08:32 am JST

> No, P. Smith said it is a constitutional right so no one screwed up. He should be free to terrorize who he likes after posting low bail.

This isn’t what I said or implied. I pointed out that your desire to set bail excessively high to ensure a defendant cannot afford it is unconstitutional.

The Eighth Amendment, in part, provides constitutional protection against excessive bail, including the practical denial of bail by fixing its amount unreasonably high, as decided in United States v. Motlow, 10 F.2d 657 (1926).

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/excessive_bail

Note that I never claimed the right to bail was absolute or fundamental, so please don’t twist my words to that effect.

“Conservatives” please take note of the cite to a reputable source that supports my assertion. This is how adults engage in critical discourse, not by making naked assertions and then deflecting and obfuscating.

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Posted in: Waukesha parade crash suspect's bail raises questions See in context

bass4funkToday  07:43 am JST

Some Republicans were quick to jump on the case as an example of a broken legal system.

Because they aren’t intelligent enough to understand how the system works so mouth off with less than half the facts.

Of course they do, and why wouldn’t they? For one thing they have the same access to the law as any liberal, second-the issue is why was this individual (I’ll be diplomatic) even granted bail with his lengthy criminal record

Thanks for demonstrating my point for me.

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Posted in: Waukesha parade crash suspect's bail raises questions See in context

NOMINATIONToday  07:47 am JST

> The same constitution that includes self-defense? Didn't see you caring about the Constitution then

Quote the text of the constitution that includes self-defense. I’ll wait.

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Posted in: First convictions in Japan handed down to YouTube movie recap posters See in context

During the trial, the prosecution successfully argued

This is Japan, the prosecution successfully argues whatever it wants 99% of the time.

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Posted in: Waukesha parade crash suspect's bail raises questions See in context

NOMINATIONToday  07:22 am JST

> Everybody knows about the bail system but if you read the article, it has to do with the cheap bail given to a man with a long criminal history and running over his child's mother. The man was an obvious danger to society and deserves no bail or high costing that he is unable to afford. He has had both types before

Setting bail so high that a defendant cannot afford it is skirting the constitution. Glad to see you’re okay with skirting the constitution.

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Posted in: Europe battles COVID surge as WHO warns of 700,000 more deaths See in context

MontyToday  07:14 am JST

*It seems that Burning Bush was correct. *

He said here many times that 2 shots doesn't count you as fully vaccinated. You need at least three. 

But many here said Burning Bush is wrong

You’re both incorrect:

Several countries, including Greece, France and Germany, are moving towards requiring a third booster shot for someone to be considered fully vaccinated.

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Posted in: German scholar urges Kishida to carefully handle defense issues See in context

Germans, unlike Japanese, have accepted full responsibility for their country’s actions in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Posted in: Europe battles COVID surge as WHO warns of 700,000 more deaths See in context

MontyToday  07:14 am JST

It seems that Burning Bush was correct. 

He said here many times that 2 shots doesn't count you as fully vaccinated. You need at least three. 

But many here said Burning Bush is wrong.

You’re confusing yourself. We told BB he was wrong according to the available science at the time. Most of us understand that science changes as advancements are made.

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