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Posted in: Net population influx into Tokyo accelerates for 1st time in 3 years See in context

Tokyo is a hellscape devoid of any redeeming features. It's like the rolling background in the old cartoons. Tsutaya..Cosmos..Joyfull..Aoki..Tsutaya..Cosmos..Joyf..... etc.

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Posted in: Ardern makes final appearance as New Zealand leader See in context

Good luck to her. I agree she seemed to have a lot of humanity. Though for some reason she sends feeble men apoplectic.

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Posted in: Why people believe in conspiracy theories and how to respond See in context

No need for the petty insults.

I am reaching out to engage with you. I am very open to transparency at all levels, and in all fields of endeavour.

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Posted in: Why people believe in conspiracy theories and how to respond See in context

transparent regulation

As a capitalist, where is the profit in transparent regulation ?

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Posted in: Why people believe in conspiracy theories and how to respond See in context

genuine inquiry

... and your genuine inquiry has led you to believe that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a benign actor in the sphere of charitable donation.

Has your genuine inquiry led you to insist on the nationalisation of pharmaceutical companies ? Or would you rather believe the entire medical community of millions of people is conspiring against us ?

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Posted in: Singer-songwriter David Crosby dies at 81 See in context

The documentary on Netflix is worth a watch if only for Crosby looking at a photo of Jim Morrison and saying "he was such a dork !".

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Posted in: Why are people moving in droves to Fukuoka Prefecture? We asked someone who did for some insight See in context

So a straw poll of one then.

Anyhow, I am sure Itoshima is lovely but from experience Fukuoka is a cultural desert. For a city of its size there is almost nothing happening compared to Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka.

Even Kumamoto still feels a sense of superiority over Fukuoka.

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Posted in: Why people believe in conspiracy theories and how to respond See in context

It's such a big question and too much to unravel in a post but their prevalence since the widespread use of the internet suggests that the availability of communal spaces to foment shared beliefs, a safe space, enables fiction to become fact on a global scale. This is reflected in the narrow hymn-sheet they sing from. The repetition of keywords (globalist, MSM, Big Pharma etc. ) are not even enough fill a side of A4, yet have become normalised over the last 15 - 20 years.

That bloke down the pub who believed blah de blah was gently humoured but now he can just stay home and take it to the next level with people who are actually listening and pushing it further.

I would also argue that the decline in christian religious belief has left a void in certain people that needs to be filled. The gradual loss of a 'faith', and it's authority (the Church) has left many searching for answers to the infinite complexities of life. It is barely half a century since all aspects of our societies were strictly governed by religious doctrine and that gradual loss of belief has been underestimated.

What I find most frustrating about conspiracy theories though is the "look at that bird" mentality that seems to prevail in believers. I understand the the theories often come from a very real sense of injustice, fear or disenfranchisement but they are always creating a myth when a reality actually exists.

The poster above using 'Big Pharma' is a good example of a free market capitalist raging about free market capitalism without actually wanting to do anything about the negative aspects of free market capitalism.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if all the energy spent by adherents to the Qanon belief in a global cabal of paedophiles was instead focussed on the actual historical and ongoing paedophile abuse in the Catholic Church ?

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Posted in: As elites arrive in Davos, conspiracy theories thrive online See in context

 That is, they'd be at the top controlling the resources, and you'd be at the bottom eating ze bugs,

We already are. It's called capitalism. Aint no conspiracy.

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Posted in: As elites arrive in Davos, conspiracy theories thrive online See in context

I'm a globalist. Who wouldn't be ? Do you still live in the same house in the same village ? Do you fear the other village a mile across the fields ?

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Posted in: Baby, teen mom among 6 killed in shooting at California home See in context

They kill, this is true, but if it is to save my livestock from coyotes and wolves, it’s a good thing

I agree. Farmers around the world have guns if needed.

if someone is being robbed, raped or stabbed or I’m being attacked with someone wielding a weapon trying to kill and I kill them if is a good thing

Now you have taken a huge leap of imagination into the statistically redundant. That's your fear talking in your head. Or too many movies.

How many times in your very long life have you just been lucky enough to prevent a serious crime because, oh my saints, you happen to 1. be carrying a gun 2. competent enough to intervene ?

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Posted in: Baby, teen mom among 6 killed in shooting at California home See in context

@Superlib

Yeah, open carry. They first time I went to the states I remember seeing a 300 Ib guy who would probably give himself a hernia reaching for the TV remote waiting in line at Starbucks with a sidearm. Never seen that anywhere else in the world, apart from the DRC.

What kind of pathetic, feeble coward needs to take a gun to a coffee shop ? The world looks at the gun fetish in the US with open disgust.

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Posted in: Russian ex-President Medvedev says Kishida should disembowel himself See in context

Who cares what the organ-grinder's monkey thinks.

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Posted in: Bannon's lawyers ask to quit wall case, citing 'differences' See in context

Why do conservatives always look like some one drew a dot-to-dot picture in the wrong order ?

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Posted in: Toyota pushes zero-emission goals by converting old models See in context

In the world of car culture it is still 1957 and Fangio has just won his 5th Championship and make us a cup of tea, doll.

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Posted in: Republicans push anti-abortion measures with new majority See in context

It's one of life's sad ironies that the people who are most anti-abortion are prime examples of the benefits of abortion.

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Posted in: Jeff Beck, guitar virtuoso who influenced generations, dies at 78 See in context

If Beck is the guitarists guitarist does that make Hendrix the guitarists guitarists guitarist ? Following this logic Robert Johnson is the guitarists guitarists guitarists guitarist.

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Posted in: ‘Spare’ but not stingy: Takeaways from Prince Harry’s memoir See in context

President Cherie Blair and the First Man, Tony Blair.

The horror of that potential usually ends the debate.

Are you stuck in 1997 ?

I think President Harry Hill sound good.

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Posted in: ‘Spare’ but not stingy: Takeaways from Prince Harry’s memoir See in context

The royal family are the symbol of our venal, inbred class system and no-one should mourn their passing. I think we can all agree that the end of these leeches on British society is better done by a protective husband and his intelligent wife than by the guillotine.

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Posted in: ‘Spare’ but not stingy: Takeaways from Prince Harry’s memoir See in context

Go Harry ! Bring the whole lot down.

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Posted in: McCarthy elected House speaker in vote 15 after chaotic week See in context

The definition of a Pyrrhic victory.

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Posted in: Lazio fans hurl racist abuse at tearful Umtiti in Italy See in context

I can’t believe some of the comments that borderline if not support insulting someone. I’m sure if they were going about their job and I started chanting insulting things about them, you can imagine the result? Strait back to mums for a hug.

Exactly. What kind of person defends racists ?

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Posted in: Pele, Maradona, Messi: Who is the greatest of all time? See in context

Never had this conversation with any football friends. Utterly pointless.

The eras of the game are so different because of rule changes, fitness levels, training techniques and pitch standards.

Don’t get me wrong, the game is as exciting as it’s ever been now but Messi wouldn’t last 5 minutes on the pitch in the 70’s / 80’s.

Conversely, Pelé and Maradona didn’t have the fitness levels required to geigenpress for 90 minutes 3 times a week.

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Posted in: Republican lawmaker-elect admits fabricating resume See in context

Wouldn't it be easier to state what he didn't lie about ?

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Posted in: Jan 6 panel unveils final report; describes Trump 'conspiracy' See in context

I dislike this 'useful idiot' as much as any normal person but I sense the Democrats are not heeding the warning. Making a martyr out of this WWE heel and focusing all their energy on him is allowing malignant forces, whose cover he blew, to determine the discourse.

Trump is a patsy for the same people who believed in segregation, interracial marriage and lynching. The language has changed but the vehement rejection of civil rights is still front and centre. Anti-woke, never say gay etc.

These are the same people who killed Martin Luther King and while the Democrats obsess over a fading fool they are enabling even worse people to replace him.

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Posted in: Return to maskless world still only in realm of fantasy in Japan See in context

I find that the 'always wear a mask' people and 'never worn a mask' people occupy the same place on the incredibly dull spectrum.

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Posted in: I’m single with no partner or children. I have nothing to lose. I came to Ukraine content with the idea that I might never return to Japan. I intend to keep fighting until Ukraine wins. See in context

dont worry you are not and will be not missed at all.

Yeah, cos you must have so many friends.

I'd buy him a drink. Godspeed dear fellow.

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Posted in: Man gets suspended sentence for causing plane to divert after refusing to wear mask See in context

How single is this guy ?

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Posted in: Miss International 2022 See in context

The whole concept is 50's cringe but as an observation you can rely on the Japanese to pick the scrawny blonde.

You can read the Cabo Verde entrant's mind.

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Posted in: Australian police investigate extremist views of cop killers See in context

The greatest domestic threat in democracies, by some margin, is from people who have fallen into the unforgiving, alternative truth wormhole the internet offers.

It is a dispiriting daisy-chain of survivalist / alternative health / gun-rights / great replacement / fundamental christianity / anti-globalist, mainstream media, LGBTQ, woke, climate science with lashings of ethnology-nationalism.

It is a white version of Islamic State. (though maybe some black edge lords feel left out).

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