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Posted in: Pompeo loses his temper with journalist over Ukraine questions See in context

@blakclabthsts ok again to comment on personal appearance of people?

Going all PC? I thought that was for the people you consider on 'the other team' in your binary world. Or just the usual deflection when no reason can be found to defend your Trump and those in his regime.

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Posted in: If you live in Japan but were not born here, which food or drink item do you miss most from your home country? See in context

A wide range of apple varieties to choose from; echo above posters re affordable cheeses

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Posted in: Pompeo loses his temper with journalist over Ukraine questions See in context

"People will hear about this," said Pompeo, who has publicly attacked journalists in the past.

Trump and his fellow GOP pols in the DC Oblast continue to attack journalists earning them kudos from their ultrarightwing followers - in the US and 'abroad'.

The Trump regime's ongoing assaults on the free, for-profit press, especially outlets that dare to question them, and continuing to do what they can to undermine the Constitution and the democratic principles the republic is built on are further dividing the nation.

While allowing and even encouraging foreign states to 'meddle' in US affairs if they support the regime.

While taking campaign contributions from foreign oligarchs.

While Trump's family continue to get rich from dealings inside and outside the US.

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Posted in: If you live in Japan but were not born here, which food or drink item do you miss most from your home country? See in context

Mexican and southwest US foods; Cuban sandwiches; bbq.

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Posted in: Pompeo loses his temper with journalist over Ukraine questions See in context

"do you think Americans care about Ukraine?"

Probably most don't care about Ukraine, but with the exception of Trump supporters and those who choose to remain benighted many Americans do care about what Trump and his fellow thugs are doing with regard to Ukraine.

Pompeo said

PC reporting by the 'media' to appease the far right audience. 'Said' is used instead of 'lied' whenever Trump or someone from his administration 'says' something.

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Posted in: Pentagon says 34 troops suffered brain injuries in Iran strike See in context

@serranoTrump needs to walk back that one, these injuries are indeed serious.

I fully agree.

Trump's insouciant dismissal of traumatic brain injuries shows a callous disregard for the people who suffer from them and an ignorance of the severity of the problem. How many veterans who've been involved in various actions that have required police and emergency services suffer from TBI.

the long-term damage can wreak havoc on mental and behavioral health

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2020/01/22/trump-says-he-doesnt-consider-brain-injuries-sustained-by-us-troops-after-iran-missile-barrage-serious/

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Posted in: Pentagon says 34 troops suffered brain injuries in Iran strike See in context

@blacklabI am discussing why the media changed the term from “casualties” to “injuries”.

Deflecting once gain. Trump lied. Admit it.

Trump said 'No Americans were harmed...'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6LzBl-wpvc

Or are you going to say this is another malicious deep fake/

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Posted in: Trump attends anti-abortion rally See in context

@bas4ffI remember two of the most primate Democrats in recent memory that were totally against gay marriage or gays in the military and trying to pass themselves off to their base as woke or tolerant.

How dare they to have had beliefs that did not fit completely into one pole or the other, for them to have strayed from a partisan extremists's sense of consistency, i.e. you're either completely in favor of all issues representing an extreme pole, or you're completely in favor of all issues in the other extreme pole.

For whatever reason partisan extremists refuse to accept that individuals can have an array of perspectives shifting over time from issue to issue. Instead they bifurcate the world and people to fit their binary beliefs. kisS after all. SMH

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Posted in: Man shot dead in Gunma Pref; suspect on the loose See in context

maybe just maybe laws don’t prevent criminals from committing crimes?

Gunshot? I thought guns were highly regulated in Japan.

The all or nothing, A or Z argument, 'if you can't eliminate all gun murders then do nothing', the no middle ground argument, an argument intended to stifle discussion. Usually made by partisan extremists for whom the notion of mitigating measures is alien.

Often they for some twisted reason use auto deaths in comparison. An A or Z argument would be 'if you can't eliminate all auto accident fatalities, do nothing, no laws'. SMH

I'm grateful I live in Japan where gun murders are so rare, thanks to tough gun laws.

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Posted in: Trump attends anti-abortion rally See in context

Tax breaks will be next, no doubt.

Big church like all the other US and global bigs operating in the US already have big tax breaks. Trump and his fellow bigs, i.e. the elite (so called) establishment, have enacted policies where the working and middle class taxpayers pay higher taxes so the bigs can continue being subsidized (aka welfare/socialism for the rich and powerful).

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Posted in: Trump attends anti-abortion rally See in context

Trump's at this rally trying to appeal once again to US fundamentalists (roughly 35% of US population) because his political handlers know cracks are appearing in his evangelical base, some of whom calling his actions IMMORAL:

political investigations that would benefit the president's reelection – is not only a violation of the Constitution but, "more importantly, it is profoundly immoral." https://www.usnews.com/news/elections/articles/2019-12-20/a-crack-in-trumps-evangelical-base

But those in his base who say TRUMP'S IMMORAL are probably a minority. After all, hard core Cult45ists see him as their messiah.

Conservatives love big government when it is handing out subsidies to farms and telling a woman what to do with her body.

I don't see many people I call 'conservative' backing Trump. I think instead they're far right authoritarianists, people who want big brother to take control, especially take control over the demons (aka those not in their demographic) they fear.

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Posted in: U.S. general says troop surge in Middle East may not end soon See in context

Another Trump lie:

'No Americans harmed in Iraq'

Except for the 34 suffering traumatic brain injuries.

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Posted in: Thunberg rejects U.S. Treasury chief's dig at her See in context

Trump supporters can't defend his policies, instead attack those who question their messiah parroting memes they got from #chan/Breitbart/RT. SMH

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Posted in: Thunberg rejects U.S. Treasury chief's dig at her See in context

then admittedly any future prospects to gain a higher education are indeed irrelevant.

Would that be in your home country? I don't know about Greta's Sweden, but in the US people can attend tertiary education institutions at any age. And there are ways to not attend secondary schools yet still be accepted to a university.

I take it as a good sign that even Trump's right wing supporters can't defend his attacks on environmental protection measures.

Instead they attack, using memes (uneducated child, etc etc) from #chan/Breitbart/RT and other media, those who question Trump. No idea about policies other than let big oil and the other bigs do what they want as long as their shares increase in value.

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Posted in: Thunberg rejects U.S. Treasury chief's dig at her See in context

@blacklalbliberals always playing a card 

Speaking for 'liberals' (i.e. those who dare to question Trump/Putin) again?

And pro-Trump, pro-authoritarianists once again defend the 'establishment' (particularly big oil and gas, big corporate farm and ranch, their Wall Street financiers among others) in their ongoing attempts to stifle democratic voices. Especially if those voices come from a woman, a person of color, or someone younger than them, i.e. those who have to live with the world left by their 'seniors' who care only about their portfolios and maintaining the ruling establishment.

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Posted in: U.S. general says troop surge in Middle East may not end soon See in context

Despite President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring troops home

I doubt even many of Trump's hardest core backers believe a single thing he says any more. Trump knows his economy, even more so than his predecessor's, depends on keeping military spending high. Look at people from big defense corporations in his admin.

To justify increases in military spending Trump and the neocons he's brought with him from the swamp need to keep fear of 'others' alive. They've been able to convince their base there are lots of 'others' around the world who want to take their TV remote controls and pickup trucks from them.

They've been able to convince their base that spending on military invasions (US$ TRILLIONS) and developing even more powerful nukes (US$ TRILLIONS) trumps healthcare, infrastructure, education, environmental protection and other measures that improve the lives of the majority of Americans.

Fat chance Trump will bring troops home any time soon. Trump and his fellow 'elite' make too much money from wars - and rumors of wars - for them to change to a 'peacetime' (unheard of in modern US history) economy.

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Posted in: Thunberg rejects U.S. Treasury chief's dig at her See in context

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Greta Thunberg

Curious so many Trump supporters and other far rightwingers around the globe fear women who question them. But then so many of them seem to fear existence in general, feel they have to carry bullet firing weapons when they're out in public and turn their homes into fortresses. They want big brother watching over those they fear most, usually people from a different demographic. I like James Brown (RIP), but want to move on from the 'it's a man's world' era.

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Posted in: Thunberg rejects U.S. Treasury chief's dig at her See in context

Let me be very clear: President Trump absolutely believes in clean air and clean water and having a clean environment."

Another lie from the Trump admin. How does that square with

The Trump administration is set to scrap protections for America's streams and wetlands, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51225604

and

Air Pollution Increases Under Trump, Despite His Claim of World’s ‘Cleanest Air’http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/10/air-pollution-increases-under-trump-after-7-year-decline.html

Trump (impeached) and his fellow predatory capitalists care zero about the environment. They care about this quarter's profits with no regard for future costs. They have excellent healthcare plans unlike millions of Americans.

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Posted in: Seattle shooting leaves 1 dead, 7 wounded; suspects at large See in context

Rare to hear of a shooting in Seattle as opposed to Chicago or Baltimore...

Not anymore. Almost daily lately. Not as bad as some of the cities with the biggest problems, but getting worse. Where this happened has long been known as a place to buy street drugs. Where there are people buying and selling drugs, there are creeps with guns. And Seattle is an American city, ergo it's easy to get guns. The more guns in circulation, the more shootings. The only 'good guys' on the streets with guns are the police.

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Posted in: Trump sets presidential record for most tweets in a day See in context

@willib the fake media will credit Obama with that. 

Is your point that Breitbart/RT/8chan and the other media you follow don't acknowledge Trump's goosing up the solid economy he inherited (story of his life) from Obama? Curious if the media you trust mention the debt that's growing each day thanks to Trump's actions. And whether they mention things like increased subsidies for corporations that support Trump, the cost of healthcare for working and middle class taxpayers who'll pay more in taxpayers so Trump and the elite can pay less, and the negative externalities, including increased pollution, decreases in consumer and worker protections, that accompany allowing predatory businesses to have their ways.

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Posted in: Seattle shooting leaves 1 dead, 7 wounded; suspects at large See in context

Two gun toting 'he-men' (in their own minds) get into a fight, and because they're carrying guns (because they're cowards) decide to shoot at each other with no regard for anyone else.

If an innocent was shot and killed, my condolences to their family, friends and community. If innocents were injured, knock wood they heal quickly.

How much will this cost taxpayers?

Hats off to all emergency personnel, especially those who put their lives on the line every single time they're on duty, knowing there are so many cowards and whacks on the streets carrying weapons.

Screw a bunch of talk about 'motive'. This, like all other shootings, happened because a coward (maybe 2) carrying a gun pulled the trigger. The more guns in circulations, the more cowards and outright whacks carrying guns, the more guns will be used. What a sick, sick country.

I'm so pleased I live in Japan.

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Posted in: Trump sets presidential record for most tweets in a day See in context

whilst avoiding any new wars,

Trump and the neo-cons he's brought from the swamp to his administration may want another war, but so far it looks like they're aware the majority of Americans are opposed to yet another lengthy big one. Instead Trump and the neo-cons will continue military 'skirmishes' around the globe, ensuring more big contracts for the big defense corporations. After all, military spending is crucial to the US economy, especially Trump's version of it.

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Posted in: Trump sets presidential record for most tweets in a day See in context

Trump, who began his day in Davos, Switzerland,

where he ensured his fellow global elites, aka the establishment he would continue to serve their - and his family's - needs, pushing for further income redistribution measures like his tax cuts for the rich and the corporations they control.

the incineration of the “Deep State.”

The number of tweets is another sign of his becoming even less stable, and believing in the 'deep state' just confirms it. Were the deep state members dancing with the 1,000s of Muslims he saw with his own eyes celebrating 9/11? Why is it Trump and his followers have so many ghouls haunting them.

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Posted in: Democrats accuse Trump at impeachment trial of corrupt scheme to pressure Ukraine See in context

He'll be acquitted forever

With an asterisk beside his name signifying 'impeached'. Forever.

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Posted in: Democrats accuse Trump at impeachment trial of corrupt scheme to pressure Ukraine See in context

@blacklabim sure they will find something “more important” when that time comes though

I agree. With Trump and others like Moscow Mitch, Leningrad Lindsey G, Rubio, Cruz and others in the DC Oblast you never know what all they've been hiding and which of their corrupt dealings will be uncovered, perhaps by the free press. One more reason to be glad a free press is guaranteed by the Constitution.

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Posted in: Democratic White House contender Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton for 'Russian asset' comment See in context

Way past time for Hillary to leave politics.

Tulsi is the best of the candidates out there.

The book's still out for me. I want to believe what she says about climate change, big oil and wars for big oil. But she's been a serial flip-flopper. And who knows why Trump's not attacked her, and whether she has any connection whatsoever to Putin's oligarchs. Her reported connection to Modi worries me. Is her brand of Hinduism similar to his, which to me is based on bigotry and discrimination. What does she actually believe about Hindu caste systems. America's a country divided along all sorts of 'castes' and classes. It needs a unifier, not someone whose religion justifies discrimination. Like I said, the book's still out.

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Posted in: Democrats accuse Trump at impeachment trial of corrupt scheme to pressure Ukraine See in context

President Donald Trump at the start of his impeachment trial on Wednesday of a corrupt scheme

Corrupt schemes are expected from those who are corrupt and have been corrupt throughout their lives. Gifted US$400,000,000. by his daddy and he remained corrupt?

Still waiting for CNN 

I never watch it. Not because I think it's a ghoul that will haunt me - like it does the global alt rightists, but because I think it's way too one sided in its approach to presenting info. Which is fine because I value having a free, for-profit press. And I still have the freedom to read #chan/Cap'n Dan's blog/RT/Breitbart.

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Posted in: Putin remains secretive about his future role See in context

Putin has argued that the constitutional amendments are intended to strengthen democracy, but Kremlin foes have charged that they are aimed at allowing him lifelong rule.

Pretty hard to believe a hard core authoritarian like Putin wants to 'strengthen democracy'. Historically Russians have had only brief exposures to something akin to 'western' democracy. Putin knows Russians admire Stalin and the strongest of the tsars who came before him. Some say Putin's the richest man in the world (off government 'service'). I can't imagine a big brother as big as Putin ever being willing to give up his authority and perhaps his riches. Unless someone even more ruthless than him can emerge.

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/money-and-power/a14480615/vladimir-putin-net-worth/

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Posted in: Saudi crown prince's WhatsApp linked to Bezos cell phone hack See in context

“The kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not conduct illicit activities of this nature, nor does it condone them,” the official said.

Add this lie to the ever-growing list of big lies heard this month like 'Poland started WW2' (Putin), 'no Americans were harmed in the Iran shelling' (Trump) and others coming from the globe's biggest liars. The post-truth era, after all. Led by big liars from around the globe.

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Posted in: Russia-Poland feud over history clouds Auschwitz anniversary See in context

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to shift wartime blame to Poland

Serious revisionism. Victors write history, and the Soviet Union was a victor in WW2, but a stretch like that can only be believed by Putin's Russian ultranationalist followers and perhaps some in the global alt right movement who see Putin as a political messiah.

Putin understands 'his' people, knows they adore Stalin, who they see as their greatest leader. Curious how Stalin's 'communism' (in name at least), which represents a far left pole on the political spectrum, squares with Putin's far right politics and his stated aversion to 'liberals' and 'the left'.

Or maybe with Putin's Russian followers it's not about left or right, instead it's about going back to the totalitarianism Russians are accustomed to. For some reason some people fear the freedoms democracies can offer, and instead want big brother watching over them.

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