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Posted in: Boxer-senator Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine president See in context

Hopefully democracy prevails in the Philippines and the candidate with the most votes wins. It will be interesting to watch how the results turn out. Hopefully Duterte won't be like some authoritarian leaders and have his opposition arrested and jailed, or like another authoritarian wannabe who tried to overturn the results of the election after it had been clearly shown he lost.

And if drugs in the Philippines have in fact created serious problems, hopefully whichever candidate wins goes after the major suppliers, even if they are CCP billionaires or fellow ruling class Filipinos, instead of having his heavily armed security forces kill unarmed users at the lower end of the economic scale without first bringing them to trial.

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Posted in: Australian PM rejects Chinese criticism of nuclear sub deal See in context

Are sovereign states going to be forced to choose which empire they want to side with?

Beyond lots of good poetry being written, and the testing of new forms of weaponry and new warfare tactics. How did empire fighting empire turn out in the 1920's during what some call the Great War, others WW1?

In WW1 the following nations remained neutral: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain; in South America: Mexico, Chile and Argentina

Hopefully even more nations will decide not to side with any of the empires if another big war looks possible. US remain satisfied with your own territories, same with China and its Belt and Road, and Russia with its Eurasian Economic Union. Lots of problems to be dealt with in each of those places.

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Posted in: Man arrested for smuggling gun parts from U.S. See in context

Catch small fry and make a big deal of it.

Catch any attempt to smuggle gun parts of any kind by anyone and keep it front page news, and maybe some gun-heads might come to understand Japanese authorities and most Japanese people I have ever met want to keep the country from having problems nations like the USA have, especially when there are so many US Americans living in Japan, many of the gun-nut variety. Let the gun-nuts know Japan doesn't want them to bring the problems they have created in their home countries here. Keep it front page news!

Let the police and those few who are licensed and authorized to own guns be the only ones able to possess them.

Why would anyone need a 'soft-air' gun, or according to gun nuts, is owning a soft-air gun one of your basic god-given rights, a 'freedom' as you say.

How many soft-air guns are used by the intellectually limited and just plain angry to shoot cats and birds. What is it with the weak needing weapons, beyond their being weak, angry and intellectually limited.

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Posted in: Man arrested for smuggling gun parts from U.S. See in context

Good on those who stopped this criminal, regardless why he was getting the parts.

Keep US guns and and gun -insanity. far far away from Japan.

Keep Japan safe from guns and gun fetishists, especially the US variety!

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Posted in: Philippines' Duterte will not cooperate with ICC drug war probe See in context

On this site many of the posters I have read that write in support of Duterte, claim he is a "strong' man, they say he is strong in part because he is not afraid to have his country's security people kill his fellow citizens.

Not surprisingly many of these posters are also pro-authoritarianism, pro-Trump and pro-Putin. Those who favor 'strong' leaders must really admire Stalin, reported to have overseen the deaths of millions of USSR citizens. Or Mao, or the Austrian corporal, among so many others

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un's sister warns of 'destruction' of S Korean ties See in context

Does anyone in the world want anything to do with North Korea? If it wasn’t for their leadership always acting crazy no one would even know they exist.

China and Russia do, Cults of personality, Recall it was Mao and Stalin who got the Kim regime going, and today Xi and Putin follow in their paths.

North Korea trade

Likewise, most imports come from China (US$3.23 billion) but other main partners include Russia (US$74.1 million), India (US$59.1 million) and, surprisingly, Latin American countries Peru and Honduras, which sent small quantities of goods t

https://www.statista.com/chart/10683/north-korea-trading-partners/

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Posted in: Judge rejects delay to defamation suit against Donald Trump See in context

Any Loss for Donald J Trump is a Victory for All Americans.

Not "all" Americans, Trump and his fellow QGOP are further dividing the country along all possible lines, Tump just made an appeal to his white nationalist/neo-Confederate backers by claiming Robert E. Lee, one of their anti-American heroes who contributed to a failure by the slave states in the South to win the US Civil War could have won in Afghanistan.

Look for more money to come pouring in from white nationalists across the country payable to their Trump, especially from former slave states like Texas and Florida. Trump does understand which groups to cater to pretty well.

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Posted in: Dubious of Trump's sanity, U.S. general secretly called China: book See in context

Of course trump was only appealing to his neo-Confederate/white nationalist base, but claiming Robert E. Lee could have won in Afghanistan does sound like Trump's gone full on wack.

Trump lavishes praise on ‘genius’ Confederate general Robert E Lee as his statue is taken down

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-robert-e-lee-statue-b1916850.html

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Posted in: Japan, U.S., S Korea call on N Korea to return to arms talks See in context

 sharing a border with CCP China

NK also shares a border with Russia, recall it was Stalin who hand-selected the first Kim, Kim il sung, the USSR and Russia have been involved in and supportive of NK for decades, starting with the mess left after the Japanese empire was defeated, Japan, China, Russia/USSR and theUSA made a hash of the Korean Peninsula. like other empires before them did in other parts of the planet.

And continue to do today. look at Iraq and Syria plus nations in Europe (including former SSRs) , Africa and the Americas for more examples of empires creating messes and then leaving the messes behind.

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths of people aged under 60 soar in Japan due to Delta variant See in context

a sharp increase in the deaths of people aged 59 or younger due to COVID-19 

and school aged kids in China are getting sick and dying.

But I have read many posts published on this forum claiming younger people should worry more about the vaccine than the virus. I am aware most of those posts have been written by the pandemic-deniers, truthers, birthers and flat-earthers, individuals who rarely if ever provide sources, I assume they might get their info from an anonymous poster on Stormfront, Reddit, 8-kun or perhaps from this site. Anonymous posters pushing disinformation and misinformation are a danger to their intended audiences, the general public and especially their intended audience the intellectually challenged.

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Posted in: Dubious of Trump's sanity, U.S. general secretly called China: book See in context

to prevent Trump from sparking a war with China, 

Trump probably assumed his neo-Confederate white nationalist base would always back him, especially back him in a war against China, but not one against Russia, in part because Russia and especially Russian leaders look similar to them, whereas Chinese leaders do not. Though Trump's base would back him in a war, given so many are chicken-hawks, it's likely most of Trump's base would continue to expect others to fight the war for them.

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Posted in: Blinken tells irate Congress the U.S. was ready on Afghanistan See in context

We inherited a timeline. We didn’t inherit a plan.

Recall that Bush 43, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and their fellow neo-conservatives, the pols in both parties who got the US into both Iraq and Afghanistan had no post war plan for either war.

For them it was primarily about testing weaponry and developing even more weapons to be made by their campaign backers in big defense corporations,

and paying back Iraq's leader for being disrespectful to Bush 41, 43's daddy, a former CIA leader. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/saddam-sent-hit-team-kill-bush-kuwait-2321888.html

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Posted in: Kishida singles out China threat See in context

Hopefully any drumbeats for those favoring any military involvement are just a bit of quiet background noise that will be ignored by the majority of Japanese people, people that I think are proud of how peaceful their country has been for the last 70 or so years.

And hopefully the Reiwa Emperor and his staff and those in the Shinto hierarchy understand how wrong it was for the Showa Emperor to have allowed his throne to be used by the militarists running the country while they pushed for an expansion of the Japanese empire.

And hopefully Keidanren will understand that although the corporations that had made up the Zaibatsu may see increased profits in the short term by manufacturing weapons and gearing up for war, in the long term they and the country in general will only be hurt fighting another war the country would have to recover from.

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Posted in: Florida governor threatens cities with fines for vaccine mandates See in context

De Santis is actually helping workers because the mandates force them to quit.

Of course quitting is each individual nurse's prerogative ,but if those nurses have such little regard for what those in medical science, i.e. the experts who claim the vaccines are generally safe and effective, the experts who probably know much more than those nurses do  

The nurses who quit probably did not their information from medical journals instead get it from anonymous social media posters who might have got their information from a foreign bot posting on Reddit or 8kun, then the medical profession is probably better off without those nurses. 

I wonder how many of the nurses who quit were influenced by some religious leader or far right politician like DeSantis, or MTG orhad been personally harassed by a religious wack or someone trying to increase tensions in US society by fanning flames. Flamers and trolls are pond scum.

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Posted in: Blinken tells irate Congress the U.S. was ready on Afghanistan See in context

 Trump and Pompeo pursued the same policies on Afghanistan.

And Trump once again appealed to his neo-Confederate white nationalist base claiming Robert E. Lee would have won in Afghanistan

Trump Thinks the General Who Lost the Civil War Definitely Would Have Won the Afghanistan War

It’s somehow not even the most ludicrous part of his statement bemoaning the removal of a statue honoring General Lee, who fought against the United States in a war to preserve slavery

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Posted in: Two women campaign to become France's 1st female president See in context

The anti-Semitic Penn.

Who will get support from far rightists around the globe and far right authoritarian states like Russia.

When Marine Le Pen appeared in the Kremlin on 24 March, it was Vladimir Putin himself who gave voice to the thought that was surely on many people's minds:

"I know that the presidential campaign is developing actively in France," the Russian president said, adding: "Of course, we do not want to influence events in any way."

But the globe's far right will trust their hero Putin, who closely rivals far right heroes like Trump in terms of telling big lies. Will Russia continue to interfere in elections in France and elsewhere. And then continue to lie about its involvement, defend what it's doing with the old Soviet tactic of saying 'can't prove it', and crying 'what about'?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39478066

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Posted in: U.S. marks 20th anniversary of 9/11 See in context

The great threat to American is now internal extreme right-wing groups.

I agree and would add their media in the US and around the globe. And of course their politicians, especially those in the QGOP, the Trump sect of the Republican Party.

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Posted in: Russia complains of 'election interference' to U.S. ambassador See in context

corrupt and arrogant Big Tech moguls who take it upon themselves to control information.

“Big tech” just another term right wingers use one of their many imagined evils to go along with ‘the media’ and so many others. The global far right can still use Yandex instead of Google, and they an still post their nonsense about alien reptiles and chips in the vaccine on Reddit, 8Chan and elsewhere.

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Posted in: Denmark becomes only European country with no COVID restrictions See in context

Great country, smart leadership.

I'm trying to recall who all on this site constantly attacked Denmark and other Scandinavian countries because they claimed those countries were socialistic, whatever that word might mean to them.

I think Denmark and other Scandinavian countries have been among the most successful in the world, in large part because of their respective forms of socialism.

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Posted in: Biden's war on virus becomes war on unvaccinated See in context

Leadership means dialog and compromise.

Leadership usually includes those, but also often requires making decisions that might not always please some, including those comprising a minority that has shown contempt for their fellow citizens and that supports far right politicians like Trump, De Santis, Cruz, Tuberville, MTG etal wanting to further undermine US systems.

The US, just like so many other countries, has been dealing with a pandemic that has killed and/or sickened millions while also seriously harming the economy, the US needs leadership that is willing to make strong decisions that a minority of the population may oppose. The era of a president saying 'that's not my responsibility' like Biden's predecessor did is over. Trump threw in the towel and lost the war. Biden is trying to win it.

Unlike people in China the anti-vaxx minority are still free to move to another country. These far right anti-science religious extremists seem to prefer the leadership styles found in Russia, Belarus, Poland and Hungary and others run by authoritarian regimes. Plus in those countries the majority of people are white, just like them. They are free to go there instead of continuing to try to drag the US to low levels found in places like Florida and Texas, places long dragged down by far right extremists..

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Posted in: Russia complains of 'election interference' to U.S. ambassador See in context

Russia complains of 'election interference'

Given Russia's history of interfering in other nation's elections, (see link below) Putin and his oligarchs probably know more about election interference than anyone else.

Vlad's playing victim, which I thought those who claimed to be strong never did.

By mentioning corporations the US far far right include in what they call call 'big tech' Vlad must once again be trying to appeal to his extreme right supporters (including the 'muh Russia' herd )in the US. Vlad and his armies of keyboard warriors use terms like 'big tech' which get the right wingers knees a-jerking, leading them to turn on on cable news to hear what one of Rupert Murdoch's lying heads might want them to believe.

"The spectre of electoral interference from Russia – whether in the form of hacking, dark money, bot armies, or a plethora of other techniques – has hung over elections and referendums from France to Ukraine, and from the USA to the UK."

https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2019-11-13/russian-interference-threatens-elections-across-the-world-including-ours

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Posted in: Biden calls Xi as U.S.-China relationship grows more tense See in context

pressing China on human rights, trade and other areas where it believes China is acting outside international norms.

Keep the pressure on China regarding human rights, but the US especially states like Florida and Texas need pressure put on them to ensure human rights for all, especially with regard to voting because Texas and Florida want to make it more difficult for people to vote.

Voting laws in Texas are the most restrictive in the country. And voter turnout here is among the lowest, too. Maybe those facts are related.

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/10/19/texas-voting-elections/

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Posted in: Biden announces sweeping new vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans See in context

But Vaccine disinformation can kill people, someone can read the lies spouted by a few people here-the B crowd, and not take vaccine, fall sick and possibly die.

Media outlets publishing posts from misinformation and disinformation spreaders need to be willing to accept their roles in dragging the pandemic out.

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Posted in: Biden announces sweeping new vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans See in context

but what’s really needed is a change in mindset for many people, said Dr Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

At this point, if the anti-vaxx, anti-government Americans are still unwilling to heed the advice of most medical scientists (in private practice and working for the government), and instead want to believe that using medications created for animals, or injecting disinfectants is the way to deal with what they have claimed was just another flu, then let them self-select out of the ability to vote and breathe.

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Posted in: Kishida calls for new type of capitalism to address income, social gaps See in context

The switch to centralised control didn't work too well in the Soviet Union or other Communist States.

But centralised control also did not work for the majority of people living in the Soviet Union.

Now the world's most powerful nation, with arguably the strongest economy, i.e. China is one with cntralsed control and a planned economy. The question remains can China sustain its economic power?

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Posted in: Kishida calls for new type of capitalism to address income, social gaps See in context

China found a new kind of capitalism.

Not new, look at Germany in the 1930's and the USSR under Stalin, plus Russia today? And at the many kingdoms, and other forms of autocracy before them?

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Posted in: Kishida calls for new type of capitalism to address income, social gaps See in context

How about actual capitalism

The kind imagined by Adam Smith, that has never actually existed? But so typical of the far right to believe myths, for example some actually believe in a a Messiah who will lead them back to the garden, that also never existed, as long as his followers pay tithes.

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Posted in: Takaichi joins race to be next PM; outlines 'Sanaenomics' policy See in context

expect everything to go backwards

That's the direction far rightists around the world want; for them 'progress' is a negative. The far right want to return to mythical days of yore, they prefer regressing.

The LDP have been largely unable to shift out of measures used in the bubble years, 40 or so years ago.

But as long as the voters elect politicians who are related to political families that have long controlled the country and push their grandparent's' policies, do not expect much to change.

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Posted in: Russian police detain journalists rallying for media freedom See in context

Clamping down on journalists must please the anti-democracy, anti-free press, pro-authoritarians constantly moaning about an imagined enemy they call 'the media', which in their argot means outlets that report information and events from perspectives different from theirs.

Putin and his oligarchs have their own media outlets, and in their system of authoritarian capitalism must see any competition as a competitive rival, another form of opposition that must be stopped. Putin etal are using their state power to stomp on their rivals, any opposition for that matter. Putin is in charge until 2036, so continue to expect information coming from Russia to be filtered and censored by Putin and his oligarchs.

Plus Putin and oligarchs are well aware of how more and more people these days get their news from social media, and they will continue to use their Kremlin-backed social media armies as vehicles to spread their misinformation and disinformation and push anti-democracy/ pro-authoritarian messages on social media , while using western 'media', as they continue to demonize 'western media'.

Scary to read Putin and Xi are working more closely and realize how much control over information they have and will continue to have as they undermine 'western' sources of information and 'western' democracies.

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Posted in: Blinken to Taliban: Any legitimacy 'will have to be earned' See in context

From the US perspective, "Legitimacy" will probably be defined as the Taliban's ready willingness to trade some mineral or element with the US adminstration's preferred corporation. On the corporation's terms

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