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Posted in: 'Flying car' makes Tokyo debut at international tech event See in context

This thing is just idiotic. This looks about like where prototype development for a flying car would have been in about 1998 or so.

Why this stupid thing will never replace cars:

1) can hold only one person. Even motorcycles can hold two.

2) No storage space, plus there are probably strict weight limits on what it can carry. Good luck going grocery shopping in one.

3) 18 propellers equals 18 potential points of failure, 18 moving parts that will likely require constant maintenance.

4) 4.5 metres wide means it is over twice as wide as a normal car, meaning the amount of parking space these things which carry only one person is going to be massive. Where the hell is Tokyo or any other city going to park these stupid things if they become mass adopted?

5) Not sure but I’m guessing the energy requirements of these things are huge too, given the need to lift people off the ground and all.

6) Minor accident = fall from fatal height.

7) Traffic control?

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Posted in: China criticizes U.S. for ship's passage through Taiwan Strait See in context

This wouldn't be the same China that is constantly sending its ships into Japanese waters off the Senkaku islands, is it? Nor could it possibly be the same China that is always sending its vessels into Philippine and Vietnamese EEZs, going so far as to use water cannons against Philippine vessels in their own waters in the former case, could it?

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Posted in: What is your opinion of Elon Musk? Is he the sort of person you'd like to work for or with? See in context

Kind of mixed.

He did some extremely impressive stuff with both Tesla and SpaceX which he deserves credit and respect for. While he did not come up with the idea for electric vehicles or re-usable rockets, these were both technologies that were languishing in markets dominated by incumbents (car makers and the aerospace industry) using their market power to suppress competition from what were objectively better technologies. It took with a very rare combination of business skills and personal attributes to smash through those barriers and Musk was that guy. The world is I think objectively better off for it thanks to what he accomplished.

On the other hand, in recent years he seems to have fallen into a kind of deranged emperor syndrome with his acquisition and destruction of Twitter based on little more than personal pique, embracing of conspiracy theories, engagement in petty public feuds that engaged his personal vanity, etc etc. Its been a rather sad spectacle to observe. Too much money and power in one person's hands is rarely good for that person, or for everyone else.

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Posted in: 'Mount Fuji convenience store' issues apology for bad tourist manners, adds multilingual signs See in context

Some here think the tourist actually want the Lawson in the photo which is ridiculous - rainy day moronic nonsense

Ah, now I see where the confusion lies. I agree that it is ridiculous but sadly it is the truth. This article doesn’t do a particularly good job of explaining the point, but this story has been in the news here for weeks now and that is exactly what is happening- tourists are lining up at that exact spot specifically to get a picture with the Lawson in it. Taken from the exact correct angle you can get a photo where it appears that Mount Fujii is sitting directly atop the Lawson, which looks kind of neat. Since pictures of it started going viral on social media tourists have been swarming that one exact spot directly in front of the dentist to get the properly aligned photo.

You can get a nice picture of Mount Fujii by itself in endless locations in that area, but only a picture of Fujii sitting on the Lawson from a very exact spot.

It is explained a bit more in this article:

https://japantoday.com/category/national/to-fend-off-tourists-a-town-in-japan-is-building-a-big-screen-blocking-the-view-of-mount-fuji

A quote:

Her neighborhood suddenly became a popular spot about two years ago, apparently after a photo taken in a particular angle showing Mount Fuji in the background, as if sitting atop a local convenience store, became a social media sensation known as “Mt Fuji Lawson,” town officials say.

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Posted in: 'Mount Fuji convenience store' issues apology for bad tourist manners, adds multilingual signs See in context

I literally didn't say -'they should put a toll booth on the street'

You literally said:

Other countries would capitalize on the situation and put up a toll booth

If that isn’t you suggesting that they should build a toll booth on that street then I don’t know what is.

I said portable staircase !

How does the distinction between a “portable” staircase and a permanent one in any way overcome the problems I raised with your idea in my previous post, all of which would apply to any staircase regardless of whether it was portable or not? Staircases of any kind are just an idiotic way of trying to solve this problem, I’m sorry if this obvious fact upsets you but its the truth.

All the way to the right between the buildings a skinny little staircase with a ramp to the left above the Lawson sign - only wide enough for two at a time

Not nonsense !

Sorry, this is nonsense and your idea is getting more and more ridiculous the further you try to elaborate it. Put the portable staircase there and the view will not be the same as what people are trying to see and get pics of. Nobody will use it and the problem would just persist.

What's your issues ?

A dislike for bad ideas that make no sense.

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Posted in: Should married couples in Japan be allowed to have different family names? Survey investigates See in context

Is it not the nature of the family registry system (Koseki) that makes it difficult to change? I guess changing that could be a headache for many, and so it just trundles along.

Getting rid of the Koseki system would be extraordinarily difficult due to the fact that it is tied to so much of the entire administration of the country (births, deaths, marriages, divorces - all revolve around it).

On the other hand, merely amending it to allow two married people to maintain different surnames wouldn't cause the same kind of chaos and is very much do-able.

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Posted in: 'Mount Fuji convenience store' issues apology for bad tourist manners, adds multilingual signs See in context

Apparently your so sick of criticism and others brilliant ideas that all you have to offer is negative criticism

Well, bad ideas deserve negative criticism do they not?

Nobody is talking about blocking the street

You literally said they should put a toll booth on the street. Toll booths block streets - its what they do.

Establishing a small fee for small staircase to go up and take a photo is definitely doable if you know the location and are open minded enough to visualize a solution that pleases everyone

Here is the street in question:

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.4988135,138.7672662,3a,75y,207.14h,102.42t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1se3dorZBK-fHb7RqULCA26g!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?entry=ttu

Take a look at that street. Swivel the view to get several angles of it. Move the viewpoint a few metres up and down its length. Doing so it becomes blatantly obvious that there are problems with your staircase suggestion which render it completely nonsensical.

First, the photo opp only makes sense from ground level. Put the viewer up a level and they won't get the same angle that juxtaposes the Lawson sign and Mount Fujii the way everyone wants. Also the power lines would obstruct the view if the viewpoint was elevated above ground level, further spoiling the photo opp. So all you'd be building is a viewing platform that nobody would use since the best shots would still be found from ground level and that is where all the tourists would continue to flock to.

Second, even if we wave away the first point and assume that there are good photo opps to be had up there the staircase idea makes no sense since its the number of people that is the problem and merely providing an elevated space to accommodate some of them isn't going to solve that. If you've got a small staircase with a small viewing platform then there is going to be a lineup for it and all the people waiting are still going to be on the street, so its not a solution at all to the concerns that locals have.

Third, where is this staircase going to be built? There is only one spot where the alignment works to get the perfect shot that everyone wants and that is exactly where that dentist's office is. Move even just a few metres either side of it and the alignment of the Lawson with Mt. Fujii disappears from view. The sidewalk is only about 2 metres wide in that exact "perfect photo" spot and there is simply no way of building anything there without it completely blocking the sidewalk, blocking the dentist office's entrance and forcing passersby onto the roadway. Its just completely and totally impractical.

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Posted in: 'Mount Fuji convenience store' issues apology for bad tourist manners, adds multilingual signs See in context

Other countries would capitalize on the situation and put up a toll booth or something like a portable staircase so money and photos could be had

Opportunity missed i think

No linear thought in japan

I kind of get sick of this kind of criticism since nobody who puts forward these "brilliant" ideas (/s) seems to have even taken a cursory look at the location in question to see if any of them make sense.

You can't put in a toll booth or even a portable staircase on the street this is located on without massively inconveniencing the local community and disrupting the lives of residents and businesses.

Why would any town in its right mind do that solely to try to attract social media content producers - the worst scourge humanity has ever created - into their midst to take a few photos, litter, make a lot of noise, buy nothing except maybe a drink from a vending machine, and then move on?

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Posted in: Japan child population shrinks for 43rd straight year See in context

It's funny how that has never held back the likes of Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Singapore, ie countries with the world's highest socio-economic conditions. 

The world's top 10 ranking of wealthy nations is dominated by ones with small populations and low natural birthrates. Or is that just a massive coincidence?

Its idiotic to attribute the success of Scandinavian and other countries to their population size and low birthrate. Singapore has a much higher population density than Japan does, I have no idea how you square that with your idea that too many people is bad for a country.

And to flip that, the top ten least densely populated countries in the world include Libya, Suriname, Mongolia, Western Sahara and Namibia. Hardly models of socio-economic success.

So much for that inane theory.

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Posted in: To fend off tourists, town starts building big screen blocking view of Mount Fuji See in context

Can you imagine Italy or Greece putting up screens to block the views? Madness.

FYI they do the exact same thing in Europe too:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/hallstatt-frozen-austria-fence-selfies-b2341981.html

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Posted in: To fend off tourists, town starts building big screen blocking view of Mount Fuji See in context

@rainyday

police in Japan are prefectural police. So the prefecture could send two or so to help out.

Not sure how the level at which the police force is organized is relevant. The Yamanashi Prefectural Police currently have only one Koban in Fujikawaguchiko. This is presumably adequate to deal with the police needs of a very small town under normal circumstances. The Prefectural Police certainly have better things to be doing with their limited manpower than depriving other parts of the prefecture of police services solely for the purpose of dealing with stupid tourist problems as you envisage.

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Posted in: To fend off tourists, town starts building big screen blocking view of Mount Fuji See in context

Try this. Have several police officers standing in the area. When a tourist jay walks or litters or other thing, just fine them on the spot. Same as no smoking ordinance in many Japanese cities with 2,000 yen fine.

For a town that small "several police officers" is about all they have for the entire town. It would be extremely wasteful to have to devote all of their police manpower to dealing solely with this one idiotic problem.

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Posted in: To fend off tourists, town starts building big screen blocking view of Mount Fuji See in context

Litter? No rubbish bins, so what does anyone expect?

What does anyone expect? I don't know....tourists to not litter?

Doesn't the Lawson have rubbish bins?

For Lawson customers yeah, but why should they be responsible for cleaning up after a bunch of poorly behaved tourists just because they happen to be nearby?

GuruMick has a good idea: make the area a pedestrian zone by re-routing traffic. Would that be possible? If so, do that.

No, that idea makes zero sense. Streets are things that local people use to get around. The idea that city planning should be based upon catering to a short term trend of social media people taking pictures rather than the needs of the people who actually live there is just obnoxious.

This is Google Street view of the street in question:

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.4988135,138.7672662,3a,75y,168.9h,81.51t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1se3dorZBK-fHb7RqULCA26g!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?entry=ttu

That street is a major local thoroughfare. Many businesses and homes are on it. Buses run on it. The main train station is on it, just a few doors down from the Lawson. Turning that into a pedestrian thoroughfare makes absolutely no sense at all, the street is just completely not suited to it and it would be a massive disruption to everyone who lives there.

If not, add a pedestrian overpass.

This makes no sense. If the tourists aren't using a perfectly good crosswalk which is RIGHT THERE then there is no reason to believe they'd use a pedestrian overpass (even assuming there was room to build one, which there isn't).

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Posted in: To fend off tourists, town starts building big screen blocking view of Mount Fuji See in context

Its an unfortunate outcome, but probably unavoidable.

I'm quite sympathetic to the locals. A dentist's office across the street from a random suburban convenience store just isn't a place that is capable of handling hordes of tourists descending upon it.

At the same time though, in a country where "nice views" from street level are a rarity its a shame to see one being deliberately wiped out. Hopefully someday the stupid social media fed trends will move on and allow the barrier to be removed without triggering another round of problems for the locals.

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Posted in: Meta sued in Japan over investment ads with fake celebrity endorsements See in context

Had to read this article twice. Why all the emphasis on "social media"? The crime seems to be the falsification of endorsements by famous people, which is not at all a new thing.

Falsification of endorsements by famous people isn't new, and the legal question is well settled - it is illegal for businesses to do that. But the question of whether social media companies can be held legally liable for hosting and promoting that type of ad (which was produced by someone else) is something that hasn't been answered by Japanese courts yet.

I really think they should be held to account for it.

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Posted in: Arizona indicts 18 in case over 2020 election in Arizona, including Giuliani and Meadows See in context

Not a single person is paying attention to this, just move on.

Yet here you are.....

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Posted in: Biden signs Ukraine aid, TikTok ban package after Republican battle See in context

Russia will fire 3 missiles or more for each one they fire - or more. Watch!

1 American missile that hits its target is worth more than 3 Russian missiles that don’t. Watch!

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Posted in: Do you think the jury system is the best method of determining guilt or innocence in criminal trials? See in context

I'm not entirely convinced by this argument. Maybe plea bargaining undermines it to a certain extent because there's sometimes an element of coercion involved, but plea bargains are most frequently used in cases of "we both know you did it, so stop wasting everyone's time and take the offer." Defendants know they're guilty and don't expect to be acquitted in a trial, so they take the plea. But they still have the option to go to trial under the presumption of innocence. You're also basing your argument on the US legal system, and the same isn't necessarily true of other English-speaking countries.

Yes, but if the negotiations are based on the assumption of "we both know you did it" then clearly the presumption of innocence has been tossed out the window by that point.

Its true that de jure suspects still have a right to trial and that is important. But de facto for many plea bargaining is their only option. Likely in most cases they are guilty anyway so its not necessarily a bad outcome to the case (and as you note it saves a lot of time, etc), but it gets criticized for the fact that a fair number of innocent people end up with convictions due to it (See for example this paper here: https://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals/amcrimlr48&id=145&men_tab=srchresults )

Its a fair point that the problems of the US system are not necessarily the same in all English speaking countries (the US system has a ton of problems unique to itself), so some of what I'm writing doesn't apply in other countries.

I'd be careful about using Japan as a good example of civil law countries. The cops here have a bad reputation for coercing confessions out of suspects, so even if they let some suspects go, they want to close the books on a case and aren't above tipping scales in their favour if they think it's necessary.

Yeah this is true, behind every wrongful conviction in Japan there is usually a zealous prosecutor who was working entirely on a presumption of guilt and trying to coerce a false confession. I wasn't holding Japan up as an example to be emulated by any stretch, but rather just to indicate the difference between plea bargaining and no-plea bargaining.

The de facto presumption in Japan is guilt regardless of what they may otherwise claim.

This is certainly often the presumption of investigators and prosecutors, much like it is in the US, but not of judges. In light of that fact I'd say the Japanese system (despite its problems) works better (in this narrow sense) since by not allowing plea bargaining it removes a key tool that they would otherwise have to gain convictions against those who are factually innocent.

And even with the lay judge system they have running now for some cases, it's really only window dressing because the actual judges have the final say.

Japan's lay judge system as you say isn't a real jury system, its a panel of 9 consisting of 6 lay people and 3 professional judges, and any verdict must have the support of at least one of the judges. Its a kind of pointless system that mixes the worst of the jury and judge systems IMO.

As far as the plea bargain system goes, it's no surprise that plea bargaining almost never happens here because Japan is still very much a hierarchical culture: you, the accused, are presumed to be a criminal and have no status. Just take your punishment. A very different legal culture to the ones we have in the West.

Less than culture the reason plea bargaining doesn't happen in Japan is because legally it isn't allowed. Until 5 years ago it wasn't allowed at all in any case. Thanks to a legislative change it is now allowed only in very narrow cases, and only for the purpose of getting the cooperation of a co-conspirator to give evidence against other defendants. Its only been used in a handful of cases.

I get your point, and it's a good argument in places where there's little corruption. In the case where I served on the jury (Australia), the judge did allow an 11-1 verdict, although there was no question of corruption involved, just one guy who refused to budge even though his argument was very flimsy.

Interesting. I'm not familiar with Australian law, but I do know that not all jurisdictions require unanimous verdicts (some only require 3/4 majority for example).

But also remember that there are some bad and ambiguous laws, and judges may feel compelled to abide by them whereas juries have some leeway in considering the instructions from the judge against the facts and good old commonsense. This is what my jury indeed encountered, and we decided based on commonsense that the balance-of-probabilities instruction from the judge was of too low a standard for the charge the defendant was facing based on the evidence available.

I think this is one of the main arguments in favor of juries - they can inject elements of a community's common sense (however defined) into decision making which judges may lack. Of course in doing so it also raises other questions (what if a community's common sense is wrong or just plain not very smart?) but at least there is some wiggle room there.

I think we may have to disagree on some points, but I enjoy the discussion anyway.

By the way, have you ever served on a jury?

I have enjoyed the discussion also. I've never served on a jury but I work in the legal field (which actually precludes me from serving on one....as does the fact that I live in Japan!)

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Posted in: Do you think the jury system is the best method of determining guilt or innocence in criminal trials? See in context

That's alright, I agree with you to a point that the plea-bargain facility is open to abuse, but you're talking about what happens before a case goes to trial. The finer details would vary from one jurisdiction to another. And like any other system, legal ones are imperfect. At the same time, it's a useful instrument for freeing up court time to deal with cases that are not cut and dried, and enables prosecutors to offer shorter sentences in exchange for valuable information. I get it, there's plenty of horse trading that goes on.

Well, you were saying English speaking countries judicial systems are better at upholding the presumption of innocence, but plea bargaining massively undermines that (regardless of it being pre-trial,its still part of the same process). About 90% of criminal cases in the US end in a plea bargain, so the US justice system is mainly a system of plea bargaining and trials (by judge or jury) are the exception rather than the rule. In plea bargaining the presumption of innocence is ignored and the de facto presumption is one of guilt.

In civil law countries like Japan, there is almost no plea bargaining allowed at all. Prosecutors have two options: go to trial or let the suspect go. In cases where they go to trial they win 99% of the time. But that is because before that they have already let most suspects go and only proceded with the strongest cases.

In English-speaking countries (probably the odd exception) and a few others, once a trial is underway in a criminal case, though, it's the prosecutor's job to present sufficient evidence for a judge or jury to deliver a guilty verdict, not the defendant's job to prove his or her innocence. I'm sure you'd agree this is the best principle, right?

That isn’t just an English common law system thing, in civil law countries the burden of proof lies with the prosecution rather than the defence as well.

Possibly, but someone who wants to interfere with a trial would only have to compromise one person in a judge-only case, but may have to intimidate several in a jury case, making the interference harder to hide. 

In a jury system that requires unanimous verdicts (which is most of them) all someone has to do is sway a single person too. Plus judges have a lot more to lose (their law license, a comfortable income,etc) from taking bribes (or similar behavior), which likely makes them less likely to do so. This depends on the country of course, there are some very corrupt countries out there where bribery is common, but its generally not a problem that instituting a jury system would solve in them.

Jury verdicts are also subject to appeal, so defendants still have a way out if they think their jury delivered the wrong verdict.

Actually they aren’t. Juries only serve to find the facts of a case, they don’t make decisions about what applies to the case (they are given instructions on this by the presiding judge). To appeal a verdict a defendant (or prosecutor) must be able to argue there was an error in law committed at trial. This means the basis for an appeal of a jury verdict usually lies in the instructions given to the jury and not what the jury itself did. Appeals courts don’t second guess the fact findings of a trial court, they just look for errors in law committed by the trial judge.

I assume that legal systems take the lack of a written judgment by a jury into account by having juries comprise multiple people who consider the details and have to justify their decisions to their fellow jurors before a final decision is reached. And because they're drawn from the community at large, you're going to get people with different levels of intelligence and empathy and skill sets who look at the evidence and arguments from different perspectives that can compensate for blind spots of other jurors.

Yeah this is how it generally works, and while there are some advantages like those you mention I think the argument that this is a better system for finding true facts or for reducing corruption is quite weak.

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Posted in: Do you think the jury system is the best method of determining guilt or innocence in criminal trials? See in context

With a few exceptions, mainly in Europe, non-English-speaking countries have a long way to go in catching up to English-speaking countries in relation to presumption of innocence.

I would push back on that idea. Depends on the country but there are a ton of features of the American justice system that undermine the presumption of innocence and I don't think any country in its right mind would use that as a model. Plea bargaining for example results in a huge number of people being sent to prison without a trial. Many of them are probably guilty but its also a system that tends to feed on innocient people who lack adequate counsel. The practice is not used in most civil law countries (Japan only recently started allowing it but only under extremely narrow conditions specifically to avoid that), but is widespread in the US.

Juries are a pretty good form of insurance for preventing corrupt or biased judges from making decisions that favour vested interests and the status quo. Of course there are outliers to this, but...

Juries are a horrible way of avoiding corruption or bias in your judicial system. For starters, jurors are humans like anyone else and just as succeptible to bribes or intimindation as judges are, probably more so.

Also unlike judges juries don't have to provide reasons for their decisions and their deliberations are totally opaque to the outside world. Judges in contrast have to write lengthy decisions justyfing their outcome, and those are subject to review and appeal.

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Posted in: Do you think the jury system is the best method of determining guilt or innocence in criminal trials? See in context

Nah.

Juries exist in common law countries not because they are a good way of finding facts, but rather because in medieval England they were the "least bad" option among several procedures available in the courts. When your other options for proving your case include things like battles to the death, surviving torture or bribing a bunch of locals to swear that your claim is correct, trial by a group of your peers looks pretty good. So the jury survived while those other procedures eventually died out.

In modern times though we compare it to trial by judge alone, which is actually the only system available in most non-English speaking countries. There are a lot of benefits to trials by judges. Countries with jury systems have way more complex rules on things like evidence since lay people are a lot more likely to be swayed by unreliable pieces of it (such as hearsay) than judges who are trained to recognize and disregard it. They also have a negative impact on judicial efficiency since they require additional processes (such as jury selection), increased costs (need to cover costs associated with the jury) and you need to inconvenience a lot more people (the jurors).

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Posted in: Conflicts push global military spending to all-time high: report See in context

Moscow enjoys these very same rights and is exercising them. Certain quarters cannot accept this fact but it is the truth.

Russia like every other country does have a right to self defence.

And just like every other country that does not include the right to invade neighboring countries just because they don't like you.

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Posted in: Taiwan says it will discuss with U.S. how to use new funding See in context

They should probably buy a lot of those surface naval drones the Ukrainians have used to sink so many Russian warships in the Black Sea. Swarms of those would probably wreak havoc on a Chinese invasion fleet.

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Posted in: U.S. House passes $95 billion Ukraine, Israel aid package; sends to Senate See in context

You can spend all the money you want when you have a terminally ill patient and in the end, that patient will still die, you’re just prolonging the inevitable.

So just give up whenever something is difficult? That is the principle you wish US foreign policy to be based on? How well do you think America is going to survive in a world dominated by China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and all the countries in the world that absolutely despise America? That is what you are rooting for.

And just because Ukraine is having a hard time due to ammunition shortages, which are about to be remedied, doesn’t make it “terminally ill”. Cutting off life support to a patient who would otherwise survive, which is what you Putin apologists have been cheerleading for, so you could use that excuse to do nothing is just pathetic and delusional.

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Posted in: House leaders toil to advance Ukraine and Israel aid See in context

Well no, because "inflicting long term strategic defeat on Russia" is a well stated neocon goal. 

Sounds like a perfectly fine goal to me.

Carry on.

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Posted in: House leaders toil to advance Ukraine and Israel aid See in context

Whats that NAFOs like to say? Oh yeah... comparing apples with oranges.

Comparing one Kremlin lie to another Kremlin lie is not an apples-to-oranges comparison. Its the same thing.

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Posted in: House leaders toil to advance Ukraine and Israel aid See in context

Wait, what? Which country has several hundred military bases scattered all over the world? The US wants to destroy Russia because it is interfering with US's plans to further increase it's hegemony.

Russia destroying itself is Russia's fault, not the US's. Get over it.

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Posted in: House leaders toil to advance Ukraine and Israel aid See in context

Pouring Billions of $ into Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and many other Leeches has NOTHING to do with U.S. national Security.

Feed your own people and help the needy,

Providing Free education, Free Health Care, Free Transportation, plus free meals for all Children is in the best interest of National Security .

Letting fascist dictatorships like Russia, Iran, North Korea and China conquer the world isn't going to harm US national security?

Interesting analysis.

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Posted in: Chinese media call Japan 'two-faced' for seeking closer ties while warning of China threat See in context

If Japan is two faced for being duplicitous then that would make China what? About seventeen faced or so?

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Posted in: Dozens of potential jurors at Trump hush money trial dismissed for bias See in context

This has got to be the most difficult jury selection in the history of juries. Its hard to imagine there being many potential jurors out there who don't either really really love or really really hate Trump.

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