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Posted in: Growing caravan of migrants pushes deeper into Mexico See in context

Who is organizing this? I can't believe this is a spontaneous movement.

We don't want to be separated.

Hmmm, who made her say that?

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Posted in: Do you think ordinances designed to restrict hate speech and eliminate discrimination infringe on freedom of speech? See in context

One problem is: who defines what is and isn't hate speech?

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Posted in: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate; Trump finds explanation believable See in context

Saudi Arabia is a state sponsor of terror. I hope people can put politics aside and recognise this.

I hope people will also recognize that the US and Isreal are just as bad. The only difference is that the Saudis are incredibly incompetent at it; I guess they never felt the need to hide it. They murdered the guy at their embassy, with a video clearly showing the guy entering but not exiting. The 15 men involved in the murder are all on video, and 7 of them belong to MbS’s personal security and protection detail. Not very smart; they forgot about the all-important plausible deniability.

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Posted in: Trump reluctant to abandon Riyadh over missing journalist, wants evidence See in context

Except the Deep State doesn't exist.

Hmmmm, I guess that explains why policies never seem to change, regardless of who the president is or which party is in power.

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Posted in: Gov't takes measures against Okinawa blocking U.S. base work See in context

The real discussion should be about whether the US military should be in Japan at all. I think they should just pack up and go.

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Posted in: Trump gives Saudi Arabia benefit of doubt in journalist's disappearance See in context

Compare this response to that in the Skripal case, for which there was no credible evidence linking it to Russia.

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Posted in: Healthy breakfast ideas for each day of the week See in context

Never mix yogurt and fruits. Always eat this after 30 mins of your meal.

All related to Gastric/Gerd problem.

BackpackingNepal, I'd appreciate it if you could kindly elaborate on this. I regularly eat yogurt with fruits (banana, blueberries...). I used to have GERD, but I assumed it was due to my nighttime tequila/lime shots.

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Posted in: Standing tall See in context

Unicorn?

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Posted in: Why is U.S. society so polarized over politics? What do you think are the root causes of this bitter division? See in context

Many are terrified of the swamp getting drained.

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Posted in: Taylor Swift sets new American Music Award record; urges people to vote See in context

I wonder if she would have won the award if she was a Trump supporter.

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Posted in: Trump's U.N. envoy Nikki Haley quits; denies 2020 ambitions See in context

I could never stand her. I'm glad she's leaving.

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Posted in: New Okinawa governor urges government to move U.S. base out of prefecture See in context

New Okinawa governor urges government to move U.S. base out of prefecture

How about out of the country. They are not needed.

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Posted in: IMF chief urges revamp of Japan's economic policy, more women in workforce See in context

The gender pay gap is BS. A woman counterpart, doing the same work, will get the same pay.

Nope, I know this first hand.

If that were true, it would be stupid to ever hire a man because you can hire a woman to do the same work for much cheaper.

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Posted in: New governor vows all-out efforts to block base move within Okinawa See in context

All US military should just leave. They are not needed.

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Posted in: Republicans aim to confirm Kavanaugh this weekend after FBI report See in context

"We believe all survivors"

Sounds reasonable enough, if they are truly survivors. Unfortunately, this has turned into "we believe all accusers", and there are plenty of examples of accusers who turned out not to be survivors...

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Posted in: IMF chief urges revamp of Japan's economic policy, more women in workforce See in context

Wages given to women are totally different from men. For example, a factory worker man earns 1000 yen per hour, his woman counterpart is 850 yen only.

The gender pay gap is BS. A woman counterpart, doing the same work, will get the same pay.

When you go to a dentist/gynecologist, doctors are men, assistants and clerks are women.

Funny, my dentist is a woman. And since coming to Japan, I’ve been to 3 ophthalmologists, all were women. Other doctors were a mix, but generally the older doctors are men. You can’t expect the ratios to equalize overnight. Even if we only hired female doctors, it would take time to achieve equality of outcome.

I tend to agree with Matt. Men and women have on average different interests and aptitudes. So equality of outcome will probably never be achieved if we have equality of opportunity. We should never force equality of outcome; that is not a good thing. All we should do is aim for equality of opportunity.

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Posted in: Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue See in context

In the pic, I find the old man caressing the woman's leg somewhat creepy.

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Posted in: Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue See in context

Hashimoto was the lawyer who fought to keep prostitution legal

Prostitution is one thing, but forcing women to prostitute themselves is a whole different thing. As far as I know, Japan is only denying that they forced some of the women to become prostitutes.

Historians say tens of thousands of women around Asia were sent to work in Japanese military brothels, often through coercion and deception.

Who exactly did the coercion and deception?

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Posted in: U.S. puts yakuza figures, companies on sanctions blacklist See in context

The yakuza were closely connected to Abe's grandpa, but they also had (still have?) close ties with the CIA and FBI. I wonder whether the Trump admin is applying pressure on the yakuza to influence Japanese government policy, or perhaps decrease the yakuza's influence in China or North Korea.

I don't know why the Trump admin is doing this, but I doubt very much it's because of a concern for sexual exploitation, weapons smuggling, and extortion.

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Posted in: U.S. puts yakuza figures, companies on sanctions blacklist See in context

Private citizens, unrelated to government policy are now getting "sanctioned", this is getting hilarious.

Who is not sanctioned these days?

Israelis, who are heavily involved in "sexual exploitation, weapons smuggling, and extortion". I guess the yakuza was competing against the Israelis, who have a stranglehold on US policy.

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Posted in: Kumamoto councilwoman who took baby to work kicked out of conference for using cough drop See in context

Why are women in Asia treated like third hand citizens?

Are you suggesting that the men are allowed to give a talk at this conference with a lozenge in their mouth?

It's fine to have a lozenge before and after your turn to talk, but not during.

Having said that, watching the video I felt there was a grade-school atmosphere in the room.

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Posted in: Record 385 foreigners in Japan stripped of resident status in 2017 See in context

I understand the government wanting to avoid abuse of the student visa, but I hope they can get their act together. At our university, several new foreign masters students will miss the start of the new semester next week because of delays in getting their visa.

Clearly the message about hours long lines currently at the immigration office in Kyoto has yet to be received. If I want to renew my child’s visa I will have to take a day off work.

Yeah, one day off to submit the application, and one day off to pick it up.

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Posted in: Israel vs Iran: Netanyahu lobs nuclear claim — again See in context

Netanyahu is known for its showmanship at the U.N. General Assembly.

Nah, he is known as a joke and a liar.

It is Israel that provided the fake "evidence" of Saddam's yellow cake uranium.

Funny how the above propaganda piece makes no mention of Israel's "secret" nuclear WEAPONS program.

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Posted in: Trump: Heads of state 'were laughing with me,' not at me See in context

The same world leaders who laughed at him at the UN later laughed even harder when they read "We had fun. That was not laughing at me".

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Posted in: Trump, Iran's Rouhani exchange threats, insults on U.N.'s world stage See in context

@Gremlin.Gaijin

Well the US has destroyed Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria...

The US has been financing/arming directly or indirectly most (all?) of the terrorists in the Middle East (and elsewhere).

Both America and Israel have complete disregard for "borders or the sovereign rights of nations". The US recently announced they'll remain in Syria even after the elimination of ISIS.

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Posted in: Trump, Iran's Rouhani exchange threats, insults on U.N.'s world stage See in context

their "leaders sow chaos, death and destruction,"

"They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations."

If one asked people around the world which country the above refers to, I'm pretty sure the majority would answer America, and Israel a close second.

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Posted in: Giuliani says Iran's government will be overthrown See in context

Meddling?

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Posted in: Odd man out See in context

Perhaps, he identifies as a woman?

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