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Posted in: New Zealand begins gun buyback after mosque killings See in context

Fewer firearms available to everyone means less firearm violence.

I believe firearm violence depends on the number of firearms AND the bad-guy-with-gun : good-gut-with gun ratio. This buy back will decrease the first, but increase the second.

In the right hands, guns can decrease violence, as well as decrease the chances of falling under a dictatorship.

BTW, I am not American...

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Posted in: Iran's Revolutionary Guard shoots down U.S. drone See in context

The article clearly states the Reaper was in international airspace.

No, the article clearly states:

A U.S. official said that an Iranian surface-to-air missile shot down the drone flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.


Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard ... said it shot down the drone Thursday morning when it entered Iranian airspace near the Kouhmobarak district in southern Iran's Hormozgan province.

They have a right to if it was over their air-space. Bolton must be drooling right now, though.

I bet they sent the drone into Iranian air-space specifically to get Iran to attack. They are itching for a war.

Do Americans feel a draft coming?

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Posted in: U.S. Navy says limpet mine in Japanese tanker attack bears Iran hallmarks See in context

Apparently the Iranian soldiers are so incompetent that they wear phosphorescent life jackets on secret missions. That's what newly released photos from the Pentagon show. Looks to me they were inspecting the damage to the tanker or helping the crew.

That explains why they first gave us grainy black and white images...

Meanwhile, its a Japanese tanker, what is Japan going to do about if?

This was a clear slap on the Prime Minister.

Indeed, it was a clear slap in the face from the US. The Japanese government is not happy, that's why they hinted it could have been the US or Israel.

Why is the US military is investigating an attack on two foreign-owned vessels carrying non-US goods between non-US destinations?

Because they are the best qualified ... to find the evidence they planted and to provide the outcome they want.

The world fell for Iraq/WMD. Are we going to be fooled again?

As the saying goes: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

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Posted in: Arctic could face another record hot year See in context

Humans are playing a minor role on climate, if any. But we are having a major effect on pollution; that is what we should focus on.

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Posted in: Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacks See in context

Hmmm, I'm not so sure anymore. Pompeo can be quite convincing at times:


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Posted in: U.S. says Iran took mine off tanker See in context

That video is truly "compelling", I'm looking forward to the rest of the video showing it heading back to port.

Try not having grainy video shot at 4am from 10+ miles away. If they didn't want to be seen, they shouldn't have done it with a nearly full moon.

What are you talking about? Above, you can see an image of the ship taken on a bright sunny day, with the alleged mine still attached!

But the people around the world are not stupid. They did not believe in Colin Powell's vial, they do not believe now in this "Iranian attack".

Indeed, I watched the video being reported on CNN's youtube channel. It has a roughly 4:1 thumbs-down : thumbs-up ratio; and the comments are almost entirely "skeptical".

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Posted in: Japan demands more proof from U.S. that Iran attacked tankers See in context

If anything, this stunt has probably decreased the relationship between US and Japan.

Its unbreakable.

But I'm sure Abe did not enjoy being set up by his "friend". And the comments released from the Japanese government indicate they are not happy about it.

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Posted in: Japan demands more proof from U.S. that Iran attacked tankers See in context

I suspect that the US (and its accomplices) sent Abe to Iran specifically to humiliate him with this stunt, which is clearly a false flag.

"Even if it's the United States that makes the assertion, we cannot simply say we believe it," he said.

If having expertise sophisticated enough to conduct the attack could be a reason to conclude that the attacker was Iran, "That would apply to the United States and Israel as well," said a source at the Foreign Ministry.

Wow, even if these statements are obvious, they show unusual courage.

"The attacks have severely affected the prime minister's reputation as he was trying to be a mediator between the United States and Iran,"

If anything, this stunt has probably decreased the relationship between US and Japan.

On the flip side, wouldn't this be to obvious of a false flag operation?

The US and its allies have a history of carrying out obvious false flags. For some reason, their citizens have a habit of falling for them.

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Posted in: U.S. blames Iran for attacks on 2 tankers near Persian Gulf See in context

The explosives could have been placed at their last port (Saudi Arabia and Qatar).

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Posted in: U.S. blames Iran for attacks on 2 tankers near Persian Gulf See in context

Perhaps (((they))) were sending a message, telling Abe to not make any deals with Iran.

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Posted in: U.S. blames Iran for attacks on 2 tankers near Persian Gulf See in context

Yes. After a myriad of false flags throughout history with the Iraqi wmds still in memory, how can any sane individual believe this? Seriously. How?

Indeed, but somehow they keep on believing what the MSM is feeding them.

Many have pointed out how most (all?) previous US wars were started with lies. The people should demand that those responsible for those lies be held accountable; they have lots of blood on their hands. Until then, we should not listen to the likes of Pompeo, Bolton, et al.

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Posted in: Abe meets Iranian president; warns of armed conflict amid soaring tension with U.S. See in context

"Why doesn't trump see him? He saw Kim Jong "

Trump's zionist masters would never permit it...

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

The government is going on and on about getting ready for 2020. Why don't they just make legal by 2020...

Doesn't matter whether it's beneficial or not. Different countries have different laws. Plain simple.

Yeah, but many are not aware that pot was made illegal in Japan by the US right after WWII.

I would very much prefer Japan get rid of this stupid law than revise Art. 9 of the constitution...

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Posted in: Over 60% of women face enforcement of wearing heels at work, study finds See in context

Why is JT making such a big deal with this issue this past week? Why isn't the same fuss being made about men needing to wear ties?

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Posted in: Do you consider dress codes forcing women to wear high heels at work power harassment? See in context

In recent articles, I wonder what exactly is meant by "high heels". Some posters have pointed out that the accompanying pictures do not show high heels. Could it be a translation thing? Perhaps what is considered low heels in the west are high heels in Japan...

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Posted in: 25 years after murders, OJ Simpson says 'life is fine' See in context

I always thought he was guilty, until a few weeks ago when I heard someone providing compelling evidence indicating that his son committed the murder, and Simpson tried to protect him. I am no longer sure OJ did it.

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Posted in: Obesity of young children tends to develop into obesity at school-age and older. It is important to prevent the issue early on. See in context

Get rid of sugar, decrease other carbs, and move.

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Posted in: Putin says Russia didn't meddle in U.S. election, despite evidence See in context

but Mueller didnt clear Trump of obstruction whis is also a crime

What's your point? Mueller also did not clear you of obstruction....

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Posted in: Putin says Russia didn't meddle in U.S. election, despite evidence See in context

"we didn't meddle, we aren't meddling and we will not meddle in any elections."

That is what Putin said. The article inserted "despite the evident", implying that Putin acknowledged the existence of evidence of Russian meddling. The article is a piece of deceptive journalism typical of the mainstream fake news.

If people are so concerned, why not discuss Israel's meddling in US elections.

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Posted in: Equity will be the theme of this year's Women's World Cup See in context

Yeah, and it's unfair to pay the top soccer player more than the top curler, or the top dart thrower...

If more people watched women’s soccer, the payout would be larger.

Very true.

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Posted in: More efforts sought against hate speech 3 years after law's enactment See in context

I have been in Japan for many years, but I have never been told "go back to your home country.".

Isn't it due to you having a problem or having rude remarks?

Same here, I have lived in Japan over 20 years and I have never been told to go back to my country. Some foreigners do tend to whine too much about things that are "inferior" (i.e., different) in Japan.

I can understand how some Japanese can become tired of these criticisms and respond harshly, but I wouldn't call it a hate crime.

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Posted in: Iranian president says talks possible only if U.S. shows respect See in context

As long as US foreign policy remains controlled by Israel, they will never show any respect towards Iran. Sad!

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Posted in: Trump denies instructing Navy about McCain ship, but says he is still angry at late senator See in context

There are plenty of legit reasons to be angry at McCain; he was a terrible person. We shouldn't just forget all these reasons just because he's dead...

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Posted in: Stressed 'Game of Thrones' star Kit Harington getting treatment See in context

Didn't he get married very recently?

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Posted in: Trump expects Japan's military to reinforce U.S. in Asia and beyond See in context

I really hope that Japan does not join the allies of evil. All the conflict the US is involved in were based on lies, as the next one will certainly be.

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Posted in: Pro-Europe vote fragments but limits nationalist gains in EU election See in context

I always liked Marine Le Pen, I hope she will soon surpass Macron, who is so hated by the French.

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Posted in: Two Japanese mobile carriers postpone release of Huawei phones See in context

If all this was really about security, why would Trump care about the sale of Huawei products in Europe and Japan?

That is because Huawei can not grow technically and can not release high quality good products.

So why were so many people buying Huawei products (before the ban).

BTW, Huawei had been expecting something like this to happen so they have apparently been working on developing their own OS (and apps?) for some time.

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Posted in: Two Japanese mobile carriers postpone release of Huawei phones See in context

I would rather have China spy on me than the NSA/CIA/FBI/ Mossad.

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Posted in: U.S. suspects Syria in new chemical attack, threatens reprisal See in context


Indeed, and these unfounded accusations (((lies))) always seem to come as Trump appears to move away from an area or indicates that he does not want war (e.g. with Iran).

And interestingly, this comes right after "hundreds of members of the U.S. Congress signed a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday arguing that the United States should remain engaged with the conflict in Syria, saying they were "deeply concerned" about extremist groups in the country."

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Posted in: Resolution submitted to rebuke lawmaker over Russia war remarks See in context

"Do you think there is any alternative to war (to recover the islands)?"

To me, it seems it was just his (awkward) way of implying they cannot get the islands back.

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