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Posted in: Scotland leader puts UK on independence warning: We want a referendum soon See in context

Good for them. I think it's high time for a Scotxit. The previous referendum voted to stay by a pretty narrow margin and a great deal of exit polling showed that a major reason people chose to vote against independence was because remaining part of the UK would allow them to remain part of the EU. However, that is no longer the case. Brexit was a tectonic shift and one that is so massive and fundamental, it only makes sense that the people be allowed to reconsider their previous choices in light of this new development. If the referendum were held today, it would be a safe bet that Scotland would vote for independence by a pretty solid margin.

As Brexiteer David Davis put it: "If a democracy cannot change its mind, then it ceases to be a democracy."

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Posted in: In new blow to Trump, U.S. court rejects Pennsylvania election case See in context

It’s funny. Trump and his legal team will howl “FRAUD!” at the top of their lungs in public, but when they are in court - where lying or making accusations without evidence can have dire consequences - suddenly they are no long alleging fraud. None of the lawsuits in PA allege fraud or illegal voting or that republicans were treated any different than democrats; a point which the judge makes clear in his decision to throw out the lawsuit. I guess none of his legal team are willing to risk possible disbarring in order to feed Trump’s delusions. After all, they went through nigh half a dozen lawyers in the space of 72 hours.

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Posted in: Man arrested for fatally beating mother in 80s with bamboo sword See in context

I would speculate that he had not capacity to pay elder care giving costs, and suffered from care-giving fatigue. 

What is it with people on this site and abuse apologia? We see it in articles about a parent murdering their child with comments like ‘maybe they were just worn out from caring for the child’. Now we have ‘he had care-giver fatigue’. So are we supposed to give him a pass for bludgeoning a person to death because he might have been tired?

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Posted in: Couple arrested after infant’s body left in refrigerator See in context

We do not know if a crime was committed until the cause of death is determined. There are Japanese laws against abandoning a corpse, but surely it wasn't abandoned in this case?

“Abandoning” in a legal sense doesn’t necessarily mean they left it somewhere; it simply means they failed to take care of the body properly. They ‘abandoned’ the body in the freezer, even if it didn’t technically leave their home. And I believe ‘failure to report a death’ is also an offense.

While we do t yet know if they caused the child’s death, they are not blameless.

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Posted in: Trump says he will leave White House if Biden wins Electoral College vote See in context

Trump says he will leave White House if Biden wins Electoral College vote

Oh, well I guess that means he’s conceded. Maybe Biden threatened to release all those transcripts he’s been keeping on that private server.

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Posted in: Thai police revive royal defamation law ahead of protest See in context

God to see the Thai people standing up in protest against the country’s police state and demanding that democratic and human rights be respected.

Meanwhile, in my country, people are protesting because masks can be itchy sometimes.

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Posted in: Woman gets 9 years over starvation death of 2-year-old daughter See in context

Why he gets 13 yrs and she gets 9yrs?

It’s possible he had more charges leveled at him than the woman did. The article makes it seem like he was responsible for the beatings in addition to the starving.

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Posted in: Michigan certifies Biden win despite Trump's GOP overtures See in context

but entertaining to watch the GOP tear itself apart.

It's like an ouroboros that's suicidally convinced it's eating someone else's tail.

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Posted in: Michigan certifies Biden win despite Trump's GOP overtures See in context

But what about that CIA-funded, Chavez-built voting system they're SO SURE changed millions of votes? I can't understand why no jurist on planet Earth takes them and their lawsuits seriously?

It's annoying that the transition is being held up, but there is something so schadenfreude-tastic about watching Trump get shot down state by state.

Trump's set to be the first president to lose the same election twice.

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Posted in: Pandemic inflames violence against women See in context

Huh, I know plenty of people who have been in lockdown that haven’t beat women. It’s almost as if the problem is the men and not the lockdown. Funny, that.

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Posted in: Ethiopia warns civilians of 'no mercy' in Tigray offensive See in context

How far Abiy has fallen...

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Posted in: When a vaccine that is proven to be effective against COVID-19 becomes available to all, will you take it? See in context

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

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Posted in: Vietnamese woman arrested for abandoning bodies of newborn twins See in context

Speculation is running amok, as usual...

Well, expat, that's about all we can do, seeing as how the article gives very scant information and I guarantee there will be no follow-up article.

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Posted in: Vietnamese woman arrested for abandoning bodies of newborn twins See in context

Something about this isn’t passing the smell test. She made no attempt to dispose of the bodies and instead took them to a hospital, where she was all but guaranteed to draw scrutiny. Why she waited so long between giving birth and going to the hospital is the big unanswered question. It’s possible she was fearful about how the pregnancy and birth might affect her immigration status, but at this point, that’s just speculation. This seems less like a case of “abandoning a corpse” and more like “failing to report a death”.

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Posted in: Man arrested for abusing 4-year-old son See in context

Inb4 the ‘Maybe the toddler deserved it. It’s just disciplining’ crowd.

At least the child was taken out of the father’s custody. Let’s see if it stays that way or if they’ll just turn the kid back over to his abuser.

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Posted in: Facebook offers up first-ever estimate of hate speech prevalence on its platform See in context

Last week, Reuters reported that Zuckerberg told an all-staff meeting that former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon had not violated enough of the company's policies to justify suspension when he urged the beheading of two U.S. officials.

C’mon, now. We all know if it had been some guy named Ahmed who had said these things, they’d have called him ISIS and dropped a Hellfire on him.

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Posted in: Australian special forces 'unlawfully killed' 39 Afghans: report See in context

Afghanistan is a depressing morass for any foreigner who goes there with the intention of changing things.

There is a reason it’s called “The Graveyard of Empires”. Ask the Soviets, Tsarist Russians, and British.

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Posted in: Australian special forces 'unlawfully killed' 39 Afghans: report See in context

The political, legal, and ethical implications of going to war aside, this is disgusting. You don’t get to portray yourselves as a ‘force for good’ and then do things like: execute prisoners as a form of squad initiation, kill grade schools, hunt civilians for sport, etc.

If there were any justice in this world, they’d be hauled before a Nuremberg-esque tribunal and then measured for a hemp necktie. Soldiers like these men think they’re invincible and nothing short of seeing their co-conspirators literally twisting in the wind is going to change anything.

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Posted in: Australian special forces 'unlawfully killed' 39 Afghans: report See in context

@zichi

That’s a funny way to spell “Pakistan”

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Posted in: Australian special forces 'unlawfully killed' 39 Afghans: report See in context

As I recall, quite a few Nazis ended their military careers at the end of a rope for things like executing prisoners. Malmedy comes to mind. But I’m sure that just like those good ol’ American boys from My Lai, they’ll get off with a slap on the wrist at worst because “The military has long been revered”.

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Posted in: Johnson raises ire of Scotland independence-seekers with devolution 'disaster' comment See in context

I hope they finally go it on their own. Hell, Brexit sets quite a precedent. Call it ‘Scotxit’ just to hammer the point home. The last referendum was neck and neck and exit polling showed that one of the major reasons people voted against independence was because, if they remained part of the UK, they’d stay in the EU. Because that is no longer the case, I’d be willing to bet that a LARGE percentage of people who voted to stay the last time around will be eager to break away. Maybe the EU can even fast-track Scotland’s accession to the EU.

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Posted in: Man arrested after kicking woman in stomach See in context

@Maria

People who try to excuse away abusing a woman are doing it for one of two reasons. A.) they’ve abused women before or B.) they’d very much like to. Whatsboutism comes from the fact that the person making the claims identifies more strongly with the abuser than the victim. He smashed her phone and we have a witness who corroborated her story about the kick to the stomach. ‘How much it hurt’ isn’t relevant. Assault is assault regardless of how much it may or may not have hurt. And there isn’t really a way to gently kick someone in the stomach.

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Posted in: 2 children die after being found unconscious in bathroom; mother found in nearby canal See in context

@Takara

You got a source for that? Not saying you’re lying, just interested in getting more than a thimble full of info.

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Posted in: Almost 90,000 sexual abuse claims expected against U.S. Boy Scouts See in context

Boy, maybe instead of whining about trans people, we can pass some laws banning catholic priests and scoutmasters from the boys’ room. That might actually reduce instances of sexual abuse.

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Posted in: 2 children die after being found unconscious in bathroom; mother found in nearby canal See in context

Kinda made it sound like the mother was dead, too, judging from the headline. Buried the lede a bit on this one.

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Posted in: Biden solidifies U.S. election win; Trump says 'time will tell' if he stays in power See in context

Seems like the Silent Majority spoke up.

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Posted in: 15-year-old boy jumps to death from apartment building in Niigata See in context

At least this kid didn't kill someone else when landing. Sorry that's callous, but it's their choice to end things

When society here gets around to properly addressing suicide and the need to help and encourage the seeking of it, as well as properly addressing the causes of pushing people to do it

The first statement is a HUGE part of the reason the second statement hasn’t yet come to pass. The first part of getting people to seek help is to remove the stigma around suicide. And you DON’T do that by treating people and situations like this ‘callously’, as you so coldly put it. All you are doing is contributing to at atmosphere that actively discouraged people from seeking help for fear of being judged.

You may think you’re helping people by ‘telling it like it is’ or by practicing ‘tough love’, but the truth is, you are part of the problem, not the solution.

Help is not nearly so easy to find as you would surmise and even if help is available, all the help in the world will mean nothing if the person is too ashamed of be treated ‘callously’ to seek it. I know what it’s like to teeter on the edge of a terrible decision. Maybe you haven’t. Who knows? But what I DO know is that you cannot treat people with callousness and then wonder aloud why no one seeks help.

A child is dead. Dead by his own hand. He’s not coming back. Everything he might have done in the future will never come to pass. All that’s left are survivors who will have to live with his absence keenly felt for the rest of their lives. A parent will have to bury their child. This is NOT the time for callousness.

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Posted in: Suu Kyi's party wins absolute majority in Myanmar polls See in context

Then she tried her hand at ethnic cleansing and all of a sudden it was crickets.

Uh, it hasn’t been crickets. Many of the people who praised her in the past have come out against her actions towards the Rohingya. Just because you haven’t bothered to look for criticism emanating from the left doesn’t mean it’s not happening. It just means you’re being willfully ignorant.

As for Suu Kyi, her about-face has been heartbreaking. We’re seeing a similar situation with Nobel Peace laureate Abiy Ahmed in Ethiopia. It takes guts to oppose authoritarianism from outside the system. It takes an altogether different level of guts to change it once you have the chance.

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Posted in: Women bear brunt of online abuse as world goes digital in pandemic See in context

Yeah, those lockdowns are working out great, aren´t they. No side effects at all, all is fine. American surely are looking forward to be locked for 3 months nationwide now...

Maybe if people had taken them seriously and actually enforced them the first time around, we wouldn’t be in this situation, would we? But I suppose it was more convenient to pretend the fairy-frog princess or whoever would just come along and magic the virus away with a wave of her wand the moment some red-state twits decided to reopen their states early. And here we are. It’s almost as if they should’ve listened to the experts the first time around.

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Posted in: Trump considers how to keep up fight See in context

Trump considers how to keep up fight

"Fight" implies there is a chance of victory. What we're witnessing is a tantrum: a spoiled child flailing on the floor of the grocery store, swinging its fists and screaming themselves hoarse. Nothing will change. He's done. Finished. All over, but the cryin'. He knows it, so he's going to wail and gnash his teeth in a way that won't actually affect the outcome, but will at least prove a minor annoyance to his opponents. But, like the parent of a tantrum-ing child, the adults in Washington will ignore him, drag him along, and he'll eventually give up.

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