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Posted in: Ex-nursery school head, employee found guilty over boy's death in school bus See in context

What shocks me to this day is that the bus couldn’t be opened from inside when locked. Many vehicles nowadays can be opened from within, even if locked from outside.

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Posted in: Qatar minister accuses Germany of 'double standards' in World Cup criticism See in context

It sounds very arrogant, frankly, and very racist," he told the newspaper.

I was unaware that human rights violations were qualities inherent to one’s race, but hey, his words not mine.

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Posted in: Climate activists glue themselves to 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' painting See in context

"Caring about your personal health is incompatible with caring about the state of the planet" - someone very smart, probably

“I’m willing to protest something, but only so long as there’s no risk to myself. Other people’s stuff is fair game though” - some dipstick glued to a wall.

They're gonna hit the big Dutch LNG terminal next.

At least if they did that, I’d see a more justifiable connection between their stated goals and their intended target

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Posted in: Climate activists throw soup over Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' in London See in context

This is the height of privileged 'slacktivism' if I've ever seen it. And I agree with their stance on ending fossil fuel consumption. But this type of protest is not just ineffective, it's counterproductive. People who might otherwise sympathize with their goals are going to be turned off by what, on the face of it, seems like an attack on something completely unrelated to the environment or fossil fuels.

But this kind of protest doesn't just grab headlines: It's EASY. It takes no prep. Takes barely any effort. Takes almost no sacrifice. Compare this protest to the Native American protests surrounding the Dakota Access pipeline. They were out there, every day, at the heart of the industry they were fighting. They organized. They fundraised. They sacrificed. Hundreds were injured. Almost a thousand were arrested. What they did was DIFFICULT in the extreme. And people gravitated towards them and began to support their position *because their protest was focused exactly where it needed to be: *on the pipeline.

If they'd gone around pouring milk jugs on the ground for poor service workers to clean up or throwing soup on priceless artwork at a museum, I daresay people wouldn't have been NEARLY so sympathetic.

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Posted in: Racist remarks spotlight rivalry between LA Latinos, Blacks See in context

so the Democrats are actually the racists, how interesting.

Racists come in a stripes. The difference is that Democrats hold racists accountable and Republicans give them endorsements.

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Posted in: Racist remarks spotlight rivalry between LA Latinos, Blacks See in context

This woman shouldn’t be anywhere or hold any political title.

bass, if saying racist things is your criteria for disqualifying a politician from office…I got some REALLY bad news about the GOP…

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Posted in: Views on U.S. bases shift in Okinawa See in context

The second Japanese invasion of the Ryukyu kingdom that resulted in annexation was in 1872 and not the 19th century.

Uhh Gaijin. The 1800s is the 19th century. We will in the 2000s, but it’s the 21st century.

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Posted in: Views on U.S. bases shift in Okinawa See in context

US servicemen behave quite differently when they are stationed in Germany or other European countries. They commit far fewer violent crimes in those countries. The resentment Okinawans feel is understandable.

I’m gonna need to see the source you got that info from, chief.

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Posted in: Japan WWII poison gas agents still scarring people today See in context

If you ever wonder why people don’t want to just “let it go” in regards to a war that was “over 70 years ago”, this is why. If the Japanese were willing to dump this poison in their own back yard, you can imagine how much of that stuff is buried all over the former “Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere”.

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Posted in: Florida, Carolinas count cost of Hurricane Ian See in context

Alright, Floridians. Time to put your money where you mouth is. DeSantis opposed using federal money to aid the Northeast after Sandy, so I better hear about how you all graciously turned down federal aid in the name of “fiscal responsibility”. Because remember, federal aid is literally Marxism.

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Posted in: Alex Jones mocks critics at trial over Sandy Hook hoax claims See in context

I will always enjoy a watching a far right pundit twist in the wind, but there’s something special about the way Jones trying to pull the noose tighter on his own.

As the man once said himself, he’s a little r*tarded.

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Posted in: Iran protests spread, death toll rises as internet curbed See in context

Oppression and a economic hardship are what brought down the Shah. One wonders how the Ayatollahs forgot that.

And don’t forget that all of this was done at the behest of and with the full support of the United States. People are a lot more willing to support totalitarianism if it’s homegrown.

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Posted in: Police clash with right-wing protesters at LGBTQ march in Serbia See in context

There's no need to flaunt it on public streets.

Lord help the next guy I see kissing his wife in public. Gonna hate crime him right there and then. It’s disgusting. Heteros rubbing their degenerate lifestyle choice in everyone’s faces? They even do it in front of CHILDREN, for God’s sake.

As an LGBTQ person, I’m fine with heteros. I even have a few hetero friends. But it’s frankly immoral that they don’t keep it behind closed doors. I even heard that the local elementary school celebrates Valentine’s Day. And people are somehow just okay with this blatant indoctrination in our schools!

I don’t hate heteros. That’s their choice. But what I do hate is their heterosexual agenda. Forcing men and women to kiss in movies and on TV, all to satisfy some woke checklist meant to exclude LGBTQ people, purely for political points.

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Posted in: Germany seizes Russian energy firm's subsidiaries See in context

It's official, Putin is a loser. Shoulda stuck to horse pics Putin, everyone thought you were tough then.

Putin made the most devastatingly fatal error any despot could make: he believed his own propaganda. He became an unquestioning acolyte of his own cult of personality. But like with all religions, faith is nothing when it runs into cold, hard reality.

It’s the reason Xi is giving him the cold shoulder. You can accuse Xi of being many things, but one thing he is NOT is an idiot. He understands perfectly well his power is based on his ability to produce wealth, growth, and economic prosperity. If that fails, there are dozens of other politburo suits ready to take his place. So he’s not about to start throwing his weight and credibility behind the losing prospect of some balding Slavic half pint whose delusions of grandeur have been battered to splinters in Ukraine.

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Posted in: Germany seizes Russian energy firm's subsidiaries See in context

Why does Russia and Russians take this. Supersonic missiles can destroy every major European city in five days. Stealing peoples boats, money, houses, companies. It’s going too far.

Well, for one thing, if a single missile lands on NATO soil, the Russkies will have way more than just the Ukrainians to worry about. And given how much of a slap down that single nation is giving them, I can only imagine how laughably poorly a war with NATO would go. And unlike Ukraine, NATO wouldn’t stop at the Russian border.

Also, I find it hilarious that taking a bunch of oligarchs’ yachts is going too far, but bombing cities indiscriminately, targeting nuclear power plants and water works, and mass executing civilians and dumping them in ditches in the woods is perfectly acceptable.

At this point, anyone who thinks Russia could do anything but abandon their posts and run like hell in 5 days probably shouldn’t be trusted around anything sharper than a crayon.

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Posted in: Abductee's mom calls for Japan to act 20 years after Pyongyang summit See in context

I feel terrible for this poor woman, but I’ll ask the same question I always do when these perennial articles pop up:

What do you expect the Japanese government to do?

Invade North Korea?

Kidnap a few of them?

Call in the A-Team?

Barring a complete and total overthrow of the Kim regime, the matter is sadly settled.

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Posted in: Anti-U.S. base incumbent Tamaki wins 2nd term as Okinawa governor See in context

As for Denny and the base relocation issue, I applaud the man for sticking to his guns. However, national defense (which the base relocation certainly qualifies as) is the purview of the national government. That means that it is up to the people of the entire nation of Japan, as a whole, to decide. Denny is well within his rights to voice his opposition as loudly and as often as he desires, but he’d be much better served pleading his case to all of Japan, rather than simply preaching to the converted back home. He can and should keep up pressure on the central government, but ultimately, there is only so much he can do, even within a democratic system.

The national government is under no obligation to tailor their actions to the opposition of a prefectural governor in the same way Denny is under no obligation to tailor his actions to the opposition of the Ginowan town assembly. Do those in this comments section who demand that the central government “respect the voices” of anti-relocation Okinawans also demand that Denny “respect the voices” of pro-relocation Ginowan residents? If people expect the central government to do a policy 180 because of a single prefecture, should those same people demand a prefectural governor do a policy 180 because of a single city council?

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Posted in: Ukraine piles pressure on retreating Russian troops See in context

An American would never challenge , another American,if they feel they will come up on the short end of the stick,you tell them to jump ,they would say to you how high,I see lots of American are gullible to let foreigner manipulate them,I say what if I done the same ,since I am American and I know the psychological make up of American ,you can mold their minds too your liking,lots of American will read this ,but will not respond , because they know I know them psychological

Holy crap. Did Russia get blacklisted by Google Translate or something cuz this read like a spilled bowl of alphabet soup.

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Posted in: German man convicted of murder after killing over mask rules See in context

I have nothing against someone disregarding a silly rule

If only we lived in a world where people who disregard “silly rules” are the only ones that end up dead. Imagine how much better of a place this world of ours would be if guys like this mug dropped dead if Covid back in 2020.

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Posted in: Ukraine piles pressure on retreating Russian troops See in context

Pravda: “Russian Warship Moskva Conducts Courageous Ramming Attack! Destroys 2 Expensive Ukrainian Missiles: In honor of its glorious service, Moskva has been officially reclassified as a submarine”

RT: “Russian Army Tanks Set New Altitude Record!: “No Western Design Can Hope to Fly as High as Our Turrets”, says Kremlin.

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Posted in: Ukraine piles pressure on retreating Russian troops See in context

Meanwhile, the front page of Russian newspapers probably read something like “Glorious Russian Troops Set New Land Speed Record. “The speed of Russia’s finest troops have left our enemies stunned”, says Kremlin spokesorc.

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Posted in: Arrests of UK anti-royal protesters spur free-speech debate See in context

But he said it is “for the police to decide what is appropriate in individual circumstances.”

If it is a “fundamental right” then no, it ISN’T up to the police to decide on the spot. These people weren’t committing a crime, weren’t inciting a crime, and weren’t professing hate speech. They were expressing their personal disapproval of a relic of an institution.

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Posted in: Gov't to pursue U.S. base relocation in Okinawa despite Tamaki's win See in context

While I can certainly sympathize with the people of Okinawa over the base issue, I also understand how a democracy has to function.

A single province cannot and should not be able to dictate to the central government something as critical as defense. There is a reason military and defense affairs are the exclusive domains of central governments. It’s because those sorts of decisions often require discomfort and sacrifice and people generally don’t like to partake in either of those things of their own volition. Completely understandably.

If you want a good example of what happened when you DO let a state/provincial govt dictate military affairs, look no further than the Confederacy during the US Civil War. When things were going good, states were happy to willingly send their own troops beyond their borders. But when the tide turned, those same states were suddenly far more reluctant to send “their” boys off to some “foreign” battlefield. By the end of the war, states were outright refusing to send troops beyond their own borders, even when they were desperately needed far afield. And the central govt was too weak to compel them. In the end, many men that might have been useful elsewhere sat at home while the South collapsed.

State and provincial officials are elected to represent the interests of the citizens of their state or province. National leaders are elected to represent all citizens of an entire nation. Sometimes, what’s good for the part is not good for the whole, and what is good for the whole may place an uncomfortable burden on the part. That’s just the nature of democracy.

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Posted in: Australia offers to fund Solomon Islands election See in context

Why do some wish to see evil in a gesture of assistance and friendship?

Because I have been alive and conscious on this planet long enough to know you don’t send millions and millions of dollars to another country without expecting something in return. And I’ve also been alive long enough to know that Australia likes to use monetary assistance to goad underdeveloped nations into playing host to refugee camps.

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Posted in: Australia offers to fund Solomon Islands election See in context

How much do you want to bet that “assistance” comes with a caveat of having to play host to an offshore dumping ground for Australia’s politically inconvenient refugees?

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Posted in: Israel advances plans for another east Jerusalem settlement See in context

A country building homes for its people on its land.

Happens everyday in the world

Ohhhhh so using a phrase that makes some people feel all uncomfy is something worth caring about, but building settlements on land that is illegally occupied in "flagrant violation" of international law, as affirmed by international treaties and UN general assembly AND UN security council resolutions, isn't worthy of being news.

I'd say having basically the entirety of the free world telling you that what you're doing is 'unambiguously illegal' kinda goes against the assertion that Israel is a bastion of peace, democracy, and human rights, huh? But I'm sure literally every country on earth except the United States and Israel is part of some evil, Hamas-led cabal. I'm sure the fact that no other country on Earth agrees with what the Israeli government is doing is all some kind of propaganda op.

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Posted in: Israel advances plans for another east Jerusalem settlement See in context

Since the occupation of the West Bank in 1967, numerous United Nations resolutions, including 446, 452, 465, 471 and 476 affirm unambiguously that Israel's occupation is illegal, and, since Resolution 446 adopted on 22 March 1979, have confirmed that its settlements there have no legal validity and pose a serious obstacle to peace.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 of 2016 states that Israel's settlement activity constitutes a "flagrant violation" of international law and has "no legal validity". It demands that Israel stop such activity and fulfill its obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

@painkiller was giving me quite a lecture about how the ADL considers comparing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as “concentration camps” to be offensive.

I wonder what he might have to say about the UN considering Israel’s settlement policy to be illegal.

We shall see, i suppose

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Posted in: Hamas executes 5 Gazans charged with murder, aiding Israel See in context

but not once in it do you mention that Israel is up against a terrorist led faction right next door.

facing down terrorists is never an excuse to sinking to their moral level. If Israel wishes to be seen as the bastion of democracy, freedom, and human rights it purports to be (and I would like to see it become), it cannot simply point at Hamas and go “well they did it first”. Part of being a pillar of righteousness is going high, even when going low appeals to that very human desire for retribution.

As for the ADL, they are welcome to call something they perceive to be offensive an insult. But it does not change the fact that what Israel hs done and continues to do fits the definition of a concentration camp - placing innocent people in a tightly controlled and concentrated area based solely on a perceived association with an “enemy group” in the name of “security”. Ergo, treating a group as guilty simply by association. Japanese Americans were placed in concentration camps and the justification was that America was facing an existential threat in the form of Imperial Japan and all members of the Japanese ethnicity were treated as potential fifth columnists simply because they were Japanese. They dressed blatant bigotry up as a necessary measure in the name of “public safety”. It was wrong then and it is wrong now.

the history of the violent actions of Palestinian Arabs and other Arabs against Israel since its inception.

The irony here is that you take the actions of Hamas and extrapolate it to include all Arabs, whereas I specifically distinguish between the Israeli government and the average Jewish person. And once again, the heinous actions of Hamas do not justify a tit-for-tat response. Unless you are okay with people holding the two groups as morally equivalent.

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Posted in: Hamas executes 5 Gazans charged with murder, aiding Israel See in context

*I’d no longer criticize them.

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Posted in: Hamas executes 5 Gazans charged with murder, aiding Israel See in context

I said "disgusting". The ADL said "disgraceful". You try to deny.

Not sure where you saw me denying the Holocaust. At no point did I deny the Holocaust. I pointed out the fact that concentration camps were not exclusive to Jews or the Holocaust. To act as if the mention of concentration camps is inherently anti-Semitic is to imply that such things are exclusive to Jews and Jews alone. Which is not true. Using the term “concentration camp” is no more anti-Semitic than is it is anti-Japanese or anti-Boer.

As I stated explicitly, my criticisms are leveled at the concrete, observable actions of the government of the nation of Israel. At no point do I state or imply that these actions are the actions of, or represent the feelings of, all Jews. The government of Israel and the Jewish people as a whole are not synonymous. The actions of the former do not represent the entirety of the latter. Israel is not, nor should it be, an exclusively Jewish state. It is not a theocracy. I made no statement implying that Jewish people as a group are inherently bad, only that the actions of the government of a nation are wrongheaded. This is no different that criticizing the use of concentration camps (yes, actual concentration camps not filled with Jews) by the Chinese government against the Uyghurs. I criticize the actions of the government, not all Chinese people as a whole. Though you’ll often see the CCP leveling the same “if you criticize our government, you must hate all Chinese people” accusation being leveled by them as well.

The long and the short of it is this: I’m not anti-Semitic. Far from it. And it’s easy to prove. If the government of Israel were to shift policies and begin treating Palestinians with the dignity and respect they deserve as human beings, I’d not long let criticize them. That’s because my criticisms are about actions and policies, not the ethnic makeup of the people carrying out those policies.

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