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Posted in: Texas governor tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Oh nooooooo...not him. Anyone but him. If the good Lord takes away such a pandemic luminary, who will save us from the virus? Fetch me a fainting couch.

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Posted in: Taliban sweep across Afghanistan's south; take 4 more cities See in context

Ultimately, the parallels to Vietnam are stark. On one side, you have an indigenous insurgency, who have a power base throughout the nation, especially among the poor and rural. It is a power base whose size and dedication is either underestimated or attributed to fear, rather than a genuine belief in the goals of the insurgency. On the other side, you have a central government, comprised of an educated, urban, elite minority, propped up by a foreign power. Its power base is illusory and it is riddled with corruption and repressive in its own right, all while being viewed as a puppet of some imperialist power. And in the middle, you have the vast majority of people, who want nothing more for than the fighting and dying to stop. Who is in charge is irrelevant. If the foreign-backed government remains in power, the populace will suffer from its corruption and lack of indigenous legitimacy. If the insurgents take power, the populace will have to live with their own repressions. Ultimately, most afghans just want the war to stop: who wins is ultimately a matter of politics. The flags change, but the methods remain the same.

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Posted in: New York Assembly to suspend Cuomo impeachment investigation See in context

Cuomo’s benefitting from the same BS argument about impeachment that trump did. All that does is codify the idea that the statute of limitations on any crime is your term in office. Commit any crime you with and if you resign before the impeachment begins, you get of scot free. Now Cuomo is free to run again, and charge his living expenses to his campaign account, of course.

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Posted in: Wages rise in U.S. as companies scramble for staff See in context

Can't blame a business for wanting to pay as low as possible. Don't you?

Which, sadly, is why you very often need a regulatory body to step in and force them to pay a living wage. Cuz you know that if given the freedom to do so, companies would pay far less than they were paying even before the pandemic.

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Posted in: Wages rise in U.S. as companies scramble for staff See in context

So companies are paying $15/hour? That can’t be possible. I just checked outside and the sky hasn’t called, the sun hasn’t consumed the earth, and America hasn’t descended into a Mad Max style post apocalypse where everyone worships Karl Marx. Are you telling me conservatives lied to me??

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Posted in: New York Gov Cuomo resigns over sexual harassment allegations See in context

you go to roppongi you get drunk , you motorboat some poor girl and vuola you are now a sex offender and therefore you can't hold any public functions.

Uh. Yeah. That's how it works. Man, it's like all those old fossils who whine about not being able to call their secretary 'sugar-tits' anymore...

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Posted in: New York Gov Cuomo resigns over sexual harassment allegations See in context

These people that usually virtue signal the hardest do so to hide their horrible characters, they always accuse others of what they do

Interesting theory. That would explain why there are so many conservatives in these comments talking about believing all women.

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Posted in: New York Gov Cuomo resigns over sexual harassment allegations See in context

@Noidall

So, lemme get this straight. You’re happy Cuomo is gone…yet you’re lumping dems in with him. Despite the fact that the investigation was led by a Democrat. Despite the fact that the Democratic President and all the democratic congresspeople from NY demanded his resignation. Despite the fact that the Democrat-controlled state legislature was pushing to impeach him if he didn’t resign and many still plan to impeach him anyway.

IDK, man. If you want sexual deviants to be pushed out of politics, it seems like voting for the Dems is gonna be a lot more effective. I mean, compare the Dems’ response to Cuomo to the Pubs’ response to Roy Moore, Matt Gaetz, and (shock of all shocks) Donald Trump.

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Posted in: New York Gov Cuomo resigns over sexual harassment allegations See in context

Good riddance.

when will that investigation get started?

As soon Tara Read a.) Finds the complaint she said she filed and b.) remembers if she filed a complaint at all.

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Posted in: As pandemic Olympics come to a close, Japan asks: What did Games mean? See in context

Under normal circumstances, I think the Olympics are a good thing. The spirit of sportsmanship and competition is important. However, this year was not a year for the games. Period. And I agree with oldman’s idea of having a single, neutral Olympics area. All countries who participate could fund the upkeep and operation, so no one country gets saddled with huge debts and unusable venues

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Posted in: Police say man in train knife rampage thought of bombing Shibuya crossing See in context

No way this just happened out of the blue. Someone will have seen the signs and not done anything.

Given the level of social isolation this guy apparently lived in, it’s entirely possible that here was no one to see the signs. And that’s assuming there were outward signs. And that’s assuming the outward signs were obvious. There’s a rather large gulf between your friend saying ‘dating sucks, I’ll never meet a girl’ and ‘I’m going to go on a stabbing spree’. Hindsight is always 20/20

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Posted in: Man arrested in train stabbings says he suffered rejection in relationships See in context

create. It's a deadly serious matter, the propagation of the species, and society needs to allocate more resources and come up with a better game plan to help people find sexual fulfillment,

What the author of this truly bizarre post is regurgitating is the often repeated incel idea that all men (or at least they) should all get government-issued girlfriends.

What a nice way to reduce women to a literal commodity.

And because these women are government-issued and presumably don’t have a say in the matter, we get to the real nub of the ‘government issued girlfriend’ idea:

Men believe they have a right to sex, and if women won’t give it to them willingly, it’s up to the government to provide them with sex slaves.

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Posted in: Man arrested in train stabbings says he suffered rejection in relationships See in context

The homicidal incel strikes again. A Japanese Elliot Rodger. This is part of what we call ‘toxic masculinity’: he felt that just because he existed, he was entitled to women. And when those women turned him down, he lashed out like a petulant child. If it’s a choice between these incel types and the so-called herbivore men, I’d take the latter all day, every day, and twice on Sundays.

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Posted in: Fighting rages in center of major Afghan city Kunduz See in context

Who is financing the Taliban

Given that they’re Wahhabi, I’m sure the get nice paychecks from our friends, the Saudis

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Posted in: For 4th week, protesters in France decry virus pass rules See in context

While different viruses have different mutation rates, it is conspicuous that all the variants display changes to the spike protein that allow them to better evade the vaccine induced antibodies. My only hope is that we don't inadvertently created a much more lethal strain in our rush to get everyone vaccinated in the midst of an ongoing pandemic.

But here’s the thing. New variants, including the Delta variant we’re dealing with now, originated in unvaccinated hosts. The vaccines hinder viral mutation by denying them the hosts necessary to rapidly reproduce and spread. If the virus’s ability to reproduce is reduced, the speed and breadth of its evolution is reduced. Given that Covid has shown an ability to mutate, you all better get ready for an annual Covid shot, just like you get for the flu.

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Posted in: For 4th week, protesters in France decry virus pass rules See in context

If you need a good Covid-related chuckle in these dark times, Google “H. Scott Apley”. You won’t be disappointed.

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Posted in: Taliban kill head of Afghan government media department See in context

I mean, look how a bunch of Americans reacted to the fanciful notion that Biden getting elected might bring in such gross ‘foreign, European’ concepts as a decent wage and affordable healthcare.

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Posted in: Taliban kill head of Afghan government media department See in context

Why would anyone want such rulers

For a lot of Afghanis, a Taliban ruler is better than one that is perceived as being foisted on them by a foreign power. Doesn’t mean they’re better, but for some people, being Afghani is the most important thing for a government to be.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

Ah accidentally hit post

Your posts seem to suggest the dropping of the atomic bombs is justified because target cities were selected on the basis of how much they are related with the military. 

Note, however, that the bombs can't be dropped on military facilities only in a pinpoint manner. Even if it can, the explosion destroys civilian sectors many times more indiscriminately and horribly. 

And, indeed, that's what happened to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945

Im leaving aside the debate on the morality. That’s up to each person and totally subjective. My post was aimed at the people claiming it constituted a war crime, seeming based on the idea that a war crime is “a lot of civilians died”. Which it wasn’t. I explained that the concept of proportionality, which you mention indirectly above, was not a law of war until 1949. There’s a reason no Nazis hung for the Blitz.

@kennyG

I’ll do you one better, here is the actual text of the leaflets dropped over Japanese cities, including Nagasaki, directly after Hiroshima was destroyed . You can infer the dates based on that.

TO THE JAPANESE PEOPLE:

America asks that you take immediate heed of what we say on this leaflet.

We are in possession of the most destructive explosive ever devised by man. A single one of our newly developed atomic bombs is actually the equivalent in explosive power to what 2000 of our giant B-29s can carry on a single mission. This awful fact is one for you to ponder and we solemnly assure you it is grimly accurate.

We have just begun to use this weapon against your homeland. If you still have any doubt, make inquiry as to what happened to Hiroshima when just one atomic bomb fell on that city.

Before using this bomb to destroy every resource of the military by which they are prolonging this useless war, we ask that you now petition the Emperor to end the war. Our president has outlined for you the thirteen consequences of an honorable surrender. We urge that you accept these consequences and begin the work of building a new, better and peace-loving Japan.

You should take steps now to cease military resistance. Otherwise, we shall resolutely employ this bomb and all our other superior weapons to promptly and forcefully end the war.

EVACUATE YOUR CITIES.

ATTENTION JAPANESE PEOPLE. EVACUATE YOUR CITIES.

Because your military leaders have rejected the thirteen part surrender declaration, two momentous events have occurred in the last few days.

The Soviet Union, because of this rejection on the part of the military has notified your Ambassador Sato that it has declared war on your nation. Thus, all powerful countries of the world are now at war with you.

Also, because of your leaders' refusal to accept the surrender declaration that would enable Japan to honorably end this useless war, we have employed our atomic bomb.

A single one of our newly developed atomic bombs is actually the equivalent in explosive power to what 2000 of our giant B-29s could have carried on a single mission. Radio Tokyo has told you that with the first use of this weapon of total destruction, Hiroshima was virtually destroyed.

Before we use this bomb again and again to destroy every resource of the military by which they are prolonging this useless war, petition the emperor now to end the war. Our president has outlined for you the thirteen consequences of an honorable surrender. We urge that you accept these consequences and begin the work of building a new, better, and peace-loving Japan.

Act at once or we shall resolutely employ this bomb and all our other superior weapons to promptly and forcefully end the war.

EVACUATE YOUR CITIES.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

Your posts seem to suggest the dropping of the atomic bombs is justified because target cities were selected on the basis of how much they are related with the military. 

Note, however, that the bombs can't be dropped on military facilities only in a pinpoint manner. Even if it can, the explosion destroys civilian sectors many times more indiscriminately and horribly. 

And, indeed, that's what happened to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

@kennyG

Uh, not sure how you came to that conclusion. All Japanese cities that were subject to bombing were first bombarded with leaflets warning civilians that if they remained in cities that had military industries, they would be killed. This included citizens of all cities marked for atomic bombing AND those subject to conventional bombing. Just because Nagasaki was able to escape severe damage from nighttime raids does NOT mean it wasn’t attacked and does NOT mean propaganda leaflets weren’t dropped. Propaganda leaflets were dropped during the day, because that was when people were more likely to encounter and read them. Because they were dropped during the day, Nagasaki’s topography didn’t prevent the dropping of such leaflets. The citizens of Nagasaki were warned that if they remained in the city - if they continued to work in the military industries in the city - they risked death from the air.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

However, what is clear is, where it was drop? Then....??

@Spartan J

Hiroshima was chosen because it was a major Japanese naval base, over ten thousand troops, and the HQ of the Second General Army. The SGA was a 400,000 strong unit deployed in Kyushu, one of only two possible landing sites for the invasion of Japan. Therefor Hiroshima was bombed to decapitate the SGA to throw it into disarray in preparation for the invasion.

Nagasaki was not the original target of Fat Man. In fact, Nagasaki was not even on the list of targets initially. Nagasaki only made it onto the list after Kyoto was removed, citing a lack of military infrastructure. Nagasakiw as added because it had escaped major damage because the topography interfered with American pathfinding radar used to guide the bomber streams. Nagasaki had a large number of military industrail sites and 90% of the workforce was employed in military industries. Nagasaki was made the backup target, with the primary target being Kokura and the Kokura Arsenal complex, the second largest arsenal in Japan after Nagoya. However, Kokura was obscured by smoke from a previous conventional raid, so Bockscar attacked Nagasaki.

So yeah, it IS clear why the bombs were dropped where they were. They didn't just pick a big city and go "eh, nuke it".

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

Kyoto was the original first target of the second bomb*. To be clear.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

@lucabrasi

Actually, Nagasaki wasn't even on the original list. Nagasaki was placed on the list after Kyoto was removed. Kyoto was the original first target, with Kokura as the back-up. When Kyoto was removed because the fire-bombings had basically no military infrastructure.. So Kokura became the primary target because of the Kokura Arsenal complex, the second largest arsenal after Nagoya. Nagasaki was selected as the backup because it had been spared any real bombing. This was because the topography interfered with American pathfinding radar that guided the bomber streams at night. Ironically, this topography also shielded a large portion of the city from the blast, meaning that the casualty count was lower despite the bomb having a hire yield.

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Posted in: Capitol rioters enter 1st guilty pleas to assaulting police See in context

Back the Blue, at least until the Orange says not to.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

I’ve written this comment seemingly yearly, but I’ll do it again anyway. Setting aside the MORAL underpinnings of the bombings, the atomic bombings did not, at the time of occupancy, constitute a war crime. During the war, aerial carpet bombing was within the laws of war. You’ll note that despite all the terror it inflicted, the nazis weren’t tried for the Blitz. Thats because of a simple set of facts.

The idea that the atomic bombings were a war crime is a post-war idea. Literally. Many people (in these comments, too), claim it was a crime because most of the casualties were civilian and that civilian deaths were out of proportion to the military necessity. That is called ‘the concept of proportionality”. Under this concept, the bombings WOULD be a crime, but that concept was not made international law until the Fourth Geneva Convention. Which was ratified IN 1949. The laws that governed prior to that were. Among others, The Hague Convention of 1907, which governed the bombardment of civilian cities by land and sea based artillery. Because military air power did not exist. After the First World War, there was a punch to include aerial bombardment in the convention, but all major powers pushed back, not wanting to limit this newfound power. So the HC1907 was basically just applied to aerial bombing just like the artillery.

so what does HC1907 say? You can bombard a civilian city if 3 conditions are met. 1. Civilians must be warned. 2. There must be military targets. 3. The city must be a defended city.

How countries interpreted these conditions varied. In the bombings, condition 1 was satisfied, as the US dropped leaflets over every city they intended to bomb. Condition two was satisfied by the fact that Hiroshima was the HQ of the Second General Army and a major naval base while Nagasaki was a factory city where 90% of the workforce was employed in war industries. Condition 3 was satisfied by the fact that both cities had considerable anti-air defenses. The Americans sometimes stretched the definition of ‘defended’ to include any city within range of a Japanese airbase, but this stretching wasn’t necessary for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And while the bombings certainly contributed to ending the war, they were not actually dropped with that intention. That was a best case scenario and you don’t fight a war planning around the best case. The bones were dropped with the idea that even after that, an invasion of Japan would still be necessary, so targets were chosen to help with the invasion. The Second General Army was a 400,000 strong unit that guarded the landing sites in Kyushu, so Hiroshima was destroyed to decapitate the units the US expected to face on the beaches. Nagasaki was hit because it’s topography had prevented any substantial damage from previous bombing raids, so it’s industry was intact.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

@Reynard, if I remember correctly the only condition the Japanese insisted upon was that the Emperor (who had little influence in the war) would not be tried as a war criminal. I think that was a fair offer.

Not exactly. The condition was that the emperor would remain the ruler of the empire. The conditions the allies set was that the emperor would have to renounce his divinity and, consequently, his divine right to rule. There were those who wanted to hang hirohito and MacArthur refused, but that was not a condition the Japanese set. That was a unilateral move by MacArthur himself after the surrender was finalized

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

Suzuki Kantaro stated in response to the allies demand for surrender with: “"My thinking is that the joint declaration is virtually the same as the Cairo Declaration. The government of Japan does not consider it having any crucial value. We simply mokusatsu-suru. The only alternative for us is to be determined to continue our fight till the end."

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

The fact is the ~#=:- ignored Japan's repeated appeals to surrender until after they could test a new weapon in densely populated urban areas

The people who claim that Japan was offering to surrender fail to mention they offered to surrender conditionally. While that might have flown in 1942 when they still had a credible chance of victory, in 1945, they were in no position to dictate terms. The allies knew they held all the cards and in the Potsdam Declaration, stated that they would accept nothing short of unconditional surrender. Japan chose to ignore the offer and stated they would continue to fight to the last.

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Posted in: Premier League players to continue taking a knee this season See in context

Better spend more money and help black people instead of kneeling, which costs zero money and is meaningless.

As others have pointed out, go Google Kick It Out. Just because you can’t be bothered to look up the action footballs have taken doesn’t mean they haven’t taken any. It’s like all those people who are convinced Colin Kaepernick has done nothing but kneel, despite him having donated millions to anti-racism causes.

No, I’m just proud of my country of what it is and what it has done to uplift and bring and help millions

bass.exe is a bit late to the party. Simone probably forgot to boot it up this morning. But hey, I’m sure all those Central American death squads, Iranian monarchs, afghani Taliban, South American dictators, narco-paramilitaries, and private mercenaries are thankful for the uplifting. After all, what’s a few million civilian casualties in the face of spreading ‘freedom’? Guys like these footballers and Colin Kaepernick have to kneel cuz apparently the UK and the US aren’t as good at uplifting as they claim.

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