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Posted in: Which of these three characters do you want as the mascot of Osaka’s World Expo? See in context

Blue beat me to it. Reminds me of the creatures I "met" during our Cthulhu-roleplaying campaign decades ago. Insanity points included.

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Posted in: Are you planning any trips to or from Japan over the next few months? If yes, do you understand what anti-coronavirus measures you may have to take beforehand? See in context

Not planning trips to any country which hasn't abolished the death penalty yet, thank you.

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Posted in: Reading Putin: Unbalanced or cagily preying on West's fears? See in context

Most definitely unhinged. Remember when Putin assembled his inner circle to pay obedience? Naryshkin trembling and fumbling? If your own secret service chief is afraid of you, then something's seriously wrong.

Sadly, this does not help in any way. Putin wants his way and he needs to win, and as long as the overpatient NATO steps in, racks up DEFCON and puts an ultimatum on ceasing hostility NOW and removing Russian troops from Ukraine territory within, say, 48 hrs, I fear thousands or more civilians in the Ukraine will lose their lives.

If Putin succeeds to grab Ukraine, he will not stop. In his delusions of grandeur, he will undoubtedly go for the next "disobedient" ex-Soviet state, be it a Baltic state or Poland or whatever. NATO states? No problem, NATO has proved it is weak.

He needs to be stopped now. Permanently.

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Posted in: What do you think is Russian President Vladimir Putin's endgame following the Russian attack on Ukraine? See in context

Putin's endgame is to become a new Tsar and getting back any territory that once was Russia. He's a megalomanical liar and will stop at nothing until his own people remove him from power or he got assassinated by some other power.

I blame the West for not realising that after his speech in Munich 2007, his grab at Crimea in 2014 and becoming even more dependant of gas/oil imports even after.

But ultimately it's Putin who needs to be removed. Attacking the Ukraine for accusing their jewish, democratically elected president for being a "neo-nazi", lying about not targetting civilians (which clearly happened) and making fresh recruits join an "excercise" which actually was a full-scale attack on the Ukraine, shows who or what Putin ultimately is.

An insane, megalomanical narcissic murderer who is willing to throw his youths, his country and his country's reputation under the bus for his own delusions of grandeur.

My Russian friends are ashamed and ask for the Mossad to put an end to his tyranny.

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Posted in: Ukraine crisis exposes Putin's 'isolated, paranoid' world See in context

Shadows of 1939. Brainwash your people, slip in some racial superiority, some false-flag-operation and there you go with another World War.

You can't make a bargain with psychopaths.

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Posted in: How the media failed Japan’s most vulnerable immigrants See in context

@Strangerland, I think democracy means a vote is a vote, not like in Japan where some votes count more than others or like in the US where gerrymandering strips communities off voting.

If a rural vote would count thrice in Germany like it does in Japan it would cause an uproar.

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Posted in: Calling the coronavirus the 'Chinese virus' connects label with bias See in context

Closest relative of covid-19 found in bats in Laos. So much for your engineered in Wuhan-lab narrative.

Newly Discovered Bat Viruses Give Hints to Covid’s Origins - The New York Times (

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Posted in: How the media failed Japan’s most vulnerable immigrants See in context

Back in the 80s, a friend of mine got held over a "brawl" with some youths. While in detention it happened he overstayed his visa and so they held him even longer for overstaying. He wasn't charged with anything about the "brawl" which might have been nothing more than an exchange of words but he was still held for over 6 months, during which he lost his job in and had to pay about 4,000 DM to be let off and sent back to Germany.

He wrote about his involuntary stay in Japan, the cell he had to stay in, the food he was given and the fact he was allowed only 1 phone call during all of his stay. He managed to send that letter to his parents via a friendly inmate who had some contacts out there. There were no visits of lawyers, no visits from anyone from the embassy, basically he was kept in limbo not knowing what would happen next.

3 months after he took his life.

I love Japan but until it changes into a democratic country, I will not visit.

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Posted in: Slovenia's historic ski jump gold overshadowed by skisuit disqualifications See in context

How about measuring the suits an hour BEFORE the jump, not shortly after? The German lady had to stand for 20 mins in her undergarments while her suit being under the scrutiny of the (male) Finnish inspector who had been never appointed to inspect ladies's suits before.

Seems kinda dodgy to me.

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Posted in: If you could go back in a time machine to observe any three events in history, which three would you choose? See in context

There are no events in history I would like to observe.

If I had a time travel machine, I would go back to collect the photos I lost during my last move, to go back to my mother who died when I was not there and to relive one day with my parents at the sea.

That is my history.

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Posted in: Denmark lifts COVID restrictions, opens many public venues See in context

Come to Denmark, Zaphod... and be amazed!

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Posted in: One view on dealing with the coronavirus is that we have to learn to live with it. What does "live with it" mean to you? See in context

*distance - wish we could have 60 seconds of mending after posting...

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Posted in: One view on dealing with the coronavirus is that we have to learn to live with it. What does "live with it" mean to you? See in context

There is no reason why we should live with the virus. There are enough vaccines helping us not to get severely sick, masks and social distancing help us not to get infected and the narrative "get it and get through" has been proved nonsense with every new virus variant.

Get your vaccine shot, booster when time is due, wear masks and keep a distrance. That's the only way to control the epidemic.

Not getting vaccines, not wearing masks and not keeping a distance will encourage the virus to develop more variants, probably a more nasty one.

Living with that one could mean dying with it.

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Posted in: Japanese parents weigh pros, cons of having their children vaccinated See in context

Next door's kid is still in hospital since December 29th after getting Covid at a jollygood Christmas party. He is 14 years old, no underlying health issues, and half of his family are still sick of their party. I guess you would rather have your kids die rather than accepting that vaccines are helpful! The boy got from feverish to blue-fingered within 24 hours, and I wouldn't want that happening to anyone!

You make me sick!

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Posted in: Military staff step in to help strained London hospitals See in context


Yes, I know about the underfunding - a friend of mine had a broken tooth pulled when a crown would have done, breaking her jaw and leading to infection and several years of treatment.

But refusing to give vaccines because of a covid outbreak?

The logic in that escapes me.

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Posted in: World passes 300 million COVID cases as Omicron breaks records See in context

Northern Germany had the lowest infection rates in Germany until the highly contagious Omicron set in - now infection rates are rocketing sky-high. We also have a decent vaccination rate and, by nature, do not hug and kiss each other at every instance. So, hospitalizations are still workable and death rates are for the non-vaccinated.

What do we learn from this? Get your shots, keep a distance and wear a mask. For now, it's working.

Me, being boostered but at risk due to numerous ailments, will keep to the old Krupps' song: "Isolation is for me the only way to be free"

Isolation is liberation, my friends!

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Posted in: In Sweden, which has legally declared the prohibition of physical punishment and promoted an awareness-raising campaign on the issue, it has been reported that the efforts have produced tangible results in reducing physical punishment and abuse. The legal revision will also have large significance in Japan. See in context

@Wobot - guess you're trolling. In Japan, disciplining children means shouting at them, slapping their heads, making them stand on the balcony in the freezing cold and even more evil.

None of this has ever been good for a kid.

Only leading by example and rewarding good behavior will work.

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Posted in: What are your fondest childhood memories of Christmas? See in context

My best Christmas memories was being permitted to accompany my dad to his job office at Christmas eve when I was a kid. He worked as a tallyman in a warehouse at Hamburg port and showed me all the goods he took care of - from untoasted coffee beans to Persian carpets, Indian tea, Chinese silk, African cocoa and even dried plants from Australia. For a little kid it was Wonderland - I got to meet people from all over the world and when we came home the Christmas tree had already been decorated and shiny in the living room.

A day of wonder!

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Christmas-themed movies or TV shows? See in context

Even though a bit schmaltzy, I still love "Little Lord Fauntleroy" with Alec Guinness and Connie Booth and especially "We're No Angels" with Humphrey Bogart. That's a must for Christmas!

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Posted in: Germany's Scholz vows that 'we will win' fight against COVID See in context

With new health minister Lauterbach who is more suited than anyone else for the job, I have high hopes for Scholz' bold aim to become true: geusnheitsminister_lauterbach_3959365.jpg (500×354) (

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Posted in: End of an era: Germany's Merkel bows out after 16 years See in context

Actually, there are no socialists in the new German government. There are social-democrats by name only but anything of social values is governed by the democratic socialists (Die Linke) who sadly didn't make it into government.

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Posted in: Quick hardening powder turns your leftover noodle broth into a solid See in context

What is leftover noodle broth? I pour it over more noodles or rice. No leftovers at all.

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Posted in: Free bus tours of Japan’s famous 'Disaster Prevention Underground Temple' underway See in context

It's been broadcasted on German TV as an example of dealing with flooding and it looks like it works very well.

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Posted in: Which is better for the environment: an artificial Christmas tree or a natural one? See in context

Couldn't vote as I never bought a tree. I just get some of the discarded trimmings at the tree-sellers and put them in a nice vase. They smell nice, are natural and would have got thrown away anyway.

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Posted in: Japan confirms 1st case of Omicron variant See in context

I need to tell my new Twitter friend in Germany - he had no idea he'd already arrived in Japan...

Omicron aka B.1.1.529 (@realB11529) / Twitter

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Posted in: 3 dead, 6 wounded in shooting at Michigan high school See in context

If it's so difficult to take the guns from gun lovers' cold, dead hands, couldn't they make it more difficult to buy ammunition at least?

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Posted in: Lineup for end-of-year Kohaku song contest 2021 revealed See in context

I admit having watched it for a couple of years now, or at least tried to as most internet streams get axed as soon as NHK learns about them. I do like some of the performers but the glory of the late 70's/early 80's is definitely gone.

No way I would pay NHK just to watch it overseas.

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Posted in: Man stabs 10-year-old child in Munich department store See in context

No comments claiming terrorism? Maybe because the perpetrator is stateless? Or 57 years old? Or has been a psychiatric case before?

Seems this crime doesn't cater to the far-right narrative.

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Posted in: Knife attack on German train severely injures 3 people See in context

I'd like to update here: The perpetrator has had a history of mental illness, NO ties to islamistic terrorism and ticked out after losing his job the day before. He's in a psychiatric hospital now.

What tickes ME out are comments like "Let’s guess what this man was shouting as he committed this act."

In this case he probably shouted, "I lost my damn job and it's all your fault!"

But of course, see "Syrian", think "terrorist". Posters here seem sicker than refugees.

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Posted in: Nuclear power advocates say it is a necessary energy source that will buy the time needed to develop cleaner and safer alternatives. Do you agree with this statement? See in context

Nuclear energy makes up only about 10 - 15% of overall energy. Throroughly possible to shut all NPPs down NOW just by lowering energy consumpion. Cut down on flashy illumination, build zero-energy-houses and bio-fuelled block-type thermal power stations. And develop better storage for energy generated by water, wind and sun soon.

Should have happened decades ago but the nuclear family has always blocked everyone from throwing a wrench into their subsidised crap.

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