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Posted in: In farewell address, Trump urges prayers for next administration without mentioning Biden See in context

Trump Has Reportedly Been Talking About Starting a New Party Called the ‘Patriot Party’

That's going to be pretty hard to do from jail... ;-)

I hope you're correct. Whatever option there is is good enough.

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Posted in: In farewell address, Trump urges prayers for next administration without mentioning Biden See in context

ScepticalToday  11:39 am JST

If convicted in the senate, he can no longer hold a public office for life.

"If found guilty in the senate"

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Posted in: In farewell address, Trump urges prayers for next administration without mentioning Biden See in context

If convicted in the senate, he can no longer hold a public office for life.

Maybe a relief for the GOP in the long run because Trump will surely vilify them as he vilified the DEMS. He will do whatever it takes to win another presidency. No doubt about that.

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Posted in: In farewell address, Trump urges prayers for next administration without mentioning Biden See in context

This will sound the alarm for the GOP to speed up the hearing in the senate and hand down the guilty verdict for Trump. Now he is planning to stiff his own party who followed him, "blindly".

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Posted in: In farewell address, Trump urges prayers for next administration without mentioning Biden See in context

Trump Has Reportedly Been Talking About Starting a New Party Called the ‘Patriot Party’

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Posted in: Capitol rioters hold out hope for a Trump pardon See in context

Can an indicted president pardons someone on a very same charge as himself?

A president pardoned everyone who committed crimes at his behest and on his behalf is an impeachable offense. But he is already impeached (indicted).

According to constitution’s text, which states that the president “shall have the power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” Isn't an impeached president void himself of all pardoning power already?

In my opinion, pardons after his impeachment should have no legal effects.

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Posted in: Thai woman handed record 43-year jail term for lese majeste See in context

Thai people do not tolerate anyone who criticizes the monarchy, 

It would be a more accurate statement to say the Thai government and their military do not tolerate anyone who criticizes the monarchy.

The way we see the current situation in Thailand your point of view is without a question.

"Such open criticism of Thailand's monarch by non-elites at a public place within Thailand - with the police simply standing by - is the first of its kind in Thai history," said Paul Chambers, who teaches international affairs at Thailand's Naresuan University.

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Posted in: Thai woman handed record 43-year jail term for lese majeste See in context

The strict laws of lese-majeste in Thailand is not new. Thai people do not tolerate anyone who criticizes the monarchy, especially from foreigners.

In 1860's, there was a king, King Mongkut who is known to be misogynistic and brutal man, and a widow, Anna Leonowens, from the UK who travelled to Siam to work as an English teacher. In the 1940's and 1950's, two very popular Musicals, The King and I and Anna and the King were produced based of the book Anna aqnd the King in 1944. Both musicals and books were banned in Thailand because of lese-majeste law.

Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!

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Posted in: China's latest COVID outbreak worst since March 2020 See in context

After low efficacy mass inoculations, what do you expect? What specific variant is that?

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Posted in: Kono to handle coordination of coronavirus vaccinations See in context

Great, another month of holidays...lol

A relief for you maybe a pain and discomfort to us and your fellow countrymen.

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Posted in: Kono to handle coordination of coronavirus vaccinations See in context

Smuggled videos show Wuhan during earliest days of COVID outbreak:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/18/new-footage-shows-wuhan-during-earliest-days-of-covid-pandemic

Very Interesting! but why release only now?

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Posted in: Japan welcomes Britain's plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia See in context

Time for China to start taxing ships that pass through their waters. Panama and Suez do it.

Suez Canal is man-made built by soldiers and civilians. Panama has the right over it.

China Sea is a large nature-made body of water bordering several countries. Several countries have the right over it.

Theoretically speaking, if nothing "bounds by rule", that will mean Hawaii owns the Pacific Ocean because they are in the center of it.

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Posted in: Japan may consider further stimulus package for COVID-19-hit economy: Kono See in context

I don't think anyone forgets this, but when you have an emergency situation you need the government to provide support now and then they can reclaim it through taxation or whatever later.

Absolutely right! Simply put, it is like a savings account. You withdraw some in time of need and then you deposit/save again when you recover.

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, on Monday tweeted a claim that Rep. Pete Sessions, a Republican from Texas, had "met with terrorists who attacked Capitol and killed an officer. He told them to 'keep fighting.' They listened."

Swalwell, added that, "Out of a consciousness of guilt Sessions deleted this tweet." But Swalwell included an image of Sessions' now-deleted tweet from Jan. 3, which said, "Had a great meeting today with folks from 'Stop the Steal' at our nation's Capitol."

"I encouraged them to keep fighting and assured them that I look forward to doing MY duty on January 6th,'" Sessions wrote.

Sessions deleted that tweet on Jan. 7, a day after the riot.

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Posted in: Yokozuna Hakuho released from hospital after COVID infection See in context

This might be the start of his downfall.

Long term effects of Covid,

・Shortness of breath = less stamina

・Feeling of weakness = less stamina

Good luck Hakuho.

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Posted in: Japan may consider further stimulus package for COVID-19-hit economy: Kono See in context

Another sign of tax increase later. Definitely not a free meal. Ouch!

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Posted in: UK to ban South American, Portugal arrivals over Brazil virus strain See in context

Categorically you stated that there are no vaccine in Brazil. BUT Literally, there was a trial of the "VACCINE" in Brazil. What's the difference?

Virus strains: Britain banned travel from South America and Portugal amid concerns about a new, Brazilian variant. Scientists are unsure if current immunizations are efficient against this new strain, which has ravaged the Amazonian city of Manaus.

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Posted in: Ghosn hid scale of Nissan salary, fearing dismissal from Renault, Tokyo court told See in context

"one-sided show"

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Posted in: Ghosn hid scale of Nissan salary, fearing dismissal from Renault, Tokyo court told See in context

This is getting interesting! Until recently the majority are pro Ghosn even when he escaped to Lebanon. I hope you'll get the idea about why he really did the Houdini thing. The gov't is tight-lip about this case and it has been a sided show, now the curtain is slowly rising. Let trump be a lesson. Ghosn is an A-Class thief and a Liar.

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Posted in: Hiroshima to conduct PCR tests for 800,000 to battle COVID-19 See in context

rainydayToday  03:35 pm JST

To this day I don't know if I had Covid or not.

How are your senses, taste and smell?

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Posted in: UK to ban South American, Portugal arrivals over Brazil virus strain See in context

@sceptical. Enough with the anti-vax nonsense. Brazil has no vaccine, they have no Covid rules at all. The SA and U.K. variants were detected before vaccinations started.

And where did you get the notion that there is no covid rule in Brazil. Before the UK, U.S. and generally all over the west approved vaccine from Pfizer Inc., Oxford University and AstraZeneca and BioNTech SE, Chinese pharma Sinovac's Coronavac vaccine in Brazil has been conducting a trial in Brazil. However the clinical study conducted only shows an overall efficacy 50.38% contrary to their original claim of 78% to 100%

Although Sinovac has signed deals to provide 46 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to Brazil, Last week, Brazil's health regulator agency said that in order to approve the emergency use of a vaccine, the global efficacy rate had to be made. Sinovac's vaccine has had wildly different results from three countries: 

Indonesian drug regulators say interim data from Phase 3 trials showed it is 65.3% effective and gave it the country's first emergency use approval; Turkey says it is 91.25% effective; And in Brazil, the two significantly different efficacy rates announced a week apart have further sparked some questions.

That is why they are not officially inoculating the public yet.

Virus mutate as it passes from one person to another. But, it is possible that the new strain mutated in a patient who had a weakened immune system and was unable to fight off coronavirus or a asymptomatic patient who received the test. The possibilities are unthinkable.

I will not be surprised if the new strain of virus appears in China. As millions has been already inoculated, there is yet another virus outbreak. Chinese are starting to question the safety and efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine, or even other Chinese-made vaccines.

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Posted in: WHO team arrives in Wuhan to search for pandemic origins See in context

It may surprise you, but writing about something you know well does not take time at all, is only when you completely ignore the topic when it seems like a huge effort.

I think I heard those words before from my ex-fiancee, she's a neurologist. Not the exact phrase though. I once asked her about how she could write about 150 pages of very elaborate and complex medically termed text in several days. Later it turned out to be a book on her research about ........

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Posted in: UK to ban South American, Portugal arrivals over Brazil virus strain See in context

Scary variant. Seems to me that a vaccine messed-up with the original virus. I wonder what vaccine was that.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day See in context

For the life of me, I can’t see how that’s going to unite the country. Biden should focus on building his cabinet, focus on his agenda 

More usual suspect.

Truth Hurts!

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day See in context

Trump Reportedly Wants to Stiff Rudy Giuliani on Legal Fees After Failed Attempt to Overturn Election

Typical of Trump!  

Good for you Guilliani!

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Posted in: Japan welcomes Britain's plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia See in context

We Brits have no business being there. The new carrier, HMS Prince Charles still undergoing sea trials leaks water.

If the Chinese assertion that the "Nine-Dash Line" is their sovereign territory, the flow of trade in whole South China Sea will be affected including India and Australia, your closest allies. Chinese can order a blockade or seek for a Transit Fee for Sea Trades that doesn't concerns them i.e. India/Japan, India/Phil., Aus./Taiwan. Yes, as an ally it is your duty to protect your fellow allies just like U.S. protects the Brits or Japan protects the U.S. shipping's or vice-versa in Persian Gulf or Sea of Oman. Not to mention the air transits both passengers and cargoes that flies over them.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day See in context

Corporations and wealthy political donors siding with the Dems, as usual.

Biden’s first 100 days are starting out with a bang. Har har har.

The usual suspects, still can't accept Biden's win.

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Posted in: WHO team arrives in Wuhan to search for pandemic origins See in context

@kyronstavicToday  07:06 pm JST

The ball's in China's court with this one. The backbenchers you're complaining about have the high moral ground here, because the coal embargo is China's way of punishing Australia for having the temerity to demand an inquiry into the origins of the pandemic. But rather than be open, in typical fashion the CCP went into turbo toddler mode, eventually triggering this "humanitarian crisis" or whatever Labor and the Guardian call it. The onus is not on Australia to back down.

Sorry mate, I unintentionally omitted your name in my last post.

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Posted in: WHO team arrives in Wuhan to search for pandemic origins See in context

oyatoiToday  06:53 pm JST

***sceptical**: desperately needed the coal which the other countries could not supply. Solving the dispute is one way of saving faces so they can resume the normal trade with Australia*

China’s coal ship hostage diplomacy is already forcing Australia to tone down the rhetoric and rein in loose cannon MPs who still haven’t figured out which side Australia’s bread is buttered on. ‘Face’; bah humbug! It’s all about the Benjamins and a textbook lesson about kowtowing hypocrisy. 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jan/14/labor-fears-humanitarian-crisis-on-australian-coal-ships-stranded-off-china

The ball's in China's court with this one. The backbenchers you're complaining about have the high moral ground here, because the coal embargo is China's way of punishing Australia for having the temerity to demand an inquiry into the origins of the pandemic. But rather than be open, in typical fashion the CCP went into turbo toddler mode, eventually triggering this "humanitarian crisis" or whatever Labor and the Guardian call it. The onus is not on Australia to back down.

The backbenchers I respect. They do indeed have the high moral ground. It’s those hypocritical Pig Iron Bob wannabes at the apex of the power pyramid there, who shame the rest with their expediency driven, nauseating and demeaning eagerness to ditch principles and readiness to adopt the cringing, servile attitude of a supplicant paying vassal state tribute to the new hegemon.

That's why either of the two country has to think of a way out to all the mess they could neither win nor lose.

And this find the origin nonsense is the low-level peace talk they grabbed as a chance. None the less, the result of the search is already inscribed in stone.

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Posted in: Japan considers various options against S Korea 'comfort women' ruling See in context

Umm... No. Korean peninsula was annexed and they wanted it

I mean.. if you don't agree, try a bit more to read 3rd parties' history lessons. Or, THINK how come SK has been Witch hunting pro-Japan Chinilpas and their descendants this much. They existed and wanted it, and made it happen, which SK regrets so much as bearing these sick people.

Spot-on. They should hunt their own. Look, this thing has been dragging for nearly a century. I don't know how many of these so called Comfort Women are still alive today but the perpetrators are all turned to dust now, Showa is dead and the president Park Geun-hye of South Korea who is the architect of the 2015 Agreement is in prison. It's like a dog chasing its own tail.

“We are not craving for money,” said Lee Yong-soo, 94, one of the women. “What we demand is that Japan make official reparations for the crime it had committed.”

So what are we discussing here, to some extent turning into arguments is this:

The Seoul Central District Court ordered the Japanese government to pay 100 million won ($91,000) each to 12 former comfort women as they had demanded. If 100 million won each is not called money, then the compensations during 1965 and 2015 were not money either?

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