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Posted in: Iran police begin crackdown on headscarf violators See in context

Religion is such a convenient way to control certain groups in society that the religious 'leaders' want to control. Don't wear this, don't eat that, pray like this, give your money to us. Maybe it has worked for the past 2,000 years or so but now more and more people have access to information at the click of a button (not a 3-hour walk to a library), the number of liberated people can only increase. Iran, Saudi Arabia and other countries still trying to preserve antiquated ideas about women are clearly fighting a losing battle. Men only subjugate women because they are afraid of being outdone by women in many areas.

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Posted in: Macron cleared to raise French retirement age; protesters vow to fight on See in context

It's pretty obvious that retirement at 62 isn't going to be sustainable as people live longer and longer. Most of the other countries in Europe have a retirement age of 65 so time for France to catch up! Credit to Macron for knowing he has to do it while knowing that it isn't going to be popular. Sometimes you have to suck it up and face reality.

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Posted in: Djokovic wins 10th Australian Open title See in context

Federer helped create him and Djokovic is helping to create more like him, such as the teenagers Alcaraz and Rune. Tsitsipas, Zverev and others who are around 25 are sort of in the middle.

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Posted in: Anti-insect laser gun turrets designed by Osaka University; expected to work on roaches too See in context

Let's hope that neither the insects nor the lasers gain awareness and start fighting back......

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Posted in: Company uses whale meat vending machines to promote sales in Japan See in context

Can't imagine these machines will bring in a lot of business. Maybe for the 60-year-old who buys some for the 90-year-old parent (like the lady mentioned in the article), who remembers when it was more widely available and what it tastes like. Young people generally aren't interested in it so the market is steadily shrinking. Wouldn't be surprised if such machines get vandalized by anti-whaling supporters (especially after English articles about them start to spread).

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Posted in: Japan to uphold apology if South Korea settles wartime labor issue See in context


Please elaborate on the 'duress' you referred to.

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Posted in: Japanese judge ordered to pay damages over social media posts See in context

A judge with a serious lack of judgement.

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Posted in: Dentsu officials admit to Tokyo Olympic test event bid rigging See in context

Another gold medal to Dentsu in the category of All-Round Dodginess.

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Posted in: Japanese judge ordered to pay damages over social media posts See in context

Judges tweeting about criminal trials on personal Twitter accounts is always going to be a bad idea.

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Posted in: French rugby president Laporte resigns ahead of World Cup See in context

If it looks dodgy, smells dodgy, seems dodgy, chances are it's quite dodgy.

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Posted in: 92-year-old man arrested for killing 91-year-old wife See in context

Pretty sad. They obviously put up with each other for 60 years or more. A few more years and they'd both be dead. Agree with the dementia presumption because, if not, a murder would have happened 10 or 20 or 30 years ago.

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Posted in: Cargo ship sinks between S Korea and Japan; 2 crew dead; 8 missing See in context


Read the article again...

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Posted in: Nishioka out of Australian Open See in context

Poor Nishioka only won 2 points in the second set! Losing a set 24 points to 2 must be close to a record.....

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Posted in: 43-year-old bosozoku biker arrested for reckless driving See in context

Lock these idiots up. Wouldn't blame anyone for throwing things at them when they make so much noise at 1am. We shouldn't give guys like this any media coverage.

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Posted in: Only 16% of 17 to 19-year-olds believe they will definitely marry: survey See in context

Misleading really. So it's 82% who either want to get married or think they definitely will. That's probably about normal for most countries these days one would think.

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Posted in: Failed Republican candidate charged in shootings at Democratic lawmakers' homes See in context

And this nutter got 'just 26%' of votes? Scary that someone like him could get even 1% of the votes.

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Posted in: Protesting Tesla China buyers vow more pressure over price cuts they missed See in context

Bad luck. If they were willing to pay the price they paid, they should be happy with that. Unlucky if the discount happened the following day or week but that's life. Just charge your brand new car and go for a drive.

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Posted in: McDonald's Japan to hike prices for third time in 10 months See in context

Lovin' it.......NOT!

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Posted in: M7.6 earthquake hits off Indonesia See in context

Vanuatu a few days ago, Indonesia today, California a couple of weeks ago, Hawai'i eruption the other day, the Ring of Fire is doing its thing.

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Posted in: Australian Open chief defends tournament's January date after some players pull out See in context

Why the photo of Serena Williams from 2015?!

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Posted in: Prosecutors closer to murder indictment 6 months after Abe shooting See in context

Sad that these members of dodgy religious groups get duped into donating large sums for so-called spiritual enlightenment. But, then again, are they so different from the big church groups of the world? They all need money to survive and most of it comes from their followers who are convinced by others that giving their money away will somehow help them before or after they're dead and gone. Sad all around. Better off donating to a recognized charity as at least some of the money will go to a good cause. Kishi would never have imagined his grandson would be killed because of a dodgy, anti-Communist, Korean church group that the US told Kishi he should support.

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Posted in: Japan starts requiring negative COVID tests for travelers from China See in context


The problem is China doesn't openly share accurate data so this has to be done in order for Japan (and the world) to have a better idea of how much Covid is in China. Also, you are wrong because anyone who has visited China within the 7 days prior to arrival is required to have a test and that includes Japanese or Western visitors or otherwise. Your claims of 'persecution' are unfounded.

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Posted in: Japan-bound Mo'unga warns of All Blacks talent drain See in context

A great player. Toshiba is lucky to get him.

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Posted in: Sony unveils prototype EV, Afeela, to be made with Honda See in context

Looks like a Porsche Panamera....

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Posted in: Lazio fans hurl racist abuse at tearful Umtiti in Italy See in context

Very sad that this still goes on in professional sport today. Just try to imagine how bad it is for those who aren't professional athletes.

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal stabbing outside Osaka bar on Dec 31 See in context

Just wanted to put a few holes in him but didn't intend to kill him. Yeah.

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Posted in: Japan starts requiring COVID tests for all passengers arriving from China See in context

This is mainly because the CCP is so afraid of a popular uprising if the truth is known, so deliberately chooses not to share correct data with the rest of the world. They say there were 4,000 new cases the other day when it is more likely 500,000 or more a day. Pathetic really.

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Posted in: 5 arrested in deadly shooting at Minnesota's Mall of America See in context


An altercation between two groups that escalates to a fistfight and then to a shooting is senseless. The shooter pulled out a gun to create fear, then shoots another person that created more fear.

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Posted in: 5 arrested in deadly shooting at Minnesota's Mall of America See in context

So this is Christmas

And what have we here

Another senseless shooting

Just to create fear

A very Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year

Let's hope they're good ones

Without any guns.

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Posted in: China's ByteDance admits using TikTok data to track journalists See in context

Come on. If the parent company is founded/based in China, the Chinese government basically has control of it. It's very simple. If ByteDance doesn't comply with arbitrary rules imposed by the Chinese government they have one choice: be fined and then closed down.

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