Slickdrifter comments

Posted in: As virus surges, Trump rallies keep packing in thousands See in context

I will state. I view myself as sensible Republican. However, these rallies and this President has acted carelessly holding such gatherings. I support Trump on many issues, However this is not one of them.

COVID is not our Presidents fault. But to hold these rallies is political educed suicide.

I am not sure why these rallies are important? What's the benefit? Those going are obviously voting for the man for a second term or the flip to discredit the man. This is sheer stupidity and reckless.

He does not need to hold these enormous COVID breeding gathering to win the election.

Its time to face the music. He must go. For the good of the country he must go.

Normalcy needs to come rushing back. Biden for 4 years is an acceptable trade off.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. start talks on cost of hosting American troops See in context

There is a very easy answer here. Just hear me out for a second.

Non nuclear countries.- Face threats.

Nuclear armed countries- Not so much.

Japan should be commended for its non nuclear stance for so long, After all what has happened here.

Nagasaki and Hiroshima. So heart breaking.

But try to imagine a nuclear armed Japan for one moment. Nuclear deterrent is the best defense package in the world.

I would bet. That if Japan had nuclear missiles on its soil. In these mountains in this great country. We would see less Chinese/Russia/DPRK Encroachments-Threats in and on Japan.

We could even look on specific statistic.

What I know to be fact and not fiction.

Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) fighter jets scrambled fighter jets 675 times to intercept Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) aircraft between April 1, 2019 and March 31 2020, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo announced on April 9.

That is 675 times.

I m curious if Japan were a nuclear, Would these troops be needed here? Would any of this be necessary?

Its just some food for thought. What do I know. Selling the Japanese on nuclear war heads, well That's another story. It will not happen in my life time.

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Posted in: Trump backpedals over failure to denounce white supremacist groups; Biden calls him 'embarrassment' See in context

Can we look at this debate objectively? I think we can put to bed Biden has cognitive speech problems to bed.

I think we can also put to bed that Trump is white supremist sympathizer. This debate was the worst in American history. Would anyone disagree with that assessment? Look as a Republican I will have to say that the experiment to put a President in the oval office that was sent in there to drain the swamp. It has failed and even I can see that now. Corona derailed ids biggest asset the economy. We are two three years out from fully bouncing back from Corona. And honesty even if Biden wins. I am really not sure if we are better off.

Trump had to do things differently. I would say the concept of that was just. Both parties are just God dang awful right now. But Biden and Trump sunk to levels of low yesterday. I would say both are an embarrassment. I am just writing this after just watching the full debate if you want to call it a debate. I call it a debacle.

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Posted in: Japan’s first ever burger chain celebrates with a whole fried crab burger See in context

Its not softshell crab sandwich from Virginia Chesapeake Bay area. But I can this OMG I want it!

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Posted in: Japanese artist creates ramen face mask to complement fogged glasses See in context

Stupid and insensitive.

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Posted in: Bach gives pep talk to Tokyo Olympic organizers, Koike See in context

Koike and Mori are NOT feeling the pep so much.

Look at those faces. LOL

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Posted in: Suga aims to get new digital agency running by autumn 2021 See in context

Asked how long it would take to set it up, Hirai said:

"I think the prime minister will give us specific instructions."

I think. Not very reassuring is it?

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Posted in: 'Suganomics' will target quick wins, not grand visions See in context

Suga -daddy,

What about tax slashing..??? Too much tax man. To high percentages.

How about lowering heath insurance costs? How about raising a pack a cigarettes to 2000 a pack? Get you money there at the 7-11 register.

He'll initially focus on pragmatic goals that directly affect people's livelihood."

Then get the foreign worker compensated like your fellow Japanese. We pay taxes, nenkin all that is asked for us. But were still treated poorly when it comes to the comp plan. I work twice as hard as my Japanese co-workers and paid less.

Suga -daddy equality FOR ALL!

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Posted in: Van Morrison rails against virus restrictions in new songs See in context

Morrison said in a statement that he was "not telling people what to do or think".

When you right songs and they get air play. Yeah you are.

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Posted in: Japanese lawmakers call for military drills with U.S. around disputed isles See in context

Definition of ally-

a state formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose.

We here you Japan. We stand with you against the Chinese or any aggressor threatening your lands or your democratic way of life.

A message will be sent to the hegemonic, ideology of Mao of old, and socialist China of the not so old into the nationalist China of today. A very strong message soon.

The Chinese are the biggest threat on this side of the planet Earth or more.

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Posted in: Apple rolls out virtual fitness service, new watch, subscription bundle, catering to pandemic work-from-home See in context

One day this company will be rendered irrelevant.

Its capitalistic manner is over the top. It used to mean something important when Steve Jobs was at the helm.

RIP Mr. Jobs.

Apple is a joke now. Like McDonald's over ump-tine quadrillion served! In micro bits of tech upgrade at a time.

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Posted in: Foreigners in Japan becoming target of discrimination due to virus See in context

I have lived in Japan nearly 22 years. Have experienced many levels of unintentional discrimination.

I have yet to experience any negative discrimination since the outbreak of this Virus. But like Alexandre T. Ishii. I as well frequent Fukuoka/Saga in reside in the this part of Kyushu. There have been good numbers here on recovery. I have heard feed back from some of my military friends there have been some comments about the virus coming from bases which has some merit from those incoming from the states. And mild street walking discrimination.

If I were to experience discrimination or harassment due the virus. I can assure you as N-1 level Japanese speaker. The person doing the discrimination might get a snappy retort in the direction of.

Looking to blame someone?

Excuse me but blame China for not disclosing how dangerous and careless the virus truly is for the world. And that the Chinese government was for weeks trying bury this and blame the US Army early on as an Army exercise and US bio weapon. We all know a certain Chinese official who has a history of attacking the United States online has lent a voice to a conspiracy theory that blames American soldiers for bringing COVID-19 to China, though the science does not support that narrative right?

Then smile and walk away.

Just walk away. Some battle are just not worth the energy fighting.

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Posted in: Mother arrested after daughters, aged 6 and 3, die in overheated car while she goes drinking See in context

My God. Alcoholism should take the life of the alcoholic not the alcoholics children.

I say twelve step this Monster Mother right up to the noose and over the red square and pull leaver.

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Posted in: Maximum caution urged as super typhoon approaches southwest Japan See in context

I will do my best to take care my self and to take of others close to me.

Kyushu area the Slick-drifters family and business. Headed right for us. It's a big storm. I'm feeling a high level of anxiety over it. No doubt.

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Posted in: Man arrested for urinating in beer cans and leaving them on side of road See in context

Some stories need not be published or told.

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Posted in: Virus, delayed Olympics: Tough tasks for Japan's next PM See in context

Abe has ditched the Abe no mask.

Who is next? Suga? The weird factor is all this.

The choice is neither up to the Japanese people, nor is it something that will be decided within the confines of the Diet, Japan’s parliament. Instead, the decision rests solely within the headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. There should be a vote.

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Posted in: Japan considers offering COVID-19 vaccines for free to all residents See in context

Either you like this news story or not. I say good on Japan!

Come November, a vaccine will come and be ready for distribution according to CDC. Then the vaccine will only get better as data comes in as we go into 2021. This will end at some point COVID-19 and it will be brought under control.

Will the vaccine work? Or the various vaccines work? Maybe it will, Maybe it won't.

Its bio warfare. Doing nothing about it and not trying these potential vaccines will cost more loss of life.

For me its an acceptable plan rather then doing nothing and waiting for heard immunity to take place. I've lost two people dear to me because of this Chinese engineered virus. I would volunteer to try the vaccine.

Total in Japan cases 69,001 +609 Recovered 58,428 Deaths 1,307+11 as of today in Japan.

Japan is doing something right. I have confidence in Japanese hospitals and Japanese Doctors.

Especially the Uni hospitals in this county. More so over than my own country.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for sexually assaulting college student at karaoke parlor See in context

I wonder if Nirvana's "Rape me" was being sung and taken a bit to far?

Aroused. Yeah Okay.

These Japanese guys while drunk can not exhibit any self control when intoxicated it seems what so ever.

Woman are just sex objects and targets of opportunity for them.

I hope he loses more than just his bag. Lets try a little freedom this time? His marrige and kids if he has any. After all he his a teacher at an Elementary school. A real pillar in the community, so we thought.


And not a slap on the wrist and sent home as weekend warrior rapist. For the woman this time.


Lets give the woman some justice.

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Posted in: Anti-mask group in Tokyo slammed for 'cluster festival' See in context

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

― George Carlin

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Posted in: Abe says no need for another state of emergency over coronavirus See in context

Abe says no need for another state of emergency over coronavirus.

Anybody feel that tune will change after Obon?

Still seeing many mask-less travelers here in Fukuoka. Obon has arrived.

Am I a paranoid to think a virus spike?

Lets see.

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Posted in: Japan's summer holiday begins quietly amid requests to avoid trips See in context

I had plans to travel to HK/Cebu and was to leave in 15 minutes today.

I was excited to see HK for the first time. I have just been through a serious breakup and was so looking forward to rewarding myself with first travel experience in six years alone. From HK I was off to Cebu and that got scrubbed too. I will try to fill my days with walks and getting to the beach in a secluded area. I guess off to Nafco or Mr. Max for a beach chair, cooler, and beach towel. Anybody recommend any good kindle reads or books? James Patterson Ali Cross I just wrapped up. Very good book.

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Posted in: Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse in U.S.; no new help for jobless See in context

China is winning the war. And didn't even fire a missile.

This is what the world wants? For the U.S. to tear itself apart?

Russia China India Pakistan Iraq Mexico, must be really relishing in the moment right now.

Its so Obvious.

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.

Abraham Lincoln

Its time to form a new government. New parties. One for the people.

I will remain a Republican till then. Lesser of the evil.

I know I used to be Democrat and political campaign Manager in New Hampshire.

Pelosi is pure evil. Hell hath no fury like a woman......... Trump needs to go too. Its time.

The experiment failed.

But for the Democrats here it is. These are not people who believe in American sovereignty or in democracy and more in the current line up. And when "Antifa" marches around chanting, "No border, no wall, no U.S.A. at all," we may be seeing what Democrats now really believe in. It is not in America, or in the American people. They want to replace the American people, with others who would vote for Hugo Chavez. Of course, that is a kind of suicide pact for people like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer -- they are the targets, being white, of the new Leftist racism, which wants to disposses, if not massacre, white people (see the yearning for "white genocide"). And Chuck is even Jewish -- just as the Democrats elected a number of raving anti-Semites, acolytes of Louis Farrakhan, to the new Congress. So Nancy and Chuck probably will soon be gone, devoured by their own Revolution. At the moment, they are willing to do or say anything to cling to the last shreds of their power. It's pathetic. Wake up America!

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Posted in: China warns Japan a TikTok ban would affect relations See in context

Your data data is being mined, and the company doesn't have to adhere to Japanese privacy laws.


You might be wondering what exactly is the problem with TikTok?

Unlike Facebook and Instagram, you're free to watch TikTok videos without registering, which means no data collection. However, if you want to create a video and share it, or comment on someone's video, then you must fork over your personal information, starting with age, phone number and e-mail address. TikTok freely admits in the privacy policy on its website – it collects information shared from third-party social network providers, and technical (your location) and behavioral information (what videos you think are funny, how often you watch) "about your use of the Platform. We also collect information contained in the messages you send through our Platform and information from your phone book.

Pretty bad. A Chinese tool to collect data to putting them closer to having power over people.

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker wants sales tax ditched See in context

Income Tax

Paid annually by individuals on the national, prefectural and municipal levels. Also known as "resident tax" on the prefectural and municipal level. The amount is calculated based on the net income of the individual person.

Enterprise Tax

Prefectural tax paid annually by self-employed individuals engaged in business activities. The amount is calculated based on the person's net income and the type of business.

Property Tax

Municipal tax paid annually by individuals who own land, housing and other types of depreciable assets.

Consumption Tax

Paid by consumers when they purchase goods and services. The rate is generally 10 percent. For food and drinks (except alcohol and dining out) and newspaper subscriptions the rate is 8 percent.

Vehicle related Taxes

A prefectural automobile tax is paid annually by individuals who own a car, truck or bus. In case of passenger cars, the amount is calculated based on the engine displacement. A municipal light vehicle tax is paid annually by individuals who own motorbikes or other motorized light vehicles. A national motor vehicle tonnage tax is paid by vehicle owners at the time of the mandatory inspections (shaken). A prefectural automobile acquisition tax is paid by persons when they acquire a car.

Liquor, Tobacco and Gasoline Taxes

The national liquor tax is paid by consumers when they purchase alcoholic beverages. National, prefectural and municipal tobacco taxes are paid by consumers when they purchase tobacco products. A national gasoline tax is paid by consumers when they purchase gasoline. The liquor, tobacco and gasoline taxes are included in the prices shown by shops.



((((Notable others.)))))

Withholding income tax.

Restoration income surtax.

Individual inhabitant taxes, individual enterprise tax.

Inheritance tax and gift tax.

Self-assessed income tax.

Concept of residence and taxable income.

Not to mention every time you go through an ETC machine taxed there too.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor calls for restraint in travel during Obon holidays See in context

This is serious subject for sure (curbing travel). And yes, we need to do our part.

But. Seriously. Just read this. Is this not ridiculous?

Goldfish bowl-like acrylic screens used as part of new social distancing measures and prevention of infection against the coronavirus disease, where male customers sit inside the screens to be entertained by female staff.

The desire to go to this kind of place is so powerful that you need to become a human lamp shade?


Whats next? Check your full MOPP mask in at the door for cleaning and cartridge change?

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 75th anniversary of A-bombing See in context

Hiroshima is a great city. It has recovered well. I believe the recovery to be a great victory for Japan and a show of great strength. How strong these wonderful Japanese hosts people are.

For I am just a guest of the same aggressor.

We will conspire to find new ways to say people matter.

This conspiracy will be bold.

Everyone will dance at wholly inappropriate times.

They will burst out singing non-patriotic songs.

*And the not-so-secret password will be *Peace.”

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Posted in: University of Washington forecasts 300,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths by Dec 1 See in context

The politics on this need to stop. The finger pointing is not helping. The two parties at great divide is not helping. This study is not helping. Ask yourself honesty. Had Hillary Clinton won. Do you honestly think the casualty number would be any different?

Lower or higher? And this is not a Trump plug either.

This is a mankind global problem. We need to get out of the way of ourselves.

I will say it again and again. The Chinese government must be head accountable for this no matter who is sitting in the Oval Office at the end of the election.

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Posted in: GM alleges Fiat Chrysler spent millions to bribe UAW leaders See in context

FCA-and GM were talking about a Merger years ago. I cant give to much detail away. I would lose anonymity here on JT and that I do not want. But as a former FCA product pusher here in Japan. Ferrari/Maserati/ Fiat/Abarth- There was talk that FCA wanted the Hummer brand very badly. Mainly rights to the chassis. Can you imagine? Just for the chassis cause Fiat had this idea to launch a Fiat based Hummer monstrosity EV thing, Neither here nor their, terms were not right and the deal EV cars had not really caught on. Anyways this deal disintegrated before or our eyes. And peoples feelings got bent. Do you not find it as well a coincidence that GM just announced the Hummer is coming back in the EV model. See link below.

This idea was thought of in the FCA think tanks. When GM got wind what FCA was thinking they saw a chance to bring the immense gas guzzling H2 and H3 back to life. This is just more than a shift in mergers. If GM can successfully market this new H4 EV Truck and mass sell it. Then offer a Chevy some sort of lower cost EV thing pick up truck. We are talking about EV car market take over in the first steps. You really need to look at the big picture here. In the not so near future but at some point having a gas engine vehicle will require so much cost that the average person will not be able to keep one and maintain it. Gettelfinger/Williams, Ashton and former Vice President General Holiefield. These people are aspirated engine spokes people. Do anything to EV cars off the market. GM is not fabricating this I think. It would be more like this. You almost just got ripped off by a great con artist. But your gut feeling told you do not do it. Do not fall in to the trap. While your brain was saying yes yes buy in to it. Looks totally and utterly legit. Later more was reveled in the scam*that it was a great scam on Merdoff levels) and now your warning others with some embellishing and truth stretching.

GM maybe still bit butt hurt and is embellishing a bit. Fabricating a bit too.

One never knows,

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Posted in: Biden eyes major U.S. foreign policy shifts if he wins See in context

I do not like any choice. Again!

Republicans (dream team)


Democratic. (dream team)


As I hear that song in my head by the Everly brothers..... dream....Al I have too is drea....

Please party leaders. Up the youngsters.

Biden is too to old (I think on the verge of Alzheimer's the poor man. Trump needs to go (Moron politically) and (way too hostile). The experiment failed miserably.

I am really down with anyone on either side as a Republican at this point that will get rid of Peolosi/Trump and flush the toilet on everything the last four years since we saw Hillary Clinton supporters screaming in the streets in rage and disappointment. Its time for normalcy to return. More than ever we do not need bipartisan policy shamming and rejections with this Virus and 150? 160,000 dead? Everything has to be looked at here.

The time has come to put our differences aside. Dismantle BLM movement. Lets launch MRAM movement. Mutual Respect for All Matters. As well many other of our misgivings The last four years. And look. I will even admit I defended Trump and still do on somethings. But the with this Virus and China's aggression. We really need to make American great and strong again for everyone.

You may call me a dreamer , but I am not the only one.

-John Lennon.

Cant we all just get along?

Are you not just sick and tired of the divide?

Peace and Love!

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Posted in: LDP policymakers say Japan should have missile base-striking ability See in context

@Simon Foston,

Luckily your are not in a position that would allow you an opportunity too offer (personal trust) afforded to the Prime Minster. Unless a registered foreign resident voter? Suffrage granted to us Gaikoku jins?

I personally wouldn't trust Shinzo Abe to tie his own shoelaces.

On 19 November 2019, Abe became Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister. I think the man can handle putting on his own shoes. After all love "em" or hate "em". He has done well. Now on his fourth term as prime minister. He also lived in the United States and studied public policy at the University of Southern California.

Well versed on his counties defense capabilities. As he once stated early on that.

The prime minster sought to revise and broaden the interpretation of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution in order to permit Japan to maintain de jure military forces. He had stated that "we are reaching the limit in narrowing down differences between Japan's security and the interpretation of our constitution".

Matter of trust? I would trust Shinzo Abe thumb over the entire nuclear arsenal of the United States over my very current POTUS. At least he would make an educated decision if it cam down to it. The point is the man is educated and not stupid. He has made mistakes. That's for sure. But incompetent? No.

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