Very sad news. When C-130 goes down it had to have been a major malfunction.
The C-130 is a very reliable tanker and aircraft. Americans too. Lending a hand to our Australian brothers and sisters. Praying for you Australia. Pray and pray for more rains come soon.
May these three souls rest in peace.
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Ten of just watched U.S. Representative Adam Schiff preset his case in its entirety.
Nine of us could care less.
One of us is passionate on the issues and biased. Yes I admit it.
7 and 3.
Not guilty and U.S. Representative Adam Schiff's case does not hold any weight and was poorly delivered and presented.
There will be no removal of this sitting President I predict.
I call for Pelosi, Schiff, Nader and the Democratic managers to forthwith resign their office for trying to overturn an duly elected President of the United States of America. This is a sham to oust him from office without due process. Resignations!
This case needs to be thrown out and the Senate and the Congress needs to get back to work for America and the American people. Home and abroad.
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Crap like this is why we're going to see Trump 2020. Get it together, Democrats. Nothing but in-fighting and personal attacks on each other.
Oh yes and here it comes. The smell of defeat in the air.
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Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done.
Oh my! I about fell out of my chair when I read this. Savage this woman!
"It's all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it," she adds, apparently referring to the Sanders movement.
Yeah like you're run for the Oval office. Baloney and cheese.
Guess she is not feeling the Bern.
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Christmas in Japan. Or rather Christmas in Fukuoka.
Pro & Cons
No real Christmas trees.
No oven to make Turkey.
Must work on Christmas.
Family is on the other side of the planet.
Can not find Egg Nog anywhere. (make your own)
Christmas dinner at Fukuoka Hilton as well Thanksgiving dinner has been cancelled the last three years.
The good stuff.
Nice dinner after work.
Family time opening gifts under my very plastic tree.
Tenjin has Christmas markets everywhere. Hakata too.
Huis Ten Bosch is not that far and that has a real Christmas feel.
Can hit Sasebo base for some Chritmas goodies and presents. Wrapping paper. Time allowing.
Church at midnight at Our Lady in Tenjin!
I guess its what you make of it. Christmas is viewed differently for everyone. I think we get to wrapped up in the comercialazation of it. The expectation of it. Just have a good time with your family.
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Haha or rather Ho Ho Ho.
Look at this hum-buggery!Galore!
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@SerranoVery interesting. An interesting time in America as well.
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Should something be launched. I think and would expect it to fail or blow up on the launch pad to due U.S. sabotage or even an intercept & shoot down this time. If something is not done. What message does that bring?
Of course collectively speaking. Being the U.S. Japan, South Korea taking responsibility collectively for such an action.
Make it happen if they launch that Chritmas gift. Let's reciprocate with a Chritmas gift of our own right back at our dear leader.
A stand will have to be made. Enough is enough. I have enjoyed not having rockets falling in the sea of Japan. It's been great.
As far as all the Santa stuff. Cute.
Merry Christmas to all you Japan Today followers and readers!
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NK is a nuclear power now due to Trump letting them become just that.
First of it is the DPRK. Second of all North Korea showed an interest in developing nuclear weapons since the 1950s. The nuclear program can be traced back to about 1962, when North Korea committed itself to what it called "all-fortressization", which was the beginning of the hyper-militarized North Korea of today. In 1963, North Korea asked the Soviet Union for help in developing nuclear weapons, but was refused. The Soviet Union agreed to help North Korea develop a peaceful nuclear energy program, including the training of nuclear scientists. Later, China, after its nuclear tests, similarly rejected North Korean requests for help with developing nuclear weapons.
Soviet engineers took part in the construction of the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center and began construction of an IRT-2000 research reactor in 1963, which became operational in 1965 and was upgraded to 8 MW in 1974. In 1979, North Korea began to build a second research reactor in Yongbyon, as well as an ore processing plant and a fuel rod fabrication plant.
North Korea's nuclear weapons program dates back to the 1980s. Focusing on practical uses of nuclear energy and the completion of a nuclear weapon development system, North Korea began to operate facilities for uranium fabrication and conversion, and conducted high-explosive detonation tests. In 1985 North Korea ratified the NPT but did not include the required safeguards agreement with the IAEA until 1992. In early 1993, while verifying North Korea's initial declaration, the IAEA concluded that there was strong evidence this declaration was incomplete. When North Korea refused the requested special inspection, the IAEA reported its noncompliance to the UN Security Council. In 1993, North Korea announced its withdrawal from the NPT, but suspended that withdrawal before it took effect. On October 9, 2006, North Korea demonstrated its nuclear capabilities with its first underground nuclear test, detonating a plutonium based device with an estimated yield of 0.2–1 kilotons. In short. No matter what the USA and any administration throws at Un family. The will never give up developing nuclear weapons. As long as Un family is running the regime pursuing nuclear weapons is sickness and an addiction of the whole regime. Bolton has valid points.
Bolton states- "The risk to U.S. forces & our allies is imminent. Yes absolutely it is. The threat that Osan base Japan bases and even Guam. All of South Korea and Japan are with in first strike yardage is a serious threat from a very unstable regime. We have be living with it since the armistice. Its just the way it is. We have just become numb to the DPRK threats. Have we not? Trump has failed with the DPRK. But so did every other Presdeint trying to get somewhere with the hermit kingdom. Going to war with the DPRK is blood bath waiting to happen. What needs to happen is a revolution. The North Korean civilians and general public need to rise up and take the country for the first time. And over thew the the current government and leadership.
Bolton also states- Should North Korea conduct a major test or make some other significant provocation after the ultimatum expires, Bolton said he hopes Washington will acknowledge its mistake and say, "We've tried. The policy's failed."
The Trump administration admitting the policy has failed? We you see, that is going to be a bit of problem.
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Heavy weighs the crown.
As well the belly. Nothing wrong with spending Christmas alone or hitori bocchi.
Most are working anyways.
Do you know about the hands free Whooper?
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It's a nice and heart warming gesture. I met this man and everything I know of him would suggest he would never be interested in receiving such a medal called the "Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette" But hefty donation from Japan to the Afghan people in his name would be a better option. Or a foundation of some sort.
The Nobel is out due to:
Statutes of the Nobel Foundation stipulate that a Prize cannot be awarded posthumously, unless death has occurred after the announcement of the Nobel Prize.
Can't an exception be made in this case?
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This is such travesty and I am sitting here utterly disgusted.
The three others included underground burial and an injection into offshore deep geological layers.
Think about the above sentence really really hard!
Yeah, lets just poison Mother right to her core.
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Some very highly skilled international living room lawyers here.
I have to agree with Maria. That was the real crime. Unfortunate young Harry Dunn's life was cut short.
Had he benn driving a car the outcome would have been different I am sure. Everytime I ride one my motorcyle or scooters I know the risk it might be my last. My second thought is. I wonder if my Aflac life insurance payment got made.
As far as her running. Take away all the status and media coverage and immunity. Running implies guilt in my book. Young mans dead. Someone has to pay for that. Doesn't matter what side of pond it happened on. Britain has fair rules and laws and I trust Brits to do the right thing in this case.
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I have always believed in politics history repeats itself. We see it time and time again.
I remember during Republican Revolution, Revolution of '94, or Gingrich Revolution, refers to the Republican Party (GOP) success in the 1994 U.S. midterm elections, which resulted in a net gain of 54 seats in the House of Representatives, and a pickup of eight seats in the Senate. The day after the election, conservative Democrat Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama changed parties, becoming a Republican; on March 3, 1995, Colorado senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell switched to the Republican side as well, increasing the GOP senate majority.
Look for something similiar to happen because Democrats brought it on with this impeachment. An utter sham!
Democrats are going to take some seriously heavy losses and the Democratic party will face some of the most serious challenges its ever had to undertake in Americas history in the very near future.
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They'll keep shouting this false bravado nonsense as Trump is led out of the White House in cuffs and delivered to the NYSD Attorney to answer as "Individual -1"
Wake up from your day dream. Trump will get re-elected and exit office at the end of his term with thunderous applause!
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As Impeachment Moves Ahead, President Trump Well-Positioned Against Leading Democratic Contenders!
As the race currently stands, President Trump is in the lead in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin in hypothetical match-ups against former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Across the three states, Trump’s closest contest is against Joe Biden, although the president leads by an average of 6 percentage points against each Democrat.
In Michigan, Trump is polling ahead of Biden by five percentage points, Sanders by six points, Warren by nine points, Buttigieg by eleven points, and Bloomberg by eleven points. The president consistently runs behind Democratic contenders aged 18-35 but does well among other age cohorts, especially those aged 55 years or older. For example, in a head-to-head contest of Trump against Bernie Sanders, Michiganders aged 18-35 support Sanders over Trump 58% to 34% but those aged 55+ support the president over Sanders 53% to 37%.
In Pennsylvania, Trump continues to do well against the competition with the president leading Biden by four percentage points, Warren by seven points, Sanders by eleven points, Buttigieg by six points, and Bloomberg by four points. Bloomberg – who performed nearly as well as Vice President Biden in the commonwealth– had his best performance in Pennsylvania, running only four points behind President Trump in the state.
Wisconsin was President Trump’s best state in this round of battleground polling. Against almost each of his Democratic challengers, President Trump held a double-digit lead. The president is currently running up nine percentage points against Biden, twelve points against Warren, thirteen points against Sanders, eleven points against Buttigieg, and twelve points against Bloomberg. Among non-partisan voters, Wisconsinites favored President Trump by double digits. For example, against Senator Elizabeth Warren, Trump led by over 18 percentage points among non-partisans.
From State to State. Blue Dogs defecting! Red will rein in and the Republic will thrive and bask!
Thanks to Nancy and the gang. My President is kicking you know what and taking names!
The impeachment was a sham and everyone knows it. Losing popularity day by day. Just a sheer reminder the great American experiment is working! Drain the swamp!
The GOP and POTUS are unstoppable. Four more years! Four more Years!
Prosperity! Growth! Security! Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Qurayshi the Iraqi-born leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. No longer walking around this great Earth! Rise Republicans! Rise my brothers and sisters! Take back Congress and see Nancy and gang put out to pasture!
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Let the Democrats have their victory. This is what every Republican in the Senate is thinking and saying right now. I love it actually. It is only uniting the GOP and bringing my party together even stronger day by day.
President Trump impeached! Momentous! Only the third in history to be impeached. CNN got the their headline. Now the power to impeach is watered down. Impeachment now be used when the opposing party can not get on with someone who was elected to office. How this is going to work is. Now the Senate will vote. It will take a mass defection by members of the GOP to have Trump removed from office.
As far as having the impeachment badge? Well this president has been dealing with this since being sworn in. Ware this impeachment badge with honor Mr. President. Its just another battle scar now. Dems are wrapped in the now. How do you think Donald J. Trump will be remembered? I see Bill Clinton attending Presidential events. They do not introuduce him as "Ladies and gentleman the second President to ever be impeached Mr. Bill Clinton." Enjoy the victory now Democrats your in for long and arduous painful road.
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Really like the comment you wrote. It is so true. Hangover and sheer mourning that has not shed it's skin yet.
Democrats are like that one girl in your life you broke it off with and she just will not let it go.
It was language like this that fueled this circus farce and fake impeachment fiasco.
Here’s New York Times columnist Paul Krugman the day after Clinton conceded the race:
I don’t know how we go forward from here. Is America a failed state and society? It looks truly possible. I guess we have to pick ourselves up and try to find a way forward, but this has been a night of terrible revelations, and I don’t think it’s self-indulgent to feel quite a lot of despair.
It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover?
Frankly, I find it hard to care much, even though this is my specialty. The disaster for America and the world has so many aspects that the economic ramifications are way down my list of things to fear. Still, I guess people want an answer: If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.
Well, Let me just say (write) America is no way shape or form a failed state. I guess when he he wrote "I guess we have to pick ourselves up and try to find a way forward," This meant concocting this impeachment plan.
Oh Lisa, I love you. (insurance policy) Comey, the FBI leftist. The Mueller Report. Nancy and Chuck. Jerry & Adam. Millions wasted.
Then Mr. Krugman goes on to write this. "It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging." Do I really need to write anything on how well the American economy is going. How well the Tariffs are working out? No, I do not think so. Oh yes and there lefties are going say but look at the National debt. Nonsense! Mr. Krugman goes on with this bit. " If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never." What a joke. My stomach hurts so much from laughing right now looking back at all this.
The Democrats can not beat this President at the ballot box. So this is new norm. Well if we can not win. Well get him sacked.
Well this whole thing will really die off in Senate. Things are going way to well right now.
Here is a real crime.
Former Vice President Biden told this story about the then-president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, that he had to fire the prosecutor general or the US would not release $1 billion in loan guarantees. “I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours,’” Biden told the crowd, taking a long look at his watch for effect. “‘If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ “He got fired.”
This President is not going anywhere!
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This is just scratching the surface I am afraid. There will be mass graves uncovered for 100 years to come.
La Familia Michoacana/Knights Templar Cartel.
Everyone of these Cartels should be identified as terror groups and annihilated from the face of the Earth.
And would gladly volunteer to do so and dispatch with great prejudice. They are the devils hands.
Las armas nacionales se han cubierto de gloria Rise Mexico!
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Woods was absoutley flawless with his putter. Draining everything. I think the Americans were pretty dominate shot for for shot. The International team had really good players and leadership. This thing could ave gone the other way very easily. That's Golf. But Tiger was killing it. And good to see him coming back to form.
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A fine example of a man.
Welcome home Nakamura sensei and back to Fukuoka.
I will lay a flower for you at Daizifu in the garden by the bridge in the coming days. If anyone deserves the Nobel peace prize this man does. His willingness to help and teach others is a sheer inspiration to me and so many others. With a heavy heart we welcome him home. Taken to early before a life's work could have been completed. May you find peace and refuge with your higher power sir.
I pray for the evil men who murdered you in cold blood be brought to justice and punished severely.
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After scouring the news outlets far and wide I predict this equation.
D vs. R + Impeachment articles = baseless - the whistle blower = DOA in Senate. Totaling full admonishment.
Adam Schiff is doing a lot of damage to the country,' 'And he needs to stop.
Senator Lindsey Graham.
When this all over I am really going to relish in the fact that for three years the Democrats could not do (poo emoji).
GOP will stand United and lead the way!
There will be a reckoning.
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"The Democrats have NO impeachment case and are demeaning our great Country at YOUR expense," Trump wrote in the email to supporters. “It's US against THEM.”
Yep. I got that mail!
Pelosi can count in the ignorance of her typical voter, especially since it was Obama who actually withheld military assistance from Ukraine and permitted Russian to take Crimea. (And who whispered to Medvedev "wait until after the election and I'll have more flexibility.")
Oh yeah I remember that happened. Obama did say that.
This is a fact and this actually happened.
In 2014, after Russia annexed Crimea and began arming separatists in eastern Ukraine with tanks, armored vehicles and rocket launchers, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko came to Washington to plead for weapons to defend his country. In an impassioned address to a joint session of Congress — with Biden sitting directly behind him — Poroshenko said his country appreciated the nonlethal assistance he was getting, but declared “one cannot win a war with blankets.”
The Obama-Biden administration was unmoved. Thank you Democrats! Who benefited Nacy? Russia!
So what did the Obama administration give him? Instead of rocket-propelled grenades, (we) provided food rations. As one frustrated former Pentagon official put it at the time, “What kind of message does that send anyway?”
Who benefited Nancy? Oh yeah Russia.
For Democarts to now attack Trump for a temporary delay in a new round of lethal military aid reeks of hypocrisy. It was on Democrats watch that the United States refused to deliver military aid at all. Yet the same Democrats t who sat there impassively while Ukraine’s president begged for weapons now they dare to cite the Russian threat to Ukraine in castigating Trump? What a farce!
Let's talk about Biden too and about chutzpah.
Since Biden raised the Russian threat, let’s recall that the Obama-Biden administration bears much responsibility for the annexation of Crimea that necessitated the delivery of lethal aid to Ukraine in the first place. Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine came in the aftermath of the Obama-Biden administration’s failure to enforce its red line against Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons by Syria.
Who benefited Nancy? Russia and Syria did.
In March 2013, Biden declared, “Because we recognize the great danger Assad’s chemical and biological arsenals pose to Israel and the United States, to the whole world, we’ve set a clear red line against the use or the transfer of those weapons.”
Mr. Assad responded by using chemical weapons on innocent civilians not once, but 16 times. And yet Team Obama did nothing, NOTHING! Failing to carry out even “unbelievably small” military strikes — a decision Biden publicly defended. “We can easily say we should have bombed and gone in and taken out their air defense system,” Biden said. “Well, you know, big nations can’t bluff.”
Bluff is what Obama and Biden did — and Assad called their bluff. Check mate!
Not only that, they turned to Russia for a face-saving way out, letting Russian President Vladimir Putin broker a phony deal to have Syria disarm. It was one of the most embarrassing foreign-policy debacles of the post-Cold War era.
So it should come as no surprise that, when Team Obama threatened to impose costs on Putin if he invaded Ukraine, the Kremlin called his bluff, too. Putin knew Biden and his boss didn’t have the will to stand up to him in Ukraine.
And he was proved right when they refused to give Ukraine lethal aid for fear of further provoking him.
Be grateful we have a President now that will stare down Russia and play the Russians at there own game.
It was Trump, not his predecessor President Barack Obama, who signed off on providing Ukraine with lethal weapons such as Javelin anti-tank missiles.But current and former officials who were privy to the decision in December 2017 to provide the missiles to Ukraine told Foreign Policy that Trump had been reluctant to go ahead with the move and only did so when aides persuaded him that it could be good for U.S. business.
Who benefited Nancy? The Ukrainians did.
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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky did say in a crucial July 2019 phone call that he and Donald Trump did not have a "quid pro quo" discussion about Ukraine providing dirt on one of Trump's political enemies in exchange for military aid. Since that is one of the principle allegations against Trump in an impeachment inquiry against him, Zelenksy's remarks would tend to exculpate the U.S. president.
Sister Pelosi & Shifty Schiff and the gang have nothing.
After hearing the charges, the Senate usually deliberates in private. The Constitution requires a two-thirds super majority to convict a person being impeached. The Senate enters judgment on its decision, whether that be to convict or acquit, and a copy of the judgment is filed with the Secretary of State.
In the event the President is removed from office and power. It means the Vice President too. Guess who is in line as the acting President of the United States in the line of succession? Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
Senate Republicans hold 53 seats, and removal requires two-thirds of senators voting, or 67 votes to convict if all 100 senators vote.
If all 45 Democrats and the two independents vote to convict, 20 Republicans would have to switch sides to vote against the president. Is that possible? Its never going to happen.
Then what do we have left to work with? To date the Democrats have not spent 40 million as earlier reported. But the real figure is the neighborhood of 32 million and some change. I knew as Republican what Trump was. Knew what he was going to do. He is what he is. But to say he has committed high treason. This word this treason or treasonous is being thrown around to lightly. Yes Trump does questionable things. Cross's the line. He is a habitual line stepper. When this is all over the President will remain in office and the Democrats are left with lack luster candidates. Biden is off the rails and looking to fist fight. That video of him though.
I honestly think Hunter Biden didn't do anything wrong. He was given privilege as the Vice Presidents son at the time. I also find it very interesting that Barack Obama has not endorsed his former running mate and Vice President. Guess the two have not had cheese burger together in a while. Also Barack and Michelle Obama Just Paid $11.75 Million for a Martha's Vineyard Vacation Home. The Obama's after years of rumors about the former president and first lady scooping up a permanent residence on Martha's Vineyard, Barack and Michelle Obama finally closed on a lavish, 29-acre compound. Almost 12 big ones. Where did the money come from? No mortgage as well.
Trump will stay in office. The Senate wont let it happen. Impeachment. No way.
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I will say that I am not all that hyped about this movie either but as Fan I will pay the money and go see it with son. I enjoy reading the books. Especially Timothy Zahn.
Here are few I recommend for the Star Wars fans.
Heir to the Empire. The best book I ever read from the Saga.
I am halfway through Thawn for the second time and it is by far the second best work Timothy Zahan has ever written. I have read so many Star Wars Books that seeing the characters on the movie screen. I can not connect to how they look in my mind. Shadow of the Empire, Splinter of the minds eye, Darth Plagueis. All really good books.
Reading the books is like this.
Rouge 1 is an authentic Star Wars movie and the best one they ever made. Many argue this point with me.
Try a read and see how it goes. But I will go see the film in full Star Wars garb cause I am huge fan. I even have two light sabers and some movie props.
May the force be with you!
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To answer your question. Yes. Where I work.
Others too follow suite as best they can. Rakuten. Denka. Sony. Nissan. Karoshi is frowned on severly in these companies. I think the over work mentality is so ingrained in the Japanese work society that its going to take decades for the country to come to terms with the problem. Allot of over working can be eliminated by effectively handing over tasks, projects to others with online management systems or CRM. Or company progress portals. I knew this Japanese guy once who would not leave work until his task was done. I'd say to him. Hiroshi (Alias) You can finish this work in the morning. Go home and forget about it for a while. Or let someone else pick it up. But we would refuse. It was like, how dare I suggest someone else help him with comapny work that he viewed it his responsibility solely. When other's were willing to assist and were capable of doing that work. But his work was his life. He said this to me.
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Yes evil indeed. I really agree with your comment. My question is. How deep does the evil run and is this company? Is Dentsu even capable of making real changes? It may look like change on the surface. But companies like this only care about one thing and one thing only.
Staying in the black. No matter the cost. Denstu has blood on it's hands. All for profit.
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I just discovered this short documentary by NHK on YouTube.
Good for those to watch who may not know who Dr. Nakamura was or his work.
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So well said Idrees Naeemy. Its comments like this that that are what is needed right now. My heart is broken over this terrible news.
The good Dr. was such special man. A Saint really. A rare and unquie man willing to go to bat for the Afghan people when others could care less. God bless you sir. May you rest in peace with what ever higher power you believed in.
As a former tactical expert on the Afghan terrain and the on Taliban, we can look at the why it happened to a good man in service to the Afghan people another day.
I will take a moment of silence after this comment.
Man my heart breaks. Dr. Nakamura was worthy of the Noble peace prize for his works. Such a loss.
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Have you ever seen so much nit picking in your life? Who cares if the translation is right or wrong. Or who suggested what and what gender. The fact is when a woman is menstruating and having a hard time. I'd like to know so I can be a little more patient or bit more understanding. I do not find the badge offensive at all. I think it is great idea. I trust Japanese female retailers to always try their best to offer high quality customer service and not use this badge or a menstrual condition as an excuse for more sinister nature.
Get over it. Let's get it done.
What a fine idea.
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