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Posted in: Trump unloads on Paul Ryan after 'American Carnage' excerpts See in context

Live in denial much? Booming economy, record low unemployment, people getting off welfare and food stamps, better trade deals being done, ISIS decimated, steps being taken to get us out of Syria and Afghanistan, a great First Lady in the White House, I could go on and on.

Record low unemployment? Read about yet another corporation laying off more workers, and getting out of Afghanistan? LOL! Really? How naive you are. And as for the First Lady, I particularly enjoyed her nude lesbian-like photos that she took and all of those shots of her partially naked too! Of course, when Michelle Obama had a sleeve-less shirt on one time, it was foaming at the mouth on Fox “propaganda” channel.

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Posted in: Sitting in front of TV may be worse for health than desk job See in context

It also depends on what is being watched, one study years ago pointed out that watching violence suppresses the immune system and (though this was not in the study), probably increases depression and paranoia. Also, watching Fox news can make you STUPID, so much so that one can believe that Hillary Clinton was running a child-sex ring from the basement if a pizza restaurant, or that there were airplanes during the revolutionary war (think about how many Trumpteers were nodding their heads when this was said). Just saying.

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Posted in: Genes, yes, but obesity pandemic mostly down to diet: study See in context

Sodas, sodas, sodas: coke and mountain dew, of all things (kind of a reference to the movie, “Idiotocracy.” One American professor I met talked to me about the poisonous work relationships at American universities nowadays, (and how it was only slightly better in the private sector as everyone knew that sooner or later they would be given the boot), but he also discussed how everyone was overweight and how everyone was drinking, yes, Mountain Dew. Too wild, but people eat not because they are hungry but out of stress. It must be hard to live in the “empire” nowadays.

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Posted in: Iran's Revolutionary Guard shoots down U.S. drone See in context

Right-wingers are so stupid! My god, do these people pushing for war still don't know the difference between Shiite Iran and the largely Sunni members of al Qaeda, and they've had 16 painful years to learn it. But Pompeo's not clever enough to pull off the full Wolfowitz yet. The CIA claiming a link between these TWO groups who despise each other? What, last year the sunnis, maybe Al Qaeda planted a bomb in Iran killing a bunch of Iranian troops, and the crap hit the fan in that country. Seriously, HOW STUPID these conservatives are, can’t do simple history or sociology in their run up to war. I guess those military-war stocks have plateau-ed out and some of these conservatives are pissed about not getting more return on their dollar because.....in the end...who cares about Iran? Oh, Japan does! It is buying Iranian oil!

Oh, and Shimon Masada, Iran a threat to you? The USA shot down a passenger plane filled with civilians, the US never apologized and all of the sailors got METALS for their “service.” It is the Iranians who should be afraid. Boy, Mossad is busy trolling sites lately.

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Posted in: Iran's Revolutionary Guard shoots down U.S. drone See in context

The mullahs want the American public to be afraid of war thus pushing for the government to to lift the sanctions.... CNN and its crows of believers falls for that. Luckily for us, currently the adults are in charge

HAHAAHAHAHA. LOL. Dang, Willi, that is the funniest thing I have ever heard. Trump—AN ADULT? Not an hour goes by without a temper tantrum, and one time it was reported in the first few weeks he wanted to blow away some country, and was told that is not how it works, you can’t just drop bombs on a country, and he FLIPPED OUT. Adults in charge, dang that is good!

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Posted in: U.S. to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, citing concerns over Iran See in context

The Slaves were freed

Really? You DO realize that someone earning minimum wage, often with two jobs can not buy or rent an apartment and pay for food, gas, electricity, etc. etc? So...isn’t this another form of slavery? And the for profit prison system is just another form of outright slavery!

Iraq?! LOL? That place is a beacon of peace and stability? HOw many lives lost, how much sectarian violence did it cost to get ONE MAN?

Oh, bassy, your distain for these “entitlements” that keep people from begging in the streets so that you can throw nickels and dimes at them is pathetic, let’s talk about the entitlements and “subsidies” to the oil and gas “trusts” which DWARFS food stamp outlays, and the fact that the top ten “trusts” like Amazon anf GE pat ZERO taxes. Where is your outrage? uh?

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Posted in: U.S. to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, citing concerns over Iran See in context

A 1,000 today, 10,000 tomorrow, next week 100,000 by next year, a million. Just LIKE North Vietnam. Exactly like Afghanistan, which was supposed to be a flipping cakewalk (“primitive society and all”—but 12 years later and TRILLIONS of dollars wasted, the Taliban still control 40 percent of the country). War. Does. Not. Work. Even look at the civil war, the south has come back through the GOP (joke upon jokes) and is showing off its nazism, KKKism and fascism!

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Posted in: Iran's Revolutionary Guard shoots down U.S. drone See in context

Most of this is due to Saudi Arabia wanting its Sunni-Shiite war with Iran, like we should care, with Bibi itching for a war before he is jailed for corruption—Already his wife is going to the slammer. Buy oil stocks now—the outcome is inevitable. These neocons have been itching for war ever since Iran overthrew the Shah, a tyrant that the US imposed when the CIA and the Brits got rid of Irans democratically elected president who had the temerity to ask for real money for its own oil! The Nerve! Now, for the last Act. By the way, the USloses this war, the draft, the tens of thousands of dead bodies, the hundreds of bombing throughout the US, Iraq getting involved, a larger Muslim war sucking in even more troops, around a quarter of a million, a draft, oil prices through the roof, food shortages, ethnic cleansing.....just to name some of the fun coming your way. Oh, and the 2020 elections canceled to boot!!!

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Posted in: Nearly 50% of Japan's singles have no dating prospects: gov't survey See in context

So from my perspective the biggest problem in most developed nations when it comes to being able to have a family is a) finances and b) time away from the job(s). And as has been proven over time by social economists, the lower on the income ladder a family is, the less likely it is for a child of that family will ever go above that. In most cases, they either end up at the same level, or even lower, as the parents couldn't afford college, and the financial aid just wasn't there, other than massive loans that most can't afford). Japan's schools are even more expensive in most cases, as they don't nearly have the same level of financial aid programs available in the US. Even high schools in Japan cost money. There are lots more factors other than what I've talked about with money and childcare, etc. but from my own studies and reading, I believe them to be the biggest issues.

Well said Thomas Wilson.

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Posted in: Recent murder cases in Japan draw attention to recluses living with aging parents See in context

Kabuki or hand wringing time, no real proposals will be put forth by the government, I mean when was the last time they actually DID something. No, if you want to solve this problem, identify those at risk, pass a law forcing them into a peace corp, or humanitarian activity or the army. The Israel army has a draft and it is looked upon as an equalizer, rich and poor. Recently they went after the draft dodgers of all draft dodgers, the ultra-orthodox, and the hue and cry. Talk about recluses!

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Posted in: Trump calls London mayor 'stone cold loser' as he arrives in Britain See in context

Why, I think it’s perfectly legit to call the mayor out, as if his title bonds him from commenting on anything or anyone. Again, we all know Trump likes to fight if provoked and the man won’t back down and if anyone thinks they can insult 

So much for class Bassfunk, huh, the kind that Obama exhaled with every breath, even when you people were calling him and his classy and EDUCATED wife (one that didn’t lie about graduating college or about getting a work visa) MONKEYS. Remember that? Not a drop of sweat from Obamas brow, not one junior high school insult from his lips. Oh, how I miss the days when a president acted presidential.

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Posted in: Trump calls London mayor 'stone cold loser' as he arrives in Britain See in context

Imagine if Trump was black, and said these things as a repuglican, imagine the backlash. Now imagine a Democrat saying these things, much less a black or woman, the repuglicans would have gone INSANE. This folks is called white privelege, and TRIBE above all. Meanwhile our conservative posters show themselves without any values or principles and excuse dear leader’s bullying, insane comments and behavior again and again. There is no LOW too low to sink to. America, as a country is dead. The yahoos have taken over.

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Posted in: Ex-top farm ministry official says Kawasaki attack prompted his murder of son See in context

Bugle Boy of Company BToday  04:50 pm JST

If he gets off, that’s gunna set some pretty bad precedent.

Only if you are an ex-politician of the LDP party or an existing one. The others have to face jail time of course.

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Posted in: Diet OKs simultaneous streaming by NHK See in context

No ADDITIONAL fee, but now NHK will come after anyone with an internet connection and a computer - or a smartphone and demand the current extortion, er, fee.

Any guesses on how long it will take them to start?

Exactly, didn’t see that at first thought, but you are right! By next year, anyone with a computer will be charged. You can imagine the money they must be dreaming that they will be “getting” but I can’t imagine the sheep Japan taking this lying down. Even the cellphone idea isn’t really being enforced because if it was, you would see the LDP lose big time. People are fed up with NHK and another 2,500 fee a month for a cellphone and then another for one’s computer would force a change.

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Posted in: Trump downplays North Korean missile threat See in context

Again, we see one fascist supporting (minimizing the threat of another fascist) while talking to an ally. Pretty soon, in a year or two, Abe will be tired of being played like a fool and will ally himself and Japan with China. Actually, I see no other choice, Trump is too crazy, and half of America (read conservatives) are too!

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Posted in: Hollywood movie featuring schoolboy Trump in pipeline See in context

In five years or so, we will have Trump TV and Trump history channel and Trump news and a government agency that says Trump is a celestial god or something, I mean north Korea is the model.

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Posted in: U.S. abortion rights activists vow to challenge landmark Alabama ban See in context

Since Roe V Wade in the 1970's American women have aborted over 50 million babies that's more than all the soldiers killed in American wars since the war of independence.

Right....Andrew, MUCH better to have 50 million unwanted and unloved babies who become dysfuntional adults, and WHERE are you conservatives when it comes to actually FUNDING pre-school and schools and school lunches. NOWHERE! You are only pro-life for fetuses and embryos....only as a method of controlling women.

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Posted in: U.S. abortion rights activists vow to challenge landmark Alabama ban See in context

Burning BushToday  06:53 am JST

There is no right to take the life of another person

So Burning Bush, so you are all burned up with that crazy GOP governor signing EIGHT execution decrees and killing eight people, right? Oh no, that can’t be. This is just a power game, keeping women under your heel, having them under threat of bearing YOUR child. Keep in mind, none of the GOP’s wives or daughters in Alabama will ever have to bear a rapist’s child. Never! Amazing how that works.

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Posted in: Bolton beats war drums in U.S.-Iran standoff See in context

a large spike in gas like before the GFC will unlikely happen again. Consumers can now purchase affordable electric vehicles and the solar panels to charge them. Also shale gas from the US Russia Australia countries not bound by OPEC can ramp up production should OPEC raise prices considerably. OPEC tried to kill of shale but failed now theyre struggling to make a profit

There is no way for a society to switch to electric cars in a month or even in five years, and they make up only three percent of all cars. Solar is good but not enough homes are connected to it. So, just like last time, in the last energy crisis in the 80s, Japan’s economy TANKED, and tanked seriously. EFL might benefit as many people, unemployed will be looking abroad for work. Otherwise, this country will be toast.

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Posted in: Bolton beats war drums in U.S.-Iran standoff See in context

Question is you neocons and conservatives, are you WILLING to pay 1000 yen for a liter of gas IF you can find it for this precious war. Also, looked at one war scenario with Iran, guess what the US loses. Yeah, considering that we lost to North Vietnam, and basically to Afghanistan (40 percent of that country is controlled by the Taliban), it is easy to see. Basically they would need a MILLION soldiers (just like North Vietnam) to hold the country and hold is used loosely here. They would need a draft. It gets more complicated as more Muslim countries join in the fight against the US, and it gets real nasty when some bombs go off in the US and they (we) start doing to all muslims like we did with the Japanese, internment camps or outright deportations, even if they are American citizens, which fuels more countries to fight. Get it? Thanks Bolton! Thanks conservatives.

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Posted in: Saudi oil tankers among those attacked off UAE amid Iran tensions See in context

Welcome boys and girls to the next big war, involving those Sunnis against the shiites. The Straits will be closed and blocked due to sunken ships, oil prices will increase ten fold, Saudis will be laughing all the way to the bank. As will Trump and Kushner Inc. Major food shortages also as there will be gas for farm machinery. Stock up on food now. THANKS conservatives!

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Posted in: Group referred to prosecutors for bed prank at Shibuya crossing See in context

“Can be considered dangerous” but no danger actually was caused, so a person’s perspectives are now valid in making an arrest. Again, no harm was done! No property was damaged. What is next, I put on a costume with a bed sticking out in front of me and back of me, I stop for 30 seconds to tie my shoes, and they arrest me? It just gets more and more ridiculous. The moral here is that these prosecutors can spend an unlimited amount of money chasing after everyone. There are no limits!

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Posted in: Japan's labor shortage eats away at back-breaking work culture See in context

This story is outdated introducing the situations of Japanese companies in the past.

Ah, Schoperhauer, are these horrible working conditions a thing of the past? What a hoot! Travel to most parts of Japan, Fukui, Niigata, parts of Hokkaido, Osaka, and you will find that a HUGE majority of firms are still stuck in the Showa era, with people going home at 10, 11, or 12. Gosh, I did some part time here in Kitakyushu a while back and that was when they were leaving, and ARE leaving. A really acute labor shortage has to hit before wide spread change for the workers comes. But as a conservative you don’t like that, huh Schopenhauer?

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Posted in: Teacher’s verbal abuse, threats blamed for 15-year-old girl’s suicide See in context

Never ever put your kids in a sports club or even the band. The sport coaches are bat crap crazy (win at all costs and more misery means more winning!) and both will eat into all of your kids time to study and pass exams. My son was injured on the junior high school volleyball team (which I thought was more lower key and less stressful—wrong), and needed stitches in his head due to another player banging him on the head with the volleyball bag, and the crazy coach wanted him to play the next week when he was supposed to get the stitches out. When I told him NO, he had another teacher call and try to pressure me. When I had a little “chat” with the principal the next day, I was told that I did not understand Japanese culture!

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Posted in: North Korea fires several short-range projectiles into sea See in context

Look around the globe and you'll find Putin's hand trying to undermine US interests; the Middle East, Ukraine Venezuela, Cuba, now Korea. And then we have that "sweeping and systematic" influence campaign during our election in 2015/16.

Yet our President has a nice, friendly chat with him today.

Putin leads Donnie around like a dog on a leash...

A poodle....

Uh-wee, Lincolnman, you have touched a nerve with all of those downvotes. But your points are rock solid. Amazing how these conservatives are in bed with the RUSSIANS and have no problem with a love fest between one of the most despicable, evil dictators of all time, Kim, and have no problem with Trump signing off and giving two million for the torture an American received. Crickets on THAT one from these patriots!!!

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Posted in: North Korea fires several short-range projectiles into sea See in context

Kim needs a few lessons from Putin in how to "manage" Trump, Putin is like an expert puppeteer who knows which string to pull and when and this goes for all of the conservatives who post here. Just tell us your Russian handle you comservative posters, will you? Your moderator seems to be so WORRIED about you all.

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Posted in: Overfishing risks ocean deserts as stocks plummet See in context

According to Didier Gascuel, a researcher at Ifremer, which monitors the health of oceans, global fish stocks "could fall so low that it's no longer viable to go fishing

This is what will bring change, when the profits disappear, then the overfishing will too, but as SimonB notes, it will be LONG LONG time for the fish stocks to recover and how they will recover in acidified sea water that is polluted beyond imagination is beyond me! For conservatives, not a worry!

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Posted in: Thai king is officially crowned, boosting his regal power See in context

Must suck to have all of this power and money but to be so controlled by customs and politics and to have no personal time as well.

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Posted in: North Korea fires several short-range projectiles into sea See in context

Kim needs a few lessons from Putin in how to "manage" Trump, Putin is like an expert puppeteer who knows which string to pull and when.

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Posted in: 2 teens arrested after woman on moped injured by rope across road See in context

The really sad part of this aside from kids getting pleasure out of someone’s pain and injury (and possible death and how parents and society has somehow allowed this to happen) is the fact that a 77 year old woman is delivering newspapers at two a.m. Bet she has no other choice, other than starving to death. I don’t think that I could do this and I am only 59!

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