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Posted in: Duterte critic journalist Ressa convicted in Philippine libel case See in context

Banger, that's rich! Even my Filipino wife thinks Duterte is an idiot, one who wish he was the first one to rape a Christian missionary who was trying to out down a prison riot, and was ganged rape! A free press is an issue for ALL countries!

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Posted in: Hello Kitty company gets new boss after 60 years See in context

New boss, ‘Please give her a mouth

My son says that is a terrible idea, having no mouth is why itbis so popular. Who knew!?

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Posted in: Hello Kitty company gets new boss after 60 years See in context

This is the BIGGEST problem in Japan, dinosaurs refusing to get off the stage and refusing to innovate or let any one younger to have any say in directing the company. Suzuki (car company) had the same problem with the 90+ CEO barging into company meetings and making a jackass of himself due to increasing dementia. Hmmm, the have a similar situation in some "royal family" that speaks....English.

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Posted in: New Zealand city removes statue of its 'murderous' namesake See in context

Very curious to see which historical figure is actually going to pass the purity test.

Oh Burning Bush, this is so like HARD, how about not glorifying a-holes who slaughtered people in the name of empire and fame. "Look at me, I just slaughtered a village"-- yeah we can begin with THESE people and honor people like those in Doctors without Borders, for example.

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Posted in: Trump pushes conspiracy theory about Buffalo protester shoved by police See in context

There’s another video of this guy talking to some local protesters before this incident, many of them black, and they were pissed. One young black fella said “this guys about to get punched in the face”, after he told the locals that he was there “just for fun”. Another black woman reacted angrily “fun!?, this sh#t ain’t fun!”.

someone can bleed quickly from a scalp injury, but cannot bleed quickly from the ear with a head injury. 

The only reason he was able to get that close to the cops was because he was a 75 year old. And it looks as if he was scanning something, and that’s what the cops reacted to. He should have been arrested, not shoved, but he put himself in that position. 

His intent was not sincere. 

Fizzbit, does it HURT to make this stuff up? Excusing the abuse of an elderly person, (and let us NOT FORGET Trump's mocking of a disabled reporter, Trump's bedding down a prostitute and getting away with it?) Excuses, excuses. The man was there returning a COP's helmet. How was this nice gesture returned? Abuse! Nazi-brownshirt style! And you are GOD, you know his intent, and even if his intent was "insincere" what difference does it make? Cops are NOT allowed to abuse and beat people. So, question: how FAR are you willing to excuse authoritarianism? Is Jung Un's gulags in which 200,000 people work and die in Nazi-level concentration camps, OK? Trump praised them, as a good way of managing people. Just asking for the rest of us anti-fascists.

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Posted in: Streaming video, online retailers escape pandemic pounding See in context

"it's not fair to all the other businesses that closed to respect the lockdown." "Retailers like department stores were pretty much forced to close and it's not fair to them that their competition is allowed to operate."

Ah, BB, you haven't realized by now that the world isn't fair?

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Posted in: G20 agriculture ministers say coronavirus measures should not disrupt food supply See in context

Proxy, oil is about zero cents a barrel, I think oil production is not an issue. Now, if you want higher prices for your gas then that is your issue alone. As for food, most liberals are for shutting down the economy but NOT the food chain supply! These "people" need to risk it and get back to work! The meme of "I want my eggs and chicken" is a real one. The issue for Japan, is when these agricultural workers start to die off, then food becomes scarce and guess what? No more food exports, like Russia is doing. Japan is only 11% food self-sufficient. So, guess who is screwed?

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Posted in: Gov't waiting for Golden Week to decide on extending state of emergency See in context

Let’s just reopen and get on with it....people need to get back to work.

Well "John" are you going to "feel" the same way after you get infected. Second, are you willing to pay for (through higher national health insurance dues) those who were irresponsible and decided to risk it and got infected? After all, treatment is not free! Just asking. I mean you seem to think a few thousand more dead is "worth" the freedom of us working hard to make our rich oligarchs even richer.

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Posted in: Japan reports 25 new coronavirus deaths; highest for single day See in context

yet no light at the end of this long, dark tunnel.

usreamer, the light at the end of the tunnel is the C train, or COVID train!

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Posted in: China suffers worst economic drop since '70s in virus battle See in context

Prepare for a depression the likes we have never seen before. No way, when this is over Japan will climb out of this and ramp up exports like before. And add in the additional debt, lack of tax revenues, from the lack of exports and business activity, then you have Japan caught in a real debt trap. If they raise taxes, to pay off the debt, that will further kill any possible rebound. The economy was already heading to a recession due to the last one. So the only option by next year will be to print out a gazillion yen, pay everything off, and issue new currency, which will be practically worthless on the international market. So forget about buying imports---like food products. Just have a lot of foreign currency savings.

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Posted in: 60% still go to office despite state of emergency over virus: survey See in context

The food at the supermarket you buy everyday has to get grown, processed, transported and cleaned.

All that Netflix you're watching requires an internet connection, that means technicians, engineers, softwares guys etc. all have to work.

Wow! For once I agree with Burning Bush. I drive into work myself to an empty university and to my own office to make video lessons explaining the textbook to my students. No problem here, otherwise these online courses will be a dang JOKE. Someone has to do this and making video lessons at home isn't practical. Same with the accountant that makes sure the workers killing that chicken you want to buy at Spina gets paid. It is insane to expect all workers to stay home because you will be starving in two weeks, I assure you. Then there is just the issue of normalcy. People NEED to get out of their tiny condo prisons, so staggering work shifts so as to make sure everyone is socially distant from each other is do-able and probably recommendable. Sometimes you have to see the big picture. I don't recommend "opening up" the economy. Historical note: after WWI everyone forgot about the pandemic and social distancing laws and masks (back then in 1918, there was a law to wear masks) and everyone celebrated. The outcome of that one celebration had more people dying from the pandemic than from all of the dead from WWI. It was horrific. Same thing will happen with Trumps gambit, but you can open up intelligently, this business on this day and that business on that day and to have socially distancing take place in those businesses seems workable. But at the end of the day, there are essential workers, and sometimes the push a pen or type in a computer. They don't work, then we die.

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Posted in: IMF warns Japan against deepening negative interest rates See in context

What this means for the average Joe and Jill, is that your bank will start charging you money to leave your money at their bank to "play with"! Let that ping-pong around in your mind. Switzerland did the same thing a few months ago, and the rich said a big F this and have withdrawn their entire savings and put it into safes. So, I expect the same thing in Japan. This stupid government needs more creative ideas in raising revenue. I remember back in the 90s, during the Korean economic collapse, the government had certain retailers attach codes on the items that they were selling, and if you bought the right item with the right code, you won a refrigerator or TV. It spurred sales, and the coded items sold for a few pennies more but the campaign raised a LOT of money for a cash strapped government. But such ideas will never happen here.

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Posted in: Keep your distance See in context

For the next two years folks until there is a vaccine (which may never happen as this virus can re-activate itself at will). Welcome to the brave new world.

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Posted in: S Korea reports more recovered coronavirus patients testing positive again See in context

Probably meaning no vaccine on the horizon as their immune system have not developed a resistance. Which means a HIV / AIDS like cocktail, which could take years.

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Posted in: Hokkaido declares state of emergency again; 166 new coronavirus cases in Tokyo See in context

And the fact is folks, the lockdown will never end until there is a vaccine. Which could take two years, OR never, read URL, which states the virus can re-activate itself, so no immunity (vaccine) works. So like HIV, you need an expensive cocktail to deal with it, only the rich need apply. https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavirus/article241923651.html?fbclid=IwAR32gOT1xY_Zpaou_KcehZzX8o-ruoZD6jaw7PVZbbgVFvciY1lGREZT-HM

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Posted in: Biden vs Trump: General election battle is now set See in context

The vote is coming up like this:

Status quo (corporatacy)-Biden is owned by Big Pharma (voted against Big pharma from gouging citizens during a pandemic, a bill put forth by Sanders, and his vote killed it from being law, and Biden is owned by fossil fuels, credit card companies, etc, etc, etc.

OR

Madness, insanity, cruelty, ego, ego, ego, childish, curlish behavior, and an insane person and GOP to boot.

Oh, this will be difficult!

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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo has secured 1,000 beds for virus patients See in context

Where is Abe? Koike for PM

Gogogo, see previous comments. Yes women can make REALLY bad leaders, take Thatcher for example.

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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo has secured 1,000 beds for virus patients See in context

Nice to see SOMEONE in the country being a leader

Dang bong, congratulations, you made me laugh. Koike a leader? The one who just two or three weeks ago said calling off the Olympics was "unthinkable" never mind that no athletes could come or would EVER come and with everyone on LOCKDOWNS. She needs to be thrown on a trash pile. And seriously, a thousand beds for a city of TEN MILLION?? She needs at least a hundred thousand. Sheesh, stupid is ripe with this one!

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Posted in: Koike pressures Abe to declare state of emergency See in context

Imagine people cooped up in their tiny, microscopic condominiums with their "beloved" spouses and children (who can't go to school). I hope Koike has enough police on hand to deal with the WAVES of domestic violence cases (France is putting up abused women in hotels for free) and suicides! No work - No life. Free time will kill this city. At least, with me, I am on the mountain in my city, with the conservation area behind my backyard, and so I can go hiking anytime besides doing my garden. What can these people do?

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Posted in: Hit list: Which sports are next in line for possible coronavirus postponement See in context

Entire industries and sports being laid waste, and consider the domino effect, those industries which supplied those sports, ticket sakes, marketing, TV stations (ad revenue), vendors. Sheesh!

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Posted in: Japan to keep hospital beds for severely ill; use hotels for mild coronavirus cases See in context

It's also a relief to the hotel industry suffering mass tourist cancellation.

You're obviously not thinking like a Japanese businessman. I doubt they get any takers, the "image" of housing infected people, oh my. Can't scrub that away, but who knows.

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

And in the Guardian it was reported that 2000 NHS staff (London) have Covid19, so just going to the hospital may kill you.

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

In London the army converted a conference center into a 4,000 bed hospital in 10 days. Others in more city's.

Zichi, also London turned down 800 ventilators from the EU, so one step forward, one step back.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll rises past 3,000 on deadliest day; New York governor begs for help See in context

Check this website for the predicted number of deaths for New York. For Florida, where I was from, 488,000 because they are all old, out of shape and conservative, so they listen to Rush and Trump who seem determined to kill them off. https://covidactnow.org/

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context

80% of the people in Spain will have it. And so in many other countries, and as a result millions will die. And if the virus doesn't get you, the resulting depression will, like Japan and China and Taiwan not being able to trade. https://www.alternet.org/2020/03/why-the-coronavirus-crash-could-be-worse-than-the-great-depression/

Here are the stats for each state for next month. Need a seat belt: https://covidactnow.org/

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Posted in: Rattled world 'at war' with coronavirus as deaths surge in Italy, France See in context

My Chinese language colleague paints a horrifying picture of what actually is going on in her home town Harbin. Her mother who had surgery is locked away in her housing complex with no one being allowed in or out of it, WiFi just went down, no ambulances around, internet food deliveries stopped, and no postal deliveries on top of that so her food packages to her mom never arrived. Hong Kong is getting worse so maybe this reality is what caused China to expelled those American reporters.

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Posted in: Biden wins big Michigan in crushing blow to Sanders' White House bid See in context

He swore in the face of a taxpaying citizen, the person he's supposed to serve.

What kind of a politician openly uses profanities and derogatory comments in public.

He's not fit to be president.

Oh, Burning Bush, you are talking about Trump? I do remember his followers "explaining away" some profanities a few weeks ago, and that "grab them by the pussy" thing is a real knee-slapper too.

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Posted in: Japan to invalidate 2.8 million visas for Chinese amid virus fears See in context

Are you implying that travel restrictions are "hate and fear"?

If this is the case than a lot of Chinese hate other Chinese at this point in time due to the lock down of Chinese cities (Wuhan and others) and some cities in China preventing the entry of outsiders. Add many other countries to this who have also imposed travel restrictions. Are all these countries engaging in "hate and fear"?

Well, Tokyo-engr, take India's and Japan's tit for tat, doesn't come off as a scientific, let's put health first, more like hate and fear. Did Japan consult South Korea as to the best way to deal with this? Probably not. But invalidating millions of visas is a bit much. If we are THAT worried about this new flu (which is only slightly worse than the old one which we didn't care about or freak out from), then we would prevent anyone from Hokkaido. The cow is out of the barn. The AFTERTASTE from this is bitter, Abe will be lucky to have any foreigners, even athletes, show up for his precious Olympics. Oh and Korea haters, think that the 750 invasions from Japan over a thousand years might be linked to Korea whining a lot?

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Posted in: Japan to invalidate 2.8 million visas for Chinese amid virus fears See in context

Bye bye tourism in Japan and for Japanese wanting a little fun for themselves, and even next year too, as bitter memories stay around a bit AND this virus ain't going magically away. It is the new bad common cold, or flu. Here to stay! Bye bye cruise ship industry too! Bye bye Ryokan and amusement industries too, (our Korean and China haters see just can't stand the thought of you all have customers). Factor in the ripple effect, unemployment numbers and you will see the price of hate and fear!

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases surge across U.S. See in context

Bye bye cruise industry! Shame!

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