Jared's a genius! "Another fine Middle East mess!", and another "Trump l'oeil", a phony "peace plan" the orange shlub pulled out of his rear to appease his Jewish voters and distract from his worsening impeachment woes. Mazel tov!
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Privilege + entitlement = immunity + impunity = moral corruption and the death of self-respect. When you are a prince, this is an occupational hazard, as MBS could tell you, too.
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..."not matching the common sense of ordinary people,"
History and personal experience should teach us not to trust "common sense". The wretched state of the world today counsels against putting too much faith in what "ordinary people" think and especially what they emote. Otherwise, we could well see a return of gruesome public executions. I place my hopes in science and "humanity" to spare the lives of the mentally impaired and indeed to end all state-sanctioned killings.
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At last the long-anticipated Alexander Butterfield moment has arrived as Lev Parnas writes himself a place in US history. Spasibo bol'shoe!
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...why didn't the dems mention certain stuff from the phone transcript?
My memory may be faulty, or I've not caught up with the latest developments, but I thought that only a summary of Trump's "perfect phone call had been made public while the full unredacted verbatim transcript still sat securely in the secret server along with all the other dirt, illegalities and FUBATs Trump has been hiding from public scrutiny. Am I right, or am I right?
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The traitorous, treacherous senators tone-deaf to the truth and ignoring the indisputable facts of Trump's impeachable abuse of office and his egregious obstruction of Congress are writing for themselves a chapter of shame in the history of the republic. Hans Christian Andersen couldn't have made this up! Oh, he did!
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Adolescents who are prone to risky behavior may be more likely to become heavy pot smokers, and these personality traits may also make them riskier drivers, ..."We don't know from this study whether what we're seeing is cannabis use, or the consequence of these personality features that promote risk taking of all sorts."
These latter comments should serve as a caveat dotting the i's and crossing the t's of these dubious findings. Driving a vehicle when less than alert is a no brainer.
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“Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House.”
...if you can believe the “I am pro-choice in every respect" moralizer, but it's the "born" children (into poverty) who need protecting from the dubious "defender in the White House".
And you don't have be a cynic to ask yourself the question that arises naturally, given what we know of the orange womanizer's notorious baggage of numerous transactions with the opposite sex: how many abortions has he personally paid for in his murky, mucky past?
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His bros will then vote for Trump or stay home when the Dems screw him out of getting the nomination again.
Blacklabel nails it, concurring with the brilliant journalist, Walter Karp, who in his Liberty Under Siege: American Politics 1976–1988 (1989) wrote that the corrupt backroom dealers running the Democratic Party Machine would rather throw a presidential election to the Republicans than lose control to an outsider, maverick candidate. Karp showed how the Republican and the Democratic parties colluded to undermine the presidency of the "feeble Democrat" Jimmy Carter (1976–80), and replace him with the "liar and tyrant" Ronald Reagan (1980–84, 84–88).
History has a habit of repeating itself as that horrid harridan, Hillary, plunges the first knife in Bernie's back.
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Japanese don't demonstrate like any normal democrztic country ?
Nope. By the time they've been herded out of school, most have had all the stuffin' knocked out of them and the "nails" have been firmly hammered down, so that they are then ready to serve in the "space (cadet) force" to cement the social stability of the country.
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they are not above the law..
Sadly, they are, like all members of governments not of, by or for the people. In the parlance of the Japanese they are above the clouds, like gods, never to be held accountable, with absolutely no fear of doing the crime or the time.
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The real threat to Japan comes from the space between his ears and from the millions of uninformed space cadets who blindly believe his empty rhetoric.
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Nuclear power, more than dangerous, comes with toxic externalities unaffordable for consumers and tax-payers. Without concerted political action from below, the corrupt few will continue to skim profits from the top.
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“Criminal-like conduct is required,” said Alan Dershowitz
Disingenuous Dershowitz is once again grandstanding with his contrarian shtick attempting to make us believe he can square the circle: Trump’s acquittal by the Senate “would produce results that make me unhappy as an individual”, sez he, adding that he's acting “for the survival of the constitution” which is more important than “the short-term partisan advantage of getting my person elected to be president” (?!).
Since there are only 2 articles of impeachment despite the cornucopia of criminality to choose from, why hasn't the "constitution-hugging" Dershowitz volunteered his lawyerly advice on ways to remove the orange mountebank who has violated his oath to defend the constitution and disgraced the office of president in the eyes of the whole world .
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...for this guy he'd probably give his life to keep his gun because he can't function without it.
I feel sorry for the plight of folks like this who lack the means to move to a safer hood or go to a therapist. And voting for a US government serious about taking responsibility for ensuring the safety of its citizens is, sadly, hardly an option given the power of the gun lobbies to buy politicians who have been emboldened to place the security and welfare of the American people in the "safe" little hands of an unstable "genius". No wonder the nation is strung out on opioids and guns.
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Greedy Ghosn (et al.) feeding at the overflowing corporate trough isn't news, nor is it a crime until one of them squeals and politicians deem it opportune to sic the police on them (which is rare and always a political maneuver).
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Lev Parnas has launched a torpedo (Giuliani) that would sink anyone's ship but that of POTUS protected as he is by a flotilla of Republican weasels fiercely determined to rip up the US Constitution in order to thwart due process for a proven scam artist who has the craven GOP in his pocket like a latter-day Dr. Caligari.
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Just goes to show that brainwashing has a detrimental effect on the development of intelligence. The strangle-hold of nationalistic ideology driving identity politics (Aso et al.) and the straight jacket of an authoritarian education system reproducing sterile conformity is bound to create such robotic individuals with thought processes akin to AI. "Deprogramming" is urgently needed if Japan is to prosper into the 22nd century.
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If you belive "rightists regained control after 1945", then who in the world do you think was running the country 1930-1945?
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Bertie's story goes to show that good translators must follow their conscience and not just parrot the script they are given.
Aso's version of Japanese history was no slip of the tongue, but a Freudian slip revealing the fictitious, nationalistic version of history the Japanese rightists have been promoting ever since they regained control of the country after their defeat in 1945.
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The behavior of those reprobate Republican senators blocking all witnesses with first-hand knowledge of Trump's numerous violations of his oath of office is an affront to the Constitution and an insult to the American people who pay out of their pocket to finance their representatives' privileged life-styles. A bunch of subpoenas should have been issued long ago and those witnesses refusing to testify housed tout de suite in a super-max to chill some. Otherwise, what on earth is the meaning of this American "democracy" with an "infallible" and "untouchable" POTUS?
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7 hours a day with a lawyer would run up a hefty bill that few could afford, but we know that Japanese police don't do interrogations out of consideration of their hostages' pocketbook. A truly democratic society would at the very least require a functioning surveillance system to safeguard the rights of the interrogatees and keep the cops on the right side of the law.
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That said, lives must always take precedence over money.
I don't think "lives" was the reason for Abe's visit. The ever so diplomatic Abe made a lightning visit and was in and out of Saudi Arabia before you can say "Khashoggi".
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It's amazing how so many folks have difficulty connecting the dots (it ain't rocket science) from Trump's murder of Soleimani and eight others in the convoy, to a US contractor, then to several US members in Kenya, then another 70 Iranians in the funeral stampede, and now 176 innocent passengers on the plane (and more victims are likely to follow). "Obtuse" doesn't even begin to describe the willful blindness in the face of this chain of events..
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Can Lebanon be trusted to properly handle files from Japan?
Who on earth can ever be trusted?
There’s no trust, No faith, no honesty in men; all perjured, All forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.
quoth the man from Stratford, and as far as justice is concerned, the Japanese authorities ought to ponder the wisdom and warning of the Bard:
We still have judgement here, that we but teach
Bloody instructions which, being taught, return
To plague th’ inventor. This even-handed justice
Commends th’ ingredients of our poisoned chalice
To our own lips.
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The country is so corrupt that its judiciary always favors the rich and powerful.
Sadly, I can't think of any country in the world where the above does not apply. Do the poor and powerless make and enforce the law? Democratic systems do help to mitigate the scale of injustice, but the deck is always stacked in favor of the wealthy with political connections and cover (which Ghosn no longer enjoys in Japan). BTW, the Japanese words for "justice" and "politics", save for one small consonant, sound identical.
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How many Iranians is Soleimani responsible for killing now?
What came first the chicken or the egg? Trump's murder of Soleimani was bound to have a ripple effect of negative consequences. This is just the nature of reality that too many people cannot admit 'cos you can get scared when it gets too real!
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Congress's measures don't go far enough. I and millions of others will only feel safe when Trump is put in a straight-jacket and institutionalized.
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Liverpool's feat is one of the few scraps of comfort to compensate for the traumatic Tory bollocks of Brexitania. A great English/Irish/ Welsh and multi-ethnic city and a proud people who have always said: "No surrender!"
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Openly advocating war crimes should be added to the list of articles of impeachment; even though the most incompetent and ignorant occupant of the Oval Office in US history has zero understanding of the issues involved in international relations, ignorance of the law is no excuse. The only "cultural" sites in Iran Trump can visualize are the KFC franchises.
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