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Posted in: Macron: France owes 'debt' to Polynesians over nuclear tests See in context

After more than half a century of injustice Macron's honeyed words of imperialist repentance will ring hollow UNLESS the Empire pays back.

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Posted in: Kono says gov't trying to reach young adults to combat vaccine misinformation See in context

Taro Kono told The Associated Press that Japan is “overshooting” its goal of a million shots a day, so “speed doesn’t matter anymore.”

Sure, after the horse has bolted, why bother shutting the stable door. That young people are so misinformed and are now the main vectors of the pandemic is the predictable and inevitable result of the LDP government's egregious incompetence and its misbegotten policy of putting the cart before the horse, the protection of the economy before the health of the people.

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Posted in: Hong Kong's civil society 'withers' under national security purge See in context

Swallowing HK's democracy will, at least in the short term, give Beijing communists a chronic case of social indigestion, political hiccups and, in the long term (let's hope), cause the scelerotic CCP to finally succumb to a a failure of nerve and a fatal, self-inflicted gastrointestinal disorder of China's unsustainable, undemocratic society resulting in the ultimate collapse of its autocratic rule. The people of HK will have to bite the bitter bullet for now, but they will never give up hope because their dreams can't be canceled by government fiat!

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Posted in: Biden accuses Russia trying to disrupt 2022 elections See in context

It's one thing for Biden is to rightly diss the abominable Putin and the Russians beyond his reach for meddling in US elections, but quite another to go after the treasonous Trump and the Republicans for maliciously undermining the democracy of the Republic. Merrick Garland's DOJ has been ominously quiet about holding traitors to account. Only thorough investigations of the last 5 years of misrule followed by trials and draconian sentences for the guilty can serve justice and save today's dire crisis of America's democracy from turning the USA into a failed state. I'm not confident that an aging establishment pol like Biden, who has always given priority to upholding the interests of his class by holding up the teflon shield of impunity for their crimes and misdemeanors, will be up to the Herculean task of cleaning out America's political stables of corruption reeking of graft and grift.

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Posted in: Johnson urges caution as UK virus cases fall for seven days See in context

A conundrum that will soon clear when more data and evidence come; considering the miserable record of Johnson's past performance, "Ping" may be followed by "pong".

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Posted in: Thousands of foreigners leave Indonesia amid COVID-19 crisis See in context

If great men stand on the shoulders of giants, as the saying goes, so do pandemics arise, seeded to spread on the fallow ground left by a nation's past actions. In the case of Indonesia, the mass killings of 1965 spawned by anti-communist militarists, followed by 33 years of gangster capitalism that created a dysfunctional model of an "unwelfare state" without the requisite social infrastructure of a sturdy health service and education system able to withstand a viral pandemic, have left a vast swath of Indonesia's uneducated and misinformed population vulnerable to the depredations of Covid-19. Now that the country's chickens from its dark past are coming home to roost, it should be clear to everyone that history matters.

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Posted in: Two Koreas restore severed communications in surprise thaw See in context

Who could have imagined? It appears only Alien invaders and home-grown viruses can make our world live as one! Maybe the message is finally getting through to Koreans North and South. About time, too!

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Posted in: Hong Kong court convicts man in first national security trial See in context

He was pressing his motor bike hard and willfully hitting three poice officers! An attempt of homicides!

Not being privy to the circumstances of this case I'm not competent to judge the merits of the prosecution, but if it were violence perpetrated by the police, then, no doubt about it, their government bosses would turn a blind eye and be, unsurprisingly, oh so forgiving of their despicable actions. Btw what's the Chinese for "Kangaroo"?

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Posted in: Sebastian Coe backs reviewing marijuana rules in doping See in context

Richardson, who won the 100 meters at the U.S. trials last month, didn't travel to Japan for the Tokyo Games after being caught smoking marijuana.

LOL! Where? In her car? In the Ladies? Testing an athlete for cannabis is ludicrous, but it's no laughing matter for the tens of thousands of poor people around the world who are brutally banged up in jail or executed by alcohol-swilling hypocrites. Turning a blind eye to the traces of cannabis in Richardson's blood would have required Solomonic wisdom it seems.

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Posted in: Philippine leader threatens to kill drug dealers See in context

 Drug dealers kill more people than you think! 

Well, just read up on a little history and you may be shocked and horrified by how many people governments kill. The Duterte regime's war on the poor alone has left families and friends grieving for at least 20,000 human beings killed in cold blood. It's unconscionable to accept this scale of terror perpetrated by a government with malice aforethought, and impunity to boot.

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Posted in: Philippine leader threatens to kill drug dealers See in context

Poverty kills far more than drugs in Duterte's kingdom of corruption and state terror. Why isn't this psychopath on an international wanted list? A rhetorical question, perhaps, but it does beg a question or two about the dubious morality many world leaders preach from their privileged pulpits.

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Posted in: Suga, Koike agree Olympics going 'very smoothly' See in context

The Games are going "very smoothly" for the virus, too. Only time will tell who "gets the gold". I fear the human cost might, in the end, trump all other potential gains from holding this international sporting event in the midst of a global pandemic.

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Posted in: Algerian judoka to be sent home after refusing potential bout with Israeli See in context

Too bad he couldn't imagine "there's no countries". Sad!

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Posted in: As Tokyo Games open, can Olympic flame burn away the funk? See in context

Didn't watch, but the irony of "Imagine" is mind-boggling:

"No Heaven, No Hell" ("and no religion, too")? - no agreement here among the participants or spectators for sure!

No countries? At a (nationalistic) international sporting event!

And to top it all off - "No possessions" sung by rich, property-holding entertainers!

Nice try, but all we can do is keep on dreaming, I suppose. I believe John's heart was in the right place, but the futility of lyrics that cannot even be sung with conviction and are even canceled since offensive to the sensibilities of millions, all set to a gently sad, melodious tune always leaves me with a strange aftertaste of wistful frustration.

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Posted in: Rolling Stones relaunch U.S. tour See in context

They don't know when to quit. Or Jagger, addicted to the adrenaline of public performances, can't remove his rock 'n' roll red shoes? No doubt he'd be happy to expire on stage, but I wouldn't want to buy a ticket to see that show. I'm glad I saw them in their glory days and still listen to Mick Taylor and the Stones so the best of British to the lads who look likely to keep on rocking till they drop.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police arrest 5 trade union members for sedition See in context

In Chinese it's called "communism", but it's plain and simple fascism by any other name and in any other language. Absolute power still corrupts absolutely - an iron principle that rules in human affairs without exception.

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Posted in: Fury cross the Mersey: Liverpool loses world heritage status See in context

@ kohakuebisu

All fair points, but capitalism was and is the name of the game and we can take it from the Romans that "Man is wolf to Man". The question today is what can mankind do to create a less brutal social order? Corruption and graft undoubtedly fueled the cosmetic surgery of the dockland, but Liverpool is aware of its shameful role in the slave trade and CRT is still an ongoing educational project. Btw the infelicitous choices made concerning the introduction of the new riverfront structures wouldn't be mine and don't reflect my taste in architecture, but dynamite and bulldozers will, when the time comes, easily be able to accommodate the changing tastes of the future citizenry of Liverpool.

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Posted in: Fury cross the Mersey: Liverpool loses world heritage status See in context

Liverpool doesn't need the imprimatur of UNESCO to develop and modernize. The magnificent restoration of the river front dock complex reminds us of times gone by while the new structures on the waterfront are proof that time does not stand still. As Liverpudlians might say: "Wur's yer white stick, UNESCO?"

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Posted in: Pelosi bars Trump allies from Jan 6 probe; GOP vows boycott See in context

The only explanation for the increasingly irrational actions of Republican politicians is that as guilt-ridden members of the GOP they are terrified of self-incrimination after years of slavishly following a leader whose life-long career of criminal activity is finally about to be exposed. Watch 'em all jump ship as right-wing Amerika hits the rocks.

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Posted in: William Elliot Griffis resists temptation in feudal 1871 Japan See in context

The Japanese simply want helpers and advisors. They propose to keep the ‘bossing’, officering and the power all in their own hands…”

He nailed it! The Japanese were undoubtedly wise to adhere strictly to this policy, but the price to be paid was the prolongation of their insular mentality which led to the catastrophe of WW2 and the snail-pace of post-war "internationalization" that has often left them out of step culturally with the rest of the developed world.

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Posted in: British carrier strike group to make port calls in Japan in September See in context

Floating airports are unfit-for-purpose 20th century technological zombies, totally anachronistic and futile in today's era of missiles. Pity the poor taxpayers who toil and sweat just to show the Union Jack around a world where Brexitannia no longer rules the waves.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,832 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,943 See in context

Delta takes the gold while the LDP takes the biscuit. The numbers are getting real as the Olympics approach.

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Posted in: Johnson resisted 2nd lockdown as 'most of those dying were over 80': ex-aide See in context

"Taking back control"? "Return to normal"? "Freedom Day"? Or coming soon: the Covid Bojo variant? The received wisdom of the Cons (and the conned) that the pandemic in Blighty is over remains iffy to anyone with an ounce of caution and common sense.

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Posted in: Johnson resisted 2nd lockdown as 'most of those dying were over 80': ex-aide See in context

Absolutely in character! Spoken by a scoundrel with "patriotic" tongue-in-cheek and a wink (the last refuge of a Tory).

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

Those insufferably arrogant types staffing the organs of the State in positions of authority are notoriously thin-skinned and vengeful and will invariably lash out with malice aforethought using "justice" as a weapon against anyone who hurts their amour-propre and exposes their empty suits. Since the two Americans were just small-time private operators not committing crimes in the service of the US government they were consequently handed over by the Deep State and left twisting in the wind.

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Posted in: England lifts COVID restrictions as scientists warn of surge in cases See in context

Nero and Rome

Johnson and the UK...

Unlike the Latin-spouting poseur ignoramus, Johnson, the cultured Nero was the real deal: his Latin was incomparably better as were his superior "fiddling" and literary pretensions. As England "burns" and "brexits", the country should be so lucky to have such a competent leader at the helm.

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Posted in: England lifts COVID restrictions as scientists warn of surge in cases See in context

The patriotic thing for Johnson to do would be to self-isolate permanently. He's done enough (irreversible?) damage to the UK's body politic with his viral clowning and disastrous policies.

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Posted in: Alcohol linked to 1 in 25 global cancer cases: study See in context

Alcoholic beverages are not all equal. Spirits which burn the throat when imbibed are palpably more dangerous and hazardous for the internal organs than beer or even wine so moderation, self-observation and self-control is the only "safe" way to drink. Cheers!

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Posted in: UK health chief tests positive for virus as Britain tightens restrictions on France travel See in context

Mr "Fixit", Saj, came in through the revolving door of chums to take over from the hapless Hancock, but there will never be a "Freedom Day" under this incompetent Tory shower whose deadly legacy of ineptitude will be memorialized by the nation's graves marking their "herd immunity".

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Posted in: Controversial art exhibit opens in Osaka amid repeated threats See in context

It's obvious that very many of us have no understanding of art. Blame it on education (the lack thereof) or emotion (mankind has always feared what it can't understand). Let's hope there is no violence from ignorance.

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