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Posted in: British aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth makes 1st port call in Japan See in context

In any future naval warfare between big powers all aircraft carriers will be just superannuated sitting ducks heading for obsolescence down in Davy Jones' Locker. These vessels are just floating pork barrels for politicians who know how to scam taxpayers by appealing to their knee-jerk jingoism.

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Posted in: British aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth makes 1st port call in Japan See in context

Just imagine if the Chinese navy was holding exercises in the English channel?

A tad too much whataboutery here but, nonetheless, this absurd hypothetical only exposes the limp-biscuit irrelevance of Brexit-UK as a world player apart from its paralympic power.

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Posted in: Jimmy Page at Venice film fest to present Led Zeppelin doc See in context

Legendary Led Zepp were an overnight revelation and a revolution. Their powerful sound of guitars, voice and drums steam-rollered the group at lightning speed into rock super-stardom. I still remember the excitement and electricity in the air at the one concert I caught. And then there were the charismatic stage performances and hard rock music to make it truly a night to remember.

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Posted in: Johnson condemns racist abuse of England soccer players in Hungary See in context

Right-wing Hungarian yobs need no lessons from their despicable English confreres and we would have seen much worse had the Israelis been visiting.

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Posted in: How COVID response sank Suga See in context

No surprise since Suga was only a pawn in their game. The next, more pertinent question is what'll it take to sink the LDP? The next costume change of Covid and the usual suspects: commuting salary men and women, maskless izakaya customers and young night revellers?

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Posted in: New Texas abortion law pushes women to out-of-state clinics See in context

This Trumpified Scotus outfit is enabling American fascism creep, and this, their latest, pointed symbolic move, has pushed the envelope too far. There will have to be consequences for conservative extremists because this sneaky attempt to overturn the established principles of Roe vs Wade is setting off alarm bells all over the country and will surely serve as a wake-up call to arouse "sleepy Joe" from his illusory "bi-partisan" reverie. Before it's too late, Biden needs to take off the gloves and GET PACKIN'!

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Posted in: UK to hold 1st talks with TPP members this month to join trade pact See in context

The clapped out Brexit wreck, Britannia, sailing again as of yore into the troubled waters of Asia just spells more trouble for all parties. Any ship with the shifty Boris at the helm flying his "Jolly Johnson" is bound to bring an ill wind with it. Caveat emptor!

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Posted in: Author Murakami criticizes Suga over pandemic measures See in context

 any criticism of politicians is not allowed here. It's not as bad here as in countries where critics routinely fall out of windows, are found with water in their lungs in the middle of the square, etc. However, anyone who criticizes politicians here and is in some way involved in culture or is otherwise well known is over time overlooked, ignored and declared a troublemaker. Mostly in cases where the person in question is, for example, half Japanese, or someone who has lived abroad for years.

So true, but Murakami does enjoy the protective Teflon mantle of fame and popularity. Years ago an American diplomat in S. America wrote the best-selling "The Ugly American" and was rewarded by riches enabling him to retire. A Japanese diplomat followed suit and, for "The Ugly Japanese", was fired by the Ministry. Then when "The Ugly Chinaman" appeared, the hapless author was given a cell all to himself in a Chinese prison. A Chinese acquaintance of mine apparently got away with his translation of "The Ugly Japanese", while the Chinese reader could safely read between the lines about his Asian brother from the archipelago. Unfortunately, as Johnny Winter used to sing of his native Texas, there"s so much sh** in Asia, you're bound to step in some. So Murakami-san had still better watch his.

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Posted in: Last U.S. troops exit Afghanistan, ending America's longest war See in context

After 20 years of American carnage Biden finally made it a wrap with a bloody end to US occupation leaving for domestic consumption one last drone as a pointed farewell gift , but apparently presented to the wrong party of three adults and seven children in a replay of Bush Jr.'s "collateral murder" we still remember from that video nasty.

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Posted in: Police officer fatally shoots man threatening him with saw See in context

Maybe we should make the old katana standard issue for cops. A sword would trump a saw.

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Posted in: Police officer fatally shoots man threatening him with saw See in context

Maybe in the movies they shoot them in the hand, arm or leg. In real life police are trained to shoot center mass.

And yet isn't this exactly the kind of training that attracts all the cowardly "bad apples" and pushes the envelope in the direction of a police state where impunity is the rule instead of accountability and justice? History should have taught us all to reject this worrying Orwellian trend that far too many people seem comfortable with.

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Posted in: Police officer fatally shoots man threatening him with saw See in context

Police protocol: when in danger, RUN, then at a safe distance, TURN and FIRE GUN at the LEGS of the person WITHOUT a FIREARM. Incapacitate, do NOT kill. There, fixed it! What's wrong with all these brave heroes in blue?

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Posted in: U.S. says drone kills IS bombers targeting Kabul airport See in context

Terrorists? We'll never know, but we can be certain that another link of the chain in the unforgiving cycle of revenge has been forged. This deadly game of Afghan terrorist whack-a-mole that started with the son of Bush is far from over.

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Posted in: Russian man who swam to Japan was reportedly kicked out of Japan in 2011 for visa violation See in context

Nice try, tovarishch! But you just jumped the shark into Japan's net for asylum seekers and assorted foreigners.

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Posted in: Thousands flock to walk-in youth vaccination site in Tokyo See in context

Glad to see that the woke youth of Tokyo don't want to wait any longer for the LDP's idea of a Covid "natural disaster".

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Posted in: U.S. airstrike targets Islamic State member in Afghanistan See in context

What was the terrifying dark place in the mind of the suicide bomber that motivated him/her to cause so much suffering to so many innocent people is the most important question that may never be answered. Wars cause traumas we who live in peaceful societies cannot imagine.

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Posted in: Man in Sapporo attempts to rob convenience store with lighter See in context

Sounds like a lost, addled aficionado of Kurosawa's "Cure".

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Posted in: Kabul airport attack kills 60 Afghans, 13 U.S. troops See in context

The poor man now has death and destruction caused by his own decisions and appears to have emotionally and mentally collapsed.

That just comes with the territory of the White House occupant. And who else would want to take on the job of Potus that ALWAYS causes death and destruction? A psychopath? Biden inherited a twenty-year war that he, too, has had a personal hand in. Most people can agree that Biden's decision to leave was correct, the manner and the timing not.

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Posted in: Kabul airport attack kills 60 Afghans, 13 U.S. troops See in context

The terrorists have just dotted the i on twenty futile years of wasted blood and treasure in Afghanistan. After 9/11 the removal of the corrupt rulers of the insidious Saudi snake-pit (the oily source of fanatical Sunni terrorism) would have been a much simpler solution. Oil revenues could have been used to modernize Afghanistan instead of sowing seeds of mischief-making terrorism. Now the US occupation has finally come to a bloody end, but the tragic Afghan saga will be continued with a new script from the pen (and gun) of the Taliban.

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Posted in: Illegal amounts of overtime going on at 37% of Japanese companies in government inspections See in context

The dysfunctional work-life balance in Japan starts from the Asian culture of tatemae imbibed with mother's milk which feeds the affliction many Japanese suffer from: a ubiquitous, endemic imposter syndrome almost impossible to shake for fear of losing face in a conformist shame culture operated by narrow-minded bullies pulling rank.

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Posted in: Bond footage thrills CinemaCon as theaters eye recovery See in context

Bond, that same "licence to kill" guy? No beef with Daniel, a good geezer, no doubt. But the latest offering is sure to be just more of the same tired franchise of escapist fantasy bollocks with a nasty, violent sub-text. Yawn.

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Posted in: Vaccine protection wanes within 6 months: phone app study See in context

So we're not out of the woods yet and, what's worse, we're still in the unsafe, incompetent hands of our leaders. GULP! It's gotta be "In Science We Trust", because it's looking ever more likely that soon we'll be in for another grinding round next year with Covid-22.

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Posted in: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies at 80 See in context

The sudden news of Charlie's demise probably came as a bit of a shock to many since we're more used to rock stars passing prematurely owing to drugs, sex and rock 'n' roll. This time it's different: his death is a wake-up call to those approaching two score and ten and those already there in the waiting room that "time is on my side" no longer. The takeaway for all of us is surely, "DON'T WASTE TIME"!

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Posted in: 2 U.S. lawmakers' Kabul trip prompts questions, condemnation See in context

Congressmen of this ilk are just grandstanders by another name riding on the backs of taxpayers. America needs to get these freeloaders off their backs asap. MG of the DOJ could start the ball rolling with a few indictments, but who's holding their breath?

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Posted in: Illegal amounts of overtime going on at 37% of Japanese companies in government inspections See in context

The Japanese people are constantly exposed to exploitation in the work place just as they were in the brainwashed days of Showa militarism. Heisei ran, and Reiwa runs, almost like WW2 Redux. A cultural revolution coming from the grass roots woke is the only way to escape the loop of Japan's never-ending air-conditioned nightmare.

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Posted in: Philippines' Duterte says will run for vice president in 2022 See in context

He's tough on drugs.

But very much tougher on the poor.

Seems like a good thing.

Only if you belong to the corrupt prosperous minority of those who possess political power and who hate and fear a violent explosion of desperate resentment from your permanent underclass excluded from any share in the country's wealth.

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Posted in: Philippines' Duterte says will run for vice president in 2022 See in context

This guy is a scumbag who should be in the Hague.

Never gonna happen: Duterte knows exactly how far he can push the envelope with the godfathers of the "international community" who have issued their useful idiot with a "Pass the Hague and collect your loot after cleaning up the blood " card because he's just one of "OUR" scumbags.

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Posted in: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies at 80 See in context

The news of his death momentarily blew Afghanistan from my mind; just hours before while driving I was listening to his drumming on "Sticky Fingers". Charlie always got the respect he deserved and the Stones won't roll any more without him. From one of his obits I learned of his strange hobby of collecting cars which is par for the kind of English eccentricity money can buy. A good bloke - RIP.

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Posted in: TEPCO to build undersea tunnel to release Fukushima water; gov't to buy marine products See in context

gov't to buy marine products

What's the Japanese for "Let them eat sashimi!"? It's not cynicism to suggest that the LDP's future Fukushima fish haul will never land on a plate in any of the expensive restaurants they habitually dine at.

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Posted in: Yakuza boss sentenced to death for ordering murder See in context

The yakuza were long tolerated in Japan as a necessary evil for ensuring order on the streets and getting things done quickly, however dubious the means.

Yeah, as in many other Asian countries, goons and gangsters have been tolerated by authoritarian government party honchos to hammer down any nails that pose political inconveniences. The fact that there appears to be no direct evidence tying an unsavory mastermind like Nomura to the crimes poses no obstacle when a political purpose requires a guilty verdict. When justice gets in the way of politics. something has gotta give. This is just a fact of life that we all become aware of when we grow up.

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