Congratulations to Daniel Craig on his overdue retirement from the tux and cashing in with his lucrative, but professionally unsatisfying 007 role! He's a genuine bloke, unlike the absurd Boy's Own fantasy hero he played till he was sick of it. I'm glad he became a face of Britain to the world (almost helps us to forget the bungling blimp from No 10) and I look forward to seeing him play some really challenging roles in the future that will allow him to show us his serious acting chops.
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“You wouldn’t have seen this even 10, 15 years ago, the north turning out in such droves to support the Conservative Party,” said Max Darby, a delegate who was born in the northern England town of Scunthorpe. “I think Boris has to be doing something right if people like me are more than happy — in fact proud — to vote Conservative.”
Wazzock Max, like many of his deluded "Friends in the North", will wake up mortal and out of fettle the day they finally realize they've been dunched by their wadded marra Bojo with his gaslightin' rhetoric that's as empty as their petrol pumps.
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Very little past indicators to believe that the Taliban will embrace modern science and education in place of superstition and ignorance. When you base all your views on a book that's around 1400 years old, all your gonna have is ignorance and superstition.....
Your grounds for pessimism are understandable, but I've always found hope to be the best salve for the painful horrors stemming from human ignorance because our world is governed by inexorable universal laws of perennial change and transformation that puny mankind may not defy.
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Dr Sasaki don't need his mama to tell him "disaster medicine is as disaster capitalism does."
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Following the murders of Irani scientists and the destruction of nuclear facilities the Israeli government continues to press on with its counterproductive campaign of opening the gates to a new wave of poisonous antisemitism and stoking the smoldering embers of the Holocaust. Present-day Israel run by a bunch of rightwing schlubs is in dire need of another Solomon to save the country from itself.
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This new generation of the Taliban is armed with smart phones and technology will transform their society like it did the countries of communist Europe. Meanwhile, the people of Afghanistan will have to wait for their lands to be born into a real country. The birth pangs of an Afghan united federation will continue for some time to come, but the Afghanis, like the rest of us, must continue to live in hope. Education and knowledge will eventually triumph over ignorance and superstition.
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The Tories love to boast that they are the party of "British values", a most dubious claim disputed by anyone who can see through the fake "patriotic" facade disguising their utter indifference to the welfare of the working population whose blood, sweat and tears keep the Tory rulers living in the comfort they are accustomed to. The one tradition the Tories always uphold, however, is the shameful reputation of "Perfidious Albion", as exemplified by the absence of good faith in dealing with the EU.
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The Tories "took back control" to ride roughshod as of yore over the native working population they exploit, but "gave up control" in the councils of Europe. The Europeans are right to disregard the unjustified and unreasonable demands of the sore losers who gambled and lost. Now instead of paying the price for their expensive flutter, Brexit, it looks like the petulant ruling party is losing its mind as Johnson has the gall to tell the country that he is going to "have his cake and eat it"! The only thing I can see on the Tory banquet table is a ruddy big steaming plate of crow. Anyone for seconds?
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The ruthless economic exploitation of the many by the few for the express purpose of accumulating capital for the benefit of the ruling elite has always been the traditional MO of the Japanese polity. The tax burden borne by the majority under Kishidanomics will simply be a continuation of Abenomics by another name like "yamakujira" (mountain whale, ie. "fish") the substitute name given to "buta" (pork forbidden to Buddhists), or in our own day, the Japanese "Self-Defense Forces" for the Japanese "Army". Japanese workers will continue to receive their pittance for long hours at the grindstone. This rigid tried and tired formula of underpay for overwork will produce nothing new and anyone who expects differently ought to check with Einstein.
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Panama & Pandora and their predictable outcome of impunity for socially prominent criminals provide further proof, if any were needed, of the malaise rotting the foundations of capitalist society as well as further confirmation of John Stuart Mill's plain-spoken words in 1867 unmasking how corruption thrives when given the cover and protection of cowardice and its bedfellow, hypocrisy :
“Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing. He is not a good man who, without a protest, allows wrong to be committed in his name, and with the means which he helps to supply, because he will not trouble himself to use his mind on the subject.”
These words we all know to be the unvarnished truth, but so do the evildoers, which enables them to blithely go about their bizness of self-enrichment while the rest of us eat cake, or whatever.
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Pandora's Box will have many world leaders having to explain to their citizens about their offshore hidings.
But they won't lose any sleep over Pandora if that's all they have to do, and they'll continue to sip their champagne in the shade of a palm tree in a sunny clime knowing they'll still be able to "live happily ever after".
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When Pandora opened her box, she let out all the evils into the world and, after quickly closing it shut, only hope remained, which is all we've got to see justice done, the monies returned to national coffers and the corrupt, criminal politicians incarcerated. Oops, I forgot: when Panama opened the box, hope escaped, too. Pity the poor parents and teachers of the world who must tell their children fairy tales about the "goodness" of today's world of impunity for the rich and powerful. History teachers, of course, have no need to change their lessons.
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As some know, hard drugs make some people a better person. Strange thing, isn’t it?
And make kingpins (and their associates in government, police and military) very rich. But if I were a poor man, I could do more good on drugs than with a bullet in the back. Life isn't black and white and learning the truth about money and power is very hard work and can cost you your life if you disturb the sleep of the rich and powerful, which is why most people turn a blind eye to the evil doings of Duterte (many thousands more murdered than the 6,000 mentioned in the article).
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Once retired Duterte will have then have time to visit the Hague. OK, just dreamin'.
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Many tens of thousands of misinformed and misguided Republican supporters who danced to Trump's fiddle and followed his example have left the building. We must never forget his catastrophic legacy of the Big Lies because it won't be carved in stone, unless you look carefully at the inscriptions on the grave stones of those felled by the preventable pandemic.
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"...he was never charged, tried or convicted and released."
Just like OBL, then, 'cept he was "released" at sea.
"Therefore he never became a "War Criminal".
But surely, Kishi, could be "seen" as an "unindicted" war criminal, like numerous high-ranking fascists in Germany and Italy who escaped justice, in many cases because they were treated as valuable "assets" in America' Cold War against the "Worldwide Commonist Conspiracy", as J. Edgar used to call it. The CIA slush fund was also instrumental on reviving rightwing political parties in France and Italy run by "rehabilitated" fascists who fit the US government's profile of "political correctness" (the "unwoke" variety).
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At least the Japanese voters won't have to wait long to stick the boot in, but has the tipping point of the listless electorate been reached to usher in a new era? Not even the LDP's egregious Covid incompetence will be enough to rebuffer the country's domestic politicking.
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Kishida and his cabinet of cronies are just there to add a final layer of "TruCoat" teflon to protect and shield their "oyabun" from criminal investigation.
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The selection of Kishida came as no surprise to the people of Japan who often describe unsavory cookie-cutter politicians as "同じ穴の狢" - onaji ana no mujina (raccoon dogs from the same hole). The LDP's rightwing anointment of Kishida as Abe' s 影武者 (kagemusha) might be facetiously summed up as "onaji Abe no mujina".
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Prison (behind bars) is what all politicians fear the most (bar assassination). That so few politicians are to be found in the prisons of the world is a reliable measure of the corruption and the hollowness of social justice in our democracies where miscreants like Sarkozy and a host of other unmentionables are effectively untouchable and "above the law" mocking the very concept of "equality before the law" and "justice".
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The old love the young when they can control, use and exploit them (for work and war), but fear them when they can't. And the Achilles heel of the older generation is their fatal forgetfulness: the immeasurable energy, drive and passion of the young for which the old are no match. The Beijing dinosaurs are clearly getting desperate as they edge ever closer to extinction, 'cos the times they are a-changin'.
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Life without death would be an inhuman existence, horrifying beyond human imagination. Thankfully, since our bodies are machines and all machines wear out in time, as Bwooster commonsensibly avers, we will never have to fear " a life eternal". Any old person unlucky enough to "outlive" a functioning body can confirm the sweet balm of mortality's belated arrival.
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I assure you that sooner or later the UK will return to the European Union with its tail between its legs.
Yep, while in the meantime the UK's economy will continue to chase its own tail and eventually circle the drain. Then one fine day, after the country finally sickens on the Tory smoke 'n' mirrors version of economic Snakes and Ladders, the whole Brexit kit and caboodle will go down the rabbit hole and the UK will wake up, back in the EU. It was all a bad dream, after all.
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The penny (or Yen) is starting to drop: no money = no consumption = crisis of capitalism. Japan appears poised to enter a new phase of its socioeconomic system; perhaps helped along by indigent boomers and a Covid knock-on effect?
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They just shot another Brexit bullet in their foot.
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Whenever the electorate in Germany runs scared, Europe must pay close attention. The flood of immigrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia into Europe has clearly been a destabilizing fear factor thanks to all the equally destabilizing foreign policies of the self-styled "international community" that has given kneejerk support and succor to right-wing authoritarian regimes while paying cheap lip-service to democratic values thereby bringing the proverbial chickens back home to roost. It is to be hoped that the SPD can soon build and hold together a solid coalition that will put Merkel's people out to pasture and keep the AfD at bay for the sake of peace in Europe the key to which is held once more by Germany.
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On that basis I'm guessing you think someone like John McDonnell should be leader?
Would be a good start, but, as in America, the fundamental problem threatening the future of democracy is a frightened, stupified electorate that has allowed itself to be bamboozled by the lies and empty promises of politicians in the pockets of the rich they serve. Led by the nose to vote against its own interests while dancing round "the Golden Calf of Kapitalism" the electorates in the "stable" democracies are slowly opening the gates to the Trojan Horse of fascism.
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Americans drive and think on the right, the British drive on the left and the mistake of the Labour Party has always been to muddy their messages and get their supporters to think on the right, too. Wishy-washy Corbyn's mistake was not to hammer into the skulls of the electorate with hard facts the catastrophic consequences of falling for the toxic Tory Brexit scam and show the treacherous anti-left moles in the party hell-bent on restoring Blairism the exit door to the right. The Labour Party must stand firmly for the Left by demonstrating that the enemy of democracy and progress lurks, as history shows, in the shiny woodwork of the Right. Starmer is the wrong man for the job, the Judas who will betray the party and people for a paltry sum of electoral votes.
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The renewed saber-rattling at Taiwan may be a subtle sign that Xi might be losing his mojo in the eyes of the Beijing commie ratpack and thus needs to deflect criticism of his leadership and political ambitions. Xi's cockiness will have been fed by his success in stomping on the HK democracy movement, which makes this a time of living dangerously for both sides.
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