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Posted in: U.S. conservative talk show host Tucker Carlson says he will interview Putin See in context

@JJE,

It is ticking up about 200,000 odd views every minute or so.

People want to see how botox injections and botched plastic surgery have bloated Putin's face. Everyone loves a train wreck comrade!

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Posted in: Top U.N. court says Ukraine case against Russia over invasion can proceed See in context

@JJE,

The Kyiv government is now reduced to Lawfare.

Wishful thinking on your part comrade.

Looks like warmonger Putin is losing in the courts and on the battlefield.

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Posted in: Putin casts Ukraine conflict as a fight for Russia's survival as he seeks reelection See in context

The Soviet Union then moved to take control of the spheres of influence outlined in the Nazi-Soviet Pact negotiations.

They amended the protocol so that Lithuania and the city of Vilnius (then Wilno, Poland) fell within the Soviet sphere. They also adjusted the boundary they had set in Poland. On September 29, 1939, they partitioned Poland between them. Germany occupied western and most of central Poland. It proceeded to annex the western provinces to the Reich. The Soviet Union occupied and annexed the rest of Poland. 

The Nazi-Soviet Pact enabled the Soviet Union to annex other territories in its sphere of influence. On November 30, 1939, the Soviets attacked Finland. After a four-month war, they annexed Finnish territory along the Soviet border. This territory included the area near Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). In the summer of 1940, the Soviets occupied and incorporated the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. They also seized the Romanian provinces of Northern Bukovina and Bessarabia.

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Posted in: Putin casts Ukraine conflict as a fight for Russia's survival as he seeks reelection See in context

@JJE,

The Soviet - Nazi collaboration paved the way for Germany and the Soviet Union to invade and occupy Poland. The attached link at the Holocaust Museum has the details:

Their pact permitted them to carve up spheres of influence in eastern Europe.

With the pact in effect, on September 17, 1939 the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east and Germany also attacked Poland on September 1, 1939. These events mark the beginning of World War II. 

The pact goes by several names: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Nazi-Soviet Pact, and Hitler-Stalin Pact. 

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/german-soviet-pact

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Posted in: EU agrees on massive Ukraine aid deal in 'message' to Putin See in context

@JJE, 

it's important to get his version of events because he has a proven record for being a straight arrow and integrity 

LOL! Orban's corruption is well documented:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-01-31/orban-s-hungary-seen-most-corrupt-in-eu-overtaking-bulgaria

https://www.politico.eu/article/hungary-orban-corruption-transparency-international/

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Posted in: EU agrees on massive Ukraine aid deal in 'message' to Putin See in context

@JJE,

Here is Orban himself on X. 

You rely on Orban's twitter feed for news? Comedy gold comrade!

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Posted in: China sees two 'bowls of poison' in Biden and Trump and ponders who is lesser of two evils See in context

@HopeSringsEternal,

Nuff said, Billionaires have enough wealthy, including Trump, thus focused on real legacy matters, not a cheap $

More spam gibberish from the Russian Troll Farm!

I think you've been hitting the vodka bottle a little too hard comrade!

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Posted in: Hong Kong convicts four over 2019 legislature storming See in context

@JJE,

Let me get this right: in the west people who storm legislative bodies get the book thrown at them and jailed (like the Jan 6 people) but in other places they should be allowed to do it so long as the collective west approves.

So if your troll farm overlord Putin gets deposed in a violent revolution you would approve.

Thanks for making that clear!

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Posted in: 'We don't give a damn about the feelings of Japanese concerning the so-called Northern Territories:' Medvedev See in context

@JJE,

The UN recognizes Russian sovereignty over the islands.

incorrect. The UN does not recognise Russia's claims.

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Posted in: Warm destinations to visit during winter in Japan See in context

Bonus points for The Pointer Sisters reference.

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Posted in: Blood and billions: The cost of Russia's war in Ukraine See in context

Over half a million casualties. Putin has a lot of blood on his hands.

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Posted in: Tainted love: Misinformation drives 'vaccine-free' dating See in context

Never underestimate the stupidity of the anti-vaxxer. Expect a rise in polio, rubella, measles and all the attendant human suffering it entails.

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Posted in: Japanese A-bomb victim's paper cranes eyed for UNESCO heritage list See in context

The nukings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are 2 of the most horrifically evil war crimes in human history. This was apparent to the American mainstream media as far back as 1945:

On Aug. 17, 1945, David Lawrence, the columnist and editor of US News, put it this way:

“Last week we destroyed hundreds of thousands of civilians in Japanese cities with the new atomic bomb. …we shall not soon purge ourselves of the feeling of guilt. …we…did not hesitate to employ the most destructive weapon of all times indiscriminately against men, women and children. … Surely we cannot be proud of what we have done. If we state our inner thoughts honestly, we are ashamed of it.”

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Posted in: Japanese A-bomb victim's paper cranes eyed for UNESCO heritage list See in context

False. The nuke strike targeted residential Hiroshima. Specifically, the Aioi Bridge area with nearby Honkawa Elementary School. Kure Naval Shipyard wasn't even close. Try google maps.

If this is all you have, then I have nothing more to say on this. I only have so many hours a day to spend on research to argue this one point.

Still waiting for that acknowledgment. You can just admit what you know to be the truth. You know the number of civilians killed.

You can't seem to acknowledge the context that the US isn't the greatest war crime committing nation even in the Pacific Theater.

As The New York Herald Tribune editorialized shortly after the nuking of Hiroshima: “.....an American air crew had produced what must without doubt be the greatest simultaneous slaughter in the whole history of mankind."

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Posted in: Japanese A-bomb victim's paper cranes eyed for UNESCO heritage list See in context

If this is all you have, then I have nothing more to say on this. I only have so many hours a day to spend on research to argue this one point.

Tell me you have no argument with out actually telling me.

They are factories being operated by civilians.

I'll let your words speak for themselves here.

Effective sea blockade had already destroyed production capacity. As Admiral William Leahy, Truman’s chief military advisor, wrote:

It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous we weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade..... 

I'm sorry 1900 Missouri education doesn't meet with your approval.

Nothing to add here.

You can't seem to acknowledge the context that the US isn't the greatest war crime committing nation even in the Pacific Theater.

More meaningless whataboutism.

In the words of the 34th President of the United States: ".....I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary."

In terms of war American war crimes, Fleet Admiral Leahy put it best:

Fleet Admiral Leahy:

".....the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan......in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages."

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Posted in: Japanese A-bomb victim's paper cranes eyed for UNESCO heritage list See in context

The Fat Man was dropped over the city’s industrial valley midway between the Mitsubishi Steel and Arms Works in the south and the Mitsubishi-Urakami Ordnance Works in the north. Yeah, no legitimate military targets there.

Exactly. The Nagasaki nuke strike was targeted directly at a residential civilian area away from the military. This is conclusively proven by the death toll.

As the American hosted website of Wikipedia states, there were 80,000 civilians slaughtered. Approximately 150 soldiers were killed,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki

As a 1947 editorial in the Chicago Tribune stated, President Truman and his advisers were guilty of "crimes against humanity" for "the utterly unnecessary killing of uncounted Japanese."

The 31st President of The United States:  "The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul" -

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Posted in: Japanese A-bomb victim's paper cranes eyed for UNESCO heritage list See in context

Hiroshima was and remains the location of Kure Naval Shipyard and all the associated industries that support a major shipyard. It was a legitimate military target. 

False. The nuke strike targeted residential Hiroshima. Specifically, the Aioi Bridge area with nearby Honkawa Elementary School. Kure Naval Shipyard wasn't even close. Try google maps.

Sounds like one person's opinion. The guy in charge of the cable intercepts may have been angry that they weren't acted on to his satisfaction.

Brigadier General Carter Clarke was the military intelligence officer in charge of preparing intercepted Japanese cables - the MAGIC summaries - for Harry Truman and his advisors. 

I place more importance on Brigadier General Carter Clarke conclusions than a random internet commenter.

I also place greater value on the six of the seven US WWII five star officers concluded that the nuking of hundreds of thousands of civilians was totally unnecessary.

Sounds like again the opinions of one man and not the man that mattered, Truman.

Truman was a racist and a delusional religious loon. According to Truman:

“I think one man is just as good as another so long as he’s honest and decent and not a N[unprintable racist slur] or a China[unprintable racist slur]. THE LORD made a white man from dust, a N[unprintable racist slur] from mud, and then threw what was left and it came down a China[unprintable racist slur]. He does hate Chinese and J[unprintable racist slur]. So do I....We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction PROPHESIED in the Euphrates Valley Era, after NOAH and his FABULOUS Ark....This weapon is to be used against Japan...."

Your attempts to justify nuking civilians is unconvincing:

But not as disgusting as Japan's.

Meaningless whataboutism.

As we know, six of the seven US WWII five star officers concluded that the nuking of hundreds of thousands of civilians was totally unnecessary.

Fleet Admiral Leahy:

".....the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan......in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make wars in that fashion, and that wars cannot be won by destroying women and children."

-Fleet Admiral Leahy

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Posted in: Japanese A-bomb victim's paper cranes eyed for UNESCO heritage list See in context

Just keeping you safe, bud. Japan exists as you know it today because of Truman's actions.

Thanks for letting me peer into your thought process. Interesting to learn how people justify mass murdering women and children.

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Posted in: Japanese A-bomb victim's paper cranes eyed for UNESCO heritage list See in context

Then why did he write down in his diary

"I have told the Sec. of War, Mr. Stimson, to use it so that military objectives and soldiers and sailors are the target and not women and children."

Either he a was a liar, deceived by his advisors or delusional.

Sounds like you have a lot of unreconciled issues with Japan's involvement in WW2.

Ah yes, when all else fails resort to ad hominem.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem

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Posted in: Japanese A-bomb victim's paper cranes eyed for UNESCO heritage list See in context

But nothing compared to the 15 million slaughtered by Japan in China.

Nothing compared to America's global conquests that killed over 50-55 innocent million people.

I will just say that Truman quite clearly directed that soldiers and sailors were the targets. Bombing was not exactly a precise business, either, in those days.

False. The primary aiming target was the Aioi Bridge: a residential area.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aioi_Bridge

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honkawa_Elementary_School_Peace_Museum

Some school is going to be the closest school.

Yes, this is how war crimes are rationalized.

I have seen nothing that indicates that Japan offered specific terms, just a vague claim that it had "no intention of annexing or taking possession of the area which we have been occupying as a result of the war". Feel free to prove me wrong, though.

Sure. I place more importance on Secretary of State Joseph Grew's analysis than yours:

According to Under Secretary of State, Joseph Grew:

"...in the light of available evidence I myself and others felt that if such a categorical statement about the [retention of the] dynasty had been issued in May, 1945, the surrender-minded elements in the [Japanese] Government might well have been afforded by such a statement a valid reason and the necessary strength to come to an early clearcut decision....If surrender could have been brought about in May, 1945, or even in June or July, before the entrance of Soviet Russia into the [Pacific] war and the use of the atomic bomb, the world would have been the gainer."

MacArthur biographer William Manchester has described MacArthur's reaction to the issuance by the Allies of the Potsdam Proclamation to Japan:

"...the Potsdam declaration in July, demand[ed] that Japan surrender unconditionally or face 'prompt and utter destruction.' MacArthur was appalled. He knew that the Japanese would never renounce their emperor, and that without him an orderly transition to peace would be impossible anyhow, because his people would never submit to Allied occupation unless he ordered it. Ironically, when the surrender did come, it was conditional, and the condition was a continuation of the imperial reign.*

Norman Cousins was a consultant to General MacArthur during the American occupation of Japan. Cousins writes of his conversations with MacArthur,

"He replied that he saw no military justification for the dropping of the bomb. The war might have ended weeks earlier, he said, if the United States had agreed, as it later did anyway, to the retention of the institution of the emperor."

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Posted in: Japanese A-bomb victim's paper cranes eyed for UNESCO heritage list See in context

A Canadian victim of Hiroshima recounts his exploitation as a subject of Truman's Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission:

http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/a-canadian-in-hiroshima

Truman's ABCC organisation studied Hiroshima victims without providing any treatment or substantive medical care. Japanese were treated like lab rats for experimentation by the American government. As the ABCC wikipedia page states:

"The ABCC did not actually treat the survivors they studied, they just studied them over periods of time."

We also know Truman lied when he stated:

"The World will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians."

In fact, the primary targets at Hiroshima were residential in nature with the overwhelming majority of casualties being civilian. In fact, Honkawa Elementary school was mere meters from the epicentre of the Hiroshima nuke strike. 

Harry S Truman's approval of the decision to mass murder Hiroshima and Nagasaki's women and children was perhaps not surprising given his bizarre religious delusions and feeble-minded racism. According to Harry Truman:

“I think one man is just as good as another so long as he’s honest and decent and not a N[unprintable racist slur] or a China[unprintable racist slur]. THE LORD made a white man from dust, a N[unprintable racist slur] from mud, and then threw what was left and it came down a China[unprintable racist slur]. He does hate Chinese and J[unprintable racist slur]. So do I....We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction PROPHESIED in the Euphrates Valley Era, after NOAH and his FABULOUS Ark....This weapon is to be used against Japan...."

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Posted in: Japanese A-bomb victim's paper cranes eyed for UNESCO heritage list See in context

Nuking H&N saved no one as the Japanese had already sued for peace. Additionally, no land invasion would have taken place as Russian entry ended the war.

Additionally, the U.S. military nuke strike on Hiroshima killed 3000 American civilians. Unquestionably a war crime.

http://www.aasc.ucla.edu/cab/200712090010.html

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Posted in: Japanese A-bomb victim's paper cranes eyed for UNESCO heritage list See in context

A conditional surrender offer is not an unconditional surrender offer, nor was it made to the right person directly.

And the final terms of surrender were exactly the same as the terms the Japanese offered before.

Also isn't it funny how 20,000 soldiers died at a non-military target.

Hiroshima's primary target was non-military as your link indicates. Honkawa elementary school being just meters from the nuke strike. 126,000 civilians were murdered.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honkawa_Elementary_School_Peace_Museum

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki

Nagasaki was even more of an egregious and cowardly war crime with 80,000 civilians murdered and about 150 military casualties. Absolutely disgusting behaviour by the American government.

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Posted in: Japanese A-bomb victim's paper cranes eyed for UNESCO heritage list See in context

There was never any intention to execute a mainland invasion after the Okinawa invasion. The Japanese were defeated. Truman made up the million casualty number during a speech years after the war when he was still being criticized for using nuclear weapons.

Remember, five out of the six 5-star officers at the time said it was unnecessary, that Japan was defeated and the US only needed to wait offshore. Everyone, including Truman in his own handwriting at Potsdam, said the Japanese would surrender unconditionally when Russia entered the war.

And they did that day.

And the final terms of surrender were exactly the same as the terms the Japanese offered before.

This.

As Brig. Gen. Carter W. Clarke, the officer in charge of preparing MAGIC intercepted cable summaries in 1945, stated:

"….we brought them [the Japanese] down to an abject surrender through the accelerated sinking of their merchant marine and hunger alone, and when we didn't need to do it, and we knew we didn't need to do it, and they knew that we knew we didn't need to do it, we used them as an experiment for two atomic bombs."

Truman's own diaries show that he prolonged hostilities until the nukes were ready. We also know that he lied to the US public when he stated that Hiroshima was a "military target".

Prior to nuking Hiroshima, the U.S. military had already obliterated over 60 Japanese cities with napalm and white phosphorous. This conclusively proves that Hiroshima and Nagasaki had little value other than as an opportunity for the US military to conduct nuke testing on human subjects.

In this connection, Paul Tibbets is on record as stating that Hiroshima was set aside as a "virgin" test city. Additionally, the primary targets at Hiroshima were residential in nature with the overwhelming majority of casualties being civilian. In fact, Honkawa Elementary school was mere meters from the epicenter of the Hiroshima nuke strike.

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Posted in: Aide to Kishida says he would hate to see LGBT couple See in context

Again this isn't a Christian country why are you harping in about Christian evangelist!?

Because you are regurgitating right wing Christian evangelist talking points.

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Posted in: Zelenskyy: Ukraine needs more weapons, faster See in context

All those killed and wounded some with permanent injuries all for the vanity of Putin. Unfortunately this is mostly the case in war, a braggart bears his chest urging his followers on whilst safe in his bunker.

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Posted in: Japan’s super tight jobs market fails to deliver egalitarian promise See in context

Headline from Japan Today 48 hours ago:

Pretax profits at Japanese firms hit record high in April-June

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Posted in: 75-year-old man feeding cat attacked on Osaka street See in context

Brutally smashing a peaceful elderly person’s head in multiple times with a hammer. Disgusting and cowardly.

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Posted in: Japan grants 1st payment for death related to COVID vaccination See in context

@virusrex,

Great posts. Your patience in shutting down the far-right/religious loon/anti-science crowd is commendable.

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Posted in: Japan grants 1st payment for death related to COVID vaccination See in context

 reports of more than 1,700 cases of vaccine-related deaths from medical facilities, although no causal relationships have been recognized.

There you have it. No causal relationships between the vaccine and death despite Millions of shots.....

The antivaxxers look crazier than ever. Seems like they have been reduced to spamming JT.

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