COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

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Posted in: Are gun shops in U.S. 'essential' businesses during a pandemic? See in context

Hell yeah! Gotta protect the bog roll stash.

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Posted in: Are gun shops in U.S. 'essential' businesses during a pandemic? See in context

Guns, alcohol, toilet paper..... Prepped for the coronavirus apocalypse.

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Posted in: Are gun shops in U.S. 'essential' businesses during a pandemic? See in context

@Sneezy

Charlie Daniels of the NRA begs to differ:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh8vFNynb_w

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Posted in: Coronavirus fears shut bars, borders; WHO urges world to ‘test, test, test’ See in context

Sales of guns and ammunition are soaring across the US as coronavirus hysteria prompts some Americans to turn to firearms.

The type of guns being bought is reflective of the fear prevalent among customers. There is almost no interest in hunting rifles and there is a massive demand for AR-15 semi-automatic assault-style rifles.

Firearms are already the second most prevalent killer of children in the US after car crashes. In the 14- to 17-year-old bracket, gun injuries are the highest single cause of death

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/16/us-sales-guns-ammunition-soar-amid-coronavirus-panic-buying

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Posted in: Spain locks down its citizens, while France shuts nightlife; U.S. expands travel ban to UK, Ireland See in context

Tesco's in north London has been ransacked and trashed by shoppers in the throes of coronavirus hysteria.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/14/coronavirus-uk-supermarkets-panic-buying

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Posted in: Abe says no need yet for emergency declaration; Tokyo Olympics still on See in context

COVID-19′s expansion follows a pattern of diseases seen for centuries: It is the newest member of a viral family beginning with influenza, which crossed over to humans around 2500 BC when poultry was first domesticated in China. By 400 BC, it had become sufficiently widespread that Hippocrates described it in his "Epidemics".

In the 1700s, recurrent yellow fever epidemics arrived. This didn’t just threaten trade, but the very existence of the nascent United States. In 1793, Philadelphia lost 5,000 people – roughly 10 per cent of its population – in a few weeks. “Why should cities be erected,” asked Noah Webster, the lexicographer seen as the father of American scholarship, “if they are only to be the tombs of men?”

Between 1951 and 1953, the last poliomyelitis pandemic spread around the world. There was no cure, and because its primary target was young adults, schools and playgrounds were closed in many areas. Affected homes were quarantined with notices posted on their doors. Public meetings were banned or discouraged. In some places, gymnasiums were transformed into hospital wards to treat the dangerously ill.

As ever public concern is divided between a new microbe’s health effects and the resulting effect on a national or regional economy.

It’s a new virus, a new disease, but it’s the same old tune. We just have not heard it for a while.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-coronavirus-has-sparked-panic-and-quarantine-but-it-was-ever-thus/

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Posted in: Trump grapples with public health and economic maelstrom See in context

*far right

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Posted in: Trump grapples with public health and economic maelstrom See in context

Man on the far left is Matt Gaetz. He is now in quarantine after CPAC "coronavirus exposure".

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/09/813782214/reps-matt-gaetz-doug-collins-self-quarantine-after-cpac-coronavirus-exposure

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Posted in: China turns to propaganda to right image in virus 'war' See in context

@ChipStar,

No worries. Just want to make sure everyone is aware that the "wet" exotic wildlife markets are not a part of traditional, mainstream Chinese food culture.

They emerged during the famines that arose within the last fifty to sixty years with strong encouragement by the Chinese communist party in the 1970s / 1980s.

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Posted in: China turns to propaganda to right image in virus 'war' See in context

@OssanAmerica

How about a People's War against eating strange wildlife kept alive in unsanitary conditions? If China had done that back in 2003 it's possible we wouldn't have this Wu-Flu today.

Exactly.

Let me guess, you want to be the one who determines what is strange wildlife. How about they just start eating whale and horse? You know, what normal people eat.

@Chip Star

Both SARS and COVID-19 are in the "coronavirus" family, and both have emerged from animals in China's notorious "wet" wildlife markets which have their roots in the horrific famines caused by the ineptitude of Chinese communist party.

Experts had long predicted that these markets, known to be potential sources of disease, would enable another outbreak. The markets, and the wildlife trade that supports them, are the underlying problem of these pandemics; until China solves that problem, more are likely to emerge. 

Here is a starting point for those wishing to research further:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPpoJGYlW54

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Posted in: Australian clinic closes after doctor tests positive for coronavirus See in context

toiletpaperapocalypse

More coronavirus inspired toilet paper mayhem:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/07/it-isnt-mad-max-police-warning-after-shoppers-brawl-over-toilet-paper-in-sydney

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Posted in: Australian clinic closes after doctor tests positive for coronavirus See in context

More coronavirus loo-nacy: Police taser man in Australia during melee over toilet paper.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/police-australia-coronavirus-taser-a4380356.html

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Posted in: Virus cases jump to 346 in S Korea; China daily count drops See in context

@Samit Basu

You stated the following on Feb 19:

I won't lie.

> I try to stay away from both Chinese and Japanese right now.

Japan is Wuhan corona virus infested with untraceable random infections popping up across Japan, whether you like to admit it or not.

By your standards South Korea is "corona virus infested" with "untraceable random infections popping up" across South Korea. Should we try to stay away from South Koreans? Please advise.

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Posted in: Battle of Iwo Jima 75 years on See in context

White phosphorous was used in the pre-invasion bombardment....

Near the end of the war America used white phosphorous as an igniter and napalm to maximize civilian carnage when bombing Japanese cities.

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

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a27689/world-war-2-white-phosphorus-explodes-in-germany/

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Posted in: Germany launches raids over suspected Mitsubishi diesel fraud See in context

At least they admitted fault.

Incorrect. Only VW admitted fault. The German government has still failed to admit its complicity in the emissions scandal.

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Posted in: Germany launches raids over suspected Mitsubishi diesel fraud See in context

German prosecutors have a more objective sense of justice.

Hardly. The German government had no choice after the EPA exposed them. No more exports to the United States otherwise.

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Posted in: Germany launches raids over suspected Mitsubishi diesel fraud See in context

Yes because unlike Japan,German prosecutors and justice try to find the real truth and don’t protect their own national companies.

Incorrect. The German government allowed the VW to break international laws for years. It took the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reveal VW's deceptive business practices. (Unfortunately Trump has gutted the EPA.) Here is a starting point for your research:

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

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Posted in: Asbestos found at Tokyo Olympic water polo venue See in context

Another article about Canada promoting asbestos in developing countries.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/government-investment-in-asbestos-is-morally-bankrupt/article624674/

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Posted in: Asbestos found at Tokyo Olympic water polo venue See in context

The Canadian government and Canadian companies pushed asbestos in Asia. They have blood on their hands. Despite being aware of the health dangers and banning asbestos use in Canada they aggressively exported and promoted the product overseas for decades.

Greed and evil on an epic scale by Canadian corporations and the Canadian government.

http://www.canadianasbestosexports.ca/

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Posted in: Hiroshima to demolish 2 A-bombed buildings despite some opposition See in context

Both buildings were nearly 3 kilometers from the bomb drop. The hypocenter was primarily residential. Honkawa Elementary School was just meters from it.

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Posted in: U.S. says it will 'protect its interests' at climate conference See in context

@Texas A&Amp;M Aggie,

We've been doing our part to control CO2 emissions since the early 1990s when catalytic converters became a mandatory addition on all automobile engines (domestic and foreign) sold in the U.S.

Laughably false. The catalytic converter became standard equipment on most new vehicles starting in 1975 and was mandatory by 1981 when it was fitted to vehicles for sale in the United States.

Additionally the United States government actively assisted American profiteers in spreading the use of highly toxic leaded petrol to foreign countries. This is despite the fact that the United States government officials knew from the start that lead is a potent neurotoxin with deadly effects on childhood development. 

In 1932 the du Pont corporation, which held the patent for tetraethyl lead additive, supported Franklin Roosevelt’s presidential bid with a sizable contribution to his campaign fund. The Democratic Administration was swift to return the favor. A year after FDR’s inauguration, the Surgeon General would busy himself writing letters of introduction for Ethyl officials pushing tetraethyl leaded petrol to public health counterparts in foreign countries.

Now the full effects of using lead in petrol – surely the greatest ever mass poisoning experiment – are becoming clear, almost exactly 35 years after an award-winning Observer campaign caused it to be banned in Britain. They seem far worse than anyone imagined, and provide a stark warning against cutting pollution standards after Brexit. Last week, a massive new study concluded that lead is 10 times more dangerous than thought, and that past exposure now hastens one in every five US deaths. A global environmental disaster caused by the the greed and stupidity of the American government and American businessmen.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/17/lead-petrol-more-deadly-than-we-thought-brexit-bring-it-back

https://www.thenation.com/article/secret-history-lead/

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Posted in: Michael Jackson Hollywood movie reported in the works See in context

How could Hollywood make a film about this guy? Leaving Neverland destroyed the last shreds of his reputation. The monstrously evil acts he allegedly perpetrated are truly horrific.

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Posted in: WWII start marked in Poland with German remorse, warning See in context

Poland is weaponizing its law to deny its complicity in war crimes during the Holocaust:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/02/poland-holocaust-law/552842/

Only after international backlash, did Poland’s government recently back away from the threat of criminal imprisonment.

https://www.politico.eu/article/poland-softens-controversial-holocaust-law-after-backlash-mateusz-morawiecki/

Poland's new laws endanger an honest reckoning with their complicity in the Holocaust:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/02/poland-holocaust-death-camps/552455/

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Posted in: WWII start marked in Poland with German remorse, warning See in context

Ironic that Poland's government is desperately trying to deny its complicity in the Holocaust given it's current promotion of what it calls "LGBT-free zones":

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gyzgem/polands-populist-government-has-declared-war-on-the-lgbtq-community 

Poland has made it a criminal offense to mention the country's role in Nazi war crimes. Those found "guilty" by Poland's denialist government could face up to three years in jail.

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Posted in: Woodstock generation looks back, from varied vantage points See in context

@Toasted Heretic,

It certainly was. Here are two performances from the Harlem Park '69 concerts:

Nina Simone with the great "Revolution":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP7ePzFMfHQ

Sly with "Everyday People":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJt-C6I6EDs

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Posted in: Nagasaki observes 74th anniversary of A-bombing See in context

@Toasted

Agreed,

Due to American occupation censorship, visual evidence of this genocide was not to be publicly shown in Japan until 1952. 

The American public did not see any of the newsreel footage in mainstream theaters or television for 25 years, and the U.S. military film of the genocide at Hiroshima and Nagasaki remained hidden for nearly four decades. 

It's ironic the people responsible for nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki censored all criticism of themselves and images and information about the bombings while enshrining the the "right" to "free speech" the constitution.

Has a comparison with Orwell's "Animal Farm" ever been more apt? Perhaps some pigs are more equal than others.......

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

@albaleo

Truman expressed strong racist sentiments before, during and after his presidency. Here is another quote from Harry S Truman in 1941:

"What a pity a WHITE man like Lee had to surrender to old Grant".

Truman's racist rantings continued well into the 1960s: He also called the Freedom Riders "meddlers" and Rev. Martin Luther King "a trouble maker".

Truman's claim that "the target will be a purely military one" is proof that he was either a blatant liar or an unbelievably ignorant puppet manipulated by others.

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.

It's ironic the people responsible for nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki censored all criticism of themselves and images and information about the bombings after enshrining the the "right" to "free speech" the constitution.

Has a comparison with Orwell's "Animal Farm" ever been more apt? Perhaps some pigs are more equal than others.......

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

@JeffLee,

"....it quickly stopped the bloodiest war in history"

Incorrect. Russian invasion ended the war. Nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki was simply a cynical live human experiment on hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/05/30/the-bomb-didnt-beat-japan-stalin-did/

"Emperor Hirohito said in his surrender speech the atomic weapons were the main reason for him to intervene..."

Incorrect.  Emperor Hitohito's imperial rescript surrender speech to the Japanese troops made no acknowledgement of the bombs:

https://apjjf.org/-tsuyoshi-hasegawa/2501/article.html

In his speech to the soldiers and sailors, especially die-hard officers who might still wish to continue fighting, the emperor did not mention the atomic bomb. Rather, it was Soviet participation in the war that provided a more powerful justification to persuade the troops to lay down their arms.

The emperor did refer to bombs in his imperial rescript to the general Japanese population. However he also stated in the same speech:

"We declared war....out of Our sincere desire to secure....stabilization of East Asia, it being far from Our thought either to infringe upon the sovereignty of other nations or to embark upon territorial aggrandizement."

I suppose you fervently believe this as well?

In reality, what motivated Hirohito to surrender to the U.S. was neither a pious wish to bring peace to humanity nor a sincere desire to save the people and the nation from destruction, as his speech to civilians stated and as the myth of the emperor’s “sacred decision” would have Americans eager to justify nuking civilians believe. More than anything else, it was a sense of personal survival and deep responsibility to maintain the imperial house (which Russian occupation would most certainly have dismantled), which had lasted in unbroken lineage since the Jinmu emperor.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

Yes. Nuking hundreds of thousands civilians saved no one and was simply a cynical live human experiment on a people deemed subhuman by American propaganda. 

Here is a American military newsreel from WWII gloating about the mass murder of civilians.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJyOBriLTI

Six of the seven US WWII five star officers concluded that the nuking of hundreds of thousands of civilians was totally unnecessary.

As Brig. General Carter Clarke 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 did not 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. "

As Daniel Ellsberg indicates, Harry Truman delayed the end of WWII to demonstrate nuclear weapons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuKdRF5r3FI

Harry S Truman's 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@@@ER. or a Chinaman... THE LORD made a white man from dust, a N@@@ER from mud, and then threw what was left and it came down a Chinaman. He does hate Chinese and J@ps. 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...."

-Harry S Truman

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Posted in: U.S. abortion rights activists vow to challenge landmark Alabama ban See in context

@CrazyJoe & Ah_So,

The boycott of Alabama is on! No sporting event, no conventions, no music shows. Reduce the tax revenues and starve the state gov't.

In many ways it would have been better if the USA had split into two at the point if the civil war. In the south you could have had a poor religion-obsessed nation and in the north a wealthy modern liberal democracy. That's basically what the us already.

Seven states have enacted a ban on all or most abortions. This includes North Dakota, Ohio.

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