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Posted in: Bannon out at White House as pressure mounts on Trump See in context

Bannonism may be gone

Definitely not, I'm afraid. The man understands media & manipulation very deeply, is backed by Mercer's vast wealth, and is off to continue that work in the alt right media sphere.

And with nutjobs like Gorka & Miller still in the WH, there's still plenty of white supremacist whispering in Trump's ear.

As for a potential President Pence - he would be even worse (from a Democrat perspective) than Trump in domestic policy matters, but in terms of international policy he appears to be far a more sensible option.

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Posted in: Van plows into crowd in Barcelona, killing 13, injuring over 100; another bomb plot foiled See in context

Very Trumpian - you insist that we can only judge the motives of the Charlottesville murderer once proven in court. But do you apply the same standard to these murderers in Spain today?

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Posted in: Van plows into crowd in Barcelona, killing 13, injuring over 100; another bomb plot foiled See in context

My point is denying that Islamic terrorism has something to do with Islam is exasperating and dangerous

That isn't why Muslim community leaders in the UK make the kind of comment quoted above. They're not hiding from the problem (they're very well aware they have one, and wish to keep their young men out of it) - rather, this is how they drill it into their congregations not to go down that route and become part of the problem.

the approach of saying "He isn't a Muslim. No problem here. Move along and stop making islamophobic comments"

Again, put another way - the point isn't "stop making Islamic comments", the point is - directed at young Muslim men - if you become an Islamic terrorist, you're not a true Muslim. It's a preventative measure.

@Blacklabel

trying to say this attack was a copycat of the Charlottesville attack

Other way around really, isn't it - the white supremacist terrorist appears to have copycatted the radical Islamist terrorists. As ironic as that is, I am completely unsurprised by it, being as they are opposite sides of the same idiotic coin.

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Posted in: Van plows into crowd in Barcelona, killing 13, injuring over 100; another bomb plot foiled See in context

Latest reports of a foiled second attack, and some terrorists blowing themselves up in a house in a third town.

Thoughts with all affected.

@kabukideath

Europe was safer when they had border crossings and passport checks

Still does. Try getting on a plane from Japan to Europe (or a ferry from Africa to Europe, or a bus from Instanbul to Bulgaria, or a train from Russia to Poland) without your passport and let us know how far you get.

@blacklabel

Never ending blowback from Syria

Nothing to do with Iraq?

@jimizo

On what grounds do these Muslims have the right to say who is or isn't a Muslim?

You may be right that they don't, in any official sense - I'm sure radical Islamists wouldn't recognise their right to. But the Makka mosque in Leeds (my hometown, as it happens) is very active in speaking against radical Islam - the quote from them above isn't going to stop already-radical Islamists in their tracks, but I don't think that's the intended audience.

@bass

What does Republican have anything to do with terrorism? What nonsense.

Good lord that's a hell of a knee jerk defensive reaction. Read it again man, he said 'Irish Republican' not 'US Republican' i.e. the IRA, very much a terrorist organisation.

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Posted in: Trump insists both sides to blame for Virginia violence See in context

The right wing have been brilliant at labeling others

...and at convincing themselves that the use of a label constitutes a sound argument rather than an ad hominem logical fallacy.

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Posted in: Overnight 'bullet ferry' gets you from Osaka to Kyushu and back for Y10,000 See in context

Back-to-back nights on the ferry just for a day at an onsen? What on earth is the point?

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Posted in: Trump blames 'many sides' for violent clashes in Virginia See in context

'Alternate facts'

Facts are facts.

Still waiting for an example of one of your so-called 'liberal facts'

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Posted in: Trump blames 'many sides' for violent clashes in Virginia See in context

Facts and stats that ONLY liberals believe in

For example?

(a fact is not something one side or another 'believe in')

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Posted in: Trump blames 'many sides' for violent clashes in Virginia See in context

only liberals facts and stats

What is a 'liberal fact', and what is a 'liberal stat'?

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Posted in: Man jumps to death from bridge onto train tracks in Tokyo See in context

I was one of the 'inconvenienced' passengers this morning, heading home after a long night of drinking; train was waiting at Kanda for a good hour, I fell asleep, woke up way up the Keihin Tohoku line & had to backtrack to my transfer at Nippori, ended up taking me about 2.5 hours to get home. But at least I got home.

I was thinking at the time, who would jump at 6 on a Sunday morning? There's obviously no 'good' time to jump, but it struck as a particularly odd time to do so, made me wonder what the poor bloke was going through.

59 is way too young. RIP, and thoughts with his family and friends, who'll be going through rather more than a little inconvenience today.

@Dango

You say do it at home, but I'd hazard a guess he didn't plan it out; maybe he was drinking all night, while in some sort of depressed or stressed state, and just ended up doing it on the spur of the moment. We don't know.

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Posted in: Spate of violence targets people walking while looking at their phones in train stations See in context

A loud 邪魔よ in their ear is likely to be far more effective in making these zombies change their ways than shoulder-barging them to the floor, which only makes them feel the victim. Furthermore it doesn't constitute assault!

@NCIS

NTT DoCoMo and Softbank are the ones that should be prosecuted, for turning the Japanese into a nation of self-absorbed zombies

Hardly limited to Japan, Line, and Softbank. I've just spent 6 months in Korea and a year in Taiwan; same thing happening, though I do feel it's slightly worse in Japan (as many people seem to use their phone as an intentional method of ignoring others, whereas in Korea & Taiwan they just seem to be so utterly absorbed in their phone they don't notice anything else)

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Posted in: SoftBank opens 'robo cafe' at Tokyo stores See in context

Given that it takes 30 minutes to get the simplest of things done in a Softbank store, they should've been offering free coffees a long time ago - robot or no

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Posted in: White House reveals additional Trump-Putin discussion See in context

Oh yeah that really put the fear of God into Putin when 'Mr. Lead From Behind' told him to knock it off. Did no action after supposedly calling him out, so whats the point? 

You are referring to one specific incident last year. I was not; I was referring to Ukraine, to Syria, to the Baltics, etc, over a period of years. The point is that Trump is undermining US allies to the benefit of Russia, whereas Obama stood by US allies to present a united front to Russia.

every Russian that speaks in Trump circles is presented by the media as some type of nefarious counter intelligence agent

Haha. Some of them actually are.

Why are you banging on about Clinton? It really isn't relevant to Trump folding to Putin.

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Posted in: White House reveals additional Trump-Putin discussion See in context

How can Trump and Putin build a strong, mutually beneficial relationship where Trump and his team can start to influence him in the right directions

Looks like the influence is in the exact opposite direction, with Trump parroting the Kremlin propaganda line on matters of US foreign policy re Europe & Middle East. Trump isn't influencing Putin, he's capitulating to him.

if they are never allowed to even talk to any Russia at all?

Straw man. Of course they're 'allowed' to talk to the Russians; of course, they should be. Rather a problem though to do so, then pretend otherwise, then admit you did. Repeatedly.

I dont remember that Obama conversations with world leaders were so heavily scrutinized or had transcripts of phone calls leaked

I remember Obama actually calling Putin out.

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Posted in: White House reveals additional Trump-Putin discussion See in context

People are tired of the Dems and the media grasping at straws for anything Russian. Time to move on.

You're not seeing the wood for the trees. The reason that everyone other than the wilfully blind (or blinded) Trump faithful are so concerned about Russia isn't that it's an excuse for the Dems losing; it's that Russia is waging asymmetrical war on the US, the EU, and NATO. Hacking or attempting to hack elections (plural), hacking sensitive data wherever they can, hacking critical infrastructure (read up on the Ukraine blackouts), funding political extremists, pushing their propaganda in western media (RT) while blocking foreign media outlets in Russia, flooding Twitter and English-language message boards with disinformation from bots and trolls, unilaterally annexing Crimea and instigating & perpetuating conflict in Donbas, propping up Asad ("our interests in Syria exactly align with Russia?" Really, Rex? So you like Asad now, the conduit from Iran to Hezbollah? Sure about that?), brazenly murdering a string of political opponents on foreign soil e.g. Litvinenko (and even more on their own soil), and doing everything they can to undermine western democracy, the NATO alliance, and the EU.

This is why Russia is such a cause for concern.

The reason Trump is such a cause for concern re Russia is that his words and acts since taking office (and perhaps since before doing so, as will hopefully be established either way in due course) have been aiding Russia.

That's why undeclared meetings are an issue.

Time to move on, you say? Russia is going to keep doing all this regardless of whether we 'move on'. But if we do just move on and sweep it under the carpet, it only makes it easier for Putin.

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Posted in: Japanese vessels leave for minke whale hunt off northeastern coast See in context

Nothing to get bent out of shape about one way or the other. Yet some people manage.

As a Japanese taxpayer I find the wasting of taxes on turning whales into frozen meat to be very much something to 'get bent out of shape' over, especially when the amakudari oyaji doing it hide behind their BS "science" claims.

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Posted in: Trump, escaping domestic troubles, visits France's Macron See in context

@bass (and others)

You are not seeing the wood for the trees. The reason that everyone other than the wilfully blind (or blinded) Trump faithful are so concerned about Russia isn't that it's an excuse for the Dems losing; it's that Russia is waging asymmetrical war on the US, the EU, and NATO. Hacking or attempting to hack elections (plural), hacking sensitive data wherever they can, hacking critical infrastructure (read up on the Ukraine blackouts), funding political extremists, pushing their propaganda in western media (RT) while blocking foreign media outlets in Russia, flooding Twitter and English-language message boards with disinformation from bots and trolls, unilaterally annexing Crimea and instigating & perpetuating conflict in Donbas, propping up Asad ("our interests in Syria exactly align with Russia?" Really, Rex? So you like Asad now, the conduit from Iran to Hezbollah? Sure about that?), brazenly murdering a string of political opponents on foreign soil e.g. Litvinenko (and even more on their own), and doing everything they can to undermine western democracy, the NATO alliance, and the EU.

This is why Russia is such a cause for concern.

The reason Trump is such a cause for concern re Russia is that his words and acts since taking office (and perhaps since before doing so, as will hopefully be established either way in due course) have been aiding Russia.

Macron is right to say having a direct relationship with Russia is necessary and important; of course it is. But Trump has been going far beyond that, to bending over and giving Putin a massive helping hand with nothing obvious (or perhaps nothing yet proven) gained in return.

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Posted in: Trump, escaping domestic troubles, visits France's Macron See in context

I like facts, I just don't see them in one-sided partisan skewed prism, you guys on the left ONLY acknowledge liberal facts

Haha. What is a "liberal fact"?

Is it like an inverse "alternative fact" like those employed in their daily attack on objective reality by Breitbart, Fox, Alex 'Performance Artiste' Jones, and the Trump administration?

Where may I see an example?

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Posted in: S Korea to build 'comfort women' museum in Seoul See in context

@Hammerhead

Again, you clearly acknowledge, at great length, that Japan was purchasing women i.e. human trafficking. How can you possibly think this is going to persuade anyone that Japan did nothing wrong? How can you possibly think Japan did nothing wrong, when you clearly acknowledge it was engaged in mass human trafficking? You think human trafficking isn't wrong?

@G.MAL

We should worry about this...today

False dichotomy. It is perfectly possible to simultaneously be opposed to denial of Japanese wrongdoing re the Comfort Women, while also being concerned about China today, One does not preclude the other.

Only SK and China have an agenda

Do pull the other one. Surely you know of Nippon Kaigi?

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Posted in: S Korea to build 'comfort women' museum in Seoul See in context

Hammerhead,

Who are to blame for the experience of the remaining wartime prostitutes are,

a) their parents for selling them,

b) Korean society, for allowing parents to sell their daughters,

c) the Korea sex industry for buying and selling women and girls and contradicting the terms of the contract it had with the Imperial Army.

But above all, Japan; for invading China and SE Asia and thus creating the entire scenario in which there was a need for soldiers to receive mass 'comfort' in the first place; and for colonising Korea and then buying the Korean women that were sold in its colony to serve that need (not to mention all the non-Korean women)

You've written a huge amount here about how there's no evidence of coercion, about how the women were sold by their fellow Koreans, as though you think demonstrating this would then absolve Japan of any blame. It does not - for in arguing that the women were sold by Koreans, you acknowledge they were bought by Japan, to serve a need that Japan had created. Japan was operating at least one end of a mass human trafficking system to provide sex to soldiers it sent to invade other countries. For all your obfuscations, whataboutery, and focus on Korean involvement, this was an atrocity which must be acknowledged and remembered. Your own extensive posts indicate you know this all happened, and are just looking for ways to shift the blame.

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Posted in: S Korea to build 'comfort women' museum in Seoul See in context

ossan,

Evidence from Unit 731 was not destroyed. It was taken over by the United States.

The US took the research data, yes; but evidence was most certainly destroyed. The buildings, the bodies, as much physical evidence of what was done there as possible, were all burned by the departing Japanese.

Prostitution wasn't a crime at the time therefore no need to destroy anything.

Human trafficking was though. As you've acknowledged yourself up the page, Japan was buying women for its brothels i.e. it was engaging in human trafficking, and on a massive scale.

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Posted in: S Korea to build 'comfort women' museum in Seoul See in context

@G.MAL

So much hate in SK. They pretty much dislike everybody, even themselves

Now then, what drivel is this?

@Heretic

Zhongnanhai (中南海) is the part of Beijing where the CCP top brass usually work i.e. he meant the CCP

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Posted in: S Korea to build 'comfort women' museum in Seoul See in context

@Ossan

Atomic bombs and the Holocaust are well documented events with little role in world affairs

Little role? Good grief

what use is building a Museum that displays one prejudiced side of the story for the sole purpose of instilling hatred and bias? 

Ask Yasukuni; the Yushukan is a prime example of such a 'museum'

As for the Yuushukan, visited it twice and didn't see this "revisionism" you're talking about

Bizarre. You didn't see the panels explaining the 'discipline' of Japanese troops in Nanjing, and how the people of Nanjing welcomed the Japanese troops into their city as liberators? You didn't see the panels claiming Japan was forced into the war by the US oil embargo (while failing to mention the reason for the embargo was Japan spending the previous 4 years murdering its way across China)? You didn't see the large locomotive engine from the Death Railway in the entrance hall, with an information panel explaining the railway was built by the Japanese army, but failing to mention the slave labour they used and the fact that over 100,000 of those slaves and POWs died during construction? Some powerful selective vision going on there.

Why would the IJA destroy records of a Prostitution System at a time when prostitution was legal?

A pertinent question; obvious answer being, they knew they'd done wrong and wanted to avoid punishment.

It was not "sex slavery". The real issue is HOW these women ended up there

i.e. it was sex slavery because the women were abducted or bought and sold. As you said yourself, "Do you hnstly think a museum in South Korea about the Comfort Women is going to show how the parents of many Korean girls sold them off?" The fact you asked this question shows you accept that human trafficking, the buying and selling of people, was how this system operated, so it's very strange for you to then claim it wasn't slavery. If a woman is purchased to be used in a brothel, how on Earth is that not sex slavery? The one thing you've said here with which I agree is that it's probably unlikely the proposed museum will admit to the involvement of Koreans in Japan's procurement of women, and that is problematic; but the involvement of Korean brokers doesn't absolve Japan of its guilt in setting up and operating the system or of buying the women who were sold, and it certainly doesn't validate your claim that this wasn't slavery.

Nowhere does it say that.

On the contrary, it explicitly states that - and I'm directly quoting from photos I have of information panels in the Yushukan - Japan was "compelled to take up arms" and "cross swords with Britain and America" for "self-defense". The Yushukan is a revolting exercise in revisionist propaganda.

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Posted in: Putin hails meeting, thinks Trump accepted election-meddling denials See in context

@asakaze

wasn't CNN recently caught making a staged "report" in London?

No, but some right wing media outlets & commentators claimed so.

Now I see how it works, how media allegations became a proven facts for many.

Indeed; see your own comment above.

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Posted in: Koike's party, allies score big victory in Tokyo metropolitan assembly election See in context

@dukeleto

garypen was talking about the membership of a Buddhist sect (in response to a comment about Komeito); you are talking about Nippon Kaigi. Entirely different things

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Posted in: LDP headed toward big defeat in Tokyo assembly election See in context

Koike is awful.

Abe is awful.

I do hope the awful Inada gets hung out to dry, at least.

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Posted in: One dead, 10 injured after vehicle rams into people leaving London mosque See in context

So what you are saying to me is, Brits are allowed to criticize the US or even Americans, but Americans are NOT allowed to criticize the UK or British people? Hmmm....interesting.

That is very clearly NOT what he said; a straw man attack based on a disingenuous interpretation of an argument. How Trumpian.

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Posted in: One dead, 10 injured after vehicle rams into people leaving London mosque See in context

Blacklabel,

I have never heard a TV reporter live on the scene of a terrorist attack tell the representative she was interviewing that she cant wait to break the fast of Ramadan with him later tonight

Neither have I. But if I did, it would bother me exactly as much as if a reporter wished Merry Christmas to someone she was interviewing. Honestly, who cares?

It was like a TV commercial for converting to Islam rather than news coverage

Sounds like you have some serious ants in your pants about news coverage of Islam - if they don't condemn it, you think they're trying to convert us to it. What a paranoid pile of tosh.

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Posted in: One dead, 10 injured after vehicle rams into people leaving London mosque See in context

@blacklabel

In all the other cases, it was more just you have to wait until we are ready to tell you.

That is true in all cases including this one. As has been pointed out to you, they were able to tell us much faster because the attacker was arrested at the scene, alive and talking.

But last night they were actively pushing a pro-Muslim agenda

What does that even mean? What on earth is a "pro-Muslim agenda"? Is that just what you call anything that isn't anti-Muslim?

But when it is Islamic terrorists, it is presented as though any emotion or discourse is not allowed.

Nonsense. I have never seen this. Emotion and discourse are exactly what followed the recent Islamist attacks.

We have to stoically just accept it as part of daily life in a big city and unite through song, candles and Facebook posts for prayer.

No we don't, and no one says we do. Before you start banging on about Khan's comments and taking them out of context, I'd better preempt you by pointing out what he was actually saying - not that we just have to accept it, but that we must be realistic about the likelihood and therefore be vigilant and prepared.

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Posted in: One dead, 10 injured after vehicle rams into people leaving London mosque See in context

as long as MY COUNTRY doesn't do away with them, I'm good. Because what happened there wouldn't happen where I live

It did happen in your country, very recently, with guns, and more people were killed by that one shooter than by the combined efforts of all the terror attacks in the UK this year. Before you protest that that was Florida, not Texas, your point was clearly about YOUR COUNTRY, which includes both Florida and Texas, with largely the same gun laws in each.

As for UK "ghettos", really what are you on about?

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