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Posted in: North Korea fires at least one missile into sea, possibly from submarine See in context

Fighto!

Outrageous behaviour from NK.

Is the free world going to sit by as NK nuclear weapons capability improves by the month? NK do have WMDs - it is high time a Coalition of the willing, led by the US, is sent in to dismantle them.

And yet still people are questioning why Japan must double her defense budget, in light of these constant threats.

You are taking this kabuki show seriously? NK with a (largely starving) population of 20 million and the industrial capacity of Luxembourg is not a threat to anyone. This submarine missile firing (if the sub actually exists) ist just another call for attention.

However, the CCP, which is the sponsor of NK, is a threat, and not only to Japan. So I do not disagree that Japan should strengthen its military. But not because of fat Kim and his sister....

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Posted in: New Zealand reports highest daily number of virus cases See in context

So how is that windmill fight about trying to eradicate a virus that is now endemic?'About as well as chaning the worlds climate by giving more money to third world dictators I would say., It seems the government of this small island nation suffers from a massive case of megalomania and denial of reality.

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Posted in: 19-year-old suspect in murder of sex worker at hotel to be sent to family court See in context

starpunk

Sex work is a disgraceful way to be. It can lead to diseases and other problems. And what about when they get too old for it? And many teens who are in it don't really want to be in it.

That is your opinion. You are free to have that. Fact is however, that sex work is as old as humankind and will not go away. Fact is also there is less stigmatization about it in Japanese culture than in many others.

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Posted in: 19-year-old suspect in murder of sex worker at hotel to be sent to family court See in context

ReynardFox

He picked a sex worker because too many people in society consider sex workers to be less than human. This man needs to be severely punished and the sex industry needs to be destigmatized. Sex work is real work. Period.

It is not particularly stigmatized in Japan, you are barking up the wrong tree here. Sounds more like he arraged this because it seemed like an easy kill,,,, alone in a room, no one to interfere.

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Posted in: If you want to support the health and wellness of kids, stop focusing on their weight See in context

First, it draws attention away from better predictors of chronic disease and strategies to address these factors. Although a high body mass index, or BMI, is one risk factor for various chronic diseases, it is only one of many, and far from the strongest.

Oh really. I scanned the article to see what other factors the writer comes up with, but there is nothing. Fact is, being overweight is a clear indicator there is something wrong.

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Posted in: Climate justice: Rich nations dodge finance pledge See in context

This has nothing to with climate, it is a money demand. Now matter how funds you transfer to third world dictators does not change one ioat in regards to climate.

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Posted in: Ivermectin is a Nobel Prize-winning wonder drug – but not for COVID-19 See in context

Unfortunately, many organizations with dubious intentions have continued to promote unsubstantiated use of invermectin for COVID-19. This has led to a dramatic rise in ivermectin prescriptions and a flood of calls to U.S. poison control centers for ivermectin overdoses.

I doubt that claim very much. Hardly any medical doctor would write an overdose presciption for a well-understood drug. Some people might overdose if they self-medicate, but that sort of people are likely to make a lot of other stupid mistakes.

Unless the write has a link to this "flood of calls", I call nonsense on this.

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Posted in: New Zealand to quadruple foreign aid spending on climate change See in context

It is pure narcistic virtue signalling. Whatever the Western world (not even to think of a tiny country like NZ) does can not change either fuel consumption or population growth (coupled with increasing use of energy and ressources of course).

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Posted in: Islamic State claims responsibility for mosque bombing in south Afghanistan See in context

Putin was paying the Taliban bounties on US dead 

Prime example of fake news. Amazing that there mainstream media consumers who believe this.

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Posted in: Islamic State claims responsibility for mosque bombing in south Afghanistan See in context

The Avenger

So glad Biden got us out of there.

No more US Flag draped coffins coming back from the region. Thanks, Joe!

It was Trump who started the withdrawal plan, but in a sensible way. What Biden did was completely bungle it, leaving the Taliban with a mountain of weapons and countless people stranded. Thanks Joe.

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Posted in: Frustrated and weary over long pandemic hours, more U.S. workers are striking See in context

Enjoy the Biden economy..... good for the CCP and the China trade profiteers, bad for everyone else.

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Posted in: 19-year-old suspect in murder of sex worker at hotel to be sent to family court See in context

Alas this guy will get away with a slap on the wrist because of his age.

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Posted in: Gov't to boost hospital capacity to treat more COVID patients See in context

Taki Mata

Going away? Covid? No. We will not be able to eradicate Covid. The eradication of infectious diseases is extraordinarily hard, nigh impossible, and has been the absolute exception in the past. We actually only achieved this twice, three times maybe. Covid will eventually become endemic, which distinctly does not mean eradicated, it will stay with us.

However, Covid will fade into the background, much like other infectious diseases.

That is already happening around the world. The virus is becoming endemic and less deadly.

But the world is not just we. As for developing countries, they still have a bit of a fight ahead of them,

Those countries, absent the lockdowns and vaccination obsession and with generally younger and healthier populations, have been doing better with the virus than we.

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Posted in: Taiwan tensions raise fears of U.S.-China conflict in Asia See in context

Taiwan has every reason to be worried. The XiJiping government is drumming up nationalist fervor for an invasion of Taiwan (partly to unify the population and distract from its own problems), and the current globalist regime in the US can not be depended on to defend the island. Very dangerous times.

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Posted in: Authorities call fatal stabbing of UK lawmaker terrorist act See in context

fulaan

ive been reading the quran and hadeeth everday for over 50 years and never felt like harming anyone.

That is great, however this is not about "feeling". Shariah law states very clearly how those who violate its laws must be punished.

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Posted in: Man arrested after stabbing 2 people at Ueno Station in Tokyo See in context

Kev James

Whether people like it or not. Japan is very slowly becoming a little more dangerous. 

Do you base that opinion on statistics, or just on the fact that crimes get reported in the media? In case of the latter, what do you expect the media to do ---- report on the milions and millions of people went through another day without encountering a crime?

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Posted in: Suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills 47 See in context

Starpunk

When ISIS rose out of the Iraqi ashes, they were committing genocide against everything - Arabic Jews, Christians, moderate Muslims, Zoroastrians, Sikhs, Druze, you name it.

They were only following literal shariah law. All the above were given the option to convert to whabist Sunni islam and be spared. That is cruel oppression, but it is not "genocide".

Obama started a massive air and sea war upon them and gave them a good pounding. After Obama, well you can't rely on Trump to tell the truth.

Obama de facto created ISIS by abandoning the Sunni tribes in Western Iraq and destabilizing Syria. Trump ended the criminal policy of supporting the JIhadi "vetted rebels" in Syria and allowed the Syrian armee to defeat them. Of course the salafist ideology did not die, and thanks to Bidens Afghanistan disaster there is a new playground.

Nonetheless, the Taliban and ISIS are both bands of fanatical bandits and scumbags so let them duke it out in Afghanistan.

Nope, they are pious believers in a virulent ideology. And while they will struggle for control of the country (one wants an emirate, the other a caliphate), they completely agree on the status of disbelievers and heretics (like Shia).

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Posted in: U.S. cities, police unions clash as vaccine mandates take effect See in context

The current regime finds it more important to enforce compliance with dictatorial medical mandate than to keep society functioning. So sad to see.

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Posted in: Fire leaves 46 dead, dozens injured in southern Taiwan See in context

Horrific. I hope they enforce stricter building codes.

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Posted in: COVID-19 cases plummeting in Japan; doctors puzzled why See in context

COVID-19 cases plummeting in Japan; doctors puzzled why

....because it is a virus epidemic, they always go this way. I suppose they are also puzzled why the Spanish Flu, H1N1, swine flu, MERS, etc. "went away".

A fair speculation is that a lot of the hysterical government decisions like restricted business hours, closing of sports facilities, and advising people to stay at home, only made the epidemic worse.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested over sexual assault in classroom See in context

Police said Takahashi has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying, “I couldn’t suppress my sexual desires.”

I have read this weird, stilted excuse so many times here. What is the Japanese original phrase?

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for attacking girl; hints at involvement in fatal arson See in context

He is 18, so will get away with a slap on the wrist.

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Posted in: Man arrested over theft of 35 kgs of rice from supermarket See in context

They placed seven five-kilogram bags of Koshihikari rice, worth about 15,000 yen, in a shopping trolley and took it outside

I do not get how this works. There is no checkout counter in that supermarket?

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Posted in: Key U.N. biodiversity summit to open in China See in context

You can not have unlimited population and economic growth and complete biodiversity at the same time. This is trying to have your cake and eat it.... something has to give.

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Posted in: Most NZ health care workers, teachers to be legally required to get vaccinated See in context

Most NZ health care workers, teachers to be legally required

A percentage of them will quit because they do not want to be forced to undergo a medical procedure, leading to staff shortages in hospitals (like e.g. in New York).

So in the eternal wisdom of the government, it is more important to demonstrate authoritarian power than to have full hospital capacity.

Brilliant demonstration of priorities.

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Posted in: Taiwan will not bow to China, president says See in context

She is right, but alas with the current globalist regime in Washington, she can not count on the US to seriously help Taiwan once the blockade starts. It is good that Japan is stationing missile batteries on its southern island, but that alone will not be enough.

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Posted in: Singapore patrol robots stoke fears of surveillance state See in context

Singapore patrol robots stoke fears of surveillance state

I think this is barking up the wrong tree. These robots seem more like mobile "bohan cameras" which are anywhere these days anyway and help solve most crimes. (Dont know what the J-police would do without them).

I am much more worried about government control of our lives via social credit system and big media censorship.

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Posted in: Can healthy people who eat right and exercise skip the COVID-19 vaccine? See in context

I find it interesting that nearly all parents understand the importance of having their kids vaccinated against serious illnesses like mumps, measles and varicella. They do not expect that certain foods, or a nurturing environment, will do the job of a vaccine.

False equivalence. 1) these diseases are worse that Covid, which for all practical purposes does not affect children, and 2) these are traditional vaccines, not experimental mRNA/virual vector shots, with a VAERS rate that is off the charts.

Once again, an apple vs orange argument.

It seems to me most people who do not want to "operation warp speed" shots are simply making a risk/benefit decision, which should be their personal choice.

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Posted in: Man stabbed, robbed of ¥2 mil outside Naha apartment See in context

Inside job. Find out why they knew he would exit the apartment with 2 mio in cash.

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Posted in: Chinese warplanes fly toward Taiwan for 2nd straight day See in context

No surprise, and they wont stop. And with the current pro Beijing regime in the US, they have no reason to. Expect constant and increasnig provocations from now on, leading to obstruction of sea access (Taiwan is within the 9-dot line, remember).

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