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Posted in: Man arrested for entering women’s toilet in park, says he wanted to see their buttocks See in context

/dev/random

Just because someone "says it" does not mean it stands as a defense, legally or morally. Nobody can self-identify as female on a whim and walk into a women's bathroom. That is a nonsensical fantasy scenario stoked by bad actors.

Sadly it is reality in many places today. Go on a google expedition have your mind boggle. Check out the recent swimming or weightlifting events, or gyms like planet fitness. Welcome to 2024...

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Posted in: Man arrested for entering women’s toilet in park, says he wanted to see their buttocks See in context

Well, good to see that this sort of thing is still a crime in Japan. In many US states and Western countries, the guy would have just needed to "identify" himself as female, and would be all clear, as sadly, "gender identity" has increasingly written into law in many places.

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Posted in: 17-year-old boy arrested for assaulting father over smartphone game argument See in context

Social media addiction is a real thing, sadly.

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Posted in: 8 Israeli soldiers killed in southern Gaza in deadliest attack on Israeli forces in months See in context

Aly Rustom

Not only is it not winding down but the west bank is flaring up and Hezbollah is increasing their attacks in the north. I just hope it doesn't engulf the whole region, but I am not optimistic

True. But once again, nobody points out that Hamas can end the war in Gaza at any time by surrendering and releasing the hostages. What do you expect any Israeli govmt to do as long as 100 kidnap victims (as far as still alive) are rotting in Hamas dungeons?

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Posted in: Kishida calls for global efforts to achieve lasting peace in Ukraine See in context

Sh1mon M4sada

Ukrainian and Russian ethnics were living relatively peacefully before Putin sent in his stooges.

Seriously, you are unaware about the war going on in Dombas since 2015??

How do you know it wasn't Ukrainian defending themselves against Russian backed agitators?

The Odessa massacre is well documented, as is the American role behind the Maidan revolt. Have you heard the audio tapes where Victoria Nuland and the US ambassador discuss who to install after Yanukovich?

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Posted in: Kishida calls for global efforts to achieve lasting peace in Ukraine See in context

So disheartening to see that Kishida acts like an American proxy and completely supports this endless proxy war. Fact is, the war ends the moment the US stops funding it. The Zelenski government itself tragically only supplies men, all the materiel and money comes from the US and it allies.

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Posted in: Singapore diplomat fined ¥300,000 for Tokyo bathhouse voyeurism See in context

Jonathan Prin

You know equal people's rights ?

What does that have to do with anything?

I am not that shy at all but I don't want a woman to see my genitals. Is that clear ?

They do not stare at your genitals. Firstly, you can be sure they are not interested in inspecting them, and secondly there is something called etiquette

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Posted in: Key figure in Tochigi burned bodies case faces murder charge See in context

Michael Corleone

so we finally capture the big boss...

They had him for a while, and we already knew he ordered it. The news is only about his re-arrest, which actually is standard police procedure here.

good work j-cops!!

Well yes, but the fact that Hirayama turned himself in made the work easy for them.

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Posted in: A peace summit for Ukraine opens this weekend in Switzerland, but Russia won't be taking part See in context

It is a war conference, not a peace conference, attended only by the parties who support this unnecessary war. Fact is, the war ends the moment the US stops funding it. At that time, a negotiated settlement is possible (as they already had in Istanbul, before Boris Johnson torpedoed it. Read the what the Ukrainian negotiators said at the time.

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Posted in: Singapore diplomat fined ¥300,000 for Tokyo bathhouse voyeurism See in context

DanteKH

So basically a proven pedophile walking free with a symbolic fine. Gotta love those "imune" politicians. All over the world.

There is nothing in the article that describes him as a "proven pedophile". Apparently he is turned on by seeing naked men of all ages. So you can assume he is gay and a voyeur. But there is nothing in the article hinting at pedophilia. I do not understand why some people are so eager to apply these labels.

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Posted in: Putin pledges cease-fire if Ukraine exits occupied areas and drops NATO bid See in context

theFu

Putin is delusional.

When Russian troops are moved back into Russia and the first $1B in reparations is paid to Ukraine, then the war can end the shooting.

No, Nato is delusional. How about Nato stops building and supplying this proxy armee, and the country becomes neutral? Without Nato expansion, this conflict would not exist at all.

The pro Zelenski commentators here do not seem to realize that while for the US this is just another proxy war they can walk away from at any time, for Russia this is an existential crisis. There is NO Russian government that could ever accept Nato bases in Ukraine and Sevastopol as a Nato harbour. And this has nothing to do with Putin. Remember how the US reacted when Chrushchew put Soviet missiles in Cuba? For Russia, this is a Cuba crisis. And this is not something I imagine.... many of senior diplomats have explained it.

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Posted in: Putin pledges cease-fire if Ukraine exits occupied areas and drops NATO bid See in context

It is a very reasonable offer, but the American war parties reject it. Apparently they want a forever war. So sad.

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Posted in: Elderly woman dies after her neck gets caught under Tokyo store's escalator rail See in context

Desert Tortoise

Sounds like a good idea until you consider that kids will mess with them. I guarantee it.

There are fire alarm buttons in hotels, and emergency stop buttons on platforms and in trains. I don´t see kids mess with them. Your "guarantee" seems pretty selective.

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Posted in: Singapore diplomat fined ¥300,000 for Tokyo bathhouse voyeurism See in context

Jonathan Prin

If he is a child pervert, I feel even much more violated if an obasan comes in the changing room while I am naked, which happened a few times to me with my kid, because supposedly there is some cleaning to do.

What do you mean "supposedly"? She is doing her job. It is narcistic to image everything is about you. Are you also complaining about the obasan who clean public toilets in stations? Would you rather have the places dirty?

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Posted in: Singapore diplomat fined ¥300,000 for Tokyo bathhouse voyeurism See in context

tigerjane

Bath houses where women and men should no longer be nude, and swimsuits should be required. Life has changed in Japan, more foreigners and with electronics and life itself this change should come sooner than later.

Good grief, no! Leave Japan alone and accept the customs as they are. If you don´t like onsen, then dont go.

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Posted in: Singapore diplomat fined ¥300,000 for Tokyo bathhouse voyeurism See in context

Ken

That is child pornography because it's naked pictures of individuals (without their consent) and some who are not adults yet.

The definition of child pornography is visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving children. Not just pictures of naked people taking a bath. If you expand the definition endlessly, you devaluate the horrible concept of child pornography. Again, what is the point of always jumping to the worst possible term?

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Posted in: Singapore diplomat fined ¥300,000 for Tokyo bathhouse voyeurism See in context

Garthgoyle

Dang. That's literally what it would be ¥300 for me. He got a 300 yen fine for child pornography.

Naked people in bath houses are not "child pornography". Lets stay real. Words have meanings, and if you jump to the strongest terms immediately, you devaluate the word. That is similar to people screaming "holocaust" in reference to civilian casualties in a war. The article was right to use "voyeurism" and not "child pornography".

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Posted in: Climate change funding talks stuck ahead of COP29 summit See in context

NB

Beautiful solar panels yes, wind farms no. Also, solar installations are quite stable during the day, and the energy can be stored for the night and be regulated.

Wonder what is beautiful about these things, especially if they replace existing agricultural land or natural vegetation. Also, how stable are they after a hailstorm? And how environmentally friendly are they after their service life expires? And also how exactly can their energy be stored? Seems to me if you can solve that issue a nobel prize is waiting.

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Posted in: Climate change funding talks stuck ahead of COP29 summit See in context

Beijing reiterating China's status as a "developing country" under the U.N. climate convention.

So the worlds factory that puts robots on the reverse side of the moon and is on track to have the biggest navy is a "developing" country? Interesting way to have your cake and eat it.

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Posted in: Elderly woman dies after her neck gets caught under Tokyo store's escalator rail See in context

vallum

For those asking about stop buttons, there actually are emergency buttons on, I suppose, every escalator.

Interesting! Never seem them, will look out for them. In that case, should they be required to be easily visible?

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Posted in: New Zealand scraps plan to tax livestock burps, farts See in context

The Dutch government tried a very similar scheme, leading the massive farmers protests going on there.

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Posted in: Solar investment outstrips all other power forms: IEA See in context

There is nothing "renewable" about solar panels, which after their service life of about 20 years become toxic industrial waste. The mixture of heavy metals and plastic is an environmental nightmare. And what about the agricultural land they are placed on?

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Posted in: Nitrous oxide emissions surge in climate threat: study See in context

There is nothing new about this study. The NOx studies are an excuse by globalist politicians to go after agriculture now, which has already lead the massive farmer protests we are seeing in France, Germany, Holland, and Poland. They they really want to tamper with the worlds food supply?

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Posted in: Elderly woman dies after her neck gets caught under Tokyo store's escalator rail See in context

I have difficulty visualizing how this happened. Either way, requiring stop buttons for escalators sounds like a good idea.

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Posted in: Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome cases hit record high in Japan See in context

Cynical_Skeptic

A bacterial infection that’s easily treated by using penicillin.

Maybe 100 years ago. Today we deal with antibiotic resistant bugs thanks to massive overuse of antibiotics. Does Penicilin work against anything anymore at all?

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Posted in: Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome cases hit record high in Japan See in context

JDoe

Sento, onsen, gym showeres all hot spots for this nasty stuff.

Only if you have an open wound, in which case you should not go.

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Posted in: Macron urges French to make 'right choice' in election gamble See in context

The media and elitist politicians consistently mislabel the populist parties as "far right" or even worse, which is completely false. It is simply a populist reaction against extreme leftist globalist overreach, to which the populations are slowly awakening.

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Posted in: Blinken returns to Mideast as Israel-Hamas cease-fire proposal hangs in balance after hostage rescue See in context

wallace

Israel's most expensive war.

"The economic toll of the war may cost Israel an estimated $400 billion in lost economic activity over the next decade – threatens Israel's economic future. For Israel, 90% of the economic shock will come from indirect effects: reduced investment, slowing productivity growth and labor market disruption"

That might all be true... however what do you want them to do? Hand victory to Hamas and let the remaining hostages rot in their tunnels? Even Bibis strongest opponents can not stomach that. How would you feel if your daughter was e.g. Naama Levy?

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Posted in: Blinken returns to Mideast as Israel-Hamas cease-fire proposal hangs in balance after hostage rescue See in context

GuruMick

Netanyahu worries about himself, his cabinet of loonies want Israel to re annex Gaza and the whole of Israel want to see the hostages returned.

Nobody in Israel wants to "annex" Gaza. To the contrary, it would be the demographic end of the Jewish state, which is of course exactly what Hamas wants.

The best solution to the Gaza problem would be to hand the territory back to Egypt, which had it until the 7-day war. But (what a surprise....) the Egyptian government says thanks but no thanks.

Good luck Blinken

Maybe he wants to play guitar there, like he did in Kiev? The guy is a disaster.

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Posted in: Nursery teacher arrested after slashing 2-year-old boy's neck with knife See in context

 "I did it but there was no intent to kill."

What?? I am scratching head. What exactly was the intent then?

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