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Posted in: Big money flows to U.S. charities fueling vaccine misinformation See in context

Since 2021, there has been:

-- A rise in the underlying mortality rate in multiple countries, above the historical norms, in what is termed an "excess death rate" or "excess mortality rate".

-- An explosion in sudden deaths among young, healthy adults, including athletes.

-- An explosion in myocarditis, including among the young, something never seen before.

-- A rapid increase in aggressive turbo cancers.

Doctors and medical professionals say they can't explain it. But even though they can't explain it, they can say for sure that it isn't the COVID jab. That they know.

Really?!

Just coincidentally, the COVID jab was rolled out in mass quantities in 2021. But, of course, there is absolutely no question it wasn't the jab. And to suggest that might be the jab is considered misinformation and censored accordingly.

Big Pharma makes sure of that. By the monies they give to media in the form of advertising dollars and in the form of monies they give to doctors, hospitals and medical organizations.

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Posted in: White House directs NASA to create time standard for the moon See in context

Some government officials seem to have far too much time on their hands and are working really hard to justify their existence.... and their huge salaries!!

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Posted in: How do you think the taste of Japanese rice compares with rice produced in other countries? See in context

Different courses for different horses / different horses for different courses, they say.

And "Japanese rice" is not some uniform, monolithic thing. The rice produced in Japan comes in so many varieties. I mean, there is a huge difference between genmai and koshihikari. And even between koshihikari and hinohikari.

I think it is fair to say that the quality standards for rice produced in Japan are as high or higher than any other country in the world.

But, that said, the rice you would want to eat will very well depend on the food you are eating it with.

I mean, there are some meals / dishes where a basmati or jasmine rice is far more appropriate than a Japonica rice.

There is a reason why there are different types of rice in different countries around the world.

For me, I LOVE a bowl of koshihikari or Akitakomachi by itself fresh out of the rice cooker. Just amazing. But, its not what I want if I am going to be making / eating, say, red beans & rice.

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Posted in: Tesla sales tumble nearly 9% as competition heats up and demand for EVs slows See in context

I don't know why anybody in their right mind would buy an EV. A hybrid, I can understand. But an EV?

Anyone who has bought one has been sold a bill of goods. The environmental footprint of an EV is horrendous. And the maintenance & service costs skyrocket as the vehicle ages, especially if the battery has to be replace. And then there are those pesky battery fires.

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Posted in: Shizuoka governor to resign after gaffe insulting vegetable sellers See in context

Typical "elitist". With thinly masked condescension and contempt for the masses. Which sometimes comes out for all to see.

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Posted in: Israeli strike on Iran's consulate in Syria killed two generals, Iranian officials say See in context

The airstrike in Syria killed Gen. Ali Reza Zahdi, who led the elite Quds Force in Lebanon and Syria until 2016, according to Iran's Revolutionary Guard. It also killed Zahdi's deputy, Gen Mohammad Hadi Hajriahimi, and five other officers.

OK, so a dumb question.

What the heck were senior Iranian military officials doing inside of an embassy in Syria?

Were they engaged in diplomacy?

Or were they engaged in "diplomacy"?

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Posted in: Putin says he won't start war with NATO, but Western bases hosting Ukraine F-16s would be targets See in context

The warmongers in the West want to have their cake and eat it too.

They want to provide arms and personnel to Ukraine to fight against Russia, while stating they are not at war with Russia.

Of course they are at war with Russia. Ukraine is their proxy. And Russia is making that clear.

They are saying... if you designate some asset for use by Ukraine to fight us, that asset is far game.

Which it is. And the Western warmongers know that.

If the U.S. and NATO want to fight Russia, they should just declare war and get on with it.

But they don't because they want to play games.

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Posted in: Takarazuka theater admits to all harassment claims in death of actress See in context

Here's hoping this admission of fault in such a complete manner truly results in a change in the culture of Takarazuka Revue.ReFuel.

The truth is that bullying and hazing has been an integral part of so many organizations for so long and this is not unique to Takarazuka Revue.

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Posted in: Beyonce album highlights the Black women changing country music See in context

I love country music. Doesn't matter the race. White, Black, Asian or Hispanic, as long as it is authentic.

And, by the way, not a single mention of Darius Rucker in this article. He might want to have a word about "Black" country music.

Or perhaps the writer might want to consider Charley Pride when writing this article.

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Posted in: 52-year-old man indicted for raping teenage daughter between 2013 and 2016 See in context

There are a few crimes that deserve the death penalty. This one, if proven, is one. Sorry, but capital punishment exists for a reason.

This "father" is no father. Not in the true sense of the word. He was the biological creator of this poor girl, but in every other way, he forfeited the right to be called her father.

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Posted in: Sumo showdown: Will this be Miyagino's last stand? See in context

I agree with the above commenters. Hakuho and his stable need to withstand the bullying and the jealousy of the sumo elders, who are using this to try to take down an outsider.

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Posted in: An expanding NATO uses its diversity as strength See in context

Russia's population is 143 million.

With a 77% turnout (% eligible voters), 87% voted for Putin. No evidence of rigging.

Shhh, don't share facts with the warmongers that hate Russia because it.... [checks notes].... stands for national sovereignty rather than a new world order.

They can't believe that, GASP, Russians actually love that Putin puts Russia first!!! Which is what any leader of a nation concerned about its own citizens should do!!!

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Posted in: An expanding NATO uses its diversity as strength See in context

The same leftist students and activists who passionately protested against NATO's actions confronting the Soviet Union in the '80s are now journalists and government leader enthusiastically advocating for NATO to go to war against Russia.

Strange times....

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Posted in: U.S. announces emergency Ukraine aid, as Poles warn of Russia threat See in context

I remember when the Democrat Party were the anti-war party. How times have changed..... I am sure it has nothing to do with the personal bank accounts of politicians of both parties.

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Posted in: Niseko in Hokkaido to introduce lodging tax of up to ¥2,000 a night See in context

I don't have any issue with this. Provided that the money collected is actually used for the purposes it is supposed to be used.

A VERY BIG IF!!

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Posted in: What do you think of home schooling? See in context

It is easy to paint with broad brushes when it comes to home schooling.

Many opponents of home schooling argue that kids need the socialization of "regular" schools, as if kids in home schooling don't get that socialization and ignoring the very real downsides of "socialization" in many of today's schools.

Conversely, many proponents of home schooling suggest that home schooling is better in all cases, not taking into account the large number of wonderful schools that exist and not recognizing that some kids do better in a traditional school setting.

If families utilizing home schooling are fully integrated into their community and are dedicated to working with other families utilizing home schooling and the resources available to home schooling communities, home schooled students can do exceptionally well and have no issues with being "weirdos".

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Posted in: Japan cyclists kick off Taiwan island ride to thank Noto quake aid See in context

Taiwan is a wonderful country, with wonderful citizens who support Japan. It is heartwarming to see these Japanese cyclists show their appreciation to the people of Taiwan!

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Posted in: S Korea starts procedures to suspend licenses of 4,900 striking doctors See in context

When government is in control of licensing, they have the ability to punish licensed professionals for whatever reason the want to.

Depriving licensed professionals of their livelihood because of the whims of government is an abuse of government's powers!

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Posted in: Saving the news media means moving beyond benevolence of billionaires See in context

But of course,

The solution for nobody wanting to consume propaganda masquerading as journalism is....

To force taxpayers to subsidize that propaganda!!

Sure sounds like a great solution....

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Posted in: Japan repeatedly spots Chinese coast guard and warships near disputed waters See in context

Until Japan signals that it is serious about protecting the territory it claims, the #CCPChinese will continue to do this.

Because they believe Japan is a weak, spineless country.

Which Japan gives every indication it is.

If #CCPChina sent an armada and seized control over the islands, what would Japan do??

Lodge a "strong" diplomatic protest!1

Japan are spineless cowards.

Defend your territory or shut up!!

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Posted in: Unless the patient's life is in danger, abusive language and violence are grounds for refusing medical treatment. If more medical personnel quit over 'patient harassment,' it'll affect hospital management and may impact local medical care. See in context

Unfortunately, in many places, in many hospitals, patients often encounter imperious doctors, nurses and staff who are arrogant, condescending and abusive. They have no regard for the patient's wishes or the family's wishes. And they can cause situations that drive patients and their families to despair.

In such situations, some patients and / or their family members feel they have no recourse but to confront these medical personnel.

And then the medical personnel play the victim. When they are not.

Medical personnel are not always "paragons of virtue". And they often create such situations because of their arrogance, selfishness or unwillingness to listen to the patient.

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Posted in: What's your stance on the political tug-of-war going on between the Okinawan government and the central government over the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps base from Futenma to Henoko? See in context

The U.S. wants its forward bases because of regional strategic issues.

The central government wants the U.S, military in Okinawa because it means Japan doesn't have to fend for itself when it comes to China, etc.

And Okinawa?

They want to have their land back....

BUT.....

They want to all of the economic benefits that come with having the U.S. military bases in Okinawa!

If Okinawans were REALLY serious about an "independent" Okinawa, they would agree to kicking out the U.S. bases WITHOUT ANY COMPENSATION ONGOING FROM THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT!!

But the truth is that the Okinawans want to have their cake and eat it too!! They want the U.S. military gone but they still want ALL of the benefits of the U.S. military being there!

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Posted in: Chinese coast guard vessels enter disputed waters in East China Sea See in context

Pathetic limp-wristed weak Japanese response!

The only thing the #CCP Chinese understand is force!!

Deploy ships to the islands, build a military base there with loads of soldiers and vessels!

And when the #CCCPChinese vessels invade Japanese waters, fire warning shots and threaten to sink them!

THAT is the only thing the Communist aggressors will understand and listen to!!

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Posted in: Israel pounds Gaza as fears grow of push into Rafah See in context

Hamas is a terrorist regime.

They decided to unleash terrorism on a stronger neighbor.

Now they are paying the price.

Israel has every right right to obliterate them.

Play stupid games, pay the price.

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Posted in: Parents charged over death of 10-month-old son they left in car last summer See in context

Prosecute them, sentence them to life sentences and then use the media to blanket the airwaves with their complete irresponsibility as parents! And the consequences!!

When it comes to kids dying in cars because of irresponsible parents, parents need to have the message of responsibility beat into them!!!

This should NEVER happen!!!

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Posted in: Chinese ships warn Japan SDF planes to leave airspace near Senkakus See in context

Japan needs to build a military base on one of the islands, stations ships, helicopters and armed units there.

And project force from there!

THAT is the only measure the Communist Chinese will understand and respect!!

Anything short of that will be viewed as weakness by the Communist Chinese!!

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Posted in: Israeli PM says U.N. agency for Palestinians must close; Israeli warplanes strike Gaza See in context

The UN agency has been nothing more than a front group for the Palestinian terrorists! Heck, even the UN hates Israel!

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Posted in: EU heads urge more Ukraine support as ministers debate how to fill war-torn nation's ammunition gap See in context

Support for Ukraine??

A corrupt government who kills imprisoned American journalists, channels funds to government officials and kicks back money to their friends in the European and U.S. governments??

But of course. What else would the mockingbird media push!!

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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

Russia controls the islands. What is Japan going to do about it?!

Issue a strong protest??

Good luck with that, Japan!

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Posted in: Hafu: Dating as a ‘half Japanese’ woman in Japan See in context

Articles like this are interesting to read, because in the end, they are about individual life stories. And the truth is that it is impossible to condense everything into a short article. There is no way to truly discuss the issues.

Anyone that has grown up in Japan who has not grown up in a traditional Japanese family or any 100% Japanese who has spent significant time overseas while growing up knows that things are different and life experiences are different. It is just a statement of fact. As an individual, you ARE different.

Many 100% Japanese women who have grown up overseas for a significant part of their lives ARE different from 100% Japanese woman who have grown up in a traditional setting in Japan. They may not have exactly the same experiences of a "hafu" female, but they may have similar experiences. Perhaps for different reasons.

It's not just a question of where you live, it's also a question of what you are comfortable with.

I grew up in Japan as a 100% non-Japanese. But Japan helped define me as a person, which meant that when I returned to the U.S. for college, there was a culture shock. Similarly, I went to high school with a girl who was 100% Japanese but had lived in the U.S. for much of her life because of her father's work. And there was no way she would have fit in at the local Japanese high school. And she ended up going to college in the U.S. and marrying an American guy who grew up in Japan his entire life.

A woman I dated for a number of years while in Japan as an adult was hafu. Her father was a foreigner, her mother Japanese, and she grew up her entire life in Japan and went to international school. And while she was obviously internationalized, her home was Japan. In the end, she had to make a choice as to where she called home and, more importantly, the type of home setting that would make her happy.

This writer's experiences and her musings are worth reading. Nevertheless, this a very complicated subject and it is very personal and bespoke to whoever is in the situation.

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