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Posted in: Lady Gaga's dogs recovered safely; no word on $500,000 reward See in context

French bulldogs are being targeted for dog-napping in violent assaults across the US. The breed goes for quite a bit. I hope if this kind of money is flying around some of it goes towards shelter dogs.

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Posted in: Trump allies show fealty to former president with golden statue See in context

of course, and the job creators passed it on down to the middle class into their employees and this is why the unemployment was so long and this is why small businesses were doing so well and raking in big bucks, everyone was happy, so I do think Joe creators should get and make a lot of money, they also tend to have happier employees as well.

Never disappointing with the Trumpian word salad, praising the tired myths of trickle down economics and job creators. When companies getting massive tax breaks stop having full time workers still needing side work or public assistance maybe you can point to some of those happy employees, but that did not happen under Trump.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

Petty rule-crazed bureaucrats with too much time on their hands.

Why not try updating your internet infrastructure from no wi-fi and Windows XP and investing into evolving into digital means of education that will be safer for students and teachers. The pandemic gives you the perfect rationale and instead you waste your time on this.

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Posted in: U.S. implicates Saudi crown prince in journalist Khashoggi's killing See in context

In the race between the exhaustion of Saudi Arabia's oil supplies and slip into geopolitical irrelevancy, and its' efforts to use its' wealth to gain relevancy in other sectors, I hope peak oil wins.

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Posted in: G-20 promises no let-up in stimulus, sees tax deal by summer See in context

The Italian presidency of the G-20 group of the world's top economies said the gathering of finance chiefs had pledged to work more closely to accelerate a still fragile and uneven recovery.

Nice euphemism but the "recovery" is "uneven" because of helicoptering money into financials while the public is left , again, with the scarce trickle down.

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Posted in: Trump allies show fealty to former president with golden statue See in context

You know, there is a book that these Trump supporters often cite, and I seem to recall some stories about their prophets warning against the worship of false idols, and a golden calf....Probably means nothing, like the rest of their twisted ideology.

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Posted in: Texas blackout: How can electricity grids weather climate shocks? See in context

Another option is working with other states to share energy, in the event of power failures. Texas stands out as not having any such arrangements due to its independent power grid.

The most hilarious thing about the blackouts is seeing Republican officials in Texas' oil dominant economy trying to spin this as the fault of a yet to be enacted Green New Deal, wind turbines, environmentalism, AOC or Democratic governors.

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Posted in: JAL to slash hiring of new graduates by 90% in 2022 See in context

Japan Airlines Co said Thursday it will slash its hiring of new graduates in fiscal 2022 by 90 percent from the number that joined JAL group companies last spring, as the coronavirus pandemic is expected to continue putting pressure on travel demand.

JAL, exhibit #1 that bailouts neither trickle down to the public nor save jobs. Will not stop them from using the same rationales when the time comes for the next big bailout.

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Posted in: Go To Travel campaign may partially resume after state of emergency lifted See in context

Akaba said the government needs to carefully analyze the infection situation of each region before restarting the campaign, which was halted across the country on Dec 28.

Come on Akaba; the primary concern for the restart of GoTo subsidies is not the infection situation but the situation of the bank accounts of JTB, big hotel chains or other companies with close ties to Japan Inc./Gov.

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Posted in: Editor of occult fanzine Mu makes a pitch for 'conspiracy literacy' See in context

Many conspiracy theories have little to support them.

Yet some turn out to have been true: the Tuskegee Experiments, MKULTRA and stealth aircraft for example.

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Posted in: New Zealand's virus success unleashes runaway housing prices See in context

New Zealand is attractive in many respects and like San Francisco the technorati are moving in a driving up prices.

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Posted in: Apple supplier Foxconn teams up with Fisker to make electric vehicles See in context

Maybe Foxconn will not have to deploy their anti-suicide nets around their gated factories in this case.

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Posted in: 50 LDP lawmakers urge local members to oppose separate surnames See in context

Lawmakers from Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party have urged local members to shun a move that supports a legal revision allowing separate surnames for married couples, party sources said.

Because this, in the midst of a pandemic, is what the Japanese populace has been urging their elected representatives to do.

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Posted in: Suga meets with ministers over early exit from state of emergency for 6 prefectures See in context

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Finance Minister Taro Aso attend a cabinet meeting Wednesday to discuss lifting the state of emergency for six prefectures.

The inspiration and dynamism oozing from this picture and their cogent comments cannot help but make you believe that the Japanese pandemic response is the key to restoring a beautiful Japan.

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Posted in: Concerns mount over trace app for potential foreign Olympic fans See in context

Let's guess here...Dentsu, or one of it's subsidiaries?

Are you psychic?

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Posted in: Toyota begins building smart city near Mt Fuji See in context

The buildings will mostly be made of wood to minimize the carbon footprint, and the homes will use sensor-based AI to check the occupants' health, it said.

Being that the occupants will be Toyota employees, there is no way such sensors could be used to intrude on their privacy, could it?

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Posted in: Travel agency JTB to cut capital to become eligible for tax advantage See in context

JTB posted a record net loss of 78.17 billion yen for the April-September period and will reduce its global workforce by 6,500 under broad restructuring.

Although JTB is unlisted, it is a large corporation with sales of 1 trillion yen and more than 20,000 group employees.

After being the recipient of generous GoTo subsidies from the struggling Japanese taxpayer that were supposed to be so people could retain jobs in the sector; we are going to squirrel away that capital in a tax evasion scheme, downsize, and set ourselves up for even more largesse downloaded into the executive and shareholder trough.

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Posted in: UK-Japan trade deal settled nerves for Japanese firms, Honda exec says See in context

UK-Japan trade deal settled nerves for Japanese firms, Honda exec says

Oh Lawd! Won't somebody think of the frazzled nerves of Japanese execs! Run to the apothecary for a constitutional!

While workers are squeezed by the twin effects of the globalized flight of stable, unionized work and inevitable automation.


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Posted in: Osaka firm accused of helping Vietnamese work illegally See in context

Her return flight to Vietnam was canceled due to the virus outbreak and she used up her money.

Seems they did not enter illegally, but were stranded without recourse.

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Posted in: Emperor feels grateful for strength of Japanese people over pandemic See in context

*benefiting from it

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Posted in: Emperor feels grateful for strength of Japanese people over pandemic See in context

Emperor Naruhito, on the occasion of his 61st birthday on Tuesday, said he felt thankful for the "perseverance and strength of the people" in Japan in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic and expressed appreciation for medical professionals who have toiled through it.

Praising others perseverance and toil while benefiting it, and being free from it oneself, has been a mark of disconnected "elites " for centuries.

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Posted in: Osaka firm accused of helping Vietnamese work illegally See in context

The police have already taken action against the four Vietnamese who worked at the company for engaging in activities other than those permitted under their visa.

Keeping them here, unable to return, work, collect unemployment or obtain relief from the government.

What a Kafkaesque hell. Arrest the bureaucrats and politicians.

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Posted in: Panasonic begins crowdfunding for new companion robot NICOBO See in context

The "killer app" will be when they combine actual functionality, for example using GPT-3 natural language learning, and this cuteness.

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Posted in: Supreme Court won't halt turnover of Trump's tax records See in context

One story, among many, that needs to be more well known is Trump's collusion with vulture private equity firm investor Carl Icahn on the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. They managed to defraud the city, workers and a host of fellow investors.

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Posted in: 13 ministry officials wined and dined by Suga's son See in context

The meetings first came to light in reports earlier this month by weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun. It released online what it claimed to be an audio recording of a conversations between Seigo Suga, Akimoto and another Tohokushinsha official, in which the son repeatedly mentions satellite broadcasting.

Shukan Bunshun should get more appreciation for their muckraking ( in the best possible sense).

Unfortunately, they are expertly drowned out by mugging , gorging talents, idols, and meaningless minutiae in the media.

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Posted in: Workers fear squeeze from green energy transition See in context

The oligarch corporatocracy has been squeezing workers for decades but yes we can blame environmentalism and a Green New Deal that does not even exist yet to divert attention from our greed and destruction of the environment.


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Posted in: Suga refuses to move into official residence despite criticism See in context

The embarrassment of riches doesn't seem to be a thing among the Japan Inc. /LDP combine.

What am I to do with two luxurious residences renovated on the taxpayer yen?

While Japan does not follow other nations with rent forgiveness and freezes.

Renovate them into affordable shelters and food banks.

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Posted in: Pandemic puts pressure on gov't to open up rice stockpile to charities See in context

But the move by the government to release stockpiled rice to charities comes with the requirement that it be used for children, which campaigners fear limits the impact and they are calling for the rules to be eased.

"We're bound by the law to use the stockpile only in the event of a supply shortage in the market, or for the purpose of food education.' We can't use it for welfare," said an official for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). "This is the extent of what we can do."

Maybe the government could be incentivized to move forward with such needed reforms by repackaging this as "GoTo Food Bank".

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Posted in: Japanese companies shun blanket wage hikes amid coronavirus pain See in context

There is nothing free market about Peter demanding the government rob Paul and have the money paid to Peter or even Sam. Free markets don’t have government coercing us to do such things or face prison.

The friction-less, free market is as much an unrealistic utopia as Karl Marx' communist paradise.

Even Adam Smith, the prophet of free markets, cautioned against the growth of the rentier and financialization.

So labor is devalued and markets become rigged by the vast capital accumulations influencing politics.

That is what we have now, a crony capitalist rentier economy and imagining ideal utopias is not really useful at this point.

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Posted in: I have never seen this much of an increase in my career as a researcher on this topic. The thing about the coronavirus pandemic is the industries hit most are industries staffed by women, such as tourism and retail and the food industries. See in context

I have never seen this much of an increase in my career as a researcher on this topic. The thing about the coronavirus pandemic is the industries hit most are industries staffed by women, such as tourism and retail and the food industries.

But according to Suga there is no need for direct stimulus to the public and the GoTo corporate welfare subsidy to hotel owners was going to SAVE JOBS.

These women are the true victims of corporate national socialism.

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