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Posted in: Kelly innocent of Ghosn pay scheme, his lawyer says See in context

"He talks like a lawyer, and he thinks like a lawyer," Kitamura said. "He wouldn't do anything wrong or illegal."

Hardly a viable defense. If anything it intends guilt.

And of course. "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers". Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2

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Posted in: Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on historic visit See in context

The Pope. The True Church. The Crusades. The Inquisition. An institution that has much to atone for and has caused all manner of horror and indulged in reactionary politics imposing its tenets upon the secular world. This especially evident in what was once deemed The New World. The pontiff appears almost two decades after the initial invasion by the U.S. Biding 'good news'. Mostly empty gestures of no real import. Might as well handout holy cards and rosaries. The real work is elsewhere, in the actual halls of power. And perhaps with those who control Big Oil, the masters of mankind who completed the ruin of a nation & culture to 'stabilize the energy supply'. As cited in the PNAC, by the architects of the invasion.

Catholic missionaries in Iraq. The intent is always to spread the faith, no matter the charitable underpinnings. The cause for Iraq's woes are not to be found in Iraq, but in the centers of power throughout the West. His eminence, engaging in photo ops will accomplish naught, except to burnish his superficial 'legacy' as some supposed mode of peacemaker.

The reference to a mustard seed, reveals actual purpose. The spread of the kingdom of god, like an invasive weed, of course, a Catholic God. Mediated by the true church. The Pope as a missionary aka carpetbagger.

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Posted in: Can Tokyo Olympics be held with spectators? See in context

 Naofumi Masumoto, a visiting professor of Olympic studies at Tokyo Metropolitan University and Musashino University. "Holding the events without spectators will take away the opportunity to promote cross-cultural understanding and cultural exchanges," he said, while emphasizing that safety is the priority when making a final call. "It will be against the ideals of the Olympics, especially because children cannot interact with people from around the world," he said, making it more comparable to a world championships than the multi-sport extravaganza it should be.

One of the more bizarre rationalities for not just 'holding' the Olympics, but including foreign spectators: It is a cross-cultural event with cultural exchanges. The oddity of that statement, it just hangs in the air without any actual context. It has no measured impact, let alone is there any actual notion, let alone evidence it is actually meaningful. For certain, the interactions among what are essentially tourists is not dependent on The Olympics. They book rooms, eat at restaurants, tour the recommended sites and attend athletic contests. The only difference is 'the draw' to visit Japan. In fact, it is focused on one specific activity and location and generates numbers. Not exactly a sustainable model for an income stream and very wedded to the industrial tourism model. The possibility of cross-cultural exchange & understanding is extremely limited.

The IDEALS of the Olympics. Those were cast aside when it went from an amateur athletic event to a professional sporting, commercial, entertainment extravaganza.

The end all is the lack of foreign spectators will deny the children the ability to interact with people from around the world. Really? Exactly how does that work?

Not one of those cited reasons or reasonings offer a justification for The Olympics or the allowance for spectators from outside of Japan.

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Posted in: New Zealanders return to homes after 3 quakes trigger small tsunami waves See in context

Ring of fire it may be so dubbed. But, there is no relation to be determined with phases of the moon or plate movement in Oregon with that in NZ. It is immensely complex. And it isn't astrology, it's science.

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Posted in: Fans from abroad unlikely for postponed Tokyo Olympics See in context

Just dump the entirety. It is and was a boondoggle. Jigged to Abe's ego and some queer non-existent nationalist fervor - no one actually cares, except for those intending to profit.

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Posted in: Suga to decide state of emergency extension for Tokyo region on Friday See in context

Yada yada yada. Inane blather and vapid opining. It is a pandemic. The citizenry as a whole has responded admirably for well over a year. Masks and various protocols in place for the many. A certain measured degree of success has been achieved in reducing the number of infections. Government intrusion, in the form of GoToTravel, caused a rise in the number of infections and was a less than wise tactic. The over-riding need is to vaccinate quickly and throughout the population. That is the only long term solution.

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Posted in: Swiss to vote on whether to ban full facial coverings in public See in context

The wearing of the burqa is not a fashion statement. It is hyped as a 'traditional garment'. Wedded to religion. It is archaic, at best. Anyone who asserts it is donned of one's own free will, do not understand social constructs and attendant pressures, let alone the psychology of requiring such.

It is the 21st century. Switzerland is not a Medieval culture. That some cultures expect foreign women to don head coverings or means of conservative dress, such is an example of the imposition of culture phrased as a means of respect.

Try imposing the requirement to wear the burqa or niqab in a democratic Western nation.

Most Islamic scholars and most contemporary Islamic jurists have agreed that women are not required to cover their face.

Wearing the niqāb is not an obligation, and that it is permissible for a Muslim woman to uncover her face in front of unrelated men, is the view of the majority of the legal scholars (jumhūr al-fuqahāʾ), since the time of the Companions (Ṣaḥāba). The sacred texts, and the numerous incidents indicate that most of the women in the time of the Prophet (pbuh) did not wear the niqāb apart from rare instances. 

The Swiss do not live in the 10th century. Nor does any fundamental religion command that there are strictures imposing a form of dress that is essentially, patriarchal, sexist and to a certain degree misogynist.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

Interesting to see criticism of the justice system in Japan and descripts of the prisons as harsh environs. The system of justice in Japan is no more or less fair than in the US, where the Taylors are citizens. In fact, it will be less grim & severe. The incarceration rate in Japan is significantly lower. The cost of obtaining legal counsel is dwarfed by the fees charged by attorneys in the US. As for a fair trial, in light of their actions, such will conducted with all the levity afforded a Japanese citizen.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

Tango2179 Next time, hire a lawyer.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics add 12 women to executive board to reach 42% See in context

Excellent news. BUT. Who has actually been appointed to the Executive Board? What are the women's names?

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Posted in: Woman dies from brain hemorrhage days after receiving coronavirus vaccine, but link uncertain See in context

WobotToday  Concerns are being raised in the medical community about the Pfizer vaccine:

https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n393/rr-4?s=08

This is an anti-vaxxer screed. A letter submitted by an individual, from a fringe group, with no scientific expertise, citing fabulist and batshit crazy conspiracy theories.

The so-called concerns are not an expression of the medical community - and indeed are not only disproven, but have absolutely no merit in the scientific community.

The vaccines have been proven safe. Current data and statistics, actual facts and evidence affirm that the vaccines work and are not causing any undue medical concerns.

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Posted in: JW Marriott opens hotel in Nara See in context

Marriott, in Japan, is backed by Akira Mori, the billionaire heiress and head of the Mori Trust. Initially the plan was to demolish the governor's residence in Nara Park and construct a hotel. Instead, somehow, Marriott was able to demolish the Nara police headquarters and build a hotel. The current governor of Nara is pro-development, with outlandish plans to burnish his ego and in opposition to local wants and needs. One of his initial plans was to build a monorail through Nara Park to the top of Mount Wakakusa. As is, there is now a boutique luxury hotel in the south end of Nara Park, nearby Sagiike Pond, which was opposed by the adjacent neighborhood and a large number of citizens in Nara.

Pro-development forces are changing the tenor of Nara and displacing local business and adversely impacting the culture. Mostly to cultivate Chinese tourists. The Marriott is expensive and outside the budget of a typical tourist. It also looks to cultivate convention traffic, which ignores the two existing venues already in place.

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Posted in: Tokyo area governors eye extension of state of emergency by 2 weeks See in context

All of the sudden Koike, is questioning the wisdom of ending the 'state of emergency'? This from the woman who is advocating holding The Olympics. As for the posting 'wondering' if the pandemic and the various responses will continue for another year: the vaccine is in place. 34 million folks will be vaccinated beginning in April. There are 100 million adults in Japan. At that rate, the population will be vaccinated before the end of summer if not earlier.

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Posted in: Woman dies from brain hemorrhage days after receiving coronavirus vaccine, but link uncertain See in context

Man dies from cancer, three days after receiving vaccine. Man dies from heart attack three days after receiving vaccine. Man dies in automobile accident three days after receiving vaccine. Man dies from gunshot wound three days after receiving vaccine. There may be a link, but probably not, as there is no credible evidence.

Unless there is actual evidence, it is akin to tabloid journalism. Adding caveats after stating a speculative connection is essentially meaningless.

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Posted in: Republican calls grow for U.S. to boycott 2022 Olympics in China See in context

Haley, is a halfwit and less than successful governor (didn't fulfill her term) and during her tenure impoverished the majority of the citizenry and created economic chaos in her home state. She committed various ethical violations and engaged in corrupt activities taking bribes and pay-offs. She is neither moral or ethical. She represents everything vile and insidious about the Republican Party - a Party that has absolutely no interest in Human Rights or any other. At best, she is a hypocrite.

The Republicans on whose behalf she deigns to speak, happily supported the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq and regime change in Libya & Syria. Within those regions millions have been displaced and hundreds of thousands slaughtered. Haley and her Republican cohorts display utter disdain for civil and human rights as evidenced in the formulation of policies and legislation pushed by the Party.

Further, Republican and the corporate interest they front for, invested in China by outsourcing manufacturing and assembly, which enabled China to reach the 'take-off stage' and become an economic powerhouse.

That Nikki Haley, is concerned about human rights is absurd ad nauseum.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics should have fans in stands: Hashimoto See in context

The Olympics are a vanity project borne forward by the IOC and a host of wealthy corporate interests. As is, it will be a super-spreader event, if allowed to transpire - let alone allowing spectators which will exponentially spread the virus.

Hashimoto, is a member of the LDP, that she is female, so what? It means she will follow the whims & caprices of the ruling junta. Her gender does not offset marching orders to push the games forward.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 committee to pick at least 11 women to join board: report See in context

Hopefully, members of the 2011 WC Nadeshiko will be emplaced, along with other women not simply members of the status quo aka LDP Party.

And. Indeed it 'is news' and welcome. Whatever means possible to elevate women into positions of power and there are many who are qualified, perhaps more so than numerous males who inhabit the positions thru the old guard network.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs bill to enable simpler court steps to spot cyberbullies See in context

What happened to blocking?

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Posted in: Governors urge central gov't to deliver vaccine rollout plan See in context

The no plan plan. That there is no actual plan to rollout the vaccine, under the direction of Kono, aptly reflects the ineptitude of the LDP Party and the 'in-house talent'. His mantra seems to be, not now, but later or eventually.

Japan has low numbers of infected individuals. Which has little to do with the central government. Unlike in the USA, there are not a significant number of crazies declaring the SARSCoV-2 a conspiracy or refusing to wear a mask and ignoring all other protocols. Indeed, there are some lunatics that 'deny' the reality of the virus, but are limited in number. There is a certain sensibility and awareness among the general population that has contributed to stanching off the infection rate. As a contrary example, look at the behavior of Italians which led to an incredible flare-up. Same for the Americans. The population of Japan responded appropriately at the very beginning of the pandemic - a reduction in commuting by train was measured & in accord with the determined factors. Folks remained at home, as much as possible. Restaurants converted to take-out. Many businesses suffered adverse financial impacts, which is unfortunate, by either closing or reducing hours. Some went out of business. The numbers flattened out, until GoToTravel, wizardry conjured up by Suga to enrich the domestic tourist industry. Suga, of course, the architect encouraging industrial tourism from China- which is how the pandemic found its way to Japan. Hopefully, his tenure as PM will be short.

As for rolling-out vaccinations. What little planning exists, seems to be on the prefecture level.

With the supposed, impending Olympics, the inability to have presently begun the vaccination of the population is very queer. Though, inoculating upwards of 34 million in April, is significant. Statistically, it would indicate there is the possibility of vaccinating the adult population by mid-summer.

Impediments seem to be the proper type of syringe - a fault directly related to failures by Pfizer and their intent to profit by charging for the magical appearance of an extra dose in every vial. Appropriate storage facilities aka refrigeration for the vaccine. And the proposed domestic manufacture of a patented vaccine.

In spite of opinions to the contrary, most adults should be inoculated by mid-summer. All dependent on pharmaceutical companies honoring contracts.

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Posted in: IOC, 4 other Tokyo Games organizers to meet Wednesday on spectators See in context

Holding the Olympics is completely dumb. The reasons are endless. Allowing foreign visitors as spectators is beyond dumb. It will fulminate into a disaster beyond measure. There is a worldwide PANDEMIC, across every continent. Variances and mutations of the virus can be held in check only by disallowing foreign travel and restricting the movement beyond local contagions. Instead, the IOC, cares not one whit. And officials in Japan, push for an event that should be cancelled and the resources dedicated to such shunted to battle an obvious problems aka SARSCoV-2.

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Posted in: Suga denies ethics scandal pushed him to skip press conference See in context

When will they arrest him?

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Posted in: Japan to begin allowing foreign Olympic athletes' entry next month: Nikkei See in context

Bjorn, examine the science of the pandemic. Which is bountiful in peer reviewed research, by actual scientists and MDs. And look at the number of deaths in places like Italy, Sweden and the U.S. Reflect on recent events in place like New York and L.A., where hospitals were overflowing with SARSCoV-2 patients, shutting down response to other medical concerns. The deaths of healthcare workers. Lack of ventilators. Look, quite simply at China when the pandemic first emerged.

Conducting the Olympics is beyond dumb. The population of Japan, almost ZERO percent are vaccinated. The elderly will not be vaccinated until April. It is a recipe for disaster. All the politicians and responsible individuals should be dismissed from their employ and replaced.

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Posted in: Japan to begin allowing foreign Olympic athletes' entry next month: Nikkei See in context

How many ways can you spell dumb & stupid. There is a world-wide pandemic raging. Nary any are vaccinated in Japan. And Olympic athletes are allowed into Japan without quarantine or vaccination. And next month (two days hence) GoToTravel picks up where it left off - a spike in cases of SARSCoC-2. Just excellent. A government In Command, working For-the-People.

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Posted in: Vaccines 'encouraged' but not compulsory for athletes at Tokyo Olympics: Coates See in context

No inoculation required by foreign athletes traveling to Japan, during a pandemic who will be interacting with large numbers of individuals. That is beyond stupid. No vaccination, no entry. IT IS A WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC. It originated in a foreign land and was brought to Japan by tourists from Wuhan. In January 2020. That is a very poignant clue. Incredible. The plague that just keeps keeping on. Mostly due to ignorant behavior and piss-poor planning by federated governments. As for the IOC, it is a borderline criminal organization.

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Posted in: Ministry punishes 11 officials for ethics code violations involving Suga's son See in context

"Leave the Dad alone." How incredibly lame. The point being, he IS Suga's son, which allows access. Kinda like Hunter Biden.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 chief says gender equality efforts as important as virus containment See in context

Organic. A post on the site declares: the number of men an women on the board should be determined by an organic process and such will evolve without any social activism or social movement, let alone legislation. That is as quaint as Hashimoto, after the dismissal of a misogynist & bigot aka Mori, declaring a need for a non-existent egalitarianism, which is remedied by including 40% women on the board (as has been pointed out equal would be 50%). This will mark the start of the social evolution of a culture mired in a deeply ingrained paternalism with a patriarchal authoritarian root. That is, at best, magical thinking. Never mind, that Hashimoto is not independent of the LDP, which is basely conservative and right-wing. A better choice would have been Homare Sawa, who indeed has worked for parity among men and women.

That Japan has mis-managed the rollout of the vaccine does not bode well for the potential Olympics. A very large majority of the population oppose the games if the citizenry has not been vaccinated prior to the event. Which is incredibly sensible, but apparently those in charge ignore such.

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Posted in: Majority of Japanese Paralympic groups worried about Games, polls show See in context

Worried? That's an understatement.

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Posted in: Facebook to restore Australia news pages after deal on media law See in context

Facebook: Gangster capitalism at work. As for news feeds: the employed algorithms block genuine journalists who have been shunted to the margins. Though weirdo bloggers and nonsense that doesn't even aspire to the level of a tabloid appear regularly. Facebook is a data mining venture, incredibly intrusive and warrants regulation due to monopoly status. Facebook has a very large, detrimental effect on the practice of actual journalism and its proliferation. Same with Google.

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Posted in: Pandemic wedding plunge adds to Japan demographic woes See in context

How about SPEEDING UP the process of vaccination to re-open & reinvigorate the economy by this summer. Which would allow not just the Wedding Industry to proliferate, but all other aspects of the economy. As for demographics: a decrease in population is All To The Good. It reduces the need and pressures on natural resources. It allows for a lower cost of living in terms of housing, which would require an adjustment from behemoth corporate entities. As for the fable about supporting pensioners and other social services: the Yen is a fiat currency and allows an ability to fund such thru central banking entities. In short, the cash can be printed and distributed thru various financial & banking mechanisms without causing harm to the overall economy. the other element, that particular demographic of elders will eventually dissolve over a fairly short period of time as their numbers are concentrated and limited over a very specific time span. One of the most pressing problems is over-population, it is one of the primary causes of environmental degradation and ecocide. Less people, more opportunity.

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

The absurdity of holding the Olympics during a pandemic is only surpassed by the intent to allow unchecked foreigners rambling about. That an event requires an app to track potential disease vectors is beyond ignorant. The entirety is based on a premise that athletes will have been selected, trained, participated in preliminary events to sharpen competitive skills & team work and the infrastructure is in place to conduct the myriad events. Which at this juncture seems mere fantasy and ignores some very harsh realities. The authorities in charge fail to heed the apparent dangers associated with an ever present epidemic. That government officials do not have an active plan to vaccinate the population poste haste speaks to an inability to conduct large events that attend to the entire population. The same are going to put their energy into an enterprise doomed to failure does not speak well to their leadership capacities or ability to identify the most pressing issue(s) which is NOT the Olympics or the design of an app to allow such.

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