Richard Gallagher comments

Posted in: Olympic transport simulation See in context

There is a reason why customer service in The West is so heinous - along with general incompetence. Lack of training and bad manners.

Certainly, there is reason to practice and be able to perform not just ably, but efficiently and with complete competence. It isn't a commuter bus route.

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Posted in: Organizers show off athletes' village a month before Tokyo Olympics begin See in context

Those rooms will be used for three weeks. They are dormitories - not a hotel.

Beds are constructed out of high-impact, recycled cardboard and can support 200 kilograms. There are extensions for too tall athletes. The beds are six feet, ten inches in length. Seven foot, six inches with the extension. Inexpensive and sturdy.

The rooms are similar to any Olympics in the past several decades.

Wealthy athletes, essentially pros, like the USA Men & Women's basketball teams haven't bunked in a dorm since 1998. In 2016, they had accommodations on a cruise ship.

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Posted in: Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, marked across U.S. See in context

Juneteenth. Great. Advancing, at least, a modicum of awareness. Symbolic. Hard work lies ahead. As always. "Two steps forward. One step back." Frederick Douglass

However. The Civil War officially ended in 1866. It did not end with Lee's surrender, that was the Army of Northern Virginia. That was a surrender agreement. The fighting continued. A battle won by the Confederates took place in Texas, after Lee's surrender. Interestingly, that battle near Brownsville involved a company of Union, Black American soldiers.

The Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect, January 1, 1863, preceded the end of the Civil War.

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Posted in: Tokyo LGBTQ center head hoping Olympics spark social change See in context

"...discrimination exists. I mean, take a look at their attitudes towards tattoos for example - people with ink can't visit onsens, some beaches, waterparks etc. As someone who has tattoos..."

Excluding individuals with tattoos is not discrimination. If you cannot fathom the difference between being tatted-up, which is a choice and the actual discrimination against gay rights - the level of narcissism is beyond measure and occludes rational judgment.

As for The Olympics bringing about social change, that is an interesting notion. The structure of the institution that lords over the games, the IOC and the major powers that fund and profit off the entire spectacle are anything but a force for social change. It's cosmetics and image and mostly a means for snake oil salesman to promote their wares which are material and that purchase has attendant imposition of a very narrow frame of 'consciousness' which is all about the status quo and keeping the entire machine rolling along without impediment. It is a business. Selling shoes. Athletic wear. Food and drink. All pasted over with a happy smile and shiny medals. And a few heart-wrenching narratives to put a human face on it all.

The games readily, easily and quickly fade from memory. It is an event of little consequence in terms of anything other than adverse consequence. The gross ignorance of holding a spectacle during a world-wide epidemic is testimony enough. It is about money. Not sympathy for the oppressed.

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Posted in: Japan considers dropping plan to procure U.S.-made anti-ship missiles See in context

The less spent on expensive weapons systems is welcome. The entire façade, based on some nonsensical 'defense' against the ominous Chinese dragon is absurd ad infinitum. As if China is going to invade Japan or rain down missiles upon its cities.

Japan, remains a client-state of the USA, which is approaching the century mark. The politicos in the LDP are lapdogs for the USA, which employs Japan as a military outpost on the edge of Asia.

As if the mighty airforce, the fleet of F-15s or the rather bogus F-35 will stave off an invading force of the imagination. Or a barrage of missiles will keep the enemy at bay.

The model for Japan should be Switzerland, not some bizarre fevered dream of Empire, supposed by former PM Abe and its discount version Suga.

In any altercation with China, cultivated by the USA and its pivot to Asia, Japan would be flattened and turned into dust. Foreign policy should be base on economics and 'friendly' alliances. China, India and Russia are on the rise, the USA in decline.

The weapons industry in the USA is exactly that - purchasing armaments from a dying empire is a peculiar stratagem - especially over-priced systems with built complexities bound to fail at its base design.

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Posted in: All Olympic live viewing events in Tokyo to be canceled: Koike See in context

The games will be epic. Historical. An epic disaster. Run by fools.

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Posted in: Number of officials from overseas at Tokyo Olympics could be cut by another 25,000 See in context

All one need do is look at what happened in New York City, with SARSCoV-2 overwhelming the city and hence spread outwards. Tokyo, to a degree, similar to NYC, an enormous metropolitan area with large masses of citizenry commuting all throughout the city. Reducing the number of overseas personnel will not stave off the spread of the virus.

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

It will be EPIC! An epic disaster. Hopefully, it will put a stake into the heart of a ridiculous spectacle designed to bring in riches to the IOC and elite sponsors.

The entirety has been a fraud from its inception - created by dissolute aristocrats in the 19th century. Some banal form of amusement for the upper classes. The nobility being amused by blood sports. A queer brotherhood confabulated out of the minds of Teutonic chauvinists and carried forth by those of privilege thru two world wars and into the so-called modern era with all attendant propaganda and plastering the lauded athletes on a cereal box aka Wheaties. All that prior to the corporate, drugged-up, high dollar spectacle with its over-hyped emotive marketing as some manner of noble endeavor. Dump it and kick it to the curb.

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Posted in: Health experts warn of Olympic COVID-19 threat; prefer no spectators See in context

Seiko Hashimoto, is an expert at exactly what? Speed skating. Bike racing? She has absolutely no background in healthcare. Let alone virology or immunology. 

The purposeful misrepresentation of statistics is illuminating. 80% are against the Olympics being held in July. That's 80% opposed not 31%, slicing & dicing it to reduce the effective percentage is an attempt to shift to a false narrative.

The ignorance in failing to heed the warnings of the medical establishment and others in the healthcare field shows a complete disregard for reality.

The risks are clear. The science determines it is foolish to hold the Olympics. Actual circumstances throughout the globe fully illustrate the folly of ignoring the current and very ongoing pandemic.

The politicians who endorse the games are concerned about profits to the entities that hold power over those officials aka the status quo, who represent the elite and privileged. Who serve not the people, but corporate interests and their own selfish ambition.

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Posted in: Japan pledges 'safe and secure' Olympics in economic blueprint - draft See in context

Yeah, foreigners are so savvy. What an arrogant remark. As if the so-called locals are unawares.

The only legacy, will be one of disaster and ignorance, the sense of ignoring the mandate of the people, who decried and opposed the Olympics being held during a pandemic.

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Posted in: Diet ends session without extension over coronavirus response See in context

Suga, claims his priority is the pandemic. Then focuses on promoting the Olympics, intends to dissolve the state of emergency, has no actual plan for immunizing the populous and ignores the parliament excepting for those who fall in line, which is his own party the LDP.

That indeed is scandalous behavior. Let alone all the infringements his cronies and progeny have engaged in. Let alone the failure to consider the needs, the health & welfare of 'the people' above his own narrow and self-serving interests aka the upcoming Olympic being held during a plague.

This from the trial of Katsuyuki Kawai, a scandal that included vote buying: Shigemasa explained that she could not refuse the cash when Katsuyuki told her, “This is from Abe.” When the scandal unfolded and there were indictments, Abe resigned due to health reasons. Suga, then floated into office on a sea of corruption, Abe's factotum and former hatchet man.

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Posted in: Warning to athletes: Follow the rules at Tokyo Olympics, or else See in context

More than 100,000 individuals. And The Playbook. A playbook without definitive rules or punishments.

Just terrific. The IOC & JOC & Comcast: it is all about the Benjamins. For all else there is total disregard.

The IOC would have hold the Olympics during the Black Plague.

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Posted in: China denounces NATO statement; defends defense policy See in context

The G7 countries are responsible for enabling the rise of China. Almost a classic application of Schumpeter's take-off theory. By offshoring manufacturing, production and assembly of consumer items, the over 100 major US corporate entities from electronics to artificial plastic flowers to automotive parts to toilet paper - GM, Gerber Baby Foods, Dodge, Nike, Motorola, Levis, Rawlings, Fender guitars, Dell, Ford, Under Armor, Frito Lay, Harley-Davidson, Intel, Kraft, Nabisco, Walgreen, Wal-Mart, and a litany of others have funded and enabled the Chinese Empire. Same for international companies in Europe.

That the long list of top USA companies, many being major corporate entities, would allow hostilities of a military nature to endanger their investment and profiteering is an illusion. Let alone do KFC, McDonalds, Nike, GM and others wish to endanger their profits from peddling their goods in China, the soon to be largest consumer market in the world.

As for NATO, it's an antiquated alliance with longstanding failures, now being re-vamped to 'protect' the world from Russia and China. Strategic competitors who threaten a way of life, whatever that may be. The dim-witted plan for NATO aka defense, is a bombardment of Russia and then a military invasion, as if this would lead to immediate surrender, what it would guarantee is the launching of nuclear devices by Russia aimed at Europe and the USA. Brilliant. The over-reaching strategy is one of disaster. Same witless strategy for attacking China, which would result in the nuking of Japan, Guam and the USA. The use of proxy armies by the USA, is not just a flawed strategy, it is completely mad. No surprise. Only 17% of Europeans want closer ties with the USA and less than 10% want the USA as a military ally or partner. European countries (and one would hope Japan, also) realize the future lies with China and not the USA and are shifting their alliance.

Those who advocate an antagonistic stance by Japan towards China, including the acquisition of nuclear weapons & creating a large military force are complete fools. The future is the New Silk Road and creating economic ties with China. The USA is headed to the rubbish heap of history.

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Posted in: Lawmakers vote down no-confidence motion against Suga's cabinet See in context

Suga. Inherits 'the throne' and instead of being an interim PM seizes power. His general ineptitude, cognitive impairment due to old age and intensely conservative ideology have resulted in continual mismanagement and an increasingly haphazard governance. He is an ongoing, low-level disaster. His dedication to The Olympics, borders on madness, as it is a potential threat, literally, to the health of the nation and its peoples. That he acquiesces to private power aka the IOC and Comcast does not bode well for the immediate future. A party aka LDP ruled over and controlled by septuagenarians reflects policies that are antiquated and basely reactionary & right wing. Suga and his cronies are a churlish lot that portend disaster for the future. The people themselves have no confidence in the current ruling junta.

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Posted in: Paris Jackson says paparazzi caused her long-term trauma See in context

Unfortunate. Assuming, she is wealthy beyond means, there are varying & myriad solutions. No matter how intrusive, hardly a matter for more than passing sympathy. Let alone does it merit to be the subject of so-called journalism. A child of inherited wealth and fame. And the cult of personality.

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Posted in: Aussie Spirit See in context

Why, are they in Japan? The strictures dictated by the JOC/IOC claimed no athletic teams from foreign countries would arrive until shortly prior to the games?

Inspiration for what and how?

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Posted in: Djokovic, Federer, Nadal: Who's the greatest of them all? See in context

He will not win another 25 titles. Nor will he win Wimbledon. Let alone the Grand Slam. There are young players, more than capable of defeating Djokovic. Next year, he will be 35 and it will show, injuries and stamina will begin to wreak havoc.

The three top dogs, at their best, Djokovic is third and not close to second, let alone first.

Federer is going to be 40 years old and still a threat.

Only one year separates Djokovic and Nadal. Nadal, however has punished his body with his athletic, full tilt play and sustained numerous injuries. He is, aged beyond his years. But still pushes his body beyond its bounds.

Djokovic is operating in a gap between two players well into their twilight & on the cusp of retirement and the young talented players who are nowhere near maturity. This is Djokovic's final big year. Next year, there are players who will grind him down. Federer destroying Djokovic:

https://youtu.be/eDszwSMbeh8?t=14

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Posted in: Ghosn pledges lengthy fight to clear his name See in context

To be succinct:

 In the U.S. the conviction rate for contested trials is about 83 percent. In Japan, the conviction rate for contested cases is over 96 percent. This difference of roughly 13 percent is significant for defendants, but hardly the yawning chasm one would imagine from reading recent commentary on the Ghosn case. The fact remains that conviction rates in both countries are strikingly high.

Japan’s often-cited conviction rate of over 99 percent is a percentage of all prosecuted cases, not just contested cases. It is eye-catching, but misleading, since it counts as convictions those cases in which defendants pleaded guilty. If the U.S. conviction rate were calculated in a similar manner it would also exceed 99 percent since so few cases are contested at trial (in FY 2018 only 320 of the total number of 79,704 federal defendants were acquitted at trial).

Ghosn’s case was atypical of white-collar criminal cases in Japan, as it included a lengthy pre-trial detention, his complete failure to cooperate (such as by providing a statement setting forth his version of events), and the presence of a flight risk. And although in Japan white collar criminals rarely go to jail, the enormous amount of alleged undisclosed compensation ($80 million) and retirement benefits ($60 million), together with the inclusion of more serious allegations of misuse of corporate funds, created uncertainty as to the possibility of jail time if convicted.

The Japanese criminal justice system struggled to deal with the Ghosn case. Anyone who posed a significant flight risk would be a good candidate for detention until trial, in the United States as well as Japan. In this case the judges did not grant the full periods of detention sought by prosecutors, and Ghosn’s lawyers ultimately succeeded in getting him released on bail under strict conditions. Ghosn then famously fled Japan. There is no evidence Ghosn was treated any differently due to being a foreigner. However, a rich and powerful person might be particularly offended by the detention conditions for noncooperating suspects.

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Posted in: Ghosn pledges lengthy fight to clear his name See in context

That's amusing. He wishes to clear his good name - which assumes he had one to begin with.

Ghosn, another entitled and privileged capitalist desperado - imagining he can loot and pillage without culpability. Hiding behind the façade of law aka a battery of high priced lawyers and an ability to buy off officials with his vast fortune.

He's a fugitive in hiding. Large amounts of money have been seized due to his misdeeds. His criminal criminal behavior is well documented. He is not being persecuted, he's a corporate criminal engaged in all manner of corruption, fraud and theft. He isn't robin Hood, he's Prince John.

Conviction rates are high, in Japan, not because of a corrupt system, but because most individuals accused of a crime are guilty. False arrest is rare, when it tends to felonious behavior. The DOJ in the USA, pegs the conviction rate in the USA, at 97%., in federal courts less than 3% go to court. The volume of crime in the USA far outstrips that in Japan.

 In the U.S. the conviction rate for contested trials is about 83 percent. In Japan, the conviction rate for contested cases is over 96 percent. This difference of roughly 13 percent is significant for defendants, but hardly the yawning chasm one would imagine from reading recent commentary on the Ghosn case. The fact remains that conviction rates in both countries are strikingly high.

Japan’s often-cited conviction rate of over 99 percent is a percentage of all prosecuted cases, not just contested cases. It is eye-catching, but misleading, since it counts as convictions those cases in which defendants pleaded guilty. If the U.S. conviction rate were calculated in a similar manner it would also exceed 99 percent since so few cases are contested at trial (in FY 2018 only 320 of the total number of 79,704 federal defendants were acquitted at trial).

Ghosn’s case was atypical of white-collar criminal cases in Japan, as it included a lengthy pre-trial detention, his complete failure to cooperate (such as by providing a statement setting forth his version of events), and the presence of a flight risk. And although in Japan white collar criminals rarely go to jail, the enormous amount of alleged undisclosed compensation ($80 million) and retirement benefits ($60 million), together with the inclusion of more serious allegations of misuse of corporate funds, created uncertainty as to the possibility of jail time if convicted.

The Japanese criminal justice system struggled to deal with the Ghosn case. Anyone who posed a significant flight risk would be a good candidate for detention until trial, in the United States as well as Japan. In this case the judges did not grant the full periods of detention sought by prosecutors, and Ghosn’s lawyers ultimately succeeded in getting him released on bail under strict conditions. Ghosn then famously fled Japan. There is no evidence Ghosn was treated any differently due to being a foreigner. However, a rich and powerful person might be particularly offended by the detention conditions for noncooperating suspects.

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Posted in: NBCUniversal CEO says Tokyo Olympics could be most profitable ever for company See in context

The city of Atlanta's citizens being inconvenienced or Londoners concerned about traffic, is not in league with 80% of an entire nation opposing the games during a pandemic.

Zika, is spread by mosquitoes and hardly in the category of a worldwide, ongoing epidemic stretching out over 18 months and eventually into two years.

CEO Shell repeats the same mantra as his fellows, everyone will be happy, once the games commence and tries to shift 'the narrative' through being dismissive, by citing the various annoyances that have confronted the games and were of no consequence.

The continual harping that half of the citizenry believe the Olympics will take place, as if that is a means of approval, is another means of spin, nowhere is the 80% opposition figure cited.

These are The Comcast Covid Games. Why are the games taking place during a pandemic is the 1.25 billion dollar question: and the answer is the 7.65 billion contract between the IOC and Comcast and the immediate payout of 4.5 billion to the IOC, by NBCU. Infrastructure and support are a 25 billion dollar outlay to the Japanese taxpayers. The loss is borne by Japan within the public and private sectors.

Meanwhile, atop the suffering and economic loss: NBCU, generates the largest profits ever for Olympic broadcasts. 7,000 hours of events. How many individuals does that require?

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Posted in: Djokovic, Federer, Nadal: Who's the greatest of them all? See in context

Djokovic. Federer was able to beat him regularly, when younger. Federer will be 40 in August.

Djokovic has profited by being younger than Nadal & Federer. Nadal has pushed his body to extremes and plays such a physical game he is older than his years and well past his prime.

Being dubbed the greatest, in tennis, is not simply a matter of total Grand Slam wins - it is the measure of a career and performance during peak years. Nadal is the greatest ever on clay. Federer, the greatest all round player and played an elegant game with feats of athleticism executed with ease & grace.

Within this year or next, the young Turks will begin to take Djokovic down. Djokovic happens to be operating at time when the two greatest players are well into their twilight and the young talents are just that, but on the rise. Though a great tennis player, he has been gifted with a period when the competition is reduced. A prime Federer, reigns supreme to all but his genuine rival, Nadal.

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Posted in: Suga not ruling out election if no-confidence vote submitted See in context

Comfort women. Women who are forced to work in brothels. The proper terminology would be sex slaves.

As for Suga, dealing with SARSCoV-2, a supposed priority, he implemented GoToTravel, which caused a spread of the contagion. Imposed a 'state-of-emergency' which he lifted in the Spring and another proliferation of viral infections. There are 50 million doses of vaccine, stored in Kansai, 18 months into the pandemic, no viable means of inoculation is in place, the vaccine sits in cold storage.

80% of the population, a significant number of physicians and myriad healthcare practitioners & officials oppose holding the Olympic Games. Suga reflects the mantra of IOC/AOC Coates and lapdog Dick Pound, 'the games must go on, no matter the cost'. The actors who exercise actual control, such as Comcast/NBCU, members of the IOC and large corporate entities that peddle shoes and other fashionwear determine that The Olympics will take place, not Suga or his cronies.

Australia sends its Women's Softball Team, contrary to the 'promise' athletes would not arrive until shortly before the games commence. Which functions as a peculiar means of PR, no accident Coates is from Australia, to illustrate that a contingency of athletes can 'safely' exist among the populous. Ignoring the fact it is approximately 35 individuals, hardy the almost 12,000 athletes, not counting staff, hangers on, officials and those who work the ropes, which is 100,000 to 250,000 depending on who is working the numbers.

Vote of confidence? Hardly. More, simply incompetent to begin with and that multiplied by the situation.

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Posted in: Bored Games: Aussie softball team finds Olympic bubble challenging See in context

An absurd situation. That the team is from Australia, same as IOC/AOC Coates, providing a supposed example, that the Olympics are possible - a further absurdity and part of a rather large, flawed PR strategy.

That the team is engaging in games with Japanese teams certainly is not in-line with 'being in a bubble'.

No genuine reason was offered as to why the team is in Japan.

However welcoming the locals, who wave from a distance, the coach must have missed the news that 80% of Japanese oppose the Olympics.

Noted is his referencing the women on his team as girls.

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Posted in: Johnson backs Tokyo Olympics; Japan wants more G7 support See in context

Boris Johnson. The kiss of death.

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Posted in: Olympic organizers estimate 225,000 fans per day at Tokyo venues See in context

225,000 spectators per day. That is insane.

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Posted in: Swimming Australia urges Groves to provide details after 'perverts' complaint See in context

The commentary is beyond shameful and treads being overtly misogynist. Completely ignoring the history of abuse that continues and remains current in Australia and other countries. Apparently, IOC Coates, suffers from amnesia, as Australian athletics has been rife with abuse of female athletes, particularly in gymnastics and swimming, as reflected in statement by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC). The Australian Human Rights Commission has investigated and confirmed instances of abuse within gymnastics: Almost 200 past and present gymnasts provided testimony of their experiences of abuse in the sport, the report is 110 pages in length.

Australian swimming has a legacy of abuse: Scott Volkers. Terrence Buck. Stephen Roser.

For abuse within athletics, a premier example: Sandusky at Penn State.

For abuse in USA gymnastics and predatory coaches: Larry Nassar. John Geddert.

For abuse in USA swimming:  Mitchell Ivey. Andrew King. Everett Uchiyam.

And for those who ignorantly disclaim the incidence of abuse in Australian sport, take a gander:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/olympics/gymnastics-australia-report-shocking-findings-of-sexual-physical-emotional-abuse-of-young-gymnasts/news-story/83026b2f2e191093363b8894bb4f78b5

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Posted in: Unseeded Krejcikova, Pavlyuchenkova reach French Open final See in context

The lousy refereeing continues at Roland Garros.

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Posted in: Australian swimmer Groves pulls out of Olympic trials, citing 'perverts' See in context

An array of incredibly, at best, tone deaf comments. The article is an indicator and there is evident testimony available, far and wide, if you examine abuse in sport. Abuse in Australian swimming has been an ongoing problem. The vapid commentary is beyond ignorant and ignores the obvious facts of abuse present throughout the world in sport, much of the commentary is genuinely misogynist.

The exploitation of young athletes is rampant in sport.

For a good example, look at collegiate football. Jerry Sandusky.

Women's gymnastics, USA: John Geddert. Larry Nassar.

Australian swimming: Scott Volkers. Paul Frost.

Which is just to name a few.

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Posted in: Suga regrets having to take all the heat for hosting Olympics during pandemic See in context

These are the Abe Olympics, with his former hatchet man and lieutenant, in charge. a man who was supposed to defer to others and merely keep the seat warm for the next PM. Instead he has grabbed the crown and his regime is one of ineptitude and failure. Yet he remains.

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Posted in: Japan considers vaccinating all 70,000 Tokyo Games volunteers See in context

Comments about media manipulation. Spot on. Fox Newz, cited 60% of Japanese oppose the games.

NBCU. Owned by Comcast. Is the largest profiteer. Earning billions from broadcast rights. Comcast owns the Olympics and the IOC. Brian Roberts, CEO and biggest shareholder issues the marching orders and calls the tune. Suga. Bach. Roberts whistles and they answer his call and do his bidding. The command is to proceed no matter the cost to all, as what matters is the profit for the few.

As for inoculations. More the merrier. Though, immunizing the volunteers exhibits the loathing & contempt those who lord over us have for the common herd.

Pandalympics: most excellent naming.

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