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Posted in: GOP purges Cheney for 'unity,' but Trump bent on retribution See in context

P. SmithToday  08:44 am JST

It’s not an opinion that there was no fraud in the election, it’s a fact. It doesn’t matter how many people believe otherwise; facts don’t depend on conservatives’ feelings.

According to Newt Gingrich everyone in the country possibly believes Biden won fair and square. I seriously cannot see all those 2020 Trump voters clinging to this delusion of his or sticking with him right through to 2024.

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Posted in: GOP purges Cheney for 'unity,' but Trump bent on retribution See in context

“Whatever the rest of the country thinks or whatever his opponents in the news media think, he believes that he lost the White House illegitimately, and that’s a pretty big grudge, so I don't think he's going to give up that sense of grievance very easily,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Whatever the rest of the country thinks.

I wonder if he realises just what he's said there.

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Posted in: UK Labour leader reshuffles team after poor local election results See in context

itsonlyrocknrollMay 10  10:02 am JST

Far simpler for Starmer to step down. This has all the hallmarks of shuffling the deck chairs.

Unless there's anyone stellar lined up to replace him changing leader would be just like shuffling the deck chairs, wouldn't it?

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Posted in: Scottish nationalists vow independence vote after election win See in context

GoodlucktoyouToday  11:14 am JST

Lived in Edinburgh for a time, where rich English toffs live. I never met a single Scot who liked the English.

There are 5.45 million people living in Scotland. How many Scots did you meet?

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Posted in: Scottish nationalists vow independence vote after election win See in context

I'm disappointed that people in my country are thick enough to give a majority to a bunch of odious jumped-up district councillors and think they should have the power to determine the destiny of the whole UK when all they're good for is wracking up debts.

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Posted in: Bill to amend law on Constitution revision referendum likely to pass Diet See in context

If I dare make a negative comment about Suga or the LDP I wonder if I'll get 15 downvotes too.

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Posted in: Britain, Japan agree to strengthen trade and security partnership See in context

MartimuranoMay 4  09:43 pm JST

I don't think so UK is actually run by an incredibly astute, charismatic and dynamic operator - he is a brilliant academic, a guy who actually gets things done (egs. lockdowns, mass vaccination roll-outs, booming-economy, getting-the-hell-out-of-the-European-muddlers-and-morons).....

He also gets rich Tory supporters to lend him money for expensive interior refurbishments, fails to declare the loans and lies about it when questioned in Parliament. He's also reported to have said he'd rather see bodies piled high in the streets than declare another lockdown.

small wonder that he's very popular really.

He's just lucky that a lot of British people, willfully or otherwise, seem to be blind to his faults.

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Posted in: Beyond the pandemic: London votes for a mayor during crisis See in context

bass4funkToday  09:51 am JST

"Khan has been terrible for London. I sincerely hope he loses. And he’s racist"

I would tend to agree.

Then I trust you won't be making any further remarks about Europeans or Britons commenting on US politics.

bass4funkToday  10:59 am JST

How closely have you followed Khan? Reading Trump’s trash Tweets about him?

As much as you closely followed Trump.

If you're implying that someone else followed news about Trump extremely closely, it's surprising that the Mayor of London is that important to you.

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Posted in: UK denies that Johnson said 'let the bodies pile high' See in context

WolfpackApr. 26  08:05 pm JST

This is how it works- the press publishes an outright lie about a conservative politician...

Oh those poor conservatives. Doomed to be forever vilified by The Left, eh? Do you actually know anything at all about The Daily Mail and its political stance?

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Posted in: Virus surge, by-election losses put Suga's future in question See in context

Derek GrebeToday  08:52 am JST

Why is it so impossible for the best and brightest, most well-educated political minds in Japan to put forward a credible opposition?

Well now. First off, running for office is extremely expensive but loopholes in the political funds control laws allow incumbents to acquire funds from local donors and then pass them on to their offspring, along with their campaign organisations, support base and family brand name. LDP politicians tend to be rather good at building these personal power bases even though they're terrible at everything else, and they don't really care much about party policies at the national level because so much of their funding comes from local sources. Opposition politicians can get funding the same way so they don't have much interest either in following coherent ideologies that could give them an edge against the LDP.

Second, there's a vote value disparity that favours people in rural areas, and as they are often conservatively inclined they're inclined to vote LDP. Opposition parties just don't have the money to put up candidates to challenge LDP incumbents, and residents of these areas who don't like the LDP are very likely not to bother voting because it's either a foregone conclusion (they think) or there just isn't anyone else to vote for. Of course, it doesn't help much when opposition candidates have pretty much the same ideas as people in the LDP, e.g. Yuriko Koike, who was a senior LDP member at one time herself and wouldn't have centrist or left-leaning politicians in her party prior to the last election.

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Posted in: Suga declares state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka region See in context

A quasi-state of emergency is already in effect in the major cities in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo, as well as six other prefectures, consisting of measures including the 8 p.m. cutoff for restaurants and bars and capping attendance at large events at 5,000.

But they have been unsuccessful in bringing down coronavirus cases, with the nationwide tally of new infections surpassing 5,000 for a third consecutive day on Friday. 

In other words, these state of emergency declarations are just empty gestures. Even if the number of infected people does go down it'll just shoot up again when the restrictions are lifted because politicians don't have a clue what else to do.

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth marks 95th birthday, days after husband's funeral See in context

P. SmithToday  12:08 pm JST

BigYen: Thanks for the reply. Why not just make the PM the head of state?

Same reason the US has Congress and the Supreme Court - checks and balances. One person with unchecked control over the executive and legislative branches of government could easily abuse it.

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Posted in: 'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso See in context

GaijinjlandToday  11:18 am JST

The pot calling the kettle black. At least Japan, for the most part, is transparent unlike China. 

Someone needed to call Aso out for being a useless old moron. The Japanese media and establishment are too spineless, which is why he's been Deputy PM and Finance Minister for the past nine years. Like the late Duke of Edinburgh with a lot less intelligence and lot more actual power.

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Posted in: 'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso See in context

MeiyouwentiToday  07:43 am JST

Kind words from the world’s biggest polluter. China has been dumping radioactive waste into the ocean for year, as well as plastics and all kinds of industrial waste.

Do you ever hear Chinese politicians saying the water from those oceans is safe to drink? Or the water from the Yangtze River? Hypocrites though they may be, Taro Aso was asking for it with a dumb comment like that.

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Posted in: Iran to begin 60% uranium enrichment after nuclear site incident See in context

WolfpackToday  12:04 pm JST

"So, simple question - is Iran closer to getting a nuclear weapon and are we safer now or in 2016?"

So you trust the crowd who chants ‘Death to America’ at every public gathering and calls Jews pigs? 

Either you don't understand a simple either ... or... question or you're trying to disingenuously weasel out of acknowledging that we are less safe after four years of the Trump administration with strawman arguments and generic waffle about those horrible Iranians. As you don't appear to be completely stupid I suspect the latter.

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Posted in: Northern Ireland wracked by week of riots See in context

FonzyToday  08:20 am JST

If the unionists still claim they are "British" (after 400 years on the make, contributing nothing but bigoted orangism mascarading as "culture" in Ireland) they should really go back to....Britain (Daw), and peace would prvail, at last. THAT is the only permanent solution.

What do you think the chances are of anything like that ever happening? Got any realistic suggestions?

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Posted in: Northern Ireland wracked by week of riots See in context

PaulToday  06:22 am JST

Wolfpack is correct.

The Unionist population in the North is one million. In the whole of Ireland it is still only one million. The nationalist population in the North is one milion. In the whole of Ireland it is almost six million.

Even if we count dissenters on top of unionist voters in an all-Ireland vote, if only half of the nationalist population voted for a United Ireland it would pass by a country mile.

Why should it be an all-Ireland vote? Because nationalists are certain it will deliver a result they like? The people that reunification would have the biggest impact are in Northern Ireland, and as it would be a foregone conclusion why even have a referendum? The Ulster unionists would end up feeling as angry and disenfranchised as the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish who voted to remain in the EU but lost out due to the majority of English people voting to leave. It doesn't bother me at all if Ireland is reunified and the north becomes part of the Republic, but an all-Ireland referendum would be a travesty of democracy. Better to have two - one for the people in Northern Ireland to decide if they want reunification or not, and other for the people in the Republic to decide if they accept the result.

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Posted in: Northern Ireland wracked by week of riots See in context

WolfpackApr. 11  10:17 am JST

Just give Northern Ireland back to the Irish. Problem solved.

No, the problem is the Unionists who don't want Britain to give Northern Ireland back to the Irish, and who know there would be no chance whatsoever of it remaining part of the UK if everyone in Ireland got to vote in a referendum on reunification. In case you didn't know the same Unionists have MPs representing them in Westminster that governments sometimes depend on to get legislation passed, so their opinions are not going to get ignored. If it hadn't been for them Britain would probably have allowed a united Ireland to become independent at least a century ago.

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Posted in: Experts say Suga gov't unlikely to approve female monarch See in context

Experts see it as unlikely that a government panel will reach a conclusion to allow a reigning empress despite widespread public support for the idea.

Well of course. LDP politicians would rather get money and votes from ageing male right-wing nutjobs than death threats, bullets and severed fingers in their mailboxes.

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Posted in: Defying Beijing, U.S. loosens restrictions on Taiwan contacts See in context

bass4funkToday  12:04 pm JST

Liberals always capitulate when it comes to appeasing our adversaries.

You're very relaxed about appeasing Israel and Saudi Arabia. They're not much better than your adversaries and the Saudis are about as bad as anyone gets.

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Posted in: It's extremely regrettable, and I urge businesses to stop these inexcusable acts. See in context

What do they expect. Japanese business leaders collectively have fewer morals than a colony of headlice.

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Posted in: Couple arrested for leaving body of newborn baby in plastic bag See in context

Do the hustleApr. 2  04:45 pm JST

Was the baby dead before they tossed it into the plastic bag? Hopefully, it will be determined that the baby was still alive and this pair of scum will be charged with murder.

Why "hopefully?" Wouldn't this story be marginally less horrible if the child was in fact stillborn?

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Posted in: Man charged over online abuse after 'Terrace House' star's suicide See in context

Nagoya ChrisMar. 31  02:40 pm JST

Abusing people online can be just as hurtful as doing it to them face to face.

It's very easy to hurl out insults online, when all you have is a screen and a keypad in front of you, and no one to answer back. I bet he wouldn't have dared do it to her face.

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Posted in: Japan gov't long-term debt to top ¥1,000 trillion See in context

Fighto!Today  06:37 am JST

No need to panic. This extraordinary spending was vital to keep things ticking along in this once-in-a-hundred-year pandemic.

Unlike most other nations, the vast majority of this debt is domestic debt.

Great. Hooray for Japan, tenno heika banzai, treble sakes all round etc etc. So why don't they just go wild and provide totally free education, healthcare and WiFi, and give everyone massive tax cuts if there's no need to worry about paying the money back?

The Japanese government can choose to repay it any time they choose, through electronic money transfers, and printing money.

So why don't they, instead of expecting us to pay it off with more tax hikes?

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Posted in: Biden calls Georgia voting law 'atrocity' See in context

Burning BushToday  07:31 am JST

Fact check Joe.

Elections are covered under State law, not Federal law.

It's not implied or suggested anywhere in the article that Biden thought otherwise.

Reading comprehension would be required to know that.

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Posted in: No overseas spectators at Tokyo Olympics mirrors Suga's weak standing See in context

GaijinjlandToday  08:14 am JST

I miss Abe. At least he had charisma.

Did he? The sight of him smiling always made me feel queazy. See the way he would grin like a muppet on speed when he was trying to be chummy with Donald Trump? That was downright nauseating.

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Posted in: Minister admits dining with NTT Docomo execs but denies ethics code violation See in context

YuriOtaniMar. 19  09:53 am JST

@theFu, Wow a entire ¥20 yen for a meal! What is he going to buy for such an amount?

What do you think is a reasonable amount then?

Yet this is not the USA and their laws do not apply to Japan.

Why aren't there similar rules here?

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Posted in: UK government opens new offices in Scotland in effort to shore up union See in context

GoodlucktoyouToday  10:44 am JST

Never met a Scot who wants to be part of England.

Not totally sure what that means but I think I might have actually.

Only rich English who own land, castles and manors.

Don't know if this is intentional but it makes you sound like you've been watching The Crown and Downton Abbey a bit too much.

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Posted in: In Japan, the philosophy of gender equality, which is a conventional norm among the international community, is not shared by everyone. We are still in the middle of the journey. See in context

We are still in the middle of the journey.

A journey back to the 1930s, with the likes of her and her geriatric male LDP cronies in charge.

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Posted in: Popularity of Harry and Meghan plummets in UK after Oprah interview, poll says See in context

rainydayToday  10:09 am JST

I’m often reminded of the wise words of one of the world’s greatest police officers:

”No matter how silly the idea of having a queen might seem to us as Americans, we must be gracious and considerate hosts.”

Frank Drebben

That line must have been Leslie Neilsen a quiet chuckle, seeing as he was Canadian...

Among the youngest age group, support for an elected head of state was higher than that for the monarchy by 42% to 37%, although YouGov said this was within the margin of error.

I don't see the point of switching to having an elected head of state if it were to be a mostly ceremonial role like the one the monarch has at the moment. If we didn't end up with a succession of retired MPs, peers and civil servants appointed by Parliament to be president, we would presumably have to go to the bother of having national elections for a mostly powerless figurehead. The alternative would be to completely change the whole system and give an elected head of state some actual power, and I don't think anyone's too keen o that.

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