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

The Republicans know not wot they do by having let the orange cuckoo into their cozy nest ("self-destruction" may be the word that occurs to the more perspicacious, like Liz). But from now on Trump will need eyes in the back of his head to watch out for having made the malevolent Machiavelli of the GOP, "Dark Side" Dick, his mortal enemy who, to avenge his daughter's honor, may soon slither in to administer a poisonous bite. Meanwhile the number of natural enemies circling the Donald grows by the day. Popcorn palooza! Enjoy!

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Posted in: IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics See in context

The IOC appear to be working with the wisdom of the Roman Emperor who bet on "bread and circuses" to appease the plebs, but the thumb up or down will surely be Covid's call.

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Posted in: Johnson seeks to bolster economy as Queen Elizabeth opens new parliament session See in context

Voter fraud is so rare in the UK (and USA) and even if it were to succeed it would have such an infinitesimal impact on election results as compared to the rampant practice of gerrymandering and changing election laws by moving the goal posts to favor the ruling party, like this proposed new ID law which is a blatant copy-cat measure taken from the playbook of the corrupt GOP. This latest transparent Tory wheeze exposes a party bankrupt of ideas with no sense of fairness or morality and only interested in "taking back control" (from the people of Britain). The wheels of karma turn slowly, but these latest ant-democratic measures may backfire to bring the tent down on BoJo's clown show.

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Posted in: 7 students, 1 teacher shot dead at school in Russian city of Kazan See in context

That's some twisted logic, so the school shootings in the US are the result of the Native Americans genocide?

Sorry, but I never intended to establish any logic linking the Kazan school shooting with the gun culture of America which actually does have a logical connection to and historical roots in the subjugation of Native Americans as well as in the legacy of other acts of violence that have impacted the trajectory of American society and left its mark on the character and psyche of the people. I was only thinking of the Russia of today ,a country where the horrific atrocities of the years of Stalinism and the recent Chechen Wars are taboo topics under Putin's violent regime of " state-orchestrated terror", assassination and repression of any criticism, all of which, to put things in perspective, make "small potatoes" of this tragic incident. The point I really meant to make is that Putin's concern for the victims can be no more than pure hypocrisy in light of his transparent purpose of politicizing this incident to boost his "strongman" image.

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Posted in: 7 students, 1 teacher shot dead at school in Russian city of Kazan See in context

A tragedy wherever and whenever a shooting of innocents like this takes place, speaking of which the Russians still have a very long way to go cleaning up their blood-soaked past under Stalin and the mass shootings of Soviet citizens that have never been adequately addressed by Putin and other apologists for Russia's history of the gulags and other atrocities.

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Posted in: Glenn Close on 8 Oscar nods with no wins: I am not a loser See in context

One will come her way in the near future. The failure of Albert Nobbs to garner one was a black eye for the Hollywood arbiters of taste.

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Posted in: Anger in France after 'civil war' warning over Macron's 'concessions' to Islamism See in context

We've seen this all before when the French colonialist army during the Algerian war of liberation were responsible for a body count of a million Arabs and when the pro-Nazi Vichy functionary, Maurice Papon, oversaw the 1961 Paris massacre of Arab protesters, hundreds of whom were killed and their bodies dumped in the Seine. History furnishes overwhelming evidence that militarism attracts humans with a fascist mentality like a magnet iron filings, an inconvenient truth that also applies to the police; the latent violence of these state-sponsored weaponized organizations is naturally papered over and sanitized to permit our pious devotion to the creed of "democracy".

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Posted in: Cautious cuddling? England to OK hugs as lockdown eases See in context

"Cautious" cuddling, as advice from a Johnson who's fathered around 7 kids is comedy gold.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach's visit to Japan being arranged for June: report See in context

According to Shukan Bunshun, the 47 prefectures that hosted the torch relay spent a total of 11.6 billion yen! That's around $106m. What a rip-off.

Yep, when you play with fire, you can really get burned!

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Posted in: Did you think that in March 2020 when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until this year because of the pandemic, that even 2021 would be too soon to hold the Games? See in context

Just like people, viruses, too, benefit and gain strength from their being underestimated. After a year of living dangerously, Japan's agony is only just beginning and the insular smugness of many will predictably change to panic. Inexplicably, the vaccines are coming too slowly and, for some, too late.

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Posted in: 'No doubt' U.S. has undercounted COVID deaths: Fauci See in context

Undercounting or overcounting is just what all people in positions of power do (and have always done) to cover their backsides or boost their authority and prestige. Deceit is deeply embedded in our (political) genes. The hoodwinked public is far too trusting and gullible because they have no means of holding dissembling governments to account. For democracy to thrive more skepticism of the rational, not paranoid kind, is needed.

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Posted in: Sturgeon: Scotland independence vote matter of when, not if See in context

If Brexit breaks it, then BoJo will own it. Be careful wot you wish for, folks (the little Englanders).

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

If the independence movement succeeds in Scotland's breaking away to destroy the Union of 1707, it will become the epitaph inscribed on BoJo's Brexit headstone.

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Posted in: Philip Morris to phase out cigarettes in Japan within decade See in context

We've all had to spend a lifetime breathing in the poisonous smoke from these coffin nails with no or little protection of governments which will lock you up in a jiffy for a flake of weed! Try explaining such a contradiction to children!

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Posted in: Bomb kills at least 55 at girls' school in Afghan capital See in context

What twisted minds could plan such savagery?

A pro-Taliban plot, or an anti-Taliban false-flag operation?From now on the women of that benighted land are going to need the support of the world for protection to salvage their well-being and survive with dignity.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

The view from outside Nippon's "goldfish bowl" looks very different for things Olympic: Bach to the future (without Covid and Japan) is the only way forward!

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Posted in: Biden says he is confident he can meet Putin soon See in context

Putin's opening gambit should be a quid pro quo for Biden: handing over the Russian FSB's Trump Moscow hotel tapes (to break the ice).

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

Japan's LDP-gerrymandered electorate is now being primed by a sneaky legislative tweak to be followed by a vicious turn of the screw on the Constitution which can then be sent straight to the awaiting shredder in the hands of revanchist, right-wing nationalists. Sales of Karl Marx books are not going to be enough to stop the nation's slippery slide down into the depths of the scary abyss of Asian authoritarianism.

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

No computers for the kids? One more nail in the coffin of Japanese capitalism?

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Posted in: Anti-Olympic petition tops 200,000 signatures in just 2 days See in context

Vox Populi!

But since "the Money" won't listen, only the virus will be able to concentrate the minds of the LDP ditherers to put an end to this long-running Olympic farce.

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Posted in: Action star Steven Seagal gives samurai sword to Venezuela's Maduro See in context

Principle-challenged poseur macho man Seagal has always been willing to play the role of equal-opportunity clown and jester for dictators and "strongmen" of every stripe. It has now become a tiresomely futile act that only serves to shore up his own sagging sense of self-worth as evidenced by his painfully visible physical decline.

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Posted in: More young Japanese look to Marx as pandemic, climate crisis magnify economic inequalities See in context

Marxism does lead to equality among the working class.....everyone is equally poor.

This is no argument, but a cartoon misrepresentation of reality: every country has its own unique culture and history and nations do not arise from a level playing field so comparisons between the standards of living of Americans, Russians, Chinese, Brazilians and Cubans etc. are invidious and, by serving no purpose, only perpetuate misunderstanding and contribute nothing to an honest debate on how mankind can dig its way out of the hole it has made for itself with its shockingly violent and bloody history of wars, genocidal exterminations, enslavement, exploitation of labor and, last but not least, two centuries of wanton destruction of the natural environment and our earth's biodiversity. To save the planet and mankind from itself we must search for new solutions and get our act together before it is too late, or else face an even bleaker future, a glimpse of which we have been given by an overpopulated country ravaged by the Covid-19 virus and riven by religious hatred and class inequalities that have reached intolerable levels. India is hardly a poster-boy example for the superiority of capitalism.

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Posted in: More young Japanese look to Marx as pandemic, climate crisis magnify economic inequalities See in context

The percipient Karl Marx, as a sharp critic of ruling classes and capitalism with its inherent contradictions, will always be a source of inspiration and capable of "reinvention" for every age to glean ideas from. By relegating his observations to the 19th century's dustbin of history and dismissing the relevance of his thought for today's societies, many people will be making the mistake of underestimating the power of his moral arguments for a more just and rational organization of our political economy. Depoliticized for decades by the LDP and programmed to worship at the altar of Mammon, the young people of Japan may at last be awakening to the realization that they have been turned into intellectual anorexics malnourished by a diet of mindless consumerism. The renewed interest in Marx's ideas may be a hopeful sign that they are developing an appetite for change in their lives and aspiring to a better future than what the old, clapped-out model of post-war Japanese corporation culture can offer. Ganbatte!

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Posted in: Ishikawa town builds giant squid with COVID relief funds See in context

What an eyesore! (and a squirt in the eye for the local community which could have put the money to much better use.) Once again the crass and clueless class of politicians and bureaucrats whose atrophied imagination does not stretch any further than kitsch and cash have imposed their characteristic imprimatur of bad taste on the public.

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Posted in: Japan faces longer state of emergency, casting doubt on Olympics See in context

Japan's Olympic "report card" had been, "Must try harder", but now it's becoming clear to everyone except the heavily invested ostriches that Japan's Olympic dream is nowhere but "somewhere over the rainbow". In the meantime, the country now has its work cut out trying to prevent the worsening virus spread from spinning out of control. Where are the vaccines when we need them? Suga! Is anybody in there?

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Posted in: Myanmar's military seizing young men to crush uprising See in context

Militarism has always been a cancer on societies. When, one day, the tyrants and minions of the Myanmar junta meet their bloody end we shouldn't shed a single tear.

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Posted in: Biden aims to vaccinate 70% of American adults by July 4 See in context

Of course the vaccines are the result of Operation Warp Speed.

Hmm, I thought the vaccines were the result of doctors and scientists laboring around the clock to halt the spread of the pandemic, but there's no disputing that Trump's prompt treatment for Covid and his sneaky valedictory vaccine were the result of "warp speed".

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Posted in: Bruce Springsteen receives this year's Woody Guthrie Prize See in context

When Bruce receives his award, I'd love it if he gave us a rendition of Woody's "Old Man Trump":

I suppose

Old Man Trump knows

Just how much

Racial Hate

He stirred up

In the bloodpot of human hearts

When he drawed

That color line

Here at his Beach Haven family project...

Born in the USA, Bruce Springsteen has made a real contribution to American culture without the MAGA grandstanding of the phony "patriots" who abuse their privileged positions just to boast and boost their personal fortune.

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Posted in: Japan's child population hits record low after 40 years of decline See in context

The modern Japanese rat-race culture of overwork leaves no time for building relationships and making babies while the low rates of remuneration make raising children an unaffordable and unwise option for many working-class folks. Ironically, the resulting population decline may ultimately bring about an improvement in the quality of life for the average Taro whose burden of supporting the super-charged capitalism of the country may be lightened in future.

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Posted in: India's official count of coronavirus cases passes 20 million See in context

The egregious failures of incompetent right-wing rabble-rousers like Trump, Johnson, Bolsonaro, Modi etc. to come up with a coherent policy and plan to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic will not affect their popularity with the millions of blind believers who variously ascribe the carnage to "the will of God", a "natural" disaster, or even to antifa, anarchists, socialists, communists, Muslims and any other scapegoat groups these benighted minions can conjure up in their fantasies. Thus demagogues of every ilk, cocooned from the crowd and vaccinated, can sleep soundly in their beds dreaming of sheep while the dying continues.

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