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    presto345

    This paper probably long ago lost its mission of reporting the truth.

    Apologies if ambiguous. By 'This paper' I meant the Yomiuri.

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    Carcharodon

    ..and mask sales just took off with gusto!

    eat well (ie. real food, cut out the processed crap) sleep well and get exercise and your immune system will look after you if you are an average person. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems need flu shots.

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    Kazume Nishidate

    A very thought-provoking comment of the Journalist Michael Yon.

    https://www.facebook.com/MichaelYonFanPage/posts/10152528332430665:0

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    tinawatanabe

    @SaitamaR

    None of 1) - 3) is convincing. What if the FIBA had other corrupt reasons we don't know?

    After all, no other member seems to have a problem with the rule.

    Maybe no other member have two leagues.

    Posted in: FIBA suspends Japan over failure to merge basketball leagues

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    Antony De Day

    We see the problem and we understand it, now how do we deal with it?

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    presto345

    Just read in a Dutch newspaper WW2 Dutch Indies veterans find the Yomiuri Shinbun comfort women denial, the denial of organized prostitution, claiming no women were forced into prostitution, shocking and disgusting. This paper probably long ago lost its mission of reporting the truth.

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    Antony De Day

    I fear that most news articles like these shakes me to the very core, the mentality/ethical inability (seen as a mindset) to deal with this issue.

    I fear that Japan, a country which i love most, will be seen in the future with a government that is described as "Fascist", or at least viewed as worse.

    But I do not have that fear if the people will rise up and stop being ignorant about our past, present and future issues. People need not be concerned about politics, but we need be concerned of the utmost about these kind of issues that WILL affect the Japanese people, not only as a nationality, or as a nation.

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    budgie

    I'd add to Tina in saying that it is only by denying the facts that Japan sets itself up for humiliation if it ever admits them. they've dug this hole for themselves and then dismissed themselves on the grounds that they're fighting some sort of propaganda war with China and Korea. If they'd only fully admit the past and stop trying to revise it later, then Japan's critics would have a lot less ammo in the recriminations game.

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    itsonlyrocknroll

    Cannot emphasize enough the need to water down the LDP majority, send out a clear message to Abe sans arrogance and selfish intent in calling this election. If Abe san wanted to Teflon coat his leadership from possible rivals, using tax payers money must be punished serverely at the ballot box. DPJ who seem to be struggling to field 200 candidates should 'compare notes' with the JCP. Both need to convince the electorate they have policies to prove they can bring about long term growth in the economy.

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    tinawatanabe

    Japanese people are in no way 'served' by this. They are having their name unfairly humiliated.

    Jimizo, The fact is more important than humiliation. Japanese people knows this issue very well. It does not matter if Japan is humiliated as long as they face the fact.

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    presto345

    Come on JT, please, let someone re-translate the original article, because this is noodle soup. Turbo charged internal combustion engines use turbine compressors to boost power of those engines. In the EER system the turbine generates electricity. Is that more efficient than the direct power boost of the former set up, I wonder?

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    SaitamaRefugee

    It seems you won't be fighting me very hard on the point that the statute does not have strong inherent merit, but are just going on "A Rule's a Rule."

    That is a bit of bold assumption. By your own admission you do not know much about FIBA and the reasons for such a rule, so it seems rather pointless to discuss in length something you do not know about, but apparently I should.

    1) Multiple leagues confuse fans: Several teams have switched between leagues, causing confusing amongst fans.

    2) Multiple leagues means an excessive number of teams: This leads inadequate fan support and an overall watering down of talent.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2014/09/18/basketball/bj-league/ex-apache-coach-hill-supports-fiba-mandate-jba/#.VHlmX8uKC70

    3) Multiple leagues artificially inflates salary: With two or more leagues competing for talent, it forces leagues to pay more for talent then what their talent should earn.

    All three of these points come together and affect both leagues ability remain profitable. Furthermore, FIBA is worried about the dwindling popularity of basketball in Japan. That is what they do promote the sport of basketball worldwide. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/390000/sports/basketball/fiba-suspends-japan-from-international-basketball

    However, I think you can agree any "dress code" a department store implements must be limited and backed by real necessities, or people may be grossly and unfairly disadvantaged.

    As long as the dress code applies to all shoppers, I do not agree at all. A department store is privately owned and can implement any sort of dress code they desire. If a shopper doesn't like it, look elsewhere.

    Finally, it is true we are not talking the United States or racism, but we are talking about discrimination. Sometimes, it is not good enough that the rule is evenly applied. A rule mandating pork as the only acceptable meat is not acceptable no matter how popular it is or how evenly the rule is applied, simply due to how much it de facto disadvantages the Muslims.

    In no part is this even about discrimination. Japan was not banned, they were suspended. They are more than welcome to stay in FIBA as long as they follow the rules. As FIBA is holding all member countries to the same set of rules, then this is no case of discrimination. If for some reason Japan needs to be granted an exception to the rules, then the onus is on Japan to explain why. After all, no other member seems to have a problem with the rule.

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    Jimizo

    “Stupid, stupid, STUPID!!!” said pears009 online. “This ‘New’ design (is) neither ‘‘COOL’ NOR Functional in a fight… YoU’d cut your own FREAKING hand off in a fight with a Tweak of the wrist!!! Uuuuggghhhh!!!”

    Take it easy there, tiger. It's a fictional weapon in a fictional movie.

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    ironsword

    This country needs a radical change. Vote JCP.

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    itsonlyrocknroll

    That  RT goldmans link, (grats to CanadianJapan), with it negative currency analysis forecast would signal a full blown currency war. It would export deflation across the Asia Pacific ....

    (Apologies for my shameful 1st grade spelling mistakes)

    Posted in: Lackluster economic data paints gloomy picture for Abe

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    ironsword

    Yes of course UK9393, hold anything but yen or Russian Roubles! Like everybody else, my money is in US dollars. I don't keep even 1 yen except for daily needs.

    Posted in: Lackluster economic data paints gloomy picture for Abe

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    presto345

    Yes, walking in the middle of the street is definitely a public hazard which should not be allowed, punishable with death.

    Posted in: North Korea slams U.S. as racist, human rights 'tundra'

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    Yubaru

    However, we are talking about a event in the long past.

    Ok, if everyone is to believe this then Japan has a responsibility to acknowledge it and move on. The problem is the current government wants to change history to fit it's own views and keep their people in the dark.

    Posted in: Yomiuri apologizes for using term 'sex slaves' in English edition

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    Yubaru

    The BJ league is made up of 'company teams', teams owned by Honda or Toyota and made up of players who may not have a lot of talent, but have a namebrand behind them.

    Huh? You need to do a little simple research here. Pray tell what "company" owns the Ryukyu Golden Kings? These are pro teams, some have corporate sponsorship's, but they are not company teams as you are implying. This is wrong

    http://www.bj-league.com/team_all.php

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    Jimizo

    @Kazuaki Shimazaki A very underhand comment. This is the kind of nationalistic tactic which sullies Japan's name around the world and gives Korea and China 'ammo'. Either deny it outright or attempt cloud it to the point where they hope people will shrug their shoulders and say 'who knows?'. Nobody outside Japan's nationalists see this anything less than than insincere and frankly, cowardly. The Yomiuri is now playing the same game and the stench is overpowering. Japanese people are in no way 'served' by this. They are having their name unfairly humiliated.

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    UK9393

    3 years ago 80 cents, bought a tack load. Now 118. Waiting for 130, off loading and grinning. Turn ou Yen to US dollars or Sterling, or buy solids.

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    Mr. Perfect

    The conservative Yomiuri said in articles in English and Japanese that it was inappropriate to have used the phrase and others implying the women were coerced to provide sex.

    Are some of you not noticing that the Yomiuri is indeed a conservative news outlet and that it has always towed the party line! Why is it so difficult to understand!

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    presto345

    A leading newspaper in falsifying historical facts? A prime minister in the 21st century leading the leading newspaper? Double shame. The historical truth of forced prostitution and second the denial. Read that as Japan Today.

    Posted in: Yomiuri apologizes for using term 'sex slaves' in English edition

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    stormcrow

    tinawatanabe,

    In your earlier post (which has since been removed) you wrote something about Japan developing its own arsenal of nuclear weapons. Anyway, having those around would be enough to give any of Japan's neighbors second thoughts (mutually assured destruction) about invading Japan, not for Japan to invade the U.S. That was what I meant, but I'm not sure if you agree with that. As I wrote, the good part of such a strategy is that Japan would be rid of the U.S. bases and the problems they impose on the Japanese people, especially those living in Okinawa, and at the same time Japan would be able to maintain its present peace constitution to boot.

    Posted in: Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-U.S. ties, say analysts

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    Kazuaki Shimazaki

    @Sensato

    In a democracy, the role of the media is absolutely NOT to serve the government, but to serve the people (by playing a fourth-estate role)

    I entirely agree that the role of the media is not to serve the government, and I deplore such acts as the recent SK v Japanese reporter. Or the persecution of Snowden and Assange.

    On the other hand, I don't see the 4th estate role being played by calling "comfort women" "sex slaves". If the Japanese government is currently getting comfort women, fine, do your 4th Estate thing and report it. Make it spectacular. See if the citizens of your country feel this situation needs addressing.

    However, we are talking about a event in the long past. Bringing it up actively has few consequences other than feeding ammo to Korea. As you say, the media serves the people, and dragging up Olds (as opposed to News) or reporting News in a way that affirms the opposing viewpoint only un-necessarily disadvantages Japan, and by extension the Japanese people they should be serving.

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    Fouxdefa

    Don't make me laugh.

    Do they seriously think these women thought, "gee I really want to go to this enemy that's invading my country and 'comfort' their soldiers for a living, it'll be a ton of fun!"

    Sex slaves is what they were. I can't speak for native Japanese prostitutes who maybe willingly supported the war effort, but for the foreign women brought from their home countries, it was a case of human trafficking

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    Yubaru

    In a democracy, the role of the media is absolutely NOT to serve the government, but to serve the people (by playing a fourth-estate role). However, in a fascist regime like North Korea, the role of the media IS to serve the state.

    So by what you are saying here is that Japan is a fascist regime now? Look, when the new secrets law goes into effect under the heading of diplomacy the Yomuri newspaper could find itself in trouble because they are printing articles and information against the governments "official" policy.

    The government says it didn't happen so everyone is going to have to believe them on face value because the press just follows along.

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    Serrano

    Ca we get a Palestinian state to recognize Israel?

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    Kazuaki Shimazaki

    The way the Japanese go about spending money is insane. If I were the boss, I'd be telling the Ministry of Finance to instruct all other ministries to not submit budget requests in excess of 98% of their budget for the prior year. This is very modest proposal, given the magnitude of Japan's problem.

    It is a very modest proposal and for that reason it would not be worth the effort. As you yourself point out, the revenue is about 50 tril and the expenditures somewhere around 100. Making 100 into 98 is not going to greatly slow down Japan's debt growth.

    I would also stress nothing in my logic shafts the middle class and poor. These JCP people seem to think that it's fair that some should pay upwards of 50% of their income in tax. That's a shafting! And they'd indirectly shaft the middle class and poor through the unintended consequences of their misguided policies.

    That's the same argument Abe uses - you shaft the big guys and they'll just go squeeze the little ones. So you give some advantages (lowering their taxes and stimulus are actually similar except you can be a bit more directed in your punch with stimulus packages) to the big guys and hope they trickle some down to the little ones. This plan did not work.

    As for whether rich people should pay over 50% of their income in tax, it is not necessarily indefensible. His riches are built on the backs of countless little guys working their backs off. Besides, even if he pays 70% taxes he's liable to be living better than the little guys even if you cut their tax rates to zero.

    Here's a wacky idea. Tax the rich 70% taxes and tighten up reporting so they can't divert it to some offshore account or any of the other tax-evasion tactics. However, allow them an option to lower their tax rate if they demonstrate they've diverted some of their enormous incomes to the little guys under their command. That would allow them to at least get something more direct than the very indirect benefits of taxation (to the rich, taxation is much more of a pure loss than the middle class, let alone the poor), and the little guys get more money to buy things, thus moving the economy.

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    MarkG

    Not being armed does not make a person unable to harm or kill w/o weapons. Especially with the size of this man.

    And the man was not targeted. He was walking in the middle of the street. This is against the law and the officer had every right to ask them off the street. It escalated from there! The man was asking for trouble defying the police. Again, it escalated and to a point either Brown or Wilson wanted.

    Lying witnesses, inaccurate witnesses and irresponsible news media and now we have this!

    Posted in: North Korea slams U.S. as racist, human rights 'tundra'

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    Sensato

    Yomiuri did a disservice to the Japanese state

    @Kazuaki

    In a democracy, the role of the media is absolutely NOT to serve the government, but to serve the people (by playing a fourth-estate role). However, in a fascist regime like North Korea, the role of the media IS to serve the state.

    Ideally, the press is supposed to serve the people by keeping them informed about government actions, and by promoting dialog about important issues.

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    Serrano

    "Sex slaves" is pretty accurate. Sure, some of the women may have been prostitutes before entering the military brothels, but most of them were coerced or kidnapped. "Abducted sex slaves" might be even better...

    Posted in: Yomiuri apologizes for using term 'sex slaves' in English edition

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    Kazuaki Shimazaki

    Without getting into a debate on comfort women, I have to agree Yomiuri did a disservice to the Japanese state with its translation choice. Sometimes, you have to represent your country's position in your translations. If the world reads comfort women as sex slaves, that's their choice, but Yomiuri should not do that work for them.

    Posted in: Yomiuri apologizes for using term 'sex slaves' in English edition

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    lucabrasi

    To be fair to Abe, and I don't like him, he said quite clearly that he wouldn't go back on the Kono statement.

    Surely that should be the end of it. Some women were sex slaves. End of.

    Posted in: Yomiuri apologizes for using term 'sex slaves' in English edition

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    WilliB

    kaimcahl:

    " When white people March it's called a demonstration when people of color march it's called a riot!!! "

    Nope, it is called a riot when it is a riot. And it is called looting when it is looting. Skin color has nothing to with that. You can find plenty of examples of riots where the majority is white, and demonstrations where the majority is black. Can we get rid of this obsession with race?

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    Kazuaki Shimazaki

    @Saitama

    It seems you won't be fighting me very hard on the point that the statute does not have strong inherent merit, but are just going on "A Rule's a Rule."

    The acceptability of arbitrary rules in an organization depends on a number of factors. Perhaps the most important one is whether there are realistic alternatives, including the alternative to simply not join it. From what I can see, considering FIBA has the right to ban a country from joining not only whatever events it organizes directly, but even events like an Olympics hosted by the very country it is banning, it would seem that not joining it is not a realistic option. That's why I chose the UN as an analogy - not joining the UN is hardly a realistic option for a State. And FIBA would be the same for National basketball.

    When no realistic alternatives are available, it is particularly important that rules are well justified by objective necessities rather than by dictatorial fiat or even tyranny of the majority.

    A better analogy than yours would be to keep most of yours, but it is not a "social club", but a department store. The only one in town, too. Well, of course, you don't have to go to the department store. You can see whether the small shops in the alley has what you need. However, I think you can agree any "dress code" a department store implements must be limited and backed by real necessities, or people may be grossly and unfairly disadvantaged.

    Finally, it is true we are not talking the United States or racism, but we are talking about discrimination. Sometimes, it is not good enough that the rule is evenly applied. A rule mandating pork as the only acceptable meat is not acceptable no matter how popular it is or how evenly the rule is applied, simply due to how much it de facto disadvantages the Muslims.

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    tinawatanabe

    If you invade us, we're going to take the whole house down around us.

    Why would Japan invade USA? I said Japan should change the constitution after the old Japanee people die and build up full military to better defend itself.

    Posted in: Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-U.S. ties, say analysts

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    Hansaram

    Here in Malaysia,there are plenty of eye witnesses that shows that women are indeed being FORCE to become prostitute. Just watch this documentary.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLx0V0GK4-A

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    stormcrow

    voiceofokinawa,

    As you pointed out, the U.S. has closed a couple of its bases already in the Phillipines, so, yes indeed, it does happen. Japan isn't more special than anybody else. As for the relocation, I'm not a military expert, but perhaps there is some strategic reason for it. It doesn't seem that the U.S. military wants to be closer to Naha just so U.S. service personnel can hassle the locals. As for what happens next after the U.S. does pull out, and it will happen eventually because as China grows in power it won't want the U.S. hangin' around in its front yard, it should be expected that the Chinese will zero in on Okinawa as they are the Senkaku Islands. Again, this is not fear-mongering, it's reality. Nii hao!! You wrote that the Japanese take care of 74% of the base maintenance costs. Big deal! I was talking about billions and you're talking about pennies. I used to cut my neighbor's grass once a week for $5.00, so stop your kidding and get real. You also said that the U.S. occupation will go on forever. Maybe in your dreams! In reality, again as China grows up to become the biggest kid on the block, they won't tolerate the U.S. being just offshore just like the U.S. wouldn't tolerate the Chinese putting bases just off of its shores. I'm thinking of the Cuban Missile Crisis right now as I write this.

    tinawatanabe,

    I agree. Nobody likes or wants to be around overly proud people, ever. The U.S. does have its share of those types, especially with the macho types who would join the armed forces. There's no denying that. All the more reason for the U.S. to vacate the bases and turn them back over to the Japanese government. BTW, I read your earlier post which was apparently taken down, but I thought it was actually a darn good idea. That would be one way Japan could avoid revising its peace constitution by following the Sampson Strategy. If you invade us, we're going to take the whole house down around us.

    Posted in: Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-U.S. ties, say analysts

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    jumpultimatestars

    No, it's called a riot when 15+ buildings were burnt to the grounds, along with several cars and countless lootings.

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    Jimizo

    Dangerous right wingers making a racket from trucks in Tokyo has always been a problem.

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    Simon Foston

    Actually I did...

    You did? I would never have guessed.

    but it seems that you forgot what you posted...

    It probably would to you, yes.

    Just follow the link I provided and you will see the light.

    I have better things to do with my time. Or I might just enter a bunch of totally random answers and see what comes out.

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    Christopher Glen

    In 20 years in Japan, I have literally never met a Japanese with this view. Not a once.

    The average Japanese knows little of their 20th century, that's why. Abe and co however very much love in denial. The film Railway Man should be compulsory viewing in Japan. In the end two enemies are reconciled - with the Japanese guy openly and sincerely repenting for his actions

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    Michael Craig

    Long ago, the JCP was like other Communist parties of the world (promoting bloody, violent revolutions ), but in 1958, the then-party head Kenji Miyamoto changed all that.

    He introduced "Smiling Communism", (Communism through peaceful democratic means) by emphasizing housing, education, etc.

    <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KenjiMiyamoto(politician)>

    Posted in: Japanese Communist Party says it will reverse most of Abe's policies

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    5petals

    "The U.S., on the other hand, is a mixture of cultures, that at one time used to be a strength. It no long is a strength - now every ethnic group wants it all about them. It's becoming quite chaotic and political correctness rules the day. Diversity is good, to an extent. OVER-diversity, from which the U.S. now suffers, is contributing to our downfall."

    Depends on locaton. The border states, yes. Other states immigration isnt such a problem. Agreed, political correctness has ruined many things. Every country, including Japan of course, has their native language. As I have been told hundreds of times, if I want to work and reside in Japan, I must speak Nihongo. If I reversed that in some places in the U.S., Im sure I would get myself into trouble. Spanish is written on nearly every product and roadsign and instead of asking that the immigrant community learn the native language of their host country (English), I would be asked to learn Spanish. I guess it wouldnt do me any harm, but to return to ones country and asked to learn another countries language, well if I may polietly suggest it seems odd considering Japans approach to this, but you have to be flexible in the global society these days. there are places in the US that could benefit from multiculuralism, but I dont think its racist to suggest that English should be the language spoken for business etc if you want to consider it your home.

    Posted in: Aging Japan struggles to make immigrants feel at home

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    Haroon ur Rashid

    The BOJ chief Mr. Kuroda should study economics more and more. His policy is not appropriate for the present Japanese economy.

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    nandakandamanda

    Cannot remember how many times I have seen similar news in Japan. As Amidalism says, the reason is given is usually stress relief, after strenuous denials. Usually done in the middle of the night, early hours of the morning, stealthily, over months or years.

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    nandakandamanda

    Law of diminishing returns. Give it a break folks.

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    John Galt

    Police brutality and militarization of Peace Officers has nothing to do with Commerce.

    Posted in: Ferguson protests move to retail stores

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    deadbeatles

    Hey... North Korea... just do as we say... not as we do.

    Posted in: North Korea slams U.S. as racist, human rights 'tundra'